Got my beer and pop corn ready.....turned on my TV. ..switch to Malaysian channel RTM1 which broadcasts World Cup games free of charge to millions of Malaysia homes and this is what I got.....
A distorted unwatchable picture and ....there is a message running at the bottom "Do not adjust your television set. Signal quality is inherent in the programme feed received by StarHub. We apologise for the inconvenience cause..."
How despicable?! So tragic...my World Cup plans ruined. Since it is "inherent in the programme feed", I take it that it not a deliberate attempt by Starhub to force Singaporeans to pay $23 to subscribe to its own World Cup channels. Of course Starhub will not do such a thing to make Singaporeans miserable. It is just sheer coincidence that there is poor feed from RTM although 10 million Malaysians are probably enjoying clear reception of the broadcasst right now....it is just coincidence that Starhub's antenna isn't working too well....it was working fine for the past 4 years until the World Cup started.
What to do now....I've to beg my neighbor to let me into his house to watch. ....He bought an antenna+booster which is able to receive RTM through RF instead of cable. ...so he didn't pay $23 to Starhub either. Singaporeans are so lucky to be able to receive free World Cup boardcast from our neighboring country.