According to leading direct to home (DTH) operator Dish TV chief financial officer (CFO) Rajeev Dalmia, the platform may become debt-free if it generates Rs 25-300 crore every quarter.
A positive response has been registered by the national pubcaster Prasar Bharti as its first e-auction of Doordarshan’s FTA DTH platform, FreeDish, collected Rs 395 crore on 15 Feb.
On 13 Feb, the TRAI Tariff Order Case involving the leading DTH platforms Tata Sky, Bharti Telemedia-owned Airtel Digital TV and Sun Direct has been postponed by the Delhi High Court till 21 Feb.
The leading broadcasters Star India, ZEEL, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI), and IndiaCast Media Distribution (distributor of TV18 and Viacom18 channels) have announced they will be pulling out their channels from Prasar Bharati’s free direct to home (DTH) platform DD Free Dish from 1st March.
On 12 Feb, the plea filed against DD Free Dish by 9X Media, TV Vision, and B4U Broadband was dismissed by the Delhi High Court.
The leading DTH operator Tata Sky has challenged the seizure of its STBs in Delhi High Court, which in turn issued a notice to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs directing it to file a file its report on the issue. The seizure of set top boxes (STBs) was for not declaring the maximum retail price (MRP) on them.
While many DTH operators may feel a pinch by TRAI’s new tariff order, the leading direct to home (DTH) operator Airtel Digital TV has said that the Tariff Order will be good for it as the new regime can help it to increase the average revenue per user (ARPU) of the middle segment.
While speaking with analysts during a conference call in the aftermath of the huge crash in the company’s market cap and the share price, the leading DTH operator Dish TV chairman and managing director (CMD) Jawahar Goel said on 10 Feb that the decision to have a merger deal with DTH platform Videocon d2h has been strategically good.
As per media sources, on 6 Feb, Airtel Digital TV has received a show-cause notice from the regulator TRAI as consumers reported facing a black screen while they were migrating to the new TRAI tariff order. TRAI has taken care not to reveal the name of the operator to stay away from a media outbreak.
The revenue for Q3 of the direct to home (DTH) operator Dish TV got a hit due to its delay in implementing the new tariff order, as subscription recharge during the October-December quarter was negligible.
In a bid to improve the consumer experience and save on operational costs, the leading direct to home (DTH) operator Dish TV is going to deploy satellite communication equipment manufacturer Newtec’s M6100 broadcast satellite modulator.
Giving a relief to DTH customers, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), on 31 January, directed the direct to home (DTH) operators to continue long-term packs of pre-paid customers if they want so.
In quarter 3 ending December 2018, leading DTH operator Airtel Digital TV’s revenue growth has slipped substantially. It has seen a QoQ growth of 3.38% in its operating profit at Rs 382.6 crore for the quarter ended 31st December compared to Rs 396 crore in the previous Q.
After taking a lot of time to keep the implementation of TRAI tariff order on hold, the leading DTH platform Tata Sky has finally launched their subscriber communication campaign to spread awareness about the seamless process of changing packs according to the new pricing regime.
The troubled direct to home (DTH) operator Independent TV has been given permission to procure three more transponders from Antrix Corporation. The permission was given by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
Republic Bharat, Surya Samachar, Tez, and Khushboo Bengali have been awarded MPEG-2 slots by the free direct to home (DTH) platform DD Free Dish on pro-rata basis. The award was based on the applications received for interim placement of channels.
As the last date is closing to implement the tariff order, leading defiant DTH operator Tata Sky finally said yes to implement the TRAI tariff order.
As every DPO and broadcaster has come up with their respective tariff plans to follow the new TRAI tariff regime, the leading DTH provider Tata Sky has got the distinction of having the most number of HD channels, followed by Airtel Digital TV and Sun Direct.
Although the Court had given reprieve to the DTH operator Tata Sky for some time, the telecom regulator TRAI has now asked it to file a status report over implementation of new rule that allows viewers select and pay only for the channels they wished to view, citing large number of complaints from its consumers.
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