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Bright Future coming soon for Doordarshan DD Freedish DTH

DD Freedish India's Free direct to home service by Prasar Bharati, DD Freedish very soon expand its channels or service up to 250 channels under 12th plan.
Bright Future coming soon for Doordarshan DD Freedish DTH
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Here are our good steps going to be process by Prasar Bharati (For DD Freedish).
Satellite Migration (will start from 31st Jan. 2016):
DD Freedish DTH moving to new satellite GSAT15, Migration will start from midnight of 31st January 2016 to 1st February 2016. Users may have to retune / rescan their set-top box after this date.

Expanding of TV channels (After satellite migration):
After complete migration of satellite, DD Freedish expands its TV and radio channels up to 250 TV channels. Also new channels will be available in MPEG-4 format for better picture and sound quality.

Channels migration (MPEG2 format to MPEG4) :
According to sources, DD Freedish TV channels migration for MPEG2 to MPEG4 will take place in two phase starting from February 2016. But MPEG4 channels will be available in CAS enabled set-top box only, after complete testing and migration.

"Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar had said early last year that FreeDish’s aim was to reach 112 channels within a year or so. This can be easily achieved after shifting to MPEG-4 compression."

CAS System (Encryption in DD Freedish) :
Doordarshan already announced that now DD Freedish use Free CAS system to provide better experience with channels EPG and other services. Late last year, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) approved a proposal by ByDesign India to develop an Indian conditional access system for Doordarshan DTH. Although current fta channels will not affected by CAS system, as sources said.

As everybody knows that DD Free Dish is free DTH service but after enable CAS, So DD Free Dish will know, exactly how many subscribers are connected or using DTH services. But CAS enabled set-top boxes will be slightly costlier than an ordinary free-to-air set-top box consumers are using now.

DD Free Dish (previously known by DD Direct Plus) was launched in December 2004 and right now, INSAT-4B satellite at 93.5° is used to broadcast 64 FTA MPEG-2 Channels, 48 MPEG-4 channels and 29 radio channels coming soon by using new satellite GSAT15.

Here is a complete list of channels which are currently available for FreeDish users (updated as of January 18, 2016).

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  1. If I buy mpeg2 set top box it is possible to see up coming channels of DD free dish?


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