Category: General DTH News & Discussion

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Videocon d2h & Zee fighting with each other in TDSAT

TRAI had given orders few months back which included twin conditions that every broadcaster/operator had to agree to while deciding A-La-Carte price of channels & Package Prices to be offered to its subscribers. Strangely i came across this article where Zee/Star are against these conditions as it will affect their subscription revenue while Videocon d2h & a NGO are fighting against them to get this TRAI order implemented. Read this What amazed me is that Zee (Dish TV) & Videocon d2h merged recently then how come they are opposing each other? Also even if Videocon d2h succeeds then will Zee's Sister Concern Dish TV which is a 55℅ share holder in the merged entity readily accept this order? Too much confusion

Inactive subscribers settle at 34% of 91.53 mn total DTH universe

Private direct-to-home (DTH) companies have managed to keep their inactive proportion of subscribers under control. Inactive subscribers have settled at 34% of the total DTH universe for the last three quarters, data provided by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed. This is positive news for the DTH sector. While DTH subscribers have swelled to a new high due to digitisation in Phase III and IV areas, churn has been curtailed. Average revenue per user (ARPU) has also been steadily rising. According to TRAI’s new data, the number of pay DTH consumers has touched 91.53 million in the quarter ended 30 June, representing a 3.26% increase over the trailing quarter’s 88.64 million subscribers. The total active subscriber base grew 3.36% to 60.50 million from 58.53 million in the quarter ended 31 March. Inactive subscribers saw a 3.05% increase to 31.03 million during the quarter compared to 30.11 million the previous quarter. This is based on data provided by DTH operators to TRAI. Active and inactive subscribers comprised 66% and 34% of the total subscribers during the quarter under review. The percentage of active and inactive subscribers has remained the same in the quarters ended 31 December 2015 and 31 March 2016. The proportion of active and inactive subscribers used to be in the ratio of almost 50:50. For the quarter ended 30 September 2015, the inactive subscriber base was at an all-time high of 49.61%. TRAI has changed the criteria for active subscriber data, which now includes the number of temporarily suspended subscribers who have been inactive for not more than 120 days. When TRAI reported the DTH figures for the quarter ended 31 December, it used this new methodology. Earlier, different DTH operators had different criteria for active subscribers. The move to include temporarily suspended customers in active subscriber data brought uniformity to the exercise. This significantly altered the equation between active and inactive subscribers. In the quarter ended June 2016, DTH has added 2.89 million subscribers. According to TRAI data, 1.97 active subscribers were added in this three-month period. About 0.92 million inactive subscribers were added during this period. Read more at: |

Sorry, Reliance Jio is NOT launching DTH

In what is becoming something of a routine, yet another rumor has been spread that Reliance Jio is about to start a DTH service and you will be able to get all the channels at half the price that you currently pay. According to this, 350 TV channels will be offered at Rs 185 per month, which is half of the price that you have to pay for Airtel Digital, Tata Sky and so on. What’s more, there will be catch up and rewind feature as well. Is this true? Are you going to be able to move on to a new, cheaper and more advanced DTH service from Dec 15? NOT REALLY! Unfortunately, this rumor too is just that — a rumor. There will be no DTH service from Jio. From our inquiries, there is no corroboration of the company purchasing DTH satellite spectrum from any vendor, or setting up a marketing and distribution network for its dishes and set top boxes. Instead, what many of these websites are confusing with DTH is the JioTV app — which you are already getting on your mobile phone — working through a broadband connection. The main difference is that instead of the phone, the output can be connected to your TV. However, this is not really a big breakthrough development and can be done already with a plain old 4G or broadband connection. Instead of waiting for Reliance Jio DTH, all you have to do is order a Google Chromecast (Rs 3,399), plug it in to your TV and connect it to your smartphone using the Google Home app and you already have your Jio DTH. In fact, many advanced phones and TVs do not need even a Chromecast for ‘Jio DTH’ to work. You can just play JioTV on your phone and mirror the screen using the phone’s built in screencasting feature, such as Miracast. In case your 4G speed is not good enough to watch JioTV in high quality, you can connect your phone to any broadband, such as Airtel, BSNL or Tata DoCoMo and watch JioTV over that connection. What Reliance will be doing under this so-called DTH offer is practically the same thing. It will be running an app on the set top box which is either the same app as the one running on your mobile phone, or a slightly modified version of it with support for remote controller etc. WHY YOU’RE UNLIKELY TO GET IT The main problem with the promised set-top-box system is likely to be availability. As even the rumors have suggested, the set-top-box requires a fiber connection from Jio. At present, Jio’s fiber connections are available only in the metros like Mumbai and Chennai, and that too only in some areas. The company will eventually take the service to 100 cities, but it may take months or years. And in the areas where you are going to get Jio Fiber initially, you already have other fiber players offering 10-Mbps, 50-Mbps and 100-Mbps services anyway. HOW TO GET ‘JIO DTH’ NOW If you have a 2 Mbps or above broadband connection, there are lots of apps — including JioTV — that you can use for watching TV without purchasing a DTH connection or cable connection. The most famous of them is YuppTV, on which you can not only watch live TV channels, but also scroll back and see all the old programs as well. Read more at

