The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2020

Jan 08, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


Industry Specific Compliance

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on January 01, 2020, notifies the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2020 to further amend the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017. These Regulations shall cover commercial and technical arrangements, among service providers for interconnection, for broadcasting services relating to television provided through addressable systems throughout the territory of India.

The followings are the amendments made under the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017:-

Ø  In Regulation 4(3) related to “General obligations of distributors of television channels”, a proviso has been inserted, namely-

“Provided further that for a multi-system operator or Internet Protocol Television Operator or Headend-in-the-Sky (HITS) operator the target market shall in no case be larger than a State or a Union Territory.”

Ø  Regulation 4(8) has been substituted, namely:-

“It shall be permissible to the distributor of television channels to discontinue carrying of a television channel in case the monthly subscription percentage for that channel is less than the discontinuation threshold calculated as per Schedule VIII, in each of the immediately preceding six consecutive months:

Provided that the language of the television channel shall be the language as published on its website and declared to the Authority by the broadcaster, and after July 01, 2020, it shall be the language specified in the downlinking permission of the television channel issued by the government.

Explanation: In case the downlinking permission issued by the government specifies multiple languages as the language of the television channel, then the language proportion of the television channel shall be calculated by adding the proportionate percentage of all such languages together for a target market.”

Ø  Regulation 18(2) related to “Listing of channels in electronic programme guide” stands substituted, namely:-

“It shall be mandatory for the distributor to place all the television channels available on its platform in the electronic programme guide, in such a manner that all the television channels of a particular language in a genre are displayed together consecutively and one television channel shall appear at one place only.”

Ø  Under Regulation 18(4), the second proviso has been substituted, namely:-

“Provided further that if a broadcaster changes the genre or language of a channel then the channel number assigned to that particular television channel shall be changed in order to place such channel with the channels of the new genre or language in the electronic program guide.”

Ø  A new Schedule VIII related to “Calculating the discontinuation threshold for a television channel” has been inserted.

These Regulations shall come into effect from March 01, 2020, whereas, Regulation 3 and Regulation 5 shall come into effect from January 15, 2020.

[Notification No. F. No. 21-5/2019-B&CS]


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