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    Netflix tunes in

    Asia focus, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Tracking the evolution of the entertainment industry worldwide, Hollywood investors and telecommunications giants alike are joining the rush to bring video streaming to emerging Asia where spotty internet speeds, underdeveloped payment systems and piracy all pose obstacles to growth.

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    NBTC to do a U-turn on OTT category

    Business, Komsan Tortermvasana, Published on 09/08/2017

    » The telecom regulator will once again retreat from the over-the-top regulatory framework it proposed earlier, doing a U-turn on the categorisation of OTT video-on-demand services as a broadcast business.


    A classic's latest incarnation

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 15/09/2017

    » Like all entertainment franchises that have ever been described as phenomenal, Death Note has had no shortage of adaptations. Born as a 12-volume Japanese manga series (2003-2006), Death Note has since been adapted into an anime series, five live-action Japanese films, a TV drama and a musical.


    A joyously meaty affair

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 23/06/2017

    » A South Korean fantasy-thriller featuring an international cast is arriving on the screen worldwide next week -- in many cases the screen of your living-room television. The sci-fi romp Okja, directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ahn Seo-hyun, is produced by the streaming giant Netflix, and its strategy of hiring a brand-name filmmaker and A-list cast for a high-budget "television movie" looks set to challenge the landscape of global film consumption and distribution.


    Learning from history

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 28/08/2017

    » I recently watched Netflix's Death Note adaptation, officially released last Friday on the streaming site. Based on a famous Japanese manga series, the film revolves around a young man's twisted crusade for justice after having received a special notebook -- the titular death note -- that has the power to kill anyone whose name has been written in it, provided the writer knows their face. Fed up with the many injustices in the world, the young man -- named Light -- uses the note to kill bullies, criminals and even corrupt officials from around the world under the alter-ego Kira, earning a cult-like following from those who agree with his extreme brand of justice.


    A lucid look at the old kingdom

    Life, Published on 21/07/2017

    » The other night, relieved after handing in the semester's grades, I scrolled through Netflix in search of a reward for work well done. Unsolicited, the Thai film Siyama surfaced on my list of suggested movies. It stands alongside other Thai historic films about Ayutthaya such as The Legend Of Suriyothai, Bangrajan and Kingdom Of War (Legend Of King Naresuan: Hostage Of Hongsawadi), which are available globally and replete with their own Wikipedia page.


    The boy wonder of French politics

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 03/07/2017

    » Now that he rules France -- first by winning the presidency and when his party won a majority in the French parliamentary election last month -- Emmanuel Macron has become a subject of close scrutiny. The Netflix documentary Emmanuel Macron: Behind The Rise won't give you deep insight into the remarkable rise of the youngest French president in history; the film works, instead, as a campaign history and a personality sketch of this boyish, industrious, intelligent politician who, at first, seemed surprised by his own ascendancy.


    A fortunate series

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 03/02/2017

    » Based closely on the children's novels of the same name, Netflix's A Series Of Unfortunate Events -- the online streaming service's latest high-profile original feature -- isn't a pleasant tale.


    Who's watching Richie Moore?

    Guru, Chris Raufeisen, Published on 16/06/2017

    » Richie Moore is an award winning American cinematographer and director based in both Bangkok and Los Angeles. His latest production, Who's Watching Oliver, was his directorial debut and has garnered numerous accolades across film festivals worldwide. Richie has a fascinating story. At 16 he dropped out of high school and began working on film sets. Growing up on productions, he was basically raised by his father's film crew and learned to master the ropes from square one. It's obvious film-making has always been more than a career for him; it's his life. His perseverance as a young worker compelled his obsession for film-making and blossomed his love and respect for the duties and contributions of crew members. Over his career, he's done camera work on some notable titles in Hollywood, including The Hangover (parts two and three), Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol as well as Netflix's Marco Polo series. Most recently, Richie made the leap into writing and directing. His debut film, Who's Watching Oliver is an indisputable fan favourite in the film festival circuit. The film's popularity has gained some serious momentum already, winning seven "Best Feature Film" awards, five "Best Actor" awards and tallying up to more than 20 nominations. Guru spoke with the man behind the silver screen to get some insider information on his new flick and to see what makes him tick.


    Over the top but under the law

    Asia focus, Published on 08/02/2016

    » The unilateral decision by the state-owned telecom operator PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia to block the video streaming service Netflix has prompted the government to upgrade and clarify its regulations for internet-based over the top (OTT) services.

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