Asia pay TV regs top '09 agenda

CASBAA sets sights on India, Korea, others in '09

SINGAPORE -- Pay TV regulation will top the 2009 agenda of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia, chairman Marcel Fenez said Wednesday after the group's annual general meeting.

In the coming year, CASBAA will work toward further engagement in deciding the future direction of pay TV regulation in India, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Vietnam, Fenez said.

"This will be a challenging year for our industry in Asia, but the fundamentals for pay TV growth remain solid," said Fenez, who is also global managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers' entertainment and media practice. "Certainly, with more content, increasingly convergent technologies and newly deployed delivery platforms, our markets can only keep growing."

ITV Global Entertainment's Asia head, James Ross, was the only new member elected to the association's board for 2009. He replaces Cosmedia Group CEO Anthony Tse.

Board members for 2009 include Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific's Tom Keaveny, Sony Pictures Television International's Todd Miller, Turner International Asia Pacific's Ian Carroll, HBO Asia's Jonathan Spink and satellite company AsiaSat's Peter Jackson.

Lionsgate's new Asia venture, Tiger Gate Entertainment, is represented on the new board by its Hong Kong-based CEO William Pfeiffer.