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26 May, 2017

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Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending May 26th. Curated by CASBAA, News Views keeps you in the loop. We always value your feedback, so tell us what you think!

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Christopher Slaughter

Christopher Slaughter

CEO

More details are coming out about Facebooks plans to start a TV service, including reports that deals have been signed with online producers Buzzfeed and Vox, among others. Now, whether this means the company is desperate to be YouTube or not is another matter, but for our industry, it might actually be good news. After all, If Facebook is spending as much money to licence content as has been reported, they will finally have some skin in the game. And hopefully THAT will mean the company might actually start blocking all those slime-balls using Facebook to sell illicit streaming devices that pirate our content.

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

For those who might be curious about the outcome of CASBAA’s regulatory roundtable last week in Jakarta, here’s a pretty good and succinct summary.

 

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

In the USA, the “Net Neutrality” battle is underway. The FCC has issued a notice that it is thinking of revoking its 2015 decision to subject ISPs to full on “Title II” regulation. Comments will be received through the summer, and later in the year the FCC might actually make the decision. The “don’t touch our Internet” slogans are being widely propagated and millions of comments already received (some real and some fake). But some of the pro-regulation types are actually admitting that it’s not about content transmission on the internet – Title II regulation is a tool to achieve price controls over internet suppliers. One commentator offered that “What the ideologues want is a public sector Internet.

 

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

Also in Thailand the Internet is very much a subject of debate, but the topic is censorship. Social media and online video companies are coming under sustained pressure to remove content the government says is illegal. That’s not new. But this week the police said they would also target viewers who looked at pages that might be illegal. And the Bangkok Post complained that “the always questionable campaign to clean the internet of nasty material now is out of control.

 

 

Mark Lay

Mark Lay

Vice President, Singapore

While some in the TV world think that Netflix is the player to watch, Amazon is slowly encroaching more and more into the space. Their initial modest complement of general entertainment product has now moved on to be a US$4.5 billion dollar programming budget. Over the last year they added 100 OTT “Channels” partners and this week they have announced that they will offer close to 50 live and on-demand streamed channels in the UK and Germany. See article from Techcrunch for the best coverage. Since the geographical constraints of the pay TV business have been significantly reduced, I have a great suspicion that the pay TV operator of the world, in video forms from live linear to VOD could well become Amazon. And if their success in numerous other business segment follows them, we may now be seeing a glimpse of what the future pay TV landscape looks like.

 

 

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

Verizon has confirmed the company’s plans to launch an OTT streaming service later this year, according to comments made by the CEO at J.P. Morgan’s Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Boston this week. Verizon will use the combined platform of AOL and Yahoo – and their 1.3 billion users – to test the new platform. The company expects to close on its acquisition of Yahoo mid-June, so the over-the-top service (in the US at least) could arrive any time after that.  It’s thought the content streaming service will presumably be launched alongside Verizon’s existing Go90 ad-supported mobile video services.

 

 

Anjan Mitra

Anjan Mitra

Executive Director, India

Audience measurement globally continues to make news; not always for good reasons. Last week we dwelt on how India’s Republic TV was accused by competitors of alleged malpractices resulting in a face-off involving a TV news industry body and Broadcast Audience Research Council India. The issue continues to simmer. Technical experts have revealed other channels also resorted to the same malpractices to increase viewership. Unnecessarily caught in the cross-fire amongst TV news channels, BARC India explained such issues should be sorted out amongst TV channels as its job was to “measure what India watches.” Keep tuned in for this developing saga.

 

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

We’ve known it would happen – with all the malware infections coming from piracy websites, it was only a matter of time before some slimeball found a way to use illicit streaming devices (ISDs) to spread malware. Now there are reports from the UK that it’s happened there, and the popular KODI app is one of the vectors. Those responsible for the apps say they are fixing the vulnerabilities. (I’ve heard that before.) To my knowledge, nobody has yet researched the technical vulnerabilities of the piracy apps used on Asian ISDs…..anybody want to bet on them being technically secure?

