The two tech giants Amazon and Google have finally ended their spat and agreed to allow each other's streaming apps on their respective platform.
Tougher EU copyright rules aimed at ensuring fair compensation for the European Union's $1 trillion creative industries is believed to hit Google, Facebook hard, as they and other online platforms will have to sign licensing agreements with musicians, performers, authors, news publishers and journalists to use their work, as per new rules.
Google owned YouTube and Discovery Channel have forged a partnership including a multi-year distribution agreement, which will enable Discovery to offer its portfolio of brands on YouTube TV’s live TV and on-demand subscription service in the US.
The most awaited streaming service Disney+ will debut in the US in November 2019, this was revealed at the Walt Disney Company’s Investor Day held on 12 April 2019.
On 10 April, the US House of Representatives passed the long pending and controversial "net neutrality" legislation. This requires internet service providers to treat all online traffic equally.
According to a new report from Media Partners Asia (MPA), the ad revenue across Asia Pacific expanded by 6.3% in 2018 to top $180 billion, and is on course to grow by a further 6.2% in 2019 to move close to $195 billion in revenue.
On 9 April, the US-India Business Council (USIBC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) hosted ‘Creative India: Honoring the Legacy, Fostering the Future’ to identify ways the US and India can join forces to combat online piracy and protect cross-border innovation and creativity.
Global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group has announced the creation of Acting Up, the first show to result from Endemol Shine China’s co-production deal with leading local content producer and broadcaster Hunan TV, which was announced at MIPCOM last year.
The tech giant Amazon is planning to launch its own satellites to provide broadband internet under the "Project Kuiper".
A Russian delegation, led by Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, H.E, Alexey Volin, met senior officials at the Ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) on 5 April where both countries agreed that an annual Indo-Russian Forum for Media Cooperation be organised alternately in India and Russia.
According to the latest edition of Media Partners Asia’s (MPA) Pay-TV Networks Channel Database, Star India’s robust growth helped India accounted for 62% of Asia Pacific pay channel revenues in 2018. Sony was another big contributor.
In yet another feat, the hi tech city of Shanghai has become the world's first district using both 5G coverage and broadband gigabit network.
While the US will be the largest contributor to global ad spend growth between 2018 and 2021, adding $32 billion to the market, China will be in second place, adding $16 billion and India in third, adding $5 billion, as per Zenith’s Advertising Expenditure Forecasts.
Pakistan’s Information & Broadcasting (I&B) ministry has banned the broadcast of the IPL 2019 (starts on 23 March). The step was taken in retaliation when Discovery Communications India-owned DSport had suspended the live telecast of Pakistan Super League (PSL) post Pulwama attack.
The tech giant Google has been fined by the European Commission 1.49-billion-euro ($1.7 billion) for breaching the EU rules and blocking rival online advertisers.
On 20 March, the acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets by the Walt Disney Company became complete and effective.
On 15 March, a mosque in New Zealand saw the worst bloodshed of decades as a shooter killed opver 50 anmd injured dozens during Friday prayer.
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