Tech in Asia — China, with its 688 million internet users, is about to hit another major milestone in its shift to digital. This year, the amount of time that adults in China will spend with digital media every day will surpass the time they spend with traditional media for the first time, according to new data from eMarketer. Yes, the internet is about to overtake TV, radio, and print combined.
IT News — NBN’s proposed changes to its pricing structure for retail service providers won’t address long-held complaints about the costs involved in purchasing bandwidth in the Netflix era, according to Optus.The telco’s head of corporate and regulatory affairs David Epstein today told the CommsDay conference while it was pleasing to see NBN address the heated issue, the changes were not substantial enough.
Advanced Television — BBC Worldwide Asia has announced a new licensing deal with Chinese ISP Tencent at MIPTV. The deal will see more than 1,000 hours of documentaries from the BBC added to the Tencent online video platforms, including v.qq.com and the Tencent Video app.
Digi Times — China Unicom has cooperated with several China-based IT players including Huawei, LeTV and Mango TV, a multimedia content subsidiary of Hunan Broadcasting System, to establish an Ultra HD alliance, looking to push Ultra HD content and products, according to a report fromsina.com. In addition to products and content, the alliance will also focus on enhancing China’s Internet speed and help reduce the fee consumers pay to access Internet.
Digital TV Europe — In a blog post about how Netflix works with internet service providers around the world, the subscription video-on-demand firm said that globally close to 90% of its traffic is delivered via direct connections between Open Connect and the residential ISPs its members use to get on the web.
Variety — TOKYO – The Fuji TV network will stream episodes of its upcoming “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress” anime series on Amazon Prime Instant Video, starting on April 7. This new show, produced by Fuji and scheduled for its popular ‘Noitamina’ late-night anime block, will be offered exclusively on the Amazon streaming service before being broadcast on terrestrial TV, with English subtitles for foreign viewers.
Television Post — MUMBAI: When Netflix decided to release season two of ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ to 190 countries simultaneously on Friday, it was aware that millions of people around the world would be watching. But there was very little additional traffic on the internet because of a decision the company made in 2011 to build its own content delivery network, or CDN.
Telecom Asia — HK Television Entertainment Company Limited (HKTVE) is slated to debut its free to air TV service, ViuTV, with the launch of a 24-hour Cantonese digital channel in April. According to HKTVE, ViuTV will provide 4,000 hours of new programs each year, with content of both locally produced and internationally acquired.
Digi Times — Some suppliers in Taiwan’s handset supply chain are benefiting from strong smartphone sales of China-based channeled-TV operator LeTV. LeTV is expected to be able to ship 20 million smartphones in the China market in 2016, beating established brands such as ZTE and Coolpad, according to industry sources.
Telecom Asia — Teleste, a provider of broadband video and data communication systems and services, has partnered with Samsung Electronics to launch a new solution for more efficient IP service delivery across hospitality environments.
China Tech News — Chinese Internet video provider Letv announced its entry into the Indian market and the company will start selling its Le Max and Le 1s smartphones in this marketplace. In addition, Letv announced the appointment of Atul Jain, former senior vice president of Samsung, as Letv’s chief operating officer in India.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Most Indians do not prefer to pay for video content and would like to download it for free, according to a survey conducted by Vuclip. “Downloads via torrent are dominant in India as compared to download through other subscription based websites. Propensity to purchase videos is significantly higher in developed nations (52%) compared to India (23%),” said the survey by the premium mobile video on demand service provider.
Telecom Asia — Warner TV (HD) has launched on Singtel TV on Channel 306 in high definition, enabling viewers to catch the latest US series within hours of their US premiere. Warner TV (HD) will feature hit action, comedy and drama titles and blockbuster movies from Warner Bros and Turner.
Times of India — LAS VEGAS: As many had predicted, Netflix will increase its global footprint and launch in India. Today the company said it will come to India with competitive plans. This is excellent news for the industry and viewers as the company will provide lot of content to be streamed over the internet to its users.
MIS Asia — All Samsung smart TVs sold in 2016 will be IoT-ready, meaning they’ll be able to talk to compatible appliances around the home, Samsung said Tuesday. In addition, all of Samsung’s high-end SHUD TVs sold next year will be able to act as a hub for its SmartThings platform, meaning the TV will be the controller for things like lights, thermostats and door locks. That could save people having to buy a standalone SmartThings hub for $99 – though SHUD TVs are quite pricey.
Daily Mail — Xiaoice is Microsoft’s latest piece of artificial intelligence. She has a ‘cute’ voice, can instantly comment on weather data and big news events, and now, she has a job on morning TV. The Chinese live program, ‘Morning News,’ introduced the AI on Tuesday, making Xiaoice the first robot to take on a job of this kind. Her voice sounds more like a human’s than any other AI’s to date, and Xioice’s success now has people questioning the future of their careers.
