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Asia (via satellites)
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV (1080i)|
|Owner||Astro (Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad)|
|Sister channels|| Astro AOD |
Astro Hua Hee Dai
Astro Shuang Xing
Astro Quan Jia HD
Astro Wah Lai Toi On Demand
Astro Xiao Tai Yang
|Launched||1 September 1997 (SD) |
16 November 2014 (HD)
|Closed||15 March 2021 (SD)|
|myFreeview||Channel 152 (HD) (available on 20 November 2022)|
Astro AEC (abbreviation for Asian Entertainment Channel) is a 24-hour in house Mandarin-generic television channel in Malaysia, owned by Astro. The channel broadcasts local productions in addition to productions from Singapore, Taiwan and mainland China.
Astro AEC HD was launched on 16 November 2014 for Astro subscribers who subscribed to HD service. Subtitles are provided in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Chinese where available.
Malaysian television broadcasting was introduced on 28 December 1963. Colour television was introduced on 28 December 1978. Full-time colour transmissions were officially inaugurated on New Year's Day 1982. There are currently 16 national free-to-air terrestrial television channels in Malaysia and 3 national pay subscription television operators in Malaysia.
The Malaysian National News Agency, is a news agency of the government of Malaysia. It is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia. Bernama is an abbreviation of Berita Nasional Malaysia ; it also means named or titled in the Malay language. It was created by an Act of Parliament in 1967 and began operating on 20 May 1968.
Commercial broadcasting is the broadcasting of television programs and radio programming by privately owned corporate media, as opposed to state sponsorship. It was the United States' first model of radio during the 1920s, in contrast with the public television model in Europe during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, which prevailed worldwide, except in the United States and Brazil, until the 1980s.
Astro Shuang Xing is a 24-hour Mandarin youth entertainment TV channel owned and run by pay TV provider, Astro. The channel provides variety entertainment that target for younger generation.
BBC Entertainment is an international television channel broadcasting comedy, drama, light entertainment, reality and children's programming from the BBC, Channel 4 and other UK production houses. The channel broadcasts regional versions to suit local demands and replaced BBC Prime. It is wholly owned by BBC Studios.
Astro TVIQ was an English-language channel. This channel was free as it was grouped under the Astro Family package. The viewership target was for children between the age of 4 to 15.
Astro Vaanavil is a Malaysian pay television channel that broadcasts programming in Tamil, targeting the Indian community in Malaysia. It was launched on 1 June 1996. It was created by Astro. Starting 1 June 2020, Astro Vaanavil has been officially upgraded to SD/HD and is known as Astro Vaanavil HD.
Astro Ceria is a 24-hour Malay-language television channel that is broadcast on the Astro satellite television service. This channel is dedicated to toddlers and children. It was launched on 31 August 2006, making it Malaysia's first-ever television channel dedicated to kids.
Astro Wah Lai Toi is a Cantonese Video on demand owned and operated by Astro in partnership with Hong Kong's TVB. The channel offers mainly TVB programming, alongside some local content.
Astro Hua Hee Dai is a 24-hour in-house Hokkien-generic TV channel in Malaysia. It is the fourth in-house Chinese channel provided by pay TV provider, Astro, after Astro Wah Lai Toi, Astro AEC and Astro Shuang Xing, and was launched on 13 October 2007 with other channels such as Astro Xiao Tai Yang, Asian Food Channel and KBS World. Bahasa Malaysia subtitles are provided.
Astro AWANI is a Malaysian news organisation that broadcasts its news via Channel 501 on Astro. Since 2018, Astro AWANI has been consecutively recognised as Malaysia's most trusted news source by the Reuter's Digital News Report published by Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Launched on 6 September 2007, AWANI has since become a household news brand among Malaysians as the go to channel for breaking news. It broadcasts an array of programmes including bulletins, business & current affairs shows, special interviews, investigative reports, variety programmes, as well as selected magazine shows.
History is a Southeast Asian pay television channel broadcasting programming related to historical events and people. The channel is owned by A+E Networks Asia. In India History TV18 owned by a joint-venture between A+E Networks and under permission registered Discovery Communications, owner of the American History and Network 18, Indian media group & available in eight languages in India.
Astro Warna is a 24-hour Malaysian television network in Malaysia. Launch On 1 June 2009, this channel airs local and international comedy programs. It is broadcast on the Astro satellite television platform as part of the Mustika Pack via Channel 132.
NJOI is a Malaysian free-to-view satellite and digital television service launched on 18 February 2012 in collaboration with the government of Malaysia and Astro. It was officially announced by former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak on 20 December 2011. At launch, the service provided 18 television channels and 19 radio stations. However, existing Astro customers may purchase this service through separate account.
Astro Arena is a Malaysian television station owned and operated by Astro. It is the first 24/7 Malay language sports channel in Malaysia. This channel can be viewed on channel 801 through Astro's Family Pack. Launched on 26 March 2010, it was the idea from the former Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports YB. Dato' Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, together with the Olympic Council of Malaysia and Astro, to have a sports channel dedicated solely to the development of Malaysian sports.
Astro Quan Jia HD is a Mandarin HDTV channel owned and operated by a digital satellite television provider, Astro in Malaysia. The channel lineup consists of exclusive dramas, documentaries and variety shows mostly imported from Mainland China and Hong Kong.
The 2016 TVB Star Awards Malaysia, presented by TVB Entertainment News, Astro, MY FM, and MELODY FM in Malaysia, is an awards ceremony that recognises the best Hong Kong TVB television programmes that aired on Malaysia's Astro On Demand and Astro Wah Lai Toi in 2016. It was held on 26 November 2016 at Arena of Stars in Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia, and was broadcast live through Malaysia's Astro Wah Lai Toi, Hong Kong's TVB Jade and TVB Entertainment News. The ceremony was hosted by Carol Cheng, FAMA, Jarvis Chow and Ashley Chu.