London – ITV Studios Global Entertainment today announced a host of new carriage deals for its leading Asia-based entertainment channel ITV Granada, with major pay TV platforms in the Middle East, India and South Korea adding the channel.
The agreements include the launch of ITV Granada in the Middle East via the OSN DTH network. The channel will make its debut in late 2011 to subscribers throughout the region, reaching territories such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt and the UAE.
In a deal with India’s Bharti Airtel network, ITV Granada will join India’s fastest growing DTH platform later this year. The agreement will see the channel launching in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan.
Finally, South Korea’s largest cable operator CJ HelloVision has signed to broadcast ITV Granada via its “CJ Tving” service which provides 140 channels viewable on PCs, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.
ITV Granada is home to the UK’s leading entertainment, award-winning drama, contemporary comedy, provocative reality shows and the hottest talk shows. Content includes the world’s longest-running soap Coronation Street, top rated drama Emmerdale and entertainment shows such as I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Popstar to Operastar and Dancing on Ice.