CHAPTER –I

PRELIMINARY

1. Title,   extent   and   commencement. ---

(1) These   regulations   may   be   called   the Telecommunication   (Broadcasting   and   Cable   Services)   Interconnection (Addressable

Systems) Regulations, 2016.

(2) These  regulations  shall  cover  commercial  and  technical

arrangements  among  service providers   for   interconnection   for   broadcasting   and   cable   services   provided   through addressable systems throughout the territory of India.

(3) These regulations shall come into effect from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

 

2.  Definitions. ---

(1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires:-

(a)“Act” means the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997 (24 of 1997);

(b)“active  subscriber” means  a  subscriber  who  has  been  authorized  to  receive signals  of    television  channels  as  per  the  subscriber  management  system  and whose set top box has not been denied signals;

(c)“addressable system” means an electronic device (which includes hardware and its  associated  software)  or  more  than  one  electronic  device  put  in  an  integrated system  through  which  transmission  of  programmes  including  re-transmission  of signals  of  television  channels  can  be  done  in  encrypted  form,  which  can  be decoded  by  the  device  or  devices  at  the  premises  of  the  subscriber  within  the limits of the authorization made, on the choice and request of such subscriber, by the service provider;

(d)“a-la-carte” or “a-la-carte channel” with  reference to  offering  of  a  television channel means offering the channel individually on a standalone basis;

(e)“Authority” means the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India established under sub-section  (1)  of  section 3  of  the  Telecom  Regulatory  Authority  of  India  Act, 1997 (24 of 1997);

(f)“bouquet” or “bouquet of channels” means  an  assortment  of  distinct  channels offered  together  as  a  group  or  as  a  bundle

and  all  its  grammatical  variations  and cognate expressions shall

be construed accordingly;

(g)“broadcaster” means  a person or a  group of persons, or body  corporate, or any organization  or  body  who,  after  having  obtained,  in  its  name,  down-linking permission   for   its   channels,   from   the   Government,   provides   programming services;

(h)“broadcasting services” means the dissemination of any form of communication such  as  signs,  signals,  writing,  pictures,  images  and  sounds  of  all  kinds  by transmission  through  space  or  through  cables  intended  to  be  received  by  the subscribers  and  all its  grammatical  variations  and  cognate  expressions  shall  be construed accordingly;

(i)“cable service” or “cable TV service” means  the  transmission  of  programmes including re-transmission of signals of television channels through cables;

(j)“cable television network” or “cable TV network” means any system consisting of a set of closed transmission paths and associated signal generation, control and distribution   equipment,   designed   to   provide   cable   service   for   reception   by multiple subscribers;

(k)“calendar  quarter” means   a   period   of   three   consecutive   calendar   months beginning  on  any  of  January  1,  April  1,  July  1,  or  October  1  and  it  shall  be reckoned as January, February, March (quarter 1); April, May, June (quarter 2); July,   August,   September (quarter   3);   and   October,   November,   December (quarter 4);

(l) “carriage fee” means  any  fee  paid  by  a  broadcaster  to  a  distributor  of  television channels  for  carrying  its  channel(s)  through  the  distribution  network,  without, specifying  the  placement  of  such  channel(s)  onto  a  specific position  in  the electronic  programme  guide  or,  asking  for  assigning a particular  number  to  such channel(s);

(m)“compliance officer” means  any  person  appointed  by  a  service  provider  for  the purpose  of  reporting  the  information  as  required  under  the  provisions of  these regulations  and  whose  responsibilities  include ensuring  that  the  service  provider does not contravene any provision of these regulations;

(n)“contact officer” means any person appointed by a broadcaster or a distributor of television channels, as the case may be, under regulation 7 of the regulations.

(o)“direct to home operator” or “DTH operator” means any person who has been granted license by the Government to provide direct to home (DTH) services;

(p) “direct to home service” or “DTH service” means transmission  of programmes including  re-transmission  of  signals  of  television  channels,  by  using  a  satellite system,  directly  to  subscribers  premises  without  passing  through  an  intermediary such as local cable operator or any distributor of television channels;

(q) “distribution fee” means  any  fee  offered  by  a  broadcaster  to  a  distributor  of television  channels  for  distribution  of  its  pay  television  channel(s)  or  bouquet(s) of pay television channels, as the case may be, to subscribers;

(r)“distribution platform” means  distribution  network  of  a  DTH  operator,  multi system operator, HITS operator or IPTV operator;

(s)“distributor of television channels” or "distributor" means any DTH operator, multi system operator, HITS operator or IPTV operator;

(t)“electronic programmeguide” or “EPG” means a program guide maintained by the   distributors   of   television   channels   that   lists   television   channels   and programmes,  and  scheduling  and  programming  information  therein  and  includes any  enhanced  guide  that  allows  subscribers  to  navigate  and  select  such  available channels and programs;

(u)“free to air broadcaster” or “FTA broadcaster” means  a  broadcaster  which  is not a pay broadcaster

(v)“free to air channel” or “free to air television channel” means  a  channel  for which no license fee is to be paid by a distributor of TV channel to the broadcaster for distribution of such channel to the subscriber;

(w)“head  end  in  the  sky  operator”  or  “HITS  operator”means  any  person permitted by the Government to provided head end in the sky (HITS)service;

(x) “head  end  in  the  sky  service”  or  “HITS  service” means  transmission    of programmes including re-transmission of signals of television channels ---

(i)to intermediaries like local cable operators or multisystem operators by using a satellite system and not directly to subscribers; and

(ii)to  the  subscribers  by  using  satellite  system  and  its  own  cable networks;

(y)“interconnection” means  commercial  and  technical  arrangements  under  which service providers connect  their equipments and networks to provide broadcasting or cable services to the subscribers;

(z)“interconnection  agreement” with  all  its  grammatical  variations  and  cognate expressions   means   agreements   on   interconnection   providing   technical   and commercial terms and conditions for distribution of signals of television channel;

aa)“internet protocol television operator” or “IPTV operator”

means  a  person permitted by the Government to provide IPTV service;

(bb)“internet  protocol  television  service”  or  “IPTV  service”

means  delivery  of multi  channel  television  programmes  in  addressable  mode  by  using  Internet Protocol over a closed network of one or more service providers;

(cc)“license  fee” with  reference  to  a  pay  television  channel  or  a  bouquet  of  pay television channels means any fee payable by a distributor of television channels to a  broadcaster  for  distribution  of  signals  of  the  latter's  pay  television  channel  or bouquet  of  pay  television  channels,  as  the  case  may  be,  and  for  which  due authorization has been obtained by such distributor from that broadcaster;

(dd)“local cable operator” or “LCO” means  a  person  registered  under  rule  5  of  the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994;

(ee)“maximum  retail  price”  or  “MRP” with  reference  to  a-la-carte  channel  or bouquet  of  channels  means  the  maximum price, excluding  taxes,  payable  by  a subscriber for that a-la-carte pay  channel or bouquet of pay channels, declared by the broadcaster;

