Australian SVOD Stan ups Martin Kugeler to acting CEO

Australian SVOD Stan has promoted chief financial officer Martin Kugeler into the role of acting CEO, following the elevation of former CEO Mike Sneesby to CEO at parent company Nine Entertainment. Kugeler, who also serves as the director of strategy, sport, business development and product, will hold the role until a permanent replacement is found […]

Netflix & Disney+ Hotstar account for 78% of SVOD revenues in India, after surge in subs

Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar accounted for 50% of all SVOD subscribers in India in 2020 and almost 80% of subscription revenues in the country, according to data revealed today. The findings, which come from Omdia’s latest 2021 Online Video Market and Consumer Trends Report, found that online video subscriptions revenue grew by 142% in India […]

SK Telecom joins SRT Alliance

Korea’s largest telco, SK Telecom (SKT), has joined the SRT Alliance. The body, which is a collaborative community of industry leaders and developers focused on achieving low latency video transport, said that SKT will also adopt the SRT open source protocol. SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) is a free open source video transport protocol and technology […]

ATSC and TDSI announce partnership for Next Gen broadcasting standards in India

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) has announced an agreement which will see the bodies collaborate on broadcasting standards for mobile. The partnership enables TSDSI to adopt ATSC standards, with the bodies describing this as a promotion of “global harmonisation of digital broadcasting standards.” TDSI said that the […]

Extreme E secures Chinese broadcast with Tencent deal

Upcoming off-road electric race series Extreme E has secured distribution in China in a deal with media giant Tencent.  Tencent will stream all five of the championship’s X Prixs on its digital platform, along with its associated apps Tencent Sports, Tencent News and Tencent Video. Tencent will also carry Extreme E’s race highlights and […]

‘Sluggish’ pay TV growth in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s pay TV market is set for ‘sluggish’ growth, claims a new report. According to analysis from GlobalData, the Chinese region will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.7% between 2020 and 2025. The report claims that this is primarily due to intense competition from OTT video streaming service platforms such as […]

Lionsgate Play partners with telco Telkomsel for Indonesian roll-out

Starz and Lionsgate India’s South Asian streaming platform Lionsgate Play has formed a strategic partnership with Indonesian telco firm Telkomsel ahead of the service’s roll-out in the country. Under the terms of the deal, Telkomsel subscribers will gain access to the streamer through multiple options ranging from data pack linked access and premium data bundle to […]

OTT growth behind pay TV revenue decline in Singapore

The increasing focus on OTT video services in Singapore will pull down overall pay TV revenues in Singapore, claims a new report. According to new figures from GlobalData, the overall pay TV service revenue in the Southeast Asian country will drop by 1.45% between 2020-2025 in spite of solid growth for OTT services. The report […]

APAC OTT revenues set to nearly double

OTT revenues in the Asia Pacific region are set to almost double in the next five years. According to Digital TV Research, OTT TV episodes and movies revenues for 22 countries in the region will reach US$54 billion in 2026. This total is up by 90% from the US$29 billion generated in 2020. China will […]

Indian government agency calls police on Netflix’s Bombay Begums

A government agency in India which represents child rights has called on police in the country to investigate a new Netflix show. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) alleges that the Netflix series Bombay Begums, a series released last week about five women from various walks of life in the titular city, […]