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Dish TV

DishTV India Ltd.
Traded asBSE532839
IndustrySatellite television
Founded2 October 2003; 16 years ago (2003-10-02)
HeadquartersSector 16A, Film City, ,
Key people
Mr. Jawahar Goel (CMD) Anil Dua (CEO)
BrandsDish TV
Zing Digital
ServicesDirect-broadcast satellite, pay television, pay-per-view
Revenue (US$280 million)[2] (2012)
ParentZee Entertainment Enterprises
SubsidiariesZing Digital
Management Services Limited (ISMSL)
Agrani Convergence Limited (ACL)
Agrani Satellite Services Limited (ASSL)

DishTV India (stylised as dishtv) is a company providing Direct to Home (DTH) television service in India. It is a subsidiary of Zee Entertainment Enterprises. It was ranked # 437 and # 5 on the list of media companies in Fortune India 500 roster of India's largest corporations in 2011.[3][4] Dish TV was also voted India's most trusted DTH brand according to the Brand Trust Report 2014, a study conducted by Trust Research Advisory.[5][6] On 22 March 2018, Dish TV completed a merger with Videocon d2h, creating the largest DTH provider in India.


DishTV launched the first DTH service in India on 2 October 2003. The company decided not to compete against entrenched cable operators in metros and urban areas, and instead focused on providing services to rural areas and regions not serviced by cable television. Jawahar Goel, who led the launch, recalled 10 years later, "We hardly had four transponders and could offer only 48 channels, compared to analog cable that was giving 60 and was much cheaper. And, STAR refused to give its channels. So, we decided to go slow and concentrate in cable-dry and cable-frustrated markets, rather than cable-rich markets and build the market step by step." Dish TV acquired 350,000 subscribers within 2 years of the launch.[7]

Following bitter legal proceedings between STAR and Zee, in 2007, the two companies called a truce and began offering their channels on each other's services. This decision and Dish TV's acquisition of more transponders enabled them to offer 150 channels on their service, more than any other DTH service in India at the time.[7]

Merger with Videocon d2h

On 11 November 2016, the Board of Directors of Dish TV and Videocon d2h agreed to an all-stock merger of their DTH operations. The merger will create the largest DTH provider in India with a total valuation of (US$2.4 billion). The merged entity will be called Dish TV Videocon Limited. Dish TV will hold a 55.4% stake in the merged entity, while Videocon d2h will own the remaining shares. As on 30 September 2016, the two companies combined would have 27.6 million subscribers out of the estimated 175 million Indian households that own a television.[8][9][10]

The merger was approved by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on 10 May 2017,[11] and by the National Company Law Tribunal on 27 July 2017.[12][13] The merger faced uncertainty in January 2018, when Dish TV announced that it was re-evaluating the merger after some of the Videocon Group's lenders petitioned the National Company Law Tribunal to open insolvency proceedings against the company.[14] In February 2018, Dish TV announced that it intended to go through with the merger.[15]

The amalgamation was officially completed on 22 March 2018. The merger made the new combined entity the largest DTH provider in India with 17.7 million active subscribers. Dish TV and Videocon d2h reported separate revenue numbers in FY2017. The combined total revenue of the two firms was (US$1.1 billion).[16]

Zing Digital

Zing Digital is a subsidiary of Dish TV India launched in January 2015 to provide access to South India's regional channel packs at an affordable cost. The service currently operates in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal and Odisha state of India. It is the India's first stb which has packs with selected channels and cost.[17]

See also


  1. ^ Dish TV Contact Info
  2. ^ FY 2011 Network 18
  3. ^ "Buy Dish TV India, target Rs 85: Shrikant Chouhan". The Economic Times. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Dish TV makes it to Fortune India 500, 4 biggies exit list". MxM India. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Dish TV voted as India's Most trusted DTH Brand".
  6. ^ "India's Most Trusted DTH Brands 2014". Trust Research Advisory. Archived from the original on 4 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b Gupta, Surajeet Das (1 January 2014). "10 years of DTH in India: The other electronics revolution". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Dish TV, Videocon d2h to merge". The Hindu. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Videocon d2h to merge with Dish TV". Forbes India. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Indian satellite TV operators Dish and Videocon d2h to merge". Reuters India. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Ahluwalia, Harveen (10 May 2017). "Dish TV and Videocon d2h merger gets CCI approval". Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ India, Press Trust of (27 July 2017). "NCLT approves Dish TV-Videocon D2h merger, to have subscriber base of 27 mn". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Govt. approves Dish TV merger with Videocond2h". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 16 December 2017. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)
  14. ^ Dhanjal, Swaraj Singh (12 January 2018). "Videocon-Dish TV merger may get affected by insolvency case against Videocon Industries". Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Zee's Dish TV to go ahead with Videocon D2H merger". Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Dish TV India, Videocon d2h merger completed". The Economic Times. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Zing Digital". October 2015. Retrieved 2015.

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