To compete with Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio, the two leading DTH platforms Bharti Airtel-owned Bharti Telemedia and Dish TV may have a mega merger of their direct to home (DTH) businesses in the TV distribution space, a per media reports.
On 12 March, the DTH operator Tata Sky got relief as the Delhi High Court has issued an interim order asking the ministry of consumer affairs (MCA) to return over six lakh set top boxes (STBs) it had seized in January this year.
As per Prasar Bharati, the 39th online e-auction for filling up vacant MPEG-4 slots of DD Free Dish DTH Platform from 27th March 2019. PB has already concluded the e-auction for MPEG-2 slots.
The Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati has announced that the reserve price for DD Freedish’s MPEG4 slots e-auction is Rs 5 lakh.
To retain its subscribers, the leading DTH operator Tata Sky has slashed channel packs prices & multi TV connection fees. D2h will levy a flat fee of Rs 50 as NCF for other subscriptions over the parent connection. Tata Sky will base its pricing of the secondary TV connection based on the monthly rental paid by the subscribers for the original TV connection.
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.
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