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The Digital Video Revolution at CASBAA Convention 2017

A 72-hour Masterclass on Pay-TV and Digital Video across Asia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Hong Kong, 11 October 2017 – Regional multichannel TV and digital video trade body CASBAA today announced the key themes (and workshop programme) for the CASBAA Convention 2017 to be staged at Studio City in Macau, from 6-8 November.

The line-up for the three-day CASBAA Convention 2017 has been designed “to capture the urgent issues facing our industry at a time of the most dynamic market changes seen in more than 20 years”, said Christopher Slaughter, CASBAA CEO.

CASBAA represents 100 corporations across 20 markets in the Asia Pacific, running from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan and encompassing over 623 million Pay-TV subscribers (source: MPA) and 2.5 billion broadband connections (source: MPA).

The full implications of the digital video revolution are at the top of the CASBAA Convention 2017 agenda, including solutions to the potentially devastating impact of digital piracy, the on-going opportunities presented by local, regional and global OTT platforms and the challenges arising from the mountains of detailed digital data now being assessed by broadcasters, carriers, technology vendors and advertisers alike.

“The blue-chip list of Pay-TV operators, content creators, broadband carriers, investors, sponsors and regulators attending CASBAA Convention 2017 guarantee unrivalled access to the Asia Pacific Pay-TV and Digital Video decision makers” said Slaughter. “Networking in every sense is a central element within the CASBAA Convention 2017 programme”, he added.

In the meantime, through a series of ‘Masterclass’ panels and presentations, the CASBAA Convention 2017 programme will deliver:

  • Real-time case studies focused on the crucial battle against on-line piracy, including a few “Wins!”
  • A fresh look at the best performing business models for Pay-TV
  • Deep-dive presentations on the vital security technologies and regulatory “fixes” under debate across Asia Pacific and around the world
  • Close examinations of the new ecosystems and revenue streams now available for the monetisation of emerging digital video markets
  • New insights on the impact of soon to be launched broadband satellite services across Asia

Plus Understanding the Viewer: a series of closely moderated conference sessions shedding fresh light on the complex worlds of digital media and programmatic advertising.

Key Speakers include:

Samuel Scott, Columnist, The Promotion Fix @ The Drum

Hosi Simon, Global General Manager, VICE Media

NK Sinha, Secretary, MIB, Government of India

Dr Ros Lynch, Director, Copyright & IP Enforcement, UK Intellectual Property Office

Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18

Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudhaya, Chief Content and Media Officer, True Corporation

Jeremy Butteriss, Managing Director for Global Partnerships, APAC, Google

Joined by:

21st Century Foundation, ABS, ABU, Amagi, APT Satellite, ARRIS, AsiaSat, BARC, BBC, beIN Sports, Cisco, CMS, English Premier League, Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), FOX Networks Group, Friend MTS, GfK, iDigitalish, Intelsat, INVIDI Technologies, Irdeto, Kantar Media, Leyard, MPP Global, NAGRA, Nielsen, OONA, Pi Pakistan, Pioneer Consulting Asia, Rakuten Viki, RiotGames, SES, Shadow Factory, Sky UK, SM Telemedia, Sony Pictures, TRT World, UNICEF and Viaccess-Orca.

Full event details can be found at www.casbaaconvention.com.

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, Cisco, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Deutsche Welle, FashionTV, FOX Networks Group, France 24, Friend MTS, Google, Intelsat, INVIDI Technologies, Irdeto, Leyard, Lightning International, MEASAT, MPP Global, NAGRA, SES, True Visions, Turner Asia Pacific, TV5MONDE, Viaccess-Orca, and Vindicia.

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

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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.

Contact CASBAA

For media contacts and additional background contact:

Tel: +852 2854 9913

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JOE WELCH NAMED CHAIRMAN OF CASBAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Hong Kong, 11 July 2017 – CASBAA, Asia’s media association serving the multichannel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry, today announced that Joe Welch has been named Chairman of its Board of Directors.

