30 December 2009

Google NexusOne available for pre-order $529.99 unlocked or $179.99 with T-mobile Contract


Google NexusOne available for pre-order $529.99 unlocked or $179.99 with T-mobile Contract. The following screen shot is a pre-order screen capture from various sites online.

29 December 2009

now TV becomes available on PlayStation®3

This news is really interesting. In Hong Kong, PCCW can now be watched over your PlayStation 3. So, you won't need to rent a box to watch it if you already have a PS3. Rather cool isn't it.

More info

28 December 2009

LG GW620 Video Preview

Looking for an Android phone that has a QWERTY keyboard. Motorola Milestone, HTC Dream(G1) are not the only available. Check out the LG GW620 aka EVE in Canada. It is coming to Europe and Asia in JAN 2010.

Motorola Milestone coming to Singapore in Jan 2010 ?

There has been rumours of the Motorola Milestone coming to Singapore in Jan 2010. Anyway, the highly anticipated phone is already launched in Hong Kong last week at a retail price of HKD 4680. Here are some pictures of the phone reported by other online media.

All Starhub TV channels are FREE to WATCH from Boxing Day

On Boxing Day, Starhub TV went bonkers. From 9am to 1pm, a lot of subscribers were complaining that they were unable to receive any channels on TV.

There were lots of complains on the net and on radio too as most people can't get through their customer hotline. Some waited for nearly 2 hours before they give up.

Starhub, probably out of good will, enabled all the channels for all customers. All channels can be watched except Ch 88/89 Horse Racing and Ch 602 HBO HD. The VOD titles are not FREE though.

I suspect it will last another few more days before they rectify the problem in the backend.

Anyway, it is nice to have a view of what the other 100+ channels is all about.

15 December 2009

No more more than 24 months contract for Internet and phone contracts

Singapore Channel News Asia reports that there is a new ruling from March 2010. Those who apply for or renew contract for fixed line, mobile or broadband service cannot be locked into the contract for more than 24 months.

In addition, those who terminate their contracts before the end of their contract period will no longer have to pay fixed early termination charges. Instead, they will see these charges decrease over time on a month-by-month basis as they serve out their contract.

http://en.ocworkbench.com/mobile-news/new-rules-to-deter-locking-mobilebroadband-contracts-exceeding-24-mths/

Singtel-Starhub joint bid failed to secure rights to FIFA World Cup 2010

Singtel-Starhub joint bid failed to secure rights to FIFA World Cup 2010

http://en.ocworkbench.com/paytv/singapore-singtel-starhub-joint-bid-failed-to-secure-rights-to-fifa-world-cup-2010-broadcast-rights/

27 November 2009

Sitex 2009 offers, price list and brochures



Before you head over to Sitex, you might want to check out the online resources for pricing information. This is necessarily as you will want to avoid the crowd. Just go and grab the offer and out you go.

Here is a link to a large collection of brochures at OCWORKBENCH
http://forums.ocworkbench.com/forumdisplay.php?f=82

19 November 2009

Starhub to offer free Russian Channel on Cable TV

Instead of lowering the price of basic package or bringing us more up to date TVB dramas, they are giving us more rubbish channels which we don't watch at all. Please do away with your free channels and give us cheaper and better quality HD programming.

Russian Channel on StarHub TV

A NEW 24-hour English-language news channel, Russia Today, will debut on StarHub TV Dec 1 - and is free to viewers.

With the launch, StarHub will be the first pay TV operator in Singapore to offer viewers here round-the-clock news and infotainment programmes from a Russian perspective, said the telco in a statement on Thursday.

Russia Today is delivered 'live' from Moscow. Available on StarHub TV Channel 174, Russia Today is the sixth channel to join StarHub's existing tier of Complimentary International Channels. The other channels in this tier are Arirang TV, Australia Network, Deutsche Welle, KBS World and TVRI.

'StarHub is delighted to offer our StarHub TV customers with comprehensive, credible and in-depth news coverage with a fresh perspective from Russia. Always on the lookout for quality programmes from across the globe to present to our valued customers, StarHub once again breaks the barriers by offering Russia Today to customers at no extra charge,' said Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub's Vice President of Home Solutions.

Russia Today's content line-up covers a wide array of genres including news, entertainment, arts, technology and business.

06 November 2009

StarHub Rewards Cable TV Customers With Two Free Channels New sports channel free for all cable TV customers

StarHub Rewards Cable TV Customers With Two Free Channels
New sports channel free for all cable TV customers

Free access to Eurosportnews for all cable Tv customers

Lower sports package pricing

Singapore, 6 November 2009 – Come 2010, StarHub will reward all its cable TV customers with free access to not one, but two sports channels! This marks the first time a local pay TV operator is announcing complimentary sports channels for its customers.

StarHub will launch a new self-packaged 24-hour sports channel which will be available free to its entire cable TV base from January 2010. This channel will carry a wide variety of sports content including football, wrestling, tennis and local sports. Viewers can look forward to at least one football match and one wrestling match each week.

To complement the new sports channel which will feature sporting events, all StarHub’s cable TV customers will also enjoy a free 24-hour sports news channel from July 2010. Eurosportnews, presently offered as part of StarHub’s Sports Group, will keep viewers updated on the latest in the international sporting scene.

“Sports is a universal language with mass appeal. We value our customers and are delighted to offer this channel free to all our cable TV subscribers so that everyone can enjoy some sports content. This will give them the opportunity to sample the wide variety of sports we offer on our pay TV platform,” said Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub’s Vice President of Home Solutions.

All StarHub’s cable TV customers are presently enjoying five international and regional complimentary channels. These are Arirang TV, Australia Network, Deutsche Welle, KBS World and TVRI. They also have access to Interactive TV and Hub TV, two interactive channels that enable viewers to chat with one another and retrieve information such as stock prices, 4D and TOTO results and cinema showtimes.

“With the addition of the two sports channels to our complimentary line-up, StarHub TV customers can enjoy as many as 26 channels at entry level. This works out to less than a dollar per month for each channel, which is certainly the best deal in town! Our offering is even sweeter bearing in mind that we have many branded popular channels across different genres available at entry level. This reiterates our commitment to offer great value to consumers in Singapore,” added Ms Ong.

Existing StarHub’s Sports Group customers will also have reason for cheer. StarHub has pledged to reduce its pricing for the Sports Group by more than 50 percent from July 2010, and the new price will be unveiled in the coming months. Currently, StarHub TV customers can add the Sports Group for a monthly subscription fee of $25.

From July 2010, the Sports Group will comprise Football Channel, SuperSports, SuperSports Plus, Sports HD, Goal TV 1, Goal TV 2, Golf Channel, Eurosport, La Liga On Demand and WWE On Demand. Sports fans can look forward to ‘live’ telecasts of premium football leagues such as the La Liga and Bundesliga, as well as telecasts of exciting sporting genres like tennis, wrestling, basketball, motor sports and golf. In addition, StarHub’s Sports Group customers will enjoy access to delayed telecasts of selected Barclays Premier League and Champions League matches.

“StarHub provides the widest sports coverage in Singapore, being the operator offering the highest number of channels dedicated to sports. Our commitment to bring quality content to Singapore at affordable prices remains steadfast. In that regard, we will continue to acquire content responsibly with a view to try to hold down retail prices, both in the short term as well as long term. Therefore, the pricing for our sports content will be reduced to align with the reduction of content costs when BPL and ESS channels move over to a competitor's network. We are confident that sports fans in Singapore will welcome our new Sports Group pricing, which will give quality sports content at great value to them,” said Ms Ong.

StarHub will announce more information on its new sports channel and new Sports Group subscription rate in the first half of 2010.

02 November 2009

StarHub ‘happy to host BPL’ Set-top box offer for SingTel pay-TV shows.

Straits Times has publish the following article. Starhub is willing to talk to Singtel to have BPL delivered both on Mio TV and as a channel on Starhub TV. This would allow existing customers to subscribe to the channel (but pay to Singtel) and stay on using the same set top box without the need to install another set top box from Singtel.

This is a smart move of Starhub but I doubt Singtel will take the bite. They might for example do that for certain areas that are not within their coverage though. Again, Singtel would also deliver it via DVB-T encrypted.

Of course, if Starhub has something to offer to Singtel, for example the whole suite of Star TV channels, BBC or TVB series of channels to be delivered via Mio tv platform in exchange, maybe that would work out.

Don't forget the companies that sells the exclusive contracts would not let Starhub or Singtel do that.

STARHUB has offered to carry SingTel’s pay-TV content on its set-top box, which could mean that pay-TV subscribers will not need to switch set-top boxes or get another one to watch content from Singapore’s two pay-TV players.

SingTel has yet to give an answer though, and said this was the first it had heard of the offer.

When news broke last month that SingTel had won the rights to pay-TV’s crown jewels – ‘live’ Barclay’s Premier League broadcasts, as well as sports channel ESPN – from StarHub, football fans complained that they would need a set-top box for StarHub programmes and a SingTel box for sports.

