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

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"Brand safety" is the buzzword — YouTube is the problem. Starting last week in Britain, more than 250 brands joined a boycott of YouTube over concerns about their ads appearing next to offensive material; in the US, momentum grew, with AT&T, Verizon, and Johnson & Johnson all yanking their ads. Google has apologised to its ad clients, but the company has already lost US$24 billion in valuation, with possible further downside. The boycott comes as...

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The Premier League won a potentially very important injunction from a UK court, allowing it to work with ISPs to block in real time pirate streams of live football matches. The injunction is limited in time to the remainder of this season, so watching how this works out will be a very interesting test case. The “free internet” crowd seems outraged because the ISPs didn’t fight the EPL’s request for an injunction.....well, duh! Responsible...

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In Hong Kong Wharf looks set to exit its pay- TV business as the company announced that no deals were reached to sell its television and internet broadband business i-Cable Communications – Hong Kong’s oldest payTV service. In a move that could seal the operator's fate, Wharf said it would not extend any further financial support to i-Cable. Wharf have said they would also be reluctant to enter another 12 year pay TV licence – The...

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This week, we held the fourth iteration of the CASBAA OTT Summit, bringing together almost 300 delegates, speakers, panelists, and media as we explored the trends in digital delivery of video here in the region and around the world. This afternoon, our inaugural CASBAA India OTT Forum kicks off in Mumbai. Check out the Twitter feed at #casbaaott17 — which was in the top five trending topics in Singapore this week, btw...

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Streaming sports will be up for discussion at the CASBAA OTT Summit next week; make sure you’ve registered. In case you wondered what the fuss is about, consider this: Twitter and Showtime announced a deal to run a triple-header boxing card this weekend, simultaneously on the TV network and the social media platform. And Facebook is reportedly in discussions about live-streaming one Major League Baseball game a week during the upcoming 2017 season...

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Plans are in full swing for the CASBAA OTT Summit in Singapore on 1st March and the OTT Forum in Mumbai which will follow two days later on Friday 3rd. We have two packed programmes with a strong speaker line-up at both events. Regular rates for the Singapore event end next week and if you haven’t yet reserved your seat you can download the latest programme and registration form here.