On 12 March 2015, Doordarshan invited bids (Technical and Financial) from interested agencies to conduct e-auction of Direct-to- Home (DTH) vacant slots of DD Free Dish. To bring transparency in auction process, Prasar Bharati has hired an agency for secured e-auctioning platform. Prasar bharati is going to allot DTH vacant slots of Free Dish to private channels on annual or monthly basis. Auction will go through internet using digital certificates (DSC) and no physical presence of bidders would be required at DD premises at the time of bidding.
An internal source said,”e-auction platform will not only save the time, but bring the cost effectiveness, efficiency and transparency in allotment of vacant slots of Free Dish. It will fetch better revenue for Doordarshan.”
The capacity of free Dish DTH is being increased from 64 channels to 112 channels. The expansion would provide a total of 64 MPEG-2 channels and a total of 48 MPEG- 4 channels. Therefore more slots will be available on the Dish TV platform in future for private channels.
Interested bidders are expected to submit the “Financial and Technical” bids along with an Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) of Rs 1 lakh through demand draft/bankers cheque drawn in favour of “PB, BCI, DG: DD New Delhi” on any scheduled commercial bank payable at New Delhi to be enclosed with the technical bid.
All bids will have to be submitted to Facilitation Counter, Tower ‘A’, Doordarshan Bhawan, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi 110001.
The last date for submission of the bids is 10 April, 2015. The opening of the financial bids will be intimated later to all technically qualified bidders.