Cover Story: Competition and robbery a categorical obstacles

September 28, 2017 - tonton

ALMOST each singular broadcaster thinks that over-the-top (OTT) calm is a destiny and they wish to have a cut of a pie. So they set adult their possess OTT players.

The categorical design for non-independent OTT players is fortifying their sister company’s marketplace share. These OTTs are sanctified to have their primogenitor or sister company’s protected calm as their bottom content.

For example, Media Prima’s tonton broadcasts strange calm constructed by a sister association Primeworks Studios Sdn Bhd. Astro’s OTTs promote calm that Astro has purchased from their egghead skill (IP) owners, as good as Astro’s strange content.

On a other hand, eccentric OTT players — solely players such as HOOQ, that has Sony Pictures and Warner Bros as a shareholders — do not have a library of straightforwardly accessible calm to select from. They have to secure chartering deals with prolongation houses and calm distributors. This is where they need to bake a many cash.

However, calm creators who supply to a OTT players are jumping on a OTT bandwagon as well. Fox Network Group has introduced a possess OTT called FOX Plus, while Home Box Office has come adult with HBO NOW. The Walt Disney Company will start a possess OTT height in 2019. Disney is pronounced to be formulation to lift out a programmes from Netflix.

While a vital studios will still make their calm accessible to other platforms — either OTT or compensate TV — attention observers feel a marketplace is going to be jam-packed by a offerings of identical calm by mixed platforms.

Therefore, entrance adult with strange calm and localisation of calm are a pivotal for many OTT players. In Malaysia, tonton and Astro GO are a leaders, while iflix has also come adult with internal strange content.

Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd is entrance adult with Nusantara IPs — calm from producers and writers from Southeast Asia. Besides being promote on Astro compensate TV, a Nusantara IPs will also be promote on Astro’s mixed OTT platforms.

The compensate TV giant’s vice-president of content, Agnes Rozario, says, “Premium audiences are now anticipating some-more traction with reward Asian content. We’ve been upping a prolongation value of a reward internal content.”

On a flip side, a proliferation of OTT players in this segment hails a start of a golden epoch for Asian content. These players are not usually shopping a chartering rights of internal Asian IPs, though are also collaborating with calm creators to come adult with internal programmes.

“It is a good time to be calm creators and IP owners. There is a bit of a burble in OTT calm merger though internal storytellers and film makers as good as pivotal Asian IPs, generally South Korean, will reap a benefits,” says Vivek Couto, co-founder and executive executive of Media Partners Asia.


Piracy a large plea in Asia

Being in a segment where robbery is prevalent is a outrageous barrier for internal and informal OTT players. Some have thrown in a towel, giving adult a quarrel opposite piracy, though others are still confident that consumers will switch from streaming calm illegally to profitable for OTT services. Providing peculiarity cinema and services will give OTT players an corner in fighting robbery in a region.

MyTV Super Ltd has found that prices of set-top boxes — inclination that concede people to perspective calm for giveaway — are dropping in Hong Kong, as consumers are opting to use OTT services instead since of their higher video quality, says S K Cheong, CEO of, a section of Television Broadcast Ltd.

“Pirate boxes are inconstant and have low design quality, nonetheless they have tonnes of stuff. But there will come a indicate when people will not be worried to use them anymore. So we have managed to quarrel robbery by rising a credible, clever OTT service,” he says.

For tonton, a attention competence come adult with a best coercion opposite robbery though a quarrel will usually be won when consumers realize that immoderate calm illegally is implicitly wrong as good as opposite copyright laws.

“All a record in a universe will not be means to stop piracy. It’ll need to come by demur and education. Why opt for defective peculiarity and practice when we can get a smorgasboard widespread of top-quality calm totally hassle-free for a cost of a crater of coffee?” says Airin Zainul, executive of tonton and Media Prima Television Networks’ chartering and merchandising business.

However, there is still a prolonged approach to go before bootleg streaming can be reduced to a turn where it is not a vital hazard to OTT players and other protected broadcasters. The doubt is, how prolonged can a attention players withstand a onslaught?

“Enforcement is a apart emanate though there is a pierce to unequivocally branch robbery and it’s starting to benefit traction. There is still a prolonged approach to go though robbery is substantially a usually vital emanate that a attention agrees on and all a actors are executing upon,” says Vivek Couto, co-founder and executive executive of Media Partners Asia.

Consumers would like to accept good-quality use during a low price. However, calm chartering deals are not inexpensive and building strange calm requires even some-more investment. Content cost is a simple handling cost for all OTT players.

Meanwhile, bootleg streaming sites and set-top boxes are still widely available. While OTTs have to deposit in calm and marketing, a outrageous series of consumers are still streaming videos illegally.

Given this background, observers determine that there will be a culling in a attention in a nearby future, in a clarity that a OTT players will have to make certain they have a continual upsurge of collateral to safeguard that they can tarry bootleg streaming, while anticipating that a open will realize that robbery is a poison that kills calm creation.



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