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Dish TV to distribute Real Lifestyle’s food channel FOOD first

April 13, 2011

Alva Brothers owned Real Lifestyle Network has joined hands with Dish TV in order to distribute its premier offering, FOOD first – a 24×7 English language channel dedicated to food and food related entertainmen, on DTH platform.

FOOD first, a pay channel, will now be available on channel 460 on Dish TV network in addition to select digital and analogue cable networks across the country. FOOD first will cater mobile English speaking viewers of age group 18+ .

Speaking on the announcement, Manisha Tripathi, Business Head – Real Lifestyle Broadcasting Pvt. Ltd. said, “FOOD first promises to be an exciting destination for all food lovers with its entertaining programmes made with world class production values showcasing some of the best and most renowned culinary talent from India and around the world. The viewers can enjoy the most recent programmes hosted by the international culinary icon Gordon Ramsay, see an enchanting journey through Spanish cuisine with Hollywood star and foodie Gwyneth Paltrow and her celebrity friends.”

She further added, “We are extremely happy to partner with Dish TV as it enables the reach of FOOD first to over 10 million relevant viewers across the country, offering them the best in FOOD entertainment from around the world and India.”

Commenting on the tie-up, Salil Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer, Dish TV said, “As the market leaders and innovators, Dish TV has delivered many firsts to its ten million plus subscribers. With FOOD first, our subscribers can embark on an entertaining gastronomic journey with some of best chefs and renowned celebrities. This association reflects our commitment to offer world class TV viewing experience to our customers.”

FOOD first will present some of the best food focused programmes shot in high-definition, featuring the biggest names in the world of food. To the viewer, FOOD first promises to be a highly entertaining experience of the world through food.

Disney Movies Now Available On-Demand To Dish TV Subscribers in India

December 8, 2010

Disney Media Distribution India has extended its strategic partnership with Dish TV to bring Disney’s portfolio of world-class movies on-demand to subscribers of Dish TV, one of Asia’s largest Direct-To-Home satellite television providers.

Dish TV subscribers can now enjoy a range of current and library live-action and animated features on a pay-per-view basis. These movies will be available to Dish TV subscribers across India in a choice of up to four languages – English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

The selection of movies includes the two latest billion-dollar box-office hits “Alice in Wonderland” and “Toy Story 3;” as well as recent favorites “Prince of Persia” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. Over the next few months, viewers can also look forward to enjoying highly anticipated releases from Disney such as “TRON: Legacy” and “Tangled”. In addition, a number of evergreen blockbuster library titles will also be made available to Dish TV subscribers.

“Our alliance with Disney is in line with our goal to offer world class and superior content to our nine million subscribers,” said Salil Kapoor, COO, Dish TV. “We offer the largest number of movies on our platform and it is our constant endeavor to present the latest and best of Hollywood & Bollywood movies. There is a huge fan following of Disney movies in India and we are pleased to offer our subscribers healthy and wholesome entertainment. Movie On Demand today has undoubtedly emerged as one of the popular mediums to enjoy movies in the theatre like experience with true digital picture quality ordered at convenience.”

“We are committed to leveraging exciting technologies to deepen our reach with audiences across India. Through this partnership, we are pleased to build on our strategic association with Dish TV, to create yet another exciting touch point for kids and families, to access our world class content, at their own convenience,” said Raju Venkataraman, Vice President and General Manager, Disney Media Distribution India.

Dish TV offers six Movie On Demand (MOD) channels, which include four Premier Hindi on demand channels offering the latest Bollywood / Hindi blockbusters, one English Movie channel bringing the latest Hollywood blockbusters and one Hindi MOD Non Stop channel.

Disney Media Distribution licenses features from the Walt Disney Studios to linear television channels and on-demand digital media platforms across the world. The Walt Disney Studios is one of the leading Hollywood based movie studios which produces and distributes motion pictures globally from the Walt Disney Pictures, the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, DisneyNature, Touchstone Pictures as well as Marvel.

Dish TV touches 8mn milestone; targets 10mn landmark

September 2, 2010

Dish TV, country’s prominent player in DTH segment has overlapped 8 million subscribers milestone by adding one million new customers in past 6 months. The latest development has been informed by the company to BSE in a recent filing.

The growth on the front of Dish TV has also provided an idea about the Indian TV viewers’ preference in choosing the platform. Dish TV has registered a growth of 57% as compared to the last fiscal. Dish TV had closed last fiscal with 6.9 million subscribers, adding 1.8 million users during the year.

Dish TV, has managed to retain its premier position in Indian broadcasting space since it started its operations in the year 2004-05. Shares of Dish TV India gained Rs. 0.4, or 0.8%, to trade at Rs. 50.60. The total volume of shares traded was 246,064 at the BSE.

