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Online Advertisement: A Key Financial Support for Pirate Websites

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 16:57

“A casual observer of the existing online ad market can only marvel at the Wild West aspect of the business.” – Annenberg Innovation Lab

An institute based at the University of Southern California has begun an ongoing series of reports on which online ad servers are providing essential financial support for web-based piracy.    The reports provide a fascinating look at the money flows that generate revenue for online copyright infringers.    Readers can find the ongoing series reports on the Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) website:  http://www.annenberglab.com/viewresearch/45 .

The most recent (February) report notes that some ad servers are “disconnecting” pirate websites.  The report says “both Google’s various networks and Open X have significantly reduced the number of infringing sites they are placing ads on. In contrast, Yahoo’s Right Media continues to be a major provider of ads to infringing sites.”    AIL also says “the other interesting note in this report is that Adultfriendfinder.com, which appears to be a prostitution service, has become a large advertiser on Pirate sites. This may mean that major brands are fleeing the pirate sites and leaving the inventory to the traditional bottom feeders in the porn industry.”

Readers can download the February report here


Japan Business Groups Focus on TV Audience Measurement

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:29

CASBAA Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros presented a brief on problems with Japan’s pay-TV audience measurement system to a joint meeting of the Japan-US Business Council and the US-Japan Business Council in Tokyo on November 8.   

He underlined that Japan is way behind other global and regional comparators in pay-TV audience measurement.   Small panel size, infrequent measurement and late data delivery all inhibit players in the advertising market from making rational decisions.  

The parties hurt by this are largely Japanese companies – both advertisers and Japanese pay-TV channels, he said, but foreign channels would also benefit if better data were to permit stronger growth in Japan’s pay-TV industry.    Download a copy of Medeiros’ presentation here.


CASBAA Outlines Content Classification and Labeling Policies

Friday, 01 June 2012 20:11

CASBAA has prepared a Briefing Paper to summarize global best practices when it comes to classifying and labeling content on pay-TV.  A few governments in Asia are seeking to impose classification and labeling rules on the entire universe of channels transmitted on pay-TV systems.   This imposes an impractical burden on channel operators, who – if such a practice became widespread – could theoretically face requirements to conduct a series of different classification analyses (according to different governments’ standards) for each program they transmit, and then place a host of potentially conflicting rating labels on each program.   Other governments have found better solutions, as CASBAA describes in this paper.


New Indian Content Guidelines Announced

Thursday, 05 May 2011 00:00

Key stakeholders in the Indian broadcasting industry have announced new content guidelines for implementation by all TV channels in the India market.  The guidelines produced by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) aim at producing a system of self-regulation for the Indian television industry, but – by agreement with the Indian government – they are also expected to be given legal force soon.  (News channels are already subject to a separate self-regulation agreement.)   Among other provisions, the new guidelines specify standards for classification of programs and “watershed hours” between 11 pm and 5 am, which are the only times when “restricted” content (not suitable for children) may be shown.

The text of the content guidelines can be found here.


Bangladesh TV Industry: Players and Malpractices

Thursday, 18 November 2010 00:00

A recently published article described the players in the Bangladesh TV industry, and also accused them of failure to follow tax laws and other regulatory rules.
The article can be found here.


Pakistan Regulator Bans Foreign Channels: Press Commentary.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 00:00

The Dubai newspaper “Emirates Business” commented on the reaction to a government crackdown on unlicensed TV channels. Read the entire texthere.

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Burmese Junta Sees Satellite TV as Threat

Wednesday, 18 February 2009 00:00

The Irrawaddy - The Burmese junta believes information technology, particularly satellite TV, is a decadent threat that undermines nationalism and has warned the people to avoid satellite TV programs.

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CASBAA's submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

Tuesday, 15 July 2008 00:00

CASBAA responses to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) "Draft Recommendation on Restructuring of Cable TV Services" in July 2008. 

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CASBAA writes to Thai Senate clarifying international practice on exclusive carriage

Thursday, 10 July 2008 00:00

A subcommittee of the Thai Senate recently held hearings on regulation of the broadcasting industry, and a number of inaccurate statements were made about international practices with regard to regulation of exclusivity. CASBAA wrote to the Chairman to set the record straight. The letter can be found here. And a supplementary paper, for member companies' information and use, is here.

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CASBAA's submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

Tuesday, 04 March 2008 00:00

CASBAA responses to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Consultation Paper on "Restructuring of Cable TV Services" in March 2008. 

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