TRAI Has Issued Recommendations on Platform Services offered by DTH Operators

TRAI Has Issued Recommendations on Platform Services offered by DTH Operators

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued recommendations on Platform Services offered by DTH Operators.

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In order to seek inputs from the industry stakeholders, TRAI issued a consultation paper on “Platform Services offered by DTH Operators”, on 28th August 2019. Written comments and counter comments on the consultation paper were invited from the stakeholders by 4th October 2019 and 11th October 2019 respectively. After that an open house discussion was held on 15th October 2019, in Delhi, to seek the further views of the stakeholders on various issues.

As per Stakeholders’ comments received during the above mentioned consultation process and its own analysis, TRAI has finalized its recommendations on “Platform Services offered by DTH Operators”.

Salient Features of Recommendations :-

1) TRAI reiterates the definition of Platform Services as recommended in ‘Regulatory Framework for Platform Services’ dated 19th November 2014. The definition of platform services (PS) for DTH operators shall be:

Platform services (PS) are programs transmitted by Distribution Platform Operators (DPOs) exclusively to their own subscribers and does not include Doordarshan channels and registered TV channels. Platform Services shall not include Foreign TV channels that are not registered in India.

2) Registered TV channels or television channels means a channel which has been granted down-linking permission by the Central Government under the policy guidelines issued or amended by it from time to time and reference to the term “channel” shall be constructed as a reference to television channel.

The programme transmitted by the DTH operator as a platform service  shall be exclusive and the same shall not be permitted to be shared directly or indirectly with any other Distribution Platform Operator (DPO).

3) Programme transmitted by the DTH operator as a platform service shall not directly or indirectly include any registered TV channel or Doordarshan channel or foreign TV channel.

4) DTH operator shall ensure and provide an undertaking to the Ministry in the format prescribed by the Ministry that the programme transmitted is exclusive to their platform and not shared directly or indirectly with any other DPO.

5) If the same programme is found available on the Platform Services of any other DPO, MIB / TRAI may issue direction to immediately stop the transmission of such programme. MIB also have the right for cancellation of registration of such Platform Services of the DTH operator.

6) The total number of permitted Platform Services for a DTH operator shall be capped to 3% of the total channel carrying capacity of the DTH operator platform and subject to a maximum of 15 platform services channels.

7) A one-time non-refundable registration fee of Rs. 10,000/- per Platform Services channel shall be charged from a DTH operator.

8) The platform services channels shall be categorized under the genre ‘Platform Services’ in the Electronic Programmable Guide (EPG) subject to orders / directions / regulations issued by TRAI from time to time.

9) The respective maximum retail price (MRP) of the platform service shall be displayed In the EPG against each platform service subject to orders/ directions/regulations issued by TRAI from time to time.

10) A provision for putting a caption as ‘Platform Services’ may be required to distinguish the platform services from the linear channels. Government may decide the caption in a size which is visually readable by the consumers.

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For any clarification / information, please contact Shri Arvind Kumar, Advisor(B&CS) at Tel : +91 – 11 – 23220209.

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