CCP : “Digital Future Series – The Role of Music in Film and TV”

December 2, 2009, Singapore

“Digital Future Series – The Role of Music in Film and TV”

Organised by  CCP
 
In conjunction with the Asia Television Forum (ATF)


The primary objective of the conference is to encourage an awareness and understanding of the business of musical composition by exploring the relationships between composers, artistes, agents, producers, and directors as potential channels for music. This conference will further explore the business opportunities in the region.

The conference will take place during the 2009 Asia Media Festival.

Objectives

•    To provide a platform for industry stakeholders, producers, technologists, labels,       studios, songwriters, broadcasters, online distributors, government and vendors to interact •    To explore emerging trends related to musical composition and film/television production
•    To learn about business models, partnerships, and market developments
•    To build relationships between Singapore and foreign industries in this field
•    To address current and new issues in relation to the music industry and particularly, technology in the field of music
•    To discuss government-industry cooperation

Confirmed Speakers and Participants

Film producers and directors; Charles J. Sanders, Esq. Songwriters Guild of America; Nina Ossoff, songwriter; Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director, Motion Picture Association (MPA) – Asia Pacific; Li Qiankuan, Chairman of China Film Association and Head of the China Film Foundation; Dick Lee, composer; Frank Rittman, Regional Legal Counsel and Deputy Director of the MPA – Asia Pacific; Ang Kwee Tiang, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC); Leong May See, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI); Micheal Hosking, CEO, Midas Promotions; Yeo Chun Cheng, Chief Information Officer, MDA; Bernard Lansky, Director, Yong Siew Toh School of Music; Isa Seow, Managing Director, Centre for Content Protection (CCP); and others.

 Time  Topic  Speakers  Notes
11.30am – 11.40am Welcome Address Yeo Chun Cheng, Chief Information Officer, Media Development Authority (MDA)     
11.40am-11.50am    Welcome Address    
Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director, Motion Picture Association (MPA) – Asia Pacific  
11.50am – 12.00nn  
 Keynote  Dick Lee, Singapore composer 
 
12.00nn – 12.20pm    Presentation
 Li Qiankuan, Chairman of China Film Association and Head of the China
Film Foundation;   
 
12.20pm – 1.00pm 
Networking Lunch  
 THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC  
1.00pm –
2.30pm
•    The Business of Musical Composition

•    Business of Music in the film and TV industries

Moderator: Charlie Sanders.

Panelists:
— Composers, film producers, directors and agents


 COPYRIGHT AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTS
 
2.30pm –
3.30pm
•    Legal and Copyright Issues

•    Legal and Copyright aspects in relation to film and TV

•    Technical developments in distribution

•    Collaborative tools and scoring  

Moderator: Frank Rittman, Motion Picture Association.

Panelists:
— Copyright associations and regulators
— Technology and related experts
 

 
3.30pm – 3.45pm
 Break  
ASIA STRATEGIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS  
3.45pm –
5.00pm
•    Asia strategies

•    Human capacities required

•    Cooperation and platforms

•    Market Opportunities

•    The Future
 

Moderator: (to be annouced)

Speakers:
— Decision makers, film/TV producers and directors, policy makers, education and other industry stakeholders

15 mins Q&A
 

 

6.30-10.30 pm: Networking and Entertainment (venue to be announced)

Who should come?

Participants may include content owners, producers, technologists, security companies, artistes, labels, management companies, agents, studio owners, songwriters, broadcasters and others.

Issues to be discussed

•    How to monetise from music in the world of Film/TV — what are the challenges in Asia?
•    Business opportunities
•    Aspects required in the ecosystem
•    Working with directors and film producers — B2B partnerships
•    Processes of film and TV scoring — how can this be improved?
•    Talent requirements and expectations in Singapore
•    Using television to showcase music success stories
•    Breaking into the industry – how to engage with agents, musicians, and producers
•    International cooperation: – towards an Asian music industry
•    Making music accessible on the Internet
•    Key technology developments
•    Future platforms for discussions

Background

The DIGITAL FUTURE SYMPOSIUM is a highly successful event first launched in 2007 by the CENTRE FOR CONTENT PROTECTION Pte. Ltd. It attracts hundreds of key industry players in the field of content distribution and content protection annually and has conducted successful events in Malaysia, Japan, China, India and Singapore.

Established in 2007, the Centre for Content Protection (CCP) is a consortium of companies committed to shaping Asia Pacific’s digital future through innovative technologies that provide secure ways for consumers to enjoy anywhere, anytime access to their favourite movies and television programs. CCP members are from all over Asia, and from within the technology, content and distribution industries.

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ISA SEOW
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Office +65 67772854
Fax +65 67740733
email: isa_seow@contentprotection.net

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CCP Industry Updates – September

DIGITAL MEDIA DIGEST – SEPTEMBER 2009


Digital Television Broadcasting

1. Digital Utilities Ventures is a prime innovator 
Transworldnews.com – 28 July

Digital Utilities Ventures is creating the first global "Virtual Cable Television Network".

"We have a solution that reduces the amount of
bandwidth needed for viewing videos without many tens of billions of
dollars worth of new fiber-optic networks," said Garry McHenry,
President of Digital Utilities Ventures. "Our New Last Mile Platform
deploys a unique patent-pending compression system that delivers
programs to the Television audience and Cell Phone subscriber using
under 1 megabit of the Internet as the backbone to the television set
and 150 kilobits to the cell phone."

"This allows for high resolution programming regardless of screen size to be transported to both TV and Cell Phone screens."

"Equally
important, this compression component of the New Last Mile is also an
add on to existing networks to maximize the current bandwidth they
have."

http://www.transworldnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=105299&cat=1

2. S2 Licensing announces availability of additional Licensing Model for DVB-S2 Compliant Professional Products
Business Wire – 29 July

S2 Licensing announced that it has made
available an alternative licensing program to manufacturers and sellers
of Professional Products that use the DVB-S2 Standard.

Licensees
may now elect to license Professional Products – defined as final, end
user satellite communication transmitter(s) and/or receiver(s) and
associated products compliant with the DVB-S2 Standard and having a
product end user price of greater than $1,500 – under the original
terms announced by S2 Licensing for its DVB-S2 Patent License Agreement
or under an Addendum that is now available from S2 Licensing. See
www.S2Licensing.com for details.

According to
this new Addendum, licenses for Professional Products may be acquired
by interested parties for fixed per-unit royalty fees at price points
that decrease as the number of licenses procured increase. In addition,
the reporting requirements have been streamlined to make administration
of the DVB-S2 License for Professional Products even easier for
licensees. 

The DVB-S2 license offered by
S2 Licensing covers the combined patent rights in DVB-S2 standardized
technology held by DTVG Licensing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of
The DIRECTV Group, Inc., the European Space Agency (ESA) and
Radiotelevisione Italiana SpA (RAI). 

