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Irdeto Launches Next-Generation of Piracy Control

Enhanced online piracy detection and enforcement technology identifies web video piracy across streaming video on demand, direct download and hybrid websites.

LAS VEGAS, CES – 9 January 2018 – Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security, today announced the launch of its next-generation Piracy Control solution. Providing rapid detection and enforcement for content owners and operators, the online piracy detection and enforcement solution now provides new data-driven web video discovery tools with expert analyst oversight, multi-language site searches, integrated social media and search engine discovery, as well as peer-to-peer (P2P) stream discovery such as SopCast and Ace Stream. These new features enable content owners and distributors to quickly and accurately identify and then shut down pirated content across streaming video on demand (SVOD), direct download (DDL) and hybrid pirate websites.

The increasing sophistication of pirates has resulted in piracy growing from a nuisance to a global issue for content owners, studios and operators. In order to combat this growing problem, it is critical to implement a comprehensive solution that quickly and accurately identifies and shuts down piracy. Irdeto Piracy Control is a scalable solution that now offers artificial intelligence and machine learning for automatic logo detection, text and facial recognition, as well as video fingerprinting for automated tagging of metadata. This provides a combination of flexibility, enhanced accuracy and speed. With Irdeto TraceMark™ forensic watermarking built right into the solution, content owners and operators now have the most robust anti-piracy solution to address growing piracy concerns.

“Operators need to expand their strategies to combat internet-based redistribution of content by including proactive piracy control solutions that identify and manage pirated sources of content available within their geographical footprint,” said Sam Rosen, Vice President, ABI Research. “Content providers must work internationally to coordinate and protect anti-piracy efforts, maintaining the value of their licensing rights by protecting the legal distribution of content. In both cases, piracy control solutions should include robust operational knowledge combined with appropriate short- and long-term enforcement actions.”

Irdeto’s next-generation Piracy Control solution also provides the flexibility to bundle web video, watermarking and P2P detection. Combined with advanced analytics, forensics and a new integrated reporting system, content owners and operators have an enhanced solution that allows them to implement an intelligence-driven approach to anti-piracy, ensuring that their valuable content is protected.

“The biggest threat to the content creation industry is content redistribution over the internet,” said Rory O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Services, Irdeto. “As pirates become more business savvy, content owners, studios and operators need a trusted security partner who has the in-depth understanding of piracy and the technology expertise to implement a robust anti-piracy strategy to disrupt a pirate’s business model. Irdeto’s next-generation Piracy Control solution puts the content owner and distributor in the driver’s seat to protect their brand reputation and revenue.”

Offered as a key solution in the Irdeto 360 Security suite, Irdeto Piracy Control provides rapid detection and enforcement to safeguard valuable content. Irdeto’s team of multi-discipline specialists and its proven methodology has a successful track record in rapidly identifying content theft, disrupting piracy and leveraging its established networks to track down pirates and their supply chains.

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About Irdeto
Irdeto is the world leader in digital platform security, protecting platforms and applications for media & entertainment, automotive and IoT connected industries. Our solutions and services enable customers to protect their revenue, create new offerings and fight cybercrime. With nearly 50 years of expertise in security, Irdeto’s software security technology and cyber services protect over 5 billion devices and applications for some of the world’s best-known brands. Our unique heritage as a subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers (JSE: NPN) means that we are a well-established and reliable partner to help build a more secure future. Please visit Irdeto at www.irdeto.com.

