The leading direct to home (DTH) operator Tata Sky’s customers will not be able to watch a number of channels, as the operator has issued a notice stating that it will discontinue 10 channels from its platform for a variety of reasons. These channels will be discontinued three weeks from the date of publication of the notice.
The DTH operator Sun Direct, which has also been ramping up its HD channel offering and currently offers 59 HD channels, has added eight new standard definition (SD) channels to its list of offerings, thus taking the total number of SD channels to 219.
The DTH operator Airtel Digital TV has received the notice from Star TV for non-signing of the subscription agreement, non-payment of subscription fees and non-submission of subscribers reports.
The much anticipated mega merger in DTH sector (Dish TV-Videocon) is in the final stage. Post-merger, the entity (Dish TV Videocon) will be India's largest direct-to-home (DTH) company valued at around $2.4 billion. An announcement of the merger can be expected by February end.
As per media sources, the direct to home (DTH) operator Tata Sky has received a notice from now sold Reliance Big TV (RBTV) over alleged breach of commercial agreement. As per media information, RBTV, which has been bought byPantel Technologies, has asked Tata Sky to pay up Rs 79.75 crore for migration of customers and for taking possession of its set top boxes (STBs) while acquiring customers.
The direct-to-home (DTH) is going to drive the Pay TV revenue in the country at an expected rate of 19%, as per Frost & Sullivan’s Pay TV Services in India 2017 report.
To build an enhanced ecosystem and to enhance stakeholders’ experience, the direct to home (DTH) operator Tata Sky has partnered with LitmusWorld, an enterprise SaaS business.
The leading telco Bharti Airtel has decided to transfer its 25 per cent stake in DTH arm Bharti Telemedia to its wholly owned subsidiary Nettle Infrastructure Investments.
The State Bank of India, according to media reports, will start insolvency proceedings against 12 firms including Videocon Industries and Video Telecom, which has become defunct after its closed operations and sold spectrum to Bharti Airtel.
The select customers of the leading South India DTH operator Sun Direct are getting free Sun NEXT subscription. The Sun Group-owned direct to home platform Sun Direct owns Sun NEXT, a video on demand (VoD) platform. The popular OTT platform offers live TV as well as catch up TV, and has 50,000 hours of live TV content, movies, originals, kid’s, and music content across four South Indian languages Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.
The digital security platform provider Irdeto and direct-to-home (DTH) operator Tata Sky have extended their security partnership. Irdeto helps the DTH player secure the delivery of content onto any device across its satellite and OTT platforms.
The popular direct to home (DTH) operator DishTV has launched an astrology service ‘Jyotish Duniya’ at Rs. 40 per month. Astrology is very popular in the country and many people depend on it before starting their day.
The government will launch a satellite to solve the transponder requirement issue faced by the direct-to-home (DTH) operators. The problem will be solved in 2-3 years, said minister of state in the ministry of personnel, personal grievances & pensions and in the prime minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh.
This will be the first time that Ola Sunburn festival, which started on 28 December, is being live streamed on the Tata Sky Mobile app making it the only OTT platform covering the festival live.
The sold-out direct to home (DTH) operator Reliance Big TV has got a disconnection notice from Broadcaster Star India for non-payment of licence fee and non-execution of the subscription agreement.
As the filing of E-Forms and other documents with the Registrar of Companies (RoC), Mumbai will not get completed by 27 December, the merger of two leading direct-to-home operators Videocon d2h and Dish TV may get delayed.
After reaching the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to recover its dues after the DTH operator Reliance Big TV had issued a public notice stating that it will shut down operations on 18 November due to the expiry of licence, Sun TV has now filed an insolvency petition against RBTV in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), Mumbai.
Post its merger with Direct to home (DTH) operator Dish TV, Videocon d2h will exit its American Depositary Shares (ADS) from the Nasdaq Global Market and to deregister with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
At present, broadcasting or a cable TV company cannot hold more than 20% stake in a DTH company, while a DTH company cannot own more than 20% in a broadcasting or a cable TV company. The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has accepted the Inter Ministerial Committee’s (IMC) recommendation to continue with the existing cross holding restriction in the guidelines for direct to home (DTH) operators.
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