 

 

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

Pakistan authorities have announced that the Ministry of Information is planning to change PTV Global to a children’s entertainment channel. This will be Pakistan’s first ever official TV channel that caters to children. The move will help promote children entertainment industry and create awareness among children about their rights, culture, tradition and values and we can expect to see this part of the entertainment industry flourishing. No word on plans for PTV Global’s international distribution.This also serves as a timely reminder that CASBAA is hosting the UNICEF Child rights Award again this year in association with the ABU and we are calling for entries for the 17th Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award from broadcasters and producers in the region. Programmes both for children and about children are eligible and can cover any children’s rights issue. To join the competition, please submit your entries online here.

 

 

Christopher Slaughter

Christopher Slaughter

CEO

This past week, we’ve joined the rest of the media community in mourning the passing of Sir Roger Moore, who died at the age of 89. Before he became Bond, of course, he played Simon Templar in “The Saint” on TV, and was as dashing in black and white as he ever was in color. But more recently, we remember when he came to the CASBAA Convention in 2003 as a UNICEF Ambassador; check out a clip from that here.  RIP.

 

 

Additional News

Astro AEC to create more compelling content IPs in the digital space

News and infotainment portals add to the fresh lineup for young, digital generation

Kuala Lumpur, 26th May 2017 – Malaysia’s premier Chinese language channel, Astro AEC celebrated its 20th anniversary with a stronger branding of the channel, including a new line up of compelling local content and digital initiatives on all screens, to cater to the increasingly digital lifestyle of its viewers.

TH Chong, Astro Malaysia’s Group Director of Media Sales said, “Over two decades, Astro AEC has become a pillar of the Malaysian Chinese community, in keeping with its continuous commitment of sharing information, appreciating culture and celebrating education achievements across our TV, radio and digital platforms. With proven results in our content centric multi-platform solution, strong brand integration and digital-first initiatives, our team remains focused on continuing to expand our horizon and evolve our offering, together with our esteemed advertisers and agencies.”

Today, 2.1 million loyal viewers are enjoying the best of on-screen entertainment and information on Astro AEC every month on linear via Astro and NJOI; on demand via Astro GO and the new NJOI Now, as well as on its social and digital platforms.

Astro will continue to deepen and differentiate its Chinese content vertical with new signature IPs such as popular singing reality show, The Voice; first late-night variety show, Call Me Handsome; regional street dance competition, Asian Battleground; and a new sitcom starring Astro’s talents and webrities (web celebrities) which will be available on TV and via live streaming on mobile and online, targeting the younger audience and their digital lifestyles.

Exploring a fresh concept of addressing bold topics, Call Me Handsome recorded 8.5 million Facebook views and 760,000 YouTube views in its inaugural season and returns for second season, promising even more audacious themes, featuring jaw dropping, good looking male guests from Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. For the first time, fans can watch the unedited, raw content through 8 fan cams live during the show filming, immersing themselves in a personalized experience like never before.

Another content IP, Asian Battleground will once again go beyond Malaysia to host auditions across Asia. Besides attracting thousands of participants and spectators on-ground, the show is now an international dance IP which attracts interest from Singapore, Vietnam and various Asian countries, with judges made up of world-renowned dance celebrities.

Following the success of Evening Edition and Prime Talk, Astro AEC will further reinforce its capabilities across web and mobile with a plan to introduce a Chinese news and infotainment portal in the months to come.

In addition, XUAN (www.xuan.com.my), with an average of 1 million unique visitors and 4 million page views per month, is now the #1 Chinese entertainment portal on Astro, resonating with the young, digital generation. The refreshed XUAN intends to bring more M.I.X (Made In XUAN) digital content from celebrity news and showbiz headlines, to K-pop news and lifestyles.

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For more information, please contact:

Tammy Toh
VP, Group Communications, Astro
M: +012-322 5184
E: tammy_toh@astro.com.my

Daphne Chea
AVP, Chinese Communications, Astro
M: +012-667 8821
E: daphne_chea@astro.com.my

Doctor Who Gets Brand Boost in China

(London, UK) BBC Worldwide today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with leading Chinese media company, Shanghai Media Group Pictures (SMG Pictures) that will see expansion of the Doctor Who brand in China.

