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Regulations for the Indian Broadcasting Industry

  • September 2016
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 85 pages

Guidelines and Regulations regarding FDI and DAS Critical for the Growth of Television Services in India

The TV broadcast industry has evolved significantly over the last decade characterized by growing business models, increased competition, changing regulations, and above all a significant shift in consumer preferences. The TV industry in India is also undergoing a lot of changes as a result of digitization mandates.

Low entry barriers and an ease in regulation around broadcasting licenses in the late nineties led many entrepreneurs and organizations to enter the television segment, and a gradual increase in the number of channels over the past decade. Despite the tremendous growth in the number of TV channels in the last few years this sector had to face difficulties primarily due to capacity constraints and non-addressable nature of the network. This led to recommendations for implementation of DAS - Digital Addressable Cable TV Systems by the Government on 5th August 2010. The implementation of Digitization was decided to take place in a phased manner covering metropolitan cities in the first place followed by tier-2 and tier-3 cities and rest of India.

This insight includes an overview of the broadcasting industry in India, its drivers and the major regulations impacting television broadcasters, cable TV, Direct-To-Home (DTH) and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service operators. The study discusses the role of all major regulatory bodies and the regulations that related to uplinking, downlinking, program codes, advertisement codes, licensing framework, new channel launch, foreign direct investments (FDI), carriage fees and set-top boxes.

Table Of Contents

Regulations for the Indian Broadcasting Industry
Executive Summary
Key Findings
Key Terms
Industry Value Chain

Indian Broadcasting Industry Overview
Timeline—1959 to 2016
Market Overview
Broadcasting Sector Growth Drivers
Television Channels in India

Rules and Regulations for the Broadcasting Industry in India
Major Regulations and Amendments
The Prasar Bharathi(Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act, 1990
The Cable Television Network Rules, 1994
Cable Television Network Rules 1995—Impact on the Industry
Sports Broadcasting Signal(Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007
Other Regulations and Acts
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Act, 1997
Policy Guidelines for Uplinking from India
Procedure for grant of Permission for Uplinking
Policy Guidelines for Downlinking from India
Procedure for grant of Permission for Downlinking
Licence Fee and Renewal Process
Prescribed Program Code
Advertisement Codes
Advertisement Codes—Focus on Women
Licensing Framework for MSO
Regulations for The Indian Broadcasting Industry

New Channel Launch
Procedure—Primary Eligibility Criteria
Licence Fee and Renewal Process

Regulatory Bodies and Directives
Regulatory Bodies pertinent to the Indian Broadcast Industry
Statutory Bodies For Regulation of the Broadcast Industry—Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill 2007
Foreign Direct Investment Proposals
Some Directives being Disputed
Channel Aggregator Dispute—A Case Study
IPTV Service
Carriage Fee Regulations
Has Digitization brought down carriage fees?
The Register Of Interconnect Agreements, 2014
Cable Television Tariff Order 2014—TRAI
Commodity Pricing for Cable TV
Tariff Orders for Set Top Box—TRAI, 27th May, 2013

The Last Word
Legal Disclaimer

TRAI Consultations on Broadcast and Cable Services
Government Agencies and Industry Bodies
List of HD Channels in India
List of Pay Channels
Leading Broadcasters/ Aggregators
List of Top 20 MSOs ( By area and period of License)
List of DTH Operators
Digital Set Top Box—Prescribed Specifications

The Frost and Sullivan Story
Value Proposition: Future of Your Company and Career
Global Perspective
Industry Convergence
360º Research Perspective
Implementation Excellence
Our Blue Ocean Strategy

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