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ESS cracks the whip on illegal use of broadcast feed

Police action against Udaipur’s Cambay Spa & Resort; official arrested with a transmitter, 2 amplifiers and LCD television

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | September 26, 2012

ESPN Software India, sole and exclusive licensee for distributing ESPN, Star Sports and STAR Cricket channels in India, stepped up its tirade against piracy by the hotel industry. Taking swift action on a report filed by the company, the local police arrested a hotel official, Pintu Dey, who identified himself as the Manager of Cambay Spa & Resort, and seized a transmitter, two amplifiers and an LCD television which was being used to illegally broadcast ESPN, Star Sports and Star Cricket channels.

The hotel had violated the provisions of the TRAI tariff order by broadcast of ESPN, Star Sports and Star Cricket channels without mutual agreement with ESPN Software India. It is mandatory for commercial subscribers falling under the specific category to reach mutual agreement with the relevant broadcaster, including hotels with ratings of three-star and above, heritage hotels or any other hotel, motel, inn and such other commercial establishment providing boarding and lodging and having 50 or more rooms.

 Such establishments have to take broadcast signals directly from the broadcaster unless the broadcaster has authorised any operator to provide such signals. In this case, the Hotel Cambay & Resort that qualifies as a commercial subscriber of such a category was taking unauthorised feed from a local cable network.

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