The MOU was inked yesterday evening at a signing ceremony at BBC Worldwide’s Television Centre in London, with Mr Chen Sijie, GM of SMG Pictures and Jaclyn-Lee Joe, Chief Marketing Officer, BBC Worldwide. Madam Wang Jianjun, Director General President of Shanghai Media Group, Tim Davie, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide and Kelvin Yau, GM, Greater China, BBC Worldwide witnessed the event.

The agreement will see BBC Worldwide working with SMG Pictures to increase the Doctor Who fan base in China, exploring future opportunities as well as exchanging expertise between the two teams.

The MOU comes on the back of a content deal that BBC Worldwide also signed with SMG Pictures yesterday evening. The deal will see the entire catalogue of Doctor Who including spin-offs, Torchwood and Class available on popular TV channels and on-demand platforms all over China.

The deal not only covers Showrunners Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat’s Series 1- 10, but also incoming Showrunner Chris Chibnall’s yet-to-film Series 11, as well as a first look for Series 12-15.

“This marks the start of a longer and even more fruitful partnership with SMGP,” said Jaclyn-Lee Joe, Chief Marketing Officer, BBC Worldwide. “Doctor Who already has a substantial fan base in China. Now, Chinese fans will be able to access the entire catalogue of Doctor Who and its spin-offs thanks to this agreement. The MOU is an affirmation of both parties’ commitment to build the Doctor Who brand and grow its fan base in China.”

“China is going through a time of tremendous growth and rapid market development. Everyone here is curious about popular cultures around the world. At the same time, they want to share their Chinese culture and values,” said Chen Sijie, General Manager, SMG Pictures. “Doctor Who, with its long television history and iconic place in popular culture, is a great representative of British pop culture. We hope that this partnership with BBC Worldwide will enable both parties, as well as Chinese and British fans to share and exchange ideas and learnings to grow the universe of Doctor Who in China.”

BBC Worldwide and Oriental Pearl Group previously worked together on the theatrical release of Sherlock – The Abominable Bride as well as the upcoming launch of One Amazing Day a co-production with SMG Pictures. The entire catalogue of Top Gear, Top Gear UK and all the UK specials, as well as five series of Top Gear USA, six series of Top Gear Korea and both series of Top Gear China has also recently launched on BesTV, SMG’s linear television service. There has also been a CBeebies programming block on BesTV since 2014.

Shanghai Media Group Pictures is the film business unit of Oriental Pearl Group, held by Shanghai Media Group.

Doctor Who is a BBC Studios production for BBC One and a BBC AMERICA co-production.

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For more information, please contact:
Jeanne Leong
BBC Worldwide
Tel: +65 6849 5292
Email: Jeanne.Leong@bbc.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

About BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.

In 2015/16 BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £133.8m and headline sales of £1,029.4m and returned £222.2m to the BBC.

For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review webpage: bbcworldwide.com/annual-review/.

Astro Wins 6 Awards at the 2017 New York Festival’s International Television & Film Awards

Astro is honoured to put Malaysia on the global map yet again with the recent award achievements at the 2017 New York Festival’s International Television & Film Awards. Astro gained recognition in the following categories at the award ceremony;

Bronze World Medals

Sports Program Promotion (BPL Fight Song)

Sports Program Promotion (Our Olympians)

Finalist Certificates

Copywriting: Promotion/Open & IDs (BPL Fans)

Station/Image Promotion (BPL Fight Song)

Editing: Promotion/Open & IDs (BPL Fight Song)

Entertainment Program Promotion (Maharaja Lawak Scroll)

Rob Middleton, Vice President, Content Group, Astro said, “Worldwide recognition like this for the team’s hard work is wonderful, it lets them know just how great they really are. It vindicates what we tell them every day: that all that passion, all that extra effort, all the perfectionism is all worth it. Internally we’ve always known these guys are world class. Now, the rest of the world knows it too. But the team doesn’t work on their own, these awards wouldn’t be possible without the help of everyone else involved from our bosses to the channel managers. It’s something we can all share in and be proud of because Astro is great at what it does.”

(Bronze World Medal - Sports Program Promotion - Our Olympians)

(Bronze World Medal – Sports Program Promotion – Our Olympians)

Now in its 60th Year, the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards announced the World’s Best TV & Films winners at the annual Gala at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The 2017 Grand Jury awarded 3 Grand Awards, 167 Gold World Medals, 175 Silver World Medals, and 145 Bronze World Medals, and 232 Finalist Certificates.

