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Celestial Tiger Entertainment Ties Up Winners of 13 Awards at the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards

The Company Acquired Exclusive Rights in Southeast Asia to the Highest Number of Award-Winners among Pay TV Networks

Hong Kong (April 16, 2018) – Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), operator of the largest bouquet of pan-Asian channels dedicated to Asian entertainment, revealed today that it has first and exclusive rights to six award-winning films, the highest number of award-winning movies honoured at the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards in Southeast Asia among all regional pay TV networks. The Hong Kong Film Awards took place last night at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. A total of 19 awards were given out during the four-hour ceremony.

Among the winners to which CTE has exclusive first run rights for its channels Celestial Movies and cHK in key Southeast Asian markets, is Best Film-winner Our Time Will Come. The Ann Hui-directed historical drama also won Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction and Best Original Film Score. Other winners premiering only on CTE channels include Paradox, Chasing the Dragon, Shock Wave, Wu Kong and Concerto of the Bully.

“It’s a great honour that our company boasts first and exclusive rights to the highest number of award-winning titles at the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards in Southeast Asia. This reaffirms our commitment to acquire the highest quality movies for our viewers through our long-term relationships with the top Chinese movie producers.” said Ofanny Choi, Executive Vice President, TV Networks, Celestial Tiger Entertainment.

The full list of award winners to premiere exclusively on CTE channels are:
Our Time Will Come: Five awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction and Best Original Film Score
Paradox: Best Actor, Best Action Choreography and Best Sound Design
Shock Wave: Best Supporting Actor
Chasing The Dragon: Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography
Concerto of the Bully: Best Original Film Song
Wu Kong: Best Visual Effects

This year, Celestial Movies not only celebrates its 15th anniversary, but also its continued strong rating performance across the region. In Malaysia, CTE’s Chinese movie channels – Celestial Movies, Celestial Movies HD and CCM – are the top three most-watched regional movie channels among Astro’s Chinese 4+ subscribers this year*. Meanwhile, in Singapore, among SingTel TV’s Chinese audience, cHK was the third most-watched channel among all pay TV channels this year**.

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*Source: Kantar Media, Malaysia DTAM
Note: Jan-Feb, 2018, Astro Chinese 4+/ 20+, ranked by Rtg (‘000) across movie channels on Astro, whole day, consolidated data (as of Mar 6, 2018)
**Source: SG-TAM
Note: Jan-Feb, 2018, Singtel Chinese 4+/ 20+, ranked by Rtg (‘000) across reported pay TV channels, whole day, consolidated data (as of Mar 7, 2018)

Media Contact:
Pauline Poon
Celestial Tiger Entertainment
T: 852 2239 6131
E: pauline.poon@celestialtiger.com

About Celestial Tiger Entertainment
CELESTIAL TIGER ENTERTAINMENT (CTE) is a leading independent media company dedicated to entertaining audiences in Asia and beyond. The company creates and distributes branded pay television channels and services targeted at Asian consumers.

CTE operates a powerful bouquet of distinct pay television services including: CELESTIAL MOVIES, the premier 24-hour first-run Chinese movie channel in Asia and beyond; CCM, the world’s most-widely distributed Chinese movie channel with an unparalleled array of Chinese movie masterpieces; cHK, a general entertainment channel offering cool, chic, and contemporary celebrity-powered Hong Kong entertainment; KIX, the ultimate destination for action entertainment; MIAO MI, the Mandarin edutainment channel created for preschool kids across Asia; and THRILL, Asia’s only regional horror, thriller and suspense movie channel. All of CTE’s channel brands are available as linear, on-demand and over-the-top services. CTE also produces original production for its bouquet of channels.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, CTE’s majority shareholders are Saban Capital Group, a leading private investment firm specializing in the media, entertainment and communications industries; Celestial Pictures, a diversified Asian entertainment company owned by Astro Overseas Limited; and Lionsgate, the world’s largest independent filmed entertainment studio.

For more information, please visit www.celestialtiger.com.

