CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017

The competition is fierce

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

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

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

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

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

Some quotable quotes:

From the Operators

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

From the Manufacturers

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

From the Customers

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


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

On Flat Panels

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

The Launch Panel

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

On India

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

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

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

Click here for the detailed programme and list of speakers.



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

For media contacts and additional background contact:

Cynthia Wong
Director of Member Relations & Marketing

Cartoon Network Expands Ben 10 Universe with Season Two Pick-Up and New Mobile and Console Games

Ben’s transformation into Wildvine, the 10th alien to be featured in the current first season will be revealed in two all-new episodes on July 1

Ben’s transformation into Wildvine, the 10th alien to be featured in the current first season
will be revealed in two all-new episodes on July 1

Turner’s Cartoon Network has announced that the hit series Ben 10 has been renewed for a second season following last year’s successful global launch about the boy with a mysterious watch. In season two, the network will build on the fan excitement for Ben 10 by expanding its multi-screen world to include new console and mobile games along with a host of other immersive experiences.

Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max will embark on their greatest summer vacation ever during the second season. The heroic adventures will continue as Ben meets new aliens, friends and foes while discovering exciting twists and surprises within his Omnitrix! New episodes from the first season will premiere in Asia Pacific every Saturday from June 10, with the second season planned for early 2018.

Ben 10 is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and created and executive produced by Man of Action Entertainment (Big Hero 6, Generator Rex), with John Fang (Mixels, Generator Rex) as executive producer.

About Cartoon Network Asia Pacific

Turner’s Cartoon Network, the number one kids’ channel in Asia Pacific, offers the best in original animated content including the multi-award-winning global hits Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time and We Bare Bears.

Turner’s Cartoon Network, the number one kids’ channel in Asia Pacific, offers the best in original animated content including the multi-award-winning global hits Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time and We Bare Bears.

The brand is known for putting its fans at the center of everything by applying creative thinking and innovation across multiple platforms. Cartoon Network also reaches millions more through its websites, games and apps, including Cartoon Network Watch and Play and Cartoon Network Anything. Cartoon Network, sister company to Boomerang, POGO and Toonami, is a brand created and distributed by Turner, a Time Warner Company.

About Man of Action Entertainment

Man of Action Entertainment are Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, the writers’ collective behind comic’s largest franchise characters as well as original characters published by their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. Their creations include Ben 10, the $4.5 billion boys’ action franchise for which they’re executive producing the new iteration, and Generator Rex, both for Cartoon Network. Dentsu handpicked them to create, write and executive produce the all-new Mega Man series coming to Cartoon Network next year and they also created the upcoming Zak Storm series for Zag. They also launched Disney XD’s Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble as EXP/writers. Man of Action created the characters and team featured in Big Hero 6, Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award®-winning feature. In addition to creating successful video games, toy lines and comic books, Man of Action are the creator/producer/writers of current and upcoming feature films and live-action TV series based on their original comic books and graphic novels including I Kill Giants, Officer Downe, Kafka, The Crusades and The Great Unknown.


About Turner Asia Pacific

Turner Asia Pacific creates and distributes award-winning brands throughout the region, running 61 channels in 14 languages in 42 countries. These include CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, POGO, Toonami, Warner TV, Oh!K, TNT, TCM Turner Classic Movies, truTV, MondoTV, TABI Channel, and HBO, HBO HD and WB in South Asia. Turner manages the business of Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage Time Warner’s global reach. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. (“Turner Asia Pacific”) is a Time Warner company.

Publicity Contact

James Moore, Director of Communications, Turner Asia Pacific
Tel: +852 3128-3720

News Channel Zee Hindustan launched 21 May 2017

  • Morning special 1 hour news content will spread hope, positivity and cast a ray of the new dawn
  • ‘11pm CM’s Corner’ will air stories of States Chief Ministers and the bureaucracy
  • Will flash more than 1500 news stories throughout the day

New Delhi, May 22, 2017: Indian Television Industry will witness the new age News business from 21st May 2017, with the addition of its first Nationalist News Channel Zeeहिंदुस्तान. This will change the perception of news content both in terms of broadcasting as well as viewing. The main agenda of the channel will be to cover the entire gamut of content from various states without restricting itself only to National Capital or metropolitan cities and hence will come out of the TRP race. The news covering will be in an innovative fashion to give the viewers a different experience altogether.

