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Southeast Asian telecoms star in video streaming war

HOOQ is forming partnerships with mobile operators across Southeast Asia (Photo by Wataru Suzuki)

JAKARTA -- More than three months after launching its video streaming service in Indonesia, U.S. based Netflix is still unable to access more than 150 million mobile phone subscribers of Telekomunikasi Indonesia, or Telkom, the state-owned telecommunications company.

"Fortunately, there is only one [internet service provider] in Indonesia blocking us," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently said during the Asia Pacific Pay-TV Operators summit in Bali, referring to Telekom, which has cut off access to Netflix since late January due to alleged violations on content and regulatory standards. "Unfortunately, it's the largest."

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