MGM launching channel in Indonesia

Signs deal with pay TV platform Indovision

MGM Networks has inked a deal with Indovision, Indonesia's largest pay TV platform, to launch a local-lingo version of the MGM Channel beginning this month.

The branded service will be part of Indovision's movie package and is also available on the basic tiers of related services, Okevision and Top TV, which are priced at competitive rates to appeal to Indonesian consumers. With its movies soon to be subtitled into Bahasa Indonesian, a broad range of titles from the MGM catalog will be featured. Titles range from "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Carrie" to "The French Lieutenant's Woman" and "Throw Momma From the Train."

Indovision, Okevision and Top TV join established MGM clients First Media and Telekom Indonesia in distributing the channel to subscribers across that rapidly growing pay market.

"The Indonesian market continues to impress us with its dynamism and enormous potential. And now that Indovision and its affiliated DTH services -- Okevision and Top TV -- join our friends at First Media and Telkomvision in bringing hand-picked selections from the MGM film library to their subscribers, the MGM Channel's reach spans all across Indonesia," MGM Networks president Bruce Tuchman said.

Indovision vp Handhi Kentjono said the deal should be "a beneficial beginning for a long-term and fruitful relationship."

During the past several years, MGM Networks has built a portfolio of branded-channel businesses now available in 130 countries and reaching tens of millions of subscribers in nearly two dozen languages. Outside analysts peg the revenue from MGM's foreign channel ops at $100 million a year, but no more precise information from the studio was available.