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Forecast: 1.79bn SVoD subs by 2029

Global SVoD subscriptions will increase by 321 million between 2023 and 2029 to reach 1.79 billion – showing continued growth, according to forecasts from Digital TV Research. The US will add 30 million subscriptions, following by Brazil (up by 23 million) and India (27 million). Six US-based platforms will have 946 million SVoD subscribers by […]

November 27, 2023

Forecast: APAC OTT revenues up $15bn by 2029

Asia Pacific OTT TV episodes and movie revenues will reach $49 billion (€45.7bn) in 2029, up from the $34 billion recorded in 2023, according to the Asia Pacific OTT TV and Video Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. This comes despite China, the world’s second largest market, maturing rapidly and India experiencing SVoD […]

September 7, 2023

Analysis: Disney+ Hotstar changes course in India

Research from Ampere Analysis reveals that India’s leading streaming service, Disney+ Hotstar, has changed its strategic focus in response to rising costs, in particular sports rights costs. Rather than pursuing new subscribers at any price, the player is pivoting towards a focus on profitability and increasing ARPU (Average Revenue per Subscriber). Despite recent subscriber declines, […]

July 3, 2023

Google’s Sivanandan named Head of Disney+ Hotstar

Disney’s international content and operations group has announced the appointment of Sajith Sivanandan as executive VP and head of Disney+ Hotstar. Sivanandan will oversee Disney+ Hotstar’s overall business operations in India with direct responsibility for defining the streaming service’s strategic business priorities and charting its product roadmap. He will also work closely with local leadership […]

August 23, 2022

AVIA: “Optimism for OTT growth”

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) hosted over 850 delegates and featured over 80 industry leaders at the recent OTT Summit, with conversations largely revolving on the subject of growth, from subscriber and revenue growth to increased local content investment and an intense focus on the customer. In discussing the outlook for the video industry […]

April 6, 2022

Astro results improves on back of economic recovery

Astro Malaysia has posted fourth quarter results from the financial year ended 31 January 2022. Tun Zaki Azmi, Chairman of Astro, said: “Astro’s Q4 FY22 results improved q-o-q on the back of economic recovery. However, consumer sentiment and spending power continued to be soft. The Group remained cash generative, cost disciplined and proactive in its […]

March 31, 2022

Star India extends Premier League deal

The Premier League has extended its coverage in the India with a renewal of its media rights arrangement with Star India. As a result of the contract extension between the English top-flight football league and the India-facing subsidiary of the The Walt Disney Corporation, Star India will continue to broadcast Premier League matches until 2025.  […]

March 16, 2022

Forecast: Disney+ will overtake Netflix in 2028

Global SVoD subscriptions will increase by 550 million between 2021 and 2027 to reach 1.75 billion, according to the SVOD Forecasts Update report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. China and the US will together account for 48 per cent of the world’s total by 2027. “China and the US had a similar number of […]

February 22, 2022

Indonesia: WWE signs first deal with Disney

Disney and WWE have reportedly come to an agreement to stream the WWE Network in Indonesia as part of the Disney+ Hotstar service. The deal, similar to the arrangement with Peacock in the US, begins with the Royal Rumble event which takes place on January 29th. All future WWE live events will be made available […]

January 28, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Forecast: SVoD subscriptions at 1.6bn by 2026

Global SVoD subscriptions will increase by 491 million between 2021 and 2026 to reach 1.64 billion, according to the SVOD Forecasts Update report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. China and the US will together account for 49 per cent of the global total by 2026, down from 56 per cent in 2021. “China and […]

September 30, 2021