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Prasar Bharati to launch DTH operations on April 2

09-January-2004
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Prasar Bharati to launch DTH operations on April 2

Prasar Bharati's prestigious DTH venture will take off on April 2. The Prasar Bharati Board in its meeting yesterday, finalised the tenders for the uplinking of this free-to-air KU band service.

Prasar Bharati CEO, K.S. Sarma informed that transponders are being made available by ISRO for the proposed DTH service which is a substitute to terrestrial expansion of Doordarshan to the entire country.

According to Sarma, Prasar Bharati will distribute 10,000 free dish antennas and set top boxes to public institutions. Prasar Bharati is in talks with private channels including Zee TV to have their free-to-air channels on Doordarshan's DTH platform.

Meanwhile Prasar Bharati honchos have taken strong exception to Agrani Satellite Communication of Zee TV carrying Doordarshan Channels on its DTH platform without their prior permission.

The DTH guidelines clearly say that atleast three channels of Doordarshan be carried at most reasonable terms. In fact Zee TV had opened negotiations with Prasar Bharati for carrying their three channels on Zee's DTH platform. "We asked them for payment and we were told that after their DTH subscriber base reached 200,000, they would pay us Rs. 1 per subscriber per channel. But we told them that we should be paid more. After that we did not hear from them. And now, besides three channels, they are even carrying our regional channels on their DTH network. We have taken objection to this and written to them to Sort out the payment issue for carrying our channels", told Sarma.

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