Effective 16 May 2016 at 12.01am, Astro Hitz (Astro channel 705) will cease transmission. Which could means, Astro customers are no longer able to watch any English music videos channels for free. For customers would like to have English music video channels, MTV (Astro channel 713) is the only way to go and it is available on Variety pack. As of now, there are no replacement to other channels.
On 11 May 2016, Facebook user Jefriss Shafrezz posted this video to Astro Facebook Page of Astro Hitz appearing the text crawler, announcing that Astro Hitz will cease transmission on 16 May 2016 at 12.01am.
Eventually Astro replied one of the Facebook user regarding the reason of the channel cessation below:
Astro continuously reviews its content proposition to offer the best choices and a variety of compelling content for our customers. In line with this, any channel that is unable to fulfil these objectives will be discontinued. To this end, we regret to inform that effective from May 16, 2016 at 00:01 hours, Astro HITZ (Ch 705) will cease transmission on the Astro platform. We apologise for any inconvenience caused
As what we can see the comments on Astro Facebook Page, most customers did not express any feelings of disappointment or sad about it. Most of the viewer's enquiries were if there's new channel replacement afterwards, some of them wants Astro to provide MTV (HD) or MTV Live HD, or even bring back Channel [V], where it has been ceased around June 2010 and then replaced with FOX (Astro channel 710). Channel [V] is also another English music video channel. Back then, many customers were very dissatisfied on the channel removal. After the ticker (see video above) appeared about the cessation of Astro Hitz, customers still voiced out on Astro Facebook Page, wanting Channel [V] back.
It is believed that the reason behind the cessation of Astro Hitz is due to very low viewership rating.
Alternatively, Channel [V] HD is available on TM Hypp TV platform, (Hypp TV channel 604).