CASBAA Urges Singapore to Avoid Risky “Bespoke” Regulatory Solutions

In a submission to Singapore’s Media Development Authority, CASBAA urged reliance on a combination of better information and self-regulation to meet consumer concerns about occasional removal of channels from pay-TV bouquets.    MDA’s public consultation on this question included ideas for approaches that would “go farther in the direction of placing burdensome obligations on pay-TV providers than those in place in any other Asian or Australasian economy,” CASBAA said.  This type of “bespoke” regulation to meet common problems carried large risks, CASBAA said, and should be avoided.   CASBAA particularly objected to the concept of allowing consumers to terminate pay-TV contracts whenever there was a “material change” (not further specified) in content provided by pay-TV channels.

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