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Netflix Fires 300 More Employees In Round 2 Of Layoffs!

Netflix Fires 300 More Employees In Round 2 Of Layoffs!

Netflix just announced a second round of layoffs, firing 300 more employees!

 

Netflix Fires 300 More Employees In Round 2 Of Layoffs!

Back in February, Netflix announced that it lost 200,000 subscribers globally at the start of 2022. Even worse, it projected a decline of 2 million users in the upcoming quarter.

They blamed the drop on everything from increased competition from rival streaming services, to the economy and the war in Ukraine, as well as people sharing their Netflix accounts.

Their response was to curb losses by laying off their employees. They started by firing 150 employees last month, and followed up with 300 more employees this month.

Read more : The Brief Kiss That Got Lightyear Banned In 14+ Countries!

 

Netflix Layoffs Are Minimal At Just 4%

So far, the 450 fired employees make up about 4% of the streaming giant’s workforce of about 11,000 globally.

Most of those who were fired were based in the US and allegedly of minorities, or those working on projects catering to marginalised communities.

Netflix also fired another 70 employees working for its social media and publishing teams last month, including those that catered to marginalised communities.

But while Netflix claimed that it will help reduce costs, the 4% trimming of their workforce is unlikely to make much of a dent… unless Netflix intends to fire even more employees.

Sadly, it seems likely we will see more people getting let go at Netflix.

 

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How To Cancel Your Spotify Free / Premium Account!

Find out why you should cancel your Spotify Free or Spotify Premium account, and how to do it!

PS. Cancelling your free account isn’t as easy as you’d think! But cancel it, you must…

 

Why Cancel Your Spotify Free / Premium Account?

Spotify has long been the giant of music streaming services, but there will come a time when you want to cancel your Spotify Free or Spotify Premium account.

Most notably, Spotify is now being cancelled because they chose to allow Joe Rogan to continue spreading misinformation on their platform.

But even if you don’t care about Joe Rogan and fake news, Spotify has been slacking against the competition, namely Apple Music and Amazon  :

  • its Premium account still does not offer lossless quality
  • its Premium account still does not offer spatial audio
  • Spotify still does not support 16-bit CD-quality audio

Spotify has rested on their laurels for way too long, and you – the customer- have the option of cancelling your free or premium account to show your displeasure and hopefully wake them up from their slumber…

Even if you are using a free ad-supported Spotify account, you should still cancel it. Your cancellation matters, because Spotify relies on user base numbers to hype up their popularity to please shareholders and negotiate with artists, record labels, etc.

Read more : Spotify Lost Over $4 Billion (So Far) Over Joe Rogan!

 

How To Cancel Your Spotify Premium Account?

Here is the official way to cancel your Spotify Premium account.

  1. Log into spotify.com/account.
  2. Under Your plan, click CHANGE PLAN.
  3. Scroll to Cancel Spotify and click CANCEL PREMIUM.

However, that may be outdated, so here is an example by Luke Filipowicz from iMore.

  1. Log into spotify.com/account.
  2. Go to Subscription.
  3. Tap on View Details.

Credit : Luke Filipowicz, iMore

  1. Under the Update Details button, click on the “cancel your subscription” option.

Credit : Luke Filipowicz, iMore

Your Premium account will stay active until your next billing date, then your account switches to free. Please go to the next section to completely remove your Spotify free account.

Note : Due to a tremendous number of people requesting to cancel their accounts, Spotify may tell you that you are not allowed to cancel at the moment.

If that happens, simply remove your credit card in your Spotify profile settings. This will prevent them from charging your credit card, and extending your Premium subscription.

 

How To Cancel Your Spotify Free Account?

Here is how you can cancel your Spotify Free account. It is important to do this, even if you had already cancelled your Premium account.

  1. Log into spotify.com/account.
  2. Download and fill this form.
  3. Submit the completed form to the Spotify Support team.

Remember – as long as you maintain your Spotify Free account, you still count in their statistics of subscribers and listeners.

 

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Spotify Lost Over $4 Billion (So Far) Over Joe Rogan!

In less than a week, Spotify lost more than $4 billion in market value, after choosing to stick with Joe Rogan!

 

Spotify Backs Joe Rogan, Removes Neil Young

The whole Spotify-Joe Rogan debacle started on 25 January 2022, when Neil Young asked Spotify to remove his music, if they refuse to remove Joe Rogan’s podcasts.

I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.

I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them. Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.

Without even pretending to show some faux PR concern, Spotify backed their star act – Joe Rogan – and immediately  from their platform the next day.

Read more : Spotify Backs Anti-Vax Joe Rogan, Removes Neil Young!

 

Spotify Lost Over $4 Billion (So Far) Over Joe Rogan!

Spotify was probably hoping that people will ignore the “rants of an ageing musician” and stick with “misinformation from an ageing reality show host”. Unfortunately, the customers and shareholders appear to disagree.

Right after Spotify removed Neil Young’s music from their platform, the hashtags #DeleteSpotify and #CancelSpotify started trending on social media.

By close of the market on Friday, 28 January 2022, Spotify share price was down 12%, wiping out about $4 billion of its market value.

As of Monday, 31 January 2022, Spotify shares are up 4.4% from Friday’s bottom price of $165.72, but its share price is expected to continue sliding with news of more artists and subscribers leaving…

  • 27 January : Spotify shut its live customer service, after it was inundated with complaints and requests to cancel subscriptions.
  • 27 January : Mia Farrow mocked Spotify for choosing “to keep creepy, dangerous liar Joe Rogan over Neil Young“.
  • 27 January : WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus thanked Neil Young for “standing up against misinformation and inaccuracies around #COVID19 vaccination.
  • 28 January : Joni Mitchell asked Spotify to remove all of her music, in solidarity with Neil Young.
  • 28 January : Daryl Hannah criticised Spotify for choosing to “make $$$ off disinformation that harms folks“.
  • 28 January : Spotify started telling customers they cannot allow cancellations because their customer service system was overwhelmed with cancellation requests.
  • 28 January : Perry Farrell tweeted that he planned to follow Neil Young.
  • 29 January : James Blunt jokingly threatened to release new music on Spotify if they don’t remove Joe Rogan, while calling it #YouWereBeautiful
  • 29 January : Crazy Horse guitarist, Nils Lofgren, also asked Spotify to remove his music.
  • 29 January : Spotify podcaster Brené Brown announced that she “will not be releasing any podcasts until further notice“.

 

Should You Boycott Spotify For Supporting Joe Rogan?

In a follow-up post, Neil Young called Spotify the “home of life threatening COVID misinformation“, and a “damaging force” in the fight against lies and misinformation.

I agree with Neil, and point out that it took his gutsy move to bring this out into the open, and force Spotify’s hand – was it merely oversight, or an intentional choice?

Spotify made their choice, and it’s time for us to make ours.

Neil called on other artists and record companies to also remove their content, and stop supporting its “deadly misinformation about COVID“.

I sincerely hope that other artists and record companies will move off the SPOTIFY platform and stop supporting SPOTIFY’s deadly misinformation about COVID.

We should make the same choice too. Stop listening to Spotify. Cancel your subscription. Close your account.

Tell your friends about the day Spotify chose misinformation over the truth. Choose truth over lies.

 

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Spotify Backs Anti-Vax Joe Rogan, Removes Neil Young!

It’s official – Spotify opted to back renown anti-vaxxer Joe Rogan, and remove Neil Young!

Here is what you need to know about Spotify’s decision in the Neil Young-Joe Rogan controversy!

 

Neil Young To Spotify : Remove Joe Rogan Or My Music!

Joe Rogan has long been an icon of the anti-vaccination movement, which got a big boost when Spotify paid him US$100 million for the exclusive rights to his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE).

He used that platform to give anti-vaxxers like Robert Malone exposure, and the opportunity to spread even more misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines.

This troubled Neil Young so much, he wrote an open letter to Frank Gironda (his manager) and Tom Corson (Co-Chairman and CEO of Warner Records), asking them to remove his music from Spotify :

I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.

With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence.

Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.

I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them. Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.

 

Spotify Backs Anti-Vax Joe Rogan, Removes Neil Young!

Instead of addressing his concerns, Spotify responded by removing Neil Young’s music.

They did not issue an official press release, but confirmed to Hollywood Reporter on 26 January 2022 :

We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators.

We have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to Covid since the start of the pandemic.

We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.

Interestingly, their spokesperson avoided mentioning Joe Rogan, or explain why they did not sanction or warn him about the anti-vaccination misinformation he had been spreading in his podcasts.

 

Should You Boycott Spotify For Supporting Antivax Joe Rogan?

In a follow-up post, Neil Young called Spotify the “home of life threatening COVID misinformation“, and a “damaging force” in the fight against lies and misinformation.

SPOTIFY has recently become a very damaging force via its public misinformation and lies about COVID.

I first learned of this problem by reading that 200 plus doctors had joined forces, taking on the dangerous life-threatening COVID falsehoods found in SPOTIFY programming.

