India has 44.21 million private DTH subscribers as of 31 December
2011, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said in its
The total number of registered subscribers is from the six
private direct-to-home operators - Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel
Digital TV, Videocon D2H, Reliance Digital TV and Sun Direct.
Digital cable TV, however, is growing slowly in the Cas (conditional
access system) notified areas.
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 853,737 in the quarter ended December 2011, as compared
to 819,960 STBs in the previous quarter.
Trai has also released the data on the number of TV channels
in India till 31 December 2011. There are a total of 825 private
satellite TV channels permitted by the Information and Broadcasting
Ministry, out of which 163 channels are pay, as per the sector
watchdog's report based on the data received from 25 broadcasters
and distributors across the country.
maximum number of channels being carried by any of the reported
multi-system operator (MSO) in digital mode is 277. In analogue
form, however, the maximum number of channels being carried
by any of the reported MSOs is 100 channels.
Trai also said that the number of private FM radio stations
in operation remained at 245 till the end of Dec 2011.