Astro On The Go Live Explorer event at Sunway Pyramid happened on the 18th May, 2013, myself and a few other bloggers had the privilege to be there and be part of the event coverage team to witness the participation of more than twenty pairs of contestants in this elaborate tele-match like competition.
Astro On The Go Explorer Live Explorer at Sunway Pyramid
Participants gathered at Sunway Pyramid starting just before 10 am, they were then paired in groups of two and were geared with Astro On The Go brochure, iPad, and mobile 4G wifi dongle, tools they will need to complete their adventure of the day as explorers in Pyramid.
contestants figuring out what they have to accomplish at this station
Each team has a pilot and co-pilot, the aim was to figure out the clues and then find the booth/station in which the team had to answer questions and/or perform certain tasks.
There were 10 stations in total, scattered at different places in Sunway Pyramid. Do remember that Sunway Pyramid is the 9th largest mall in the world with over 4 million square foot, so it is quite challenging.
juggling the ball isn’t exactly a very simple task
The ten stations represent some of the channels on Astro On The Go, for example - Sports, Maharaja Lawak, Geng Bas Sekolah, Hanna Montana, Korean Series and so forth.
I went to the Sports booth located outside the ADIDAS store to check out what was happening.
At this booth, the participants basically had to juggle the ball at least 3 times, answer a question regarding the sports channel available on Astro On The Go, then snapped a photo and upload it on twitter/facebook. Some groups really struggled quite a bit on the juggling part, but everyone eventually got it right and no display window was broken.
it’s a carnival like atmosphere at Sunway Pyramid with Astro On The Go
Pearl Harbour, Love and Hate, Empress in the Palace
Oh My English! is everyone’s favorites
Lunch was served after every team had completed their tasks, and a long line up of performances followed on the main stage to treat guests and participants. The cast of Oh My English! was there, and there were Aaron Aziz, Johan Raja Lawak, Ajak Raja Lawak, Ila Damia, and more too.
There were also sketches including Pearl Habour, Love and Hate, and Empress in the Palace. The crowd was thoroughly entertained.
the winners walked away with Nexes 7, iPad Mini, and Galaxy S4
Then of course, there’s the announcement of winners.
Lara Croft, Indiana Jones, or even Columbus and Cheng Ho, these are the names that we associate with as some of the greatest explorers in fiction, games, and in history. Do you think you have what it takes to be just.. slightly similar to these names?
Well, this is your chance to star in the biggest “quest” you’ve had, codenamed “Explorer-On-The-Go” contest by Astro is perhaps your ticket to fame. (and prizes!)
OK so lets talk about the prizes first:
Grand Prize - 2 x Samsung Galaxy S4 + (Bonus: RM800 cash each IF you are an *Astro-On-The-Go subscriber)
1st Runner Up - 2 x Apple iPad Mini + (Bonus: RM800 cash each IF you are an *Astro-On-The-Go subscriber)
2nd Runner Up - 2 x Nexus 7 + (Bonus: RM800 cash each IF you are an *Astro-On-The-Go subscriber)
Bonus prize for top-tweeting team - RM500 cash + (another RM800 cash if you are an *Astro-On-The-Go subscriber)
Bonus Lucky Draw (for ALL Astro-On-The-Go subscribers ONLY) - 1 x Apple iPad Mini
I think I can very well use these gadgets and prize money, as any adventurers would.
My entry would look like this – “I’m an unstoppable explorer on land and water: mountain biking trails, city scape, and even underwater explorations. The cool thing with Astro On-The-Go is that I can still catch those Live football matches wherever I find myself at. Never miss a moment, no compromise!”
If you went to astro.com.my lately you’d have noticed something different.
The top banner right under the navigation bar is now scroll-able to the right, and give it a try, scroll it right and keep going on, and on, and on, and on….
this image is 600 pixels, the whole banner is 61,500 pixels long
It is in fact, the currently the World’s Longest Online Banner record holder, and this is made possible in conjunction with Astro On-The-Go’s “Where do YOU want Astro On-The-Go contest” that encourages users to submit a photo of them in the most creative locations enjoying Astro On-The-Go.
The contest ran from July to August and I wrote about it in this previous entry, very cool to finally see the end product of it. The banner actually tripled the previous record set by BMW.
And remember the Astro On-The-Go Human-iPad showcase that we got to sample in that same pool party a few months ago? Astro put on this compilation of the videos captured while the campaign was showcased at various popular locations in Klang Valley.
The video has achieved more than 260,000 views in a month. Check out the video here.
Did you know that this is in fact Asia’s first ever Human-iPad theatre, I just think the effect is really cool.
For those of you who hasn’t checked out Astro On-The-Go yet, it is now available in more devices. You can watch some of your favorite shows, including Hollywood blockbusters – The Avengers, Cabin in the woods, The Proposal, and local favourites – Ombak Rindu, Adam dan Hawa..etc. and even Korean dramas.
And by the way, I wanna congratulate the winners - Soo Siew Kuan, Ahmad Faizal bin Hashim, Tan Siang Leng, Ng Pui Hai, Fariza Ilyani binti Mustaffa, and Khairul Faizal bin Jamaludalin. They walked away with iPads & Astro On-The-Go merchandises.
