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Union Cabinet approves revision of guidelines for obtaining DTH license

Union Cabinet approves proposal for revision of guidelines for obtaining DTH license

Kohima, December 24 (NEx): The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal for revision of the guidelines for obtaining license for providing Direct-To-Home (DTH) broadcasting service in India.

The cabinet decided that the license for DTH will be issued for a period of 20 years in place of the present 10 years. Further, the period of License may be renewed by 10 years at a time.

It also revised the License fee from 10% of GR to 8% of AGR which will be calculated by deduction of GST from GR. Further, License Fee will be collected on quarterly basis in lieu of presently annual basis, it said.

The union cabinet also resolved to permit DTH operators to operate to a maximum of 5% of its total channel carrying capacity as permitted platform channels. A one-time non-refundable registration fee of Rs.10,000 per PS channel shall be charged from a DTH operator.

On sharing of Infrastructure between operators, the cabinet said that DTH operators, willing to share DTH platform and transport stream of TV channels, on voluntary basis, will be allowed and distributors of TV channels will be permitted to share the common hardware for their Subscriber Management System (SMS) and Conditional Access System (CAS) applications.

It also decided that the cap of 49% FDl in the existing DTH guidelines will be aligned with the extant Government (DPIIT’s) policy on FDl as amended from time to time.

The decision will come into effect as per revised DTH guidelines issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, it informed.

(News source: PIB)