Hong Kong – Piracy cost the regional pay-TV industry $I.54 billion in lost revenue in the past 12 months, up from $US1.13 billion in 2006, according to the annual survey by CASBAA and Standard Chartered Bank. Covering Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Macau and new addition Pakistan, the report also estimates at least $213 million has been lost in unpaid taxes across the region this year. Lee Beasley, Head of Media and … [Read more...] about Pay-TV piracy deprives industry of $US1.54 billion for 2007
THERE is no doubt that the digital revolution is transforming both society and the media industry. Technology has encroached upon all aspects of our daily lives. People watching television now have more choice not just on what they watch, but how they watch it. The proliferation of content and viewing platforms has led to the rise of the ‘my-time’ generation; the consumer who wants media in their own time and on their own terms. Advances in technology have given the consumer more … [Read more...] about New media – the challenges and opportunities
HOLLYWOOD movies are driving the on-demand business in Asia Pacific—a business that is still in its infancy. But the industry is being hamstrung by a complex array of technological and cost issues.Safeguarding content from piracy, bandwidth availability and billing issues are among the factors impeding Video-on-Demand and Subscription VOD services. “Network infrastructure capacity constraints and content protection remain the biggest obstacles for SVOD carriage,” says Caroline Wong, … [Read more...] about Movies-on-demand stifled by technology
IN the overall picture, declared cable penetration in the Philippines remains relatively low with the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd.’s October 2006 Cost of Pay-TV Piracy study for Asia Pacific suggesting the country still faces an ‘uphill pay-TV piracy battle’.CASBAA blames piracy for holding back the development of the cable and satellite TV industry with nationwide cable penetration to just 8% of all … [Read more...] about Mabuhay new media!
While TV advertising has really benefited from the country’s economic growth within the last few years, it now seems to be the turn of TV subscription to take off in a big way with the advent of new access technologies. Whether it’s the digitization of cable TV services, the introduction of conditional access system (CAS), or IPTV and DTH, investments are pouring in for the creation of new infrastructure and the existing one’s upgrade. There is an ample evidence of India … [Read more...] about Indian broadcasting embraces the digital revolution
Gan Ling Sze Head of Content Sales, Asia, AETN International Asian markets are still very much glued to the genre of staged competitions, in the format similiar to Pop Idol and You Have Got Talent. While some channels will buy such formats, others are producing their own. Soap drama still tops the rating charts throughout Asia, and Korean drama is everywhere. However, there are signs that Taiwanese dramas led by young, attractive actors and actresses are gaining appeal among audience here. In … [Read more...] about Content à la carte