TataSky the DTH operator with a subscriber base of over 17 million has reshuffled all its existing channel location numbers. The operator undertook this activity in 4 phases over a period of 10 days beginning 28th June and ending on 8th July.
With this shuffling TataSky has retained all national channels in the sub 999 number range and all regional language channels have been migrated to the above 1000 number range.
With this move, for the first time TataSky has introduced 4 digit channel numbers. The details of the new number ranges along with the channel categories and date of reshuffle are given in the table below.
|New number range||Channel category||Date of migration|
|1XX||Hindi general entertainment||8th July|
|2XX||English general entertainment||8th July|
|3XX||English and Hindi Movies||8th July|
|4XX||Showcase and Sports||8th July|
|5XX||Hindi NEWS||5th July|
|6XX||English NEWS and Kids||5th July|
|7XX||Knowledge and Lifestyle||5th July|
|9XX||Favourites (User defined)||–|
|10XX||Shopping and Spiritual||5th July|
|11XX||Hindi regional||1st July|
|12XX||Marathi regional||28th June|
|13XX||Bengali regional||1st July|
|14XX||Telugu regional||28th June|
|15XX||Tamil regional||28th June|
|16XX||Kannada regional||28th June|
|17XX||Gujarati/Odia regional||1st July|
|18XX||Malayalam regional||1st July|
|19XX||Punjabi/Others regional||1st July|
The service channel number 100 has retained its position. Also the number of user defined favourite channels has been increased from the current 50 to 100. A user will now have to manually set the favourite channels again as favourites are linked to the channel number and not the actual channel itself. For example if you had added colors channel which is on location number 120 to your favourites and after the reshuffle it moved to location number 149 then the channel which will be in your favourites list is Life OK HD which is the new channel which took up location 120.