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DD FreeDish with 43 Million Homes announces new channel line-up

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DD FreeDish has changed Hindi Entertainment landscape: Azaad TV MD

डीडी फ्री डिश की लोकप्रियता बढ़ने पर संजीव कपूर ने जताई ख़ुशी

विशेष कार्यक्रम : घर घर डीडी

DD free dish: Touching the lives of millions

Ranvir Singh, Director of Abzy Cool expressed his happiness over the popularity of DD Free Dish

Prasar Bharati ने पुराने ट्रांसमीटर से मुक्त किया देश, फ्री DTH सेवा ने बनाया नया रिकॉर्ड

डीडी फ्री डिश की लोकप्रियता लगातार बढ़ रही है: साहिब चोपड़ा अध्यक्ष, मनोरंजन टीवी

Here’s how you can set up DD FreeDish set-top box

Know about new channel line-up on DD FreeDish

DD Free Dish Helpline Nos.
1800114554 (Toll Free)

Largest provider of TV services is DD Free Dish: Ashish Pherwani

About Free Dish

DD Free Dish DTH service is owned and operated by Public Service Broadcaster Prasar Bharati. It was launched in December, 2004. DD Free Dish is the only Free-to-Air (FTA) Direct-To-Home (DTH) Service where there is no monthly subscription fee from the viewers. It is very affordable for all as it requires only a small one time investment of about Rs. 2000/- for purchasing of Set-to-Box (STB) and small sized Dish Antenna with accessories. The unique free to air model has made DD Free Dish the largest DTH platform.

