New Delhi: The Central government founded public service broadcaster Doordarshan has started its Digital Terrestrial Television services in 16 different cities from 25 February, thereby providing mobile TV to the users.
The 16 cities include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, Patna, Ranchi, Cuttack, Lucknow, Jallandhar, Raipur, Indore, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Bangalore and Ahmadabad. The mobile TV can be viewed using DVB-T2 Dongles in OTG enabled smart phones and tablets, Wi-Fi dongles for moving vehicles, besides TV sets having built-in DVB-T2 Tuner which is called integrated digital TV (iDTV).
The dongles are also available on online Shopping sites like Flipkart, Ebay, Snapdeal etc. All the users have to do is to download the software and plug these dongles in the smart phones and tablets to receive DD Signals. Customers can enjoy DD Channels without paying any charges.
Mobile TV does not require internet connection after the installation of the software. The public and private transportation vehicles and public places are potential environments for Mobile Television. Currently DD National, DD News, DD Bharati, DD Sports, DD Regional/DD Kisan are being relayed. Only one time investment of dongle will be required by viewers with no extra expenditure.
Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) secures greater plurality in platform ownership, ensuring that no single platform owner is so powerful that they can exert undue influence on public opinion or political agendas. The digital transition offers an opportunity to increase the production of local content. This, in turn, creates job opportunities and increases creativity and entrepreneurship. A strong DTT platform is critical for healthy competition in the TV market and to the realisation of a wide range of social benefits and most essentially an all weather reliable platform. There is no risk of the catastrophic failure of total network. It provides alternative distribution platform.
Television has gone through transformation over the years in India- from Black & White TV of the late 50s, it has changed to colour and now in the latest stage with digital terrestrial TV DD channels can be received on smart phones, tablets and in moving vehicles.
Currently, mobile TV can be received using a dongle for mobiles and tablets. But the day is not far when it will be embedded inside the devices. Watching TV from a phone is interesting in many situations. In the DTT Transmission everybody watches the same content at the same time and it guarantees everybody the same high level of service, since they are all bathed in the same signal. So tablets, smart phones, and moving vehicles have found new ways of watching DD Channels in India in 16 cities, which is going to increase in near future.