Turner Classic Movies (Asia)

Turner Classic Movies was an Asian digital classic film channel featuring commercial-free classic movies, mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. film libraries, which include many MGM titles. It is the Asian iteration of the US Turner Classic Movies and airs in Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia and Middle East.[1]

After more than 24 years of broadcast, TCM ceased its transmission from 31 December 2018 in the several parts of Asia and gave thanks to its viewers before they sign-off on 2 January 2019 at midnight.

Turner Classic Movies
TurnerClassicMoviesAsia
Turner Classic Movies logo
Launched6 October 1994
Closed2 January 2019
Owned byTurner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific
Picture format576i (16:9)
CountryHong Kong, India
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaIndia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Mongolia
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Singapore
Formerly calledTNT
(October 1994–2 April 2000)
Sister channel(s)Cartoon Network
CNN International
Boomerang

History

The channel normally launched as TNT in October 1994, it was time shared with Cartoon Network,[2] and aired from 21:00 CET to 6:00 CET (from 20:00 UTC to 5:00 UTC) and IST respectively and Cartoon Network the remaining time, mainly for analogue cable systems across Europe and India, although it was originally targeted at the Republic of Ireland, India and the United Kingdom. It was formerly free-to-air, but is now carried encrypted and provided only to cable companies and on some commercial satellite systems. It was one of the three movie channels available on Foxtel, and Austar in Australia. Turner Classic Movies and Cartoon Network became two separate channels operating in Europe and the Indian subcontinent in 1999.[2]

In April 2000, TNT was rebranded as Turner Classic Movies.[2][3]

In India, this channel was exclusively available on Dish TV until 15 March 2009. Now it is available on IN Digital Cable from the Hinduja Group and from 31 August 2009, on Tata Sky. The channel has been discontinued on Tata Sky from 15 September 2012.

From 1 July 2011, TCM's Australian and New Zealand feed began broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen.[4]

From 12 June 2012, TCM's Asian feed began broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen.

From 13 December 2016, Australian satellite and cable provider Foxtel ceased to offer TCM. It is believed the cause of the removal was due to the channel's repeated broadcasting of a limited catalogue of films. Ultimately, this saw TCM no longer available in Australia.[5] Foxtel has since been criticised by its customers for its decision.[6]

In December 2017 Starhub in Singapore unilaterally announced they were cancelling Turner Classic Movies from their channel line up at the end of the year, Meanwhile Turner Classic Movies was only available on Singtel TV.

On 30 November 2018, Sky Network Television in New Zealand replaced the channel with their own version called Sky Movies Vintage.[7]

On 31 December 2018, providers in the Philippines and Singapore will no longer available at the following providers such as SkyCable on Channel 105 and Singtel TV due to the channel were cease broadcast in South East Asian Region. The channel shut down along with TruTV due to Turner shifting itself to more profitable brands.[8]

And finally on 2 January 2019, Hong Kong subscribers will no longer available on following providers like Now TV on Channel 126 and Cable TV Hong Kong on Channel 220.

References

  1. ^ "Turner Group may take DTH route to relaunch TCM in India". New Delhi: exchange4media. 2001.
  2. ^ a b c Thomas, Amos (2005). Imagi-Nations and Borderless Television: Media, Culture and Politics Across Asia. New Delhi: Sage Publications. pp. 33–34.
  3. ^ "HBO movie channel to start from March 15 – TNT to go classical". The Times of India. 14 March 2000.
  4. ^ "Mediaweek Australia – Sub TV". Mediaweek. Archived from the original on 10 October 2011.
  5. ^ Knox, David (17 November 2016). "Foxtel to close TCM channel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  6. ^ Knox, David (23 December 2016). "Foxtel viewers unhappy over loss of TCM, increased prices". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Sky Movies Vintage".
  8. ^ "Turner, Fox pull the plug: RIP truTV, TCM, Nat Geo Music".
Boomerang (South Korean TV channel)

Boomerang (Korean: 부메랑; RR: Bumerang) is a South Korea version of the original American Boomerang television channel in the United States and was a pay television channel created by Turner Broadcasting which primarily shows animated programming. It was launched on 14 November 2015.The channel airs Korean animated series, along with Warner Bros, Cartoon Network, and Hanna Barbera Series. Some shows that air include: Chowder, Ben 10 (2005), Hello Carbot, Turning Mecard, Wacky Races (1968) and (2017) and others.

Cartoon Network (Philippines)

Cartoon Network (CN) is a 24-hour Philippine pay television channel created by Warner Bros., which primarily shows animated programming. The Philippine version is a branch of Cartoon Network Asia, and broadcasts exclusively in the Philippines.

The channel started broadcasting in January 1, 1994 as a part of Cartoon Network Southeast Asia. It was later separated from the Southeast Asia feed on June 3, 1995.

Cartoon Network (Southeast Asia)

Cartoon Network is a Southeast Asian pay television channel that primarily broadcasts animated series. Operated by Warner Bros. through its Southeast Asian units, the channel is broadcast from its headquarters in Singapore to audiences in its country of location, as well as to Macau and Southeast Asia (except Philippines, where its broadcasting operation was later separated from the broader Southeast Asian version).

List of assets owned by WarnerMedia

Warner Media, LLC (formerly Time Warner Inc.) is a media conglomerate that is a division and subsidiary of AT&T and headquartered in New York City. It has film, television, cable networks, and publishing operations.

This is a listing of all of its subsidiaries.

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