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Videocon d2h partners Hungama Play for its HD Smart Connect STB


The HD Smart Connect STB converts any existing TV into a Smart TV besides showing 650 channels and services in HD and SD. The connected STB allows users to browse content from applications residing in the box.

No takers for DD Freedish at Rs 8 crore reserve price


Broadcasters have given a cold shoulder to DD Freedish’s 32nd e-auction due to the increase in reserve price to Rs 8 crore. This was the first time that DD Freedish had invited only non-news channels to bid for vacant slots.

Dish TV’s 75% distributors have migrated registration to GST regime

Dish TV has asked all its distributors and trade partners to migrate their registration to the GST regime. Company said 75% of its distributors and trade partners have migrated to GST regime.

DD Freedish capacity to be enhanced to 250 channels in 2 years, says Rathore


DD Freedish will upgrade to 250 channels in the next two years. It will also have the capability of carrying HD channels, Rajyavardhan Rathore said.

DTH operators require 68 additional transponders, says Venkaiah Naidu


There is a committed demand from the DTH service providers for 68 more transponders, said I&B minister Venkaiah Naidu. Requirement has been increasing with increase in demand for HD channels. Until 31 Mar, number of transponders in use for DTH stood at 104.

Airtel’s DTH arm launches hybrid STB featuring Netflix and YouTube for Rs 4,999


Airtel Digital TV has launched Internet TV, a hybrid STB that will allow users to watch Netflix and YouTube videos along with a bouquet of over 500 satellite TV channels. It also comes with access to Google Play Store, allowing users to download their favourite apps, content and games on to their TV.

The growth of FTA channels, Freedish and their impact on revenues


Ad rates for FTA channels could double in 2017. DD Freedish has also seen strong growth. How is the rise of FTA channels going to impact the industry?

MIB asks DoS to block signals of unauthorised DTH operator ABS Free View


MIB has asked DoS to block the signals of Asia Broadcast Satellite, which is beaming in India without licence from the ministry. The satellite operator is running a free DTH platform on the lines of Doordarshan’s Freedish.

DD Freedish reserves vacant slots for non-news channels for 1st time, floor price hiked to record Rs 8 cr


Doordarshan has reserved the upcoming auction of vacant slots on its free DTH platform Freedish for non-news channels for the first time and fixed the floor price at a record high of Rs 8 cr. This will be the first auction of DD Freedish’s slots in the new fiscal year 2017-18.

Dish TV launches FTA pack to counter Freedish and target low-end customers


Dish TV is offering a package of FTA channels at Rs 1,149 for 3 yrs to counter DD Freedish while also trying to tap into other low-end customer segments. TVP examines the strategy.