Netflix prepares for Southeast Asia battle, eyes content push & mobile-only plans

Netflix is to use more mobile-only subscription plans and an expanded local content offering to compete with streamers such as Disney+ and iQiyi in Southeast Asia. Ajay Arora, the streamer’s director for product innovation, told Reuters that “what we see in Southeast Asia is that it’s a very mobile-centric market,” and that Netflix would look […]

Asian streamer Hooq acquired by e-retailer Coupang, suggests report

South Korean e-commerce company Coupang is reported to have acquired the software of Hooq Digital, the Southeast Asian streaming platform which went into liquidation in March. Hooq was a joint venture between Singapore telecoms operator Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros, launched in 2015. Operating in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, Hooq struggled […]

Southeast Asian streamer Hooq files for liquidation

Singapore-based streamer Hooq – backed by Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. and regional telco Singtel – has filed for liquidation. The on-demand service launched six years ago with backing from the US studios but has more recently moved towards launching its own local originals. It had more than 30 original titles either on the platform […]

Online TV sales platform Vuulr goes global

Online programme sales platform Vuulr has rolled out internationally after launching across Asia in January 2019. The Singapore-headquartered Vuulr features TV and film content from producers and distributors including Sony, Picture Tree International, Banijay Rights, Warner Media, CNN and Toonz Media Group, comprising over 30,000 hours across over 60 genres and 70 languages. Buyers registered […]

All3Media International to sell Hooq’s South East Asian originals

All3media International has agreed a content representation partnership with South East Asian streamer Hooq. All3’s distribution arm will manage global sales of Hooq originals unless rights are retained by the streamer or other partners. The Singapore-based streamer’s originals slate stands at 63 productions across the region and the platform aims to have delivered 100 by […]

“Purposeful” formats, CEE scripted on the rise in 2019

International TV research consultancy K7 Media has unveiled its predictions for 2019, forecasting that Disney+ will lead the direct-to-consumer push while tipping Central and Eastern Europe as the next hot territory for scripted programming. Topping the list is the highly anticipated Disney+ platform, which K7 describes as a “genuine contender” to Netflix and Amazon in […]

Hooq reveals three original Indonesian series, partners with Vice Media

Hooq, the Singapore-based streamer that serves Southeast Asia and India, has ordered three original Indonesian titles and partnered with Vice Media for new content. TL;DR is a new talk show on the platform, that will be co-produced by Vice. The youth-skewed titles will focus on current affairs and trending topics. Check Out The Store Next Door is […]

Hooq gets hyper-local for new Southeast Asia strategy

Hooq CEO Peter Bithos tells TBI how he is transforming the Singapore-based streamer from the ‘home of Hollywood’ to the home of hyper-localized content for emerging markets. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports. In what is now one of the most competitive SVOD environments in the world, Hooq – the WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures Television and Singtel–owned streamer operating […]

Featuring at the Forum

We asked Asian television experts headed for Singapore’s Asia TV Forum & Market about the key issues affecting the region’s business TBI: How is subscription VOD and digital content in general affecting the Asian market? Recent data suggests it will soon overtake North America as the most significant region for SVOD. Krishnan Rajagopalan, founder of […]

BBCWW strikes 600-hour Amazon India deal

BBC Worldwide has shopped a huge package of BBC content to Amazon for its recently-launched Prime streaming service in India. The programming is in the popular factual and preschool kids categories. Several kids shows will be heading into the Indian market for the first time under the terms of the deal, including CBeebies’ Clangers, Dinopaws […]