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post Jan 30 2019, 11:20 AM

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QUOTE(nexona88 @ Jan 30 2019, 10:27 AM)
I used Samsung zapper STB one..
No square box watermark at bottom πŸ‘
Parents house uses Caldero STB  also don't have....
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You won't see the small box at bottom right corner if you are using the residential subscription, and it doesn't gonna do with using which model of Astro STB.

As long the Astro subscription is Business type, then you'll see the small box. If not business type, you won't see the small box. It's that simple.
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post Jan 30 2019, 02:28 PM

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QUOTE(JuneResources @ Jan 30 2019, 09:34 AM)
Are you sure Samsung zapper STB don't have?
I use the samsung type still have square small box there, a bit eyesore for me.. whistling.gif
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Take a picture to see how it looks like.
Is that Astro account is under your own name, or a company name? Are you very sure that you are using residential subscription? If not sure, contact Astro customer service to confirm.
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post Jan 30 2019, 03:56 PM

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QUOTE(chikana @ Jan 30 2019, 03:51 PM)
Anyone know if I'm using external HDD on Byond box, Can I watch VOD?
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Could you explain further?
I assume that you just want to connect your own external hard disk to your Astro box's USB port:
No you can't. You can only enjoy shows from On Demand library by upgrading it to PVR box.
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post Jan 31 2019, 02:38 PM

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QUOTE(chikana @ Jan 31 2019, 12:35 PM)
My box is PVR but the one that use external HDD. Can I connect its LAN port to access the internet and watch Astro VOD?
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Can you take a picture of your PVR box that connects to the external hard disk? Want to see how it looks like.
LAN port? Yes of course. The purpose of the LAN port at the back of Astro box is meant to connect to the Internet, to access services like On Demand.

Press "home" on your remote control, if you see there's an "On Demand" option, press ok and you should now able to view the content on On Demand library.

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post Feb 3 2019, 01:47 AM

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QUOTE(enriquelee @ Feb 2 2019, 07:46 PM)
Anyone know the new offer of RM5 for superpack get what extra channels?
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What's that RM5 super pack offer about?
Share with us where you get that info
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post Feb 7 2019, 10:47 PM

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In my opinion, instead of banning Android box, and any other stuff that would affect Astro's revenue and its earnings, why not Astro offer/provide something even more and better that other platforms/medium don't have?

Astro should convince consumers why we should stay on their service, not depend on government ban on something that will help to increase their revenue, stock prices, etc. We are paying money to Astro, and by right consumer deserve better service from them, better than free or piracy ones of course.

If Astro still has the mentality to ban stuff that potentially affect their revenue, definitely they won't go far in the long run, and they will slowly decline. year by year.
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post Feb 8 2019, 08:51 AM

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QUOTE(nexona88 @ Feb 8 2019, 08:06 AM)
Oh like that huh...
No give decorder means already save some cost from it already.. Well play TM πŸ˜‚
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Yes. Because almost every Unifi customers would eventually put the Unifi TV STB into the store room and collect dust.
TM also know that consumers nowadays don't watch TV much as many years before, so they decided to focus on OTT platform instead, and at the same time, save cost for them by no longer offering STB to customers.
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post Feb 9 2019, 07:39 PM

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QUOTE(AhBoy~~ @ Feb 9 2019, 04:10 PM)
oh~ really? I know people are actually looking for the STB  biggrin.gif
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That is for those who really really really really really really interested in using Unifi TV's IPTV service via set-top-box.
Usually, commonly, people don't even interested to watch that.
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QUOTE(smileguy @ Feb 9 2019, 04:48 PM)
One thing proven,BN or PH, things are the same,big dishes illegal and now Boxes and site blocking! S the moral of the story they survive we die! PH which failed in keeping promises will fail soon bangwall.gif
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First of all, chill.....
Since PH won the general election, do you see any news that MCMC take action on users who install big dishes? If yes, do share the link.
Banning Android box is just what MCMC is thinking/considering, and experts says that this would benefit Astro if MCMC ban Android box, but MCMC did not say they CONFIRM want to ban.... So calm down.....

About site blocking part, well, if you are consuming pirated content, then that's definitely illegal. No need to argue about that. It is all about copyright.

