Prasar Bharti invites applications from channels for allotment of Bucket R1 slots

Bucket R1 is newly introduced to reserve MPEG2 slots towards devotional/spiritual/AYUSH channels on DD Free Dish

DD Free Dish

Prasar Bharti is inviting applications from eligible satellite TV channels for allotment of reserved Bucket R1 slots on DD Free Dish DTH Platform on pro-rata basis for the interim period of 15.04.2019 to 31.5.2019. 

As per the notice, only Devotional/Spiritual satellite channels, including channels promoting Yoga, Ayurveda, Health & Wellness based on traditional methods, licensed by the Ministry of I&B and categorised as Bucket R1 as per the addendum/amendment to policy guidelines for allotment of slots on DD Free Dish Direct to Home satellite platform are eligible to apply.

The interim reserve/base price of Bucket R1 for allotment of slots on DD Free Dish on pro-rata basis is Rs 3 Crore/annum. Hence, the pro-rata carriage fee for the period from 15.04.2019 to 31.05.2019 will be Rs 45,58,356 inclusive of GST @18 per cent. Broadcasters need to declare genre and language of their channel while applying for pro-rata allocation. The last date for submission of applications is 11.04.2019. The allotment will be done for the period from 15.04.2019 to 31.05.2019 and the channel shall have no right to continue on DD Free Dish platform beyond the period for which it has been allotted.

Last month, Prasar Bharati conducted an Annual eAuction for MPEG4 slots on DD Free Dish which saw bidding with 15 successful slots sold to channels across genres and languages, as revealed by the authority. The Board in its 154th meeting approved an amendment to the DD FreeDish policy. The amended policy provides for reserving vacant slots towards public broadcasting and genres deemed to be in public interest. Consequently, a new bucket R1 was created to reserve MPEG2 slots towards devotional/spiritual/AYUSH channels which may be placed through the open eAuction process as laid down in the policy.

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