8 December, 2017


Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending December 8th. 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

You may have seen last month the FBI in the US namedthe hacker responsible for leaking Game of Thrones from HBO servers and forattemptedextortion. While announcing the indictment charges andnaming an Iranian national, the Manhattan  court official borrowed thefamous ‘Winter is Coming’ dialogue from the series and said: “For hackers whotest our resolve in protecting our intellectual property — even those hidingbehind keyboards in countries far away — eventually,winter will come.” Rather depressingly social media feeds have subsequentlyfeatured commentsfrom people who actually thankedthe hacker for stealing and even questioned why the FBI was gettinginvolved, although thankfully these people do seem to be inthe minority and are brought to task.

Cathryn Chase

Cathryn Chase

Regulatory Assistant

For years, ISPs across many countries have resisted requeststo help in the fight against online piracy by blocking infringing websites, butfrom Canada, comes a sign that the tides appear to be changing. Acoalition of major Canadian media companies, including ISPs, is planning to putforward a proposal to the Canadian Radio-television and TelecommunicationsCommission (CRTC) to implement its own site blocking program. The proposedplan would see the creation of a new agency that would be responsible formaintaining a blacklist of infringing websites and ensuring that those sitesare blocked. However, there’sbeen controversy surrounding the proposal’s suggestion that ISPs should beable to block infringing websites without first having to obtain permissionfrom the court. Critics of the proposal have framed this as an assault on netneutrality… but net neutrality is supposed ensure open and non-discriminatoryaccess to lawful sites on the internet – clearly, pirate sites don’t fall intothis category.  And even if piracy site blocking did concern netneutrality, successful site blocking regimes in other countries, such as theUK, have demonstrated that an open Internet and blocking access to illicitstreaming sites are not mutually exclusive. The proposal is set to be putforward by the end of the month, but howit will be received remains to be seen. In any case, the willingness ofISPs to engage in the fight against online piracy is a positive step forward.

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

Site blocking is also an issue in NZ, as reported last week.Here’s agood summary of the legal issues in NZ, which notes that the law is not assecure for content protection there, as it now is in Australia.

Jane Buckthought

Jane Buckthought

Advertising Consultant

The ad sales forecasts are being published and GroupM, the media investment arm of WPP, forecasts global ad growth of 4.3% in2018 and predicts Google and Facebook will strengthen their stranglehold ondigital advertising and set to attract 84 per cent of global spending ondigital advertising, excluding China, in 2017, underscoring concerns that thetwo technology companies have become a digital duopoly.

Jane Buckthought

Jane Buckthought

Advertising Consultant

Another leading forecaster Zenithlowered itsprediction for global advertisingexpenditure growth in 2018 to 4.1 percent to reach $578 billion by the end ofthe year, with marginal downgrades in North America, Western Europe and AsiaPacific.

Clare Bloomfield

Clare Bloomfield

Director, Policy & Research

Good news for our Pay-TV members, a report just out suggeststhatChina and India will account for half the global pay-TV subscribers by 2022.And, whilst forecasts for pay-TV subscribers suggest that by 2022 they willhave dropped in the US and flat-lined in the EU, here in Asia the subscribernumbers will increase by 92m between 2016 to 2022. So we can officially saypay-TV is not dead.

Mark Lay

Mark Lay

Vice President, Singapore

Targeted OTT news for the week: Of course you have heard alot about the possible Disney purchase of some Fox assets, here Varietylooks at it specifically from the perspective of OTT. Facebook wants to getinto the live sports business and wantsto spend a “few billion dollars” on global rights…said with thecasualness of, “going to the pub for a few pints.” Still onsports, there is a report that StarIndia will introduce VR for IPL in 2018. U.S. television executives believethat Liveand linear becomes more valuable in fragmented OTT landscape. Couldless demand really make something more valuable. It’s all about using techand bringing together all parties in the value stream. And, a funny one tofinish off: The Mass-Media Brothers, “Newspaper” and “Television” are atthe cutting edge, catching the latest waves…Zeitgeist, shaping culture and allthat. Gotta remember, “bemore than you have been…tense your core.” More OTT stories atthe CASBAA OTT GroupNewsFeed.

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

Ah yes, the copyright wars are fought on strangebattlefields: aUS porn firm is using judicial processes to reveal names and addresses ofthousands of broadband subscribers whose IP addresses are used to downloadpirate porn. Jeez, how would that go down in Asia? Would the goodburghers of Singapore want it revealed that they pass time viewing the likes of “LusciousLena,” “Perfect Pussycat,” “Sultry Hot Summer,” or “Wet Perfection?” Orworse??? Make you nervous? Safer to watch some YouTube; somehow Googlemanages to keep porn off their site. (Butnot piracy….that’s too tough a challenge.)

