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  • 16 Apr 2007

    Second season of Prison Break debuts on Malaysia’s 8TV

    Petaling Jaya- 8TV started airing the second season of Golden Globe and Emmy nominated Prison Break on Mondays at 10:30pm from April 9. The second season titled Prison Break - On the Run, runs for more than 22 episodes and follows a nationwide manhunt for the protagonist, his brother and six others escapees.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Bloomberg TV to focus on Hong Kong and Thailand

    Throughout June, Bloomberg TV will showcase Hong Kong and Thailand to commemorate the tenth anniversaries of the handover of Hong Kong to China, and the Asian economic crisis which started in Thailand. Special reports and interviews on the current state of affairs in Thailand will be screened on Bloomberg Live, Bloomberg Now, Bloomberg Today and Asia Business Tonight. Discussions on Hong Kong's future and relationship with China will also be featured.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Latest round of Discovery pink slips confined to the US

    The 200 lay-offs announced by Discovery Communications last week affected the US corporate and international divisions, education and US networks. There have been no retrenchments in Asia or any of the other regional offices thus far. However new Chief Executive David Zaslav has said the reorganization isn't over and he's hoping to have it completed by mid-year. Also concerning Discovery, don't expect to see Discovery PlanetGreen rolled out overseas concurrent with or close to its US launch in 2008. A multiplatform initiative which entails the re-branding of Discovery Home Channel as the first 24-hour network dedicated to green lifestyle programming, Discovery PlanetGreen is a US domestic venture, at least for now. But it wouldn't be surprising if the channel launched in some form in international markets, including Asia, down the track.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Free mobile broadcasts to start in Korea in May

    Seoul-- Beginning next month, South Koreans will be able to watch free TV programs on mobile handsets. The Ministry of Information and Communication said it gave licenses to KBS and MBC, the country's two top TV broadcasters, to start nationwide mobile broadcasting as terrestrial DMB. "KBS plans to expand the service areas to the whole country next month and MBC is poised to follow up in August," Lee Ki-joo, a director general at the ministry, told the Korea Times. "Then, terrestrial DMB services will cover about 75% of the territory, or almost all residential areas. This will give a momentum to the struggling video-on-the-go services," Lee said.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Nine Chinese digital TV channels cautioned

    Beijing-- Chinese authorities have warned nine digital pay TV channels they face fines or closure unless they cease broadcasting commercials, films and dramas in violation of their permit conditions. The Tourism Channel, run by Guangdong Southern Media Group (GSMG), had failed to meet the minimum 90% requirement for its program content and had aired advertisements in breach of its license, according to the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). "This practice has severely violated the regulation that prescribes that digital pay TV channels are open to prepaid subscribers only, broadcast a minimum program content of 90%, and cannot play commercials except those promoting the channel itself," SARFT said. Other channels issued with warnings included the Dressing Channel, which broadcast commercials, and Travel Channel, Fashion Channel, Photography Channel, Game and Sport Channel and Quiz Channel, which all reportedly aired films or dramas under the guise of educational or instructional programs, according to the People's Daily.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Entertainment Right’s Postman Pat to debut in China on CCTV

    Entertainment Rights Distribution Limited (ER), media group specializing in children and family programming, characters and brands, has clinched a deal with China Central Television (CCTV), to launch pre-schooler's show Postman Pat on Chinese television for the first time this year. CCTV licensed all 80 x 15 minute episodes for its children's block CCTV-kids, bringing the Postman Pat brand to 96% of China, as the show reaches an audience in excess of 600 million, including 367 million children. The deal gives ER opportunities to expand in China's toy market currently estimated to worth US$1.3 billion. With annual growth rates of 40% expected, the market could be valued at US$12.5 billion by 2010. ER is developing a comprehensive consumer products programme for China and will commence full brand roll-out in 2008.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Hurray! for Beijing TV Media

