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|Industry||Broadcasting, Mass Media|
|Founded||June 1, 1996|
|Headquarters||AABC, Lebuhraya Puchong-Sg. Besi, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Dato Rohana Rozhan (CEO)|
|Products||Direct broadcast satellite
|Revenue||RM 2.6 billion (2014)|
|RM 777.71 million (2014)|
|RM 447.95 million (2014)|
|Parent||Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd.|
All-Asian Satellite Television and Radio Operator (or better known as Astro) is a Malaysian direct broadcast satellite (DBS) Pay TV service. It transmits digital satellite television and radio to households in Malaysia and Brunei and has operations at the All Asia Broadcast Centre located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur and MEASAT in Cyberjaya. Astro was granted an exclusive license as a sole Pay TV provider by the Malaysia federal government until 2022. Until then, it will be the only DBS provider in Malaysia. Its only with their allies is HyppTV, a IPTV service by TM who carry their 5 Astro channels. As of September 2014, astro provided services to over four million subscribers.
Astro is a wholly owned subsidiary of Astro All Asia Networks plc. and operated by MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems Sdn. Bhd. This company was de-listed from the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad on 14 June 2010, following a successful take-over offer by Astro Holdings Sdn Bhd, a company owned by Tegas Sdn Bhd and its affiliates and Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
Astro launched the first High Definition (HD) broadcast in Malaysia in December 2009 under the brand Astro B.yond. Following the launch of HD, Astro B.yond PVR (Personal Video Recorder) was introduced in June 2010 and Astro B.yond IPTV in April 2011 followed by Over-The-Top service, Astro on the Go in 2012.
On 18 February 2012, Astro introduced NJOI as an entry-level DTH satellite TV service. It is the first non-subscription-based satellite TV. As of February 2015, NJOI has 24 SDTV channels, 5 HDTV channels and all radio channels. 
- 1 Brief history
- 2 Satellite and transponders
- 3 Events chronology
- 4 Channels currently broadcast by Astro
- 5 Current channels in other platforms
- 6 Current channels in other countries
- 7 Service and technical information
- 7.1 Encryption
- 7.2 Astro Family Pack
- 7.3 Astro Chuen Min Pack
- 7.4 Astro Family HD Pack/Astro Chuen Min HD Pack
- 7.5 Astro Dynasty Pack
- 7.6 Astro Jade Pack
- 7.7 Astro New Emperor Pack
- 7.8 Astro Gold Pack
- 7.9 Astro Ying Shi Pack
- 7.10 Astro Mustika Pack
- 7.11 Astro Indo Pek
- 7.12 Astro Maharaja Pack
- 7.13 Astro Chakravarthy Pack
- 7.14 Astro Korean Pack
- 7.15 Astro Movies Pack
- 7.16 Astro News Pack
- 7.17 Astro Learning Pack
- 7.18 Astro Kids Pack
- 7.19 Astro Variety Pack
- 7.20 Astro Metro Pack
- 7.21 Astro Sports Pack
- 7.22 Premium channels
- 8 Broadband and internet-based services
- 9 Viewership
- 10 See also
- 11 References
Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan, was issued a license in 1995 to operate MEASAT. MEASAT in turn launched ASTRO, Malaysia’s digital direct broadcast satellite service. He is estimated to have a net worth of over US$7.4 billion. Malaysia’s privately owned FM stations exhibit similar ownership patterns as television, and is largely controlled by Ananda Krishnan. Five of the seven stations are owned by Airtime Management and Programming Sdn. Bhd. (AMP). AMP additionally operates four “FM” services that are available only via digital direct broadcast satellite (ASTRO). AMP is also a division of Krishnan’s ASTRO. Not forgetting that Ananda Krishnan also has control over the telecommunication company Binariang Bhd. that owns two satellites Measat-1, Measat-2 and now Maxis Communications Berhad(S) (Shriver, 2003). After the launch of the MEASAT-1 satellite as part of Malaysia’s commercialisation of space, Astro commenced broadcasting in 1996 with an initial bouquet of twenty-two television and eight radio channels, which were its own channels (Astro All Asia Networks, 2011).
