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India has 269 pay channels; DD Freedish eyes 250 channels

MUMBAI: There are 269 pay TV channels in the country out of 885 channels permitted by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), according to data available till 30 April.

“Presently, 885 satellite TV channels are permitted by the ministry under the uplinking/downlinking guidelines,” Minister of State in the MIB Col Rajyavardhan Rathore said in the Lok Sabha.

“Out of these, 269 channels have been reported as pay channels by the broadcasters to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI),” he added.

Rathore further stated that Prasar Bharati’s free-to-air (FTA) direct-to-home (DTH) platform Freedish is carrying 80 channels, which is expected to go up to 250 channels in 12th Plan scheme.

Prasar Bharati, he stated, has informed that All India Radio (AIR) has 23 FTA channels on Freedish. The pubcaster has proposed to start 16 more FTA channels on the DTH platform.

In response to another question, Rathore ruled out putting a cap on the number of TV channels in the country. He stated that in 2011 the MIB had accepted TRAI’s recommendations dated 22 July 2010 that no cap be placed on the number of satellite broadcasting channels to be downlinked for viewing in India or to be uplinked from India.

The ministry, Rathore said, had also accepted TRAI’s recommendation to set a higher net worth criteria for applicant companies intending to operate news as well as non-news TV channels. It had also recommended introducing experience clause for top executives of such broadcaster companies.

The Uplinking and Downlinking Guidelines were amended with the approval of the Cabinet after carrying out due consultation with other ministries/departments.

Source: Televisionpost.com


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  1. Please add any odia channels

  2. Please add at least one Telugu private news channel.

  3. Plz add Hindi channel

  4. plz add some Marathi channels including cinemas

  5. there are many channels on DTH platform that does not start till about from 1 year. it only seem error message why does this happened? and when does it start?

  6. There is not any marathi channels in this.Only zee tv marathi, sahadri is there.
    Not any marathi entertaining

  7. In March,April -2017 free dish will increased channel, my question is ,that channels free or payble..If payable , how much price per month.

  8. need some Bangla GEC channels.

  9. Dear Sir Plz Add Kannada Channel Plz . .. .. . .

  10. kya huva DD Direct ko jab desh me 22 bhasa hai aur 29 rajh hai to regional channels kauw nahi dekne milta jyasi ki

    Marathi Channels
    GOTV Goa

    Konkani Channels
    DD Goa
    Prime Media Goa

    DD Direct kya apko konkani channels dekani se apki nuksaan hoga


  11. Please add some Tamil channels too!
    I am using DD direct from past 5 years till now no new Tamil channels, Peoples from south India also using this services. so please add some

    1. STAR sports

  12. When the viewers get 250 dd channels, specify the date,no one like mere information. I see dd dth only from the beginning no increase of channel in the past 10 years. Thank you all dd viewers.

  13. Haye haye yeh kaise bhyanak channels hai.maff karna bhai par dd free dish sirf tamil/ goa k liye hai? Best suit is hindi,bcz kisi ko tamil,telgu,punjabi,oriya nahi bhi aati hogi.to hindi to aati hi hogi.National lang hai.
    1-2 channels to chalenge ,par etni badi list.

  14. Sirji please add konkani News Channels
    DD Goa
    Air Konkani
    GO Tv
    Goa Plus
    DD Khabro
    G1 Media Goa
    My Tv Goa
    GC Tv
    Prime Media Goa
    DD Panaji Studio
    DD National Panaji
    DD News Konkani
    Goechi Awaz is the only newspaper which is supported by Goa Herald Media Group to promote konkani films world wide and also in North East and Srilanka

    1. Good one , i support u

  15. Plz add teleshopping chaneel :-):-):-):-):-)
    Ye wish jrur puri hogi

  16. Tamil nahi chahiya

  17. No plz puri free dish kya tamil channel se bhar de.
    Jo channel auction me participate karenge,vohi dd free dish pe ayenge.
    En channels k to naam hi etne drawnee hai,dekhne me kaise honge.

  18. 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

  19. 1.DD eyes 250 channels – GOOD

    2.Regional language (Assami,Bengali,Gujarati,Tamil,Telugu..etc) channels wont get any slot – BAD

    3.All 250 channels slot are going to be Hindi – UGLY

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