NTC orders ABS-CBN to stop TVPlus channels in Metro Manila, Sky Direct

MANILA, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued another cease-and-desist order to stop ABS-CBN's digital broadcast on TVPlus in Metro Manila.
NTC orders ABS-CBN to stop TVPlus in Metro Manila

The CDO will affect programs on TVPlus using Channel 43 (644-650 mhz). This includes Cine MO!, Yey!, TeleRadyo, Jeepney TV, Asianovela Channel, and its pay-per-view channel KBO.

"While channel 43 is not mentioned in NTC’s cease and desist order (CDO) of May 5, 2020, and it is ABS-CBN’s informed understanding that channel 43 is not included in the CDO, digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using channel 43 will cease tonight (June 30), consistent with the intent of the alias CDO," ABS-CBN said in a statement.

The Kapamilya Network added that they have pending petition with the Supreme Court questioning the NTC’s CDO and "hopes that such petition will be resolved soon in its favor so that it can resume broadcasting on both analog and digital platforms in the service of the Filipino."

Earlier, the NTC released an order against the Direct Broadcast Satellite Service of ABS-CBN's affiliate Sky Cable Corporation.

The NTC Administrative Case No. 2020-011 said the legislative franchise granted to Sky Cable Corporation by virtue of R.A. No. 7969 expired on May 4, 2020.

Sky Cable was given ten (10) days from receipt of order to respond as to why the frequencies assigned to it should not be returned.

In a statement, the company said 1.5 million subscribers of Sky Direct nationwide will be affected.

"SKY Direct’s 1.5 million subscribers nationwide, including those in remote areas that do not receive television signals, will be deprived of access to the channels we carry that bring them news, information, education, and entertainment starting tonight June 30, 2020, as Sky Cable Corporation complies with the cease and desist order (CDO) issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) stopping the company from operating its direct broadcast satellite service immediately," it said.

Meanwhile, subscribers of Sky cable and Sky Fiber internet are not affected of the CDO.

During the Congress hearing on Monday, ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak appealed to Congress for due process and fairness.

Katigbak pointed out that the NTC also allowed other companies whose franchises had expired to continue to operate while Congress deliberated on their franchise, saying it will affect a massive number of viewers.

— The Summit Express

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