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TV channels in Thailand come back to life

333 satellite TV channels, 24 IPTV channels, 211 pay TV channels, 23 digital TV channels and sex analog free TV channels are once again television thailandbroadcasting after being suspended by the military coup. This only leaves 98 satellite TV channel operators waiting for approval from the NBTC and National Council for Peace and Order to resume operations according to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission secretary Takorn Tantasit. He said that permission to broadcast for those operators would depend on whether they change their content from a heavy focus on provocative political issues and advertising with exaggerated claims of product quality. 13 TV channels and the digital voice TV channel remain banned. “They will be allowed to resume their operations when the situation in Thailand gets better – and if they change their programme content to focus on non-political issues,” Colonel Pirat Banjongkhian, director of the military technology centre of the Royal Thai Army headquarters, said. The Voice TV is owned by the Shiawatra family, although it has been said that the ownership will not be taken into consideration when it comes to making a decision about allowing it to resume operating.

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