Speaking on the new channel, Mr. Jagdeesh Chandra, Executive Director & CEO Regional Channels, ZMCL said, “In the present scenario, where other news channel from all the languages are busy discussing the national capital priorities, there will be one channel which will discuss the state’s news affairs which can influence the center. Why do States like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Assam not set Agendas in Delhi? The answer to these questions lie in ZEE Hindustan, because we believe that states make the Nation. This picture will be the main focus of our special program ‘राजधानी से राजधानी तक’, which will be aired seven days a week at 7pm. Not just eight stories, but our special program will focus on 80 stories making it our agenda.”

Zee Hindustan channel’s programing lineup includes ‘11 pm CM’s Corner’ – a show that will broadcast stories of States’ Chief Ministers and the bureaucracy. What did your Chief Minister do for you? What are the important announcements from the government to its people? All these questions will be raised by us. Now, Indian audience will not wait for the end of the year to assess the performance of their Chief Minister, Zeeहिंदुस्तान will work each day to scrutinize the Government’s work. This show is set to be broadcast 5 days in a week, giving you the complete balance sheet of your Government’s work.

In this noisy and stressful life, the kick start to the morning with an accurate dose of news is amiss. But every morning at 8, ZEE हिंदुस्तान will offer a complete one hour show that will fill your morning with joy and give you the news of your flavor first. ‘आनंदम’ is not just a news show, but a show that will bring colors of hope, positivity and cast a ray of the new dawn every morning through your TV.

Major events will be delivered to you LIVE throughout the day. Any Event will be covered by On- Field Reporters of ZEE हिंदुस्तान positioned across the length and breadth of the Nation. ZEE हिंदुस्तान will step forward not only with politics but also with nationalism. We will broadcast not just Live events from New Delhi but also from different States.

As a content differentiator, you will not only see the news but also read it. ZEE हिंदुस्तान will flash more than 1500 news throughout the day. Thus, paving the way for viewers to experience Newspaper, website, social media and television all in a single window of Zee Hindustan.

Stay tuned to the New National Hindi News Channel ZEE हिंदुस्तान AVAILABLE ON: TATA SKY – 528 ; DISH TV – 675 ; AIRTEL DTH – 339 ; AND ALSO ON DD DIRECT

Media Contact:
Abhishek Shrivastav
M: 99993 62623

Tata Sky teaches everyone to act with new campaign featuring Amitabh Bachchan

Mumbai, May 19, 2017: Tata Sky, India’s innovative content distribution platform, announced the launch of a brand-new ad campaign featuring the legendary superstar Amitabh Bachchan. The new campaign was launched alongside their latest interactive service ‘Tata Sky Acting Adda’ powered by FTheCouch (FTC).

The path to becoming an actor in Bollywood is one with a lot of trials and disappointments. Especially when one has no formal training in acting or is unable to navigate a successful entry into Bollywood.

But all this will change, with Tata Sky’s Acting Adda – A new service that brings the best of Bollywood masters to teach the fundamentals of acting at the convenience of your home. Tata Sky announced the launch of its latest interactive service ‘Tata Sky Acting Adda’ powered by FTheCouch (FTC), an initiative by Suniel Shetty. An exclusive service for Tata Sky subscribers on #111, Tata Sky Acting Adda is the first-of-its-kind to offer acting lessons delivered by experts from all top institutes on television and on Tata Sky’s mobile app at the price of just Rs. 59 per month.

To launch this service Ogilvy & Mather conceptualised a unique campaign with the tagline ‘Bade Break ka Bada Manch’, using the legendary actor Mr. Bachchan in yet another interesting avatar. This time he plays the role of a diffident ‘Uncleji’ who fails an audition at his local Ramleela because he can’t act. We see his complete transformation to a good actor with the help of Tata Sky Acting Adda. He goes on to give an audition so powerful that he bags the role of Raavan in the play.

