New PNG broadcaster awarded Pacific Islands FIFA rights

August 28, 2013

A new entrant in PNG’s television market has been awarded Pacific Islands FIFA rights including next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Click Pacific Limited, which has been granted national pay and free to air TV licenses by the PNG licensing authority NICTA, was awarded sole TV rights to FIFA TV content between December 2013 and July 2014 by rights holder MP&Silva.

Click Pacific Limited was formed in February 2013 and is the brainchild of PNG investors along with Mai TV Fiji founder and Click Pacific Managing Director Richard Broadbridge.

“We are delighted that after a thorough tender process we were awarded these rights. For a start–‐up PNG company, this goes a long way towards stamping PNG’s mark as a major player in content acquisitions and sales”, Broadbridge said.

Click Pacific has been granted the right to sublicense and broadcast several FIFA events in 14 Pacific Island territories. These include FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti this December, U–‐17 World Cup, U–‐17 Women’s World Cup, U–‐20 Women’s World Cup and the largest event on earth FIFA World Cup next June.

“We are pleased to be working with Click Pacific and are confident that they will distribute all the FIFA content in a comprehensive and innovative manner to football fans across the pacific territories.” Said Ahmed Schaefer VP Acquisitions & Strategic Partnerships MP&Silva.

Click Pacific hasn’t announced it’s own launch date and is currently focusing on ensuring as many people as possible across the Pacific Islands get to watch the prestigious event LIVE from Brazil.

The company says its TV service Click TV will make an announcement shortly in regards to its offering to Papua New Guinea.

“Over the next few weeks the sublicense process will take place across the region and will involve TV stations which can deliver on certain minimum requirements set by FIFA. Our role will be to ensure these events get maximum mileage and that broadcasters as well as viewers benefit from being part of this great content”, Broadbridge added.

Notes:

Click Pacific is a PNG registered business with broadcast licenses for Papua New Guinea. The founders of the company have over twenty years’ experience

In television content management and have successfully acquired and distributed

Major international events including FIFA, SANZAR, Rugby League World Cup, Olympic Games, NRL, Pacific Games, PGA Golf, OFC and Festival of Pacific Arts. For enquiries please contact: rbroadbridge@clickpacific.com

www.clickpacific.com

MP & Silva is an international media rights company based in London, with 15 offices around the globe. The company manages sports TV rights for a range of international sporting events and distributes around 10,000 hours of programming to some 500 broadcasters globally. The company’s portfolio includes FIFA World Cup rights, Europe’s top leagues in football, Grand Slam tennis, motor racing, handball, baseball, volleyball, boxing and the Asian Games. For enquiries please contact: Ahmed@mpsilva.com

http://www.mpsilva.com

Fijian broadcaster Mai TV has launched Click

January 4, 2012

Fijian broadcaster Mai TV has launched Click, its Internet Protocol solutions arm offering IPTV, Digital Signage, Power Solutions and Indoor and outdoor screens and monitors.

In what has taken over 12 months to mature, Click introduces to Fiji Dsign, a server controlled signage system that allows advertisers to focus their investment in areas where people gather.

“Several deployments have taken place already with Dsign in McDonalds, Suva Private Hospital and soon Port Denarau Marina”, Business Development Executive Pravendra Shankar said.

Click has also launched screen sales for large deployments including hotels, shopping malls and sports venues, which also work with its Digital signage solution.

At the core of Click is IPTV, which will allow Fijians living outside Fiji to view Fijian content using a set top box for special events like football, boxing and other Fiji and Pacific Island events.

“We are excited to introduce these products into the market. Click supplements Mai TV’s existing business and propels Fiji as the market leader in IP solutions in the South Pacific.

Click has signed up clients in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea and is continuing to scope new business in the tourism sector in Fiji.

The company also launched it’s new website: http://www.click.com.fj which showcases products and puts potential clients in direct touch with sales staff in Fiji.

The company says it has a free demonstration to anyone interested to see some of their products at work.

