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Doordarshan conducting Free Dish auction on 22 August, different reserve prices for GEC & News channels

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NEW DELHI: Doordarshan’s FreeDish is all set to hold its second e-auction with differential reserve prices for general entertainment channels and news channels.

The 37th e-auction is slated for 22 August and the reserve prices for general entertainment channels will be Rs 80 million but the reserve price for news and current affairs channels will be Rs 65 million.

With the completion of MPEG4 trials, the total strength of the platform will go up to 104, over the next few months. Earlier this year, Parliament was informed FreeDish had got approval to increase this capacity to 250 channels and DD sources had told indiantelevision.co that will happen ion the third quarter of 2018.

The e-Auction will be conducted by M/s. C1 India Pvt. Ltd., Noida which also conducted the FM Radio Phase III auctions on behalf of Prasar Bharati.

The participation amount (EMD) in the e-Auction for GEC channels is Rs.28 million while it is Rs 22.8 million for news channels. This has to be deposited in advance before or by 12 noon on the date of auction along with processing fee of Rs.25,000 (non-refundable).

Incremental amount for the auction will be Rs one million and the time for every slot e-auction will be of fifteen minutes duration. This may be extended by five minutes if a bid is received before the closing time.

Unsuccessful bidders will get back the participation amount within three weeks of the results while that of successful bidders will be adjusted against the third and final instalment of the carriage fee.

If the successful bidder fails to put his channel on the allotted slot within a month, the allotment will be cancelled and the participation fee forfeited. Successful bidders have to sign and return an agreement within fifteen days of allotment.

The first installment of 25 per cent of the bid price with the applicable service tax will have to be paid within one month from date of placement of channel.

The second installment of 25 per cent of the total bid price along with the applicable service tax will have to be paid within four months of placement of channel.

The third installment of remaining amount after adjusting the participation fee and previous installments but adding the applicable service tax will be deposited within seven months of placement of channel.

If any of the installments is not paid in time, a penal interest of 14.5 per cent per annum will be levied.

If there is failure in depositing an installment for two months, the deposited participation amount along with any installment paid will be forfeited and the channel discontinued after a 21-day discontinuation notice.

In line with the ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’, DD has implemented Indian CAS (iCAS) on DD FreeDish Platform. iCAS (which is an initiative of the central government).

DD officials said the existing viewers will continue to get 80 SDTV channels and 32 radio channels, but will have to obtain iCAS-enabled authorized set-top boxes for accessing all new channels.

Although Free Dish will remain free-to-air with no monthly or periodic fee, the viewers will be required to register with DD FreeDish on getting the new STB from Doordarshan authorized STB dealers.

DD officials said implementation of iCAS and authorisation of STB original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by Doordarshan will give a major thrust to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’. At present, a majority of STBs are imported. However, the introduction of iCAS will help in standardization of STBs and encourage quality STB manufacturing in India.

With analogue having been switched off, Parliament had been told that many stakeholders feel that FreeDish is the best option in Phase IV which covers rural India.

FreeDish was launched with a modest bouquet of 33 channels in December 2004, and now carries eighty TV channels and 32 radio channels. This includes 22 Doordarshan channels and two parliamentary channels, seven general entertainment channels, 18 movie channels, 13 news channels, seven music channels, three religious channels and eight channels of other genres. The All-India Radio stations also piggy-back on the platform.

Source: Indiantelevision.com

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  1. sir add one enlish movie channel like HBO.

  2. Sudhir kumar gupta

    Thank you
    Free dish admin
    But sr I request you please add a discovery chainal ya other educational chainnal

  3. Sir plizzz soni six add dd free dish par chalaona?plizzzzzzZzzzzzzzzZzZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

  4. प्राइवेट dish वाले डीडी फ्री डिश को रुपए खिलाते हैं… अगर डीडी फ्री डिश पर बढ़िया चैनल आ गए तो….tata sky, dish tv,aitel…videocon… Big tv क्या होगा..
    इसीलिए डीडी फ्री डिश पर चैनल नहीं बढ़ाते… डीडी फ्री डिश वाले खूब रुपए लूटते हैं प्राइवेट डिश वालों से

  5. Sir plz add
    cnbc aawaz
    Zee business
    Nat Geo hindi
    Hollywood movies channels like movies now
    Movies now2
    Zee studio
    And English news channels

  6. please add private panjabi news & movies music channel

  7. PLEASE ADD STAR JALSHA,ZEE BANGLA ,COLORS BANGLA CHANNEL

  8. Please add some bengali channel like,STAR JALSHA, ZEE BANGLA, AKASH AATH,DHOOM MUSIC, DISCOVERY CHANNEL SOME KIDS BENGALI CHANNEL.

  9. plz add bengali popular channel zee bangla, star jalsha, animal planet etc

  10. Sir, please add zee bangla, animal planet,star jalsha, pogo channel,and any english movie channel.

  11. plz add some popular channel like zee bangla, star jalsha, animal planet,english movie channel ,pogo channel .comedy channel, bengali cartoon channel.

  12. Sir, please add telugu channels like etv,TV 9, Abn Andhra jyothi news channel,z cinemalu,others telugu channels…..please add telugu channels for Andhra Pradesh people

  13. Please add Sony six,ten 1 chaneel

  14. 22 auguste he kon kon se chennle nuw chennle chal rahe he?

  15. Test 508 air test 210 par kaun sa channel ayega

    1. Until DD does the e-auction and adds new channels, we will not come to know which channel will come in those test slots.

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