The Regional Network Clinched 4 Gold, 2 Silver And 7 Bronze Awards.
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Top (L to R): HBO Originals: Sands of Time, 2017 Oscars® Image Spot, HBO GO Image Spot
Bottom (L to R) – HBO Sizzle 2018, MAX by HBO Rocky Campaign, HBO FAMILY Sing Along

SINGAPORE, 18 JUNE, 2018 – HBO Asia bagged a total of 13 wins at the recent 2018 PromaxBDA Global Excellence Awards held recently in the U.S. The wins include 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 7 Bronze Awards. Celebrating outstanding achievement in entertainment across every screen: on-air, online and on-the go, the PromaxBDA Awards competition is recognized worldwide as the standard of excellence in promotion, design, branding and digital. The PromaxBDA Global awards honour excellence in the international media marketing space and are regarded as the most prestigious awards for creative endeavour.

The winning HBO Asia entries at the 2018 PromaxBDA Global Excellence Awards include the promotional trailers for HBO Originals: Sands of Time and the 2017 Oscars® Image Spot which took home three awards each; three other entries – HBO GO Image Spot, HBO Sizzle 2018 as well as the MAX by HBO Rocky Campaign – were each recognised with 2 awards; while the HBO FAMILY Sing Along trailer clinched a Gold award.

Please refer to the table below for the list of categories and awards won. You may click on the respective hyperlinks to view the winning entries.

HBO Originals: Sandsof Time ONLINE, CABLE, OR

The 2018 Global Excellence PromaxBDA Promotion, Marketing and Design Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, 14 June 2018 at the New York Midtown Hilton.

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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, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. Wholly owned by HBO (a Time Warner company), HBO Asia reaches 23 territories across Asia with five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a branded SVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to for more information.

For more information, please contact HBO Asia:

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

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Manager, Communications
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Executive, Communications
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(Singapore – June 15, 2018) – Blue Ant Media, an international content producer, distributor and channel operator announced today a crop of new carriage deals for international linear channels, Blue Ant Entertainment and Blue Ant Extreme, across Southeast Asia.

Blue Ant Entertainment is a general entertainment channel featuring hit series and late-night television, that air day-and-date with the U.S. and U.K. markets, including: Bull, The X Factor UK, Entertainment Tonight, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden. The channel also live broadcasts some of the biggest award shows in the world including: The Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Blue Ant Extreme is the destination for extreme, action-packed content including Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Expanding upon the channels’ existing footprint across Southeast Asia, Blue Ant Entertainment and Blue Ant Extreme have launched new carriage deals, via Blue Ant Media’s Kids & Global Networks division, with Indonesia’s subscription Pay TV satellite operator, K-Vision and Papua New Guinea’s Click TV, which airs entertainment, sports and news programming across the region. The channels have also landed in Vietnam with Pay TV providers VTVcab and Next TV (“Viettel”) as of early April 2018.

Blue Ant Media has also renewed its carriage deals for both channels with Mongolian Pay TV provider, Univision.

The two channels are now widely distributed across 12 Southeast Asian countries and different platforms including PPCTV from Cambodia; CABLE TV, nowTV and myTV SUPER from Hong Kong; First Media and BIGTV from Indonesia; Macau Cable TV; unifi TV from Malaysia; SKY and 66 more provincial operators in the Philippines; Digicel Play and HITRON from Papua New Guinea; StarHub from Singapore; and TrueVisions and AIS PLAY from Thailand. Transvision from Indonesia also carries Blue Ant Entertainment, and Canal+ Myanmar FG carries Blue Ant Extreme.

“Blue Ant Extreme and Blue Ant Entertainment are proven ‘must-see’ television channels across the Asia Pacific, bringing audiences across the region high demand factual programming, late night shows and dramatic series. Our latest round of carriage deals across Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Mongolia highlight the strength of Blue Ant Entertainment and Blue Ant Extreme’s programming, which will now reach more fans than ever before,” says Beatrice Lee, CEO, Blue Ant Media Asia Pacific.

