Doordarshan is the national broadcaster in India and it offers DD DIRECT+ which is first and only FTA Direct-To-Home (DTH) Service of India. Doordarshan is offering DTH service with Ku band broadcasting which provides coverage to uncovered areas and broadcast multi-channel service in one stroke all over the country. The broadcasting signals are beamed directly to consumer’s home without using any cable. One only requires to install a small Receive segment for receiving the signals.
DD DIRECT+ is telecasting 50 free-to-air TV channels that include both Doordarshan and private channels via Satellite Earth Station that is setup at Delhi. This service was started on 16/12/2004 by Prime Minister. DD Direct+ uses the services of high power Ku-band transponders of Indian Satellite INSAT-4B at 93.5º E.
Costs of DD DIRECT+
There is no subscription fees required for receiving the DD DIRECT+ signal. This service is totally free and consumers have to bear only one time expenditure on purchasing the Receive Equipment. One can buy the receive equipment from open market and get it installed with help from dealer.
The costs of a Receive System is less than Rs.3000, however it may vary a little on the basis of make of equipment and local taxes/prevailing custom duty etc.
Features of DD Direct+
Free To Air Service: DD DIRECT+ is Free to air service as Doordarshan does not charge any subscription fees from the viewers and offers cheap and affordable services. Even the receive system of DD DIRECT+ is cheap in comparison to receive system of other DTH operators.
SMS and CAS are not required: As the channels are Free-To-Air, the SMS and CAS are not envisaged. There is no requirement of smart card/conditional access system at the uplinking or downlinking site.
Wide Range of Channels : DD DIRECT+ bouquet comprises of combination of Doordarshan channels, Private TV channels as well as Audio channels of AIR (All India Radio).
Unlimited No of Channels: Consumers can enjoy unlimited no of channels with DD Direct+ as there is no limit on number of channels and no of channels would be increased in phases on the basis of availability of the platform.
Excellent Picture Quality : DD DIRECT+ ensures great picture quality for all the channels available in the bouquet. Consumers get the signals directly from the satellite and there is no intermediary cable operator.
View both Cable and Dth Channels: Consumers can watch DD DIRECT+ channels without disconnecting their existing cable connection. The DTh Channels can be watched in AV mode while
Cable connection can be viewed in normal TV mode.
Geographic Motility: DD Direct+ offers the flexibility of geographic motility to the consumers where they can continue to use the same Set Top Box and Dish for receiving DD DIRECT+ even after changing the residence or relocating to some other city in the country.
Good reception in Bad weather: DD Direct+ offers good reception signals even during bad weather conditions like rains or snowfall as there is provision in the uplink system to prevent fading of the signal due to rains, snowfall, etc.
Audio (Radio) channels: DD DIRECT+ allows the consumers to enjoy about 21 Radio channels that are available in the bouquet.
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