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MyRepublic Offers Worlds Fastest Fibre Broadband

my-republicMyRepublic is now offering 1GBPS broadband internet for under S$50. Yes, correct, that’s “G”, as in Gigabit. This is a company that listens to their customers needs. However, this offer is only available to the first 10,000 sign-ups, the price for late comers is not yet determined.

They also have a lot of offers for switching customers over to this new 1Gbps plan, here is the list of these special offers and pricings: https://secure.myrepublic.com.sg/pricing.php

MyRepublic is also having a special Mega Launch Event at Ngee Ann City this weekend, 18th and 19th January, to promote these new 1g plans. According to the NgeeAnnCity website:

Join us as we excite you with a peek at the future of fibre broadband! Be amazed by MyRepublic’s futuristic home where you will experience a real digital lifestyle. In this fully integrated connected home set up, you will explore the home of the future and learn what MyRepublic’s fibre broadband can do for you and your home.

Gamers, jump into the gaming world with MyRepublic and partners like ASUS and iYogi at MyRepublic’s Mega Launch event! Join the gaming competition happening at Orchard and emerge as the Ultimate Gamer! Conquer others in Dragon Nest and take home attractive prizes like an ASUS desktop and gaming gear.

Come meet and greet with top Mediacorp’s starlets as they grace the event! Take pictures and play games with Mediacorp starlets like Benjamin Heng etc. in MyRepublic’s Mega Launch event!

Come join us at MyRepublic’s event and indulge in games, food and drinks and have a day of fun on us!

Congratulations to MyRepublic for setting a new milestone.

All 7 MediaCorp FTA Channels in Digital

mediacorp-logoAccording to MediaCorp owned ChannelNews Asia, on Monday December 16th 2013, all seven free-to-air TV channels are now available in digital (DVB-T2 format). Additionally, four out of the seven channels are now being broadcast in High Definition (HD) (Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham) while the remaining three (Channel NewsAsia, Channel U and okto) will be upgraded to HD by 2016.

In a statement on Monday, MediaCorp said:

Residents in Bukit Batok are the first in Singapore to receive these channels as the estate is now covered by the new digital broadcast infrastructure. Over the next two to three years, coverage will be expanded progressively to enable all residential homes to receive digital TV signals — Jurong East and Ang Mo Kio are next, and are expected to be ready to receive digital TV early next year.

MediaCorp Deputy CEO Chang Long Jong said: “Besides better picture and sound quality, digital TV allows MediaCorp to consider rolling out other value-add services and features for the discerning audiences of today such as closed captions and multi-language subtitles.”

“With digital TV, MediaCorp will also be able to offer time-shifted services, which will provide an alternative choice for viewers who miss out on their favourite TV programmes due to work or lifestyle commitments. More information on these value-add services will be announced soon,” Mr Chang added.

The article went on to say:

To get digital TV, non pay-TV viewers will need to buy a digital set-top box and an antenna for their existing TV set. The two items cost S$129 in total — only one model each is available on the market for now.

Pay-TV subscribers are already able to watch digital TV, and do not need to change their set-ups.

The public can continue to receive free-to-air TV channels in analogue broadcast as existing analogue TV signals will continue to be broadcast alongside the digital TV signals for at least another two years.

Full story here: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/all-mediacorp-tv-channels/924340.html

Here is a rollout-map for when DVB-T2 can be expected in each location throughout Singapore: http://www.mediacorp.sg/digitaltv/

StarHub to use Social Analytics to enhance TV Experience

starhub-officeStarHub is will soon start tapping big data in order to better serve their customers and enhance the television experience. Specifically, Singapore’s second largest Telco is building a new facility called MediaHub. which will include an analytics lab that taps social media conversations to better understand their customers and serve a more social and personalized experience.

According to ZDnet:

A key feature will be the synergy between a social media analytics lab and an adaptive production studio, which will support its pay TV business. These two facilities will work hand-in-hand to enhance “live” TV production based on real-time social media conversations.

“We can monitor the online conversations on all social media platforms. Our content partners will be very interested in this. At one glance, you can tell what viewers are saying about your programs and you can even make adjustments immediately,” said Tan Tong Hai, CEO of StarHub, at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Full story can be found at ZDnet: http://www.zdnet.com/sg/starhub-to-tap-social-analytics-for-tv-biz-in-new-mediahub-facility-7000023756/

Singapore’s New Universal Set-Top Box

Several years ago, the Singapore government Media Development Authority (MDA) and Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) put out a joint tender, seeking a vendor to create a universal set top box. The project was called NIMS, which stands for Next-generation Interactive Multimedia application and Service.

For a variety of reasons, the project never succeeded. But it is of interest to note of the original tender outlining the specifications of a universal set top box and the vast amount of thought and work that went into the original project.

So why did it fail?

Alfred Siew of Techgoodnu made a compelling case explaining why a universal set top box in Singapore was a “fantasy piece of equipment” and unpractical.

Thus it’s a good thing that Singapore’s indulgence of a common set-top box is over. It’s really a fantasy piece of equipment that would not have done much to make the market more competitive and which would have shown a regulatory zeal that exceeded practical considerations.

A member of the Hardware Zone Forum speculated that the one of the reasons for the projects failure, aside from “biting off more than they could chew”, was because the new Cross-Carriage act eliminated the problem of needing multiple set-top boxes:

If cluttering one’s home with multiple set-top boxes is a problem, then the problem is solved with the cross-carriage rule. And the universal set-top box project – dubbed Next-Generation Interactive Multimedia, Applications and Services (Nims) – would cease to matter. But Nims also had other goals – so many, they proved impossible to fulfil.

