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The best of Chinese movies, dramas and kids entertainment with Huan Le Pass on NJOI Now

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Kuala Lumpur, 13 July 2017 – NJOI Now, a free video streaming service in Malaysia, today introduced its first monthly library view prepaid pass, Huan Le Pass, for the best of Chinese entertainment. Huan Le which means ‘happiness’ in Mandarin, is designed for fans of Chinese entertainment to enjoy thousands of hours of award-winning movies, the hottest dramas, popular variety and children’s edutainment programmes in various Chinese dialects including Mandarin, Hokkien and Cantonese, at an affordable RM8 a month.

Fans will be pleased to access key titles including variety show ‘Chinese Running Man Season 4’, reality music talent show ‘I am a Singer Season 4’, drama ‘The Imperial Doctress’, and action movies ‘Sky on Fire’ and ‘Three’. Each NJOI Now user will be able to enjoy up to four concurrent views on different devices to enjoy their favourite content.

(Please refer to the attached appendix for the synopsis of listed key titles)

Please refer to these 3 easy steps to access Huan Le Pass via Android devices and web browsers:

1. Download and log into NJOI Now
2. Go to the “Store” tab and look for Huan Le Pass under “Packs”. Make a purchase using a debit or credit card issued by a Malaysian bank
3. Once the purchase is successful, go to “Home”, scroll down to the Huan Le Pass rail, and start watching!

NJOI Now is designed to meet the digital lifestyles of consumers today, offering complete flexibility with no fuss. NJOI Now is the only mobile app in Malaysia to provide free on demand content, box sets and signature titles from Astro Prima, Astro Maya HD, Astro Oasis, Astro AEC, Astro Vaanavil; the best of live local sports on Astro Arena; latest news on Astro Awani as well as exam tutorials on Astro Tutor TV. NJOI Now will launch more monthly passes in the remaining year.

Download the NJOI Now app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store on the tablet or smartphone or livestream via njoinow.com.

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For more information:
Azaria Loh | AVP, Communications, Astro
Email: azaria_loh@astro.com.my

Natasha Alison | Associate, Communications, Astro
Email : natasha_alison@astro.com.my

Huan Le Pass Key Title Synopsis
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Chinese Running Man Season 4
This Chinese version of the top Korean outdoor reality game show returns with seven hosts & more unpredictable missions in Season 4 !

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I am a Singer Season 4
This highly anticipated singing competition show returns in a new season with a talented new pool of singers and great music. Who will be on the secret list of participating singers? Which heavenly King or Queen will appear on stage? After the triumph of Yu Quan, Han Lei & Han Hong, who will equal or exceed their showmanship this time around?

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Sky on Fire
Directed by Ringo Lam, Daniel Wu stars as a security chief embroiled in a battle to protect a cure for deadly disease from falling into the wrong hands. Joseph Chang & Zhang Ruo Yun co-star.

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The Imperial Doctress
Starring Wallace Huo, Liu Shi Shi, Huang Xuan & Jin Chen, this drama is set against the Ming Dynasty under the rule of Emperor Zhu Qi Zhen. Tan Yun Xian comes from a long line of medical practitioners, her family having served as court physicians for several generations. However, the practice for female physicians grinds to a halt when many are accused of abusing their authority. Yet, Yun Xian is determined to learn medicine and does so in secrecy – but things become difficult when her path crosses with that of the Emperor himself.

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Three
Directed by Johnnie To, this action-thriller depicts how a doctor, a cop & a corned thug trigger a vicious cycle fueled by bad decisions & conflicting desires.

Intelsat Announces 2017 Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Luxembourg, 13 July 2017 – Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and a leader in integrated satellite communications, will hold a conference call and webcast on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:30 am EDT to discuss second quarter 2017 results.

Separately and immediately after issuing an earnings release, Intelsat plans to publish a Quarterly Commentary by Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, and Jacques Kerrest, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, summarizing Intelsat’s business progress against its strategic priorities and performance.

