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SC extends stay of HC order banning cricket world cup feed from Doordarshan on cable

Cricket fans across the country will continue to view the World Cup matches involving India on public broadcaster Doordarshan’s national channel as the Supreme Court Tuesday extended its interim order for telecast of the matches on the channel.

The court also asked Prasar Bharati to respond to Star TV’s suggestion to create a separate channel to carry the live feed of cricket matches provided by it.

Today's order stated:

The consideration of the case will continue on Thursday i.e. 19th February, 2015. The suggestions placed on record on behalf of the respondents i.e. creation of an alternative/additional channel will be responded to by the Prasar Bharati by means of an affidavit of the competent authority indicating its stand in the matter i.e. with regard to the feasibility of the said suggestion.

In the meantime, the respondent no.4 will also place on record the precise quantum of loss that it comprehends will be occasioned to it keeping in mind the number of matches that it is obliged to share with Prasar Bharti.

The court on 10 February had stayed the Delhi high court order that barred Doordarshan from sharing the live feed of the Cup matches with cable operators, provided to it by Star TV

The Delhi high court had on 4 February barred Doordarshan from sharing the live feed, with Saikrishna & Associates and senior advocate Amit Sibal having represented the private companies.

The apex court bench, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, while directing a further hearing of the matter Thursday, asked Star to indicate the quantum of advertisement revenue it was losing on account of Doordarshan relaying its live feed on the Cup matches through cable operators.

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