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List of All TV Channels in Singapore

Here is a comprehensive list of all 252 FTA and Pay-TV channels offered in Singapore.

Channel Operator Name
FTA MediaCorp HD5
103 FTA MediaCorp Channel 8
104 FTA MediaCorp Suria
105 FTA MediaCorp Vasantham
106 FTA MediaCorp Channel NewsAsia
107 FTA MediaCorp Channel U
108 FTA MediaCorp Okto
102 FTA MediaCorp Channel 5
FTA Trans TV
FTA TVRI Nasional
FTA Global TV
FTA Indosiar
FTA Metro TV
??? Zee TV
??? CNBC Singapore
Mio Recorded TV
101 Mio Mio Stadium Channel 101
102 Mio Mio Stadium (HD)
103 Mio Mio Stadium 103 (HD)
104 Mio Mio Stadium 104 (HD)
105 Mio Mio Stadium 105 (SD)
106 Mio Mio Stadium 106 (SD)
107 Mio Mio Stadium 107 (SD)
108 Mio Mio Stadium 108 (SD)
109 Mio Mio Stadium On Demand
110 Mio Mio Stadium SD
111 Mio Mio Sports 1
112 Mio Mio Sports 2
113 Mio Mio Sports 3
115 Mio STAR Sports
118 Mio Goal TV 1
119 Mio Goal TV 2
120 Mio Setanta Sports HD
122 Mio TEN Cricket
123 Mio STAR Cricket HD
124 Mio STAR Cricket Extra
129 Mio All Sports Network (ASN) HD
133 Mio mio Sports on Demand
140 Mio Goal TV 1
141 Mio Goal TV 2
151 Mio Sky News HD
155 Mio CCTV News
159 Mio France 24 (English)
163 Mio Russia Today (RT)
161 Mio Deutsche Welle (DT) (English)
165 Mio Fox News Channel
171 Mio Bloomberg Television
201 Mio National Geographic Channel
202 Mio National Geographic Play
203 Mio National Geographic Channel HD
207 Mio Nat Geo Wild HD
251 Mio Australia Television International
253 Mio Travel Channel HD
255 Mio Nat Geo Adventure HD
257 Mio Trace Sports HD
259 Mio WE tv HD
260 Mio WE tv On Demand
265 Mio Li HD
271 Mio Fashiontv HD (rated M18 for nudity)
272 Mio Fashiontv On Demand
301 Mio STAR World HD
302 Mio Star World Play
308 Mio KIX HD on Demand
309 Mio KIX HD
310 Mio FX HD
311 Mio FX Play
314 Mio FOXCRIME Play
320 Mio Sony Entertainment Television (SET)
330 Mio FOX HD
331 Mio FOX Play
340 Mio US TV Crime
341 Mio US TV Drama
342 Mio US TV Entertainment
343 Mio US TV Thriller
350 Mio MTV Asia
352 Mio Channel [V]
354 Mio Nat Geo Music HD
401 Mio Sundance Channel HD
402 Mio Sundance On Demand HD
406 Mio FOX Family Movies HD
408 Mio FOX Action Movies HD
409 Mio FOX Movies Play
414 Mio FOX Movies Premium HD
415 Mio thrill
416 Mio thrill on Demand
417 Mio FOX On Demand
418 Mio PictureBox
419 Mio The Film Factory
Mio Mio Home Movies
Mio SingTel Movies
458 Mio Discovery Kids
462 Mio BabyFirst TV
464 Mio BabyTV HD
465 Mio BabyTV on Demand
474 Mio KidsCo
480 Mio ETTV Yoyo
502 Mio Jia Le Channel
503 Mio Jia Le on Demand
507 Mio STAR Chinese Channel
509 Mio mobtv Select
512 Mio Jiangsu Satelite Television
513 Mio ONE HD
516 Mio Xing Kong
518 Mio ch M (HD)
519 Mio ch M Play
521 Mio ETTV Asia
523 Mio KBS World HD
524 Mio Yoshimoto Azio
547 Mio Channel [V] China
549 Mio Channel [V] Taiwan
551 Mio Phoenix InfoNews
553 Mio Phoenix Chinese Channel
555 Mio CCTV-4
561 Mio ETTV Asia News
571 Mio STAR Chinese Movies
