TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taipei City’s Department of Labor (DOL, 勞動局) said yesterday that they will look into Yahoo Kimo (Yahoo奇摩) and China Television Company Ltd.’s (CTV, 中國電視事業股份) mass layoffs, which are estimated to lead to the loss of at least 100 positions. DOL chief Ye Chien-neng (葉建能) said they have yet to receive notice about CTV’s dismissal proposal, however, they plan to send officials to better understand the matter.
In the wake of continued slow sales of its LCD and smartphone products, Sony is expected to lower the sales ratio of low-margin products and thus will adjust its outsourcing policy, a move which will affect Taiwan-based ODM/OEM partners, including Foxconn Electronics, TPV Technology and Arima Communications, according to industry sources.
NEW DELHI: Indian cellphone major Micromax, which recently ventured into the television market, said that its large screen ultra high-definition (UHD) range will be available for consumers exclusively via e-commerce portal Flipkart. According to the online seller who is bullish over the tie-up, UHD range of televisions (TV) is drawing “tremendous growth” in consumer’s interest.
The head of a local cable TV group blamed the nation’s top three mobile carriers ― SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― for excessive promotional campaigns to sell paid content with heavy discounts. “The local cable TV industry has been consistent in building a virtuous circulation ecosystem in content for broadcasters. Our industry-wide efforts, however, have been disturbed as telecom firms are pushing to increase the sale of their converged products below market price.
SHANGHAI: Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has invested 2.4 billion yuan (US$382.67 million) in TV programme producer Beijing Enlight Media Co Ltd , Beijing Enlight said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. The move follows investments by Alibaba worth more than US$3.1 billion in the entertainment industry last year as the company aggressively expands into film and entertainment content.
China’s state TV extravaganza for Chinese New Year’s Eve is getting a social media twist this year – and also a pile of cash. The gala entertainment show is giving away RMB 500 million (US$80 million) in cash to viewers via social media such as WeChat and Weibo. The TV show – which lasts for nearly five hours – will trigger the cash handouts, in the form of virtual versions of the traditional “red envelope” money-filled gifts, at three points during the broadcast.
Chinese Internet video company Letv.com announced that they have established a new smart hardware development company named Leie. Leie will focus on the development of smart hardware to connect smartphones and smart TVs and establish a smart product ecosphere with content and applications focusing on health, entertainment, sports, and families.
LAS VEGAS: Sony Corp CEO Kazuo Hirai has weathered a crisis over a cyberattack on its Hollywood studio and its controversial comedy “The Interview”, but his toughest moment may be just arriving as he prepares a new business revival plan. After failing to turn around the storied creator of the Walkman since taking the helm in April 2012, Hirai and his deputies are now open to options including sales and joint ventures for its money-losing TV and mobile phone operations, company officials familiar with the leadership’s thinking say.
SEOUL, Jan 1 — Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said today that all its new smart television products launched in 2015 will be powered by the Tizen operating system, marking a fresh effort by the company to increase the usage of the software platform. Smart TVs offer additional software and connectivity functions, such as video streaming and web browsing capabilities. Samsung demonstrated TV sets powered by Tizen at developer conferences last year.
Wang Juan, chief editor of Tencent’s video business, announced that Tencent is preparing its over-the-top content plans for 2015 by cooperating with license owners and hardware manufacturers. Wang said Internet TV in China is a regulatory focus of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China because smart TVs will become a mainstream platform for video distribution in China.
TAIPEI–Google Inc. launched its Chromecast device in Taiwan Thursday, enabling local consumers to beam media content such as movies, music and sports from mobile devices or laptops to a television screen. Google has now launched Chromecast in 24 markets, including Taiwan. The device is priced locally at NT$1,390 (US$44.6) through stores operated by Chunghwa Telecom Co. and Web portal PChome’s online shopping site.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. recently launched new internet TVs in China in partnership with Chinese consumer electronics company Haier Electronics Group.
The new internet TVs come in three different sizes: a 55 inch model, a 48 inch model and a 42 inch model. Reports claim two other models will also be available.
Lei Jun, chairman and chief executive officer of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, says the company will invest USD1 billion in the video content industry as it aims to improve content of its TV and TV box products. For content, Lei said they prefer to cooperate with partners in the video content sector and realize joint growth in the area. Lei said the most important thing for Xiaomi in the current stage is the integration and operation of video content. The company aims to establish a complete network which closely combines software, hardware and contents to enhance the competitiveness of the company.
Xiaomi founder Lei Jun took to his Weibo page today to reveal that the disruptive gadget maker is to invest US$1 billion in building up content for its smart TV users. Xiaomi unleashed its smart TV OS in early 2013, available initially only via a cheap set-top box. Xiaomi later released a smart TV, dubbed MiTV (pictured above). The trouble with Xiaomi’s smart TV OS is that it lacks the content that many of its rivals have, since Xiaomi has no online video site to pair with it.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, today announced its partnership with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As part of this innovation – Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital satellite tuner which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external set-top-box (STB).
Japan’s Softbank plans to acquire Korean TV show portal DramaFever, according to a press release published on Business Wire . The five-year-old startup has raised US$12 million up to this point, some of that coming from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen. The site has a wide range of international TV shows, but is mostly known for its Korean dramas.
Pay TV company Foxtel fears that internet providers will stymie any attempt to introduce a notice scheme to combat online piracy unless they’re made to bear part of its cost. Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein told a copyright forum in Sydney that he expected “recalcitrant ISPs” would find a way to make such a scheme expensive, slow and difficult unless they were made to pay to send notices to consumers suspected of breaching copyright laws.
MUMBAI, INDIA: In yet anoter landmark technological move, Tata Sky announced its plans to launch 4k set top boxes in India by early next year. According to the the company, the 2014 FIFA World CupTM football match played between France & Germany last night was telecast on SD, HD and an (4k enabled) UltraHD television from Sony Electronics with live 4k feed of the football match on SONY SIX HD.
Extending its expertise in Ultra HD to Asia, Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL), working in partnership with ST Teleport, one of Asia’s leading full-service satellite, fibre and IP communications solutions providers, will be introducing its 4k TV channel on the EUTELSAT 70B satellite that reaches across Southeast Asia and Australia. The content displayed by Eutelsat’s new 4k channel is encoded in HEVC by ATEME and Thomson Video Networks at 50 frames per second with 10-bit colour depth (one billion colours – HEVC Main 10 profile).
NHK (an acronym for Nippon Hoso Kyokai, or Japan Broadcasting Corporation in English) will open the doors of its Science and Technology Research Labs (STRL) to the general public tomorrow. The annual open house allows Japanese citizens, who fund the national broadcaster through subscription fees, to catch a glimpse of the future of domestic broadcast television.