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DD Free Dish: complete channel list 2021 and how to tune your old set-top box

DD Free Dish has become a lifeline of sorts for those wanting to consume TV channels for free in India. During the pandemic, the vast network of channels are not only keeping Indians informed and delivering general entertainment content, but are also helping education reach those with no broadband connectivity.

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India has seen a huge revamp in the way television channels are broadcasted to end consumers. Earlier this year, TRAI introduced new rules that brought DTH channels to consumers at much cheaper rates than before. While channels now come with a fixed Network Capacity Fee (NCF) and à la carte channels, Doordarshan remains a different beast.

To the uninitiated, Doordarshan is a public service broadcaster owned by the Broadcasting Ministry of India. Alongside All India Radio, Doordarshan forms one of the two divisions of Prasar Bharti. Established on September 15th 1959, Doordarshan is one of India’s largest broadcasting organisations in studio and transmitter infrastructure.

DD Free Dish: what is it?

As mentioned earlier, DD Free Dish is India’s only free Direct-To-Home service. At the time of its launch in December 2004, it offered only 33 channels. At present, the service offers 104 SDTV channels along with 40 Radio channels. It is available in Ku-Band on GSAT-15 (at 93.5°E). The DTH signals can be received through a small sized dish receive system, also known as Set-top Box and Dish of size around 60 to 90cm in diameter.

DD Free Dish channel list

LordDD Free Dish is a free Direct–to-Home service that was previously know as DD Direct+Doordarshan operates a total of 21 channels and has 46 studios. It has two all-India channels in the form of DD National and DD News. It also operates 17 regional satellite channels, 11 state networks, an international channel called DD India, a sports channel called DD Sports, DD Bharati, DD Urudu and DD Kisan.

While it has an expansive network of regional channels, Doordarshan also has a free-to-air satellite television provider called DD Free Dish. Previously known as DD Direct Plus, it is estimated to serve approximately 50 million Indian households. In other words, DD Free Dish accounts for around 25 percent of total TV households in the country. It offers a national, parliamentary, regional and state network of TV channels.

DD National channel list

  1. DD National
  2. DD Retro
  3. DD Kisan
  4. DD News
  5. DD India
  6. DD Sports
  7. DD Bharati
  8. DD Urdu
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 101001DD News11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 102002DD National11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 103003DD Retro11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 104004DD Kisan11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 512084DD India11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 505077DD Sports11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 406060DD Bharati11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 407061DD Urdu11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

DD Parliamentary channel list

  1. Lok Sabha TV
  2. Rajya Sabha TV
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 208026Lok Sabha TV11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 209027Rajya Sabha TV11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Doordarshan Regional channel list

  1. DD Assam (Assamese)
  2. DD Bangla (Bengali)
  3. DD Chandana (Kannada)
  4. DD Girnar (Gujarati)
  5. DD Kashir (Kashmiri and Urdu)
  6. DD Malayalam (Malayalam)
  7. DD Odia (Odia)
  8. DD Podhigai (Tamil)
  9. DD Punjabi (Punjabi)
  10. DD Sahyadri (Marathi)
  11. DD Saptagiri (Telugu)
  12. DD Yadagiri (Telugu)
  13. DD Arun Prabha (Hindi and English)
  14. DD Bihar (Hindi and Bihari)
  15. DD Madhya Pradesh (Hindi)
  16. DD Rajasthan (Hindi and Rajasthani)
  17. DD Uttar Pradesh (Hindi)
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 316052DD Assam11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 106006DD Bangla11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 107007DD Chandana11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 108008DD Girnar11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 109009DD Kashir11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 207025DD Malayalam11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 202020DD Odia11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 203021DD Podhigai11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 204022DD Punjabi11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 205023DD Sahyadri11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 304040DD Saptagiri11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 206024DD Yadagiri11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 111011DD Arun Prabha11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 506078DD Bihar11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 311047DD Madhya Pradesh11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 504076DD Rajasthan11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 309045DD Uttar Pradesh11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

