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    Sri Lankan authorities to crackdown on illicit satellite and cable TV trade

    By Bandula Sirimanna.

    NEWS SOURSE SUNDAY TIMES

    Sri Lankan authorities are intensifying a crackdown on unauthorised satellite and cable television stations, and dubious distributors who sell dish TV satellite receivers as well as users of such facilities without a valid licence, officials said. These llegal operators have around 300,000 Sri Lankan subscribers.

    Officials and police are looking out for residents as well as commercial establishments that use dish TV satellite receiver units illegally, they revealed.

    According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information, there are around 300,000 Sri Lankans using illegal DTH devices such as dish antennas and set-top boxes purchased from vendors through which various Indian channels and other foreign channels were being viewed in the country, Ministry Secretary Dr. Charitha Herath told Business Times. He pointed out that there is a huge blackmarket in the satellite and cable TV segment with over 500 illegal operators

    Any institution which operates a television station using satellite or cable technology for business or personnel viewing should have a valid licence issued by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information and the Telecommunication regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, he disclosed. Maintaining a satellite or/and cable based television station or to importing , producing, selling, renting, repairing or distributing any satellite or cable TV related equipment is an offence punishable under the country’s law.

    The licensee has no authority to hand over or transfer the satellite or cable base television broadcasting licence issued under specific regulations and conditions to any other party, individual or an institution.

    Any agreement entered into with such illegal station operated by any individual, or an institution without a valid licence will be null and void before the law of the country, he said.

    The Ministry has published a notice in newspapers warning unauthorised satellite or/and cable based television stations, vendors, distributors, and users of illegal DTH devices such as dish antennas and set-top boxes.

    He said that these subscribers are paying fees amounting to millions of rupees to India and some foreign countries via Internet as subscription fee for foreign content especially Indian direct-to-home platforms.

    Some illegal cable operators are selling Indian channels to their customers who have also bought these dishes as there is a huge demand for them in Sri Lanka, though some individuals

    Initial installation of an Indian DTH device costs about Rs 3500 and further payments for renewal and subscriptions are done online, he added.

    “At many places, illegal cable operators offer connections at cheaper rates as they do not pay a licence fee,” he said.
    The monthly payment is between Rs. 100 to 300 compared to a monthly payment ranging from Rs. 500 t0 over Rs. 2,000 for legitimate users.

    Some licence cable and satellite TV companies have given franchise rights to substations.

    According to the licence issued by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC), they can acquire substations, but cannot offer franchise rights to operate under a different brand name, Dr. Herath said.

    Pay TV licence holders such as Dialog are using the method of down link and up link method in transmitting TV programmes to their customers and that is the legal method as any content could be blocked by the authorities if it is detrimental to the country and society, he said.

    But illegal operators are using the Direct to House (DtH) system which cannot be monitored by the authorities, he said, adding that it allows operators to down link any kind of content detrimental to the country’s culture and security, he opined. TRC Director General Anusha Pelpita told the Business Times that action is being taken with the local police and the CID to raid and arrest operators
    Around 50 to 100 raids were conducted in the past few months but it is not easy to detect such places without the information provided by the public.

    Some of these stations claim that they have franchise rights, but there are others that are down-linking illegally he said adding that only two cable TV stations and around four satellite TV stations have the legal right to operate in Sri Lanka.
    “If we find that any of these stations have breached their agreements and maintained subcontracts with some other companies, their permits will be cancelled,” he added.

    He noted that the TRC is considering the possibility of revising the licence fee in accordance with the total turnover of the cable or satellite company.

  • #2
    Now do we need a license to view satellite television ?

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    • #3
      "Sri Lankans using illegal DTH devices such as dish antennas and set-top boxes purchased from vendors through which various Indian channels and other foreign channels were being viewed in the country. "
      How come they say this is illegal ? Is there any Sri Lankan law related to this restricting viewing Indian satellite tv and foreign satellite tv ? Then they should restrict YouTube as well coz so many Indian and foreign stuff also on it.

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      • #4
        You are right,Appreciated for your comment.

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        • #5
          Any idea since when dish antennas became an illegal item ?

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          • #6
            We can use it as frying fan
            No Satellite Dishes

            www.padmathilaka-wanigasekara.blogspot.com

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            • #7
              This is modern Sri lanka. Anything can change overnight. Satellite receiving is not a new thing. I used sat dishes for more than 20 years. No wonder you all are bewildered. It hints in future all sat lovers will have to get connected with Dish tv Sri lanka only!

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              • #8
                Yes,they may up to something that going to benefit only two or three people,rest will have to sacrifice,just like all the people do in this country.

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                • #9
                  Yeah well said.

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                  • #10
                    Direct to House (DtH) system which cannot be monitored by the authorities, he said, adding that it allows operators to down link any kind of content detrimental to the country’s culture and security
                    Oh that is why they are banning it.. mmm am I reading this correct ? "detrimental to the country’s culture and security" hm are we now like Iran?

                    What about the internet then?? what about youtube ??? Facebook ????

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                    • #11
                      With internet and foreign news people get to know about world. Some think the wide knowledge is not for common people. As long as we do not know what is really happens, people just going on living.

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                      • #12
                        good update

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                        • #13
                          කාවද මේ රවටන්න හද්දනේ ? මෙ වැඩේ හරියන්න නැ මුන් පාරවල් හද හදා චන්දෙ ගන්නවා.

                          අපිට හැම දෙයකින්ම කෙලවනවා. මුන් හැම එකාම ගොඩ යනවා අපිට කෙල වෙන්නව.

                          බලපල්ලා මුන් මේ කියල තිය්නේ අපිට ට්ව බලනවානම් උන්ගේ චැනෙල් විතරක් බලන්න කියල හරියට ප්*රබහකරෙන් නීතිය වගේ.

                          යකෝ මුන්ගේ මේ වැඩ ගැන මිනිසුන්ව දැනුවත් කරපල්ලා. මේක විතරක් නෙමේ මේවගේ වැඩ මුන් ඕනේ තරම් කරලා තියනව එලි පිට.

                          මේ රටේ නීතිය බල්ලට ගිහින් උන් උන්ට ඕනේ නීති හදාගෙන උන්ට ඕනේ විදියට අර්ථකථනය කරගෙන සාමාන්*ය ජනතාවට කොකා පෙන්නවා.

                          මේවා ඉවසුව දැන් නම් හොදටම ඇති. මුන්ගේ නුල් සුත්*ර වලට බොරු කතා වලට දැන්වත් රැවටෙන්න එපා. මුන්ට මේ රට ලියල දීල වගේ දැන් මුන් වැඩ කරන්නේ. මුන්ගේ බොරු ට්ව රේඩියෝ ඇඩ් වලට රෙවටෙන්න එපා.
                          Last edited by mokada; 06-27-2014, 06:48 PM.

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                          • #14
                            මුන්ට දැන් මිනිස්සු ට්ව බලන එක තමා ලොකුම ප්*රස්නේ. පිටරටට සල්ලි යනවට බයනම් ඇයි යකෝ ක්*රෙඩිට් කාඩ් තහනම් කරපියකෝ.

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                            • #15
                              So what does regular people like us do. Throw away our dish and receivers.

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