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International TV & Media

TV reception of local channels (assuming you even want to watch their tedious, advertising-driven soap opera / game show / chat show output) through a standard antenna is fairly bad. Most Thai people who can afford to, therefore, install a satellite dish in order to see the rubbish more clearly.

True UBC (satellite TV) is available throughout the province and also offers a decent selection of American and European news, sport, nature, children’s and movie channels, including some in HD. For the foreign channels, it is quite costly to install and subscription rates are comparable to those for similar services in the west (around 300 – 2200 baht per month, depending on the package – and only the most expensive has Premiership football).

Some parts of mainland Krabi and Ko Lanta also have cable TV access. This is much cheaper, both to install and to subscribe, but the service can be unreliable and channels seem to appear and disappear randomly. The same is true of the ‘no monthly subscription’ satellite dishes, which offer 100 free channels for a one-off start up cost of around 4700 baht. Note: most of these channels are Asian; English-speaking channels on offer tend to be Christian missionary services. You can also access Deutsche Welle and TV5 (French) for an additional 3200 baht fee.

Most online TV media players (BBC iPlayer, Hulu etc.)do not work in Thailand, unless you use a proxy server, as your IP address is blocked.

International newspapers and magazines are available in Ao Nang and Krabi Town. A service called Newspaper Direct operates in Ao Nang, which downloads and prints the same day editions of more than 200 major newspapers on A3 paper (black and white). Prices are around 200 Baht per copy, including local delivery.

There are two English-language national dailies in Thailand, The Nation and The Bangkok Post, both of which carry Thai and international news, sport and features. The Phuket Gazette, a weekly newspaper, has local news for that area and occasionally covers stories in Krabi.

Current international magazines – mainly women’s glossies – are available in Krabi Town at around double the home cover price.

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Last updated: August 29, 2012