Star launches second Chinese Movies channel


HONG KONG -- News Corp. subsidiary Star TV is set to launch Star Chinese Movies 2 in Singapore and the U.S., the company said Wednesday.

The Mandarin-language channel will launch Friday on StarHub Digital Cable in Singapore and in the U.S. on KyLin's IPTV platform the following Friday.

"The launch of Star Chinese Channel 2 reflects the increasing demand for quality Chinese movies among viewers ... We are delighted to be able to share them with film lovers in Asia and beyond, starting with Singapore," Star Taiwan general manager Jason Siu said.

The company plans to expand Star Chinese Movies 2 to other markets in Asia and elsewhere and is currently in negotiations with platform operators.

The channel will screen motion pictures released between the 1970s and 1990s, mostly from Hong Kong. Movies will come from Star's library of 600 titles, including such films as "Police Story," "Once Upon a Time in China," "A Better Tomorrow" and the classic Bruce Lee film "Enter the Dragon."

Star Chinese Movies 2 follows the success of Star Chinese Movies, which got a large portion of its films through output deals with the major Hong Kong studios including Media Asia Films, Emperor Motion Pictures and JCE Movies, and became the top Chinese-language channel in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and the Philippines.