The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Tuesday has ordered Sky Cable Corporation — a subsidiary of TV giant ABS-CBN — an immediate “cease and desist” operation.
In its order, NTC pointed out that the franchise granted to Sky Cable by virtue of Republic Act No. 7969 has expired on May 4.
“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 reads.
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NTC also ordered Sky Cable Corporation to explain within 10 days from receipt of the order.
It also ordered the company to refund its subscribers of all the amounts representing unconsumed prepaid, deposits on subscriber equipment and devices, deposit or advance payment in monthly charges for postpaid subscribers.
Aside from Sky Cable, NTC also ordered ABS-CBN to cease and desist from operating digital television transmission through their TV Plus via Channel 43 in Metro Manila.
AMCARA Broadcasting Network or Channel 43 is where ABS-CBN airs digital TV. ABS-CBN’s TV Plus channels include Cine MO!, Yey!, TeleRadyo, and pay-per-view channel KBO.
Earlier this May, NTC issued a Cease and Desist Order against ABS-CBN prompting it to stop broadcasting on television and radio, a day after its legislative franchise expired.
In an order dated May 5, the agency ordered ABS-CBN to stop operating its television and radio broadcasting stations nationwide “absent a valid Congressional Franchise required by law.”