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SingTel launches pay TV service


SingTel to revolutionise home entertainment with the launch of mio TV

- Most flexible digital pay TV service in Singapore
- The latest movies, first on TV
 - Biggest HD content suite in Singapore
 - Brings choice and value to the market
Singapore Telecommunications Limited, (SingTel) today (20 Jul 2007) announced the launch of its much-anticipated pay TV service.
Named mio TV, the offering will revolutionise the way Singapore watches TV.
Unlike other services which require customers to be tied to programme schedules and rigid basic tier packages, mio TV allows subscribers full flexibility to watch what they want, when they want.
"The next generation of television watching has arrived,¡± said Mr Allen Lew, CEO Singapore. ¡°Customers have been calling for choice and flexibility in the pay TV market and now they have it."
It¡¯s like having the convenience of a digital video store in your home!
mio TV boasts several ¡®world firsts¡¯ with its content partner tie-ups and will have the largest range of Video on Demand titles on any Singaporean television platform.
Featuring blockbuster movies from major Hollywood movie studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Disney, mio TV brings TV entertainment to the next level.
mio TV allows customers to search for content by genre, by title or by actor¡¯s name. Viewers simply click on the title and the movie starts playing immediately.
Said Mr Allen Lew, "Singaporeans lead extremely hectic lifestyles. Our customers tell us that they are often disappointed with linear movie channels because their lifestyles sometimes do not allow them to get home in time for their favourite movies. By allowing customers to be able to click and play their movies anytime, mio TV ensures that will never have to happen again".
In addition, SingTel has successfully inked an unprecedented output deal with Sony Pictures Television International that brings viewers Sony¡¯s upcoming slate of feature films at the same time as the DVD release and before they are seen anywhere else on TV. The deal also includes key titles from Sony¡¯s extensive catalogue of feature films.
Singapore¡¯s largest suite of HD content
High Definition (HD) fans will no doubt be wowed by mio TV¡¯s extensive range of HD content, ranging from blockbuster movies to high quality channels from our partner Mega Media, one of Asia¡¯s largest HD companies.
Partnering with VOOM HD Networks, the channels will include an exciting line-up of HD programming selected from VOOM¡¯s 15 HD channels and the first made-in-Singapore HD channel - Sling HD.
Viewers can look forward to HD content that includes documentaries, travel, music, arts, fashion and lifestyle programmes, among others. VOOM is the largest producer of HD content in the world.
In addition to MediaCorp's suite of free-to-air channels (Channels 5, 8, U, Channel Newsasia, Suria and Central), MediaCorp's much anticipated HD5 will also be available on mio TV.
This will be the first free-to-air HD channel in Singapore which subscribers with HD-ready displays can enjoy, as all mio TV Set-Top Boxes are HD-ready at no extra cost.
Singapore is among the world's first to have a free-to-air HD channel carried on an IPTV platform.
Other first-in-the-world content on mio TV
Singaporeans will be thrilled to be the first in the world to receive two brand new BBC channels.
Making its global debut, BBC Knowledge will feature amazing documentaries and reality programmes that have never before been seen in Asia. BBC Lifestyle will also bring a wide range of exciting content ranging from food and health to fashion and design.
To complete the suite of high quality entertainment to the family, BBC is also launching CBeebies - UK¡¯s number one kids channel - on mio TV.
Hong Kong movie buffs will love the Mei Ah TV channel, Singapore¡¯s first Cantonese movie channel that features Cantonese-only content between noon and midnight. Selected movies will premier simultaneously on mio TV and Hong Kong cinema screens - another ¡®world first¡¯ for mio TV subscribers!
mio TV drives innovation, value and flexibility to the next level
mio TV¡¯s a la carte price plans allow customers to pay only for what they want to watch. No longer do customers have to contend with restrictive basic tier subscription packages.
mio TV will be among the first in the world to introduce on-demand channels to the Singapore market.
This option allows viewers to choose from up to 25 selected movies for unlimited viewing for only $12 per month. This means movies, anytime, for as low as 50 cents each. There will be a variety of on demand channels to suit different tastes.
All mio TV customers will also be pleased to receive one free on demand ¡®movie-of-the month¡¯ - every single month. Starting 1 September 2007, anyone with a mio TV Set-Top Box will be able to access this movie whenever they want, as many times as they want.
Any television viewer can relate to the frustration of missing their favourite programme because they were delayed coming home or forgot to programme the recorder.
Subscribers who opt for the Set-Top Box with recording function can pause, rewind and record live TV programmes so that they no longer have to miss anything.
The mio TV website allows subscribers to programme their recordings even when they are not at home, and an upcoming service that will enable them to do it via their mobile phones.
"This is the future of television - a world where viewers are able to control their own instant replays, pause the ¡®live¡¯ news to get a drink and command their Set-Top Box to record a programme even when they¡¯re out for dinner," Mr Lew said.
The mio TV Set-Top Box allows one channel to be recorded while watching another and has a capacity of 80 hours of recording.
mio TV will continue to revolutionise the TV experience at home
The interactive and flexible mio TV platform will open up even more opportunities for innovative services in the future. Subscribers will have much to look forward to, including the possibility of communicating using video conferencing and instant messaging, displaying photos and playing music from their PCs, all on the TV set.
SingTel will continue to invest in the development of innovative content and services for mio TV subscribers in Singapore.
Such content will engage consumers on multiple levels, for example, watching it on TV, blogging on PC, and interactive voting on mobile. This will definitely appeal to the engaged youths of today, who are already spreading their free time over all these multiple entertainment devices.
Said Dr Christopher Chia, Chief Executive Officer, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA): "We believe the launch of mioTV will open up more channels for interactive content creation and media services, benefiting both consumers and industry with greater choice and content flexibility."
SingTel's mio TV platform will set a new paradigm in content distribution by providing international and local content providers with an excellent opportunity to reach households in Singapore effectively and efficiently.

Source: News Release 20 Jul 2007

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