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    Default TDSAT directs Sun TV to give signals to TataSky in 3 days


    TDSAT directs Sun TV to give signals to TataSky in 3 days
    4 April 2007

    Mumbai: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed Kalanidhi Maran-owned Sun TV channel to give signals to DTH operator TataSky within three days.

    Sun TV had failed to comply with the tribunal's interim order on giving signals to TataSky.

    TDSAT, headed by Justice Arun Kumar, took serious note of Sun TV's non-compliance of its interim order of March 19 and said that Sun TV was acting unfairly in this matter.

    The tribunal had directed Sun TV to give its signals to TataSky on a-la-carte (pick and choose) basis. However, Sun TV filed a review application before the tribunal contending it had no channels on a-la-carte basis and only has a bouquet of 20 channels.

    TDSAT, however, noted that Sun TV had earlier accepted it gave channels on a-la-carte basis and did not have a bouquet.

    "You cannot force them (TataSky) to take each and every channel you have... I am of the impression that you are just talking round about to confuse us," Justice Kumar said.

    Sun TV, during the proceedings, had asked the tribunal to direct TataSky to take its 20 channels at Rs85 and submitted that the extra amount would be adjusted if the case went in the favour of the DTH operator.

    The tribunal, however, said, "Its not fair... you want TataSky to pay for all channels... You cannot add condition in an interim order".

    "The spirit of the interim order is to give channels on an a-la-carte basis," TDSAT bench said and listed the matter for next hearing in the first week of May.

    TataSky had earlier obtained a TDSAT ruling against Zee TV that the DTH company is in no ways obligated to carry all the 32 channels from Zee on their service. TDSAT further said that Tata Sky has the right to ask for only 19 channels out of the 32 in the bouquets 1 and 2 offered by Zee.

    Zee Turner had put this condition that Tata Sky would have to carry all their channels if they wanted to get any of their channels
    This ruling is expected to change the way DTH service providers choose and provide channels to their customers.

    TataSky, a joint venture between Tata and Star India, has been arguing that Sun TV was denying signals, as it would soon launch its own Direct-To-Home venture Sun Direct.

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    NEW DELHI: Sector tribunal TDSAT has reprimanded Sun TV for not implementing its interim order and asked it to forthwith give signals of all its channels to TataSky on an a la carte basis, while the latter was given freedom to pay Sun on actual subscription as seen from SMS records.

    The tribunal was yesterday hearing an appeal on its interim order issued earlier, and held that the consistent stand of TDSAT had been that interim orders must be complied with before any subsequent application for review was filed, and Sun had not done that.

    In its significant pronouncement on 19 March that could have far-reaching implications for the broadcasting industry, the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal had passed the interim order asking Sun TV to stream its signals on an a la carte basis to TataSky, at 50 per cent of the cable charges.


    However, Sun yesterday sought a review of the order trying to ride on a new angle, saying that if it had to give signals of all its channels to TataSky, it would violate its IPR agreement with many outside content providers who created programmes for it.

    Sun argued that it has agreements with producers of programmes who are not its own in-house content makers, which are shown on some of its channels. The agreement between these outside producers and Sun TV is that their programmes could be shown on cable and satellite TV only, Sun's senior counsel said.

    Thus, if these channels were shown on DTH (TataSky), it would contravene the agreements mentioned above, he averred.


    Sun also wanted the tribunal to issue an order that TataSky ought to pay Sun for its entire subscription base, not on a la carte basis, that, is not for those subscribers alone who chose to watch Sun channels on the DTH platform.

    TDSAT said that this was not acceptable to them, and asked Sun to give signals of all its channels to TataSky, but the latter would pay Sun on the tribunal stipulated 50 per cent of cable charges, but only for those number of subscribers who are actually watching Sun channels on TataSky.

    At a point in time during the arguments, the tribunal said that all along it has been insisting on consumer interest, addressability, level playing fields for every player, transparency, etc., but if TataSky is asked to pay for its entire subscriber base, all that would go out the window.

    The tribunal had held: "On merits, the main controversy revolves around the fact that the respondent wants to give all its 20 channels as a package and on a price quoted by it, whereas the petitioners' case is that the respondent has not made all its channels as part of a package or a bouquet.

    "They are being offered on a-la-carte basis and therefore, the petitioner is entitled to take whatever channels it wants to take on the price quoted by respondent as part of a-la-carte rates reduced by 50 per cent."

    Meanwhile, TataSky's DTH rival Dish TV, which plans to take Sun TV on its DTH platform, already has an agreement in place with Sun, but it will implement that after a joint marketing campaign with Sun TV is worked out, sources told indiantelevision.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnbl View Post

    Meanwhile, TataSky's DTH rival Dish TV, which plans to take Sun TV on its DTH platform, already has an agreement in place with Sun, but it will implement that after a joint marketing campaign with Sun TV is worked out, sources told indiantelevision.com.
    If this is true then what is dishtv waiting for....... I think they will provide these channels once Tatasky starts it ... or as always taking its own time to complete the joint marketing ................
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    hopefully at least when tatsky starts dish tv have to give otherwise they will be loosing the south Indian costumers heavily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnbl View Post
    hopefully at least when tatsky starts dish tv have to give otherwise they will be loosing the south Indian costumers heavily.
    Yes.. that is the reason they called my dealer here for dishtv and told him that Sun channels will be available soon on their platform in april 1st week.

    and yesterday he got call from tatasky that sun channels will start on Tatasky in 3 days..

    so hopefully the channels will start on both platforms as was the case of ONE Alliance ( sony bouquet) where once it was given to dishtv those channels were also added on tatasky (eventhough tatasky was just in testing mode in those days).
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    we hope for the betterment of the costumers. We have to wait and see.

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    tatasky already mentioning in its website that Suntv channels will be available soon.

    also it has started account login information for its subscribers..
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    Default Sun Tv In Tata Sky Package

    Few days ago I heard that Tata Sky will be getting Sun Tv package after the resultion from the court. But until now there is no development. Any news?

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    Tatasky said that Sun tv is going to start its test transmission for its DTH from April 12th. Nearly a month passed. Nothing seems to be happening. Neither in Sun Dth nor Tatasky getting Sun channels.

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    Friend

    April 12th or May 12th.

    Thanking you

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    I think it is April 12. Some body may enlighten us.

 

 

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