Doordarshan starts free TV services for smart phones in 16 cities

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Doordarshan (DD) has started beaming free TV services to mobile phones in 16 cities, including the four metros, in the country. The national broadcaster issued a statement stating that DD’s digital terrestrial television services have started operations from 25th February in 16 cities, providing mobile TV to users in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, Patna, Ranchi, Cuttack, Lucknow, Jalandhar, Raipur, Indore, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

This move is aimed at targeting a growing number of smartphone users, who now access entertainment on the ir mobile devices. Mobile TV can be received in and around these cities using DVB-T2 dongles in OTG enabled smartphones and tablets, Wi-Fi dongles for moving vehicles, besides the TV sets having built-in DVB-T2 tuner which are called Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). The statement also added that while iDTV are available in Sony, LG, Panasonic, Samsung etc, the dongles are also available on online shopping sites like Flipkart, Ebay, Snapdeal etc.

Users are required to download the software and plug these dongles to smartphone and tablets to receive DD’s signal. There will be no charges for watching the DD channels. Also, no internet is required after installation of the software.

Currently DD National, DD News, DD Bharati, DD Sports, DD Regional/DD Kisan are being telecast. Users need to make a one-time investment for the dongle and there will be no extra expenditure unlike streaming with internet. The TV pictures are free from “ghosting” and “snowing”, the statement added.

Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) secures greater plurality in platform ownership, ensuring that no single platform owner is so powerful that they can exert undue influence on public opinion or political agendas, the statement said.

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