DD State Network channel list

  1. DD Chhattisgarh (Hindi)
  2. DD Jharkhand (Hindi)
  3. DD Uttarakhand (Hindi)
  4. DD Manipur (Manipuri)
  5. DD Meghalaya (Khasi and Garo)
  6. DD Mizoram (Mizo)
  7. DD Nagaland (English)
  8. DD Tripura (Bengali and Kokborok)
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 318054DD Chhattisgarh11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 507079DD Jharkhand11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 417071DD Uttarakhand11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 118018DD Manipur11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 117017DD Meghalaya11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 317053DD Mizoram11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 217035DD Nagaland11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 218036DD Tripura11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Hindi General Entertainment channel list

  1. Colors Rishtey
  2. Zee Anmol
  3. Big Magic
  4. Dangal TV
  5. Shemaroo TV
  6. Sony Pal
  7. Star Utsav
  8. Star Utsav Movies
  9. Sony Wah
  10. Filmachi
  11. Manoranjan Grand
  12. The Q
  13. Azaad
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 30541Colors Rishtey11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 31248Zee Anmol11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 40155Big Magic11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 21129Dangal TV11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 21028Shemaroo TV11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 30137Sony Pal11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 21533Star Utsav11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 502101Star Utsav Movies11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 50880Sony Wah11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 51082Filmachi11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 20119Manoranjan Grand11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 21634The Q11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 21836Azaad11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Youth-oriented General Entertainment channel list

  1. Zing
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 511083Zing11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Hindi Music channel list

  1. MTV Beats
  2. B4U Music
  3. 9XM
  4. Mastiii
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 514086MTV Beats11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 409063B4U Music11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 4030579XM11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 408062Mastiii11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Hindi-language Movies channel list

  1. ABZY Dhakad
  2. ABZY Movies
  3. ABZY Cool
  4. B4U Kadak
  5. B4U Movies
  6. Dhinchaak
  7. Enterr10 Movies
  8. Maha Movie
  9. Manoranjan TV
  10. Movie Plus
  11. Rishtey Cineplex
  12. Surya Cinema
  13. Zee Anmol Cinema
  14. Cineplex Bollywood
  15. BFlix Movies
  16. Dhinchaak 2
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 20119ABZY Dhakad11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 11010ABZY Movies11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 21432ABZY Cool11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 30642B4U Kadak11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 11212B4U Movies11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 11515Dhinchaak11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 31551Enterr10 Movies11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 40458Maha Movie11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 50173Manoranjan TV11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 30339Movie Plus11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 30238Rishtey Cineplex11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 21634Surya Cinema11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 31248Zee Anmol Cinema11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 21735Cineplex Bollywood11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 31450Dhinchaak 211470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 41266BFLIX Movies11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Hindi-language News channel list

  1. Aaj Tak
  2. Aajtak Tez
  3. ABP News
  4. India TV
  5. NDTV India
  6. News 24
  7. News Nation
  8. News18 India
  9. Republic Bharat
  10. TV9 Bharatvarsh
  11. Zee Hindustan
  12. Zee News
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 414068Aaj Tak11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 113013Aajtak Tez11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 415069ABP News11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 410064India TV11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 313049NDTV India11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 412066News 2411510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 411065News Nation11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 402056News18 India11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 413067Republic Bharat11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 308044TV9 Bharatvarsh11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 405059Zee Hindustan11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 416070Zee News11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Devotional channel list

  1. Sadhana Bhakti
  2. Lord Buddha TV
  3. Aastha TV
  4. Sadhana TV
  5. Sanskar TV
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 50375Sadhana Bhakti11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 51385Lord Buddha TV11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 30945Aastha TV11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 31753Sadhana TV11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 31854Sanskar TV11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Bhojpuri channel list

  1. B4U Bhojpuri (Movies)
  2. Bhojpuri Cinema (Movies)
  3. Big Ganga (General Entertainment)
  4. Dabangg (Movies)
  5. Surya Bhojpuri (Movies)
  6. Zee Biskope (Movies)
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 114014B4U Bhojpuri11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 212030Bhojpuri Cinema11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 116016Big Ganga11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 310046Dabangg11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 314050Surya Bhojpuri11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 213031Zee Biskope11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Marathi channel list

  1. Fakt Marathi (General Entertainment)
  2. Shemaroo Marathibana (Movies)
  3. Zee Chitra Mandir (Movies)
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 51587Fakt Marathi11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 51688Shemaroo Marathibana11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 41771Zee Chitra Mandir11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Punjabi channel list

