Public broadcaster Doordarshan's (DD) digital arm Digital Terrestrial Television services, has started operations to provide mobile TV to users in 16 cities. The service which is free of cost, does not require an internet connection, but needs a dongle that can be bought separately to catch DD signals.
An official statement says that while iDTV tuners are available in television sets from brands like Sony, LG, Panasonic and Samsung, the DVB T2 dongles are available on online shopping sites like Flipkart, eBay, and Snapdeal.
The 16 cities this service has currently started operations in are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, Patna, Ranchi, Cuttack, Lucknow, Jalandhar, Raipur, Indore, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Bengaluru, and Ahmedabad.
The statement adds, "Public and private transportation vehicles and public places are potential environments for mobile television. With the Digital Terrestrial Television Transmission, everybody will watch the same content at the same time, and it guarantees everyone the same level of service since they are all bathed in the same signal."
Currently, DD National, DD News, DD Bharati, DD Sports, and DD Regional (DD Kisan) are the channels being relayed on this service.