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ARN to Cover 90% of Australians with Acquisition of Grant Broadcasters

The recent acquisition of family-owned Grant Broadcasters by HT&E, parent company of ARN, is set to give advertisers the potential to reach over 90% of Australians nation-wide. When combined with ARN's existing 13 stations, 46 Grant’s stations will give ARN 58 stations across 33 markets, plus 46 DAB+ stations –...

Satellite Remains an Essential Element of Video Distribution

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) hosted its annual Satellite Industry Forum on Thursday, 18 November as a virtual conference, to end off the Asia Video Summit umbrella of events this year. The Forum opened with a look at Satellite Trends and Forecasts Post-Covid with Caleb Henry, Senior Analyst, Quilty...

RMIT Partners with Infinite Studios’ Education Division

Australian tertiary education provider RMIT has signed a strategic partnership with Infinite Learning in Nongsa Digital Park, a high-profile tech hub supported by the Indonesian and Singapore governments. Infinite Learning is the Educational Division of Infinite Studios (IS), part of the Group that owns and operates Nongsa Digital Park (NDP)....

Warner Bros Partners with Betoota Advocate

Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia (WBITVP) and “Australia’s oldest newspaper”, The Betoota Advocate, have announced they are joining forces on a slate of premium, unscripted productions aimed at both the domestic and international market. The creative partnership combines one of Australia’s largest production companies with one of the country’s...

Ross Forms Global Strategic Accounts Team

With Ross Video’s new fiscal year 2022 beginning, the company has announced the formation of a new global team to manage and support the world’s leading broadcasters, station groups and media organizations. This new team will be led by eleven year Ross veteran Pete Ross, who assumes the new...

Signiant Acquires Levels Beyond

Signiant Inc. has announced the acquisition of Levels Beyond, the company behind the media workflow software suite known as Reach Engine. Levels Beyond's talent and technology will be used to extend the functionality of Signiant's SaaS platform, adding new capabilities for simplifying and modernising media workflows. Commenting on the company's...

IHSE Acquires kvm-tec

IHSE has acquired IT security specialist kvm-tec. Founded in 2006, kvm-tec develops and distributes flexible, high-security KVM-over-IP solutions (KVMoIP) to extend and switch computer signals. The company enables the high-performance, latency-reduced transmission of the signals via the standard IP protocol in existing networks. IHSE is a leading global technology...

Seven West Media Refinances Debt Facilities

Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) has announced that it has refinanced its syndicated debt facility. The new facility is designed to deliver lower cost of funding, more flexible terms and maturity extended to October 2024. According to SWM, the debt refinancing marks an important milestone in the company’s transformation and reflects the significant...

ACMA Releases Reality TV Research & MAFS Investigation Findings

New research released by the Australian Communications & Media Authority gives fresh insight into viewer attitudes towards relationship-based reality television. The ACMA decided to conduct this research following an increase in complaints about these programs in the past year. Reality television is one of the most popular genres on Australian...

HME Services to Acquire Jands Venue Engineering

Jands Pty Ltd, a leading distributor of professional audio-visual technology solutions, has  announced they have entered into an agreement to sell Jands Venue Engineering (JVE), a pioneering manufacturer and installer of staging and venue technology solutions throughout Australia and New Zealand, to HME Services Pty Ltd. HME Services is a...

Agile Partners with RFE Broadcast for ANZ

A new partnership has been launched between RFE Broadcast and Agile Broadcast. Agile is now the exclusive distributor for RFE in both Australia and New Zealand. Accoridng to Ian Thomson of Agile, "We’re delighted to announce this new partnership between Agile Broadcast and RFE Broadcast. Agile continues to seek out...

tm stagetec systems Appointed Australian Distributor for Voice Interaction

  tm stagetec systems has been announced as an Australian Distributor for Voice Interaction, a developer working in the closed captioning area. The company's focus is on speech processing technology,  and providing solutions in the areas of live captioning, media monitoring and transcription services. With a dedicated user base in the...

ACMA Releases Five-Year Spectrum Plan

The five-year spectrum outlook is the primary spectrum management document for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The FYSO 2021–26 outlines ACMA's priorities for the next five years. It includes a detailed annual work program, with activities and milestones for the 2021–22 financial year. ACMA has also released the submissions...

ACMA Releases 2021–22 Research Program

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released its 2021–22 research program, which will examine a range of topics across the Australian media and communications landscape. Research priorities include unsolicited communications, online gambling and private 5G networks. The program will also continue the annual series of Communications and media in...

Fetch TV Extends Deal with NBCUniversal Networks & D2C

  Australian OTT oeprator Fetch TV and NBCUniversal Networks & Direct-to-Consumer have announced the extension of their long-term channel partnership agreement covering five NBCUniversal channels and providing Fetch subscribers with great value access to the broadest range of NBCU channels available on any Australian aggregation platform. The deal includes E!,...

BirdDog and Ideal Systems Announce Strategic APAC Partnership

BirdDog (www.bird-dog.tv), the developer of NDI-enabled PTZ cameras, converters and software, has announced a strategic partnership with Ideal Systems to further drive growth across the Asia Pacific region. Ideal Systems provides a full spectrum of media technology services including consultation, design, installation, integration, as well as operational and maintenance support...

Joan Warner to Depart as CEO of Commercial Radio Australia

Commercial Radio Australia chief executive officer Joan Warner has advised the CRA Board that she intends to step down early next year. The search for a replacement CEO will commence immediately with the aim of a new CEO taking up the position during the first quarter of 2022. Ms Warner...

AWS to Open Data Centers in New Zealand

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced plans to open an infrastructure region in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2024. The new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region will consist of three Availability Zones (AZs) and join the existing 81 Availability Zones across 25 geographic AWS Regions at launch. The Region will...

Oz Commercial Radio Ad Revenue Up 16.8% in August

Commercial radio ad revenue continued to grow in the month of August despite ongoing lockdown restrictions, with revenue up 16.8% compared to July 2020, according to data released by industry body Commercial Radio Australia (CRA). Ad revenue for the five major Australian capital city markets totalled AUD$49.653 million in August...

AVIA Sees Resiliency and Optimism from Vietnam’s Video Industry

  The Asia Video Industry Association recently hosted its country-focused virtual conference, Vietnam in View, to over 320 international and local speakers and delegates, sharing great optimism in a country that has arguably proven itself as one of the more resilient economies in Southeast Asia. The conference opened with a presentation...
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