29 October 2010

The Preview of YTL Comms vs Astro

A lot of fighting happening on the business scene nowadays, with Proton-Fernandes and AirAsia-Tiger this year. In 2011, there will be a heat battle between YTL Comms and Astro, taking on the local broadcasting field by storm.

Business Times reported that YTL Communications Sdn Bhd planning to launch a hybrid TV by end of 2011, with many industry observers wondered how it is going to break the exclusive screening rights that satellite TV giant Astro holds with various TV content providers.

"If you think you can do a monopolistic thing and control everything, I'm sorry, that era is gone. The game is over" said Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh, managing director of YTL Corp Bhd and executive chairman of its telecommunications arm, YTL Comms.

YTL Comms is going to collaborate with US-based Sezmi Corporation to deploy hybrid TV services in Malaysia and Asia Pacific, which will combine digital TV broadcast technology with YTL's fourth-generation (4G) wireless broadband services that would be rolled out soon.

What is hybrid TV?
With hybrid TV, consumers can view live or recorded local and cable TV stations, on-demand movies and TV shows and web videos on their mobile devices, their personal computers or their TV sets at home. It was like combining the services offered by Maxis, Astro, and Streamyx into 1 single platform.

Watch out for 18th November 2010 !!!
This is the date when YTL will launch its 4G mobile Internet with voice, which will cover 65% of the country's populated areas, right from day one. Let's wait and see. YTL said it will be monumental !!!

The battle with Astro...
As for my understanding, YTL Comms' new TV service will be based on pay-as-you-use basis.
  • NO minimum fee
  • NO strings attached
  • World's 1st wireless quad play service, bringing broadband, voice, TV and video-on-demand together
Wow... Sounds interesting enough for all Malaysians, especially current Astro's subscibers. Let's seat back and watch the most interesting Battle of 2011 - YTL Comms vs Astro.

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