Masterclass and Workshop with China Directors: Li Qiankuan and Xiao Guiyun

Masterclass and Workshop with China Directors:

Li Qiankuan (李前宽) and Xiao Guiyun (肖桂云)


3 December 2009, Asian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium

Calling all established and aspiring local film-makers, writers and producers! Five times “Golden Rooster Award” winners, directors Li Qiankuan and Xiao Guiyun will be in Singapore this 3 December to share their expertise and experiences. Get a rare chance to meet these highly regarded directors from China face to face and learn the secrets about China films and film directing.

The couple’s works include:
 
•    “Chongqing Negotiations” (重庆谈判), 1993 

•    “The Lu Gou Qiao Incident” (七七事变), 1995 

•    “Century Dream” (世纪之梦), 1999
•    “The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom” (太平天国), a TV series, 1999 

•    "The Star and The Sea"(星海),  2009
•    "The Birth of New China" (开国大典), 1989

Who Are They?

Li Qiankuan and Xiao Guiyun, graduated, respectively, from the Beijing Film Academy’s Department of Fine Art and the Department of Directing. Li Qiankuan as the Chairman of the China Film Association and head of the China Film Foundation, and Xiao Guiyun, as a member of China’s National Film Approval Board, have made great contributions to the development of Chinese films.

Li is also the President of the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Jury Board, and they have served as jurors or the chairs of juries for numerous prestigious film awards in China, such as the Golden Rooster Awards, and around the world. They have won almost all representative film awards, such as the “Golden Rooster Award”, the Huabiao Award, the popular film award “Hundred Flowers Award” and the “Five One Project Award.” Their work, “The Birth of New China” was selected to compete in the foreign language film category of the 62nd Academy Awards.

One of their latest co-directed works, as often based on film scripts by Zhang Xiaotian, is a TV series on the founder of the Ming dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang, “The Story of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang”, was completed in 2006. The movies of Li Qiankuan and Xiao Guiyun have both entertained and educated their audiences.

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

•    An overview of the current feature film industry in China
•    The challenges and opportunities faced by film makers in China, especially in making films which are able to travel out of the country
•    How can Singapore partners collaborate with film makers in China
•    What are the factors that make a film successful
•    Observations on the global film industry outside of China
•    Advice to film makers, writers and producers in the local industry.

MASTERCLASS
 

3 December
9.30am to 12noon
 
Title: Understanding the Film Industry in China
Asian Civilisations Museum
Cost: SGD$15

 
WORKSHOP (LIMITED TO 25 PARTICIPANTS)
 
3 December
2pm to 5pm
 
Title: Film and Partnerships Proposals
Asian Civilisations Museum
Cost: SGD$100
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CCP Industry Updates – November

DIGITAL MEDIA DIGEST & NOVEMBER

Section A:  Digital Television

Ziggo reports fast digital TV growth

Broadband TV News – 30 September
Dutch cabler Ziggo has reported a rapid growth in the number of digital households in the first half of 2009. This resulted in an increase of 387,000 customers to reach a total base of 1,382,000. The company remains the number one provider of digital TV in the Netherlands.
Ziggo
has introduced several new products and services during the first half
year. In April the cabler launched Video on Demand (VOD) and signed
agreements with Sony and Warner Brothers amongst others. Recently, with
the implementation of EuroDOCSIS 3.0, Ziggo increased faster internet
speeds to better meet the competition from DSL.
The
company said it further improved results in the first half of 2009
compared to the first half of 2008 with revenue increased 2.6% in the
first half of 2009 to €630 million and a strong growth of revenue
generating units (RGUs) by 7.8% to 6.9 million.

2.              OfCom: 80% of all TV sets now digital

Digital Spy – 30 September
OfCom revealed that 80% of the total estimated 60 million TV sets in the UK are now digitally-enabled.
According
to the regulator’s Digital TV Progress Report for the second quarter of
2009, the number of digital TV converted sets increased by seven
percentage points during the three-month period.
The
report also indicated that nine out of ten (89.8%) main sets have now
been converted to digital TV as the UK moves towards the end of the
analogue signal in 2012.
In
turn, the number of secondary-room TV sets transferred to digital
reached 24.3m by the close of Q2 2009, up by 15 percentage points on
the same period last year. The average UK household now owns 2.4 TV
sets.