The live audio webcast, earnings release and Quarterly Commentary will be accessible through Intelsat’s Investor Relations Web site at intelsat.com/investors.

Participants can access Intelsat’s audio webcast via:

  • Webcast: intelsat.com/investors
  • Dial-in Information for US Participants:
    • Dial-in number: +1 844-834-1428
    • Passcode: 29827054
  • Dial-in Information for Non-U.S. participants:
    • Dial-in number: +1 920-663-6274
    • Passcode: 29827054

Participants will have access to a replay of the webcast and conference call beginning July 27, 2017 through August 3, 2017. The replay number for U.S.-based participants is +1 855-859-2056 and for non-U.S. participants is +1 404-537-3406. The participant code for the replay is 29827054.

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 intelsat.com.

ZEE Entertainment to hold the first edition of the ‘ZEE Entertainment Leadership Awards’ on Capitol Hill

To honor Mr. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the first Indian-American to hold this post, with the inaugural Leadership Award

Mr. Sameer Targe, CEO, ZEE TV Americas

Mumbai, India, / Washington D.C., USA, July 12, 2017: Leading global content company, ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) today announced that it will hold the first edition of the ‘ZEE Entertainment Leadership Awards’ on July 13, 2017 in the United States of America (USA). The event will take place on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C and will be attended by the country’s eminent senators and congressmen. ZEE Entertainment will honor Mr. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the first recipient of the Leadership Award. He will be felicitated by Mr. Amit Goenka, CEO – International Broadcast Business, ZEEL.

Mr. Amit Goenka, CEO - International Broadcast Business, ZEEL

Mr. Amit Goenka, CEO – International Broadcast Business, ZEEL said, “We have instituted the ‘ZEE Entertainment Leadership Awards’ to honor individuals and institutions that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the Media and Entertainment sector. The selection of our inaugural honoree was not difficult. The Chairman of the FCC, Mr. Ajit Pai has demonstrated a great commitment to promoting and protecting consumer access to reliable, actionable information, particularly, in our case, in the areas of healthy living, wellness, news and entertainment.”

“With a presence in the US for close to 20 years, ZEE Entertainment is today the largest multi-cultural broadcaster in the country, bringing the best of content to a diverse range of audiences. ‘ZEE Entertainment Leadership Awards’ is an effort from our end to recognize persons and institutions in the US who have made a significant and long-lasting contribution to the Media & Entertainment industry. Chairman of the FCC, Mr. Ajit Pai’s intellect, objectivity and commitment to the law make him the obvious choice for this inaugural award,” said Mr. Sameer Targe, CEO, ZEE TV Americas.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the apex Government body that oversees all electronic and digital communication in the United States. The FCC is the equivalent of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) in India with the Chairman of the FCC equivalent to the Minister of Information & Broadcasting.

Mr. Ajit Pai, the very first Indian-American to head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), was appointed Chairman by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012. He graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1994 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and won the Thomas R. Mulroy Prize.

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About Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL):
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) is a worldwide media brand offering entertainment content to diverse audiences. With a presence in over 172 countries and a reach of more than a billion people around the globe, ZEEL is among the largest global content companies across genres, languages, and platforms.

ZEEL is present across broadcasting, movies, music, live entertainment, digital and talent businesses, both within India and overseas. ZEEL has more than 240,000 hours of television content and houses the world’s largest Hindi film library with rights to more than 4,200 movie titles across various languages. ZEEL has also produced several movies for theatrical release and is the fastest growing music label in India. It has presence in the digital space with ‘dittoTV’ and ‘OZEE’ and has also ventured into live events.

More information about ZEE and its businesses is available on www.zeetelevision.com.

