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25 August, 2017

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Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending August 25th. Curated by CASBAA, News Views keeps you in the loop. We always value your feedback, so tell us what you think!

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John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

All the talk about the TVAddons case continues, in North America.   (That’s the group that was pumping out addons to the otherwise-legitimate Kodi software, that enable millions of people to access pirate content.)   So the pirates are devastated that their easy-go-to source for infringing software is on the run.   The tekkies are sympathetic, complaining that the “community” has been muzzled by telcos.  The chief pirate is seeking donations from the public, to fund his legal expenses (but he doesn’t seem to be succeeding too well, having raised only 5-10% of the money he needs.)   And in an interesting exchange in a Kodi forum, the directors of XBMC Foundation (legitimate owners of the Kodi brand) accused TVAddons of ruthlessly abusing the Kodi brand: “We are tired of you using our name to further your own ends, besmirch us, and make money, and as such, I would like to see every instance of the word Kodi removed from your site immediately or as soon as can be achieved.” Well, I guess if your business is stealing other people’s content, then misusing a few trademarks is right up your alley….. Meanwhile, in Europe the Dutch content association is taking other enforcement action against some of the notorious addon builders.

 

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

Sighs of relief at the BBC as their correspondent Jonathan Head has the criminal defamation suit against him dropped in Thailand. A Thai lawyer has dropped his criminal defamation suit against the BBC journalist who investigated foreigners being scammed out of their retirement homes in the country, particularly in Phuket (which is a firm favourite amongst many CASBAA friends). Jonathan Head, the BBC’s south-east Asia correspondent, faced up to five years in jail after his 2015 report detailed how a network of criminals, aided by corrupt officials, stole properties from foreigners by forging land title transfers. Rights groups have said the case highlights how Thailand’s broad defamation and computer crime laws scupper investigative journalism and make it difficult to uncover wrongdoing in a country where corruption is endemic. The story is far from over with a joint defendant still facing charges

 

Mark Lay

Mark Lay

Vice President, Singapore

This week’s OTT news stories started off with a bang as iflix announced they will start airing Disney films including Guardians of the Galaxy, Monsters Inc and Frozen, with plans to roll out a much bigger inventory from January next year. OTT seems to be one of the causes for Turmoil in TV in Malaysia, with Astro seeking a level playing field against OTT players. In the TV streaming players market, Apple TV is slipping against Roku and Amazon. To finish, last month at the Global Sports Summit, Rich Greenfield gave a fantastic presentation on The Future of Sports Media – The War for Consumer’s Time and Attention. Everything he talked about is applicable to anyone navigating this changing TV business. A bit of a paraphrase, but a line that jumped out was, “the one thing holding this entire TV thing together is sports…and if that changes, TV as we know it is done.” More OTT related news at CASBAA OTT Group Newsfeed.

 

Cathryn Chase

Cathryn Chase

Regulatory Assistant

In a letter of intent signed on Tuesday, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) made an agreement to deepen their bilateral cooperation. The agreement is meant to promote the exchange of information and regulatory best practices in the telecommunications and broadcasting industry by committing both parties to jointly conducting capacity building exercises, collaborating in various international forums, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and exchanging and deploying industry experts between the two countries.

 

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

Owners of high-end Samsung Smart TVs are crying foul after a software update which has left many of them with blank, or unusable TV screens. Despite TV owners protests both to Samsung and to the press the company has still not fixed the problem – but seven days in (the glitch started to appear last Friday), Samsung still doesn’t have a timeline for when a fix will arrive. The problem appears to affect the latest models as owners of older Samsung TVs are not reporting the issue on Samsung Forums and it also seems that the problems are only affecting European models; there’s no widespread chatter about similar issues on forums or Samsung community boards in other territories.

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

As OTT becomes increasingly popular in India’s cities, people are starting to wonder where will all the content come from, to fill the new pipes? There’s certainly lots of interest in content in unconventional languages. The CEO of AltBalaji speculated that by 2020 only 5% of content delivered by OTT platforms would be in English. Hindi is of course the big language, but other platforms were reporting that 30-40% of viewing is in regional languages.

