09 May 2005

Singapore, 9 May 2005 - TV buffs, rejoice! From 21 May to 19 June 2005,  they can look forward to an exciting line-up of action-packed movies, spine-tingling thrillers and riveting dramas on StarHub's Preview Channel – all for free!

This is the first time that StarHub is offering an extensive array of English programmes to viewers, round the clock and free-of-charge. Virtually all households in Singapore will be able to access the Preview Channel, regardless of whether they are subscribers of StarHub's cable TV services.

Those who tune-in to the Preview Channel during the special viewing period will also stand a chance to win $100 cash daily in a tune-in contest, simply by SMS-ing to StarHub the password that will be revealed during selected time-belts throughout the day.

The Preview Channel will run for 24 hours daily, with a live programme feed extracted from 21 English language channels that are carried by StarHub. The wide array of programmes on this channel will ensure that there is something to please every viewer's palate.

Ms Sandie Lee, StarHub's Senior Vice President, Cable TV Services said, "StarHub Digital Cable offers viewers the widest variety of English programmes in Singapore. This month-long free preview will give our local viewers a very good opportunity to experience how StarHub Digital Cable can significantly enhance their TV viewing pleasure."

The 21 channels participating in StarHub's special one-off free viewing include Animal Planet, Animax, AXN, Cartoon Network, Cinemax, Discovery Channel, Discovery Health, Discovery H&L, Discovery Science, Discovery Travel & Living, Disney Channel, E! Entertainment, Hallmark Channel, HBO, National Geographic Channel, Nickelodeon, Playhouse Disney Channel, Reality TV, Star Movies, Star World and Turner Classic Movies.

Viewers can expect blockbuster hits from Star Movies and HBO, including X2: X-Men United (starring Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry), S.W.A.T. (starring Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell), Bulletproof Monk (starring Chow Yun-Fat), Cold Creek Manor (starring Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone) and Seabiscuit (nominated for 7 Academy Awards and stars Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges).

Crime-fiction aficionados can also catch episodes from AXN's first season of CSI: New York which is currently aired by StarHub Digital Cable exclusively, while homebodies will enjoy tucking into My Restaurant Rules and Nigella Bites from Discovery Travel & Living.

A host of quality and informative documentaries will also be screened on the Preview Channel, including Discovery Channel's Unsolved History: Death of Marilyn Monroe and National Geographic Channel's ShowReal Asia: Tokyo Shock Boys.

Fans of Michael Jackson will not want to miss the court proceedings of the superstar's controversial child molestation case, re-enacted in The Michael Jackson Trial on E! Entertainment.

Reality TV enthusiasts will be able to relish AXN 's Fear Factor (Season V) - Couples Premiere #1 and Hallmark Channel's Wife Swap.

Children will not be left out in this special preview extravaganza. Nickelodeon's The Wild Thornberry and Hey Arnold, and Disney's The Legend of Tarzan, Chip N Dale's Rescue Rangers and Bananas in Pyjamas will keep the young ones and the young-at-heart highly entertained.

Existing subscribers of StarHub Digital Cable can enjoy the Preview Channel on Channel 01, while non-subscribers can tune their TV sets manually to UHF 527.25 Mhz. The manual tuning-in procedures will vary according to different TV set models, and viewers are advised to refer to their TV operating manuals for specific tuning-in instructions.

The generic tuning-in procedures are:

  • Select an unused channel on the TV unit.
  • Press the TUNNING button on the TV remote control or at the front panel of the TV unit, commonly labeled as [PRESET], [INSTALL], [SET], [P/C] or [MENU>TUNE>MANUAL]. If the TV unit does not have any of these buttons, please refer to the TV manual.
  • Start tuning by pressing or selecting the VOLUME +/- button or the CHANNEL UP/DOWN button on the TV remote control until the Free Preview channel appears on the screen.
  • Next, press the STORE or MEM button on the TV remote control to store the tuning.
  • Press the MENU or PRESET button to end or exit the tuning procedure.

For any technical clarifications, viewers may wish to call the public hotline at 6873 2828.


For the schedule of the free preview, viewers may refer to Teletext pages 250 & 251, and StarHub's online programme guide, available at www.starhub.com/cabletv.

Viewers who wish to subscribe to StarHub Digital Cable can call StarHub's Customer Care Hotline at 1630, or log on to www.starhub.com/cabletv. Existing StarHub Digital Cable customers who wish to subscribe to new channels can call 1633 or log on to the website.