News Views

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

News Views

Winter is here again; the penultimate season of Game of Thrones has started, in case you’ve been living in a cave. The premiere crashed Foxtel’s IPTV service in Australia, crushed its previous ratings record in the US, all par for the course with the first global television blockbuster. If you’ve forgotten what happened in Season 6, Littlefinger can catch you up; if you’re confused by the whole thing, that’s apparently kind of the point; if you want to...

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CASBAA members Media Partners Asia are releasing their latest forecast for online video in Asia, predicting the market size will triple by 2022 to reach a total of US$46 billion in value, of which, as much as 75% of that coming from China. The report also highlights the strengths of local OTT services over foreign rivals like Netflix; while also pointing to YouTube and Facebook as the biggest advertising drivers in the space...

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Mainstream media awakened to the ISD problem this week. Publication of a study indicating that fully a third of English football fans are watching pirate feeds resulted in substantial coverage on the BBC. And in the USA, Bloomberg said ISDs are “sweeping the US”. Their detailed piece quotes various people (concerned content industry and disingenuous pirates) but has a really irritating headline: No, it’s not “sort of legal”, as the headline claims. The entire ISD ecosystem is constructed...

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Here’s a headline: Most people don’t trust the news, but they trust social media even less. That’s one of the high-level takeaways from the annual Digital News Report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, a comprehensive survey of the news consumption and attitudes of some 7000 people in 36 countries. It’s a hefty report that runs to some 136 pages (download here), and includes sections on Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and...

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The TVAddons site (which fueled ISD piracy using the Kodi software) remains offline. Meanwhile in the USA, Dish TV – which filed a suit against the site – is trying to uncover information about TVAddons owners...

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One last reminder regarding the CASBAA Taiwan in View one day conference being held at the Mandarin Oriental next Thursday June 22nd in Taipei. A great line-up of speakers will discuss some of the hot button topics that matter to the industry and the event offers an opportunity to network and rub shoulders with leading players. View the programme here and register now to avoid paying “walk-in” rates on the day.