Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Govt trying to bring discipline in broadcasting sector: Hasan

News Report Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Thursday 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. The information minister was speaking at the inaugural session of Direct-to-Home (DTH) service in the country under the brand name 'AKASH'. Beximco Communications Limited launched the world-standard Direct-to-Home (DTH) service. The minister said the 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 the function. 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 programmes applying DTH service, without facing any trouble." he added. He said frequently quarrels arise over the cutting of dish cables in the country and the newly introduced DTH service will help bring down such disputes. 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. It was launched in a programme at a city hotel on Thursday where Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud was present as the chief guest and Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi as special guest. Salman F Rahman, Private Industry and Investment Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Vice Chairman of Beximco Commun-ications, and Bangladesh Cricket Board chairman Nazmul Hassan Papon were also present at the function. Chairman of Beximco Communications Ltd Shayan F Rahman gave vote of thanks while CEO of the company DS Faisal Hyder gave welcome speech. The information minister said, "DTH service will increase the government revenue and will remove the cable hazards. DTH technology will also be helpful in prevent in the advertisements on foreign TV channels as well as ensuring clear sound and picture in TV programmes". Highlighting government's achievements, the information minister said Bangladesh has reached a new height under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Later, Dr Hasan formally inaugurated the DTH service at the event. Speaking at the event, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said DTH Akash has brought the dream of Digital Bangladesh one step forward. The technology should reach every corner of the country so that people can be benefitted from the Bangbandhu Satellite-1, he said, adding that this wireless technology will ensure information and entertainment service in remote areas. DTH service - Akash - will be commercially available from May 19, 2019 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 and Sunamganj. According to the Beximco Communications, DTH is the superior technology in Pay-TV industries worldwide. AKASH has a large bouquet of popular and relevant Bangladeshi and foreign TV channels to cater to the need of Bangladeshi consumers. It is going to change the TV-watching experience in the country. 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-and-rain-resistant AKASH-branded Universal KU band Dish, necessary cable and connectors and other accessories. For a limited period, installation will be completely free and whoever purchases the connection shall receive one-month free subscription.

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