Update July 4, 2019

Dhaka 6-54 pm, 06-August, 2020

Bangabandhu satellite to telecast BTV in India through DTH

Mirajul Moin Joy

Bangabandhu 1, the country’s first communication satellite, would be used to telecast Bangladesh Television (BTV) programmes in India as connection between Indian Doordarshan and BS-1 was fixed yesterday.

With the technical development, stage is set for airing BTV in India through DTH (Direct-To-Home) platform of Doordarshan, the state-owned TV channel of India, officials said.

” Already all official and technical matters are finalized. Now, we are fully ready to start airing BTV in India at any time,” said Director General of BTV S.M. Haroon-or-Rashid here today.

Talking to BSS, he said the BTV and Doordarshan’s technical teams have seen BTV last evening by down linking its programmes at Doordarshan’s earth station by fixing alignment of BS-1 (Bangabandhu Satellite).

“We are happy that picture quality of BTV was seen very good. We are getting a very good signal,” said Haroon, who is leading a 3-member BTV technical team here to finalize technical aspects with Doordarshan.

During the last two days, the BTV DG and his team held a series of meetings with their Doordarshan counterparts to discuss technical aspects before going for formal telecast of BTV in India.

When asked, Haroon said after returning home, he will sit with higher authorities to fix a date of starting telecasting BTV in India formally. “We are fully ready….we can go for operation any time,” he said.

Bangladeshi private TV channels also can grab this opportunity to telecast their TV channels in the neighboring state, he added.

Initially, the viewers would be able to watch BTV World service programmes in India.

Earlier, a working agreement was signed on May 7 to this end when the new information and broadcasting minister of India approved the deal on June 19.

However, another deal has been made to make Bangladesh Betar available in India, officials said.

In Bangladesh, seven private television stations and three channels of state-run Bangladesh Television have started airing programmes using Bangabandhu-1.

French manufacturer Thales Alenia Space launched the BS 1 in May 12 from Florida of America at a cost of Taka 2,765 crore and according to the plan, it will reach break-even within seven years of starting its commercial service.

Located at the 119.1 east geostationary slot, BS-1 would cover the SAARC countries and Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkestan and a part of Kazakhstan.

The coverage is the strongest in Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan, for which these six countries have initially been chosen for business.

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