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September 2018

CABLE OPS WANT OTT REGULATED



While Cable operators have to pay broadcasters for Pay channels on their networks, they complain that the same are available, live, for free on several OTT platforms.

The All Local Cable Operators Association of India (ALCOAI) has written 2 letters to TRAI on this.


PAY CHANNELS FREE ON OTT

Narendra Bargi, General Secretary, ALCOAI, said "Cable TV operators have faced losses of around ₹ 100-125 crore in the last 1 year. Now, internet data rates have fallen and one can watch everything for almost free."



OTT: NO RESTRICTIONS

TV channels require a downlink license to be carried on CATV, HITS & DTH platforms, but unlicensed TV channels can be watched without restriction via OTT.


PORNOGRAPHIC CONTENT

"It also becomes imperative to state here that pornographic content and non- permitted channels are being telecasted/redistributed without any restriction on this unlicensed IPTV/OTT IPTV service," ALCOAI has written.


UNLICENSED

ALCOAI points out "Most of the OTT and IPTV operators have not been granted permission by the Central government to provide services and they are also not registered as DPO (Digital Platform Operators) by the MIB.


B'CASTERS TO BLAME

The availability of TV channels on certain OTT platforms is also in contradiction to the MIB's December 23, 2015 notice which reads, "..compliance of the above clause should be strictly adhered to by all registered broadcasters (channels) and no satellite TV channel signal reception decoders or access to their signals per se be provided to any MSO/Cable Opertors, DTH Operators, IPTV service provider and HITS operator who is not registered/ permitted by the MIB."


OTT UNREGULATED

Reports earlier this year said TRAI was evaluating a consultation process to regulate online video streaming platforms. However, there has been so such development. n