Star India has cautioned the private cable and DTH operators to not to re-transmit Doordarshan feed carrying international matches of the Indian cricket team.
Star India, the exclusive broadcaster rights holder for the BCCI matches, has issued a public notice, asking private cable TV and direct-to-home platforms to not to re-transmit the DD feed showing Indian cricket team’s matches. The notice cites the Supreme Court order dated August 22, 2017, which states that the DD feed of cricket matches is not meant for cable operators and private DTH platforms.
“By this notice, private cable and satellite operators are hereby cautioned to refrain from re-transmitting the live feed of the said series’ in violation of SIPL’s rights, directions of Prasar Bharati as contained in the scroll, and of the judgment,” Star said in the notice.
As directed by the Supreme Court, Prasar Bharati too is running a scroll during the live games. “As per the judgment dated 22.8.2017 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal Nos 10732-10733 of 2017 the feed is not meant for cable operators and private DTH platform” during the match in the India-Australia Series 2017, dated 17 September,” the scroll text reads.
“Please note that the broadcast rights of the (i) India vs. Australia Cricket Series 2017 and (ii) India as New Zealand Cricket Series 2017 ‘are exclusively licensed to Star India Private Limited’ ”, the broadcaster has said cautioning the private distribution platforms.
The Supreme Court had ruled that the live feed of sporting events received by Prasar Bharati from rights owners under Section 3 of the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharat) Act 2007 is only for the purpose of re-transmission on its own terrestrial and DTH network Freedish.
The feeds cannot be re-transmitted by private cable and satellite operators (cable, DTH, IPTV or HITS) despite the fact that DD channels have to be mandatorily carried by all distribution platforms under the Cable TV Act.
Star India, after acquiring all the Indian Premier League media rights for INR 16,347.5 crore, hold ‘complete’ cricket portfolio with the BCCI, Asian Cricket Council, ECB and ICC rights in its kitty. Though, the BCCI rights will come up for renewal next year.