CCP Industry Updates – June

CCP June industry Updates
ILLEGAL REDISTRIBUTION OF FREE-TO-AIR SIGNALS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

It seems that for years, TV programming in the islands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) have been illegally obtained from free-to-air regional sources. No action was taken about the issue until recently when some local providers in PNG weretaken to court for using broadcast signals from places such as Australia and New Zealand, and re-importing them into the Pacific islands. This development was reported at a recent AIBD conference in Beijing.

According to sources, FijiTV filed a case in PNG regarding the illegal redistribution of its broadcast signals. FijiTV held the exclusive rights for Channel Nine yet found other operators illicitly acquiring the same material for rebroadcast on their pay TV services. There is a case ongoing.

Channels such as ABC Australia and SBS Australia that should be legitimately broadcasting these regions are “stolen” by operators who do not have the distribution rights. It is alleged that up to 7 or 8 out of 15 channels provided by Pay TV operators in Vanuatu and Samoa are pirated. It is unclear if these rebroadcasts have official approvals or have been purchased.

Legitimate rights owners sometimes choose not to prosecute or take any action on the problem, even when the piracy is brought to their attention. The reasoning is because the damage caused is considered small, while the costs involved inpursuing the infringements themselves are high.

Mydrmspace is touted as the first online platform that enables anyone from general consumers to media specialists to embed rights information into their digital files for the purpose of copyright protection. According to its website, these digital watermarks are irremovable and inconspicuous when signed onto multimedia content such as music, audio book and video files. Registered users to Mydrmspace can also access an online community that allows users to upload and develop personalized watermark coders and decoders.
(Source: http://mydrmspace.com/)

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) applied for a waiver in the courts to adopt a new content protection solution. The USA’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has accepted the MPAA’s proposal on "Selectable OutputControl" (SOC). SOC will allow studios or content owners to remotely disable analog outputs on cable and satellite broadcasts of video-on-demand movies to home televisions.

The reasoning behind this scheme is that content owners will offer more high-definition (HD) titles for direct home viewing since their copyright protection is guaranteed. SOC will block consumers from utilizing an analog connection to pirate a copy for illegal redistribution over the Internet.

Content owners want SOC in place before they implement HD movies piped into the home, and possibly even for films that are still showing in theaters.

(Source:http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2010/05/fcc_accepts_mpaa_selectable_ou.html)

SAMSUNG ADOPTS PLAYREADY

 
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced plans to include Microsoft PlayReady technology into its consumer products by 2012.
 
With PlayReady compatibility in mobile phones, digital video players, and televisions, Samsung will make it easier for consumers to access and transfer protected digital content across a wide range of mobile devices.  Microsoft’s PlayReady is an open DRM system that supports a broad range of media formats.It can be applied to almost any type of digital content, including video,games, and photographic images.
 
(Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/15/samsung-microsoft-work-playready-drm-support-into-upcoming-devi/)
COMPETITION COMMISSION BREAKS UP DTH CARTEL IN INDIA
 
The Competition Commission of India found major direct-to-home (DTH) operators TataSky, Dish TV and Reliance’s Big TV guilty of unfair competition for not allowing “technical interoperability”.

Currently, DTH subscribers are not allowed to move from one service provider to another without having to reinvest in a new set-top box (STB) and a dish. This is in breach of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) guidelines that states STBs must be able to read the feeds of more than one service provider.


(Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Break-DTH-cartel–make-one-set-top-box-work-for-all–Competition-panel/566411)
 
INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (IDA) OF SINGAPORE SEEKS CONSULTATION
 
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is seeking a second round of reviews regarding its IPTV set-top box design dubbed "Project NIMS."
 
As part of Project NIMS Phase 2, IDA is proceeding with building a box that allows multiple content providers to operate through one standardized platform. The set-top box also aims to work on multiple networks such as DTT or IPTV networks.
 
