US hit TV series Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, Prison Break, Lost and Ugly Betty to screen this September alongside brand new shows Fringe, The Mentalist and Privileged.
Singapore, 1 September 2008 – Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) announced today that from 8 September 2008, customers can catch the latest season of Hollywood hit TV shows as well as brand new shows on mio TV’s Season Pass from as low as S$16.05 per series (including GST).
Season Pass - the latest on-demand service from Singtel - offers customers the opportunity to watch the latest seasons of hit television shows as early as 24 hours after their US telecast time. Starting in September are the latest seasons from the best of US primetime programming such as Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Prison Break and Ugly Betty, as well as brand new shows Privileged, Fringe, The Mentalist. These shows will be made available through the Season Pass on-demand service on a per series purchase basis. All series will be available for viewing up to one month after the telecast of its last episode.
“mio TV customers already have access to more than 2,000 hours of on-demand content ranging from movies to Hong Kong dramas, Hokkien series and kids programming,” said Mr Low Ka Hoe, Singtel’s Director of mio TV and Content.
“The arrival of Season Pass heralds a new beginning in TV viewing in Singapore. Customers will no longer have to wait for these titles to be shown on free-to-air TV or pay TV six to nine months after they are telecast in the US. We are changing the way our customers watch TV. They no longer are tied to programming schedules, as we allow them to select and watch the latest episode of their favourite TV series from our extensive library of on-demand titles whenever they want to.”
“Singtel is determined to lead in the entertainment space, and customers can look forward to more innovations - in both content and features,” Mr Low added. “As the first and only pay TV operator in Singapore to offer more than 50 TV series from Hollywood via our on-demand service, Taiwanese dramas and variety programmes in their original Hokkien language, and with mio TV also on mobile service for selected on-demand content, we are fully committed to provide our customers the best offers in the market.”
Customers can enjoy a sneak peak of selected TV series from Season Pass on mio TV before they make their purchase, and those who purchase over $214 (including GST) worth of Season Pass titles within the same day will receive a 30 per cent discount and enjoy a waiver of their monthly minimum spend for one year.
Supersaver Pack* customers will also enjoy an additional 10 per cent discount for any number of Season Pass titles that they purchase. Therefore, all Supersaver customers (new and existing) will enjoy up to 40 per cent (10 + 30) discount when they purchase more than $214 worth of Season Pass content. mio plan subscribers will enjoy an additional 5 per cent discount off their total bill.
Current mio TV subscribers can subscribe to mio TV’s Season Pass directly by using the mio TV on-screen interface or by contacting the Singtel Hotline at 1800 555 6000 from Monday to Saturday, 8.00am to 6.00pm. For new subscribers, sign-ups for mio TV services are available at any hello! store or at Singtel exclusive retailers. For full pricing details, premiere dates as well as to watch trailers for each TV series, please visit www.singtel.com/miotv/us-tv-series
Subscribers who wish to catch up on the previous seasons of some of the shows on offer can subscribe to Favourites-on-Demand, which is currently available on mio TV over three months at S$9.99 per month. Favourites-on-Demand offers all-time favourites likeSmallville, Nip/Tuck, Supernatural, The Bachelor, Cold Case and Without a Trace. Also available is the exclusive Singapore TV premiere of Gossip Girl and other new series like Chuck, Pushing Daisies and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, all available on demand.
Singtel currently offers 13 on-demand channels ranging from Hollywood movies to Hong Kongand Bollywood movies. In addition, arrangements with content partners allow Singtel to bring in the latest Cantonese drama serials as soon as one month after their Hong Kong release. Singtel mio TV is currently in the process of acquiring more content from China, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan.
“We are confident that Season Pass will bring more excitement into the homes of Singaporeans. There is a lot of pent-up demand for US series to be provided as early as possible,” added Mr Low. “Why should people have to access such content illegally on the Internet when they can get it at the touch of a button on mio TV?”
mio TV customers pay only for what they want without the restrictions of a basic package, and there is a minimum spend of only $16.05 (including GST) per month. There is no rental charge for the mio TV set-up box, which is HD-ready.
* Supersaver Pack offers customers great savings and a wider selection of entertainment. With 22 entertaining channels for just $19.90 per month you won’t find better value anywhere else. From kids programming to movies, there is something for everyone!
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 49 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 198 million mobile customers in eight markets. For more information, visit www.singtel.com/miotv