Hello K-Idol in the Philippines!

July 14, 2018

Viu and Globe co-produce the new Viu Original Reality Show, “Hello K-Idol” in the Philippines. Together with Ayala Malls and marketing exclusive content on Facebook, these powerhouses are paving the way for the golden age of K-Pop in the Philippines.

MANILA PHILIPPINES, July 13, 2018 – Viu, a leading pan-regional OTT video service by PCCW Media Group in Hong Kong, has teamed up with Globe Telecom to produce Hello K-Idol, the first Viu Original reality show of its kind in the country.

Working closely with Facebook as channel partner and the team that produces The Voice Philippines, Viu and Globe Studios will ensure that K-pop fans all over the country will be able to view the next big thing in K-Pop reality TV anytime, anywhere. The country’s largest mall operator, Ayala Malls, will also be the venue partner to support this reality show.

Country Manager of Viu Philippines, Arianne Kader-Cu said, “Our dream of producing an online reality show has come into fruition with Hello K-Idol. Reality shows are a dime a dozen on television, but with our first Viu Original in the country, we wanted to create something special by nurturing and honing Filipino talent with the help of their real-life idols on an international platform. With over 15 million Filipinos interested in Korean entertainment, we hope that they can relate and stand by the K-trainees in their journey to fulfilling their K-Pop dreams.”

Head of Globe Studios, Quark Henares said, “We used to watch reality shows on TV, where the viewer’s schedule was set by broadcast times. What Globe Studios has dones is give the viewer the power to watch their shows and keep up with their favorite personalities anytime, anywhere. The Hello K-Idol world will be shared by every viewer with just a touch of their mobile phones and tablets.”

Following on-ground and online auditions adjudicated jointly by Viu and Globe in May 2018, 10 male finalists aged between 18-27 will be featured in online webisodes over 10 weeks from July to September and streamed exclusively on the Viu platform. There will also be additional episodes with behond-the-scenes footage and extended profiles on the contestants. The final winner will be awarded the coveted prize of a four-month all-expense paid scholarship to learn K-Pop vocal and dance at a prestigious entertainment talent school in Korea.

The webisodes will follow the K-Idol finalists as they undertake the 10-week challenge, where they will hone their talents in singing, dancing, performing, styling, and teamwork. A star-studded cast will critique their performances, while providing them with much-needed guidance on their quest to stardom. K-Idols Yook Sung Jae from the award-winning K-Drama, Goblin, and Jung Joon Young from the variety show, 2 Days & 1 Night, will serve as inspirations for the K-Idol finalists. Mentors on the panel include singer Jinho Bae, and Korean professional dance artiste, Dasuri Choi just to name a few. Kring Elenzano-Kim, prominent online host and personality, frmer reality TV star, and founder of two of the biggest K-Pop fans organizations in the Philippines will be hosting the show.

Watch out for fan meetings with the K-Idols happening around Manila, the first of which was headlined by Yook Sung Jae on July 13 at 5pm. The show’s grand finale episode will be available on Viu in September 2018.

About Viu

Vu is a leading pan-regional over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service operated by PCCW Media Group. It is available in 16 markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, and Middle East countries of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Operating with both an ad-supported tier and a premium subscription tier of service with more features, Viu delivers premium Asian content in different genres from top content providers with local language subtitles as well as original production series under the ‘Viu Original’ initiative

Viu offers users express delivery of telecast content, streaming adn download features, localized user interfaces. With the patented Dynamic Adaptive Transcoding technology, Viu can povide smooth, un-buffered viewing experience regardless of device or network conditions.

The service can be accessed via Viu app (available for free on App Store and Google Play) on connected deivces, e.g. smartphones and tablets, as well as on web by logging into www.viu.com.

About Globe Telecom

Globe Telecom is a leading full service telecommunications company in the Philippines, serving th needs of consumers and businesses across an entire suite of products and services including mobile, fixed, broadband, data connections, internet and managed services. Its principals are Ayala Corporation and Singetl who are acknowledged industry leaders in the country and in the region. For more information, visit www.globe.com.ph.

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About PCCW Limited

PCCW Limited (SEHK: 0008) is a global company headquartered in Hong Kong which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT soulitions, property development and investment, and other businesses.

The Company holds a majority interest in the HKT Trust and HKT Limited, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. HKT meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunicatios, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

PCCW also owns a fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong, PCC Media. PCCW Media operates the largest local pay-TV operation, Now TV, and is engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region.

Through HK Television Entertainment Company Limited, PCCW also operates a domestic free televisions service in Hong Kong.

Also wholly-owned by the Group, PCCW Solutions is a leading information technology outsourcing and business process outsourcing provider in Hong Kong and mainland China.

In addition, PCCW holds a majority interest in Pacific Centruy Premium Developments Limited, and other overseas investments. To learn more about PCCW, please visit www.pccw.com.

About PCCW Media

The media group of PCCW is a leading, fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong.

The media group operates the leading pay-TV service in Hong Kong under the Now TV brand delivering both self-produced and licensed content to its customers using advanced IPTV technology. Now TV brand offers more than 190 linear channels of local, Asian and international programming. Its premium content can also be accessed on-demand and on the go via Now Player app. It is also a leading producer of Chinese language news, financial news and sports programming in addition to Asian infotainment content which complements its wide portfolio of licensed movie and international television content.

The media group is also engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OTT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region. In addition, MOOV is a hugely popular lossless music digital streaming service in Hong Kong.

Moreover, the media group operates one of Asia’s leading directories businesses under the Yellow Pages brand.

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