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DD Podhigai
Broadcast areaIndia and Global
HeadquartersChennai, Tamil Nadu, India,
Picture format576i (4:3/16:9) SDTV
Sister channelsDD Pondicherry
DD North-East
DD Odia
DD Punjabi
DD Sahyadri
DD Malayalam
Launched14 April 1993
AnalogueVHF band

DD Podhigai is Doordarshan's Tamil language channel.[1] It is broadcast both terrestrially and via satellite.


Doordarshan Kendra Chennai's (சென்னை தொலைக்காட்சி நிலையம்) Regional satellite Network, DD-5, was launched on 15 April 1993. This service is viewed in India and some parts of the world. DD-5 took a new identity in Tamil and was renamed DD Podhigai on 15 January 2000. Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai was inaugurated on 15 August 1975.[2]

History of channel name

The name Podhigai was suggested by the viewers themselves. It is named after Podhigai Hills situated in Tirunelveli district. This hill range is part of Western Ghats of Southern India. This hill range is famous for its association with Sage Agastya. Legend has it that Agastya created Tamil in this hill. Thamirabarani River originates here.


The channel offers a variety of programmes with films, infotainment programmes, news and current affairs being most prominent. Serial programming was discontinued in 2015. It is the only regional language satellite channel with terrestrial transmission. Terrestrial transmission is limited to major cities in Tamil Nadu.

See also


  1. ^ "Regional Language Satellite Service". Doordarshan. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  2. ^ "About the Kendra". Archived from the original on 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2018.