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NGC Network India receives licence to uplink channels from India

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information
& Broadcasting (MIB) has awarded 16
new television channel licences,
including nine uplinking licences to
NGC Network India, a subsidiary of
Fox International Channels (FIC)
The MIB has also awarded two
uplinking licences to Zee
Entertainment Enterprises Ltd
With licences in hand, NGC Network
India will start uplinking channels
from India. Until now, it was
downlinking channels in India from
Hong Kong. The company hopes to
operationalise the uplinking licences
by next month, says a source.
The company has received uplinking
licences for National Geographic, Fox
Life, Fox Life HD, Baby TV HD, Nat
Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, Nat Geo
People HD, Nat Geo Music HD and
National Geographic HD.
Earlier, Star India had received
licences to uplink its sports channels
from India.
ZEEL has received downlinking
licences for launching Veria Living and
Zee Café HD. It has also got approval
for changing the name of Zee Khana
Khazana to Living Foodz.
Living Foodz, which is a food and
lifestyle channel, was launched under
Living Entertainment, a subsidiary of
Essel Group. Zee Living, which was
first launched in the US in 2007, will
mark its entry in the Indian market in
the first quarter of the next calendar
year. Zee Living will also be housed
under Living Entertainment.
Star India subsidiary Asianet
Communications has received the
licence to launch Asianet HD, which
went live on 13 August.
As reported first by
TelevisionPost.com, Media Worldwide
received a licence to launch Marathi
music channel Sangeet Marathi. The
channel launched in early September.
AM Television has received a licence
for a non-news channel called
Rengoni in Assamese language.
SAB Global Entertainment Media has
got an all-language licence to launch
a non-news channel called Seven
Sisters Rainbow.
Cabsat Channel has received a
downlinking licence to launch
Australia Network, which is owned by
Australian Broadcast Corporation.

827 private satellite TV channels
permitted in India

As on 13 August, the MIB has
permitted 827 private satellite TV
channels in India. These include 400
news and current affairs channels and
427 non-news and current affairs
The ministry has permitted 712
channels to uplink from India as well
as to downlink into India. 2Twenty
channels will be able to uplink from
India but not downlink in India. 95
channels have been permitted to only
downlink into India (uplinked from

NGC Network India receives licence to uplink channels from India

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