WWE(R) Returns to Singapore This July

SINGAPORE, March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — WWE LIVE™ will return to the Singapore Indoor Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub on July 2. Tickets will be available beginning Thursday, March 26 at 9 a.m. SGT at www.sportshubtix.sg, at the Sports Hub Tix Box Office, by calling the Sports Hub Tix Hotline at +65-3158-7888 or at all Sports Hub Tix Outlet SingPost locations. Tickets will range in prices from S$488 to S$48.

WWE® Returns to Singapore This July Featuring Superstar John Cena

WWE® Returns to Singapore This July Featuring Superstar John Cena

Fans attending WWE LIVE will be able to see their favorite Superstars including John Cena®, Daniel Bryan™, United States Champion Rusev™, Dean Ambrose™, Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett™, Dolph Ziggler™ and Kane®.*

“WWE is excited to return to Singapore, giving fans the opportunity to see their favorite Superstars and Divas in an energetic, larger-than-life entertainment event,” said Chris Marsh, Vice President and General Manager, WWE Asia Pacific. “WWE LIVE brings the same non-stop action and family fun that fans know and love from our TV programs on StarHub and WWE Network.”

“I am thrilled to bring WWE Live back to Singapore,” said Paul Dainty, Founder and Executive Chairman of Dainty Group. “This one-night only show should be a must-attend event for families.”

WWE programming, including Monday Night Raw®, SmackDown®, Main Event, NXT™, WWE Superstars™, Vintage™, BottomLine™, AfterBurn, WWE Experience™, This Week™ and Total Divas, airs every week on StarHub. WWE Network offers one-of-a-kind programming including all 12 WWE pay-per-view events LIVE at no additional charge plus groundbreaking original series, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, exclusive coverage of special events and a robust video-on-demand library with more than 3,000 hours available to subscribers.


Talent line-up subject to change.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 35 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 170 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

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Eight Exciting Matchups at Saturday’s “Showdown at Sands” at The Venetian Macao

Multi-bout boxing extravaganza starts 5:30 p.m. at Cotai Arena — first bout at 5:45 p.m.

MACAO, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — With the Showdown at Sands less than a week away, the full fight card has been announced and it contains some exciting matchups. A seven-bout undercard includes two title fights, one eliminator bout and a wealth of talent sure to have boxing fans frantic in anticipation of the March 7 slug fest at The Venetian®Macao’s Cotai Arena. It all culminates with the headline battle between Zou Shiming and Amnat Ruenroeng for the IBF world flyweight crown.

Macao’s latest boxing spectacular, Showdown at Sands, happens at The Venetian Macao March 7, featuring Zou Shiming and Amnat Ruenroeng, with an undercard that includes Ik Yang, Rex Tso, Ng Kuok Kun and more.

Macao’s latest boxing spectacular, Showdown at Sands, happens at The Venetian Macao March 7, featuring Zou Shiming and Amnat Ruenroeng, with an undercard that includes Ik Yang, Rex Tso, Ng Kuok Kun and more.

The main event will see two undefeated fighters go head to head, with China’s double Olympic gold medallist and national hero Zou Shiming (6-0, 1 KO) looking to take the IBF world flyweight title from reigning champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs). They met in the ring three times as amateurs, with Zou earning victories in their last two encounters. But as a pro, Zou will on Saturday be lacing his gloves in what is only his seventh career fight — and his first-ever attempt at a world title. It could prove to be a tall order, as Ruenroeng counts more than twice the number of professional fights under his belt. The 35-year-old champion from Thailand has already successfully defended his title twice since first earning it a little over one year ago. The Cotai Arena crowd will likely give Zou a lift with a home-country advantage, but will it be enough to dethrone the Thai?

Zou isn’t the only fighter flying the flag for China at the Showdown at Sands. Undefeated Ik Yang (18-0-0-1, 13 KOs) from Dalian will take on another Thai fighter in Patomsuk Pathompothong (30-2-1, 18 KOs). With 13 knockouts from 18 fights, Yang will be looking to add to that tally against 31-year-old Pathompothong when they meet in their 12-round IBF light welterweight title eliminator. Yang is no stranger to Macao, having fought in the city on four previous occasions. Pathompothong will be making his Macao debut and like his compatriot Ruenroeng will likely have to deal with the crowd, who will almost certainly be rooting for the Chinese fighter.