Tata Sky Music+ launches unique activation #MyKindOfMusic

[color=#414141][size=small]Tata Sky Music+ brought a unique musical online activation where a diverse set of bands and musical talent [url=][color=#3d86ff]The Yellow Diary[/color][/url] (@tydtheband) to [url=][color=#3d86ff]Kanchan Daniel[/color][/url] and The Beards (@KanchanDaniel1), Hriday Gattani to Sharma and The Besharams, lyrically portray your thoughts. Held live 18th to 22nd October, across Twitter and Facebook, all the viewers had to do is answer the questions asked on the Tata Sky handle ([url=][color=#3d86ff]@TataSky[/color][/url]) with the hashtag [url=][color=#3d86ff]#MyKindOfMusic[/color][/url].[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]Based on responses, the selected bands and artists created the song scratch in real time along with videos and uploaded online within 8-9 hours. Only the best responses were selected the tailor-made songs.[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]In response to Tata Sky’s daily dose of questions, a total of 10 songs were created in the last four days amongst the 4 bands. These music videos have garnered over a million engagements. The most popular of the lot was the Day Dream song by The Yellow Diary which has crossed the 50,000 views mark.[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small][i]It was a 4 day-social marathon, 4 bands, 10 music compositions, real time music & video production, live behind the scene videos, 8 genres and 4 never been done 360 degree videos![/i][/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]Some popular comments that made it to become songs were:[/size][/color] [list] [*]Question: Games you have played in your childhood? [/list][color=#414141][size=small]Answer: Hide and seek, Long jumps[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]Song by The Yellow Diary: Games we played[/size][/color] [list] [*]Question: The funniest nickname you have heard? [/list][color=#414141][size=small]Answer: Golu, Chintu[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]Song by Sharma and The Besharams: Nicknames[/size][/color] [list] [*]Question: What are the things you do in the rain? [/list][color=#414141][size=small]Answer: Jumping in the rain, Romance, Play with my friends[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]Song by The Yellow Diary: Things we do in the rain[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]These original albums in audio and video mat will be available across Tata Sky’s social handles (YT, Twitter, FB),, Hungama website, apps and the recently launched Music+ service. #MyKindOfMusic comes immediately after Tata Sky’s recently launched its interactive service ‘Music+’, which offers Tata Sky subscribers exclusive access to a rich trove of music content (ranging classics to latest launches) including music videos, concerts and artist interviews spanning a breadth of genres international pop, country, rock and Indie music to jazz and blues, sufi, folk, nazms and ghazals. Subscribers of Tata Sky Music+ are now able to watch some of the biggest on-ground music events and festivals in the country the comt of their homes.[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]Wasn’t this a Jingalala idea!![/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]Credits Music Videos:[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]Agency: Chimp&z Inc[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]Agency Head: Angad Singh Manchanda & Lavinn Rajpal[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]Production Head: Pulkit Sharma[/size][/color] [color=#414141][size=small]Director: Parasher Baruah[/size][/color] Source: [url=][/url]

About Rs. 99 pack

Hi, As we all know all DTH providing Rs.99 base pack But all have different type of conditions like compulsory addons or something more than that Is it good? Why DTH companies trying to loot us by different marketing strategies? Also following (FTA/dd free dish) channels should be added in this pack of all DTH immediately. BTW, Dishtv provides some of these channels in 99 rupee pack Sony pal M Tunes Mastiii 9X jalwa Zee etc Bollywood Music India Zing E24 Sony mix Star sports 2 needed as sports channel Star utsav Movies (after addition) Sony wah(after addition) Rishtey cineplex(after addition if not available) All FTA Movies channels like B4u Movies, Enter 10 etc. All Hindi news channels including Aaj tak, ibn7, Abp news as these available on free dish & are carriage fee channels All FTA & carriage fee regional channels like sangeet Marathi, Kalaignar TV, Chardikla time TV etc. & main thing is that, DTH should give 1 regional addon free with this pack as its fully loaded with FTA & carriage fee channels only.

Should clone or variant channels be regulated?