3. Net Insights selected for Digital Terrestrial TV network in Eastern Europe

Media Mughals – 2 October
Net
Insight, delivering the world’s most efficient and scalable optical
transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV,
Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks, recently received an order from one
of a media operator in Eastern Europe for its first phase of the
National Digital Terrestrial TV distribution network.
This
media operator operates a nationwide analogue and digital television
and radio network in an East European country all over. Its DTT network
will be based on Net Insight’s Nimbra platform to distribute
uncompressed and compressed video (HD-SDI, SD-SDI and ASI) across the
country. The network will also provide scalable multicast capabilities
and incorporate Net Insight’s unique Time Transfer feature for GPS-free
time synchronization.

Net Insight’s Nimbra 360 has a unique Time
Transfer capability that allows highly accurate distribution of real
time over the same network that carries the video signals. This can
eliminate the need for costly and potentially vulnerable GPS receivers
in the network. DTT and Mobile TV often require a Single Frequency
Network (SFN) where the transmitter stations must be synchronized to
send their signals at exactly the same time.

The solution also includes Nimbra Vision, a complete tool for efficient operation and maintenance of the Nimbra network.

The
order of the first phase of the project to build a nationwide DTT
network and Nimbra equipment has already been delivered on September
30, 2009.
 
4. Venezuela to adopt Japanese digital TV
 
Taiwan News – 7 October
 
Venezuela plans to adopt the Japanese digital television standard as it prepares to abandon analog television.
Science
Minister Jesse Chacon says Venezuela opted for Japan’s ISDB system
after considering other systems used in Europe and China. Chacon says
the new system will allow Venezuela’s state-run telecommunications
regulator to broaden the airwaves because digital channels take up less
bandwidth.
Venezuela’s conversion to digital television is expected to be completed within 10 years.
 
5. Major European cable providers commit to DVB-C2
Broadcast Engineering.com – 7 October
Nine
European cable network operators with more than 35 million combined
connected homes will support DVB-C2, the second-generation baseline
transmission system for DTV broadcasting via cable networks.
The
nine cable operators include: YouSee in Denmark; Numericable in France;
Kabel Baden Württemberg, Unitymedia and Kabel Deutschland in Germany;
Ziggo in the Netherlands; ZON in Portugal; ONO in Spain; and Com Hem in
Sweden.
According
to Peter Siebert, executive director of the DVB Project, the DVB-C2
will provide the additional capacity required for the introduction of
new tiers of HDTV, video-on-demand and interactive TV services.
DVB-C2
employs the latest modulation and coding techniques to enable highly
efficient use of cable networks. It offers a range of modes and options
that can be optimized for the different network characteristics and the
requirements of the different services planned for delivery to cable
customers. It offers spectrum efficiency greater than 30 percent
compared to today’s DVB-C system. After analog switch-off, the gains in
downstream capacity will be greater than 60 percent for optimized HFC
networks.
6. ATSC hosts Seminar on Audio Loudness
ATSC – 7 October
The
Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) is hosting a seminar on
the topic of audio loudness on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in
Washington, DC.
"The
seminar will provide detailed presentations on the ATSC Recommended
Practice; ‘Techniques for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness
for Digital Television’, now in the final stages of approval" said ATSC
President Mark Richer. "This will be a great opportunity to learn about
the Recommended Practice from the audio experts who have worked for
over two years to develop the document".
The
seminar will include presentations focused on ATSC’s work on audio
loudness for digital television. The program will also include
information about related legislative activities and key topics such
as, industry perspectives from cable and advertising, a panel focusing
on real-world applications and problems from the field, loudness
measurement, monitoring, program interchange, program to commercial
(interstitial) loudness, dynamic range control metadata.and a report on audio/video ("lip") sync.
Presenters
will include Pat Waddell (Harmonic), David Donovan (MSTV), Steve Lyman
(Dolby), Graham Jones (NAB), Jim Starzynski (NBC Universal), Ken Hunold
(Dolby), Tim Carroll (Linear Acoustic), Jim DeFilippis (Fox), Gregg
Coppa (CBS), Sean Richardson (Starz Entertainment), Adam Goldberg
(AGP), and others.
The
seminar will be held at the Wiley Rein Conference Center, 1776 K
Street, NW, in Washington. DC. The event will begin at 9:00 AM and end
at 4:00 PM, followed by a cocktail reception.
 

7.              DNA launches DVB-H mobile TV free trial

Telegeography.com – 9 October
Finnish
mobile operator DNA has launched a free mobile TV trial using Digital
Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H) technology, in cooperation with
Digita, the cellco announced in a press release. Digita operates a
DVB-H mobile TV broadcasting network in the country, and its business
manager, Taina Kaasalainen, said of the trial: ‘DNA… as a strong
player in building market presence, is a prerequisite for mobile TV’s
success…in Finland. We look forward to expanding services to actual
pay-TV services.’ The free trial covers Helsinki and its surrounds as
well as Tampere, Oulu, Turku and Salo; in all, two million Finns are
covered by the mobile TV network, according to the release.
 
