New OTT regulations in Indonesia and Thailand: inching towards a level playing field?
May23

New OTT regulations in Indonesia and Thailand: inching towards a level playing field?

New regulations are on the way that will impact providers of “over-the-top” (OTT) services targeting Indonesia and Thailand. Rapid digitalisation of multiple sectors in Asia is marking the dawn of a new era for policy and regulatory frameworks. Due to the availability of wireless broadband and prolific smartphone usage, OTT services such as mobile VoIP mobile applications, mobile instant messaging, online video and TV, and online...

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Guest Column: Regulating video in the internet age: Pressing challenges, slow movement
Jan09

Guest Column: Regulating video in the internet age: Pressing challenges, slow movement

Video markets in Asia, as in other parts of the world, are being swept by a wave of commercial and technological adjustment to the rise of internet-delivered video, frequently referred to as “OTT” television.  Unfortunately, in most countries adjustment of regulatory policies by governments is way behind. Asia’s cities, in particular, are rapidly being wired for broadband connectivity.  In developing countries like Thailand, the...

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Singapore Copyright Changes – Five Key Takeaways for the Media and Technology Sectors
Aug29

Singapore Copyright Changes – Five Key Takeaways for the Media and Technology Sectors

On 23 August 2016, Singapore’s Ministry of Law and IPOS announced a public consultation on proposed changes to the Copyright Act. The proposed changes would represent the first major overhaul of copyright law in Singapore for a decade. In this post, we comment on what the changes could mean for the media and technology sectors. Five Key Takeaways VPNs are in the spotlight again We’ll start with the issue that has consumed...

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Leveraging the Schooling Effect: Opportunities and Challenges in Asian Sponsorship Deals
Aug23

Leveraging the Schooling Effect: Opportunities and Challenges in Asian Sponsorship Deals

CELEBRITY endorsements are a multi-million dollar business and especially prominent in the world of sports. Companies such as Nike, Under Armour, Puma and Omega spend millions of dollars securing prized endorsements from famous athletes such as Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Serena Williams. Here in Singapore, we are already witnessing the “Schooling Effect“, with various brands seeking to leverage the star power of...

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China blocks iTunes and iBooks
Apr29

China blocks iTunes and iBooks

Apple is facing new challenges in China. Its iTunes Movies and iBooks Store were blocked earlier this month in what was a surprise move, given that it had only been six months since these services were made available to consumers in China. So why the apparent change in China’s attitude to Apple’s online services, and what does it mean for foreign companies in the content industry? What we can say is that this appears to be...

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Vietnam tightens grip on pay TV
Feb29

Vietnam tightens grip on pay TV

Vietnam has passed a broad new pay TV decree which will have a significant impact on foreign channels. The decree, which was issued on 18 January 2016, governs the management of information contents, quality, rates, provision and use of radio and television services in Vietnam, as well as the reception of foreign television channels directly from satellites in Vietnam. The implications of this broad new decree will take some time to...

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