MEASAT-3 retired after anomaly causes massive outage

MEASAT Global Berhad has announced the retirement of its MEASAT-3 satellite. The satellite operator has said that MEASAT-3 is unable to re-enter service following the discovery of an anomaly on June 21.  The incident, which is still being investigated by the company and Boeing Satellite Systems, resulted in a complete outage of service which particularly […]

Astro launches satellite-free internet STB

All-Asian Satellite Television and Radio Operator, better known as Malaysian satellite TV and IPTV provider Astro, has launched its new Ultra Plug & Play Box.  The IPTV box promises to deliver users “an uninterrupted experience of the best of international and local content without a satellite dish.” The Ultra Plug & Play STB is offered […]

Astro pens distribution deal with Netflix

Malaysian pay TV operator Astro has announced a distribution deal with Netflix.  The deal will give Astro customers access to Netflix on their connected Ultra Boxes, with plans to launch on connected Ulti Boxes in the coming months.  Astro said that Netflix will be integrated into the Astro platform, but has not revealed the extent […]

Astro sees profits and streaming use jump, but COVID risks remain

Malaysian pay TV operator Astro saw its profit after tax and minority interests jump by 91% in its fiscal first quarter, despite flat year-on-year revenues. The operator turned in profits of MYR141 million (€28.5 million) on revenues of MYR10.6 billion for the three months to April. Advertising expenditure was up by 21% to MYR109 million […]

Astro on the up as it adds new features and focus on streaming

Malaysian pay TV operator Astro turned in a solid fourth quarter in the face of the global pandemic, drawing a slew of positive notes from analysts. Astro posted revenues of MYR1.11 billion (€227 million) for the quarter. Profit after tax and minority interests stood at MYR168 million. Advertising expenditure recovered in the face of the […]

Synamedia teams up with AWS for cloud video

Video technology outfit Synamedia has teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable the combination of its video software technology with AWS’s public cloud infrastructure. The partnership means that video service providers will be able to deliver multi-screen video using Synamedia’s Infinite cloud TV platform using AWS’s public cloud infrastructure. Operators already using Synamedia’s cloud TV platform […]

Comedy Central launches on Astro

ViacomCBS Networks International has struck a deal with Malaysian pay TV provider Astro for the launch of a Comedy Channel linear channel. The channel is available as part of Astro’s Variety Pack. Customers can also stream Comedy Central on Astro’s streaming mobile app service, Astro GO and watch Comedy Central shows such as Lip Sync Battle and The Daily Show with Trevor […]

Synamedia unveils Astro partnership, renews with Bharti Airtel

Synamedia and Malaysian TV/OTT platform Astro have entered into a strategic partnership that will see Synamedia technology deployed to deliver a seamless premium video experience to Astro subscribers across all devices. Synamedia’s cloud-based Infinite video platform will enable Astro to secure, distribute and monetise video experiences across all screens while deepening viewer engagement. Importantly, Infinite […]

Turner, Astro ink Warner TV partnership

The Asian division of Turner and Malaysian pay TV giant Astro have agreed a joint venture that will see them join forces on programming for the Warner TV channel and the wider international market. The deal also secures carriage of Warner TV on the Astro pay TV service and its OTT offshoot, Tribe. Astro and […]

Astro launches Asian Netflix rival

Asian pay TV giant Astro has launched Tribe, a new ‘mobile-first’ OTT service for consumers in the region. Initially it will be available in Indonesia through a partnership with telco Axiata, but plans are in place to launch across southeast Asia, in partnership with regional telecoms operators. The new service will allow consumers in Indonesia […]