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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,  

Singapore bloggers stage 24-hour ‘blackout’ to protest media regulation

5 Jun
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FreeMyInternet movement

Various websites run by Singapore bloggers will stage a “blackout” this Thursday, 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM, to protest against the Media Development Authority’s (MDA) latest licensing regulations.

These regulations, which target websites that report on Singapore related news at least once a week, and attracts visitors from 50,000 unique Singapore IP addresses every month, will require online news sites to put up a S$50,000 “performance bond” and to remove any content found to be in breach of MDA’s standards. So far, MDA has identified ten websites that will have to comply, including Yahoo! News Singapore.

Tagged in: Media, Singapore, FreeMyInternet, mda, Media Development Authority,  

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,  

SingTel fined a record S$180,000 for mio TV football outage

15 Feb


SingTel has been told to pay an unprecedented S$180,000 fine for problems in its TV service that cut off the last dramatic minutes of last season’s Barclays Premier League for about a third of its pay-TV customers.

Some 115,000 households had missed out on the few extraordinary minutes on May 13, 2012, when two goals for Manchester City in their last game clinched the title in one of the most thrilling endings to a season.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, English Premier League, fine, mda, mio TV, outage, SingNet, SingTel,  

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,  

Commentary: SingTel brings National Geographic and other Fox channels to mio TV

9 Sep
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When SingTel’s mio TV website said this weekend that “it’s all here”, it wasn’t an empty boast.

Its pay-TV subscribers can now sign up for National Geographic, Star World and a range of other educational and entertainment channels that were once the exclusive property of cable rival StarHub.

Five years after the pay-TV market opened up in Singapore, SingTel finally got its hands on the cherished channels through a deal with Fox International Channels, which had previously struck only exclusive deals with StarHub.

For football fans, it means they no longer need two set-top boxes to watch football on SingTel’s mio TV box while switching over to StarHub to view National Geographic programmes. Indeed, all couch potatoes in Singapore should welcome the news that there would no longer be so many exclusive deals to tie them down to one operator.

Tagged in: Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, mda, mio TV, Pay-TV, SingTel, StarHub,  

Win a trip to Google HQ, Android phones with cyber wellness contest

6 Aug
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Here’s a contest that is actually a little meaningful and also has some rather attractive prizes for Singapore’s young online surfers.

How would you like to travel to Google’s headquarters at Mountain View, California or win some brand new Android phones? What you need to do is create a video that brings up issues to do with cyber wellness and stand out against the many dozens other entries.

Tagged in: Internet, Media, social media, Contest, cyber wellnes, Google, mda,  

Bye bye to a common set-top box for Singapore

28 May

It was meant to be the one set-top box you need at home, to tune in to TV channels on SingTel, StarHub, M1 and possibly any new pay-TV operator that would come to Singapore.

But instead of being the one box to rule them all, the Singapore government’s idea of a common, standardised set-top box has now come to nought, despite earlier plans to unveil it this year. The real reason: it was just impractical.

Tagged in: broadband, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, IDA, M1, mda, Singapore, SingTel, StarHub, universal set-top box,