With this overwhelming success, Dish TV has exclaimed that now it has plans to add 3 million more subscribers in the current fiscal. If it gets real, the company would possess a giant subscriber base of 10 million in next year, more than any other player in the domain.

Till now, Indian market holds seven DTH players including Tata Sky, Airtel DTH, DD Direct, Sun Direct, Videocon d2h, Reliance Big TV and Dish TV.

Dish TV eyes growth in South with special offers for Karnataka and Kerala

August 3, 2010

In a bid to grow the number of subscribers from the south, and more specifically from Karnataka, Dish TV today announced a slew of subscription packs that will allow a subscriber to ‘mix and match’ the channels that he or she wants to view and optimise the payout for the DTH service from Dish TV.

The DTH player will also be announcing an Oonam special offer for Kerala tomorrow, said Dish TV COO Salil Kapoor.

Among the four southern states, Karnataka with 30 districts, is unique because Dish TV’s insights from a study indicate that almost every 200 kilometers or so, the language spoken and the consumed content changes. In the other three southern states, it is the local language along one other language content that is consumed.

Karnataka shares a border with Maharashtra in the north and northwest and hence in a number of districts, Marathi is consumed along with Kannada.

In the eastern part of the state, Telugu is consumed in a number of districts that share a boundary with that state, while southern Karnataka shares boundaries with Tamil Nadu and Kerala where Tamil and Malayalam respectively are also consumed. In a number of districts Urdu is also consumed along with Kannada.

According to Dish TV estimates, the current number of DTH subscribers in India are to almost double and grow at the rate of 10 million per year over this fiscal and the next one. The player had earlier announced that it was targeting 2.5 million new subscriptions for the current fiscal.

Currently, the South contributes 22 per cent and Karnataka is about 7 per cent to Dish TV’s subscription base of 7.66 million. Dish TV hopes to grow the numbers from the South to 25 per cent, with an appropriate contribution to the growth from Karnataka.

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June 18, 2010

DishTV, the leading direct-to-home service provider in India, is enhancing its satellite bandwidth efficiency, increase channel capacity and offer more choice to its subscribers in HD and SD with putting Ericsson’s solutions in place.

DishTV would be deploying Ericsson’s high performance EN8100 MPEG-2 and EN8190 MPEG-4 AVC encoders, and is launching a combined SD MPEG-2 and HD MPEG-4 AVC system in the same transponder space. The EN8100 and EN8190 optimize bitrates and deliver greater performance to strengthen DishTV’s business case by maximizing current bandwidth capacity.

With this upgrade to its infrastructure, DishTV would be able to deliver around 7 million subscribers to enjoy the enthralling and technologically superior HD services. The head-end upgrade will also enable viewers to access new SD channels without the need to swap existing MPEG-2 set-top boxes (STBs).

“We evaluated all the options available to us and the advantages of the Ericsson system over other solutions were clear,” said Rajiv Khattar, President Projects, DishTV. “Ericsson’s solution will help us to roll out several more channels to our subscribers and to give us capacity to offer new HD services. This presents significant savings and will further enhance the consumer experience. We are pleased to partner with Ericsson, who has significant experience in this field, for this important upgrade.”

“The EN8100 offers leading levels of performance that enable operators to maximize bandwidth utilization without the need for new customer equipment. This improvement in service, with zero disruption to the subscriber, reduces churn and attracts new customers,” said Eric Baron, Head of Compression, Solution Area TV, Ericsson. “We are pleased to provide DishTV with the capability to deliver more HD and SD services to its subscribers, offering them greater choice, and in turn a further improved overall experience.”

Dish TV may merge subsidiaries with itself

June 11, 2010

Dish TV is likely to merge its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Agrani Satellite Services and Integrated Subscriber Management Services, with itself.

The move will result in operational efficiencies for Dish TV, India’s largest direct-to-home (DTH) company. “Dish TV is likely to merge its subsidiaries with itself,” market sources said.

When contacted, Dish TV managing director Jawahar Goel declined to comment. The company’s board will meet on Friday to consider a proposal for internal business restructuring between the company and its wholly owned subsidiaries.

According to sources, Agrani Satellite Services has shelved its plans to acquire a stake and invest $64 million in ProtoStar satellite. The plan was to have the Ku-band transponders for Dish TV as it expanded its channel offerings to its DTH subscribers.

Meanwhile, ProtoStar has filed for bankruptcy. The satellite services provider was formed to acquire, launch and operate high-power geostationary satellites to lease capacity to Asian DTH and broadband service providers.

Agrani, which owns a licence to own, operate and launch a satellite, has invested Rs 940 million in the last fiscal.

Integrated Subscriber Management Services, a company that deals with data management services, was initially designed to service other DTH service providers as well. But with Dish TV posting rapid growth and spreading its subscriber base to over seven million, the subscriber management system handles only its parent company’s operations.

Dish TV also holds 51 per cent stake in Agrani Convergence Ltd, a company that is in a dormant stage.

