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Tata: Indonesia most active Asian nation on Twitter this World Cup

2 Jul
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TCS SocialSoccer - Group Stage infographic - Low res

Indonesian users posted nearly 10 per cent of all World Cup-related tweets globally, behind the United States and United Kingdom but ahead of football giants Brazil, Spain, Argentina and France.

This and other interesting nuggets of data collected on Twitter in the past two weeks were released this Monday by Tata Consultancy Services, which has been tracking the sentiment of football fans on the social media network.

Tagged in: social media, Tata Consultancy Services, Twitter, World Cup,  

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,  

CommunicAsia 2014: time for telcos, industry players to unlock the content

19 Jun
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If content is king, then telecom operators are queen. Or maybe the audience is queen.

To a panel of broadcast and telecom executives yesterday at CommunicAsia, the analogy seemed funny enough to be worth re-spinning so many ways.

Yet, in a world where they themselves are no longer the king of the hill, each of them will be smart to realise the future will be shaped by smaller, nimbler and more innovative over-the-top (OTT) players such as Netflix.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, 4K TV, fibre broadband, mediacorp, SingTel, StarHub, ViewQwest,  

UnoTelly offers free access for World Cup streaming

15 Jun
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BBC iPlayer

Didn’t pay the S$112 to SingTel to watch the World Cup? Well, you can stream the matches online, and no, we’re not talking about going to pirated streaming sites.

You can turn to UnoTelly, a service that lets users access online streaming of TV programmes in countries around the world (read our earlier review).

During the World Cup period, the service is free and lets you watch matches, such as the just-concluded England versus Italy clash, on free BBC or ITV channels in Britain.

Tagged in: Internet, Media, Pay-TV, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Singapore, UnoTelly, World Cup streaming,  

5-inch Nokia XL landing in Singapore, faces tough fight

6 Jun
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Users looking for a device that offers the simplicity of a Windows Phone interface and still access popular Android apps can look forward to the Nokia XL in Singapore on June 13 at a rather attractive S$239.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, social media, Windows Phone, android, Microsoft Mobile, Nokia, Nokia XL, Singapore price and availability, smartphones, Windows,  

StarHub viewers can watch TVB dramas as they’re shown in Hong Kong

30 May


Now, this is what pay-TV operators should do more of.

On a new cable TV channel unveiled today, StarHub will soon be showing Cantonese TVB drama serials at exactly the same time as they are shown in Hong Kong.

Starting June 2, this TVB First channel, on StarHub Channel 860, will bring some of the most popular programmes to viewers here on both live broadcast and video-on-demand.

Tagged in: broadband, Hong Kong, Internet, Media, Pay-TV, cable TV, Cantonese drama, Hong Kong, Pay-TV, StarHub, TVB,  

Commentary: SingTel not making money from World Cup? That’s good news

16 Apr
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So, SingTel may not make any money after all for bringing the World Cup to TV screens in Singapore.

Don’t expect any football fan here to shed a tear for the pay-TV operator though, despite Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Lawrence Wong’s disclosure in Parliament on Monday.

Tagged in: Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, Singapore broadcast rights, SingTel, StarHub, World Cup 2014,  

Will StarHub’s new set-top box matter with streaming video?

11 Apr
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Samsung HD Interactive set-top box

Okay, the answer is yes, for now. Clearly, with half a million households on cable TV in Singapore, StarHub’s newfangled set-top box unveiled yesterday will still matter to some couch potatoes in Singapore.

Made by Samsung, it is the first of three to be launched and which promises an experience that is four times faster. So now, you don’t have to wait that long for the annoying menu to pop up. The interface is also less cluttered and makes you feel you are controlling a smart device, like a WD Live streaming box.

Yet, therein lies the difference. The set-top box, like it or not, is still based on old cable TV technology. There will always be a slight lag between menus, because it still needs to pull stuff down over the cable network, one made for broadcast not interactivity.

Tagged in: Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, Software, cable TV, Nagra, samsung, set-top box, StarHub, video streaming,  

Top five moments of Sochi 2014 closing ceremony, as measured by Wi-Fi traffic

17 Mar
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When tens of thousands of athletes, fans, media, officials and volunteers descended on Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games last month, the organisers faced a considerable challenge: to ensure a reliable and efficient network experience to match a world-class event.

It took 18 months leading up to the event for network equipment vendor Avaya to develop and deploy 2,500 wireless access points across all venues, including Olympic Villages, competition venues, data centres and more.

Tagged in: Internet, Media, Avaya, infographic, Sochi 2014, Winter Olympics,  

World Cup 2014 to come to both SingTel and StarHub screens

12 Mar


You’ll be able to watch the World Cup in Singapore on either SingTel or StarHub, when the biggest sporting event kicks off in June. However, you’d have to pay more than S$100, unless you sign up for a contract with a pay-TV operator.

SingTel today said it had won exclusive TV rights to the live matches. Thanks to Singapore’s cross carriage rules, it will have to show the matches on StarHub set-top boxes as well.

Tagged in: Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, Singapore TV rights, SingTel, StarHub, World Cup 2014,