MGM is extending its cable channel reach into India after signing a deal that will see News Corp's Star India and DEN Digital Entertainment's STAR DEN Media Services carry the MGM Channel in the world's third largest cable market.

The MGM Channel is currently available in India through satellite group Dish TV and this latest deal will make programming available to a cable market of approximately 70 million.

Programming highlights are expected to include Manhattan, Network, Carrie, A Passage To India, Midnight Cowboy, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Mystic Pizza and Desperately Seeking Susan.

The STAR DEN carriage agreement will provide the MGM Channel secure carriage on the emerging DTH and IPTV platforms.