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Dish TV’s share of total active DTH subscriber base fell by a percentage point to 24% while Sun Direct’s share increased by the same percentage to end quarter at 10%. The share of other four DTH operators remained unchanged.
TDSAT has asked broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India not to disconnect signals to Videocon d2h, provided the DTH operator pays Rs 27.80 crore upfront within one week.
Doordarshan has allocated Rs 20 cr for distributing 30,000 DTH receiver sets in tribal, remote and border areas, Rathore said.
Doordarshan’s revenue, which had fallen in FY16, has seen a rebound with a 10.06% growth to Rs 831.88 cr. Salary bill jumped 21% to Rs 1,418.5 cr, thanks to the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
After winning three prime-time slots in Doordashan’s slot auction, Saaibaba Telefilms is launching a music reality show ‘Suron Ka Ekalavya’ on the national network.
The FTA sports channel, named Star Sports First, is likely to launch before the beginning of the Pro Kabaddi League. It will be on DD Freedish. Since the majority of Freedish subscribers reside in HSM, Star Sports First will be in Hindi.
While Doordarshan saw a 9.5% growth in revenue over the year-ago period, AIR grew by just 1.79%. DD’s revenue stood at Rs 827.51 cr in FY17 and AIR’s Rs 455 cr.
Colors will be competing with Life OK’s ‘Prem Ya Paheli… Chandrakanta’, which is also an adapted version of the popular Doordarshan series. Life OK has got a head start as the show has been airing since 4 March.
The 34th e-auction is an important development in Freedish’s journey as it showed that private broadcasters are willing to cough out money to be on the free DTH platform despite this being the highest reserve price fixed by the pubcaster. Sony Wah, Zee Anmol Cinema and 9X Jalwa bought slots each at Rs 8 crore. This is the highest price ever paid by a broadcaster to obtain a slot on Freedish.