Satellite and transponders
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Astro utilises 11 high powered Ku-band transponders on MEASAT-3 and 6 high powered Ku-band transponders on MEASAT-3A to transmit its signal across Malaysia and Brunei. MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3A are owned by MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of MEASAT Global. Astro and MEASAT Global are related parties. MEASAT-3 was launched into orbit in Dec 2006 at 91.5 degrees east, entered commercial service on 1 February 2007 and has a design lifetime of 15 years. MEASAT-3A, which also has a design lifetime of 15 years, entered into commercial service in Jul 2009 and is co-located at the same orbital slot as MEASAT-3. Both satellites are controlled from the Measat Teleport and Broadcast Centre located in Cyberjaya, in the same facility as the Cyberjaya Broadcast Centre. A backup satellite control facility is located at the All Asia Broadcast Centre. MEASAT-3B was launched into orbit in September 2014 and entered commercial service in Dec 2014, have 18 transponders which Astro expects to be able to expand its broadcasting capacity to 180 SD and 102 HD channels.
In January 1996, Astro was officially formerly known as "Philips ASTRO" it was officially launched by the digital video broadcasting – satellite form of the programme for general used 4-satellite channel used translated into English on Saluran 20 (now Astro SuperSport), Malay on Saluran 1 (now Astro Ria), Cantonese on Saluran 60 (now Astro Wah Lai Toi) and Tamil on Saluran 2 (now Astro Vaanavil) with an initial bouquet of 22-digital television and 3-digital radio was backed by Philips Electronics as Holland digital technology by the digital electronics.
On 1 January 2003, Astro Showcase was launched as a free-to-view channel showcasing Southeast Asian movies. The following year, Season Pass was launched, showing games and other sporting events. These two have now became pay-per-view channels under the Astro Box Office name and new logo was launched, the uppercase 'Philips ASTRO' was changed to the lowercase 'astro'.
On 3 March 2003, Astro launches exclusive first-run blockbuster movies from Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and 24/7 channel, Celestial Movies.
On 1 November 2006, Astro News was co-produced with the national news agency Bernama, with the former taking 12-minutes of the programme for general. The news is also translated into Chinese on Astro Asian Entertainment Channel, Malay on Astro Ria and Tamil on Astro Vaanavil.
On 1 April 2007, Astro added another 9-satellite television channels into its line-up. The nine channels that were announced were Jia Yu Channel, Discovery Science, Discovery Real Time, Discovery Home & Health, E! Entertainment, Astro Vellithirai, Sun Music, Eurosport and The Golf Channel.
The 3-satellite television channels were already added into Astro's line-up on 24 April 2007.
The 6-satellite television channels became available from 1 May 2007 onward.
On 1 July 2007 onward, Astro On Demand Preview was launched and it is entirely devoted to telling the Astro subscribers about this new channel. A total of 31 satellite television channels have been allocated for this new service.
On 13 October 2007, Astro added 7 satellite television channels into its repertoire, including the Asian Food Channel, Astro Hua Hee Dai, Astro Oasis, Astro Xiao Tai Yang, Chutti TV, KBS World and Makkal TV. This increased the number of 803 satellite television channels on Astro.
On 1 December 2007, Australia Network started transmission on Astro platform.
On 1 January 2008, Bernama TV is a 24-hours in daily of Malay news channel of starts transmission on the Astro platform.
On 1 May 2009, Astro launched the Mustika Pack is a new pay television package comprising three new channels named Astro Citra, Astro Warna, and B4U. Astro Warna offers comedy; while Astro Citra is the Malay version of the HBO Asia channel providing Southeast Asian blockbuster movies, Malay premieres and Malay epic series; and B4U the latest box-office Bollywood movies and music with Malay subtitles. Astro Bella however replaced B4U in early 2012.
Astro then added a second Astro branded sports channel, Astro SuperSport 2 on 1 November 2009.
On 23 November 2009, Astro starts transmission of the first high-definition channels in Malaysia, Astro SuperSport HD, HBO HD, National Geographic Channel HD and HISTORY HD, followed by ESPN HD on 11 January 2010.
Granada TV was added the Astro platform on 1 December 2009 featuring many of the United Kingdom's best shows. Granada TV was subsequently renamed to ITV Granada on 1 November 2010.
On 25 March 2010, Astro Arena, the country's first local sports channel went on air. Astro Arena, a 24-hour local sports channel will be delivered predominantly in Malay and available to all Astro customers under its Family Pack.
On 1 April 2010, Astro starts transmission of TVB Classic Channel is a drama channel in Cantonese, featuring memorable and highly rated dramas from the 1970s and 1980s – all from TVB's much-coveted vault of library titles, covering varied genres such as romance, costume, action and comedy.
