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BBC Earth, Cebeebies, BBC Lifestyle, MTV and Nickelodeon are among the latest channels to be added to the recently launched direct-to-home (DTH) TV service Canal+ Myanmar.

BluePlanet 12Feb2018Canal+ Myanmar went live on 29 January and the carriage deal with BBC Worldwide includes natural history documentaries such as Blue Planet II and Snow Bears, and factual programmes such as Dara & Ed's Road to Mandalay, in which Irish comedians Dara Ó Briain and Ed Byrne travel over 3000 miles from Kuala Lumpur, through Thailand, and on to Myanmar.

BBC Lifestyle will air in Myanmar for the first time, bringing with it popular entertainment such as BAFTA-winning baking competition The Great British Bake Off and comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. BBC World News also forms part of the deal, along with Cebeebies pre-school children's programming including Go Jetters and Hey Duggee.

"We are very pleased to partner Canal+ to be part of Myanmar's rapid economic growth," said Myleeta Aga, SVP, South and SouthEast Asia, BBC Worldwide. "We are confident that our channels will inform, inspire, educate, and resonate with viewers in the country."

The joint venture between the Vivendi-owned Canal+ and local media group Forever has added MTV, MTV Live and Nickelodeon to the international channel line up, following a deal with Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). Youth entertainment channel MTV and kids channel Nickelodeon are within Canal + Myanmar's full pack, Htoo Shall, while the live music channel MTV Live is in the first level pack called Shall.

Paras Sharma, SVP and general manager for Southeast Asia at VIMN, said: "This collaboration not only deepens our presence in Myanmar but underscores our status as a strong media content provider in the country, especially as high growth is expected in Myanmar's pay-TV market through to 2021."

Erwan Luherne, CEO of Canal+ Myanmar FG, said: "The MTV and Nickelodeon brands have strong appeal and supplement our current portfolio, as well as demonstrate our commitment to deliver the premium entertainment from music to kids' content to our subscriber base."

German educational programming is represented on the pay-TV platform with two Da Vinci channels and on-demand app, while a wide range of Chinese movies and regional action content has also recently been added through a carriage deal with Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE).