View Full Version : Is MiTV Any Good?

25-10-2004, 04:08 PM
I wanted to post this on a related thread but somehow it doesn't allow me to do so.

Anyone here has subscribed to MiTV yet? Is it any good? How is it compared to Astro, especially on rainy days?

25-10-2004, 04:24 PM
The launch is in Dec. Guess we have to wait till than unless you are chosen for trials.

25-10-2004, 04:30 PM
Heard from a very close pal that his brother in USJ16 has already got it :eek: And I also thought the launch was in Oct.

25-10-2004, 05:14 PM
There was a long article in Sunday Star bizweek yesterday.

Ynderstand they use UHF signals so weather shouldn't cause any interference.

26-10-2004, 04:01 AM
Juz heard radio saying this morning it will be launched in Dec.

There is another ASTRO-like service is set to launch next year end.

26-10-2004, 08:12 AM
Have you all heard about paid TV by Telekom Malaysia using Streamyx? They also provide VOD - Video On Demand. Their VOD is fantastic. It is like a virtual VCD. You can forward scenes that you are bored with. It is free of advertisemnet. I just cannot believe it. Anyway, I have signed up (FOC but I think I should charge them for consultancy) to be one of their evaluators - not to be critics of their movies but more on their service offerings and transmission quality and coverage. The quality is damn good. Currently they have 17 channels and one of the VOD is Terminator 3. I was made to understand that they will make available a long list of VOD movies and you just pick your choice. It is available for trial now and I am waiting for them to install the service to me house.

26-10-2004, 08:30 AM
Err...PCYeoh :) ...ahem...waitaminute!...are you talking about the same thingy which Orchi is going to get very soon!?....IF so bless you me friend...err..otherwise....go figure out why your ears would start to itch...all day long.... :D

27-10-2004, 05:41 PM
i'd like subscribe it- got MUTV(for MU fans)....muahahahahhaha!!!
anyway, according to the close source, they have no intention to compete with Astro, they just want to add on what Astro dun have...

29-10-2004, 04:09 PM
Hi A Ghazali

You are sure that Mitv got MUTV...wow!

Will throw Astro and subscribe to mitv straight away man!!!!

A treat for MU fans, I watched it in London... awesome.


29-10-2004, 04:22 PM
Astro now shows Red Hot News on Channel 80 I think, all about ManU.

29-10-2004, 04:25 PM
from http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/10/29/business/9264885&sec=business

MGM Networks, a unit of MetroGoldwyn-Mayer Inc, will launch the MGM Channel in Malaysia in coming months.

The channel will be seen on the country’s pay television MiTV.

MGM Networks, which produces and distributes the MGM Channel in the region through strategic alliance with CNBC Asia Pacific, has launched the channel in Taiwan.

In Taiwan, the channel can be viewed via Taiwan Broadband Communications.

“We are pleased to add the key markets of Taiwan and Malaysia to the channels’ current reach in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Macau and Thailand,” MGM Networks executive vice-president Bruce Tuchman said in a statement.

He said the channel received overwhelming response from distributors across China and South-East Asia.

MGM Channel was recently launched in Spain and a Russian-language version of MGM Channel will soon be launched for subscribers in Russia.

MetroGoldwyn-Mayer owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising about 4,000 titles.

another new channel not on astro! :D

29-10-2004, 04:40 PM

TV addicts will soon be spoilt for choice when MiTV launches its multi-channel pay-television service in Dec (target date), says AMRESEARCH.

MiTV will have only one standard or flat subscription rate which would enable the subscriber to view all 50-or-so channels that will be offered by MiTV. (Depending on the type of package, Astro charges its subscribers between RM45.95 and RM129.95 per month).

Subscribers pay for the subscription fees by buying pre-paid credits, much like a pre-paid phone card. Subscribers will be given a personal identification number (PIN) which he/she will have to key into the set-top box (STB) in order to view programmes broadcast by MiTV. Subscribers can top up the credits when they run out at any 7-11 outlets, cyber cafes or through automatic billing via credit cards.

The pre-paid method has its advantage as MiTV will not have to deal with delinquent accounts or bad debts. This also makes it easier for both parties (MiTV and the subscriber) to discontinue the service, if necessary.