Official Social Media Platforms:
Twitter : twitter.com/zeecorporate
Facebook : www.facebook.com/ZEECorporate/
LinkedIn : Linkedin.com/Company/ZEECorporate

Media Contact:
Parag Darade / Arantxa Gonsalves
Corporate Communications – Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL)
Mobile: +91 9820085872 /9820336890
Email: parag.darade@zee.esselgroup.com / arantxa.gonsalves@zee.esselgroup.com

Armenia’s SHANT TV launches new HD platform at Eutelsat HOTBIRD neighbourhood

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Armenia’s first all-HD pay-TV offer available from 15 July to homes in Europe, Middle East and European parts of Russian Federation

Paris, Yerevan, 12 July 2017 – SHANT TV, the Armenian commercial broadcaster, today announced that 15 July marks the launch of its new international multi-channel platform from the popular HOTBIRD video neighbourhood operated by Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL). SHANT TV has signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat to support its new all-HD venture.

Broadcasting through HOTBIRD for almost ten years, SHANT TV is scaling up to a multi-channel pay-TV offer for Armenian-speaking viewers in HOTBIRD’s vast footprint that takes in Europe, the Middle East and the European part of the Russian Federation. Available exclusively in High Definition for a minimum subscription of €5 a month, the platform will feature SHANT Premium, Armenia Premium and SHANT Music. It will be available Direct-to-Home for households equipped with a dish and box as well as through cable and IP networks.

The Armenian community, representing more than four million people within the HOTBIRD footprint, will be able to benefit, in superior image quality, from a programme offering comprising series, films, music videos and adaptations of popular franchises, including X-Factor and Who wants to be a Millionaire?

Arthur Yezekyan, President and founder of SHANT TV LLC, said: “We know already from the results of our survey that 50% of the audience of SHANT Premium outside Armenia watches our channel from Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD position. This was decisive in our choice of HOTBIRD for distributing our new offer. Our thanks go to Eutelsat for their highly valuable support and consultancy, especially for technical and marketing activities.”

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Commercial and Development Director, said: “The exceptionally broad coverage of HOTBIRD and an offer of 1,000 channels in 30 languages make it the point of reference for broadcasters seeking to reach dispersed communities. We are delighted to support SHANT TV’s effort to leverage HOTBIRD’s unique strengths to reach Armenian viewers across multiple countries. The transition from Standard Broadcasting of a single channel to a multi-channel HD platform also demonstrates the accelerating trend towards High Definition. Nowhere is this more apparent than at our HOTBIRD that already hosts 280 HD channels.”

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About Eutelsat Communications

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world’s leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 39 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies.

Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location.

Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.

For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com

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June 2017

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Vietnam Content Alliance on Jun 6th

CASBAA in Association with the Vietnam Content Alliance (VCA) participated in a workshop titled “Promoting Online Safety and Protecting Brand Integrity”. The Ho Chi Minh City workshop featured the release of an analysis of the top 50 most popular piracy websites in Vietnam along with a VCA-produced Infringing Websites List. The data was collated by the VCA and digital advertising assurance provider Veri-site in Vietnamese and English. Mr. Nguyen Ha Yen, Vice Director of Vietnam’s Authority for Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI), delivered the opening address while other speakers included Vietnamese actress and director, Hong Anh, who spoke of the impact of piracy on the Vietnamese TV and film industries and Bharat Kapoor, the CEO of Veri-site who provided the overview of the findings from the VCA and Veri-Site research paper. Meanwhile, Lee Chang Hun from Korean broadcaster MBC provided a Korean policy perspective on web advertising while Oli Walsh of the Motion Picture Association of America presented an overview of the London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit’s work on digital piracy. Consulting advisor Neil Gane of CASBAA also outlined about the connection between piracy websites and the risk of viruses and malware. The workshop was successful and well-received by those in attendance, and it generated substantial coverage in the vernacular media.

