Prasar Bharati invites applications to allot Bucket R1 MPEG-2 slots of DD Free Dish

MUMBAI: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has invited applications to fill up reserved Bucket R1 MPEG-2 slots of its free direct to home (DTH) platform DD Free Dish on pro-rata basis.

The allotment will be done for the specific period from 15 April 2019 to 31 May, 2019 and after that the channel shall have no right to continue on DD Free Dish platform beyond that period.

The e-auction for Bucket R1 MPEG-2 slots will be held on 12th April, 2019. The public broadcaster has urged all the eligible to send their application latest by 1 pm of 11th April, 2019.

Only devotional/spiritual satellite channels, including channels promoting Yoga, Ayurveda, Health & Wellness based on traditional methods, licensed by the Ministry of I&B and categorized as Bucket R1 are eligible to apply for allocation of these slots on pro-rata basis.

The interim reserve or base price of Bucket R1 for allotment of slots on DD Free Dish on pro-rata basis is Rs 3 crore/annum. Hence, the pro-rata carriage fee for the period from 15 April, 2019 to 31 May, 2019 will be Rs. 4,558,356 inclusive of GST @18%.

Prasar Bharati at its recent board meeting had amended the policy guidelines for DD Free Dish by reserving three MPEG-2 slots for devotional/spiritual/AYUSH channels.

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