Delhi High Court issues notice to Star India for objectionable content
Delhi High court on Friday issued a notice to the Star India Private Limited and Novi Digital Entertainment Private Limited for allegedly operating an illegal OTT (Over the Top ) IPTV ( Internet Protocol Television ) distribution platform without following the uplinking and downlinking guidelines.
Justice Sanjiv Sachdeva ordered to issue a notice to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Ministry of Communication &IT for not regulating the contents provided by the above-mentioned party, in their IPTV platform website hotstar.com.
The notices were issued on a plea filed by the Un-Canned India Pvt Ltd & Anr, alleging that Star India ( Wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, ) and its wholly owned subsidiary Novi Digital Entertainment in connivance with each other, have been operating an illegal OTT (Over the Top ) IPTV ( Internet Protocol Television ) distribution platform , by illegally providing contents through their HotStar OTT IPTV platform in complete violation of the uplinking and downlinking guidelines and also the guidelines for provision of IPTV Services as stipulated under the applicable laws.
“Hotstar shows more than 19 live TV channels of Star India and along with also shows lascivious, obscene and sexually explicit contents that are not amenable to decency, morality, and a cultured democracy such as India. The plea also contends the said content is adversely impacting various sections of the society especially the adolescent teenagers who have easy access to laptops/smartphones and IPTV STBs and are susceptible to such content,” says a press release by the Un-Canned India Pvt Ltd.
The notice issued by the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi is returnable on the next date of hearing 15.12.2016, in the meantime the respondents Nos. I and 2 (Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Ministry of Communication & IT DoT respectively) are directed to look into the issue and, in case, the content, being made available through the website ‘hotstar.com’. is objectionable or prohibited, appropriate action shall be taken in accordance with law.