Fox (Asian TV channel)

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Fox Asia
FOX wordmark-orange.svg
Broadcast areaEast Asia
HeadquartersHong Kong
Singapore
Mumbai
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerFox Networks Group Asia Pacific
(Disney International Operations)
History
LaunchedFebruary 1998 (Japan)
December 2009 (India)
June 2010 (Malaysia)
November 2014 (Vietnam)
Closed16 November 2014 (SD feed, Malaysia)
1 January 2021; 18 months ago (2021-01-01) (South Korea)
March 9, 2021; 15 months ago (2021-03-09) (Starhub TV)
May 1, 2021; 14 months ago (2021-05-01) (SD feed, Vietnam)
September 1, 2021; 10 months ago (2021-09-01) (Now TV feed, Hong Kong)
October 1, 2021; 9 months ago (2021-10-01) (Southeast Asia and Hong Kong)[1]
1 January 2022; 6 months ago (2022-01-01) (Taiwan)
Replaced byStar World (Taiwan)

Fox was a pan-Asian pay television channel, owned and operated by Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Disney International Operations.

The network operated six subnetworks, all solely branded as Fox; one pan-Asian feed meant for East Asia, then individual feeds for Japan, Thailand, The Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. All of the networks carried network programming with the original English audio from its imported programmes, along with either subtitling or second audio feeds in each nation's dominant language. It also held a brand licensing deal with Tcast until the end of 2020 for a domestic version of Fox in South Korea.

History[edit]

In Japan, the channel launched in February 1998 along with other Fox channels such as Fox Crime and Fox Life (now FOX bs238).

In Asia, the channel was in test broadcast in December 2009, broadcasting US TV series on loop. The first Asian provider who carried Fox was SkyCable in the Philippines which launched the channel on 4 January 2010, followed by StarHub TV in Singapore on 1 February 2010. Other TV providers across the region followed thereafter.[2]

Around early-to-mid-February 2012, the Fox wordmark was changed to the Fox HD wordmark (pictured) for all Fox commercials on all Fox channels in the Asian and Filipino television provider networks, including channels which were not in HD. This change was similar to the one done to Star World, FX, Fox Crime, and Channel V. The reason for this change is unknown.

Fox Japan and Fox Korea are considered separated from the main feed as they have different programming. However, they are closely linked as they shared most of their commercials and the programming are nearly the same.

Fox Taiwan was officially launched on 1 September 2012, as FOX Showbiz (Chinese: 娛樂台) replacing Channel V Taiwan. This feed's broadcast Asian programming and some of American series reruns with Chinese subtitles, and FOX HD Asia feed are available through MOD and some of cable providers. The feed was renamed Fox in January 2014 and broadcast both local and foreign programmes.

In 2020, due to the ongoing expansion of the Star brand internationally, Tcast, the licensor for the Fox channels in South Korea, announced that it had terminated its license agreement with Disney's domestic division, rebranding its channels after 31 December 2020. Fox in South Korea then became Ch.NOW.

On 31 August 2021, the Fox Networks Group channels ended operations in Hong Kong.[3] The entire Fox Networks Group suite in Asia (outside networks in Taiwan and Japan) subsequently ended operations at the end of 30 September 2021, with most of its content transferred to Disney+ and Hotstar.[4]

On 1 January 2022, Fox Taiwan was renamed to Star World, marking the return of the Star World brand in Taiwan after it closed on 1 February 2020.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Multiple sources:
    • Frater, Patrick (27 April 2021). "Disney Slashes Linear TV in Asia With 18-Channel Closure, Shifts Focus to Disney Plus". Variety. Archived from the original on 21 September 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
    • Kanter, Jake (27 April 2021). "Disney Closes 18 Asia TV Channels As It Shifts Focus To Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 21 September 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
    • Lai, Adrian (29 April 2021). "Disney To Shut Down 18 Channels In Southeast Asia". IGN. Archived from the original on 21 September 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  2. ^ Christmas kick-off for FOX roll-out Archived 2 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine retrieved via onscreenasia.com 1-18-2009
  3. ^ King, Tom (27 April 2021). "Disney pulling plug on Asian sports channels in DTC pivot". SportsPro. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  4. ^ Middleton, Richard (28 April 2021). "Disney to close 18 channels in Asia as streaming focus expands". Digital TV Europe. Retrieved 29 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "國家地理旗下頻道商改迪士尼及頻道更名". 中華電信 MOD (in Chinese). Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  6. ^ Micekiin, 茂思奇異科技行銷. "FOX MOVIES、FOX全「星」更名STAR MOVIES GOLD、Star World STAR MOVIES GOLD網羅迪士尼獨家片單 各式英雄首播大片陪你過年 Star World閃亮回歸 獨家呈現西洋美劇娛樂、頂級亞洲戲劇綜藝". StarMovie HD. Retrieved 14 December 2021.