Dated: 9 October 2009
The Media Development Authority (MDA) refers to the recent letters and commentaries on the bidding for the Barclays Premier League rights.
We understand the concerns raised.
The bidding for the Barclays Premier League (BPL) rights is a commercial process, with the bidding and broadcast terms determined by the Football Association Premier League (FAPL) and agreed upon with the bidders. Prior to the BPL bidding, MDA had begun dialogue sessions with the industry on possible regulatory interventions to address this issue for the longer term.
With the award of the BPL rights for the 2010 - 2013 seasons, MDA had asked SingTel to provide clarity on the pricing of their sports packages. We note that SingTel has committed to not charging more than what cable subscribers are currently paying and ensuring 100% rollout to all households by the time the EPL season starts in August 2010.
Separately, MDA had also asked StarHub Cable Vision (SCV) to provide clarity on their termination charges for those subscribers who wish to switch subscription plans. We note that SCV has announced that they will not be charging any early termination fees for subscribers of sports packages who cancel their service after July next year.
Our goal remains to find an effective solution that works best in the Singapore context and that best addresses consumers’ concerns.
Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA)
Formed in 2003, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) plays a vital role in transforming Singapore into a Trusted Global Capital for New Asia Media. MDA spearheads initiatives that promote industry growth in film, television, radio, publishing, music, games, animation and Interactive Digital Media. At the same time, in ensuring clear and consistent regulatory policies and guidelines, MDA helps to foster a pro-business environment for industry players and increase media choices for consumers. For more information, visit www.mda.gov.sg and www.smf.sg.