(ff)“multi system operator” or “MSO”means a cable operator who has been granted registration under rule 11 of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994 and who receives  a  programming  service  from  a  broadcaster  and  re-transmits  the  same  or transmits  his  own  programming  service  for  simultaneous  reception  either  by multiple subscribers directly or through one or more local cable operators;

(gg)“pay  broadcaster”means  a  broadcaster  which  has  declared  its  one  or  more channel(s)  as  pay  channel(s)  to  the  Authority  under  the  provisions  of  applicable regulations or tariff order, as the case may be;

(hh)“pay channel” means a channel which is declared as such by the broadcaster and for which license fee is to be paid to the broadcaster by the distributor of television channels  and  for  which  due  authorization  needs  to  be  taken  from  the  broadcaster for distribution of such channel to subscribers;

(ii) “programme” means any television broadcast and includes-(i)exhibition of films, features, dramas, advertisements and serials,

(ii)any    audio    or    visual    or    audio-visual    live    performance    or presentation, and the expression “programming service” shall be construed accordingly; 

(jj)“reference interconnection offer” or “RIO” means  a  document  published  by  a service  provider  specifying  terms  and  conditions  on  which    the  other  service provider may seek interconnection with such service provider;  

(kk)“service provider” means  the  Government  as  a  service  provider  and  includes  a licensee as well as any broadcaster, distributor of television channels or local cable operator;

(ll) “set top box” or “STB” means  a  device,  which  is  connected  to  or  is  part  of  a television and which enables a subscriber to view subscribed channels;

(mm) “subscriber” means  a  person  who  receives  television  broadcasting  services, provided by a service provider, at a place indicated by such person without further transmitting  it  to  any  other  person  and  each  set  top  box  located  at  such  place,  for receiving the subscribed television broadcasting services from the service provider, shall constitute one subscriber.

(nn)“subscriber  base” means  the  number  of  active  subscribers  in  the  addressable system of a distributor of television channels;

(oo)“subscriber management system” means  a  system  or  device  which  stores  the subscriber records and details with respect to name, address and other information regarding  the  hardware  being  utilized  by  the  subscriber,  channels  or  bouquets  of channels  subscribed  by  the  subscriber,  price  of  such  channels  or  bouquets  of channels as defined in the system, the activation or deactivation dates and time for any  channel  or  bouquets  of  channels,  a log  of  all  actions  performed  on  a subscriber’s record, invoices raised on each subscriber and the amounts paid or discount allowed to the subscriber for each billing period;

(pp)“tariff order” means  the  Telecommunication  (Broadcasting  and  Cable  Services) (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2016;

(qq)“television channel” means a channel, which has been  granted permission by the Government in India under the policy guidelines issued by it from time to time and reference  to  the  term ‘channel’shall  be  construed  as  a  reference  to “television channel”;

(2) All other words and expressions used in these regulations but not defined, and defined in the Act and rules and regulations made there under or the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 (7 of 1995) and the rules and regulations made there under, shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in those Acts or the rules or regulations, as the case maybe.

 

CHAPTER II

INTERCONNECTION

3. General  provisions  relating  to  interconnection. ---

(1) No  broadcaster  shall  engage  in any  practice  or  activity  or  enter  into  any  understanding  or  arrangement  including  exclusive

contracts  with  any  distributor  of  television  channels  that prevents  any  other  distributor  of television channels from obtaining television channels of such broadcaster for distribution.

(2) No distributor of television channels shall engage in any practice or activity or enter into any  understanding  or  arrangement  including  exclusive  contracts  with  any  broadcaster  that

prevents  any  other  broadcaster  from  obtaining  access  to  the  network  of  such  distributor  for re-transmission of channel(s).

(3) No distributor of television channels shall engage in any practice or activity or enter into any understanding or arrangement including exclusive contracts with any local cable operator that  prevents  any  other  local  cable  operator  from  obtaining  signals  of  television  channels from such distributor for further distribution.

(4) No service provider shall, directly or indirectly, prohibit any other service provider from providing its services to any subscriber.

(5) Every broadcaster shall, within sixty days of receipt of written request from a distributor of  television  channels  for  obtaining  signals  of  television  channel(s),  provide,  on  non-discriminat

ory  basis,  the  signals  of  television  channel(s)  to  the  distributor  of  television channels or convey the reasons in writing for rejection of request if the signals of television channel(s) are denied to such distributor of television channels.Provided that imposition of any condition by the broadcaster, which is unreasonable, shall be deemed to constitute a denial of request.Provided further that this sub-regulation shall not apply in  case of a distributor of television channels, who seeks signals of a particular television channel from a broadcaster while at the same  time  demands  carriage  fee  for  re-transmission  of  that  television  channel  or  who  is  in  default of payment to that broadcaster and continues to be in such default.

 

(6) If a broadcaster, before providing signals to a distributor of television channels, proposes or stipulates, directly or indirectly, for placing the channel(s) in any specified position in the electronic  programme  guide  or  assigning  a  particular  number  to  the  channel,  as  a  pre-condition  for  providing  signals,  such  pre-condition  shall  also  amount  to  imposition  of unreasonable condition.

(7)  No  broadcaster  shall,  for  providing  signals  of  television  channel(s)  to  a  distributor  of television   channels,   propose   or   stipulate,   directly or   indirectly,   for   packaging   of   the channel(s) in any particular bouquet(s) offered by the distributor of television channels to the subscribers.

(8)  No  broadcaster  shall,  for  providing  signals  of  television  channel(s)  to  a  distributor  of television  channels,  directly  or  indirectly,  propose,  stipulate  or  demand,  for  guarantee  of  a minimum subscriber base or a minimum subscription percentage for its channel(s).

(9) Every distributor of television channels shall, within thirty days of the commencement of these regulation, publish on its website the total channel carrying capacity  of its distribution network(s)  in  terms  of  number  of  standard  definition  channels,  coverage  area  of  the network(s),  list  of  channels  available  on  the  network(s),  spare  capacity  available  on  the network(s)  and  the  list  of  channel(s)  in  chronological  order  for  which  requests  have  been received from the broadcaster(s) for re-transmission and are pending.Provided  that  any  change  in  the  information  published  under  this  sub-regulation  shall  be updated on the website within thirty days from the date of happening of such change.

(10)  Every  broadcaster  shall,  for  the  purpose  of  carrying  its  channel(s)  by  a  distributor, declare target market in terms of the relevant geographical areas as specified in Appendix I.

