January – March 2017

HK Filmart 20-17

  • Content Extravaganza

    On a macro level, the Hong Kong TV industry is undergoing a significant transformation. The separation from traditional to digital is widening, with competition becoming more intense than before. But at a micro level, interest in Western formats has subsided over the years, resulting in an increase in the popularity of Korean content and HK originals. … Read More

Editor's Note

  • Are you watching television?

    That was the question that rocked the industry during the last Television Critics Association tour when it seems everyone with some connection to the small screen questioned its future.… Read More


  • Thinking out-off-the-box

    The kid’s TV business is becoming ever-more challenging with education producers battling the effects of fragmentation and changing international market demand, EBS’s (Korea Educational Broadcasting System) Senior Executive Producer Dr Hyunsook Chung tells K. Dass how she narrates her education programmes for kids.… Read More

  • Changing Platforms

    Leading analyst house across converging media says as companies increasingly bundle and aggregate content and services, they will likely respond positively to vendors with technology that addresses the myriad challenges they face. Edward Barton, Ovum’s Practice Leader for TV tells K. Dass his observation of current video streaming strategies in the market.… Read More

  • Asian content for the West

    U.S. video streaming giant shops in Asia for multiple huge titles, according to Joanne Waage, Viki’s SVP, Partnership and Programming. She tells K. Dass The Legend of the Blue Sea was aired in the U.S. minutes after its debut in Korea with English subtitles. … Read More

  • Content war in Japan

    U.S. video group, Hulu launched its service in Japan in September 2011. Nippon TV acquired Hulu’s Japan business in April 2014. The unit now has 1.5 million subscribers, paying a monthly fee of USD$8 or JPY933 plus taxes. It boasts a library of 19,000 films, dramas, anime and shorts or enjoys 35,000 hours of content. Kazufumi Nagasawa, … Read More

  • Asia’s Next Rising Star

    Israel’s ‘big brother’ of broadcasting, Keshet Media Group has made waves globally and now it’s ready to dominate Asia. On average, seven out of top 10 most watched shows in Israel are aired by Keshet Broadcasting. A master of many genres, some of its globally popular shows include Prisoners Of War, Boom!, The A Word, Rising Star, Master Class, and to Who’s On Top?… Read More

The Edge

Country Focus

  • Creative Transformations

    Television is a colossal industry in China and their content is changing to respond to the challenges presented by digital media, and upcoming businesses in both traditional and new media sectors.… Read More

  • Changing Landscape

    Impact of smart devices Chinese Internet TV platform LeEco (formerly known as LeTv) has gained a strong position in the Hong Kong market by showcasing more than 10 channels and video-on-demand service through customised smartphone and smart TV devices. HKTV was considered the frontier in the television market three years ago when it launched the station through online platform.… Read More


  • Reforms in the factual world

    Wildlife documentary experts believe the usual storytelling style needs a remake to attract the younger audiences. While the style may have been staid for a long time, wildlife filmmakers have often been the pace setters in technological advancement. They were probably the first to have shot in 3D and 4K before the other genres picked it. K.Dass reports.… Read More

  • The Rise of Asian Television

    The booming Asian entertainment content market shouldered some of the top influential leaders in TV, film and digital media while providing a quality platform for convergence within the media players in the content and broadcast industry. Thanussha Priyah reports.… Read More

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