The Indian Government and Nimbus Communications, the company that holds the rights for the India-Australia and India-Pakistan cricket series, are heading for confrontation on the issue of mandatory sharing of live feed of matches with the Prasar Bharati (PB).
On Friday, Nimbus Communications issued a notice to PB, accusing the public broadcaster of violating the Sports Broadcasting Signals Act by transmitting the games with an unencrypted signal, thereby allowing access of DD National to private Direct To Home (DTH) and cable television operators.
The law states that every sports broadcaster must share the match feed for terrestrial and DTH coverage of Doordarshan. “The PB is recklessly aiding and abetting piracy while failing to perform its duty attaching to its rights under the Sports Act,” the notice said.
With the DD signal available on cable network, Nimbus is finding it difficult to ask multi-service operators to show Neo Sports, its channel airing the India-Australia cricket series.
Yannick Colaco, Nimbus' senior VP, has asked DD to transmit only encrypted signals to DD centres to prevent "aiding and abetting piracy". DD has also been asked to prevent access and utilisation of the Nimbus signal by a third party, except on its terrestrial and DTH network.