Thursday, June 08, 2006
RTM1 disruption - Was it starhub's doing?
The local forums are abuzz with complaints from singaporeans living in various different parts of the island about the sudden disruption to the RTM1 channel. For those who have no clue about what is going on, Mediacorp is only screening 4 of the 64 world cup matches due to an agreement with local cable tv provider Starhub who has bought the rights to screen all matches. In contrast, Malaysian TV is screening over 40 matches (live and delayed) and Singaporeans, who did not want to pay starhub to view the worldcup matches which were broadcasted on mediacorp's network in previous world cup seasons, were expected to tune in to RTM1 for the free soccer matches.
However, to the shock and dismay of soccer fans around singapore, the reception to RTM1 has been disrupted just as the FIFA world cup draws near. There is currently speculations on the forums that Starhub is behind this outrage. Forum users have commented that the signal from RTM1 used to be very clear but now, it has become blur and distorted.
I turned to RTM1 to take a look for myself and it is true: The channel can hardly be viewed. Starhub displayed a message saying "Please do not adjust your television set. Signal quality is inherent in the programme feed received by starhub. We apologize for the inconvenience caused". From the reactions of the various high traffic forums in Singapore, it is evident that singaporeans are extremely upset. Some have called for a boycott of Starhub services from cable tv services extending to their maxonline services.
The following is a video showing the extent of the disruption. Please do not adjust your monitor screens.
Technorati: World Cup, Starhub, Monopoly, FIFA, Mediacorp, RTM1, Singapore