Promoters of Sun TV are facing embarrassment as a proxy advisory firm has raised concerns about high salaries paid to the promoter and the purchase of a corporate jet. Stakeholders Empowerment Services, headed by former Securities & Exchange Board of India executive director JN Gupta, said that the Sun TV also hasn’t fulfilled its corporate social responsibility spending obligations for at least the past two years. The report added that the media company spent Rs 380 crore, most of it on acquiring a private jet.
To provide its customers a user-friendly interface, DishTV has launched an ‘Advanced DishTV interface’ (ADI), which is world’s first AI-enabled pay-tv Chatbot. As per company information, it has been built for issue redressal and service lifecycle management and provides a virtual interface that acts as a one stop solution window to subscribers, and guides them instantly to address their queries.
Dish TV, DTH service provider,becomes the first DTH operator to be listed on Flipkart to bring to its customers a hassle-free Dish TV connection anytime, anywhere. As per the deal, Flipkart users will, for a limited period, be given the opportunity to grab the best offers from Dish TV on their new connections.
The technology provider Harmonic announced that DTH satellite operator SKY Brasil has deployed a Harmonic software-based video processing solution to deliver linear HD and SD channels in its new broadcast center. Through world-class video encoding technology, Harmonic's Electra™ X2 solution delivers crystal-clear video quality to SKY Brasil subscribers at the lowest possible bitrates. Ultimately, this helps SKY Brasil to deliver the very best television experience to customers."
Dish TV too faces the heat of OTT war and an overwhelming presence of DD Freedish. It is now renegotiating with broadcasters to bring content costs down. The argument put forward is that broadcasters are offering free to air (FTA) content on Freedish and also on OTT platforms. Dish TV has, in fact, managed to reduce content costs with one major broadcaster recently. The company has, however, not named the broadcaster. The exercise will be on to renegotiate with other broadcasters to bring down content cost.
In a press notice dated 9 August, the Direct-to-Home (DTH) operator Videocon d2h has announced that two channels, Houseful Movies & RT Movies, will not be available on its platform from 30 August. The reason was not given in the press note.
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told the Rajya Sabha that Rs 20 crore was allocated by national broadcaster Doordarshan for distributing 30,000 direct-to-home (DTH) receiver sets in tribal, remote and border areas.
The proposed merger of Airtel’s telecom and direct-to-home (DTH) business with that of Tata Communications is now facing a red light from SingTel, which has around 36% stake in Bharti Airtel.
While the Madras High Court is yet to release its decision in TRAI tariff order case, the DTH operator Dish TV has already begun partially following the order in its own consumer-friendly way with a pricing of Rs 8.5 per channel. Dubbed as ‘Mera Pana Pack’, it offers users flexibility in choosing channels of their likings.
The merger of direct-to-home (DTH) companies Dish TV and Videocon d2h gets green light from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). Now the approval will be sought from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB).
Reduced capital expenditure, improved cash accruals and profits have made Tata Sky less dependent on equity infusion. The direct-to-home (DTH) company’s capex is likely to be in the region of Rs 1,300 crore per annum from FY17 onwards. Between the financial years 2014 and 2016, capex incurred was over Rs 1,600 crore per annum on an average.
Although the decision is yet to be made public, the information & broadcasting (I&B) ministry is reportedly to change the licensing norms for direct-to-home (DTH) operators. The favours (which can frankly be said as biased, as there are no similar favours for LCOs) may include increasing validity period of the licence and reducing the annual fee.
Star India channels will be available on reference interconnection offer (RIO) from 1 August, announced direct-to-home (DTH) operator Sun Direct in its recently released public notice. Sun Direct will take Star channels out of its packages. It has four SD packages each for Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. For the rest of India, it has three SD packages. It also has 12 HD packages for each of the four South Indian languages and six HD packages for the rest of India.
The DTH company ‘Sun Direct’ has posted a net profit of Rs. 32.21 crore for the financial year which ended on 31 March 2017. Owned by Kalanithi Maran-promoted Sun group, Sun Direct has turned profitable at the net level for the full fiscal for the first time.
Naxal affected areas will be given free DTH STBs by the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati which will distribute around 10 lakh units in coming times. The government wants to reach the people where media does not reach, and people often get rumours and false news which cause hatred, extremism and bloodsheds.
Currently, 30% stake of DTH company Tata Sky is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. He is trying to increase the stake percentage in the DTH company. This is not only time, Murdoch had always wanted to increase the stake in Tata Sky. The new development comes in the wake of the Tata group and Bharti Airtel reportedly holding exploratory talks to evaluate a broader alliance involving their telecom, overseas cable and enterprise services, and DTH businesses, though 21st Century Fox maintains its existing shareholding in case Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV decide to merge.
President Sh. Pranab Mukherjee has launched 32 direct-to-home educational channels under the name Swayam Prabha to telecast high-quality free educational content.
Reliance Communications is under massive financial stress, and to restructure its debt, Anil Ambani owned group has a plan to sell its direct-to-home (DTH) business, Reliance Digital TV. Recently, it gave a presentation to lenders about its long-term debt reduction plan. The list of possible sale also includes some other assets such as real estate and under-sea cable.
Bharti Enterprises and Tata Group are seriously exploring to have an alliance involving their telecom, overseas cable and enterprise services, and direct-to-home TV businesses.
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