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Star India to have 17 different feeds for IPL finale

MUMBAI: Star India is amplifying the reach of Indian Premier League (IPL) finale with 17 different feeds. The broadcaster will also air the final match on Star Plus and Star Gold. It will also eight language feeds with the addition of Malayalam and Marathi feeds.

The finale will be aired across Star Sports’ bouquet of channels, Star Sports bouquet (Star Sports 1 English, Star Sports 1 HD English, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Select SD English, Star Sports 1 Select HD English), Star Plus SD, Star Plus HD, Star Pravah SD, Star Pravah HD, Star Gold SD, Star Gold HD, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Movies, Star Jalsha Movies, Asianet Movies.

Star Plus will telecast a two-hour prelude –‘Cricket Finals…Party to Banti hai’ hosted by Ranbir Kapoor followed by the final match. Other celebrities joining the party include Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandes, Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor.

Additionally, the new faces of Star Plus –Ravi Dubey, Radhey Gaurav Sareen, Kulfi Aakriti Sharma, Mariyam Deshna Dugad will also amplify the entertainment quotient of the finale. That’s not all this IPL has been literally rewarding for fans. By simply watching the matches on the Star TV network and while playing Watch’nPlay on Hotstar, viewers stand a chance to win an SUV and 10 lakh other prizes every match.

Star Pravah will carry the Marathi language broadcast for the first time in the history of the IPL with Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Swwapnil Joshi joining the celebrations on the channel while the Malayalam language feed will be broadcast on Asianet Movies.

The Dugout on Star Sports Select will continue to cater to core Cricket fans who want to stay ahead of the game, by taking viewers deep inside the game. The ball-by-ball coverage of the playoffs will entail predictive and prescriptive analysis – covering deep insights, rich data, and video analytics, demonstrations – by Dean Jones, Scott Styris, Anil Kumble, Kumar Sangakkara, Darren Sammy, Brett Lee, Mike Hesson etc.

The evening will reimagine the arena of sports broadcasting by bringing families from a wide range of demographics to witness the finale together, in a never-seen-before manner.

SC overturns Lahore High Court verdict staying DTH licence auction

The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a 2016 judgement of the Lahore High Court that had set aside Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (Pemra) regulations prohibiting television broadcasters from entering the Direct-to-Home (DTH) market.

DTH is a digital box that gives customers channels permitted to be aired in the country without a cable connection.

Pemra had auctioned three DTH programming licences in November, 2016. The auction was held after the Supreme Court allowed the authority to proceed with the auction, but barred it from awarding the contract till the final determination of the case by the LHC.

The LHC had ruled in December 2016 that Pemra had acted in violation of its own ordinance while conducting the bidding for DTH licences and set aside the auction.

The decision was subsequently challenged in the apex court by Pemra and other companies, including Messrs MAG Entertain­ment (Pvt) Ltd, Messrs Startimes Communications Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd and Shahzad Sky (Pvt) Ltd.

Ruling on the appeals, a five-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday overturned the high court’s verdict.

With the apex court’s judgement, the Pemra rules under which the auction was held in November 2016 have been restored. The auction itself has been reinstated as well.

The auction
On Nov 24, 2016 Pemra had auctioned three DTH licences for Rs14.69 billion with the aim of curbing the proliferation of illegal Indian DTH broadcasts, which were annually causing the loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer.

The auction was held with the condition that no broadcaster would enter the DTH market themselves. This condition was later challenged in the Lahore High Court.

The authority had subsequently argued before the LHC that the establishment of a DTH platform for distribution of television content requires expenditures running into the billions, and, therefore, only the biggest broadcasters would be in a position to set up such a platform.

It said that if the broadcasters were allowed to enter the DTH market, one or more of the larger broadcast channels would end up controlling the distribution of the content while controlling one-third or more of the market.

In such a broadcaster-cum-distributor scenario, significant powers would be vested in one of the larger broadcasters, the petition had argued.

Pemra had emphasised that the regulatory decision to not allow a broadcaster from owning and controlling one-third or more of the DTH distribution market was a reasonable decision that required no detailed setting of standards or empirical data collection.

But the high court judgement had imposed unwarranted restrictions on the scope of the Pemra Ordinance 2002 in arriving at the conclusion that vertical integration between broadcasters and distributors might not be prohibited through rules-making.

Global agencies discuss illegal streaming challenges

Over 90 people representing law enforcement, rights owners, platform operators, media technology providers, broadcasters and other trade associations from Europe, the US, the Far East, Middle East and Latin America participated in the second AAPA (Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance) workshop on illegal streaming, held in London, recently.

