The NFL has been eager to get its game in front of viewers globally for years; that was the reason behind its Yahoo trial two years ago, its brief flirtation with Twitter last year and it’s estimated $50 million deal for Thursday Night Football with Amazon Prime this season.
Audiencewise, the Yahoo and Twitter deals were just probes, testing the waters and the technology.
HOOQ, the other Southeast Asia subscription video on-demand (SVOD) platform that wants to go toe-to-toe with Netflix (Malaysia’s iFlix also hopes it can punch above it weight), has gotten a $25 million cash infusion from its main investors – SingTel, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures.
Netflix has joined the long list of over-the-top services that are looking to use South Korean dramas as a lure to draw new viewers in Asia, while at the same time making its own service more competitive to local services in South Korea.
The company today announced it had contracted for a 12-episode original series based on a South Korean online comedy series. The series will debut in 2018.
Iflix, the Netflix wannabe that has gained a toe-hold in some Asia-Pacific countries, is extending its content reach, signing a multi-year programming deal with Pakistan’s entertainment channel Hum TV.
Iflix is set to deploy in Pakistan this year, so the content deal – which includes dramas and other episodic programming – gives it a bit more panache with Pakistani audiences. Included in the deal are shows like Bin Roye, Humsafar and Udaari.
Global SVOD revenues are expected to grow nearly 61% to $32.18 billion in 2021 from $20 billion in 2015, a whopping 18X the $1.74 billion seen in 2010, with the APAC region being a key growth driver.
That revenue growth is reflected in strong consumer uptake globally, as the number of SVOD homes is forecast to reach 428 million, up from 248 million at the end of this year and 177 million in 2015, according to Digital TV Research’s Global SVOD Forecasts report.
Eros Now, an over-the-top (OTT) Bollywood entertainment platform owned by Eros International, says it has topped two million paid subscribers worldwide after signing deals with a number of 4G-focused telecom players in India, including Reliance Jio, Airtel, IDEA Cellular Network and more recently Vodafone.
The four platforms give Eros a potential reach of 686 million subscribers, nearly 60% of India’s total mobile user base of more than 1 billion.
New research says worldwide set-top box shipments will increase slightly this year to 273 million from 269 million in 2015.
In addition to the growth of satellite units, cable shipments are also expected to increase modestly. DTT and IP STB demand remains relatively flat, according to researcher SNL Kagan in its annual look at the STB market.
Netflix is serving as the “gateway drug” for subscription video on-demand (SVOD) users in Australia, as it’s often the first service consumer’s trial before adding others.
A report from Roy Morgan Research points out that other services in the market, like Stan, benefit from continued Netflix growth.
Viu, the ad-supported OTT service from telecom PCCW, may be on track to hit 10 million subscribers by the end of 2017.
The company last week reported it had hit the 4 million mark and announced it was deploying in the Philippines, a market with some 30 million potential OTT users.
The service, which launched about a year ago, also has deployed in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.
More than three-quarters (77%) of Australian adults use mobile phones to access the Internet, more than on laptops (75%) desktop computers (61%) and tablets (54%), according to a report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
That growth is being driven, in large part, by the increasing consumption of online video, a trend that is having a major impact on the communications industry.
Hooq, the subscription video on-demand service backed by SingTel, Sony and Warner Bros., has deployed in Singapore, looking to gain a bigger foothold in its battle with Netflix.
Just more than a year after its launch, PCCW Media’s OTT video service, Viu, has rolled out in the Philippines.
The ad-supported service originally launched in Hong Kong in October 2015, and has since deployed in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.