Member Press Release

Govt imposes up to Rs1 lakh fee per day for coverage of live events by non-news channels

Harveen Ahluwalia

Live Mint

19 December 2017

In what could be a blow to sports and entertainment channels, the government has imposed a fee of Rs 50,000 (on regional channels) and Rs 1 lakh (on national channels) per day for temporary uplinking of live events.

This essentially means that broadcasters of every live event, from the T20 cricket tournament Indian Premiere League to football and kabaddi leagues to other programmes that may be shown live on entertainment channels, will now have to pay Rs 50,000 or Rs 1 lakh per day, in line with recent order from the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry.

According to temporary uplinking guidelines, all non-news and current affairs channels are required to have temporary uplinking permission “for any live coverage/footage collection and transmission on case-to-case basis.” Up until now, the channels have not been paying any fee to the government.

“A simple permission was required till now to air live events. The imposition of this fee is a big overhead cost, which no channel accounted for while planning the future events,” said an executive at a broadcasting company, who did not want to be named.

The order, which came into effect on 13 December, will impact sports channels the most.

Television broadcaster Sony Pictures Network, which operates 11 sports channels, said that the move “could act as a deterrent to broadening viewership.”

“While the rationale for the new fee structure for temporary uplinking of live events is not clear, for example a sports channel uplinking a live sporting event ought not to be considered current affairs, there will be a financial cost, which could be significant if carried across several channels in different languages,” the company said in an emailed response to a query from Mint.

Another industry executive, who did not want to be identified, said: “It’s big blow to the sports broadcasters and not at all in line with government’s efforts to promote ease of doing business. This is a discouragement to smaller sports broadcasters, sports leagues and tournaments.”

“It is surprising that the ministry is creating such roadblocks to live telecast sporting events when the Prime Minister has made a clarion call to promote sports in India through Khelo India programme,” this person added.

India has five sports broadcasters—Star India, Sony Pictures Network, Discovery Communications, Nimbus Communications Ltd and state-owned Doordarshan.

Star India and Sony Pictures Network are the two dominant players with rights to popular sporting events. Star did not respond to a query from Mintseeking comment on the impact of the order.

While industry executives are sceptical of the government’s move, they also point to grey areas in the order.

First, the order doesn’t define the terms ‘regional channels’ and ‘national channels.’ According to the television uplinking and downlinking guidelines, there are only two categories of channels—news and current affairs, and non-news and current affairs channels.

“The uplinking and downlinking permissions of I&B ministry are pan-India licences. There is no clarity as to which channels will qualify as regional channels and on what basis. For instance, a Gujarati channel, though broadcast in Gujarati may be available nationally,” said the executive cited earlier.

Secondly, “the ministry only provides in-principle approval for live events coverage but the operational approvals are granted by WPC (Wireless Planning and Co-ordination wing) and NOCC (Networks Operation Control Centre) of DOT (Department of Telecommunications). The broadcasters already pay licence and royalty fee to WPC. The purpose of charging more money and the coordination between the three departments is not clear,” the person added.

The I&B ministry did not respond to an emailed query seeking clarifications on the order.

Meanwhile, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is working on a consultation paper on promoting ease of doing business in the broadcast sector and is expected to come out with its recommendations in a few weeks.

Star India
Tel: 0124 6654643
Plot no. 77, Institutional Area,Sec-32, Gurgaon.Haryana-122001

ZEE Media Group launches ZEE Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand news channel

The ZEE Media group today launched the ZEE Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand television news channel at a grand ceremony at Taj Vivanta, Lucknow, where Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was the chief guest. Uttarkhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Rajya Sabha MP, Subhash Chandra, Deputy Chief Ministers of UP Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, former UP chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Rajya Sabha MPs Amar Singh and Vivek Tankha were also present as special invitees.

Speaking on the occasion, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, “ZEE Media Group has highlighted key national issues from time to time”. He hoped that, “the new channel will provide correct and unbiased news to 25 crore people of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.”

Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra spoke to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on many important topics and advised him to have a discussion with the Muslim community and take them into confidence.

Mr Trivendra Singh Rawat congratulated Zee Media Group for launching the new channel, and also presented the roadmap his government has prepared for the development of Uttarakhand. Baba Ramdev joined the programme from Haridwar. Highlighting the good work being done by PM Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Baba Ramdev said the county will soon witness ‘achche din’.

Many other dignitaries too congratulated Zee Media Group and expressed hope that the channel will soon have a distinct identity of its own.

About ZEE Media
ZEE Media Corporation Limited is one of the leading news networks in India with a bouquet of 14 television news channels in 8 different languages and a combined viewership of more than 220 million viewers.

It has a unique cluster of channels – 1 Global, 4 National and 09 Regional news channels – which includes Zee News, Zee Business, WION, Zee Hindustan, Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal, Zee Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, Zee 24 Taas, 24 Ghanta, Zee Kalinga News, Zee Bihar Jharkhand, Zee Rajasthan, Zee Salaam, and Zee 24 Kalak.


• Combination of tools offers a unique measuring technique for content with a commercial partnership
• Product reveals emotional engagement with the content and corresponding psychological shifts on key brand metrics

BBC StoryWorks, BBC Advertising’s global content marketing arm, has launched a brand new initiative which allows clients to measure the impact of their branded content and sponsored editorial to understand the emotional engagement and subconscious association shift it elicits in consumers.

Based on its multi-award winning series of ‘Science of Engagement’ research studies, which highlighted the impact of emotional engagement on brand perception, the process combines biometric and psychological techniques to examine how a brand’s creative alters subconscious attitudes around their key metrics.

Qualitative tests benchmark consumers’ subconscious association between the brand and desired attributes prior to seeing the content. Bespoke facial coding technology from CrowdEmotion then takes second-by-second measurements of six key emotional states, whilst eye-tracking identifies the relationship between what is being viewed, and the emotions experienced at that time. A post-exposure survey measures traditional brand metrics such as brand awareness, message association, brand favourability and purchase intent compared to a control sample to evaluate the true impact of the campaign.

The tool has also been configured to allow fast turnaround insight during the campaign period, enabling the BBC to optimise the client’s campaign strategy. It can be applied to any content where the BBC has a commercial partner – sponsored editorial or branded content. Also revealed is which part of the consumer decision funnel the content most contributes to in order to determine what role each creative plays within the overall campaign strategy.

Richard Pattinson, Senior Vice President, BBC StoryWorks, said: “Proving the effectiveness of content for brands is a challenge across the industry and we’re incredibly proud to have harnessed the expertise built up through years of in-depth research to offer clients a way of truly understanding the impact of their campaigns, using this unique combination of scientific tools. As we continue to roll out this system, we will build on the insights to further reveal how our storytelling can create the right emotional engagement to enable our clients to maximise the impact of the campaigns we deliver with them.”

The initiative is already proving a success, having been trialed on the Asia Pacific StoryWorks team’s series of content pieces – ‘Huawei: The Explorers’.

The new Science of Engagement tool was able to demonstrate that, in the case of one Huawei creative, the narrative built a steady crescendo of emotion throughout, before delivering a final spike in positive feelings as the brand was revealed.

It identified that the predominant feelings were happiness, surprise and curiosity, and pinpointed the exact moments which generated the most emotional impact. In addition, the product showed that the creative execution succeeded in driving a clear uplift in subconscious association between Huawei and key brand attributes such as being innovative, inspiring, environmentally responsible, and high quality. Following exposure, audiences also had a high desire to engage with the Huawei brand; brand awareness rose by 216%, brand association went up by 23% and purchase intent increased by 19%.

Joy Tan, President of Global Media and Communications at Huawei Technologies said “We believe in openly collaborating with media partners to deliver the finest results possible, and the BBC Asia Pacific Storyworks team is no exception. Not only does our partnership stem from an open exchange of thoughts and insights, it also grows from year to year to create visually spectacular and unique content, thus driving interest and building strong connections with audiences around the world. The work of the team, and the results we have seen, are essential cornerstones that elevate our corporate identity.”