Shot by the National award winning Director Shoojit Sircar, the ad – a series of four TVCs captures Mr. Bachchan’s transformation into a confident actor in a very simple yet extremely fun way.

Malay Dikshit, Chief Communications Officer, Tata Sky said, “This service caters to a much underserviced need of aspiring actors to get the much needed break as well as the need of casting experts to have a ready talent pool. The communication, which delivers a smile has the service woven into a beautifully simple story. Mr Bachchan and O&M have once again created magic for Tata Sky.”

Sukesh Nayak – ECD, Ogilvy & Mather said, “What better way to launch an acting school platform than have India’s superstar play a role of an ordinary man with a desire to act. We hope with this product, every Indian, no matter living where, now gets an opportunity to embellish his acting skills and show his talent on big stage.”

This service priced at Rs 59/- month will be available exclusively to Tata Sky subs on #111 & on Tata Sky Mobile app.

Ad links:

1) Main film –
2) Facial Expressions –
3) Roleplay –
4) Raavan –


  • Name of the creative agency: Ogilvy & Mather
  • Name of the creative director: Sukesh Nayak
  • Director: Shoojit Sircar

About Tata Sky

Tata Sky Limited (‘Tata Sky’) is a joint venture between the Tata Sons and 21st Century Fox. Incorporated in 2001 and launched services in 2006, Tata Sky is India’s leading content distribution platform providing Pay TV and OTT services. With the objective of connecting to the best content in the world on any budget, any screen, anytime and anywhere, Tata Sky was the first to launch multiple products and services that redefined the subscribers viewing experience in the country.

Tata Sky has been a pioneer in the HD Set top box segment having significant market share in the category. It has been continuously adding new channels and platform services across various genres and languages to beef up its content offering to cater to all segments of the audience. Tata Sky currently has its footprints spread across 1.5 lakh towns with over 17 million connections in India.

For more information on Tata Sky, visit

About FTheCouch

FTC Talent Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd operating under the brand name FTheCouch(FTC) is an online global platform that aggregates and connects talent, recruiters and service providers in the Entertainment Industry. Founded by Bollywood actor, Suniel Shetty & cofounded by Casting Director, Mukesh Chhabra in October 2016, FTC currently has over 35,000 registered talents from 80+ countries and 500 recruiters offering jobs in films, television, advertisements, theatre, live events, and workshops. The platform simplifies the discovery and hiring process in the entertainment industry by allowing new and established talent in acting, music, scriptwriting, direction, dancing, etc. to connect directly to opportunities with verified recruiters and projects.

FTC also has a production division called Original Production Studio, which specializes in custom content development for various platforms such as digital, d2h, television and broadcasting. Since its inception last year it has produced over 2000+ hours of original content across genres like fitness, acting, beauty, lifestyle, etc.

For Further information contact:

Tata Sky:
Nida Paloba – 09821017561
Aditya Ravi – 09821299550

Ad Factors:
Arun Thankappan – 09930860706
Gaurav Bhat – 09833057592

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and the SOLAR Group will launch a new DTH service in the Philippines

Bermuda and Hong Kong, 22nd May 2017 – ABS, a leading satellite operator and the SOLAR Group, one of the largest content providers in the Philippines have formed a joint venture partnership to launch the first nationwide Free-to-View Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in the Philippines.

The new service will be available on C-band via the ABS-6 satellite covering the Philippines. Unlike most Ku-band DTH services, the C-band service will not be susceptible to rain degradation. The free-to-view platform is scheduled to launch in Q3 2017 and will host a bouquet of 40-50 high quality domestic and international channels. Content will include different genres of programming from general entertainment, music, movies, sports, lifestyle, infotainment, children’s and local content. Unlike other pay TV services, consumers in the Philippines will only need to make a one-time purchase of an affordable DTH kit which includes a small parabolic antenna and decoder set-top-box (STB), and will be able to enjoy an array of digital quality and compelling programming with no monthly fees.

