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How DD Free dish may increase more TV channels?

How can DD Free Dish add more TV channels in 2023? Now we are updating this post in August 2023 and telling you how DD Free Dish can increase more TV channels further. You should read this post below

29/09/2021 Update - Below was an old post written on 29th September 2021. Glad to know that DD Free Dish increased to 350+ TV channels, the same as we have thought about.

DD Free Dish is India's most popular and only free TV DTH service. Recently DD Free Dish added 4 new MPEG-2 slots on DD Free dish. These slots have increased after removing HD channels like DD India HD & DD News HD. However, this practice is not enough to reach the target of 250 TV channels.
As you know HD channels need double brandwidth than simple DVB-S2 / MPEG-4 channels. So after removing these HD channels, space became available for 4 more TV slots on its platform. So now a total of 6 MPEG-2 vacant slots are available for the upcoming 54th online e-auction.

Know How DD Free dish will increase vacant TV slots and 250 TV channels with HEVC / H.265 Technology

DD Free dish plans to start 250+ TV channels -

Yes, it is true. Prasar has a plan to expand its bouquet to 250 TV channels, this information was already provided by the late Mr.Arun Jaitley in Parliament. However, the project is delayed due to the Corona pandemic. Although the Government started 50+ education channels for higher education and 12 TV channels for primary education.

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How did Prasar Bharati increase more slots?

There may be three options to increase these TV channels / DTH slots -

Adoption of DVB-S2X / HEVC Technology -

If Prasar Bharati adopts DVB-S2X technology and migrates all the TV channels to DVB-S2X technology then TV slot space becomes available double from MPEG-4 and Triple space from MPEG-2 channels.

Or Increase Transponders capacity  -

GSAT-15 satellite has high-power transponders, DD Free dish using about 7 Transponders/frequencies to broadcast 150+ TV channels including education TV channels. But there are lots of transponders distributed to other DTH services that can be used for only Free dish DTH. 

Use of other satellites -

Yes, It can be another option to increase DD Free dish slots by using the GSAT-17 satellite, which is available in the same direction at 93.5 degrees east.
However, the GSAT-17 satellite does not have Ku-band transponders, if any other satellite launches in the same direction then it can be used.

so which are the best options for increasing the vacant slot from above?

Adoption of DVB-S2X technology -

  • Yes, it is the best option for Prasar Bharati because -
  • There is no additional cost for the Prasar Bharati
  • Picture & sound quality will be better than H.264 MPEG-4 channels
  • Prasar Bharati can increase the income by renting more vacant slots
  • All the set-top boxes will be replaced by H.265 technology, So it will create new demand in the market, By this Set-Top box manufacturing, GST, selling, and buying, all will be double.
  • Old / low-quality boxes will be stopped from the Indian market, which comes from China as e-waste garbage.
  • Other industries are moving to new technology like 2G to 3 G, 3 G to 4G, and 4G to 5G, so why is DD Free dish still using MPEG-2 technology in 2021, Now there are no satellite services that are still using MPEG-2.
As of now, 94 MPEG-2 TV channels are available on DD Free dish including these 6 vacant TV slots, plus 21 MPEG-4 channels and 1 HD channel

You can also provide your views/feedback that which option is good for increasing DD Free dish TV slots by using the comment box.
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous July 7, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    I like all channels.
    Eruvadi N.Subramanian

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous July 12, 2021 at 12:42 PM

    Please increased MPEG-4 channels bcoz other dth service hd n full hd channel provide so why dd free dish can be behind.if we all channel broadcast to mpeg-4 quaility then viewer can purchase more settop box with advanced features n dd free dish can increased market share to compare other dth service.

  • ritsh
    ritsh July 13, 2021 at 5:16 PM

    No single Malayalam channels..
    Full bhojpuri masala channels.
    Some languages were not given any significance

  • Raj Lakhara
    Raj Lakhara July 14, 2021 at 9:49 PM

    Plz Add new GEC channel
    Sahara one, Sahara filmy
    And many FTA channels

  • Bachubhai
    Bachubhai July 19, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    Please add Gujarati News Channels like Sandesh News,GSTV,ABP Asmita and more.

  • Unknown
    Unknown July 25, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    Pls Add this new channel

  • Unknown
    Unknown July 25, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Please add this new channel

    RAAGAM August 6, 2021 at 10:54 PM

    No south Indian language channels.... except DD channels
    Example. In Kannada 2 entertainment, 1 shopping, 2 music, 1 movie, 2 devotional and more than 5 news channels (FTA) available.
    But, In DD free dish.. only DD Chandana..!!
    When all the FTA regenal language channels available... DD free dish become so popular in al over India.

  • Unknown
    Unknown August 7, 2021 at 6:42 PM

    Nice information

  • Unknown
    Unknown August 12, 2021 at 9:58 PM

    Is republic tv English Channel available on freedish?

  • Nikhil Maharashtra
    Nikhil Maharashtra August 22, 2021 at 8:29 PM

    Please enter new music HD channels and HD hindi movie channel on DD free dish

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