Malaysian pay operator Astro has announced the launch of three new sports channels. From 1 October, 2021, sports fans can look forward to Astro SuperSport 5, Astro Arena 2 and a brand-new sports channel SPOTV at no extra cost.
Astro Sports Pack customers will continue to enjoy top global sporting events such as UFC, Formula 1, Bundesliga, ATP, and WTA on Astro SuperSport 5; and MotoGP, Wimbledon and the US Open on SPOTV.
This follows Disney’s announcement that it will be discontinuing certain linear channels in the region after 30 Sept 2021, as part of its strategy to push its streaming services instead. Subsequently, FOX Sports, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports 3 are among the linear channels that all regional South East Asia partners including Astro will cease broadcast after 30 Sept 2021.
Building on popularity of Astro Arena, Astro Arena 2 will feature edgy and localised coverage of international sports and sports news updates for Malaysian sports fans, as well as live studio presentations for WWE, BWF and more in new formats that appeal to younger fans. Astro Arena 2 will be on the Family Pack for all Astro customers to enjoy.