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Page UPDATED 23/5/2017 11.55 P.M NZ


Rocket labs Test launch is delayed until Wednesday (Hopefully)

A new FTA Cband platform is to start on ABS 6 @ 159E (see news section)

From my Email


From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3890 V "Big Ganga Talkies has replaced Big Gaurav" on, Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4000 H "Star World HD Asia and Fox Movies Premium" have started on Irdeto. Fox Crime Asia and Nat Geo People Asia have left.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12515 V "Kurai TV and Bashkirskoe Sputnikovoe TV" have left .
Intelsat 15 85.2E 12520 V "Fox Russia, Fox Life Russia, Nat Geo Wild Russia and National Geographic Russia" have started on , Irdeto.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Naaptol and Shop CJ Telugu" have left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3921 H "Zee Bihar Jharkhand" has started on , Fta Wellness and Zee Purvaiya have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Rose TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Cartoon Club and Maya Channel SD" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3900 H "Sony Six" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Olive TV, God's Intervention TV promo, Untouchable TV, DD TV and Success TV have started on , Fta. The Word TV and Charis TV" have left.

Palapa D 113.0E 4147 V The"Matrix Garuda" mux has left again.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E Asia Travel, CTI TV Asia, LTV Drama, EBC Yoyo, CTV, CTS, FTV, SET Taiwan, SET International, Da Ai TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, Hunan TV,
CTS News, FTV News, Global News, ETTV Asia, ETTV Asia News, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel, CCTV 4 Asia, Outdoor Channel International, Arirang World, Bloomberg TV Asia, Celestial Movies Indonesia, Thrill, Kix and MTV Taiwan have moved from 3620 H to 3520 V, Fta.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E AXN East Asia, Animax Asia, Haari Drama, Haari Variety, Haari Movie, Haari Kids, Sports Illustrated 2, Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, Animal Planet Southeast Asia, TLC Southeast Asia, Asian Food Channel, Fashion One Asia, More TV, Insan TV, Wesal TV, Sunna TV, Quran TV, Aljazeera English, TVRI Nasional, Kompas TV, TVOne, Metro TV, SCTV, Indosiar, Trans TV, Trans 7, ANTV and Net have moved from 3580 H to 3560 V,Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 3613 L "Türkmen Owazy" has left .
Yamal 401 90.0E 3623 L "Yaslyk" has left .
Yamal 401 90.0E 10910 V "Moy Mir and 8 Kanal Krasnoyarsk" have left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Maharashtra 1 and Aryan" have started on, Fta Travel & Tourism Channel, Rujumargam TV, CBN News and Network 10 have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "1 Yes TV has replaced Planet News" on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" is Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4005 H "ETV Gujarati News and ETV Odia News" have started on, Irdeto.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "Eternal Life TV Network" has left.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3848 V "Majlis TV" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 4040 H "Bangla TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Shanson TV、Tochka TV(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置12648 V 26471参数无效接收。 [5月23日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,TNT(+4h)、NTV(+3h)(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置12612 V 26471参数无效接收。 [5月23日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、国家地理野生HD(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12520 V 22915参数有条件接收。 [5月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ddish Live(蒙古)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [5月23日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,中视、Outdoor(Skynindo)频道加密,设置3520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月23日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,AXN、Star World(环宇卫视)等9个频道解密,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [5月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Smart TV(蒙古)频道重现,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [5月23日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Movies Time替换Theater TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3734 H 5777参数免费接收。 [5月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Rose TV替换A2Z Doc(MPEG-4)频道,设置3936 H 10100参数免费接收。 [5月23日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、国家地理野生HD(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12520 V 22915参数免费接收。 [5月23日]


Foxtel to expand NBN footprint

From https://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-expand-nbn-footprint-446614

Foxtel has expanded availability of its NBN services.

The announcement:

Foxtel today announced that it has expanded availability of its nbnTM services for premises in Fibre to the Node (FTTN) and Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) serviceable areas across Australia. The move follows Foxtel’s recent arrival on the nbnTM for Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) areas. Today’s news means more customers than ever can enjoy Foxtel’s high performance broadband, purpose built for entertainment.

Australia’s continued hunger for broadband data usage is being driven by widespread video streaming, a growing number of connected devices and more data-demanding applications. At the same time, customers expect an improved broadband experience so they can access their data and stream their content when and how they want.

Foxtel Broadband puts entertainment at its core and has been recognised by YouTube+ as offering a superior HD experience for video streaming. Foxtel’s nbnTM expansion reinforces Foxtel’s leadership in addressing the increased needs of today’s connected households.

Mark Buckman, Foxtel’s Managing Director, Customer and Retail, said, “The way people interact online and watch streamed entertainment is changing rapidly. Fast and reliable broadband is an essential ingredient for Australia’s connected homes. Foxtel Broadband’s arrival in FTTN and FTTB serviceable areas increases our reach to more Australians than ever before. Foxtel’s nbnTM offering, combined with our premium movies, TV and sport bundles provides an unrivalled experience featuring the ultimate combination of world-class programming and high performance internet.”

Foxtel offers a range of nbnTM and ADSL broadband and home phone bundles, which are designed to deliver fast and easy streaming to multiple devices throughout customers’ homes. New customers can sign up to a 200GB per month broadband plan bundled with home phone and TV, starting from as little as $101 per month on a 24-month plan. Foxtel is also offering its unlimited broadband bundle starting from $111* per month with no set-up costs* for a limited time.

Existing Foxtel TV customers can add a 200GB per month Foxtel Broadband and Home Phone bundle to their TV package for only $75= extra per month on a 24-month plan. For a limited time, existing TV customers can add an unlimited Foxtel Broadband and Home Phone bundle to their TV package for only $85^ extra per month on a 24-month plan with no broadband set-up costs.

Foxtel’s ADSL broadband bundles are ‘nbnTM ready1’, meaning current and new customers on Foxtel

ADSL broadband plans today will be able to easily switch their service to the nbnTM network without needing to recontract, once the nbnTM from Foxtel service becomes available at their home.

Foxtel’s broadband bundles feature:

•Unrivalled content – Foxtel Broadband is bundled with Foxtel TV packages and our internet-ready set-top boxes to provide access to the best live sport, new movies, shows and complete seasons, live and on demand;

•Fast internet speeds# with the 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload speed tier included in all unlimited data plans;

•No data download limits for Foxtel content, including Foxtel On Demand3 or the Foxtel Go app3 when connected to Foxtel Broadband at home;

•The Foxtel WiFi modem designed for fast WiFi speeds#, great in-home coverage and easy streaming to multiple devices in your home, free on a 24-month contract;

•YouTube HD verified+ video streaming for less buffering and superior HD quality;

•Unlimited standard local calls2 included in all broadband bundles and unlimited standard national calls2 also included in the unlimited broadband bundles;

•Easy management of all Foxtel services with the convenience of a single bill, one contract and 24/7 technical support

Source: Foxtel

Rocket Lab hoping for third time lucky with test launch

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11861622

Rocket Lab hopes potential risky weather will clear later Wednesday and its test launch can lift off.

The planned launch was scrubbed today because of the risk of "triboelectrification" which can damage a rockets systems.

Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said it was a common reason for launches being scrubbed overseas.

"If the cloud is below -10degC there's a possibility of ice particles and if we travel through that cloud at greater than 3000 feet per second then we can generate a static charge and that's enough to cause damage to the electronics of the vehicle," he said.

Forecasters said there was a possible window later in the day for high cloud clearing.

However, wind could also be at the upper limit during the launch window between 1pm and 5pm.

A MetService scientist was working with Rocket Lab's own weather team and feeding real time data and forecasting to mission control in Auckland - where Beck is.

"He's giving us a reasonable probability of launch tomorrow. If we get to point later on in the morning or afternoon and the violations look like they're going to be 90 per cent or more then we'll have to wait for a better day," he said.

"It's a very structured programme - there's no point in pushing the envelope at such an early stage. We always said we'll go when we're ready. We're ready but the weather's not.

The first possible launch was scrubbed on Monday because of high winds.

It's the final countdown for historic Kiwi space rocket

Prime Minister Bill English is excited for the first test launch for Rocket Lab this week

If Rocket Lab succeeds, this will be the first rocket launched into space from New Zealand, making joining 10 other countries that have.

The Science Media Centre has asked international experts about what makes the Electron rocket different and where the company sits in the independent space market.

One, Professor Martin Barstow of the University of Leicester and director of the Leicester Institute of Space and Earth Observation, said Rocket Lab was part of the new spirit of commercial enterprise around low-cost access to space.

Elon Musk's Space-X was a prime example.

"In the current context Rocket Lab are not so well advanced, as they have yet to carry out their first launch. Also, their 225kg payload mass is rather smaller than other capabilities," he said.

"However, I think there will be a growing need for launch capability for lower mass satellites like this to build satellite constellations. So, if successful, they will be well-placed to support and exploit that market."

He said it was not clear how the business model functions because he did not know the pricing structure but Rocket Lab was hitting an emerging market.

On technology used, he said the use of 3-D printing techniques to produce key components was very novel and likely to lower production costs, giving the company a pricing edge and could help with reliability.

There were no particular advantages for launching from New Zealand.

"In fact the best launch sites are closer to the equator to get the maximum advantage from the Earth's rotation. So, this is more about developing independent capability, so that the country does not have to rely on launch services from elsewhere," said Barstow.

"There is a similar issue in the UK where our government is keen to develop launch site opportunities. It's actually more difficult here due to the proximity of Europe. From New Zealand, you can launch safely over the Pacific."

He said it was "a very exciting project, but getting into space is hard and success is not guaranteed".

AsiaSat launches mobile app

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 23 May 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s
leading satellite operator, launches its first mobile application that offers unique features and functions
for iOS or Android smartphone users.

Practical and interactive functions in the app include:
 AsiaSat Satellite Finder – camera and GPS assisted tool to locate AsiaSat satellites
 Uplink Calculator – tool to calculate uplink power of the TV network designed on AsiaSat satellites
 Downlink Calculator – tool to calculate TVRO size of the TV network designed on AsiaSat
 Sun Outage Calculator – get information on sun outage occurrence time and duration
 AsiaSat Satellite Footprints – all about AsiaSat fleet’s performance across Asia Pacific
The platform also offers users convenient access to the latest news, events, services and TV channel
reception information of AsiaSat.

“Mobile applications are undoubtedly the new wave of business applications. We are very excited to
release AsiaSat’s first mobile application, and see it our latest initiative to get closer to our customers
and users, by providing them the best access to our latest information, some useful tools that will benefit
their use of AsiaSat services. Our ultimate goal is to ever improve our services bringing them the best
possible customer and user experience,” commented Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer at


# # #
About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over
two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7
and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700
television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830
million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched
in late 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a
company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please
visit www.asiasat.com

Media Contact:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Intelsat and Telkom Join Forces at 157° East to Expand Broadband Connectivity across Indonesia

From http://www.cellular-news.com/story/Operators/69546.php

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE I), operator of the world's first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (PT Telkom), Indonesia's largest satellite telecommunications services company, announced today they have entered into a collaboration agreement designed to provide options as the companies explore new opportunities to serve a region with expansive needs for broadband connectivity.

Under the new, multi-year agreement, Telkom has relocated the Telkom-2 satellite to Intelsat's 157° East orbital location, where it will be co-located with Intelsat 5. This move allows Telkom to efficiently manage its satellite fleet while expanding its use of Intelsat services to complement PT Telkom's network. The two satellite operators will also analyze the potential to expand services at 157° East.

"In a country such as Indonesia, satellite services are critical to meeting our customers' increasing demands for data and video content, regardless of location," said Abdus Somad Arief, Director of Wholesale and International Service Telkom. "By collaborating with Intelsat, we can leverage our collective broadband expertise to support and spur economic growth across Indonesia as well as enhance the lives of millions of citizens within the country."

"Our collaboration with Telkom demonstrates the value we place on working with other satellite operators to optimize the potential of our services in the region," said Jay Yass, Vice President, Business Development, Intelsat. "As our Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites are introduced to the Asia region, with Intelsat 33e currently in service and Horizons 3e late next year, collaborations such as this are essential to bringing the best solutions to the region. We look forward to working with PT Telkom as we explore opportunities to optimize our respective fleets in the region."

About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world's first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat's Globalized Network combines the world's largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.

About Telkom Indonesia

Telkom Group is a state-owned telecommunications enterprise as well as telecommunications and network service providers in Indonesia. Telkom Group serves millions of customers throughout Indonesia with a complete range of telecommunications services that includes fixed wireline and fixed wireless connections, mobile communications, networking, and interconnection services as well as Internet and data communication services. Telkom Group also provides various services in the field of information, media and edutainment, including cloud-based and server-based managed services, e-Payment services and IT enabler, e-Commerce and other portal services. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.telkom.co.id/en/.

Intelsat, Globecast take TRT World into Americas and Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/23/intelsat-globecast-take-trt-world-into-americas-and-asia/

Intelsat has announced that Globecast signed a multi-year agreement with the company to distribute the English version of TRT World in HD format to cable outlets in Asia and the Americas via the Intelsat 20 and Intelsat 21 satellites using IntelsatOne terrestrial fiber and teleport services.

Globecast is expanding its longstanding relationship with Intelsat to distribute TRT World content to Asia and Latin America on Intelsat’s highly penetrated video neighborhoods. Intelsat 20, located at 68.5 East degrees, is the leading distribution and Direct-to-Home distribution platform serving Africa and the Indian Ocean region. Intelsat 21, located at 302 degrees East, is one of four satellites comprising Intelsat’s powerful video neighborhoods serving the Latin America region.

“It is our goal to provide our customers with efficient distribution into new growth markets around the world. Intelsat’s globalised network, and its highly penetrated video neighborhoods, provide maximum viewers for our content owners,” said Philippe Bernard, CEO at Globecast.

Deputy Director General of TRT Ibrahim Eren stated that it is important for TRT World to be available on Intelsat 20 and 21. “Intelsat is renowned for its advanced fleet of satellites and overall expertise in the business. Through their help, coupled with sophisticated technology from Globecast, we’re delighted to expand TRT World to millions of viewers across the Americas and Asia.”

“A valued partner, Globecast’s relationship with Intelsat spans many years and many continents,” said Rhys Morgan, Intelsat’s Managing Director, Europe. “We continue to invest in our media neighborhoods to ensure that we can support the growth of customers, such as Globecast and TRT World, who distribute new high definition programming around the world. We welcome TRT World to the Intelsat network and the nearly 5,000 channels we deliver globally.”

Thaicom unveils new RAN optimiser series

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/business/corporate/30316073

Satellite operator Thaicom on Tuesday announced the introduction of a series of radio access network (RAN) optimisers that it says allows satellite service providers to cost-effectively optimise high-throughout 4G/LTE (long-term evolution technology) data and voice traffic to unserved and underserved areas using a single-box solution.

Thaicom is one of the leading providers of cellular backhaul over satellite service to mobile network operators (MNOs) in Asia Pacific.

With the introduction of the RAN optimisers NITRO30 and NITRO100, Thaicom is rounding out its end-to-end cellular backhaul service portfolio.

Patompob Suwansiri, chief commercial officer of Thaicom, said that cellular backhaul has been a market of high growth for Thaicom customers across Asia Pacific.

The CCO said the company’s IPSTAR broadband satellite system in combination with its customised solutions on an end-to-end basis has allowed cellular operators expand their service coverage area and increase subscribers cost-effectively in the past.

The NITRO30 is available now, while the NITRO100 will be available in the third quarter.

CASBAA: “Satellite competition is fierce”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/23/casbaa-satellite-competition-is-fierce/

“There have been more dramatic changes in the global satellite industry in the past two years than we have been seen in the last twenty-five,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES Networks, speaking at the close of the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 in Singapore.

That comment summarised nine hours of insights, statements and data downloads testing the temperature of the Asian satellite market at CASBAA’s 17th annual meeting of satellite executives, engineers and investors.

“This has been an energising, challenging day which laid out the immediate and long-term opportunities and challenges for the satellite sector in Asia in terms of both commercial and technical issues,” said CASBAA CEO, Christopher Slaughter. “We have been given a lot to think about. Innovation at every level must be at the heart of all our businesses.”

According to keynote speaker Andrew Jordan, CEO of regional operator AsiaSat, video distribution via satellite represents some 70 per cent of revenues for most GEO satellite operators in the region with Ultra High Definition and 4K services “all the rage” despite representing a less than 20 per cent transition from Standard Definition services in Asia. “Mobility and broadband are the latest must-have applications, driving HTS (High Throughput Satellites) which is a maturing technology with enormous promise,”

The potential benefits and disadvantages of HTS and “cut-throat” competition were an overarching theme of the conference, which also covered such items as in-flight connectivity, maritime services, reusable launch vehicles, flat panel antennas, new satellite manufacturing processes and the on-going promise of the satellite market in India.

Key quotes from the event:

From the Operators
•There are 600 million households out there without TV. The opportunity for satellite remains enormous – Tom Choi, ABS
•When the millennials start families they are like the rest of US. They slump back on their settees – Andrew Jordan, AsiaSat
•If we don’t play in the 5G space other technologies will take over for sure – Deepak Mather, SES

From the Manufacturers
•Our customers are increasingly asking for Flexible, Refreshable, Blended Constellations that will last forever. It’s all over the map – Dawn Harms, Boeing Satellite
•Manufacturers also need to help with the ground segment – Tony Colucci, VP Sales, SSL
•From GEO to LEO . . . It’s a cultural difference – Tony Colucci, SSL
•To provide for the “extended life” of a satellites (maybe to match the life of a co-located satellite) GEO manufacturers need agree on a standardized USB for in-orbit connectivity – Olivier Guilbert, Thales Alenia
•Now we must be “Datacentric”, Tony Colucci, SSL

From the Customers
•We are now entering uncharted territory – Chris Baugh, Northern Sky Research
•Competition is fierce – PJ Beylier, Speedcast
•Consolidation is coming, but it must be at the operator level – Deepakajit Singh, Encompass Media
•Transponder costs may yet fall by 30%-40% — Deepak Singh, Encompass

•HTS is the thing — Tony Colucci, SSL
•It’s not just about providing highest throughput, it’s about jointly driving the ecosystem to make it more efficient – Elias Zaccack, SES

On Flat Panels
•We need multi frequency, multi-beam spectrum. The ability to switch between Ka to KU via LEO or GEO is crucial — John Finney, Isotropic
•It’s more complicated than almost anybody thought a few years ago – Susan Bull, Comsys
•People aren’t going to buy a flat-panel antenna just because it’s pretty! — Alvaro Sanchez, Intergrasys

The Launch Panel
•Our objective is to relaunch the rocket after one hour — Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX
•Launch, Re-fuel and re-launch — Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX
•They say there will be 24,000 LEO launches in the next while. What about space junk? – Peter Jackson, PJ Square
•Less price, more performance! That is what we will deliver ,– Tom Carroll, ILS International

On India
•Digitise, digitise, digitise! But when can we monetise? – Ashok Mansukhani, Hinduja Media
•India is a country where stats barely make sense — Ashok Mansukhani
•The DTH industry will remain a volume-led market for the next five years – Vivek Couto, MPA

MLS adds three new international broadcast partners in India, Honduras and New Zealand

From https://www.lagalaxy.com/post/2017/05/19/mls-adds-three-new-international-broadcast-partners-india-honduras-and-new-zealand

Major League Soccer (MLS) announced today new television agreements across three continents. These new deals will add MLS programming in India, Honduras and New Zealand.
•Global map and a list of all MLS players by birthplace, please click here.

In South Asia, MLS has partnered with India’s DSport to broadcast five MLS regular season matches per week, select MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup. DSport is a premium sports channel in India launched by Discovery Communications, which also owns MLS’ pan-European broadcast partner Eurosport.

In Central America, MLS announced a new partnership with Honduras’ R-Media to televise one live regular season match per week, the MLS All-Star Game; the MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup. The matches will be broadcast on Canal 11. Demand for MLS in the Central American country is higher than ever due to the number of Honduran national team stars on different MLS clubs, including Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo) and Roger Espinoza (Sporting KC), and the growing familiarity with MLS clubs as they participate in CONCACAF competitions.

In Oceania, MLS’ broadcast partner is Television New Zealand, more commonly referred to as TVNZ Duke. The network will broadcast at least one live MLS regular season matches per week; the MLS All-Star Game, select MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup.

In all, MLS is distributed in more than 170 countries and territories around the world. As part of MLS’ continued focus to bring the League to more fans around the world and grow as a global media property, MLS’ international broadcast portfolio now includes: Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, pan-European broadcaster Eurosport, Globosat in Brazil, Abu Dhabi Media in the Middle East and North Africa, beIN SPORTS across Southeast Asia and Australia, FOX Sports Latin America and FOX Sports Africa, Sportcast in Taiwan, StarHub in Singapore, Fuji TV in Japan, R-Media in Honduras, DSport in India, TVNZ Duke in New Zealand, together with ESPN for select games across their international platforms. Domestic partnerships with ESPN, FOX, Univision, TSN and TVA Sports provide broadcasts of MLS games throughout the United States and Canada.

Amazon’s ‘live TV’ plans for Europe

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/23/amazons-live-tv-plans-for-europe/

Amazon has quietly been assembling live TV channels to offer as à la carte options to its Amazon Prime Video service. The service, launching in UK, Germany and Austria echoes that launched in the US in 2015.

Amazon’s new platform, which is being delivered through the existing Prime Video app, allows customers to select from more than 40 on-demand TV channels. These include ITV, Discovery, Eurosport, MGM and Amazon’s own curated Bollywood channel Heera. Discovery is providing the best-known pay-TV channels to the service, offering Eurosport for £6.99 (€8.1) a month and Discovery Channel for £4.99 a month. The UK service will include about 40 channels those in Germany and Austria 25 each.

“Amazon launched a similar thing in the US, and the big selling point was that you could get HBO and Showtime programmes, all under one umbrella,” said Tom Harrington, an analyst at Enders, talking to the BBC. “That’s not going to happen here. Sky have HBO and Showtime locked down, at least for now, and will hold on to them aggressively.

Analysts at investment bank Exane/BNP-Paribas stated: “The Channels service has already launched in the US, and provides access to HBO, Showtime and Cinemax – a more appealing list of headliners than the UK version. This is a small positive for ITV and negative for Sky. The larger worry for European broadcasters will be if Amazon now follows up their more ambitious North American move into live sport. Last week Amazon announced a deal last month to stream 10 of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games while Twitter now broadcasts some golf and women’s basketball and Facebook streams MLB. Amazon has already got Bundesliga audio internet rights and will start live-streaming the French Open via Eurosport but further expansion into European premium sports content by any of the Google/Facebook/Amazon/Netflix will be taken negatively for broadcasters.”

As far as the impact on Sky’s satellite service, the bank said: “This is also likely to add to the negative sentiment on Eutelsat and SES as it raises the risk of technological substitution. Given its focus on Western Europe and the US, SES seems most exposed. Note however, that it is consistent with our long term view that terrestrial broadband and satellite are likely to end up as the two main broadcasting infrastructures for live channels. Not only are satellites likely to be required to cover white spaces, but we also believe it is in broadcasters’ economic interest to maintain two competing distribution platforms.”

Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay and Media at CCS Insight, commented: “A highly disruptive move and one that threatens Sky’s dominance in the pay TV market both in the UK and Germany. Beyond free to air services, the addition of Discovery’s channels is hugely significant. This is the first time that its channels have been made available outside of the Sky universe and out of a bundle. In our opinion, this will force many households to think twice about their pay TV subscription and cut the cord as we’ve seen in the US. Especially if Amazon will add more live TV such as sports in the future.”

“This latest announcement aligns with one of our CCS Insight predictions: that the move to Internet delivery of TV programming will see a return to large bundles of content. There’s been a rush toward online video services and so-called “skinny” bundles, accompanied by a proliferation of separate apps for each provider. But in reality, customers will not want to sign up to numerous services, receive more bills and be forced to open several apps to find the content they want. In our view, the disparate and disjointed nature of these apps will lead frustrated customers to reengage with big content bundles delivered over Internet connections. Video is proving to be a battle ground for all Web providers as underlined by recent announcements.”

Ipstar taps Hughes for broadband project in India

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/ipstar-taps-hughes-for-broadband-project-in-india--1196931

Ipstar International, an Asia-Pacific telecommunications company and subsidiary of satellite operator Thaicom, has selected the Jupiter System from Hughes Network Systems to extend the reach of broadband throughout India. Ipstar will operate the Jupiter System over the Thaicom 4 high-throughput satellite (HTS) in India, enabling government-owned service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) to offer fixed and mobile services as part of the government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, extending broadband to rural and urban areas across the country.

According to Hughes, new Jupiter-powered services will be five times faster than any satellite internet access currently available in India, offering speeds up to 100 Mbps. It will also be the first deployment of the DVB-S2X standard in India.

Pakistan's Supernet launches services on Intelsat satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/pakistans-supernet-launches-services-on-intelsat-satellite--1196924

Supernet, a Pakistani satellite network service provider and systems integrator, is introducing new services provided via the Intelsat 33e satellite. Supernet will commit to the Intelsat EpicNG platform, migrated networks onto Intelsat 33e. Intelsat 33e, operating from 60° East, delivers enterprise-grade broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aeronautical and maritime mobility service providers, and government customers to the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean regions.

Russia to operate 15 Earth observation satellites by 2020

From http://tass.com/science/946948

This measure will allow making a survey of Russia and the entire globe, the head of the Russian state said

SOCHI, May 22. /TASS/. The number of Earth observation satellites is set to be no less than 15 by 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on the space sector’s development on Monday.

"As is known, in this sphere Russia has indisputable advantages and we need to maximally use them. First of all, the orbital remote sensing satellite grouping needs to be built up," the Russian president said.

"By 2020, it should comprise no less than 15 satellites," Putin said.

This measure will allow making a survey of Russia and the entire globe, the head of the Russian state said.

Putin said that the technology of the Earth’s remote sensing was widely used throughout the world. The Russian leader urged to use it more broadly in Russia as well as it would also help strengthen national security, develop the economy and the social sphere and raise the quality of state governance.

As the Russian leader said, the data obtained through the Earth’s remote sensing were extremely important for such sectors as construction, infrastructure, forestry, agriculture, the environment, meteorology, mineral resources extraction, the prevention and the elimination of the consequences of emergency situations.

OneWeb on track for its first satellites to be operational in under a year

From http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/oneweb-track-for-its-first-satellites-to-be-operational-less-than-one-year

OneWeb aims to bridge the digital divide, providing internet service to remote and rural areas.

OneWeb representatives recently called on staff in the International Bureau’s Satellite Division at the FCC to reinforce previous comments filed with the commission and provide an update on OneWeb’s ambitious plans to launch a satellite constellation.

OneWeb emphasized the immediacy of its plans: In less than one year, it anticipates its first satellites will be in orbit and operational, according to an ex parte filing (PDF). The company expects these efforts to result in a constellation that will serve as a critical component of the FCC-led efforts to bridge the digital divide in the U.S.

By way of example, OneWeb said that starting in 2019, it will enable high-speed access for all of Alaska where homes, tribal health centers and tens of thousands of residents are without adequate broadband access. Within its first two years of service, OneWeb plans to make significant progress toward closing the digital divide in the U.S.

OneWeb explained that its first satellites are currently set to be launched in March 2018. These satellites will be manufactured at the OneWeb facility in Toulouse, France, where the final assembly line is being inaugurated next month. OneWeb’s second and third final assembly lines will be located at OneWeb’s new state-of-the-art satellite facility in Exploration Park, Florida, which is currently under construction.

While the company wants to connect the under-served or unconnected around the world, it’s also going to be in a position to supply backhaul for millions of small cells that are part of the cellular industry’s densification plans leading up to and in 5G. OneWeb Founder and Executive Chairman Greg Wyler told FierceWirelessTech back in March that telecom operators are one of OneWeb’s primary customer bases and it has designed its systems to be fully compatible and integrated with cellular networks, including as they move to 5G.

While Qualcomm is an investor in OneWeb, it’s also been working closely with OneWeb, supplying what the company considers a chipset that’s truly revolutionary for the satellite industry and very much a part of how it’s going to be able to make the whole system work affordably. Wyler has said previously that the hardest part of OneWeb’s system is done by Qualcomm on the chipset side.

During Mobile World Congress 2017, Intelsat and OneWeb announced their merger and a new cash infusion from SoftBank. The combined entity promises to deliver a robust technology roadmap for customers in wireless, mobility and government sectors, as well as media and enterprise segments.

Last week, Reuters reported that OneWeb increased its merger proposal for Intelsat by offering Intelsat's creditors a smaller discount for their bonds than it had before. Bondholders have until May 31 to decide whether to accept the new deal.


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Rocket Lab countdown: High winds delay launch

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11801629

Rocket Lab has delayed for a day the start of a launch-attempt window to send its Electron rocket into space from its base in Mahia on the East Coast.

It says high winds on the peninsula have forced it to have another go tomorrow.

The company has said weather and other technical factors will dictate whether the test launch can be attempted and what one local described as a nasty southerly blew through at the weekend and will hang around early today.

The wind is forecast to be blowing from the southwest and more an 20km/h from the southwest this morning.

Rocket Lab has scheduled a road closure on the route running to the test site from 9am this morning to 8pm tonight but this is now scheduled for tomorrow.

There are more than 700 permanent residents on the peninsula between Gisborne and Wairoa and one of them, Joe Hedley, said last night the weather had been rough over the weekend with strong, cold southerlies and a big swell running.

"It's pretty quiet at the moment. We're all waiting for the first launch. There's been a couple of people who have said they want to be here to see a bit of history," he said.

There were about 40 Rocket Lab staff on the launch pad site at the southern tip of the peninsula. The site was chosen by the New Zealand-founded company for its southeasterly aspect and because it is so remote and private.

Rocket Lab says it will release footage of the launch - if it is successful.

With more than 10 tonnes of a liquid oxygen-kerosene fuel mix a catastrophic failure would be dramatic.

Rocket Lab says it has three test launches planned before carrying commercial cargo of small satellites into low Earth orbit more frequently than its competitors and more easily from a test site with little aviation activity around it.

The only regular international flight in the vicinity is a LATAM airlines Dreamliner heading for Chile and back, means clearing air space is not a major issue compared with launch sites in other countries.

The launch timeline is lengthy, with a lift off about six hours after the road is closed, pushing it into the mid-afternoon.

Rocket Lab says launch postponements or scrubs were common and should be expected.

Hedley said he had been advised it would be difficult to get a glimpse of the rocket, even from the peninsula. After a slow lift off to clear the portable tower, the rocket would accelerate to a maximum speed of 27,000km/h, meaning it may only be visible from a good spot for about nine seconds, he said.

The project has attracted criticism, including from some who have questioned the Government's funding of up to $25 million and from Greenpeace, which has raised concerns about the environmental impact of parts of the rocket falling into the sea.

Hedley said while there were a "couple of antis" among locals the vast majority supported the project.

Some locals had got jobs building roads and providing houses to rent.

Customers signed to fly on Electron include Nasa, Planet, Spire and Moon Express.

The vehicle is capable of delivering payloads of up to 150kg to a 500km sun-synchronous orbit; the target range for the high-growth constellation-satellite market.

Rocket Lab was founded in 2006 by Peter Beck.

The company has its registered headquarters in Los Angeles.

Besides the Government, Rocket Lab also has backing from Sir Stephen Tindall's K1W1 Ltd, massive Silicon Valley funding and support from American global aerospace company Lockheed Martin.

Vodafone announced as new sponsor for New Zealand Rugby

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11860934

Vodafone joining forces with the All Blacks should make Sky Television nervous.

The telco has inked a four-year agreement with New Zealand Rugby where it will be an official sponsor of the national team and also power a new All Blacks app.

The app, due to launch during next months's Lions tour, will give fans who go to live games the ability to watch tries, highlights and alternative live footage from different camera angles.

It's becoming increasingly popular for sporting organisations to launch their own smartphone apps - Rio Olympics developed one to stream highlights during last year's games, as did the Americas Cup organisers in San Francisco.

It's a smart move from New Zealand Rugby and shows it is making an effort to take care of fans who stump up for test-match tickets.

The deal should also be good for Vodafone, aligning the mobile and broadband provider with one of New Zealand's most powerful brands.

The new app will no doubt also consume a fair whack of mobile data, which will benefit both Vodafone and its competitors.

However, the four-year Vodafone agreement isn't such good news for the Sky.

While the pay-TV provider has the broadcast rights for test rugby tied up until 2020, closer ties between New Zealand Rugby and a telco should ring some alarm bells.

That's because by the time those rights expire, close to 75 per cent of the country will be able to access fibre internet that's easily quick enough to stream live sports. A rights-holder like New Zealand Rugby doesn't need to partner with a traditional broadcaster to reach fans and could instead work with a telco to distribute it directly to homes and pubs across big parts of the country.

New Zealand Rugby would need to weigh up whether the cost of doing so - including the loss of guaranteed revenue in what Sky pays for broadcast rights - is worth it.

Sky also has production expertise and equipment that New Zealand Rugby would need to bring in-house or pay someone else to handle.

But if the new app and Vodafone relationship gets off to a racing start, it should make the rights negotiation process very interesting.

NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew on new deal - Sky have nothing to worry about

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11860978

New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew says his organisation's new four-year deal with Vodafone will help them prepare for the future, but insists broadcast partner Sky Television have nothing to worry about.

The current five-year Sky deal, said to be worth $70m a year to NZ Rugby, runs out in 2020, and should the broadcaster be part of the bidding process for the next one, Tew's organisation will now likely to be in a position to drive a far harder bargain, or simply go it alone and transmit direct to rugby fans.

One of the positives of the deal espoused by Tew today is the fact that the All Blacks app has been upgraded significantly - in partnership with Vodafone - and that spectators at matches, starting with the British and Irish Lions tour which starts next month, will be able to watch highlights and "alternative live footage from multiple different camera angles" on their phones and devices.

That will mean heavily upgraded wifi capacity for New Zealand stadiums - something that Vodafone should be able to help with. The fact that the telecommunications is an international organisation also provides the potential for New Zealand Rugby to reach overseas subscribers should they wish.

Asked how the deal could affect NZ Rugby's broadcasting future, Tew said: "This is not a rights deal, this is a commercial arrangement that we have with a technology provider, but there's no doubt that the way content is broadcast and consumed is changing virtually day and so for us to be in a partnership with someone at the leading edge of that stuff is helpful, it will help us be better prepared, but we're not committing to anything at this stage because that next negotiation is a long way away."

However, Tew was eager to reassure Sky, too, when asked how the deal would affect NZ Rugby's relationship with the broadcaster. Significantly, the proposed merger between Sky and Vodafone was declined by the Commerce Commission recently.

"There's nothing in here that would worry Sky," Tew said. "They already have, as you can probably work out, a very close working relationship with Vodafone. I talked to John Fellet as recently as this afternoon and he's very happy that our partnership with Vodafone is taking an extra step forward because he already has a strong one [with them]."

All Blacks fans could have new ways to follow their team. Photo / Photosport

By the time Sky's rights deal expires, close to 75 per cent of the country will be able to access fibre internet that's easily quick enough to stream live sports.

When contacted for comment, a Sky spokeswoman said the new app was no cause for concern. Rather, it was "another great use of the content we produce".

She said Sky played a massive role in terms of the production of live sports broadcasts and the company expected more announcements such as this in the near future.

When pressed on NZ Rugby "entering into Sky's territory", Tew said: "There's nothing that we've agreed with Vodafone that we haven't got the rights to do. We just haven't had the partner to do it [with]. And that will include a pretty significant upgrade of wifi around stadiums because there's not much point having the hardware if you haven't got the bandwidth or whatever the technical term is."

Vodafone will launch a "Rugby Road Trip" next week ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour which kicks off in Whangarei on June 3. The first of three tests is at Eden Park on June 24. The company will also provide wifi and other "interactive experiences" at fanzones in Wellington and Auckland.

Tew added: "We want to offer rugby fans the ultimate experience. This partnership with Vodafone means local rugby fans will have access to in-stadium technology that is at the forefront of what is available around the world to watch the game. It is an incredibly exciting development.

"This is a great partnership for New Zealand Rugby in terms of where we want to take the game. It is important to us that we move with the times and offer a world leading fan experience, and in this day and age that means integrating innovative technology into our fan offering."

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and the SOLAR Group will launch a new DTH service in the Philippines

From press release

Bermuda and Hong Kong, 22nd May 2017 – ABS, a leading satellite operator and the SOLAR Group, one of the largest content providers in the Philippines have formed a joint venture partnership to launch the first nationwide Free-to-View Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in the Philippines.

The new service will be available on C-band via the ABS-6 satellite covering the Philippines. Unlike most Ku-band DTH services, the C-band service will not be susceptible to rain degradation. The free-to-view platform is scheduled to launch in Q3 2017 and will host a bouquet of 40-50 high quality domestic and international channels. Content will include different genres of programming from general entertainment, music, movies, sports, lifestyle, infotainment, children’s and local content. Unlike other pay TV services, consumers in the Philippines will only need to make a one-time purchase of an affordable DTH kit which includes a small parabolic antenna and decoder set-top-box (STB), and will be able to enjoy an array of digital quality and compelling programming with no monthly fees.

“We are very excited to announce this joint collaboration with the SOLAR Group to launch a Free-to-View DTH service in the Philippines. The SOLAR Group is one of the most highly respected broadcast and media companies in the Philippines. This is a perfect strategic partnership with each party bringing unique strengths and experience to drive the success of this platform,” said CEO of ABS Tom Choi. “For the first time in the Philippines, everyone will be able to afford high quality television programming for free, including consumers living in the rural areas and outlying islands.”

SOLAR Group President and CEO Wilson Y. Tieng said, “ABS’ comprehensive understanding of this business was a key factor in our decision to work together and launch this platform in the Philippines. With their extensive experience on launching and operating similar DTH services in other markets like in Indonesia, they were able to bring their expertise in designing and operating the platform. This allowed us to focus on programming, marketing and distribution, rather than technical operations.”

About ABS

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites: ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa and Asia. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira.

For more information, visit: www.absatellite.com


Solar Entertainment Corporation is the largest content provider and channel operator in Southeast Asia. It is committed to elevating the network to a global standard and maintaining Solar as a leader and innovator in the industry. Until today, Solar continues to widen its programming to meet the demands of emerging audiences.

For more details, log on to http://solarentertainmentcorp.com/.

AsiaSat 9 ready for shipment Hong Kong

From media release , 22 May 2017

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) achieved critical milestone of the AsiaSat 9 program with the successful conclusion of the Satellite Pre-Ship Review (SPSR) meeting with Space Systems Loral (SSL) on 7 April 2017. Both AsiaSat and SSL agreed that AsiaSat 9 is ready for shipment to the launch site as soon as required.

During the meeting, performance data of the spacecraft was critically reviewed, deep dived into each subsystem. Launch mission and in-orbit-test were also on the agenda.
“We are pleased to achieve this key milestone with our largest-ever satellite ready to be shipped to the Baikonur launch site,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. “AsiaSat 9’s additional capacity and high performance coverage will provide the path for our continued growth and ever better service to our customers.”
AsiaSat 9 is a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East longitude. AsiaSat 9 is a SSL 1300E satellite equipped with 28 C-band and 32 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload.

The satellite will provide enhanced C-band coverage over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region, as well as customised Ku-band beams for Australasia, East Asia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Mongolia. AsiaSat 9 will be launched by an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched in late 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

Media Contact:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

IPTV Providers Counter Premier League Piracy Blocks

From https://torrentfreak.com/iptv-providers-counter-premier-league-piracy-blocks-170520/

The Premier League and its anti-piracy partners have begun blocking some illicit IPTV streams in the UK after obtaining a High Court injunction earlier this year. However, providers are already countering the efforts in various ways, including tweaks to their Kodi addons.

In the UK, top tier football is handled by The Premier League and its broadcasting partners Sky and BT Sport. All are facing problems with Internet piracy.

In a nutshell, official subscriptions are far from cheap, so people are always on the lookout for more affordable alternatives. As a result, large numbers of fans are turning to piracy-enabled set-top boxes for their fix.

These devices, often running Kodi with third-party addons, not only provide free or cheap football streams but also enable fans to watch matches at 3pm on Saturdays, a time traditionally covered by the blackout.

To mitigate this threat, earlier this year the Premier League obtained a rather special High Court injunction.

While similar in its aims to earlier orders targeting torrent sites including The Pirate Bay, this injunction enables the Premier League to act quickly, forcing local ISPs such as Sky, BT, and Virgin to block football streams in real-time.

“This will enable us to target the suppliers of illegal streams to IPTV boxes, and the internet, in a proportionate and precise manner,” the Premier League said at the time.

Ever since the injunction was issued, TF has monitored for signs that it has been achieving its stated aim of stopping or at least reducing stream availability. Based on information obtained from several popular IPTV suppliers, after several weeks we have concluded that Premier League streams are still easy to find, with some conditions.

HD sources for games across all Sky channels are commonplace on paid services, with SD sources available for free. High-quality streams have been consistently available on Saturday afternoons for the sensitive 3pm kick-off, with little to no interference or signs of disruption.

Of course, the Internet is a very big place, so it is certainly possible that disruption has been experienced by users elsewhere. However, what we do know is that some IPTV providers have been working behind the scenes to keep their services going.

According to a low-level contact at one IPTV provider who demanded total anonymity, servers used by his ‘company’ (he uses the term loosely) have seen their loads drop unexpectedly during match times, an indication that ISPs might be targeting their customers with blocks.

A re-seller for another well-known provider told TF that some intermittent disruption had been felt but that it was “being handled” as and when it “becomes a problem.” Complaint levels from customers are not yet considered a concern, he added.

That the Premier League’s efforts are having at least some effect doesn’t appear to be in doubt, but it’s pretty difficult to find evidence in public. That being said, an IPTV provider whose identity we were asked to conceal has taken more easily spotted measures.

After Premier League matches got underway this past Tuesday night, the provider in question launched a new beta service in its Kodi addon. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it allows users to cycle through proxy servers in order to bypass blocks put in place by ISPs on behalf of the Premier League.

Embedded proxy service in Kodi

As seen from the image above, the beta unblocking service is accessible via the service’s Kodi addon and requires no special skills to operate. Simply clicking on the “Find a Proxy to Use” menu item opens up the page below.

The servers used to bypass the blocks

Once a working proxy is found, access to the streams is facilitated indirectly, thereby evading the Premier League’s attempts at blocking IP addresses at the UK’s ISPs. Once that’s achieved, the list of streams is accessible again.

Sky Sports streams ready, in HD

The use of proxies for this kind of traffic is of interest, at least as far as the injunction goes.

What we know already is that the Premier League only has permission to block servers if it “reasonably believes” they have the “sole or predominant purpose of enabling or facilitating access to infringing streams of Premier League match footage.”

If any server “is being used for any other substantial purpose”, the football organization cannot block it, meaning that non-dedicated or multi-function proxies cannot be blocked by ISPs, legally at least.

On Thursday evening, however, a TF source monitoring a popular IPTV provider using proxies reported that the match between Southampton and Manchester United suddenly became blocked. Whether that was due to Premier League action is unclear but by using a VPN, usual service was restored.

The use of VPNs with IPTV services raises other issues, however. All Premier League blockades can be circumvented with the use of a VPN but many IPTV providers are known for being intolerant of them, since they can also be used by restreamers to ‘pirate’ their service.

The Premier League injunction came into force on March 18, 2017, and will run out this weekend when the football season ends.

It’s reasonable to presume that the period will have been used for testing and that the Premier League will be back in court again this year seeking a further injunction for the new season starting in August. Expect it to be more effective than it has been thus far.

DISH Now on Amazon Fire TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/22/dish-now-on-amazon-fire-tv/

DISH extended its DISH Anywhere app experience to customers’ big screen televisions through Amazon Fire TV products. This marks the first time customers can use a media player to seamlessly access DISH Anywhere on any TV with an HDMI input, either at home or on the go.

“While DISH Anywhere has historically been embraced on mobile devices, users are now getting even more of what they want – their DISH subscription on any TV at no extra cost”

DISH Anywhere gives Hopper customers in the US the ability to watch 100 per cent of their live and recorded content, plus thousands of on-demand titles, from any location on Internet-connected mobile devices, including smart phones, tablets and computers, and now televisions.

“While DISH Anywhere has historically been embraced on mobile devices, users are now getting even more of what they want – their DISH subscription on any TV at no extra cost,” said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. “DISH Anywhere on Fire TV is an excellent value that further brings choice and flexibility to our customers’ television experience.”

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are the first media players to offer DISH Anywhere. DISH customers with an Internet-connected Hopper 3, Hopper 2 or a first-generation Hopper connected to a Sling Adapter have access to live, recorded and on-demand content on DISH Anywhere. Customers with VIP receivers may use DISH Anywhere to watch on-demand titles.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


A very small update to finish the week

New whitepaper from Asiasat
Adjacent Satellite Interference (ASI) - Effects and Causes on Ku-band DTH Network
http://www.asiasat.com/whitepaper/form.php?filename=adjacent-satellite-interference-asiasat.pdf&topic=the file

From my Email


From the Dish

no Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Cartoon Club、Maya Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [5月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Shop & Show替换Dharma TV(泰国)频道,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [5月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,动物星球(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,民视、华视(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,动物星球(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3560 V 27000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,华视、中视(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3520 V 27000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Trace Sport Stars HD(ABS)等全组频道改频率,设置3505 V 11440参数有条件接收。 [5月19日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Cinema替换SBS(印尼)频道,设置3808 V 10000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Nusantara TV替换Elshinta TV(印尼)频道,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [5月19日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,LNTV 1、TV Lao(老挝)等全组频道解密,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [5月18日]


IP Backbone Connectivity for Large Asian Telecom Operator Won by ABS

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=624440964

ABS now has a strategic partnership with one of the largest telecommunications operators in southeast Asia for the delivery of 500 Mbps of IP backbone services on ABS-2 at 75 degrees East.

