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11 - 15 September 2020
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  • Great experience, great content and great networking!
    Imad El Kadi
    Director of Operations, Paris Television Centre
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    Product Marketing Manager, Cisco Systems
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    CTO, RUV Iceland
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  • NTT Docomo has revealed plans to launch a new 5G streaming service in March, delivering high-definition video of concerts, theatre and sporting events to smartphone users in Japan.

    NTT Docomo has revealed plans to launch a new 5G streaming service in March, delivering high-definition video of concerts, theatre and sporting events to smartphone users in Japan.

    NTT Docomo (Ned Snowman shutterstock)

    Trailblazers: Japan was one of the first countries to launch commercial 5G services, with NTT trialling the next generation connectivity during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

    Source:  Ned Snowman / Shutterstock

    The Japanese telecoms operator said it will use 8K cameras to shoot content for 360-degree virtual reality (VR) broadcast over 5G networks.

    According to a report in the Japan Times, NTT Docomo president and chief executive Kazuhiro Yoshizawa said: “We hope to bring you an experience that is uniquely 5G.”

    Japan was one of the first countries to launch commercial 5G services, with NTT trialling the next generation connectivity during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

    Rivals SoftBank and KDDI have also revealed plans for commercial 5G services, with the former announcing a partnership with Netflix to commence in March. SoftBank has revealed plans to live-stream performances by Japanese group AKB48 from February.

    NTT Docomo is already looking beyond 5G, with the Japanese telco this week releasing a new white paper that sets out initial ideas for the sixth generation of mobile technology – 6G.

    NTT said it aims to launch 6G on a commercial basis by 2030, giving the industry 10 years to develop new standards and technology to support this. The company said it first started research into 5G in 2010.

    Docomo said it has already conducted some experiments into technologies that may power 6G, such as radio wave propagation at frequencies of up to 150GHz. This, the telco added, will be needed to enable much faster and larger-capacity networks expected in 6G networks.

    Japan’s government recently announced plans to develop a comprehensive strategy on future 6G networks which will include inviting operators such as Docomo to discuss its requirements. The panel is due to meet next week, with the plan to be developed over the coming months, according to a Japan Times report.

  • Snapchat and NBC are teaming up to produce customised Olympics content for users in the US with four daily shows on the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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    Tokyo Olympics: NBC to create four original shows for Snapchat

    Source: Korkusung / Shutterstock

    Snapchat and NBC are teaming up to produce customised Olympics content for users in the US with four daily shows on the 2020 Tokyo Games.

    As the media rights holder of the Olympics, NBC has turned to Snapchat as part of its plan to monetise its content whilst engaging with traditionally underserved audiences including the likes of Generations Z and Alpha.

    The two companies have previously worked together during the Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.

    The PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games in 2018 reached over 40 million US users, which was up 25% from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    In an exclusive on Variety, the new deal encompasses four daily original shows on Snapchat and produced by NBC in a vertical-video orientation format.

    For the first time, the highlights include two shows that will be updated in “near real-time,” according to the companies.

    In total, NBC plans to produce more than 70 episodes for Snapchat, which is more than three times the 2018 Winter Games. Snap also will curate daily Our Story coverage for the Tokyo Olympics leading up to and during the games this summer.

    NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel said: “Snap is a very influential platform.

    “They have a large and young audience that we want to reach, and we also want to offer our advertisers a way to reach [that audience].”

    In addition, two unscripted shows will air during the Games, each with two episodes per day. One, Chasing Gold, which first debuted during PyeongChang 2018, will follow the journeys of Team USA athletes.

    The second show is new and will be a daily recap of the most memorable moments curated especially for Snapchat users.

    Both are produced by The NBCUniversal Digital Lab.

    The deal will also see Snap curating daily Our Stories during the Games, as it has done in previous years. The stories will include photos and videos from fans as well as content from the NBC Olympics.

