Channel i

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Channel i
Broadcast areaBangladesh, South Asia, North America
Headquarters40, Shahid Tajuddin Ahmed Sarani, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerImpress Group
Launched1 October 1999
September 2017 (HD Channel)
Prisma Digital (Bangladesh)Channel 10
UCS (Bangladesh)Channel 15
Rogers Cable (Canada)Channel 856
StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 140
ABNXcess (Malaysia)Channel 741
Bengal Digital (Bangladesh)Channel 19 (SD)
Channel 20 (HD)
Telstar 10 (Pan Asia)4034H MHz
Dish Network (US)Channel 806
Akash DTH (BD)Channel 117
Bell Fibe TV (Canada)Channel 841
VMedia (Canada)Channel 856

Channel i is a privately owned Cable Television network in Bangladesh. It is owned by the Impress Group, among the largest conglomerates in Bangladesh with interests in media, pharmaceuticals, aviation & textiles.

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.

Channel i was launched on 1 October 1999,[1] 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 is also the first satellite channel in Bangladesh to broadcast modern western-themed telefilms such as Play, directed by M-SIB.[2]

It is a sister company to Radio Bhumi.[3] Channel i HD was launched in September 2017.

Channel i Music Awards is the annual award function organised by the channel.

Notable aired programs: past and present[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Channel i Online". Channel i Official Website. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  2. ^ "'Most expensive' Bangladeshi telefilm premieres at Doha even." Gulf-Times. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Our Subsidiaries". Impress Group. Retrieved 26 July 2017.