10 October 2009

Pay S$23 to watch EPL on Singtel Mio Tv starting next Aug

It is good news that you need to pay only S$23 to watch EPL and S$2 more for ESPN etc as according to the press release from Singtel and news sources ASIA1. For those who just watches football and nothing else, it is a good news.

Now wait, if you do your sums correct, it is not just S$23. You probably forgot the S$8.33 fix line. If you have ported your Singtel number over to Starhub, you will need to resubscribe a fix line just for that purpose. Of course if you ues MIO HOME and triple pay, it might be waived off.

There are also some other "hidden" costs that you ought to take note as discussed at this link below.

Link

09 October 2009

No penalty for cancellation after July 2010 for Starhub Sports Group subscribers

FOR subscribers of sports packages who signed their contracts before Oct 1, StarHub will not levy early termination fees if they cancel the service after July next year.

StarHub still holds the exclusive broadcast rights for the current English Premier League (EPL) season, as well as ESPN Star Sports (ESS) until mid-2010. The rights that SingTel won begin only with the August 2010 season.

By mid-2010, StarHub will revise the pricing for its sports content to reflect the absence of the EPL, also known as the Barclays Premier League (BPL), and the two ESS channels.

03 October 2009

Can Starhub TV stay afloat after Singtel wrestle away ESPN and EPL

The dust is settled and Singtel won the exclusive rights to broadcast the EPL from next year onwards. At the same time, it also wrestle away ESPN channels from Starhub.

This double blow is hard to take for Starhub and current customers of Sports Group on Starhub TV. This is because most of the sports crazy customers would have sign up 2 yrs contract with Starhub during exhibitions held every quarter.

Although I am a Starhub TV subscriber, I never subscribe to it's Sports group as it would easily cost me S$50 over dollars just to enjoy 3 basic groups and 12 sports channels. The three basic group are the Education, News and Chinese infotainment which entertains my whole family. If you wanted HD, that would easily cost more as you would need to add a HD decoder or HD Hubstation and subscribe to the Education HD pack for S$8. SPorts HD is provided free if you subscribe to the SPorts group. That adds up to over S$60+.

Not only are Sports Group expensive. Watching basic channels aren't cheap too.

In 2007, I subscribed to Mio TV too, just for the sake of enjoy a singe HD channel known as Equator HD. Although it is a no contract subscription, it was a hassle trying to buy a modem (not provided) that will work (ADSL2+). There were lots of hiccups and I hate the 2 min start up time of the mio decoder box! I also subscribe to other channels almost every month to make up the S$16.05 basic fees.

There weren't much to watch except the Hokkien and Cantonese video on demand programmes which appeal to me and my parents. Alas, we get back the dual sound with Cantonese or Hokkien programming only on Mio TV.

Starhub follow suit with their own VOD programmes in Hokkien and Cantonese. I did not have a hubstation and I wasn't able to watch it. So, I changed to a hubstation and incur more costs just to catch VOD titles.

The funniest thing is that the ever popular VV Drama, a popular channel with tons of TVB productions was only available in Mandarin. Starhub started another VOD channel, allowing you to watch it in Dual Sound but you have to pay an additoinal S$4 to watch it on hubstation. They then decided to remove the S$4 for the VOD channel and it is now back to Mandarin only, with a collection of the past 7 days screened shows.

Sometimes I just hate VOD. Both Starhub and Singtel made the same mistake, putting only 10 or 20 episodes per month. That is probably what they want to get you subscribed to the VOD channel. It is really irritating when you wanted to watch the final 10 episode but you have will have to wait for another 1 more month before you can view it.

I can understand that free to Air channels have national obligations to use Mandarin. Why is it so for PAY TV channels? Why make it so difficult for the elderly to enjoy a good show without paying so much ?

The good news is that, if you are into those dialect programmmes, you can subscribe to their tv stations and watch it first hand rather than to wait for the pay tv operators to bring them in 6 mths or later.

Back to EPL. With Singtel being the dominant sports pay tv provider, it will surely convert a portion of the sports fan. This is true for the pubs, clubs, coffeeshops. Existing Starhub customers would most likely stick with it with the 3 basic tier groups. In fact, Singtel mio TV has not as much interesting channels as compared to Starhub.

In fact, the same thing happened in Hong Kong a couple of years ago. The TV operator is still around but repackaged their programming with their own productions and source for more interesting programmes that can be bundled with their mobile plans. Unless one day, TVB, HBO, Star, BBC all these major networks defect to Singtel, Starhub will survive and learn how to survive better by fine tuning their cable tv packages.

Don't forget Starhub's bidding price of EPL S$250 million can now be channeled into having more interesting channels or promotions. Perhaps it is time to introduce a Chinese HD channel or adding dual selectable subtitling to different channels.

01 October 2009

SingTel wins rights to EPL, ESPN STAR Sports

SingTel wins rights to EPL, ESPN STAR Sports

SINGAPORE: Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) has won the rights to air Barclays English Premier League matches across its platforms, as well as exclusive broadcast rights to ESPN STAR Sports for mio TV.

In a statement released on Thursday, SingTel said the rights would allow it to broadcast EPL matches on mio TV, the Internet and mobile applications for three years starting August next year.

Asia's leading telecommunications company said it has also secured rights to a suite of sports networks and services from ESPN STAR Sports for its mio TV customers.

This means it will have the rights to show programme offerings under ESPN, which include the FA Cup, Formula One, the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open Golf Championship.

A new 24-hour sports news channel, called ESPNEWS, is also slated for broadcast on mio TV from next month.

SingTel said other exclusive sports services will be unveiled soon.

SingTel Singapore CEO Allen Liew assured viewers that charges will be comparable to what sports fans are currently paying to their cable TV operator.

So will you switch operators from Starhub to Singtel soon ?

29 September 2009

M1 launches no-contract plan packed with postpaid benefits

M1 launches no-contract plan packed with postpaid benefits

SINGAPORE, 29 September 2009 - M1 has launched a new and innovative tariff plan that will allow customers to enjoy the benefits of postpaid mobile services without the contractual commitments normally required for such services.

Customers who sign up for the new SuperPac plan will be the first in Singapore to be able to make unlimited free outgoing calls and surf unlimited data between 12 midnight and 10am daily. They will also enjoy unlimited free incoming calls and per second billing. In addition, customers get free IDD calls to 19 destinations and free caller ID display.

To start enjoying these super benefits, customers can take up either one of 2 plans; S$25 (comes with S$30 worth of value) or S$38 (comes with S$60 worth of value).

These benefits are valid for 30 days. At the end of the 30 days, customers simply have to reload their SIM cards to continue to enjoy the services. Reload Cards that cost S$25 and S$38 but give S$30 and S$60 worth of value respectively can be purchased for this purpose. Unique to the SuperPac plan, unused credits will be rolled over.

“With the launch of the SuperPac plan, we have demolished the notion that one needs to be tied down to enjoy postpaid mobile services. This plan will appeal to the segment of customers who are cost conscious and who like to track their mobile spending without foregoing the benefits of the postpaid plan that they are accustomed to,” said P Subramaniam, Chief Marketing Officer of M1.

“Many of our younger customers who are on the go 24/7 will also find the SuperPac plan’s unprecedented offer of unlimited free calls and data surfing in the early hours of the morning irresistible. It is the perfect plan to meet their communication and entertainment needs any time of the day,” he added.

The SuperPac plan will be available from tomorrow at all M1 Shops and exclusive retailers.
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Singtel bids for EPL for the period August 2010 to May 2013

SINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) and Starhub on Tuesday announced separately that they have submitted bids for the lucrative broadcast rights to the EPL for the period August 2010 to May 2013.

If they are separate bids, a head-to-head battle between the two warrings sides looks inevitable.

Presently, Starhub holds the rights.

There has been much speculation among media experts about the possibility of a joint bid by the two sides saying that it would be the way to go.

Such a move could stem escalating pay-TV subscription fees, which have drawn widespread complaints from sports fans here.

The rights to screen EPL matches in football-mad Singapore are seen as a key asset to both telcos, who have traded punches in recent years.

In 2007, StarHub was estimated to have paid a record $250 million to fend off SingTel and secure EPL broadcasts rights in Singapore until 2010.

This is believed to be four times more than what it had paid previously. Last year, SingTel hit back by landing the exclusive deal to show Uefa Champions League matches here until 2012.

Samsung 12 megapixel camera phone SCH-W880



Samsung has followed up their Pixon 12 or M8910 with the SCH-W880 or M8920. This new model is essentially like the first, which is a cellular phone with a camera that is much better than most cell phone cameras. In fact, it’s a lot more like a digital camera that also happens to have phone capability as well.

