Bharti Airtel plans VOD service for DTH customers

Louise Duffy | 29-08-2012

Bharti Airtel is planning to launch a progressive download (PDL) service for which it has sought permission from India's Department of Telecom.

According to The Hindu Business Line, the PDL service would comprise VOD and catch-up TV, to be provided under Unified Access Services Licence (UASL) as IPTV services.

The provision of this service uses the infrastructure provided under direct-to-home (DTH) and ISP licences also. As a prerequisite, a PDL customer will have to be an existing Airtel DTH and broadband customer.

The PDL service monthly charges will be for subscription to channels on Catch-up TV. These channels would be pre-determined or selected by Airtel and would be available in recorded format for seven days.

The customer can view any programme on Catch-up TV from the available channels as long as that channel is a part of the DTH subscription also.