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Dish TV granted in-principle approval for 20-year DTH licence

It is effective from 1 April

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KOLKATA: Popular direct-to-home (DTH) operator Dish TV has renewed its DTH license for 20 years, subject to completion of necessary formalities.

Dish TV informed the stock exchange in a regulatory filing that it has received in-principle approval from the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) for grant of provisional licence to provide DTH broadcasting service in India with effect from 1 April 2021.

The DTH operator has to enter into an agreement with MIB, containing terms and conditions of the amended DTH guidelines, obtain and provide to the ministry other necessary clearances as envisaged under the guidelines, and provide the bank guarantee.

Dish TV had first received DTH licence in October 2003.

After resolving the long standing impasse on the DTH license policy, the government announced in December 2020 that DTH licences will now be issued for a period of 20 years. Under the new rules, licence fee will be collected quarterly instead of annually.

Changes had been approved for 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the DTH sector which was limited to 49 per cent.

According to the new guidelines, the licensee will need to pay an annual fee equivalent to eight per cent of its adjusted gross revenue, calculated by excluding GST from gross revenue (GR) as reflected in the audited accounts of the company for that particular financial. 

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