Tom Choi, the company's CEO, stated that ABS is proud to be awarded this contract with one of the largest telecom operators in Southeast Asia for expansion IP backbone capacity. At half a gigabit per second, this contract represents a significant milestone for ABS for the delivery of GEO-based connectivity services. This partner had previously been using a non-GEO Ka-band solution.

He continued that ABS had heard numerous complaints from end-users in the market who could no longer tolerate the frequent outages and downtimes associated with non-GEO Ka-band backbone networks. ABS has the experience and a proven track record of delivering reliable, multi-gigabits of capacity to customers in the Asia Pacific to Africa regions. Despite all the recent LEO/MEO & Ka/V-band buzz in the market, ABS continues to demonstrate that traditional GEO-based C- and Ku-band services provide the necessary high capacity delivered at affordable pricing with simple and low-cost user terminals. ABS expects to win many more contracts for replacement and expansion capacity from dissatisfied customers of the NGSO hype.|

(Craig's comment, good old Cband!)

Mysterious Russian 'killer satellites' spring back to life after two years of inactivity, and we have no idea why

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4522768/Russian-satellites-spring-life-two-years.html

A trio of satellites launched between 2013 and 2015 previously raised concerns
The craft had lain dormant but have been spotted making unusual manoeuvres
One of the objects passed within 1,200 metres of a Chinese satellite in April
Experts fear they could be prototypes for next generation of space weapons

Russia could be preparing for a space war after reactivating a group of satellites that military observers believed were inoperative.

The objects first attracted attention for their unusual manoeuvrability which led some to suspect they were weapons, but they appeared to lay dormant for almost two years.

Now the spacecraft have sprung back into action, raising concerns that the Kremlin is stepping up its space race.

Mysterious Russian 'killer satellites', including Komsos-2504 (pictured at launch), have shown the first signs of life since 2015. The craft passed within 1,183 metres of a defunct Chinese weather satellite, extremely close in astronomical terms (Stock image)


Three Russian satellites first caught the attention of armed forces in the west after they were spotted making a series of similar nimble manoeuvres.

The trio of craft, which were launched between 2013 and 2015, were smuggled into space under the cover of routine launches of communications satellites.

Experts speculated that they were built for combat or spying, and could be prototypes for a next generation of space weapons.

The nimble vehicles, dubbed Kosmos-2491, -2499 and -2504, seemed to become inactive and remained so for almost two years.

Back in March, Komsos-2504 suddenly resumed its manoeuvres, showing the first signs of life since October 2015.

Last month the craft passed within 1,183 metres of a defunct Chinese weather satellite, extremely close in astronomical terms.

The agile craft, dubbed Kosmos-2491, -2499 and -2504, were smuggled into space under the cover of the routine launch of communications satellites.

In March, Komsos-2504 suddenly resumed its manoeuvres, showing the first signs of life since October 2015.

Last month the craft passed within 1,183 metres of a defunct Chinese weather satellite, extremely close in astronomical terms.

And Kosmos-2499 was also seen undertaking some strange movements of its own in recent months.

Dr Laura Grego, a space expert with the Massachusetts-based Union of Concerned Scientists, said in an interview with The Daily Beast: 'I do find it very interesting that the satellite would go dormant for two years and then come back to life to manoeuvre.

'One strategy to keep satellites stealthy is to pretend they are debris, i.e. not to have them manoeuvre at all at first, and then come to life later.

'To be confident this works, you might want to be able to test if your equipment works after being idle for months or years.'

The trio of craft, which were launched between 2013 and 2015, caught the attention of armed forces in the west after they were spotted making a series of similar nimble manoeuvres.

MTS to start rental fee for satellite TV CPE

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/mts-to-start-rental-fee-for-satellite-tv-cpe--1196617

Russian mobile operator MTS plans to rent satellite TV end-user devices to its customers, reports Comnews.ru. Monthly rental will cost RUB 250.

The operator currently sells the devices to subscribers, and the cost of the end-user package varies from RUB 1,500 to RUB 1,700. Monthly subscriptions of satellite-TV services from MTS cost RUB 140, or RUB 100 when paying on an annual basis.

Users of Smart packages from the operator will pay the rental fee only, with no subscription rate.

The satellite-TV subscriber base of the operator currently totals around 100,000, according to data from TMT Consulting



From my Email

From Alek (W.A)

Chinasat 10 @ 110.5E 112 FTA channel loading
"skynindo" service
Strong signals 2.7m dish

From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Nick、Z Bioskop(印尼)等3个测试频道消失,设置3520 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Tuv TV Tuv Aimag替换CH-24(Ddish TV)频道,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [5月18日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,民视、民视台湾(传送)等全组频道消失,设置12291 H 6047参数无效接收。 [5月18日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,民视、民视新闻(传送)等4个频道新增,设置12291 H 6047参数免费接收。 [5月18日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Fox、国家地理HD(俄罗斯)等8个频道新增,设置12520 V 22915参数有条件接收。 [5月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CH-24(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [5月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,广东影视、中国电影(艺华卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [5月18日]

东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,动物星球、AXN(印尼)等全组频道改频率,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月17日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,天映电影、凤凰中文(印尼)等全组频道改频率,设置3520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、CCTV-3(艺华卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12354 V 43000参数免费接收。 [5月17日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,中天亚洲、湖南卫视(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3923 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Bangla TV HD(高清)频道新增,设置4040 H 4610参数免费接收。 [5月17日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Bashkirskoe Sputnikovoe TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV Mu、NET TV(ABS)等4个频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,India TV(印度)频道解密,设置3922 V 7000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Perviy kanal(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,AXN、动物星球(Skynindo)等28个频道新增,设置3580 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,天映频道、中天亚洲(Skynindo)等31个频道新增,设置3620 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Prosveshchenie、LDPR TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11473 V 22500参数无效接收。 [5月16日]


Rocket Lab Plans First Test Flight Of Satellite Launch Rocket

From http://www.socaltech.com/rocket_lab_plans_first_test_flight_of_satellite_launch_rocket/s-0070442.html

Rocket Lab, a Huntington Beach-based startup developing launch rockets, is hoping to join SpaceX as the second, venture-backed rocket developer in Southern California to reach space with a launch on May 22nd. Rocket Lab--which is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures, Lockheed Martin and K1W1--said it is targeting a 10-day, launch attempt window from May 22, for its first launch attempt of its Electron rocket. Rocket Lab, which is led by Peter Beck, started developing its rockets in 2006. Rocket Lab said its first launch, with the mission name of "It's a Test", will take place from a launch site on the Mahia Peninsula of New Zealand. Unlike SpaceX, Rocket Lab's rockets are specifically geared towards small satellite payloads, with a carbon composite rocket designed to carry up to 225kg payloads for elliptical orbit, and 150kg with a 500km sun synchronous low earth orbit (LEO).

Indosat, PSN buy Palapa-N1 satellite from Chinese company

From http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/110966/indosat-psn-buy-palapa-n1-satellite-from-chinese-company

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Telecommunications provider PT Indosat, also known as Indosat Ooredoo, and satellite communication service provider PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) signed a satellite purchase agreement with Chinese satellite producer China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) in Jakarta, Wednesday.

Both the Indonesian companies, who purchased the satellite under the joint venture company PT Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS), signed a US$220 million-contract on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Satellite Communications System International Conference (APSAT) 2017, in the presence of Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara.

Alexander Rusli, President Director and CEO of Indonesia Ooredoo, said the Palapa-N1 satellite would replace the Palapa-D and would be positioned in the orbital slot of 113 degrees east longitude.

"This is the fourth satellite to be launched in the slot. We expect a replacement in 2020, so the services provided to our customers will run smoothly," he explained.

Palapa-N1 satellite will optimize the existing spectrum resources to provide broadcast and broadband services throughout Indonesia, using the new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology.

The purchase of the new satellite also confirmed the companys commitment to accelerate its broadband penetration in the country.

"Our target is to ensure that all existing customers receive streamline services, as we use the HTS technology to be part of the broadband solution in Indonesia," Rusli stressed.

The purchasing contract that has been signed will cover the cost of the construction, insurance and satellite launch, which is scheduled before July 2020.

Minister Rudiantara remarked the Palapa-N1 satellite would help improve telecommunication infrastructure in the archipelago.

Adi Rahman Adiwoso, CEO of Pasifik Satellite Nusantara, stated it would solve the digital gap among the various regions in Indonesia.

China to build and launch Palapa-N1 telecommunications satellite for Indonesia

From http://gbtimes.com/china/china-build-and-launch-palapa-n1-telecommunications-satellite-indonesia

The China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) today signed a contract to construct the Palapa-N1 telecommunications satellite for Indonesia, with launch to follow in 2020.

Palapa-N1 will be a high-throughput satellite (HTS) based on the Dongfanghong-4E satellite bus and launched by a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China's Sichuan province.

The deal between CGWIC, a CASC subsidiary, and Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS), a joint venture of PT Indosat Tbk (Indosat Ooredoo) and PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) was signed in Jakarta on May 17, 2017.

According to the contract, CGWIC will provide the clients with the satellite, launch services, ground systems, insurance and finance support. The Ku band HTS satellite will be used to provide broadband services to Indonesia.

The satellite will be manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), a subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Technology corporation (CASC), the main contractor for the Chinese space programme.

Palapa-N1 will be placed at 113 degrees East in geostationary orbit, around 36,000 kilometres above the Earth, and will replace the Palapa-D satellite.

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched the Palapa D satellite in August 2009, but a failure with the third stage of the rocket meant the satellite, manufactured by Thales Alenia Space, needed to use its own propellant to reach the intended orbit, at a cost of a third of the Palapa D's 15 operational lifetime.

CGWIC also states a framework agreement for the PSN-VII satellite was also signed by PSN during the signing ceremony.

China last month launched its first HTS satellite, Shijian-13/Zhongxing-16, capable of around 20Gbps, and will next month launch Shijian-18, capable of around 70Gbps.

International launches

According to a CGWIC statement, the company has provided international commercial launch services 55 times for more than 20 countries or regions, including 12 international piggyback launches.

The company has also completed eight international projects involving DFH-4 communications satellites, including NigcomSat-1, VeneSat-1, PakSat-1R and NigcomSat-1R and TKSAT-1.

More recently, late 2015 saw the launch of Laosat-1 for Laos, followed by Belintersat-1 for Belarus in January 2016.

Belintersat-1, based on the DFH-4 satellite bus, inside the payload fairing ahead of launch.
Above: Belintersat-1 loaded into the rocket payload fairing ahead of launch.

International contracted satellite launches by China that could go ahead in 2017 are Alcomsat-1 for Algeria, EgyptSat II, VRSS-2 for Venezuela, and SaudiSAT-5B.

China is aiming to supply at least 10 percent of the world's satellites by 2020, according to Yuan Minhui, director of the Beijing Institute of Space Science and Technology Information.

Bangkok: Brits arrested for illegal Premier League streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/17/bangkok-brits-arrested-for-illegal-premier-league-streaming/

Two British men have been arrested in Bangkok having been accused of selling online access to illegally streamed football matches.

A complaint from the Premier League to local authorities is said to have led to the arrests. The two men, named as William Lloyd and William Robinson, are accused of causing damages worth over £2.2 million to the broadcast rights holders. A third man, who is Thai, was also arrested and named as Supatra Raksasat.

Agents for the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) also seized nine computer servers, nine computers, 49 set-top boxes and three mobile phones. The three men allegedly sold illegal broadcasts of Premier League games on the 365sport.tv website, which is currently offline.

Russia’s Soyuz carrier rocket with communications satellite blasts off from French Guiana

From http://tass.com/science/946505

The launch was planned several times this year but was delayed due to protests that swept French Guiana

PARIS, May 18. /TASS/. A Russian Soyuz carrier rocket with a SES-15 geostationary communications satellite has been successfully launched from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.

The Russian carrier rocket blasted off at 13:56 Paris time. The satellite owned by the company SES is equipped with a fully electric propulsion system.

Strike postpones launch of Russia's Soyuz rocket from space site in French Guiana

The launch of the Soyuz carrier rocket from the Kourou spaceport was planned several times this year but was delayed due to protests that swept French Guiana.

The SES-15 satellite is designed to provide telecoms services to residents of North America, and also for VSAT networks, marine and air transport in the Pacific region. It was built on the basis of the newest space platform Boeing 702SP.

Electricity is supplied by two wings of solar panels and accumulator batteries. The platform uses the XIPS fully electrical propulsion unit with xenon as the propellant.

All of the satellite’s orbital maneuvers and position adjustments are made with the help of this propulsion unit, without using chemical rocket propellant. The satellite has a service life of 15 years.

Free VoD from Pluto TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/17/free-vod-from-pluto-tv/

American free Internet television service Pluto TV has launched its free VoD offering. This new feature adds to the 100+ curated channels enjoyed by more than 6 million Pluto TV viewers each month.

As with Pluto TV’s lean-back television channels, the VoD offering is powered by premium content partnerships with major networks, studios, and digital media brands. Premium content providers such as Lionsgate, MGM, and Warner Bros., among others, will power the new VoD offering with content that includes 1000s of hit movies and TV shows. Pluto TV viewers will have free access to movies such as MGM’s Silence of the Lambs, The Usual Suspects, Species 1, 2, and 3 and Paramount Pictures’ Vanilla Sky, as well as complete TV shows such as Lionsgate’s ALF, and Warner Bros’ The Ben Stiller Show and Super Fun Night whenever they want.

“We are always striving to deliver the best curated entertainment offerings to our viewers,” said Tom Ryan, CEO of Pluto TV. “Over six million viewers enjoy our lean-back offering of more than 100 live, interest-based channels. We’re excited to give them even more ways to enjoy the content they love, and now they can pick specific movies and TV shows to watch on demand. Both options are curated and completely free.”

In addition to 100+ channels of programming, viewers can now enjoy the Video on Demand offering by accessing Pluto TV in the living room (Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Smart TVs including Vizio, Hisense, and Sony, and gaming consoles such as PS4), on the go (apps for iOS, Android, and Amazon), at their fingertips on PC and Mac, or on the web at www.Pluto.TV.

Pluto TV has also announced new partnerships including content from Lionsgate, Warner Bros., MGM, CNBC, Great Big Story, Hearst Entertainment, Al Jazeera Entertainment, The Orchard, Defy Media, Machinima, Studio71, Tastemade, and others. These are in addition to content deals already in place with providers such as Paramount Pictures, Fremantle, Endemol Shine International, Yahoo!, CNBC, Cheddar, and Mashable.

Google’s Android TV Gets New User Interface With Better Content Recommendations

From http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/google-android-tv-ui-1202431034/

Google publicly unveiled the next version of Android TV, its smart TV operating system, during its Google I/O Developer Conference in Mountain View, Calif., Wednesday. With this update, which is scheduled to be rolled out in conjunction with the next version of Android later this year, Android TV devices will get a completely revamped user interface that puts a much bigger emphasis on content recommendations.

Google had first introduced Android TV in 2014, and the optics of the platform had remained more or less the same since. Existing Android TV devices have a home screen that features one row of content recommendations from a variety of apps and services, and otherwise a bunch of shortcuts to different apps.

Now, Google is splitting up these recommendations by service, meaning that Netflix, YouTube and other apps on the platform automatically get their own row, or channel, as Google officially calls it.

Within that channel, publishers can surface TV shows, movies and other content based on their own priorities, and for example either highlight new content or redirect users to things they have been watching. “Oftentimes, these services know the user much better than Android TV does,” said Android TV Director Sascha Prueter in an interview with Variety.

Publishers can also opt to give users the choice to install multiple channels, and for example build separate recommendation rows for live and on-demand content. And users can always decide to remove a channel, or further customize the Android TV launch screen.

Prueter said that Google’s eventual goal with this channel model was to replace the traditional TV guide, and give users quicker access to the content they want. To that effect, Google also introduced a quick launch row of apps for users who prefer the Netflix interface over their smart TV menus. Another row offers direct access to recently-watched shows, targeting binge watchers who are looking to quickly jump to the next episode after turning on the TV set.

Android TV was a bit slow to take off after its original introduction in 2014, and some efforts to launch Android TV-based streaming boxes failed. Razer for example quickly discontinued its Android TV box, and Google stopped selling its Nexus Player some time ago.

However, Prueter said that the platform has been seeing growing momentum in recent months, thanks in part to a number of partnerships with pay TV operators. In fact, he said that the majority of Android TV devices now have some kind of live TV input, meaning they’re smart TVs or pay TV boxes. “We are not just a OTT platform,” Prueter said.

Google hasn’t released any absolute numbers for Android TV, but Android Engineering VP Dave Burke said Wednesday that the platform now sees one million new device activations every two months.

Europe agrees content portability rules

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/18/europe-agrees-content-portability-rules/

EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV will soon be able to access their content while temporarily in another EU country, following a vote in the European Parliament.

The new rules approved by the Parliament – and previously agreed with Council negotiators in February 2017 – will remove restrictions so that EU citizens can use online services such as Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, Spotify, Deezer while in another EU country for holidays, studies or business.

The rules cover:
•access to online subscription content while in another EU-country
•checks on permanent residence of the user to avoid copyright breaches
•safeguards for users’ data protection and privacy

Citizens visiting another EU country are often prevented from accessing online content such as films, TV series, music, games, or sporting events, which they have paid for in their home country. The new rules were adopted by 586 votes to 34, with 8 abstentions.

Residence check and data protection

Online content service providers may take ‘effective and reasonable’ measures to verify that the subscriber has not permanently moved to another EU country as required copyright licenses may differ between countries. A list of permissible methods for verification purposes includes identity cards, payment details, public tax information, postal address details or IP address checks. Service providers must ensure that any processing of personal data is proportionate and must introduce safeguards, especially for IP address checks.

The new rules will only apply to online fee-based services but providers of free services can also make their content portable EU-wide provided they comply with the requirements relating to residency checks.

“European citizens have been waiting for these new rules, which represent a step towards a common digital market,” declared Jean-Marie Cavada (ALDE, FR), the ‘rapporteur’ responsible for guding the legislation through Parliament. “The new rules increase mobility and successfully offer portability to users of European online content, without affecting copyright,” he added.

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, welcomed the vote and thanked Cavada for his work in achieving the outcome and looked forward to final approval by Member States in the coming weeks.

“The rules voted today mean that, as of the beginning of next year, people who have subscribed to their favourite series, music and sports events at home will be able to enjoy them when they travel in the European Union,” he declared.

“Combined with the end of roaming charges, it means that watching films or listening to music while on holiday abroad will not bring any additional costs to people who use mobile networks. This is an important step in breaking down barriers in the Digital Single Market. We now need agreements on our other proposals to modernise EU copyright rules and ensure wider access to creative content across borders and fairer rules for creators. I rely on the European Parliament and Member States to make swift progress to make this happen,” he concluded.

Next steps

The draft law still needs to be formally approved by the EU Council of Ministers. Member states will have nine months from the date of entry into force of the regulation to bring the new rules into force.

The Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) has welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of the proposal, but expressed concern at the SatCab (Broadcasters regulation) which it claimed would limit the possibility of these same services to invest in and acquire content.


Sorry no Wednesday update, I need to catch up on some things


Sorry about the delayed updates lately.

Skynindo started at 110.5E 3620 H 30000 (reports welcome)

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3799 V "Australia Plus TV Asia" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "I Shopping has replaced Sat TV" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Cartoon Club and Maya Channel SD" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3569 H "NTV Kohalpur" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Sexy Channel" has started on , BISS. Nhang Channel and Muancheon TV 69 have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4064 V "MV TV Channel and Five HD have started on , Fta. Next Movies and Next Music" have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4113 H "Kalsan TV, Somaliland National TV and STN" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3642 V Fix & Foxi, Rotana Music, Rotana Cinema and Al-Resalah have started on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV Mu、NET TV(ABS)等4个频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,亚洲旅游、东森幼幼(Skynindo)等全组频道消失,设置3662 H 5000参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,India TV(印度)频道解密,设置3922 V 7000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Perviy kanal(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,AXN、动物星球(Skynindo)等28个频道新增,设置3580 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,天映频道、中天亚洲(Skynindo)等31个频道新增,设置3620 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Prosveshchenie、LDPR TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11473 V 22500参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal 2x2(+5)(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11853 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Eternal Life TV、Vision PK(印度)频道消失,设置3700 V 4166参数无效接收。 [5月16日]

Stream Links

Updated links for NHK World.

#EXTINF:-1,NHK World (720HD)
#EXTINF:-1,NHK World (SD)


Foxtel slashes channel lineup for Foxtel Play subscribers

From http://eftm.com.au/2017/05/foxtel-slashes-channel-lineup-for-foxtel-play-subscribers-39467

same price - less channels?

Foxtel have announced via their consumer forums an upcoming change to their channel lineup for the internet streaming service Foxtel Play.

As of June 5th the following channels will be “farewelled”: BoxSets, 13th Street, Binge, Syfy, Discovery Science, Animal Planet, Lifestyle You, Style, World Movies, CNN, Smooth, BBC World News, CNBC, Max, CMC, Eurosport News, Foxtel Arts, MTV Music and MTV Dance.

According to Foxtel, depending on which subscription pack you have, you may still be able to watch the programs on BoxSets and Binge via the on demand service.

The changes affect almost all channel packs.

Kids and Sport packs are unchanged as best we can tell.

Still no word on a HD streaming upgrade for the service across all platforms either.

Hard to imagine Foxtel would be making these changes without some positive news to come, it could be that HD is the offsetting feature here.

Russia plans to end dependence on U.S. satellites for communication with ISS

From http://spacenews.com/russia-plans-to-end-dependence-on-u-s-satellites-for-communication-with-iss/

Russia plans to end its dependence on U.S. satellites for communications with the International Space Station.

Currently, the Russian segment of the station is in direct contact with Russian controllers only when the station is passing over Russian ground stations, relying the rest of the time on NASA satellite links.

The head of the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems company said that Ku-band links between the Russian segment and the Luch family of relay satellites should be in place by the end of this year. [TASS]

SpaceX launched an Inmarsat communications satellite Monday evening. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on schedule at 7:21 p.m. Eastern from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center and deployed the Inmarsat 5 F4 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit 32 minutes later. The satellite, weighing more than 6,000 kilograms, is the heaviest geostationary satellite launched by the Falcon 9 to date, and that payload prevented SpaceX from attempting a landing of the first stage. Inmarsat will likely use the satellite initially to provide additional service over Europe, but its long-term plans remain to be determined. [SpaceNews]

A Maryland senator said Monday he’ll work to preserve NASA programs in his state threatened with cuts. At a Maryland Space Business Roundtable luncheon, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said he and other members of the state’s congressional delegation would work to preserve Earth science and satellite-servicing programs at the Goddard Space Flight Center facing cuts in the administration’s proposed 2018 budget. Cardin said they are stepping up for such efforts that in the past had been handled by the now-retired Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who was a leading appropriator. [SpaceNews]

Japan is considering adding satellites to a domestic navigation system to serve as a backup to GPS. Current plans for the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System call for four satellites that would augment the GPS system to improve the accuracy of navigation data in Japan. Col. Shinichiro Tsui, a counsellor in Japan’s Cabinet Office, said the government is considering three additional satellites for the system to ensure that Japan would have a satellite navigation capability even in the absence of GPS. [SpaceNews]

“Resiliency” is not a line item in military space budgets but rather an overarching approach, Pentagon officials say. At a recent Washington Space Business Roundtable, they said that efforts to improve the resiliency of space systems go beyond new programs to include changes in operations, tactics and policy. They did note that there will be funding for efforts to improve resiliency, including work on both satellites and ground systems. [SpaceNews]

A startup company plans to fly cremated remains on an upcoming Falcon 9 launch. Elysium Space said Tuesday it will fly its Elysium Star 2 cubesat on dedicated SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rideshare mission slated for 2018. Elysium Space flies small amounts of cremated remains on spacecraft that remain in orbit for a few years before reentering. The company’s first satellite was lost in the failure of a Super Strypi rocket in 2015.

The former chief technology officer of EADS Space is joining a European startup with plans to develop an air-launch system. Robert Lainé previously served as the program director for the Ariane program and CTO of EADS Space, now Airbus Defence and Space. He is joining Celestia Aerospace, a Spanish company that does space consulting and is working on a air-launched rocket for small satellites. [Celestia Aerospace]

A company seeking to launch Ukrainian rockets from Canada says it has customers lined up for that program. Maritime Launch Services is seeking to develop a launch site near Canso, Nova Scotia, that would host Cyclone-4M launches of small satellites. The company said it has letters of intent with “several” customers, but declined to name them. Canadian government agencies are beginning the process to evaluate the proposed launch site, including potential environmental issues created by launches there. [CBC]

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was the backdrop for a supermodel’s latest photo shoot. The cover of the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar features Gigi Hadid at the center, posing in front of a Saturn 5, sitting on a model of a lunar rover, and walking barefoot across a lunar lander diorama. During the photo shoot, she did “casually divulge during a conversation about space that her boyfriend believes in aliens—and that she does too.” [Harper’s Bazaar]

Scientists hope an exoplanet with the density of Styrofoam will aid in the search of more habitable worlds. Astronomers said the exoplanet KELT-11b, closely orbiting a bright star, has been heated and expanded to the point where the planet, one-fifth the mass of Jupiter, is 40 percent larger in diameter, allowing for easier study of the planet’s atmosphere. That planet could serve as a testbed for techniques for studying the atmospheres of other exoplanets. [Lehigh Univ.]|

China assembling Long March 5 rocket to launch heaviest satellite, Shijian-18

From http://gbtimes.com/china/china-assembling-long-march-5-rocket-launch-heaviest-satellite-shijian-18

Rollout of the Long March 5 (Y1) in October 2016 at Wenchang.

China is preparing for the launch of one of the heaviest ever satellites to geostationary orbit next month, with the country's second Long March 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle being assembled at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre.

Shijian-18 is an experimental telecommunications satellite which, at around seven metric tonnes or more launch mass, will possibly be the most massive satellite launched to geostationary orbit, nearly 36,000 km above the Earth.

It will be the first deployment of the new Dongfanghong-5 (DFH-5) satellite platform, the country's most advanced and heaviest, which requires the new Long March 5 to send it into geosynchronous transfer orbit.

Shijian-13, launched last month, was China's first high-throughput satellite with a capacity of more than 20 Gbps, and marked the country's first full use of electric propulsion with LIPS-200 engines, developed by the Lanzhou Institute of Physics.

Shijian-18 will immediately overshadow those capabilities, boasting a capacity of around 70 Gbps, while also feature more powerful LIPS-300 ion thrusters.

Like SJ-13, the Ka band SJ-18 telecommunications satellite will also test space-based laser communications.

The DFH-5 was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the main contractor for the Chinese space programme.

While official figures have not been released, DFH-5 could have a mass of between 6,500 - 9,000 kg, with a payload greater than 1500 kg.

The components of the Long March 5 (Y2) were delivered to the island province of Hainan in late April by specially designed cargo ships Yuanwang-21 and 22.

Boosting China's launch capabilities

The first Long March 5 was launched in dramatic circumstances in November last year, carrying the Shijian-17 (Shijian means 'practice') satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit.

The third flight of Long March 5 is expected in late November to launch Chang'e-5, a complex and ambitious mission to collect samples from the lunar surface and return to Earth.

At over 50m high and with a diameter of 5m, the Long March 5 will have a mass at liftoff of close to 800 metric tonnes and its development greatly boosted China's space capabilities.

Background: Five things to know about China's Long March 5

The Long March 5B variant is capable of putting a 25 metric tonne payload into low Earth orbit and will be used to launch the 20mt core module of the Chinese Space Station, Tianhe, sometime around early 2019.

China's space programme in 2017

Shijian-18 is likely to be China's sixth orbital launch of 2017, following Shijian-13, TJS-2, a Kuaizhou-1A rocket launch, Tiankun-1, and China's first orbital cargo vessel, Tianzhou-1.

However, a potentially busy June launch schedule and the opaque nature of China's space activities means that other missions expected in June could proceed it.

The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) space science mission is set to launch from Jiuquan in the Gobi Desert on a Long March 4B, while a Long March 3B is expected to loft Zhongxing-9A telecomms satellite to geostationary orbit from Xichang.

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the main contractor for the Chinese space programme and of which CAST is a subsidiary, is aiming for close to 30 launches in 2017, with further solid-fuelled rocket launches of small satellites also expected for another state-run space actor, CASIC.

CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 - The 'Need to Know' for Asia

From http://news.sys-con.com/node/4082605

HONG KONG, May 16, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - At a time of unprecedented technological and business change for the Asia Pacific satellite sector, the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 (May 22nd at the Four Seasons, Singapore) is set to tackle the most critical issues experienced by the industry after more than two decades of continuous growth.

During the packed agenda for the Forum 2017, the Keynotes, Panels, Short Presentations, Interviews and Networking Breaks will focus on the promise of tomorrow as well as the challenges of today.

Re-usable Launchers are impacting business plans at every level, Massive LEO Constellations are now set for take-off, Space Junk Galore is making headlines, and emerging technologies such as IOT and Flat Panel Antennas are promising to change the game yet again. All this is taking place at a time while revenue growth remains marginal, and when operators in space markets around the world urgently need to capitalize on premium plans.

How can Asian satellite operators retain their Video Spectrum and serve smaller customers with economic efficiency?

Other topics to be debated include:

- Keynote: "Re-entering Asia" with Andrew Jordan, CEO, AsiaSat
After more than 15 years anchored in Europe and Australia, AsiaSat CEO Andrew Jordan has returned to the region with fresh perspectives and a clear-sighted view of "The Asian Opportunity".

- Managing Change in Times of Tech Turmoil. The CEO Panel

- "What can they be Thinking? Let's hear it from the Customers"
Competition is all fine and good, but when it leaves the customer feeling bruised, what should the industry be doing?

- The C-suite fortune hunters
In the air and on the ground, the global satellite industry is entering the future at warp speed. But do the Next Gen Operators have all the answers?

- With India in View: Forever complex; forever dynamic

Even as India makes great stridsdes in the launch sector (104 smallsats orbited in a single cluster this March), the dynamic domestic communications market remains subject to complex rules and interventions.

- In-flight connectivity is evolving as a key revenue stream -- just as the future of the Mobility Market remains unpredictable.

"More than 100 companies have registered for the CASBAA Forum 2017 with half the audience coming from Asia and much of the balance from the US and Europe," said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA. "With so much change in the air the issues are more critical than ever. The 'Need to Know' is paramount."

The CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 also recognizes the generous support of the sponsors for this year's event:

ABS, APSTAR, Arianespace, AsiaSat, Boeing Satellite Systems, COMSYS, Effective Space, Eutelsat, Gogo, International Launch Services (ILS), Marsh, MEASAT, Newtec, NorthTelecom, SES, SKY Perfect JSAT, SpaceX and SSL.

Click here (http://bit.ly/2qrwzcZ) for the detailed programme and list of speakers.


CASBAA is the Asia Pacific region's largest non-profit media association, serving the multi-channel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry. Established in 1991, CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising, and video delivery. Encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV; promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising, while promoting global best practices. For more information, visit www.casbaa.com

Source: CASBAA

Contact: Cynthia Wong
Director of Member Relations & Marketing
Email: cynthia@casbaa.com

Japan mulls seven-satellite QZSS system as a GPS backup

From http://spacenews.com/japan-mulls-seven-satellite-qzss-system-as-a-gps-backup/

With seven satellites instead of four, Japan says it could conduct navigation services independent of GPS. Credit: Cabinet Office, Government Of Japan. SINGAPORE — The Japanese government is considering adding an additional three satellites to the country’s domestic navigation system in order to ensure that it would work with or without the U.S.’s GPS system. Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, or QZSS, currently calls for four satellites, of which only one is in orbit. Colonel Shinichiro Tsui, a counsellor in Japan’s Cabinet Office, said here that the next three QZSS satellites are all scheduled to launch this year, followed by service activation in 2018.

Those satellites, provided by manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric, would augment GPS signals, Tsui said, honing their positioning accuracy from sub-meter to centimeters. But to have a navigation system capable of functioning independently from the U.S., the constellation would need at least seven satellites. Advertisementgoogletag.cmd.push(function() { goog“[To] have accurate positioning data, we need to have four satellites, which means still we need a GPS satellite from space,” he explained. “But if we have seven QZSS … [even] if we don’t have any GPS signals, we still have Japan’s own navigation capability.” QZSS satellites orbit in a figure-eight pattern above Japan, providing coverage of the country and the surrounding region. Tsui said with four satellites, at least one will always be over Japan. Tsui said Japan’s goal would be to have a seven-satellite system in orbit by 2023.

He did not say when Japan would commit to a further three satellites, but stressed that QZSS is “a vital program” for the country. Along with location information, QZSS also supports messaging communications, a feature Tsui said will likely be employed in emergency response for events such as earthquakes or tsunamis. A satellite-based augmentation system for aircraft services is also planned for 2020. Both the government and the public will have access to QZSS, he said. With highly precise positioning data, Tsui said the satellites can support 3D mapping and automated driving of construction and agricultural machinery. Tsui said an unmanned tractor-driving experiment using QZSS in Australia showed how the satellites could be used for farming even at night.

Getting X-band back on track Tsui said Kirameki-1, the first in a trio of X-band communications satellites for Japan’s Self Defense Force that was damaged during transfer to French Guiana for launch, is now fixed up and rescheduled for an Ariane 5 mission by the end of this year. The satellite was originally supposed to launch last July. As a result, Japan launched the second of the three satellites, Kirameki-2, first, back in December. Kirameki-3 is scheduled to launch in 2020. Tsui said Japan’s space policy strongly encourages the use of Japan’s own launcher for its satellites, meaning the third satellite will likely use a rocket from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, but a final decision has not been made.

SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_launches_Inmarsat_communications_satellite_999.html

SpaceX on Monday launched a communications satellite for Inmarsat, marking its first launch for the London-based mobile broadband company.

The Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite, built by Boeing, blasted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7:21 pm (2321 GMT).

"We've had confirmation of spacecraft separation," said a SpaceX commentator about 30 minutes after launch, signaling that the satellite was successfully deployed to a distant, geostationary orbit.

"We've had good orbits, good separation, all you can ask for today."

The satellite is the fourth in the company's Global Xpress (GX) constellation, aimed at providing high-speed mobile broadband service.

"Inmarsat, the only operator of a global Ka-band network, created the GX platform to enable communities across the world to benefit from the emerging digital society," said a company statement.

SpaceX, which is headed by Elon Musk, did not attempt to bring the first stage of the rocket back to Earth for an upright landing following the launch.

The payload weighed some 13,500 pounds (6,100 kilograms), and the force needed to propel it to orbit would not leave enough fuel for the rocket to maneuver back to Earth.

FilmOn X settles copyright dispute

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/16/filmon-x-settles-copyright-dispute/

OTT streaming service FilmOn X has reached settlements in its copyright dispute with the major US networks regrading whether Internet streaming services can use the same automatic copyright licence granted to ‘traditional’ cable companies, following a Ninth Circuit ruling in favour of the broadcasters. According to Ryan Baker of Baker Marquart, the attorney for FilmOn X, the operator has confidentially settled appeals of the issue in cases at the D.C., Seventh and Ninth Circuits

In a decision which reversed the district court’s partial grant of summary judgment in favour of an Internet streaming service, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit relied on the US Copyright Office’s interpretation of § 111 of the Copyright Act in finding that an Internet streaming service does not qualify as a ‘cable system’ under the statute and therefore is not eligible for a compulsory license to stream copyrighted content from broadcast television signals.

FilmOn used antennas to provide over-the-air broadcast programming to subscription customers via Internet streaming. After the Supreme Court of the United States’ 2014 decision in American Broad. Cos. v. Aereo held that use of antenna technology to rebroadcast TV to the Internet was a ‘public performance’ in violation of US copyright law, FilmOn made an attempt to place its business within the Copyright Act and applied to the US Copyright Office for a compulsory licence to stream its broadcast television content under § 111 of the Act.

Section 111 provides that cable systems are eligible for a compulsory license to retransmit content originally broadcast by someone else. The statute defines a ‘cable system’ as a ‘facility . . . that receives signals transmitted or programs broadcast by one or more television broadcast stations . . . and makes secondary transmission of such signals or programs by wires, cables, microwave, or other communications channels to subscribing members …’

The US Copyright Office denied FilmOn’s § 111 application, deeming that Internet-based retransmission services are not cable systems and thus are not covered under the statute. In the meantime, FilmOn was sued by a grouping of broadcasters for copyright infringement.

Having found that FilmOn did qualify as a ‘cable system’ and may be entitled to a compulsory licence for retransmitted broadcast content, the district court granted partial summary judgment to FilmOn. However, the district court also authorised the immediate appeal on this ‘controlling question of law,’ noting a difference of opinion among the courts on the issue of whether Internet-based retransmission services count as ‘cable systems’ under § 111. The district court was the only court to conclude that Internet retransmissions services qualified as ‘cable systems’.

On appeal, the Ninth Circuit rejected the arguments put forth by both parties with regard to their respective interpretations of the ‘plain meaning’ of § 111 and whether Internet streaming services qualify as ‘cable systems.’

Focusing on the word ‘facility’ in the § 111 language, Fox, on behalf of the broadcasters, argued that FilmOn is not a cable system because it does not control the full retransmission process, contending that the Internet transmission path is outside of FilmOn’s control, or otherwise beyond its ‘facility.’ The Ninth Circuit disagreed, finding that nothing in the statute compels the conclusion that ‘cable systems’ must have control over the full process or retransmission medium.

Relying on the Supreme Court’s decision in Aereo, FilmOn argued that § 111 ‘should be interpreted in a technology agnostic manner,’ making compulsory licences available to any facility that retransmits broadcast signals or programming, regardless of the medium. However, the Ninth Circuit clarified that Aereo did not deal with § 111, rather it examined the Copyright Act’s Transmit Clause under § 101 to determine the types of retransmissions qualifying as public performances of copyrighted content.

The Court also said that Internet-based retransmissions actually lend themselves to piracy and pose a ‘more serious threat to the value and integrity of copyrighted works.’

Addressing the Copyright Office’s long-held interpretation of § 111, the Ninth Circuit said that Internet streaming services may not use the same statutory compulsory copyright licence granted to cable companies, thereby reversing the district court suggesting that the Copyright Office’s consistent position on § 111 strikes a balance between the public’s interest in ‘improved access to broadcast television and the property rights of copyright holders,’ and is based on the statute’s text, structure and legislative history. The court further noted that Congress has ‘effectively acquiesced’ to the Copyright Office’s position, since Congress has repeatedly amended the statute in other respects, but has left this interpretation of § 111 intact.

LG and SES demo 4K High Frame Rate UHD broadcasts live on prototype OLED screen

From http://www.insideci.co.uk/news/lg-and-ses-demo-4k-high-frame-rate-uhd-on-oled.aspx

SES and LG are demonstrating 4K High Frame Rate (HFR) broadcast and reception at the tenth SES Industry Days conference in Luxembourg, today and tomorrow.

The 4K HFR content is being tramitted live via an ASTRA satellite at 19.2 degrees East and displayed on an LG OLED TV using prototype HFR software. The idea is to show industry insiders the potential image quality of next gen 4K HFR broadcast content.

The demo features 4K Ultra HD images up to 120 frames per second (FPS). The enhanced FPS rate is said to be beneficial for fast action such as sports, reducing motion blur and judder.

4K HFR is part of the second phase of Ultra HD (the DVB UHD-1 Phase 2 specification). The UHD-1 Phase 2 standard also includes support for Next-generation Audio (NGA).

“We are very excited to demonstrate just how effective LG’s OLED TV is as a platform for 4K HFR and other high grade content,” says Sam Kim, senior vice president and head of TV product planning at the LG Home Entertainment Company. “LG is committed to offering consumers around the world the latest in TV technologies and High Frame Rate on OLED TVs must be seen to be believed. Watching 4K HFR content on an OLED TV as it’s being transmitted in real time by ASTRA’s satellite is a great example of pushing the limits of current TV technologies.”

“SES has been steadily pushing forward development of Ultra HD and the Industry Days event has always been an excellent platform to showcase new TV technology,” adds Thomas Wrede, vice president New Technology & Standards at SES. “High framerate will be an important step towards further enhancing the quality of Ultra HD satellite transmissions, in particular for sports and reality TV events. Our continued partnership with LG Electronics, is important in setting the broadcast standards of tomorrow and for pioneering future TV technologies and we are very pleased to work with LG Electronics on such an important milestone.”

ISRO To Launch India's Heaviest, Most Powerful Rocket Next Month

From http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/isro-to-launch-indias-heaviest-most-powerful-rocket-next-month-1693792

The 640-tonne rocket, developed over 10 years, has bigger cryogenic engine, said scientists at the ISRO.

GSLV Mk-III will make its maiden voyage during the first week of June.

Sriharikota: India will attempt to launch its heaviest and most powerful rocket yet next month. The 640-tonne Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) has been worked on for more than 10 years.

"Our 12 years of labour is expected to bear fruit this June. Preparation for the June launch of GSLV Mk III rocket carrying communication satellite GSAT-19 is on at Sriharikota," K. Sivan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), told news agency IANS.

The notable aspect of this rocket is that the main and bigger cryogenic engine has been developed within India, said scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization or ISRO.

The rocket was originally meant to fly at the end of the month. "As this is a new rocket, we want to carry out extensive tests and hence there has been a slight change in the launch schedule," Mr Sivan said.

According to him, the GSLV Mk-III will make its maiden voyage during the first week of June.

"The rocket's design carrying capacity is four tonnes. The payload will be gradually increased in the future flights of the GSLV Mk-III," Sivan said.

The satellite that it will put into orbit weighs 3.2 tonnes and will the heaviest to be lifted by an Indian rocket.

India presently has two rockets - the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and GSLV-Mk II - with a lift-off mass of 415 tonnes and a carrying capacity of 2.5 tonnes.

Earlier this month, the GSLV-Mk 11 was used to launch a communications satellite that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gifted for sharing to neighbours in South Asia. The South Asia Satellite will offer participating countries television services and communications technology for bank ATMs and e-governance, and may even serve as a backup for cellular networks, especially in places where the terrestrial connectivity is weak.



From my Email


From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Junior TV" has left again.

Measat 3 91.5E Astro muxes have started on 11102 H and 11102 V.

Measat 3b 91.5E 10772 V "Warner TV Southeast Asia" has started on , Videoguard.
Measat 3b 91.5E 10852 V "Astro Warna has replaced Astro PPV Movies HD 498" on , Videoguard.

Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Al-Iman TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3791 H "Republic TV" has started on, Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Naaptol Malayalam" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,CH-028(高清)频道新增,设置12448 V 21096参数有条件接收。 [5月15日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,AsiaSat Test(测试)频道消失,设置12725 H 3200参数无效接收。 [5月15日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Channel UFX(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [5月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,MBC TV、Naxatra News(印度)频道消失,设置11856 H 44000参数无效接收。 [5月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,R Plus Gold替换Tara TV(印度)频道,设置11790 H 44000参数免费接收。 [5月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Cinema替换Park Razvlecheniy(俄罗斯)频道,设置11665 V 44923参数有条件接收。 [5月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,RTN TV、Kalsan TV(索马里)等5个频道新增,设置4113 H 13333参数免费接收。 [5月14日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Eternal Life(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3780 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Guru Television M替换Kuru TV(泰国)频道,设置3505 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月14日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11559 V 22000参数无效接收。 [5月13日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NHK World Premium(高清)频道加密,设置4140 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [5月13日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Multiplex替换Lil Champ(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3734 H 5777参数免费接收。 [5月12日]


Netflix Australia “tests” price hikes

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/15/netflix-australia-tests-price-hikes/

Netflix subscribers in Australia could soon see fees rise by as much as 20 per cent. According to reports, Netflix has been applying temporary increases to its plans on weekends that bump the cost of its basic service from A$8.99 a month to A$9.99, its standard service from A$11.99 a month to A$13.99 and its premium service from A$14.99 to A$17.99 a month.

The temporary price hike is being targeted at subscribers on weekends only and rolls back to its normal pricing structure on Monday mornings. A spokesman for Netflix confirmed the company has been testing pricing increases aimed at Australian subscribers. “We continuously test new things at Netflix and these tests typically vary in length of time,” he said. “In this case, we are testing slightly different price points to better understand how con­sumers value Netflix. Not everyone will see this test and we may not ever offer it generally.”

The possible price increases come as the Australian federal government prepares to expand the Goods and Services Tax to cover streaming services from July 1st.

Rocket Lab's first launch date announced

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/space/news/article.cfm?c_id=325&objectid=11855924

Rocket Lab's first launch attempt kicks off next Monday from the company's site on the Mahia Peninsula.

Rocket Lab's world-first attempt to send a vehicle into orbit from a private launch facility is only one week away.

The American-New Zealand aerospace company will open a 10-day launch attempt window for their Electron rocket from next Monday from Launch Complex One on the Mahia Peninsula.

The first Electron rocket was delivered to the site in February and there were three planned test launches before commercial satellite launches would be offered later this year.

This first test launch, titled "It's a Test", is the culmination of four years of planning, innovation and discovery.

Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said the test launch attempt would collect valuable data to inform future test and commercial launches.

"We are all incredibly excited to get to this point. Our talented team has been preparing for years for this opportunity and we want to do our best to get it right.

"Our number one priority is to gather enough data and experience to prepare for a commercial phase. Only then can we start delivering on our mission to make space more accessible."

Rocket Lab's mission is to remove the barriers to commercial space travel by providing frequent launch opportunities to low Earth orbit.

The timing of the launch was chosen to minimise the effects on local fishing operations, which share the waters around the Mahia Peninsula site.

Mr Beck said that during this first launch attempt it was possible they could "scrub" multiple attempts until they were ready and conditions were favourable.