RIOT GAMES AND MTV COLLABORATE FOR HYPERPLAY, THE 1ST INTEGRATED ASEAN ESPORTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

Hyperplay to take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 4 and 5 August 2018

SINGAPORE, 13 APRIL 2018Riot Games, the videogame publisher behind the game League of Legends, played by 100 million players monthly, and youth entertainment brand MTV announced today the introduction of Hyperplay, the first integrated ASEAN esports and music festival. Hyperplay is presented by the Singapore Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the National Youth Council (NYC) of Singapore, and will integrate the two biggest pop culture pillars of this generation, esports and music, into a weekend event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Streaming live across the two-day ticketed event on Hyperplay.sg, with key segments broadcast live across South-East Asia, the first edition of Hyperplay will feature the first ever League of Legends ASEAN tournament with national teams from the 10 ASEAN countries. They will clash head-on in two days of intense League of Legends matches, where the victorious team will earn the title of ASEAN champion.

“Riot has been engaging in musical collaborations with great artists for years. A lot of gamers are also music fans, but it is exciting to see that a lot of talented musicians are also gamers, with whom we can create tailored music experiences within our game universe. With Hyperplay, we hope to deliver a great event that gaming fans will enjoy, and that an even broader audience will see it as an opportunity to discover the richness of the gaming culture,” said Johnson Yeh, Managing Director of Riot Games for Greater China and South-East Asia.

The esports tournament will share the stage with MTV Spotlight, comprised of four electrifying music performances by international, regional and local artists. The music performances will also be edited into a 60-minute “MTV Spotlight” special, which will premiere on 21 August on MTV in South-East Asia.

“The opportunity to collaborate with Riot Games is timely as esports is growing at a rapid pace in Singapore and across Southeast Asia. There is a natural synergy between esports and music and with MTV’s expertise in creating compelling music and pop culture experiences, we are amplifying the discovery of a new entertainment experience in the region. With Hyperplay, we are looking to connect with new audiences in the esports genre through a bespoke music platform featuring a diverse range of talents, and the distribution of music and esports content to a much wider audience base,” Paras Sharma, Senior Vice President of Southeast Asia, Viacom International Media Networks.

Further details of Hyperplay, including the artist line-up, will be announced in the run up to the event. Registration for the esports tournament will begin in the coming weeks, with qualifiers beginning in May. Tickets for the event go on sale in May.

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In the weeks ahead, fans can get direct information and news updates by following Hyperplay on Facebook.

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About the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth www.mccy.gov.sg
The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth seeks to inspire Singaporeans through the arts and sports, strengthen community bonds, and promote volunteerism and philanthropy. Since its inception in November 2012, MCCY has been actively engaging the arts, heritage, sports, community and youth sectors.

The Ministry aims to bring into sharper focus the efforts to build a more cohesive and vibrant society, and to deepen a sense of identity and belonging to the nation. MCCY will work with its stakeholders to create an environment where Singaporeans can pursue their aspirations for a better quality of life and together, build a gracious and caring society we are proud to call home.

About the National Youth Council (全国青年理事会)
At NYC, we believe in a world where young people are respected and heard, and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. Together with our partners, we develop a dynamic and engaging environment where young people can realise their aspirations and play a part in making Singapore an endearing home for all.

About Riot Games
Riot Games was established in 2006 by entrepreneurial gamers who believe that player-focused game development can result in great games. Riot’s mission is to be the most player-focused company in the world.

About League of Legends
League of Legends is a fast-paced & skill based competitive online game. Two teams of powerful champions, each with a unique design and play-style, battle head-to-head across multiple battlefields and game modes. With an ever-expanding roster of champions, frequent updates and a thriving tournament scene, League of Legends offers endless replayability for players of every skill level. Over 100 million people globally play every month.

About MTV
MTV is the world’s biggest youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of nearly 785 million households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. Outside of the United States, MTV is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all platforms. For more information about MTV in Asia, visit www.mtvasia.com.

About Viacom International Media Networks
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, MTV LIVE HD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, and more. Viacom brands reach more than 3.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 180+ countries and territories via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties, in 40 languages. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/VIMN_PR. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com, blog.viacom.com and the Viacom Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Viacom.