Taiwan in View 2017 on June 22nd

The CASBAA Taiwan in View 2017, a key CASBAA-convened meeting in Taipei of government officials, political leaders, industry regulators, business heads and international and local experts, called for radical reform of network investment and content controls for multichannel video industry as the Taiwan market reshapes itself as an all-digital (and often mobile) regional communications hub. The CASBAA Taiwan in View event 2017 also appreciates the generous support of the presenting sponsor, Verimatrix and other sponsors including China Network Systems (CNS), Nagra, SES, Taiwan Broadband Communications (TBC), Vindicia. You can revisit the photos of the event here. Don’t want to miss out any other CASBAA events? Mark your schedule for Philippines in View 2017 on 30th August and of course our upcoming flagship event: CASBAA Convention 2017 at Studio City in Macau, November 6-9.

Philippines in View 2017 on Aug 30th

With a light-touch regulatory environment for pay-TV industry (which features no rate regulation, no channel “landing rights” licensing or regulation of tiered/bundled offerings), CASBAA and a roster of expert speakers at this exclusive gathering on August 30th at the Marriot Hotel, Manila to identify further opportunities in the surprisingly robust Philippines pay-TV market.Since the launch of the first multi-channel video services in the Philippines 25 years ago it‘s been a market set for growth. And it’s still growing! With 2,000 islands, 100 million people, 18.5 million TV Households, 5 million DTH subs, 116 million mobile subscribers, 17 million Smartphone subscribers, 20 million broadband subscribers and three million fixed line pay-TV subscribers and US$3,000 GDP Per Person there is still plenty to watch in the Philippines. And there’s more to come at CASBAA’s Philippines in View 2017, August 30th in Manila. Register now!
For Registration: Mandy@casbaa.com
For Sponsorship: Adela@casbaa.com

CASBAA Members’ Interim General Meeting in Hong Kong on June 6th

During the Association’s Interim General Meeting in Hong Kong, CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter updated members the Association’s activities for 1H 2017 and welcomed new members to the Association. Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros provided an overview of the Association’s policy-related activities across the region while Joe Welch, Chairman of the CASBAA Regulatory & Antipiracy Committee, stressed the importance of the Association’s strategic approach to fighting content piracy and revenue leakage. Welch noted that complaints to social media platform Facebook had partially succeeded in blocking advertisements distributed by illicit streaming devices and illegitimate streaming sites were discussed with Members strongly supporting the Association’s activities in these areas. During the meeting, CEO Slaughter outlined plans for the CASBAA Convention 2017 in Macau Nov 6th-9th noting that the annual conference programme was falling into place and that sponsorships were selling well. “At a time when our industry is facing unprecedented market and technology change, our November Convention is perfectly positioned to provide vital insights into the world we will be operating in 2018-20 and beyond,” said Slaughter.

CASBAA/ UKIPO ISD Roundtable on Jun 16th

Some two-dozen Member representatives participated in a CASBAA convened meeting at the offices of Member company Mayer Brown JSM’s offices in Hong Kong to listen to and meet Ros Lynch, Director of Copyright and IP Enforcement at the London-based Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). Opening the meeting, Dr Lynch presented an overview of the UKIPO’s recent initiatives, such as its ISD (Illicit Streaming Devices) enforcement efforts and the activities of the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), as well as the UKIPO’s collaborative with online partners and rights holders. During a lengthy Q&A session Dr Lynch further focused on ISDs while Dr. Lynch emphasized the need for international cooperation between governments and rights holders to combat what she described as “a truly global problem.”

CASBAA Convention 2017 Nov 6-9th in Macau

The Association’s annual tent-pole meeting in Macau will feature companies and top-line speakers drawn from the entire range of pay-TV, digital video distribution, technology, security and advertising sectors along with finance and strategy sectors. While exploring the latest developments, CASBAA Convention 2017 is also a great opportunity to catch up with fellow members and make new acquaintances. Packed with a 2-day conference, the informative “Policy Roundtable”, an exclusive Executive Roundtable and a dedicated operational workshop, the Convention is one of the most significant events in the industry’s calendar.