You know your colleagues are Euro 2012 junkies if they are zombies at work in this past couple weeks. Those 2:45 am matches are killers, but at the same time they are shaping up to be so awesomely exciting, with most teams still has a chance to go through.
Astro-On-The-Go on iPad and web browser
Since it’s already the 3rd and final group matches, many of them are played simultaneously. For those who only watches it on TV, there’s the special channel that shows both games on the same screen, but for those with Astro On-The-Go like me, we get to stream one on iPad or web, and the other on TV. Yesss!
If you watched the Portugal vs Holland game and missed the Germany vs Croatia game or vice versa, you will understand the pain of constantly flipping those two channels. Group games don’t get any more exciting than that. It made me wanna go out and play futsal the very next day.
If you haven’t check out Astro On-The-Go, you’re missing out big time
The Pool party:
Astro is kicking off the platform with a cool party for bloggers and blog readers alike too, this is a chance to meet like minded people and have loads of fun curtesy of Astro. Details are as follow:
Date: 23rd June 2012 (Saturday) Time: 6:30pm Venue: The Pool @ 347, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur Dress code: Your favorite football jersey
You’ll get to experience Astro-On-The-Go at the event, and there are also fun & games where you stand a chance to win a new iPad. The best dress person to the party will walk away with another new iPad as well.
So what do you need to do to score a free invite to the party?
Simple, go to http://www.nuffnang.com.my/blog/2012/06/13/astro-on-the-go-party/ and complete the following sentence in 50 words or less. “The UEFA Euro Football Championshipswill be so much better with Astro On-The-Go because…” on the comment box at that page (and not this blog post!). The most creative and witty comment wins a pair of passes to the exclusive event.
There are 30 invites and contest ends 20th June 2012, 9.00am.
Belimbing watching Astro-On-The-Go on iPad
Where Do YOU Want Astro On-The-Go?
Other than the party, there’s also the rather interesting contest – Where Do YOU Want Astro-On-The-Go? Share a photo of YOURSELF (my example above is only valid if I am Belimbing the cat, and that it shows the “Astro-On-The-Go” logo) holding a laptop, smartphone or tablet showcasing the “Astro On-the-Go” logo at the most creative location of where you want to watch your favourite shows.
Where Do YOU Want Astro On-The-Go?
Astro wil form the longest advertisement in the world powered by YOU! The ad will grow featuring all your photo entries continuously from 23rd June to 31 August 2012. Find out more info during the pool party or, log on to wwww.astro.com.my/onthego from 23 June onwards for contest details!
To join the “Where Do YOU Want Astro On-The-Go?” contest all you need to do is follow the steps below :
1: Go to http://www.astroonthego.com/contest/enter and read the instructions based on the device you are using
2: Take your photo. Be creative! Tell the world where you want to watch your Astro On-The-Go! At the beach? At work when your boss isn’t looking? Look at the entry below as an example :
“I want my Astro On-The-Go at the playground!”
[insert attached picture]
3: Upload your photo and get your friends to vote! Then watch as your photo joins in building the longest ad in the nation!
What if I tell you that when EURO 2012 kicks off, you’ll be able to watch it just about anywhere? It won’t be just in your living room or that friendly mamak place, but really anywhere – in your bedroom, in the car, your office toilet even. Welcome to Astro On-The-Go!
at the launch of Astro On-The-Go
Astro On-The-Go is a mobile platform that delivers the following TV channels, Video on Demand (VOD), Catch Up TV, and Live Events.
To start with, Astro is bringing 11 TV channels comprising news, learning, and entertainment to the platform and you get to view them based on your subscription. They are Astro AEC, TVIQ, Ria, Xia Tai Yang, Awani, Shuang Xing, Disney Junior, Disney channel, CNN, Astro Warna, and One HD.
Video on Demand:
The VOD service draws from a library of both local and international titles from Astro First movies, Sundance movies, and others from the region. The VOD library must be first downloaded via broadband connected PVR-enabled decorders before viewing on mobile devices.
Catch Up TV:
A feature that allows you to “catch up” to the TV programs that you missed via the mobile platform. This includes drama series, reality shows, sports highlights, news, etc.
To me, perhaps the most exciting of the four features. There are up to 4 live events channels and Astro is rolling this out by broadcasting all 31 EURO 2012 matches LIVE on Astro-On-The-Go. (they will also be available on VOD & Catch Up TV). With this, the action is not gonna be missed just because you aren’t in front of the TV at the right moment. Brilliant.
If you are an Astro subscriber, Astro On-The-Go is now available on preview from 30th May till 31st August 2012 with no additional charges (yes, we get all the EURO 2012 matches if you already subscribed to sports package).
Head to http://www.astro.com.my/onthego/ and get it now. You simply need to register and link your Astro account, then get the application for iPad and iPhone (This is very timely for EURO 2012 for iPhone users, I’m envy! All 31 matches live anywhere!) via App Store or use Astro On-The-Go on the web at http://onthego.astro.com.my
Astro On-The-Go iPhone app screenshots
I’m gonna do that and have it on my iPad soon as I get back to KL. Applications for iPhone and Android devices are coming up next.