For further information, please contact:
Stephen Russell

Global Manager, Public Relations, Irdeto
Mobile: +1 774 273 3890
Email: Stephen.Russell@irdeto.com

Crystal Kung
Senior Account Manager, WE Communications
P: +65 6303 8472
Email: ckung@we-worldwide.com

NICKELODEON’S PRESCHOOL HIT PROPERTY PAW PATROL WINS “BEST YOUNG PROPERTY IN ASIA” AT THE ASIAN LICENSING AWARDS 2017

Jointly Celebrates a Merit Award with Saipo Baby (Hong Kong) Limited for “Best Licensee” at the Hong Kong Licensing Awards 2017

HONG KONG, 10 January 2018 – Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia today announced that Nickelodeon’s preschool hit property “PAW Patrol” produced by Spin Master Entertainment, celebrated its win in two award programs – Gold Award for “Best Young Property in Asia” at the Asian Licensing Awards 2017 and jointly celebrated a Merit Award with Saipo Baby (Hong Kong) Limited for “Best Licensee” at the Hong Kong Licensing Awards 2017. Both Award programs were held together in Hong Kong last night in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Licensing Show this week.

“Already in its fourth season globally, PAW Patrol is on fire and is gaining the attention of kids and parents everywhere. Receiving both wins is a testament to PAW Patrol’s popularity amongst our young fans and to the strong collaboration and support we have of our licensee partners in Asia,” said Claire O’Connor, Vice President, Consumer Products, Asia Pacific, Viacom International Media Networks. “PAW Patrol is a reflection of Nickelodeon’s preschool content, which has always been both smart and fun, powered by great stories, relatable characters and a meaningful curriculum that has been our hallmark.”

The CG-Animated Preschool Series Stars A Pack Of Six Heroic Rescue Pups – Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma And Skye – Who Are Led By A Tech-Savvy Boy Named Ryder. Together, They Work Hard To Protect The Adventure Bay Community Believing, “No Job Is Too Big, No Pup Is Too Small!” The Series Features A Curriculum That Focuses On Citizenship, Social Skills And Problem-Solving As The Characters Use Their Unique Skills And Teamwork.

Building On The Incredible Success Of The Top-Rated Global Preschool Franchise, Nickelodeon Held A Number Of PAW Patrol Themed Mall Shows And Events, Which Have Included Mall Shows, Character Meet And Greets, Merchandising, Screenings And More Across China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore And Taiwan. Through Its Collaboration With Life Like Touring, Nickelodeon Also Brought PAW Patrol Live! “Race To The Rescue”, Its First PAW Patrol Live Show, To Tour Australia, New Zealand And Singapore Last Year. The Live Show Will Continue To Tour Across Asia Pacific This Year.

With 2018 Being The Year Of The Dog This Chinese New Year, Consumers Across Asia Can Look Forward To A Limited Edition PAW Patrol Chinese New Year Plush Collection, And Chinese New Year Celebrations And Mall Promotions Featuring The Pups Across Asia*. Organized By The Asian Licensing Association, The Asian Licensing Awards, Recognizes The Outstanding Achievements Of Licensed Properties, Licensing Companies, Licensing Agents, Advertising And Promotional Firms For Their Development, Launch And Promotion Of Licensed Properties And Trademarks Throughout Asia For The Preceding Year. The Asian Licensing Awards Celebrate Excellence, Innovation And Creativity Across The Licensing Spectrum. Separately, The Hong Kong Licensing Awards Is A Dedicated Licensing Award Scheme For Creative Industries In Hong Kong.

Tata Sky Expands Long-Term Security Partnership with Irdeto

Irdeto Cloaked CA and Middleware enables Tata Sky to securely deliver content on their satellite pay TV platform in India

LAS VEGAS, CES – 10 January 2018Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security, has announced that it has expanded its long-term security partnership with Tata Sky, India’s leading content distribution platform providing satellite pay TV services. The highly competitive satellite pay TV market in India requires operators like Tata Sky to continue innovating in order to meet consumer demand for premium solutions and services. With Irdeto, Tata Sky has a reliable and trustworthy security partner to ensure the secure delivery of content onto any device across its satellite and OTT platforms in India.

Tata Sky will implement Irdeto Cloaked CA and Middleware to deliver an improved customer experience while ensuring that its valuable content remains secure. In addition, Tata Sky recently selected Irdeto to enhance its end-to-end solution for OTT services. Irdeto’s OTT solutions simplify the operations and workflow of supporting multiple digital rights management (DRM) systems.