 
8. Decree for Indonesia’s Digital TV Switch Expected This Week
Jakartaglobe.com – 11 October
The
Ministry of Communications and Technology said it is prepared to issue
a ministerial decree that will serve as the platform for the television
industry’s shift from an analog to a digital system.

“The new
regulation will provide a clearer direction in the conversion process,”
said Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad
Nuh.

“We are now in the trial process and this week we will
issue a regulation on the platform of digital television.” He said the
conversion would require not only a major technical overhaul but also a
new regulatory framework.

“Migrating to digital television
would require changes in licensing policy and procedures and how they
are associated with the existing broadcasters and the television
network system,” Nuh said.

The ministry launched the first
phase of the government’s conversion plan in August 2008. Under the
plan, the industry will gradually shift from the analog system starting
in 2013, with the goal of a complete transformation to a digital
network within five years.

There will also be a nine-month
trial period that will allow the government to work out any technical
problems that result from the new regulations.

http://thejakartaglobe.com/news/decree-for-indonesias-digital-tv-switch-expected-this-week/334943

 
9. Laser shows off pocket-sized television
ARN Net – 13 October
Laser
Corporation has released its Pocket Digital TV range allowing users to
view digital television on a handheld portable device.
The
series includes the DVBT-C30 Classic C30, DVBT-MP32 Multimedia Plus and
DVBT-ST35 Slim Touch all incorporating a built in antenna and 3.5-inch
screen. The units allow users to view mainstream television channels
such as ABC, Channel 7, 9 and 10, Prime, SBS, Southern Cross and WIN,
as well as digital specific channels such as ACC, GO! and EXPO.
The
unit also comes with an electronic program guide and digital FM radio
and can be used overseas to receive free-to-air television in countries
that broadcast in DVB-T format.
 
10. TRAI issues a consultation paper on overall spectrum management and review of licence terms and conditions
TRAI – 16 October
TRAI
has issued a consultation paper to address the following issues in
connection with spectrum management in a comprehensive manner. The
issues for deliberation are: (a) Spectrum related issues; (b) Licensing
related issues; and (c) Spectrum assignment & pricing.
The
spectrum related issues are identification of spectrum bands for
commercial usage, assessment of demand for spectrum and its
availability, ensuring efficient utilization of available spectrum,
policy for refarming of spectrum. Licensing related issues include need
for limiting the number of access service providers in a service area,
de-linking of spectrum from licence, Terms and conditions of existing
UAS/CMTS license for extending validity of these licenses perpetually
or otherwise. Other issues include spectrum assignment mechanisms,
spectrum pricing, spectrum trading & spectrum sharing, spectrum
consolidation methods including M & A, spectrum trading/sharing,
technological advance, etc.
Stakeholders have been invited to send their comments on the consultation paper by 12 November 2009.
 
11.           Digital TV to cut most non-Danish stations
The Copenhagen Post – 16 October
About
a million viewers will lose their access to Swedish, German and
Norwegian channels when TV signals switch over to digital next month.
Service
providers Boxer, Viasat and Canal Digital have already decided what
channels they will provide when television is digitalised. Only
customers with cable and broadband will have access to the two Swedish
public service channels SVT1 and 2, Germany’s ZDF and NDR as well as
Norwegian NRK.
Satellite
providers Viasat and Canal Digital will offer no foreign stations on
their digital feed, while Boxer has chosen to provide Swedish TV4,
Norwegian TV2 and Germany’s public service station ARD. Boxer chief
executive Steen Ulf Jensen said the company could only provide 30
stations and had chosen the three foreign ones based on their
popularity in Denmark.
 
12. ATSC adopts Mobile Digital TV Standard
ATSC – 16 October
The
Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) announced the approval of
A/153 ATSC Mobile DTV Standard. The ballot, tallied at midnight Oct.
15, was approved with overwhelming support by the full ATSC membership.
The
ATSC Mobile DTV Standard defines the technical specifications necessary
for broadcasters to provide new services to mobile and handheld devices
using their digital television (DTV) transmissions. The new services
for mobile and handheld devices are carried along with current DTV
services without any adverse impact on legacy receiving equipment. ATSC
Mobile DTV was developed to support a variety of services including
free (advertiser-supported) television and interactive services
delivered in real-time, subscription-based TV, and file-based content
download for playback at a later time. The standard can also be used
for transmission of new data broadcasting services.
 