Most of the listeners hearing the unfactual, misleading and false COVID information on SPOTIFY are 24 years old, impressionable and easy to swing to the wrong side of the truth.

These young people believe SPOTIFY would never present grossly unfactual information. They unfortunately are wrong. I knew I had to try to point that out.

I agree with Neil, and point out that it took his gutsy move to bring this out into the open, and force Spotify’s hand – was it merely an oversight, or an intentional choice?

Spotify made their choice, and it’s time for us to make ours.

Neil called on other artists and record companies to also remove their content, and stop supporting its “deadly misinformation about COVID“.

I sincerely hope that other artists and record companies will move off the SPOTIFY platform and stop supporting SPOTIFY’s deadly misinformation about COVID.

We should make the same choice too. Stop listening to Spotify. Cancel your subscription. Close your account.

Tell your friends about the day Spotify chose misinformation over the truth. Choose truth over lies.

 

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No More Dimsum : Why It Lasted Less Than 5 Years!

It’s the end for Dimsum, after Star Media Group management announced their decision to shut it down!

Find out what just happened, and why it lasted less than 5 years!

 

Dimsum Calls It Quits, After Less Than 5 years!

After less than 5 years, Star Media Group is calling it quits in the VOD (Video On Demand) subscription business.

On 6 April 2021, they announced that they would shut down Dimsum Entertainment by 30 September 2021.

This decision came after the media group appointed Alex Yeow Wai Saw as CEO on 1 March 2021, and Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung as independent and non-executive chairman on 15 March 2021.

 

Why Did Dimsum Fail?

Officially, a strategic review by its new key management team apparently identified new opportunities for the group to explore.

Chief marketing officer Lam Swee Kim said that while it was a difficult decision to end this chapter, “we are excited to explore promising new ventures in the near future”.

What’s left unsaid is that in the last 4+ years, Dimsum had very little mindshare, even though it offers free viewing, supported by ads.

It focused on Asian content, which is also the focus on iflix and iQIYI (both of which are more established) as well as Viu.

But people who wanted to watch Chinese shows would stick with iQIYI, while those who wanted Korean shows would use Viu. iflix had better luck with ASEAN content.

And with Disney+ coming to Malaysia very soon – the launch was slated for 31 March 2021, but got delayed at the last minute – the writing was on the wall.

Granted, Disney+ would be competing mainly with Netflix and Apple TV+, but most Malaysians can hardly afford multiple streaming services.

If given the option between paying for Disney+ and paying for Dimsum VIP, the choice seems obvious.

The new management team probably “understood” that they would see subscribers shifting to the free offering, and decided to cut losses.

Honestly, we doubt many people would notice them leaving… there are simply too many alternative options offering the same or similar Asian content.

 

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US Tax : How Much YouTube Income Will You Lose?

YouTube will soon withhold up to 30% of income from non-US creators as tax for the United States!

Find out whether you will be double-taxed, and how much income non-US YouTube creators will lose!

 

YouTube To Tax Non-US Creator Income By Up To 30%!

On 10 March 2021, YouTube creators started getting this email :

We’re reaching out because Google will be required to deduct U.S. taxes from payments to creators outside of the U.S. later this year (as early as June 2021). Over the next few weeks, we’ll be asking you to submit your tax info in AdSense to determine the correct amount of taxes to deduct, if any apply. If your tax info isn’t provided by May 31, 2021, Google may be required to deduct up to 24% of your total earnings worldwide.

Yes, the alert says that up to 24% of your total worldwide earnings may be deducted, but the actual deduction could be as high as 30%.

It all depends on which bracket you fall into :

Those Who Submit US Tax Info

  • Foreign creators : 24% to 30% withholding tax, unless your country has a tax treaty with the US.
  • US creators : 0% withholding tax, because they have to pay taxes on their total income

Those Who Do NOT Submit US Tax Info

  • Business account (Foreign) : 30% withholding tax of US earnings
  • Business account (US Resident) : 24% of total worldwide earnings
  • Individual account (Foreign + US) : 24% of total worldwide earnings

This change only impacts the earnings of non-US YouTube creators, since US creators are already paying taxes on their income.

 

Why Are Non-US Residents Getting Taxed On US Income?

You may not be a US citizen or resident, but the US government requires income generated in the US to be taxed.

Since they cannot tax your income like they would an actual US resident, they require companies to withhold a portion of your US income as tax.

The general idea is that as long as you make money in the US, or from US residents, you must pay tax on that income.

 

Does This Mean Non-US Residents Will Be Double-Taxed?

Check the latest IRS list of countries with income tax treaties with the United States.

Unless your country has a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) with the United States, yes, you will end up getting double taxed – by the US government and your own government.

Since YouTube will withhold part of your income, the double taxation impact is somewhat lessened because you will only pay your country’s income tax on what’s left over.

That is scant consolation because you are still getting double-taxed, and will end up with considerably less income.

 

How Much Tax Will Non-US YouTube Creators Have To Pay?

How much income non-US YouTube creators will lose depend on four factors :

  • whether they file their US tax info,
  • whether their country has a double tax treaty with the US,
  • whether they are an individual or a company, and
  • how much income they get from US viewers

YouTube shared a hypothetical example, but it is overly optimistic – assuming only 10% US traffic.

So we came up with our own scenarios of 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% US traffic. For simplicity, we eliminated ”discounts” eligible to countries with US tax treaties.

This table we created shows the maximum US withholding tax you have to pay, with a monthly YouTube income of US$1,000.

Tax Deducted From
$1000 Income
% of US Traffic
25% 50% 75% 100%
Did not submit tax info
(24% worldwide)
$240 $240 $240 $240
Individual with Tax Info
(24% US income)
$60 $120 $180 $240
Business with Tax Info
(30% US income)
$75 $150 $225 $300

And this table shows how much income you will receive, after deducting the US tax, from a YouTube income of US$1,000.

Income Per $1,000
After Tax Deduction
% of US Traffic
25% 50% 75% 100%
Did not submit tax info
(24% worldwide)
$760 $760 $760 $760
Individual with Tax Info
(24% US income)
$940 $880 $820 $760
Business with Tax Info
(30% US income)
$925 $850 $775 $700

There is no doubt that this is a massive tax that is going to cut deeply into the income of every non-US YouTube channel, because it is a non-progressive flat tax, with no deductions.

 

What Can You Do About This US Tax By YouTube?

This withholding tax is going to irk a lot of YouTubers who have never stepped foot in the US, or received any benefit from the US government.

More so for non-US creators in countries without a double tax treaty with the US, because they would get double-taxed.

YouTube creators may be incentivised to target non-US viewers by producing more localised content, but ultimately, US traffic still pays the best. So we don’t see shifting focus away from US viewers as a good strategy.

Unfortunately, there is nothing anyone can do but bite down and bear the pain, on top of what has already been a terrible 2020 and 2021.

But if you are ever in the US and get some shit about being a foreigner, I suppose you can send them this smackdown, “I have every right to be here! I pay taxes too!“.

 

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Maxis TV Is Here, But Is It Worth Subscribing?

Maxis TV promises to offer multiple OTT steaming services at a cheaper price.

Take a look at what Maxis TV actually offers, and find out if it’s really worth your money!

 

Maxis TV : Cheaper OTT Streaming Bundles?

What exactly is Maxis TV? Maxis calls it a “first of its kind video entertainment service”.

Let’s be clear – Maxis TV is not a video streaming service. In fact, Maxis doesn’t actually stream anything to anyone.

All Maxis TV really does is offer bundles of five existing OTT streaming services.

  • dimsum
  • iQIYI
  • MUBI
  • viu
  • WeTV iflix

While they call it “completely new in the market and cannot be found anywhere else”, that’s only true if you are too lazy to subscribe to those streaming services yourselves.

Their true value proposition is offering these OTT streaming services at cheaper prices, with a single payment point. That’s really it.

 

Maxis TV Bundles : Are They Worth It?

Maxis TV promises to offer flexible OTT bundle passes, which confusingly, are divided into three categories :

  • Single Pass (should really be called Limited Pass)
    – Daily with 3 GB data limit : RM 3
    – Weekly with 5 GB data limit : RM 5
    – Monthly with 10 GB data limit : RM 9.99
  • 2-OTT Bundle with Unlimited Data : RM 18 per month
  • Unlimited Bundle with Unlimited Data : RM 42 per month

We can quickly identify a few problems with the Maxis TV bundles…

Single Pass with Limited Data

Maxis should have kept things simple – charge by the day, week or month. But they had to complicate it by adding a data limit.

Their potential subscribers are going to have to figure out – how much data does this movie take up? Or that TV episode?

Why add this unnecessary limit? It seems intentionally designed to prevent binge-watching by people on a budget.

2-OTT Bundle

Maxis TV offers only five combinations for their 2-OTT Bundle.

You cannot, for example, choose dimsum and viu, or MUBI and dimsum, or MUBI and iQIYI.

This is partly because WeTV and iflix are much cheaper than viu.

Dimsum, WeTV, iflix Are FREE / Cheaper

You can actually watch dimsum, WeTV and iflix content for FREE.

You only need to pay for VIP access to certain “hot” content, or the ability to skip advertisements (WeTV and dimsum).

Only One Package Worth Considering

Unless you are looking to subscribe to multiple bundles, it is generally cheaper to subscribe directly :

  • dimsum VIP : RM 8.90 per month
  • MUBI : RM 15 per month, RM 120 per year
  • iQIYI Standard VIP : RM 8.90 per month
  • viu : RM 12.90 per month, RM 88 per year
  • WeTV VIP : RM 7.90 per month
  • iflix VIP : RM 3 per week

From our POV, the only Maxis TV bundle worth considering is the Unlimited Pass, which gives you access to all five OTT services. You will then save RM 13 per month.

Even that is assuming you plan to watch all five of them. If you only want to use 3-4 of those OTT services, it is cheaper to just subscribe directly.

 

Maxis TV : Free 1-Month Trial!

Maxis is now offering a free one-month trial for all new Maxis TV subscribers, even for non-Maxis customers.

So you can give it a try, or use it to get some free streaming for a month. Just make sure you discontinue it before the subscription kicks in automatically!

 

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Netflix Teases Sex Education Season 2 : Video + Pictures!

Netflix just released a video trailer, six teaser photos and some plot teasers of Sex Education Season 2! Here are the full details!

 

Sex Education

In Sex Education, Otis Milburn is a socially awkward high school student who is the son of a sex therapist – Jean.

In Season 1, Otis and his friend, Maeve Wiley, set up a sex clinic at school to capitalise on his intuitive talent for sex advice.

 

Sex Education Season 2

Netflix announced that Sex Education will return with 8 new episodes in 2020, directed by Ben Taylor, Alice Seabright and Sophie Goodhart.

In Sex Education Season 2, Otis must master his newly-discovered sexual urges to progress with his girlfriend, Ola… while handling his strained relationship with Maeve.

Meanwhile, a Chlamydia outbreak hits Moordale Secondary, highlighting the need for better sex education and the new kids who are challenging the status quo at the school.

Here are some teasers of the plot in Sex Education Season 2 :

  • Maeve and Aimee’s BFF relationship is stronger than ever since Aimee ditched ‘the Untouchables’.

  • Eric notices his new-found self-confidence attracting unfamiliar kinds of attention.

  • Adam is at military school, still conflicted by his feelings for Eric.

  • Lily has hit pause on her sexual endeavours to focus on her creative talents and finds a new found friend in Ola.

  • Jackson is forced to flex his mental rather than physical muscle and is still buckling under the pressure from his parents to succeed.

  • Jean and Jakob’s relationship is discovered and they have to learn how to operate as a blended family. Jean forms an unlikely connection with Mrs Groff and a friendship between the two women begins to form.

 

Sex Education Season 2 Photos

Netflix also shared with us six photos from Season 2 of Sex Education :

 

Sex Education Season 2 Success Critical For Netflix

Netflix is counting on their original series like Sex Education to stave off the exodus when Disney Plus launches later today, and HBO Max comes online.

Sex Education Season 1 was a success for Netflix, and they are counting on Season 2 to keep subscribers from quitting their service.

Will it work? Or will subscribers decide that Disney+ at half the price of their Netflix subscription is a better bet? We will soon find out!

 

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Netflix Introduces RM 17 (US$4) Mobile-Only Plan In Malaysia!

Netflix just announced a special new RM 17 (US$4) mobile-only streaming plan for Malaysia!

Here is everything you need to know about this highly-affordable Netflix Mobile plan, and whether it’s worth the dough!

 

RM 17 Netflix Mobile Streaming Plan For Malaysia!

The new highly-affordable RM 17 Netflix mobile streaming plan is designed for individual users who consume content mainly on their smartphone or tablet.

For just RM 17 per month, the new Netflix Mobile plan allows you to watch all of Netflix’s content in standard definition (SD) on one smartphone or tablet at a time.

Netflix Mobile users will have access to both local and international content, as well as Parental Controls, Smart Downloads, adaptive UI and social media sharing.

With this new plan, Malaysians now have four different plans to choose from :

 

Netflix Mobile : How To Sign Up!

Signing up for this new streaming plan is simple :

  1. Download the Netflix app on your smartphone or tablet, or visit www.netflix.com
  2. Register and log into the Netflix app, or your Netflix account.
  3. Select the Netflix Mobile plan for RM 17 per month.

 

Sharing Is A Better Option Than Netflix Mobile

While the new mobile plan is cheap, it is actually smarter and cheaper to share.

If you have a friend or family member who wants to watch Netflix too, opt for the Standard plan at RM 42 per month. Both of you can watch better HD quality video at the same time, for just RM 21 per person, per month.

The best option though is to share the Premium plan with three other friends or family members. It lets all four of you watch up to 4K videos at the same time, for just RM 12.75 per month, per person!

 

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Learn How To Share Netflix Titles On Instagram Stories!

DYKT you can share Netflix titles on Instagram Stories on both iPhone and Android smartphones? Here is how to do it on both platforms!

 

Sharing Netflix Titles On Instagram Stories

Netflix first announced the capability to share Netflix titles on Instagram Stories on 22 January 2019, but it was limited to their iPhone app.

That changed on 16 May 2019, when they finally released the same capability on their Android app.

Here is how you can share Netflix titles on Instagram Stories using these platforms :

Apple iPhone

The current Netflix iPhone app has an Instagram Stories share link. With this new feature, you can :

  1. Select a Netflix title you want to share
  2. Add the Netflix title’s custom art
  3. Share it to Instagram Stories, or to your friends as a direct message

The Instagram story remains visible for 24 hours, and provides a “Watch On Netflix” link back to the title page within the Netflix app.

“We’re always on the lookout for ways to make it easier for members to share the Netflix titles they’re obsessing about and help them discover something new to watch. We hope our members enjoy this new feature!” said Leigh Wong Netflix’s Head of Communications for Southeast Asia.

Android Smartphones

The latest Netflix Android app will have a new Instagram Stories share link.

  1. Select a Netflix title you want to share
  2. You can personalise the default art further to add captions, stickers, and more
  3. Share it to Instagram Stories, or to your friends as a direct message

“Sharing to Instagram Stories is now on all Android phones. You can share the shows and films you’re in love with directly from the Netflix app to your followers. Pop in a quiz for your friends to guess your favourite character from a show. Or a GIF to reflect your mood after a movie. It’s all part of what we’re doing to make it fun and easy to share what you’re watching, and help your friends find something new to watch.” said Netflix

 

Snapchat Sharing Coming Soon!

Netflix will also be adding Snapchat sharing to both iPhone and Android apps later this year.

 

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iflix-Media Prima Partnership Boosts Local Content!

Get ready to be entertained! The iflix-Media Prima partnership is set to boost local content offering in Malaysia!

 

iflix-Media Prima Partnership To Boost Local Content Offering!

iflix announced its latest partnership with local media company Media Prima to boost local content!

Through this partnership, iflix will stream Media Prima’s content a mere one hour after the latter’s screening on its own platform. This will give iflix about 1,000 hours of Media Prima’s past content in the form of a separate Tonton channel on iflix.

 

The iflix-Media Prima Partnership Expands Viewership

This partnership will enable Media Prima to increase its reach all over the country, as its content is screened on iflixFREE, iflix‘s ad-supported tier.

 

New Content And Drama productions Coming Soon!

Both companies worked together before on the hit local drama Nur 2 through Primeworks Studios.

And soon it will include plans for new content and more drama co-productions through the iflix-Media Prima partnership.

 “This alliance is a significant milestone and another considerable boost to iflix’s local content offering. Over the past three months, we have accelerated the pivot away from Western towards local and regional programming, to deliver the most relevant and compelling content to users in our territories for free.” said Mark Britt, iflix Co-Founder and Group CEO.

 

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A Broken Crayon – From Accident To Ironman In 6 Months!

iflix just announced A Broken Crayon – an inspirational documentary about Azran Osman-Rani’s gruelling recovery from a major accident to rejoining the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in less than six months!

 

A Broken Crayon – From Accident To Ironman In 6 Months!

On 27 May 2018, Azran Osman-Rani was on a routine training ride in Kuala Lumpur, when he was hit by a car.

Badly injured with multiple broken bones and a haematoma, he was expected to undergo months of physiotherapy before he could think about returning to triathlon competitions.

Yet, he underwent a gruelling intensive recovery process to make a triumphant return to the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships… all in less than six months after his accident!

A Broken Crayon chronicles interviews of the first responders, Azran’s wife Azreen Osman-Rani and the specialists who treated him, as well as commentary from Azran himself.

It will premiere exclusively on iflixFERE and iflixVIP on 11 April 2019, so make sure you check it out!