“We are very excited to announce this joint collaboration with the SOLAR Group to launch a Freeto-View DTH service in the Philippines. The SOLAR Group is one of the most highly respected broadcast and media companies in the Philippines. This is a perfect strategic partnership with each party bringing unique strengths and experience to drive the success of this platform,” said CEO of ABS Tom Choi. “For the first time in the Philippines, everyone will be able to afford high quality television programming for free, including consumers living in the rural areas and outlying islands.”

SOLAR Group President and CEO Wilson Y. Tieng said, “ABS’ comprehensive understanding of this business was a key factor in our decision to work together and launch this platform in the Philippines. With their extensive experience on launching and operating similar DTH services in other markets like in Indonesia, they were able to bring their expertise in designing and operating the platform. This allowed us to focus on programming, marketing and distribution, rather than technical operations.”


About ABS

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites: ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa and Asia. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira.

For more information, visit:


Solar Entertainment Corporation is the largest content provider and channel operator in Southeast Asia. It is committed to elevating the network to a global standard and maintaining Solar as a leader and innovator in the industry. Until today, Solar continues to widen its programming to meet the demands of emerging audiences.

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AsiaSat 9 ready for shipment

Hong Kong, 22 May 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) achieved critical milestone of the AsiaSat 9 program with the successful conclusion of the Satellite Pre Ship Review (SPSR) meeting with Space Systems Loral (SSL) on 7 April 2017. Both AsiaSat and SSL agreed that AsiaSat 9 is ready for shipment to the launch site as soon as required.

During the meeting, performance data of the spacecraft was critically reviewed, deep dived into each subsystem. Launch mission and in-orbit-test were also on the agenda.

“We are pleased to achieve this key milestone with our largest-ever satellite ready to be shipped to the Baikonur launch site,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. “AsiaSat 9’s additional capacity and high performance coverage will provide the path for our continued growth and ever better service to our customers.”

AsiaSat 9 is a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East longitude. AsiaSat 9 is a SSL 1300E satellite equipped with 28 C-band and 32 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload. The satellite will provide enhanced C-band coverage over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region, as well as customised Ku-band beams for Australasia, East Asia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Mongolia. AsiaSat 9 will be launched by an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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About AsiaSat
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world’s population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company’s satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched in late 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit

AsiaSat 9 successfully completes testing at SSL’s Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) facility

AsiaSat 9 successfully completes testing at SSL’s Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) facility

Media Contact:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880

Intelsat and Telkom Join Forces at 157° East to Expand Broadband Connectivity across Indonesia

Luxembourg and Jakarta, 21 May 2017
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (PT Telkom), Indonesia’s largest satellite telecommunications services company, announced today they have entered into a collaboration agreement designed to provide options as the companies explore new opportunities to serve a region with expansive needs for broadband connectivity.

Under the new, multi-year agreement, Telkom has relocated the Telkom-2 satellite to Intelsat’s 157° East orbital location, where it will be co-located with Intelsat 5. This move allows Telkom to efficiently manage its satellite fleet while expanding its use of Intelsat services to complement PT Telkom’s network. The two satellite operators will also analyze the potential to expand services at 157° East.

“In a country such as Indonesia, satellite services are critical to meeting our customers’ increasing demands for data and video content, regardless of location,” said Abdus Somad Arief, Director of Wholesale and International Service Telkom. “By collaborating with Intelsat, we can leverage our collective broadband expertise to support and spur economic growth across Indonesia as well as enhance the lives of millions of citizens within the country.”

“Our collaboration with Telkom demonstrates the value we place on working with other satellite operators to optimize the potential of our services in the region,” said Jay Yass, Vice President, Business Development, Intelsat. “As our Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites are introduced to the Asia region, with Intelsat 33e currently in service and Horizons 3e late next year, collaborations such as this are essential to bringing the best solutions to the region. We look forward to working with PT Telkom as we explore opportunities to optimize our respective fleets in the region.”

