Canal+ Group’s Pay TV channel distributor Thema will soon launch its subsidiary in India (Mumbai) to expand its business operations in Asia. The subsidiary will also look after group’s businesses in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Maldives.
The major OTT player YuppTV has partnered with FlowersTV. The deal will help YuppTV to make the Malayalam entertainment channel available to the expat community in North America.
China, known for it tough censorship, has shut down 3,918 illegal websites during April-June. The country’s internet regulator the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said these websites included those that published content that jeopardized national security, and those that spread violence, vulgarity or unfounded rumours.
Christopher Nolan has become the new Steven Spielberg, as his WW 2 epic film ‘Dunkirk’ is getting brilliant reviews from critics, as well as appreciation from viewers for its flawless and immersive appeal. The film has crossed the $100 million mark in opening weekend (21-23 July), according to ComScore.
Taking a hard step, Russia's parliament, on July 21, voted to outlaw web tools that allow internet users to sidestep official bans of certain websites. Members of the lower house, the Duma, passed the bill to prohibit the services from Russian territory if they were used to access blacklisted sites.
Eyeing vast international markets, Pocket Aces, a digital entertainment company which run channels such as FilterCopy, Dice Media and Gobble, has reached a deal with Asian digital media firm WebTVAsia to make its content available in the Chinese markets.
Globally popular OTT service providers like Netflix are increasingly focusing on original content. Recently, Amazon has partnered with Agatha Christie Ltd for making original series for the US audience. The first adaptation of Christie’s classic stories, ‘Ordeal By Innocence’, has already began production earlier this month in the UK.
An agreement was signed between Asian satellite operator Asiasat and global media solutions provider Globecast, which will allow them to deliver Russian TV channel RTR-Planeta Asia to viewers via AsiaSat 5.
In a breakthrough law which may also help India if it is brought to the table, the Australian government has made it mandatory for the social media giants including Facebook and WhatsApp to share encrypted messages of suspected terrorists and other criminals with Australian police. The law came into effect on 14 July.
UK’s regulator has capped the 5G spectrum share in upcoming mobile-spectrum auctions. On July 12, the telecoms regulator Ofcom announced a cap on the amount of spectrum UK mobile operators can win at auctions due later this year.
The clean feed policy in Nepal is hurting the local cable operators, as well as Indian broadcasters. Hence, cable operators are opposing the policy as it will mean higher payouts for sourcing such content.
The Nepal government got a request from the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) to defer the implementation of clean feed policy for foreign broadcasters until the digitisation of cable TV network is completed.
Circle Media Labs has got $2 million investment from UK pay TV service provider Sky. Circle Media Labs is an early-stage technology company specialising in connected devices. This investment will provide Sky with additional insight into developments within the field.
A subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPN), IMS Internet Media Services (IMS) is buying 51% stake in cross channel ad network Httpool. IMS is one of the largest digital ad sales and media-buying companies in Latin America.
Terror has become the top international issue, and governments want to control or oversee the internet data to contain the menace and pre-empt terror attacks. Recently, Russia’s Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov said that Russia should not delay anti-terrorist regulation on mobile data storage from mid-2018, though he added that this should be done gradually.
Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security, and MultiChoice Africa Limited (MAL), a provider of video entertainment services in Africa, announced that three content pirates have been sentenced in Cairo, Egypt. The sentencing follows multiple piracy raids which uncovered a large cybercrime syndicate illegally offering premium content services. The three defendants were found guilty on all criminal charges and were each sentenced to a two-year jail term and a fine of 75,000 EGP ($4,100 USD).
BBC is planning to go big on children’s content. The broadcaster will invest £34 million in the next 3 years to produce amazing content for kids. The content will be available on BBC’s children’s television channels, CBeebies and CBBC. The new investment will ensure that the BBC’s commitment to informing, educating and entertaining the UK’s children will continue.
According to latest findings By Park Associates, 9% of US broadband households plan to purchase a virtual reality headset within the next year. The study titles as ‘Virtual Reality: Disrupting the Entertainment Experience’ said purchase intentions have nearly doubled since early 2016, when only 5% planned to purchase a VR headset.
The cross party MPs of the UK’s parliament are seriously thinking about voting on Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky, as they fear it will leave Murdoch family with too much power over the news agency.
According to UK’s culture secretary Karen Bradley, there is concern that 21st Century Fox having control of BskyB would give it too much influence and power in the UK media market.
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