MUMBAI: Television broadcasters and distribution platform operators (DPOs) have presented mixed views to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on whether or not to regulate clone or variant channels. In the consultation paper titled ‘Tariff issues related to TV services’, TRAI highlighted the need to review the practice of clone channels, which are not in consumer interest. It had sought stakeholders’ comments on the approach that may be adopted for regulation of such variant or clone channels. TRAI had mentioned about two categories of clone channels: 1) channels with same content but different language feeds, 2) standard-definition (SD) channels that are down-converted or exact replicas of the original high-definition (HD) channels, except for the enhanced definition feature. Star says TRAI has no jurisdiction over content In its submission to TRAI, Star India said that TRAI does not have requisite jurisdiction over the content shown on any channel. It also said that broadcasters are free to put any content on their channel, as long as it is in conformity with the programming and advertisement codes. The broadcaster also contended that the linguistically modified channels are not clones as separate licenses are granted for such channels, and hence they are distinct and separate from each other. It further stated that broadcasters have to acquire specific content rights for creating different language feeds. Consumers have complete freedom of choice and can select one or more channels as per their preference. The RIO-based models, it said, would ensure that a la carte channels are realistically viable for consumers, negating any attempt at force-bundling of channels. Tata Sky wants no regulation Taking a similar view, DTH operator Tata Sky submitted that there is no need to regulate either the creation or pricing of such channels. The DTH operator stated that the creation of multiple channels or variants is a common feature anywhere in the world. It further stated that variant or clone channels have similar content, but there are differences in content or packaging of the channel, which makes it meaningful for a consumer to subscribe to it. For example, there are consumers who want channels today with a time difference, such as a +1 hour feed, or a +2 hour feed, and would be willing to pay an additional fee for the same. ZEEL’s views Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), on the other hand, stated that channels that have the same video stream feed with different language audio feed and SD channels that are exact replicas of original HD channels should get the same treatment. “In other words, there should be no separate charges for the channels having the same content but multiple audio feed. Similarly, if the SD channel is the exact replica of HD channel, then the tariff for only HD channel should be levied,” the broadcaster submitted. Dish TV opposes clone or variant channels Dish TV was most scathing in its criticism of clone or variant channels. The DTH operator submitted that clone channels can be allowed, but the regulation should ensure that there is no bundling or charging of clones on the subscribers. “There is no need to regulate an illegality that has been perpetuated in the industry and has been totally ignored by the regulator. On the contrary, the illegality of creating clones of a channel should immediately be scrapped,” it stated. It also stated that DTH operators, unlike multi system operators (MSO), have to carry different feeds nationally despite the bandwidth crunch that they face. It further submitted that any channel which shows any sports content that has already been shown in any other sports channel should be considered a clone channel. Further, no sports content that has been shown on a particular channel should be shown on any other channel or medium for a particular period from the date of first display, the DTH operator said. Reliance Digital TV Reliance Digital TV concurred that clones that run the same content in different languages should not be permitted as they consume transponder bandwidth. Channels that run old content of some other channels should be termed ‘clone channels’ and should only operate as FTA channels in the interest of the consumers, it stated further. Such channels should add audio options of different languages that can be selected by the consumers, the DTH operator submitted. IndiaCast says pricing of variant channels should be decided by market forces IndiaCast Media Distribution said that the pricing of the variant channels should be left to be decided by the market forces. The variant channels have been introduced keeping in view different masses/classes of the population and to increase the reach of the content of broadcasters. Sony Pictures Networks India echoed similar sentiments. Hathway’s views MSO Hathway Cable & Datacom submitted that the integrated distribution network gives subscribers the choice whether or not to take variant/clone channels since the model envisages that pay channels be offered on a la carte basis. Hence, no regulatory intervention is needed, it added. Variant channels should be defined but not regulated, says DEN DEN Networks stated that variant channels should be defined but not regulated, if the same is provided to consumers and are charged for either of the channels and not for both channels. In the event a DPO/broadcaster intends to charge separately for variants of the channels, then there would be a need to regulate clones including giving choice to the consumers to pick either of the clone channels, it stated. Siti Cable for regulation Siti Cable submitted that clone channels should be regulated and the customer should not be charged for the same content again in the name of a different language or format in the category of clone channels. Cloning, it said, should be permitted only to an extent that pay channel content can be cloned to a free-to-air channel after a gap of first telecast and not vice versa. Source:-

BEXIMCO to launch RealVU DTH service

BEXIMCO Communications Limited, a joint venture between Beximco Group and Russian GS Group, on Thursday announced to launch the country’s first Direct-to-Home television service named RealVU. DTH is a digital satellite television distribution service where consumers receive television signals directly from the satellite through a device installed in their home without existing cable-based system. ‘We are ready to provide DTH services under the brand name of RealVU by April-May at the consumer level that will drastically change the viewing experience of the Bangladeshi TV audience,’ said BEXIMCO Communications chief executive officer Dmitry Lapitskiy while speaking at the press conference held at a city hotel. He said that the monthly bill for DTH service will be around Tk 300 but he did not reveal the price of the set-top-box required for enjoying the service. He also said that in the beginning the subscribers can only use one set-top-box for one TV. ‘But we have plans to introduce sharing service in future,’ he said. The government in December 2013 awarded two DTH licences to Beximco Communications Ltd and Buyers Media Ltd. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission in September 2015 issued the DTH guidelines where the regulator also did not specify the price of the home premises equipment for users. As per the guidelines, DTH operators will have a lock-in period, the stipulated time when customers are obliged to use the service, which will not be more than 12 months. The operators have to establish service centre at every district headquarters while distributors and the operators will also be bound to provide two years of repair and maintenance without any charge. The BTRC is planning to change migration and refund policy in the guidelines. According to the existing guidelines, if a customer wants to switch to another DTH operator, he/she has to buy the entire Customer Premises Equipment, or CPE from the new operator that contains set-top-box, cable, dish antenna, etc. The BTRC is analysing if in the refund policy the CPE is replaced with set-top-box, then customers can keep the rest of the equipments while migrating to other operator.

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