09 June 2006

Singapore, 9 June 2006 - The deterioration in the signal quality of RTM 1 since 7 June 2006 was caused when Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) began scrambling the satellite signal source that StarHub has been relying upon.

We have just confirmed that RTM has received instructions from Infront Sports & Media AG, the sports and media rights distributor for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, to encrypt its satellite source so that only viewers in Malaysia are able to receive access to the World Cup matches on RTM 1.

Therefore, StarHub had to revert to an antenna signal, which is the next best signal feed available to us. Although we have been carrying the channel free-of-charge via our cable network to households in Singapore, we do not control the quality of the RTM 1 signals received. jane