Scatmag.com

January 2020

117 MILLION CABLE TV SUBSCRIBERS



There were 117 Million Digital Cable TV subscribers in India, till end November 2019. This number took the industry by surprise & was declared by I&B minister Prakash Javadekar. He was responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, on 15 December 2019. The minister said the number was arrived based on seeding data submitted by MSOs.

The MIB ministry has developed a Management Information System (MIS) wherein all registered operators (MSOs, DTH & HITS operators) are required to enter, the number of STBs seeded by them.


There are 117 Million Indian Cable TV Subs Till End November 2019


INCOMPLETE DAS

Javadekar admitted that 100% cable Digitisation was not yet achieved, with the main shortfall in DAS Phase 4 (Rural) areas.

Hence, accurate and final Cable TV subscriber (i.e. STB) numbers would be possible only after 100% Digitisation was achieved.

The minister estimated that 10% of DAS Phase 4 areas continued to distribute television signals via analog Cable TV.

Table 1 summarises the EY-FICCI 2019 estimates.





SURPRISINGLY HIGH FIGURE

The figure declared by the government in the Lok Sabha, was the first declared by the government for several years.

Also the figure of 117 million DAS cable TV homes is very substantially higher than private sector industry estimates.

The EY-FICCI 2019 report declared in March 2019, estimated that there were 103 million Cable TV homes in India.





LARGE GROWTH IN CATV ?

If the I&B ministry's figure are to be accepted, and the fact that they reflect numbers upto November 2019, there has been a 13% growth in the number of STBs seeded / cable TV Subscribers, in recent times. n