TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Asian Television Network International Limited
(ATN)(TSX: SAT) is pleased to announce that TELUS will be expanding its
Optik TV South Asian line-up to 19 channels from ATN, the largest
selection available from any service provider in Western Canada. In the
coming weeks TELUS will add 11 new channels to its existing line-up of
eight South Asian channels, offering its Optik TV customers an even
broader selection of channels in languages including Hindi, Punjabi,
Urdu, Tamil, and English. The 11 new channels are currently available
to TELUS customers for free preview until March 21.
"At TELUS we are committed to providing a broad range of TV channels
that reflect the diversity of our customers," said Blair Miller, TELUS
Vice-President, Content Solutions. "The South Asian community is a
large and dynamic part of Canada and we're thrilled that we will be
offering them the largest selection of TV channels in Western Canada."
TELUS' South Asian line-up includes a variety of news, sports, music,
movies and other programming. TELUS will offer ATN MH1, ATN Aastha, ATN
B4U Music, ATN Cricket Plus, SET Max, ATN Zee Cinema, Star India Gold,
Star India News, Star India One, ATN SAB TV and Punjjabi TV in addition
to its eight existing channels, including ATN, ATN Alpha Punjabi, ATN
B4U Movies, SonyTV, ARY, ATN Tamil, CBN and ATN NDTV 24/7.
"This is a breakthrough for viewers in Western Canada," said Dr. Shan
Chandrasekar, President & CEO of ATN - Asian Television Network
International, Canada's largest South Asian broadcaster. "Through
TELUS, the rapidly growing South Asian community has access to the very
best programming, along with great telephone and Internet service."
TELUS offers Optik TV, powered by the award-winning Microsoft Mediaroom,
in British Columbia and Alberta communities. TELUS invested $1.3
billion in infrastructure in these two provinces throughout 2010 to
increase Internet speeds, introduce Optik TV to more communities, and
expand its wireless network.
Optik TV provides never before seen functionality, features, and more
than 480 channels, including 85 in High Definition (HD). With PVR
Anywhere, one PVR acts as a server for the entire home so that Optik TV
subscribers can watch and record shows on any TV, record up to three
shows at once, and pause a program in one room and pick it up in
another, right where they left off. Recently TELUS introduced Remote
Recording, an application that allows Optik TV subscribers to manage
their PVR recordings from any Internet connection, iPhone or select
BlackBerry device. Optik TV also offers: Picture-in-Picture browsing;
onscreen Call Display; HD Video On Demand; HD Pay Per View; and an
improved search capability that enables effortless searches for shows
and movies by actor, director, show title or sporting event, for
immediate viewing or recording in the future. With Optik TV, TELUS
customers can even use their Xbox 360 as a digital television box. It's
easier and more flexible than ever.
With the largest selection of South Asian channels, TELUS will offer
customizable starter and mega packages that allow subscribers to get
all of the channels they want, at an affordable price. To learn about
Optik TV and TELUS' South Asian channels, please visit telus.com/tv or call 310-MYTV (6988).
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A) (NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million
customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7
million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet
subscribers and 266,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President
and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of
communications products and services including data, Internet protocol
(IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to
give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have
contributed $211 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations
and volunteered 3.7 million hours of service to local communities since
2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local
philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the
Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian
company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
About Asian Television Network
ATN serves Canada's diverse cultural communities with 33 premium
specialty television channels. ATN offers its flagship general interest
service, several Bollywood movie channels with 800 movies a month, and
a variety of channels that include sports, news, music, lifestyle,
spiritual and several regional language channels. ATN is Canada's
largest distributor of World Class Cricket including ICC World Cup and
Indian Premier League (IPL). ATN operates the only South Asian Radio
Service 24 hours a day on XM across The United States and Canada.
ATN was recently selected as a TSX Venture 50 company, and is a Business
Excellence Award winner from the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce. The
Founder of ATN was a 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
finalist, and has been inducted to the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.
ATN was a broadcast partner for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic
Games, creating history by delivering more than 100 hours of live
coverage in six languages on seven channels across Canada. ATN has
programming alliances with leading international broadcasters.
To subscribe to ATN and the new services, and for more details about
these services and programming schedules please visit www.asiantelevision.com
SOURCE Asian Television Network International Limited
For further information:
B. Fulton CFO
Asian Television Network International Limited
Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 7B6