Doordarshan in terrestrial mode is estimated to be available to about 92 percent of the population spread over 81 percent area of the country. However, in satellite mode, multichannel TV coverage of Doordarshan reaches all the areas of the country through Doordarshan's free-to-air DTH service FreeDish. It is possible to receive DTH signals anywhere in the country with the help of a small-sized dish receive unit.
Modernization of Doordarshan network by utilizing modern techniques and equipment is a continuous process. Schemes in this regard have been formulated and implemented from time to time. The modernization plan covers a broad spectrum, which includes digitization, adoption of new technologies, upgradation, and replacement of old aging equipment.
DD FreeDish has reached about 20 to 30 million homes with 80 TV channels and 32 radio channels, estimates KPMG-FICCI. There was no restriction on any channel for obtaining a slot on DD FreeDish through e-auction as DD FreeDish platform was free-to-air and no subscription was charged by Doordarshan from viewers.