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Joe Welch is 21st Century Fox’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the Asia Pacific region. He is responsible for supporting the public policy and regulatory advocacy efforts of 21st Century Fox’s business units across the region. Previously, Welch served as MCI WorldCom’s Asia Director of Government Affairs and earlier was an attorney at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C.

“I’m thankful to be taking on this role at a time when we have a set of positive options at hand, many now in progress, that will make CASBAA sustainable and relevant for the long term,” Welch said. “For some time now, CASBAA has been moving to secure the ability to deliver ‘twin pillar’ services for members: advocacy and anti-piracy. I look forward to working together with the Board and the Executive Office in driving an effective delivery of these pillars while continuing our mission to inform and connect our members.”

Welch replaces outgoing Director Jonathan Spink of HBO Asia. Spink was elected Chairman of the Board in December 2016, but stepped down recently, at the timen stating “…a new vision for CASBAA is needed.” HBO remains a Patron member of the Association, and Spink expressed confidence that its new direction would “…fit in with the desires and requirements of our industry.”

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About CASBAA

Established in 1991, CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising, and video delivery. Encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV; promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising, while promoting global best practices. For more information, visit www.casbaa.com

For enquiries, please contact:

Tammy Choy, Office Manager, CASBAA
Tel: +852 3929 1710
Email: tammy@casbaa.com

CASBAA Taiwan in View 2017 – OTT driving Taiwan multichannel video

Hong Kong, June 19th 2017 – A new study by regional pay-TV industry group CASBAA shows that overall access to multi-channel video services of all kinds in Taiwan is being bolstered by a mobile video market now accounting for 92% of all individuals.

According to the CASBAA study (to be discussed June 22 during the “Taiwan in View 2017” conference in Taipei), with 15 locally established OTT platforms (as opposed to cross-border pirate services delivered from illegal off-shore servers) the largest group of OTT followers in Taiwan are young women aged 18-34, some 42% of the total. Together with 18-34 year-old males, almost 70% of OTT subscribers are “binge” viewers.

The fast-rising level of mobile broadband penetration is benefitting cable TV and IPTV operators as they develop their own multiscreen services. No longer limited to traditional TV viewing, Taiwan’s mobile broadband subscribers are downloading apps and logging-in to pay-TV programming of all kinds.

With access to fully digitized networks (95% of Taiwan’s 5.2m cable TV subs) Taiwan’s pay-TV platforms now offer value added services such as VoD, interactive music and games, along with newly sophisticated EPGs, PVRs and the promise of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality services.

In line with the Netflix model, local pay-TV platforms are also bundling their own content with that of non-domestic program providers, developing exclusive content and packaging that appeals to younger consumers. Meanwhile, according to CASBAA, complex government constraints on cable TV investment under Taiwan’s ownership rules continue to hold back the industry. (These preclude any minimal state ownership (no matter how indirect) in pay-TV – but not telcos. The result is that “convergent” investment is difficult.)
“The complicated rules on investment, along with a hugely damaging level of content piracy, are not only holding back the growth of the local pay-TV market but also the overall economic development of Taiwan as a whole,” said John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer, CASBAA.

“Living with massive revenue leakage from piracy while blocking sufficient investment in the digital economy, Taiwan is falling behind its natural potential as a regional communications hub,” said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA.

The CASBAA Taiwan in View event 2017 also appreciates the generous support of the presenting sponsor, Verimatrix and other sponsors including China Network Systems (CNS), Nagra, SES, Taiwan Broadband Communications (TBC), Vindicia.

For the detailed “Taiwan in View 2017” conference agenda and speakers please click here.

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About CASBAA:

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

For media contacts and additional background contact:

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

Consumers Lose Big From Buying Illicit Streaming Services

Hong Kong, June 5, 2017 Tens of thousands of consumers of illegal TV services in Asia have lost their connections in recent weeks, as enforcement action against networks operating through illicit streaming devices (ISDs) picks up speed. Asian regional pay-TV association CASBAA applauded recent police actions in Thailand and Malaysia, which resulted in takedowns and arrests of operators of ISD networks.