The SCH-W880 comes with a 12 megapixel sensor, as well as a mode dial, shutter, zoom, Xenon flash, and HD video at 30fps. It also has a 3.3 inch AMOLED WGA screen with Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth, as well as a microSD slot.

AMD Radeon HD 5870x2 spec and picture surface on the net


Radeon HD 5870x2

Pictures have started surfing around, of what is codenamed as 'Hemlock'. It seems to be slightly longer than the HD 5870, so it will come in at around 11.5" long (!). It is powered by a 6+2 pin and a 6 pin PCI-Express power connectors. It it will perform at roughly 80% more than it's single card counterpart, depending on the game.

Intel Light Peak to merge merge the future of both USB and display interfaces such as DisplayPort and consolidate USB , serial and parallel ports.

Intel has plans to consolidate all the wired connections on your PC to a single 10Gbps optical cable it calls Light Peak. It's working with Sony's Vaio group to roll out a controller to drive the interface sometime next year, reports EETimes. Light Peak is said to be essentially an effort to merge the future of both USB and display interfaces such as DisplayPort. It parallels the efforts years ago to consolidate serial and parallel ports on USB.

Intel last week demonstrated an early version of the link carrying uncompressed high-definition video over 40 metres from a notebook computer to a monitor at the Intel Developer Forum. The technology could run at distances up to 100 metres, executives said.
"The reason we showed it in a notebook is the number of connectors you need limits the size of the system," said Dadi Perlmutter, GM of the Intel Architecture Group. in a keynote address.
Light Peak is well ahead of demand. The 5GHz USB 3.0 is due to emerge in products next year, and DisplayPort, an interface that is replacing analog VGA and DVI, is now becoming mainstream on PC products.

"It will take years for this technology to be mainstream," admitted Perlmutter.

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11 September 2009

04 September 2009

M1 acquires Qala

SINGAPORE, 4 September 2009 - M1 today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, M1 Net Ltd, has entered into an agreement to acquire all the issued and paid up ordinary shares of Qala Singapore Pte Ltd (Qala).

Qala is an established Internet Service Provider with a track record of nine years in the business. It offers a full suite of data and communications products and services to corporate, enterprise and public sector customers in Singapore. It also holds the rights to provide both indoor and outdoor seamless wireless broadband access under IDA’s Wireless@SG programme.

“This acquisition will allow M1 to enter the corporate fixed broadband business quickly by leveraging on the presence and experience of Qala in this market. We will use this ready platform to derive synergies and further grow the business as a full service operator,” said Ms Karen Kooi, Chief Executive Officer of M1.

“There will also be opportunities for us to enhance our range of products and services in order to better meet the diverse needs of our customers in this segment,” she added.

M1, Singapore's most exciting and innovative mobile, broadband and IDD service provider, was launched in April 1997. Since then, it has made significant inroads into the local mobile communications market, gaining considerable brand presence and market share. M1 aims to be the leader in personal voice, business and data communications, focusing on value, quality and customer service. More information on M1 is available at www.m1.com.sg

28 August 2009

Starhub scores exclusive broadcast rights for La Liga for the upcoming three seasons till 2012.

SINGAPORE: Singaporean cable platform StarHub has secured the exclusive broadcast rights for La Liga for the upcoming three seasons till 2012.

The Spanish football matches begin airing on StarHub this weekend, with up to four live matches weekly on Football Channel, SuperSports and SuperSports Plus. In addition, from September 12, all live matches will also be available in high-def on Sports HD. There will also be magazine programs such as La Liga, reviewing the week's matches, and La Liga Report, previewing upcoming fixtures, including player profiles, fans, press conferences and the match of the week.

Ong Bee Lian, StarHub’s VP of home solutions, said: “La Liga is one of the most competitive professional football leagues in the world, and sustains a keen level of interest among viewers in Singapore, especially after the recent high profile signings by the Spanish clubs. We are elated to bring La Liga exclusively to viewers here for another three seasons.”
StarHub is also adding La Liga On Demand to its offerings.

17 July 2009

StarHub MaxOnline Premium customers will receive an extra speed boost of up to 100Mbps* when they use a DOCSIS 3.0** cable modem to access online cont

StarHub unleashes 100Mbps surfing experience locally for MaxOnline Premium customers- New Home Hubbing Pack Premium Comes Bundled with MaxOnline Premium, StarHub TV and Digital Voice for only $81.32 (w/ GST) Per Month - Singapore, 17 July 2009 – More online users in Singapore will soon experience ultra-high local Internet surfing speeds as StarHub unleashes its MaxOnline Premium service to meet the demands for bandwidth-intensive next-generation applications and content. From today, StarHub MaxOnline Premium customers will receive an extra speed boost of up to 100Mbps* when they use a DOCSIS 3.0** cable modem to access online content hosted locally in Singapore. With higher local bandwidth, StarHub’s MaxOnline Premium customers can now enjoy a better surfing experience – with smoother video streaming, faster downloads, quicker access to office Intranets, and better gaming experience. Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub's Vice President of Home Solutions said, “As an award-winning broadband player in Asia-Pacific***, we continue to push the envelope in delivering more value on our service offerings to our customers. This new upgrade will empower our MaxOnline Premium customer base to experience true next-generation broadband speeds now.” Industry partners in Singapore agree that StarHub’s initiative to boost the local broadband speeds of MaxOnline Premium customers will help accelerate the online adoption of the next-generation of applications and content. “We have been working closely with StarHub for many years to ensure that our dedicated gaming community can enjoy our popular MMOGs such as MapleStory, Audition and CABAL Online seamlessly. The new enhancement for StarHub's MaxOnline Premium customers will further boost their enjoyment of these games, with faster download times for the game clients and updates, and an even better gaming experience than before,” said Mr Gerry Ung, managing director of Asiasoft Online. “Gamers today demand speed and quality in connectivity. We welcome StarHub’s speed upgrade for MaxOnline Premium as it will allow more gamers to spend less time waiting for the online game client to download and more time actually playing these games. This enhancement is timely for the launch of our latest MMOG game Dragonica, as well as for our other games such as EA SPORTS™ FIFA Online 2 and IMC’s Granado Espada where gamers will be able to have high speed access, lower latency and thus a more enjoyable online experience as they interact with countless other players,” said Mr Roland Ong, CEO of IAH Games. To experience the full speed boost, MaxOnline Premium customers are advised to upgrade their cable modem to a DOCSIS 3.0**-compatible one. MaxOnline Premium customers using DOCSIS 2.0 cable modems should be able to experience a speed bump up to 32Mbps to access online content hosted locally in Singapore. There will be no change in access speeds for users using DOCSIS 1.0 or earlier cable modems. MAXONLINE PREMIUM + STARHUB TV = BETTER VALUE FOR FAMILIES The upgrade comes hot on the heels of a new Home Hubbing Pack Premium bundle to be introduced tomorrow. The new bundle gives new MaxOnline Premium customers an opportunity to experience many of the services that StarHub offers. The Home Hubbing Pack Premium retails at $81.32 (with GST) and comes packaged with the following services: • MaxOnline Premium, delivering speeds of up to 12Mbps (up to 100Mbps locally with a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem) for 24 months;• StarHub TV service with any three Basic Groups of up to 21 channels for 24 months;• Additional upsized channels from the Basic Plus Groups for six months;• VV Drama OR Star Movies for 24 months; and• Complementary Digital Voice service with unlimited local calls. In addition, MaxOnline Premium customers can choose one of the following two solutions as part of their package - 1. Protect your PC and home network for 12 months with Norton 360 version 3.0, the industry’s leading all-in-one security solution for protecting users’ PCs and all their online activities. The latest version of Norton 360 includes security and performance enhancements that keep PCs protected and running at peak performance, and increased online backup flexibility for safeguarding users' most important files. Norton 360 now further extends protection to online activities with the full-featured version of the new Web site ratings service, Norton Safe Web. 2. Help your children improve their studies by accessing ASKnLearn's popular interactive e-learning tool. New customers will be able to view numerous tests, quizzes and school revisions on one subject of a single primary or secondary school level, for 12 months. ASKnLearn is a Pan-Asian provider of education solutions, providing e-learning solutions, multimedia content and consultancy services to over 180 institutions across the region. This Home Hubbing Pack Premium bundle offers tremendous value to families with kids as it combines the MaxOnline Premium residential broadband plan with a wide selection of StarHub TV channels and the complementary Digital Voice service at the same price of $81.32 (w/GST).

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http://forums.ocworkbench.com/showthread.php?p=449736#post449736

StarHub introduces mobile TV service with four ethnic language channels in Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi and Tamil to mobile pre-paid customers in

StarHub introduces mobile TV service with four ethnic language channels in Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi and Tamil to mobile pre-paid customers in Singapore

CTI TV, MNC -The Indonesian Channel, Vannathirai Channel and Zee TV are available to StarHub Mobile pre-paid customers
for an affordable rate of $2 for 24-hour viewing of all channels

Singapore, 17 July 2009 - StarHub today announced that from tomorrow, 18 July 2009, its mobile pre-paid customers will be able to tune in to four selected StarHub TV channels, namely CTI TV, MNC -The Indonesian Channel, Vannathirai Channel and Zee TV (See editor's notes for channel information) from their 3G mobile phones.

