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Free-to-air DTH “DD Direct Plus

Doordarshan launched Ku band transmission (free-to-air DTH “DD Direct Plus”) in December, 04 with a bouquet of 33 TV channels. The main objective of this service was to provide TV coverage to the areas hitherto uncovered by terrestrial transmission. With the launch of this service, multi-channel TV coverage has become available in the entire country (except A&N Islands). Capacity of DTH platform was later increased for transmission of 50 TV channels and is being further increased for transmission of 59 channels by improving spectrum efficiency.

DTH centre is located at Todapur, Delhi. DTH transmission is presently through 5 Ku-band transponders on INSAT-4B satellite and the signals can be received anywhere in the country (except A&N Islands which are outside the footprint of satellite) with the help of small sized dish receive units. Technical parameters of DTH service are given below:




INSAT-4B (93.5° E)

Symbol Rate


25.5 Msps



36 MHz







D/L frequencies


10990 MHz, 11070 MHz, 11150 MHz, 11490 MHz, 11570 MHz


For A&N Islands, DTH service in C-band has been planned. For this, C-band uplink is being set up at Delhi. This service with a bouquet of 10 DD channels is expected to start by end of 2008-09.


Distribution of DTH sets

·         10000 DTH sets were provided by Doordarshan in the uncovered areas of the states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka besides eight NE states, as part of Ku-band (DTH) project.

·         25000 DTH sets alongwith TV sets have been provided to NE State Governments for uncovered areas, as part of Special NE package (Ph.-II.

·         20000 DTH sets provided to the Government of Himachal Pradesh for remote & tribal areas.

·         10000 DTH sets alongwith TV sets have been provided to the Government of J&K for uncovered areas, as part of J&K package (Ph.-II).

·         For A&N Islands, scheme of DTH in C-band is under implementation. 1000 DTH sets alongwith TV sets are envisaged to be provided in A&N Islands.


DTH centre – Photograph-I



DTH centre – Photograph-II




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