DD Free Dish

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DD Free Dish
IndustrySatellite Television Service
Founded16 December 2004; 14 years ago (2004-12-16)
Area served
OwnerDoordarshan, Prasar Bharati

DD Free Dish (previously known as DD Direct Plus) is an Indian Free-To-Air digital direct-broadcast satellite television service. It is owned and operated by Public Service Broadcaster Doordarshan (Prasar Bharati). It has a reach of approximately 30 million households which is 15 % of the total TV Households in the country.[1]

It is the only free-to-air satellite television service in India. After upgrade, INSAT-4B satellite at 93.5° was used to broadcast 64 FTA MPEG-2 Channels and 29 radio channels.

With the latest upgrade, to GSAT-15 at 93.5° on 1 February 2016, the present capacity is likely to be enhanced to 104 SDTV channels and 40 Radio channels in near future with the introduction of new MPEG-4, DVB-S2 stream. DD Free Dish DTH viewers can watch 80 SD MPEG-2 TV channels and 18 SD MPEG-4 channels apart from 40 radio channels. New logo for DD Free Dish was added on its transponders on 29 October 2014.[2] DD Free Dish also offers its slots to private channels.[3]

At this time DD Free Dish TV channels can be received by using simple free to air set-top boxes with DVB-S and DVB-S2 technology. Now a days many free to air set-top box are available. Recently Prasar Bharati selected few Indian manufacturers to produce iCAS enabled set-top box with MPEG-4 technology. Free to air set-top box can be bought online as well as in offline markets.

There is no monthly charges to access DD Free Dish DTH service. This is India's only free DTH (direct-to-home) service.


DD Free Dish offers FTA services consisting Doordarshan channels and some private TV channels. In recent time, it also offers Swayam Prabha's 34 Educational channels. Private TV channels are added through e-auctions.

Currently DD Free Dish has 80 MPEG-2 TV Channels (7+2+28 Doordarshan channels, 43 Private TV channels), 20 MPEG-4 TV channels (20 SD + 2 HD) and 40 All India Radio channels & 4 DWDS Channels.




Regional & State-owned[edit]

Name Language Region
DD Arunprabha Hindi & English Arunachal Pradesh
DD Bangla Bengali West Bengal
DD Bihar Hindi & Bihari Bihar
DD Chandana Kannada Karnataka
DD Chhattisgarh Hindi Chhattisgarh
DD Girnar Gujarati Gujarat
DD Goa Konkani Goa
DD Haryana Hindi Haryana
DD Himachal Pradesh Hindi Himachal Pradesh
DD Jharkhand Hindi Jharkhand
DD Kashir Kashmiri & Urdu Jammu and Kashmir
DD Madhya Pradesh Hindi Madhya Pradesh
DD Malayalam Malayalam Kerala
DD Manipur Meitei Manipur
DD Meghalaya Khasi Meghalaya
DD Mizoram Mizo Mizoram
DD Nagaland English Nagaland
DD North East Assamese & English Northeast India
DD Odia Odia Odisha
DD Podhigai Tamil Tamil Nadu
DD Punjabi Punjabi Punjab
DD Rajasthan Hindi & Rajasthani Rajasthan
DD Sahyadri Marathi Maharashtra
DD Saptagiri Telugu Andhra Pradesh
DD Tripura Bengali Tripura
DD Uttar Pradesh Hindi Uttar Pradesh
DD Uttarakhand Hindi Uttarakhand
DD Yadagiri Telugu Telangana

TV Channels[edit]

Hindi General Entertainment[edit]


Hindi Movies[edit]

Hindi Music[edit]


Hindi News[edit]


Regional TV Channels[edit]





Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand[edit]

All India Radio[edit]



Regional FM[edit]


  • Vividh Bharati
  • Vividh Bharati
  • DWDS Service
  • DWDS Service
  • DWDS Service
  • DWDS Service

MPEG-4 Channels[edit]

SD Channels[edit]

HD Channels[edit]

Swayam Prabha DTH[edit]

  • SP-01 CEC-UGC : Language & Literature
  • SP-02 CEC-UGC : History, Culture & Philosophy
  • SP-03 CEC-UGC : Social & Behaviour Sciences
  • SP-04 CEC-UGC : Education & Home Sciences
  • SP-05 CEC-UGC : Information, Communication & Management Studies
  • SP-06 CEC-UGC : Law & Legal Studies
  • SP-07 CEC-UGC : Economics & Commerce
  • SP-08 CEC-UGC : Physical & Earth Sciences
  • SP-09 CEC-UGC : Life Sciences
  • SP-10 CEC-UGC : Applied Sciences
  • SP-11 NPTEL : Chemical Engineering
  • SP-12 NPTEL : Civil Engineering
  • SP-13 NPTEL : Computer Science Engineering
  • SP-14 NPTEL : Electrical Engineering & Electronics Communication Engineering
  • SP-15 NPTEL : Engineering Sciences & Biological Sciences
  • SP-16 NPTEL : Humanities, Social Sciences & Management
  • SP-17 NPTEL : Mechanical Engineering & Mining Engineering
  • SP-18 NPTEL : Mathematics & Physics
  • SP-19 IIT-PAL : Biology
  • SP-20 IIT-PAL : Chemistry
  • SP-21 IIT-PAL : Mathematics
  • SP-22 IIT-PAL : Physics
  • SP-23 IGNOU : Liberal Arts & Humanities
  • SP-24 IGNOU : Agriculture & Allied Sciences
  • SP-25 NIOS : D.El.Ed. - Bengali & Assamese
  • SP-26 IGNOU : State Open Universities
  • SP-27 NIOS : Panini - Secondary School Education
  • SP-28 NIOS : Sharda - Higher Secondary School Education
  • SP-29 UGC-INFLIBNET : e-PG Pathshala - Post Graduate Courses
  • SP-30 NIOS : Gyanamrit - Education in Sign Language
  • SP-31 NCERT : Kishore Manch - Secondary School, Higher Secondary School & Teacher Education
  • SP-32 IGNOU-NIOS : Vagda - Teacher Education
  • SP-33 CEC-UGC : Vyas - Higher Education Channel
  • Digi Shala - Digital Education Channel

DishTV FTA[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Slots on Doordarshan Free Dish to be e-auctioned to private channels". The Economic Times. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  2. ^ "DD Free Dish logo add DD Channel". forum.dishtracking.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ "DD to offer its satellite network to private channels - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 February 2019.

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