(11) Subject to the availability of channel carrying capacity on the distribution network, every distributor of television channels shall, within sixty days of receipt of written request from a broadcaster   for   re-transmission   of   signals   of   television   channel(s),   carry,   on   non-discriminatory  basis,  the  signals  of  such  television  channel(s)  or  convey  the  reasons  in writing for rejection of request if the re-transmission of such signals of television channel(s)

is denied to the broadcaster.Provided  that  it  shall  be  mandatory  for  the  distributor  of  television  channels  to  carry television channel(s) on its distribution network, for which requests have been received from the broadcaster(s) for re-transmission of television channel(s) and are pending, on first come first serve basis.Provided  further  that  imposition  of  any  condition  by  the  distributor  of  television  channels, which is unreasonable, shall be deemed to constitute a denial of request.Provided  also  that  nothing  contained  in  this  sub-regulation  shall  apply  to  a  broadcaster  who refuses to pay the carriage fee to the distributor of television channels or who is in default of payment to that distributor and continues to be in such default.

(12)  It  shall  be  open  for  a  distributor  of  television  channels  to  discontinue  carrying  of  a television   channel   in   case   the   monthly   subscription,   in   the   immediate   preceding   six consecutive  months,  for  that  particular  television  channel  is  less  than  five  percent  of  the subscriber  base  of  that  distributor,  in  the  target  market  specified  by  the  broadcaster  in  the interconnection agreement, in that particular month.

(13)  A  distributor  of  television  channels  shall  not  be  under  obligation  to  carry  a  channel which has been discontinued as per sub-regulation (12), for a period of one year from the date of such discontinuation.

(14)  If  a  distributor  of  television  channels,  before  providing  access  to  the  network  for  re-transmission  of  television  channel(s)  requested  by  a  broadcaster,  directly  or  indirectly, proposes or stipulates for a minimum guarantee for period or number of channel(s), as a pre-condition  for  providing  access  to  the  network,  such  pre-condition  shall  also  amount  to imposition of unreasonable condition.

(15)  Every  distributor  of  television  channels  shall,  within  sixty  days  of  receipt  of written request   from  a  local  cable  operator, provide,  on  non-discriminatory  basis,  signals  of television channels to such local cable operator or convey the reasons in writing for rejection of request if the signals are denied to such local cable operator.Provided that imposition of any  condition by the  distributor of television  channels, which is unreasonable, shall be deemed to constitute a denial of request.Provided  further  that  in  case,  it  is  not  feasible  to  provide  signals  of  television  channel  at  a location where the signals have been requested by the local cable operator, the distributor of television  channels  shall  inform  the  local  cable  operator  within  thirty  days  from  the  date  of receipt of request indicating the reasons as to why it is not feasible to provide the signals of television channels at such location. Provided further that this sub-regulation shall not apply in case of a local cable operator who is  in  default  of  payment  of  a distributor  of  television  channels  and  continues  to  be  in  such default.

Provided  also  that  a  local cable  operator  shall  not  be  considered  in  default  of  payment  to  a distributor  if  it  produces  the  copies of  immediately  preceding  three  consecutive  months’ invoices with corresponding payment receipts, as a proof of having paid its dues.

(16)  No  distributor  of  television  channels  shall,  before  providing  signals  of  television channels  to  a  local  cable  operator,  propose  or  stipulate,  for  guarantee  of  a  minimum subscriber  base  or,  minimum  subscription  guarantee  for  providing  signals  of  television channels.

(17) Nothing contained in the sub-regulation (15) and (16) of this regulation shall apply to a DTH operator.

(18)  No  service  provider  shall,  directly  or  indirectly,  propose  or  stipulate,  for  payment  of  a minimum  guarantee  amount  by  other  service  provider  for,  providing  signals  of  television channels or access to the network, as the case may be.

 

CHAPTER III

REFERENCE INTERCONNECTION OFFER

4.  Compulsory offering of channels on a-la-carte basis.---Every broadcaster shall offer all television channel(s) on a-la-carte basis to distributor of television channels.Provided that it shall be open to a broadcaster to offer its pay channels, in addition to offering of channel(s) on a-la-carte basis, in form of bouquet(s).

5. Publication of reference interconnection offer (RIO) by broadcaster for pay television channels.---

(1)   Every   broadcaster   shall   publish,   on   its   website,   a draft  reference interconnection offer for providing signals of  all its pay television channel(s) to a distributor of  television  channels,within  thirty  days  of  commencement  of  these  regulations  or before launching of a pay television channel, in conformance with the provisions of the regulations and the tariff orders notified by the Authority.

(2)  Such  draft  reference  interconnection  offer  for  providing  signals  of  pay  television channel(s) to a distributor of television channels, shall contain the technical and commercial terms  and  conditions,  including  but  not  limited  to,  maximum  retail  price  of  pay  television channel(s), maximum retail price of bouquet(s) of pay television channels, discounts, if any, offered on the maximum retail price to the distributor, distribution fee, manner of calculation of  license  fee,  payment  terms,  delivery  and  security,  anti-piracy,  reports,  audit,  term, termination and jurisdiction. 

Provided  that  a  broadcaster  may  include  in  its  reference  interconnection  offer,  television channel(s)  or  bouquet(s)  of  pay  television  channels  of  its  subsidiary  company  or  holding company  or  subsidiary  company  of  the  holding  company,  which  has  obtained,  in  its  name, the  down-linking  permission  for  its  television  channels  from  the Government,  after  written authorization by them.

Explanation:  For  the  purpose  of  these  regulations,  the  definition of “subsidiary company‟ and “holding company‟ shall be the same as assigned to them in the Companies Act, 2013 Provided  further  that  the  terms  and  conditions  mentioned  in  the  reference  interconnection offer  shall  include  all  necessary  and  sufficient  provisions,  which  make  it  a  complete interconnection agreement for signing by other party, for distribution of television channel(s).

(3) Every broadcaster shall declare a minimum twenty percent of the maximum retail price of pay television channel(s) or bouquet(s) of pay television channels, as the case may be, as the distribution fee. Provided that the distribution fee declared by the broadcaster shall be uniform across all the distribution platforms.

(4) A broadcaster may offer discounts to distributors of television channels, on the maximum retail price of pay television channel(s) or bouquet(s) of pay television channels, which shall not exceed fifteen percent of the respective maximum retail price.

 Provided that the sum of distribution fee declared by the broadcaster under sub-regulation (3) and discounts offered under this sub-regulation in no case shall exceed thirty five percent of the  maximum  retail  price  of  pay  television  channel(s)  or  bouquet(s)  of  pay  television channels, as the case may be. Provided further that offer of discounts, if any, to distributors of television channels, shall be on the basis of fair, transparent and non-discriminatory terms. Provided also that the parameters of discounts shall be objective, measurable and computable. (5)  It  shall  be  open  to  distributor(s)  of  television  channels  to  raise  objections  on  the  draft reference interconnection offer published by the broadcaster, regarding conformance of such draft  reference  interconnection  offer  to  the  regulations  and  the  tariff  orders  notified  by  the Authority,  within  thirty  days  from  its  publication  on  the  website  of  the  broadcaster  and  it shall be mandatory for the broadcaster to maintain the record of objections so received from the distributor(s) for a period of minimum one year from the date of publication of such draft reference interconnection offer.

