Mumbai: Prasar Bharati’s free direct-to-home (DTH) network announced the new channels numbers of 167 television channels as well as 48 radio channels. The new numbers begin on April 1st. It has 91 Doordarshan channels and 51 educational stations that are cobranded as well as 76 channels of private TV among the TV channels.
The eight Hindi general entertainment channels 15 Hindi film channels six music channels 22 news channels Nine Bhojpuri channels four religious channels and two foreign channels are part of the TV channels that are private lineup.
According to the press announcement, “the new channel selection has made the DD Free Dish bouquet more diverse and exciting than before.”
Alongside a new sports channel called ‘MyCam’, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s own dedicated channel for cooking Food Food has been added.
63 channels received slots of various genres during the most recent auction for allotment of MPEG-2 slots from DD Free Dish. The amount of channels that are available through DD Free Dish has expanded across multiple categories. There are now 14 channels within News and Current Affairs has grown between 11 and 14, and it is the case for Hindi music Hindi sports Hindi shopping channels Bhojpuri films, as well as Bhojpuri GEC has grown between 13 and 16.
“With improved auction processes leading to the inclusion of better quality and quantity of channels in all genres, Doordarshan’s free DTH service grew by about 100% between 2017 and 2022, from 22 million in 2017 to 43 million in 2022,” according to the report.
According to the release, “DD Free Dish has become the largest DTH platform with a reach of over 43 million households.”
According to the FICCI EY report published this year the free TV channel continues to increase its audience up to an estimated 43 million, due to televisions that cost less economic worries, as well as the introduction of more channels on the network. Free Dish distributors were also identified in the report with the sales of DD Free Dish set-top boxes growing year over year.
According to the release, “DD Free Dish’s growth over the preceding five years stands out in striking contrast to 22 million users in 13 years between 2004 and 2017,” “Between 2017 and 2022, Free Dish attracted another 21 million customers, bringing the total to 43 million.”
The DD Free Dish set-top-box may be bought for as low as Rs 2000 and doesn’t require a subscription on a monthly basis