The permanent scars all over my body from this accident remind me every day of the physical pain and mental anguish I went through from this ordeal and the difficult recovery process,” said Azran.

“But this documentary reminds me that no matter how tough things were, I pulled through, inch by inch, and got back up. And that I did it only with tremendous support from so many amazing people. I hope this helps to inspire others that life isn’t about avoiding risks but living it fully even if it means getting knocked down hard but learning how to get back up every time,” he said.

 

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The Umbrella Academy – Everything You Need To Know!

Netflix is set to launch its original series – The Umbrella Academy – later today, 15 February! Here is everything you need to know about this new Netflix Original Series. Don’t forget to check out the three videos we posted!

 

The Umbrella Academy

This Netflix original series centres around the super dysfunctional members of The Umbrella Academy. The first season of this highly-anticipated series is set to be globally lauched on February 15, 2019.

On the same day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. 7 are adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world.

Now, the 6 surviving members reunite upon the news of their father’s passing and must work together to solve a mystery surrounding his death.

But the estranged family begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities as well as the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.

The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series created and written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics.

The show is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix, with Steve Blackman serving as executive producer and showrunner, and additional EPs Jeff F. King, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Gerard Way, and Gabriel Bá.

Launch Date:  February 15, 2019

Created for Television by: Steve Blackman

Executive Producers: Steve Blackman (Showrunner/EP), Jeff King (EP), Keith Goldberg (EP), Mike Richardson (EP), Gerard Way (Co-EP), Gabriel Bá (Co-EP)

Produced by: Universal Cable Productions for Netflix

Series Stars: Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe, Kate Walsh                           

# of episodes: 10 x 1-hour episodes

Filmed in: Toronto, Canada

Who Is In The Umbrella Academy?

  • Number 1 : Luther, played by Tom Hopper
  • Number 2 : Diego, played by David Castaneda
  • Number 3 : Allison, played by Emmy Raver-Lampman
  • Number 4 : Klaus, played by Robert Sheehan
  • Number 5 : Number Five, played by Aidan Gallagher
  • Number 7 : Vanya, played by Ellen Page
  • Cha-cha, played by Mary J. Blige
  • Hazel, played by Cameron Britton

 

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch… Choose Wisely!

Bandersnatch is a new interactive movie from the Black Mirror science fiction anthology. Released on Netflix, it allows you to determine the story of the movie!

Intriguing, isn’t it? Just like the choose your own adventure game books of yesteryears!

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch… Choose Wisely!

This Netflix interactive film is unlike anything you have ever seen before. Built around the same premise of choose your own adventure game books, it lets you determine how the story develops!

In this 80s-set, sometimes morally-compromising adventure, you alone are in charge of what happens next in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. The journeys you go on are a direct result of your decisions.

There are choices to be made, challenges to overcome, dangers to encounter and, as always in life (and Black Mirror), consequences to be had.

Choosing wisely could lead to triumph while taking the wrong path could end in disaster — but who’s to say what’s “right” and “wrong,” anyway?

And fret not because once one experience comes to a close, you can — and should! — go back and make a new choice, alter the path of your story and maybe even change its outcome.

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The 2018 TikTok Trends And Challenges Revealed!

TikTok rounds up the celebrities, creators, challenges and soundtracks that made the 2018 trend! Find out all the trendy songs and TikTok challenges that made the list right here!

 

The 2018 TikTok Malaysian Trends Revealed!

TikTok looks back on the most popular celebrities, creators, challenges and hits that made 2018 a year to remember

One of the most unforgettable 2018 moments for Malaysia included the inaugural 1 Million Audition which generated over 52 million views from 62,000 video submissions!

 

Find Your Favourite Celebrities On TikTok!

Celebrities from all over the world made TikTok their playground this year with its easy-to-use features allowing them to give fans a sneak peek into their moments.

A diverse list of stars who gained a massive following on the platform, including K-pop chart-toppers WINNER and BLACKPINK, as well as American social media personality Baby Ariel, who tops the list with almost 30 million followers on TikTok.

In Malaysia, the most popular celebrities on TikTok are actress Janna Nick (@jannanick95), singer Baby Shima (@babyshima), and singer cum TV host Danny Ah Boy (@dannyahboy)

 

TikTok Launchpad For Local Creators!

As a platform to engage a growing fan base and a global audience, TikTok also served as the launchpad for an array of local creators.

Social media maven Holly H, content producer Gil Croes, choreographer Awez Darbar along with K-Pop dancer Sona are among the creators who made waves globally.

Other popular creators in Malaysia include Findy Yong (@findyyong_), Syasha Rushdiena (@syasyarushdina) and Alieff Irfan (@irfxn_).

 

Trendy Videos And Soundtracks

TikTok has increasingly become a launchpad for diverse videos set to catchy music.

Among the most trending soundtracks of 2018 used on TikTok videos by Malaysians include

  • Down in the DM by DJ Flex/ Yo Gotti
  • Delícia Tchu Tcha Tcha by Mike Moonnight & DM’Boys featuring DJ Pedrito
  • DDU-DU DDU-DU by BLACKPINK

 

The 2018 TikTok Year In Rewind

Malaysia Global
Most Popular Celebrities
  1. Janna Nick
  2. Baby Shima
  3. Danny Ah Boy
  4. Aiman Tino
  5. Wawa Zainal
  6. Amyra Rosli
  7. Fasha Sandha
  8. Izzue Islam
  9. Emma Maembong
  10. Aeril Zafrel
  1. Baby Ariel
  2. Zach King
  3. Marshmello
  4. BLACKPINK
  5. Supatsara Thanachat
  6. Daddy Yankee
  7. WINNER
  8. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
  9. Alan Walker
  10. Little Big
Most Popular Creators
  1. Findy Yong (findyyong_)
  2. Syasha Rushdiena (syasyarushdina)
  3. Alieff Irfan (irfxn_)
  4. Hafizam Kamar (hfzam18)
  5. Farrah Khairina (farrahmzm)
  6. Akid Zulkiflee (akiddos)
  7. Angel Low (angelloweee)
  8. Nurul Nurizzati (itsrosenicotine)
  9. Jack Huah (jackhuah0408)
  10. Qiu Wen (qiuwen1014)
  1. Gil Croes
  2. Holly H
  3. Awez Darbar
  4. Xime Ponch
  5. Our Fire
  6. Andressa Fontinele
  7. Dancer Sona
  8. Flo
  9. ひなた (imomuhi)
  10. Ashleigh Ross
Most Popular Challenges
  1. #DuetWithMe
  2. #RaindropChallenge
  3. #DinoRoar
  4. #PumpLikeThat
  5. #DidiDance
  6. #CountOnMe
  7. #KataManis
  8. #IReallyReally
  9. #DduDuDuDance
  10. #SiriSiri
  1. #LemonsForLeukemia
  2. #SnapYourLife
  3. #CountOnMe
  4. #FilterTransition
  5. #PopLikeThat
  6. #Stairshuffle
  7. #RainDropChallenge
  8. #ReactToThis
  9. #ChooseYourCharacter
  10. #HalloweenBattle
Most Popular Soundtracks
  1. Down in The DM by DJ Flex / Yo Gotti
  2. Delícia Tchu Tcha Tcha (Feat Dj Pedrito) by Mike Moonnight & DM’Boys
  3. DDU-DU DDU-DU by BLACKPINK
  4. Run Free (feat. IVIE) by Deep Chills
  5. 2002 by Anne-Marie
  6. Pump by Valentino Khan
  7. Girls Like You by Maroon 5
  8. Bahagia by Eza Edmond
  9. Luar Biasa (Feat Alif) by Ismail Izzani
  10. Lagi Syantik by Siti Badriah
  1. Havana (feat. Young Thug) by Camila Cabello
  2. Run Free (feat. IVIE) by Deep Chills
  3. Solo (feat. Demi Lovato) by Clean Bandit
  4. El Chombo by Dame Tu Cosita feat. Cutty Ranks
  5. Down in The DM by DJ Flex / Yo Gotti
  6. Please Don’t Go by Joel Adams
  7. Dura by Daddy Yankee
  8. Counterparty by Hipinoze
  9. In My Feelings by Drake
  10. Delícia Tchu Tcha Tcha (Feat Dj Pedrito) by Mike Moonnight & DM’Boys

 

TikTok Challenge In East Asia!

Malaysians and Singaporeans are most active on TikTok on Saturday afternoons, while users in Vietnam get their TikTok fix just before weekend dinners between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

Philippines and Thailand get busy with TikTok from 8:00pm onwards on Saturdays, while Indian users create videos the most from 11:00pm all the way until 1:00am.

Many of the biggest trending videos of 2018 came from TikTok challenges, which allowed fans from all over the world to participate in local conversations in their communities.

Among the most popular challenges include the #RainDropChallenge which made waves all over the world, especially in the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.

