Monday, 2 April 2018

Star, Airtel Digital TV renew content deal

MUMBAI: After weeks of bitter public spat, broadcaster Star India and direct to home (DTH) operator Bharti Telemedia (Airtel Digital TV) have reached an agreement.

The move will ensure that the Airtel Digital TV consumers will get access to Star India channels which includes the Indian Premier League (IPL) telecast on Star Sports network.

Earlier, both parties had decided to opt for reference interconnect offer (RIO) or a la carte deal as the negotiations on renewal was not moving forward. Had the agreement not been reached, Star channels would have been removed from Airtel Digital TV’s packages.

“Airtel Digital subscribers will continue to get uninterrupted access to all of Star’s programmes including Vivo IPL, following an agreement reached between Star

and Airtel. Both parties would like to assure their subscribers that the two companies are committed to bringing more and more high-quality content and

experience to their consumers,” the two parties said in a joint statement.

Incidentally, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) had directed Star and Airtel to either enter into a negotiated agreement before 31 March or else go the RIO deal will come into effect from 1 April.

The agreement between Star and Airtel had expired on 31 October. The previous agreement was extended by Star during the period of negotiation. With negotiations not bearing any results, the broadcaster had issued a disconnection notice to the DTH operator on 15 February due to non-signing of the subscription agreement, non-payment of dues and non-submission of subscriber reports.

Airtel retaliated to Star’s notice by informing its subscribers that Star channels will be removed from packages from 8 March and suitable replacement channels will be offered.

On 3 March, Airtel requested Star to allow it to avail channels on RIO basis. The broadcaster responded by saying that the DTH operator needs to clear arrears, submit subscriber reports, and sign the agreement.

The DTH operator raised the dispute about the pending dues and stated that it was entitled to an RIO deal to protect the interests of the subscribers from 9 March.

Following this, the DTH operator filed the petition in TDSAT challenging Star’s disconnection notice. The tribunal asked the DTH operator to clear dues except for the disputed amount of Rs 9.8 crore.

Subsequently, Star filed an application before the TDSAT to direct the DTH operator to ink RIO-based deal effective 9 March and clear dues worth Rs 17.8 crore.

After the TDSAT order, the two parties indulged in a virtual slugfest running ads and scrolls accusing each other of being unreasonable. While Airtel accused of increasing prices of its channels Star retorted back by asking Airtel Digital TV subscribers to switch to other platforms to get Star channels without any additional cost.

In order to ensure that its subscribers don’t miss out on the IPL action, it had assured its customers by stating that they will get Star Sports 1/Star Sports 1 Hindi channels as part of base pack till 30 May.

It is pertinent to note that Star has also issued disconnection notices to DTH operators Dish TV and Videocon d2h, who have since merged to become a single entity.

With Indian Premier League (IPL) round the corner, Star is using the popularity of the league to get sweeter deals from distribution platforms. The broadcaster has paid a whopping Rs 16,347.5 crore to secure the IPL media rights till 2022.

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Reliance Jio extends free Prime membership for existing users till March 2019

MUMBAI: Reliance Jio Infocomm has extended the Prime membership to existing Prime members for another year at no additional cost. New customers will have to pay Rs 99 during on-boarding for Prime membership.

The telecom operator has over 175 million Jio Prime Members. The Jio Prime membership was valid till 31 March 2018.

Apart from offering data at a reasonable price, the Prime membership comes with a host of other benefits including free access to Jio’s over the top (OTT) apps like JioTV, Jio Music, and Jio Movies among others.

Through these suite of OTT apps, Jio customers get access to 550+ Live TV Channels, 6,000+ movies, lakhs of Videos/TV shows, 1.4+ crore Songs, 5,000+ magazines, and 500+ newspapers.

MyJio offers a single click access to 24*7 self-service and account management. It also offers access to all Jio applications and other innovations in addition to access to the best deals and offers.

Jio customers will also get access to exclusive content including Winter Olympics 2018 exclusively on JioTV. Recently, JioTV also offered Nidahas Cricket Trophy 2018, and Carabao Cup.

It also offers customers Platinum access to live shows and concerts like Filmfare Awards, Justin Bieber Concert, Ed Sheeran Concert, Lakme Fashion Week, and Jio MAMI Film Festival.

Reliance Jio Infocomm customers consume more than 200+ crore hours of video per month on the network, as on 31 December. The per subscriber per month video consumption stood at 13.4 hours.