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

Elsewhere, a battle has broken out in the Indian TV industry, and one clear symptom was this week’s complaint about one broadcaster having too many cricket rights.

 

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

Japanese television is known and loved for having some of the oddest shows and commercials. But one particular tourism ad has been in hot water recently, and is being removed as it was deemed too suggestive. The commercial was made for the Miyagi Prefecture and starred its official mascot, the anthropomorphized rice ball Musubimaru. The video contains suggestive and provocative lines, while there are repeated close-up images of the actress parting her lips and rubbing the head of an animated turtle… but the main problem seems to come from whispering “Miyagi, I-cha-u?” to the above-mentioned  anthropomorphized rice ball. In Japanese pop culture, slowly spelling out the syllables of a word would often connote something sexual. This is further amplified by the word play involved. “Miyagi ichau” would generally mean “Let’s go to Miyagi.” However, “ichau” also means something else entirely. Who knew.

 

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Victoria returns to ITV Choice

Following critical acclaim and record ratings, this autumn sees the return of ITV’s hugely popular historical drama, Victoria, produced by Mammoth Screen.

Once again written by creator and executive producer, Daisy Goodwin, the brand new eight-part season will see Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes reprise their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as they face new challenges both at home and abroad.

Resuming one month after the first series ended, the new season establishes Victoria as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and Queen. However, Prince Albert is still struggling to find a role for himself alongside his powerful wife as she returns to her duties, intent on proving that she can be both a mother and dutiful Queen.

The series will also see some new faces arrive at the palace, with iconic BAFTA award-winning actress Dame Diana Rigg joining the regular cast as the Duchess of Buccleuch, the young Queen’s new Mistress of the Robes, and guest appearances from fellow leading actors including Emerald Fennell (Call The Midwife, Any Human Heart), Martin Compston (Line Of Duty, In Plain Sight), Bruno Wolkowitch (Spin, Cain) and Denis Lawson (New Tricks, Marchlands).

Creator, Daisy Goodwin said: “In series one Victoria married the handsome prince, but in this series she and Albert get down to the serious business of living happily, sometimes stormily, ever after. Victoria is the only Queen Regnant to marry and give birth while on the throne and the challenges of being head of state as well as a wife and mother are legion. In many ways Victoria’s dilemma is a modern one – how do you have a successful marriage and a happy family when you are holding down an important job. Can you really have it all?”

Executive Producer and Managing Director of Mammoth Screen, Damien Timmer added: “Series one of Victoria was a big success both at home and abroad, and it is a privilege to continue to tell the story of this fascinating woman at a particularly interesting point in her reign. Audiences will be intrigued by the meticulously researched stories Daisy has planned, brimming with scandal, romance and tragedy. At the centre of it is a beautifully nuanced study of a young marriage, and it’s a joy to watch Jenna and Tom find new layers to this iconic couple.”

Victoria​,​ ​Starts​ ​Monday​ ​4th​ ​September

IND: 18:30 MALTA/THAI: 20:00
KSA/TWN: 21:00 UAE: 22:00

For any other assets or for more details please contact: international.channels@itv.com

SmarDTV first to embed a Conax Cardless Client in a Conditional Access Module (CAM)

  • Based on SmarDTV’s CAP210 chipset, meeting Conax’ comprehensive requirements for Cardless and Smartcard-based security clients
  • Compatible with Conax Contego unified security back-end accommodating seamless co-existence of Smartcard and Cardless security clients
  • Upgradable to latest CI Plus version 1.4.2 and CI Plus ECP (Enhanced Content Protection) specification

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland – August 21st 2017 – SmarDTV S.A., a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company, today announced the commercial availability of a new Cardless CAM product embedding robust Conax content protection. The new CAM is designed to reduce subscriber acquisition costs, providing a mean for subscribers to instantly access pay-TV services by inserting the CAM in the TV – thus simplifying the onboarding for end-users.

