What Indonesian is missing in Qatar, I believe, is among others watching Indonesian TV. Though many hates to see it – full of rubbish electronic cinema a.k.a sinetron or celebrity gossips to name a few – most will agree that there is something different and lovable(?) about TV program offered by Indonesian TV. A bright and enlightened Kick Andy talkshow, sharp-and-reliable Liputan 6 news, free live football match (Premier League, Serie A, Champions Leage) thanks to cigarette manufacturer conglomerate, other free sporting events, free music concerts, or focus-in-depth hot national issues.
There are several ways of satisfying your quest of Indonesian TV:
3. Paid Online TV Streaming (i.e. www.worldip.tv )
4. Install your own satellite dish
I finally decided to install my own satellite dish to receive Indonesian TV broadcasts. Here are the steps:
1. Buy satellite dish and its accessories. Prices ranges around QR200. Mine is Gulf Star diameter 185cm priced QR220, LNB QR90, plus 45m cable QR30, splitter QR5. I bought these at Al Annabi store near Souk An Najda (Dhow Roundabout, close to Regency Travel). You must have already a TV receiver.
2. Contact installer. Al Annabi store for example provides installation with QR180 fee (depending onthe area, this is for Al Gharafa). Other installer, for example from Al Khor, charges QR600 + QR100 (transport to Doha) for satellite dish, cable, and installation and setting.
3. Installer will come to your house. Assemble the dish at your rooftop, position the dish and do setting to your receiver.
My installer is indeed my friend so I don’t worry about the service and quality. He come to my house with full gears: handtools, drills, cable clamps, isolating tape, portable TV, receiver, cable terminator. So well prepared. He assembled the dish, positioned the dish in accordance to aimed satellite – in this case Palapa D satellite, direction can be obtained at www.lyngsat.com\palapad.html , made trial check with his portable TV and his own receiver to make sure the position is correct before making the dish permanently installed. Then he connected LNB through cable to any existing connections I want (there are 8 existing connections at my rooftop going to 8 different rooms in my house). For this, trial and error were made to get the right connections to main bedroom and living room.
Finished with rooftop affairs he then did setting to my TV receivers. As different receiver has different steps of programming this can be a tedious process, particularly if you use a low end receiver. TV stations you can get are: MetroTV, SCTV, RCTI, Global TV (frequently out of order), TVRI, JakTV, Lejel Home Shopping, SpaceToon, NHK.
And now my search for Indonesian TV is over.