Clare Bloomfield

Clare Bloomfield

Director, Policy & Research

Whilst all eyes remain focussed on the AT&Tbid for TIme Warner in the US and speculationover a partial Fox takeover by Disney, or Comcast, over in the UK the Competitionand Markets Authority(CMA) has postponed the date to publish it’s initialfindings on the proposed takeover of Sky by Fox. We can now expect the initialverdict in January, instead of December, due to the amount of evidence it hasreceived, including over 12,000 submissions. And despite the potential takeoverin the US, analysts suggest that the CMAis still likely to continue its examination of the UK takeover.

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

Kodi (the legit software company) hatesTVAddons, their evil half-brother which promotes distribution of piracy“add-ons” to turn Kodi’s software into a font of pirated content. Contentindustry interests in Canada got TVAddons’ “repository” closed down, but now…..they’reBAAACK. Time will tell if they can lure developers back to their damagedbrand.  

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

Earlier this year the Pakistani regulatory body started toflex its muscles a little more and began to crack down harder on broadcasterinfringements. This move has pushed the Pakistani Prime Minister torecently ask Pemrato withdraw cases where stays have been granted to different TV channelsagainst the fine imposed by the regulator. It seems things are coming to ahead with the news that there are around 500 such cases that are not only eatingup legal fees from the public purse but offenders areallowed to continue broadcasting. Issues such as broadcasting withouta licence and violation of codes of conduct are apparently goingunpunished oncethe broadcasters receive the stay order. Another angle from some quartersalleges that PEMRAis not employing top dollar experienced lawyers due to budgetaryconstraints which is further slowing the whole litigation and court process.

Clare Bloomfield

Clare Bloomfield

Director, Policy & Research

Over in Thailand the rumours abound about the make-up of thenew NBTC, with news that thenew acting secretary-general is to be named in January after the departureof the current secretary-general Takorn Tantasith. Unfortunately, we’re noteven expecting to see the names of the potential new NBTC members until Marchor April next year despite the term of the previous NBTC ending in Octoberthis year.

Jane Buckthought

Jane Buckthought

Advertising Consultant

Magna Apac forecasts are projected to climb 5.9% next yearto hit USD$165bn (£122.35bn). The region would remain the second-largestglobally, in terms of ad spend, behind North America’s USD$206bn (£152.75bn),according to Magna’slatest industry forecasts. The report pointed to Sri Lanka, India, andPakistan as the fastest-growing markets in Asia-Pacific, each clocking growthrates of 12% in 2018.

John Medeiros

John Medeiros

Chief Policy Officer

So here’s the latest in the Taiwan cable rate struggles: itseems that various cable operators are trying to institute very skinnypackages, but theNCC is pushing back, saying they are TOO skinny, and don’t have enough of the meatychannels that people expect in their cable bundle. Of course, behind allthis is the content industry’s all-consuming worry about reach and ad revenue –if the basic bundle is too skinny, then nobody gets a crack at those eyeballs.

Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

Vice President

We’ve featured a few adverts in the run up to Xmas but the animalcharity WWF is in the running for the most emotional in the list of Christmasadverts 2017 in the UK with its harrowing  Just Like Us advert to highlightpoaching and the illegal ivory trade. Featuring a herd of elephants, thepowerful one-minute film reveals the devastating loss an elephant feels when itsees its herd attacked and killed by poachers for their tusks.It’s the latest effort from global conservation charity WWF which is appealing for urgent donations to helpfund its work worldwide, including bringing down the illegal wildlife trade.

Jane Buckthought

Jane Buckthought

Advertising Consultant

Christmas is coming and the voice of pester power growsever louder, CASBAA research committee member Kirsty Bloore, (Director forViacom Aus and NZ) explains howChildren are more influential than ever in their parent’spurchase decisions as gender roles and relationships change in families, newresearch shows. “It’s not ‘pester power’ anymore Kids are fully involved in thefamily conversations,” she told the recent Marketing to Mums conference inSydney. “And parents are really looking to them for theirguidance and advice.”

