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HC bars Prasar Bharati sharing World Cup feed

Delhi High Court on Wednesday barred Prasar Bharati from sharing with cable operators through Doordarshan (DD) channels the live feed of the 2015 ICC World Cup, of which ESPN and Star have the exclusive broadcasting rights. A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva passed the order on the plea of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), ESPN and Star who had contended that cable TV operators were getting live feeds through DD channels free of cost, resulting in loss of revenue for them.

“The appeal as well as writ petition (civil) 8458/2007 are allowed to the extent that the live broadcasting signal shared by ESPN/STAR by virtue of the Sports Act with Prasar Bharati, shall not be carried in the designated Doordarshan channels under the must carry obligation cast by the Cable TV Network Act on cable operators. This shall operate prospectively,” the bench said.
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