|Country||British Hong Kong (1991-1997)|
China (1997-2002, 2008-2021)
|Headquarters||British Hong Kong (1991-1997)|
Hong Kong, China (1997-2002, 2008-2021)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2002-2008)
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
|Launched||15 September 1991|
15 September 1991 – 1 May 1994
|Closed||1 October 2021|
|Former names||MTV Asia|
15 September 1991 – 1 May 1994
|5 Network (Myanmar)||Channel 17|
|TransVision (Indonesia)||Channel 560 (HD)|
Channel [V] ("V" standing for the letter, not the Roman numeral "5") was a pan-Asian pay music television network owned by Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific, a pay-TV channel unit of Disney International Operations. It was launched by what was back then STAR TV to replace MTV's original Asian operation. The Mainland Chinese version was owned by Star China Media and the Australian channels were owned by Foxtel until their closures.
Channel [V] previously operated either a local feed or a relay of the international version in Hong Kong, Macau, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Mainland China and Thailand or localised versions in India, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Australia.
Channel [V] was originally launched as MTV Asia on 15 September 1991. The STAR TV Network, which is based in British Hong Kong (now called Hong Kong, China since 1997), operated the channel in partnership with Viacom in the United States, which owned MTV-branded regional music channels there. The channel was broadcast across the continent of Asia, reaching from the Far East to the Middle East, as with the AsiaSat 1's footprint. The STAR TV Network have since regionalised the channel to serve its huge viewerships.
On 2 May 1994, MTV Asia left the STAR TV Network as a result of the contract with Viacom expired.
On 27 May 1994, Channel [V] was launched as a replacement of MTV Asia with VJs (who used to work on MTV Asia) celebrating on air from various locations; the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Downtown Tokyo, the Himalayas etc. At the same time, Channel [V] was officially 'split' its beam, in effect, providing two separate services for different regional audiences within the AsiaSat 1's footprint. This enables the channel to provide appropriate programming and viewing time for our viewers from different regions in Asia.
On 5 June 1994, Channel [V] has opened up its production facilities in Taipei, Taiwan.
On 4 July 1994, Sigaw Manila was launched on the Northern Beam.
On 1 August 1994, BPL Oye! was launched on the Southern Beam.
On 5 June 1994, Channel [V] has opened up its production facilities in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), India.
On 27 April 1995, the STAR TV Network starts transmitting Channel [V] on the Palapa B2R satellite to Indonesia and the Philippines.
On 30 April 1995, Channel [V] has opened up its production facilities in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates producing Sony Yalla!, the first ever Arabic Top 10 Countdown in the Middle East was launched on the Southern Beam.
On 4 August 1996, a Thai-localized feed of Channel [V] was launched in Thailand, as carried on Thai cable and satellite providers. This apparently replaced Channel [V] International in the country, but the pan-Asian feed would still be available in Thailand via both AsiaSat and Palapa satellites.
In 1997, Channel [V] International was launched in the Middle East on the Middle Eastern digital satellite TV platform Orbit Communications Company as part of the STAR Select package.
On 15 July 1997, Channel [V] International was launched in Japan on the Japanese digital satellite TV platform SKY PerfecTV!.
On 27 April 2021, Disney announced that Channel V would be closing down on 1 October as part of its winddown of traditional cable/satellite networks across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong in favor of Disney+ (in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan) and Disney+ Hotstar (in Southeast Asia outside Singapore).
Channel [V] Asia was the flagship of the Channel [V] network. It was founded after MTV Asia parted ways with the STAR TV Network. It was produced and operated from Hong Kong from January 1994 until January 2002, after which operations and studios were shifted to Malaysia with some aspects still operating in Hong Kong. Since 1 January 2008, Channel [V] International has moved back to its original studio in Hong Kong, which is also the same studio of Channel [V] China and Taiwan.
After very 27 final and last years of broadcasting, Channel [V] along with all The Walt Disney Company channels across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong (Fox Crime, Fox, Fox Life, FX, Disney Junior, Disney Channel, Nat Geo People, Fox Movies, Fox Action Movies, Fox Family Movies, Star Movies China, SCM Legend, and five of its sports channels) officially cease broadcasting and transmission on 30 September 2021 at 11:59:59pm. The final programming will be [V] Shot.
Main article: Channel V Thailand
Channel [V] Thailand was the Thai branch of the Channel [V] network. It is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific, GMM Media and TrueVisions. It started operating in Thailand in 1994 as part of Channel [V] Asia.
Channel V Thailand were officially cease transmission on 1 October 2021.
Channel [V] Mainland China was the Chinese branch of the Channel [V] network. It started operating in Mainland China in 1994 as part of Channel [V] Asia. Fox International Channels Asia Pacific sold certain Mandarin language entertainment television channels that target Mainland China, including Channel [V] Mainland China, to China Media Capital. As a result, Channel [V] Mainland China is a part of Star China Media as of 2014. It was broadcast free-to-air on AsiaSat 7. Channel [V] switches between Simplified and Traditional Chinese with selected Channel [V] International programs airing with Chinese subtitles. It was the only feed that was available free-to-air.
Channel V China were officially cease transmission on 1 October 2021.
Main article: Channel V India
Channel [V] India was the Indian branch of the Channel [V] network. It was operated by Star India. It started operating in India in 1994 as part of Channel [V] Asia. On 1 July 2012, the channel discontinued its musical programming and started focusing on original content through fiction dailies and studio formats that address teenage issues. On 30 June 2016, stopped airing original programming. On 1 August, it rebranded its graphical package. Later, it discontinued operations on 15 September 2018.
Main article: Channel V Philippines
Channel [V] Philippines was the Filipino branch of the Channel [V] network. It was a joint venture between Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific, Fox International Channels, TV Xtreme Broadcasting Company and Northern Star Productions as network providers. It started operating in the Philippines in 1994 as part of Channel [V] Asia. It discontinued operations on 13 July 2012.
Channel [V] Taiwan was the Taiwanese branch of the Channel [V] network. It started operating in Taiwan in 1994 as part of Channel [V] Asia. On 1 September 2012 it was replaced by Fox Taiwan, while Channel [V] Taiwan still operated overseas. On 15 July 2018, Channel [V] Taiwan officially shut down.
Channel [V] Korea was the Korean branch of the Channel [V] network. It started operating in South Korea in 1994 as part of Channel [V] Asia.
Channel [V] Japan was the Japanese branch of the Channel [V] network. It started operating in Japan in 1994 as part of Channel [V] Asia.
Main article: Channel V Australia
Main article: V (Australian TV channel)
Channel [V] Australia was the Australian branch of the Channel [V] network. It was first launched as Red in 1995 and was owned by Foxtel. It ceased broadcasting in Australia on 26 February 2016, as it merged with [V] Hits (later rebranded as [V]), focusing only on music video programming and countdowns. V Hits was also formerly known as Club [V] and Channel [V] 2, and ceased broadcasting on 1 July 2020. Former VJs included Andrew Günsberg, Jabba, James Mathison, Chloe Maxwell and Yumi Stynes.
Main article: List of programmes broadcast by Channel V