According to latest official data by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as on 30 November 2014, the number of permitted satellite television channels has jumped to 821 by November 2014 end from 784 in December 2013.
There are 404 permitted news and current affairs channels and 417 non-news and current affairs channels in the country. The Ministry has now allowed 821 TV channels in both categories.
Some of the new entrants over the past few months have been the GEC Epic TV, Bengali Orange TV. Luck TV; the non-news Sairam TV; Bhojpuri Cinema TV, the non-news Tamil Meenakshi TV; the non-news Blue TV in Hindi, English, Punjabi and regional languages; the news Janam TV, INE Live, and Kalinga TV in scheduled languages.
This apart, Times Television Network (TTN) has also got three new licences, Times Now 2, Times Now 3 and ET Now 2.
The biggest gainer is the Star Network with Star Cricket Asia, Star Sports Highlights, Star Sports HD3, Star Sports HD4, Star Sports HD2, Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 4, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 1 in all permitted languages under the Constitution.
On December 2013, the number of permitted private satellite TV channels in India was 784 of which there were 389 news and current affairs channels and 395 non news channels.
The Ministry also placed on its website the names of the companies which own these channels, the language, and the date when permission was granted.