New Channel line-up on DD FreeDish, effective from April 1, 2022

Channel Name (TV) Channel Number (LCN)
 DD News 1
DD National 2
DD Retro 3
DD Kisan 4
 DD India 5
Sun Marathi 6
Showbox 7
DD Girnar 8
Ishara TV 9
ABZY Movies 10
 Vedic 11
 B4U Movies 12
 Good News Today 13
 B4U Bhojpuri 14
Dhinchaak 15
Big Ganga 16
 Goldmines Bhojpuri 17
Manoranjan Prime 18
Manoranjan Grand 19
Shemaroo Marathibana 20
DD Podhigai 21
DD Punjabi 22
 DD Sahyadri 23
Fakt Marathi 24
 MyCam 25
Sansad TV 26
Sansad TV 27
Shemaroo TV 28
Dangal 29
 Bhojpuri Cinema 30
Zee Biskope 31
ABZY Cool 32
Dhinchaak 2 33
 The Q 34
Colors Cineplex Bollywood 35
Goldmines Hindi 36
Enterr 10 37
Rishtey Cineplex 38
 Movie Plus 39
Manoranjan Movie 40
 Big Magic 41
 B4U Kadak 42
Manoranjan TV 43
 TV9 Bharatvarsh 44
Aastha 45
Filamchi Bhojpuri 46
 Zing 47
 Zee Anmol Cinema 48
 NDTV India 49
Azaad 50
Enterr- 10 Movies 51
 Goldmines Movies 52
 Popcorn Movies 53
Sanskar TV 54
Star Utsav Movies 55
News 18 India 56
 9XM 57
 Sony Wah 58
Zee Hindustan 59
 India News 60
MTV Beats 61
Mastii 62
B4U Music 63
India TV 64
News Nation 65
 Times Now Navbharat 66
Republic Bharat 67
Aaj Tak 68
ABP News 69
Zee News 70
 Zee Chitramandir 71
Zee Punjabi 72
 News 24 Think First 73
 Food Food 74
 DD Yadagiri 75
 DD UP 76
 DD Bharati 77
DD Rajasthan 78
DD Sports 79
DD Bihar 80
DD Jharkhand 81
 DD MP 82
DD Tripura 83
DD Chhattisgarh 84
 DD Kashir 85
 DD Chandana 86
DD Uttarakhand 87
 DD Saptagiri 88
 DD Malayalam 89
 DD Assam 90
 DD Oriya 91
 DD Arun Prabha 92
 DD Bangla 93
Home Channel 94
Astha Bhajan 95
Chardikala Time TV 96
 DD Goa 97
DD Haryana 98
DD Himachal Pradesh 99
Samay 100
India News UP/UK 101
Sudarshan News 102
News 18 UP/UK 103
 DD Meghalaya 104
DD Manipur 105
 DD Nagaland 106
DD Mizoram 107
News State UP/UK 108
 News India 24X7 109
Bflix Movies 110
BTV World 111
KBS World 112
DD National HD 113
 DD Urdu 114
 Swadesh News 115
Raftaar Media 116
DD SWAYAM Prabha 1 117
DD SWAYAM Prabha 2 118
DD SWAYAM Prabha 3 119
DD SWAYAM Prabha 4 120
DD SWAYAM Prabha 5 121
DD SWAYAM Prabha 6 122
DD SWAYAM Prabha 7 123
DD SWAYAM Prabha 8 124
DD SWAYAM Prabha 9 125
DD SWAYAM Prabha 10 126
DD SWAYAM Prabha 11 127
DD SWAYAM Prabha 12 128
DD SWAYAM Prabha 13 129
DD SWAYAM Prabha 14 130
DD SWAYAM Prabha 15 131
DD SWAYAM Prabha 16 132
DD SWAYAM Prabha 17 133
DD SWAYAM Prabha 18 134
 DD SWAYAM Prabha 19 135
DD SWAYAM Prabha 20 136
DD SWAYAM Prabha 21 137
DD SWAYAM Prabha 22 138
DD eVidya 1 139
DD eVidya 2 140
DD eVidya 3 141
DD eVidya 4 142
DD eVidya 5 143
DD eVidya 6 144
DD eVidya 7 145
DD eVidya 8 146
DD eVidya 9 147
DD eVidya 10 148
DD eVidya 11 149
DD eVidya 12 150
DD Vande Gujarat 1 151
DD Vande Gujarat 2 152
DD Vande Gujarat 3 153
DD Vande Gujarat 4 154
DD Vande Gujarat 5 155
DD Vande Gujarat 6 156
DD Vande Gujarat 7 157
DD Vande Gujarat 8 158
DD Vande Gujarat 9 159
DD Vande Gujarat10 160
DD Vande Gujarat11 161
DD Vande Gujarat12 162
DD Vande Gujarat13 163
DD Vande Gujarat14 164
DD Vande Gujarat15 165
DD Vande Gujarat16 166
DD DigiShala 167
Channel Name (Radio) Channel Number (LCN)
AIR News 1
AIR Telugu 2
AIR Marathi 3
AIR Tamil 4
AIR Rohtak 6
AIR Vijayawada 7
AIR Imphal 8
AIR Gujarati 9
AIR Panjim 10
AIR Punjabi 11
AIR Puducherry 12
AIR Srinagar 13
AIR Lucknow 14
 AIR Patna 15
AIR Bhopal 16
AIR Kannada 17
AIR Bangla 18
AIR Hindi 19
AIR North East 20
AIR Dehradun 21
AIR Port Blair 22
AIR Jaipur 23
AIR Gangtok 24
 AIR Raagam 25
AIR Ranchi 26
 AIR Urdu 27
 AIR Oriya 28
AIR Malayalam 29
 AIR Assamese 30
AIR Raipur 31
AIR Shillong 32
AIR Kohima 33
 AIR Aizawl 34
AIR Itanagar 35
AIR Agartala 36
 AIR Leh 37
AIR Shimla 38
AIR Jammu 39
Gyanwani 40
FM Rainbow Delhi 41
FM Gold Delhi 42
AIR Darbhanga 43
AIR Nazibabad 44
 AIR World Service 1 45
 AIR World Service 2 46
AIR Neighbourhood Service 1 47
 AIR Neighbourhood Service 2 48



Addendum-2 dated 01.11.2020 to Policy Guidelines

Addendum-3 dated 22.02.2021 to Policy Guidelines


Prescribed format of Agreement to be signed between Prasar Bharati & Successful channels of MPEG-2 slots.

Prescribed format of Agreement to be signed between Prasar Bharati & Successful channels of MPEG-4 slots.

Genre wise list of channels available on DD Free Dish

DD Free Dish LCN Line up

Genre wise list of channels available on DD Free Dish w.e.f 01.09.2021

DD Free Dish LCN Line up w.e.f 01.09.2021

Prescribed procedure for allotment/change of LCN of private TV channels on DD Free Dish 

3rd Addendum/Amendment to Policy Guidelines for allotment of slots of DD Free Dish to satellite TV channels

How to buy and install authorized DD Free Dish Set-Top-Box


DD Free Dish Helpline

(On working days from 09.30 A.M. to 06.00 P.M.)

Frequently asked questions on 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 Prasar Bharati.

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 Free-to-Air (FTA) DTH platform in which the subscriber is not charged any activation and monthly subscription charges.

