Dish TV India Limited is an Indian company that provides direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television. Dish TV is a division of Zee Network Enterprise (Essel Group Venture). Dish TV India Limited is ranked # 437 and #5 in the list of media companies in the Fortune India 500 roster of India’s largest corporations in 2011. It uses MPEG-2 digital compression technology, transmitting using NSS-6 Satellite at 95.0. Dish TV’s managing director and Head Of Business is Jawahar Goel who is also the promoter of Essel Group and is also the President of Indian Broadcasting Foundation. Zee Network incorporated dishtv to modernize television (TV) viewing. It provides features such as Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), parental lock, games, 400+ channels and services, interactive TV and movies on demand. Its primary competitors are cable television and other DTH service providers—Airtel digital TV, Reliance Big TV, DD Direct+, Tata Sky, Sun Direct, and Videocon D2H.
DTH service was launched back in 2004 by launching of Dish TV by Essel Group’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises. Dish TV is on the same satellite where DD Direct+ was, DD Direct+ shifted to Insat 4B which is adjacent to NSS-6.
Dish TV was only DTH operator in India to carry the two Turner channels Turner Classic Movies and Boomerang. Both the channels were removed from the platform due to unknown reasons in March 2009. In October 2010 Dish TV added the long awaited Neo Sports and Neo Cricket on its platform
Dish TV uses NSS-6 to broadcast its programmes. NSS-6 was launched on 17 December 2002 by European-based satellite provider, NewSkies. Dish TV hopped on to NSS-6 from an INSAT satellite in July 2004. The change in the satellite was to increase the channel offering as NSS 6 offered more transponder capacity. However, Dish TV booked additional transponders on the new AsiaSat 5 satellite for starting its MPEG-4 based HD services. Dish TV is currently using 4 transponders on Asiasat 5.