will ally with other broadcasters if it gets into DTH'
(Posted on 19 February 1:15 pm)
India will not get into direct-to-home services on its own but
would be looking at allying with other broadcasters in setting
up a platform, CEO Harish Chawla said on Monday.
clarified that CNBC was still a long way away from concretising
plans on how to go forward because they were yet to identify possible
partners in the project.
hope to enter the DTH market at some point but I can't say when
exactly because there are a number of issues which need looking
into," Chawla said.
principal issue that is exercising the industry is the 20 per
cent sectoral and foreign equity cap on DTH operations that the
government is demanding. Information and broadfcasting minister
Sushma Swaraj has repeatedly said there will be no change in the
guidelines issued in November 2000 despite strong lobbying from
the industry for its increase.
Swaraj has said DTH guidelines will be issued sometime this week
and it is only then that there will be a clear fix on who is likely
to finally get into DTH operations.
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