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Netflix acquires global rights for Astro’s first Hong Kong Original Mini Series
Astro announced that Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights for its first Hong Kong original drama series, Demon’s Path. The 13-episode drama series will be available to Netflix subscribers worldwide (except in China) from 22 December 2018.
High Court orders Internet service providers to block access to ISDs
The High Court ordered Singapore’s internet service providers to block access to popular illegal applications that are frequently sold pre-loaded on android TV boxes, which are also known as illicit streaming devices (ISDs).
Astro launches first 4K UHD broadcast in Malaysia
Astro has achieved a historic milestone with the launch of Malaysia’s first live 4K UHD broadcast. The media company showcased live Premier League games in the country’s first 4K UHD broadcast for football fans at its partner food and beverage outlet, Souled Out.
Astro partners with SmartStudy
Malaysia’s Astro has signed a strategic partnership with SmartStudy, a Seoul-based global entertainment company, for its hit animated characters including Pinkfong and Baby Shark, over multiple fronts from merchandising to character licensing and signature events in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
SVOD providers in ASEAN introduce regulatory content code
Leading subscription video-on-demand services across ASEAN, including Astro, dimsum, Fox+, HOOQ, iflix, Netflix, tonton, TVB and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia, have come together to announce the creation of a self-regulatory Subscription Video-on-Demand Industry Content Code to safeguard consumer interests.
Astro partners China’s iQiyi for new rap show
Aspiring rappers and fans can now look forward to participating in iQiyi’s The Rap of China audition in Malaysia. The new reality show is set to showcase young contestants locked in rap battle in front of a panel of celebrity judges including China megastar Kris Wu.
Astro grows by 24% in PATAMI to RM 771 million
Astro showed resilience in a challenging market throughout the year, outperforming local and international peers with a 24% year-over-year growth in PATAMI to RM771 million, mainly due to higher EBITDA and favourable forex gain.