One of two undercard title fights brings New Jersey native Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (22-1, 14 KOs) to face off against 37-year-old Australian Daniel “Awesome” Dawson (40-4-1, 26 KOs) in a 10-round contest for the NABO junior middleweight championship. Tapia is 12 years Dawson’s junior at just 25 and has only one loss on his nearly flawless record. Dawson on the other hand is 6-1-1 in his last eight fights and has spent time as a sparring partner for the legendary Manny Pacquiao.

The other undercard title fight will see Hong Kong’s undefeated Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso (15-0, 9 KOs) take on Filipino fighter Michael Enriquez (10-2-1, 6 KOs) over 10 rounds for the WBA international super flyweight title. The 27-year-old Tso has nine knockouts in 15 fights, some of which have come against opponents with considerably more experience. Tso will likely be confident going into the fight as he is currently ranked No. 3 by the WBO. Enriquez will also go into the fight with his confidence high after winning his last fight in emphatic style after beating Michael Estrada in the first minute and a half of the first round.

Mexico meets the Philippines as Jose Felix, Jr. (28-1-1, 23 KOs) takes on Raymond “Foreman” Sermona (17-4-5, 8 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout. A nine-year professional, Sermona will be making his Macao debut at Showdown at Sands. With 26 professional fights he is evenly matched with Felix, who has made good progress for a young fighter at just 22 and is a former super featherweight interim world title challenger.

In another PhilippinesMexico duel, Aston Palicte (16-1, 14 KOs) meets Ismael Garnica (13-5-1, 5 KOs). A professional for only three years, Garnica will be making his Macao debut in this 10-round super flyweight contest against Palicte who will also be making his first Cotai Arena appearance. Garnica will have his work truly cut out for him when he takes on a man who has amassed an incredible 14 knockouts in just 16 professional fights, including his last six. Even more staggering is the fact that five of those last six knockouts came in the first round.

Local pro “The Macao Kid” Ng Kuok Kun (6-0, 2 KOs) faces five-year pro Chingchai Kiatpracha (7-2, 3 KOs) of Thailand in what will likely be a hometown crowd favourite. The undefeated local fighter will be looking for a seventh win in his sixth consecutive fight at The Venetian Macao. His last performance was a hard fought six-round unanimous decision against Australian Stephen Attard. Kiatpracha has four more years’ experience than Ng, but the Macao audience will almost certainly make it hard for him to concentrate as it cheers for its homegrown hero.

Rounding out the undercard is Chinese fighter Zhou Yunfei (4-0, 1 KOs) who will take on Mexican fighter Paul Valenzuela (3-1, 2 KOs). A professional for only 10 months, Zhou makes his Cotai Arena debut in the six-round super middleweight fight. Valenzuela has more experience than Zhou, although not by much, and will likely be looking to use all of it to win over the crowd, but with only four fights under his belt, including a loss in his last fight, this matchup seems very evenly balanced.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, SECA, Kreerin Promotions, Sampson Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng world flyweight championship fight takes place Saturday, March 7, at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. The multi-bout Showdown at Sands kicks off at 5:30 p.m., with the first fight beginning at 5:45 p.m.

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com or www.hbo.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/trboxeo or facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo or twitter.com/hboboxing.

NOTE: Bouts and times subject to change

Ticketing details:


Showdown at Sands

Date and Time           

March 7, 2015; 5:30 p.m. (first bout begins 5:45 p.m.)


Cotai Arena

Ticket Prices

MOP/ HKD 4,680 (Gold Reserve)

MOP/ HKD 1,680 (Silver Reserve)

MOP/ HKD 1,280 (Bronze Reserve)

MOP/ HKD 980 (A Reserve)

MOP/ HKD 580 (B Reserve)

MOP/ HKD 280 (C Reserve)

MOP/ HKD 180 (D Reserve)

Ferry Packages

Add HKD/MOP 108 to ticket price for a round trip Cotai Water Jet ferry ticket between Hong Kong and Macao (D Reserve excluded)

Hotel Packages

Available only through Cotai Ticketing via phone, starting at HKD/MOP 3,760 (plus 5% government tax and 10% service charge).