What are you waiting for?

Ticket applications before 20 July (Thur) will enjoy a pre-release rate.

The details

Member-single: USD 1,320
Member – group: USD 1,210
Non-member- single: USD 1,660
Non-member – group: USD 1,550
For Registration: Mandy@casbaa.com
For Sponsorship: Adela@casbaa.com

Upcoming Events

Jul 13 – CASBAA Technology Advisory Group Call

Jul 14 – CASBAA Research Committee meeting

Jul 18 – CASBAA OTT Group Meeting

Aug 30 – CASBAA Philippines in View (Manila)

Aug 30-1 Sep – BCWW 2017

Sep 6 – ContentAsia Production

Sep 7-8 – ContentAsia Summit

Nov 6-9 – CASBAA Convention 2017 (Macau)

Nov 30 – Dec 1 – Asian Television Awards 2017

BBC Bangla TV and radio content reaches 15m people in Bangladesh

BBC Bangla TV and radio content now reaches 15m people in Bangladesh every week, according to the BBC’s 2017 Global Audience Measure. This includes 9m people who watch the BBC Bangla weekly television programme, BBC Probaho, and 7m people who tune in to the BBC Bangla radio programmes.

BBC Bangla editor, Sabir Mustafa, comments: “We are thrilled by the progress of BBC Probaho. We will build on its success by expanding the BBC Bangla presence on television – while continuing to deliver a strong and vibrant radio programming and also working to increase our output across digital platforms including social media.”

BBC Probaho is broadcast at 9.35pm local time every Thursday by the BBC’s rebroadcasting partner, Channel-i. The programme is also available on the BBC Bangla channel on YouTube. Presented by Sharmin Rauma, it delivers 25 minutes of news, interviews and debate on key issues affecting Bangladesh. It reports from across the country, giving people the opportunity to express views and raise concerns on issues that matter to them and demanding answers from key decision-makers. Following the Eid festival break, the programme resumes broadcasts on Thursday 13 July.

BBC Bangla radio programmes, produced in London and Dhaka, air on the state FM network, Bangladesh Betar, as well as on shortwave and via bbcbangla.com.

Over the past year, BBC Bangla has seen a significant increase in web and social-media reach. BBC Bangla engages around 1.4m people around the world every week via its website bbcbangla.com and on social media. The BBC Bangla Facebook page has over 11.3m followers (July 2017), nearly 80% of them in Bangladesh.

BBC Bangla is part of the BBC World Service.

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For more information please contact:
BBC World Service Group Communications – Lala Najafova lala.najafova@bbc.co.uk

Intelsat, with BCom and Newtec, Launches IntelsatOne® Mobile Reach Solar 2G Service for sub-Saharan Africa Wireless Networks

Intelsat end-to-end managed service enables MNOs to expand 2G voice services in regions where terrestrial infrastructure is limited.

Luxembourg and Geneva and Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, 11 July 2017

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced today a managed services solution that will provide 2G services in remote locations. The solution leverages contributions of services provider BCom and technology provider Newtec for core components of the solution.

IntelsatOne Mobile Reach Solar 2G is a turnkey package designed for mobile network operators (MNOs) seeking to expand voice services in a simple, cost-efficient manner to remote populations throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The solution includes all satellite, cellular and power components, allowing MNOs to deploy and connect with their subscribers virtually anywhere.

While some countries and regions are transitioning to 4G and even looking at 5G, it is important to remember that 4 billion people throughout the world are without Internet connectivity. 2G still represents a large amount of existing wireless infrastructure. In Africa, more than 672 million people rely on 2G services, and those networks need to be upgraded and expanded to meet growing connectivity demands throughout the continent. Further, fully half of the continent is unconnected, resulting in a dire need to provide a connectivity solution to regions not served by current mobile network service territories. IntelsatOne Mobile Reach Solar 2G was developed specifically for MNOs to be able to extend their coverage to serve these populations with a cost-effective, easily deployable and efficient cell site that is solar-powered.

