The Ministry of Broadcasting and Information (MIB) has requested the Department of Space to stop Asia broadcast Satellite (ABS)’s signals, in an attempt to deter illegal TV channel distribution in the country.
The communication satellites operator is actually transmitting signals in India with the absence of a licence from the ministry. It is operating a free DTH platform on the lines of Doordarshan’s Freedish, with numerous well-known TV channels on its platform.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) reported the fact to the MIB, stating that a DTH service namely ABS, has begun offering permitted FTA channels in India.
According to the minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the MIB, being the licensing authority for DTH broadcasting services, has not received any applications from ABS for DTH operations. Further, the operator manages several satellites, offers end-to-end solutions including DTH, cable TV distribution, cellular backhaul, VSAT and internet backbone services.
However, the official website of ABS has no mention of the ABS Free View service. No subscription fee is needed as the service is free.