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Sun Direct turns profitable at net level for full fiscal for first time

Kalanithi Maran-promoted Sun Direct has posted full-fiscal net profit for the first time. In FY17, Sun Direct’s net profit stood at Rs 32.21 cr compared to a loss of Rs 35.30 cr a year ago. Revenue grew to Rs 1,211 cr and ARPU climbed. Addition of transponders and HD channels helped.

Prasar Bharati to give free DTH STBs in Naxal-hit areas

Prasar Bharati will likely distribute around 10 lakh DTH set-top boxes free in Naxal-hit areas of the country. Purpose is to help people connect to development schemes of the govt.

Videocon d2h COO Himanshu Patil resigns to start his own venture

Videocon d2h COO Himanshu Patil has resigned and will be starting his own technology venture.

Sale of Reliance Digital TV part of RCom’s debt-reduction plan

In a presentation to lenders about its long-term debt reduction plan, Reliance Communications has included the sale of its DTH business.

Net pay active DTH subs up 1.5% to 63.61 mn in March quarter

Airtel Digital TV takes its share to 21% of total active subscriber base, up 1% from earlier quarter. Sun Direct falls by a percentage point to 9%. Share of other 4 DTH ops remains unchanged. Dish TV leads pack.

Will Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV merge?

After the merger pact between Dish TV and Videocon d2h, it is the turn of Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV to explore the possibility of a deal. Will they merge? What are the complexities of such a deal?

Game-changing opportunity as free TV set to reach 46 mn homes by 2020

Digitisation of cable TV, proposed tariff order by TRAI, fast growth of DD Freedish and DTT on mobile infrastructure will drive the uptake of free television.

Net active DTH subs grew 12% to 62.65 mn in 2016

Total active subscriber base of six private DTH ops grew 12% in CY2016 to 62.65 mn from 55.98 mn in the previous year.

Sun Direct, Astro, Reliance Digital TV and the sniffing of a deal

If a deal is to be hatched, Reliance Digital TV will necessarily have to move to Sun Direct. How will Sun Direct benefit from the deal? What are the clouds that still darken the prospects of a deal?

Star India issues disconnection notice to Reliance Digital TV for non-payment of dues

Star India has issued a public notice stating that the signals of its channels will be discontinued to Reliance Digital TV within 21 days due to non-payment of licence fees.