US$3.6 billion Baidu-YY Live deal unlikely to be approved by Chinese government

The Chinese government is reportedly likely to thwart tech company Baidu’s US$3.6 billion acquisition of YY Live, the live streaming business of JOYY. According to sources cited by Reuters, the Chinese antitrust regulator – the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) – will not approve the deal as Beijing moves to rein in corporate expansion […]

Amazon launches Prime Video Channels in India

Amazon has brought its streaming aggregation service to India. The company has made eight global and local streaming services available via Amazon Channels in India.  Following the model that has seen success in markets like the UK and the US, customers can sign up for services from partners including Discovery, Lionsgate and Mubi directly through […]

Malaysia set for rapid SVOD growth

SVOD penetration in Malaysia is set to more than double in the coming years. According to GlobalData, the household penetration of subscription video services in Malaysia is expected to increase from 12% in 2020 to about 27% in 2025.  The report notes that this will come as a result of rising OTT service platform adoption. […]

Warnermedia opens new Asian hub in Singapore

WarnerMedia has opened a new regional hub for Asia – excluding China and Japan – in Singapore. The facility, which was opened today by Singapore’s minister for communications and information Josephine Teo, marks the integration of WarnerMedia’s business in the region that includes Warner Bros., HBO and Turner brands, the company said. It also houses […]

MENA SVOD TenTime taps Accedo for connected TV expansion

Middle East on-demand streaming service TenTime has tapped technology outfit Accedo to help expand the availability of content on its SVOD service to connected TV platforms. The service provides Arabic-dubbed international content and Arabic series, movies and TV shows, together with forthcoming original productions. The TenTime connected TV apps were developed and launched using Accedo Elevate, a […]

CTE launches new premium Asian movie channel with Singtel

Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), operator of a bouquet of pan-Asian channels dedicated to Asian entertainment, is launching new premium Asian movie channel CM+ with Singtel, Singapore’s largest telco and pay TV operator.  CM+ will launch on Singtel TV on October 1 at 1200 HKT. The channel features the latest blockbusters from across Asia, with first […]

coocaa launches lite smart TV operating system for Southeast Asian market

New Delhi-based smart TV tech provider coocaa has announced the launch of a new operating system. Coolita OS is the brand’s first self-developed smart TV OS, and will initially target Southeast Asian markets including India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The OS is a lite Web OS built on Linux kernel that promises to offer a […]

Warner Bros launches new movie window for streaming in Asia

New movies from Warner Bros. such as The Suicide Squad will soon be available to stream on HBO Go as early as 45 days after their in-market theatrical premiere in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, according to the media group. The first movies to be available in the new window will be The Conjuring: The Devil Made […]

Indian DTH market shrinks

While the market is proving increasingly lucrative for foreign streaming players, India’s DTH industry has shrunk. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the sector decreased by 1.42 million subscribers during the first quarter of 2021.  Pay DTH has attained a total active subscriber base of around 69.57 million in the quarter ending […]

Ligue 1 lands on Reddentes Sports

Vietnamese broadcaster Reddentes Sports has agreed a sublicencing deal with beIN Sports for Ligue 1 rights. The three deal will see Reddentes bring the French league to viewers in Vietnam from 2021/22-23/24.   International interest in the French top flight has skyrocketed since the shock announcement that a legend of the sport Lionel Messi would sign […]