Dish Nepal is launching its Direct To Home (DTH) satellite television service from Wednesday. In the initial phase, it will offer 70 channels having clear and real picture quality.
Dish Nepal has already completed the preparatory works on test transmission, infrastructure and obtained permission from the Ministry of Information and Communications for regular transmission.
We are starting commercial transmission from tomorrow, said Rabindra Man Shrestha, president of Dish Media Network, the owner of the brand Dish Nepal. He said the company had satellite space of 72 MHz.
With a view to provide full satisfaction to the customers, the company has prepared sports, movies, and entertainment packages at subsidised rates allowing customers to choose the service as per their desire.
The Ministry of Information and Communications has fixed the criteria that DTH service operators must have at least 60 channels. Dish Nepal has obtained permission to transmit 60 channels and has also already declared to come up with over 74 news, entertainment, information, and sports channels.
Shrestha said the company has over 1,000 distributors and sub-distributors across the country, form where the customers can easily subscribe the service.
Dish Nepal started test transmission of direct to home (DTH) satellite television service in the country from its station located at Durbar Marg, Kathmandu.
In the test transmission phase, Dish Nepal successfully received audio visual signals of various channels through a 60-centimetre antenna to the company’s set-up box. The channels were up-loaded by Intelsat 906 (IS 906) satellite.
It has obtained 72 MHz satellite space which enables it to transmit 80 channels. The company, however, plans to offer 70 quality channels in the initial phase.
“Since heavy fog and torrential rain affect transmission, customers need quality antenna with high power,” said Laxmi Prasad Poudel, managing director of Dish Nepal. He said they used high powered KHPL amplifiers that gave good signals even during bad weather conditions.
The company will offer DTH satellite television services to only select sample customers and then start offering mass services within the next two weeks commercially.
Dish Nepal has already started bookings for customers with various prizes. Of 10,000 subscribers, one lucky customer will win a Kia car and three others will win a Honda Shine motorbike each through lucky draws.
The company said subscription will cost Rs. 8,545 including VAT as for four months in advance to have 70 channels.