TM partners Hong Kong’s PCCW to offer video-on-demand service

TM group chief executive officer Tan Sri Datuk Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa (right) and PCCW group managing director Srinivas Bangalore Gangaiah during the official announcement of partnership between TM and VIU. RAYMOND OOI/ The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has entered into a strategic partnership with a video-on-demand (VOD) service provider Vuclip, a unit of Hong Kong-based PCCW Ltd.

The partnership will see TM offering the service through its infrastructure and service will be called Viu in Malaysia and made available to UniFi and Streamyx broadband customers.

It will provide Asian content including Korean, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese, Tamil, Hindi, Indonesian and Bollywood to TM’s broadband subscribers.

It will be based on a freemium model wherein content are able to access thousands of hours of content for free. The premium offering of Viu will include an ad-free experience and access to additional premium content for RM10 per month.

Selected latest Korean dramas will be available and subtitled in English after eight hours of its Korean premiere and into BM translation within 24 hours.

Content from these regional and international studios will also be made on the Viu platform: Primeworks Distribution, Media Prima, MD Entertainment Indonesia, Vision Plus Entertainment, Double Vision, Media Quiz, Huace, Media Asia, Transmedia and Caracol. 

Vuclip already has long term partnerships with more than 250 top studios globally, it’s press statement said.

CEO of TM Tan Sri Zamzamzairani said  the service will be made available from the middle of March 2016 in addition to the existing HyppTV service.

The managing director of the PCCW Media Group, Janice Lee, said that she expects the Viu service to be as successful as the reception that had been received in Hong Kong and Singapore.
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