Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn. Bhd. (MBNS), a subsidiary of Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) has entered into 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 Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) service, HyppTV, effective today, 1st August 2013.
The ASSP Channels will televise selected matches from the Barclays Premier League (BPL), commonly referred to as the English Premier League(EPL) and other sports content. In addition to the ASSP Channels, the parties have also agreed to enter into a further Agreement for the carriage of selected NJOI channels on HyppTV subject to certain conditions.
Concurrently, Astro said that it 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(Channel 801).
Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, CEO of Astro said, “Astro remains committed to providing a platform for local sportsmen and sportswomen to compete in both the local and international arena. Astro Arena since its launch 3 years ago has garnered a following amongst Malaysian sports enthusiasts with matches like Asian Games, SEA Games, Malaysia Cup and FA Cup garnering unprecedented viewership. It is our intention to provide even more comprehensive local sports coverage to raise visibility and in turn, attract higher levels of sponsorships to benefit our sports industry. Our investment in local sports content has grown significantly and now accounts for approximately 20% of our total sports content costs.”
The Astro SuperSport HD and Astro SuperSport 2 HD channels are available via HyppTV Sports Pack starting today. The HyppTV Sports Pack cost RM30/month currently however it will be increased to RM50/month after September. The new Astro Sports channels will be available on HyppTV on Streamyx and UniFi but not the recently launched HyppTV Everywhere.
With the launch of these channels today, HyppTV now has a total number 110 channels, of which 29 channels are in High Definition (HD). The 110 channels comprise 25 free-to-air channels including 8 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.