1. I did mention that:
I did not say original feed of the channel has no ads. There are certain advertisement brands where it is actually transmitted by original feed, common ones such as Trivago, Colgate, Darlie, etc. Not all premium channels are free from branded commercial. But do you think is a good thing from the customer's perspective, for Astro to slot in ads of their own, even the Astro customers are a paying customers? You think we pay money to Astro, besides to watch programmes, but also to watch advertisements that Astro
in particular, want us to watch as well? Well you could say, oh yes it encourages consumers to spend more money in other ways (in Astro and out of Astro), increases consumer spending power. If that's the case, then Astro is not just a pay TV company. Astro is also an advertisement company, similar like Google. And yet, we don't pay anything to Google to get services because they depend on ads to survive.
Astro is like, using customer like a tool for them to earn more money and create win-win situation for both Astro and the business clients. From what I see, Astro is trying their very best to profiteer, make market share as big as possible, and then earn kaokao. We pay money, to watch advertisement.
You see that? Astro's business model now is like, cheap pay TV provider where they also depend on ads to cover up their overall costs, yet how much you pay for your Astro per month to get better content? If you subscribe the very minimum Family pack only, or Njoi, then don't say la. Can't afford expensive rates? Well, you have the option to subscribe lesser packages, or get Njoi and watch lesser content lor. Simple. That's it. For Astro, it's nothing.
If Astro likes to slot in ads so much, then they better just make their Astro subscription to be very cheap and affordable, not by offering expensive rates packages (e.g Sports Pack could costs RM50+/month, depending on package subscription) and then let us watch more advertisements they want us to watch. And yet, they monopoly the pay TV market since 1996, so they can charge whatever rates they want because there's no active and strong pay TV competitor like Astro in Malaysia.
Unifi TV? Nah. No need to mention about that, if you know what I mean.
2. Cross-promote between own channel network is definitely common.
Example: Discovery Asia promotes a programme from Discovery Channel.
What I am referring is, Astro is the one who slot in/replace with their own ads. Astro is the one who "edit" the original feed into their own liking and preference, so it is no longer original anymore, like content tampering
Example: DIVA show Astro Best movies ad.
Both DIVA and Astro Best are not related at all, it is obvious that Astro modify from the original feed.
Example: AXN channel on Astro airs an ad about a latest Korean drama airing on Oh!K (ch394), and then tell viewers to subscribe to Korean Pack at CH200.
AXN belongs to Sony Pictures Television (also same as Animax, One HD ch393,..), while Oh!K belongs to Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific (same as Cartoon Network, CNN,...). Both are two separate companies, it is very very unlikely till the point it is impossible they will cross promote at this manner. And if you see Astro's channel number on a corner of the screen during that ad, and later it tells you to subscribe this particular pack by going to Channel 200, then obviously it is slotted in by Astro. Because only Astro has the Self Service Portal at Channel 200, while other pay TVs don't have that. Did you thought of that?
3. What makes Malaysian's censorship law so special? Are we being close minded and sensitive, or it is just a certain group of people? Is delaying the feed are for the sake of censorship (is it true, or just an excuse?), or the main purpose is to benefit Astro to make them easier to slot in and replace ads that they want their viewers to watch?
Are you very sure that the original feed shows too much "nudity" as well as other serious of aged 18+ elements for the programme that is so not suitable for Malaysian audience until we need Astro to censor it, as if other countries pay TV that carries that channel, don't have their own censorship laws? Are you willing to pay money for that censored content? What makes Malaysian censorship laws so special then (applies during BN era, not very applicable for the gov now)?
Is it still relevant and justifiable in today's era, where people use more Internet than TV?
I think I've complained once to their email for too many ads. They said ads is there to keep the price "low". Haha didnt know how true is that la.
Also I dont think you can do anything about the censorship law. in sg also they censor kaw kaw.. lagi la