India's DTH subscriptions now exceed 70MN

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 02 February 2015

The number of registered and active direct-to-home (DTH) pay-TV subscribers in India reached 70.33 million by the end of September 2014, up from 67.57 million at the end of June 2014.

The figures, released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), show a rise of 3.92% in satellite subscribers between the quarters for the six private DTH operators – Dish TV, Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Airtel Digital TV, Videocon d2h and Reliance Digital TV.

The number of inactive DTH subscriptions has increased from 29.33 million during the April-June 2014 quarter to 31.2 million by the end of September 2014, up by 5.99% quarter-on-quarter, said TRAI.

Broadcasters reported a total of 187 pay-TV channels as of 30 September 2014, with 813 registered private satellite TV channels, according to TRAI's quarterly performance indicators.

Meanwhile, the total number of Internet subscribers in India fell from 259.14 million at the end of June 2014 to 254.40 million at the end of September 2014, representing a quarterly decline of 1.83%. Out of these, wired Internet subscriptions numbered 18.70 million and wireless Internet subscriptions reached 235.70 million.