DD Freedish amends latest policy guidelines for allotment of Vacant slots

India's Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has amended its latest policy guidelines for allotment of vacant slots of DD Freedish DTH. Here you can check what has done in this amendment. These amendments were approved by the Prasar Bharati Board in its 157th meeting held on 23rd October 2019, and this second amendment, 2019 will come into force from 1st November 2019. These amendments shall be called as “Policy guidelines for allotment of slots of DD Free Dish Direct-to-Home Platform to satellite TV channels (Second amendments), 2019”.
DD Freedish amends latest policy guidelines for allotment of Vacant slots

What is new in this amendment -

1- Bucket B expanded by adding Teleshopping (Hindi) channels in it. So now the latest DD Free dish "Bucket B" have given below channels -

Bucket B = Hindi Music Channels + Hindi Sports Channels + Hindi Teleshopping Channels + Bhojpuri Movies Channels + Bhojpuri GEC Channels

2 - Prasar Bharati Management is authorized to make a decision on reservation for the genre, and on the number of slots to be reserved deemed to be in public interest

3 - The Prasar Bharati will make a provision to reserve some slots in the MPEG-4 stream for placement of foreign Public Service Broadcasting Channels -
(a) on reciprocal basis/barter basis (b) on an invitation basis for strategic collaborations

It is subject to availability of slots and the Broadcasters willingness to match the last highest bid for MPEG-4 slot.

4 - This amendment will also have the provision to reserve some slots in the MPEG-4 stream for placement of co-branded channels on case to case basis; expansion into HD and placement of DD regional channels.

5 - The Prasar Bharati management will be authorized to take a decision on such a reservation. However, the placement of co-branded channels on case to case basis will be with the approval of the Prasar Bharati Board.

6 - In case, five or more vacant slots are available, then one slot will be reserved for each Bucket in the first round (online e-auction). In case no application is received for a particular Bucket, then there will be no reserved slot in that Bucket.


After the completion of the first-round auction of one slot so reserved in Buckets, the remaining slots will be auctioned Bucket-wise starting from A+ and will progressively go down from Bucket A+ to Bucket D till such time there are no bidders in a given bucket or there is no vacant slot left.

“If the number of vacant slots is less than five, the auction will proceed from Bucket A+ downwards, without observing any reservation of slots in any Bucket, and will progressively go from Bucket A+ to Bucket D till such time there are no bidders in a given bucket or there is no vacant slot left.
The slot fee will be determined on a pro-rata basis using the previous highest bid price for that bucket.

To verify above information, you must check official Policy guidelines for allotment of slots of DD Free Dish Direct-to-Home Platform to satellite TV channels (Second amendments), 2019”

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