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15 September, 2017

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Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending September 15th. 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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John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

This week, we made a splash in Singapore, talking about online piracy. If you want to know more, the press release, other documents, and press clips can be found here. For a chuckle, don’t miss this sardonic take on the news. And then also read this sadder, more impassioned take on the issue, from neighboring Malaysia.

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

People asked me, afterwards, if there was evidence that the kinds of enforcement we advocate really have positive effects.  Catching up with reading on the plane home, I caught a headline about a new report from the UK IPO office, documenting that the multiple campaigns underway there against online piracy have been bearing fruit. But the report also documents the extent of the challenges with respect to ISDs, observing that “At its cutting edge, IP crime is innovative,” and that “organised criminals…who distribute set-top boxes are aware of recent developments in the law…. Given recent judgments on the sale of pre-programmed set-top boxes it is now unlikely criminals would advertise the devices in a way which is clearly infringing by offering them pre-loaded or ‘fully loaded’…” A separate report described the types of things pirates do to block enforcement of the laws against them. The conclusion: society cannot rely on outdated pre-IT era laws for copyright; updated laws are necessary.

 

 

Mark Lay

Mark Lay

Vice President, Singapore

OTT News Roundup: If you didn’t make it to All That Matters conference in Singapore this week, you can get an overview of the session on OTT through, How to monetize your OTT platforms: Tips & tricks from Singapore’s Big 3 players. A decent piece on iflix and how OTT players are taking aim at DTH. Aravind from Media Partners is all over the story.  Although the headline is complete clickbait, “Cable Apocalypse:Cord Cutting Accelerates, Sends Shockwaves Through Traditional TV”, it’s worth looking at the charts to see the actual numbers. Yes, “Apocalypse” is a bit of an overstatement. An interesting look at skinny bundles and who is getting left out. To finish off, the trailer from HBO’s soon-to-be-released 9th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm…“Larry’s Back & Nothing Has Changed”. These stories and more, continually updated, on the CASBAA OTT Group Newsfeed.

 

 

Jane Buckthought

Jane Buckthought

Advertising Consultant

Global advertising expenditure is forecast to grow 4% to $558bn by the end of 2017, driven by digital display formats, in particular social media in-feed ads and online video. The distinctions between online video and traditional television are being eroded said Jonathan Barnard, “and the two work together much better than they do separately”. ”Essentially, television supplies reach, while online video offers targeting and personalisation; together they accounted for 48.5% of expenditure on brand advertising in 2016, up from 43.7% in 2010, and Zenith forecast their market share to rise to 49.3% in 2019

 

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

Regulators in Hong Kong had to be pushed by a lawsuit from TVB, but they have finally acknowledged that the world of advertising is changing! The Communications Authority (CA) announced that they would review the city’s outmoded “product placement” rules for broadcast advertising. Hopefully, the review will result in a meaningful liberalization. Note that the authorities make no attempt to regulate product placement nor any other aspect of online advertising. Maybe this regulator is waking up to smell the coffee – if not the fried chicken!

 

 

Cathryn Chase

Cathryn Chase

Regulatory Assistant

Sweeping changes to Australian broadcasting regulations were approved by the Senate on Thursday afternoon. Proposed only four months ago, the changes are meant to bring broadcasting regulations up to date so that they continue to effectively regulate the industry, which has undergone massive changes over the past couple of years. In particular, the amended regulations acknowledge the increasing competition from global online content providersThe reforms include: the removal of licensing fees for free-to-air broadcasters; the relaxation of media ownership rules; increased restrictions on gambling advertising; and amendments to the anti-siphoning scheme, among others. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has also promised to investigate global media giants, such as Google and Facebook, to assess their impact on the local broadcasting industry. For a more detailed review, a full list of the reforms can be found here.

 

 

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Arqiva and AsiaSat extend lease for C and Ku-band capacity for content delivery in Asia Pacific

Hong Kong, 13 September 2017 – Arqiva, the UK’s leading communications infrastructure and media services company, has extended its lease for C and Ku-band capacity with Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator for sports content delivery across the Asia-Pacific.

