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First phase of DD Free Dish switch over to MPEG-4 from the Current MPEG-2 will begin this month

NEW DELHI: Indian pubcaster Doordarshan is now confident that it will acquire the capacity of carrying 112 channels on its free-to-air (FTA) direct to home (DTH) service FreeDish by March-end.

DD director general C Lalrosanga told Indiantelevision.com that a meeting had been held recently by the engineering team in FreeDish and Doordarshan with experts from the Bangalore based ByDesign India.

DD is acquiring ByDesign’s conditional access system (CAS) so as to increase its channel offerings from the current 64 by the end of March 2016.

The meeting was primarily aimed at assessing the requirement of CAS-enabled set top boxes (STBs) that will be needed to cover all regions of the country.

Lalrosanga said the DTH player will switch over to MPEG4 from the current MPEG2 in two phases. “The first phase may begin this month,” he informed.

Late last year, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) approved a proposal by ByDesign India to develop an Indian conditional access system. ByDesign was to receive a support amount of Rs 19.79 crore from DeitY to develop the new system in association with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).

The ByDesign model is totally indigenous and built for DVB-C setup. This CAS solution will enable broadcasters to control access to their services by viewers, and thereby enabling them to extend their business models to subscription based schemes.

This will mean that the FreeDish will become encrypted but will remain FTA. In addition to helping increase the number of channels on the platform, this will enable FreeDish to gauge the exact number of households relying on FreeDish as encrypted STBs will only be available with authorised dealers.

Lalrosanga went on to add that many homes were gradually switching over to FreeDish as they could then get their entire entertainment for a one-time fee of purchasing a dish, which costs as low as Rs 700 to Rs 1200.

Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar had said early last year that FreeDish’s aim was to reach 112 channels within a year or so.

At present, there is no vacant slot on Freedish since all channels that were on the platform and whose licences had expired have come back through the 24 e-auctions conducted over the past year.

Interestingly, two new entrants on the platform – Aaj Tak and Big Magic – are pay channels, which are being run as FTA on FreeDish.

DD sources said that the reference interconnect agreement signed by these two channels no longer carries any non-discriminatory clause as it refers to FreeDish.

Source: Indiantelevision.com


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  1. sir dd shimla is available in this stb.when dd dirrect going to pay mode.

  2. sir, we want to take dealership of dd dirrect mpeg-4.where i can apply for dealership.please provide address of distributter in himachal pradesh-175033.

  3. Where available CAS new MPEG4 setup box,please informed to buy,because i want to latest MPEG4 setup box

  4. When CAS STB would be available

  5. Hi, when new STB will be available in market ? any news ?


  7. Sir app to par par ve chanal bheje the ho ek sports ka chanal bhejo DD Dirct free ka nam rosan karo 2016

  8. agartala mein mpeg4 HD stb Ka authorise distributors kaha2 par h… an tak toh ek v nhi mila

  9. Sir please remove indra the tiger .chori chori chup ke chup ke .dil ne jise apna kaha.dil mange more . malamaal weekly.jo bole sonehal. Ye movies channels hataeye please un sub movies tang kya hai koi dum dar movies lagaeye please

  10. stb encrypted ho jayenge to fir purane stb replace karna padega kya?
    Aur stb encrypted kab hoga?

  11. Please tamil chennels add any availablein dd free to air

  12. Sir, please Gujarati news aid Karo.eq.Tv9/sandesh news etc

  13. From where i can buy the MPEG 4 STB.. Now i have three dishes at my home… want to replace all these.. And Plz Add PTC PUNJABI or more Punjabi Channels and One Kids Channel as FTA…

  14. Sir mpeg4 set box lagane par sare channals mpeg4 ho jayenge

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