News Views

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

News Views

This week, we made a splash in Singapore, talking about online piracy. If you want to know more, the press release, other documents, and press clips can be found here. For a chuckle, don’t miss this sardonic take on the news. And then also read this sadder, more impassioned take on the issue, from neighboring Malaysia...

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In the world of digital piracy, it’s simply not possible to stop every scoundrel in every part of the world from stealing files (or streams) created by others and reselling them. The goal of fighting piracy has to be a mass-market focus: to raise the cost and hassle of obtaining pirate feeds to the point where the mass of people decide it’s really easier and more cost-effective to subscribe for legal content supply. The guys at Torrentfreak (who...

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We’re very sad to report a loss in the CASBAA family; Elemental founder and CEO Sam Blackman has died at the age of 41. Sam was a leading figure in the tech community in his home base of Portland, Oregon, and since bringing Elemental into the Association in 2012, he had also become well-known in CASBAA circles, speaking at a number of CASBAA events. In 2015, he and his partners sold the company to Amazon, and rebranded it...

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All the talk about the TVAddons case continues, in North America. (That’s the group that was pumping out addons to the otherwise-legitimate Kodi software, that enable millions of people to access pirate content.) So the pirates are devastated that their easy-go-to source for infringing software is on the run. The tekkies are sympathetic, complaining that the “community” has been muzzled by telcos. The chief pirate is seeking donations from the public,...

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This week saw the Australian government tip-toing its way thru the broadcast reform bill which has moved one step closer after securing a deal with burka-clad One Nation leader Pauline Hanson. The move will force the ABC to be more transparent about staff wages and “fair” and “balanced” in its reporting, provide greater community radio funding and foreign ownership reporting. The government phrased it slightly better, acknowledging they had agreed to pursue a number...

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The BIG news this week is that Disney will be launching two streaming services. “Disney’s online entertainment service will begin in 2019…and starting next year, an ESPN online service, which the company had said was in the works, will feature 10,000 live events a year, including Major League Baseball, hockey, soccer and tennis, as well as college sports.” Other notable parts of the announcement include a big paring back of content licensed to Netflix though “U.S. Netflix members...