13. Samsung Electronics Unveils World’s First Single Chip for Mobile Digital TV Standard
TMCNet.com – 19 October
The mobile digital TV market received another boost as Samsung Electronics reportedly developed the world’s first single chip compatible with the newly approved North American mobile digital TV broadcasting standard.
Combining
the radio frequency and digital chip components, Samsung’s latest chip
innovation delivers one single 65 nanometer-scale chip. This allows the
manufacturers of the mobile phones to design phones that consume less
power, and is more affordable to the customers. The ATSC standardizes
mobile digital TV broadcasting with the help of the existing digital TV
broadcasting spectrum and facilities since May 2007.
 
14. Zimbabwe: Digital TV taking over
Radio Nederland Wereldomroep – 20 October
Most
urban households now have on their rooftops small satellite dishes
which are brought in mainly from South Africa, Dubai and China. The
decoders can receive free public broadcasting channels such as SABC 1,2
and 3, Botswana TV, France 24 and a multitude of Christian stations and
radio channels.
 
Families who can afford to pay monthly
subscriptions of about 50 US dollars can access digital satellite
television (DSTV) which carries  fifty or more channels including BBC,
CNN, Sky News, M-Net, Supersport, Discovery, Movie Magic and National
Geographic, among others.
 
15. NAB filed comments on Spectrum Management
National Association of Broadcasters – 26 October
The
National Association of Broadcasters filed comments with the Federal
Communications Commission concerning the agency’s request for
information on spectrum management practices as they relate to the
rollout of nationwide broadband. NAB’s comments were filed jointly with
the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV).
NAB
and MSTV encouraged the FCC to consider all frequencies that may be
suitable for wireless broadband, noting that frequencies above 3.7 GHz
have been allocated for a variety of wireless services, including
broadband applications. NAB also noted that broadcasters recently freed
up more than 100 MHz of spectrum through the digital TV transition.
"The
multi-billion dollar investments by broadcast television stations,
equipment manufacturers, the government and consumers have enabled the
intensive use of each television station’s 6 MHz channel to deliver a
variety of high definition and multicast programming, mobile DTV and
other ancillary and supplemental services — all while freeing up more
than 100 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband and other new
commercial and public safety uses."
 
16. NAB counters CEA-funded Spectrum Study
National Association of Broadcasters – 27 October
The
National Association of Broadcasters today dismissed a study funded by
the Consumer Electronics Association estimating the market-value of
broadcast television spectrum. The study was filed with the Federal
Communications Commission, and while CEA commissioned the study, the
group also told the federal agency that it "does not necessarily
endorse" the results.
Commenting on the study, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton issued the following statement.
"CEA’s
study ignores the immeasurable public benefit of a vibrant free and
local broadcasting system that is ubiquitous, reliable as a lifeline
service in times of emergency, and flexible enough to include HDTV,
diverse multicast programming and mobile DTV. That CEA itself does not
endorse its own commissioned study reinforces its isolation as
primarily an academic exercise. Meanwhile, broadcasters and
forward-thinking CEA member companies have embraced mobile DTV to
enable delivery of live and local TV to cellphones, laptops and the
back seats of cars.
"Notably,
television broadcasters just returned a third of our spectrum to
government as part of our historic DTV transition; as the FCC’s process
to recommend a National Broadband Plan moves forward, NAB believes it
is imperative that policymakers explore spectrum efficiency choices
that don’t limit consumer access to the full potential of digital
broadcasting."
 
17. BBC and Arqiva upgrade for HD
HDTV News – 19 October
The
BBC and Arqiva have announced a partnership that will see the UK’s
transmitter network upgraded to DVB-T2 (Digital Video Broadcasting –
Second Generation Terrestrial), ready for the transmission of
high-definition services.
Capacity on the BBC’s multiplex B will be increased by 67% to create space for HD DTT transmissions.
These will start from the Winter Hill transmitter, which covers North West Britain, on December 1.
Further DVB-T2 upgrades will be made along with the analogue switch off process.
Consumers will have to wait until DVB-T2 receivers are on the market before they can benefit from the service.
These should be introduced in early 2010.
 
18. New Digital Television Research in Canada Looks at Fixed, Mobile Delivery
 
Mediacaster – 21 October
 
With
the aim of creating one of North America’s first single-frequency
network (SFN) test beds for both fixed and mobile digital television
(ATSC Mobile DTV), new research and development is being conducted in
Ottawa, under the auspices of the Communications Research Centre Canada
(CRC), along with Rohde & Schwarz, Inc. and Rohde & Schwarz
Canada and U.S.-based Moseley Broadcast.
 
