AZN Television

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AZN Television
AZN Television logo.svg
AZN Television logo
Launched 1996
Closed April 9, 2008
Owned by International Networks (Comcast)

AZN Television (formerly called International Channel) was a cable TV channel which promoted itself as "the network for Asian America". It was run by International Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. The channel’s programming targeted the fast-growing, young, affluent, English-speaking Asian-American community. Genres included the most popular Asian films, dramas, documentaries, music and anime as well as a diverse slate of original programming. It competed in certain markets with ImaginAsian Television.

Layoffs and closure[edit]

In late 2005, news of mass layoffs at the network prompted fears that Comcast would shut down AZN.[1] However, the network remained on the air and continued to sponsor the annual Asian Excellence Awards, which highlights Asian American achievement in film and television.

On April 9, 2008 at 12:00PM Eastern/11:00AM Central AZN television went off the air prior to the Global financial crisis on September 14, 2008.[2][3]

Programming[edit]

General[edit]

  • Abarenbou Mama (Japanese drama)
  • Asia's Best Kept Secret (Singaporean, travel)
  • Asian Excellence Awards (annual)
  • Asian Wok (Singaporean, cooking)
  • Balitang America with Cara Subijano (Filipino-American Newscast)
  • Basta't Kasama Kita (Filipino Action/Adventure)
  • Book and Sword, Gratitude and Revenge (Chinese drama)
  • Cinema AZN (30 minutes, weekly)
  • Coffee Prince (Korean drama)
  • Dae Jo Young (Korean drama)
  • Dead Men Do Tell Tales (Chinese drama)
  • Fuji sankei (Japanese news)
  • Full House (Korean drama)
  • Gourmet Moments (Singaporean cooking)
  • Get Drunk In China
  • HeyHeyHey (Japanese talk show)
  • High Kick (Korean sitcom)
  • Hotelier (Korean drama)
  • Hwang Jin Yi (Korean drama)
  • Iryu 2 (Japanese drama)
  • It started with a kiss (Taiwanese drama)
  • Ivy Dreams (reality)
  • Jewel in the Palace (Korean historical drama)
  • King of Hades (Chinese folklore drama)
  • Korean Music Countdown (Korean popular music)
  • Krystala (Filipino Fantasy/Adventure)
  • Living with Lydia (Singaporean sitcom)
  • Love Truly
  • MARS (Taiwanese drama)
  • My Lovely Samsoon (Korean drama)
  • Mix Music Bang (music videos)
  • NBA Timeout (sports)
  • Pilipinas, Game KNB? (Filipino Game Show)
  • Popcorn Zen (short films)
  • popjapan.tv (Japanese music videos and interviews from Sony Music Japan artists)
  • Revolution (Korean and Japanese pop music videos)
  • Rooftop Room Cat (a.k.a. Attic Cat) (Korean drama)
  • Saara Akaash (Hindi drama)
  • The Seven Swordsmen (Chinese drama)
  • Legend of Heaven & Earth (Taiwanese/Vietnamese Fantasy Drama)
  • Stir TV (youth)
  • Stories of the Han Dynasty (Chinese drama)
  • Little Fish (Chinese Fantasy Drama)
  • Strut (travel)
  • Thank You (Korean drama)
  • Victoria to Uyen Show (Vietnamese variety)
  • What's Up Thailand (Thai music)
  • Wool 100 Percent

Anime[edit]

Anime shows were broadcast in Japanese with English subtitles, or English dub.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Comcast Trims Staff at AZN Television Centennial Network's Programming Targets Asian-Americans, HighBeam Research, December 13, 2005
  2. ^ Comcast Pulls Plug on AZN, Broadcasting & Cable, January 28, 2008
  3. ^ [1], Hollywood Reporter, April 6, 2008

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