The Supreme Court has asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) not to give effect to its direction asking broadcasters to roll back the 27.5 per cent tariff hike for non-addressable areas until the next hearing.
The apex court asked the TRAI to not take any action against the broadcasters till the next date of hearing,
On 23 July, the TRAI had asked 54 pay TV broadcasters to revise their wholesale tariff for the non-conditional access system (CAS) and digital addressable system (DAS) areas to those that existed before the implementation of the two tariff orders.
Effectively, this comes as a major relief to broadcasters who will not have to revise the wholesale tariff to those that existed before the implementation of the two tariff orders, which had been struck down by TDSAT.
The directive was given when appellants Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), Star India, Vijay Television, Viacom18 and Sun TV sought early hearing of their challenge to the TDSAT order of 28 April 2015.
The matter has been fixed for next hearing on 4 August 2015.