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Okto is a Singaporean free-to-air television channel owned by Mediacorp and focused to young people, similar to Channel U. It was formerly known as MediaCorp TV12 Central.

Okto
MediaCorp okto.jpg
Launched 19 October 2008 (2008-10-19)
Owned by Mediacorp
Picture format 1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Slogan It's ok to have fun
Country Singapore
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Mediacorp Campus, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507
Sister channel(s) Channel 5
Channel 8
Channel U
Suria
Vasantham
Channel NewsAsia
Availability
Terrestrial
UHF Channel 30
Digital terrestrial television Channel 33
Cable
StarHub TV Channel 25 (Analog)
Channel 108 (HD)
IPTV
Singtel TV Channel 8 (HD)

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HistoryEdit

Channel 8 was launched on 1 September 1995, including Tamil-language programming on its schedule. Premiere 12 was launched to include children's TV series (mainly for a preschooler audience) and sports coverage. Premiere 12 later included Tamil-language series and was rebranded as Central, on 30 January 2000.

Central's programming schedule was composed of three timeshared channels: Kids Central, focused on kids' programming; Vasantham Central, a Tamil-language programming block; and Arts Central centred on cultural programming.

On 19 October 2008, Central was dissolved. Vasantham Central on-air time was extended to form Vasantham, an independent channel focused on the Indian community of Singapore, as announced in January 2008 by the Parliament. Meanwhile, Kids Central and Arts Central were merged into a single channel named Okto, which took Channel i's frequency.

ProgrammingEdit

Okto mostly airs English language-produced series with selected shows being broadcast in their original language. The channel's programming consists of kids TV series, documentaries, lifestyle, news, current affairs, anime, and art performances.

In June 2014, Sports on Okto was introduced which shows sporting events live as well as recorded and delayed coverage. Events such as 2014 FIFA World Cup (opening match, 2 semi-finals & final), 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 Summer Youth Olympics, 2014 Asian Games and 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup have been broadcast on the channel.[1] As Singapore hosted this year's SEA Games, Okto took the full coverage of the games live, and in HD for the first time, including the Opening & Closing ceremonies and the daily highlights.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Game on with the new Sports on okto!". www.mediacorp.sg. MediaCorp. Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.

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