In Today’s News:
- Revision in guidelines for providing Direct to Home (DTH) Services in India.
1. Revision in guidelines for providing Direct to Home (DTH) Services in India
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal for revision of the guidelines for obtaining the license for providing Direct-To-Home (DTH) broadcasting service in India.
Prelims GS – Governance/Science & Technology
Salient features of revised guidelines for DTH:
- License for the 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.
- The license fee has been revised from 10% of GR to 8% of AGR. AGR will be calculated by deduction of GST from GR.
- The License Fee will be collected on a quarterly basis in lieu of a presently annual basis.
- DTH operators shall be permitted 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.
- Sharing of Infrastructure between DTH operators. DTH operators, willing to share the DTH platform and transport stream of TV channels, on a voluntary basis, will be allowed. Distributors of TV channels will be permitted to share the common hardware for their Subscriber Management System (SMS) and Conditional Access System (CAS) applications.
- 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.
- Direct to Home’ (DTH) service is a digital satellite service that provides television viewing services directly to subscribers through satellite transmission anywhere in the country.
- In this, a dish is placed outside a home which helps in receiving the signals and broadcasting the transmission onto a television.
- The signals are digital by nature and are received directly from the direct broadcasting satellites.
- The digital signals provide optimum quality in all features and make viewing an absolute pleasure.
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Benefits of Revised guidelines for DTH in India:
- The proposed reduction is intended to align the license fee regime applicable to the Telecom sector and will be prospectively applied.
- The difference may also enable DTH service providers to invest for more coverage leading to increased operations and higher growth and thereby enhanced and regular payment of License Fee by them.
- The registration fee for Platform Services is likely to bring a revenue of approximately Rs. 12 Lakhs.
- The sharing of infrastructure by the DTH operators may bring in more efficient use of scarce satellite resources and reduce the costs borne by the consumers.
- Adoption of the extant FDI policy will bring in more foreign investment into the country.
- The DTH is operable on a pan-India basis.
- DTH sector is a highly employment-intensive sector.
- It directly employs DTH operators as well as those in the call centers besides indirectly employing a sizeable number of installers at the grass-root level.
- The amended DTH guidelines, with a longer license period and clarity on renewals, relaxed FDI limits, etc., will ensure a fair degree of stability and new investments in the DTH sector along with employment opportunities.
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