Jio subscribers continue to demonstrate high activity level with average data consumption per user per month of 9.6 GB and average voice consumption of 694 minutes per user per month.

The company is making progress in delivering Enterprise solutions and FTTH with beta trials initiated in a few locations. These services are being offered using the same integrated network and platforms.

Jio has built a next-generation all-IP data network with latest 4G LTE technology. It is the only network built as a Mobile Video Network and providing Voice over LTE technology.

It has built a future-ready network which can easily deploy 5G and beyond technology in the last leg. Jio has created an ecosystem comprising network, devices, applications and content, service experience and affordable tariffs for everyone to live the Jio Digital Life.

Jio has created a strong data network with infrastructure and backhaul for offering wireless services, wireline services, FTTH, Enterprise offering, IOT services and other digital services. These will lead to further data consumption on the network.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Cable TV ahead of DTH in market share: Rathore

MUMBAI: India has more cable TV households than direct to home (DTH) homes, minister of state in the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has said in the Rajya Sabha.

As per the data available on Management Information System (MIS) developed by the MIB, cable TV has a share of 46.5% of the TV households in India while DTH companies have 42.4% share. The two modes of distribution have a collective share of 88.9% of the Indian market.

Apart from cable TV and DTH, TV broadcasting service is provided through headend in the sky (HITS) and internet protocol television (IPTV).

Responding to a question in Rajya Sabha whether the government is giving precedence to DTH platforms over the cable TV platforms, Rathore said that the cable industry has played a prominent role in the growth of the electronic media sector.

“As per data available on Management Information System (MIS) developed by the Ministry, the reach of TV households in Cable TV is 46.5% and in DTH services it is 42.4%,” he stated.

He further stated that the MIS data shows that both the platforms are in position and increasing simultaneously as per the choice of consumers.

On being asked about the threat to human life due to cable’s carrying TV signals, Rathore said that the Section 4B of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 empowers the Central Government to lay down appropriate guidelines to enable the State Governments to put in place an appropriate mechanism for speedy clearance of requests from cable operators for laying cables or erecting posts on any property vested in, or under the control or management of, any public authority and for settlement of disputes, including refusal of permission by the public authority.

He also added that the ministry had on 16 June 2017 had issued guidelines to all the state governments to enable them to put in place an appropriate mechanism for speedy clearance of requests from cable operators for grant of Right of Way (RoW) to maintain the cable infrastructure underground and/or over ground on any property vested in, or under the control or management of, any public authority.

“The guidelines have obligations on the part of Cable Operator while laying the cable lines, to ensure mitigation of public inconvenience and to provide public safety,” Rathore said in response to the question on public safety.

According to BARC, there are 183 million TV households in the country translating to 64% penetration of the total households in India. The TV universe has 780 million individuals.

TV penetration still has headroom for growth in rural India which has 52% penetration compared to 87% in urban. The urban and rural households stand at 84 million and 99 million respectively.

Terrestrial, which used to be the only form of distribution till the mid-90s, is nearly extinct with digital penetration touching a historic 98%.
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Monday, 12 February 2018

MIB admits no DTH infra sharing permission sought

NEW DELHI: Despite the initial hype and enthusiasm over infrastructure sharing by broadcast, cable and satellite-delivered service players (such as DTH operators) and lengthy suggestions on the subject by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the government has admitted no stakeholder has evinced interest so far. 

“Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has not received any proposal from DTH operators for sharing of satellite transponders and earth station facilities with other DTH players and distribution platforms,” junior MIB minister Rajyavardhan Rathore told the Indian Parliament last week.

Pointing out that sector regulator TRAI had made recommendations in March 2017 on infrastructure sharing by broadcast and cable sector players, the minister admitted that enabling sharing could address the issue of the demand-supply mismatch. Such a sharing could also “reduce capital and operating expenditure” of a service provider to an appreciable extent, Rathore added.
TRAI had made suggestions on the hows and whys of infrastructure sharing, especially by DTH players, and had also exhorted the government to tweak policy guidelines to enable such sharing.
“To enable [the] sharing of the DTH platform and transport streams transmitted on the DTH platform, the authority recommends that the guidelines for providing DTH services should be suitably amended,” TRAI had noted while making recommendations on infrastructure sharing.

