Discovery Communications has been granted permission by the Indian government to launch four more channels in the region, according to Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific senior VP and general manager Rahul Johri.
Johri told local website indiantelevision.com the broadcaster had received a green light to launch Military Channel, Investigation Discovery, Discovery Kids, and Discovery Home and Health in India, but said it would be more than a year before the channels would go live. In 2010, Discovery networks in the region climbed from three to six, with the flagship Discovery Channel being India’s top non-fiction entertainment network, according to Johri.
“We have not set a time frame for the launch of these channels in India,” he told the website. “We are around a year and a half away from launch. We are waiting for the three new channels, including Discovery HD, to settle down and establish themselves before looking at more launches.”
The news comes with Discovery having recently confirmed that it will be launching its forthcoming major series Curiosity in India in October.
In related news, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has signed a carriage deal with Malaysian platform Astro for its Discovery HD World network.
The agreement means the broadcaster now runs HD services in 10 markets in the region, the others being Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.