India


Report: Sony looks to India as it eyes Zee Entertainment stake

Sony Corporation is in the running to pick up a stake in Zee Entertainment after its owner Essel Group put it out for sale, according to CNBC TV18. Essel revealed in November that it would sell a part of its stake in Zee to a global strategic advisor. Sources told the publisher that the Sony […]

DishTV taps MediaKind for headend

Indian DTH pay TV operator DishTV has tapped technology outfit MediaKind – formerly Ericsson Media Solutions – to provide its AVP 4000 video processing platform to deliver content to DishTV’s over 23.5 million subscribers. The AVP 4000 video processing platform exists within MediaKind’s Aquila family of solutions, which forms part of the wider MediaKind Universe […]

IHS: localised content as important as price in Indian video market

The three most important factors for consumers choosing video services in India are pricing, local Indian content, and quality dubbing and subtitling, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that “localised content is as important as price,” but added that out of all the markets it surveyed, Indian consumers were most likely to cite […]

Acorn TV expands to 30 countries

Acorn TV, the US streaming service specialising in British television, is expanding into 30 countries, including India and Australia. The SVOD service, which was launched in the US and Canada in 2011, is now also available for US$4.99 a month in Spain, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Venezuela and the Bahamas, among […]

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 […]

Facebook to stream La Liga free across Indian subcontinent

Facebook has secured rights to Spanish top-tier football for the southern Asia region, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. The agreement between La Liga and the social network will give Facebook the status of official home of all the league’s matches in the region. The three-season deal will give […]

QYou names ex-Sony networks chief Kaplan as India chairman

Best-of-the-web channel provider QYou Media has named former president of Sony Pictures Worldwide Networks Andy Kaplan as chairman of QYou India, a newly formed subsidiary set up to deliver QYou’s mix of digital-first video content to an Indian audience of over 185 million mobile and TV subscribers.  Kaplan will work toward QYou India becoming a […]

Asia Pacific drives down TV subscriber numbers in Q1

An apparent slide in numbers in the Asia Pacific region drove down the overall TV service subscriber total in Informitv’s Multiscreen Index for the first quarter, with fewer than half the services covered globally reporting subscriber gains. According to the Multiscreen Index, the cable, satellite, telco and online services covered recorded a loss of five […]

Netflix to follow Sacred Games with Indian horror series

A few days after the premiere of Netflix’s Indian original Sacred Games, the streamer has announced horror series Ghoul will also launch from the region this August. Ghoul will be the streamer’s first Indian original horror series, and premiere on August 28, 2018. The three-part series will be available across all Netflix territories. The series […]

OTT TV value ‘yet to convince’ South-East Asia users

The value of OTT TV services has yet to fully convince viewers in key south-east Asian markets to sign up, according to research carried out by YouGov for Brightcove. According to the Asia OTT Television Research Report 2018, which covers India, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore, OTT TV consumers in the region are highly […]