Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending Apr 14th. Curated by CASBAA, News Views keeps you in the loop. We always value your feedback, so tell us what you think!
The big news this week in enforcement against illicit streaming devices (ISDs) is that two major e-commerce platforms have implemented programs to weed out sales of blatantly infringing devices from their user postings. Amazon, which has been a major route for ISDs shipping to Europe and America, added a paragraph on streaming media to their seller policies, and said “Products offered for sale on Amazon should not promote, suggest the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorised access to digital media or other protected content.” There was no big announcement, but the piracy press certainly noted. With respect to box sales on Asian platforms, we also learned this week that Alibaba says it is implementing a parallel policy. I couldn’t find any public discussion of this in the press (yet), but member company Irdeto confirms they’ve now seen a very substantial reduction in numbers of blatantly infringing boxes on the Alibaba and Aliexpress platforms. All of that is great news…..but we do have to temper our joyful reaction just a bit – there are still plenty of sales of empty boxes on the e-commerce sites. (Those are streaming boxes that haven’t yet been loaded with the piracy software apps.)
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I ONLY listen to “people familiar with the matter” and especially so with rumors and conjecture. This week they tell us that Comcast Is Planning a Netflix Rival Using NBC Shows. The service could include programs from the NBC broadcast network as well as Comcast cable channels Bravo, SyFy and USA with a launch anywhere in the next 12-18 months. Sorry, not a lot of hard facts here folks. Though with comedy streaming service, Seeso, and a sports package with cycling and rugby, called NBC Sports Gold, more VOD services in the future seem consistent.
During the past weekend, PCCW-owned operator Now TV was able to provide live coverage of the Hong Kong Sevens through virtual reality, jointly with NETVIGATOR. Now TV is always trying to adopt new video technology to improve the viewing experience for their customers says Janice Lee, managing director of PCCW Media Group. With the addition of VOD, recording functions, and much more, Now has offered enhanced convenience for customers to view the event.