Midlands Asian Television

MATV (Midlands Asian Television) is a specialist Asian content TV channel based in Wembley, England featuring Indian programming in Hindi, English, Gujarati and Punjabi.[1]

MATV National
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Launched27 May 1999
Owned byMiddlesex Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format4:3, 576i (SDTV)
Availability
Satellite
SkyChannel 711
Eutelsat 28A11390 V 27500 2/3

MATVEdit

MATV Channel 6Edit

MATV Channel 6 was broadcast in Leicester on UHF Channel 68 (frequency 847.25 MHz - Horizontally polarised) from 27 May 1999 until late 2009.[2] It was also available on Virgin's analogue cable network in the Leicester area on channel 46 until 1 February 2010, when the analogue cable service was switched off in the area.[3] The channel was also available on Virgin Media's digital cable network on channel 823 in the Leicester area, until March 2010 when the feed was switched to MATV National.[4]

The majority of programmes were based locally such as talent show Manoranjan, news show Leicestershire In Focus and coverage of religious events in the city such as the Diwali celebrations on Belgrave Road (also known as the Golden Mile) and Melton Road which are the biggest Diwali celebrations outside India and Vaisakhi's Nagar Kirtan. The shows were primarily local based and produced at their Woodboy Street studios in Leicester.

MATV NationalEdit

MATV National broadcasts free-to-air on Sky channel 793. Between March 2010 and 19 May 2011 that channel was also available on Virgin Media channel 823 in Leicester.[5]

The channel was affiliated with SAB TV when it launched on 15 September 2003, however SAB TV was taken over in India, and the UK branch of SAB TV (located in Wembley[1]) became known as MATV National.[6] The channel was also affiliated with India's Sanskar TV until June 2010. From March 2010, 30 hours of airtime per month was sold to Gateway TV, a Christian TV channel, broadcasting at 20:00.[7]

Additional channelsEdit

Kama SutraEdit

During 2006, MATV attempted to launch the UK's first Asian adult channel, called Kama Sutra.[8] Although MATV refused to comment on the channel, a broadcasting licence was issued by Ofcom, which was later transferred to MATV Music.[9]

MATV IndiaEdit

On 11 March 2010, MATV announced its intention to expanding to Asia with MATV India. MATV India would be carried by cable operators in various parts of Asia, including India, uplinked by Thaicom 5.[7]

In February 2011, MTunes, a Hindi music station was launched instead.[citation needed]

MATV MusicEdit

On 6 November 2007, announced their intention to launch a 24-hour free-to-air music channel called MATV Music and began testing on Eutelsat's 28A satellite at 28.5°E.[10][11] Later it was revealed that the channel would initially be called Iqra TV, with programming from Indian channel Music India and a launch date scheduled for 19 November 2007.[12]

On 5 December 2007, Music India launched on Sky channel 829, using the bandwidth previously used for the Iqra TV tests and still carrying the Iqra TV label, with MATV providing distribution.[13] On 7 January 2008, the channel was relabelled Music India and was officially launched.[14]

SukritEdit

On 2 November 2008, Harjap Singh Bhangal confirmed rumours that MATV was in talks to start a 24-hour free-to-air Punjabi religious channel called Sukrit.[10][12][15] The new channel was expected to launch in January 2009 subject to EPG space on Sky. Rumours suggested that the broadcaster was in talks with numerous Punjabi channels in India including PTC Punjabi for content sharing.[16] A broadcasting licence was granted by Ofcom under the name MATV(Punjabi). The channel never launched.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Contact Us". MATV. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  2. ^ "MATV ON AIR IN LEICESTER". Broadcastnow. 28 May 1999.
  3. ^ "Analogue TV switch-off schedule". Cable Forum. 1 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Virgin Media". TheAirwaves. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  5. ^ "MATV ceases broadcasting on Virgin Media". Biz Asia. 24 May 2011. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Sony begins SAB TV programming rollout in June". Biz Asia. 25 May 2005. Archived from the original on 21 November 2005. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ a b "MATV set for India launch later this month". Biz Asia. 11 March 2010. Archived from the original on 16 March 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Biz Asia News Snippets". Biz Asia. 21 June 2006. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Television Broadcast Licensing Update February 2007". Ofcom. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  10. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: MATV Music to launch this month". Biz Asia. 6 November 2007. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Licence Details for Matv Music". Ofcom. Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  12. ^ a b "More launch details of MATV Music emerge". Biz Asia. 11 November 2007. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Music India begins official UK transmission". Biz Asia. 5 December 2007. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Music India officially launched in the UK". Biz Asia. 7 January 2008. Archived from the original on 17 August 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  15. ^ "MATV to launch Punjabi TV bouquet". Biz Asia. 22 June 2007. Archived from the original on 27 June 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  16. ^ "MATV planning Punjabi channel launch". Biz Asia. 2 November 2008. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  17. ^ "The Sikh Channel pledges for finance support". Biz Asia. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2009.