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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/

Are You Next Gen NBN Ready?

What the heck is NBN? In Singapore, it stands for Nationwide Broadband Network. It is essentially, Singapore’s all fibre optic, ultra highspeed broadband network, which is capable of delivering data at speeds of 1Gbps or more to all residential and commercial buildings in Singapore.opennet-ngn
What is the purpose? According to the MDA:

You may have encountered long waiting times when downloading files, or jerky videos when watching movies online or even poor responsiveness when playing online games. Files are also getting larger as the need for more information or higher video resolutions increases rapidly over time. Low speed internet gives you a poor online experience and limits what you can do. In Singapore today, our home broadband network supports connection speeds up to 100Mbps. Although it is sufficient for some, it may not be adequate for many in the future as our need for speed grows.

So who do you contact to get FibreOptic Internet? You need to contact an RSP, Retail Service Provider; they are: M1, MyRepublic, SingTel, StarHub, SuperInternet, and ViewQwest.

How do you know if your residence or commercial office building is equipped with Next Gen NBN? Simply visit the OpenNet website, and enter your address.

Illegal Singapore Set-Top Boxes Seized

The always interesting competitive saga between SingTel Mio IPTV and StarHub Cable TV took on a new twist last month when SingTel urged StarHub to crack down on illegal TV set-top boxes.

SingTel, which said its mio TV service is pirate-proof, has urged StarHub to upgrade to a more secure system to prevent unauthorised access by non-subscribers. Vendors have been seen selling pirated set-top boxes openly and offering EPL content in several shopping centres.The devices are being sold for about S$200, up from around S$90 previously, and some sellers go as far as promoting them through flyers in mailboxes.

By Singaporean Law via the Broadcasting Act, buyers and/or sellers of illegal TV set-top box devices can be fined up to S$40,000 and jailed a maximum of three years if convicted. But this is a tough charge to file much less reach a guilty verdict, because the authorities will need a search warrant to enter someone’s home in order to obtain proof.

While it is not central to this story, it is forth-telling of the Pay TV climate in Singapore by reading the Facebook comments relating to this TodayOnline.com article.

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Well, just two days ago, hundreds of illegal set-top boxes were seized by authorities in a police raid.

These STBs, found in a storage facility, were reported to be used to view StarHub TV channels, which is one of Singapore´s telecommunication and pay-TV provider. The raid was a result of months of investigation to track the syndicate which was distributing sales flyers for STBs that could unscramble StarHub TV content Selling, importing or manufacturing illegal STBs in Singapore. StarHub had destroyed 300 illegal boxes over two years back.

As a result if these developments, StarHub is in the process of moving its pay-TV customers into a new encryption standard that will once and for all prevent the unscrambling of channels by illegal boxes.

StarHub has had a loss of subscribers over the past couple years as it’s customer based dropped from over 550,000 to 532,000 in March of 2013.

Singapore Pay-TV ARPU and Take-Up

StarHub recently announced their mid-year financial statement, and that their quarterly Pay-TV revenue from Q1 to Q2 FY13 had decreased 8% to S$95.6m with Average Revenue Per User (APRU) of S$52 for the quarter.

Pay TV revenue decreased 8% to S$95.6 million from S$103.7 million for the quarter, and 5% lower YoY at S$190.3 million for the half-year period. The UEFA EURO 2012 broadcast contributed to the higher Pay TV services revenue a year ago. The lower advertising revenue and a lower subscriber base also partly affected the reduced revenue. Pay TV ARPU at S$52 for the quarter and half-year periods were comparable to last year after excluding the impact of UEFA EURO revenue earned in 2012.

Nextvasia‘s article confirms these numbers, stating the following:

Singapore´s telecommunication and pay-TV provider StarHub states that their customer base has reached 532 thousand by March 31, 2013. The firm reported a decrease of 4 thousand subscribers from the previous quarter. The company´s pay-TV revenue decreased by 1% to USD 76.42 million. This was attributed to lower advertising revenue which was partly mitigated by higher subscription revenue from both commercial and residential customers. The firm´s pay-TV average revenue per user (ARPU) increased by USD 0.80 to USD 41.83.

But the math doesn’t add up. S$95.6m / 532,000 subscribers = S$180 / 3 months = $60. It seems StarHub’s APRU is being understated by S$8 per month.

For SingTel’s financial year ending March 31st, 2013, they reported an 18.4% year over year growth in revenue from Mio TV, bringing in S$125m in revenue for the year.

During the year, SingTel strengthened its content suite with the addition of FOX International Channels and Disney channels, and lifted mio TV revenue by a strong 18% to S$125 million. Total mio TV customer base reached 404,000 as at end of March 2013, an increase of 9.8% or 36,000 from a year ago.