Supporting Resources:

About Intelsat
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, 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. For more information, visit

About Telkom Indonesia
Telkom Group is a state-owned telecommunications enterprise as well as telecommunications and network service providers in Indonesia. Telkom Group serves millions of customers throughout Indonesia with a complete range of telecommunications services that includes fixed wireline and fixed wireless connections, mobile communications, networking, and interconnection services as well as Internet and data communication services. Telkom Group also provides various services in the field of information, media and edutainment, including cloud-based and server-based managed services, e-Payment services and IT enabler, e-Commerce and other portal services. For more information, please visit our website at–/54s5zg/256526429

Jason Bates
Media Communications Manager
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Arif Prabowo
Vice President, Corporate Communication

19 May, 2017


Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending May 19th. Curated by CASBAA, News Views keeps you in the loop. We always value your feedback, so tell us what you think!

Brought to you by:

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

It seems the TV industry is finally getting some traction with enforcement agencies around Asia, with respect to the syndicates selling illicit streaming devices (ISDs) and operating the piracy server networks that feed them. Last week in Bangkok, there was a police raid and several arrests of UK citizens involved in operating the Expat.TV networks. (That was a series of networks with marketing pitches aimed at expatriates living in Southeast Asian countries and Hong Kong. They specialized in stealing and reselling British programming, including Premier League matches and other sports.) A few weeks earlier, Astro and Cisco scored, with a raid by Malaysian police on a syndicate stealing Astro channels (and many others) and retransmitting them through ISDs.  One Malaysian press report said the police were “taken aback” by the size of the operation, which was reported to have 30,000 customers.


Christopher Slaughter

Christopher Slaughter


Two apparently contradictory headlines in the trade press this week illustrate the quandary the industry finds itself in these days; on the one hand, “Pay-TV bleeds subs in worst quarter ever;” but at the same time, “Global Pay-TV subs to break billion barrier by 2018.”  So who to believe? Perhaps another perspective is needed: “TV is not dying — it’s lies, damn lies, and bad media statistics.” (Thanks, Andrew Jordan!)



Mark Lay

Mark Lay

Vice President, Singapore

A year ago, a week would go by and we may see only a couple stories about how OTT/Streaming video is changing the current landscape. Now there is a torrent of stories in all shapes, styles and sizes. PCCW’s Viu just launched in Thailand. After years, Apple and Amazon came to a deal to have Prime Video on Apple TVHotstar showing IPL has Indians glued to their phones for cricket. PLDT will be deploying a Roku streaming solution to deliver Cignal channels, Netflix and others.  Amazon has announced they will embed their Fire TV and Echo into the TV’s of a number of manufacturers. Pluto TV is now adding on-demand to their existing free streaming channel service. Streaming Business News Network Cheddar Raises $19 Million. MLB did a deal with Facebook to stream one game a week. Vevo is trying to take on MTV with a new tvOS app. And that’s just a few of them this week.



Jane Buckthought

Jane Buckthought

Advertising Consultant

The sorry saga continues with Facebook admitting to its 10th measurement mistake since September.  Facebook’s mistake elicited demands from ad buyers for more third-party verification on the platform. And the collective effective of the errors is getting on buyers’ nerves. “There is a general sense of ‘what could be next,’” said Jessica Baum, media director at Traction. “Even though the last error was smaller in scope, it still impacts overall trust.”



Cathryn Chase

Cathryn Chase

Regulatory Assistant

The Indian news television channel Republic TV has been accused of employing unethical tactics in an effort to increase its viewership.  Following a unanimous decision by its member companies, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) lodged a formal complaint with the TRAI, charging the recently-created news channel with running multiple frequencies.  Not an uncommon strategy in the TV industry, this method involves a channel listing itself at multiple locations, in multiple genres in the EPG of various MSO platforms, resulting in the channel airing on multiple logical channel numbers at the same time.  More importantly, running multiple feeds to garner television rating points (TRPs) is a violation of TRAI rules, though which are in suspended animation at the moment, courtesy Star’s appeal in Supreme Court. The NBA also appealed to the Broadcasting Audience and Research Council of India (BARC) not to release Republic TV’s viewership data before the channel put an end to their alleged malpractices, stressing that doing so would only serve to encourage this type of misconduct in the industry. Against the wishes of the NBA, the BARC has since released its week 19 results, revealing that Republic TV has surpassed previous category leader, Times Now, as the English language news channel with the most weekly impressions.



Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

Chinese telcom equipment provider ZTE has announced it wants to expand its partnership in Pakistan and introduce digital television services into more regions of the country, including in remote northern mountainous areas. A company representative made the announcement at this week’s Belt & Road Forum in Beijing. Pakistan is one of the most important markets for ZTE outside China and the company has a strong legacy relationship with Pakistani telecom operators, pioneering earlier 2, 3 and 4G network launches. ZTE have promised that their 5G product will be a world beater. The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) signed a strategic memorandum of understanding with ZTE in March  as part of a key initiative for PTCL and ZTE to provide high quality video services to customers on TV and mobile devices.



Andrew Lin

Andrew Lin

Regulatory Assistant

The Tamil Nadu Film Producer’s Council (TFPC) proposed to go on a strike starting May 30 as a way to advocate the state government to take steps on combating piracy. Piracy has been a long time issue within the Tamil film industry. The recent worldwide release of Rajamouli’s film Baahubali: The Conclusion was reportedly leaked on Facebook by a group of pirate syndicates under the name of “Tamil Rockers.” However, after a discussion with Chief Minister, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, the film strike will likely be called off after the CM’s assurance and opposition against the strike among film distributors.



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ABS Announces a Strategic Partnership with One of the Largest Telecommunications Operators in Southeast Asia on ABS-2

Bermuda and Hong Kong, 17th May 2017 – ABS announced a strategic partnership with one of the largest telecommunications operators in SE Asia for the delivery of 500Mbps of IP backbone services on ABS-2 at 75°E.

“ABS is proud to be awarded this contract with one of the largest telecom operators in Southeast Asia for expansion IP backbone capacity. At half a gigabit per second, it represents a significant milestone for ABS for the delivery of GEO-based connectivity services. We strive to guarantee both affordability and fiber-like reliability,” Tom Choi stated. “Our partner had previously been using a non-GEO Ka-Band solution. ABS had heard numerous complaints from end-users in the market who could no longer tolerate the frequent outages and downtimes associated with non-GEO Ka-band backbone networks. We have the experience and a proven track record of delivering reliable, multi-gigabits of capacity to customers in the Asia Pacific to Africa regions. Despite all the recent LEO/MEO & Ka/V-band buzz in the market, ABS continues to demonstrate that traditional GEO-based C & Ku-band services provide the necessary high capacity delivered at affordable pricing with simple and low-cost user terminals. We expect to win many more contracts for replacement and expansion capacity from dis-satisfied customers of the NGSO hype.”


About ABS

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites; ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa, and Asia. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira

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Viu launches in Thailand Premium Asian content tailored to Hallyu which sweeps the market with overwhelming affinity to online video viewing


PCCW (SEHK:0008) – HONG KONG, May 17, 2017 – Viu, a leading pan-regional OTT video service by PCCW Media, is officially launched in Thailand today, bringing the service now to 15 markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and the Middle East namely Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Premium Asian content with Thai subtitles, comprising the latest dramas and variety shows from Korea and Japan, will be delivered quickly after local telecast and can be easily accessed via Viu mobile app and website.

Ms. Janice Lee, Managing Director of PCCW Media Group, said, “The Hallyu which is sweeping across Asia is notable in Thailand and we are pleased to see that Viu has already recorded over 820,000 fans on Viu Thailand Facebook page even months before our launch. Leading K-communities and die-hard Korean fans in Thailand all eagerly await Viu’s service launch to access our vast library of premium Korean and other Asian content.”