History has shown it is common for launches to be scrubbed as small, technical modifications are often required during test phase.

Wild weather such as wind, rain, lightening or extensive cloud cover could also cause scrubs and postponements.

Wairoa mayor Craig Little said he was pleased it was all coming together and congratulated Rocket Lab for its safety in having a trial.

"It will be good as we will be able to know what a rocket looks like and whether tourists will want to see it or not."

Mr Little said it would only lead to more exciting things for the Wairoa District if all went to plan.

"They say in a district you need a point of interest and instead of having what everyone else has with beaches and lakes Rocket Lab will be something unique like Hobbiton."

Rocket Lab is a private company, with major investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures, Lockheed Martin and K1W1.

The Government has also got right behind the rocket site, funding about $50,000 for infrastructure.

As part of the launch attempt, Mahia East Coast Rd will be closed to the general public on May 22 from 9am to 8pm.

Subsequent road closures will be notified after a decision to scrub a launch attempt.

Safety is of utmost concern to Rocket Lab and the public are asked to follow the instructions of emergency services and remain in safe areas during the test launch.

Sky TV seeks to split copyright case against TVNZ, Fairfax, Mediaworks and NZME

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11856427

Sky says it would be irresponsible if it did not address alleged copyright infringement

Sky Television wants to split into two its legal action against New Zealand's major news organisations for an alleged breach of copyright law.

The allegations stem from the use of up to 4000 rugby, Olympic Games, and other sports highlight videos by TVNZ, Fairfax, Mediaworks and NZME.

The case could set a precedent for how New Zealanders access their online sports news.

Sky hopes to split a trial as it seeks damages from claims of a loss of subscribers and advertising, as it identifies which clips it alleges have breached its copyright.

Sky's counsel Julian Miles, QC, said at the High Court in Auckland this afternoon that it would take about six months, at great cost, to analyse each clip individually.

He argued the court should use a collection of clips which represent the alleged offending.

However, lawyers representing the four major media companies suggested each clip needed to be analysed individually to identify which specific videos may have been in breach.

Miles submitted that the "real issue here is the determination of liability", and later added any damages as a result of the alleged offending will continue into the future.

"I accept that it is an ongoing issue, it's an industry issue ... but the alternative is too horrific."

He said it would be "irresponsible" of Sky if it did not address the issue of alleged copyright infringement.

"TVNZ clearly has a policy of running two or three clips per [rugby] game," he told the court.

Sky and the media companies disagreed over whether the videos should be classed as news or entertainment.

"I hold that these were not information [in a news sense] but entertainment," Miles said.

Justice Paul Health said a Rugby World Cup final could be viewed differently by different parties.

He said it may be argued it was news who won the game, but the game itself could be classed as entertainment.

Miles said today's younger audience wanted a "quick clip", rather than to watch the whole match.

"They do want to see how Grant Elliott hooked that ball like he did," he said, and argued the media companies needed to agree to pay for videos it used online rather than rely on legislation covering fair dealing.

The case follows the unsuccessful injunction against Fairfax for the use of Olympic footage, and a failed Press Council complaint on the reporting of video from the Rio Games last year.

Kodi: ‘We won’t police pirate content’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/15/kodi-we-wont-police-pirate-content/

Following the April ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that the sale of a multimedia player which enables films that are available illegally on the Internet to be viewed easily and for free on a television screen could constitute an infringement of copyright, Nathan Betzen, Kodi community and project manager at free and open source media player Kodi has set out the consortium’s position on the judgment.

“We wanted to address the recent judgment by the EU Court of Justice regarding so-called piracy boxes,” he wrote in a blog post. “We should start by saying that none of us are lawyers in the EU, so consider anything we say to be opinions and not facts. If you want facts, ask actual lawyers.”

According to Betzen, the decision of the Court appears to address two related issues.

Selling Pirate Boxes

“The first is whether selling a multimedia box with links for copyrighted content knowingly pre-installed counts as a ‘communication to the public’ of copyrighted content, which is a copyright violation. Basically, is selling a box with links to movies that users could potentially see the same thing as selling tickets to a movie that you don’t have the right to show,” he asks.

“The court said that yes, this was a communication to the public, so selling a box with links to copyrighted content is illegal. The team is, frankly, quite pleased with this decision. As we’ve said in the past, pirate box sellers are a real problem for users, because they provide users with constantly breaking messes, vanish, and then expect Team Kodi to provide support to users who are confused about what Kodi is, where their ‘free movies’ are coming from, and all of the issues related to this problem. We don’t have any problem with users setting up their boxes however they want. We just want them to actually know what they are getting themselves into when doing so,” he stated.

“We are also not particularly worried by this decision. There are definitely some slippery slope arguments to be made about what can constitute a ‘communication to the public’ in the future, but the Court seems to have made it quite clear in its ruling that they view Kodi itself as something akin to Firefox or the Internet, perfectly legal, while the links/add-ons specifically are the illegal IP,” he noted.

Piracy Streaming

According to Betzen, the second issue addressed by the court is a simple one. “Are pirate streams a copyright violation by the user? The answer appears to be yes. There is a situation where a temporary copy of a work is exempt from the copyright holder’s ‘right of reproduction’. Certain conditions must be satisfied, like the act be transient and temporary. Unfortunately, even though a stream is a VERY temporary and very transient copy to RAM, it doesn’t get an exemption from the copyright holder’s ‘right of reproduction’, because such streams are not authorised by copyright holder and because they likely will result in reduced sales by the copyright holder. To put it simply, pirate streaming appears to be illegal in the EU,” he suggested.

“With that said, even though pirate streaming appears to be illegal in Europe, we still stand by our neutral policy. We are developers and not the police, and we have no interest in acting as police for our own software. Kodi will remain as free and as open as it always has. Feel free to continue using Kodi however you want. To us Kodi is and always will be just a tool, like a hammer, and how you choose to use that tool is up to you. We do ask that if you decide to use Kodi in a way that’s illegal, please leave us out of it. People who steal cars don’t tweet a picture of their stolen car to Ford Motor Co. We ask that if you watch pirate streams, that you not tweet us about those streams,” he recommended.

For people living in the US and the Rest of the World, he pointed out that the CJEU ruling only affects Europe. “US laws on the subject of piracy streaming remain as murky as ever. If that changes and we find out about it, we’ll let you know,” he promised.

Limelight: “High quality sports streaming will deter piracy”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/15/limelight-high-quality-sports-streaming-will-deter-piracy/

As the Premier League enters its final week of competition, millions of fans are expected to be tuning in worldwide. But how many people will be watching the match via the TV, and how many will be streaming it? And, more importantly, will those people be streaming it legally?

The viewing habits of millennials have changed dramatically from their parents’ generation, with younger viewers more likely to access video content online, reports Limelight Networks. This in itself is not surprising. However, recent research has shed light on a growing challenge being faced by sports broadcasters as a result of millennials’ viewing habits. The Sports Industry Group has revealed that a growing number of young viewers choose to watch illegal streams of live events. Broadcasters are feeling the pressure to deliver high quality and accessible live video experiences to its younger audiences to keep them watching through their service.

Steve Miller-Jones, Senior Director of Product Management at Limelight Networks said: “The trends are undeniable. Watching video online is no longer the future – it’s here today. Live sport continues to be one of the pieces of content viewers are willing to pay a premium for, and in return they expect high-quality live streams to be available on any online or mobile device whenever they request it. Large sports broadcasters must be capable of delivering a consistent and high-quality experience in order to stop fans finding an alternative source for the content they want; customers will grow increasingly frustrated if they are paying for a live stream that constantly buffers and lags behind the action. Viewers are more likely to stream illegally if their sports broadcaster can’t deliver the experience they are paying for.”

“Online video viewership continues to grow, as does the number of connected devices for consuming content. Our State of Online Video market research report highlights the shifts in viewing habits. More than three-quarters of consumers watch video online each week. More than half of these people watch at least two hours per week, with Millennials far exceeding that average. That’s staggering,” he declared.

iPlayer password login “within weeks”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/12/iplayer-password-login-within-weeks/

As first revealed in September 2016, viewers of the BBC’s iPlayer service will soon have to register for an account and enter a password before viewing. Warnings announcing the change have now started to appear on the iPlayer – and a login will become compulsory ‘within weeks’.

The BBC has denied the move is part of a crackdown on TV licence fee evasion, but admitted that email addresses registered to an account may allow it to identify people using the service without paying.

“[It] isn’t about enforcing the licence fee, it’s about giving you a better BBC and helping you get the best out of it,” commented MyBBC launch director Andrew Scott, who added that the move would make iPlayer “more personal and relevant to you”.

India high court to hear DTH concerns

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/15/india-high-court-to-hear-dth-concerns/

Two of India’s largest DTH pay-TV operators, TataSky and Airtel Digital TV, have lodged actions against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) arguing that new tariff and interconnection regulations laid out by TRAI on March 3rd are unfair.

The operators’ main complaint is that TRAI’s proposed rules treat “unequals as equals” and requires the same monthly fees and/or discounts to apply to all-comers regardless of size or importance. The pair also contend that such restrictions are “unconstitutional”. The additionally argue that the new rules will impede their rights to negotiate separately negotiated deals.

TRAI new suite of rules are due to come into force from September 1st.

The high court says that TRAI must file its response by mid-June, in order that TataSky and Airtel can come back with their counter-arguments on July 25th


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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD Bangla、DD National、Zee TV(Real VU)频道消失,设置12347 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月12日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Channel 9替换Sony Max2(Real VU)频道,设置12347 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月12日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ten HD替换Channel 9(Real VU)频道,设置12347 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月12日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ten HD(Real VU)频道消失,设置12405 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月12日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,City Channel(Ddish TV)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [5月11日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NHK World Premium(高清)等全组频道解密,设置4140 H 29900参数免费接收。 [5月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Raftaar Media(印度)频道消失,设置12227 H 44000参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,ABS Corporate Video(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3520 V 2860参数免费接收。 [5月11日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(高清)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,City Channel(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [5月11日]


SBS on Demand adds Chromecast to iOS

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2017/05/sbs-on-demand-adds-chromecast-to-ios.html

SBS On Demand is now available with Chromecast functionality on iOS devices, which will make it much easier for many viewers to cast programs on their TV screens.

Just in time for Fargo, which has its first episode now available.

Already available on Android, the Chromecast upgrade comes at the same time as the streaming service announces the exclusive Australian premiere of the highly anticipated adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel The Handmaid’s Tale – available to stream in full from Thursday 6 July.

Last year, SBS On Demand rolled out a complete user interface upgrade to enhance user experience, including a brand new video player, smoother navigation, improved search functionality, ability to add shows to a favourites list, and playback resumption.

SBS On Demand is a world of inspired entertainment – a curated selection of over 6,000 hours of premium world class-drama, documentaries and movies from across the globe.

SKY denies charging flooded Edgecumbe customers for new decoders

From http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/05/sky-denies-charging-flooded-edgecumbe-customers-for-new-decoders.html

Angry SKY customers have taken to social media to complain the broadcaster is charging them for decoders damaged in the recent floods.

Dozens of people posted on SKY's Facebook page on Thursday night and Friday morning, blasting the company - but SKY says it's all based on a misunderstanding.

"It absolutely SUX that Sky Tv is charging us EDGECUMBE residents $350 per decoder that we could not return due to the recent floods!! [sic]" Tania Rutland wrote, sparking more complaints.

If it isn't bad enough that half our town lost there homes & everything we own along with it you guys want to take the piss FFS. Just another company all about the $$$$$ and don't give a sh*t about your customers."

"Sky is the only company we have dealt with since the flood to actually rip us off," wrote Grant Webb. "It's no wonder so many people are happy to 'live stream' or steal their programs ..it's hard to feel sympathy for a crooked outfit like Sky being ripped off.. I now think 'good job' [sic]."

SKY says if customers explain to call centre staff their decoders were damaged in the floods, they won't be charged, unless it's part of an insurance claim - in which case their insurance company will be expected to pay.

"We will put the account on hold until the customer is ready for SKY again," communications director Kirsty Way told Newshub.

"We strive to support all our customers, especially when they are going through hardship."

It's not clear whether this policy only applies to the recent Edgecumbe floods, all flooding affecting a large number of people, or individual customers whose decoder gets damaged. Newshub has asked SKY for more details around the policy.

"If you are in the flood-affected areas of the Bay of Plenty please make this known to us when calling, and we will do our very best to help in whatever way we can," said Ms Way.

Customers on Facebook said they'd tried calling the contact centre, and were told they were liable.

"I think you'll find that it's YOUR representives that are telling people of Edgecumbe we are liable for the decoders!" wrote Ms Rutland.

SKY didn't say how many customers had their decoders damaged in the recent flooding. Around 70 percent of homes in the town were affected.

Astro launches NJOI Now

From http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/05/11/astro-launches-njoi-now/

KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd has launched a new video streaming service, NJOI Now, to provide Malaysians free access to on demand entertainment.

With the launch of NJOI Now, all Malaysians can now “NJOI” online and offline access to content on all screens, at home and on individual mobiles.

This free service includes access to over 2,200 titles of movie and drama box sets, even tutorials which may be downloaded and stored on devices.

“Since its 2011 launch, NJOI has had an unprecedented take-up rate with the privilege of serving 1.8 million households today, and a near future potential reach of 12 million viewers.

“This is as we execute on our commitment to enable the increasingly digital, connected and on demand lifestyle of our customers,” said Astro CEO Datuk Rohana Rozhan.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, who launched NJOI Now, said he hoped for more digital content to be created on platforms available like NJOI Now, that will encourage viewers to embrace and take advantage of the digital economy that is being promoted by the government.

His speech was read by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

“It is no surprise that youth are the largest group that utilise digital platform.

“It is them whom we encourage to be entrepreneurs, to take advantage of the digital economy that is being promoted by the government such as the launch of the digital free trade zone recently,” said Najib.

NJOI Now is the only mobile app in Malaysia to provide free on demand content, box sets and signature titles from Astro Prima, Astro Maya HD, Astro Oasis, Astro AEC, Astro Vaanavil, live local sports on Astro Arena, latest news on Astro Awani, as well as exam tutorials on Astro Tutor TV.

SKY Perfect JSAT and LeoSat Sign Strategic Partnership & Investment Agreement

From Press Release From: LeoSat Enterprises

LeoSat Enterprises, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites that will provide the fastest, most secure and widest coverage data network in the world, has announced that SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC), Asia’s largest satellite operator and Japan’s only provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services has entered into an agreement to invest in LeoSat. With this agreement, SJC will be the first Asian satellite operator to pursue the development of low earth orbit capabilities.

Entering into this investment, underlines SJC’s strong belief in LeoSat and the unique attributes of its new low earth orbit network architecture which utilizes inter-satellite laser links to create an optical backbone in space, providing fiber-like low-latency and gigabit per second data delivery. The investment in LeoSat and the agreement to jointly market this new system allows SJC to pursue new business opportunities in the data and mobility markets in sectors such as telecommunications, multinational enterprise, maritime and government services by providing previously unavailable levels of network performance combined with worldwide reach and allows the company to further study the additional applications of low earth orbit communications in pursuit of its global ambitions.

With the ever-growing demand to move large quantities of data quickly and securely around the world there is an increasing interest in the major performance advantages of communications networks in low earth orbit (LEO). The unique features of LeoSat’s system can be used for a number of applications, for example to provide 4G and 5G satellite backhaul for the cellular industry, give banks secured networks with their foreign offices, provide enormous uploading bandwidth required for energy and maritime operations, deliver critical back up for emergency communications and enable Internet access and connectivity for remote communities.

Mark Rigolle, CEO of LeoSat said: “We are thrilled that an established company such as SJC, with a reputation for foresight and diligence in the development of its technical capabilities and business relationships has chosen to partner with LeoSat. LeoSat’s low earth orbit constellation comes with a key set of attributes which are already receiving significant attention from both the commercial and government sectors, including lower latencies, better data rates and increased security and resilience. With the added-value of support from SJC, we definitely see LeoSat’s faster than fiber, ultra-secure and highly reliable global data solution as a game-changer”.

Koki Koyama, Senior Managing Executive Officer of SJC commented: “SJC sees the strategic importance of aggressively participating in the LEO/HTS business and we see the LeoSat solution as a key opportunity to opening up new markets and delivering business growth. With the current and future growth of data traffic and the unique nature of the LeoSat system and its focus on the business market, we believe there will be very strong demand for the LeoSat solution. This investment and development partnership with LeoSat will allow SJC to expand and complement our existing GEO satellite services and beyond by enabling us to respond to customer needs which are not being met by today’s technology.”

LeoSat is currently working with Thales Alenia Space, a company with unmatched expertise in designing and manufacturing LEO satellites, to finalize the manufacturing plan, paving the way for the production and deployment of the entire constellation.

New York based GH Partners acted as lead financial advisor to LeoSat Enterprises. For further information:

Investor Contact:
Noel Rimalovski, GH Partners LLC

LeoSat will be at CommunicAsia in Singapore from 23rd – 25th May. To arrange an interview, please contact Melanie Dickie. Email: melanie@leosat.com

About LeoSat Enterprises

LeoSat Enterprises was established to leverage the latest developments in satellite communications technologies to develop and launch a new low-earth-orbit satellite constellation which will provide the first commercially available, business grade, extremely high-speed and secure data service worldwide.

With up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites in the constellation LeoSat is the first company to have all the High Throughput Satellites (HTS) in the constellation interconnected through laser links, creating an optical backbone in space which is about 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fiber backbones and without the need for any terrestrial touchpoints. This unique set of features enables LeoSat to provide instant infrastructure from anywhere to everywhere which is fast, secure and reliable.

Based in Washington DC, LeoSat is currently working with Thales Alenia Space for the low-earth-orbit constellation of Ka-band communications satellites. Once operational, the constellation will provide high-speed, low-latency and highly secure communications and bandwidth for business operations in the telecom backhaul, Energy, Maritime, Government and international business markets. Launch of the constellation is expected in 2019. www.leosat.com

About SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation

SKY Perfect JSAT is a leader in satellite communications for broadcasting and communications. It is Asia’s largest satellite operator with a fleet of 18 satellites, and Japan’s only provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services. SKY Perfect JSAT delivers a broad range of entertainment through the SKY PerfectTV! Platform, the most extensive in Japan with a total of 3 million subscribers. In addition, SKY Perfect JSAT’s satellite communication services, which cover Japan and the rest of Asia, as well as Russia, the Middle East, Hawaii, and North America, play a vital role in supporting safety, security and convenience for society as a whole. For more information, please visit www.sptvjsat.com/en/ and www.jsat.net/en/

LeoSat Enterprises
Melanie Dickie, +31 6 14 22 97 62
VP Marketing & Communications

Nepal still to work out how to profit from South Asia Satellite

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/nepal-still-to-work-out-how-to-profit-from-south-asia-satellite-117051201542_1.html

Nepal is yet to work out how to reap benefits from the South Asia Satellite that India launched as a 'gift to its neighbours on May 5, a media report said.

Nepal and India had signed a MoU in March 2016, stating no objection to the launching of the satellite and that Nepal was eager to benefit from it.

The Nepali side, however, has yet to figure out what exactly it wants from the satellite and how to get it.

The Himalayan Times quoted Bhrigu Dhunga, who heads the South Asia Division of Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as saying, "We are yet to decide which services we'll use and what will be its modality."

According to India's Ministry of External Affairs, the communication satellite aims to provide participating countries television services and communications technology for bank ATMs and e-governance, and may even serve as a backup for cellular networks, especially in places where the terrestrial connectivity is weak.

Soon after the launch of SAS, leaders of the six benefiting nations in a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the gesture as a new face of cooperation in space for common good of the neighbourhood.

On the occasion, Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal stressed on taking the best possible benefits from the satellite services, as it would help provide communication services in the mountainous and hilly regions of Nepal.

The Indian side has offered to provide at least one transponder with a bandwidth of 24,000 to 36,000 MHz.

A senior diplomat at the Embassy of India in Kathmandu noted that Nepal would get two transponders on this satellite, and India would provide necessary training and orientation, the Himalayan Times said.

India has already proposed to impart training to Nepali engineers at ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru, but the Nepali side is yet to respond to the proposal, the daily said.

Bloomberg revamps Apple TV app

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/12/bloomberg-revamps-apple-tv-app/

Bloomberg Media is introducing the next evolution of the Bloomberg app on Apple TV, which it suggests represents a major step forward for the future of television where there will be a stronger relationship between users and content.

“We want to give the power back to you with what we feel is a vastly smarter viewing experience that features new ways to deliver the best of Bloomberg’s news, data and information, along with enhanced personalisation,” says Ambika Nigam, Global Head of Mobile Applications & OTT, Bloomberg Media. “Apple TV presents us with many advantages; one of them being that it’s digital and therefore connected to the Internet, allowing us to provide you with better context, dynamic choices and an enhanced design,” she adds.

Built entirely in-house by a cross-functional team including product, design, engineering, editorial, ad sales and innovation, the Bloomberg app is a completely reimagined experience that blends digital content with live television on top of an intuitive and upgraded UX. “We’re also capitalising early on some emerging OTT trends we’re seeing, such as a greater emphasis on large, beautiful imagery and cross-platform branding,” she advises.

New features include:
•Streamlined Design and UX: a simplified navigation and menu experience that elevates editorial and personalised content options.
•Featured Content Collections: a new way to curate and organise content. Categories include Top News, Top Interviews, Cars and Tech and Digital Originals such as successful global tech series Hello World.
•Personalised Content: content recommendations based on prior Apple TV watching history intended to provide viewers with a smarter, more relevant experience.
•Live TV Dashboard: data-driven experience that delivers static and contextual information based on what’s playing on live television. For example, if Elon Musk is being interviewed, we’ll present you with the best of Bloomberg news and data to provide more information and context about him and the companies he leads. We’ll also serve you related content when you hit pause.
•Universal App Download: Apple users that have enabled universal app download will automatically have our Apple TV and consumer app downloaded on their respective devices, delivering a cross-platform experience.

“For our advertising partners, we’ve refined our offering, pushing for stronger contextual alignment against the content that matters most to them. With this launch, we’re introducing new sponsored content capability, incorporating custom video, partner branding as part of the UX and pre-roll for VoD content. For the first time, we’re incorporating mid-roll to the livestream feed, which will feature a useful countdown clock to orient viewers so they know when the ad break will end,” she explains.

BBC Deputy D-G: “We’ll reinvent iPlayer”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/11/bbc-deputy-d-g-well-reinvent-iplayer/

Anne Bulford, Deputy Director-General of the BBC, has reiterated Director-General Tony Hall’s assertion that the BBC needs to reinvent itself for the online, content everywhere era, with a reinvention of catch-up service iPlayer part of such changes.

Delivering a Keynote Speech at the DTG Summit in London, Bulford suggested that delegates understand the forces that are shaping the new age, and recognised their speed and impact. “But we’re also here because, ultimately, none of us knows what exactly the new age of television will look like. These are extraordinarily dynamic and fast-changing times for our industry,” she declared.

“In uncertain times, it is often said that the best way of predicting the future is to create it – and this is the business we are in. And one thing we can be sure of is that, where we face common challenges across the industry, collaboration and thinking collectively will continue to be key,” she said, paying tribute to the work of the DTG.

Touching on some of the common challenges the broadcast industry faces, Bulford addressed the key priorities that are driving the work of the BBC as its seek to respond and deliver on an ambitious new vision for the years ahead.

“We know that younger people and indeed older people are consuming media in increasingly different ways, and we face extraordinary competition for people’s time,” she admitted. “We need to do much more to reach audiences – whoever and wherever they are, and however they wish to consume us – and we need to do much more to make sure that our programmes and services cut through in an extraordinarily competitive, global space. Above all, our goal is to make sure that the BBC works for all audiences, young and old. To make sure that everyone gets value from the BBC,” she stated.

“We want the BBC during this Charter to be defined by boldness and originality, not just on screen, but also in the online space – where competition is highest, new audiences are most present, and we can serve them in brilliant new ways,” she said.

“That means reinventing iPlayer; making the very most of our world-class audio content; making the most of new technologies like AI, voice recognition, and VR; transforming the BBC’s public services to be more open, more creative, and to be available when and where the public wants them,” she added.

One area that Bulford believed was absolutely essential to the BBC’s success in the future, “something that responds to the fact that audience behaviours are delivering viewing and listening patterns that we have never seen before. And that’s personalisation” she noted.

“Tony Hall has called it ‘the myBBC revolution’ – reinventing public service broadcasting through data. We know that data is creating a flight to quality. It means audiences can find the best of public service broadcasting – when they sign in. But we want to do it in a very BBC way – not telling you ‘what customers like you bought’, but what citizens like you might love to watch and need to know. By finding out more about our audiences and what they like, we can make better content, make it more relevant, and bring it to them more effectively,” she said.

“We believe that the closer and more personal our relationship with our audiences, the more they will choose the BBC. Our goal is that, by the time we reach our centenary year in 2022, we will have reinvented a BBC that is irresistible to all our audiences. In a world of near-limitless choice, we want people to keep choosing us for our British content and viewpoint on the world. But above all by our centenary, I want us to have shown that public service broadcasting has even more to offer the whole of the UK – all of its communities in all of its nations and regions – and even more to offer Britain in the world in its second hundred years than it did in its first,” she concluded.


Intelsat 19 166E 4140 H 29900 tp:22 fec:2/3 NHK mux all channel were fta

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3940 H Golf Channel Asia has left.

Express AT2 140.0E NTV Plus Dalniy Vostok muxes have started on 12245 R, 12303 L, 12322 R, 12380 L and 12399 R.

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12448 V "Happy Science" has left again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Smile Home Shopping" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3880 V "Da Vinci Learning India" has left .

Yamal 401 90.0E 11305 V "8 Kanal" has started on , Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 11471 V "NTV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11674 H "Africa Magic World" has left .

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Raftaar Media(印度)频道消失,设置12227 H 44000参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,ABS Corporate Video(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3520 V 2860参数免费接收。 [5月11日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(高清)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,City Channel(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [5月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Alif TV、Test(孟加拉)频道消失,设置12482 H 4680参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NTV-Serial、NTV-Style(MPEG-4)等3个频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数有条件接收。 [5月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Olala 24/7(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11045 H 44923参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,SMV Promo 2(ABS)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月11日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Movies One替换Junior(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [5月11日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,梨园频道替换湖北卫视(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,湖北卫视替换梨园(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports News(Cignal)频道消失,设置11598 H 20000参数无效接收。 [5月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Vacant(Cignal)频道消失,设置11539 H 20000参数无效接收。 [5月10日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,City Channel(Ddish TV)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,天映电影、Fox Movies(印尼)等38个频道新增,设置4148 V 15000参数部分免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Tirupati TV替换Free TV(印度)频道,设置3689 H 15000参数免费接收。 [5月9日]

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Foxtel's subscriber numbers fall

From http://www.thebull.com.au/articles/a/67121-foxtel%27s-subscriber-numbers-fall.html

Foxtel's subscriber numbers have fallen, along with the value of its investment in the embattled Ten Network, wiping out its profit for the March quarter.

The pay television company jointly owned by News Corp and Telstra said its net income in the three months to March 31 was nil, down from $32 million in the same period a year ago.

The fall was due to $US21 million ($A29 million) in losses related to its decision to cease the operation of streaming service Presto in January, plus a $US14 million ($A19 million) loss on its 15 per cent stake in Ten.

Ten shares fell 38 per cent in the March quarter, and the network has since reported a $232 million half year loss and flagged grave concerns for the company's viability.

Foxtel's revenue slipped three per cent in the March quarter, as its number of subscribers dropped one per cent on the same period a year ago, to 2.8 million.

Meanwhile, News Corp's revenue rose five per cent to $US1.98 billion ($A2.7 billion), helped by another strong performance by its real estate classifieds business.

The Rupert Murdoch-controlled media giant said revenue from digital property services, including realestate.com.au, rose 13 per cent compared to the prior corresponding period.

Revenue in its newspaper division rose three per cent to $US1.26 billion as increased advertising and newspaper price rises offset lower print volumes.

But newspaper revenue is down three per cent for the financial year to date.

Shares in News Corp rose 45 cents, or 2.5 per cent, to $18.38.

European project demonstrates 1 Gbps satellite broadband

From https://thestack.com/iot/2017/05/10/european-project-demonstrates-1-gbps-satellite-broadband/

A European consortium has successfully demonstrated one gigabit per second (1 Gbps) broadband over satellite.

The project, which involved the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), Avanti Communications and Work Microwave, trialled the latest DVB-S2X modulator and demodulator equipment across Avanti’s HYLAS satellite capacity.

Using wideband carriers, the trials exploited full transponder bandwidth and outperformed the project’s target throughput of more than 1 Gbps using a single communication carrier.

The technology demonstration was carried out across a variety of carrier bandwidths and modulation schemes, including closing the forward link with a 480 MHz carrier and successfully receiving and demodulating the signal on the ground.

Sustained throughput to a single end-user terminal was measured at 1.27 Gbps. This was achieved by leveraging the DVB-S2X time slicing capability which allowed the receiver to selectively skip and ignore parts of incoming signal and therefore save on processing power.

‘DVB-S2X as the latest satellite communication standard allows for exceptionally efficient use of spectrum,’ said Fraunhofer in a statement on the trials.

Fraunhofer IIS and Work Microwace worked together on the development, specification and validation of DVB-S2X, from initial standardisation to full implementation. Fraunhofer IIS also developed a DVB-S2X receiver IP, used in the demonstration, while Work Microwave developed a high-performance wideband DVB-S2X modulator, used for communication on the uplink.

‘By using DVB-S2X waveforms and our wideband ground equipment the capabilities of high-throughput satellites can be fully exploited. This gives satellite operators the future perspective to meet the growing bandwidth demands of broadband applications,’ commented Work Microwave CEO, Thomas Fröhlich.

The experiment was funded as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ‘ARTES Advanced Technology’ programme.

Speaking on behalf of ESA, Nikolaos Toptsidis, the technical officer managing the project, noted that the demonstration confirms the competitive and innovative nature of the European space industry and the capabilities of the European satellite fleet.

Accedo Unleashes DogTV On Amazon Fire And Roku

From http://www.accedo.tv/accedo-unleashes-dogtv-on-amazon-fire-and-roku/

Reduces Canine Stress And Separation Anxiety

Toronto, Canada and (DOGTV HQ), 10th May 2017 – Accedo (http://www.accedo.tv), the video experience pioneer, today announced that it has extended the world’s first TV channel for dogs, DOGTV (https://www.dogtv.com/), to Amazon Fire TV devices across the globe and modernized DOGTV’s user experience on ROKU.

DOGTV is already available in 13 countries and is a 24/7 digital TV channel scientifically designed to reduce stress and separation anxiety in dogs when left alone.

The DOGTV experience is managed by Accedo’s cloud-based video experience platform, Videa (http://www.accedo.tv/videa) and includes a mix of live and Video on Demand (VOD) content. In-app purchase will enable dog owners to purchase a monthly subscription for access to live and premium VOD content.

DOGTV helps stimulate, entertain, relax and habituate dogs with programming that introduces them to various movements, sounds, objects, experiences and behaviour patterns, all from a dog’s perspective.

“As more and more pet parents realize that TV programming for dogs can be both enriching and entertaining, the demand for DOGTV across platforms has increased,” commented Omri Urzad, VP of Digital, DOGTV. “Accedo’s technology platform has helped us meet this demand by extending access to our programming on Amazon Fire TV, which will ultimately help us reach new audiences and grow as a network.”

“Videa has the power to build, deliver and manage high performing video apps across all platforms – in real-time,” added Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo. “We’re truly excited to see the level of innovation in the TV industry at the moment, and targeted, highly specialised video services like DogTV are a huge opportunity for the industry to take advantage of new technology to cost-efficiently reach new audiences and revenue streams.”

DOGTV launched on Amazon Fire TV on 1st May.

Accedo will be demonstrating its range of solutions on its booth at BroadcastAsia (#4A2-01) from 23rd – 25th May.

– Ends-

About Accedo

Accedo (http://www.accedo.tv) is a trusted video experience transformation pioneer improving the lives of video consumers by the hundreds of millions. Founded in 2004, it offers a portfolio of experience-centric video solutions that enable its customers to monetise video and transform video services to meet rapidly changing consumer expectations. Accedo customers include over 350 of the world’s leading video service providers, such as Astro, Deutsche Telekom, Disney, Fox, HBO, NBC Universal, Netflix, and Telefonica, among many others.

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Media Contacts:

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Tel: +44 1570 434632


DOGTV is the first television network for dogs. A trusted source of scientifically developed content for dogs, DOGTV programming is organized into relaxing, stimulating and exposure segments that work together to provide just the right balance for the daily routines of our beloved “stay-at-home” pups. DOGTV’s revolutionary content is designed for a dog’s visual, auditory and emotional sensibility. DOGTV is supported by Discovery Communications, and more information is available at dogtv.com.

(Craig's comment, also available via Measat 3)

Approval for Videocon d2h/Dish TV merger

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/10/approval-for-videocon-d2hdish-tv-merger/

The proposed merger between two of India’s giant DTH operators, Dish TV and Videocon d2h, has moved closer with confirmation that Videocon’s shareholders had approved the deal. Separately, it was reported that the merger had received approval from the Competition Commission of India.

Dish TV Videocon, the name of the new business, will see Dish shareholders holding 55 per cent of the new business, and the balance held by Videocon’s shareholders.

Combined, the pair will control one of the largest DTH pay-TV systems on the planet, with around 27.6 million subscribers.

Discovery JEET for India

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/10/discovery-jeet-for-india/

Discovery Communications has revealed plan to roll out Discovery JEET, a new entertainment channel across India, starting in late 2017. The new channel will be the flagship for the network’s investment into original local productions in India, superserving superfans and nurturing communities around a range of programme genres including true crime investigations, small-town heroes and gritty survival.

Discovery is scaling up investment in over 200 hours of local content originals which will premiere on this new channel, targeting young male audiences.

“We are excited to launch Discovery JEET, which will bring a new style of entertainment, with a truly local and bespoke focus. It borrows the best of Discovery’s ethos, seeded in factual and purpose-driven content, and leveraging global resources to mount it at a scale that delivers larger-than-life stories,” said Karan Bajaj, SVP & GM, South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific. “JEET marks an important milestone in our continued commitment to entertain and inspire India’s young audiences.”

Arthur Bastings, President & MD, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, further elaborated on the importance of this evolutionary step, leveraging new ways to extend the reach and relevance of Discovery across the subcontinent. “The expansion into general entertainment with JEET redefines how Discovery will connect and interact with new audiences across the heartlands of India. JEET is fun, relatable, and exciting and brings to life the captivating, real stories of India’s own in a manner never seen before.”


Sorry no Wednesday update


SkyNindo is moving from Palapa to Chinasat 10 110.5e 3620 and 3580 H FEC 3/4 Sr 30000 DVB-S2 8PSK

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Intelsat 20 68.5E 3869 H Ten 1, Ten 2, Ten 3 and Ten Cricket have started on , Videoguard. Ten Golf HD and Ten 1 HD have left.

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Khuvsgul TV(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [5月9日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,News World India(印度)等频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [5月9日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Sony BBC Earth HD(Dish TV)等5个频道新增,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [5月9日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Disney Junior、Sony HD(Dish TV)等频道消失,设置12522 V 40700参数无效接收。 [5月9日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,1 Kanal替换Perviy kanal(+2h)(俄罗斯)频道,设置11471 V 11160参数免费接收。 [5月9日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Sama Uvs(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [5月9日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Free TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3689 H 15000参数免费接收。 [5月9日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Opt Out HD、Fox Sports News(STAR TV)等7个频道消失,设置3920 H 29720参数无效接收。 [5月9日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,FS、Fox Sports 2 HD(STAR TV)等3个频道新增,设置3920 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [5月9日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置12731 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月9日]


Foxtel emits new sueballs, this time targeting TV streamers

From https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/08/foxtel_emits_new_sueballs_this_time_targeting_tv_streamers/

Australia's site blocking legislation gets another outing

Emboldened by success, Foxtel has fired off a new round of suballs with the aim of blocking more pirate sites from Australian users.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation says TPG, Optus, and Vocus are the respondents in a case filed late last week in the Federal Court.

Foxtel wants the ISPs to bring down the boom on the sites Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series, and Project Free TV, all of which it describes as piracy sites for letting users watch TV shows in Web browsers.

A successful action would see those four services join The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, Torrent Hound and ISOHunt as sites ISPs are obliged to block.

Since the blocks are implemented at the DNS level, the filtering is trivially easy to circumvent for anyone who can read a guide to using Google's DNS, OpenDNS, or VPN software.

The government introduced its site-blocking legislation in 2015, after rights-holders lost a High Court case seeking to make ISPs hand over the details of users they believed were infringing.

In Foxtel's first case to shut down The Pirate Bay et al the company had to pay the princely sum of AU$50 per domain blocked to the country's suffering ISPs

Govt removes Bangabandhu-1 satellite’s project director

From http://www.thedailystar.net/business/bangabandhu-1-satellites-pd-removed-1402552

The government today dismissed the project director of Bangabandhu-1 satellite for his inefficiency, said Tarana Halim, state minister for Post and Telecommunications.

The decision of removing Golam Razzaque was taken following recommendations from Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s telecom division, she said.

The government, however, has appointed BTRC Director Md Mesbahuzzaman as the new project director.

Launched by NSSLGlobal — Their First Cell/VSAT Maritime Hybrid Service

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1139768564&menu=1

NSSLGlobal has launched their first hybrid cellular/VSAT solution for maritime vessels — the Cellular Marine System.

This service will complement NSSLGlobal’s airtime VSAT offering as well as the firm's additional services such as FleetBroadband and Iridium Open Port. This will allow seafarers accustomed to land services to transfer from satellite to mobile connectivity, while operating up to 25km offshore.

Through NSSLGlobal’s Cellular Marine System, maritime vessels can connect to robust, high-speed Internet, with download speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s, for commercial and crew welfare broadband use. It is supported by a cellular roaming service, established through a major global cellular operator, and allows the customer to automatically transfer from satellite communications to 3G and 4G mobile connectivity as appropriate. The service helps customers to gain the most out of their on-board communication system when operating in coastal areas or waiting to get into harbor.

SSLGlobal’s new 3G and 4G services will complement its popular maritime VSAT IP@SEA service — which combines an extensive Ku- and C-band coverage with some of the fastest speeds in the industry. The service comprises six global teleports supporting 24 satellite beams and two network operation centers to achieve ‘always-on' connectivity. NSSLGlobal’s experience, technical knowledge with a true 24x7 technical support service and an in country service engineering capability, means it can provide a “one stop shop” for any company looking for the best service in the industry.

Along with this new service and their wholly owned VSAT network, NSSLGlobal also brings together best-in-class satellite solutions from key market providers such as Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium, to offer options across C-, L-, Ka- and Ku-Band networks.

Henrik Christensen, Group Maritime Sales Director, NSSLGlobal commented that NSSLGlobal constantly strives to innovate and create differentiated products and services that enable customers to obtain the optimal connectivity they need at an affordable rate. This is the premise behind the firm's new NSSLGlobal Cellular Marine System. With ‘constant connectivity’ an ever-increasing need for ship operations and crew welfare, NSSLGlobal needed to ensure the provisioning of fast and flexible access to Internet services. By giving customers the option to switch between VSAT and 3G/4G mobile connectivity, they can now get high-speed Internet at the most cost-effective rate.

Nepal’s Dish Home TV set for growth after AMOS-4 deal

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017050947140/nepal-s-dish-home-tv-set-for-growth-after-amos-4-deal.html#axzz4gbMGn28n

Nepal’s sole national direct-to-home (DTH) operator Dish Media Network has boosted its agreement with Israel’s Spacecom for extra transponder capacity on its AMOS-4 satellite.

AMOS 4 9 May 2017Located in orbit at 65°East, the extra capacity on AMOS-4 is designed to enable Dish Media’s Dish Home satellite TV service to expand its range of standard and high definition (HD) channels.

“This agreement will keep our growth trajectory moving forward and upwards. Our deep association with Spacecom’s AMOS-4 enables us to build out and expand our brand, further our strategic goals and strengthen our operations throughout Nepal,” said Sudeep Acharya, CEO, Dish Media Network.

David Pollack, president and CEO of Spacecom, added: “This agreement with Dish Media Network adds strength to our position in Asia. AMOS-4’s power and focus on Asia makes it a prime choice for providing a range of satellite services in the region, as well as in East Africa.”

The new TV channels: More choice for viewers, but are they viable?

From http://frontiermyanmar.net/en/the-new-tv-channels-more-choice-for-viewers-but-are-they-viable

The five companies recently awarded free-to-air television licences will double the number of broadcasters fighting for advertising revenue in what is already a highly competitive market.

ON APRIL 11, the Ministry of Information announced the five successful applicants for television content provider licences that will operate digital free-to-air channels through state-run MRTV. The five successful companies, chosen from a shortlist of 10, are the “exile media” companies Mizzima Media and DVB Multimedia Group, as well as Kaung Myanmar Aung, Young Investment Group and Fortune International. This week I would like to discuss the changes that might be expected in TV broadcasting sector with the addition of these five companies to the market.

The selection process for awarding the content provider licences differed greatly from procedures under previous governments. The only private companies that received TV licences from the military government were run by cronies and business people close to the junta. The licences were issued on a joint venture basis with the Ministry of Information.

If the company violated the terms and conditions of its joint venture deal with the MoI, or if it broadcast content that displeased the government, its licence could be withdrawn at any time. The joint-venture companies played it safe by focusing mainly on entertainment programs rather than providing news and analysis of political, social and military issues.

There were two types of licences issued by former governments to the private sector.

The first was for pay TV broadcasts transmitted by satellite. These were issued to Forever Group and SkyNet Media, which earn revenue from monthly or yearly subscription fees paid by viewers who install their satellite receivers. To attract subscribers they have added more channels and have monopolised coverage of international soccer matches. SkyNet is the market leader in pay TV in Myanmar.

The other permits are for free-to-air broadcasters and include channels linked to military-owned Myawady Group, MRTV-4 of Forever Group, MNTV of Shwe Than Lwin Media (owner of SkyNet), Channel 7 and Channel 9. Their main source of income is from advertising. They make a profit when advertising revenue exceeds production and broadcasting costs. Market research shows that television accounts for between 80 percent and 90 percent of all advertising spending in Myanmar, with the print media getting most of what’s left.

As free-to-air broadcasters, the five newly licensed companies will be relying on advertising as their main source of income. They will be competing for market share against established broadcasters MRTV, Myawady, MRTV-4, Channel 7 and Channel 9.

Although spending on advertising is expected to rise as the economy grows, the addition of five broadcasters to the market will lead to intense competition and has raised questions about whether the newcomers will be commercially viable.

The “exile media” companies Mizzima Media and DVB Multimedia Group each have considerable experience in broadcasting.

Mizzima has produced online news in Myanmar and English since it was established in New Delhi by a group of political exiles in 1998 and more recently has been making documentaries for MRTV. In 2012, it became the first exile media group to return to Myanmar after the print sector was liberalised. It launched a weekly vernacular newspaper that went daily in 2013 but closed in early 2015 amid fierce market competition. Mizzima, which continues to produce a weekly magazine in English, has been financially supported by international aid organisations.

DVB Multimedia Group, which has also received funding from foreign aid groups, was initially established by political exiles in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 1992 and returned to Myanmar in 2013. In July 1992, as the Democratic Voice of Burma, it launched shortwave radio broadcasts from studios in Oslo, Norway, and began providing satellite television programs in May 2005. It is broadcasting 24 hours a day via a foreign satellite.

Of the five companies to receive the licences, Mizzima and DVB would seem to have the best chances of commercial success because of their broadcasting experience and competence and ability to attract donor funding.

Kaung Myanmar Aung, Young Investment Group and Fortune International, which are reported to be planning to invest millions of dollars in their channels, will have to work hard just to break even in what will be a highly competitive market for advertising revenue.

Confusion over South Africa’s encryption policy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/09/confusion-over-south-africas-encryption-policy/

South Africa’s recently appointed Minister of Communications, Ayanda Dlodlo, is reportedly dumping her predecessor’s strategy which backed non-encryption of digital set-top boxes. The former minister, Faith Muthambi, had favoured ‘open’ digital receivers despite the ruling African National Congress political party that boxes needed to be encrypted. Muthambi was replaced in March.

Muthambi’s approach was designed to ensure that poorer sections of the community could receive new digital TV signals free of any charge.

However, the approach now taken by the new Minister could further delay the introduction of digital terrestrial TV into South Africa. Last year the country’s Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (Usaasa), which is responsible for procuring the new set-top boxes, decided not to proceed with ordering the receiver pending the conclusion of the legal battle over the non-encryption of the converters.

Muthambi, together with South Africa’s major pay-TV broadcaster MultiChoice, had approached the nation’s Constitutional Court to challenge the Supreme Court of Appeal judgment which found that the government was wrong not to allow encryption.

A Court hearing in February has yet to make its judgement known.

Vodafone to air 4K Champions League final

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/09/vodafone-to-air-4k-champions-league-final/

Vodafone Spain will broadcast the final of the Champions League on June 3rd in 4K.

The operator has reached an agreement with beIN Sports to offer the match via UHD to Vodafone subscribers equipped with a 4K TV set, the new Vodafone 4K STB and with access to the Vodafone Futbol or Vodafone Sport packages.

The match will see either Real Madrid or Atlético Madrid take on Juventus or Monaco.

Vodafone launched its 4K service to the residential market last March with 20,000 titles across VoD and over 120 linear channels.


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IS19 12611V 6999 "STS6" ARL City vs Country

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Apstar 6 134.0E 3840 H "Dim Sum TV" is Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12365 V "FGTV" is encrypted again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "Non Stop Samachar India" is back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3745 V "Fashion TV Asia" is back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Cinemachi Kids" on is in Fta again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3794 H "Fashion TV Asia" is back on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Clubbing TV" is now encrypted.