The digital television SFN test bed will facilitate R&D for fixed,
as well as advanced ATSC Mobile DTV SFN technology including field
verification, with the benefit of over-the-air testing via the test
bed. 
 
The
ATSC Mobile DTV SFN test bed, which will cover about 250 km2 in the
Ottawa, Ontario area, provides the greatest possible flexibility for
the partnership. Its in-depth evaluation and development will be
conducted in a dedicated network using an available TV channel in
Ottawa to enable the freedom to explore new technologies, including
types of ATSC Mobile DTV SFN distribution networks.
The
headend for the network is located at CRC facilities, with one
transmitter located on a communications tower at CRC and others on
structures in and around Ottawa. A wireless WAN was constructed in
Ottawa to enable remote communications via Internet (VPN) for the
remote labs, or field measurement vehicles for control and monitoring
of all equipment in test bed.
 
 
19. UBS DVB-SH Technology Driving Innovation in Germany
PR.com – 22 October
Unique
Broadband System Ltd. (UBS), a major developer of COFDM technology and
applications, is proud to bring its solid expertise in the DVB-SH
technology by participating in the roll-out and launch of the first
DVB-SH network in Germany.
This
project is driven by Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS,
the Chair of Information Technologies (LIKE) at
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and CIRCOM Regional.

It aims at deploying and evaluating a complete end-to-end DVB-SH
network in order to test the technology and carry out further research
and development activities. These activities will consist of
comprehensive field trials in the area of Erlangen and Nuremberg. The
studies will be complemented by the evaluation of DVB-SH services and
their distribution. To support the promotion of DVB-SH technology,
Fraunhofer IIS has also developed its own DVB-SH receiver equipment.

“The launch of the first DVB-SH network in Germany is the result of
Fraunhofer IIS and LIKE involvement in the testing of this new
technology over the past few years,” said Prof. Heinz Gerhäuser.
“Achieving this major milestone is demonstrating our leadership and
innovation capabilities and we believe will support the roll-out of the
DVB-SH technology in the market place.”

20. South Africa: R400m for Digital TV Subsidies
Internet Business Law Services – 25 October
The
set-top boxes that many South Africans will need to watch television
when broadcasting goes digital-only will be available at stores
throughout the country in the first half of 2010. The government is
expected to subsidise 70% of the R700 cost of the units for poorer
households.
South
Africa is currently in a "dual-illumination" period, with both digital
and analogue TV signals available. The digital signal was switched on
in November 2008, and the analogue signal is due to be switched off on
1 November 2011.
In
order to receive the digital signal after that date, households with
analogue TV sets will need to purchase set-top boxes that convert
digital into analogue signals.
Speaking
in Johannesburg this week, Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda said
the Cabinet had approved R400-million to subsidise around five-million
households, with subsidised set-top boxes expected to cost around R300.
"[The] government has already made a decision to support poor TV-owning
households, and we are in the process of finalising the details
regarding the implementation of the support scheme," he said.
Once
the details had been finalised and the scheme was ready to be rolled
out, Nyanda said consumers would be informed of the criteria for
qualification and the application process.
 
21. TV spectrum to be used for mobile broadband
ZDNet – 30 October
The
European Commission has called on member states to speed up their
switchover from analogue to digital television, to free up spectrum for
wireless broadband services.
Information
society and media commissioner Viviane Reding called on EU countries to
have their digital TV switchovers completed by the start of 2012, and
urged national telecoms regulators such as the UK’s Ofcom to "use the
digital dividend in a pro-competitive way to open up the market for new
operators and new services, maximising the impact on the economy".
The
Commission also announced plans to harmonise the technical conditions
for the spectrum in question — in the 790-862MHz sub-band — across
Europe, so users can roam across borders with their web-surfing devices
and use the same services.
According
to the Commission, successful co-ordination of the digital dividend
across Europe will boost the continent’s economy by somewhere between
€20bn (£18bn) and €50bn over 15 years, and contribute to the goal of
offering the whole EU population high-speed broadband by the end of
2013.
 
22. MTN South Africa committed to TV as a medium
The Southern Times – October
MTN
South Africa has launched the country’s first commercially available
3G/DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting ‘ Handheld) capable cellular
handset. The Samsung P910 cellphone is designed for mobile television
with its swiveling LCD 262144 TFT Colour QVGA screen and double
adjusting hinge that rotates into landscape mode for a pleasant
television viewing experience.