Digi Times — Toshiba has announced that it has reached agreement with China-based Skyworth on the sale of PT Toshiba Consumer Products Indonesia, Toshiba Group’s Indonesian manufacturing base for TVs and twin-tub washing machines. Going forward, the company plans to settle the final sales price and complete the transfer by March 2016. The agreement will also give Skyworth a license to use the Toshiba brand name in Asia, excluding China.
Chinese online video-streaming giant Letv has set out on an ambitious plan to build up its hardware capabilities and content portfolio in separate deals with Hong Kong-listed companies TCL Multimedia Technology and Digital Domain Holdings. Letv has agreed to acquire 20 per cent of TCL Multimedia for HK$2.27 billion (US$293 million), making it the second-largest shareholder of one of the world’s largest television manufacturers.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Letv, the internet conglomerate is ready for its entry into the Indian market. It is reportedly planning to launch ‘Le Super TV’ in the country. The range of televisions from the company come with TV Operating System (OS) EUI. Le is expected to provide users in India access to its content library along with the TV App Store and cloud video streaming support.
ZDNet — In tech savvy South Korea, YouTube currently reigns supreme, but Naver Corporation, the sprawling conglomerate behind the country’s largest search portal and chat app Line in Japan, vowed to challenge YouTube’s video streaming dominance in 2016. Naver executives took the stage at the Naver Connect 2015 conference last Tuesday to deliver a message best summed up by two keywords: “live” and “mobile”.
China Tech News — Now that Alibaba almost owns China’s top online video site, what does this mean for investors and company management at the acquired business? Announced this week right before the big e-commerce event of Singles’ Day, Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba and Internet video group Youku Tudou jointly announced that the two parties have reached an agreement, under which Alibaba will acquire Youku-Tudou in cash.
Digi Times — Shenzhen-based NxEra, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics, has set up a joint venture with a subsidiary of China Central Television (CCTV) for providing IoT-based video services, according to a media report in China. NxEra is a mobile connected cloud platform set up in 2014 focusing on development of IoT technologies for recruitment, logistics, footprint, cash flow, information flow and technology flow applications, according to company data.
Times of India — BEIJING: Billionaire Jack Ma’s Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced an estimated $4.8 billion deal to take over video streaming service Youku Tudou as it seeks to spread its online empire. Alibaba is snapping up Youku Tudou, China’s equivalent to YouTube, in the latest of a string of acquisitions as it sets its sights far beyond its core eBay-style transactions business.
India Times — BEIJING: Chinese internet and technology MNC Letv – which has just launched the world’s biggest 120″ tv – says it sees India as a “great internet power” in the coming years and that it would make its contribution to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ mission.
Yibada — LeTV is set to make a gradual introduction of all its products that include smartphones, TVs and cloud computing to the Indian market in the first half of 2016, Jia Yueting, founder and CEO of LeTV Holdings Co. The company is planning to establish another 200 nodes in India and open cloud platform, user interface design as well as mobile application design to users and developers in India, Jia said.
Tech in Asia — Alibaba today announced it has proposed to acquire China’s top video site company, Youku Tudou. It runs the Youku and Tudou sites, which combine user-generated content with licensed movies and TV series. Alibaba’s buy-out of Youku values the video site at about US$4.2 billion, according to earliest calculations. No official figure is provided by Alibaba today.
Want China Times — US on-demand internet streaming video provider Netflix is reportedly set to team up with Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group, which owns Wanda Cinemas as well as AMC Entertainment, to expand business in the Chinese market, the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald reports.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Tata Teleservices is applying to liberalize its CDMA airwaves in at least four circles, a possible first step towards a spectrum trading pact with Telenor’s Indian arm which needs to offer 4G services to stay relevant in the country’s competitive highspeed data market. The Tata Group company has written to the telecom department (DoT) to liberalize airwaves in Andhra Pradesh and Delhi service areas by paying the market, or auction-determined, price for spectrum and is planning to do the same for Mumbai and Maharashtra, said three people familiar with the details.
Want China Times — China’s internet TV craze has just attracted another convert with the debut of Whaley TV on Aug. 13. “Whaley TV envisions becoming a platform for promoting Chinese culture” said Li Ruigang, founder and chair of Whaley Technology, which runs the new internet TV division, according to Tencent’s tech news web portal.
Want China Times — Software and IT services sales in China surged in the first five months this year, evidence that consumption pertaining to technology and internet is increasing economic growth, said China’s top economic planner. The two sectors witnessed a 17.1% increase in sales revenue from a year earlier to 1.59 trillion yuan (US$260 billion) during the January-May period, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said Monday.