Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati will invest around Rs 164 crore in the setting up of an earth station to uplink a bouquet of 30 channels.
A Prasar Bharati statement said this investment would be a part its direct-to-home (DTH) television services.
The state broadcaster will offer 30 free-to-air channels — 15 each to Doordarshan and private television channels — besides the radio channels of All India Radio, which are likely to be operational by June 2004.
Prasar Bharati signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the supply of Ku-band transponders for its DTH service.
According to the understanding between the two, the space research body will initially supply four leased Ku-band transponders to Prasar Bharati on NSS-6 satellite, which will be later replaced by ISRO's satellites Insat 4a and 4b when these become operational in a year’s time.
Prasar Bharati will pay Rs 20 crore per annum towards transponder charges.