Includes two tickets and one night’s accommodation at a choice of:

– The Venetian Macao

– Conrad Macao, Cotai Central

– Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central

– Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central

Ticketing Outlets

Cotai Ticketing

– Online: www.cotaiticketing.com

– Box offices:

    – The Venetian Macao — Cotai Arena and Main Lobby box offices

    – Four Seasons Hotel Macao — The Plaza™ Macao box office

    – Sands® Macao — Level 1 box office

    – Sands® Cotai Central — Sheraton Main Lobby and Holiday Inn Main Lobby box offices

– Phone:

    – Macao: +85328828818

    – Hong Kong: +85263336660

    – China toll-free: 4001 206 618

    – Thailand toll-free: 1 800 852 2282

Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies)

– Online: www.HKTicketing.com

– Phone: +85231288288

Macao Kong Seng Ticketing Network

– Online: www.macauticket.com

– Selected retail outlets, as listed at www.macauticket.com/TicketWeb/ServiceStations.aspx

– Phone: +85328555555

Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Properties

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit http://en.sandsresortsmacao.com/macau-shows.html and www.sandsmacao.com/entertainment.html.

About The Venetian® Macao

Opened in 2007, The Venetian®Macao is Macao’s first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.

About Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao — Sands China’s Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao has transformed a day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with more than 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.5 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and lounges. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is a must-go destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian®Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in late 2015… the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip… The Parisian Macao.

Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao… Be at the Centre of It All! For more information, please visit http://en.sandsresortsmacao.com.



Lee Samuels: +1-702-378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Ricardo Jimenez: +1-909-615 -3436 / Ricardoej@aol.com

Fred Sternburg: +1-303-548-0707 / TooFred@aol.com

Ed Keenan: +1-609-399-1330 / Keenan@emcevents.com


Mabel Wu: +853-8118-2268 / mabel.wu@sands.com.mo

Josie Ho: +853-8118-2024 / josie.ho@sands.com.mo

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Analytics Solutions Will Help Monetize Burgeoning Online Video Marketplace

— Adopting OVA solutions will help measure effectiveness and identify real-time consumption behavior, finds Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The increasing use of Internet protocol (IP) enabled devices has fuelled massive video consumption and, in turn, driven the need for online video analytics (OVA) solutions globally. Publishers, advertisers and service providers have come to the realization that OVA solutions are essential to device effective strategies to monetize from targeted video services.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Online Video Analytics Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $189.4 million in 2014 and estimates this to reach $472.0 million by 2020.

For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit: http://bit.ly/1Bd4mHP

Due to a rapid adoption of over-the-top services (OTT), supported by the proliferation of mobile devices, user-generated online video has grown substantially. As a result, advertisers and publishers have begun to divert their resources to online channels, boosting the prospects of OVA solution providers.

“The demand for premium TV content on online channels has also increased due to the popularity of live global sporting events,” said Frost & Sullivan Digital Media Industry Manager Hiral Jasani. “This has highlighted the need to identify real-time consumption behavior and measure the effectiveness of online video and online video advertising by adopting sophisticated OVA solutions.”

However, the lack of standardization of measurement metrics offered by OVA platforms, coupled with the diversity of devices and video formats, has led to confusion in the market and prevented these solutions from going mainstream. Instead of taking the risk of investing in third-party OVA solutions, the market has been using home-grown or bespoke solutions.

With no standardization in terms of measuring audience engagement, viewership or quality of online video, the market has become fragmented. As a result, there are only a handful of pure-play OVA solution providers globally.

“The OVA market will remain fragmented, as publishers, advertisers and service providers each try to control their ends of video delivery and claim control of the OVA functionality,” noted Jasani. “As video makes up the bulk of online traffic, several big data and Web analytics solutions providers will also compete with these players, further increasing market fragmentation.”

