Member Press Release

Five year jail sentence for operator of major illegal streaming service

• Husband and wife illegally made £750,000 by selling 8,000+ illicit streaming devices and setting-up own streaming service to provide illegal access to Premier League football

The owner and operator of a major pirate streaming service, and mass supplier of illicit streaming devices that provided illegal access to Premier League football, has been jailed for five years and three months.

Mr John Haggerty, the owner of Evolution Trading, today appeared in Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud and dishonestly obtaining services for another, contrary to the Fraud Act.

His conviction further underlines the fact that supplying these devices and other pirate services is illegal. The case is also the first example of the Courts confirming what the UK Government has already made clear – that using the devices themselves is illegal, with the Judge expressly warning that Mr Haggerty put all his thousands of customers at risk of prosecution.

Evolution Trading, run by Mr Haggerty and his wife Mary Gilfillan who was also convicted of fraud offences in this case and given a two-year suspended sentence, sold more than 8,000 illegal devices that were loaded with add-ons to enable publicans and consumers to view illegal streams of Premier League football. Evolution also created and sold access to its own illegal streaming service – infusum.tv – to thousands of customers.

Between March 2013 and July 2015, the operators of Evolution generated more than £750,000 through their illegal activity.

The criminal activity carried out by Mr Haggerty went beyond selling access to illegal content: he had multiple passports in different names, set up an offshore ‘dummy company’ in Nevis to hide the true purpose of his business and, in collusion with his wife Ms. Gilfillan, supplied the Immigration Service with false documents to sponsor an Egyptian national who maintained the illegal streaming service for the company.

During the investigation it transpired that Mr Haggerty previously spent time in prison in the US between 2009 to 2012 following a serious fraud conviction.

Premier League Director of Legal Services, Kevin Plumb, said:

“This case demonstrates how seriously the Courts are dealing with criminals involved in the supply of illicit streaming devices and services that provide illegal access to Premier League football and other popular content.

“The fact that a major supplier was engaged in so much criminal behaviour – from using multiple passports in different names to lying to the Immigration Service – should be a warning to the authorities and consumers about the types of people involved in this activity. It also serves as a reminder to people that they take huge risks by handing over bank details and personal data to rogue operators like Evolution and infusum.tv.

“The Premier League is currently engaged in one of the biggest and most successful anti-piracy programmes in the World and its own investigations, along with those by Northumberland Trading Standards and FACT, have helped bring these criminals to justice.

“The ability that Premier League clubs have to develop and acquire talented players, to build and improve stadiums and to support communities and schools, is predicated on being able to market, sell and protect commercial rights. This makes the protection of our copyright hugely important to the future health of English football and beyond, something we are pleased the Courts continue to recognise with judgments like this one.”

Kieron Sharp, CEO of FACT, said: “This sentencing is another step forward in the right direction to tackling the issue of illegal streaming.

“We will continue to work with The Premier League, Industry and Law Enforcement Agencies across the UK to clampdown on the sale of illicit streaming devices as they pose a real threat to the creative industries, the UK economy and the livelihoods of the 1.9 million people working behind the scenes of our favourite sport, TV and film.

“The public should be aware that selling devices or subscriptions that allow access to premium content you normally pay for is illegal.

“Similarly using one of these methods to stream premium TV, sports and films for which you should have an official subscription is also breaking the law.”

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Two previous cases involving the sale of illegal streaming services providing access to Premier League football have led to custodial sentences:

• In April 2018, a Premier League investigation led to authorities taking action against a £1.5m fraud involving the sale of thousands of illicit streaming devices that made available illegal streams of Premier League football. The perpetrators were jailed for four and a half years in Newcastle Crown Court. Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-43640605

• In December 2016, a man involved in the mass supply of IPTV boxes that enabled unauthorised viewing of Premier League football was jailed for four years. This followed an investigation by the Premier League and FACT. Link: https://www.fact-uk.org.uk/illegal-iptv-box-supplier-jailed-for-four-years/

PandaTv – the best of Chinese channels for 200 mln Chinese tourists launched by fashiontv, OTT global application

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Fashiontv has launched PandaTv its new OTT hotel application featuring 11 Chinese national channels, 12 fashiontv channels and localized lifestyle, dining and shopping channels. It will be installed on Smart Tvs in hotels around the world, including FTV in Ultra HD Channel (4K).

