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DD Free Dish capacity to go up from 80 to 104 TV channels before year-end

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NEW DELHI: Free Dish, the country’s only free-to-air direct-to-home television platform, will increase its capacity to carry around 104 channels within the next few months.

A senior Doordarshan official told indiantelevision.com that the process of switching over from MPEG2 to MPEG4 had been completed and was being tested. This had already taken the headend capacity to 112.

Free Dish at present carries eighty television channels including its own, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV, and private channels, apart from 32 channels of All India Radio.

The official said the platform had been encrypted by adopting the Indian Conditional Access System (iCAS) developed by ByDesign India Pvt. Ltd. of Bangalore. But he clarified that the platform would remain free-to-air and the aim of iCAS was only to keep track of the number of households that were using Free Dish and keep a check on the quality of set top boxes.

(It is also learnt that Doordarshan is expected to issue an Expression of Notice within a month for manufacture of compatible STBs for Free Dish.)

Meanwhile, the official said Free Dish was also hopeful of re-launching Gyan Darshan on its platform shortly as the problems that the Indira Gandhi National Open University was facing when DD was forced to take the channel off-air have been ‘virtually sorted out’.

However, the official said no communication had been received from the Human Resource Development Ministry in this conection so far.

He denied reports that any channels of the Human Resource Development Ministry were currently under test transmission on Free Dish.

The official said DD was aware of the announcement by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Jawadekar that 32 Direct to Home (DTH) Television Channels are to be launched by September for providing high quality educational content to all teachers, students and citizens across the country interested in lifelong learning.

DD was also aware that the HRD Ministry had acquired two transponders on G-SAT 15, which could possibly be used for this.

Meanwhile, the official said that all information on Free Dish was available on the ddindia.gov.in website and denied that Free Dish had established any separate website Freedish.in. When his attention was drawn to the website, he said attempts would be made to find out who was running the website which was clearly illegal.

Source: Indiantelevision.com

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  1. Sir kindly add atleast one tamil news channel in free dth in tamil language the channels like
    JAYA PLUS
    KALAIGNAR SEITHIGAL
    POLIMER NEWS
    NEWS 7 TAMIL
    PUTHIYA THALAIMURAI
    SUN NEWS
    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

    1. Call me vingesh this number 7010310762

    2. Dr free dth pe hindi punjabi aur channel dhekhn li phone karo 09357755544

  2. Please add some sports channels

  3. How i can i upgrade the software?
    plz help me if anybody knows ….

  4. Dear Sir Plz Add KANNADA Channel Plz

  5. DD viewers saying Pl… Pl… Pl..
    DD action is sleep… sleep.. sleep

    1. DD viewers saying Pl… Pl… Pl…
      DD action is ?… ?…. ?….

  6. Kannada Movies channels add karo

  7. Kannada News Channels & Music channels

  8. Please add any two tamil music channels.Like ss music,raj music,jaya music,sun music,sun life,mega music,yes1 music,mk tv,7s music,dheeran tv,i tv,v tune6.

  9. Sar pij star good aad

  10. Pls add Kannada news channel ‘Public tv’
    Why remove this channel pls add

  11. Pls add some Kannada channels

  12. Channels from Dish TV Frequency: 12110 Pol: H Symbol rate: 40700 which were FTA got encrypted.
    HBN
    DISHA TV
    MAZHAVIL MANORAMA
    KASHISH NEWS
    WE TV
    BHAKTI TV
    ANGEL TV
    NEWS NATION
    DEVI TV
    NEWS STATE
    CAPTAIN TV
    ABN ANDHRA JYOTI
    MAKKAL THOLAIKATCHI
    MURASU
    SRI SANKARA
    FASHION TV
    CCTV NEWS
    GOD TV
    KATYAYANI

    1. I am very sad in this onam.Only one malayalam channal in free dish.
      please add more malayalam and other south indian channels

  13. Dish TV Channels which were FTA got encrypted are as follows
    Frequency: 12050 Pol: H Symbol rate: 45000
    AAKASH AATH
    DHOOM MUSIC
    MUSIC FATAFATI
    POLIMER
    SHALOM
    ASEERVATHAM
    MAIBOLI
    MI MARATHI
    PTC CHAKDE
    SVBC
    Frequency: 11172 Pol: H Symbol rate: 30000
    CHANNEL ONE NEWS

  14. SAMACHAR PLUS is also encrypted

  15. suvrajit singha roy

    sar please ,please Bangali c
    hanal add .

  16. suvrajit singha roy

    sir please add bangali chanal.

  17. sir please add Bangali chanal.

  18. please add bangali chanal

  19. Only one malayalam channal in dd free dish
    Few channals are lose in free dish

  20. Sir punjabi chaanel mh1 ptc punjabi add karo plzzz

  21. Gujarati news add

  22. Dear, sir aaded a hayana news channel ply. Thanks

  23. Plz add Sikh channel free

  24. Sir please add Sony,Life OK,Discovery or National geographic & Star Movies if possible some cartoon channels_
    Thanks

  25. Why do you keep on changing channels from one frequency slot to another? When we set a particular tv channel at a particular number, it gets changed next month as you shift it to some other frequency slot, so again auto scan has to be run.
    This is really discouraging thing which causes lot of trouble to those persons who can not set channels by themselves specially villagers and less educated persons.

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