Toronto/Mumbai: STAR, a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS) and Asia’s leading media and Entertainment Company, has launched 4 top-rated South Asian STAR channels and three STAR Mandarin-language channels on Bell Fibe TV, the next generation television service recently launched by Canada’s largest communications company.
The channels launched include three Hindi language services (general entertainment channel STAR ONE, Bollywood movie channel STAR India GOLD and leading news channel STAR India NEWS) as well as popular Tamil entertainment language channel, STAR VIJAY. These four channels complement programming from India’s No.1 General Entertainment Channel for the past 9 years, STAR India PLUS, which has been available on ATN’s services in Canada since 2006.
Three popular Mandarin language channels from STAR Greater China’s bouquet consists of STAR CHINESE CHANNEL (general entertainment), STAR CHINESE MOVIES 2 (Chinese films) and Taiwan’s trend setting music and lifestyle channel, CHANNEL [V] Taiwan.
“We are elated to partner with Bell Fibe TV and provide our top rated channels to the South Asian and Chinese Diaspora in Canada.” said David Wisnia, STAR’s Senior Vice President of Distribution, Sales and Marketing and head of STAR’s North American office. “Our worldwide audiences have historically been treated to some of the best programming available from our roster of channels and we now look forward to inviting our Fibe TV subscribers to be a part of this unique entertainment experience.“
“Bell Fibe TV offers customers an enhanced television experience delivered over a state-of-the-art IPTV platform,” said Heather Tulk, Senior Vice President of Residential Products at Bell. “Adding these seven STAR channels to Fibe TV’s programming line-up makes our next generation television service even more appealing to Canada’s vibrant Mandarin-speaking and South Asian communities.”
“We are delighted to launch these 7 Compelling Channels from the Star Group as part of the 27 Multicultural Channels ATN launched on Bell Fibe TV. ATN has had a great Programming Partnership with Star for the past 4 Years and we have had a wonderful Distribution Partnership with Bell for the past 13 years “said Dr. Shan Chandrasekar President and CEO of ATN-Asian Television Network International Limited, Canada’s Largest South Asian Broadcast Company and Canada’s largest distributor of World class Cricket.