A decision to review the DTH policy guidelines is pending with the MIB with no firm decision on it being taken yet, if industry sources are to be believed, who also pointed out that the ministry may be readying files to refer the issue to the Ministry of Law and Justice for an opinion—a move that could be time consuming. The lack of a policy review has resulted in several glitches hitting DTH operators in India.

TRAI had suggested that to ensure efficient use of scarce satellite resources, DTH operators—which have already set up earth stations and hired satellite transponder capacities, and willing to share the platform and transport stream of TV channels—should be allowed to do so with prior written intimation to the government.

Amongst other recommendations of TRAI on sharing of infrastructure by DTH and distribution platforms, the following are noteworthy:
--- The central government should encourage sharing of infrastructure, wherever technically feasible, in TV broadcasting distribution network services on a voluntary basis.
--- To allow a new DTH operator to use the existing DTH platform and transport streams of TV channels transmitted on that platform, the conditions relating to hiring of satellite capacity and setting up of an earth station should be amended suitably.

--- A DTH operator, providing DTH services using the shared infrastructure with another DTH operator, should be allowed to establish, maintain and operate its own platform at a later date within the licence validity period if it decides so after following the due procedure.

--- An easier process should be put in place to ensure continuity of services to subscribers in the event of any disaster. One of the way in which it could be ensured is sharing of the main and the disaster recovery site in hot standby mode with the prior approval of the licensor.

--- The DTH operator, willing to share its transport stream of TV channels with another DTH operator, should ensure that the other DTH operator has valid written interconnection agreements with broadcasters concerned for distribution of pay TV channels to the subscribers.
--- On a voluntary basis, sharing of head-end used for cable TV services and transport streams transmitting signals of TV channels, among MSOs, should be permitted. 
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Doordarshan channels on DTH may soon show live cricket

The move will help DTH viewers avoid subscribing to expensive sports channel bouquets for enjoying the matches.                                                        

New Delhi: In a bonanza for the cricket-lovers, the Narendra Modi government is contemplating to bring a regulation to allow mandatory telecast of Indian cricket matches on Doordarshan channels available to dish or DTH subscribers.

The move will help DTH viewers avoid subscribing to expensive sports channel bouquets for enjoying the matches. At present, Doordarshan channels that telecast matches are blacked out by DTH operators, forcing viewers to subscribe sports pay channels.

Top officials of the Union information and broadcasting ministry are understood to be studying a proposal for mandatory telecast of Indian cricket matches on Doordarshan channel available to DTH subscribers.

Currently, free telecast of cricket matches of national importance on Doordarshan is available only to those viewers who use its terrestrial network — that uses conventional antennas and requires no monthly subscription as in the case of DTH.

Sources stated that the I&B ministry has sought the opinion of the law and justice ministry regarding the issue mandatory telecast of matches on DD channels available to DTH subscribers.

It is learnt that the move to bring in the new broadcast regulations to ease telecast of cricket matches comes after last year’s Supreme Court decision that Prasar Bharati can air the feed from private broadcasters, only on terrestrial network and Free Dish but not on Doordarshan channels carried by cable operators and private DTH platforms.

Under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007, private broadcasters are obliged to share live broadcasting signals of sporting events of national importance with Prasar Bharati. Section 8 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act makes it mandatory for all cable operators to carry two Doordarshan channels but there is no binding that the DD channel showing cricket matches has to be shown.

The proposed changes would mean that cable operators can get access to the broadcast of sporting events through two avenues, through private channels, by paying subscription fees, and via the channels of Doordarshan.
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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Tata Sky ties up with Ola Sunburn Festival 2017 to bring the biggest EDM extravaganza to small screens

UMBAI: Tata Sky, India’s leading content distribution platform, tied up with Ola Sunburn Festival 2017, one of the largest music festivals in the world, to bring its eclectic mix of music, entertainment, experiences, celebration and lifestyle straight to the small screens. Apart from live streaming Ola Sunburn Festival 2017, Tata Sky Mobile App will showcase nearly 500 hours of music fest content from over the years too, which will be open to all users, including non-subscribers.

Performances by the headliners of Ola Sunburn Festival – Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, DJ Snake, Clean Bandits, Martin Garrix, Afrojack and KSHMR – will be live-streamed on Tata Sky Mobile App. Over and above the 4 days of live streaming, prior to the event there will be a rich library of content available on demand on the app. This includes official after movies, artist interviews, exclusive backstage footage and performances from the world’s top EDM acts such as KYGO, NUCLEYA, Hardwell, David Guetta, Tiesto, Armin Van Burren and many more as well as an archive of all the past events from Sunburn season 10.