Yamal 401 90.0E 12718 V "Atameken Business Channel" has started on , Fta.

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Animax Asia" is back on , Fta.

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Apstar 7 76.5E 3848 V "PSM News" has started on, Fta.

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Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Music Zone" has started on, Fta Power of God TV and Jaya Jaya Shankara TV have left.
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,1 TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3520 H 28125参数无效接收。 [5月6日]
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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Okhota I Rybalka(Ddish TV)频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [5月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport News、Smart TV(Ddish TV)频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [5月6日]
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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,History替换TV5 Monde(Ddish TV)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [5月6日]

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,1 YES Channel替换Planet News(MPEG-4)频道,设置3756 H 13333参数免费接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,MRTV 4替换Channel 14(缅甸)频道,设置12520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月5日]
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Australia: Major Freeview Plus upgrade planned

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/08/australia-major-freeview-plus-upgrade-planned/

Freeview Australia will launch a significant upgrade to its hybrid digital television service Freeview Plus platform in June 2017, offering a more simplified user experience and sophisticated look and feel for the catch-up service.

The new platform will join the Freeview FV mobile app in Freeview’s suite of products that are designed to make watching free-to-air TV more convenient and flexible than ever before.

“Australians are now watching more than one billion minutes of catch-up TV every month,” said Freeview CEO Liz Ross. “Freeview is at the forefront of broadcast technology globally, and this upgrade will ensure we continue to offer the very best catch-up viewing experience.”

“This time 10 years ago, Australian viewers only had access to five free-to-air channels, whereas today we have more than 25. TV is everywhere and any time, and with catch-up services supplementing traditional TV viewing, we have certainly entered the golden era of TV,” she added.

There are around 2.2 million TV receivers in Australia that are Freeview Plus-enabled with an 85 per cent connection rate.

The updated service will also incorporate new brand architecture for the Freeview brand. Developed by March One, the refreshed branding includes a new logo and tagline, “Even better than free”.

(Craig's comment, the only thing better than Free is if they paid you to watch it..Now there's an idea.!..)

Vimond, Fox Sports collaborate on AFL streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/08/vimond-fox-sports-collaborate-on-afl-streaming/

Vimond Media Solutions has teamed up with Fox Sports Australia to create a global service that will stream Australian Football League (AFL) matches to fans around the world. Fox Sports launched the subscription-based Watch AFL application in time to broadcast the inaugural AFL Women’s League. The 121st season of the men’s league commenced on March 23rd.

Together with Vimond, the News Corp Australian-owned Fox Sports designed Watch AFL to stream every AFL game live and offer it afterwards as a VoD service. By using the Vimond Platform as its software foundation Fox Sports Australia was able to develop the Watch AFL App to stream live content.

“We create our modular, customisable and efficient products for the needs of broadcasters and content owners, and aim to be a complete partner with our customers, seeing the value of collaborating with all parties,” said Miguel Silva, CCO Vimond Media Solutions. “The Vimond Platform is an especially good fit for sports and global events. It makes it easy to ingest content from different assets and formats, and then to distribute that content to different channels. It also enables quick, drag-and-drop content management and facilitates the administration of rights and contracts.”

Australia abolishes broadcasting licence fees

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/08/australia-abolishes-broadcasting-licence-fees/

Australia’s Government has announced a comprehensive package of reforms that it suggests will improve the sustainability of Australia’s free-to-air broadcasting sector, support the creation of high quality Australian content and modernise broadcasting and content regulation. The package also includes a community dividend in the form of further restrictions on gambling advertising. The measures include:
•Abolishing broadcasting licence fees and datacasting charges.
•Applying a fee for the spectrum that broadcasters use at a level more reflective of the current media landscape.
•Further restrictions on gambling advertising in live sporting events across all platforms.
•Amending the anti-siphoning scheme and list.
•Repealing the two out of three and 75 per cent audience reach media ownership rules.
•A broad ranging and comprehensive review of Australian and children’s content.
•Funding to support the broadcasting of women’s and niche sports

According to Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts, the package provides significant ongoing financial relief, acknowledging that Australia’s broadcasters are facing an increasingly competitive commercial environment, with intense competition for audiences and advertising revenue from other media companies, including

The package will abolish free-to-air broadcasting annual licence fees currently estimated to raise around A$130 million (€88m) on television and radio to improve the ability of broadcasters to operate on a level playing field with other platforms. “Licence fees, which are revenue-based, were introduced when broadcasters could generate significant profits due to their exclusive access to mass audiences. In today’s media environment, licence fees are a relic of a bygone age of regulation,” he declared.

Under the reforms, broadcasters will pay new annual spectrum fees estimated to raise around A$40 million, a level that Fifield suggests is more reflective of the current media landscape. “The financial relief provided by the package gives commercial broadcasters the flexibility to grow and adapt in the changing media landscape, invest in their businesses and in Australian content, and better compete with online providers,” he says..

The package also includes a community dividend in the form of further restrictions on gambling advertising during live sports programmes. The Government will work with industry to introduce new restrictions on gambling advertisements during live sports broadcasts shown on commercial television, commercial radio, subscription television, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and online platforms. The new restriction will ban gambling advertisements from five minutes before the commencement of play until five minutes after the conclusion of play or 8:30pm, whichever comes sooner. This will provide a clear and practical zone for families and children to watch live sports. Existing exemptions for advertising that covers the racing industry and lotteries will remain.

The reform package will also amend Australia’s ‘anti-siphoning’ regime to reduce the size of the list and update other parts of the scheme, whilst ensuring that iconic sporting events of national significance are retained.

During 2017, the Department of Communications and the Arts, Screen Australia and the ACMA will undertake a review of Australian and children’s screen content. The review will identify sustainable policies to ensure the ongoing availability of Australian and children’s content to domestic and international audiences, regardless of platform.

The Government will provide funding of A$30 million over four years to subscription television to maintain and increase coverage of women’s sports, niche sports and high participation sports that are less sustainable to broadcast. Increased coverage of these sports will assist them to build their profile, boost participation and improve sponsorship opportunities.

The Government will progress its Broadcast and Content Reform Package via an integrated legislative package which will include the Government’s media ownership reforms. “Together, this package represents a comprehensive package of media reforms. It represents a major opportunity for government, industry and the Parliament to strengthen and benefit this important industry, ensure ongoing investment in Australian content and support for the highly skilled jobs this sector provides,” says Fifield.

“The reforms are vital to the long-term viability of the sector, which provides access to high quality Australian content that contributes to, and reflects, Australian cultural life,” he concludes.

Ten could face court for illegal streaming of Joseph Parker fight

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11851176

Ten people are likely to face court action for illegally streaming the Joseph Parker fight on Saturday night.

The world heavyweight boxing champion successfully defended his title against Romanian Razvan Cojanu in Auckland.

Sky TV had warned that piracy teams would be on the lookout for illegal online streams.

"We took down many YouTube and Facebook streams," Sky TV director of corporate communication Kirsty Way told the Herald.

"Around 10 people are likely to face court with the evidence we have."

Way said the monitoring team also found some illegal streams of the Fiji-Tonga rugby league match.

Sky said it had previously won 13 cases against those who illegally streamed Parker's fights.

They were fined up to $3000 each.

Parker had also urged people not to stream the fight before his first WBO world heavyweight boxing title defence.

"My message is don't do it because it is illegal for a reason, and if I catch you you're going to be in trouble," Parker said.

"I feel there's a lot of people working hard behind the scenes to get the fights going and showing things on TV...when you're doing that sort of stuff you're taking away from those that are working hard.

"Everyone has families that they have to feed and pay for and that's why I feel it shouldn't be done."

Sky chief executive John Fellet said illegal streaming was no different to "walking into a store and grabbing a physical item".

"It may be fun, it may be exciting, but at the end of the day you are taking money out of athletes, the actors and the production people and even people here in this building," Fellet said.

He said Sky would "fingerprint" the streaming signal to track back to who it goes to.

"Right now we are taking civil actions and using the courts to make our point," he said.

"In other countries around the world they take greater criminal action on these types of events."

(Craig's comment, interesting someone streamed it out as a free live youtube stream. Advertised over Reddit New Zealand. I just took a look and the youtube account is still active)


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Saturday, no update


Friday night feed
Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 Aus v Kiwi League Test FTA

Sky NZ gets slammed for putting up the price of their Fanpass service!

Hi <name>,

We wanted to let you know about some changes we’re making to the passes available on Fan Pass.

We wanted Fan Pass to give Kiwis the freedom to dip in and out of sport by offering short-term flexible passes. However, sports rights aren’t cheap and it’s just not stacking up for us as much as we’ve tried to make it work. So we’ve had to make the following changes which will affect you:

- From 24th May, you’ll no longer be able to get a Day or Week pass on Fan Pass.

- The cost of the Month pass will increase from $55.99 per month to $99.99 per month from 24th May.

- We’ll be introducing a 6 Month pass which will be a one-off payment of $329.99. It’s a big payment upfront but it still works out as less than $2 a day which is pretty good value. That could give you the entire All Blacks Season from kick off to the final whistle.

If none of these changes are your cup of tea, SKY have got an offer where you can join SKY with no joining fee and get a $150 account credit on a 6 month Basic contract. If you want further information, call SKY on 0800 800 759.

The team at Fan Pass will still be working hard on the side line to make sure you’ve got a great sport streaming service to watch SKY Sport 1-4 and Pay-Per-View Events.

The team at FAN PASS

(Craig's comment, this is Sky just trying to make money from pushing Fanpass users back to the satellite service. Its nearly time for Sky to do their Rugby season June price rise as well. Expect them to mention increasing costs of gaining sports rights. I'm picking yet another $2 or $3 increase)

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SES 9 108.2E 11101 H "EBC Variety" has started on , encrypted.

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Intelsat 20 68.5E 4150 H "Peace TV English" is back on , Fta.

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东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,点心卫视(中国)频道解密,设置3840 H 27500参数免费接收。 [5月5日]
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$130 million TV lifeline in shake-up of media

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/130-million-tv-lifeline-in-shakeup-of-media/news-story/5e7c227256db73dbe71a4ef2de9d66e3

The Turnbull government is set to announce a media reform package this weekend.

The major television networks will be thrown a $130 million lifeline in a mammoth reform plan to be unveiled today, scrapping old ownership limits while imposing new curbs on controv­ersial advertisements for gambling websites.

In the biggest media shake-up in more than a decade, the Turnbull government has won widespread industry support to ease the burden on the big three commercial TV networks while balancing this by giving pay-TV operators a better chance to bid for major sports.

The rare industry consensus clears the way for a new battle in parliament over the ownership laws, as Communications Minister Mitch Fifield seeks to repea­l a “two out of three” law and a TV network “reach rule” that restrict mergers.

Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes endorsed the full package last night as a way to make the media more competit­ive against digital rivals such as Facebook, Google and Netflix.

“It will give us a real opportunity to compete in the new media environment,’’ he said. “I am pleased that the Turnbull government is backing the Australian media industry through these reforms.’’

The government will abolish TV licence fees that cost $130m a year at a time when Nine Enter­tainment, Seven West Media, the Ten Network and regional TV networks are warning of huge pressure on companies, handing them a big victory after years of calling for change.

But the reform will come with a cost to all networks from new restrictions on the advertising revenue they get from gamb­ling websites, responding to community concerns about children being bombarded with promotions.

The rules will impose a total ban on gaming advertisements during live sport in family viewing periods, starting from five minutes before a live game and ending five minutes after the final siren.

After 8.30pm, the standard time when restrictions end on alcohol and other advertising, the new curbs will stop and existing­ limits on gambling promotions will apply.

The government will also launch a wider review of children’s programming.

The free-to-air TV networks will continue to pay for the broadcasting spectrum they use but this is expected to be a new charge of about $40m a year rather than the $130m licence fees that have been based on company revenue for decades.

Senator Fifield finalised the industr­y agreement late yesterday after federal cabinet approved the package in recent weeks so it could be included in Tuesday’s budget.

The government already has Labor support for scrapping the “reach rule” that prevents any ­single TV network reaching 75 per cent of the population, but Labor is yet to be convinced about relaxing other ownership limits.

The industry consensus could reshape political debate about the “two out of three” rule that stops anyone owning a newspaper, free-to-air TV network and radio statio­n in the same market.

After months of negotiation, Senator Fifield convinced pay-TV operators to accept the concessions for free-to-air networks while getting the free-to-airs to accept more flexible rules for Foxtel and Fox Sports to bid for sporting events.

He will trim the “anti-siph­oning list” of events that must be offered to free-to-air networks before pay-TV operators can bid.

He will also extend the “delisting period” for events that are not purchased by the free-to-air networks, giving Foxtel and its channel operators 26 weeks rather than 12 weeks to put alternative bids.

In a win for women’s sport, the government will set up a fund to support more broadcasts of sporting competitions.

Key players in the industry spoke up last night to offer unprecedented support for the changes, but stressed they must proceed in full. A spokesman for News Corp Australia, the publisher of The Weekend Australian, said: “From a News point of view we welcome that the government has taken this comprehensive approach to media policy and that broader media reform legislation is part of this complete package.

“It is very important to us that the package, which includes reform­ of the two-out-of-three and reach rules, remains intact.”

Ten Network chief Paul Anderson, whose network reported a $232m loss last month and warned of the need for regulatory relief, said the package gave “very welcome, immediate financial relief­” for all commercial free-to-air TV broadcasters.

The pay-TV sector praised the “minor modernisation” of the sports anti-siphoning scheme, although the rules will continue to protect the free-to-air sector by ­allowing it to bid unchallenged for rights to broadcast most major sports. “The changes are a modest but welcome first step in the reform process, and will be supported by subscription television if adopted as a comprehensive package,” said Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association chief Andrew Maiden.

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said the current rules “hamper the ability of Australian media companies to compete in a world increasingly dominated by major international players”.

Peak body Free TV’s chairman Harold Mitchell called the package “crucial for Australian jobs and our ability to continue creating great local programming”.

Regional networks also pledged their support, with all three operators endorsing the move, including media mogul Bruce Gordon’s WIN Corp.

WIN chief executive Andrew Lancaster said: “The government should be commended for bringing the industry together to support­ a raft of changes that includes repeal of the archaic 75 per cent reach rule and two-out-of-three cross-media rule.”

Southern Cross Austereo CEO Grant Blackley said: “We are delighted that the government recog­nises the need for meaningful media reform and importantly has acted to secure a consensus view from key stakeholders.”

Prime Media Group Ian Auds­ley CEO said: “The regional broadcasters have worked tirelessly for many years, detailing the significant structural challenges faced by the television industry and advocating for change.”

Seven CEO Tim Worner backed the package, particularly the reduction in TV licenc­e fees.

“Removing these outdated fees will allow us to invest in more and better local content and to transform our businesses for the ­future,” he said.

Sky TV slashes daily and weekly Fan Pass, and almost doubles subscription of monthly pass

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11850847

Sky TV is slashing Fan Pass daily and weekly, while almost doubling its monthly fee.

Sky TV is cutting its daily and weekly Fan Pass subscription and almost doubling the cost of its monthly pass after saying the offering wasn't making enough money.

A spokesperson for the company said Sky wanted to give its customers options by offering short-term flexible passes, however from May 24 there would be changes.

"Sky launched online streaming sport service Fan Pass a little over two years ago," she said.

"Since its launch, we have tried a couple of different pricing models including season passes for individual codes and more recently; day, week and month passes of selected Sky Sport channels."

"The rising cost of sports rights has been well documented and unfortunately, while Fan Pass has proven technically sound, it has failed to become financially viable to date."

The company planned to cut its daily and weekly Fan Pass and increase the price of its monthly pass from $59.99 per month to $99.99 per month.

The company's basic pricing model with no add-ons costs $79.99 per month.

It said an option for a six month Pass would also be available for a one-off cost of $329.99.

"It's a big payment upfront but it still works out as less than $2 a day which is pretty good value," the company said.

"That could give you the entire All Blacks Season from kick-off to the final whistle."

Fan Pass had become a useful option for sports fans who didn't want to sign up to Sky but wanted to watch occasional sports matches or seasons.

Customers were quick to express their anger on social media.

Arianespace orbits telecom satellites for Brazil and South Korea

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespace_orbits_telecom_satellites_for_Brazil_and_South_Korea_999.html

Arianespace has successfully launched two telecommunications satellites: SGDC for Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A, on behalf of the Brazilian operator Telebras S.A. and the Brazilian government; and KOREASAT-7 for South Korean operator ktsat.

The launch took place on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:50 pm (local time) from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Today's launch was the fourth of the year for Arianespace and the second in 2017 with the Ariane 5 heavy launcher, which also recorded its 78th successful mission in a row. In addition, it was the seventh Arianespace mission that carried two satellites built by Thales Alenia Space.

SGDC, the Geostationary Defence and Strategic Communications Satellite, is the first satellite for the Brazilian operator Telebras S.A. to be orbited by Arianespace, within the scope of a turnkey contract with the company Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A.

SGDC is a Brazilian government program, designed to meet three main objectives:

Reduce the country's digital divide by supplying high-quality internet services across all of Brazil, within the scope of a national broadband plan.

Provide independent and secure strategic communications services for the Brazilian armed forces and government.

Provide the Brazilian space industry with key technologies so that it can play a growing role in the country's future space programs.

A major player in Brazil since 1985, Arianespace has successfully launched all 11 Brazilian telecom satellites for legacy operator Embratel, as well as Star One, a wholly-owned Embratel subsidiary.

With this latest mission, Arianespace has now launched three satellites providing coverage of Brazil during the past six months:

+ Star One D1 (December 2016)
+ SKY Brasil 1 (February 2017)
+ SGDC (March 2017)

Arianespace: a launch for ktsat and benchmark partner to the South Korean space program

KOREASAT-7 is the third satellite to be launched by Arianespace for South Korean operator ktsat, a subsidiary of KT Corp, the largest telecommunications/media service provider in the country. It follows the launches of KOREASAT-3 in 1999 and KOREASAT-6 in 2010.

KOREASAT-7 will provide a wide range of video and data transmission applications, including internet access, direct-to-home (DTH) TV broadcasting, government communications and connectivity to VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) networks, to extend services to isolated areas.

Starting with the launch of the first ever South Korean satellites - KITSAT-1A in 1992 and KITSAT-2 in 1993 - Arianespace has become a major partner to the country's space program. Including this latest Flight VA236 mission, more than half of South Korea's geostationary satellites have been launched by Arianespace. The company's order book includes two more satellites for the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI): GEO-KOMPSAT-2A, planned for 2018, and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B, planned for 2019.

Arianespace has launched 6 satellites for South Korea since 1992:

+ KITSAT 1A (1992)
+ KITSAT 2 (1993)
+ KOREASAT-3 (1999)
+ COMS-1 (2010)
+ KOREASAT-6 (2010)
+ KOREASAT-7 (May 4, 2017)

7th Arianespace flight carrying two Thales Alenia Space-built satellites on the same launcher

Today's mission was the seventh Arianespace dual-launch carrying two satellites built by Thales Alenia Space. SGDC and KOREASAT-7 were built in Thales Alenia Space's plants in Cannes and Toulouse (France), using the Spacebus 4000C4 and 4000B2 platforms, respectively. These platforms are perfectly adapted to Arianespace's launcher family.

Arianespace and Thales Alenia Space have developed a very solid and fruitful relationship since the launch of Meteosat-F2 on June 19, 1981. SGDC and KOREASAT-7 are the 147th and 148th Thales Alenia Space satellites to be launched by Arianespace.

Eight more Thales Alenia Space satellites are to be launched by Arianespace in the coming years.

Shortly after the announcement of the orbital injection of the two satellites, Stephane Israel, CEO of Arianespace, said: "With this second successful launch of the year by Ariane 5, and the 78th successful mission in a row by our heavy launcher, Arianespace proudly gives our Brazilian and South Korean customers the benefits of our excellent launch services. We are honored by the confidence expressed today by Visiona Tecnologia Espacial, which chose us for its first satellite on behalf of the operator Telebras and the Brazilian government; as well as that of the South Korean operator ktsat, for whom we have launched three satellites since 1999.

"Congratulations to all our partners for this 92nd launch of an Ariane 5: Thales Alenia Space, which built both satellites launched on the same Ariane for the seventh time since 1991; our primary shareholder, Airbus Safran Launchers, and the entire European launcher industry for the reliability and availability of this heavy launcher; ESA, which provides essential support for the Ariane program; CNES/CSG, our ground segment companies and all staff at the space center, who continue to work alongside us as we go from success to success. And, of course, I would like to congratulate everybody at Arianespace for this successful launch, the fourth of the year."

South Korea launches Mugunghwa-7 telecoms satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/south-korea-launches-mugunghwa-7-telecoms-satellite--1194837

South Korea has launched its fourth telecommunications satellite, dubbed ‘Mugunghwa-7’. The new satellite is designed to provide enhanced broadcasting and communications services, Yonhap news agency reports, citing a statement from the Korean ICT ministry said. The satellite will be used to provide broadcasting and communication services based on LTE technology over the Asian region starting in July.

The Mugunghwa-7 commercial satellite was launched from Guiana Space Center at Kourou in French Guiana, aboard a rocket made by Arianespace, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, said.

"The ICT ministry already completed the registration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) so that the Mugunghwa-7 is successfully launched and operated", said Choi Yeong-hae, an ICT official in charge of the project. With a lifetime of 15 years, the Mugunghwa-7 will be positioned at 116 degrees east and will encompass not only South Korea but a larger part of Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia and India. The satellite is equipped with the locally built Ku-band (36 MHz) and Ka-band (200 MHz) transponder communications systems.

Thales Alenia Space was in charge of the design, production and testing of the satellite, while the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of South Korea provided its navigation system.

India launches satellite to help South Asian nations

From http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/india-launches-south-asia-satellite/article18391277.ece

Leaders of neighbouring countries, barring Pakistan, join Modi via video conference in celebrating the successful launch by ISRO.

India on Friday successfully launched the South Asia Satellite (SAS), fully funded by it and touted as an “invaluable gift” to its South Asian neighbours, which will provide communication and disaster support to the nations.

Built by the Indian Space Research Organisation, communication satellite GSAT-9 was put in orbit by the 50-metre tall Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) with its upper stage powered by a cryogenic engine.

The GSLV-F09 blasted off at 4.57 p.m. in clear weather from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and injected the GSAT-9 into the orbit after a flawless flight.

“Successful launch of South Asian Satellite is a historic moment. It opens up new horizons of engagement. This will also greatly benefit South Asia & our region’s progress,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Through this we will achieve effective communication, better governance, better banking services & better education in remote areas," Mr. Modi said in an address to the nation post launch.

Leaders of South Asian countries joined Mr. Modi via video conference to celebrate the success of the launch.

"The imperative of regional cooperation has changed to reality with the launch of the GSLV," Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "We want to live in peace in South Asia, GSLV is a new step in cooperation."



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Express AT2 140.0E An NTV Plus Dalniy Vostok package has started on 12226 L, 12456 L and 12476 R.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4160 H "Zhejiang Satellite TV" is encrypted again.

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4015 H "Indradhanu has replaced Rengoni" on ,Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3640 V "Chengdu Tianfu Food TV has replaced Disk Channel" on, encrypted.
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From Facebook

“My message is don’t do it because it is illegal for a reason, and if I catch you you’re going to be in trouble.” That’s the message from Joseph Parker ahead of his first WBO world heavyweight boxing title defence on Saturday night.

The heavyweight champion says he takes piracy personally and is urging supporters and boxing fans to think twice.

“My views on piracy and illegal streaming; I think it’s illegal for a reason and I feel like there’s a lot of people working hard behind the scenes to get the fights going and showing things on TV… when you’re doing that sort of stuff you’re taking away from those that are working hard. Everyone has families that they have to feed and pay for and that’s why I feel it shouldn’t be done.”

SKY CEO John Fellet says SKY will have a team monitoring the web and social media for piracy on Saturday night.

“Piracy or illegal streaming is no different to walking into a store and grabbing a physical item; it still represents the value of a lot of hard work by a lot of people. It may be fun, it may be exciting, but at the end of the day you are taking money out of the athletes, the actors and the production people and even people here in this building.”

Mr Fellet says SKY would rather not have to take legal action but the company takes the matter seriously and will act against those who illegally stream the fight.

“We’ve been quite successful of late in monitoring Facebook pages and YouTube and finding these streams. We fingerprint the signal so we can track back to who it goes to, and take legal action after that. Right now, we are taking civil actions and using the courts to make our point. In other countries around the world they take greater criminal action on these types of events.”

For SKY to produce the world heavyweight title event it takes around 400 people including call centre staff, camera and studio operators, presenters and support staff.

(Craig's comment, Sky get it wrong yet again nobody wants to pay $50 NZ for a B grade fight. The big PPV fight last weekend was only $35!! anjd worse still its going to be free on Fox Sports for those in Australia.)

NBN fail leaves remote emergency service cut off

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/nbn-fail-leaves-remote-emergency-service-cut-off/news-story/b1a63012693e64ae1f72ada2c086caa1

HeliSpirit managing director Michael McConachy, at Kununurra, says the lack of service from the NBN Co is ‘bringing me to my knees’.

Bungling under the National Broadband Network has left some remote users in the Kimberly — including a vital emergency servic­es aviation operator — with no internet after a working satellite was turned off without new services having been installed.

Michael McConachy, the managing director of aviation group HeliSpirit, based in Kunu­nurra in northern Western Australia, said his experience with the NBN was “bringing me to my knees” as he faced the prospect of being forced to lay off some of his 90 staff as his business foundered.

“We’ve been sold an absolute pup as far as the whole NBN ­system is concerned, with remote and regional Australia being left behind the rest of the country,” Mr McConachy said yesterday. “We are either not connected at all, or when we do get connections it is intermittent and nowhere near the speeds we were promised.”

Two of HeliSpirit’s bases, at Purnululu National Park and the Mitchell Plateau in the Kimberly, have been left without internet connections, despite the company requesting NBN connections mid-last year, eight months before the former satellite was turned off and replaced with the NBN Sky Muster satellite.

The company called its service provider, Ipstar, weekly, “sometimes twice a day”, stating its connection needed to be installed before the end of October, when the wet season began and locations were not accessible by road.

Despite HeliSpirit being repeatedly ­assured the connection would be completed on time, NBN technician Skybridge failed to ­attend the properties before the wet season, later citing a lack of access because of the weather.

“I had to laugh — we’d been telling them for months and months there was no road access in the wet season,” said HeliSpirit employee Amy Petty.

The company was now negotiating with NBN and Ipstar, offering­ to share the costs of having a helicopter fly in a technician and satellite dish, but NBN had rejected its first approach.

Mr McConachy said the lack of internet coverage was potentially life-threatening as HeliSpirit conducted medical evacuations, search-and-rescue­ and bushfire operations. “In this day and age you can’t operate in aviation without the intern­et,” he said.

“We’ve begged and we’ve pleaded: we’re not like other people downloading movies or whatever, we really need it for general communications.”

Mr McConaghy sent a letter yesterday to NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow explaining his “desperation” and detailing his company’s dealings with NBN, Ipstar and Skybridge.

An NBN Co spokeswoman said the company “regrets the unaccepta­ble delays” which had left HeliSpirit without coverage. “We pride ourselves in helping to bridge the digital divide in rural, regional and remote Australia, but in this instance we have not met the community’s expectations,” she said.

NBN Co said it was “reviewing the chain of events” that led to the delay and had contacted Heli­Spirit to organise a technician to install its service.

Mr McConaghy said such problems were widespread in the region: “No one takes accountability — the service provider blames the NBN and the installer, and the installe­r blames the service provider and the NBN.”

Extending Mobile Coverage to the Australian Outback. A Gilat Satellite Networks Case in Point

From http://www.satmagazine.com/story.php?number=772212839

Mobile phone service most people take for granted; however, don’t tell that to small town residents of the Australian outback who, until recently, had never been able to use their mobile phones to make a call, check their Facebook account or consult an online map.

Thanks to Optus, Australia’s second largest mobile operator, and Gilat Satellite Networks, this situation has begun to change for the many previously unserviced outback communities.

Optus has rolled out mobile coverage for local residents and visitors across locations in South Australia and the Northern Territory. These groundbreaking deployments use innovative small cell and satellite technologies from Gilat Satellite Networks.

Making Mobile Black Spots a Thing of the Past
Optus has made a substantial investment and commitment to deliver mobile connectivity to their customers in remote and underserved regions of Australia. In conjunction with that nation’s Mobile Black Spot program, Optus has embarked upon a major infrastructure project designed to extend their mobile network to black spots in South Australia and elsewhere across the country.

In addition to bringing mobile and broadband services to local residents, this project is expected to drive significant economic benefits for these communities. Mobile coverage will attract more tourists, traveling workers and truckers who will to stop in these communities to check in at home or with their offices, send pictures and consult online maps. Longer stays means more dollars for local establishments.

To turn this vision into reality, Optus needed a cost-effective way to overcome the long distances and topographical challenges related to extending their mobile network to these outlying areas. Accordingly, the company sought innovative technologies that would allow for the connection of these remote sites to the core cellular network, all with a minimum of deployment time and costs.

Gilat’s Integrated Small Cell Over Satellite Solution
With these requirements in mind, Optus selected Gilat’s CellEdge SDR (Software Defined Radio) Small Cell Over Satellite solution to deliver 3G cellular coverage to remote regions throughout Australia.

Small cell technology provided a cost-effective, compact and easy-to-deploy alternative to large and expensive mobile towers, while backhaul over satellite enabled Optus to leverage their existing satellite network.

Based on the success of the initial deployments in 15 sites in South Australia, Optus plans dozens of similar deployments along some of the major highways of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. In addition to bringing mobile and broadband services to Optus subscribers in outback communities for the first time, these deployments also increase the safety of tourists and stranded motorists by enabling them to make emergency calls from any mobile phone.

“Gilat’s Small-Cell-Over-Satellite solution enables us to provide mobile connectivity to unserved and underserved areas,” said Paul Sheridan, Vice President, Optus Satellite. “This is an innovative and cost effective solution to address our requirements for delivering a high quality user experience, under challenging environmental conditions in regional Australia.”

Gilat’s CellEdge SDR (Software Defined Radio) solution integrates an outdoor Small Cell for 3G networks with a field-proven and highly efficient satellite-based cellular backhaul solution. With these SDR capabilities, CellEdge can transmit two carriers from the same box simultaneously and enables seamless migration from 3G to 4G, as required.

Optimized for satellite backhaul, Gilat’s CellEdge Small Cell Over Satellite solution delivers the same speed and quality as a terrestrial backhaul solution. CellEdge SDR uses the open standard Iuh interface, enabling satellite bandwidth optimization for high efficiency and data rates.

Gilat’s cellular backhaul solution consists of VSATs installed at each small cell site and an advanced hub platform at Optus’ satellite network hub. Gilat’s VSAT technology ensures an outstanding user experience for Optus customers through the use of patented embedded acceleration techniques over GTP/TCP to overcome inherent satellite delay.

Using Gilat’s CellEdge solution, Optus has found a highly efficient way to introduce mobile and broadband services in challenging and potentially expensive locations. The compact Small Cell enables quick and easy deployment on almost any existing structure, as opposed to building a large and costly mobile base station. Simultaneously, Optus can use Gilat’s VSAT technology and the existing satellite network for backhaul rather than having to establish microwave or fiber connections.

In terms of cost savings, Gilat’s solution has allowed Optus to reduce CAPEX through low-cost equipment and low installation costs, while also lessening OPEX by reducing satellite bandwidth costs.

Doreet Oren (doreeto@gilat.com) is Director of Product Marketing for Gilat Satellite Networks and has been performing in this role since 2012. She has also has been responsible for defining product positioning, messaging, go-to-market strategies, market research, and analyst relations.

Oren has more than 20 years of industry experience and has held management positions in R&D, product management and product marketing for international high-tech companies. In this capacity, she contributed to next-generation product definition and was responsible for delivering the company’s vision to the media and analyst community. Oren has published thought leadership articles in renowned international journals, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences worldwide. Oren received a BSc in Computer Science from George Washington University.

Axiata to lease 1Gbps HTS capacity on IPSTAR-1 satellite

From http://www.capacitymedia.com/Article/3714716/News/Axiata-to-lease-1Gbps-HTS-capacity-on-IPSTAR-1-satellite.html

Axiata has signed a four-year, multi-transponder contract with Thaicom to better connect underserved areas in Indonesia with high throughput satellite (HTS) coverage through leased capacity and teleport services on the IPSTAR-1 satellite.

The partners inked the deal for wholly-owned subsidiary Axiata Business Services to purchase the remaining capacity on IPSTAR over Indonesia to deliver Axiata’s operating company, XL over 1Gbps HTS capacity for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia.

According to the terms of the agreement, Axiata Business Services will use capacity of up to seven KU-band shaped and spot beams on the IPSTAR-1 broadband satellite located at 119.5° east for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia, including broadband access direct to residential and enterprise premises, and cellular network backhaul.

“We are leveraging on Thaicom’s capabilities in Asia to grow our enterprise business quickly and flexibly while providing reliable broadband services to all potential customers regardless of location,” said Asri Hassan Sabri, group chief business operations officer of Axiata.

“Where terrestrial-based connectivity is limited or unavailable, HTS connectivity serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities. As the world’s first ever HTS, launched in 2005, Thaicom’s IPSTAR helps us to connect users in remote and underserved areas of Indonesia cost-effectively. We are confident that the partnership will enable us to continue to grow our business faster without infrastructure limitations.”

Dian Siswarini, chief executive officer of XL, said: "As the biggest archipelago in the world, there are many areas and islands in Indonesia that have not been served by internet services as yet. We believe the availability of HTS will help us to cover these unserved areas with considerable economic potential. On top of that, it will enable us to support the local community’s economic growth and Indonesian government’s vision to accelerate the national development of digital economy across Indonesia."

“This HTS partnership is highly strategic for Axiata and the beginning of what we believe can become a core future broadband delivery platform for our operating companies to deliver broadband connectivity, media & entertainment, IoT and other digital services to enterprise and consumer home segment,” added Dominic P Arena, group chief strategy officer of Axiata. “More importantly, this partnership allows us to provide the best connectivity option and reach to underserved communities, in line with Axiata’s broader goal of Advancing Asia by piecing together the best in innovation, connectivity and talent."

The IPSTAR-1 satellite was launched in 2005 and was the first HTS ever launched into orbit. IPSTAR cellular backhaul and direct to premise broadband connectivity provides telecom operators with the ability to expand their networks, launch new broadband services and reach underserved areas quickly and cost-effectively.

SpaceX wants to put a constellation of satellites around the Earth starting 2019

From http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/spacex-wants-to-put-a-constellation-of-satellites-around-the-earth-starting-2019-374841.html

Elon Musk backed SpaceX has revealed its plans to launch thousands of satellites using Falcon 9 rockets. It has already asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve this constellation of about 4,4,25 satellites that would provide widespread broadband and communications coverage.

SpaceX has planned to use Falcon 9 rockets in stages and wants to begin launching these satellites from 2019 and finishing placing them into low-earth orbit by the year 2024 into low-earth orbit. The company also wants to launch spare satellites which will act as backup in case of a failure.

Patricia Cooper, SpaceX’s vice president of satellite government affairs, told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, “SpaceX intends to launch the system onboard our Falcon 9 rocket, leveraging significant launch cost savings afforded by the first stage reusability now demonstrated with the vehicle.”

SpaceX is also planning to launch one prototype satellite by the end of this year, followed by a second in the early months of 2018.

Cooper further added that these satellites would help in curbing the issues of traditional broadband internet deployment, “The common challenges associated with sitting, digging trenches, laying fiber and dealing with property rights are materially alleviated through a space-based broadband network.”

These satellites will be designed to last five to seven years. A year after its mission is over these satellites will re-enter Earth’s orbit, power down and burn up in the atmosphere. SpaceX had requested for permission from the US government to launch and maintain the constellation in November last year. “The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, government and professional users worldwide,” SpaceX said in technical documents accompanying its filing.

70% Kodi installations configured to pirate content

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/04/study-70-kodi-installations-configured-to-pirate-content/

Intelligent broadband network solutions provider Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight report focusing on the ‘fully-loaded’ Kodi ecosystem in North America, suggests that 68.6 per cent of households with Kodi devices also have unofficial Add-ons configured to access unlicensed content.

The report is based on data collected from multiple tier-1 fixed access networks in North America and examines the mechanics and economics of using Kodi to access what many content owners believe to be unlicensed live and on-demand video content.

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an open source media player that allows users to view local and remote videos on PCs, set-top boxes, smartphones, and tablets. Recently, the Kodi name has become increasingly associated with streaming of unlicensed content thanks to the availability of ‘fully-loaded’ Kodi set-top boxes. These set-top boxes are sold online and in retail stores with versions of Kodi that contain unofficial ‘Add-ons’ and modifications designed to drastically lower the technical know-how required to access unlicensed live and on-demand video content.

The report also seeks to correct the misconception that Kodi and its developers, the XBMC Foundation, are the primary beneficiaries in an ecosystem of streaming unlicensed content. The major beneficiaries of this new form of piracy appear to be parties in the ecosystem that are selling the ‘fully-loaded’ hardware, unlicensed streaming services, and hosting services for monetary gain. Even absent the Kodi software, this ecosystem would still be in place and unlicensed video content still accessible via web browsers and other media players.

Key findings include:
•8 per cent of North American households have at least one device in their household with an active Kodi installation
•6 per cent of households with Kodi devices also have unofficial Add-ons configured to access unlicensed content
•Approximately 6 per cent of all households in North America, currently have a Kodi device configured to access unlicensed content
•‘Fully-loaded’ Kodi boxes can access unlicensed content for free, as well as premium services featuring larger amounts of unlicensed content for a monthly fee

“Kodi is often referred to by name as the root of the unlicensed content streaming problem, but the true roots of the problem appear to be the illegitimate video service providers and file hosts who are making a profit by enabling access to unlicensed content,” said Don Bowman, CTO, Sandvine. “Sandvine’s business intelligence tools can help communications service providers to measure and track not only the applications being used to access unlicensed video content but more importantly to understand the origin of unlicensed content so that they can work with law enforcement to ensure that their licence rights are upheld.”

India to charge former ISRO satellite officials

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/04/india-to-charge-former-isro-satellite-officials/

India’s Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) has said it will proceed with charges against key officials at India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO) over an alleged fraud and loss of millions. An earlier decision by India’s fraud-busting Enforcement Directorate last June confirmed its view that a deal between ISRO and its commercial subsidiary Antrix, were illegal. Antrix is an anglicised version of Antariksha, which means ‘space’.

In essence the long-running case revolves around a deal between Antrix and Devas Multimedia over transponder leases on two ISRO satellites between 2006-2010. The capacity was to be used for connectivity and back-haul of cellular telephony.

Described locally as the “S-Band scam”, in January 2005 Antrix signed an agreement with Devas to lease 10 transponders of S-band capacity on two satellites (GSAT-6 and 6A) for $300 million, and claimed to be well below market rates, for a period of 12-years. ISRO then committed to building and launching the two satellites at a cost of $110 million. Devas sold a 17 per cent stake in itself to Deutsche Telekom (DT) for $75 million.

Devas and DT subsequently sued for $2 billion and $1 billion respectively, and were initially awarded $672 million by an arbitration tribunal, and against Antrix.

The CBI told Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal that the three accused were ex-chairman G Madhavan Nair, former ISRO Director A. Bhaskar Narayana Rao and former Antrix Executive Director K.R. Sridhara Murthi. Former Managing Director of US-based Forge Advisors and CEO of Devas Ramachandra Vishwanathan, then Director of Devas M.G. Chandrasekhar, three former directors of Bangalore-based Devas Multi-media and Murthi were also on the charge sheet.

The CBI accused them of hatching a criminal conspiracy with an intent to cause undue gains to themselves or others by abusing their official position and causing loss to Antrix Corp and ISRO.

The court listed June 1st to consider the charge sheet filed in the case.



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东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,探索频道、Animax(Skynindo)等6个频道消失,设置3546 V 23333参数无效接收。 [5月3日]

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport News(蒙古)频道新增,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [5月2日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MTV、Eurosport(蒙古)等4个频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [5月2日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,北京卫视、凤凰资讯(老挝)等全组频道解密,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [5月2日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Fyi、C&I(Ddish TV)等频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数部分免费接收。 [5月2日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,Fox HD、国家地理(高清)等4个频道新增,设置3980 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月2日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,东森幼幼替换美食星球/知识频道(华人卫视)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月2日]


Optus names Telstra's Bird as head of Wholesale, Satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/optus-names-telstras-bird-as-head-of-wholesale-satellite--1194395

Australian operator Optus has appointed Stuart Bird as managing director of its Wholesale and Satellite business. In his new position, Bird will lead all parts of Optus’ Wholesale and Satellite division including sales, marketing, products, operations, and service delivery, and will articulate Optus’ vision to its wholesale partners and satellite customers.

Bird previously held senior positions at Telstra and Vodafone. Bird joins Optus from Telstra, where he most recently held the position of Executive Director of Home and Business Products for Telstra Retail.

Bird will be a member of Optus’ executive leadership team. Nitesh Naidoo will act as managing director for the Wholesale and Satellite division until Bird formally joins the team.

Satellite electrical damage linked to space dust

From https://cosmosmagazine.com/physics/satellite-electrical-damage-linked-to-space-dust

Tiny meteoroids can not only punch holes in a spaceship but also produce potentially catastrophic electromagnetic pulses. Andrew Masterson reports.
Meteor showers such as the Geminids also contain tiny space rocks sometimes no bigger than a grain of dust that can cause severe mechanical damage to satellites.

The cause of several mysterious satellite failures may have been discovered, if simulations carried out at Stanford University in California hold firm in physical space.

The simulations, published in the journal Physics of Plasmas, promise an answer to a question bothering lead author, aeronautics professor Sigrid Close, for more than seven years.

Everyone in the space business has long recognised that meteoroids – tiny space rocks sometimes no bigger than a grain of dust – can cause severe mechanical damage when they smash into a satellite.

Looking at the records of satellite collision reports, however, Close realised a small number seemed to result in electrical rather than mechanical damage. This meant – logically – the satellites must have encountered another source of electricity. What, she wondered, could that be?

In 2010 she and colleagues published a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research proposing tiny meteoroids as the electrical source. At the moment of impact, they suggested, the colliding particle and immediate part of the satellite became ionised, resulting in plasma that produced a strong electromagnetic pulse “potentially causing catastrophic damage”.

The theory was intriguing but the realities of accurately measuring and recording what happens when a grain of sand smacks into an object 36,000 kilometres above the ground were nothing if not daunting.

Cole’s latest research uses computer simulations to try to gain insight into the process. The results suggest that smashed-up meteoroids do indeed emit powerful bursts of radio waves.

The modelling shows that when a tiny space grain hits a satellite the resulting plasma expands into the surrounding vacuum. The different ions and electrons thus liberated travel at different speeds, creating radio frequency emissions.

Using a tool previously developed that modelled the solid and fluid dynamics of a meteoroid impact, the scientists were able to simultaneously model plasma spread and the electromagnetic field created.

They discovered that when a tiny particle hits a hard surface at high speed it vapourises and ionises the target, releasing a cloud of plasma, dust and gas. As the plasma expands its density plummets until it is spread out so far that its subatomic components no longer collide with each other.

In this state, the electrons move faster than the ions, producing a charge separation that generates the radiation.

The results of the simulation represent a partial validation of Close’s 2010 hypothesis, through she and her colleagues acknowledge the values derived are lower than those detected by other experimental approaches.

"More than half of electrical failures are unexplained because it's very hard to do diagnostics on a satellite that fails in orbit," explains co-author Alex Fletcher. "We believe we can attribute some of these failures to this mechanism."

Cooperation with China should not be left behind as India boosts space program

From http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1045069.shtml

Much attention has been focused on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's space diplomacy ahead of the launch of the South Asia satellite, but the stalled space cooperation plan between China and India also deserves attention.

The satellite, described by Modi as "an invaluable gift" for India's neighbors, will enable a full range of services and applications in areas such as telecommunications for almost all of the South Asian countries, and thus will help India to strengthen its ties with those countries. The effort that the Modi administration has made in providing satellite services to South Asian countries is worth praising, but China should not be excluded from New Delhi's recent moves toward strengthening space cooperation with India's neighbors.

In 2012, former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam said during a visit to the State-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation that Sino-Indian space cooperation was in the interests of both sides, according to the company's official website. However, apart from setting up the joint commission on space cooperation in 2015, the two countries have yet to make any other significant achievements.

A lack of strategic mutual trust is one of the most intractable challenges China and India face as they promote cooperation in the space sector. The two countries' rapid development in space technology isn't conducive to strengthening cooperation, and instead has led to increased competition.

The Internet has made Sino-Indian space competition a controversial topic, with netizens in each country quick to talk up any moment when one side or the other makes a big step forward. This has resulted in a negative atmosphere in which the two countries have found it difficult to make progress on space cooperation.

Besides, space and missile technology to some extent are two sides of the same coin. For instance, spacecraft control technologies can be applied to guidance systems for ballistic missiles. Although India's overall strength in space technology still lags behind China's, the South Asian country has an advantage in some other areas. It is understandable that New Delhi may have no enthusiasm to promote space cooperation projects, given that it hopes to keep a competitive edge in the game.

As for business cooperation between the two countries' space industries, the rise of trade protectionism and segregative government procurement systems remain daunting challenges. Further opening up of the two countries' space industries is worth consideration because normal bilateral cooperation could help the two nations make breakthroughs in space technology. Additionally, Beijing and New Delhi could take advantage of multilateral platforms to boost cooperation.


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AsiaSat 4 122.2E The Dish HD package has left.

Palapa D 113.0E 3756 H "SCTV, Indosiar and O Channel" have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Lejel Home Shopping Live" is now encrypted.