    Beijing-- Chinese mobile music distributor Hurray! has signed an exclusive agreement with Beijing TV Media to create interactive services for the broadcaster's channels and TV programs. Beijing TV is one of the top five TV networks in China, operating one national channel and twelve local channels, reaching 250 million viewers. QD Wang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hurray!, said, "This event is a breakthrough for us in developing new distribution channels and gaining access to TV and video content. It takes us one step closer toward our goal of becoming a leading digital entertainment content production and distribution house in China." Separately, BTV is developing a mobile TV broadcasting service in partnership with GGTV Inc., a developer of mobile multimedia technology, and mobile operator China Mobile. BTV is the sixth media organization in China to be awarded a mobile broadcasting license, along with Shanghai Media Group, CCTV.com, Southern Media Corp., China National Radio and China Radio International.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    New Chinese HD docs screening in Japan

    Tokyo- NHK's satellite HD channel is screening four two-hour New Chinese documentaries by young Chinese directors, depicting the lives of ordinary citizens in contemporary China. Airing April 23--26, the docs are A Man Like Mao, directed by Chen Weijun, profiling the entertainer who performs as a Mao Zedong look-alike; Let's Dance Together (by Yang Lina), examining a group of middle-aged Chinese exhibiting Western dancing steps at a Beijing park; Pedalling Fathers (Li Xiaofeng, Ji Kai), looking at men in a poor northern village pedalling old-fashioned tricycles to earn money to send their kids to college; and All About My Friends (Guo Jing, Ke Dingding), about the contrasting values of a young couple and their parents in Shanghai.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    BabyTV to debut in Japan on FOXlife HD

    Tokyo- BabyTV will debut this June in Japan on News Broadcasting Japan Co., Ltd.'s FOXlife HD, airing daily from 7am to 9am. Originally in standard definition format, BabyTV content has been converted to HD for broadcast on the full HD channel. Created by experts in child development, BabyTV features educational programming for mothers to watch with their infants and toddlers aged under 3 to stimulate learning and development. The broadcast won't have Japanese subtitles or dubbing to encourage an early start to English education for children. First launched in Israel in 2003, BabyTV airs in 32 countries as a 24-hour channel and on VOD platforms. The channel is complemented by interactive website www.babytvchannel.com, designed to encourage parent-child interaction on and off the screen. Although primarily targeted at women, FOXlife HD broadcasts 24-hours of full HD entertainment across a wide spectrum to cater to all audiences, including foreign dramas, movies, music, lifestyle and variety. FOXlife HD is available on cable including J:COM, ITS's COM, Mediatti, T-COM with a total distribution of 957,767 households.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Palette Pictures studies expat students in the US

    Los Angeles- China Central Television has commissioned L.A.-based production company Palette Pictures to produce Oceans Away, a documentary series following current and past generations of Chinese people who have studied and lived in America. The 14-episode series will air on CCTV News Channel this summer. The pilot was broadcast in China in January 2006. The series will aim to show students' everyday lives and their successes and struggles to fit into a foreign society. More than 60,000 Chinese students are pursuing higher education in the US, making China the second largest source of foreign students in America.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Singapore Pavilion to offer over 50 HD titles at MIPTV

    Singapore- The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) is leading 21 companies at MIPTV 2007, featuring a record showcase of more than 50 Singapore-made HDTV and animation programmes. The Singapore contingent includes production houses Beach House Pictures, Big Communications, Cubix International, Lingan Mill, Media Freaks, Omens Studio, Peach Blossom, Pics Talk, Scrawl Studios, Sunrise Entertainment The Right Angle Media, Threesixzero Productions, Upside Down Concepts; as well as postproduction companies Infinite Frameworks and VHQ Post; media content management companies Hub Media Group and Six-Six-Eight and YSY International Services; broadcaster MediaCorp; and pay TV channel Asian Food Channel. New HD titles include documentaries Little Big Dreams (Threesixzero Productions), Guge-Lost Kingdom of Tibet (Bang Singapore) and Oodles of Noodles (Yellowstone Productions); lifestyle and sports programmes Beach 360 (Upside Down Concepts) and Parkour (Mega Media HD); as well as drama 18 grams of Love (Boku Films).... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Celestial Pictures expands distribution of Shaw Brothers titles