The new SmarCAM-5.0 leverages fundamental innovations in embedded silicon and device security, offering robustness across a broad range of security profiles. It will provide the market with a highly secure Cardless solution utilizing a unique combination of hardware and software security resulting in a high level of protection not available in pure software solutions. Conax Cardless technology utilizes a dedicated secure processor and hardware root-of-trust to enable a multi-layered security architecture providing a highly secure and cost efficient platform for Cardless CAM.

SmarCAM-5.0 includes an innovative plastic casing designed by the SmarDTV Design Studio to accommodate a wide range of colors and textures providing pay-TV operators and distributors with a broad spectrum of branding options for the retail market.

This new generation of module is upgradable to the latest CI Plus ECP specification, designed to secure premium content on 4K/HDR.

“SmarDTV is pleased to be the first to provide a Conax Cardless CAM – a result of close collaboration with Conax for developing an innovative new product that contributes to reducing cost without compromising on security. We are excited to bring a revolutionary CAM to the market – a more visually plug-in based on SmarDTV expertise in designing sophisticated, secure devices”, commented Pascal Lenoir, CEO of SmarDTV.

About SmarDTV
SmarDTV, a Kudelski Group company, is an international leader in pay television technology. SmarDTV designs and manufactures a large range of set-top box solutions and CI / CI-Plus plug-in modules which enable access to premium digital pay-TV whether delivered through broadcast or broadband IP. A founding member of CI Plus Forum, SmarDTV is headquartered in Switzerland with development and sales offices in France, Germany, Singapore, India and Taiwan. Please visit www.smardtv.com for more information.

Contact:
Nadine Favennec
SmarDTV
+33 4 42 83 8000
Nadine.favennec@smardtv.com

18 August, 2017

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Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending August 18th. Curated by CASBAA, News Views keeps you in the loop. We always value your feedback, so tell us what you think!

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Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

This week saw the Australian government tip-toing its way thru the broadcast reform bill which  has moved one step closer after securing a deal with  burka-clad One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.  The move  will force the ABC to be more transparent about staff wages and “fair” and “balanced” in its reporting, provide greater community radio funding and foreign ownership reporting. The government phrased it slightly better, acknowledging they had agreed to pursue a number of measures to ensure the public broadcaster increased its regional focus, financial transparency and political impartiality. Earlier, in a move designed to cut One Nation from negotiations, the Green Party stepped up their demands and declared it will only back the package if funding for the ABC and SBS is increased by “millions”. Negotiations over the media reform bill, which has broad  industry backing, have reached a critical stage but with Labor opposed to the legislation, the government will need to gain the votes of the Greens or One Nation and the Nick Xenophon Team  (who are themselves holding up the bill and pushing for tax breaks) to drive the reforms through parliament.

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

Australian courts have issued a pair of major site-blocking orders, answering pleas from Foxtel and Village Roadshow. Reactions were predictable: Foxtel was happy. The tech press was shocked, shocked that so many sites could be “alleged” to be pirate. Industry group Creative Content Australia said taking out these sites blocks 95 percent of traffic to infringing sites (okay, my skepticism alarm went off at that.) CCA also launched a major effort to deter consumers from seeking out substitute pirate sources. 

Christopher Slaughter

Christopher Slaughter

CEO

Let’s mix some metaphors. Apple is finally reaching into its rather substantial pockets to essentially dip its toes into the waters of original content creation; after years of rumors, the other shoe has finally dropped. Granted, a billion dollars is still a billion dollars, but the tech giant will probably only buy about ten original series with that cash, and will still only be spending a fraction of what Netflix, Amazon, and HBO shell out annually. (Although it’s an open question as to whether Netflix’s US$7 bln spend is rescuing or ruining Hollywood.) Granted, the company certainly has the money to burn if it so chooses, but some critics also question whether Apple’s risk-averse corporate culture will prove a liability in the decidedly edgier world of modern TV programming.

