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PLDT, Globe deal may draw fine; HBO in Chinese co-production

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Simplifying The Assessment of Company Fundamental Data

China COVID-19 Trends In TV, Video

Staying Ahead of the Development Curve with Insights on Emerging Technologies


PLDT, Globe deal may draw fine; HBO in Chinese co-production

TOPNEWS

*Philippine telcos PLDTCo. and Globe Telecom could a heavy penalty over their jointacquisition of San MiguelCorp.'s telecom unit. The telcos are facing a possible fine of 691million to 3.46 billion Philippine pesos, about US$14.7 million to US$73.4million, for completing the deal before the Philippine CompetitionCommission concluded its review.In May, San Miguel agreed to sell Vega Telecom to PLDT and Globe forUS$1.5 billion.

*Time Warner Inc.'sHBO Asia is partneringwith China Movie Channel to co-develop and co-produce several martial artsfilms for TV. The Chinese-language productions will star Chinese talent, withthe first two films set to premiere by the end of the year on CMC's channels aswell as across 23 Asian territories on HBO and Red by HBO.

* Japanesemobile messaging app operator LINE Corp. has set the price for its upcoming IPO at¥3,300 per share, about US$32.81, the higher end of the range it revised upwardlast week amid high demand, Tokyo's TheNikkei reports.At this IPO price, the company is valued at ¥693 billion, or about US$6.89billion, making it the biggest stock market tech debut this year.

* Japaneseonline shopping mall RakutenInc. is looking to start video-on-demand services in theNetherlands through its video streaming service unit Wuaki.tv, Telecompaper reports.The company will offer a private beta trial of the Dutch version of Wuaki,inviting willing testers to join. Details about the starting date or type ofsubscription to be offered were not disclosed.

* Shares inJapan's Nintendojumped ¥4,000, or 25%, up to its daily limit up of ¥20,270 in Tokyo followingthe successful launch of its "Pokémon Go" smartphone game Friday, The Nikkei reports.At one point, it had the largest trading value in all markets.

* JapaneseTV advertisement production firm AOI Advertising Promotion Inc. signed an agreement withTYO Inc. to establish a joint share holding company for management integrationvia share transfer with an aim of investing in virtual reality and augmentedreality, as well as expanding operations into the foreign market. The newcompany will be the wholly owning parent company of AOI and TYO, and will belisted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange effective Jan. 4, 2017. 

*NTT DoCoMo Inc. islooking to offer new, low-cost contracts for users of conventional mobilephones without touchscreens, The Nikkeireports.President Kazuhiro Yoshizawa reportedly said the Japanese company sees enduringdemand for older phone models despite the general trend toward smartphones. NTTDoCoMo Inc. is a unit of NipponTelegraph & Telephone Corp. 

* IPTVprovider SK Broadbandand cable TV operator CJHelloVision submitted their opinion on the rejection of their mergerplan to South Korea's Fair Trade Commission, Dailian reports. Detailsof the opinion were not revealed. SK reportedly asked FTC to proceed with therest of the review in private due to the risk of sensitive information leaking.SK Broadband and CJ HelloVision are units of SK Telecom Co. Ltd. and , respectively.

*Apple Inc.'s AppleMusic, which will soon launch in South Korea, is requiring local musicstreaming service providers to process their users' purchases via in-appbilling and not on its mobile website, Inews24 reports.This type of billing requires app providers to pay Apple a 30% fee for eachtransaction, which gets passed on to users.

*Facebook Inc.'s SouthKorean unit signed a digital ad partnership with Korean ad company , YonhapNews Agency reports.Cheil becomes the social media giant's first ad partner in Korea, with the twocompanies set to jointly develop digital ad products for various platformsincluding Facebook and Instagram.

, HONG KONG ANDTAIWAN

*"Pokémon Go" has not yet been released in China, but the top freegame in the country's iOS App Store is a Chinese knock-off called "CitySpirit Go," reportsTech in Asia. While the game does not use augmented reality technology, it is alocation-based game that requires users to move with their smartphones. In-apppurchases cost as much as US$97. 

* Chinesecar-hailing service Didi Chuxing has been raising the fare rate in multiplecities while lowering bonuses for drivers in the past month, Sina Tech News reports.The company is the leading ride-hailing service in China, having captured morethan an 80% share of the market. 

* FormerChina Telecomchairman Chang Xiaobing has been expelled from the Communist Party, removedfrom public office and will face prosecution, the South China Morning Post reports.The party's anti-graft agency said its investigation against Chang found thathe allegedly took bribes and violated state-owned enterprise corporategovernance rules. China Telecom is a unit of .

SOUTHEASTASIA

*Indonesia's Ministry of Trade will make new and stricterregulations on the importation of hand phones to support the implementation ofa government rule called Domestic Content Level, locally known as TKDN, accordingto Indotelko. The new regulations are also intended to drive the number ofinvestments in this industry higher.

*The Office of the Consumer Protection Board of Thailand and the ElectronicTransactions Development Agency launched an investigation into the legitimacyof online merchants in Thailand, according to Post Today. Unregistered merchantsreportedly face a fine of up to 100,000 Thai baht.

* The ThaiBroadcasting Commission ordered TV channel GMM 25 to pay a fine of 50,000 Thaibaht for inappropriate content, the newspaper Krungthep Turakij reports. Thechannel reportedly aired rape and disfiguration scenes during a program called"Club Friday to Be Continued."