The handset offers the
functionality of any other 3G handset but with the use of the first
available USIM featuring encryption technology that ensures the highest
level of security for users.

"MTN again leads the market by
offering solutions that build on existing user platforms, e.g. laptops.
Tracing the evolution of content delivery from the desktop to the
laptop, MTN gives you the chance to have access to the latest
technology from the comfort of your home, office or car with a 3G/DVB-H
handset,” says Ashraff Paruk, MTN SA’s Head of Business Strategy and
Product Innovation.

MTN’s 3G network covers all major metropolitan areas in South Africa and network roll-out is continuing at a rapid pace.

 
Section B: Digital Rights Management

23.           Microsoft drives content management

IT Web – 1 October
At
the International Broadcasting Conference in Amsterdam, Microsoft
revealed partner solutions built on Microsoft technology for the media
and entertainment industry.
Microsoft
showcased four solutions across 14 different partner demonstrations in
digital content management, search and monetisation, media business
management, and digital content experiences.
Gabriele Di Piazza, senior director of the media and entertainment business in the communications
sector at Microsoft, says: “The evolution of Silverlight, Smooth
Streaming and new partner solutions integrated with our new editorial
collaboration framework ensure that we continue
to work closely with customers like Blueprint Digital, which works with
companies such as Tesco, to address their changing business needs.”
 

24. SECLORE and SOFTCELL alliance brings digital rights management to market

Indiaprwire – 1 October
Softcell
Technologies, a business-to-business software Services Company
established in the year 1989 providing end-to-end solutions on Software
Licensing, Hardware, Security & Storage, Networking, Engineering
Services, Corporate IT Infrastructure solutions, Application Life Cycle
Management, Internet hosting Application development services; to help
organizations increase business value from information technology.
In
its endeavour to further the cause of information centric security,
Seclore (an IIT Bombay company) has entered into a partnership with
Softcell Technologies.
The
alliance will help Seclore to strengthen its marketpresence with
Softcell’s sales and delivery force. It will also allow Softcellto
bring the leading rights management technology to its customers.

25.           Spotify offers PC music downloads

BBC News – 1 October
The
Swedish music streaming service Spotify has announced that it will
allow users to download music to their computers. Spotify, which
launched last year, now has more than two million users in the UK, and
more than six million across Europe.
The new service will only be available to premium subscribers, who will have to pay £10 per month for their music.
Spotify already allows users to listen to music offline via an application on their mobile phones.
Digital locks
Spotify recently also launched an application for the iPhone that allows users to temporarily download music.
A
spokesperson for the firm said the new feature is very similar to the
mobile application. Users can create a playlist whilst connected to the
net, but then choose to sync them with a computer and then listen to
the songs offline. The firm has not said whether the music will be
protected by digital rights management (DRM) software that allow rights
holders to control how their music is used.
However,
a spokesperson said that although tracks would be stored within a
folder on a hard drive, they would not be able to be played using other
music players.
The
firm said that if a customer stops paying a subscription, the playlists
will continue to exist in the folder, but the ability to listen to them
offline will be disabled.
It has not yet launched in the United States but says it intends to do so by the end of the year.
 
26. Tiscali to offer 6.5 million music downloads in monthly deals
Network World – 30 October
Tiscali.co.uk, part of the TalkTalk Group, announced the launch of its new music download service, Music for Life.
According
to Tiscali the new music download service features established and
emerging artists in every genre from rock to reggae and includes
familiar names such as Johnny Cash, Paul Weller and The White Stripes,
as well as artists of the moment like Vampire Weekend, Temper Trap and
Adele.
The site also promises in-depth music editorial and pulls in related artist content from sites such as YouTube and Wikipedia.
"The
Music for Life service will be a great boost to our entertainment
content and offers a huge range of tracks at very competitive prices,"
said Neal McCleave, Senior Director of Online at TalkTalk Group.

Section C:  Other News

26.           Free-to-air services help mobile TV market

Reuters – 30 September
According
to chip firm Telegent Systems, last uptake of free-to-air mobile TV
services in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern
Europe is breathing new life into the ailing mobile TV broadcasting
market.
Mobile
television broadcasting, the hottest new feature for cellphones only a
few years ago, has been widely picked up by consumers in Japan and
South Korea, where more than 90 percent of global mobile TV viewers
live.
Telegent
said on Wednesday it has shipped 50 million mobile TV chips —
controlling more than half of the mobile TV market, which analysts see
at around 80 million.
"The
availability of handsets that support analog broadcast TV … has
ignited the growth of free-to-air mobile TV globally," Samuel Sheng,
new CEO of Telegent, told Reuters.
"We
expect to see this (to) continue right across the world, including in
developed economies, as free-to-air handsets become available that
support the new digital TV standards emerging in those regions," said
Sheng.