In the coming years, publishers will widely adopt the programmatic advertising approach, giving rise to larger ad inventories and driving the need for OVA solutions. OVA solution providers who can cater to this trend and enable publishers to offer viewership guarantees to advertisers will succeed.

Global Online Video Analytics Market is part of the Digital Media (http://www.digitalmedia.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Enterprise Content Management Market, Global Enterprise Video Webcasting Solutions Market, Analysis of the Global Learning Management Systems Market, and Global Non-Linear Editing Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Women’s Tennis Global TV and Digital Audiences Leap 22.5%* to Cement Place as World’s Most Popular Women’s Sport

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Most-watched tournament of the year, BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, attracted 26.9 million viewers 
  • Viewership projected to rise year-on-year as women’s tennis draws new audiences and will offer greater media exposure from 2017 following recent half billion US dollar Perform deal to produce 2,000 televised matches 

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) today announced new global TV and digital audience figures.  The end-of-season report by SMG Insight, reported a staggering year-on-year leap in 2014 viewership, up 22.5% from 2013, for the dedicated broadcast of 22 WTA premier tournaments, emphasizing the ever-growing excitement around women’s tennis.

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The most-watched tournament of the year was BNP Paribas WTA Finals presented by SC Global Singapore, attracting 26.9 million viewers across seven days of tennis. Day 5 of the tournament, which saw both semifinals played, was the most-watched day of the tournament, where the Top 8 singles and Top 8 doubles teams compete for a $6.5 million prize fund, increasing to $7 million in 2015.

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, freshly-crowned Premier Mandatory Tournament of the Year, voted by WTA players, provided the season’s most-watched day of broadcast in 2014. 4.6 million fans accessed the semifinals from the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The event also generated the largest growth in audience, a rise of 95.4%, almost doubling from 11.76 million viewers in 2013 to 22.98 million in 2014.

The 2015 BNP Paribas Open (March 9-22) will prove even more popular with the return of 19-time Grand Slam winner and World No.1 Serena Williams to Indian Wells following a 14-year hiatus.

The Miami Open presented by Itau (March 25-April 5), delivered the largest online digital audience of the year; 9% of the season’s total online digital viewers watched coverage of the tournament.

Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman & CEO said: “We knew 2014 was going to be good, but it was beyond expectations.  Fans want to get close to the athletes and follow them when they want, where they want, season-long, as they play tournaments around the world.  By continuing to put an inspiring and competitive product on court, day in and day out, we aim to provide a premier, compelling global sport entertainment experience for fans to enjoy. Our goal is to deepen the connection between fans and players by creating greater access to our content, distributing it on TV and digital channels, across mobile, and engage with fans on social media. What was so exciting in 2014 was to see how much fans enjoyed watching and engaging with our game.”

Top 5 tournaments in terms of largest cumulative TV and digital audiences in 2014:

  1. BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global: 26,928,804
  2. Miami Open presented by Itau: 23,065,116
  3. BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells): 22,975,675
  4. Rogers Cup (Toronto): 20,271,499
  5. Mutua Madrid Open: 18,659,536

Hublot Hits A Hole In One!

– Justin Rose Named Hublot Brand Ambassador

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hublot, the Swiss luxury watch brand, is proud to announce golf superstar Justin Rose as its newest Brand Ambassador. Rose, who currently holds seventeen titles worldwide, including the 2013 U.S. Open, joins the ranks of internationally renowned Brand Ambassadors, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Pele, Usain Bolt and more, as the first professional golfer to partner with the brand.

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To commemorate the brand’s newest ambassador, Hublot of America, Managing Director Jean-Francois Sberro hosted a charity event today with clients and press at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, CA, host course for the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open that will take place February 5-8. The announcement was followed by a playful game of golf between Justin Rose and Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres’ star and friend of Hublot in his first outside media appearance since joining the team. Rose and Kemp teamed up for a putt-off on the course, while Rose gave golf pointers to the San Diego Padres newest player to raise awareness and proceeds for the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation. The charitable organization is dedicated to feeding hungry tummies and curious minds of underserved youth with programs dedicated to nutrition, education and experiences. Hublot will cheer on Justin this season through its social media platforms in a #HublotGolf4Justin campaign.

