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APB : APB DEC 2014 VOL31 ISS12
December 2014 December mber 2014 NEWS & VIEWS 6 CREATION 14 MANAGEMENT 18 mber 2014 NEWS NEWS & VIEWS 6 CREATION 14 MANAGEMENT 18 DISTRIBUTION 22 Ready to roar: More hits are coming the way of Celestial Tiger Entertainment viewers, after its renewal of an output deal with Hong Kong movie studio Media Asia. CTE renews deal with Media Asia HONG KONG – Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), a pan-Asian TV channel operator dedicated to Asian entertainment, has renewed its exclusive, multi-year output deal with Hong Kong movie studio Media Asia. The deal secured first and exclusive pay-TV rights, as well as pay-per-view, video-on-demand (VoD) and over-the-top (OTT) rights of Media Asia’s upcoming movies for CTE’s channels in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore. Ofanny Choi, EVP of TV Net- works, Celestial Tiger Entertainment, revealed: “Media Asia has produced countless hits over the years and we look forward to being the first and exclusive home of their upcoming slate of the biggest blockbusters with the biggest stars.” Upcoming movies from Media Asia include action epic Helios; romantic comedy sequel Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2; and drama Wine War, starring Leon Lai, Zhang Hanyu and Jennifer Du. Standalone OTT to win back ‘cord-cutters’ by shawn liew NEW YORK – While it may be premature to create a definitive correlation between the emergence of online video streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus to the number of “cord-cutters”, are pay-TV operators beginning to feel the strain of losing eyeballs to these over-the-top (OTT) platforms? Come 2015, viewers in the US will be able to access a new standalone OTT service from HBO, which will reportedly offer unbundled “a la carte” content that does not require an existing HBO paidcable subscription. Little details have since emerged, although the new OTT service will be “transformative” for HBO, declared Richard Plepler, HBO’s chairman and CEO. In October, speaking at an investor meeting at HBO’s parent company Time Warner, Plepler gave a glimpse of HBO’s plan to transform its business. He said: “In 2015, we will launch a standalone, over-the-top HBO service in the US. “We will work with our current HBO plans to offer standalone HBO GO in 2015. partners and we will explore models with new partners.” According to Plepler, there are 10 million — and growing — 88 STB-less IPTV initiative making progress THE HAGUE – A joint project which started in 2012 for a number of European IPTV operators aiming to establish an ecosystem for IPTV directly to the TV set has reported progress on the development of an STB (set-top box)-less IPTV standard. Speaking at the TNO IPTV Seminar at Hilton Hotel in The Hague, the Netherlands, last month, Menno Bangma, senior consultant media technology at TNO, revealed that the aim is to bring back simplicity for TV consumers “as it used to be back in the analogue days”. Other than the convenience factor — no extra box, remote or cabling — the STB-less standard also offers the “fastest path to secure 4K or Ultra HD (UHD)”, said Bangma. The TNO-led group, which aims to establish an ecosystem for IPTV directly to the TV set, brings together a large number of European IPTV operators, including A1, KPN, Swisscom, TDC, Proximus, Boxer 88 X-PLATFORM 26 W O R L D I N B R I E F ITU to track satellite interferences BUSAN – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is working to address harmful interference with satellite transmissions, including cases of deliberate interferences. According to ITU, interference makes the delivery of satellite services less reliable, and therefore complicates efforts to bridge the digital divide. M’sian firms to jointly build DTT infrastructure KUALA LUMPUR – MYTV Broadcasting (MYTV) and Telekom Malaysia (TM) have agreed to jointly develop digital terrestrial TV infrastructure in Malaysia. As part of the agreement, TM will build a terrestrial distribution network to connect MYTV's Digital Multimedia Broadcasting Hub (DMBH) to all 37 main transmitter sites, 10 regional hubs and two earth stations via a nationwide STM-1 ring network. Nielsen to measure OTT feeds NEW YORK – Nielsen is ready to begin measuring ratings for online video streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. From the analysis of audio from over-the-top (OTT) feeds, Nielsen says it will be able to identify the programming being streamed, without the cooperation of streaming services. December December December
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