  1. Maha Punjabi (Music and Movies)
  2. Manoranjan Movies (Movies)
  3. Zee Punjabi – (General Entertainment)
DTH SlotChannel NumberChannel NameSatellite FrequencyQuality System
Test 509081Maha Punjabi11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 501073Manoranjan Movies11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 418072Zee Punjabi11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

DD Free Dish: MPEG-4 streaming

DD Free Dish has been expanding from time to time. It has expanded to present capacity with the introduction of MPEG-4, DVB-S2 stream. It also has plans to add HD channels in the bouquet of DD Free Dish soon. Prasar Bharati also plans to expand the 80 MPEG-2 streams to MPEG-4 in phased manner.

It is different from other DTH operators because they provide paid service. The DTH operators charge customers because they need to uplink the encrypted TV signals to the satellite and the signals are received by subscribers through a receiving system. DD Free Dish works similarly but in this case, customers have to make only a one-time investment to purchase the dish receive system including the set-top box and dish antenna with LNB.

Doordarshan and its enormous presence

Doordarshan provides television, radio, online and mobile service throughout the metropolitan and regional India. It also provides service overseas through the Indian Network and IRadio India. From an experimental broadcaster, Doordarshan has come a long way. While rules have evolved, new players have come along, Doordarshan is still watched by a large section of the country.

If you are wondering for the reason then it is the simple fact that Doordarshan, also called DD, continues to offer free-to-air channels. Whether it is Krishi Darshan or news bulletin in your local language, Doordarshan has you covered with a wide array of channels spanning multiple Indian languages.

While it started in 1959, Doordarshan extended television service to Mumbai (then Bombay) and Amritsar only in 1972. Only seven Indian cities had television service until 1975, states a Wikipedia entry. Doordarshan for a long time remained the country’s sole television provider, giving it an enormous advantage.

How to tune your old DD Free Dish set-top box

DD Free Dish transport streams and their respective frequencies, symbol rate and polarization

1. Satellite Name

Step 1: Go to the Installation menu or visit the setup menu using the remote control.
Step 2: Select Satellite Edit menu.
Step 3: Select Add New Satellite menu.
Step 4: Select Sat Name Edit menu.
Step 5: Enter Satellite Name as GSAT-15.
Step 6: Enter Satellite Longitude as 93.5°E
Step 7: Press Exit.

2. LNB Configuration

Step 1: Go to LNB configuration and ensure that the satellite is selected as GSAT-15.
Step 2: Set LNB Types as Universal.
Step 3: Set LNB Power On.
Step 4: Press Exit.

3. Transport streams of Transponder (TP) Edit

Step 1: Go to Transponder (TP) Edit menu and once again ensure that the satellite selected is GSAT-15.
Step 2: Select Add New TP menu.
Step 3: Select TP frequency as 11,090MHz.
Step 4: Select Symbol rate as 29,500Ksps.
Step 5: Select Polarization as Vertical.
Step 6: Set 22K as OFF
Step 7: Set Disc. Equal to OFF
Step 8: Select Scan as FTA.
Step 9: Press OK

Once you have entered these values in your old set-top box, now go to Search and press Ok. This will add the new 16 TV and 6 Radio services and you can add other four Transport streams by entering respective frequencies, symbol rate and polarization.

DD Free Dish FAQs

Is Star Sports available on DD Free Dish?

Unfortunately, DD Free Dish doesn’t have any Star Network channels. This means DD Free Dish doesn’t have the Star Sports channels available for its users.

Is DD Dish free of cost?

Yes, DD Free Dish is free of cost in the sense that there’s no monthly payment involved. However, in order to get access to DD Free Dish, user need to invest in one-time DD Dish system kit. This include DD Free Dish DTH antenna, DD Free Dish STB, DD Free Dish coaxial cable, and DD Free Dish RG6 connectors. The initial cost for a good and branded kits is somewhere in the range of Rs 2,500.

How can I buy DD Free Dish?

You can buy DD Free Dish kit from any electronics shop in the nearest market. There are two types of STB available for DD Free Dish in market – one that’s approved by Prasar Bharti and the second is any free-to-air set-top box.

How can I watch paid channels on DD free dish?

You can’t watch paid channels on DD Free Dish because it doesn’t have the range of frequencies to connect to their satellite.

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