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Crossing the stream: streaming services gain traction

Josa Lukman
Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, November 29, 2019  /  01:10 pm
Crossing the stream: streaming services gain traction

Anytime, anywhere: A man streams movie services using his smartphone. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

For many middle-class households across the country, cable television has been the prime source of entertainment when looking beyond local content. But increasingly, streaming services have gained traction for their relatively hassle-free setup. Instead of having a whole team coming to your house to install an antenna, streaming services only require an account and a decent internet connection, and some can even be accessed from smartphones. US-based Netflix springs to mind when it comes to streaming services, but Asian companies have been cropping up with added local content for each region, such as Singapore’s HOOQ and Hong Kong’s VIU having specially-made Indonesian titles to entice viewers. While international names are major players in the market, new homegrown service Mola TV is poised to take on the heavy hitters. Owned and operated by the Djarum conglomera...