“At Tata Sky, we are committed to providing our customers with the most innovative video services across satellite and online platforms in India,” said Harit Nagpal, MD & CEO, Tata Sky. “To provide consumers with greater choice and convenience, we need a security partner that gives us the freedom to innovate without fear. In Irdeto, we are working with a strong security partner with a forward-looking approach and future-proof solutions. This enables us to continue innovating our solutions and services while giving us the peace of mind that our content is secure.”

Irdeto Cloaked CA, the mostly widely deployed software CA in pay TV globally, and Irdeto Middleware will provide Tata Sky with the flexibility to easily evolve their service and business models to meet changing demands. As Tata Sky’s trusted security partner, Irdeto manages the planning and deployment of the project for Tata Sky to ensure the seamless integration of both Irdeto security technology and third-party solutions.

“We are honored to be selected by Tata Sky as their long-term security partner for Conditional Access and Middleware,” said Doug Lowther, CEO, Irdeto. “This deal further reinforces Irdeto’s commitment to the dynamic and fast-growing media market in India and we are excited to continue working with Tata Sky to help them meet their business goals.”

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About Irdeto
Irdeto is the world leader in digital platform security, protecting platforms and applications for media & entertainment, automotive and IoT connected industries. Our solutions and services enable customers to protect their revenue, create new offerings and fight cybercrime. With nearly 50 years of expertise in security, Irdeto’s software security technology and cyber services protect over 5 billion devices and applications for some of the world’s best-known brands. Our unique heritage as a subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers (JSE: NPN) means that we are a well-established and reliable partner to help build a more secure future. Please visit Irdeto at www.irdeto.com.

For further information, please contact:
Stephen Russell

Global Manager, Public Relations, Irdeto
Mobile: +1 774 273 3890
Email: Stephen.Russell@irdeto.com

Crystal Kung
Senior Account Manager, WE Communications
P: +65 6303 8472
Email: ckung@we-worldwide.com

Eutelsat and China Unicom join forces to provide satellite communication services in the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative

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Xiaochu Wang, Chairman of China Unicom with Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat

Beijing, Paris, 9 January 2018 – On the occasion of French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to China, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China United Network Communications Co., Ltd. (China Unicom) that is aimed at addressing the fast-growing satellite communications market in Asia-Pacific in the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative.

The MoU, which was signed on 9 January, by Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat and Xiaochu Wang, Chairman of China Unicom, aims in particular to leverage resources on the EUTELSAT 172B satellite to enhance inflight connectivity services across an area stretching from the West coast of North America to Asia, and down to Australia. Cooperation to further develop satellite communication services across the globe is also under consideration.

Commenting on the cooperation agreement, Rodolphe Belmer said: “China Unicom is an ideal partner for promoting satellite communications in Belt and Road regions. This agreement builds on the cooperation that started in 2008, when Eutelsat provided satellite transmission services to China Unicom during the Beijing Olympic Games. This cooperation also highlights the quality and reach of Eutelsat’s in-orbit resources, in particular at the 172° East orbital position. This reinforced partnership will allow both companies to leverage on their own strengths in order to address future opportunities in the connectivity markets.”

About Eutelsat Communications
Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,700 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 44 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service.

Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL).
For more about Eutelsat go to www.eutelsat.com

Press
Marie-Sophie Ecuer Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91 mecuer@eutelsat.com

Investors and analysts
Joanna Darlington Tel. : +33 1 53 98 35 30 jdarlington@eutelsat.com
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CES® 2018: Conax to launch TVkey – simplifying delivery of pay-TV services to smart TV sets

CES® 2018, Las Vegas, January 4th, 2017: Conax, part of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) and a leader in total service protection for digital entertainment services worldwide via broadcast, broadband and connected devices, launches TVkey at CES® 2018. Leveraging technology jointly developed by the Kudelski Group and Samsung, the market leader in home entertainment, Conax TVkey enables consumers to discover a richer world of premium pay-TV content quickly and easily, including 4K Ultra HD and HDR, delivered directly to their TV set.

As competition for new subscribers intensifies, Conax TVkey provides pay-TV operators with a cost-optimised route-to-market for their services and gives consumers the ability to enjoy premium content, including 4K Ultra HD and HDR, directly on smart TV sets through a simple USB dongle.

Through an easy sign-up process similar to many popular OTT services, Conax TVkey delivers a compelling user experience to consumers that can be fully defined by the TV operator leveraging HbbTV and HTML5 frameworks.

Conax TVkey integrates all the latest advancements in content security. It utilizes a secure media path and the TVkey hardware root of trust as part of TVkey-compatible TVs. It also fully complies with MovieLabs requirements for Enhanced Content Protection of premium 4K Ultra HD/HDR content with watermarking by NexGuard, another Kudelski Group company.

Conax TVkey is currently supported on Samsung Smart TV models, including all Ultra HD and most Full HD TVs shipping worldwide. The creation of a joint TVkey Trust Authority in 2018, as planned by the Kudelski Group and Samsung, will also enable the Conax TVkey to support additional TV brands and CAS vendors. In this respect, TV chipset vendors Novatek and Mstar have already started supporting the TVkey hardware root of trust in their TV chipsets for leading TV brands.

A CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree, TVkey also received the award for “Best Content Protection Technology” at the 15th annual CSI Awards at IBC 2017, recognizing the value TVkey brings to the CE industry, pay-TV operators and consumers alike.

Conax TVKey is integrated with Conax Contego, a unified content security hub which includes a cloud-based installation option and supports DVB, IPTV and OTT content delivery, as well as all major DRM technologies. Conax Contego provides pay-TV operators with a highly sustainable growth model through modular, scalable solutions and pre-integrated world-class partner technologies, offering fast time-to-market of new services. Conax Contego fulfils MovieLabs’ specifications for premium 4K and UHD content by integrating Forensic Watermarking technology from NexGuard.

Conax TVkey will be delivered to operators starting in 2018. Several Conax operator-customers are currently evaluating the solution.

For more information on Conax TVkey and to meet with Conax product experts at CES, stop by the Kudelski Group exhibition suite located in the Venetian Meeting Rooms, Level 3, San Polo 3501A or pre-book a meeting at info@conax.com.

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About Conax
Conax, a part of the Kudelski Group, is a leading global specialist in total service protection for digital TV and entertainment services via broadcast, broadband and connected devices. The Conax Contego unified security hub provides telcos, cable, satellite, IP, mobile, terrestrial and broadband operations with an innovative portfolio of flexible and cost-efficient solutions to deliver premium content securely – all in an advanced, single back-end reducing operational complexity and cost. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Conax technology enables secure content revenues for 425 operators in 85 countries globally. For more information, please visit www.conax.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to join the conversation. #CES2018

Conax media contact
Elisabeth Nordang
Corporate Marketing Director
Mob: +47 958 06 457
Email: elisabeth.nordang@conax.com

STAR INDIA APPOINTS GAUTAM THAKAR AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR STAR SPORTS

Mumbai December 27, 2017: STAR INDIA Managing Director Sanjay Gupta, announced the appointment of Gautam Thakar as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Star Sports. In his new role, Gautam will lead the sports broadcast business as its Chief Executive Officer. His appointment is effective January 2018.

Sanjay Gupta commented “We are happy to welcome Gautam into the Star India family to lead our next paradigm in sports broadcasting. He brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and proven strategic capabilities. We at Star have always set ourselves a bold growth agenda and we are confident that Gautam will contribute in taking the multi-sports culture that Star has pioneered in India, to the next level.”

Gautam brings over 20 years of deep operating and leadership experience. He started his career as a brand manager with P&G in India, then led baazee.com as a founding management team member to become the No. 1 e-commerce company in India (acquired by eBay in 2004).

He spent 10 years at eBay in a variety of leadership roles (Country Manager for eBay India, global marketing leader for eBay’s International markets as well as leader of eBay’s multi-billion dollar cross border business, CEO of shopping.com (an eBay acquisition) and general manager responsible for building a multi hundred million dollar Adtech business) before leading the turnaround at LivingSocial (acquired by Groupon).

Gautam has an MBA from IIM, Lucknow and prior to that a Bachelor’s in Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai.

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About Star India:

Star India has defined the Indian media landscape since 1991 and today is one of the country’s leading media conglomerates, reaching approximately 700+ million viewers a month across India and more than 100 other countries. Star generates 30,000+ hours of content every year and broadcasts 60+ channels in 8 different languages, reaching 9 out of 10 C&S TV homes in India.

The network’s entertainment channel portfolio includes Star Gold, Channel V, Star World, Star World Premiere HD, Star Movies, Star Movies Select HD, Star Utsav, Star Utsav Movies, Star Bharat, Movies OK and Star Plus, India’s No. 1 Hindi General Entertainment Channel. It has a leading presence in regional broadcasting as well, through a bouquet of channels which include Star Jalsha, Jalsha Movies, Star Pravah, Maa channels and affiliate channels Asianet, Asianet Plus, Asianet Movies, Suvarna, Suvarna Plus and Vijay. It is also present in the Indian movie production and distribution space through Fox Star Studios, an affiliate joint venture company.

Star India is making quantum leaps in transforming sports in the country by leveraging the group’s strengths in superior content and audience engagement. Star’s sports business has grown rapidly to 12 channel properties (Star Sports 1, 2, Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Hindi 1; Star Sports HD1, HD2, Star Sports Select 1 HD, Star Sports Select 2 HD, Star Sports Hindi 1 HD; India’s first Tamil Sports channel Star Sports Tamil 1 and India’s first private FTA sports channel Star Sports First), making it the leading sports network in the country.

Star is set to drive the agenda on digital content consumption in the country with Hotstar, Star’s revolutionary digital platform that brings your favourite TV shows, movies and sports in one destination.

Star India is a fully owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

Follow us on http://www.startv.com/

November & December 2017

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CASBAA Convention 2017

The CASBAA Convention 2017, which was held on 6-8th November, returned to Macau Studio City for a second year. This year we invited 74 speakers to participate in 34 sessions, and we welcomed more than 500 attendees and industry experts to this flagship event of the year. The closing party on November 8th was blessed with good weather which brought the CASBAA Convention 2017 to a successful ending.

You can view the photos of Convention here. Don’t want to miss out again? Mark your schedule for 2018 now.

CASBAA would like to thank CASBAA Convention 2017’s Supporting Sponsor, TRT World, along with our other Sponsors:
21st Century Fox, ABS, Amagi, APT Satellite, ARRIS, AsiaSat, Australia Channel, Brightcove, Cisco, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Deutsche Welle, The Walt Disney Company, FashionTV, FOX Networks Group, France 24, Friend MTS, Google, Intelsat, INVIDI Technologies, Irdeto, Leyard, Lighting International, MEASAT, MPP Global, NAGRA, SES, True Visions, Turner Asia Pacific, TV5MONDE, Viaccess-Orca, Vindicia and Viu.

We would also like to thank CASBAA Patrons: A+E Networks, Astro, BAM Asia Enterment Network, BBC Worldwide, Celestial Tiger, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Star India and Viacom International Media Networks.

PHOTO: The Coalition Against Piracy members toast the launch of CAP (L-R): Jason Chan, CAP; Paras Sharma, Viacom International Media Networks; Laila Saat, ASTRO; Malobika Banerji, A&E Networks; Kevin Plumb, Premier League; Nirav Haji, Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia; Lawrence Yuen, HBO Asia; Joe Welch, CASBAA Chairman; Birathon Kasemsri, True Visions; Amit Malhotra, The Walt Disney Company; Alexandre Muller, TV5MONDE; Rohit d’Silva, Fox Networks Group; Neil Gane, CAP; Chih Yeong Voo, Turner Asia-Pacific; Mike Kerr, beIN Asia Pacific; Keith Huang, PCCW Media; Erwin Galang, Cignal TV; Gidon Freeman, NBCUniversal; Jake Smart, National Basketball Association and John Medeiros, CASBAA. Not represented on stage were BBC Worldwide and Media Partners Asia.

