Dish TV (stylised as dishtv), is an Indian direct-broadcast satellite service provider. It is a division of Zee Network Enterprise (Essel Group Venture). It was ranked # 437 and # 5 on the list of media companies in Fortune India 500 roster of India’s largest corporations in 2011.2 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.3 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,4 interactive TV and movies on demand. Its primary competitors are Tata Sky, Airtel digital TV, Videocon d2h and cable television providers.
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 made 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.
As of 31 October 2012, Dish TV had about 13 million customers.5 Dish TV is presently Asia's largest satellite television provider.6
Dish TV launched its high definition service called Dish truHD in the year 2010. With this service, subscribers can enjoy 5X picture clarity on their HDTV, a 16:9 wide aspect ratio and 5.1 surround sound.
Dish TV Recently introduced its DVR service which requires an External USBHard disk drive to be plugged into the Set Top Box's USB Port, the DVR can provide & support recording space up to 2 TB.