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APB : DECEMBER 2013
PSB goes beyond free-to-air in Singapore www.apb-news.com | DECEMBER 2013 | VOLUME 30 | ISSUE 12 STBs on way out? 8 8 HONG KONG -- Style Wars, a new reality competition TV series, is now available on the Fashion One channel. An original TV programme of Fashion One, Style Wars features six stylists, three judges, 12 chal- lenges and US$15,000 up for grabs. Each episode features the stylists competing in a fashion-packed "stylathon", which challenges the contestants' versatility in creating original and inventive ensembles for commercials, music videos, photo shoots and fashion films. Ashley Jordan, executive pro- ducer of Style Wars, said: "Style Wars is about fun, fashion and creativity. It's about showcasing the talents of a new breed of fashion stylists in a competitive environment where unexpected twists test each other 's ability and determination to create impressive commercial and editorial shoots." NEWS & VIEWS 6 CREATION 14 MANAGEMENT 18 DISTRIBUTION 22 Thailand keeps tab on broadcast competitors BANGKOK -- Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommuni- cations Commission has drafted three new regulations relating to competition in the broadcast industry. Now any operator with 25% audience share within each market it serves is defined as a significant market power (SMP), and will be closely monitored by the regulator. The regulations also monitor unfair competition and cross-ownership of media. Buy only one foreign programme a year SHANGHAI -- China's General Administration of Press and Pub- lication has mandated that local satellite TV stations can only purchase one foreign programme a year from next year, in order to restrict the growing practice of buying the copyright of foreign shows. A policy passed earlier this year had capped the broadcast of foreign TV series to 50 episodes. BRIC nations to drive pay-TV growth MUMBAI -- The BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China will drive the growth in global pay-TV subscriptions, said ABI Research, who estimated that by 2018, global pay-TV subscribers will exceed one billion, of which BRIC countries will account for 68% of total net additional subscribers. WORLD IN BRIEF 26 X-PLATFORM BY SHAWN LIEW AMSTERDAM -- The set-top box (STB) has, for sometime, been a permanent fixture in the home, serving as the device gateway for subscribers of pay-TV services to receive content on their TV sets. However, with the advent of connected TVs and the increasing frequency of content being deliv- ered over the Internet, will IPTV operators soon deploy their con- tent directly to smart TVs, hence signalling the beginning of the end of the ubiquitous STB? This will come about only with proper standardisation in the de- livery of IPTV services to the home, declared Nilo Mitra, engineering director, Systems at Ericsson. Speaking at an IPTV seminar held in Amsterdam on November 6 and 7 this year, Mitra cited the example of the mobile industry, which is "the strongest example of how standards have grown everyone's business", adding that the consumer will also benefit from Style Wars is a new reality competition TV series that goes into the world of styling and art direction. SINGAPORE -- By end-2014, TV viewers in Singapore can expect more Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) programmes to be available on the country's airwaves. The Media Development Au- thority (MDA) of Singapore has decided to appoint local telco StarHub to commission and pro- duce original PSB programmes --- and they will air on StarHub's pay-TV and Internet TV platforms. The programmes will be made available to both subscribers and non-subscribers of StarHub. The appointment also means that StarHub becomes the first pay-TV operator to be eligible for MDA's Public Service Broadcast Funds Scheme (PCFS). For decades, terrestrial broadcaster MediaCorp had been the sole commissioning operator for PSB programmes in Singapore. Established in July last year, the PCFS' underlying premise is to "ensure that PSB programmes [in Singapore] continue to be A war of styles on Fashion One open standards-based solutions. Mitra is also the president of the Open IPTV Forum (OIPF), a global industry consortium formed in 2007 to create a standards- based horizontal retail market for connected TVs to serve both managed (IPTV) and unmanaged (OTT) services. The OIPF currently has 47 members, which include TV Will IPTV operators soon deploy their content directly to smart TVs, thus signalling the beginning of the end of the ubiquitous STB?