Comcast opens MIPCOM with slew of Asia deals

Licensing deals in India, Philippines, among others

CANNES -- Comcast International Media Group's Asia Pacific operation opens the MIPCOM programming market Monday with 700 hours of licensing deals signed over the past six months, including a new deal for The Style Network branded block on Foxtel's Arena Channel in Australia.

Managing director Christine Fellowes also said at the weekend that the Asia Pacific business would end 2008 up on last year, with ad sales being the biggest growth area.

New licensing deals for E!, The Style Network, G4 and Versus titles include India, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.

Australia's Fuel TV bought G4 series "Code Monkeys," and Discovery Asia's just-launched Discovery Turbo bought Versus1 "Rock the Boat."

Newly branded Philippines' free-TV channel, TV5, acquired "Holy @#$%!"

Comcast's Asia licensing deals follow the announcement of The Style Network's launch on Singapore's StarHub cable TV platform and Japan's World On Demand IPTV service this month.