In addition, MiTV would also save on printing and mailing costs as it will not have to print billing statements and mail them to subscribers.

MiTV will also generate revenue from transaction-based services such as video-on-demand, music-on-demand, games-on-demand & e-learning-on-demand. MiTV derives income from providing such services, generally at 30% of the fees charged.

Interactive services such as instant messaging, email & a/c mgmt will also be bundled in as part of the basic flat fee subscription. Subscription fee for the first month is likely to be free.

By offering these interactive services, MiTV hopes to increase viewing, strengthen customer loyalty, create brand awareness & enhance subscriber base, resulting in a positive impact on avg revenue per user.

Based on the above revenue model, MiTV hopes to breakeven with around 200,000 subscribers (raised from 180,000 previously).

Contratry to widely held perception, MiTV is not after Astro’s existing pay-TV subscribers, despite being in the same multi-channel subscription TV business. Instead, MiTV is targetting the 2nd set-top box (“2nd STB”) subscribers segment as well as new pay-TV subscribers (i.e. those currently not subscribing to any pay-TV service). There are approximately 4.9m households in Malaysia & MiTV believes the market is big enough for 2 pay-TV players to co-exist.

But we think market is small. However, in our view, this market segment (i.e. those consumers with high disposable incomes & that are willing to subscribe for both Astro’s and MiTV’s pay-TV services) is relatively small. For example, although Astro has been in business for exactly 8 yrs now, it currently has only 52,600 2nd STB subscribers, or only 3.8% of its total residential household subscribers of 1.386 million as at July 31, 2004. Furthermore, even if a household may be able to subscribe, it may not be willing to do so. After all, how many people would have time to watch 100 channels in a day!

As yet unseen. MiTV will offer largely new content never before shown in Malaysia (at least not in their entirety, i.e. 24 hrs a day, 7 days a wk). Up to 90% of its proposed 50 channels will be new to Malaysia. MiTV plans to offer up to 6 Malay channels, 7 Indian channels & between 15 and 20 Chinese channels.

Some of the turnaround channels that will be offered by MiTV to Malaysian viewers for the first time include Fox News (the highest-rated news channel in the United States, rated higher than even CNN or CNBC), Sky News (United Kingdom), Channel News Asia (Singapore), Sky Sports, MUTV, Arsenal TV (all from the United Kingdom), ATV (Hong Kong), Turner & MGM (United States).

In contrast, Astro has exclusive rights to broadcast certain turnaround channels in Malaysia such as Disney Channel, Star Movies, National Geographic Channel, CNBC, Hallmark Channel, ESPN, Star Sports, Star World and AXN, among others as well as pricey content from English Premier League and TVB8 of Hong Kong (on the Wah Lai Toi Channel). Astro’s programming cost in the period February-July, 2004 totalled RM206mil or 28.3% of its multi-channel TV revenue.

However, there is bound to be some duplication of channels, particularly the sports and news channels where there are only a handful of brands with content relevant to Malaysian viewers. In addition, MiTV will also be carrying all the content of the free-to-air TV operators such as TV3, 8TV, ntv7, RTM1 and RTM2.

One of MiTV’s programming strategy is to offer special interest programming such as a sports belt, soap operas, action TV and telenovelas and to slice up the market within each belt, such as golf, extreme sports and soccer within the sports belt.

Unlike Astro, which invested some RM800mil in an all-digital broadcast and production complex in Kuala Lumpur, MiTV will not have the luxury of such facilities and thus would not be producing any content of its own. Programming cost would thus be significantly lower for MiTV. Third party is to aggregate local content for MiTV. To get around the Made-in-Malaysia or local content requirement imposed by the government/regulatory authorities, MiTV will source for locally-produced content from third-party production houses.

According to Astro’s financial year 2004 (FY04) Annual Report, Astro spent some RM100mil on local content of different genres, including production of local news as well as subtitling and dubbing to localise foreign content. In total, Astro produced about 800 hours of local programmes (such as Akademi Fantasia, Anita, Astana Idaman, Roda Impian, Astro Talent Quest, etc.) in FY04.

