Doordarshan to increase channels on DD Direct Plus DTH service

New Delhi, Aug 11: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati is planning to increase “significantly” the number of channels offered through its free-to-air DTH service, by auctioning them in a staggered manner.

It is also considering carrying out a change in its policy to try and get the best of channels on its DTH service.

From Tuesday, six vacant slots on Prasar Bharati’s Direct to Home (DTH) wing DD Direct Plus are set to go under the hammer. A Bangalore based private firm – Synise Technologies – has been chosen to conduct the e-auction.

Currently, Doordarshan’s DTH platform offers 59 channels of which 30 are private, 21 of DD, Lok Sabha TV, Rajya Sabha TV and two channels run by the UGC.

Four foreign channels – NHK, ABC, France 24 and Russia Today – complete the bouquet of channels on the DTH wing.

“The capacity to carry channels on our DTH wing is set to increase significantly as Doordarshan is planning to buy equipment that will allow it to utilise an additional transponder on satellite INSAT 4B,” an official said.

According to the official, though it was estimated that the capacity of the DTH platform to carry channels could increase by 50, the public broadcaster may strategise before filling up those slots.

“While the increase in capacity will take some time, it is being considered that to avoid oversupply, new vacant slots that emerge will be filled only as per market demand,” the official added.

Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar said another aspect that the broadcaster is considering is how to get better quality channels on its DTH wing.

“We are considering framing a policy by next year which will allow the best of channels to be shown on our DTH platform,” Sircar said.

There was a need to consider a new policy which would be transparent but also to ensure that the best of channels prefer to come to the Doordarshan platform so that they can be shown to viewers all across the country, he said.

Officials said that Doordarshan expects its DTH wing to turn highly profitable with the addition of more slots.

“The EMD or earnest money deposit for the auction of the six channels which will be auctioned on Tuesday is Rs 3 crore each. It can be considered as the minimum reserve price,” a senior official said.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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  1. KALYAN SARKAR says:

    We are know that , there are so meny hindi channel in
    dd direct + but there is no any bengal channel in dd direct + accept
    ‘dd bangla’ . So, please please please add a bengali chennel as soon
    as posible . Like ‘star jalsha’ , ‘zee bangla’ , ’24 ghanta’ , ‘abp
    ananda’ , ‘sangit bangla’ etc (any one ) .

    thank you
    KALYAN SARKAR

    west bengal

  2. Vijay Dwivedy says:

    Sir,
    Goverment ke tarah kyun thora thora maar rahe hai? pura system hi band kar dijiye. jo bhi channel log dekhna suru karte hain kuch din me band ho jata hai.
    Esse to aacha hai private company ka paid channel hi le liya jay jaisa ki aap lg cahate hain?

  3. Ashish says:

    DTH pe LORD BUDDHA TV religious channel kab start hoga.

  4. Sikandar says:

    Rajasthani channal suru karo.

  5. hanumansingh says:

    sir telugu channel only one atha hai magar news channel bhi ek provide karetho bahuth atcha rahega so please provide one telugu news channel

  6. sumit kohli says:

    please restart ‘dabangg’ channel

  7. Baldev Dhiman says:

    Sir,
    Please re-start Day & Night News channel again or any other channel which may cover himachal news also. Thanks.

  8. souvik chakraborty says:

    why DD sports cant show matches like ipl or I league.. If it broadcast such events it may get huge money by the advertise companies through showing adds.. And we should khow clearly where to get DD stb and how to install it !!!

  9. RAJINDER KUMAR says:

    SIR,
    HINDI AND PUNJABI SONGS CHANNELS SHOULD BE ADDED TO DD DIRECT PLUS. PUNJABI FM RADIO CHANNELS ALSO BE ADDED TO IT.

  10. RAJINDER KUMAR says:

    SIR,
    KYA REAL4 HD CHANNEL DD PLATEFORM PAR SHURU HO RAHA HAI?

  11. ravi says:

    Bring LORD BUDDHA TV

  12. Panjabrao N.Deshmukh,Pune Maharashtra says:

    Abbhi khali ek hi DD Sahyadri chAnnel DD Dirct free to air channel me dikha rahe hAi. Pahle ETV Marathi dikha rahe the vo band kar diya. Ab 1 st Nov. 2013 se naye channel aap add akar rahe hai tab char pac naye marathi channel sammilit kare.Thank U, Sir

  13. shivakumaraiah odeyar.L.K says:

    please join the kannada channels . There is on one private kannada channels

  14. shivakumaraiah odeyar.L.K says:

    please join the kannada channels . There is on one private kannada channels like kasuri suvarna ,plus.news rajtv public tv and other 9 kannada channels

  15. gyani says:

    sir plz add new channel 1 anie free cartoon
    and utv movie and histri 18 and manoranjan tv or anjan tv plz plz add add add

  16. Goolu says:

    Sar culars chaenal chalu kijiye sir plz plz plz

  17. Goolu says:

    Sir etertenment chenal submit kiziye plz

  18. sunil says:

    9xm channel kayu band kar diya accha tha

  19. AJOY says:

    please add some bengali channel like star jalsha and zee bangla

  20. AJOY says:

    PLEASE ADD BENGALI MUSIC CHANNEL

  21. manorajan tv , film world hindi movie chenal , gujarati news chenal add karo

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