The agreement will see Arqiva’s continued use of AsiaSat 5 to deliver a broad range of sporting events to Asian viewers, from football and cricket, to volleyball and tennis. The new agreement also provides Arqiva the option of using Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 7, allowing additional flexibility in the deployment of smaller antennas for occasional use and live events.

Arqiva’s expanded collaboration with AsiaSat demonstrates AsiaSat’s capability in presenting a wide range of satellite capacity of the quality and penetration that meets clients’ distribution needs. AsiaSat’s ubiquitous coverage now plays an essential role in Arqiva’s global content delivery network.

David Crawford, Managing Director, Satellite and Media at Arqiva, said, “In addition to our continued commitment to provide services in the Asia-Pacific region, this lease extension with AsiaSat gives Arqiva and our customers true flexibility for future live events. Our on-going strategic partnership with AsiaSat reinforces our commitment to providing premium occasional use services in the market.”

Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat said, “We are delighted to support Arqiva with an expanding range of high quality capacity, enabling Arqiva to enjoy great flexibility and efficiency for delivering the best possible content distribution solutions to their clients, alongside the benefits of AsiaSat satellites’ strong penetration in the Asian TV market.”

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About Arqiva

Arqiva is a leading UK communications infrastructure and media services provider dedicated to connecting people wherever they are through the delivery of TV, radio, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT). We are an independent provider of telecom towers, with circa 8,000 active sites across Great Britain, and are also the only supplier of national terrestrial television and radio broadcasting services in the UK. Our advanced networks support the exponential growth of connected devices and the ever-increasing demand for data from smartphones to tablets, connected TVs, smart meters, cars and medical devices. For more information, news and insights from Arqiva, please visit the website at: www.arqiva.com

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 six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 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’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched at the end of September 2017. 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 | Mobile App

Media Contacts:

AsiaSat
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Arqiva
Tony Johnson, Media & PR Manager | Mobile: (41) 07773 045480 | Email: Tony.Johnson@arqiva.com

Arqiva has dedicated OU capacity on AsiaSat satellites to distribute live content in Asia Pacific

Arqiva has dedicated OU capacity on AsiaSat satellites to distribute live content in Asia Pacific

BBC Worldwide launches channels in Laos

BBC Worldwide Asia today announced a deal that will, for the first time, see international news and current affairs television brand, BBC World News, premium factual brand BBC Earth and award winning pre-school channel, CBeebies available in Laos.

The channels, broadcast on Laosat DTH will available in the country’s 17 provinces including Vientiane.

“The pay TV market is set for high growth in the next few years. With our partnership with Laosat DTH, we are very pleased to be part of that growth, bringing our genre-defining content to viewers there,” said Myleeta Aga, SVP, South and South East Asia, BBC Worldwide.

There is a strong demand for BBC content in Laos,” said Mr. Ding Yongbing, General Manager of Laosat. “We are confident that with the addition of BBC World News, BBC Earth and CBeebies to our line-up, we are now able to deliver the best British and international content to our viewers here.”

Over the next few months, viewers of BBC Earth will be able to catch natural history landmarks like Blue Planet II, right after the UK telecast. The new seven-part series about our underwater worlds is produced by the multi-award-winning BBC Studios Natural History Unit and is narrated by Sir David Attenborough; the entertaining and informative Fishing Impossible (series two) sees three mad fishermen – an ex Royal Marine, a marine biologist, and a gadget-obsessed airline pilot, travel to some of the most remote places on Earth with their crazy-luring inventions, and Life Below Zero (series five) which follows the daily and seasonal activities of six people who live in the remotest areas of Alaska trying to survive in the below zero conditions, as they hunt and depend only on themselves and survive using the resources they have.

