Mumbai: The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of an appeal by some private broadcasters on a TDSAT order on multi-broadcaster bouquets till January 31.
The petition filed by MTV seeks to quash a TDSAT order that had disallowed multi-broadcaster bouquets under interconnection regulations.
"All major players offer multi-broadcaster bouquets and if the concept is held unlawful then the very basis of the functioning of the industry will break down," MTV said in its petition.
Earlier, TDSAT had asked MTV to enter into negotiations with Zee-promoted ASC Enterprises, which owns the DTH platform Dish TV, for supply of signals by it and Nickelodeon on reasonable terms.
The MTV petition, while pointing to the need for a firm pricing formula, alleged that TDSAT did not take into account the universal practice of multi-broadcaster bouquets.
TRAI in its order dated October 1, 2004, had also recognised the concept, MTV argued.
A petition filed by ASC Enterprises before TDSAT had alleged that MTV was giving its channels only as part of a bouquet of 11 channels of different broadcasters, jointly distributed by SET Discovery, and bundling of channels amounted to restrictive trade practices.