Blue Ant Media Asia Pacific is a wholly-owned subsidiary of international producer, distributor and channel operator, Blue Ant Media. The Blue Ant Media Asia Pacific channel portfolio includes Love Nature 4K, ZooMoo, Blue Ant Entertainment, Blue Ant Extreme and Arcade Cloud.

Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international content producer, distributor and channel operator. From our production houses around the world, we create content for multiple genres including factual, factual entertainment, short-form digital series and kids programming. Our distribution business, Blue Ant International, offers a catalogue of 3,000+ hours of content, including the largest 4K natural history offering on the market. Blue Ant Media’s international channel business offers a portfolio of media brands such as Love Nature (International), ZooMoo Networks (International), Smithsonian Channel Canada, BBC Earth (Canada), Blue Ant Entertainment (International), Blue Ant Extreme (International) and HGTV (New Zealand). Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with operations in Los Angeles, Singapore, Auckland, Dunedin, London, Washington, Sydney, Beijing and Taipei.

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AsiaSat seeks collaborative efforts to implement measures protecting existing satellite services against interference from future 5G networks

Hong Kong, 14 June 2018 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat – SEHK: 1135), Asia’s leading satellite operator has responded to the Communications Authority (CA)’s decision to reallocate the 3.4 – 3.7 GHz band, the lower C-Band frequency in Hong Kong, from FSS (satellite) to mobile service (5G) and the subsequent proposal of two exclusion zones as a potential solution.

In the responses, AsiaSat shared the fact that the C-band’s use in satellite communications is the major frequency for connecting Hong Kong’s teleports to other continents, creating a hub for telecommunication services in the international market built three decades ago. The C-band provides a variety of services including contribution and distribution of TV services, broadcasting data and information such as meteorological data and maritime/aeronautical related safety. In Hong Kong alone the band has significant historical importance, bringing television events from the Olympic Games to the Hong Kong Handover ceremony. C-band provides the city with coverage of breaking international news and live sports, from premier sports leagues, tournaments, international athletic games, to motor-racing and world summits, like the Belt and Road Forum. More crucially, C-band is used for disaster relief and emergency communications services.

AsiaSat stands by the claim that the reallocation of the C-band will significantly limit Hong Kong and Greater China’s satellite operators’ ability to control and monitor their satellite fleet and earth stations, thereby affecting many of the essential services currently delivered via satellite with the potential risk of interference from mobile service. CA’s suggestion of two exclusion zones has also raised serious concerns due to the high risk imposed from terrestrial mobile communication interference. Links for safe operation and monitoring of the satellites, which is an international obligation under the UN Outer Space Treaty, may be lost, possibly causing loss of service and impacting agreements. There are further difficulties in Hong Kong with the numerous satellite TV receptions mounted on buildings, involving some 1,600 C-band SMATV systems, 900,000 outlets that would need re-adjusting, before even considering the international consequence.

AsiaSat recommends looking at different mitigation measures to reduce the interference by mobile operators to satellite services, and to find options beyond the initial proposals. Mobile operators should fully consider more available technical measures to minimize their interference with preexisting satellite services. Regulating the transmitting power of mobile stations is one fair way to reduce interference, and more answers could be found by studying other mitigation proposals in collaboration with the telecommunication industry. Costs involved in these mitigation measures should not however, be imposed on the satellite operators and customers who have used the C-band for decades.

AsiaSat’s CEO, Dr. Roger Tong, had thoughts on the issue, “We strongly request the Communications Authority to set a level playing field for all telecom operators, to properly consult the affected satellite operators and consumers. Hong Kong also seeks further consultations to define reasonable arrangement in this area, and request that mobile operators implement measures to prevent interference to the existing satellite TT&C/monitoring earth stations and SMATV operations when deploying future 5G networks. If allowing the reallocation without due concern for existing satellite usage, the CA will be affecting services provided by us to the entire Asia-Pacific region, and the world.”

AsiaSat’s responses to The Communications Authority’s Statement on Change in the Allocation of the 3.4 – 3.7 GHz Band from Fixed Satellite Service to Mobile Service can be viewed at AsiaSat website

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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 | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Mobile App

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Eutelsat to broadcast 5,500 hours of HD content during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

Five satellites being mobilised to broadcast football matches across Europe, Russia and the Americas

Paris, 12 June 2018 – In the final run-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) announces that capacity equivalent to 5,500 hours of High Definition (HD) transmissions has been booked by several TV channels and service providers ahead of the global event to be held from 14 June to 15 July.