This is the first time ever that Ola Sunburn festival, which kicks off on December 28th, will be live streamed on the Tata Sky Mobile app making it the only OTT platform covering the festival live.
The sheer depth of content on offer, which will be archived on the app for viewing after the festival ends, will allow EDM fans to fully immerse themselves in the 11th edition of Asia’s largest music festival on-the-go wherever and whenever they like. Moreover, Tata Sky will broadcast snippets of Ola Sunburn Festival 2017 on Channel 100 too.

Tata Sky’s Chief Communication Officer, Malay Dikshit said, “With increasing screens and the appetite of millennials to experiment with content, it is essential to reach the entertainment needs of consumers, just the way they like it. To create endearing and impactful engagement with millennials and to bring alive content across all types and sizes of screens, the Tata Sky Mobile App has partnered with the hugely popular music festival - Sunburn.”

The Sunburn Festival, the highlight of a year-long calendar of Sunburn events, has established itself as one of the annual ‘go-to’ events for EDM fans, drawing crowds of hundreds of thousands from India and around the world every year.

To cater to these fans, Tata Sky has lined up a number of ground-breaking experiences:
- A breath-taking 360-degree virtual reality experience that will let fans see what the DJ sees as he cranks out his tunes, putting them at the heart of the action like never before.
- A Graffiti Wall where fans can get their photographs clicked and jazz them up by drawing over them with personalised messages, quirky costumes or spray paint.

- A 3D hologram of the company’s logo at various points at the venue, in order to make fans’ engagement with India’s leading content distribution platform an even more experiential one.
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

MIB clears path for Dish TV Videocon | Indian Television Dot Com

MUMBAI: Even as a new global media powerhouse was created in the US yesterday with Disney’s buyout of Fox's entertainment assets for $52.4 billion, India’s ministry of information & broadcasting (MIB) has cleared the decks for Dish TV and Videocon d2h paving the pathway for the creation of a mammoth DTH company.

The companies had received the green signal from the Mumbai division of the national company law tribunal some months ago after which the ministry’s approval was pending. Dish TV and Videocon d2h reported separate revenue and EBITDA numbers which at a pro-forma level add up to Rs 60,862 million and Rs 19,909 million for FY17. Following the amalgamation, the combined entity will be renamed as Dish TV Videocon Limited. 

As on 30 September 2017, the duo together serve more than 29 million customers.
Dish TV CMD Jawahar Goel says, ““It has been a long journey since the announcement of the agreement between the two companies a year back. We would like to thank the ministry of information and broadcasting, the national company law tribunal, the competition commission of India, the securities and exchange board of India, the stock exchanges and all other stakeholders for showing their trust in us. I would also like to express our gratitude to our shareholders for standing by us through the transaction and believing in us to take the combined entity to the next level going forward.”

Dish TV group CEO Anil Dua says, “Together, Dish TV and Videocon d2h are going to write history as we embark on this journey of delighting our 29 million and growing customer base. It is an exciting way ahead as we get this opportunity to leverage the individual strengths of the two organisations. I feel reassured looking at the formidable combination of these two talented teams that are now going to be working together towards a shared vision and common goals.”
Dish TV Videocon is expected to provide better synergies and growth opportunities through enhanced after-sales, distribution and technology capabilities. Aon, Deloitte and PwC have been roped in to help it with project management for seamless integration of core functions, processes and technology infrastructure.

It has been a year-long journey for Dish and Videocon since they announced the intent to merge last November. The scheme will take effect in the coming weeks.

For the quarter ended 30 September 2017, Videocon d2h saw PAT of Rs 168 million and an addition of 0.21 million subscribers, taking its total to 13.25 million. On the other hand, Dish TV’s PAT for the same quarter was Rs 689.6 million while subscribers increased by 0.188 million to hit 15.9 million.
The new year is expected to be a good one for the dynamic duo. And they have every reason to celebrate.

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Cross holding restrictions in DTH to continue till a holistic decision on cross-media is taken: Rathore

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has accepted the Inter Ministerial Committee’s (IMC) recommendation to continue with the existing cross holding restriction in the guidelines for direct to home (DTH) operators.

