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".