IPM TV, Thailand´s satellite TV service provider plans to allocate USD 33.5 million for producing more local content and for buying foreign programmes for the next two years. The firm has recently obtained 56 licenses from the country´s National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) for operating satellite TV channels. The firm plans to allocate 11 channels for local contents produced by IPM platform through their own production team located in Chumphon, Trang and Phuket. IPM may also join the bidding for two digital TV channels, probably a children´s channel and a general channel.
Manop Tokarnka, IPM president said, “After that, we will expand and develop more local content from other regions such as the Northeast, the North and the Central basin. We will try to cover major parts of Thailand”, reports Bangkokpost.
Company p.m. TV is founded by group of telecommunication companies presence for more than 20 years for providing satellite TV services to public. IPM TV operates satellite services on KU band with 3 million subscribers and targets for acquiring additional of 2 million new subscribers this year. IPM has launched three STBs namely HD Pro, Clear and Lite. Subscribers will have to pay USD 83.88 for HD Pro box for watching 10 HD channels and 120 SD channels. Of the 120 SD channels, 30 channels are FTA and 90 are pay channels with exclusive contents. The company plans to promote HD Pro boxes in Greater Bangkok, which will contribute 30% of sales. Clear box STB is priced at USD 50.33 while Lie box is priced at USD 33.55 , these boxes will be marketed upcountry and contribute 70% of sales.