(6)  Every  broadcaster  shall  publish  on  its  website  final  reference  interconnection  offer  after taking   into   consideration   the   objections,   if   any,   received   from   the   distributors,   in conformance  with  the  regulations  and  the  tariff  orders  notified  by  the  Authority  and simultaneously provide, for the purpose of record, a copy of the same to the Authority.

(7) Any amendment to the final reference interconnection offer shall be published in the same manner as provided under the sub-regulations (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6) of this regulation.(8)  The  Authority,

suo-motu or  otherwise,  may examine  the  reference  interconnection  offer submitted  by  a  broadcaster  and  on  examination  if  the  Authority  is  of  the  opinion  that  the reference interconnection offer has not been prepared in conformance with the provisions of the  regulations  and  the  tariff  orders  notified  by  the  Authority,  it  may,  after  giving  an opportunity  of  being  heard  to  such  broadcaster,  direct  such  broadcaster  to  modify  the  said

reference  interconnection  offer  and  such  broadcaster  shall  amend  reference  interconnection offer accordingly and publish the same within fifteen days of receipt of the direction.Provided  that  it  shall  not  be  mandatory  for  such  broadcaster  to  follow  the  procedure  as

provided  in  sub-regulation  (7)  for  amending  the  reference  interconnection  offer  if  such amendment  has  been  carried  out  by  the  broadcaster  in  pursuance  to  the  direction  issued  by the Authority under this sub-regulation.

(9)  In  the  event  of  any  amendment  to  the  final  reference  interconnection  offer  by  a broadcaster  under  sub-regulation  (7)  or  sub-regulation  (8),  the  broadcaster  shall  give  an

option  to  all  the  distributors,  with  whom  it  has  written  interconnection  agreements,  within thirty days from the date of such amendment and it shall be open to such distributors to enter into    fresh    interconnection    agreement    in    accordance    with    the    amended    reference interconnection  offer  within  thirty  days  from  the  date  of  receipt  of  such  option  or  continue with the existing interconnection agreement.

6.  Publication  of reference interconnection offer  (RIO)  by  distributor  of  television channels.

---(1) Every distributor of television channels shall publish, on its website, a draft reference  interconnection  offer  for  carrying  television  channel(s),within  thirty  days  of

commencement of these regulations or before starting a distribution network, in conformance with the provisions of the regulations and the tariff orders notified by the Authority. Provided that such reference interconnection offer shall be applicable only in the cases where a broadcaster requests a distributor of television channels to carry the broadcaster's channels on the distribution network of such distributor.

(2) Such draft reference interconnection offer for carrying television channel(s) shall contain the  technical  and  commercial  terms  and  conditions,  including  but  not  limited  to,  rate  of carriage fee, subscriber base, discounts, if any, offered on the rate of carriage fee, manner of calculation of carriage fee amount, payment terms, delivery and security, anti-piracy, reports, audit, term, termination and jurisdiction.

Provided that the rate of carriage fee per standard definition channel per subscriber per month declared by the distributor of television channels shall not exceed twenty paisa. Provided further that  the  rate  of  carriage  fee  per high definition  channel  per  subscriber  per month declared by the distributor of television channels shall not exceed forty paisa. Provided further that the carriage fee  amount for  television channel(s) shall decrease, as per the provisions specifiedin  the Schedule  I of  these  regulations,  with  the  increase  in subscription of such television channel(s). Provided also that the terms and conditions mentioned in the reference interconnection offer shall   include   all   necessary   and   sufficient   provisions,   which   make   it   a   complete interconnection agreement for signing by other party, for carrying television channel(s). (3)  A  distributor  of  television  channels  may  offer  discounts  to  broadcasters  on  the  rate  of carriage  fee  which  shall  not  exceed  thirty  five  percent  of  the  rate  of  carriage  fee  declared under sub-regulation (2).Provided  that  offer  of  discounts,  if  any,  to  broadcaster  on  the  carriage  fee,  shall  be  on  the basis of fair, transparent and non-discriminatory terms.

Provided  further that  the  parameters  of  discounts  shall  be  objective,  measurable   and computable.

(4) It shall be open to broadcaster(s) to raise objections on the draft reference interconnection offer published by the distributor of television channels, regarding conform ance of such draft reference  interconnection  offer  to  the  regulations  and  the  tariff  orders  notified  by  the Authority, within thirty days from its publication on the website and it shall be mandatory for the distributor to maintain the record of objections so received from the broadcaster(s) for  a minimum   period   of   one   year   from   the   date   of   publication   of   such   draft   reference interconnection offer.

(5)  Every  distributor  of  television  channels  shall  publish  on  its  website  final  reference interconnection offer after taking into consideration the objections, if any, received from the broadcaster(s), in conformance with the regulations and tariff orders notified by the Authority and simultaneously provide, for the purpose of record, a copy of the same to the Authority.

(6) Any amendment to the final reference interconnection offer shall be published in the same manner as provided under the sub-regulation (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) of this regulation.

(7)  The  Authority, suo-motu or  otherwise,  may  examine  the

reference  interconnection  offer submitted by a distributor of television channels and on examination if the Authority is of the opinion  that  the  reference  interconnection  offer  has  not  been  prepared  in  conformance  with the provisions of the regulations and the tariff orders notified by the Authority, it may, after giving an opportunity of being heard to such distributor, direct such distributor to modify the said    reference    interconnection    offer    and    such    distributor    shall    amend    reference interconnection  offer  accordingly  and  publish  the  same  within  fifteen  days  of  receipt  of  the direction.

Provided  that  it  shall  not  be  mandatory  for  such  distributor  to  follow  the  procedure  as provided  in  sub-regulation  (6)  for  amending  the  reference  interconnection  offer  if such amendment has been carried out by the distributor in pursuance to the direction issued by the Authority under this sub-regulation.

(8) In the event of any amendment in the final reference interconnection offer by a distributor of  television  channels under  sub-regulation  (6)  or  sub-regulation  (7),  the  distributor  shall

given an option to all the broadcasters, with whom it has written interconnection agreements, within thirty days from the date of such amendment and it shall be open to such broadcaster to  enter  into  fresh  interconnection  agreement  in  accordance  with  the  amended  reference interconnection  offer  within  thirty  days  from  the  date  of  receipt  of  such  option  or  continue with the existing interconnection agreement.

7.  Appointment  of  contact  officer.---

(1)  Every  pay  broadcaster  shall,  within  thirty  days from the date of commencement of these regulations, appoint one or more contact officer in every   relevant   geographical   area,   for   the   purpose   of   managing   written   requests   for interconnection from distributors and any grievance redressal thereof.

