StarHub pay-TV programmes now available over fibre connections

SINGAPORE - Over 200 StarHub pay-TV channels, traditionally delivered over its cable network, are now being extended to its fibre broadband customers.

StarHub on Thursday launched its Internet protocol TV service, dubbed StarHub TV on Fibre, for homes - some four years after it started selling fibre broadband connections. Subscription fees will be similar to the prices for its existing cable TV service, with rental for the IPTV set-top box set at $6.42 per month.

"StarHub TV on Fibre will deliver the next-generation entertainment experience for viewers in Singapore as more homes connect to the fibre network," said Ms Lin Shu Fen, the telco's head of Entertainment & SmartLife.

Some 542,000 households were subscribed to its cable TV services as of Dec 31 last year. The telco had 469,000 broadband customers but would not provide the split between its cable and fibre broadband users.

The fibre TV service offers better recording functions, allowing up to two programmes to be simultaneously recorded.

Other new social media and multi-screen features are in the works. The former allows viewers to post comments about programmes they are watching on social media using their TV remote controls are in the works. The latter allows viewers to surf content airing on other channels without disrupting the programme they are currently watching via multi-screens.

itham@sph.com.sg