SPT Networks’ One heads to Australia with FetchTV

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia has inked a distribution deal with FetchTV, an Australian wholesale subscription TV provider and has launched One in Australia.

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 destination of programmes 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 programmes complement One’s drama lineup.

One is available via FetchTV ISP partnersiiNet, 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.

FetchTV. CEO Scott Lorson said, “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.”

Next month 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‘.

Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia senior VP, GM Ricky Ow said, “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”.

One was first launched in October 2010 in Malaysia and is also seen in Singapore,Cambodia and Indonesia.

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