Fox (Asian TV channel)

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Fox Asia
FOX wordmark-orange.svg
Broadcast areaAsia (channel based in Hong Kong, available in the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and East Asia)
HeadquartersCorporate office: 13/F One Harbourfront, 18 Tak Fung Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon City District, Kowloon, Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong
Studios and production facility: 1 Fusionopolis Link, #03-01 Nexus@ One – North, Singapore, 138542
FOX South Asia Studio 5TH, Lord Ram Street, Radha Link, Mumbai, India
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerFox Networks Group Asia Pacific
(Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International/Disney Asia)
Sister channels
History
LaunchedFebruary 1998 (Japan)
December 2009 (India)
June 2010 (Malaysia)
November 2014 (Vietnam)
Closed
  • 16 November 2014 (SD feed, Malaysia)
  • January 1, 2021; 23 days ago (2021-01-01) (South Korea)
  • March 1, 2021; 35 days' time (2021-03-01) (Malaysia)
Replaced byChannel NOW (South Korea)
Links
WebsiteOfficial Site (Asia)
Official Site (Japan)

Fox is a pan-Asian pay television channel, owned and operated by Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International.

History[edit]

In Japan, the channel launched in February 1998 along with other Fox channels such as Fox Crime and Fox Life (now FOX bs238).

In Asia, the channel was in test broadcast in December 2009, broadcasting US TV series on loop. The first Asian provider who carried Fox was SkyCable in the Philippines which launched the channel on 4 January 2010, followed by StarHub TV in Singapore on 1 February 2010. Other TV providers across the region followed thereafter.[1]

Around early-to-mid-February 2012, the Fox wordmark was changed to the Fox HD wordmark (pictured) for all Fox commercials on all Fox channels in the Asian and Filipino television provider networks, including channels which are not in HD. This change is similar to the one done to STAR World. The reason for this change is unknown.

Fox Japan and Fox Korea are considered separated from the main feed as they have different programming. However, they are closely linked as they shared most of their commercials and the programming are nearly the same.

Fox Taiwan was officially launched on September 1, 2012, as FOX Showbiz (Chinese: 娛樂台) replacing Channel V Taiwan. This feed's broadcast Asian programming and some of American series reruns with Chinese subtitles, and FOX HD Asia feed are available through MOD and some of cable providers. The feed was renamed Fox Taiwan in January 2014 and broadcast both local and foreign programmes.

In 2020, due to the ongoing expansion of the Star brand internationally. Tcast the licensor for the Fox channels in Korea announced that it had terminated its license agreement with The Walt Disney Company Korea rebranding its channels effectively starting January 1, 2021. Fox will be rebranded to NOW in the region and will drop all content related to 20th Century Studios keeping all acquired series intact.

Operating channels[edit]

Programmes[edit]

While Fox Asia imports a substantial amount of programming seen in its US counterpart, there are separate rights granted to each version of the channel. Hence Fox Asia has a different line-up of programs from its US counterpart, including those seen on rival networks in the US and produced by competitors of 20th Century Fox (such as Warner Bros.).[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christmas kick-off for FOX roll-out Archived 2 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine retrieved via onscreenasia.com 1-18-2009

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