Indonesian broadband entrant MNC Kabel Mediacom (MKM), which markets fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON) technologies under the banner ‘Play Media’, plans to bundle its services with sister company, pay-TV service provider MNC Sky Vision (MSky). Both companies are part of Indonesian media conglomerate Global Mediacom (MNC Group), with the parent confident that the new strategy to include broadband with its multiscreen TV services will make MSky a better prospect to existing and new pay-TV users, said MNC Group president and CEO Hary Tanoesoedibjo. In an interview with Media Business Asia, the official confirmed that Play Media’s broadband infrastructure will be rolled out to between 600,000 and 700,000 households in five cities in 2015, followed by a further two cities next year. It also intends to offer over-the-top (OTT) video services as soon as its new bundled services become established, he said. RapidTVNews notes that whilst MSky’s direct-to-home (DTH) services Indovision, Top TV and Okevision account for a 74% share of the domestic pay-TV segment (with 2.3 million subscribers), it faces stagnation in urban areas, as well as the problem of broadcast piracy.
In a separate development, rival broadband and cable TV provider LinkNet has teamed up with NAGRA to launch a ‘TV everywhere’ service under its First Media brand, providing 120 simulcast linear TV channels, catch-up TV, personal video recording, video-on-demand (VoD), video streaming and games across a range of connected devices through a set-top box (STB).