The launch of CASBAA’s new anti-piracy group, Coalition Against Piracy (CAP)

Members and supporters of the newly-established Coalition Against Piracy gathered at the annual CASBAA Convention in Macau on November 7th to mark the initiation of joint work in southeast Asia against Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs) and the app networks that underpin them.

In toasting the launch, Birathon Kasemsri, Chief Commercial Officer, True Visions Group said “Piracy is an international issue that cannot be dealt with by a single entity or country alone. It cannot be dealt with by a single platform alone. It must be a coordinated, integrated effort. We need to create an environment where we can grow and prosper. I invite you to put all your efforts together to make CAP the new initiative in the region a huge success – because we can only prosper from CAP’s success”.

In outlining CAP’s key priorities, Neil Gane, CAP General Manager, said “Two immediate priorities will be the disruption of the ISD ecosystem at its source and enhanced intermediary engagement with both eCommerce platforms and financial processors to disrupt transactions at the point of sale. Disrupting illicit commercial transactions is a key component of any anti-piracy strategy”.

FOX+ @ OTT Group

FOX Networks Group presented at the recent OTT Group webinar. During this meeting FNG’s SVP Head (SVOD) Digital for FOX+, Prakash Ramchandani, was quizzed by the group about all aspects of FOX+’s launch and rollout. It’s early days still (available in Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines and Taiwan) but Prakash gave as much insight as he could about their strategy and learnings. CASBAA Members can login to the OTT Group Resources page for a recording of the call.

CAP speaks at Piracy Workshop in Thailand

CAP General Manager Neil Gane spoke with other experts from the Pay-TV industry at a December 18th Bangkok Workshop on Enforcement Against Signal and Streaming Piracy, hosted by the Thai Department of Intellectual Property and the US Patent and Trademark Office. He joined Matt Kurlanzik (21st Century Fox), Narach Srihatai (True Visions) and Aaron Herps (beIN Asia Pacific) for discussions about the negative effects of growing piracy (notably ISD and website streaming piracy) on the industry in Thailand. Neil’s key points covered potential enforcement solutions and disruption tactics being experimented around the world. About 40 officials from various Thai government agencies provided the audience for the sessions including the Department of Intellectual Property, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the Economic Crime Suppression Division of the Royal Thai Police, and the Office of the Attorney General.

All the best to Chris Slaughter & Mark Lay

December was the last month on the job for CEO Chris Slaughter and Singapore VP Mark Lay, who have both left CASBAA now to pursue other opportunities. They spent the month working to get our plans and programme in shape for next year – including attending the Asia Television Forum and Asia Television Awards to make contacts with potential speakers, and preparing for Board decisions (due in January) on the format and venue of CASBAA Convention 2018. Mark also hosted a meeting of the OTT Committee, and sought input for the annual OTT Summit (coming up fast – 21 March in Singapore). The CASBAA team will miss the energy and good humour of these two stalwarts of the Asian Pay-TV industry – we look forward to seeing them around the region!

Upcoming Events

20 Mar – CASBAA OTT Tech Showcase

21 Mar – OTT Regional Business Summit

23 Mar – OTT & Broadband India Forumbr

17 Apr – Hong Kong in View 2018

25 Jun – CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2018

5 Sept – Vietnam in View 2018

30 Oct – 1 Nov – CASBAA Convention 2018

Selling Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs) in Hong Kong is illegal

Promoters of illegal TV Boxes convicted of copyright and conspiracy to defraud offences; given jail sentences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Hong Kong, 28 December 2017 – Following Hong Kong Customs’ successful raid on suppliers of an illegal TV box service, one box reseller from Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po was convicted of copyright and conspiracy to defraud offences and given a jail sentence of 21 months. Two persons, found to be re-transmitting illegal broadcasts of popular TV channels, were also convicted of copyright and conspiracy to defraud offences and given jail sentences of 21 and 27 months respectively.

