BBC Worldwide will launch factual channel BBC Earth, a rebrand of BBC Knowledge, across Asia this October.
The channel highlights genres that range from natural history and the human condition to outer space and science. Through its launch on October 3 at 9 p.m. via Sin/HK, it will be available in such territories as Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. BBC Earth also holds a block on Japanese pay-TV broadcaster Wowow.
Among the series set to bow across the network on October 4th are Shark, focusing on the natural history of more than 30 species of sharks and rays through a variety of ecosystems, and the Asian debut of the Sir David Attenborough-narrated The Hunt, which explores in-depth the world of predation and the tactics imposed by both the hunters and hunted.
Additional programs set to premiere throughout the year include Lands of the Monsoon, a docuseries examining how the monsoon season influences life in southern Asia; season three of Life Below Zero (pictured), following seven Alaskans and their daily struggle to survive; and Infested, in which Dr. Michael Mosley turns his body into a living laboratory as he infests himself with such parasites as tapeworms, lice and malaria.
“The premiere of BBC Earth in Asia is an important step in BBC Worldwide’s strategy to inspire audiences with intelligent, distinctive content,” said David Weiland, executive VP for BBC Worldwide Asia, in a statement. “With BBC Earth, we will now have a compelling way to share premium BBC factual content with audiences in Asia and around the world.”