Digital TV News puts SingTel Mio’s financials as follows: mio-tv-arpu
In the case of SingTel Mio TV, you have an annual revenue of $125m divided by a customer subscriber base of 404,000, which equals S$309 revenue per user per annum, which divided by 12 months in a year, equals S$26.

Singtel MioTV’s $26 APRU is less than HALF of StarHub’s Pay TV ARPU of either $52 or $60, depending on who does the math. And SingTel MioTV’s annual revenue are approximately 1/3rd that of StarHub.

Here are the Per Annum APRU’s calculated in (GBP) British pound sterling:

SingTel = S$26 * 12 = S$312 = 155 GBP
StarHub = S$52 * 12 = S$624 = 310 GBP

Now for the math on Singapore Pay TV’s Penetration rate. There are 5.2 million residents in Singapore and an average of 3.5 people per household, which comes to 1,485,714 households. There are 404k Mio TV household subscribers and 532k StarHub household Subscribers, which comes to 936,000 total Pay TV subscriber households.

There are of course, a variety of other longtail Pay TV operators in Singapore, but then again, there are households that subscribe to both SingTel Mio and StarHub. So, for sake of simplicity, we will offset those two numbers, and calculate the Pay TV Take-Up rate in Singapore to be simply: 936,000 household subscribers divided by 1,485,714 households = 63%.

Here is how Singapore maps out compared to the rest of the world when it comes to Pay TV Penetration rates and annual APRU.

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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 8TV
FTA NTV7
119 FTA RTM TV1
FTA RTM TV2
FTA TV3
FTA TV9
FTA SCTV
FTA Trans TV
FTA TVRI Nasional
FTA ANTV
FTA Global TV
FTA Indosiar
FTA Metro TV
122 FTA MNC TV
FTA RCTI
??? 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
114 Mio FOX SPORTS
115 Mio STAR Sports
116 Mio FOX SPORTS NEWS
117 Mio FOX SPORTS PLUS HD
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
313 Mio FOXCRIME HD
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
557 StarHub FOXCRIME 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
822 StarHub STAR CHINESE CHANNEL
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

Singapore Cross Carriage Act Update

The Media Development Authority (MDA) introduced a cross-carriage measure back in 2010, mandating that screening rights for all exclusive television content deals be made available to the customers of competitive Pay TV operators.

The act originated from a bidding war between StarHub and SingTel to obtain broadcasting rights for the 2010-2013 English Premier League football season. SingTel Mio TV won contract by paying a heavy price, which would eventually be transferred down to the consumer. In exchange, obtaining this contract helped drive their Mio TV subscriber base nearly 400%, from 117,000 in 2009 to just over 400,000 subscribers in 2013.

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According to Adeel Najam of Frost & Sullivan, SingTel lost money by acquiring EPL broadcast rights. Specifically, it is estimated that they paid $350m to acquire EPL rights, but only brought in $200m throughout the duration of the EPL contract.

  • SingTel’s mio TV service would gain 360,000 subscribers by 2013 and is expected to have a pay TV market share of 46% by that time.
  • Of the 231,000 subscriber additions in 2010 alone, 90,000 will be churned from Starhub (these subscribers will switch from Starhub to SingTel) and 100,000 subscribers will take up mio TV service for sports in addition to keeping their Starhub subscriptions in 2010.
  • The sports content acquisition will enable SingTel to double its ARPU by 2013. SingTel’s mio TV ARPU is expected to reach $45 by 2013 and this will be very close to the current level of Starhub’s pay TV ARPU.
  • Starhub which will now face stiffer competition from SingTel and experience a decline of 68,000 pay TV subscribers in 2010.
  • The key risk for SingTel is that this costly investment will make it more challenging for it to turn its pay TV business profitable. On a conservative basis, with an ARPU of $28 for the EPL content, SingTel will be able to accumulate $164 million in the three years from mio TV. Adding revenues from internet and mobile TV platforms this can reach around $200 million. This is 43% below the estimated bid price of $350 million by SingTel for the EPL content rights. Other risks SingTel might face are consumer backlash and regulatory scrutiny.

The Media Development Authority (MDA)’s cross carriage measure enacted on 12 March 2010, was to address the concerns over the nature of competition in the Singapore pay TV market, to put an end to the fierce bidding frenzy for exclusive content, which only served to drive prices up for both Singaporean TV operators and the public.

In theory, the measure would work as follows… StarHub subscribers who want to watch EPL, can simply pay an additional fee for access to this content. StarHub then pays that additional fee to SingTel, who then provides the channel content back to StarHub for delivery back to their customers. The reality of this measure however has proven different.

Last year, StarHub won a contract for the UEFA Euro 2012 matches. The Cross Carriage measure kicked in for the first time, and SingTel Mio customers were given access to theses live matches on their Mio TV box, so far, so good. The act seemed to be working.

