Asia


Netflix adds Bahasa Melayu support as Southeast Asia focus ramps up

Netflix has announced the addition of Bahasa Melayu support as it continues its drive into Southeast Asia. The streaming giant said that it has launched its UI in the Austronesian language, which enables members to navigate the UI, read title names and synopses, and watch shows and movies with Bahasa Melayu subtitles and dubs. Users […]

CTV OS maker Zeasn launches WhaleLive AVOD platform

Beijing-based OTT and smart TV service maker Zeasn has announced the launch of a new AVOD called WhaleLive. Despite what its nature-sounding title might suggest, WhaleLive is a broad AVOD launching on the Philips smart TV platform that offers free access to “ a wide selection of news, movies, kids, music, sports, and entertainment channels”. […]

Disney+ announces competitive pricing for Indonesia

Disney has announced a competitive price point for Disney+ in Indonesia ahead of its September 5 launch.  Launching though Hotstar, the SVOD will be available for IDR39K (€2.25) per month or IDR199K (€11.48 annually). By contrast, Netflix’s entry level basic package costs IDR109K (€6.29) per month, rising to IDR169K (€9.75) per month for the premium […]

LiveScore expands FTA football offering with over 900 live matches

Sports event tracker LiveScore has continued to expand its streaming rights portfolio with the announcement of an expanded set of league and competitions that it will broadcast free-to-air for the 2020-21 football season. Following an OTT launch in June via a sub licencing deal with Premier Sports, the pair will expand their relationship to stream […]

Tencent to create US$10 billion esports streaming giant with merger of DouYu and Huya

Media giant Tencent wants to create a US$10 billion Chinese equivalent to game streaming platform Twitch by merging the country’s two biggest esports companies. DouYu and Huya have long been battling to become the top esports platform in China, but Tencent has announced plans to bring them together under one roof. Tencent is also an […]

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 […]

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