CBeebies, a multi-platform brand for pre-schoolers aged six years and under, encourages children to learn through play. The award-winning channel offers a mixture of new and classic titles to educate and entertain young audiences. Young viewers in Laos can look forward to programmes like Hey Duggee, the award-winning animated series aimed at two to five year olds in which Duggee, a big lovable dog, runs a club for pre-schoolers, that encourages children to have fun while discovering new things about the world around them; and Sarah & Duck, the multiple award-winning, 2D animated, pre-school series, which follows the curious adventures of seven-year-old Sarah and her loud, quacky friend Duck, as they explore the world around them in unexpected ways.

BBC World News is the BBC’s award-winning, 24-hour global news channel offering world-class international news and feature programmes from an unrivalled network of journalists. Bringing audiences agenda-setting programmes such as HARDtalk and Our World, and projects including 100 Women, BBC World News offers impartial and in-depth analysis of the news that matters most around the globe. With journalists in more places than any other international news broadcaster, BBC World News reports global breaking news whenever and wherever it happens and is the world’s most trusted international news outlet.

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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

8 September, 2017

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Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending September 8th. 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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John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

In the world of digital piracy, it’s simply not possible to stop every scoundrel in every part of the world from stealing files (or streams) created by others and reselling them. The goal of fighting piracy has to be a mass-market focus: to raise the cost and hassle of obtaining pirate feeds to the point where the mass of people decide it’s really easier and more cost-effective to subscribe for legal content supply. The guys at Torrentfreak (who know something about piracy) did an interesting little study of the UK economics of “free” Premier League games, and they came to the conclusion that paying Sky, Virgin, or BT was “the only truly reliable solution.” That’s where we need to get to, in Asia.

 

Anjan Mitra

Anjan Mitra

Executive Director, India

People are fast running out of adjectives — audacious, mind-boggling, `most expensive ball in IPL’ are few of them — to describe Star India’s US$ 2.55 billion bid to bag the consolidated global media rights for IPL cricket that may create a monopoly. However, two commentators actually observed Star’s moves may be expensive but not outrageous and if Star can find synergies between its various content delivery ops given its clout, it’s not difficult to recover investments. And, the man of the moment, Star India chief Uday Shankar justifies the winning bid was the “right” one. Though, he joked with colleagues that now he cannot take them out for coffee having gone on a spending spree. Confidence or pragmatism?

 

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

An Industry research piece in South Korea suggests that consumers viewing video on mobile devices are still favouring platforms such as YouTube.

According to data from mobile market tracker WiseApp, YouTube had a 73 percent share of the Korean market as of May this year in terms of the time that users have spent watching video content. Among Korean services, Afreeca TV settled at 5 percent and Naver TV had 3 percent.Pooq, which is the sole provider of live terrestrial channels, had only 2 percent. Despite SK Broadband and KT’s relative dominance of the telecom market their own services recorded 2 percent and 1 percent share respectively. The market tracker said it surveyed over 22,000 people who use Google Android based smartphones.

 

Mark Lay

Mark Lay

Vice President, Singapore

Some top stories in the world of OTT this week include Disney, where CEO Robert Iger told conference-goers in New York that, “we’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot.” He also confirmed that the ESPN service will arrive sooner, “sometime this spring.” This story quoting BBC Director General Tony Hall goes right to the heart of how OTT services easily cross all borders, maybe too easily for some. And this point wasn’t missed by Carlo Katigbak, President and CEO of ABS-CBN during his keynote at the recent CASBAA Philippines in View in Manila last week when he said, “…OTT providers are subject to very little or no regulation. It is time to think about whether regulations for pay TV are out-of-date and need to be revised ” And to finish off a Q&A with Globo’s CEO on How the Latin American Media Giant Is Competing With Netflix. These stories and many more, continually updated on the CASBAA TT Group Newsfeed.

