31 March 2008

StarHub introduces pay-per-day flat rate data roaming service

StarHub introduces pay-per-day flat rate data roaming service

Singapore, 31 March 2008 –StarHub Mobile post-paid customers will now enjoy flat-rate pay-per-day data roaming, for email access, data transmission or Internet surfing from their mobile devices when travelling out of Singapore.

Launched today, the daily flat-rate data roaming service allows customers to use mobile data in an affordable and predictable way when they are overseas. Unlike other monthly data roaming plans in the market, the pay-per-day flat rate data roaming service does not require a monthly subscription, and caters to customers with varying data usage when roaming.

This service is highly flexible as customers are charged as and only when mobile data access is needed. Hence, if he did not use any mobile data on a particular day, he will not be charged at all. At a daily maximum charge of S$30, if the customer's mobile data consumption is below this cap, he will pay on a per kilobyte basis. No additional charges will be billed for data consumption beyond the price cap. So, whether the customer will have heavy or light data usage on that day, he will always find the service cost effective.

In addition, the pay-per-day data roaming flat-rate service offers ease-of-use and convenience to customers as they can enjoy data services anytime, anywhere, instead of in the confines of their hotel rooms.

"Today, most of us will log in to the hotel's daily unlimited broadband service when we check in to a hotel. This, however, limits our usage within the confines of the hotel or even the hotel room. StarHub's pay-per-day roaming flat-rate service frees our customers from using mobile data within the hotel's confine, at a very competitive rate!" said Mr Adit Harinasuta, StarHub's Head of Services and Solutions. "We believe that this customer-friendly and cost-effective daily flat-rate data roaming service will give customers complete peace of mind, as well as maximum freedom and flexibility of mobile data usage when roaming."

At launch, the pay-per-day data roaming flat-rate service will be available in six destinations with a Conexus Mobile Alliance network. They are namely, Taiwan (Far EasTone), Hong Kong (Hutchison Telecommunications), Japan (NTT DoCoMo), South Korea (KTF), The Philippines (Smart Communications) and Indonesia (PT Indosat). In addition, customers also enjoy a 50 per cent discount for mobile data access, at S$0.01 per kilobyte at these destinations.

StarHub's Sport Group customers get free Eurosport

The Singapore sole cable TV operator is throwing in a free Eurosport channel to beef up its Sport Group bundle. The new programs will commerce broadcasting from April 15, covering over 60 sports genres ranging from motor sports and athletics to rugby and sailing. Samples of program in the pipeline include Cycling Tour of Spain and Italy, ULEB Cup, WTA Tour and the Motorcross World Championship.

This will bring the S$25 (US$16.45)/month addon tier to nine channels which currently comprise ESPN, Football channel, STAR Sports, SuperSports, SuperSports Plus, Golf Channel, Goal TV 1 and Goal TV 2. The new Eurosport channel will be delivered through its HubStation, digital and HD settop boxes and is available for existing and new cable subscribers.

Gigabyte GV-NX98X1GHI-B GeForce 9800 GX2 is the fastest desktop graphics car

Just happened to read on the latest graphics card. The Gigabyte GV-NX98X1GHI-B is the fastest desktop graphics card to date. It has 2 GPU put into one card. Thus you can use it on non SLI boards and bumped up the 3D performance overtaking the ATI HD 3870X2. Here is a review of the card I read.

ASUS Introduces GF 8300 board (integrated graphics)

ASUS is first to announce a GeForce 8300 ATX mainboard. The ASUS M3N-H/HDMI based on the GeForce 8300 should have a higher clock speed for it's integrated graphics core and is able to run slightly faster than the AMD 780G.

The board features a a PS/2 port for the keyboard, six USB 2.0 ports, a HDMI connector, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a FireWire port and 7.1-channel analog audio jacks with a separate coaxial S/PDIF out. It also has headers for another six USB 2.0 ports and one additional FireWire port, six SATA connectors and, oddly enough, a connector on the middle of the board for a cable which is connected to a rear bracket with a D-sub connector on it.

25 March 2008

ETTV ASIA and ASIA PLUS to be available on Singtel MIO TV

ETTV ASIA and ASIA PLUS to be available on Singtel MIO TV. ETTV ASIA (东森亚洲台)will be on Channel 71 while ASIA PLUS (东风)will be available on Channel 72 on Singtel Mio TV platform. Both channels will begin transmission from 1st April 2008.

This came as a surprise as Starhub removed ETTV ASIA on it's Chinese Plus some time ago and stop transmission of Asia Plus (now replaced by TVBS-N) due to low tv ratings.

Anyway, it is always good news that you can now subscribe to these channels at a cheaper rate than bundling a deal of channels which you don't even have time to watch.

I hope they will bring in other channels like FTV (民视)from Taiwan, they have excellent dramas.

20 March 2008

SingTel wins media rights to UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup 2009-2012

SingTel wins media rights to UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup 2009-2012

Matches to be offered on demand and across multiple platforms

Singapore, 20 March 2008 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) today announced that it has been awarded the coveted media rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup 2009-2012.

Under the agreement, SingTel will have the exclusive media rights across its mobile, Internet and mio TV platforms. SingTel plans to stream UEFA Champions League games both ‘live’ and on-demand on mio TV, and the Internet through the IDEAS portal (www.ideas.singtel.com). It will also offer clips on its mobile service.

Mr Allen Lew, SingTel’s CEO Singapore, said: “SingTel is very excited that we have won the coveted rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup 2009-2012. mio TV is an integral part of the services that SingTel provides, and what drives pay TV take-up is the quality of content.

“Based on our research, sport is a key genre that drives pay TV take-up, and European soccer is a significant driver for people who subscribe to sport content.”

He added: “The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup are premier European club competitions. And because they feature the top soccer clubs from the UK, Italy and other major European nations, this content is highly popular among the locals and expatriates alike.”

Commenting on the award of the media rights in Singapore to SingTel, UEFA said: “We are excited at the prospect of working with a new partner in the form of SingTel. The commitment they have made to acquire the media rights is evidence of the tremendous popularity of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup in Singapore.”

As the UEFA games are played in Europe, due to the time difference, local football fans usually have to stay up till the wee hours of the morning just to catch the games. With mio TV’s on-demand feature, fans no longer have to lose sleep just to watch their favourite teams in action.

“The flexible mio platform has the unique capability of offering video-on-demand and SingTel’s extensive mobile and broadband customer base allows us to package this content in an innovative way that will certainly excite the public in Singapore,” Mr Lew said.

01 March 2008

Singtel Mio tv adds 3 new channels KidsCo, Trace TV and Al Jazeera English News Channel, Starhub replaces Asia Plus (Ch 49) with TVBS-N

Singtel mio tv adds more channels

In March 2008, Singtel mio tv will introduce more channels to it's line up.

Ch 29 KidsCo is a new TV channel for children and the whole family! Kidsco provides top entertainment 24hrs a day. It will be available on March 20.

For music lovers, Ch 41 Trace TV is the #1 international TV channel exclusively dedicated to urban music and culture.

Ch 43, The first English language world news channel from the Middle East, Al Jazeera will start broadcasting.

On the other hand, Starhub will replaced Ch 49 Asia Plus with TVBS-N, a Taiwanese 24 hrs news channel from 3 March.