Satellite Television has added a new dimension to our television recreation. During the last two or three years it become a fashion of having an access to the satellite television program-mes. The government permission of importing dish antenna has largely contributed to this recent development. Satellite Television in fact receives and projects television programmes broadcast by different famous television networks of the world. This happens through satellite. Thus with the help of satellite TV we can have an access to the television of different countries and distant broadcasting centers. We have so entered a world of plenty, variety and cross culturalism in respect of TV recreation.
With the help of satellite TV we can now watch the programmes of world famous broadcasting centers like America's Cable News Network, British Broadcasting Corporation, Zee TV of India, Pakistan TV, China TV, Prime Sports, Star Plus, Music TV etc. Most of there programmes we receive through Hongkong. The TV watchers of Bangladesh are now really in a good number of choices. One can now easily watch on one's desired button and enter into programme after his liking and taste. Satellite TV, so, has traced us from the monotony of only Bangladesh TV we had to enjoy. Satellite TV has also extended the time of our recreation. We can now, at anytime of the day watch one of the other television programme of the world. Different items and categories of programmes are now accessible to us.
What is very important with satellite TV is that it gives us almost the first hand idea of the developments and culture of different countries. It helps us understand the culture and people of other countries. It thus helps bring the peoples of the world close to each other through mutual understanding. It is really making the world smaller and bringing the world to our parlours. We can be aware of other cultures and enrich our own by taking the better, sweeter and more enjoyable of other cultures. We can also thus take effective steps to familiarise ourselves and our culture to the foreign spectators. Our store of information and knowledge is enriched.
But satellite TV is not all boons. There are harmful sides of ti too. First is the harmful influence of the alien culture. This is never desirable at the cost of our national identity and our national culture. Then the accessibility of any programme at any time of the day and of any field or taste claim more time from the spectators and harm their activities, study and other modes of recreation. This also develops mania in many and dulls sensibility. This blocks our outdoor recreation which is essential for our better growth. National broadcasting is out shadowed. Projection of national culture becomes less effective.
Whatever be the fact, every age has its technological change. A country cannot remain aloof from it. It has to keep abreast of others. Demand of the masses can not be ignored. What is important for us is to be mature spectators of satellite TV not to be carried away by it.