Channel 3 commences digital TV broadcasts
| 03 October 2014
Thailand's Channel 3 has begun simulcasting in digital Channel 33 HD on a trial basis after a court decreed its analogue broadcast could remain on the pay-TV platform until 11 October.
The move comes after its owner, the Bangkok Entertainment Company, faced its TV channel being taken off-air nationwide following a decree by the Thai regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
Channel 3 has lost its free-to-air status, and is no longer seen as a 'must-carry' channel for pay-TV operators. NBTC had ordered all pay-TV operators in Thailand to remove Channel 3 from their line-up by the end of September 2014, in a move which was intended to speed up the transition to digital terrestrial broadcasting.
On 26 September 2014, the Central Administrative Court granted Bangkok Entertainment an injunction against the order.