New Delhi, Oct. 3 (PTI): Tata Sky, the DTH venture of Tatas and Star, has dashed off a formal communication to Kalanidhi Maran-controlled Sun Group, after failing to receive the south India-based media group's channels on its platform.

"We had been talking to them (Sun Group) for a long time. However, as we have failed to receive the channels so far, we have sent a formal written communication to them," Tata Sky MD and CEO Vikram Kaushik said on the sidelines of the India Broadband Digital Networks Forum.

He said Tata Sky "has a right" to receive the channels of Sun Group, as they were present on the DTH platform of Doordarshan as well as on cable networks.

Interestingly, Sun TV too has received government clearance to start its own DTH operations and is currently in the process of finalising its roll out plans.

Tata Sky kicked off its DTH services in the middle of August and is currently the second private company offering the DTH platform, after Essel group's Dish TV. Apart from Sun Group, the company had faced problems in getting access to the channels distributed by Zee Turner, though it was finally successful in getting the seed after the intervention of broadcast tribunal TDSAT.

Sun Group is a major player in southern India and operates around 10 channels. Its chief Kalanidhi Maran is the brother of Union IT and Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran.