Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia's ONE Heads Down Under with FetchTV
Singapore, 27 January 2012 - Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia has inked a distribution deal with FetchTV, an Australian wholesale subscription TV provider, to offer ONE to audiences in Australia starting from 15 January 2012. Under the agreement, the Asian general entertainment network becomes the first wholly-owned Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia channel to secure carriage in Australia.
As the exclusive destination of programs produced by Seoul-based content supplier and broadcaster SBS through an output deal, ONE offers prime South Korean entertainment. The channel airs the latest Korean drama series, with selected titles premiering three to five weeks after debut in Korea. In addition, the hippest K-pop variety and music programs complement ONE's drama line-up.
From launch, ONE will be available via FetchTV ISP partners iiNet, Internode, Westnet, Netspace, MyTelecom and Adam Internet. Broadcasting in standard definition, ONE will be included in FetchTV's Korean Pack, and will also be part of the Singapore/Taiwan Pack, airing with Chinese subtitling and selected titles with Mandarin dubbing.
ONE is the latest addition to the broad range of English and local language content that FetchTV offers through its service. Launched in 2010, FetchTV is available to a rapidly growing customer base, with almost 90 per cent of the population in Australian metropolitan areas able to access the service, of which half have broadband connections with FetchTV partners.
"There is great demand for fresh Korean content of high quality - especially amongst Asians - including many Koreans who call Australia home. Complete with new drama, variety and music shows, and some titles debuting just weeks after Korean premieres, ONE will offer the best and latest of Korean entertainment Down Under. We look forward to working with FetchTV to make ONE a success," said Mr Ricky Ow, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks, Asia, Sony Pictures Television.
"Multicultural programming is an important part of the FetchTV strategy catering to Australia's diverse range of cultural backgrounds. We hope the addition of ONE to our language packages, alongside international news channels, will continue to strengthen the appeal of FetchTV to Australia's Korean and Chinese populations," Said Mr Scott Lorson, CEO of FetchTV.
ONE was first launched in October 2010 in Malaysia and is also seen in Singapore, Cambodia and Indonesia. The channel enjoys great success in Malaysia where it has been the No.1 rated HD channel on pay-TV platform Astro since January 2011.¹
In February, ONE subscribers can look forward to Yes, Captain, a drama following the lives of aircrew starring Goo Hye Sun (Boys Over Flowers); along with romance dramas While You Were Sleeping featuring Lee Chang Hoon (Daring Women) and Oh Yoon Ah (Athena: Goddess of War) as well as Stay With Me, My Love starring Lee So Yun (Temptation of An Angel) and Lee Jae Yoon (Just Like Today).
ONE is the latest Asian entertainment linear channel from Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, the broadcaster of Asia's leading cable channels AXN, AXN HD, Animax, Sony Entertainment Television, AXN Beyond and AXN Beyond HD.
Wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, ONE is dedicated to bringing the best of Asian general entertainment, with an emphasis on prime Korean content, first and exclusively to all pan-Asia viewers.
ONE showcases the latest Korean dramas, with selected titles premiering within weeks of their debut broadcasts in Korea on an exclusive and first-run basis. Viewers can catch the biggest stars and hottest names in Korean entertainment, from young and trendy idol dramas to highly popular soap operas. The programming line-up also includes the most current K-pop variety and music programs.
See www.onetvasia.com for more.
FetchTV is an Australian founded and owned business, with backing from the Malaysian based ASTRO ALL ASIA NETWORKS subscription TV group.
FetchTV is a wholesale subscription TV provider to leading Australian Internet Service Providers. The Fetchtv service is unique in that it provides access to digital free-to-air channels, subscription channels, video on-demand and interactive content via an unmetered* broadband connection. Content is delivered to the TV in SD and HD quality, instantly with no downloading delays.
*All linear and on demand content is provided unmetered. However, some ISPs may choose to apply metering to selected interactive applications.
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1 Source: AGB NMR Malaysia (1 Jan 2011 - 20 Jan 2012)