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Measat wants major new satellite

Malaysian satellite operator Measat says it is looking to order a major ‘high throughput satellite’ (HTS) that it wants in orbit by 2021.

Speaking at the APSAT conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Measat’s COO Yau Chyong Lim said the new craft would be co-located with its other satellites at its ‘hot spot’ at 91.5 degree East.

Currently TV broadcasting, either of free-to-view channels or pay-TV, brings in more than 75 per cent of Measat’s revenues, which would continue. But the extra capacity on a new satellite would mean greater scope for broadband services throughout Malaysia.

A few days ago Measat confirmed the addition of 3 extra channels from Nepal.

Study: Discrepancies surround Smart TV ‘consent’

A study on consumer privacy based on a survey of over 36,000 US consumers, specifically regarding Internet-connected TVs, from Ace Metrix, a specialist in measuring the impact of video advertising, highlights the discrepancies between the ‘consent’ companies claim they receive and the ‘consent’ consumers are unaware they give.

“Research and data companies need to be doing more for consumers to protect their privacy and secure the data they provide, or else they risk extinction,” advised Peter Daboll, Chief Executive Officer of Ace Metrix. “Even in the wake of some of the most dangerous security breaches in history…most research and data collectors have done little to adjust their business practices to secure consumers’ privacy. They are missing a change in consumer and legislative sentiment. With GDPR, and the newly passed Consumer Privacy Act in California, the industry hit an inflection point on privacy. Research and data companies need to wake up. They need to be leading privacy and consumer consent reform – not following it.”

“The first big area we need to improve on is really getting consumers’ CONSENT—not using tricks, trojans or falsehoods to swindle our way into free data from unsuspecting people,” he stated. “We need to clearly describe to consumers what data we’re using, how we’re using it, and periodically remind them that we’re doing so.”

In the study, only 13 per cent of people being tracked actually knew they were being monitored AND recalled agreeing to the Terms of Service for their Smart TV. Another 49 per cent of people were unsure if their TV viewing habits were being monitored – yet 62 per cent of them had TVs connected to the Internet. While data companies are adamant that they receive viewers’ consent, 75 per cent of the consumers in Ace Metrix’s study had no idea how they gave ‘consent’ in the first place.

Ace Metrix suggests that some Smart TV manufacturers are particularly shady with respect to collecting detailed consumer data without their knowledge or consent. From the consumer side, most people would not think their default privacy setting allows almost limitless access to their behaviour (through their IP Address) when they set up their new TV.

“Little do they know, that from then on, every action – programme, ad, website, stream – is being collected, monitored and shared with other data vendors,” explained Daboll. “Integrating data companies merge data based on IP address and cookies associated with it. This IP/cookie match gives marketers access to one’s gender, age, address, interests, and other offline data.”

The Ace Metrix survey revealed 61 per cent of consumers with a specific brand of Smart TVs were unsure whether their TV device collected data about their viewing habits. Another 21 per cent said they were not being monitored; 8 per cent knew they were and remembered agreeing to the terms; 7 per cent knew but didn’t remember agreeing to anything and only 3 per cent knew and disabled it.

Keeping up with change is the way forward.

The satellite industry recognises that it needs to stay relevant

Singapore, 04 July 2018 – Opening the Casbaa Satellite Industry Forum in Singapore last Monday, CEO Louis Boswell set the tone for the day as he told delegates that those in the satellite communications industry need to “see change as a challenge to grow, develop and become stronger to benefit the larger ecosystem”. Furthermore, “Casbaa is uniquely positioned, with video as the common glue, to talk about – and promote – developments, innovations in and the relevance of the satellite ecosystem. Casbaa will continue to represent and satellite will continue to be relevant”.

The conference was designed to bring together a wide range of world-class speakers from the industry to deal with crucial issues, encouraging robust and frank debate. Topics covering innovation, the need for partnerships, better revenue generation methods, the implications of video, connectivity, and 5G were all discussed at the full-day conference for the satellite industry.

The theme of change was supported throughout the day, initially by John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks in his opening keynote, who said that “the satellite industry must become part of the mainstream. The industry cannot be limited to innovating in space; we have to be bolder, we cannot be niche”. Mitsutoshi Akao of SKY Perfect JSAT noted that, “we are starting to think how to expand our space business not just in GEO but also in drones, LEO, MEO, etc”. This was further supported by AsiaSat’s Barrie Woolston who reaffirmed to all that opportunities for growth will indeed remain.

