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March 4th, 2017

Launched on ABS satellites is SMV FreeSat TV for Indonesia

PT Sarana Media Vision (SMV) today announced the launch of its premiere nationwide Free-to-View DTH satellite television service called “SMV FreeSat TV” in Indonesia.

The new platform is available across all of Indonesia via the ABS satellites that cover Indonesia. SMV FreeSat TV will be free-to-view and will initially feature more than 60 domestic and international channels with plans to expand to over 100 channels in the coming months.

To obtain the free subscription television service, a viewer simply needs to make a one-time purchase of the receiver equipment, which includes a set-top-box (STB) and a small parabolic antenna at an affordable price of IDR499,000.  The receiver equipment is available from a nationwide distributor —PT. Mitra Media Perkasa (MMP), which have warehouses and distribution outlets throughout Indonesia. MMP is one of the key providers of telecommunications broadcasting equipment in Indonesia.

S. Rachmat M. Arifin, Vice Chairman of KPI Pusat (on the left) and Meiditomo Sutyarjoko, Commissioner of SMV FreeSat TV (on the right).

With a diverse genre of programming including entertainment, kids, movies, music, religion, news, ethnic and educational content, this service will appeal to every member of the family. Channels available on SMV FreeSat TV at launch include: Jawapos TV, TVRI Nasional, TV9 Berita, DAAI TV, TV Edukasi, Bali TV, TV One, ANTV, Metro TV, Trans 7, Trans TV, SCTV, Indosiar, Kompas TV, NET TV.  H2, CGTN Documentary, Outdoor Channel, Rotana Music, Rotana Cinema, Junior, France 24, Bloomberg TV, CGTN, Al Jazeera English, Russia Today, Channel 8, Channel Music, TRACE Sport Stars, Saudi Qur'an, Deutsche Welle, NHK, Arirang, Cinema 2, Jiangsu TV, K-Drama, Phoenix Chinese channel, B4U Music, B4U Movies, You Man Cartoon, Toonmax TV, TRT World, and many more.
SMV FreeSat TV is expected to become an integral part of the development of digital television in Indonesia that can reach the entire community economically was the comment by Meiditomo Sutyarjoko, the Commissioner of SMV FreeSat TV. He added, that his firm wishes to play an active role to help the government to distribute information, education, and entertainment that positively benefits the society in Indonesia. SMV FreeSat TV has many channels that can be beneficial to viewers in Indonesia, as well as answering the needs of rural areas which often lose the opportunity to get information and entertainment easily received on television."
Tom Choi, the CEO of ABS, commented that SMV FreeSat TV sees the considerable potential of a subscription free TV presence in Indonesia. The goal is to deliver affordable entertainment to everyone in both urban and rural areas—the platform will also largely help people to become more information literate to improve the quality of their lives and knowledge.