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/s2-licensing-announces-availability-
of,909064.shtml


3. China: Digital TV Market Operation Report 2008 – 2009
ReportLinker.com – 31 July 

Based on the authoritative statistics from
SARFT, CCBN Forum, Justice Department and companies’ annals, this
report analyzes the developments of China TV operation industry and
market operations of cable, territorial and satellite TV, as well as
makes an in-depth study on relevant policies to DTV operation,
progression of segmented markets, performance of key TV operators and
development trend of cable digital TV operation market.

Despite
China has a small quantity of DTV users, the number grows rapidly;
annual average growth rate exceeded 50% during 2005 to 2008. As
scheduled, China will halt analog TV programs before 2015. It is
estimated that the growth rate of DTV subscribers in China will rise by
above 20% from 2008-2015, calculating by 164 million subscribers up to
2015.

http://www.reportlinker.com/p0135889/Reportlinker-Adds-China-Digital-TV-Market-Operation-Report-2008-2009.html

4. Serbia adopts DVB-T2
Broadband TV News – 4 August


Serbia has decided to use the new DVB-T2 transmission standard for
digital terrestrial broadcasting together with MPEG-4 (H.264, AVC) for
its forthcoming transition to digital broadcasting.

According
to the report from Broadband TV News, Jasna Matic, the minister for
telecommunications and information society, said that the country would
complete its DTT transition by the 4th April, 2012 rather than the 2015
suggested by the ITU in order to be synchronised with the EU and
neighbouring countries.

http://www.emportal.rs/en/news/serbia/95596.html

5. Paris: ST unveils single-chip DVB-T tuner
EETimes – 7 August

European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV
(Geneva, Switzerland) has introduced the STV4100 terrestrial tuner, a
direct conversion (zero-IF) receiver with quadrature outputs intended
for digital TV broadcasting. 

With digital
switchover now imminent in many territories, ST said its STV4100
silicon tuner aims to meet demand for Terrestrial set-top boxes,
integrated digital televisions (iDTVs) and PCTVs. 

With
the STV4100, ST noted that it provides complete chipsets for DVB-T
receivers, including the tuner and a choice of demodulators, MPEG
decoders and combined demodulator/decoder ICs. It meets all DVB-T
standards such as DTG, Nordig Unified v2.0, and Digitenne.

http://eetimes.eu/uk/219100387
 
6. General Administration of Internet TV services management issued a notice
China DRM – 11 August

SARFT has issued a notice on the
strengthening of management issues relating to IPTV services, noting
practices of some enterprises gaining unfair economic advantage by
using, without the industry competent authority authorized by the
copyright owner, various forms of media content such as movies and TV
dramas  for free delivery to users, and that this is a serious
violation of the legitimate rights and interests of copyright holders. 

http://www.chinadrm.org.cn/news.php%3Fid%3D1880

7. Spain approves pay digital TV
Google News.com – 13 August

Spain’s government agreed to allow
television channels to charge viewers for digital terrestrial
programming, a move it said would "establish a level playing field" in
the industry.

"DTT (Digital Terrestrial
Television) will open up new avenues of funding for television and also
new possibilities and options for viewers," Deputy Prime Minister Maria
Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said following a cabinet meeting.

The
main beneficiary is likely to be the Mediapro group, which owns La
Sexta the terrestrial channel and which has secured broadcast rights
for some Spanish football matches and Formula One racing. Its rival
Prisa, which currently holds a monopoly on pay TV through its satellite
network Digital+, is likely to suffer. Prisa announced that
negotiations with Mediapro affiliate Imagina on the merger of their
television operations had broken down.

Spain is to switch from a traditional analogue broadcast system to DTT by April 2010.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jC7NvbHxHhjxSdhTU70f7Z O-59wQ

8. Madrid: ONDAS Media agrees Content Deal and Development of Tailored Radio
Channels with Rotana Audio & Video
Soa.sys-con.com – 17 August 

ONDAS Media S.A., the satellite radio
company for Europe, announced it has signed an agreement with
Saudi-based media giant Rotana Audio & Video. This strategic
partnership allows ONDAS Media to broadcast artists’ songs, interviews,
concerts and related content owned by Rotana to satellite radio
customers across Europe.

The agreement with
Rotana also includes the development of tailored radio channels and
their possible monetization before ONDAS’ full service launch in 2012.

A
part of Kingdom Holding’s interests, Rotana Audio & Video is the
leading TV and radio broadcaster in the Middle East. With more than 100
artists under contract, Rotana Audio & Video is also one of the
region’s largest recording labels. 

Through
a fully integrated, digital satellite transmission network, ONDAS will
broadcast its multi-lingual radio, music, video and data services
directly to European consumers in their automobiles, trucks, homes,
offices and to their mobile and portable devices. It will provide
digital entertainment to 250 million European vehicles and over 500
million European inhabitants on the move 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
through more than 150 channels of proprietary and re-distributed music,
sports, news, weather, traffic and special interest programming in all
the key European languages. 

http://in.sys-con.com/node/1073019

9. U.S.A: Haier sued for infringing Digital Television Patents
Business Wire – 18 August

MPEG LA, LLC,
world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses announced that
patent holders to MPEG LA’s licenses have filed enforcement actions
against Haier America Trading, L.L.C., Haier Group Co., and HAIM L.L.C.
(collectively, “Haier”) for infringement of patents used in digital
televisions. 

According to the complaint
filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of
New York, Haier offers products in the United States, such as digital
television sets, without having entered into licenses with the
individual patent holders or portfolio licenses offered by MPEG LA. 

The
suit seeks, among other things, monetary damages and an injunction
prohibiting Haier from using these patents in its products and from
offering, marketing, or importing them. 

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId =20090818005200&newsLang=en

10. IPTV Digital TV dislocation development highlighted the ‘China advantage’
China DRM – 18 August

The SARFT official
website recently released data showing that China’s digital TV
subscribers exceeded 50 million, and that users of the national IPTV
pilot project exceeded 2 million. 

The
study noted that digital TV, IPTV and digital cable television are very
similar technologies, but have shown significant differences in the
development processes and that each provides huge potential for
development. 

http://www.chinadrm.org.cn/news.php%3Fid%3D1885


11. South Korea: Convergence – Triple Play & Digital TV Report
 TMCnet.com – 19 August

South Korea is an early adopter of triple
play models, which provide TV, broadband Internet and voice telephony
as packaged services from a single provider. This report provides an
overview of media convergence and triple play models in South Korea,
with special attention paid to the broadcasting sector. The South
Korean government is committed to transitioning the country to digital
terrestrial, digital cable and digital satellite TV broadcasting by
2010. Additionally, e-services, such as e-commerce, online trading,
e-banking, e-government and online gaming, are examined in this report,
as e-services will be key drivers of the converged environment in South
Korea.

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2009/08/19/4330502.htm

12. General Electric spent $7.2M lobbying Government in 2Q
Forbes.com  – 19 August

General Electric Co. boosted its
second-quarter lobbying spending by 34 percent over last year as it
petitioned Congress and government agencies on issues ranging from
economic stimulus and financial sector reform to the transition to
digital television, according to a recent disclosure form.

