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TDSAT issues notice to TataSky over packages

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    TDSAT issues notice to TataSky over packages
    Broadcast tribunal TDSAT has issued notices to direct-to-home operator TataSky over a petition alleging "illegal and unauthorised" removal of prime channels by the operator from its basic package has forced its subscribers to pay more.

    The tribunal also issued notice to sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) after the West Bengal-based Federation of Consumer Associations submitted that it failed to discharge its duties by not enforcing the mandatory conditions of providing a-la-carte (pick and choose) on DTH operators.

    TDSAT Chairman Justice Arun Kumar has directed TataSky and TRAI to file their replies within two weeks.

    In its petition, the consumer organisation alleged that TataSky, in a 80:20 joint venture with broadcast major Star, 'fraudulently' announced to reduce Rs 40 in its basic package from June 1, 2008 onwards.

    TataSky took off prime channels such as BBC World, Star Sports, ESPN, Star Cricket, Ten Sports, BBC Entertainment and BBC Celebrity from the basic package and placed them on add-on packages, wherein a higher subscription fee is charged, the petition said.

    "The above mode has been adopted by TataSky knowing fully well that most customers would choose to subscribe to these channels and therefore the reduction is totally illusory, whereas the increase in subscription rate is a certainty," Federation of Consumer Associations said in a petition filed by advocate Navin Chawla.

    "TRAI, on its part has been coming out with regulations in the name of customer interest, however, it has taken no steps to ensure that the benefit of its regulations do actually inure to those for whom it is meant," the federation said in the petition

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    sounds like good news for tatasky users

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