On 1 May 2010, Astro starts transmission of ESPNews is a sports news channel from ESPN STAR Sports showcasing the latest international and local sports news. This channel is a rolling news service featuring highlights, interviews, results and lead-up stories.
In conjunction with the launch of Astro B.yond PVR', Astro starts transmission of 3-new high-definition channels such: AXN HD, Astro Zhi Zun HD – a Chinese general entertainment high-definition channel – and FX HD will join Astro B.yond's HD line up. In addition, FOX will make its debut on Astro in standard definition. All these new channels started transmission on 16 June 2010.
On 1 July 2010, Astro starts transmission of Astro SuperSport 3 (ASSP 3). ASSP 3 will broadcast 'LIVE' coverage of BPL (Barclays Premier League) games as well as also feature highlights, previews and magazine programs around the BPL. ASSP 3 will also broadcast other football plus a variety of other sporting genres.
On 11 August 2010, Astro starts transmission of National Geographic Wild (Nat Geo Wild). Nat Geo Wild, is in Malaysian, English and Mandarin language tracks for all programs.
On 17 August 2010, Astro starts transmission of AXN Beyond HD as well.
On 1 October 2010, Astro launches three additional HD channels, ONE HD provides Asian general entertainment with a focus on Korean content. while STAR Movies HD brings movies in HD and Astro Lifestyle HD channel which will air programmes from both Food Network Asia HD (9:00 am to 9:00 pm) and Life Inspired (Li) (9:00 pm to 9:00 am). But From October 1, 2012, Two Times Will Cut at Channel HD On 727 and 728.
On 9 December 2010, Astro Tutor TV UPSR returned as a permanent channel on Astro with a programme line-up include, Mathematics, Science, English and Bahasa Malaysia with full interactive 'red-button' features to make revision even more engaging and fun.
On 14 January 2011, Astro launches Astro First, a first of its kind movie-on-demand service. Astro customers will be able to watch films within two weeks after the cinema release.
On 1 May 2011, Astro offers Astro Tutor TV channel for PMR and SPM version, with newest line-up programmes include, Mathematics, Science, Malaysian English, History, Malaysian, and Additional Maths (only for SPM) with full interactive 'red-button' features to make revision even more engaging and fun.
On 1 July 2011, Astro launches another new package called Indo Pek, which comprising two new Astro branded channels named Bintang and Pelangi. Bintang provides Indonesian lifestyle entertainment such as music videos, gossips, and more. Pelangi shows Indonesian movies from the 1970s and later.
On 15 September 2012, Astro launched Disney's extreme channel in SD and HD, Disney XD on channel 617 and 637 (HD). These channels will go to the Astro Family Pack.
On 13 January 2013, Astro launched the second Chinese HD channel named Astro Quan Jia HD for all Astro B.yond customers. The first Chinese HD channel Astro Zhi Zun HD will be revamped to a Cantonese HD channel, which is a sister channel of Astro Wah Lai Toi.
On 3 June 2013, Astro launched the third Chinese HD channel named Astro On Demand HD for Astro B.yond customers who subscribe to the Astro On Demand Dragon Pack or Super Pack 3 with no extra cost. Same Day, SD Version of Astro On Demand will be renumbering to CH 351-354 at 8.30 PM and CH 361-364 at 9.30 PM.
On 24 June 2013, Astro launched the second Malay HD channel named Astro Maya HD for all Astro B.yond customers as the success of the first Malay HD channel Astro Mustika HD. Astro Mustika HD will continue broadcasts newest Malay shows in HD. Same Day, Astro launched the fourth Chinese HD channel named Astro Hua Hee Dai HD for Astro B.yond customers who subscribe to the New Emperor Pack or Gold Pack or Wah Pack or Super Pack 3 with no extra cost.
On 18 October 2013, Astro launched the first Tamil HD channel named Astro Vinmeen HD on channel 231. This channel will go to Maharaja Pack + HD Service.
On 11 July 2014, Astro incorporates Astro On Demand into the upgraded version of Dynasty Package. This channel will be made available to all existing Dynasty Package subscribers on Astro B.yond platform.
On 1 November 2014, Astro's first home shopping channel, Astro Go Shop launched.
