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DTH operator Sun Direct, which has more than 12 million subscribers, has deployed a Harmonic software-based HEVC media processing solution within its all-IP workflow in order to expand its HD service offering.
Chennai-based dish antenna manufacturer for DTH operators Nucleus Satellite Communications is eyeing big growth from the Indian market as DTH operators have started sourcing dish antennas locally.
The ministry of information and broadcasting’s (MIB) earnings from the licence fee paid by the private direct to home (DTH) operators has fallen 17.71% to Rs 879.38 crore in FY17.
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.
Sun Direct, the DTH arm of Sun TV Group, has started transmission using next-generation HEVC compression technology. This makes it the first DTH or cable TV operator in India to use this technology.
Sun Direct has issued a public notice stating that Star India channels will be available on RIO on its platform from 1 August.
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.
21st Century Fox is in talks with the Tata group to up its stake in Tata Sky, a JV DTH company where it owns nearly 30% stake. The new development comes in the wake of the Tata group and Bharti Airtel reportedly holding exploratory talks to evaluate a broader alliance involving their telecom, overseas cable and enterprise services, and DTH businesses.
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?