According to the study, the share of DTH in total digital TV homes in Mumbai dropped to 34 per cent in June 2012 from 38 per cent in January 2012 and in Kolkata to 29 per cent from 48 per cent.
The share of digital cable TV homes has remained flat in Delhi (40 per cent) and Chennai (26 per cent). The fall in the proportion of DTH homes in Kolkata was steep as the share of digital cable TV homes rose by a sharp 18 per cent in the eastern city.
Among digital TV homes, DTH was a dominant platform in Delhi (with 60 per cent share) and Chennai (with 74 per cent share). DTH's share in Mumbai was 34 per cent and in Kolkata 30 per cent. This scenario is likely to change.
The study suggests that most of the cable TV homes which are still hooked on to analogue cable TV prefer or would prefer to continue with the services of their local cable operator when they shift to digital cable TV services. The study reveals that the percentage of analogue homes which intend to shift to digital cable TV is overwhelming led by Mumbai (92 per cent), Kolkata (89 per cent), Chennai (84 per cent) and Delhi (81 per cent).
The four metros selected for the study are the cities chosen by the government for phasing out analogue cable TV services. All television homes are now mandated to shift to digital TV, either via DTH connections or through digital set-top boxes (STBs) provided by local cable operators (LCOs) by 1 November.
The government had to extend the deadline by four months as majority of homes have still not shifted to either of the digital platforms.
According to the monthly study based on a sample size of 4,600 homes, Mumbai leads in terms of digital penetration with 33 per cent of the homes having digital TV connections (as of June 2012), followed by Kolkata (25 per cent), Delhi (24 per cent) and Chennai (20 per cent).
The Information and Broadcasting ministry stated in early August that Mumbai looked the most prepared with 50 per cent of cable TV homes already having digital STB installations. But Delhi and Kolkata seemed to be struggling with the rate of STB installations around 25 per cent while Chennai lagged way behind.