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Comedy Central expands to nine Asian countries

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has secured expanded carriage for Comedy Central across Asia, making the channel available in nine Asian countries within six months of operation.  

The two new territories are Malaysia and the Philippines. In Malaysia, the channel has rolled out on ASTRO’s B.yond IPTV and in the Philippines it’s now on SKYcable and Cignal Digital TV.

The channel, which launched in the region in November 2012, is now available across 15 platforms in nine markets: Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Mongolia and Thailand.

“To have Comedy Central Asia’s reach grow to nine markets within the first six months of operation demonstrates the strong demand for comedy and its world-class content is bound to win fans across all of them,” said Indra Suharjono, VIMN Asia’s executive VP and managing director. “Our research has shown that 7 out of 10 people see Comedy as a form of healthy escapism from the stresses of life, so it is no surprise why the channel is our fastest growing brand both globally and in Southeast Asia.”