TRAI Assures No Blackout of Subscribed TV Channels on December 29

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had last year Informed operators of a new regulatory framework for Broadcasting Cable services, and prescribed That the implementation Program by July this year.
Amid speculation that there may be a blackout of dispersed channels when the new regulatory framework for cable and broadcasting services comes into effect, TRAI on Wednesday assured consumers that there’ll be no disturbance of TV services due to the order of execution.

TRAI, in March, 2017, had notified the new regulatory framework for Broadcasting and Cable services and re-notified it on July 3, 2018, prescribing the implementation schedule. The jurisdiction has noticed that there are messages circulating in the press that there might be a blackout of existing subscribed channels on TV screens after December 29, when the new arrangement comes into effect, the TRAI said in a statement.

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

“Keeping in view the interest of the readers, and to allow a smooth transition, the Authority is preparing a detailed migration plan for all the present subscribers. The migration program will provide ample opportunity to each and every subscriber for making informed option,” it said.

This will also enable service providers in carrying out the various actions as stipulated in the new regulatory frame in a time-bound manner, the TRAI said.

The regulatory frame includes of the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Tariff Order, 2017, the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection Regulations, 2017, and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Subscriber Protection Regulations, 2017.

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