Dish TV, Tata Sky hold 24% each share of active DTH subs base in Sept quarter

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MUMBAI: Direct to home (DTH) operators Dish TV and Tata Sky are neck to neck with 24% each share of the active DTH subscriber base in India for the quarter ended 30 September, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) Performance Indicator Report.

In the previous quarter, Dish TV led the pay DTH market with a 24% share of active subscribers while Tata Sky had 23% share.

For the quarter ended 30 September, Airtel Digital was the second largest DTH operator after Dish TV and Tata Sky with 21% share of the active subscribers followed by Videocon d2h (19%), Sun Direct (10%) and Reliance Digital TV (2%).

Videocon d2h’s share has fallen by 1% compared to the previous quarter when its market share stood at 20%. The share of Airtel Digital TV, Sun Direct and Reliance Digital TV has remained unchanged.

The quarterly active subscriber base of pay DTH jumped to 66.09 million for the quarter ended 30 September from 65.31 million in the previous quarter.

There are six pay DTH operators including Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Videocon d2h, Sun Direct, and Reliance Digital TV. DD’s Freedish is the only free DTH platform.

As per details provided by pay DTH operators, Tata Sky provided 599 free to air (FTA) plus pay channels, which is the maximum among the six DTH operators. Sun Direct had the lowest FTA + Pay channel offering at 272 channels. Individually, Tata Sky had the most pay and FTA channels with an offering of 276 pay and 323 FTA channels.

At the end of 30 September, the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) had granted permission to 877 private satellite TV channels for uplinking only/downlinking /uplinking.

During the quarter ending 30 September, there were 300 pay channels as reported by 48 broadcasters as compared to 293 pay channels reported in the previous quarter. These 300 pay channels include 215 SD pay TV channels and 85 HD Pay TV channels.

Eight new pay TV channels were commenced during the quarter. These include Zee 24 Kalak, Zee Salaam, Living Foodz HD, & Prive HD, NXT (Colors Tamil), Star Suvarna HD, TEN 2 HD, and TEN 3 HD.

No pay channel was converted from Pay to FTA or vice versa. One pay channel namely “Da Vinci Learning” was reported to be discontinued.

As on 30 September, there are 322 operational private FM Radio stations in 86 existing cities with operational 34 FM Radio Operators as compared to 310 private FM Radio Stations in 86 cities with operational 33 FM Radio Operators in the previous quarter.

According to the reporting of advertisement revenue done by the 33 FM Radio Service Providers, it has emerged that during the quarter ending 30th September 2017, 12 new private FM Radio Stations have become operational.

The reported advertisement revenue during the quarter ending Sep-17 in respect of 322 private FM Radio stations is Rs 539.04 crore as against Rs.477.51 crores in respect of 310 private FM Radio stations for the previous quarter.


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