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Singapore operator wins pay-TV, Internet and mobile rights for three years.

Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. said Thursday that it won a bid for broadcast rights for its pay-television service to show Barclays Premier League football matches for three years from August 2010, beating out rival StarHub Ltd.

The rights to the English Premier League games are for pay-TV, as well as Internet and cellphones, and will last from August 2010 to May 2013, SingTel said in a statement.

The news is a blow for StarHub, the incumbent pay-TV operator that has broadcast the league’s matches in Singapore since 1997. It submitted a competing bid against SingTel and holds rights for the league’s matches until the end of the current season in mid-2010.

Given the popularity of the football league in Singapore, analysts had expected the bidding process to be fierce.

“BPL rights are one of the most iconic content, enabling the winner to gain/retain its foothold in the homes of consumers,” CIMB said in a recent report.

SingTel also secured the rights to a suite of sports networks and services from ESPN STAR Sports for its pay-TV service from mid-2010, it said. SingTel didn’t disclose any financial details, however.

Source: Dow Jones Newswires

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SingTel announced that its mio TV service has surpassed its 100,000 customer mark. Milestone coincides with the service’s second birthday; all new and existing customers will be given a special selection of ten movies which they can watch on-demand for free.

SingTel also launched Football Frenzy, Singapore’s first multimedia social football experience, which will be available across the company’s online, mio TV and mobile platforms for the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and Italian Serie A soccer tournaments.

ESPN STAR Sports is a production partner for SingTel’s Football Frenzy offering, which includes four mio TV channels: three linear and one on-demand. SingTel holds the cross-platform rights to all 146 UEFA Champions League, 149 Europa League and 120 Serie A matches.

Asked whether the Football Frenzy experience had been created with the English Premier League (EPL) as their ultimate goal, Edward Yong, chief of content & media services group, SingTel, said it had been created around the UEFA soccer. “But we would like the EPL to see what we have done,” in optimizing these tournaments across all three platforms.

The entire Football Frenzy package, across broadband, mio TV and mobile will cost S$15.90 (US$11) per month for a 12-month package. There is no sign-up fee, no basic tier requirement for mioTV; the online offering can be accessed from non-SingTel broadband accounts; the mobile component is available only to SingTel Mobile customers.

Source: Television Asia

  • British content now on Mio TV
  • Comes shortly StarHub’s announcement
  • BBC Worldwide and ITV content partners

Close on the heels of StarHub’s announcement of more BBC content on its pay TV platform, rival SingTel has unveiled the extent of its British content offering.

Come 15 July, mio TV will be able to broadcast selected content from BBC Worldwide TV Sales & Distribution and ITV Global Entertainment.

“These allow us to provide a comprehensive and high-quality range of the most current British content to our customers,” Low Ka Hoe, Director for IPTV Business, SingTel, said.

“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,” he said.

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.

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

Source: Marketing Magzine

bsnlOn 26th April, Indian telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) has launched IPTV service called ‘MyWay BSNL‘ in the city of Chennai in association with Indian firm Smart Digivision, according to reports in local newspaper The Hindu.

This is quite an expected move for a telco to offer quad-play service in Indian market. This is surely a good news for end consumers as it offers alternatives to existing players. However, the service is not likely to be gain instant momentum in a competitive market where other players flexing muscles are Dish TV, Tata Sky, Big TV and Airtel DigitalTV and has very little differentiation.

The new service offers over 150 linear channels as well as video-on-demand and music-on-demand libraries, and a parental lock to block certain content.
BSNL plans to introduce features such as the ability to pause live TV in the near future. Customers can either rent the set-top box required for INR 50 (US$ 0.99) per month, plus a deposit of INR 1,000, or purchase it outright for INR 2,500.

A new operator of IPTV services, Smart Digivision delivered over the fixed-line networks of local telcos BSNL and MTNL, and was reported last month to have selected solutions from US firm SeaChange in order to enable its rollout of on-demand, broadcast and converged service offerings.

Its Super Value Pack (a bouquet of 126 Ch.) is priced only at Rs. 280 (about US$6). In Singapore, I pay about the same amount to StarHub for a single movie channel. Feels absurd???