Additional News


• Combination of tools offers a unique measuring technique for content with a commercial partnership
• Product reveals emotional engagement with the content and corresponding psychological shifts on key brand metrics

BBC StoryWorks, BBC Advertising’s global content marketing arm, has launched a brand new initiative which allows clients to measure the impact of their branded content and sponsored editorial to understand the emotional engagement and subconscious association shift it elicits in consumers.

Based on its multi-award winning series of ‘Science of Engagement’ research studies, which highlighted the impact of emotional engagement on brand perception, the process combines biometric and psychological techniques to examine how a brand’s creative alters subconscious attitudes around their key metrics.

Qualitative tests benchmark consumers’ subconscious association between the brand and desired attributes prior to seeing the content. Bespoke facial coding technology from CrowdEmotion then takes second-by-second measurements of six key emotional states, whilst eye-tracking identifies the relationship between what is being viewed, and the emotions experienced at that time. A post-exposure survey measures traditional brand metrics such as brand awareness, message association, brand favourability and purchase intent compared to a control sample to evaluate the true impact of the campaign.

The tool has also been configured to allow fast turnaround insight during the campaign period, enabling the BBC to optimise the client’s campaign strategy. It can be applied to any content where the BBC has a commercial partner – sponsored editorial or branded content. Also revealed is which part of the consumer decision funnel the content most contributes to in order to determine what role each creative plays within the overall campaign strategy.

Richard Pattinson, Senior Vice President, BBC StoryWorks, said: “Proving the effectiveness of content for brands is a challenge across the industry and we’re incredibly proud to have harnessed the expertise built up through years of in-depth research to offer clients a way of truly understanding the impact of their campaigns, using this unique combination of scientific tools. As we continue to roll out this system, we will build on the insights to further reveal how our storytelling can create the right emotional engagement to enable our clients to maximise the impact of the campaigns we deliver with them.”

The initiative is already proving a success, having been trialed on the Asia Pacific StoryWorks team’s series of content pieces – ‘Huawei: The Explorers’.

The new Science of Engagement tool was able to demonstrate that, in the case of one Huawei creative, the narrative built a steady crescendo of emotion throughout, before delivering a final spike in positive feelings as the brand was revealed.

It identified that the predominant feelings were happiness, surprise and curiosity, and pinpointed the exact moments which generated the most emotional impact. In addition, the product showed that the creative execution succeeded in driving a clear uplift in subconscious association between Huawei and key brand attributes such as being innovative, inspiring, environmentally responsible, and high quality. Following exposure, audiences also had a high desire to engage with the Huawei brand; brand awareness rose by 216%, brand association went up by 23% and purchase intent increased by 19%.

Joy Tan, President of Global Media and Communications at Huawei Technologies said “We believe in openly collaborating with media partners to deliver the finest results possible, and the BBC Asia Pacific Storyworks team is no exception. Not only does our partnership stem from an open exchange of thoughts and insights, it also grows from year to year to create visually spectacular and unique content, thus driving interest and building strong connections with audiences around the world. The work of the team, and the results we have seen, are essential cornerstones that elevate our corporate identity.”


Notes to editors
For further information, please contact:
Virginia Braynsmith, Senior Publicist, BBC Global News Ltd, Asia.
+65 94555436

BBC StoryWorks is the BBC’s global content marketing offering for brands that brings together the boldness and innovative qualities of a creative studio with the agility, responsiveness and timeliness of a newsroom. It works with clients to develop and deliver commercial branded content and the sponsorship of BBC editorial across BBC Global News’ digital and TV platforms, as well as BBC Worldwide and BBC World Service digital services.

BBC World News and, the BBC’s commercially funded international 24-hour English news platforms, are owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd. BBC World News television is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 450 million households and 3 million hotel rooms. The channel’s content is also available on 178 cruise ships, 53 airlines, including 13 distributing the channel live inflight, and 23 mobile phone networks. offers up-to-the-minute international news, in-depth analysis and features, including BBC Capital, BBC Culture, BBC Future and BBC Travel, for PCs, tablets and mobile devices to more than 95 million unique browsers each month.

BBC Advertising sells advertising and sponsorship solutions on behalf of the BBC’s worldwide commercial portfolio across broadcast, online and mobile platforms globally.

Astro and Huomao launch Tamago, live streaming platform

For fans to connect and engage with like-minded communities

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KUALA LUMPUR, 14 DEC 2017: Astro and Huomao, China’s leading eSports live streaming platform have launched Tamago, a new live streaming platform targeted at millennials. Tamago focuses on localised user generated content (UGC) in Southeast Asia namely Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. Since its soft launch 2 months ago, Tamago has garnered over 150,000 users from across Southeast Asia.

