DD India is an Indian English News and Current Affairs Channel. The service is also aimed at the overseas market, similar to BBC World News, Arirang TV, DW, France 24, CGTN, VOA, NHK World-Japan, RT, and broadcast through satellite and cable operators throughout the world as well as online and through its mobile apps. It became a full-fledged English News and Current Affairs Channel in January 2019 followed by a decision of the parent Prasar Bharati's board.
In the first quarter of 2019, DD India and Republic TV have alternated for the most-watched channel position in the English channel newsweekly ratings as measured by the BARC India group.
DD India, an Indian pay television channel that was launched on 14 March 1995 as DD International, is available in 146 countries throughout the world. It was rebranded as DD World in 2000 and again in 2002 as DD India. It is owned and operated by Doordarshan, India's state-owned television network.
The international broadcaster features some original programming, such as dramas, comedy-series, talk shows, documentaries, and re-runs of popular TV shows from other Indian television channels. In addition, it also airs some TV shows in other Indian languages, such as Urdu, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, etc.
In the United States, the channel was launched on 26 July 2007 and is available on DirecTV.
In 2019, it was relaunched as an English-language news channel, as Doordarshan turned its already-dedicated news channel, DD News, into a Hindi-language only network while the international version of DD National was launched.
DD INDIA Channel is available on:
- Free Dish Channel No. 074
- Tata Sky Channel no. 620
- Airtel Digital TV Channel No. 150
- Dish TV Channel No. 115
- In digital Channel No. 166
- Videocon Channel No. 129
- Hathway Channel No. 228
- Reliance Digital TV Channel No. 410
- Den Channel No. 521
'DD India' Channel, initially known as DD-World was launched on 14th March 1995. It was renamed DD India in 2002. The Channel, earlier known as DD World the programming offers international viewers an update on the Indian social, cultural, political, and economic scenario. DD India was launched with a mission to build bridges of communication with Indians living abroad and to showcase the real India.
A strategy for distribution of the channel and to have footprint all over the world is underway in consultation with the Ministry. The channel is up-linked from New Delhi and can be watched in 38 countries across the world through the INSAT-4B satellite.
DD-India is taking vigorous steps to enrich its program content by refurbishing its fixed point chart. At present 12 hours program loop is being telecast and the same is being repeated twice in 24 hours to suit the prime time zones of the world.
Exclusive Programs Showing on DD India
"DD India carries News Bulletins, Features on Topical Events, Entertainment Programs, Sitcoms, Travelogue, Feature Films, Music and Dance, Serials, Documentaries, News and Current Affairs, Events and Tourism, LIVE Coverage on important events, State Festivals organized by the State departments. Along with English News Bulletin, News Bulletins in Hindi and Sanskrit are being telecast all over the world."
Global Distribution of DD India
DD India Channel is available in all Indian Subcontinent.
Through INSAT-4B, Frequency 3925H in MCPC with other DD channels
Symbol Rate 27500 KSPS, FEC 3/4.
It is available on a free dish on Ku Band in the channel no. 74 of the DTH platform of DD. The Ku Band signal reaches all over South and South East Asia, coastal Africa, and Arab countries as Direct to Home signals.
- DD India Channel is available in Canada - Through Asian Television Network, agreement till March 10, 2018.
- DD India Channel is available in the USA - Through ITV Network.
- DD India Channel is available in Mauritius - Through MBC.