In addition to the regular broadcast capacity booked by Eutelsat’s customers, capacity on five Eutelsat satellites[1] will uplink signals from 11 cities across Russia during the month-long event. Delivering content to television networks based in Europe, Russia and the Americas, the event showcases the essential role satellite plays in providing global coverage, particularly in key international sporting events.

Eutelsat’s satellites form part of the broadcast infrastructure mobilised to enable millions of viewers to benefit from a wide-range of content, including not just the football matches, but also pre- and post-match interviews, coverage of team training, and the daily life of soccer fans.


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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 6,800 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 46 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service.

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

For more about Eutelsat go to

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Turner International and Bright Little Labs Sign Strategic Equity Investment

● Investment marks Digital Ventures & Innovation group’s first entry into the edutainment space
● Turner provides funding and kids creative expertise to power Bright Little Labs’ international growth as innovator in the kids coding and life skills space

Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) group today announces an equity investment in Bright Little Labs (BLL), a UK-based early stage company which creates and distributes edutainment content for kids.

The funding will be used to fuel Bright Little Labs’ international expansion in terms of both creative development and distribution.

The investment will enhance BLL’s current offering by leveraging Turner’s expertise in the kids’ space to develop quality IP which delivers on Bright Little Labs’ vision to engage, entertain and educate kids about critical thinking, computer science and coding.

Bright Little Labs’ existing edutainment IP centres around Detective Dot from the Children’s Intelligence Agency, a hi-tech spy agency which incorporates the official UK coding curriculum and allows kids to learn in a fun and engaging way.

The agreement will also lay the foundation for further leverage across Turner’s wider animation and licensing and merchandising portfolio.

The investment means that Turner becomes Bright Little Labs’ main strategic investor and signals its commitment to developing a presence in edutainment. Christopher Sodergren VP Digital Ventures, DV&I for Turner will take a seat on Bright Little Labs’ board of directors.

“Partnering with relevant start-ups is a core part of our strategy to compete and lead in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape,” said Aksel van der Wal, Executive Vice President, Digital Ventures & Innovation for Turner. “We saw in Bright Little Labs the opportunity to expand a great concept into an international multiplatform D2C offering, in a way that fully embraces and utilises our expertise in kids, speaks to our desire to create new fan-centric experiences and aligns us with a like-minded partner. It also serves as a great platform for our ambitions to do more in the kids D2C space.”

Sophie Deen, CEO, Bright Little Labs, said: “We’re beyond excited to be partnering with Turner in the next phase of our journey. In a world of post-truth, job-automation and internet enabled teddy bears that could be snooping on you, digital literacy and critical thinking are key. It’s imperative that all children, regardless of their background, have access to these 21st century skills and we’ve seen first-hand that a hi-tech spy agency with empowering role models like Detective Dot is a great way to achieve this. We’re working to scale our transmedia platform, reaching kids wherever they are, so we can deliver rich, personalised experiences directly to our users. Not only does Turner share our vision, working with Turner means we can leverage their expertise in creating the very best kids content and reach new audiences globally.”

Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer EMEA & International Kids Strategy for Turner, said: “Turner shares with Bright Little Labs a passion for engaging kids in a way which is original and immersive. We see multiple opportunities to leverage our kids’ expertise to further develop BLL’s existing business and engage kids in a way that while putting entertainment first also equips them for the skills they need for today’s 21st century world.”

Turner’s kids’ portfolio includes the Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Toonami and Cartoonito channels, websites and YouTube channels as well as extensive content production and licensing and merchandising operations.

The investment in BLL follows DV&I’s stake in Copa90 in February 2017. DV&I has also launched gaming service Gloud and movie streaming service FilmStruck internationally since forming just under 18 months ago to focus on D2C opportunities executed through innovation, in-house development or acquisition.


