18 Reasons Why..

Hong Kong, July 3, 2012 – CASBAA’s annual flagship event will take place from October 29 to November 1, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. This year’s theme, “18 Reasons Why,” illustrates how the CASBAA Convention is consistently the industry’s must attend event in the region.

With 18 markets, 18 conference sessions, 18 data snapshots and 18 holes of golf, the CASBAA Convention 2012 will feature a powerful line-up including Opening Keynote Ben Silverman (Electus) with David Zaslav (Discovery Communications), Gerhard Zeiler (Turner Broadcasting System International) as well as Robert Kyncl (Google), Richard Freudenstein (Foxtel), Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani (Al Jazeera), along with Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission)*.

Topics covered will range from redefining TV models, the changing modes of media consumption, the impact of over-the-top and digital terrestrial television services, the importance of localised content, socializing TV, and the challenges of regulating an increasingly competitive set of technologies and industries.

Additionally, case studies on how pay TV does maximise ROI along with detailed “market watches” for Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and more will be supported by workshops on cross media research, transcoding technologies, integrated subscriber marketing and ring-fencing the pirates providing useable, real world, practical tool kits.

“18 Reasons Why” not only reflects our 18 markets, but is a potent reminder that the CASBAA Convention is much more than just another conference in the diary,” said Simon Twiston Davies, CEO, CASBAA. “It’s the Asia Pacific industry annual general meeting.”

From its beginning in 1991 representing a barebones cable industry, CASBAA has emerged as the primary voice for a sector reaching 420 million connections under a footprint of 18 markets – Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

CASBAA also represents diverse sectors with member organisations drawn from pay TV channels, multichannel platforms, technology specialists, the global advertising sectors, the region’s most important regulators, Asia Pacific satellite operators, and a whole world of online and digital service providers.

As our industry recognises the vital role of collaboration, for both market growth or individual success, the CASBAA Convention is the venue where today’s leaders join forces, where ideas are explored and where business is generated.

Added Twiston Davies: “Reasons to attend are myriad but the message is clear – the CASBAA Convention 2012…can you afford to miss it?”

For more information about the CASBAA Convention 2012, please visit www.casbaaconvention.com.

Newer Media Platforms Mean Protecting TPMs, Says Content Industry

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Newer Media Platforms Mean Protecting TPMs, Says Content Industry

Digital media will transform the Indian entertainment and content industry such that consumers can obtain their favourite shows wherever they are and on whatever device. As a basis, Technological Protection Measures (TPMs) need to be recognised and protected under the law.
This was the conclusion of the panel of content industry stakeholders, presented by the LA India Film Council and Centre for Content Promotion at FICCI’s Media and Entertainment Business Conclave(MEBC), Chennai, Oct 17.

Chennai, Oct 22: Content policy makers need create proper infrastructure, which includes protection and security, transparent market access, and weeding out content theft. This becomes essential as the “long tail of movies is really happening, facilitated and enabled by new digital technology,” says Uday Singh, Managing Director, Motion Picture Dist. Association (MPDA) India.

Singh was speaking at the fourth MEBC organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Oct 17. Actor Dr Kamal Hassan is the Chairman of MEBC which celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema this year.

The panel was hosted by Isa Seow of the Centre for Content Promotion, Singapore and the LA India Film Council. In the audience were P. Murari, Advisor-President, FICCI and officials from the Indian and international film industry, Government of India and experts from industries of technology and VFX.

Films make the most financial returns during the initial months of their release. However, theatrical is not the only return-on-investment for movies given the emergence of Pay TV and other business models on platforms such as IPTV, mobile, packaged media and internet.

India’s National Telecom Policy 2011 envisions providing high speed and high quality broadband access to all village panchayats through optical fiber by the year 2014. The government intends to provide affordable and reliable broadband on demand by the year 2015 and to achieve 175 million broadband connections by the year 2017 and 600 million by the year 2020 at minimum 2 Mbps download speed. This paves the way for emerging new  business models and the need for content protection measures that are critical for the feasibility of these new delivery channels. Additionally many states in India will have digital broadcast TV in the coming months.

Speaking at the event, Isa Seow, Managing Director of the CCP provided an overview of content protection technologies and policies.

The panel discussed the role of TPMS in the above scenario and went on to chart the road ahead for India. "There is so much potential for Indian films worldwide. With current technology, many more communities worldwide can enjoy Indian movies after their theatrical release. We explored the most current aspects of digital distribution and technologies in our panel,” said Seow.

Ankan Biswas, Chairman, Digital Broadcast Council, delineated the timeline of the long tail. It begins 5-6 weeks before theatrical release with the music release and extends 3-9 months after, spanning DTH, DVD distribution, satellite licensing to TV and new media.

Joining the panel were industry experts such as Krishnan Rajagopalan, Head of Technology, Group Digital Life, Singtel, Singapore’s leading telecom provider and Paul Jackson, Chief Engineer, NDS, who discussed TPMs for Pay TV and OTT. NDS leads markets in conditional access, middleware and digital video recorder software.