Change was also apparent in the approach being taken by major industry players in actively seeking partnerships. Huang Baozhong of APT Satellite advised that “We maintain a good profit margin, but we are looking for partners in other parts of the world”. Jean-François Fenech of Eutelsat Asia added “Our main business in Asia is around mobility and data, and we are looking to grow our video and DTH business in the region” with satellite fleet operator ABS’s Jim Simpson stating that “We have rights to 15 orbital slots, now vacant. We’re looking for partners, including satellite manufacturers, to fill them before they expire”.

The other prominent discussion of the day centred around 5G. “Every single telco customer we have is asking us about our 5G strategy and partaking in 5G trials. It’s going to take a huge amount of time and redesigns before we get there, but we need to already find a way to play in that space”, said SES Network’s JP Hemingway. “5G will require a hybrid network”, said Intelsat’s Terry Bleakley, “and the development cycle offers the satellite sector an opportunity to become a core part of the telecoms solution”. In the closing panel of the day, THAICOM’s Nile Suwansiri stated that, “for satellite to be successful it is not just about cost, but about establishing demand for satellite’s role in 5G”, with other panellists all agreeing on the “we” approach as it will enable newer types of applications, standards and innovation.

Change is in the air for the satellite industry and Casbaa CEO, Louis Boswell, announced that this also applies to Casbaa, with the annual conference event, the Casbaa Convention, not only moving back to Hong Kong, but rebranded as the Asia Video Summit.

The Satellite Industry Forum was supported by APSTAR, AsiaSat, Boeing, Effective Space, Eutelsat, Hughes, International Launch Service (ILS), Integrasys, Marsh, MEASAT, Newtec, NorthTelecom, SES, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, SpaceX and SSL.

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About Casbaa

Casbaa is THE trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. Casbaa leads the fight against video piracy, publishes in-depth reports and hosts conferences and seminars aimed to support a vibrant video industry.

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(Ms) Kay Bayliss
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29% of European TV channels are based in UK

A Brexit report by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, provides a European-eye view of the UK’s weight within the EU’s audiovisual markets. It provides key figures on the co-productions between the UK and other EU28 countries, the import and export of films between the UK and the other EU28 countries as well as data on the circulation of audiovisual services between the UK and the European Union.

A. The UK is, together with Germany, the largest audiovisual market in the EU28.
With 12 per cent of TV households, the UK accounts for 21 per cent of the EU28 audiovisual market.

The European Union Audiovisual market (2016, bn EUR)
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Source: Ampere Analysis, EBU/MIS, film agencies, WARC, IHS

The UK market is slightly more dynamic, on average, than the EU28 as a whole, due to the solid performance of pay-tv and also because the UK is the most-developed EU28 market by far for on-demand services. Indeed, the average annual growth rate between 2011 and 2016 was 2.1 per cent for the UK vs. 1.7 per cent for the EU28. The UK ranks No. 4 in terms of number of TV fiction hours produced, underpinned by a focus on high-end drama with a strong export potential.

B. The UK is the main hub for TV channels established in the European Union
29 per cent of EU28 TV channels are established in the UK

TV channels established in the European Union (end 2017)
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Source: European Audiovisual Observatory/MAVISE. Excludes local channels. Includes linguistic versions

43 per cent of the TV channels established in the UK target primarily another country.

TV channels established in the UK (end 2017)
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Source: European Audiovisual Observatory/MAVISE. Excludes local channels. Includes linguistic versions

The UK is by far the main country of establishment in the EU28 for television channels and on-demand services. The UK hosts three of the top 10 EU28 audiovisual groups (Sky, BBC, ITV) also as European subsidiaries of the major US media groups.

C. The UK is a strong exporter of film towards the other European Union countries
The UK ranks No. 2 (after France) for the number of film titles exported to other EU28 countries in cinema and on TV.

EU28 non-national releases on TV (2015-2016 season)
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Source: European Audiovisual Observatory analysis of Eurodata data

EU27 countries account for 29 per cent (excluding GB Inc.) and 24.5 per cent (including GB Inc.) of UK films’ worldwide admissions.

Cinema admissions to UK films (av. 2011-2016, m)
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European Audiovisual Observatory/LUMIERE – GB Inc. Films are produced by a UK subsidiary of a US studio.

The UK is a key player in the European film sector. Thanks in particular to a strong domestic cinema market, it produces 16 per cent of all EU28 films, excluding blockbusters films fully-funded by US majors through their UK subsidiaries.