In Malaysia, other challenges that filled everyone’s feed include #DuetWithMe which allowed users to sing, dance or act along their favourite personality or clips. The other challenge #dinoroar where users made a velociraptor appear on screen via the dinosaur filter and reacted creatively to it in their TikTok video.

See Yourself On TikTok!

Want to see how your own year went? Revisit your own journey with TikTok this year on the “My Year in Rewind” TikTok in-app experience which will be launched on 24 December 2018.

 

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Join The Netflix Bird Box Challenge At Berjaya Times Square!

Excited about the upcoming triller, Bird Box? Did you know you can test your skills in the Netflix Bird Box Challenge? Find out just how to do that!

 

What Is Bird Box All About?

Bird Box is a compelling new thriller that will be launched globally on Netflix on Friday, December 21 2018. The show features a stellar cast led by Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock with Trevante Rhodes, Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich, and directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier.

A pregnant Malorie Shannon hears the news that a wave of hysteria and suicide is spreading across America. Something very evil is taking root and a sinister “problem” is gripping the nation.

When her older sister, Jessica, was taken the “Problem”, Malorie learns about the “Problem” from a group of survivors. It is a supernatural evil entity that has the ability to become a victim’s worst fears and then drives them to the point of insanity. Eventually, it will force them to the brink of suicide.

When she loses contact with the group, Malorie must guide her young children through a forest and down a river in order to make it to a windowless safe haven. Because the Problem can only take a form if its seen, the journey must be done blindfolded.

 

Join The Netflix Bird Box Challenge!

Based on the upcoming thriller Bird Box by Netflix, a series of challenges have been set up at the Central Boulevard in Berjaya Time Square.

Participants will test their survival skills in a post-apocalyptic challenge that mimics a world where survival depends on one’s ability to navigate real-life challenges by listening and not by using one’s sense of sight.

“Listening” is vital for any participants brave enough to take on the challenge.

As participants advances through the levels, survival instincts kicks in but no matter what happens, participants’ eyes should remain shut to make it to safety.

Date : 21st- 23rd December, 2018
Time : 12pm – 10pm on 21st December; 10am – 10pm on 22nd & 23rd December
Venue : Central Boulevard, Berjaya Times Square

So join the world premiere of this Netflix original movie by taking part in the Bird Box Challenge!

 

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Over 60 FREE Movies Now Available On iflix Mobile Web!

iflix Mobile Web is giving users the gift of FREE MOVIES this Christmas season! Find out how you can enjoy these FREE MOVIES on iflix Mobile Web!

 

Over 60 FREE Movies Now Available On iflix Mobile Web!

iflix Mobile Web works exactly like the original iflix app, but is easier to access and use. It now enables users to play without the need to download and sign up on site.

 

Aren’t There Already Free Movies On iflix?

Yes, iflix already offers iflixFREE content such as movies, television shows, documentaries and football. These are now available on iflix Mobile Web without sign-up.

In addition, iflix has moved over 60 movies from the VIP tier to the free tier in celebration of this holiday season! Here are some of top FREE movies you can enjoy on iflix right away!

  • The Hunger Games 
  • The Hunger Games Catching Fire 
  • The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 
  • The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 
  • Kick Ass 
  • What To Expect When You’re Expecting 
  • John Wick (2014)
  • Magic Mike 
  • The Expendables 
  • The Expendables 2 
  • The Expendables 3
  • Paranormal Activity 
  • Scream 4 
  • Ringu 
  • Ringu 2 
  • Ringu 0 Birthday 
  • Law Abiding Citizen 
  • The Lincoln Lawyer 
  • Looper 
  • The Cabin In The Woods 
  • Twilight Saga: New Moon 
  • Twilight Saga Eclipse 
  • Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 
  • Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 
  • The Mechanic

 

So Easy To Use!

Users only need to go to m.iflix.com on their Android smartphones (iOS coming soon!) and click any iflixFREE video to immediately start playing. What’s even better is that iflix Mobile Web loads faster and only takes 140kB of space on any mobile phone to run!

Like the app, users have the option to create an account if they want to and upgrade to iflixVIP and receive a 30-day VIP free trial that gives full access without any ads.

 

iflix Mobile Web Available Soon For iOS!

The iflix Mobile Web is currently only available for Android users but will soon be available to users of IOS as well.

 

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The iflix Progressive Web App Launched For Android!

The iflix Progressive Web App (PWA) has just been launched to further drive online engagement of iflix users. Find out what this means for your online viewing on iflix!

 

The iflix Progressive Web App For Android!

iflix just launched a pure web app with a native-like experience for Android mobile devices.

With the iflix Progressive Web App (PWA), consumers no longer need to download the iflix app from their app store to enjoy many of iflix’s most popular features.

The all-new PWA runs self-contained in an app-like experience to ensure speed of access and reliability, even in areas of low connectivity.

Combining the user experience offered by its native application with this new mobile web experience, iflix now offers seamless access and the best of both app and web worlds.

 

Benefits Of Using The iflix Progressive Web App!

iflix’s new mobile web experience works on-demand and is always accessible without taking up users’ smartphone memory or data.

As it is lighter than a native app, the iflix Progressive Web App (PWA) loads faster and consumes less data and storage.

Companies like iflix benefit greatly too when they switch to a Progressive Web App, including :

  • An average 68% increase in mobile traffic for businesses
  • 15% faster loading time and 52% increased conversions
  • 25% less storage than native apps

 

The Proof Is In The Pudding!

Consumer brands like Twitter and Starbucks have reported significant business gains utilising this web technology.

Twitter saw 65% increase in page views following the launch of their Progressive Web App (PWA).

Forbes saw an increase of 43% in time spent per user session.

Tinder’s Progressive Web App (PWA) saw load times decrease by 50% in comparison to its native app which leads to longer session times and increased engagement.

Andy Paterson, iflix Vice President of Product, said, “This launch is a significant leap forward aligning technology development to our vision of democratising entertainment for the mass market.”

“Our new mobile web app will deliver great experiences for any device in any connectivity.”

“This is enormously valuable to customers in emerging markets which are mobile-first but can face challenges when it comes to consistent and reliable internet access.”

The new iflix Progressive Web App (PWA) will better serve its over one billion consumers throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

 

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Netflix Launches Korean Drama Hymn Of Death!

Netflix is launching Hymn of Death, a Korean drama of a famous tragic love story. What is Hymm of Death all about and who are the actors? Get all the juicy details about Hymm of Death right here!

 

Netflix Launching Korean Drama Hymn Of Death!

What is Hymm Of Death All About?

Hymn of Death is a 3-part series that tells the story about Korea’s first soprano Yun Sim-deok and her genius playwright boyfriend Kim Woo-jin. This popular yet tragic love story has been recreated in various formats including films, plays, and musicals throughout the years.

Who Are the Actors?

Lee Jong-suk (While You Were Sleeping and W) will portray the playwright Kim Woo-jin amidst a falling Korea while Shin Hye-sun (Still 17 and My Golden Life) will take on the role of the talented soprano Yun Sim-deok in Hymm of Death.

Who’s Directing Hymm Of Death?

Hymn of Death was directed by Park Soo-jin (The Doctors and Dr. Romantic) and was written by Cho Soo-jin.

When will Hymm Of Death Be Available?

Hymn of Death will be available in Korea one hour after broadcast on November 27, December 3 and December 4.

For Asia and English-speaking territories, Hymm of Death will be available on December 14 while all other territories including Europe will get to view it on December 28.

 

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Globe Announces Partnership With iflix in the Philippines!

Globe just announced their partnership with iflix in the Phillippines, which would make iflix available to over 65 million subscribers nationwide! Find out what this partnership entails!

 

The Globe Partnership With iflix in the Philippines!

Globe is partnering with iflix in the Philippines on three main business areas with potential expansion in the future.

The distribution of iflix through Globe’s network now allows over 65 million of their users to activate iflixVIP plans through carrier billing. Other promotional offers will be introduced in 2019.

Iflix and Globe Studios will also co-develop new original content, set to premiere on iflix in 2019 with special preview access exclusively for Globe customers.

This multi-level collaboration supports both companies’ goals of bringing original and creative local programs to Filipino audiences through a trusted consumer distribution channel.

Iflix will also become the streaming platform for many of Globe Studios’ most popular shows. This includes Elements: The Series, exclusively available and set to premiere on iflix this year.

“This historic agreement brings iflix and Globe together as industry leaders of content and technology committed to creating exceptional user experiences. The partnership with Globe further represents best practices in how iflix drives
strategic value for our partners across their core telecom business, as well as new verticals such as content, for the benefit of their customers.” – iflix Co-founder & CEO Mark Britt

“Globe further strengthens its commitment to provide platforms for local artists and filmmakers and give viewers access to the very best in local entertainment. Together with our partners such as iflix, we will change what local
primetime means: the Filipino consumer can now watch TV anytime they want, anywhere they are.” – Globe President and CEO, Ernest Cu

Mobile customers in the Philippines can enjoy movies and TV shows soon on iflix for as low as P29 via GoWATCH for Globe customers (2GB of data for videos for 1 day) and for as low as P19 via EasyWATCH for TM customers (1GB of data for videos for 1 day).

