Thursday, 12 October 2017

DD free dish update: DD to Shift Live Cricket Transmission From National to DD Sports

DD free dish update, DD free dish latest news: Doordarshan plans to power dual programming for DD Sports. While DD Sports will broadcast sporting events on the terrestrial network and DD Free Dish, a separate channel feed will be broadcast with different programming on the channel carried by private DTH platforms and cable TV services.

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State broadcaster Doordarshan plans to have a dual programming channel for its sports channel DD Sports, following the Supreme Court's verdict in August, asking the network to stop broadcasting sports events of national importance in cable and private direct to house (DTH) operators.

The Supreme Court in August had upheld a Delhi Supreme Court decision in 2015 and had said that Prasar Bharati, led by Doordarshan, can transmit the information he receives from private sports chains only on his terrestrial network and his own DTH platform, Free Dish and not in Doordarshan Channels carried by cable and private DTH platforms.

In the light of the verdict, Prasar Bharati planned a series of changes in the way the Doordarshan channels carry out sports programming so far.

First, the public broadcaster has moved sports programming (the source it receives from private broadcasters) from its flagship DD National to DD Sports. "All sports events of national importance will be issued predominantly in DD Sports," said Shashi Shekhar Vempati, executive director of Prasar Bharati. "We have started doing this with the (ongoing) FIFA U17 World Cup.

Second, the channel has a double feed planned for DD Sports. While DD Sports will broadcast sports events on the terrestrial network and DD Free Dish, a separate feed will be broadcast with a different schedule on the channel transported by private and cable DTH platforms. DD Sports will now have an identity and a purpose that should have been fulfilled a long time ago, "Vempati added.

Under the Sports Broadcasting Act (Compulsory to share with Prasar Bharati), 2007, private broadcasters are required to share live broadcast signals of national sports events with Prasar Bharati.

In two notifications of different gazettes, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I & B) had defined events of cricket and non-cricket of national importance.

All official one-day international matches, Twenty20 and test matches played by the Indian cricket team, semifinals and finals of the Men's World Cup and the International Cricket Championship Trophy were named cricket events of national importance.

Non-cricket sports events include the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Summer and Special Olympics, Paralympic Games and certain tennis, hockey and football events.

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