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Cabinet approves revision of DTH guidelines, license will now be issued for 20 years: Javadekar


Union Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday that the Cabinet has decided to approve the revision of the guidelines for providing direct-to-home (DTH) television services in the country.

At a press conference, Javadekar said that the license for DTH would be issued for 20 years and that the license fee would be charged on a quarterly basis.

“The cabinet decided today to approve the revision of the guidelines for the provision of DTH services in the country. Now the DTH license will be issued for 20 years, the license fee will be charged quarterly, ”said the Union minister.

Previously, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had issued a consultation paper on December 7 seeking opinions and comments regarding the recommended regulatory framework for DTH services. A written response was requested from stakeholders on the consultation document by December 14 and on feedback by December 19.

The regulatory authority had first issued recommendations on the “Regulatory Framework for Platform Services” for DTH services and Multiple System Operators (MSO) in 2014, which were submitted by the transmission ministry in October 2020. MSO It is defined as an authorized service provider of cable television services to its subscribers.

Javaderkar during the briefing also said that the cabinet approved the merger of Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives of India and Children’s Film Society, India with National Film Development Corporation.

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