 

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Iflix Joins Forces With Telkomsel Indonesia!

Iflix joins forces with Telkomsel in Indonesia to make iflix available to 167 million subscribers throughout Indonesia! What does it mean for iflix and Telkomsel users in Indonesia? Read on and find out!

 

Iflix Joins Forces With Telkomsel Indonesia!

Iflix and PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) just announced the first step of the companies’ multi-phase strategic partnership with integrated carrier billing to make iflixVIP available to Telkomsel subscribers throughout Indonesia.

Telkomsel subscribers can now unlock iflixVIP for as little as Rp1,300/day through their mobile account while its monthly iflixVIP plans will be priced at an affordable Rp39,000/month.

IflixVIP offers an extensive library of award-winning iflix Originals, iflix NEWS, iflix SNACKS, linear channels, live special events, hundreds of TV shows, movies and even more premium content.

This will include exclusive, local original programs such as award-winning horror Pengabdi Setan, critically acclaimed drama Posesif, smash hit Magic Hour: The Series, popular Indonesian titles 5 cm and Eiffel I’m in Love, this year’s biggest K-romance Be with You and Korean film I Can Speak along with many more.

Jason Monteiro, iflix Global Marketing Director said: “Indonesia is an important market for iflix.Now subscribers can conveniently access the world’s best entertainment available on iflixVIP and maximise their iflix experience through a simple and secure step. Carrier billing solves a key problem of lack payment methods for us. Now, everyone can be a VIP.”

“We are excited to partner with iflix as a key part of our digital video strategy to provide
Telkomsel customers with the best and most popular services available. Video service is very high in demand as our customers utilise around 70% of their data quota for video streaming. Growth of video content traffic
on our network has increased by over to 250% last year.

 

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New Spotify for Apple Watch App Announced!

Spotify is introducing a new app for the Apple Watch, giving you the ability to access and control your music and podcasts right on your Apple Watch. Here are the full details!

 

New Spotify for Apple Watch App Announced!

Spotify just announced a new Spotify for Apple Watch app. With this new app, users can enjoy an improved experience with better control and the ability to seamlessly connect to speakers or devices. This is a work in progress, with Spotify planning to add the ability to listen to your music and podcasts offline.

More activities – more control

Smartwatches let us access the world with a flick of our wrists. Ready to start your run? Hit play from your Apple Watch without having to wrangle your phone out of its running case.

Running into a friend as you head into the grocery store? Tap pause to grab a cart and a chat.

Not feeling a slow song during your birthday party? Skipping to the track that matches your mood and activity is now as easy as checking your notifications.

Or, while listening to your favorite podcast, easily rewind 15 seconds to catch that detail you missed. It’s all right there on the watch face.

Speaking of parties, easily connect your speakers or devices via Spotify Connect to effortlessly DJ from your watch.

 

Easier access – easier discovery

This new integration with Apple Watch makes it easy to access recently played songs, no matter where your phone is. And if you discover a new favorite track, all you need to do is tap the ♡ icon on your watch screen to save it. You can then stream it over and over again.

This new experience will be released to Apple Watch users in the upcoming week. Be sure to install the latest version (v.8.4.79) of Spotify. Alternatively you can download it on the App Store. Look out for more updates soon.

 

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iflix Starts Streaming Bernama News For FREE!

iflix just announced a partnership with the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) to deliver the latest news live to iflix users for free. Here are the full details of the streaming of Bernama news on iflix NEWS!

 

iflix Starts Streaming Bernama News For FREE!

iflix’s 24-hour News Hub, iflix NEWS, will aggregate live news streams, clips, and linear feeds from leading international, regional and local news authorities.

Understanding the need for timely, reliable and relevant updates in an online environment saturated with fake, headline-grabbing click-bait, iflix has dedicated itself to the amalgamated distribution of trusted, editorially-sound factual content from renowned sources that encompass current affairs, financial and business reporting, world and local news.

From August 28, iflix users in Malaysia will receive live news on current issues, crime, politics, sports, business, entertainment and foreign affairs via a premium branded Bernama channel under iflix NEWS for free.

Bernama programs on iflix will include news bulletins in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Tamil. The channel will also have several talk shows and lifestyle programs, such as, food program Koleksi Tapau Apa, medical show Medical Today, and travel program 1001 Destinasi Malaysiaku.

iflix Country Manager for Malaysia and Brunei, Diana Boo said: “On top of offering thousands of TV shows, movies, and sports, iflix now keeps users up-to-date with the latest news and current affairs both locally and around the world with iflix News.We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Malaysia’s leading and most trusted news agency Bernama, for timely, newsworthy stories that are relevant to Malaysians.”

“This partnership is testament to our continued commitment to offer users the best entertainment experience possible. iflix News comes on the heels of our iflix 3.0 launch, that unveiled an all-new look and feel, with fresh content, that users can enjoy all for free. We are excited to be embarking on a new iflix chapter with Bernama. With iflix News, we hope that it cements our position as an all-rounded platform, with something for everyone,” added Boo.

Bernama Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Zulkefli Salleh said: “We are very excited to partner with iflix, and have our Bernama News Channel accessible to a global audience. Bernama is proud to be the main gateway to Malaysian news on iflix. We will continue to deliver news that is current and newsworthy.”

 

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Get iflix FREE + New Local Content With iflix 3.0!

At a star-studded event today, iflix kicked off iflix FREE with the newly-upgraded iflix 3.0 app. It now offers an all-new look and feel, with new local content absolutely FREE! Yes, the four-letter F word of the day is FREE!

 

iflix 3.0 Introduces Free + VIP Access with New Local Content!

Introducing iflix 3.0 was Diana Boo, Country Manager for iflix Malaysia and Brunei. It now comes with a plethora of new features and content.

 

iflix FREE

With iflix 3.0, iflix has made many of their most popular and exclusive content and features available for FREE! What do you get? Let’s see…

  • Movie of the Day – a new movie every day!
  • iflix Snacks – 50 new bite-sized videos are added every day, from QYou, Complex Media, local content creators, and iflix Originals like Caraoke Drift, Gila Gamers, Boleh Binge, and more!
  • Football Malaysia – every Liga Super, Piala FA, Piala Malaysia, Piala Sumbangsih match will be available LIVE!
  • Exclusive regional and international TV series, including The Grand Prince, My First Love, Poroporo, Tayo the Little Bus and more!
  • iflix Originals – exclusive, premium content including the upcoming KL Gangster: Underworld, Oi! Jaga Mulut, Jon Atherton: Disoriental, and Coconuts TV.
  • Download & Watch Offline allows users to download their favourite programs to enjoy offline!

Everything on iflix FREE is completely free for all iflix users, regardless of their subscription status.

 

iflix VIP

Those who want more premium content can level up and unlock iflix VIP. This is basically the old iflix subscription service. In addition to the iflix FREE content, you get :

  • Premium LIVE Sports, including more Football Malaysia, T10 Cricket League, 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the English Premier League, the Olympics, NBA and more!
  • Special LIVE Events – local, regional and international concerts and competitions

 

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Vuclip OTT Strategies For Malaysia Revealed!

By Arun Prakash, President and COO of Vuclip

 

OTT Strategies For Malaysia

Bill Gates famously said that “content is king” in 1996, and that became a guiding principle for the Internet age. But it has never been more accurate than when it comes to describing millennials around the globe today and their expectations when it comes to mobile video.

Unlike previous generations, mobile consumers now have:

  • Accessibility – Anything happening anywhere in the world is available to them in real time

  • Awareness – Social media has taught them to be savvy and access to global content has given them heightened expectations when it comes to production quality of shows

  • Aspiration – As today’s youth are constantly aware of global fashion trends, consumer goods, and retail trends, they have sought to become true global citizens and wear, buy, and consume the same. This is also true for their entertainment consumption

  • Affordability – More consumers have rising disposable income, reduced costs for mobile data, and OTT premium content is able to benefit from both these trends and deliver more options and opportunities for consumers.

These are realities that will only continue to evolve in Malaysia and around the world. Of course, we have first-hand knowledge of this at Viu, with our users each consuming an average of 1.2 to 1.8 hours of content per day. By keenly listening to consumers and observing their habits to draw conclusions, as well as applying a conscious effort not to be tripped up by so called industry best practices, we have been able to bring a fresh new approach to OTT content in the region.

Globalization of local content and localization of global content

Video content isn’t concerned with borders or language. If people like something that airs in another country, they often have the means to watch it. But even better than just watching a dubbed, low-quality version, now they can watch shows that were successful in one part of the world that have been tailored to air as localized versions with high production value.

A recent example of this includes Tollywood Squares, our Indian reboot of the global franchise the Hollywood Squares. This also marks the first major CBS game show to be produced in India.