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The delivery of these channels will be done by ZIXI and CDN in cooperation with Telia. Over 200 million Chinese tourists travel to all corners of the world. This trend is increasing by +20% annually. When Chinese tourists are in the hotel they like to be connected to China by watching favorite tv channels and feel like at home. In addition tourists are encouraged to make a small dinner party in the hotel, order food via PandaTv recommended service and enjoy the PandaTv Chinese tv experience.

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The Chinese channels are delivered in cooperation with long term agreement and the technology mutually developed between Apstar and fashiontv for CDN, IP ZIXI and Apstar satellite services. This new approach facilitates 360° delivery of the signal to PayTV, IP TV and OTT platforms around the world.

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The Chinese channels originate from the coastal areas where most of the tourists come from. PandaTv package includes Chinese channels such as CGTN, CCTV-4, CCTV Entertainment, CCTV-Movie, GWTV-Elite and leading tv versions of provincial channels: Hunan Tv, Shanghai Dragon Tv, Beijing TV, Shenzhen TV, Zhejiang TV, Fujian TV.

PandaTv will feature additionally major international channels, fashiontv OTT application with 12 channels, lifestyle, music, destinations, dining and shopping channels.

Fashiontv networks are available on over 500 million PayTv, 500 million SmartTv and 1.5 billion smartphones over 4 billion internet users and Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Telegram, YouTube, VK, Google+ etc. See: ftvott.com/pandatv and ftv.com and ftv+ available as an app.

Fashiontv launched FTV Coin Deluxe – cryptocurrency for the fashion community. FTV Coin will be used as utility token to buy variety of services and products related to FTV and the fashion industry in general.

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About fashiontv (FTV)
FTV launched broadcasting in 1997. Over night FTV became to fashion similar as MTV to music and CNN to news. Today FTV is a global network of over 20 channels available all over the world to 500 mln Pay Tv, 500 mln Smart Tvs, 1.5 bln smartphones, 4 bln internet users and +50 satellites.

For more information visit ftv.com or contact alona@ftv.com, for Asia alex@ftv.com

Measat wants major new satellite

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

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

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

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

Sports Star of Pakistan adds HD channel ‘Public News’ on AsiaSat 7

Hong Kong, 4 July 2018 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) announced today an expansion of services for Sports Star International Private Limited (Sports Star) of Pakistan on AsiaSat 7, to deliver an HD news channel ‘Public News’ across the Asia-Pacific.

Sports Star currently transmits entertainment channel ‘A-Plus’ as well as Pakistan’s first women’s channel ‘A-Lite’ on AsiaSat 7, targeting different audience segments locally and across the Asia Pacific. Public News is Sports Star’s latest HD service to bring daily news bulletins to viewers by leveraging the power of AsiaSat 7 and its excellent penetration, already enjoyed by the two current channels.

AsiaSat will also offer Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 7 for Public News’ SNG services in news gathering and contribution.

Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat says, “Pakistan represents one of our most important and largest media markets. We are thrilled to offer additional capacity to Sports Star, strengthening their ability to diversify content for Asia-Pacific audiences. The launch of Public News on AsiaSat advances our goal of growing our HD bouquet of international and local news channels.”

Yousaf Baig Mirza, a leading name in the management of TV channels in Pakistan and the Vice Chairman of Public News, says, “We are delighted to have partnered with one of the most reliable names in the Satellite Industry. We look forward to continued success with AsiaSat as we work together to deliver more diverse programming in HD quality to audiences locally and beyond.”

AsiaSat has been serving Pakistan since 1991, which is hosting one of Asia’s widest range of Urdu language programming, from news, entertainment, music, to movies, cartoons and dramas.

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

About Sports Star International
Sports Star International (SSI) has been in the media industry since the year 1984 and has been actively involved in TV production since its inception. SSI has produced a large number of dramas and other programs
for Pakistan Television (PTV) and other private channels.

In June 2005, SSI launched Pakistan’s first privately operated terrestrial TV channel – ATV, inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Shaukat Aziz on 24 June 2005. In July 2010, SSI launched another
entertainment channel by the name of A-Plus Entertainment for cable and satellite viewers.

For more information, please visit www.atv.com.pk and www.a-plus.tv

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

Sports Star
Shahid Ali Shah, General Manager Legal, Audit & Taxation I Tel: +92 300 8473220, + 92 42 35853669 l Email: shahid@a-plus.tv

NBCUNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS LAUNCHES DREAMWORKS IN THAILAND ON MONO29

Singapore – July 2, 2018 – NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) and Mono Group today announced the launch of a new DreamWorks branded block, on one of the nation’s leading digital free-to-air network, Mono29.

