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Bangladesh’s Beximco Communications has launched a new direct-to-home (DTH) service called Akash, following the closure of its last satellite TV venture RealVU.

beximco DTH service Akash launch 20 May 2019Akash, which became commercially available on 19 May in 20 districts of Bangladesh, aims “to take the pay-TV industry of Bangladesh to a new era of excellence,” the company said.

The platform is broadcast using five transponders on Bangladesh’s first satellite, the Bangabandhu Satellite (BS1)119.1° East.

The service offers a bouquet of 115 Bangladeshi and international TV channels, 20 in HD, with a current subscription offer of BDT 399 per month (including VAT).

“This technology will change the TV watching experience in the country with its supreme picture and sound quality,” said Faisal Hyder, chief executive officer of Beximco Communications.r

The initial connection, including an HD set-top box and universal KU band dish, will cost BDT 6,499. Free installation and one month’s free subscription to Akasah are being offered for a limited period.

Akash is available from authorised retailers in the districts of Dhaka, Mymensingh, Tangail, Kishoreganj, Narsingdi, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Manikganj, Cumilla, Noakhali, Feni, Cox’s Bazar, Chattogram, Khagrachari, Rangamati, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Brahmanbaria, Sunamganj.

Beximco intends to offer Akash to all 64 districts by the third quarter of the year.

Beximco’s previous direct-to-home (DTH) service RealVU stopped broadcasting on 1 October 2018.