Dish Network adds 6 new Chinese channels to intl prog line-up

MUMBAI: EchoStar Communications Corporation recently announced that its Dish Network satellite television services had added ET News, ET Global, ET Drama, Yoyo TV, ET China, and JET TV International to its Chinese programming schedule in a complete package offering called the Chinese Super Pack.

The addition of this Chinese Super Pack, featuring six Mandarin-language channels provided by ETTV (a leading global Chinese-language media brand), continues Dish Network's leadership role in broadcasting international programming and specifically Chinese broadcast television.

Dish Network offers more than 60 international channels in more than a dozen languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Cantonese, Hindi, Polish, Mandarin, Japanese and Russian.

EchoStar's senior vice president of Programming Michael Schwimmer was quoted in an official release as saying, "Dish Network is committed to providing our international customers with the best value and the most choice when it comes to international programming. The Chinese Super Pack will give Dish Network's Mandarin-language customers, the fastest growing Chinese-language group in the US, an even more extensive package offering of Chinese television, including immediate access to news, events and entertainment."

ET News is a 24-hour news channel that features daily reports from the most comprehensive Chinese-language TV news network in the US. The news rotates throughout the day with successive one-hour editions of US news, World news, Asia news and Taiwan news.

ET Global is a general entertainment channel, tailor-made for the Chinese-American audiences with a wide variety of programming. The program lineup includes US news, a widely popular celebrity talk program, English-language learning series, made-for-TV dramas and more.

ET Drama is a channel devoted to Chinese made-for-TV dramas. The program mix includes great love-stories, outstanding dramatic productions from the broader Asian region, as well as fantastic classic drama series.

Yoyo TV is the only 24-hour channel available in the US exclusively devoted to children up to seven years of age. Yoyo TV features 1,000 hours of world-renowned educational cartoons from all over the world.

ET China features the best of programs produced by major provincial TV stations in China such as Shandong, Jiangsu and Chongqing. The lineup includes drama and variety shows, as well as cultural and travel programs.

Jet TV International is a Japanese channel with Chinese subtitles. It marks the profound interest in and influence of Japanese fashion, scenic spots, customs and culture. It offers travelogues, culinary expeditions, urban dramas and much more.

The Chinese Super Pack is now available in addition to the Chinese Plus Pack, which features three Mandarin and Cantonese-language channels with content from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. The Chinese Super Pack is available to subscribers at $21.99 per month, or $241.89 annually, informed the release.

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