There have been a lot of news items this week regarding DTH. First being the Qos guidelines and announcement by TRAI. That means by Dec1 the wings of Dth operators will be clipped by regulation.
The new regulations will be called the “Direct to Home Broadcasting Services (Standards of Quality of Service and Redressal of Grievances) Regulation, 2007” and will cover regulatory provisions protecting DTH subscribers.
They include option to purchase or rent out STBS, Refund of costs in case of a switch n surrender, Service guidelines on complaint redressal, and most interesting being No locking of STBs so as to enable receiving of Fta channels (nothing about cam slots and cards as originally envisaged by the govt).
Second being the big cable distributors like Hindujas seeking permission to also start their DTH operations.
Currently there is a big mismatch between availability and demand for ku band dth transponders as most bigger players are clamoring for starting their DTH operations.
In a months time one must expect Sun tv to start its DTH operations if all goes well with the Insat4 CR satellite carrying 12 transponders, after the successful launch of the GSLV F4 today. Reliance might also get their coveted transponders on the same satellite if u trust this article.
Airtel is mostly taking the Iptv route along with Mtnl and Bsnl . So by Nov Dec the Dth market should really hot up and looks like things are goin to be rather interesting for the subscriber.