DD’s Freedish expands to 104 channels by the end of March

Freedish, the DTH platform of Doordarshan, is gearing up to offer 104 channels by the end of March, with only 80 channels at present.

According to the director general of Doordarshan, Supriya Sahu, five channels of Doordarshan are available through digital terrestrial transmission (DTT). This includes National News, Sports, Kisan and local.

Doordarshan, aiming to roll out MPEG-4 set-top boxes (STBs), Sahu said: “The new initiative is that we are introducing conditional access system in our set-top boxes. We are getting into a new technology which is MPEC-4. So, by March-end, we will be coming out with new set-top boxes for Doordarshan, enhancing the number of existing channels from 80 to 104”.

Also, she stated that: “DTT is already available in 16 cities. By the end of March this year, DTT will be available in Hyderabad, Srinagar and Thiruvananthapuram. By 2018, other 44 cities will become digital (where DTT will then be available)”.

Adding further, she said: “We have capacity for ten channels (through DTT) once IIM Ahmedabad, entrusted with the task of preparing a business plan on DTT roadmap, gives its report by March first week, Doordarshan would decide on its strategy of providing five channels more through DTT”.