The Astro Ultra Box is finally here, and here’s what it’s all about. The Ultra experience includes 4K UHD, Cloud Recording a new user interface seamless across devices, improved content recommendations based on what you watch, a play from start function, and the ability to record multiple shows at the same time. All of this is via the new Ultra box and Astro GO. With the Ultra Box you can watch UEFA EURO 2020, the Premier League, Formula 1 and La Liga, in 4K UHD, the first in Malaysia.
Henry Tan, Chief Executive Officer of Astro Group said, “We are on a journey of continuous improvement to provide our customers with a better experience from customer service, to content, to OTT for mobility and to the experience at home. Today is a new milestone – the Ultra Box takes entertainment to a new level, enabling 4K UHD, Cloud Recording, Play from Start and a new interface that will enhance home entertainment on the big screen. Customers can upgrade to the Ultra Box to enjoy the new experience. The Ultra experience extends also to Astro GO which is free for all customers! Customers only need to download the app and stream their favourite shows!”
Henry continued, “Over half a million homes have 4K TV of which 70% are Astro customers. The launch of the Ultra Box is timely to meet the growing demand for 4K UHD viewing. Additionally, commercial establishments in the hospitality, retail and F&B sectors will welcome the opportunity to offer patrons live sports and other content in 4K UHD.”
The Ultra Box uses a hybrid system of satellite and internet technologies to deliver 4K UHD quality. So for that, you’ll need to connect the Ultra Box tot he internet to stream content on demand. Lucky for you, Astro also now offers entertainment and broadband bundles.
Here’s what’s new with the Ultra Box and Astro Go:
Astro Cloud Recording is available on the new Ultra Box and on Astro GO. This means that customers can record multiple shows at the same time on the Ultra Box or on Astro GO and store these in the Astro Cloud which can be accessed on any screen. Customers will be entitled to 200 free hours of HD storage and can increase this to 1500 hours at RM15 per month.
Play from Start: If you tune in midway through a show you can click the restart icon to watch the show from the beginning. Kind of like, online streaming…
New Home Screen: Allows easier content discovery. All shows shown are available for viewing at no charge with the exception of displayed in the ‘Store’.
Discover and Stream VOD: Connect the Ultra Box to the internet and check out over 50,000 videos on demand at home or on Astro GO.
Search: Makes discovery of content from our vast catalogue of TV series, movies, kids shows, live content and your own recordings easier. Search by title, cast, director and even channels.
Multi-screen and Stop Here, Continue There: You’ll be able to continue watching from one screen, to another, exactly from where you paused it on the first screen. Kind of like… Netflix. Just sayin.
Free Upgrade for Customers with subscription above RM100
If you’re already subscribed to Astro, you’re in luck. Customers with monthly subscription of RM100 and above can upgrade for free. You’ll need to connect the Ultra Box to the internet though, to check out videos on demand, cloud recording, and the other benefits. And something that is pretty obvious but needs to be said, you’ll need a 4K capable TV to take advantage of the 4K UHD quality. Customers can also get connected with Astro & Broadband via bundled offers.
Check out the table below for pricing details:
|Ultra Box Installation fee||Current Customer||New Customer|
|Monthly Pack Subscription Fee ≥ RM100||FREE||RM99|
|Monthly Pack Subscription Fee < RM100||RM199|