Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has so far shut down more than 1200 Doordarshan Analog Terrestrial TV (ATT) transmitters so far in a phased manner. In the recent past, Prasar Bharati has plugged off many ATTs across the country including the Doordarshan Analogue High Power Transmitters (HPTs) at Sambalpur, Odisha.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) Anurag Thakur in a statement laid in the Rajya Sabha said that the Analog Terrestrial TV (ATT) transmitters of Doordarshan carrying only one channel had lost their relevance and have become obsolete.
The availability of free-to-air Direct to Home (DTH) service of Prasar Bharati DD Free Dish in the country carrying around 150 TV channels including 51 educational channels free of cost without any monthly subscription coupled with the emerging trends in the broadcasting sector had rendered ATTs obsolete.
The signals of DD Free Dish can be received across the country with the help of small-sized low-cost dish receive units due to which Prasar Bharati decided to phase out the obsolete ATTs.
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