Viu also recently teamed up with the Endemol Shine Group to produce a localized, ten-episode season of The Bridge, a crime drama that was already popular in Europe and the United States. This adaptation will take the original premise and make it unique for the local audience, appealing to the diverse arrays of people, cuisines, and ethnicities that call Malaysia and Singapore home, highlighting both the diversity and similarity between the two countries. This will affect every aspect of the series, with both sides speaking local languages.

This is in addition to shows such as India’s What the Duck, a cricket-centered comedic talk show, and Indonesia’s The Publicist, a romantic drama series, proving to be highly popular outside of their respective countries with expat communities around the world.

Lifting up local talent and content

We’ve also found that the engagement of local talent and key opinion leaders in developing unique content has been a winning formula.

We first identify, nurture, and provide an opportunity for local talent. Once we do that, we can empower them with the financial and technical support to create high-quality content that showcases their talent. And then we can distribute it on Viu, where an audience of millions is ready to enjoy it around the globe.

For an example of this, Viu conducted a recent pitching forum in Indonesia, where we held auditions in five cities across the country and received hundreds of submissions, before picking Halustik by Sally Anom as the submission that we will turn into an original series. This annual event helps us develop top talent and gives us ideas on how to raise the status of the entire Indonesian content industry.

On a similar note, we noticed that the amount of time spent watching shows during Ramadan increased every year, so this year we developed specific content to watch during this time. This brought eight Arabic shows to Viu, many of which were developed by social media creators throughout the region.

Range of content formats and lengths prove popular

In addition to the trends above related to content development and consumption, we’ve also noted that the smartphone generation isn’t as concerned about historic video formats, such as what defines a clip versus a TV show versus a movie. Now, the video will fit into the consumer’s life and habits, and not the other way around.

This is why most Viu content has various lengths, including movies such as India’s High Jack; mini-series such as It Happened in Hong Kong and our Ramadan series in the Middle East; 30 to 50-minute run time shows, such as Indonesia’s the Publicist; and then there are What the Duck Googlies which are short form 3-5 minute clips from the very popular What the Duck series.

In conclusion

The OTT market is changing the ways content is created, desired, discovered, and consumed. We have a unique opportunity to spotlight amazing talent within our own regions, make dramatic content and localize shows from other regions, and experiment in ways that traditional ratings-driven television era never allowed.

And as the audience grows, and their expectations change, and more people use their access to find and share their voice, vision, and talent with the world, we look forward to being there to help give them a platform and an audience.

Everything changes so rapidly, but when you boil it all down, we’re giving more people more access to hear more voices tell more stories and I can’t wait to see them.

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Chromageddon – The Day Chromecast + Home Died Worldwide!

Chromageddon is upon us! The world woke up today to a world of silent Chromecast and Google Home devices. What the heck is going on??? How do we fix it???

Updated @ 2018-07-01 : Google still refuses to tell us what caused Chromageddon. But let’s see what we can dig out about this debacle.

Updated @ 2018-06-28 : Google just reported they have a fix! We added details on what we need to do to restore the affected devices, and an update on a bad firmware being the cause of Chromageddon.

Originally posted @ 2018-06-27


 

Chromageddon – The Day Chromecast + Home Died Worldwide

Chromageddon took down Chromecast and Google Home devices worldwide sometime in the evening of 26 June 2018 (US Pacific Time). Since then, they have all refused to obey their masters’ commands.

Users of Google Home were greeted with the dreaded “There was a glitch. Try again in a few seconds.” response to every command. No matter how long and hard they cajoled their Google devices, they stayed silent.

They were all still alive, still connected to the network, but functionally nothing more than space-heating paperweights.

It took Google more than 12 hours to fix the problem after they realised Chromageddon was real. The real tragedy though was the complete lack of communication with their users.

Sure, Google responded to messages on Twitter, but even when people alerted them to the issue, it took more than 12 hours before they realised something truly bad was happening. Even then, they did not inform their other customers who are probably spending hours trying to troubleshoot their non-functioning devices.

Needless to say, other than informing those who reported issues when a fix was available, they steadfastly refused to tell us WHY Chromageddon happened. I suppose Google expects us to trust them to learn something from this debacle…

 

What Devices Are Currently Affected? Updated!

For most part, they are almost all Google Chromecast 2 and Google Home devices, but here is the full list of devices reported to be affected by Chromageddon :

  • Google Chromecast (1st Gen)
  • Google Chromecast (2nd Gen)
  • Google Home
  • Google Home mini

Surprisingly, both Google Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast Audio do not seem to be affected, although they are far less popular and their users have not yet realised the downtime.

 

How Do We Fix Chromecast + Home? Updated!

So far, all efforts to self-fix the problem have failed spectacularly :

  • Screaming futilely at the silent devices – Failed
  • Restarting Chromecast or Google Home – Failed
  • Rebooting the modem and/or router – Failed
  • Resetting Chromecast or Google Home to factory defaults – Failed
  • Asking Google tech support for help – Failed
  • Praying to the Google Gods – Failed

Although Google refuses to confirm, Chromageddon is most likely due to a problem with their servers. So when their servers have a hiccup, everything goes down. Google hinted at that with these tweets :

Our Engineering team is already on it. Hang in there — we’ll keep you updated.

There’s an ongoing issue with Chromecast and our team is already working on a fix ― we’ll keep you posted.

Our team is aware of this issue and working on a stable fix. Stay tuned.

At 6:18 AM (GMT+8) on the 28th of June, Google announced that they have a fix for Chromageddon that will automatically roll out over the next 6 hours. To get your Chromecast and Google Home running immediately, all you have to do is REBOOT them.

“We’ve identified a fix for the issue impacting Google Home users and it will be automatically rolled out over the next 6 hours. If you would like an immediate fix please follow the directions to reboot your device. If you’re still experiencing an issue after rebooting, contact us at Google Home Support. We are really sorry for the inconvenience and are taking steps to prevent this issue from happening in the future.

While there is a way to reboot your Google devices via the Google Home app, many people cannot actually get connected to the affected devices. So the simplest way to get them working again is to physically turn off power to those devices, and then turn them back on again.

 

Isn’t Chromageddon Due To A Firmware Update? Updated!

At first, everyone thought it might have been a firmware update that bricked the devices. Some even claimed that it only happened after their affected devices were updated.

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However, many of those who could still connect to their Chromecast reported that they were still on the 1.29.104827 production ​firmware. That firmware is several months old, or it’s not possible for it to suddenly act up globally.

Some have reported that their Chromecast is on the 1.30.113131 preview firmware. That is only possible if they had specifically opted to participate in the Google Preview Program. Even so, this preview firmware was released in sometime in April 2018.

When Google announced a fix, and that all we needed to do was to reboot our devices, it confirmed our deduction that it was a server-related issue on their end. We can safely confirm that Chromageddon was NOT due to any firmware update.

 

What Chromageddon Teaches Us

We all know that personal assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo (Price Check) are always connected to cloud servers, and come with their fair share of privacy concerns. However, most of us are probably not aware that “dumb” video streaming devices like Chromecast connect to such servers as well.

Privacy concerns with devices “dialling home” are bad enough. Chromageddon is now proof of just how vulnerable such a system design can be, if these devices have to be connected to Google’s servers to even function.

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ASEAN Content Code for Video-On-Demand Revealed!

In a bid to self-regulate before their host countries start introducing a hodgepodge of different regulations, leading ASEAN video-on-demand services came together to introduce an ASEAN content code – the Subscription Video-on-Demand Industry Content Code. Let’s see what it’s all about!

 

The ASEAN Content Code for Video-On-Demand

Leading subscription video-on-demand services across ASEAN, including ASTRO, dimsum, Fox+, HOOQ, iflix, Netflix, tonton, TVB and The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) have come together to announce the creation of a self-regulatory Subscription Video-on-Demand Industry Content Code to safeguard consumer interests.

The new ASEAN Content Code sets out principles to ensure that content offered on these participating platforms is authentic, free from hate speech, hate crimes, pornography, and other forms of inappropriate content. They also pledge their best efforts to provide consumer control features or other measures to ensure that content delivered is age-appropriate for relevant family members of the users in ASEAN.

“We share a mutual objective of putting consumer well-being at the heart of our services. This Code demonstrates our commitment to making sure that the consumer is able to make content viewing choices that are right for them and their families.”

This idea was first discussed at the ASEAN Telecom Regulators Council dialogue, held in Bangkok in September 2017. This forum brought together both regulators as well as industry in dialogue, to create pan-ASEAN solutions. Companies affirmed the value of this type of open dialogue and collaborative efforts towards addressing challenges.

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The new ASEAN Content Code has been welcomed and supported by CASBAA, a regional industry association. The Companies look forward to working with other players in the SVOD space in ASEAN under the principles in the new ASEAN Content Code which will also serve to distinguish legitimate services from pirate sites.

