StarHub TV launches Asia's first Korean movie channel; plans to start with Singapore

The channel will be available on StarHub TV Channel 819 from Jan 11.

StarHub TV launches Asia's first Korean movie channel
Customers visit a Starhub shop in Singapore August 8, 2006. Singapore's second-largest telecoms firm, StarHub Ltd., on Tuesday beat forecasts with a 44 percent rise in quarterly profit, on higher mobile and broadband margins and increased pay-TV subscriptions due to the World Cup. Reuters

StarHub TV is all set with its New Year gift for the customers, who will be the first in Asia to enjoy the latest Korean blockbusters and all-time favourite Korean movies in high definition round-the-clock.

StarHub TV announced the upcoming launch of its new channel, tvN Movies HD through a media statement on Thursday. The channel, which will be available on StarHub TV Channel 819, is supposed to go on air from January 11. Viewers can also stream the channel on StarHub Go on demand.

StarHub TV is partnering with Korea's largest production house, CJ E&M, as well as other industry players in rolling out the latest Korean movies spanning all genres, including comedy, drama, romance and action. Apart from this, special late night screenings of horror flicks, thrillers and movies with mature themes can also be enjoyed through the upcoming channel.

The upcoming line-up of the channel includes the critically acclaimed thriller The Age Of Shadows (2016), starring Song Kang Ho and Gong Yoo. The political thriller Inside Men (2015) starring Lee Byung Hun and Jo Seung Woo is also there in the list.

"With over 200 titles a year, fans can get their fill of swoon-worthy K-idols or the latest blockbuster K-movies whether they are in the comfort of their living rooms or streaming on the go," Lee Soo Hui, StarHub's head of content and television, told The Straits Times.

Samey Lee, the CEO of the company, said CJ E&M hopes to "broaden its market reach by tapping on the rising trend of Korean movies, which is in high demand in the South-east Asian region".

The company is planning to start the channel with Singapore before launching tvN Movies in other parts of Asia.