    Hong Kong- Celestial Pictures has partnered with Movie Master to distribute more than 500 films from Celestial's Shaw Brothers library on DVD in Malaysia. The Chinese film collection will be released over five years, and is available initially through 100 retail outlets. Shaw Brothers titles in the genres of action, comedy, martial arts and period dramas will be available on DVD. Movie Master also holds the rights to distribute back catalogue titles including martial-arts classics Come Drink With Me and One-Armed Swordsman. Celestial Pictures also sealed an exclusive deal with South Africa's independent distributor, Sandon Associates CC, to launch Shaw Brothers titles on home video to eight countries in Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The martial-arts titles will be available in VHS, VCD and DVD. The Shaw Brothers Film Library consists of 760 films produced from the 1950s to the 1990s. Celestial Pictures has been re-mastering and distributing these films to cinema, home video, television, and new media markets worldwide since 2003, and has sold to 72 countries, including the latest deals.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Marketers advise how to engage youths in digital era

    Hong Kong-Don't try to force feed advertising to consumers, especially youth. Look for ways to engage with consumers so they spend time with brands. Recruit people who can influence consumers. And spend more on online marketing. These were among the opinions voiced at a panel session on Communications in the Age of Digital Youth organized in Hong Kong last month by Carat Media Services. "You need to recruit influencers, people that will talk positively about your brand and spread that exponentially", said Patrick Stahle, CEO Carat Asia Pacific. SY Lau, Executive Vice President, Online Marketing Services and Corporate Branding, QQ China, urged attendees to redress the balance in ad spending, noting that while youths watch TV for an average of 11 hours a week, 37% of ad budgets are allocated to that medium. Lau contrasted that with the average of 16 hours spent online each week, yet just 5% of ad budgets go to online.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Outlook positive but growth modest for IPTV in the region

    Hong Kong - The perspective on IPTV's future in Asia remains positive, but growth will be modest under the entrenched cable and satellite competition. So says Ovum Analyst Kevin Lee, describing IPTV in Asia Pacific as "still in its infancy, as compared with the booming development in Europe." "As witnessed from its presence in eleven Asian countries, scales of IPTV roll-out remain relatively small. With the exception of Hong Kong being the most successful deployment to date, uptake is still insignificant in most markets although high broadband-penetrated markets shows more vibrant activities," says Lee. He says the takeoff of IPTV is facing serious hurdles from cable TV dominance in Taiwan and Korea, and unfavorable regulatory frameworks like those in Korea and China. "In other places, the pay TV industries are heavily undermined by dominant free-to-air televisions, thus discouraging telcos' investment in the new service. Moving forward, competition for premium content will further drive content acquisition costs up, making it more unrealistic and difficult for IPTV providers to operate solely with a broadcast model," says the Hong Kong based analyst.... Read More

  • 16 Apr 2007

    Upgrade ‘apathy’ slowing digital TV pace

    Digital TV reception will rise to 29% of TV homes in the Asia Pacific region by 2012 - up from just 6% in 2006. And the number of digital TV homes in Asia, now estimated at 36.4 million, is predicted to reach 180.8 million by 2012. Latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media shows China will overtake Japan as the biggest digital market this year and will account for 43.3% of the region's digital universe in 2012. But subscriber apathy toward upgrading from analogue to digital is still slowing the pace of growth, according to the report's author Adam Thomas. "Although reasonable growth is anticipated over the next five years, less than a third of the region's TV homes are expected to receive digital signals by 2012. In the cable sector in particular we are seeing some subscriber apathy towards upgrading from analogue to digital," he said. The Informa report foresees China's digital TV homes rising from 10.1 million in 2006 to 78.4 million by 2012, and thus from 27.9% to 43.3% of the total in Asia. India is set to soar to 28.5 million digital TV homes by 2012, up from 2.5 million in 2006, more than doubling its percentage of the Asian total from 7% to 15.8%.... Read More

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