Approval for uplinking and downlinking of TV channels in India

The Centre has released new guidelines for up-linking and down-linking TV channels in India. These guidelines were last time amended in 2011. As per the new guidelines, there will be no requirement to take prior permission for the live telecast of events from now, only prior registration of the events to be telecast would be necessary.

There is no requirement of prior permission for a change of language or conversion of the mode of transmission from Standard Definition SD to High-Definition HD or vice versa only prior registration of the event to be telecast would be necessary.


New guidelines for up-linking & down-linking of TV channels in India have been released by the Centre. The guidelines state that specific timelines have been proposed for a grant of permission and Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) entities can also seek permission.

Moreover, LLPs / companies would be allowed to uplink foreign channels from Indian teleports which would create employment opportunities and make India a teleport hub for other countries, it stated.

The Guidelines for Up linking and Downlinking of Satellite Television Channels in India were released by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on 15th January 2018. The Guidelines aim at creating a level playing field for all those who seek permission for up-linking/down-linking channels in India.

The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has released newly approved guidelines for up-linking and down-linking TV channels in India. The guidelines were released by MIB Secretary Apurva Chandra today.

Speaking on the occasion, Chandra said, “We have kept a provision that a 30-minute slot should be given for things of national importance or national interest; seven-right themes have been given for the same – women empowerment, agriculture, teaching,” Apurva Chandra told ANI. The guidelines also said that channels should not telecast programs that are against the interest of the nation or public order. They should also comply with the provisions of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2017.