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DD India not going off air, says Prasar Bharati member SC Panda

MUMBAI: DD India, which relays news
and other content to Indians who live
overseas, will most likely not be on
Hot Bird 13B as its satellite licence is
nearing expiry of its term.
Prasar Bharati is in talks for a
renewal of the distribution deal with
Deutsche Welle, but the German
pubcaster does not have bandwidth.
The carriage of DD India (earlier DD
World) on Hot Bird13B Satellite having
footprints in Europe, North Africa and
the Middle East could thus end.
DDG (commercial) CK Jain told
TelevisionPost.com that DD India’s
agreement with Deutsche Welle
expires on 30 September.
Prasar Bharati is working on various
options. “There are plans to renew it
but Deutsche Welle is not having the
bandwidth to carry the channel. If it
doesn’t work out, we won’t be on Hot
Bird 13B. So we are working on
various options. Either we will try to
do it ourselves or will talk to other
distributors,” he said.
Deutsche Welle had entered into an
agreement with DD India on 5 August
2014 to provide DD India with access
and reach to more than 120 million
international audiences in Europe,
Africa and the Middle East.
DD India is an international channel of
Doordarshan with a mission to build
bridges of communication with Indians
living abroad and to showcase the real
India. The programming of the
channel offers international viewers
an update on the Indian social,
cultural, political, current affairs and
economic scene. The channel is
available in free-to-air (FTA) mode.
The agreement between the two
entities had facilitated the
availability of DD programmes on a
‘free to air’ basic package mode, on a
DTH platform. This entailed coverage
of DD through whole of Europe, Asia,
North Africa and even up to Australia.

DD India in trouble as satellite licence period is expiring




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  1. There were half baked news from few sites telling that DD India itself will go off except for one website which clearly told it is going only from Hotbird 13 and there was no news about DD India itself closing down.

  2. NEW
    DELHI:
    With
    Doordarshan’s
    contract
    with
    German
    pubcaster
    Deutsche
    Welle
    ending
    soon,
    the
    transmission
    of
    DD’s
    international
    channel
    DD
    India
    may
    go
    off
    the
    Hotbird
    European
    satellite.
    However,
    Doordarshan
    sources
    told Indiantelevision.com that
    DD
    India
    is
    available
    and will continue to be available to
    European viewers via the INSAT 4B’s
    connectivity with IS 20 satellite.
    Sources also said that the Prasar
    Bharati Board was considering various
    options available apart from IS 20,
    and will take a decision shortly.
    The agreement with Deutsche Welle
    was a year-long agreement on barter
    basis under, which India was using the
    German pubcaster’s transponder on
    Hotbird and was transmitting their
    German channel on an Indian satellite.
    Sources said that the stoppage of use
    of Hotbird will not mean depriving
    European viewers of DD India as the IS
    20 transmission was on.
    http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/terrestrial/dd-india-s-europe-transmission-uninterrupted-by-deutsche-welle-contract-expiry-150827

  3. DD India not going off air,
    says Prasar Bharati
    member SC Panda

    MUMBAI: Refuting media reports about
    DD India going off the air, public
    broadcaster Prasar Bharati today said
    that the channel will continue to be
    available on other satellites even as it
    continues to negotiate with Hot Bird
    13B satellite and Deutsche Welle for
    extension of carriage agreement.
    Prasar Bharati member (personnel) SC
    Panda said, “The report that DD India
    is going off the air is unfounded and
    baseless. On the contrary, the
    channel is planning to expand its
    footprint to several new areas of the
    globe.”
    DD India is currently distributed in
    Canada, the USA, Mauritius and a few
    other places through a separate
    arrangement. It is also available on
    Insat 4B.
    As reported earlier by
    TelevisionPost.com, the legal
    agreement with Deutsche Welle,
    through which the channel is
    distributed in Europe via Hot Bird 13B,
    is set to expire on 30 September 2015.
    Prasar Bharati and Doordarshan are
    trying to renew the agreement for
    the Hot Bird 13B satellite space
    either through Deutsche Welle or
    directly through Hot Bird.
    DDG (commercial) CK Jain had told
    TelevisionPost.com that Prasar
    Bharati was working on various
    options. “There are plans to renew it
    but Deutsche Welle is not having the
    bandwidth to carry the channel. If it
    does not work out, we won’t be on
    Hot Bird 13B. So we are working on
    various options. We will either try to
    do it ourselves or talk to other
    distributors,” he had said.
    Furthermore, the Prasar Bharati
    board is taking measures to increase
    the distribution of DD India in other
    parts of the globe and a proposal for
    that has already been mooted. The
    process will be initiated after the
    approval of the proposal.
    http://www.televisionpost.com/television/dd-india-not-going-off-air-says-prasar-bharati-member-sc-panda/

  4. maybe thats why DD India is on Intelsat 20 at 68.5 east too in Cband

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