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Alibaba and Tencent interested in buying iQIYI but wary of costs and regulations

Alibaba and Tencent have both held separate talks with Baidu over buying a controlling stake in VOD platform iQIYI, claims a new report. According to sources cited by Reuters, both giants are interested in increasing their empires by adding the Chinese Netflix equivalent, but have reached an impasse over pricing and regulatory scrutiny. TikTok owner […]

New Zealand pay TV revenues to decline in spite of rising subs

The pay TV market in New Zealand is set for revenue decline in spite of steady growth in overall subscriptions. According to GlobalData, pay TV services revenue in the country will decline by a CAGR of 3.1% over the next five years. The firm bases this prediction due to loss in cable and DTH subscriptions, […]

iQIYI lands on Whale ECO smart TVs

OTT and smart TV solutions provider ZEASN has announced a partnership with Chinese VOD platform iQIYI. The deal will see iQIYI launch on ZEASN’s Whale Eco home digital entertainment ecosystem, which is running on tens of millions of devices around the world. The ecosystem is centered on Whale OS, with the company saying that it […]

Serie A launches international broadcast rights tender, but excludes MENA

Italian football top flight league Serie A has excluded the MENA region from the launch of its 2021/22-23/24 broadcast rights tender. The league has launched the rights tender for 57 international territories, including 52 country-specific contracts, four continental tranches and one global offer. In addition, the body has launched mirrored packages for the Coppa Italia […]

Informa Tech partners with IMDA and STB to launch ConnecTechAsia

Informa Tech, along with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB), has signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to launch a new flagship event for Asia in 2021. Taking place in H2 2021, the first edition will be a hybrid event bringing together Government, businesses in the infocomm, media and tech […]

Netflix facing censorship calls in India over A Suitable Boy

Netflix is facing calls for censorship in India. The news comes a week after the Indian government announced that streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video would be placed under the regulatory supervision of the country’s ministry of information and broadcasting. On Sunday, an Indian state asked police to investigate the Netflix series A […]

WarnerMedia announces senior team for India, Southeast Asia and Korea

WarnerMedia International has revealed its new consolidated leadership team across India, Southeast Asia and Korea, which will be headed by Clement Schwebig. The move comes as part of the AT&T-owned company’s ongoing global restructuring to focus on streaming operations, and will unite WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, which comprises the legacy Turner and HBO businesses, with Warner […]

BritBox launches in Australia in latest step of global rollout

ITV-BBCS joint-venture SVOD BritBox has made its bow in Australia. The streamer offers viewers ‘the largest streaming collection of British drama and comedy on demand’, and launches in the country following successful rollouts in the US, Canada and the UK. The former two countries have a combined total of more than one million subscribers. Launching […]

Netflix launches StreamFest free weekend in India

In its latest attempts to attract users in India, Netflix will offer prospective users a free weekend at the beginning of December. The company, calling the weekend of December 5-6 ‘StreamFest, will allow non-subscribers access to its entire catalogue – ranging from acquired content to original series and movies. All users need to hand over […]

Biggest IPL ever sees 383 billion minutes watched in major boost for Disney in India

The 2020 iteration of the Indian Premier League attracted record audiences and a significant boost for Disney-owned Star India. The competition, which had been delayed twice, was hosted as a special edition in the United Arab Emirates over a two month period which wrapped up last week. According to figures released by the Broadcast Audience […]