The workshop allowed for an exchange of views about trends and developments in illegal streaming; the challenges faced by law enforcement; how to collaborate with intermediaries; and future challenges. Discussion also took place on the adequacy of existing laws. A key theme of the day was the importance of collaboration and co-operation in the fight against audiovisual piracy.

“Events such as this are vitally important to our common, shared fight against piracy,” stated Mark Mulready, VP of AAPA and VP Cyber Security Services, Irdeto. “The sharing of knowledge and expertise and collaborative action within the private sector and between the public and private sector allows all concerned to leverage our resources to greater effect. This workshop provides the basis for strengthening and expanding the co-operative global efforts which exist already.”

“AAPA is pleased to host this workshop and encourage dialogue,” added Sheila Cassells, Executive Director of AAPA. “The participation of law enforcement officers from INTERPOL, Europol, Spain, the UK, the FBI, Hong Kong and Germany demonstrates also that law enforcement agencies consider IP crime to be a priority and highlights the global nature of piracy.”

Reliance Jio offers 1.1TB FTTH broadband data in select markets: Report

Reliance Jio has begun offering fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband connections

NEW DELHI: Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has begun offering fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband connections with 1.1 terabytes (TB) of free data at speeds of 100 megabits per second (mbps) in select markets in the country, the Hindu reported.

The 4G entrant is expected to roll out commercial services in the second half of this year, the report added.

“The initial FTTH plan includes 100 gigabytes (GB) of free data at 100 mbps speed; once the data limited is exhausted, the customers can do top-up of 40 GB of free data 25 times in a month, effectively meaning 1,100 GB of free data a month,” a source told The Hindu.

The report said that interested customers can get JioFiber connection by paying an interest-free refundable security deposit of Rs 4,500.

The Jio router can be also used as a set-top box when the company launches internet protocol television (IPTV) services.

Reliance Jio recently said that it has begun trials for enterprise solutions, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and the Internet of Things (IoT) services in the country.

“The company continues to make progress for delivering Enterprise solutions, FTTH and IoT with beta trials initiated in a few locations. These services are being offered using the same integrated network and platforms,” the telco said in a statement.

The telco said that these new services will lead to further data consumption on the network. Its total wireless data traffic during the last quarter stood at 506 crore GB.

Jio will launch its FTTH service for both households and enterprise customers. In the residential segment, it is eyeing to capture 100 million television households across 30 cities in India.


Continuing the surge of the opening day TV viewership growth of 37% the opening week saw a 23% growth versus year ago *
Unprecedented reach of 371 million viewers recorded on Television and Hotstar in Week 1 **
Multi-lingual coverage a massive success – Growth in South at 34% versus year ago ***

Mumbai, April 19 2018: The inaugural week of the VIVO IPL 2018, recorded a historic opening with 371 million viewers recorded on television & Hotstar. The television viewership stood at 288.4 million viewers (BARC 2+ U+R) and a platform reach of 82.4 million viewers on Hotstar. This is the highest ever inaugural week viewership recorded for IPL since its launch.

Unmatched in its sheer scale, the VIVO IPL 2018 broadcast has been reimagined on the Star India Network offering fans a multi-lingual viewing experience in 6 languages, Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Bengali. The tournament is being broadcast on 10 TV channels and live streamed on Hotstar with an aim to reach out to more fans across TV and digital than ever before. Other firsts include an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) experience and Watch&Play on Hotstar providing an unmatched engagement opportunity for fans. Star India has also launched the #SelectDugout on Star Sports Select, a bespoke offering for the ardent cricket fan who likes to stay ahead of the game.

Television reach for the opening week stood at 288.4 million viewers driven by 30% increase in reach in South. The audience demographic of Males 15+ AB, Urban registered an impressive 273 Million impressions with a 23% growth versus year ago. The growth recorded was not limited to the core cricket fan with total Urban gross impressions at 854 million at 17% growth versus last year. Interestingly ~40% of the viewers were women a testimony to the universal appeal of IPL.

Hotstar registered a viewership of 82.4 million viewers on the platform with a phenomenal growth of 76% versus last year. With a 5.5 million concurrency during the CSK vs KKR game on April 10, 2018, Hotstar has smashed the global record for peak concurrency on a digital platform for a live sporting event, a record it has since then beaten with a peak concurrency of 6.0 million achieved during the MI vs RCB game on April 17, 2018.