Notes to editors
For further information, please contact:
Virginia Braynsmith, Senior Publicist, BBC Global News Ltd, Asia.
+65 94555436

BBC StoryWorks is the BBC’s global content marketing offering for brands that brings together the boldness and innovative qualities of a creative studio with the agility, responsiveness and timeliness of a newsroom. It works with clients to develop and deliver commercial branded content and the sponsorship of BBC editorial across BBC Global News’ digital and TV platforms, as well as BBC Worldwide and BBC World Service digital services.

BBC World News and, the BBC’s commercially funded international 24-hour English news platforms, are owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd. BBC World News television is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 450 million households and 3 million hotel rooms. The channel’s content is also available on 178 cruise ships, 53 airlines, including 13 distributing the channel live inflight, and 23 mobile phone networks. offers up-to-the-minute international news, in-depth analysis and features, including BBC Capital, BBC Culture, BBC Future and BBC Travel, for PCs, tablets and mobile devices to more than 95 million unique browsers each month.

BBC Advertising sells advertising and sponsorship solutions on behalf of the BBC’s worldwide commercial portfolio across broadcast, online and mobile platforms globally.

Astro and Huomao launch Tamago, live streaming platform

For fans to connect and engage with like-minded communities

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KUALA LUMPUR, 14 DEC 2017: Astro and Huomao, China’s leading eSports live streaming platform have launched Tamago, a new live streaming platform targeted at millennials. Tamago focuses on localised user generated content (UGC) in Southeast Asia namely Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. Since its soft launch 2 months ago, Tamago has garnered over 150,000 users from across Southeast Asia.

Tamago allows viewers to explore interactive features like live streaming, gifting including virtual spending, real time interactions and creation of content. Viewers can engage real time via live chats as well as rewarding content creators with virtual gifts, that can be purchased through in app purchases through microtransactions on Tamago. Besides watching live streams by popular personalities and influencers, users on Tamago can also enjoy exclusive live gaming and video content such as Office War, eGG Clan and many other DotA 2 majors and minors from eGG Network and new reality show, Symphony of Love.

“We believe there is a strong interest in the live streaming space in Southeast Asia especially amongst millennials. In partnership with Huomao, our technology partner who has been successful with streaming live UGC content in China, we are pleased to launch Tamago with interactive live chats and streaming experience. Live streaming is an amazing way for people to connect and interact in real time and Tamago is well served by content creators, entertainers, musicians, gamers, social influencers and Astro celebrities,” said Henry Tan, Chief Content & Consumer Officer, Astro Group.

“Astro is a clear leader in the content business in Southeast Asia. With Astro’s strength in content and Huomao’s technology, Tamago is well-positioned to drive a new form of entertainment in the region that is made possible with real-time online video streaming. This also presents new creative possibilities for sponsored content and native advertising as we have seen in China, which is of great interest to advertisers seeking branded content. We are glad to have an opportunity to be a part of Tamago and to lend support in the areas of technology and operations,” said Naomi Wu 吴文璇, Chief Operating Officer of Huomao.

“We are excited to live stream the Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 on Tamago, thanks to our partners Crypton Future Media, INC and Digi. As there are millions of Hatsune Miku fans across the globe, those unable to attend the concert will get to experience this concert via Tamago. The concert live stream will be available to everyone. Just download the Tamago app and tune in on 16 December to enjoy,” said YuBin Ng, Head of Tamago.

In addition, Tamago users are also able to watch live streams by over 190 content creators and social influencers including Malaysian superstars Zizan Razak and Lisa Surihani; Astro celebrities and personalities like, Hafiz Suip and YouTube sensation, Chaleeda Gilbert.

