India has 269 pay channels; DD Freedish eyes 250 channel
There are 269 pay TV channels in the country out of 885 channels permitted by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), according to data available till 30 April. Rajyavardhan Rathore“Presently, 885 satellite TV channels are permitted by the ministry under the uplinking/downlinking guidelines,” Minister of State in the MIB Col Rajyavardhan Rathore said in the Lok Sabha.
“Out of these, 269 channels have been reported as pay channels by the broadcasters to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI),” he added.
Rathore further stated that Prasar Bharati’s free-to-air (FTA) direct-to-home (DTH) platform Freedish is carrying 80 channels, which is expected to go up to 250 channels in 12th Plan scheme.
Prasar Bharati, he stated, has informed that All India Radio (AIR) has 23 FTA channels on Freedish. The pubcaster has proposed to start 16 more FTA channels on the DTH platform.