“When a consumer goes to a pirate site for content, not only do they undermine legitimate businesses, but there are no checks on the content which means minors can very easily be exposed to pornography or graphic violence,” said Louis Boswell, CEO of CASBAA.

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iflix To Localise Signature Shows From Complex Networks

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21, 2018 – iflix today announced a ground-breaking content partnership with youth culture media company, Complex Networks (“Complex”), to create localised versions of world-class proven content formats. The all new original series will be showcased in a newly created premium, dedicated Complex branded channel, which will additionally showcase the network’s most popular global series, available to audiences on iflix’s platform for free.

 

iflix To Localise Signature Shows From Complex Networks

The partnership will see a significant expansion of the Company’s Original Content offering, affirming its focus on developing compelling, highly addictive and hyper-local programming. The new production slate includes Hot Ones, the viral interview show where celebrities eat increasingly hot wings while answering questions.

Hot Ones launches this fall in Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. The localized format will feature a new familiar local host, and popular regional hot sauces will be added to the line-up alongside Hot One’s The Last Dab. iflix licensed formats include:

  • Hot Ones watch your favorite celebs laugh, cry, and divulge their deepest secrets while eating progressively spicier wings
  • Sneaker Shopping spotlights the styles, silhouettes and significance of sneaker culture through the eyes of bold-faced names in music, sports, film, television and pop culture.
  • Complex Closets goes inside the closets of the biggest pop culture figures today to talk about the shoes that define their style.
  • Don’t Believe the Hype tells you what’s hot and what’s just hot air. Sneakers, clothes, tech, food—nothing is safe.
  • Get Sweaty features the hottest celebrities getting fit in the coolest gyms.
  • Price the Hype is the ultimate game show for hypebeasts. Contestants compete head-to-head, proving their knowledge through trivia and challenges, with both money and sneakers on the line.

The collaboration with Complex underscores iflix’s growing focus on creating viral, snackable content specifically for Millennial and Gen Z generations, nearly 90 per cent of which come from emerging and developing markets in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Bombarded with demands on their attention and stringent benchmarks for ‘the best of’ everything, this enormous and hugely influential audience segment leads the way in defining and shaping trends and innovation in media and culture. This latest content offering from iflix represents a significant step forward, combining world-leading formats, and best practices with cultural relevance and local flair.

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Quotes On The iflix – Complex Networks Partnership

iflix Group Chief Content Officer, Sean Carey, commented, “We are committed to delivering the very best in snackable and short form content to our subscribers, particularly the “now” generation, a growing force with significant influence on taste and trend. Raised through the convergence of the internet, mobile technology and social media, millennials and the youth generation are well-informed global citizens on the verge of decision-making roles and their prime spending years, inevitably carrying a high lifetime value. We’re thrilled to be working with Complex, a market-leader to meet this demand.”

iflix Global Head of Short Form, Craig Galvin, added, “We have an incredible opportunity to deliver a uniquely local product based on a truly international format with mass appeal. Complex Networks has set the standard for trend-exploring, culture-defining millennial media. We are thrilled to partner with them through our production house, Studio2:15, to experiment and play, break rules and create new content with, to ensure mobile-savvy, time-poor, and globally conscious iflix subscribers are catered to”.

“The interests and topics that fuel youth culture resonate globally with millennials and gen-z,” said Shawn Strickland, EVP Development, Distribution and Business Affairs. “This is an exciting opportunity to expand our programming with iflix, the emerging markets leader in entertainment, and develop versions of our programming that highlights the regional talent and passions.”

 

Complex Networks

Complex Networks currently produces over 30 daily and weekly series across its award-winning brands, available through YouTube, social channels, and a growing list of distributors including Verizon, Fuse, Facebook and MSG Network. Its flagship shows Sneaker Shopping and Hot Ones each have over 250 million lifetime views, and its newest series The Burger Show captured over 4 million views in its first month of launch.

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iflix 3.0 – Revamped with iflix FREE + Live Hub!

April 26, 2018 – iflix today announced the upcoming launch of iflix 3.0. Read all about what iflix 3.0 will introduce – new features like iflix FREE and Live Hub for live sports and events!

 

iflix 3.0 – Revamped with iflix FREE + Live Hub!

In a complete product evolution, the company moves away from the traditional Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) model to introduce the first-of-its kind, mass market platform specifically created for over one billion consumers in emerging markets. iflix 3.0 will introduce:

iflix FREE

iflix FREE will be a free tier with unique new features and content, allowing users to preview, explore and discover new content, including:

  • Movie of the Day – a fresh, new movie, curated daily.
  • Premium short-form content comprised of Originals, leading formats and programs from around the world, including:
    • QYou, Complex Media and great Korean series, with more to come very soon;
    • local programs from popular local content creators from around our regions;
    • original iflix content and localized formats, including the incredibly popular series Hot Ones and many others;
    • iflix snacks – new format designed specifically for the mobile-first audience.

All content will be produced and managed through the company’s recently announced short-form content studio, Studio2:15. The studio will produce an estimated 2,000 pieces of original short-form content by the end of the year, with 50 new pieces of content added to the site daily by June.

  • Premium regional and international TV series, many of which will be available exclusively on iflix, including The Grand Prince, My First Love, Pororo, Tayo the Little Bus, and more.
  • Promotional episodes and pilots from premium current and marquee TV series and films across key genres, including Dexter, Good Behaviour, Man vs Wild, Freakish, Expelled, Spongebob Squarepants and Korean smash-hit sensations Goblin, Descendants of the Sun, My Secret Romance, Legend of the Blue Sea, Bride of Habaek and many more.
  • iflix Originals – exclusive, premium original local content, including:
    • Some of iflix’s most popular and best performing series such as Indonesian teen romance, Magic Hour;
    • Upcoming action-packed series, KL Gangster: Underworld, spun off from the cult favourite Malaysian movie franchise;
    • Exit 49, an all-new horror movie starring the Philippines’ “Queen of Scream” Kris Aquino – slated for release later this year.
    • Raw and raunchy stand-up comedies, Oi! Jaga Mulut, and Jon Atherton: Disoriental;
    • Coconuts TV on iflix, a docu-series boldly exposing the underbelly of Asian subculture.

All content on iflix’s new free tier will be available to all users to enjoy, regardless of their subscription status. With over 5,000 assets available at launch, and on track for 10,000 on offer by year-end, iflix FREE offers users one of the largest libraries of curated, premium content, completely free of charge.

iflix Live Hub

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Live Hub will feature

  • Linear local free-to-air and pay TV channels across both free and paid tiers.
  • Live premium sporting competitions and events including Football Malaysia, cricket, World Cup, Olympics coverage, NBA action and much more.
  • Live premium events including local and regional concerts and competitions.

Advertising opportunities for premium brands

iflix will offer Advertising opportunities for premium brands through brand and product integration within original, local and regional content, premium video placements including pre-roll, native video content cards in app, as well as contextually targeted presenting partnerships.

Advertisers will now have the opportunity to engage with millions of users on iflix’s platform through unique, integrated, targeted, premium content and commercial partnerships.

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Coconuts TV On iflix – The Edgy Southeast Asian Docu Series

April 2, 2018 – iflix today announced the launch of Coconuts TV on iflix, a bold and edgy documentary series that spotlights Southeast Asia’s most weird and wondrous stories.

 

Coconuts TV On iflix

From today, anyone in Asia, with or without an active iflix subscription can stream and download all six episodes of the docu-series – for free and on any device. From the Miss Tiffany’s transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya to “midget boxing” in Manila, to the volcanoes of Bali and the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, Coconuts TV on iflix takes an in depth, uncensored look at the most fascinating and undiscovered phenomena in Southeast Asia.

 

Coconuts TV Episodes (So Far)

Episode 1 : Sexy Time

Let’s talk about sex baby. Explore the many facets of how sex has shaped South East Asia’s modern culture, music, and society. Conventional, consensual, or condescending?

Episode 2 : Marginalized

True grit, survival, adaptation, & passion – the formula to cultivate greatness. Follow the rise of superstars from historically marginalized groups within society, exposing the difference between who we are and who we want to be.

Episode 3 : Needles ‘N Knives

Dive under the skin and into the depths of needle-sharing fisherman and unfold the deadly razor-sharp thrill of the famed balisong butterfly knife. Two different stories, two different kinds of highs.

Episode 4 : Animals And Us

Unveil spirituality, mindfulness, and healing with a legendary horse riding, kickboxing, drug-fighting monk. Then explore a volcanic active region where nature knows no kings nor gives no mercy to the wildlife around it.

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Episode 5 : Wheels Of Change

The only assurance in life is change. Follow the rise of gender equality in Malaysian motorsports and the demise of the iconic Filipino jeepney. Witness the evolution and how steadfast communities adapt to these fast times.

Episode 6 : Birds And Bugs

Has anyone told you about the birds and the… bugs? Access the underbelly of Asia’s fascination for cockfighting, songbirds, and the renaissance of mainstream insect-eating culture.

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