On 16 November 2014, Astro second Chinese HD channel Astro Quan Jia HD which is showing local programmes and Singapore drama along with Astro AEC will be moved to new Chinese HD channel, Astro AEC HD on channel 306 and the Chinese Drama HD channel, Astro Shuang Xing HD on channel 307, which is showing all drama in SD version of Astro Shuang Xing, along with 8 new channels such as FOX Action Movies HD, FOX HD, FOX Family Movies HD, FYI HD, HITS HD, Celestial Classic Movies, ZooMoo and DIVA HD. All of 8 new HD channels and ZooMoo is available for preview to all Astro customers from 16 November 2014 until 28 February 2015. At the same time, Astro chose to discontinued FOX in SD version on channel 710 upgraded to FOX HD on channel 724.
On 18 November 2014, Astro Shuang Xing and Astro Shuang Xing HD has finally showing hotest HKTV drama for the first time with Chinese & Bahasa Malaysia subtitles until English subtitles for the second HKTV drama starting the end of 2015.
On end-year 2014, Astro launches first Korean channel in SD version only for preview from end of 2014 to 16 February 2015, Channel M until the launch of HD version.
On 1 February 2015, Astro launching the first free Chinese HD channel named Astro Xi Yue HD for all NJOI customers. However, this channel is also available for all Astro B.yond customers when 88% of the customers who have watching HD channels. NJOI has now have 25 SDTV channels, 20 Radio channels and 1 HDTV channels. However, Astro has already have 49 HDTV channels and the HD Service fee is not changed.
On 16 February 2015, Astro launches all new Korean Pack for K-pop fans. This pack includes Oh!K HD and Channel M HD. These channels are now available on complimentary channels from 16 until 28 February 2015. At the same time, Channel M in SD will be end of the preview at 16 February 2015 and Golf Channel HD launches too.
On 26 February 2015, Golf Channel HD will no longer available on Sports Pack and become to ala carte channel. At the same time, Golf Channel in SD ceases transmission.
On 1 May 2015, Astro's New Value Pack Called "Stars Pack" for Astro Customers comes with HD Service and Astro On The Go.
On 29 May 2015, Astro first Malay HD channel Astro Mustika HD and second Malay HD channel Astro Maya HD which is showing some local Malay programmes along with Astro Ria will be moved to new Malay HD channel, Astro Ria HD on channel 123. At the same time, Astro Maya HD is now available for all NJOI customers because of 1 million customers celebration.
On 2 June 2015, New Travel channel Go Asean CH 737 add in Astro and NJOI too.
On 1 July 2015, Astro Vinmeen HD on channel 231 is now available to all Singtel TV customers for Singaporeans on channel 626. This channel is available to Kondattam Starter, Trio, Variety and Value Pack.
On 15 July 2015, Astro adds new 3 sports channels. Their name is WWE Network (this channel is broadcasts WWE shows and events and which also in HD) on channel 820 and 840 (HD) and Setanta Sports HD (this channel is broadcasts international events) on channel 839. At the same time, this new channels will go to Premium list and SD version of WWE Network will go to NJOI Prepaid.
On 19 October 2015, Astro first home shopping channel, Astro Go Shop has now available in Mandarin version in HD on channel 318, this channel will be available for all Astro and NJOI customers only.
On 1 November 2015, Astro first home shopping channel, Astro Go Shop in Malay version has now upgraded to HD version on channel 118.
On 1 May 2016, Astro launches all new Jade Pack for TVB fans. This pack includes TVB Jade HD, TVB Classic, TVB Classic Movies, TVB Xing He, TVB Entertainment News, TVBS-Asia and Asian Action Channel. TVB Jade HD, TVB Classic Movies and Asian Action Channel is available for preview to all Astro customers from 1 May, 2016 until 15 May, 2016.
ASTRO launched Malaysia's first high-definition television service branded Astro B.yond on 11 December 2009. 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.
Astro B.yond also introduced a Digital Video Recording (DVR) service, available through the Astro B.yond Personal Video Recorder (PVR) and an external hard disk drive connected to the Astro B.yond decoder. The Astro B.yond PVR comes with an inbuilt 500GB hard disk and allows customers to record up to two live programmes at one time, rewind and pause live TV. Recording services is also available through Astro B.yond via a compatible external hard disk drive and activation of the recording service by Astro.
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, this provides a wide choice of Astro channels in HD (High-Definition) with personal video recording and video-on-demand services delivered via TIME's 100% fibre broadband. Astro B.yond IPTV will be progressively available in Klang Valley and Penang. At present, Astro B.yond IPTV is available at 60 high-rise condominiums within Mont Kiara, KLCC, Bangsar and Penang.
