India’s telecom regulator TRAI says that half of the nation’s DTH subscribers are inactive as at the end of June. The precise number is 49.54 per cent out of a claimed installed DTH base of 78.74 million users, spread across the 6 main DTH operators. This equates to some 39 million inactive homes (and 39.74 million ‘active’ subs).
Other end-June data showed that the regulator had licensed a total of 826 private channels, with 4 new pay-TV channels added during the quarter-year (AXN HD, Sony KIX, ETV News Odia and Star Movies Select HD).
Three pay-channels went off air during the quarter-year (Fox Crime, 9X and Zee Premier). There were 251 pay-TV channels active according to broadcaster’s reports.