STAR WORLD IS NOW IN HD
FOX International Channels launches STAR World HD
on Astro with the new seasons of GLEE 3 and American Idol 11
The New Year is set to be an even more exciting one for fans of STAR World as FOX International Channels recently announced the launch of STAR World HD on Astro (Channel 722). The STAR World HD launch coincides with the news on the debut of GLEE Season 3 and American Idol Season 11 on STAR World (Channel 711) in January 2012.
The launch of the new High-Definition channel is part of FOX International Channels commitment to further enhance the viewing experience of Astro customer and fans of STAR World (Astro Ch 711). STAR World is the No. 1 general entertainment channel offered as part of Astro’s Variety package. STAR World HD (Astro Ch 722) will be an addition to the 15 High-Definition channels currently available on the Astro B.yond platform, available to Astro B.yond customers with Astro Variety package. STAR World and STAR World HD are simulcast channels showcasing first & exclusive, drama series, sitcoms, LIVE reality shows, award shows, special events and many more.
“We are very excited about the launch of this new channel as it will cater to our viewers who are increasingly more discerning about quality and value of the entertainment content provided to them,” said Basil Chua, Director and Territory Head for Malaysia, FOX International Channels.
“With the line-up of highly rated reality shows and musicals – American Idol Season 11 and GLEE Season 3, most popular sitcom New Girl, hit cooking show Junior MasterChef Australia, musicals Dancing With The Stars and many more that will be aired on both STAR World and STAR World HD, we know our fans will undoubtedly be highly entertained!” he added.
Malaysian fans of the world’s biggest reality television show, American Idol will be given the exclusive experience, when STAR World (Ch 711) and STAR World HD (Ch 722) premiere Season 11 of the reality show LIVE via satellite on January 19th , kicking off the season with a series of audition drive.
American Idol Season 11 will be aired every Thursday and Friday LIVE via satellite at 6.00pm with encore at 8.00pm and 11.40pm. The American Idol Season 11 finale is scheduled for May 18th LIVE at 6.00pm and encore at 8.00pm and 11.40pm.
Global icon Jennifer Lopez, rock legend Steven Tyler and Grammy Award-winning producer Randy Jackson will return to the judges’ panel for the 11th season of AMERICAN IDOL. The trio, along with Emmy®-nominated host Ryan Seacrest, will begin their search for America’s next singing superstar when AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 debuts.
GLEE Season 3, premieres on January 24th at 8.55pm and will be aired every Tuesday thereafter. The award-winning musical comedy, will see The New Directions clan return to McKinley High for a new school year as seniors after a devastating loss at Nationals. Joining them this year are winners of The Glee Project: Samuel Larsen (Episode 9), Damian McGinty (Episode 4), Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell together with Chord Overstreet who will return to GLEE’s McKinley High as underdog Sam Evans for a multi-episode arc.
STAR World (Ch 711) and STAR World HD (Ch 722) will also be providing new and exclusive content to audiences in 2012, bringing to the first run of the series Revenge (premiering January). New seasons of America’s Next Top Model, Castle and How I Met Your Mother will also be aired first and exclusive on the channels in the first quarter of 2012.
STAR World is the region’s No.1 general English entertainment channel guaranteeing exclusive first-runs of top-rated programming from the US and around the world. From all-time favourites to award-winning shows, STAR WORLD features a much more diverse choice of comedies, drama, reality & talent shows and live award events to appeal to entertainment lovers. Launched in 1997, STAR WORLD is currently available in 26 million homes across four services in India/Pakistan, Southeast Asia/Greater China, the Philippines and the Middle East.
For more information, please visit www.starworldasia.tv
FOX International Channels
FOX International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation’s international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 200+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 37 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1 billion cumulative subscribing households worldwide.
In Asia, FIC operates 27 channel brands including the Fox, Star and National Geographic brands in 75 channel feeds across 14 markets, reaching more than 550 million cumulative subscribers in Asia Pacific and Middle East. The leading pay-TV network has offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia, Middle East and India. For more information, please visit: www.foxinternationalchannels.com
In Malaysia, FOX International Channels operates, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, National Geographic Wild, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Music, STAR World, STAR Movies, STAR Movies HD, FOX, FOX Crime HD, FX HD, BabyTV, tvN HD, Channel [V] Taiwan, STAR Chinese Channel and STAR Chinese Movies 2.
Astro Malaysia Holdings
Astro Malaysia Holdings Sdn Bhd is Malaysia’s leading integrated cross-media group with operations in 4 key businesses: Pay TV, Radio, Content and Digital. Launched in 1996, Astro today has a 50% penetration of TV homes in Malaysia or 3 million customers, making it a key pay TV operator in Southeast Asia. Astro broadcasts over 153 channels, of which 16 are in HD, is a leading edge innovator with its introduction of HD, 3D and PVR – a first in Malaysia, and also Video On Demand and IPTV service. It is the leading aggregator, creator and distributor of original multi-language content of various genres across multi-channels. Its radio network both terrestrial and digital covers all key languages cumulatively reaching 11.5 million listeners a week and ranked among the top 10 stations in the country. Its digital arm involved in digital publishing, applications and platforms as well as publication of entertainment and lifestyle magazines locally. For more details, log on to www.astro.com.my