Imagine you put in your blood and sweat, and millions of ringgits to your production team to produce a movie, and then you screen it on cinemas nationwide. Eventually the box office revenue did not reach to your production budget (meaning, you rugi la), bcuz the viewers all go download your movie for free on those streaming sites. What does that make you feel? Now you know why illegal streaming is hurting the media industry? Why they want viewers to pay money for the content to watch?
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QUOTE(nexona88 @ Feb 9 2019, 08:31 PM)
Woah like seriously..
So weak the box...
Must be cheapo model they used to supply customers...
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Yeap it's true... Unifi TV box are Huawei branded, and the CPU/GPU specs are very low performance one, RAM 1GB.
It runs on Android 4.0 if I'm not mistaken. Definitely cheap stuff, and it's only good enough for the Unifi TV service.
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QUOTE(nexona88 @ Feb 10 2019, 11:21 AM)
Well now u won't even get that.. TM stopped giving STB already πŸ˜•πŸ˜‘
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...except for existing Unifi TV users. For new customers, no more.
For existing Unifi TV users who having issues on their STB, they'll still get hardware support on the STB.
Seems to me, TM is like clearing their stocks on the set-top-boxes.
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QUOTE(smileguy @ Feb 11 2019, 01:30 PM)
some of astro's vernacular rojak channels are sold to singapore on MioTv and starhub,I understand they are not popular but are forced down via packages there! biggrin.gif
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It is now known as Singtel TV. mio TV is the old name.
Selected Malay and Tamil vernacular channels from Astro is available in Singapore, such as Astro Ria, Prima, Vaanavil, Vinmeen HD....
There are some Astro content is available in Singapore as well. One of the example is Singtel TV's in-house channel, Jia Le Channel (佳乐台), where they do air some Malaysian Hokkien content from Astro Hua Hee Dai. And some Malay content produce by Astro is also being aired on FTA TV, Suria, a Malay channel from Mediacorp.
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QUOTE(izwanikhsan @ Feb 11 2019, 06:33 PM)
Available in Brunei under Kristal Astro brand. While Astro Ria, Prima and Warna available n Singapore
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Are you familiar with Kristal Astro (Brunei)? I was wondering, is Brunei's national TV channels from RTB, is also available on Kristal Astro...
If available, what are the channel names and number?

If there's any Kristal Astro users here, do share with us more info on the differences between Malaysia's Astro and Brunei's Kristal Astro.
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post Feb 12 2019, 01:59 PM

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QUOTE(JuneResources @ Feb 12 2019, 09:51 AM)
Oooppss.. sweat.gif  I nearly forget another mini land (just like Singapore).. whistling.gif
What you mean by "forced down"? So you mean astro force to sell ABC (rojak) channels to Singapore?
Are you referring "TVB" one? Or referring "Astro On-Demand HK" channels?
I do some google search...
It might be this link, https://kristalastro.com/

What I know Kristal Astro does not include media prima Malaysia national channels such as TV3, NTV7 and 8TV.. (If I'm not wrong)
But available on Astro without "Kristal"...

Sound like Brunei gov block the media prima Malaysia channels..  sweat.gif
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I don't think is their gov "block" Malaysian channels (including Al Hijrah and RTM channels like TV1 and TV2 are also not available on Kristal Astro)... The obvious thing for sure, their channels do not have broadcast rights to air there, UNLESS the companies (e.g. Media Prima and RTM) pay more money to made their channel available on Kristal Astro, just like how Media Prima want their channels to be made available on Njoi. Still remember, when Njoi is firstly introduced, Media Prima channels isn't available at all, not until quite a long time later, slowly one by one were made available.

And you need to deal with copyright issues as well, cuz you're about to deal with the content on your channel, where it was meant to be broadcasted in Malaysia, but now you want to make it available in another country. So its not as easy and straightforward as you think.

But then, how many Brunei people will watch Malaysian FTA channels anyway? If you are a Bruneian and you subscribe Kristal Astro, will you watch Malaysian FTA channels? If I love Malaysian FTA channels so much, I will just find a way to watch it on digital TV (terrestrial) in Brunei rather than depend on Kristal Astro.
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QUOTE(JuneResources @ Feb 13 2019, 11:06 AM)
If you say that different paytv operator (example like Ansa broadcast) do not have broadcast right to air because it is not under astro group.

But njoi is part of the astro (somemore njoi is in Malaysia only), how come it's need to pay broadcast fee differently even through it is part of the astro group?

I understand that Kristal Astro does not available Malaysia local channels because it might need to pay certain broadcast fees from Media prima or RTM due to different country.. And Kristal Astro is not fully part of the astro, it might consider semi-gov just like TM..

I'm not sure about the Brunei people.. But some my friend old folk ppl will like to watch Malay channels especially TV3, TV9.. And I don't believe using digital TV (terrestrial) in Brunei can watch malaysia local channels RTM.. It is almost like Malaysia ppl wanna to watch Singapore channels (when you are in Johor), but in fact Singapore try to block the local channels because the channels is only FTA in Singapore only, but not in Malaysia.
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I know Njoi is part of Astro, but that is still depends on Astro whether they want the particular channels to be made available on their another platform or not. Cuz when it's different platform, different story. Like example, Media Prima channels is available on Astro, but why you can't watch Media Prima live TV channels and content on Astro Go?

