The slots have been provided on a pro-rata basis for the period from 1st December 2019 to 29th February 2020. The list of 8 channels include Hindi movie channel Abzy Cool, Hindi music channel Showbox, Bhojpuri movie channel Ganga Biskope, Hindi music channel Wow Music, Hindi news channels TV9 Bharatvarsh and ABP Ganga, Punjabi entertainment channel Zee Punjabi and Marathi channel MR TV.
Abzy Cool is in Bucket A which had a pro-rata reserve price of Rs 3.11 crore. Bucket B, which had a pro-rata reserve price of Rs 2.73 crore, had three channels. With pro-rata reserve price of Rs 2.23 crore and Rs 1.55 crore respectively, Bucket C and D had two channels each.
PB has earned a minimum of Rs 18.86 crore at the pro-rata reserve price.
Out of the eight channels, Ganga Biskope and Zee Punjabi are from the ZEEL stable. The two channels have not yet officially launched. The company has plans to launched regional channels, particularly in the movie genre. TV9 Bharatvarsh and ABP Ganga, which were launched recently, are looking to increase their reach with their availability on DD Free Dish.
As per Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar, the overall revenue from DD Free Dish is expected to cross Rs 400 crore between MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 slots.