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    Quote Originally Posted by bcdxer View Post
    Satellite radio service may become dearer

    Ashish Sinha / New Delhi June 22, 2007
    Satellite radio service may get costlier for consumers once WorldSpace, the
    only satellite radio company in the country, is asked to pay licence fee as
    well as share up to 20 per cent of its annual revenue with the government.
    These proposals, among others, are part of an overall satellite radio policy
    draft, currently being considered by the Ministry of Information and
    Broadcasting (I&B).
    In the absence of any policy on satellite radio, WorldSpace does not pay
    licence fees or shares revenue with the government.
    According to sources, the draft satellite radio policy includes imposition
    of a one-time entry fee for satellite operators, up to 20 per cent
    revenue-sharing arrangement with the government, a 26 per cent cap on
    foreign direct investments for broadcasting news and current affairs.
    This move is seen by industry observers as a step from the government to
    boost the expansion of the private FM radio network. The broadcast of news
    and current affairs is still not allowed on private FM radio.
    Even the radio forum of industry body Ficci has asked for the I&B ministry
    to promote private FM radio over satellite radio.
    In its recommendations, Ficci Radio Forum has asked the I&B Minister
    Priyaranjan Dasmunshi for imposing a 4 per cent revenue sharing arrangement
    on subscriptions and 20 per cent share in its advertising revenue, annually.
    While an FM radio station works only in the range of 70-100 kilometres, a
    satellite radio service can be received on special radio sets direct via
    satellite, anywhere.
    WorldSpace radio has about 60,000 subscribers from its 10-city operation.
    Consumers can obtain the service by paying for the satellite radio sets
    (costs between Rs 1,800 and Rs 3,000) and subscription fees (Rs 1,700 per
    In contrast, FM radio sets come as low as Rs 50-100. The FM radio companies
    have to pay a licence fee and share 4 per cent of their annual revenue with
    the government. For the second phase expansion of private FM radio, the
    government collected Rs 907 crore in licence fee for 266 frequencies.
    The government is also considering disallowing WorldSpace the use of
    repeater network.
    A repeater network transforms a satellite radio service to a primarily
    terrestrial service fed from satellites, thereby competing with FM radio
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    thanks for the news

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    Thanks for posting the news. Already World space subscription is costly



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