TRAI Assures No Blackout of Subscribed TV Channels on December 29

Amid speculation that there could be a blackout of dispersed channels when the new regulatory framework for cable and broadcasting providers comes into effect, TRAI on Wednesday assured consumers that there’ll be no disturbance of TV services as a result of order of execution.

TRAI, in March, 2017, had informed the new regulatory framework for Broadcasting and Cable providers and re-notified it on July 3, 2018, prescribing the execution program. The jurisdiction has discovered that there are messages circulating in the press that there might be a blackout of present subscribed stations on TV displays after December 29, once the new arrangement comes into effect, the TRAI said in a statement.

“The Authority is seized of this issue and hereby advises that Broadcasters/DPOs (distribution platform operators)/LCOs (local cable operators), will guarantee that any station that a customer is seeing today isn’t stopped on December 29,” he explained. Hence, there’ll be no disturbance of TV services because of implementation of this new regulatory frame, TRAI said.

“Keeping in view the interest of their readers, and to allow a smooth transition, then the Authority is preparing a more comprehensive migration plan for several of the present subscribers. The migration program will offer ample opportunity to every contributor to making educated option,” it stated.

This may also allow service providers in carrying out the many actions as stipulated in the new regulatory frame in a time-bound fashion, the TRAI said.

According to the execution program, all of the service providers were needed to finish the groundwork for migration into new frame by December 28, 2018.


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