Thaicom today announced that True Visions Group Co., one of Asia’s pay-TV providers, has signed a long-term transponder capacity contract for continuing its pay TV service to audiences in Thailand.
True Visions has retained several Ku-band transponders on the new Thaicom-8 satellite which delivers pay TV services to audiences in Thailand and across Asia including premier sports and entertainment events.
TrueVisions will start using the service on the Thaicom-8 satellite from this onwards. The transfer of subscribers from Thaicom-5 to Thaicom-8 is necessary as Thaicom-5 does not serve TrueVision’s long-term requirements.
“This long-term transponder capacity contract will support the mission of TrueVisions to provide premium pay TV broadcasting services to all subscribers in Thailand”, said Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer with Thaicom. “It proves that satellite technology remains a strong value proposition for broadcast expansion in Thailand.”
Thaicom-8, launched in 2016 via SpaceX’s Falcon 9, is a 3-tonne satellite located at 78.5 degrees East, co-located with Thaicom-5 and Thaicom-6. The satellite carries 24 Ku-band transponders, with a Southeast Asia beam, a South Asia beam, and a steerable beam. The satellite is currently being leased by, among others, Thai broadcaster MVI and Laotian DTH operator InfoSat-Laos.