Aaj Tak, Star Utsav, BBC, CNN, Sun TV, ETC Punjabi, Zee Music,
Headlines Today, Smile TV, and Kairali TV are some of the private
TV channels that will be on offer.
Despite a delay in the formal launch, DD Direct Plus has already
sold over 200,000 set-top boxes. The target is to push the free
service to a million subscribers by the end of 2005.
Dish TV, the other DTH service provider which is 20 per cent owned
by Zee Telefilms, charges a monthly fee and claims to have a base
of 160,000 subscribers. It offers, among others, the Zee-Turner
bouquet and the ESPN and Star Sports channels. But Sony-Discovery
and Star group of channels are not available on the Dish TV platform.