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, shared, “It is an honor to add a world-famous professional golfer to our esteemed roster of brand ambassadors, all of whom are inspirations to both Hublot and our clients. Justin’s astounding achievements through his perseverance and commitment to his celebrated career have made him a great fit for Hublot, and we look forward to this exciting partnership.”

Justin Rose stated, “I am thrilled to be joining Hublot as their newest ambassador, a brand I have long had an affinity for. To welcome Hublot into the game I love so much is truly an honour. Much like the mechanics of Hublot’s watches, I work tirelessly to ingrain precise movements in my swing, I look forward to representing Hublot as I continue my pursuit of excellence on the global stage.”

Rose established his golf career in 1998 at the British Open, and over the past seventeen years has reached astonishing achievements, including being named the third-ranked worldwide player in 2013. As a 6-Time PGA Tour Champion, while holding seven victories on the European Tour, Rose and his new role as Brand Ambassador serve to further strengthen Hublot’s connection to professional athletics, specifically golf, as one of the world’s most popular sports. Aside from Rose’s golf achievements, he is celebrated as a philanthropist and a global statesman, making him the perfect ambassador for Hublot.

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About Hublot

“Hublot? A different way to progress” say those who know this unique Swiss luxury watch company, where each and every moment moves forward to create the future at breathtaking speed. A dream, initiated and developed by Hublot’s Chairman Jean-Claude Biver with CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe, these two men are responsible for turning the Hublot brand into a genuine success story in which the Big Bang, King Power and Classic Fusion represent the symbols of a constantly evolving tradition. From watch complications and revolutionary materials to world class collaborations such as FIFA World Cup™ and Ferrari, Hublot characterizes itself through the “Art of Fusion” philosophy, bringing tradition into the future. On a commercial level, the network of approved retailers has grown rapidly and currently stands at 750 points of sale and more than 70 exclusive boutiques around the world (Geneva, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Paris, London, Berlin, Moscow, New York, Miami, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Ginza…). For more information, visit www.hublot.com

“Shanghai Commercial Pok Oi Cycle for Millions 2015” Press Conference

HONG KONG, Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Organised by Pok Oi Hospital with Shanghai Commercial Bank as the title sponsor for the first time, “Shanghai Commercial Pok Oi Cycle for Millions 2015” will be held on Sunday, 12 April 2015. In its sixth year since instigation in 2009, this year the annual activity will be held on Stonecutters Bridge with a new spot, Nam Wan Tunnel. The total number of participants and amount of donations are expected to break the record again this year. A press conference is held today (26 Jan) to announce details of the event.

The cycling route is approximately 13km in length, with the starting point located on Tsing Sha Highway. Participants will ride through Nam Wan Tunnel and onto Stonecutters Bridge. Passing the turning point on Ngong Shung Road, the participants will then return to Tsing Sha Highway and hit the finishing line. Last year, this annual activity was held on Stonecutters Bridge — the world’s second longest cable-stayed bridge for the first time, enchanting every participant with its magnificent view over Rambler Channel. With a new spot — Nam Wan Tunnel, we believe that the activity will offer a brand new experience to the participants this year. Thousands of participants are expected to join this meaningful activity to raise donations for the underprivileged.

“‘Shanghai Commercial Pok Oi Cycle for Millions 2015’ is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong. The total number of participants this year is expected to reach 6,500. We are looking forward to a satisfying amount of donation to contribute to the development of Pok Oi Hospital,” says Dr. Ho Wing Tim, Chairman of Pok Oi Hospital Board of Directors in the press conference. Mr. Kwok Sek-chi, Chief Executive of Shanghai Commercial Bank remarks, “We are very delighted to be the proud title sponsor of ‘Shanghai Commercial Pok Oi Cycle for Millions’ (2015 to 2017) for three consecutive years. We are fully committed to fulfilling our corporate social responsibility to promote a healthier, greener and low carbon lifestyle through this meaningful cycling event. “

The participants will be divided into two categories — individuals and corporate teams. Participants raising a significant amount of donation will be rewarded with gold, silver or bronze awards of donation. Awards will be also given to the best dressed participants and those with creatively designed bicycles. Participants can win the fabulous prizes.

