DishTV announces 'HD access for all' to break fee barrier and boost revenues
The DTH service provider has introduced new set top boxes that are HD enabled
In sync with the vision of expanding HD TV experience and making it accessible to all, DishTV has launched an ‘HD for All’ initiative. While the market charges access fee to provide HD channels, DishTV will now give popular HD channels access to all subscribers. The DTH service provider also unveiled its new generation HD STB (Set top Box), ‘DishNXT HD’. With this move, all boxes provided by DishTV are now HD enabled to eliminate the SD-HD divide. All these efforts are aimed at empowering subscribers to enjoy and embrace HD experience.
This is a further step up in customer initiatives, which the company started with the partial adoption of TRAI tariff order. HD access for all follows the recent launch of ‘Mera Apna Pack’ that allowed customers to choose their favourite HD channel for just Rs. 17 + GST. This is in line with TRAI objective of empowering consumers and providing content as per customer
choice. With this proposition, DishTV becomes the first DTH player in India to offer HD channels with all its popular packs. Now effectively for as low as at Rs.169+ tax, customers can experience HD viewing.
Extending a holistic HD viewing experience, DishTV also unveiled its new generation cardless Set Top Box, DishNXT HD. With the ability to give five times better picture quality, whole new User Interface and graphics and multilingual support, the new box comes equipped with an integrated smart chip technology to enable users to interact and tune in to their television in a smarter way. The cardless feature eliminates the need of a separate viewing card for clutter free experience and faster performance.
Speaking on this mega announcement, Anil Dua, Group Chief Executive Officer, DishTV said, “HD space has been fast evolving, making significant in-roads into Indian households. With a sharp focus on the same, this move aims at bridging the gap between the SD and HD subscribers and taking away the inhibitions involved in switching from SD to HD. Our endeavor is to increase affinity with our audiences by providing them HD viewing experience. This launch of ‘HD for all initiative’ and also the new DishNXT HD STB will lead to a rapid rise in HD consumption. It will also encourage subsequent upgradation to full HD experience, thereby expanding overall HD viewership and boosting our revenues.”
At present, there are 12.8 million HD households.With the potential of having 25-30 million HD subscribers in the next five to six years, this presents a huge opportunity for DTH players.
Speaking on the new product, Sukhpreet Singh, Senior Vice President, Marketing, DishTV added, “As part of our festive offering, this latest innovation has been designed keeping in mind the evolving needs of our discerning customers and to enable an end to end entertainment experience. With new clean, intuitive user Interface, fast navigation and ease of controls, DishNXT HD is a game changer in the Direct to Home entertainment, offering unmatched HD TV viewing experience.”
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