The managed service, which will be marketed by Intelsat initially in the sub-Saharan Africa region, integrates satellite services from Intelsat’s globalized network with Newtec’s advanced Newtec Dialog® multiservice platform, and BCom’s backhaul terminal solution and network deployment expertise. Through this partnership, IntelsatOne Mobile Reach Solar 2G delivers a product that can be rapidly deployed and is easily scalable to serve regions and populations of all sizes.

“Satellite is fundamental to improving connectivity coverage in rural areas, especially relevant for the African continent,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’ Vice President and General Manager, Broadband. “Now that smaller, more portable kits can be used with our high power Intelsat EpicNG platform, connecting those communities will become easier and more cost-effective. The experience of implementing HTS into our customers’ networks has affirmed our beliefs about its potential, and in every region, Intelsat is focused on making access to satellite solutions easier than ever for commercial connectivity providers. This is another example of Intelsat EpicNG expanding the market for satellite-based solutions.”

“Our goal is to design a solution that is easy to deploy, that fits each community with basic 2G GSM services and cover a larger area or population in a very cost-effective way based on a pay-as-you-grow model,” said Patrick Elias, Sales & Operations Director at BCom, a satellite services provider and solution designer. “With each community having its own specificity in terms of landscape and population density, the BCom backhaul terminal solution is designed to be flexible, scalable and resilient. The performance of Intelsat EpicNG and the Newtec platform to lower the operational costs requires a highly competitive backhaul terminal to offer a turnkey solution that fits remote communities’ challenges.”

“Assembling a turnkey solution was essential for rapidly deploying managed mobile services in Africa where so many communities are isolated,” said Semir Hassanaly, Market Director, Cellular Backhaul & Trunking, at Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. “The combination of HTS and the Newtec Dialog platform – with its unique, dynamic Mx-DMA® technology – provides the flexibility and the lowest operational costs to make mobile connectivity affordable even for remote communities. The technology can also be upgraded to offer higher order services.”

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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 www.intelsat.com.

About BCom

Since its incorporation 10 years ago, BCom, has logged thousands of missions in more than 100 countries in the most challenging configurations, geographically, technically and logistically. Its high experience and quality of work has enable it to be one of the few companies to warrant installed systems and offer the MNO solutions to one of the most challenging financial aspect: the total cost of ownership, crucial element of the Telcos profit analysis.

BCom’s modular services portfolio covers a wide range of satcom systems, from VSAT to large satellite earth stations and networks. Services include site surveys, site commissioning, system refurbishing and upgrade, and teleport audit services, cellular backhauling, and complete satcom network deployments or migrations, equipment procurement, integration, packing and logistics. BCom also offers to bundle the equipment rental with services to ease customer financial exposure and improve revenue. BCom has recently expanded its service offering to cover offshore platform, and broadcasting stations.

For more information, contact: Patrick Elias, Sales Director, p.elias@bcomsat.com

About Newtec

Newtec, www.newtec.eu, is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. As a pioneer in the industry, Newtec is dedicated to creating new possibilities for the broadcast, consumer and enterprise VSAT, government and defense, cellular backhaul and trunking and mobility, offshore and maritime markets. Our products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of single and multiservice applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for cellular backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA and oil and gas networks, aircrafts and vessels.

Since 1985, our dedicated team of specialists has set industry standards with the most efficient, scalable and economical technology solutions. New challenges and customer needs offer opportunities to explore new boundaries. This empowers us to work even harder, helping customers to perform their best so that, together, we can make the world a safer, more informed and connected place. As a result, more than 3 billion people watch TV every day thanks to Newtec technology.

