DTH
Report on Shemaroo

STB import duty doubled to 20%

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2017/12/16/TV.jpg?itok=3Eg3MVcC

NEW DELHI: In a fresh bid to boost domestic production under the Make in India project, the Indian government has increased the import duty on set-top boxes (STBs) to 20 per cent, including a host of other electronic items such as TVs sets and smartphones.

The duty hike from 10 per cent could impact the ongoing digitisation of TV services in India. Experts and stakeholders in the country’s broadcast and cable industry are still assessing the directive, including the fact whether the move is aimed at arresting imports from China.

A ministry of finance notification dated 14 December 2017 stated the federal government was “satisfied” that the import duty on certain goods, including electronics, should be increased as “circumstances exist” that render it “necessary to take immediate action”.

Though officially over, India’s digitisation of TV services is still a work in progress with many big MSOs admitting in private that the last and fourth phase is still far from over.

A cable industry source highlighted that India’s DTH operators annually import about 10 million STBs, while an additional 20 million boxes approximately would still be needed to fully cover areas falling under phase IV of digitisation.

While many India companies, including big companies like the Hero group, are manufacturing and/or assembling STBs in India, the supply, according to industry sources, isn’t enough to meet the demand. It is also expected that whenever the next round of survey is undertaken, the total number of TV homes in India would increase much beyond the figure of 183 million (as indicated by BARC India).

Will this increase in import duty also up the cost of STBs for consumers via a mixed business model of rentals and outright purchase of the product? It’s still not clear.

An industry source, however, said whether this government move would give a fillip to domestic manufacturing is not yet known. Most Indian DTH operators have already started importing STBs from countries like Thailand and Vietnam to take advantage of an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) trade pact, which is aimed at lowering trade barriers and help economic growth in general.

STBs can be now imported by Indian companies from ASEAN countries at very low tax rate that is in the range of 2-3 per cent, the source elaborated.

ALSO READ:

Budget 2016: STBs exempt from basic customs duty

DAS: Even official figures show digitization is incomplete

DAS phase IV pace slack; MIB to make Indian STB makers

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/04/15/img_15042021_113502_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=LjQGAVC9
Tata Sky paints murals in homage to Gujarati cinema actors

NEW DELHI: Tata Sky is painting the town red, quite literally. The DTH operator has launched a unique mural campaign in Gujarat to bring alive the local flavour by associating with popular regional film stars.  The campaign also embodies the concept of khidki that was introduced in the new brand...

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/04/12/img_12042021_161029_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=LghIoZ3o
Pay-TV revenue to grow at 7 per cent CAGR over 2020-25: MPA report

New Delhi: India is among a handful of countries where there is great scope for further penetration of television. Since the turn of the millennium, pay-TV connections have more than doubled in Indian households, though data in the public domain indicates there still remain an additional 100...

DTH DTH Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/04/02/img_02042021_142340_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=XxWQEXwi
DD Free Dish adds six new MPEG-2 slots

KOLKATA: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati's free-to-air DTH platform service DD Free Dish has added six new MPEG-2 slots, on the back of having surpassed an estimated 40 million subscribers. The move comes at a time when the platform witnessed a significant jump in the overall sales of MPEG-2...

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/04/02/dishtv.jpg?itok=WmVs65r9
Dish TV granted in-principle approval for 20-year DTH licence

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 (...

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/03/30/dd_free_dish.jpg?itok=y_jtnF0v
DD Free Dish now in 40 million households

NEW DELHI: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati's free-to-air DTH platform DD Free Dish has continued its strong growth trajectory and the service’s subscriber base has crossed an estimated 40 million, according to the EY FICCI Media Entertainment Report 2021.

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/03/24/img_24032021_130315_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=PsazSdCd
Celebrate World Theatre Day with these plays available on Tata Sky Theatre

NEW DELHI: Theatre has always been a significant place to present ideas and ideologies before the audience. Hence, people started celebrating World Theatre Day on 27 March to generate awareness about the importance of theatre arts. Commemorating the occasion, Tata Sky Theatre powered by Zee Theatre...

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/03/24/set-top_box_0.jpg?itok=qM4oKMgD
Kotwali Police Station in Ludhiana busts illegal STB racket

KOLKATA: A store in Ludhiana, PAL Electronics, was raided by Kotwali police station on 16 March, after Sony-appointed raiding agency Mediasoft Legal Solution’s service manager Harminder Singh complained that pay channels of Sony, Star, Zee and other major broadcasters were being sold via...

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/03/23/prakash_javadekar-800.jpg?itok=pXoq4CZ5
New DTH guidelines will make the sector competitive: Javadekar

KOLKATA: At the end of last year, the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) announced revised guidelines for direct-to-home (DTH) operators in India. The new DTH policy will make the sector competitive and will have a positive impact on consumers, I&B minister Prakash Javadekar...

DTH DTH Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/03/18/dd_free_dish.jpg?itok=R7QiYmwm
DD Free Dish sees robust bidding for MPEG-4 e-auction, 11 channels allocated slots

KOLKATA: Prasar Bharati has earned nearly Rs 10 crore through the 53rd e-auction of MPEG-4 slots of DD Free Dish. 11 channels were successfully allocated MPEG-4 slots post the auction. The 53rd round of e-auctions was dominated by news channels, with 10 out of the 11 slot up for grabs being won by...

DTH DTH Services

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required