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DD Free Dish on way to carrying 112 channels as equipment for capacity upgrade is installed, says Rathore

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NEW DELHI: Public broadcaster Doordarshan’s free direct-to-home (DTH) service Freedish is set to increase its capacity to 112 channels as the equipment required for upgrading the DTH platform has been installed, Minister of State in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said.

The DTH platform, which was earlier providing 64 channels, has increased its capacity to 80 channels as on date. It has added 11 new channels including two Marathi channels while five slots are empty, as per the minister.

“Prasar Bharati has intimated that DD Freedish DTH service of Doordarshan provides 80 channels. Equipment for upgrade of DTH platform for telecast of 112 TV channels has been installed,” Rathore told the Lok Sabha.

The new channels are Manoranjan Movies, Movie House, Shri News, Star Gold Romance, Naaptol Blue, Khushboo, Housefull Action, RT Movies, Vision TV Shiksha, Fakt Marathi, and Chitrapat Marathi.

Rathore also said that there are no plans to provide pay channels on the platform. “At present, there is no policy for making DTH services of Doordarshan available to telecast pay channels,” he stated.

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Buoyed by the availability of additional capacity, Freedish had recently reserved slots for non-Hindi regional channels for the first the time as part of the 26th e-auction, which was held on 15 February. It had also put up slots in the general category for auction.

The DTH operator had set a reserve price of Rs 2 crore (Rs 20 million) per slot for regional channels. The reserve price for general channels remained the same at Rs 4.3 crore (Rs 43 million).

“There is expansion due to which we have got additional capacity and we have some slots for regional channels to make the bouquet richer. Capacity has increased; however, I am not in a position to reveal the actual number,” Prasar Bharati deputy director general CK Jain had earlier told TelevisionPost.com.

Freedish had migrated to GSAT-15 satellite with effect from 1 February. I&B minister Arun Jaitley had earlier said that Freedish would get additional transponder capacity on GSAT-15 to enhance its capacity to 250 channels as part of the approved 12th Plan.

The Department of Space (DoS) has agreed in principle to provide additional transponders on the new GSAT-15 satellite required for upgrade to 250 TV channels, Jaitley had said.

Source: Televisionpoint.com

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  1. Will there be any justice to regional languages with this upgrade.

    Or all slots going to be for hindi as usual..

    DD : It’s very unfair to neglect and discriminate 60% regional speaking people.

  2. इन सभी चैनलों पर दिनभर केवल एड (विग्यापन) ही पसारित हाेते रहते हैं इन चैनलों की ताे फायदा का साेदा हाे गया डीडी डाइरेक्ट पलस
    मेरा भारत महान

  3. sir kindly add atleast one tamil news channel because in our free dish no tamil news channel become available in other regional languages like hindi lot of news channel become available so my kindly request is to add atleast one tamil news channel sir

  4. sir please can u add colors marathi and zee marathi channels in free dish

    1. sab ka sab bakar channe hai is sa baddiya to kabal tv hai

  5. plz add one english movie channel on dd direct+.

  6. sir plz add one educational channel for students.

  7. Good news. We wait for some time to view 112 channel. Thank you for information.

  8. ONE AND TWO CARTOONS CHANNELS PLEASE ADD

  9. Signal problem with DDFD channels while Dish TV FTA channels are working fine.

  10. add at least one haryanvi music and haryanvi channel sir.

  11. Dd India,firangi,zee smile, saubhagy mithila,9x,vàysh,gayndarsan1&2,Angle TV, dammal TV,zee purvaiya,,luck, ADD

  12. gyandarshan1,2 aur vyas tv band kyu ho gayi?

  13. are bhailog, in bechare forum valo ko kyo pareshan karte ho…falana channel add karo, falana channel add karo, aisa bolke? ye sirf information provide karte h.

  14. please add more odia channels

  15. aapka toll free number lagta nahi hai.channel surch karane se channel aata to hai par kuch samay bad no signal ho jata hai

  16. pls punjabi channel s on dd direct plus

    1. please new punjabi channel s on dd direct plus punjabi channels bahut kam hai es laye free dd direct plus per badh to badh channel add kite jaan ji .

  17. ONLY ONE BUSINESS CHANNEL IS NEEDED ,WE ARE WAITING FOR LONG TIME, PLEASE DO SOMETHING, JAITLEYJI PLEAAAAAAAAAAAASE.

  18. kya sach me 112 channel hone vale hai.
    kab honge 112 channel.

  19. I am unable to watch dd national on my dish i am able to view only 32 channels

  20. Why you guys blaming DD direct plus ask channels to make it free to air channel

  21. It is really a blessings for we Dubai people having free DD dish.In Dubai, the following frequencies get signal during day time. i.e. 11510 and 11550. and 11470 and 11170 gets signals only in the night. Main DD channels are not clear during daytime.
    We shall appreciate your feed back.

  22. Hwo to get free doordarshan dth
    Devi dayal

  23. Hwo to get free doordarshan dth

  24. Sir what about encryption? When new set top to be purchased?

  25. pls add one business chanel cnbc awaz

  26. Pls add some haryanvi chanel and panjabi chanel

  27. Thank you dd direct plus for so many channels . I and my family enjoyed many of these channels .
    I just want to know some time in a day ‘No signal ‘is shown on the TV .can I resolve it ?

  28. DD FREE DISH SHOULD REDUCE BY HALF OR 3/4TH AND ASK CONTENT PROVIDERS/ CHANNELS TO CUT DOWN ON ADS BY 75%.

  29. Sir zee news ko add kara do sir

  30. where is Bengali channels in the platform?

    1. If you want many bengali channel u can catch abs2 satellite there are many bengali channel like as
      Sangeet bangla.Dhoom.Fatafati.News time.Kolkata Tv.Ruposi bangla.akash aath.24ghanta.bangla time and many more. .

  31. Aksh8 chanlas are no programs
    Aad to aksh8

  32. dear sir 31th. auction me ek cartoon channel add Mar do please sir

  33. Sir mera bhai mujhe bahut paresan karta he pls ek cartoon channel add kar do

  34. Sir pls add ten sports chennel

  35. Sir mera chota bhai paresan karta rehta hai pleas ek cartoon channel dal do

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