(2) Every pay broadcaster shall, immediately on appointment or change of contact officer(s),-

(a)  give  wide  publicity  about  appointment  of  such  contact  officer(s)  or  any  change there of;

(b) display, on its website, the name(s) of the contact officer(s), their addresses and telephone   numbers,   e-mail   addresses,   facsimile   numbers   and   other   means   of contacting them.

(3)  Every  distributor  of  television  channels  shall,  within  thirty  days  from  the  date  of commencement  of  these  regulations,  appoint  one  or  more  contact  officer  in  every  state  in which  it  is  providing  television  broadcasting  services,  for  the  purpose  of  managing  written requests  for  interconnection  from  broadcasters  and  local  cable  operators  and  any  grievance

redressal thereof.

(4)  Every  distributor  of  television  channels  shall,  immediately  on  appointment  or  change  of contact officer(s),-(a)  give  wide  publicity  about  appointment  of  such  contact  officer(s)  or  any  change thereof;(b) display, on its website, the name(s) of the contact officer(s), their addresses and telephone   numbers,   e-mail   addresses,   facsimile   numbers   and   other   means   of contacting them.

 

 

CHAPTER IV

INTERCONNECTION AGREEMENT

8. General provisions relating to interconnection agreements.---

(1) It shall be mandatory for  service  providers  to  reduce  the  terms   and  conditions  of  all  their  interconnection agreements to writing.

(2) No service provider shall provide for any clause in an interconnection agreement with the other service provider which would require, directly or indirectly, the latter to pay a minimum guaranteed amount.

9.   Interconnection   agreement   between   broadcaster   and   distributor   of   television channels.---

(1)  No  broadcaster  shall  provide  signals  of  pay  television  channel(s)  to  a distributor  of  television  channels  without  entering  into  a  written  interconnection  agreement with such distributor of television channels.

(2) No distributor of television channels shall re-transmit signals of pay television channel(s) of  any  broadcaster  without  entering  into  a  written  interconnection  agreement  with  such broadcaster.

(3)  Every  broadcaster  shall specify an  application  form  for  providing  signals  of  television channel(s) to distributors of television channels in accordance with the Schedule II to these regulations.

(4)  A  distributor  of  television  channel  desirous  of  obtaining  signals  of  television  channel(s) shall  make  a written request  in  the  application  form  devised  by  the  broadcaster  under  sub-regulation (3).

(5) Every distributor of television channels before requesting signals of television channel(s) from  a  broadcaster  shall  ensure  that  the  addressable  systems  to  be  used  for  distribution  of television channels meet the requirements as specified in Schedule III to these regulations.

 (6) If a broadcaster, before providing signals of television channels, is of the opinion that the addressable systems, being used by the distributor for distribution of television channels, does not meet the requirements specified in Schedule III to these regulations, without prejudice to the time limit prescribed in sub-regulation (5) of the regulation 3, the broadcaster may cause audit of the addressable systems of the distributor by M/s. Broadcast Engineering Consultants India  Limited, or  any  other  auditor  empanelled  by  the  Authority  for  conducting  such  audit and provide a copy of the report issued by the auditor to the distributor. Provided that the findings of the auditor shall be final. Provided further that if the addressable systems of such distributor have been audited during the last one year by M/s. Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd., or any other auditor empanelled  by  the  Authority  for  conducting  such  audit  and  the  distributer  produces  a  report issued by the auditor as a proof of conformance to the requirements specified in Schedule III to these regulations.

(7)  Every  broadcaster  of  pay  television  channel(s),  within  thirty  days  of  receipt  of  written request  from  a  distributor  of  television  channels,  shall  enter  into a  written  interconnection agreement  with  the  distributor  of  television  channels  for  providing  signals  of  its  pay television   channel(s)   in   accordance   with   the   terms   and   conditions   of   the   reference interconnection offer published by the broadcaster. Provided that the license fee payable by a distributor of television channels to the broadcaster under  the  interconnection  agreement  shall  be  calculated  on  the  basis  of  the  maximum  retail price, the distribution fee and the discounts offered in the reference int

reconnection offer. Provided further that the term of the interconnection agreement in no case shall be less than  one year from the date of commencement of the agreement. Provided  also  that  in  case  more  than  one  interconnection  agreement  are  entered  with  a distributor  of  television  channels  in  respect  of  television  channel(s)  or  bouquet(s)  of  pay television  channels,  each  subsequent  interconnection  agreement  shall  contain  the  details  of the earlier agreements in force with that distributor for such channel(s) or bouquet(s).

 (8)  A  broadcaster  may  sign  the  interconnection  agreement  with  distributors  of  television channels  for  a-la-carte  pay  television  channel(s)  or  bouquet(s)  of  pay  television  channels  of its subsidiary company or holding company or subsidiary company of the holding company, which has obtained, in its name, the down-linking permission for its television channels from the Government, after written authorization by them.

(9) It shall be open to a distributor of television channels to sign the reference interconnection offer  published  by  a  broadcaster,  as  an  interconnection  agreement,  for  obtaining  signals  of television channels and send the said agreement to such broadcaster, and the broadcaster shall provide signals to that distributor of television channels on the basis of such signed reference interconnection offer, considered as valid interconnection agreement, within thirty days from the date of receipt of such signed interconnection agreement.

(10) No broadcaster shall provide for any clause, directly or indirectly, in an interconnection agreement  with  a  distributor  of  television  channels  which  require  such  distributor  of television channels to include the channel(s) or bouquet(s) of pay television channels in any particular bouquet of channel(s) offered by such distributor to the subscribers.

(11) No broadcaster shall provide for any clause, directly or indirectly, in an interconnection agreement  with  a  distributor  of  television  channels  which  require,  such  distributor  of television  channels  to  give  a  guarantee  for  a  minimum  subscriber  base  or  a  minimum subscription percentage for its channel(s).

 (12)  It  shall  be  the  responsibility  of  every  broadcaster  who  enters  into  an  interconnection agreement   with   a   distributor   of   television   channels   to   hand   over   a   copy   of   such  interconnection agreement to that distributor of television channels within a period of fifteen days  from  the  date  of  execution  of  the  interconnection  agreement  and  retain  a  copy  of  an acknowledgement so obtained from the distributor.

(13)  Every  broadcaster  shall  enter  into  a  new written interconnection  agreement  with distributor of television channels before the expiry of the existing interconnection agreement. Provided  that  the  broadcaster  shall,  at  least  sixty  days  prior  to  the  date  of  expiry  of  the existing  interconnection  agreement,  give  notice  to  the  distributor of  television  channels  to enter into new written interconnection agreement.Provided  further  that  in  case,  the  parties  fail  to  enter  into  new  interconnection  agreement before  the  expiry  of  the  existing  interconnection  agreement,  the  broadcaster  shall  not make available the signals of television channels to the distributor of television channels on expiry of the existing interconnection agreement.

