Bangladesh pubcaster's deal with Asiasat

MUMBAI: Satellite operator Asiasat and Bangladesh's national broadcaster Bangladesh Television (BTV) have signed an agreement. As per the same the C-band capacity on AsiaSat 3S will be used to broadcast BTV World across the Asia Pacific.

The channel will commence broadcasting on AsiasSat 3S from next month. Its content will consist of news and current affairs, drama, entertainment as well as cultural and educational programmes from Bangladesh that serve overseas audiences in the region.

BTV DG Mostafizur Rahman had the following remarks to make in an official release. "We chose AsiaSat 3S because of its excellent channel neighbourhood and strong audience penetration. AsiaSat 3S offers the region's most attractive platform for South Asian channels, as well as numerous other regional and international channels.

"In addition, the region-wide coverage of Asiasat 3S enables us to extend our reach to whole of Asia and Australasia with the latest news from our country, to introduce our culture and economy, trade and tourism to the rest of the world".

BTV World is available on Asiasat 3S in C-band with the following reception parameters:

Transponder: 3V

Frequency: 3725

MHz Polarisation: Vertical

Modulation: QPSK

Symbol Rate: 4.45 Msym/sec

FEC: 3/4

Launched in 1999 Asiasat 3S is a Boeing 601HP satellite with 28 C-band and 16 Ku-band transponders. The C-band footprint of Asiasat 3S covers over 50 countries and regions in Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Ku-band coverage consists of two high powered fixed beams serving East Asia and South Asia, as well as an in-orbit steerable beam now positioned over Australia. AsiaSat 3S currently broadcasts over 70 television channels, including CNBC, CNN International, ESPN, Sahara TV, Star, Sun TV, and Zee.

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