TV boxes which facilitate access to illegal content streams are known as illicit streaming devices (ISDs). This case stemmed from action in 2014 by Hong Kong Customs authorities, who raided four residential premises, a warehouse and a commercial electronics retail outlet, arresting nine people and seizing 38 ISD boxes. The defendants were subsequently charged with violating the anti-circumvention provisions of the Copyright Ordinance (s273C(1)) as well as common law offences of conspiracy to defraud.

The ISDs, branded as the Maige TV Box, were being sold to consumers for $2,200 (including first 12 months subscription) and provided illegal access to hundreds of live TV channels and movies, including channels belonging to PCCW, TVB, BBC, HBO, NBA and many other international channels.

“We congratulate Customs and the Hong Kong Police on the successful outcome of this enforcement action”, said John Medeiros, CASBAA Chief Policy Officer. “They uncovered a criminal fact pattern and acted upon it decisively. This type of crime heaps huge illicit profits into the pockets of criminal syndicates behind the manufacture and sale of ISDs, as well as

the retransmission of the unauthorised content. Live sports channels, TV series and other premium broadcasting content is being stripped of value by the inundation of ISD boxes which provide illegal access to television programming. We are happy that Customs and the Police are helping to stem that tide.”

Neil Gane, the General Manager of the recently launched CASBAA Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), said “ISDs with preloaded applications are readily available in many electronic outlets in Hong Kong with sales teams implying to consumers that the TV channels and movies available on the TV boxes are legal and the ‘very cheap’ service they sell will last indefinitely. Today’s judicial outcome has provided clarification for those who buy and sell ISDs – TV boxes with applications allowing access to illicit TV channels and movies are illegal”.

TVB and PCCW, local operators whose content was among those illegally transmitted on the Maige boxes, also saluted the outcome. “The TV industry in Hong Kong has suffered a huge loss of revenue due to ISD piracy for many years”, said Desmond Chan, Deputy General Manager (Legal & International Operations) for Television Broadcasts Limited. “This is the first successful case on ISDs in Hong Kong. It should send a deterrent message to those engaged in the illicit ISD business. The TV industry will continue to support the Government’s law enforcement actions. We believe that Customs will soon step up their efforts in sweeping the local market and work more closely with overseas law enforcement agencies to crack down on ISD activities”.

TVB and PCCW are both members of the CASBAA Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), which also includes other leading video content creators and distributors in Asia including: beIN Asia Pacific, CASBAA, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, FOX Networks Group, HBO Asia, NBCUniversal, Premier League, Turner Asia Pacific, A&E Networks, Astro, BBC Worldwide, Cignal, Media Partners Asia, National Basketball Association (NBA), Singtel, Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia, True Visions, TV5MONDE, and Viacom International Media Networks.

CASBAA urges consumers to acquire their TV content from legal sources, and notes that purchasing and using some TV boxes could engage the consumer in illegal acts, depending on the internal workings of the box. The best guarantee of legality is subscribing to authorised TV services that provide high-quality program signals.

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About CASBAA

Established in 1991, CASBAA is the association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across a variety of geographic markets throughout the Asia Pacific. CASBAA’s members reach over 500 million connections within a regional footprint ranging from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan. For more information, visit www.casbaa.com.

Media Contact

For additional background contact:

Kay Bayliss
CASBAA Member Relations & Marketing
Tel: +852 3929 1724
Email: kay@casbaa.com

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BBC Worldwide Ups The Ante With More Brit Drama For BBC First and BBC Player

BBC Worldwide announced today new third party acquisition deals that will see even more drama content becoming available on SVOD services BBC First and BBC Player in Asia for the first time. Award-winning and highly rated titles from all3media international and ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) will premiere on BBC First and BBC Player by the first quarter of 2018.

