Jul 29, 2006

Censorship again?

The information ministry of bangladesh has suddenly shut down thirteen popular satellite channels including Espn, Star sports, Ten sports, HBO, Zee Tv etc. I was watching the game between bangladesh and zimbabwe in BTV and time to time checking the scores of jayabardhane on the other channel, but suddenly it went out and our cable operator started showing the notice that a strike for a day has been called from 29th july 2pm to 30th july 2pm protesting this decision. By this time they are only showing the bangla channels.

I think this has something to do with the clash between MGH and UCS (later bought by Nationwide Communications Ltd. – a company that distributes the Zee channels in Bangladesh ), two rival groups in the country’s cable-tv business. This cable war was preventing viewers in parts of the city from being able to watch channels on the Star TV network. And now they stopped the channels on the zee tv network. Lets see what happened next.

But if you asked me about my opinion, I think all indian bangla channels should be banned because they wont allow any bangladeshi bangla channel to be telecasted there.

And don't forget to check this tool, developed by korean yahoo programmers. Although it's in korean language but you'll understand what it does. It shows you the links to a specific webpage. And it's cool :D

Update August 8,2006 : Looks like there might be some agreement between the two rival cable operators. Our cable operator started providing star world and star movies again (yahooooooo!). And by this time bangladesh government has proposed a cable tv act to be presented on the next perliament session. According to the act, government will be able to shut down any channel without any notice. So get ready for more Etv if goverment changes....


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