Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) January/February 2016 Volume 33, Issue 1

NEWS & VIEWS January-February 2016 5 M | JANUARY- FEBRUARY 2016 | VOLUME 33 | ISSUE 1 NEWS & VIEWS W O R L D I N B R I E F SAPPRFT unveils new STB operating system BEIJING – China’s State Adminis- tration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) and the Ministry of Industry and In- formation Technology have joint- ly released a new STB operating system. Called TV OS 2.0, it is released with SAPPRFT placing the priority on managing and monitoring video content; STBs that do not run on TV OS 2.0 will reportedly be outlawed. 6 CREATION MANAGEMENT 24 DISTRIBUTION 30 Will broadcast IP gain momentum? by shawn liew IoT’s value to rise in 2016 LAS VEGAS – The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has predicted that the Internet of Things (IoT) will set a record US$287 billion in retail revenue this year. With a number of TV manufacturers announcing IoT connectivity on their TV sets at CES 2016, the CTA projected 27 million smartTV units will be sold this year. Homing in on 4K MUMBAI – Indian DTH TV service Videocon d2h has declared that 4K/UHD content is the future, as it gears up to offer a plethora of 4K/UHD services in 2016. Saurabh Dhoot, executive chairman of Videocon d2h, said that the company would be focusing on providing a variety of content as the demand for 4K/UHD content continues to increase and evolve. 16 Be agile — scan the horizon for emerging trends impacting the broadcast industry. SINGAPORE – The year that was saw an increasingly number of broadcasters around the world, including those in Asia-Pacific, exploring the possibilities of inte- grating IP into traditional broadcast workflows and infrastructures. While not exactly enjoying main- stream status yet, 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) has continued to make encouraging, if cautious, strides towards real-world deployment. Will these technology trends prevail in 2016 — and what else lies in store for broadcasters in the Lunar New Year of the Monkey? There are several technology trends and developments that will have a big impact on Asia-Pacific broadcasters in 2016, with IP de- livery and workflow at the fore, assessed Patrick So, director of Asia Operations, Magna Systems and Engineering. He told APB: “The challenge is to figure out how simple and efficient we can make the [IP] work- flow. From the broadcaster’s point of view, how can they monetise it?” So also believes that 4K/UHD is rolling out across the region “slowly but surely”, although major challenges, such as storage and the practicality of delivery and com- pression, must first be overcome before 4K/UHD content can be effectively broadcast, delivered and consumed. He continued: “Leading from that will be the ever-increasing importance of MAM, which will be at the core of the film and TV industries moving forward. What are the options and, more critically, 8 8 Future of FTA broadcasting secured – for now GENEVA – After months of intense lobbying, the broadcast industry breathed a collective sign of relief as WRC-15 broadly decided against opening up more sub-700MHz band spectrum to mobile services. The ruling ensures that the 470-694MHz band remains exclusively preserved for terrestrial TV services in ITU Region 1 (Africa, Middle East and Europe), while allowing several countries in ITU Re- gion 3 (Asia) and ITU Region 2 (Americas) to use part of the 470-698MHz band for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT). Heralding the outcomes of WRC-15, Dr Amal Punchihewa, director, Technology and Innovation, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), said: “This provides certainty on access to spectrum, which will enable the broadcast industry to complete the transi- tion to fully digital TV broadcasting in Asia-Pacific in the coming years. “We will continue to innovate, and ensure that everyone has access to the benefits that new digital services could bring in coming years.” 8 8 X-PLATFORM 34 HBO Asia and MDA have announced a new partnership that aims to support, grow and develop the drama production capabilities of Singapore’s media industry and talents. HBO Asia, S’pore MDA to develop drama production capabilities SINGAPORE – HBO Asia and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) have announced a new partnership that aims to support, grow and develop the drama production capabilities of Singapore’s media industry and talents. Over a period of two years, HBO Asia will train local practi- tioners and aspiring individuals, and work with local production houses and talents to develop and produce content. HBO Asia will also leverage local production facilities for future HBO Asia Original pro- ductions. Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia, said: “With the pedigree of the HBO brand and our continu- ing development and production of original Asian content, HBO Asia is in a unique position to impart skills and share knowledge with local companies and aspir- ing talents in Singapore to create premium entertainment for global audiences.”