23 January 2009

Celestial Classic Movies On StarHub

Celestial Classic Movies On StarHub

Singapore and Hong Kong – StarHub and Celestial Pictures jointly announce today that Celestial Classic Movies will be available in Singapore via StarHub TV from 25 January 2009. With this addition of Celestial Classic Movies, StarHub will further extend its lead in the provision of Chinese TV content in Singapore, as this marks the launch of its 25th Chinese linear channel and fourth dedicated Chinese movie channel.

Celestial Classic Movies is a 24-hour Chinese movie channel packaged by Hong Kong’s Celestial Pictures. The channel presents Chinese movie masterpieces produced from the 1950s to the 2000s, mainly from the renowned Shaw Production which has the largest library of Chinese movie titles in the world.

The wide variety of movies on Celestial Classic Movies - covering action, thrillers, romance, comedy and historic epics, will give viewers access to some of the best Chinese films ever produced, and definitive movie moments from master directors John Woo, Yuen Woo Ping, Tony Ching Siu Tung, Chang Cheh, King Hu, Liu Chia Liang and Chu Yuan. Viewers will also be treated to skilful deliveries by leading artistes such as Jet Li, Chow Yun Fat, Stephen Chow, Cheng Pei Pei, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Ti Lung and Gordon Liu.

“Celestial Movies has been popular amongst our customers since its launch in 2003. We are more than delighted to partner Celestial Pictures once again by bringing Celestial Classic Movies to local viewers, as this would give them unprecedented access to over five decades of quality Chinese movies by Shaw Productions and other leading production houses in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan,” enthused Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub’s Head of Pay TV & Entertainment.

“After a successful launch in Hong Kong a few months ago, Singapore has become a natural market for Celestial Classic Movie Channel to land,” said Mr Terry Mak, Executive Vice President, Distribution & TV Networks for Celestial Pictures. “Viewers today are more demanding. They do not expect us to label movies as classics just because they are old. Shaw films commanded over 50% of the combined box office revenue in Asia between 1957 and1977. Celestial has spent six years to restore each film, frame by frame, through the highest standard of digital re-mastering. Viewers shall find the quality of each picture in the Celestial Classic Movies stunning.”

To celebrate the launch of Celestial Classic Movies and to add cheer for Chinese viewers during the Lunar New Year period, StarHub TV customers can enjoy complimentary access to the new channel from 6am on 25 January to 12 February 2009! During this free preview period, StarHub TV customers using the High Definition (HD), HubStation, HubStation HD or digital set-top box simply need to tune in to Channel 64 to enjoy the quality movies for free.

StarHub TV customers who wish to continue their access to Celestial Classic Movies on Channel 64 following the free preview can call 1633 from 10 February, to subscribe to the channel at a monthly fee of $6 ($6.42 with GST). New customers can call 1630 to take on a StarHub TV package. To encourage more customers to subscribe to Celestial Classic Movies, StarHub will offer a 50 per cent discount off the channel’s monthly subscription fee for the first three months, to all existing and new StarHub TV customers who sign up for the channel between 10 February to 23 March 2009

16 January 2009

Ericsson and TeliaSonera today announced the signing of a commercial LTE network

Ericsson and TeliaSonera today announced the signing of a commercial LTE network. The roll-out of the 4G mobile broadband network will offer the highest data rates ever realized, with the best interactivity and quality. This network will cover Sweden’s capital Stockholm and the contract is Ericsson’s first for commercial deployment of LTE.

Your friends on your social networking site will always be just a click away. You can read on-line multimedia newspapers effortlessly and even watch your favorite on-demand TV show in HD (High Definition) quality wherever you are, whenever you find time.

These functions can be possible for mobile broadband customers in the 4G network, based on LTE. The new 4G network will do for broadband what mobile telephony did for voice. With real-time performance, and about 10 times higher data rates compared to today’s mobile broadband networks, consumers can always be connected, even on the move.

13 January 2009

Sports HD moved to channel 305

If you turn on your set top box, you would have noticed that Channel 305 shows Sports HD. It seems that Starhub might be introducing a new HD Channel on Channel 304. Watch out for it.

08 January 2009

LG TVs to Stream Youtube

LG TVs to Stream Youtube

LAS VEGAS, US - THE convergence of television and the Internet quickened on Wednesday as LG Electronics unveiled high-definition sets linked to YouTube as well as the US online movie rental service Netflix.

The South Korean electronics giant kicked off a day of Consumer Electronics Show press conferences by touting its latest technology and partnerships with Internet titans Yahoo, YouTube, and Netflix.

'We will be the first manufacturer to add Netflix content to television,' said LG chief technology officer Woo Paik, considered by some the 'father of HD TV' for his pioneering work on high-definition technology.

We will add support for YouTube and form partnerships with other online video providers.' LG and online movie rental giant Netflix displayed 'Broadband HDTVs' embedded with Netflix streaming software embedded in the TV, allowing users to stream movies directly from Netflix with no external device.

'That's a goal of course, to get movies to the TV,' Netflix vice-president Steve Swasy said after the press conference.

'We think DVDs will be around another five to ten years, but we want to be where things are going in the future.' Netflix still makes the bulk of its money mailing DVD movie rentals to members that create film preference lists at the California company's website, according to Mr Swasy.

Flat-panel LG TV sets with 'NetCast Entertainment Access' also let viewers watch video streamed from Google-owned YouTube.

A Yahoo Widget Engine uses mini computer applications to link LG televisions to the California Internet firm's news, sports and weather websites along with other online properties.

LG showed off the plasma and liquid-crystal display (LCD) Broadband HDTVs a day before the official start of a premier Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held in Las Vegas this week.

'LG's new capability broadens the user experience to include not only entertainment content, but also up-to-the minute news, stock information, weather updates, photo management and more by simply using the TV's remote control,' said LG USA marketing vice president Peter Reiner. -- AFP

04 January 2009

No mobile signal @ Jurong Point NTUC Xtra

Yesterday, I went to the newly opened Jurong Point 2. It is brightly lit and shops are opened. While I was right outside NTUC Xtra, I am still able to get a 5 bar reception on M1 network. Once I move further in, I am practially with no signal coverage. The phone just shows "For emergency calls only".

SO, if you happen to be at Jurong Point, tell us if your other operator, e.g Singtel, Starhub has any coverage inside NTUC.