ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

BBS 1, Currently Not a Free Public Service

Bhutan Broadcasting Service has recently launched a new channel, BBS 2. The existing transmission towers are now broadcasting the second channel instead of the first one. If you have a television set with an antenna, you can receive BBS 2, but not BBS 1.

Speaking to BBS, they verified that currently the only way to watch BBS 1 is by having a cable subscription. This is supposed to change in the future, and both channels should be available over-the-air. Right now, however, BBS 1 is not free.

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