India TV Ad Market In A Tailspin

25 March 2019


By Mihir Shah

In the latest issue of India Intelligence & Insights, we look at how India’s TV ad market is coping with the fallout from a new pricing regime for pay-TV.

Cable and DTH operators are finding it difficult to implement the latest rules, which came into force at the start of March, resulting in a ratings blackout and many channels temporarily going off air.

Audiences and ad spend have declined as a result, with approximately 60% of DTH subs and 30% of digital cable subs yet to crossover to the new system.

The new regulatory decree – which gives Indian households more freedom over which channels they receive and pay for – will also have an enduring market impact, as broadcasters revise their sales and distribution strategies.



  • Implementation of new tariff order hurts TV ad market, primarily niche channels
  • FTA ad revenues will nose-dive as leading broadcast networks pull out from Freedish
  • Elections and cricket will help drive TV ad growth to 9% in 2019
  • Online video will gain share from niche TV genres

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