Cable-dish coordination must: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu today said a proper coordination between the cable TV network and the direct to home (DTH) services was a must to create a level playing field for both the satellite TV services providers in the country.

The Direct-To-Home (DTH) service is a digital satellite service that provides television services direct to subscribers anywhere in the country, while cable TV network provides identical services to households through cable connections.

Satellite TV programmes are generally received by the intermediary cable TV networks and distributed among consumers with a monthly rent. But the DTH system provides consumers to receive satellite programmes directly with a small dish antenna, without depending on cable operators.

"We want an even competition between these two providers so that none is affected. And I want ideas and thoughts from both sides to reach an amicable solution," the minister said at a meeting with the leaders of Cable TV Network Owners Association at his ministry here, said an official handout.

Inu also responded to some other demands of the association and assured them that he would make a proposal to the finance ministry for classification of cable TV users fees for cities, divisions, districts, upazila and union levels.

He also suggested them to inform police and other law enforcement agencies once they face threat from extortionists or terrorists.

Information Secretary Mortuza Ahmed, who chaired the meeting, said the members of the law enforcement agencies remained alert to prevent threats and advised the association to bring any untoward incident to the notice of law enforcers quickly.

Senior officials of the ministry were present.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)