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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Thailand: Nation and SiamSport in Strategic Alliance

Digital Broadcast | Vendor News Asia is informed that two of Thailand's largest publishing groups have signed up to an enhanced sports TV coverage deal in a tough marketplace at a time there is a shortage of quality output for the 24 nationwide digital tv channels. It makes sense for Nation Channel owned by Nation Multimedia Group Public Company Limited(SET:NMG )to team up with Siamsport  owned by Siam Sport Syndicate Public Company Limited(SET:SPORT ). Both companies are listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The announcement:

 Nation Channel teams up with Siamsport    
for top quality sports TV

by Kitinan Sanguansak of The Nation

August 5, 2014 - NBC president Adisak Limprungpatanakit, left, Siamsport Syndicate executive chief Pongsak Pholanan and Siamsport director Adisai Varinsirikul, right.
Siamsport has joined hands with Nation Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to produce sporting content for Nation Channel in what has been hailed as "a phenomenal partnership" in digital television.

The partnership brought together leaders in the field of sports and news respectively. The two parties yesterday signed a deal for Siamsport to provide sports content for the Nation Channel on both its terrestrial digital and satellite platforms.

NBC president Adisak Limprungpatanakit believes the partnership will make Nation Channel even more attractive to all groups of viewers.

"It's phenomenal for the country's digital TV. It is a partnership that started with Siamsport producing a TV programme for us. There's no doubt there will be many more activities between us in the future.

"When the country entered the TV digital era, we made it clear that we wanted to be the No 1 channel in the field of news. Over the last few months, we've proved ourselves with news programmes that have received top ratings.

"We feel even more confident now that Siamsport is on board as our new partner. They will provide us with sporting content to create a more 'colourful' experience for our audience. We hope this deal will lead to major changes in the digital TV landscape in many aspects," said Adisak at the contract-signing ceremony, held at Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel.

Siamsport Syndicate executive director Adisai Varinsirikul promised sports fans that they would get a chance to watch the "best product", starting with "The Match", which will be broadcast every Saturday between 4pm and 5pm.

"It's an honour to have clinched this partnership on the digital platform. It's something special and we're determined to help Nation Channel boost its ratings.

"We started negotiating in April. However, everything fell in place today. Our first programme is "The Match". It's something new and different from the sport programmes fans are used to seeing.

"We carefully picked the content and the hosts for the programme, which covers a variety of sports at mainly international level. There's also content lifestyle features that take the audience to interesting places such as football stadiums in England and club stores."

end of announcement

Our view: SiamSport, Thailand's leading sports and outdoor leisure print and online publisher as well as broadcaster holds rights to international and local soccer has widened its distribution via programme output on Nation Channel, a station known for its more hard news coverage of daily events. The latter has now enhanced its content by adding a focus on soccer, Thai's favourite sport by far for both men and women.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Afghani Saraish Radio Launches BBC Uzbek Broadcasts

The Saraish Radio and #BBCUzbek Development

Digital Broadcast | Vendor News Asia has heard from the BBC Uzbek language service that it is now supplying Saraish Radio 91.1 FM in Shahr-e Sheberghan with its programming output. The significance of the deal is that Saraish Radio serves Uzbek speaking audiences in the Jowzjan and Sar-e Pol provinces in north-western Afghanistan.  

The BBC Uzbek team convinced Saraish Radio Founder and President, Ms Farida Rahim Azizi to take the daily one hour round up for broadcast between 17.30-18.30 local time. 

Saraish Radio 91.1 FM is a private station pioneering a role that focusses on women as its main target audience. The programming covers sensitive issues such as women’s education and their role in society.  It broadcasts news and current affairs, youth and educational programmes, talk shows, short dramas and sport.   

Shahr-e Sheberghan is located 130 km west of Mazari Sharif. It is also the single most important Uzbek dominated city in all of Afghanistan. The city and region's inhabitants reflect the Silk Road 'Arab' heritage yet where most of the region is multi-lingual in the Persian languages.  

Ms Farida said that everyone at Radio Saraish is excited about its cooperation with the BBC as an excellent development for the FM radio station and its listeners. It is clear that BBC Uzbek prides itself on its 20 year-old service that has built a strong reputation for impartial news, in a region where unbiased news is hard to come by.   

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Taiwan Ends Analog TV Broadcasts

Taiwan terrestrial TV broadcasters ended analog broadcasting officially on June 30, 2012 with promises for a future based on HDTV programming reports Radio Taiwan International.

"Taiwan officially completed its transition to digital TV broadcasting on June 30, 2012, switching off its analog signals for the last time.

It was the final step in a four-phase process that began on May 7. Northern Taiwan was the last area to make the transition from analog to fully digital wireless TV broadcasting.

At a ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan's Premier Sean Chen said the era of digital and high-definition TV had come. He also said the next step would be to develop content for digital TV.

