Finally, there’s one more channel on StarHub – the long-awaited free-to-air HD5 from MediaCorp, which promises “true HD” channels during primetime (the rest are up-converted).
The channel is supposed to have started on July 28 (yesterday) – just in time for the July deadline set by MediaCorp/StarHub and of course, just in time, for both the Olympics and Barclays Premier League in August. The sharp images for HD5 are on Ch 300, next to the existing Ch301 and Ch302 for National Geographic and Discovery.
In a letter to subscribers this month, StarHub also says it will have a “new” HD sports channel – basically repackaged stuff like US PGA and selected Barclays Premier League matches (for sports group subscribers) that used to go on its defunct HD Showcase channel.
That’s still only 4 channels for diehard HD fans here (not counting SingTel’s “game TV” type of content that shows meaningless gameplay videos).
With the number of HD TV sets sold at each lelong PC trade show, you can only hope StarHub and MediaCorp (and SingTel) pick up the pace and show more channels in the next year.
Meanwhile, share with us your experience of HD5 on StarHub here.