Indonesian public service broadcaster TVRI has started trial broadcasts of its new English language international channel in Europe.
An HD feed of the TVRI World channel has appeared on Astra 19.2°E this week, giving many satellite viewers their first chance of watching Indonesian television.
Plans to launch an international television channel from Indonesia date back over a decade. TVRI started plans to launch TVRI World in 2018, but progress stalled. The channel commenced trial broadcasts in 2021. The channel’s output consists of news and cultural programmes.
The channel is also present online, but its presence on Twitter was abruptly cut short on 1st January, when its account appeared to have been hacked.
TVRI is yet to issue any official statement regarding the international launch of TVRI World. The channel shares the same transponder used for the Europe feed of BBC News.
With TVRI World, Indonesia becomes the latest country to use an international television channel to boost its presence globally.
What was originally BBC World Service TV began the trend in the last century. Now channels including Japan’s NHK World, Korea’s Arirang TV and the Turkish TRT World compete in the market to provide English language viewers with global news from their perspective.
TVRI World (HD)
Satellite: Astra 1KR (19.2°E)
Symbol Rate: 22000
Mode: DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID: 5041
Satellite parameters are subject to change at short or no notice.