As far as VoD exploitation of European films is concerned, the UK ranks as the runaway No. 1 (ahead of France) for the number of titles exported to other EU28 countries on TVoD.

Zee to export OTT internationally

Subhash Chandra-backed Indian TV giant ZEE is to export its ZEE5 OTT platform internationally, starting next year, according to Zeel International’s CEO Amit Goenka.

The plan is to compete head-to-head with OTT offerings from Netflix, and Star TV’s Hotstar service.

Goenka says that Zee Entertainment will be investing in 90 original programmes next year, which will be added to its library of 3500 movies.

Initially the platform will move into some key Asian markets, and then has the UK and US in its sights where there are large Indian expatriate communities. ZEE’s general entertainment channels are already available internationally.

“In the coming year, we plan to further increase the reach of our existing channels through distribution and creation of localised content. On the distribution side, we are developing strategies for each market to ensure maximum reach of our content. On the content front, we are increasing our local programming for the Indian audience in select markets, which will be on an ad-funded model. We also plan to ramp up our programming initiatives for the native audience in select markets. In FY19, we will continue to further enhance our local programming initiatives in markets like USA and UK,” said Goenka.

ZEE5 will have acquired material from Turkey, Pakistan, Spain, China and Korea. Additionally, around 200+ English-language movies and shows will be available.

[World Cup Piracy Data] Favorites Brazil Lead in World Cup Piracy Stakes, England fifth, Germany Outside Top Ten

The World Cup has been called the Greatest Show on Earth, and the majority of group stage matches have not failed to disappoint. Unfortunately, while broadcasters, retailers and even the hospitality industry look on the World Cup as a positive summer boost, so too do pirates. With this in mind I thought you might be interested in new data from Irdeto on piracy activity during the 2018 World Cup so far:

Irdeto detected 5,088 unique illegal streams redistributing games over the internet during the group stage of the 2018 World Cup. The bookies’ favorites, Brazil win the unwanted moniker of most pirated team, with more than 582 illegal streams detected for Brazil’s three group stage matches. Brazil were followed by Morocco (561 streams) and Portugal (535 streams).

Tipped by many fans to have their best chance of winning the World Cup in years, and as they look forward to the second-round tie against Colombia, England were the fifth most pirated team with 523 streams. This is despite all games in England being shown on free-to-air channels. England were however again just edged out by Belgium, who were fourth (526 streams). The fact that Germany had a World Cup to forget is emphasized by their lack of popularity with pirates, not making the top ten of pirated teams.

As with previous Irdeto piracy data, these figures suggest that more still needs to be done to stop the illegal distribution of high profile live sport. In the case of the World Cup, social media channels including Facebook, Periscope, YouTube and Twitch were the main vehicle for illegal streams. Key social media statistics were:
• 3,773 of the total 5,088 streams were detected on social media channels, reaching an estimated 4,292,874 viewers.
• Portugal were the most illegally viewed team on social media channels with an estimated 826, 660 viewers of their games.
• Portugal were followed closely by Morocco and Brazil.
• The group stage game that attracting the most illegal viewers on social media was Brazil vs. Switzerland with an estimated 613, 715 viewers.

Commenting on the findings, Rory O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Services, Irdeto said, “As one of the biggest sporting events around, the World Cup inevitably attracts a lot of global attention from pirates, as well as legitimate viewers. Content owners, rights holders and platform owners must continue to work together and enlist technology and proactive services to take down illegal streams in real-time as we progress further through the tournament. Meanwhile viewers of these streams really must consider the risks they are exposing themselves to by viewing illegal streams, and the potential threat of criminal penalties.”

WBU argues against C-band changes

Not so many years ago Intelsat and SES were arguing strongly for satellite’s C-band frequencies to be protected from would-be predators especially those in the cellular community.

Now, with the potential of millions (and some say billions) of dollars of benefits to flow to satellite operators from reassigning some C-band frequencies over the US for cellular use, the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) has weighed in with strong implied criticism of the US plans.

Reallocation of these C-band signals could lead to “chaos” for its members, says the WBU.

The WBU states that it welcomes technological changes and the benefits to audiences and broadcasters. “Satellite services have long provided valuable broadcasting services and remain an essential part of often complex broadcast supply chains serving our audiences, both nationally and internationally, for public service and commercial broadcasters.” Said the WBU.

