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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.
A rather interesting rumour has just come into our knowledge just as TM officially announced their HyppTV Everywhere and HyppTV for Streamyx yesterday. It is expected to be big one from the folks at TM… if proven to be true, of course.
According to our insider sources, TM will be offering English Premier League coverage on HyppTV very soon. Not much in-depth details were revealed to us with the exception of that the company have partnered with Astro to make it possible in a way that is similar to TM’s current arrangements with UEFA Champions League and Europa League contents for HyppTV.
It is indeed not the first time we heard of such plan since the rumor of EPL coverage on HyppTV has already pop up last week but instead of still being in negotiation, our sources stated that it is a done deal and the official announcement of EPL’s coverage on HyppTV will take place real soon. That being said, our sources stopped short of revealing the actual date.
Meanwhile, we have actually asked about this project during the HyppTV Everywhere press conference yesterday but didn’t received any official confirmation (or denial) from TM’s higher ups that were present at the conference. Well then, let’s see how true this rumour is going to be once the time comes.
[Image: edwin.11 @ Flickr]
Bringing HyppTV to ever more users and platform, TM today has launched HyppTV Everywhere apps and HyppTV for Streamyx which in general marks the official arrival of the company’s IPTV service into mobile space as well as xDSL users. However, it is not a secret though both services have been going through live tests since earlier this year.
Provided on “best-effort” connection rather than through a dedicated bandwidth as per HyppTV for UniFi, the HyppTV for Streamyx will be made available as a standard with 8Mbps package while 4Mbps customers has the option to subscribe it for RM 30 a month on top of their monthly Streamyx package. The service comes with 17 free channels which can be further expanded through the optional HyppTV Packs.
Meanwhile, the Hypp Everywhere service for Android and iOS devices as well as web browsers is provided as an add-on service for all UniFi and Streamyx (4Mbps and 8Mbps) customers. It will be available in two different pricing tiers: Plan A which costs RM 5 with access for up two devices and Plan B that is priced at RM 10 with access for up to five devices.
That being said, HyppTV Packs subscribers will actually receive free access for HyppTV Everywhere Plan A. Not to forget, there is also an upcoming free trial period of Plan A for all UniFi and Streamyx customers starting from this coming 1 August till 30 September 2013. At this moment, TM have no plans to come out with HyppTV Everywhere app for other platforms such as Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 or BlackBerry OS.
To learn more about TM’s new HyppTV Everywhere and HyppTV for Streamyx services, just head on to www.tm.com.my/hypptv.
Local Internet users should expect to experience delays when accessing US- and EU-based servers throughout the week. A TM official has informed Lowyat.NET that an operator in the US is currently conducting urgent undersea cable maintenance, resulting in unwanted performance degradation when accessing servers located in the US and Europe. The maintenance will affect all local ISPs, and Internet users will notice some issues accessing US- and Europe-based pages.
The US operator has informed TM that the repairs are scheduled to be completed by Friday, with performance gradually improving as they near the deadline. In the meantime, TM’s network team have rerouted traffic but the official stated that subscribers should still expect to experience delayed response from US and EU servers from time to time.
Calling all TM UniFi users, it’s time to tune into your HyppTV because you can watch all channels including 10 VOD movies for free. In celebration of winning the 2013 TV Connect Industry Awards of “Best Live Online TV Service or Solution”, the free viewing is available from 18 to 24 April 2013.
Tune in immediate to enjoy the free viewing of all channels including a pretty large list of VOD content like Wreck-It Ralph, The Hobbit, Life Of Pi, and many, many more (full list available after the break).
Have fun and check out HyppTV for more information.