now Bagou Movie Channel by now TV, Hong Kong’s pay-TV operator, is currently available on HyppTV, Telekom Malaysia’s Internet protocol television (IPTV) platform. now Bagou Movie Channel offers top-class Asian movies, such as, Cold War, Finding Mr. Right, Back to 1924, Night Fall, and Love. In addition, now Bagou also provides infotainment programs on movie culture that features behind the scenes of the latest movies; exclusive interviews with renowned producers and superstars; new directors' productions; and movie production programs hosted by accomplished movie practitioners. With the addition of now Bagou Movie Channel, HyppTV also carries four now TV’s channels, including now International, now Mango, and now HaiRun.
Thailand’s cable TV operator, CTH or Cable Thai Holding offers new line-up from FOX, as it adds 24 new channels from FOX International Channels (FIC) to its programming slate. CTH spent 2 billion baht (USD 67 million) for the three to five year contract with FIC for a variety of content including adventure, Hollywood movies, Asian entertainment, general entertainment, music, and news. "Currently, we have the English Premier League and the new content line-up will fulfill our goal to respond to every viewer segment, particularly family audiences," said Krissanan Ngampatipong, CEO of CTH. According to CTH, the new offerings will be rolled out in two phases. The first phase, which is set to launch next month, will premiere 15 channels: Nat Geo Adventure (HD), Nat Geo Wild (HD), Nat Geo Music, FOX Action Movies, Star Chinese Movie, Channel M, FOX Thai, FOX Crime, FX HD, Star World, FOX Sport News, Channel V (HD), FOX News, Sky New (HD), and Baby TV. Meanwhile, nine other channels will be added later this year with highlights from FOX Movies Premium, Fox Family Movie, and National Geographic.
CTH’s new line-up will be added in the basic package, which are comprised of 120 channels, for as low as 399 baht (USD 13) per month. Offered at an affordable price, CTH aims to increase its subscribers from 2.5 million to 3 million by the end of this year. President of FIC Asia Pacific and Middle East, Ward Platt, believes that CTH’s pricing strategy will help its content distribution to reach a wider audience and the progressive network of CTH could also support FOX’s new HD format of content. Platt also stated that after we saw FOX Thailand successfully adjust some content to suit Thai tastes, they are keen to enhance and make more localized content for Thai viewers. FIC provides 35 channels in Asia and the company has also announced its plan to launch an online service that allows viewers to watch replays of their favourite shows via mobile devices. Besides CTH, TrueVisions, Thailand’s pay-TV operator, currently carries eight FIC channels on its platform.
Source: Bangkok Post
Meeting The Giant, is a new sports film that is co-produced by Singapore’s Clover Films and G&J Productions, together with China’s Stellar Megamedia International (SMI). ‘Meeting The Giant’ is set to start shooting in July with a production cost of USD1.2 million, Meeting The Giant is expected to premiere in 2014. SMI will be responsible for the release of the movie in China, with its network of almost 70 cinemas, whereas Clover Films will be in charge for the release and sales within Asia.
“This could possibly be the first Singapore-China co-production to be released in China given SMI’s commitment and efforts to ensure it will be screened in China,” said Lim Teck, Managing Director at Clover Films. Inspired by a true story, the film follows a group of young basketball players from China, which comes to Singapore for the country’s basketball team try-outs. Living abroad in a new environment, they are forced to adapt a different lifestyle. The movie focuses on the emotions and the relationships between teammates. Meeting The Giant also reflects on the social issues of foreign talent importation in Singapore.
“Singapore is a small market in terms of box office and we Singaporean filmmakers are always looking to break into other Chinese-speaking markets. With a China powerhouse like Stellar Megamedia involved, this movie represents the best chance for us to do that,” Lim Teck added. Singaporean actor, Tay Ping Hui, will direct the film as his first feature film, and veteran actor Zhu Hou Ren, is the story planner cum producer of Meeting The Giant.
Source: Screen Daily
Mediacorp's Mediapolis@one-north campus wins 2013 Green Mark Platinum Award, which is the highest rating for green building certification in Singapore by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). "Going green is part of our corporate mantra. Apart from the building’s physical structure, the building is linked to the major green belt along Kent Ridge Park to Rochester Park, enhancing its green connectivity with its surrounding environment,” said Yeo Mui Sung, Chief Financial Officer of MediaCorp. The country’s leading media company, MediaCorp, first announced its relocation to Mediapolis@one-north in December 2010. With a gross floor area of 79,800 square meters, Mediapolis@one-north is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2015. It will be the new media hub of the company, comprising 1600-seat performance theatre, broadcasting studios, and corporate offices. The new MediaCorp's 1.5 hectare site campus will be equipped with highly efficient air conditioning, Sky-gardens to improve air quality, Light shafts to bring in more daylight, “Green” concrete and Regenerative drives to recover waste energy from lifts, and these features qualifies the building to receive the Green Mark Platinum Award. In addition, the green features of the building will save about 35% of energy consumption and a lower building carbon footprint.
Japan's Broadcasting Corporation - (NHK) has produced a new technology that helps improve the broadcast of sporting events. This innovative, remote-controlled, multi-view camera system could provide dynamic images of objects at different positions and in motion. Multi-view imaging involves surrounding an object (for example, an athlete) with a number of cameras that can provide a virtual, all-round view of them, at any point of time. According to NHK, the existing system could only capture the objects from a limited number of vantage points, due to the fixed direction of the cameras.
Meanwhile, the new system ensures that all the cameras can maintain the same look-at point, which is where the camera is directed to, by having eight cameras (for pans, tilts, and zooms) move in tandem with the main camera. This enables the cameras to keep up with swift-moving players and provide multi-view imaging of decisive moments in a sporting event. Besides, with faster image processing and automatic editing and feeds, the multi-view camera system is the perfect option during a live telecast of a sporting event. NHK has also announced that the company will preview its new systems at the NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories Open House 2013, which will take place from May 30th to June 2nd. As NHK's new technology benefits the broadcast of sporting events, the company is also striving to reduce the size of the remote-controlled cameras and apply the system to a range of programs, including sport.