Monday, March 19, 2007

TDSAT asks Sun TV to provide signals to TataSky

Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) today directed Sun TV to provide its signals to DTH operator TataSky on a pick-and-choose basis.

In an interim order, TDSAT also asked TataSky to pay 50 per cent of the rates wanted by Sun TV for its channels.

Sun TV had demanded Rs 85 for all its 20 channels from TataSky. However, TataSky would be allowed to pick and choose channels on an a-la-carte basis and pay half the price of what Sun TV had submitted before sector regulator Trai.

TataSky, a 80: 20 joint venture between Tata and Star India, had earlier alleged that Sun TV was denying signals due to its own interest in the Direct-To-Home business.

TataSky has been contending that Sun TV does not have a bouquet system, so it should be allowed to pick and choose particular channels.

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