Joint Venture Launches in Asian Markets

A&E Television Networks and ASTRO All Asia Networks plc, through its subsidiary ASTRO All Asia Entertainment Networks Ltd., have formed a joint venture, AETN All Asia Networks Pte. Ltd., to launch and operate branded channels and services across Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. AETN All Asia Networks will also have operations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The venture will launch The History Channel and Crime & Investigation Network in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, The Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei in the second and third quarter 2007. The channels will launch in Taiwan by year-end. The History Channel and Crime & Investigation Network will be fully language-versioned in Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai, and Chinese. AETN All Asia Networks also plans to launch The Biography Channel in the region, and to deploy the brands and programming via VOD, mobile, broadband, and HD.