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Racing to catch Netflix, PCCW expands freemium OTT service Viu to Singapore
APAC, OTT, Netflix
Racing to catch Netflix, PCCW expands freemium OTT service Viu to Singapore
Jan 14 2016 5:45 AM

Hong Kong-based PCCW Media is deploying its over-the-top (OTT) multiscreen video service, Viu, in Singapore, its first regional expansion on the product.

Tata Sky makes its TV Everywhere service free as Netflix deploys in India
APAC, TV Everywhere, Netflix
Tata Sky makes its TV Everywhere service free as Netflix deploys in India
Jan 11 2016 8:30 AM

Indian pay-TV provider Tata Sky’s TV Everywhere service – which formerly cost consumers 90 cents a month – is now free to subscribers, a plan the company hinted at in November.

Reports: Netflix set to announce rollouts in India, Russia this month
EMEA, APAC, SVOD
Reports: Netflix set to announce rollouts in India, Russia this month
Jan 04 2016 6:30 AM

A pair of big international launches may be on the horizon for Netflix, with rumors circulating that India and Russia may be two new markets for the streaming service this year.

Indian publication The Hindu reported that Netflix could announce plans to roll out in India at the CES 2016 trade show this week, and said the service likely would focus on mobile delivery by partnering with an Indian telecom that sports a 4G network.

‘State of Internet’ report shows fixed broadband in emerging markets still lags
Broadband, LatAM, APAC, EMEA, Mobile
‘State of Internet’ report shows fixed broadband in emerging markets still lags
Dec 16 2015 7:30 AM

Global average connection speed increased slightly (0.2%) to 5.1 Mbps from the second quarter, accounting for a 14% increase year-over-year. South Korea had the top average connection speed at 20.5 Mbps, despite a year-over-year drop of 19% since the third quarter of 2014.

As SVOD options grow, Australians grow more irked with ad loads on catch-up TV
APAC, Online Video Advertising, Analytics
As SVOD options grow, Australians grow more irked with ad loads on catch-up TV
Dec 11 2015 11:45 AM

The over-the-top and SVOD virus is spreading across Australia with record-setting subscription numbers and usage figures being tossed around like rugby balls at a barby.

But, consumers are finding there may be a price to pay for ditching more traditional appointment-based TV: Recurring ads and ad loads on free catch-up TV services.

Good news/bad news story for SVOD still has a very happy ending
SVOD, Millennials, Commentary
Holiday good news/bad news story for SVOD still has a very happy ending
Dec 09 2015 8:15 AM

This is kind of a “glass half empty,” “glass half full” thing…

Some new research from PayWizard says this Christmas will be a banner one for SVOD providers with 52% of viewers globally planning to watch Internet TV this season, up from the current 25% audience worldwide.

The bad news? About 15% plan to drop those services after a 30-day trial and another 30% said they would likely cancel their subscriptions within the next six months.

So?

Mobile ad share to pass Internet, programmatic to reach 60% display share by 2018
Programmatic, Mobile, Online Video Advertising
Mobile ad share to pass Internet, programmatic to reach 60% display share by 2018
Dec 07 2015 8:15 AM

New research posits that mobile advertising will overtake desktop by 2018, accounting for just more than 50% of all Internet advertising.

Global LTE device market - led by APAC – expects to see CAGR exceeding 26% through 2020
APAC, Mobile, Connected TVs & Devices
Global LTE device market - led by APAC – expects to see CAGR exceeding 26% through 2020
Dec 04 2015 7:00 AM

The global LTE consumer devices market is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than 26% through 2020 as rising consumer adoption of mobile video, increasing mobile data traffic and growing demand for high speed data connectivity from enterprises and consumers intensifies.

LTE delivers a faster, more efficient, higher-quality mobile network for users, while also simplifying operator infrastructures and lowering costs.

Global smartphone ownership in world’s top digital markets to top 66% by 2018
APAC, EMEA, Mobile
Global smartphone ownership in world’s top digital markets to top 66% by 2018
Nov 25 2015 9:30 AM

More than half (56%) of individuals in key digital markets worldwide will have a smartphone by the end of 2015, a new report says, up from 42% at the end of 2014, and, ownership is expected to increase to two-thirds by 2018.

Young Australians flock to Netflix as more than 1M households subscribe
APAC, SVOD, Netflix
Young Australians flock to Netflix as more than 1M households subscribe
Nov 12 2015 1:00 AM

Netflix households in Australia passed the one million mark in October, just seven months after the SVOD service launched there. And, new research said, younger consumers most likely to pirate content have become the earliest adopters of new SVOD services, and already are having an impact on downloading content from the Internet.

Netflix is in 1.04 million households, reaching more than 2.68 million Australians over the age of 14, Roy Morgan Research reported.

Optus scoops up EPL in Oz
APAC, Commentary
In a bold move, Aussie telco Optus snatches rights to EPL
Nov 02 2015 1:30 PM

We were waiting for a tipping moment for IP sports broadcasting in Australia? Well... we just got it.

Optus a telco provider in Australia have just taken the rights to the coveted English Premier League from under pay TV's nose with an audacious bid, said to be "more than $50 million" that took the country by surprise.

So what does this mean for the popular competition in Australia from August 2016?

Q3 surfaces more problems for Australian streamer Quickflix
APAC, SVOD
Q3 surfaces more problems for Australian streamer Quickflix
Nov 02 2015 6:30 AM

Australian SVOD service Quickflix was one of the first OTT subscription services out of the blocks when it launched in 2011, beating Netflix by nearly four years. But the service has struggled to keep its subscribers, being cannibalized by Netflix – and later-arriving players with deeper pockets.

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