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Disney+ doubles subs, APAC expansion

The Walt Disney Company has  revealed its Disney+ streaming service passed 116 million global subscribers in Q3, more than double year-on-year. Its US-based services also saw growth, with Hulu up 21 per cent to 42.8 million subscribers and ESPN+ jumping 75 per cent to 14.9 million, for a total 174 million subscribers across the Disney […]

August 13, 2021By Nik Roseveare

ATEME empowers NT PCL to broadcast Olympics across Thailand

ATEME, a specialist in video delivery solutions for broadcast, cable TV, DTH, IPTV and OTT, has announced its Kyrion encoders and decoders are providing contribution links to enable Thai operator National Telecom to distribute the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to all broadcasters across Thailand. The use of ATEME’s Kyrion encoders/decoders allows NT PCL to provide Thai […]

August 5, 2021

Thaicom only bidder for Thailand orbital slots

The only business to enter a bid for Thailand’s orbital slot auction is sitting tenant Thaicom. An auction, organised by the nation’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has seen zero interest from other suitors. NBTC, in something of a last-ditch effort, has set August 28th as a new deadline for bids to be entered. […]

August 4, 2021By Chris Forrester

Thailand: National Telecom will not bid for satellite licence

Thailand’s National Telecom will not be bidding for a satellite licence. Instead, the company will focus on 5G. National Telecom, itself a recent merger between two Thai major businesses, TOT (Telecom Organisation of Thailand) and CAT (Communications Authority of Thailand) which took place in January and still control much of the terrestrial communications in the […]

July 20, 2021By Chris Forrester

mu Space opens satellite factory in Thailand

mu Space has opened a satellite manufacturing facility in Bangkok. The business says that it will be recruiting some 300 staff over the next year. mu Space is already planning to build Low Earth orbiting satellites and had already invested in what it calls its Factory 01. Now the new expansion, called Factory 1 is […]

July 9, 2021By Chris Forrester

Thaicom sole bidder for Thai slot

A subsidiary of Thaicom is the sole bidder for a Thai satellite orbital slot which is due for auction on July 24th. TC Space Connect is the bidder, although muSpace which had said it would make a bid failed to submit a proposal by the end of the bid period. Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications […]

July 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

Brightcove and ByteArk bring new media and OTT tech to Thailand

Brightcove, a global player in video for business, today announced a technology partnership with ByteArk, a content delivery network (CDN) service provider in Thailand, to support customers looking to use video to connect with viewers all over the world. Together, Brightcove and ByteArk will further empower media organizations, content owners using OTT (over-the-top) platforms, and […]

June 22, 2021

Report: APAC ad market recovery underway

Net advertising expenditure in Asia Pacific, calculated after discounts, declined 4.3 per cent Y/Y in 2020, according to the Asia Pacific Advertising Trends 2021 report from Media Partners Asia (MPA). Pandemic-induced macroeconomic uncertainty softened advertiser demand in H1 2020. As economies rebound, recovery is underway with ad spend forecast to exceed $200 billion by end […]

June 14, 2021

Thaicom bids to extend satellite franchise

Thaicom has reportedly set up a subsidiary business in order to bid for satellite orbital slots which the government is likely to auction in July. Thaicom has asked for the auction to be delayed, citing the pandemic. However, Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is unlikely to shift the date. Currently the bidding process […]

June 8, 2021By Chris Forrester

Buyer emerges for Thaicom’s assets

Gulf Energy Development, a Thai-based power generator, is looking to buy some of Thaicom’s assets, but not its satellite business. There are problems however; despite offering $5.4 billion for the assets, Gulf does not want to acquire the whole of Thaicom. The bid emerged on April 19th. In essence Gulf wants to buy Thaicom-backed Intouch […]

April 21, 2021By Chris Forrester