Media Contact:
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Community Manager
Riot Games
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Adeline Ong
Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Asia
Viacom International Media Networks
t : +65 9366 7323 | e : adeline.ong@vimn.com

Hotstar and Akamai set Global Streaming Record during VIVO IPL 2018

A record for peak concurrent viewers on Hotstar was established during the match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders; CDN powered by Akamai

MUMBAI/BANGALORE, India – April 12, 2018 – Hotstar, India’s largest premium video streaming platform, leveraged Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, to set a global streaming record on the Akamai platform for the ongoing VIVO Indian Premier League held in India, for the match between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on the 10th of April, 2018.

Viewership for the game peaked at 5.5 million concurrent viewers. This is the largest on the Akamai platform for any live sporting event in the world and the largest for any single event online by a broadcaster. This is ahead of the previous high on the Akamai platform of 4.8 million peak concurrent users, established by Hotstar during the India and Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy Final in June 20171. The concurrent viewership of VIVO IPL on Hotstar exceeded the peak viewership of 4.6 million for the streaming of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump in January 2017.

The Vivo IPL experience on Hotstar has been reimagined to be leagues ahead of the sports experience on any platform in the world, with features like Watch’NPlay, a game that tests the viewers’ cricket smarts as they watch a match, as well as VR and social features, that make the experience more immersive than ever before.

“Crossing 5 million on a live sporting event is like breaking the 10-second barrier in the 100 meter dash. We are proud that we are the first to get here. But, of even more importance, we are excited that fans have embraced the immersive sports experience on Hotstar that has brought together live streaming, the expression of fan emotions and an interactive always-on game. This is the future of video online and we are excited to shape it. At this scale, we will be clearly testing the ability of different parts of the Internet to keep up with the dramatic growth in fan followership. And, we are delighted that Akamai has been a partner that has always walked in step with our ambitions and delivered the scale that we seek,” said Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar.

“Hotstar is one of the pioneers in the live streaming industry in India, and has changed the way hundreds of millions of people consume content. With the hyper growth of mobile-first users, it’s important that platforms catering to them factor in the right technology to provide an experience that rivals, if not supersedes, a traditional broadcast experience. Akamai’s partnership with Hotstar has changed how people enjoy a variety of content ranging from general entertainment to live sports anytime, anywhere and on any device,” said Parimal Pandya, Vice President, Media, APJ, Akamai Technologies.

Vivo IPL, in its eleventh edition this year, started on 7th April and is a 60 day tournament that will conclude on 27th May. The tournament is streaming live on Hotstar in six languages, including Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada, Hindi and English.

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About Hotstar
Hotstar is India’s largest premium streaming platform with more than 100,000 hours of drama and movies in 9 languages, and coverage of every major global sporting event. Launched in early 2015, it is one of India’s most downloaded apps and has attracted more than 350 million followers on the back of a highly evolved video streaming technology and high attention to quality of experience across devices and platforms. Hotstar has appropriated top spots on the Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store, and been named among the most popular apps of 2017 on both platforms.

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About Akamai
As the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, Akamai makes it easier for its customers to provide the best and most secure digital experiences on any device, anytime, anywhere. Akamai’s massively distributed platform is unparalleled in scale with over 200,000 servers across 130 countries, giving customers superior performance and threat protection. Akamai’s portfolio of web and mobile performance, cloud security, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions are supported by exceptional customer service and 24/7 monitoring. To learn why the top financial institutions, e-commerce leaders, media & entertainment providers, and government organizations trust Akamai please visit www.akamai.com, blogs.akamai.com, or @Akamai on Twitter.

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Oceans: Our Blue Planet to premiere in Beijing, China

BBC Studios today announced a deal with Orient International (Holding) Co. Ltd that will see the Asia premiere of Oceans: Our Blue Planet, a Giant Screen film version of Blue Planet II, in China. This deal includes the exclusive distribution rights to both 2D Dome and 3D Giant Screen formats of the film in China.

The Asia premiere of Oceans: Our Blue Planet will be held in the China Science and Technology Museum based in Beijing, China, on 15 April 2018.

Produced by long-time collaborators BBC Earth and OceanX Media, Oceans: Our Blue Planet takes audiences on a global odyssey into the largest and least-explored habitat on Earth. Featuring OceanX’s research vessel, the Alucia, the film is directed by Mark Brownlow (Blue Planet II, Tiny Giants) and Rachel Butler (Blue Planet II, Shark), and narrated by Kate Winslet (Titanic, Revolutionary Road, Snow Bears). The Chinese version is narrated by well-known dubbing talent Ji Guanlin, who has dubbed for both local and international stars including Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games and Anne Hathaway in Alice Through The Looking Glass.