Provided also that the distributor of television channels shall, fifteen days prior to the date of expiry  of  its  existing  interconnection  agreement,  inform  the  subscribers  through  scrolls  on concerned channel(s).---

(a) the date of expiry of its existing interconnection agreement; and

(b) regarding disconnection of signals of television channels from the said date in the event of its failure to enter into new interconnection agreement.

(14)  No  distributor  of  television  channels  shall  carry television  channel(s),  for  which  a request  has  been  received  from  a  broadcaster  for  re-transmission  of  signals  of  television channel(s), without entering into a written interconnection agreement with such broadcaster.

15)  Every  distributor  of  television  channels  shall  devise  an  application  form,  for  providing access  to  the  network  for  re- transmission  of  signals  of  television  channel(s)  to  broadcasters, in accordance with the format specified in Schedule IV to these regulations.

(16)  A  broadcaster  desirous  of  re-transmission  of  signals  of  its  television  channel(s)  shall make a written request  in  the  application  form  devised  by  the  distributor  of  television channels under sub-regulation (15).

(17) Subject to the availability of channel carrying capacity on the distribution network, every distributor  of  television  channels,  within  thirty  days  of  receipt  of  written  request  from  a broadcaster   for   re-transmission   of   television   channels,   shall   enter   into   a written interconnection   agreement   with   the   broadcaster   for   carrying   television   channel(s)   in accordance with the terms and conditions of the reference interconnection offer published by the distributor.

Provided  that  the  carriage  fee  payable  by  a  broadcaster  to  the  distributor  of  television channels  under  the  interconnection  agreement  shall  be  calculated  on  the  basis  of  the  rate  of carriage fee and the discounts offered in the reference interconnection offer.

Provided further that the term of the inter connection agreement in no case shall be less than one year from the date of commencement of the agreement.

Provided  also  that  in  case  more  than  one  interconnection  agreement  are  entered  with  a broadcaster  in  respect  of  a  television  channel,  each  subsequent  interconnection  agreement shall  contain  the  details  of  the  earlier  agreements  in  force  with  that  broadcaster  for  such channel.

 (18) It shall be open to a broadcaster to sign the reference interconnection offer published by a  distributor  of  television  channels,  as  an  interconnection  agreement,  for  carrying  television

channels  and  send  the  said  agreement  to  such  distributor,  and  the  distributor  of  television channels  shall  provide  access  to  the  network  to  the  broadcaster  on  the  basis  of  such  signed reference  interconnection  offer,  considered  as  valid  interconnection  agreement,  within  thirty days from the date of receipt of such signed interconnection agreement.

(19) It shall be the responsibility of every distributor of televisio

n channel who enters into an interconnection agreement with a broadcaster to hand over a copy of written interconnection agreement to that broadcaster within a period of fifteen days from the date of execution of the interconnection  agreement  and  retain  a copy  of  an  acknowledgement so  obtained  from  the broadcaster.

(20)  Every  distributor  of  television  channels  shall  enter  into  a  new written interconnection agreement,  for  carrying  television  channels  requested  by  a  broadcaster,  before  the  expiry  of the existing interconnection agreement.Provided that the distributor of television channels shall, at least sixty days prior to the date of  expiry  of  the  existing  interconnection  agreement,  give  notice  to  the  broadcaster  to  enter into new written interconnection agreement.

Provided  further  that  in  case,  the  parties  fail  to  enter  into  new  interconnection  agreement before  the  expiry  of  the  existing  interconnection  agreement,  the    distributor  of  television channels  may  not  carry  such  television  channels  on  expiry of  the  existing  interconnection agreement.

Provided  further  that  a  distributor  of  television  channels  shall  not  discontinue  carrying  a television   channel   if   the   signals   of   such   television   channel   remain   available   for   re-transmission  and  subscription  for  that  particular  television  channel  is  more  than  twenty percent of the subscriber base in the target market.

Provided  also  that  if  the  distributor  of  television  channels  decides  to  discontinue  carrying  a television  channel  due  to  expiry  of  the  existing  interconnection  agreement,  it  shall,  fifteen. days  prior  to  the  date  of  expiry  of  its  existing interconnection  agreement,  inform  the subscribers through scrolls on concerned channel(s) ---

(a) the date of expiry of its existing interconnection agreement; and

(b) regarding disconnection of signals of television channels from the said date in the event of its failure to enter into new interconnection agreement.

10.  Territory  of  interconnection  agreement.---

(1)  The  interconnection  agreement  signed between  a  broadcaster  and  a  multi  system  operator  shall  include  the  following  details  for describing the territory for the purpose of distribution of signals of television channel(s):-

(a)  the  registered  area  of  operation  of  the  multi  system  operator  as  mentioned  in  the registration granted by the Government;

(b)  the  names  of  specific  areas  for  which  distribution  of  signals  of  television channel(s)  has  been  agreed,  initially,  at  the  time  of  signing  of  the  interconnection agreement.

(c) the names of the corresponding state(s)/ union territory (ies) in which such agreed areas as referred in clause (b) this sub-regulation are located.

(2)  It shall be open for a multi system operator to distribute the channel(s) beyond the areas agreed under clause (b) of sub-regulation

(1) by giving a prior written notice of at least thirty days to such broadcaster;Provided that such area(s) of expansion falls-

(a) within the registered area of operation of the multi system operator, and(b)   within   the   state(s)/   union   territory   (ies)

mentioned   in   the   interconnection agreement as per the clause (c) of sub-regulation (1).

11. Interconnection agreement between distributor of television channels and local cable operator. ---

 (1) No  distributor  of  television  channels  shall  provide  signalsof  television channels  to  a  local  cable  operator  without  entering  into  a  written  interconnection  agreement with such local cable operator.

(2)   No   local   cable   operator   shall   re-transmit   signals   of   television   channel(s)   of   any broadcaster to any subscriber without entering into a written interconnection agreement with a distributor of such television channels.

(3) Every multisystem operator shall, within thirty days of receipt of written request from a local  cable  operator,  enter  into  a  written  interconnection  agreement  with  such  local  cable operator  for  providing  signals  of  television  channels,  on  lines  of  the

Model Interconnection Agreement(MIA) as set out in the Schedule V of these regulations, by mutually agreeing on the clauses 10, 11 and 12 of the said agreement: Provided  that  the  multisystem  operator  and  the  local  cable  operator,  without  altering  or deleting  any  clause  of  the  model  interconnection  agreement,  may  add, through  mutual agreement, clauses to the model interconnection agreement, however such addition shall not have  the  effect  of  diluting  any  of  the  clauses  as  laid  down  in  the  model  interconnection agreement: Provided  further  that  in  case  the  multisystem  operator  and  the  local  cable  operator  fail  to enter  into  interconnection  agreement  as  provided  above  in  this  sub-regulation,  the multisystem  operator and  the  local  cable  operator  shall  enter  into  the Standard Interconnection Agreement(SIA)as specified in Schedule VI of these regulations. Explanation: for removal of doubts it is clarified that in the event of any conflict between the terms and conditions of the prescribed model interconnection agreement and new terms and conditions  added  through  mutual  agreement  by  the  parties,  the  terms  and  conditions  of  the prescribed model interconnection agreement shall prevail.