The set-top box initiative takes place amidst the review of competition and cross-carriage rules that have been on the forefront of news media attention in Singapore. 7-8 groups have presented their working demos to the IDA and the ITU in Singapore recently, and in the hopes of establishing their particular solution.
 
(Source: http://www.mda.gov.sg/REPORTS/CONSULTATIONREPORTS/Pages/NIMSIndustryDialogue.aspx)
 
DIGITAL BRITAIN ANTI-PIRACY LEVY TO EASE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENTS
 
The British Government is seeking to set up a government Rights Agency to track suspected online copyright infringers and report their activities to copyright owners. The government would impose on the ISPs a £20 (US $29) per subscriber annual levy for this service.
 
However, there is some question on the effectiveness of the proposed Rights Agency as ISPs could then push the cost of the levy down to consumers.  ISP subscribers could be paying an additional tax of £1.67 (US$2.40) per month, a move that could be seen as punishing the consumer for fellow users’ alleged misconduct.
 
(Source: http://copyrightandtechnology.com/2009/01/30/digital-britain-report-calls-for-isp-antipiracy-levy/)

LOCATION BASED CONTENT PROTECTION

 
A new patent has been filed for an invention that can encode multimedia content with location-based authenticating data for secure distribution.
 
The invention applies to any content-creating device that allows a user to record visual or audio images, such as digital cameras, and digital audio recorders. The invention will automatically encode the content with verification data from its point of origin.
 
This invention addresses the increasing need for secure data protection by enabling consumers and providers to effectively authenticate its source.  There are similar patents in this area.
 
(Source: http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/7617542/description.html)

USD$51 MILLION DOLLAR JUDGEMENT FOR TPM CASE

 
A federal court in Florida has slapped Robert Ward with a US$51 million summary judgment for distributing software that aided in the theft of Dish Network signals.
 
According to Dish, the court held that posting software on the Internet that allows people to receive its signals for free violates the Communications Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The court also ruled that damages could be calculated based on the number of people who downloaded the software, rather than on how many people actually used it to steal the broadcast signals.
 
(Source: http://www.ftaprofessionals.tv/fta-news-announcements/6893-51-million-awarded-dn-anti-piracy-case.html)

GUY BERGER ON PROTECTING BROADCAST SIGNALS AND THE BROADCAST TREATY
 
On an AIBD Panel discussion in Beijing recently, Professor Guy Berger used a case study of the Soccer World Cup to discuss the acute issues regarding the protection of broadcast signals.

He said: "Hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world will be watching the Soccer World Cup kick-off on a pirate basis, and there’s not much that Fifa or the broadcasters can do about it. Global copyright authorities are still debating ways to combat broadcast piracy.

 
The issue is whether to extend protection of property in the content itself, to the ownership of the electronic signal that carries the content. The issue is ongoing at the World Intellectual Property Organization (Wipo), and driven by vested interests who are specially affected by unauthorized re-streaming of live sports events."
 
Professor Berger is a pre-eminent lecturer and academic in the field of broadcast and content protection.
 
(Source: http://za.mg.co.za/article/2010-06-03-stealing-world-cup-coverage)

SONIC SOLUTIONS JOINS FORCES WITH DIVX

 
Sonic Solutions and DivX became prominent brands in digital media as the Internet transformed that business. Now they are trying a more radical step: joining forces.
 
Sonic, based in the Northern California city of Novato, announced early Wednesday that it will buy DivX for cash valued at about US$320 million.
 
Sonic wants to be the market leader in providing Internet movie distribution for major film studios, a position it hopes to cement in its merger with DivX.
 
(Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/06/02/sonic-hopes-divx-provides-a-leg-up-in-move-to-the-cloud/)

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:
CANALPLUS LAUNCHES VIETNAM DTH PLATFORM
 
System is protected by NAGRAVISION. See Media Research Asia.com

MYTV DEBUTS NEW TV

 
A new Ukrainian DTH platform, MYtv, has begun trial test broadcasts on the recently launched Thor 6 satellite at one degree West. MYtv is an Israeli-backed service, employing XTV technology, MediaHighway middleware and VideoGuard conditional access supplied by NDS. It was previously undertaking trial broadcasts on two transponders on Thor 3. MYtv plans to offer over 80 channels plus additional services as push VOD, PPV and interactive channels through DVB-S2, MPEG-4 HD PVRs.