Speaking on the response to the opening week of Vivo IPL 2018, Sanjay Gupta, MD, Star India, said, “We sought to re-imagine the way IPL was presented to fans and are delighted with how fans have responded across both TV and Hotstar, helping us set new viewership and conversation benchmarks. The consumption growth is a truly satisfying yardstick of unmatched fan delight and value for brands. Even though it is early days, this has already become the most watched IPL ever on a tournament to date basis, and we hope to continue to engage fans powered by localization and technology across TV and Hotstar.”

* Male 15 + AB Urban audience registers 387 million gross impressions in the opening week at 23% growth versus year ago. Source: BARC
**Television viewership as per BARC 2+ U+R , Week15 data & Hotstar platform viewership from 7th April to 13th April compared versus 2017 data
***Source BARC Male 15+ AB Urban

Why Fox and Disney hate Singapore’s little black boxes

Singapore has become the front line in a global fight against rampant piracy of movies, TV shows and sports games.

Major media and entertainment companies are waging a campaign against the spread of small black boxes that can provide free access to thousands of TV and video-on-demand channels worldwide.

“It’s the little box that took over piracy and it’s taking over the world,” said Neil Gane, general manager of the Coalition Against Piracy, an industry group that includes Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOX) and Turner, the parent company of CNN.

Gane said Southeast Asia has become “the epicenter” of the manufacturing and distribution of the boxes, which are known as illicit streaming devices, or ISDs.

On their own, the boxes don’t do much. But when loaded with the right software, they can enable people to illegally watch content they should be paying for, such as top soccer and NBA games, popular shows like Game of Thrones and the latest Hollywood movies.

The companies are fighting back and pushing authorities to crack down on the boxes.

Losing subscribers

In Singapore, cable operators Singtel and Starhub have teamed up with Fox and English soccer’s Premier League to take legal action against two ISD sellers. The case, which is now before the courts, could result in the devices being outlawed in the city-state.

Successful legal action has already been taken against sellers of the boxes in Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and the United Kingdom, according to the Coalition Against Piracy. But it hasn’t been enough to stop the sale and use of them in many countries.

Last year, the US government made the boxes a special focus of its “notorious markets” report, warning that use of them has exploded in the United States. They’re different from products like Slingbox and Apple TV, which are set up to work with authorized content providers.

It’s difficult to put an exact number on the financial damage the illicit devices may be doing to the global media and entertainment industry. Losses for companies that create, own and distribute content for North America could exceed $4 billion a year, according to a recent report from communications technology firm Sandvine.

Research group Media Partners Asia says that in Singapore, the number of pay TV subscribers has fallen 15% over the past two years, mainly because of piracy. Its CEO, Vivek Couto, predicts the number of subscribers could fall another 15% in the next two years.

‘Everybody’s talking about the issue’

Jonathan Spink, the CEO of HBO in Asia, has worked in the region for 20 years and says content piracy has never been as widespread as it is today.

“Everybody’s talking about the issue now, which means everyone’s being impacted by it,” he said. “People are canceling subscriptions because they can get stuff for free. At the moment, it’s not killing the business but it’s beginning to have a very real effect on it.”

HBO, like CNN and Turner, is owned by Time Warner (TWX).

Spink said it’s hard to quantify how much illegal streaming devices are costing the company, but he points to the example of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which is the most pirated show in history. Episodes from its seventh season were pirated more than a billion times, according to anti-piracy firm Muso.

“Even if you can convert 10% of those people to paying customers, then business would be significantly better,” Spink said.

Easy to buy

One of the biggest problems is the abundant availability of the streaming boxes.

The devices are “the hot thing being sold” in many shopping malls devoted to tech products across Asia, Gane said.

In Singapore’s Sim Lim Square, an electronics mall, at least half a dozen outlets were openly offering the media streaming boxes last month. Several of them told CNN that the devices were selling well.

For the equivalent of $150, we bought a box that the store then loaded with software. After that, it’s basically plug and play. All that’s needed is a screen and an internet connection.

The device we bought provided access to the latest movies, TV shows and sports, including the English Premier League. It was all content we should be paying for, so we shut it down.

Stamping out the sale of the boxes is proving tough.

“I think most governments recognize the damage intellectual property crimes do to their economy, but they are not necessarily enforcing it or they are delaying the decisions to clamp down,” Gane said.

The industry needs to try to alter the way consumers think about piracy, according to HBO’s Spink.

