Singapore - TV-Cable-Internet-Radio
- MediaCorp is Singapore longest established
television and radio company. It owns five television channels and most
radio stations. In 2000 it began publishing the “Today” newspaper.
- Channel 5 – information and entertainment programs in English including some imported programs such as ‘Friends’ and ‘Survivors’, plus local sitcoms and games shows.
- Channel 8 - information and entertainment programs in Chinese.
- Suria - information and entertainment programs in Malay
- Central – made up of Kids Central, Arts Central and Vasantham Central (programs in Indian languages).
- Channel News Asia - news in English
- SPH Media Works
Tel: + 65 6319 7988
email [email protected]
- Channel i - programs in English – sports, news, some American TV programs
- Channel U - programs in Chinese
Mobile phones are now available with a digital camera. Images can be sent to another mobile phone with the same capability or to a computer via the internet. This is called Multimedia Messaging (MMS).
PDA’s (personal digital assistants) have a wireless capability included and can be used to access the internet for surfing, email and music downloads while traveling.
There are wireless hotspots in cafes such as Starbucks where you can use your notebook computer online via a wireless ISP (internet service provider). Very new technology is still being developed and offered by Singtel, Starhub and other companies at different sites around the city.
New [email protected] services allow you to check your email while lazing on your sofa. No need to be tied to your computer desk while surfing the Internet.
There are two main media groups in Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings and Media Corp. Together they provide newspaper, radio and television coverage of news and provide entertainment in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
Singapore Press Holdings has been publishing newspapers for 150 years and is the publisher of Singapore’s main English language newspaper, “The Straits Times”. It is a newcomer to the field of television, owning the Media Works television company.
MediaCorp is Singapore longest established television and radio company. It owns five television channels and most radio stations. In 2000 it began publishing the “Today” newspaper.
There is no satellite television. Starhub is a cable television provider with a variety of packages including news, entertainment and sports. Internet providers also provide movies on-line.
Overseas newspapers and magazines are readily available at
bookstores and some newspaper kiosks.
TV licence- This may have already been paid by your landlord. Otherwise you can apply for a TV Licence at any Post Office. You need to complete the TV Licence Application Form and show your passport. The annual licence fee is $110.
The Singapore government censorship laws are quite strict. Censorship in such areas as pornography and certain political material is administered by the Films and Publications department of the MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS. Some foreign books, magazines and films are banned and videos imported for personal use are censored. (see import restrictions)
StarHub Cable TV
Tel: + 65 6873 3333 Subscriptions
Tel: + 65 6873 7373 Customer Service
email: [email protected]
Subscription service with fixed scheduling of programs. Provide basic packages of programs covering education (eg National Geographic), entertainment, kids and news (CNN, BBC, CNBC Singapore) for approximately $25 per month. Additional channels for sport, movies, Disney or international (eg NHK) cost from $4 to $15 per month per channel or group.
PacTV entertainment via the internet
Tel: + 65 6336 6622
SingTel Movie Magix video
Tel: + 65 1610
On-demand (20 movies per month) and SingTel Magix for downloading games from the web. Available to SingNet BroadBand customers with 512Kbps access.
- Mediacorp Radio
Broadcasting in English
Gold 90.5FM easy-listening music, news updates, traffic reports
Class 95FM 24 hrs of music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s
Perfect Ten 98.7FM hit music from USA, UK and Singapore
NewsRadio 93.8FM news, sports, talkshows
Symphony 92.4FM classical music
The International Channel 96.3FM 18 hours of music and programs in Japanese, German and French
Other channels broadcast in Chinese, Malay and Indian languages
510 Thomson Road
#B1-02 SLF Building
Tel: + 65 6353 6100
WKRZ 91.3FM Current Hits
BBC World Service 88.9FM -news and entertainment
There are three companies providing internet connections, both dial-up and broadband – Pacific Internet, Singnet and StarHub. The average cost for 20 hours or more per month dial-up connection is $20.