For the degradation of DD direct plus readon…
Like the great migration, reputed Channels are fleeing DD Direct plus and are being substituted by new relatively unknown channels wanting to get a foothold in India’s fast growing tv media market. The way things are going, DD Direct should be aptly renamed as DD Direct Minus (taken from one of the comments on my blog). Looks like by new years eve the one and only – the famous Jain tv will survive the Prasar Bharati’s Purges as the only pvt channel there since introduction… oops i missed out all the political mouthpieces like Kairali.
Update: Looks like my estimate went wrong by two months, what i had estimated has become a reality that too in October! DD has become a dumping ground for Crappy channels including movie promo channels and Politically affiliated channels .
Update Dec 07: Its now final – DD direct plus should now officially be renamed DD Direct+UPA – name a UPA ally and it has a channel on DD direct.
Private Channels that Quit DD Direct plus*
2007: BBC, Etv Marathi,
July 2007: ETC Punjabi, Zee Smile,
Sept 7 07: Star Utsav, TV9, Akash Bangla, Aaj Tak and Headlines Today .
Oct 07 : Zee Music Music India tv
Dec 07 : DW Tv ?, Jaya tv, Suntv and Sun news.
Miraculously Jain tv is now out
New Channels introduced instead
Dw tv, Jaya TV, Sun News
Sept 7 07: Zee Jagran, Time tv, Enter 10, PTC News, Win Tv, Total TV, Zee Smile reintroduced**
12th sept :
Aaj tak, Aakash Bangla, and Kalaingar tv have taken independent slots and are FTA on satellite NSS6 and Not on DD Direct Plus.
27 Sept : ETC Punjabi is on and off FTA on Zee Dish network on Nss6
Nov : Kalaingar tv shifts to DD Direct plus and Sahara India or Samay is fta FTA on on Nss6
Nov / Dec: Gyandarshan 2, Makkal (PMK /Ramados), Mega tv (Congress/KV Thangabalu)
JAI HIND TV (thanks V K for update)
From the Original list of Pvt channels on DD Direct plus almost all pvt channels except MH1 and Smile Tv are out so no point mentioning them – The cpim and gulf sponsored entertainment channel Kairali is also still there.