Netflix heading for Australia

Netflix is understood to be planning a launch in Australia and New Zealand in 2015, with two acquisitions executives visiting Sydney next week to meet local content owners. Village Roadshow CEO Graham Burke recently confirmed that the Australian studio is in talks to sell content to Netflix. In an interview with tech website CNet, Burke said “it is pretty widely

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Singapore’s Viddsee gets social

Singapore-based online short film platform Viddsee is entering web series production with mockumentary Get Social, about a social media startup. The 20-episode comedy series stars local actors George Young, Oon Shu Ann, Shane Mardjuki and Vanessa Ann Vanderstraaten. They play four twentysomethings who work at a social media marketing agency founded by Young’s character, Leonard Lee, a trust-fund baby who

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Alibaba, Yunfeng invest in Youku Tudou

Chinese internet giant Alibaba has made another major media acquisition by purchasing a $1.22bn stake in online video giant Youku Tudou. Alibaba and associate Yunfeng Capital will acquire a combination of existing shares and newly issue equity in Youku Tudou, which is listed on the New York stock exchange. Following the deal, Alibaba will hold a 16.5% stake in Youku

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Youku unveils smart TV, OTT partners

Chinese video streaming platform Youku Tudou has signed strategic partnerships with a slew of local smart TV and OTT manufacturers, eight of which involve exclusive integration of the pre-installed Youku Tudou app. The partnerships include four OTT companies: Huawei Technologies, which is projected to distribute 1.5 million set-top boxes this year; ZTE9 Network Technology’s Fun Box, described as China’s first

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