Of course, this well written post was published last year, before the SingTel’s reluctance to practice the cross-carriage act and provide StarHub with EPL content.

But credit has to be given to the IDA and MDA for attempting such a big project, which solves many problems for Singapore television content consumers. They were ambitious in the breadth and depth of specifications they put forward. And it didn’t help that there exists such a competitive environment between the primary TV Operators, who were the players most capable of delivering on such a project.

Say Hello to Bhaalu, Singapore’s new Universal Set-Top Box. Bhaalu does not adhere to all of the government specs, but it comes close. Most importantly, bhaalu delivers on what the consumers need most, rather than what the government or existing Telco’s need.

What do consumers need? 1.) Super easy intuitive relaxing and enjoyful navigation through TV content. 2.) One set-top box that they can use to watch ALL of their TV, regardless if it is MediaCorp FTA, StarHub Cable TV or SingTel Mio TV. 3.) One device that records and time-shifts ALL of their TV, going back in time for up to 3 MONTHS, so you never miss your favourite TV shows ever again, and 4.) TV Everywhere capabilities, to watch your channels where-ever you are located, on most any mobile device, at any time.

Bhaalu is the future of television in Singapore, and the future has arrived.

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Bhaalu Shows at SITEX 2013 Singapore

sitex-2013Special thanks to Amconics Singapore for displaying to their customers, a sneak preview of bhaalu at the Sitex 2013 Expo event in Singapore this past weekend. Amconics knows the future of television, and can see the potential of bhaalu as a universal set top box in Singapore.

The event was crowded as usual, and interest was strong for Singapore’s newest television platform bhaalu.

Bhaalu Displays at Sitex 2013 Event in Singapore from Jeff Bhaalu on Vimeo.

Amconics Technology Pte Ltd was established in 1987 as an IT manufacturer and distributor. Then in 1999, embarked on a new product line, namely, digital cameras and web cams. In 2002 and 2003, their product lines were further increased to distribute Internet Phones and Electronic Dictionaries. Currently, they specialize in Home Entertainment Portals, Home Media Hubs and Alternative Television Platforms in Singapore.

Congratulations to Ilo Ilo

best-new-director-iloiloSurprise! Singapore’s Ilo Ilo by first time director Anthony Chen, has just won Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award for best Chinese Language Film. According to Variety, “Ilo Ilo,” about a Filipino maid’s awkward relationship with her employers during the Asiam Financial Crisis, was named best film, and earned Chen best script and best new director awards, while Yeo Yann Yann was named best supporting actress.

Here is the official trailer:

Credit to the Muscles from Brussels

Jean-Claude_Van_Damme_2012Here is an awesome commercial of Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, aka, Van Damme, aka, the Muscles from Brussels, doing the most epic splits at the age of 53. We give credit where credit is due, Van Damme, this one is for you.

From Wikipedia:

Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, on 18 October 1960, in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, the son of Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, who was an accountant.

He began martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shotokan karate school. His styles consist of Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing. He eventually earned his black belt in karate. He started lifting weights to improve his physique, which eventually led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title. At the age of 16, he took up ballet, which he studied for five years. According to Van Damme, ballet “is an art, but it’s also one of the most difficult sports. If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport.”

Golden Era Of Television Is Ending?

o-LAURA-PREPON-ORANGE-IS-THE-NEW-BLACK-facebookThere is an outstanding article written by Andy Greenwald, that really puts into perspective the cultural phenomena currently taking place with television.
Didn’t know there was such a movement taking place? Then you have to read this article, it’s extremely well written, and captures the essence of what has been the Golden Age of Television over the past 13 years, which Andy predicts is changing, and maybe coming to an end soon.

Here is his conclusion:

TV, in 2013, has entered uncharted territory. It has transcended its medium and been accepted as an art form all its own. TV now lives on our phones and our computers; we watch it on tablets and stream it through boxes. Never before has it commanded so much respect; at no time in its history has it been so breathlessly considered, so unabashedly embraced. There may be fewer and fewer things to love, but there have never been more shows worthy of our like. The sheer quantity of options can, on a busy Sunday night, mask the dwindling amount of quality.

Yet the Zombie Age is marked by a persistent, undeniable decay. Corpses are picked over. Ideas, once devoured, are regurgitated and feasted on again. A bold, forward-looking decade of risk-taking and reward has somehow left the industry in full-on retreat. There’s an undeniable security in sameness, but only within the pleathered confines of network executive suites is a strategy of not losing the same thing as winning. Everyone wants to believe that the next great era of television is just beginning. But it’s possible we came in at the end.

World Television Day November 21

un-wtdThe United Nations has declared November 21st as World Television Day. As listed in the National Awareness Days website:

It all began in 1996 when the United Nations held the first ever World Television Forum.   Leading figures in the media met to discuss how television could be significant in informing and broadcasting major changes in the world as they happen.

So aside from telling us what’s happening, what else does the TV do that’s so remarkable?   Well first of all unless we were to travel all around the world – which isn’t practical for most of us! – it would be difficult for us learn quickly about different cultures and places without the help of TV.

It can show us similarities between ourselves and other people half way around the globe – and be a great uniting force for good.   We can hear inspiring stories from someone in a way that a person living 100 years ago never could!

Right Brain Interface welcomes National TV Day and will be celebrating it, please join us. Also, thanks to CASBAA for a nice video in honor of this day.