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25 July 2012

StarHub TV Expands HD Offerings with Two Brand New Channels

Ginx (HD) and Travel Channel HD join the Basic HD Upsize Group 

Singapore, 25 July 2012 – Singapore's widest collection of High Definition (HD) pay TV channels just got even bigger and better with StarHub's addition of Ginx (HD) and Travel Channel HD to the Basic HD Upsize Group. From 30 July 2012, the two brand new channels will be added to the Group, bringing StarHub's total number of HD channels to 28, with 19 channels in the Basic HD Upsize category.

Both channels will also be available on the go through StarHub's TV Anywhere1 value-added service. Upon opting in to TV Anywhere1, customers can watch the channels on starhubtv.com via any Internet-enabled PC, Mac, iPad or tablet anytime, anywhere. Customers can also tune in to both channels on-the-go as they will be made available to StarHub Mobile Customers on Mobile TV.

"The addition of Ginx (HD) and Travel Channel HD to our line-up underlines our commitment to maintain our leadership in providing HD pay TV content. Our HD offerings now span a range of 28 channels from World News, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Education and Chinese Entertainment genres. Customers can rest assured that we will continue working with content providers to acquire more HD content for their enjoyment," said Ms Iris Wee, Vice President of Home Solutions & Content, StarHub.

Ginx (HD) (StarHub TV Channel 475)

Available in HD for the first time in Asia on StarHub TV, Ginx (HD) is the first international TV channel dedicated to video games and the gaming world. With a programming slate containing 14 original series, Ginx (HD) provides round-the-clock access to entertaining shows including game reviews, news and information, all delivered with its signature blend of expertise and humour.

Ginx (HD)'s key programmes include The Blurb, a weekly round-up of the very best video game news from the biggest events on the gaming calendar; Culture Shock!, where each episode takes the latest gaming topic and follows its popular culture links through music, film, TV and comic books; and Planet of the Apps, a programme committed to helping viewers navigate through the thousands of apps in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Mr Michiel Bakker, Ginx CEO shared: "It is a tremendous privilege for Ginx to be part of StarHub's HD channel line-up. Videogaming has become an important aspect in entertainment, and the time is right to reflect this phenomenon with its own 24/7 dedicated TV channel. This launch is the global premiere of the Ginx High Definition feed and we are delighted to present our take on videogaming to StarHub's customers".

Travel Channel HD (StarHub TV Channel 473)

Travel Channel HD prides itself in presenting a uniquely panoramic and objective perspective on the travel experience. Focusing on the journey as much as the destination, Travel Channel HD will transport viewers to every corner of the globe, on backpacking adventures, culinary quests, eco-friendly holidays and exclusive luxury getaways.

With a stable of talent boasting over 60 presenters, Travel Channel HD provides practical advice in selecting and planning real holidays, while allowing viewers to sit back and vicariously experience fascinating places in the glory of full HD. Essential programming includes shows such as World's Greatest Motorcycle Rides, Travel Today, Cruise Today,  Planet Sports, and Inside Luxury Travel. For viewers without HD set-top boxes, selected programmes from Travel Channel HD in standard definition will soon be made available to them on Video On Demand, in which they can access by pressing the VOD button on the remote control, or via internet TV on starhubtv.com.

Mr Gerry Ritchie, Director, Business Development, Travel Channel International enthused: "We are delighted to be launching Travel Channel HD on StarHub TV. With its TV Anywhere value-added service, and multiple-screen platform, StarHub is responding to consumer preferences to access pay TV content at their convenience. In this context, Travel Channel's range of programming is absolutely ideal as it affords the viewer the perfect opportunity to plan future vacations and learn about destinations both from home and on the go."

To allow StarHub TV customers to get a taste of the two new channels, a two-week free preview will be held from 30 July, 10am to 12 August 11.59pm for all customers with either a HubStation HD, HD Interactive set-top box or HD set-top box.

Ginx (HD) and Travel Channel HD will be part of the Lifestyle Basic Upsize category on the Basic HD Upsize Group. Lifestyle Basic Upsize customers who have subscribed to Basic HD Upsize Group can enjoy these two new HD channels at no additional costs.

New customers can sign up for the Basic HD Upsize Group with a monthly subscription of $8.56 (including GST). From now to 31 August 2012, customers who sign up for the Basic HD Upsize Group will enjoy a 50% off their monthly Group subscription for 12 months. Customers who sign up in the same period also stand to win either a Lomography Camera + Travel Channel HD Goodie Bag (worth $400) or a Star Wars Limited Edition Xbox 360 (worth $649). 

1 TV Anywhere VAS is complimentary from now until 31 October 2012. From 1 November 2012, subscription will cost $5.35 every month (Including GST).

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