Saturday, June 8, 2013
Malaysia's first digital cable TV network ABNxcess, which carries an initial 50 channels, was officially launched by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in Bukit Jalil here Saturday.
Hosted by Asian Broadcasting Network (ABN) Sdn Bhd, the event saw the rollout of ABN's new high-speed broadband (HSBB) and pay TV service.
Speaking at the launch, Najib said the service signified a "new era" for Malaysian television.
"I am confident that this launch will signify a new era in information and entertainment dissemination across the country," he said in his speech at at the Putra Stadium.
He was accompanied by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and ABN Media Group executive chairman Tan Sri K.K. Eswaran.
Najib congratulated ABN on its new service, adding that the advent of digital cable TV here would bridge the digital divide for all Malaysians.
"This is what the Government wants to see," Najib said.
He also hoped that with ABN's presence, Malaysians would also get the chance to showcase locally-made content through the network at a regional and international level.
ABN promised subscribers that they wouldn't have to worry about bad weather interrupting their TV experience.
"Those with ABNxcess can enjoy high-definition TV without weather disruptions," said ABN chairman Admiral (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor.
For its broadband service, ABN is offering 10Mps, 30Mbps and 50 Mbps packages at RM129, RM219 and RM369 per month respectively.
The ABNxcess pay TV service will cost an extra RM29.99 for 50 channels plus free-to-air TV, radio and games applications.
ABNxcess will also include 10 high-definition (HD) channels at no extra charge.
ABN did not specifically mention which channels would be part of its pay TV package.
It was previously reported that ABN planned to push its number of available channels to up to 500 in the future.
The cable service will be rolled out to an initial 24 areas in the Klang Valley and Johor Baru, with an expected expansion to other regions over the next five years.