beIN partners with Globecast in Asia Pacific region

beIN Media Group has agreed a deal with Globecast for media processing and delivery services for its beIN Asia Pacific division. The Singapore-based business operates across 11 countries in the region, and offers a comprehensive line-up of sports coverage across linear and OTT in Thai, Bahasa, Cantonese and English Globecast will provide a wide range […]

Airtel bundles streamers in new all-in-one entertainment plans

Indian operator Airtel has announced the launch of three new all-in-one plans to suit the needs of the increasingly digital local market. The plans combine broadband with access to a range of OTT services and over 350 channels with Airtel 4K Xstream Box. The core difference in price for the plans comes down to broadband […]

Eleven secures global rights for the Thai Women’s League

Eleven Sports has announced a global rights deal for the Thai Women’s League. The deal will see Eleven carry the league for three seasons from 2022-2024 exclusively via its global OTT platform, as well as locally on Even’s platforms across South East Asia and Hong Kong.  The deal boost’s Eleven’s portfolio of sports rights […]

Serie A lands on iQiyi in China

Chinese streaming service iQiyi Sports has agreed a deal to broadcast the top-flight Italian football league Serie A. The streamer has agreed a two-season deal which will kick off for the 2022/23 campaign when it starts in August. The digital-only deal will see the Baidu-owned iQiyi live stream matches while also serving as a home […]

Google reportedly eyeing IPL

Google is the latest major western player that has reportedly become interested in making a play for the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket rights. The rights are currently held by Disney Hotstar but are up for renewal and a number of parties ranging from established Indian media forces to US tech giants are said […]

EPL strength to drive APAC sports rights growth

The popularity of the English Premier League in Asia is set to drive overall sports rights growth in the APAC region. According to a new report from Media Partners Asia on the region’s sports rights, sports media revenues are set to grow at a 6% CAGR over 2021-26 to reach US$8.9 billion. This is up […]

India loses pay TV subs

The Indian pay TV lost ​​370,000 DTH subscribers in the final quarter of 2021. According to figures published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), DTH subscribers decreased from 68.89 million in Q3 to 68.52 million at the end of Q4. The Q3 figure was the lowest DTH subscriber level in India since Q2 […]

China’s biggest livestreaming platform making major staff cuts

Tencent-controlled Huya, the Chinese leading game live streaming platform, has reportedly started to lay-off a significant portion of its staff. According to three unnamed sources cited by Reuters, the company once considered China’s answer to Amazon-owned Twitch is cutting hundreds of staff. They said that the company’s Nimo TV unit – the international version of […]

Astro renews English Premier League rights for Malaysia

Malaysian sports broadcaster Astro has agreed a three-season rights deal with the English Premier League from 2022/23 to 2024/25. The broadcaster, which has held the EPL rights since 1997, will air live coverage of all 380 matches. All matches will be broadcast in HD, with selected matches transmitted in 4K UHD. The renewed EPL rights […]

Record ratings for The Q India

Youth-oriented Hindi language channel The Q India has recorded a ratings milestone. The QYOU Media channel, which is available in over 125 million TV households and to over 680 million users via OTT, mobile and app based platforms in India, recorded a new high ratings mark of 54 Gross Ratings Points (GRP) as measured by […]