U.S streaming giant Netflix is ramping up its mobile-only subscription plans in Thailand and expanding local content, as arch-rival Disney Plus arrives in the fast-growing market. The world’s biggest video streaming platform by paid customers, Netflix told Reuters more than a million of its nearly 200 million subscribers around the world are in Southeast Asia, home to around 655 million people. But the market is ripe for rapid growth, analysts say, with the Disney+ Hotstar launch in Indonesia next month set to become a key battleground. “What we see in Southeast Asia is that it’s a very mobile-centric market”, Netflix director for product innovation Ajay Arora said in a recent interview. That’s led the company to push cheaper mobile plans and adapt its product to fit lower-end smartphones, Arora said. Southeast Asia is estimated to have generated $600 million in overall subscription music and video revenue in 2019, according to a study by Google, Temasek Holdings and Bain … [Read more...] about Netflix Steps ups its Game in Thailand as Disney Plus Enters Market
Things have changed. In some cases they’ve changed a lot and may never be the same again. Many people are suffering as a result of the impacts of lockdowns and the border closures. Entire industries, like aviation and entertainment, have been profoundly affected. Some people are being forced to re-invent their lives as a result. Fears over Covid-19 are causing people to change their habits and re-evaluate their lives. Here are some of the main things we believe have changed since January this year. Face Masks The now ever-present face mask will be with us for a long time. In Asia, it was never uncommon to see people wearing face masks for traffic, air pollution, fears of disease or just as a fashion statement. In the Covid-era, mask wearing will now just become part of what we wear when in public spaces. When we leave home we’ll check if we have our keys, our wallet AND our face mask. Even when the government relaxes the current laws about the wearing of face masks, most … [Read more...] about Top 10 things that changed in Thailand during the Covid outbreak
Photo-Illustration: retailers We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, we’ve plucked out some of our favorites — expert-recommended essentials , life-changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly launched gizmos, and the very good deals we uncovered while trolling the vast online-shopping universe this past week, including Jenny Han’s secret seasoning for at-home movie-theater popcorn, a Goldilocksian notebook for every type of journaler, and 11 items to support organizations supporting the AAPI community. Vornado Velocity 3R Whole Room Space Heater $80 $80 Though there’s lots of different ways to work out at home, “if you’re a hot-yoga devotee, you’ve probably found it a bit more difficult to duplicate the feel of your sweltering studio,” writes Karen Iorio Adelson. And though there have been accounts of yogis taking extreme measures to achieve the studio heat, Karen … [Read more...] about 11 Things That Delighted Us Last Week: From Space Heaters to a ‘Soothing’ Salad Bowl
March 06, 2021 - 20:12 GMT Eve Crosbie The Voice judge and legendary singer has opened up about what his wife really thought of the hit singing competition show We love watching The Voice with Tom Jones , Olly Murs , Will.I.am and Anne-Marie . However, it can be pretty frustrating seeing the coaches miss out on some amazing talent in the blind audition stage of the show, where the panel sit in their iconic red chairs facing away from the stage. MORE: Tom Jones: The Voice judge's controversial love life and children revealed And now Sir Tom has revealed that his late wife Linda felt exactly the same! Speaking to HELLO! and other press, the legendary 80-year-old explained that before her death in 2016, he and his wife of 59 years would watch back episodes of the show - but often disagreed on Tom's decisions. Loading the player... WATCH: Tom Jones opens up about what it's like to go on The Voice … [Read more...] about Tom Jones reveals what late wife Linda’s really thought about The Voice
Looking good, Furiosa. Photo: Jasin Boland/Warner Brothers Imperator Furiosa has come out on top at the Critics’ Choice Awards: Mad Max: Fury Road leads the list with 13 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Actress for Charlize Theron, Best Director for George Miller, and a healthy spread across the technical categories. Carol , The Martian , and The Revenant came in with nine nominations each. On the TV side, Fargo led the nominees with eight, followed by The Leftovers and Transparent with six each, and The Wiz Live! with five. There are a lot of welcome surprises, including nominations for Rectify , UnREAL , You’re the Worst , André Holland for The Knick , and Constance Wu for Fresh Off the Boat . It’s a good list! The winners will be announced January 17 at a televised gala on A&E, Lifetime, and LMN airing at 8 p.m. Here’s a full list of the nominees: MOVIE BEST PICTURE BEST ACTOR Trumbo The Martian Black Mass … [Read more...] about All Hail Furiosa!