Hathway leads in digital pay & local channels; Ortel leads in analogue: TRAI

NEW DELHI: The number of private satellite television channels in the country registered with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry fell by seven in the quarter ending September 2015 from 826 in quarter ending June to 819.

However, the maximum number of pay channels carried by certain cable operators in non-conditional addressable system (CAS) rose from 214 to 233 in the same period. The maximum number of Free-to-Air (FTA) TV channels carried by certain cable operators in non-CAS areas in the period rose from 179 to 197. 

The data is based on reports received by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) from broadcasters and multi system operators (MSOs).

In areas served by non-addressable systems, the maximum number of TV channels carried in digital form as reported by cable operator - Hathway Cable & Datacom Limited - amongst those who have reported is 458. 

The maximum number of TV channels carried in analogue form as reported by - Ortel Communications Limited - amongst those who have reported is 100. 

In these areas, the maximum number of FTA channels carried, as reported by Hathway Cable & Datacom amongst those who have reported is 197. 

The maximum number of pay channels carried as reported by a cable operator (Hathway Cable & Datacom) amongst those who have reported is 233. The maximum number of local channels carried as reported by a cable operator (Hathway Cable & Datacom) amongst those who have reported is 28.

As on 30 September, 2015, there were a total of 226 MSOs who had been granted Permanent Registration (for 10 years) by the Ministry apart from 173 MSOs who had been granted Provisional Registration (for 10 years) by the Ministry of I&B for providing Cable TV services through Digital Addressable Systems (DAS).

There had been a total of 252 pay channels as reported by broadcasters as on 30 June. During the quarter ending September 2015, three new pay channels - Colors Infinity HD, Colors Infinity, and Zee Café HD - were launched. During the quarter, one channel - The MGM was temporarily suspended. 

During the quarter, the transmission mode of two channels - VH1 and Comedy Central - was changed from SD to HD. The total had risen to 254 pay TV channels by September end. 

TRAI in its quarterly report said that apart from the free DTH service of Doordarshan Freedish, there are six private DTH operators. The total number of registered subscribers and active subscribers being served by these six private DTH operators were 81.47 million and 41.05 million respectively as on 30 September, 2015. 

The Ministry had permitted a total of 90 Teleports by September end.

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