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BTRC shuts 59 illegal IPTVs

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has shut down 59 unauthorised Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services.

The telecom regulator confirmed the matter in a notification on Sunday.

Internet Protocol television (IPTV) is the delivery of television content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

BTRC only allows licensed internet service providers (ISPs) to provide IP-based data services (such as streaming services, IPTV or video on demand), according to the notification.

Authorised ISP operators of IPTV service will only be able to show the broadcasts of satellite TV channels approved by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting through the internet to their subscribers, BTRC clarified. 

For the promotion of each channel or programme or content, necessary approvals have to be taken  from the organizations concerned, said the notification.

It has been noticed that some unscrupulous traders are illegally buying domains/ showing IPTVs to the public through Facebook / YouTube channels, which have no legal sanction, the telecom regulator said.

That broadcast without approval is immoral and a violation of the telecommunications law. Therefore, 59 such unregistered illegal IPTVs have already been shut down by BTRC, the notification added.