01 December 2012
StarHub acquires ESPN STAR Sports TV, broadband and mobile
Broadens range of sport content to 22 dedicated channels
Singapore, 1 December 2012 – StarHub announced today its acquisition of the broadcast rights to ESPN STAR Sports’ (ESS) portfolio of multimedia assets including television, broadband, and mobile services on a non-exclusive basis. This comprises six ESPN STAR Sports TV channels, which brings the number of dedicated sports channels on StarHub TV to 22; the broadband video player ESPN Player and the live streaming mobile service, Mobile ESPN. The six TV channels and ESPN Player will be launched on StarHub TV at 9am on 14 December 2012 while Mobile ESPN will be introduced on StarHub’s Mobile platform later in December.
Sports fans can look forward to a comprehensive line-up of sports coverage on ESPN (StarHub TV Channel 208), STAR Sports (StarHub TV Channel 209), the high-definition 24-hour sports channel ESPN HD (StarHub TV Channel 210), the 24-7 sports news channel ESPNEWS (StarHub TV Channel 207) and premium cricket channels in STAR Cricket (StarHub TV Channel 236) and STAR Cricket HD (StarHub TV Channel 237).
Customers will also be able to access ESPN Player, Asia’s leading broadband sports network, via StarHub’s Internet TV service, TV Anywhere. Mobile ESPN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android devices will be launched soon, allowing Singapore sports fans Anywhere, Anytime access to their favorite sports.
ESPN STAR Sports features a stellar line-up of sports content that includes exciting football properties (the Spanish La Liga BBVA, Asian Football Confederation events), motor-racing (Formula One, SBK, MotoGP, NASCAR, Dakar Rally), Grand Slam tennis (Wimbledon, Australian Open), events from the WTA Tour and ATP World and the Hopman Cup, the Golf Majors (The Masters, US Open and The Open Championship) as well as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, popular American sports (Major League Baseball, NCAA College Football and Basketball), premier Asian sports (ASEAN Basketball League, OneAsia golf tournaments, HSBC Asian Five Nations) and top cricket properties (ICC events, Champions League Twenty20, international and domestic cricket from the BCCI, Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board).
“We are excited to welcome ESPN STAR Sports back to our sports content line-up. Combined with our current spread of sports channels, viewers can now look forward to the widest range of sports programming, including all the tennis and golf majors, on our trusted network. Customers can also take advantage of our TV Anywhere service to savour exciting ‘live’ sports coverage on their personal devices on their personal devices. By delivering a comprehensive range of sports content across multiple platforms, we are confident that customers will have the finest sports viewing experience possible,” said Mr Chan Kin Hung, Head of Marketing & Products, StarHub.
“We're very happy to be able to offer the full range of our programming to the widest possible audience in Singapore and to return back to StarHub after two-and-a-half years away with a new long term agreement,” said Peter Hutton, ESPN STAR Sports Managing Director.
In addition to the ESS line-up of premium sports content, StarHub customers can currently catch the following sports content: Malaysian Super League, Malaysia Cup, Bundesliga football, 2014 World Cup qualifiers; Major League Soccer; National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball; the French Open, US Open, Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour Finals, Davis Cup and Fed Cup tennis tournaments; the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) Championship golf major, golf tournaments from the PGA, European, Asian and LPGA tours; World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE); Indian Premier League cricket; Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super Series badminton; International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) table tennis competitions and local sports such as the S.League and Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore.
ESPNEWS will be a complimentary channel available to all StarHub TV customers at no additional cost. With the addition of ESPN, STAR Sports and ESPN HD to the Sports Group; the subscription to the Sports Group will be revised to $19.26 per month (with GST), effective from 15 January 2013. The Sports Group subscription includes access to ESPN Player and other sports channels such as Racquet Channel, Football Channel, SuperSports, SuperSports Arena and Setanta Sports via TV Anywhere. Currently available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, Mobile ESPN will be added to StarHub’s Gee! portal later this month. More details on Mobile ESPN will be announced nearer to its launch date. STAR Cricket and STAR Cricket HD will be available on the Cricket Group, which is unchanged at $32.10 per month (with GST). A HubStation HD, HD Interactive or HD set-top box is required to view the respective HD channels.
For more information on StarHub TV, please visit www.starhub.com/tv. New customers can subscribe by calling 1630.