Taipei – E! Entertainment is taking on Taiwan. The channel launches for the first time-ever on 1 July across both linear and OTT platforms in the market.
Subscribers of linear cable TV provider CNS, OTT channel aggregator FTV, and mobile TV platform Asia Pacific Telecom will be among the first in Taiwan to access the channel, which will be available with Chinese subtitles.
Available in 160 countries around the globe, E! is the home of pop culture, capturing the topics that fascinate us all including personalities, trends, music, fashion, TV, movies, art, nightlife, philanthropy, technology, design and sports.
“As the leading destination for pop culture and one of our portfolio’s iconic global brands, the launch of E! in Taiwan marks an important milestone for NBCUniversal’s International footprint in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Christine Fellowes, Managing Director, NBCUniversal International Networks, Asia-Pacific. “We are delighted that viewers in Taiwan can now enjoy E!’s exclusive content offerings, featuring up-to-the-minute Hollywood news, the most talked-about reality entertainment and fascinating profiles of the hottest A-list celebrities.”
E!’s key programming highlights for the month of July include encores of signature reality sensations Keeping Up With The Kardashians and #RichKids of Beverly Hills, as well as the flagship daily showbiz bulletin show E! News, airing “Express from the U.S.,” every Tuesday to Sunday at 8 pm.
Brand new series include Stewarts & Hamiltons, premiering on 28 July at 9pm, E! goes behind-the-scenes of a family with a lineage only Hollywood could produce, the brand new brand-new series follows the blended families of Alana Stewart, including her children, Kimberly Stewart, Ashley Hamilton and Sean Stewart, and her ex-husband-turned-best friend George Hamilton; and Hollywood Cycle premiering on 10 July at 9 pm, a never-before-seen look inside the uber-popular, highly competitive world of indoor cycling at LA’s Cycle House.
“As the leader of multi-system operator (MSO) in Taiwan, CNS always provides the diverse service and intriguing programs for the viewers. E! is one of the most popular channels in the world and we are glad to cooperate with NBCUniversal to launch E! on CNS digital platform,” said Tommy Lin, Chief Business Officer, China Network Systems. “Now, our 1.28 million subscribers can enjoy more entertainment programs brought by E!”
FTV’s Director of New Media, Bruce Yu, said, “We are thrilled to work with NBCUniversal International Networks to bring E! to Taiwan’s OTT platforms. This lets Taiwan’s young audiences have access to the hottest Hollywood news and biggest celebrity stars anywhere, anytime and though any device.”
Asia Pacific Telecom’s Manager of Content, Martin Lee, said, “We are delighted to work with NBCUniversal to bring E! to our subscribers. E! is a great addition to our suite of entertainment channels. The channel’s unique positioning on Hollywood pop culture will certainly appeal to our young customers.”