DTH

DTH subscriber growth see-saws in three quarters of 2018

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/09/dth.jpg?itok=T7j7wHih

BENGALURU: Growth of direct to home (DTH) subscriber base of private players in India was the slowest over the last five years for the nine month period ended 30 September 2018 (TQY 2018, TQY period, three quarters of the year under review) as per Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The good news was that the quarter ended 30 June 2108 (Jun-18, last or previous quarter) saw a reversal of fortunes. From a loss of about 30,000 (0.003 crore, 0.3 million, 0.3 lakh) subscribers in the quarter ended 31 March 2018 (Mar-18), DTH subscriber growth was positive 18.4 lakh (0.184 crore, 1.84 million) for the quarter ended 30 June 2018 (Jun-18). However, in the case of the quarter ended 30 September 2018 (Sep-18), subscriber growth has once again nose-dived to just 8,000 subscriber additions. As a matter of fact, the industry has faced one of the worst TQY periods – subscriber growth in TQY-18 was just 1,89,000 (0.0189 crore, 0.189 million) as compared to 3,44,000 (0.0344 crore, 0.344 million) in TQY-17 and 5,92,000 (0.0592 crore, 0.592 million) in TQY-16.

The figure below shows a q-o-q growth of DTH subscribers between the period Mar-16 and Sep-18.It may be noted that Mar-16 growth of 25.5 lakh (0.255 crore, 2.55 million) is with respect to Dec-15.

According to TRAI data, the overall private DTH active subscriber base grew by 0.419 crore or 4.19 million (7.8 percent) in calendar year (CY 2017) to 6.756 crore or 67.56 million from 6.256 crore or 62.65 million in CY 2016. Comparatively, in 2016, the overall private DTH active subscriber base grew by 6.67 million or 0.667 crore (11.9 percent) from 55.98 million or 5.598 crore in CY- 2015.

Please refer to the figure below for the DTH subscriber numbers as per TRAI data:

The merger between Dish TV and Videocon d2h that was effective since October 2018 has created the largest DTH services company in India and the second largest globally in terms of number of active subscribers. Please refer to the three figures below for approximate market share of the private DTH players in India in CY 2017, CY 2017 and CY 2018:

It must also be mentioned that the government’s FreeDish DTH service is the largest DTH player by far in terms of subscribers with an estimated 22 million or 2.2 crore subscribers in 2016 as per the KPMG-FICCI Indian Media and Entertainment Industry Report 2017 (KPMG-FICCI M&E Report 2017) titled Media for the Masse: The Future Unfolds. It must however be noted that an exact number for registered or active subscribers is not available since this is a free DTH service. Also, the merger of Videocon d2h with Dish TV will create the largest private television carriage player in India and quite likely the second largest in the world, be it cable, internet television or DTH or any other.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/15/DD-Free-Dish-Story.jpg?itok=qXFCtN9m
38th DD Free Dish e-auction on 11 February: Key highlights of revised policy

The Prasar Bharati Board on Tuesday gave a green signal to e-auctioning of DTH slots on DD Free Dish.

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/11/tata-sky.jpg?itok=2_DzmGLJ
TATA Sky ShortsTV acquires much acclaimed short films from Terribly Tiny Tales

TATA Sky ShortsTV, the world’s only TV channel dedicated to short films, has acquired 18 shorts from Terribly Tiny Tales (TTT).

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/10/india.jpg?itok=VL5LzIy-
IndiaCast issues disconnection notice to Independent TV

MUMBAI: Viacom18 and TV18’s distribution arm IndiaCast has issued a disconnection notice to direct-to-home operator (DTH) Independent TV (Reliance Big TV) over non-payment of subscription fees.

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/20/airtel.jpg?itok=1UDSS82O
QYOU Media joins hands with Airtel Digital TV

QYOU Media has announced that it has partnered with Airtel Digital TV, the DTH arm of Bharti Airtel (Airtel), to bring The Q India’s 24/7 linear stream of digital first content to Indian homes.

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/20/games.jpg?itok=VX74TQiM
Hollywood Diaries - Initiative By Airtel Digital TV & One Take Media Co.

Airtel Digital TV, the DTH arm of India’s largest telecommunications provider Bharti Airtel, and One Take Media Co., leading content production and distribution company based in Mumbai, together recently launched Hollywood Diaries- A collection of the finest Hollywood Movies  on Airtel Digital TV...

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/19/tata.jpg?itok=UjmGNjYw
Tata Sky offers 44% discount for new subscribers

As part of a festive offer, direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Tata Sky is offering up to 44 per cent discount for new subscribers in the country.

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/19/dishtv.jpg?itok=WZkPTz2q
Dish TV partners MediaKind to upgrade infrastructure

DTH company Dish TV India, in partnership with MediaKind, has strengthened its infrastructure capabilities to enhance the customer TV viewing experience in India.

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/18/dish-tv_1.jpg?itok=ETxh4LmV
Dish TV wins IDC Insights Awards for ‘Excellence in Operations category’

Dish TV India Limited, the world’s largest single-country DTH Company, has bagged the I.C.O.N.I.C IDC Insights Award 2018 for its pioneering initiative ‘Project Phoenix’– a common service CRM for both its brands

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/07/logo.jpg?itok=trdf0s3E
Sony channels back on Tata Sky after a two-month blackout

All’s well that ends well. A commercial dispute between Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) and India’s DTH premier operator Tata Sky has finally been resolved mutually. All Sony channels, which were dropped from the satellite platform, have returned after two-month partial blackout --- much to the...

DTH DTH Operator

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories