DTH service provider Sun Direct has claimed to have crossed the 7-million subscriber mark. Sun Direct not only retained existing customer base, but aggressively went after new customers by expanding its range of channel offerings and introducing India’s first ad-free movie service, and making significant investments in technology and customer service, all of which helped it contributed to a robust growth for the country’s second largest DTH player.
Close on the heels of its programme revamp, BBC World News has signed a deal with Sun Direct for the channel’s distribution. Colin Lawrence, Commercial Director, BBC World News, has reiterated the importance of India as a market and added that the deal with Sun Direct is a starting point for the channel’s plans in India in 2010.
Till a few years ago, Sun Network was a closely guarded business, with most of the divisions being headed by Kalanithi Maran’s trusted classmates. But things are changing now. So, is the Sun Network undergoing a transformation of sorts? exchange4media delves further into the media-reticent Sun Network in the second part of this report.
While most media companies grappled with the impact of the economic slowdown in 2009, there were a few who decided that it was the best time to invest, especially in talent. Fewer still had not just the propensity to invest, but also the ability to do so. Sun Network has been one of them.