September 2016

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Pre-Macau Moments

On Sept 20th and Sept 28th in Singapore and Hong Kong, CASBAA Members and friends enjoyed a pair of festive evenings as curtain raisers for the CASBAA Convention 2016 in Macau, Nov 6th-11th at Studio City.  The broad agenda also included the exchange of news and views on the latest industry happenings. Photo highlights of the events can be viewed here.

Making it in Macau

With about a month to go until the CASBAA Convention 2016 in Macau, we have secured an impressive line-up of industry speakers from across the region and around the world. Be sure to check out the latest  CASBAA Convention 2016 Programme.

This year we are also celebrating CASBAA’s 25th Birthday, and have declared 2016
The Year of the Operator. So far, more than 40 platform operators from 15 countries across region have confirmed their attendance at CASBAA Convention 2016, with many more still to come.

So join your colleagues and business partners, make new industry connections, and discover new opportunities at the CASBAA Convention 2016.  Be on hand as global players, operators from across Asia, and local market telcos share the insights that will shape the market for the next generation.

Regular registration rates run till Friday 28 October.

Register now with to get the best of the deals.

Exterminate the pirates!!!

CASBAA joins Interpol initiative

Interpol and the UK Police held a conference in mid-September on IP law enforcement, and CASBAA was there. Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros told the conference of Asia’s problems with the growing universe of “illicit streaming devices” — ISDs (aka “black box devices”).   Having severely damaged “ethnic” channels broadcasting Chinese, Indian and Korean content, and then movies and sports, the ISD syndicates have now branched out and are taking revenues from all parts of the industry.  European delegates said they had seen a massive increase in ISDs in the
European market in the last year, with Eastern Europe as the locus for operation of ISD syndicates in that hemisphere.  After the conference, CASBAA reps attended a couple of useful industry workshops to coordinate efforts with the MPA, European anti-piracy organization AAPA, and other players in the global industry.

Thailand in View Forum

September 6th, Bangkok — CASBAA returned to Bangkok for our third Thailand in View conference and cocktails, examining the multichannel TV industry in the Land of Smiles.

During a series of high-powered panels and presentations, the agenda included the challenges faced by pay-TV operators in the fast evolving Thai market and the latest strategies for overcoming some of the challenges of piracy and how to best move ahead with robust audience measurement.  Click
to view event photos and the synopsis of the event.

Thailand in View Market Report (For Members Only)

Updated for 2016, the exclusive CASBAA’s members country report on the multichannel TV landscape in Thailand provides the latest data and developments in one of South East Asia’s most dynamic markets. With 23 million TV households, 76% cable and satellite TV penetration and 38 million internet users, the Thai market continues to brim with potential.

The CASBAA Thailand in View Market Report also reflects on the Thai video sector’s resilience in the face of economic, regulatory and political headwinds.

Members are now able to download the report through CASBAA website.

CASBAA NEXT Webinar – BarronAsia

On September 22, the CASBAA NEXT Committee members were treated to a Webinar lead by Amit Chatterjee, Digital Director at Barron Asia.  Participants received updates on the current state of VR, AR and MR developments for video, gaming and other purposes. Participants in Hong Kong were able to demo content on Microsoft HoloLens, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive.

CASBAA OTT Group Webinar – Parrot Analytics

In early September, the CASBAA’ OTT Group hosted a webinar presented by Wared Seger, CEO and Co-Founder at Parrot Analytics demonstrating the power of cutting-edge AI and hundreds of billions of data points providing the world’s first real-time, cross-platform and country-specific rating system.  This presentation is highly recommended viewing for CASBAA Members involved in programming, sales or distribution of video content.  A video along with a copy of the presentation are located in the OTT and Connected Media Group – Resources page in the Members Zone of the CASBAA website.

CASBAA @ All That Matters

One of the highlights of the recent All That Matters gathering in Singapore was an “In Conversation” session between CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter and Arthur Bastings, President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Asia Pacific. Under discussion were the digital evolution of the Discovery business, partnerships and investments, and how local and regional strategies fit into a global business.  Click
here to view the video.

APSCC 2016 Satellite Conference & Exhibition

4 – 6 October 2016

Le Meridien, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

APSCC 2016 – #SATECHrevolution focus new technology, innovations, niche markets and new strategies from new perspectives: economic, technological, regulatory and customer needs. CASBAA members are entitled to 20% discount.  For more information, contact

PTC’17 Changing Realities

Now in its 39th year, the PTC annual conference in Honolulu, Hawaii serves as a strategic springboard for the global telecommunications industry. The conference provides attendees with a three-and-a-half-day platform to focus on planning, networking, and discovering what the new year will bring.  Join PTC’17: Changing Realities from 15–18 January 2017 at Honolulu to explore the shifting landscapes of business, customer demands, the global economy, and the global regulatory environment.  CASBAA members are entitled to 10% discount.  For more information, contact

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Upcoming Events

4-6 Oct 2016

APSCC 2016 Satellite Conference & Exhibition, MALAYSIA

7-10 Nov 2016

CASBAA Convention 2016, MACAU

16-18 Nov 2016

Inter BEE 2016, JAPAN

22 Nov 2016 11a.m.

OTT & Connected Media Group Webinar

29-30 Nov 2016

Global Sat Show, TURKEY

5 Dec 2016

CASBAA Spotlight Series: Emerging Southeast Asian Markets, SINGAPORE

15-18 Jan2017

PTC’17, US