• Welcome to DreamDTH Forums
    An online community for the television enthusiasts!
    Log in or Register

DTH cos prefer foreign satellites to INSAT series

Bapun Raz

Staff member
3 Nov 2010
Reaction score
New Delhi: Squeezed by the spectrum crunch and the falling reliability of INSAT satellites, India’s DTH operators are migrating to foreign satellites, as they strive to launch more channels, add services and win customers in the R10,000-crore domestic market. Operators, who officially cite the limited spectrum on INSAT satellites for their decision to switch satellites, privately point to the frequent technical glitches they face. INSAT satellites come from Antrix, the commercial wing of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro).

Sun Direct, the DTH service from the Sun TV Group, shifted several channels to Measat from Malaysia’s Astro after INSAT 4B, which hosted its channels encountered a major technical snag last July. Digital TV, the DTH arm of Bharti Airtel has also initiated the migration from its allocated INSAT 4CR to SES-7, a Dutch commercial satellite. INSAT 4CR was a replacement satellite for INSAT 4C, which was lost when the GSLV rocket, which was carrying it to space, exploded upon launch.

Sources say Tata Sky, the DTH venture from Tata Sons and Star TV, is talking to foreign satellite operator Intelsat, as the operational life of its current satellite INSAT 4A has reduced by several months due to recent technical glitches. Also, Tata Sky wants to increase its capacity in order to offer more channels to its seven million subscribers. Market leader Dish TV has already spread its satellite inventory between three satellites, of which two are foreign.

Isro officials refused to comment on INSAT satellites’ reliability. An email sent to the company remained unanswered at the time of going to press. However, S Satish, Isro’s director (publications and PR) said: “We are shortly going to launch the GSAT 5 with 36 transponders which is expected to fill the void created by the partial failure of INSAT 4B recently. It has got 24 Ku-band transponders as well.”

Apart from spectrum crunch and limited or lack of availability of Ku-band transponders over India, operators cite lack of professional approach from Isro and little accountability when things go wrong as prime reasons for moving to foreign satellites.

“There is a dearth of professionalism when it comes to our interaction with Antrix. The broadcasting business is not growing at the pace it should because of limitations in migrating to foreign satellites,” said Ajay Jain, CEO of Lamhas, a leading teleport operator.

Sensing business opportunity, a host of foreign satellites over India are re-arranging their capacity to service Indian operators. These include satellites like ABS-1, Eutelsat, Thiacom, Intelsat, Measat, Asiasat, and SES-7. However, due to strict regulations, all domestic operators have to get on Isro’s clearance before migrating to a foreign satellite.

“The DTH business has absorbed over Rs 17,000 crore in investments over the last 6-7...
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
R MVNO opportunity for DTH firms, content, media cos: Deloitte General DTH News & Discussions 0
G Anil Digital fallout: DTH cos set to lose, broadcasters poised to reap benefits General DTH News & Discussions 2
Bapun Raz Foreign players start eyeing Indian DTH cos General DTH News & Discussions 1
tech_genie Foreign players start eyeing Indian DTH cos General DTH News & Discussions 1
G DTH cos welcome digitisation as MSOs, TV channels fume General DTH News & Discussions 5
Karthik Overdue tax from DTH cos in legal tangle General DTH News & Discussions 0
Bapun Raz DTH cos may fare better than their print peers General DTH News & Discussions 0
kumar98 DTH Updates Thanthi TV will be not available on Airtel DTH on 12 th dec Airtel Digital TV 3
DreamDTH.com Article Star India salutes its Cable and DTH affiliates this 24th World Television Day TV Channels News 6
DreamDTH.com Article GTPL Hathway focusing on tapping into independent cable operators and DTH market share Digital Cable TV 0
DreamDTH.com Article GTPL Hathway launches campaign to take DTH market share Digital Cable TV 0
K Need kannada music channal in airtel dth Airtel Digital TV 1
DreamDTH.com Article DTH Performance Report for October 2020 DreamDTH Articles Discussions 0
DreamDTH.com Article Prasar Bharati signs MoU for 51 DTH Educational TV channels on DD Free Dish DD Free Dish 0
P Please help i want new dth connection Please your Suggestion DTH Support & Comparisons 4
DreamDTH.com Article Prasar Bharati awards SITC to upgrade existing two compression chain and monitoring system at DTH Earth Station, Todapur DreamDTH Articles Discussions 0
Sagar DDF Exclusive DTH of the Month - October 2020 | Airtel Digital TV DTH Support & Comparisons 19
DJ Roy Discussion The biggest con of owning DTH service in India DTH Support & Comparisons 2
H Questions on TATA Sky DTH policies Tata Sky 1
DreamDTH.com Article Airtel Digital TV synergizing Mobility and DTH distribution systems to drive new acquisitions: Gopal Vittal DreamDTH Articles Discussions 0
R Seeking Help Looking for DTH service for parents? General DTH News & Discussions 2
A DDF Exclusive Zee Vajwa availability in DTH & Cable platforms TV Channels News 2
nil.yadao Discussion When will other DTH provides reduce NCF? General DTH News & Discussions 6
happy_penguin Discussion Do you think DTH a Digital Cable is losing the competition to OTT platforms ? General DTH News & Discussions 3
TJ_DJ DDF Exclusive Airtel Selfcare for DTH now showing Mobile App like interface Airtel Digital TV 0

Similar threads

Top Bottom
AdBlock Detected

We get it, advertisements are annoying!

Sure, ad-blocking software does a great job at blocking ads, but it also blocks useful features of our website. For the best site experience please disable your AdBlocker.

I've Disabled AdBlock