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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Astro B-yond- My Point of View-How about You?

Astro B.yond is a multi-phased innovation that begins with the first-ever High-Definition broadcast service in Malaysia. It is an entertainment experience like never before, the new standard in television.

Astro byond using HD format is only suitable for customers who have astro LCD TV, Plasma TV or LED TV. Who said astro byond not suitable for CRT TV? For Astro subscriber who still use the big CRT TV...don't worry...you still can receive 5 High Definition Astro Beyond channels. but you did'nt get the best HD pixel resolution and Dolby-E surround audio.

What type of HD will Astro be providing?
Would it be 720p or 1080i ? I doubt they would be providing 1080i as it requires more bandwidth. What about the band that they would use? Would they remain with the rain-sensitive Ku-Band or move to C-Band ?
Will we use the same small satellite dish to receive Astro contents?
Would Astro charge a premium for the HD decoder set top box?
Will we be charged a premium for HD contents?
Would the HD decoder set top box output HD via HDMI or Component Audio?
Next, the dilemma would be whether to purchase a HD Ready Plasma TV or Full HD LCD TV? Plasma TV high a high contrast ratio and pictures looks super crisp clear but it has lesser pixels whereas LCD TV at the same price can provide more pixels, but images do not look so vivid and the backlight make things worse.


Update deal:
1) 12 months contract
2) Free HDMI, free decoder, free installation, free satellite dish (bigger ones)
3) RM20 for access to all HD channels, provided you have subscribed to those packages (i.e. Access to ESPN HD only if you have subscribed to Sports package)
4) Only Sports and Documentary channels available
5) Starting December 18
6) Decoder comes with HDMI port, optical SPDIF, and USB port to be connected to external storage (currently not available yet)
7) Upon installation, your old decoder + smart card would be taken back.

Subsciber experience said:

Well, I have been using Astro Beyond for a week now. max res. is in 1080i. HDMI, component and composite. No S-Video. HD channels good but other channels have inferior resolution compared to my old Philips decorder.

Rumors:

There are rumors TM will launches cable TV. They already lay fiber optic cable in the housing area in Ipoh by phase and also throughout Malaysia . With fiber optic, high speed bandwidth will be achieved, not like now. T3 network connection. even the most minimal 90Mbps-100Mbps speed.

there are 3 things that will be through technology
1) Cable TV, yg takde weather disturbances, and more choices.
2) High speed Internet connection
3) IP Phone


What your Point OF View?

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