SC allows Total TV to withdraw petition against TataSky

SC allows Total TV to withdraw petition against TataSky


New Delhi: NCR-based news channel Total TV today withdrew from the Supreme Court its petition seeking direction to TataSky to beam its feed, following telecom regulator TRAI’s guidelines asking broadcasters not to compel DTH operators to buy the entire bouquet of channels.

Total Telefilms, the company behind the news channel, had moved the apex court challenging broadcast tribunal TDSAT order, which refused to direct DTH operator TataSky to beam the telecaster’s feed.

A bench headed by Justice A K Mathur allowed the channel to withdraw the petition and approach TDSAT to decide its plea afresh in view of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s recommendations.

TDSAT had refused to force TataSky to carry Total’s signals on the ground that it was practically impossible to beam each and every channel.

Senior counsels Indu Malhotra and Sunder Khatri, appearing for Total TV, informed the court that the channel wanted to withdraw its petition in view of the new regulations brought out by TRAI on 3September.

According to the petitioner, TataSky had refused to include the channel on its platform citing space constraint.

Total TV had alleged that TataSky, a 80:20 joint venture between the Tatas and Star India, removed the channel from its platform along with another news channel - India TV, which was later re-included in the package.

Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnection (Fourth Amendment) Regulation 2007, coming in force from 1December, allows broadcasters to sell bouquet only in addition to the “a la carte" choice of the DTH service providers.