Viu pacts with tvN, Now Baogu for Asian movies

PCCW Media Group’s pan-regional streaming service Viu has bolstered its Asian movie line-up through deals with tvN Movies and Now Baogu Movies on Demand.

tvN Movies, which was launched by Korea’s CJ E&M to expand its service offerings in Southeast Asia, will provide Viu with Korean films, including recent box office hits and library titles across different genres.

Now Baogu Movies On Demand will supply movies from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and some other territories. The service is a joint venture between PCCW’s Now TV, Hong Kong-based Edko Films and Beijing-based Huayi Brothers.

Korean movies to stream on Viu include Train To Busan and The Age of Shadows, both starring Gong Yoo, as well as A Violent Prosecutor, Tunnel and Operation Chromite.

Chinese-language films to be added to the service include award winners such as Derek Tsang’s 2016 drama Soul Mate and Johnnie To’s 2015 musical comedy Office.

Viu, which operates both ad-supported and premium subscription tiers, streams films, dramas and variety shows from Korea, Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia. The service also produces original series through ViuTV in Hong Kong as well as Korean, Indian and Indonesian productions.

PCCW Media Group managing director Janice Lee said: “As one of Asia’s preeminent OTT service providers, Viu continues to lead the pack. Coupled with our existing lineup of premium Asian dramas and variety shows, we now broaden our appeal further by adding a wide selection of Korean and Chinese movies from tvN Movies and Now Baogu Movies On Demand respectively.”

Viu subscribers in some territories will be able to steam HD versions of the movies from mobile devices to their TVs as the Viu app now supports AirPlay and Chromecast.