Astro launches Asian Netflix rival

Asian pay TV giant Astro has launched Tribe, a new ‘mobile-first’ OTT service for consumers in the region. Initially it will be available in Indonesia through a partnership with telco Axiata, but plans are in place to launch across southeast Asia, in partnership with regional telecoms operators. The new service will allow consumers in Indonesia […]

Netflix blocked in Indonesia, facing problems in Brazil

Netflix is facing problems in Indonesia, one of the most populous countries in Asia, with state telco Telkom blocking the SVoD service. Telkom has reportedly objected to some of the adult and violent content on Netflix’s service in the country, and said it does not have the necessary permit to operate in Indonesia. US-based Netflix […]

Netflix launches in 130 new countries

Netflix has launched in 130 new countries including India, Nigeria, Singapore and Turkey, company CEO Reed Hastings announced at CES. In a keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Hastings said: “I am delighted to announce that while we have been here on stage at CES, we switched Netflix on in Azerbaijan, […]

beIN takes control of Asia channels

Sports channel operator beIN Media has taken full control of its channels in Asia. The channels group has bought out its former joint venture partner, giving it full ownership of the beIN Sports services in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. The nets launched in the region in 2013 and were previously run as […]

New Asian launches for Lagardère’s Mezzo

European classical music and jazz channel Mezzo Live HD will launch on the First Media and BiGTV platforms in Indonesia following two new distribution deals with the pay TV platforms. The channel is owned by France’s Lagardère Active and distributed in Asia by Lightning International, which struck the new deals, which mark its entry into […]

Elemental partners with Orange TV Group in Indonesia

Video technology provider, Elemental, is working with the Orange TV Group in Indonesia to expand the availability of its Genflix OTT service on a number of smart devices.  Under the agreement, the video service will use Elemental Live and Elemental Server to provide a “smooth and uninterrupted viewing experience” for watching Genflix’s six linear channels […]

BBC Worldwide to simulcast Top Gear around the globe

The BBC’s commercial arm is set to launch the latest season of auto show Top Gear with a simulcast of the UK show to air around the world – a first for the corporation. The opening episode of series 22 of Top Gear is due to broadcast simultaneously in more than 50 countries across Australia, […]

Sony buys stake in Dori Media’s channels

Sony Pictures Television is bolstering its channels line-up with a deal for 50% of several of the entertainment nets operated by producer and distributor Dori Media. SPT Networks will buy 50% of the Viva and Viva Plus channels in Israel as well as accompanying Viva Walla free VOD service. The channels and VOD service carry […]