“We are in talks with two other DTH companies to form a JV that will work on content and carriage agreements with broadcasters. The idea is to float a combined entity with equal stakes of the three partners,” Dish TV chief executive officer R C Venkateish told TelevisionPost.com
Venkateish, however, declined to divulge the names of the two partners with whom Dish TV is in talks. Videocon d2h CEO Anil Khera and Airtel Digital TV CEO Shashi Arora were not available for their comments.
“Among the three of us, there will be enough scale as we have a combined subscriber base of over 25 million,” he said.
TRAI regulations for DTH: What’s also worth noting is Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is currently working on a regulation against these channel distribution companies and had released a consultation paper in August 2013, which aimed to control the monopolistic distribution of television channels from broadcasters to these operators.