Sony strikes deal with Echostar for US return next month

After being off for close to a month in the US, Hindi entertainment channel Sony Entertainment Television is looking at making a comeback by next month. The channel inked an agreement with Echostar on 22 May in the US under which the DBS service will distribute it to Dish Network subscribers. Dish has close to 6 million subs in the US. 

Echostar has made a minimum guarantee (MG) commitment to Sony team to bring it on to its platform. If subscribers cross a particular level, says SET COO Rajesh Pant, "we will get the MG plus a percentage of the subscriber fee. Now if these two put together cross a certain threshhold, we will get a higher percentage of the subscription fee."

The SET management is working out a plan to enable earlier subscribers on the EABC platform on DirectTV to migrate to the Echostar service. They have already invested in dishes and boxes for Direct TV. "We will give them incentives to migrate like free dishes and boxes or price-offs on both," says Pant.

SET, along with an EABC-produced channel Network Asia had close to 7,000 subscribers before it went off the air. Pant says packages are being worked out with $14.99 for a single channel; $24.99 for two channels. The other channels on the ethnic Dish platform are: B4U, Zee TV, Zee Gold, TV Asia.

Pant points out that SET is set to expand the US team so that it can push better in the US market. "We are looking at distribution and marketing and advertising professionals," he says. But the service will first have to get going and pacify Indian denizens who have been quite irritated by its untimely shutoff from the DirectTV platform.

Latest Reads
Uday Shankar's meteoric rise from Star India to Disney APAC

The man running, arguably, India's largest media company has made it to the top job in the Asia Pacific region at probably the world’s most admired entertainment company - Disney. Uday Shankar, who once was a reporter with The Times of India, and then went on to successfully lead news channels such...

Television TV Channels GECs
DreamWorks to launch Fight Sports and Kids+ channels

DreamWorks Channel, a Southeast Asian pay television network that is owned and operated by DreamWorks Animation International TV, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, which is a division of Comcast, has set the ball rolling to launch two new channels - Fight Sports and Kids+ Asia. It has started the...

Television TV Channels Kids
4 Star and 3 Zeel channels most watched across genres

Four channels from the Star India network, three channels from Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (Zeel) and one channel each from Sony Pictures Network India (SPN), the Sun TV Network, and Viacom 18 comprised the list of the top 10 channels across genres for week 49 of 2018 (Saturday, 1 December to...

Television TV Channels Viewership
Disney hoicks Uday Shankar to top job at Fox-Disney combined unit for APAC

MUMBAI - As part of the integration planning for the pending acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21st Century Fox”-NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX), the Direct-to-Consumer & International (DTCI) segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today announced plans for the strategic alignment of...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Discovery strikes agreement with European Tour to expand GOLFTV portfolio and establish the ‘digital home of golf

Discovery and the European Tour have announced a new partnership that will see GOLFTV continue to expand its portfolio and move towards becoming the established ‘digital home of golf’ for fans around the world.

Television TV Channels Factual @ Discovery

CNN and Cartoon Network won eight honours – also known as “Goddess of Creativity” wins – at the Asian Academy Creative Awards on December 6, the region's version of the International Emmy Awards.

Television TV Channels Kids
Uncover the enthralling journey of the most notorious drug lord on HISTORY TV18 HD’s ‘The Rise & Fall of Pablo Escobar’

Pablo Escobar’s belief that “Life is full of surprises, some good, some not so good.” forms the basis for a thrillingbiography of the world’s most infamous drug lord.

Television TV Channels Factual @ Discovery
Mumbai, Gear Up For DreamHack - The World’s Largest Gaming Festival

Starting 21st December, get ready to experience the world’s largest gaming festival – DreamHack, right here in Mumbai

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
DISCOVERY channel to premiere ‘Extreme Jobs with Tim Kennedy’ from 17th December

Discovery Channel to premiere no holds barred series EXTREME JOBS WITH TIM KENNEDY hosted by Special Forces Sniper and fearless Green Beret, Tim Kennedy.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories