Entertainment channel GEM expands Asia reach

Entertainment channel GEM has expanded its distribution to Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore. This makes the channel available to viewers on over 10 pay-TV platforms across six Asian markets.

GEM is the joint-venture entertainment channel between Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks and Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV). It was launched in 2015 and specializes in premium Asian entertainment programmes from Japan and other northeast Asian markets.

“GEM is gaining traction in Asia as it cements its position as the top destination for high quality, express content from Japan and northeast Asia. We’re focused on taking GEM beyond the screen and into the lives of fans across the region via talent tours, local filming and fan meets,” Ang Hui Keng, senior vice president and general manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, said.

"We are happy to know that GEM and its lineup of compelling content have been well-received by our viewers and pay-TV platforms across the region. We are looking forward to welcoming new viewers in the Philippines and Indonesia where Japanese content has not been shown before on this scale," Atsushi Hatayama, president of international business development, Nippon TV, said.

Hatayama added that Singaporeans in particular have a great appreciation for Japanese content hence the need to meet the demand for the latest shows close to the Japan broadcast.

Viewers in Singapore will be able to access its pay-TV platforms on Singtel TV which is slated for launch in August. Meanwhile, Indonesian viewers can so via Indovision, MyRepublic, Nexmedia, Skynindo and Transvision.