This is the first time mobile TV service is made available to Singapore's mobile pre-paid users who are mostly foreigners working here. StarHub TV on Mobile brings the exciting world of StarHub's cable TV entertainment to mobile pre-paid customers anywhere, anytime on their 3G handsets.

"We are pleased to extend StarHub's cable TV entertainment on selected ethnic language channels to delight our mobile pre-paid customers who speak Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi or Tamil. We believe they will welcome and enjoy this service offering and feel at home watching their favourite television programmes in their respective languages on 3G mobile handsets," said Mr Chan Kin Hung, StarHub's Head of Products and Services. "Moving forward, we are looking at adding more ethnic language channels to our mobile TV channel line-up to cater to our mobile pre-paid customers from other ethnic groups. Stay tuned!"

StarHub TV on Mobile channels are available on StarHub's Gee! portal from any supported 3G mobile devices with a StarHub Mobile pre-paid 3G SIM card.

Access to the line-up of channels is affordable. It is rated daily at only $2 for unlimited 24-hour viewing of all channels without additional charges for mobile data usage. This means customers can watch the channels freely without worrying about incurring hefty mobile data charges.

To celebrate the launch of the StarHub TV on Mobile service over its mobile pre-paid platform, customers can pick up an LG KT520 HSPA mobile phone and a StarHub Mobile 3G pre-paid SIM card (valued at $15) for only $158. This special offer starts tomorrow and will be available at all StarHub Shops and Exclusive Partners' outlets.


Editor's notes

CTI TV
CTI TV reaches out to Mandarin-speaking viewers around the world 24 hours a day. Focusing on excellent and unbiased news coverage, in-depth analyses on political, social, economic and lifestyle issues, the award-winning channel also offers the hottest entertainment programmes.

MNC - The Indonesian Channel
MNC is a 24-hour channel that brings the best Indonesian programmes by providing one-stop family entertainment with more than 80,000 hours from a wide variety of genres. Viewers will enjoy top-rated programmes from the most popular Indonesian’s terrestrial TV stations: RCTI, TPI and Global TV.

Vannathirai Channel
Vannathirai a 24-hour movie channel showcasing the best of Tamil blockbusters and exclusive premieres with local programmes. It is the most talked about Tamil Channel among Singaporean Indians.

Zee TV
18 countries, 4.5 million viewers, 90,000 hours of programming content, 6,000 movie titles across all genres, Zee Asia Pacific reigns supreme. Since its launch in 2004, Zee Asia Pacific treads the path to scale newer heights in the world of entertainment with its programming and extravagant events.

02 July 2009

Singtrel mio TV to launch 4 new chanels, Granda TV and Football Frenzy Channels 1,2,3

Singtel mio TV will launch 4 new channels soon in Jul and August.
The first will be Ch 23 Granada TV. It comprises of combination of contemporary dramas, cool comedy, cutting edge reality and best in talk and entertainment shows.

Next is Ch 61, 62 and 63 Football Frenzy Channels 1,2,3
CH 61 will carry European footabll and UEFA coverage and Italian Series A

Ch 62 and 63 will simulcast LIVE matches from UEFA champions and Europa League and Italian Serie A.

SingTel unveils portal for UEFA Champions League

SingTel unveils portal for UEFA Champions League

SINGAPORE - SingTel has launched Football Frenzy, billed as the country's first multimedia social football experience, giving viewers coverage of the UEFA Champions League club football tournament across the company's online, mio TV and mobile platforms.

Edward Ying, chief of the content and media services group at SingTel, said: “When we won the exclusive rights to the UEFA Champions League games last year, we said that sports - and football in particular - would be a key driver for content take-up. The launch of Football Frenzy is a reinforcement of our commitment to become a major player in the market.”

Football Frenzy will kick off with the upcoming UEFA season in mid-August to offer viewers all 146 UEFA Champions League matches both ‘live’ or via on-demand, and up to 149 UEFA Europa League matches.

Among other new features, a web portal featuring a virtual ‘SingTel stadium’ will be launched in early August for viewing of all live and replay matches and access to exclusive football content online. Visitors are also encouraged to sign up and participate in virtual fan clubs of the teams to create a social networking style of environment. The portal was developed by OgilvyOne Singapore.

Viewers can also get updates on-the-go via SingTel’s IDEAS mobile portal, which will offer previews and highlight shows as well as live matches.

SingTel currently holds the rights to the Italian Serie A, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. All three tournaments will be included in the new offering.

StarHub holds the rights to the Barclays Premier League tournament. Bidding for the rights to the highly-popular English football league is expected to come into play by the middle of next year.

29 June 2009

H1N1 : Pay up to S$2000 to treat H1N1

We take a break from our usually blogging of tech.

Today, I saw some interesting discussions on the net and would like to know your opinion about whether it is worth risking yourself in getting H1N1 ?

If you are down with flu, and you call 993, the first thing you will have to pay the following :

S$90(or S$100) for the ambulance
S$214 for the H1N1 checks.
S$xx for expired Tamiflu tablets.

The bulk would be the 7 day average stay in "Hotel Hospital" costing at least close to a thousand. Even if you are insured under medishield, can that be claimed, i do not know.

So, get ready to pay S$2k if you are confirmed H1N1 case. This are just my estimates, the bill might be smaller than the estimated if 'subsidised'.

26 June 2009

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has sent expired Tamiflu supplies to the general practitioner’s in Singapore

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has sent expired Tamiflu supplies to the general practitioner’s in Singapore. Tamiflu, which comes in boxes of 10 pills each, is the anti-viral drug for th H1N1 flu. According to the report and to my own sources as well, these Tamiflu meds hve expiry dates of 2007, and was manufactured in 2003. MOH has added a sticker that says that these meds can be used beyond their shelf life - to 2010.

MOH’s circular to the GPs say this:

We would like to assure you that the extension is with the approval from the manufacturer (Roche), U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and our Health Sciences Authority. This extention is made possible due to our stringent conditioning and maintenance requirements in our storage facilities. The efficacy of the drug is not compromised in any way and is fit for usage.
Straits Times has done really well to get doctors to give their response.

Dr Wong Tien Hua, a general practitioner in Sengkang, said an expiry date can vouch for a drug’s effectiveness only for that period. ‘If it is past the expiry date, the effectiveness of the drug might not be good,’ he said, adding that someone with the H1N1 virus might take longer to recover if given ‘expired’ medication. (from ST)

Agreeing, Dr Vincent Chia, deputy director of Healthway Medical, said although it is a national stockpile, the onus will still be on the doctor to explain to patients. ‘Tamiflu is not without its side effects…so when that happens we won’t know if it’s because the drugs are expired or because of the side effects,’ he said. (from ST)

21 June 2009

Is ASTRO Malaysia broadcasting to Singapore soon ?

If you have been watching Ch 8 or some cable channels, you would have noticed that Astro Malaysia (satellite), similar to our Starhub cable has been advertising abt. Astro channels on TV.

It is kind of weird as the number listed to subscribe is a Malaysian number beginning with 03. I wrote to ASTRO asking for an answer.

They said, if we were to broadcast into Singapore, we will post a press release on astro.com.my

I wonder if that answers my question.

If Astro is allowed to beam into Singapore via satellite, we would be one of the last nations to have satellites ban lifted ;) Waiting for that day..

CommunicAsia 2009 New phones at the show

Looks like this year there isn't a lot of new phones launched at Singapore communicasia 2009. Is it due to H1N1 as exhibitors expect a smaller crowd?

Anyway, if you do a search on the net, you could find tons of coverage from local online blogs and media.

Here are some links which covered the various phones from LG, Samsung, ASUS, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei from ocw.

Garmin-ASUS
http://forums.ocworkbench.com/showthread.php?t=86960
http://forums.ocworkbench.com/showthread.php?t=86959

Huawei
http://forums.ocworkbench.com/showthread.php?t=86978

Samsung
http://www.ocworkbench.com/2009/sams...ung-Jet/p1.htm
http://www.ocworkbench.com/2009/sams...-series/p1.htm

Nokia
http://forums.ocworkbench.com/showthread.php?t=86878

LG
http://www.ocworkbench.com/2009/LG/l...sia2009/p1.htm

Sony Ericsson
http://forums.ocworkbench.com/showthread.php?t=86983

09 June 2009

# Latest Floor plan for PC SHOW 2009. M1, Starhub and Singtel will be present http://bit.ly/10lK0d
# Price list update link http://bit.ly/10lK0d

PC SHOW2009 Pricelist update Belkin, AVLABS, ViewSonic, Platonics, trend Micro, Logitech, Gigabyte, MSI, Samsung, Acer, Lenovo

PC SHOW 2009 Price List and Brochures, Great Singapore Sale

Are you looking for the best bargain in IT products & Gadgets. Check out the PC SHOW 2009 price list at this URL.

