UBI World TV
|Australia and New Zealand|
|Products||Direct broadcast satellite, Pay television, Pay-per-view|
|Owner||United Broadcasting International Pty Ltd|
UBI World TV was an Australian digital satellite pay television service that broadcast predominantly ethnic-minority (and mainly non-English-language) channels. It was launched in late 2004 and closed on Friday 8 June 2012. It offered over 80 channels in its lineup with programming from over 20 countries and in more than 12 languages.
The company also provided entertainment and information services to non-English speakers throughout Australia and New Zealand. It specialised in providing Australian nationals with many different ethnic backgrounds, race, culture, ancestry and/or descent with TV channels from their native or respective homeland, showing news, current affairs, sports, drama series, movies and general entertainment in their own language as a multi-cultural service provider.
UBI World TV broadcast TV and radio channels to Australia and New Zealand using the Optus D2 and Intelsat 8 (IS8) satellites.
On Wednesday 13 June at approximately 7.00 PM Sydney time, UBI World TV changed its website to inform its customers that it has ceased to trade. The website announcement read as follows:
On 17 May 2012, BRI Ferrier was appointed Voluntary Administrator of United Broadcasting International Pty Ltd (UBI).
On 1 June 2012, Receivers and Managers from Grant Thornton were appointed to United Broadcasting International Pty Ltd.
With effect from 5:00pm on Friday 8 June 2012, United Broadcasting International Pty Ltd ceased to trade.
The Receivers and managers are engaged in efforts to dispose of UBI assets that may result in the provision of future channel and broadcast services to subscribers.
Subscribers who have paid subscriptions in advance and are no longer receiving transmissions together with unsecured creditors should contact the Voluntary Administrator and lodge a proof of debt.
UBI World TV has been proud to have served the multicultural communities of Australia and New Zealand for the past 7 years and would like to thank each and every loyal subscriber for their support.
UBI World TV offered programming that catered to several of the following ethnicities:
- English (Qatar, United Kingdom, France, USA, Canada)
- Arabic (Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and UAE)
- Balkan (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia)
- Greek (Greece)
- Persian (Iran and USA)
- Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil)
- Spanish (Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay and Cuba)
- Tagalog (Philippines)
- Turkish (Turkey)
- Community & Free-To-Air Channels (Australia, Greece, Italy, Egypt and Serbia)