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dishtv uses NSS-6 to broadcast its programmes. NSS-6 was launched on 17th December, 2002 by European-based satellite provider, NewSkies (one of the only four fixed satellite communications companies with truly global satellite coverage)

dishtv - India's first KU-band DTH entertainment service, hopped on to NSS-6 from an INSAT satellite in July 2004. The change in the satellite was to increase the channel offering as NSS 6 offered more transponder capacity.

»  Salient Features of NSS-6

Versatile Ku-band and Ka-beams can be easily cross-strapped or interconnected, offering enhanced connectivity throughout Asia with complete access to Europe and the United States through New Skies’ global network.


Higher transmission power enables customers to use smaller antennas (75-90cm) or obtain higher throughput with existing antennas.


NSS 6 is also equipped with extra on-board redundancy for critical units, minimizing risk of single-point failure throughout the projected 14-year operational life of the satellite.


Ideally suited for DTH and emerging broadband applications.



»  Transponder & Capacity

Satellite TV and radio channels are transmitted back to earth via a transponder on a satellite. NSS-6 dishtv’s service satellite has more than 60 high-power 36 MHz -equivalent Ku-band transponders that are tailored towards direct-to-home (DTH) and multimedia services.Additionally, up to 15 highly linearized transponders can be assigned to each of the six beams to respond to changing market demand. Each Ku-band beam is formed by an independent high-gain antenna system, offering 51-53 dBW in key markets.