What's there to know about DD Free Dish

Doordarshan- The name stirs up a lot of nostalgic memories for Indian viewers. Even today, Doordarshan is a lifesaver to so many viewers. DD Free Dish is a great option for unlimited entertainment across the whole country. Let us see what DD Free Dish is all about.


Doordarshan -A flashback

Owned by the Broadcasting Ministry of India, Doordarshan is an important division of Prasar Bharathi, the other division being All India Radio. Doordarshan originated on September 15th, 1959 and even today is one of the largest broadcasters in India.

What's special about DD Free Dish

DD Free Dish is the one and Only Free DTH (Direct To Home ) service in India. When it was launched, there were only around 33 channels. Today there are 104 SDTV channels and also 40 Radio Channels.

DTH signals are transmitted at Ku-Band at 93.5°E via GSAT-15. The receiving Dish has a diameter of around 60 – 90 cm.

Tuning your earlier DD Free Dish set-top box

Let us see how to tune your old DD Free Dish. There are a few steps you have to be aware of.

1. Satellite Name

Go to Installation menu/setup menu (using the remote control) - Select Satellite Edit menu-Add New Satellite menu -Choose Satellite Name Edit menu-Input the Satellite Name as GSAT-15- Enter Satellite Longitude as 93.5°E- Select Exit.

2. LNB Configuration for dd free dish setup

Go to LNB configuration and make sure GSAT-15 is the Satellite - Set LNB Types to Universal-Select LNB Power On-Select Exit.

3. DD free dish setting -Transport streams of Transponder (TP) Edit

Go to Transponder (TP) Edit menu -Ensure that the satellite is GSAT-15 – Choose to Add New TP menu- Choose DD free dish frequency -TP frequency as 11,090MHz.- Choose Symbol rate as 29,500Ksps-Choose Polarization as Vertical- Set the 22K to OFF- Set Disc. Equal as OFF- Choose Scan as FTA- Click OK

After configuring all these values, Click OK. Now you will have 16 new TV channels and 6 new Radio channels in your old set-top box.

4. Receive Parameters for DD Free Dish

Here are the receiving parameters for DD Free Dish

Transponder Polarization Downlink Frequency (MHz) LNB Frequency

(MHz)

Symbol Rate

(Ksps)

FEC
K13 (36 MHz) V

10990

9750

28500

3/4

K15 (36 MHz) V

11070

9750

28500

3/4

K17 (36 MHz) V

11150

9750

28500

3/4

K21 (36 MHz) V

11570

10600

28500

3/4

DD Free Dish Satellite

The ISRO Satellite -INSAT series Geostationary Satellite INSAT-4B is used to transmit the Free Dish Signals.

  • Orbital location of satellite - 93.5° East
  • Type of Orbit.-Geosynchronous

Benefits of DD Free Dish

  • Excellent picture quality
  • No intermediary involved
  • No recurring charges to be paid
  • Free for a lifetime and
  • No monthly or annual subscription fee

DD Free Dish - Channel Lists

DD Free Dish has a customer base of over 50 million Indian homes. There are many channels offering programs in the national, regional, state and parliamentary areas.

Let us have a look at what Doordarshan has to offer to its viewers.

DD National channel list
Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
DD News 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD National 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Retro 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Kisan 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD India 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Sports 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Bharati 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Urdu 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Parliamentary channel list
Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Lok Sabha TV 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Rajya Sabha TV 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Doordarshan Regional channel list
Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
DD Assam 11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Bangla 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Chandana 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Girnar 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Kashir 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Malayalam 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Odia 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Podhigai 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Punjabi 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Sahyadri 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Saptagiri 11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Yadagiri 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Arun Prabha 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Bihar 11550

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Madhya Pradesh 11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Rajasthan 11550

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Uttar Pradesh 11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD State Network channel list
Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
DD Chhattisgarh 11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Jharkhand 11550

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Uttarakhand 11510

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Manipur 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Meghalaya 11090

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Mizoram 11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Nagaland 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

DD Tripura 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Hindi General Entertainment channel list
Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Colors Rishtey 11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Zee Anmol 11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Big Magic 11510

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Dangal TV 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Shemaroo TV 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Sony Pal 11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Star Utsav 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Star Utsav Movies 11550

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Sony Wah 11550

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Filmachi 11550

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Manoranjan Grand 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

The Q 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Azaad 11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Other channels available on DD Free Dish

Hindi Music channel list

  1. MTV Beats
  2. Mastiii
  3. B4U Music
  4. 9XM

Hindi-language Movies channel list

  1. ABZY Dhakad
  2. ABZY Movies
  3. ABZY Cool
  4. B4U Kadak
  5. Movie Plus
  6. Rishtey Cineplex
  7. Surya Cinema
  8. Zee Anmol Cinema
  9. B4U Movies
  10. Dhinchaak
  11. Enterr10 Movies
  12. Maha Movie
  13. Manoranjan TV
  14. Cineplex Bollywood
  15. BFlix Movies
  16. Dhinchaak 2

Devotional channel list

  1. Sadhana Bhakti
  2. Lord Buddha TV
  3. Aastha TV
  4. Sadhana TV
  5. Sanskar TV

Bhojpuri channel list

  1. B4U Bhojpuri (Movies)
  2. Dabangg (Movies)
  3. Surya Bhojpuri (Movies)
  4. Zee Biskope (Movies)
  5. Bhojpuri Cinema (Movies)
  6. Big Ganga (General Entertainment)

Marathi channel list

  1. Fakt Marathi (General Entertainment)
  2. Zee Chitra Mandir (Movies)
  3. Shemaroo Marathibana (Movies)

Punjabi channel list

  1. Maha Punjabi (Music and Movies)
  2. Zee Punjabi – (General Entertainment)
  3. Manoranjan Movies (Movies)

Conclusion

Doordarshan still owns an enormous presence in the broadcasting industry. DD Free Dish is an exceptional service that thousands of households enjoy. Although there are several other DTH service providers, Doordarshan has proved to be one of the best among them. Hope you enjoy the shows !

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the DD free dish price?

The DD Free Dish is free of cost. All you need to invest is in the Dish Kit which comes to around Rs 2500/-.

What is included in the DD Dish system kit?

The DD Dish system kit contains the following :-

  • DD Free Dish DTH antenna
  • DD Free Dish STB
  • DD Free Dish coaxial cable
  • DD Free Dish RG6 connectors

Where do I get to buy DD Free Dish?

You can approach any dealer in the electronic market to purchase the DD Free Dish. You can get two kinds of Set-top boxes One is from Prasar Bharti and another is a free-to-air set-top box.

What is a Free To Air Set-top box?

FTA DTH set-top box is one in which there are no costs involved for activation as well as monthly subscription charges.

How many channels are there in DD Free Dish?

DD Free Dish has 161 TV channels. 20 TV channels are in the MPEG-4 stream. The rest are in MPEG 2. There are 48 Radio channels as well.

Can I get access to DD Free Dish Signal at my native village?

DD Free Dish signal is transmitted via satellite. So it can be received anywhere, even in remote places.

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