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

On: January 4, 2021

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

DD Free Dish

DD 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 Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 101 001 DD News 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 102 002 DD National 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 103 003 DD Retro 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 104 004 DD Kisan 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 512 084 DD India 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 505 077 DD Sports 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 406 060 DD Bharati 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 407 061 DD Urdu 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

DD Parliamentary channel list

  1. Lok Sabha TV
  2. Rajya Sabha TV
DTH Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 208 026 Lok Sabha TV 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 209 027 Rajya Sabha TV 11170
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 Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 316 052 DD Assam 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 106 006 DD Bangla 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 107 007 DD Chandana 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 108 008 DD Girnar 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 109 009 DD Kashir 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 207 025 DD Malayalam 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 202 020 DD Odia 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 203 021 DD Podhigai 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 204 022 DD Punjabi 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 205 023 DD Sahyadri 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 304 040 DD Saptagiri 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 206 024 DD Yadagiri 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 111 011 DD Arun Prabha 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 506 078 DD Bihar 11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 311 047 DD Madhya Pradesh 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 504 076 DD Rajasthan 11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 309 045 DD Uttar Pradesh 11470
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 Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 318 054 DD Chhattisgarh 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 507 079 DD Jharkhand 11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 417 071 DD Uttarakhand 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 118 018 DD Manipur 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 117 017 DD Meghalaya 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 317 053 DD Mizoram 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 217 035 DD Nagaland 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 218 036 DD Tripura 11170
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

DTH Slot

Channel Number

Channel Name

Satellite Frequency

Quality System

Test 305

041

Colors Rishtey

11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Test 312

048

Zee Anmol

11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Test 401

055

Big Magic

11510

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Test 211

029

Dangal TV

11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Test 210

028

Shemaroo TV

11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Test 301

037

Sony Pal

11470

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Test 215

033

Star Utsav

11170

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Test 502

101

Star Utsav Movies

11550

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Test 508

80

Sony Wah

11550

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Test 510

82

Filmachi

11550

V

29500

MPEG-2

DVB-S

Youth-oriented General Entertainment channel list

  1. Zing
DTH Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 511 083 Zing 11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Hindi Music channel list

  1. MTV Beats
  2. B4U Music
  3. 9XM
  4. Mastiii
DTH Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 514 086 MTV Beats 11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 409 063 B4U Music 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 403 057 9XM 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 408 062 Mastiii 11510
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
DTH Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 201 019 ABZY Dhakad 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 110 010 ABZY Movies 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 214 032 ABZY Cool 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 306 042 B4U Kadak 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 112 012 B4U Movies 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 115 015 Dhinchaak 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 315 051 Enterr10 Movies 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 404 058 Maha Movie 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 501 073 Manoranjan TV 11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 303 039 Movie Plus 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 302 038 Rishtey Cineplex 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 216 034 Surya Cinema 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 312 048 Zee Anmol Cinema 11470
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 Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 414 068 Aaj Tak 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 113 013 Aajtak Tez 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 415 069 ABP News 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 410 064 India TV 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 313 049 NDTV India 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 412 066 News 24 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 411 065 News Nation 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 402 056 News18 India 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 413 067 Republic Bharat 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 308 044 TV9 Bharatvarsh 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 405 059 Zee Hindustan 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 416 070 Zee News 11510
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Devotional channel list

  1. Sadhana Bhakti
  2. Lord Buddha TV
DTH Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 503 075 Sadhana Bhakti 11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 513 085 Lord Buddha TV 11550
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 Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 114 014 B4U Bhojpuri 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 212 030 Bhojpuri Cinema 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 116 016 Big Ganga 11090
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 310 046 Dabangg 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 314 050 Surya Bhojpuri 11470
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 213 031 Zee Biskope 11170
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S

Marathi channel list

  1. Fakt Marathi (General Entertainment)
  2. Shemaroo Marathibana (Movies)
DTH Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 515 087 Fakt Marathi 11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 516 088 Shemaroo Marathibana 11550
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 Slot Channel Number Channel Name Satellite Frequency Quality System
Test 509 081 Maha Punjabi 11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 501 073 Manoranjan Movies 11550
V
29500
MPEG-2
DVB-S
Test 418 072 Zee Punjabi 11510
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.

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