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No Blackout Of Subscribed TV Channels: TRAI

Amid speculation that there may be a blackout of subscribed channels when the new regulatory framework for broadcasting and cable services comes into affect, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Wednesday assured consumers that there will be no disruption of TV services due to the order's implementation.

The TRAI, in March, 2017, had notified the new regulatory framework for Broadcasting and Cable services and re-notified it on July 3, 2018, prescribing the implementation schedule.

The authority has noticed that there are messages circulating in the media that there may be a black-out of existing subscribed channels on TV screens after Dec. 29, when the new order comes into effect, the TRAI said in a statement.

"The Authority is seized of the matter and hereby advises that all Broadcasters/distribution platform operators/local cable operators, will ensure that any channel that a consumer is watching today is not discontinued on Dec. 29," he said.

Hence, there will be no disruption of TV services due to implementation of the new regulatory framework, TRAI said.

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"Keeping in view the interest of the subscribers, and to enable a smooth transition, the authority is preparing a detailed migration plan for all the existing subscribers. The migration plan will provide ample opportunity to each and every subscriber for making informed choice," it said.

This will also enable service providers in carrying out the various activities as stipulated in the new regulatory framework in a time-bound manner, the TRAI said.

According to the implementation schedule, all the service providers were required to complete the preparation for migration to new framework by Dec. 28, 2018.

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