DD Free Dish FAQ


Q. 1 What is DD Free Dish?

Ans. DD Free Dish is India's first and one and only Free-to-Air (FTA) Direct-To-Home (DTH) Service from Doordarshan.


Q. 2 What is Free-to-Air (FTA) DTH?

Ans. Normally all over the world DTH operators charge activation charges as well as monthly subscription charges depending upon the channels/Bouquet to be viewed by subscriber. DD Free Dish is a unique FTA DTH platform in which the subscriber is not charged any activation and monthly subscription charges.


Q. 3 When was the DD Free Dish service started?

Ans.DD Free Dish is an approved scheme of the Government of India being implanted through Prasar Bharati. The Cabinet approval of the scheme was obtained on 19.11.2003 for setting up a 30 channel Ku- band distribution system. Subsequently approvals of the Government were obtained from time to time to expand its capacity. DD Free Dish service, earlier known as DD Direct Plus was formally inaugurated by Honorable Prime Minister of India on 16.12.2014 with a bouquet of 33 TV channels. Its present capacity is 104 SDTV channels and 40 Radio channels.


Q.4 What is the reach of DD Free Dish?

Ans. DD Free Dish in Ku-Band is available throughout the country except in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It reaches even to those places where Terrestrial or cable TV is not available like border, remote & tribal areas.

 A separate 10 channel DTH service in C-Band has been provided by Doordarshan exclusively for Andaman & Nicobar Islands, which is also Free- To-Air. 

 As per market estimates, its reach is 2.20 Crore Households and is expected to become about 4.60 Crore in next 2-3 years.


Q.5 What are the advantages of DD Free Dish over cable connection?

Ans. DD Free Dish ensures excellent Picture Quality for all the channels in the bouquet. There is no intermediary as one gets the signals directly from the broadcasters. There are no recurring charges to be paid by subscribers to view any of the programs. Unlike other private DTH operators, Doordarshan is not charging any monthly subscription fee from the viewers for complete bouquet of the DD Free Dish channels It requires only a small one time investment, not more than Rs. 2000/- depending on the type of Set-Top-Box, in purchasing of Dish Receive System containing Set-Top-Box, RF cable and small sized Dish Antenna.


 Q. 6 Will DD Free Dish signal be available in remote villages, where no TV tower is installed?

Ans. Yes, the DD Free Dish signal is made available through satellite and doesn’t require any tower or cable for its distribution.  


Q. 7 What is the composition of DD Free Dish bouquet?

Ans. Bouquet of DD Free Dish is a fantastic combination of Doordarshan’s TV channels, Parliamentary channels, Private TV Channels of movies, news, sports and general entertainment etc. and Radio channels of All India Radio. Complete list is available on the Link: DD Free Dish Channel List.


Q. 8 How private TV channels are placed on DD Free Dish?

Ans. Doordarshan does not include private satellite channels on DD Free Dish by its choice. Available slots of DD free Dish are allotted to private TV channels through a competitive and transparent process as per guidelines finalized by Prasar Bharti.

All private free-to-air TV channels may participate in the allotment process and get a slot allotted for carrying the channel on DD Free Dish. The allotment is done for one year at a time.


Q. 9 Does Doordarshan charge any monthly Subscription Fee from viewers?

Ans. No subscription fee is charged by Doordarshan from viewers for receiving complete bouquet of the DD Free Dish channels. The service is totally free.


Q. 10 Is Doordarshan marketing/selling/appointing dealers for the Receive Equipment?

Ans. Doordarshan itself does not sell or market the receive system of DD free Dish. It is available in the open market and can be purchased from any TV Dealer.

However, Doordarshan has recently empanelled11 Set-Top-Box manufacturers for selling receive equipment in India. 

Q. 11 What are the details of Set-Top-Box manufacturers empanelled by Doordarshan?

Ans. At present 11 STB manufacturers have been empanelled. Their details are as below:​


