Times of India — Video streaming service YouTube has rolled out a new feature. Dubbed ‘Smart Offline,’ the feature lets users download videos at cheaper night time data rates offered by mobile operators in India. “Today, we are beginning to roll out a feature called Smart Offline on YouTube that lets you take advantage of the cheaper data rates as offered by your mobile operator, without requiring you to stay up late at night,” Google wrote on its India blog.
Telecom Asia — Singapore’s MyRepublic has been found to provide the fastest average streaming speeds among ISPs in 12 APAC countries in Netflix’s first ISP speed index for the region. MyRepublic provided average streaming speeds of 3.78Mbps under Netflix’s calculations, narrowly beating out StarHub Fiber at 3.71Mbps.
Telecom Asia — Telstra has added two cloud-based online video platforms to its global media portfolio — the Video Monetization Solution (VMS) and Online Video Solution (OVS) — designed to help professional and digital media organizations more effectively stream, deliver and distribute online video content.
Tech in Asia — China’s live streamers, it seems, have been getting a little bit too bawdy. On Thursday, China’s state-run television network CCTV announced that all of the major streaming platforms – Douyu, Panda.tv, Huya, YY, Zhanqi TV, etc. – are under investigation by China’s Ministry of Culture. These platforms stand accused of hosting content that was too vulgar/sexual, too violent, and even content that incites users to commit crimes.
Digi Times — Xiaomi Technology will invest US$25 million in India-based digital entertainment content provider Hungama, in a bid to integrate Hungama’s content with its smartphones launched in India, according to a China-based tech.qq.com report. Other investors taking part in the Hungama’s current round of capital expansion project include Intel Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners as well India-based venture capitalist Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, said the report.
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.
Tech in Asia — Well, here’s a strange one: on Friday, Baidu said that it has received a nonbinding proposal to acquire its majority stake in video streaming site iQiyi. The guys who want to buy it up? Baidu’s own CEO Robin Li and iQiyi CEO Gong Yu.
Telecom Asia — Apparently China isn’t the only major market left where Netflix will have to do some work to get off the ground. Indonesia’s dominant provider PT Telkom has apparently blocked access to the OTT provider’s video offerings as of Wednesday morning. Why, you ask? Violence and pornography of course. Well, it’s not PT Telkom itself behind the move, although they are the ones implementing it.
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.
Telecom Asia — AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat’s latest broadcast satellite for the China market, has received a permit to provide video services in mainland China. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) has recently given permission for AsiaSat 6 to serve Chinese broadcasters for video distribution to cable headends in China.
Telecom Asia — Telekom Malaysia has entered an agreement to provide OTT video provider iflix’s service to the operator’s home UniFi and Streamyx high-speed broadband customers. The collaboration will provide Unifi and Streamyx customers access to tens of thousands of hours of TV shows and movies available on iflix at no additional cost.
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.
Myanmar Times — During a keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Netflix co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings said the move was “the birth of a new global internet TV network”. “With this launch, consumers around the world – from Singapore to St Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo – will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously – no more waiting,” he said.
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.
Times of India — Netflix is all set to launch it India operations. According to a report in Hindu Business Line, “Netflix could enter India through a partnership with a local telecom firm to take advantage of the 4G networks that make watching high quality video streaming possible on a mobile anywhere.”
Telecom Asia — Alibaba and Walt Disney have forged a multi-year license agreement for an OTT service that for the first time connects customers, physical products and digital entertainment. Dubbed “DisneyLife,” the service provides Alibaba customers in China with an “all-encompassing and immersive” family-friendly digital experience.
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.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Twitter is aggressively pushing businesses to use video to promote themselves on the microblogging site and the strategy seems to be paying off. The company said its revenue from the flagship promoted video feature in India shot up fivefold over the last year. Though Twitter did not disclose the total number of such campaigns or brands using it, the auto playing video feature has been attempted by the likes of BMW, Nestle, Cisco, Myntra and Samsung.
ZDNet — Subscription may be a dirty word for content proponents who believe the industry should be free of walled gardens, but this business model is touted to offer valuable insights and a way to build better customer relations. Asia’s online video space, in particular is set to heat up with Netflix expanding its presence into the region including Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan where its services will launch in early-2016. It launched in Australia and New Zealand this March.
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.