Shares of Dish TV rose 5.35 per cent to close Thursday at Rs 42.30 on the BSE.

Dish TV to role out Conditional Access Module

June 11, 2010

On the launching of Dish TV’s HD service, CEO Salil Kapoor reveals company’s plans of facilitating viewers with the option of switching its existing operator without changing the set top box. This facility will be made possible with the deployment of Conditional Access Module (CAM) device.

The new development is expected to be implemented in next 2 months. With this tool, subscribers of different DTH operators will be able to get broader transmission options without any extra cost.

CAM is a device which offers inter-switching ability to the user. This data card when inserted into a set top box of any DTH operator provides several options.

“With new cost-effective and optimal priced services such as DTH and HD, we can reduce the subsidy on the installation cost and thus attain break-even in two years,” he said.

The guidelines for such inter-usability of DTH equipment have been laid down by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in the licensing norms and the regulator was likely to intervene in case any operator did not have the requisite provisions.

“What’s On India” Channel rides on DTH platform with Dish TV

January 23, 2010

India’s first and only Consumer TV Guidance Channel is now available on the the country’s first DTH service platform. What’s On India Media Private Limited’s channel “What’s On India” is now available on Dish TV on channel 1000.

The company founded by Atul Phadnis launched the channel “What’s On India” in December 2009 only on the Hathway Cable platform. With its inclusion on the DTH platform Dish TV the channel is expanding its reach to more homes in the sub-continent. What’s-on-India Media is India’s largest Consumer TV Guidance and EPG Company.

The channel aids TV viewers by informing and recommending a wide variety of program choices across multiple TV channels round-the clock. Moreover it also helps viewers to discover the choicest content hidden in the huge clutter of TV channels. “What’s On India” initiated a new trend in the TV viewing experience in India, which is quite popular internationally, and has set a new benchmark.

Dish TV CEO, Salil Kapoor remarks on the tie-up, “Consumer TV Guidance has become a necessity with the number of channels and programs available today. We believe this initiative offers a unique method of TV guidance and convenience in program selection to our viewers and is a value addition for a lot of them who have been waiting for such unique content to be made available to them.”

“When we started out, our vision was to guide TV viewers in their personalized search for TV content. In this journey, we have experienced an overwhelming demand for a TV Guidance Channel. We are pleased to be available on theDISH TV platform. The WHAT’S-ON-INDIA channel will enable discovery of new content to millions of DISH TV viewers round-the-clock,” s ays Atul Phadnis, Founder and CEO of What’s On India.

Looking to address the needs of the Indian TV viewers by constantly presenting viewers with information and recommendations of what TV programs to watch and where to find them, the channel aims to reach 20 million homes by the first quarter of 2010!

CAM to be Launched by Dish TV

January 23, 2010

Set Top Box owners of different operators are soon going to have the facility of switching to Dish TV’s feed of Television channels, as this popular Direct to Home (DTH) service provider has plans of launching Conditional Access Module (CAM) for the consumers. According to a source, “Dish TV hopes to grab new subscribers at lower cost from rival companies through this strategy”.

CAM is the device which helps in accurate shifting from one DTH service provider to another, just by inserting it into the Set Top Box. This frees users from the burden of buying a new set top box to avail the services of other provider. But its CAM’’s success wholly depends on its prices, which are still to be revealed by the Dish TV. The government was keen on offering the facility of making choice to the customers and it has been insisting that the set top boxes must receive DTH Signals. Lincensing Norms for DTH service providers makes it compulsory for them to offer technical interoperability, in order to make the user free from buying anotherset top box.

It is instructed by TRAI that all the Set Top Box must be compliant with CAM facility or must possess a free space for the installing of this gadget. According to a secret source, “We believe there is no market for CAMs in India as its cost is almost equal to the cost of newset top box so consumers prefer to just buy a new connection.” And as per Umesh Rao, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Big TV, “Different DTH service providers use different compression technologies like MPEG 2 and MPEG 4. So even if a consumer is able to switch service providers and watchtelevision channels, she/he cannot access interactive services or value added services of a different DTH company.”

Dish Tv rides high with 4.4 million subscribers

November 4, 2008
Speeding up its customer acquisition programme, Dish TV has mopped up 431,253 subscribers in the month of October to take its total base to 4.4 million.

Dish TV claims to have a 53 per cent market share in a business that has seen aggression from all the direct-to-home operators including new entrants Big TV and Airtel Digital TV.

For the second quarter, Dish TV had added 529,000 subscribers in the second quarter of the current fiscal and now has a foot print in 6,500 towns across India.
Dish TV said it has recently added three new channels on its platform.

Tata Sky has garnered over 2.7 million subscribers while Sun Direct has 1.7 million connections. Reliance’s Big TV claims to have pocketed 500,000 within 50 days of launch.