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APOS: A+E Networks Leads Proliferation of Specialty Channel Launches in Asia

A+E Networks Leads Proliferation of Specialty
Courtesy of A+E Networks

A+E Networks and India’s TV18 will launch a contemporary factual lifestyle and entertainment network FYI TV18 from July. “Reflecting how people actually live their lives today,” the new channel will be available on DTH, digital and analog cable platforms. At launch, it will feature over 100 hours of Hindi-language programming with, including 3 locally produced shows.

The parent company has recently achieved success with formats and hit shows including “Man Vs Child,” “Tiny House Nation,” “Seven Year Switch,” and “Arranged.”

The announcement was made today jointly by Sean Cohan, President, International and Digital, A+E Networks and Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman Network18, at the APOS conference in Bali, Indonesia.

  • Other channel launches announced at APOS included:Malaysian pay-TV operator Astro is to launch Every Good Game (eGG,) a 24/7 eSports channel in South East Asia. Fans of eSports will be able to access popular eSports tournaments including “League of Legends,” “Dota 2,” “Counter Strike: Global Offensive,” “Hearthstone,” “Heroes of the Storm,” and “StarCraft II” on the channel through linear, on demand and OTT platforms. It will be available via Astro and Astro on the Go in Malaysia and regionally via the Tribe, OTT video service in June 2016.
  • Hong Kong’s Lightning International and New Zealand-owned Rialto Channel are to launch Pulse Television, a new documentary channel this week. Launching first in Indonesia, Pulse will screen factual content from Asia and beyond, in 11 territories including Hong Kong, Singapore, India, China, and Korea. Phase 2 will see Pulse Television extend its reach in New Zealand and Australia, with a dedicated feed. The rollout will be complete by the end of 2017. The channel will use the full range of digital options including OTT and direct to consumer cloud-based systems
  • Korea’s CJ E&M is to launch a new Korean film channel tvN Movies in Asia later this year. CJ said that Korea movies heled drive the Asian share of the global box office last year and that its channel will be the first contemporary Korean movie channel offering blockbusters and all-time favorite Korean movies in all genres. The service, which will likely launch in the last quarter of 2016, will be 100% HD quality, and available for pay- TV, VoD and OTT. The company also announced the rebranding of its variety show and drama network Channel M as tvN, with effect from June.
  • Viacom International Media Networks announced that it has secured a distribution deal for its Paramount Channel in Asia with Digicel Play. The channel will be distributed in sixteen territories across the Pacific Islands from 1 May 2016. Available in the Famili pack for Digicel Play subscribers, the high-definition 24-hour Hollywood movie channel will be distributed on Digicel’s Satellite and Digital Terrestrial across the Pacific Islands.