Japanese entertainment content leaders Animax and Gem expand in the PH with Cignal & TrueID Philippines

MANILA, 6 APRIL 2021– Fans of Japanese entertainment in the Philippines will now be able to watch Animax and GEM on more screens. KC Global Media Asia, the network that owns and operates Asian content leaders Animax, GEM, and ONE along with leading English general entertainment channel AXN, launches Animax on TrueID Philippines and GEM on Cignal

Avani Bhanchawat, Vice President and Head of Revenue at KC Global Media Asia, says “The Philippines is home to an established, continuously growing fan base for Japanese dramas, and the demand for anime in the country is among the highest anywhere in the world. There is an undeniable appetite for Japanese content in the Philippines, and KC Global Media Asia is delighted to add GEM to our offering on Cignal and equally excited to bring Animax to the TrueID platform, to show our commitment in bringing quality Japanese entertainment to even more Filipino viewers.”

While Animax has been available in the Philippines for nearly two decades, its launch on TrueID Philippines makes history as the channel’s content becomes available for the first time on an AVOD or Advertising-based Video on Demand service. Fans will now be able to stream full anime episodes completely for free on the TrueID platform, an offshoot of Thailand’s leading digital lifestyle app and a new player in the Philippine market.

Animax continues to be the leading destination for anime across a variety of genres and the home to well-loved classics and blockbuster content distributed within the same day of their telecast in Japan. Among the many hit programs available on TrueID Philippines this April are fan favorites The Seven Deadly Sins -Imperial Wrath of the Gods-, One Punch Man and Cells at Work!

Meanwhile, subscribers of Cignal Postpaid Plan 290 and up and Prepaid Load 300 and up can look forward to the best of Japanese entertainment hitting their screens following the much-awaited launch of GEM on the country’s premier Direct-To-Home satellite provider. Viewers can now watch GEM on Ch 173 on Cignal.

GEM, the youngest in KC Global Media Asia’s network of channels, offers an expanded roster of fresh-run and exclusive dramas as well as variety entertainment shows from leading Japanese studios. This includes select prime time dramas airing close to their broadcast in Japan.

This April, fans are in for a treat with the premiere of new drama series Nemesis starring Sho Sakurai of ARASHI and Suzu Hirose on April 17, Saturdays at 8.40PM, within the same week of airing in Japan, and Cursed in Love starring Ryusei Yokohama and Minami Hamabe on April 13, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8.45PM. GEM’s very first original co-production with Kansai TV Budget Trip in Japan, premiering April 27, Tuesdays at 7.50PM, is also sure to delight viewers nationwide.

About Animax

Animax is Asia’s leading destination for Japanese anime and offers a wide variety of programmes from popular genres such as action, romance, horror, supernatural, sci-fi, comedy and slice-of-life. Home to some of the biggest anime titles, which are simulcast with Japan, Animax entertains hardcore fans in 45 million homes across 16 territories in Asia. Hit series include Fairy Tail, Cells at Work!, My Hero Academia, One Punch Man and The Seven Deadly Sins. In Malaysia, Animax is also available on Astro’s SVOD service.

For more information on Animax, visit www.animax-asia.com or follow Animax on Facebook and Twitter at @AnimaxAsiaTV and YouTube at @AnimaxAsia.

About GEM

GEM – your preferred destination for the best of Japanese entertainment. With an expanded curation of Japanese content, the channel features first-run and exclusive dramas and variety entertainment shows from Japan. This includes selected prime time dramas airing same time and within the same week of their broadcast in Japan. Other special programs include a local GEM audition for the Japanese variety show – ‘I Can Sing in Japanese!’ and the live broadcast of the music festival ‘THE MUSIC DAY’ with performances by Hey! Say! JUMP in Hong Kong beamed live. In addition, GEM takes its shows beyond the screen and into the lives of viewers with artiste meet-and-greet events with Japanese stars Kento Yamazaki and Hayami Mocomichi.

For more information on GEM, visit www.gemtvasia.com or follow GEM on Facebook and Twitter at @GEMTVAsia.

About KC Global Media Asia

KC Global Media Entertainment LLC is a global multi-media company based in the United States. The brainchild of former Sony Executives Andy Kaplan and George Chien, KC Global Media Asia (KCGM Asia) is primed to be Asia’s leading entertainment hub through the production, distribution and programming of quality, ground-breaking content. Backed by more than two decades of industry experience, KCGM Asia boasts an impressive portfolio of premium pay-TV channels in South-East Asia and Korea, including English-language general entertainment network AXN, anime channel Animax, South Korea’s ONE and Japanese entertainment channel GEM. By combining award-winning and well-loved entertainment formats with extensive knowledge and insight of the Asia Pacific market, KCGM Asia is paving the way for a new standard of entertainment in Asia and beyond. To learn more about KC Global Media Asia, visit www.kcglobalmedia.com.

About True Digital Philippines

True Digital Philippines provides support for TDG’s services such as O2O rewards, B2B solutions, data analytics, and digital lifestyle entertainment. Through this initiative, we promote TDG’s aim to serve the human experience by reaching out to consumers, merchants, enterprises, and creators.

About TrueID

First introduced in Thailand, TrueID is an all-in-one digital lifestyle platform that offers free curated content, and is now available in the Philippines. TrueID is the ultimate hub for premium content and features top-tier Filipino creators and world-class producers.

TrueID is a digital lifestyle platform that offers curated online content encompassing various forms of interest such as news, entertainment, food, travel, technology, sports, and learning.

If you’re a creator, viewer, or both, TrueID is the place for you. Plug and play your new digital lifestyle platform and say hello to TrueID Philippines—visit www.trueid.ph for more details. Follow TrueID Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TrueIDPH.

About Cignal

Cignal TV was launched in 2009 and is currently the country’s premier DTH satellite provider, with over 3 million subscribers. It is the leader in Pay TV in the Philippines with its nationwide coverage and availability. It transmits 133 channels including free-to-air, SD and HD channels to household and commercial venues in the country. It also offers a mix of 17 audio channels and on-demand service through pay-per-view channels and content add-ons. Cignal is owned by Cignal TV, a subsidiary of MediaQuest Holdings, the media partner of PLDT Group.

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