MAI TV PREPARES FOR A BIG SEPTEMBER

August 29, 2011

Mai TV has announced that it has acquired Highlights only TV rights of the 2011 Pacific Games and will be broadcasting comprehensive coverage of the regional event from 7.30pm tonight (Monday 29 August)

After months of negotiations Mai TV says the Pacific Games Council has given the station approval to broadcast an hour of highlights a day for the duration of the event.

“We are absolutely thrilled that we can provide this service to our viewers. The 7.30pm package will contain the best of the Pacific Games”, CEO Richard Broadbridge said

Mai TV says the Pacific Games joins the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in September. FIFA has granted rights to Mai TV to broadcast this event later in the month.

Mai TV says it will broadcast full matches from the final stages and will be distributing these matches via satellite to seven countries in the South Pacific region.

The broadcaster says it also has plans to provide extensive coverage of the Rugby World Cup by providing news reports from New Zealand in prime time throughout the tournament.

“Our loyal viewers expect some coverage so we have put in place a strategy to provide the best we can within the terms of accreditation set out by the IRB”, Broadbridge said Viewers are advised to purchase a September issue of MaiLIFE Magazine where schedules will be provided in detail.

MAI TV AWARDED STREAMING RIGHTS TO EXPORTER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

July 13, 2011

Fijian broadcaster Mai TV has been awarded TV partner status of the
2011 TFL Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards, which is scheduled
to take place on the 26th of November this year.

In another milestone for the event and the 4-year old broadcaster, Mai TV has been awarded the right to stream the event LIVE on the internet for global viewers.

“The decision by Investment Fiji shows clear confidence in Mai TV’s streaming services. We continue to set the pace in IP products in the region now delivering LIVE streaming from events such as the 2011 TFL Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards”, CEO Richard Broadbridge said.

The LIVE streaming of the 2011 Awards, which is one of the many high profile events that Mai TV has streamed and will stream this year. Others include several Oceania Football events in Fiji and New Zealand, Fiji Football’s Fiji FACT, a streaming project in Samoa and Mai TV LIVE.

“Along with our new business Click Digital Signage, LIVE streaming has become a new revenue line for the company. We also do small jobs like LIVE wedding streaming for families who can’t make it to the actual event”, Broadbridge added.

Investment Fiji, Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ravuni Uluilakeba in his Vote of Thanks Speech last night at the Suva 2011 EYA Launch thanked MaiTV for its valuable contribution and support towards this prestigious Event, an Event that recognizes and rewards exporters for their outstanding contribution towards Fiji’s economy.

FIJI FACT GETS A WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE

May 30, 2011

Monopoly breaker Mai TV today announced that it would stream the Vodafone Fiji FACT to worldwide audience, for the first time offering Fiji Football Association a global audience for its own tournament.

In making the announcement CEO Richard Broadbridge said Mai TV and Fiji FA had signed an accord, which allows Mai TV to sell all Fiji FACT matches online opening the tournament to the world and not just the Pacific.

“Our technology is ready and well tested. If you have an internet connection you can subscribe. It’s that simple”, Broadbridge said

Mai TV says its technology does not need a set top box or decoder and is designed for viewers with a minimum of 512kbps of speed. Fiji Internet Service Providers have been encouraged to drop their rates to get more people in Fiji watching the event.

“Whether you live in Canada, Australia or Afganistan, if you have an Internet connection and a credit card you will see Fiji FACT soccer.

Mai TV’s Internet Pay Per View package costs USD$19.95 per customer.

Ceremonial Timings of Royal Wedding confirmed for MAI TV

April 21, 2011

21 April 2011
MaiTV has released the confirmed ceremonial timings for the Royal Wedding next week in London so viewers have a detailed TV-guide for the marathon broadcast.

It gets underway at 7.30pm and continues right through until the official broadcast from the BBC concludes around 12:45am on Saturday morning after the traditional kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

The ceremonial timings were confirmed in London earlier today and have been
converted from GMT to FJT for viewers. Please note the timings are still
approximate and may change without warning.

