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APB : APB NOV 2014 VOL31 ISS11
NEWS & VIEWS November 2014 5 www.apb-news.com | NOVEMBER 2014 | VOLUME 31 | ISSUE 11 Spectrum for IMT under-utilised 88 88 KUALA LUMPUR – Metropolitan TV (8TV), Primeworks Studios and ntv7, divisions of Malaysian media group Media Prima, have entered into an agreement to co-produce two TV series with Japan’s Nippon TV, Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) and Sumitomo Corporation. The deal will see Primeworks Studios, Nippon TV and Sumitomo Corporation producing Welcome To The Railworld Japan — a Japa- nese version of the 2010 Malaysian TV series Welcome To The Railworld — and is scheduled to air on 8TV before this year-end. Meanwhile, Primeworks Stu- dios, ntv7 and TBS are commencing the production of Find the Wasabi! this month, with TBS heading the production of a series of variety- game show supported by Prime- works Studios. Datuk Kamal Khalid, COO, Shared Services Group at Media Prima, said: “In Primeworks Studios, we are passionate about the plan formats, and we are honoured to format Welcome to the Rail World to be adapted to the unique Japa- nese perspective.” NEWS & VIEWS 6 CREATION 14 MANAGEMENT 18 DISTRIBUTION 22 CASBAA urges HK to stop copyright delays HONG KONG – Asia-Pacific pay- TV industry trade body CASBAA has called on the Hong Kong legislature to end a decade of delays and pass amendments to Hong Kong’s copyright law to give content creators and owners the right to authorise electronic dissemination of their content. CASBAA chief policy officer John Mederios also urged the govern- ment to restore balance and provide a “new breath of life” to Hong Kong’s creative industries. NTT Plala begins 4K services TOKYO – Japanese Internet service provider NTT Plala has jumped on the countr y’s 4K band- wagon. Since October 27 this year, NTT Plala has started its 4K UHD broadcast streaming ser vices. Japan is expected to have at least two UHD channels on air by the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. BBC to charge for premium content? LONDON – British public service broadcaster is considering charg- ing viewers for niche or premium programming. According to Rona Fairhead, the new chair woman of the BBC Trust, the BBC’s core funding will continue to come from annual licence fees, but other sources of funding must also be examined. WORLD IN BRIEF 26 X-PLATFORM by shawn liew LICHTENAU – Spectrum already allocated for IMT (International Mobile Telecommunications) services has not been fully utilised, and efforts need to be put in place to address this issue before new spectrum bands are identified for IMT services. According to a study re- cently released by Germany’s LS telcom, less than two-thirds of the spectrum that should have been made available for IMT services is licensed, while less than half of that which could be made available is licensed. In ever y country exam- ined in the study, LS telcom found potential scope for mak- ing more spectrum — at least 150MHz and in many cases “significantly more” — avail- able for IMT services without additional allocations. Evidence from a number of regulators also indicated that only 70%-80% of spectrum licensed to mobile operators today is actually deployed. LS telcom is a worldwide leader in the provision of integrated spectrum management systems and regularly provides consulta- tion for frequency regulatory authorities, network operators and infrastructure providers. With the proliferation of mobile devices and the propen- sity for more and more multi- media content to be consumed on these devices, the continuing argument put forth by mobile operators is that, in order to deliver the capacity to meet the growth in demand for data services, more spectrum needs Malaysian TV series Welcome To The Railworld has been adapted into a Japanese version. SEOUL – South Korean telecoms operator SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics have announced the suc- cessful development of the companies’ new ‘True Real Time Mobile Streaming’ technology through a “world’s first” demonstration over a commercial LTE network. According to the companies, the new technology, when applied with the next-generation media trans- port standard MPEG Media Transport (MMT), improves live mobile streaming experience for smartphone and tablet users by “significantly reducing latency”. MMT, specified as ISO/IEC 23008-1 (MPEG-H Part 1), is a digital container standard under development by Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), and which is expected to support the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) standard. By successfully demonstrating True Real Time Mobile Streaming technology with Btv Mobile, SK Telecom’s mobile IPTV service, SK Telecom and M’sia, Japan in joint-production Railworld deals S Korea makes mobile-streaming breakthrough Spectrum licensed to mobile operators today is not fully deployed. p01-09_nv.wotv.1114.indd 5 28/10/14 11:28 AM www.so cast-technology.com
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