India’s thriving creative sectors taps the nation’s diversity and energy, and increasingly disseminates content globally – from Bollywood block busters and streaming hits, to Indian cricket and cultural exports. Led by the traditional segments such as movies, television, and print, there is also a rapidly expanding industry for streaming videos, gaming systems, and diverse set of over-the-top applications. With revenue nearing $30 billion, 1,000 licensed channels, and multi-platform distribution network, the country also produces some 1,000 movies a year. The M&E Committee, which includes satellite communications members, aims to create direct links between Indian and American businesses and government leaders with the ultimate goal of creating a $100 billion media and entertainment industry.
The Committee advocates on policy, organizes roundtables and conferences, and provides a platform for innovation, creativity, and networking in both India and the United States to enable content ecosystem that attracts investment, creates jobs, and produces socio-economic benefits to both nations.
India’s satellite communications market conditions undermines connectivity and broadband access, inhibits the introduction of advance communications services, and constrains rural development. USIBC pushes for access to high-capacity Ka-band spectrum, direct market access for end-users, terminal licensing reform and quicker spectrum approvals, and proactively promoting satcom in support of universal service and Digital India.
Pushback on Digital Content Committee
USIBC successfully pushed-back on a Digital Content Committee looking at ways to control content that could have potentially resulted in content controls, and limits on press freedom and individual rights of free speech.
Provided individualized, company-specific support on localized issues, including film and theatrical permitting, satcom licensing, cross-sector investment, et al.