While discussing the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendations on consultation paper related to 'Issues related to New DTH License', the IMC noted that the matter of cross-holding in DTH has to be taken into consideration in the larger context of other TRAI recommendations on cross-media holdings.

In the existing DTH licence guidelines, the authority has imposed a restriction of 20% on cross-media holdings. A broadcasting or a cable TV company cannot hold more than 20% stake in a DTH company. Similarly, a DTH company cannot own more than 20% in a broadcasting or a cable TV company.

The TRAI had furnished its recommendations on "Issues relating to Media Ownerships" to the ministry on 12 August 2014 while the one related to 'Issues related to New DTH License' was issued on 23 July 2014.

The MIB has constituted an IMC to process the recommendations received from TRAI. The IMC examines the recommendations of TRAI and provides its comments/recommendations for approval of the ministry.

“IMC while discussing the TRAI's recommendations dated 23.07.2014 on 'Issues related to New DTH License' has observed that the matter of cross-holding in DTH has to be taken into consideration in the larger context of other TRAI recommendations on cross-media holdings,” minister of state in the ministry of information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said in the Rajya Sabha.

“Hence, the IMC recommended that the restrictions in the existing guidelines may continue till the matter is holistically resolved. The recommendations of IMC on the issue have been accepted by this Ministry,” he further.

Rathore also said that the ministry is weighing in on the TRAI recommendations on cross-media holdings.

“Further, this Ministry is also concerned about the recommendation of TRAI regarding cross-media holdings with an objective to ensure plurality of news and views and availability of quality services at reasonable prices to the consumers,” he stated.

In its recommendations on 'Issues related to New DTH License', the authority had liberalised the cross holding restrictions by allowing broadcasters to own a distribution platform (DPO). However, no broadcaster can own more than one DPO.

The recommendations have implications for broadcasters Star India, ZEEL, and Sun TV Network. For Star, it will be a positive move as it can increase its stake in Tata Sky. ZEEL and Sun TV, whose promoters have interests in both cable TV and DTH, will have to choose between one of the two platforms.

However, the authority in its recommendations has imposed several restrictions on vertically integrated companies to ensure a level playing field.

One is that vertically integrated DPOs cannot exceed 33% market share. The relevant market for DTH is the whole country while in case of cable it is a state. Further, vertically integrated entities cannot do fixed fee deals. The deals can only be on a cost per subscriber (CPS), which has to be non-discriminatory.

In the recommendations on ‘Issues related to Media Ownership’, the regulator had suggested keeping government out of TV broadcasting sector. It had also sought a ban on private treaties between media companies and business houses.

It had also recommended imposing restrictions on media companies that have a market share of 32% in TV news and print segment. If any company crosses the threshold then it will have to dilute its control in one of the two segments.

Defining control, the authority said that an entity is said to ‘control’ another entity if it directly or indirectly through associate companies or subsidiaries owns at least 20% of total share capital.

The TRAI had even sought ownership restrictions on corporates entering media. It had also batted for a common media regulator for TV and print. 
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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Dish TV reports improved operating profits for second quarter

BENGALURU: Hit by a double whammy–that of demonetisation and the implementation of the new goods and services tax (GST)–Indian media and entertainment (M&E) companies have been struggling to attain and/or maintain black in their financials. Direct to home or DTH was one of the components of the M&E industry that had slowly started reporting profits – operating or plain profits after tax. The Essel group’s DTH services company Dish TV India Ltd (DishTV) was one of the first companies from the Indian carriage industry that had started churning out profits until the aforementioned double whammy. Subscription collections were suddenly hit because people just didn’t have enough legal currency. Average revenue per user (ARPU) fell – last year in the quarter before demonetization, the company had reported ARPU of Rs 162. For the quarter ended 30 September 2017 (Q2-18, quarter under review), ARPU was Rs 149. In the immediate trailing quarter (Q1-18), ARPU was slightly lower at Rs 148. 

Over the last few quarters post demonetisation, Dish TV’s net profits were in the red. However, during these quarters, operating profits (EBIDTA) were positive and that seems to have improved for the quarter under review as compared to the immediate trailing quarter (q-o-q, Q1-18). Year-over-year however, Dish TV has reported a net loss and lower operating profit for Q2-18 as compared to net profit and EBIDTA numbers of the corresponding year ago.

