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MIB permits 10 new TV channel licences between 10 Aug and 5 Sep. Cinema 24×7, a firm linked to TV shopping and e-commerce company Naaptol, gets 7 non-news uplinking licences. Total number of permitted TV channels stands at 881.
MIB issues 9 TV channel licences in July. With this, the permitted TV channels stand at 890. Seven non-news and two news licences have been granted to 8 firms. Seven companies have got one licence each while Viacom18 has got two licences.
Dish TV has seen strong subscriber growth in Q2 while content cost has dropped and there has been an expansion in operating margins.
Venkateish has stepped down as CEO after spending five years at the company. Meanwhile, Dish TV chairman Subhash Chandra has also resigned and MD Jawahar Goel will take charge as chairman of the company.
Zing will offer over 150 channels and services including 16 Malayalam channels at Rs 99 per month. At higher packs, subscribers will get 27 Malayalam channels.
Dish TV CEO RC Venkateish talks about the JV between Dish TV and Siti Cable, built on the content aggregator model, to stitch content deals with broadcasters. The JV will welcome other DTH and cable TV firms. He explains how content and carriage deals can tilt in favour of distribution platforms if they unite.
AAP govt in Delhi has decided to double ent tax on cable and DTH to Rs 40 a month. While DTH ops said they would pass the burden on to customers, MSOs will have a bigger problem in handling the situation. How will these firms be impacted? Fear also is that the tax hike could move to other states.
Carriage revenue has so far been the monopoly of the cable TV networks. Now it is slowly finding place in the revenue locker of the DTH operators. In FY15, there was a sharp rise in carriage income for at least two DTH operators. But it is still a small revenue stream and scalability will always be an issue.
Dish TV has launched its operations in Sri Lanka, becoming the first Indian DTH company to bat in overseas land. It is offering 47 channels in various genres for LKR 249 per month (plus taxes). The STB is priced at LKR 3,990. Investment so far is $4.5 mn.