Streamer U-Next turns back the clock to DVD rental with Tsutaya collaboration

Japanese streamer U-Next has teamed up with Culture Convenience Club, the owner of the Tsutaya video rental store chain to make a combined offering of its streaming service with DVD rental. The pair have agreed to offer Tsutaya Premium Next, allowing users to rent DVDs and stream content from U-Next with a single subscription. The […]

Disney shuts down Asian networks as it pivots to streaming

Disney is shuttering its remaining networks in South East Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea as it continues its shift to streaming in the region. National Geographic and National Geographic Wild will both go dark from September across South East Asia, Hong Kong and Korea, along with Star Chinese Movies, Star Chinese Channel, Star […]

KCGM taps Amagi to launch Animax to OTT platforms

KC Global Media Asia (KCGM) has tapped cloud-based SaaS technology for broadcast and connected TV provider Amagi to provide its flagship SaaS offerings to distribute its premium anime channel, Animax, across multiple OTT platforms in India. The announcement comes after KCGM, created by former Sony executives Andy Kaplan and George Chien, launched Animax on Indian […]

WOWOW Japan plots recovery after bruising 2022

Japanese pay TV broadcaster WOWOW has posted full-year financials for a bruising 2022 with its CEO admitting that it “continues to struggle in the midst of major market and lifestyle changes triggered by the coronavirus disaster”. President and CEO Akira Tanaka said the company’s financials and operating results had been hit by “the rise of […]

Viacom18’s JioCinema secures NBCU deal

JioCinema, Indian pay TV broadcaster Viacom18’s streaming service, has struck a multi-year partnership with Comcast-owned NBCUniversal to bring NBCU films and TV series to India. The partnership will bring content from Universal Television, UCP, Universal International Studios, Universal Television Alternative Studio, Sky Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Universal Pictures, Focus Features and Bravo to JioCinema. NBCU’s programming […]

Singtel pay TV revenues fall, but cushioned by cost savings

Singapore-based telco Singtel saw pay TV revenues fall from S$273.9 million to S$218 million in the first quarter, contributing to an overall reported drop in operating revenue. Singtel saw its operating revenues drop from S$15.339 billion to S$14.464 billion, with drops infocomm technology, fixed voice and data, digital business and internet revenues – as well […]

SPI International and Thema launch channels in Mongolia

CANAL+ owned companies SPI International and Thema have launched SPI’s gaming and sports channels in Mongolia. Launched on April 1, the channels Gametoon and FightBox is available to watch on Mongolsat’s DTH and OTT services. Dedicated to esports and video games, Gametoon provides a wide variety of gaming-related content, including game reviews, esports tournaments, and […]

iQIYI sees strong subscriber, revenue and profit growth

Leading Chinese streaming provider iQIYI has posted strong year-on-year revenue and subscriber growth in its Q1 numbers. The average daily number total subscribers for the quarter was 128.9 million, compared to 101.4 million for the same period in 2022 and 111.6 million for the fourth quarter in 2022. Excluding trial memberships for the quarter, the average daily […]

Airtel adds Dream11’s FanCode to its Xstream line-up

Indian telco Bharti Airtel is to offer content from sports streaming outfit FanCode to its TV subscribers. The Airtel Xstream super-aggregation offering now provides content from 19 OTT platforms, which Airtel claims to be the largest bouquet of OTT platforms for consumers offered by any provider across mobile and large screen formats. FanCode was launched […]

SK Telecom claims top spot for IPTV growth

South Korea’s SK Telecom had 9.401 million pay TV customers at the end of March, up 0.8% quarter-on-quarter and up 3.4% year-on-year, with growth in IPTV numbers offsetting a small loss in legacy cable TV. The company said it had achieved the highest IPTV growth rate in the market. The telco’s IPTV base grew by […]