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Sharing of signals: TDSAT asks MTV to negotiate with Dish TV

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New Delhi , Feb. 10

THE Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Authority (TDSAT) has asked MTV to enter into negotiations with ASC Enterprises promoted direct-to-home (DTH) platform, Dish TV, for sharing of signals of MTV and Nickelodeon.

Dish TV had approached TDSAT after the private broadcaster refused to share the signals under the mandatory sharing clause.

These two channels are being distributed on the cable platform by One Alliance, a joint venture between Sony Entertainment Television and Discovery Communications India.

The TDSAT today clearly said, "We are also of the view that supply of signals to a DTH platform by a broadcaster/agent/intermediary needs to be distinguished from distribution of signals to an MSO. Whereas in the case of DTH system it is always possible through a centralised monitoring facility to know the identities of channels that have been transmitted and downlinked from the satellite, in the case of cable transmission such a centralised monitoring is presently not possible.

"We do not therefore see any technological constraints in making available the requisite signals to the petitioners from the One Alliance Bouquet."

It has also said that there has been a clear denial of signals to Dish TV.

The authority has directed Dish TV to enter into negotiations with the petitioners and finalise the terms in a month's time.

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