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Commentary: S$59.90 to watch Barclays Premier League matches in Singapore

27 Jul
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So, after all that is said and done, this is the final score for football fans looking to watch Barclays Premier League matches from next month – pay SingTel S$59.90 a month.

The “red” operator wasted little time revealing the prices yesterday evening, hours after it was told once again to show its live telecasts on both its own mio TV channels as well as rival StarHub’s cable TV channels.

Tagged in: Featured, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, barclays premier league, cross carriage, mda, prices, SingTel, StarHub,  

Commentary: SingTel playing a risky game with its pay-TV stance

27 Apr


Some of the grumbling from SingTel in the past two days has been rather astonishing.

Right after being told to share its Barclays Premier League screenings with StarHub, it threatened to raise prices for football fans next season. It took things further yesterday, saying it might not be bidding for World Cup rights in 2014.

To which football fans should say “thank you”. Let someone else bid lower so viewers don’t have to pay so much.

Tagged in: Pay-TV, Singapore, BPL, cross carriage, EPL, mda, SingTel, StarHub,  

Commentary: MDA tells SingTel to show BPL matches on rival channels

25 Apr

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Singapore’s football fans will be relieved the ref has got a crucial decision right on Wednesday evening.

Ignoring SingTel’s pleas of innocence, the country’s media regulator clearly told the team in red to show the next three seasons of the Barclays Premier League on rival services, such as StarHub’s cable TV, starting in August.

In a landmark ruling, it essentially laid out how it will deal with pay-TV operators that have somehow found a loophole in its efforts to open up the market and rid it of ruinous exclusive content contracts that have killed consumer choice for years.

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

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

6 Mar

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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,  

SingTel wins Barclays Premier League broadcast rights for Singapore

10 Oct

Live football matches in the Barclays Premier League will continue to be shown on SingTel’s mio TV in the next three seasons, after the current exclusive broadcaster said this evening that it had won the TV rights for Singapore again.

Whether StarHub viewers will get to watch the matches on their cable set-top boxes, however, is a big question mark now, despite earlier efforts by the government regulator to force pay-TV operators to share their exclusive content with rivals.

Tagged in: Internet, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, barclays premier league, cross carriage, EPL, FA PL, mda, SingTel, StarHub,  

Euro 2012 broadcast boosts StarHub quarterly earnings

8 Aug
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The broadcast of Euro 2012, the first pay-TV content to be licensed under Singapore’s cross carriage regime, has helped boost StarHub’s net profit after tax to S$87 million for the quarter ended June 30. This is an 11 per cent jump from a year ago.

Singapore’s second largest telecom operator today reported S$591 million in operating revenues for the quarter, with revenues from mobile services leading its other offerings in pay-TV, broadband and fixed networks.

But pay-TV stood out with one-time revenues collected from the broadcast of Euro 2012, bringing in US$103.7 million and boosting the segment’s growth to 12 per cent over the same period last year. Each of the other services had grown by less than 10 per cent.

The numbers suggest that StarHub could continue to score with its pay-TV content, despite the oft-cited threat of over-the-top or OTT video services delivered over the Internet and a stronger lineup of pay-TV services from SingTel.

Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, cable TV, cross carriage, earnings, Euro 2012, Pay-TV, quarterly results, Singapore, StarHub, telecom,  

Commentary: Singapore viewers to pay S$58 for Euro 2012, in first “cross carriage” deal

26 Mar

“Same old expensive price” was probably the first thing that struck many Singapore football fans when they heard today that StarHub is charging S$58 to watch live Euro 2012 matches in June.

The price, for early birds only, is only slightly less than the other football bonanza just two years ago – the World Cup. Back then, pay-TV viewers had to pay S$66 to get the live matches, prompting much unhappiness.

But this time, things may be a little different. And they could have a huge bearing on how expensive sports progammes will be in future.

For Euro 2012, viewers will be able to watch the matches without being tied to a StarHub contract. This includes SingTel mio TV subscribers who can now watch the matches through their existing set-top boxes. They will pay StarHub separately but the content will be piped through SingTel’s network without having them fuss over a new set-top box.

This is the first time this is happening because of a “cross carriage” ruling that the government regulator had hammered into place after the World Cup bidding fiasco in 2010.

Tagged in: Featured, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, cross carriage, Euro 2012, exclusive pay-TV content, FA PL, Singapore, SingTel, StarHub, Uefa,