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

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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.

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Last week, Mary Meeker was top-of-mind; this week, it’s PwC’s turn. The annual Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2017-2021 hit the streets, warning of anaemic growth or even decline in the sector over the next five years. Growth will come from VR, video games, and music, and the industry as a whole will see revenues increase from US$1.8 trillion this year to US$2.2 trillion in 2021. Meanwhile, another huge data dump from Cisco, whose Visual Networking Index report...

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It’s become an annual ritual, the release of Mary Meeker’s massive Internet Trends report. As data-dumps go, it’s always a bit of an overwhelming one; this year, it runs to 355 slides. Of particular interest are the special section on China (where mobile Internet consumption has surpassed time spent watching TV), as well as her focus on India (where Internet users grew by 28% in the first half of 2016, still only representing 27% penetration). As Meeker points...

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More details are coming out about Facebooks plans to start a TV service, including reports that deals have been signed with online producers Buzzfeed and Vox, among others. Now, whether this means the company is desperate to be YouTube or not is another matter, but for our industry, it might actually be good news. After all, If Facebook is spending as much money to licence content as has been reported, they will finally have some skin in the...

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It seems the TV industry is finally getting some traction with enforcement agencies around Asia, with respect to the syndicates selling illicit streaming devices (ISDs) and operating the piracy server networks that feed them. Last week in Bangkok, there was a police raid and several arrests of UK citizens involved in operating the Expat.TV networks. (That was a series of networks with marketing pitches aimed at expatriates living in Southeast Asian countries and Hong Kong. They specialized in...

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The FCC under Ajit Pai is moving ahead with scrapping the utility-style regulation imposed on ISPs in the name of “net neutrality” under Tom Wheeler’s leadership. The Washington Post had a good summary of the state of play and various positions. The process will be a long one, with a full Commission vote set for May 18 that will set the wheels in motion. There will be opportunities for public input, of course, and the Usual Internet Suspects...