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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,