“The criminal syndicates selling ISDs have defrauded many consumers into believing their services were legitimate,” said CASBAA Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros. “They are not. And anyone buying an illicit IPTV box takes the risk of losing their money without warning when the network is taken down.”

After the Thai raids, an estimated 50,000 consumers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia and other places all lost service, despite having pre-paid substantial amounts for “Expat.tv” services. The enforcement action that shut down the service led to the arrest of two British nationals and one Thai citizen, as well as the seizure of a considerable amount of equipment.

In Malaysia, police estimated that 30,000 consumers were receiving service from a syndicate illegally retransmitting programming from Astro channels. Six men were arrested in raids in Kuala Lumpur and Johor.

CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter said the TV industry — including creators of all genres of TV content as well as leading distribution companies like Astro, PCCW, and True Visions – are determined to keep up enforcement actions against ISD networks. “It’s important for consumers to understand that if a bouquet of TV programming offered on a box seems “too good to be true”, then it probably is not legitimate,” he said. “Money invested in an ISD is at risk of loss at any time.”

Consumers also risked infection with malware when they attach ISDs, with their dodgy apps, to home networks, warned Medeiros. “Researchers in the UK have found ISD boxes importing viruses that could allow hackers access to all devices on home networks. This could result in the theft of personal data, credit card fraud or even being held to ransom. It’s only a matter of time before this problem hits consumers in Asia, too.”

“Legitimate, licensed TV services are a far more reliable and more secure way to obtain programming.”

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

For media contacts and additional background contact:

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

CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017

The competition is fierce

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

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

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

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

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

Some quotable quotes:

From the Operators

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

From the Manufacturers

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

From the Customers

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

On HTS

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

On Flat Panels

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

The Launch Panel

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

On India

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

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

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

Click here for the detailed programme and list of speakers.

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About CASBAA:

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

For media contacts and additional background contact:

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

CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 – The ‘Need to Know’ for Asia

Hong Kong, May 15th 2017 – At a time of unprecedented technological and business change for the Asia Pacific satellite sector, the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 (May 22nd at the Four Seasons, Singapore) is set to tackle the most critical issues experienced by the industry after more than two decades of continuous growth.

During the packed agenda for the Forum 2017, the Keynotes, Panels, Short Presentations, Interviews and Networking Breaks will focus on the promise of tomorrow as well as the challenges of today.

Re-usable Launchers are impacting business plans at every level, Massive LEO Constellations are now set for take-off, Space Junk Galore is making headlines, and emerging technologies such as IOT and Flat Panel Antennas are promising to change the game yet again. All this is taking place at a time while revenue growth remains marginal, and when operators in space markets around the world urgently need to capitalize on premium plans.

How can Asian satellite operators retain their Video Spectrum and serve smaller customers with economic efficiency?

Other topics to be debated include:

  • Keynote: “Re-entering Asia” with Andrew Jordan, CEO, AsiaSat
    After more 15 years anchored in Europe and Australia, AsiaSat CEO Andrew Jordan has returned to the region with fresh perspectives and a clear-sighted view of “The “Asian Opportunity”.
  • Managing Change in Times of Tech Turmoil. The CEO Panel
  • “What can they be Thinking? Let’s hear it from the Customers”
    Competition is all fine and good, but when it leaves the customer feeling bruised, what should the industry be doing?
  • The C-suite fortune huntersIn the air and on the ground, the global satellite industry is entering the future at warp speed. But do the Next Gen Operators have all the answers?
  • With India in View: Forever complex; forever dynamic
    Even as India makes great stridsdes in the launch sector (104 smallsats orbited in a single cluster this March), the dynamic domestic communications market remains subject to complex rules and interventions.
  • In-flight connectivity is evolving as a key revenue stream — just as the future of the Mobility Market remains unpredictable.

“More than 100 companies have registered for the CASBAA Forum 2017 with half the audience coming from Asia and much of the balance from the US and Europe,” said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA. “With so much change in the air the issues are more critical than ever. The ‘Need to Know’ is paramount.”

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

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

Click here for the detailed programme and list of speakers.

