Monday, October 20, 2008


Something “sad” happened today. My son called my wife and asked, “Mummy. How come the TV does not have Okto channel?”

My wife had to tell him, “Because Kids Central has moved to Okto.”

Our son’s grandma doesn’t know how to tune the TV to receive programs of Okto channel.

So our son does not get to watch all his favorite programs which he used to watch on Kids Central.

This is a tragedy. Is it not?

Talking about Kids Central and Arts Central merging to form the new Okto channel, this leaves Vasantham to have its own channel which it used to share with Kids Central and Arts Central.

Why does Vasantham have its own channel? Because there are more Indians, Bangladeshis, living and working in Singapore now. So there is certainly a bigger demand now for Tamil programs.

I think it would be better to move Vasantham to its own channel and let Kids Central and Arts Central retain their original Central channel since the combined audiences of both Kids Central and Arts Central probably outnumber that of Vasantham Central. This would cause inconvenience to fewer TV audience who do not know how to tune their TV to receive the new channel.


Blogger Lunch is Served! said...

Maybe you could teach your son to tune Ah Mah's telly lor :) That's the story featured on Okto's cute ads lah...

On the other hand, I think it's really high time there's a dedicated channel for our Indian compatriots. After all, we've got 2 Chinese channels, 2 English channels, 1 Malay channel for such a long time :)

Monday, October 20, 2008 at 9:45:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

My son is only 5+ now, doubt he can figure out how to tune a TV yet even if i were to teach him :p

Does your girl know how to tune a TV?

i guess you probably need not tune the TV at all since you have StarHub Cable TV :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 9:37:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lunch is Served! said...

Hmmmmm... she's pretty savvy when it comes to electronic gadgets and computers. But of course, she's 6+ lah, older than your son.

Our old telly in one of the bedroom receives Okto even when it's not on Starhub cable, and we didn't even tune it. I think Okto is using one of the old channels, probably vacated by Channel i or the SARs Channel.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 1:40:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To LIS: Speaking of a TV which receives Okto channel without tuning, i could also get the new channel on my dad's TV without tuning. Like you said, it must be a replacement on a same bandwith used by a channel which was discontinued years ago.

Last night, it took me over 45 minutes just to manually tune my in-laws' old and crappy TV to receive Okto channel for my son to watch his cartoons :p i pressed the button until my fingers and arms ached :p

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 10:29:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lunch is Served! said...

Hahaha... so funny! You mean, the TV cannot do auto-scanning of the bandwidth ah? It must be from the telefunken era one? LOL!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 10:14:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To LIS: Yaloh. Crappy TV. Can't even do auto-scanning like most if not all new TVs can. And it's a Sharp TV that is only around 7 years old. Way much younger than a Telefunken from the late 70s and early 80s :p

Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 9:08:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger TheLastAurora said...

i also don't know how to tune the tv... my sister, who is 2, wants to watch. my parents also not tech-savvy...
how do you tune arh? i got mioTV, but also don't have okto leh

Friday, October 24, 2008 at 11:18:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger QuaChee said...

oh i didnt know that is the reason for the 'new' channel. all the while i thought it really is brand new.

that aside, i think the initiative to have a pure indian channel in singapore is superb. singapore really cares for its ethnics heh :)

Friday, October 24, 2008 at 2:52:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Quachee: I don't think it's so much of MediaCorp caring for Singapore's ethnics. Having one dedicated channel for Indians means advertisers can sell more advertisements to them. This inadvertently means more TV advertising revenue for MediaCock too :p

Friday, October 24, 2008 at 4:59:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger QuaChee said...

lol. didnt think bout that one. :)

Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 12:54:00 AM GMT+8  

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