PCCW (SEHK: 0008) – KUALA LUMPUR, JUNE 10, 2021 – Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service, is set to bring back its supernatural hit original series Black. The adaptation of the renowned CJ ENM Korean fantasy-thriller of the same name premieres its second season today, exclusively on Viu. With 45 million monthly active users* and with operations across Asia, the Middle East and South Africa, Viu has released nine Malaysian productions under the Viu Original banner. This year the service features a number of returning Malaysian series, with Black Season 2 being the first set for release. The new 10-episode season will see the return of Kamal Adli, Siti Saleha, Nabila Huda, Zoey Rahman, and the rest of the impressive ensemble from Season 1.
The first season of the Viu Original series Black premiered in December 2019. Kamal Adli plays Black, a supernatural law enforcer who comes to earth in search of his rogue partner, and meets Sofia (played by Siti Saleha), a gifted but troubled young lady who has the power to foresee death. The pair team up only to uncover a series of mysteries connected to their loved ones and their own shared past. The highly entertaining 8-episode programme garnered 2 local wins for Viu at the Asian Academy Creative Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Visual FX, and ended on a shocking cliffhanger that left audiences eagerly anticipating the series’ return.
In the new season, as Black’s hunt for his fugitive partner intensifies, his investigations lead back to a number of unsolved murder cases, including – most shockingly – his own. Horrifying secrets are unearthed with deadly repercussions. Spurred on by the spunky and compassionate Sofia, a once arrogant and self-serving Black finds himself fighting injustice and saving lives by her side. Rediscovering a more human side to himself, Black will ultimately be brought to confront the truth that, against the laws of his people and his own very nature, he may just have done the impossible – and fallen in love.
Ms. Sahana Kamath, Head of Original Production for Viu Malaysia and Indonesia, said “Remaking a much-loved Korean title was a calculated risk for us that more than paid off, with Season 1 garnering critical acclaim and ranking amongst the 10 most-watched series on the platform in Malaysia. Expectations are high, and the concluding 10-episodes of the series will not disappoint. Packed with romance, revelations and high-octane fight sequences, Season 2 exemplifies the new gold standard for premium drama that we have defined for the region.”
The highly anticipated second season of Black is directed by Ghaz Abu Bakar and Sein Qudsi. Ghaz is the visionary filmmaker behind award-winning feature films such as Hantu Kapcai (2012) and the hugely successful first installment of the Polis Evo franchise (2015). The series is produced by Independent Pictures, helmed by veteran producer Zurina Ramli.
The first episode of Black Season 2 is now available on Viu, with two new episodes to be released every week on Thursdays. Viu-ers can watch the thrilling series on the Viu app, which is available for free download on App Store, Google Play, and selected smart TVs, as well as on the web at www.viu.com.
Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service, is available in 16 markets across Asia, the Middle East and South Africa with 45 million monthly active users (MAU) as of December 2020.
The Viu service is available to consumers through a dual model with an ad-supported free tier and a premium subscription tier. Viu offers fresh premium TV series, movies and lifestyle programming in local and regional languages and subtitles in different genres from top content providers, as well as premium original productions under the brand “Viu Original”.
Viu also offers users streaming and download features, and localized user interfaces across a myriad of connected devices. Viu can provide the best viewing experience regardless of device or network conditions.
The service can be accessed via Viu app (available for free on App Store and Google Play) on connected devices, e.g. smartphones and tablets, select smart TVs, as well as on the web by logging into www.viu.com.
In addition, Viu International Limited, through its subsidiary Moov (Hong Kong) Limited, also operates MOOV, a popular digital music streaming and live music concerts service in Hong Kong.
About PCCW Limited
PCCW Limited (SEHK: 0008) is a global company headquartered in Hong Kong which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT solutions, property development and investment, and other businesses.
The Company holds a majority stake in the HKT Trust and HKT Limited, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator of fixed-line, broadband, mobile communication and media entertainment services. HKT delivers end-to-end integrated solutions employing emerging technologies to assist enterprises in transforming their businesses. HKT has also built a digital ecosystem integrating its loyalty program, e-commerce, travel, insurance, FinTech and HealthTech services to deepen its relationship with customers.
PCCW owns a fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong engaged in the provision of OTT video service locally and in other places in the region.
Through HK Television Entertainment Company Limited, PCCW also operates a domestic free TV service in Hong Kong.
Also wholly-owned by the Group, PCCW Solutions is a leading IT and business process outsourcing provider in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia. In addition, PCCW holds a stake in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited and other overseas investments.
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