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Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) and direct-to-home (DTH) operator Tata Sky have been told by India’s industry tribunal to find a resolution to their carriage dispute by 9 November.

Tata Sky logo 15 Oct 2018The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) also rejected the relief sought by SPNI for Tata Sky’s failure to carry all of its channels.

“We direct both the parties to sit across the table and try to work out a mutually acceptable negotiated agreement within a period of four weeks from today,” said an order from The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT). If required, the parties can apply for an extension after this time.

SPNI had moved TDSAT following Tata Sky’s decision to drop Sony channels from its platform.

The distribution agreement between the two parties had ended on 31 July 2018, and negotiations to extend it had failed. Sony issued a disconnection notice to Tata Sky on 10 September.

Tata Sky then proposed a reference interconnect offer (RIO) to carry 10 SPNI channels out of a possible 32 from 1 October.

In the tribunal SPNI claimed the DTH operator was being unfair to customers who had selected Sony channels prior to disconnection, as they had to call Tata Sky to reinstate the ten channels that formed the RIO agreement.

Tata Sky, in response, said Sony had approached the tribunal for its business interest and was not in a position to represent the interests of its consumers.

The counsel for Tata Sky submitted that negotiations failed because the demand, for INR 1700 crore, came even after SPNI lost the rights to broadcast Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.