05 June 2009

StarHub selected as BBC Worldwide Channels’ exclusive pay TV partner in Singapore Three additional BBC channels on StarHub TV from 1 August

StarHub selected as BBC Worldwide Channels’ exclusive pay TV partner in Singapore
Three additional BBC channels on StarHub TV from 1 August

Singapore, 5 June 2009 - StarHub and BBC Worldwide Channels have sealed a deal that makes StarHub TV the exclusive pay TV platform in Singapore to carry five BBC branded channels. On 1 August 2009, StarHub TV will add BBC Knowledge (StarHub TV Channel 74), BBC Lifestyle (StarHub TV Channel 83) and CBeebies (StarHub TV Channel 31) to its Education Basic Group, Lifestyle Basic Upsize Group and Kids Basic Upsize Group respectively at no additional cost. These three additions will join BBC World News and BBC Entertainment which are presently offered by StarHub TV.

At launch, BBC Knowledge will be added to the Education Basic Group to join Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Discovery Travel and Living, HISTORY and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL. BBC Lifestyle will join BBC Entertainment, FX, MGM, The Style Network and Turner Classic Movies in the Lifestyle Basic Upsize Group while CBeebies goes into the Kids Basic Upsize Group to join JimJam and Boomerang.

"We warmly welcome BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle and CBeebies to the StarHub TV family. With BBC World News and BBC Entertainment already on our platform, I am excited that the rest of the channels under the BBC brand name will soon come together under one roof from August, and further strengthen the offerings in our Education Basic Group, Lifestyle and Kids Basic Upsize Groups. It has been our commitment to provide viewers, especially families with kids, safe and quality entertainment. Thus I believe our viewers will be pleased to hear of this news as they will soon get to enjoy more of such programmes from the different genres at no extra cost," said Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub's Vice President of Home Solutions.

Commenting on the launches, Mr Mark Whitehead, BBC Worldwide Channels’ Senior Vice President and General Manager, said, “Today’s announcement builds on BBC Worldwide Channel’s long-term relationship with StarHub. Strategically, Singapore is an important part of our expansion strategy in Asia. We are excited that our entire suite of channels will be offered together on one platform in this key market.”

He added: “From 1 August, viewers will be able to enjoy a greater range of programming from BBC’s Worldwide’s channels– including acclaimed and award-winning non-fiction and factual programme from one of the world’s foremost producer of non-fiction and documentary programming on BBC Knowledge; engaging and compelling programmes that inspire viewers to get more out of life on BBC Lifestyle; and providing a safe environment for pre-schoolers (0-6) to learn through play on CBeebies. These three new channels complement BBC World News and BBC Entertainment, which are already on StarHub’s pay TV platform.”

At launch, viewers can look forward to catching the exclusive premieres of programmes such as the latest series of Top Gear and the new BBC science series Earth - Power of the Planet on BBC Knowledge; brand new seasons of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA, and the popular Gok Wan, British fashion consultant, author and television presenter on Gok's Fashion Fix on BBC Lifestyle; and In The Night Garden, which is the new multi-award winning series from the creators of the phenomenally successful Teletubbies on CBeebies.

To enjoy BBC Knowledge, viewers must first subscribe to a minimum of three Basic Groups, including the Education Basic Group. Viewers who wish to watch BBC Lifestyle and CBeebies will need to subscribe to Lifestyle and Kids Basic Plus Groups respectively, which consists of Lifestyle and Kids Basic Groups and their corresponding Upsize Groups. Existing StarHub TV customers can call 1633 to add new groups or channels while new customers can call 1630 to take up a StarHub TV package. For more information on StarHub TV services, visit www.starhub.com/tv.

SingTel ups the British quotient on mio TV, Award winning on-demand content from BBC and ITV

SingTel ups the British quotient on mio TV
Friday, Jun 05, 2009

Award winning on-demand content from BBC and ITV

first on mio TV - ahead of all other platforms

Singapore, 5 June 2009 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) announced today that a slew of exciting new British content will be launched on its mio TV platform come 15 July.

The content on offer is a premium selection of key pickings from two heavyweights in the international television arena – BBC Worldwide TV Sales & Distribution and ITV Global Entertainment Ltd. BBC is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, and ITV is the biggest commercial television network in the UK.

“We are very excited about the partnerships with BBC and ITV. These allow us to provide a comprehensive and high-quality range of the most current British content to our customers,” said Mr Low Ka Hoe, Director for IPTV Business, SingTel. “With these new service offerings, SingTel is reinforcing our leading position in the market as the pay TV platform for on-demand content.”

Mr Low added, “We have observed a keen response to content offered on-demand, such as Season Pass, which allows viewers to access popular TV series as early as 24 hours after their US premiere. The BBC and ITV content on these channels will also be packaged to allow greater flexibility in the way it is viewed.”

First-run and never-seen-before drama and documentary titles

‘British Drama’ and ‘British Documentary’ - will feature a stellar line-up handpicked from BBC and ITV’s library of award-winning programmes. Selected dramas and documentaries will be available one month after their UK telecast, ahead of any other platform in Singapore.

On ‘British Drama’, viewers can look forward to watching some of the Britain’s most brilliant actors in a wide range of award-winning drama series cutting across genres such as literature, horror and comedy. Titles from BBC include the latest seasons of Hotel Babylon, Dr Who and Torchwood, while ITV will offer Britannia High, The Prisoner and My Boy Jack.

‘British Documentary’ showcases the best of award-winning documentaries, wildlife, science and natural history programmes from BBC and ITV. This includes first-run rights to BBC’s iconic titles such as Life (HD), the BBC Natural History Unit’s blockbuster series for 2009 – as well as Nature’s Great Event, which showcases the planet's most breathtaking natural events and the dramatic wildlife stories behind them.

The new content will be offered as part of mio TV’s SuperSaver English Pack at $19.90 per month. As part of the channel restructuring, the current BBC linear channels on mio TV will no longer be available and all customers will be notified about the changes.

Pricing details for the new channels will be announced at a later date.

About mio TV

mio TV is the innovative digital pay TV service offering from SingTel. Launched in July 2007, the service offers customers value and full flexibility to watch what they want, when they want.

Currently, mio TV offers a total of 58 channels, of which 15 are on-demand channels. Content on mio TV covers a wide range of genres as well as Singapore’s largest range of video-on-demand titles with and High Definition content.

SingTel is Asia’s leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data services over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms. Together with its regional partners, it serves over 249 million mobile customers in eight markets. For more information, visit www.singtel.com/miotv.

SingTel had 78,000 mio TV subscribers as at 31 March 2009.

22 May 2009

HTC Magic Video Demo at Singapore launch event


The highly anticipated HTC Magic will be on sale in Singapore for a hefty price tag of S$1049 in June. So, how does this new Android has in features in comparison to the HTC Dream and other iphone alike touch screen phones.

See this review and youtube videos to check it out.

21 May 2009

Starhub introduces prepaid mobile broadband based on HSPA - MaxMobile Prepaid

StarHub to launch Singapore's innovative mobile broadband pre-paid service - "MaxMobile Prepaid" - that offers greater options, flexibility and value at more affordable prices

MaxMobile Prepaid service comes in various time-based plans with unlimited data access, from one hour to five days and with two speed choices

Customer-friendly charging feature based on 24-hour block of access allows users to pay for mobile broadband access as and when they need to surf, and not a second less

Consumers in Singapore and inbound travellers will be able to enjoy a new and innovative mobile broadband pre-paid service when StarHub launches its MaxMobile Prepaid service that offers short-term, instant "anywhere, anytime" broadband Internet access for up to 2Mbps or 7.2Mbps in download speeds from a notebook computer. MaxMobile Prepaid, with its customer-friendly charging feature, is created to give customers maxmium flexibility and better value in the choice of short-term Internet surfing.

Customers need not be bounded by monthly subscription anymore, and would instead have the flexibility to choose from different time-based plans, from as low as $2 for an hour of access.

In addition, StarHub's unique feature of customer-friendly charging based on 24-hour block of connection, starts only from the point customers select the preferred plan. For example, if the customer starts his three-day plan from 5pm, he is able to enjoy unlimited Internet access for the next full 72 hours, and not a second less. This feature permits customers to maximise their usage hours when they pay for MaxMobile Prepaid broadband access, as and when they need to surf only. 

There is also another customer-friendly feature that reminds customers that their MaxMobile Prepaid plan is due to end. SMS alerts from StarHub will be sent to customers before their selected plan ends. 

