Saturday, September 16, 2006

Digital Broadcasters | Malaysia | ASTRO Invests More in PT Direct Vision

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News glimpsed this snippet from the Bernama (Malaysia's Press Agency) on Kuala Lumpur-based, ASTRO's Indonesia PayTV operations.

Datelined, Jakarta, Bernama reported that DTH satellite broadcaster, Astro will invest another USD140 million (RM500m) to further develop its business in Indonesia to meet its projected two million subscribers in the next five years.

Halim Mahfudz, VP corporate affairs at PT Direct Vision, operator of the Astro subscription-based television station in Indonesia, said the company would set up the infrastructure, including a broadcasting studio in Karawaci, Banten, and improve its service to subscribers.

“With our investment constantly increasing, we are seriously operating in Indonesia and will not breach government regulations,” he was quoted by Antara news agency when asked about rumours that Astro had been importing second-hand television decoders for their subscribers.

Halim disclosed that Malaysia-based Astro would increase its investment in Indonesia in the next five years by US$1bil. (Does that mean "other" investments, if USD140 million is already allocated to PT Direct Vision?)

After six months of operations in Indonesia, digital broadcaster, Astro has secured 30,000 subscribers across the country. The target is 150,000 subscribers by year's end.

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