However, soon after, SingTel obtained the exclusive contract for the 2013-2016 season EPL football broadcast rights. StarHub customers tried to pay for access to this content but SingTel refused to provide it, claiming that the contract was non-exclusive. The Straights times explains as follows:

This is the first time the cross-carriage rule is being challenged – ironically by SingTel, which benefited from the rule during the screening of UEFA Euro 2012.

SingTel took the auction for EPL broadcast rights in Singapore off the table last November, forcing StarHub to sit on the bench, while the first round of bidding kicked off all around Asia.

It is unusual not to have an auction. Still, SingTel said its deal with the Football Association Premier League (FAPL) was “non-exclusive”. This meant two things: StarHub was free to negotiate its own EPL screening rights at some point; and the cross-carriage law – which applies only to exclusive deals – could not kick in to force SingTel to share the content with StarHub.

SingTel tried several times to not provide EPL game content, arguing first that the deal wasn’t exclusive. After that argument fell through, they took the position that it is not reasonable to require them to subsidize a competitors subscribers. Straights Times writer Loh Keng Fatt explains:

SingTel had tried to argue that its EPL deal wasn’t exclusive, but the regulator didn’t buy that argument. The telco reacted to the order to share EPL by raising rates, arguing that it could not subsidise its competitor’s subscribers.

The upshot? SingTel’s existing mio TV subscribers will still pay the old rates. But new subscribers and those recontracting will pay from $64.90 a month for a Gold Pack, which includes movies and entertainment. This is substantially more than the $34.90 charged previously for a sports bundle, including EPL.

StarHub viewers will pay $59.90 a month to watch EPL. StarHub has also rolled out packages to entice those in the rival camp as well as encourage its subscribers to stay with it to watch EPL and other content.

But amid the fancy brochures and touted savings dangled by both telcos in playing up their packages, the fact remains that the cost to watch EPL has ballooned – compared to last season’s basic $34.90 deal.

Worst off are probably mio TV subscribers on the old $34.90 basic football deal.

It is no wonder then that the 400,000-plus mio TV subscribers – many of whom probably signed up for the football – may now wonder if the cross-carriage rule, though well-intentioned, has scored an own goal instead.

The current status of cross carriage measure in Singapore can be found at this Straights Times article. Another perspective can be found here. And the Hardware Zone has a good discussion thread about this issue.

Maybe the cross carriage measure will eventually function as it was designed, to keep costs down. Time will tell. But in it’s first iteration, it has essentially served to doubled the price of Pay TV sports packages in Singapore.

Television Turns 50 in Singapore

Picture courtesy of MEDIACORP, ST FILE, COURTESY OF KWAN SECK MUI

Picture courtesy of MEDIACORP, ST FILE, COURTESY OF KWAN SECK MUI

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: http://stcommunities.straitstimes.com/tv/2013/06/01/50-years-tv-singapore

StarHub Helps Battle the Haze

starhub-hazeWe have to give credit to StarHub for helping to ease the inconvenience and discomfort caused by the Indonesian Haze in Singapore.

StarHub has offered their subscribers and extended weekend of full channel viewing options, since many residents will be stuck indoors until the haze clears, which may be weeks away.

StarHub took to Facebook to launch their selfless campaign, stating the following:

“At StarHub, we believe every cloud has a silver lining. Yup, even in this terrible haze. Which is why, we are turning this indoor weekend into a weekend of quality family time for all StarHub TV customers. Huddle up with your loved ones on the sofa and catch our FREE preview of over 170 StarHub TV channels. Because the best way to weather a tough situation is to be with family.”

Over 6,700 responses on Facebook and counting. Comments such as “So touching, u r the best. fighting… SINGAPORE fighting”, “What a nice gesture, Thank you StarHub”, and “New CEO with a personal touch”.

Kudos StarHub, great example of Corporate Social Responsibility.

StarHub Chooses Broadpeak for OTT

starhub-officeStarHub just confirmed a deal with French based BroadPeak to power it’s Over-the-top streaming video services. StarHub launched its TV Anywhere service in July 2012. Furthermore, StarHub also launched a managed IPTV service called ‘StarHub TV on Fibrea few months ago, which is being delivered over the Singapore’s Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN).

Over-the-top (OTT) content consumption has gained considerable attraction in the past few years, driven by the introduction of new mobile devices and new OTT players.

Lin Shu Fen of StarHub explains:

”Broadpeak solutions now enable us to support HLS adaptive bitrate streaming, ensuring for the first time that we can deliver high-quality video in this popular format to our customers. Broadpeak CDN management and streaming server solutions dramatically improve the quality of our live television services in addition to providing us with the flexibility to support additional applications like VOD without having to make costly changes to our global architecture.”

Referenced from IPTV-News