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Review of DD Free Dish (DD Direct Plus) DTH Service


DD Free Dish (formerly known as DD Direct Plus) is the India’s one and one only free DTH service from the public service broadcaster Doordarshan launched in 2004. Here we review the service and what it offers to a viewer.

Hardware: The hardware like dish, antenna, assembly and set-top box is for the user to choose as per his budget. There are no appointed dealers or own branded set-top boxes. Any Free-To-Air satellite receiver with atleast MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 DVB-S standard will work fine. But, we would recommended viewers to buy any Free-To-Air satellite receiver which supports MPEG-4, HD, DVB-S2 standard.

Cost: The total one-time cost of installing DD Free Dish DTH may vary from Rs.500 to Rs.3000 and installation charges if installed by a technician. There is no activation charge or monthly subscription charge to be paid. Simple set-top boxes cost cheaper than the ones with some more features.

Support: There is no dedicated support for any issues/concerns and the troubleshooting of issues/scanning channels has to be done by a technician or customer himself.

DD Free Dish Setup Parameters:

FormatStandardLNB FrequencyDownload FrequencySymbol RatePolarity22K

Channel Line-Up: This is the most important consideration before buying a DTH. Recently DD Free Dish has upgraded their infrastructure and now DD Free Dish has 64 TV channels in MPEG-2 format, 48 TV channels in MPEG-4 format and 40 Radio services and are planning to introduce more channels over some time. 22 of these MPEG-2 TV channels are the DD National and Doordarshan Regional channels, while the remaining 42 MPEG-2 TV channels are from private broadcasters. Other 48 MPEG-4 TV channels are in Testing. There are no premium channels included right now, but maybe added later. Also there are occurrences of channels often coming and leaving the platform, so this cannot be thought of as the complete DTH.

A few free channels from Dish TV like Zee ETC Bollywood, Sadhna News, Ishwar TV, Zee Smile, News Express, Zing, Divya, HBN, News Nation, Mazhavil Manorama, Kasthuri TV, Amrita TV, Nepal 1, We TV, Sri Sankara, Bhakti TV, Saam TV, Katyayani, CCTV News, Kashish News, 9X Jalwa, Live India, Captain TV, Abn Andhra Jyoti, Sanskar TV, Disha TV, Dhamaal, News State, Star CJ 2, ITN, Vasantham TV, Swarnavahini, Varnam, Zee Tamizh, Jivi Shoppe, Naaptol, Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal can also be received due to nearby location of their satellite increasing the total channel count by a few channels.

Enter the following below frequencies and enjoy 32 channels for free.

FormatStandardLNB FrequencyDownload FrequencySymbol RatePolarity22K

Here are the channels names as per their genre currently being shown on DD Free Dish:

Hindi General Entertainment: DD National, DD India, DD Bharati, Sony Pal, Dabangg, Rishtey, Big Magic, Star Ustav, Zee Anmol, Dillagi
Movies: B4U Movies, Cinema TV, Manoranjan TV, Ashirwad Classic, Maha Movie, Enterr-10
Music: Manoranjan Music, Khushboo TV, 9XM, Mastiii, B4U Music
Sports: DD Sports
News: DD News, Shri News, India News, IBN 7, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, TV 24, India TV, News Nation, Focus News, News 24, ABP News
International: Australia Plus, France 24, DW TV, NHK World, Russia Today
Religious and Health/Lifestyle: Aastha Bhajan, Sadhna National, Aastha TV
Others: Bhojpuri Cinema, Dangal, Chardikla Time TV, Aalmi Samay
DD Regional: DD Bangla, DD Chandana, DD Girnar, DD Kashir, DD Rajasthan, DD Oriya, DD Podhigai, DD Punjabi, DD Sahyadri, DD Yadagiri, DD Malayalam, DD Bihar, DD North-East, DD UP, DD Urdu, DD Saptagiri, DD MP

Radio: AIR VBS, AIR Telugu, AIR Marathi, Air Tamil, AIR Gujarati, FM Rainbow, AIR Punjabi, FM Gold, Radio Kashir, Gyan Vani, AIR Kannada, AIR Bangla, AIR Hindi, AIR NE, FM Rainbow Chennai, FM Gold Mumbai, AIR Ragam, FM Rainbow Bangalore, AIR Urdu, AIR Oriya, AIR Malayalam, AIR Assamese and 18 Test Radio channels.

Verdict: Good for instant entertainment, easy setup, no activation/monthly charges. DD Free Dish can be used as primary source of entertainment or for viewing along with other private DTH or cable TV.