The Astro B.yond decoder is a rebranded Pace plc DS-830NA.
Astro IPTV is an Internet Protocol Television service by Astro. Launched on 20 April 2011 as Astro B.yond IPTV, its subscribers were entitled to high definition Astro channels, personal video recording, video-on-demand, high-speed internet, and voice services. Astro’s initial target audiences were residences of high-rise buildings who previously had difficulty accessing HDTV services. By offering HDTV services with its IPTV, Astro was able to bring HDTV to these high-rise residences. This was made possible by partnering with Time dotCom Bhd and later on Maxis Berhad (April 2013). Astro B.yond IPTV was rebranded to Astro IPTV in February 2014.
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Astro NJOI is a Malaysian first free satellite TV service by Astro. Launched by Government of Malaysia and Astro On 18 February 2012, the service provide 18 television channels and 19 radio stations. However, existing Astro customers may still able to receive this service through separate account.
The set-up, which consist of a set-top box, Out-Door Unit (ODU) satellite dish, smartcard and remote control unit was available at a one-time payment of RM 308 at all Astro authorised retailers, with a standard installation fee of RM 100 from an Astro authorised installer as stated on the website. In mid 2013, the one-time payment was reduced to RM 280, and installation remains at RM 100. The platform uses prepaid card method where one can pay for the day and amount for the prepaid channels that one wants to watch. The decoder's HDMI output is locked out and this leaves users with composite signal and component video output. However, certain decoders with updated firmware are able to use the HDMI output. NJOI currently offers 24 SDTV channels, all radio channels and 5 HDTV channels.
Channels currently broadcast by Astro
List of TV channels
|8TV||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Adithya TV||Maharaja Pack/Namma Pack/Super Pack 2/Super Pack Plus 2|
|A-List||A la carte|
|Al-Jazeera English||News Pack|
|Animal Planet||Learning Pack/Aneka Pack(NJOI)/A la Carte (NJOI)|
|ART||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack|
|Animax Asia||Variety Pack|
|Asian Food Channel||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack|
|Astro AEC||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Astro AEC HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Astro Arena||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/Sports Pack (NJOI)|
|Astro Awani||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Astro Bella||Mustika Pack (Astro)/Mustika Pack (NJOI Prepaid)/Nilai Pack/Super Pack 1/A la Carte (NJOI)/Aneka PAck (NJOI)|
|Astro Best||Astro Best|
|Astro Box Office Movies Tayangan Hebat||Tayangan Hebat|
|Astro Box Office Movies Thangathirai||Thangathirai/A la Carte (NJOI)|
|Astro Box Office BollyOne HD||BollyOne HD|
|Astro Ceria||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/A la Carte (NJOI)|
|Astro Citra||Mustika Pack (Astro)/Mustika Pack (NJOI)/Nilai Pack/Super Pack 1/A la Carte (NJOI)/Aneka Pack (NJOI)|
|Astro Cricket HD||Sports Focus Pack (Additional For Sports Pack Only)/A La Carte (HD Service is required)|
|Astro First||Astro First movies|
|Astro Go Shop Malay HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack/NJOI (HD Service is required)|
|Astro Go Shop Mandarin HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack/NJOI (HD Service is required)|
|Astro Hua Hee Dai||Gold Pack/New Emperor Pack/Wah Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3/A la Carte (NJOI)/Variety Pack (NJOI)|
|Astro Hua Hee Dai HD||Gold Pack/New Emperor Pack/Wah Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3 (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Astro Mustika HD||Mustika Pack (Astro)/Nilai Pack/Super Pack 1/Super Pack Plus 1|
|Astro Maya HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack/NJOI|
|Astro Oasis||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Astro On Demand||Dynasty Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3/AOD Dragon Pack|
|Astro On Demand HD||Dynasty Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3/AOD Dragon Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Astro Quan Jia HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required)|
|Astro Prima||Family Pack/NJOI|
|Astro Ria||Family Pack/A la carte (NJOI)|
|Astro Ria HD||Family HD Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Astro SuperSport (SD & HD)||Sports Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Astro SuperSport 2 (SD & HD)||Sports Pack (Astro)/Sports Pack (NJOI)(SD only) (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Astro SuperSport 3 (SD & HD)||Sports Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Astro SuperSport 4||Sports Pack (Astro)/Sports Pack (NJOI)|
