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Reliance Digital TV hits 5-mn subscriber mark

MUMBAI: Reliance Digital TV, the DTH arm of Reliance Communications, has added just 100000 net subscribers in the fiscal third quarter. This takes its total subscriber base to five million, representing 6% share of the DTH market.

For the quarter ended 30 September 2015, the DTH operator had 4.9 million subscribers. The subscriber base stood at 4.87 million for the quarter ended 30 June 2015.

The company’s DTH business is housed under Reliance Big TV Ltd (RBTV), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Communications.

Reliance Digital TV has the lowest number of subscribers among the six private DTH operators in the country.

Dish TV is the largest DTH operator with a net subscriber base of 14 million until 31 December 2015. Videocon d2h has 11.27 million net subscribers while Airtel Digital TV’s total subscriber base stands at 11.1 million subscribers at the end of the same period. Tata Sky’s latest figures could not be sourced, but it had 9.1 million active subscribers at the end of 31 March 2015.

Reliance Digital TV claims to have introduced a new technology advancement that made it the first operator to offer all 278 channels in HD-like quality.

Reliance Digital TV is available at over 35,750 outlets across nearly 5,650 cities in the country. Its retail and distribution reach, as well as other elements of infrastructure established for the wireless network, has been leveraged to expand the DTH presence. The DTH operator’s STB failure rate is 0.92 per cent.

As per data submitted by the DTH operators to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) till 30 June 2015, the six private DTH operators had 78.74 million subscribers with 39.74 million active and 39 million inactive subscribers.