Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) December 2016 Volume 33, Issue 11
NEWS & VIEWS
INTEGRITY AND TRUST
AT THE CORE OF BIG DATA
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NEWS & VIEWS
WORLD IN BRIEF
80 years of public
LONDON – To commemorate
80 years of public broadcast,
BBC History has launched an
archive that chronicles the early
days of television, including how
TV was invented and its milestone moments. BBC launched
the first British TV service on
2 November 1936 with a telecast
of the opening night at London’s
ITU affirms support for
5G and IoT
HAMMAMET – ITU has called
on its standardisation arm to
expand the study of the wireline
networking innovations required
to achieve the performance targets of 5G systems. At the WTSA16 conference, ITU members
agreed to drive the coordinated
development of ultra-highspeed transport networks, the
Internet of Things (IoT), future
video technologies, as well as
smart cities and communities.
World TV Day celebrates
the power of TV
GENEVA – World TV Day celebrated its 20th anniversary last
month with a video and infographics emphasising the impact
TV has on European society.
Despite the choices consumers now have, Ingrid Deltenre,
EBU’s director general, highlighted that broadcasters still
play an “indispensable role” in
the functioning of democracies
and contribution to the cohesion
true enabler of IP
Embracing IP for Media Production: A panel session at the Asia-Pacific
Broadcasting Union General Assembly 2016 kept broadcasters in Asia-Pacific
updated on the development around IP for media production
IP for Media Production, which was
designed to educate Asia-Pacific
broadcasters on the developments
pertaining to IP for media production, and how they can take advantage of this new technology wave.
As a rule of thumb, the panel
of speakers recommended that
broadcasters look for the key ben-
VTV7 to air NHK’s
BY SHAWN LIEW
BALI – IP represents the future
… and the present. IP switches
are already beginning to replace
baseband video routers and multiviewers, while remote productions
are increasingly utilising IP connectivity.
In the long term, because IP is
a “superior technology”, the move
from SDI to IP will represent more
than just a change in cable equipment, said Fintan Mc Kiernan, CEO
of Ideal Systems, South-east Asia.
He told APB: “IP is an enabler
for much more functionality, auto
discover y, plug-and-play and
software-defined networks that are
ultra-flexible, allowing production
techniques that are just not possible with today’s technologies.”
At the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) General Assembly 2016 held in October in Bali,
Indonesia, Mc Kiernan moderated
a panel session entitled Embracing
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efits when migrating to IP: flexibility, longevity and interoperability.
Particularly for the latter, the
onus is on broadcasters, as endusers of broadcast equipment, to
mandate interoperability and open
standards in their procurement
policies, Mc Kiernan advised.
HANOI – Beginning next month,
VTV7, the educational TV channel
of Vietnamese national broadcaster,
Vietnam Television, will be broadcasting Peek-a-boo! (pictured), a
children’s programme from Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
Called Inai Inai Baa!, in Vietnam, the programme represents
the first on-set joint production
between NHK and VTV7 in a Vietnamese studio.
The Vietnamese edition will
feature the popular Peek-a-boo!
character, Wan Wan, and VTV7’s
cat character, Meow Meow, together with Vietnamese children.
VTV7 was launched as an educational channel in January this
year. Its broadcasts serve people of
all ages, from infants to the elderly,
and range from programmes linked
to school education to cartoons
and others featuring hobbies and
Content still key asset in Asia, say ATF 2016 summit speakers
BY JOSEPHINE TAN
SINGAPORE – As broadcasters
continue to evaluate which delivery
platform would appeal most to
their targeted audiences, content
will remain a key asset even as
viewing habits continue to evolve.
While multi-screen viewing is
a reality that broadcasters increasingly have to contemplate, content
will be the most significant factor
in attracting and retaining eyeballs.
To tap into the growth potential
of Asia’s entertainment content industry, international content sellers
and Asian buyers are convening at
the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Ex-
hibition Centre in Singapore from
December 6-9 for Asia TV Forum
& Market (ATF) 2016.
The four-day event kicks off
with a C-Level Summit, discussing issues arising from the digital
disruption of traditional content
consumption and monetisation.
Keynote speakers delivering the
C-Level Summit include Krishnan
Rajagopalan, co-founder of the
HOOQ Group; Kazufumi Nagasawa
of Hulu Japan; Chris Edwin, COO
of Big Frame; and Joanne Waage,
senior VP of partnerships and programming at Viki.