Turner Classic Movies (Asia)

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Turner Classic Movies
TurnerClassicMoviesAsia.jpg
Turner Classic Movies logo
Launched6 October 1994; 25 years ago (1994-10-06) (as TNT)
2 April 2000; 19 years ago (2000-04-02) (as TCM)
Closed2 January 2019; 10 months ago (2019-01-02) (as TCM)
Owned byTurner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific
Picture format576i (16:9)
CountryHong Kong, India
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaIndia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Mongolia
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Singapore
Formerly calledTNT
(6 October 1994–2 April 2000)
Sister channel(s)Cartoon Network
CNN International
Boomerang

Turner Classic Movies was an Asian digital classic film channel featuring commercial-free classic movies, mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. film libraries, which include many MGM titles. It was the Asian version of the US Turner Classic Movies and aired in the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Middle East.[1]

After 24 years of operation, the channel was shut down on 2 January 2019.

History[edit]

The channel normally launched as TNT in October 1994, it was time shared with Cartoon Network,[2] and aired from 21:00 CET to 6:00 CET (from 20:00 UTC to 5:00 UTC) and IST respectively and Cartoon Network the remaining time, mainly for analogue cable systems across Europe and India, although it was originally targeted at the Republic of Ireland, India and the United Kingdom. It was formerly free-to-air, but is now carried encrypted and provided only to cable companies and on some commercial satellite systems. It was one of the three movie channels available on Foxtel, and Austar in Australia. Turner Classic Movies and Cartoon Network became two separate channels operating in Europe and the Indian subcontinent in 1999.[2]

On 3 April 2000, TNT was relaunched as an Asian version of Turner Classic Movies.[2][3]

In India, this channel was exclusively available on Dish TV until 15 March 2009. Now it is available on IN Digital Cable from the Hinduja Group and from 31 August 2009, on Tata Sky. The channel has been discontinued on Tata Sky from 15 September 2012.

From 1 July 2011, TCM's Australian and New Zealand feed began broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen.[4]

From 12 June 2012, TCM's Asian feed began broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen.

From 13 December 2016, Australian satellite and cable provider Foxtel ceased to offer TCM. It is believed the cause of the removal was due to the channel's repeated broadcasting of a limited catalogue of films. Ultimately, this saw TCM no longer available in Australia.[5] Foxtel has since been criticised by its customers for its decision.[6]

In December 2017 Starhub in Singapore unilaterally announced they were removing Turner Classic Movies from their channel line up at the end of the year, Meanwhile Turner Classic Movies was only available on Singtel TV.

On 30 November 2018, Sky Network Television in New Zealand replaced the channel with their own version called Sky Movies Vintage.[7]

On 31 December 2018, Filipino cable provider SkyCable and Singaporean cable provider Singtel ceased to provide the channel. [8]

The channel ceased broadcasting on 2 January 2019, after which the channel space created in 1994 by TNT ceased to exist.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Turner Group may take DTH route to relaunch TCM in India". New Delhi: exchange4media. 2001.
  2. ^ a b c Thomas, Amos (2005). Imagi-Nations and Borderless Television: Media, Culture and Politics Across Asia. New Delhi: Sage Publications. pp. 33–34.
  3. ^ "HBO movie channel to start from March 15 – TNT to go classical". The Times of India. 14 March 2000.
  4. ^ "Mediaweek Australia – Sub TV". Mediaweek. Archived from the original on 10 October 2011.
  5. ^ Knox, David (17 November 2016). "Foxtel to close TCM channel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  6. ^ Knox, David (23 December 2016). "Foxtel viewers unhappy over loss of TCM, increased prices". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Sky Movies Vintage".
  8. ^ "Turner, Fox pull the plug: RIP truTV, TCM, Nat Geo Music".