Monday, September 04, 2006

Digital Broadcasters | RTB Brunei Reaches All of Asia on AsiaSat 2

Digital broadcaster, Radio Television Brunei (RTB) that has been broadcasting by satellite in Southeast Asia is to reach farther afield. From September 1, RTB has moved on to a C-band transponder on AsiaSat 2 owned by Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited, Hong Kong (SEHK: 1135HK) and New York (NYSE: SAT).

The free-to-air distribution of the ‘RTB International’ television channel, will now span the whole of Asia, Australia and the Middle East with the wider footprint.

RTB International in a 24/7 format in Malay and English covers news, current affairs, the Muslim religion, dramas, musicals, game shows, documentaries, sports, magazines and educational programming.

Lim Sam Lee, Acting Director of RTB said that RTB had been using AsiaSat 2 for the past few years already for the Asiavision daily television news exchange service with many other Asian TV broadcasters.

RTB International is on AsiaSat 2's, Transponder: 5B,3786.5 MHz, Polarisation: Horizontal, Modulation: QPSK, Symbol Rate: 6000, FEC: 7/8

It is interesting to note that RTB's International expansion is ahead of the planned international television service of Radio Television Malaysia that is yet to become a reality.

Radio Television Brunei (RTB), established in 1975, is the national broadcaster of the oli-rich Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. More than thirty years old, RTB originates more than 70 per cent of its airtime. It is a prominent member of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting. Recently it has embarked on joint radio programming with neighbours Indonesia and Malaysia to promote common understanding between their three peoples, who are predominantly Malays.

(see also the story today in Digital Broadcasters Vendor News on Arab States Broadcasting Union TV Bouquet of digital broadcasters starting on Asiasat 2 as well)

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