About Turner International
Turner International operates versions of core Turner brands, including CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM Turner Classic Movies, as well as country- and region-specific networks and businesses in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It 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 operates more than 175 channels showcasing 48 brands in 34 languages in over 200 countries. Turner International is a Time Warner company.

About Digital Ventures & Innovation
Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I), is part of Turner International. Turner International operates versions of Turner brands including CNN, TNT and Cartoon Network across the world, whilst also focusing on digital-only brands. DV&I drives innovation, develops new revenue streams and is responsible for managing and growing Turner’s existing multi-platform suite of international products and services on the web, for smart phones, games, apps and OTT. It is responsible for Turner International’s Data strategy and it develops new digital direct-to-consumer businesses and consumer-centric products. These include the recent UK launch of FilmStruck, a new premium movie streaming service expertly curated by film lovers for film lovers, and GLOUD, a cloud-based gaming service available in Latin America. The group is also charged with identifying new opportunities for Turner through technological product innovation and acquisitions. Technology and operations (T&O) for Turner International is also part of DV&I.

About Bright Little Labs
Bright Little Labs is building a kids media giant for the 21st century. They make interactive stories to promote critical thinking, computer science and equality for kids aged 5+. Their flagship story is about Detective Dot, a tech-whizz who is on a dangerous mission from the Children’s Intelligence Agency (CIA). The company provides a lo-fi and accessible route into coding, with kids joining the CIA to complete STEM-focused ‘missions’ on and offline which complement the UK Computing Curriculum. Starting on Kickstarter in 2016, Bright Little Labs was part of the Cabinet Office backed, tech-for-good accelerator Bethnal Green Ventures. They now have users in over 30 countries and are widely recognised for their story-led approach to 21st Century skills (recipient of EDF Stem Pulse Award 2017, named ‘Top Coding Toy for Kids’ by The Independent in 2017 and the Evening Standard in 2018). Their founder and CEO, Sophie Deen, is an active advocate for diversity in kids’ media and in the tech industry. She has been named one of Computer Weekly’s ‘Most influential women in UK IT’ 2017, Barclays/Everywoman ‘Startup Founder of the Year’ 2017, the British Interactive Media Association’s ‘Innovator’ in 2017 and London Tech Week ‘Changemaker’ in 2018 for her work to inspire children into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

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NAGRA’s OpenTV suite powers new OTT service for Taiwan Broadband Communications

• NAGRA’s OpenTV Suite selected to power TBC’s new OTT service, TBC GO
• Both cable and broadband TBC customers will have “on-the-go” access to live TV and to more advanced features later this year

Cheseaux, Switzerland – June 6, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, announced today it is providing a new OTT platform for Taiwan Broadband Communications (TBC), one of the leading multi-system cable operators in Taiwan. Powered by NAGRA’s OpenTV Suite, TBC’s new OTT service – TBC GO – will give consumers “on-the-go” access to live TV on open devices and to more advanced features such as VOD. TBC GO is expected to be commercially available to TBC subscribers in June 2018.

“NAGRA has been a key partner since 2015 in helping us roll out our newly digitized platform and enable new services like our OTT platform,” said Jimmy Chen, Chief Executive Officer, TBC. “Their tightly integrated solutions provide fast time-to-market and their team is committed to our success. We look forward to introducing it to all of our subscribers in the next few months.”

“We are excited to support TBC as they leverage their digital platform to enjoy all the benefits that OTT has to offer and deliver more compelling services to their customers,” said Stéphane Le Dréau, Senior Vice President Sales & Services APAC at NAGRA. “This latest service launch highlights TBC’s commitment to their customers by extending their access both inside and outside the home. With the OpenTV Suite, TBC has an OTT solution that is widely used by operators around the world and gives them a launchpad for new services and extended monetization opportunities.”

The OpenTV Suite is a set of tightly integrated and optimized TV components – OpenTV Experience, OpenTV Platform, OpenTV OS and OpenTV Player – designed to facilitate and simplify access to digital media content on multiple viewing devices and deliver clear operational advantages of deployment speed, performance, service innovation, scalability and monetization.

