Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 3 is now available in HD on Astro, on channel 829 and 830 respectively. This channel quality upgrade was a surprise as Astro did not make any major announcement regarding the channels that is now being available in HD.
Astro also added that these 2 new HD channels are permanent, not a temporary HD channels.
Fox Sports 2 on ch813 | ch829 (HD) - Both Sports pack and HD+PVR service is required to watch this channel.
Fox Sports 3 on ch818 | ch830 (HD) - At least "Family HD pack" is required to watch this channel.
GOASEAN channel will no longer be available on Astro starting 12th June 2017 at 02:00 hrs, which is almost exactly 2 years after the launch of GOASEAN channel on Astro channel 737. GOASEAN channel was launch on Astro platform on 2th June 2015.
Hi. Please be informed, GOASEAN (Ch 737) will cease transmission on 12th June 2017 at 02:00 hours. We regret any inconvenience caused.
Astro on the Go has added 3 new channels into their Live TV channel lineup. As of now, it is now only exclusive on Astro on the Go platform only. Astro will announce to all Astro customers should these channels will be launched on its Astro TV platform in the future.
Bad news to existing ITV Choice viewers as Astro decided to remove the channel with effective from 16 Jan 2017 at 12.15 am. The reason of the channel cessation is confirmed that it is due to low viewership.
From 1 Sept 2016, customers can now enjoy Astro Arena in HD permanently, as well as Astro SuperSport 4 HD. The channel number are 802 and 836 respectively. Prior to this, Astro Arena HD is only available as a temporary HD version of Astro Arena channel on selected major sports events only, while Astro SuperSport 4 is available only in SD quality (4:3 aspect ratio).
The price for Astro Sports Pack will increase by RM 8.48 (incl. GST) per month starting 1 August 2016. This will affect to those who subscribed to Sports Pack including any bundle packs such as Value Pack, Super Pack or Super Pack Plus.
It is due to increasing costs of rights for the sports content as it gets more and more expensive, affecting TV broadcasters globally, including the English Premier League.
Sundance Channel will no longer be available on Astro starting 1 July 2016.
Official reply from Astro:
As part of its best business practice, 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 fulfill these objectives will be reviewed. To this end, we regret to inform that effective from June 30, 2016 at 23:59 hours, the Sundance channel (Channel 438) will cease transmission. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Astro launched eGG or Every Good Game, the first and dedicated 24/7 eSports channel in the South East Asia region. Fans of eSports will be delighted to know that they can enjoy popular eSports tournaments like League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, FIFA Online 3 and many more on this channel via Astro and Astro on the Go on eGG channel 808 starting 7 June 2016.
This channel is in HD quality. Currently, all Astro customers using Astro B.yond box can enjoy the free preview from 7 June 2016 to 30 June 2016. After that, you can continue watching eGG if you subscribe to either Family HD or Sports Pack.
This channel is not available on legacy Astro decoders and Njoi.
How to watch this channel?
eGG Network: You need to subscribe either Basic HD Pack (also known as Family HD Pack) or Sports Pack.
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On our previous post, it shows that Astro Hitz plans to cease its channel on 16 May 2016, and it happened as mentioned.
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.