The
Fairfield, Conn.-based conglomerate, which makes products ranging from
jet engines to microwaves, spent $7.2 million on lobbying expenses
during the three months ending June 30. That was up from about $5.4
million during the year-ago period, and $4.5 million in the first
quarter.

GE lobbied on several pieces of
legislation related to the economy and nation’s financial system. The
company is hoping to benefit from government stimulus spending in areas
like energy, where GE makes wind turbines, and on health care
information technology. GE produces electronic medical records programs
for hospitals and health care providers.

GE
also lobbied on bills that included stronger protections for credit
card holders and proposals to prop up the nation’s financial system.
The company’s huge GE Capital financial arm deals with a wide range of
loans, such as store brand credit cards.

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/08/19/business-industrials-us-general-
electric-lobbying_6794525.html

13. Taiwan: TBC first to launch DVR
CASBAA – 19 August

TBC once again takes the lead in digital TV services as the first operator in Taiwan to
launch the Digital Video Recorder (DVR). 

TBC’s
DVR service has two main features – control live TV and smart recording
functions. With the DVR, customers can, at a touch of a button, pause
and rewind live TV as its being broadcast. TV viewing will never be the
same once you are able to pause a live TV show to pick up the phone or
answer the doorbell, and pick up exactly where you’ve left off when you
are ready.

http://www.casbaa.com/NewsDetail.aspx?id=cfdb725a0fa143a4b0cc3aa795952ea6

14. Sundance Channel launches VOD
CASBAA – 19 August

The Sundance Channel has unveiled a
video-on-demand service offering documentaries and international films
endorsed by Sundance festival founder Robert Redford and often
available the same day the movies hit theatres. 

Sundance
Selects will debut with Spike Lee’s new documentary, "Passing Strange:
The Movie." The service will be available on cable TV systems owned by
three major operators — Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O), Cox Communications and
Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N) — reaching as many as 50 million U.S.
households.

For Sundance Channel, which
plays films and shows aimed at art-house and independent film fans and
is owned by Cablevision unit Rainbow Media Holdings, a video-on-demand
service provides new revenues in a growing business arena. 

http://www.casbaa.com/NewsDetail.aspx?id=04cc57fefe1a451d80014d099a2e35d4

15. Towercom wins Slovakia’s digital broadcasting tender
The Slovak Spectator – 24 August

TOWERCOM
is the winner of Slovakia’s digital broadcasting tender and will be the
operator of the first two multiplexes as well as the operator of the
public service digital terrestrial broadcasting multiplex (DVB-T). The
Slovak Telecommunications Office reported Towercom as the winner on
August 14, after receiving a report from the selection commission on
the course and result of the tender, the SITA newswire wrote.

Towercom is planning commercial launch of the terrestrial multiplex with high coverage beginning in 2010. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/6062654/Pirates-protectionists-and-panic-
the-battle-for-the-future-of-the-web.html

16. ABI Research: IP Set-Top Boxes to generate more than $3 Billion in Market Value
by 2014
Business Wire – 24 August 

In line with the global phenomenon of
switching over from analog to digital TV services, set-top boxes now
have a more crucial role in the home for accessing of entertainment and
information services provided by television service operators.

This
is especially apparent in mature high-speed Internet economies where
service providers strive towards providing interactive bi-directional
television, thereby leading to the growth of IP set-top boxes.
According to new set-top box market data from ABI Research, IP STBs
will generate a market value above $3 billion by 2014. 

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId
=20090824005610&newsLang=en

17. Uruguay: Mirada wins contract from Government to deploy Informational
Interactive TV Services
Interactive TV Today – 25 August

Mirada, the Anglo-Spanish interactive media
company that was formed via the merger of YooMedia and Fresh IT, has
been contracted by the government of Uruguay to provide a set of
interactive TV services that will be deployed under the auspices of
"Plan Cardales," a government mandate focused on guaranteeing access to
interactive digital TV for all Uruguayan households. The contract is
the first win for Mirada’s recently opened Latin American office, which
is located in Uruguay.

According to Mirada,
the contract will see it using its existing technology platforms to
develop and integrate a range of interactive TV information services,
including access to information from Uruguay’s Ministry of Public
Health, doctor and pharmacy locators, weather-forecast apps, and
t-learning services. 

http://www.itvt.com/story/5492/mirada-wins-contract-uruguayan-government-
deploy-informational-interactive-tv-services

18. Portugal Telecom installs ARG’s Media combiners for Nationwide DTT Network
DMN Newswire  – 25 August 

ARG ElectroDesign, a leading developer of
signal distribution products for the broadcast and telecommunications
industries, has announced that Portugal Telecom, Portugal’s largest
telecommunications service provider, has installed a network of Media
Combiner MPEG network adaptors. The new adaptors provide Portugal
Telecom with a highly reliable, cost-effective method of carrying
multi-programme ASI DVB-T data streams over its synchronous digital
hierarchy (SDH) network to feed the country’s new nationwide network of
digital television transmitters. Systems integration for the project
was supplied by Novabase, a leading Portuguese IT business solutions
company.

http://www.broadcastnewsroom.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=828770

19. Telegent: Free Analog Mobile TV bodes well for Digital Version
Television Broadcast – 26 August

The global uptake of free analog mobile TV
is a good sign that the digital iteration will be successful. That’s
Telegent’s takeaway from a recent survey from In-Stat forecasting that
the world’s analog mobile TV user base will reach 54 million by the end
of this year. Telegent is a fabless semiconductor company that provides
mobile TV chips for handsets, laptops and other portables.

“Telegent
believes the free-to-air mobile TV model, which has proven to be
extremely popular with consumers in analog markets, can be successfully
applied in both analog and digital TV markets particularly as handset
models that address regional free-to-air digital terrestrial TV
standards become available,” the company said.
 
http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/86098


20. Brazil: TV Global powers Brazilian Digital TV Network with Net Insight’s Nimbra
Platform
Adhocnews.com – 26 August

Net Insight, a leading developer of
efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and
broadcast networks, has delivered initial Nimbra equipment to a
point-to-point link for TV Globo, one of the largest broadcasters and
media operators in South America. 

Net
Insight’s Nimbra 360, designed for the transmission of digital video,
offers a flexible and cost-effective solution for delivering advanced
multimedia services in broadcast and media networks. The Nimbra 360
platform provides TV Globo with efficient transport of compressed
video, fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet data services and serves as a
powerful multiservice solution for the company to efficiently stream
digital television services. Net Insight’s unique Time Transfer
capability allows for highly accurate distribution of real time
synchronization codes over the same network that carries video signals.
This eliminates the need for costly, and potentially vulnerable, GPS
receivers in the network or for special broadcast studio to transmitter
links.

http://www.ad-hoc-news.de/insight-tv-globo-powers-brazilian-digital-tv-network-
with–/de/Unternehmensnachrichten/20462071

21. Harris Corporation showcases latest broadcast workflow solutions at BIRTV 2009
InfoComm International – 26 August

Harris Corporation , an international
communications and information technology company, is showcased an
array of innovative broadcast technology solutions at BIRTV 2009 held
August 26-29 at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing.

