MediaCorp to halt TVMobile

Service was launched in 2001, first to use DVB standard

HONG KONG – Singapore’s government-controlled broadcaster MediaCorp is to halt TVMobile, the country’s free-to-air mobile digital television broadcast service. The closure is effective from Jan. 1, 2010.
“Having carefully evaluated the viability of the service, MediaCorp has decided to discontinue the service upon expiry of its current agreement with SBS Transit. MediaCorp will re-deploy all its TVM staff to other operations,” the company said in a statement.
Launched in 2001, it was the first channel in the world to use Digital Video Broadcast standards to deliver television programs to commuters.
Content included infotainment and entertainment programs and real-time news, either as reruns or simulcasts in Mandarin and English from other MediaCorp channels. A small amount of original programming included shorts produced with Nanyang Polytechnic.