SES 9 108.2E 11101 H CCTV 1, Heilongjiang TV, Henan TV, Dragon TV, Anhui TV, Hubei TV and Videoland ONTV have started on , encrypted.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3726 V Macau Satellite TV, Macau Asia Satellite TV and Kungfu Satellite TV have left .

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Discovery Channel Southeast Asia has replaced Sports Illustrated 2" on , Fta.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11800 H "Amedia Hit" has started on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "God with us TV" has started on , Fta. Olive TV, Rehoboth TV, Bethesda TV and Success TV have left.

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东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Box TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12120 H 28800参数无效接收。 [5月2日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Kids TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置12482 H 4680参数无效接收。 [5月2日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Janata(孟加拉)频道改格式,设置4030 H 1609参数免费接收。 [5月1日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,GTV(蒙古)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,AMC替换Sundance Channel(Skylife)频道,设置12530 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]


Aussies Working Together Public Broadcaster Contracts Av-Comm to Upgrade Existing Satellite Communications Infrastructure

From news

They already have a working relationship that has just improved by $2 million and a five-year contract. Av-Comm has signed a $2 million contract to supply, install, and maintain up to 28 high-power Ku-Band Solid State Amplifiers and complimentary Network Management System for a leading Australian public broadcaster.

Av-Comm will deploy Agilis Satcom’s 150W-250W GaN advanced high power Ku-band solid state amplifiers to augment and upgrade the broadcaster’s existing satellite communications infrastructure to support future operational and market demands.

Additionally, Av-Comm will integrate and maintain the Agilis Real Time Adviser Network Management System for a period of at least five years. The Agilis Real Time Adviser will provide a centralized web-based monitoring and control interface allowing seamless visibility of the broadcaster’s entire satellite uplink and downlink chains including integrated spectrum analysers to prevent co-illumination of satellite slot capacity.

“We are excited that our customer has chosen us to take a leading role in their future requirements and to provide ongoing operation and maintenance services. We have worked with this customer for many years and believe this contract demonstrates our capability of delivering value driven service,” said Michael Cratt, Managing Director of Av-Comm Pty Ltd.

NBN Co reshuffle sees CTO replaced

From https://www.itnews.com.au/news/nbn-co-deploys-147-fixes-for-sky-muster-460236

New tier of ‘executive general managers’ appointed.

NBN Co has undergone an executive reshuffle that has seen CTO Dennis Steiger replaced along with several other new appointments.

An internal memo, leaked to The Australian, said Steiger had “made the difficult decision to leave” after just under three years in the role.

An NBN Co spokesperson confirmed Steiger had left.

“We thank Dennis Steiger for his contributions and wish him well in his next role,” the spokesperson said.

"Now that the [multi-technology mix] deployment is well underway, we're looking forward to the next phase where Tom Roets, executive general manager of future tech and architecture, will lead the team and focus on the technology and the architecture of a network to serve our future needs.”

It is understood the CTO role has been axed entirely and that the CTO functions have been absorbed under Roets' remit.

NBN Co declined to provide the content of the internal memo, nor confirm other aspects of the reshuffle.

According to The Australian, head of service assurance Lincoln Jurd is also being replaced by an executive general manager of service assurance management, named as Ian Bentley.

In addition, Toby Ryston-Pratt was named head of customer activations, Ankur Jain head of business process excellence, and Susan Huggett executive general manager for migrations and disconnections.

Satellite services improve after hard work

NBN Co also today provided an update on ongoing work to fix its troubled Sky Muster satellite service.

The network builder said it has deployed 147 network fixes and optimisation changes in the past seven months in a bid to rectify the ongoing issues.

Chief customer officer John Simon told a satellite gathering in Sydney today that the changes had delivered “stability and operating performance consistent with a quality network".

The company hoped further improvements would be seen as its second Sky Muster satellite was officially made operational today.

The combined capacity of the two Sky Muster satellites is 135 Gbps.

Services on the first of the two Sky Muster satellites was launched in April 2016. Users of NBN Co’s interim satellite service had to migrate to Sky Muster by the end of February this year.

However, Sky Muster has suffered a series of technical problems since launch that have left many users with poor services.

Simon conceded back in February that Sky Muster had not met anyone’s expectations so far.

At the time he said NBN Co was “working day and night” to fix service performance, and putting more installers on the ground to get people connected faster.

Soon after, NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow admitted the network builder had experienced an "exorbitant" amount of network failures with the Sky Muster service.

Morrow said “software bugs” had materialised when the service was put “under load”, and had not been apparent when Sky Muster was servicing less than 15,000 users.

He said it could be six to 12 months before the technical issues were fully rectified.

In March, NBN Co went on a hiring spree, recruiting ten new engineers and solution architects to try to fix the performance issues.

Simon today was keen to sell the improvements to Sky Muster, which he claimed had “seen the weekly incident rate fall by 91 percent (as of April this year) from September last year”.

He also said making Sky Muster II operational “rounds out the deployment phase of our satellite program”.

Sky Muster II begins retail order roundup

From https://www.arnnet.com.au/article/618533/sky-muster-ii-begins-retail-order-roundup/?fp=2&fpid=1

NBN‘s second satellite operational and taking orders

The satellite alternative for Australians wanting to connect to the National Broadband Network (NBN) now has a second satellite in orbit.

The Sky Muster II, satellite is the second of its kind sent into orbit to service the country’s rural and regional areas not covered by a fixed broadband network, Sky Muster services were originally launched on 29 May, 2016.

The second satellite was in initially slated for use as a dormant backup service but late last year the company responsible for building Australia’s national broadband network, nbn, decided to repurpose the satellite to one which shares the load with the original Sky Muster.

In doing so the company said it was able to double the capacity available and "opened the door to greater data allowances than the original design allowed for."

nbn chief customer officer, John Simon, made the announcement saying it marked a significant milestone for nbn and rounds out the deployment phase of our satellite program.

“In 2015, we made the decision to re-purpose the now operational Sky Muster II, which had previously been intended to provide redundancy capacity only - that is, not to provide live services, not initially at least,” he said.

“By bringing on board active services from the start and actively sharing the load between both Sky Muster satellites, we’ve been able to double the capacity available to Australians connecting to a retail service via the nbn satellites. This allowed us to bump up the data allowances in the Fair Use Policy, above what the original design allowed for.”

The Sky Muster project has had its fair share of issues with launch delays and software problems hampering the project, but nbn warned that the satellite coverage rollout would not be a simple process.

"This is an enormous project and we are doing our best to deliver the nbn Sky Muster service as fast as we can, but reaching all corners of the country will take some time,” nbn satellite architect, Julia Dickinson, said in July 2016.

Axiata and Thaicom delivering High Throughput Satellite to Indonesia

From https://www.developingtelecoms.com/tech/satellite-networks/7051-axiata-and-thaicom-delivering-high-throughput-satellite-to-indonesia.html

XL Axiata will provide satellite broadband services throughout Indonesia following a new agreement between Axiata Business Services and Thaicom subsidiary IPSTAR.

According to the terms of the agreement, Axiata Business Services will use capacity of up to seven KU-band shaped and spot beams on the IPSTAR-1 broadband satellite located at 119.5° east for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia, including broadband access direct to residential and enterprise premises, and cellular network backhaul.

Asri Hassan Sabri, Group Chief Business Operations Officer of Axiata, said: “Where terrestrial-based connectivity is limited or unavailable, HTS connectivity serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities. Thaicom’s IPSTAR helps us to connect users in remote and underserved areas of Indonesia cost-effectively. We are confident that the partnership will enable us to continue to grow our business faster without infrastructure limitations.”

Dian Siswarini, Chief Executive Officer of XL, added, "As the biggest archipelago in the world, there are many areas and islands in Indonesia that have not been served by internet services as yet. We believe the availability of HTS will help us to cover these unserved areas with considerable economic potential. On top of that, it will enable us to support the local community’s economic growth and Indonesian government’s vision to accelerate the national development of digital economy across Indonesia."

Patompob Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer of Thaicom Public Company Limited, said, “We are committed to working with leading mobile network operators throughout Asia Pacific to facilitate the growth of wireless broadband and other digital services in remote and underserved areas.”

The IPSTAR-1 satellite was launched in 2005 and was the first HTS ever launched into orbit. IPSTAR cellular backhaul and direct to premise broadband connectivity provides telecom operators with the ability to expand their networks, launch new broadband services and reach underserved areas quickly and cost-effectively.

eGG Network expands service to 6 countries

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/egg-network-expands-service-to-6-countries--1194150

Southeast Asian eSports channel eGG Network has expanded its service to 6 more countries, namely Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Brunei and Malaysia. Launched in 2016, the eGG currently has 6.5 million viewers in Malaysia. eGG Network has signed three new partnerships, with Singtel in Singapore, with Globe’s Beam TV in Philippines, as in Indonesia with Orange TV and Genflix.

Back in 2016, Globe Telecom in the Philippines signed a partnership with Astro to distribute the Tribe app, and provide its customers with a wider variety of content and this included access to eGG Network. The eGG Network is now also available as a free-to-air DTT channel via the company’s digital broadcast television partner, Beam TV.

Indonesian OTT video services provider Genflix is partnering with eGG Network to tap into the young millennials who are fans of eSports and watching videos. This partnership mainly targets millennials as the main audience of Genflix, an affiliate of Orange TV.

Bloomberg, Twitter live video breaking news network

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/02/bloomberg-twitter-live-video-breaking-news-network/

Bloomberg Media and Twitter are partnering to create the first-ever 24/7 breaking news network that will be global, live, social and streaming. The new live streaming news network will combine the vast global editorial and newsgathering capabilities of Bloomberg with the digital power of Twitter, which has become one of the world’s fastest and primary news distribution channels. Bloomberg will collaborate with Twitter to provide what it suggests will be an unprecedented live experience for video news consumers around the world.

The new network in-development was unveiled at Bloomberg Media’s NewFront presentation, following a live interview with Michael R. Bloomberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Launching in the autumn of 2017, it will feature a mix of user-generated breaking news video from citizens, curated and verified by Bloomberg editors, along with live video and reporting from Bloomberg journalists around the world. Combining the speed and immediacy of Twitter with the editorial rigour of Bloomberg, the network will be interactive, rich with social content and consumable on any device, say the partners.

“Today’s global news consumer wants and needs more than what’s currently available. In an era when most viewers are choosing immediacy over quality in breaking news, traditional media hasn’t kept up. With this new network, we are setting out to reinvent the digital breaking news experience. The powerful combination of Bloomberg’s high-quality journalism and data-backed objectivity with Twitter’s global immediacy, interactivity and reach will create the world’s fastest and most credible modern news source,” said Bloomberg Media CEO Justin B. Smith.

“This is a great opportunity to extend our global news gathering capabilities to Twitter’s 328 million monthly users,” said Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait. “Combining the journalism, data and editorial rigor of Bloomberg with the social content of Twitter will enable us to cover the world in a very new and exciting way.”

“The stage is set for innovation in news and Bloomberg is taking on that challenge. Twitter’s speed and vast global network of content and commentary combined with the high quality, editorial rigor of Bloomberg is a unique and powerful combination. Our collaboration will bring these forces together through live video and the related conversation,” said Anthony Noto, COO of Twitter.

Bloomberg Media is the consumer-facing media organisation of multi-platform media company for business and finance Bloomberg LP. The new network marks a significant expansion of the organisation’s television and video strategy, extending its reach to Twitter’s global and connected audience around the world.

DISH sheds 143,000 TV customers

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/02/dish-sheds-143000-tv-customers/

US satellite pay-TV broadcaster Dish Network has reported revenue totaling $3.68 billion (€3.37bn) for the quarter ending March 31st 2017, compared to $3.83 billion for the corresponding period in 2016. Subscriber-related revenue for the quarter totaled $3.64 billion, compared to $3.78 billion in subscriber-related revenue for the year-ago period.

DISH includes all of its Sling TV subscribers in the company’s total pay-TV metrics, including in the pay-TV subscriber, pay-TV ARPU and pay-TV churn rate numbers set forth below. Sling TV subscribers are reported net of disconnects in our gross new pay-TV subscriber activations.

In the first quarter, DISH activated approximately 547,000 gross new pay-TV subscribers, compared to approximately 657,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers in the prior year’s first quarter. Net Pay-TV subscribers declined approximately 143,000 in the first quarter, compared to a decline of approximately 23,000 in the first quarter 2016.

The company closed the first quarter with 13.528 million pay-TV subscribers, compared to 13.874 million pay-TV subscribers at the end of first quarter 2016.

Pay-TV ARPU for the first quarter totaled $86.55, compared to the year-ago period’s pay-TV ARPU of $87.94. Pay-TV subscriber churn rate was 1.69 per cent versus 1.63 per cent for first quarter 2016.

DISH lost approximately 25,000 net broadband subscribers in the first quarter, bringing its broadband subscriber base to approximately 555,000.


NZ Radio spectrum decision on usage of ex TV Band 3

Sunday feeds

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Intelsat 19 Sporting feeds
12432 H 7500 YMI superbike racing
12591 V 7000 Netball
12600 V 7000 NRL
12609 V 7000 NRL

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "Diamond TV" has started on Fta.

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Animax Asia has replaced Bloomberg TV Asia" on , Fta.

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Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Untouchable TV and OPM TV" have left .

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东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,SPOTV(高清)频道新增,设置11823 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [4月30日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,江苏卫视替换广东体育(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月30日]
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东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS 1替换M Net(高清)频道,设置12290 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月29日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Amedia Hit HD(高清)频道新增,设置11800 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月29日]
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Fox Sports News moves to Sky's home

From http://www.skynews.com.au/business/business/company/2017/05/01/fox-sports-news-moves-to-sky-s-home.html

News Corp is moving the production of its 24-hour Australian FOX SPORTS News television channel to its Australian News Channel unit - the operator of Sky News in Australia.

Production of the FOX SPORTS News channel will move from its Artarmon headquarters to ANC's Macquarie Park facility at the Foxtel headquarters to become part of a new national video hub that will serve News Corp across multiple platforms.

FOX SPORTS News will join News Corp's other news brands, including Sky News Live, Sky News Business, Sky News Weather and Australia's Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC, which are all produced by ANC.

Fox Sports Australia chief executive Patrick Delany said the production move will result in more live breaking news to sports fans.

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Australian News Channel CEO Angelos Frangopoulos said: 'Australian News Channel delivers more news and public affairs programming than 7, 9, 10, ABC and SBS combined.

'The addition of FOX SPORTS News to our operations will create a groundbreaking centralised national video hub which will service a range of 24 hour news channels across all platforms.

'Today's announcement will see a further investment by ANC in live Australian content. We are a business built on quality journalism and we welcome FOX SPORTS News into the fold.'

FOX SPORTS Australia and Australian News Channel are 100% owned by News Corp.

The move will begin this week, and take up to three months to complete.

The company said Fox Sports News staff would have the opportunity to move to ACN but a 'small number of redundancies' was expected.

Sky takes legal action to tackle streaming

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11846327

Sky has called in the lawyers against a company selling streaming boxes, claiming the service breaches copyright and threatens the financial viability of sporting codes.

But My Box NZ owner Krish Reddy is refusing to back down from what he's claiming are "bullying" tactics on behalf of the broadcaster.

Reddy received a letter from law firm Buddle Findlay on behalf of Sky, saying his company's service breaches copyright and the Fair Trading Act and to stop trading.

Reddy said Sky is "acting as nothing more than a playground bully, using their resources to try and get rid of my business".

"I feel that's unfair, I'm providing a service... and I'm not breaking any laws doing it, so I don't see what the problem is.

"I feel bullied, they're trying to bully a new business out. My product... it's for everybody."

"I'm a small company who is trying to [make] TV affordable. Rattling a giant like Sky's cage was the intention."

Reddy said his company doesn't control what people can access through the boxes they sell.

"We simply set up the platform for people to stream what they like.

"From a legal perspective, what we do is completely within the law. We advertise Sky television channels being available through our website and social media platforms as these are available via streams which you can find through My Box," he said.

Reddy said the streams accessed through the product are hosted overseas.

"We simply set up the platform for people to stream what they like. What they find is out of our control.

"The content is already available, I'm not going out there and bringing the content so how am I infringing the copyright... the content is already there, if someone uses the box to search for the content, that's what it is.

A standard Android box from My Box NZ costs $269, with an "advanced" device costing $379.

"We offer something for a one-off cost, which is a minimum compared to what people pay for Sky."

Reddy told the Herald in November that the boxes were customised with Kodi software, and they were imported from China.

On the My Box NZ website, it asks "are you tired of paying for Sky?", while promising customers will "never pay for Sky again".

"Stream your favourite movies, TV shows and live Sky sporting events online," is also stated near a description of the product.

The letter from Buddle Findlay quotes the Herald story from November, contradicting Reddy's claims that the product was legal.

It states that "it appears that MyBox not only encourages but also enables users to view infringing streams of copyright works... that we believe have been made and distributed without the consent of the copyright owners and relevant exclusive licensees, including Sky."

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said the letter "really says it all", and added that the "promotion of software to, in our view, unlawfully access content is a blatant breach of copyright".

"The impact of such services are severe and wide, sure they affect Sky and our 1400 staff, but also other local media companies, producers, actors, film-makers and many, many more.

"Our letter asks them to stop promoting access to content they do not own or have rights to promote in New Zealand. Their actions are not only unlwaful but to the detriment of many others."

Way said that services like My Box NZ "risk the value of sports rights sold legally to companies like Sky who pay top dollar for the privilege".

"With illegal access, this lessens the value for broadcasters and affects the price they can pay and still derive some value.

"Declines in broadcasting fees are directly related to what codes like rugby can pay players to keep them in this country and what they can invest at a grass roots level."

Reddy said he will not go down without a fight.

"Winning or losing is irrelevant. Growing up, my father always used to tell me to not pick fights, but if you want to then go out there and find the biggest and toughest one you can find."

(Craig's comment, myboxnz are complete clowns in the way they have promoted and sold their overpriced devices. On one hand they claim they are designed and programmed in New Zealand then on the other they claim they are not responsible for any of the content)

Blow for Kodi users as European court rules that streaming pirated films and TV shows IS illegal

From news

Landmark ruling states that the "temporary files" generated by streaming are not exempt from copyright laws

Using a multimedia player such as Kodi to stream pirated video content online is just as bad as downloading an illegal copy, an EU court has ruled.

While downloading an illegally copied episode of Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad constitutes copyright infringement, streaming has previously been a bit of a grey area.

That's because when you stream something online, the file is stored only temporarily on your computer, and temporary copies have traditionally been exempt from copyright laws.

However, in a landmark ruling yesterday, the Court of Justice of the European Union stated that the temporary reproduction of a copyright-protected work, obtained without the consent of the copyright holder, is NOT exempt from the "right of reproduction".

The right of reproduction states that no person other than the copyright owner can make any reproductions or copies of the work.

The ruling effectively means that anyone who streams an illegally copied film or TV show is breaking the law - just as they would be if they downloaded it.

The court explained that streaming this content "adversely affects the normal exploitation of those works and causes unreasonable prejudice to the legitimate interests of the copyright holders".

In other words, copyright owners are losing money because people are streaming content for free online, rather than paying for subscriptions.

The ruling is significant because it means the fact that streaming only generates temporary files is no longer a legitimate defence against charges of copyright infringement.

Streaming pirated content counts as a civil offence rather than criminal one, meaning you'll only get in trouble if the copyright holder decides to sue you, but it may change the way many people think about streaming.

The news comes amid reports that record numbers of millennials are regularly streaming pirated content.

In a recent survey of North Americans between the ages of 18 and 35 by LaunchLeap , 53% admitted to having used illegal services to stream movies or TV shows over the past month, with 61% perceiving streaming as "less wrong" than downloading.

In the UK, a lot of the focus has been on Kodi, a free media player that allows users to stream films and TV programmes over the internet.

Kodi itself is not illegal , nor is it illegal to sell devices with Kodi pre-installed on them, but many people now sell Kodi devices pre-loaded with third party plug-ins and add-ons that allow users to stream pirated content to their TV.

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) has launched a major crackdown on sales of these "fully loaded" boxes, along with several law enforcement authorities.

eBay and Amazon have both banned sales of the devices on their platforms and several distributors have been fined, or in some cases imprisoned.

Of course, this doesn't stop people from buying "clean" Kodi boxes, and then downloading the copyright infringing add-ons themselves.

Many people also download the Kodi media player onto other TV streaming devices - such as Google Chromecasts or Amazon Fire TV Sticks - and install the plug-ins from there.

The Premier League is taking a different approach, going after the sources of the illegal streams, rather than those selling fully loaded Kodi boxes.

It has secured a High Court order that allows it to shut down illegal video streams of football matches on Kodi by blocking access to the computer servers on which they are hosted.

Is this the end for Kodi? European court rules 'fully loaded' boxes ARE illegal

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4452728/European-court-rules-fully-loaded-Kodi-boxes-illegal.html

A landmark verdict has found that using a streaming service to access pirated movies and TV shows is the same as downloading them.

Kodi uses software that is legal to own and use, but boxes that are sold 'fully loaded' include plugins which can provide copyrighted material.

Streaming was previously a grey area but the new ruling should settle the debate once and for all.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that 'fully loaded' Kodi boxes, which include plugins that can access pirated material, are illegal to sell and own

The European Court of Justice has ruled that 'fully loaded' Kodi boxes, which include plugins that can access pirated material, are illegal to sell and own.

Temporary files, like those created when media content is streamed, are technically exempt under copyright law.

People selling 'fully loaded' Kodi boxes exploited this legal loophole to provide illegal content.

But the court, which is the highest in the EU, found against a Dutch vendor, identified in court papers as Mr Willums, who sold fully loaded boxes over the internet.

And although the court recognised the equipment itself was not illegal, the way he had customised them was.

The new ruling, issued yesterday, puts pirated streams on the same legal footing as illegal downloads.

Kodi is software that enables you to stream apps and on-demand services onto your TV.

Temporary files, like those created when media content is streamed, are technically exempt under copyright law.

People selling 'fully loaded' Kodi boxes exploited this legal loophole to provide illegal content.

But the new ruling, issued yesterday by the EU's highest court, puts pirated streams on the same legal footing as illegal downloads.

The European Court of Justice found against a Dutch vendor, identified in court papers as Mr Willums, who sold fully loaded boxes over the internet.

And although the court recognised the equipment itself was not illegal, the way he had customised them was and was likely to be used to access copyrighted material.

Amazon previously banned 'fully-loaded' Kodi TV boxes and other pirate devices from its global online store earlier this month.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches spy satellite

From http://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-boosts-spysat-to-space/

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Monday from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, boosting a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite into space.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite roared to life and streaked into space Monday, the first launch of a clandestine NRO payload by the California rocket builder and the company's fifth flight so far this year.

Mounted atop historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, the Falcon 9's first-stage engines ignited at 7:15 a.m. EDT (GMT-4), throttled up to full thrust and pushed the rocket away from Florida's Space Coast atop a jet of flame and billowing clouds of steam.

Running a day late because of a sensor problem that blocked a launch try Sunday, the slender rocket climbed straight up and then arced over to the northeast on a trajectory paralleling the East Coast of the United States, putting on a dramatic early morning show for area residents and tourists.

About two minutes and 20 seconds later, after climbing out of the thick lower atmosphere, the nine first-stage engines shut down, the stage fell away and the single Merlin engine powering the Falcon 9's second stage fired up to continue the boost to space.

At that point, the flight was proceeding smoothly and the second stage presumably put the satellite into its intended orbit. But in keeping with the clandestine nature of the mission, no payload-related details were released and SpaceX provided no details about the trajectory beyond confirming second stage engine ignition.

But the news blackout did not apply to the first stage, which flipped around and restarted three engines to kill off its forward velocity. It fired the engines again as it plunged back into the discernible atmosphere and fired up a single engine a few minutes later to guide itself tail first toward Landing Zone 1 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Live video from tracking cameras on the ground and one on the side of the returning booster provided spectacular views as the rocket descended through low clouds, four steering "grid fins" keeping it properly oriented before a final single-engine rocket firing and deployment of four landing legs.

SpaceX engineers watching the landing on large displays at the company's mission control center in Hawthorne, Calif., burst into cheers and applause as the engine shut down, leaving the booster upright and in apparently good shape near the center of the Landing Zone 1 pad.

"Launch and landing of the NRO spy satellite was good," SpaceX founder Elon Musk said via Twitter. He said the decision to launch was a "tough call, as high altitude wind shear was at 98.6% of the theoretical load limit."

It was tenth successful first stage landing in 15 attempts and the fourth at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The others landed on off-shore droneships.

The landings are a key element in Musk's drive to lower launch costs by recovering, refurbishing and re-launching rocket stages. On March 30, SpaceX successfully launched an SES communications using a first stage that flew on an earlier flight, a first for orbit-class boosters.

Impressive as it was, the landing was a secondary objective. The primary goal of the mission, as always, was to boost the NROL-76 satellite into the proper initial orbit.

While no details were provided by the NRO or SpaceX, satellite tracking hobbyists and analysts gleaned clues about the nature of the satellite from the Falcon 9's trajectory and the return of the first stage to Cape Canaveral.

Communications and eavesdropping satellites are typically launched due east from Cape Canaveral, allowing them to reach geosynchronous orbits 22,300 miles above the equator. At that altitude above the equator, spacecraft take 24 hours to complete one orbit and thus appear to hang stationary in the sky.

But the Coast Guard informed mariners earlier that the Falcon 9 launched Monday would be heading away on a northeasterly trajectory. Spacecraft in circular, highly inclined orbits operate well below 22,300-mile-high geosynchronous altitudes.

In addition, SpaceX is normally unable to fly a first stage back to a land touchdown if the payload is bound for a high orbit because too much fuel is consumed during the ascent. Those stages are normally recovered on off-shore drone ships.

It is not known with any certainty whether the payload was to be placed in a circular low-Earth orbit or a highly elliptical orbit that would allow the spacecraft to linger over a specific target area. But the Federal Aviation Administration's launch license cited a low-Earth orbit.

Finally, an NRO spokesperson said Sunday that Ball Aerospace was responsible for the spacecraft atop the Falcon 9. Ted Molczan, a respected satellite analyst, said all of the evidence to date led him to believe the satellite may be an imaging spacecraft of some sort based on Ball's BCP-5000 family of spacecraft.

"The BCP line is flown in a variety of orbits with a wide assortment of payloads, including electro-optical payloads (imagers and limb scanners) with high accuracy pointing requirements," Ball says in a generic webpage description.

A world-wide network of amateur satellite sleuths hope to catch sight of the NROL-76 satellite in the coming days to help confirm what sort of orbit it is actually in and, as a result, what sort of mission it might be undertaking.

This was the fifth launch of a Falcon 9 since a spectacular explosion Sept. 1 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that destroyed another booster and its $200 million satellite payload, heavily damaging launch complex 40.

The mishap was blamed on a ruptured high-pressure helium tank inside the rocket's second stage liquid oxygen tank. Corrective actions were implemented and SpaceX returned to flight Jan. 14, successfully launching 10 Iridium NEXT satellite telephone relay stations from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The company then launched a space station cargo ship from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 19, an EchoStar communications satellite March 16 and an SES communications station on March 30.

With the NROL-76 launch behind them, SpaceX engineers will turn their attention to readying another Falcon 9 for launch May 15 to boost an Inmarsat communications satellite into orbit. If all goes well, the company will launch a Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station on May 31.

Russia to build SpaceX rival rocket

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/28/russia-to-build-spacex-rival-rocket/

According to report from Russian news site ‘Sputnik’, Russia is to build a new mid-range rocket to directly compete with SpaceX’s Falcon-9 rocket system.

“RSC Energia proposes the development of a new medium-class launch vehicle for launches from Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes, as well as from the Sea Launch,” the company’s General Director Vladimir Solntsev said, according to the Sputnik report.
“The development of a preliminary design [of the rocket] is under way. The new launch vehicle will be well suited for launches from the Sea Launch, and, of course, it will be competitive with the US-made Falcon rocket,” Solntsev added.

Perhaps coincidentally, RSC Energia also stated April 26 that it had reached a financial settlement with Boeing over a long-standing squabble over debt incurred by RSC Energia in the Sea Launch floating rocket launch platform.

“The [RSC Energia/Boeing] settlement came into effect on February 22nd, and a joint claim was made by Boeing and RSC Energia on March 16th. The California court made a final decision to end this litigation. The issue is now closed forever,” Solntsev told the RIA Novosti newspaper. Sea Launch was formed in 1995 as a consortium of four companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the United States, and was managed by Boeing.

In 2009 Sea Launch Co, the provider of the Sea Launch service, filed for bankruptcy, and in 2013 Boeing filed a lawsuit claiming that RSC Energia and two other contractors (PO Yuzhnoye and KB Yuzhnoye) failed to reimburse Boeing for over $350 million paid to third-party creditors.

On May 12th 2016, the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled in favour of Boeing, stating that Energia owed Boeing more than $320 million plus legal fees.

Solntsev said both parties had to overcome numerous hurdles during the settlement negotiations but finally managed to reach a mutual compromise, and that the deal between Energia and Boeing will now allow the companies to engage in a number of joint ventures. “The details of these negotiations remain a commercial secret; what matters is that the partners were able to break the deadlock. We’re now discussing ongoing and ambitious future joint projects, from trips to ISS to deep space flights, which would’ve been impossible without a settlement,” he added.

MENA satellite providers pledge to remove pirate channel clients by May 4

From https://www.zawya.com/saudi-arabia/en/story/MENA_satellite_providers_pledge_to_remove_pirate_channel_clients-ZAWYA20170501041821/

JEDDAH — The MENA Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition is celebrating after public commitments by all its satellite provider members to remove pirate channel clients by May 4, 2017.

The breakthrough came at the Coalition’s 10th meeting in Dubai attended by the region’s major broadcasters and satellite providers.

All but one of the satellite providers reported that they had already removed channels proven to be broadcasting content that did not belong to them.

The final provider, Noorsat, made a public commitment at the Coalition meeting that it would comply by May 4 provided that the other operators agreed to maintain their current position.

MBC CEO Sam Barnett said: “The coalition has been successful in highlighting where and how piracy happens, and the joint action to remove pirates from the region’s satellites is a great step. Noorsat’s commitment to take down the remaining pirate channels within days is clearly welcome.”

The Coalition also reinforced its commitment to protect content against illegal satellite distribution, and agreed to widen its focus to include new threats from internet piracy.

The coalition was set up in 2014, bringing together major broadcast satellite providers (Eutelsat, Arabsat, Gulfsat) and content production and distribution companies (MBC, OSN, Rotana, ART, CNE and the MPA) to fight pirate channel operators from infringing members’ rights.

For the first time members discussed the increasing threat from illegal Internet streaming and downloads and agreed to work together to lobby regional regulators.

Sophie Moloney, OSN Chief Legal Officer, presented the latest industry research showing IPTV piracy is growing at an alarming rate and fast becoming ‘normalized behavior’ within the family home. According to the UK’s industry trust, the sale of IPTV boxes has risen by 99% globally in the last 12 months and 25% of users admit watching illegal content services.

“Our industry faces a number of threats from illegal satellite distributors as well as from the emerging scourge of internet content piracy. The worrying thing is that illegal IPTV providers are openly selling their hardware and services through social media in the Middle East,” said Moloney.

The members have agreed to look at how they can widen their membership to reflect the different threats that content producers and distributors now face in the region.

In a joint communiqué, the coalition members also agreed to collaborate on lobbying regional authorities, police, customs, legal and licensing bodies and to run joint education and awareness campaigns aimed at informing government entities and customers across the MENA.

The Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition members include Noorsat, Gulfsat, Viewsat, STN, JMC, Etisalat, Du, Nilesat, Arabsat, Eutelsat, Rotana, Art, OSN, MediaGates, Motion Picture Association (MPA members include Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.), WWE, TNA, Spot2000, Cedars Art, Egyptian Media Production City, Egyptian Chamber of Cinema, Cable Network Egypt, Eagle Films, IAA, Almassa Art Production, Miser International Film, Misr for Sound and Light, and MBC.

India to launch GSAT-9 communication satellite on May 5: ISRO

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/India_to_launch_GSAT_9_communication_satellite_on_May_5_ISRO_999.html

India will launch communication satellite GSAT-9 using its heavy rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) on May 5, the ISRO said on Friday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the GSAT-9 communication satellite is being launched with an objective to provide different communication applications in Ku-band with coverage over South Asian countries.

"GSAT-9 is configured around the ISRO's standard I-2K bus, with lift off mass of 2,230 kg. The main structure of the satellite is cuboid in shape built around a central cylinder with a mission life of more than 12 years," it said.

The GSLV rocket will fly with indigenous cryogenic engine and would blast off from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the ISRO added.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Good news, Eutelsat-172b will finally launch on June 1st to 172E

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From the Dish

Apstar 6 134.0E 4039 H "Town TV" has started on , Fta

Palapa D 113.0E 4131 H "SCTV, Indosiar and O Channel" have started on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12365 V "FGTV" has started on , BISS.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "Little Champ and Theater" have started Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "Azad TV" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "G TV, FilmOne and Pak Plus" have started on , Fta

Horizons 2 84.8E 12080 H "Prodvizhenie" is Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "Apostle Mohlala TV" has started on , Fta.

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Australia: Court orders KickassTorrents site-blocking

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/28/australia-court-orders-kickasstorrents-site-blocking/

Australia’s Federal Court has handed down its judgment in Universal Music Australia & Ors v TPG & Ors (the KickassTorrents case). The case began in April 2016, when Universal, along with several other members of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and the Australasian music collecting society APRA|AMCOS, filed an application seeking to have access to KickassTorrents, the popular piracy website, blocked in Australia.

The KickassTorrents case is the third to be decided under s 115A of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), which was inserted into the Copyright Act by the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015. Section 115A allows a court to order a carriage service provider to block access to overseas websites that facilitate copyright infringement.

Universal Music sought the implementation of Domain Name System (DNS) blocking by the Respondent Internet Service Providers (ISPs), which include TPG, Optus, Telstra and Foxtel. The DNS blocking system was to be supported by a scheme to block ‘clone’ sites that use the KickassTorrents name, as well as proxy sites.

Although KickassTorrents was shut down in July 2016 when Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of the website, was arrested in Poland and charged with criminal copyright infringement in the US, the Australian case against KickassTorrents nevertheless proceeded.

The Federal Court has ordered that:
•Access to the KickassTorrents “targeted online locations” be disabled for a period of three years;
•The respondents direct users seeking to access the “targeted online locations” to a webpage;
•The applicants establish and maintain a webpage explaining why access to the targeted online sites has been disabled; and
•Pay costs of A$50 (€34.38) for each DNS blocked and other costs as agreed or ordered.

KickassTorrents has already been blocked in several countries, including the UK, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Malaysia.

The Australian case comes shortly after the decisions in the SolarMovie and The Pirate Bay cases, which were handed down in December 2016. In a single judgment, the Federal Court ordered that SolarMovie and The Pirate Bay were to be blocked by ISPs for an initial period of three years, and that the applicants were to pay a portion of the ISPs’ compliance costs.

In light of the success of the SolarMovie and The Pirate Bay cases, in February 2017, media group Village Roadshow commenced a new application with the Federal Court, seeking to block access to 41 websites including WatchSeries, Putlocker and MegaShare.

Network will go to war with rival in bid to secure Test matches, one-day games and Twenty20s

From http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/network-will-go-to-war-with-rival-in-bid-to-secure-test-matches-oneday-games-and-twenty20s/news-story/15f46e084c064685f0e1697016bf53f1

CHANNEL Ten is hoping an audacious bid to steal international cricket will see rival Channel Nine caught out.

Buoyed by the runaway success of its Big Bash coverage, the network is now preparing to talk to Cricket Australia about securing the crown jewel in Nine’s sporting crown.

Ten chief executive Paul Anderson said his station will go to war with its archrival by bidding for the rights to international Test matches, one-day games and Twenty20s, along with the domestic Big Bash competition, for the 2018-2022 seasons.

“We will consider (bidding for) all forms of the game, I think what we have shown is that we can be a very valuable partner for Cricket Australia,” Mr Anderson told The Daily Telegraph.

The news will be a concern to Nine, which paid $500 million for its current deal and has broadcast Test cricket since 1977. It has come under fire in recent times for its tired commentary team, which lacks the energy of Big Bash counterparts such as Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh.

“The way that we produce the Big Bash and the talent that we have attached to that production is something that is very difficult if not impossible to replace,” Mr ­Anderson said.

To make the deal work Ten could partner with Foxtel — half-owned by News Corp, publisher of The Daily Telegraph — in a TV content sharing deal similar to those already in place for Supercars and Formula 1.

Ten paid $100 million to secure the TV rights to the Big Bash for five years and it has flourished into a huge money spinner, last season drawing average TV audiences of 1.03 million per game.

Despite the recent Test series against South Africa and Pakistan attracting 14.8 million viewers, ­investment bank UBS believes Nine is losing $30-$40 million per year broadcasting the sport.

ViaSat & Eutelsat launches set for June 1

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/27/viasat-eutelsat-launches-set-for-june-1/

Arianespace is firmly getting back to work, and says that a much-delayed launch of a two satellites for ViaSat and Eutelsat, will go ahead on June 1st. The pair had initially been scheduled for launch this week, on April 25th, but the date had slipped because of region-wide strike in French Guiana which shut the spaceport for a month.

ViaSat-2 and Eutelsat-172b will be launched by Arianespace, but the delay means that potential subscribers to ViaSat’s expanded satellite-delivered broadband will not see much action until later this year.

And the satellite is needed. ViaSat-1, launched back in 2011, is full and enjoys some 700,000 residential broadband subscribers. The satellite also provides Direct-To-Seat connectivity to airline passengers on JetBlue, American Airlines and others.

ViaSat-2 will have double the capacity of ViaSat-1, and is promising higher download speeds and improved data caps. Its satellite footprint also embraces more of the USA plus Mexico, the Caribbean and other part of South America.

Eutelsat-172b is going to its Asia-Pacific location where one of its confirmed clients is Panasonic Avionics for its in-flight entertainment service.

ViaSat is also involved in a joint-venture with Paris-based Eutelsat targeting private users and businesses in Europe.

Asian eSports Channel Expands Reach

From http://worldscreen.com/tvasia/asian-esports-channel-expands-reach/

Astro has sealed new partnerships in Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia to expand the reach of its eSports channel eGG Network, which was first unveiled at APOS last year.

The service is now available in six countries, with the new markets adding to its existing distribution in Australia, Brunei and Malaysia. The new partnerships were signed with Singtel in Singapore, Globe’s BEAM TV in the Philippines and Orange TV and Genflix in Indonesia.

Lee Choong Khay, VP of the sports business at Astro, noted, “eGG is off to a good start, and we expect it to play a pivotal role in driving expansion for us into new markets. We look forward to more on-ground events to strengthen our offerings for our partners in the region. In October 2016, we collaborated with PGL to bring CS:GO Minor Championship Asia to Malaysia. eSports transcends languages and borders hence opens up unique content creation and advertising opportunities.”

Jil Go, Globe’s VP of content, noted, “Last year, Globe Telecom in the Philippines cemented its partnership with Astro to distribute the Tribe app to give our customers a wider variety of content and this included access to eGG Network. Today, eGG Network is also available as a free-to-air DTT channel via the company’s digital broadcast television partner, BEAM TV. The eSports and gaming community in the Philippines continues to gain ground and we are thrilled with the opportunity to be able to provide these types of content to our customers, whether on their mobile or at the comfort of their homes. Through our original productions arm, Globe LIVE, we are also set to strengthen our events portfolio to give our customers more experiential events to enjoy their favorite content on a larger scale.”

Greeny S Dewayanti, CEO of Genflix, added, “As the first commercial OTT video service in Indonesia, Genflix is partnering with eGG Network to tap into the young millennials who loves eSports and watch videos. This partnership aims to grab millennials as our main target audience of Genflix, an affiliate of Orange TV.”

Astro, Turner form JV in Warner TV and co-production, distribution of Asian content

From http://english.astroawani.com/business-news/astro-turner-form-jv-warner-tv-and-co-production-distribution-asian-content-140798

Astro, Turner form JV in Warner TV and co-production, distribution of Asian content
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) and Turner Asia Pacific are widening their collaboration including the formation of a joint-venture on Warner TV.

DENPASAR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) and Turner Asia Pacific are widening their collaboration including the formation of a joint-venture on Warner TV that comprises co-ownership, co-production of Asian content for global reach, distribution of Astro content, and carriage of the channel on Astro and Tribe.

Astro Chief Operating Officer Henry Tan said the company’s focus is to deepen their involvement in content creation and ownership, particularly in Asian IPs, which will be increasingly pivotal in a market that values strong differentiation.

“We believe these IPs anchor our value proposition, and are ultimately what customers want and are willing to pay for. We are enhancing the exportability of signature IPs, and are actively seeking distribution in multiple markets through partnerships, as well as our own platforms, such as Astro in Malaysia and Tribe in the region.

“To accelerate our efforts, we will partner and learn from our peers in the region. We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a strategic partnership with Turner to own verticals in Asian content.

“Together, we will explore opportunities to co-develop Asian content for global distribution and raise the bar for better quality Asian content. Additionally, this new venture will also enable us to participate in the revenue distribution generated from Warner TV in the region,” he said.

Currently available on 22 platforms in 15 countries across Asia Pacific, Warner TV is known for its strength in same-day programming with popular titles such as Good Behavior, Angie Tribeca, The Last Ship, Lethal Weapon, and an array of DC superhero shows such as DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, The Flash and iZombie.

Turner International Senior Vice President and Managing Director for North and Southeast Asia Pacific said the company is thrilled to announce that their pan-regional entertainment channel, Warner TV, will debut on Astro and Tribe.

“The launch is part of a strategic regional partnership that will see us working closely on the channel’s development and reflects both parties commitment to continued investment in content our customers love,” he said.

With a strong pipeline of premium and original content from both Warner Bros., the leading studio for top-rated TV series and blockbuster movies, and from Turner’s TNT and TBS networks, Warner TV will support Tribe and Astro with first-rate Hollywood content with long-tail library value.

Warner TV will be available on demand and on linear via Astro GO and Astro TV from May 1.

Iflix for MENA

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/27/iflix-for-mena/

Iflix, the SVoD service for emerging markets, announced the launch of its service in eight territories across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Consumers in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan can now sign up for a 30-day free trial, giving them unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more on every device they own, with no credit card required.

The announcement follows just one month after the company’s launch in Myanmar, its tenth market in Asia, solidifying iflix’s dominance over the region with over 6 billion minutes streamed across ten countries since first launching in Malaysia and the Philippines in mid-2015. With its MENA launch, iflix has established itself as the only international SVoD service with full-scale localised operations in each of its territories and a total global headcount of 700 staff across 24 offices worldwide, including new regional headquarters for MENA based in Dubai, UAE.

iflix Group Co-founder and CEO, Mark Britt commented: “Our launch in the Middle East and North Africa represents the incredible vision, hard work and sacrifice by everyone in the iflix team. To have grown from a small, but ambitious 20-person operation without a live service to launching a global business, in now our second region with eight new markets and 80 staff in MENA alone in less than two years, is a testament to that commitment. MENA is one of the fastest growing and most exciting online markets in the world with data savvy consumers who share a passion for entertainment. We are thrilled to make iflix’s world class service, premier digital experience and the most comprehensive selection of content available to them, as part of our mission to redefine entertainment in emerging markets.”

Gregg Daffner elected President of Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council

From http://isleofman.com/News/details/82648/gregg-daffner-elected-president-of-asia-pacific-satellite-communications-council

Gregg Daffner, CEO of GapSat and a member of ManSat’s Board of Advisors, was elected and inaugurated as the President of the Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) at the Council’s recent General Assembly.

The APSCC is one of Asia’s leading non-profit international associations, representing all sectors of satellite and space-related industry, including private and public companies, regional and government ministries and agencies, and academic and research entities. It works to promote communications and broadcasting via satellite as well as outer space activities in the Asia-Pacific for the socioeconomic and cultural welfare of the region.

As the main representative of APSCC, Gregg will be responsible for setting the policies and goals of APSCC in consultation with the APSCC Board of Directors, Vice Presidents and Executive Director.

Speaking at the General Assembly, Gregg said: ‘I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the members of the APSCC for your dedicated support to the organization. APSCC will continue to develop a variety of programs to make APSCC a more relevant organization to the satellite industry. APSCC will undertake the lead in the core activities to represent the APAC satellite industry including regulatory advocacy, especially in matters of preserving satellite spectrum, and in attracting our next generation of satellite professionals.’

Under the leadership of the new APSCC President and Board of Directors, APSCC will continue its role in promoting communications and broadcasting via satellite as well as outer space activities in the Asia-Pacific region as a collective voice.

ManSat Chair & CEO Chris Stott said: ‘We’re honored to have Gregg on our Board of Advisors. Having access to the insights of leaders of his vision, caliber, and experience and the others on our Advisory Board is invaluable to our work at ManSat on behalf of the Isle of Man. We know the APSCC is in firm hands with Gregg at the helm and we look forward to increasing the links in Asia under his guidance.’

GapSat is an innovative venture that leases or arranges for the lease of entire in-orbit satellites to satellite operators for use at their orbital slots for interim periods of time, generally until the operator launches its own custom-built satellite.

Gregg is also president of G3 Global Communications, a satellite consulting firm focused on strategic planning, business development, transactional and regulatory advice.

SpaceX demands FCC put OneWeb on hold

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/27/spacex-demands-fcc-put-oneweb-on-hold/

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company, which also has plans afoot to build and launch its own ‘super-constellation of more than 7500 V-band satellites, is objecting to Jersey-based OneWeb and its potential financial partner SoftBank of Japan with their plans for its 648-satellite constellation.

