CCTV broadcasts NBA in China for the first time in 18 months

The NBA has been broadcast in China for the first time since late 2020. State-owned broadcaster CCTV holds the exclusive rights to the NBA in China, but pulled coverage in late 2019 when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for protesters in Hong Kong during the demonstrations against the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment […]

Thaicom to launch cloud-based satellite TV broadcast distribution platform with AWS

Leading Asian satellite operator Thaicom has announced a new partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build a cloud-based satellite TV broadcast platform. Once deployed, the solution will be Thaicom’s first cloud-based satellite TV broadcast distribution platform for Asia Pacific, and will consist of cloud services providing software-defined encoding, transcoding, and statistical multiplexing capabilities leveraging […]

iQiyi comes to Roku in US and Canada

Chinese streaming service iQiyi has launched on Roku in North America. The iQiyi channel provides subscribers with access to a library of Chinese drama and comedy series, along with content from Korea and other markets across Asia. The streamer also said that some episodes selected dramas including Oh My Lord, Sassy Beauty and Nothing But […]

beIN Sports secures international padel rights

Middle East broadcaster beIN Sports is to be the exclusive broadcast partner for Premier Padel, the official global padel tour, across 37 countries across France, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Asia Pacific (APAC), the US, Canada and Turkey. beIN Sports has agreed an initial one-year deal to broadcast the 2022 season with the […]

BBC News banned in Afghanistan

The BBC’s TV news network has been banned from broadcasting in Afghanistan. The British pubcaster said that the Taliban, which seized control of the country following the US’s military withdrawal earlier this year, has barred it from broadcasting in the three main languages of Afghanistan. While the Taliban has said that it would not take […]

GTPL Hathway selects Verimatrix for Android TV security

India’s largest Multi-Service Operator (MSO) GTPL Hathway Limited has announced a deal with security firm Verimatrix. The agreement will see GTPL Hathway utilise the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) to protect its DVB Hybrid network for millions of Google Android TV-based devices. The tech for DVB Hybrid offers GTPL with protection and flexibility for […]

Invesco drops plans to oust Zee Entertainment board

US-based investment firm Invesco has scrapped plans to shake up the management structure of India’s Zee Entertainment. Zee, which has agreed to merge with Sony Networks India, has been facing a months-long revolt from Invesco. Invesco owns 17.88% of Zee, and in October 2021 called on shareholders to implement a revamped executive board including the […]

APAC set for OTT growth despite Chinese slowdown

OTT revenues for the APAC region are set to surpass US$50 billion within the next five years. According to Digital TV Research, OTT TV episodes and movies revenues for 22 Asia Pacific countries will reach US$52 billion in 2027. This is up by 62% from the US$32 billion recorded in 2021. While by no means […]

iQiyi expands content distribution to Spanish-speaking markets

Chinese streaming service iQiyi has announced plans to bring its original content to Spanish-speaking regions. The company said that dramas such as Light On Theater will be released  with Spanish dubbing via 11 US, Latin American and Spanish TV channels in Spanish-speaking regions, including Toku, UltraFilm, Epic Network and Top Cine. Highlighted content includes Kidnapping […]

Augustus Media’ Smashi to join Zee’s Weyyak offering

Middle Eastern outfit Augustus Media and Zee Entertainment have teamed up to forge a streaming partnership that will see Zee’s Weyyak Platform integrate Augustus Media’s business tech streaming service, Smashi. Smashi is an Arabic live streaming service covering innovative products, services, and technologies. Weyyak is a freemium VOD platform from Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited targeting […]

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