Tamago allows viewers to explore interactive features like live streaming, gifting including virtual spending, real time interactions and creation of content. Viewers can engage real time via live chats as well as rewarding content creators with virtual gifts, that can be purchased through in app purchases through microtransactions on Tamago. Besides watching live streams by popular personalities and influencers, users on Tamago can also enjoy exclusive live gaming and video content such as Office War, eGG Clan and many other DotA 2 majors and minors from eGG Network and new reality show, Symphony of Love.

“We believe there is a strong interest in the live streaming space in Southeast Asia especially amongst millennials. In partnership with Huomao, our technology partner who has been successful with streaming live UGC content in China, we are pleased to launch Tamago with interactive live chats and streaming experience. Live streaming is an amazing way for people to connect and interact in real time and Tamago is well served by content creators, entertainers, musicians, gamers, social influencers and Astro celebrities,” said Henry Tan, Chief Content & Consumer Officer, Astro Group.

“Astro is a clear leader in the content business in Southeast Asia. With Astro’s strength in content and Huomao’s technology, Tamago is well-positioned to drive a new form of entertainment in the region that is made possible with real-time online video streaming. This also presents new creative possibilities for sponsored content and native advertising as we have seen in China, which is of great interest to advertisers seeking branded content. We are glad to have an opportunity to be a part of Tamago and to lend support in the areas of technology and operations,” said Naomi Wu 吴文璇, Chief Operating Officer of Huomao.

“We are excited to live stream the Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 on Tamago, thanks to our partners Crypton Future Media, INC and Digi. As there are millions of Hatsune Miku fans across the globe, those unable to attend the concert will get to experience this concert via Tamago. The concert live stream will be available to everyone. Just download the Tamago app and tune in on 16 December to enjoy,” said YuBin Ng, Head of Tamago.

In addition, Tamago users are also able to watch live streams by over 190 content creators and social influencers including Malaysian superstars Zizan Razak and Lisa Surihani; Astro celebrities and personalities like, Hafiz Suip and YouTube sensation, Chaleeda Gilbert.

The Tamago app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play Store. For more information on all the latest content on Tamago, visit and follow Tamago on Facebook at


About Tamago
Tamago is a live streaming social network that lets you watch or broadcast live video anytime, anywhere. With Tamago, you can be a super VIP and interact with your favourite personalities up close and personal, or be a superstar: showcase your talent on Tamago and get paid for it. Tamago takes you to both the front row and backstage of the hottest events in town. It also gives you direct access to your favourite personalities from around the region. For content creators, grow your popularity and get paid when viewers buy you gifts during your live streams! Shine on Tamago and kickstart your journey to stardom. With our partnership with Astro, you can stand a chance to become a celebrity and be featured across mainstream media.

About Astro
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) is a Malaysian and ASEAN digital-first media and lifestyle company in the Digital, TV, Radio and eCommerce space. It is Malaysia’s No. 1 online media company with 7.4 million unique visitors per month across the digital platforms of its entertainment and lifestyle brands. The company serves 21 million individuals in 5.3 million households, or 73% of Malaysian households, who are able to watch Astro content on all screens and on demand, be it TV, laptop, tablet and phone.

About Huomao TV
Founded in 2014, Huomao TV is China’s leading eSports live streaming platform with high quality eSports and LIVE entertainment content. Huomao’s mission is to provide the Chinese-speaking community a platform where they can enjoy premium eSports content from all over the world for free. Huomao owns over 70% of eSports event broadcast rights from all over the world, and has one of the best production team for broadcast in China. Having collaborated with some of the best in the industry, Huomao is without any doubt the number one eSports live streaming platform in China to enjoy the best amateur and professional eSports events.

Media contact for Astro:
Tammy Toh
Head/VP, Group Communications
Tel: +603-9543 6688 EXT:2046

Azaria Loh
AVP, Communications
Mobile: +6019 668 2278

Media contact for Tamago:
Ashleigh Hong

Tel: +6012 526 0265

PCCW Global connects Hong Kong and Thailand air navigation service providers

HKT (SEHK:6823) – HONG KONG, December 14, 2017 – PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, today successfully connected Hong Kong (Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department) and Thailand (AEROTHAI) air navigation service providers (ANSPs) via the Asia Pacific Common Regional Virtual Private Network (CRV). The CRV is specifically provisioned by PCCW Global as a robust and secure regional aviation network for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations specialized agency established to manage the administration and governance of international aviation.

