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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

(credit: Ronnie Macdonald, Creative Commons)

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

(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,  

Commentary: SingTel risks losing football fans with its pay-TV game

17 Nov

(credit: Markus Unger, Creative Commons)

Up in the middle of the night to watch a Champions League match, some SingTel subscribers must have been rubbing their eyes in disbelief when they found themselves cut off from the live broadcasts this season.

They will have to pay S$10 more a month, the pay-TV operator later clarified, because the cost of sports programming has risen and it could no longer bundle the Champions League matches with the Barclays Premier League shows for free.

Considering how football broadcast rights have cost more everywhere, that could hardly be surprising.

What’s worrying, though, is that SingTel may be starting to feel the pinch of paying millions of dollars in its previous costly bid three years ago – and transfering that cost to viewers. 

Tagged in: Featured, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, BPL, broadcast, Champions League, EPL, football, mio TV, SingTel, StarHub,  

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,  

S$23 a month to watch EPL from next year

10 Oct

Maybe it’s the rumblings on the ground.

Maybe it’s StarHub playing the public card of late – appealing to the public, and more likely, its pay-TV subscibers, in full-page newspaper ads to group together and “share their views” on SingTel’s EPL (English Premier League) win for the next three seasons.

Whatever the reason, the red camp has today come up with prices to tune in to live EPL matches from next year, and it has kept to its promise of not asking for more cash.

Tagged in: broadband, IPTV, Pay-TV, EPL, SingTel, StarHub,  

Commentary: SingTel wins EPL bid

1 Oct

SingTel 1 StarHub 0

Now, that was fast. Less than 48 hours after SingTel and StarHub submitted their bids for the English Premier League (EPL) TV rights for the next three seasons, the red camp has just confirmed that it has won the fight to screen the live matches.

Yes, you will be watching EPL on a SingTel mio TV box from mid-2010, the first time that the broadband pay-TV operator has wrested the rights from the incumbent pay-TV provider.

Most importantly for football fans, SingTel Singapore CEO Allen Lew has promised no price hikes.

Tagged in: Pay-TV, EPL, SingTel, StarHub,