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.
Brazilian telco Oi is partnering with Sony and HBO/MAX to offer premium content to its pay-TV and broadband subscribers.
Oi is offering Sony’s Crackle and HBO Go unbundled to Oi subscribers.
The SVOD services are being used as value added services to broadband subscribers specifically, regardless of whether or not they subscribe to Oi’s pay-TV service.
HOOQ, Asia's new over-the-top (OTT) service from Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros., will use Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) to package and deliver content on the service set to rollout across much of Asia over the course of 2015.
HOOQ will offer Hollywood blockbusters and television series, as well as popular local movies and programs to customers across multiple screens.
Bundle? What bundle?
Sony’s PlayStation Vue – the Cloud TV service set to go toe-to-toe with traditional pay-TV services in the U.S. – today launched in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia with a bundle of content that rivals established service providers, generally for less money and no contract, a potent combination.
If you’re hoping to jump onto the leading edge of Sony’s soon-to-launch Cloud TV service, Vue, you might want to pack your bags and head to New York, Philadelphia or Chicago… because that’s where Sony it will release the service by the end of the month.
Oh, and you’ll need a Sony PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3 console because, for the moment, those are your options.
Add Sony to the growing list of streamers who are leaning on the traditional pay-TV industry. The company today said it would launch beta testing of a 75-channel service in New York this month, dubbed PlayStation Vue, before rolling it out to the masses in the first quarter of 2015.
A caveat: Initially, it will be available only to owners of PS3 and PS4 devices, although Sony did say it would expand to iPads and some other devices eventually.
The service will launch with: