Singtel gets rights for 3 tournaments

Fans of English football in Singapore will be able to continue following the world's oldest national football competition on television as Singtel has secured the rights to air live matches of the FA Cup.

The FA Cup season, which kicks off in November, will be available on mio Sports (Singtel TV Ch111) as part of the World Sports+ add-on pack ($14.90 per month), as well as Action Trio ($52.90), Variety (from $62.89) and Value packs (from $69.90), which also bring English Premier League action.

While Arsenal are the most successful club in FA Cup history with 13 trophies, another London side, Chelsea, are defending their title and aiming for a ninth triumph.

Meanwhile, the broadcaster has also secured the rights to air live games of the Dutch Eredivisie and the Chinese Super League, which will also be aired on its mio Sports channel and streamed on Cast.

Goh Seow Eng, Singtel managing director for home, consumer Singapore, said yesterday: "We are pleased to give our customers front-row seats to the FA Cup, which together with the Premier League, are among the world's most-watched football tournaments.

"With the inclusion of the Dutch League and Chinese Super League, our viewers get access to an even wider variety of leagues and games."

Andy Toh, a 24-year-old student who supports Liverpool, is looking forward to seeing his team challenge for a trophy the Reds last won in 2006. He said: "It is definitely good news we can get to watch the FA Cup on TV from the comfort of our homes."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2018, with the headline 'Singtel gets rights for 3 tournaments'. Print Edition | Subscribe