Malaysia


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 […]

Malaysia completes DTT switchover, launches myFreeview

Malaysia has completed its digital TV switchover. To facilitate this, the Malayssian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has launched a new DTT platform branded as myFreeview Digital Broadcast. This new platform has seen the number of free-to-air TV channels increased by more than double. The Analogue Switch Off (ASO) started in Langkawi in July, with […]

Malaysia runs analogue switchover pilot in Langkawi

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), in collaboration with private broadcasters has run a pilot digital switchover from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television broadcasting (DTTB). The pilot occurred at 2.30am, Sunday July 21 in Gunung Raya, Langkawi. In addition, the MCMC and private broadcasters intend to conduct a comprehensive test run and study as […]

Nielsen expands measurement for YouTube app on mobile to 26 new countries

Nielsen has expanded its advertising measurement to YouTube’s mobile app. Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings for YouTube Mobile will be available in 26 new markets: Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and […]

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 […]

One in four Malaysian consumers using illicit streaming box

One in four consumers in Malaysia have a TV box that can be used to stream pirated television and video content, according to a survey commissioned from YouGov by the Asia Video Industry Association’s (AVIA) Coalition Against Piracy. According to the survey, of the 33% of consumers who purchased an illicit streaming device for free […]

Report: Netflix experimenting with lower-priced options in Asia

Netflix is reportedly testing a cut-price mobile-only subscription offering in Malaysia in an apparent bid to open up the service to more users in this market. According to a Reuters report, Netflix’s mobile plan is priced at MYR 17 (€3.59) per month, compared to MYR 33 for its basic plan in the country. “We are testing […]

Iflix appoints Indonesian boss

Emerging market SVOD service Iflix has appointed the former CEO of ad agency Y&R Group Indonesia, Matthew Collier, as head of Iflix Indonesia. Collier will report to Iflix’s incoming head of Asia, Jonas Engwall, who was appointed at the end of August and previously worked as the head of RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. Collier […]

CASBAA backs illegal TV crackdown

Asian pay TV body CASBAA has commended a major crackdown on illegal network operators in Thailand and Malaysia. A police initiative has seen around 80,000 consumers lose access to services transmitting illegal channel services from the two territories. A number of arrests connected to illicit streaming devices (ISDs) during and following the police actions. CASBAA […]

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 […]