Maxis today has announced its partnership with 14 content providers to offer IPTV service on its Maxis Home Fibre Internet. If you’re a Maxis Fibre user, you can look forward to a wide range of HD and 3D content along with catch-up TV and PVR features with your subscription soon.
The 14 content providers that Maxis partnered with are Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), All Asia Multimedia Networks FZ-LLC, Media Prima Berhad, LI TV International Ltd, Red Bull GmbH, Five Star Production Co. Ltd, Vision Plus Entertainment Sdn Bhd, Travel Channel International Limited, Asa’ad Entertainment Network Sdn Bhd, Brilliant Pictures, Five Star Trading, Trace TV S.A., The Wiggles International Pty Ltd and Classic Media Distribution Limited.
In terms of Free to Air, the channels include TV1, TV2, TVi, TV3, NTV7, 8TV, TV9 along with additional content from LI Space, LI Body, LI Savour, LI Chic, Tonton, Travel Channel, Wiggles, Jump, Classic Media, Trace Urban, Trace Sports, XS, Red Bull, Five Star Trading, Five Star Production, Brilliant Pictures and Asa’ad.
Currently Maxis Home Fibre Internet is available across 1.2 million homes and offices in Malaysia while its 3G Wireless Internet service with its 82% population coverage covers nearly 6 million homes. So far no IPTV subscription and available dates were mentioned.
Apple today announced something that many of you have been waiting for a long time. The iTunes Store is now available in Malaysia and that means you can now download legit content from a catalogue of over 20 million songs from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels.
You can also rent or purchase movies from the iTunes Store from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures.
In addition to Malaysia, the iTunes Store is also available in Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Macau, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Songs start from around US$0.99 (RM3.20), albums at US$9.99 (RM31.90) which is quite reasonable. Movies are dearer costing around US$3.99 (RM12.70) and above to rent or US$14.99 (RM47.90) and above to purchase for HD version and US$2.99 (RM9.60) and above to rent and US$9.99 (RM31.90) to buy SD versions.
No doubt having iTunes Store support in Malaysia is a great deal and a major step forward for consumers in Malaysia giving us the opportunity to consume contents across multiple screens but considering that “alternatives” are abundant and cost nothing, it will be difficult to justify the masses to adopt legit content. Having said that, those who have been waiting for this to be available in Malaysia, will appreciate it but what do you think of the cost?
Maxis today has revealed its upgraded new package for home wireless internet that runs on their 3G Network. The new packages offer double the internet data quota with free pre-bundled voice thrown in.
There are 3 plans available at 4GB, 20GB and 48GB with monthly subscription fees of RM59, RM99 and RM169 respectively. In terms of pre-bundled calls, they are giving 100 minutes for 4GB, 200 minutes on 20GB plan and 300 minutes for its highest 48GB. Excess calls are charged at 10sen/min.
While the generous data quota looks good, do take note that Maxis implements time slots for each respective quota. Bulk of the quota of 75% is allocated between 2AM-8AM daily. That leaves only 25% quota during the peak 18 hours between 8AM until 2AM. So if you plan to make huge downloads, you have to schedule them in the early hours of the morning.
If you need more data quota, Maxis also offer top ups which varies depending on time slot. During the peak hours of 8AM-2AM, they charge 1GB for RM18 while off peak hours of 2AM-8AM they are offering 5GB for just RM15.
All plans are tied with 12 months contract and there’s a RM100 activation fee required during sign up. Subscribers will get a home wireless modem & cordless dect phone for free.
For more information, head over to Maxis home wireless internet.
Maxis has added 2 more HTC devices into their bundling line up with the recently launched HTC One S and HTC Desire C. The slim 7.8mm One S which retails for RM1,838 is going for as low as RM799 with 24 months contract of 6GB bolt-on data plan on top of any postpaid plans of Value First and above. Meanwhile the entry level Desire C that’s priced RM738 outright is offered as low as RM99 with 24 months bolt-on of 3GB data plan.
As usual, you’ll get a choice of 3 contract durations of 12 months, 18 months and 24 months with flexible data bundling of 1GB & 3GB. The 6GB data bundling is offered for a limited time for the HTC One S until 22nd July.
For the HTC Desire C, there are more bundling options including Value Plus Internet plans that offer voice, sms and data in a single package that comes in RM50/month and RM80/month monthly commitment. To recap, the Value Plus Internet 50 comes with 250MB of Data, 100 minutes of calls and 100 SMS. The Value Plus Internet 80 comes with doubled the data and 3X the amount of included calls and SMS.
More information on the HTC One S & Desire C bundling over at Maxis Android page.
Each Android version is named after a dessert or sweet and it since version 1.5 Cupcake, it has been tradition for Google to put out a larger than life fixture of the sweet representing its latest Android release.
The trend continues this week as we approach the start of one of Google’s most important event this year with the installation of a bowl of spilled jelly beans, which is almost confirms that Android’s latest version – named Jelly Bean – is going to be unveiled at the Google I/O kick-off keynote happening early Thursday morning our time. Come watch it LIVE with us and see what the new Android has to offer.
After the jump: Video of the Android Jelly Bean feature being installed.
With so much talk of gloom and doom surrounding RIM, the Canadian company has it all to show for in its upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS. The new OS will also bring with it new devices and there has been some debate as to whether these devices will carry on BlackBerry’s tradition of physical QWERTY keyboards.
A leaked slide purportedly from RIM tells us that the physical QWERTY may still live on with BlackBerry. From the leaked slide, it appears that there will be two new BlackBerry devices – the L-Series and N-Series – both running BlackBerry 10.
The L-Series, which looks very much like the Dev Alpha, features a 4.2-inch 768×1280 356ppi full touchscreen while the N-Series brings a 3.1-inch 720×720 330ppi touchscreen to the traditional full physical QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry form factor. Aside from the screen size and resolution, nothing else is known about the devices.
In addition to the rumoured devices, another leaked slide suggests that BlackBerry 10 will also come with a refreshed BBM. BBM for BlackBerry 10 looks to feature customisable themes allowing you to extend battery life by using a darker coloured theme. This could also suggest that the new devices will come with AMOLED screens.
In any case, none of this is confirmed and neither are they groundbreaking (customisable themes in a mobile IM, anyone used Whatsapp before?). If RIM even wants to think about getting into the mobile race, it better have more substantial goodies to show.