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Media Services

last updated 28 November 2016

IMDA seeks to enable and maintain fair market conduct and effective competition.

We aim to promote the development of a successful media industry that makes available a comprehensive range of quality media services to consumers in Singapore. While IMDA adopts a co-regulation approach with the industry, it recogni​ses the need for timely intervention where necessary due to unique market conditions.​

IMDA seeks to impose regulatory requirements that are no broader than necessary to achieve its stated objectives. It also conducts extensive public and industry consultations, where relevant, to ensure the continued relevance of its policies in view of new media technologies, consumer trends and the ever-changing circumstances in the industry.​​

​The list of past public and industry consultation papers is as follows:​​​

11 January 2013 - The MDA has gazetted the revised anti-siphoning list, which marks the close of the anti-siphoning public consultation. Please refer to the links below for the related materials: 

Closing Note to Public Consultation on Revisions to the Anti-Siphoning List and Definition of Delayed Broadcast 

Notification of Category A and Category B Programmes​​​

9 July 2012 - The MDA has gazetted the revised Amendments to the Code of Practice for Market Conduct in the Provision of Media Services ("MMCC 2010"), which marks the close of the public consultation on the proposed amendments to​ Appendix 4 of the MMCC 2010. Please refer to the links below for the related materials: 

Closing Note on Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Appendix 4 of the Code of Practice for Market Conduct in the Provision of Media Services 2010: Implementation of Cross-Carriage Measure 

Notification of Amendments to the MMCC 2010​​

9 Febuary 2012 - The MDA has issued an advisory on the notification of Qualified Content by a Supplying Qualified Licensee pursuant to Paragraph 2.7.1 (e)(i) of the Code of Practice for Market Conduct in the Provision of Media Services (“Media Market Conduct Code”). Please refer to the links below for the related materials: 

Advisory on Notification of Qualified Content

​1 Nov​ember 2011 - The MDA has issued the Guidelines on Maximum Contract Term and Early Termination Charges for Pay TV Services Offered to Consumers. Please refer to the links below for the related materials: 

Closing Note on Consultation on Maximum Contract Term & Early Termination Charges 

Guidelines on Maximum Contract Term & Early Termination Charges 

Press Release 

Consumer Factsheet​

​29 November 2011 - The Authority hereby notifies that the following Regulated Person has become a Supplying Qualified Licensee under the Code of Practice for Market Conduct in the Provision of Media Services: 

(a) StarHub Cable Vision Ltd​

8 July 2011 - The Authority hereby designates the following Regulated Persons to be Receiving Qualified Licensees pursuant to paragraph 2.7.2 of the Code of Practice for Market Conduct in the Provision of Media Services with effect from 8 July 2011:

(a) SingNet Pte Ltd and 

(b) StarHub Cable Vision Ltd 

Variation of Code of Practice for Market Conduct in the Provision of Media Services (G.N. No. S 380/2011)

– updated 13 July 2011​​ 

Media Development Authority of Singapore Act - Code of Practice for Market Conduct (G.N. No. S 148/2010)​ 

– updated 13 July 2011​ 

​​Legislation is reproduced on this website with the permission of the Government of Singapore. Acts of Parliament are available without charge, and updated monthly, at the Singapore Government Statutes. The Authority hereby disclaims responsibility for the accuracy of the materials contained in these documents. No claim for damages, actual anticipated or consequential, economic or otherwise, will be entertained.​

1 July 2011 - The Media Development Authority has varied the Code of Practice for Market Conduct in the Provision of Media Service ("MMCC 2010") to effect the implementation of the cross-carriage measure. The amendments to the MMCC 2010 are made after an extensive consultation process, which started on 12 March 2010. Please refer to the links below for the related materials: 

Notification of Amendments to the Code 

Closing Note on Consultation of Implementation on Cross-Carriage Measure 

Press Release 

The amendments to the MMCC 2010 would come into effect on 2 July 2011.​​

On 12 Mar 2010, the MDA gazetted the Code of Practice for Market Conduct in the Provision of Media Services (2010), after careful assessment of the comments received from the two public consultations in 2007 ("First Triennial Review"). 

Please refer to the links below for the related materials: 

Code of Practice for Market Conduct in the Provision of Media Services (2010) 

Notifications Issued by the MDA 

List of Category A Programmes 

Closing Note 

Press Release 

MDA targets to issue related guidelines by late 2010 to assist industry in understanding competition principles and ensure compliance to the Code. ​

​In 2003, the MDA issued the Code of Practice for Market Conduct in the Provision of Mass Media Services (“Media Market Conduct Code 2003”) to promote fair market conduct and effective competition by laying out the ground rules for fair competition in the broadcasting and print sectors. The Media Market Conduct Code 2003 is intended to fulfil the following objectives:​ 

(a) enable and maintain fair market conduct and effective competition in Singapore’s media industry; 

(b) ensure the availability of a comprehensive range of quality media services in Singapore; 

(c) encourage industry self-regulation in Singapore’s media industry; 

(d) foster further investment in, and the development of Singapore’s media industry; and​ 

As set out in paragraph 1.7.1 in the Media Market Conduct Code 2003, MDA is required to review the Code every three years. MDA commenced its first triennial review of the Media Market Conduct Code 2003 in 2007 with two public consultations aimed at ensuring that the Code remains an effective tool to enable and maintain fair market conduct and effective competition in the media industry. The relevant materials are as follows: ​​ 

Notifications Issued by the MDA 

List of Category A Programmes​​​​