News Views

CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry.

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In case you still had any doubt that Apple has Netflix and Amazon in its’ sites, Apple has shown its hand with the hire of British TV executive Jay Hunt, who has held top roles at Channel 4, the BBC and Channel 5, and whose credits include British hits such as Sherlock, Luther, Humans and Gogglebox. One of the UK’s most senior TV executives, Hunt has been responsible for running Channel 4’s £630m annual budget for the past...

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In case you still had any doubt that Apple has Netflix and Amazon in its’ sites, Apple has shown its hand with the hire of British TV executive Jay Hunt, who has held top roles at Channel 4, the BBC and Channel 5, and whose credits include British hits such as Sherlock, Luther, Humans and Gogglebox. One of the UK’s most senior TV executives, Hunt has been responsible for running Channel 4’s £630m annual budget for the past...

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More than 30 operators are already confirmed to attend the CASBAA Convention being staged at Studio City in Macau next month. Mainstage speakers include Henry Tan, COO, Astro; Janice Lee, Managing Director, PCCW Media Group; and Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudhaya, Chief Content & Media Officer, True Corporation. If you haven’t yet registered please click here for more information and delegate registration details...

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Among other issues, at this year’s CASBAA Convention, Nov.6-8th. We’ll be talking about the problem of malware embedded in piracy sites. In the last week, a new angle has gotten attention: it seems that piracy websites, including the notorious Pirate Bay, are embedding javascript programs called “miners” in their pages, which hijack the user’s computing power to make it part of a botnet mining for cryptocurrency. (The user isn’t told, and any currency that is actually “unearthed” is...

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Rupert Murdoch has stepped up his attack on tech companies such as Google and Facebook over their increasingly dominant market position, which is eating into the revenues of traditional publishers such as News Corp. and undermining their business model. In a message to shareholders published in News Corp’s annual report released on Wednesday, the media tycoon vowed to continue to contest the “abuse of the marketplace” by some big tech companies “wherever possible”. Without naming the companies, Murdoch...

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In the UK, the Royal Television Society has held its annual conference in Cambridge, featuring a keynote presentation and conversation with 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch. (If you’ve got 47 minutes, it’s a great session, but if you just want to know about the bid for Sky it’s at about 24 minutes in.) Another great RTS session was with A+E Networks President & CEO Nancy Dubuc; again, it’s a bit of a time commitment, but again, some...