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 […]

Sturdy APAC telco results dampen effects of pandemic on global market 

Better-than-expected results from operators in the APAC region will buoy global spend on telco and pay TV service. According to new stats from the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on pay TV and telecommunication services will reach US$1.57 billion in 2020, representing a decline of 1.1% as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The […]

VCNI appoints Villani as co-lead for Australia and New Zealand

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has today announced the appointment of Jarrod Villani as co-lead of the media giant’s Australia and New Zealand business. Villani joins Beverley McGarvey, who was appointed chief content officer and executive vice president in March and is responsible for all content and creative activities related to the company’s networks and digital […]

Kids streamer Playground TV to launch with 14 channels

  Start-up kids video streamer Playground TV  has announced the launch of a dedicated multilingual streaming service aimed at children aged between two and nine. The free-to-view service has been developed to help kids discover safe and engaging video content in their native language. It launches with 14 channels in French, Spanish, English, Hindi, Mandarin […]

DTH and IPTV to emerge strongest post-Covid in the Philippines

The pay TV market in the Philippines is set to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic in a healthy position. According to new figures from GlobalData, the market will see its revenue increase from US$451.1 million in 2020 to US$550.0 million in 2025 at a CAGR of 4.0%. The research firm has attributed this growth to […]

Arirang TV selects Globecast for Western Europe Simply K-Pop launch

South Korean English-language TV network Arirang TV has announced an extended partnership with satellite operator Globecast to launch its HD channel in Western Europe. The deal will see the Simply K-Pop music channel, which is aimed at international audiences, broadcast across the region on satellite Astra 1L at 19.2°E. Arirang TV, operated by the Korea […]

ByteDance considers listing ‘Chinese TikTok’ Douyin in Hong Kong

ByteDance, the owner of social media app TikTok, is reportedly in internal and external talks with investment banks to launch Douyin in Hong Kong. Douyin, officially known as Dǒuyīn duǎn shìpín, is a separate app from TikTok, but serves a similar purpose of allowing users to create and consume short-form video content. The main difference […]