Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Creating a Level Playing Field for Content in India.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) held meetings the May 14 through 16th with the broadcasters of pay channels to discuss the rates and packaging of channels they offer to facilitate faster growth of IPTV services in the country. TRAI had previously recommended that the broadcasters should be allowed provide signals to all distributors of TV channels including IPTV service providers.

Some of IPTV have had difficulty getting broadcast channels at prices as the DTH satellite service. providers are getting in line with TRAI’s determination of a-la-carte and bouquet prices on advisory basis. In the meetings there was a general consensus for non-discriminatory pricing as well as pricing channels on both an a la carte and a bundled basis for IPTV services.

This is a step forward for IPTV in India that will help the Telcos to compete with the existing satellite providers.

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