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Jakarta Post

Pay TV to spread quickly outside of Java

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 8 2008   /  11:03 am

The Cable and Satellite and Broadcasting Association of Asia (Casbaa) predicts pay TV penetration in the country will accelerate especially in areas outside Java thanks to a growing economy and innovative operators. "The growth of pay TV usually follows the growth of national economy in a country. In Indonesia, a strong growth of commodity-based industries outside Java has helped increase demand for pay TV," Casbaa Chief Executive Officer Simon Twiston Davies said in an interview Tuesday. He said over the last 18 months, the pay TV industry had shown extraordinary growth in subscribers, from 284,000 in September 2006 to 792,300 by the end of March this year, and that the number was expected to breach one million in 2010. "Operators have now started to find ways to approach relatively low cost environments." He said major operators continu...