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Singtel announces first-in-the-world landmark deal with major US studios

Catch the largest volume of popular latest US TV hits on mio TV anytime on demand as early as 24 hrs after US broadcast

Singapore, 23 July 2008 – Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) today announced that it has signed a groundbreaking deal with three major studios – Disney-ABC International Television, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution - that will make it possible for its mio TV service to screen over 50 top US series as early as 24 hoursafter their US premiere.
 
Singtel’s mio TV will be the first IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) operator in the world to offer such a volume of top US series within a day of their US telecast on a subscription-based model, and this will provide the first exhibition of such licensed series in Singapore.
 
This service, called Season Pass, will launch this September and the availability of programming will follow the US TV calendar.  mio TV will offer the latest seasons of popular American TV series debuting in US from September this year such as Grey’s AnatomyLostCriminal Minds,Prison BreakBones24Ugly BettyWithout a TraceTerminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,SupernaturalSamantha Who? and many more.
 
“This agreement comes at a great time as we are celebrating mio TV’s first anniversary.  Our subscribers will now have more exciting channels and programmes to look forward to,” said Mr Allen Lew, Singtel’s CEO Singapore. 
 
“Consumers are getting increasingly demanding.  They want to get the latest TV hits ahead of anyone else and mio TV is filling this gap with this latest offering.  We see this as the next big wave of content consumption in Singapore,” he added.
 
“Singapore fans will be the first in Asia to get their must-watch shows like Lost and Grey’s Anatomy so close to the US air date. At Disney-ABC we understand that consumers want convenience and flexibility to watch their favourite shows when and how they want. By partnering with a new media pioneer such as Singtel’s mio TV, we keep viewers needs front-and-centre,” said Mr Rob Gilby, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Disney-ABC International Television (Asia Pacific). 
 
Favourites-on-Demand
 
To whet subscribers’ appetites, starting today mio TV is also announcing another exciting new offering called Favourites-on-Demand.  This on-demand service allows customers to watch ten popular TV series between now and 31 October.
 
Available over three months at S$9.99 per month (including GST), Favourites-on-Demand will show all time favourites like SmallvilleNip/TuckSupernaturalThe BachelorCold Case andWithout a Trace. Don’t miss out on the exclusive Singapore TV premiere of Gossip Girl and other new series like ChuckPushing Daisies and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, all on demand.
 
“mio TV’s Favourites-On-Demand provides our customers with a convenient way to catch up with their favourite TV shows whenever they want, and as many times as they want to,” said Mr Lew.
 
“We have chosen series across genres that are popular with TV viewers.  The difference is that they enjoy unlimited on-demand viewing for a monthly subscription fee, instead of being forced into a fixed schedule through scheduled programming as with other TV platforms.”   
 
Singtel had 45,000 mio TV customers as at 30 June 2008. 
 
(See section on Warner Bros. International Television for more information on Favourites-on-Demand)
 
* Information is correct at time of news release dissemination
 
About mio TV
 
mio TV is the innovative digital pay TV service offering from Singtel. Launched in July 2007, the service offers customers value and full flexibility to watch what they want, when they want. Currently, mio TV offers a total of 48 channels from a wide range of genres as well asSingapore’s largest range of video-on-demand titles and High Definition content.
 
Singtel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data services over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms. Together with its regional partners, it serves over 185 million mobile customers in eight markets. For more information, visit www.singtel.com/miotv
 
Disney-ABC International Television
 
Key Titles
 
Ugly Betty (Season 3)
Few people ever get to know sweet, intelligent Betty Suarez because in the world of fashion, Betty is the oversized square peg in the petite round hole. When a publishing mogul hands the reigns of his fashion magazine over to his son Daniel, he hires Betty as his son's new assistant -because she's the only woman in NYC who Daniel won't sleep with. Neither of them knows the ins and outs of the fashion world, but together they're a formidable team against the label-wearing sharks who will do anything to see them fail.
 
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 5)
Welcome to Grace Hospital. The toughest surgical residency program west of Harvard is a brutal training ground for the newest medical recruits. Meet Meredith, Izzie, George, Alex and Cristina. Yesterday they were students. Today they are doctors. And if they can make it through seven years of the finest hell Grace has to offer, they will be surgeons. But the rest of life doesn't stop just because their residency is tough, so this group will also have to deal with jealous boyfriends and sick parents, one night stands and housing crises, with only each other to rely on.
 
Eli Stone (Season 2)
Today, the worst thing happened to mercenary attorney Eli Stone - a case made him care. As if that's not enough, he's also hallucinating. Could it be that Eli's not cut out to be a cutthroat lawyer but has a higher calling? Risking everything, he begins work in his law firm’s new pro bono department fighting for the little guy. As for those visions, his doctor thinks it’s an aneurysm, like the one that tortured his father. But Eli sees a greater possibility, a destiny to become a spiritual prophet.
 
Lost (Season 5)
We start the countdown to the finale of Lost with this exciting penultimate season. From the 48 survivors of an airplane crash who have to scavenge what they can from their new home in a remote tropical island, their numbers have dwindled as they face unknown dangers and a group called The Others.
 
