SingTel's TV-on-demand service Season Pass, which airs the latest shows 24 hours after they premiere in the United States, has been cancelled five years after it was introduced.
The reason is that the same shows are easily available on its other pay TV channels.
SingTel says the service for its mio TV subscribers will be phased out progressively since the latest seasons of popular titles such as Homeland (Season 3), Modern Family (Season 5), Glee (Season 5) and American Horror Story (Season 3) had already been acquired before the decision was made to terminate the service.
Currently, Season Pass users can watch new episodes of popular US TV series such as thriller Criminal Minds (Season 9), action-thriller
The Following (Season 1) and action series Burn Notice (Season 7). In an e-mail reply to Life!, a SingTel spokesman says many US TV series on the Season Pass platform have been made available on mio TV channels such as Star World HD, Fox HD, FX and Foxcrime in the past few years.
She adds: "The availability and variety of US television series on these channels give our customers additional options and reduce the reliance on Season Pass to satisfy their viewing needs." Some of the shows on these channels are aired as soon as about two months after premiering in the US. mio TV subscribers can pay from $29.90 a month for an entertainment pack, which allows access to entertainment channels featuring US TV series.
Season Pass was launched in 2008, before Star World HD, Fox HD, FX and Foxcrime were available on mio TV.
Season Pass, which works on a pay-per-season basis, cost from around $17 for a 10-episode series to $33 for a 24-episode series.