Astro Ria

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Astro Ria
Astro ria.jpg
Launched1 June 1996
Owned byAstro Holdings Sdn Bhd
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
LanguageMalay, English
Broadcast areaMalaysia
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sister channel(s)Astro Prima
AstroChannel 104 (SD)
Channel 123 (HD)
NJOIChannel 104 (SD)
Singtel TV
Channel 608 (HD)

Astro Ria is Malaysian pay television network exclusive to the Astro satellite television provider. It was one of the first 22 channels to be launched on Astro in 1996.

Programs on the network include Malay dramas, films and reality shows.

In 2003, Astro Ria launched a show based from Mexican TV series La Academia, called Akademi Fantasia. The contest pits 12 singers in a bid to become the winner. The show became so popular in Malaysia and Brunei that spin-off versions were made in Indonesia and Thailand. A second season was made, which enabled Brunei viewers to vote as well. In its third season, 14 contestants instead of the original 12 were competing for the competition and the winner, Mawi became an instant music celebrity. A fourth season started in May 2006.

In May 2002, Astro Ria launched Bloomberg RIA News, which was essentially the Malay language version of Bloomberg News Malaysia. The news was aired at 10:45pm, for fifteen minutes on weekdays. Its first anchor was Amir Mahmood Razak, who eventually also presented for the English version. The show was produced by Amy Mahadi.

Bloomberg TV and Astro's co-operation was dissolved in 2004, and the news programming became known as Berita Astro. Berita Astro ceased production at the end of January 2007 and later launched a new news division, in which Astro Awani was launched in September 2007. Its main news programme Awani 7:45 was also simulcasted on this channel every day at 19:45 MST.

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