Doordarshan (DD) has started installation and testing of direct-to-home (DTH) sets and service — DD Direct — in Gujarat in co-ordination with the information department of the state.
With this, the exercise to cover 100 per cent land area under DD signals has begun, which is 88 per cent at present.
DD is installing 1,150 DTH sets in peripheral areas of the state where DD signals have poor reach or no reach at all.
“It is the responsibility of DD to deliver healthy entertainment and information to the nation. Our prime goal is to reach to those remote areas where our network is not reaching at present. In the long run it will help those who don’t want to deal with cable operators,” said A K Gupta, station superintendent, DD Ahmedabad.
A DTH set includes a dish, set-top box and LNBF gadget. DTH sets are getting installed in panchayat, government schools, physical health centres and milk co-operative societies where information department of the state had distributed television sets.
These centres include mostly small villages with a population of around 1,000-2,000 in the border area. DD has purchased 8,000 DTH sets from the Gandhinagar-based video-audio and broadcasting equipment manufacturer Modern Communication and Broadcast Systems (MCBS). Two types of sets in 60 and 90 inches, 4,000 each have been delivered by MCBS.
“The DTH system will deliver clear quality of picture even in the farthest part,” said Ashish Jain, director, MCBS.
The system also can catch the audio broadcasting of Akashvani (All Indian Radio). Installing over 1,000 DTH sets is a time consuming work for DD due to remote distance and lack of consistent power supply.
The information department’s members are assisting 8-10 teams of DD in the field.
“Signals relayed from Delhi are sharp enough to cover 100 per cent land area of the nation. In spite of being powerful, DD signals will not interfere with any other telecast due to specific frequency,” said Gupta, with reference to the recent issue of invasion of Pakistan Television signals in the Indian territory.
Out of 30 channels, the DD bouquet includes 16 channels, including DD Bharti, DD India, DD News, DD Sports, DD National, Ghyan Darshan and other vernacular channels in Gujarati, Punjabi, Udia and Malayalam.
The rest 14 are private channels including four free channels of Zee Television.
The DTH testing has also been started in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Chhattisgarh and Assam.