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BBC Worldwide, Elta Sign Taiwan's Largest UK TV Volume Deal

Taipei — BBC Worldwide and ELTA TV kicked off 2015 by announcing a deal that will see the largest volume of UK content available in Taiwan. The deal includes channels, programme sales and VOD for BBC’s factual, lifestyle, light entertainment, news and current affairs content across multiple platforms in Taiwan.

The announcement was made at a joint press conference hosted by ELTA TV and BBC Worldwide in Taipei today. With this deal, four of BBC’s channels - BBC World News HD, the BBC’s 24 hour international news and information service; BBC Knowledge HD, offering a breath-taking mix of factual and non-fiction programming ranging from natural history to science, technology, adventure and history; BBC Lifestyle, which provides a wealth of inspiration for home, family and life; and BBC Entertainment, filled with glossy new dramas, classic sci-fi, hilarious sitcoms and celebrity chat shows, will be available on Chunghwa Telecom’s MOD IPTV service. In addition, a slate of BBC’s science and natural history programmes will be available on Chunghwa’s newly launched documentary pack available on SVOD; and drama content will air on ELTA’s World Channel on MOD.

“We are excited to start the year with our new partnership with ELTA. About 20 months ago, BBC Worldwide restructured to enable us to work more seamlessly across BBC’s multiple business lines and offerings, to better serve our regional partners’ needs. This deal is an example of how, we are now better able to deliver our high quality content to viewers through multiple platforms,” said David Weiland, EVP, Asia, BBC Worldwide. “It is also a testament to our ongoing commitment to Asia, and of the importance of Taiwan to our growth strategy in the region.”

“Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone for ELTA TV as we continue to make our mark in the new media industry here in Taiwan,” Sally Chen, CEO, ELTA TV. “We are proud to now be able to provide the best of BBC’s TV content to viewers in Taiwan through our newly minted partnership with BBC Worldwide. Viewers in Taiwan can now easily access a multitude of BBC content anytime, anyplace through BBC’s channels on Chunghwa, our VOD services and TV programmes on ELTA’s World channel.”