The 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, according to Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. 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,” said Rathore.
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. Rajyavardhan 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.
To recall, Freedish had migrated to GSAT-15 satellite with effect from 1 February. Arun Jaitley, the Information and broadcasting minister 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.