NAGRA OpenTV solution will be demonstrated on the NAGRA stand, 1J2-01, at ConnecTechAsia /CommunicAsia 2018 in Singapore (26-28 June 2018).

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NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content owners and DTV service providers worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

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Marketing Communications
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Marketing Communications
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Navarino Announces Strategic Partnership with Intelsat

Luxembourg, 4 June 2018
Navarino, the maritime industry’s leading technology company, announced today that it will add maritime connectivity services from Intelsat S.A. to its portfolio of connectivity solutions.

Under the agreement, Navarino will introduce innovative Intelsat satellite services delivered from the award-winning IntelsatOne Flex platform, a global managed service designed to optimize bandwidth allocations and provide flexible coverage where it is needed most. With this service set to be introduced to customers in Q3 2018, Navarino CEO Dimitris Tsikopoulos is expecting a high level of interest in the new possibilities that the Intelsat/Navarino collaboration will bring.

“Intelsat is one of the satellite industry’s most experienced and respected providers,” he said. “We are excited to begin working with them to bring multi-layered HTS global coverage and pioneering new Ku-band offerings to the maritime marketplace, offerings which have the potential to be really innovative in terms of how connectivity is packaged and delivered. Navarino has a vast amount of experience in the maritime satcom market. We have witnessed first-hand how increasingly critical connectivity is as an enabler for managing vessel networks and IT infrastructure. Simultaneously, we have also seen that there are certain sectors of our marketplace which are looking for highly specialized types of connectivity that the current market cannot cater to. Our collaboration with Intelsat will enable us to address this wide variety of maritime communications requirements by delivering a tailored, high-throughput global connectivity solution.”

“Maritime customers are demanding a robust, flexible and resilient platform that supports their growing business needs and meets the demands of vessel and crew,” said Intelsat’s Mark Rasmussen, Vice President and General Manager, Mobility. “With Intelsat’s Globalized Network and IntelsatOne Flex services, Navarino can tailor solutions to meet customers’ requirements and offer more differentiated products. The addition of IntelsatOne Flex capabilities will add a level of service, coverage and throughput that has historically not been available in the marketplace, and customers will see that translate into real operational improvements that will positively impact the bottom line.”

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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

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Discovery and PGA TOUR to Create First-of-its-Kind International Golf Service

– Unprecedented 12-year alliance, to begin in 2019 and go through 2030, includes global television and multi-platform live rights, outside the United States, to all PGA TOUR media properties*
– Development of a new PGA TOUR-branded OTT video streaming service to engage international golf fans across every mobile screen and device in 220 markets and territories
– Includes premium golf content of approximately 2000 hours from 40+ PGA TOUR events and nearly 150 tournaments per year, including THE PLAYERS Championship, FedExCup Playoffs, and the Presidents Cup

NEW YORK and LONDON – Discovery and the PGA TOUR today announced plans to form a pioneering strategic alliance to create a new international multi-platform home for golf, delivering the sport’s most exciting moments, players and championships to passionate fans around the world on every screen and device. The alliance will seek to benefit the game worldwide, helping to drive golf’s fan base and grow the sport around the world.

The unprecedented 12-year relationship, to begin in 2019 and carry through 2030, would include global multi-platform live rights, outside the United States, to all PGA TOUR media properties totaling approximately 2000 hours of content per year, including the six Tours operating under the PGA TOUR umbrella and nearly 150 tournaments annually, including THE PLAYERS Championship, the FedExCup Playoffs, and the Presidents Cup.

In addition to live linear rights in 220 markets and territories, the alliance will include the creation of a dedicated, PGA TOUR-branded, OTT video streaming service that will capitalize on Discovery’s direct-to-consumer product and platform expertise as home to the Eurosport Player. Discovery expects to invest more than $2 billion over the course of the alliance, including licensing of the PGA TOUR’s international media rights and building a global OTT platform available outside the United States, with a gradual increase of annual investment during the term.

Building on a heritage of world-class coverage and storytelling, Discovery will broadcast the PGA TOUR on its portfolio of pay-TV and free-to-air channels, digital and short-form platforms, and will work with the PGA TOUR on how to capture all access to the action and its extensive non-live and library rights for all media platforms.