SpaceX’s complaint is that the OneWeb/SoftBank financial structure is far from clear. SpaceX is asking for greater clarity on who is investing in the OneWeb/SoftBank scheme, and alleging that investors could possibly include Saudi Arabia. SpaceX says the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should “defer consideration” of the OneWeb application for its orbital spectrum until the financial structure is made public.

OneWeb argues that the FCC’s regulations require for that any change of ownership status needs only to be made after – and not before – a transaction is completed.

Currently, what is known is that OneWeb’s main shareholders are telco giant Qualcomm (via its Qualcomm Global Trading of Singapore) with a 20.17 per cent stake, media conglomerate SoftBank Group of Japan (19.98 per cent), Airbus Group (13.34 per cent), 1110 Ventures LLC (based in Nevada and Florida) 11.84 per cent, and British Virgin Island’s-based Vieco Nominees (11.61 per cent).

The OneWeb/SoftBank pair are also in the process of merging with Intelsat, subject to acceptance by Intelsat’s bond-holders to a proposed re-financing of Intelsat’s debt.

TVPlayer on Roku

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/27/tvplayer-on-roku/

Roku, and TVPlayer have announced the availability of TVPlayer on Roku streaming players in the UK, making live TV accessible from all major broadcasters for the first time to Roku users. TVPlayer includes content from major broadcasters, such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Dave among others and can be added from the Movies & TV category in the Roku Channel Store.

“Roku users in the UK could already choose from an impressive line-up of 2,500+ streaming channels, including popular on demand and catch-up channels. With the addition of TVPlayer Roku users can now also watch live TV from major UK broadcasters on their Roku streaming player, combining all key entertainment sources on one device,” said Ed Lee, Vice President Content Acquisition at Roku.

“We are very excited to be launching on Roku streaming players in the UK,” said Frank Bowe, Chief Commercial Officer of TVPlayer. “Our presence on the Roku platform represents another significant step forward in TVPlayer’s distribution strategy, which is to make premium live TV, on demand and digital shows available within the TVPlayer app across all OTT platforms.”


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China to Launch First Teen-Made Satellite 'Shaoning Xing' in August

From http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/113774/20170426/china-launch-first-teen-made-satellite-shaoning-xing-august.htm

China will launch on August the first ever satellite developed under its Teen Satellite Project.

China will launch the first ever satellite developed under its Teen Satellite Project in August.(Photo : Getty Images)

China's first satellite developed by teenagers, dubbed as the Shaoning Xing, will be launched in August. The move is part of China's Teen Satellite Project that aims to engage the young generation in thinking about space, STEAM education, and satellite development.

The project was launched in April 2016 and has collected over 100,000 ideas from students in more than 1,000 primary and secondary schools in China. A number of applicants were picked and invited to design and develop the 2-Unit cubesat with the help of professional space scientists.

After the Shaoning Xing, which means 'Junior Sat' or 'Youth Sat,' is launched, the satellite will be opened to all primary and secondary schools, and teen education institutions in the country to be used in the educational fields of aerospace, space, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics), the Global Times reported.

The project organizers, namely, the China Soong Ching-ling Foundation, China Association for Science and Technology, and Chinese Education Society, awarded students who have shown exemplary performances during the development process at a signing ceremony on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Youth Sat will ride as a secondary payload on the Zangheng-1 mission (also called the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite), which is scheduled to launch on August 16 aboard the Long March 2D rocket from Jiuquan.

The Zhangheng-1 is designed to stay in orbit for five years and monitor the electromagnetic situation of earthquakes with a magnitude record of above 6 in China and above 7 globally. The 730-kilogram satellite will also carry several instruments to detect high-energy particles, plasma, and electric and magnetic fields.

Arianespace confirms May 4 launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/26/arianespace-confirms-may-4-launch/

Arianespace has confirmed that normality is returning to its work schedules following the month-long strike in French Guiana. Arianespace says that – weather permitting – it will launch two satellites on May 4th on its Flight 236.

The two spacecraft: SGDC for VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A. on behalf of the Brazilian operator Telebras S.A., and Koreasat-7 for South Korean operator ktsat. SGDC has a lift-off mass estimated at 5,735 kg. and is the mission’s upper passenger. Riding in the lower passenger position is Koreasat-7, with a mass at lift-off of approximately 3,680 kg.

Both satellites were built by Thales Alenia Space.

The Brazilian satellite will go to 116 degrees East, while Koreasat-7 will end up at 116 degrees East.

The satellites have been held safely at the spaceport since a planned launch on March 21st was abandoned because of the labour strikes and roadblocks in place in French Guiana.

Speedy resumption at French Guiana

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/25/speedy-resumption-at-french-guiana/

With the month-long labour strike now over the Kourou spaceport is getting back to normality. Two much delayed satellites could launch as soon as May 4th (on Arianespace Flight 236).

Arianespace said at the end of last week that it needed about 10 days to get the launch operation back into gear, and a May 4th launch for Brazil’s SGDC-1 and its co-passenger Koreasat-7 would fit into that timetable.

Brazil’s satellite is SGDC (Geostationary Satellite for Communications and Defence) is the first satellite for the operator Telebras to be launched by Arianespace, performed within the scope of a contract with SGDC prime contractor VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A. The commercial portion of the satellite will help improve internet communications to 100 per cent of Brazil. It will be placed at 75 degrees West.

Korea-7 is the third Koreasat satellite to be launched by Arianespace for ktsat, following Koreasat-3 and Koreasat-6, launched in September 1999 and December 2010, respectively. ktsat, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KT Corp. – the largest telecom/media service provider in South Korea – is the country’s sole satellite service provider. Since the establishment of the Kumsan Satellite Center (Teleport) in 1970, ktsat has been the national leader in telecommunications and broadcasting services. It currently operates three satellites.

Koreasat-7 will provide a full range of video and data applications, including Internet access, DTH broadcasting , government communications and connectivity for VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) networks. It will be positioned at 116 degrees East.

Discovery signs two Asian deals

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/26/discovery-signs-two-asian-deals/

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has announced two new partnerships across Asia, with VS Media – a MultiChannel Network (MCN) that super-serves digital natives in Greater China with more than 120 million subscribers and 320 million video views a month, and Tabilabo – a rapidly growing digital media businesses in Japan.

“These exciting digital-first initiatives are the first steps in Discovery’s long-term strategy to accelerate our growth in Asia with digital at the core,” said Arthur Bastings, President & Managing Director, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific. “We are deeply committed to engaging more viewers across more screens than ever before, building our presence on new platforms and attracting young passionate communities that advertisers want to reach with unique branded content opportunities through VS Media and Tabilabo’s extensive networks and strong base of millennial audiences.”

Tougher action against piracy to be positive for Astro

From http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/tougher-action-against-piracy-be-positive-astro

Maintain outperform with an unchanged target price of RM3.22: According to various newspaper reports, police have arrested six men believed to be members of a syndicate that allegedly offered illegal cable television channels of Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd at lower monthly subscription cost via online streaming and card sharing. In the raids, the police also seized various pieces of equipment believed to have been used for live streaming. Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said investigations revealed that the syndicate, believed to have been making profits of over RM900,000 per month, had been operating since 2015 with over 30,000 customers nationwide.

The syndicate had been selling the pirated box for RM150 and charging an annual subscription fee of RM350 (about RM30 per month) for offering pirated Astro channels and other channels, which caused Astro to suffer huge losses. The suspects had been remanded for three days to facilitate investigations under Section 41 of the Copyright Act 1987. They could be fined up to RM300,000 or jailed. Acryl Sani also stressed that subscribing to illegal cable television is also an offence under the Copyright Act 1987. He hopes the people will be more vigilant after this. We believe that tougher action to combat piracy should be positive for Astro.

Due to changes in the media landscape, consumers prefer to consume media through their digital devices. Other potential long-term risks likely to threaten Astro include local on-demand Internet streaming media. To address the threat, Astro has relaunched Astro GO to allow customers to watch Astro content on their mobile devices, collaborated with Amazon Web Services to provide personalised experiences for customers, and planned to expand its regional over-the-top services (Tribe) to increase its competitive advantage. Hence, we believe that any potential negative impact may not affect Astro significantly in the near future. — PublicInvest Research, April 25

CJEU: Multimedia player could breach copyright

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/26/106100/

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that the sale of a multimedia player which enables films that are available illegally on the Internet to be viewed easily and for free on a television screen could constitute an infringement of copyright, suggesting that the temporary reproduction on a multimedia player of a copyright-protected work obtained by streaming is not exempt from the right of reproduction.

In a case brought by Dutch anti-piracy initiative Stichting Brein, the Court noted that a Mr Wullems sold, over the Internet, various models of a multimedia player under the name ‘filmspeler’. “That device acts as a medium between a source of audiovisual data and a television screen. On that player, Mr Wullems installed an open source software that enabled files to be played through a user-friendly interface, via structured menus. In addition, integrated into the player were add-ons available on the internet whose function is to retrieve the desired content from streaming websites and make it start playing, on a simple click, on the multimedia player connected to a television. Some of those internet sites give access to digital content with the consent of the right holders, whilst others give access without their consent. According to the advertising, the multimedia player made it possible, in particular, to watch on a television screen, easily and for free, audiovisual material available on the internet without the consent of the copyright holders,” advised the Court.

Stichting Brein asked the Rechtbank Midden-Nederland (District Court of Midden-Nederland, Netherlands) to order Mr Wullems to cease selling multimedia players or offers of hyperlinks that illegally give users access to protected works. Stichting Brein submitted that, by marketing that multimedia player, Mr Wullems had made a ‘communication to the public’ in breach of the Netherlands law on copyright which transposed Directive 2001/29. The Rechtbank Midden Nederland decided to refer a question to the Court of Justice on that subject.

In its judgment, the Court of Justice held that the sale of a multimedia player, such as the one in question, is a ‘communication to the public’, within the meaning of the directive.

The Court recalled, in that regard, its case-law according to which the aim of the directive is to establish a high level of protection for authors. The concept of ‘communication to the public’ must therefore be interpreted broadly. In addition, the Court has already held that the availability, on a website, of clickable links to protected works published without any access restrictions on another website offers users of the first website direct access to those works. That is also the case in respect of a sale of the multimedia player in question.

In the same way, Mr Wullems, in full knowledge of the consequences of his conduct, preinstalls, on the multimedia player add-ons that make it possible to have access to protected works and to watch those works on a television screen. Such actions are not to be confused with the mere provision of physical facilities, referred to in the directive. In that regard, it is clear from the observations submitted to the Court that streaming websites are not readily identifiable by the public and the majority of them change frequently.

The Court also observed that, according to the referring court, the multimedia player had been purchased by a fairly large number of people. Furthermore, the communication at issue covers all persons who could potentially acquire that media player and have an Internet connection. Thus, that communication is aimed at an indeterminate number of potential recipients and involves a large number of persons. In addition, the provision of the multimedia player is made with a view to making a profit, the price for the multimedia player being paid in particular to obtain direct access to protected works available on streaming websites without the consent of the copyright holders.

The Court also found that temporary acts of reproduction, on that multimedia player, of a copyright protected work obtained by streaming on a website belonging to a third party offering that work without the consent of the copyright holder, cannot be exempted from the right of reproduction.

Under the directive, an act of reproduction is only exempt from the right of reproduction if it satisfies five conditions, namely (1) the act is temporary, (2) it is transient or incidental, (3) it is an integral and technical part of a technological process, (4) the sole purpose of that process is to enable a transmission in a network between third parties by an intermediary or a lawful use of a work or subject matter, and (5) that act does not have any independent economic significance. Those conditions are cumulative in the sense that non-compliance with one of them will lead to the act of reproduction not being exempted. Furthermore, the exemption is to be applied only in certain special cases which do not impair the normal exploitation of the work or other subject matter and do not unreasonably prejudice the legitimate interests of the right holder.

In the present case and having regard, in particular, to the content of the advertising of the multimedia player and to the fact that the main attraction of that player for potential purchasers is the pre-installation of the add-ons concerned, the Court found that the purchaser of such a player accesses a free and unauthorised offer of protected works deliberately and in full knowledge of the circumstances.

Furthermore, acts of temporary reproduction, on the multimedia player in question, of copyright-protected works adversely affects the normal exploitation of those works and causes unreasonable prejudice to the legitimate interests of the copyright holders because it usually results in a diminution of the lawful transactions relating to those protected works.

A reference for a preliminary ruling allows the courts and tribunals of the Member States, in disputes which have been brought before them, to refer questions to the Court of Justice about the interpretation of European Union law or the validity of a European Union act. The Court of Justice does not decide the dispute itself. It is for the national court or tribunal to dispose of the case in accordance with the Court’s decision, which is similarly binding on other national courts or tribunals before which a similar issue is raised.

De Rosen to step down at Eutelsat

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/26/de-rosen-to-step-down-at-eutelsat/

Michel de Rosen, non-executive chairman of Eutelsat’s board, is stepping down. He joined Eutelsat as chief executive in 2009, and is being replaced by Dominique D’Hinnin.

D’Hinnin was Lagardère Co-managing Partner from 2010 to 2016. He holds advanced degrees from École normale supérieure and is Inspecteur des finances. He joined the Lagardère Group in 1990 as an advisor to Philippe Camus. He was then appointed as the Internal Audit Manager, Hachette Livre Finance Manager in 1993, and, in 1994 EVP at Grolier Inc. (Connecticut, USA). He was Lagardère CFO from 1998 to 2010. He is also a Board Member of PRISA, the Spanish media company.

The changeover will happen on November 8th.

D’Hinnin is already a Eutelsat board member in regard to the Fonds Stratégique de Participations (FSP) shareholder. Upon his appointment as chairman FSP will designate a new Board representative to replace D’Hinnin.

de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman, commented: “It has been an honour since 2009 to have led and accompanied Eutelsat, an industry-leading enterprise and a reference for commitment, innovation and quality in the global industry of satellite operators. Following the transition with Rodolphe Belmer as CEO, I believe the time is right for me to retire as Chairman after the General Assembly of November 2017, and to pass the baton to Dominique D’Hinnin who is equipped with both the skills and depth of experience to steer the Board towards new development opportunities.”

Warner launching DC streaming service

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/26/warner-launching-dc-streaming-service/

DC Entertainment, the comic book giant that is home to the likes of Batman and Superman, is preparing to launch its own dedicated streaming service aided by Warner Bros, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The DC branded service is said to be launching with a Titans live-action show, as well as the third season of Young Justice. A pilot for Titans, which centres around characters including Robin, Flash and Supergirl, had been in the works at TNT before the network decided to kill the project unexpectedly.


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D2 12491 H Sr 8570 "TVNZ ANZAC T2 Prim"

IS19 12441 V Sr 6999 "IP-UPLINKS.COM"

IS19 12551 V 3570 "A15K-1" "CH 9 Today Studio Feed"
IS19 12596 V 14000V MCPC 4 feeds - Individual Cameras back to studio

MX Australian addon for Kodi has been updated

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3799 V "Australia Plus TV Pacific" has left.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3805 V "EM TV" is Fta again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3786 H "RTB 4 International" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 11800 H Tlum has started on , encrypted. Bridge TV Dance and Bridge TV Classic have left.

Express AM6 53.0E 12594 V "Mohabat TV" has started on Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、CGTN Documentary(Cignal)频道消失,设置11598 H 20000参数无效接收。 [4月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor(高清)频道加密,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,亚洲美食(高清)频道加密,设置3880 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Outdoor Channel(高清)频道加密,设置4120 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,亚洲美食(高清)频道解密,设置3880 V 29720参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Outdoor Channel(高清)频道解密,设置4120 V 29720参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Asean替换Tag(菲律宾)频道,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Fashion TV替换AFN Prime(环宇卫视)频道,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,TV5 Monde、CCTV-4(Cignal)等4个频道新增,设置11598 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor/Viceland HD(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [4月26日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Shop Channel(购物)频道解密,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Edu(4 Digital)频道解密,设置3731 H 12500参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,DNN(测试)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CH-50、No Name(Ddish TV)测试频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV HD、France 24(高清)等3个频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,SMV Promo Channel(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [4月25日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,SMV Channel Promo 3(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,No Name(Ddish TV)测试频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,WTV/Hit Varity(泰国)频道消失,设置3505 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Channel UFX(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4015 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,O Channel(印尼)频道新增,设置4131 H 12250参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shine Zavkhan(蒙古)频道解密,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(4K)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,BBTV Channel 7 HD(高清)频道消失,设置3885 H 2900参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号星Ku段,国家地理野生、Fox Thai HD(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月25日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Star Chinese Movies(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月25日]


Sorry no news section


No update, Anzac Day


Sorry about the late update

There will be No update on Tuesday, due to Anzac day

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3805 V "EM TV" is Fta
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "Fox Sports 2 Australia" has left .
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "RT English and NHK World TV are back on , Irdeto. Trace Urban, Trace Sport Stars, Fight Sports and Celestial Classic Movies" have left.

Thaicom 4 119.5E 11686 V "RCTI, MNC TV and Global TV" have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3835 H "SCTV, Indosiar and O Channel" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3999 H "SCTV, Indosiar and O Channel "have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Lejel Home Shopping Live" has started on Fta

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3816 H "Kanak News" has left .

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "EBC Yoyo" is back on , Fta. E! Asia & Pacific has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4150 H "Peace TV English" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Loso、Party、Travel(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11680 H 30000参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,Town TV(高清)频道新增,设置4040 H 2800参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,France 24替换INTV(泰国)频道,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,TV 5、Channel 7(高清)等4个频道改格式,设置4080 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、Fox Thai HD(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Animal Show、TV 5 HD(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Cartoon Club、Maya Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Dopa Channel(泰国)频道开播,设置4006 V 1660参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,IN TV、TM TV(泰国)频道新增,设置4015 V 8333参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Good Living替换Good TV(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Lord Buddha Sharnam、Zingaat(印度)频道开播,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,UBS、ETV(蒙古)等频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Arirang HD(高清)频道加密,设置12410 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV HD(HEVC)高清频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Hindu Dharmam(印度)频道新增,设置3845 V 28800参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV-11、Mongol(Ddish TV)等5个频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Good News TV(印度)频道新增,设置3966 H 14400参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Arirang HD替换Sky Guide(韩国)频道,设置12410 H 29500参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NHK World、Russia Today替换天映频道(MPEG-4)等频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经183度轨道位置的新天9号卫星C频段,TV Wallis(外国)频道新增,设置3922 L 1120参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Dong Nai 9替换VTV 7 HD(VTC)频道,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。 [4月22日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Star Chinese Movies(高清)频道改格式,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Shop Cj Tamil、Jai Paras TV(测试)频道新增,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。 [4月22日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Fa Wan Mai、Cool Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MM HD、SBN(Ddish TV)等14个频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [4月22日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Yaslyk(土库曼斯坦)频道消失,设置3623 L 4285参数无效接收。 [4月22日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Turkmen Owazy(土库曼斯坦)频道消失,设置3613 R 4285参数无效接收。 [4月22日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,SMV Promo Channel(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月22日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,FightBOX、FilmBox(MPEG-4)等4个频道新增,设置11387 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,SMV Channel Promo 3(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV HD(高清)频道加密,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Alif TV(孟加拉)频道新增,设置12482 H 4680参数免费接收。 [4月21日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,EMTV(巴布亚新几内亚)频道解密,设置3805 V 3960参数免费接收。 [4月21日]


Telstra plans to launch new Telstra TV device later this year

From https://mumbrella.com.au/telstra-plans-launch-new-telstra-tv-device-later-year-440222

Telstra is set to launch an updated version of its television streaming device Telstra TV, due to increasing popularity of its sporting apps.

According to an article published in The Australian, US streaming player Roku – which Telstra holds the exclusive rights to – will build specialised software and hardware for the new Telstra TV.

Similar to Apple TV, Roku currently produces puck-sized devices which enable users to stream movies, TV and other content in high-definition, directly to TV sets.

Set to launch at some stage this year, customers can also expect new content down the track.

Joe Pollard, Telstra marketing and media chief, told The Australian “some unique changes” would be made to the platform which would consist of bespoke software.

The current Telstra TV service allows customers to play subscription video on demand including Bigpond movies, Foxtel Play, Netflix, Stan, Yahoo!7, SBS On Demand, ABC iview, Tenplay, Nine Now and AFL and NRL sporting apps.

The Telstra TV device currently costs $109.

Telstra has been approached for comment.

Foxtel Play set to relaunch as Foxtel Now

From https://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-play-set-relaunch-foxtel-now-440380

Foxtel is gearing up to get rid of its Foxtel Play brand and replace it with Foxtel Now, a revamped subscription video on demand service.

According to an article published in The Australian Financial Review, Foxtel Now will utilise a puck which can be plugged into televisions, allowing users to stream on demand, live and catch up content through the internet.

Foxtel Now is thought to also be able to host third-party apps such as Stan and Netflix.

Computers, mobiles, smart TVs, puck devices and computers will reportedly be able to stream Foxtel Now.

According to The Australian Financial Review, the new Foxtel Play is set to launch in the coming weeks.

Foxtel Play currently allows users to stream TV over the internet enabling consumers to watch on a range of different devices.

The current model lets subscription holders register up to three devices to their Foxtel Play account and watch two devices at the same time.

Foxtel’s joint venture with Seven West Media, Presto, was wound up this year after Foxtel took full control from SWM in October.

The decision forced the subscription television provider into the red.

Talking about the company’s on-demand and streaming offering last year, Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh said Foxtel had a different offering to its competitors.

Arianespace to launch Horizons 3e satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/arianespace-to-launch-horizons-3e-satellite--1193286

Arianespace will launch Horizons 3e, a satellite belonging to the Horizons joint venture owned by Intelsat and Sky Perfect JSAT. Arianespace will orbit this Boeing-built payload in the launch period starting late 2018 on an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.
Horizons 3e will complete Intelsat’s global EpicNG network. The high-throughput satellite’s C-band and Ku-band transponders will provide 22 Gbps+ in growth capacity for aeronautical and maritime mobility applications spanning from Asia and the Pacific to North America. Horizons 3e is also expected to support further development of specialty networks for governments.

The Ariane 5 spacecraft will weigh 6.5 tonnes at liftoff.

(Craig's comment, going to 169E with C and KU)

Gazprom Agrees to a Capacity Contract for HorizonSat

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1216033399

Gazprom Space Systems, a Russian satellite operator, and HorizonSat (United Arab Emirates), have finalized and signed a contract for use of Yamal-402 satellite capacity, coming to terms during the recent CABSAT 2017 that was conducted in Dubai.

The capacity leased by HorizonSat will provide Internet connectivity in the countries of Central and Eastern Africa (Congo DRC, CAR, Kenya, Tanzania and other countries). The southern beam of Yamal-402 satellite has a good coverage of this region and cross-straps with the European Beam, which allows the use of the HorizonSat teleport in Munich, which is connected to high-speed, Internet backbones.

Yamal-402 was launched on December 8, 2012, from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite was built for Russian concerns by Thales Alenia Space and is based on the Spacebus 4000C3 satellite bus

French Guiana strike ends

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/22/french-guiana-strike-ends/

The European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, is getting back to work. The industrial action which had caused a near-complete month-long closedown of the region ended on April 21 when the French government and strike leaders signed an ‘Accord de Guyane’ agreement.

Officials at the spaceport, and from where Arianespace launch their rockets and satellites, say they are fully ready to re-start operations on 3 launch campaigns. The intention is to continue launching in May and June and to catch up lost time.

The first launch will be some 8 days after normality returns, and take two satellites (for South Korea and Brazil) into orbit. An SES-15 launch will follow, and the third campaign covers a dual launch of Eutelsat 172b and ViaSat of California’s ViaSat-2 craft. First will come the need to get conventional as well as spaceport supplies rolling and shipments – by sea and air – into French Guiana.

Stephane Israel, CEO at Arianespace, told French business newspaper Les Echos: “In the event of a restart on Monday, we will be able to meet our goal of 12 launches this year,” he said. We had planned six launches between the end of January and the end of April. We did three. But we did not have a planned launch from early May to late June. We should be able to take advantage of this available time on the base to complete the three deferred launches, and thus return to our original schedule.”

What is less than clear, however, are the losses – or delayed revenues – that have occurred. Israel addressed the point, saying: “It’s still too early to come up with a definitive figure, ” he says. This will depend in particular on our ability to meet our target of 12 launches, from which we have made commitments to our industrial partners on the basis. But the order of magnitude of the extra costs is about 500,000 euros per day for Arianespace and its partners. If we multiply this number by 30 days of [the strike], this gives an idea of ​​the extra costs.

RESEARCH: 5m Britons use pirated TV streaming services

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/24/research-5m-britons-use-pirated-tv-streaming-services/

Just shy of five million people in the UK use pirated TV streaming services, according to YouGov. The research firm’s new study, Illegal Streaming, suggests that 10 per cent of the population (around 4.9 million adults) currently have access to platforms such as ‘illegal’ Kodi boxes (i.e., those with software that has been changed with third-party add-ons providing access to pirated copies of content), Amazon Fire TV Chipped Sticks, and illegal streaming apps on smartphones and tablets.

The research highlights the scale of the challenge that pirated streaming pose to subscription services. Since they entered the mainstream around 12 months ago, paid-for TV providers have come under significant pressure with one in seven (17 per cent) users of the platforms – around 830,000 people – having already cancelled at least one subscription service. However, the number of subscriptions cancelled is likely to be lower given the discrepancy between households and individuals.

While YouGov started to see the damage this is causing to paid-for subscriptions – notably for sports and film channels – the indications are that this is just the beginning. Approaching a third (31 per cent) of those who use pirated streaming platforms but who have paid-for TV services believe they will cancel their subscriptions over the next 12 months. Not only are those currently using these services starting to end their subscriptions to paid-for TV services, but over six in ten (63 per cent) say they will recommend them to friends and family.

Furthermore, around 2.6 million non-users (6 per cent) expect to start accessing pirated streaming platforms in the future, with around 400,000 people looking to start using them within the next three months. Among this group, almost nine in ten (87 per cent) currently have a paid-for TV service. Half (49 per cent) of these customers would expect to cancel a television subscription within 12 months of getting a pirated device.

“Those who are not yet using the pirated platforms pose an even greater challenge to subscription services,” advises Russell Feldman, Director of Digital, Media and Technology. Such streaming services are seen as being of significant financial benefit to users. Nearing half (46 per cent) of those with access to one of the platforms think that their use has saved them money on film and TV viewing, with the average saving since they began their use being £212.

Alongside the short-term problem of cancelled subscriptions is a longer term one – namely, many of the people using pirated platforms are younger. Adoption of pirated platforms is especially high among millennials, with 18-34 year-olds accounting for 37 per cent of users (1.8 million people). “There is a real danger that having got used to getting TV services for free it will hard to convince them to pay in the future,” warns Feldman.

The study also includes findings from a series of focus groups YouGov ran both to explore the motivations of those who currently access the pirated platforms and the attitudes of those thinking of using them. They revealed that one felt that by using a pirate streaming platform they were not harming the industry as it already makes a lot of money. They stated that “ultimately the movie industry is booming…it is insignificant what they lose from streaming”.

Meanwhile, the price of subscriptions meant that some feel as though they aren’t getting value for money from pay-TV. One person thinking of abandoning their subscriptions in favour of using a pirated streaming platform had “mixed feelings” about the move as it would be “likely to increase prices for others.” However, they felt that sports streams are “ripping of the consumer and can see why people feel justified” in avoiding pay-TV services.

DoS plans to launch 3 satellites in H1 of FY18 to boost transponder capacity

From http://www.televisionpost.com/news/dos-plans-to-launch-3-satellites-in-h1-of-fy18-to-boost-transponder-capacity/

MUMBAI: After failing to meet the earlier deadline, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch GSAT 11, 17 and 19 in the first half of the financial year, the Department of Space (DoS) told the parliamentary committee on science, technology, environment and forests.

The launch of these three communication satellites will help the government in providing more Ku-band transponders to the growing direct-to-home (DTH) industry.

Minister of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) Venkaiah Naidu recently said that there was a committed demand from the DTH service providers for 68 more transponders. The total satellite transponder capacity used by the DTH operators presently stands at 104 transponders.

ISRO was planning to launch GSAT 11 and GSAT 17 during the fourth quarter of 2016 onboard Ariane-5 Launch Vehicle, while GSAT 19 was scheduled to be launched during first quarter of 2017 by GSLV-Mk III-D1 Launcher from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.

The DoS had planned to launch 14 communication satellites during the 12th Plan period for (a) increasing the transponder capacity; (b) introducing new-generation broadband VSAT systems; (c) introduction of Ka-band systems; (d) building high-power S-band satellite mobile communications; and (e) introducing new-generation geo-imaging satellite.

However, the committee noted that the department could manage to launch only seven communication satellites, namely GSAT-10, GSAT-14, GSAT-16, GSAT-7, GSAT-6, GSAT-15 and GSAT-18, during the 12th Plan period.

The committee stated in the report that it was imperative that the department accordingly strategise its action plan so as to keep pace with the increasing demand for the transponders and achieve the targets set for the purpose in a time frame manner.

The department also informed the committee that the allocation made in budget estimate 2017–18 would be adequate to meet the programmatic requirements planned for 2017–18.

It further stated that approvals were being sought for new series of satellites, namely GSAT-20, GSAT-22/23/24, for which enhanced budgetary requirements would be projected at the RE stage.

Work on other ongoing missions such as GSAT 6A and INSAT 3DS would be carried out and would be realised beyond 2017–18. The department was also making progress in other missions like INSAT-3 series, INSAT-4 series and INSAT/GSAT follow-on missions, it said.

Satellites launched so far

a) GSAT-10 communication satellite with 12 Ku-band, 12 C-band and 6 Lower Extended C-band transponders and a GAGAN (GPS and GEO augmented navigation) payload was successfully launched on board Ariane-V from Kourou, French Guiana, on 29 September 2012. GSAT-10 spacecraft has augmented the INSAT/GSAT capacity with 30 transponders.

b) Launch of GSAT-14 communication satellite on board GSLV-D5 with indigenous cryogenic stage on 5 January 2014. GSAT-14 communication satellite has added 14 communication transponders (6 ext-C-band, 6 Ku-band and 2 Ka-band) to INSAT/GSAT capacity.

c) GSAT-16 communication satellite, carrying 48 communication transponders (24 Ku-band, 12 C-band and 12 Ext. C-band), was successfully launched using procured launch services on 7 December 2014. GSAT-16 has augmented the INSAT/GSAT system capacity for DTH, TV broadcasting, tele-communication, rural communications and other societal benefits. Besides, GSAT-7 communication satellite with UHF-band and S-band were launched for special users.

d) GSAT-6 communication satellite with five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band was successfully launched on board GSLV-D6. One of the advanced features of GSAT-6 satellite is its S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of 6 m diameter—the largest satellite antenna realised by ISRO. This antenna is utilised for five spot beams over the Indian mainland. The spot beams exploit the frequency reuse scheme to increase frequency spectrum utilisation efficiency.

e) GSAT-15 communication satellite, carrying 24 communication transponders in Ku-band, as well as a GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) payload, was successfully launched on 11 November 2015.

f) GSAT-18 communication satellite, carrying 48 communication transponders and Ku-band beacon, was successfully launched on 6 October 2016.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Intelsat 19 3805 V Sr 3960 tp:WH5C fec:3/4 EMTV is reported FTA

From my Email


From the Dish

Yamal 401 90.0E 3553 L Altyn Asyr, Türkmenistan Sport, Miras and Türkmenistan have left .

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12536 V "Kurai TV and Bashkirskoe Sputnikovoe TV" have started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "High News" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "Rupashi Bangla TV" has left again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "Sony Yay!" has started on , PowerVu.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4040 H "Bangla TV" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "World Business Channel" is back on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,TV5 Monde、Golf HD(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月21日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Sports Illustrated 2替换E!(Skynindo)频道,设置3546 V 23333参数免费接收。 [4月21日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,UBS、Shuud HD(蒙古)等频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月21日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV1、Vremya(蒙古)等频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月21日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置11559 V 22000参数免费接收。 [4月21日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,A2Z News(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4040 H 7500参数无效接收。 [4月21日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Miras、TV 4(土库曼)等全组频道消失,设置3553 L 20000参数无效接收。 [4月21日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Temporary Channel替换Fox Sports(MPEG-4)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Hluttaw(4 Digital)频道解密,设置12520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,MTV替换Chaanel 6(菲律宾)频道,设置3717 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Crime、国家地理悠人(STAR TV)频道消失,设置4000 H 29720参数无效接收。 [4月20日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star world HD、Fox movies HD(STAR TV)频道新增,设置4000 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,卫视卡式台(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4040 H 29720参数无效接收。 [4月20日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Home 4K(UHD)频道新增,设置12092 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Golf HD(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号星Ku段,Nick Jr、Sports Illustrated(台湾)频道新增,设置12281 H 15000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,O!(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12322 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,TNV Planeta(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12245 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]


Adhesive system to clean up space debris

From http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/04/21/adhesive-system-clean-space-debris

Japanese company Astroscale says it will debut its innovative cleaning system to remove debris of old satellites from space in 2019.

An innovative cleaning system that uses an adhesive compound to collect debris in space will debut in the first half of 2019, Singapore-based company Astroscale says.

The company is expected to launch its first trial mission, expected to last between six months to a year, to demonstrate its key technologies for future missions, and intends to set up a cleaning service by 2020, said a spokesperson of the company's development and production centre in Tokyo.

The system, brainchild of Nobu Okada, a Japanese entrepreneur and founder of Astroscale, comprises a satellite called the "mother" unit with six "child" units to collect the debris with the help of a special adhesive.

Once a reasonable amount of debris has magnetically attached itself to the devices, the "child" units will enter the earth's atmosphere and combust together.

The company said on Thursday the aim is to establish a clean-up system for space agencies and private operators to effectively remove debris of defunct satellites from space in the future.

There are more than 750,000 pieces of debris, each measuring at least one centimetre, in space, European Space Agency director-general Jan Worner said on Tuesday during the opening day of the seventh space debris conference that is being held until April 21 at its Darmstadt centre in Germany.

These pieces pose a serious threat as even a very small piece can severely damage an operational satellite and produce chain collisions, which may make mobile networks, television or meteorological forecasts non-functional.

The main space organisations, including the ESA and NASA, have not yet developed a proven technology to deal with the problem, prompting Okada to set up Astroscale four years ago.

Ultra HD first for NTV-Plus

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/04/20/ultra-hd-first-for-ntv-plus/

NTV-Plus has become the first DTH platform in Russia to offer Ultra HD services on a national basis.

Subscribers throughout the country can now watch the channels Fashion One (4K) and Home 4K in its basic package for no additional charge.

NTV-Plus began broadcasting in Ultra HD in the European part of Russia. It extended these broadcasts to the Far East of the country, and finally Siberia, this month.

This has been made possible by optimise the use of existing satellites and commissioning new ones.

It completed the transition to MPEG-4 in September 2016 and four months later secured the right to broadcast in the Far East using eight transponders on the Express-AT2 satellite at 140 degrees East and three more transponders on Express-AT1 at 56 degrees East.

Ultra HD cricket on Sky Sports (U.K)

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/20/ultra-hd-cricket-from-sky/

Sky Sports will show Test cricket in Ultra HD this summer when England take on South Africa in their Test series across July and August. In a world first for Test cricket, Sky Q customers in the UK and Ireland can look forward to every ball of the four-match series in Ultra HD.

The four Test matches against South Africa form part of Sky’s biggest ever summer of sport and will be shown exclusively live throughout July and August. The multi-camera coverage, available with Sky Q, will be supported by Ultra HD graphics, Hawkeye and enhanced statistical offerings.

“With Ultra HD, customers can enjoy the four Test matches, with four times better picture quality and four times greater clarity,” Bryan Henderson, Sky Sports Head of Cricket. “It is a first for Sky Sports and we can’t wait to bring you closer to the action, excitement and drama that the South Africa Test series will deliver this summer.”

Sky Sports has broadcast cricket since 1990 and the addition of Ultra HD viewing adds to a list of innovations that Sky has introduced over the years including stump microphones, interactivity, hi-motion replays, Hot Spot analysis, 3D, Sky Cart and Hawkeye.

Alongside Sky’s cricket in Ultra HD, Sky Q customers can continue to watch every F1 grand prix and 124 Premier League matches in Ultra HD throughout this season and next.

Further anti-piracy court success for DISH

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/21/further-anti-piracy-court-success-for-dish/

In another blow to peddlers of illicit video piracy services and a further success for US pay-TV operator DISH on the heels of forcing the closure of an illegal IPTV operation, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has ruled to shut down unauthorised digital streaming and distribution by the providers of the Shava and Cres TV set-top boxes and awarded more than $25 million (€23.32m) in damages.

“This decision reinforces the fact that services streaming video without copyright authorisation are blatant infringers and will be held accountable by the courts,” said Alex Fonoroff, senior corporate counsel at DISH. “Enforcement efforts are underway, and as ISPs terminate service to the Shava and Cres networks, we expect to see piracy on these boxes come to an end.”

“Perpetrators of pirate TV services think they can get away with it, but as this ruling proves, it’s only a matter of time before the law puts an end to illegal streaming schemes,” said Jaideep Janakiram, SVP International Business- Head of the Americas at Sony, whose subsidiary MSM Asia Ltd. was a plaintiff in the case. “The defendants deceived customers by illegally using our broadcast feed and logo, making the service look legitimate. Dealers and consumers must educate themselves on legal alternatives, otherwise, they will continue to waste their money on products that will become worthless.”

Filed in June 2015, the lawsuit brought claims for copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition by the makers of the Shava TV and Cres IPTV devices, which retransmitted Arabic and South Asian entertainment. The defendants profited by capturing live broadcast signals of protected channels, then transcoding those signals for Internet streaming. They then retransmitted the channels using a peer-to-peer network, in which users of the box inadvertently send content to other users.

In addition to the unauthorised transmission of video content, the providers of the Shava and Cres streaming services also unlawfully used logos and trademarks of the plaintiffs, giving the false impression that the service was legitimate.

The court awarded a total of $25,650,000 in damages to plaintiffs for unauthorised distribution of copyrighted works. Plaintiffs in the case include DISH Network L.L.C., Al Jazeera Media Network, Asia TV USA Ltd., B4U U.S., Inc., GEO USA LLC, Impress Telefilm, Inc., MBC FZ LLC, MSM Asia Ltd., Soundview Broadcasting LLC, Soundview ATN LLC, Star India Private Ltd. and Viacom18 Media Private Limited.

Following the ruling, the plaintiffs are working with ISPs, CDN’s and others to enforce the injunction.

“The outcome of these lawsuits is another important message that unlawful transmissions of copyrighted content will not be tolerated,” said Chris Kuelling, Executive Director of IBCAP, a coalition formed to prevent the unauthorised distribution of international television content. “These lawsuits once again demonstrate that content owners can successfully fight against digital streaming piracy to protect customers from unauthorised services,” Kuelling concluded.

Broadcast industry set to embrace ATSC 3.0

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/21/broadcast-industry-set-to-embrace-atsc-3-0/

More than 75 per cent of US broadcast industry executives say they are excited about next-generation broadcast standard ATSC 3.0, while more than 70 per cent reported that their station’s conversion is either unscheduled or more than two years away.

These results come from a survey of local broadcast television professionals fielded in January 2017 by advertising management technology provider WideOrbit.

The final report, ATSC 3.0 and The Future of Broadcasting: The Industry View, summarises the broadcast industry’s understanding of ATSC 3.0 and its potential benefits and costs. Respondents were sales, traffic, engineering and general business executives at station groups across the United States.

Among the survey’s key findings:
•Broadcasters are enthusiastic about ATSC 3.0 and most are taking steps to adopt it. More than 75 per cent of respondents said they are excited about ATSC 3.0. More than half said their station group is actively examining whether to make the transition.
•The broadcasting industry has not completely assessed the cost of ATSC 3.0. Respondents offered a wide range of predictions of the cost per station for ATSC 3.0 transition. Capital investment and operating costs remain a crucial area for media companies to understand before moving forward despite the findings of a recent BIA/Kelsey report that large and medium-sized markets stations can recoup ATSC 3.0-related incremental costs in three years.
•Broadcasters don’t have a complete picture yet of the technologies that need to be replaced or upgraded. Respondents do not have a clear idea yet of what technology upgrades will be required nor the software and business practices for accommodating an advanced interactive advertising business.
•For ATSC 3.0 to be successful, viewers need the industry to offer compelling reasons to make the switch. Respondents said that improvement in the audience experience, which was a key driver to the rapid consumer adoption of HDTV, is ATSC 3.0’s least important benefit. Perhaps as a result, more than half of broadcasters are concerned that consumers won’t purchase ATSC 3.0-compatible televisions.

“This survey shows that behind the broadcast industry’s enthusiasm for ATSC 3.0 and its promise of new advertising opportunities, broadcast executives are excited about the ability to deliver advanced advertising campaigns for their clients and nearly all of them understand its potential for opening new revenue streams and business models,” noted Mickey Wilson, chief marketing officer at WideOrbit.

“There are still a lot of unknown factors that broadcasters should approach in a thoughtful way, including identifying and satisfying requirements for new hardware, software, skills, and sales, traffic and billing processes.”

“We recommend that media companies carefully research the technical requirements for operating an ATSC 3.0-based advanced advertising business. They can start today by collaborating with their hardware and software vendors to define their group’s ATSC 3.0 strategy and how they can work together to realise it,” he recommended.

Chinese kids channel app launches in the US

From http://tbivision.com/news/2017/04/chinese-kids-channel-app-launches-us/742972/

Mandarin-language kids net Miao Mi has launched via a dedicated iOS app in North America.

The channel is operated by Celestial Tiger Entertainment, which is backed by Saban, Astro and Lionsgate.

It created its Chinese-language net in 2015 as a local alternative to the big three international kids services – Cartoon Network, Disney and Nickelodeon – and several rollouts took place last year.

The Miao Mi app is now available in the US and Canada, and gives consumers access to a 500-strong collection of videos including Pleasant Goat Fun Class an Star Babies.

Kids can also learn simple Mandarin phrases and words through Miao Mi Classroom, a series of vignettes teaching Mandarin through animated flash cards and songs.

“More people speak Chinese than any other language,” said Todd Miller, CEO of Celestial Tiger Entertainment.

“Miao Mi is the only app that offers the next generation a fully immersive Mandarin learning experience. Parents now have a tool to give their kids a head start in learning a language that is becoming increasingly important.”

China Central Television News and Documentary Programming Now Available in High Definition in the Americas via Intelsat 34

From Press Release

Intelsat and China Central Television extend partnership and distribute high definition content in the Americas

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced that it signed a multi-year agreement expanding its global relationship and leveraging IntelsatOne terrestrial fiber and teleport services to distribute five high definition (HD) channels for China Central Television (CCTV).

“As partners to CCTV for the last two decades, we are closely aligned with their strategy to broaden their audience base in the Americas and increase the availability of HD content to their programmers”
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Under the agreement, CCTV, the national broadcaster of the People’s Republic of China, expands its footprint in the Americas from its current bouquet on Intelsat 21 by distributing new HD channels on Intelsat 34. One of Intelsat’s premier distribution neighborhoods in the Americas, Intelsat 34, located at 304.5 degrees East, currently reaches more than 29 million cable subscribers and delivers distribution services for several premium and sports channels.

CCTV recently rebranded much of its channel line-up under the China Global Television Network (CGTN) moniker. As a result of the agreement, CCTV will expand its use of the HD format for its news and documentary style programming to viewers in the Americas. Three HD channels – CCTV-4, CGTN and CGTN Documentary – are available now on Intelsat 34. Two additional HD channels – CGTN-Français and CGTN Español – will also be deployed on Intelsat 34 in the future.

“CCTV came to Intelsat with a goal to build on our strong distribution in the Americas region by offering more high definition content to our loyal viewers,” said Chen Guang, Director of Master Control Department, Broadcast and Transmission Center, CCTV. “The high penetration of Intelsat 34 with distribution and DTH platforms in the region maximizes our ability to reach our audience with high quality programming.”

“As partners to CCTV for the last two decades, we are closely aligned with their strategy to broaden their audience base in the Americas and increase the availability of HD content to their programmers,” said Terry Bleakley, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Asia-Pacific. “Intelsat delivers a highly-penetrated distribution platform for CCTV, using teleports and managed services within our globalized network to provide maximum viewership for their programming. Our leading media neighborhoods distribute more channels to cable subscribers in the Americas than any other satellite operator.”

Supporting Resources:
• Intelsat Media Services: http://www.intelsat.com/solutions/media/
• Intelsat Video Neighborhoods: http://www.intelsat.com/solutions/media/distribution-solutions/video-neighborhoods/

About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.


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Satellite dishes reconnect Mosul to world

From http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Apr-21/402710-satellite-dishes-reconnect-mosul-to-world.ashx

MOSUL, Iraq: Satellite dishes have been sprouting on the rooftops of east Mosul since it was retaken from Daesh (ISIS), who punished anyone caught with a dish with the lash. “Now we know what is happening in the world,” Mohammad Turki says as he installed one in the Al-Qahira district.

Since Iraqi forces ousted Daesh from the half of Mosul that lies east of the Tigris River, residents have rushed to buy dishes that the militants banned as they sought to isolate their self-declared “caliphate” from the outside world.

“Today there’s huge demand,” says Turki, who installs up to five dishes a day.

“People in Mosul were cut off from the world. We didn’t know what was happening around us.”

Today, the dishes have mushroomed on rooftops across the city’s east and residents have access to news from beyond Mosul once again.

Sarmad Raad, 26, of the eastern Shaqaq al-Khadra district, says residents took significant risks to stay in touch with the outside world, installing dishes on balconies and hiding them behind canvas screens.

“If they caught you, you’d get lashes,” he says.

Main roads in Mosul are still lined with piles of rusting dishes confiscated by the militants.

Alaa, a dish salesman, says the militants forced antenna shops to close the same way they banned anyone from carrying a mobile phone.

