UniFi and Streamyx customers will be able to enjoy more than 10,000 hours of premium Asian shows and TV series for free starting mid-March thanks to Telekom Malaysia (TM) partnering with over-the-top video-on-demand service Viu.
Users will be able to enjoy the service for free for three months, in addition to its current offerings such as HyppTV and one-year iFlix subscription. Viewers will get to enjoy the latest Korean, Chinese, Bollywood, Tamil, Indonesian and Malaysian programmes.
"We are excited to be a strategic partner of PCCW. We are able to offer an even wider choice of content and entertainment to our broadband customers nationwide through PCCW's media company Vuclip for the first time in Malaysia," says TM group CEO Tan Sri Zamzamzairani. Vuclip, the company behind Viu is part of Hong Kong-based PCCW owned by Richard Li.
Korean fans will also be able to enjoy the latest content from South Korea’s broadcasters KBS, MBC, SBS and CJ, including shows such as Oh My Venus, Moorim School, Six Flying Dragons, My Love From The Star, The Heirs and long-running fan favourite Running Man.
Selected Korean dramas will be available with English subtitles eight hours after the Korean premier and in Bahasa Malaysia within 24 hours. All its other Korean content will also be subtitled in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Simplified Chinese.
More content will also be available from regional and international marquee studios such as Primeworks Distribution, Vision Plus Entertainment and MD Entertainment Indonesia.
Viu confirmed that about 70% to 80% of its content will be in full HD and the rest as 720p and standard definition. However, the company said it has no plans to introduce 4K content for now.
Those who can't wait can sign up for Viu on their own as the service is already available here. It's based on a freemium model – thousands of hours of its content is available for free but with ads. Customers who pay RM10 a month will get an ad-free experience and access to premium content.
The service is accessible on desktops via browsers and on mobile phones and tablets via apps available on Google Play and Apple App Store.
Viu is also available in Singapore and Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.viu.com.