 

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

Bangladesh’s second undersea cable will finally start functioning commercially from Sunday after a one year delay. The state-run Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL) could not start the commercial operations because of the failure of another state-run company, Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd to install an uninterrupted inland link from the landing point in Kuakata to Dhaka. Now the cable is up and running Bangladesh will no longer need to import bandwidth from India. Meanwhile in not unrelated news, Australia-to-Asia cable traffic has been affected as the recent typhoons have cut or damaged submarine cables, with operators saying they won’t be back at full capacity until October.

 

Double treat for Corrie viewers as extra episode details are announced

ITV Choice has today announced the transmission date for the extra weekly episode of Coronation Street.

The first extra episode will air on Thursday September 21st – meaning Corrie fans get double helpings of their favourite soap on Thursdays every week.

And the first week of the new six episode double Thursday transmission pattern will kick off in fittingly spectacular style with the double wedding of Aidan, Eva, Jenny and Johnny.

The action packed week begins with Aidan Connor confessing his affair with Maria to fiancee Eva on the day of their wedding. Just when it looks as though she has decided to still go ahead with the marriage jilted mistress Maria gatecrashes the wedding in truly jaw dropping style.

What follows is one of the most sensational stunt-filled weddings the cobbles have ever seen.

But the drama is not confined to Aidan and Eva’s nuptials. Things don’t go quite to plan for Jenny and Johnny when Rita’s health takes a turn for the worse. As a concerned Jenny refuses to leave her hospital bedside it looks as though neither of the Connor men are going to manage to tie the knot.

One couple who did get to say ‘I Do’ are the newly married Norris and Mary Cole – this week they take part in the Mr and Mrs Quiz which was behind their decision to get married. They are taken aback when they meet the over enthusiastic organiser of the competition Colin Callen played by Jim Moir. Colin seems to be keen for them to win but is there more to the flamboyant NewsCo boss than meets the eye?

Meanwhile Michelle Connor makes a chilling discovery when she goes to the home of ex boyfriend Will for a drink only to stumble across a drawer full of photos of herself – has she finally discovered the identity of her stalker and can she get out unharmed?

It has been just over a year since ITV announced plans for Coronation Street to join the channel’s other soap Emmerdale in transmitting 6 episodes each week.

In preparation for the increase in episodes new studio space has been created. Construction of an expansion of the outside sets to give more exterior filming opportunities is also well under way and expected to be completed in early 2018, viewers should expect to be able to venture into wider Weatherfield on screen during spring 2018.

Coronation Street Executive producer Kieran Roberts said: “Getting ready to deliver our extra weekly episode has taken our amazing team more than a year of hard work on everything from story-lining to studio building. Now we’re thrilled to be launching our extra weekly episode at the heart of a truly unmissable week of high drama, high emotion and heartwarming comedy.”

Coronation​ ​Street​ ​airs​ ​Monday-Friday​ ​on​ ​ITV​ ​Choice 

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Extra​ ​weekly​ ​episode​ ​of​ ​Coronation​ ​Street​ ​starts​ ​Thursday​ ​21st​ ​September

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1 September, 2017

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Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending September 1st. 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

CEO

We’re very sad to report a loss in the CASBAA family; Elemental founder and CEO Sam Blackman has died at the age of 41. Sam was a leading figure in the tech community in his home base of Portland, Oregon, and since bringing Elemental into the Association in 2012, he had also become well known in CASBAA circles, speaking at a number of CASBAA events. In 2015, he and his partners sold the company to Amazon, and rebranded it AWS Elemental. The company has issued this statement:

AWS Elemental has lost a passionate, visionary, and humble leader and the world has lost an inspiring human being dedicated to community. Sam’s spirit will always be at the core of what we do. Sam loved his work, but his greatest love was for his wife and children. Our thoughts are with his family and all those he touched on his journey. The Blackman family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to three organisations that work in areas Sam was most focused on addressing – hunger, the environment, and education. They are the Oregon Food Bank, the Forest Park Conservancy, and Rosemary Anderson High School.

