Chan­nel row: TDSAT gives Sony, Tata Sky 4 weeks to find so­lu­tion

The Hindu Business Line - - PULSE -

The Tele­com Dis­putes Set­tle­ment & Ap­pel­late Tri­bunal (TDSAT) has di­rected Sony Pic­tures Net­works In­dia and Tata Sky to find an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion in four weeks.

The broad­caster and the direct-to-home (DTH) com­pany are cur­rently em­broiled in a tiff over rev­enue-share and pric­ing of chan­nels.

“We direct both the par­ties to sit across the ta­ble and try to work out a mu­tu­ally ac­cept­able ne­go­ti­ated agree­ment within a pe­riod of four weeks from to­day. If re­quired the par­ties may seek ex­ten­sion of the pe­riod,” said a TDSAT or­der. The mat­ter is next listed for Novem­ber 11, when the out­come of the fresh round of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the two com­pa­nies will be con­sid­ered.

Chan­nels dropped

Ear­lier this month, Tata Sky dropped 22 chan­nels of Sony from its plat­form and also asked ex­ist­ing sub­scribers to give a missed call to con­tinue watch­ing 10 chan­nels of the Sony bou­quet.

Sony moved TDSAT seek­ing in­terim re­lief while pe­ti­tion­ing that Tata Sky should be asked to con­tinue car­ry­ing all its chan­nels in the in­ter­est of its ex­ist­ing sub­scribers. How­ever, TDSAT re­fused to grant it any in­terim re­lief.

Tata Sky’s coun­sel sub­mit­ted to the court that the nego- tia­tions failed be­cause Sony was seek­ing ₹1,700 crore in con­tract fees from the DTH com­pany de­spite no longer hav­ing In­dian Premier League broad­cast rights.

Un­der per older terms, Sony was get­ting ap­prox­i­mately ₹800 crore in con­tract fees from Tata Sky.

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