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Low Li Hao
post May 19 2020, 10:48 AM

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QUOTE(Qash-M @ May 18 2020, 11:58 PM)
NJOI still stuck with that, though. laugh.gif
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Maybe NJOI will make an new arrangements for Tamil channels due to Astro Vaanavil was upgraded to HD at 1 June 2020 and Makkal TV will be replace by Astro Vinmeen HD.
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post Jun 18 2020, 05:00 PM

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QUOTE(joshhd @ Jun 18 2020, 02:37 PM)
Roughly when would TVBS News launch on Astro?

Besides TVBS News, is there any other channels?
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Better cease Astro AOD and revamped Astro AEC into Thai entertainment channel.
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post Jul 4 2020, 01:43 PM

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QUOTE(nexona88 @ Jul 4 2020, 01:11 PM)
good  thumbsup.gif

at least something... than nothing..
and it's in HD  sweat.gif
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TVB News Channel is the first TVB channel that bought into the New Emperor Pack.
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post Jul 5 2020, 11:47 AM

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QUOTE(joshhd @ Jul 4 2020, 11:24 PM)

So basically, these info below has pretty much all the info you need to know...
Previously...Replaced with...ContentLanguageAvailable on which package?Can watch on Astro Go?Can watch on VOD?Can subscribe on Njoi Prepaid?Can watch on legacy Astro box?
Phoenix Chinese Channel (CH318 HD, CH358 SD)TVB News (CH318 HD)Hong Kong’s only 24-hour news channelCantonese New Emperor Pack and Dynasty PackYesNoYesNo, must upgrade to HD enabled box to watch this channel
Phoenix InfoNews Channel (CH323 SD)TVBS News (CH323 HD)Taiwan’s first 24-hour news channelMandarinChuen Min, Emperor Pack and Gold PackYesNoYesNo, must upgrade to HD enabled box to watch this channel
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Correction is:

Previously...Replaced with...ContentLanguageAvailable on which package?Can watch on Astro Go?Can watch on VOD?Can subscribe on Njoi Prepaid?Can watch on legacy Astro box?
Phoenix Chinese Channel (CH318 HD, CH358 SD)TVB News (CH318 HD)Hong Kong’s only 24-hour news channelCantonese Dynasty and New Emperor PackYesNoNoNo, must upgrade to HD enabled box to watch this channel
Phoenix InfoNews Channel (CH323 SD)TVBS News (CH323 HD)Taiwan’s first 24-hour news channelMandarinChuen Min, Emperor Pack and Gold PackYesNoNoNo, must upgrade to HD enabled box to watch this channel
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Low Li Hao
post Sep 8 2020, 10:58 AM

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QUOTE(Qash-M @ Sep 8 2020, 12:43 AM)
But ch.112 already taken by Astro Rania tho... laugh.gif
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We knew that, it will be on channel 110 or channel 117.
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post Sep 8 2020, 04:00 PM

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QUOTE(joshhd @ Sep 8 2020, 11:22 AM)
Nah...
Media Prima channels number on Astro and MYTV digital TV is also different already. Like NTV7/8TV/TV9 is 107, 108, and 109 on MYTV digital TV while on Astro is ch147, 148, 149.

Other country I'm not sure, but for Malaysia, I don't remember there's a law that says, pay TV provider must follow and use the same channel number (LCN) as MYTV digital TV.
Seema like there's some sort of new agreement made between RTM and Astro...
Whether that new agreement got mention whether will RTM channels to be made available in HD on Astro TV platform or not, that remains to be seen...
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Well, I think the new agreement between RTM and Astro will prepare the launching of Berita RTM and RTM Sports HD on Astro TV platform or not, that remains to be seen...
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post Oct 6 2020, 05:37 PM

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QUOTE(fandom96 @ Oct 6 2020, 05:16 PM)
I accidently tune to that channel, I'm not subscribing to whatever package that includes NHK World, but funny thing is, I can get the sound only, but the channel remains black with text "this channel is mot included in your subscription" 😂😂

Is Astro giving us the non-subscriber a sound preview? 😂 (Ok perhaps its a tech issue)
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NHK World Premium HD is only available for Dynasty Pack customers. If Dynasty Pack getting upgraded, Korean Pack channels will be move there.
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post Oct 9 2020, 12:54 PM

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QUOTE(joshhd @ Oct 9 2020, 12:20 AM)
So what are the remaining SD channels?
As of 9 October 2020, these are the complete list of the remaining SD-only channels on Astro biggrin.gif

