The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued guidelines for provisioning of IPTV Services in India. The guidelines “bring clarity on various platforms capable The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued guidelines for provisioning of IPTV Services in India. The guidelines “bring clarity on various platforms capable of providing IPTV services, the regulatory provisions and licensing requirements and other issues to encourage stakeholders to launch IPTV," according to the MIB.
Under the new guidelines, those eligible for providing IPTV include telecom Access Service Providers who have a licence to provide triple play services and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) with net worth more than Rs1 billion. Cable TV operators registered under Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act 1995, or any other telecom service provider duly authorised by the Department of Telecom, will not require further registration for offering IPTV service.
Downlinking regulations, earlier allowing broadcasters to share their channels for the cable and DTH platforms, have now been amended to include sharing of channels with the IPTV platforms.