Prasar Bharati and ‘Sansad TV’ have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for the uplink of ‘Sansad TV’ in HDTV format. The MoU has been signed by Prasar Bharati in the exchange of archival content of LSTV/RSTV.
Prasar Bharati is India’s largest Public Service Broadcaster. It is a statutory autonomous body that comprises the Doordarshan Television Network and All India Radio.
In February 2021, It was decided that LSTV & RSTV channels should be merged as ‘Sansad TV’. It will be telecast in both HDTV and SDTV formats as Sansad TV-HD and Sansad TV-SD
Sansad TV has been jointly launched by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, PM Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on 15 September 2021.
Sansad TV has requested Prasar Bharati to help uplink Sansad TV HDTV signals as the teleport facility of Sansad TV is currently capable of uplinking only one channel in SDTV format. It is being modernized and upgraded to carry one SDTV and one HDTV signal for distribution to Cable and Satellite MSOs. The up-gradation and modernization of the teleport is likely to take six months.
Details of the MoU
According to the MoU, Prasar Bharati will also carry Sansad TV-SD on its DD Free Dish Platform.
The MoU signed between Prasar Bharati and Sansad TV entails that all the costs for provisioning of the equipment, their configuration and test transmission shall be borne by Prasar Bharati.
It also mandates that Sansad TV shall provide such archival contents of LSTV/RSTV/ Sansad TV as desired by the Prasar Bharati for Production/ telecast/broadcast on their platforms including digital platforms.
To attain specific content from Sansad TV, Prasar Bharati will request in writing and the content shall be made available to Prasar Bharati within 48 hours of the request.
The decision will help in effective coverage of the proceedings of the Parliament.