A Council publication commissioned from Ernst & Young titled “Monetizing Your Content In A Digital World” was released during the panel discussion. “Successful digital monetization in a fragmented landscape depends on sharp customer targeting, providing enhanced value in entertainment experiences and seamless integration of targeted advertising micropayment mechanisms. Media owners who rework their business models based on these parameters will be valued in the future,” said Raghav Anand, Segment Champion Digital Media, Ernst & Young.

About the LA India Film Council

Established in November of 2010 by a Joint Declaration between the City of Los Angeles and the Indian Film Industry, the Los Angeles India Film Council was formed to facilitate and strengthen motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection, and commercial cooperation between the two communities. The current Governing Council members are: Film Federation Of India, Film and Television Producers Guild of India, National Film Development Corporation, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, AP Film Chambers, California Film Commission, Office of the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles , MovieLabs, Technicolor India, DQ Entertainment, Reliance MediaWorks, Prime Focus, Peter Law Group, Whistling Woods International, Film and Television Institute of India, University of Southern California— School of Cinematic Arts, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and Motion Picture Dist. Association (India) Pvt. Ltd. For more information, visit: www.laindiafilmcouncil.org

About CCP        

The Centre for Content Promotion (CCP) is a consortium of industry stakeholders dedicated to digital and analogue content creation, technological standards and innovation, legitimate business models, and secure delivery.
As the primary service to all its members the CCP works to generate awareness and education to the government, industry and public. We organise training seminars, public relations campaigns, and cross-industry cooperation that engender respect for content creation and secure delivery.

Importantly, the CCP is an avenue to create an understanding and ecosystem between technology providers, service providers, content providers and regulators.

CCP hosts their site at http://www.contentpromotion.net/
In Singapore: isa_seow@contentpromotion.net
In India: annathomas@contentpromotion.net or anukurien@yahoo.com
Tel: 9500147304


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CCP at WIPO International Music Registry, Geneva

Isa Seow, Managing Director of the Centre for Content Promotion is formally invited to attend and participate in the United Nations World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) conference on the subject of the International Music Registry (IMR) . The conference will be held 13-15 November 2012 in Geneva and will address the need for an international music registry for composers worldwide.

Thereafter in November Isa Seow will be teaching at the Republic Polytechnic in Singapore as its Senior Academic in the Department of Technology for the Arts beginning December 2012.

 

 

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International Panel – FICCI Conclave – Oct 17, Chennai

International Panel for FICCI Conclave

Event: FICCI Media and Entertainment Business Conclave
Venue: Sheraton Park Hotel and Towers, Chennai, India
Date: Oct 17, 11.30 am

The Centre for Content Promotion (CCP), based in Singapore, will present a panel of specialists at the FICCI Media and Entertainment Business conclave (MEBC), Chennai on Oct 17.

The panel will discuss the ‘long-tail" of movies and the role of Technological Protection Measures (TPMs).

Movies make the majority of their financial returns during the initial months of their release. In the current context, theatrical releases are not the only return on investments for films, especially with the rise of Pay TV and other business models on platforms such as the Internet; IPTV, mobile, new media. Technology and its accompanying digital rights are central in enabling new business models that meet consumer needs. The session will explore the “long-tail” of movie distribution; the role of security that enables new delivery channels and TPMs that drive this phenomenon.

As a part of FICCI’s initiatives to facilitate business further in regions within India and with an aim to bring the rich potential of the Indian Entertainment Market to the forefront of the global media & entertainment industry, FICCI organizes MEBCs in various Indian cities.

Legendary actor, producer and film-maker Dr Kamal Haasan is the chairman of MEBC.

Dr Haasan has remarked, "I am very happy to be guiding FICCI’s first ever initiative of this kind and to be associated with FICCI. We hope to be of genuine and substantial benefit to the Southern entertainment industry and help in bringing international participation to the conclave and enriching its content in every possible way.’

Panelists from the CCP and the Los Angeles India Film Council are Krishnan Rajagopalan, Head of Technology, Group Digital Life, Singtel Ankan Biswas, Chairman, Digital Broadcast Council, Consumer Electronics Appliances Manufacturers Association Paul Jackson, Chief Engineer, NDS Uday Singh, Managing Director, MPAA(India) Dr.Nagendra S,Head, Sales and Strategy, Ignis Technology Solutions Moderator: Isa Seow, Managing Director, Centre for Content Promotion

About CCP         
The Centre for Content Promotion (CCP) is a consortium of industry stakeholders dedicated to digital and analogue content creation, technological standards and innovation, legitimate business models, and secure delivery.

As the primary service to all its members the CCP works to generate awareness and education to the government, industry and public. We organise training seminars, public relations campaigns, and cross-industry cooperation that engender respect for content creation and secure delivery.
Importantly, the CCP is an avenue to create an understanding and ecosystem between technology providers, service providers, content providers and regulators.

Services
The CCP has an online offering of core services that it provides to all Members. The CCP provides important updates on content and technology developments, potential markets, developments in the field, seminars, conferences, basic “primer” documents, standardization activities, training and consulting, web and mailing lists, encouraging young leaders in the field, networking sessions and other priorities.

Other aspects could include liaison to government regulators in Asia Pacific, speaking opportunities, public relations and consumer advocacy, and finally, the capacity for special projects to be undertaken at members’ request. For more information, visit http://www.contentpromotion.net/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=45
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