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Indian Govt earns Rs 1.26 bn as licence fee from DTH operators
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NEW DELHI: The Government earned Rs 1.26 billion as licence fee from the direct-to-home (DTH) operators during 2009-10, up from Rs 893.81 million a year ago, as their subscriber base and revenues have seen strong growth.

DTH players are required to pay a licence fee equivalent to 10 per cent of their gross revenue.

The licence fee collected in 2007-08 was Rs 345.63 million, but went up in the later years as the number of DTH players increased. The amount paid to the government is fixed from the gross revenues of DTH operators.

These amounts are apart from the service tax for which the Department of Revenue says it does not maintain separate records, and entertainment tax which is a state subject.

Full Story: Indian DTH Blog

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The subscriber base and revenues are speculated to grow even more stronger in the coming year however the tax burden should not be passed down to the end user.
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