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DTH News : Tata Sky to get more satellite capacity courtesy GSAT 10
For offering more high-definition (HD) channels, 4K and interactive services, direct-to-home (DTH) operator Tata Sky is going to acquire transponder space on GSAT 10 satellite.

Faced with bandwidth crunch, this is a significant move to accommodate carriage of more television channels.

Tata Sky, a joint venture between Tata Group and Rupert Murdoch-controlled 21st Century Fox, has also completed moving its entire subscribers to MPEG-4 set-top boxes (STBs) in order to push additional channels.

“We are chasing a new satellite [GSAT 10], which will give us space for more HD, 4K, interactive services, and more viewing services like optional subtitles which we do not offer right now,” Tata Sky chief content & business development officer Paolo Agostinelli told

While lamenting that capacity has been a severe limitation for DTH operators, Agostinelli said that Tata Sky will be beaming from two satellites.

“Eventually we will be beaming from two satellites so, yes, we need more bandwidth and capacity,” he stated.

Tata Sky is currently on INSAT 4A and is testing the signals on GSAT 10. “We are still on INSAT 4A.

We are still testing progressively increasing the power of the satellite to see what the impact of the reception is. Capacity addition is not in our control, but it will happen soon. We want to do things properly,” Agostinelli noted.

The testing of GSAT10 satellite had led to disruption of services in March and April impacting thousands of customers.

The DTH operator had immediately swung into action to restore the services.

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