The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has received less demand for complimentary set-top boxes of Prasar Bharati’s DTH service DD Free Dish from some states such as Kerala, and Jharkhand while it had not got a single request from West Bengal. The ministry may allocate the leftover DTH (direct-to-home) devices to other states. The Central Government, in January, announced that it would provide more than 8 lakh DD Free Dish set-top boxes to people in remote, tribal, Left Wing Extremism affected, and border areas under its Broadcast Infrastructure Network Development scheme.
Here after, a dedicated portal was developed and the district collectors in the targeted regions were assigned the task to propose the name of the individuals eligible under the scheme. DD Free Dish is the only Free-to-Air DTH service in India provided by Prasar Bharati Doordarshan. It was launched in December 2004. We have got fewer requests from states such as Kerala and Jharkhand, but there was no single demand from West Bengal. The Free Dish allocation is to be done according to the population of the districts. We will give the remaining boxes to other states,” said officials.
The Broadcast Infrastructure Network Development scheme is to enable Prasar Bharti to undertake a major upgradation of its facilities with better infrastructure, which will widen its reach, including in the border and strategic areas and provide high quality content to the viewers that as part of a major upgradation and expansion scheme, the broadcaster had planned to increase channels capacity of its DD Free Dish from the existing 166 to 250+ channels soon.
DD Free Dish is a free-to-air direct-to-home (DTH) service in India, operated by the public service broadcaster Doordarshan. It provides a platform for free satellite television channels to reach a wide audience without any subscription fees. Users need a DTH set-top box and a dish antenna to access the service. DD Free Dish offers a mix of channels across various genres, including news, entertainment, movies, kids, sports, education, and more. It is popular for its affordability and diverse channel offerings.
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