3-16 May 2021 eNewsletter
Life after linear: What now, Disney?; Questions about Disney’s next steps in Southeast Asia
In the past week, no video industry conversation in Asia has omitted talk of life after Disney’s decision to pull the plug on the majority of its linear channels in Southeast Asia from 1 October this year. The decision has sparked off a new round of turmoil in an already wild landscape, and turned on a speculation spigot that isn’t closing anytime soon. Disney confirmed the exit of the 18 services, but remains tight-lipped on details. We’ve listed some of the questions streaming into our feeds. The full story is on page 1 of ContentAsia’s 3 May 2021 eNewsletter.
Disney+ titles sweep Thai demand; “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” dominates
Disney+ titles “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” and “WandaVision” dominated demand for the week of 21-27 April, pushing Netflix (and everyone else) way down on the digital originals’ top 10, according to data science company Parrot Analytics. And that’s all before Disney+ even launches in Thailand... Although Netflix’s “The Crown” was third on the digital originals list, at only 5.52x above average demand, the series’ lead in Thailand was virtually meaningless for the week compared to “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s” 21.34x or even “WandaVision’s” 16.71x. The full story is on page 15
Hong Kong’s Fantastic launches 3rd channel, new spectrum turbo charges broadcast plans
Fantastic Television plans to launch a third linear free-TV channel for Hong Kong following the Communications Authority’s in-principle approval to use spectrum as an additional transmission means. The new channel is scheduled to launch before the end of 2022. The full story is on page 3
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