Doordarshan doles out the digital

DD Direct Plus will air 12 radio and 32 TV channels

MUMBAI — Indian pubcaster Doordarshan on Thursday became the second in the nation to offer digital satellite TV.

DD Direct Plus will air 12 radio and 32 TV channels — 17 from the Doordarshan (DD) stable including DD News, DD Sports, DD Bharati and 11 regional DD channels.

CNN, BBC, Headlines Today, Star Utsav and Sun TV also are part of the bouquet.

The service is free, but consumers must buy set-top boxes, priced between $58 and $95, to access the signal.

It aims to reach about 2 million subscribers by the end of 2005.

This is the second such platform in India after Subhash Chandra’s Dish TV.

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