 

 

Mark Lay

Mark Lay

Vice President, Singapore

After the tsunami of BIG news in the OTT space last week it took a lot more effort to uncover interesting stories for you this week…and here they are. Turner has signed a three-year, multi-platform deal for U.S. rights to UEFA European soccer games beginning with the 2018-2019 season and as a core pillar plans to launch a new stand-alone premium sports streaming video service. An interesting look at Nielsen’s Total audience initiative “as the notion of “TV” has fractured, becoming video entertainment delivered across dozens of devices through countless over-the-top apps, video on demand, DVRs, mobile services as well as broadcast, basic and premium cable/satellite services.”  For the massive sports fan, ESPN’s new Apple TV app lets you watch four screens of live sports at the same time….naturally, while tweeting on your phone.  And to finish off, a couple critical looks at the recent launch of Facebook Watch with The 6 Most Important Things To Keep Your Eye On and Are They Smarter than the TV Guys?  More OTT related news at CASBAA OTT Group Newsfeed.

 

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

Taxes, taxes, taxes…….last week I noted that Facebook’s office opening in Jakarta was all about getting them to pay taxes. Now the word filters out that – despite the enormous ad revenues they earn in Indonesia and everywhere else – their Jakarta office is licensed as a “management consulting” outfit. Hmmmm.

 

 

Cathryn Chase

Cathryn Chase

Regulatory Assistant

Vietnam is one step closer to its goal of fully transitioning to digital broadcasting by 2020. On Tuesday, analogue TV signals were switched off in 15 cities and provinces across the country. The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) had given citizens advanced warning about the termination of analogue services, and has also set up a support program to help poor households manage the transition.

 

 

Jane Buckthought

Jane Buckthought

Advertising Consultant

The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) in the UK has formally called on YouTube and Facebook to work with it and ISBA to bring safety, measurement and viewability of online video up to acceptable industry standards.

 

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

In uneasy coexistence with the business of international broadcasting there is always an element of “state messaging,” sometimes called propaganda. This week’s ham-fisted Chinese attempt at anti-Indian propaganda drew attention to the use of online media by state-owned media outlets to advance political agendas. It’s mildly funny in a racist sort of way, and totally transparent. But one has to wonder – who is the audience for such Chinese attempts to wield “soft power”? Bhutan???? (Twitter, Facebook and Youtube are all blocked in the mainland, so it’s clearly supposed to be “external” messaging.) Or is it a “united front” effort aimed at ethnic Chinese millennials in the western world?

Cathryn Chase

Cathryn Chase

Regulatory Assistant

India’s TRAI say it has successfully developed an interoperable set-top-box (STB). The new STB is compatible with multiple Pay-TV service providers, and would allow consumers to only purchase a single box, instead of having to replace their box each time they switch providers. The TRAI cites increased technological innovation, improvements in service quality and sector growth as benefits of this new technology, and hopes that it will also help to reduce e-waste in India. However, both industry members and government officials have voiced their concern over how the regulator will manage the issue of piracy that is inherent with this type of technology. Before the STB are released to the public, the TRAI will carry out an industry consultation, workshop and pilot implementation project, which will hopefully address the concerns about piracy.

 

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

The Thai authorities have ordered the “red shirt”-oriented satellite TV broadcaster Peace TV to suspend operations for a month. But relax, everybody, it has nothing to do with politics.

 

 

 

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

I’m not usually one to talk about American politics or the U.S. President but this caught my eye, and imagination.  The first high-profile political thriller to broach the Trump era could be coming from an unexpected direction — China.   Award-winning Chinese auteur Wang Quan’an has signed to write and direct American Wall, a U.S.-set feature that will delve headlong into the current politically charged moment. Wang is no stranger to scandal himself and is likely to deliver an explosive interpretation.  Dubbed “a tale of greed, vengeance, sex and ambition,” the film is set around President Donald Trump’s infamous U.S.-Mexico border wall…

 

 

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U.S. pay TV subscriber losses come in better than expected at 976,00 in Q2’17, Kagan Report Shows

Kagan Releases Second Quarter U.S. Multichannel Subscriber Report

At 976,000 U.S. pay TV subscriber losses come in better than expected in second quarter

Monterey, CA (August 15, 2017) – The legacy multichannel universe lost a record number of customers in the quarter ended June 30, 2017, but managed to keep the decline below the symbolic 1-million threshold. At the mid-year mark, however, the trajectory continues to point to an unprecedented annual decline according to data compiled by Kagan, a group within S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Overall, traditional multichannel subscriptions dropped below 96.1 million in the second quarter, down 1.8 million since year-end 2016. Adding the top two virtual service providers (VSPs) affiliated with legacy multichannel distributors –DISH Network’s Sling TV and AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW – lifts the combined total subscriptions to a package of live linear channels and on-demand content to 98 million.

