5th Annual e-auction (66 E-auction) of DD Free Dish slots | Inviting Applications for Allotment of vacant MPEG-4 slots in DD Free Dish


5th Annual e-auction (66 E-auction) of DD Free Dish slots | Inviting Applications for Allotment of vacant MPEG-4 slots in DD Free Dish

Dish Platform for the period from 01.04.2023 to 31.03.2024.

Prasar Bharati invites applications for allotment of MPEG-4 slots of DD Free Dish

Platform for the period from 01.04.2023 to 31.03.2024 through 5th annual e-auction

process (66th e-auction) to be tentatively held from 16.02.2023 onward.

The e-auction will be conducted in accordance with policy guidelines for allotment of

DD Free Dish slots and as amended from time to time which are available on the

website, http://prasarbharati.gov.in.

Only satellite channels licensed by the Ministry of |&B would be allowed to participate

in the e-auction. Only companies holding valid permission from Ministry of 1&B can

apply for participation in e-auction for allocation of DD Free Dish slot.

International Public Broadcasters licensed by the Ministry of | & B can also participate

in e-auction.

Bidding in the e-auction of MPEG-4 slots will be open to all genre (language) Channels

at reserve price of Rs. 50.0 Lakhs/annum

Change of name and or logo of a channel placed on DD Free Dish may be allowed

subject to necessary permissions from Ministry of | & B.

interested broadcasters may apply online at https://fdslots.prasarbharatiorg and

upload all requisite documents as prescribed in the application. Please note that it is

mandatory to pay the non-refundable processing fee of Rs.25,000/- online at above

portal to submit the application. The participation fee of Rs. 10.0 Lakhs (Rupees one

Ten lakhs only) is to be paid only through Demand Draft. A copy of the participation

fee demand draft is to be uploaded online.

Before, starting filling up of online application, please ensure that copies of all

documents provided in ANNEXURE-1, including participation fee Demand Draft, are

available with you in pdf format for uploading.

After submission of online application, the original demand draft for participation fee

along with printout of acknowledgement for submission of online application, which will

be sent fo you on your authorized e-mail, is to be submitted in sealed cover either in

person or by Speed/Registered Post addressed to Director (Platforms), Room No. 601,

Tower-A, Directorate General: Doordarshan, Doordarshan Bhawan, Copernicus Marg,

New Delhi-110001 latest by 13.02.2023 (Monday) by 03.00 P.M.

Online training will be provided to all eligible participants before the commencement of

actual e-Auction.

if required, Prasar Bharati can extend e-Auction to the next day or as the case maybe.

For details like e-auction process, terms & conditions and payment schedule etc.

please refer to E-auction Methodology available on the website


Prasar Bharati reserve the rights to accept/reject/cancel/amend the e-Auction/slot al

any time during the e-Auction or after e-Auction

For unsuccessful bidders, participation fee will be refunded within three weeks after

the declaration of the results of e-auction.

After the successful conduct of e-auction, a Letter of Allotment will be issued by Prasar

Bharati to the successful bidders along with the payment schedule for payment of bid

amount and prescribed format of agreement to be signed between Prasar Bharati &


Every successful bidder will be required to sign an Agreement with Prasar Bharati in

two original copies within 15 days of issue of Letter of Allotment. The prescribed format

of the Agreement is available on the website,


Successful channels will be placed on vacant Logical Channel Numbers (LCNs) of DD

Free Dish. After completion of e-auction, successful channel may apply giving three

options in the order of preference for allotment of LCN. However, this does not

guarantee for placement of successful channel on preferences given for LCN. All such

requests shall be considered by Prasar Bharati in accordance with prescribed

procedure for allotment allotment/change of LCN to private TV channels, which is

available on the website https://prasarbharati.gov.in. Prasar Bharati’s decision in this

regard shall be final.

Successful channels shall be required to make payments as per payment schedule

prescribed in Letter of Allotment which will also be part of agreement to be signed

between Prasar Bharati & successful bidders.

In case of any instalments not paid within the scheduled dates, a notice to this effect

shall be issued to the defaulter to deposit the payment due along with interest @

14.5% per annum, within seven days. Interest @ 14.5% per annum shall be charged

from the due date of payment. In case the instalment due along with the interest is not

paid within seven days from its scheduled due date, the Participation Fee along with

any instalment already deposited by the Broadcaster/Channel till that date, will be

forfeited and the channel will be discontinued from DD Free Dish Platform without any

further notice and the channel will have no right to be carried on DD Free Dish on

vacated slot.

Successful channel will be placed on DD Free Dish after receipt of payment for 1st

instalment of carriage fee, as provided in allotment of letter. In case the Channel

Provider fails to place its channel on its allocated slot within one month of the allotment

commencement date, the allotment shall stand cancelled automatically and the

Participation Fee along with any instalment already deposited shall be forfeited,

in case the Channel Provider withdraws his channel prematurely or terminates the

contract prematurely the Participation Fee shall be forfeited along with any instalment

already deposited

Successful Channels will be required to arrange their own IRD Box in advance at DTH

Earth Station, Todapur, New Delhi, to place their Channel on DD Free Dish Platform.

The Last Date for submission of applications and original Demand Draft is 13.02.2023

(Monday) latest by 03.00 P.M.

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