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DD Free Dish not to have reserved slots for regional channels in 27th e-auction


MUMBAI: In the next round of e-auction, pubcaster Doordarshan’s free DTH platform Freedish will not have any reserved slots for regional-language channels.

“In the 27th e-auction, we have no reserved slots for regional channels,” a senior DD official told TelevisionPost.com.

In the 26th e-auction, DD Freedish had for the first time reserved slots for regional channels.

DD Freedish has set the reserve price for vacant slots at Rs 4.3 crore (Rs 43 million). It will conduct its 27th e-auction on 30 May.

The new e-auction is taking place after more than three months. The 26th e-auction was conducted on 15 February.

During the 26th e-auction, Freedish had added eight new channels, including two regional Marathi channels. Apart from the nine channels, the DTH operator had added eight more channels on monthly pro rata basis outside the e-auction.

The channels added include home shopping channel Naaptol Blue, Hindi movie channels Movie House, Star Utsav Movies (earlier Star Gold Romance) and Rishtey Cineplex, music channel X Zone, Hindi news channel India News, and Marathi movie channels Fakt Marathi and Chitrapat Marathi.

Sri Adhikari Brothers’ Hindi movie channel Dillagi had renewed its slot.

The channels added on pro rata basis were Hindi news channel Shree News, Hindi movie channel RT Movies, Hindi movie channel Khushboo TV, education channel Vision TV Shiksha, Hindi movie channel Housefull Action, Hindi music channel MTunes, Bhojpuri movie channel Oscar Movies Bhojpuri, and home shopping channel TeleShop TV.

With these additions, the total number of channels on Freedish increased to 80 from 64. The DTH operator was able to add more channels since it had got additional transponder capacity on GSAT15. Freedish had migrated to GSAT15 with effect from 1 February.

I&B minister Arun Jaitley had said that Freedish would get additional transponder capacity on GSAT-15 to enhance its capacity to 250 channels under the 12th plan.

Meanwhile, the last date for submission of application is 30 May, 12 pm. Noida-based C1 India will conduct the e-auction on behalf of Prasar Bharati.

Interested channels will have to submit uplinking and downlinking permission from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) along with the application.

They also have to deposit a participation amount of Rs 1.5 crore (Rs 15 million) as demand draft in favour of DD besides a non-refundable processing fee of Rs 10,000.

Successful channels will have to arrange IRD boxes in advance to place their channel on the platform on time. The EMD drafts will be returned to the unsuccessful bidders within a week or immediately after the completion of the e-auction.

Channels that have won slots on the platform will have to deposit Rs 1.10 crore (Rs 11 million) within one month from the placement of the channel on Freedish along with Service Tax @ 14.5% on the total bid amount.

The second installment amounting to Rs 1.10 crore (Rs 11 million) will have to be deposited by the successful channel in the second month from the placement of the channel.

The balance bid amount will have to be deposited on or before six months from the placement of the channel, failing which the deposited amount will be forfeited and channel will be discontinued from the platform after a 21-day discontinuation notice.

Source: Televisionpost.com


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  1. sir pls add atleast one tamil news channel at free dth because in free dth availablity of tamil news channel become null in the other regions like hindi there are lot of news,music,movie,channel become added by dd free dish day by day and my question why you dont concentrate on tamil language so kindly add atleast one tamil news channel

  2. Brother Vignesh please stop practice of copy paste in every post, through FTA you can watch Zee Tamil.

  3. Sir kindly add atleast one tamil news channel in free dth in tamil language the channels like
    channels are available in tamil language and my request is kindly add atleast one tamil news channel in the above mentioned channels in the private dth like SUN DIRECT,RELAINCE BIG TV,DISH TV all tamil news channel become available but in our free dth no tamil news channel become available in dd free dish and my request is not give support for private dth and the other regional languages like hindi there are lot of news channel become available in our free dish and in tamil language no news channel become available so kindly add atleast one tamil news channel in free dish immediately

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  4. It’ sad to see that No Regional (Assam,Bengal,Gujarati,Tamil,Telugu..etc) channel slot reserved.

    It’s a clearly favors Hindi dominated Dish.They can better change the DTH name as ‘DD Hindi Direct Plus’

  5. Sir
    Kindly add etv h.p.

  6. Sir, plz. add ETV URDU, PEACE TV& Zee Salam channels for the month of Ramzan only.

  7. Please Add “Sony Sab” TV Channel

  8. Please Add New Radio Channel.

  9. Sir i want parchas new free dish tv setop boxe.pless sugation me whose setop boxe suitable for me mpeg2 or mpeg4. If mpeg4 then we are found this setop box from wher.

  10. Please add Bengali movie,entertainment and news channels in dd free-dish and some wild life and science channels. Because local cable service providers are taken money at least RS-250/- per month for this type of channels.

  11. Sir I am requesting u to add at least one off the mentioned channel below for every one:-
    Discovery channel or Animal Planet

  12. Sir my small sister like chotta bheem and Oggy and the cockroaches plz provide either POGO or Cartoon Network

  13. Add some malayalam channels

  14. Sir, Zee News is not coming on TP 11038 SR 40700. But apart for it, all remaining channels are coming.

    Please tell the reason.

  15. Sir,

    I appreciate the efforts of Prasar Bharati to give us a healthy entertainments free of cost.

    But, I request you to add some more channels like Discovery, CNBC Awaz, one or two sports channels apart from DD Sports and add atleast one channel for kids, so that they can also enjoy your free dth services.


    first add kannada entertainment and news channels and after waord talk to me.

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