Tributes to Sam have come in from Oregon Governor Kate Brownlocal business media, and the tech community. He is remembered fondly by many of us here at CASBAA as a sincere and genuine person, and his enthusiastic and insightful presentations were appreciated.  He will be missed.

 

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

Some surprise news from Down Under as American broadcaster CBS has announced it has entered into a binding agreement to buy the business and assets of troubled Australian free-to-air broadcaster Network Ten. The deal, for an unspecified amount, includes Ten’s main channel, its two digital terrestrial television channels Eleven and One and the catch-up TV streaming service Tenplay. CBS will also launch CBS All Access as an SVOD service in Australia and will provide immediate financial support to ensure Ten’s continuing operations. As Ten’s largest creditor, CBS is currently a key supplier of programming to Ten and a 33 percent shareholder in Ten’s digital channel, Eleven.

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

I’m always amused when a new journo, or boffin, or politician, discovers that Gee Whiz, there’s a lot of pirated content on supposedly legit Big Internet websites. Shocked, shocked…… But here’s a concrete idea to deal with that: this researcher says that narrower “safe harbor” exceptions would increase liability for piracy, and cause a greater differentiation online between legit sites (which would have a greater motivation to keep their gardens clean) and dirty dodgy downscale piracy sites.

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

And while we’re on the subject of safe harbors: The Australian government last week announced its much-awaited decision on what to do with recommendations by the Productivity Commission to bring in a fair use system, and extend larger safe harbors to Big Internet. Answer: they’ll consult on it some more. Well, that’s a better outcome than endorsing the PC’s cockamamie idea that “the way to deal with piracy is to make it easier.” Here’s the official statement, and a lawyerly analysis. Not surprisingly, creative industries reacted favorably.

 

Mark Lay

Mark Lay

Vice President, Singapore

Lots of stories this week in the OTT space. The biggest VOD event of all time, the Mayweather-Mcgregor fight last weekend, resulted in serious outages that exposed limitations of streaming tech. Though, according to Irdeto, this didn’t seem to stop the 3 million people who watched illegal streams of the fight. Turner India and Amazon Prime Video have announced a strategic tie-up that will see Cartoon Network’s popular kids shows play on Amazon Prime Video. Digiday takes a look at how live video is evolving, in 4 chartsWhy Apple and Facebook Should Spend More on Video (subscription, but the chart really puts TV spending in perspective.) For those who didn’t go to the Philippines in View event in Manila this week, during the OTT panel we learned that companies are exploring numerous methods of how to crack the OTT business model code. TV[R}EV believes that Apple should Give Away Their New TV Programming For Free….ya, that’s exactly what the pay-TV industry needs, more programming being given away for free. #sarcasm. These stories and more, continually updated at the CASBAA OTT Group newsfeed.

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

It’s been an eventful month for those who watch the evolution of China’s IP policy: the annual crackdown got under way. The Donald announced a Section 301 trade proceeding against Chinese failure to protect IP. At an APEC meeting, China’s commerce ministry acknowledged the IP situation in the mainland was “not perfect.” (Masters of understatement, they are!) And on Wednesday, there was a bare-bones announcement that new IP protection measures (not yet explained) are being introduced. Lots of smoke – any fire? Stay tuned……

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

And for those who delight in Kim Dotcom-watching: if he can stay out of jail, he’s working on helping creators increase online earnings through a Bitcoin-based micropayment system. Just stay tuned to see how THAT one turns out…..

 

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Queen Victoria’s Letters: A Monarch Unveiled

…a psychological portrait of Britain’s longest reigning monarch

Acclaimed biographer AN Wilson uncovers the intriguing personal life of Queen Victoria through her journals and letters in Queen Victoria’s Letters: A Monarch Unveiled; a two-part psychological portrait of Britain’s longest reigning monarch, airing on ITV Choice on Monday 4th September after the first episode of the brand new series of Victoria.

Examining the first half of Victoria’s life, Wilson goes in search of a monarch too often misunderstood as the solid black-clad matron, and reveals a woman who was passionately romantic and who spent her early years fighting the control of domineering men.

