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Today, more than half of India's households are accessing DTH channels via satellite. In a single delivery platform, the DTH broadcasters can provide more entertainment and news and much more add-on services that really change the face of the conventional TV broadcasting. The services are truly interactive in nature, and that makes it more capable compared to other existing delivery platforms like cable TV.

DTH Service Providers in India

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  • Founded in 2008
  • Wide variety of content on television, computer or mobile phone
  • Provide access to 4K ultra HD channels
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  • National broadcast in India
  • No monthly subscription fee
  • Combination of DD channels, private TV channels and audio channels of All India Radio
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  • Founded in 2007
  • Offers variety of movies and shows on television and mobile phone
  • Provide access to HD channels
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  • Largest DTH entertainment provider
  • Offers SD and HD channels
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  • Founded on August 21, 2006
  • 6th largest Private Wireline Broadband service.
  • Number 1 MSO in India
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  • A leader in Multisystem Operator
  • Offers SD and HD set-top box
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  • Belongs to Reliance Group
  • Available in major cities of India : Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata
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  • Founded in 2007
  • Joint venture ebtween the Astra Group of Malaysia and Maran family
  • More than 16 million subscribers
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  • Founded in 2006
  • Provides pay TV and OTT content
  • Most successful satellite TV operators in India
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  • Fastest growing DTH providers
  • Enjoys 19% of the DTH subscribers
  • Television system included with a set-top box
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  • More regional contact in Kerala, Odissa and West Bengal
  • Known for its cheapest plans
  • Offers free channels
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Pros and Cons of DTH


  • No boundary limitations of area for accessibility within the country.
  • Enjoy uninterrupted services.
  • It is more cost-effective as it uses fewer resources like transmitting antennas.
  • You get the best sound and clear picture quality.


  • The installation cost is high when compared to a cable TV.
  • Subscription charges are a bit high as compared to cable network .
  • The dish antenna requires an unobstructed view of Geostationary satellites.
  • DTH signals are prone to interruptions during heavy rains etc.

Insights On the DTH Industry in India

  1. The DTH industry that incorporates about 37 percent of television subscribers is said to amount to 22,000 crore in financial year 2021.
  2. At the end of March 2021, the leading DTH operators were Tata Sky, Dish TV India, Bharti Telemedia, and Sun Direct TV.
  3. At the end of March 2021, Tata Sky was the leading DTH operator with a 33.3 percent market share.
  4. Tata Sky is followed by Bharti Telemedia with a market share of 25.54 percent in 2021.
  5. Dish TV has the third-largest market share of 24.09 percent in 2021.
  6. Sun Direct TV has the least market share with 17.07 percent in March 2021
  7. Airtel’s brand value is recorded to be $6.07 billion in 2021.
  8. In FY21, Bharti Airtel encountered a net loss amounting to Rs. 151 billion.
  9. Sun Direct has encountered a 22 percent growth in the Financial year 2021 increasing from Rs. 1513 crore to Rs. 1845.8 crore.
  10. Bharti Airtel, one of India’s top DTH operators, reports a revenue of Rs. 2923.8 crore in FY21 with a net profit of Rs. 385.6 crore.

Number of active direct-to-home (DTH) TV subscribers in India from March 2021 to December 2021

YearNo. of subscribers in millions
March 202070.26
June 202070.58
September 202070.07
December 202070.99
March 202169.57
June 202169.86
September 202169.89
December 202169.52

Direct to Home (DTH): Frequently Asked Questions

How many channels are there in DTH?

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has permitted a total of 901 satellite TV channels. Out of these 901 channels, 327 are pay-TV channels. There are 92 High Definition (HD) channels and 235 Standard Definition (SD) channels. The rest of the channels permitted by MIB are free-to-air channels.

Which band is used for DTH in India?

Ku band having a 12 to 18 GHz frequency range requires a dish antenna (2 to 4 feet) to receive focused signals

Which provider offers a minimum recharge for DTH?

Dish Tv offers a recharge of Rs 10 and for inactive customers is Rs 100.

Which DTH is best for Smart TV?

Airtel Xstream Box is one of the best DTH services available for smart TV.It offers to install apps and games directly on your TV, making it a Smart TV.

Which is the cheapest HD DTH service in India?

Dish TV is the cheapest channel bouquets on a monthly basis among all the DTH operators to its customers.

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