Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) April 2018 Volume 35, Issue 3

@ 7 NEWS & BroadcastAsia VIEWS April 2018 Show News a publicaaon that will connect ideas, inspiraaons & innovaaons during the BroadcastAsia show in Singapore from 26 - 28 June 2018 NEWS & VIEWS W O R L D I N B R I E F Twitter inks sports content deals in Asia SINGAPORE – Twitter has an- nounced nine new sports content partnerships in Asia-Pacific, which will see content from the likes of Astro Malaysia and Eleven Sports Singapore featured on its social media platform. BT Sport trials HD HDR LONDON – For a recent UEFA Champions League football match at London’s Wembley Stadium, BT Sports showcased what it calls the “world’s first” HD HDR broadcast to mobile, via a 4G network. HD HDR is said to provide a better mobile experience and is less data intensive for both the mobile network and the user’s data con- sumption than 4K/Ultra HD. ‘Word of mouth’ key to content discovery LOS ANGELES – A new report from data analytics firm Parrot Analytics has revealed that ‘word of mouth’ recommendations are still the predominant way new content is discovered, on both offline and online platforms. 6 CREATION 22 MANAGEMENT 26 DISTRIBUTION | APRIL 2018 30 | VOLUME 35 X-PLATFORM | ISSUE 3 32 Stay resolute in fight to preserve C-band for FSS BY SHAWN LIEW WASHINGTON – Satel- lite service providers Intelsat and SES have announced an align- ment on a proposal to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which seeks to “protect the wide array of established satellite services in the 3700-4200MHz C-band downlink spectrum while opening a specified portion of that spectrum for terrestrial mobile use.” As 5G networks The proposal, announced are being readied for earlier this year, builds on an roll-out around initial proposal put forth by the world, there have been calls to allocate Intelsat and Intel last Octo- more spectrum for mobile services, including C-band spectrum. However, in regions such as ber, and sets a commercial and technical framework Asia-Pacific, C-band satellite services remain vital in reaching out to large populations. that would enable wireless operators to quickly access ap- proximately 100MHz of nationwide C-band downlink spectrum in the US, thus speeding the deployment of next-generation 5G services, said Intelsat and SES. It is widely expected that by 2020 a number of 5G networks will be launched globally — and they will require more spectrum to operate in. What this new proposal entails is the voluntary clearing of satel- lite users from the 3700-3800MHz in order to accommodate ter- restrial mobile services, an APSCC spokesperson told APB. “Under this proposal, the remaining 3800- 4200MHz of the C-band would be secured for satellite use, and fair compensation would be paid to the affected parties. “This ensures that most of the standard C-band can still be used to support the thousands of US cable and broadcast channels be- ing distributed via C-band satellites today.” The proposals from Intel, Intel- sat and SES are a respond to spe- cific conditions in the US, highlights John Mederios, chief policy officer, CASBAA. These conditions, he ex- plained, include huge geographic scope covered by a single regulator, and across temperate zones that predominately do not experience tropical rains. “While other regulators will no doubt study the US model when it is fully implemented, it is not a tem- plate for solutions that could be imported to the rest of the world,” Mederios said. “More specifically, it is not a scheme that could be used successfully in the tropical zones of Asia-Pacific.” In this region, C-band satellites continue to play an “irreplaceable role” in ensuring video distribution 8 8 Is IP for real-time media right for you? SINGAPORE – The transition to 100% IP infra- structure in media facilities is certainly inevitable, said Michel Proulx, media industry technologist and ex-CTO of Miranda Technologies. This transition, he told APB, is being driven by several factors, including systems used in TV production and playout becoming increas- ingly software-based. “In some instances, the software systems are being virtualised so that Ar e Y ou Dr ea mi ng About A Cl oud Br oa dc a s t F a c i l i t y Ca pa bl e Of 4K, OTT , MAM, E di ng And Remot e Pr oduc on facilities can be more agile and flexible,” Proulx said. “The replacement of SDI by IP makes it easier to transition to software and virtualised software solutions.” He also identified the emergence of “economically priced” 25/100GE, and soon 100/200GE networking products, which make it possible for broadcasters to build signal routing infrastructure that supports both HD and 4K/ Ultra HD (UHD) signals economically. “The idea of any infrastructure that is format- agnostic and future-proof is of great interest for most broadcasters as the transition to 4K/UHD is likely to occur slowly over the next five to10 years,” said Proulx, while acknowledging that the transition to IP for uncompressed media transport is “still very young”. 8 8 We Bui l d Y our Dr ea ms www. i de a l s y s . c om