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CASBAA lauds piracy crackdown

Asian pay TV body CASBAA has commended a major crackdown on illegal network operators in Thailand and Malaysia. A police initiative has seen around 80,000 consumers lose access to services transmitting illegal channel services from the two territories. A number of arrests connected to illicit streaming devices (ISDs) during and following the police actions. CASBAA […]

Turner, Astro ink Warner TV partnership

The Asian division of Turner and Malaysian pay TV giant Astro have agreed a joint venture that will see them join forces on programming for the Warner TV channel and the wider international market. The deal also secures carriage of Warner TV on the Astro pay TV service and its OTT offshoot,Tribe. Astro and Turner […]

Chinese kids channel app launches in the US

Mandarin-language kids net Miao Mi has launched via a dedicated iOS app in North America. The channel is operated by Celestial Tiger Entertainment, which is backed by Saban, Astro and Lionsgate. It created its Chinese-language net in 2015 as a local alternative to the big three international kids services – Cartoon Network, Disney and Nickelodeon […]

Astro preps on-demand exclusives, box-sets

Malaysian pay TV operator Astro has beefed up its on-demand line-up, with several upcoming offerings being made available at the same time as their US broadcast. It will make the hugely anticipated sixth season of Game of Thrones available on-demand at the same time it is shown on HBO in the US. The roster of […]

Astro launches Asian Netflix rival

Asian pay TV giant Astro has launched Tribe, a new ‘mobile-first’ OTT service for consumers in the region. Initially, it will be available in Indonesia through a partnership with telco Axiata, but plans are in place to launch across southeast Asia, in partnership with regional telecoms operators. The new service will allow consumers in Indonesia […]

Celestial Tiger renews output deals

Asia’s Celestial Tiger Entertainment has renewed three key output deals, securing a pipeline of Chinese movies for its channels. The Saban-, Lionsgate- and Astro-backed channel operator has re-upped with Hong Kong-based studios Emperor Motion Pictures, Mega-Vision Project Workshop Limited and Universe Entertainment. The agreements give Celestial exclusive pay TV, pay-per-view and OTT rights to the […]

Kantar and Astro launch pay TV ratings

Media and ratings agency Kantar and Malaysian pay TV platform Astro have joined forces to offer a new service that pulls viewing data direct from Astro customer’s settop boxes. The proprietary Dynamic Television Audience Measurement (DTAM) system will gather data from a 5,000-strong panel of Astro subs. Linear, recorded and on-demand viewing will be recorded […]

Eccho’s Cherry Season blossoms in Asia

BCM: Turkish comedy drama Cherry Season has been picked up by several key buyers in Asia. The series, which is produced by Surec Film and goes out on the Fox TV channel in Turkey, has been bought by Malaysian pay TV platform Astro, Vietnamese pubcaster VTV and commercial channel ARY in Pakistan. The finished version […]

Celestial Tiger pounces on Chinese kids opportunity

Celestial Tiger Entertainment announced its entry into a very crowded space last month when it said it was launching Miao Mi, a preschool kids channel. With the big three of Disney, Nickelodeon and Turner all well established in the region Miao Mi will need to provide kids and parents with something new, and that is […]

Fox makes major OTT move in Asia

Fox International Channels is launching several of its key services over the top in Asia. The OTT move will see the Fox, Fox Sports (fka ESPN Star Sports) and National Geographic launching as streaming services in the region. The channels will go OTT in China, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines in the first wave of […]

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