Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad has successfully secured exclusive Premier League broadcast rights in Malaysia for the next three seasons from 2022/23 to 2024/25.
Euan Smith, Group COO and CEO, TV of Astro (pictured centre) said: “2021 was a big year of sports, but 2022 promises to be even more exciting for sport fans in Malaysia. We are delighted to announce that Astro has successfully renewed exclusive Premier League broadcast rights in Malaysia for the next three seasons from 2022/23 to 2024/25. We would like to thank the Premier League team for choosing to put their trust in Astro again, continuing our successful, long-standing partnership with the League.
“The Premier League is one of the world’s top and most exciting football leagues, and under the terms of the new deal, Astro will continue to provide the most premium viewing experience for all 380 matches of the Premier League in HD and selected matches in 4K UHD. Sports fans also get exclusive supporting content, interviews and pitch side coverage, as well as invitations to attend exclusive viewing parties with our football pundits, contests with exciting prizes, exclusive merchandises and money-can’t-buy experiences as part of Astro Rewards.”
Paul Molnar, Premier League Chief Media Officer said, “The Premier League is pleased to continue our excellent partnership with Astro, and we are very happy that they view our League as a vital part of their live sports offering. They will be an outstanding home again for the Premier League over the next three seasons and we look forward to working together to showcase the League to new and existing fans throughout Malaysia.”
Say No to Piracy
Euan Smith also welcomed the Malaysian Government’s recently passed Copyright (Amendment) Act 2022 that now recognises streaming technology as an avenue to infringe copyright.
“As we continue to improve on our services and technology, piracy deeply hurts our ability to keep serving Residential customers and Commercial Enterprises,” he said. “We are working closely with the authorities, industry players and content partners in combating piracy and strongly encourage all Malaysians and Commercial Enterprises to say no to piracy, and only watch live sports on legal, high-quality platforms.
“The amended Act sees the introduction of new streaming and linking-related offences including a law against those providing or sharing access to an online location containing pirated works. It provides an avenue for the authorities to go after those who facilitate copyright infringement by manufacturing, importing, selling, or hiring any streaming technology, as well as commit piracy and technology offences, with a hefty fine of up to RM200,000 or imprisonment of up to 20 years, or both.”