New Indian DTH player nearing launch

India’s sixth, and much-delayed, pay-DTH platform is now promising an April launch, over six months after its original date of last September.

According to local reports, Videocon, which makes consumer electronics and white goods, may offer a combined receiver and television as a point of differentiation with existing DTH operators.

Videocon will invest about Rs10 billion (US$196 million) in the platform initially.

Meanwhile, there are now 381 channels being uplinked from India, including 201 which offer some news and current affairs services, with another 67 uplinked from overseas and downlinked in the country. Another 97 news-inclusive channels, and 85 non-news channels, are waiting for the green light from regulators to launch.