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Direct-to-Home service launched

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE, SEPT. 20. Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP), which had taken up cudgels against the alleged harassment of the public by cable television operators, has welcomed the introduction of Direct-to-Home (DTH) telecast in the city.

In a press statement, the parishat convenor, P.M. Bhat, said that Doordarshan, through its website www.ddnews.com had identified three dealers in Mysore city who could sell and install its DTH receivers. Apart from Doordarshan's DTH facilities, Dish TV's DTH facilities were also available in Mysore now. Mr. Bhat said the DTH telecast would become accessible to viewers who installed their own mini-dish antennae. "DTH seems like a godsend to viewers who have been tyrannised by cable television operators," the MGP said.

On the flipside, the DTH had some limitations. While the DD-DTH facilities provided for telecast of 17 DD channels, pay channels would remain out of bounds for the viewers. Although pay channels could be accessed through Dish TV, some pay channels such as those of Star TV, were not available.

The DD DTH allows for telecast of 17 Doordarshan channels along with five other channels, including Zee Music and Zee News.

The Centre last week announced that Sun Network, Aaj Tak, Headlines Today and Zee TV channels would be telecast through DD-DTH soon. The Government was in talks with the BBC. "It is possible that all free-to-air channels will be telecast on DD-DTH in future. It can accommodate 200 TV channels," Mr. Bhat said.

The DD-DTH included five FM radio channels. "These high quality music channels can be received either on the television itself without a picture or on a sound system," Mr. Bhat said. The number of FM channels to be broadcast on DD-DTH was expected to go up to 20 soon, he said.

Mr. Bhat said a viewer, who spent Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 3,500 on the receiving equipment and its installation cost, did not have to bear any recurring charges. "You get all the DD-DTH channels for free. There is no monthly fee," he said. Since the receiver consumed barely 40 watts of power, which was equal to one light bulb, a decent uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system would enable viewers to receive all these channels even when there was a power shutdown. DD-DTH signals could be received from any spot in India.

Dish TV offers several packages, including news and movie channels. There are packages, where the viewers can pick and choose. "The charge is Rs. 72 a month, plus license fee and taxes, for all the free-to-air channels and an additional fee depending on the package one chooses." However, Dish TV DTH receiving equipment costs about Rs. 7,500, which includes installation charges.

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