“If you stole £100 through the internet from your bank, you would have the world falling on your shoulders. But if you steal a couple of films from someone, then no one seems to mind,” he said. “That mindset has to change.”

Stay resolute in fight to preserve C-band for FSS

WASHINGTON – Satellite service providers Intelsat and SES have announced an alignment on a proposal to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which seeks to “protect the wide array of established satellite services in the 3700-4200MHz C-band downlink spectrum while opening a specified portion of that spectrum for terrestrial mobile use.”

The proposal, announced earlier this year, builds on an initial proposal put forth by Intelsat and Intel last October, and sets a commercial and technical framework that would enable wireless operators to quickly access approximately 100MHz of nationwide C-band downlink spectrum in the US, thus speeding the deployment of next-generation 5G services, said Intelsat and SES.

It is widely expected that by 2020 a number of 5G networks will be launched globally — and they will require more spectrum to operate in.

What this new proposal entails is the voluntary clearing of satellite users from the 3700-3800MHz in order to accommodate terrestrial mobile services, an APSCC spokesperson told APB. “Under this proposal, the remaining 3800-4200MHz of the C-band would be secured for satellite use, and fair compensation would be paid to the affected parties.

“This ensures that most of the standard C-band can still be used to support the thousands of US cable and broadcast channels being distributed via C-band satellites today.”

The proposals from Intel, Intelsat and SES are a respond to specific conditions in the US, highlights John Mederios, chief policy officer, CASBAA. These conditions, he explained, include huge geographic scope covered by a single regulator, and across temperate zones that predominately do not experience tropical rains.

“While other regulators will no doubt study the US model when it is fully implemented, it is not a template for solutions that could be imported to the rest of the world,” Mederios said. “More specifically, it is not a scheme that could be used successfully in the tropical zones of Asia-Pacific.”

In this region, C-band satellites continue to play an “irreplaceable role” in ensuring video distribution — and other essential services — to half a billion homes and businesses, he added.

APSCC members — including both Intelsat and SES — are unanimous in agreeing that the proposal is not appropriate outside of the US, and is not necessary or practical in Asia-Pacific, revealed the APSCC spokesperson.

“Rather, APSCC believes that this US-centric proposal is best understood as a good faith attempt to compromise, given the specific regulatory and market conditions in the US.”

At WRC-15, one of the key verdicts passed was to maintain C-band spectrum primarily for fixed-satellite service (FSS). As the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) prepares to re-convene for WRC-19 next October in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, is there a case to be made for more spectrum to be allocated for the IMT industry?

Yes, said the APSCC, but not at the amount being asked for, and especially not in occupied satellite bands.

“We expect mobile consumption to grow — in fact, the satellite industry’s investment in current and next-generation high throughput satellites (HTS) is premised in part on that growth,” said the APSCC spokesperson. “However, some mobile industry estimates would have you believe that, very soon, the amount of mobile data consumed will be more than if every mobile user on Earth were watching 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) video for 16 hours a day. We do not think that is a realistic projection.”

There also remains an under-utilisation of spectrum already allocated to the IMT industry, further dismissing any need to displace satellite services in C-band to satisfy IMT spectrum requirements, said APSCC.

The WRC-19 agenda includes an examination of a wide range of new spectrum options in higher frequency bands whose use was “unimaginable” a few short years ago, but is now becoming technically and commercially feasible, said CASBAA’s Medeiros.

He continued: “Indeed, we view the future 5G ecosystem as one where satellites will play an integral role, providing telcos with the ability to roll out 5G across Asia’s many nations and diverse geographies, moving huge volumes of data to base stations — whether urban or remote — from which the telcos can deliver services to customers.”

However, there should be no doubt that C-band satellite services remain vital in reaching out to large populations in Asia-Pacific, where mobile networks simply do not exist, or are currently underdeveloped, Medeiros emphasised.

“We urge governments in Asia to focus on sustaining services to those populations too while working together to find different frequencies — outside those used by satellites — to help expand video delivery to urban consumers over 5G networks.”

Having confirmed the importance of C-band spectrum for satellite at WRC-15, governments and regulators need to remain resolute and fight to retain that spectrum for satellite, and avoid any new IMT identifications, especially in Asia-Pacific, said APSCC.

About half of the world’s satellite cellular backhaul sites are located in Asia-Pacific, and most of them are using C-band spectrum, the APSCC spokesperson pointed out. He also highlighted how C-band is used throughout the region not just for broadcasting, but also to bridge the digital divide by extending the reach of mobile networks to even the most rural and remote locations.