Kelvin Yau, GM, Greater China, BBC Studios commented: “In the last two years, we have seen BBC’s natural history content gaining huge traction in China. BBC’s blue chip natural history titles, Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and the BBC Earth film, Earth: One Amazing Day have all been extremely successful with audiences in China. We hope that this larger than life, immersive experience of the 2D Dome and 3D Giant Screen formats will enhance and extend the experience of our premium natural history content.”

“We are very pleased to once again partner BBC Studios to launch Oceans: Our Blue Planet in China. We pride ourselves on delivering quality content for science and technology museums across China, and BBC Earth’s premium natural history content is a natural fit for us. We are excited for the premiere of Oceans: Our Blue Planet and hope that families and school groups will visit the museums to learn more about our watery worlds.” said Ji Sheng Jun, Vice President of Orient International (Holding) Co. Ltd.

Other BBC Earth Giant Screen films that have been licensed to Orient for distribution are Tiny Giants and Earthflight, of which the latter was recently distributed to another two science and technology museums in Daqing and Liaoning. Each film is 40 minutes long and will run between six months and a year in cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenyang and Hefei, as well as Hong Kong.

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For more information, please contact:

Jeanne Leong
BBC Studios
Tel: +65 6849 5292
Email: Jeanne.Leong@bbc.com

Jessie Lim
BBC Studios
Tel: +65 6849 5295
Email: Jessie.Lim@bbc.com

About BBC Studios
BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including six production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

About BBC Earth

BBC Earth is a global portfolio brand that invites audiences everywhere to engage with the wonders of our universe. We bring amazing premium content, television and experiences to the world, across multiple platforms including branded channels, live events, digital & social media, AR/VR, theatrical releases for cinema & giant screen films, and consumer products. We believe that celebrating and connecting with our world is more important than ever, across nature, science, space and the human race. Along with our partners we are continually innovating to find new stories and experiences to bring insight, enlightenment and fresh perspectives to inspire us to think and feel differently about our world. From the epic to the everyday, BBC Earth brings you face to face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the sheer wonder of being part of this amazing planet we call home. BBC Earth is a commercial and global consumer brand managed by BBC Worldwide outside of the UK.

About OceanX Media

OceanX Media is a nonprofit media company whose aim is to create groundbreaking media rooted in cutting-edge science that inspires global awareness about the beauty, complexity and fragility of the ocean and its inhabitants. Founded by Creative Director Mark Dalio, OceanX Media partners with leading broadcasters, research institutions, conservation organizations and other production companies to chronicle open expeditions aboard the Alucia research vessel. As an innovative media platform leveraging scientific research and ocean exploration, OceanX Media creates content spanning short-form, broadcast, IMAX and 360-degree virtual reality to galvanize the global audience toward greater stewardship of the world’s oceans. OceanX Media is the media arm of OceanX, an initiative of the Dalio Foundation. For more information, visit www.OceanX.org.

NASA TV HD and NASA TV UHD distributed on Eutelsat satellites

Paris, 12 April 2018 – Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world’s leading satellite operators, today announced that the NASA High Definition (NTV-3) and NASA Ultra High Definition (NTV-4) channels are broadcasting in free-to-air via satellite for the first time across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Viewers from across these regions can now enjoy exceptional images from the U.S. space programme, including coverage of launches, life on-board the International Space Station, Earth views from space, deep space exploration, the solar system, Mars, replay of NASA classics such as the Apollo programme, and documentaries on NASA’s latest R&D work.
NASA TV HD is transmitted free-to-air from the popular HOTBIRD video neighbourhood at 13° East for viewers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and via the 7° East video neighbourhood for viewers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
NASA TV UHD is also broadcast on the HOTBIRD and 7° East video neighbourhoods, as well as the FRANSAT TV platform via the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite, for subscribers equipped with an Ultra HD-compatible TV set*. The channel, produced by Harmonic, leverages Harmonic’s latest Ultra HD end-to-end media processing and delivery technologies, with image resolution levels four times higher than standard HD.

