China may amend satellite reception regulations, but to what end?

Posted: 23 Oct 2006   Print   Send a link
"China's State Council issued Decree 129 in 1993 to prohibit individuals and work units from setting up satellite dishes to receive foreign programs. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television is considering amending the regulation" in anticipation of the launch of China's first large direct broadcasting satellite at the end of this month. Xinhua, 23 October 2006. Not clear what this means. Perhaps it is to allow reception only of this particular satellite, whose "foreign programs" will likely be chosen carefully by Chinese authorities.