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Thursday, December 15, 2005

TV rights tangle

From Rediff's business section, this story relating to the tangle between Prasar Bharti and private broadcasters.
Private broadcasters are expected to take the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to court challenging its order to fix the annual increase in cable television rates at 4 per cent for 2006 and the mandatory sharing of content with Prasar Bharati.
The industry feels that the two decisions will cause massive loss of revenues to the broadcasters.
For the sports broadcasting sector alone, it is estimated that the mandatory content sharing with Prasar Bharati would lead to an annual loss of over Rs 350 crore. Sports associations also say the value of bids for sporting events like the BCCI-organised matches may decrease as a result of this move.
Private sports broadcasters fear that with the broadcasting feed also available on Doordarshan, cable operators will not pay subscription to the private sports channels and will switch over to Doordarshan's broadcasting.

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