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StarHub’s interactive set-top box now records programmes to your own hard disk

22 Jun
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Samsung HD Interactive set-top box 2

Following the launch of the Samsung HD interactive set-top box in April, StarHub is now allowing its users to store recorded programmes on their own hard disks.

The service is not for free however, as an additional subscription to the Smart TV value added service (VAS) at S$4.28 a month is required on top of the S$6.42 monthly set-top box rental.

Tagged in: Audio-visual, HDTV, Internet, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore,  

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31 Oct


Local Internet service providers MyRepublic and ViewQwest may offer DNS routing services that let you access geo-restricted content from the likes of Hulu and Netflix, but what if you are still contracted with one of the Big Three telcos?

Until SingTel, StarHub and M1 launch similar offerings, consumers here have to turn to a myriad of VPN (virtual private network) and DNS services to get their fix of movies and latest episodes of American TV shows. Read our DIY guide on watching Netflix and Hulu in Singapore.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, IPTV, Media, networking, Pay-TV, review,  

StarHub: Hundreds of illegal set-top boxes seized in raid

20 Sep
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Hundreds of illegal set-top boxes that could have been used to view StarHub TV channels were seized in Singapore earlier this week, during a police raid.

The cable TV operator said today that the “few hundred” boxes, used to unscramble TV channels, were found at a storage facility, after several months of investigation.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, illegal set-top box, Pay-TV, StarHub,  

M1 beefs up Internet TV service with MiBox

2 Aug


M1 became the latest fibre broadband provider to offer a new Internet TV service in Singapore last week, when it unveiled a Mibox service that comes with an Android set-top box and a bunch of free content such as drama serials and variety shows.

On offer are some 18,000 video-on-demand titles, 116 TV channels, 1,200 e-books and its own app store which boasts 370 apps. The “orange” operator also promises more interactivity with the big screen at home.

Tagged in: android, broadband, Internet, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Internet TV, M1, MiBox, Pay-TV,  

New SingTel app to stream live matches for BPL subscribers

31 Jul
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mio TV Go

Fresh from losing a bout with the media regulator, SingTel has unveiled a new mobile phone app that will stream live Barclays Premier League matches for customers who already subscribe to its football channels.

The mio TV Go app will also provide text commentary on other ongoing matches, so viewers can check up on other matches while following their team on the big screen.

SingTel will hope that this keeps some of its subscribers from switching over from mio TV to its more established pay-TV rival StarHub, days after it was ordered to broadcast upcoming live Barclays Premier League matches on cable TV.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Internet, iphone, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, BPL, mio TV Go, SingTel,  

Commentary: trouble streaming into pay-TV model

22 Jul
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When The Straits Times reported last Friday that Singapore football fans were planning to watch live matches on a Unites States video streaming site, the only surprise was that it took so long for such practices to be highlighted.

Probably the worst kept secret of late, viewing online TV programmes meant for other countries is nothing new.

For years, users have turned to many tools – including popular VPN or virtual private networking services – that enable them to “unlock” or “unblock” such videos by making their computers or tablets appear as if they are connecting from, say, the US.

What’s different this time is the increasing scale and sophistication involved, and what that means for the old, stodgy way that pay-TV programmes are sold today.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, barclays premier league, Fox Soccer 2Go,  

StarHub to deliver pay-TV over fibre, but only to businesses for now

15 Mar

(source: StarHub)

StarHub is using Singapore’s fibre network to deliver its pay-TV services to offices, restaurants and pubs from March 18, as it seeks to cut down on current terrestrial broadcasts to such business customers.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, IPTV, Pay-TV, cable TV, Pay-TV, StarHub,  

Commentary: MDA has to sort out StarHub-SingTel football wrangle

6 Mar

(credit: Ronnie Macdonald, Creative Commons)

Being a referee is never easy.

In the latest wrangle between SingTel and StarHub for English Premier League TV rights, the Media Development Authority (MDA) has found itself exactly in that tight spot.

But unlike a match where at least one set of fans will be pleased, a bad call by the officials here will have serious impact beyond just football rights. It will drastically drag back Singapore’s pay-TV industry, just as it is showing signs of opening up.

Tagged in: Featured, Internet, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, cross carriage, EPL, mda, SingTel, StarHub, TV rights,  

MyRepublic unveils VPN-like service for video streaming

2 Mar
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A year after breaking into the fibre broadband scene with promises of un-throttled speeds and no data caps, Singapore-based fibre broadband start-up MyRepublic has unveiled a new service that lets subscribers connect to popular video streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer.

This Teleport service is not a VPN (virtual private networking) service used usually to provide such video streaming. Instead, MyRepublic’s new add-on to its broadband services is a proprietary technology promising zero effort from the user to install or configure.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, fibre broadband, Hulu, MyRepublic, Netflix, Teleport, VPN,  

Viewqwest adds China’s PPTV to its fibre broadband offering

3 Feb
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If you don’t want the bundled mio TV or StarHub cable when you sign up for fibre broadband in Singapore, there’s a new online TV offering from upstart challenger Viewqwest this week – the popular PPTV online TV service from China.

Folks who sign up for Viewqwest’s Freedom VPN plan will get “VIP access” to the PPTV service, which streams thousands of popular Asian drama serials and some Hollywood movies.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, China, fibre broadband, PPTV, streaming TV, ViewQwest, VPN,