New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films competition honours programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Dedicated to both the Television and Film industries, categories mirror today’s global trends and encourage the next generation of story-tellers and talent.

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For more information:
Brian Voo
Associate, Communications
Astro
Tel: +603-9543 6688 EXT:3123
Email: brian_voo@astro.com.my

SES Networks and Patrakom Enhance Connectivity in Indonesian Waters

Patrakom will provide connectivity for over 80 vessels via the SES-9 satellite

LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)– SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) and Patrakom, a leading provider of telecommunications and network solutions in Indonesia, announced today a partnership to provide seamless, high-speed connectivity to passenger vessels and oil barges traversing domestic routes in Indonesia.

As part of a multi-year agreement, SES Networks and Patrakom will be providing connectivity for over 80 vessels via SES-9 located at 108.2 degrees East. SES-9 is SES’s largest satellite for Asia-Pacific, and has a powerful mobility beam to provide coverage for vessels sailing across the East Indian Ocean.

The newly-created highly customer focused data division SES Networks is leveraging the extensive infrastructure, networks and operations to better meet the distinct needs of SES’s customers. The SES Networks business unit allows SES to deliver increasingly differentiated satellite-enabled solutions for data-centric segments, one of them being Mobility.

“At Patrakom, we provide daily connectivity to hundreds of vessels sailing across the Indonesian waters. Today, many of these vessels are limited by the level of connectivity due to the high entry barriers to get access to satellite communications. SES-9’s high-power mobility beam delivers seamless and reliable coverage over high-traffic domestic routes, enabling a cost-effective usage of bandwidth for our maritime customers,” says Endi Fitri, Director of Business Development at Patrakom.

Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer at SES Networks, said, “We recognise a growing need for easily customisable and scalable connectivity solutions for the evolving maritime market. We are continuously enhancing our mobility capabilities with this in mind, and are pleased to support Patrakom with tailored bandwidth and coverage, offering them the flexibility to cater for the diverse connectivity needs of their maritime customers. The capacity provided by SES-9, with its dedicated mobility beam for maritime communications, is also well-suited for comprehensive coverage over Indonesian waters.”

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NIELSEN AND TWITTER TAKE RELATIONSHIP GLOBAL WITH DIGITAL AD RATINGS

Global audience measurement leader now providing comparable metrics for social network’s mobile campaigns across 23 new markets

Singapore – 24 May 2017 – Nielsen has announced it has expanded its measurement of Twitter mobile campaigns to 23 new global markets. Through Digital Ad Ratings, Nielsen will now provide independent audience verification metrics for campaigns on Twitter’s mobile app globally, enabling clients to measure how effectively ads on the social platform reached their intended audience.

With global consumers increasingly connecting with advertising through their mobile devices, Nielsen’s coverage of Twitter campaigns will provide clients around the world with an independent third party measurement of campaign performance. Using metrics that are comparable to those used for TV, Digital Ad Ratings equips advertisers, media agencies and publishers with trusted audience verification, allowing a clearer view into age and gender demographics, unique audience, reach, frequency and gross rating points (GRPs) for campaigns that run in Twitter’s mobile app.

“As smartphone usage continues to grow and mobile is accounting for more of digital ad spend, it’s more important than ever that advertisers understand how effectively their marketing efforts are reaching their audience on Twitter,” said Jeffrey Graham, Vice President of Market Insight & Analytics at Twitter. “We’re excited to increase our collaboration with Nielsen to provide greater performance transparency and help brands achieve their marketing goals.”

Leveraging Nielsen’s global scale, clients will be able to use the industry standard for campaign measurement to measure and optimize Twitter mobile advertising reach in 24 current global Digital Ad Ratings markets including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the U.S. With its presence in these regional markets, Nielsen is the leading measurement provider positioned to provide clients with comprehensive global coverage of their mobile campaigns on the social platform.

