Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today issued Consultation Paper on “Review of Regulatory Framework for Broadcasting and Cable services. After due consultation process, TRAI, on 22nd November 2022, notified the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff (Third Amendment) Order, 2022 and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2022 which covered the following issues:
- Continuance of forbearance on MRP of TV channels
- Ceiling of Rs. 19/- on MRP of a TV Channel price for inclusion in bouquet
- Discount of 45% on sum of the price of individual channels while forming Bouquet
- Additional Incentives of 15% by broadcaster to be permitted on Bouquets also.
In order to address the remaining issues pertaining to Tariff, Interconnection and Quality of Service of Broadcasting and Cable services, as identified by the stakeholders’ committee and suggested by other stakeholders, the Authority is issuing this consultation paper for seeking stakeholders’ comments. Written comments on the consultation paper are invited from the stakeholders by 5th September 2023. Counter comments, if any, may be submitted by 19th September 2023. The comments and counter-comments may be sent, preferably in electronic form on the email ID email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org