Harris
solutions enable any broadcast operation to cost-effectively implement
an advanced media workflow that manages every stage of the content
lifecycle and allow broadcasters to profit from new revenue streams in
both traditional and emerging business models. Harris equipment also
will be demonstrated on two Harris distributor stands (CSS, stand no.
8-A05 and Evertop, stand no. 8-B07).

http://catalogs.infocommiq.com/avcat/ctl1642/index.cfm?manufacturer=harris-
corporation&prid=2910

22. FLO TV Personal Television
Ubergizmo – 26 August

Qualcomm is said to be
working on the FLO TV Personal Television, where this device will share
a form factor that is not too far off from the iPhone, and is capable
of tuning into broadcasts on Qualcomm’s FLO TV terrestrial digital TV
service. The whole idea of doing so is because it is a better idea
compared to relying on the limitations of a bandwidth constrained 3G
wireless network. Mobile digital TV might be doing pretty OK in South
Korea and Japan, but those are the only two countries that have managed
to sustain enough interest going for it to be a viable business plan,
so it remains to be seen whether the FLO TV Personal Television is able
to emulate its far east counterparts should it be released. We’re
keeping our fingers crossed that when available, the service fees will
be within reach of most ordinary Joes.

http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2009/08/flo_tv_personal_television.html

23. Tunisia: Television goes digital
Tunisia Online News – 27 August 

With the advent of digital terrestrial
television (DTT), analogue television will gradually disappear from
Tunisia’s television landscape. By the end of 2009 most of North Africa
(Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) will have access to 15 digital channels,
a revolution in the Maghrebi landscape.

Observers
note that there is an increasing demand for new technology such as DTT
and high definition(HD) television in the region. 90% of Tunisia’s
territory will soon be covered by digital television which is slowly
but surely gaining momentum throughout the country.

There
are currently 3 foreign operators on the Tunisian television market,
they are “ART”, “Al Jazeera Sport Plus” and “Orbit”. By the end of the
year with the arrival of the French operator “Canal SAT” digital
television will witness a great boost in Tunisia and in the Maghreb.

http://www.tunisiaonlinenews.com/2009/08/tunisian-television-goes-digital/

24. Sri Lanka: TV transmission to go digital
Colombo Page – 27 August

Sri Lankan government is taking steps to
convert the television broadcasting in the country from analog to
digital to keep pace with the global development in TV transmissions. 

Minister
of Mass media and Information Anura Priyadharshana Yapa received the
approval from the Cabinet today to adapt the European standard of
digital transmission technology (DVB-T) to television broadcasting in
Sri Lanka. 

With the objective of
introducing digital terrestrial TV broadcasting in Sri Lanka by the
year 2015, the Cabinet approved an allocation of 150 million for Sri
Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and Rs. 150 million for Independent
Television Network in 2010 budget, to purchase equipment and antennas
required for the digital technology, the government said. 

However,
the Minister pointed out that when digital broadcasting is introduced,
the viewers have to purchase TVs with digital technology or box to
receive the digital signal and convert it to analog to view the
programs. 

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_091/Aug1251388790CH.html


25. India: Airtel digital TV on a growth trajectory
TelevisionPoint.com – 27 August 

Airtel
digital TV, the direct-to-home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, has
been one of the late entrants in the DTH industry. In just nine months
after its nationwide launch, the company claims to have crossed the one
million mark.

Ajai Puri, director and chief
executive officer, Bharti Telemedia, who has earlier worked with
Bharti’s telecom business for about five years, says the DTH industry
has a potential to revolutionise the Indian broadcast market just like
the telecom industry did.

Puri says that if the
Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry promotes the DTH
market, the way the Telecom Ministry has encouraged the telecom
business, the potential is going to be exponential. By 2012, the market
can grow up to a size of 60 million subscribers.

Airtel
digital TV competes with market leader and first mover Dish TV, second
entrant Tata Sky, arch rival Reliance Big TV and south’s dominant
player Sun Direct TV. Puri says that his company is only about three
quarter old, since it went national. 

http://www.televisionpoint.com/news2009/newsfullstory.php?id=1251459449

26. Argentina adopts Japanese digital TV standard
Reuters.com – 28 August

Argentina signed an
agreement to adopt the Japanese digital television standard, joining
Brazil, which has already implemented the Japanese standard in its big
cities.


With Brazil and Argentina, South
America’s largest economies, using the Japanese Integrated Services
Digital Broadcasting, or ISDB, standard, much of the rest of the region
is expected to follow.
 
Argentine President Cristina
Fernandez signed the agreement to adopt the standard on Friday in the
southern Argentine city of Bariloche. In 1998 Argentina had chosen the
U.S. digital television standard ATSC, but it was never implemented and
the Fernandez government revoked that decision after Brazil lobbied in
South America for the Japan standard, saying a regional alignment would
facilitate production of the equipment to receive digital signals.

http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssConsumerGoodsAndRetailNews/idUSN2835986
420090828

27. South Africa: Legal problems for South African TV 
Rapid TV News – 31 August 

A clutch of writs has been issued in South
Africa, posing questions for its media regulator, ICASA. The legal
actions could delay the local analogue to digital TV switchover. 

The
Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), which published its
digital migration regulations in July, has had to perform a difficult
balancing act, says Business Day, a local publication. Should it
compensate existing broadcasters for the costs of switching to digital
– by granting new channels – or should it use this opportunity to
introduce competition in a highly regulated market?

As
the regulations show, Icasa has opted to incentivise existing
broadcasters. Because the regulations define the period of their
operation as having begun more than eight months before the regulations
came into force, broadcasters risk a R500,000 fine for noncompliance,
she says. She also objects to the requirement that e.tv broadcast in
three languages simultaneously. Keene-Young adds that ICASA did not
properly consult prior to drawing up the regulations. This particular
case will be heard on September 15.

The
second legal challenge comes from a consortium led by the National
African Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC) complaining that ICASA failed to
properly consider competition concerns. Members of the consortium would
reportedly be interested in setting up pay-TV operations.

http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/200908314583/legal-problems-for-sth-
african-tv.html

28. Australia: Regions fight for their Digital TV Rights
ABC News – 31 August 

The residents of some regional areas are fighting the Federal Government over their access to digital television.

They
say a switch-over scheduled in about three years will leave them with a
service which falls short of the quality of television received in the
capital cities. The local council says ratepayers have contributed to
the cost of five transmission towers, but had only one funding grant
from Canberra. The council wants the towers upgraded to receive digital
signals and for the Federal Government to chip in.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/31/2671465.htm?section=australia

29. Argentina: to adopt Japanese TV Standard
Broadband TV News – 31 August

Argentina has
confirmed it will use a variation of the Japanese ISDB system as its
digital television standard. The Latin American country will run the
Brazilian terrestrial variant of the technology known as ISDB-Tb.

