Celestial Pictures Limited
CELESTIAL PICTURES is a diversified entertainment company bringing the best in Asian entertainment to the world. The company focuses on Asian-language film and television content origination, aggregation and worldwide distribution.
Celestial Pictures owns the Shaw Brothers Film Library, the world's largest Chinese film collection, with over 760 feature films originally released over half a century’s time frame. These award-winning Shaw Brothers films have been digitally restored frame-by-frame, and distributed in cinemas and on home video, television, and new media markets worldwide. The company is also active in producing new filmed content, both original and based on the Shaw Brothers Film Library.
Together with Saban Capital Group and Lionsgate, Celestial Pictures has an investment in pay television channels through a merger, named Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE). CTE is a diversified media company that operates branded pay television channels and produces and distributes content for Asian audiences. CTE’s channel bouquet includes Celestial Movies, Celestial Classic Movies, Celestial Movies HD, KIX, KIX HD and Thrill, with a footprint that spans Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and China.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, Celestial Pictures is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astro Holdings Sdn Bhd.
ASTRO ALL ASIA NETWORKS plc (ASTRO) is the region’s leading cross-media group with significant presence in DTH (Direct-To-Home) TV services, commercial radio and TV programming. MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems, the operator of Astro TV service in Malaysia began operations in 1996 with 22 channels and currently offers 131 TV channels, including 33 Astro-branded channels filled with original and aggregated content of various genres in multiple languages across Malaysia and Brunei. Today Astro is in over 2.93 million homes, representing almost 50% of TV homes in Malaysia, making it one of the key pay TV operators in South East Asia.
Astro is also the first to introduce High Definition (HD) broadcast and Personal Video Recorder (PVR) in Malaysia on its Astro B.yond platform, making it a leading edge innovator. At present, Astro offers 12-HD channels, and has plans for more.
Its state-of the-art digital broadcast facilities at the All Asia Broadcast Centre and at the Cyberjaya multiplex are capable of handling digital TV, radio and data services on satellite and terrestrial broadcast networks, wireless telephony and the Internet.
The Group is actively involved in origination, aggregation and distribution of TV programming in Malay, Chinese, English and Indian languages, in addition to third-party content. With over 43,000 first-run hours of original multi-language content, the Astro Entertainment Network (AEN) encompasses nearly 30 television channels across various genres, with plans to increase these in the near future to serve an ever-evolving customer profile.