(4) Every multi system operator, upon entering into a written interconnection agreement with a  local  cable  operator,  shall  provide  signals  of television  channels,  within  thirty  days  of entering into the written interconnection agreement, to such local cable operator.

(5)  It  shall  be  the  responsibility  of  every multi  system  operator who  enters  into  an interconnection agreement with a local cable operator to handover a copy of such agreement to that local  cable operator within a period of fifteen days from the date of execution of the agreement  and  retain  a  copy  of  an  acknowledgement so received  from  the  local  cable operator.

(6) Every multi system operator shall enter into a new written interconnection agreement with local cable operator before the expiry of the existing interconnection agreement. Provided that the multi system operator shall, at least sixty days prior to the date of expiry of the  existing  interconnection  agreement,  give  notice  to  the  local  cable  operator  to  enter  into new written interconnection agreement. Provided  further  that  in  case,  the  parties  fail  to  enter  into  new written interconnection agreement  before  the  expiry  of  the  existing  interconnection  agreement,  the  distributor  shall not make available the signals of television channels to the local cable operator on expiry of the existing interconnection agreement. Provided also that the multi system operator shall, fifteen days prior to the date of expiry of its  existing  interconnection  agreement,  inform  the  subscribers  through  scrolls  on  concerned channel(s). ---

(a) the date of expiry of its existing interconnection agreement; and (b) regarding disconnection of signals of television channels from the said date in the event of its failure to enter into new interconnection agreement.

(7)The settlement of service charges between local cable operator and multi system operator shall be governed by mutual agreement. Provided  that  in  cases  where  the multi  system  operator

and  the  local  cable  operator  fails  to arrive at a mutual agreement for settlement of service charges, then the rental amount for the channels  subscribed and  the  distribution  fee  shall  be  shared  in  the  ratio  of  55:45  between multi system operator and local cable operator respectively.

(8)  The  provisions  of sub-regulations  (3),  (4),  (5),  (6)  and  (7)  of  this regulation shall  apply, mutatis mutandis, to HITS operator and IPTV operator.

12.  Non-Applicability to DTH operator.---Nothing contained in the regulations 10 and 11 shall apply to a DTH operator.

 

CHAPTER V

SUBSCRIPTION REPORT AND AUDIT

13. Subscription  report  and  monthly  fee.---

(1)  Every  distributor  of  television  channels shall  provide  to  the  broadcaster  complete  and  accurate  subscription  report  for  channel(s)  or bouquet(s) of channels of such broadcaster within fifteen days from the end of each calendar month in the format specified in the

Schedule VII. Provided that the broadcaster shall disconnect the signals of television channel(s) after giving three  weeks’  prior  written  notice  to  the  distributor  if  the  distributor  fails  to  provide  the subscription  reports  under  this  regulation  for  immediately  preceding  three  consecutive months.

(2)  On  the  basis  of  subscription  report  the  broadcaster  shall  issue  monthly  invoice  to  the distributor  for  pay  channel(s)  or  bouquet(s)  of  pay  channels  and  such  invoice  shall  clearly specify the current payment dues and arrears, if any, along with the due date for payment. Provided  that  the  broadcaster  shall allow a  time  period  of  at  least  fifteen  days  to  the distributor of television channels for making payment from the date of receipt of invoiceby the distributor. Provided further that the broadcaster shall have no claim on any arrear amount which has not been  specified  by  him  in  the  immediate  next  three  consecutive  invoices  issued  after  the  due date for the invoice to which arrears pertain.Provided further that in case the distributor fails to provide the subscription report within the period of fifteen days from the end of the month, the broadcaster shall have the right to raise a  provisional  invoice,  for  an  amount  increased  by  ten  percent  of the  licence  fee  payable  by the  distributor  for  the  immediate  preceding  month,  and  the  distributor  shall  be  under obligation to make the payment on the basis of such provisional invoice.

Provide also that it shall be mandatory for the distributor to carryout reconciliation, between the  provisional  invoice  and  the  final  invoice  raised  by  the  broadcaster  on  the  basis  of  the subscription report sent by the distributor, within three months from the date of issue of such provisional invoice.

(3)  Every  distributor  of  television  channels  shall  issue  monthly  invoice  to  the  broadcasters, with  whom  the  written  interconnection  agreements  have  been  entered  into  for  carrying

channels, for payment of the carriage fee amount payable by such broadcaster along with the subscriber  base  in  the  target  market  and  the  subscription  report  for  the  channel(s)  of  the

broadcaster  carried  by  the  distributor  of  television  channels  in  the  format  specified  in  the Schedule VII and such invoice(s) shall clearly specify the current payment dues and arrears,

if any, along with the due date for payment. Provided  that  the  distributor  shall allow a  time  period  of  at  least  fifteen  days  to  the broadcaster for making payment from the date of receipt of invoice by the broadcaster. Provided further that the distributor of television channels shall have no claim on any arrear amount which has not been specified by him in the immediate next three consecutive invoices issued after the due date for the invoice to which arrears pertain.

(4) Any claim for arrears by broadcaster or distributor of television channels, as the case may be, under this regulation, shall be accompanied by proof of service of invoices for the periods to which the arrears pertain.

14. Audit. --- (1) Every distributor of television channels shall, once in a calendar year, cause audit  of  its  subscriber  management  system,  conditional  access  system  and  other  related systems by an auditor to verify that the subscription reports made available by the distributor to the broadcasters are complete, true and correct, and issue a audit report to this effect for the each concerned broadcaster. Provided that the Authority may empanel auditors for the purpose of such audit and it shall be mandatory  for  every  distributor  of  television  channels to  cause  audit,  under  this  sub-regulation, from such empanelled auditors.

Provided further that any variation, due to audit, resulting in less than zero point five percent of the billed amount shall not require any revision of the invoices already issued and paid.

(2)  In  cases  where  a  broadcaster  is  not  satisfied  with  the  audit  report  received  under  sub-regulation (1), after communicating the reasons of dissatisfaction in writing to the distributor, such   broadcaster   may,   not   more   than   once   in   a   calendar   year,   audit   the   subscriber management system, conditional access system and other related system of the distributor of television channels for the purpose of verifying the information contained in the subscription reports,  the  amounts  payable  by  the  broadcaster  or  the  distributor,  as  the  case  may  be,  and compliance with the terms and conditions of the interconnection agreement. Provided that if such audit reveals that additional amounts are payable to the broadcaster, the distributor shall pay such amounts, along with the late payment interest rate specified by the broadcaster in  the  interconnection  agreement,  within tendays  and  if  such  amount including interest due for any period exceed the amounts reported by the distributor to be due for such period by two percent or more, the distributor shall pay all of the broadcaster’s costs incurred in the conduct of such audit, and take any necessary actions to avoid such errors in the future. 

