We have got some information regarding possible entrants to the DTH pay television market in Sri Lanka.
- It seems that Siyatha FM directors Sangeetha Weerarathna, her husband and brother in law have come into an agreement with Astro Malaysia to invest in their company and start a DTH operation in Sri Lanka. We are however reliably informed that Astro will be starting a joint venture with Sun TV India and launching DTH operations in India. We believe that if they are investing in India then it is likely that they may not want to set up a totally different company for DTH in Sri Lanka but they may setup operations in such a way as to make their connections available legally in Sri Lanka.
- It is said that Lakshman Hullugalle has been issued with Section 17 of TRC license to set up DTH operations in Sri Lanka. We believe that this license will be used to facilitate the operations of SATnet further.
- A company by the name of SKY TV & Radio seems to have acquired a license from the Media Ministry to carry out DTH operations in Sri Lanka.
- It is also rumoured that Srilakvahini have also been issued section 17 of TRC license and given the approval to start a DTH service.