Astro in-house channels in SD quality
- iNjoi (channel 140, exclusive for Njoi viewers only)
- Astro Vellithirai (rumoured to be upgraded to HD before Deepavali)
- Astro AOD 352
- Astro AOD 353
- Astro AOD 354
- Astro AOD 355
- Astro Awani (rumoured to be upgraded to HD by end of this year?)
- Astro Tutor TV UPSR
- Astro Tutor TV PT3
- Astro Tutor TV SPM
- Astro TVIQ

HD quality is confirmed available elsewhere, but Astro still provide them in SD quality:
- CNBC Asia

HD quality might be available elsewhere, but Astro still provide them in SD quality:
- CCM (Celestial Classic Movies)

All Malaysian national FTA TV channels already available in HD elsewhere, but Astro still provide them in SD quality:
- TV1
- TV2
- TV3
- TV Al Hijrah
- TV Okey
- NTV7
- 8TV
- TV9
- Bernama

The actual channel provider does not offer these channels in HD at all, so don't waste your effort to suggest Astro to transmit them in HD.
- ART Variety
- Makkal TV
- Chutti TV
- Adithya TV
- ABC Australia

Total SD-only channels on Astro as of now: 27 SD channels
Still, over 110 HD channels excluding PPV channels (Astro First/Best) is considered __________ (you fill in the blank) for a satellite pay TV service blink.gif  blink.gif

But I'm gonna deny the fact the video bitrate on HD channels is affected till the extent where macroblocking (video compression artifacts) becomes even obvious than ever before.
Still, I hope they would do some optimisation works on it to improve the HD picture quality further, instead of just "Oh, it looks sharp enough or looks kinda okay.", which I've mentioned about this in detail on my previous posts.
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Well, TV Sarawak the first terrestrial HD channels launch on Astro at tomorrow. However, Astro must discontinued AOD channel 311 (HD)|351 - 355 (SD) so allow Astro Wah Lai Toi HD transition back from VOD to TV channel on channel 310 and TVB Jase will be moved from channel 310 (HD) to channel 311 (HD).

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post Nov 16 2020, 01:33 PM

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QUOTE(Zot @ Nov 16 2020, 12:20 PM)
The way I see it this is probably nothing special as eventually all with digitization for terrestrial TV transmission would be in HD since I'd say the HD format equipment has been in used for long tme already.

Astro is indirectly being force to phase out SD  smile.gif
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An Digital Terrestrial HD Channel on Astro will be make decision by RTM and Media Prima, not Astro.
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post Jan 8 2021, 11:33 AM

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QUOTE(XypherionID @ Jan 8 2021, 09:25 AM)
Let me guess, carriage agreement?
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Maybe, Must-Carry.
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post Feb 27 2021, 11:33 AM

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QUOTE(yongtjunkit @ Feb 27 2021, 10:55 AM)
Wonder what happens to NJOI user

And looks like the dooms day for legacy box
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Maybe, NJOI service will discontinued.
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post Mar 16 2021, 01:15 PM

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QUOTE(fandom96 @ Mar 16 2021, 11:52 AM)
Since the SD channel will be ceased, Vinmeen HD should just rebranded as Vinmeen only. The same thing with Quan Jia. Velithirai, will it be upgrade to HD? God knows when.. 😂
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Well, i think they can't rebrand anymore. As for Velihtirai it still need some time to upgraded to HD.
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post Mar 26 2021, 09:43 PM

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QUOTE(Hzz @ Mar 26 2021, 08:11 PM)
Yup saw RTM posting on Facebook just now. Wonder why TV OKEY is not included? Hope all Media Prima channels especially TV3 and 8TV will follow as well. And most importantly is Awani
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TV Okey still need some time to upgrade HD along with launching of Berita RTM and RTM Sports on Astro.
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post Apr 28 2021, 08:13 PM

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QUOTE(doubleM2 @ Apr 28 2021, 08:10 PM)
On another news, MOE decided that UPSR is now abolished for good starting this year. What’s the future of Astro Tutor TV UPSR?
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Tutor TV UPSR will be cease transmission.
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post May 12 2021, 05:11 PM

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QUOTE(joshhd @ May 12 2021, 04:52 PM)
Read this article: https://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopi...ost&p=100842187

In my opinion, many things can happen in this upcoming 5 months, so we'll just have to wait and see till then.
Out of the 18 Disney/Fox-owned channels to be cease on October 2021, these are the 10 channels to be affected to Astro customers in the cessation:

1) FOX Movies (413)
2) FOX Action Movies (414)
3) FOX Family Movies (415)
4) FOXlife (703)
5) FOX (704)
6) Nat Geo People (710)
7) FX (713)
8) Fox Sports (815)
9) Fox Sports 2 (816)
10) Fox Sports 3 (817)

Potential alternative channels?

