wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

India’s IPTV Guidelines: VAS, New Channels Require Govt Approval

The Indian Government finally issued guidelines for IPTV services in India yesterday, and there are a few surprises: -- Differential IPTV License Fees: Telecom service providers will have to pay a heavier license fee than ISPs. Telcos will have to pay according to the circle of operation - 10% of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) for Category A circles, 8% for category B and 6% for Category C. Comparatively, ISPs will have to pay only 6% of AGR. The government has blocked a possible loophole for Telcos - if a teleco registers as a cable operator to provide IPTV, it will be considered a telecom operator. There's no mention of a license fee for Cable Operators, only that Cable Operators will be governed by provisions of Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act and TRAI Act for content. -- Value Added Services: IPTV Service Provider shall furnish the complete details such as name, technical details and license etc of the value added service being provided through IPTV network. Provided that in case of any new value added service is added to the network, the IPTV service provider shall obtain prior approval of the Government or licensing authority. -- The guidelines allow licensees to take content from Multi System Operators (MSOs) and Cable Operators, instead of going to specific channels or IPTV service providers. -- Only broadcast satellite TV channels registered/permitted by the Ministry of I&B shall be transmitted, in the same (unaltered) form. Only those News & Current Affairs TV channels which have…

Please subscribe/login to read the full story.
Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

India's smartphone operating system BharOS has received much buzz in the media lately, but does it really merit this attention?

News

After using the Mapples app as his default navigation app for a week, Sarvesh draws a comparison between Google Maps and Mapples

News

In the case of the ‘deemed consent' provision in the draft data protection law, brevity comes at the cost of clarity and user protection

News

The regulatory ambivalence around an instrument so essential to facilitate data exchange – the CM framework – is disconcerting for several reasons.

News

The provisions around grievance redressal in the Data Protection Bill "stands to be dangerously sparse and nugatory on various counts."

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