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About CASBAA:

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

For media contacts and additional background contact:

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

Digital Transformation: How is OTT Redefining Media

Singapore, February 23rd 2017– CASBAA, the Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery in Asia, is pleased to announce its 4th OTT Summit, Asia’s OTT industry marquee annual event. A series of panels comprised of some of the region’s leading experts will explore in detail how traditional media is responding to the digital challenges of OTT.

“We are delighted to be returning to Singapore for the fourth edition of CASBAA’s OTT Summit,” said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA. “While traditional media incumbents remain dominant, there’s no denying the growing impact of over-the-top (OTT) video services, and how they are transforming viewing habits throughout the region. We have been saying it for years, but it’s now increasingly apparent that OTT is truly a big part of pay TV’s future.”

The spectacular success, both critical and commercial, of such diverse video platforms as Netflix, Hooq and Spuul have established OTT services as real competitors to mainstream broadcasters. According to a survey by BCG, OTT services are growing by more than 20% annually and winning share over traditional TV.1 Traditional media must respond fast to this existential crisis.

The real challenge for incumbents is how to rethink their business strategies in light of such drastic industry transformation. Are legacy business models holding traditional media back as they contemplate the OTT challenge?

CASBAA has convened a select field of industry thought leaders, senior executives and market practitioners, including:

 

Ajit Mohan, CEO Hotstar

Aravind Venugopal, VP – Media Partners Asia

Winradit Kolasastraseni, SVP Innovation – Discovery Networks Asia Pacific

Simon Vella, Head of Asia, MPP Global

Oliver Wilkinson, MD, PwC

Alan Soon, Founder & CEO, Splice Newsroom

Shad Hashmi, VP – Digital Development, Global Markets & Operations Asia, BBC Worldwide

Lam Swee Kim, CMO, Dimsum & Star Online Malaysia

Prem Kamath, Deputy MD, A+E Networks Asia

Alexandre Muller, MD APAC, TV5MONDE

Jonas Engwall, CEO, RTL CBS Asia

Virat Patel, MD, Pioneer Consulting

Monica Bhatia, Regional Digital Director, APAC, Maxus

Genny Yang, Group Account Director, Kantar Milward Brown

David Schonfeld, Director Technical Operations, A+E Networks Asia

Alex Merwin, VP International, SpotX

Luke Gaydon, VP of OTT Solutions, Brightcove

Yu-Chuang Kuek, Managing Director APAC, Netflix

Ravi Vora, CMO, Hooq

S Mohan, Co-Founder & COO, Spuul

Lindsay Servian, Head of ONTAPtv.com, PCCW Global

Maya Hari, MD –SEA & India, Twitter

Tim Martin, CEO RugbyPass

Michael Greco, VP APAC, Vindicia

CK Lee, VP, Sports Business – Content Group, ASTRO

Unmish Parthasarathi, Head of Digital Sales, International Cricket Council & Founder, Picture Board

Craig Johnson, MD Media, SEA & India, Nielsen

Priya Khatri, GM Sales & Business Development, SEA Eyeota

Jay Shah, CEO, OpenDNA

James Miner, CEO, Miner Labs

Roger Harvey, Regional Director, Irdeto

Mike Kerr, MD Asia, BEIN

Joe Welch, SVP Government Relations APAC, 21st Century Fox

Hian Goh, Partner, NSI Ventures

Yinglan Tan, Venture Partner, Sequoia

Marcel Fenez, President, Fenez Media

 

The industry’s essential platform to explore how OTT is transforming the broadcasting landscape, the CASBAA OTT Summit 2017 will take a deep dive on a range of topics, including trends in Asian viewership, whether OTT is a game changer in sports, how traditional media is adapting, the synergy between OTT and multiscreen, and how to use data as metrics for success.

The CASBAA OTT Summit 2017 is a must for all those involved at the senior level in media and broadcasting, from content providers and broadcasters to investors and regulators.

CASBAA OTT Summit 2017 is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Brightcove, and Sponsors including Adobe, Diagnal, Irdeto, Mediamorph, MPP Global, PCCW Global and Vindicia.