SNo.​​ Name of Company ​ Address of Company Contact person Name and mobile e-mail​
1 ​M/s BGM Holding company ​39/2/7 & 8, SITE-4, SDO-2, Sahibabad, Ghazibad, UP -201010 ​Sh.Balvinder Singh 9560198998 balvinder@BGMHolding.com
​2 ​M/s K.M.T.S Engineering Pvt. Ltd.  ​WZ-428A/1, Club Road, Nariana Vihar New Delhi-110028​ ​Sh. Deepak Gupta
3 ​M/s Millenium Technologies  ​A-76 First Floor, Front Protion, Nariana Industrial Area, New Delhi-110028 ​Sh.Amarjeet Singh
milleniumtechnologies76 @gmail.com
4 ​M/s Modern Communication and Boradcast System Pvt. Ltd.  ​B-138/139,GIDC Electronics Estae, Sector-25, Gandhi Nagar-382024, India ​Sh. G.C. Jain
​5 ​M/s Velankani Electronics Pvt. Ltd.  ​43 Electronics City Hosur Road Bangalore-560100 India ​SK Ramakrishnaiah 9880002946
​6 ​M/s BECIL  ​14-B Ring Road, Indraprasth Estate, New Delhi-110001 ​Sh.Mazhar Umer 8800338017 mazhar.umer@becil.com
7​ ​M/s Exza Infosystem Pvt. Ltd.  ​H-803 Kumar Sansar Sr. No 37 & 38 Near Welcome Hall, Kondhwa Khurd, Pune-411048, Maharashtra ​Sh. Joy Kokkat
​8 ​M/s  Catvision Limited ​F-87 , UPSIDC Indesturial area, Selaqui, Dehradun -248197, Utrakhand , India ​Sh.Rajesh Kukreja
9 ​M/s  The Creative Advertiser ​A-496, Shastri Nagar, New Delhi-110052 ​Sh.Sanjeev Arora
​10                  M/s  STB  Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
​707, Modern
 Industrial Estate, Part A, Bahadurgarh , Harayana-124507
​Sh.Micky Alawadhi
11 M/s  Laxmi Remote India Pvt Ltd
​B-201 Phase-II Noida UP -201305 ​Ms.Arvinder Kaur

Q. 12 What is the cost of complete Receive Equipment of DD Free Dish?

Ans. The price of a complete Receive System consisting of STB, Dish, RF Cable including installation will be less than Rs.2000/-. 


Q. 13 What is iCAS?

Ans. iCAS is an Indian Conditional Access System, which is an initiative of Government of India in line with Make in India and Digital India. The introduction of iCAS will make DD Free Dish an addressable system. Viewers will have to register with DD Free Dish on getting iCAS enabled Set-Top-Box. However, the DD Free Dish platform will remain ‘Free to Air’ and viewer will not be required to pay monthly or annual subscription.​

Q. 14 What are advantages of iCAS?

Ans. Presently most of the STBs are imported and are not locally manufactured. The introduction of iCAS will help in standardization of Set-Top-Boxes and encourage quality Set-Top-Box manufacturing in India. Also, DD Free Dish will become addressable system and exact number of registered viewers of DD Free Dish will be available with Doordarshan.However, the DD Free Dish platform will remain ‘Free to Air’ and viewer will not be required to pay monthly or annual subscription.


DD Plans to convert its MPEG-2 channels to MPEG-4 in phased manner in future. With the new iCAS STB all such channels will be received. However, the old STB will not receive these channels.


Q. 15 Will the existing Set-Top-Boxes will receive new iCAS enabled channels?

Ans. With old Set-top-Box, viewers will continue to get 80 TV channels. However for getting additional 24 channels, viewers will require iCAS enabled Set-top-Box. So the new iCAS enabled Set-top-Box will be capable of receiving 104 TV channels and the channels in future up gradation.


 Q.16 Will it be possible to receive all channels after installation of Dish & STB?

Ans. Yes, all channels available in the bouquet of DD Free Dish can be received once STB and Dish (receive equipment) is installed. ​

Q. 17 What are the items of receive equipment of DD Free Dish?

Ans.The receive equipment of DD free Dish contains following equipment/accessories:

 i)             Dish Antenna

 ii)            Set-Top-Box with remote

 iii)           RF Cable (to connect Set-Top-Box and Dish Antenna)​


Q. 18 If there are more than one TV set in one house; will all TV sets require separate STBs to receive DD Free Dish?

Ans. Yes, a separate STB will be required for each TV set.​

Q. 19 If a subscriber shifts his residence in same city or moves to some other city, can he continue to use the same STB and the Dish to receive DD Free Dish?

Ans. Yes, the same STB and DD Free Dish can be installed anywhere in India and subscriber can continue to enjoy DD Free Dish at the new location. ​

Q. 20 Where can the Dish be installed?

Ans. Dish can be installed on the rooftop or on the wall surface facing clear south. ​

Q. 21 Can the Receive Dish be fixed on the window grill?

Ans. It may be possible to get the dish fixed on the window grill with slight modification on the grill or the fixtures but it is desirable to fix the dish on rigid wall (outside) or roof top.​

Q. 22 Can the receive System be installed by the viewer himself?

Ans. A Detailed procedure for installation is given on the website. However, it is advisable to take the help of skilled technical person for the installation of the system.​

Q. 23 Will the reception be affected by rains/snowfall?

Ans. The uplink system has provision to take care of fading of the signal during rains. But, heavy rains may result into temporary outage in the DTH signal. ​

Q.24 What should be done If name of channel in TV channel list is different than the Actual TV program shown?

Ans. In the STB the change in program (TV channel) is detected but the information about change of name of channel is not stored automatically. It can be changed by deleting the earlier channel information and reinstalling (scanning) the new channel information.​

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