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Doordarshan to extend DTH service to cover 200 channels

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“We are hoping to do it by the end of this year,” Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni told Deccan Herald here.

The Prasar Bharati board has approved the proposal and the ministry has decided to carry out an e-auction for prospective bidders next month, to ensure complete transparency.

Doordarshan is the world’s largest terrestrial broadcaster with over 1,400 terrestrial TV transmitters located throughout the country covering approximately 90 per cent of India’s geographical area.

A top official of the ministry said a large number of broadcasters, including some which were very popular and were available as pay channels, were interested in airing their programmes through DTH. “About 150 channels which include many news channels are already in line and desperately waiting for the e-auction,” sources said.

The channels are keen on broadcasting through DTH because of its reach across the country. There are about eight million DTH users across the country and the number is growing by about one million households every year.

The low cost of distribution is one reason why many popular television channels are interested in airing their programmes through Doordrashan’s DTH platform.

A channel had to invest about Rs.70 crore annually to air its programme at the national level. Through Doordarshan DTH, the cost would come down to Rs. 2 to 3 crore to reach millions of DTH users, sources said.

Officials in the ministry said “We have targeted to air 400 channels through DTH by the end of 2012.”

Currently, the various direct to home (DTH) service providers —Tata Sky, Dish TV, Reliance Big TV among others — offer various bouquets of free and paid channels, at varying costs. “Once 200 channels are available through DTH, the consumer will be able to view many popular channels just making a one-time expenditure of Rs 1,500,” an official said.

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  1. when will arrive new channels..?plz include tamil channel like sun,vijay,jaya,and some music and sports channels..

  2. ANSHUL ROCKZ !!!!!!!!!

    can anyone tell me the list of ALL CHANNELS

    PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. @00 Channels in DD Direct + plus, amazing to hear (as hearing last couple of years) what will be Satellite, will they shift to GSAT 8, what will be the technology MPEG 4 or MPEG 2.

    The STB industry also ready to boost

    1. Yes they are going to shift to GSAT 8 and the technology will be MPEG 4.

  4. This is amazine channels and very goods radio channals this is supereb all mans are looking i am hero of my cuntry hahaha good evening

  5. ghosna ho gaya na ,ab sote rho………………

  6. sirf ghosna hi hoga ya channel v badhega???????????????????

  7. Mahua channel kyon band kar diya gaya.
    News 24 channel kyon band kar diya gaya.
    Kya ye dono channel future me chlega ya nahi

  8. news 24 india news and any chanel kay band kera he tell me sarvan kumar

  9. please add KANNADA any channels please please……………………….

  10. Oops , One have to come out of spam and Scam , Many channels now FTA using FTA STB are goingout, When the 200 FTA channels will be there in KU Band SAT reciver, Oops they should not use C-Band System? Instead of Private operators looting up money DD+ Should launch FTA 200+ Channels , Present Channels they transmit are Extreme boring , I donot say it is BAD , For diversified consumers view We need more FTA channels

  11. DD DIRECT PLUS.
    Thank u for think add 200 channel.but some missing u r service.not KIDS CHannel.not ENGLISH movie channel.and BANGLA music channel.if possible is pls think

  12. when would you launch 200 channels?

  13. i think its been more than a year since the dead line to include 200 channels has expired. wake up government of india.

  14. please add cartoons channel

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