MALAYSIA REVIEWING DTT BOX DESIGN

 
Malaysia is conducting a major review on its program to implement a new DTT box for nation-wide use.
With this review, Malaysia is close to completing its DTT transformation and takes a leap in the digitization efforts of the ASEAN region. In meetings with various important industry players, the Malaysian Digital Terrestrial Initiative will soon reveal a new DTT box design. At present, only the Astro B.yond box serves HD subscribers in Malaysia.
 
(Source: http://www.astro.com.my/byond/decoder.asp)

PIRATE ETHERNET BOXES FOR SALE

 
(REPORT FORM CCP REGARDING PIRATE BOXES) On a recent visit to Sim Lim Square, CCP’s Isa Seow discovered for sale electronic box-shaped machines that allow consumers to stream illegally obtained film content into their television sets. These devices are small, usually cost less than US$150 and when activated, direct the consumer towards web streaming sources for the latest TV shows and movies. One model encountered featured a dynamic menu system that allowed the consumer to have any the pirated content desired streamed directly into their televisions. The menu system was user-friendly and efficient. It updated itself constantly for any new releases, displayed the featured movie’s cover-artwork, and included options to stream in HD. To demonstrate the device’s capabilities, the shop downloaded the blockbuster “Avatar” in HD.
 
The implications are staggering. Imagine this: a consumer can purchase this box from the local electronics store, and receive free and unlimited Pay TV and illegal content from China-based websites forever. As a bonus, the streaming video comes with picture stills and cover artwork of selected movies, complete with helpful write-ups. In the long run, could this mean goodbye for local broadcasters and Pay TV providers?

FAKE IPADS MADE IN CHINA

 
According to Shanzai.com, there are no less than 9 Chinese versions of the iPad to date, with probably more to come. In one posting, the website compared a Chinese product, the Cynovo C7, with the Apple iPad. It stresses that for a similar price to the iPad, the Cynovo C7 included many more applications.
 
Shanzai.com specializes on tracking the products, trends and reach of China’s technological culture. Interestingly, the website seems to be dedicated to highlighting the many electronics imitations and fakes made in China.
 
(Source: http://www.shanzai.com/index.php/bandit-gadgets/31/1123)

CHINESE MANUFACTURER TO SUE APPLE FOR iPAD DESIGN

 
According to Shanzai.com, a Chinese manufacturer may sue Apple for the iPad design.
 
In October last year, Chinese manufacturer, Shenzhen Great Long Brother, launched a tablet computer designed to look like an enlarged iPhone. Six months later, Apple released its iPad, also based on its iPhone design.
 
The two designs are similar, prompting anger from Great Long’s CEO, Wu Xiaolong. "I was very angry and flabbergasted,” he said. “It is certainly our design.” 
 
According to Wu, Great Long applied for a patent on their tablet back in May 2009, presumably in China. Wu added, "If the iPad enters the Chinese market, we will sue them this spring."
 
(Source: http://www.shanzai.com/index.php/market-mayhem/news/656-shanzhai-calls-the-ipad-a-clone-plans-to-take-apple-to-court-in-china)

CCP Industry Updates – June

CCP June industry Updates


 

ILLEGAL REDISTRIBUTION OF FREE-TO-AIR SIGNALS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

 

It seems thatfor years, TV programming in the islands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) have beenillegally obtained from free-to-air regional sources.

 

No actionwas taken about the issue until recently when some local providers in PNG weretaken to court for using broadcast signals from places such as Australia andNew Zealand, and re-importing them into the Pacific islands. This developmentwas reported at a recent AIBD conference in Beijing.