For more information about the CASBAA OTT Summit 2017 and to register for tickets, please visit http://casbaaevent.com/events/casbaa-ott-summit-2017/.

 

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About CASBAA:

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

For enquiries, please contact:

Cynthia Wong

Director of Member Relations & Marketing

Email: cynthia@casbaa.com

+852 3929 1711

CASBAA Warns Indian TV Regulations Threaten Investment

India, 16 Jan 2017– CASBAA, the Association of Asia’s pay-TV Industry, today warmly applauded the judicial review now underway in India of proposed extension and tightening of India’s pay-TV rate regulations.

The Madras High Court is currently reviewing the clash between the rights of copyright owners around the world and new tariff regulations proposed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The court has ordered the TRAI not to give effect to the rules until the underlying issues are considered, with a hearing now set for January 19th.

CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter observed that the new rules would be a major negative factor for the business environment in the $17 billion Indian media industry. “India’s pay-TV regulations have long been among the strictest in the world”, he said. “The proposed new rules are highly intrusive and would make the environment much worse. Such a heavy-handed regulatory regime will inevitably hit foreign companies’ interest in investing in India.”

Indian law gives copyright owners the ability to price and sell their creative works. In filing the Madras suit, the petitioner broadcasting organizations denounced the TRAI regulation as contrary to these principles as enshrined in the law, and in international treaties to which India is a signatory. (The TRAI rules would establish a controlled price regime by mandating a la carte channel supply, setting the ceiling, by specific genres, that broadcasting organizations can charge to multichannel program distributors, limiting discounts, prescribing carriage fees, and stipulating a compulsory distribution fee to be paid by Broadcasting Organizations to multichannel program distributors.

CASBAA has long expressed concern about India’s previous rate regulations, which included a cable retail price freeze imposed in 2004 “until the market became more competitive” and never revoked.

“Today, India’s television content market is among the most competitive in the world,” said Slaughter. “Modern cable MSOs, six different DTH platforms and now online OTT television are all giving Indian consumers a wide range of viewing options.”

CASBAA’s Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros observed that “As convergence and greater competition sweep the TV economy, other governments around the world are eliminating rate controls, to give more scope to competition among traditional and new online providers. In the last few years, Korea and Taiwan have both undertaken to liberalize their pay-TV price controls, leaving India as the last market economy in Asia with a hyper-regulatory regime. The proposed new rules would take India in the opposite direction from the rest of the world.”
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About CASBAA

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

—For enquiries, please contact:

Cynthia Wong
Member Relations & Marketing Director
CASBAA
Tel: +852 3929 1711
Email: cynthia@casbaa.com

Jonathan Spink heads CASBAA Board 2017 as Regulatory, Content Development, Tech & Influence top CASBAA agenda

HBO Asia - Jonathan SpinkHong Kong, 06 Dec 2016 — Following its first meeting on 06 December, the CASBAA Board of Directors announced that Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the next 12 months.

With almost three decades of experience in the pay television industry, Jonathan Spink is responsible for the overall management of HBO in South East and South Asia. Under Spink’s leadership, HBO Asia has built a growing network of standard-definition and high-definition channels and services, as well as developing several groundbreaking original local productions.

Spink succeeds Sompan Charumilinda, Vice Chairman of TrueVisions, as Chairman of the CASBAA Board.  “Khun Sompan has been a Board member for more than a decade, and most recently, served diligently in his term as Chairman of the Board,” said Spink. “On behalf of my fellow Directors and the broader membership, we thank him for his guidance and insights over the years and we look forward to his continued contribution on the Association’s Board.”

Spink also welcomed new Directors elected during the Association’s 2016 AGM held 10 Nov in Macau; namely, Rohit D’Silva (FOX Networks Group Asia), Jonas Engwall (RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network), Marcel Fenez (Fenez Media), Todd Miller (Celestial Tiger Entertainment), Alexandre Muller (TV5MONDE), and Andrew Stott (Olswang Asia).  They join returning Directors Sompan Charumilinda (TrueVisions), Andrew Jordan (AsiaSat), Amit Malhotra (The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia), Ricky Ow (Turner International Asia Pacific), Mark Patterson (GroupM), Joe Welch (21st Century Fox), and Christopher Slaughter (CASBAA) to make up CASBAA’s  Board.

