India government keen to regulate Indian digital platforms

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The India government is proposing a plan to regulate content across existing Indian digital platforms. Currently, the over-the-top (OTT) services are managed by the Ministry of Information and Technology (IT). However, in a change, talks have begun to place them under the purview of The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry.

Amit Khare, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Secretary, said, “OTT being a digital platform will fall under the purview of the Ministry of IT but now we are proposing a decision that the content should fall within the purview of I&B ministry.”

It’s no surprise that the lockdown phase has boosted the usage of OTT channels throughout the country. Popular online streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, ZEE5, ATLBalaji have all observed a major rise in the number of subscribers during this period, reports Trak.

Khare went on to say, “What happens to AGR in telecom has to be applicable in the M&E sector. We cannot have two different rates of AGR for the telecom sector and M&E sector for DTH providers.”

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