Advanced Television


Forecast: 800m APAC homes will have pay-TV by 2025

Although Asia Pacific is traditionally referred to as a mobile-driven region, the pandemic accelerated the importance taken by larger screens in the region, and 110 million additional pay-TV subscriptions are expected to be observed in the next 5 years, according to forecasts from Dataxis. As population is also expected to increase drastically, regional penetration rate […]

May 19, 2022

Astro results improves on back of economic recovery

Astro Malaysia has posted fourth quarter results from the financial year ended 31 January 2022. Tun Zaki Azmi, Chairman of Astro, said: “Astro’s Q4 FY22 results improved q-o-q on the back of economic recovery. However, consumer sentiment and spending power continued to be soft. The Group remained cash generative, cost disciplined and proactive in its […]

March 31, 2022

Astro launches Astro Fibre

With an increasing number of connected and WiFi-enabled devices in Malaysian households, every room in the house is becoming ‘smarter’. Fast and reliable broadband is now essential for our everyday lives, be it for remote working, online learning, entertainment purposes such as gaming or simply streaming our favourite series – it is no longer something […]

March 24, 2022

Malaysia’s PDRM warns against illegal streaming

Malaysia’s federal police force Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) and pay-TV operator Astro have initiated an awareness programme to advise commercial enterprises not to use devices that stream illegal content at their premises. The programme involved officials from PDRM and Astro visiting several such businesses in Subang Jaya on February 24th 2022. “The Copyright (Amendment) Act […]

February 25, 2022By Colin Mann

Astro Malaysia closing Brunei DTH service

Malaysia’s Astro DTH service, Kristal Astro, is to end its Brunei transmissions on March 31st. The company blames the growing digital-based services in what is a modest population of fewer than 500,000. Kristal Astro stated: “Considering the fast changing technology trends causing huge shifts in consumer preferences towards digital media consumption, we have come to […]

February 8, 2022By Chris Forrester

Astro selects Kaltura to power streaming service

Astro, the Malaysian content and entertainment company, has chosen the Kaltura TV Platform to power sooka, its new streaming service targeted at millennials. Leveraging the multiple benefits of Kaltura Cloud TV, sooka went live in June across Malaysia and is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Astro selected the Kaltura TV Platform for sooka following […]

December 21, 2021

Astro, Synamedia debut TV addressable ads in SE Asia

Malaysia’s content and entertainment company, Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro), and Synamedia, the independent video software provider, have announced a partnership to launch the first addressable TV advertising service in South East Asia. Advertisers will be able to show different ads to different households while they are watching the same programme, based on data including […]

December 1, 2021

Netflix now on Astro

Astro has unveiled its new Astro experience, enabling customers in Malaysia to stream Netflix on Astro TV and enjoy better savings with new subscription packs. Euan Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Pay-TV and Group COO, Astro said: “Listening closely to our customers, we are reimagining the entire Astro experience to suit their needs, providing more […]

November 9, 2021

Astra wants 13,620 broadband satellites

Last week it was aerospace giant Boeing which received permission from the FCC to launch a broadband constellation of 147 satellites. California-based Astra Space has gone much better. It applied to the FCC on November 4th to “ultimately” launch 13,620 satellites. But Astra and Boeing are not alone. The FCC has received fresh requests from […]

November 8, 2021By Chris Forrester

Skyline Communications delivers DataMiner solutions to Astro

Skyline Communications, a global player in end-to-end multi-vendor network management, OSS and orchestration software solutions for the ICT, media and broadband industry, has announced that Astro (Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd), Malaysia’s leading content and entertainment company, has selected Skyline’s award-winning DataMiner solution for the management of incoming feeds on all layers including content, […]

October 26, 2021