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India has 23.77 mn DTH subs: Trai

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has said in its quarterly report that India has over 23.77 million DTH subscribers as of 30 June.


The total number of registered subscribers is from the six private direct-to-home operators - Dish TV, Tata Sky, Big TV, Sun Direct, Airtel Digital TV and Videocon D2H.


Digital cable TV, however, is still growing at a snail‘s pace in the Cas (conditional access system) notified areas.
 
Cable TV operators have marginally increased the seeding of set-top boxes (STBs) in the Cas areas of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai during this period.


According to Trai, the total number of STBs installed increased to 7,70,519 in the quarter ended June 2010, as compared to 7,62,238 STBs in the previous quarter.


Meanwhile, Trai has also released the data on the number of TV channels in India till 30 June 2010. There are 515 channels out of which 150 channels are pay, as per the sector watchdog‘s report based on the data received from 24 broadcasters/distributors across the country. 
 
The maximum number of channels being carried by any of the reported MSO in digital mode is 254. In analogue form, however, the maximum number of channels being carried by any of the reported MSOs is 100 channels.


Trai also said that number of private FM radio stations in operation remained at 248 till the end of June 2010.

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