CORONAVIRUS: DD Free Dish may give channel slots without e-auction

Prasar Bharati has set up a committee to explore an alternative way of allowing private TV channels to use its DD Free Dish DTH service without going through an auction process. Traditionally, private channels have to pay crores of rupees per year if they want to get a slot on the free satellite broadcasting (DTH) […]

DD Free Dish back to growth after boycott by Star, Zee, Sony & Colors

DD Free Dish, the free direct-to-home service from Prasar Bharati, has bounced back from the impact of the boycott of the platform by major broadcasters like Star India, Zee Entertainment, Sony Pictures and Viacom18, according to industry sources. According to the CEO of a rival DTH agency, the number of subscribers of DD Free Dish […]

TRAI writes to broadcasters on dual pricing of DD Free Dish channels

Broadcast regulator TRAI said it is examining the issue of broadcasters like Star and Zee supplying some of their channels free of charge to Prasar Bharati’s DTH service Free Dish, while charging money for the same from subscribers of private DTH and cable operators. Several broadcasters had declared their free channels as ‘pay channels’ ahead […]

ABS Free Dish shuts down; Will Reliance Big TV benefit?

ABS Free Dish, the free DTH service run by a Bermuda-based company of the same name, has shut down its signals over India. The service used to quite popular in the southern and eastern parts of India as the only other free DTH service — DD Free Dish — was almost entirely focused on the […]

DD Free Dish encryption coming soon; box manufacturing starts

Rajyavardhan Rathore, junior minister for information and broadcasting today confirmed that Doordarshan has given permission to eleven companies to manufacture set top boxes with encryption for use on its DTH service DD Free Dish. The statement confirms that the much delayed encryption of the service is on track and will be implemented once the stock […]

Govt moves to block ABS Free Dish DTH service

Government of India has moved to block the signals of ABS Free Dish, a free DTH service in India, but questions remain as to how practical the move is. “Ministry of Home Affairs mentioned that the transmission of DTH service by ABS is without any application to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and not […]

Doordarshan Free Dish adds 50 new channels, total 113; DD encryption may hurt Dish TV

Doodarshan Free Dish has added a whopping 50 new channels on the new MPEG 4 technology within 20 days of moving to its new home, GSAT-15. Most of the new additions are movie channels, but some are still in testing mode. The new channels include Movie House, Manoranjan Movies, Khushboo TV, Houseful Action, MM Multiplex, RT Movies, […]