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APB : APB OCT 2014 VOL31 ISS10
NEWS & VIEWS October 2014 5 www.apb-news.com | OCTOBER 2014 | VOLUME 31 | ISSUE 10 Australia pioneers aggregated HbbTV 88 88 BANGKOK – In collaboration with the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, broadcasters from across South- east Asia have launched the 2014 Korea-ASEAN One Vision docu- mentary co-production project. The One Vision project aims to showcase the characteristics of South-east Asia, while identifying opportunities for future coopera- tion and growth. At a meeting in Bangkok , producers shared their initial story ideas and offered con- tent and production suggestions to one another. The project will continue through to the end of this year. The final documentary series will be broadcast this December, and will be made available to all par- ticipating ASEAN broadcasters early next year. One Vision also coincides with the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Com- memorative Summit to be held in Busan, South Korea, this Dec 11 and 12. NEWS & VIEWS 6 CREATION 18 MANAGEMENT 22 DISTRIBUTION 26 2020 deadline for DTT COLOMBO – The Sri Lankan government is reportedly em- barking on a five-year plan to achieve nationwide digital ter- restrial TV (DTT) by 2020. The country has chosen the Japanese ISDB-T standard, and will receive a loan of LKR17 billion (US$130.5 million) from Japan for the digi- tisation process. European satellite TV operators form alliance ROME – Three FTA satellite TV services — Freesat from the UK, Fransat (France) and Tivùsat (Italy) — have formed the FreeTV Alliance, which aims to produce common recommendations and specifications based on open standards for STBs and smart TVs, as well as establish preferred tech- nologies for multi-screen services across Europe. Pay-TV spurs TV growth NEW DELHI – India is likely to experience a gradual increase in pay-TV penetration, resulting in major growth for the TV sector over the next five years, accord- ing to a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) media report com- piled by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report estimates DTH and digital cable subscribers to be at 56 million and 85 million in 2017, with the potential to rise to 64 million and 90 million respectively in the following year. WORLD IN BRIEF 30 X-PLATFORM by shawn liew CANBERRA – HbbTV is making inroads into the Asia-Pacific re- gion, with last month’s launch of FreeviewPlus, an HbbTV service, in Australia. HbbTV, or Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV, is a pan-European standard dedicated to provide the Joining hands: South-east Asian broadcasters have launched, in collaboration with South Korea’s KBS, the 2014 Korea-ASEAN One Vision documentar y co-production project. LUXEMBOURG CITY – The Asia-Pacific region will be one of the early adopters, as 4K UHDTV becomes mainstream in five to seven years’ time, according to a new survey recently published by communications satellite service provider Intelsat. In July this year, market research firm Market Connections was commissioned by Intelsat to sur- vey Intelsat’s media customers on awareness of and plans for 4K UHDTV content demand, development and distribution. Sixty-three per cent of the survey respondents believe that 4K UHDTV will be mainstream in five to seven years, while 85% expect 4K UHDTV program- ming to become the de facto norm for media viewing in 10 years’ time. In terms of region adoption, Asia-Pacific and North America are expected to lead the pack, with 47% of Korea-ASEAN producers share One Vision delivery of broadcast broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes. Described as “one of the most important advances in free-to- air (FTA) television in Australia”, FreeviewPlus is offered by Freeview, an Australian digital terrestrial TV platform, in collaboration with all FTA broadcasters in Australia, Asia-Pacific to lead in UHDTV adoption including ABC, SBS, Seven Net- work, Nine Network and Network Ten. At the core of FreeviewPlus is a broadband-delivered FTA TV electronic programme guide (EPG), as well as direct access to all of Australia’s FTA networks’ catch-up services through coloured buttons on viewers’ remote. HbbTV over- lays the existing broadcast signal and allows the Internet connection to interact directly on screen from the service being watched. FreeviewPlus will “revolutionise the way Australians watch TV”, Kim Dalton, chairman of Freeview, told APB. Dalton explained: “While there are already 12 European coun- tries that have launched HbbTV services, Australia is the first coun- try to deliver an aggregated service instead of individual services. FreeviewPlus will “revolutionise the way Australians watch TV”. HOW DO YOU VIRTUALIZE VIDEO DELIVERY AND REVENUE SECURITY? Find out on Page 32 p01-10_nv.vl.1014.indd 5 30/9/14 10:36 AM www.so cast-technology.com
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