Broadcasters in India need to publish RIO

The Madras High Court refuse to grant stay on Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)’s tariff offer, Star India asked for an early plea which the Supreme Court denied. Thus broadcasters will have to publish their reference interconnect offer (RIO) rate of their channels.

The fight between the TRAI’s tariff, interconnection regulation and Star India due to the broadcaster challenging clause 3 of the TRAI and 7 of the interconnection regulation. Due to the Clause 3 broadcasters are required to declare the nature of a channel as pay or free to air (FTA), as well as the maximum retail price (MRP) of the channel, 60 days from the date of the publication of the tariff order in the official gazette.

TRAI declared on the matter that broadcaster need to publish their MRP and nature of the channel in order for the distribution platform operator (DPO) to make request in order to sign the agreement while avoiding asymmetric information.

While keeping most of its recommendation TRAI deleted the genre-wise price ceiling, now any channel above US $ 0.3 could be part of the bouquet.

In 2016 Star and Vijay challenged TRAI and the High Court concluded a draw thus maintaining the current regulation.