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Briefing journalists here today, the Director-General of Doordarshan, S.Y. Quraishi, said the public broadcaster was talking to Taiwanese and Japanese companies to develop television sets which can be mounted on vehicles and can translate digital signals back to analog format.
Though he refused to give more details on the plea that negotiations were still at an early stage, Mr. Quraishi said Doordarshan had embarked on this route in view of the fact that the four metros had a high vehicular population. Doordarshan's assessment is that this would be a good commercial proposition even if 20,000 people subscribed to it.
Admitting that the cost of the set-top box was still high, Mr. Quraishi was hopeful that market forces would make it affordable, as in the case of all new technologies.
As for the recent decision of the Prasar Bharati Board to allow Doordarshan to go on to the DTH platform, he said they had plans to accommodate 40 channels.
To begin with, 20 channels would be on the platform a dozen would be Doordarshan channels and the remaining private free-to-air channels.
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