BBC First & CBeebies Launch with myVideo in Taiwan


BBC Studios and the Taiwan Mobile-owned OTT service myVideo have struck a deal for carriage of the British drama channel BBC First and the children’s channel CBeebies.

BBC First launches in Taiwan for the very first time on April 1. Titles on the launch slate include the dramas Doctor Who, Silent Witness, Call the Midwife, Death in Paradise, Shakespeare & Hathaway and new series Sanditon, Traces and The Mallorca Files.

The CBeebies brand is already popular in Taiwan, with programs such as Hey Duggee, Go Jetters, Dinopaws and Sarah and Duck. The deal sees CBeebies becoming available across mobile, fixed-line, cable TV and broadband.

Phil Hardman, senior VP of commercial operations and strategy for Asia at BBC Studios, said: “It’s exciting to be launching premium British drama channel BBC First in Taiwan for the first time and to be able to provide young fans with a destination for all their favorite kids’ programs on CBeebies. With the support of our partner myVideo, we look forward to bringing some of the best dramas and children’s programs in the world to Taiwan audiences in the way that they want to view them. “

Daphne Lee, VP of new media service at Taiwan Mobile, said: “We are delighted to enhance our cooperation with BBC Studios. This agreement marks the biggest volume of BBC Studios content carried by internet TV (over-the-top service) in Taiwan to date. Through the launch of these two channels, we are able to offer world-class programs to meet the diversified needs of our subscribers, and reach out to more audience groups.”