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    Receiving DD Direct


    How to receive DD DIRECT+ ?

    Receive System includes a small satellite dish (which is an antenna for receiving a satellite broadcast signal); a digital integrated receiver/decoder (IRD) also called STB (Set Top Box), which separates each channel and decompresses and translates the digital signal for viewing over a television; and a remote control.

    Investment on the part of subscriber for receiving DD-DIRECT signal is only one time on receive system and no recurring monthly expenditure will have to be incurred by the viewer. As compared to other DTH systems, where a huge activation fee and a monthly subscription fee is charged, the DD DIRECT+ can be received without payment of any activation fees. Price of a receive system is around Rs 3000/ to Rs 3500/-. Once the technology gets induced the demand for the receive systems will increase and the prices would further comedown.

    Installation of the Receive System:

    Installation of the System is very easy and does not take much time. However the viewer has to take the services of skilled technical personnel to get the dish installed and oriented towards the Satellite which is required to be carried out before the system starts receiving the DD DIRECT+ signals. Tuning/configuring the STB also is required to be done initially. Tuning procedure is normally supplied by the manufacturer along with the STB.  Some of the parameters which are required to be fed to the IRD are mentioned therein and are also given under the heading 'Satellite in use'.

    Satellite in use:

    A powerful Satellite NSS 6 is being used to uplink the DD DIRECT+ signal. Reception of the signal has been checked to be available throughout the country.

    Salient features of the satellite are listed below:

    Orbit type: Geosynchronous
    Orbital location: 95° E