“With the multichannel TV industry in all its forms facing unprecedented challenges as well as opportunities in 2017,” Spink added, “the coming year promises to be busier than ever for CASBAA. I look forward to working with my fellow Directors and the CASBAA Executive Office to ensure that the work of the Association is relevant to all its Member companies, as they adapt to a rapidly developing operating environment.”

Following the announcement of the Chairman and Board of Directors 2017, CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter highlighted the increasingly broad Membership of the Association.  He noted that during 2016 several new members joined, including the Premier League, Rewind Networks, Nielsen, Strategic IP Information, Metrasat, Trilegal, and Kantar Media. Also during the year, TV5MONDE, Intelsat, RTL/CBS and INVIDI all upgraded to Patron status. “It is a delight to welcome these new additions across all our membership categories,” Slaughter said. “We are confident they will prove to be valuable additions to the CASBAA community, and we look forward to their participation in our activities and on our Committees.”

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About CASBAA 

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

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Tel: +852 3929 1711
Email: cynthia@casbaa.com

CASBAA Emerging Southeast Asian Markets conference with new CASBAA Report: Myanmar in View

Singapore, December 5th, 2016 – Asia Pacific multichannel TV association CASBAA today released its exclusive, members only “Myanmar in View” report on the fast-evolving multichannel market in Myanmar, one of the world’s most dynamic media and telecoms economies.

The “Myanmar in View 2017” report was released at the opening of CASBAA’s “Essential Building Blocks for Multichannel TV in Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos” spotlight conference in Singapore on 5 December.

“Even as Myanmar experiences roller coaster political events, the multichannel TV and digital video markets continue to grow exponentially,” said Christopher Slaughter, CASBAA CEO. “According to our analysis and that of many economists and infrastructure specialists, Myanmar continues to experience high economic growth with the continued liberalization of the economy, moving towards becoming a free market and welcoming foreign direct investment as well as foreign firms.” Nevertheless, the CASBAA Report also notes that “Myanmar continues to suffer from inadequate infrastructure such as the lack of electricity and proper roads, although it has begun upgrading its infrastructure.” “Although Myanmar’s TV market stats reflect continued under-development within the broader economy they only highlight great medium-term opportunity for our sector,” said Slaughter.

Just 12 months ago TV household penetration touched 5.8 million homes, or 55%. Nationally pay-TV connections amounted to 12% of total households. Within the traditional TV market there are signs of rapid expansion. In
the free-to-air sector, the number of channels increased fivefold from four networks in 2009 to 20 channels at the end of 2015.
Meanwhile, multichannel-TV investment continues apace, including plans by several pay-TV providers to localize and improve and programming, expanding their reach through more extensive distribution investment supporting less complexity during the subscription and renewal processes.
According to CASBAA, competition in the pay-TV sector will intensify as existing operators improve their service propositions and new players enter the market. However, while TV adspend has grown rapidly (US$120 million in 2015, up 31% since 2009) widespread piracy from “overspill” satellite dishes may dampen growth in the pay-TV industry.
Through unregistered satellite services, viewers are able access more channels at significantly lower prices than that charged by Myanmar pay-TV players. Pirated DVDs of international movies and drama, which are widely available in urban areas, also dampen growth of the pay-TV market. “Unfortunately, there is a lack of concerted effort to tackle piracy issues in the country,” said Slaughter
CASBAA Members can access the exclusive “Myanmar in View 2017” via www.casbaa.com or request a hard copy from Tammy Choy (tammy@casbaa.com) at the CASBAA Executive Office.

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About CASBAA – www.casbaa.com
CASBAA is the association for multichannel TV in Asia. Established in 1991 CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery. Covering Asia and encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising, while promoting global best practices. To view the full list of CASBAA members please visit here.

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Cynthia Wong
Member Relations & Marketing Director
CASBAA
Tel: +852 3929 1711
Email: cynthia@casbaa.com