Said Mr Chan Kin Hung, Head of Personal Solutions and Advanced Multimedia Services at StarHub,"MaxMobile Prepaid is best suited for people with occasional or immediate need for broadband access anywhere in Singapore. It also caters to those who do not wish to be on contractual commitment. In addition, MaxMobile Prepaid offers inbound travellers a convenient and ready access to cost-effective fast Internet, at only $4 a day anytime, anywhere, from the Airport to the Zoo, during their stay in Singapore. Best of all, users have the flexibility to change their MaxMobile Prepaid plan based on their needs at the point of selection. So they can be on the one-hour plan today, the three-day plan next week, and one-hour plan a month later!"

To get started with the MaxMobile Prepaid service, customers simply purchase a pre-paid data SIM card, priced at $12, from any StarHub Shop and Exclusive Partners' outlets from 23 May 2009. The product will be available at other authorised dealers islandwide later. Customers who do not have an existing HSPA dongle can pick up the device and data SIM card bundle at an attractive introductory price.

Subsequently, customers can easily extend the MaxMobile Prepaid service by topping up the value of the data SIM card, which has a validity of 180 days. StarHub Happy top-up cards of different value types - $6, $18 and $38, are readily available at StarHub Shops, Exclusive Partners' outlets, 7-Eleven, Cheers, SingPost, I-Econ and UOB Money Changing Counters at Changi Airport. Customers can also make top-ups electronically via DBS/POSB ATMs, SAMs, AXS, or debit card payment while the option to top up using credit card will be available later.

12 May 2009

LG Arena (KM900) is here in Singapore

This phone mimics the iphone esp with it's so called S-Interface. Looks pretty cool. Unfortunately it is running on a proprietary operating system. I suspect the price will dip very fast as it is a LG. Look at how LG Viewty pricing has dropped throughout the months.

Read abt it here

http://my.ocworkbench.com/2009/LG/LG-KM900-Arena/p1.htm

06 May 2009

Starhub cable tv now supports wide screen format 16:9 with new software Upgrade

Software Upgrades
Making your TV viewing experience more enjoyable!
New Features and Enhancement
For HubStation HD, HubStation, Digital and HD set-top box
ENHANCED
7-Day On-Screen TV Guide
3-Day On-Screen TV Guide has been extended to 7 days. You can now plan your TV schedule 7 days ahead!
NEW
Quick Surf
You can browse the programme titles and synopsis available in the next 24 hours via the Info Bar.
NEW
Widescreen Format
You can set the TV display to widescreen format if you are
using a widescreen TV set.
(For HubStation and Digital
set-top box only)
Additional New Features and Enhancements
For HubStation HD and HubStation set-top box
ENHANCED
7 Days Recording

Record your favourite programmes
up to 7 days in advance.
ENHANCED
Record By Time - Weekdays
Only / Weekends Only
There are more options available for
recording by time. You can now choose to
record only on weekdays or weekends only
NEW
Jump To Feature
This feature allows you to jump to a
specific time in a recorded programme
NEW
Recording Icons
With the recording icons on the Info Bar and
On-Screen TV Guide, you will know which
programmes have been scheduled for recording.
To enjoy these new and enhanced features, simply:-
Power off and on the main power supply of your HubStation HD, HubStation, Digital or HD set-top box from 04 May 2009 onwards. An "Updating in progress.. please wait" message will be shown on screen. Once completed, your set-top box will tune to a video channel.
How to ensure if the upgrade is successful?
To check if you have upgrade to the latest software, press MENU on your remote control and press DOWN arrow button to select Settings, followed by DVR Info (for HubStation HD & HubStation) or STB Info (for Digital or HD set-top box). Press OK button to confirm. Please ensure that the Firmware Version and iGuide Version is as follows:
Firmware Version
  • HubStation: 1.25.03
  • HubStation HD: 1.4.0
  • HD set-top box: Q93_307
  • Digital Box (ADB Q46): 0978.48
  • Digital Box (SCV2110C): Q92_201
  • Digital Box (DCI15SHB): 3.3a
iGuide Version
  • HubStation / HubStation HD: 1.21.0.1423
  • Digital / HD Set-top box: 1.21.0.506
If you are unable to upgrade the iGuide or Firmware to the latest version, please call 1633 for troubleshooting

30 April 2009

Watch TVB dramas in High Definition on StarHub’s Demand TV

Watch TVB dramas in High Definition on StarHub’s Demand TV

Singapore, 30 April 2009 – Come 4 May 2009, StarHub TV customers using HubStation HD can look forward to catching their favourite TVB dramas in High Definition (HD) via Demand TV.

StarHub is one of the first pay TV operators in the world to offer TVB dramas in HD. The dramas will be available on Video-On-Demand, and customers can purchase and watch the programmes anytime they wish.

“We are excited to offer TVB dramas in HD to viewers in Singapore. This addition not only enhances our HD content offerings but also provides drama fans with the option to watch their favourite dramas in full HD splendour anytime they desire,” said Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub’s Head of Pay TV & Entertainment.

The titles that will be available from 4 May are The Gem of Life and The Master Of Tai Chi. The Gem Of Life is TVB’s 82-episode mega production starring A-Listers including Gigi Lai, Ada Choi, Maggie Siu, Moses Chan and Bowie Lam. It will premiere in two parts - the first 41 episodes will be made available from 4 May and the remaining episodes in June. Equally captivating, The Master of Tai Chi is a period drama which explores the topics of Tai Chi and stars Chiu Man Chuk, Raymond Lam and Myolie Wu. Viewers can preview the first episode of all titles for free, and catch subsequent episodes at a fee of $1.20 ($1.28 with GST) per episode.

To access TVB dramas in HD, customers simply need to press the “VOD” button on their remote control, select “TV Series” followed by “TVB Drama”, and thereafter, select the programme from the catalogue.

StarHub also offers a variety of linear HD content including HD5 (Ch 300), NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL HD (Ch 301), Discovery HD (Ch 302), History HD (Ch 303), Sports HD (Ch 304) and All Sports Network HD (Ch 305).

HubStation HD, which enables customers to access HD content – both linear and on-demand, is available to StarHub TV customers on a rental basis at $14 ($14.98 with GST) monthly. Besides accessing HD content, HubStation HD users will also be able to enjoy features and benefits such as being able to record HD programmes, control ‘live’ TV – the ability to pause and replay ‘live’ TV broadcast, and get free 1Mbps broadband Internet access [1]as well as StarHub’s Digital Voice service. To upgrade to HubStation HD, customers can bring their existing set-top boxes to any of our four Customer Service Centres [2]or call 1633 to arrange for an appointment.

For more information on StarHub’s Demand TV services – comprising Video-On-Demand and On Demand Channels, visit www.starhub.com/demandtv.

19 April 2009

HTC launches Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 in Singapore

New HTC Touch Diamond2TM and HTC Touch Pro2TM Signal a New Wave in Communication
New phones simplify information access with HTC Push Internet and unify personal communication with single-view contact integration
Singapore – 16 April 2009 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile phones, today unveiled two new flagship devices, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2. Integrating innovative simplicity with unique style and an intuitive interface, the device balances function, form and cutting-edge technology to personalize the communication and mobile Internet experience.

"The HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Touch Diamond2 introduce a mobile communication experience that simplifies how we communicate with people in our lives whether through voice, text or email,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corp. “HTC is delivering the latest, cutting-edge sophistication in a broad portfolio of mobile phones that improve how people live, work and communicate."

HTC TouchFLO 3D Integrated With Windows Mobile
The HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 utilize HTC’s latest TouchFLO 3D interface. TouchFLO 3D has been more deeply integrated into a customized version of Windows Mobile 6.1 to deliver more consistency throughout Windows Mobile applications and menus. Focused on making navigation easier and more intuitive, TouchFLO 3D brings important information to the top-level user interface, including quick access to people, messaging, email, photos, music and weather. As part of this improved Windows Mobile integration the touch focus areas have been enlarged to be more finger-touch friendly.
Bringing People Together
With the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2, HTC is introducing a new people-centric communication approach, providing a single contact view that displays the individual conversation history of contacts regardless of whether voice, text or email were used. This can be viewed from the contact card or the in-call screen during a phone conversation, ensuring the latest communication contact-by-contact is always at hand.

Simplifying How People Access Their Information
Continuing its commitment to making the mobile Internet easier and more enjoyable, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 introduce HTC’s Push Internet technology. HTC Push Internet alleviates slow downloading and rendering of Web pages on a mobile phone. Users can preselect their favorite Websites to get immediate access to them when needed.

HTC Touch Diamond2
The HTC Touch Diamond2 is the next step in the evolution of the successful HTC Touch Diamond. Crafted to fit perfectly into the hand, the Touch Diamond2 evolves the compact design and iconic style of the original HTC Touch Diamond. It incorporates a larger 3.2-inch high-resolution wide-screen VGA display for a greater viewing area in a design just 13.7mm thick. The phone also includes a new touch sensitive zoom bar for even faster zooming of Web pages, emails, text messages, photos or documents.
Leveraging HTC’s TouchFLO 3D experience combined with a people-centric communication approach and HTC’s new Push Internet technology, the Touch Diamond2 offers an advanced touch experience that is optimized for one-hand use.
With 20% larger battery capacity, a five mega-pixel auto focus camera, expandable memory, gravity sensor and an ambient light sensor, the Touch Diamond2 brings the most sophisticated capabilities to a broad consumer audience looking for the professional benefits of a smartphone without sacrificing size, looks or functionality.