The successful technical trial linking the first city-pair in the Asia Pacific region to the CRV paves the way for the Hong Kong and Bangkok ANSPs to exchange high volumes of aeronautical information over a highly secure and robust dedicated aviation network.

Regional ANSPs have historically not been in a position to share a common network, which resulted in tangled networks belonging to multiple service providers, which in turn led to network management challenges concerning technology upgrades, security, and operations, etc.

With airline passenger growth of over 150% in the past two decades, the air transportation industry now carries up to 3.6 billion passengers to more than 3,700 airports annually. This year, airlines are expected to operate more than 38 million flights, and this number is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years.

This dramatic increase in the volume of air traffic has highlighted the need for a more robust and secure aviation network. As a result, in 2013, the ICAO took the decision to engage with a single telecommunications operator to provide private network services for the exchange of aeronautical information between the various ANSPs. PCCW Global won the Asia Pacific tender for this provision of the regional CRV.

Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, a pioneer ANSP actively steering the ICAO CRV project, and AEROTHAI have carried out successful trial between the two regions and that the CRV is therefore considered to be ready for operational use by Asia Pacific ANSPs.

Mr. Frederick Chui, Senior Vice President of Global Data Sales, PCCW Global, said, “Cyber security is at the heart of the CRV. The success of the trial demonstrates our proven network services which is critical for the growth of aviation industry. PCCW Global CRV is providing secure closed-user network capability between ANSPs. The CRV also provides for various contingency routing scenarios across PCCW Global’s extensive network, ensuring that the service will always be up and running securely.”

Other added benefits of having the CRV includes supporting various functions of ICAO’s Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs), better voice quality, and enhancing the aeronautical information exchange between Asia Pacific and other regions. The CRV service also provides users with performance tracking capabilities and proactive monitoring to ensure network health.

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Mr. Frederick Chui, Senior Vice President of Global Data Sales, PCCW Global (right), Mr. Li Peng, ICAO Regional Officer (left), Ms. Sarinee Angsusingha, President of AEROTHAI, and Mr. Simon Li, Director-General of Civil Aviation, celebrate the successful trial of connecting Hong Kong and Thailand air navigation service providers via the CRV.

About PCCW Global

PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 150 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet, IP, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, international voice and VoIPX services, managed network & security services and our expanding “as-a-service” solutions including OTT video and Unified Communications.

PCCW Global is headquartered in Hong Kong, and maintains regional centers in Belgium, China, France, Greece, Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

HKT offers a unique quadruple-play experience in Hong Kong delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers more convenient, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go. For more information, please visit

For further information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
PCCW Group
Tel: +852 2883 8747

Issued by HKT Limited.

Intelsat S.A. Announces Proposed Amendment of Intelsat Jackson Holdings S.A.’s Senior Secured Credit Agreement And Confirms 2017 Guidance

Luxembourg, 13 December 2017
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) (“Intelsat”), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, today announced that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Intelsat Jackson Holdings S.A. (“Intelsat Jackson”), is seeking to amend its senior secured credit agreement (the “Credit Agreement”), which governs its approximately $3.1 billion senior secured term loan facility (the “Term Loan”), to, among other things, extend the maturity of at least a portion of the existing Tranche B-2 of the Term Loan. The proposed amendment to the Credit Agreement is subject to market and other conditions, and there can be no assurance that Intelsat Jackson will be able to enter into the amendment as described or at all.

In connection with lender meetings related to the proposed amendment to the Credit Agreement described above, members of Intelsat S.A.’s senior management team are confirming Intelsat’s guidance for full year 2017 results as previously provided on October 26, 2017.

About Intelsat
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, 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.

Intelsat Safe Harbor Statement
Statements in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” that do not directly or exclusively relate to historical facts. When used in this release, the words “may,” “will,” “might,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “project,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “intend,” “potential,” “outlook,” and “continue,” and the negative of these terms, and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information.

The forward-looking statements reflect Intelsat’s intentions, plans, expectations, anticipations, projections, estimations, predictions, assumptions and beliefs about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of Intelsat’s control. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements include known and unknown risks. Known risks include, among others, market conditions and the risks described in Intelsat’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2016, as amended by Amendment No. 1 on Form 20-F/A filed on October 11, 2017, and its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Because actual results could differ materially from Intelsat’s intentions, plans, expectations, anticipations, projections, estimations, predictions, assumptions and beliefs about the future, you are urged to view all forward-looking statements with caution. Intelsat does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Dianne VanBeber
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
+1 703-559-7406


Catch up on HBO’s Golden Globe-nominated programmes including BIG LITTLE LIES, WIZARD OF LIES, THE DEUCE, GAME OF THRONES and INSECURE – now streaming on HBO GO* and HBO ON DEMAND.