To join the game, qualified participants can submit applications either through the official website (http://www.cycleformillions.com) or by post, on or before 27 February 2015. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Among the guests in the press conference for “Shanghai Commercial Pok Oi Cycle for Millions 2015” are Mr. Yau Shing Mu, JP, Under Secretary for Transport and Housing; Dr. Ho Wing Tim, Chairman of Pok Oi Hospital Board of Directors; Mrs. Tam Keung May Chu, Winnie, Incoming Chairman of Pok Oi Hospital Board of Directors; Mr. Lincoln Chu Kuen Yung, JP, Chairman & Non-executive Director of Shanghai Commercial Bank; Mr. Kwok Sek-chi, Chief Executive of Shanghai Commercial Bank; Mr. Jen Richie and Ms. Tse Kay, Event Ambassadors; and Mr. Yapp, Hung Fai, Mr. Yiu, Hok Man, Mr. Cheng, Siu Wai, representative of Eastern Sports Club.

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Video Transcoders: A Business-critical Technology in Global Media and Entertainment

– Speed, quality, cost, and flexibility will be critical as focus shifts from delivery to monetization, finds Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Fierce competition and consumer pressure is giving a boost to over-the-top (OTT) content volumes, intensifying the demand for video transcoders globally. With media and entertainment companies looking to deliver OTT multiscreen offerings at par with traditional primary screen content, both in terms of volume and quality of experience, they are investing significantly in digital content workflows and multi-screen transcoders. As industry focus shifts from delivery to monetization, product differentiation will hinge on speed, quality, density, operating cost, flexibility and future-proof architectures.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Media and Entertainment Video Transcoder Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $270.0 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $959.8 million by 2020. While adoption of on-premise products and solutions will continue, software- and platform-as-a-service for multi-screen workflows will gain faster traction due to their agility, scalability and convenience.

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“Ensuring high-quality, glitch-free transcoding across multiple generations of encodes and transcodes remains a crucial problem to solve, making this a technologically-intensive market,” said Frost & Sullivan Digital Media Principal Analyst Avni Rambhia. “Managing scale and agility requirements in a cost-efficient manner is an added dimension of complexity that is driving upgrades and investments in the global media and entertainment video transcoder market.”

While uptake continues to increase, prices are decreasing due to commoditized silicon and, ironically, the rise in cloud-based models is limiting market growth. The inability to fully monetize online video content also affects profits, although niches such as live sports and catch-up TV are beginning to yield dividends in the form of subscription revenues and sold-out advertisement inventories. Over time, advances in high-definition, 4K, high efficiency video coding (HEVC), and the emergence of commercial solutions over home-grown systems will counteract these restraints.

The advancement of online video platforms and video origin servers in the traditional video transcoders market is another challenge. Companies are responding either through portfolio expansion or establishing strategic partnerships. Strong brands with massive distribution channels, but dated internal technology, are acquiring smaller companies with cutting edge technology and limited go-to-market resources.

“Operators are looking for video to become an ‘it just works’ solution as opposed to a technologically-intricate deployment requiring continuous oversight and enhancement,” concluded Rambhia. “Accordingly, video transcoder vendors need to position themselves as long-term outsourcing partners for operators, as opposed to the traditional strategy of differentiating purely on format support and compression efficiency.”

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Doritos Names 29 Semifinalists from Around the World in Annual “Crash the Super Bowl” Contest

— The consumer-created advertisements, all available for viewing on Doritos.com, come from 7 different countries, including The United Kingdom; all vying for $1 Million USD Grand Prize and Dream Job with Universal Pictures

PURCHASE, New York, Dec. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The competition for this year’s “Crash the Super Bowl” contest is fierce and Doritos today unveiled the top 29 semifinalists now in the running for a $1 million USD grand prize and a dream job with Universal Pictures. The consumer-created television advertisements spotlight global talent from 7 countries. These top contenders were selected from nearly 4,900 ads submitted from 29 countries around the world.

