Free DTH / Dish Services in India

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Is DTH Free in India?


According to Prsasar Bharti Website:
Free Dish



Free Dish is the Free Direct to Home (DTH) service of Prasar Bharati for receiving TV service directly through satellite with a personal small dish antenna. DTH service does not require a local cable operator for receiving TV service at home. Doordarshan’s DTH service which known as DD Free Dish was launched in December 2004 with the modest capacity of 33 channels.

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Prasar Bharati is introducing Digital Terrestrial transmission for the first time in India. The existing Analogue TV Transmitters in India serve about 88% of Indian population. Constrained by limited frequency capacity, the analogue terrestrial television platform needed a new & more efficient transmission system to meet the demands of the future and to allow for the launch of new services. India has adopted DVB Standard for its digitalization of terrestrial network. The 2nd generation DVB T2 Standard, launched in June 2008, has about 50% more capacity than its first generation DVB T. The DVB T2 Transmitter has high data capacity (upto 40 Mbps). Digitalization of Doordarshan’s Terrestrial TV Transmitters has been started in 63 cities under XI and XII Plan. DVB- T2 Transmitters are equipped for Fixed, Portable and Mobile equipments.

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About DD Free Dish
What is DTH
What is DD Free Dish
Future of DD Free Dish
Difference between DD Free Dish and other private DTH Platforms
How to Receive channels of DD Free Dish
How to install DD Free Dish Receive System
Tuning of DD Free Dish STB
FAQs
Technical issues
DD Free dish Channel List
List of Indian Set Top Boxes manufacturers empanelled by Doordarshan for DD Free Dish



About DD Free Dish

DD Free Dish is India's only Free Direct-To-Home Service previously known as DD Direct +. This service was launched in December, 2004. DD Free Dish DTH service is owned and operated by Public Service Broadcaster Prasar Bharati (Doordarshan).

What is DTH ?

DTH is Direct to Home service for receiving TV service directly through satellite with a personal small dish antenna. DTH service does not require a local cable operator for receiving TV service at home.


What is DD Free Dish?

Doordarshan’s DTH service which known as DD Free Dish was launched in December 2004 with the modest capacity of 33 channels. This service was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. DD Free Dish has been upgraded from time to time. At present its capacity is 104 SDTV channels along with 40 Radio channels. DD Free Dish is available in Ku-Band on GSAT-15 (at 93.5°E). This Ku-Band DTH service provides the TV coverage throughout the Indian territory (except Andaman & Nicobar Islands). DTH signals can be received through a small sized dish receive system ( i.e. Set Top Box and Dish of size of 60 to 90 cm in diameter) for which no monthly subscription fee is payable by the viewers.


Future of DD Free Dish?

Expansion of DD Free Dish has been carried out from time to time. With the introduction of new MPEG-4, DVB-S2 stream, the present capacity of 104 SDTV channels and 40 Radio channels is likely to be enhanced in near future. There is also plan to introduce HD channels in the bouquet of DD Free Dish. The 80 channels of MPEG-2 streams will also be expanded to MPEG-4 in phased manner.


How DD Free Dish is different from other DTH systems?

Most of the DTH operators, provide paid DTH Service. In the paid service, the DTH operators uplink the encrypted TV signals to the satellite and the signals are received by subscribers through a Dish receive system having a Dish Antenna and one Customized Set Top Box (DIGITAL DECODER). By choosing the bunch of various desired TV channels subscribers are charged by DTH operator for viewing these channels.

Whereas, viewing channels on DD Free Dish is absolutely free, as Doordarshan is not charging any monthly subscription fee from the viewers for complete bouquet of the DD Free Dish channels, making the system quite affordable. It requires only a small one time investment in purchasing a Dish Receive System containing Set-Top-Box and small sized Dish Antenna with LNB.


How to receive DD Free Dish?

Receive system of DD Free Dish contains three units: 1) One small sized Dish Antenna along with LNBF 2) Indoor Set-Top-Box (STB) also known as IRD (Integrated Receiver Decoder) and 3) Handy Remote control unit for STB. Dish Antenna installed at the roof top or on wall facing clear south receives the signal from satellite and transmits it to the indoor Set top box unit. The set top box further decodes the different TV channels from the DTH bouquet and feeds it to the TV set for viewing.

The complete DD Free Dish DTH system (Dish Antenna, Set Top Box and Remote control unit) is a one-time purchase from the open market with a nominal cost. There is absolutely no further recurring expenditure in terms of monthly subscription etc. for viewing DD Free Dish Channels.

Doordarshan has recently empanelled eleven Indian Set Top Box (STB) manufacturers who will manufacture, sell and install DD Free Dish STBs in India.


Installation of the Receive System of DD Free Dish:

The viewers may contact empanelled DD Free Dish STB manufacturers for any help in buying or installing the DD Free Dish STB.


