StarHub TV to stop airing Discovery channels, secures 7 new channels

One of the new channels that will be launched in the coming months is CuriosityStream HD (above). StarHub said it will discontinue the suite of television channels from Discovery Networks in two phases on June 20 and Aug 31.
One of the new channels that will be launched in the coming months is CuriosityStream HD (above). StarHub said it will discontinue the suite of television channels from Discovery Networks in two phases on June 20 and Aug 31.PHOTO: STARHUB

SINGAPORE - StarHub has said that it will discontinue the suite of television channels from Discovery Networks, following unsuccessful negotiations between the two companies.

This will be done in two phases on June 30 and Aug 31. The seven channels that will be axed are Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, TLC, Discovery Asia, Discovery Science, Eurosport and Setanta Sports.

"We always work towards meeting our customers' entertainment needs and minimising any inconvenience to them. Hence, we are disappointed that we were not able to reach an agreement with Discovery," said Ms Lee Soo Hui, head of content business unit at StarHub.

"Our firm belief is that quality content should come at a sensible price, without our customers having to bear (an) unsustainable increase in costs."

The team has secured seven brand new channels, which will be added to the subscription groups at no additional cost to customers.

Ms Lee said StarHub is not stopping at that and will share news of more new channels in the pipeline.

By the end of this week, customers who subscribe to the Education and/or Lifestyle basic groups will receive letters giving more information about the new channels as well as bill rebates.

 

While the channels are being prepared for launch, all StarHub TV customers can also enjoy a free preview of more than 30 channels from the News, Kids, Education, Entertainment and Lifestyle basic groups, from now till July 15.