One of the newest technological advancements has arrived in Malaysia. Finally, Malaysians can now watch High-Definition (HD) broadcast, all thanks to ASTRO.
HD channels present a sensory viewing experience with sharper pictures, more vibrant colours, cinematic surround sound, and a wider screen – giving audiences crystal clear details and colours like never before. It delivers details that are five times greater than that of regular Standard-Definition (SD) programming (the standard shows we are watching on Malaysian TV are SD), and it comes with the 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound.
ASTRO has launched the HD service under its brand name ASTRO B.yond. HD broadcasting had been around ages ago. Australia started its HD broadcasting since 2001. If not for ASTRO, HD broadcasting would not have seen light in Malaysia.
On HD content, ASTRO will start with four HD channels – ASTRO Supersport HD, HBO HD, National Geographic Channel HD and HISTORY HD on 18 December 2009, followed by ESPN HD in January 2010. FIFA World Cup 2010 will also be in HD. It will be so clear until you can see the sweat of your favourite footballers!
With HD content, you can watch shows on HDTV like this. Experience sharper images!
Customers can sign up for ASTRO B.yond at www.astro.com.my/byond or call the ASTRO customer Hotline 1300 82 3838.
Customers have a choice to sign up at an additional service fee of RM20 per month and a commitment of 12 months. As part of the new B.yond service, customers will get the new B.yond box, new smart card, new outdoor unit dish, HD Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cable and new remote control. New set-up installation fee will be waived in exchange for the existing box.
Astro B.yond TVC Shoot
Last week, I participated in the Astro B.yond TVC shoot at Desa Park City. Other bloggers such as Beautifulnara, Kimberlycun, Kyspeaks, Saimatkong, ShaolinTiger, SixthSeal, Sultan Muzaffar, Tziaaa and RedMummy were involved as well. We were given slots to introduce ourselves and also our new year resolution for 2010. Other questions were also thrown to us during the shoot.
Being in front of a camera is no easy task for me. I cocked up a few times. The poor cameraman had to refilm me over and over again.
When speaking in front of the camera, I had to ensure that my English is perfect. No grammatical mistakes etc. However, it was not easy. I think I did screw up a bit. Now I understand why former Ms. Singapore, Ris Low screwed up her interview with leopard preenz and boomz.
Also, it was bloody hot. We had to speak under the sun. Since the videos are shot in HD, I bet you can see our sweat dripping off us.
Anyway, here are some pictures from that day!
Kimberlycun before saying “My resolutions is…..”
ShaolinTiger in a “compromising position”.
SixthSeal hiding underneath the umbrella
KY after being asked “So how does HD taste like?”
Tziaaa..I BET, I BET, THAT SHE WOULD GET THE MOST CLICKS ON HER LINK!!!
Azaria, our director for the day, sitting in front of a monitor to check the progress. Eric Yong was here to ‘8’ as well.
Me. One of the camera chaps was nice enough to shield me from the sun.
I heard the TVC will be out on YouTube. Will let you guys know once it is out!
Astro B.yond Bloggers Night
To celebrate the advent of Astro B.yond, ASTRO will be organizing an event called Astro B.yond Bloggers Night on 13th January 2010 at Modesto’s, Desa Sri Hartamas from 7:30pm till 10.30pm.
Refreshments will be provided for and there will be total of 3 units of Astro B.yond set comprising 32” LG High Definition TV, Astro B.yond box, new remote control and new outdoor dish to give out along with free subscription to Astro B.yond channels!
There will be also be a game called “Murder in the Details”. The winner of the Murder in the Details will be given a HDTV! Stay tuned for the announcement of the Murder Mystery Game on ASTRO’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Astro).
Also, two best post-event coverage will get a chance to win a HDTV. However, in order to qualify for the prize, all bloggers must be a Fan of the Astro Facebook page.
Nuffnang is looking for 100 bloggers to attend the exclusive event. To be eligible to attend the event, all you need to do is to blog about the event and email to your full name and blog URL to astroB.firstname.lastname@example.org.