An expert panel has recommended making direct-to-home (DTH) signals the primary mode of transmitting content for Doordarshan and to discontinue terrestrial analog transmission.
The Prasar Bharati Expert Committee, headed by technocrat Sam Pitroda, submitted its report to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on January 24.
It observed that in the present scenario, 92 per cent of Indian households access television through cable and satellite systems (Cable and DTH).
“This scenario presents a strong case for switching off analog terrestrial TV broadcasts within a short period of time and adoption of DD Direct (DTH) as Doordarshan’s primary mode of transmission,” the Committee recommended.
It is expected that after the completion of all phases of digitisation, DTH and Digital Cable technologies will stabilise and become the preponderant transmission and distribution platforms.
The committee also suggested that Doordarshan expand its satellite and digital cable TV operations.
The panel said Doordarshan should continue to transmit through private DTH and cable and satellite operators.