Kuala Lumpur – Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn. Bhd. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad) has entered an agreement with TM NET Sdn Bhd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Berhad) for the carriage of Astro SuperSport HD and Astro SuperSport 2 HD (collectively, ASSP Channels) on TM’s IPTV service, HyppTV, effective 1st August 2013. The ASSP Channels will televise selected matches from the Barclays Premier League (BPL) and other sports content. In addition to the ASSP Channels, the parties have also agreed to enter into an agreement for the carriage of selected NJOI channels on HyppTV subject to certain conditions.
Astro also welcomes TM as the presenting sponsor for the Astro Malaysia Super League, Astro Malaysia Premier League, FA Cup and Malaysia Cup, aired on Astro Arena. Through this collaboration, Astro and TM aim to provide Malaysians with greater choice and access to both local and international content, while supporting the advancement of Malaysian sports, especially Malaysian football.
Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, Chief Executive Officer of Astro and Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, Group Chief Executive Officer of TM were present at the signing ceremony, which was graced by YB Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of Communications and Multimedia.
Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, CEO of Astro said, “Astro’s aspiration is to be the content creator, producer, aggregator and distributor of choice for all Malaysians. We recognise the need to continuously evolve to better serve our customers. Today Astro is the “Home of Sports” for all Malaysians with 14 sports channels available in SD, HD, at home through satellite, IPTV and Over-The-Top (OTT), as well as Astro On-The-Go (AOTG).”
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said, “As Malaysia’s Broadband Champion, we are pleased to enter into this landmark collaboration, which will see HyppTV offering even more premium sports content to our increasing number of HyppTV viewers. This is in keeping with our promise to deliver the best quality international content to our customers. Since its launch, HyppTV has become the fastest growing IPTV service in the market. In line with our aspiration of delivering an enhanced integrated digital lifestyle to Malaysians nationwide, we have now expanded the reach of HyppTV to a greater number of homes and customers with
the availability of the service nationwide on Streamyx 4Mbps and 8Mbps; and making it accessible everywhere on multiscreen devices – true to our tagline, “Primetime, Anytime, Everytime” and now, “Everywhere”. The additional sports content acquired from this collaboration will definitely provide a boost to our existing sports package, which carries 13 sports channels and offers great value for money to our subscribers.
Through this milestone collaboration with Astro, we are also fostering healthier industry partnership between aggregators which will not only benefit both sides but more significantly the whole nation as well.”
The collaboration brings HyppTV’s total number of channels to 110, of which 29 are HD. The 110 channels comprise 25 free-to-air channels including eight radio channels, 49 premium channels, 16 Video-On-Demand (VOD) genres and 20 interactive channels. With the 2 new sports channels, HyppTV now offers HyppTV Sports Pack bundling its 13 Sports channels; Astro SuperSport HD and Astro Supersport 2 HD, HyppSports HD, HyppSports HD2, HyppSports HD3, HyppSports HD4, FOX Football Channel HD, TRACE Sports HD, MUTV, HyppXtreme HD, HyppSports On Demand, FOX Football Channel ON Demand and HyppSports Academy.