Media Partners Asia Unveils Dates And Key Themes For Apos 2019: ‘The Path To Value Creation’

17 January 2019


(HONG KONG/MUMBAI/SINGAPORE January 17 2019) APOS, Asia’s leading summit for the media, telecoms and entertainment industry, will take place this year from April 23-25 at the Ayana Resort in Bali, Indonesia. The main theme for APOS 2019 will be ‘The Path To Value Creation’, focusing on the foundations and catalysts that will enable the healthy flow of capital, content and distribution across a US$425 billion consumer broadband and video ecosystem in Asia Pacific*. APOS, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, is hosted and organized by independent TMT research and advisory services specialist, Media Partners Asia (MPA). Registration for delegates is now open.

“Digital distribution continues to recalibrate revenues, costs and valuations in Asia Pacific, where local and global innovators are forging new business models and strategies,” said Vivek Couto, Executive Director, Media Partners Asia. “As distribution options multiply, the need for scale, operating leverage and local relevance has been never greater, driving M&A and astute partnerships with a heightened focus on content, data and direct-to-consumer relationships.

“All this requires human and financial capital as well as disciplined execution, shaping investor perception and valuations in turn. As ecosystems converge, APOS 2019 will plot the trajectories of these formative trends in some of the world’s most dynamic markets, with invaluable insights on what will define, create and drive value from leading content creators, owners, distributors and investors.”

Keynotes and panel discussions at this year’s Summit will include the following key themes:

Local Clout Meets Global Scale
As the acceleration of global scale reverberates across the value chain, investment in local content, distribution, technology and talent can deliver key market momentum. APOS 2019 examines how these twin forces are reshaping content creation and distribution across Asia Pacific and globally, including growth markets such as China, India and Indonesia as well as more mature economies such as Australia, Korea, Japan and the US.

Direct-To-Consumer Changes The Game
The future of media belongs to companies that can develop, exploit and monetize direct consumer relationships. The FANG companies have shown the way, combining deep customer knowledge with technology and analytics to drive spend across content, commerce and devices. Asia Pacific has some notable successes too, led by China, although the race in many markets has just begun. APOS 2019 highlights views from local and global players.

A Broader Goal For Distribution Distribution
platforms have a new mantra as operators and markets transition from simple bundles of linear video and legacy communications products to packaging together all kinds of digital services, data and content. How do media and telecom companies handle fresh opportunities and challenges in the connectivity business, including 5G, while navigating the changing dynamics of bundling and monetization?

The New Economics Of Storytelling
As online distribution remodels content costs and returns, APOS 2019 looks at how producers and distributors can make money on a sustainable basis amidst bubbles of volatile demand in online video and challenging unit economics in TV. Which players are investing to create scaled premium content in which markets, and why, and which territories have the most untapped potential across movies and serialized entertainment?

Live Sports Start To Move Online
Live sports, the last bastion of traditional distribution, has started to transition to online delivery across Asia Pacific, setting in motion wide-scale transformation. APOS 2019 analyzes the enablers of this changing landscape as a new breed of digital sports platforms gear up for execution and monetization in key markets such as India, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. What impact will this have on rights valuations, and what kind of partnerships can sustain sports on TV and online?

Investors Re-Evaluate Growth & Profit
How do companies invest and compete when the business models of the future are still taking shape, the definition of success is in flux and different businesses are evaluated on different metrics? Valuations are complex, tricky things these days, no longer solely based on the ability to generate consistent free cash. APOS 2019 provides fresh insight across telecoms, media and technology from major strategics and financial investors.

*Revenue from consumer broadband subscription, video subscription and advertising (pay-TV, free-to-air TV, online video) and non-video internet advertising, based on Media Partners Asia estimates

About APOS
Launched in 2010, APOS is Asia’s premier event for the media, telecoms and entertainment industry. The summit brings together global, regional and local leaders to unlock value and capitalize on opportunity across the region. APOS is the ultimate destination for great conversations, deals and partnerships, thanks to agenda-setting keynotes and panel sessions, strategy and ideation from industry game-changers, and proprietary insights from Media Partners Asia. For more information, please visit

About Media Partners Asia (MPA)
As a leading independent consulting and research provider focused on Asia media & telecoms, MPA offers a range of customized services to help drive business development, strategy & planning, M&A, new products & services and research. Based in Hong Kong, Singapore and India, MPA teams offer in-depth research reports across key industry sectors, customized consulting services, industry events to spread knowledge and unlock partnerships, and publications that provide insights into media & telecoms.

Lavina Bhojwani
VP, Client Services & Operations
Media Partners Asia
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