The Tamago app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play Store. For more information on all the latest content on Tamago, visit and follow Tamago on Facebook at


About Tamago
Tamago is a live streaming social network that lets you watch or broadcast live video anytime, anywhere. With Tamago, you can be a super VIP and interact with your favourite personalities up close and personal, or be a superstar: showcase your talent on Tamago and get paid for it. Tamago takes you to both the front row and backstage of the hottest events in town. It also gives you direct access to your favourite personalities from around the region. For content creators, grow your popularity and get paid when viewers buy you gifts during your live streams! Shine on Tamago and kickstart your journey to stardom. With our partnership with Astro, you can stand a chance to become a celebrity and be featured across mainstream media.

About Astro
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) is a Malaysian and ASEAN digital-first media and lifestyle company in the Digital, TV, Radio and eCommerce space. It is Malaysia’s No. 1 online media company with 7.4 million unique visitors per month across the digital platforms of its entertainment and lifestyle brands. The company serves 21 million individuals in 5.3 million households, or 73% of Malaysian households, who are able to watch Astro content on all screens and on demand, be it TV, laptop, tablet and phone.

About Huomao TV
Founded in 2014, Huomao TV is China’s leading eSports live streaming platform with high quality eSports and LIVE entertainment content. Huomao’s mission is to provide the Chinese-speaking community a platform where they can enjoy premium eSports content from all over the world for free. Huomao owns over 70% of eSports event broadcast rights from all over the world, and has one of the best production team for broadcast in China. Having collaborated with some of the best in the industry, Huomao is without any doubt the number one eSports live streaming platform in China to enjoy the best amateur and professional eSports events.

Media contact for Astro:
Tammy Toh
Head/VP, Group Communications
Tel: +603-9543 6688 EXT:2046

Azaria Loh
AVP, Communications
Mobile: +6019 668 2278

Media contact for Tamago:
Ashleigh Hong

Tel: +6012 526 0265

PCCW Global connects Hong Kong and Thailand air navigation service providers

HKT (SEHK:6823) – HONG KONG, December 14, 2017 – PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, today successfully connected Hong Kong (Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department) and Thailand (AEROTHAI) air navigation service providers (ANSPs) via the Asia Pacific Common Regional Virtual Private Network (CRV). The CRV is specifically provisioned by PCCW Global as a robust and secure regional aviation network for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations specialized agency established to manage the administration and governance of international aviation.

The successful technical trial linking the first city-pair in the Asia Pacific region to the CRV paves the way for the Hong Kong and Bangkok ANSPs to exchange high volumes of aeronautical information over a highly secure and robust dedicated aviation network.

Regional ANSPs have historically not been in a position to share a common network, which resulted in tangled networks belonging to multiple service providers, which in turn led to network management challenges concerning technology upgrades, security, and operations, etc.

With airline passenger growth of over 150% in the past two decades, the air transportation industry now carries up to 3.6 billion passengers to more than 3,700 airports annually. This year, airlines are expected to operate more than 38 million flights, and this number is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years.

This dramatic increase in the volume of air traffic has highlighted the need for a more robust and secure aviation network. As a result, in 2013, the ICAO took the decision to engage with a single telecommunications operator to provide private network services for the exchange of aeronautical information between the various ANSPs. PCCW Global won the Asia Pacific tender for this provision of the regional CRV.

Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, a pioneer ANSP actively steering the ICAO CRV project, and AEROTHAI have carried out successful trial between the two regions and that the CRV is therefore considered to be ready for operational use by Asia Pacific ANSPs.

Mr. Frederick Chui, Senior Vice President of Global Data Sales, PCCW Global, said, “Cyber security is at the heart of the CRV. The success of the trial demonstrates our proven network services which is critical for the growth of aviation industry. PCCW Global CRV is providing secure closed-user network capability between ANSPs. The CRV also provides for various contingency routing scenarios across PCCW Global’s extensive network, ensuring that the service will always be up and running securely.”

Other added benefits of having the CRV includes supporting various functions of ICAO’s Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs), better voice quality, and enhancing the aeronautical information exchange between Asia Pacific and other regions. The CRV service also provides users with performance tracking capabilities and proactive monitoring to ensure network health.

