Star and Ortel to collaborate for DAS based on RIO

Star India, the Indian media and entertainment company, and Ortel Communications, the cable television service provider engaged in the distribution of analogue and digital cable television services, will be signing a pact based on the reference interconnection offer (RIO) for areas of the digital addressable system (DAS). An agreement for non-DAS areas will also be negotiated and signed by both company.

The terms and conditions of the previous deal should be respected and will not undergo any change until new interconnection agreement will be signed.

Directing Star to reconnect the signals to the MSO within 24 hours, the tribunal has asked Ortel to immediately pay INR 33.5 million which is 50% of the outstanding amount until June 2016. The MSO owes an amount of INR 67.8 million to the broadcaster.

The balance amount of INR 3.9 million as well as the instalment amount agreed on would have to be paid by 25 July and 31 July respectively. The petitioner would also adhere to the payment schedule. Ortel had filed a petition against disconnection of signals by Star with effect from 2 July in view of various notices issued under relevant regulations for both DAS and non-DAS areas.