DD Free Dish auction results today: Exclusive sneak peek

Some channels like ABZY COOL Movies, Dangal TV & B4U Music, that came on board during the 42nd auction have managed to get MPEG-2 slots this time too

e4m by Tasmayee Laha Roy
Updated: Mar 5, 2020 12:38 PM


DD Free Dish

The 44th e-auction allotment of MPEG-2 slots of DD Free Dish is in its last legs. The week-long e-auction that started off on February 24 for 54 TV channels on DD Free Dish is expected is expected to close today.

While the final list of channels, which have been allotted slots, will only be available today late evening, sources confirm that some channels from Bucket A, Bucket B and Bucket C have already been declared the highest bidders and allotted slots.

Bucket A+ channel slots have been awarded to highest bidders Sheemaro GEC, Dangal, Big Magic and ABZY Cool. In Bucket A - all Movie (Hindi) Channels category - B4U Movies, B4U Kadak, Cinema TV, Enterr 10, AbZY Movies, Movie Plus, Surya Movies, Manoranjan TV, ABZY Dhakad and Maha Movie are some of the channels that have already won bids.

In Bucket B, which includes All Music (Hindi) Channels, Sports (Hindi) Channels, GEC (Bhojpuri), Movies (Bhojpuri) and Teleshopping (Hindi) channels, the highest bidders are Surya Bhojpuri, B4U Bhojpuri, Big Ganga and B4U Music.

Lastly, in Category C that has News and Current Affairs (Hindi, English and Punjabi) Channels, the two clear winners are Aaj Tak and ABP News.

DD free dish is currently offering 88 TV channels in MPEG2 slots where 34 channels are from Doordarshan. The auction thus is for the remaining 54 slots.

In the 42nd e-auction for allotment of 08 MPEG-2 slots the channels that came on board were mostly new. Some of the channels that came on board at that time have managed to get a slot this time too. The list included ABZY COOL Movies in the Hindi GEC channels category, SHOWBOX Music in All Music (Hindi) Channels, Ganga Biskope and Zee Punjabi in Movies (Bhojpuri) and Others (Punjabi) categories and Wow, TV9 Bharatvarsh, ABP GANGA and MR TV in other categories.

However, unlike in the 42nd e-auction where applications for bids were accepted for MPEG-2 slots of DD Free Dish DTH Platform on a pro-rata basis for the period 01.12.2019 to 29.02.2020, the 44th e-auction is for an annual term for the period - 01.04.2020 to 31.03.2021.

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