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.

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 HD channels lineup[edit]

Channel Name Package(s) Description
134 Astro Mustika HD Mustika Pack, Nilai Pack and Super Pack 1 In-house Malay entertainment channel. Selected programmes showing in SD version of Astro Ria, Astro Prima, Astro Warna, Astro Citra, Astro Bella, Astro TVIQ is available in simulcast HD on Astro Mustika HD and second Malay HD channel, Astro Maya HD for original Drama series in three episode.
135 Astro Maya HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) In-house Malay entertainment channel. Selected programmes showing in SD version of Astro Ria, Astro Prima, Astro Oasis, Astro TVIQ, Astro Ceria is available in simulcast HD on Astro Maya HD and first Malay HD channel, Astro Mustika HD for original Drama series in three episode.
231 Astro Vinmeen HD Maharaja Pack, Namma Pack and Super Pack 2 In-house Tamil entertainment channel. Selected programmes showing in SD version of Astro Vaanavil is available in simulcast HD on Astro Vinmeen HD.
251 Astro Box Office BollyOne HD Astro Box Office A dedicated Bollywood movie channel in HD.
308 Astro Quan Jia HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) In-house Chinese entertainment channel. Selected programmes showing in SD version of Astro AEC and Astro Xiao Tai Yang is available in simulcast HD on Astro Quan Jia HD.
309 Celestial Movies HD New Emperor Pack, Wah Pack, Super Pack 3, Super Pack 4 and Premium Channels In-house Chinese, Cantonese and selected Japanese movie channel. All movie showing in SD version of Celestial Movies is available in simulcast HD on Celestial Movies HD.
310 Astro Zhi Zun HD Dynasty Pack and Super Pack 3 In-house Cantonese entertainment channel. 80% of the programmes mirroring in SD version of Astro Wah Lai Toi is available in simulcast HD on Astro Zhi Zun HD.
332 Astro Hua Hee Dai HD New Emperor Pack, Gold Pack, Wah Pack and Super Pack 3 In-house Hokkien entertainment channel. 80% of the programmes showing in SD version of Astro Hua Hee Dai is available in simulcast HD on Astro Hua Hee Dai HD.
350 Astro On Demand HD Dynasty Pack (Upgrade Ver. and Additional Channels), AOD Dragon Pack and Super Pack 3 In-house Cantonese drama channel. All TVB dramas showing in SD version of Astro On Demand is available in simulcast HD on Astro On Demand HD.
392 KBS World HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) In-house Korean entertainment channel. All programmes showing in SD version of KBS World is available in simulcast HD on KBS World HD.
393 ONE HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) In-house Korean Entertainment channel. All programmes supplied by SBS available on ONE HD.
416 Fox Family Movies HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack) Family oriented movies channel. Simulcast of Fox Family Movies. This channel is only available for preview from 1 Nov 2013 to 15 Feb 2014.
431 HBO HD Movies Pack Shows Hollywood movies and HBO Originals in superb clear pictures. Simulcast of HBO Asia in 16:9 SD format.
433 Fox Movies Premium HD Movies Pack Simulcast of Fox Movies Premium. Previously known as STAR Movies HD.
438 Sundance Channel HD Movies Pack Independently produced films and documentaries channel
456 A-List [4] Premium Channels Critically acclaimed & awarded movies. Only available in HD.
495 Astro PPV Movies Astro Best/First Astro selected one of the movie from Astro Best and/or Astro First to be broadcast in HD quality.
496 Astro PPV Movies Astro Best/First Astro selected one of the movie from Astro Best and/or Astro First to be broadcast in HD quality.
497 Astro PPV Movies Astro Best/First Astro selected one of the movie from Astro Best and/or Astro First to be broadcast in HD quality.
532 Sky News HD News Pack News channel from England
571 Discovery HD World Learning Pack Documentaries on science, technology and history
573 National Geographic Channel HD Learning Pack Documentaries on wildlife, nature & science
575 HISTORY HD Learning Pack Selected documentaries on world history and culture. Simulcast of History in 16:9 SD format.
637 Disney XD HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) Children and Teens Channel. Simulcast of Disney XD in 16:9 SD format. SD version of Disney XD display as 4:3 when the programme is not available in HD. HD version of Disney XD will appear pillar-boxed when the programme is 4:3.
721 AXN HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) Shows action TV series, movies, and adventure-reality and lifestyle sports programs.
722 STAR World HD Variety Pack A popular entertainment channel which shows selected TV series from the United States and the United Kingdom.
726 FX HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) Selected English series and entertainment channel
727 Food Network Asia HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) Food and Entertainment Channel
728 Life Inspired HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) Lifestyle channel.
729 KIX HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) Blockbuster action movies from Asia and Hollywood, action reality shows, extreme sports, mixed martial arts and fight events, anime, and action documentaries.
831 Astro SuperSport HD Sports Pack Live international sports channel. Simulcast of Astro SuperSport in 16:9 SD format.
832 Fox Sports HD Sports Pack Live international sports channel. All sport events showing in SD version of Fox Sports is available in simulcast HD on Fox Sports HD. (formerly ESPN HD in January 28, 2013 and Fox Sports Plus HD starting in August 15, 2014)
833 Astro SuperSport HD 2 Sports Pack Live international sports channel 2. Simulcast of Astro SuperSport 2 in 16:9 SD format.
834 Astro SuperSport HD 3 Sports Pack Live international sports channel 3. Simulcast of Astro SuperSport 3 in 16:9 SD format.

