Astro B.yond

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Astro B.yond HD/Astro B.yond PVR/Astro B.yond IPTV
Products High Definition Television
Website www.astro.com.my/byond

Astro B.yond is the brand name of a multi-phased innovative service startiving with the first ever HDTV service launched by Malaysian pay television provider Astro on 18 December 2009.[1]

HD channels is broadcast primarily in 1080i and when required 720p resolution, and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

The roll out of these services is estimated to cost some RM200 million, including marketing and operating costs of approximately RM150 million, over the next financial year, ahead of revenue and earnings from these services.

Additional RM20/month is charged for HD Services on top of existing subscriptions from April 2010. Viewers will only get HD channels for packages that they have already subscribed for. On 12 July, Astro B.yond upgraded to 3D for the final match of World Cup 2010. At both times, subscribers only need a 3D technology TV and a 3D glasses to watch in 3D.

On 1 June 2010, Astro B.yond PVR is launched, which allow customers to record their favorite programmes and watch it whenever they want. Additional RM10/month Recording fee for Astro B.yond PVR while a RM5 monthly recording fee is for recording using the Astro B.yond Box via an External Hard Disk.

On 18 June 2013, Astro customers will be pleased to know that Astro customers can now enjoy their favorite programmes in HD via Astro new Family HD Pack, with 40 SD channels and 11 High Definition channels, at an affordable RM49.95.

HD Service and Recording Service is included for Astro Super Pack 1, Astro Super Pack 2, Astro Super Pack 3 and Astro Super Pack 4. However, HD Service is only included Astro Value Pack 1 (Nilai Pack), Astro Value Pack 2 (Namma Pack) and Astro Value Pack 3 (Wah Pack).

HD Service will be available for free to all NJOI customers, coming soon at another announcement.

Technology[edit]

Astro currently uses DVB-S MPEG-4 for the HD channels, and DVB-S MPEG-2 for SD channels. Astro B.yond introduced Digital Video Recording (DVR) on 1 June 2010.

Astro B.yond HD box is used to deliver HD channels Pace DS-830NA.[2] It allows for recording to compatible hard disks (only the Western Digital MyPassport AV 320GB is supported) attached through the USB port. The HD Service is RM20/month.

The PVR version which used Pace TDS-865NV comes with a built-in hard disk that provides 500 GB of recording capacity and other features typical of digital video recorders such as pausing and rewinding live TV, recording up to two channels at once while watching one or while watching a previously recorded program, and scheduling recordings by time or program name.

Video on Demand service was introduced around 2012.

The new generation of PVR that Astro used was Samsung GX-AS730SF, which come with the same capacity of hard disk (500GB) but with a more powerful processor and a built-in WiFi adapter for its VOD services.

Astro currently uses side-by-side 3D format for 3D broadcasts for only selected sports events such as Channel 830 Astro SuperSport 3D.

In April 2011, Astro B.yond introduced its IPTV services through Astro B.yond IPTV a collaboration with TIME dotCom Berhad (TIME) to deliver IPTV since December 2010 brings an unparalleled multiplay of Astro channels in HD (High-Definition) with Personal Video Recording (PVR) and VOD (Video-on-Demand) services delivered via TIME's 100% fibre broadband offering the fastest internet speed in the country with voice at the best value to Malaysian homes. Around 2013, Astro B.yond IPTV is also available to Maxis Fibre Internet customers. [3]

Current channels[edit]

Upcoming channels[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Say Hello To Astro B.yond". Star-ecentral.com. 14 December 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.pace.com/corporate/mediahub/pacenewsitem.asp?id=10975
  3. ^ http://support.astro.com.my/Shop/AstroPackages.aspx

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