DD Free Dish (formerly DD Direct+, known colloquially as Doordarshan DTH) is an Indianfree-to-air digital direct-broadcastsatellite television service owned and operated by the state-controlled public service broadcaster Prasar Bharati (Doordarshan). It is the only free-to-air satellite television service in India. Free Dish has about 9 million subscribers and its free-to-air service covers 81% of India’s geographical area via 1415 transmitters.
Free Dish is India's satellite television service.
Free Dish is available in Ku-Band on INSAT-4B having 5 streams of channels with different downlink frequencies. This Ku-Band DTH service provides the TV coverage throughout the Indian territory (except Andaman and Nicobar Islands). Doordarshan DTH satellite slots are much sought after by the Indian private television channels as it paves the way for obtaining a pan-India viewership. Prasar Bharati adopted the e-auction system for filling slots in 2011 with a minimum reserve price around Rs. 3 crore.
A separate DTH service in C-Band with a bouquet of 10 channels has also been provided by Doordarshan exclusively for Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which is also Free to Air. This C-Band DTH service is available on INSAT-4B with downlink frequency of 3925 MHz.