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Court Allows PEMRA to Continue Issuing Satellite TV Licenses

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has given a go-ahead to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) allowing it to resume the process of issuing new licenses for satellite TV channels.

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The bidding for the issuance of new licenses occurred on May 2 & 3 2019, in accordance with an advertisement floated in December 25, 2018. However, the process met a halt when Pakistan Broadcasters Associate (PBA) moved the high court to restrain PEMRA from granting new licenses.

The PBA contended that PEMRA has issued 119 licenses for satellite TV channels under Section 19 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002. But the current analog system can only sustain 80 channels at a time.


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“As a result, there are at any given point 39 channels that cannot be aired because of technical constraints of the present system,” said the PBA counsel.

However, the IHC has concluded the case by giving an order in favor of the regulatory authority. The authority had pledged that the legitimate rights of all of its licensees/stakeholders will be protected in the law of land and provision PEMRA laws.

PEMRA had conducted bidding for the issuance of 58 Satellite TV licenses among which eight were in News & Current Affairs, 16 in Entertainment, five in Sports, two in Agriculture, 12 in regional languages, four in Health, and 11 in Education genre.

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    • @Abdul WAHAB Bhai, AOA, there are lots of benefits, if managed operationally well by the distributors. Clear picture quality in big screen, clear voice, recording option, increased no. of channels and VAS. Moreover, no need to follow your cable operator on daily basis for coax noise reduction, cable cut, power outage and booster malfunctioning. When you will experience, it would be nice for you.

    • sorry bro but dth ka ab koi faida nahi. ab IPTV ka zamana hai. sab kuch internet se hi chalay ga . dth launch ho bhi gaya to us main kisi ne who investment nahi kerni jo honi chahye. dth 10 saal pehlay launch hoa hota to feasibility achi hoti kisi bhi dth operator ke liye.

      ab ap ke pas 1 smart tv ho aur aik acha internet and you are good to go

      • Omer, what is the difference b/t IPTV and DTH? DTH is cost effective? IPTV back haul is Ku or c band Satellite via dvb or idirect?

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