SINGAPORE – Local tennis fans can continue to watch Grand Slam action live after Singtel announced the launch of two dedicated sports channels featuring Wimbledon and the US Open, among others, on Friday, October 8.
This follows the shutdown of Fox Sports channels in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong on October 1, a move that has frustrated many sports fans, especially those who are passionate about F1, tennis and golf.
The channels, SPOTV (Ch 114) and SPOTV 2 (Ch 115), will launch on October 11 and fans will be able to watch live sporting events such as these two Grand Slam tournaments, MotoGP, the British Open of golf and world table tennis tournaments.
All Singtel TV customers will enjoy free previews of both channels from October 11 to November 8.
Existing customers subscribing to the World Sports pack and all Variety, Value and Ultimate packs, as well as Singtel CAST customers subscribing to the Sports Plus pack, will be able to enjoy these two channels at no additional cost.
StarHub subscriber Jerome Low, 30, said he would consider switching to Singtel as he and his family enjoy watching live sports, especially football and tennis.
He noted that while the practice of streaming sports action is more common now and one can still subscribe to Tennis TV for live ATP action, he noted, “That’s good ( that Singtel still offers this avenue) because it maintains the sports exhibition in Singapore and it gives people a way to watch it rather than going through illegal means.
“For tech-savvy people like the elderly who have been following (the action on TV) for a very long time, they may not know they can subscribe to official streaming services, so this is is good that they have found alternatives to continue showing all these sports. “
Singtel had also previously secured the rights to broadcast Formula 1, with all Singtel TV customers getting a free preview of this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.
Those who subscribe to Singtel’s World Sports Pack, Variety Packs, and all Value and Ultimate Packs can continue to watch F1 on mio Sports 2 (Ch112) at no additional cost for the remainder of the season as well as the 2022 run. .
To watch the two new channels from Singtel and F1, those who are not subscribed to Singtel TV packs can sign up for its Cast Sports Plus streaming service as a standalone, which costs $ 49.90 per month. Or they can sign up for the phone company’s Starter or Family pack (starting at $ 21.90 per month) and World Sports pack (add $ 14.90 per month).
They can also sign up for the Value or Ultimate packs (starting at $ 69.90 per month). For more information, visit singtel.com/tvpacks.
Meanwhile, StarHub subscribers to its Sports + and Sports Pass can attend this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix on Hub Sports and Hub Sports 2 (Ch 202 and 202).
The phone company said it “is finalizing the deal for the remaining races this season and will update when there are any developments.”
StarHub’s other sports offerings include the Bundesliga, La Liga, French Ligue 1, National Basketball Association, and World Wrestling Entertainment.