Here are few images of the channels.

DD NATIONAL_0935 10990_V_28500_20150503_235615RUSSIA TODAY_0935 11570_V_28500_20150503_235839RISTHEY_0935 11150_V_28500_20150503_235748BHOJPURI CINEMA_0935 11070_V_28500_20150503_235706IBN 7_0935 10990_V_28500_20150503_235644B4 U MOVIES_0935 10990_V_28500_20150503_235633

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  1. Dear sir i live in ghaziabad. I should have a dd direct plus purchased. Please call me 9015203783

    1. Mujhey jaipur rajasthan me dth dish lagwani he kya kare mob. No. 9828165524

  2. I m unable to watch dd national.

    Auto scan also not showing it. Pls help me

  3. Can videocon d2h gives all free to air channels ?

  4. need any installation help near hyderabad area,
    call-8686177710 (srinivas).
    our service areas.
    dd free dish,
    abs free dish,
    mana channel,
    multi satellite setup,
    c band antenna setup,
    all dth reinstallations and service

    thank you

  5. Channels are ok but no distribution system to sell set top box and dish..IF OUR GOVT GIVES such a nice service,why NONE BUY DD FREE DISH? and give money for free channels to private dth companies ? WHY WE have to GIVE MONEY OF FREE CHANNELS? Why?

  6. Dear sir i live in New Delhi. I should have a dd direct plus purchased. Please call me 9540649137

  7. you have to also add 1 cartoon channel for kids


  9. I have shoping set top box on DD DIRECT PLUS in this pin coad 736159 and phone no 8420743765

  10. Gujarati news chanal nahi hai,baki sabhi rajyo ki chanal hai,Gujarati chanal add karo please

  11. I wish to purchase DD direct plus set top box throw online, please suggest me which one(company) is best.

  12. I am from Surat I want to install ddplus free channel so please help me from where I should buy it

  13. dd direct plus hd set top box inquiry

  14. Sir I want CNBC awaz aur zee business channel add on free dish

  15. Zee new chanel free to air ho gaya hai lekin abhi tak dddirectplus par uplabdh nahi hai kripya usko bhi add kar diya jaye

  16. Zee news chanel free to air ho gaya hai lekin dd direct plus per uplabdh nahi hai

    Zee new chanel free to air ho gaya hai lekin abhi tak dddirectplus par uplabdh nahi hai kripya usko bhi add kar diya jaye

  17. Sir where I get new DD freee dish set top box in Bangalore

  18. Sir i hv purchased dd plus.but need a technician to install

  19. Vinay Kumar Mandak

    Mujhe DD Direct plus Only govt.Free channel wali better quality ki sirf set top box,1piece chahiye…Vinay Mandal, Indore-452001 (M.P.), Mob.-9479449024

  20. indrajeetsinghcharpota

    Kya airtel k set top box pe bhi dd direct plus le sskte Hain.

  21. indrajeet singh charpota

    Kya airtel k set top box pe bhi dd direct plus ko subscribe kar sakte hain.

  22. I want to purchase dd direct plus how much it will cost… plz call me sir

  23. bekaar hai abc nbr one hai achhe cahnnel dikha raha hai abs wala ptc punjbai ptc news mh1 any other chneel jo dd wale nhi dikha skte kabhi me

  24. I want to purchase DD Direct Plus DTH connection at the earliest which provides 120 channels as published in website MOBILE CONTACT NO 7742005033. Location Jaipur , Agra road





  25. mujhe dd free dish ka pura set naya lena h plz help me 7619878889

  26. hi my name is yogesh from delhi karol bagh i want to install dd freee dish in my house please know me more details

  27. Hi Where i can buy this DD DTH

  28. Can I add any channel that is no available in free channel.

  29. What is the use of 2 times of repeating a single channel,,nd plzzzzz include kashish news channel soon,,Nd some sports channel

  30. I have free DTH, technology is highly development but can recording this program????

    How can record live programs

  31. Krushna chandra nayak

    I want a free dth….
    Any one help …
    From odisha.berhampur.761106

  32. sir,
    kya hum dvb s set up box me abs ke sare channel dekh sakte hai?

  33. please do for kids

  34. dear sir
    i not interest to d2h but replace to d2h
    dd direct plus
    with prize

  35. Sir please start the serial of star one Sahara one mostly of star one serial Miley jab hum tum..pllssssa

  36. Plsss start the serial Miley jab hum tum of star one

  37. No signil gopal nager 110043

  38. muje Himachal pardesh main lagwani he. plase contact 9418935767

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