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CASBAA Warns Indian TV Regulations Threaten Investment

India, 16 Jan 2017– CASBAA, the Association of Asia’s pay-TV Industry, today warmly applauded the judicial review now underway in India of proposed extension and tightening of India’s pay-TV rate regulations.

The Madras High Court is currently reviewing the clash between the rights of copyright owners around the world and new tariff regulations proposed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The court has ordered the TRAI not to give effect to the rules until the underlying issues are considered, with a hearing now set for January 19th.

CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter observed that the new rules would be a major negative factor for the business environment in the $17 billion Indian media industry. “India’s pay-TV regulations have long been among the strictest in the world”, he said. “The proposed new rules are highly intrusive and would make the environment much worse. Such a heavy-handed regulatory regime will inevitably hit foreign companies’ interest in investing in India.”

Indian law gives copyright owners the ability to price and sell their creative works. In filing the Madras suit, the petitioner broadcasting organizations denounced the TRAI regulation as contrary to these principles as enshrined in the law, and in international treaties to which India is a signatory. (The TRAI rules would establish a controlled price regime by mandating a la carte channel supply, setting the ceiling, by specific genres, that broadcasting organizations can charge to multichannel program distributors, limiting discounts, prescribing carriage fees, and stipulating a compulsory distribution fee to be paid by Broadcasting Organizations to multichannel program distributors.

CASBAA has long expressed concern about India’s previous rate regulations, which included a cable retail price freeze imposed in 2004 “until the market became more competitive” and never revoked.

“Today, India’s television content market is among the most competitive in the world,” said Slaughter. “Modern cable MSOs, six different DTH platforms and now online OTT television are all giving Indian consumers a wide range of viewing options.”

CASBAA’s Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros observed that “As convergence and greater competition sweep the TV economy, other governments around the world are eliminating rate controls, to give more scope to competition among traditional and new online providers. In the last few years, Korea and Taiwan have both undertaken to liberalize their pay-TV price controls, leaving India as the last market economy in Asia with a hyper-regulatory regime. The proposed new rules would take India in the opposite direction from the rest of the world.”
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CASBAA is the Asia Pacific region’s largest non-profit media association, serving the multi-channel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry. Established in 1991, CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising, and video delivery. Encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV; promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising, while promoting global best practices. For more information, visit www.casbaa.com

—For enquiries, please contact:

Cynthia Wong
Member Relations & Marketing Director
Tel: +852 3929 1711
Email: cynthia@casbaa.com

Love Nature on StarHub TV 

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Singapore, 23 November 2016 – Nature lovers in Singapore will be the first in Asia to enjoy Love Nature HD (StarHub TV Channel 416) on 25 November 2016, 9am. Broadcast in stunning high definition, Love Nature HD will bring viewers on a visual journey through its slate of natural history, outdoor and environmental programming.

With over 300 hours of original natural history programming produced per year, Love Nature will offer content designed to inspire, educate and entertain. This includes thought-provoking programmes which highlight important environmental issues of the day such as wildlife conservation.

“We are excited that customers will be able to immerse themselves and discover all the wonders of the natural world through Love Nature HD’s original programming. Our Earth is filled with amazing places and we want to showcase its beauty to the widest audience possible. Hence, we are making the channel available on our FreeView tier, so all StarHub TV customers can access it,” said Lee Soo Hui, Head of Content & TV, StarHub.

“We are extremely excited about our collaboration with StarHub which will allow us to reach out to wildlife and nature lovers across Singapore with our unforgettable, cutting-edge and breathtaking content. With our commitment to conservation, it connects viewers with causes that truly matter to them, inspiring them and propelling them to take conscious steps to help solve conservation challenges and making a real difference to the natural world. Love Nature is not just television, it’s a community – come join us on StarHub,” said Jo Parkinson, Managing Director, Love Nature International.

Some of the upcoming programming on Love Nature HD will include:

Waterworld Africa [26 November, 9pm] – The mighty waterways of Africa define this incredible continent. This series explores the creatures that live on, under and around them. This ranges from the hippos and crocodiles of the Okavango Delta to the enigmatic waving of colourful mangrove crabs and mudskippers on the coastline of South Africa.

Wildlife Icons [26 November, 10pm] – This series shines the spotlight on the animals for which Africa is so well known. Be it the iconic ‘Big Five’ of the savannah, charismatic primates or vast herds of antelope, every animal is full of surprises.

Land of Primates [27 November, 9pm] – Primates are unique mammals which took a great leap during the course of evolution to enlarge their brains and become the most intelligent animals on our planet. The primate world includes lemurs and bush babies, tarsiers and pottos, monkeys and apes, and of course humans. In this series, we travel the continent to find out what makes them so successful. From the remote highlands of Ethiopia, across the savannahs of Southern Africa to the island kingdom of Madagascar – each location has a new story to tell.