Eutelsat is the first satellite operator to make NASA TV channels accessible to a large and rapidly growing audience base across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Offering an unequalled viewing experience, the addition of NASA TV UHD underlines the continuous expansion of Ultra HD content transmitted via Eutelsat’s fleet of satellites.

* Viewers must be equipped with a recent 4K Ultra HD TV set with an integrated satellite tuner certified by FRANSAT, as well as a CI+ CAM module.

How to receive the channels

• NASA TV UHD (NTV-4) – 4k UHD, HEVC encoding

From HOTBIRD (13° East)
Frequency: 11373 MHz
Horizontal polarization, DVB-S2, 8PSK, FEC 3/4
Symbol rate: 27500

From EUTELSAT 7B (7° East)
Frequency: 10887 MHz
Horizontal polarization, DVB-S2, QPSK, FEC 4/5
Symbol rate: 30000

From EUTELSAT 5 West A (5° West)
FRANSAT
Frequency: 12732 MHz
Vertical polarization, DVB-2, 8PSK, FEC 3/4
Symbol rate: 29950

• NASA TV HD (NTV-3) – MPEG-4 encoding

From HOTBIRD (13° East)
Frequency: 11373 MHz
Horizontal polarization, DVB-S2, 8PSK, FEC 3/4
Symbol rate: 27500

From EUTELSAT 7B (7° East)
Frequency: 10887 MHz
Horizontal polarization, DVB-S2, QPSK, FEC 4/5
Symbol rate: 30000

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 44 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 www.eutelsat.com

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Content Owners Amp Up Anti-Piracy Strategy with Irdeto’s Industry-First Watermarking Solution

Irdeto introduces first-of-its-kind technology that now combines support for JPEG 2000 in Interoperable Master Format into its scalable distributor watermarking solution

LAS VEGAS, NAB – 10 April 2018 – As content owners and distributors continue to address consumer demand for premium content, Interoperable Master Format (IMF) is becoming an increasingly popular exchange format for 4K and HDR assets. While this format has helped OTT providers and pay TV operators reduce costs and complexity associated with distributing premium content, pirates have also evolved their piracy strategies to steal valuable assets. To address piracy challenges, Irdeto has introduced an industry-first feature set into its scalable distributor watermarking solution. Irdeto TraceMark™ forensic watermarking now provides content owners with support for JPEG 2000 (J2K) in IMF exchange formats to help prevent theft of premium 4K and HDR content.

With Irdeto TraceMark now supporting J2K in IMF, content owners are able to keep one master version of the content and send out individually watermarked versions of the content on-the-fly with no delay to distributors. As a result, content owners no longer need to transcode individual copies, reducing the use of storage space and preparation time before distributing content. The solution also offers the ability distribute high-quality content at scale in individually watermarked form, provides post-encode benefits that eliminate the need for custom watermarking plugins and operates independently of encoders, requiring zero integration so it can be deployed immediately. TraceMark is also the first to fully integrate distributor watermarking with Aspera’s FASP® transfer technology.

“One thing is for certain, if pirates want to get their hands on premium content, they will alter their tactics in order to find a weak point in a content owner’s anti-piracy strategy,” said Pete Cossack, Vice President of Cybersecurity Services at Irdeto. “To combat pirates, we recognize the importance of continually innovating in order to enhance anti-piracy strategies. With our industry-first J2K in IMF watermarking solution, we are adding yet another layer of defense to help content owners and distributors protect premium 4K and HDR content. Supporting IMF exchange formats is the type of innovative functionality needed to help content owners stay one step ahead of pirates.”

Offered as a key solution in the Irdeto Piracy Control suite, Irdeto TraceMark forensic watermarking provides the industry’s widest support for file formats and codecs, including XDCAM, HD50, ProRes, AVC, HEVC and now J2K in IMF. The solution provides content owners with deeper insight into the actual origin of pirated content, allowing content owners to make informed decisions based on correct data rather than what was purported based on file name or other characteristics. Irdeto’s team of multi-discipline specialists and its proven methodology has a successful track record in rapidly identifying content theft, disrupting piracy and leveraging its established networks to track down pirates and their supply chains.

