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- This article is about the Bengali television channel. For the defunct Singaporean television channel who relaunched as MediaCorp TV12 okto see SPH MediaWorks Channel i.
|Launched||1 October 1999|
|Owned by||Impress Group|
|Broadcast area||Bangladesh, Pan Asia, UK, Ireland and USA|
|Headquarters||40, Shahid Tajgaon Ahmed Sarani, Tajgaon I/A, Dhaka -1208, Bangladesh|
|Telstar 10 (Pan Asia)||4034H MHz|
|Dish Network (USA)||Channel 806|
|Sky (UK & Ireland)||Channel 844|
|Eutelsat 28A (Europe)||12560 H 27500 2/3|
|Prisma Digital (Bangladesh)||Channel 10|
|UCS (Bangladesh)||Channel 15|
|Rogers Cable (Canada)||Channel 856|
|StarHub TV (Singapore)||Channel 140|
|Bell Fibe TV (Canada)||Channel 841|
Channel i is a privately owned television network in Bangladesh. It is owned by the Impress Group, among the largest conglomerates in Bangladesh with interests in textiles, pharmaceuticals and media.
The Impress Group first moved beyond textile production and into television in the early 1980s under the tutelage of Faridur Reza Sagor, who had heretofore worked at state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) on a freelance basis. The initial steps into television involved setting up Impress Telefilm, which produced small mini-series and one-off shows for BTV.
In the 1997, Impress Group looked into starting up its own satellite channel. Channel i was launched in the June 1, 1997, broadcasting pre-recorded programs 12 hours day. Within two years of its official launch, Channel i began broadcasting 24 hours a day and became the first digital channel in Bangladesh.
Currently, Channel i competes with several other domestic satellite channels, including ATN Bangla, Ekushey TV and NTV. For the past decade, the channel has held the highest market share among non-terrestrial channels in Bangladesh.
It currently broadcasts satellite transmissions using PanAm Sat, which covers most of Asia and parts of Australia. Channel i started transmissions on October 1, 1999.It broadcast many educational programs."Hridoye Mati O Manush" is also a very favorite program for farmer. In a word it's really a complete channel for Bangladeshi People.