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Search Entertainment plans satellite TV programmes

Search Entertainment, which produces programmes for Channel 3, now plans to launch satellite-TV programmes.

The broadcasting regulator yesterday approved licences for five satellite network providers, including Search Entertainment Co and GMM Z of GMM Grammy.

Viboon Leerattanakajohn, chief commercial officer of Search Entertainment,

said the company was set to launch satellite TV but had yet to decide whether it

would provide pay-TV or only free-TV programmes.

Recently BEC World, parent of Channel 3 operator Bangkok Entertainment, said it would operate four channels - the analog Channel 3 and three on the digital platform.

According to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's "must carry" rules, if satellite or cable operators offering pay-TV programmes wish to air free-to-air analog shows, including Channel 3, they must limit commercials to six minutes per hour. That regulation comes into effect on May 25.

Search Entertainment is also considering having its own set-top box for its programmes, including Channel 3 shows, 36 digital TV channels and its own channels.

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