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Voom HD Looks to a Distant Market... Singapore!

A week without a Voom HD item is like a day without sunshine, and it's been far, far too long. So we're happy to convey the fact that Rainbow Media is taking its Voom HD network on the road and across the sea to Singapore, which happens to be among the wealthiest, tech-savviest cities in the world.

Mega Media of Singapore, the Media Development Authority of Singapore and Rainbow Media have reportedly signed a three-year partnership this week (Oct. 18) worth $20 million to create and provide HD programming. All three parties will share content rights, according to several Asian publications.

Rainbow had removed its Voom HD satellite service earlier this year as a Cablevision Systems add-on and re-marketed the HD content for DBS on 11 EchoStar channels, with plans to nearly double the number of HD channels for Dish subscribers within the next several months.

The fight to keep Voom HD up and running earlier this year caused a much-publicized family feud between Cablevision Chairman Charles Dolan and his son, CEO James Dolan. In the end, the younger Dolan won out and Voom HD was axed as a Cablevision service (HD Notebook, July 20, 2005). At press time, there were reports that James had undergone successful heart bypass surgery on Monday, and is resting comfortably.