“It would be foolish to cannibalise this vital backhaul spectrum just so those already with broadband can get more broadband.”

Asia-Pacific represents a “radically different” spectrum market than is found in the US or Europe, in which frequencies above C-band are dominant.

What does not broach argument is how satellite and terrestrial mobile cannot use the same frequency at the same time, without satellite being “silenced”, cautioned Robert Bell, executive director of the World Teleport Association (WTA).

He notes that because of dense population centres and the presence of heavy rainfall in Asia-Pacific, C-band will continue to be crucial for lifeline telephony, broadband access, TV and radio distribution, as well as disaster response.

Sounding a warning bell to regulators, he cautioned: “Any effort to simply open satellite bands to terrestrial use will produce major service interruptions in a region where C-band is indispensable.

“I would expect satellite operators, telcos and national governments to continue a strong defence of their exclusive right to spectrum at WRC-19.”


AMSTERDAM, 12 January 2018 – A crime group suspected of hosting a large–‐scale illegal IPTV streaming business has been shut down, following a collaborative investigation led by the Cypriot Police, with the support of the Cybercrime Division of the Greek police, the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD), the Cybercrime unit of the Bulgarian police and Europol, as well as members of the Audiovisual Anti–‐Piracy Alliance (AAPA). The network is accused of illicitly Distributing Greek, Cypriot and foreign pay TV subscriber channels. These services were allegedly offered through retailers throughout Europe and sold as a monthly illegal subscription for as little as 20 Euros.

Following coordination of the investigations of the Greek and Cypriot police authorities, raids were conducted in Cyprus, Greece, and Bulgaria during which 17 house searches took place, four suspects were arrested and servers used to provide illegal access to the channels were shut down. The investigation also uncovered installed machine sites that work with the central server to relay subscriber channels. The raids involved cooperation with local police authorities and were supported by Europol and AAPA members Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security, and Nova, a leading provider of home entertainment services in Greece, with Irdeto providing technical and forensic expertise. Europol supported the involved countries since the start of the investigations with criminal analysis and coordination. It Also provided on–‐the–‐spot support during the raids with operational tools such as the Europol mobil office.

“These raids, conducted by local police authorities in collaboration with Europol and our members, show the importance that law enforcement is placing on the issue of IP infringement and represent another step forward in our mission to fight piracy,” said Sheila Cassells, Executive Director, AAPA. “AAPA members like Irdeto and Nova are at the forefront of this fight against piracy and we will continue to take measures to support enforcement activities and push for effective and consistent legislation to aid this.”

“Streaming piracy is a growing problem affecting content owners, broadcasters and operators in Europe and across the world, and the enforcement activities conducted by organizations like Europol and the collaborative police organizations show the seriousness of this crime,” added Mark Mulready, Vice President – Cybersecurity Services, Irdeto and Vice President, AAPA. “We are closely aligned with the mission of the AAPA and will continue to work closely with and support our customers, partners and law enforcement agencies to detect, analyze, investigate and counter all types of piracy.”

About AAPA
AAPA represents companies involved in the provision of protected audiovisual services, security technology for such services, and the manufacturing of products which facilitate the delivery of such services. AAPA’s mission is to enable the fight against piracy where this involves the development, promotion, distribution, application or use of technologies resulting in the unauthorized use of protected audiovisual content, by co–‐ordinating intelligence and action supported by effective legislation and its implementation. For more information about AAPA’s work visit

About Irdeto
Irdeto is the world leader in digital platform security, protecting platforms and applications for media & entertainment, connected transport 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

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Averna Announces Partnership with MaxEye Technologies to Market Digital Video & Audio Toolkits for Infotainment Testing

Averna’s AST-1000 Now Offers Radio, Navigation and Video Testing in One Platform

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, June 7, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Averna, a leading global Test & Quality Solutions provider, announced today a strategic partnership with MaxEye Technologies to distribute their digital video and audio signal generation toolkits. This partnership will allow Averna to add full digital video and audio testing capability to its Averna Signal Tester (AST-1000) RF Signal Source platform, in addition to its existing RF toolkits such as AM/FM, HD Radio and Sirius XM as well as full GNSS simulation.