The titles from distributor, all3media international include:
Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime: A spy drama based on Agatha Christie’s novels, in which husband and wife team Tommy (David Walliams) and Tuppence Beresford (Jessica Raine) are amateur sleuths who foil plots in 1950s Cold War Britain.
Hawking: A biographical film about Stephen Hawking’s early years as a PhD student at Cambridge University, following his search for the beginning of time, and his struggle against motor neuron disease. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Hawking. The series was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Single Drama in 2005.
Inspector George Gently (series five to eight): A crime drama, set in the 1960s, about an old-school detective (Martin Shaw) trying to come to terms with a time when the lines between the police and criminals have become blurred.
Liar (series one): A psychological thriller in which a schoolteacher (Joanne Froggatt) and parent (Ioan Gruffudd) go on a date, and neither realises the consequences that their meeting will have on each other or their families. The series finale was a huge hit in the UK, drawing an audience of 6.5 million.
Midsomer Murders (series 19 and 20): This long-running detective drama, set in the fictional but deadly county of Midsomer, stars Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby.

Titles from ITVS GE include:
Poldark (series one to three): The series follows Captain Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) as he returns to Cornwall after the American War of Independence in the late 18th century. It won the BAFTA Radio Times Audience Award in 2016 and a Satellite Award for Best Ensemble 2017. It debuted on BBC First and BBC Player on 15 December 2017.
Victoria (series one and two): Set in the mid-19th century, the series depicts the reign of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) after the death of her uncle King William IV. The show was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards and won an RTS Yorkshire Programme Award in 2017. Series one and two premiered on 22 December 2017, and the 2017 Christmas special premieres on 26 December 2017 within 24 hours of its UK telecast.

All titles will have premiered by the first quarter of 2018.

Commenting on the deal, Ryan Shiotani, VP, Content in Asia, said: “We are very pleased to work with all3media international and ITVS GE for premium dramas. The partnerships with the two distributors allow us to grow the breadth of our offering, to deliver the best of British content to our viewers.”

The deals with all3media international and ITVS GE will bring the highly-rated and award-winning British shows to BBC First viewers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and BBC Player which is available to StarHub and TMNet subscribers in Singapore and Malaysia.

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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
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ABS Board Appoints Jim Simpson as the new Chief Executive Officer

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Washington, DC, 21st December 2017, ABS announced the new appointment of Jim Simpson as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Jim, reporting to the Board of Directors, will lead the management team to drive changes to enhance shareholder value and continue to partner with ABS customers and vendors to deliver unparalleled business results.

Jim Frownfelter, Chairman of ABS said, “We are very excited to welcome Jim to the ABS family! His extensive experience, leadership, and knowledge of the business will create significant value for the company as ABS transitions to the next phase of our long term growth strategy. The board and I are delighted that Jim Simpson as the new Chief Executive Officer will lead the executive team to effect the company’s continuing expansion.”

Prior to joining ABS, Jim Simpson spent 35 years at The Boeing Company in various leadership positions in the Satellite and Launch Business. After retirement from Boeing, he served 2 years as the Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development and was an Officer of Aerojet Rocketdyne focused on propulsion and power systems for satellites, rockets and defense productions. Jim holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and a graduate certificate in Program Management from California Institute of Technology.

“I am very excited to join ABS and its impressive senior leadership team. ABS has established itself as a leader of innovation and creativity. I was part of the historical purchase of the all-electric 702SP satellites that are now key assets for our current and future growth. I want to build upon and extend the legacy that the company has created as we move into the next chapter of ABS. I look forward to leading our efforts to further strengthen and grow ABS through a focus on greater execution, creation of strategic partnerships, and further penetration into new markets and products,” commented Jim Simpson, CEO of ABS.

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About ABS

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites: ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Asia. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira.

For more information, visit: www.absatellite.com