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FDI in Broadcasting


Endeavor Careers

on 14 February 2013

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Transcript of FDI in Broadcasting

At present, it is possible to provide broadcasting (carriage services) using either telecommunication networks or broadcasting networks.

Keeping in view the convergence of technologies in the broadcasting and telecom sectors, uniformity has been proposed in respect of companies providing carriage services (except cable services).

Direct Foreign Investment Includes (For Companies in Telecom Sector and Broadcasting Sector):
Investment by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs),
Nonresident Indians (NRIs),
Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCBs),
American Depository Receipts (ADRs),
Global Depository Receipts (GDRs)
and convertible preference shares held by foreign entities The Rules.. Foreign Investment Route
Up to 49 percent be permitted under the Automatic Route
Beyond 49 percent and up to 74 percent be permitted under the Government Route

Automatic Route :

Investment is allowed without prior approval either of the Government or the Reserve Bank of India in all activities/sectors as specified in the consolidated FDI Policy, issued by the Government of India from time to time.

Government Route: Investment not covered under the automatic route requires prior approval of the Government which are considered by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), Department of Economic Affairs and Ministry of Finance The Rules.. Percentage Foreign Investment Permitted
Cable TV and DTH ( Direct to Home) : Two of the well known and prevalent media providing television broadcast services to Indian households

HITS : Headend in the Sky (HITS) : Comcast's satellite multiplex service that provides cable channels to cable television operations.

Mobile TV : Watched on a small handheld or mobile device. It includes pay TV service delivered via mobile phone networks or received free-to-air via terrestrial television stations FDI policy Segments Foreign investment rules for companies in the Broadcasting Sector (I) To expand the reach of broadcasting services

Improving accessibility of these services to length and breadth of India

Bring in International Best Practices

Bring in investments for developing Quality Infrastructure Purpose Served by Reforms For complete digitization of all the households an estimated $20 Billion would be required which can be raised through Foreign Investment.

Also To make the foreign investment policy for the broadcasting sector consistent with that of the telecom sector, because of the convergence of technologies involved in these two sectors Need For Foreign Investment
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