Mobile Streaming Services in Southeast Asia Jump 60%

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Mobile Streaming Services in Southeast Asia Jump 60%

Online video weekly minutes on mobile devices leaped by 60% in aggregate across in Southeast Asia, as the coronavirus pandemic sparked lockdowns and stay at home orders.

According to a survey conducted by consultancy and research firm Media Partners Asia weekly consumption grew from 36.4 billion minutes in mid-January to 58 billion minutes per week by April 11. (The methodology combines passively observed digital behavior and empirical survey data, and covers online video and gaming.)

“The penetration of streaming video has increased dramatically during this pandemic as millions have been forced to operate from home. The focus now is on how successfully subscription-VoD platforms will be able to retain newly acquired customers in the second half of 2020 and to what extent ad-supported VoD platforms can capitalize on the expanded reach,” said Media Partners Asia executive director Vivek Couto.

The boost in viewing came at the same time as some regional streaming players ran into trouble. In the last month Hooq was put into liquidation by majority owner Singtel. Iflix, which operates across 17 markets, recently laid off more than 50 staff and announced another funding round.

Image: YTCount on Unsplash
Image: YTCount on Unsplash


Indonesia, The Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore) had a combined 7 million paying online video or OTT customers at end-March 2020, accounting for $350 million in annual consumer spend, according to the survey. Netflix is a clear leader in most markets, followed by Viuwhich operates a freemium service.

“It is interesting to see the increasing depth of video consumption in the region, which is reflected in the minutes consumed, stickiness and use of multiple platforms,” Couto told Variety.

Other findings show: YouTube, already dominant in terms of minutes, has grew incrementally from its high base; Netflix subscription growth via mobile plans was driven by consumption of its Korean, Anime, and Western Original content; Viu streaming minutes and viewers continued to grow, driven largely by Korean content, and its paid subscription spiked up significantly in Thailand; China’s iQIYI, still in soft launch in SEA, has grown steadily in Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand; Amazon Prime Video grew most significantly in Singapore.

Couto said that HBO Go, iQIYI and Tencent are well placed to grow in the future, along with new entrants such as Disney Plus.


Source : Variety


Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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