To learn more about Irdeto TraceMark forensic watermarking, please visit: https://resources.irdeto.com/piracy-control/datasheet-irdeto-tracemark-forensic-watermarking-distributor-watermarking-for-content-owners-sports-rights-holders

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About Irdeto
Irdeto is the world leader in digital platform security, protecting platforms and applications for media & entertainment, connected transport 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.

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Russell
Global Manager, Public Relations, Irdeto
Mobile: +1 774 273 3890
Email: Stephen.Russell@irdeto.com

Crystal Kung
Senior Account Manager, WE Communications
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Email: ckung@we-worldwide.com

NAGRA and KT Skylife expand content protection partnership with NexGuard watermarking

Latest deployment of NexGuard watermarking technology allows KT Skylife to meet MovieLabs requirements while giving subscribers access to the best content and safeguarding against piracy

Cheseaux-sur Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – April 5, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, today announced that its NexGuard watermarking solution for pay-TV was selected by Korean satellite broadcaster KT Skyylife.

This partnership allows KT Skylife – a NAGRA customer since 2010 – to meet forensic watermarking requirements mandated by MovieLabs’ Enhanced Content Protection for premium content, including 4K Ultra HD and HDR. The expansion also gives KT Skylife’s subscribers access to the best content available, while protecting their service from piracy.

By expanding its partnership with NAGRA, KT Skylife can now leverage NexGuard watermarking technology to meet studio requirements for the protection of high-value content. The additional ability to expand KT Skylife content offering and increase the value of their services to their subscribers provides a competitive advantage for KT Skylife moving forward.

“Our unique watermarking capabilities provide KT Skylife with the added security and traceability for pay-TV provides to meet content owners’ requirements for the protection of premium content, and deter would-be pirates,” said Stephane Le Dreau, Senior Vice President Sales & Services APAC at NAGRA. “With NAGRA content protection and watermarking, KT Skylife is now able to create the ultimate closed-loop approach to fighting piracy while ensuring access to the best content available for their subscribers.”

NAGRA’s NexGuard forensic watermarking technology adds a unique, invisible identifier to video content delivered to set-top boxes, smart TVs and other video players enables each device. It embeds a unique watermark for any video shown, making it the only way to tracing illicit re-distribution back to a specific account. The watermark remains with the content, even in the case of transcoding, resizing, downscaling, camcording or any other alteration.

NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services and NexGuard watermarking solution will be demonstrated on the NAGRA stand, SU3424, at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas (9-12 April 2018).

About NAGRA
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 providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

Contacts
Ivan Schnider
Marketing Communications
+41 21 732 09 40
ivan.schnider@nagra.com

Anita Pang
Marketing Communications
+65 6829 0811
anita.pang@nagra.com

Dove Announces Global Partnership with Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe to Build Self-Esteem and Body Confidence in Young People Using Mainstream Entertainment for the First Time

The two-year partnership takes the Dove Self-Esteem Project, the world’s largest provider of self-esteem education, to a scale never-seen-before

April 4, 2018 – Dove announces a two-year global partnership with Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe to educate young people on body confidence through the cartoon’s themes of inclusivity and empowerment, conveyed through its world and characters – going directly to them in a medium they know and love, something that has never been done before.

This pioneering collaboration comes from the Dove Self-Esteem Project which has been helping young people build self-esteem and body confidence through educational programmes since 2004. The project is based on the knowledge that over half of girls do not have high body confidence, leading them to avoid spending time with friends and family, put their health at risk and opt-out of important life events. The Dove Self-Esteem Project exists in 140 countries around the world is committed to reaching 40 million young people by 2020 through its existing educational programmes; and with the help of Steven Universe, will now reach 20 million more, including in Asia Pacific.

Using a public health intervention model, the Dove Self-Esteem Project will expand beyond structured workshops delivered by adults to taking educational content direct to young people on a scale never-seen before. And in the case of the project’s partnership with Cartoon Network, this will be Steven Universe’s young viewers to positively impact their self-esteem and body confidence.

The partnership will come to life in a series of six short animated films directed by Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar, the first of which premieres today in the US, and in Australia and New Zealand on April 7, and in the Philippines on April 23. Working with the Dove Self-Esteem Project, all content has been carefully co-created and grounded in scientific evidence by body image expert, Dr Phillippa Diedrichs at the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England, in order to make a meaningful impact on a young person’s self-esteem and body confidence.