The expansion of Nielsen measurement of Twitter campaigns builds on the broader relationship between the two companies. Twitter measurement has been available within Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings since May 2016 in the U.S. In 2014, Nielsen launched what is now known as Social Content Ratings in 2014, which measures program-related activity on social media platforms like Twitter. Nielsen and Twitter first launched Nielsen Brand Effect for Twitter in 2013, allowing advertisers in all global Twitter markets to measure impact of their Promoted Tweets on brand metrics such as message association, brand favorability and purchase intent.

ABOUT NIELSEN

Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers watch and buy. Nielsen’s Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services for all devices on which content — video, audio and text — is consumed. The Buy segment offers consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industry’s only global view of retail performance measurement. By integrating information from its Watch and Buy segments and other data sources, Nielsen also provides its clients with analytics that help improve performance. Nielsen, an S&P 500 company, has operations in over 100 countries, covering more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

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TURNER ANNOUNCES SECOND SEASON GREENLIGHT OF “THE HAPPOS FAMILY”

Boomerang’s original production with Ferrero IP to be produced by Cyber Group Studios, with episodes extended to 7 minutes

The Happos Family-Boomerang

HONG KONG/LAS VEGAS (May 24, 2017) – Turner announced today that it has greenlit a second season of its first ever Boomerang Original, The Happos Family – this time featuring longer adventures with the loveable Happos characters, as well as a raft of new digital content.

Season two, made up of 25×7-minute non-dialogue episodes, will launch on Boomerang channels from early 2018, and will introduce three brand-new characters to the family set-up: Football Happo, Scientist Happo and Acrobat Happo. It has been created in partnership with world-renowned Italian corporation Ferrero and will be produced by leading European animation company Cyber Group Studios (headquartered in Paris), with whom Turner recently signed a co-production deal for another new Boomerang series, Taffy.

Following a first series of 20×2.5-minute shorts – which has launched on Turner Kids channel POGO (South Asia) and free-to-air channel Karusel (Russia), as well as Boomerang channels globally, reaching more than 88 million viewers to date* – series two will offer kids and families the chance to become better acquainted with each of the unique and hilarious Happos and the safari park in which they live, where just about anything seems possible. Whether it’s Astro Happo longing to fly to the moon, or Stunt Happo attempting a daredevil feat, or Party Happo in a dance off with Ballerina and Bollywood, each storyline is laugh-out-loud, slap stick comedy with lots of heart.

In addition to the linear roll-out, the Happos characters will appear across a variety of interactive digital platforms, including the popular Boomerang Make n’ Race app (more than 20 million downloads worldwide) alongside other Boomerang favourite characters Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry.

“The great audience reaction, channel exposure and performance of Happos to date are all positive signs that we have an exciting new franchise on our hands,” says Johanne Broadfield, VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA. “We’ve seen kids actually belly-laughing while watching the content and demonstrating really strong engagement with the humour and characters. Taking the show to a new level, with longer episodes and extensive support across digital, stands us in very good stead for a successful consumer products programme – and we’re looking forward to the reaction we get from prospective partners here at Vegas.”

Pierre Sissmann, Chairman & CEO, Cyber Group Studios added: “We immediately fell in love with The Happos Family and it’s not at all surprising that the show is already resonating with kids and families around the world. We’re delighted to be partnering again with Turner and coming on board to produce the second series of Happos, this time with longer stories and great new characters.”

More about The Happos Family:

The Happos Family follows the lives of a family of Happos who live in an enclosure in a safari park. In the morning the park is open to human visitors who drive past the Happos, taking pictures of them wallowing in the mud, lazing by the pool, sleeping in the shade of the tree. When the last car races out of the safari park and the gates are shut to all visitors, the Happos jump up out of the mud, wake up from their snoozing and get dressed up. It’s now their time for crazy, zany, Happo adventures.

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*Source: BARB, Auditel, AGB Nielsen, Kantar Media, TNS Gallup, MMS, IPSOS/KTLM, TNS TV/Index Plus, BARC Media Workstation, IBOPE, All Individuals, 10/16 – 08/05/17, All Day, Reach (1min+)

For more information, contact:
James Moore, Director of Communications, Turner Asia Pacific
James.Moore@turner.com / Tel: +852 3128-3720

About Turner Asia Pacific

Turner Asia Pacific creates and distributes award-winning brands throughout the region, running 61 channels in 14 languages in 42 countries. These include CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, POGO, Toonami, Warner TV, Oh!K, TNT, TCM Turner Classic Movies, truTV, MondoTV, TABI Channel, and HBO, HBO HD and WB in South Asia. Turner manages the business of Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage Time Warner’s global reach. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. (“Turner Asia Pacific”) is a Time Warner company.

