The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) on November 30, 2022, issued Guidelines for Platform Services offered by Multi-System Operators. As per the guidelines, Only entities registered as Companies are allowed to provide local news and current affairs. MSOs not registered as “company” and desirous of providing local news and current affairs are mandatorily required to apply within 3 months with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for conversion into “company”.
These guidelines have been issued to ensure that the network capacity of Cable Operators is utilized primarily for the same. Further, these guidelines mandate the adherence to Programme Code and Advertisement Code with respect to content on PS channels and help in combating the menace of Piracy.