Later this year, an original song featuring the cast of the show, an accompanying music video, and an educational eBook will also be launched adding to the Dove Self-Esteem Project’s commitment to create a media landscape for young people that is inclusive by acknowledging every person’s uniqueness and representing true diversity.

“We are passionate about evolving the types of messages the next generation are receiving through media, which is why we are working side by side with partners to take the programme to the next level. We are introducing new tools to enable us to reach even more young people with content that not only educates but also entertains. By partnering with Cartoon Network and Rebecca Sugar we are able to create new ways to make a real impact towards our mission of helping young people build positive body confidence and self-esteem.”

Research shows that children’s media can be a powerful source of influence on young viewers’ body image and emotional intelligence, with carefully designed inclusive content creating more positive attitudes and behaviours towards their own health and others.

“The partnership creates content that tackles topics identified in scientific research as key influences on young people’s body confidence, and delivers it in an engaging and fun way.”

Critically acclaimed, Steven Universe is the first animated series on Cartoon Network to be created by a woman. A global pop culture phenomenon recognized for its overall themes of inclusivity, empathy and relatability, the show is inspired by Rebecca’s friendship and close relationship with her younger brother Steven.

“Cartoons are a powerful medium when it comes to empathy and understanding, which is why my team and I take great care with Steven Universe to reflect real issues that affect our audience,” says Rebecca.

SEE THE FIRST OF SIX ANIMATED SHORTS BELOW!

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Why Fox and Disney hate Singapore’s little black boxes

Singapore has become the front line in a global fight against rampant piracy of movies, TV shows and sports games.

Major media and entertainment companies are waging a campaign against the spread of small black boxes that can provide free access to thousands of TV and video-on-demand channels worldwide.

“It’s the little box that took over piracy and it’s taking over the world,” said Neil Gane, general manager of the Coalition Against Piracy, an industry group that includes Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOX) and Turner, the parent company of CNN.

Gane said Southeast Asia has become “the epicenter” of the manufacturing and distribution of the boxes, which are known as illicit streaming devices, or ISDs.

On their own, the boxes don’t do much. But when loaded with the right software, they can enable people to illegally watch content they should be paying for, such as top soccer and NBA games, popular shows like Game of Thrones and the latest Hollywood movies.

The companies are fighting back and pushing authorities to crack down on the boxes.

Losing subscribers

In Singapore, cable operators Singtel and Starhub have teamed up with Fox and English soccer’s Premier League to take legal action against two ISD sellers. The case, which is now before the courts, could result in the devices being outlawed in the city-state.

Successful legal action has already been taken against sellers of the boxes in Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and the United Kingdom, according to the Coalition Against Piracy. But it hasn’t been enough to stop the sale and use of them in many countries.

Last year, the US government made the boxes a special focus of its “notorious markets” report, warning that use of them has exploded in the United States. They’re different from products like Slingbox and Apple TV, which are set up to work with authorized content providers.

It’s difficult to put an exact number on the financial damage the illicit devices may be doing to the global media and entertainment industry. Losses for companies that create, own and distribute content for North America could exceed $4 billion a year, according to a recent report from communications technology firm Sandvine.

Research group Media Partners Asia says that in Singapore, the number of pay TV subscribers has fallen 15% over the past two years, mainly because of piracy. Its CEO, Vivek Couto, predicts the number of subscribers could fall another 15% in the next two years.

‘Everybody’s talking about the issue’

Jonathan Spink, the CEO of HBO in Asia, has worked in the region for 20 years and says content piracy has never been as widespread as it is today.

“Everybody’s talking about the issue now, which means everyone’s being impacted by it,” he said. “People are canceling subscriptions because they can get stuff for free. At the moment, it’s not killing the business but it’s beginning to have a very real effect on it.”

HBO, like CNN and Turner, is owned by Time Warner (TWX).

Spink said it’s hard to quantify how much illegal streaming devices are costing the company, but he points to the example of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which is the most pirated show in history. Episodes from its seventh season were pirated more than a billion times, according to anti-piracy firm Muso.

“Even if you can convert 10% of those people to paying customers, then business would be significantly better,” Spink said.

