DTH paid subscriber base shrinks to 68.52 million in Oct-Dec 2021: TRAI

The total number of active subscribers of the four private direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast operators, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV and Sun Direct, increased from 68.89 million in September 2021 to 68.52 million in December 2021, according to a Telecom Report from the Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

According to the Quarterly Performance Indicators (PIR) report for the October to December 2021 quarter, Pay DTH reached a total active subscriber base of approximately 68.52 million. This is in addition to subscribers to the DD Free Dish (Doordarshan’s free DTH services). According to the FICCI-EY report, the DD Free Dish base is expected to cross 50 million households by 2025. The base currently stands at 40 million households.

In terms of pecking order, Tata Sky leads the ranking with a market share of 33.48%, followed by Bharti Telemedia (Airtel Digital TV) at 26.37%, Dish TV at 22.04% and Sun Direct. at 18.11%. In the last quarter, the market share was from Tata Sky (33.34%), Bharti Telemedia (26.11%), Dish TV (22.65%) and Sun Direct (17.91%).

Cable television sector

As of December 31, 2021, 1753 MSOs were registered with the MIB. According to data reported by MSOs and HITS operators, there are 12 MSOs and 1 HITS operator that have a subscriber base of over one million.

The total subscriber base of the top 13 cable carriers and HITS grew to 45.81 million active subscribers from 45.55 million last quarter.

The main cable operators and HITS are: GTPL Hathway (7,906,424), Siti Networks (7,443,265), Hathway Digital (5,480,327), Den Networks (4,600,430), Thamizhaga Cable TV Communication (3,864 781). Kerala Communicators Cable (3,010,793), Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (2,746,828), NXT Digital Ltd (HITS) (2,245,427), KAL Cables (2,098,600), Fastway Transmissions (2,074,462), VK Digital Network (1,913,630), NXT Digital Ltd (Cable TV) (1,254,212) and Asianet Digital Network (1,174,814).

Satellite TV channels

During the quarter under review, a total of 909 private satellite TV channels were licensed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) for uplink only / downlink only / both uplink uplink and downlink. Out of 909 licensed satellite TV channels, 893 channels are available for downlink in India.

Pay TV channels

According to reports made by broadcasters under the Tariff Order dated 3 March 2017 as amended, out of 893 licensed satellite TV channels which are available for downlink in India, out of 350 pay channels, 253 are TV channels pay satellite SD and 97 are HD pay satellite channels.

Apart from these paid channels reported to TRAI, all other channels, available for downlink in India, are considered as free to air (FTA) channels.

FM radio

Apart from radio channels operated by All India Radio – the public broadcaster, according to data reported by FM radio operators to TRAI, as of December 31, 2021, there are 386 private FM radio channels operating in 113 cities operated by 36 FM radios private. the operators.

During the quarter ending December 31, 2021, a new private FM radio channel in Leh city by M/s Sambhaav Media Limited and a new private FM radio channel in Kargil city by M/s JCL Infra Private Limited became operational. Additionally, M/s Sarthak Films Private Limited has reported the closure of its only FM radio station in Rourkela town, Odisha.

Advertising revenue reported by FM radio operators in the quarter ending 31 December 2021 for 386 private FM radio channels is Rs 421.74 crore compared to Rs 294.78 crore for 385 private FM radio channels for the quarter previous, i.e. September 30, 2021.

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