|Astro Shuang Xing||Dynasty Pack/Wah Pack/New Emperor Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3/A la Carte (NJOI) /Ying Shi Pack (NJOI)/Variety Pack (NJOI)|
|Astro Shuang Xing HD||Dynasty Pack/Wah Pack/New Emperor Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3 (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Astro Tutor TV PT3||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Astro Tutor TV SPM||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Astro Tutor TV UPSR||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Astro TVIQ||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack|
|Astro Vaanavil||Family Pack/NJOI|
|Astro Vellithirai||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack|
|Astro Vinmeen HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack/|
|Astro Wah Lai Toi||Dynasty Pack/Wah Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3/A la Carte (NJOI)|
|Astro Wah Lai Toi HD||Dynasty Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3 (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Astro Warna||Mustika Pack (Astro)/Mustika Pack (NJOI)/Nilai Pack/Super Pack 1/A la Carte (NJOI)/Aneka Pack (NJOI)|
|Astro Xi Yue HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack/NJOI (HD Service is required)|
|Astro Xiao Tai Yang||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Asian Action Channel||Jade Pack|
|Australia Plus||News Pack|
|AXN Asia||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack|
|AXN Asia HD||Family HD Pack/ Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|BabyTV||A la carte|
|BBC World News||News Pack|
|Bernama News Channel(BNC)||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Bintang||Indo Pack (Astro)/Indo Pack (NJOI)/Nilai Pack|
|Bloomberg TV Malaysia||News Pack|
|Cartoon Network Asia||Kids Pack|
|CCTV-4||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|CCTV News||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack|
|Celestial Classic Movies||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Celestial Movies||Chuen Min Pack/Wah Pack/Fans Pack/New Emperor Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3/Super Pack 4/Super Pack Plus 4/A la Carte (NJOI)/Ying Shi Pack (NJOI)/Variety Pack(NJOI)|
|Celestial Movies HD||Chuen Min HD Pack/Wah Pack/Fans Pack/New Emperor Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3/Super Pack 4/Super Pack Plus 4 (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Chutti TV||Maharaja Pack/Namma Pack/Super Pack 2/Super Pack Plus 2|
|Cinemax Asia||Movies Pack|
|CNBC Asia||News Pack|
|CNN International||News Pack|
|Crime & Investigation Network||Metro Pack|
|CTI Asia||Chuen Min Pack/Wah Pack/New Emperor Pack/Gold Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3|
|Discovery Channel||Learning Pack|
|Discovery HD World||Learning Pack (HD Service is required)|
|Discovery Science||Learning Pack|
|Disney Channel||Kids Pack|
|Disner Junior||Kids Pack|
|Disney XD (SD & HD)||Family Pack/Family HD Pack/Chuen Min Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Diva Universal (SD & HD)||Family Pack/Family HD Pack/Chuen Min Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Food Network Asia HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required)|
|FOX HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required)|
|FOX Action Movies HD||Movies Pack (HD Service is required)|
|FOX Family Movies HD||Movies Pack (HD Service is required)|
|FOX Movies Premium (SD & HD)||Movies Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|FOX Sports Asia (SD & HD)||Sports Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|FOX Sports 2||Sports Pack|
|FOX Sports 3||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack|
|FX HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required)|
|fyi HD||Metro Pack (HD Service is required)|
|Go Asean HD||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI (HD Service is required )|
|Golf Channel HD||Sports Focus Pack (Additional For Sports Pack Only)/A La Carte|
|HBO Asia (SD & HD)||Movies Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|HGTV Asia HD||Metro Pack (HD Service is required)|
|History Asia||Learning Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|Hits HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required)|
|ITV Choice||Metro Pack|
|Jaya TV||Chakravathy Pack/Namma Pack|
|Kah Lai Toi||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Kalaignar TV||Chakravathy Pack/Namma Pack|
|KBS World (SD & HD)||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack/A la Carte (NJOI) (SD Only) (HD Service is required for HD version)/Variety Pack(NJOI)(SD Only)|
|KIX HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required)|
|Life Inspired HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required)|
|Makkal TV||Family Pack/NJOI|
|MTV Asia||Variety Pack|
