24 July 2008

Singtel Mio tv will show US dramas one day after screening in US

Good news for US Drama viewers, you will soon be able to view them almost concurrently with the US audiences.

To me, it doesn't matter as I don't watch even local CH 5 for such dramas. Secondly, all these dramas would most likely be screened in SD anyway.

I have terminated my mio tv and returned the box. Problems with HDMI remains unresolved since Aug 2007. Secondly, Singtel is exceptionally stingy, giving the Formosa TV VOD which my family enjoyed with only 10 episodes per month. How is one ever going to complete the 350 episode of the drama "爱". The Cantonese drama on the other VOD has 200+ episodes, they just stopped at episode 100 around MARCH. I wonder what is Singtel doing?

SingTel announces first-in-the-world landmark deal with major US studios

Catch the largest volume of popular latest US TV hits on mio TV anytime on demand as early as 24 hrs after US broadcast

Singapore, 23 July 2008 – Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) today announced that it has signed a groundbreaking deal with three major studios – Disney-ABC International Television, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution - that will make it possible for its mio TV service to screen over 50 top US series as early as 24 hours after their US premiere.

SingTel’s mio TV will be the first IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) operator in the world to offer such a volume of top US series within a day of their US telecast on a subscription-based model, and this will provide the first exhibition of such licensed series in Singapore.

This service, called Season Pass, will launch this September and the availability of programming will follow the US TV calendar. mio TV will offer the latest seasons of popular American TV series debuting in US from September this year such as Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Criminal Minds, Prison Break, Bones, 24, Ugly Betty, Without a Trace, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Supernatural, Samantha Who? and many more.

"This agreement comes at a great time as we are celebrating mio TV’s first anniversary. Our subscribers will now have more exciting channels and programmes to look forward to,” said Mr Allen Lew, SingTel’s CEO Singapore.

“Consumers are getting increasingly demanding. They want to get the latest TV hits ahead of anyone else and mio TV is filling this gap with this latest offering. We see this as the next big wave of content consumption in Singapore,” he added.

“Singapore fans will be the first in Asia to get their must-watch shows like Lost and Grey’s Anatomy so close to the US air date. At Disney-ABC we understand that consumers want convenience and flexibility to watch their favourite shows when and how they want. By partnering with a new media pioneer such as SingTel’s mio TV, we keep viewers needs front-and-centre,” said Mr Rob Gilby, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Disney-ABC International Television (Asia Pacific).

Favourites-on-Demand

To whet subscribers’ appetites, starting today mio TV is also announcing another exciting new offering called Favourites-on-Demand. This on-demand service allows customers to watch ten popular TV series between now and 31 October.

Available over three months at S$9.99 per month (including GST), Favourites-on-Demand will show all time favourites like Smallville, Nip/Tuck, Supernatural, The Bachelor, Cold Case and Without a Trace. Don’t miss out on the exclusive Singapore TV premiere of Gossip Girl and other new series like Chuck, Pushing Daisies and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, all on demand.

“mio TV’s Favourites-On-Demand provides our customers with a convenient way to catch up with their favourite TV shows whenever they want, and as many times as they want to,” said Mr Lew.

“We have chosen series across genres that are popular with TV viewers. The difference is that they enjoy unlimited on-demand viewing for a monthly subscription fee, instead of being forced into a fixed schedule through scheduled programming as with other TV platforms.”

SingTel had 45,000 mio TV customers as at 30 June 2008
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