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I’ve been having Astro B.yond PVR service for a few months now, so I suppose it’s a good time to recap a little bit and run a short review.

astro PVR

First, a list of the important features

  • being able to pause, rewind, and play live TV (and fast forward back to live)
  • record current TV show
  • watch a show while recording another at the same time
  • schedule recording in planner
  • simultaneously schedule 2 shows to be recorded at the same time
  • automatically record series
  • play in slow motion

Heats 2011 NBA finals

The two types of programs I record most would be American sports and cooking shows.

Like the NBA finals that always happen on 8 or 9am on working days. It’s awesome to be able to recap when I come home in the evenings. Watching basketball on PVR is also particularly awesome cos you can skip all the way to the last 5 minutes when a close game really counts. No need to waste any time loh if really busy.

I have all the games recorded, and Miami Heats lost to Dallas Mavericks in 6 games after being up 2-1. I guess James, Wade, and Bosh will have their shots again. James is the only current NBA player that I saw live when I was in the states.. oh well, next year!

license to grill

As for cooking shows, I  mean, how  many times have you look at the instructions and then realized you’ve just forgotten something? With PVR you can always repeat till they are pretty much imprinted in your brain. It’s really really useful.

That or you can always pause and play back the show as you cook. I don’t have a TV in the kitchen so it’s actually a walking back and forth affair when I do this (I should joins some contest that wins me a TV!).

To be frank, I’m so spoilt now I don’t know how to watch TV without the freedom of having the PVR services.

astro winner holiday

And remember the contest I wrote about on this post? The winners are out:

A bit congratulation goes to Nor Iman from http://eyriqazz.com who won the grand prize of a 3D/2N getaway to Sutera Harbour in Kota Kinabalu! The full list of winners can be found here.Congratulations to you guys too. I’m sure you will enjoy the services and probably like me, can’t live without it now. Enjoy!

Most living rooms in Malaysia has a pretty similar set up. Here’s what’s front of my living room couch.

LCD TV, PS3, Wii, Astro B.yond

A pretty decent 40″ LCD TV, a PS3 we recently accidentally bought just cos they launched Grand Tourismo 5, a Wii that has served us well with many hours of Guitar Hero action, and an Astro B.yond box.

To be honest, I don’t watch a lot of TV. I have the Astro account mainly for sports and those learning/documentary channels (with occasional news.)

Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson
Minnesota Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson

The reason I don’t watch much TV is because I have a problem. A timing problem.

You see, some of my favorite sports shows on TV are played on the other side of the planet – USA.

The number one sports for me is NFL, check out the photo above with Minnesota Viking’s Adrian Peterson breaking a tackle. It is the ultimate team sports, with complex rules and crazy strategies and very different scoring system compared to other sports.

Astro usually plays the Monday Night game, which inconveniently also means that it falls on Tuesday morning in Malaysia, just the time I’m having coffee in front of the PC at office. I ended up missing a lot of games, and only watched one live Monday Night game with Vikings this season. I was on leave.

Live sports is all good, but sometimes I want to take away the “Live” part of it.

Man vs Wild - Bear Grylls
Man vs Wild – Bear Grylls

I’m also a Discovery Channel junkie, and one of my favorite shows has gotta be Man vs Wild. The photo above is Bear Grylls eating sashimi zebra (I probably won’t recommend you trying it). Each episod, this dude dropped at some god forsaken remote place, and his task is to get to civilization. He’s got a bottle of water, fire stone, knife, and whatever he’s wearing.

A show about survival skill, and loads of very interesting things this guy came up with to stay alive and get out of some pretty daunting situations. One episod he’s dropped in the middle of a dessert, another he’s at some jungle in Amazon, or some place in Iceland. Amazing stuff, watch it!

The problem is, the show is aired on 8:05 every Wednesday. That collides with dinner time…

I want to watch what I want to watch when I want to watch it. Take charge of my own TV, which is why I got myself the Astro PVR.Astro B.yond PVR

The good news is, you can have it too!

Astro is giving 10 reviewers one whole year’s worth of subscription for recording service and the Astro B.yond PVR set. Furthermore, the grand price winner gets a 3 day 2 night luxury trip for two to Sutera Habour at Kota Kinabalu. (I’ve been to the lobby of that resort and it was beaauuuutiful!)

To participate, the chosen bloggers just have to do the following

  • write a minimum of 4 blog posts on the PVR (every fortnight)
  • 8 tweets or more
  • 8 facebook updates (4 tagging Astro Fan page)

Of course, you also need an Astro account at home to qualify.

Judging is based on creativity, effort (number of posts/updates), and level of engagement (get your friends to comment!).

Sounds like a plan to me, what about you?

p/s: follow @astroonline on twitter and check out facebook.com/Astro too.