Love Nature HD will be a FreeView channel, complimentary to all StarHub TV customers. An HD set-top box is required to access the channel.

For more information, please visit www.starhub.com/love-nature.


About StarHub

StarHub is Singapore’s fully-integrated info-communications company, offering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets. StarHub operates a mobile network that provides 4G, 3G and 2G services. It also manages an islandwide HFC network that delivers multi-channel pay TV services (including HDTV, Internet TV and on-demand services) as well as ultra-high speed residential broadband services. StarHub operates an extensive fixed business network that provides a wide range of data, voice and wholesale services. Over Singapore’s fibre-based Nationwide Broadband Network, StarHub offers a broad range of home and business broadband plans, as well as commercial and residential IPTV services.

Launched in 2000, StarHub has become one of Singapore’s most innovative info-communications providers, and the pioneer in ‘hubbing’ – the ability to deliver unique integrated and converged services to all its customers. StarHub, listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange since October 2004, is a component stock of the Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore Free Index and SGX Sustainability Leaders Index.

Media Contact:

Nicholas Tee

Corporate Communications


DID: +65 6825 5134

Mobile: +65 9737 3198

Email: nicholas.hs.tee@starhub.com

BBC Bangla marks 75 years of broadcasting with TV, radio and digital audiences

BBC Bangla marks 75 years of broadcasting with TV, radio and digital audiences

3 October 2016. BBC Bangla will present a series of programmes and events with audiences in Bangladesh and India to mark 75 years of broadcasting.  It will engage with audiences via Facebook Lives and radio to discuss the global and national issues that are of special relevance to them. The theme of The BBC and Bangladesh will be discussed at a seminar at Dhaka University, with a panel and students, and will also be the focus of new programmes commissioned to mark the anniversary.

BBC Bangla Editor, Sabir Mustafa, said:  “Since the very first transmission on 11 October 1941, the BBC’s broadcasts in Bangla have delivered to its audiences much-needed accurate and impartial news and information.  It has earned the trust of Bangla-speakers, wherever they were over the tempestuous decades – and wherever they are today.  This anniversary is a great opportunity for us to check how in tune we are with what they expect and need from us.”

Between 7 and 14 October, BBC Bangla will hold broadcast events in Bangladesh – in Sylhet, Rajshahi and Khulna – and in Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal from where a significant proportion of the BBC Bangla digital audiences come.  Starting as informal discussions with the BBC Bangla audiences, these events will transform into Facebook Lives on the BBC Bangla Facebook page.  The focus of the conversations will be how the BBC can engage with younger audiences and meet their news and information needs.

Throughout October, BBC Bangla journalists will travel to various parts of Bangladesh to debate critical issues with local residents.  The following topics will be debated in these locations:

  • Khulna – the survival of mangrove forests
  • Sirajganj – the safety of migrants
  • Rangpur – revival of the rural economy
  • Sylhet – the role of expatriates in the country’s development
  • Rajshahi – the plight of rivers
  • Barisal – the threat of river erosion
  • Chittagong – how to preserve the country’s ethnic diversity.

The conversations will be broadcast live on radio with simultaneous discussion for those who connect with BBC Bangla on social media.

On 19 October, the conference, The BBC and Bangladesh, co-hosted by BBC Bangla and Dhaka University’s Department for Journalism and Mass Communications, will look at the role of the BBC in covering Bangladesh and the region, asking the panel and the audience of over 100 students how they want to engage with the BBC in the digital age.

To celebrate the anniversary in October, the weekly TV programme, BBC Probaho, will feature audience members looking back at their own special BBC Bangla moments.  An event page on Facebook, Hirok Joyonti (Diamond Jubilee), will display archive photos and comments from fans.  BBC Live! will showcase contributions from the BBC Bangla teams – past and present –  looking back at key moments during their time at the BBC, and will be available for download at bbcbangla.com. BBC Bangla radio will also broadcast selected extracts from some of the key programmes from its archives.

BBC Bangla is part of BBC World Service.


For more information please contact:

BBC World Service Group Communications – Lala Najafova lala.najafova@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

BBC Bangla radio programmes – on FM, shortwave and via the website bbcbangla.com – are produced in London and Dhaka. The website bbcbangla.com registers around 1.6 million unique visitors per month (Source: comScore average monthly reach between April and September 2016).  The BBC Bangla Facebook page has around 9 million followers (October 2016).  BBC Bangla’s weekly current-affairs TV programme, BBC Probaho, is broadcast live by Channel-i in Bangladesh at 9.35 pm local time every Thursday.

BBC World Service delivers news content around the world, on radio, TV and digital, reaching a weekly audience of 246 million. As part of BBC World Service, BBC Learning English teaches English to global audiences.  The BBC World Service Group operates around the world in 30 languages, on radio, TV and digital. The BBC attracts a weekly global news audience of 320 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.