Krishna Baidya’s Random Musings

Archive for the ‘Quad-play’ Category

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

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???