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Iflix partners with AIS in Thailand

Emerging markets SVOD service, Iflix, has partnered with Thailand’s largest mobile operator, Advanced Info Service (AIS).

The deal makes IflixVIP available to AIS’s more than 41 million customers in Thailand via integrated carrier billing.

AIS pre-paid subscribers will be able to get IflixVIP for THB 7 (€0.20) per-day or THB 29 per week through their mobile account. Pre- and post- paid monthly IflixVIP plans are priced at THB 99 per-month.

AIS is part-owned by Singtel and the deal marks Iflix’s third Singtel affiliate agreement, following deals with Globe Telecom in the Philippines and PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) in Indonesia.

Iflix co-founder and CEO, Mark Britt, said: “2018 has been a defining year for us in many ways, most recently with these pivotal alliances with the region’s largest commercial partners, including Globe, Telkomsel and now AIS, collectively representing a customer base of more than 270 million in just Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand alone.”

AIS chief consumer business officer, Pratthana Leelapanang, said: “We are pleased to partner with Iflix, [a] leading SVOD service provider with a wide of selecting of movies and TV series. This collaboration aims to fulfill our customers in term of diversity of content, payments convenience and sign up on iflixVIP.”

The news comes after Iflix announced last week that it had partnered with content creator-focused investment fund, Next 10 Ventures, to launch a short-form video production hub in Southeast Asia.

The Iflix Creators Hub will receive US$5 million (€4.4 million) in investment from Iflix as part of a 12-month programme, which will be overseen by Next 10 Ventures. It will support 30 content creators across Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines.