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ZDF & Hong Kong’s PCCW strike first drama deal

ZDF Enterprises and Hong Kong’s PCCW have signed drama deal for the first time. The pact will see titles such as Hamburg Homicide, a crime series produced by ZDF subsidiary Network Movie for ZDF’s broadcast network, will make an appearance in Hong Kong. Swedish cop series Before We Die, produced by A B-Reel Films production, […]

PCCW’s OTT business gains $110m investment

PCCW Media has raised US$110 million from Hony Capital, Foxconn and Temasek, who become investors of its international OTT services, including Viu. The investment hands the investors around 18% of shares in PPC unit PCCW OTT, which will use the cash on production of original content, and further allow the company to build and develop […]

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 […]

Thailand gains sight of Viu

PCCW Media has launched its Viu over-the-top video service in Thailand, marking its 15th market launch to date. Asian content with Thai subtitles – including current dramas and variety shows from Korea and Japan – will be delivered via the Viu mobile app and website after their local telecast. Janice Lee, managing director of PCCW […]

Asian Netflix rival hits 6 million

Viu, the Asian rival to Netflix from telco giant PCCW, has hit six million subscribers in the region. The streaming service, which is both freemium and SVOD, launched in late 2015 and said it had hit four million subs last November. That total has increased sharply in the latest subs announcement as Viu has gained […]

Netflix rival Viu passes subs milestone

PCCW-owned South-East Asian OTT TV service Viu has passed the milestone of pulling in four million unique users a year after the service launched, and has debuted in the Philippines – its sixth regional market. Viu, which focuses on providing premium Asian content, recorded over 218 million video views in the third quarter of this […]

BBC SVOD drama First in Hong Kong

The premium BBC First drama service has launched as an SVOD proposition in Hong Kong. The BBC First service will launch via the Now TV service in Hong Kong, the largest pay TV platform in the territory. Shows on the premium SVOD service include Doctor Who spin-off Class (pictured), Amazon and BBC Worldwide fashion drama […]

Telcos target TV

Telecoms operators are increasingly looking to TV to drive new subs, increase customer loyalty and create a new revenue stream. Mark Newman, consultant and former chief research officer at Ovum, looks at which operator is doing what and where… and why. Hong Kong’s PCCW is beginning to feel more like a television company than a […]

New launch for PCCW’s Asian Netflix rival

Asian OTT service Viu has launched in Indonesia, as its streaming rival Netflix experiences problems in the country. Viu is run by Hong Kong-based telco PCCW and is largely programmed with regional content. The catalogue is about 15,000 hours. It has already rolled out in Malaysia, India, Hong Kong and Singapore and has now inked […]

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