TRAI issues consultation paper on amended broadcast tariffs

A month before the deadline to implement the amended tariff order for the TV broadcasting sector, popularly known as NTO 2.0, the sector regulator has sought the stakeholders’ views on issues related to the regulatory framework. 

In a new consultation paper issued on Saturday, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which also is the regulator for the broadcasting sector, sought views on issues including the ceiling price of a la carte channels for inclusion in a bouquet, discounts given in the formation of the bouquet, and discounts offered by broadcasters to the distribution platform operators. 

TRAI asked the stakeholders to send their comments by May 30 and counter comments by June 6. 

The regulator said in a statement that immediately after new tariffs were announced, it received representations from the DPOs, associations of local cable operators (LCOs) and consumer associations. 

TRAI had constituted a committee to deliberate on the issues related to the implementation of the tariff order and suggest an amicable way forward. It included members from the Indian Broadcasting and Digital Foundation, All India Digital Cable Foundation and DTH Association.