DreamWorks – the 24-hour channel dedicated to kids and family entertainment – launched the dedicated block today which will feature the latest shows in English and dubbed in local language. Viewers will be able to enjoy their favourite DreamWorks titles during the early evening on weekdays from 5:30 pm on Mono29.

With Mono29’s strong line-up of blockbuster movies, viewers will be delighted to now see their favourite DreamWorks characters starring in their own TV series on the channel. In its initial line-up viewers can expect to catch DreamWorks’ signature series Dragons: Race to the Edge, from the critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon franchise, Emmy® award-winning original series Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia from acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and All Hail King Julien from the Madagascar franchise with many more to follow.

“We are thrilled to be working with one of the largest free-to-air networks in Thailand to bring DreamWorks to kids and families all over Thailand,” said Christine Fellowes Managing Director, NBCUniversal International Networks, Asia Pacific. “With DreamWorks award-winning content, we are confident that Thai parents – like many others around the globe – along with their young ones will be captivated by DreamWorks quality family entertainment.”

“DreamWorks is one of the world’s most prominent companies in animation industry, and it continues to lead the market in creating the very best entertainments for all ages. The launch of DreamWorks is a great opportunity for Mono29,” said Bannasit Rakwong, Director of Mono29. “As one of Thailand’s leading DTT channels, we offer premium TV programs for non-stop entertainment, broadcasting first runs and exclusive content from top Hollywood studios for general audiences. With our plan to attract more audiences, we are excited to partner with NBCUniversal International Networks to bring DreamWorks entertainment to our channel.”

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About NBCUniversal International Networks
NBCUniversal International Networks is one of the world’s premier entertainment portfolios, delivering quality content and compelling brands to over 165 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The channel brands in the portfolio include UNIVERSAL TV, SYFY, E! Entertainment Television, 13TH STREET, DIVA, Studio Universal, Telemundo, Bravo, DreamWorks and Golf Channel. These unique brands deliver a full range of entertainment experiences to local audiences across the globe; the portfolio also includes Movies 24 in the UK and The Style Network in Australia. Further, NBCUniversal News Group, one of the most influential and respected portfolios of on-air and digital news properties in the world, operate CNBC and NBC News internationally.

NBCUniversal International Networks is a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About DreamWorks
DreamWorks, the 24-hour, HD, kids and family network brings DreamWorks’ beloved movie heroes to the small screen to star in their own TV shows. The channel features Emmy® award-winning, original television series such as Dragons: Race to the Edge and The Adventures of Puss in Boots and the critically acclaimed Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia. The channel also presents a daily morning preschool block, DreamWorks Junior, for 2-5 year olds featuring favourites such as Noddy Toyland Detective and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion. DreamWorks is currently available in eight languages across nine countries in Asia including two branded blocks. Visit dreamworks-asia.com and DreamWorks Asia on Facebook for more information.

About Mono Group
Mono Group is the top Media and Content Conglomerate in Thailand who offers Rich Contents which have continually been developed and made a pleasing progress. The success of our digital TV business in the past 3 years has derived from the world-class quality contents which are fresh and accessible via all groups of audience. Mono29 is one of Thailand’s leading DTT channel, showcasing blockbuster movies and premium TV series. Mono29 offers premium TV programs for non-stop entertainment, broadcasting first runs and exclusive content from top Hollywood studios. Audiences can also enjoy watching Mono29 in dual languages via TV, website and mobile application. With Mono Group’s strategy, Mono29 has made excellent business growth and been able to stay at the top level in the rating of the most popular TV channels.

For further information, please contact:
NBCUniversal International Networks

Mellissa Wong
Marketing & Communications Executive
(+65) 6675 1258 / mellissa.wong@nbcuni.com

MEASAT Expands Its Video Neighborhood in South Asia

Kuala Lumpur, 2 July 2018 – MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) announced today that it has expanded its video neighborhood in South Asia with the distribution of News24, Sagarmatha TV and Prime TV.

News24 is the premium news channel of Nepal which shares ground breaking news of the region and exclusive interviews with prominent figures in Nepal.
Sagarmatha TV is the first Nepali news broadcast channel from Nepal dedicated to keep its audiences informed of events happening in Nepal and to display Nepalese culture to the multinational communities in America and around the world.
Prime TV one of the newest channel in Nepal is designed to serve all genres from entertainment, infotainment, news and views.