The single-largest cost component would be the subsidies of the set-top boxes. Not unlike Astro, subscribers to MiTV will have to buy their own STB, which is likely to be slightly more expensive than Astro’s (due to the lack of economies of scale). To encourage households to sign on as a subscriber of MiTV’s multi-channel television service, MiTV will have to subsidise part of the cost of the STBs. In addition, to mitigate the high cost of STBs, MiTV will adopt a multi-vendor strategy for its supply.

The major capital expenditure is transmission towers. Each transmission tower is expected to cost less than RM3mil but MiTV will need circa 6 to 8 towers for the Klang Valley and between 22 and 26 towers to cover the entire Peninsular Malaysia. This would translate into capital expenditure of circa RM60mil-RM70mil over a period of 18 months.

MiTV is apparently the only company that holds all four licences issued under the Communications and Multimedia Act, 1998 – (1) Content Applications Service Provider (Individual), (2) Network Facilities Provider (Individual), (3) Network Services Provider (Individual), and (4) Application Services Provider.

MiTV combines and utilises Internet, transmission technologies and infrastructures, namely Internet protocol over ultra-high frequencies (IP-o-UHF). By utilising ultra-high frequencies (UHF) to transmit content to the end user, MiTV can substantially increase the capacity of content downlinked to the customer, effectively addressing and resolving the last mile issue.

No longer exclusive to traditional content, such as television, UHF bandwidth serves as an optimal digital delivery medium for content such as video, audio and data transmissions. A single UHF transmission band or channel can easily carry multiple channels of up to 22 Mbps (mega bits per second), as long as the total bandwidth available permits.

Within MiTV’s high-speed network infrastructure, any data, including moving images, can be delivered to the end user cost-effectively. By leveraging on this low-cost infrastructure, MiTV would be able to offer a pay-TV service, while at the same time provide a logical and conducive platform for other data services such as instant messaging, email, web surfing and file sharing.

Basically, to watch MiTV, all a person needs is a television or personal computer (PC), a set-top box not unlike Astro’s STB and an indoor UHF antenna (one may also use 8TV’s existing UHF antenna if one already has it) or, a universal serial bus receiver for PCs together with a PSTN or ASDL connection to any internet service provider.

MiTV will apparently be the only IP-o-UHF service provider in the world.

Although MiTV’s targeted market segment is the 2nd STB subscribers in every household, in our view, this is a relatively small segment. Still, we do not discount the possibility of switching by some of Astro’s existing subscribers to MiTV’s pay-TV services, though we expect the switch rate to be minimal due to, on balance, slightly superior content offered by Astro.

And although MiTV will offer as many as 50 largely new channels to Malaysian viewers, arguably, nearly half of the content may not be relevant content for some viewers. For example, a non-Chinese educated Malaysian Chinese will find that the 20 Chinese channels and 7 Indian channels shown on MiTV irrelevant to him/her. So the notion that MiTV offers “value-for-money” (given that a subscriber will have access to 50 channels for only, say, RM50 per month) may not be entirely correct or attractive to him.

However, the advent of MiTV will offer prospective new pay-TV subscribers (i.e. those that are currently not subscribers of any pay-TV service) a choice between MiTV and Astro, and in this regard this could potentially have a negative impact on Astro’s targeted subscribers growth rate. Net additions of household subscribers for Astro may slow even more when MiTV is introduced. (For the period May-July 2004, net addition totalled only 47,200 subscribers compared with 55,800 in February-April, 2004.)
there, in bold, are MUTV & 22 mbps - faster than any broadband? :)

29-10-2004, 05:03 PM
Thanks KH ee

Good stuff... will apply as soon as possible.

Will check on Channel 80 meantime, Joe.


30-10-2004, 12:20 AM
Great news..need a competitor for Astro. Will gladly swap my second astro decoder for MiTV. Hopefully can watch it during the rain.

as Fox news..it is a right wing channle in the USA. If you thought CNN was biased..wait till you watch Fox.

02-11-2004, 11:32 AM
Hopefully can watch it during the rain.

read somewhere it's thru the phone lines, so no rain-worry but lightning-worry is another matter, tho. :D

but what i'm excited is the 22Mbps speed - if only 10percent is workable, that's 2.2Mbps - twice as fast as streamyx! or am i wrong? :p