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Australia pay TV market update Q4 2017March 09, 2018IHS Markit has updated its Australian pay TV data in light of the latest guidance on the performance of market leader Foxtel provided by major shareholder News Corp Australia. Pay TV providers continue to show resilience but growth has plateaued, a sentiment echoed in the Q4 2017 filings by News Corp, which indicate a downward revision in its future outlook for the business. As such, IHS Markit has adjusted its forecasts on the Australian pay TV market accordingly, which now illustrate contrasting fortunes for the two main players – Foxtel’s subscriber base is going down, while Fetch TV’s is on the up.
Australian broadcaster unveils new OTT serviceNovember 22, 2017Australian commercial free-to-air TV broadcaster Seven Network will launch 7plus, its new over-the-top (OTT) digital video streaming service, in November 2017. 7plus will feature exclusive original commissions in addition to live and on demand content.
China cable reporting methodology UPDATEOctober 02, 2017IHS Markit has updated its Chinese cable reporting methodology in light of on-the-ground research into the country’s naming convention for operators in each of China’s 23 provinces. The update to our Chinese cable data within our TV and Broadband Media Intelligence Services aligns our coverage of the Chinese TV market with the 70+ markets we cover.Subscribers Only
Malaysian DTH pay TV monopoly to endSeptember 11, 2017Malaysia’s direct-to-home (DTH) satellite pay TV monopoly is set to end. Ansa Broadcast plans to launch a new DTH pay TV service in Malaysia, ending a two decade monopoly held by Astro Malaysia Holdings (Astro).Subscribers Only
Australian broadband network roll-out reaches milestoneJuly 12, 2017The roll-out of Australia’s high-speed National Broadband Network (NBN) is halfway complete. More than 5.7 million homes and businesses now have access to fast broadband by connecting to the NBN through a retail service provider. To reach the half way milestone NBN Co launched two satellites, built 1,700 fixed wireless sites, employed 6,000 people, installed 21,000 nodes and laid 63,000 kilometers of fibre.
Netflix commissions Australian original seriesMay 22, 2017Netflix has commissioned Tidelands, a primetime drama series, as its latest investment in local Australian content. Tidelands will debut exclusively on Netflix and premiere worldwide. The first season will have 10 episodes that run for 50 minutes each. Production will start in Queensland, Australia during 2018 by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment. There is no release date for the new series.Subscribers Only
Bonobo – Rights holders to launch new TVoD service in Japan during Q4 2015July 04, 2015Newly formed industry consortium Japan Contents Group (JCG), plans to launch Bonobo, a Transactional Video on Demand (TVoD) service in Q4 2015. Rights holders will control the selection and pricing of titles available on the service.Subscribers Only
Australian Government to impose new tax on digital products and services from 2017June 03, 2015The Australian Government will impose a GST on digital products and services from 1 July 2017. The measure, announced as part of the Australian Federal Budget 2015, aims to ensure that the GST is consistent for both Australian and international providers.Subscribers Only
Netflix jostles with local players in the crowded Australian VoD spaceMarch 04, 2015Netflix has announced that its service will be launched in Australia and New Zealand on 24 March 2015. Consumers can look forward to original content, local as well as foreign series and films available on smart televisions, set-top boxes, games consoles, tablets and smartphones.
Netflix arrives in Australia and New Zealand in March 2015November 21, 2014Global online video service Netflix has announced that it is going to enter Australia and New Zealand in March 2015. Outside the USA, Netflix is already available in Canada, Latin America, the UK and Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium. Australia and New Zealand bring the number of countries with the service to more than 50.Subscribers Only
Leading retailer opens UV storefront for Oz and NZ customersSeptember 16, 2013Australia’s largest electronics and packaged video retailer JB Hi-Fi has opened an Ultraviolet (UV) online store for Australian and New Zealand customers.
Quickflix on its way back to growthFebruary 07, 2013Australian online streaming, pay-per-view and disc-by-mail service Quickflix is consolidating its position after delivering a steady performance in final quarter of 2012.
Oz online rentailer launches digital streaming service in NZMay 01, 2012Australia's largest subscription-based online DVD rental service, Quickflix has launched its digital streaming service in New Zealand. The WatchNow streaming service is available via a range of internet-connected devices including...
HBO investment in online rentailer marks strategy shift in AustraliaFebruary 15, 2012HBO has acquired 16% stake in Australian online video rental subscription company Quickflix.
Australian Online Rental ConsolidatesJuly 19, 2011
Quickflix, Australia's largest online video rental subscription company has acquired the business of competitor BigPond Movies (BM). The latter company, which was owned by Australian incumbent telco Telstra, will close its business on 30 September 2011. Under the agreement, Quickflix will acquire BM's customers and content library. Telstra will also refer BM customers who wish to maintain an online rental video service to Quickflix in exchange for a variable payment based on the number of customers who transfer. Quickflix's funding of the variable payments will cease in March 2012.
Australian online rental consolidatesJuly 18, 2011Quickflix acquires BigPond Movies to become dominant online rental operator in Australia BigPond Movies, owned by Australian national telco Telstra, will close its business on 30 September ...
Japanese rentailer to offer HD download-to-burnDecember 19, 2008Tsutaya to launch 'world first' hi-def download-to-burn service in December 2008Users may download HD video content then burn to BD softwarePrevalence of BD recorders and strong recording culture make Japan...Subscribers Only
Japanese rentailer to offer HD download-to-burnDecember 19, 2008Japan's leading rentailer Tsutaya plans to introduce a high definition download-to-burn (DTB) service this month (December). The new service, which is believed to be a world first, allows users to store...Subscribers Only