How to receive

How to receive DD FREE DISH ?


Receive system of DD Free Dish contains three units: 1) One small sized Dish Antenna along with LNBF 2) Indoor Set-Top-Box (STB) also known as IRD (Integrated Receiver Decoder) and 3) Handy Remote control unit for STB. Dish Antenna installed at the roof top or on wall facing clear south receives the signal from satellite and transmits it to the indoor Set top box unit. The set top box further decodes the different TV channels from the DTH bouquet and feeds it to the TV set for viewing.

The complete DD Free Dish DTH system (Dish Antenna, Set Top Box and Remote control unit) is a one-time purchase from the open market with a nominal cost. There is absolutely no further recurring expenditure in terms of monthly subscription etc. for viewing DD Free Dish Channels.

Installation of the Receive System:

Installation of the DTH receive system is very easy and does not take much time. The viewers may take the services of skilled technical personnel to get the dish installed and oriented towards the desired Satellite, followed by tuning/configuring the Set-Top-Box unit. Dish Installation and STB-Tuning procedure is normally mentioned in the manual supplied by respective manufacturer along with their receive system. As a broad guideline, some of the parameters which may be required to be fed to the STB are indicated below.
Satellite in use:

GSAT series Geostationary Satellite GSAT-15 from ISRO is being used to provide the services of DD Free Dish in Ku-Band. Reception of DD Free Dish signal is available throughout the length and breadth of the Indian Territory except Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Salient features of the satellite are listed below:

Orbit type: Geo-synchronous
Satellite’s Orbital location: 93.5° East

DTH Receive Parameters:

Receive parameters of the Doordarshan’s DTH bouquet of TV channels (spread in 5 streams), are as follows:



Downlink freq.

LNB Frequency

Symbol Rate


K-16 (36 MHz)


11090 9750 29500 3/4
K-18 (36 MHz)


11170 9750 29500 3/4
K-19 (36 MHz)


11470 10600 29500 3/4
K-20 (36 MHz)


11510 10600 29500 3/4
K-21 (36 MHz)


11550 10600 29500 3/4

Following is the suggestive tuning procedure of STB for receiving the TV Channels. However if need be, the viewers may consult the installation manual supplied with STB or contact the nearest STB Dealer.

1.Satellite Name:

a) Go to Installation menu or setup Programme from remote.

b) Select Satellite Edit menu.

c) Select Add New Satellite menu.

d) Select Sat Name Edit menu.

e) Enter Satellite Name as GSAT -15.

f) Enter Satellite Longitude as 93.5° E

g) Press Exit

2. LNB Configuration

a) Go to LNB Configuration menu. Ensure that satellite selected is GSAT-15 only.

b) Set LNB Types as Universal.

c) Set LNB Power on.

d) Press Exit

3. Transport Stream of Transponder (TP) Edit:

a) Go to Transponder Edit menu. Ensure that satellite selected is GSAT-15.

b) Select Add New TP menu.

c) Enter TP Frequency as 11090 MHz.

d) Select Symbol rate as 29500 Ksps.

e) Select Polarization as Vertical.

f) ‘22K’ OFF*

g) ‘Disc. Equal’. Off

h) Select Scan as FTA.

i) Press OK.

After filling the above values Go to ‘search’

Press ‘OK’

The new 16 TV and 06 Radio services will be displayed. Similarly add all other four TPs by entering the frequency, symbol rate and polarization as given in Table above

Note: – The above-mentioned steps may be in, different order in some of the STBs.

In case there is any difficulty, viewers are advised to contact the nearest STB dealer.