The international video news network Motorsports is launching a digital platform in China, signalling its entrance into the Asian market.
The move follows the investment in the online video platform by 2015 FIA Formula E world champion NEXTEV Team China Racing.
"With the number of Internet users in China set to surpass the 700 million mark over the next year, gaining entrance into market with our partner NEXTEV TCR will allow the growing number of race fans in Asia the opportunity to enjoy our industry-leading motorsports content," said Charles Bradley, editor in chief, Motorsport.com.
"Although motorsport in China is relatively young in terms of its history, Shanghai has hosted a Formula 1 Grand Prix for a dozen years already. By building brand and content awareness in China, Motosport.com will further leverage its editorial assets with sister companies Motor1.com and Motorsport.tv to provide the most comprehensive coverage in the world."
Motorsport.com offers online motorsport news, digital images and video in 15 editions and 11 native languages.
Steven Lu, owner, Team China Racing, added: "We will make sure that the quality of Chinese content on motorsport.com - China will be to a high standard, and it is great honour to work with many talented motorsport journalists around the world."
Hong Kong-based satellite operator AsiaSat has launched its first Ultra HD television channel 4K-SAT at 122° East on AsiaSat 4.
The free-to-air satellite channel features full Ultra HD (UHD) produced videos covering fashion, lifestyle and documentaries from content partners including Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company, Fashion TV and Rohde & Schwarz.
It will be available across Asia, Australasia, and part of the Middle East directly for those TV operators and home viewers with an AsiaSat 4 C-band antenna and HEVC set-top box.
"We are delighted to be at the forefront of next generation broadcasting technology, bringing to Asian viewers true UHD content. We look forward to working closely with our content and technology partners to drive UHD audience penetration in Asia," said Sabrina Cubbon, vice president, marketing and global accounts, AsiaSat.
"The launch of this UHD channel on our new AsiaSat 4 UHD broadcast platform provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to experience and promote UHD content in Asia. This reaffirms our commitment to promoting leading edge technologies for the broadcast community. We shall continue to focus on compelling UHD content to enhance the quality of the television viewing experience."
The Wider Spectrum Group (WSG) has joined the chorus of organisations seeking protection for free-to-air television and terrestrial distribution.
At a meeting in Brussels, Digital UK and fellow members of the WSG urged policy makers to secure airwaves used by Freeview and European terrestrial services ahead of major international decisions on spectrum allocation at the World Radiocommunication Conference next month.
The discussions were attended by Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and Pascal Lamy, Chairman of the High Level Group and author of a recent report on the future of the UHF band. Speaking at the event, Mr Lamy noted that his recommendations, including safeguarding TV spectrum to 2030, now form the ‘backbone’ of EU spectrum policy.
Jonathan Thompson, CEO of Digital UK, said: “The Lamy report offers us a win-win scenario delivering both room for mobile broadband to grow and protection for DTT. It provides a sensible, pragmatic solution with the time for a further review of spectrum use is 10-years’ time – let’s stop having the same endless debate.”
The WSG represents the interests of viewers and listeners, employees and employers across Europe in the fields of audiovisual, radio, programme making and special events, including terrestrial television. WSG members share a common view on the need to ensure European and national policies regarding the allocation of airwaves preserve the potential for growth, innovation and sustainable employment across the EU.