Brunei and Malaysia is just next to each other. Brunei is so small, for sure you can receive Malaysian all FTA channels in entire Brunei. If indoor antenna can't get strong reception, then use outdoor antenna. If still weak, get a signal booster. There is a way to receive one.

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It is almost like Malaysia ppl wanna to watch Singapore channels (when you are in Johor), but in fact Singapore try to block the local channels because the channels is only FTA in Singapore only, but not in Malaysia.
Singapore Mediacorp channels is officially meant to be broadcast within Singapore only. If the signal overspills to neighbouring countries, then that is considered a bonus to the viewers there. Same goes to Malaysian channels available in Brunei. Signal overspill sure will happen. If you talk about copyright issue, then that depends on government and TV station/content owner whether they want to take action or not. As far as I know, Singapore doesn't specifically "block" Malaysians from viewing their TV channels. In fact, Johorian (especially Johor Bahru) can easily receive Singapore channels without a sweat. If you want to know more on DTT reception of Singapore channels in Southern Johor, you can read this forum start from this post onwards (page 277 until 282). https://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopi...post&p=91626330
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QUOTE(XypherionID @ Feb 13 2019, 12:22 AM)
Meanwhile, in Indonesia, my pay-TV operator has decided to sacrifice one rojak channel and replaced it with TVN Movies HD.

Finally, about time when Transvision has randomly done this decision because their rojak channels flopped.

(this is out-of-topic, so I'm sorry if this post is irrelevant to you.)
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To me, anything related to satellite pay TV is okay to discuss here...
Interesting info btw... What is the name of the rojak channel that is being replaced?

I didn't realise there are Indonesian following this forum topic. But it's good to have you here as we can share and exchange knowledge with each other. biggrin.gif

If you're interested about the topic on TV signal interference between Batam, Indonesia and Johor Bahru, Malaysia
for the channel SCTV and RTV, between TV1 and Malaysia DTT channels, you may read it from this post onwards:
https://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopi...post&p=91689385
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QUOTE(Joe_Longgo @ Feb 14 2019, 03:08 PM)
Owh are they phasing out their pay TV business?
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It seems like it. It is pretty expected that TM will shutdown their IPTV service one day.
So now, it also means that, the number of Unifi TV (IPTV) users will only be decreasing since STB are no longer being issued to new customers.
Most likely this will happen, where once a number of active Unifi TV users is reached to a new low, they'll publicly announce "Unifi TV is shutting down its service", and then the public response will be like "Cheh, I don't even watch Unifi TV also. The STB is still in my store room until today" or even say "What is Unifi TV? Never hear before..."
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QUOTE(Joe_Longgo @ Feb 14 2019, 03:11 PM)
No its astro cost of operation and content they importing too expensive. that's why gobind previously so garang asking astro to reduce price or want to bring more competition now is very quiet about it. I guess he finally understood how the business works and that nobody wants to enter pay tv market. its too expensive to maintain
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But still, it doesn't explain the fact that Astro kept on having exclusive rights on anticipated sports events, like football matches.
And then, charge customers expensively, because of having exclusive broadcast content rights.

Yes, pay TV is an expensive business to maintain. Are they even considering to reduce the package pricing?
If that can't be done easily, how about limiting Astro to slot in ads as they wish? They delay the channels 3, 5, or even 10 minutes from original feed, for the sake of slotting in ads, removing ads that are irrelevant to Malaysian viewers like the brands that are not available in Malaysia, and also censorship (which I see this as an excuse and wasting people's money) Duh, as if other country don't have TV censorship and Malaysian people and so close minded shakehead.gif

If they don't want to add new channels, how about offering existing SD channels to be available in HD? Okay, Astro Prima and Oasis done it.
I know there are a lot of premium channels out there are actually originally available in HD, but Astro transmit the channel to customer only in SD quality.
How about the rest? Clearly they are taking their sweet time. Definitely not because of "not enough bandwidth". The Measat satellites that Astro uses, has a lot more bandwidth than you can imagine.
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QUOTE(XypherionID @ Feb 14 2019, 03:55 PM)
1, that channel was Showcase, similar to Astro Prima, Ria and Warna, it broadcasts shows that was broadcast on our national TV channel, Trans TV. The reason Transvision axed it because of low viewership. We have lost similar in-house channels like Jelita (a female-focused channel), Tahan Tawa (a local comedy channel, like Astro Warna), MALE (male-focused) and Arena (a sport channel that used to broadcast the Bundesliga there) because there's little to no interest on watching those channels. What we have left is Khazanah (Islamic channel, like Astro Oasis), Insert (infotainment ch., also has a sister channel, Insertlive), Dunia Lain (horror-centric, much like Boo or Thrill), Bioskop Indonesia (a so-called Indonesia movie channel, but mostly airs homegrown FTV from there), Dunia Anak (kids channel), T-Music (it's what it is, a music channel), Eat&Go (food and travel channel) and 2 news channels, CNN Indoneisa and CNBC Indoneisa.

