According to MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (MEASAT), Encompass Digital Media (Encompass) is expanding their presence on MEASAT’s leading 91.5°E video neighbourhood. Eight more channels are now available from 91.5°E: HITS HD, KIX360 SD, Zee Sine SD, beIN Asia Pacific’s Indonesia feeds - beIN SPORTS 1, beIN SPORTS 2, beIN SPORTS 3, WAKUWAKU JAPAN SEA HD and WAKUWAKU JAPAN Taiwan HD, all of which are distributed to TV platforms in more than 100 countries across the Asia Pacific.
Brazil and Spain have partnered to lay an undersea cable in the Atlantic Ocean to offer fast online and cloud services to the people of both countries by 2019. The EllaLink subsea cable will connect to data centers in Madrid and Sao Paulo, as well as in Lisbon, using shielded fiber rings, officials said on Monday. The cable will also connect the archipelagoes of Madeira, Spain's Canary Islands and Africa's Cape Verde along the route.
Zee.One, a film and entertainment channel,will soon be launched in Poland by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) which is eying the Europeanmarkets. Zee.One is a specially designed Bollywood film and entertainment channel. The company has appointed Pawel Kolasa as country manager for Poland. He will report to ZEE Network Europe CEO Neeraj Dhingra.
Hong Kong’s struggling pay cable operator i-Cable Communications has taken an “important step” towards carrying on its business, according to Stephen Ng Tin-hoi, Chairman. This gave hope as the company was on the brink of getting shutdown.
The government of Nepal is seriously pursuing the mission of total cable TV digitization within the next 24 months. According to the President of Federation of Nepal Cable, “The digital system will help to know the exact number of television users in the country. In the existing analogue system, we cannot get the exact number of viewers as a line can be distributed to many users”.
The South African government is in fast action mode, and is sending highly subsidized STBs to the residents of Limpopo by post. Ayanda Dlodlo, Communication Minister, said that the primary objective of digital migration is to clear the radio frequency spectrum currently occupied by broadcasters, and thus facilitate the provision of wireless mobile broadband services and other innovative applications to benefit communities.
On April 11, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced it will produce the first-ever live 4K video stream from space during a Super Session at the 2017 NAB Show. Titled as “Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood” the live feed will take place on April 26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).
NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world's leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, and IBCAP (The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy, Inc.) have reached an agreement to end the menace of piracy in the United States. IBCAP is an alliance of leading international broadcasters committed to combatting unauthorized streaming and distribution of international television content in the United States.
Manish Javahar and Bobby Bhairon (two Indian-origin men), who were allegedly part of a multi-million pound fraud that allowed thousands of people in the East Midlands to watch subscription television for free, have been jailed for nearly two years each.
Grant Group, the largest independent creative agency and the pioneer of advertising in Sri Lanka, will soon be acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network. This will enable Dentsu to enter and capture markets in Sri Lanka. Grant Group is a 59-year-old integrated agency in the island. Dentsu has become one of the largest agency groups to enter the market in nearly two decades.
As the China’s telecom firm ZTE pleaded guilty to violating sanctions on Iran and agreed to pay nearly $900 million as penalty, the U.S. Department of Commerce has agreed to remove it from a trade blacklist. The firm was facing tremendous problems after it was put in the blacklist.
Irdeto has announced the successful integration of Irdeto Rights for China DRM with Amlogic’s S905X, S905D, and S912 system on chips (SoCs). These SoCs are equipped with advanced security features that enable integration with Trusted Execution Environment (TEE).
Kuwait’s new Al-Qurain TV channel has been launched in free-to-air HD platform hosted on the EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite. Kuwait TV, the official Kuwaiti state broadcaster and part of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information, announced this at the Cabsat Dubai. The capacity used by Kuwait TV is provided by Gulfsat, Eutelsat’s long-term partner.
Content owners and operators in China will benefit from having full control to launch premium content services that support Hollywood studios high value early releases as well as 4K/UHD content. This has been made possible by Irdeto’s successful integration with Irdeto Rights for China DRM with Amlogic’s S905X, S905D, and S912 system on chips (SoCs). These SoCs are equipped with advanced security features that enable integration with trusted execution environment (TEE).
Sky, Europe’s entertainment company, has partnered with TiVo to deliver its latest innovation, voice search. TiVo Corporation is a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights. TiVo is providing Sky Q with a natural language, voice-based search solution, making it quicker and easier for Sky Q customers to find the content they are looking for.
For multiple C-band transponders on Asia Sat 5 and a teleport service from AsiaSat’s Tai Po Earth Station in Hong Kong, Eurovision, the operational arm of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator have expanded their partnership. The C-band transponders will be used for occasional live sports and news transmissions in the AsiaPacific region. They will also support permanent TV channel distribution in Asia for EBU Members and customers.
North America’s first first 24/7 4K Ultra HD general entertainment channel 4KUNIVERSE has launched its 4K Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service on Amazon Fire TV, created and powered by Accedo, the video experience pioneer.
Mediacorp (Singapore) has appointed Parminder (Parry) Singh as Chief Commercial & Digital Officer. Parminder Singh said, “This is a great time to join a media pioneer with unique multi-platform assets and an ambition to maintain leadership in the digital age. The key priority will be to lead and align monetization efforts with digital product development, ops, audience acquisition, and content marketing. Combining mainstream and digital assets will deliver compelling solutions for clients and consolidate leadership position for Mediacorp.”
According to Ukraine’s National Council, Viasat Channel has violated the legislation relating to the appearance of actors in its output that pose a threat to national security. Hence, the Council is considering a temporary suspension of the retransmission of TV1000 Russian Kino in the country. All foreign channels distributed in Ukraine are required to comply with both Ukrainian legislation and the European Convention on Transfrontier Television.
To help enterprises shift from traditional static hardware to software-based WAN, Chunghwa Telecom Global (CHT Global) has launched its SD-WAN services. To provide the underlying infrastructure for the service, the company is partnering with VeloCloud Networks, a Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company. CHT Global has one of the widest international cable line networks in the Pacific and beyond through its undersea submarine cables that direct global voice and data traffic.
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