About Boomerang

Boomerang provides light-hearted and fun moments, showcasing a mixture of internationally recognised comedy and fantasy series to more than 144 million households worldwide. Core programs includes Tom and Jerry, Mr. Bean, Scooby-Doo, The Garfield Show, My Little Pony and The Looney Tunes Show. A companion channel to Cartoon Network, Boomerang is a dynamic and quirky place where girls and boys can be inspired, laugh and play with the whole family. In Asia Pacific, Boomerang is owned and operated by Turner, a Time Warner company.

About Cyber Group Studios:

Cyber Group Studios is a French independent multi awarded company which produces and distributes its own and third party audiovisual productions and brand. The company handles programs with strong international appeal targeted to kids and families in particular, 3D CGI and 2D HD, animation products (TV series and movies) targeted at 2-12 years old kids and teens, HD animation series, for “Triple Play” broadcast (web, mobile phones, TV). Its mission is to bring the best quality entertainment associating to the best creative talent around the world and to develop breakthrough technology to enhance its productions. The company’s aim is also to associate to other top producers in the world to help bring them to market, outstanding new productions, through Cyber Group Studios distribution network.

BBC Earth partners with humanoid robot ‘Sophia’ to explain what it means to be human

  • Sophia is one of the world’s most sophisticated humanoid robots
  • She will be acting as the spokesperson for the new and exclusive Being Human season on BBC Earth
  • In the first look trailer she reveals that even as one of the most advanced robots she “can only dream of really being human”

BBC Earth revealed today the first look trailer of its Being Human season which over the next 18 months will explore the human race – examining what it means to be human, how we might improve the way we live, and what the future could hold for civilisation.

Created by Hanson Robotics, BBC Earth has partnered with one of the world’s most sophisticated humanoid robots, Sophia, to act as the spokesperson for the new season. In the trailer we see the camera slowly pan from the back of her head to reveal her face as audiences hear her speak about the wonders of humanity. Highlighting that even something as technologically advanced as Sophia can never truly match the complexity of humans.

With Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan putting so much emphasis on brains – we are ranked as the top five brainiest regions (in terms of math and science)*, it’s interesting looking into how our brains are wired –one of the themes the Being Human season explores. Other themes include human behaviour, and how to eat and live better. The season launches in Asia on 5 June, with The Brain with David Eagleman, an investigation of how our brain functions and constructs our multi-sensory reality from the silence of our skull.

The season will also feature several household favourites including Michael Mosley in his new series Meet the Humans (5×50”) which puts human behaviour under the microscope. Other highlights include Jimmy Carr’s one off special The Science of Laugher, (1×60”) which tries to get to the bottom of what laughter is and why we enjoy it so much. In August, Joel Dommett and Nish Kumar star in Tribal Bootcamp (6 x50”) and go on an adventure of a lifetime to immerse themselves in the lives of the strongest, fittest and toughest people in the world.

Jon Farrar, Senior Vice President of Global Programming, BBC Worldwide commented, “BBC Earth tells the greatest stories on the planet, and there is no greater story than what it means to be human. Being Human is a major new strand of programming that will explore the complexities, wonder, and magnificence of humanity. It will bring entirely new perspectives to the biggest questions of all time – who are we? How do we live better? And what is our future? Being Human is the ultimate view on ourselves – a global selfie”

In Asia, the BBC Earth channel is available in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. BBC Earth programmes can be viewed in India on Sony BBC Earth. Also for Singapore and Malaysia, BBC Earth content is available on the BBC Player.

*Source: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015

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For more information, please contact:

Jeanne Leong
BBC Worldwide
Tel: +65 6849 5292
Email: Jeanne.Leong@bbc.com

Jessie Lim
BBC Worldwide
Tel: +65 6849 5295
Email: Jessie.Lim@bbc.com

About BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.

