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Singapore - TV

Many people bundle their television and cable services with their mobile phones and internet connections. There are two local television stations in Singapore: the Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS) and Television Twelve (TV12). There are also eight free channels. TCS runs channels 5 and 8, both 24-hour channels, reaching out to more than 90 per cent of the population. Channel 5 has English news and entertainment programs. Prime 12 is the language channel offering programs in Malay, Tamil, Japanese, French, German, Italian and Spanish, and Chinese opera. Starhub probably has the most options, although SingTel also has many cable channel selections. Channel News Asia offers excellent news coverage around Singapore and the region. OKTO is a newly-launched television channel aimed at children and young teenagers. For mandarin television programs, Channel 8 offers a mix of variety shows and drama serials, both locally-produced as well as sourced from other Chinese broadcasters from Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and China. Other free-to-air channels are Suria (Malay) and Vasantham (Tamil). It is also possible to get some television channels from Malaysia and Indonesia.

TV listings are available daily in the local newspapers or online at 8 days is a locally-produced entertainment and television guide, with news on movies, music, and drama. synopsis and the latest dirt on celebrities. Private satellite dishes are not allowed in Singapore. However, the international satellite broadcasters based in Singapore (including ABN, Discovery Asia, ESPN, HBO, MTV and Disney) are only using Singapore as an uplink station to beam to other markets and to local households via cable.

You must have a TV with PAL system. When you apply for a cable TV you also have to find out if your home is connected and how many cable points you need. Each TV set with cable connection must have its own Set Top Box which is rented from your cable TV provider. A deposit of S$250 is required of foreigners for cable service.

Singaporeans watch a lot of popular American television shows like “How I Met Your Mother,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Walking Dead,” and reruns of “Friends.” Other popular shows are “Madame White Snake” and “The Unforgettable Memory” which airs out of Taiwan.

Individuals have to get a residential TV license as per The Media Development Authority. The license is S$110, and can be renewed on a yearly basis. If you do not get or renew a license then you can be fined of up to S$1,000. The property owner is usually responsible for the license so make sure you ask if this is your responsibility when you rent your place.

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