    According to a report by Tech Crunch, the Snapchat partnership aims to help NBC gain traction with younger audiences in the era of cord-cutting and channel advertisers to this format.

    Snapchat today reaches 90% of all 13 to 24-year-olds in the US, and 75% of all 13 to 34-year-olds; 210 million people now use Snapchat daily.

    NBC Olympics says it’s the exclusive seller of all the new customised content associated with the Games, working in partnership with Snap.

    NBCU expects to exceed $1.2 billion in ad sales for the 2020 Games, which are also presented on NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports’ digital platforms.

  • Comcast has unveiled plans to launch a new international news channel combining its Sky and NBC brands.

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    Comcast: Launching international news channel combining its Sky and NBC brands

    Comcast has unveiled plans to launch a new international news channel combining its Sky and NBC brands.

    NBC Sky World News will aim to compete with US rival CNN and the BBC’s pre-eminence in the international TV news space.

    The English-speaking news channel is set to launch in the summer and will bring together Comcast-owned NBCUniversal and Sky, which it acquired 18 months ago for £40 billion.

    According to Variety, the newsroom will operate out of Sky’s Osterley campus in west London, but Comcast will add ten new international locations in “under-reported” countries.

    NBC News chairman Andy Lack told the Financial Times that their service would use the existing 3,500-strong combined workforce from Sky and NBC while adding between 100-200 dedicated staff to work on the service over time.

    The new channel will be added to existing platforms, reaching around 130 million households at launch. It will bring to fruition a long-term ambition of Comcast’s to have an international news service.

    Lack told the FT: “Going back to the Gulf war when CNN essentially came on to the scene, we knew then at NBC that if you weren’t in the 24-hour news business globally, you weren’t really in the news business.”

    The operation will be led by former NBC News boss Deborah Turness. Turness has headed up NBC’s international news arm since 2017 when she stepped up from her role as president as NBC News. Prior to this, she was editor of ITV News for almost a decade – the first female editor of a UK news network.

    The service is also set to be made available online, including through NBCUniversal’s upcoming OTT platform Peacock.

  • This week’s Farmers Insurance Open will be the first package distributed exclusively on Facebook Watch after the PGA Tour announced an expansive agreement with the social media giant.

    PGA Tour (Tony Bowler shutterstock)

    PGA Tour: Facebook Watch to exclusively air

    Source: Tony Bowler / Shutterstock

    This week’s Farmers Insurance Open will be the first package distributed exclusively on Facebook Watch after the PGA Tour announced an expansive agreement with the social media giant.

    The agreement covers more than 30 events throughout the year including the Players Championship and FedExCup Playoffs and will offer daily highlight packages, round recaps and player-specific profiles on the Watch platform.

    PGA Tour vice president media business development Chris Wandell said: “We’re excited to expand our partnership with Facebook by delivering additional content for our fans.

    “This is in response to our fans’ appetite for additional coverage packaged in a way that is convenient for them to consume.”

    The expanded highlights on Watch will feature content from the Tour’s primary telecasts, along with content from PGA Tour Live, as well as the Tour’s OTT service featuring more than 1,200 hours of exclusive featured groups coverage in 2020.

    Additionally, the PGA Tour will also look at engaging fans in its Facebook Group, the Gallery with interactive features using Facebook Live and Watch Parties.

    In a statement to the press, PGA said the partnership will create a “robust and timely highlights experience” for fans around the world on Facebook Watch with content posted daily at the completion of each tournament round.

    Facebook sports league partnerships lead Sidhant Rao said: “We’re thrilled to add PGA Tour recaps to our growing portfolio of sports highlights on Facebook Watch.

    “Through this content, as well as products such as Facebook Groups and Watch Party, the TOUR will be able to engage its fans in exciting new ways this year.”

    In 2018, the PGA Tour and Facebook teamed up to stream live coverage from The Players Championship and several other PGA Tour events leading into the 2018 FedExCup Playoffs.


 

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