Quest 7.Com AS A
INTERNET/ RADIO /TV
By Rajnish Narayanan
Perspective of a media company
New media initiatives required
Assuming global convergence [no
comment on time frame!]
Content as a fore-runner to Broadband
Cultural sensitivity - a magic ingredient
The ability of different network platforms to
carry essentially different forms of services
The coming together of devices such as the
telephone, TV,radio,internet,sms & events!
Electronic Media & Entertainment
Broadcasting - Content – [TV type]
Radio EVENTS /
Types of Media
Rich streaming media
Nostradamus on Convergence!
Broadband & Webcasting are the buzz-
words of the 21st century”
Broadband distribution must 1st arrive
before any convergence benefits can be
Till then the TV is well set to drive
convergence at home as will the PC in the
Promises & Deliveries!
Broadband access Yes - for broad-
will make things casters. Subscribers
economical still pay a costly tab
(translated as cheap)
Well yes, it has made
Broadband will bring
in interactivity Hotmail faster maybe
The whole world will
be wired to 3 million My hometown is not
channels [promised fully wired!
New Economy Paradoxes!
No single backbone [long distance/national/
international broadband network] – several
pockets of broadband enabled networks
No standardization of digital delivery formats –
challenge - to evolve a cross platform format
[currently standard content fare of Hollywood]
Avalanche of content available from traditional
and digital media houses – no internet takers!!
Global Convergence Challenges!
Buzz about iTV (Interactive Television) – yet to
see interactive / digital content !
Struggle to create the media convergence
– single services platform]
The future technology = convergence of devices
- net access through multiple devices
The challenge of iTv = digital content
WHAT IS THE CONTENT OF THE FUTURE TO
BE SERVED ACROSS MEDIA,TELEPHONY
AND DEVICES !
1. To create content which is relevant for
cross-platform / cross device
2. To keep the content and delivery
charges to a subscriber economical
3. To still create a profitable business
4. To partner / lead the community in
realising / evolving this business
Content Production a Strategic
1. Communities and Commerce are built by
a strategic deployment of Content
2. Quality – Creativity – Sustainability –
Resource management – Technology –
Talent – [bundling of competences!]
so what is the subscriber benefit?
New media has overturned conventional
marketing theories on pricing!
Challenge for producers to create cost effective
content houses adept at quality: price ratio
TV price points bearing on new media pricing
So what’s the Asia opportunity?
for evolved markets [broadband networks
Production back-end for scale-up &
Focus on establishing world class creative
/ human element hubs for
Profit Patterns - Convergence
Industries where ‘supplier convergence’ is
evident will find us a strong contender in
Key success factor is to position “QUEST
7.com” at the center of this ‘high-tech
Initially “bundle” with high and low ground
Summary of our Offering
1. Low Cost manpower – technical hub
2. Low Cost production – creative hub
3. Low Cost of Operations – back-office
4. Highly skilled teams – for a project
development & execution hub
5. Highly creative team – designer hub
6. ‘High delivery’ managers – for ‘project
leading’ back-end solutions
Back-offices in a borderless
Global Companies will soon have their
marketing / clients in Malaysia; technology
from anywhere and execution here etc
Opportunities in the making!
Broadcasters “Internet” services
18 Billion US Broadcasting Radio Industry
Lycos Radio / Yahoo $6.1 Bn / Viacom –Imagine
Radio [startup] / Arbitron started ratings
Microsoft & Real today use radio as a tool build
Chancellor 469 sites & 80 M audience – AM/FM
Interactive – “miniportals”
Live365.com used by 21000 webcasters
Content Challenge – linear trad content to be
overlayed with applications
FACE – VOICE – THROAT [eyes ears feet]
“ Birds in flight, are not between
places, they carry their places with
them. We never wonder where they
live: they are at home in the sky, in
flight. Flight is their way of being in
The ultimate challenge!
The ultimate challenge is not just
technology or production skills – it is
understanding & harmonising culture!!
Every culture has their own rhythm &
“language”! Expectations of different
cultures is now a social science that is a
prerequisite for business conduct!!
Managing Cultural Context
Developing business = adept at cross
Professionalism demands knowledge of
each culture’s ethics; logic; language;
compromise; etc. Affects data gathering
styles; use of space & time; leadership;
communication patterns; etc.
multi-active to reactive key customers are
Unique demands on content….
Cultural situation – leverage for
Accept hierarchy - obligations/duties
Strong work ethic esp. for own business
Do not work by the clock!
Nepotism is a way of life
Responsive to eloquent, humble &
respectful approach. Try to befriend the
Leveraging  !
Repackage energetically to reach an
Communication patterns are courteous,
Go beyond the written word – operate on
the basis of a relationship!
“The more one knows the more one
1. Build ways to develop cross-cultural
2. Build processes that customise out put
while simplifying the “back-end”
3. Remember – even if it’s a factory
Let’s make this “powerhouse”
concept fly !!
For information and ideas
Perceptions > Reality ?!
I am an optimist,I am still
hopeful – Kenneth Wong,
I am hopeful for
CEO of Pop.com [content miracle money!
To be fair, it took ESPN
12 years to become
Television was 30
profitable [distribution years old when ESPN
perspective] was launched!