Additional takeaways from Kagan’s 2nd-quarter U.S. Multichannel Subscriber report:

  • Cable operators lost 246,000 total video customers. Following the sizable first-quarter drop, total losses at the mid-year mark are up 55.6% annually.
  • Traditional satellite services took a hit in the second quarter, posting an estimated net loss of 443,000 subscriptions to retreat below the 33 million threshold for the first time since 2010.
  • Total traditional video subs on the telco platform dropped to 10.9 million, declining 10.9% annually. With AT&T emphasizing DIRECTV as its primary delivery platform, U-verse accounted for two thirds of the decline.
  • Based on figures compiled from U.S. Census reports, a calculated 75.8% of the potential residential universe subscribe to a legacy multichannel product in the second-quarter.

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AsiaSat and Eurovision Media Services to deliver Taipei 2017 Universiade on AsiaSat 5

Hong Kong, 15 August 2017 – Eurovision Media Services, in collaboration with its long-term satellite partner, Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), will use AsiaSat 5 to deliver the Taipei 2017 Universiade across the Asia Pacific.

The 29th Summer Universiade is an international sporting and cultural event staged biennially, with Taipei as this year’s host city between 19th to 30 th of August. The Universiade will include 21 competitive sports as well as one demonstration sport throughout 12 days of competitions, attended by talented youth athletes from around the world.

Since 1999 Eurovision Media Services and AsiaSat have enjoyed a successful partnership that delivers top quality sports content to broadcasters and TV networks in 4K and HD. This new delivery on AsiaSat 5, Asia’s most popular OU service platform, sees the strong relationship continuing into the future with other major events to come. AsiaSat 5 currently provides access to more than 800 million households via terrestrial networks and pay TV platforms in the Asia Pacific.

“We are very pleased to be working with Eurovision Media Services again, our long-standing partner in creating value for customers and their audiences, especially where it comes to AsiaSat’s strength in delivering high quality live sports coverage,” said Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat.

“We’re delighted to continue our collaboration with AsiaSat to deliver top quality, reliable services for major sporting events in the Asia Pacific,” said Graham Warren, Chief Operating Officer of Eurovision.

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About Eurovision Media Services

Eurovision Media Services – the business arm of the European Broadcasting Union – has a global reputation and is the first choice media services provider for many media organizations and sports federations around the world. We provide innovative services across the value chain from content production and broadcast services to content distribution and permanent circuits. We produce and deliver premium live sports, news and entertainment events around the world on all platforms (TV, radio and online). Discover more about Eurovision Media Services on www.eurovision.net

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 at the end of September 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 www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Mobile App

Media Contacts:

Eurovision Media Services
Shannon Williams, Market Analyst & Communications Manager
Tel: +41 22 717 23 70 | Email: shannon.williams@eurovision.net

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited

Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: +852 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

AsiaSat 5 provides access to more than 800 million households via terrestrial networks and pay TV platforms in the Asia Pacific

AsiaSat 5 provides access to more than 800 million households via
terrestrial networks and pay TV platforms in the Asia Pacific

10 August, 2017

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Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending August 11th. Curated by CASBAA, News Views keeps you in the loop. We always value your feedback, so tell us what you think!

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Mark Lay

Mark Lay

Vice President, Singapore

The BIG news this week is that Disney will be launching two streaming services. “Disney’s online entertainment service will begin in 2019…and starting next year, an ESPN online service, which the company had said was in the works, will feature 10,000 live events a year, including Major League Baseball, hockey, soccer and tennis, as well as college sports.” Other notable parts of the announcement include a big paring back of content licensed to Netflix though “U.S. Netflix members will have access to Disney films on the service through the end of 2019, including all new films that are shown theatrically through the end of 2018.” Also, Disney has now taken control of streaming tech company BamTech, upping their ownership from 33% to 75%.

