Update: TM has rectified the issue and all connections should have returned to normal.
TM’s Twitter account has made it known that some subscribers to UniFi and Streamyx may be experiencing slow connections due to congestion of two DNS. The cause of this congestion is still as of yet unknown, although the ISP has promised that its engineers are currently looking into the problem.
Telekom Malaysia’s IPTV service HyppTV has officially launched its first Islamic video-on-demand channel in the form of AlHijrah On Demand. The channel promises to provide high quality Islamic programming in HD for the first time on the platform. HyppTV already has AlHijrah programming on the free-to-air channel 114, and this new offering will complement the content with an even wider variety of shows.
It is no secret that TM has LTE capability under its wings and that very capability has existed even before the company announced its purchase of P1 4G. Now, it seems like TM is finally ready to offer its LTE network to consumers via a new service called TMgo.
According to TMgo’s official website which was briefly accessible earlier today before it was sealed off, the company is planning to offer the service in Pendang, Kedah and Melaka Tengah, Melaka. This revelation coincides with the report that TM has been testing LTE in Kedah last year.
Telekom Malaysia has launched its own communications app for Android and iOS. Called HyppMe, the app allows the regular instant messaging functions while throwing in some extra features that are relatively uncommon. The instant messaging space is growing more crowded, and it will be interesting to see if TM will be able to pry users away from the competition.
In just a few hours’ time, the greatest show on earth will be back once again. Yup, the FIFA World Cup 2014 is finally here and will be conquering the lives of many football fans out there for the next month.
It will all start with the kick-off of the tournament’s first match between the home team Brazil and Croatia at 4:00am Malaysian time, 13 June. Hence, we have come out with a quick guide for the tournament that covers from match schedules to TV channels as well as how to easily spot food joints that actually screen live World Cup matches.
So, jump in!
For the longest time, we have been wondering if TM’s HyppTV will be broadcasting matches from the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014. After all, the IPTV service does offer plenty of football contents such as UEFA Champions League, and English Premier League (via collaboration with Astro). Well, TM has finally answered our question recently and…unfortunately, it turns out that the answer is no.
Not even through RTM Free-To-Air (FTA) channels that are also shown on HyppTV. So, whenever a World Cup 2014 match takes place on RTM’s TV 1 or TV 2, these channels will be blacked out on HyppTV.
I complain about the state of Malaysia’s internet like the rest of you. I have experienced the golden pastures of Korea and Japan, clocking ridiculous speeds in coffee shops and seeing that Speedtest needle redline like a a drift car attacking a course. I have experienced the time where not even an instagram picture would load while my phone proudly reported H+ with a smug satisfaction, like it wasn’t just H, it was better than that.
But when people were sharing this article from a daily that based on a study conducted by Ookla (of speedtest.net fame) proclaimed Malaysia to have, on average, slower (therefore worse) internet than neighbours Vietnam & Cambodia, even my jaded eyebrow was raised.
Today I rise to the defence of our internet. The numbers don’t tell the full story and lead us on a roundabout journey of self loathing and MCMC complaints when in fact, we are not doing so badly at all. The number at the end of a speedtest is not the be all and end all, being able to take the test in more places anywhere in the country, is.
So, by now you should know that the 2014 FIFA World Cup season pass on Astro is priced at RM 100. Of course, that’s unless you already subscribed to Astro’s Sports Pack before 30 April or Super Pack before 31 May – then you will have access for the tournament as part of your subscription without extra charges.
Astro apparently has also working on plenty of additional elements to add more value to the viewing experience of its World Cup coverage. In another words, Astro’s 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage is not just about those 64 live football matches from the tournament even though they are still the main attraction.
With only one more month to go before 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil, Astro has organized yet another media event/briefing for the tournament yesterday. In general, this particular event serves as a continuation to the initial FIFA World Cup launch that Astro has held back in November 2013.
Hence, most of the announcements that Astro has made at the World Cup briefing yesterday have been teased back at the initial briefing in November. Just that this time around, more lights have been shed on them including the actual pricing for the Football Pass will allow Astro customers without Sports Pack or SuperPack as well as NJOI owners to view World Cup broadcast.
An advertisement by Swedish internet provider Umeå Energi has raised some interesting ideas about how badly latency affects our performance in online games. Using an Oculus Rift, a Raspberry Pi, and a webcam the company introduced between 1/3 and 3 seconds of lag into the lives of four volunteers and watched as they went about their lives.
4G broadband provider Yes has officially launched #YesToRio, an online contest that will send two grand prize winners on an all expense paid trip to watch the World Cup 2014 final in Brazil. The contest consists of a series of three fun web-based games; with the winner determined from a combined score from all three of the games.
As expected, TM and P1 will be collaborating together to deliver new communications services in Malaysia. Apparently, this partnership will be involving IP-based services via LTE. SK Telecom of Korea is also part of this partnership.
Puan Chan Cheong, the Group of CEO of Green Packet Berhad (P1′s parent company) in his speech has mentioned that this is an “investment agreement” which further confirmed the rumour that we have been hearing for quite sometime.