“They would search them to make sure they weren’t selling satellite dishes. They’d monitor people and whip or imprison them,” he says.

Daesh fighters also raided and set fire to the headquarters of local television station Mosuliya.

Residents say they are keen to watch the news and to track developments in west Mosul, where Iraqi forces are still battling to oust Daesh from its last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

Daesh seized Mosul in a lightening 2014 advance across swaths of Iraq and Syria, but today the group is on the retreat.

A relative of Raad says television news lets him track “which neighborhoods have been liberated so we can be reassured that our relatives there are safe.”

Others say they are after light relief, such as soap operas or this Sunday’s El Clasico derby between Spanish football giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“Television is entertaining, especially comedy programs,” Dalal, Raad’s sister, says. But she complains that frequent power cuts make it hard to watch TV for long.

In Al-Qahira, Turki gathers his tools and heads to the house of a family who recently returned after fleeing to Baghdad when the militants arrived in 2014.

He sets about making sure the dish on the roof is pointing in exactly the right direction before going downstairs to configure the TV.

People “can’t set up the dishes on their own, they need an engineer to do it, and there’s fierce competition,” he says.

In the house, family members smile as the screen lights up with Mosuliya, the local news channel now on the air again from outside Mosul. Turki says installing the dish cost just $8.

But Alaa says demand has not yet peaked. “Today, although business is good, it hasn’t yet reached a tenth of what it was before Daesh arrived. People still have very limited means.”



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From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0E 3830 H "INC Radio DZEM 954" is Fta.
Telstar 18 138.0E GMA Life TV, GMA Pinoy TV Asia-Pacific and GMA News TV International have moved from 3735 H to 3840 H, PowerVu.

Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "Lejel Home Shopping has replaced E! Asia & Pacific" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Egg Network, Lejel Home Shopping and SBS" In have started on ,Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Space Shopping" has left
Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H "CGTN" has started on , Irdeto.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3818 V "Trading Day" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H "Cartoon Network South East Asia and Cartoon Network Philippines" are back on , PowerVu.

Measat 3 91.5E 3724 V "Kapatid TV 5 and Aksyon TV International" are encrypted again.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4147 H "Pepsi MTV Indies and MTV HD+" are now encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "Kanak News" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star world HD、Fox movies HD(STAR TV)频道新增,设置4000 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,卫视卡式台(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4040 H 29720参数无效接收。 [4月20日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Home 4K(UHD)频道新增,设置12092 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Golf HD(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号星Ku段,Nick Jr、Sports Illustrated(台湾)频道新增,设置12281 H 15000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,O!(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12322 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,TNV Planeta(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12245 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Home 4K(UHD)频道新增,设置12226 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,NHK World、TV5 Monde(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,True Sports(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [4月20日]


Australia returns to space with three mini satellites successfully launched to the Space Station

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/australia-returns-to-space-with-three-mini-satellites-successfully-launched-to-the-space-station-20170419-gvnx2o.html

Australia has returned to space with the successful launch from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday morning of three locally designed and built research satellites bound for the International Space Station.

The three mini-research satellites will join a swarm of 36 other "cubesats" from 17 countries as part of the European-led QB50 project to study the thermosphere.

Australia's future is in space

The next space race has already begun with satellites smaller than a shoe box and three Australian universities are in it to win it.

Next month, those satellites will be shot out of the space station like planetary probes to collect information on space weather and the upper edges of the atmosphere.

"These are the first Australian satellites to go into space for 15 years," said Andrew Dempster, director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at the University of NSW.

An Atlas V rocket blasts off on Wednesday carrying three Australian designed mini-satellites.

The thermosphere is a little-understood layer of the atmosphere between 200 and 400 kilometres above the Earth's surface.

It forms the planet's front-line defence against cosmic rays, solar flare radiation and other unpredictable space weather that can cause GPS units to malfunction, cause power grid fluctuations or potentially trigger mass blackouts.

The cubesats weigh just 1.3 kilograms each, are about 60 centimetres in length and are built as stacked cubes, giving them their name. The satellites will orbit Earth through the thermosphere for between six and 12 months, sending back vital data before they burn up in the denser ionosphere at speeds of 25,000 km/h.

The three satellites include Inspire-2, a project led by University of Sydney professor in space physics, Iver Cairns. Professor Cairns was at Cape Canaveral for the launch.

"I've held Inspire-2 in my hands and built parts of it," Professor Cairns said. Inspire-2 will be launched into the atmosphere in May alongside 19 other mini satellites, including the SuSAT, which was designed at the University of Adelaide.

The other Australian-built cubesat is the UNSW-EC0. It will be launched from the space station in June to study the atomic composition of the thermosphere.

"This zone of the atmosphere is poorly understood and really hard to measure," said Elias Aboutanios, project leader of the UNSW project. "It's where much of the ultraviolet and X-ray radiation from the sun collides with Earth, influencing our weather, generating auroras and creating hazards that can affect power grids and communications.

"So it's really important we learn a lot more about it. The QB50 cubesats will probably tell us more than we've ever known about the thermosphere," he added.

Many in the scientific community hope this launch will boost proposals for Australia to have a space agency and help Australia gain a competitive advantage in developing the lower cost cubesats.

"It proves that, even with modest resources, Australians can be players in space industry and research," said Joon Wayn Cheong, a research associate at UNSW's school of electrical engineering and technical lead of the UNSW-EC0 cubesat.

"UNSW-EC0 and Inspire-2 prove we can devise and build space-ready hardware which can tolerate the punishing strain of blast-off and the harsh conditions of space."

Australia and Iceland are the only OECD countries without their own space agencies. Professor Dempster hopes this will change soon.

"This is an important milestone," he told the launch meeting for the combined Australian projects at the University of Sydney last year.

"There is no excuse not to have a space program when you're responsible for an eighth of the Earth's surface."

Rain fade should never be an issue on satellite: Clear Networks

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/rain-fade-should-never-be-an-issue-on-satellite-clear-networks/

To help users with issues, satellite RSPs have told the joint NBN committee that they would like greater visibility and diagnostics on Sky Muster connections.

By Chris Duckett | April 19, 2017 -- 06:49 GMT (16:49 AEST) | Topic: Networking

While retail service providers (RSPs) are not pleased at being unable to access consumer National Broadband Network (NBN) satellite hardware by design, the network should be able to handle weather conditions that lead to so-called rain fade, the Joint Standing Committee on the NBN has been told.

Speaking to the committee in Melbourne on Wednesday, Clear Networks CEO Rob van der End said that while the NBN's Sky Muster satellite service still has "lots of gremlins", the weather should not be one of them.

"People that all of a sudden find their modem starts blinking and doesn't connect, and I know I've heard people say 'Oh, it's raining', but reality is, as satellite operators, we've dealt with rain in Far North Queensland without any issue," he said.

"The design of the network is such that it can cope with things like rain -- it's just possibly incidental that something like that comes up, and yes, Ka-band is more prone to issues to do with rain -- but if they have done their job right, got the right antenna size, rain should never really be an issue, or clouds, or any of that."

When issues do crop up with the network, the satellite RSPs feel like message passers between NBN and customers, the committee was told.

"Under the Australian Broadband Guarantee, we had a direct relationship through to the installer," van der End said. "So we knew when they were arriving, or cancelling, or whatever. Now, we've got zero visibility, and when someone doesn't show or cancel, all we are is a messenger service; we can't determine what went wrong, or hold them accountable."

Chief executive officer of Activ8me, Tony Bundrock, said he would prefer to deal directly with the companies NBN has outsourced its managed network and installation services to -- Ericsson and Skybridge, respectively.

"With all respect to NBN, they have outsourced this sort of function to both those companies," Bundrock said. "So to streamline everything, I'd like more direct access into those companies."

Activ8me said last year the NBN installation process was an absolute bugbear, and had tripled the size of its call centres in response.

"The issues are so far removed from things that we can control as an RSP, because the NBN do all of the installs, and they sub-contract that to Ericsson, who then sub-contract that to Skybridge, and that communication about that installation process is done by those third parties," Activ8me general manager Ian Roberts said in September.

"[But] the first point of call for the customer when the install fails or the installer doesn't turn up, or things don't work, is to come back to us, and they might be things that we can't resolve."

Under previous Australian Broadband Guarantee arrangements, van der End said providers had access to a much higher level of diagnostic information than is available under the NBN regime.

"We had access to that modem, we could actually see signal levels, we could see a whole lot of information -- so for a customer call, we were able to log into that modem, see that information, and determine 'Oh, you've got an issue there, your dish has come out of alignment'," he said.

"That information is no longer available. As an RSP, you have to refer to NBN. Therefore, there is an extra step involved, NBN have maybe a 10-day turnaround -- so we are talking a very long time before they will come back to us with 'This is the issue'."

To help determine whether the matter needs to be escalated to NBN, the Clear Networks CEO said having read-only access to the customer's modem, which is handled by NBN, would be helpful.

"I think it would deal with a huge percentage of those more difficult cases, because they're the ones that take time to resolve," he said.

In a submission to the NBN committee, the Northern Territory government said NBN should remove its data cap on satellite services, move users onto fixed-wireless connections, and said satellite was not suited for the weather in the Top End.

"The nature of extreme weather conditions common within the Northern Territory, especially in the coastal regions, makes satellite unreliable due to rain fade and loss of signal," the submission said.

"In a natural disaster, satellite communications are likely to fail precisely at the time a community needs them the most."

Arianespace 2017 launch plans in tatters

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/19/arianespace-2017-launch-plans-in-tatters/

This past Easter weekend saw many of the informal roadblocks in French Guiana lifted so that residents could do some essential food shopping. But the barriers stayed firmly in place on the main road from the capital Cayenne to the French space centre at Kourou, forcing a total close-down of activities at the Arianespace launch site.

Arianespace has now lost a full month of work since the March 20th start of industrial action, and satellite launches due to take place in March and April have been wholly delayed. A pair of satellites (for South Korea and Brazil) saw their March 21st launch date scrubbed, while a Eutelsat craft (E-172B) has been returned to France for safekeeping. Other satellite launches (for ViaSat and SES) are also severely delayed.

French agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) is responsible for the launch site and is headed by its president Jean-Yves Le Gall (who used to run Arianespace) and is on record as saying that it would take some 10 days to get the launch site back up and running, once the strike action is over.

Trade magazine Space Intel Report says that Arianespace had planned to handle six launch campaigns between January and April, and 12 launches this year overall. Indeed, May was always planned for zero launch activity but instead is seen as a ‘catch up’ month, if the strike can be brought to an end.

Arianespace’s CEO Stephane Israel has reportedly written to the four French parliamentarians responsible for French Guiana that 9,000 jobs in French Guiana are directly or indirectly dependent on the space centre.

A few days of industrial action can be managed by any organisation, but now the action is so severe that the insurance sector is becoming involved, and questions as to what sort of insurance cover Arianespace has in place for the consequential losses forced upon satellite owners by the strikes.

All involved are hoping that the industrial action will end this week.

Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Space_debris_problem_getting_worse_say_scientists_999.html

Scientists sounded the alarm Tuesday over the problems posed to space missions from orbital junk -- the accumulating debris from mankind's six-decade exploration of the cosmos.

In less than a quarter of a century, the number of orbiting fragments large enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, a conference in Germany heard.

And the estimated tally of tiny objects -- which can harm or degrade spacecraft in the event of a collision, and are hard to track -- is now around 150 million.

"We are very much concerned," said Rolf Densing, director of operations at the European Space Agency (ESA), pleading for a worldwide effort to tackle the mess.

"This problem can only be solved globally."

Travelling at up to 28,000 kilometres (17,500 miles) per hour, even a minute object impacts with enough energy to damage the surface of a satellite or manned spacecraft.

In 1993, monitoring by ground-based radar showed there to be around 8,000 manmade objects in orbit that were larger than 10 centimetres (4.5 inches) across, a size big enough to inflict catastrophic damage, said Holger Krag, in charge of ESA's space debris office.

"Today, we find in space roughly 5,000 objects with sizes larger than 1 metre (3.25 feet), roughly 20,000 objects with sizes over 10 centimetres... and 750,000 'flying bullets' of around one centimetre (half an inch)," he said.

"For objects larger than one millimetre (0.04 inch), 150 million is our model estimate for that."

Risks of collision are statistically remote, but rise as litter increases and more satellites are deployed.

"The growth in the number of fragments has deviated from the linear trend in the past and has entered into the more feared exponential trend," Krag warned.

The conference in Darmstadt, whose opening was broadcast online, is the biggest-ever gathering dedicated to space debris.

Experts will spend four days discussing debris and measures to mitigate space litter such as by "de-orbiting" satellites after their working lives.

- Debris fields -

Krag pointed to two events that had badly worsened the problem, creating debris fields that may generate further junk as pieces smash into each other.

The second was in January 2007, when China tested an anti-satellite weapon on an old Fengyun weather satellite.

The other was in February 2009, when an Iridium telecoms satellite and Kosmos-2251, a Russian military satellite, accidentally collided.

With enough warning, satellites can shift position to avoid a collision, but this uses fuel and potentially shortens operational life.

ESA receives a high-risk collision alert every week on average for its 10 satellites in low-Earth orbit, Krag said. Each has to resort to "one or two" avoidance manoeuvres per year.

In a message from the International Space Station, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet said the station was shielded for objects up to 1 cm across.

The ISS often has to make manoeuvres to avoid debris, but needs 24 hours' warning to do this, using onboard thrusters, he said.

If there is less time, "our crew will have to close all the hatches and enter the safe haven which is our Soyuz spacecraft so that we can depart the ISS in the case of a collision," he said. "This has happened four times in the history of the ISS programme."

- Space junkyards -

Experts pointed to two once-pristine sites that have become worryingly cluttered since the space age dawned in 1957.

One is low Earth orbit -- generally defined as less than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) from Earth -- which is used by satnav satellites, the ISS, China's manned missions and the Hubble telescope, among others.

The other is in geostationary orbit, a coveted zone 35,000 km (22,000 miles) away used by communications, weather and surveillance satellites that must maintain a fixed position relative to Earth.

The trash ranges from fuel tanks and Soviet-era nuclear-powered satellites, dripping sodium and potassium coolant from decrepit hulls, to nuts, bolts and tools dropped by spacewalking astronauts.

The items ironically include a 1.5-metre (five-feet) debris shield that floated off as it was being installed on the ISS on March 30. Lost in low orbit, the shield will eventually be plucked into Earth's atmosphere and burn up.

ABS Announces the Co-Branding of ABS-2A Capacity as MongolSat-1 Satellite

From press release

Mongolia Prime Minister witnesses the signing of Mongolsat-1 with ABS.

Ulaanbaatar, 19th April 2017 – ABS announces 12 x 27 MHz of payload on ABS-2A will be co-branded as the Mongolsat-1 satellite, dedicated to the Mongolia market.

In attendance at this historic event were Mr. Erdenebat Jargaltulga, Prime Minister of Mongolia and Mr. Enkhbold Miyegombo, Chairman of the State Great Hural (Parliament) of Mongolia. They accepted a token of appreciation from Mr. Tom Choi, CEO of ABS in honor of the event.

MongolSat-1 represents the country of Mongolia’s first co-branded satellite payload in its history. The 12×27 MHz channel satellite capacity of MongolSat-1 will be used exclusively to launch a free nationwide digital satellite TV service, telecommunications and broadband services. The new services will be available throughout the vast geography of Mongolia.

At the ceremony, ABS’ CEO Tom Choi said “ABS is especially honored and pleased to be able to co-brand part of the ABS-2A payload as MongolSat-1. ABS is very excited to be part of and assist in the dynamic growth of the Mongolian satellite market, as well as assist in its rural development in addressing the digital divide. Our goal is to deliver extremely affordable satellite services that benefit the entire society of Mongolia”.

Center – Mr. Erdenebat Jargaltulga, Prime Minister of Mongolia Right – Mr. Thomas Choi, Chief Executive Officer of ABS

About ABS

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites; ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa, and Asia. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira.

For more information, visit: www.absatellite.com

(Craig's comment, some other news reported this as Mongolia launching their own satellite. Which is nonsense its rebranding capacity on another satelllite, the beams are listed here Ku band , http://www.absatellite.com/satellite-fleet/?sat=abs2a )

DISH wins pirate IPTV court case​

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/19/dish-wins-pirate-iptv-court-case%e2%80%8b/

A US federal court has ruled that the owners of the Lool IPTV service unlawfully streamed international television channels to users in the United States in violation of rights held by pay-TV operator DISH.

As part of the ruling, the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered a $1,050,000 (€980,000) judgement in favour of DISH from defendants Lool Tech Co., Limited and Shenzhen Bilinren Technology Co., Ltd., d/b/a Shenzhen Lool Tech Co., Ltd.

“DISH works diligently with international programmers to legally deliver their content to consumers in the United States,” said Alex Fonoroff, senior corporate counsel at DISH. “This judgment makes it clear that the courts will not stand by and allow unauthorised services like Lool to profit at the expense of consumers, programmers, and lawful providers.”

According to the court’s final judgement, the Lool defendants retransmitted channels in which DISH holds exclusive rights, and copyrighted works that air on those channels, to users of their Lool IPTV service. In doing so, the court held that Lool directly infringed DISH’s exclusive rights to distribute and publicly perform the works that air on the channels.

The court also found that Lool further violated DISH’s rights by using the Lool IPTV boxes to share pirated content between users, and that the Lool defendants encouraged this activity rather than taking simple steps to prevent it. As a result of the ruling, the Lool defendants and entities affiliated with them, including retailers and other sellers of the Lool IPTV device, are permanently enjoined from copying, retransmitting, distributing, and promoting channels in violation of DISH’s rights.

DISH confirmed that it is enforcing the order against retailers who sell the Lool IPTV box and similar devices, including working with local investigators to identify retailers who sell the Lool IPTV box. DISH is also enforcing the order against Internet Service Providers that support the defendants’ service, which will result in the partial or complete termination of the Lool IPTV service for users in the United States.

IPL 2017 Piracy

From indiantelevision.com

That the Indian Premier League has become one of the most valuable sports properties globally is a well-documented fact. The audience in India stays glued to its sets late into the night watching action between the various teams. Ditto with the audience in the UK, US, West Indies, Australia (where matches are watched in the wee hours of the morning).

And, even though the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has assigned the telecast rights for fat sums to broadcasters and streaming platforms in India and almost every major nation, the fact remains that piracy continues to dog the telecast of the IPL as well as most other major sport tournaments.

Anti-piracy UK-based company Friends MTS kept a tab on the first weekend (7-9 April) of the ongoing IPL 2017 tournament. And, alarmingly, it discovered that more than 1,700 unique URLs were telecasting IPL -- illegally. It also detected more than 211 unique servers, 122 pirate streams, 51 hosting sites,  and 23 infrastructure providers serving the 1,700 unique URLs.

To top it all, while one of the streams was delivering at 1080p, at least 16 of them were being delivered at 720p and 37 of them at 360p. While the first two could offer a near-HD experience on HD sets, the 360p streams could have been watched on tablets, phones and even SD sets comfortably.
Amongst the top infringing sites that turned up in the Friends MTS test trace: cast4u.tv, jazztv.co,  04stream.com,  darksideiptv.com,,,, aliez-player.gcdn.co,  fblive-a.akamaihd.net,  globiptv.com,  lightspeed.sytes.net , root-iptv.is-found.org, tv2iptv.com and webtv.ws.
Friends MTS executive vice-president global sales and marketing Paul Hastings says that piracy is bleeding the legitimate pay TV industry which has coughed up top dollar for the IPL rights. “These folks who are watching the IPL streams online on illegal sites or on IPTV platforms are avoiding paying the subscription fees to those who are telecasting legitimately. And this incidence is only rising,” says he.

His company has been working with satellite platform Sky in the UK and has embedded its ASiD security solution in nearly 10 million STBs.  ASiD uses a sophisticated but lightweight watermarking technology, coupled with Friends MTS’ global monitoring platform, to identify originating subscriber accounts that are being used to retransmit live channels and events.  The technology can be implemented without any changes to the video delivery infrastructure, and enables accounts to be identified and video access blocked within just minutes.
According to Paul, with sporting rights costs escalating, sports associations and bodies and broadcasters will perforce have to keep a strict watch on economic leakages by pirates in order to get the true value for the content.
Points out pay TV technology firm Castle Media executive director Vynsley Fernandes: “Finding potential illegal streams on the internet has been the crusade of most CAS/DRM providers and, with advanced techniques in forensic watermarking services, which can identify the source of an illegal stream in under five minutes, it is now being perfected to a fine art. Though, there are no absolute safeguards against a potential illegal streamer posting stream URLs on the internet, there are now excellent ones in finding the offender.”
Fernandes is assisting MTS Friends as it looks at providing security solutions to India’s bubbling with potential pay TV and streaming services segment.

“Pay TV, streaming and telco (via video) ARPUs in India can go up if piracy is checked,” says he. “If platforms and broadcasters realize more revenues they will be more open to paying higher fees to acquire rights for the various sports – like cricket, football, kabaddi -  that have established themselves  in the country as well as new sports that are emerging. It will lead to the development of a healthy sports broadcast and overall sports ecosystem."
Says a media observer: “In India, Sony Pictures Networks’ India is celebrating its 10th and possibly final year of telecasting the IPL as the new auctioning process for the next five years is on the anvil. Additionally, Hotstar.com has the digital streaming rights. Whoever bags the rights when the bidding ends later this year, will have to ensure every revenue leakage is blocked as the tussle to acquire the IPL is going to send prices to stratospheric heights never seen before. My bet is that the IPL could end up being the most valuable televised sports property ever.”

Says another tech consultant: “Monetisation is going to be crucial. Hence, the BCCI, the new rights owners and platforms will have to keep a track and block every pirated signal. In India, a lot of the viewing is going to be on the mobile, and that is where a low-pixel signal -- from a pirate -- can be watched reasonably clearly.”</p>
As they say, when the stakes are high, you cannot afford to leave any corner uncovered.

(Craig's comment, thanks for the handy list of site of where to watch the IPL...!)


Sorry for the late Wednesday update

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3780 H "MTV Japan" has started on , Viaccess.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "Sky News Sport" has started on , Irdeto.

Express AM5 140.0E Gubernia has moved from 3623 R to 3620 R, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Channel 5" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "M2 TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3699 V "Vision PK" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3699 V "N TV" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H "Cartoon Network South East Asia and Cartoon Network Philippines" have left

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Klik Music, TV 5, Holla, Avava Diamond TV, Ninmedia SatPlay, Rodja TV, Arek TV, ShE, Jak TV, Universitas Terbuka TV and Tribrata TV have started on , Fta. Swarna FMTV, Sahar Urdu, Creative Channel, Iqraa Africa & Europe, NHK World TV, TVRI Nasional, Ruai TV, TV Desa, K-Drama, RT English, DW English and Jawa Pos TV" have left.

G-Sat 15 93.5E Aljazeera English has started on 11470 H, Conax.
G-Sat 15 93.5E Channel One News on 11590 H is now in clear.
G-Sat 15 93.5E APN News has started on 11470 V, clear.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11501 V "UzReport TV" has left .

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Celestial Movies Indonesia has replaced Celestial Movies" on ,Fta

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Travel & Tourism Channel has replaced Top Blockbuster" on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Khabrain Abhi Tak" has started on , Fta
Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "A2Z News" has left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Multiplex has replaced Vision Siksha" on , clear.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3731 H Many of the channels on are encrypted again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12547 H "TV Varzish" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "K-Asia" is Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3900 H "Sony Six" is Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4076 V "TRT World" has started on ,Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E Breakthru TV has started on 12602 V, Fta.

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东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 4、VTV 2替换卫视电影(K+)等3个频道,设置11629 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月18日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,News 1(印度)频道开播,设置3742 V 7000参数免费接收。 [4月18日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Kapatid TV 5、Aksyon TV(菲律宾)频道加密,设置3724 V 3030参数有条件接收。 [4月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Kix HD(高清)频道消失,设置3900 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,MTV HD Plus、Pepsi MTV Indies(高清)频道加密,设置4147 H 7200参数有条件接收。 [4月18日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,福州电视(中国)频道新增,设置3667 V 7119参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Movies、Fox Sports(4 Digital)等频道加密,设置3731 H 12500参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Fahhai TV替换Movie Hits(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Movies、Fox Sports(4 Digital)等频道加密,设置3731 H 12500参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Fahhai TV替换Movie Hits(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,History HD(高清)频道重现,设置12560 V 22500参数免费接收。 [4月17日]


Sorry no time for news update


Saturday feeds

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From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3920 V "Premier League TV has replaced TVWan Life" on , encrypted.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3780 H "BET International has replaced NickToons South East Asia" on ,Viaccess.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "Hope Channel International, Sky News Australia, Nat Geo Wild Asia, BBC World News Asia Pacific, Trace Sport Stars, Fox Asia, Fox Family Movies, Fox Action Movies and TFC Asia-Pacific have started on , Irdeto. AXN East Asia, Sony Channel Asia, NHK World TV, RT English, Macau Lotus TV, Edge Sport, Trace Urban, National Geographic Asia and Aljazeera English" have left.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 4180 H "ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD, Lifestyle Global, ANC Global, Cinema One Global, ABS-CBN Sports+Action Global and KBO" have started on , PowerVu.

Optus D2 152.0E 12519 V "Jame-Jam TV Network, IFilm English and Press TV" are back on , Fta.

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12463 H "J Sports 4, Discovery Channel Japan, LaLa TV, Movie Plus, TBS Channel 2, Gaora Sports, Fuji TV Next, Space Shower TV, Super! Drama TV and Nihon Eiga Senmon Channel" have left .

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12390 V "People's TV has replaced Viva Channel" on , encrypted.

SES 9 108.2E 11101 V "CCTV 1, CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV 6, CCTV 8, CGTN Documentary, CCTV 11,CCTV 15, CGTN, Hebei TV, Hunan TV, Fujian South East TV, Guangdong
International TV, Beijing TV, Tianjin TV, Henan TV, Liaoning TV,Hubei TV, Jiangxi TV 1, Shanxi TV, Chongqing TV, Heilongjiang TV,Nei Monggol TV, Shaanxi TV, Gansu TV, Guangdong Sports, Guangdong
Satellite TV, Phoenix Hong Kong, Warner TV Asia, Celestial Movies Asia,Xing Kong China, TVB Xing He, EBC Foreign Movie, EBC Yoyo, LS Time
Movie, EBC Drama and Channel V China have started on , encrypted.

SES 9 108.2E 12461 H Celestial Classic Movies has replaced Celestial Movies Pinoy on , Conax.

Measat 3 91.5E 3724 V "Kapatid TV 5 and Aksyon TV International" are Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H "CNN Philippines" has left .

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Celestial Movies and Thrill have started on, clear. Gem TV Asia and Arirang World" have left again.
ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "LTV Drama and ETTV Asia News have started on , Fta .LTV Asia and EBC News" have left again.
ST 2 88.0E 3662 H "ETTV Asia News has replaced EBC News" on , Fta.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11880 H FilmBox Arthouse Worldwide, , DocuBox HD, Erox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast & FunBox HD, FightBox HD and FilmBox Russia have started on\ , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Thaicom and Tiger Shopping Channel" have started on , BISS.

Thaicom 6 78.5E All channels in the 4 Digital mux on 3731 H are now in clear.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11560 H "Tiger Shopping Channel" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E Channel 9 on 3793 H is now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0E 3618 V "MyZen TV" has started on , Irdeto.

ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "TNT 4 International" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3900 H "Aath" has started on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "Shembe Unyazi TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12634 V "Khuduga HD" has started on, Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Victory TV" has left .

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东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,My Cinema(高清)频道重现,设置3760 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,History HD(高清)频道消失,设置12560 V 22500参数无效接收。 [4月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,AXN HD、Animax HD(高清)频道消失,设置12520 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Rupashi TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3799 H 4280参数无效接收。 [4月16日]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Kuraj TV、Bashkir TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12536 V 3353参数免费接收。 [4月15日]
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Australia's back in the satellite business with a new launch

From http://www.econotimes.com/Australias-back-in-the-satellite-business-with-a-new-launch-646170

The first Australian-built satellites to be launched in 15 years are set to take off this week from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Unlike the enormous satellites Australia uses for telecommunications, each of these new satellites is the size of a loaf of bread. But although small, they may provide a key step in enabling Australia’s entry into the global satellite market.

Three types of cubesats are the Australian contribution to the international QB50 mission, in which 36 satellites from different institutions around the world will carry instruments provided by the Von Karman Institute (VKI) to examine the lower thermosphere. This is a very interesting part of the atmosphere for several reasons, such as the way it disturbs GPS measurements.

The cubesats will be first delivered to the International Space Station, and then released into their orbits.

One of Australia’s entries in the cubesat race to space.

The three teams that developed the Australian cubesats are: one from UNSW, one collaboration between the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and UNSW, and one collaboration between the universities of Adelaide and South Australia.

Once the VKI instrument and support systems (power, communications, and so on) are installed, there is still room for the teams to install payloads of their own.

The UNSW cubesat, known as UNSW-EC0, is running four experiments including a GPS receiver, and two boards testing radiation-robust software and self-healing electronics. The fourth experiment is to test the satellite’s chassis, built using a 3D-printed material never before flown in space.

The launch is significant, not just because it is so long since Australia built satellites, but because it could be the start of something much bigger.

Small is good

Globally, the space industry had an estimated US$335 billion (AU$440 billion) turnover in 2015. It’s expected to reach US$1 trillion (AU$1.3 trillion) by 2030.

This is an innovation sector Australia cannot ignore, and small satellites – especially nano-satellites or cubesats – offer Australia a way in.

According to a report last month by Allied Market Research, the small satellite market is expected to be worth US$7 billion (AU$9.2 billion) by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of about 20%.

Analyst Spaceworks said in February that by 2023, the requirement for launches in the 1kg to 50kg class will be 320 to 460 satellites per year, more than 70% of them for commercial purposes.

Another analyst Euroconsult last year said there would be more than 3,500 small satellite launches in the next decade, worth US$22 billion (AU$29 billion) with launch earnings of US$5.3 billion (AU$7 billion). That’s a 76% increase over the previous decade.

Australia in space

This disruption has the potential to be more important for Australia than for any other developed nation.

Australia is the largest economy in the world not to have a space agency, which I have highlighted before, and suggested ways forward. As a result, Australia has not developed a traditional space industry.

Exploiting cubesats offers an opportunity for Australia to participate in this industry, despite the absence of an agency.

In the same way that the success of Rocket Lab forced New Zealand to establish a space agency, Australia’s success with cubesats could finally see the establishment of an agency here.

A gathering of space minds

The launch of the QB50 cubesats has been delayed several times and is currently slated for 1am (AEST) on Wednesday April 19.

So by sheer coincidence it will coincide with a gathering in Sydney of the Australian cubesat community – CUBESAT 2017: Launching Cubesats for and from Australia – that will showcase some of the remarkable progress Australia has made in recent years.

This includes three cubesat missions that have constructed satellites – QB50 mentioned above, and a further two from the Defence Science and Technology Group: Biarri (two launches of one cubesat and three cubesats) and Buccaneer (one cubesat).

A large number of Australian start-ups are looking to operate in the global small satellite market.

Several companies are developing launch capability, including Gilmour Space Technologies in Queensland. Other companies are developing ground segment capability to help manage operational satellites including Saber Astronautics in Sydney. Some are developing cubesat components such as Obelisk Systems in Maitland, New South Wales.

Ambitiously, there are also companies looking to develop cubesat constellations, which are large numbers of satellites with orbits optimised for global coverage for a range of different applications. The Australian leader at present is Fleet from Adelaide.

Government interest

CUBESAT 2017 is the second workshop of its kind. When the first was run, two years ago, there was no way then to anticipate the huge leaps Australia has made in this niche area of space.

Recently, the Space Industry Association of Australia released a white paper calling for a space agency.

There was some encouragement for the community in the response from the federal Science Minister, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, to that call when he said:

I’m quite excited at the idea of us doing more in space.

So there is hope we may see some developments.

In terms of cubesats, it is with great excitement we look forward to where we’ll be in the next two years, when perhaps we can say, with Australian-made assets in space, that the Australian space industry has finally been established.

The ConversationAndrew Dempster is Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at UNSW. He manages one of the teams that developed the cubesats mentioned and will host the workshop mentioned. He receives funding from the Australian Research Council.

Satellite swarms could increase space junk risk by 50 per cent

From https://www.newscientist.com/article/2128024-satellite-swarms-could-increase-space-junk-risk-by-50-per-cent/

Swarms of cheap “CubeSats” are currently being planned by companies who want to bring wireless internet access to every corner of the globe. But there’s nothing to stop these sprawling “megaconstellations”, which would include thousands of spacecraft, from colliding with other satellites and unleashing hazardous space debris in low Earth orbit.

Hugh Lewis at the University of Southampton in the UK has sounded the alarm about the risk of small satellite collision cascades before. That was in 2014, when 100 or so CubeSats were being launched per year.

Since then, a number of space-flight firms have announced plans to beam internet services around the globe from vast numbers of satellites, which would be known as megaconstellations. There are only 1300 working satellites in orbit now. But OneWeb, which hopes to launch in 2018, will need 648 satellites, Boeing plans a 2900-satellite fleet, and Samsung and SpaceX both plan 4000-strong swarms.

Now, Lewis and his colleagues have used a supercomputer to simulate 200 years of possible orbits for 300 different megaconstellation scenarios. Their results, revealed this week at a European Space Agency conference on space debris in Darmstadt, Germany, suggest a raft of new rules need hammering out to reduce debris risks.

The supercomputer revealed that megaconstellations boost the risks of a catastrophic collision – in which a satellite is completely destroyed – by 50 per cent.

Numbers are just one problem: the satellites required are usually small, mass-produced CubeSats that lack any motors or other ability to avoid collisions. One big fear is that debris fragments will collide with other spacecraft, causing a chain reaction known as Kessler syndrome, named after former NASA scientist Donald Kessler, who worked out the theory in 1978.

“Megaconstellations represent a unique problem, especially when comprised of CubeSats,” Kessler says. “Any benefit from the small CubeSat size is more than offset by their numbers. But also because of their small size they are more vulnerable to small debris – debris that is smaller than can be tracked by any network.”

Lewis and his colleagues call for space agencies, which regulate launches and debris mitigation measures, to bring dead satellites down sooner. Current rules order that satellites must de-orbit and burn up within 25 years after their mission ends, but that’s too long for megaconstellations, Lewis says.

The team also suggest mandating onboard propulsion systems for small satellites so they can avoid collisions and steer themselves into Earth’s atmosphere to de-orbit at the end of their lives. Making satellites smaller and lighter – to reduce collision energies – would help, too. The ESA conference will discuss these proposed measures, and others, this week.

Legally, the potential impact of megaconstellations on the orbital environment means their operators now need mandatory, rather than today’s non-binding and voluntary debris mitigation guidelines, says Christopher Newman, a space law specialist at Sunderland Law School in the UK.

“International treaties and national legislation need to impose duties on those engaged in space operations to embed more sustainable practices,” he says. “Legislators need to act to counter this growing threat to the space environment.”

Despite Fears, ABC Shuts Down Shortwave Broadcasts

From http://www.radioworld.com/global/0007/despite-fears-abc-shuts-down-shortwave-broadcasts/339517

The ABC has turned off its shortwave radio transmitters, leaving Australians in remote areas without easy access to lifeline radio

OTTAWA — On Jan. 31, state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corp. shut down its shortwave radio transmitters; ending both international broadcasts of Radio Australia and the ABC’s domestic service in Australia’s Northern Territory. The transmitters were located at ABC broadcasting facilities at Katherine, Tennant Creek, and Roe Creek (Alice Springs).

According to the ABC news release that announced the shutdown on Dec. 6 — less than two months before it took place — “The move is in line with the national broadcaster’s commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings including DAB+ digital radio, online and mobile services, together with FM services for international audiences.”

The ABC is not alone in retreating from shortwave radio transmissions. As reported in the RWI August 2016 article, “The Evolution of Shortwave Radio” (http://www.radioworld.com/digital-radio/0014/the-evolution-of-shortwave-radio/338422), the BBC World Service and Voice of America have substantially reduced their international shortwave broadcasts, while Radio Canada International, Radio Netherlands, Swiss Radio International, and Radio Sweden International ceased shortwave broadcasts altogether.

The majority of ABC audiences in the Northern Territory currently access ABC services via AM and FM and all ABC radio and digital radio services are available on the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) satellite service.” RWI requested an in-person interview with ABC for this article, but the request was denied.


Many listeners within the Northern Territory disagree with the ABC’s assertion that shortwave is no longer necessary.

The reason is that AM and FM services do not cover the entire area as shortwave did. Meanwhile, although the Australian government’s VAST satellite TV service is free to viewers who cannot access over-the-air digital television broadcasts, however, the receiving equipment costs hundreds of dollars more than a simple SW radio receiver — and is not practical for mobile Northern Australians who work outdoors. This impracticality was made clear in a Philip Somerville cartoon published by the ABC Friends Western Australia listener group. It shows a cowboy with a satellite dish mounted on his not-impressed horse’s head.

“Mark Crocombe with Thamarrurr Rangers in Wadeye on the territory’s northwest coast said his group would miss listening to ABC programs via shortwave radio while out in the field, and raised concern about access to emergency information,” reported the web site of The Australian newspaper. “Louise Bilato, executive officer with the NT Road Transport Association, said satellite services were inadequately tested on vehicles and could prove too expensive to install. ‘This would appear to be a decision made in haste, without sufficient consultation,’” Bilato said.

There is also concern that the shutdown of ABC’s international Radio Australia service will hurt Asia-Pacific nations who relied on this service as a trustworthy alternative to their own government-controlled media.

“As an example, in April 2009, after military chief Frank Bainimarama was reappointed as interim prime minister of Fiji and subsequently tightened media censorship, ABC increased its shortwave radio services targeting the region,” said Thomas Witherspoon, editor of the SWLing Post.


Money is the reason ABC decided to shut down its shortwave service to northern Australia and the world. At a time when funding is tight, the corporation decided that “the closure of shortwave radio transmission services will potentially allow for AU$1.9 million to be reinvested in expanded content and services,” said the ABC FAQ that accompanied the Dec. 6 shortwave shutdown announcements. “Part of this reinvestment includes improved FM broadcasting capabilities to some of the regions currently relying on shortwave. Domestically, the costs of transmission via shortwave radio will be reinvested in extending digital radio services into all eight capital cities.”

The ABC decided to reallocate shortwave-related funding because it believed the service didn’t have many listeners anymore. The key word here is “believed”: The corporation has publicly admitted that it did not have any actual audience numbers to base its decision on. According to an ABC news report, Garry Cratt of the SW receiver supplier Tecsun Radio Australia estimates that “5,000 people regularly use a shortwave in Australia and the Pacific to listen to ABC Radio.”

“Due to the nature of the technology and the remote locations of shortwave users, it is very difficult to ascertain with any precision the number of listeners who use the service,” said the ABC. “Expert opinion and observation estimates the number of users of the NT shortwave users to be minimal compared to other broadcast services ... There is no available data on audience numbers for the regions affected by the closure of ABC International services.”

The ABC’s position on shortwave listenership does not impress Alex Wake. He is a former ABC journalist who is now teaching journalism at RMIT University in Melbourne.

“The ABC has released very little survey data about who was listening to the shortwave services or where they were located,” said Wake. “It is known that shortwave radio-serviced Australians lived in rural and remote areas particularly in the far north of Queensland and the Northern Territory.”

“In recent years, the shortwave services were also tailored to Melanesian communities in PNG [Papua New Guinea], Solomon Islands and Vanuatu,” Wake continued. “I had a message once from a worker living with villagers on island in the remote islands of Vanuatu telling me that the villagers carefully saved their batteries so they could tune in for news bulletins from Radio Australia. Similarly I’ve had colleagues who were told that indigenous communities in northern Australia had been warned about cyclones (and were able to prepare) because they were able to listen to shortwave radio.”

Also unimpressed by the ABC’s decision to kill shortwave is Tracey Hayes. She is the chief executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association; the kind of people who need radio while on the move.

“People that live out in contracting camps or mustering stock camps or outstations, and even a lot of the people who live in the bush on cattle stations, spend probably 100 percent of their waking hours out on the land and have very minimal contact with other human beings,” Hayes told The Guardian newspaper. “You can imagine how isolating that would be without having access to the outside world via radio during the day while you’re out in the workplace. But I don’t think they (the ABC) took that into consideration.”

The ABC shortwave shutdown was decided upon without any consultation with the NTCA or other affected groups, Hayes added. “That in itself in this day and age shows a complete disregard and a level of arrogance that is not acceptable from a government-funded broadcaster,” she told The Guardian.


In a region where severe weather is a fact of life, the loss of ABC’s far-reaching, cheap-and-simple-to-receive SW service is of real concern to northern Australians and Radio Australia’s former international listeners.

“In Australia, the loss of SW-delivered weather bulletins will not be helpful during the cyclone season for those residents in isolated areas from Darwin to Perth,” said John Galt; noted shortwave listening hobbyist and author of the Shenandoah Shortwave Radio Central blog (http://johngaltfla.com/wordpress/voice-of-galt-shortwave-radio-central/). “Worse, if there is no cellphone service or local broadcast outlets, they will be dependent on receiving news about the Australia via Indonesian and Chinese broadcasters, along with what remains of the BBC Asian services broadcasting out of Singapore.”

“Beyond Australia it is a sad tale,” Galt continued. “Mariners will now have to switch to Radio New Zealand’s single shortwave transmitting outlet for news when they are within range of its lower powered broadcasts. The islanders of Polynesia and Micronesia, along with residents outside of the major cities in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, are now also dependent on any news about Australia filtered from China, Japan, the limited BBC transmissions, and Radio New Zealand.”

The ABC has responded to such concerns by offering a range of SW alternatives. “During fire and flood activity, audiences could access the ABC’s emergency broadcast through AM, as well as content from the relevant emergency body,” said the Dec. 6 ABC FAQ. “Cyclone activity is usually coastal in nature, in which case audiences are covered by FM, maritime distress frequencies, and the ABC’s close working relationship with northern indigenous broadcasters — particularly in times of emergency broadcasting.”

“Many four-wheel drive and long distance truck drivers are equipped with comprehensive long-range radio and/or satellite phones — both of which are two-way in nature and therefore more useful in an emergency than SW’s one-way path,” the ABC FAQ added. “To prepare for emergency situations, audiences are encouraged to establish safety satellite phones and tracking devices. Impacted truck drivers and travel enthusiasts (for RVs and campervans) are encouraged to access local radio via VAST six-month licenses.”

To further address the concerns of those now without shortwave service, the ABC has also published a 13-page guide to alternative services entitled “ABC Remote Radio.” Available at http://about.abc.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Jan2017_ABC-Remote-Radio-Access-Guide.pdf, the guide includes satellite imagery-based coverage maps for the ABC’s AM and FM services; none of which come close to covering the area formerly covered by shortwave.

“Keeping in mind that the ABC’s mandate specifies accessibility to all Australians, their alternatives are not realistic nor accessible for those working and living in the Outback,” said SWLing Post’s Witherspoon. Meanwhile, “The ABC’s plan to donate VAST systems to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and 4WD Radio club bases with the idea that, in regions that now lack news service, emergency and warning messages can be rebroadcast ‘as required’ seems inadequate. In the past, the Northern Territory shortwave service served this function.”

Inadequate or not, the ABC’s shortwave services are now history; leaving northern Australians and the Pacific Islands who used to rely on Radio Australia for lifeline radio to cope as best they can. The closure happened despite the opposition stated above plus objections from some Australian politicians. Now that these shortwave transmitters are dark, it seems unlikely that they ever be turned on again — barring some subsequent disaster that tragically proves how much northern Australia needs shortwave radio.

With the loss of the ABC’s shortwave service, “Emergency service warning will be lost to rural and remote areas, and information will be cut to these people,” concluded Wake. “These are generally people who have little political power in Australia; particularly villagers in remote Melanesian islands. Australia has a responsibility as a good neighbor to provide these services.”

James Careless reports on the industry for Radio World from Ottawa, Ontario.

ISRO to launch South Asia Satellite on 5 May, Pakistan not on board

From http://www.livemint.com/Science/5SjIgAKkGD2b7bvDvxrX7J/ISRO-to-launch-South-Asia-Satellite-on-5-May-Pakistan-not.html

The launch of the South Asia satellite GSAT-9 is scheduled on board ISRO’s rocket GSLV-09 from Sriharikota spaceport

Hyderabad: India plans to launch on 5 May the ‘South Asia Satellite’ that will benefit all the countries in the region, except Pakistan which is not a part of the project.

“It’s going up in the first week of May,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told PTI in a telephonic interview.

According to ISRO officials, the launch of this communication satellite (GSAT-9) is scheduled for 5 May on board the space agency’s rocket GSLV-09 from Sriharikota spaceport.

Kiran Kumar said the satellite, with a lift-off mass of 2,195 kg, would carry 12 ku-band transponders. “Pakistan is not included in that. They did not want (to be part of the project),” he said.

People aware of the matter said the satellite is designed for a mission life of more than 12 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made an announcement about this satellite during the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu in 2014 calling it a “gift to India’s neighbours.” “It (name) was changed to this (South Asia Satellite) because of that only (Pakistan not being part of it),” Kiran Kumar said.

Earlier, it was named as ‘SAARC Satellite.’ “Basically, it (the satellite) is meant for providing communication and disaster support, connectivity among States (countries of South Asia region). It will provide a significant capability to each of these participating States in terms of DTH, certain VSAT capacity plus linking among the states for both disaster information transfer and also in terms of library type of things,” he said.

“So, there is a significant amount of inter-linking possible among the States (these countries),” Kiran Kumar said. According to ISRO officials, there is a potential for each participating country to use a dedicated transponder with a capacity of 36 to 54 Mhz for its own internal use. Each country would be responsible for content generation and its use, they said.

