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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


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

SingTel, Southeast Asia’s largest telco, on Sunday launched in Singapore a service that lets mobile subscribers download music files and videos which it hopes to introduce to other parts of Asia. Developed with Universal Music, SingTel hopes the web-based facility, called AMPed, will help it attract new customers as well as get existing subscribers to upgrade service plans. The two firms launched the new initiative at a media event attended by American pop star Lady Gaga.

“SingTel decided two years ago that the telco of the future needs to be more than just bits and bytes,” SingTel’s CEO for Singapore Allen Lew said. More than 50 percent of Singapore mobile users listened to music on their phones and SingTel needed to provide customers with information and entertainment as well, he said. SingTel, which owns Australia’s number two telco Optus and stakes in mobile phone companies in India, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan and Bangladesh, has been diversifying into content to reduce its reliance on “pure carriage.” It now provides a web-based pay TV service in Singapore as well as lifestyle Internet portals.

Rob Wells, senior vice president of digital at Universal Music, a unit of France’s Vivendi’s, said the firm hoped to develop similar services with other Asian telcos as it expected music sales via mobile phones to soar in coming years. SingTel and Universal Music’s AMPed works with 3G (or third generation) handsets from Nokia, Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson.

Source: Reuters News

  • 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

  • SingTel yield better result than expected – Q4 profit beats forecasts
  • Continue to look at M&A (Pakistan market consolidation is of particular interest)
  • Earnings impacted by strong Singapore dollars against regional currency

singtelSingTel, South East Asia’s biggest telecom company, reported a 17 percent drop in quarterly profit in the fourth quarter. It made S$903 million compared to previous year’s more than S$1.09 billion. For the financial year (ending 31st March), the group’s net profit dropped 13 percent to S$3.45 billion, compared t o S$3.96 billion in the previous year.

SingTel contributed the drop in net profit to foreign exchange volatility and a good will impairment charge of S$330 million for its regional mobile associates, Warid Telecom and Pacific Bangladesh Telecom. Though, these charges were partially offset by an exceptional gain of S$217 million from Bharti’s dilution of its equity interest in a subsidy.

SingTel continue to reap benefit from its heavy investments in Asia in recent years capturing great share of fast-developing regional markets (Optus in Australia, Advanced Info Service (AIS) in Thailand, the Bharti Telecom Group in India, Globe Telecom in the Philippines, Pacific Bangladesh Telecom (PBTL), Telkomsel in Indonesia and Warid Telecom in Pakistan). Since, its operations outside Singapore accounts for more than two-thirds of its business, the group remains sensitive to currency movements in the region.

SingTel reported 35 percent annual growth in its regional mobile subscriber base. As of March 31, the number of mobile subscribers increased by 64 million from a year earlier to 249.4 million.

According to official statement Australia and Singapore continued strong momentum and showed resilience with their impressive growth despite the economic uncertainties. SingTel has performed particularly well in its home turf to register 12.7 percent revenue growth (including revenue from SCS) and a quarterly net profit of S$428 million (61.3% growth). In Singapore, revenues from its wireless broadband internet customers largely compensated for lower ARPU and minutes of usage (MOU) from mobile business. Its “Mio” service (broadband and IPTV services) too started gaining traction among locals.

In a statement the company mentioned that while its results for the coming financial years will be affected by foreign exchange fluctuations, future earnings growth will not be dependent on acquisition. The company is expected to focus on controlling its costs amid continued market uncertainties and suggested infrastructure sharing as one resort in some markets.

  • New feature to enable customers to view Anytime
  • Enhanced ability to record shows (up to seven days in advance)

box_p_cabletvOn Monday, StarHub has launched a viewer friendly feature that allows viewers to catch up shows they have missed on two different services – On Demand Channels for catching up on shows after their telecast, and a ‘Start Over’ feature that allows the re-start of a programme during its first telecast. However, this feature is only available to viewers using StarHub’s HubStation and HubStation HD DVR set-top boxes.

StarHub is also enhancing its On-Screen TV Guide which displays programme information for a longer period of up to seven days as compared to the previous three-day period.

These new features are likely to make TV viewing much more convenient and likely to go one notch up against the closest (only) rival SingTel.

_singtel_iPhoneA claim by an iPhone user in today’s paper (The StraitsTimes, Singapore’s national news paper) shocked the brain out of me.I wonder if this can be truth. I would like to give benefit of doubt to SingTel customer support, but at the same time it will not surprise me either if this was reality and Mr. Cohen has not caused physical damage to his iPhone. Being an iPhone user myself, this is also of my concern and I seek clarifications from both SingTel (exclusive channel for iPhone in Singapore) and Apple that my iPhone will still be serviceable once the warranty period is over.

Below, please see his letter to the newspaper.