Former channels[edit]

Channel Name Package(s) Description
720 beTV HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) Originally known as AXN Beyond HD, the channel ceased broadcasting on 26 August 2013 at midnight. [1]

Upcoming HD channel lineup[edit]

Channel Name Package(s) Description
113 TV Alhijrah HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) In-house Muslim lifestyle channel. All Muslim Lifestyle programmes showing in SD version of TV Alhijrah is available in simulcast HD on TV Alhijrah HD.
315 Astro Shuang Xing HD Dynasty Pack, New Emperor Pack, Wah Pack and Super Pack 3 In-house Chinese drama channel. All Chinese dramas showing in SD version of Astro Shuang Xing is available in simulcast HD on Astro Shuang Xing HD.
335 Phoenix Chinese Channel HD Dynasty Pack, New Emperor Pack, Wah Pack and Super Pack 3 Chinese Entertainment HD channel. Simulcast of Phoenix Chinese Channel in 16:9 SD format.
336 Phoenix InfoNews Channel HD New Emperor Pack, Gold Pack, Wah Pack and Super Pack 3 Chinese News & Information HD channel. Simulcast of Phoenix InfoNews Channel in 16:9 SD format.
341 Momo Kids Asia HD Dynasty Pack and Super Pack 3 Chinese Kids HD channel.
531 CNN International HD News Pack News channel.
533 BBC World News HD News Pack News channel.
570 Nat Geo Wild HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) Animals channel.
632 Nickelodeon HD Kids Pack Children and Teens channel.
635 Disney Channel HD Kids Pack Children and Teens channel.
636 Cartoon Network HD Kids Pack Children and Teens channel.
638 Baby TV HD Premium Channels Baby channel.
724 Lifetime HD Variety Pack Entertainment channel.
725 Fox HD Variety Pack Entertainment channel.
731 Bio HD Metro Pack and Super Pack 4 Biography channel.
755 ANIPLUS HD Variety Pack Asian Japanese and Korean Animation HD channel.
757 Crime & Investigation Network HD Metro Pack and Super Pack 4 Focuses on crime, investigation and mystery programming.
802 Astro Arena HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) Live local sports channel. Simulcast of Astro Arena in 16:9 SD format.
835 Astro SuperSport HD 4 Sports Pack Live international sports channel 4. Simulcast of Astro SuperSport 4 in 16:9 SD format.
836 Fox Sports 2 HD Sports Pack Live international sports channel. All sport events showing in SD version of Fox Sports 2 is available in simulcast HD on Fox Sports 2 HD.
837 Fox Sports 3 HD Basic HD Pack (via HD Service) and Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (add RM12 to your Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack) Live international sports channel. All sport events showing in SD version of Fox Sports 3 is available in simulcast HD on Fox Sports 3 HD.

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