23 April 2010

Singtel mio TV subscribers reached 200,000

mio TV subscribers will be first in Singapore to watch Avatar from their living rooms

Avatar and other Hollywood blockbusters On Demand at only $2.99 each

Singapore, 21 April, 2010 -- Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) today announced that it will be celebrating its 200,000 customer milestone by offering a range of exciting treats to new and existing mio TV customers.

“We are thrilled that 200,000 Singaporeans have chosen mio TV for their home entertainment, said Mr Tim Carmichael, Vice President of mio TV. “Since its launch in 2007, mio TV has created waves in the pay TV market in Singapore, which was dominated by a single player for over a decade. We have brought many innovations to the market and today’s announcement is a reinforcement of our commitment to leading and shaping the industry.”

Tomorrow marks the Singapore TV premiere of James Cameron’s blockbuster movie Avatar on mio TV, and from April 22 till May 16, Avatar as well as all other on-demand movies will be available at the special price of only S$2.99 per movie (inclusive of GST). These include the latest Hollywood blockbusters such as Inglourious Basterds, 2012, Jennifer’s Body, Did You Hear About the Morgans? and Surrogates.

During this period, mio TV will also be conducting a daily lucky draw where customers stand a chance to win a Samsung 40” 3D LED TV, Samsung 3D Blu Ray player, two pairs of Samsung 3D glasses and a Monsters vs Aliens 3D Blu Ray DVD – a pack with a total value of over S$5,000. Both new and existing mio TV customers automatically qualify for the draw.

“We are delighted to be the first in Singapore to bring Avatar into our customers’ living rooms,” said Mr Carmichael. “The lucky winners of the Samsung 3D TVs will get to enjoy our movies in spectacular 3D right from the comfort of their sofas!”

He added, “mio TV has always been at the forefront of bringing the best and latest content to Singapore. Since 2008, fans have been able to watch the hottest TV series such as Glee, Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries as early as 24 hours after their US telecast, and Hollywood movies on the same day as their DVD release, often as soon as three to four months after they first hit cinema screens. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their support and look forward to bringing even more exciting new content to their TV screens.”

20 April 2010

Mediacorp ch 8 screening in wide screen 16:9 format

HD in Singapore doesn't seem to be the in thing these days. Look at the miserable HD5 and you know what I mean. There are practically no intention to push HD in the FTA, less with a few hours of real HD programming.

Instead, Mediacorp has been making available some of its programmes in Wide screen 16:9 aspect ratio. This is a bonus for wide screen LCD TV users. I have been waiting for this day since I bought the tv 3 yrs ago.

At last Channel 8's 9pm drama gets the 16:9 right and you see the actors and actresses in the right size. No more fat heads on the screen.

Live programmes such as the Star Awards was also presented in 16:9. The best thing is that these signals can be transmitted in analog format. So, even if you do not have a Starhub TV box or mio box, you also get the correct aspect ratio.

For those who are still using the CRT BOX, it is time to upgrade as more programmes will be presented in widescreen format.

Just wondering why the Ch 8 7pm drama is still in letterbox format. Since it is shot in HD, it could be downscale to SD but in wide screen format to fit the whole screen. Perhaps the people at Mediacorp can do something about it.

12 April 2010

M1 takes over from Mio TV to broadcast Aljazeera English News channel

Less than two weeks after SingTel's mio TV dropped the English-language news channel Al Jazeera, the latter said its news bulletins and some documentary programmes will be carried by M1.

M1 will use a video-on-demand format, the Qatar- based broadcaster Al Jazeera told The Sunday Times.

Al Jazeera is widely seen as a powerful and alternative voice on Middle Eastern affairs.


05 April 2010

Singtel mio tv drops Aljazeera English Channel on it's Pay TV

According to dljz blog, Singtel mio tv has officially dropped the English news channel Al Jazzera English (AJE) from the channel selections on Mio TV platform. It is unknown why Singtel decided to drop it. It is not as if Starhub can carry it as an exclusive channel as new regulations prohibits exclusive contracts.

A check with the MioTV site does indicate that the dropped Middle East news channel has been replaced with “newer adequate choices” such as Russia Today, CCTV 9 (China) as well as Euronews. Russia Today is provided FREE on both Mio TV and Starhub.

Al Jazeera has series of programmes scrutinizing the socio-economic problems in Singapore, more than any other news channel. Likewise programs from the defunct mediaworks Channel U were also scrapped and the channel merged into Mediacorp in 2005.

You can read the original blog entry here.

MotoGP channel coming to Starhub in HD soon

MotoGP in HD, 3D to follow?

MotoGP is to be broadcast in full HD for the first time in 2010, while a documentary will be produced using 3D technology.

In 2010, RTL Club (Belgium), Eurosport (France), Sport TV (Portugal), Digisport (Hungary) and Viasat (Scandinavia) will all broadcast the MotoGP season in HD within Europe.

Outside Europe, HD will stretch as far as Speed TV (US), ESPN (Latin America), Globosat (Brazil), One HD (Australia), StarHub (Singapore), Sky (New Zealand), Al Jazeera (Middle East), ESPN Star Sports (Asia) and Supersport (Africa), with further HD broadcasters expected to come on board during the season.

Meanwhile, 3D and digital systems specialists Vince Pace - which worked with Dorna Sports during a successful trial of 3D technology at last year's US Grand Prix - now plans to produce a 3D MotoGP documentary.

'This will feature images captured during the [2010] MotoGP season, and channels broadcasting in 3D such as ESPN and Sky have already shown interest in broadcasting such coverage of the sport,' said a Dorna statement.

The Pace team is led by John Bruno, who was part of the Visual Effects team involved in the Academy Award winning film Avatar.