Doordarshan’s Freedish toswitch to an upgraded platform to increase capacity

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Doordarshan’s Freedish, India's only free
direct- to- home (DTH) service, is migrating from
its old platform to a new upgraded one with
effect from midnight of 9 January (12.05 am
of10 January) in its attempt to increase its
capacity.

The migration would result in increase of TV
channels from 59 to 64 and radio channels from
22 to 24.

Prasar Bharati chief executive officer Jawhar
Sircar said we announced in November that Freedish was expected to go up to 112 television channels in the next few months but he had made it clear to the government that while most were coming through e-auctions, some popular channels may have to be ‘attracted’ to join Freedish since satellite television was the future. He said he was not opposed to digital terrestrial
transmission but advances in technology may
make it obsolete.

In fact in a pace that has surprised many,
Doordarshan has held 19 e-auctions for Freedish
as on 12 December.

To access the upgraded platform, the viewers
need to edit the Transponder Parameter by
changing only the Symbol Rate from 27500 Ksps
to 28500 Ksps in four transponders and retune/
rescan their Set Top Box to receive the
upgraded TV and radio channels.

Freedish viewers can get further information
regarding retuning/rescanning of their Set Top
Boxes on DD's official website: ddindia.gov.in

Viewers/subscribers who do not rescan their Set
Top Box will continue to get only ten channels
for a period of seven days only from the date of
upgradation. Out of these ten channels, one
channel is an informative channel which will
show detailed procedure for re-tuning the Set
Top Boxes.


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