Saturday, 26 May 2018

ABS Satellite at 75 E is Shutting Down its ABS Free DISH and Free Dish Channel list

Did government pressure push ABS-2 to shut down Indian television channels in the ABS FTA DTH service ABS Free Dish? ABS closed the doors as of May 1, 2018, on Indian television channels that used the Ku FTA band platform with ABS-2 satellite beams. The apparent reason: pressure from the government of India on the local television channels to stop using the 'unauthorized' platform that discouraged the payment of the transport fee to the satellite operator, which was the origin of the business.


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ABS Satellite at 75 E: ABS Free DISH

The ABS-2 signals from the registered satellite operator in Bermuda, which houses a DTH service from Nepal and Bangladesh licensed in their respective countries in South Asia, have been extended to India and a mix of Indian television, Nepalese and Bangladeshi. the channels were available to the Indians as an FTA service that was accessed through some simple vanilla hardware (read decoders and antennas) at a nominal cost.

When requested by Indian distribution platforms, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) in 2017 requested the Department of Space (DoS) to block the service "unauthorized" DTH or KU-band ABS-2 for a possible threat to national security - a claim that was refuted by ABS citing international ITU laws.

Finally, when ABS made the decision to close the doors of Indian television channels, there were 90 of them, mostly broadcasting content in non-Hindu languages. These channels used the Ku-band FTA platform to reach not only the Indian audiences in the south and east of India, but also, probably, those in Nepal and Bangladesh to see more. The eyeballs meant advertising income for these television channels.

ABS last year refuted Indian government charges that say "natural spill" of satellite signals in neighbouring countries, outside the service area of countries that offer licensed DTH services, but that fall within the satellite's coverage area was in "full compliance" with ITU provisions.

With ABS discontinuing Indian television channels, Reliance Big TV (sold by Reliance Communications from Anil Ambani to new investors), the FTA DTH service is still flourishing and Doordarshan's FreeDish platform is caught in a policy lock, free platforms and visualization of Low-cost television for people in the hinterland of India seems to have stumbled upon the turbulence of the air.

According to industry experts, Indian hardware companies had devised a way to have two LNB (low noise box) in a single DTH antenna that was capable of receiving ABS-2 and DD FreeDish services, resulting in a large popularity of these two platforms that was accessed through low-cost hardware. This did not look like DTH services based on full-fledged subscriptions made available by Tata Sky, Dish TV, Videocon d2h and Sun TV.

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