2, Thanks for the info, I will follow there, too. smile.gif
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Some of the channels you mentioned, I heard it before... Like Jelita, Insert, Dunia Lain, Bioskop Indonesia,...
But I didn't know all of these already been ceased...
Thanks for sharing biggrin.gif
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QUOTE(JuneResources @ Feb 15 2019, 12:07 PM)
It's the beyond time TM will tell us about IPTV.
But I feel like a bit wasted IPTV if they are going to ceased..

In fact, TM should implement 2 type of packages.. One is include IPTV service while another one is include digital service (something like netflix or iflix) If you want higher speed, then you must take IPTV service.. OR if you want to take lower speed, then you must take digital services.

Of course if you don't want both IPTV or digital service, then go for others fiber service provider.

Back to astro, it should be shutdown for dish and go for IPTV service.. Who gonna to use outdoor dish?? It's outdated technology.. Compare from Singapore, I did not see any outdoor dish outside (Except the normal TV antenna). laugh.gif

However you cannot compare those Indonesia by using dish, this is because they are using C-band dish which can able to receive signal during raining. If using Ku-band dish, then the packages channels must go for cheaper a bit..
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Wasted, or not wasted, as long if it is money losing and doesn't bring profit, then why continue on that business?
Business are like that one. No profit but only keep on rugi, then better just stop it (by phasing out its IPTV service in phases).
Even with higher package, TM knows that majority of its customers still won't watch Unifi TV one... That doesn't attract them also, cuz all customer want, is lower monthly fee, not pay even more for the sake of getting IPTV pay TV service. So now, they would focus on Unifi playTV (the OTT version of Unifi TV, just like Astro Go) cuz it depends on user's device to watch it, instead of TM offering set-top-boxes to customers. Simply put, TM can save cost by doing this.

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Back to astro, it should be shutdown for dish and go for IPTV service.. Who gonna to use outdoor dish?? It's outdated technology.. Compare from Singapore, I did not see any outdoor dish outside (Except the normal TV antenna). laugh.gif
Satellite TV won't become an outdated technology, trust me. No matter how good or how fast is fibre internet, you still can't deny that satellite are still helpful in certain situations. If you know how satellite technology works, you won't think that way anymore. The only thing is whether satellite TV relevant to consumer or not, instead of outdated or not and nobody use it. Satellite TV has the same concept as satellite internet. You can read more here: https://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopi...post&p=91718536

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Compare from Singapore, I did not see any outdoor dish outside (Except the normal TV antenna). laugh.gif
Singapore is small. They can lay fibre cables islandwide without major issues (as long have money), so generally satellite TV are not necessary for Singapore. You don't see satellite dishes in Singapore because the government ban from their people from using it, except for certain special purposes like the news media or TV station.
But Malaysia is different. Malaysia is big, rough terrains, has places that fibre or even copper cables for broadband are not available, or even mobile cellular 3G/4G are not available, you still think of Astro "shutdown" satellite TV? No way! If Astro IPTV coverage (powered by Maxis or TIME Fibre, or TNB's City Broadband) is available in your area, do go ahead and subscribe.

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However you cannot compare those Indonesia by using dish, this is because they are using C-band dish which can able to receive signal during raining. If using Ku-band dish, then the packages channels must go for cheaper a bit..
Indonesia uses both C band and Ku band. They can use C band because their government legally allowed it. They do have C band satellite pay TV service, such as Topas TV and K-Vision (Bromo), but the channels are less and limited, and not as worth of money compared to their Ku band satellite pay TV providers, such as Big TV and Transvision. It is all about technical stuff, which makes it limited.
While Malaysia ban C band because our then government (BN) want to protect Astro; force (or "convince" in a nicer words) the people to subscribe Astro and pay money to them. In simple words, crony lah. Monopoly and exclusive licenses somemore. Because with C band, you can receive many foreign TV channels that the then government can't control what they want Malaysians to see, including uncensored news, hence the gov want to control what we can watch. If everyone go watch foreign TV channels on C band, then nobody want to subscribe Astro, then rugi lor... It will affect local media industry too. But in reality, if your local content aren't attractive to local viewers or can't compete with international content standards, then you will be eliminated easily. That is the real world. So, how to use ban to make a business successful? Ask Astro. rclxms.gif
But that proven to be ineffective now, when the Internet becomes widely used. Now change new government already. Nobody cares much about satellite TV anymore, because "TV box all the way~", if you know what I mean.

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