54 channels submit bids for 44th DD Free Dish e-auction

The e-auction is going to be held for MPEG-2 slots.


MUMBAI: Fifty four channels have submitted bids for the 44th DD Free Dish e-auction, which will be tentatively held on 24 February for MPEG-2 slots.

HSM channels: 

According to sources close to the development, two Hindi GECs Dangal and Big Magic have bid for the auction. Among other HSM channels, seven Hindi music channels including Showbox, 9XM, MTV Beats and eleven Hindi movie channels like B4U Movies, Enter10 are also looking at vacant MPEG-2 slots. All the major players like News18 India, NDTV India, Zee News, Aaj Tak, Republic Bharat have also placed their bids.

Regional channels: 

In the regional cluster seven Bhojpuri channels including Big Magic Ganga, Zee Biscope, B4U Bhojpuri, one Marathi channel, four Punjabi channels and four regional news channels have placed their bids. Moreover, four religious channels are also participating the auction.

Recently DD Free dish increased MPEG-2 slots on its platform. Private TV channels can participate in this e-auction to add TV channels on DD Free Dish, for the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. In the 42nd e-auction for allotment of 8 MPEG-2 slots the channels that came on board were mostly new.

As per the rules mentioned by the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, only satellite channels licensed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) would be allowed to participate in the allocation. International Public Broadcasters licensed/ registered/permitted by the MIB can also participate in the e-auction.

Latest Reads

Tata Sky comes up with new offering - Adbhut Kahaniyan

MUMBAI: If suspense as a feeling drives your content viewing needs, Tata Sky has come up with the best fix in the form of its newest service offering – Tata Sky Adbhut Kahaniyan. It has partnered with Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd to curate this one stop destination for crime, thriller and horror...

DTH DTH Operator
Tata Sky launches new value-added service Tata Sky Hits

MUMBAI: Tata Sky, leading content distribution and Pay TV platform, has launched its new value-added service Tata Sky Hits. Featuring a selection of some of the most popular, iconic and award-winning Hollywood television content from the 80s and 90s, Tata Sky Hits is all set to invoke nostalgia...

DTH DTH Operator
Dish TV - Bharti Airtel deal called off over valuation differences: report

MUMBAI: The deal between direct-to-home (DTH) operator Dish TV’s promoter Essel Group and Bharti Airtel has been called off due to differences over valuation, according to a report in Business Standard. Now, the promoters of Dish TV have begun talks with a global financial investor which does not...

DTH DTH Operator
Tata Sky’s first ever App only flash sale ‘Tata Sky JingalalaAPPiness Offers’ live from 11th February

MUMBAI; Tata Sky, India’s leading content distribution platformannounces its first ever App only flash sale,‘Tata Sky JingalalaAPPiness Offers’on theTata Sky Mobile App.Establishing the mobile app as a one stop destination for both – utility and content, the weeklong offerings on the App are...

DTH DTH Operator
Airtel Digital TV revenue stands at Rs 792.2 crore in the third quarter

MUMBAI: Telco giant Bharti Airtel’s direct-to-home (DTH) arm Airtel  Digital TV’s  total revenue increased to Rs 792.2 crore in the third quarter from Rs 789.3 crore in the previous quarter. The DTH operator’s EBITDA stood at Rs 544.1 crore for the quarter compared to Rs 560.7 crore in the trailing...

DTH DTH Operator
PlanetCast achieves tier 3 certification from WTA

MUMBAI: PlanetCast has achieved tier 3 certification for its New Delhi Teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Programme by  The World Teleport Association (WTA.

DTH DTH Services
Dish TV adds one more channel in its bouquet, launches Fitness Active

MUMBAI: With an aim to make its users fit, Dish TV, a direct-to-home (DTH) service provider, has come up with the Fitness Active channel. The service provider has bouquet of channels with the brand called Active. The Fitness Active channel to feature Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff teaching and...

DTH DTH Operator
Subscribers' DTH/Cable bills to go down by 14% for a-la-carte channels: ICRA

MUMBAI: The recent Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) amendments over tariff charges could potentially lower the direct-to home (DTH)/ cable bills of the subscribers up to 14 per cent from the present levels, a credit rating agency ICRA said in an analytical report. According to a press...

DTH DTH Operator

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required