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

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. Sir, 45 percentage and above peoples used dd free dish before reduced Tamil channels. Request add minimum 10 tamil channels in dd free dish instead of 16 Gujrat channels and 16 Marathi channels, please

  2. When is the DD ICAS set of box launches in market thank you.

  3. Sir where I will get dish antana in near by vilathikulam in tamil Nadu

  4. Sir please add new sports channels

  5. Kawal jeet Jeet singh

    Pl.zee TV , star plus k bina San adhoora h

  6. Kawal jeet Jeet singh

    Please ZeeTv , Star Plus me bina

  7. plz contact 9899217254…..
    agar aapka reply nhi aata to majboor hokr kuch aur Lagwane padega

  8. dd direct plus ko Lagane wale ek baar bhi sahi krne nhi aate…..fir esko Lagane ka kya Fayeda hai?? agent loot rhe hai…. enki complain krni hai….

  9. Sir Marathi channel add Kara cortuon network channel add Kara Max 2pan ha

  10. Host Kannada private channels

  11. No marathi channels as on 15/5/17
    So sad

  12. Bangla channel chaiye .star jalsa . etv newsbangla

  13. g
    plzz sony six shamil kejeye dd free dish mein plzzz

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

  15. Sir pls add ten sports chennel

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

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

  18. Aksh8 chanlas are no programs
    Aad to aksh8

  19. 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. .

  20. Sir zee news ko add kara do sir

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

  22. 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 ?

  23. Pls add some haryanvi chanel and panjabi chanel

  24. pls add one business chanel cnbc awaz

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

  26. Hwo to get free doordarshan dth

  27. Hwo to get free doordarshan dth
    Devi dayal

    1. Go to your local electronic market and purchase a simple settop box, LNBC and a PDA dish with cable. LNBC cost around Rs.90=00. 5 feet PDA with cable is cost around Rs.300. Set top box will cost around Rs 400. that all. It is easy to install and track or pay extra Rs.100 and the shopkeeper will install and track it for you.

  28. 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.

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

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

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

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

  33. 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 .

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

  35. please add more odia channels

  36. 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.

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

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

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

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

  41. ONE AND TWO CARTOONS CHANNELS PLEASE ADD

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

  43. sir plz add one educational channel for students.

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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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.

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