Supreme Court Overturns DTH Decision Against PEMRA

The Supreme Court has overturned Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision against the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on DTH auction.

Back in 2016, LHC issued a verdict stating that PEMRA violated several rules when it auctioned Direct-to-Home (DTH).

A DTH box allows customers to view channels aired within the country without any cable connection.

Background of the Case and Surrounding Controversy

PEMRA held the auction for DTH services in 2016 after getting the clearance from the apex court. The court gave the clearance on the condition that the DTH contract would be offered after the case concluded in LHC. The High Court in its verdict in December 2016 mentioned that PEMRA broke its own ordinance while holding the DTH bids.


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Several companies and PEMRA challenged high court’s decision in the country’s highest court. The Supreme Court has now ruled in favor of PEMRA by annulling LHC’s decision and restoring the PEMRA rules under which the auction was held.

DTH Auction in Pakistan

PEMRA auctioned three DTH licenses for Rs 14.69 billion on 24th November 2016. The auction was held to control the airing of illegal Indian content and loss of money because of it.

However, the auction was done on the condition that no broadcaster would be allowed to enter the DTH market without prior approval. PEMRA said that this clause was reasonable as the cost of DTH would run into billions and only biggest broadcasters would be able to afford it, giving them significant control over the DTH market.

This condition was challenged in the high court which ruled against PEMRA. LHC, at the time, ordered PEMRA to hold the auction from scratch.


  • PEMRA auctioned three DTH licenses for Rs 14.69 billion on 24th November 2018

    correct this

  • National Broadband Internet Services givus us 250+ Live Channels in MultiNet Apps using his internet services in Aurangi Town Karachi & Cable Charges 100 & enjoye 500 + Channel hassle free :

    Andar He Andar Sub Kaam Ho Raha hai Sub Ko Nahi Rok Sakte

    • there are about 200 million people in Pakistan.. & most of them dont live in Aurangi town

      • I am talking about Karachi :
        In Karachi we have lot of services to avail Live TV Channels with Internet Services free Or Some 100 Rupees :
        I am just giving you 2 million people living example :

        • I live in Karachi but i can’t get both (cable and Internet) services in just Rs.100/-, i pay Rs.200/- for cable service only and Rs.700/- for internet.

        • I live in Karachi too and I pay 350 for cable and 1800 for internet.
          Your ‘logic’ is probably limited to your area AND it is Orangi NOT Aurangi.

      • In All Karachi Not even in Aurangi Town :
        Ab Kiya 2 CAROR Log Lahore Shift Ho Jaye :p

        • Hain to khair 3 crore k qareeb, woh to ‘Rules & Regulations’ k tehat laakhoun logoun ko Karachi ka citizen nahi bataya gya.

    • i am also using natioinal broadband, from where i can download this android app?

  • Article says “PEMRA auctioned three DTH licenses for Rs 14.69 billion on 24th November 2018.”

    Are we in year 2019 ?

    • Jis tarhan PIA aagay chal rhi hai waqt se aisay hi ye bhi aagay chalay gae thay ;)

  • Kuch bhi karloo DTH ko anay mein 2 saal lagein gy………like 3G & 4G ko jaisey anaey nahin diya tha in Pakistan..

  • PEMRA auctioned three DTH licenses for Rs 14.69 billion on 24th November 2018.

    pehlee me udhar pohanch jaoo…. than ill read the rest.. :P

  • cable waly saal 2 saal aur choona lagana chahty thy.. woh un ka lag gya hai.. yehi un ka main purpose tha.. else DTH would have been started in 2017. but chalo koi nai.. der ayed durust ayed.

    Here I am taking my time and thanking Supreme court. Seeing great decisions (really according to people’s voice) from the highest court of country is a sign of relief.

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