The AST-1000 is the only all-in-one RF test solution on the market designed to cover all common radio, navigation, video and connectivity protocols for infotainment system manufacturers. Based on the NI VST and featuring Averna’s leading RF and test expertise, the software-defined AST-1000 now supports MaxEye’s DRM, ISDB-T, ATSC, DVB-T, CMMB, and DTMB digital video and audio toolkits. To learn more, visit

“We’re extremely happy to partner with MaxEye Technologies to add their digital video and audio testing capability to our AST-1000, an advanced solution for both the design validation and manufacturing of infotainment systems,” commented Jean-Levy Beaudoin, Vice-President, Platforms & Innovation, R&D for Averna. “The response from our customer base and the industry has been very positive and we look forward to adding even more capabilities to our future-proofed infotainment platform.”

“We’re very excited about our partnership with Averna and this enables us to provide complete infotainment test solution for design, system level validation and manufacturing test using the only all-in-one RF test Solution AST-1000 in India,” commented Ramesh Krishnan, Director, MaxEye Technologies. “We have received very good response from our customers in the automotive industry and the local support they can get in India with this next generation infotainment test solution. Together with Averna we look forward to address the continuously evolving requirements of the automotive infotainment test.”

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The Averna AST-1000 platform and toolkits are available to customers worldwide. Detailed pricing and product information is available on request. Please contact or visit the AST-1000 product page.

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About Averna

As a global Test & Quality Solution leader, Averna partners with product designers, developers and OEMs to help them achieve higher product quality, accelerate time to market and protect their brands. Founded in 1999, Averna offers specialized expertise and innovative test, vision inspection, precision assembly and automated solutions that deliver substantial technical, financial and market benefits for clients in the aerospace, automotive, consumer, defense, life sciences, semiconductor, telecom and other industries. Averna has offices around the world, numerous industry certifications such as ISO, CSIA, and ITAR registration, and is partnered with National Instruments, Keysight Technologies and JOT Automation.

About MaxEye

We are a Test and Measurement company, specialized in providing turnkey solutions, products and consulting services. Founded in 2011, Silver Alliance Partner of National Instruments, we have strong expertise in providing automotive infotainment test, ATE Development, RF test and measurement. MaxEye Technologies has six years of experience in providing automotive infotainment test solution for design, validation and production test. Our vision is to become global leader in test and measurement engineering by leveraging our knowledge in RF, Wireless, signal processing and test automation. We intend to do this by challenging the traditional techniques to test and measurement with technology innovations to achieve accurate repeatable measurements and reduce the test time and cost.

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Child Rights Award 2017: A call to broadcasters

1 April 2017, Kuala Lumpur/ Hong Kong/Bangkok/ – ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF are calling for entries for the 17th Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award from broadcasters and producers in the region.

Programmes both for children and about children are eligible and can cover any children’s rights issue. Entries can include documentaries that detail the plight of children, dramas that help break down stereotypes and discrimination, or animation that teaches and entertains.

Entries must have been broadcast between June 2016 and June 2017 and must be received by 30 June 2017.  The Award will be presented during the CASBAA Convention in Macau in early November 2017.

Eligible countries/territories: Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, DPR Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand , Timor-Leste,  Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Viet Nam.
This competition is open to all ABU and CASBAA members in the Asia-Pacific region. A full list of countries can be found on the website.

To join the competition, please submit your entries) online at

Brochure of this year’s Award:

For more information, please visit or contact  Details on the Convention on the Rights of the Child can be found at


Note to editors:

Asia–Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)

ABU is a non-profit, non-government, professional association of broadcasting organizations, formed in 1964 to facilitate the development of broadcasting in the Asia–Pacific region. It provides a forum for promoting the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters and engages in activities to encourage regional and international cooperation between broadcasters. It currently has more than 260 members from 64 countries. It organizes activities and projects to promote excellence in broadcasting and to improve technical and programming skills of its members, including the ABU Children’s TV Programme Item Exchange.



CASBAA is the association for the multichannel audiovisual content creation and distribution industry across Asia.

The CASBAA mission is to promote industry growth in the region.  In so doing, it seeks to:

Represent: via government advocacy and interaction with trade organisations

Inform: via conferences, roundtables, newsletters & publications

Connect: via networking opportunities and informal gatherings


United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects.

UNICEF East Asia and Pacific:

UNICEF South Asia:


For further information, please contact:


Hanizah Hamzah                     ABU (Kuala Lumpur), + 603 22822480,


Cynthia Wong:                        CASBAA (Hong Kong), + 852 3929 1711,


Kritsada Jirathun:                    UNICEF (Bangkok), +66 2 356 92 49