Jawahar Goel blames broadcasters for creating disparity in pay TV market

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2 Aug 2015
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MUMBAI: Disturbed by the disparity created in the pay TV market due to the growth of Doordarshan’s subscription-free DTH platform Freedish and the proliferation of OTT players, Dish TV managing director Jawahar Goel has urged broadcasters to take corrective measures so that distribution platform operators (DPOs) such as DTH and cable TV are not unfairly impacted.

Blaming broadcasters of their ‘discriminatory’ construct, Goel has said that this has negatively impacted DPOs including Dish TV.

In his letter to the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), Goel has drawn the example of Reliance Jio’s content cost to broadcasters versus that of DTH. While Reliance Jio is believed to have paid around Rs 200 crore, the DTH industry’s pay-out is over Rs 5,000 crore. The total number of Jio pay subscribers stood at 72 million as of 31 March 2017, as per data announced by the company.
“We understand that the subscription fee charged from Reliance Jio is not even a percentile of the amount charged to DTH operators, considering their number of subscribers. Approximately Rs 200 crore is being paid by Reliance Jio compared to more than Rs 5,000 crore paid by the DTH industry,” Goel said.

Jawahar Goel blames broadcasters for creating disparity in pay TV market | TelevisionPost.com
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