The TV business is booming in
Movie theaters, long a source of entertainment for
With the militants using violence to impose bans on modern cultural events, TV sales are going up, in turn fuelling demand for satellite TV services.
Access TV, a satellite service, was launched in 2012 and offers world news, local news and sports— a mix that many Somalis like. In the past, three satellite dishes were required to receive all that but now only one is needed, along with the receiver.
"It's a quick sure-fire venture and demand is exceptionally high," said
On a recent day, a technician from Access TV went up onto the white sun-splashed roof of the company's offices in this seaside capital to adjust the signal received by large satellite dishes. The shell-pocked city stretched out below him
With more than 5,000 subscribers, Access TV is a flourishing business. Its web site says 100 channels are on offer. Five other companies offering similar services have opened in
In a country that until just a couple of years ago was notorious for piracy — the real kind with the seizing of cargo ships and yachts — and other lawlessness, some wonder about legitimacy of the providers.
The cost is relatively cheap. In addition to the
Shops selling TV also report growing demand, with flat screens the most sought after. A 51-inch flat-screen TV now sells for
"Cinemas were better, but with this service we can at least avoid the unsafe public gatherings," he said. "We hope peace to come, so that we can have fun at any location of our choice."
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