StarHub, SingTel trade charges as EPL row continues

SINGAPORE - The row over English football broadcasts continues to rumble, as pay-TV rivals StarHub and SingTel hurled accusations at each other on Monday.

The English Premier League (EPL) season begins on Saturday, but StarHub hinted that some of its subscribers may not be able to tune in because SingTel has been late in processing orders.

SingTel then insisted it has kept to its deadline.

Since SingTel lost its appeal on having to share its exclusive EPL broadcasting rights with StarHub under the Media Development Authority's (MDA) cross-carriage rule last month, the two telcos have been engaged in a fight over subscribers.

Each has been offering football TV packages which they claim is the better deal.

StarHub set off a new exchange when it issued a media statement saying that as of 5pm on Monday, it had not received any EPL orders from SingTel.

Football fans who want to catch the matches on StarHub's platform must put in an order and make payment with SingTel.

"We have not received any cross-carriage provisioning order from our competitor even though it commenced sales on Aug 1 - despite reminders and its legal obligations," said StarHub's head of home solutions, Ms Lin Shu Fen.

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