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ASEAN Content Code for Video-On-Demand Revealed!

ASEAN Content Code for Video-On-Demand Revealed!

In a bid to self-regulate before their host countries start introducing a hodgepodge of different regulations, leading ASEAN video-on-demand services came together to introduce an ASEAN content code – the Subscription Video-on-Demand Industry Content Code. Let’s see what it’s all about!


The ASEAN Content Code for Video-On-Demand

Leading subscription video-on-demand services across ASEAN, including ASTRO, dimsum, Fox+, HOOQ, iflix, Netflix, tonton, TVB and The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) have come together to announce the creation of a self-regulatory Subscription Video-on-Demand Industry Content Code to safeguard consumer interests.

The new ASEAN Content Code sets out principles to ensure that content offered on these participating platforms is authentic, free from hate speech, hate crimes, pornography, and other forms of inappropriate content. They also pledge their best efforts to provide consumer control features or other measures to ensure that content delivered is age-appropriate for relevant family members of the users in ASEAN.

“We share a mutual objective of putting consumer well-being at the heart of our services. This Code demonstrates our commitment to making sure that the consumer is able to make content viewing choices that are right for them and their families.”

This idea was first discussed at the ASEAN Telecom Regulators Council dialogue, held in Bangkok in September 2017. This forum brought together both regulators as well as industry in dialogue, to create pan-ASEAN solutions. Companies affirmed the value of this type of open dialogue and collaborative efforts towards addressing challenges.

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The new ASEAN Content Code has been welcomed and supported by CASBAA, a regional industry association. The Companies look forward to working with other players in the SVOD space in ASEAN under the principles in the new ASEAN Content Code which will also serve to distinguish legitimate services from pirate sites.

“When a consumer goes to a pirate site for content, not only do they undermine legitimate businesses, but there are no checks on the content which means minors can very easily be exposed to pornography or graphic violence,” said Louis Boswell, CEO of CASBAA.

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The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 Details Revealed!

Fans of Hatsune Miku rejoice! The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 will be hosted here in Malaysia on 16 December 2017! Astro just announced their partnership with Crypton Future Media to bring this one-night-only concert to Malaysia, and here are the details!


Hatsune Miku, Virtual Idol!

Hatsune Miku is a Japanese virtual idol with over 2.5 million fans. She has even collaborated with Pharrell Williams and Lady Gaga! Kimitaka Nishio (CEO Office Manager of Crypton Future Media) explains her rise to Internet stardom :


The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 Details

The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 was first announced at the Hatsune Miku event “Magical Mirai 2017” on 31 August 2017, coinciding with her 10th anniversary celebration in Japan.

On the concert day, fans can expect official merchandise booths, cosplayers, and other fun activities at the venue before Hatsune Miku takes the centre stage. In addition, YouTube sensation, Chaleeda Gilbert and Malaysian superstar, Zizan Razak will open the concert for Hatsune Miku.

The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 will be held at the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil on 16 December 2017 at 8 PM. The ticket prices (excluding ticket fee and 6% GST) are as follows :

  • VIP Rockzone (free standing) : RM 439 / ~US$ 105
  • Rockzone (free standing) : RM 339 / ~US$ 80
  • CAT 1 (free seating) : RM 269 / ~US$ 64
  • CAT 2 (free seating) : RM 169 / ~US$ 40

Ticket sales will commence on Sunday, 8 October at 10 AM online through www.myticket.asia.

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10 Fun Facts About Hatsune Miku

  1. Hatsune Miku was released on 31 August 2007 and her voice was sampled from Japanese voice actress, Saki Fujita.
  2. Miku’s name comes from putting together the words: First(Hatsu), Sound(Ne), and Future (Miku).
  3. Hatsune Miku isn’t a digital persona for a real singer. She’s actually a synthesised character, called a Vocaloid. Not only is her image on stage generated by computer, but her singing voice is totally synthesised, too.
  4. As her voice can be synthesised, Hatsune Miku sings in multiple languages and has hundreds of thousands of songs available to date!
  5. None of the songs that Hatsune Miku sings and performs actually come straight from Crypton Future Media. Instead, creating her songs is a widespread fan effort, with devotees around the world using her program to write and orchestrate songs for her.
  6. Miku’s outfit design is partly based on a very popular synthesiser keyboard. The colours, and some of the motifs on her clothes are inspired by that instrument.
  7. For a “vocaloid-opera” performance called “The End”, famous Louis Vuitton designer, Marc Jacobs has created a dress specifically for Hatsune Miku.
  8. Hatsune Miku has worked with the biggest acts in the world, from opening for Lady Gaga, to appearing in Pharrell’s music video and singing alongside Japanese artists like Bump of Chicken and Namie Amuro.
  9. Hatsune Miku made television history when she was the very first virtual singer to appear on a major U.S. late night talk show, The Late Show with David Letterman on Oct. 7, 2014, as the musical guest.
  10. There are other characters similar to Hatsune Miku from Crypton Future Media such as Megurine Luka, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, KAITO and MEIKO. However, Hatsune Miku remains the most popular in the market and became the world’s first virtual idol.

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