PSI Holdings, the country's largest satellite-dish and set-top box provider, yesterday launched a portable satellite dish and a built-in signal-receiving screen aimed at condo dwellers, street vendors and drivers.
A man demonstrates how to use the Ozone satellite dish and OTV screen.
Users can put the portable satellite dish outdoors or near a window so it can receive signals from the Thaicom 5 and 6 satellites and connect it with a compatible screen that looks like a tablet.
The Ozone satellite dish has a one-foot parabolic antenna and an internal stand of low-noise block converter.
The seven-inch screen, called an OTV, has a built-in signal receiver and a battery running three hours on each charge. It also offers 100 free-to-air channels.
The duo is an alternative for those who live in apartments or condominiums, where they are not allowed to install big satellite dishes on their own on high-rise building walls.
If they use Ozone, they need not pay for the satellite dish installation fee or make holes in their walls or roofs, said chief executive Somporn Teerarochanapong. However, with the Ozone they cannot watch OTV when it is raining, as the signal will be disturbed, and the Ozone satellite dish must be kept indoors.
The Ozone portable satellite dish can also connect with other set-top boxes such as those of TrueVisions and RS but not CTH's set-top box. This is because Ozone receives signals from only Thaicom 5 and 6, while CTH uses VNA-Sat, a Vietnamese satellite.
Ozone is priced at 500 baht each and OTV at 3,500 baht.
PSI expects to sell 1 million Ozone dishes in the first year of launch.
"Our innovative products are the first in the world. This means Thailand is now a leader in the satellite dish industry," Mr Somporn said.
PSI will focus on partnering with content providers including Workpoint, RS and TrueVisions to strengthen its platform.
Product innovation is also its focus. Apart from Ozone and OTV, it launched PSI mobile TV via iOS and Android mobile operation systems, with 30 high-rated channels such as Workpoint TV, Channel 8 and Sabaidee TV by RS.
PSI plans to generate 3 billion baht in revenue this year, on a par with last year, as set-top box sales dropped in the first quarter due largely to confusion about digital- and satellite-TV set-top boxes.
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