13 January 2009

Singapore, 13 January 2009 – Celebrate this Lunar New Year with free TV programmes and your favourite artistes from Hong Kong and Taiwan! From 16 January, 6am to 31 January 2009, viewers can enjoy an extensive array of quality Chinese programmes ranging from highly-rated dramas, blockbusters, news and variety programmes on StarHub TV’s Preview Channel (Channel 01) for free!

In addition, drama fans can celebrate an early Lunar New Year with popular TVB artistes Nancy Sit, Myolie Wu, Kenneth Ma, Fala Chen and the cast from ‘A Place Called Home’ namely Sung I-Ming and Cheng Chung-Yin! They will be meeting their fans at Causeway Point on 17 and 18 January.

The 12 channels participating in StarHub’s free preview are CCTV-4, Celestial Movies, CHANNEL [V] TAIWAN, CTI TV, E City, JET TV, STAR CHINESE CHANNEL, TVB Classic, TVB8, TVBS-Asia, TVBS-News and VV Drama. The Preview Channel will run 24 hours daily for the period of the free preview, with a ‘live’ feed extracted from the 12 Chinese channels carried by StarHub.

“Being the largest pay TV operator in Singapore, StarHub TV offers a wide variety of Chinese content via 24 Mandarin channels and one Cantonese channel. Through this free preview, we hope to give viewers an opportunity to sample the quality Chinese programmes on StarHub TV,” said Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub’s Head of Pay TV & Entertainment.

Some of the key programmes that viewers can look forward to include:

  • Wars of In-Laws II – The contemporary sequel to the immensely popular ‘Wars of In-Laws’, starring Liza Wang, Bosco Wong and Myolie Wu.
  • Last Scandal - This is the final work by the quintessential Korean star, Choi Jin-shil in which her superb acting has garnered high ratings.
  • Gossips Behind The Scenes - Catch Taiwanese up-and-coming hosts Huang Guo Lun and Liang He Qun in this top rated talk show as they unveil the secrets and strange happenings in the entertainment scene.
  • The Million Star – Hosted by Harlem Yu. An entertaining music game show which requires the contestants to remember the lyrics to win money prizes.

Existing subscribers of StarHub TV 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 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. They can also refer to the StarHub Online Programme Guide at www.starhub.com/tv for a programme schedule of the free preview.

Customers who sign up for Celestial Movies, STAR CHINESE MOVIES or VV Drama before 13 February 2009 will enjoy 50% off for the first three months. Celestial Movies, STAR CHINESE MOVIES and VV Drama are priced at $8 ($8.56 with GST) monthly per channel. Existing customers can contact StarHub at 1633 to take up additional channels while new customers can call 1630 to subscribe to StarHub TV. For more information on StarHub TV services, visit www.starhub.com/tv