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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

Disney closing Hotstar in US

Disney is to close down its Hotstar streaming service in the United States in late 2022, but has yet to confirm an end date. It is streamlining its streaming services by moving content over to Hulu and ESPN+. “The move from Hotstar, a premium brand for South Asian content, to ESPN+ and Hulu in the […]

September 1, 2021By Colin Mann

India: MediaMath, Airtel ad tech partnership

MediaMath, the independent advertising technology company for brands and agencies, has announced a collaboration for ad tech with Airtel, an Indian communications solutions provider. MediaMath says the partnership demonstrates its commitment to its expanded footprint in India through partnerships with best-in-class providers, following recently announced collaborations with Disney Hotstar and Flipkart. “With Airtel Ads, we […]

June 30, 2021

India: Disney+ has significant lead on Netflix

Netflix dominates in certain Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries such as Australia and Malaysia, according to the SVoD forecasts by GlobalData, a data and analytics company. However, Netflix has significant ground to gain in India, with sentiments around India down year-on-year in 2021 while Disney+’s sentiments are up, reveals the Filing Analytics Platform of GlobalData. Rinaldo Pereira, […]

June 22, 2021