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SingTel ‘Gravely Disappointed’ Over MDA Premier League Decision

SINGAPORE: SingTel, which operates the mioTV IPTV platform, is expected to appeal a ruling by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) mandating that it make its coverage of Barclays Premier League (BPL) football available to rival service StarHub. The Singaporean regulator ruled today that SingTel’s non-exclusive deal for BPL live ...

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Digital Pay-TV Takeup Set to Soar in India

MUMBAI: There will be 130 million digital pay-TV homes in India by 2020, according to new research from Media Partners Asia (MPA), reflecting about 60 percent of all TV homes in the country, up from 28 percent last year. The report, India Pay-TV & Broadband Markets, also notes that digital penetration ...

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China Film & TV Business Generated $15.5 Billion for National Economy

BEIJING/SINGAPORE: A study by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the China Film Distributors and Exhibitors Association (CFDEA) reports that the Chinese film and television business directly contributed $15.5 billion to the country’s economy in 2011, supporting more than 900,000 jobs and generating tax revenues of $3.4 billion. The lion’s ...

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Dori Media Sells Stake in Indonesian Channel

CULVER CITY/ZURICH: Dori Media Group has sold a 50-percent stake in Televiva, its telenovela channel in Indonesia, to Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks. The service, targeting females 15-plus with imported telenovelas dubbed into Bahasa Indonesia, is carried on leading DTH operator Indovision. SPT already has a strong presence in Indonesia—which is ...

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Life Inspired Scores TrueVisions Carriage

BALI: The Asian lifestyle channel Life Inspired is now available in Thailand, inking a three-year carriage agreement for its HD and SD offerings with leading pay-TV provider TrueVisions. The channel, delivering content focused on food, home, wellness, travel and style, is already available in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. On ...

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Japan’s History Channel Brings in New GM

NEW YORK/TOKYO: Asia Ireton has been hired as the general manager of The History Channel Japan, a collaboration between A+E Networks and Super Network. As general manager, Ireton will be expected to supervise all channel operations, including programming, production, marketing, affiliate distribution, sales activities, financial reporting and new business development. ...

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Twofour Rights Licenses 100 Hours in Australia

LONDON: Twofour Rights has sold more than 100 hours of factual, features and entertainment programming to broadcasters in Australia. SBS opted for Be Your Own Boss, led by Richard Reed, who co-founded the Innocent smoothie empire; Urban Secrets with Alan Cumming; and In the Footsteps of Thesiger, an adventure documentary. Foxtel picked ...

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MPA Report Cites Robust Growth for Asia-Pac Pay TV

BALI: As the Asia Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit kicked off in Bali, Indonesia, Media Partners Asia (MPA) released a new report indicating that the number of subscribers in the region will hit 696 million by 2020, reflecting a penetration of 68 percent. According to MPA, there were 444 million pay-TV subscribers in ...

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Expanded Carriage for Celestial Classic Movies

HONG KONG: Celestial Tiger Entertainment has expanded the reach of its channel devoted to classic Chinese movies, inking a deal for a branded block in Taiwan and carriage agreements in the Philippines and Hong Kong. Celestial Classic Movies, which taps into the Shaw Brothers library, as well as other collections devoted ...

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Saban Opens Singapore Hub

SINGAPORE/LOS ANGELES: Saban Capital Group has continued its investment in Asia by opening a new office in Singapore, to be led by Sumeet Jaisinghani. Jaisinghani is relocating from Saban’s Hong Kong office to Singapore to take on the role of the director of Saban Capital Group (Asia). Established in 2001 ...

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