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Wednesday December 21, 2011

Free satellite TV

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians can now enjoy free satellite television with the launch of a new service by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Provided by Astro, the service, dubbed NJOI, features 18 television channels and 19 radio stations. It can be received by those who purchase an NJOI decoder and satellite dish.

Najib commended the company for reducing the digital gap among Malaysians.

Wheelchair-bound Rahimah Abdul Majid and her family members catching Astro’s new free satellite TV service NJOI at their home in PPR Cochrane Perkasa, Kuala Lumpur. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the service at the low-cost housing estate Tuesday. - AZMAN GHANI / The Star

“1Malaysia is not just a philosophy to guide us in building this nation; it will be used to develop products and services that will benefit Malaysians.

“For the good of the rakyat, Insyaallah (God willing), there will be more such products and services to come,” he said at the launch of the service at PPR Cochrane Perkasa yesterday.

Some 50,000 low-income earners listed under the Government's e-Kasih programme will be the first to receive the decoders and satellite dishes donated by Astro under its corporate social responsibility programme (CSR).

The service does not require any monthly subscription fee, and will be available nationwide by the first quarter of next year.

The television channels featured include TV1, TV2, TVi, iView, i130, CCT 4, Bernama TV, and Astro's home-grown channels such as Awani, AEC, Prima, and Vaanavil.

“Starting July next year, we will also enable a menu of add-on programmes for NJOI customers through a pre-paid system,” Astro Malaysia Holdings Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Rohana Rozhan said.

The programme will cost Astro RM100mil in initial investment.

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