 

Accordingto sources, FijiTV filed a case in PNG regarding the illegal redistribution ofits broadcast signals. FijiTV held the exclusive rights for Channel Nine yetfound other operators illicitly acquiring the same material for rebroadcast ontheir pay TV services. There is a case ongoing.

 

Channelssuch as ABC Australia and SBS Australia that should be legitimately broadcastin these regions are “stolen” by operators who do not have the distributionrights. It is alleged that up to 7 or 8 out of 15 channels provided by Pay TVoperators in Vanuatu and Samoa are pirated. It is unclear if these rebroadcastshave official approvals or have been purchased.

 

Legitimaterights owners sometimes choose not to prosecute or take any action on theproblem, even when the piracy is brought to their attention. The reasoning isbecause the damage caused is considered small, while the costs involved inpursuing the infringements themselves are high.

 

 (Source: CCP)

 

 

"CONSUMER” DRM

 

Mydrmspaceis touted as the first online platform that enables anyone from generalconsumers to media specialists to embed rights information into their digitalfiles for the purpose of copyright protection. According to its website, thesedigital watermarks are irremovable and inconspicuous when signed ontomultimedia content such as music, audio book and video files. Registered usersto Mydrmspace can also access an online community that allows users to uploadand develop personalized watermark coders and decoders.

 

(Source: http://mydrmspace.com/)

 

 

SELECTABLE OUTPUT CONTROL

 

TheMotion Picture Association of America (MPAA) applied for a waiver in the courtsto adopt a new content protection solution. The USA’s Federal CommunicationsCommission (FCC) has accepted the MPAA’s proposal on "Selectable OutputControl" (SOC). SOC will allow studios or content owners to remotely disableanalog outputs on cable and satellite broadcasts of video-on-demand movies tohome televisions.

 

Thereasoning behind this scheme is that content owners will offer morehigh-definition (HD) titles for direct home viewing since their copyrightprotection is guaranteed. SOC will block consumers from utilizing an analogconnection to pirate a copy for illegal redistribution over the Internet.

 

Contentowners want SOC in place before they implement HD movies piped into the home,and possibly even for films that are still showing in theaters.

 

(Source:http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2010/05/fcc_accepts_mpaa_selectable_ou.html)

 

 

SAMSUNG ADOPTS PLAYREADY

 

SamsungElectronics Co. Ltd. announced plans to include Microsoft PlayReady technologyinto its consumer products by 2012.

 

WithPlayReady compatibility in mobile phones, digital video players, and televisions,Samsung will make it easier for consumers to access and transfer protecteddigital content across a wide range of mobile devices.

 

Microsoft’sPlayReady is an open DRM system that supports a broad range of media formats.It can be applied to almost any type of digital content, including video,games, and photographic images.

 

(Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/15/samsung-microsoft-work-playready-drm-support-into-upcoming-devi/)

 

 

COMPETITIONCOMMISSION BREAKS UP DTH CARTEL IN INDIA

 

TheCompetition Commission of India found major direct-to-home (DTH) operators TataSky, Dish TV and Reliance’s Big TV guilty of unfair competition for notallowing “technical interoperability”. 

 

Currently,DTH subscribers are not allowed to move from one service provider to anotherwithout having to reinvest in a new set-top box (STB) and a dish. This is inbreach of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) guidelines that statesSTBs must be able to read the feeds of more than one service provider.

 

(Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Break-DTH-cartel–make-one-set-top-box-work-for-all–Competition-panel/566411)

 

 

INFOCOMMDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (IDA) OF SINGAPORE SEEKS CONSULTATION

 

TheInfocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is seeking a second round ofreviews regarding its IPTV set-top box design dubbed "Project NIMS."

 

As partof Project NIMS Phase 2, IDA is proceeding with building a box that allowsmultiple content providers to operate through one standardized platform. Theset-top box also aims to work on multiple networks such as DTT or IPTVnetworks.

