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India has 186 pay TV channels, says TRAI

MUMBAI: There are a total of 186 pay channels in the country, as per the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator report.

The number of pay channels has been arrived at based on the wholesale channel rates provided by broadcasters to the TRAI.

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Broadcasting & Cable Services
No. of private satellite TV channels registered with Ministry of I&B797
Number of private FM Radio Stations243
Registered DTH Subscribers67.57 Million
Active DTH Subscribers38.24 Million

Digital cable is offering a maximum of 386 TV channels. In conventional analogue form, the maximum number of channels being carried by any reporting multi-system operator (MSO) is 100.

The report also states that there are 243 private FM radio stations in operation till June-end. Prior data showed 242 stations, as per the information received from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

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