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Mr. Frederick Chui, Senior Vice President of Global Data Sales, PCCW Global (right), Mr. Li Peng, ICAO Regional Officer (left), Ms. Sarinee Angsusingha, President of AEROTHAI, and Mr. Simon Li, Director-General of Civil Aviation, celebrate the successful trial of connecting Hong Kong and Thailand air navigation service providers via the CRV.

About PCCW Global

PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 150 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet, IP, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, international voice and VoIPX services, managed network & security services and our expanding “as-a-service” solutions including OTT video and Unified Communications.

PCCW Global is headquartered in Hong Kong, and maintains regional centers in Belgium, China, France, Greece, Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

HKT offers a unique quadruple-play experience in Hong Kong delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers more convenient, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go. For more information, please visit

For further information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
PCCW Group
Tel: +852 2883 8747

Issued by HKT Limited.

Intelsat S.A. Announces Proposed Amendment of Intelsat Jackson Holdings S.A.’s Senior Secured Credit Agreement And Confirms 2017 Guidance

Luxembourg, 13 December 2017
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) (“Intelsat”), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, today announced that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Intelsat Jackson Holdings S.A. (“Intelsat Jackson”), is seeking to amend its senior secured credit agreement (the “Credit Agreement”), which governs its approximately $3.1 billion senior secured term loan facility (the “Term Loan”), to, among other things, extend the maturity of at least a portion of the existing Tranche B-2 of the Term Loan. The proposed amendment to the Credit Agreement is subject to market and other conditions, and there can be no assurance that Intelsat Jackson will be able to enter into the amendment as described or at all.

In connection with lender meetings related to the proposed amendment to the Credit Agreement described above, members of Intelsat S.A.’s senior management team are confirming Intelsat’s guidance for full year 2017 results as previously provided on October 26, 2017.

About Intelsat
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live.

Intelsat Safe Harbor Statement
Statements in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” that do not directly or exclusively relate to historical facts. When used in this release, the words “may,” “will,” “might,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “project,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “intend,” “potential,” “outlook,” and “continue,” and the negative of these terms, and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information.

The forward-looking statements reflect Intelsat’s intentions, plans, expectations, anticipations, projections, estimations, predictions, assumptions and beliefs about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of Intelsat’s control. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements include known and unknown risks. Known risks include, among others, market conditions and the risks described in Intelsat’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2016, as amended by Amendment No. 1 on Form 20-F/A filed on October 11, 2017, and its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Because actual results could differ materially from Intelsat’s intentions, plans, expectations, anticipations, projections, estimations, predictions, assumptions and beliefs about the future, you are urged to view all forward-looking statements with caution. Intelsat does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Dianne VanBeber
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
+1 703-559-7406


Catch up on HBO’s Golden Globe-nominated programmes including BIG LITTLE LIES, WIZARD OF LIES, THE DEUCE, GAME OF THRONES and INSECURE – now streaming on HBO GO* and HBO ON DEMAND.

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SINGAPORE, DECEMBER 12, 2017 – HBO received 12 Golden Globe nominations, the most of any network, for the upcoming 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, which were announced last night in Los Angeles. BIG LITTLE LIES received 6 nominations – the most nominations for a television programme, WIZARD OF LIES received 2 nominations while THE DEUCE, GAME OF THRONES, INSECURE and THE YOUNG POPE each received 1 nomination.

HBO’s Golden Globe nominations this year include:

• 6 nominations for BIG LITTLE LIES: Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, 2 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Alexander Skarsgård) and 2 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley).

Stream the debut season of BIG LITTLE LIES on HBO GO* and HBO On Demand.

• 2 nominations for WIZARD OF LIES: Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Robert De Niro) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Watch the replay of THE WIZARD OF LIES on December 14 at 11.55pm (SIN) on HBO or stream it anytime anywhere on HBO GO* and HBO On Demand.

• 1 nomination for THE DEUCE: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

The premiering season of THE DEUCE is available for streaming on HBO GO*.

• 1 nomination for GAME OF THRONES: Best Television Series – Drama.