Other titles include:
 
Brothers & Sisters (Season 3)
Criminal Minds (Season 4)
Dirty Sexy Money (Season 2)
Desperate Housewives (Season 5)
Samantha Who? (Season 2)
Private Practice (Season 2)
Reaper (Season 2)
Army Wives (Season 3)
Greek (Season 2 and 3)
The Middleman (Season 1)
Raising the Bar (Season 1)
Run for the Money (Season 1)
Ghost Whisperer (Season 4)
I Survived a Japanese GameShow (Season 1)
Gary Unmarried (Season 1)
Secret Life of the American Teenager (Season 1)
Wizard’s First Rule (Season 1)
Kyle XY (Season 4)
 
Twentieth Century Fox
 
"The availability of Twentieth Century Fox’s top slate of TV series soon after the US release is an exciting new concept that has significant potential to engage viewers on a whole new level.  Now in our second year with Singtel, we are excited to build on that success with mio TV’s Season Pass."
 
Mr Jamie McCabe, Executive Vice President, Worldwide PPV, VOD & EST, Twentieth Century Fox
 
Key Titles
 
24 (Season 7)
Federal Agent Jack Bauer can't afford to always play by the rules. As a member of the L.A. Counter Terrorist Unit, Jack must stop bombs, viruses, assassination attempts, and usually save someone he cares about at the same time. Every season of this series has 24 episodes, each unfolding in real time following a consecutive hour in one very bad day.
 
Prison Break (Season 4)
After engineering an escape from the hellish Panamanian prison Sona, brothers Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows are determined to seek justice against The Company, the shadowy group responsible for destroying their lives and killing the woman Michael loves, Dr. Sara Tancredi. They’ll soon discover the only thing harder than breaking out is breaking in.
 
Dollhouse (Season 1)
An organisation employs mind-wiped DNA-altered humans known as Dolls, implanting them with false memories and skills for various missions and tasks. Echo, one of the Dolls, slowly becomes aware of what’s going on - all the while somebody on the outside is trying to bring the Dollhouse down while getting closer to Echo - possibly not aware that she is one of the Dolls he is after.
 
Other titles include:
 
The Ex-List (Season 1)
Do Not Disturb (Season 1)
Boston Legal (Season 5)
Bones (Season 3)
Burn Notice (Season 2)
 
Warner Bros. International Television
 
“We are thrilled to be in business with Singtel as it launching its mio TV service to bring our series to Singapore viewers in this most unique SVOD (Subscription Video on Demand) environment.”
 
Jeffrey R Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television.
 
Favourites-on-Demand will be available from today on a subscription-based model. At just $9.99 per month (including GST) customers can enjoy all the following titles from Warner Bros:
 
Gossip Girl, the hottest new series that Singapore has been waiting for. Nominated for the Favourite New TV Drama at the 2008 People’s Choice Awards, Gossip Girl looks certain to be a hit here as well. The Singapore TV premiere season will be exclusively available by subscription on mio TV, and has not been shown on any cable or free-to-air channel.
 
Filmed in New York and based on the popular series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, the cast of the show is fast becoming household names in the US.  The series revolves around the lives of privileged prep school teens on Manhattan's Upper East Side who learn all their important news from the blog of the all-knowing but ultra-secretive Gossip Girl. No one knows Gossip Girl's identity, but everyone in this exclusive and complicated vicious circle relies on her website and text messages for the latest scoop.
Fans of The Bachelor will be thrilled to know that the latest season is set to return to our shores exclusively on mio TV.  It features the first international bachelor - Matt Grant, a 27-year-old global financier from London and self-described "British gentleman." Tune in to find out which girl will make it far in the game and who will go home first as The Bachelor’s first international star sets out to prove that love has no borders. 
 
The latest season of popular detective series Without a Trace (series 6) will also be available exclusively first on mio TV.  From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Amazing Race), the series stars Anthony LaPaglia, who has been nominated for an Emmy® and won a Golden Globe for his work as senior agent Jack Malone of the special FBI task force known as the Missing Persons Squad. 
 
mio TV customers can also look forward to the latest seasons of favourite series Nip/Tuck.  In its debut season, it was the highest-rated new series on American basic cable, and the highest-rated basic cable series of all time for the 18-49 and 25-54 age demographics. 
 
Computer geek by day, secret agent by night, Chuck is a light hearted, fun action/spy series available on Favourites on Demand. Chuck was also nominated for Best New TV Comedy Series at the 2008 People's Choice Awards.
 
Described as a "forensic fairy tale", about a pie maker who has the power to bring back the dead, Pushing Daisies was nominated for three Golden Globes, including Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy; Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, for Lee Pace; and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, for Anna Friel. Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the Top 10 New TV Series of 2007.
 
Spinning off from the Terminator series of films, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chroniclesrevolves around the lives of the fictional characters Sarah and John Connor, following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
 
Also available on demand will be the latest seasons of Smallville, Supernatural, and Cold Case
 
Other titles include:
 
Eleventh Hour (Season 1)
Fringe (Season 1)
The Mentalist (Season 1)
Trust Me (Season 1)
Privileged (Season 1)
Chuck (Season 2)
Closer (Season 4)
Cold Case (Season 6)
ER (Season 15)
Gossip Girl (Season 2)
Nip/Tuck (Season 6)
One Tree Hill (Season 6)
Pushing Daisies (Season 2)
Smallville (Season 8)
Supernatural (Season 4)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Season 2)
Without a Trace (Season 7)
Bachelor (Season 13)
Here Comes the Newlyweds (Season 2)
High School Reunion (Season 5)
Mad TV (Season 14)
Man Vs Cartoon (Season 1)
Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew (Season 1)
Big Bang Theory (Season 2)
New Adventures of Old Christine (Season 4)
Two and a Half Men (Season 6)
Bill Engvall Show (Season 2)
Family Foreman (Season 1)