MAI TV’S ROYAL WEDDING TV-GUIDE

FRIDAY NZT
7:35pm – 8:45pm General congregation will arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey

From 8:50pm Governors-General and Prime Ministers of Realm Countries, the Diplomatic Corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey

9:10pm The Bridegroom and Prince Henry of Wales (Prince Harry) leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey (arrive at 9:15pm)

9:20pm Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace

9:20pm Carole Middleton (Mother of the Bride) leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey (arrive 9:27pm)

9:25pm Members of the Royal Family (except those listed below) leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey (arrive at 9:30pm)

9:35pm The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex ,The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral
Timothy Laurence leave Buckingham Palace (arrive at 9:40pm)

9:38pm The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey (arrive at 9.42pm)

9:40pm The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey (arrive at 9.45pm)

9:48pm The Bridesmaids and Pages leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey (arrive at 9.55pm)

9:51pm The Bride, accompanied by Michael Middleton, leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey

10:00pm The Marriage Service begins Service will be conducted by Very Reverend John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey Vows will be presided over by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury Sermon delivered by Right Reverend Richard Chartres

11:15pm The Carriage Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom with a Captain’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by The Queen’s Procession with a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace

11:30pm The Bride’s Carriage Procession arrives at Buckingham Palace

11:40pm Members of the Royal Family and Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Buckingham Palace From 11:40pm Guests arrive at Buckingham Palace for the Reception

SATURDAY FJT

12:25am The Queen and the Bride and Bridegroom, together with their Families, appear on the Balcony to wave to the crowd

12:30am Fly Past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (includes the traditional kiss)

MAI TV LAUNCHES 24-HOUR WEB CHANNEL

January 10, 2011

Free to air network MAI TV Fiji today launched its 24-hour web channel MAI TV LIVE becoming the first TV channel in the South Pacific to broadcast LIVE on the internet.

MAI TV LIVE is available for free on-line and is primarily aimed at the thousands of Fijians living overseas.

“We are very proud to be able to offer this service on-line. By simply registering their details people on-line will see a 24 hour stream from Fiji for the very first time”, CEO Richard Broadbridge said.

MAI TV LIVE is available on Mai TV’s homepage and will also offer advertisers and opportunity to market their goods and services to on-line viewers.

Mai TV says while programming will be directly “off-air”, eventually content will be designed for on-line viewers with more local content being provided for Fijians overseas.

“Our research results show that many Fijians living overseas will do anything to see Fiji. In our case they will be able to see our great local shows including Fosters Fiji Today, Sun Insurance Weather Watch, BSP Money, Manoa We Ni Yava, Uto Ni Yalo, Misiki, DIGICEL In-Tunes and the many new shows we have lined up in 2011”, Broadbridge said.

Mai TV has also launched its mobile phone link through Mai TV LIVE where mobile phone users with Data Plans will be able to see Mai TV on their phones.

Mai TV has also launched its mobile phone link through Mai TV LIVE where mobile phone users with Data Plans will be able to see Mai TV on their phones.

The broadcaster says it will also launch other mobile services in the next 60 days including Al Jazeera 24 hours, a locally programmed music channel, MAI Music and Ad-hoc sports events.

MAI TV TO VENTURE INTO HINDI TV

October 13, 2010

Free to air broadcaster MAI TV today announced it would venture into a 24 hour Hindi Free to air channel in 2011.

Using its current UHF platform, MAI TV said it would provide the people of Fiji a second free to air channel to compliment its existing English Channel MAI TV.

“We have applied to the Department of Communications for new frequency on the UHF platform to launch this new service. We are now waiting for a formal reply from them”, CEO Richard Broadbridge said.

MAI TV says it has lined up world class content and local programmes to fill a Hindi schedule with Suva to have this new service within 6 months of the issuance of its new frequency.

According to Mai TV the Department of Communications needs to allocate a temporary UHF frequency in order for the company to launch a new channel under its existing license.

“We have met a range of content suppliers including Zee TV and will be tapping into the very able production studio’s of SKYLITE Productions Fiji to provide all our local content. Our Hindi channel will be local content driven with a touch of football, cricket and fashion”, Broadbridge added.

Mai TV says the new channel will also cater for the different religious groups and will be driven by advertising and sponsorship revenue.