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SINGAPORE, DECEMBER 12, 2017 – HBO received 12 Golden Globe nominations, the most of any network, for the upcoming 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, which were announced last night in Los Angeles. BIG LITTLE LIES received 6 nominations – the most nominations for a television programme, WIZARD OF LIES received 2 nominations while THE DEUCE, GAME OF THRONES, INSECURE and THE YOUNG POPE each received 1 nomination.

HBO’s Golden Globe nominations this year include:

• 6 nominations for BIG LITTLE LIES: Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, 2 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Alexander Skarsgård) and 2 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley).

Stream the debut season of BIG LITTLE LIES on HBO GO* and HBO On Demand.

• 2 nominations for WIZARD OF LIES: Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Robert De Niro) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Watch the replay of THE WIZARD OF LIES on December 14 at 11.55pm (SIN) on HBO or stream it anytime anywhere on HBO GO* and HBO On Demand.

• 1 nomination for THE DEUCE: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

The premiering season of THE DEUCE is available for streaming on HBO GO*.

• 1 nomination for GAME OF THRONES: Best Television Series – Drama.

Stream the latest season of GAME OF THRONES on HBO GO* and HBO On Demand.

• 1 nomination for INSECURE: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Issa Rae).

Don’t miss the marathon of INSECURE Season 2 on 23 December, starting from 10am (SIN) on HBO SIGNATURE. The latest season of the series is also available for streaming on HBO GO* and HBO On Demand.

• 1 nomination for THE YOUNG POPE: Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Jude Law).

The Golden Globe Awards will be announced on January 7 in Los Angeles.

*In territories where available.

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Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes that are produced exclusively for HBO viewers. Wholly owned by HBO (a Time Warner company), HBO Asia reaches 23 territories across Asia and offers a bouquet of channels and services including 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels in standard-definition and high-definition – HBO, HBO SIGNATURE, HBO FAMILY, HBO HITS, CINEMAX and RED by HBO – as well as HBO GO and HBO ON DEMAND. HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst and the DreamWorks channel in Asia. Log on to for more information.

For more information, please contact HBO Asia:

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

Cheryl Foong
Manager, Communications
Tel: (65) 6381 1838

Chan Zi Ning
Executive, Communications
Tel: (65) 6381 1746

StarGroup Selects Irdeto to Securely Deliver Content Through its StarTV Service

Irdeto secures the delivery of premium content to StarGroup’s 100,000 pay TV subscribers across 22 states in the Republic of Mexico

Mexico City – 11 December 2017 – Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security, today announced that StarGroup, a telecommunication service provider in Mexico, has selected Irdeto to secure the distribution of content to its 100,000 pay TV subscribers. Serving 22 states in the Republic of Mexico, StarGroup will leverage Irdeto Cloaked CA to securely deliver premium content through its StarTV service. This new service provides satellite pay TV to consumers in Mexico who do not have restricted TV or to customers seeking more accessible and higher-quality service.

StarGroup harnesses strategic alliances with leading technology providers all over the world to provide high-quality services to its customers while also offering the most advanced pay TV technology and telecommunication needs. By selecting Irdeto, StarGroup is working with a partner that has the security experience and expertise needed to securely broadcast the best national and international pay TV content throughout Mexico.

“Providing our customers with premium content and services is the top priority for StarGroup,” said Bruno Pruneda, Director General, StarTV. “Irdeto has not only been a trusted technology provider, but also a valuable partner who understands StarGroup’s needs and supports our company’s mission to provide our customers with high-quality content and optimal service. Our partnership with Irdeto gives us the peace of mind that our content and services are secured, allowing us to continue to grow and develop our business throughout Mexico and Latin America.”

To assure content owners that their assets are protected against theft or viewing in unauthorized territories, operators must deploy a conditional access solution with uncompromising security. Recently audited and certified by Farncomb (Cartesian), the Irdeto Cloaked CA solution provides a secure chipset that is complemented by Irdeto’s software obfuscation and whitebox cryptography. Together, these features provide a secure, diversified and easily renewable CA solution. It is a key offering in the Irdeto 360 Security suite, which is designed to ensure future-proof, end-to-end security that can quickly and easily react to changes in the market in a cost-effective fashion.

