The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry has proposed bringing the contents being streamed on the over-the-top (OTT) platforms under its ambit. At present, OTT platforms that are digitally streamed falls under the domain of the Ministry of Information and Technology (IT).
As per the I&B ministry, of the five different media, print, radio, TV, films and OTT, four of them have certain kinds of regulatory practices and one is unregulated.
The ministry is also of the view that there is a need for convergence and telecom and media & entertainment sectors should be on equal footing in terms of adjusted gross revenue (AGR). Thee shouldn’t be two different rates of AGR for the telecom sector and M&E sector for DTH providers.