BBC Worldwide has struck a deal with TVB, the primary free-to-air TV broadcaster in Hong Kong, and Tencent, a leading provider of comprehensive internet services in China which will see BBC programming air in China.

The deal with TVB sees BBC Worldwide providing a wealth of new titles, predominantly natural history and factual, to the biggest terrestrial broadcaster in Hong Kong. – BBC Worldwide

Starting in the second quarter of this year, viewers in Hong Kong will be able to tune into How to Build A Planet that follows Richard Hammond as he explores how to build a planet that is just right for life and in Supergiant Animals the series tracks the adventures of Steve Backshall as he searches for the biggest creatures on the planet while in Deadly Pole To Pole Steve Backshall continues on his search for deadliest animals from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

Other programmes in the deal include entertainment, lifestyle and preschool titles such as Sherlock, Michela’s Classic Italian and Show Me Show Me.

Over 60 natural history and factual titles will be available on Tencent’s VOD service. Titles in the deal include Frozen Planet, a seven-part series that focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic; and Penguins – Spy In The Huddle, a series that uses the latest spy cameras to give viewers a new perspective on their behaviour and extreme survival tactics. The programmes will be available this month.

“We had previously worked with BBC Worldwide to provide drama titles, and over the course of our relationship, we have seen its popularity soar. With the growing demand for factual content coupled with BBC Worldwide’s reputation for quality programmes, we are confident that the natural and factual titles will receive the same or even greater traction with our users,” – Suman Wang, Chief Editor of Tencent Video.

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