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

And here’s this week’s piracy news: A U.S. judge says posting links to overseas pirate content sources can constitute a criminal copyright conspiracy, in the case of the founder of Kickass Torrents (now in Poland, fighting extradition). A Sydney man was given an 18 month suspended sentence for operating a card-sharing piracy network that supplied more than 8,000 people with free Foxtel TV.   (Two others were previously sentenced, and one got six months of hard time behind bars.) And for this week’s comedy relief, check out the storefront pic of this pirate box seller’s establishment. Charged with selling lots of fully-loaded Kodi boxes, the shopfront’s owner claimed he had no liability for infringement, as people were just finding the illegal content on the internet.  Even Torrentfreak points out that putting “Free Sky, Virgin, etc.” on your storefront might be regarded as “seriously incriminating.” In the end, the dude pleaded guilty to money laundering charges.

 

 

Christopher Slaughter

Christopher Slaughter

CEO

There’s a lot of attention in the Philippines to the issue of how to expand broadband access (and how to improve the quality of connections for those who have access.) Official stats report there are 24.4 million broadband connections in the country, but only 2.4 million of those are carried on wires – which means the other 22 million connections are at the mercy of hiccupping wireless links. Netizens have blasted the telcos for high prices and poor service. Telcos have been highlighting their efforts to improve connectivity, and saying the government’s red tape is to blame. Politicians have been talking about administrative reforms for a sector they call “dysfunctional”, as well as increasing the opportunity for foreign investment, to stimulate competition. Philippine market leaders will discuss what this all means for the video industry, in CASBAA’s Philippines in View conference, on August 30 in Manila. It promises to be interesting.

 

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

Regulating OTT services continues to be a hot topic in Southeast Asia. Indonesia held a public consultation on possible draft OTT regulations (replacing another draft issued last year). (Lots and lots of emphasis on getting social media OTT services to pay taxes on money earned in-country.) But there are still lots of unanswered questions. (Sorry, that report’s only in Bahasa; you’ll have to use your translation app.) Along that line, Facebook is opening an office in Jakarta. A Minister said that “taxes and responsible content” were the goals of “localizing Facebook”. Meanwhile, in Thailand, the focus is purely on content. The NBTC was reported to have changed its mind, and to be no longer seeking to regulate OTT VOD as broadcasting. But at the same time, local ISPs were given until Monday to remove or block 1,800 pages of offending content from Facebook and YouTube. Apparently, the platforms did it, to ensure their services weren’t blocked by ISPs. There does seem to be a bit of confusion, though, as it seems the Ministry of IT had a different list of 3,726 pages to block……

 

 

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

Interesting news from Nielsen in the US which has reported that TV viewing that takes place in a bar, gym, airport or office, can be just as important to networks and advertisers as at-home watchers. The measurement firm found that in early 2017 Americans spent an average of an additional two hours viewing the news away from their homes, the second largest increase in this type of time spent viewing for the genres analysed. Among viewers 18-34, out-of-home (OOH) viewing contributed an 8% increase from in-home viewership. When expanded to the 18-49 demographic, OOH viewing added a 6% increase among those viewers. Here’s Nielsen’s own list of take-aways from the data.

 

 

Mark Lay

Mark Lay

Vice President, Singapore

More streaming news this week. No Disney-style announcement from Fox but, James Murdoch Says He’s “Open Minded” About Creating A Fox SVOD OfferingCBS will roll out a sports-themed, 24-hour livestreaming network later this year, CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves announced, saying the still-unnamed sports network is “part of our ongoing OTT strategy.” Facebook has updated it’s home page to highlight it’s move into video. “The “Watch” tab and several dozen original shows will start rolling out to a small group of U.S. users tomorrow.” And finally, an interesting look at how No OTT Service Has Figured Out How To Achieve Service & Monetization Parity Across Traditional & Online Broadcasts. More OTT related news continually updated on the CASBAA OTT Group Newsfeed.

