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Foreign Channel Limited
    2007-01-18 13:22:32     CRIENGLISH.com

2007-01-18
Foreign channel limited
Guests staying at Chinese hotels can watch no more than 31 foreign TV channels in hotel rooms starting this year.

That's according to the State Administration of Radio Film and Television. Channels such as CNN, HBO, Cinemax, Discovery, BBC World, Phoenix Movies, Phoenix Chinese, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia and East TV are included.
On the mainland, private users are banned from using satellite receivers, while foreigners and residents from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan areas may apply for installation.

Hotel owners have to apply for a permit to receive all or some of the above foreign channels from the administration.
The new permits are only valid for one year.

China International Television Corp. will work as the sole agent for transmitting the satellite signals for the above-mentioned channels and will dispatch decoders to qualified hotels.  
 
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