MALAYSIA: Astro Malaysia introduced Astro B.yond IPTV, a service that integrates Astro channels with HD (High Defination), PVR (Personal Video Recording) and VOD (Video On Demand), as well as high-speed broadband and voice capabilities delivered via fiber optic line powered by TIME dotcom Berhad.
In short, it is a service to combine Astro TV channels and broadband service in one fiber line. No more rain fade.
Read on to learn about Astro B.yond IPTV features, cost, set-top box, availability.
Personal-Video-Recording (PVR) feature allows you to record two channels at one time, pause and rewind a live TV show. The set-top box build-in 500GB hard disk for TV recording (about 300 hours) and it is not user serviceable (cannot remove/replace hard disk).
Currently, Astro B.yond IPTV offer complimentary Video-On-Demand content. In future, Astro will provide some paid content. VOD video has an expiring time period which depends on the content.
Astro B.yond IPTV Broadband has 4 different packages, from 3Mbps (RM128/month) to 24Mbps (RM298/month). There’s no download limit but “fair share usage” is applied. Speed throttling will be triggered by mass downloads.
During the demo, the broadband speed was boosted to 30Mbps.
The fiber line supports speed up to 100Mbps. thus you can install 2 set-top boxes (each with own channels) plus broadband speed up to 30Mbps (isolated from TV channel).
The cost of Astro B.yond IPTV is a combination of your choice of Astro Channels plus the chosen broadband package (Astro channels + broadband plan = your monthly cost).
Astro B.yond IPTV set-top box, fiber modem, and remote.
Astro B.yond IPTV customer will be provided a new set-top box and a fibre modem (with build-in WiFi modem). Lifetime warranty is given to the Astro B.yond IPTV set-top box.
The set-top box does NOT include software for online activities: web browsing, instant messaging, etc. Existing Astro B.yond customers will get a new set-top box, although the set-top box (and software) is the same.
The availability of Astro B.yond IPTV is limited by the coverage for TIME fiber optic line. Currently, the network only covered limited condominiums in: Bangsar, Sri Hartamas, Georgetown, KL Golden Triangle, and Mont Kiara.
My two cents
The Astro B.yond IPTV combo package is attractive. The subscribing fee is ok. But, it is only available for limited users in limited areas. Meaning, it is useless for most of us.