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

July 27th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
This is the final score for football fans looking to watch Barclays Premier League matches from next month - pay SingTel S$59.90 a...
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Singapore bloggers stage 24-hour ‘blackout’ to protest media regulation

June 5th, 2013 | by Raymond Lau
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...
Commentary: SingTel playing a risky game with its pay-TV stance
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Commentary: SingTel playing a risky game with its pay-TV stance

April 27th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
The real reason why SingTel is unhappy is because it cannot now lock in viewers and sell its more profitable mobile and broadband services to...
Commentary: MDA tells SingTel to show BPL matches on rival channels
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Commentary: MDA tells SingTel to show BPL matches on rival channels

April 25th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
The country's media regulator has clearly told the "red" operator to show the next three seasons of the Barclays Premier League on rival StarHub's pay-TV service, starting in...
Commentary: MDA has to sort out StarHub-SingTel football wrangle
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Commentary: MDA has to sort out StarHub-SingTel football wrangle

March 6th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
(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...
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SingTel fined a record S$180,000 for mio TV football outage

February 15th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
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...
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SingTel wins Barclays Premier League broadcast rights for Singapore

October 10th, 2012 | by Alfred Siew
Whether StarHub viewers will get to watch the matches on their cable set-top boxes, however, is a big question mark...
Commentary: SingTel brings National Geographic and other Fox channels to mio TV
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Commentary: SingTel brings National Geographic and other Fox channels to mio TV

September 9th, 2012 | by Alfred Siew
When several Fox channels start being available on SingTel's mio TV set top boxes in October, they will help roll back years of ruinous competition for exclusive content that has resulted in higher prices and inconvenience for...
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Win a trip to Google HQ, Android phones with cyber wellness contest

August 6th, 2012 | by Alfred Siew
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,...
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Bye bye to a common set-top box for Singapore

May 28th, 2012 | by Alfred Siew
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,...
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More pro-consumer pay-TV contracts in Singapore from March 2012

November 3rd, 2011 | by Alfred Siew
Though the new rules revealed by the Media Development Authority (MDA) will not encourage viewers to switch overnight, they will find it much easier to do so next year, when it becomes clearer which pay-TV operator, or operators,...
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Budget 2011: TV and radio licence fees scrapped in Singapore

February 18th, 2011 | by Alfred Siew
The much-derided licence fees that Singapore residents have to pay for simply owning a TV or radio have been finally scrapped, as part of an election-friendly Budget unveiled today by the government here in Parliament....
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Commentary: Why you should say no to World Cup 2010

May 11th, 2010 | by Alfred Siew
No, it is not SingTel and StarHub you should be angry with. Nor should you fret that the S$66 package - or S$1-a-match - to watch the 2010 World Cup on the telly in Singapore is four times more than what you had paid in 2006....
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A common set-top box for S’pore: you sure it makes sense?

November 23rd, 2009 | by Alfred Siew
StarHub uses a cable plant to send its TV signals to homes; SingTel uses a totally different ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) broadband network - you might just get two separate set-top boxes more cheaply than to...
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Commentary: Is a SingTel-StarHub joint BPL bid still on?

September 4th, 2009 | by Alfred Siew
Without the protagonists even speaking a word about it, the market has been filled with talk of a possible SingTel-StarHub joint bid for the upcoming three seasons of exclusive Barclays Premier League (BPL) content. Yet, after...
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StarHub pay-TV goes fully digital

February 17th, 2009 | by Alfred Siew
The writing’s been on the wall, but StarHub is finally going to turn off its analog cable TV channels and go fully digital from June 30, 2009. Already, 96 per cent of its cable customers are on digital – a result of...
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Want to win a tech grant of S$50K from MDA?

February 2nd, 2009 | by Chan Chi-Loong
Start-up@ Singapore 2009, a national business plan competition with a 10-year pedigree, is giving away this to potential winners, amongst other goodies like S$200,000 cash prizes. The initial executive summary phase has been...
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HDTV rocks

June 24th, 2008 | by Alfred Siew
Serious couch potatoes got a big boost last week, when news emerged that HD5 is finally going to be shown on StarHub’s cable TV service. What’s the big deal with one more free-to-air HD channel? Well, finally StarHub...