Easy to buy

One of the biggest problems is the abundant availability of the streaming boxes.

The devices are “the hot thing being sold” in many shopping malls devoted to tech products across Asia, Gane said.

In Singapore’s Sim Lim Square, an electronics mall, at least half a dozen outlets were openly offering the media streaming boxes last month. Several of them told CNN that the devices were selling well.

For the equivalent of $150, we bought a box that the store then loaded with software. After that, it’s basically plug and play. All that’s needed is a screen and an internet connection.

The device we bought provided access to the latest movies, TV shows and sports, including the English Premier League. It was all content we should be paying for, so we shut it down.

Stamping out the sale of the boxes is proving tough.

“I think most governments recognize the damage intellectual property crimes do to their economy, but they are not necessarily enforcing it or they are delaying the decisions to clamp down,” Gane said.

The industry needs to try to alter the way consumers think about piracy, according to HBO’s Spink.

“If you stole £100 through the internet from your bank, you would have the world falling on your shoulders. But if you steal a couple of films from someone, then no one seems to mind,” he said. “That mindset has to change.”

Star India unleashes an epic MI Vs CSK opening game campaign

MUMBAI, April 4, 2018: With just 3 days for the gripping cricketing action-entertainment of the much anticipated VIVO IPL 2018 to begin, Star India has unveiled yet another feisty campaign; this time, it’s the ‘Best vs Best’ narrative that stokes passion of the fans around the high-octane action promised highly awaited opening clash on Saturday, April 7th at 8 pm between current champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings that return after two editions. This match and all the matches will be aired on the Star Sports bouquet (Star Sports 1 English, Star Sports 1 HD English, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Select SD English, Star Sports 1 Select HD English), Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Movies, Jalsha Movies and live streamed on Hotstar in India, US & Canada.

The narrative of the latest campaign created by the Star Sports creative team rekindles the greatest rivalry of IPL between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, which amongst them have won 5 IPL trophies out of the total ten leagues organized so far. The campaign drives a gritty face-off between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in an opening encounter that promises great action with some of the best players in the VIVO IPL 2018.

What is already fuelling fan frenzy is that VIVO IPL 2018 is set to witness Chennai Super King’s return under the iconic MS Dhoni’s leadership, after a two-year absence. The fact that these fierce rivals, who have clashed in 3 of 8 past finals, will square up for the opening game of the VIVO IPL 2018, will give a dream start to the single largest event. The film, driven by a catchy, clever script, gives strident voice to the fanatic support of fans of Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, with each side throwing the gauntlet at the other, confident that their team will crush their rivals in the opening match.

Gayatri Yadav, President Consumer Strategy & Innovation, Star India, said, “With just five days for the Vivo-IPL 2018’s mega cricketing extravaganza to go live, our latest campaign around the MI-CSK opener will intensify the expectations and enthusiasm of not just their fans but all other passion-cricket entertainment lovers too. This film, which is an extension of our Best v/s Best campaign, builds upon the intense anticipation of everyone waiting for this thrilling contest to start the Vivo IPL 2018.”

“With the combined power of digital and television and a first-ever six-language presentation including, Star Sports Tamil for CSK fans who have waited patiently for two long years for their heroes’ comeback, we are confident our presentation of the Vivo-IPL 2018 will deliver never-before fan experience,” Yadav said,

Rahul Johri, CEO, BCCI, said “The IPL is the biggest and widely followed cricketing properties in the world. Over the years, each of the franchisees has developed a strong and loyal fan following, globally. The opening game between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will serve as the perfect start to the action-packed season. The latter will be returning after 2 years amidst much hype and celebration and led by none other than MS Dhoni while the former is a three-time champion and one of the most consistent T20 teams. The latest campaign brings forth the true spirit of the IPL, bringing enthusiasm levels to an all-time high, prior to the start of the biggest league in the world.”

Star India will broadcast live matches of the league in 6 languages – Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Kannada on its broadcast network. The VIVO IPL will also be beamed LIVE in these 6 languages on Hotstar.

Watch the video here: https://twitter.com/StarSportsIndia/status/980343058939047936

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-xwTI8MKO8

Promo Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1342KcGu78hkJ1VFybcDsRFBSXg4Ys4dm