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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2039

173 TV channels to uplink from India

New Delhi, 10 May, (NEPS): The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has clarified that a cable operator may continue to carry or include in his cable service any Television broadcast or channel, which has made an application for registration to the Central Government on or before May 11, 2006 i.e. the date of commencement of the notification of amendments in the Cable Television Network Rules 1994 and DTH guidelines.

Such carriage will be permitted for a period of six months from the date of such commencement or till registration to the television channel has been granted or refused, whichever is earlier.

In case of the channels uplinking from India, in accordance with permission for uplinking granted before 2nd December 2005, they shall be treated as "registered" television channels and they can be carried or included in the cable service.

As on date, 173 television channels have been permitted to uplink from India. Of these, 164 were granted permission prior to 2.12.2005 and nine thereafter. 41 applications have been received by the Ministry for downlinking. Three of those 41 are news and current affairs related channels whereas all others are entertainment based.

Details of all these channels are available on Ministry of Information & Broadcasting website http://www.mib.nic.in

It may be recalled that policy guidelines for downlinking of television channels were issued on 11.11.2005.

The downlinking guidelines provide that, "No cable operator or DTH service provider shall, after the expiry of 180 days from the date of this notification, carry or include in his cable/DTH network any television channel that has not been registered under these guidelines". Amendments to this effect in the Cable Television Network Rules 1994 and DTH guidelines are being notified separately. This notification will be issued on 11.5.2006.

The details of television channels uplinking from outside India, whose applications have been received will also be placed on the web-site and up-dated from time to time.

All Cable Operators/ Head End Operators/MSO's/DTH Operators may refer to the Ministry's web-site for updated information.

- Asian Tribune -

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