DTH received FDI worth 70747 crore: Anurag Thakur

Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Anurag Thakur said in the Lok Sabha that four private direct-to-home (DTH) operators had received foreign direct investment (FDI) worth Rs 7047 crore so far. Each DTH operator received the following amounts of FDI: Dish TV India + Videocon d2h (Rs 2170 crore), Bharati Telemedia (Rs 2165.06 crore), Tata Sky (Rs 1869.89 crore), and Sun Direct TV (Rs 1869.89 crore) (Rs 841.55 crore).

"According to current FDI policy, 100 percent FDI via the automatic route is permitted in the DTH industry under the Broadcasting Carriage Service sector. However, fresh foreign investment of more than 49 percent in a company that is not seeking a licence or permission from a sectoral Ministry, resulting in a change in ownership pattern or a transfer of stake from an existing investor to a new foreign investor, will necessitate Government approval," Thakur said.

He also added: "The government gained Rs 99.1 crore in income from private FM radio stations in FY 21-22, which ended on December 16, 2021. He further mentioned that 384 private FM radio stations are broadcasting in 112 cities across 26 states and five union territories."

As per the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), pay DTH providers' total active subscriber base climbed by 0.29 million in the first quarter of 2021, bringing the total to 69.86 million. The pay DTH operators had 69.57 million active subscribers in the preceding quarter, which ended on March 31, 2021. Tata Sky led the market with 33.37 percent, followed by Bharti Telemedia (25.76 percent), Dish TV (23.45 percent), and Sun Direct (23.45 percent) (17.41 percent ).


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