DTH prices may go up

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Indiantelevision.com's > Digital Edge> DTH players up pricing to cushion against losses

Hurt by forex losses and a rise in operating costs, India’s leading direct-to-home (DTH) operators have decided to up prices of their channel packs and set-top boxes (STBs).

Dish TV has from July increased the price of its channel packs by Rs 20 across the board while new consumers will have to cough out Rs 200 per STB. The base pack will now come at Rs 200 while STBs will cost Rs 1,790 from Rs 1,590 charged earlier. The last price revision in the base pack was in November 2011.

Tata Sky is in agreement with Dish TV’s decision. “We will also match what others do in the marketplace. Prices had dropped by 30 per cent over the last one year and any increase is only going to be partial recovery of it at a time when the rupee has weakened against the dollar, softening from Rs 46 to Rs 56 against the US currency. It doesn’t make business sense to add more subsidies and surmount our losses,” Tata Sky MD Harit Nagpal tells Indiantelevision.com.


Tata Sky had dropped its base pack price last year from Rs 240 to Rs 180 amid stiff competition from the other DTH operators.

Airtel digital TV is also expected to follow suit. However, Bharti Airtel CEO of DTH/ Media Shashi Arora did not want to comment on the issue.

The route Videocon would take could not be confirmed as its CEO Anil Khera was not available for comment. Videocon d2h, which manufactures its STBs, plays the volume game and has the fastest growth in incremental subscribers.

Sun Direct, the Sun Group DTH company, will have less of competitive pressure to hike prices as the tendency (like Dish TV) is to leave the South India packs untouched. The south market is very price sensitive and Sun has based its rapid subscriber growth on low ARPUs.
 
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they have already gon up ...Tata Sky sent me a dam message that now they will charge me Rs 410 a month for a non HD non addition pack ...grr...