Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia Renews Partnership with SKY Cable in the Philippines

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks, Asia has renewed its channel carriage with SKY Cable, the country’s largest cable operator, in a multi-year agreement. 

Effective this month, SKY Cable will continue the carriage of SPT Networks’ popular channel portfolio including general entertainment powerhouses AXN and Sony Channel; leading anime channel Animax and premium Japanese content channel, GEM. 

Armi Malaluan, Director and Business Head of AXN Networks Philippines, said, “SKY Cable and SPT Networks, Asia share a commitment to delivering only the best in entertainment across multiple genres. We have partnered with SKY Cable for over 17 years and together we have redefined the viewer experience in the Philippines. I look forward to our next chapter as we have some exciting content initiatives in the pipeline designed especially for our Filipino fans.” 

James Dumlao, Programming Head of Sky Cable, said, “We value our long-standing relationship with SPT Networks, Asia. This mutually beneficial partnership reaffirms our commitment to continuously deliver only the best content to our subscribers.” 

Viewers can look forward to SPT Networks’ compelling mix of groundbreaking original productions and award-winning series that are available from the U.S and Japan. 

On AXN, viewers can get their performance fix with the Got Talent trilogy: America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent and Asia’s Got Talent, which is currently calling for auditions for its third, record-breaking installment. 

For fans of Hollywood, Sony Channel is bringing more drama, more comedy and more movies their way for the ultimate binge experience with series including Younger, How to Get Away with Murder, Madam Secretary and Chicago Med. 

GEM, the glittering jewel of Japanese entertainment, dazzles viewers with its captivating line-up of titles including the recently concluded annual music extravaganza THE MUSIC DAY Songs for You broadcast live from Japan, as well as the upcoming dramas SURVIVAL WEDDING and ZERO -The Bravest Money Game-, which will air within the same week as Japan. For the first time, GEM is now available on SKY Cable’s Silver Plan (at PHP850 a month) and will soon be available on the Gold Plan (at PHP1,100 a month).

For anime lovers, Animax serves up an electrifying visual feast of the latest series from Japan, including Cells at Work!, Phantom in the Twilight, KAKURIYO -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- and Inazuma Eleven Ares, all airing on the same day as Japan. Animax is now available on SKY On Demand.

AXN: SKY Cable Channel 49 
AXN HD: SKY Cable Channel 247  
Animax: SKY Cable Channel 46
Sony Channel: SKY Cable Channel 35 
GEM: SKY Cable Channel 116 in Metro Manila and on Channel 222 in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Baguio, as well as other cable operators nationwide.

About AXN

AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel, featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and groundbreaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to US telecasts. From The Blacklist and MacGyver to Asia’s Got Talent and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 20 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM. / @AXNAsia

About Sony Channel

Sony Channel is the premier destination for female-skewing entertainment with the biggest and best of Hollywood. Designed for the socially connected viewer, Sony Channel features some of the most captivating and talked-about drama, comedy, lifestyle, and reality programs on TV, all airing close to the U.S. telecasts, together with popular feel-good movies.

Fresh, confident and stylish, with a dash of clever wit, Sony Channel is visually stunning with a brand identity that perfectly complements its line-up of high calibre programming. Sony Channel appeals to a female-skewed, male-inclusive audience who loves to escape, engage, and lose themselves in premium content. Viewers are modern, social, stylish, and aspirational.

Sony Channel is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia, which also operates pay-TV channels AXN, Animax, ONE and GEM.

Visit, and join the conversation @SonyChannelAsia on Facebook and Twitter.

About Animax Asia

Launched on 1 January 2004, Animax is Asia’s first channel brand specializing in Japanese animation– anime. Animax offers a wide variety of anime programs from across the most popular genres including action, romance, horror, supernatural, sci-fi, comedy and slice-of-life.

Animax is home to some of the biggest anime titles in the world that enjoy great following across the region. In addition, the channel created TV history in April 2009 by becoming the world’s first regional broadcaster to air an anime series at the same time as Japan and followed that with six other simulcast anime series. Currently reaching 58 million homes across 17 markets in Asia, Animax aims to offer anime programming for everyone.

Beyond television screens, Animax also actively engages its audiences at local events, including its signature Animax Carnival that has rolled out in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. See for more.

About GEM 

GEM is the glittering jewel of Japanese entertainment. A joint venture between Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks and Nippon Television Network Corporation, GEM enjoys access to exclusive Japanese content from Nippon TV. The channel features first-run and exclusive dramas, comedies and variety entertainment shows from Japan. This includes selected prime time dramas airing same time and within the same week of their broadcast in Japan. Other special programs include a local GEM audition for the Japanese variety show - ‘I Can Sing in Japanese!’ and the live broadcast of the music festival 'THE MUSIC DAY' with performances by Hey! Say! JUMP in Hong Kong beamed live. In addition, GEM takes its shows beyond the screen and into the lives of viewers with artiste meet-and-greet events with Japanese stars Kento Yamazaki and Hayami Mocomichi.

GEM Vietnam, which is also part of the Asian channels portfolio, is wholly-owned and operated by SPT Networks. 

Visit, and join the conversation @GEMtvasia on Facebook and Twitter.

About Sony Pictures Television Networks

Sony Pictures Television Networks operates branded entertainment channels reaching nearly two billion subscribers around the world. Based in Culver City, Amsterdam, Budapest, London, Madrid, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Singapore and Tokyo, Sony's linear and digital networks offer high quality film and television content from Sony Pictures and third-parties, as well as original content commissioned globally and locally. Sony Pictures Television Networks is a division of Sony Pictures Television Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

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