Legal battle over tarification in India is still raging

Star the Indian media and entrainment company owned by 21th Century Fox is still on a full out war with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India about the new tariff regulation. The firm asked the commission 10 more days to publish its RIO which was due on May the 2nd.

The grand majority of broadcaster have yet to publish their own RIO, even though some large firm already released it such as Disney India, TV 18, Viacom18 and Sun TV Network.

Star did not get any answer yet from the TRAI and Star had moved the SC after the Madras HC refused to grant a stay order. The broadcaster had filed a special leave petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court seeking a stay on TRAI’s tariff order and interconnection regulation until the Madras High Court decided on the issue of jurisdiction.

Many other broadcasters have adopted a passive attitude and chose to remain neutral in this tariff affair, Star India is is vigorously opposed to the new tariffs and wishes to know the verdict before doing the publication.

The seven multi-system operators (MSO) of the (AIDCF) have published their RIO and even offered their carriage, target market, capacity to the TRAI as a token of good faith.