MPEG-4 slots will be open to all genre (language) Channels at a reserve price of Rs 16.5 lakh. Only channels licenced by the Ministry of I&B (MIB) would be allowed to participate in the allocation/41st online e-Auction process. Only companies holding valid permission from MIB or their authorised distributor partners can apply for the allocation of DD Free Dish slot.
As per notice, if bidder Company is other than the channel license holder, the letter/agreement signed between license Holder Company and Distributor Company authorizing the bidder for distribution of the channel and bidding on behalf of the channel must be submitted.
International Public Broadcasters licensed/registered by the Ministry of I&B can also participate in the e-auction.
Also, the channel provider shall be required to notify viewers of the need to use the Prasar Bharati authorised STBs. Prasar Bharati stated that it reserves all rights to restrict access of MPEG-4 signals to unauthorised STBs at any point of time.
PB notice said that the carriage fee along with applicable GST will be payable in two installments. The first installment will have to be paid in advance by 30th January before the placement of the channel; the second installment payable by 27th February after adjusting the participation fee amount.
Prasar Bharati/Doordarshan can extend e-Auction to the next day or as the case may be. The Last Date for submission of applications is 20th January 2020.