HTC Touch Pro2
Designed for business professionals, the HTC Touch Pro2 is architected with distinct style and strength while delivering the most powerful productivity experience available on a mobile phone. Leveraging HTC’s TouchFLO 3D, people-centric communication and Push Internet technology, the Touch Pro2 features a high-resolution 3.6-inch widescreen VGA display for an expanded viewing area and large finger-friendly QWERTY keyboard. With improved battery life, expandable memory, a touch-sensitive zoom bar as well as gravity, proximity and ambient light sensors, the Touch Pro2 is optimized for touch as well as heavy email use.

Introducing HTC Straight TalkTM For HTC Touch Pro2
The new HTC Touch Pro2 leverages voice in a new way to create one of the most sophisticated communication experiences found on a mobile phone. HTC’s new Straight Talk technology delivers an integrated email, voice and speakerphone experience. Users can transition seamlessly from email to single or multi-party conference calls* and turn any location into a conference room.
In addition to the new simplified calling experience, Straight Talk includes an innovative mechanical and acoustic design that features a sophisticated speakerphone experience similar to those found in corporate boardrooms. Straight Talk delivers a high-fidelity voice and sound experience enhanced by asymmetric speakers and advanced noise suppression with full duplex acoustics. When the Touch Pro2 is flipped over it automatically turns into a conference room speakerphone system.

Pricing & Availability:
The new HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 will be available from mid May and end June 2009 at all authorized resellers at a suggested retail price of SGD $1,088 and $1,328. (inclusive of 7% GST) respectively**.

Hitachi 50" LCD TV selling for S$2000+

I was surprised when I saw that at a factory outlet sale a few weekends ago. When I search for the exact model at various mega stores, I am unable to find it. Instead I found a Hitachi IPS panel series. It is damn shocking as the LCD is so thin unlike traditional LCD TVs. It also weighs less in comparison. The price is steeper at $2500 for a 42".

12 March 2009

IT SHOW 2009 Discounts Offers and Deals

The quarterly computer show in Singapore will begin today. The march event is held at Suntec City and is known as IT SHOW 2009.

If you are looking for new notebooks or subscribing to new broadband plans or buying a new LCD monitor, you should do some home work. A good starting point is to check out the online brochures and price lists of IT SHOW 2009.

One of the updated links would be at OCWORKBENCH with URL at
http://my.ocworkbench.com/bbs/forumdisplay.php?f=77

23 February 2009

How to enable the 4th core on AMD Phenom II X3 710 & X3 720

What! The hidden 4th core on the phenom II X3 processors can be hacked to work! Here is a proof on the net that it actually works.

http://my.ocworkbench.com/2009/amd/AMD-PhenomII-X3-710-X3-720-hacked-as-quadcore/enabling-the-4th-core-on-X3-710-and-X3-720.htm

18 February 2009

LG Arena (KM900) is the real iphone killer

The interface of the LG Arena looks very similar to the iphone. Powered by AMD processor, the 3D interface cubes let's you spin yto your contacts, music and more with graphics interface. It gives you fast multimedia access and an intuitive customisable visuals.

The LG Arena (KM900) comes with Dolby Sound Experience the power of surround sound with Dolby Mobile. With 3.5mm audio jack and 30 hours of playtime, you are bound to be thrilled by the sound quality.



It also has a FM transmitter, allowing you to transmit your audio to your FM receiver e.g. of a car. You can now broadcast your music wirelessly in your car, at home and on any FM radio.

The phone comes with a video player which can playback DivX/Xvid movies on the 3.0" WVGA LCD display. Enjoy the Dolby mobile sound and hook it up to a wide LCD widescreen TV

In terms of multimedia, become your won movie director. You can record with effects, 120 fps with slow motion at DVD resolution / D1 Recording (30fps). It also comes with a noise-free microphone.

For still pictures, the 5 megapixel camera takes pictures with Face tracking, image stabiliser and up to ISO 800.

Other features include A-GPS, high speed internet access using HSDPA 7.2mbps, Google Mobile service and a full HTML browser, you can surf anywhere under the sun.

Use widgets to customise your screen and jump direct to your favourite applications.

The LG Arena is ony 11.95mm thin, it is sleek and stylish and has scratch resistant tempered glass.

Check out the videos and click this link to find out more about the phone.

Source

17 February 2009

StarHub TV to go into full digital mode , takes out analog sign by 30 Jun 2009

StarHub TV to go into full digital mode

- Analogue transmission will cease from 30 June 2009 -


Singapore, 17 February 2009 – From 30 June 2009, all StarHub TV customers will enjoy digital-quality reception of TV programmes and a suite of interactive services on TV as StarHub goes into full digital mode with the cessation of all analogue transmissions.

Households currently receiving analogue Free-To-Air TV channels will not be affected by this migration. This means households – both StarHub TV subscribers and non-subscribers – will continue to receive programmes on Free-To-Air channels.

StarHub’s digital platform was launched in May 2004 and by end 2008, 96% of its pay TV customers are already on the digital platform. Digital TV has provided StarHub TV customers with more choices, flexibility and interactivity, as well as improved visual and audio quality.

It is a worldwide trend that operators, suppliers and vendors around the world are phasing out their analogue services. Similarly, the Analogue set-top boxes deployed by StarHub, introduced in 1995, have been phased out by third-party suppliers and the supporting systems necessary for the analogue service are no longer offered by manufacturers.

”Now that the analogue service is no longer supported by suppliers and manufacturers, we have decided to cease our analogue transmission so that the service quality rendered to our customers will not be compromised,” explained Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub’s Head of Pay TV & Entertainment.

The introduction of the digital platform in May 2004 allowed StarHub to offer a wider selection of channels. Due to the limited capacity on the analogue platform, StarHub was only able to offer 50 channels prior to May 2004. Today, StarHub carries more than 130 channels.

StarHub TV customers who upgrade from the Analogue set-top box to a digital box can enjoy access to selected Basic Group and Sports Group channels that were launched only on the digital platform in recent years. For example, existing Education Basic Group customers who upgrade to digital will be able to access The History Channel at no extra cost. Existing Sports Group customers will stand to gain as well. They will be able to enjoy six additional channels – Eurosport, Eurosportnews, Goal TV 1, Goal TV 2, Golf Channel and SuperSports Plus when they upgrade to digital. In addition, all digital customers can enjoy complimentary access to five international channels - Arirang TV, Australia Network, Deutsche Welle, KBS World and TVRI.

“StarHub is committed to providing the best value for their customers, as well as to provide high quality service at affordable prices. The digital platform is able to provide a significantly better service with more channels and innovative services for our customers. On top of the additional channels, digital customers can also enjoy features such as On-Screen Programme Guide, Video Mosaic, Programme Alerts, free TV games and access useful information such as stock listings, cinema schedules and lottery results via Interactive TV (Channel 800),” added Ms Ong.

To give customers choice, StarHub currently offers four set-top boxes to access its digital TV services. Customers can choose between Digital set-top box, HD set-top box, HubStation and HubStation HD. HubStation and HubStation HD come with an in-built hard-disk and two-way interactivity that enable customer to watch and record programmes, as well as access Demand TV. The rental fee for each box starts from $4 ($4.28 with GST) monthly.

To ease the transition from analogue to digital, customers will enjoy a $2 ($2.14 with GST) waiver off their monthly Digital set-top box rental fee for a period of six months for each Analogue set-top box that is upgraded to a Digital set-top box.

StarHub TV customers can upgrade to Digital set-top box, HD set-top box, HubStation or HubStation HD by returning their present analogue set-top boxes [1] to one of the four StarHub Customer Service Centres [2]. Alternatively, they can contact StarHub at 1633 to request for an appointment to conduct the exchange in their homes [3].

For more information on StarHub TV, visit www.starhub.com/tv.

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NEW HTC TOUCH DIAMOND2TM AND HTC TOUCH PRO2TM SIGNAL A NEW WAVE IN COMMUNICATION

NEW HTC TOUCH DIAMOND2TM AND HTC TOUCH PRO2TM SIGNAL A NEW WAVE IN COMMUNICATION
New phones simplify information access with HTC Push Internet and unify personal communication with single-view contact integration

BARCELONA — Feb 16, 2009 — HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile phones, today unveiled two new flagship devices, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2. Integrating innovative simplicity with unique style and an intuitive interface, the devices balance function, form and cutting-edge technology to personalize the communication and mobile Internet experience.