“As operators launch new technologies like StarGroup’s StarTV service, it is critical to ensure that the delivery of premium content is protected,” said Paul Ragland, Vice President of Sales, Americas, Irdeto. “Irdeto provides operators like StarGroup with a unique, 360 security strategy that provides premium content protection across the content value chain. Our partnership with StarGroup protects their services from threats like piracy while providing a renewable and flexible security solution so they are able to provide customers with an optimal viewing experience.”


About StarGroup
StarGroup provides direct to home (DTH) services across Mexico under the brand StarTV, and is expanding into satellite broadband markets throughout Mexico and Latin America. The company has extensive experience in the broadband and television industries and the support of national and international partners. For more information, visit

About Irdeto
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

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FYITM tops ratings of lifestyle pay-TV channels in Singapore for November 2017

7 December 2017, Singapore – FYITM (Singtel TV Ch 260 / StarHub TV Ch 404), A+E Networks® Asia’s entertainment destination offering inspiring lifestyle programming across food, travel, property and leisure, was number one in average primetime ratings across all eight reported lifestyle channels on pay-TV for November 2017, among pay-TV viewers ages 15 and over, in Singapore.

Singapore pay-TV viewers tuned in particularly to FYI’s property-themed programmes including You Can’t Turn That Into A House!, Zombie House Flipping, Tiny House World and Buying the View, which contributed strong ratings to FYI.

“Singapore pay-TV viewers are very savvy and it is no mean feat for FYI’s inspiring content offerings to have won them over. We are looking forward to keeping the pipeline of excellent A+E Networks’ content on FYI flowing and will add some regional flavour with originals from South Korea on travel, fashion and food programming in the months ahead,” said Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director, Asia Pacific, A+E Networks.

In addition to carriage on StarHub TV, FYI and the rest of A+E Networks Asia’s channels HISTORYTM, LifetimeTM, Crime+InvestigationTM and H2TM launched in October on Singtel TV, to become available to all pay-TV viewers in Singapore. Viewership from both pay-TV platforms in Singapore contributed almost equally to FYI ratings in November.

Continuing in the property vein in December, FYI viewers can look forward to Ace This Space, an FYI Asia original TV special featuring Zack Giffin and John Weisbarth. The hosts of popular franchise Tiny House Nation took time out during HISTORYCon Manila to refurbish and reorganize a 14-month-old’s cluttered room with some local help. They put together a clever pulley system and dual use furniture in just two days. Ace This Space premieres on 26 December, Tuesday at 8.30pm (SIN/HK).

Other FYI shows in December include You Can’t Turn That Into a House with new episodes airing on Tuesdays at 8pm (SIN/HK); fresh episodes of Tiny House Hunting Season 4 on Mondays at 8pm; while Christmas-themed episodes of Tiny House Hunting make the ‘A Tiny X’mas’ special airing on Monday, 25 December from 8pm.

FYI will also kick off 2018 with Income Property Season 5. Owning more than 20 income-generating homes that he converted and renovated, series host Scott McGillivray lets viewers in on the process where he offers design options, prepares plans for conversions and manages the construction of a rental suite. Income Property Season 5 premieres on 9 January, Tuesday 8pm (SIN/HK).


About FYI Asia
FYI™ is a new lifestyle channel with food, travel, property and leisure programming. FYI is designed “For your inspiration, for your imagination, and for your innovation”, featuring over 300 hours of original programming each year. Programming revolves around tastes in fashion, food and home design; spaces people live and work in; emotional and physical journeys undertaken by people.

About A+E Networks® Asia
A+E Networks® Asia is owned by the award-winning, global media content company, A+E Networks, which is dedicated to offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from linear channels to websites, to DVDs, gaming and educational software. A+E Networks Asia is comprised of HISTORY™, Lifetime®, FYI™, H2™ and Crime & InvestigationTM. A+E Networks Asia operates and distributes its portfolio in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Fiji, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.

Globally, A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 330 million households in over 160 countries.

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Calvin Wong
Manager, Communications
A+E Networks Asia
M: +65 97626456

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Director, Marketing and Communications
A+E Networks Asia
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Eutelsat satellite connectivity selected by Colombian government

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EUTELSAT 115 West B satellite to support defence networks in Andean region

Bogota, Paris, 6 December 2017 – The Colombian Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) for capacity on the EUTELSAT 115 West B satellite.

The multi-transponder contract, the first between Eutelsat and the Colombian Ministry of Defence, follows the signature of a government to government agreement between France and Colombia, designed to encourage cooperation in the context of the France-Colombia Year.