27.           Singapore’s field of dreams digital media strategy

Digital Media Net – 30 September
 
Digital
media is but one of the various industries that Singapore is
aggressively supporting through government subsidies and programs. The
shining example of this approach to supporting industries is the
Fusionopolis development. Currently in it’s first stages of
construction, it is just part of the large Mediapolis collaborative to
be built one the 200-ha one-north site.
 
Mediapolis
@ one-north will be a self-contained centre providing infrastructure
for local and international businesses and activities. It will house a
wide range of media facilities including incubators, R&D
activities, content development, digital production, broadcasting,
industry-responsive education, intellectual property and digital rights
management.
The
Mediapolis project is a collaboration of four by two government bodies;
JTC Corporation as the master planner and master developer, the Media
Development Authority, the Infocomm Development Authority and the
Economic Development Board. The industry also supported by other
government agencies such as Contact Singapore. Sitting under the
Ministry of Manpower, Contact Singapore is all about attracting
offshore skills and investment to the small nation.
 

28.           IPTV Forum Japan’s Activities for CEATEC: Connecting Your TV to the Net

Business Wire – 2 October
The
IPTV Forum Japan presented a special booth at CEATEC JAPAN 2009
starting on October 6th in Chiba City’s Makuhari. The theme for the
booth’s display was Connecting Your TV to the Net, and it focused on
the nature of IPTV and how to connect household televisions to
broadband networks in terms of both present and future service options:
1. Services available based on existing IPTV Forum specifications
The
various services and devices available from different manufacturers and
providers, including "acTVila", "Hikari TV", "Yahoo! JAPAN" and more.
2. Easy-to-understand connection models linking televisions and household networks
Example connections that show you how easy it is to connect digital televisions to household networks.
3. Future broadcasting-related services that link broadcasts directly to IPTV services
A
Prototype for upcoming broadcasting-related services, brought by NHK,
the five major private broadcasters, WOWOW and device manufacturers, as
a trial for services that are expected to be available in the near
future when specifications that are currently under review are
complete.

29.           Knight Committee Offers Recommendations for Protecting News in Digital Age

Broadcasting & Cable – 2 October
The
17-member Committee on the Information Needs in a Democracy created by
the Knight Foundation and Aspen Institute issued a report, Informing
Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age containing
recommendations to preserve, protect and extend local news and
information in the digital age.
Some
of these recommendations included network neutrality, high-speed
broadband, ownership diversity, deregulation when necessary, PEG
channels in the basic tier, and more money for public
broadcasters/media but not until they reform the system.
The
recommendations will be presented to a number of officials including
current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who is slated to comment on
them at their unveiling at the Newseum in D.C., as well as U.S. Chief
Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, and National Telecommunications &
Information Administration chief Larry Strickling.

30.           Kudelski makes second bid for US software group

Swissinfo – 5 October

Swiss
digital television technology group Kudelski made a second bid to take
full ownership of interactive software maker OpenTV.

Kudelski
launched an all-cash tender offer to shareholders in the San
Francisco-based company of $1.55 (SFr1.60) per share for the 108
million shares it does not already own.
The
deal values OpenTV at $215 million and follows the rejection of
Kudeliski’s February 2009 offer of $1.35 per share, which was viewed by
OpenTV’s board as inadequate. The second offer expires on November 6.
Kudelski
became OpenTV’s majority shareholder in 2007. The Vaud-based group says
OpenTV is better off combined with Kudelski, which operates
complementary businesses, and wants to invest in research and
development in the company.
OpenTV’s software is built into 133 million digital set-top boxes and televisions worldwide.
31. YouTube Forms New Content ID Partnerships
Web Pro News – 7 October
YouTube
has announced several new partnerships with broadcast video delivery
and management companies – Harmonic, Telestream and Digital Rapids. You
tube says these partnerships will make it possible for many media
companies to provide them with reference files for their content at
about the same time it is being produced.

The idea is that
this will improve YouTube’s ability to work with major content
producers so that they don’t find their content on YouTube without
getting paid. 

"By
integrating Content ID with this technology, YouTube is effectively
inside broadcast headquarters, helping to convert footage into
reference files almost instantaneously. This is a direct integration of
YouTube into how these companies’ create and broadcast content: much
less custom work dealing with YouTube" explains YouTube Product Manager
George Salem.