Newtec is a European company headquartered in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Through additional commercial offices in Dubai (UAE), Singapore, Beijing (China), São Paulo (Brazil) and Stamford, CT (USA) as well as an extensive network of over 100 certified partners, Newtec can meet customer’s needs worldwide.

For more information contact: Kerstin Roost, Strategic Marketing & Public Relations Director, Kerstin.Roost@newtec.eu.

Contact
Jason Bates
Corporate Communications Manager
jason.bates@intelsat.com
+1 703-559-7044

JOE WELCH NAMED CHAIRMAN OF CASBAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Hong Kong, 11 July 2017 – CASBAA, Asia’s media association serving the multichannel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry, today announced that Joe Welch has been named Chairman of its Board of Directors.

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Joe Welch is 21st Century Fox’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the Asia Pacific region. He is responsible for supporting the public policy and regulatory advocacy efforts of 21st Century Fox’s business units across the region. Previously, Welch served as MCI WorldCom’s Asia Director of Government Affairs and earlier was an attorney at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C.

“I’m thankful to be taking on this role at a time when we have a set of positive options at hand, many now in progress, that will make CASBAA sustainable and relevant for the long term,” Welch said. “For some time now, CASBAA has been moving to secure the ability to deliver ‘twin pillar’ services for members: advocacy and anti-piracy. I look forward to working together with the Board and the Executive Office in driving an effective delivery of these pillars while continuing our mission to inform and connect our members.”

Welch replaces outgoing Director Jonathan Spink of HBO Asia. Spink was elected Chairman of the Board in December 2016, but stepped down recently, at the timen stating “…a new vision for CASBAA is needed.” HBO remains a Patron member of the Association, and Spink expressed confidence that its new direction would “…fit in with the desires and requirements of our industry.”

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About CASBAA

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 www.casbaa.com

For enquiries, please contact:

Tammy Choy, Office Manager, CASBAA
Tel: +852 3929 1710
Email: tammy@casbaa.com

Multimedios Brings Video Workflow into the Cloud with AWS Elemental and Amazon Web Services

Network extends online video processing, delivery and distribution into the AWS Cloud for improved quality, greater efficiency and faster time-to-market

Portland, Ore. – July 10, 2017 – Amazon Web Services today announced that Mexican broadcast network Multimedios Televisión has selected video processing, distribution and storage solutions from AWS Elemental and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for its online video content. The agreement broadens the broadcaster’s AWS deployment with additional cloud-based video processing and content distribution solutions, comprising an end-to-end workflow to produce and deliver content for Multimedios’ online platforms.

Multimedios Televisión, part of Grupo Multimedios, is a terrestrial TV network with eight local affiliates across northern Mexico. The network produces and broadcasts original news, entertainment, sports and public affairs programming; in addition to its local channels, Multimedios is available nationwide via paid satellite and cable services, and supports affiliates in the U.S. and Canada.

“When we adopted AWS Elemental encoding software in the cloud, it transformed our workflow,” said Rommel Valencia, digital media operations manager for Multimedios. “Considering the full set of video processing and distribution services available from AWS and AWS Elemental, it made sense to explore the value we could achieve with an end-to-end, cloud-driven workflow. Now, we get reliable, high-quality live streaming, we can publish clips almost immediately, and we don’t spend valuable time managing infrastructure.”

Multimedios first introduced AWS technology to its video workflow in 2015, deploying AWS Elemental Live encoding software for real-time video and audio encoding of its broadcast signals for four live multiscreen streams. With the recent agreement, the broadcaster has incorporated additional AWS Elemental cloud solutions across its online video processing and publishing workflow.

In the Multimedios workflow, AWS Elemental on-premises solutions encode signals from live broadcast playout into RTMP streams for real-time video processing in the cloud. Cloud-based AWS Elemental Live instances perform real-time encoding of three live video streams in adaptive bitrate formats. AWS Elemental Delta in the cloud provides just-in-time packaging (JITP) for video-on-demand (VOD), time-shift and catch-up viewing services for the Amazon CloudFront content delivery network (CDN) for cloud-based distribution of live streams to Multimedios’ online platforms. Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) provides flexible, on-demand, file-based cloud storage for program highlights and VOD content.