“C-Band FSS downlink frequencies between 3,400-4,200 MHz, have been and are extensively used throughout the world by WBU members for Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) applications and will continue to be used for the foreseeable future, in particular above 3,600 MHz. Since FSS downlink sites receive extremely weak signals from satellites in geosynchronous orbit, they are particularly fragile and susceptible to interference. WBU members have experienced serious interference to services where this spectrum has been opened up to other users and, because few countries require these receive-only downlink sites to be licensed or registered, little recourse is available. The WBU encourages our members to register their downlink sites.”

The WBU says there are hundreds of thousands of C-band downlink sites in use by its members for contribution and distribution of satellite signals. “The potential allocation of C-Band FSS spectrum to Mobile Services will create chaos to the economics of broadcasting by satellite, potentially interrupting services to audiences around the world. Furthermore, C-Band is critical for satellite services in tropical regions as it suffers less from the attenuation effects of heavy rainfall than higher frequency bands.”

“WBU members therefore call on satellite service providers and government regulators to protect the availability of the upper part of the C-Band spectrum, where the band has been allocated to satellite services and is currently used to provide many broadcasting services, enabling broadcasters around the world to continue to provide vital broadcasting services to billions of people across the world.”

New satellite launch to help fast-track digital India, says expert

Deepak Mathur added: “ISRO has a pivotal role to play in the development of new space technologies and in making space more accessible, and affordable.

LONDON: The launch of a new mega satellite providing coverage over Asia will help fast-track Digital India and financial inclusion initiatives, according to a leading satellite industry expert.

Deepak Mathur, Executive Vice-President, Global Sales at SES Video, said the successful launch of SES-12 recently would help support India’s growing direct-to-home (DTH) TV market, as more and more consumers in rural India embrace the medium.

“The satellite will be able to help accelerate the country’s push towards a Digital India, the government’s vision to digitally empower India and transform connectivity in the country,” said Mathur.

“SES-12’s high throughput capacity over South Asia and India could potentially help meet the enormous demand for capacity that will be needed to fast-track Digital India, and financial inclusion initiatives,” he said.

The senior executive at SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, said that in line with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recent directive to allow mobile and Internet services in Indian airspace, the satellite’s concentrated beams could also provide highly cost-effective capacity to enable inflight connectivity services.

SES-12, which is uniquely designed with state-of-the-art wide beams and high throughput beams, was successfully launched onboard a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, US, in early June.

It is set to replace and augment the services currently being provided on SES’ NSS-6 satellite. Together with SES-8, SES-12 will reach 18 million TV homes from its orbital position.

The satellites will provide pay-TV operators the reliability and scalability to elevate viewing experiences by adding more content and delivering higher-quality picture quality to address the ever-increasing audience demand for High Definition (HD) and Ultra HD content, the company said.

The cutting-edge technology satellite, which will provide coverage from the Middle East to Australia, effectively combines two satellites into one – offering powerful Ku-band wide beams for broadcast and media applications, and high throughput spot beams for providing internet connectivity, reliable cellular services and content targeted at specific language groups.

“With its dual capabilities of both wide beams and high throughput spot beams, SES-12 will serve to enhance connectivity for people and businesses in remote and unconnected parts across Asia, where providing rural connectivity and eliminating the digital divide is a key priority for many governments. SES-12 also brings augmented capacity to enable satellite broadcasting and direct-to-home (DTH) services across Asia-Pacific,” explains Mathur.

SES-12 is one of the largest geostationary satellites that SES has ever launched. The spacecraft also has a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) that increases payload flexibility to provide much more customisable bandwidth solutions to SES’s customers.

Specifically over India, SES has five satellites – NSS-12, SES-8, NSS-6, SES-7 and SES-9 – currently operational. SES-12 will be replacing NSS-6 as the largest satellite to offer services and capacity over India.

The company’s primary customer in the Indian market is Antrix, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), with whom it has worked to help augment the enormous demand for satellite connectivity over India.

Mathur added: “ISRO has a pivotal role to play in the development of new space technologies and in making space more accessible, and affordable.

“We are exploring potential areas of collaboration with Indian partners to see how we can work together to advance the development of space technologies.”

Luxembourg-headquartered SES provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions around the world.

Its latest all-electric SES-12 spacecraft was built by Airbus Defence and Space and joins SES’ network of seven geostationary satellites and 16 medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. AK PMS PMS

MTI Teleport Munich and Sky Germany chose ABS-3A capacity to deliver live coverage for the Wimbledon Championships

Singapore/Unterfoehring, 28th June 2018 – Global satellite operator, ABS and MTI Teleport Munich have signed a capacity deal for the Wimbledon Championships 2018 to deliver video live coverage of the tournament to Sky Deutschland, the right-holder for the German market. From 2nd July, several simultaneous high definition (HD) video feeds from the venue will be carried over the ABS-3A satellite, ensuring a permanent contribution link between the various production facilities in London and Sky Deutschland headquarters in Unterfoehring.