(3) Every distributor of television channels shall offer necessary assistance to auditors so that audits can be completed in a time bound manner.

 

CHAPTER VI

MISCELLANEOUS

15.  Change  in  the  maximum  retail  price   and  the  nature  of  a  channel. ---Every broadcaster, before making any change, in the maximum retail price of the pay channel(s) or the bouquet(s) of pay channels or, in the nature of the channel, as the case may be, declared under  the tariff  order  notified  by  the  Authority,  shall  follow  the  provisions  of  these regulations  including  but  not  limited  to the  provisions  pertaining  to  publication  of  reference interconnection offer by broadcasters of pay channels.

16.   Disconnection   of   signals   of   television   channel(s).

---   No   service   provider shall disconnect the signals of television channel(s) without giving at least three weeks’ prior

notice  in  writing  to  other  service  provider,  clearly  specifying  the  reasons  for  the  proposed disconnection.

Provided that the period of three weeks’ notice shall  start  from  the  date  of  receiving  the notice by the other service provider.

Provided further that the distributor of television channels shall, fifteen days prior to the date of disconnection, inform the subscriber through scrolls on concerned channel(s) regarding the date of disconnection of signals of such television channels.

Provided  also  that  no  service  provider  shall  display  notice  for  disconnection  of  signals  of television  channels  in  form  of  static  images  overlaid  on  the  television  screen,  obstructing normal viewing of the subscribers.

17.  Listing  of  channels  in  electronic  programme  guide.---

Every  distributor  of  television channels shall assign a number for each television channel distributed by him in such a way that the television channels of same genre, as declared by the broadcaster, are placed together consecutively and one channel shall appear at one place only.

Provided  that  the  number  assigned  to  a  television  channel  shall  not  be  altered  by  the distributor for a period of at least one year from the date of such assignment.

Provided  further  that  all  television  channels  of  same  language  within  the  same  genre  shall appear together consecutively in the electronic programme guide.

18.  Reporting  of  details  of  service  providers.---

(1) Every  service  provider  with  in  thirty days  from  the  date  of  commencement  of  these  regulations  shall  register  its  name,  address, contact  number,  e-mail  address  and  license/  permission/  registration  details  issued  by  the Government on the website which shall be specified by the Authority through direction.

(2) Any service provider who commences its operations after the coming into effect of these regulations  shall  register  its  name,  address,  contact  number,  e-mail  address  and  license/ permission/  registration  details  issued  by  the  Government  on  the  website  which  shall  be specified by the Authority through direction.

(3)  It  shall  be  mandatory  for  a  service  provider  to  verify,  from  the  website  specified  by  the Authority, that the service provide seeking interconnection for providing signals of television

channels  or  access  to  the  network,  as  the  case  may  be,  has  registered  its  details  under  sub-regulation (1) and sub-regulation (2).

19. Appointment  of  compliance  officer  and  his  obligations.---

(1)  Every  service  provider shall,  within  thirty  days  from  the  date  of  commencement  of  these  regulations,  appoint  a compliance officer:Provided that nothing contained in this sub-regulation shall apply to a distributor of television channels  having  average  subscribers  base,  over  the  immediately  preceding  calendar  quarter, less  than  two  lakh  or  such  other  number  of  subscribers  which  may  be  prescribed  by  the Authority through direction from time to time:Provided further that this sub-regulation shall also not apply to a free-to-air broadcaster and a local cable operator.

(2)  Every  service  provider  which  is  a  company  shall,  within  ten  days  from  the  date  of appointment of the  compliance officer under sub-regulation (1), furnish to the Authority the name,  full  address,  contact number  and  e-mail  address  of  the  compliance  officer  along  with authenticated copy of the board’s resolution authorizing the appointment of such compliance officer.

 (3) Every  service  provider  which  is  not  a  company  shall,  within  ten  days  from  the  date  of appointment of the  compliance officer under sub-regulation (1), furnish to the Authority the name,  full address,  contact  number  and  e-mail  address  of  the  compliance  officer  along  with authenticated copy of the authorization letter authorizing the appointment of such compliance officer.

(4) In the event of any change in the name of the compliance officer so appointed under sub-regulation (1), the same shall be reported to the Authority by the service provider within ten days from the date of occurrence of such change along with authenticated copy of board’s resolution or authorization letter, as the case may be.

(5)  In  the  event  of  any  change  in  the  address  or  contact  number  or  email  address  of  the compliance officer, the same shall be reported to the Authority by the service provider within ten days from the date of occurrence of such change.

(6) The compliance officer shall be responsible for -

(a)ensuring conformity with the provisions of these regulations applicable to the service provider.

(b)reporting  to  the  Authority,  with  respect  to  compliance  with  these  regulations  and other directions of the Authority issued under these regulations.

(c)ensuring  that  proper  procedures  have  been  established  and  followed  by  the  service provider  that  would  result  in  the  correctness,  authenticity  and  completeness  of  the information,   statements   and   reports   filed   by   the   service   provider   under these regulations.

20. Intervention by the Authority.---The Authority may, in order to protect the interest of the consumer or service provider or to promote and ensure orderly growth of the broadcasting and cable sector or for monitoring and ensuring compliance of these regulations, by order or direction, intervene, from time to time.

21.    Repeal.---(1)    The    Telecommunication    (Broadcasting    and    Cable    Services) Interconnection  (Digital  Addressable  Cable  Television  Systems)  Regulations,  2012  along with all its amendments and directions issued there under are hereby repealed.

(2)    All  the  provisions  of  the Telecommunication  (Broadcasting  and  Cable  Services) Interconnection  Regulation,  2004  and  its  amendments  and  directions  issued  there  under,  to the extent they are applicable to addressable systems, are hereby repealed.

(3)  The  repeal, under  sub-regulation (1)  and  sub-regulation  (2)  of  this  regulation, shall  not affect-(a) the previous operation of the repealed regulation(s) or anything done or any action taken under the repealed regulation(s); or(b) any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under the regulation(s) so repealed; or (c) any penalty, forfeiture or punishment incurred in respect of any offence committed against the regulation(s) so repealed; or, (d)  any  investigation,  legal  proceeding  or  remedy  in  respect  of any  such  right, privilege , obligation, liability, penalty, forfeiture or punishment as aforesaid and any such  investigation,  legal  proceeding  or  remedy  may  be  instituted,  continued  or enforced, and any such penalty, forfeiture and punishment may be imposed, as if the aforesaid regulations had not been repealed. - Broadcast and CableSat Bureau