David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery, said: “Today is a fantastic day for golf fans around the world as Discovery proudly partners with the PGA TOUR to create something that has never been done before. The long-term partnership between the PGA TOUR and Discovery will create the new global Home of Golf, including delivering over 2000 hours of live content year-round and this prestigious sport’s greatest moments, stories and athletes. Following our successful first Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Discovery will contribute its strong global distribution and promotional infrastructure, in-market relationships, global sports expertise with direct-to-consumer platforms and brands to create a valuable new long-term Home of Golf offering in every market outside the US.”

Jay Monahan, Commissioner, PGA TOUR, said: “This is an exciting next step for the PGA TOUR, which presents a tremendous opportunity to accelerate and expand our media business outside the United States, better service our international broadcast partners, and drive fan growth with a deeply experienced strategic global partner. This partnership aligns very well with the opening of PGA TOUR offices in London, Tokyo and Beijing in recent years and will support our long-term objectives of growing the game of golf. It also will deliver more value to our sponsors as it presents a tremendous opportunity to engage new and diverse audiences around the world.”

Since 2007, the PGA TOUR has negotiated all of its non-U.S. broadcast rights deals on its own. The alliance between Discovery and the PGA TOUR will capitalize on the two organizations’ expertise in managing international multi-platform rights and launching the new digital service. Working together, the parties expect to execute on a robust international distribution and broadcast partner strategy for the portfolio of some of golf’s most prestigious tournaments featuring the world’s greatest players, optimizing reach across free-to-air, pay-TV and digital.

The collaboration brings together two highly complementary global brands and storytellers with a rich heritage in sports, uniting the PGA TOUR’s rich content, production assets, media rights and worldwide media partner associations with Discovery’s deep expertise and relationships in local media markets worldwide, its vast marketing and promotional platforms globally and its proven record in maximizing multi-platform engagement around the biggest and most watched sports events.

The business will be led by Discovery’s Alex Kaplan, President and General Manager of the new Discovery and PGA TOUR venture. Kaplan previously was EVP, Commercial for Eurosport Digital where he helped grow the Eurosport D2C business to over 1 million subscribers. Prior to joining Discovery, Kaplan was Senior Vice President, Global Media Distribution, for the NBA, responsible for global direct-to-consumer strategy and business operations. Prior to the NBA, Kaplan spent 10 years at DIRECTV/AT&T, where he led the organization responsible for DIRECTV Sports and oversaw Revenue and Entertainment products and services. The full management team will be announced in due course and include the PGA TOUR’s Thierry Pascal as Senior Vice President and Head of Distribution.

Kaplan said: “I am incredibly excited to work with David Zaslav and JB Perrette to take international coverage of PGA TOUR golf to the next level. We can’t wait to get started and build a world-class global platform and long-term distribution strategy to turn the vision of this partnership into a reality. By joining forces with the outstanding PGA TOUR team, led by Jay Monahan and Rick Anderson, we have a unique opportunity to build an amazing product that will serve the fans with the golf content they love on every screen.”

Discovery has demonstrable experience in managing global sports rights, optimizing viewership and engagement on its own and partner platforms. For example, Discovery is the Home of the Olympics in Europe and, through its leading sports brand Eurosport, shows premium and fully localized sports coverage all year round on TV and Europe’s number one OTT streaming service, Eurosport Player, in 54 markets. Discovery provides world-class expertise in international sports rights and distribution and is the European gatekeeper for all TV and multimedia rights for four Olympic Games (2018 – 2024).**

For the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Discovery established more than 40 free-to-air broadcast partnerships, delivering every minute of the Olympic Games via OTT for the first time across Europe. It also struck innovative social media partnerships to reach younger audiences, such as establishing Snapchat’s first Olympics collaboration in Europe. Discovery delivered record-breaking TV and digital viewership for the Games, including 63% of the population in Europe interacting on Discovery’s own free-to-air, pay-TV and digital platforms and those of its broadcast partners.



