Tag Archives: Doordarshan

DD Freedish to increase channel capacity to 250

DD FreeDish, Doordarshan DTH platform which already has 124 channels will soon increase its channels capacity to 250 in the next two years. The announcement was made by Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting. He further added that Doordarshans DD National channel has been uplinked in HD format since January. DD FreeDish [...]

DD Sports to reorganise with partnership with private producers

Doordarshans DD Sports is all in for future partnerships with private producers. The public broadcaster is endeavouring at boosting its audience base, with new programming. DD Sports already airs content revolving around indigenous sports of India and covers local sporting events and films on popular Indian sportsmen, including Olympians. The channel is in talks with [...]

DDs Freedish selects five STB manufacturers for MPEG4 STBs roll-out

Doordarshan (DD) has made its selection regarding the supply of encrypted MPEG4 STBs for Freedish, its direct-to-home (DTH) platform. The five manufacturers concerned are Millennium technology, KMTS Engineering, BGM holding Company, Velankani Electronics and Modern Communication and Broadcast System. With this new development, the channel carrying capacity of Freedish will be increased to 104 channels [...]

DD Kids channel to launch free-to-air channel for toddlers

Doordarshan, the public broadcaster in India, has revealed about future launch of a free-to-air (FTA) channel for kids. The news was confirmed by Priya Sahu, the Director General of Doordarshan. Commenting about the announcement, Sahu said: There is a gap in our FTA bouquet on FreeDish of kids and we are working with the ministry [...]

DD national channels audience underwent a boost in 2016

Doordarshan, the Indian public broadcaster, has revealed its gross viewership for the year 2016. It amounts to 172 million weekly, compared to 133 million from the previous year and 155 million back in 2014. The computation of the number of viewership is in rule with the New Consumer Classification System (NCCS), stated Rajyavardhan Rathore, the [...]

DAS deadline extension rejected by the Government of India

The decision has been taken by the government today, assuring the public that the extension date for the deadline of the final phase of digital addressable systems for cable TV in India, has been rejected. The final date will thus not be extended further than March 31, 2017. According to Rajyavardhan Rathore, the Minister of [...]

DDs 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 [...]

Doordarshan to acquire sports rights to boost DD Sports channel

The Indian public broadcaster Doordarshan has started the exercise to strengthen its free-to-air (FTA) sports channel, DD Sports. DD has decided to acquire live/deferred live media rights to sporting properties and sports documentaries from production houses and sports management agencies.   Following the announcement, DD has issued two proposals inviting production houses/sports management agencies with [...]

DD to air programming of prime-time slot winners in 2017

Bidders who have been successful for the recent Doordarshan prime time slots, will be telecasting their programming in the month of February next year. The deadline for bids for new content acquisition scheme by Doordarshan for its prime-time is on November 25 this year and will be opened the same day. On December 9, 2016, [...]

Doordarshan introduces new channel for North-East region

Doordarshan (DD), the Indian public broadcaster forming part of Prasar Bharati, will be launching a new channel, DD Arun Prabha, in the North East region. The channel is due to be launched in December on the 25. A.Surya Prakash, a chairperson at Prasar Bharati, said: North-east is an area that needs our focus. There are [...]