Disney adds on-demand services to Astro’s SVOD

Disney’s branded on-demand services have been added to the SVOD service of Astro, the Malaysian pay TV operator. Disney Movies on Demand, ABC Studios on Demand and Disney on Demand are now all available on the Astro Plus streaming service, meaning a raft of series and movies from the studio are now available on-demand to […]

Astro does deal for Japanese content

Malaysian pay TV giant has inked a deal with Japanese talent agency and prodco Yoshimoto and Hong Kong’s Content Land, and will distribute their content throughout Southeast Asia. A raft of Japanese drama, factual and unscripted content is now available on the Astro’s Quan Jia HD channel. As part of its Japanese line-up, it will […]

Turner’s K-culture channel launches on Astro

Turner Broadcasting has launched its Korean entertainment channel Oh!K on Malaysian pay TV platform Astro. The channel is programmed with Korean drama and entertainment series, which largely hail from Korean free-to-air broadcaster MBC. Most of the MBC shows go out on Oh!K within a day of their Korean TX. The high definition channel launched in […]

Astro, Azteca plan A Love to Remember

The first telenovela coming out of the pact between Mexico’s Azteca and Malaysia’s Astro is going into production. Siempre Tuya (A Love to Remember) will be a novella in which a heroine falls in love with a man with severe memory loss. Major Malaysian producer Global Station is attached to the series, which is scheduled […]

Haslingden tunes up a new super indie

Until September last year, David Haslingden was Fox’s top channels executive, running its US and international networks. But after two decades at the News Corp unit he left, only to emerge back into the spotlight in February when he acquired Natural History New Zealand. Australia’s Northern Pictures was then added and a joint venture formed […]

Beyonce concert to broadcast in 150 territories

A concert in aid of female empowerment starring singer Beyoncé Knowles will broadcast in 150 territories, it has been confirmed. The Sound of Change concert on June 1 will see former Destiny’s Child star Beyoncé (left) joined by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, John Legend and Ellie Goulding, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu among the presenters. […]

Off the Fence inks US$20m doc deal

Off The Fence and newly-formed Malaysian funding and production group Ideate Media have inked a production and distribution deal worth up to US$20 million. Kuala Lumpur-based Ideate was inaugurated last week. Backed by Malaysian pay TV platform Astro and Malaysian government investment arm Khazanah Nasional, its mandate is to develop Asian-themed content with international appeal. […]

Comedy Central hits 15 platforms in Asia

Viacom-owned channel Comedy Central is now on 15 platforms across Asia after launching on services in Malaysia and the Philippines. Comedy Central Asia has gone live on ASTRO’s B.yond IPTV service in Malaysia via the Maxis Home Fibre Internet package, and on SKYcable and Cignal Digital TV in the Philippines. Next month, it will also […]

New Astro-backed Asian media firm preps English-language shows

Malaysian pay TV and media company Astro is backing Ideate Media a new Kuala Lumpur-based media company that will make English-language TV and film. It will be run by Astro veteran Zainir Aminullah and develop and fund live-action and animated TV series and films. The company said its initial slate will be built around mid-budget […]

A+E preps Lifetime and H2 launch in Asia and ups trio of execs

AETN All Asia Networks is about to launch the Lifetime and H2 channels in Asia. The company has upped a trio of its senior managers ahead of the roll outs. AETN All Asia Networks is a channels joint venture between A+E Networks and Malaysian pay TV operator Astro and operates the History, Bio and and […]