NBC Universal Joins Taiwan’s IPTV Platform MOD via WOWtv


Heavy European Presence at WOWtv Channel Launch

Taiwanese-American Idol Vanness Wu Debuts as WOWtv Spokesperson


Taipei, Taiwan, March 26, 2010 - Portico Media’s WOWtv bouquet of international channels that would officially launch on Chunghwa Telecom’s IPTV platform, MOD, in April 2010, was kickstarted by a special launch. Held at Shangri-La Hotel Taipei, it was a showcase of WOWtv’s refreshing potpourri of television channels with a wide range of unique content. WOWtv promises to inject some excitement to MOD’s overall channel offerings and increase its subscriber numbers. The WOWtv lineup includes 4 Universal Networks International channels - Universal Channel, Hallmark Channel, SCI FI and Kidsco, CNBC, and 2 European channels - Euronews and DW Asia+. More channels would be announced in the near future after the official launch. 


The WOWtv launch was well-attended by a cross-section of Telco executives, industry professionals, government representatives and diplomats, including the German and French General Directors, de facto ambassadors.


Vanness Wu, a Taiwanese-American and one of the most recognizable faces of Taiwanese entertainment, made his debut as the spokesperson of WOWtv. Vanness enthused, “Growing up in Southern California, I loved watching the inspiring “Oprah Winfrey Show”, crime-investigation series, “Law & Order,” and the iconic imagination-fuelled TV show, “Star Trek”. I’m excited that these shows and more are now available in Taiwan too, on WOWtv’s channels.”


Mr. Raymund Miranda, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Universal Networks International said, “Taiwan plays an important role in our growth plan for Asia - a priority region where we are committed to building a significant presence with our world-class brands. We are thrilled that Universal Networks International’s core channel brands – Universal Channel, SCI FI and Hallmark Channel, together with KidsCo are healthily distributed across major platforms in Taiwan to offer local audiences a full range of quality entertainment from one of the world’s leading media powerhouses.”


“We are pleased to be able to bring CNBC to households in Taiwan through WOWtv as it provides Taiwan viewers the access to invaluable global financial news and information coupled with high profile guest interviews that only CNBC can provide,” said Satpal Brainch, President and Managing Director, CNBC Asia Pacific.


 “We are delighted that Chunghwa Telecom, is introducing Euronews onto its MOD platform. We look forward to forging strong links for the future, and bringing to Taiwanese viewers a unique, independent view on world affairs”, commented Managing Director of Euronews, Mr Michael Peters.


Angelika Newel, Head Distribution Asia/Australia from Deutsche Welle said, “Viewers in Taiwan have a high demand for more intimate knowledge and insight into Europe and European culture making it an important media market for Deutsche Welle. We are proud to launch DW-TV ASIA+, the channel from Germany, on the bouquet of WOWtv. It is the destination channel for all seeking a more in-depth experience on Europe. I am confident that positioning DW-TV ASIA+ as the “Living Channel”, delivering the most compelling content on European lifestyle and wellness, arts and culture will further enrich the dialogue with Taiwanese viewers.”


Portico Media is helmed by Managing Director Jay Lin, a California lawyer who made the transition from Silicon Valley IP law to Taiwan’s media business 6 years ago. “My dream was to be a nexus between East and West.  With WOWtv, we are facilitating the efficient delivery and broadcast of premium content to Taiwan, regardless of genre and country of origin.  Taiwan is at a digitalization and internationalization crossroads, and we hope to be a catalyst in this transformation, with content coming in and out of Taiwan,” explained Mr. Lin.  


Portico Media’s WOWtv bouquet of international channels launches on Chunghwa Telecom’s IPTV platform, MOD come April 2010.


About Portico Media

The core value of Portico Media and WOWtv is encapsulated in the acronym.  WOW represents Worldly, Original and Wondrous.  Portico Media is committed to bringing premium content into the Taiwan market and facilitating Taiwan’s drive toward digitalization of the TV industry.  Portico hopes to not only bring content in, but in the near future will be more active in bringing Taiwanese content out.  Portico Media is also the 2006 Golden Horse Award Winner for Best Short Film, 2007 Taipei Film Festival Winner for Best Feature Film and 2008 Taiwan’s Children Film and Video Festival for Best Taiwan Film.  It is also ramping up on the production of its GIO-supported animated feature “Kotora on the Run” to be released in 4Q 2010.       

Portico Media collaborates with international media giants such as NBCU, Comcast, RTL, YesTV, Mediacorp, Euronews, TV5, Arirang, Euronews, and many more other content owners.  It also distributes ASN HD, Asia’s first HD sports channels with exclusive content such as NFL, NHL, Nascar, and the current basketball tourney NCAA March Madness to major Taiwan cable and DTH operators. 

About Universal Networks International

Universal Networks International, the global channels division of NBC Universal, is one of the world’s premier entertainment networks, delivering quality content and compelling brands to over 150 million viewers in 130 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.  The portfolio is spearheaded by five core channels - Syfy Universal, Diva Universal, Studio Universal, Universal Channel and 13th Street Universal - which deliver a full range of entertainment experiences to local audiences across the globe.  Universal Networks also operates Movies 24, the (non-US) Hallmark Channel and an interest in the KidsCo joint venture. 

Universal Networks International is part of NBC Universal; one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.

About CNBC

CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, provides fast, accurate, actionable and unbiased business news and analysis to over 370 millions households worldwide.  CNBC Asia Pacific is uniquely positioned to speak to viewers from across the region. Headquartered in Singapore, the network provides nine hours of live Asia-produced programming, which is complemented with coverage of live market action from Europe and the US. CNBC Asia Pacific's channels, which include CNBC Asia, CNBC-TV18 (India), CNBC Pakistan, Nikkei-CNBC (Japan) and  SBS-CNBC (South Korea) are available in more than 21 countries across the Asia Pacific region. CNBC also has a strategic alliance with Shanghai Media Group, which wholly owns a subsidiary, China Business Network. The channels are distributed via satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcast networks, as well as broadband. CNBC content is also distributed on the 3G telecommunication platforms throughout various markets.

About Euronews

euronews is the most-watched global news channel in Europe. Launched in 1993, euronews covers world affairs from a European perspective and is broadcast 24 hours a day, simultaneously in nine languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. By the end of 2010, euronews will launch its Persian (Farsi)-language service. euronews’ reaches 318 million households in 152 countries by cable, digital satellite and terrestrial distribution. euronews is the most-watched international news channel in Europe: every day, 2.9 million Europeans watch euronews on cable and satellite, while another 3.6 million watch on terrestrial channels (source: euronews/Telmar Peaktime©, evaluation system based on audience figures, 1st quarter 2009).”

About DW-TV Asia+

Deutsche Welle is Germany international broadcaster.  DW-TV Asia+ offers a perfect mix of European lifestyle, culture and the arts as well as news and in-depth reports from business and politics.  With a new 24-hour schedule providing 18 hours of English programming, DW-TV Asia+ has all the insights from Europe that makes a difference. 

For Media Enquiries, please contact:

Portico Media Co. Ltd

Eileen Wang (English)    T: +886 955 252 536  E: eileen@porticomedia.com

Kitty Chang (Mandarin)   T: +886 0910 696 433 E: kitty@porticomedia.com

WOWtv Official Website: www.wowtv.club.tw

WOWtv Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/wowtv

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