Astro has recently revealed its plan to launch a new Ultra Box variant that does not require a satellite dish. Referred to as the Plug & Play Ultra Box, this new variant will be using Internet connection to deliver contents to Astro customers.
The plan to launch this new box was revealed during the company’s recent financial report, as clearly stated in one of its presentation slides:
However, Astro has yet to officially reveal the launch date for the Plug & Play Ultra Box. That being said, an analyst from CGS-CIMB Securities, Kamarul Anwar has reportedly said in his research note that the new box will launch on 6 July 2021.
Originally launched in November 2019, the existing Ultra Box already required Internet connectivity of at least 10Mbps. However, the box still depends on satellite for the majority of its contents and uses the Internet mainly to access Astro’s on-demand catalogue alongside other features such as contextual information for its UI, and cloud recording.
Additionally, there is also a new feature for the existing Ultra Box called Continuous Viewing which would allow customers to use the Internet to continue watching their contents during rainy weather. We were made to understand that this feature has just been rolled out to users.
Meanwhile, we will keep you posted once we receive further updates regarding the rollout of Astro’s new Plug & Play Ultra Box. So, stay tuned.