BlueSky Samoa has launched what it claims is the first IPTV service in the South Pacific, Moana TV, using broadband ADSL to deliver 23 channels of programming to digital set-top boxes in consumer homes.
The launch is a big deal for government officials and private enterprise leaders, with Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielgaoi even crediting it as a potential cure for youthful mischief.
"This is not only a milestone for BlueSky but for Samoa as well for becoming the first nation in the South Pacific to bring you this advanced technology to keep our people informed on global events as well as a possible alternative for youth to decide to stay home and enjoy more new shows rather than causing mischief," Malielgaoi said in a story in the Samoan Observer.
For $60 per month, consumers have a selection of traditional cable channels ranging from ESPN to CNN, Disney Channel, MTV China and the Discovery Channel--as well as video on demand.
That pricing might be subject to change as the provider works to improve the services and "realize the potential of the technology," CEO Adolfo Montenegro said.
The service is being rolled out in phases starting with 50 test locations, with first full-time service available to selected residents and businesses in December.
The trial service looks "pretty good," reported Fata Levi, assistant manager of Amanaki Hotel. IPTV "is something we needed a while ago… so guests can enjoy various shows from sports, news and especially episodes for children. I think that Moana TV caters for all of that and it is something I would definitely buy when it's ready."
- the Samoan Observer has this story
Parks Associates sees IPTV more than doubling by 2017