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Telangana seeks Centre's aid to launch more state-run TV channels

"While the channels were already operational as Mana TV earlier, it was rebranded today as T-SAT as part of the division of assets in the AP Reorganization Act."

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jul 26, 2017, 10.34 PM IST
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Telangana government in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) operates two channels, T-SAT Vidya and T-SAT Nipuna.
Telangana government in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) operates two channels, T-SAT Vidya and T-SAT Nipuna.
HYDERABAD: The Telangana government is planning to add more number of state owned television channels and has asked the Union Telecommunications ministry for support with the necessary technological requirements, said a senior official.

The state government has asked for a transponder with the newest technology that can be sent into space via GSAT satellites to air programs on education, healthcare, employment and agriculture.

R. Shailesh Reddy, chief executive office, SoFTNET, Telangana government, said, “We have asked for a transponder with the newest technology of M-tech 4 which will help us broadcast more number of channels. We are awaiting a communication from the Union ministry.”

Telangana government in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) operates two channels, T-SAT Vidya and T-SAT Nipuna, while two other channels are operated by the Andhra Pradesh government. They use a common transponder which was launched during the united Andhra Pradesh regime.

A full transponder with M-tech 4 technology allows broadcast of 16 channels as against 4 on M-tech 2 used earlier.

“While the channels were already operational as Mana TV earlier, it was rebranded today as T-SAT as part of the division of assets in the AP Reorganization Act. We have also partnered with nearly 30 knowledge partners like the T-Hub and state agricultural universities for enhancing producing for informative programs,” said Reddy.

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