France’s Canal+ extends stake in Asian streamer Viu to 30%

France’s pay-TV giant Canal+ has increased its investment in Asia-based streamer Viu to almost 30%. The deal, which follows the French company’s deal struck last year that saw it take a 26% stake in the company, is part of a $300m staged investment plan that provides Canal+ with the option to ultimately acquire a majority […]

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 […]

Asian streamer Viu remakes hit Korean drama ‘Reborn Rich’ in Thailand

Asia and MENA streamer Viu is remaking hit Korean drama Reborn Rich for its viewers in Thailand. The original show attracted global attention following its launch last year on Viu, with the story tracking an employee of the Sunyang Group who is framed and then betrayed. The employee then finds himself in the body of […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Sizing up South-Eastern Asia’s streaming potential

South-Eastern Asia is a hotbed of streaming activity, with global and regional operators looking to exploit a broad and growing viewer base. Omdia senior analysts Kia Ling Teoh and Jun Wen Woo tell TBI how two major players – Netflix and Viu – are faring. South-Eastern Asia has been targeted by many media companies attracted […]

Viu moves into French-language drama with ‘The Outbreak’ in Middle East

Streaming service Viu has acquired French-language medical drama The Outbreak for its viewers in the Middle East.  The series, which was first shown on TVA in French-speaking Canada in January last year, represents Asian streamer Viu’s first deal with Paris-based production and distribution company Oble – as well as the first French-speaking drama on the […]

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 […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: A week in numbers from the US to Singapore

Covid-19 has deeply impacted media around the world and while some sectors have made the most of locked down audiences, others are facing mounting problems. TBI takes you on a whistle-stop tour across the US, the UK, Southeast Asia and Brazil to get a taster of how different countries’ content and telco businesses are shaping […]

Viu emerges top in Southeast Asia streaming poll, beating Netflix

Asia-focused SVOD Viu has ranked as the leading streaming service in Southeast Asia, according to a new report. Data from Media Partners Asia subsidiary AMPD Research claims that Viu now has 14 million monthly active users in the region, almost two million more than second place Line TV and four million more than Netflix in […]

News round-up: Viu picks up Mediacorp content; drops fees to support industry

Viu picks up Mediacorp content PCCW Media Group’s pan-regional OTT video service Viu has struck a deal to air drama and lifestyle content from Singapore national media network Mediacorp. Starting from today, more than 600 hours of curated Mediacorp content will be available to ‘Viu-ers’ throughout Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. […]

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