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NTC Orders ABS-CBN TV Plus and Sky Cable to Cease Broadcast Services

NTC explains that the broadcast franchises for TV Plus and Sky Cable have expired already

UPDATE: here’s ABS-CBN’s statement regarding the shutdown order of TV Plus:

At 2:26 PM today, ABS-CBN received an alias cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) directing ABS-CBN to cease and desist from operating digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using channel 43.

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.

This means that viewers with TVPlus set-top boxes in Metro Manila will be unable to watch Teleradyo, Jeepney TV, Yey!, Asianovela Channel, CineMo, and KBO.

ABS-CBN has a 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.

(ORIGINAL) The National Telecommunications Commission filed a new Cease and Desist (CDO) Order against ABS-CBN subsidiary Sky Cable and its TVPlus channels earlier today, with the commission explaining that both services are part of the radio and television stations that were ordered to shut down last May 5.

The properties in question include AMCARA Broadcasting Network—also known as Channel 43—where ABS-CBN airs its digital TV, with channels that include Cine MO!, Yey!, TeleRadyo, and pay-per-view channel KBO. For Sky Cable, NTC is contesting its Direct Broadcast Satellite Service, explaining that the franchise granted to Sky Cable has expired last May 4.

The order issued against Sky Cable only involves its satellite dish service and not ABS-CBN’s cable and DTT transmission. As of this writing, there’s no mention if Sky Broadband is affected by the said order.

As a response, Sky Cable Corporation said that Sky Direct’s 1.5 million subscribers—the majority being provincial subscribers—will no longer receive TV signals starting tonight, but assures its subscribers that it will exhaust all legal remedies to resume services.

“We commit to attend to the concerns of our valued subscribers and partners arising from this decision. We will refund all unconsumed prepaid loads and advance postpaid payments. We appeal to our SKY Direct subscribers and partners for understanding and patience as we undergo this process,” Sky Cable said in a statement.

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