On
Friday, August 28, Argentine President Cristina Kirchner signed a
memorandum between the Argentine and Japanese governments. She also
approved an accord with Brazil on the rollout of the system.

A
number of Latin American countries have already signaled their
intention to use ISDB in favour of the rival European DVB and American
ASTC systems. Peru has adopted ISDB, while Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, El
Salvador, Paraguay and Venezuela are at the experimental stage.

http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2009/08/31/argentina-to-adopt-japanese-tv-
standard/

30. Zimbabwe: Media group challenges broadcasting
ITWeb.co.za – 17 August

The Media Institute of Southern Africa
(MISA) is concerned about the list of candidates for the Broadcasting
Authority of Zimbabwe from among applicants interviewed for seats on
the Zimbabwe Media Commission, reports VOA News.com MISA says nothing
published by authorities had indicated those seeking one of nine
positions on the Media Commission would be considered at the same time
for seats on the three-member broadcasting authority.

http://www.itweb.co.za/sections/computing/2009/0908170908.asp?A=COM&S=Co
mputing&T=News&O=ST

31. Canada: Tandberg Television selected by Cogeco Cable to Expand On-Demand
Services
Business Wire – 1 September 

TANDBERG
Television, part of the Ericsson Group  (ERIC 9.58, -0.12, -1.24%),
announced that Cogeco Cable  (CA: CCA 27.13, +0.24, +0.89%) has
selected the OpenStream(R) Digital Services Platform as its exclusive
back-office system. Cogeco Cable is Canada’s fourth largest MSO with
more than 400,000 digital subscribers in Quebec and Ontario. New
consumer behaviors, combined with an explosion in video content, pose
significant opportunities for Cogeco Cable to deliver a more
personalized television experience. OpenStream will seamlessly
integrate into Cogeco Cable’s infrastructure to support current
subscriber services such as video- on-demand (VOD), subscription VOD,
and free on-demand. Using OpenStream, Cogeco Cable can enhance its
subscriber relationships and expand on-demand services revenue while
minimizing the deployment costs. 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tandberg-television-selected-by-cogeco-cable-
to-expand-on-demand-services-2009-09-01

32. New Zealand: TV3 owner won’t pay S$50,000 to join digital group
The New Zealand Herald – 1 September

TV3
owner MediaWorks is refusing to join other broadcasters in a new group
involved with the switchover to digital television, saying it is
withholding cash on a point of principle, not to save money.

MediaWorks
spokesman Roger Beaumont said the company was not paying the $50,000
cost to be a voting member of the Digital Switchover Steering Group.
The group is expected to take a key role in the battle between pay TV
and free-to-air to ensure a share of the frequency allowing digital TV.
Instead of joining TVNZ, Sky and Kordia and government departments,
MediaWorks will be relying on the free- to-air industry body, the
Television Broadcasters’ Council, which will have observer status.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=1059440
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33. Europe: New Pan-European “HbbTV” Initiative launched for Hybrid Broadcast-
Broadband Environments
Interactive TV Today – 1 September

A consortium of companies active in the
European television market–including broadcasters Canal+, France
Televisions and TF1; Germany’s Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik; satellite
operator SES Astra; and software providers OpenTV and ANT–last week
announced the launch of "Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV" (HbbTV), a
pan-European initiative "aimed at harmonizing the broadcast and
broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the end
consumer through TV’s and set-top boxes with an optional Web
connection." 

According to the consortium,
the initiative will result in an HbbTV specification that is based on
elements of existing standards and Web technologies, including OIPF,
CEA, DVB and W3C; and will allow hybrid broadcast-broadband services to
be "delivered with one remote control on one screen."

The
specification will provide consumers with "an entertainment experience
with the combined richness of broadcast and broadband," the consortium
says, and will promote the deployment of such services as catch-up TV,
VOD, interactive TV advertising, personalization, voting, games, social
networking, digital text and EPG’s. 

http://www.itvt.com/story/5524/new-pan-european-hbbtv-initiative-launched-
hybrid-broadcast-broadband-environments
 
Digital Rights Management
34. RealNetworks loses DVD copying decision
PCMag.com – 11 August

A federal judge has ruled in favour of
Hollywood and against RealNetworks, declaring that the company’s
RealDVD program violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the
terms of the DVD CSS license.
 
A preliminary injunction
barring RealDVD from store shelves will remain in place, Judge Marilyn
Hall Patel said, and the DVD CCA will also be entitled to injunctive
relief. "The RealDVD products, by their very nature, open a veritable
Pandora’s box of liability for Real," the judge wrote. 
 
The
decision marks the end of a trial that pitted Real against the DVD Copy
Control Association and an array of Hollywood studios, beginning in
April and with closing arguments wrapping up in May. At issue was both
RealDVD and Facet, a set-top box designed to allow consumers to rip
DVDs to a hard drive.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2351471,00.asp

35. Malaysian Operator offers unlimited Mobile Music downloads
Cellular News – 12 August

Malaysian mobile network operator, Digi has
announced an unlimited mobile music download service aimed at the youth
market. For RM5 (US$1.42) a month, DiGi customers can enjoy unlimited
downloads, with a music library from two of the world’s largest music
labels, Universal Music and Sony Music.

DiGi
Music Unlimited customers will pay no data charges – browsing and
downloads – when they visit the website to personalise and share
playlists and tracks with friends via SMS, e-mail and social networks.
In addition, they can obtain exclusive content as well as invitations
to unique music experiences such as exclusive gigs and premier
concerts.

The unlimited tracks that can be
downloaded are DRM (Digital Rights Management) or copy-protected. In
addition, customers can also download five (5) additional DRM-free
songs every month and these can be transferred to other devices or
shared via Bluetooth with their friends.

http://www.cellular-news.com/story/39081.php

36. Qrs Music Technologies introduces Digital Music Downloads
Prlog.org – 18 August

QRS Music
Technologies, Inc., a leader in the design, manufacture and
distribution of pianos, piano-based audio and multimedia products,
music and piano accessories, today announced the introduction of
digital music downloads of their entire Pianomation Standard Library
which can then be downloaded to computers, iPods or other MP3 players
to create playlists, burn CDs and stream music to Pianomation player
systems. 

The downloadable music is playable on
QRS’s most popular and popularly priced systems, the Petine, the Ancho
and the Petine Lite.

Customers can purchase
individual CDs or they can purchase the entire Pianomation standard
library through NetPiano.  When a customer purchases a lifetime
subscription to NetPiano for $2999 they realize an immediate savings of
over $6000.  Their savings actually grows over time as new titles are
added to the standard library; lifetime subscribers get new standard
library releases for free.  The standard Pianomation library contains
all solo and concert CDs.  The NetPiano lifetime subscription also
offers dealers a way to add to their bottom line by selling Pianomation
music without carrying music inventory. 

