Thai state-owned telco TOT on 16 January 2013 announced the nationwide commercial launch of the ‘MeTV’ IPTV service, which was first launched in October 2012 over TOT’s network in partnership with iTV Media, a part-owned subsidiary of Chinese broadband technology solutions provider UTStarcom. TOT’s executive vice-president for product development, Jantana Techasirinugool, said that all TOT broadband users across the country with connection speeds of at least 6Mbps can sign up for the IPTV service, which includes multiple-screen access and interactive TV services such as video on demand (VoD) and cloud based time-shift programmes. Ms Jantana stated that the government-backed firm expects revenues of THB7 billion (USD234 million) from IPTV services by 2016, with a total of 1.5 million subscribers, which is higher than the telco’s current fixed broadband subscriber base (1.41 million at end-September 2012, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database).
MeTV, standing for ‘Memorable entertainment Television’, allows viewers to watch programmes via a set-top box on regular TV sets or on personal computers, as well as via a mobile application on tablets or smartphones. TOT is charging a basic monthly fee of THB150 (USD5) for access to 74 free-to-air channels, including nine high-definition (HD) channels (among them Spain’s La Liga football games in HD). Customers can add premium packages with additional channels for monthly fees ranging from THB290 to THB1,300, the Bangkok Post reports.