Singapore, 8 May 2023 – Singtel and StarHub TV+ customers can now receive free-to-air (FTA) content from Singapore’s national media network Mediacorp with immediate effect, via their respective streaming services. With this development, audiences stand to enjoy added convenience in accessing a wide array of local content.
Previously, only Singtel TV subscribers with the appropriate set-top box equipment, and StarHub subscribers with the appropriate set-top box equipment using its broadband service, were able to access FTA channels on their TVs. FTA content is also accessible through Mediacorp’s video streaming service, mewatch.
Going forward, all Singtel customers, as well as StarHub’s TV+ customers using set-top boxes, regardless of subscription plans, will be able to enjoy round-the-clock programming from Mediacorp’s Channel 5, Channel 8, Channel U, Suria, Vasantham and CNA through Singtel and StarHub’s respective OTT platforms. The channels have been automatically activated and no action or cost is required on the part of Singtel and StarHub’s customers.
Anil Nihalani, Head of Digital Products & Technology, Mediacorp, said, “Mediacorp’s linear FTA channels are very popular amongst viewers in Singapore. We are pleased that these channels are now available to Singtel’s and StarHub’s TV+ customers on their respective streaming platforms. In addition to being able to enjoy our wide range of Mediacorp-produced and acquired programmes on mewatch, they will now have the added convenience of accessing our content directly through their respective service provider’s apps and set-top boxes.”
Terence Lai, VP for Consumer Products & Partnership, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Singtel is committed to giving our customers the best selection of content on their choice of media platforms, whether on the big screen at home, or on-the-go via our one-stop app for all digital content, Singtel CAST. We are pleased to collaborate with Mediacorp to bring the latest stories from our little red dot anywhere, anytime, to all our customers, with Singapore’s widest and fastest1 5G network.”
Yann Courqueux, Vice President of Home Product, StarHub, said, “We welcome the addition of FTA content on StarHub TV+, which will unlock greater convenience for customers to access linear channels on their set-top boxes. This is another step forward in our mission to provide an ever-expanding catalogue of entertainment, that is all integrated with the ease of a single subscription.”
Ong Tong San, Senior Director of Market Access and Competition Development, IMDA, said, “IMDA is glad that the operators have made FTA channels available on their digital OTT platforms, to enable consumers to now also enjoy FTA content on these platforms. IMDA has been working closely with Mediacorp, Singtel and StarHub. This collaboration will also enable better understanding of and cater to changing consumer preferences, and bring FTA content to OTT customers.”
For more information on Singtel CAST, please visit cast.singtel.com
For more information on StarHub TV+, please visit www.starhub.com/tvplus
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