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About DD National: DD National or DD1 is Doordarshan’s flagship channel and the most widely available terrestrial television channel in India.

The channel began broadcast on an experimental basis on September 15, 1959 from a makeshift studio at Akashvani Bhavan in New Delhi as part of All India Radio. It started with 20 TV receivers in and around Delhi and transmitted one hour educational and developmental programs twice a week. Regular daily transmission started in 1965.

In 1976, the Indian government constituted Doordarshan, the public television broadcaster, as a separate Department under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

In 1982, all of Doordarshan’s regional stations were networked using INSAT 1A and a national feed called National Programme was introduced. Later that year, Delhi played host to Asian Games which were covered by the channel. To increase the channel’s reach, the government launched a program to set up low and high power transmitters that would pick-up the satellite distributed signals and re-transmit them to surrounding areas. By 1983, television signals were available to 28% of the Indian population. Fueled by the success of the channel’s commercialization and increased revenue from advertising, the channel’s reach and popularity continued to grow and in 1990, the channel reached more than 90% of the Indian population.

For the first few years after its inception, the channel only aired educational and informative programs with news being one of the biggest draw. Once the national feed started in 1982, the channel started airing regional and local shows on time-sharing basis. For most Indian states, this meant one national and one local news telecast. The channel soon started airing entertainment shows and popularity of some of the earliest series such as Hum Log, film-based shows such as Chitrahaar and Hindi movies resulted in a gradual increase in entertainment and commercial programming.

Till mid-80s, channel transmission was limited to evenings only. On February 11, 1987, the channel introduced morning transmission with a two hour telecast. This included ten minute news bulletins in Hindi and English apart from other short shows. On January 1, 1989, afternoon transmission, aimed at housewives and children, was launched.

The channel’s educational programming includes distance learning shows for UGC and IGNOU as well as learning shows for kids sponsored by NCERT.

Since late-90s, the channel broadcasts from 4:30 am IST till 2:00 am terrestrially while the satellite feed is available 24 hours a day.

Downlink parameters of DD National on DD Direct Plus DTH on INSAT-4B at 93.5º East.

Frequency Polarisation Symbol Rate FEC Video PID Audio PID PCR PID
10990 Vertical 27500 3/4 501 601 701

About DD India: Doordarshan opened its windows to the world by launching its international channel on 14th March, 1995.

The Channel, earlier known as DD World was renamed DD India in 2002.

The programming offers international viewers an update on the Indian social, cultural, political and economic scene.

DD India was launched with a mission “to build bridges of communication with Indians living abroad and to showcase the real India, its culture, its values, its traditions, its modernity, its diversity, its unity, its agony and its ecstasy to the entire world through programmes of high quality, that will inform, educate and entertain people in the highest traditions of public service broadcasting.”

DD India is up-linked from New Delhi and can be watched in 146 countries across the world through PAS -9 and PAS -10 satellites.

DD India carries news bulletins, features on topical events, entertainment programmes, feature films, music and dance, children programmes, events and tourism.

In addition to Hindi and English, programmes in Urdu, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi form an essential ingredient of this international channel’s offering.

Downlink parameters of DD India on DD Direct Plus DTH on INSAT-4B at 93.5º East.

Frequency Polarisation Symbol Rate FEC Video PID Audio PID PCR PID
10990 Vertical 27500 3/4 504 604 704

About DD Bharati: DD-Bharati Channel was launched on 26th Jan 2002. It telecasts programmes on Health, Children, Music, Dance and Heritage.

Its telecast schedule includes:

Programmes on adventure, quiz contests, fine arts/paintings, crafts and designs, cartoons, talent hunts etc.;

“MERI BAAT” an hour-long phone-in ‘live’ show with young people;

A four-hour segment emphasizing a healthy life style and focusing on prevention rather than cure, both in out traditional and modern forms of medicine;

Classical dance/music performances by top class artists of national and international fame;

Programmes on theatre, literature, music, paintings, sculpture & architecture;

Programmes in collaboration with organizations like IGNCA, CEC, IGNOU, PSBT, NCERT and Sahitya Academy;

The channel also provides extensive coverage to the AIR Sangeet Sammelans;

Contributions made by the Regional Doordarshan Kendra’s are regularly telecast live/recorded.

Downlink parameters of DD Bharati on DD Direct Plus DTH on INSAT-4B at 93.5º East.

Frequency Polarisation Symbol Rate FEC Video PID Audio PID PCR PID
10990 Vertical 27500 3/4 505 605 505

About 9X: Entertainment that touches the heart of India, today and every day.

9X, the family entertainment channel from INX Network, features stunningly produced programs with universal themes presented in a contemporary way, to world class standards. 9X understands its viewers dreams, attitudes and aspirations, offering entertainment that acts as the glue that holds the family together.

Our Viewers : India’s Hindi-speaking, mainstream, middle-class families (mainly single TV households). They are gradually improving their quality of life and have growing aspirations for the future. They seek programs with better production values and a strong connect to their real lives, together with variety and glamour that is ‘larger than life’.

At the start of November 2007, 9X was nothing but a concept: a completely new channel, with zero brand awareness and GRPs. Today, 9X is recognised as a major player in the Television Industry, displaying steadfast growth. With major new shows across genres of drama, reality, comedy, fantasy, adventure, mythology and many more, 9X remains committed to move from strength to strength.

Bigger. Better. Fresher. Reflecting today’s India – Family. Empathy. Glamour + Values. Variety.

Downlink parameters of 9X on DD Direct Plus DTH on INSAT-4B at 93.5º East.

Frequency Polarisation Symbol Rate FEC Video PID Audio PID PCR PID
11150 Vertical 27500 3/4 531 631 731

About STAR Utsav: STAR Utsav (Hindi: STAR उत्सव, translated as “celebration”) is a free-to-air Hindi general entertainment channel based in Mumbai. It shows some of STAR Plus’ popular programs.

This channel is available in India. STAR Utsav caters to viewers who have recently entered the fold of cable and satellite television. It gives them the opportunity to revisit the glory years of Indian television programming by re-running the best shows from the extensive STAR Plus library. The channel reaches out to the smallest of towns and rural areas where viewers are treated to some of the best content from STAR, making it the “King of Middle India”.

Downlink parameters of Star Ustav on DD Direct Plus DTH on INSAT-4B at 93.5º East.

Frequency Polarisation Symbol Rate FEC Video PID Audio PID PCR PID
11570 Vertical 27500 3/4 556 656 556

About Zee Smile: Zee Smile is India’s first ’24 hour comedy television channel’ under the Zee Network umbrella, which carries broadcasts in Hindi, Urdu, and other regional languages of India. As well as broadcasting in South Asia, it also reaches audiences in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australasia and North America. It is a part of the Essel Group.

Zee Smile as the name suggests, provides fun, laughter and entertainment along with daily soaps, game shows, comedy chat shows and comedy movies.shows. The channel currently airs re-runs of popular drama series that had been aired on Zee TV along with some comedy series and television shopping programmes.

Downlink parameters of Zee Smile on DD Direct Plus DTH on INSAT-4B at 93.5º East.

Frequency Polarisation Symbol Rate FEC Video PID Audio PID PCR PID
11570 Vertical 27500 3/4 557 657 557

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