Asia


Report: Netflix experimenting with lower-priced options in Asia

Netflix is reportedly testing a cut-price mobile-only subscription offering in Malaysia in an apparent bid to open up the service to more users in this market. According to a Reuters report, Netflix’s mobile plan is priced at MYR 17 (€3.59) per month, compared to MYR 33 for its basic plan in the country. “We are testing […]

ITV Choice expands in Asia and the Middle East

ITV is expanding the reach of its British entertainment channel, ITV Choice, after striking deals with operators in Asia and the Middle East. ITV Choice will debut in Myanmar with Cookie TV and will now be available across the Middle East with localised Arabic subtitles via direct-to-home pay TV platform MyHD. At the same time […]

CCS Insight: 5G connections to reach 60m in 2020

CCS Insight has raised its forecast for 5G rollouts after strong industry momentum in the last six months – but says that Europe continues to trail the early adoption of the US and Asia. The research firm now forecasts that there will be almost 60 million global 5G connections in 2020, up more than 50% on its […]

TV4 Entertainment forms JV to localise and distribute channels in Asia

TV4 Entertainment and Multi Channels Asia (MCA) have created a strategic joint venture to localise and distribute the former’s portfolio of channels and original productions throughout Asia. The new venture, operating under the name Omni Channels Asia, leverages MCA’s existing work in channel creation, localisation and distribution throughout Asia. MCA has already brought Bloomberg Television […]

CASBAA backs illegal TV crackdown

Asian pay TV body CASBAA has commended a major crackdown on illegal network operators in Thailand and Malaysia. A police initiative has seen around 80,000 consumers lose access to services transmitting illegal channel services from the two territories. A number of arrests connected to illicit streaming devices (ISDs) during and following the police actions. CASBAA […]

Turner, Astro ink Warner TV partnership

The Asian division of Turner and Malaysian pay TV giant Astro have agreed a joint venture that will see them join forces on programming for the Warner TV channel and the wider international market. The deal also secures carriage of Warner TV on the Astro pay TV service and its OTT offshoot, Tribe. Astro and […]

Asian SVOD service Viu hits 6 million users

Viu, the Asian rival to Netflix from telco giant PCCW, has hit six million subscribers in the region. The streaming service, which is both freemium and SVOD, launched in late 2015 and said it had hit four million subs last November. That total has increased sharply in the latest subs announcement as Viu has gained […]

Vice targets Asia with major mobile expansion

Vice Media is making a major mobile push, expanding its offerings in a bid to reach “hundreds of millions of new mobile subscribers” around the world. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this morning, Vice founder and CEO, Shane Smith, said the deals include a vast rollout in Asia Pacific in partnership with mobile […]

Telenor Group agrees Netflix partnership

Norway-based Telenor Group has agreed a long-term partnership with Netflix that will see it integrate the SVOD service into its set-top boxes. The deal will establish Telenor as the first TV distributor in Norway to integrate Netflix into its set-top box for Canal Digital Cable customers via the T-We platform. Telenor described the deal as […]

Scripps names Asia boss

Scripps Networks Interactive has named Leena Singarajah as its Asia chief. She joined SNI in 2014 as head of distribution and ad sales, Asia Pacific, and becomes Singapore-based managing director for the company in the region. Singarajah fills the role vacated by Derek Chang, who was upped to head of international lifestyle channels at SNI last […]

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