The 1982 Asian Games hosted by India in Delhi was a turning point in the history of Doordarshan.
Doordarshan again made history on March 8, 1999 when the Prime Minister launched an 'Indian Satellite Sports Channel'- dedicated to sports. The original 6 hours daily duration was increased to 12 hours on April 25, 1999. From June 1, 2000 the channel went on air round the clock. The sports channel which was encrypted from September 15, 2000 once again became a free to air channel on July 15, 2003.
Available on both analog and digital mode on PAS-10 from August 6, 2001 the channel is received in 34 countries of Middle East, CIS and neighbouring countries and also in European and African Regions.
The DD-Sports channel dedicated to coverage of sports events of National/International importance consists of 6 hours fresh programmes (live/ deferred live and in-house) 1.2 hours of acquired programmes and 16.8 hours of repeat segment.
During the past two years a number of major national and international events covered live/deferred live or recorded telecast on the DD-Sports Channel.
Some of these events were:
1st Afro Asian Games at Hyderabad
World Cup Cricket Tournament 2003
Busan Asian Games- 2002
Athens Olympics 2004
Asia Cup Cricket 2004
Indo-Pak Cricket Series 2004
In addition to the above, DD-Sports also covered important events in the following sports Hockey/ Football/ Chess/ Athletic/ Swimming/ Archery/ Badminton/ Wrestling and Rural games. Most of the events were covered under the existing agreements made with Sports Federations.
Some programmes acquired for telecast on DD-Sports are: Olympic Build up, Adventure, International, Magazine shows, News based shows, Personality Oriented, Indigenous/Tribal Games of India.
Plans are afoot to cover all major cricketing events in the country and abroad in the coming years. It is also proposed to acquire software in respect of major sports events held globally.