Had myself a laugh when this suddenly appeared on our TV. I was amused, but a little bothered as well. “Telkomvision”?
I’ve long been dissatisfied with our cable service. I used to watch CSI regularly, but now I can’t. Because our AXN’s signal is terrible. Halfway through the show, the signal would pixelate and would become unwatchable. I’ve never been able to watch CSI, or in fact, any show on AXN straight through without any sort of pixelation/signal disruption.
Same is true for HBO, CINEMAX, Discovery, National Geographic, and CNN, although at least the signal is much better with them. But not without technical flaws as well. The sound is often out of synch with CNN, and the signals for the others seem oddly zoomed and/or cropped. At Discovery Channel for instance, the only part of the Discovery Channel logo you can see on the upper right portion of the screen is “DIS”, with the only half of the S peeking out of the screen. There’s also Indonesian subtitling on the channels, but on some of them, the picture is zoomed in such a way that you only see bits of the top of the subtitling, as if they’re trying NOT to show them. And in all of these channels, there is the “Telkomvision” Logo somewhere on the screen.
I’m starting to suspect that a lot of our cable channels are actually being pirated from Indonesian cable providers. Ok, it’s just a suspicion. I’ve no hard facts to back it up, so I’m not even mentioning our cable provider.
But looking at TELKOMVISION’s website, it is indicated that their coverage includes only Indonesia and nothing more. So that makes you think. How is the signal reaching us here, through our cable provider? With these channels experiencing a LOT of technical problems?
Hmmm…. any ideas? Similar experiences? Anyone in the know? Does these things happen?
A friend of mine says he’ll try and do something about it and investigate further. He’s pretty nuts about it.