For more information, visit www.qrsmusic.com. 
http://www.prlog.org/10313627-qrs-music-technologies-inc-introduces-digital-
music-downloads.html

37. Sony ebook store to move to open format
Computeractive.co.uk – 19 August

Sony is going to stop using its proprietary
ebook software in favour of the ePub open standard. The move pits the
electronics giant directly against Amazon and it Kindle ebook reader,
in a market riddled with inconsistent and incompatible formats.

Sony’s move to support the ePub format will give its customers far more choice.

Sony
readers can already handle the open format but now the ebooks Sony
sells will be compatible with multiple devices. It is likely that other
companies readers will support ePub as do PCs and some smart phones
such as Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android based phone.

Although
the company will be using an open standard, which was put together by
an industry group called the International Digital Publishing Forum, it
is likely many published will want to use some form of digital rights
management (DRM).

DRM is put onto software
to stop illegal copying and use, and has mainly been used in the past
by the music and movie industries. The open standard can’t handle this
so it is believed Sony will use a service provided by Adobe . But DRM
has proved extremely unpopular with consumers so Sony will need to be
sensitive to its customers’ needs.

The company is expected to have the ebook store converted to the open format by
the end of this year.

http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/news/2248097/sony-ebook-
store-move-open

38. Warner, Turner to put clips on YouTube
Video Business – 19 August

Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting inked a
joint deal with YouTube to put movie and TV clips on the world’s
most-trafficked video site.

The deal is
aimed at driving digital sales of Warner movies and TV shows online,
the company said. Links on some WB shows already on YouTube point users
directly to WBShop.com to buy DVDs of the shows they’re watching.

Warner and Turner Broadcasting clips will be playable on YouTube through a Time Warner embeddable player.

Warner
said the deal will allow the studio to create separate channels to
control and sell ad time on YouTube. Warner will share ad revenue with
YouTube. Warner said YouTube’s flexibility in ad models was one of the
reasons it signed the deal with the
company.

YouTube also will feature Warner TV and movies in ads and promotions.

http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6678726.html

39. QuickPlay unveils mobile set-top box
IPTVWatch – 25 August

QuickPlay Media has unveiled a new mobile
set-top box solution that will extend the reach of TV service providers
to mobile devices.

The platform allows IPTV
subscribers to download movies and TV programmes to watch on their
mobile devices. Content can be downloaded over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G mobile
broadband, and via sideloading.

Broadcasters
can protect their content via Digital Rights Management (DRM) to ensure
content is delivered only to the correct mobile devices, and to make
sure content expires once it has been viewed. QuickPlay believes the
platform will help cable companies provide greater value for customers
and strengthen customer loyalty.


The concept
is cutting edge, but not completely novel; Sling Media’s Slingbox
already allows users to download video content to the iPhone and iPod
Touch.

http://www.iptv-watch.co.uk/25082009-quickplay-unveils-mobile-set-top-box.html

40. DivX encoded films come to Film Fresh
Tech Blorge – 26 August

Four major Hollywood studios have signed on
with Film Fresh to distribute films in the DivX format, freeing them to
be played on many more devices.

One of the
biggest stumbling blocks for downloadable movies on the Internet has
been the lack of ways you can play the films once you have.  Thanks to
highly restrictive digital rights management (DRM), you were pretty
much stuck with only watching them on your computer.  The new deal
between film studios Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Paramount and
Lionsgate with online retailer Film Fresh is about to change all of
that.

According to the Los Angeles Times,
the deal between Film Fresh and the Hollywood studios includes older
catalog titles as well as the most recent releases.  Pricing will run
between $10 and $16 USD, but the video site may play with pricing some
by offering package deals.

Up until this
deal was struck, Film Fresh has only dealt with independent and foreign
films, so this is a fairly significant coup for the company.  How long
the deal is for or how extensive it is was not discussed.

http://tech.blorge.com/Structure:%20/2009/08/26/divx-encoded-films-come-to-
film-fresh/

41. Sony takes on the Kindle
TheRegister.co.uk – 26 August

Sony’s new
Daily Edition is aiming to take on Amazon’s Kindle with its 3G
connectivity and touch screen, but it will have to provide an
acceptable face for DRM, with library lending and open standards.

The
Daily Edition will be available in the US come December, and includes
3G GSM connectivity that will allow users to download books and
magazine subscriptions over the air, removing the unique selling point
of Amazon’s Kindle while also boasting about open standards and
interoperability.

The strangely-tall Daily
Edition has the usual e-ink display and ability to switch between
portrait and landscape views. But it also has a touch screen allowing
the user to prod at the screen with a finger or use a (specially
designed) stylus to annotate documents. The latter function could be
important to the document- reading audience – who might be prepared to
pay more for their hardware – not to mention all those crossword
fanatics.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/26/sony_daily_edition/

42. Free software group attacks Windows 7 ‘sins’
Computerworld.com – 26 August

The Free Software Foundation today launched
a campaign against Microsoft Corp.’s upcoming Windows 7 operating
system, calling it "treacherous computing" that stealthily takes away
rights from users. 

At the Web site
Windows7Sins.org, the Boston-based FSF lists the seven "sins" that
proprietary software such as Windows 7 commits against computer users.

They
include: Poisoning education, locking in users, abusing standards such
as OpenDocument Format (ODF), leveraging monopolistic behavior,
threatening user security, enforcing Digital Rights Management (DRM) at
the request of entertainment companies concerned about movie and music
piracy, and invading privacy.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9137119/Free_software_group_attacks_
Windows_7_sins_

43. BIGFlix.com partners BuyDRM to power video download service
TV Next – 27 August

BIGFlix.com, a part of Reliance BIG
Entertainment has announced its partnership with BuyDRM, a pioneer and
innovator in digital rights management technology, by deploying its
KeyOS Rights Management Platform, to enable superior content protection
and a seamless video download experience.

BuyDRM
will provide BIGFlix.com with an integrated pay-media solution that
includes the industry-standard Windows Media Rights Management
technology. With BuyDRM’s KeyOS Download Manager, BIGFlix users will be
able to view the movie they choose to download while the download
progresses silently in the background, thus, providing an uninterrupted
and pleasant video download experience. 

http://www.tvnext.in/news/156/ARTICLE/2209/2009-08-27.html
 
44. Flash DRM software released, complete video files protection
Thomas Net – 28 August 28, 2009 

Supernova
Broadcasting announced the release of SafeLurker DRM Security Software
Version 1.3 and Version 2.1, their latest products extending the range
and reach of their Supernova Platform.

SafeLurker
is a unique digital right management product allowing companies that
publish or sell video content to ensure complete protection of their
intellectual property.

SafeLurker v1.3
prevents decompiling and downloading of video files and controls which
users can view the content. SafeLurker v1.3 secures video files against
unauthorized viewing, copying, sharing and saving.

SafeLurker
v2.1 in combination with FSSV streaming servers prevents decompiling
and downloading of video files and controls which users can view the
content.

SafeLurker v2.1 secures video files against unauthorized viewing, copying, sharing
and saving.

http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/565067

45. Verimatrix introduces next-generation security architecture
Broadcastengineering.com – 31 August

Verimatrix
will introduce at IBC2009 its next-generation Verimatrix Video Content
Authority System (VCAS) core architecture, VCAS 3, the latest addition
to the company’s digital rights management (DRM) system.