The Colombian government will leverage EUTELSAT 115 West B’s exceptional power levels over the Andean Region to host Ministry of Defence networks across the country, used by the General Command of the Colombian Military Forces, the Army and the Air Force.

General José Javier Pérez Mejía, Deputy Minister of Defence of Colombia, said: “In the interests of improved organisation of the satellite communications networks operated by our defence forces the Colombian Ministry of Defence decided to seek a single contractor to meet its diverse needs. Of the countries we invited to contend, France, through Eutelsat, presented the best economic and technical proposal, leading us to select EUTELSAT 115 West B.”

Michel Azibert, Chief Commercial and Development Officer at Eutelsat, added: “This first agreement with the Colombian Ministry of Defence reinforces our commitment to working hand in hand with governments across the globe to deliver efficient solutions matching connectivity and security needs. We’re delighted to enter into this new relationship in the context of the 2017 France-Colombia Year, and to strengthen relations between both countries.”

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 6,700 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

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Eight-episode drama series premieres same time as Korea
10 December, Sunday 8pm (SG, PH, MY, HK) / 7pm (WIB, BKK)

Singapore, 5 December 2017 – Lifetime® Asia, the entertainment destination for the highest quality dramas, movies and reality content is set to debut the first ever Korean Original Production by A+E Networks® Korea, The Best Moment to Quit Your Job.

The series is an eight-episode, 1-hour drama slated for a regional premiere on Lifetime Asia on 10 December, Sundays at 8pm (SIN/HK) / 7pm (JKT /BKK), simulcast with the premiere in Korea.

The slice-of-life show explores the stifling reality confronting the working class who are just starting their careers. It delves into the issues faced by today’s youth, asking the question “How much should we sacrifice today for the pursuit of tomorrow’s happiness?”

Directed by Jung Jung-Hwa (Flower Boy Ramen Shop, First Seven Kisses), The Best Moment to Quit Your Job is based on the webtoon series of the same title published by COMICA. Setting itself apart from the multitude of comedies, romance and fantasy shows, the drama series aims to “heal” by portraying relatable stories and real sentiments faced by many young adults in the working world.

The Best Moment to Quit Your Job follows five millennial women on their quest to find themselves in the early days of their professions. Series lead actress, Ko Won-Hee (Strongest Deliveryman, The Silenced) stars as 26-year-old Yeon Ji, a rookie designer working at a wet wipes factory who shares the frustrating reality of her work life with her friends.

Also starring in the drama is Lee Chung-Ah (Vampire Detective, Lucky Romance, Flower Boy Ramen Shop) as Sun Hee, Yeon Ji’s superior with an extremely bad temper and is a lonely soul deep within.

Adding a dash of glamour is singer Jei Kim (Vampire Detective, The Idle Mermaid), the leader of female K-pop group Fiestar. She takes the role of Yeon Ji’s roommate Nam Hee, an aspiring webtoon artist who is optimistic and full of joy

Jung Yeon Joo (Chicago Typewriter, A Witch’s Love) is in the part of Hye Young, a baker who dreams of having her own bakery

Popular actor, Ko Kyung-Pyo (Strongest Deliveryman, Jealous Incarnate, Reply 1988) also makes a special appearance in the series as Yeon Ji’s ex-boyfriend, Lee Minu. The role reunites Won-Hee and Kyung-Pyo who also co-starred in the drama series Strongest Deliveryman, which completed airing two months ago in South Korea.

The Best Moment to Quit Your Job was tailored for Lifetime Korea, guided by the brand’s promise to viewers of “joy in finding oneself with Lifetime”. The series also represents the first of South Korea-produced original titles from A+E Networks Korea to air across Asia on Lifetime, with more in the pipeline for 2018.


About Lifetime® Asia
Lifetime™ is an entertainment destination offering the highest quality dramas, movies and reality with celebrated and award winning programmes like MasterChef Australia, UnREAL, same-day-as US telecasts of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dance Moms and critically-acclaimed Lifetime original movies, Beaches and Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland. A television network infused with passion and empowerment, Lifetime™ reflects the full spectrum of the modern female experience, delivering top tier, female-focused entertainment that also encourages co-viewing.

Lifetime™ is available in more than 150 million households in over 100 territories and 7 languages.

Media Contact
Calvin Wong
Manager, Communications
A+E Networks Asia
M: +65 97626456

Dyan Ng
Manager, Marketing Communications
A+E Networks Asia
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