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mio TV launches dedicated channel for Asian Drama series

Mei Ah Drama Channel will premiere five new popular shows from China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan on 20 October 2008

Singapore, 16 October 2008 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) today announced the launch of a new Chinese language channel: Mei Ah Drama Channel.  mio TV subscribers can look forward to five brand new, highly-rated drama series from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea on the new channel, which will premiere on mio TV Channel 73 on Monday 20 October 2008.
 
Mei Ah Drama Channel is the first 24-hour drama channel in Singapore featuring such a wide variety of Asian dramas, with all shows screened in their original languages and with a dual language option. Korean and Japanese dramas will feature a Mandarin option and over 50 per cent of the shows will include English subtitles.  Each drama series will run from Monday to Friday at two or three time slots throughout the day.  Every weekend, Mei Ah Drama Channel will feature all five episodes of each drama.
 
Premieres on 20 October (Monday)
7.30pm The Golden Age of Daughter-In-Law - Korea
8.30pm Tokyo Juliet - Taiwan
9.30pm In-soon is Pretty - Korea
10.30pm Yamada Taro Monogatari - Japan
11.30pm Tian Mi Mi - China
 
Manga fans can also look forward to Tokyo Juliet and Honey and Clover from Taiwan which are adapted from popular animation series, as well as Iryu Team Medical Dragon, a popular Japanese seinan manga, and Yamada Taro Monogatari, starring Japanese boy band Arashi members - Ninomiya Kazunari and Sakurai Sho.
 
Premiering on 20 October 08 at 10.30pm is Yamada Taro Monogatari a comedy series based on the manga of the same name - features Taro Yamada, whose family lives in extreme poverty. Because of his looks, intelligence, and athleticism, others mistakenly believe that Taro comes from a prosperous family. In contrast, Sakurai plays Taro's best friend Takuya, who really is from a successful family and who helps out Taro in various ways.
 
Tokyo Juliet premiering on 20 October 08, 8.30pm, is adapted from the Japanese manga by Miyuki Kitagawa and follows the ill-fated love story between two fashion students Ji Feng Liang (Wu Zun) and Lin Lai Sui  (Lin Yi Chen). The film stars veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam as the father of Ji, who is against the love relationship between his son and Lin.
 
There will also be a drama adaptation based on one of Japan's best-selling manga comic titles -Honey and Clover premiering on mio TV on 25 November at 8.30pm. The show stars popular Taiwanese idols Joe Cheng, Eddie Pang and Janine Chang, three youths who graduate from the University, embark on their careers and experience love, life and relationships
 Idol dramas adapted from Manga have proven to be popular with the TV audience in Singapore, and the addition of Mei Ah Drama Channel will definitely up the ante in providing greater choice for our customers, said Low Ka Hoe, Director of mio TV and Content.  Over the past year, mio TV has introduced channels featuring a variety of Asian content and our dialect and multi-language channels have been so far been very well-received.
 
Current mio TV subscribers can subscribe to Mei Ah Drama Channel directly by using the mio TV on-screen interface or by contacting the Singtel Hotline at 1800 555 6000 from Monday to Saturday, 8.00am to 6.00pm. For new subscribers, sign-ups for mio TV services are available at any hello! stores or at Singtel exclusive retailers.  Subscription fee for the channel is $8.56/month or $6.85/month on 12-monthly basis.


About mio TV
mio TV is the innovative digital pay TV service offering from Singtel. Launched in July 2007, the service offers customers value and full flexibility to watch what they want, when they want. Currently, mio TV offers a total of 49 channels from a wide range of genres as well asSingapore's largest range of video-on-demand titles and High Definition content.
 
Singtel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data services over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms. Together with its regional partners, it serves over 198 million mobile customers in eight markets.  For more information, visit www.singtel.com/miotv
 
About Mei Ah Television
Mei Ah Drama Channel is owned by Mei Ah Entertainment Group Limited (HKSE: 0391), a leading film production and movie products distributor in Hong Kong. Established in 1984 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1993, the groupfs four core businesses are TV and broadband broadcasting, broadcast rights, movie licensing and audio and visual technology services.
 
To learn more about Mei Ah Entertainment Group Limited, go to www.meiah.com