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DTH exempt from MP Entertainment Tax: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India has ruled that entertainment tax cannot be levied on the direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV service provided by Tata Sky by the state Government of Madhya Pradesh. The recent ...


Indian Government considers tax holiday for broadcasters

A ten-year tax holiday, duty exemptions, and the granting of infrastructure status are among the proposals reportedly being considered for the Indian broadcasting industry by the government at a meeting ...


The service tax placed on cinema admissions and film copyright will be removed in this year's union budget, in celebration of the centenary of Indian cinema. The government has placed "admission to ...


KPMG calls for simpler tax for India’s media sector

Tax laws for India's media and entertainment industry need simplifying, according to global management consultants KPMG. "The industry hopes for simplification of the onerous tax laws and resolution ...


Court orders stay on Tamil Nadu DTH entertainment tax

The Madras High Court has imposed a stay on the Tamil Nadu State Government's decision to impose a 30% entertainment tax on direct to home (DTH) satellite TV services, following a petition by Dish TV. ...


DTH, IPL must now pay entertainment tax in TN

Direct to home (DTH) satellite television services and local Indian Premier League (IPL) matches are now subject to entertainment tax in the state of Tamil Nadu after changes announced last month. The ...


DTH operators lose battle over Gujarat entertainment tax

Indian direct to home (DTH) satellite TV operators have been ordered to pay within two weeks the entertainment tax due to the government of Gujarat by an Ahmedabad court. The division bench of acting ...


India's TV stations pull ads in billing dispute

... (AAAI). The dispute has arisen since notices were given to broadcasters from the Department of Income Tax, demanding tax to be paid on the 15% difference between the gross bill and the broadcaster's ...


Call for rise in foreign funding cap for India’s news broadcasters

... FICCI also recommended the service tax applied to direct to home (DTH) satellite television operators should be reduced by 4% over the coming three years, given the increased burden of entertainment tax ...


HD and SD channel boost for Airtel Digital TV

... that suits regional preferences," he added. The company is offering subscribers the HD pack at INR 89 per month (inclusive of taxes), while the four channel Hindi HD pack (with Star Plus HD, Star Gold ...


Festive rise of 1.6mn in India’s DTH subscriptions

... figure, reported by Indiantelevision.com, marks the largest monthly subscriber swell in this tax year. Around 2.5 million DTH subscribers were added between June and September, after a 2.85 million subscribers ...


Regulatory hurdles hamper pay-TV sector in India and China: CASBAA

... This benefits ancillary industries, local content creators, tax collections and enables consumers to access newer forms of technology," said John Medeiros, deputy chief executive officer and director of ...


Normal service resumes after Indian TV ad blackout

... meet the needs of our member agencies in terms of their transactions with their clients." The dispute arose after notices were given to broadcasters from the Department of Income Tax, demanding tax to ...


Cable digitisation to transform India’s US$7bn TV industry

...  The study, 'Investing in Digital India: The Dynamics of Mandatory Addressable Digitisation', says the cumulative value of the tax receipts lost by the government under the current analogue cable TV distribution ...


Katju to chair Press Council of India

...  Born in 1946, Katju practiced law in the Allahabad High Court where he specialised in labour law, taxation and writ petitions. He was appointed its judge in 1991 and acting chief justice in August ...


Prasar Bharati outlines DD projects plan

... new studio at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh will, says Indiantelevision.com be completed in the current tax year. The building has now been constructed and major equipment for the project has been procured. ...


Shemaroo looks to IPO for capital injection

... year ending 31 March 2011. Its profit after tax grew 4196.5% on 2010, and its consolidated total income rose by 54.52%. Its debts amount to INR 1.28 billion. Promoters currently hold 90.14% of Shemaroo's ...


Tata Sky ready for customer influx with metro digitisation

... gain in terms of tax revenue and broadcasters would also gain in terms of increased revenue," said Mehra. Tata Sky currently has about 8.5 million subscribers – making it India's second largest DTH operator ...


India’s digital TV penetration to rise to 50% by 2016

... satellite capacity; and the extent of regulation in the broadcast ecosystem. While digitalisation is the result of policy progress, this has not been the case for investment and taxation policies." In ...


TRAI issues tariff orders for digital TV providers

... operators can charge a monthly rent of INR55.66 or INR50.66 (excluding taxes) for a digital set-top box if the security deposit is INR400 or INR800 respectively. Meanwhile, the monthly rent for the CPE ...