Tata Sky, Dish lead as India’s private DTH subs hit 67.56MN | Broadcast | News | Rapid TV News
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India’s commercial direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV operators now serve 67.56 million active subscribers, with Tata Sky and Dish TV accounting for almost half of the sector.

TRAI logo 28 March 2018Data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), for the calendar year ending 31 December 2017, showed a rise in DTH subscribers across the private sector of 4.19 million or 7.8% when compared with 2016. This in turn had risen 11.9% since the sector recorded a subscriber base of 55.98 million at the end of 2015.

Tata Sky accounted for 24% of these at the end of 2017, a one per cent increase on 2016. The Essel Group’s Dish TV also had 24% of the market, followed by Airtel Digital with a 21% share. Videocon d2h, which has since merged with Dish TV, saw a 1% decline in its market share to 19% in 2017. South India’s Sun Direct claimed a 10% slice of the market, and Reliance Digital had 2%.

In addition, FreeDish, the DTH arm of public service broadcaster Doordarshan, reached an estimated 22 million subscribers across India in 2016, according to KPMG and FICCI.