Free-to-air Dangal races to the top, pips STAR, Zee, Colors in TV channel sweepstakes

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Published: April 26, 2019 1:11:26 PM

Dangal channel has given stiff competition to already established players such as STAR, Zee and Colors and has become the second most popular channel in India.

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A new channel backed by a new business model is shaking up the general entertainment television industry in India. Dangal, a Hindi language channel, has become the second most popular channel in India leaving behind established big entertainment players such as STAR, Zee and Colors. Trailing just behind STAR Sports 1 Hindi, Dangal has gained a spot on TV viewer’s list post the TRAI rules for DTH, Cable TV got effective in February 2019.

Dangal is owned by Enterr10 Television Pvt Ltd. The channel has garnered almost 10 lakh weekly impressions and continued to be in the most popular list for several weeks. Dangal has achieved this feat across all genres of channels, BARC data for the week 13 April- 19 April 2019 showed. The channel held the second spot for the previous week as well.

Dangal was targetted at Bhojpuri market initially but it was later decided that the channel should be launched in Hindi entertainment segment.

Pricing is Dangal’s USP

Dangal is a free-to-watch channel among popular channels which are priced at a premium slab of Rs 19. Of 10 most popular channels, per Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC) data, STAR Sports 1 Hindi, Sun TV, STAR Plus, Zee TV, Zee Telugu, Colors are priced at Rs 19. Post TRAI’s new rules, this is the most expensive slab for TV channels.

Classic shows, viewers favourite

With shows that have a timeless following because of their Indian mythology connection and religious significance (such as Ramayana, Mahima Shani Dev ki and Sai Baba), Dangal has other classic shows on offer as well including Jhansi ki Rani and Veer Shivaji. Crime Alert, which has a similar premise to Crime Patrol is another fan-favourite offering of the channel.

TRAI’s new rules for DTH, Cable TV

On February 2019, TRAI’s new regime for TV viewers was rolled out which allows the users to select and pay only for the channels that they wish to watch. The new pricing system lets the users decide from a-la-carte channels, pre-curated bouquet channels and free-to-air channels.

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