 

Theset-top box initiative takes place amidst the review of competition andcross-carriage rules that have been on the forefront of news media attention inSingapore. 7-8 groups have presented their working demos to the IDA and the ITUin Singapore recently, and in the hopes of establishing their particularsolution.

 

(Source: http://www.mda.gov.sg/REPORTS/CONSULTATIONREPORTS/Pages/NIMSIndustryDialogue.aspx)

 

 

DIGITAL BRITAIN ANTI-PIRACY LEVY TO EASE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENTS

 

TheBritish Government is seeking to set up a government Rights Agency to tracksuspected online copyright infringers and report their activities to copyrightowners. The government would impose on the ISPs a £20 (US $29) per subscriberannual levy for this service.

 

However,there is some question on the effectiveness of the proposed Rights Agency asISPs could then push the cost of the levy down to consumers.  ISP subscribers could be paying anadditional tax of £1.67 (US$2.40) per month, a move that could be seen aspunishing the consumer for fellow users’ alleged misconduct.

 

(Source: http://copyrightandtechnology.com/2009/01/30/digital-britain-report-calls-for-isp-antipiracy-levy/)

 

 

LOCATION BASED CONTENT PROTECTION

 

A newpatent has been filed for an invention that can encode multimedia content withlocation-based authenticating data for secure distribution.

 

Theinvention applies to any content-creating device that allows a user to recordvisual or audio images, such as digital cameras, and digital audio recorders.The invention will automatically encode the content with verification data fromits point of origin.

 

Thisinvention addresses the increasing need for secure data protection by enablingconsumers and providers to effectively authenticate its source.  There are similar patents in this area.

 

(Source: http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/7617542/description.html)

 

 

USD$51 MILLION DOLLAR JUDGEMENT FOR TPM CASE

 

A federalcourt in Florida has slapped Robert Ward with a US$51 million summary judgmentfor distributing software that aided in the theft of Dish Network signals.

 

Accordingto Dish, the court held that posting software on the Internet that allowspeople to receive its signals for free violates the Communications Act and theDigital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The court also ruled that damagescould be calculated based on the number of people who downloaded the software,rather than on how many people actually used it to steal the broadcast signals.

 

(Source: http://www.ftaprofessionals.tv/fta-news-announcements/6893-51-million-awarded-dn-anti-piracy-case.html)

 

 

GUY BERGER ON PROTECTING BROADCAST SIGNALS AND THE BROADCAST TREATY

 

On anAIBD Panel discussion in Beijing recently, Professor Guy Berger used a casestudy of the Soccer World Cup to discuss the acute issues regarding theprotection of broadcast signals.

 

He said:"Hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world will be watching theSoccer World Cup kick-off on a pirate basis, and there’s not much that Fifa orthe broadcasters can do about it. Global copyright authorities are stilldebating ways to combat broadcast piracy. The issue is whether to extendprotection of property in the content itself, to the ownership of theelectronic signal that carries the content. The issue is ongoing at the WorldIntellectual Property Organization (Wipo), and driven by vested interests whoare specially affected by unauthorized re-streaming of live sportsevents."

 

ProfessorBerger is a pre-eminent lecturer and academic in the field of broadcast andcontent protection.

 

(Source: http://za.mg.co.za/article/2010-06-03-stealing-world-cup-coverage)

 

 

SONIC SOLUTIONS JOINS FORCES WITH DIVX

 

SonicSolutions and DivX became prominent brands in digital media as the Internettransformed that business. Now they are trying a more radical step: joiningforces.

 

Sonic,based in the Northern California city of Novato, announced early Wednesday thatit will buy DivX for cash valued at about US$320 million.

 

Sonicwants to be the market leader in providing Internet movie distribution for majorfilm studios, a position it hopes to cement in its merger with DivX.