|Nat Geo People HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required)|
|Nat Geo Wild||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/Aneka Pack (NJOI)/A la Carte (NJOI) /Variety Pack (NJOI)|
|National Geographic Channel||Learning Pack|
|National Geographic Channel HD||Learning Pack (HD Service is required)|
|NHK World||Dynasty Pack|
|NTV7||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|Oh!K HD||Korean Pack (HD Service is required)|
|ONE TV ASIA HD||Family HD Pack/Chuen Min HD Pack (HD Service is required)|
|Pelangi||Indo Pack (Astro)/Indo Pack (NJOI)/Nilai Pack|
|Phoenix Chinese Channel||Dynasty Pack/Wah Pack/New Emperor Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3|
|Phoenix InfoNews Channel||Chuen Min Pack/Wah Pack/New Emperor Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3|
|PPV Movies HD||Astro Best/First|
|Raj TV||Chakravathy Pack/Namma Pack|
|Setanta Sports HD||Sports Focus Pack (Additional For Sports Pack Only)/A La Carte (HD Service is required)|
|Sky News International||News Pack (HD Service is required)|
|STAR Chinese Channel||A La Carte|
|STAR World (SD & HD)||Variety Pack (HD Service is required for HD version)|
|STAR Vijay||Chakravathy Pack/Namma Pack|
|SUN Music||Maharaja Pack/Namma Pack/Super Pack 2|
|SUN TV||Maharaja Pack/Namma Pack/Super Pack 2|
|TLC||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack|
|TV1||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|TV2||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|TV3||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|TV9||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|TV Alhijrah||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|TVB Classic||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/Jade Pack|
|TVB Classic Movies||Jade Pack|
|TVB Entertainment News||Dynasty Pack/Jade Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3|
|TVB Jade HD||Jade Pack (HD Service is required)|
|TVB Xing He||Dynasty Pack/Jade Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3/A la Carte (NJOI)/Ying Shi Pack(NJOI)|
|TVBS-Asia||Dynasty Pack/Jade Pack/Super Pack 3/Super Pack Plus 3|
|TVi||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/NJOI|
|TVN HD||Korean Pack|
|WWE Network||Premium Channels/A la Carte (NJOI)|
|WWE Network HD||Premium Channels|
|Zee Variasi||Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack/A la Carte (NJOI)|
|Zoo Moo||Kids Pack|
List of radio stations
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- All radio stations is available for all Astro and NJOI Customers
|870||Sabah V FM|
Current channels in other platforms
Current channels in other countries
Service and technical information
The direct-to-home (DTH), is broadcast as high-power Ku-band transmissions using the transponders of the MEASAT satellite system. Reception of the service signals uses a fixed 65-cm diameter dish antenna.
Ku-band signals can be affected by rain attenuation (rain fade), making it susceptible to frequent outages in heavy rainfall areas such as Malaysia, the operators of Astro have employed a tailor-made system to boost power of the satellite delivery system to overcome this problem. The service availability of 99.7%, however, is still a topic of much debate by subscribers.
Since its launch, Astro transmits programming with encryption to mitigate signal piracy. The receiver (also known as an IRD, or "integrated receiver-decoder") uses ISO/IEC 7816 smart cards which tell the receiver how to decrypt the programming for viewing. Astro is now using a third generation of access smart cards.
- The first generation of smart cards were used until 2004. The encryption uses the SECA Mediaguard.
- The second generation of smart cards were introduced in 2004 and used until 2008. The encryption uses the improved version of Mediaguard.
- The third generation of smart cards were introduced in 2008. This is the current "standard issue" smart card. It uses the NDS VideoGuard encryption system.
Astro Family Pack
Family Pack is the most basic package you must subscribe to if you're an Astro subscriber. It includes over 40 channels, ranged from general Malay, Chinese, Indian and English channels.
Astro Chuen Min Pack
Astro Chuen Min Pack is an alternative Astro Family Pack dedicated for Chinese viewers. It includes the channels same as Astro Family Pack, but it has additional Chinese channels, which is CTI Asia (CH 316), Celestial Movies (CH 322), and Phoenix InfoNews Channel (CH 323). However, this pack excludes selected Malay and Tamil channels, which is Makkal TV (CH 203), Astro Ria (CH 104), Astro Prima (CH 105) and Astro Vaanavil (CH 201).
Astro Family HD Pack/Astro Chuen Min HD Pack
Alternatively, you can add RM18/month on top of your Astro Family Pack/Chuen Min Pack and get these 18 HD channels from Family HD Pack or 17 HD Channels from Chuen Min HD Pack.