Since mid-September, fans from around the world have been sharing their love of Doritos by creating and submitting 30-second advertisements on Doritos.com. Ultimately, two of the consumer-created television ads will air in front of a global audience of more than 100 million viewers during the broadcast of the Super Bowl XLIX, the annual championship game of the National Football League in the United States. The creator of the advertisement receiving the most fan votes will win a guaranteed $1 million USD grand prize, as well as an opportunity unlike any other in the history of the contest: a chance to work for a full year at Universal Pictures in Hollywood where they will lend their creative talents to a variety of projects, including future Universal Pictures releases such as “Pitch Perfect 2” and other big comedies. To view the semifinalist ads and see the official contest rules, visit www.doritos.com.

The Crash the Super Bowl semifinalist ads (in alphabetical order by finalist last name) are:

  • “Doritos Angler” by James Bedford, UK
  • “Baby’s First Word” by Travis Braun, USA
  • “Meditasting” by Luke Seer Brown, Australia
  • “Doritos Hand” by Todd Dack, USA
  • “Tea Time!” by Josh Day, USA
  • “Mom?” by Markus Erhart, Germany
  • “Selfish Sneezers” by Devon Ferguson, Canada
  • “Gone Ape” by Hugh Fleming, Australia
  • “History Bites” Adam J. Hardy, USA
  • “Girl Voice” by Keith Hopkin, USA
  • “The Lemonade Stand” by David Horowitz, USA
  • “I Did That” Zeke Hunter, USA
  • “Blind Date” by Haidy Bahgat Zakher Ibrahim, Egypt
  • “Trouble in the Back Seat” by Jason Johnson, USA
  • “Mis-Spelling Bee” by Brian Kleinschmidt, USA
  • “Cheesy Teasy” by Perry Lang, USA
  • “Doritos Tiny Mouths” by Chuck McCarthy, USA
  • “Dog Dreams” by Brandon Morris, USA
  • “The Pink Slip” by David Olson, USA
  • “What Could Go Wrong?” by Alex Pepper, USA
  • “The Portal” by Jorgen Persson, Sweden
  • “Doritos Manchild” by Armand de Saint-Salvy, Australia
  • “Buried Treasure” by Jessica Sattelberger, USA
  • “Wish Upon a Dorito” by Matthew Shoychet, Canada
  • “Summer of ’64” by Dan Stowell, USA
  • “When Pigs Fly” by Graham Talbot, Canada
  • “Thief Catcher” by Johan A. du Toit, Canada
  • “Nice Bag” by Carl Vasile, USA
  • “Middle Seat” by Scott Zabielski, USA

From the pool of semifinalists, a judging panel will select the top 10 spots to become finalist ads, twice as many as in the previous year’s contest. The qualified panel of judges will include Doritos executives, advertising professionals, and actress/producer Elizabeth Banks — who is making her directorial debut on “Pitch Perfect 2” and has starred in critically acclaimed films such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Seabiscuit,” and “Pitch Perfect,” as well as global franchises like “The Lego Movie,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Spider-Man.”

The 10 finalists will be announced in early January 2015 and fans from around the world will have a chance to vote for their favorites at www.doritos.com. Two television commercials will air during the Super Bowl XLIX broadcast, the grand prize winner selected by fan votes on www.doritos.com and the first prize winner selected by the Doritos brand, who will receive $50,000 USD.

Each of the 10 Crash the Super Bowl finalists will win an invitation to attend Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015 and watch the game from a private suite, where they will tune in to learn which two ads will air for the world to see. The eight finalists whose commercials do not air during the broadcast will each win $25,000 USD.

About Doritos
Doritos is one of the leading brands from PepsiCo’s (NYSE: PEP) global snack portfolio. To learn more about the Doritos brand, visit its website at www.doritos.com.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2013, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth in shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

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About Universal Pictures

Universal Studios Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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