Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) November 2018 Volume 35, Issue 10

5 NEWS & VIEWS November 2018 | NOVEMBER 2018 | VOLUME 35 | ISSUE 10 NEWS & VIEWS W O R L D I N B R I E F China Media Group rolls out 4K/UHD channel BEIJING – Chinese state radio and TV broadcaster China Media Group has unveiled the CCTV 4K/ Ultra HD channel. The 4K/UHD channel began on October 2. 6 CREATION 12 MANAGEMENT 16 DISTRIBUTION 18 HERTFORD – Nearly 50% of all TV displays shipped worldwide by the end of this year will be 4K/ Ultra HD (UHD), reported Future- source Consulting. And by 2022, the installed base of 4K/UHD TV displays will be three times larger than today, achieving 37% global household penetration. IRG becomes Satcoms Innovation Group DOUGLAS – The Satellite Inter- ference Reduction Group (IRG) has expanded its reach to en- compass all types of innovation within the satellite communica- tions industry. As part of that expansion, the IRG is now known as Satcoms Innovation Group. 20 Rise of FAANG reshaping the world’s TV industry by josephine tan 4K/UHD TV displays hitting 50% X-PLATFORM AMSTERDAM/SINGAPORE – In a period of profound changes, digital technology is changing the rules of the game, thereby creating opportunities for businesses that are agile enough to seize them, declared Keith Underwood, COO of Channel 4, a British public service TV broadcaster, at a conference session during IBC2018 held in Amsterdam in September. “Scale alone is not sufficient,” he explained. “The victory will come by being agile, nimble and deploying smart technology.” Commenting on the entrants of technology giants Facebook, Ap- ple, Amazon, Netflix and Google — collectively known as FAANG — he said: “Now, more than ever before, established content providers must compete head-to-head with new ❝ Scale alone is not sufficient. The victory will come by being agile, nimble and deploying smart technology. ❞ — Keith Underwood, COO, Channel 4 entrants, often with an imposing global scale. “The level of competition driv- en by these businesses has brought significant benefits for consumers; it has driven up quality and choice, in what is now considered to be a golden age of TV.” In response to the rise of FAANG is the ongoing acquisitions currently taking place in the media industry, such as AT&T and Time Warner as well as Fox and Disney, which Underwood foresees hav- ing a potential to “fundamentally reshape” the industry. In Europe, he cited the col- laboration between French broad- casters France Televisions, TF1 and M6, which saw the launch of Salto, a subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) platform. And in Germany, ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery have also jointly collaborated to expand the country’s mobile video and over-the-top (OTT) marketplace. Underwood continued: “The array of viewing options in terms of programmes, channels and platforms is simply greater than ever before. In a year in which the pace of change is intensified, perhaps the only constant is that great content will continue to cut through.” Peter Bithos, CEO at HOOQ, a 8 8 by rashmi paul SINGAPORE – TV will always be a winner with audiences, but how we watch is changing. While linear remains most popular in parts of Asia-Pacific — with 80% of viewers in Singapore watching on a regular TV set, and TV viewing in India at its highest-ever levels, for example — digital TV is expanding rapidly. Not only will broadcasters soon switch from analogue, but online services such as video-on- demand (VoD) are also growing fast. By 2021, there will be 107 million more VoD users across Asia-Pacific than three years ago. As well as increasing content exposure, this shift offers opportunities for brands to reach audiences with highly targeted content — mainly via addressable TV. So, what does this mean for APAC? 8 8 ET Addressable TV and what it could mean to APAC Addressable TV allows varied ads to be served to different homes. Bringing together the best of linear and digital — vast reach and granular targeting — allows marketers to match ads with unique audience segments at scale. Dejero GateWay Reliable and secure connectivity in the field With reliable, high-throughput mobile connectivity, unlock additional efficiencies for your remote production workflows. Access newsroom and MAM systems, transfer large files, view return video, enable VoIP communication, and more.