Zee's Dish TV shifting to NSS-6 from Insat in July


NEW DELHI: Zee Telefilms and ASC Enterprise-promoted Dish TV, India's first KU-band DTH televisions service, will hop on to NSS-6 from an Insat satellite in July.

The change in the satellite will be done simultaneously with the addition of more channels to the service, bringing the total number of channels on offer to 84.

Speaking to indiantelevision.com, a senior executive of the Subhash Chandra-promoted Zee Telefilms said, "To increase the channel offering, we needed more transponder capacity that was not available with Isro (Indian Space Research Organisation). So, we were advised to go on to NSS-6."

Isro, a government organisation that manages operation and transponder lease of Insat series of satellites, has also undertaken a similar deal with the Europe-based NewSky Satellite for transponder space for Indian pubcaster

Doordarshan's proposed KU-band DTH service.

Dish TV, which unveiled ESPN and Star Sports some months back on the platform, has already added a few channels to its stable since then, like Trace from MCM and Euro Sports. Media reports have also quoted Sony Entertainment Television India executives saying that negotiations are on with Zee for Sony channels to join the Dish TV platform.

In addition, with the increased number of offerings, Dish TV is in the process of finalising a pricing structure for various tiers of service for the service. The subscription fee for the basic tier of DTH service would be kept around Rs 100 (approximately $2.5).

The Zee executive said that as the channels and value-added services increase, there has to be different pricing for various tiers as one single price would not make the business commercially viable.

"The various price structures are being worked out and would be put in place in the next quarter," the Zee executive said.

Dish TV claims to have got 140,000 DTH boxes out in the market, but this need not necessarily mean that the total number of subscribers would also be the same.

Gearing up for impending competition from the proposed Tata-Star combine DTH service, Dish TV is looking at doing some value additions to the service. One such service being looked at is high-speed Internet connections through satellite to a DTH subscriber, which would come at a cost. The Internet service is likely to be introduced in the last quarter of 2004.

Incidentally, ASC Enterprise, a Subhash Chandra-promoted company that holds the licence for DTH service in the country, has dropped its plan to put into orbit a customised satellite. The satellite project was being implemented by an ASC subsidiary, Agrani Satellite Services Ltd. The plan now is to buy off the shelf an existing and orbiting satellite.

Dish TV is a venture of Essel Group, promoted by Chandra. The group's business interests include media programming, broadcasting and distribution, packaging, entertainment, online gaming and telecom, all of which are undertaken in close synergies with Zee Telefilms, Siticable, Playwin, E-city, Esselworld, Intrex, Cyquator, Essel Propack and ITZ Cash Card.

Latest Reads

Airtel Digital TV revenue, PAT and EBITDA up in Q3 2018

MUMBAI: Bharti Airtel’s DTH arm Airtel Digital TV has seen a 10.4 per cent revenue growth in the quarter ending 31 December 2017 (Q3-2018) compared with Q3 2017 (y-o-y). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) grew by 22 per cent y-o-y in Q3 2018. Airtel DTH’s...

DTH DTH Operator
Sun Direct adds Sun NXT free with DTH subscription

MUMBAI: Sun Direct is finding ways to hold on to its subscriber base amidst the hordes of consolidation and shutdowns happening in the industry. Strengthening its hold in the South, which forms the largest chunk of its territory, it has announced a free membership of its video-on-demand (VOD)...

DTH DTH Operator
Dish TV re-evaluating Videocon d2h merger

MUMBAI: The Dish TV-Videocon d2h merger had reached the final stage with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) giving it the green signal. Then, suddenly on 22 December, Dish TV announced that the union would be delayed beyond 27 December 2017 citing technical reasons. Now those...

DTH DTH Operator
Tata Sky partners Irdeto to secure content

MUMBAI: Tata Sky has signed a deal with Irdeto to ensure the safety of the DTH operator's content relayed to any device across its satellite and over-the-top (OTT) platforms. The company will be implementing Irdeto’s Cloaked CA and middleware technologies for better customer experience.

DTH DTH Operator
Sun Direct may add 20 HD, 100 SD channels

Sun Direct, the DTH service from Sun Network, is likely to add 20 new high definition (HD) and 100 new standard definition (SD) channels and has been allocated 144 MHz of spectrum on the recently launched Measat-3B satellite.

DTH DTH Operator
The party continues on Tata Sky Mobile app

The Tata Sky Mobile App streamed every pulsating beat spinning out from the turntables of the EDM scene’s biggest stars to smartphones around the country, as the second day of the Ola Sunburn Festival 2017 turned the volume up on the year’s biggest party.

DTH DTH Operator
DTH subscriber growth down in second quarter

BENGALURU: The carriage industry and more specifically the direct to home or DTH industry had a disappointing fiscal year 2017 (FY-17, year ended 31 March 2017) in terms of subscriber growth. Going by the subscriber numbers data of the six private DTH players in India provided by the Telecom...

DTH DTH Operator
Tata Sky ties up with Ola Sunburn Festival 2017 to bring the biggest EDM extravaganza to small screens

MUMBAI: Tata Sky, India’s leading content distribution platform, tied up with Ola Sunburn Festival 2017, one of the largest music festivals in the world, to bring its eclectic mix of music, entertainment, experiences, celebration and lifestyle straight to the small screens. Apart from live...

DTH DTH Services
Punjab govt to levy entertainment tax on cable, DTH

MUMBAI: The Punjab government is cracking down on errant cable ops by getting them to be accountable. It has added entertainment tax to cable and DTH connections. All local gram panchayats and state bodies will collect Rs 5 per month on a DTH connection and Rs 2 a month on cable TV from operators...

DTH DTH Services

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories