Astro B.yond

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Astro B.yond is a Malaysian first High Definition TV service by Astro. Launched by Astro 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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

The Astro B.yond decoder is a rebranded Pace plc DS-830NA.

Packages are Included[edit]

Subscribers of Astro B.yond are able to choose between sixteen different content packs which are shown below, not including Astro Best/First.

  • Family HD Pack - Include 18 Basic HD Channels.
  • Chuen Min HD Pack - Include 17 Basic HD Channels. (Excluding Astro Ria HD)
  • Nilai Pack - Including 19 HD Channels.
  • Mamma Pack - Including 18 HD Channels.
  • Wah Pack - Including 21 HD Channels.
  • Fans Pack - Including 23 HD Channels and one of the Mini Pack HD Channels.
  • Stars Pack - Including 25 HD Channels and one of the Mini Pack HD Channels.
  • Super Pack 1 - Including 29 HD Channels and three of the Mini Pack HD Channels.
  • Super Pack 2 - Including 28 HD Channels and three of the Mini Pack HD Channels.
  • Super Pack 3 - Including 32 HD Channels and three of the Mini Pack HD Channels.
  • Super Pack 4 - Including 28 HD Channels and three of the Mini Pack HD Channels.
  • Super Pack Plus 1 - Including 38 HD Channels.
  • Super Pack Plus 2 - Including 37 HD Channels.
  • Super Pack Plus 3 - Including 40 HD Channels.
  • Super Pack Plus 4 - Including 42 HD Channels.
  • NJOI - Including 3 HD Channels. (This Free Satellite TV has already built-in HD Service)

Current HD channels[edit]

Channel No. Name Package Description
123 Astro Ria HD Basic HD Pack In-house Malay entertainment channel. All programmes are showing with SD version of Astro Ria is now available on Astro Ria HD in simulcast HD. (after launching this channel, Astro Mustika HD and Astro Maya HD are not longer showing with SD version of Astro Ria)
134 Astro Mustika HD Mustika Pack In-house Malay entertainment channel. Selected programmes are showing with SD version of SD version of Astro Prima, Astro Warna, Astro Citra, Astro Bella, Astro TVIQ and Astro Ceria is now available on Astro Mustika HD in simulcast HD and second Malay HD channel, Astro Maya HD for original drama series.
135 Astro Maya HD Basic HD Pack In-house Malay entertainment channel. Selected programmes are showing with SD version of Astro Prima, Astro Oasis, Astro TVIQ and Astro Ceria is now available on Astro Maya HD in simulcast HD and first Malay HD channel, Astro Mustika HD for original drama series.
231 Astro Vinmeen HD Basic HD Pack In-house Tamil entertainment channel. Selected programmes are showing with SD version of Astro Vaanavil is now available on Astro Vinmeen HD in simulcast HD.
251 Astro Box Office BollyOne HD Astro Box Office A delicated Bollywood movies channel in HD.
300 Astro Xi Yue HD Basic HD Pack In-house Cantonese, Chinese and Hokkien entertainment channel. (this HD channel is the first time available for all NJOI customers)
306 Astro AEC HD Basic HD Pack In-house Chinese entertainment channel. All programmes are showing with SD version of Astro AEC is now available on Astro AEC HD in simulcast HD. (after launching this channel, Astro Quan Jia HD are not longer showing with SD version of Astro AEC)
307 Astro Shuang Xing HD Dynasty Pack and New Emperor Pack In-house Cantonese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean drama channel. All drama are showing with SD version of Astro Shuang Xing is now available on Astro Shuang Xing HD in simulcast HD.
308 Astro Quan Jia HD Basic HD Pack In-house Chinese entertainment channel. Selected programmes are showing with SD version of Astro Xiao Tai Yang is now available on Astro Quan Jia HD in simulcast HD.
309 Celestial Movies HD New Emperor Pack and Premium Channels In-house Cantonese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean movies channel. All movies are showing with SD version of Celestial Movies is now available on Celestial Movies HD in simulcast HD.
310 Astro Wah Lai Toi HD Dynasty Pack and Premium Channels In-house Cantonese entertainment channel. 80% of the programmes are showing with SD version of Astro Wah Lai Toi is now available on Astro Wah Lai Toi HD in simulcast HD. (this channel old name is Astro Zhi Zun HD starting 6 October 2014)
332 Astro Hua Hee Dai HD New Emperor Pack and Gold Pack In-house Hokkien entertainment channel. 80% of the programmes are showing with SD version of Astro Hua Hee Dai is now available on Astro Hua Hee Dai HD in simulcast HD.
350 Astro On Demand HD Dynasty Pack and Astro On Demand Dragon Pack In-house Cantonese drama channel. All drama are showing with SD version of Astro On Demand is now available on Astro On Demand HD in simulcast HD.
392 KBS World HD Basic HD Pack In-house Korean entertainment channel. All programmes are showing with SD version of KBS World is now available on KBS World HD in simulcast HD.
393 ONE HD Basic HD Pack In-house Korean entertainment channel. All programmes are supplied by SBS is now available on ONE HD.
394 Oh!K HD Korean Pack In-house Korean entertainment channel. All programmes are supplied by MBC is now available on Oh!K HD.
395 Channel M HD Korean Pack In-house Korean entertainment channel. All programmes are supplied by TVN and Mnet is now available on Channel M HD.
430 Fox Family Movies HD Movies Pack In-house family-oriented movies channel.
431 HBO HD Movies Pack In-house all gerne types of movies channel. All movies are showing with SD version of HBO is now available on HBO HD in simulcast HD.
433 Fox Movies Premium HD Movies Pack In-house all gerne types of movies channel. All movies are showing with SD version of Fox Movies Premium is now available on Fox Movies Premium HD in simulcast HD.
434 Fox Action Movies HD Movies Pack In-house action movies channel.
436 Sundance Channel HD Movies Pack In-house independent movies channel.
456 A-list HD Premium Channels A delicated acclaimed & award movies channel in HD.
495
496
497
Astro PPV Movies HD Astro Best/First Selected Astro Best/First movies are available in HD.
532 Sky News HD News Pack In-house international news channel.
571 Discovery HD World Learning Pack In-house science, technology, history and culture documentary channel.
573 History HD Learning Pack In-house history documentary channel. All documentaries are showing with SD version of History is now available on History HD in simulcast HD.
575 National Geographic Channel HD Learning Pack In-house geographic documentary channel. All documentaries are showing with SD version of National Geographic Channel is now available on National Geographic Channel HD in simulcast HD.
637 Disney XD HD Basic HD Pack In-house children and teens channel. All programmes are showing with SD version of Disney XD is now available on Disney XD HD in simulcast HD.
720 Hits HD Basic HD Pack In-house retro entertainment channel.
721 AXN HD Basic HD Pack In-house US entertainment channel. All programmes are showing with SD version of AXN is now available on AXN HD in simulcast HD.
722 STAR World HD Variety Pack In-house US, UK and Australian entertainment channel. All programmes are showing with SD version of STAR World is now available on STAR World HD in simulcast HD.
723 Diva HD Basic HD Pack In-house US, UK, Australian and Southeast Asia entertainment channel. All programmes are showing with SD version of Diva is now available on Diva HD in simulcast HD.
724 Fox HD Basic HD Pack In-house US entertainment channel.
726 FX HD Basic HD Pack In-house English drama channel.
727 Food Network HD Basio HD Pack In-house food entertainment channel.
728 Life Inspired HD Basic HD Pack In-house lifestyle channel.
729 KIX HD Basic HD Pack In-house live action entertainment channel.
736 FYI HD Metro Pack In-house biography channel.
737 Go Asean HD Basic HD Pack In-house ASEAN travel channel.
802 Astro Arena HD Basic HD Pack In-house local sports channel. All sporting event are showing with SD version of Astro Arena is now available on Astro Arena HD in simulcast HD. (available for limited time only until the launch of full version of Astro Arena HD)
831 Astro SuperSport HD Sports Pack In-house international sports channel. All sporting event are showing with SD version of Astro SuperSport is now available on Astro SuperSport HD in simulcast HD.
832 Fox Sports HD Sports Pack In-house international sports channel. All sporting event are showing with SD version of Fox Sports is now available on Fox Sports HD in simulcast HD.
833 Astro SuperSport 2 HD Sports Pack In-house international sports channel. All sporting event are showing with SD version of Astro SuperSport 2 is now available on Astro SuperSport 2 HD in simulcast HD.
834 Astro SuperSport 3 HD Sports Pack In-house international sports channel. All sporting event are showing with SD version of Astro SuperSport 3 is now available on Astro SuperSport 3 HD in simulcast HD.
835 Golf Channel HD Premium Channels In-house international golf channel.

Upcoming HD Channels[edit]

Current local TV Station will be available on HD in 2016:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Astro to launch HDTV services on Friday. Retrieved on 23 December 2009
  2. ^ [1]. Retrieved on 23 April 2011
  3. ^ [2]. Retrieved on 23 April 2011

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