Asia


US overtakes China as home of AVOD, with spending to top US$53 billion by 2025

The US has overtaken China to become the biggest spender on AVOD services, with global spending set to more than double by 2025. Global AVOD expenditure is predicted to double to more than $53bn by 2025, according to the latest findings from Digital TV Research, which also reported that China’s spending had dropped by 8.9% […]

Google eyes 5% Vodafone India stake

Google is reportedly eyeing a stake in Vodafone Idea, the indian operations of the British telco.  According to sources cited by the Financial Times, Google has been considering buying a stake of around 5% of the struggling telco which operates as a JV of Vodafone and India’s Aditya Birla Group. However, another source said that […]

Disney+ turns on in Japan on June 11

The Walt Disney Company’s streaming service Disney+ is to roll out in Japan next month, as part of an exclusive partnership with local mobile phone and cable operator NTT Docomo. Current subscribers to Disney Deluxe, the service launched by Disney and NTT Docomo in March last year, will receive an automatic upgrade to Disney+ at […]

Disney+ Hotstar expected to generate US$900 million in India alone by 2025

Disney+ Hotstar, the recently rebranded version of the Star India streamer, is set to become the second highest revenue earning video platform in India by 2025. According to new figures from Media Partners Asia, the SVOD acquired by Disney as a part of the US$71 merger with 20th Century Fox, will see its revenue grow […]

Kaplan and Chien’s KC Global Media acquires SPT Asian channels

KC Global Media Entertainment, the company launched by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) alums Andy Kaplan and George Chien, have completed the acquisition of four Asian channels from the executives’ former employers. The deal, first unveiled in January, will see Kaplan and Chien’s KC Global take a 100% stake in South East Asian and Korean media networks […]

Indian streamer Eros announces merger with Hustlers maker STX Entertainment

Eros International, owner and operator of Indian entertainment streamer Eros Now, and entertainment company STX Entertainment have announced a stock-for-stock merger to create what is claimed to be the “first publicly traded, independent content and distribution company with global reach and unique positions in the United States, India and China.” STX Entertainment, founded in 2014, […]

Dugout takes European football content to China with PP Sports

Dugout, a content partnership between leading European clubs, has struck a video content partnership with Chinese digital platform, PP Sports to meet growing demand for football content from fans in China. With football leagues across much of the world currently suspended, Dugout, which is co-owned by clubs A.C. Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, […]

South Korea emerges as major VOD player

South Korea has begun to emerge as one of the leading transactional video on demand markets in the world.  According to research from Futuresource, the ability for users to rent recent cinematic releases is routine in the country which is now serving for a relevant case study for a Western world in lockdown. The closure […]

Disney+ launches in India on April 3

Following something of a last-minute pause, Disney will push ahead with the launch of Disney+ in India on April 3. The streamer was meant to launch on March 29 to coincide with the start of the 2020 IPL season, but its rollout was ‘briefly paused’ as the league was put on an indefinite holding pattern. […]

Indian AVOD MX Player expands to UK, US and others

Indian content AVOD MX Player has announced an expansion to seven new countries. In addition to the UK, the ad-supported service has launched in the US,  Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Nepal. The company said that it would bring its “integrated ‘everytainment’ vision” to each of these new markets, combining its top-grade offline video […]