ABS Free Dish shuts down; Will Reliance Big TV benefit?

Reliance Big TV’s offer

ABS Free Dish, the free DTH service run by a Bermuda-based company of the same name, has shut down its signals over India.

The service used to quite popular in the southern and eastern parts of India as the only other free DTH service — DD Free Dish — was almost entirely focused on the Hindi-speaking North Indian market.

ABS, on the other hand, used to carry about a dozen or more television channels in each of the South Indian languages and Bangla.

The company has not officially announced the shut down, and it is not clear whether it’s temporary or permanent (We have reached out to ABS, and shall update this article if and when they respond.)

Free DTH operators, who do not charge a subscription amount from end users, depend on the money paid by channels to meet their expenses.

However, the government of India has been trying to shut down the free DTH service in the country for non-payment of license fees.

According to Indian laws, any company that wants to offer DTH services in the country has to pay around Rs 10 cr to the government. They also have to pay around 10% of their total revenue every year as license fees.

That said, under international law, no country can stop any satellite operator from sending their signals into the country.

However, it is possible to prevent local companies, such as channel broadcasters, from doing deals with such firms, which would affect their revenue model.

It is also possible that the shutdown may be temporary, due to technical reasons.

ABS ALTERNATIVES

The exit of ABS from the scene has left many South Indian viewers without a viable free DTH option.

The closest to ‘free DTH’ for South Indian audiences now remains the Reliance Big TV offer.

Under this scheme, customers can pay around Rs 2,250 and receive all the free-to-air channels on Reliance Big TV for 5 years.

As part of the offer, Reliance Big TV is also giving free access to all channels (paid as well as FTA) for the first year.

However, the platform has seen a lot of churn in terms of channels in recent months due to financial difficulties at its erstwhile parent, Reliance Communications.

The DTH arm of RCom was earlier this year acquired by investors led by Vijender Singh, who are in the process of relaunching the service.

Besides Reliance Digital TV, Dish TV too used to have a three-year FTA offer priced at Rs 1,149 in early 2017. It is not clear if the scheme is still valid or not.

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Pramo 3232
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I resides in Chembur Mumbai.. Since Mar 18 no channels are coming and TV is Shut for more than two months now. What the hell is this service???….

Gautam
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Big tv signal lost hi kab aayenge signal

Shiva Kumar
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I have booked reliance Big TV on 26th February, it was disconnected in March , till now no reply from either side, can anybody help….

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Nandy
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I have booked the big tv new connection on march 2nd. But till now no reply and careless answer from customer care. [] Plz don’t go for Reliance dish.

Nanda Kishore
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Nanda Kishore

[] I had booked one connection on March 2nd 2018 and still no installation and when check with customer care they are telling me to wait for few more days. It’s more than 80 days and still no clue of installation. Please avoid this [] DTH company service.
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Bangalore.

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Reliance digital tv []…no channels available from two months…no customer care service … I recharged worth 2499 for two years…now me and lot of customers in trouble…no reply …no refund…no service…no channels or news sites gave a care of this crisis. .the only resolution in my mind was to move with court…If you post a news about this, it can be helpful for lot of people.

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Tanish Tated

Same here to bro
I am from madurai an i am damn too sure i am going through the same problem.
If there is any chances you could help us an we could help you then please reply

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