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Ride hailing app Go-Jek to launch video streaming service after financial services expansionMay 03, 2018Indonesia-based ride hailing company Go-Jek plans to launch its own online video subscription service, Go-Play. The video service will be available for daily, monthly and yearly subscriptions and the expected launch date is not disclosed yet.
South Korean broadcasters launch Kocowa, a new online streaming service in the USJuly 28, 2017Three of South Korea's leading broadcasters have launched Kocowa (Korean Content Wave), an online video streaming service, in the US. The service, launched on 24 July, is backed by Korean Content Platform (KCP), a US-based joint venture company between Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS). The service offers content from these broadcasters with English subtitles, with some shows airing six hours after broadcast in South Korea.
Indonesian incumbent telco lifts Netflix banApril 14, 2017PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) and Netflix have entered into an agreement which will unblock the Netflix service on the state-controlled incumbent telecommunications operators network. Deal requires Netflix to fulfill Indonesian regulation whereby its content will go through censorship and the company must form a partnership with a local operator or create a local unit in the country.
HOOQ raised additional USD25 million from its shareholdersJanuary 19, 2017Singtel, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros have invested additional USD25 million in HOOQ, a subscription based online video service. Share distribution between the companies will remain the same following the deal. Singtel owns 65 percent, while the remaining shares are split equally between Sony’s AXN and Warner Bros.
Amazon invests in original content for its Japanese Prime Video serviceJuly 06, 2016Amazon has unveiled its plan to add original content exclusively on its Prime Video service in Japan. There will be 12 new original programmes, including kids’ content, comedy and documentaries, available for Amazon Prime Video subscribers in JapanSubscribers Only
Kakao boosts domestic position with Loen Entertainment acquisitionJanuary 15, 2016Kakao Corp, the owner of South Korean chat app KakaoTalk has acquired 76.4% of Loen Entertainment for KRW 1.87 trillion (USD 1.55bn). Loen Entertainment is a leading Korean record label and also operates MelOn, a music download and streaming platform in South Korea.
PCCW Media launches a new streaming service – Viu OTTNovember 15, 2015PCCW Media has launched Viu OTT, online video streaming service in Hong Kong in October 2015. The service is now operating on a freemium basis with advertisement, the company revealed that paid service will be introduced in the future but the launch date and pricing detail were not disclosed.
Alibaba gets serious about online video with Youku Tudou acquisitionNovember 10, 2015Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba has announced the acquisition Youku Tudou for $4.2 billion in a cash transaction. The acquisition is in both sides’ interest from both a financial and strategic perspective.Subscribers Only
Netflix to continue expansion in Asia with 4 new market launchesSeptember 29, 2015The US online streaming service has now confirmed its plan to expand further in Asia in early 2016. New territories will include South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Subscribers in these countries will gain access to Hollywood and local TV series and movie content, as well as Netflix’s original series.
Alibaba’s Tmall Box Office is now available in ChinaSeptember 15, 2015Tmall Box Office (TBO), an online video service by Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba, has become available in a trial mode via Alibaba’s smart TVs and set-top-boxes after most recent software update. TBO is offering access to local and foreign content; it claims to have more than a thousand movies with hundreds of them being exclusive.Subscribers Only
Netflix partners with SoftBank prior to its launch in JapanAugust 27, 2015The US internet streaming service, Netflix has entered into the partnership with SoftBank, mobile operator in Japan one week prior to its launch in the country.
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
Alibaba joins the Chinese online video battle by offering a new SVoD service in summer 2015June 23, 2015Chinese internet giant, Alibaba will launch an online video service, Tmall Box Office (TBO), in late summer 2015. The company hopes to develop the Chinese equivalent of HBO and Netflix with 90 per cent of content paid for, either by a subscription or on a PPV basis.Subscribers Only
New SVoD service launched in Malaysia and PhilippinesJune 04, 2015Online video subscription service iflix has been launched in Malaysia and Philippines in late May 2015. iflix has secured content deals with local and international content providers, including Twentieth Century Fox , BBC Worldwide, and Warner Bros.
Singtel eyes first mover advantage with launch of SVoD service in IndiaMay 29, 2015HOOQ, the online video platform backed by Singaporean telco giant Singtel, Warner Brothers and Sony Pictures, has launched its service in India. The subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) service features 5,000 Hollywood movie and series titles and over 10,000 local ones. priced at 199 rupees ($3.20) a month, HOOQ will allow subscribers to stream content on up to five devices including PCs, smartphones and tablets.Subscribers Only
Tencent partners with HBO to stream TV shows in ChinaDecember 05, 2014Tencent, one of China’s leading internet portals, has signed an agreement with HBO to stream the Time Warner-owned network’s TV dramas and movies. Under the deal, Tencent is now the exclusive online distributor of HBO in China.