Rush to buy TV antennas for the Cup
JAKARTA: The price of television antennas has surged in the Indonesian capital as football fans rush to ensure the best possible reception of the World Cup.
Jakarta antenna salesman, Rizki, said prices of some units had more than doubled ahead of the event, despite Indonesia’s 137th-ranked team not making it to the finals. “There’s a significant increase in buyers, up about 60 percent since last week,” he said. Receivers sell for between 70 000 rupiah (R50) and 400 000 rupiah.
“We can’t get good reception without TV antennas as we’re surrounded by high-rise buildings here,” he said.
Some pay-TV subscribers are also worried about being denied access to World Cup broadcasts on free-to-air channels unless they have antennas, he said. – Sapa-AFP