Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said Direct to Home (DTH) service will help bring discipline in the country's broadcasting sector and reach broadcast services at the doorsteps of marginal people. "DTH service will play an important role in bringing discipline in the country's broadcasting sector," he told a DTH service inaugural function at The Westin Dhaka Hotel in the city.
Speaking as the chief guest, Hasan said the refuses of cables are often found in the city streets and once DTH service is widely introduced the garbage of wires would be removed. "People would be able to watch TV programs applying DTH service, without facing any trouble," he added. He said frequently quarrels arise over the cutting of desh cables in the country and the newly introduced DTH service will help bring down such disputes.
The information minister said the government is trying to bring discipline in the broadcasting sector as now local commercials are being broadcast on foreign television channels. Noting that the government passed a broadcasting act in 2006, he urged the country's cable operators to follow the existing law of the land in broadcasting advertisements.
Hasan warned the cable operators that stern action would be taken against them from July this year if any operator broadcasts commercials on foreign TV channels. "DTH service will play a vital role to implement the broadcast ct. It will increase the government revenue and will remove the cable hazards. DTH technology will also be helpful to prevent the advertisements in foreign TV channels as well as it ensures clear sound and picture in TV programs," he added. Speaking at the event, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said DTH Akash has brought the dream of Digital Bangladesh one step ahead.
The technology should reach at every corner of the country so that people can be benefitted of the Bangbandhu Satellite-1, he said, adding this wireless technology will ensure information and entertainment service in remote areas.
Private Industry and Investment Adviser to the Prime Minister and Vice Chairman of Beximco Communications Salman F Rahman was, among others, present at the event. Chairman of Beximco Communications Ltd Shayan F Rahman gave vote of thanks while CEO of the company DS Faisal Hyder gave welcome speech.
Beximco Communications Limited has launched a world standard Direct to Home (DTH) service in the country under the brand name- 'AKASH'. AKASH, is the first and only legal DTH operator in the country aiming to change the game and take the Pay TV industry of Bangladesh to a new era of excellence. AKASH will be commercially available from May 19 at authorised retails in 20 Districts - Dhaka, Mymensingh, Tangail, Kishoreganj, Narsingdi, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Manikganj, Cumilla, Noakhali, Feni, Cox's Bazar, Chattogram, Khagrachari, Rangamati, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Brahmanbaria, Sunamganj. With supreme quality picture and sound, the bouquet includes more than one hundred channels. Currently all the channels will be available for only BDT 399 monthly (including VAT).
The AKASH Connection will cost BDT 6,499 (all inclusive). This connection includes state of the art HD Set Top Box, user friendly multi-function Remote Control Unit, heat & rain resistant AKASH branded Universal KU band Dish, necessary cable & connectors & other accessories. For a limited period, installation will be completely free & whoever purchases the connection shall receive one month free subscription.
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