I&B Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar said the steps taken by Doordarshan to popularize DD Free Dish. Doordarshan has provided people with access to affordability and quality information comprising of 94 SD TV channels including 57 private channels and 37 radio channels.
He Said, DD FreeDish is quite popular as it is evident from the Performance Indicator Report of the quarter ending March 2019 which pointed out that there are 72 Million subscribers of 5 private DTH operators, compared to more than 30 Million subscribers of DD FreeDish estimated by KPMG in its report of 2018.
He also stated that Doordarshan has also made its reachability in remote areas including hill areas and said that recently 30000 DTH sets were distributed in border areas of Jammu & Kashmir .
As per the policy guidelines introduced for allotment of slots of DD FreeDish Platform to private satellite TV channels in January 2019, all genres such as General Entertainment, Movies, Music, Sports, News and Current Affairs, Devotional and Regional etc. are given fair opportunities to be placed on DD Free Dish Platform. Low entry barrier for Spiritual, yoga channels on DD FreeDish has also been introduced.