Queen Victoria was one of the nineteenth century’s most prolific diarists, sometimes writing up to 2,500 words a day. From state affairs to family gossip, she poured out her emotions onto paper. Those close to her were afraid her more alarming opinions might escape in written form, causing havoc. In fact much of her writing was destroyed after her death and her personal journals edited by her daughter. But what survives frequently reveals a woman quite different to the one we think we know.

AN Wilson reads her personal journals and unpublished letters and discovers the factors that shaped the Queen’s personality. From the tortured relationship with her mother, to the dominant men she clung to in search of a father figure and the powerful struggle that made her marriage to Prince Albert a battleground, Queen Victoria was always a woman in search of intimate relationships. As a daughter, a wife, a mother and the queen of a growing empire, as friends and family came and went, her pen remained her constant companion and friend.

By examining her closest relationships in the four decades after Albert’s death, Wilson tells the story of the Queen’s gradual freedom from a life spent under the shadow of domineering men. Victoria’s marriage had been a source of constraint as well as love, as Albert had used her pregnancies as a way to gain power and punished her for resenting it. In her widowhood, although bereft and deranged, Queen Victoria was free to move in the world of politics and make deep friendships without concern. From the controversial friendship with her highland servant John Brown to her most unconventional behaviour with her young Indian servant Abdul Karim, Wilson uncovers Victoria as a woman who was anything but ‘Victorian’. Far from being prim and proper, she loved life in all its richness – she was blind to class and colour and, contrary to what we think, had a great sense of humour.

Mondays​ ​from​ ​4th​ ​September 
 
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News from BBC Uzbek to launch on Afghanistan’s Arezo TV

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BBC World Service is expanding in Afghanistan with the launch of a TV news programme for the country’s Uzbek-speaking audience. From Monday, 4 September, the BBC Uzbek news bulletins will be broadcast on Arezo TV between 18.00 and 18.10 local time, Monday to Friday. The launch is part of the biggest expansion of the World Service since the 1940s.

Broadcast from the BBC’s headquarters in London, the 10-minute programme is presented by the BBC Uzbek journalists, Firuz Rahimi and Luiza Iskandariy. The hard-hitting, dynamic programme will bring interviews, in-depth reporting and analysis of the day’s key international, regional and Afghan developments, delivered by the BBC Uzbek teams in London and Northern Afghanistan, in collaboration with the BBC Afghan service, BBC Persian – and supported by the rest of the BBC’s global newsgathering network.

The Uzbek TV Editor, Diloram Ibrahimova, commented: “This is an exciting time for us as we expand our presence in Afghanistan. Content from the BBC Uzbek newsgathering team in the country will add a regional dimension to our international news bulletin, to make it relevant to the country’s Uzbek-speakers. We are looking forward to making an impact on Afghanistan’s media scene by serving this very special audience with the BBC’s reporting on current affairs, business, sport and culture. We will do our best to attract young and female audiences.”

The launch is part of the BBC World Service’s expansion – its biggest since the 1940s – that includes the enhancement of the BBC’s offer in various regions as well as the addition of 12 new language services in Europe, Asia and Africa.

The BBC Uzbek TV bulletins are broadcast by partner channel, Arezo TV, based in Mazar-e Sharif. They add to the existing BBC Uzbek content for Uzbek-speakers in Afghanistan, which includes a special Facebook page – bbcuzbekafghan. In addition to Arezo TV, the bulletins will be streamed on Facebook and the BBC Uzbek Afghanistan YouTube channel.

BBC Uzbek has a strong presence on social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Google+, Twitter and Odnoklassniki as well as Telegram and WhatsApp. BBC Uzbek’s rich experience of independent reporting has been put into special use on BBC Academy’s journalism training site in Uzbek, also available via bbcuzbek.com.

BBC Uzbek is part of the BBC World Service.

