TV CHANNEL REGISTRATION( FDI IN BROADCASTING)

FDI IN Broadcasting

1 Terrestrial Broadcasting FM (FM Radio) subject to such terms and conditions as specified from time to time by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for grant of permission for setting up of FM Radio Stations 20% (FDI, NRI & PIO investments and Portfolio investment)

2 Cable Network subject to Cable Television Network Rules, 1994 and other conditions as specified from time to time by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting 49% (FDI, NRI & PIO investments and portfolio investment)

3 Direct –to-Home subject to such guidelines/terms and conditions as specified from time to time by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting 49% (FDI, NRI & PIO investments and portfolio investment) Within this limit, FDI component not to exceed 20%

4 Headend-In-The-Sky (HITS) Broadcasting Service refers to the multichannel downlinking and distribution of television programme in CBand or Ku Band wherein all the pay channels are downlinked at a central facility (Hub/teleport) and again uplinked to a satellite after encryption of channel. At the cable headend these encrypted pay channels are downlinked using a single satellite antenna, transmodulated and sent to the subscribers by using a land based transmission system comprising of infrastructure of cable/optical fibres network.

4.1 FDI limit in (HITS) Broadcasting Service is subject to such guidelines/terms and conditions as specified from time to time by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 74% (total direct and indirect foreign investment including portfolio and FDI) Automatic upto 49% Government route beyond 49% and up to 74%

5 Setting up hardware facilities such as up-linking, HUB etc.

(1) Setting up of Up-linking HUB/ Teleports 49% (FDI & FII)
(2) Up-linking a Non-News & Current Affairs TV Channel
(3) Up-linking a News & Current Affairs TV Channel subject to the condition that the portfolio investment from FII/ NRI shall not be “persons acting in concert” with FDI investors, as defined in the SEBI(Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 1997

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