HITS NOW Expands to Indonesia


Rewind Networks has secured another carriage deal for its new general-entertainment service HITS NOW, with the channel set to launch in Indonesia with First Media.

First Media’s PT Link Net delivers broadband and cable TV services in Indonesia. With the deal with Rewind Networks, it adds HITS NOW to its lineup, delivering reality shows, dramas, comedies and more from the U.S. HITS NOW will be available in Indonesia beginning February 6. At launch, the channel will be available for free to all First Media’s cable TV and FirstMediaX subscribers until February 20.

Rewind Networks’ HITS and HITS MOVIES channels are currently available in 14 countries, reaching more than 24 million households. HITS NOW also arrives in Singapore this month via a deal with SingTel. The lineup includes Top Chef, Below Deck, American Idol, Survivor, Project Runway, Fire Country, Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Celebrity Family Feud. The channel launches with coverage of the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.

Marlo Budiman, president director and CEO of PT Link Net, noted: “We are committed to presenting the one-stop best entertainment solution to all First Media customers. In collaboration with Rewind Networks as a multimedia branded entertainment company, we are pleased that our customers, especially entertainment lovers, can enjoy HITS NOW on First Media. With its variety of entertainment genres, HITS NOW is increasingly complementing a choice of quality entertainment content and is expected to add to the pleasant experience and customer satisfaction in enjoying our premium cable TV service.”

Avi Himatsinghani, CEO of Rewind Networks, added: “We are delighted to unveil HITS NOW on First Media, expanding access to the most popular and current U.S. television shows to the Indonesian market. We deeply appreciate the Indonesian audience for having shown so much love to our channels HITS and HITS MOVIES, where they can watch their all-time favorite TV shows and blockbuster movies. With HITS NOW, we are excited to elevate their options by offering an extraordinary, edge-of-your-seat entertainment experience currently airing on U.S. television. We are confident that viewers in Indonesia will embrace this new addition and make HITS NOW a fundamental part of their family’s daily viewing lineup.”