Western streaming platforms looking at Asia face stiff competition from local companies. Netflix released its first Indian drama series Sacred Games in 2018. Photo: courtesy of Netflix

In Asia, Amazon and Netflix vie with home-grown video streaming platforms for customers – and it’s viewers who are the winners

  • Tencent Video, Baidu’s iQiyi, HOOQ and Hotstar offer competition for Western streaming platforms looking to break into Asia
  • The intense competition between the streaming services is benefiting customers, who enjoy free streaming and locally made original content
Topic |   Streaming video and TV

TOP PICKS

Western streaming platforms looking at Asia face stiff competition from local companies. Netflix released its first Indian drama series Sacred Games in 2018. Photo: courtesy of Netflix
READ FULL ARTICLE
Julia Roberts in a scene from Amazon drama Homecoming. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are now appearing in a variety of television series. Photo: AP

Why A-list Hollywood stars like Michael Douglas, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman are happy to take more TV roles – it’s not just the money

  • Battle for talent between streaming networks Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney and Apple, and their big budgets, is drawing top scriptwriters, directors, and actors
  • With shows like Homecoming, Big Little Lies, The Morning Show, and Ozark, quality of TV in US exceeds that of most movies now, says director Michael Mann
Topic |   Streaming video and TV

TOP PICKS

Julia Roberts in a scene from Amazon drama Homecoming. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are now appearing in a variety of television series. Photo: AP
READ FULL ARTICLE