Sky Deutschland, the leading pay-tv operator will have exclusive HD coverage of the tournament, delivering the live broadcast signal of all the matches to the German market via satellite, cable and mobile networks.

Over the past two years, the ABS-3A satellite has established itself as a prime “conduit” for video contribution services in Europe and most notably in the German market, for which it distributes the live coverage of German football for both public and private broadcasters.

Ludwig Schaeffler, CEO MTI emphasized “Once again we are happy to include ABS into our international sports delivery network, which we optimized for live sports transmissions.”

“ABS-3A again is chosen as the preferred satellite platform to contribute live feeds across Europe for major sporting events,” said Paolo Pusterla, MD of Europe & the Middle East. “We at ABS are delighted to work with our long-lasting partner MTI to serve the leading pay-tv in Europe, Sky Deutschland, for such an important event.”

Alessandro Reitano, Vice President Sports Production, Sky Deutschland commented, “ABS-3A has quickly developed to one of our key satellites for the contribution and production of high quality sports events for the region. At Wimbledon we are looking forward to another great event in partnership with MTI and ABS.”

AsiaSat collaborates with KBZ to provide OTT via satellite video service in Myanmar

Hong Kong, 27 June 2018 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat – SEHK: 1135), Asia’s leading satellite operator announced its collaboration with KBZ Gateway Company Limited (KBZ) to explore business opportunities for providing OTT (Over-the-Top) via Satellite video service in Myanmar.

This initiative will initially support the free to air distribution of national TV channels, enabling audience across the country to have access to free online video content via mobile and other connected devices no matter where they are.

The OTT via Satellite video service is a dynamic solution to help broadcasters and content providers reach their audiences instantly and cost effectively. The service aims to make content more available across platforms, whether it is for bringing content seamlessly to separated and rural areas via village Wi-Fi or for connectivity on the move, such as for cruise ships, planes and trains.

AsiaSat will invest in providing space segment and ground facility from its teleport hub in connection with the project. KBZ will invest in the supply of the installation, servicing and roll-out of OTT boxes in Myanmar and securing licensing of the TV channels to be distributed on the OTT platform.

KBZ is a licensed VSAT operator in Myanmar, for the provision of, including but not limited to, internet broadband access via satellite. KBZ’s Chief Technology Officer and Head of Business, Virender Singh said, “Continuous Innovation and excellence in service has been our motto from day one. This will help us bring OTT services to the remote regions of Myanmar and our customers will be able to enjoy content on any device via any platform of their choice. Our close partnership with AsiaSat has helped us achieve a superior service quality in the VSAT space and we hope to bring even faster and better connectivity experience to remote and rural Myanmar.”

AsiaSat’s Chief Commercial Officer, Barrie Woolston said, “Innovation continues to push us forward, and we are keen to explore new and dynamic ways for people to enjoy services that otherwise could not be possible due to geographical restrictions. We are excited to extend our partnership with KBZ beyond the traditional VSAT service to launch for Myanmar video service, and in the near future, deliver the service for wider communities across the Asia-Pacific.”

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About AsiaSat
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world’s population with its seven satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8, and the new AsiaSat 9. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. 600 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company’s satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Mobile App

About KBZ Gateway Company Limited
KBZ Gateway Company Limited is a subsidiary of The Kanbawza (KBZ) Group of Companies, one of the largest privately-owned diversified group of companies in Myanmar. KBZ Gateway was developed to further extend the Group’s abilities through technology and maximise its ability to contribute to the industry and country. The company aims to be the provider of providers for the country, becoming an enabler for its partners to help them increase their service quality and options made available to the community. Its ecosystem of partners provides an end to end service ranging from international & national connectivity, supported by next generation VSAT capability, mobile rooftop antennas, carrier neutral POPs, Tier III DC, Cloud, MNS and a full range of professional services as an Oracle Gold partner. For more information, please visit www.kbzgateway.com

Media Contact:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

KBZ Gateway Company Limited
Aye Sandar Lwin, Head of Communications | Tel: (95) 09-788388372 | Email: ayesandar.lwin@kbzgateway.com