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Satellite dish clampdown in Shanghai

We gotta move these satellite TVs

Last week The Shanghai Daily reported:

Seventeen government departments will launch a joint city-wide campaign to wipe out illegal television satellites that can receive foreign TV programs across Shanghai, the Oriental Morning Post reported today

Authorities including Shanghai Media Group, the industrial and commercial administration, public security forces, the real estate bureau, prosecutors and courts have already released notices to more than 11,000 property management companies across the city about the campaign, the report said.

In many Chinese cities, it costs a few thousand yuan to have a satellite dish and hacked decoder installed in an apartment. As long as Chinese TV continues to be so vanilla, the government will not be able to get rid of these 'illegal' satellite dishes.

As an article in The Shanghai Star put it way back in 2002:

The authorities are putting the lid on unauthorized reception of overseas TV via satellite dishes, which number between 20,000 and 200,000 in Shanghai. Will the move differ from previous campaigns?

The image above shows a government worker removing an illegal satellite TV dish from a building in Qingdao, apparently in January this year. The image is from a small gallery posted to a forum website called, whose slogan is "Let's watch satellite TV together". The gallery's caption says that a team composed of police and SARFT officials climbed on to apartment building's roofs and balconies, confiscating satellite dishes.

The top comment to the forum post says "Hateful!"

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If CCTV would buy the rights to "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" we wouldn't have a need for satellites. If the local crapola wasn't so unwatchable maybe the locals would watch it.
At least get "Double Dare" or "Wonder Years", or even "Pete and Pete".


Chinese TV "vanilla"? To me vanilla is actually a pleasant taste, if not adventurous. "Crap" is probably a more apt description for Chinese TV. (Except for NBA games).

Luke, I don't mean to be rude, but you either don't speak Chinese or don't understand basketball if you think listening to those nincompoops on cctv5 call an NBA game is a pleasant experience.

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