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SBD Global/August 16, 2013/Media

StarHub, SingTel Football Television Package Row Continues Ahead Of EPL Start

The row over English football broadcasts continues to rumble, "as pay-TV rivals StarHub and SingTel hurled accusations at each other," according to Irene Tham of the STRAITS TIMES. The EPL season begins on Saturday, "but StarHub hinted that some of its subscribers may not be able to tune in because SingTel has been late in processing orders." SingTel then insisted that "it has kept to its deadline." Since SingTel lost its appeal on having to share its exclusive EPL broadcasting rights with StarHub under the Media Development Authority's cross-carriage rule last month, the two telecoms "have been engaged in a fight over subscribers" (STRAITS TIMES, 8/15). In Taipei, Jason Pan wrote football fans in Taiwan "are set to be disappointed with no live broadcasts of games to be shown on local sports channels." For the first time in many years, EPL games "will not be shown on Fox Sports channels." BeIN Sport, with its partner MP & Silva, "has secured the media distribution rights for Premier League games for the next three seasons in the Philippines and Taiwan." In Taiwan, "the company aims to launch three high-definition TV channels this month," including a 24-hour channel dedicated to EPL games and news (TAIPEI TIMES, 8/15).
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