KDDI taps VisualOn for 5G mobile video

Japanese service provider KDDI has chosen streaming software provider VisualOn’s media player to power video playback offer on its au Smart Pass service. Subscribers can now experience video including multiple synchronized streams on the Smart Pass app, which the operator, which has around 40 million users, is using to market 5G connectivity. KDDI’s basic au […]

Korean cable consolidation continues with KT Skylife acquisition of Hyundai HCN

Korean telco KT’s pay TV unit KT Skylife has been selected as the preferred bidder for the country’s fifth largest cable operator Hyundai HCN in a move that will shift the balance of power in the country’s TV distribution business towards KT as consolidation within the cable sector continues apace. KT faced competition from service […]

Pay TV set for modest growth in Japan despite cord cutting

The pay TV sector in Japan is set for modest growth in the coming years. According to the Japan Telecom Operators Country Intelligence Report from analytics firm GlobalData, pay TV in the country will register a CAGR of 1.9% between 2019-2024, increasing from US$8.9 billion to US$9.8 billion by the end of the five year […]

Expanding iQiyi names new country managers

Chinese streamer iQiyi is looking to expand its presence in Southeast Asia with the appointment of three new country managers. Two of the new appointments come from foundering streaming rival Iflix, which was recently acquired by Tencent Video. Sherwin Dela Cruz has been hired as country manager for the Philippines. He joins iQiyi from the same […]

Telco and pay TV revenues set for growth in Japan

Telecom and pay TV revenues in Japan will reach US$153.1 billion in 2024, up from US$124.1 billion last year, according to research by GlobalData. According to the latest Japan Telecom Country Intelligence Report, the 4.3% compound annual growth rate in revenue will be driven by growth in mobile data, fixed-broadband and pay TV. The report’s […]

Synamedia hires Techniolor exec to lead Indian sales

Video technology outfit Synamedia has announced the appointment of Deepak Bhatia as its general manager and head of sales for India. Bhatia joins from Technicolor where he spent 13 years. Most recently, he was the company’s vice president and business head of sales in South Asia, overseeing sales, marketing and operations in the region. He […]

iQiyi takes Insight TV programming into China with 12-month pact

Chinese streaming giant iQiyi has struck a content licensing deal with channels operator and producer Insight TV. The 12-month agreement will see 125 episodes of Insight’s library of original content become available to the streamer’s 560 million monthly active users, with shows such as Born To, Droners, Morbidelli Rising and Supercar Blondie: Living The Dream […]

Plume expands in Japan with J:COM distribution deal

Smarthome vendor Plume has announced a partnership with Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM), Japan’s largest cable TV operator. J:COM will offer its 5.5 million subscribers access to what it claims to be “the world’s most advanced Consumer Experience Management (CEM) Platform for the smart home” with Plume’s suite of networking products. The telco will offer Plume’s full […]

China’s Tencent to buy Asian streamer Iflix

Chinese entertainment giant Tencent is poised to acquire the key assets of indebted pan-Asian streamer Iflix for an undisclosed sum. Tencent will take control of iFlix’s content, resources and tech, but not its debt, according to BNN Bloomberg, in a move that would expand the reach of its WeTV streaming service in the region. “This […]

Viu top streamer for Southeast Asia

Viu has ranked as the leading streaming service in Southeast Asia. According to new research from Media Partners Asia subsidiary AMPD Research, Viu now has 14 million monthly active users in the region, almost two million more than second place Line TV and four million more than Netflix in third. Despite having the most users, […]

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