India Satellite Industry Forum 2011



In the Air - On the Air - On the Ground

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Video Clips
Panel 1 - India Beaming
Panel 2 - DTH Density
Panel 3 - Digital Conundrum
Panel 4 - Bandwidth Crunch
Panel 5 - Show me the money

India is a vast market with 120 million multi-channel TV viewers including 30 million DTH subscribers – a market rife with opportunities and challenges.

CASBAA examined the state of the digital, multichannel broadcast industry during its annual India Satellite Industry Forum held on Tuesday, 22 March 2011 at the Shangri-La Hotel in New Delhi. Bringing together leaders from across India and Asia, over 100 delegates, speakers and media were on hand to listen to experts discuss various important topics affecting the market today and into the future.

In attendance at the forum were a host of speakers including George Elias (Principal Advisor – Broadcast & Policy, TRAI), Rajiv Anand (Executive Director, PwC), Vikram Chandra (CEO, NDTV Convergence), Praveen Malhotra (Senior VP, Sales, Reliance Broadcast Network), Avinash Kaul (CEO, Zoom Entertainment Network), Joy Chakraborthy (Chief Revenue Officer, Zee), Terry Bleakley (VP, AP Sales, Intelsat) and Ravi Mansukhani (MD & CEO, IndusInd Media & Communication).

Taxation was a hot topic during the Forum as levies for DTH companies were reaching 35% - an unheard-of level for a product that is not a luxury good. Investment restrictions and price levels kept artificially low were also mentioned as impediments to growth. It was pointed out that the cable sector didn’t face the same regulations and tax enforcement as DTH companies with huge amounts of taxes avoided through under-declaration.

Several panelists also contended that companies were hard pressed to make money in the content industry with regulatory constraints, under-declaration, high carriage fees and rising costs all cited as factors.

On a brighter note, it was projected that, within a year, analogue switch-off would take place in the initial four cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, and for the rest of the country by 2015. Digitization is definitely coming – and coming soon!


Registration and Welcome Coffee



Welcome Remarks

Marcel Fenez, Chairman, CASBAA; Global Leader, Entertainment & Media Practice, PwC

Paul Brown-Kenyon, Co-Chairman, CASBAA Satellite Industry Committee; COO, MEASAT


Opening Keynote

George Elias, Principal Advisor (Broadcast & Policy), TRAI


Growing Dynamics of Media Law

Kanchan Sinha, Principal Associate, Amarchand Mangaldas




Coffee Break



India Beaming: Satcoms Challenges & Opportunities

The demand curve for satellite communications is ever changing. The panel will examine and deliberate on bandwidth demand, availability and crunch for telecoms, broadcast services and new media in 2011.


Nicholas Daly, Regional Director, Eutelsat

Terry Bleakley, Regional VP Sales, Intelsat

T R Dua, Director-General, Cellular Operators Association of India

Thomas Antony, India Consultant, APT Satellite

Host: Paromita Chatterjee, Senior Editor, ET Now




DTH Density: Is it all upside?

Though DTH subs are growing in India, many DTH operators in India are reportedly bleeding cash. Is fast growth and quick customer acquisition forcing operators to subsidize costs resulting in scarlet bottomlines? As state governments rush to levy new taxes on DTH services, will they kill the golden goose?


Deepak Mathur, VP - Sales (South Asia and the Middle East), SES WORLD SKIES

Sugato Banerji, CMO, Airtel Digital TV, Bharti Airtel

Rajiv Khattar, President – Operations, Dish TV

Amit Thukral, Principal Counsel- Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Tata Sky

Salil Pitale, Executive Director, Investment Banking, Enam Securities

Host: Timmy Kandhari, Executive Director & Leader,  Entertainment & Media Practice, PwC India



Networking Lunch


Taxability of Foreign Satellite Operators in India

With the recent Indian High Court ruling, revenues earned by FSOs for providing transponder capacity do not constitute royalty and hence are not taxable in India. But how certain is this decision and what are the chances of this ruling being repealed?

Rajiv Anand, Executive Director, PwC India



Digital Conundrum

Can new technologies such as Wi-Max, DTH, IPTV, Mobile TV, MPEG-4 help in creating a sustainable business model for service providers? Is the Indian communications market big enough to accommodate so many high-value technologies?


Ashok Mansukhani, President, MSO Alliance

Rajesh Chharia, President, Internet Service Providers Association of India

Vikram Chandra, CEO, NDTV Convergence

LV Krishnan, CEO, TAM Media Research

Host: Jai Krishna, Dow Jones Newswires



Coffee Break


Bandwidth Crunch: Do Indian broadcast, telecoms and Internet service providers have enough spectrum?

A worldwide driver for the deployment of newer services are dependent on spectrum availability and satellite capacity, which always seems to be in short supply. Or, is the reality different?


Ravi Mansukhani, MD & CEO, IndusInd Media & Communications

Yau Chyong Lim, Senior Director, Sales & Marketing, MEASAT

Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Sales & Marketing, AsiaSat

Ashok Venkatramani, CEO, MCCS (Star News)

Anil Prakash, Secretary General, IPTV India Forum

Host: Jeremy Rose, Principal Consultant, Comsys


Show Me the Money: Is Content Monetising Getting Difficult?

Probing the regulatory landscape for broadcast services and the complexity that is often subject to unheralded change for content owners.


Anurradha Prasad, Chairperson & MD, BAG Network

Praveen Malhotra, Senior VP, Sales, Reliance Broadcast Network

Avinash Kaul, CEO, Zoom Entertainment Network

Joy Chakraborthy, Chief Revenue Officer, Zee

Sanjiv Kainth, Regional Sales Director, South Asia & Country Manager, Irdeto Access India

Host: John Medeiros, Deputy CEO, CASBAA


Vote of Thanks

Paul Brown-Kenyon, Co-Chairman, CASBAA Satellite Industry Committee; COO, MEASAT

6:00pm – 8:00pm


Organised by: Presenting Sponsor:    
Intelsat Measat SES  
In association with: Official Braodcast Partner: Official PR Partner:  
Media Partner:      
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