TRAI still waiting for Star RIO

A new development in the legal battle between Star India and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). While the 21th century owned company asked for 10 more days to publish its reference interconnection offers (RIO) Sony Picture Networks India and ZEE have both given their RIO to the regulatory body.

They now join the ranks of Disney India, TV 18 and Sun TV Network who complied with the decision of the TRAI. Leaving Star India to be the last broadcaster who has yet to fill its RIO.

Star India has challenged the TRAI new tariff order and regulation, it was decided to cap the price of individual channel in a bouquet at US $0.30 if a channel is above that price it cannot be a part of a bouquet.

The other major regulation is the revenue split of 55/45 between multi-system operator (MSO) and local cable operator (LCO) if they fail to come to an mutual agreement.

Meanwhile, the seven multi-system operators (MSOs) affiliated to the All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) have published on their respective websites their RIO, carriage, target market and channel capacity, and channels offered, in compliance with the TRAI’s interconnection regulation.