August 29, 2006 (LBO) – Cable operator CBNSat may need Defence Ministry clearance to re-start transmission, as the company steps up its public campaign appealing to authorities to expedite their government approvals. Over 100,000 viewers in Sri Lanka enjoy CBNSat which has a maximum of 28 international TV channels and packages ranging from 500 to 1375 rupees, to suit consumer taste.
Corrected The local pay tv company stopped operations in June this year after equipment of affiliate company SonicNet Technology sealed by authorities for allegedly operating without the required broadcast licenses.
The operator sought legal recourse and the courts recently allowed CBN Sat to begin test transmissions pending approval from relevant government authorities.
The company has also submitted an application to Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation for a license, Dilani Nandasiri Legal Manager CBNSat told LBO.
Pending official paperwork, CBNSat was allowed to run test transmission.
“We can commence transmission within 30 minutes of getting clearance from court,” Nandasiri said while declining to disclose losses incurred since the government sealed its equipment early June.
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