The ongoing pan-India lockdown has resulted in several telecom companies announcing the extension on their validity periods — especially for subscribers whose plans were to end during the lockdown. Some of these companies — including Airtel, Vodafone-Idea and state-owned telecom giant BSNL also announced the addition of Rs 10 worth talk time to millions of subscribers as a goodwill gesture. This was done to ensure that people stay in touch without having to worry about recharging their numbers. Taking a cue from them, DTH players across the country also seem to have taken a similar stance. According to Gadgets 360, three of the leading DTH players in the country have announced that they will continue to offer free interactive service channels to their subscribers during the lockdown period.
The DTH players who are a part of this announcement include Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV, and Tata Sky. Airtel and Dish TV will provide four service channels for free to its users spread across a wide spectrum. Tata Sky went one step ahead and said it would offer its users up to 10 free service channels. All these players have ensured that the content on these channels will interest people who are staying at their homes because of the lockdown and will mostly feature content that will help them learn new skills like cooking, dancing, and fitness.
Let’s take a look at the free service channels on each of these DTH platforms
Airtel Digital TV free service channels
Airtel offers four service channels — Aapki Rasoi, Airtel CuriosityStream, and Let’s Dance for its subscribers during the lockdown period
- Aapki Rasoi – Channel 407
- Airtel CuriosityStream – Channel 419
- Airtel Seniors TV – Channel 323
- Let’s Dance – Channel 113
Dish TV free service channels
India’s first DTH provider Dish TV has decided to offer content from the following service channels for free during the duration of the lockdown period:
- Ayushmaan Active – Channel 130
- Fitness Active – Channel 132
- Kids Active Toons – Channel 956
- Kids Active Rhymes – Channel 957
Tata Sky free service channels
As outlined earlier in this article, Tata Sky has decided to give access to 10 of its service channels to all its subscribers during the lockdown period. Here is a list of those channels.
- Dance Studio – Channel 123
- Fun Learn – Channel 664/ 668
- Cooking – Channel 127
- Fitness – Channel 110
- Smart Manager – Channel 701
- Vedic Maths -Channel 702
- Classroom – Channel 653
- English – Channel 660 (Hindi) Channel 1424 (Telugu)
- Beauty – Channel 119
- Javed Akhtar – Channel 150
Access to these channels aside, TataSky has also announced that it will provide a credit facility to users who will give them a missed call to the number 080-61999922 from their registered mobile number.