Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) December 2017 Volume 34, Issue 10 NEWS & VIEWS W O R L D I N B R I E F FCC set to repeal net neutrality rules WASHINGTON – The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to scrap net neutrality rules put in place in 2015, which called for broadband Internet to be regulated as a public utility. Such a move, said FCC chairman Ajit Pai, will ensure that the Federal government stop “micromanaging the Internet”. 5 NEWS & VIEWS December 2017 6 CREATION 16 MANAGEMENT 20 DISTRIBUTION | DECEMBER 2017 | VOLUME 34 | ISSUE 10 22 X-PLATFORM 24 Time is ripe to adopt & plan for broadcast IP Sports fans not keen on streaming service CHICAGO – A recent survey from US-based Phenix and research firm YouGov found that the majority of sports fans in the US (63%) are reluctant to sign up or re-subscribe to a live streaming service for sports, citing reasons such as the perceived lag to tra- ditional broadcast. 2018 FIFA World Cup to be shot in 4K/UHD ZURICH – World football govern- ing body FIFA has announced that all 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be shot in 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) + high dyna­ mic range (HDR). Also available to fans is the option of following the matches in virtual reality (VR). In Hong Kong at the SMPTE HK Section 23rd Anniversary Event, APB, in collaboration with systems integrator Ideal Systems, inaugurated the IP Seminar series entitled Professional Media over IP: Building a future-proof media facility. by josephine tan HONG KONG/SINGAPORE – 2017 has been the year where the broadcast industry has made a deep dive into IP. Over the course of the past months, more IP solutions have been implemented within media facilities than the years before. For instance, the BBC Wales’ new head- quarters was the first BBC faci­lity in the UK to deploy IP across both production and broadcast opera- tions; and NEP Australia’s new IP- enabled production hubs in Sydney Following the successful seminar in Hong Kong on November 3, the IP Seminar moved to Singapore on November 6 to cater to broadcasters and media companies in the South-east Asian region keen to upskill their IP knowledge. and Melbourne were also designed based on an IP core. The ongoing transition to IP has been further backed by several media organisations, notably the Society of Motion Pictures and Televisions Engineers (SMPTE), with the approval of the first standards within SMPTE ST 2110. The broadcast industry also witnessed many IP interoperability showcases, which gradually ex- panded in scale, across major trade events in the year. In Asia itself, visitor s to 8 8 Putting a CAP on content theft across Asia HONG KONG – Consumer adoption of Inter- net content delivery platforms is presenting a prime opportunity for content creators and distributors to engage with previously unreach- able audiences. Unfortunately, this has also fostered an expectation of “getting something for nothing” among some consumers, lamented Neil Gane, general manager, Coalition Against Piracy (CAP). Driven by CASBAA, CAP brings together leading video content creators and distributors across Asia to join the global fight against con- tent theft. “Our goal is to disrupt, diminish and dismantle pirate enterprises across the region,” Gane told APB. He is also keen to highlight that while the damage that content theft does to the creative industries is not disputed, less understood is the damage done to consumers themselves. “Users’ appetite for free or cheap subscrip- tion rates for stolen content, blinkers them from the very real risks of malware infection,” Gane explained. 8 8 S h r i n k Y o u r A r c h i v e A n d Y o u r C o s t s E x p e n s i v e HS M Ma i n t e n a n c e ? C o n t a c t u s n o w www. i d e a l s y s . c o m L T O- 4 = 800 GB L T O- 5 = 1. 5 T B L T O- 6 = 2. 5 T B L T O- 7 = 6 T B I t ’ s me t o Mi g r a t e t o L T O- 8 a nd Cl oud L T O- 8 = 12 T B A R C HI V E S OL UT I ONS