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. DD Free Dish service was formally inaugurated by Honourable Prime Minister of India on 16.12.2004.

Ans. DD Free Dish presently has 161 TV channels out of which 20 TVchannels are in MPEG-4 stream and remaining in MPEG 2. It also has 48 Radio channels.

Ans. DD Free 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 Prasar Bharati exclusively for Andaman & Nicobar Islands, which is also Free- To-Air.

As per 2019 market estimates, 3.80Crore Households watch DD Free Dish.

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, DD Free Dish is free for life time and does not charge any monthly or annual subscription fee from the viewers for complete bouquet of the DD Free Dish channels. To view channels of DD Free Dish platform, you have to buy a DD Free Dish Set Top Box and dish with accessories which can be got from open market .The complete set may be approx Rs. 2000/- depending on the type of Set-Top-Box. The complete DD Free Dish Receive System consists of a Set-Top-Box, small sized Dish Antenna LNBC, RF cable and other accessories.

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

Ans. DD Free Dish bouquet has a rich bouquet of Doordarshan TV channels, Private TV Channels, Educational channels and Radio channels of All India Radio. There are around 40 DD Channels, 70 Private channels and 51 Educational channels

Ans. Most of the TVs have multiple AV or HDMI input mode. Cable connection can be viewed in one AV or HDMI input mode and DTH channels can be viewed in another AV or HDMI input Mode by choosing the AV option from the remote of your TV set. DTH channels can be changed using TV STB remote control.

Ans. DD Free Dish platform is free and viewers are not required to pay to view any channels of DD Free Dish platform including private TV channels. The channels available in the bouquet can be received once the receive equipment is installed.

Ans. Yes, one can carry the equipment anywhere in India and continue to enjoy DD Free Dish after installing the dish at the new location through a local installer.

Ans. Though provision exists to take care that the signal remains strong during rains/snowfall, yet heavy rains may result into temporary outage in the DTH signal.

Ans. Dish can be installed on the rooftop or on the wall surface facing clear south. Viewers can take help of local installers who do installations on chargeable basis

Ans. Yes, at present there are 48 Radio channels available in the bouquet

Ans. No. Prasar Bharati does not market any DD Free Dish STB directly. DD Free Dish STB and associated equipment is readily available in any local open market. These are also available all the major online e- market platform. Prasar Bharati also has empanelled 09 STB manufacturers to manufacture & sell DD Free Dish authorised STBs. The contact details of these manufacturers are available on website,
Geo-locator for DD Free Dish STB dealers is also available on for facilitating people to know where DD Free Dish STBs are available in their town or nearby area.
For details helpline number 011-25806200 can be contacted

Ans. It is clarified that no subscription fee is required to be paid to anybody for receiving the DD Free Dish signal. The service is totally free and the only expenditure involved is on one time purchase of Receive Equipment, which is available in the open market on nominal cost.

Ans. The indicative price of a Receive System (consisting of Set Top Box, Dish Antenna, LNB , cable and other associated accessories) may be less than Rs.2000.It may however vary with the make of equipment and will also depend upon the local taxes/prevailing custom duty, etc.

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)

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

Ans. DD Free Dish bouquet has a rich mix of Doordarshan TV Channels, Parliament TV channels, Private TV Channels and Educational TV channels. Popular General Entertainment, News, Music, Movies Devotional Regional TV Channels are part of the Private TV channel bouquet. In addition, there are 48 radio channels of Akashvani. The details of the channel list presently on DD Free Dish is available on the website,

Ans. In FTA STBs the change in program (TV channel) is detected but the change of name of channel is not stored automatically. In such cases, the required change of information can be stored by re-scanning the STB.

Ans: The procedure to update the changes in program name varies from make to make of STBs. Follow the procedure mentioned in the installation manual supplied along-with the STB. However, as broad guidelines the steps involved are as indicated in the example given hereunder:


Following are the steps to be followed to scan or search the channels on DD Free Dish DTH

Press ‘Menu’ Button on Remote of DD Free Dish Set-Top-Box
Go to ‘Installation’ or ‘Setup Programme’
Fill the details as below

‘Satellite’ GSAT- 15
‘T P 


11090 MHz


09750 MHz
‘Symbol rate’ 2

9500 Ksps

‘Polarization’ V
‘Search mode’ FTA
‘Disc. Equal’. Off


After filling the above values go to ‘Search’ Press ‘OK’

The new TV and Radio services will be displayed.

For other frequencies and related parameters refer to table below.

