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NTC Stops Broadcasts of Sky Direct and ABS-CBN’s TV Plus Channels

The NTC issued an order on Tuesday, June 30 stopping ABS-CBN’s broadcast of its TV Plus channels as well as the services of Sky Direct in all other areas outside Metro Manila.

In a statement, ABS-CBN said the decision to stop TV Plus operations outside Metro Manila is made as it seeks to clarify the scope of the cease and desist order of the National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC).

The NTC at the same time ordered ABS-CBN to cease and desist from operating digital television transmission through their TV Plus ​set-up boxes via Channel 43 in Metro Manila. 

AMCARA Broadcasting Network or Channel 43 is where ABS-CBN airs digital TV. ABS-CBN’s TV Plus offerings include CineMO!, Yey!, TeleRadyo, and pay-per-view channel KBO.

According to the NTC, the franchise of Sky Direct’s parent Sky Cable Corporation also expired on May 4, along with that of media giant ABS-CBN. ​The Kapamilya network was earlier ordered to shut down ​broadcasts and remains of their usual channels for nearly two months now.

“Upon the expiration of R.A. No. 7969, Sky Cable Corporation no longer has a valid and subsisting congressional franchise to install, operate, or maintain a Direct Broadcast Satellite Service,” the order read.

ABS-CBN said in a statement, “Viewers can still watch their favorite programs on CineMo, TeleRadyo, and Jeepney TV on SKYcable. TeleRadyo and Jeepney TV are also available in other cable TV operators nationwide.”

“We hope Congress approves our franchise and gives us the opportunity to return our service to all our TVplus viewers. We thank our viewers for their support and understanding,” it added.

NTC issued two separate orders shutting down two more ABS-CBN businesses: Sky Direct and ABS-CBN TV Plus.