Chairwoman of the National Communications Committee, Ms Su Herng, was also present at the ceremony. She said turning to digital TV is a global trend, adding that European countries including Switzerland and Germany have already completed the transition. She also said the analog spectrum can now be used to improve Taiwan's broadband Internet services."

There are high hopes for greater creativity from the three commercial broadcasters, TTV, CTV and CTS. 

Source: Radio Taiwan International
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RTI is the international broadcaster for the Republic of Taiwan, formerly known as CBS - the Central Broadcasting Station, Taipei

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

India:: 11th Plan Spends US$350m on Radio and TV Networks

Indian Government Spends More on National Radio and TV Networks in Face of Growing Commercial Broadcaster Competition - Move to Benefit Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturers Digital Broadcast Vendor News Asia (DBVNA) has been following India's development of its terrestrial digital broadcasting under the country's 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012). On April 8, 2010 the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) approved proposals from the Ministry of Broadcasting for Doordarshan (TV) and Akashvani (All India Radio) to digitise its transmitter networks, and studio output. The move costing Rs 1,540 crore (nearly US$350 million) is to help maintain the state radio and TV broadcasters leading role in light of increasing challenges from the private broadcasters. This move will likely prove a true bonanza for digital broadcast equipment manufacturers. The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ms Ambika Soni said that the expansion program was to bring people in the remotest regions of the country more program choice and highest quality of transmission, including HDTV. Some 60 per cent of the budget would go to AIR and the rest to DD. DD would see 40 new digital transmitters installed linked by satellite that would increase the choice from eight DD channels to 10 for most viewers. The liberalization of commercial radio has reached Phase III - bringing radio to towns with populations of around 100,000 population. Digital Broadcast Vendor News Asia notes that Minister Ambika sees Radio Phase III as posing a serious challenge to the current role of AIR in these areas/markets. This has prompted more urgent development of the Akashvani radio network to face head on the new market circumstances. The spending under the 11th Plan will involve replacement of Medium Wave transmitters with digital transmitters, digitalisation of studio operations and network links, establishment of regional digital archives and further newsroom automation.

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

PRC Research on Cable Platform Shows IP Driven Growth in Domestic Demand

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia (DBVNA) has learnt that latest IP research in the People's Republic of China (PRC) shows that demand for new TV services on its cable platform is driving increased replacement of standard definition (SD) "1-way set-top boxes" with high definition (HD) "cable+IP 2-way set-top boxes".
Authors of an upcoming report, IMS Research predicts that more than half of cable set-top boxes (STB's) produced for the Chinese PRC domestic market by the end of 2011 will be in HD as a result of government initiatives and increased competition with other platforms.
Recent directives by the Beijing Central Government for cable TV operators to converge voice and video networks has resulted in a boom for cable operators with the IP upgrades.
The IMS Research news release to Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia (DBVNA) stated that in some urban areas, 2-way cable networks utilize last mile IP and use cable set-top boxes with an IP back channel. In general, in major urban areas such as Shanghai and Beijing, cable operators compete with IPTV services where the current business model lacks HD content and high bandwidth, and it is hoped that greater availability of HD content and a “catch-up TV” mentality will encourage further digitization and customer retention. “Conversion of China’s cable infrastructure to 2-way, IP-based, HD-capable networks will occur gradually over many years,” emphasizes analyst IMS Research, Anna Maxbauer, co-author of an upcoming report: The World Market for Digital Set-top Boxes & iDTVs – 2010 Edition. Ms Maxbauer noted that the costs of infrastructure and equipment upgrades will likely fall to operators and the government. Why? Because: "most consumers are interested in new features but are unwilling to pay extra for them,” she says. DBVNA does not have a business connection nor paid by IMS Research, which is a UK-based research house and a consultancy for a wide range of global electronics markets with offices in Austin, Texas and Shanghai, China. The PRC research above was issued from IMS Research in Austin, Texas.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Satellite Radio : WorldSpace India Caput Finished Dec31

WorldSpace India: Caput Finished December 31
Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia has learned that the final nail in the WorldSpace coffin may have been hammered home in India. There the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry is unlikely to proceed with a satellite radio policy. Why? Because Worldspace India has announced that it is to close its operations in the country from December 31. India was the bright spot in the worldwide network of the pioneer of satellite radio with its own network of satellites. WorldSpace, which started its service in India in the year 2000, was operating with a wink and a nod from the Indian authorities. Some 4.5 Lakh in subscribers (450,000) in India will be affected by the abrupt announcement. Worldspace India, representing 95 per cent of WorldSpace's worldwide subscriber base was financed by its United States parent company WorldSpace Inc which has been under bankruptcy protection since October 2008. I am not sure whether the India announcement is a legal move prior to its operations being taken over by another broadcast outfit - thought to be Liberty Media Corporation which is thought to be buying many of the worldwide assets of WorldSpace Inc (but not India) for just US$18 million. Such a deal is likely to include the WorldSpace satellites and their support equipment. Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia notes that there are three obviously negative outcomes from WorldSpace India's decision. - 1. Some 300 local employees located in Bangalore have lost their jobs.
- 2. The customized WorldSpace receivers may well go to waste. And,
- 3. No subscription refunds. In the WorldSpace main website, there is the announcement that says that the investor buying WorldSpace assets is not including India operations. The notice advises subscribers in India that they may have recourse to get a refund from US bankruptcy proceedings. Details.... say that subscription money paid by Indian customers is not being refunded. The sums involved are likely to be too small to begin with to make it worthwhile for subscribers to follow up in another jurisdiction half way around the world.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Vietnam :: REV Boosts IT Growth At Voice of Vietnam