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For more information please contact:

BBC World Service Group Communications – Lala Najafova lala.najafova@bbc.co.uk

SSL-built AsiaSat 9 arrives at Baikonur Launch Base

AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite designed with enhanced quality and reliability for DTH, television, VSAT broadband and mobility services

PALO ALTO, Calif./Hong Kong – 30 August 2017 — Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator and Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems today announced that the high performance AsiaSat 9 satellite has arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). AsiaSat 9, a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East, provides wider high-power C-band coverage and additional Ku-band capacity for new markets including Myanmar and Indonesia for direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcast, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks and mobility services across the Asia-Pacific region.

“AsiaSat and SSL have a history of working together closely to broaden the availability of high quality satellite service in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Dario Zamarian, Group President of SSL. “AsiaSat 9 incorporates multiple technology advances that pack more power, bandwidth, and flexibility into the satellite for the improved coverage and higher communication rates that AsiaSat needs to meet market demand. With the satellite now in Baikonur, we look forward to working with both AsiaSat and ILS to prepare it for launch.”

“We are committed to providing high quality service to both our existing customers and new users as we reach a new milestone for higher-performance, higher-efficiency and greater flexibility with our new AsiaSat 9,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. “SSL has been a reliable and innovative manufacturing partner in the development of our fleet, and we look forward to the upcoming launch.”

AsiaSat 9 is AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite, designed to deliver significantly improved power and higher bandwidth usage to generate higher efficiency for customers’ services. This is enabled by innovative and unique features including Asia’s highest powered 110 watts C-band TWTA, special filter design to achieve higher throughput up to 23% enhancement across wide C-band coverage, star tracker onboard the spacecraft for higher pointing accuracy, along with hall effect thrusters to provide higher stability and more efficient satellite operation.

With 32 Ku- and 28 C-band transponders, and a regional Ka-band payload, AsiaSat 9 carries the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, new high-powered Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia, in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia. These five Ku-band beams are equipped with cross-strap beam switching capability to provide flexible coverage.

AsiaSat 9 is the fifth satellite that SSL has provided to AsiaSat. Based on the SSL 1300 platform, the satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more. The satellite is currently planned for launch on 28 September Moscow time 09:50pm (29 September Baikonur time 00:50am, Hong Kong time 02:50am).

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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 six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 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’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched at the end of September 2017. 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 | Mobile App

About SSL

Space Systems Loral (SSL), based in Palo Alto, California, is a leading provider of advanced spacecraft systems, with broad expertise to support commercial and government satellite operators and innovative space missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, in-orbit servicing, space exploration, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for 60 years, SSL’s advanced product line includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and autonomous solutions for remote operations. SSL is a subsidiary of SSL MDA Holdings, Inc., a U.S. operating company. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.

About SSL MDA Holdings

SSL MDA Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) and serves as the operating company for all MDA businesses. SSL MDA Holdings is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide. MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development. MDA’s established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 15 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The Company’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA. For more information, visit www.mdacorporation.com.

Media Contacts:
AsiaSat
Winnie Pang | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

SSL
Wendy Lewis | Tel: 1 (650) 852-5188 | Email: Wendy.Lewis@sslmda.com

Offloading the AsiaSat 9 container from a transport aircraft at the Baikonur airport Photo courtesy of ILS

Offloading the AsiaSat 9 container from a transport aircraft at the Baikonur airport
Photo courtesy of ILS

AsiaSat and SSL teams with the AsiaSat 9 payload before shipment Photo courtesy of SSL

AsiaSat and SSL teams with the AsiaSat 9 payload before shipment
Photo courtesy of SSL

A+E NETWORKS ASIA LAUNCHES HISTORY™ IN VIETNAM

NEW YORK/ SINGAPORE, 28 August 2017: A+E Networks announced today the launch of HISTORY™ in Vietnam adding to its global footprint with over 120 million households across Asia. The leading global factual entertainment destination for award-winning and entertaining hit series and specials, will broadcast the HISTORY™ branded 24-hour channel in high-definition and fully subtitled in Vietnamese on MobiTV – Channel 55 (DTT) and 66 (DTH).