This
enhanced security architecture extends security from protecting content
protection to supplying a reliable foundation for reaching out to new
revenue opportunities. VCAS for Mobile TV lets pay-TV companies serve
growing consumer demand for TV or video content "anywhere, any time, on
any device" using robust content protection without specialist security
hardware. It secures video within a home network, streaming or
downloaded applications, and mobile broadcasting networks.

The
system leverages the hybrid nature of mobile video platforms, where a
mobile TV broadcast network can be combined with an IP connection via a
mobile data network or local WiFi access.

http://broadcastengineering.com/RF/verimatrix-introduces-next-generation-
security-architecture-0831/
 
OTHER NEWS

46. Google Opens up its EPUB Archive: Download 1 Million Books for Free
Readwriteweb.com – 26 August 

Google
announced that it will now allow users to download over 1 million
public domain books in the EPUB format. Google had already made this
archive available to some of its partners, including Sony and Barnes
and Noble, but until today users weren’t able to download these free
EPUB texts from Google directly. Google will continue to make PDF
versions of these books available for download as well, but users with
eReader’s will find the new EPUB files far more useful.

If
you don’t have an actual hardware eReader but still want to read these
EPUB versions, you can install Stanza or a similar desktop reader to
read these books.

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_opens_up_its_epub_archive_down
load_1_million_books_for_free.php

47. Israel: Fixed Line Market, Broadband & Digital Media
 Yachtchartersmagazine – 27 August

This report profiles Israel’s very dynamic
fixed-line voice and broadband market, together with its digital media
market. Bezeq has retained the vast majority of the domestic fixed-line
voice market but new licences being granted for VoIP service provision
are beginning to shake up the market. The International fixed-line
voice market is already very competitive and recent mergers have
created strong players.

Israel has one of
the highest household broadband penetration rates in the world. Market
competition is fierce, both between cable and DSL infrastructures and
between ISPs. Competition is also fierce between Bezeq’s satellite TV
subsidiary YES and cable TV operator HOT. Israel’s very high broadband
penetration rate provides great potential for triple play and digital
media market developments and competitors are manoeuvring for position.

http://www.yachtchartersmagazine.com/node/1084670

48. Broadcom Bluetooth Technology integrated into New Line of LG Electronics TV Sets
Interactive TV Today – 1 September

Semiconductor company, Broadcom, announced
that LG Electronics has integrated its Bluetooth technology into its
new LH70 line of digital television sets (which are now shipping), thus
allowing consumers to connect those sets to devices such as wireless
stereo headphones and–more interestingly–mobile phones. According to
Broadcom, its Bluetooth technology will allow the new LG TV sets to act
as wireless docking stations for MP3-enabled mobile phones and portable
media players, thus enabling music and other audio to play over TV
speaker systems.

In January, Broadcom announced a deal to integrate its Bluetooth technology with TV sets from Sharp.

Broadcom
also says that the technology will allow users to wirelessly transfer
digital photos and other graphic files from Bluetooth-enabled camera
phones to the LG TV sets for viewing and sharing. In addition, it
claims, the technology positions the mobile phone for future
applications such as functioning as a TV remote control or as a QWERTY
keyboard input device for TV widgets and tcommerce applications. 

http://www.itvt.com/story/5294/broadcom-bluetooth-technology-integrated-new-
line-lg-electronics-tv-sets

49. SARFT announces formation of commission to consider regulation and pricing of cable tv services
 Sarft.gov.cn – 1 September

SARFT has announced a plan to form a
commission to consider issues relating to the regulation of cable
television service charges, and safeguard the legitimate rights and
interests of cable television subscribers to promote the healthy and
sustained development of the cable industry. 

http://www.sarft.gov.cn/articles/2009/09/01/20090902083031130386.html

50. China Central Television broadcast the entire channel programs in Macao has
made new progress
Sarft.gov.cn – 1 September

Administration of
the Macao Special Administrative Region in accordance with the number
of consultations by government departments in principle reached
consensus on August 28, China Central Television Broadcasting Company
Limited and Macau signed an agreement that the two sides will be
through business cooperation, from October 1 this year, provide the
entire terrestrial wireless digital

TV channels broadcast CCTV-News. 

http://www.sarft.gov.cn/articles/2009/09/01/20090901112421541010.html

51. Administration of Radio Science and Technology Division on the promulgation of
‘satellite broadcast systems integration Receiver decoder (SD
encryption basic model) technical requirements and measurement methods
(provisional) notice Sarft.gov.cn – 20 August

SARFT has issued a provisional specification
relating to "satellite broadcast systems integration receiver decoder
(SD encryption basic model) technical requirements and measurement
methods. 

http://www.sarft.gov.cn/articles/2009/08/20/20090820170413360612.html

52. Record Label Exec: Radio is ‘paramount’
National Association of Broadcasters – 25 August 

RCA
Records Senior Vice President of Pop Promotion Peter Gray became the
latest record executive to single out radio airplay for its
unparalleled role in helping promote the sale of music. Gray’s remarks
come as the Recording Industry Association of America continues a
legislative push that would punish radio by requiring stations to pay
an additional licensing fee amounting to hundreds of millions of
dollars for music aired free to listeners. Gray’s record label, RCA, is
part of Japanese-based Sony Music Entertainment, an RIAA member
company. 

http://www.nab.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Press_Releases1&CONTENTID=148 68&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm

53. The Open Group releases two industry standards for cloud computing and SOA
Edlconsulting.com – 27 August

The Open Group, a vendor- and
technology-neutral consortium "focused on open standards and global
interoperability within and between enterprises," announced this week
the creation of two new industry standards to guide the growing
adoption of next-generation IT infrastructures such as cloud
computing. 

The Open Group Service Integration
Maturity Model (OSIMM) will provide a maturity model for advancing the
rapidly increasing implementation of service- oriented architecture
(SOA) and cloud computing, both within and across businesses, while the
SOA Governance Framework will serve as a free guide to help businesses
use proven governance standards to improve their SOA success rates.

The
two new industry standards are the Open Group’s latest initiative to
create industry-wide best practices and regulations for the rapidly
growing field of cloud computing and SOA; last week the group announced
the formation of a Cloud Work Group to ensure the effective and secure
use of cloud computing within and between enterprises.

http://www.edlconsulting.com/newsdetail.php?id=381&headline=The_Open_Group
releases_two_industry_standards_for_cloud_computing_and_SOA
 

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WongPartnership LLP – CCP Networking Night

WongPartnership LLP & CCP jointly organised a networking night for Motion Pictures Association’s Member Companies when they were in Singapore for their yearly strategy meeting. 

Pictures for the event may be found on our Picture Gallery.

