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Free Dish grows by 11 per cent across rural, urban households: Chrome DM

A substantial jump of 7.3 per cent recorded in Cable and Satellite (C&S) homes

Mumbai: Chrome Data Analytics & Media has announced the results for its bi-annual subscriber establishment survey (SES) and released a November report based on a Pan India ground survey conducted between April to June, 2021.

The periodic study was conducted by Chrome DM to understand the changing landscape of the TV universe, and represents 209.3 million TV households in the country across a sample taking one out of every 175 households. The results capped off a substantial jump in Cable and Satellite (C&S) homes by 7.3 per cent, where the subscriber base has seen a jump from 167.9 to 180.1 million households.

As per the SES November 2021 report, there has been a sizable growth in Free- Dish by a giant margin of 11.1 per cent where it maintains a northward climb in both rural and urban India. Pay DTH also saw a prominent jump by reaching a net total growth of 8.5 per cent while the same results also showed a progressive rise in digital cable by 4.1 per cent.

The survey also illustrates the downward decline of the almost extinct analog cable by a remarkable margin of 80.9 per cent. While over 27,755 households retained the analog subscriptions back in December 2020, the number has dropped to just over 5306 households in the month of June 2021.

Chrome DM founder and CEO Pankaj Krishna said, “OTT is here and TV continues to rule with over 200 million plus base in India.  I am glad to see an upswing in the overall cable & satellite subscriber numbers which have grown from ~167 million in December 2020 to ~180 million now.”

SES is mainly used by broadcasters to optimise distribution revenues by way of identifying cable network footprints, outline promotions and generate media hype, audit threshold subscription numbers based on Operator’s CAS report and minimise Carriage fee spends – Chrome Distribution Investments Index.

Chrome SES November 2021 report also offers data and analytics that provide ranging insights which go beyond the broadcast industry. These audits can be used to understand the forthcoming market trends while allowing various media planners and associated advertisers to gather deep insights into the changing fluctuations, viewer distribution and the ever-evolving mood of the subscribers.

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