"The HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Touch Diamond2 introduce a mobile communication experience that simplifies how we communicate with people in our lives whether through voice, text or email,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corp. “HTC is delivering the latest, cutting-edge sophistication in a broad portfolio of mobile phones that improve how people live, work and communicate."

HTC TOUCHFLO 3D INTEGRATED WITH WINDOWS MOBILE
The HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 utilize HTC’s latest TouchFLO 3D interface. TouchFLO 3D has been more deeply integrated into a customized version of Windows Mobile 6.1 to deliver more consistency throughout Windows Mobile applications and menus. Focused on making navigation easier and more intuitive, TouchFLO 3D brings important information to the top-level user interface, including quick access to people, messaging, email, photos, music and weather. As part of this improved Windows Mobile integration the touch focus areas have been enlarged to be more finger-touch friendly.

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER
With the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2, HTC is introducing a new people-centric communication approach, providing a single contact view that displays the individual conversation history of contacts regardless of whether voice, text or email were used. This can be viewed from the contact card or the in-call screen during a phone conversation, ensuring the latest communication contact-by-contact is always at hand.

SIMPLIFYING HOW PEOPLE ACCESS THEIR INFORMATION
Continuing its commitment to making the mobile Internet easier and more enjoyable, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 introduce HTC’s Push Internet technology. HTC Push Internet alleviates slow downloading and rendering of Web pages on a mobile phone. Users can preselect their favorite Websites to get immediate access to them when needed.

HTC TOUCH DIAMOND2
The HTC Touch Diamond2 is the next step in the evolution of the successful HTC Touch Diamond. Crafted to fit perfectly into the hand, the Touch Diamond2 evolves the compact design and iconic style of the original HTC Touch Diamond. It incorporates a larger 3.2-inch high-resolution wide-screen VGA display for a greater viewing area in a design just 13.7mm thick. The phone also includes a new touch sensitive zoom bar for even faster zooming of Web pages, emails, text messages, photos or documents.
Leveraging HTC’s TouchFLO 3D experience combined with a people-centric communication approach and HTC’s new Push Internet technology The Touch Diamond2 offers an advanced touch experience that is optimized for one-hand use.



With fifty-percent better battery life, a five mega-pixel auto focus camera, expandable memory, gravity sensor and an ambient light sensor, the Touch Diamond2 brings the most sophisticated capabilities to a broad consumer audience looking for the professional benefits of a smartphone without sacrificing size, looks or functionality.

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HTC TOUCH PRO2
Designed for business professionals, the HTC Touch Pro2 is architected with distinct style and strength while delivering the most powerful productivity experience available on a mobile phone. Leveraging HTC’s TouchFLO 3D, people-centric communication and Push Internet technology, the Touch Pro2 features a high-resolution 3.6-inch widescreen VGA display for an expanded viewing area and large finger-friendly QWERTY keyboard. With improved battery life, expandable memory, a touch-sensitive zoom bar as well as gravity, proximity and ambient light sensors, the Touch Pro2 is optimized for touch as well as heavy email use.


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INTRODUCING HTC STRAIGHT TALKTM FOR HTC TOUCH PRO2
The new HTC Touch Pro2 leverages voice in a new way to create one of the most sophisticated communication experiences found on a mobile phone. HTC’s new Straight Talk technology delivers an integrated email, voice and speakerphone experience. Users can transition seamlessly from email to single or multi-party conference calls and turn any location into a conference room.

In addition to the new simplified calling experience, Straight Talk includes an innovative mechanical and acoustic design that features a sophisticated speakerphone experience similar to those found in corporate boardrooms. Straight Talk delivers a high-fidelity voice and sound experience enhanced by asymmetric speakers and advanced noise suppression with full duplex acoustics. When the Touch Pro2 is flipped over it automatically turns into a conference room speakerphone system.

Availability
The HTC Touch Diamond2 will be available to customers across major European and Asian markets in early Q2 2009 with broader global availability coming later in the year. The Touch Pro2 will be available across major global markets beginning in early summer.

Samsung launches first HD recording 720p mobile phone

Samsung OMNIAHD Dazzles at Mobile World Congress
with Its HD Brilliance

Barcelona, Spain, February 16, 2009 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today unveiled its ultimate multimedia powerhouse with HD brilliance. OMNIAHD is Samsung’s first Symbian full-touch handset, and features the world’s first 720P HD video recording and decoding on mobile, as well as the world’s largest AMOLED screen on mobile. Samsung launches OMNIAHD at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, as part of its portfolio of innovative mobile devices that incorporate the latest multimedia features and fastest data communication, to offer a complete media solution for consumers.

Samsung OMNIAHD is the newest, high performance full-touch screen phone that brings together style, multimedia and business performance in one device. The mobile follows on from the phenomenal success and heritage of the OMNIA last year and extends Samsung’s market leadership of all-in-one full-touch phones. Samsung OMNIAHD has a stunning design with a sleek finish and delivers the ultimate in digital entertainment thanks to its HD capability and 3.7” AMOLED screen. The Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) touch screen offers unrivalled sharpness of tone, vivid colours and greater clarity in direct sunlight as well as less power consumption.

“Samsung OMNIAHD is an incredibly exciting product for us as it is a mobile perfectly suited to the needs of today’s consumers who want exciting multimedia experiences on the move,” said JK Shin, Executive Vice President and head of Mobile Communication division in Samsung Electronics. “OMNIAHD demonstrates our vision for the Samsung mobile business, which is to provide premium phones for users who desire functionality, style, usability and entertainment in one innovative device. With Samsung Mobile, I believe that our users can enjoy being at the forefront of work and play, staying connected anytime, anywhere.”

Brilliant HD

The HD video recording feature enables you to capture precious moments in HD (720p) quality, enjoy HD content on HD TV via DLNA technology and share real-time live video as users shoot it via qik.com. The 16: 9 screen of QHD display with 16M colour and dual stereo speaker reveal a whole new world of mobile multimedia experiences on the move, enabling users to enjoy SD (Standard Definition) /HD (High Definition) videos in cinema-scale quality with caption.

Brilliant Convergence

Allied to the industry-leading 8MP camera which allows you take digital camera-quality photographs on your phone, the Samsung OMNIAHD ensures you capture the best possible photographs of your friends and family.

Users can enjoy super-fast internet access of HSUPA 5.76Mbps and HSDPA 7.2Mbps that enables you to download or upload a 4MB MP3 song in less than 10 seconds and a 40MB movie in 1 minute(※). 3.7” Auto-Rotating Display on the large screen means that you can enjoy PC-like web-surfing on your phone. [※ Based on theoretical values]

GPS with integrated compass makes OMNIAHD suitable for both pedestrians and drivers, and the navigation touch control and voice guidance via dual stereo speaker provide drivers with easy and safe navigation.

The generous internal memory (available in 8GB and 16GB capacity options), with the addition of a 32GB microSD card, allows you to store up to 48GB, which translates to 35 DVD-quality movies or 18,000 8MP photographs.

Brilliant Interaction

With its easy to use and intuitive 3D interface, OMNIAHD offers effortless and convenient viewing, allowing users to move around and multi-task seamlessly. Motion-enabled features including 3D games make it intuitive and exciting to enjoy the best ever mobile multimedia experiences. Moreover, Samsung Mobile Widget delivers up-to-date information of your choice with just one touch, creating a personalized interface with which to access the infinite wealth of web content.

Samsung OMNIAHD (I8910) Product Specification

Network

HSUPA 5.76Mbps / HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
EDGE/GPRS Class 12 Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900)
UMTS Tri Band (900/1900/2100MHz)

OS

Symbian S60 5.0 (Full touch UI)

Display

3.7" 16M Full Touch QHD AMOLED (360x640)

Camera

8 Megapixel CMOS + CIF

Auto-Focus / Power LED Flash / Face Detection/Smile Shot / Blink Shot / Panorama Shot

Video

DivX / XviD / H.263 / H.264 / WMV / MPEG4, RV

24fps@HD(1280 x 720p) Video recording

DLNA & HD TV out (DLNA dongle needed, optional extra)

Video Editing: Trim video, Audio dubbing, Live dubbing, Add subtitle, Image capture

Audio

FM Radio with RDS

MP3/ AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+ / WMA / RA

Dual Stereo Speaker & DNSe 2.0: )

Value-added Features

GPS / S-GPS / Xtragps with Navigation, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Compass, Accelerometer

Advanced TouchWiz UI with Widget

Mobile Widget, Share Pix, Document Viewer, E-Dictionary, Biz Card Recognition, Podcasting, 3D Games, Application Download, Push Email (MS Exchange),Real-time video uploading, Smart Search

Connectivity

Bluetooth v2.0 / USB 2.0 / Wi-Fi

Memory

8GB / 16GB Flash + External Memory slot : microSDHC™ (up to 32GB)

Size

123 x 58 x 12.9

Battery

1500 mAh

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