Singapore's Mio TV offering local films


SINGAPORE -- Mio TV, Singapore's first mass-market IPTV platform, will be offering a lineup of high-profile local films on its VOD platform as well as exclusive TV programs, SingTel said Friday.

The lineup starts immediately with the TV premiere of Jack Neo's recent boxoffice hit "Just Follow Law," which was nominated for best original screenplay and best visual effects at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards in 2007.

It will be followed by "Singapore Dreaming" (Best Asian Film Award at the 2007 Tokyo International Film Festival), "Truth Be Told" (Best Original Film at the 2007 Asian Film Festival) and this year's top-grossing Asian film in Singapore, Royston Tan's "881," a Golden Horse Awards nominee for best makeup and costume design.

Besides offering convenience and freedom to subscribers SingTel also is hoping to recognize the local film and entertainment industry, said Low Ka Hoe, SingTel's director of IPTV and content.

"Mio TV's video-on-demand capabilities represent unlimited potential for local filmmakers," added Lim Teck, GM of Scorpio East Entertainment, who distributes "Truth Be Told" and "Singapore Dreaming."

Mio TV will also start airing special TV content which includes Chinese-language variety shows such as "Comedy 2000," "Jack Neo Talkshow" and "Ah Nan Ge Tai Show" produced by Neo. "Ah Nan Ge Tai Show" will premiere exclusively on Mio TV and will be shown in its original dialects Hokkien and Mandarin. There are also plans to showcase 30 to 40 locally produced short films such as "Big Exit" and "Seletar Airbase" from budding directors like Helmi Yusof and Esther Liu Xiu Qi.

Launched July 2007, Mio TV now offers 43 channels from a wide range of genres as well as Singapore's largest range of VOD titles and high-definition content.