Okto

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okto
奥多频道
எட்டு
MediaCorp okto.jpg
okto logo
Launched 31 January 1984 as SBC-12
1 October 1994 as STV-12
1 September 1995 as Premiere 12
30 January 2000 as Central
20 May 2001 as TVWorks
3 March 2002 as Channel i
20 October 2008 as Okto
Network MediaCorp TV12
Owned by MediaCorp
Picture format PAL 576i (SDTV) 4:3/16:9
Slogan Going further to bring you closer
Country Singapore
Language Singapore English
Broadcast area Singapore
Headquarters Bestway Building, 12 Prince Edward Road, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore 079212
Formerly called
MediaCorp TV12 Central
Replaced Singapore Broadcasting Corporation Twelfth Frequency/Channel 12 (SBC-12)
(31 January 1984-31 December 1993)
Television Corporation of Singapore Twelfth Frequency/Channel 12 (TCS-12)
(1 January 1994-30 January 1994)
Singapore Television Twelve Twelfth Frequency/Channel 12 (STV-12)
(31 January 1994-26 September 1995)
Singapore Television Twelve Premiere 12 (STV12-Premiere 12)
(27 September 1995-29 January 2000)
Kids Central & Arts Central
(30 January 2000-20 October 2008)
SPH MediaWorks TVWorks
(20 May 2001-3 March 2002)
SPH MediaWorks Channel i
(3 March 2002-1 January 2005)
Sister channel(s) Vasantham
Suria
Timeshift service okto - 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (daily), 7:00 am to 9:00 pm (weekend)
oktonite - 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm (daily)
A-OK (arts on okto) - 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight (daily), 10pm to 1am (weekend)
Website xinmsn.com/okto (NEW)
Availability
Terrestrial
MediaCorp - Analogue (PAL-B) Channel 30 (UHF 543.25MHz)
MediaCorp - Digital (DVB-T2) Channel 27 (UHF 522MHz) (LCN 10)[1]
Cable
StarHub TV Channel 108
MediaCorp - via (SCTV socket) Channel 25 (UHF 503.25MHz)
IPTV
mio TV Channel 8 / 209

okto (Chinese: 奥多频道, is a television channel in Singapore, managed by MediaCorp and caters to the general youths and young adults of Singapore, similar to Channel U.

The word "okto" means "8" in Greek. To reflect this, both StarHub TV and SingTel mio TV carry this channel as Channel "8" (this channel shouldn't be confused with MediaCorp Channel 8, which is MediaCorp's main Mandarin language channel). Despite the meaning of the channel's name, the channel is actually airing on channel 30 for those receiving channels via aerial or channel 25 for those using StarHub TV sockets. For those who subscribed to StarHub TV the channel will be aired on channel 108 and mio TV the channel will be aired on channel 209. Due to mio TV's channel number switch,this channel would broadcast on Channel 209 with effect from 1 November 2012 which is on Thursday at 00:00 hrs.

Okto has a mascot named Ollie who was originally named OktoBoy, drawn on his back is the logo of Okto and born last year (2011).

History[edit]

  • 1 September 1995 - Channel 8 began 24-hour transmission and Tamil programmes, previously aired on Channel 8, was separated from Channel 8 to form Prime 12. Premiere 12 was launched to include more children's programmes (mainly for Pre-school children) and sports coverage. Premiere 12 later included Tamil programmes and was renamed Central, on 30 January 2000.

Previously, Central had 3 program belts:

  1. Kids Central – a children's television channel with enriching educational & animation programming.
  2. Vasantham Central – a Tamil language channel.
  3. Arts Central – a channel that showcases art, cultural and largely foreign award-winning productions and incorporated a significant amount of niche programming, making the channel rather distinctive compared to the others.
  • 19 October 2008 - Central was restructured. The program belt of Vasantham Central was extended to form the new Vasantham, a full-fledged Indian Channel to provide better television programmes to the Indian community of Singapore, as announced on January 2008 when the Parliament of Singapore decided to expand the Tamil language Vasantham Central into a standalone Tamil language channel.

This leaves behind Kids Central and Arts Central, the other two program belts of Central remained and Central was renamed Okto since then. Okto took over the frequency of Channel i, a channel which went defunct since 1 January 2005. Besides broadcasting children's programmes and cultural programming, they also broadcast live sporting events (e.g., Football, Olympic Games, Asian Games, Southeast Asian Games etc.) if there is a need to, making the channel somewhat similar to SPH Mediaworks Channel i and Premiere 12.

By 2016, Okto, along with Channel U and Channel NewsAsia will definitely go digital, in line with the digital switchover that will take place by 2020.

Transmission hours[edit]

Transmission hours are from 9:00 am (weekday), 7:00 am (weekend) to 12:00 midnight (daily), 1:00 am(Sunday) daily and public holidays from 9:00 am (weekday), 7:00 am (weekend) to 12:00 midnight (daily), 1:00 am (Sunday) when it plays the national anthem.

TV Tuner Frequency[edit]

495.000 MHz

Opening and closing times[edit]

Startup[edit]

okto starts up at 9:00 am (weekday), 7:00 am (weekend). The national anthem will be played and station ident.

Closedown[edit]

Okto closes down at 12:00 midnight (daily) or later than the expected closedown time with the station ident and the national anthem.

Programming[edit]

Okto is predominantly an English channel with selected programmes in the language of the country of origin. The programming on the channel is similar to its predecessors Premiere 12, Kids Central, Arts Central and SPH MediaWorks Channel i, with preschool and children programmes between the day and night and documentaries; lifestyle, news, current affairs, anime and art performances in the rest of the night.

Okto aims to be a one-stop channel that will enrich, engage and entertain, offering some of the best local and international programmes to the Singapore viewers. The channel has a special focus on the kids and arts communities and on User Generated Content (UGC) enabling them to participate, grow and be an integral part of the channel. It is also the first channel to use the old Premiere 12 structure.

oktoDAY[edit]

okto replaces Kids Central & generally has children's programmes.

Transmission Hours:

  • Mon to Fri: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Sat to Sun: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm (original - 9:00 am)

Website - okto

Original Shown on Kids Central in 2000 - 2008[edit]

New shows[edit]

Also found inside other MediaCorp TV Channels. (Example like MediaCorp Channel 5's Adventures of Merlin Series on Every Saturday & Sunday, 7:00 pm & 8:00 pm)

Original productions (from Kids Central)[edit]

oktoNITE[edit]

a~ok replaces Arts Central and has more programmes for adults.

Transmission Hours:

  • Mon - Sun: 10:00 pm to 12:00 mn

Website - a~ok

New shows[edit]

Found Inside Other MediaCorp TV Channel Too. (Eg. Knockout Carnival)

New programming[edit]

On 1 April 2011, the programming on okto was revamped.

The channel is no longer divided into oktoday & oktonite. Instead, it is divided into okto & a~ok (Arts on Okto).

However, the transition clip to oktonite (where the background changes from white to blue) is still played.

Transmission Hours[edit]

  • oktots: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (weekday)
  • okto: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm (weekday), 7:00 am to 9:00 pm (weekends), 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Fridays, during the Yeo's S. League season, till end of november 2014)
  • Oktonite: 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm (daily), 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Fridays Only, when S. League football match is televised live from Jalan Besar Stadium)
  • a~ok: 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight (Monday to Saturday), 12:30 am (Sunday)

Shortest Show - done by Lego Group[edit]

  • Lego: Ninjago - Masters of Spinjitzu (3 seasons, 17 episodes)
  • Lego: friends (4 episodes)
  • Lego: city police (ongoing - on feb. 22 2014)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]