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

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.