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DTH News : Prasar Bharati allots four DD Free Dish MPEG-4 slots in 43rd e-auction
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MUMBAI: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has allotted DD Free Dish MPEG-4 slots to four channels during the 43rd e-auction on 22nd January. The four channels include Samay (Hindi news), JK 24×7 News (Hindi news), 9X Jalwa (Hindi music), and Sangeet Bangla (Bangla music).

The reserve price for the e-auction was Rs 16.5 lakh. The four slots have been allotted on pro-rata basis for the period from 1st February to 14th May.

In the 42nd e-auction, Prasar Bharati had allotted DD Free Dish MPEG-2 slots to eight new channels. The slots have been provided on a pro-rata basis for the period from 1st December 2019 to 29th February 2020.

The eight channels included Hindi movie channel Abzy Cool, Hindi music channel Showbox, Bhojpuri movie channel Ganga Biskope, Hindi music channel Wow Music, Hindi news channels TV9 Bharatvarsh and ABP Ganga, Punjabi entertainment channel Zee Punjabi and Marathi channel MR TV.

The pubcaster had allotted three vacant slots on DD Free Dish on a pro-rata basis. It mopped up Rs 21.69 crore from the e-auction. The three channels who were alloted slots included Hindi GEC Manoranjan Grand and Hindi movie channels Zingaat and Skystar Telugu Movie.

In November 2019, I&B minister Prakash Javadekar had said that approximately 33 million households have access to DD Free Dish whereas four private DTH operators (Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel Digital & Sun Direct) combined together service 67 million households in the country.

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