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*Rights in all markets (excluding the United States) to be managed by Discovery through the strategic alliance with PGA TOUR by 2024. The rights starting dates by territory are shown below:

Date Markets
2019 Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain
2020 Poland, South Korea.
2021 Belgium, China, Germany, South Africa
2022 Denmark, Finland, India, Norway, Sweden, UK
2024 France

**Discovery’s Olympic Games agreement excludes France 2018-2020. Excludes Russia. Official Broadcaster in the UK 2018 and 2020.

About Discovery
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; and digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit and follow @DiscoveryInc across social platforms.

By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide. The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, and PGA TOUR Series-China. Members of the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 25 countries (85 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In 2017, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than $180 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.65 billion. The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Ina Lui joins AsiaSat as VP of Business Development & Strategy

Hong Kong, 1 June 2018 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat – SEHK: 1135), Asia’s leading satellite operator announced that Ina Lui has been named Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, responsible for driving new business and strategic initiatives for the company.

Ina brings over 25 years of experience in the satellite, telecommunications and technology sectors, covering areas in sales, marketing, product and business development. She has worked in Singapore, South China and Hong Kong, and has held senior management positions at ABS, Intelsat, PanAmSat and Hong Kong Telecom.

Prior to joining AsiaSat, Ina was at ABS as Managing Director, Sales Asia Pacific where she was responsible for sales and business initiatives for the region. Ina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Studies from the City University of Hong Kong.

On the new appointment, AsiaSat’s CEO, Dr. Roger Tong, said, “I am delighted that Ina has joined our management team. Ina’s wealth of experience and knowledge will be a great asset to the company. I am confident that her leadership will drive new opportunities for our business growth as we continue to expand our services and activities across the region.”

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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 | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Mobile App

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Myanmar Expands Relationship with Intelsat to Enhance and Accelerate National Network Infrastructure Deployment

Government, Media and Private Networks to Leverage Hybrid Solution to Expand Access to All of Myanmar by 2022

Luxembourg and Myanmar, 1 June 2018
Intelsat (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced today that the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) of Myanmar has broadened its relationship with Intelsat to accelerate the deployment of the country’s wireless communications infrastructure in Myanmar.

The MOTC will utilize services on Intelsat 39, a Ku-and-C-band satellite which is scheduled to replace Intelsat 902 at 62° East in 2019. Under the new multi-year, multi-transponder agreement, Intelsat 39 will host both C- and Ku-band satellite services for Myanmarsat-2 which will enable the Government of Myanmar to significantly enhance its existing network as well as the networks of other mobile operators’ and media companies. This will advance the expansion of affordable, high-speed broadband and internet connectivity to government agencies, businesses and communities throughout the country. It will also support and advance the MOTC’s goal of ensuring that 95 percent of its population will have access to broadband connectivity by 2022.

U Chit Wai, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transport and Communications Union Minister’s Office, MOTC, said, “By expanding our relationship with Intelsat, the power and efficiencies generated by Intelsat’s Globalized Network fortifies our network infrastructure, expands broadband connectivity outside of Myanmar’s urban centers and enhances the educational, health, media and government services provided to the people of Myanmar. Our partnership with Intelsat ensures that businesses will have access to fast, sustainable, high-quality broadband connectivity to support expansion of the media, energy and banking sectors and spur further economic development across the country.”

By integrating satellite solutions into its own mobile networks, the MOTC will be able to dramatically increase its overall network bandwidth, speed and reliability as it expands 3G and 4G services into the more remote areas of Myanmar. In addition, it will satisfy e-government requirements and ensure that communities have access to a broad range of government services, including healthcare and education. The satellite will also provide critical e-banking services as well as distribute informative and entertaining content to viewers throughout Myanmar.

“To build a more digitally inclusive society, we need a fresh approach to solving broadband connectivity challenges,” said Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat. “This requires greater cooperation between the public and private sectors and a hybrid network that seamlessly integrates and leverages the strengths of different technologies to extend the communications infrastructure beyond city centers. That is why we are excited to build upon our relationship with the MOTC. By integrating Intelsat’s next-generation solutions into existing networks, together, we can build a robust and resilient communications infrastructure that reaches everyone and further enhances the lives of the people of Myanmar.”

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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


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