Indonusa Telemedia seeks JV satellite

Indonesian pay-TV operator Indonusa Telemedia is setting aside $150 million for a satellite project. Indonusa is owned by Trans Corp and markets itself as Transvision. A July 16 half-year report said the broadcaster is anticipating 800,000 subscribers by the end of this year, helped by English Premier League football.

Currently the broadcaster uses Telkom-1 (108 degrees East) for its 148 channels, and added its first batch of 6 HD channels back on May 1st.

Agung D M Sahidi, Operational Director at Indonusa, says that the broadcaster has not agreed on its next step. It had hoped to have a satellite in position by the middle of next year, but whether this would mean renting satellite capacity or entering into some sort of joint-venture or consortium to build a new satellite.

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