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News can report that as a result of deliberations at the fifth congress of the Radio and Electronics Association of Vietnam (REV) a Five Year program of advancement in IT and telecommunications has been formulated. The program is to widen the scope and effectiveness into new technology research to include more universities across Vietnam and at the grass roots level. This move is presumably to tap into bright young talent across the whole spectrum of new technologies to the benefit of the IT and broadcast infrastructure. Two specific moves bode well for the future in tightly structured Vietnam. These are: to improve the quality of training and increase international co-operation. The current chairman of the Radio and Electronics Association of Vietnam (REV) is Nguyen Van Ngo. At the congress, the deputy general director of Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), Ms Hoang Minh Nguyet, acknowledged the active contribution by professors and doctors who help VOV research and apply advanced technologies. The REV/VOV developments should be positive news if you have related business with Vietnam and Voice of Vietnam Radio and TV and state telecoms. The REV Congress opened at the National Radio Centre in Hanoi on December 12. REV's website: Vietnam Story Source

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Korea IPTV Day : 1st Anniversary Celebrated by KCC

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News notes from a Korea Communications Commission(KCC) story in the Korea IT Times publication that December 12 is named IPTV Day. The date commemorates the first anniversary of IPTV service in South Korea. At a special ceremony at the Digital Media Fair 2009 in COEX, Seoul on December 10, contributors to the development of new media were awarded prizes. Agreements were signed also on the standardization of IPTV service and for the provision of traffic information to the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The event was hosted by the KCC, the Electronic Times, and Dong-a Ilbo and attended by some 300 people, including lawmakers, government officials and academics. The media and IPTV industry specialists were at the event. Diary Date :It is worthwhile noting the Korea Communications Commission plans to hold exhibitions and conferences each year around the anniversary of the launch of the IPTV service to chart the present and future course of digital media, including IPTV in South Korea. KIIT Original story here KCC Website in English

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BBC Kyrgyz :: TV Team into KNTR Co-Production Pub Affairs Series

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia has learned from BBC Kyrgyz television of its new (first??) 30 minute public affairs co-produced series with KNTR - Kyrgyzstan State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company. "SAPAR" was launched on December 2, 2009 at 1630hrs on KNTR's National TV Network 1. The subject was Climate Change. The deal was co-ordinated through Head of BBC Central Asia and Caucasus Service, Hamid Ismailov and Business Development Manager, West Asia, BBC World Service, Gemma Hayman. Kyrgyz politics keep the BBC team on its toes, as it sways between the West and Russian influences. It was of course a republic in the days of the old Soviet Union. BBC Kyrgyz has a 15 year track record with KNTR, with programming output being broadcast over KNTR FM radio: 103.7 FM (Bishkek); 102.2 FM (Batken) and 106.3 FM (Kerben); and nationwide on Kyrgyz State Radio's Channel 1.  Logo above is from the BBC web site. Kyrgyzstan uses the Cyrillic alphabet.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Digital Broadcast | Al-Arabiya Installs SSL C200 Audio Console

UK's Solid State Logic (SSL) has informed Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia (DBVNA) that the Middle East's Al-Arabiya satellite TV news channel in Dubai has installed the SSL C200 HD digital sound console in the technical upgrade from analog to digital audio. Al-Arabiya part of the MBC Group of companies. The C200 HD console will substantially increase the number of input channels in Al-Arabiya's main news gallery. According to an SSL news release, Basheer Saad, News Channel Audio Supervisor at the MBC Group liked the C200 HD console for its analog style layout providing nearly instantaneous access to multiple controls, important for live-on-air mixing which allows audio engineers to focus on the mix rather than staring at a waveform on a screen. Solid State Logic Area Sales Manager, Paul Lindsay, said that in the C200 HD, Al-Arabiya had chosen a robust broadcast console appropriate to their needs. Al-Arabiya satellite TV channel continues to be one of dominant free-to-air, pan-Arab, news and entertainment broadcasters, reaching more than 150 million viewers in the Arabic Diaspora worldwide.

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