Only 57% of Indian satellite TV homes take active subs
Rebecca Hawkes | 30-04-2014
Just 35.81 million of a registered 62.97 million subscribers to India's six private direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV platforms are currently active, according to the country's media regulator.

In its performance indicator report for the quarter ending December 2013, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) says around 57% of those registered with Dish TV, Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Airtel Digital, Reliance Big TV and Videocon d2h are currently receiving satellite TV services.

The report also said a total of 782 private television channels are now registered with the regulator, in addition to the 37 TV channels aired by public broadcaster Doordarshan. As of December 2013, India had a total of 187 pay-TV channels, said TRAI.

India now has 238.71 million Internet subscribers, with broadband services reaching 55.2 million of these, according to the regulator. Of these, 220.38 million subscribe to wireless Internet services, while 18.33 million have wired Internet access.