DTH

Dish TV waives off 30-day lock-in period for pay channels, channel bouquets

Dish TV is the largest DTH player in the country

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2019/04/07/dishtv.jpg?itok=V_J2vijF

MUMBIA: India’s biggest direct-to-home operator Dish TV has waived off the 30-day lock-in period for pay channels and select channel bouquets it had levied earlier.

This lock-in period, which was earlier introduced by the DTH operator, prevented consumers from unsubscribing to a channel they had opted for until the duration of the lock-in period.

Consumers can now drop and opt for channels without these restrictions.

According to some subscribers, however, there is no change made to the seven-day lock-in period for sports channels.

Dish TV is by far the largest DTH player in the country and probably the second largest globally. As on 31 December 2018, Dish TV claimed a net active subscriber base of 236 lakh (23.6 million, 2.36 crore).

Two major DTH players - Airtel Direct TV (Airtel DTH) and the merged Dish TV Videocon d2h entity (Dish TV) have about 55 percent of the market share of private DTH subscribers in the country. During CY 2018, these two players added 17.06 lakh (1.706 million, 0.1706 crore) subscribers, or 58.2 percent of the net subscribers that were added by all the 5 private DTH players in the country. Airtel DTH added 10.63 lakh (1.063 million, 0.1063 crore) net subscribers, while Dish TV added 6.43 lakh (0.643 million, 0.0643 crore) during the period under review.

Earlier in the week a report by CNBC-TV18 claimed that Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) and Bharti Airtel are jointly looking to buy a stake in Dish TV in a bid to compete with Reliance Jio.

The duo is looking to acquire the promoter’s 60 per cent stake in Dish TV for around Rs 6150 crore. As part of Bharti Airtel’s plan to raise $4.6 billion, Singtel is likely to buy stock in it worth $525 million through shares and bonds.

GIC, the parent company of Singtel via Temasek Holdings, also owns about 20 per cent in Tata Sky and could hint at a future possibility of further consolidation in the DTH sector.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/01/25/dishtv.jpg?itok=ANj_5Rej
Dish TV India urges its subscribers to #GiftAConnection to help less privileged students

KOLKATA: Dish TV India has launched an emotionally-charged unique initiative titled #GiftAConnection for DishTV and #Donate2Help for D2H. Through these campaigns, the company is trying to make a difference in the lives of thousands of students across India who want to study remotely but are not...

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/01/23/dth.jpg?itok=6jcxnxJy
DTH gains 1 lakh subscribers, Tata Sky extends market share

The DTH sector has added 120,000 new users in July-September quarter to reach the total active subscriber base of 70.70 million. Leading player Tata Sky beat out competitors to once again emerge as the most favoured brand, while also extending its market share to 32.58 per cent from 32.09 per cent...

DTH DTH Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/01/07/dth.jpg?itok=N5IMbBRi
New DTH guidelines to have potential effect on top operators

KOLKATA: The new DTH guidelines issued by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) can have far-reaching impact on the sector, such as increasing the potential liabilities of incumbents when renewing their licenses. The top four DTH operators are liable to pay Rs 7,700-8,000 crore, credit...

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/01/05/dishtv.jpg?itok=wcehT2ES
‘Scan to help’ feature now available on My DishTV app

KOLKATA: Dish TV India has introduced a new ‘scan to help’ feature for its subscribers for a more convenient television viewing experience. Executed and conceptualised by the first runner-up team of Dish-a-thon 2020 (which happens to be an in-house team- team DishTV), the ‘scan to help’ feature is...

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/31/dth.jpg?itok=Jrv7oe8z
MIB amends DTH guidelines, directs players to clear dues for fresh licenses

The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has made amendments to the existing DTH guidelines that will have a wide-ranging impact on the industry.

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/28/tata_sky.jpg?itok=4jFsnvQ5
Tata Sky adds new platform service Astro Duniya

KOLKATA: Tata Sky, India’s leading content distribution and payTV platform has added a new platform service, Tata Sky Astro Duniya, to its vast bouquet of interactive services. Joining hands with Dominiche Productions Pvt. Ltd., Tata Sky Astro Duniya offers curated content created by celebrity...

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/26/dish.jpg?itok=aKf9U4cp
Dish TV receives MIB notice for payment of Rs 4,164.05 crore

The Indian ministry of information & broadcasting (MIB) and  direct to home television provider Dish TV have been at loggerheads over this matter for sometime now. And the latter has informed the Bombay stock exchange (BSE)  that the former has brought up its demand to pay up long disputed...

DTH DTH Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/24/dth.jpg?itok=t0pGGZg-
Revised guidelines bring a note of positivity for DTH sector

The government has finally clarified the uncertainties in DTH licensing norms. According to new guidelines, DTH licenses will now be issued for a period of 20 years. Although the latest move may not be game changing for the operators, it has definitely brought a sense of positivity to the sector.

DTH DTH Operator
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/21/tatasky.jpg?itok=PtiXPdLW
Tata Sky makes Classroom service free for all subscribers

KOLKATA: Covid2019 has brought about a significant disruption when it comes to classroom learning and education, thereby necessitating the need for virtual learning to be a part of the new normal. In order to adequately equip students across India, Tata Sky is now providing free unrestricted access...

DTH DTH Operator

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required