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Doordarshan to launch DTH next month

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Hyderabad , Sept.1

THE Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Culture, Mr S. Jaipal Reddy, has announced that Doordarshan's Direct-To-Home (DTH) service would be launched in the country next month.

The DTH platform would telecast 40 channels free of cost, he said while inaugurating a low-power TV transmitter at Miryalguda, which he represents in Parliament, in Nalgonda district.

Mr Reddy said out of eight crore TV sets in the country, only four crore had cable connection; the DTH service, however, would be reach the homes of a large number of people through the 40 channels, including those of Doordarshan, through a dish and set-top box.

The Minister also said the Centre's decision to provide licences to 400 FM stations and 4,000 community radio stations, including colleges and other educational institutions, would considerably boost radio.

He also said a local radio station would be installed in Nalgonda district, for which a suitable site is being identified.

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