Stream the latest season of GAME OF THRONES on HBO GO* and HBO On Demand.

• 1 nomination for INSECURE: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Issa Rae).

Don’t miss the marathon of INSECURE Season 2 on 23 December, starting from 10am (SIN) on HBO SIGNATURE. The latest season of the series is also available for streaming on HBO GO* and HBO On Demand.

• 1 nomination for THE YOUNG POPE: Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Jude Law).

The Golden Globe Awards will be announced on January 7 in Los Angeles.

*In territories where available.

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Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes that are produced exclusively for HBO viewers. Wholly owned by HBO (a Time Warner company), HBO Asia reaches 23 territories across Asia and offers a bouquet of channels and services including 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels in standard-definition and high-definition – HBO, HBO SIGNATURE, HBO FAMILY, HBO HITS, CINEMAX and RED by HBO – as well as HBO GO and HBO ON DEMAND. HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst and the DreamWorks channel in Asia. Log on to for more information.

For more information, please contact HBO Asia:

Karen Lai
Senior Director, Communications
Tel: (65) 6381 1796

Cheryl Foong
Manager, Communications
Tel: (65) 6381 1838

Chan Zi Ning
Executive, Communications
Tel: (65) 6381 1746

StarGroup Selects Irdeto to Securely Deliver Content Through its StarTV Service

Irdeto secures the delivery of premium content to StarGroup’s 100,000 pay TV subscribers across 22 states in the Republic of Mexico

Mexico City – 11 December 2017 – Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security, today announced that StarGroup, a telecommunication service provider in Mexico, has selected Irdeto to secure the distribution of content to its 100,000 pay TV subscribers. Serving 22 states in the Republic of Mexico, StarGroup will leverage Irdeto Cloaked CA to securely deliver premium content through its StarTV service. This new service provides satellite pay TV to consumers in Mexico who do not have restricted TV or to customers seeking more accessible and higher-quality service.

StarGroup harnesses strategic alliances with leading technology providers all over the world to provide high-quality services to its customers while also offering the most advanced pay TV technology and telecommunication needs. By selecting Irdeto, StarGroup is working with a partner that has the security experience and expertise needed to securely broadcast the best national and international pay TV content throughout Mexico.

“Providing our customers with premium content and services is the top priority for StarGroup,” said Bruno Pruneda, Director General, StarTV. “Irdeto has not only been a trusted technology provider, but also a valuable partner who understands StarGroup’s needs and supports our company’s mission to provide our customers with high-quality content and optimal service. Our partnership with Irdeto gives us the peace of mind that our content and services are secured, allowing us to continue to grow and develop our business throughout Mexico and Latin America.”

To assure content owners that their assets are protected against theft or viewing in unauthorized territories, operators must deploy a conditional access solution with uncompromising security. Recently audited and certified by Farncomb (Cartesian), the Irdeto Cloaked CA solution provides a secure chipset that is complemented by Irdeto’s software obfuscation and whitebox cryptography. Together, these features provide a secure, diversified and easily renewable CA solution. It is a key offering in the Irdeto 360 Security suite, which is designed to ensure future-proof, end-to-end security that can quickly and easily react to changes in the market in a cost-effective fashion.

“As operators launch new technologies like StarGroup’s StarTV service, it is critical to ensure that the delivery of premium content is protected,” said Paul Ragland, Vice President of Sales, Americas, Irdeto. “Irdeto provides operators like StarGroup with a unique, 360 security strategy that provides premium content protection across the content value chain. Our partnership with StarGroup protects their services from threats like piracy while providing a renewable and flexible security solution so they are able to provide customers with an optimal viewing experience.”


