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If you are a football fan, you would be happy to know that the Singtel TV GO app comes with a specially-created Sports Portal. This lets you watch live fixtures and video highlights of matches from the English Barclays Premier League and Uefa Champio
If you are a football fan, you would be happy to know that the Singtel TV GO app comes with a specially-created Sports Portal. This lets you watch live fixtures and video highlights of matches from the English Barclays Premier League and Uefa Champions League.PHOTO: SINGTEL

Singtel expands TV GO mobile app with more features and channels

The Singtel TV GO mobile app has been available as a free trial since July 2013. It started as a way for Singtel TV subscribers to watch football on the go, and the service has since been expanded to include other channels and features. Two of the latest features are Catch-up and Home View.

But the free trial period will end soon. From Jan 12, Singtel TV subscribers will have to pay $6.90 per month (single user) to get that convenience.

The Catch-up feature lets you watch your favourite animes, movies, TV shows and documentaries at any time. There are over 70 channels available, including Celestial Movies On Demand and Fox Movies Play. Of course, what you can watch will depend on your Singtel TV subscription plan.

Some of the Chinese movies, like Jackie Chan's Shinjuku Incident, can be downloaded for future viewing. However, I have trouble at times streaming those movies that cannot be downloaded, such as The Hobbit and Star Wars.

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $6.90 per month (single user), $9.90 per month (three users)

    PLATFORM: Android 4.04 and above or iOS 7.1 and above


    RATING

    FEATURES: 4/5

    PERFORMANCE: 3/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5

    OVERALL: 3/5

I like the fact that live matches come with team line-ups, and match statistics like possession percentage and number of yellow cards shown. There are other important information available, such as live league table and player rankings.

Home View enables Singtel broadband subscribers to stream from over 110 channels on multiple mobile devices (up to three) at home. This is ideal for families with only one TV set but with members wanting to watch different channels at the same time.

Also, Home View acts as a second virtual set-top box. If you have Chromecast or Apple TV, you can stream Singtel TV channels' content to these devices to watch on your second or third TV set at home.

I did not manage to check out this function as the Home View feature is available only to subscribers of both Singtel Fibre Broadband and Singtel TV. I think this is a shame. If a Singtel TV subscriber pays extra for the GO app, the Home View function should be made available.

If you are a football fan, you will be happy to know that the GO app comes with a specially-created Sports Portal. This lets you watch live fixtures and video highlights of matches from the English Barclays Premier League and Uefa Champions League.

It also gives you access to other sports channels, such as Eleven, Fox Sports and EuroSport. You can watch English FA Cup matches on Eleven and Europa League games on EuroSport channel.

Being a Liverpool fan and avid follower of English football, I like that live matches come with team line-ups and match statistics like possession percentage and number of yellow cards shown.

There are other important information available, such as live league table and player rankings. So when matches end, the league table immediately shows the different positions of the teams.

In player rankings, you can see who is leading the scoring chart. Tap on the player and you can see some of his past goals.

The downer is that due to copyright issues, you cannot watch the football matches live when you are overseas.

The good news is that even if you are not a Singtel TV subscriber, the app still allows you to watch highlights of the football matches. But you will not be able to watch any live matches on the go.

• Verdict: Overall, the Singtel TV GO app is intuitive, easy to navigate and provides plenty of content on the go. Pity that the Home View is not available if you are not a Singtel Fibre Broadband subscriber.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 06, 2016, with the headline 'App that is always on the ball'. Print Edition | Subscribe