While Den says that it has provided all Sun channels on a la carte basis, the broadcaster maintains that the MSO is liable to pay a lump sum amount as it has given the signals to all the subscribers
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | August 27, 2015
There seems to be let-down in the feud between Den Networks and Sun Distribution Services over subscription fees in Delhi (Phase 1), with both parties pleading their cases before the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
Some of the most notable issues observed in the case include:Whether the disconnection by respondent (Sun Distribution Services) of its channels on October 4, 2013 was without complying with the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) Regulation.
A source close to the MSO and the entire legal tussle, said, “While Den is supposed to provide the channels on a la carte basis, Sun has alleged that Den hasn’t provided the channels on a la carte basis, but given them to all the subscribers. Hence, Den is liable to Sun a lump sum fee. However, Den’s stance has been that whatever the subscriber has subscribed to and paid for, they are paying Sun that amount.”
According to the source, there was some disagreement over certain clauses in the a la carte agreement, which Den objected to and so the agreement didn’t materialise.
The source claimed, “There is no outstanding fee because till now Sun has not raised any invoice, while Den has been providing them with subscribers’ reports. Besides, Sun has illegally switched off the channels without giving any notice. Also, Sun had alleged the Den had pirated its signals to other areas, but if that was true, then why have they withdrawn their application?”
Meanwhile, officials from Sun Distribution Services refused to comment on the matter.