India has 73.06 million DTH subscribers and 245 pay channels as of January 2015, reports TRAI

A total of 826 private satellite television channels are sanctioned by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as of December 2014, shows Indian Telecom Services Performance Report, released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.


There are around 245 pay channels as of 31st January 2015. The details of the channels are availbale on the TRAI website.

In case of radio, apart from the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, there are 243 operational private FM radio stations as on December 2014.

In Non-CAS areas, the maximum number of TV channels being carried in a digital form by any of the reporting MSOs is 398, while in conventional analogue form, the maximum number of channels being carried by any of the reporting MSOs is 100.

Six private DTH operators are on play, registering a total subscriber base of 73.06 million. All the six players are offering pay DTH service. Among them, the active subscribers are around 40.54 million.

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The data of telecom service performance report is based on the information compiled by the service providers to the regulator and mainly shows the period covering 1st October 2014 to 31st December 2014.

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May 13, 2015 1:15 pm 1:15 PM

DTH services in India are running a scam, wonder why TRAI doesn’t do anything about it? Although it is a good thing in hindsight if people start watching less television due to high costs because TV watching contributes to a ton of health problems. I am sticking to DEN HD for now it is much more affordable than the evil DTH companies’ packages.

May 13, 2015 12:25 pm 12:25 PM

Day by day DTH services getting costlier.. Leave aside package.. Tata sky stopped providing toll free customer care number. Now call to tata sky cc care charge ? 2 per min. I loose 30- 40 ? every time I talk to cc care as they keep u on wait…