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MediaCorp’s HD5 coming soon to StarHub
- Launch on StarHub will give boost to HD5’s reach –
- Number of HD channels on StarHub will be increased to four -
Singapore, 17 June 2008 – MediaCorp, Singapore’s national free-to-air TV operator and StarHub, Singapore’s largest pay TV operator have announced their latest collaboration. MediaCorp’s High Definition (HD) TV channel - HD5 - will be carried on StarHub’s cable television platform in July 2008, signalling yet another step forward in the growth of HD TV services in the city state.
HD5, a simulcast of MediaCorp TV’s Channel 5, is the only free-to-air HD channel in Singapore. Since its launch in November last year, HD5 has won over audiences with its telecast of blockbuster movies (e.g. Fantastic Four, Van Helsing, Mr & Mrs Smith, the Indiana Jones trilogy, Alien vs Predator); international drama series (Heroes, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Pushing Daisies, Ghost Whisperer, CSI Miami) and local English productions (Incredible Tales, MakanSutra Raw, Behind Closed Doors).
HD5 will be available at no additional cost on Channel 300 to all StarHub Digital Cable customers who have an HD-ready TV set and StarHub’s HD set-top box. As at end March this year, there were about 508,000 households subscribing to StarHub Digital Cable.
“With HD5 available to StarHub Digital Cable subscribers, viewers will now have more choices to watch HD5 across several platforms. I am also pleased to say that from 8 to 24 August 2008, HD5 will carry a daily telecast of 16 hours of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in true HD, from 9am to 1am – live and recorded,” says Mr Lucas Chow, Chief Executive Officer, MediaCorp.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer our cable TV customers easy access to HD5. StarHub was the first operator in Southeast Asia to offer commercial HDTV services. Our tagline for HD services from Day One was See more, Hear more, Feel more. Indeed, with education, lifestyle, sports and soon English entertainment in HD, our customers can truly immerse themselves in the superior audio and visual HD experience,” says Mr Terry Clontz, Chief Executive Officer, StarHub.
Says Dr Christopher Chia, Chief Executive Officer, Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA): “It has only been two years since we introduced HDTV into Singapore with StarHub and MediaCorp rolling out the first HDTV trials. We are very glad that the superior media experience made possible by HDTV services has become a way of life for many local viewers so quickly. This partnership between StarHub and MediaCorp is a milestone in the deployment of HDTV in Singapore and enables HDTV services to be enjoyed by more consumers in Singapore.”
With the upcoming introduction of HD5 on StarHub’s cable TV platform, the number of HD channels carried by StarHub will be increased to four. In addition to NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL HD (StarHub Channel 301), Discovery HD (StarHub Channel 302), HD SHOWCASE (StarHub Channel 303) and HD5, StarHub is also offering a HD channel dedicated to the UEFA EURO 2008™ matches in June 2008.
Existing StarHub Digital Cable customers who wish to upgrade to an HD set-top box can call 1633, while new customers can call 1630 to take on a StarHub Digital Cable package. For more information on StarHub's cable TV services, the public can visit www.starhub.com/cabletv.
Issued by Corporate Communications of MediaCorp and StarHub.
For more information, please contact:
Corporate Communications, MediaCorp
Tel: (65) 6350-3343
Fax: (65) 6251-5628
Senior Executive, Corporate Communications, StarHub
DID: (65) 6825 5117
Mobile: (65) 8113 8119
Fax: (65) 6721 5015
MediaCorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies and digital media.
It pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, hitting the radio airwaves in 1936 and beaming the first TV pictures in 1963. Today, MediaCorp has over 55 products in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), that reaches to all adults in Singapore each week.
Among them are industry firsts such as the first in the world to use Digital Video Broadcast technology for outdoor digital television, and Asia’s first Digital Audio Broadcast radio service. Initiatives in the digital space include a highly successful online classifieds, Internet TV-on-demand and High Definition TV broadcast.
Beyond Singapore, the diversified group is making its presence felt through co-productions in TV dramas and movies, magazines publishing, as well as Channel NewsAsia International, the only Asian owned English news channel.
In 2007, it entered into a financial and strategic relationship with Indonesia's most integrated media company PT Media Nusantara Citra and its parent, Global Mediacom. MediaCorp has a stake in Nanjing-based Dahe Media Pte Ltd, a leading Chinese outdoor advertising firm, and International Media Corporation in Vietnam, set up to develop and produce entertainment and economic news content as well as to provide channel management services.
Winner of numerous international awards and accolades including Asia Television's Broadcaster of the Year, MediaCorp’s vision is to become Asia’s top media company, delivering valued content to the world.
For more information, please visit www.mediacorp.com.sg
StarHub is Singapore's fully-integrated info-communication company, offering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets. StarHub operates Singapore's fastest two-way 3.5G mobile network (including HSPA+) to complement its nation-wide GSM network, and an
island-wide HFC network that delivers multi-channel cable TV services (including Digital Cable and High Definition Television) as well as ultra-high speed residential broadband services. StarHub also operates an extensive fixed business network that provides a wide range of data, voice and wholesale services.
Launched in 2000, StarHub has become one of Singapore's most innovative info-communications providers, and the pioneer in 'hubbing' - the ability to deliver unique integrated and converged services to all its customers. StarHub is listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange since October 2004 and is a component of The Straits Times Index
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