572 Mio STAR Chinese Movies Play
573 Mio STAR Legend Movies
574 Mio STAR Legend Movies Play
577 Mio Mei Ah Movies Channel (Asia)
578 Mio Mei Ah Movies Channel (On   Demand)
580 Mio Celestial Classic Movies
581 Mio Celestial Classic Movies On Demand
585 Mio Celestial Movies
586 Mio Celestial Movies On Demand
602 Mio Astro Prima
604 Mio ONE HD
606 Mio KBS World HD
608 Mio Astro Ria
609 Mio Astro World
622 Mio Sun TV
628 Mio Adithya TV
630 Mio Kalaignar TV
632 Mio Jaya TV
634 Mio Vijay TV
644 Mio SET (Hindi)
648 Mio SAB TV
652 Mio Colors
654 Mio STAR Life OK
656 Mio Star Plus
658 Mio MTV India
660 Mio Channel [V] India
662 Mio STAR Gold
665 Mio EROS Bollywood
668 Mio SONY MAX
676 Mio Times Now
686 Mio France 24 (French)
688 Mio GMA Pinoy TV
701 StarHub BBC World News
722 StarHub CCTV News
707 StarHub CNBC
711 StarHub CNN
712 StarHub CNN Headline News
702 StarHub Fox News Channel
703 StarHub Sky News
757 StarHub Sky News HD
424 StarHub Animal Planet
422 StarHub Discovery Channel
427 StarHub TLC
401 StarHub History
413 StarHub Nat Geo Wild
407 StarHub BBC Knowledge
411 StarHub National Geographic Channel
403 StarHub Crime & Investigation Network
412 StarHub Nat Geo Adventure
535 StarHub Nat Geo Music
461 StarHub Discovery HD World
455 StarHub History HD
459 StarHub Nat Geo Wild HD
457 StarHub National Geographic Channel HD
532 StarHub Animax
511 StarHub AXN
505 StarHub Fox
522 StarHub DIVA
533 StarHub MTV Asia
501 StarHub Star World
525 StarHub beTV
531 StarHub Channel [V]
503 StarHub FOXCRIME
512 StarHub Universal Channel
516 StarHub Comedy Central
526 StarHub Syfy
515 StarHub WarnerTV
559 StarHub AXN HD
558 StarHub FOX HD
580 StarHub MTV LIVE HD
555 StarHub Star World HD
563 StarHub Comedy Central Asia HD
569 StarHub Syfy HD
560 StarHub Universal Channel HD
316 StarHub Cartoon Network
312 StarHub Disney Channel
314 StarHub Nickelodeon
311 StarHub Disney Junior
302 StarHub Baby TV
303 StarHub Cbeebies
308 StarHub Discovery Kids
304 StarHub Nick Jr
315 StarHub Toonami
845 StarHub MTV China
805 StarHub Phoenix Chinese Channel
827 StarHub CTI TV
828 StarHub TVBS Asia
833 StarHub Asia Travel
848 StarHub Channel [V] Mainland China
847 StarHub Channel [V] Taiwan
806 StarHub Phoenix InfoNews Channel
821 StarHub Xing Kong
823 StarHub ONE
829 StarHub TVB8
808 StarHub TVBS-NEWS
824 StarHub channel M
858 StarHub TVB Classic Channel
859 StarHub TVB Xing He Channel
115 StarHub KBS World
874 StarHub channel M HD
876 StarHub ONE HD
875 StarHub KBS World HD
435 StarHub Asian Food Channel
425 StarHub Discovery Home & Health
423 StarHub Discovery Science
507 StarHub FX
426 StarHub Discovery Turbo
441 StarHub E! Entertainment
433 StarHub Food Network Asia
404 StarHub The Biography Channel
521 StarHub BBC Entertainment
523 StarHub ITV Granada
615 StarHub MGM
446 StarHub TruTV
616 StarHub Turner Classic Movies
432 StarHub BBC Lifestyle
556 StarHub FOX HD
468 StarHub Food Network Asia HD
475 StarHub Ginx (HD)
473 StarHub Travel Channel HD

