As per a new guideline by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), subscribers would be able to change their DTH service providers without having to invest in another Set Top Box (STB) from Dec 2019, according to TRAI Chairman R S Sharma.
After a lot of stiffness, finally the direct-to-home (DTH) operator Independent TV has announced that it has taken several steps in order to ensure that its current tariff plans are in conformity with the regulator TRAI’s new framework for the broadcast sector.
Citing sustainability, the leading direct to home (DTH) operator Independent TV, on 2 April, proposed at the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) a partnership with Antrix Corporation. It said that a long-term agreement for at least two years is important.
As per media reports, leading telco Bharti Airtel along with its investor Singtel may buy promoter stake in direct to home (DTH) operator Dish TV for Rs 6,150-crore.
On 27 March, the national pubcaster Prasar Bharati sold 15 MPEG-4 slots on its FTA DTH platform DD FreeDish during the first annual MPEG-4 e-auction. In last e-auction, it had sold 40 MPEG-2 slots for a whopping Rs 394.49 crore.
As per FICCI-EY forecast report released recently, the Pasar Bharati owned direct-to-home (DTH) platform DD FreeDish may cross 50 million subscribers in coming time due to TRAI Tariff Order.
To cash in the popularity of the ongoing IPL and to lure more advertisers, two leading DTH operators Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV are providing free sports channels to all subscribers.
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.
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