“We are pleased to be extending the HISTORY Asia footprint in Vietnam with a legacy of premium programming,” said Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director, Asia Pacific, A+E Networks. “With the largest Pay TV subscriber base in South-East Asia at 13 million subscribers, Vietnam provides a tremendous opportunity to connect new viewers with history through our award-winning series and specials.”

In partnership with Vietnam’s leading content provider, Thaole Entertainment, HISTORY™ branded content experiences across multimedia platforms will be localized through language subtitling, strategic content curation and creation to enhance connectivity with local fans through a diverse range of informative, immersive, and entertaining content genres.

The network’s all-original HISTORY™ branded content features a roster of exclusive signature series from premium scripted and unscripted content formats with same-day telecast as the U.S. as well as first and exclusive Asia premieres.

Sophie Le, CEO, of Thaole Entertainment said, “We are honoured to partner with A+E Networks to launch HISTORY channel in Vietnam. Knowledge is powerful and through our partnership with the leading global factual entertainment brand, we seek to entertain and enrich the lives of our viewers with the diverse stories of humanity’s defining moments in history as well as inspiring stories of the present that will shape our future.”

HISTORY™ will also be looking to produce original branded long and short form content in partnership with local partners in Vietnam, starting off with its successful branded long and short form Asian content formats; such as the longest running regional photography competition series, Photo-Face Off, currently in production of its fourth successful season; and HISTORY Hustle featuring a local host challenging unsuspecting locals on the streets with interesting factoids and activities on a spontaneous test of knowledge of their country.

Be part of HISTORY™ Vietnam social media community on facebook.com/HistoryVietnam.

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ABOUT HISTORY™
HISTORY™ and HISTORY HD™ are the leading destination for entertaining hit series and cinematic drama events. Programming covers a diverse variety of genres ranging from real-life characters who bring history to life every day, to natural history, contemporary history, technology and science, as well as archaeology and pop culture. It is the highest rated factual entertainment in the U.S. Hit series include Kings of Restoration, Pawn Stars, The Pickers, Ancient Aliens, Counting Cars, Vikings, Photo Face-Off and Ride N’ Seek.

HISTORY is available in more than 325 million households in over 150 territories and 35+ languages.

ABOUT A+E NETWORKS™ ASIA
A+E Networks™ Asia is owned by the award-winning, global media content company, A+E Networks™, which is dedicated to offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, to home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks Asia is comprised of Lifetime™, HISTORY™, FYI™, H2™ and Crime & Investigation Network™. A+E Networks Asia operates and distributes its portfolio in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and now Vietnam and the Maldives.

Globally, A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 330 million households in over 160 countries.

ABOUT THAO LE ENTERTAINMENT

Thaole Entertainment was incorporated in 2000 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The company is a known and respected player in the domestic and international media industry. It is recognized by its many partners as a professional, reliable and principled business partner. These traits have made the company successful across its key business areas:

  • Domestic and international content aggregation and distribution
  • Channels Distribution, Marketing and Ad Sales
  • Localization Services
  • Consultancy for Market Entry and Operational Due Diligence

The company has a strong relationship with over 100 of the world’s leading content producers that allows it to source and deliver the most enriching, engaging and entertaining content for Vietnamese audiences. The company also distributes Sesame Workshop content in South East Asia and Taiwan.

For media inquiries, please contact:

A+E Networks International
Vicky Kahn
VP, Corporate Communications
T: +1 212 210 9743
E: Vicky.Kahn@aenetworks.com

A+E Networks Asia
Tasha Traazil
Assistant Manager
T: +65 6800 5083
E: Tasha.Traazil@aenetworks.com

For additional information, please contact:

Thaole Entertainment
Ms. Sophie Le Thi Phuong Thao
CEO
T: +84 (0)938 107 988
Email: sophie@thaole-entertainment.com