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Casbaa looks to go ‘Beyond the Box’ at Convention 2014 in October

MUMBAI: Casbaa has announced that its annual multichannel TV industry convention will take place from 27-30 October at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong.

This year’s event will explore the theme ‘Beyond the Box’. Reflecting the evolution of the television industry, the event will look at what the future holds for broadcasting – while never losing sight of the core business of linear TV.

Casbaa CEO Christopher Slaughter said, “At its most basic level, “the box” refers to the traditional television set that sits in the living room – or, more likely today, is mounted on a wall. Linear TV is still a major industry driver in the Asia Pacific, but we are seeing the proliferation of new technologies and new platforms that are providing consumers with innovative viewing options “beyond the box.”

“In order to take advantage of these new opportunities, it is imperative to explore different business models and strategies that will encompass these alternate revenue streams,” added Slaughter. “In short, it is time to start thinking outside of the box!”

Key topics to be covered at the major sessions during the convention will include developments in over-the-top (OTT) TV services, opportunities for members in the mobile broadcasting space, as well as ultra-high-definition ‘4K’ television, and innovation in transmission and broadcast technology and its implications for the industry. Sports issues – including rights, exclusivity and licensing – and broadcast news will also be major subjects explored at this year’s event.

On hand to tackle these issues will be industry executives including Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Youku Tudou chairman, CEO Victor Koo, Reuters CEO Andrew Rashbass, Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge; Duetsche Welle DG Peter Limbourg and NHNZ CEO David Haslingden.

Sponsors for the Casbaa Convention 2014 include ABS, APT Satellite, ARRIS, AsiaSat, Australia News Channel, Bloomberg, Conax, Deutsche Welle, Elemental Technologies, FRANCE 24, InvestHK, Irdeto, ITV, Measat, now TV, Playboy Plus Entertainment, PwC, SES, Time Warner, TrueVisions and TV5Monde.