HC notice to Centre, Prasar Bharati on encryption of live feed

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/n/nimbusdoordarshan.jpg' class='caption'> Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and Prasar Bharati seeking direction for encryption of DD signals.

Updated: October 25, 2007 06:48 IST
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New Delhi:

Ahead of Indo-Pak cricket series, the Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and Prasar Bharati on a petition by BCCI and Nimbus Communication seeking direction for encryption of DD signals to prevent illegal transmission of live feed by private operators.

Justice S Ravinder Bhatt gave one-week time to Centre and Prasar Bharati to file their replies and posted the matter for hearing on November 1.

Senior advocate CA Sundaram, appearing for petitioners, contended that they are giving live feed to DD, which in turn give to their Kendras unencrypted feed, which is being picked up by cable operators, an act of piracy.

Nimbus is the official broadcaster of all cricket matches to be played in the country till 2010.

However, the government had earlier brought out a Bill, which made it mandatory for private broadcasters to share live feed of all ODIs with public broadcaster Doordarshan.

Sundaram further contended that Nimbus wrote a letter to Prasar Bharati to encrypt the signals but they (public corporation) said it involved heavy cost and time.

Citing the urgency of the matter as Indo-Pak series is beginning on November 5, Sundaram said Nimbus has expressed its readiness to bear the cost of encryption but the public broadcaster showed no interest.

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