US-based streaming giant Netflix has updated its Thai service to better cater for local subscribers.In a move similar to others in Turkey and Poland, Netflix said its Thai service now offers “a fully localised user interface”.This includes Thai subtitling and dubbing on “thousands of hours” of series and films.This comes after Netflix secured a carriage deal with Thai telecoms group and mobile provider AIS earlier this year.Netflix will also offer its Thai subscribers more 4K and HDR content, though there was no mention of local acquisitions or original programming.“We are delighted to offer a more local Netflix experience in Thailand where members can enjoy a variety of TV shows and movies – everything from globally popular Netflix original series to anime, kids content to Korean drama,” said Jessica Lee, VP of communications in Asia for Netflix.“Thailand knows great entertainment and now it’s even easier to watch the world’s favourite shows on Netflix anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected device and at the same time as the rest of the world.”In further Netflix news, the SVOD service has revealed its latest Adam Sandler movie, which will star the comedy actor and stand-up Chris Rock.The Week of is a comedy that will follow the week before Sandler’s daughter marries Rock’s son.Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions is attached and Robert Smigel will direct. A 2018 premiere date has been set.Netflix has a multi-film distribution agreement with Sandler (Happy Gilmore), and is lining up two stand-up specials with Rock.Meanwhile, China’s Baidu has confirmed it will carry Netflix via its SVOD service iQiyi.
Turner Broadcast has extended its relationship with Amdocs-owned on-demand specialist Vubiquity to act as the primary distributor of its on-demand content on North America.Vubiquity distributes TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, CNN and other Turner networks to over 60 million households across North America.As part of this new deal, Vubiquity will be the premium content digital distributor for OTT platforms as well as Vubiquity’s Live-to-VOD (L2V) platform for Turner’s portfolio of networks, providing broadcast capture from live mezzanine-level feeds to generate VOD assets. The L2V solution will be used for Turner’s ‘C3 assets’ – the three days’ worth of adverts included in Nielsen’s standard C3 measurment for on-demand platforms – to maximize advertising revenue in the window following broadcast.“We are proud to have Turner as a key customer and look forward to continuing our relationship with them to build more dynamic solutions, as the industry continues to evolve,” said John Smith, SVP of sales for Vubiquity, Amdocs.
Parliamentarians, regulators, public service media management, governing bodies and civil society organsiations from the western Balkans have adopted a set of common funding principles for public service media at a meeting in Sarajevo.Particpants in the regional conference unanimously agreed a set of principles to create the foundations for independent, stable and predictable funding, according to public broadcasters organisation the EBU.The EBU’s director of legal and policy, Richard Burnley, the former EBU vice-president Boris Bergant and the EBU’s head of member relations for central and eastern Europe Radka Betcheva presented EBU standards and best practices, before tabling a proposal for a set of common funding principles for the region.The participants endorsed the proposal and expressed their will to follow up on the implementation of these principles, according to the EBU>The regional conference was organized in the framework of a joint project with the European Commission for technical assistance of public service media in the region, implemented by a Consortium composed by the EBU, IFJ, EFJ, ERNO, ORF and BIRN.