MediaCorp launches 8 International – a first all Chinese drama channel exclusive on Indovision

Jakarta, 17 November 2011 – MediaCorp launches 8 International (8i) today, an extension of Singapore’s leading free-to-air Mandarin channel Channel 8, on Indovision. Will be broadcasted to Indovision viewers starting 19 November on Channel 151. Channel 8 International (8i) is a 24-hour channel showcasing popular Chinese dramas with themes revolving family ties, romance, action, period and much more.

Tapping on MediaCorp’s library of more than 10,000 hours plus an annual output of 500 hours of Chinese drama, 8i offers six hours of fresh content daily. These include both the latest dramas and well-loved classics selected to whet the appetite Indovision subscribers.

“Our Chinese dramas are licensed extensively in Asia and are aired on both free-to-air and pay TV platforms. With an increasing popularity of our Chinese dramas in the region, we see this as an opportune time to start an aggregated channel. It is our privilege that 8i is introduced alongside international brands such as AXN, FOX and STAR,” said Mr Chang Long Jong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of MediaCorp.

“The inauguration of 8i represents a new milestone for MediaCorp. This channel penetration helps us further extend the reach of our Chinese dramas overseas and at the same time, generates new revenue stream for the company. We are looking to launch 8i in more territories and deliver the channels via other platforms. We hope to move beyond dramas and aggregate other MediaCorp genres in the near future,” added Mr Chang.  

Mr Rudy Tanoesoedibjo, President Director of PT. MNC SkyVision, added, “We are pleased to have Channel 8i in our platform and provide our viewers with an increased selection of the highest quality programs through our best channels selection. With its unique quality content of mandarin drama for Indonesia family, surely this exclusive channel will be a strong drive for Indonesia fast growing market.”

Indovision is the pay television arm of PT. MNC SkyVision, a pioneer and market leader in satellite-based pay television in Indonesia. 8i will be offered on Indovision’s three basic packages that include a slew of entertainment channels priced between RP149,000 to RP249,000 per month.  

Issued by MediaCorp & Indovision.
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Sia Yew Ming 
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Content Distribution Division 
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A. Winnie I. Sularto 
Marketing Product & Public Relation Manager 
PT  MNC Sky Vision 
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About MediaCorp 

MediaCorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, digital and out-of-home media.

It pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, with the broadcast of Radio in 1936 and Television in 1963. Today, MediaCorp has over 50 products and brands in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), reaching out to all adults in Singapore every week.

Our industry firsts include the Digital Video Broadcast technology for outdoor digital television, and Asia’s first Digital Audio Broadcast radio service. Initiatives in the digital space include online classifieds, Internet TV-on-demand and High Definition TV broadcast.

MediaCorp is an active regional player through co-productions in TV dramas and movies, magazines publishing, as well as Channel NewsAsia International, one of the first Asian-owned English news channels.

Our financial and strategic relationships in the region since 2007 include a venture with Indonesia's most integrated media company PT Media Nusantara Citra and its parent, Global Mediacom, and International Media Corporation in Vietnam, set up to develop and produce television entertainment and economic news content.

Winner of numerous international awards and accolades including Asia Television's Broadcaster of the Year, MediaCorp’s vision is to become Asia’s top media company, delivering valued content to the world.

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About MNC Sky Vision 

PT MNC SkyVision is a pioneer in Indonesia’s pay TV industry operate DTH service since 1994. At early stage, Indovision has been MNC Sky’s tools to conquer the market. On April 2008, to expand its penetration, MNC Sky introduced a new brand called TopTv which segmented to lower class target market. With more than 103 best channels on its platform, currently MNC Sky is Indonesia’s largest DTH operator with estimated market share of more than 70% penetration (both satellite and cable). 

MNC Sky owned by Global Mediacom (MNC Media) which also wholly owns Media Nusantara Citra, Indonesia’s largest media company with 3 nationwide terrestrial television channels (RCTI, GlobalTv and MNCTv), newspaper, tabloid, magazine, radio network and also has the largest content library in Indonesia.

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