India's Videocon d2h direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV platform has added more subscribers in 2012 than any other DTH player worldwide, according to US research group SNL Kagan.
Videocon d2h added 2.33 million subscribers last year, closely followed by Indian rivals Dish TV with an additional 2.2 million subscribers, and Tata Sky's 1.9 million. Following those, Russia's Tricolor added 1.29 million subscribers to its DTH service, Sky Brasil added 1.251 million subscriptions and Sky Mexico had another 1.12 million customers on board.
"Videocon d2h has been constantly topping the charts with [the] highest number of additions in the Indian scenario but achieving this on a global scale, that too on an annual basis, is phenomenal and overwhelming," said Saurabh Dhoot, group director, Videocon is quoted as saying in Indian Television. "We have always raised the bar in various parameters in the category and this provides another instance for the same. Through all our endeavours we will continue adding value to our customers."
Anil Khera, chief executive officer of Videocon d2h added: "This is a very proud moment for us as a company. We have not only maintained our lead within the country but have outshined even global competition."
SNL Kagan places Dish TV (with 14.7 million subscribers) as the fourth largest pay-TV operator in the Asia-Pacific region; while Indian multi-system operator (MSO) Den Networks with 11.2 million subs, MSO Siti Cable with 10.5 million subs, and DTH operator Tata Sky with 10.2 million subs, are placed as Asia's eighth, ninth and tenth largest pay-TV players respectively.
SNL Kagan's research looked at 106 major operators serving no fewer than two million video subscribers or one million fixed-line broadband subscribers at year-end 2012.