Advanced Television


India: HITS channel on Airtel Digital TV

Airtel Digital TV has announced the arrival of its new channel, Airtel HITS HD. Featuring a selection of some of the most popular, iconic, and award-winning Hollywood television content from the 60s to the early 2000s, the channel aims to take viewers in India on a trip down memory lane. HITS will launch on Airtel […]

May 19, 2022

Data: India’s DTH subs fall

India’s four giant DTH operators saw a fall in their combined subscriber numbers according to data from regulator TRAI. Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV and Sun Direct saw combined subscriber numbers fall slightly from 68.89 million in September 2021 to 68.52 million in December 2021. There are more DTH viewers in the service […]

May 11, 2022By Chris Forrester

India: Eros Now content on Airtel Xstream

Eros Now, the South Asian OTT platform, has expanded its partnership with Airtel, the Indian communications solutions provider, to bring the Eros Now OTT content library to Airtel Xstream Premium, a new aggregation oriented video streaming service launched by Airtel. The partnership allows Eros Now to expand its reach further by tapping into Airtel’s 300+ […]

February 17, 2022

OneWeb, Hughes confirm India plan

Broadband constellation operator OneWeb has confirmed its relationship with Hughes Network Systems and detailed its plan to serve India’s towns, villages, and local and regional municipalities in those hardest-to-reach areas, playing a critical role in bridging the digital divide. Hughes Network Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Colorado-based EchoStar. The agreement, first outlined in September […]

January 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

India: Hughes, Airtel form broadband JV

Hughes Communications India, a majority-owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, a satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks company, and Bharti Airtel, a communications solutions provider, have announced the formation of a joint venture to provide satellite broadband services in India. Operational as HCIPL, the entity combines the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) businesses of both […]

January 5, 2022

India: Dish TV denies Bharti sale

India’s satellite broadcasting giant Dish TV has firmly denied that it is involved in selling a stake to DTH TV rival Bharti Airtel. Local reports had suggested that Bharti was buying a 5.93 per cent stake in Dish TV. Dish, in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, said it was not aware of any […]

December 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

India: MediaMath, Airtel ad tech partnership

MediaMath, the independent advertising technology company for brands and agencies, has announced a collaboration for ad tech with Airtel, an Indian communications solutions provider. MediaMath says the partnership demonstrates its commitment to its expanded footprint in India through partnerships with best-in-class providers, following recently announced collaborations with Disney Hotstar and Flipkart. “With Airtel Ads, we […]

June 30, 2021

Forecast: India multi-play service revenues to grow

Multi-play service revenues in India are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4 per cent between 2020 and 2025, with the growing adoption of multi-play bundles supported by improving fixed infrastructure in the country, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. GlobalData’s India Multi-play Forecast Model reveals that double-play […]

June 25, 2021

MultiChoice, Airtel link for Uganda

Airtel’s Uganda region is linking with MultiChoice to offer the South African platform’s TV services on the DStv app in Uganda. Airtel Uganda says it has entered into a partnership with MultiChoice in order that DStv NOW subscribers can also access their bundles via Airtel. The idea, say the pair, is to draw the broadcasts […]

April 14, 2021By Chris Forrester

Bharti Airtel buys back 20% from Warburg Pincus

Bharti Airtel operates one of India’s giant DTH businesses with some 18 million subscribers. Twenty per cent of Airtel DTH was held by US private equity investors Warburg Pincus. Bharti is to buy back that investment. Bharti Airtel says it will pay 31.26 billion Rupees (about €354m) to Warburg Pincus. Airtel had sold the stake […]

February 22, 2021By Chris Forrester