 

 

Cathryn Chase

Cathryn Chase

Regulatory Assistant

In a week that saw iflix secure over US$130 million in funding, the OTT service provider also launched its VOD platform in Cambodia in partnership with local telecom operator, Smart Axiata. Cambodians are now able to access iflix’s catalogue for a monthly subscription fee of 3 USD. Smart and iflix will aim to cater to Cambodian consumers by working closely with local content producers to offer original Khmer content, and by providing Khmer subtitles for their entire catalogue by the end of the year. Both companies have emphasized their commitment to promoting the Cambodian TV and film industry, and believe that their partnership will help to combat the growing problem of online piracy, which is a significant threat to local content production.

 

 

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

Hats off to India’s MIB. Confronted with an apparently serious problem of wildcat cable channels from some MSOs promoting objectionable content, the Ministry has chosen to enlist the industry in a serious consultation about how to deal with the problem. (India now has 890 licensed TV channels; the offenders are not among them.) Seeking cooperative solutions is a much better approach than going at problems from the start with hammer-and-tongs.

 

 

Cathryn Chase

Cathryn Chase

Regulatory Assistant

Online SVOD services are a big hit in Australia. According to a recent Telsyte survey, more than 3.7 million Australians are now subscribed to a streaming video on demand (SVOD) service, which represents a whopping 30% increase from last year. What’s more, the survey estimated that SVOD subscribers are set to surpass traditional Pay TV subscribers as early as June 2018.

 

 

Jane Buckthought

Jane Buckthought

Advertising Consultant

Walk into nearly any bar, gym, airport or office these days and you’re likely not only to find a television, but also viewers of all sorts with their eyes glued to the glass—from sports fans urging their teams on during a big game to money men tracking the financial markets to travelers monitoring news and weather reports. Nielsen analyzed data to see what content Americans are consuming beyond the comfort of their own couches.

 

 

Chinese Children Choose CBeebies

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10.08.2017: Following the success of Sherlock and Planet Earth II in China, CBeebies programming is the latest British cultural export to be taking the country by storm.

Increasing numbers of Chinese children are tuning into CBeebies favourites including Hey Duggee and Go Jetters as British kid’s programmes prove popular throughout the nation.

Figures released today by BBC Worldwide show that BAFTA and International Emmy® Award-winning Hey Duggee has racked up more than 200 million views on China’s online video platforms including Tencent and iQIYI since its launch on the sites in April and May respectively.

On iQIYI alone, CBeebies content has been viewed over 166 million times since the provider became the first digital platform in China to offer a ‘block’ of 37 CBeebies titles branded under 思贝斯 (sī bèi sī) in May. This comes after iQIYI licensed 300 hours of children’s content from BBC Worldwide earlier this year including Dinopaws and Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures.

These successes follow the recent involvement of Go Jetters in the Children’s Day Gala 2017 organised by state broadcaster China Central Television’s children’s channel (CCTV 14). Characters from the globally popular animation series took part in the annual parade which was broadcast to an audience of 110 million and saw over 200 million streams on mobile streaming platforms – triple the viewership record of the previous year.

Tim Davie, Chief Executive, BBC Worldwide, said, ‘Twenty years ago we had great success taking Teletubbies to international audiences. Now Hey Duggee and Go Jetters are the new British kids shows enthralling children all around the world.’

Kelvin Yau, General Manager for China, said, ‘Chinese children love CBeebies for the stories and characters. Their parents love it because they know the content is always suitable and helps their children to learn while having fun.’

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For more information, please contact:

Jeanne Leong
Director, Communications, Asia
Jeanne.Leong@bbc.com
+65 6849 5292

Foxtel Welcomes Conviction and Sentencing of Subscription TV Pirate

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Foxtel has welcomed the sentencing of a Sydney man for his role in the selling of unauthorised access to Foxtel services.

Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi, 33 years old, was convicted of criminal offences relating to charges of operating an illegal network that allowed more than 8000 people across Australia to access Foxtel subscription television broadcasts for free. A Sydney court has sentenced Al Baghdadi to serve an 18 month suspended jail term for carrying out the offenses.