Note:-The above-mentioned steps may be in different order in some of the STBs. In case there is any difficulty, viewers are advised to contact the nearest STB dealer.
The different transponder frequency, LNB frequency, symbol rate etc. required to tune to the STBs for all the channels available in the DD Free Dish are summarized as below: –



No. Transponder Frequency (MHz) Polarization  Symbol Rate (Ksps) FEC  LNB Frequency (MHz) 22K Disc. Equal 
1. 11090  29500  3/4 09750 OFF OFF
2. 11170  29500  3/4 09750 OFF OFF
3. 11470  29500  3/4 10600 OFF OFF
4. 11510  29500  3/4 10600 OFF OFF
5. 11550  29500  3/4 10600 OFF OFF
6. 11630  H 30000 3/5 10600 OFF OFF
7. 11550  29500  3/4 10600 OFF OFF
8. 11670  29500  3/4 10600 OFF OFF
9. 11590  29500  3/4 10600 OFF OFF

Ans. The procedure to delete TV Channel programme in the TV channel list varies from
make to make of STBs. Follow the procedure mentioned in the installation manual supplied
along-with the STB.

Following are the steps to be followed to delete channels in TV channel list.

Go to ‘Edit Programme’

Select- ‘Delete Option’

Select the channel, using up down key.

Press ‘OK’

Please Note: Some low cost Set Top Boxes having limited storage capacity may not store all
the channels, so viewers having such boxes are advised to delete the pre-stored channels
using “Delete Option” in “Edit Programme Menu” before going for AUTO SCAN Option for
returning their Set Top Boxes. For Manual/Auto scan is required to select FREE/FTA
channels only.

Ans: Prasar Bharati allots slot on DD Free Dish toprivate TV channels through a competitive
and transparent process of e-auction on annual basis.

Any private TV channel,permitted by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, may participate in the e-auction allotment process and submit bid to get a slot allotted for carrying the channel on DD Free Dish. The allotment is done for one year at a time.

Hence, only private TV channels which participate in bidding process remain successful bidders are shown on DD Free Dish. Kids, sports, Bengali &Tamil or any other channel which are permitted from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting , Govt of India are free to participate in auction to come on DD Free Dish.

Ans: This facility is presently not available in DD Free Dish. The updated channels list remains available on website

Ans: Prasar Bharati does not sell and install DD Free Dish Set-top-Boxes (STB’s). Different make and model Free to Air Set Top Boxes are available in open market and viewers can buy it from open market and get it installed through them. These are also available on e-shopping
However Prasar Bharati has empanelled 09 Set-Top-Box (STB) manufacturers for selling authorized DD Free Dish STBs in India. Their list is available on and is also given below:



Sr. No. 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, SDO2, Sahibabad, Ghazibad, UP -201010  Sh. Balvinder Singh 9560198998 m 
2 M/s Millenium Technologies  A-76 First Floor, Front Protion, Nariana Industrial Area, New Delhi-110028 Sh. Amarjeet Singh 9818146981  milleniumtechnologies76
3 M/s Modern Communication and Boradcast System Pvt. Ltd. B-138/139,GIDC Electronics Estae, Sector25, Gandhi Nagar-382024, India  Sh. G.C. Jain 9727724123 
4 M/s Velankani Electronics Pvt. Ltd.  43 Electronics City Hosur Road Bangalore-560100 India  S K Ramakrishnaiah 9880002946 9900199083 skramki@valankanigroup.c om
5 M/s ExzaInfosystem Pvt. Ltd.  H-803 Kumar Sansar Sr. No 37 & 38 Near Welcome Hall, KondhwaKhurd, Pune411048, Maharashtra Sh. Joy Kokkat 9673494141
6 M/s Catvision Limited   F-87 , UPSIDC Indesturial area, Selaqui, Dehradun – 248197, Utrakhand , India Sh. Rajesh Kukreja 9810298670  catvision@catvisionindia.c om
7 M/s The Creative Advertiser  A-496, Shastri Nagar, New Delhi-110052  Sh. SanjeevArora 9250858944
8 M/s STB Technologies Pvt. Ltd.  707, Modern Industrial Estate, Part A, Bahadurgarh , Harayana124507 Sh. Micky Alawadhi 9810315051
9 M/s Laxmi Remote India Pvt Ltd  B-201 Phase-II Noida UP -201305  Ms. ArvinderKaur 9990059888


Details of DD Free Dish STB dealer is available on Prasar Bharati Website (link
For further details viewers can contact helpline No: 011-25806200 on any working day between 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM