PETALING JAYA: Even before Malaysia could realise its dream of Thomas Cup glory after a 22-year drought, everyone in the country can rejoice over the fact that the highly-anticipated final will be available live for free over TV1 and Astro.
Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) will broadcast the Thomas Cup final between Malaysia and Japan in New Delhi from 5.30pm today.
Its director-general of broadcasting Datuk Norhyati Ismail said the network received the green light to do so from Astro, which held the broadcasting right to the Thomas Cup/Uber Cup Finals 2014.
She said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek had urged RTM to discuss the matter with Astro.
It is Malaysia’s first final in 12 years. The country last won the Thomas Cup back in 1992 in Kuala Lumpur when they defeated Indonesia.
Today’s final promises to be an explosive affair as both Malaysia and Japan made it to the final after knocking out badminton giants Indonesia and China with a convincing 3-0 score.
It is Japan’s first final in the game’s history.
Malaysians, including non-subscribers, can also catch the final for free via the Astro on the Go app.
“You can download the app from the Apple App store and Google Play store or access it via web on onthego.astro.com.my,” Astro head of sports Lee Choong Khay said yesterday.
The matches can be viewed for free from 5.30pm over the Astro Arena Channel via the app.
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