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Old 17-01-2019, 09:27 PM   #1036
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I can see why the government wants to do this because Singapore wants to position the country as a nation respecting copyright.

That is one of the main reasons why MNCs choose Singapore over places like China for high value added business activites.
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Old 17-01-2019, 09:39 PM   #1037
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Personally, I only see two companies standing to gain from this new law.
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Old 17-01-2019, 09:40 PM   #1038
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I can see why the government wants to do this because Singapore wants to position the country as a nation respecting copyright.

That is one of the main reasons why MNCs choose Singapore over places like China for high value added business activites.
Many companies are also in China.
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Old 17-01-2019, 09:41 PM   #1039
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Personally, I only see two companies standing to gain from this new law.
I think you are right.
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Old 17-01-2019, 09:59 PM   #1040
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With one hand, the government gives, and with the other hand, he takes.

They liberalise the telecommunications market, allowing a new entrant this year and MVNO offering $0 plans or $9.90 unlimited data plans, eroding the profits of the incumbents greatly. Fibre broadband subscription prices has also come down significantly with the introduction of competitive price plans from MyRepublic, ViewQuest, Whizcomm etc.

So TV, or paid TV channels specifically, is the last sector left the incumbents still monopolise. I am not the least bit surprised by this new law.
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Old 17-01-2019, 10:33 PM   #1041
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Like that no meaning.
you are right if government banned google too.

if not, you can ask google to help you to set up your box, of course you need to learn how to ask questions.
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Old 17-01-2019, 11:07 PM   #1042
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Still have loop hole, right ? They can still sell their apps separate from the box. You see at the computer show, they fervently installing apps on the box. So they can package the apps, make it easy to install and still sell, right ? Though they may make less margin from getting uplift from the box.
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Old 18-01-2019, 07:21 AM   #1043
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I don't get why people want a preloaded android box. You don't buy a new android phone and expect all the apps you want all preinstalled? U open Google play store or any other store or sideload the apps you want. Same with your TV box. It's basically running the same os as your phone.

Those boxes running androidTV os like the Nvidia shield and Xiaomi mi box are probably better for most people as they are running an OS specifically design for TV and support DRM, Chromecast and run actual android TV apps. Unlike the other android boxes which run the phone version of android.
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Old 18-01-2019, 08:08 AM   #1044
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I don't get why people want a preloaded android box. You don't buy a new android phone and expect all the apps you want all preinstalled? U open Google play store or any other store or sideload the apps you want. Same with your TV box. It's basically running the same os as your phone.

Those boxes running androidTV os like the Nvidia shield and Xiaomi mi box are probably better for most people as they are running an OS specifically design for TV and support DRM, Chromecast and run actual android TV apps. Unlike the other android boxes which run the phone version of android.
Those not so tech savvy or even some tech savvy people are buying boxes like Unblocktech Ubox or some live IPTV subscriptions.

They have the curated pirate streams which takes a lot of efforts for individual to get and maintain so indeed I can understand why people choose to buy them. Basically you will not get these apps like UBTV on Ubox from Google Play Store or other places. Sometimes you can download the apps for free but then you need to pay for subscription fee.

Tv boxes sellers here are indeed part to blame for the proposed ban, advertising that the boxes can watch any channels and any shows the users here want. Some say one time payment, some say two year low subscription fee, often say no need to pay SingTel and Starhub.

I think this is probably a good thing for Singapore in the long run because of the aims to be an IP hub. Those SLS and shopping mall preloaded Android TV boxes are anyway not recommended in the first place.

Rights holder and service providers like TVB, EPL, Starhub, SingTel and Netflix should probably work harder to win the minds of the consumers too.

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Old 18-01-2019, 08:15 AM   #1045
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Good read at pages 64-67.

https://www.mlaw.gov.sg/content/dam/...Jan%202019.pdf

The government is still mindful not to extend the ban to Android mobile phones.
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Old 18-01-2019, 09:39 AM   #1046
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Still have loop hole, right ? They can still sell their apps separate from the box. You see at the computer show, they fervently installing apps on the box. So they can package the apps, make it easy to install and still sell, right ? Though they may make less margin from getting uplift from the box.
under the new law, it is illegal to sell the apps that allow user to stream from unauthorised sources.
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Old 18-01-2019, 09:40 AM   #1047
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Yes now it is at S$72.99 at this Lazada shop. And you can apply an S$2 coupon.
https://s.lazada.sg/s.X7X2
There are $5 coupons avail.
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Old 18-01-2019, 12:45 PM   #1048
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under the new law, it is illegal to sell the apps that allow user to stream from unauthorised sources.
Like that can forget about Android TV box.
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Old 18-01-2019, 01:59 PM   #1049
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Anyone bought from this Lazada link or Qoo10 link below?

wonder how long it will take to deliver?

Yes now it is at S$72.99 at this Lazada shop. And you can apply an S$2 coupon.
https://s.lazada.sg/s.X7X2
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Old 18-01-2019, 02:33 PM   #1050
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Thanks for the heads up...
Just bought it

There are $5 coupons avail.
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