Ambika Soni, Information and Broadcasting Minister has asked Prasar Bharati to pay attention towards the offering of 200 television channels on the country’s only free-to-air direct-to-home (DTH) platform, DD Direct Plus.
In an important step to increase its reach and popularity, public broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) would give 200 free-to-air channels on its DTH platform.
“We are discussing the matter with the Prasar Bharati people, and I have asked them to try to increase the number of FTA channels to about 200,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters after releasing the annual India 2010 and Bharat 2010 reference manual brought out by the Publications Division and the Research and Reference Division of her Ministry.
As of now DD Direct Plus already have 57 channels, apart from 21 channels of All India Radio and Doordarshan has a network of more than 1400 transmitters extend all over the country with the signals available to about 90 per cent of the population.
The minister also said that the decision to increase the number of channels on DD DTH was in consonance with the objectives of the Ministry to make the public broadcaster of maximum use to the public.
Earlier this year, Soni had denied in Parliament that any television channels had withdrawn from DD Direct Plus. She said DD Direct Plus signals were available in the entire country except the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
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