FOX Movies, FOX Family Movies, and FOX Action Movies
The closest channel replacement alternatives I can think of is HBO Hits, HBO Family and HBO Signature

FOXlife, Fox, FX, and Nat Geo People
The closest channel replacement alternatives I can think of is either Blue Ant Entertainment, Blue Ant Extreme, or Paramount Network, or maybe bring back Lifetime Asia
Or if they want to try offer something different, maybe consider BBC Earth or BBC Lifestyle or TechStorm.

Fox Sports, Fox Sports 2, and Fox Sports 3
What I can "guess' is, maybe, Fox Sports branded channels might get "taken over" by ESPN and then rebrand it as ESPN, just like back in 2010?
Or maybe, Astro have to hunt for other kinds of sports channels out there, like NBA TV, or Fight Sports, or Edge Sport, although I predict that many wouldn't like it as much as what Fox Sports channels offers.... sweat.gif

Otherwise if worse come to worse, we might see Astro SuperSport 5, SuperSport 6, SuperSport 7...
and then whatever live events that previously available on Fox Sports channels, like MotoGP, F1, SerieA, shall be made available to those newly added SuperSport channels sweat.gif

That's what I can think of, as for now.
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I think Fox Sports, Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 3 will replace by Astro Arena 2, Astro Arena 3 and Astro Arena 4 which focus MotoGP, F1, SerieA and many local sports in Malay.
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post Jun 8 2021, 12:42 PM

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QUOTE(doubleM2 @ Jun 8 2021, 12:28 AM)
Sooka app’s now available on iOS (App Store) & Android Mobile (Google Play), and PC & Mac via https://sooka.my today.

Disclaimer: 4K UHD channels and on-demand contents are UNAVAILABLE.

LIVE CHANNELS

Free Channels:
- Astro Arena
- Astro Awani
- eGG Network

VIP Channels:
- Astro SuperSports 1–4
- Astro SuperSport EURO 2020
- beIN Sports
- beIN Sports MAX
- Eurosport
- FOX Sports 1–3
- KBS World
- tvN Asia

TV SHOWS & MOVIES

- Basically, all Astro homegrown content that you’re currently watching via satellite pay-TV is here.
- Consists of local Astro Originals, vernacular Indian & Chinese content, and Asian hits from Indonesia & Korea. No other international (Western or Hollywood) movies & TV series whatsoever.

SPORTS

- All Sports Pack live channels and On Demand content (excluding Sports Focus channels Astro Cricket, Golf Channel, RugbyPass TV, WWE Network) are available.
- Also includes a live EURO 2020 soccer event — 33 matches for free, or all 51 matches via VIP+Sports pack.

IN-APP PURCHASES

- VIP Entertainment Pack: RM5.90 to RM15.90
- VIP Entertainment+Sports Pack (or simply called VIP+Sports Pack): RM41.90 (Promo price of RM15.90 for a limited time)

SCREENSHOTS

- Mobile app (in this case, iOS device)

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- PC (Windows)

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For FAQs go to their help center: https://support.sooka.my/hc/en-us/categorie...096-Help-Center
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Sooka should add more free channels such as:

-Astro Ria
-Astro Prima
-Astro Oasis
-Astro Vinmeen HD
-Astro Vaanavil
-Astro Quan Jia HD
-Astro AEC
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post Jun 14 2021, 11:20 AM

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QUOTE(joshhd @ Jun 14 2021, 09:26 AM)
LOL. Took them so long to change it.
UPSR and PT3 already abolished long time ago.
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PT3 for this year only cancel till 2022.
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post Jun 16 2021, 09:31 PM

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QUOTE(fandom96 @ Jun 16 2021, 06:30 PM)
TV3 now has a pop-up interactive function from Astro to subscribe Euro Pack? I can't see this on any other channels (RTM, TVS and AwesomeTV). Only on TV3, even after I change channel and change back to TV3, its still appear. Is this a new kind of Astro-TV3 relationship?

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Perhaps Media Prima is going sell their TV channels to Astro.
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post Jun 18 2021, 04:49 PM

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QUOTE(doubleM2 @ Jun 18 2021, 04:13 PM)
To be fair, these channels are the replacements of Phoenix channels that were defunct on July 1, 2020, and then revived days later on July 9. It’s pretty a lot of Chinese news channels already this is not News Pack.

You can still watch the TVB News Channel program simulcast on TVB Jade Ch 310, but sure 10-min delay for censorship, Astro ads fill-in and stuff.
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Possible it will be replace by TVB Finance & Information Channel.
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post Jun 22 2021, 09:45 PM

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QUOTE(sky3742 @ Jun 22 2021, 09:35 PM)
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I remember someone said shuang xing will be transition to VOD after july, but I saw Shuang xing promote new drama which will be broadcast on linear channel on june 26.
So, confused?
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Limited broadcast until the end at 1 July 2021.

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