M1 MiBox Displaces 1Box

M1, the third largest Telco in Singapore after SingTel and StarHub has announced its successor to  the softly received television platform 1Box. The new TV device is called MiBox, and it doubles the amount of paid online content previously offered.

The MiBox Set-Top box TV device allows customers to stream online content to their TV. MiBox will replace the telco’s current service 1box, which was released back in 2010.

MiBox offers 18,000 videos-on-demand, 116 TV channels, 1,200 e-books and 370 apps, some of which are free. The service is priced at S$8 (US$6.33) a month with a two-year contract for M1 fiber customers, bundled with an Android set-top box, a selection of free shows and other content. For non-fiber customers, the service is priced at S$12 (US$9.50) per month.

“Media consumption habits are shifting towards an on-demand, a-la-carte model. M1′s MiBox aims to enhance this experience by delivering convenient and affordable access to an exciting library of entertainment, e-learning, and gaming content optimised for the TV screen,” P. Subramaniam, M1′s chief marketing officer, said in the release.

Full story at ZDnet.

Singapore Hotel Television Solution at-visions

Last year, the German company at-visions sparked a deal with Singtel for its ONEvision suite of services, to sell television solutions to hotels throughout Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. SingTel Group is Asia’s leading communications firm with operations and investments in more than 20 countries.


According to the press release posted at the at-visions website:

With the partnership, at-visions and SingTel hope to bring even greater synergy to the hospitality markets that they both serve. This partnership will translate into greater value and savings for its customers. And we would offer greater variety and integration of content, especially for hotels in the (Singapore) market.


How has this partnership manifested?

We had the chance to utilize the hotel TV product in one particular Singapore venue, and found that, the product platform hardware is actually from a company called Pivos, located in Fremont California. Specifically, the product platform is an IPTV set top box called the Pivos XIOS DS Media Play, which is essentially an android app device.


The Gadgeteer wrote a good comprehensive review of the Pivos XIOS DS Media Play after having put it through the wringer for over a month. In summary, they conclude the following:

If you’re looking for something to play your media on a TV, there are better  options available.  We’ve reviewed several here at The Gadgeteer.    This box is not for the technically challenged and is definitely not  plug-and-play.  However, there may be a market for the DS  Media Player.  The device could be a platform for techies that want to  experiment with Android in a box, and it can be used as an XBMC device by  downloading the Linux XBMC firmware.  Just be prepared to spend a lot of  time on the vendor’s forums and website.


The remote control however is from at-visions, and while it is a sleek, elegant, precision engineered, finely crafted remote. It is however a bit complex, with many buttons that don’t function (or are not activated). It is also not easy to know what buttons you are pushing in the dark, and unable to read the labels.

The channel content changed in just the five days we test drove device. Currently, the channels available are 6 MediaCorp FTA channels: Ch 8, CNA, Okto, Ch U, Suria, and Vasantham, and also 3 sports channels Fox Sports, Mio Stadium and Star Sports.

However, three days ago, it also contained MediaCorp Channel 5, Asia Travel Channel and Bloomberg. All 3 of those channels just vanished a couple days ago.

The picture quality is good, but often “jumpy”, like as though it is skipping an occasional few frames. There is a long delay between switching channels, perhaps 4 seconds on average. And on occasion, the picture freezes, requiring the box to be rebooted. But this is not clear if it’s a problem with the box, or the internet connectivity, I suppose the latter.

Singapore Digital Television – FAQ

logo_mediacorpWhat you should know about Mediacorp’s transition to digital television (DVB-T2) television standard.

DVB-T2 stands for Digital Video Broadcasting – Second Generation Terrestrial, and is the new standard for broadcasting. DVB-T2 offers high efficiency, flexibility, and frees up valuable terrestrial spectrum for delivery of additional audio, video and data services.

Mediacorp published a well documented FAQ concerning what SIngaporean FTA Television consumers should know about the transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting. Here is a summary.

  • WHY?

Going digital will allow the government to  free up frequency spectrum which can be used for new services like mobile, wireless broadband and potentially more TV services and channels.

  • WHEN?

December 2013

  1. Better quality pictures (e.g High Definition TV and even 3 Dimensional TV)
  2. Superior sound (e.g. surround sound)
  3. Electronic programme guides where you can find out more information about the TV programmes

No,  while all 7 MediaCorp channels will be broadcast in digital this December 2013, only 4 channels will be available in HD also. Those channels are: Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham. The remaining 3:  Channel NewsAsia, Channel U and okto, will be upgraded to HD in a few years’.


Not immediately. Existing analogue TV signals will continue to be broadcast alongside the digital TV signals for at least another two years. This will give you enough time to migrate to a digital TV.

More information at Mediacorp.

Singapore IPTV Provider Centrecom

comtrendWhen contemplating IPTV providers in Singapore, one immediately thinks of SingTel’s Mio TV, by far the leading IPTV provider with just over 400,000 subscribers. However, there is another lesser known player in town, Centrecom.

