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Tata Sky rolls out DTH HD services at most affordable price yet in India

June 18, 2010

The latest direct-to-home (DTH) service provider to embark its service in high-definition format(HD) is the joint venture operation between Tata Group and Star – Tata Sky.

Tata Sky has announced availability of HD services on its DTH platform on a competitive price of Rs 2599. This new price by Tata Sky for the technologically advanced HD viewing service might come as a setback for other DTH operators who are offering services at a comparatively much higher price.

Other DTH players such as Sun Direct, Big TV and Dish TV are providing HD services at Rs 9990, Rs 7490 and Rs 5999 respectively.

In a press statement the company says, “After breaking the Rs 100 subscription price barrier in the DTH industry in 2008, Tata Sky Ltd., the joint venture between the TATA Group and STAR today reveals yet another pricing milestone in the DTH industry.”

Mr. Vikram Kaushik, Managing Director & CEO, Tata Sky Ltd. said, “From day one, Tata Sky has led the way in introducing optimum solution for consumers looking at a great value point. Time and again, we have reinforced the trust of Tata and superior technology of Sky to provide a world class service to our subscribers”.

The HD service will support the 1080i picture quality, 16:9 aspect ratio and 5.1 surround sound. The bouquet of channels to be made available in HD would be National Geographic HD and Discovery HD, with addition of Star Plus HD, Star Movies HD and popular sports channels to follow. The company would also seek to add ESPN’s HD feed to its bouqet.

Besides the television channels, Tata Sky would be offering its subscribers with the facility to view movies in HD format starting with the recently released movie “Kites” to be shown exclusively on Tata Sky in HD format.

Tata Sky HD would be made available across the country in all leading consumer electronic outlets. Further to push its new offering, Tata Sky would be offering all its existing subscribers an upgrade to Tata Sky HD and avail the HD Gold Pack for an entire year, absolutely free. All new Tata Sky HD subscribers would be offered the HD Gold pack for the first two months, absolutely free

Tata Sky files petition against Dish TV’s offer of free STB

May 31, 2008
Direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Tata Sky has filed a petition with fair trade regulator Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC), alleging Dish TV’s free set-top box offer as being an “anti-competitive” and “deceptive” act.

Admitting the petition of the Tata Sky, the MRTPC Bench headed by Justice O P Dwivedi issued notice to Dish TV and directed it to file its reply in two weeks, reports PTI.

Tata Sky contended before the MRTPC that Dish TV was indulging in deceptive advertisements as the STBs being given out by Dish TV were not for free and was in violation with the MRTP Act, 1969.

During the proceeding of the commission, the counsel appearing for Tata Sky alleged that Zee group-promoted Dish TV claimed in its advertisement campaign in print and electronic media that its STB were being given for free, which was not the case.

Tata Sky also submitted that in some schemes, the company (Dish TV) was charging rentals for STBs through agreements. In terms of market share, Dish TV is the leading player in the DTH space with 3.2 million subscribers, while the rival Tata Sky recently crossed the two million subscriber mark.

The DTH operator also submitted a STB before the Commission contending that it was not free as price was mentioned over the box.

TDSAT appoints mediator in Tata Sky-Sun TV pricing row

December 8, 2007

Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has appointed one of its former members to mediate between Direct-to-Home operator Tata Sky and broadcaster Sun TV after the two companies failed to resolve differences over pricing of channels.

During the proceedings at the TDSAT, counsels appearing for Sun TV said that the agreement drafted between the two sides would have to be reworked due to the new interconnection regulations issued by the sector regulator TRAI, a report by PTI said.

Thiswas objected by the Tata Sky counsel, who stated that Sun TV should respect TDSAT’s earlier directions. The tribunal had in August this year disposed of the case and asked the two sides to settle their dispute.

At that time, they had informed that the issue between them has been resolved and submitted a paper having a list of channels to be offered by Tata Sky in its entry packages in the southern states. Despite that, differences between them over signing an agreement remained and both of them filed separate execution applications before TDSAT, the PTI report says.

Responding to the execution applications filed by Tata Sky and Sun TV, TDSAT has appointed its ex-member Lt Gen D P Sehgal to mediate between the warring sides.

TDSAT Chairman Justice Arun Kumar directed the DTH operator and the broadcaster to hand over all relevant papers and documents to Sehgal, who retired only a few months ago. The tribunal also made it clear that Sehgal was free to fix his fee for that job and both the parties would pay in equal share.