Video app streaming booms in US, China

Video apps are experiencing significant revenue growth in the US and China, according to new research. Combined revenues from the top ten streaming apps in the US and Cina have grown by multiples of 3.2 and 9.6, respectively, the App Annie research showed. However, a third market assessed, the UK, showed relatively flat growth of […]

China streaming deal for Star Wars

Chinese internet platform Tencent has struck a deal with The Walt Disney Company to create a digital hub (pictured) for the Star Wars movies. The agreement, between Tencent and US studios Disney and 21st Century Fox, the latter of which handles distribution of the films in some windows, gives the Chinese company access to the […]

Alibaba plans ‘Netflix-style’ service

E-commerce giant Alibaba is to launch a streaming service that will “redefine home entertainment” in China. Tmall Box Office, or TBO, will be a Netflix-style SVOD service that’s penciled in to launch in the next two months. “Our mission, the mission of all of Alibaba, is to redefine home entertainment,” said Patrik Liu, president of […]

Red flag to a bull: James Ross, Lightning Int’l

It’s a common sight in Asia: husband and wife, together on the sofa – or possibly propped up on pillows in bed, each with a tablet watching their favourite TV shows. Not long ago, it was an entirely different story. When I first came to Asia almost twenty years ago, it was not unusual to […]

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 […]

Worldwide strikes worldwide SVOD deals

BBC Worldwide has struck a raft of deals with digital platforms around the world, shopping 2,300 hours of its content to buyers including Tencent in China, Amazon in Germany and fledgling Israeli SVOD service from telco Cellcom. Cellcom has acquired a drama package including Sherlock, Orphan Black and Luther (pictured). Amazon has also picked up […]

Fox strikes Nat Geo deal with China’s Tencent

Fox International Channels has agreed a deal with Chinese online video site Tencent, which will launch a National Geographic branded block. The pair will also make programming together as part of the agreement. Nat Geo is part of the FIC stable of channels and the block on Tencent Video will be programmed with docs from the […]

Talpa and Tencent strike Chinese deal

John de Mol’s Talpa and Chinese online video site Tencent are working together on a new reality show for the Chinese market. Details of the show itself, including its title, have not been released. Talpa said that the show will be developed and produced jointly by it and Tencent and will debut in 2015 on […]

News brief: Extreme Football scores broadcast deals

New broadcasters have acquired Zodiak Kids’ animated series Extreme Football as the FIFA World Cup tournament begins today. In the UK, the BBC’s Scottish service BBC Alba has bought the show for an early July debut, while Finland’s MTV has also bought it. Chinese VOD platforms IQiYi, Tencent and Youku Toudu will also run the […]

China takes US series off streaming sites

Chinese authorities have ordered The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife (pictured), NCIS and The Practice be removed from the country’s streaming services despite these platforms having legitimately licensed them, according to state newspaper Beijing Daily. Chinese regulators have had the series removed as part of an effort to have greater control of the online […]