About StarGroup
StarGroup provides direct to home (DTH) services across Mexico under the brand StarTV, and is expanding into satellite broadband markets throughout Mexico and Latin America. The company has extensive experience in the broadband and television industries and the support of national and international partners. For more information, visit

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

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Russell
Global Manager, Public Relations, Irdeto
Mobile: +1 774 273 3890

Crystal Kung
Senior Account Manager, WE Communications
P: +65 6303 8472

FYITM tops ratings of lifestyle pay-TV channels in Singapore for November 2017

7 December 2017, Singapore – FYITM (Singtel TV Ch 260 / StarHub TV Ch 404), A+E Networks® Asia’s entertainment destination offering inspiring lifestyle programming across food, travel, property and leisure, was number one in average primetime ratings across all eight reported lifestyle channels on pay-TV for November 2017, among pay-TV viewers ages 15 and over, in Singapore.

Singapore pay-TV viewers tuned in particularly to FYI’s property-themed programmes including You Can’t Turn That Into A House!, Zombie House Flipping, Tiny House World and Buying the View, which contributed strong ratings to FYI.

“Singapore pay-TV viewers are very savvy and it is no mean feat for FYI’s inspiring content offerings to have won them over. We are looking forward to keeping the pipeline of excellent A+E Networks’ content on FYI flowing and will add some regional flavour with originals from South Korea on travel, fashion and food programming in the months ahead,” said Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director, Asia Pacific, A+E Networks.

In addition to carriage on StarHub TV, FYI and the rest of A+E Networks Asia’s channels HISTORYTM, LifetimeTM, Crime+InvestigationTM and H2TM launched in October on Singtel TV, to become available to all pay-TV viewers in Singapore. Viewership from both pay-TV platforms in Singapore contributed almost equally to FYI ratings in November.

Continuing in the property vein in December, FYI viewers can look forward to Ace This Space, an FYI Asia original TV special featuring Zack Giffin and John Weisbarth. The hosts of popular franchise Tiny House Nation took time out during HISTORYCon Manila to refurbish and reorganize a 14-month-old’s cluttered room with some local help. They put together a clever pulley system and dual use furniture in just two days. Ace This Space premieres on 26 December, Tuesday at 8.30pm (SIN/HK).

Other FYI shows in December include You Can’t Turn That Into a House with new episodes airing on Tuesdays at 8pm (SIN/HK); fresh episodes of Tiny House Hunting Season 4 on Mondays at 8pm; while Christmas-themed episodes of Tiny House Hunting make the ‘A Tiny X’mas’ special airing on Monday, 25 December from 8pm.

FYI will also kick off 2018 with Income Property Season 5. Owning more than 20 income-generating homes that he converted and renovated, series host Scott McGillivray lets viewers in on the process where he offers design options, prepares plans for conversions and manages the construction of a rental suite. Income Property Season 5 premieres on 9 January, Tuesday 8pm (SIN/HK).


About FYI Asia
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Eutelsat satellite connectivity selected by Colombian government

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EUTELSAT 115 West B satellite to support defence networks in Andean region

Bogota, Paris, 6 December 2017 – The Colombian Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) for capacity on the EUTELSAT 115 West B satellite.

The multi-transponder contract, the first between Eutelsat and the Colombian Ministry of Defence, follows the signature of a government to government agreement between France and Colombia, designed to encourage cooperation in the context of the France-Colombia Year.

The Colombian government will leverage EUTELSAT 115 West B’s exceptional power levels over the Andean Region to host Ministry of Defence networks across the country, used by the General Command of the Colombian Military Forces, the Army and the Air Force.

General José Javier Pérez Mejía, Deputy Minister of Defence of Colombia, said: “In the interests of improved organisation of the satellite communications networks operated by our defence forces the Colombian Ministry of Defence decided to seek a single contractor to meet its diverse needs. Of the countries we invited to contend, France, through Eutelsat, presented the best economic and technical proposal, leading us to select EUTELSAT 115 West B.”

Michel Azibert, Chief Commercial and Development Officer at Eutelsat, added: “This first agreement with the Colombian Ministry of Defence reinforces our commitment to working hand in hand with governments across the globe to deliver efficient solutions matching connectivity and security needs. We’re delighted to enter into this new relationship in the context of the 2017 France-Colombia Year, and to strengthen relations between both countries.”

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

Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL).

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