Asia


MENA’s piracy-affected pay TV platforms faces tepid growth

The number of pay TV subscribers across MENA is set to rise over the next five years, according to new Digital TV Research (DTVR) data. But progress continues to be severely hampered by widespread piracy and competition from SVOD. According to DTVR, pay TV subs will increase from 17.32 million in 2022 to 19.2 million […]

MBC extends deal with Warner Bros. Discovery

Saudi broadcaster MBC Group has extended its partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery to continue bringing the latter’s content as well as adding new Cartoon Network offerings for audiences across the MENA region. MBC’s newly-extended partnership with Warner Bros. will result in the group securing rights to broadcast the studio’s latest Hollywood blockbusters on MBC2 – […]

Malaysia’s RTM taps Playbox for OTT service

Malaysian state broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia is to use PlayBox Neo channel branding and playout from Playbox for its RTMKlik OTT offering. Two complete CIAB systems have been integrated into RTM’s headquarters at the Angkasapuri International Broadcast Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The project was supervised by Selangor-based broadcast system integrator Amrick Solutions in partnership with […]

Indian watchdog approves Sony-Zee merger

The merger of Zee Entertainment Enterprises and Sony’s Indian unit has been approved by the country’s competition watchdog. The merger, first announced in December 2021, appeared to be on the rocks last month when the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said that the US$10 billion combined entity would have “unparalleled bargaining power” and launched a […]

Taiwan launches English-language channel with eye on US expansion

Taiwan has launched an English-language TV channel at a time when the Chinese state is attempting to assert dominance over the island. The channel, TaiwanPlus, is backed by the Taiwanese government and provides a range of news, lifestyle and entertainment content. It initially began operating as an online streaming platform in 2021, but has now […]

Google’s privacy chief in India resigns after less than six months

Google has suffered a major blow in India, with the company’s chief privacy officer leaving the company after less than six months. Archana Gulati, who previously worked at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s federal think-tank, joined the company in May at a time when the government was beginning to implement tighter data and privacy regulation on […]

StarHub launches Android TV STB with integrated Bang & Olufsen soundbar

Singaporean pay TV operator StarHub has announced the launch of its new set-top box with integrated soundbar. The TV+ Pro box runs the latest Operator Tier version of Android TV 11, supports Dolby Atmos and Doby Vision and is preloaded with popular streaming apps such as Disney+, Netflix and Viu. This is on top of […]

India to continue SVOD growth as APAC adds 200+ million subscribers

The Asia Pacific region is set to reach almost three-quarters-of-a-billion SVOD subscribers in the coming years. According to the latest figures from Digital TV Research, the region will have 746 million SVOD subscriptions by 2027, up from 541 million in 2021.  China will remain as the largest SVOD market in the region, with 364 million […]

Philippine group ABS-CBN to remain in the dark as deal to acquire TV5 falls through

ABS-CBN, the first and oldest television broadcaster in Southeast Asia, has abandoned a deal to acquire a stake in Philippine operator TV5 Network. TV5 had agreed a US$38.3 million deal to sell a 35% stake of its business to its local network. Legislators last week however expressed concerns that TV5 would be violating its franchise […]

QYOU Media launches Q Data unit

Youth-oriented Indian media group QYOU Media has announced the launch of its new Q Data business unit. Q Data, the company said, will allow it to support monetisation and programming while leveraging the use of data-driven technology. It will provide actionable information to inform content and programming decision-making across all QYOU Media business units including […]

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