ABC from Down Under comes aboard Dish TV

NEW DELHI: ASC Enterprise's Dish TV, country's first KU-band DTH service, has signed an exclusive deal with ABC Asia Pacific, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation's free-to-air international satellite television channel.

Now, for the first time this channel would be available in India exclusively through Dish TV making it possible for the subscribers to watch this Australian channel.

ABC Asia Pacific offers a rich and diverse range of information and general programming. The channel is already available in Bangladesh, China, Burma, Nepal, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, amongst various other countries across the Pacific, at present.

Commenting on the tie-up, Essel Group additional vice-chairman Jawahar Goel said, "It's a pleasure to have such a renowned channel on the Dish TV platform. This tie-up with ABC has just strengthened our commitment to provide the best entertainment to our customers spread across the length and breadth of the country."

However, neither Goel, nor the company offered any financial details of the deal. Essel group is the umbrella entity under which Subhash Chandra carries out his various business ventures through different companies.

On ABC Asia Pacific, viewers can catch the latest regional news, update English language skills and tune in to international documentaries, lifestyle programmes and top quality dramas. Extensive sports coverage and award-winning children's programmes are also included in the programming mix.

This Australian television channel draws on the vast inventory of programming available from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian commercial television networks and independent production houses from around the world.

According to John Doherty, joint head of ABC Asia Pacific Operations, "We are very delighted to be a part of the Dish TV family and look forward to a fruitful and lasting relationship with Dish and its viewers."

Existing Dish TV bouquet encapsulates channels from 32 Indian and international broadcasters that cover the entire gamut of TV viewing from news, soaps, sports, music, movies, cartoons regional languages, plus a range of niche channels.

Broadcasters on Dish TV include Turner, ESPN, Star Sports, NDTV, TV Today, India TV, Zee Network, ETV, Asianet, DD channels, MCM Trace, Fashion TV and Trendz. Dish TV signals is available on NSS-6 satellite.

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