“We know that Hindi radio is extremely popular with audiences and advertisers alike so its time we took a good look at filling a huge void in this area” Broadbridge said.

Mai TV will soon be running a competition for branding the new station.

“It’s now over to the powers that be to grant us a temporary frequency so we can get this exciting project off the ground”

http://www.tv.com.fj

MAI TV TO DISTRIBUTE A-LEAGUE FOOTBALL TO THE PACIFIC

August 26, 2010

With the assistance of Oceania Football Confederation and PBS, Fiji’s MAI TV has been chosen by Football Australia to distribute their premiere domestic competition A League to the Pacific Islands.

And on the back of the success of the FIFA World Cup, MAI TV and Pacific Broadcasting Services have again teamed up to provide A League to broadcasters in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, American Samoa, New Caledonia and Tahiti.

“We’re again pleased to be in partnership with PBS to distribute the A League using their satellite platform. Through this partnership we are able to ensure people in the 5 territories watch A League for FREE”, Mai TV’s Richard Broadbridge said.

The A League begins on both MAI TV and PBS this weekend with two matches week being broadcast in the five territories until February 2011.

The A-League’s 2010–11 season is the sixth season of the Aleague since its establishment in 2004. The home and away season began on 5th August 2010 and will conclude on 13th February 2011.

There are eleven teams in the competition with MAI TV joining a network of broadcasters transmitting the event including FOX Sports Australia.

“Mai TV says it has sublicensed certain rights to PBS to ensure 100% of the people of Fiji are given an opportunity to see high quality football such as A League. If they cannot access Mai TV, they will need to organize themselves a dish and decoder from PBS”, Broadbridge added.

Mai TV broadcasts to greater Suva, Nadi, Lautoka, Labasa, Savusavu and Ba while PBS reaches 100% of Fiji through its satellite service.

“We are more than happy to be partnering with Mai TV again. It means more quality sport for our growing subscription base”, PBS CEO Simon Fong said.

MAI TV has thanked Football Australia and Oceania Football Confederation for their assistance in getting A League into regional TV stations.

A League broadcast times are available at http://www.tv.com.fj and Pacific Broadcasting Services.

MAI TO STREAM FUTSAL GLOBALLY

July 30, 2010

OFC has once again teamed up with Fiji’s MAI TV to
provide extensive coverage of the OFC FUTSAL Championship, including live football online streaming for the very first time from Fiji.

The round-robin competition, featuring Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, will be held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva, Fiji, from August 8 to 14.

As in 2009, all matches will be broadcast free-to-air within Fiji, while a one-hour highlights show will be sent out to OFC broadcast partners around the region for FUTSAL fans to enjoy.

Fiji 2010 will also mark the first occasion when an OFC competition is streamed live online with access available through oceaniafootball.com and maitv.com.fj

OFC General Secretary Tai Nicholas says the agreement shows OFC’s ongoing commitment to deliver quality coverage throughout the region.

“Broadcast of the OFC Futsal Championship follows on from unprecedented FIFA World Cup coverage across the Pacific thanks to cooperation between OFC, MAI TV and SBS Australia,” says Nicholas.

“We are building on that relationship with Fiji-based MAI TV so that Oceania FUTSAL fans can see more of their favorite players in action.”

A recent MAI TV survey, conducted as part of FIFA requirements, suggested record viewing numbers during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Over 70 per cent of those surveyed reported having MAI TV in their homes, which CEO Richard Broadbridge believes is an impressive figure for a TV station in just its third year of operation. Broadbridge says the company is continuing to expand with online streaming a key focus.

“We recognise the need to deliver content direct to consumers so we’ve developed the technology to do just that. Web streaming will be an essential part of our FUTSAL coverage and we’re delighted to be working with OFC on this project,” says Broadbridge.

“MAI TV will also replay every match in full during Fijian prime time throughout the week before producing a highlights package to send out to Pacific broadcasters. “ We trust that viewers enjoy this extended coverage as the fast-paced nature of FUTSAL makes for great television.” Further details of broadcast times and online streaming
will be made available prior to the championship.


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