Though there is much dislike about “Starhub”:/2008/08/an-open-letter-to-starhub-dear-sparky/ over the Jesus phone, their TV offerings on Starhub TV is still something I enjoy, especially their Sports channels… at least until they lose out on English Premier League hosting rights.
Besides watching it on TV, if you are a “MaxOnline”:http://www.starhub.com/portal/site/Online user, you can also watch selected channels on your computer with their “Starhub TV Online”:http://www.starhub.com/portal/site/iView. They also offer “TV on Demand”:http://play.starhub.com/starhubtv/video.do where you can download certain shows they are screening on TV now, but unfortunately, that’s “Windows ONLY”:http://www.starhub.com/portal/site/CableTV/menuitem.b0b0f265fac5dfb3f75eb1109b1000a0/?vgnextoid=f3692a0a19134010VgnVCM100000b901000aRCRD&vgnextfmt=ItemCMId%3Acf4293f7ee45c110VgnVCM100000464114acRCRD#2.
Anyway, not to be disheartened, there are still seven channels which you can watch online – Football Channel, Goal TV 1 and 2, CTI TV, Fashion TV, National Geographic and Nat Geo Adventure. However, you cannot watch it off the “StarHub TV Online website”:http://www.starhub.com/portal/site/iView but requires the Windows Media Player (“download here”:http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/flip4mac.mspx) to do so.
Once downloaded, you have to manually input the URL to watch the channels of your choice:
- Football Channel: http://www.starhub.com/config/FC.asx
- Goal TV 1: http://www.starhub.com/config/GTV1.asx
- Goal TV 2: http://www.starhub.com/config/GTV2.asx
- CTI TV: http://www.starhub.com/config/CTI.asx
- Fashion TV: http://www.starhub.com/config/FTV.asx
- NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: http://www.starhub.com/config/NGC.asx
- NAT GEO ADVENTURE: http://www.starhub.com/config/NGA.asx
As these are streamed through cable, there is a slight time lapse. So don’t be surprised if you hear your neighbour shout GOAL and all you see is the ball being passed around.
Also, if you are behind a router, make sure you enable Multicast Streaming if you have issues connecting to the Starhub server.
Update – Have just swopped my Dlink router to the Airport Extreme Base Station and just like that, TV Online stopped working for me. Anyone had it work with this router, please let me know.