Friday, June 09, 2006

World Cup BLUES......

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.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's just so cool. I think clear reception is a commodity for the rich. If you're not rich, you can always go to your rich neighbour's house or any decent coffee shop with SCV. So what's the problem? All is fair and square what.

Anonymous said...

How come Msia gets to watch it for free?

The $23 i pay SH for their 'exclusive coverage' not worth it. No match analysis or anything. Just show the game and commercials and repeats.

Anonymous said...

China also watch free. Indonesia also free. In Philipines also free....everywhere FREE!

Can make money from commercials what? Why Singapore so stupid try squeeze money out of its citizens!

Waliao, Government so goon...this is what you get when you have incompetent govt PAY AND PAY!!!!

Anonymous said...

it actually costs $25, not $23.

Maybe we should compared with developed countries.

Japan and South Korea got free or not?

Anonymous said...

Korean got Free. KBS (Free to Air National TV) is showing it.

Anonymous said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_2006_FIFA_World_Cup_broadcasting_rights

Its quite varied. Take for example the Holland airs it on Free to Air, while Philippines airs in cable (they are not interested in football anyway). Korea (as I have said earlier) is on Free to Air TV while I think Japan has a lot of matches on cable.

It actually depends on who bids the highest. I guess maybe Starhub paid quite a bit for the broadcasting rights.

Maybe we should just ban Starhub from bidding for it next time and let Mediacorp enter a low bid for free to air TV.

Anonymous said...

Can watch the Dutch v.s Serbia match on TV 1. It's of a decent quality.

Anonymous said...

its free here in australia too- on sbs.