Doordarshan will conduct 32nd Online e-auction for Vacant DTH slots on DD Free Dish on 14th February, 2017.
The reserve price per DTH slot has been set at Rs 4.8 crore (Rs 48 million). Gurgaon based C1 India will conduct the auction.
In the new e-auction, interested channels are required to submit uplinking and downlinking permission from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) along with the application.
They are also required to pay a participation fee of Rs 1.5 crore (Rs 15 million) by demand draft in favour of PB (BCI) Doordarshan Commercial Service, New Delhi, in addition to a non-refundable processing fee of Rs 10,000.
The successful channels will have to arrange IRD boxes in advance to place their channels on the platform on time. The EMD drafts will be returned to the unsuccessful bidders within a week or immediately after the e-auction.
Channels that have won slots on the platform will need to deposit Rs 1.10 crore (Rs 11 million) within one month from the placement of the channel on Freedish, along with Service Tax @ 15% on the total bid amount.
The second installment amounting to Rs 1.10 crore (Rs 11 million) will have to be deposited in the second month from the placement of the channel.
The balance bid amount will have to be deposited on or before six months from the placement of the channel, failing which the deposited amount will be forfeited and the channel will be discontinued from the platform after a 21-day notice.