Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending September 8th. Curated by CASBAA, News Views keeps you in the loop. We always value your feedback, so tell us what you think!
In the world of digital piracy, it’s simply not possible to stop every scoundrel in every part of the world from stealing files (or streams) created by others and reselling them. The goal of fighting piracy has to be a mass-market focus: to raise the cost and hassle of obtaining pirate feeds to the point where the mass of people decide it’s really easier and more cost-effective to subscribe for legal content supply. The guys at Torrentfreak (who know something about piracy) did an interesting little study of the UK economics of “free” Premier League games, and they came to the conclusion that paying Sky, Virgin, or BT was “the only truly reliable solution.” That’s where we need to get to, in Asia.
According to data from mobile market tracker WiseApp, YouTube had a 73 percent share of the Korean market as of May this year in terms of the time that users have spent watching video content. Among Korean services, Afreeca TV settled at 5 percent and Naver TV had 3 percent.Pooq, which is the sole provider of live terrestrial channels, had only 2 percent. Despite SK Broadband and KT’s relative dominance of the telecom market their own services recorded 2 percent and 1 percent share respectively. The market tracker said it surveyed over 22,000 people who use Google Android based smartphones.