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TataSky to add 20 new channels shortly

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Direct-to-Home operator TataSky will add 20 new channels shortly as it has introduced a new compression technology to its network, a move that has disrupted services to nearly 17,000 subscribers in the past couple of days.

The company, which offers over 300 channels, would add the channels despite capacity constraints on account of improved compression standards and shifting to upgraded MPEG 4 format.

“Last year we have added 80 channels and we would shortly add 20 more. Some of them would be HD channels,” TataSky CEO Harit Nagpal told PTI.

He further said: “We have also got additional capacity due to our timely decision to shift from MPEG 2 format to MPEG 4 format. It cost us money, but helped us.”

TataSky, a JV between Tata group and media major Star has over 10 million active connections and around 3/4 connections are on MPEG 4.

The DTH operator, which has recently gone for a tariff hike is expecting the industry to add 4 million customers every year due to digistisation programme.

“The industry would grow for the next 5-6 years. There is enough opportunity here as the digitisation of analogue delivery system of home cable TV is in progress,” Nagpal said, adding that still 80 million connection are to be converted into digital mode.

On the tariff hike, he said: “Every year, we go for a price hike which is roughly 4 per cent in March. Last year, it was Rs 230 and this year we have increased it to Rs 240.

The company has an average revenue per user (ARPU) of Rs 250 and having a growth of over 5 per cent on year-on-year basis.

“We would like to keep our ARPU constant and grow our base by adding more customers from small places,” he said.

Nagpal said TataSky is sorting out the problems faced by its subscribers where their signals were disrupted due to introduction of the new compression technology.

“We change the compression standards every 3-4 months and a handful of customers are got impacted. Yesterday about 17,000 out of one crore-plus base have experienced problems and we have send our engineers at their place to resolve the issue,” he added.




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  1. Thank You for the clarifications. :love:

  2. [quote=’dayag’ pid=’34187′ dateline=’1426258007′]
    [quote=’anilsk01′ pid=’34183′ dateline=’1426256348′]
    they wanted to shift all the channel from hor to ver tp for this they did the testing of ver tp but as their did not success as people was facing no signal issue

    so due to this they stopped their testing
    [/quote]

    @Anil,Amatan and MJ ,
    I have a doubt just came to my mind after reading your post.
    Horizontal polarity needs more voltage ie: 17/18 V
    vertical needs 13/14 V.
    Is this may be the reason taatsky change the polarity ? so then less power consumption.
    [/quote]

    It doesn’t need more power whether it is H or V. Infact Tatasky will be uplinking in V for us to get in H. The voltage 13/18V are all just a standard system to make the LNB switch POL and it doesn’t mean H or V needs more power.

  3. [quote=’MJ786′ pid=’34190′ dateline=’1426259505′]
    For LNBFs, the polarity is controlled automatically by a voltage transmitted form the receiver to the LNBF via the coax cable. The receiver will send the LNBF 18 volts for horizontal polarity, and 13 volts for vertical polarity. For standard LNBs, the polarity is controlled by a motorized motor.

    how much it will benefit , if at all dont know
    [/quote]

    Correct . i am telling that Horizontal Polarity needs more power to read/get full signals and Vertical needs less power. I am thinking that the same apply in Transponders to transmit/deliver the signals for uplinking and downlinking too .
    My calculations may be childish but a doubt came to me. so thought about the chances .

  4. What are the channel names?
    Any guesses?

  5. For LNBFs, the polarity is controlled automatically by a voltage transmitted form the receiver to the LNBF via the coax cable. The receiver will send the LNBF 18 volts for horizontal polarity, and 13 volts for vertical polarity. For standard LNBs, the polarity is controlled by a motorized motor.

    how much it will benefit , if at all dont know

  6. [quote=’anilsk01′ pid=’34183′ dateline=’1426256348′]
    they wanted to shift all the channel from hor to ver tp for this they did the testing of ver tp but as their did not success as people was facing no signal issue

    so due to this they stopped their testing
    [/quote]

    @Anil,Amatan and MJ ,
    I have a doubt just came to my mind after reading your post.
    Horizontal polarity needs more voltage ie: 17/18 V
    vertical needs 13/14 V.
    Is this may be the reason taatsky change the polarity ? so then less power consumption.

  7. testing in ver tp will start again after the world cup

  8. they wanted to shift all the channel from hor to ver tp for this they did the testing of ver tp but as their did not success as people was facing no signal issue

    so due to this they stopped their testing

  9. Vertical TP will be activated again, they did testing for many hours to know how many cutomers need dish aligment so that both polarities can be received properly

  10. yes they can added channel by converting their remaining mpeg2 tp tp mpeg4 but in hor tp

    but they will not add new channel from ver tp

    currently no signal in ver tp tested by ts

  11. Its not a fake news, vertical polarity will be activated and many new channels will be added

  12. another fake from tatasky,just to fool customers
    20 channels for how many years will they satisfy
    just to hide their fault they r giving this excuse and saying will add 20 new channel

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