Centrecom is a subsidiary partner of MVI Systems Ltd for the IPTV business in Singapore and has implemented IPTV systems in over 6 Singapore hotels since 2008, managing and supporting a combined total of 2,551 rooms.

But Centrecom doesn’t manufacture the TV set top box, they license it from a Taiwan firm called Comtrend. Before you hook up with Centrecom and try to order IPTV in Singapore, you should note the following:

  • Minimum order from Comtrend is 1000 STB’s.
  • Each STB is approx $80.
  • Centrecom is responsible or doing deals with channel content providers in Singapore, Comtrend only provides the STB’s.
  • Centrecom is responsible for the homepage and UI navigation of the TV experience, it is usually done in a Linux/HTML5 environment.
  • Comtrend predominately sells their STB’s into hotels and schools.
  • Centrecom’s implementation of the Comtrend IPTV set top box in Singapore offers the following channels: a.) ALL 7 Mediacorp FTA channels. b.) CNBC Singapore c.) BBC World d.) CNN e.) NHK f.) Discovery Channel g.) HBO h.) Zee TV I) MTV Asia j.) E! Entertainment k.) National Geographic Channel.

Singapore Based Viki Acquired by Rakuten

viki_logo_500Rakuten, the Japan based e-commerce giant, acquired Viki, a Singapore based global streaming video platform that crowd sources foreign language translated subtitles, for a reported $200 million.

Based in Singapore, Viki operates similarly to by offering premium content such as primetime TV shows and movies. Its advantage over other on-demand video services is crowdsourced subtitles from 22 million users in more than 160 languages, which allows Viki’s content providers to quickly enter new markets.

Rakuten has acquired Kobo, an Android based tablet e-reader services provider that competes with Amazon Kindle, and, a European streaming video platform that competes with Amazon’s LOVEFiLM.

Full story at TechCrunch

Television Turns 50 in Singapore



This year marks the 50th anniversary of television in Singapore. Indeed, it was 1963 when television was first introduced to Singapore, 6pm on Feb 15, 1963 to be exact. It has been quite a road travelled when you look back and see all of the changes that have transpired.

The current landscape for television in Singapore has been well summarized by Mr. Boon Chan of the Straight Times, stating:

According to Nielsen’s Media Index Report last year, free-to-air TV continues to have broad reach with most popular terrestrial channel Channel 8 reaching 62.3 per cent of the population, followed by Channel 5 with 54.2 per cent. In the pay-TV market, StarHub has about 532,000 subscribers, while SingTel has 404,000. The competition for attention is not just between pay and free-to-air TV. Mr Gui Kai Chong, an instructor at the National University of Singapore’s department of communications and new media, says: “TV now has to compete with new sources of entertainment and new forms of leisure, and that is a big challenge.”. He ticks off more families having cable TV subscriptions and more young people turning to the Internet and mobile devices and adds that “TV has a much harder time trying to attract and retain people’s attention”.

Singapore Television Milestones

1963 A pilot television service commenced on Jan 21.

Feb 15 marked the inaugural launch of Television Singapura at the Victoria Memorial Hall. Then Minister of Culture S. Rajaratnam gave an opening message at 6pm. The first programme was a 15-minute documentary called TV Looks At Singapore. It was followed by Cartoon Time featuring the magpies Heckle and Jeckle, News in English, Hancock’s Half-Hour with comedian Tony Hancock, and Rampaian Malaysia (Malaysian Mixture), a variety show that later became a staple on television. Transmission ended at around 7.40pm.

On April 3, President Yusof Ishak’s address was viewed by people in their homes for the very first time, marking the inception of regular television transmissions with Television Singapura. Regular broadcasts began, with four hours of English-language programmes on Channel 5.

1965 Singapore’s separation from Malaysia was marked by a teary and emotional announcement on Aug 9 by then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

1974 Public response was reportedly lukewarm to colour transmissions at first. It was only during the World Cup football season that more people started buying television sets in colour. Approximately 1,000 colour television sets costing more than $2 million were sold three days before the live finals on July 7 between Holland and Germany.

1982 The 50-minute long The Seletar Robbery was the first locally produced Chinese language TV drama.

1984 Singapore Broadcasting Corporation’s (SBC’s) first large-scale outdoor variety show was Singapore’s 25th National Day Parade.

Seminal series The Awakening, which made enduring stars out of Huang Wenyong and Xiang Yun , aired.

