Dish TV is reportedly about to launch a dedicated DTH service for Sir Lanka using capacity on SES’s newly launched SES-8 satellite (launched on December 3rd).
SES-8 is co-located with NSS-6 at 95 deg East, and which is already covering the Indian sub-Continent with signals. Dish TV CEO RC Venkateish is on record as saying that Dish TV was looking to add five transponders from SES to boost its existing capacity.
This new scheme is reported to be a j-v between Dish and SatNet Pvt Ltd in which Dish holds a 70 per cent stake. SatNet was formerly Star TV Lanka and is the first DTH pay-TV operating in Sri Lanka.
The DTH transmissions will use Conax encryption. SatNet is the authorised agent for Dish TV.