In 2015/16 BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £133.8m and headline sales of £1,029.4m and returned £222.2m to the BBC.

For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review webpage: bbcworldwide.com/annual-review/.

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CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017

The competition is fierce

Singapore, May 23rd 2017– “There have been more dramatic changes in the global satellite industry in the past two years than we have been seen in the last twenty-five” — Steve Collar, CEO, SES Networks, at the close of the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 in Singapore.

That comment summarized nine hours of high-octane insights, statements and data downloads testing the temperature of the Asian satellite market at CASBAA’s 17th annual meeting of satellite executives, engineers and investors.

“This has been an energizing, challenging day which laid out the immediate and long-term opportunities and challenges for the satellite sector in Asia in terms of both commercial and technical issues,” said CASBAA CEO, Christopher Slaughter. “We have been given a lot to think about. Innovation at every level must be at the heart of all our businesses.”

According to keynote speaker Andrew Jordan, CEO of regional operator AsiaSat, video distribution via satellite represents some 70% of revenues for most GEO satellite operators in the region with Ultra High Definition (UHD) and 4K services “all the rage” despite representing a less than 20% transition from Standard Definition services in Asia. “Mobility and broadband are the latest must-have applications, driving HTS (High Throughput Satellites) which is a maturing technology with enormous promise,”

The potential benefits and disadvantages of HTS and “cut-throat” competition were an overarching theme of the conference, which also covered such items as in-flight connectivity, maritime services, reusable launch vehicles, flat panel antennas, new satellite manufacturing processes and the ongoing promise of the satellite market in India.

Some quotable quotes:

From the Operators

  • There are 600 million households out there without TV. The opportunity for satellite remains enormous – Tom Choi, ABS
  • When the millennials start families they are like the rest of US. They slump back on their settees – Andrew Jordan, AsiaSat
  • If we don’t play in the 5G space other technologies will take over for sure – Deepak Mathur, SES

From the Manufacturers

  • Our customers are increasingly asking for Flexible, Refreshable, Blended Constellations that will last forever. It’s all over the map – Dawn Harms, Boeing Satellite
  • Manufacturers also need to help with the ground segment – Tony Colucci, VP Marketing & Sales, SSL
  • From GEO to LEO . . . It’s a cultural difference – Tony Colucci, SSL
  • To provide for the “extended life” of a satellites (maybe to match the life of a co-located satellite) GEO manufacturers need agree on a standardized USB for in-orbit connectivity – Olivier Guilbert, Thales Alenia Space
  • Now we must be “Datacentric”, Tony Colucci, SSL

From the Customers

  • We are now entering uncharted territory – Chris Baugh, Northern Sky Research
  • Competition is fierce – PJ Beylier, Speedcast
  • Consolidation is coming, but it must be at the operator level – Deepakajit Singh, Encompass Media
  • Transponder costs may yet fall by 30%-40% — Deepakajit Singh, Encompass

On HTS

  • HTS is the thing — Tony Colucci, SSL
  • It’s not just about providing highest throughput, it’s about jointly driving the ecosystem to make it more efficient – Elias Zaccack, SES

On Flat Panels

  • We need multi frequency, multi-beam spectrum. The ability to switch between Ka to KU via LEO or GEO is crucial — John Finney, Isotropic
  • It’s more complicated than almost anybody thought a few years ago – Susan Bull, Comsys
  • People aren’t going to buy a flat-panel antenna just because it’s pretty! — Alvaro Sanchez, Intergrasys

The Launch Panel

  • Our objective is to relaunch the rocket after one hour — Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX
  • Launch, Re-fuel and re-launch — Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX
  • They say there will be 24,000 LEO launches in the next while. What about space junk? – Peter Jackson, PJ Square
  • Less price, more performance! That is what we will deliver ,– Tom Carroll, ILS International

On India

  • Digitise, digitise, digitise! But when can we monetize? – Ashok Mansukhani, Hinduja Media
  • India is a country where stats sarely make sense — Ashok Mansukhani
  • The DTH industry will remain a volume-led market for the next 5 years – Vivek Couto, MPA

The CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 also appreciates the generous support of the sponsors for this year’s event:

ABS, APSTAR, Arianespace, AsiaSat, Boeing Satellite Systems, COMSYS, Effective Space, Eutelsat, Gogo, Intergrasys , International Launch Services (ILS), Marsh, MEASAT, Newtec, NorthTelecom, SES, SKY Perfect JSAT, SpaceX and SSL.

