MUMBAI: A few days ago, Prasar Bharati had invited applications from private channels for participating in its 38th online e-auction for filling up of 54 vacant of MPEG-2 slots on its DD Free Dish DTH service. It has furnished details on the upcoming process which will see channel placements take place on 1 March.
Interested private channels were requested to submit their applications along with requisite documents and demand drafts on or before 6 February 2019 by also mentioning the genre and language of the channel. Scrutiny of the application will be done from 6-8 February 2019. The e-auction will be held from 11 February 2019 onwards followed by the issuing of allotment letters by 20 February. All payments must be made by 28 February. International Public Broadcasters licensed by the MIB can also participate in e-auction for MPEG-2.
Categorisation of TV channels in different buckets in accordance with genres/language of channel and their respective reserve price for allotment of slots on DD Free Dish through e-auction is as below:

The starting price for e-auction for the next slot, if available in the same bucket shall be increased by minimum incremental amount of Rs 5 lakh from the starting price of e-auction of immediate previous slot of the same bucket.

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