* SIGFOX,Engie and UnaBiz launched apartnership to deploy the SIGFOX global network in . SIGFOX is a France-based provider ofcommunications services for IoT, while ENGIE and UnaBiz are a Frenchindependent power producer and Singapore-based IoT network operator,respectively. The partnership aims to tap into the Singaporean government'splan to implement its Smart Nation Initiative.

*Telkomtelstra, a joint venture between Indonesian telco and Australian telco Telstra,is offering a range of managed solutions for financial service companieslooking to digitize their businesses, Indotelko reports.Telkomtelstra will provide IT infrastructure for financial service companies.

*Singaporean media company MediaCorp Pte. Ltd. has formed a two-year partnershipwith U.S.-based online advertising company Outbrain Inc. to strengthen its digital strategy,Mumbrella reports.The partnership will allow MediaCorp's online channels Channel NewsAsia andTODAYonline to utilize the Outbrain platform.

* Thaitelco Advanced Info Service PLC will offer cellular network services at iStudiostores, accordingto the newspaper Khaosod.IStudio is Thailand's authorized retailer of Apple Inc. products and is operated by Copperwired Co.Ltd., SPVi PLC and UFicon Co. Ltd.

* Thaie-commerce website Kaidee.com revealed that it sold more than 161,000items in June, the equivalent of one item every 17 seconds, biweeklynewspaper Thansettakij reports. Kaidee.com isan online platform for individuals to sell second-hand items.

AND NEW ZEALAND

*Turner Broadcasting SystemInc.'s comedy brand Adult Swim struck a syndicationagreement with Australia's NineNetwork, Television Asia reports.  Every Sunday evening, Nine's 9GO! channelwill host a weekly, one-hour block of Adult Swim programs suchas "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," "Harvey Birdman,""Robot Chicken," "Squidbillies" and "TheVenture Bros."

*Optus Administration PtyLtd. Satellite has partnered with satellite communications providerURSYS to provide services in remote and rural areas of Australia, ZDNet reports.The new partnership will enable URSYS access to Optus' D2 satellite, as well asits teleport facilities in Belrose, Australia, near Sydney, and widerinfrastructure.

* NewZealand-based entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is planning to relaunch his file-sharingwebsite Megaupload in January, five years after the U.S. government took itdown on grounds of piracy, Stuff reports.Founded in 2005, Megaupload claims to have more than 150 million registeredusers and 50 million daily visitors.

*Telstra Corp. Ltd.has laid off 450 workers, and plans to send one in four of the positionsoverseas, Telecompaper reports,citing a statement by the Community and Public Sector Union in Australia. Mostof the job cuts are in customer service roles.

AND SOUTH ASIA

*Bharti Airtel Ltd.has acquired rights to use MaxisBerhad-owned Aircel's 4G spectrum in eight telecom circles for 35billion Indian rupees, The EconomicTimes (India) reports.The purchase deal has been completed in six of the eight circles, while theremaining two are nearing finalization, the company reportedly disclosed in astock exchange filing.

*Alphabet Inc. unitGoogle Inc. haslaunched the Android Skilling Program with an aim to train 2 million developersin India for its Android platform, Bloomberg reports.The tech giant will introduce the program for free, with a training capacity ofabout 250,000 students every year.

*Bangladesh has banned the broadcast of Dubai-basedIslamic channel Peace TV after channel founder Zakir Naik's sermons reportedlyinspired one of the attackers in the July 1 Dhaka café siege that killed 20people, accordingto International Business Times. Peace TV is prohibited in China, India, theU.K., U.S. and Canada.

*Panasonic Corp.'sIndian unit is set on entering the Bangladesh market by September or October ofthis year, the Press Trust of India reports.The consumer electronics firm is reportedly seeking to access new markets forits smartphones.

FEATUREDNEWS

: AT&T launched a programming slot on AUDIENCE Networkfor its DIRECTV and U-verse TV subscribers, while Netflix is working on newdrama series, called "Ozark." 

: S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a wrap-up of mediaand communications deal announcements and completions from July 4 to July 8. 

: S&P Global MarketIntelligence provides a wrap-up of European media and communications dealannouncements, completions and updates from July 4 to July 10. 

: Twitter is holding talks with the NBA, Major LeagueSoccer and Turner to acquire streaming rights to live sports and events, whileUnivision sued Charter and related entities over carriage contract post TimeWarner Cable merger.

: EU member statesgreenlit the revised EU-U.S. Privacy Shield pact, while the European Commissionis set to approve the proposed WIND-3 Italia merger. 

: S&P Global Market Intelligence presents the five mostread media and communications articles for the week ended July 8. 

:There was no shortage of debt offerings from the communications sector duringthe first half of 2016, leading to a shakeup in debt adviser rankings betweenthe first and second quarters.

FEATUREDRESEARCH

:Internet music and radio services continue to see increases in listenership asstreaming services market and promote their platforms to users migrating awayfrom physical and download services. 

: Despitebeing labeled as an "emerging market," Poland matches or exceeds"developed" Western Europe in its use of digital entertainment. 

: Presenting the editor's top picks fromSNL Kagan's exclusive research and analysis for the week ended July 8. 

Nozomi Ibayashi, Sunny Um, Grace Shao, WilHathaway and Ed Eduard contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has aneditorial deadline of 7 a.m. Hong Kong time. Some external links may require asubscription.