“We are delighted to welcome and distribute News24, Sagarmatha TV and Prime TV via the MEASAT video distribution network” said Raj Malik, Senior Vice President – Sales, MEASAT. “The addition of these channels is testimonial to the trust broadcasters place on the strength of our distribution via our 91.5°E video hot slot.”

The 91.5°E prime video hot slot is home to the MEASAT-3, MEASAT-3a and MEASAT3b satellites, forming one of the region’s strongest video neighborhoods. From 91.5°E, MEASAT supports broadcasters and DTH operators to distribute UHD, HD and SD channels to audiences across Asia, Australia, East Africa and South Eastern Europe.

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About MEASAT

MEASAT is a premium supplier of communication and video services to leading broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators. With capacity across six (6) communication satellites, MEASAT provides services to over 150 countries representing 80% of the world’s population across Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

The MEASAT satellite fleet includes the state-of-the-art MEASAT-3, MEASAT-3a and MEASAT-3b satellites co-located at 91.5°E, supporting Asia’s premium DTH and video distribution neighbourhood; MEASAT-2 at 148.0°E; and, MEASAT-5 at 119.5°E. In Africa, the AFRICASAT-1a satellite at 46.0°E provides satellite capacity across the African continent with connectivity to Europe, the Middle East, Malaysia and Singapore.

Working with a select group of world-class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications solutions. Services include UHD, HD and SD video play-out, video turnaround, co-location, uplinking, broadband and IP connectivity services. For more information, please visit www.measat.com.

Contact: Shawna Felicia / +60 (3) 8213 2152 / shawnafelicia@measat.com

NICKELODEON CONTINUES EXPANSION IN JAPAN WITH LAUNCH ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO CHANNELS

MTV MIX also available to Japanese subscribers from 3 July

TOKYO, 2 JULY 2018 – Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) today announced a channel distribution deal with Amazon, which will make Nickelodeon Japan and MTV MIX available on Amazon Prime Video Channels from tomorrow (3 July).

Amazon Prime members are able to access the newly added subscription channels when they register on Prime Video Channels, a new service which launched on 14 June.

The rollout of Nickelodeon Japan and MTV MIX on Amazon Prime Video Channels follow their successful launch since last year in Japan. Both channels are available in Japan only on ‘over-the-top’ video platforms.

“OTT video services, like Amazon Prime Video, represent an exciting growth path for our flagship brands in a mature subscription TV market like Japan. It speaks to the ongoing connection between our brands and Japanese viewers that both channels are now available across three major OTT platforms in Japan,” said Mark Whitehead, President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Viacom International Media Networks.

Nickelodeon Japan will offer Amazon Prime members a range of iconic Nickelodeon animation titles including SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and preschool hits like Shimmer and Shine and Blaze and the Monster Machines. In July, it will premiere a documentary special – JoJo Siwa: My World, featuring Jojo Siwa, a singer, dancer and social media sensation from the U.S.

MTV MIX on Amazon Prime Video Channels will offer fans access to a curated 24/7 international music and entertainment experience anytime, anywhere. The world’s biggest youth entertainment brand will offer access to international and local music videos, while also featuring music hit charts and a range of popular MTV reality programs on the linear channel – all curated by MTV in line with music interests and requirements of its young target audience.

About Amazon Prime Video Channels
Amazon Prime members can add 30 channels in domestic and international movies & TV, sports & fitness, music, news, entertainment, kids and hobbies genres—no extra apps to download, and no cable required. Only pay for the ones you want, and cancel anytime. View the full list of channels available at www.amazon.co.jp/channels

About Nickelodeon International
Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

About MTV
MTV is the leading youth media brand inspired by music, in nearly 180 countries and 450 million homes around the world, connecting with over 350 million fans across all social media platforms. A unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), MTV operations span cable and mobile networks, live events, theatrical films and new MTV Studios unit which produces new and reimagined content for SVOD and Linear platforms based on MTV’s library of over 200+ youth titles and franchises.

About Viacom International Media Networks
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, MTV LIVE HD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, and more. Viacom brands reach more than 3.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 180+ countries and territories via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties, in 40 languages. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/VIMN_PR. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com, blog.viacom.com and the Viacom Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Viacom.

Contact:
Viacom International Media Networks
Adeline Ong, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Asia Pacific
t: (65) 6420 7240 m: (65) 9366 7323
e: adeline.ong@vimn.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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