IBF clarifies on invoices & monthly subscriber reports in new MRP regime
In a bid to clear any confusion that might be there amongst the distribution platform operators (DPOs) regarding the implementation of the new MRP regime mandated by TRAI, the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) has clarified that its member broadcasters have executed the Reference Interconnect Agreements (RIOs) under the new MRP regime with the DPOs and have implemented the new tariff structure effective February 1, 2019.
In a release issued, IBF stated, “Some of our member broadcasters have been receiving calls from some DPOs seeking clarification regarding submission of monthly subscriber reports (MSRs) and billing for the month of February 2019.”
The IBF further said, “All DPOs are statutorily bound to adhere to the provisions of the new MRP regime. Accordingly, DPOs are hereby requested to provide their MSRs as mandated under the new MRP regime in respect of each of their subscribers on the duly notified dates, viz., 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of every month. From the month of February 2019 onwards, our member broadcasters will be raising invoices on DPOs in accordance with the provisions stipulated by TRAI under the new MRP regime.”
Referring to a press release issued by TRAI on February 12, 2019, IBF said that the Authority had acknowledged that 65 per cent of cable services subscribers and 35 per cent of DTH subscribers had already migrated to the new MRP regime. However, since a switch-off will cause inconvenience to subscribers, TRAI has extended time up to March 31, 2019 to those subscribers who have not yet migrated to exercise their choice.
The new MRP regime came into force from February 1, 2019, however, the transition has been far from smooth with new directives issued every other day and no clear picture emerging as to what percentage of cable and DTH subscribers had exercised their channel choices so far.
The IBF and its members have unequivocally affirmed their support for the smooth implementation of the new MRP regime.