Ms. Lee said, “Our recent research^ shows that 93% of online population in Thailand have watched videos on the web. We are fully leveraging this surging trend with a two-pronged approach of our services: ad-supported free viewing of their favourite shows and subscription services with express content access and premium features such as unlimited downloads, 1080p HD video quality and ad-free video viewing. As Thailand is one of the most highly Internet penetrated markets with Millennials who are very receptive to online video viewing and digital advertisements, we expect Viu Thailand to mirror the success we have in other Asian markets with healthy growth in subscription and advertising revenue in due course.”

Advertisers will be able to leverage Viu’s video platform to reach out to their target consumers. 80% of Southeast Asian digital consumers have been motivated to search for an item seen within online video advertising, and 62% have made a purchase as a result of seeing an online video advertisement#.

Ms. Piyanuch Meemook, Chief Digital Officer of Mindshare Thailand, a leading global media agency, said, “Viu is a perfect channel for us to reach out to target consumers by delivering highly engaging premium Asian content at a flexible format befitting their lifestyle. The advertisers would be more interested in supporting platforms providing free authorized content for their consumers, especially Millennials, who are Internet users 24/7. They can be effectively engaged while they are watching their favourite shows on Viu anytime, anywhere.”

As part of its regional expansion strategy, Viu has forged alliances with multiple leading telecommunications companies to extend its premium service to more users. Viu’s premium service in Thailand will be launched in partnership with Advanced Info Service (AIS), the country’s largest telecommunications company. AIS users can enjoy exclusive offers of Viu’s premium service and more.

Mr. Pratthana Leelapanang, Acting Chief Marketing Officer of Advanced Info Service or AIS, said, “We are committed to enhancing AIS digital infrastructure both mobile and fixed broadband for Thai viewers to enjoy advanced digital services and contents. One of AIS goals is to continue working with leading OTT platforms in global market to serve the need of every viewer segment, including those who are fond of Asian contents from South Korea and waiting for the original. Today marks another important step for AIS as Viu, a leading OTT service with a strong range of premium Asian content, trusts AIS in its quality mobile network and platform. Together, AIS and Viu are delivering popular digital entertainment from Korea to Thai viewers. AIS customers now can watch Korean series with Thai subtitle as fast as the following day after telecast in Korea. You can replay your favorite series and variety shows at your convenience.”

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^ Acorn study commissioned by PCCW Media Group 2015
# Nielsen South Asia Cross-Platform Report 2015

About PCCW Media

The media group of PCCW is a leading, fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong.

The media group operates the leading pay-TV service in Hong Kong under the Now TV brand delivering both self-produced and licensed content to its customers using advanced IPTV technology. Now TV offers more than 190 linear channels of local, Asian and international programming. Its premium content can also be accessed on-demand and on the go via Now Player app. It is also a leading producer of Chinese language news, financial news and sports programming in addition to Asian infotainment content which complements its wide portfolio of licensed movie and international television content.

The media group is also engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OTT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region. In addition, MOOV is a hugely popular lossless music digital streaming service in Hong Kong.

Moreover, the media group operates one of Asia’s leading directories businesses under the Yellow Pages brand.

About PCCW Limited

PCCW Limited (SEHK: 0008) is a global company headquartered in Hong Kong which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT solutions, property development and investment, and other businesses.

The Company holds a majority interest in the HKT Trust and HKT Limited, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. HKT 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 sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

PCCW also owns a fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong, PCCW Media. PCCW Media operates the largest local pay-TV operation, Now TV, and is engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OTT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region.

Through HK Television Entertainment Company Limited, PCCW also operates a domestic free television service in Hong Kong.

Also wholly-owned by the Group, PCCW Solutions is a leading information technology outsourcing and business process outsourcing provider in Hong Kong and mainland China.

In addition, PCCW holds a majority interest in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, and other overseas investments. To learn more about PCCW, please visit

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Ivan Ho
PCCW Limited
Tel: +852 2883-8747

Marina Leung
Magnus Muses Limited
Tel: +852 3951 0222 / +852 9203 6203