The DTH sector in India have almost 40.42 inactive subscribers which represents 49.61% of the total registered base of 81.47 million. Although that India is adding subscribers aggressively, the inactive subscribers is almost touching 50%.
According to information submitted by the DTH operators through quarterly Performance Monitoring Report (PMR) to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), 41.05 million were active subscribers comprising 50.39% of the total base. The data collected is till 30 September 2015.
The six private DTH operators added 2.73 million subscribers during the July–September 2015 quarter. Data till 30 September 2015 showed that the total number of registered DTH subscribers were at 81.47 million compared to 78.74 million in the preceding quarter. At present, there are six private DTH operators, namely Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Sun Direct, Videocon d2h and Reliance Digital TV. Apart from the private DTH operators, pubcaster Doordarshan runs a free DTH service called Freedish.
On the other hand, during the quarter ended September 2015, three new pay channels, namely Colors Infinity HD, Colors Infinity and Zee Café HD, were launched while one channel (The MGM) was temporarily suspended. There were 254 pay TV channels at the quarter ended September 2015, as per TRAI’s Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report for the quarter ended September 2015.