Festive greetings on Mediacorp channel

Don’t know which smart alex come up with this idea. SMS festive greetings on TV screen. $1 per SMS and your message get printed on the TV screen for the whole nation to see.

Of all places, they decide to put the message at the top portion of the screen, covering some a portion of the screen. Its an eyesore. How do you expect people to watch TV when a portion of the TV is covered with nonsense SMS messages like “ABC, thanks for being my dear dear. Love u 4ever. muack…. XYZ”? (PS: I did not make up this message. This is an actual message from 1 of the SMS) Isn’t it supposed to be a festive greetings? Which festival are we celebrating? Christmas/New Year or Valentines Day?
And according to the website, we need to endure this crap from 22 Dec till 1 Jan. Channel5 time slot is between 6pm to 7pm. Channel 8 time slot is between 11pm to 12am. Channel U time slot is 7pm to 8pm on weekdays, 7.30pm to 9.20pm on Saturday and 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Sunday. SERIOUSLY!!! Spare us can? Let me watch TV without any part of the screen being covered.
What happen? Mediacrop not making enough money? I thought we paid TV license every year. You mean I pay TV license to have a portion of my screen covered by text?
Good thing I have Starhub Cable. Don’t need to endure that eyesore.
PS: If you read the terms and conditions carefully, you will notice this clause. “Upon using this service, users agree to receive announcement via SMS/MMS from MediaCorp or Working Partners.” WOW. After paying for the overpriced $1 SMS service, you still get your mobile number entered into their database for future spamming. Clever…..
Update: The SMS message is now placed on the lower portion of the screen.


  1. Weekee: You can try. But they might reject your “advertisement”. Do let us know the results. If it works, I might consider advertising for my company too. Wahahahaha.

  2. I don’t think there’ll be such an outcry if Mediacock were an entity that’s not profiting from the TV licence fees; but the matter of fact is that they are, and it leaves a bitter aftertaste in the mouth to pay over $120 per year, and yet have to endure large messages banding across the top of the screen just so that Mediacock can profit from this as a company of private enterprise, and gain money from the TV licence fees.
    Talk about having your cake and eating it too!
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