Astro Dynasty Pack
Chinese drama and entertainment from Hong Kong and Taiwan plus premium Cantonese programmes. Astro On Demand, which brings you the Hong Kong's TVB dramas, same time broadcast as Hong Kong and Astro Shuang Xing, which brings you the Hong Kong's HKTV dramas, early broadcast from Hong Kong along with another Chinese drama from Taiwan, China, Singapore, Korea and Japan is also included in Dynasty Pack.
Astro Jade Pack
This package is a one-stop TVB entertainment pack created specially for Malaysians. It consists of various channels such as TVB Jade HD, Asian Action Channel, TVB Classic Movies, TVBS Asia, TVB Classic, TVB Entertainment News and TVB Xing He, delivering the best content including the latest TVB dramas, variety shows, Chinese action dramas, Hong Kong classic movies and more.
Astro New Emperor Pack
Non-stop Chinese entertainment with blockbuster movies, latest Chinese dramas from Taiwan, China, Singapore as well as Hong Kong's HKTV dramas on Astro Shuang Xing, as well as local's Hokkien entertainment channel.
Astro Gold Pack
A 24-hour infotainment platform providing the latest news across the Asian region, as well as local's Hokkien entertainment channel.
Astro Ying Shi Pack
Classic TVB dramas, latest HKTV and Asian dramas and newest blockbuster movies from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea and Japan, this packages is only available for NJOI customers only.
Astro Mustika Pack
More Malay channels dedicated for Malay viewers, featuring local comedies, Asian movies and telenovelas.
Astro Indo Pek
The channels that provides all the most popular Indonesian entertainment and the biggest Indonesian stars.
Astro Maharaja Pack
A rich mix of Tamil drama serials, music videos, concerts, movies, kid’s programmes and many more.
Astro Chakravarthy Pack
Chakravarthy package offers a greater variety of content and an opportunity to enjoy the best in Tamil entertainment by featuring top-rated channels from India.
Astro Korean Pack
Watch the latest Korean dramas from MBC (South Korea TV station) one day after Korea TV broadcast, as well as trendiest variety shows and keep up-to-date with all things K-Pop.
Astro Movies Pack
The best global movie channels with over 450 blockbuster movies every month, 24 hours a day.
Astro News Pack
The most up-to-date global news, 24-hours a day, across acclaimed international news channels such as CNN, BBC World News and Al-Jazeera.
Astro Learning Pack
The world class documentary channels about science, technology, nature and history and educational content for everyone.
Astro Kids Pack
Cartoon channels for the kids, and it includes local & international cartoons and live action series.
Astro Variety Pack
First and exclusive content with popular and acclaimed programmes from multiple genres including comedy, drama, animation and reality series.
Astro Metro Pack
Uncover the most compelling real-life stories and true events, with unique programmes that inspire and inform.
Astro Sports Pack
A front-row seat to world-class sports, up-to-date sports news and the widest live coverage of major events.
You can also subscribe Astro Wah Lai Toi and Celestial Movies without bundle the packages and some channels are not available for bundle with packages such as A-list and many more.
Broadband and internet-based services
At the end of 1999, Astro's operator MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems announced a proposal to provide high-speed satellite-delivered Internet access services. The service, called @stronet-JARING, was to be a one-way terrestrial return system, whereby Malaysian ISP Jaring would provide the outbound data service through dial-up (and later broadband) access. Downloads would be received via the MEASAT satellite system, which promised a maximum download speed of 6.5Mbit/s. A PC-based trial was performed in early 2000 with a maximum download speed of 400kbit/s. Other proposed services included Multicast File Transfer and Multicast Streaming Delivery. The service, however, has never been made available publicly.
In May 2005, Astro launched Astro.tv, a broadband TV portal. Initially, it had two video channels: Akademi Fantasia Xtra and GOALTV. The service required a separate subscription fee charged to the subscribers mobile phone bill. It was rebranded as Astro Broadband..
In 2010, Astro introduced the Astro B.yond Player Online offering access to selected programmes via LIVE video streaming on astro.com.my to its customers. There is also Video-On-Demand and selected programme replays available online. The Astro B.yond Player comprises videos from Astro's locally produced content, LIVE football matches and a special programmes HD broadcast. Astro B.yond Player Online requires a Microsoft Silverlight plug-in.
Since December 2010, Astro's strategic collaboration with TIME dotCom Berhad (TIME) has enabled Astro to deliver IPTV with 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 to Malaysian homes.
As of February 2015, Astro has provided services to more than 4 million subscribers, which represents more than 50% of Malaysia's television households.
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