With the aid of digital television receivers with built-in satellite tuners, viewers will soon be able to watch all free-to-air channels of official broadcaster Doordarshan without set top boxes.
These tuners would make it possible to receive free-to-air TV and radio channels by simply connecting a dish antenna with an LNB mounted on the building’s roof or side wall.
On Monday, the release of specifications from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for digital television receivers with integrated satellite tuners. These requirements would have to be followed when creating such television sets by television manufacturers.
Currently, set-top boxes must be purchased in order for television viewers to access both paid and free channels.
Even for the reception of Doordarshan’s non – encrypted free-to-air channels, the viewer must use a set-top box.
Right now, analogue transmission is being phased out by Doordarshan. Doordarshan will continue to use digital satellite transmission to broadcast free-to-air channels.