Dish TV reported 7.4 percent higher q-o-q EBIDTA for Q2-18 at Rs 2,160.8 million (28.9 percent margin - on operating revenue) as compared to Rs 2012.0 million (27.2 percent margin) for Q1-18. EBIDTA for Q2-17 was Rs 2,656.8 million (34.1 percent margin). The company’s net loss however widened q-o-q to Rs 178.7 million during the quarter under review as compared to a net loss of Rs 135.1 million in Q1-18 and a net profit after tax of Rs 689.6 million (8.8 percent margin) for Q2-17.
The silver lining for the company has been its growing subscriber base, and this despite lower ARPU has resulted in 1.3 percent q-o-q increase of operating revenue to Rs 7,585.80 million for Q2-18 as compared to Rs 7,388.8 in Q1-18. However, y-o-y operating revenue during the quarter under review was 3.9 percent lower as compared the Rs 7,792.8 million for Q2-17.

The company’s subscriber base has increased by 0.188 million subscribers during the quarter under review and it has reported a subscriber base of 15.9 million. The company had closed the corresponding year ago quarter with a subscriber base of 15.1 million – it had added 0.259 million subscribers in Q2-17. Consequently, Dish TV’s subscription revenue grew 1.9 percent q-o-q during the quarter under review to Rs 7,049 million. Year-on-year, subscription revenues were 3.3 percent lower than the Rs 7,288 million reported for Q2-17. Churn for Q2-18 was 0.8 percent
A look at the other numbers

Total expense in Q2-18 increased 6 percent y-o-y to Rs 7,834.7 million from Rs 7,393.1 million. Employee benefits expense was almost flat (declined 0.2 percent) y-o-y to Rs 366.3 million from Rs 367 million. Operating expenses in Q2-18 increased 6.6 percent y-o-y to Rs 3,893.4 million from Rs 3,651.9 million. Other expenses during the quarter under review declined 4.8 percent to Rs 1,038.0 million from Rs 1,090.8 million in Q2-17. Finance costs in Q2-18 increased 6.4 percent y-o-y to Rs 610.9 million from Rs 574.2 million.
Amalgamation of Videocon D2h into Dish TV

The proposed combination of Dish TV and Videocon d2h would create one of the world’s leading DTH platform.

Dish TV CMD Jawahar Goel said, “We have been eager to get back to our stakeholders with the news of the successful closure of the merger. With all other approvals in place, the only approval pending is from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. We are optimistic about hearing back from the MIB any moment now and hope to close the merger at the earliest thereafter.”

“We remain excited about the next phase of growth that the combined entity, Dish TV Videocon Limited, will go through and are committed to make the combination a mega success. On the synergy front, we stick to our guidance of Rs. 1,800 million for FY18 and Rs. 5,100 million for FY19,” he added.

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Jio Fiber and Jio DTH: What all we know so far about the new broadband and DTH service!

After giving a tough competition in the telecom market, Jio could be launching the all-new fiber network for the home broadband service and the much awaited Jio DTH. The Jio Fiber is currently being tested in select areas of Delhi, Mumbai, NCR, Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara.

Expected to be launched for a free service of three months just like Jio’s grand offer, users are eagerly vying for the broadband and DTH services to roll out.

Jio Fiber

Earlier in August 2016 at the company’s annual general meeting Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani mentioned that soon Reliance would launch FTTH (fiber to the home) service, which would be capable of delivering broadband speed up to 1Gbps.

The company finally rolled out its FTTH service on January 13th, 2017 but only in Mumbai. It offered a beta service with 100 GB per month high-speed quota for every customer. It also came with an added installation charge of Rs 4500 which was termed as ‘Refundable Security Deposit’ if the customer doesn’t wish to extend the Jio fiber beyond the trial period of three months.



As far as the DTH services are considered, if Jio enters the market, it will surely challenge the dominance of Tata Sky, Videocon and Dish TV. 

Jio has already partnered with Indian video streaming website Hotstar and it may also partner with Amazon Prime and Netflix. This will enable the users to view the platforms from their set-top boxes.

Back in March, a lot of videos of Jio’s set-top box surfaced the internet and the launch was expected in August. However, now the new launch date is said to be around January 2018. Jio’s DTH smart setup box is said to include all the features of Jio TV mobile application. If sources are to be believed then, it will cost much less than its competitors. 

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