Click here for the detailed programme and list of speakers.

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About CASBAA:

CASBAA is the Asia Pacific region’s largest non-profit media association, serving the multi-channel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry. Established in 1991, CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising, and video delivery. Encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV; promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising, while promoting global best practices. For more information, visit www.casbaa.com

For media contacts and additional background contact:

Cynthia Wong
Director of Member Relations & Marketing
Email: cynthia@casbaa.com

Cartoon Network Expands Ben 10 Universe with Season Two Pick-Up and New Mobile and Console Games

Ben’s transformation into Wildvine, the 10th alien to be featured in the current first season will be revealed in two all-new episodes on July 1

Ben’s transformation into Wildvine, the 10th alien to be featured in the current first season
will be revealed in two all-new episodes on July 1

Turner’s Cartoon Network has announced that the hit series Ben 10 has been renewed for a second season following last year’s successful global launch about the boy with a mysterious watch. In season two, the network will build on the fan excitement for Ben 10 by expanding its multi-screen world to include new console and mobile games along with a host of other immersive experiences.

Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max will embark on their greatest summer vacation ever during the second season. The heroic adventures will continue as Ben meets new aliens, friends and foes while discovering exciting twists and surprises within his Omnitrix! New episodes from the first season will premiere in Asia Pacific every Saturday from June 10, with the second season planned for early 2018.

Ben 10 is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and created and executive produced by Man of Action Entertainment (Big Hero 6, Generator Rex), with John Fang (Mixels, Generator Rex) as executive producer.

About Cartoon Network Asia Pacific

Turner’s Cartoon Network, the number one kids’ channel in Asia Pacific, offers the best in original animated content including the multi-award-winning global hits Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time and We Bare Bears.

Turner’s Cartoon Network, the number one kids’ channel in Asia Pacific, offers the best in original animated content including the multi-award-winning global hits Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time and We Bare Bears.

The brand is known for putting its fans at the center of everything by applying creative thinking and innovation across multiple platforms. Cartoon Network also reaches millions more through its websites, games and apps, including Cartoon Network Watch and Play and Cartoon Network Anything. Cartoon Network, sister company to Boomerang, POGO and Toonami, is a brand created and distributed by Turner, a Time Warner Company.

About Man of Action Entertainment

Man of Action Entertainment are Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, the writers’ collective behind comic’s largest franchise characters as well as original characters published by their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. Their creations include Ben 10, the $4.5 billion boys’ action franchise for which they’re executive producing the new iteration, and Generator Rex, both for Cartoon Network. Dentsu handpicked them to create, write and executive produce the all-new Mega Man series coming to Cartoon Network next year and they also created the upcoming Zak Storm series for Zag. They also launched Disney XD’s Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble as EXP/writers. Man of Action created the characters and team featured in Big Hero 6, Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award®-winning feature. In addition to creating successful video games, toy lines and comic books, Man of Action are the creator/producer/writers of current and upcoming feature films and live-action TV series based on their original comic books and graphic novels including I Kill Giants, Officer Downe, Kafka, The Crusades and The Great Unknown.

Website: http://manofaction.tv
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/ManOfActionEnt
Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/ManOfActionEnt
Instagram: http://instagram.com/ManOfActionENT

About Turner Asia Pacific

Turner Asia Pacific creates and distributes award-winning brands throughout the region, running 61 channels in 14 languages in 42 countries. These include CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, POGO, Toonami, Warner TV, Oh!K, TNT, TCM Turner Classic Movies, truTV, MondoTV, TABI Channel, and HBO, HBO HD and WB in South Asia. Turner manages the business of Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage Time Warner’s global reach. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. (“Turner Asia Pacific”) is a Time Warner company.

Publicity Contact

James Moore, Director of Communications, Turner Asia Pacific
James.Moore@turner.com
Tel: +852 3128-3720