With its end-to-end AWS workflow, the network has realized significant improvements in video quality while incorporating time-shifted TV and other functionalities that enhance the viewing experience. In addition, MediaStream’s cloud-based editing tools were integrated into the workflow to streamline creation and publication of clips to Multimedios’ social media channels and web portal; now, network editors can push clips online within moments of broadcast.

“Multimedios has taken an innovative approach to online content, to the benefit of its viewers as well as its business,” said Dan Marshall, senior vice president of field operations for AWS Elemental. “Using AWS solutions from inception to content delivery, Multimedios built a highly efficient, fully integrated and easy-to-manage platform for itself to put a wealth of original content in the hands of the consumer, while making an investment in agile, elastic cloud services that offers significant long-term dividends.”

AWS Elemental will showcase its software-based solutions for video processing and delivery in booth 730 at ConvergenciaShow.MX, July 11 through 13 in Mexico City.

About AWS Elemental

AWS Elemental, an Amazon Web Services company, combines deep video expertise with the power of the AWS cloud. Solutions from AWS Elemental allow broadcast TV and multiscreen video to be customized, originated and monetized at global scale. Flexible, software-based video processing and delivery gives global media franchises, pay TV operators, content programmers, broadcasters, government agencies and enterprise customers the ability to deliver highly differentiated viewing experiences and the freedom to focus on what matters: transforming ideas into compelling content that captivates viewers. Learn more at elemental.com.

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ITV CHOICE STRIKES DEAL WITH PI PAKISTAN TO DEBUT THE CHANNEL

ITV Choice has announced today a new partnership with Pi Pakistan, the country’s leading IPTV service, which will make the channel available to Pakistani audiences for the first time. The agreement includes HD catch-up and in a first for ITV Choice, all programming will include Urdu subtitles.

ITV Choice specialises in big British entertainment and drama, and from this summer viewers in Pakistan will be able to enjoy the channel’s schedule of current award-winning drama and entertainment programming, including:

  • Coronation Street and Emmerdale: Two of the most popular long-running dramas in Britain, with episodes broadcast in Pakistan within 24 hours of the UK broadcast
  • Premium dramas: International hits featuring worldwide stars, including Olivia Colman in Broadchurch, Sam Neill in Tutankhamun and Jenna Coleman in Victoria.
  • Crime drama: Award-winning crime dramas with some of the most popular detectives on television, including Vera, Midsomer Murders, Endeavour and Grantchester.
  • Entertainment hits: Audience favourites Don’t Tell the Bride, The Jonathan Ross Show, The Chase and Tonight at the London Palladium.

Katherine Wen, ITV Choice Channel Director, said:

“ITV Choice already reaches over 100 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa and I’m delighted that, with this new agreement with Pi Pakistan, viewers in Pakistan will have the same access to award-winning British television.”

Yassir Pasha, CEO of Tapmad , said:
“After the recent success of the PSL and ICC Champions trophy, this is another example of our commitment to bring specialised content for Pakistani viewers. Partnering with a global brand like ITV for the region gives us great pride and we look forward to unravelling an exciting library of dramas, gameshows and documentaries.”

About ITV Choice
Part of ITV, the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV Choice is the big British entertainment channel with a great big heart. Available through Asia, the Middle East and Africa, ITV Choice is packed full of fresh award-winning dramas, brilliant game shows, star-filled entertainment and inspiring documentaries, all brought to you by famous faces from around the world.

About Pi Pakistan
As a fully licensed Public Internet Television Service provider, Pi Pakistan focuses on delivering technology solutions to the industry. Their state of the art video streaming service, Tapmad TV, offers more than 150 live HQ channels, anywhere, anytime.