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April 10, 2004, 09:08 PM
Well, BTV World will be launched today. Unfortunately its not available in US (and there is no chance in near future). BTV is using C-Band on AsiaSat3. I can't imagine why they would pay to be on C-Band, which is a dying and ancient technology. There is no reason for them to be not on Ku Band. I smell some dead rat in this mess (bd govt always seems to prefer bad tech with marginal lower cost). Hopefully by the time they are above North American sky they will use Ku-Band.

<font size=3><b>BTV goes satellite today</b></font>
Prime minister to open transmission at 7 this evening
Avik Sanwar Rahman

Bangladesh Television (BTV), renamed BTV World, launches its satellite transmission today, after a delay of over three months.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the transmission from Rampura Television Centre at 7:00pm, BTV Director General Mustafizur Rahman said.

The inauguration will be followed by a cultural show BTV will broadcast live from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Rahman told Star City.

BTV planned to go on satellite transmission on December 25, 2003 but put it off to April 11 as it missed several deadlines because of technical setbacks.

According to a contract, BTV will have to pay a yearly rent of Tk 1.75 crore to AsiaSat 3 for 24-hour satellite transmission. An earth uplink station and other equipment have been installed at a cost of Tk 3.75 crore.

BTV will use the Band C of AsiaSat 3 satellite that covers New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Asia, Middle East, Western Europe and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries.

"People in those regions will be able to watch BTV World. We are going on air with our canned programmes to start with but we will design a slot for new programmes in phases," Rahman said.

"We are understaffed and run short of technical facilities like camera and editing panels for satellite transmission all are now engaged in terrestrial programmes," he said.

BTV will gain ground on Bangla-speaking viewers in other countries, but Bangalees overseas are not able to watch all Bangladeshi satellite channels because of government policy, cable operators' interest and technical problems. "We plan to produce programmes in English for the international audience," the DG said.

BTV continues terrestrial transmission 14:30 hours, with the first run from 7:00am to 9:30am and the second from 12:00 noon to 12 midnight. For satellite transmission, the programme department will have to fill a 9:30-hour slot to carry on 24 hours.

The programme department planned to fill the slot with 'canned programmes' from the BTV archive, new programmes and updates of English and Bangla bulletins.

BTV will transmit the programmes of terrestrial transmission from 7:00am to 9:00am, a mix of new and old canned programmes from 9:00am to 12:00 midnight, including band music, folk songs, drama and other entertainment programmes, and archived programmes from 12:00 midnight to 7:00am.

The schedule will be different on Friday when BTV will continue terrestrial and satellite transmissions from 7:00am to 12:00 noon, satellite transmission from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm, terrestrial programmes from 3:00pm to 12:00 midnight and satellite transmission from 12:00 midnight to 7:00am.
Source: <a href=http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/04/11/d40411250196.htm>Daily Star</a>

October 4, 2004, 11:18 AM
BTV has their new website up from .BD root :)


October 4, 2004, 11:39 AM
BTV will use the Band C of AsiaSat 3 satellite that covers New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Asia, Middle East, Western Europe and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries.

I am a bit confused here. Now how many BD folks live in those countries? OK England and Australia out of the equation, but CIS? Give me a break?Is it for the University of Kiev Bangla department viewers?
There is something called population statistics. They should get a satellite that beams down to UK and US first. :mad:

And send cricket related stuff first. News last.

October 4, 2004, 11:44 AM
Let me add a little bit fuel to your fire ;)

AsiaSat signal doesn't reach England. By Westeren Europe they mean (easter europe and slight part of western europe) :duh:

This is the coverage of AsiaSat 3S
<img src=http://www.asiasat.com/eng/image/02_satellites/img_map_a3.jpg>

Edited on, October 4, 2004, 4:47 PM GMT, by nasif.

October 5, 2004, 05:15 AM
1.2 Million BD viewers in Saudi Arabia and UAE alone. On top of it, it is a free beam, and hardware cost does not go beyond $100 (one time, no monthly charge).

So all private channels have Bangladesh, Middle East and Soouth East Asia in their coverage (initially).

October 5, 2004, 06:05 AM
Do they intend to provide coverage for Europe and the Americas?

Edited on, October 5, 2004, 11:05 AM GMT, by Unknown.

October 5, 2004, 03:12 PM
I remember a few months back when a Bangladeshi minister was in Pak, he was to sign a deal with Suparco to hire Satellite transponders..

Well, good going Bangladesh !!

I have a question, does Bangladesh have an open media policy ?

October 5, 2004, 03:41 PM
Originally posted by Sultanzz

I have a question, does Bangladesh have an open media policy ?

It depends how you define "open".;)

Definitely the government media have more strict policy.

But you will find plenty of newspapers that covers different point of views in different controversial issues.

October 6, 2004, 05:52 AM
Well, good going Bangladesh !!

Not so good going paksat (http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_2-6-2002_pg7_13)