1988 Zoe Tay emerged triumphant in the first edition of the talent-scouting Star Search – and a star was born. Previously, there were Talentime singing competitions held, starting in the 1960s.

1990 Stereo audio was launched on all TV channels.

1992 On April 2, SBC launched the nation’s first subscription television channel, NewsVision, through its new subsidiary Singapore CableVision (SCV). The 24-hour news service showed mainly news from United States’ Cable News Network (CNN).

1994 First local English-language drama Masters Of The Sea aired and “I’ll crrrush you like a cockroach” went into the annals of TV’s unforgettable lines, albeit for the wrong reasons.

The first Star Awards were held and Li Nanxing and Chen Liping were named Best Actor and Best Actress.

1995 First English-language sitcom Under One Roof aired. It was exported to Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Canada and won the Best Comedy Programme or Series Award at the Asian Television Awards in 1996 and 1997.

Channel 5 and Channel 8 began broadcasting around the clock.

1997 Amali Thumali (Hustle And Bustle), Singapore’s first Tamil sitcom, made its debut on Prime 12.

Popular local serials, including Return Of The Condor Heroes starring Fann Wong and Christopher Lee, made their maiden appearances on Taiwanese cable TV via Television Corporation of Singapore International.

The Prime 12 Awards were the first to recognise talent in Malay and Indian television.

2000 Suria replaced Prime 12 as a dedicated channel for the Malay community, while Central replaced Premiere 12 with three distinctive programming belts catering to specific audiences: Kids Central, Vasantham Central and Arts Central.

2001 TVMobile was launched and made available on SBS Transit buses, at Suntec City’s Fountain Food Terrace and on Bintan Resort Ferries. It was scrapped on New Year’s Day 2010.

Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) MediaWorks was Singapore’s second broadcaster from May 2001 to January 2005.

2004 MediaCorp and SPH merged their mass-market television and free newspaper operations.

As a result of the merger, MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, a new jointly owned TV company, was created – with MediaCorp owning an 80 per cent stake and SPH holding the rest. MediaCorp took on the running of the new organisation, which would now comprise MediaCorp Studios and all the channels operated by both companies (Channel 5, Channel 8, Channel U, Suria, Arts Central, Kids Central and Vasantham Central).

2005 Asia’s first 3G mobile drama P.S. I Love You was launched.

2006 Subtitles were introduced for news bulletins on Channel 5, Channel 8 and Suria for the benefit of hearing- impaired viewers.

2007 HD5, the first high-definition TV channel, was launched.

SingTel’s mio TV was available from July 21.

2008 Vasantham Central was expanded to a full-fledged free-to-air channel, Vasantham. Another new channel, Okto, featuring Arts and Kids Central content, soon followed.

2009 The Ultimatum was the first Channel 8 drama to be fully filmed in high-definition. And viewers zoomed right in on the facial wrinkles on Zoe Tay.

Thanks to Mr. Boon Chan, media corespondant of Singapore Press holdings, for a well written nostalgic walk down the memory lane of television in Singapore.

Full Article:

Free To Air Television Channels in Singapore

Singapore, with it’s close proximity to Malaysia and Indonesia, can receive a wide array of Free To Air television channels. But in order to receive some of the Malaysia and Indonesia channels, you need to have an antenna positioned near the border. Here is a comprehensive list of all Free To Air television channels that can be received within Singapore, and the position of the transmission towers.

Channel Country Main Languages Operator Station Name Transmitter Location
3 Malaysia Malay Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) TV1 Gunung Pulai

01° 36′ 12″N, 103° 32′ 50″E
5 SINGAPORE English MediaCorp TV Holdings Channel 5 Bukit Batok

01° 21′ 07″N, 103° 45′ 57″E
6 Indonesia Indonesian TVRI TVRI Jalan Palapa TVRI, Sekupang, Batam
8 SINGAPORE Chinese MediaCorp TV Holdings Channel 8 Bukit Batok

01° 21′ 07″N, 103° 45′ 57″E
10 Malaysia Chinese, English Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) TV2 Gunung Pulai

01° 36′ 12″N, 103° 32′ 50″E
12 SINGAPORE Malay MediaCorp Suria Bukit Batok

01° 21′ 07″N, 103° 45′ 57″E
24 SINGAPORE Tamil MediaCorp Vasantham Bukit Batok

01° 21′ 07″N, 103° 45′ 57″E
25 Indonesia Indonesian PT Media Televisi Indonesia Metro TV Batam
26 Malaysia Chinese, English, Malay Sistem TV Malaysia Berhad TV3 Gunung Pulai

