As you can recall from our initial encounter over here, Astro is working on a new user interface (a.k.a the TV Guide or Electronic Programming Guide) for Astro B.yond customers. Well then, the wait is almost over as the satellite TV provider is ready to deploy the new interface to customers later this month.
I don’t remember when the last time Astro updated the user interface on its decoder but personally, I do feel that it needs some redesign to go along with high definition TVs that are already common in our market. As it turns out, the company has indeed been working on new UI for Astro B.yond decoder as shown in the image above.
While our sources are able to confirm that these images are indeed part of Astro B.yond’s new UI but as for now, we have yet to receive any official information or comments regarding the new UI from Astro. As far as we know, this set of UI has not yet been released to the public which is why we are slightly baffled on how it managed to appear on this particular decoder which belongs to one of our own team member.
Nevertheless, if your Astro B.yond decoder has received similar UI update (somehow), do let us know how it fares through the comments section. Meanwhile, hit on the Read More link below (if available) to check out the rest of the screenshots.
So, the news is finally out of the bag: Astro has agreed to supply selected contents to TM’s HyppTV thanks to what have been touted as a landmark collaboration between two of Malaysia’s most well-known corporations. As what we have reported earlier, part of the deal includes two Astro SuperSport HD channels which are available to HyppTV viewers starting from today onwards through HyppTV Sports Pack.
The deal also includes selected live English Premier League matches through these Astro Supersport HD channels. Additionally, selected NJOI contents are also involved in the agreement although the details regarding them are yet to be finalized by both companies.
According to this report by Star Biz as well as a confirmation by Astro’s CEO, Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, the duration of this agreement has been set to three years. Furthermore, the deal has also made TM as the new presenting sponsor for Malaysian Super League, Malaysia Premier League, FA Cup, and Malaysia Cup which are all aired through Astro Arena.
Unfortunately, the Astro Arena channel itself is not part of this deal according to Dato’ Rohana. TM’s Group CEO Tan Sri Dato’ Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa also pointed out that the Astro Supersport channels will not be available on the newly launched HyppTV Everywhere apps although they will still be shown on HyppTV for Streamyx 8Mbps and 4Mbps customers.
Tan Sri Dato’ Zamzamzairani also stated that the monthly fee of HyppTV Sports Pack will continue to remain at RM 30 until this September which will then be increased to RM 50 per month for new subscribers. Not to forget, existing HyppTV Sports Pack subscribers will receive both Astro SuperSports HD and Astro SuperSports 2 HD automatically.
All in all, we have to say that it is a very interesting collaboration indeed and might be beneficial to many consumers out there. Nevertheless, we do wonder how the agreement will affect the number of subscribers for Astro and TM’s HyppTV as well as the impact on business and operations of both companies.
An anonymous tipster has sent us the above screenshot which confirms the sports contents collaboration that Astro and TM have been working on. If you can recall, the official signing ceremony of the collaboration is going to take place today.
It appears that Astro Supersport HD and Astro Supersport 2 HD are now on TM’s HyppTV as the result of the deal. Interestingly, the channels are already live on HyppTV right now according to a quick check on my own personal HyppTV listing.
Our tipster added that the monthly fee for these new channels have been set at RM 40 each or they can also be obtained together as part of HyppTV’s Sports Pack for RM 30 per month. However, there is no mention whether existing Sports Pack subscribers will automatically receive these new channels or otherwise.
Meanwhile, HyppTV’s official website has yet to reflect the addition of these new channels. Hence, we believe there are still more info to be revealed at the Astro-TM signing ceremony later on. So, stay tuned.
[Thanks, Anon Tipster!]
Earlier this week, we’ve discussed the possibility of English Premier League coverage on TM’s HyppTV through a content collabration with Astro. Looks like the information that we received are technically accurate thanks to a media invite that we have just received from Astro.
As shown above, Astro and TM is set to officially announce their new collaboration at a signing ceremony that will take place tomorrow morning. There were no further related information were provided in the mail but the title of the invite – “Astro & TM Collaborates to Bring Local & Intl Sports to More Malaysians” – does sounds interesting.
Expect to hear more from us tomorrow as we will be there ourselves at the signing ceremony to seek further information about this new content collaboration between Astro and TM.
When we stepped into the venue where Astro and Maxis held their Astro B.yond IPTV with Maxis briefing earlier today, we didn’t expect to learn anything new on top of what we have discussed last week when the service’s official website went online. After all, this is not the first time that Astro is offering B.yond IPTV to fiber-optic customers as they did the same thing with Time Broadband in 2011.
Well, we were wrong…or it could be that we just missed it the first time around.
Apparently, Astro B.yond IPTV with Maxis customers are able to enjoy 10 new HD channels and more than 700 hours’ worth of on-demand contents via Astro Select. Five out of the 10 new HD channels are available immediately which include HBO Hits, HBO Signature, HBO Family, WeTV and check this out: Comedy Central – home to some of the world-renowned comedy show such as South Park and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The remaining five HD channels are scheduled to be out by the next quarter, said Astro.
For those who wondering whether these new channels will be made for standard Astro B.yond customers, well…not anytime soon. According to Astro’s CEO, Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, Astro Select is exclusive only for Astro IPTV with Maxis customers. In fact, not even Astro IPTV with Time Broadband customers will receive the new contents which made Astro Select as one of the biggest differences between it and the new Astro IPTV with Maxis.
We got to say that is quite a bummer especially for hopeful Comedy Central fans out there. Nevertheless, for those who are curious about the new Astro IPTV with Maxis which also features high speed broadband of up to 30Mbps and optional voice service, click on www.astro.com.my/iptv and www.maxis.com.my/astro for further details.
Last weekend, Astro launched its new Astro On The Go Worldwide service, which went live on the day of the launch. Astro On The Go Worldwide, as the name implies, improves on the current On The Go service, which now allows it to be available for everyone – not just Astro subscribers – around the world to access Astro On The Go.
To find out more about the new service, and how it differs technically to the current On The Go service to Malaysians, we spoke to Brian Lenz, the Chief Innovation Officer of Astro, to give us a brief rundown of the new Astro On The Go Worldwide service. Lenz previously worked with British satellite giants Sky, and was responsible for several of Sky’s innovative products such as Sky Go, Sky Player as well as Sky’s 3D content. His wealth of experience has now bore fruit with Astro’s latest service with the introduction of Astro On The Go Worldwide.
Astro, the largest pay TV provider in Malaysia, today announced its latest service. Having already received unprecedented success on its Astro On The Go service, which provides subscribers access the best of Astro’s services, the company has announced Astro On The Go (AotG) for subscribers and anyone abroad.
Hit the jump for more on Astro’s latest innovative service.
Acting as the alternative to the standard wired connection, Astro earlier this week has announced the availability of Astro Wi-Fi Dongle for Astro B.yond PVR users. Through the dongle, users who previously having difficulties to hook up their Astro B.yond PVR box to the Internet via wired connection due to the location of their router or network port can now do it wirelessly.
Once the Astro B.yond PVR box is online using the new Astro Wi-Fi Dongle, users can then enjoy Astro’s Video On Demand (VOD) service – which is delivered via Internet – just like how users with wired connection did previously. The dongle can be obtained from Astro’s Customer Service for RM 110, or at a reduced price of RM 50 for Astro B.yond PVR subscribers with Super Pack.
For more information on the new Astro Wi-Fi Dongle, head on to www.astro.com.my.