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Live TV Driving Australians’ Screen Time

SYDNEY: The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report illustrates that Australians overwhelmingly prefer live TV to recorded, with overall in-home TV usage steady year-on-year. Broadcast TV viewing is at nearly 96 hours per Australian each month. Australians gravitate toward the largest available screen for viewing as well. Smaller, mobile devices create additional ...

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Viki Renews NBCU Contract

SINGAPORE: The online video service Viki has renewed its licensing agreement with NBCUniversal for the third year in a row, allowing it to stream hundreds of hours of shows into Southeast Asia. Viki will be streaming comedies such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, Monk and Psych on its platform. ...

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Sony Announces Restructure of PC, TV-Set Businesses

TOKYO: Projecting a 110 billion yen ($1.1 billion) loss for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, Sony has announced plans to cut 5,000 positions, sell its PC unit and spin off its TV-set operation as a separate wholly-owned subsidiary. The news came as the company announced its Q3 results, ...

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Lightning Names New TV Distribution Director

HONG KONG: Julien Dutronc has left TV5 Monde to become the director of TV distribution for Lightning International. In his new role, Dutronc will manage regional sales and distribution for the company's various television networks. He will be charged with the rollout of such channels as TRACE Sports Stars HD, ...

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NHK World TV Expands Slate

TOKYO: Japanese pubcaster NHK is making some major changes to its international English-language service, which reaches more than 270 million homes across the globe, including adding new shows about Japanese films and Kabuki. As of April, NHK World TV will increase the number of regular series it airs from 34 ...

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beIN Sports Scores Thai Carriage

BANGKOK: Expanding its Asian presence, beIN Sports is set to be offered on Thailand's leading pay-TV platform, TrueVisions, beginning this week. The channel, beIN SPORTS 1, will become available to the platform's subscribers tomorrow (February 5). The channel holds the broadcast rights for, among others, the Scottish Professional Football League, ...

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The Inbetweeners Sequel Sold in Australia, New Zealand

LONDON: Aussie outfit Village Roadshow is bringing the sequel to The Inbetweeners Movie down under after closing a deal with Zodiak Rights, the film’s international distributor. The Inbetweeners Movie 2, which coincidentally is set in Australia, began shooting in December. Zodiak Media company Bwark will produce the second big-screen adaptation ...

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More Disney Titles Roll Out on YOU On Demand in China

NEW YORK: China's YOU On Demand has expanded its deal with Disney Media Distribution, bringing several library titles to its SVOD platform and new releases to its transactional VOD service. Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean and popular Marvel library titles are just some of the offerings being made ...

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Haim Saban, Anne Sweeney Slated for APOS 2014

SINGAPORE/BALI: The Asia Pacific Operators Summit taking place in Bali, Indonesia, from April 22 to 24 will feature keynote addresses by Saban Capital Group’s Haim Saban, Disney’s Anne Sweeney, China Media Capital’s Rui-Gang Li and The Chernin Group’s Peter Chernin. Also set to participate in the event, focused on the ...

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Sunset+Vine Sets Up Asian Post

LONDON/SINGAPORE: Sunset+Vine is opening up a new hub in Asia, headquartered in Singapore, to be led by Huw Bevan, who joins from FOX International Channels. The company is looking to take advantage of the growing TV sports production market in Southeast Asia. Bevan will serve as managing director of the ...

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