Tuning of old DD Free Dish STB:

Following is the suggestive tuning procedure of STB for receiving the TV Channels:

1.Satellite Name:
a)Go to Installation menu or setup Programme from remote.
b)Select Satellite Edit menu.
c)Select Add New Satellite menu.
d)Select Sat Name Edit menu.
e)Enter Satellite Name as GSAT-15.
f)Enter Satellite Longitude as 93.5° E.
g)Press Exit.



2.LNB Configuration:
a)Go to LNB Configuration menu.Ensure that satellite selected is GSAT-15 only.
b)Set LNB Types as Universal.
c)Set LNB Power on.
d)Press Exit.

3.Transport streams of Transponder (TP) Edit:
a)Go to Transponder Edit menu. Ensure that satellite selected is GSAT-15.
b)Select Add New TP menu.
c)Enter TP Frequency as 11090 MHz.
d)Select Symbol rate as 29500 Ksps.
e)Select Polarization as Vertical.
f)‘22K’ OFF*.
g)‘Disc. Equal’. Off.
h)Select Scan as FTA.
i)Press OK.

After filling the above values go to ‘Search’ Press ‘OK’ The new 16 TV and 06 Radio services will be displayed. Similarly add all other four Transport streams (TPs) by entering respective frequencies, symbol rate and polarization as given in Table above. Note: - The above-mentioned steps may be in different order in some of the STBs.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Technical Issues:

1. How to update the changes in TV channel tuning manually in old non iCAS STB?
Ans: For old non iCAS STB, 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:

In new iCAS STB, all changes will be done over the air automatically and no manual interaction is required.

EXAMPLE-1.

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


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 Frequency’ 11090 MHz
‘LNB Frequency’ 09750 MHz
‘Symbol rate’ 2 9500 Ksps
‘Polarization’ V
‘22K’ OFF
‘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.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:-

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

2. How to delete TV channel programme in STB manually?
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.

EXAMPLE 2.

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: In old 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.
 
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How do receive other FTA (Free to Air) channels via DD Free Dish DTH system?

Posted by Free Dish Blog Team on 1:40:00 PM in Installation-Help


As per the regulations by TRAI , DTH operators are not allowed to lock the FTA channel reception if customer has withdrawn DTH services with no dues to the operator. Customer is free to use the CPE (Customer premise equipment) to receive Free To Air channels from Doordarshan or other available satellites. But most of DTH operators are not providing this facility to customers. The set-top boxes provided by operators are locked; you can’t do much with them. However, LNB and antenna are general purpose hardware which can be used to tune the signals of your choice. You can use free-to-air set-top box to connect with this antenna to receive fta channels.

Well, if you are already DD Free dish user, then you can tune DD Free dish free-to-air TV channels, also you can try to tune other KU-band satellite for add more fta channels in this list.

Which satellite you can scan for more fta channels including DD Freedish channels?
You can tune SES8 / NSS6 satellite transponder frequencies, and you no need to align your dish antenna. You will get signals from both satelite (DD Freedish at GSAT15 Satellite at 93.5 Degree east and NSS6/SES8 satellite at 95.0 Degree East). So you can point your dish antenna at 94.3 degree east to get signals of both satellites.


I have pointed our DTH antenna to 94.3 degree east, now which frequencies I need scan?
You can scan your free-to-air STB by "Auto Scan" or "Blind Scan" function, if you still not getting signals then you can put given below frequencies in your set-top box and align your dish antenna accordingly.

Technical parameters of SES-8 /NSS6 Satellite at 95.0 Degree EAST:
Satellite Position: 95.0 East
Satellite: NSS6 / SES8
LNB Frequencies: Universal LNB (09750-10600)
TP Frequencies: 11038/ 11090/ 11172 / 12050/ 12110 / 12534/ 12595
POL: H / H / H / H / H / V / H
Symbol Rate : 40700 / 30000 / 30000 / 45000 / 40700 / 43200 / 43200
System: DVB-S / mpeg-2
FEC: 3/4
22K: ON / AUTO
MODE: FTA

Here is list of other fta channels


Technical parameters of GSAT 15 satellite at 93.5 Degree EAST:
Satellite Position: 93.50 East
Satellite: NSS6 / SES8
LNB Frequencies: Universal LNB (09750-10600)
TP Frequencies: 11090 / 11170 / 11470 / 11510 / 11550 / 11550 / 11590 / 11670 /
POL: V / V / V / V / V / H / V / V /
Symbol Rate: 29500 / 29500 / 29500 / 29500 / 29500 / 29500 / 29500 / 29500 /
System: DVB-S / mpeg-2
FEC: 3/4
22K: ON / AUTO
MODE: FTA

Here is list of DD Free dish TV channels....

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If they realize that TRP is getting down, then they may think of making these entertainment channels as free.
Wait for 2-3 months to make market settle.
Whenever there will be next auction in Free Dish only then those Free to Air TV Entertainment Channels can be shown again on DD Free Dish.

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