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Govt plans to curb illegal DTH

DEEPAK ACHARJEE
Govt plans to curb illegal DTH

The government is planning to take tough measures to stop unauthorised use of equipment for viewing satellite televisions such as DTH (direct-to-home) and set-top boxes offered by Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Videocon, Airtel TV, Reliance TV and Dish TV. This plan has been chalked out in the wake of illegal broadcasts of many foreign channels, mostly those of India, through such devices that “cause security threat and revenue loss for the government”.
The information ministry, as part of the plan, recently wrote to the home ministry to undertake special drives to contain transmissions of illegal foreign channels, sources in the information ministry told The Independent. The letter, sent to the secretary of the home ministry’s Security Services Division, says some cable operators were importing “communications system” and equipment like DTH, STB, IPTV and set-top boxes for facilitating the illegal viewing of foreign channels. The devices are provided by Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Videocon, Airtel TV, Reliance TV and Dish TV, the letter noted.
With the use of communication systems and equipment, a security risk has been created, and, at the same time, the government is losing out on revenues, the letter added.
Sources in the information ministry said that the cable operators were also using downlink of illegal foreign TV channels through piracy to unethically stream to their customers.
The secretary of the information ministry, Martuza Ahmed, told The Independent that they have asked the home ministry by letter a few days ago to take stern action against those illegally using devices like STB, IPTV and set-top boxes, such as of Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Videocon, Airtel TV, Reliance TV and Dish TV. But the authorities are yet to take any action against them because it comes under the purview of law enforcement agencies, he said.
“These devices were imported illegally. The authorities concerned should take action against the dishonest businessmen,” he asserted.
An additional secretary of the Security Services Division of the home ministry told The Independent on condition of anonymity that they have received the letter of the information secretary in this respect. They will take necessary action against those involved in the illegal business, he promised.
Cable TV Operators in Bangladesh (COAB) coordination committee’s coordinator, SM Shamsur Rahman Shimul, told this correspondent that there are two authorised distributors—Nationwide Media Limited and Jadoo Digital—and they are not replacing decoder boxes for the cable operators when required.
He disclosed that the communication systems and equipment like Tata Sky are available in different markets like Stadium Market in Dhaka. Local businessmen were selling these devices by importing these, but nobody monitors sales of these devices or sets up barriers to stop such sales.
Rahman also disclosed that most cable operators in rural areas are using the STB, IPTV and set-top boxes (Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Videocon, Airtel TV, Reliance TV, Dish TV) illegally.
He said they are providing 300 channels through digital set boxes to customers while Beximco Media and Jadu Media are providing the required channels through DTH set box. Sources said each seller is selling each Tata Sky HD set-top box at a rate of Tk. 12,500 whereas the same box was being sold in India for INR 2,599 each, which is equivalent to Tk. 4,020. Currently BEXIMCO Communications Limited is legally providing Direct-to-Home (DTH) service under the brand name RealVU and Bengal Communication is offering digital set-top boxes with Bengal Digital.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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