Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) September 2017 Volume 34, Issue 7 - Page 11

NEWS & VIEWS September 2017 11 What’s on Screen n Viu expands Asian content library with new tie-ups HONG KONG ­ – PCCW Media Group’s over-the-top (OTT) video service, Viu, has expanded its library of Asian content, following new collaborations with tvN Movies and Now Baogu Movies on Demand. Viu subscribers can now enjoy South Korean movies across different genres from tvN Movies, and a wide selection of Asian movies from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan from Now Baogu Movies on Demand, a joint initiative among Now TV, Edko Films and Huayi Brothers. Some of the South Korean titles Viu subscrib- ers can look forward to include hit action movies Confident Assignment, The Prison and Fabricated City, as well as zombie apocalypse action thriller Train to Busan. Starring Gong Yoo, Train to Busan premiered in the midnight screenings section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and is now available on Viu. Join celebrity judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris in the ninth season of MasterChef Australia. n Lifetime claims top GE ratings with MasterChef Australia S9 SINGAPORE – Driven by the ninth edition of MasterChef Australia, Lifetime, a female- focused entertainment TV channel by A+E Networks Asia, has recorded top average primetime English general entertainment (GE) ratings in Singapore and Malaysia. According to Lifetime, Master­C hef Australia S9 enjoyed the highest average primetime ratings across 12 reported English GE channels in StarHub TV’s enter­tainment pack in Singapore. In Malaysia, the culinary competition reality series also claimed the No.1 spot in average primetime ratings across the six channels of Astro’s Variety Pack. The 63-part MasterChef Australia fea- tures 24 new home cooks from different walks of life, and viewers can catch the culi­ nary challenges presided by celebrity judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris. n VIMN partners Solar Entertainment to launch MTVph PHILIPPINES – Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom, and Solar Entertainment, a Philippine content provider and TV network, has launched a new local MTV chan- nel — MTVph. Start- ing last