The case has been adjourned to 8th August for further hearing. Tatasky subscribers have to wait more. Don't know when Tatasky subscribers can get to watch Sun, Ktv, etc,.
TataSky, Sun TV row close to settlement
1 Aug, 2007, 1616 hrs IST, PTI
NEW DELHI: Direct-to-Home operator TataSky and Sun TV are inching toward settlement of their nine month- old dispute on feed sharing, with the south-based broadcaster agreeing to provide its channels in suitable packages.
During proceedings before broadcast tribunal Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), counsels appearing for both the sides today informed the bench that negotiations were going on. The tribunal has adjourned the hearing to August 8.
Contrary to its earlier stand, Sun TV has informed the tribunal that considering TataSky's demand, it would provide region wise packages of its channels to the DTH operator.
In its earlier proposal on July 30, Sun had offered to provide its 20 channels in six packages at different rates, which was immediately rejected by TataSky, which said it was not consumer friendly.
Sun's each package consisted Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada channels.
TataSky, a 80: 20 joint venture between Tata group and broadcast major Star India, had contended that these packages did not suite the interest of its south-based regional viewers.
"Packages should suit the regional audience. A Tamil viewer should not be forced to pay for Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada channels," counsel appearing for TataSky said.
Sun TV, owned by south-based industrialist Kalanidhi Maran, is also going to launch its own DTH platform very soon.
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