Television, Satellite and Cable TV in Indonesia

Information on the TV standards in Indonesia and and on what's available in English to the viewer on terrestrial, satellite and cable television...

The television transmission standard in Indonesia is PAL-B. In order for foreign television sets to work in the country, they should be compatible with this standard. There are three main television/video standards in use throughout the world.

  • NTSC: used in the USA, Canada, Japan and some other countries
  • PAL: used in most of Western Europe, Australasia and South Africa
  • SECAM: used in France and Eastern Europe

The three systems are not compatible with each other. It is not possible in Indonesia to watch television on an NTSC or SECAM appliance, or to use DVD or video players which are configured for these systems. Multi-standard TVs will be compatible with PAL (or NTSC) video recorders, DVD players, games consoles and other video equipment.

A non-PAL compatible television in Indonesia will not receive a signal to transmit sound and picture.

Television in Indonesia

Public television channels in Indonesia can be viewed free of charge, an antenna is all that is required for reception of the national channels.

The main state controlled television channels include:

  • TVRI (Televisi Republik Indonesia): broadcasts nationwide in Indonesian languages
  • Metro TV: news, lifestyle and entertainment programmes with some programmes in English
  • Bali TV (Bali only)
  • O Channel (Jakarta only)

Private networks broadcasting nationwide in Indonesia include:

  • RCTI (Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia): broadcasts films, quiz shows, cartoons, news and soap operas throughout Indonesia
  • SCTV (Surya Citra Televisi Indonesia)
  • ANTV
  • Global TV
  • Trans 7
  • Trans TV (Televisi Transformasi Indonesia)

TV Licences

There are no TV or radio licences in Indonesia.

Satellite and Cable Television in Indonesia

Cable TV is available in limited areas in Indonesia, including in Jakarta and Surabaya. Reception of television channels with a satellite dish and subscription is widely available in other areas.

Cable and satellite providers in Indonesia

Indovision is one of the main providers of satellite and cable television in Indonesia, with a number of different packages and channels available. Subscribers have access to news, documentary, movie, childrens' and sports channels.

To subscribe to Indovision:

  • Tel: 0807 177 8899 / (021) 5051 9988 / (021) 582 5525 or
  • SMS: 9388 (Send a text message in the following format; IndovYourNameAreaCodePhone) or
  • Visit one of the authorised Indovision dealers or an Indovision sales outlet

Fill in an application form and provide proof of identity and credit card details (if paying by credit card). An installation and administration fee must be paid.

  • To download the application form: Click here
  • For further information on subscribing to Indovision: Click here

Subscriptions can be paid by bank transfer, at ATM machines, via Internet and by cash at Post Offices.

Telkomvision and YesTV provide satellite television packages across Indonesia and cable TV in some areas including Jakarta, Bali and Surabaya. The only difference between the two services is the type of decoder and satellite dish used (YesTV uses a smaller dish).

A variety of packages are available with news, documentary, movie, childrens', sports and other channels. Upon subscription a card is issued (Kartu Tayang) that can be used with the decoder. To subscribe go to a Telkom office or Tel: 147. Proof of identity is required.

There are two payment options when subscribing to one of the services; prepaid and postpaid.

Prepaid: Prepaid subscriptions are paid with a voucher that can be purchased at some banks and from shops with the logo Balon (open Monday to Friday). Different types of vouchers are available allowing access to certain channels.

Postpaid: Subscriptions for postpaid packages are paid monthly. A bill is sent by SMS or email. Bills can be paid by bank transfer, at ATM machines, by direct debit or by credit card.

If a subscription is taken out for over 12 months, the decoder and the satellite dish are lent free of charge. The decoder and satellite dish must be purchased for subscriptions under 12 months or with prepaid vouchers.