01° 36′ 12″N, 103° 32′ 50″E
28 SINGAPORE Chinese Mediacorp TV Holdings Channel U Bukit Batok

01° 21′ 07″N, 103° 45′ 57″E
29 SINGAPORE Chinese Mediacorp TV Holdings TVB-T (Multiplex carries programming of Channel 5, Channel 8, Channel U and Channel NewsAsia) Single frequency network with at least four transmitter sites: Bedok, Bukit Batok, Senoko, Westin Stamford
30 SINGAPORE English MediaCorp okto Bukit Batok

01° 21′ 07″N, 103° 45′ 57″E
32 SINGAPORE English MediaCorp Channel NewsAsia Bukit Batok

01° 21′ 07″N, 103° 45′ 57″E
38 SINGAPORE English / Chinese / Malay MediaCorp HD5 (digital transmissions using 1080i50 MPEG-4 H.264 standard). Bukit Batok

01° 21′ 07″N, 103° 45′ 57″E
39 Indonesia Indonesian PT Semenanjung Televisi Batam STV Jalan Palapa 2, Sekupang, Batam

103° 57′ 12″E, 01° 07′ 12″N
41 Indonesia Indonesian PT Media Nusantara Citra TV MNC TV Jalan Ir. Sutami, Sekupang, Batam

103° 57′ 12″E, 01° 07′ 12″N
42 Malaysia Chinese, English, Malay Nat Seven sdn bhd ntv7 Gunung Pulai

01° 36′ 12″N, 103° 32′ 50″E
43 Indonesia Indonesian PT Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia RCTI Batam

103° 56′ 03″E, 01° 07′ 45″N
44 Malaysia Chinese, English, Hindi, Malay, Tamil Sistem TV Malaysia Berhad tv9 Gunung Pulai

01° 36′ 12″N, 103° 32′ 50″E
45 Indonesia Indonesian PT Televisi Tranformasi Indonesia Trans TV Jalan Palapa 2, Sekupang, Batam

103° 57′ 12″E, 01° 07′ 12″N
46 Malaysia Chinese, English Metropolitan TV sdn bhd 8TV Gunung Pulai

01° 36′ 12″N, 103° 32′ 50″E
47 Indonesia Indonesian PT Surya Citra Televisi SCTV Batu Ampar, Batam

104° 00′ 48″E, 01° 10′ 44″N
49 Indonesia Indonesian PT Indosiar Visual Mandiri Indosiar Jalan Palapa TVRI, Sekupang, Batam
51 Indonesia Indonesian Riau Pos Group Batam TV Batam
53 Indonesia Indonesian PT Cakrawala Andalas Televisi ANteve Batam
55 Indonesia Indonesian Barelang TV Batam
57 Indonesia Indonesian PT Global Informasi Bermutu Global TV Batam
59 Indonesia Indonesian PT Duta Visual Nusantara Tivi Tujuh Trans 7 Batam
61 Indonesia Indonesian Urban TV (UTV) Batam

Asia-Pacific Satellite Industry Committee

images (2)The CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum takes place every year, and was held this year on 17th June at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.  The theme of this year’s forum was “An Industry in Transition,” highlighting the growth of the industry in the Asia-Pacific region.  Fittingly, the opening speaker at the forum was Gwynne Shotwell, president of satellite company and new CASBAA member SpaceX.

Many topics were explored this year, among which were the industry’s huge rise in competition (and, thus, drop in prices), different aspects of and bodies involved in regulation, and talk of new satellite technologies.  Discussions were mostly geared toward managing these aspects in order to secure future success for the industry.

CASBAA’s press release for the forum quotes Paul Brown-Kenyon, CEO of MEASAT and Chairman of CASBAA’s Satellite Industry Committee:

“The future is…different. It’s going to be an exciting future – lots of innovation, lots of change…but the key thing is it’s uncertain. The trick is to figure out how to deal with that uncertainty – how to build in the flexibility, to evolve and capture the growth. It is going to come in interesting areas.”

With over 70 satellites hovering over the Asia-Pacific region operated by more than 20 providers, those “interesting areas” could be isolated to companies that differentiate themselves from others.  The market is beginning to look more and more monotonous, so a breakthrough service or idea is certainly at the forefront of all companies’ minds.