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Iflix hopes celebrity ‘favorite’ content lists will help engage viewers in APAC
APAC, SVOD, Search and Recommendation
Iflix hopes celebrity ‘favorite’ content lists will help engage viewers in APAC
Aug 23 2016 7:15 AM

Discovery and recommendation is a crucial part of the OTT mix, increasing the amount of time viewers spend on a website and the amount of content they consume, both of which are important to publishers and broadcasters.

Global smartphone sales up as consumers opt for pricier, bigger devices
Mobile, LatAM, APAC, EMEA
Global smartphone sales up as consumers opt for pricier, bigger devices
Aug 22 2016 7:45 AM

Mid- and high-end smartphone sales are accelerating globally, said researcher GfK, with high-volumes of device sales expected from emerging markets like Africa, parts of Asia and China.

Mobile video is likely a significant market driver as the percentage of sale of phones with larger screens also has increased.

APAC pay-TV market forecast to reach 536M subs, $31B in revenues
APAC, Pay TV, OTT
APAC pay-TV market forecast to reach 536M subs, $31B in revenues
Aug 18 2016 9:15 AM

APAC pay-TV operators are in line for some big subscriber growth over the next five years with a new study forecasting the region will see more than 100 million new subscribers by 2021 with pay-TV subscription and PPV revenues topping $31 billion.

Digital TV Research, in its latest Asia Pacific Pay-TV Operator Forecasts report said the top 65 operators in 17 countries will top 536 million subs by 2021, up from 438 million in 2015.

Singtel drops $1.84B to push deeper into India, Thailand
APAC, Mobile, OTT
Singtel drops $1.84B to push deeper into India, Thailand
Aug 18 2016 7:15 AM

Singtel is expanding its mobile reach in Thailand and India, raising its stakes in Thailand’s largest mobile operator AIS and Indian integrated telecom Bharti Airtel with a $1.84 billion cash purchase of investment company Temasek's 21% share of Intouch Holdings.

Intouch controls 7.4% percent of Bharti Telecom, the holding company for Airtel, and is the largest shareholder in AIS.

Amazon plans Prime Instant Video launch in India; plans major content play
APAC, SVOD
Amazon plans Prime Instant Video launch in India; plans major content play
Jul 27 2016 3:30 PM

Amazon’s bringing its Prime Instant Video SVOD service to India, initially making it available in more than 100 cities, and rumors are flying that it plans a significant spend on local content.

APAC, Big Data, IPTV
KT leverages big data to launch shopping service tied to IPTV
Jul 18 2016 5:45 AM

South Korean service provider KT has rolled out a new mobile shopping service that allows subscribers to search for and buy products that are related to content they are watching on its IPTV service, Olleh TV.

KT, which is the biggest provider of IPTV service, with 6.5 million subscribers at the end of 2015, also is South Korea’s biggest fixed-line phone and broadband operator.

OTT competition, economy slowing APAC pay-TV growth
APAC, Operators
OTT competition, economy slowing APAC pay-TV growth
Jul 14 2016 9:00 AM

Increasing competition from OTT services, pressure from piracy and an uncertain economy are expected to slow pay-TV growth in the APAC region, a new report says, although its expansion is expected to continue at a healthy 5.8% annually through 2021.

APAC, EMEA, SVOD
iflix adds trio of execs to drive global expansion
Jul 11 2016 1:15 PM

Netflix rival iflix, which to date has been working to build its toehold in APAC markets including, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, today said it had added three executives to its roster with an eye toward additional international expansion outside of Southeast Asia.

Viu launches premium subscription in Singapore with Singtel as a partner
APAC, SVOD
Viu launches SVOD service in Singapore with Singtel as a partner
Jul 11 2016 6:15 AM

OTT video service, Viu, has launched a discounted premium subscription service in Singapore with telco partner, Singtel, offering viewers unlimited content downloads.

Australian streamers to outnumber pay-TV subs by 2019
APAC, SVOD
Australian streamers to outnumber pay-TV subs by 2019
Jun 28 2016 3:15 PM

Australian households that subscribe to SVOD services have increased the number of services to 1.7 from 1.5 a year ago, with more than 2.7 million new active subscribers by the end of this month, an increase of 46% compared to the same period a year ago.

APAC, Ad Technology, Research
PwC says programmatic is helping to spur Japan’s media market
Jun 27 2016 11:00 AM

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) 17th annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2016-2020 said Japan’s increasingly automated media buying is helping to grow ad spend, noting that strong demand for programmatic technology from premium publishers will help push Japan’s media market to $170 billion by 2020, from its current $154 billion.

Road trip! Amazon Prime Video may launch in Australia in Q1 2017
APAC, SVOD
Road trip! Amazon Prime Video may launch in Australia in Q1 2017
Jun 23 2016 7:15 AM

Amazon Prime Video, which has firmly established itself as Netflix’s No. 1 competitor in the U.S., U.K. and German SVOD markets, could launch as early as Q1 2017 in Australia, according to published reports.

ChannelNews is reporting that the company will battle local streamers Stan and Presto for rights and that Fetch TV already is planning to have Amazon on its platform.

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