The conviction and sentencing are the result of on-going joint antipiracy investigations involving the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Foxtel investigators, and Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security. The three organisations uncovered an organised criminal network responsible for committing a wide-range of intellectual property theft of Foxtel services.

Foxtel’s CEO, Peter Tonagh, said, “Foxtel welcomes today’s court ruling and hopes it sends a strong signal that this type of activity is illegal. Foxtel takes intellectual property theft very seriously as it severely undermines the creative industry including every business and individual that works so hard to deliver us the movies, sport, drama and entertainment we love.

“Foxtel conducts ongoing investigations into the theft of Foxtel programming and we are proud to work so closely with the AFP and our partners at Irdeto to ensure the full force of the law is applied to protect our content.”

Rory O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Services at Irdeto, said, “This conviction is another step forward in the global fight against online piracy. The seriousness of these crimes should not be underestimated and this result is further proof that piracy will not be tolerated. Partnerships like this play a crucial role in not only detecting these pirate networks, but ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Foxtel looks forward to continuing work with the rest of the Australian media industry to address the issue of piracy in Australia.

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About Foxtel

Foxtel is one of Australia’s most progressive and dynamic media companies, directly employing around 2,800 people and delivering a diverse subscription television service over cable, satellite and broadband distribution. Foxtel effortlessly connects Australians to all the stories they love by offering a better entertainment experience every day to more than 2.8 million subscribing homes through delivery of new and inspiring programming across all genres, the world’s most popular channel brands, and investment in high quality local content. As constant champions of innovation we have brought customers the iQ personal digital recorder; Australia’s largest HD channel offering; the Foxtel App for tablets and mobile devices; internet TV service, Foxtel Now; and television, broadband and home phone bundles with Foxtel internet and voice services delivered over Australia’s largest telecommunications network. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and News Corporation (50%).

Irdeto. Building a Secure Future.™

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

Media enquiries:

Foxtel
David Sims
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Martin Clunes & A Lion Called Mugie

Martin Clunes joins a mission set to make wildlife history by returning endangered lions to a remote part of Kenya in a documentary to be exclusively broadcast on ITV Choice.

It is 25 years since lions roamed in the Kora National Reserve where legendary conservationist George Adamson set up a camp to rescue lions and release them back into the wild. The heartbreaking but successful story of rescuing orphaned cub Elsa became internationally famous in the blockbuster film Born Free, based on the iconic book written by George’s wife Joy.

Tony Fitzjohn worked closely with George, and continues to work in wildlife conservation. He has lovingly rebuilt George’s original camp, Kampi Ya Simba, in the Kora National Reserve, abandoned after he was murdered by Somali bandits in 1989. Tony picks up where he and George left off all those years ago, with the aim of releasing captive and orphaned lions back into the wild with the support of the Kenya Wildlife Service.

British actor Martin Clunes has had a close friendship with Tony since they met 20 years ago when they released Nina, a zoo elephant, back into the wild. In this documentary Martin travels to Kenya to visit Tony and to meet his first lion cub to be brought to the Kora camp for 25 years.

Martin says: “Although elephants and rhinos get most of the publicity, lions in Africa are facing an equally serious crisis. While there are about 500,000 elephants left on the continent, there are only 30,000 lions. If something isn’t done, they could die out in the wild in less than ten years.”

“Three years ago a mission began to bring lions back to a remote Kenyan wilderness. From day one I have had the privilege of being a witness to this story. It’s one that stirred deep childhood memories, brought great highs and awful lows. This is the true story of one animal’s big adventure, and one man’s dream.”

Tony Fitzjohn says: “In the 24 years I’ve been away, lions themselves are becoming an endangered species and it’s only in the centre of some very well protected areas or national parks you still get lions. But to be able to do something for lions again, in my world, if there’s a gap or an offer to do something, you just go for it. You can’t say no.”

Tuesday 15th August

IND: 18:30, MALTA/THAI: 20:00
KSA/TWN: 21:00, UAE: 22:00

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