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