HONG KONG, Feb 26 – Next week, CASBAA, the Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery in Asia, will hold its third annual OTT Summit in Singapore, bringing together key stakeholders in the broadcasting and online video distribution sectors to discuss the latest trends and technologies in the industry, as well as important policy issues and more.
During the OTT Summit, CASBAA will also release Same Same But Different? Video Policies for Asian Pay-TV and OTT, a major new study on OTT regulation in Asian jurisdictions. The publication explores how an industry eager to develop new ways of delivering content is handling governmental policy stagnation while confronting the threat of piracy.
“We’re very excited for our third OTT Summit in Singapore. The last two summits brought together a diverse mix of industry professionals from various disciplines and provided quite a comprehensive overview of the opportunities and challenges in the OTT space,” said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA.
“With the OTT segment set to grow further in 2016, we look forward to assisting with its development, and will be looking at everything from protecting copyrighted material, to exploring potential business models, and providing input into development of government policies and regulations; these are all factors that will shape the industry in the years ahead.”
Guests at the Summit will also receive “day of launch” copies of Same Same But Different? Video Policies for Asian Pay-TV and OTT. This insightful publication provides concrete insights into how Asian governments are regulating the complexities of the OTT and pay TV industries.
It describes a tilted playing field, which increasingly sees licensed local businesses facing sharp competition from new offshore media ventures, even while their hands are tied by heavy tax burdens and government mandates on content, advertising, competition and social policy. CASBAA notes that a large portion of OTT content delivered to many Asian markets in fact comes from pirate syndicates operating outside of all legal constraints.
“The situation today is affecting investment decisions that will determine the fate of Asian media industries tomorrow. Investment within our markets is becoming less attractive, as offshore businesses are far more competitive,” said CASBAA’s Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros.
The new CASBAA publication suggests governments review regulatory policy, ensuring it aligns with the current state of the industry and future trends, while finding ways to clamp down on illegitimate operations, particularly those based offshore. An exciting line-up of speakers from across the industry will be featured at this year’s CASBAA OTT Summit, including Dhawal Gusain (COO, The Viral Fever), Anil Jain (SVP & GM Media, Brightcove).
Meanwhile, it also included Rick Harshman (Head of ASEAN, Amazon Web Services), Kumaran Pillai (CEO, AppleSeed Ventures), Richard Wray (APAC Territory Manager, Conviva), Deepakjit Singh (CEO, Encompass Asia), Joel Cere (Insights & Innovation Solutions Global Director, eYeka), Siok Siok Tan (CEO, Kinetic One), Hedvig Lyche (Head of Strategy, Asia, King Content), William Lee (VP Content, APAC, LeEco).
It also included Jaheer Abbas (Regional Director, Limelight Networks), Mike Jackson (MD APAC, MEC Access), Andrew Hall (Head of Govt & Regulatory Affairs, NBCU International), Craig Johnson (MD Marketing Effectiveness AP, Nielsen), Johnson Yeh (Riot Games), Andrew Ferrone (VP Pay TV, Roku), Michael Jeffrey (VP, Client Engagement, Rovi), Nicolas Wodtke (VP Media Solution Center SEA & Oceania, Samsung), Deanna Myers (Principal Analyst SNL Kagan).
In additional, it also included Subin Subaiah (CEO, Spuul), Adrian Britton (VP Product, Telstra Software Group), Joe Welch (SVP Govt Relations Asia, 21st Century Fox), Derek Tan (Co-Founder Viddsee), Michael Greco (VP, Vindicia), Dorothy Attwood (SVP Global Public Policy The Walt Disney Company), Desmond Ngai (VP Strategy & Partnerships, WebTVasia), Bob Morrison (MD, Xstream Asia).
On March 2, the day after the Summit, the exclusive OTT Tech Showcase will bring together top OTT vendors, including Accedo, Diagnal, MPP Global and Vindicia, who will host product demonstrations and Q&A sessions. This event is invitation only and offers a limited opportunity to meet and speak with industry pioneers.
Corporate partners for the CASBAA OTT Summit 2016 include Presenting Sponsor Brightcove, and Sponsors Accedo, Diagnal, Elemental Technologies, Irdeto and Limelight Networks. For more information about the CASBAA OTT Summit 2016 and to register for tickets, please visit http://www.casbaa.com/event/ott-summit-2016/.