32.           7digital Makes Its U.S. Debut

The Wall Street Journals Blog.com – 7 October
London-based
7digital has officially launched in the U.S. after being available in
Europe for several years. The service sells more than six million
downloadable songs and albums in the MP3 format, which can be played on
virtually any device, including iPods and iPhones.
7digital,
half-owned by music retailer HMV, has priced its songs and albums lower
than those typically seen on Apple’s iTunes Store, the biggest legal
music service. Many of 7digital’s individual tracks cost 77 cents, with
complete albums going for $7.77. Because the music is downloaded as
MP3s, there are no digital-rights-management or copy-protection
restrictions limiting how the files can be shared or accessed.  
 
 
33. MaxLinear introduces Hybrid Digital/Analog Tuner for Next-Generation TVApplications
Market Wire – 7 October
MaxLinear
Inc., a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and
mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communication
applications, announced the MxL301RF, a new low-power hybrid
digital/analog silicon tuner for the next generation of small and large
screen television applications.
 
Based
on MaxLinear’s existing digital television tuners, the MxL301RF is
designed for high-performance hybrid TV applications that require
analog as well as digital performance. The MxL301RF device offers low
power consumption, consuming only 400 mW in contrast to competing
tuners that can consume up to 1.5 watts each.
Measuring
5mm x 5mm in a 32-pin QFN package, the MxL301RF is highly integrated,
with built-in features such as a SAW filter function, LNAs, tracking
and loop filters.
 
The
device offers software configurable standards support allowing
manufacturers to design one single front end for all global markets and
then to configure the standards support on a per market basis. The
MxL301RF supports major analog and digital TV standards, including
ATSC, DVB-T, DVB-H, ISDB-T 13-segment, DMB-T (H), NTSC, PAL and SECAM.
The device also supports digital cable standards including ITU-T J.83
Annexes A and C [DVB-C] for Europe, China and India and Annex B [North
American Cable], DOCSIS, and EURODOCSIS as well as digital terrestrial
reception standards (DVB-T/H, ATSC, ISDB-T and DTMB).
The
MxL301RF is sampling now and will be available to ship in production to
key customers in Q4/2009. Contact MaxLinear for ordering information.
 
34. Disney confirms Keychest digital initiative to succeed DVD and Blu-ray
Home Cinema Choice – 21 October
Disney is planning for a world less dependent on DVD and Blu-ray. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, the company has confirmed that it is working on a new business model for the digital media age. 
Its
so-called Keychest initiative aims to solve the conundrum of how best
to distribute its content to a wide variety of platforms and devices
while maintaining robust digital rights management (DRM). At the heart
of the Disney proposal is an attempt to completely redefine the concept
of right of ownership. In the future, consumers would effectively
purchase access rights to a feature film or TV show, rather than have
physical ownership of material on a disc. One Keychest solution would
involve digital files being stored on a cloud server rather than on PCs
owned by consumers.
Time
Warner has been exploring a similar concept, which it has dubbed TV
Everywhere; this also involves users paying a subscription to view its
content on different devices.
35. Sony Licenses VIZIO Digital TV Patents
I4U News – 29 October
Today
Vizio has announced that Sony has licensed its patent portfolio for
use. Vizio claims it is continuing to expand its patent portfolio.
"We
are pleased with the result of our patent licensing efforts. It further
demonstrates the technical strength and value of VIZIO’s patent
portfolio," said Rob Brinkman, VIZIO V.P. of Operations and
Administration.
Vizio
has continued to be the most popular brand in HDTVs in America for the
last few quarters. Vizio also reports that the licensing of its patent
portfolio by Sony ends the disputes between it and Sony and that Vizio
is now a licensee of Sony’s patent portfolio.
 
36. ViXS(R) Releases New Low Power USB Media Processor Reference Design
Reuters – 29 October
ViXS
Systems Inc., a leader in highly innovative and advanced networked
multimedia solutions, today announced a new Low Power USB Stick
Reference Design, TransXmedia(TM).
The TransXmedia(TM) reference design is an USB solution, which converts multiple video formats and transforms them to allow
playback
on a wide variety of end devices. By utilizing the robust media
processing, flexible security and SoC functions of the recently
announced XCode(R) 4105, TransXmedia can easily provide manufacturers value add features without the need for any
extra
processing power from the main design. It also enables manufacturers
the ability to take advantage of the powerful 1250 DMIPS
application
processor to offload existing critical CPU intensive tasks to the
TransXmedia(TM) design or add user expanding features such
DLNA, Place Shifting, and Time Shifting without burdening any precious processing power.
 
http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS157083+29-Oct-2009+PRN20091029
 

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