TBI Tech & Analysis: How Viu & Netflix are riding South-East Asia’s rapid ad revenue rise

The growing availability of high-speed internet and the rising popularity of smartphones and other digital devices have fuelled the demand for online services in South-Eastern Asia. This trend has resulted in an upward trajectory for online advertising spending in South-Eastern Asia, reveals Omdia’s Nivasheni Soundrarajan and Sharon Kong. Omdia’s data shows that the total combined […]

China’s Baidu eyes potential $7bn iQiyi sale

Chinese tech giant Baidu is reportedly in talks to sell off its controlling stake in the country’s second-largest streaming service iQiyi. Baidu is allegedly looking to sell its 53% stake in the ‘Chinese Netflix’, with the company setting a target value at around $7bn. Baidu currently holds more than 90% of iQiyi’s shareholder voting rights. […]

China’s iQiyi links with Roku for North American expansion

Chinese streaming service iQiyi has launched on Roku in North America. The iQiyi channel provides subscribers with access to a library of Chinese drama and comedy series, along with content from Korea and other markets across Asia. The streamer also said that some episodes selected dramas including Oh My Lord, Sassy Beauty and Nothing But […]

Chinese streamer iQiyi targets originals at Lat Am & Spain

Chinese streaming service iQiyi is to bring its original content to Spanish-speaking regions. The company said that dramas such as Light On Theater will be released with Spanish dubbing via 11 US, Latin American and Spanish TV channels in Spanish-speaking regions, including Toku, UltraFilm, Epic Network and Top Cine. Highlighted content includes Kidnapping Game, Crimson […]

China’s iQiyi & Canada’s WildBrain partner on Keith Chapman kids show

Chinese streamer iQiyi and Canadian kids entertainment company WildBrain have partnered to produce Jonny Jetboy, a new children’s series from Paw Patrol and Bob The Builder creator Keith Chapman. The new 40 x 11-minute series is being produced by iQiyi, in collaboration with WildBrain, which will act as supervisor on the show’s development and production, […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Six Southeast Asia streaming super-trends for 2021

Jun Wen Woo, senior analyst for TV & online at research powerhouse Omdia, offers six key insights set to affect the content business across Southeast Asia in 2021 and beyond. Southeast Asia offers great opportunities for media companies to scale in 2021, given its vast population. Covid-19 has sped up digitalisation in the market and […]

China’s Alibaba & Tencent ‘held talks’ to acquire rival iQiyi, report claims

  Chinese online giants Alibaba and Tencent have both held separate talks with Baidu over buying a controlling stake in rival streaming platform iQIYI, according to reports. Both companies are interested in increasing their empires by adding what is widely seen as the Chinese equivalent of Netflix to their ranks, according to sources cited by […]

Netflix prepares for Southeast Asia battle, eyes content push & mobile-only plans

Netflix is to use more mobile-only subscription plans and an expanded local content offering to compete with streamers such as Disney+ and iQiyi in Southeast Asia. Ajay Arora, the streamer’s director for product innovation, told Reuters that “what we see in Southeast Asia is that it’s a very mobile-centric market,” and that Netflix would look […]

Korea’s CJENM strikes content deal with Chinese streamer iQiyi

Chinese streaming operator iQiyi is stocking up its international service with shows including Oscar winner Parasite, following a deal with South Korean media giant CJ ENM. The deal will see CJENM’s tvN Movies streamer become available in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam from 8 August via iQiyi International. tvN Movies will provide a […]

Chinese streamer iQiyi unveils international expansion plans

Chinese streamer iQiyi has revealed its plans for international expansion following the 2019 worldwide roll-out of its app. Yang Xianghua, president of membership and overseas business group of iQiyi, said that the company is in the process of setting up local offices in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. In addition, he said that there […]

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