Universal Channel heads to Indonesia

To be broadcast on startup DTH platform Okevision

LONDON -- NBC Universal Global Networks is planning to bring its Universal Channel to pay TV viewers in Indonesia beginning in November.

NBC Universal Global Networks Asia Pacific managing director Raymund Miranda said Wednesday that the channel will begin airing Nov. 18 exclusively on the startup DTH platform Okevision, owned by the P.T. Nusantara Vision.

Hallmark Channel also will be made available to Okevision subscribers as part of the launch offering, Miranda said.

Okevision senior adviser Agus Mulyanto described the Universal channel as his platform's "driver channel," saying that it "will help boost our subscription base."

Universal Channel will be available in four Asia Pacific markets following this deal.