 

(Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/06/02/sonic-hopes-divx-provides-a-leg-up-in-move-to-the-cloud/)

 

 

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

 

CANALPLUS LAUNCHES VIETNAM DTH PLATFORM

 

System isprotected by NAGRAVISION. See Media Research Asia.com

 

 

MYTV DEBUTS NEW TV

 

A newUkrainian DTH platform, MYtv, has begun trial test broadcasts on the recentlylaunched Thor 6 satellite at one degree West. MYtv is an Israeli-backed service,employing XTV technology, MediaHighway middleware and VideoGuard conditionalaccess supplied by NDS. It was previously undertaking trial broadcasts on twotransponders on Thor 3. MYtv plans to offer over 80 channels plus additional servicesas push VOD, PPV and interactive channels through DVB-S2, MPEG-4 HD PVRs.

 

 

MALAYSIA REVIEWING DTT BOX DESIGN

 

Malaysia is conducting a major review on its program to implement a newDTT box for nation-wide use.

With thisreview, Malaysia is close to completing its DTT transformation and takes a leapin the digitization efforts of the ASEAN region. In meetings with variousimportant industry players, the Malaysian Digital Terrestrial Initiative willsoon reveal a new DTT box design. At present, only the Astro B.yond box servesHD subscribers in Malaysia.

 

(Source: http://www.astro.com.my/byond/decoder.asp) 

 

PIRATEETHERNET BOXES FOR SALE

 

(REPORTFORM CCP REGARDING PIRATE BOXES) On a recent visit to Sim Lim Square, CCP’s IsaSeow discovered for sale electronic box-shaped machines that allow consumers tostream illegally obtained film content into their television sets. Thesedevices are small, usually cost less than US$150 and when activated, direct theconsumer towards web streaming sources for the latest TV shows and movies. One modelencountered featured a dynamic menu system that allowed the consumer to have anythe pirated content desired streamed directly into their televisions. The menusystem was user-friendly and efficient. It updated itself constantly for anynew releases, displayed the featured movie’s cover-artwork, and includedoptions to stream in HD. To demonstrate the device’s capabilities, the shopdownloaded the blockbuster “Avatar” in HD.

 

Theimplications are staggering. Imagine this: a consumer can purchase this boxfrom the local electronics store, and receive free and unlimited Pay TV and illegalcontent from China-based websites forever. As a bonus, the streaming videocomes with picture stills and cover artwork of selected movies, complete withhelpful write-ups. In the long run, could this mean goodbye for localbroadcasters and Pay TV providers?

 

FAKE IPADS MADE IN CHINA

According toShanzai.com, there are no less than 9 Chinese versions of the iPad to date,with probably more to come. In one posting, the website compared a Chineseproduct, the Cynovo C7, with the Apple iPad. It stresses that for a similarprice to the iPad, the Cynovo C7 included many more applications.

Shanzai.comspecializes on tracking the products, trends and reach of China’s technologicalculture. Interestingly, the website seems to be dedicated to highlighting themany electronics imitations and fakes made in China.

(Source: http://www.shanzai.com/index.php/bandit-gadgets/31/1123)

 

CHINESE MANUFACTURER TO SUE APPLE FOR iPAD DESIGN

According toShanzai.com, a Chinese manufacturer may sue Apple for the iPad design.

In October lastyear, Chinese manufacturer, Shenzhen Great Long Brother, launched a tabletcomputer designed to look like an enlarged iPhone. Six months later, Applereleased its iPad, also based on its iPhone design.

The two designsare similar, prompting anger from Great Long’s CEO, Wu Xiaolong. "I wasvery angry and flabbergasted,” he said. “It is certainly our design.”  

According to Wu,Great Long applied for a patent on their tablet back in May 2009, presumably inChina. Wu added, "If the iPad enters the Chinese market, we will sue themthis spring."

(Source: http://www.shanzai.com/index.php/market-mayhem/news/656-shanzhai-calls-the-ipad-a-clone-plans-to-take-apple-to-court-in-china)

 

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Pictures from our latest CCP Meetup (June 17, 2010)

 

 

CCP organised a drinks session for Broadcast Asia 2010 attendees and our CCP members on June 17 2010 at Mana Mana, East Coast.
View the pictures of our drinks session here!

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