The World: New York - Dish Network and Star unveil distribution deal

Dish Network, one of the largest satellite TV service providers in the US, is to distribute five of Star Network's most popular Asian channels across America.

From 19 March, Dish Network's portfolio of international programming will include the Indian channels Star Plus and Star One.

Three of the network's leading Mandarin-language channels will also be added. They include Star Chinese Channel, Star Chinese Movies 2 and the music channel Channel (V) Taiwan, which will be added on 26 March.

The deal, which is the biggest US distribution pact to date, comes in a bid to reach the Asian-viewing audience across the US.