At an Extraordinary General Meeting of members today, Casbaa overwhelmingly approved the adoption of a new constitution and new name. Casbaa will now be known as the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) and have a new mandate to represent the interests of companies across the broader video industry. The principal objective of AVIA is to make the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific stronger and healthier.
Opening the Casbaa Satellite Industry Forum in Singapore last Monday, CEO Louis Boswell set the tone for the day as he told delegates that those in the satellite communications industry need to “see change as a challenge to grow, develop and become stronger to benefit the larger ecosystem”. Furthermore, “Casbaa is uniquely positioned, with video as the common glue, to talk about – and promote – developments, innovations in and the relevance of the satellite ecosystem. Casbaa will continue to represent and satellite will continue to be relevant”.
Subscription Video-on-Demand Service Providers in ASEAN Introduce Content Code to Safeguard Consumer Interests
Leading subscription video-on-demand services across ASEAN, including ASTRO, dimsum, Fox+, HOOQ, iflix, Netflix, tonton, TVB and The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) have come together to announce the creation of a self-regulatory Subscription Video-on-Demand Industry Content Code (hereafter referred to as the “Code”) to safeguard consumer interests.
The upsurge in Hong Kong of pirated TV boxes poses a major threat to the subscription video industry
In a newly released Casbaa survey of the content viewing behaviour of Hong Kong consumers, it was revealed that close to one in four consumers (24%) use a TV box which can be used to stream pirated television and video content. These TV boxes, also known as Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs), allow users to access hundreds of thousands of pirated television channels and video-on-demand content, usually with the payment of a one-time fee.
Hong Kong Customs take enforcement action against retail sellers of Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs).
As part of Operation Trojan Horse, Hong Kong Customs recently undertook a series of raids against four retail outlets in Sham Shui Po and Wan Chai. Over a two-day period (25-26 May 2018), Hong Kong Customs raided retail outlets and arrested four (4) shop owners and four (4) salespersons found to be selling pre-loaded TV boxes (also known as Illicit Streaming Devices – “ISDs”) which provide access to pirated movies and TV shows. The arrested persons were all charged with copyright offences. Over 350 ISDs were seized, including brands such as the Ubox, EVPad, BossTV, and Magic Box.
Opening the Casbaa OTT Conference last Wednesday, March 21st, Radha Rahman, Marketing Director, Asia, for Brightcove set the tone for the day from the start as she told delegates “The end game is to win the viewer over and over again. Consumers now have more choice so services need to be different. Viewers are more savvy and viewing habits have changed to include binge watching and increased mobile consumption”.
Asian video industry association, Casbaa, held its annual OTT Summit, Asia’s OTT industry marquee event, on 20 & 21 March. New to the event this year, which has been expanded to two days, was the OTT Anti-Piracy Seminar on March 20th.
Following Hong Kong Customs’ successful raid on suppliers of an illegal TV box service, one box reseller from Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po was convicted of copyright and conspiracy to defraud offences and given a jail sentence of 21 months. Two persons, found to be re-transmitting illegal broadcasts of popular TV channels, were also convicted of copyright and conspiracy to defraud offences and given jail sentences of 21 and 27 months respectively.
Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) and CASBAA’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) close down Australian illicit streaming device operation
Following a joint investigation in Australia by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) and CASBAA’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) a large supplier of IPTV set-top boxes, pre-loaded to play pirated movies, television shows, sports programming, and other content has had these operations closed down in Australia.