The conflict between IndiaCast UTV- Dish TV has taken a new turn with the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) requesting Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd. (BECIL) to conduct a technical audit of the systems of Dish TV.
BECIL will carry out the audit of both subscriber management system (SMS) and conditional access system (CAS). IndiaCast UTV has also been entitled by the tribunal to take part in the audit. The tribunal requested BECIL to commence its audit without any undue delay and submit its report by 30 June 2014. The cost of the audit will be borne by Dish TV.
The tribunal has asked BECIL to establish the total number of subscribers of Dish TV’s packages/bouquets in which IndiaCast UTV’s channels were part of the packages/bouquets prior to 1 January 2014.
The public sector unit (PSU) that specialises in broadcast engineering will also have to examine the number of subscribers who were being given the IndiaCast UTV’s channels in those packages/bouquets from 1 January 2014 onwards.
TDSAT has also asked BECIL to indicate whether or not the aggregator’s channels were given to only a limited number of subscribers among the viewers of the packages/bouquets in which those channels were included on the basis of viewer’s request or the channels were being provided to them free without any formal request.
The ruling came on a petition filed by Dish TV to restrain IndiaCast UTV from switching off the signals of its channels. The tribunal has asked IndiaCast UTV not to disconnect its channels to the DTH operator till final disposal of the matter.
In addition, the DTH operator has to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 15 crore (Rs 150 million) to IndiaCast, which would be kept alive until the final disposal of the case. The undertaking and the bank guarantee will have to be submitted within 10 days.