TRAI Assures No Blackout of Subscribed TV Channels on December 29

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    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 Providers, and prescribed That the implementation Program by July this year.
    Amid speculation that there could be a blackout of subscribed channels when the new regulatory framework for cable and broadcasting services comes into effect, TRAI on Wednesday assured consumers that there will be no disruption of TV services due to the 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 authority has discovered that there are messages circulating in the press that there might be a blackout of present subscribed stations on TV screens 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 all Broadcasters/DPOs (distribution platform operators)/LCOs (local cable operators), will guarantee that any station that a customer is seeing today is not discontinued on December 29,” he explained. Hence, there’ll be no disruption of TV services due to implementation of this new regulatory frame, TRAI said.

    “Keeping in view the interest of the subscribers, and to allow a smooth transition, the Authority is preparing a more comprehensive migration plan for all the existing subscribers. The migration program will offer ample opportunity to each and every subscriber for making educated option,” it said.

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

    According to the execution schedule, all the service providers were required to complete the groundwork for migration to new framework by December 28, 2018.

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