Here are the attendees for the night’s event:

AFACT Neil Gane 
APB Adeline Chia – Circulation & Marketing Executive
APB Ho Siew Mun – Business Development Manager
APB Jessie Tan – Senior Sales & Marketing Manager
APB Kristy Tan – Associate Publisher
APB Mel Phua-Carroll – Reporter
CONAX Stephen Lee
Disney Scott Chen Executive Director, Marketing 
Disney (WDSHE) Chris Marsh VP & GM Licensed Markets 
Disney ABC Television Group Vince Roberts, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Technology and Operations
Disney Carol Choi VP, GM, BVIHE, GC & SEA 
Disney Fiona Sturrock Senior Counsel 
Disney Jeffrey Forman SVP, Sales 
Disney Jonathan Whitehead VP, Counsel 
Disney Richard Atkinson VP, AP Ops 
Disney SIN Kenneth Lee, Director, Media Networks Technology (Asia)
Disney SIN Risa Villeneuve, Executive Director, Broadcast Operations
Disney SIN Steve Schaefer, Senior Vice President, Technology and Operations (EMEA)
Disney SIN Tan Yee Tiang , Vice President, Technology and Operations (Asia Pacific)
Disney TV Bobbi Campbell Director, Legal & Biz Affairs 
Disney TV Rob Gilby SVP, Managing Director 
Fox Jane Sunderland VP, Content Protection & AP 
Fox Richard Crook VP, Int’l Licensees 
Fox Sunder Kimatrai VP, Asia Pacific 
Globecast Ervin Chan, Director of Sales
HBO SIN Jonthan Spink President & CEO 
HBO SIN Lawrence Yuen VP, General Counsel 
KCTA Jaehoon Shim 
MDA Cheah Sin Liang, Deputy Director, International Marketing
MDA Yeo Chun Cheng, CIO
MPA Beijing William Feng 
MPA DC Greg Frazier EVP, Chief Policy Officer 
MPA India Rajiv Dalal
MPA LA Daniel Mandil Sr EVP, Chief of Legal Affairs 
MPA LA John Malcolm EVP, Director, WWAP Ops 
MPA LA Lisa Pierozzi CFO, EVP Finance & Admin 
MPA LA Lisa Stone VP, Sr Anti Piracy Counsel 
MPA SIN Amy Goh 
MPA SIN Ed Neubronner 
MPA SIN Frank Rittman 
MPA SIN Margaret Fu 
MPA SIN Matt Cheetham 
MPA SIN Mike Ellis 
MPA SIN Serene How 
MPA SIN Susan Lee 
Nagravision  Arjen Hendrikse
News Corp David Fares VP, E-Commerce Policy 
Paramount Al Perry Exe Director, Biz Aff/Legal 
Paramount Kristan Rivers Exe Director, Digital Enter. 
Paramount Scott Martin Exe VP, Intellectual Property 
Paramount Zubair Hassan Reg Director, AP Licensees 
REED Karen Leong
REED Raine Tan
REED Yeow Hui Leng
Sony Bonnie Lau Regional Info Security Director 
Sony Steve Bruno SVP, Int’l Distribution 
Sony Tim Meade VP, Asia Licensing 
Sony Vicki Solmon SVP, Litigation & Distribution 
Star TV Joe Welch SVP, Government Affairs 
Star TV Suzanne Tong VP, Government Relations 
Time Warner Alvin Lee Director, Int’l Relations/Public 
UIP Eugene Yang General Manager 
UIP Kurt Rieder VP, Sales & Marketing 
Universal TV-SIN Rajiv Dhawn Sr Director, Int’l Sales 
Warner Chris Dye SVP, Intl Licensing 
Warner Clarence Lo VP, Asia Pacific 
Warner David Kaplan VP, Intellectual PP Counsel 
Warner Erlina Suharjono SVP, Asia 
Warner Lucia Rangel VP, Worldwide Corp AP 
Warner Sean Mok Director, China AP Enforce 
WongPartnership Ameera ASHRAF Partner
WongPartnership Annabelle YIP, Partner
WongPartnership Dilhan Pillay SANDRASEGARA, Managing Partner
WongPartnership LAM Chung Nian, Head – Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Practice and Partner
WongPartnership NG Wai King, Head – Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and Partner
WongPartnership Vivien YUI Partner

We would like to thank our sponsors:

1. REED Exhibitions

2. WongPartnership LLP

3. APB

We would also like to thank our CCP Members who came for the event!

 

 

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MoU Signals Singapore Keen on Content Protection Collaborations at Home and Abroad

SINGAPORE, SEPT 9: The Centre for Content Protection (CCP) announced today the continuation of its Memorandum of Understanding with the Media Development Authority(MDA) of Singapore to engage the digital distribution industry at the Asia Television Forum this December.

At the signing of the MoU, MDA Chief Information Officer Yeo Chun Cheng reiterated the media authority’s goal of establishing Singapore as a regional hub for media services. CCP Managing Director Isa Seow stated that the Centre will conduct the Digital Future Symposium (DFS) Series event on Dec 2. Participants will include content owners, producers, technologists, content security companies, artistes, labels, management companies, agents, studios, songwriters and broadcasters.

Earlier, speaking at an international strategy meeting of the Motion Picture Association Sept 2, Yeo commended the CCP for actively driving fresh perspectives and policy discussions in the field of content protection. Representatives from six major Hollywood motion picture studios were present at the lunch.

DFS Series objectives are:

· To better enable composers to reach out to film and TV industries

· To provide a platform for artistes, producers, technologists, labels, studios, song writers, broadcasters, online distributors, government and vendors to interact

· To map and guide the future business of music

· To encourage new business models, partnerships, and solutions

· To build relationships between Singapore and foreign industries in this field

· To address current and new issues in relation to the music industry and future technology in the field of music

· To discuss government – industry cooperation

The Asia Television Forum is Asia’s leading programming market, where international content sellers meet with Asian buyers and partners to sell, buy and network.

Event : Signing of MoU between Isa Seow, Managing Director, CCP and Yeo Chun Cheng, CIO, Media Development Authority of Singapore. The CCP is to conduct the Digital Future Series Dec 2, themed “The Digital Future of Music.”

About CCP: Established in 2007, the Centre for Content Protection (CCP) is a consortium committed to shaping Asia Pacific’s digital future through innovative technologies that provide secure ways for consumers to enjoy anywhere, anytime access to their favourite movies and television programs.

As a neutral yet authoritative source of information on the latest content platforms and protection measures worldwide, the Centre fosters awareness and cooperation amongst various academic, governmental and industry organizations as well as consumer groups in order to implement best practices and solutions region-wide.

Primary Advisory members are Astro, HBO, Motion Picture Association of America, Nagravision, NDS, ST Microelectronics, Thomson, Verimatrix and Walt Disney Pictures.

Contact: Junaidah Arifin
Assistant Coordinator, Centre for Content Protection, 21 Science Park Road,

Science Park 2, The Aquarius, Office Suite 11, #02-01, Singapore 117628
Office : (65) 6777 2854
Fax : (65) 6255 1838
Mobile : (65) 9128 2125 – Anna Thomas