DD to launch mobile TV service
Rebecca Hawkes
| 23 September 2014
India's public broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) is to launch a free-to-air mobile TV service in Delhi and Mumbai in January 2015.

Private media companies will be enlisted to help provide the DVB-T2 based service, which will gradually be rolled out across the nation, according to Jawhar Sircar, chief executive of DD's operator Prasar Bharti.

"We now don't get to watch television during 10-12 hours of office time. Most of the things happen on either tablet or on mobile phone. There are so many people who travel daily and can watch channels on mobile phone as long as their battery supports," Sircar told the Free Press Journal.

Viewers will initially be able to access the mobile service through a dongle, though DD hopes this technology will become embedded inside mobile devices in the future.

The news follows reports that carriage of DD channels will become mandatory on every direct-to-home (DTH) satellite and cable network across India.