DTH

Nothing decided on DTH plans, says Star's Altaf Ali Mohammed

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/dth-images/2014/08/12/cdsc.jpg?itok=EvZmL7x2

Altaf Ali Mohammed, in charge of Star's DTH and broadband operations in India, today rubbished reports in the press that Star had put together a $ 350 million war chest to vigorously pursue its DTH plans in India this year.

No decisions have been made regarding Star's DTH venture as there were still a number of issues to be clarified, Mohammed pointed out, while stating that he he had yet to get the full gist of the statement that information and broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj is reported to have made in parliament on Friday regarding uplinking from India.

Swaraj, in a written statement in Parliament, has been quoted as saying that since the convergence bill was still at the drafting stage, it was not possible to say whether it would have any provision for compulsory uplinking of foreign channels.

As per the DTH notification issued in March on the ground rules for companies wanting to enter DTH in India, any licensee will have to establish an uplink earth station in India within 12 months from the date of issue of license. All content provided by the DTH platform to the subscribers, irrespective of its source, will have to pass through the common encryption and conditional access system, located within the earth station, situated on Indian soil.

Asked for his reaction to strong rumours in the market that Star was the most likely partner in the DTH platform that government internet gateway provider Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL) was planning to launch before the end of the year, Mohammed said he was in charge of the project and he was putting on record that nothing had been decided yet on the matter. "The fact that no one has applied for a DTH licence till now (the government notification was out in March) should indicate something," Mohammed stated.

There were still a number of issues which needed clarification before there could be any go-ahead on DTH, Mohammed said. An issue which needed further elaboration from the government was the one requiring a record of all that was aired for a period of 90 days after telecast, he said.

One of the clauses in the guidelines state: "The DTH operator will follow the advertising and programming code drawn up by the information and broadcasting ministry. And it should maintain a record of the advertising and programming for 90 days."

Mohammed also drew issue over the fixing of responsibility for the content of third party channels with the platform provider. He said that the same rules that applied to cable operators should apply here too because it was only the distribution methodology that was different in the two cases.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/15/ranveer.jpg?itok=W_RO0Yw7
Dish TV appoints Ranveer Singh ahead of festive season

DTH operator Dish TV has launched its new campaign with Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh as its ambassador.

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/05/airtel.jpg?itok=zSxIZGYW
DTH subscriber growth slow in first half of 2018

Growth of direct to home (DTH) subscriber base of private players in India was the slowest in five half-years for the half year ended 30 June 2018 (HY 2018, half year under review) as per Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/04/dishtv.jpg?itok=Z1OZlGPa
DishTV launches ‘Thriller Active’ service on both platforms

Dish TV India Limited, world’s largest single-country DTH Company, is delighted to introduce a never heard before value added service-

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/03/mukund.jpg?itok=aherJfrS
Dish TV ropes in Mukund Cairae as biz head sports and exclusive content

Dish TV, the largest DTH operator in India, has appointed Mukund Cairae as business head sports and exclusive content.

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/02/tata-sky.jpg?itok=Wyr_FoNg
SPN’s riposte to Tata Sky yanking off its channels

A commercial dispute with Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and TV Today group has left DTH provider Tata Sky’s subscribers in a rather tricky position.

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/01/mib.jpg?itok=EEA-Y5iZ
MIB reiterates 45-day alert to pubcaster on sports signal sharing

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has reiterated that broadcast rights holders of sporting events for the India region should inform pubcaster Prasar Bharati of signal sharing details at least 45 days in advance.

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/09/20/dish.jpg?itok=hdGGyObD
D2H brand increases focus on South, launches new customer awareness TVC campaign

D2H, brand of Dish TV India Limited, the world’s largest single-country DTH Company, has launched a 360-degree TVC campaign for its southern market, highlighting the maximum number of entertainment offerings by the brand.

DTH DTH Operator
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/09/19/Irdeto.jpg?itok=eNVZmdQz
Irdeto Partners with Airtel to Secure Content on Airtel’s Digital TV Platform

Irdeto has partnered with Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s largest telecommunications service provider, to secure all content offered on Airtel’s Digital TV services. As part of the strategic partnership, Irdeto will deploy its security solutions to secure the linear channels offered on the set-...

DTH DTH Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/09/04/dish.jpg?itok=dfcXLMoL
Get Fit with Dish TV’s new ‘Fitness Active’ service

Dish TV India Limited, world’s largest single-country DTH Company announce the launch of ‘Fitness Active’ service on its DishTV & d2h platforms.

DTH DTH Operator

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories