According to Media Development Authority (MDA), pay-TV subscribers will not be required to pay additional charges to their providers from the middle of 2011.
From next year, the pay-TV operators will have to make available those channels also for which they are currently demanding extra fees from its consumers.
MDA’s Deputy Chief Executive, Mr. Michael Yap said that the new rule will encourage new retailers into the market.
He also said that the new regulation will be beneficial for the retailers and they will come up with new ways in order to attract more and more consumers.
In spite of objection from many Companies, MDA has decided to implement this new regulation. MDA will put this rule into practice from next year instead of this year.
The whole problem occurred when pay-TV operators StarHub and SingTel demanded extra fees from subscribers.
The MDA further said that it has made some significant changes in cross-carriage policy. It also mentioned that as per the new rule, a StarHub subscriber who wishes to watch a channel on Sing-Tel’s mio TV will be able to enjoy the show by simply using the StarHub set-top box. And the subscriber will have to pay monthly charges for that channel only to mio TV.
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