Rocket launch in 360° 3D

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/18/rocket-launch-in-360-3d/

On April 18th a giant Atlas-5 rocket will launch a scientific satellite from Cape Canaveral in Florida. This is something of a routine launch, but what makes this special is that the United Launch Alliance (ULA), which looks after the Atlas launches, is capturing the complete exercise in 360° 3D.

Users of Google’s 360-degree devices can download a live feed, which opens at 11.11am Eastern Daylight Time (16.11 BST, 17.11 Paris time). YouTube supports playback of 360-degree videos on computers using Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera browsers. Viewers may use the YouTube app to view the launch on a smart phone. Those who own virtual reality headsets will be able to look around and experience the view as if they were actually standing on the launch pad.

The Orbital-ATK satellite launch allows NASA and ULA to place the viewer safely at the base of the rocket when normally the typical viewing distance is many miles away.

Only 3% of MENA channels HD

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/13/only-3-of-mena-channels-using-high-def/

A report from speciality satellite channel facility business Noorsat, and following on from the recent CabSat show in Dubai, says that although 80 percent of viewers in the region are already equipped to receive High-Definition TV, the region is lagging behind the rest of the world. For example, of the 1,500 channels broadcasting in the region, less than 3 percent are doing so in HD with many broadcasters deterred by the cost of investing in more capacity, says Noorsat.

Noorsat, which mainly supplies leased capacity from the Nilesat/Eutelsat joint-positions of 7/8 degrees West as well as Arabsat’s Badr fleet at 25.5 degrees East., says that it was involved in many discussions at CabSat with potential clients looking to make the switch to HD.

Based in Bahrain and Amman, Jordan, Noorsat says it is now carrying more than 350 TV and radio channels,


Monday, no update


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday, no update|


Easter break, back on Tuesday

Some of the missing channel on Optus D2 have returned , Press TV, Ifilm etc

Chinasat 16 has launched to 110.5E

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

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Stingray and Foxtel Extend Long-Term Distribution Agreement

From http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stingray-foxtel-extend-long-term-111500991.html

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Apr 13, 2017) - Stingray Digital Group Inc. (TSX:RAY.A)(TSX:RAY.B), a leading business-to-business multiplatform music services provider, today announced it has extended its exclusive distribution agreement with leading Australian pay TV provider, Foxtel.

Under the terms of the renewed agreement, Stingray - which acquired Digital Music Distribution Pty. Ltd. (DMD), one of Australia's most prominent digital music services providers, in December 2015 - will continue providing Foxtel with audio music channels on television in addition to new digital music services: the Stingray Music mobile app and web player, and background music for commercial clients (in-store music).

•Exclusive distribution agreement renewed for an additional five (5) years and three (3) months.
•In addition to the selection of audio music channels currently available on television, Foxtel residential subscribers will soon have access to the Stingray Music mobile app and web player.
•The Stingray Music mobile app and web player provide access to the same popular curated audio channels as are available on television.
•Through its commercial services division, Stingray Business, Stingray will provide Foxtel with background music services for commercial clients.


"We are extremely pleased with this expanded and renewed agreement which, in addition to consolidating our position in Australia as the top provider of digital music services for individuals and businesses, confirms our role as a strategic music partner for entertainment content providers," said Eric Boyko, President, Co-founder, and CEO of Stingray. "Today's announcement is a reflection of our commitment to the Australian market. We are happy to be working with Foxtel in our endeavor to bring the best curated music products to music fans in the region."

"Stingray's expertise in music content and delivery has become an integral part of Foxtel's industry leading entertainment offering," said Deanne Weir, Managing Director - Content Aggregation and Wholesale. "The addition of their digital music services for our residential and commercial customers adds even more value to a Foxtel subscription and helps us to effortlessly connect Australian's to the stories, and songs, they love."

China’s highest-capacity communications satellite launched into orbit

From https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/04/12/chinas-highest-capacity-communications-satellite-launched-into-orbit/

A Long March 3B rocket blasted off Wednesday with China’s Shijian 13/Chinasat 16 communications satellite. Credit: Xinhua

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket fired into space Wednesday with Shijian 13, also known as Chinasat 16, to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of China, airline travelers and high-speed trains.

The Shijian 13 satellite also has an experimental mission to test laser communications technology and electric thrusters to maintain its position in geostationary orbit.

The spacecraft — with a launch weight of approximately 10,100 pounds (4,600 kilograms) — took off at 1104 GMT (7:04 a.m. EDT; 7:04 p.m. Beijing time) Wednesday from the Xichang space center in southwestern China.

The 184-foot-tall (56-meter) Long March 3B rocket, boosted by four liquid-fueled strap-on engines, ascended into a cloudy sky over the Xichang space base nestled in a mountain valley in China’s Sichuan province, then turned east to send the Shijian 13 satellite into orbit.

After shedding its four boosters and hydrazine-burning first and second stages, the Long March 3B ignited its dual-nozzle YF-75 third stage engine, fueled by liquid hydrogen, to place the Shijian 13 satellite into a preliminary geostationary transfer orbit.

The mission aimed to release Shijian 13 into an elliptical, egg-shaped orbit with a high point nearly 22,300 miles (around 35,800 kilometers) above Earth, and a low point a few hundred miles up.

Amateur videos shared on social media showed Wednesday’s Long March 3B rocket launch from vantage points very close to the launch pad at Xichang.

The spacecraft carries a hybrid propulsion system, with a conventional liquid-fueled thruster to reshape its orbit over the equator and circularize its altitude at 22,300 miles, where Shijian 13 will fly around Earth at the same rate of the planet’s rotation.

More efficient electric thrusters will take over station-keeping duties once the satellite reaches its planned operating slot at 110.5 degrees east longitude, a position with constant views of China and the Asia-Pacific.

Manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology, Shijian 13 is the first Chinese satellite to rely on electric thrusters, which were tested in orbit on an earlier Chinese demonstration craft. Communications satellites built in Russia, the United States and Europe have employed electric propulsion for station-keeping for years.

The electric propulsion system is more efficient and lighter than conventional rocket thrusters.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency described Shijian 13 as the country’s first high-throughput satellite, a class of telecom relay spacecraft capable of delivering more bandwidth and capacity to end users by reusing frequency allocation and targeting high-demand regions with spot beams.

Xinhua reported that Shijian 13, designed for a 15-year lifetime, has a higher message capacity than the combined capacity of all of China’s previous communications satellites.

“The launch is a milestone for China’s communications satellite technology,” said Tian Yulong, chief engineer of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, in Xinhua’s report on Wednesday’s mission.

Shijian 13’s Ka-band communications payload can accommodate more than 20 gigabits per second of data throughout, according to China Great Wall Industry Corp., China’s commercial launch provider, which issued a statement after Wednesday’s launch.

Engineers will put Shijian 13 through tests to check the function of its broadband communications payload, an on-board laser link terminal, and its electric thrusters.

China Satcom will take over operations of the satellite, which it calls Chinasat 16, once the in-orbit testing is complete.

“The satellite is able to provide 26 user beams covering China and offshore areas, and will service for distance learning, medicine, internet access, airborne and maritime communications and emergency communications,” China Satcom said on its website.

Airbus and Intelsat General Partnership Means Greater Coverage and More Capacity in X-band and UHF

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Airbus_and_Intelsat_General_Partnership_Means_Greater_Coverage_and_More_Capacity_in_X_band_and_UHF_999.html

We have entered a strategic alliance with Airbus Defence and Space that will give our customers access to the X and UHF frequency bands using the Skynet satellite constellation, increasing our capabilities and services in the Asia Pacific region.

"This new partnership will enable Intelsat General to offer Skynet services to their already strong existing customer base," said Richard Franklin, head of secure communications at Airbus Defence and Space.

"The services will notably be using the newly relocated Skynet 5A satellite and enable users to operate in the Asia Pacific regions, and augment and complement their existing services."

The hardened Skynet fleet of seven satellites complements Intelsat EpicNG, our high-throughput satellite (HTS) platform.

Three of these HTS spacecraft, Intelsat 29e, 32e and 33e, are currently in service with the most advanced digital payload on a commercial spacecraft. The latest, Intelsat 33e, entered service on January 29 operating from 60 degrees East, extending Intelsat's high-throughput satellite services in C, Ku- and Ka-band to the Asia Pacific region, among other areas.

Airbus moved its Skynet 5A satellite from 6 degrees East to 95 degrees East to provide global X-band and UHF coverage in the Asia Pacific region. Skynet X-band coverage and services are now extended from 178 degrees West to 163 degrees East. Intelsat General is committed to always accommodating customer requirements, including purchasing third-party capacity when necessary.

X-band is a special frequency set aside for government and military use. Extremely low rates of atmospheric attenuation means that X-band SATCOM remains reliable in harsh weather conditions, even when using very small terminals.

X-band's position on the RF spectrum also allows for higher throughput, delivering more voice, data and imagery without the need for spread spectrum techniques.

Together, Intelsat General and Airbus will help augment the satellite capacity that is currently available in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region with highly resilient military satellite communication services.

It is well known that there is not as much capacity in APAC as there is in areas such as EMEA, and the global satellites operators do not have as much flexibility to respond to sudden increases in usage. Other SATCOM available in the region only offers fragmented spectrum and is owned wholly or partly by non-U.S. government agencies.

The theater of space is going through a period of transformation, and Intelsat General is committed to remaining the best possible resource for its government customers. Whether it requires third-party capacity, next-generation satellite performance or new approaches such as managed services, we'll always be there supporting the warfighter.

India: Hybrid STB from Airtel

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/13/india-hybrid-stb-from-airtel/

Airtel Digital TV, the DTH arm of Indian multiplay operator Bharti Airtel, has launched ‘Internet TV’ – India’s first hybrid STB, powered by Android TV, which brings the best of online content to the TV screen along with a bouquet of over 500 plus satellite TV channels.

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ transforms any TV into a Smart TV and enables users to switch seamlessly between online and linear TV content with a single device. With consumption of online content within Indian Homes increasing rapidly, Airtel ‘Internet TV’ will offer customers a superior experience by enabling them to enjoy their favourite content on the biggest screen in their Homes. Customers can now stream and cast their favourite content directly on to their TV as well download their favourite apps and play games. All of this along with the best satellite TV experience with 500 plus satellite TV channels offers the complete Home entertainment experience.

Sunil Taldar, CEO & Director – DTH, Bharti Airtel said: “Growing broadband penetration is driving the popularity of online content, particularly in urban homes, and with Airtel ‘Internet TV’ we are bringing world-class content from the web and much more to the TV screen. This latest innovation has been designed keeping in mind the needs of Indian homes and it bridges the gap between online and offline worlds to enable an end to end entertainment experience with the convenience of a single device. We will continue to add exciting content platforms to Airtel ‘Internet TV’ and invite customers to experience this innovative offering.”

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ comes preloaded with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Music, Google Play Games, Airtel Movies and more. It also comes with access to Google Play Store that allows users to download their favourite apps, content and games on to their TV.

“India is one of the most important and vibrant countries in the world and we are delighted to be teaming up with Airtel to make it much easier for consumers to enjoy Netflix,” said Reed Hastings, Co-founder and CEO of Netflix. “In the months and years to come, we look forward to bringing our Indian members more compelling stories from all over the world, an ever-improving viewing experience and incredible joy.”

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ comes with inbuilt-Wi-Fi receiver, Bluetooth based remote control and is integrated with Google voice search feature. Customers can discover their favourite content by simply telling the remote and choose from a variety of content sources.

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ STB is 4K content ready and enables Live TV shows to be paused, recorded or even rewound. It also supports content via USB (external HD) and Bluetooth. Customers can also cast, mirror content from mobile devices, tablets and laptops on to the TV screen with Airtel ‘Internet TV’.

Gaming enthusiasts can make the most of the Internet TV with the best of gaming apps for an experience that is truly larger than life. Gamers can use physical game controllers, or even their smartphones as a game pad with Internet TV.

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ STB requires a broadband or a 4G hotspot connection with a minimum recommended speed of 4 Mbps for a smooth online experience. A regular Airtel Digital TV dish antenna will also be a part of the installation. Existing Airtel Digital TV customers can also upgrade their existing STBs to ‘Internet TV’ STB.

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ is priced at Rs. 4999/- (€72.85) with a three-month Digital TV subscription. Also, as limited period offer customers can pay Rs. 7999/- and get the Airtel Internet TV with one-year subscription.

Airtel has also rolled out bundled offers for its home broadband customers. ‘Internet TV’ Customers just need to register for myHOME on MyAirtel app and can avail upto 25GB additional data on their Airtel broadband account every month.

DTH operators require 68 additional transponders, says Venkaiah Naidu

From http://www.televisionpost.com/dth/dth-operators-require-68-additional-transponders-says-venkaiah-naidu/

MUMBAI: Direct-to-home (DTH) operators require 68 additional transponders to accommodate more television channels on their platform.

“As on date, there is a committed demand from the DTH service providers for 68 more transponders,” said Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

The requirement of satellite transponder capacity for DTH services has been increasing with increase in demand for high-definition (HD) channels. Until 31 March 2017, the number of satellite transponders (36 MHz equivalent) in use for DTH stood at 104.

This is a jump from 87 transponders in use until 31 March 2016. The transponders in use for the previous three financial years oscillated between 73 in 2016 and 78 in 2016.

Venkaiah-Naidu1“As intimated by the Department of Space (DoS), the requirement of satellite transponder capacity for DTH services has been increasing with increase in demand for HD channels. The total satellite transponder capacity used by the DTH operators presently stands at 104 transponders,” said Naidu.

Providing the growth of usage of satellite transponders by DTH service providers in India over the last five years, Naidu informed the Lok Sabha that the demand had grown from 76 transponders in March 2013 to 104 in March 2017.

Naidu also said that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had on 29 March issued recommendations on infrastructure sharing in television broadcasting and distribution sector. The objectives of these recommendations were to enable a policy environment for facilitating sharing of infrastructure in the TV broadcasting and distribution sector on voluntary basis, the minister added.

Infrastructure sharing is expected to enhance available distribution network capacities, leading to reduction in capital and operative expenditure for the service providers, thus bringing down the price of broadcasting services to the subscribers. In addition, it would lower the entry barriers for new service providers and provide more space on broadcasting distribution networks for niche channels.

He also stated that the MIB had not received any proposal from DTH operators for sharing of satellite transponders and earth station facilities with other DTH players and distribution platforms.

Currently, all six DTH operators uplink the signals of TV channels to different satellites located at different orbital slots. The majority of channels transmitted by the DTH operators are replicated across multiple platforms.

This creates capacity constraints and a significant cost burden for each operator, making the service expensive. In this scenario, enabling sharing of infrastructure may address the issue of demand–supply mismatch of transponders, Naidu said.


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Nokia, nbn Australia explore ultra-broadband future

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/12/nokia-nbn-australia-explore-ultra-broadband-future/

Australia’s nbn [national broadband network] has successfully tested Nokia’s universal NG-PON fibre solution in Nokia’s Melbourne lab facility. The trial achieved aggregate broadband speeds of 102Gbps on a single fibre and demonstrated the dynamic provisioning of bandwidth to support surging data demand from residential and business customers.

Universal NG-PON converges TWDM-PON (also known as NG-PON2), XGS-PON and GPON technology on the same fibre, and provides a simple upgrade path from current fibre technology used in FTTP deployments.

Easily deployed as an overlay on existing fibre networks, TWDM-PON and XGS-PON can save the time and additional cost that typically comes with laying new fibre. TWDM-PON provides four or more wavelengths on a fibre, each capable of supporting asymmetrical or symmetrical bit rates of 2.5Gbps or 10Gbps for a total of 40Gbps. XGS-PON uses one wavelength to provide either 10Gbps symmetrical or asymmetrical bit rates.

nbn was able to trial the different PON technologies using Nokia’s universal next-generation PON solution. This included:
•TWDM-PON with 40Gbps symmetrical
•XGS-PON with 10Gbps symmetrical
•GPON with 2.5Gbps

Collectively, the technologies delivered download and upload speeds of more than 102Gbps aggregate over a single shared access fibre.

With the ability to significantly expand the data capacity delivered, TWDM-PON could allow customers to download a two-hour, 4K-quality video in seconds. With the use of advanced software, the technology can also enable the dynamic provision of data capacity on the network, giving operators such as nbn new options to flexibly meet changing user needs.

nbn continues to innovate and invest in technologies that will offer its business and residential customers the speed and quality of service required in the future. The successful test of TWDM-PON and XGS-PON is the latest in a number of trials nbn has conducted with Nokia across fibre and copper, including XG-FAST.

“Our successful trial of NG-PON2 technology with Nokia is another example of our ongoing commitment to continually develop the capabilities and speed of the nbn network,” noted Dennis Steiger, Chief Technology Officer of nbn. “While we continue to deploy the nbn network at pace with over two million end-users now receiving nbn services and nearly five million able to order a service, we also have a very sharp focus on the future. The NG-PON2 trials we have conducted with Nokia have shown us the huge potential this very exciting technology has in terms of helping us deliver on our future bandwidth and capacity requirements.”

“nbn is a valued and long-term customer, and we are committed to bringing our latest innovations to them and the country of Australia,” confirmed Ray Owen, head of Oceania at Nokia. “The trial of our universal NG-PON solution reflects that commitment, and demonstrates how we can help evolve nbn’s network now and in the long term to meet the increasing data demand of subscribers across the country.”

China preparing to launch Shijian-13 high-speed telecom satellite aboard Long March 3B

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/china-national-space-administration/china-preparing-launch-shijian-13-high-speed-telecom-satellite-aboard-long-march-3b/

China appears to be on the cusp of launching the Shijian-13 high-speed telecommunications satellite atop their heavy-lift Long March 3B rocket. Though no solid launch window has been announced, it has been reported that the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) stated that April 2017 is the targeted timeframe, and data seems to be coalescing around an April 12, 2017, date.

As with other geosynchronous orbit-bound missions, it will launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China.

High-speed communications for high-speed travelers

The new satellite will provide high-bandwidth – greater than 20 gigabits per second – communications and Internet service to China’s air and rail passengers, and will continue the trend of using domestically sourced hardware wherever possible.

The satellite, built on the indigenous DFH-3B spacecraft bus, is estimated to tip the scales at 10,141 pounds (4,600 kilograms), fully fueled. Shijian-13 will use an electric engine to boost its orbit to its slot 22,236 miles (35,786 kilometers) above the equator at 110.5 degrees East longitude. It marks the first Chinese satellite to use electric propulsion.

Beyond providing commercial telecommunications services, the satellite will also host experimental space-to-ground laser communication hardware.

Reliable rocket to take flight once more

China’s workhorse Long March 3B has been tapped to deliver the 4.6-metric-ton spacecraft to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). The rocket has launched 38 times – notching 36 successes, 1 partial failure, and 1 total failure – across both its standard (3B) and enhanced (3B/E) configurations.

While it’s not clear which version of the 3B will be used for the mission, the 3B has not been used since the launch of twin BeiDou navigation satellites on July 25, 2015. The following 11 launches have all been on the Long March 3B/E variant.

The rocket is a three-stage launch vehicle, with four supplemental liquid-fueled strap-on boosters. Outfitted in the more likely enhanced configuration, the rocket is capable of lofting 12,100 pounds (5,500 kilograms) to GTO.

At liftoff, the first stage’s YF-21C engine and the supplemental power supplied by the single YF-25 on each of the four boosters provide 1,331,600 pounds-force (5,923.2 kilonewtons) of sea-level thrust. The boosters operate for 140 seconds, with the first stage lasting nearly 20 seconds longer.

The second stage is powered by a YF-24E propulsion package, consisting of a single YF-22E engine and four YF-23C vernier thrusters. In total, the YF-24E provides 177,419 pounds-force (789.2 kilonewtons) of thrust and operates for slightly more than three minutes.

Like its first stage and booster siblings, the second stage’s YF-24E burns a relatively inefficient mixture of nitrogen tetroxide and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH).

The 3B/E’s third stage is outfitted with a single YF-75 engine, producing 37,850 pounds-force (167.17 kilonewtons) of vacuum thrust and burning a mixture of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. This stage can operate for nearly eight total minutes across two ignitions.

This will mark China’s fourth launch of this year (2017).

Long March 3B launches experimental ChinaSat-16 satellite

From https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/04/long-march-3b-chinasat-16-launch/

The Chinese returned to launch action with the lofting of a new experimental communications satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The launch was conducted by the Long March 3B G2 ‘Chang Zheng-3B/G2’ (Y43) from the LC2 Launch Complex at the Sichuan province site, with T-0 noted as 11:02 UTC.

Chinese Launch:

The 4.6-tonne satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and is based on the DFH-3B satellite platform. According to state media reports, the satellite will be named Shijian-13 during its test program phase, before being renamed ChinaSat 16 when it is transferred to China SatCom.

The new satellite will test a new electric propulsion system to be used for orbit raising and station keeping at a geosynchronous altitude. It also carries the first high-throughput satellite payload (HTS) developed by China.

The satellite features a Ka-band broadband communications system capable of transmitting 20 gigabytes of data per second, making it the most powerful communications satellite the nation has developed to date.

According to Wang Min, deputy head of the CAST’s Institute of Telecommunication Satellite, ChinaSat-16 will provide better access to the Internet on planes and high-speed trains, with the increase in satellite throughput provided by the new satellite that will be located at 110.5° East.

The satellite is able to provide 26 user beams covering China and offshore areas – allowing it to also cover airborne and maritime communications and emergency communications, using Ka-band satellite broadband and multimedia services.

With a lifetime of 15 years, the satellite will be operated by China Satcom.

The satellite will also conduct space-to-ground laser communications experiments.

The DFH-3 (Dongfanghong-3) platform is a medium-capacity telecommunications satellite platform designed and developed by CAST.

The platform can be used for multiple telecommunications payloads for providing a range of services, including fixed communication, international satellite communication, national and regional communication, wideband data communication, mobile communication and direct broadcast; military communication, spacecraft tracking and data relay.

It comprises six subsystems: control, power, propulsion, measurement & control, structure and thermal control subsystem. The platform configuration features module subdivision, which includes a communication module, propulsion module, service module and solar array.

The platform adopts three-axis stabilized attitude control mode, with solar array output power of 1.7 kw by the end of its design lifetime. Its mass is 2,100kg with payload capacity 220kg.

The DFH-3 satellite platform has been successfully applied in the Beidou navigation test satellite, and other satellites, all of which are currently operating normally.

During numerous flight missions, the maturity and reliability of the DFH-3 platform have been proved. Moreover, it has strong expansion capacity and can be upgraded to some space exploration missions, such as meteorological satellite and lunar resource satellite services.

Its onboard Ion thrusters are designed for a wide variety of missions.

These thrusters have high specific impulses, that is, ratio of thrust to the rate of propellant consumption, so they require significantly less propellant for a given mission than would be needed with chemical propulsion.

Ion propulsion is even considered to be mission enabling for some cases where sufficient chemical propellant cannot be carried on the spacecraft to accomplish the desired mission.

Launch vehicle and launch site:

To meet the demand of international satellite launch market, especially for high power and heavy communications satellites, the development of Long March-3B (Chang Zheng-3B) launch vehicle started in 1986 on the basis of the fight proven technology of Long March launch vehicles.

Developed from the Chang Zheng-3A, the Chang Zheng-3B is at the moment the most powerful launch vehicle on the Chinese space launch fleet.

The CZ-3B features enlarged launch propellant tanks, improved computer systems, a larger 4.2 meter diameter payload fairing and the addition of four strap-on boosters in the core stage that provide additional help during the first phase of the launch.

The rocket is capable of launching a 11,200 kg satellite to a low Earth orbit or a 5,100 kg cargo to a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

The CZ-3B/G2 (Enhanced Version) launch vehicle was developed from the CZ-3B with a lengthened first core stage and strap-on boosters, increasing the GTO capacity up to 5,500kg.

On May 14, 2007, the first flight of CZ-3B/G2 was performed successfully, accurately sending the NigcomSat-1 into pre-determined orbit. With the GTO launch capability of 5,500kg, CZ-3B/G2 is dedicated for launching heavy GEO communications satellite.

The rocket structure also combines all sub-systems together and is composed of four strap-on boosters, a first stage, a second stage, a third stage and payload fairing.

The first two stages, as well as the four strap-on boosters, use hypergolic (N2O4/UDMH) fuel while the third stage uses cryogenic (LOX/LH2) fuel. The total length of the CZ-3B is 54.838 meters, with a diameter of 3.35 meters on the core stage and 3.00 meters on the third stage.

On the first stage, the CZ-3B uses a YF-21C engine with a 2,961.6 kN thrust and a specific impulse of 2,556.5 Ns/kg. The first stage diameter is 3.35 m and the stage length is 23.272 m.

Each strap-on booster is equipped with a YF-25 engine with a 740.4 kN thrust and a specific impulse of 2,556.2 Ns/kg. The strap-on booster diameter is 2.25 m and the strap-on booster length is 15.326 m.

The second stage is equipped with a YF-24E (main engine – 742 kN / 2,922.57 Ns/kg; four vernier engines – 47.1 kN / 2,910.5 Ns/kg each). The second stage diameter is 3.35 m and the stage length is 12.920 m.

The third stage is equipped with a YF-75 engine developing 167.17 kN and with a specific impulse of 4,295 Ns/kg. The fairing diameter of the CZ-3B is 4.00 meters and has a length of 9.56 meters.

The CZ-3B can also use the new Yuanzheng-1 (“Expedition-1”) upper stage that uses a small thrust 6.5 kN engine burning UDMH/N2O4 with a specific impulse at 3,092 m/s.

The upper stage is able to conduct two burns, having a 6.5 hour lifetime and is capable of achieving a variety of orbits. This upper stage wasn’t used on this launch.

The typical flight sequence for the CZ-3B/G2 sees the launch pitching over 10 seconds after liftoff from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. The boosters shutdown 2 minutes and 7 seconds after liftoff, with separation from the first stage one second later. First stage shutdown takes place at 1 minutes 25 seconds into the flight.

Separation between the first and second stage takes place at 1 minute 26 seconds, following fairing separation at T+3 minutes 35 seconds. Stage 2 main engine shutdown occurs 326 seconds into the flight, following by the shutdown of the vernier engines 15 seconds later.

Separation between the second and the third stage and the ignition of the third stage takes place one second after the shutdown of the vernier engines of the second stage. The first burn of the third stage will last for 4 minutes and 44 seconds.

After the end of the first burn of the third stage is followed by a coast phase that ends at T+20 minutes and 58 seconds with the third stage initiating its second burn. This will have a 179 seconds duration. After the end of the second burn of the third stage, the launcher initiates a 20 second velocity adjustment maneuver. Spacecraft separation usually takes place at T+25 minutes 38 seconds after launch.

The first launch from Xichang took place at 12:25 UTC on January 29, 1984, when the Chang Zheng-3 (Y-1) was launched the Shiyan Weixing (14670 1984-008A) communications satellite into orbit.

The Xichang Satellite Launch Centre is situated in the Sichuan Province, south-western China and is the country’s launch site for geosynchronous orbital launches.

Equipped with two launch pads (LC2 and LC3), the center has a dedicated railway and highway lead directly to the launch site.

The Command and Control Centre is located seven kilometers south-west of the launch pad, providing flight and safety control during launch rehearsal and launch.

The CZ-3B launch pad is located at 28.25 deg. N – 102.02 deg. E and at an elevation of 1,825 meters.

Other facilities on the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre are the Launch Control Centre, propellant fuelling systems, communications systems for launch command, telephone and data communications for users, and support equipment for meteorological monitoring and forecasting.

SAARC pay-TV market to reach $16bn

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/12/saarc-pay-tv-market-to-reach-16bn/

According to market research firm Dataxis, the major SAARC countries (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka) plus Myanmar will see their pay-TV market doubled by 2021, to reach $16 billion (€15.09) compared to just $8 billion in 2016. Altogether these countries represent close to 25 per cent of the world population.

India is by far the biggest pay-TV market and accounts for 80 per cent of the region’s pay-TV revenues. In terms of pay-TV subscribers, India will reach 215 million subscribers in 2021 compared to 177 million in 2016.

Dataxis also predicts a double-digit growth in pay-TV revenues for all other countries. Bangladesh and Myanmar are going to enjoy the highest growth.

Total pay-TV subscriber will climb to 270 million in 2021 compared to 210 million in 2016

Lifespan of every fifth Russian satellite already over — Roscosmos

From http://tass.com/science/940827

More than 20% of spacecraft in the orbit operate longer than envisaged by their life expectancy

Russian space rocket center receives first tested engines for Soyuz spacecraft

MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. Every fifth Russian satellite currently in the orbit is operating beyond its expected life span, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos space corporation said in an interview with Russia’s Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily Wednesday.

"More than 20% of spacecraft in the orbit operate longer than envisaged by their life expectancy," Igor Komarov said in an interview published on the Cosmonautics Day, marked on Wednesday.

According to the Roscosmos information and analysis center, the lifespan of more than half of all satellites in the Glonass naviagation system has already expired. Out of 24 navigational satellites currently in the orbit, 13 remain operational beyond their seven-year life span.

Milestone for SA's satellite industry

From http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=160982

The South African satellite industry is taking another step forward as a player in the international arena with the launch of two locally built nanosatellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida within the next few days.

Two nanosatellites − ‘nSight1', designed and manufactured by Cape Town-based SCS Space, a member of the SCS Aerospace Group, and ‘ZA-Aerosat', designed and manufactured by CubeSpace of Stellenbosch University − are to be launched as part of a batch totalling 28 nanosatellites from 23 different countries.

The current information provided by ULA, the launch service provider, is that the Atlas V & Cygnus OA-7 launch is set for 18 April at 17:11 South African time (11:11am EDT), following a number of rescheduled events due to ground equipment readiness.

Their initial destination is the International Space Station (ISS), where they will be unloaded by the ISS crew and transferred to deployers with the help of robotic arms. The satellites will eventually be deployed into low-earth orbit over a period of 30 to 60 days as the ISS orbits the Earth.

The SCS Space nSight1 satellite project is a joint investment by SCS Aerospace Group and Pinkmatter Solutions, which supplied the ground segment software. The satellite was designed, integrated and tested by engineers from the Space Advisory Company and assembled in the clean room of NewSpace Systems, both part of the SCS Aerospace Group.

A key part of the mission of the satellite is to allow for the testing of the newly developed SCS Gecko Imager, as well as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's patented Radiation Mitigation VHDL Coding Technique.

The satellites are part of the QB50 project funded by the European Union and managed by the Von Karman Institute to conduct research in the lower thermosphere between 200km to 380km altitude.

The data collected from this experiment over a period of 18 months will be used to complement current atmospheric models, especially applicable to re-entry trajectories of spacecraft.

All the nanosatellites will eventually burn up at the end of their operational lifetimes.

"We are proud to be a part of an international space project of this magnitude. It affords us the opportunity to test the next-generation space camera technology which was uniquely developed by SCS Space and partners within industry development initiatives of the South African Department of Trade and Industry," says Hendrik Burger, CEO of SCS Space, primary contractor for the nSight1 nanosatellite.

"We are also looking forward to the next stage of this project, which encompasses operational aspects such as mission control and processing the data received from our satellite. This will be done through our Houwteq Ground Station near Grabouw in the Western Cape," says Burger.

SCS Space is a subsidiary of the SCS Aerospace Group, Africa's largest privately-owned satellite concern.

Other participants are Pinkmatter Solutions, Space Advisory Company, NewSpace Systems, Stellenbosch University, CubeSpace, Simera Technology Group, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the Amateur Radio Society.

IBCAP, NAGRA ramp up anti-piracy fight

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/12/ibcap-nagra-ramp-up-anti-piracy-fight/

The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP), an alliance of leading international broadcasters committed to combatting unauthorised streaming and distribution of international television content in the United States, and content protection and multiscreen television solutions NAGRA, have entered into an expanded agreement to bring a new generation of anti-piracy technology and services to broadcasters and distributors of international and multicultural content.

“While anti-piracy measures against mainstream content seem to be an increasing priority for distributors and content owners, no organisation was focused exclusively on protecting international and multicultural content. IBCAP was formed three years ago to fill this gap and has achieved significant success through its monitoring and takedown efforts,” said Chris Kuelling, Executive Director of IBCAP. “The expansion of our agreement with NAGRA will help us leverage the latest technologies and expertise in content protection and anti-piracy with the aim of putting pirates out of business and replacing them with legitimate providers.”

“NAGRA is constantly expanding its portfolio of content value protection technologies and services, and this contract marks a milestone in our commitment to support broadcasters and content creators in the protection of their content from piracy in foreign markets,” said Frederic Guitard, Vice President Media Security Services for NAGRA. “Developing automated, state-of-the-art tools to detect unauthorized streaming – especially on increasingly popular IPTV set-top boxes and Kodi add-ons – helps ensure we can take swift and decisive action against pirates and maintain the value of the services offered to IBCAP members.”

Since IBCAP’s collaboration with NAGRA in 2014, lawsuits supported by NAGRA, or related to foreign language anti-piracy initiatives, have resulted in federal courts in various states ordering providers and retailers of piracy services to cease their infringing activities and pay millions of dollars for violating IBCAP members’ copyrights.

As part of the expanded agreement, both IBCAP and NAGRA will implement various strategies focused on combatting the illegitimate use and distribution of international content in the United States. Activities on behalf of IBCAP include the establishment of a monitoring lab to monitor and detect unauthorised use of IBCAP member content and automated systems to monitor set-top boxes, websites, and other streaming platforms. NAGRA will detect servers providing IBCAP member content without authorisation, including both linear feeds and VoD content, and take actions to have that content removed. NAGRA will also provide on-the-ground investigation services and enhanced litigation support tools. Within the coming weeks, NAGRA’s investigation services will be focused on identifying retailers selling pirate services, educating them about the risks of selling those pirate services, and collecting evidence for future investigations and lawsuits.

Iran bans private TV channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/11/iran-bans-private-tv-channels/

The Iranian Parliament has voted against a draft bill that would authorize private broadcasting in the country, Mehr news agency reported April 9.

Iran’s only broadcasting organization, (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) has been the monopoly operator of television channels in Iran to date (and certainly since it emerged after the Islamic revolution of 1979), despite private demands for non-governmental channels to be authorized.

The bill that was rejected April 9 also included a proposal to turn the management of the IRIB over to a board of trustees. The IRIB chief is made through a direct decree by the Supreme Leader.

IRIB operates 12 domestic channels, 6 satellite TV channels and 30 provincial channels. It employs some 13,000 staff.

The draft bill had been introduced by the Hope Parliamentary Group, a reformist faction of the Parliament which was the hope of reform-minded voters who chose its members over a year ago.


Tuesday evening feed

Optus D1 12639 V 15000 swimming

Kodi plugin for Australian TV (needs VPN outside of Australia)


From my Email

From Malone

Intelsat 19 3880 V 30000

FTA this morning

Encrypted this evening.

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12557 H One America News Network, Cars TV, Comedy TV, Es TV, My Destination TV, ESPN Australia, ESPN 2 Australia, Fashion TV Asia, Havoc TV, Pursuit Channel, FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, 360 Tune Box, Fast & FunBox HD, FilmBox Arthouse, AWE International, Trace Sport Stars, Trace Urban, Bloomberg TV Asia, Motorvision TV, MTV Music Australia & New Zealand and MTV Dance have left .

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Thaicom 4 119.5E 12688 V Hang Meas HDTV, D Cartoon, Thai PBS, Voice TV 21, CNC, PNN, Thai Channel 8, TV Lao, One TV Sabay, CTV 8, Workpoint 23, My TV, VTV 4, Zing Asia, SMM TV, CTN, TV 24, MSJ TV, Nation TV, Komsan TV, Bayon TV, Rasmey Hang Meas HDTV and Sabaidee TV 141 have started on .

SES 9 108.2E 12731 V CCTV 2/3/5/7/10/12/13/14, Hunan TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, Shandong TV, Dragon TV, Jiangsu TV, Anhui TV, Guangxi TV, Guizhou TV, Shenzhen TV, CETV 1, Henan TV, Henan TV International Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Macau Lotus TV and TVB 8 have started on , encrypted.

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ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Arirang World, CTI TV Asia, Bloomberg TV Asia, E! Asia & Pacific, CTV Classic, CCTV 4 Asia and Gem TV Asia" have started on, Fta.
ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "ETTV Asia News and Phoenix Chinese Channel have started on , clear. EBC News, Kix!" have left again.

Insat 4A 83.0E Colors Odia and Colors Gujarati have moved from 4005 H to 4078 H, Irdeto.

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Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "Channel S" is still on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "World Business Channel" has left

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东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Haari Variety替换凤凰中文(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月10日]
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Increasing fragmentation in streaming is the trend no viewer wants

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/tv/increasing-fragmentation-in-streaming-is-the-trend-no-viewer-wants/news-story/668530275e2affcb3c7fbdae8e696bfa

FOR those who want everything they could possibly want to watch under one $10 umbrella, we’ve got some bad news for you.

Yet another streaming service has launched in Australia, signalling the increasing fragmentation of streaming and dashing any hopes that paying one subscription a month is going to be enough for the most voracious of viewers.

Love Nature is another niche service that has launched in Australia. As its name implies, it specialises in nature and wildlife documentaries. The service is from Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks and costs $4.99 a month after the initial free one-month trial.

Love Nature claims to have the “world’s largest library” of 4K wildlife and nature docos and says a percentage of each subscription fee will be given to conservation projects including the Jane Goodall Institute. It also has a content partnership with WWF International.

Happily, Love Nature is available across a range of platforms at launch including iOS and Android apps which is compatible with Chromecast. It’s also on Xbox One, Nexus, Apple TV and a limited selection of smart TVs. You can download content on the mobile apps to watch offline, similar to functionality recently introduced by Netflix and Stan.

Nothing against Love Nature itself — it sounds great — and it’s actually launching with more than some its better-resourced rivals did in the past. For the most obsessive of nature enthusiasts, the service is a great option for their dedicated viewing needs, and cheaper than paying for similar channels through Foxtel* or Fetch.

But it does cement a market trend many streamers are greeting with apprehension.

In the past two years and change, Australians have been bombarded with myriad streaming services, led by American giant Netflix (from $8.99). Aussie player Stan ($10) is the next biggest in terms of content and profile while Amazon recently launched Prime Video ($8) and Foxtel revamped its Play service (from $10) after pulling the plug on Presto.

Then you have Hayu ($6), a reality TV platform for all your Kardashian and Vanderpump needs, and YouTube Red ($12) just kicked off.

Plus there are the likes of BigPond Movies, Dendy Direct and OzFlix who sell or rent movies and TV shows on a per item basis. And the beleaguered Quickflix is sputtering on its last breath somewhere out there.

Oh, and there’s still iTunes, Google Play and various online stores from Fetch, Xbox, PlayStation and more. And sports franchises who have their own channels and subscriptions.

Yeah, it’s exhausting.

If you actually signed up to all the subscription services’ bare minimum packages, you’re looking at $60 a month. Lord help your budget if you’re also a geo-dodger and paying for American services such as Hulu, CBS All-Access, HBO Now, Showtime or FilmStruck.

Watching everything you could possibly want is an expensive endeavour, not to mention a huge time-suck.

Netflix is increasingly moving to original content such as its new teen drama 13 Reasons Why.

And there’s nothing in the stars to suggest any consolidation of these services to create some kind of Spotify-esque catch-all for TV and film.

There will only be further fragmentation as the digital rights to shows are sold to different companies. The likes of Netflix, and to a lesser extent Amazon, have increasingly allowed rights to lapse, shifting its focus to original content which it can control the rights to in every market.

So, for the foreseeable future, be prepared to pay more and more for the TV and film you want to watch.

One year anniversary

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=396262

SKY Pacific celebrated its first anniversary yesterday with a new offer for its customers.

Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Darren McLean said they came up with Sky Lite which was an affordable solution of 13 channels for $29.95 monthly subscription for English and Hindi entertainment, sports, news, education and children's programs.

Mr McLean said this was the first time such a package was available here in Fiji.

"Based on initial feedback we feel this new offer is going to be incredibly popular and affordable for families across Fiji."

The Sky Lite package includes BBC, National Geographic Wild, NHK, Boomerang, Comedy Central, Life Time, TVWan, Paramount, Zee TV, B4U Movies, Set India, ESPN and Fight Sports.

"We have come a long way in our first year with Sky Pacific; from key improvements in our channel line-up, expanded payment outlets, a new set top box with enhanced functionality as well as our most recent innovative Triple Play Home Bundle."

The Sky Lite Offer is available to both new and existing customers.

Study: Android’s ‘pivotal role’ in future TV distribution

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/11/study-androids-pivotal-role-in-future-tv-distribution/

Findings from a global survey carried out by digital platform security specialist Irdeto and research and consultancy firm Ovum reveal that a majority of video service providers have either Android TV or Android Open Source Project (AOSP) on their technology road-maps.

Conducted in February 2017, the study, Is Android the future of the set-top box?, found that 72 per cent of respondents are considering Android implementations as a part of their set-top box (STB) strategies. In addition, 50 per cent of respondents see Android as being important for their goals within the next five years. The 300 TV industry professionals surveyed also identified a variety of benefits they perceive Android TV to offer, including the availability of new features and services, faster time-to-market, an attractive user interface and cost efficiencies. However, while a majority of respondents indicated a commitment to Android, only 54 per cent of video service providers are willing to pay more for Android chipsets than traditional chipsets with embedded middleware.

Features, specifically the ability for users to download additional apps, are the driving force leading Android implementations. Video service providers with more than one million subscribers (43 per cent) and those with less than one million subscribers (34 per cent) both said that this was the number one driver for adoption. However, despite service providers’ confidence in the benefits of Android TV, there remain significant concerns around piracy and cyberthreats. By allowing easy installations of other applications onto the STB, 43 per cent of respondents believe there will be an increased attack surface, while 41 per cent are concerned that their subscribers could install apps for illegal streaming.

“Video service providers are feeling pressure to continue to innovate their offerings to satisfy consumer demand for an optimal user experience,” said Frank Poppelsdorf, Director of Product Management, Irdeto. “These results indicate that Android TV is not only on pace to play a critical role in the future of TV distribution, but are essential for the industry to meet growing consumer demand for new and innovative services. However, the open nature of the technology brings up several security concerns, especially in regard to piracy. As the industry continues to shift toward more open platforms for the set-top box, it will be critical for video service providers to implement a robust 360-degree security approach to ensure their premium content is protected while optimizing flexibility and time to market.”

While many expect Android to dominate the TV landscape in the near future, the survey revealed that more education on the differences between Android platforms may be needed. Only 52 per cent of those surveyed understand the difference between Android TV and AOSP.

“Education on Android platforms is critical for video service providers to understand the capabilities, benefits and drawbacks of each technology in order to make the best strategic decision concerning their technology roadmap,” said Ed Barton, Practice Leader, TV, Ovum. “These types of insights identified in our survey with Irdeto are key to help pay TV operators, broadcasters and OTT streaming providers better anticipate the opportunities and challenges ahead. We were pleased to work with Irdeto on this survey of C-Level executives as well as professionals across multiple disciplines to identify Android strategies that will shape the pay TV market in the years ahead.”

As platforms such as Android TV become the new norm in the TV landscape, it will be important for operators to employ a holistic, 360-degree security approach to secure these next-generation devices, suggests Irdeto. Danish cable TV and broadband Internet services supplier Stofa recently selected Irdeto Cloaked CA to deliver content securely through its upcoming new Android set-top box. Not only will subscribers have the full range of Stofa services on the STB, they will also have direct access to the Google Play app store and to streaming services such as YouTube. Stofa intends to revolutionise the user experience with its new Android STB and with Irdeto’s latest renewable and cardless software security, any form of content delivered to customers will be robustly protected.

Spain: Successful raid on illegal IPTV operation

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/11/spain-successful-raid-on-illegal-iptv-operation/

The Spanish National Police and Europol have revealed the successful raid of one of the largest European illegal IPTV streaming businesses. In a collaborative operation with Europol, Eurojust, Spanish specialised computer crimes prosecutors, the English Premier League and digital platform security specialist Irdeto, 12 locations were raided in Spain and Bulgaria.

Dubbed ‘Operation Casper’, eight individuals were arrested for the illegal distribution of 1,000 pay-TV channels across two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) through the use of IPTV technology. The servers used to provide illegal access to the channels were shut down and numerous documents incriminating the individuals under investigation were also confiscated.

The investigation was initiated by the Premier League as part of a global effort to combat illegal online redistribution of its live broadcasts. Irdeto identified a Danish citizen residing in Spain who owned an ISP in Málaga used to illegally broadcast encrypted TV signals to thousands of consumers and businesses across Europe. It was discovered that this individual was the leader of a criminal organization that was able to provide a high-quality pirate service rivalling offerings from legal operators.

Operation Casper also uncovered another illegal organisation located in Silistra, Bulgaria that was operated by the same criminal network who had another internet provider in that location covering different European countries. Both the ISPs identified were legally established, performing legal activities while also exploiting their capacities to provide illegal services.

“These actions are just one part of the largest anti-piracy campaign the Premier League has conducted to protect its copyright,” said Kevin Plumb, Director of Legal Services, Premier League. “The raids in Spain and Bulgaria by the Spanish Police and law enforcement agencies are a clear indication that IPTV piracy will not be tolerated. Our model, like other sports and creative industries, is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect our intellectual property. It is because of this that clubs can invest in and develop talented players, build world class stadiums, and support young people in schools and communities across the country.”

Engaged by the Premier League for piracy detection and investigative services, Irdeto’s team of experts worked closely with the Premier League, Spanish National Police and law enforcement agencies to gather information and evidence leading to the raid. This information resulted in the 12 simultaneous raids in Spain and Bulgaria, proving that both ISPs were illegally distributing pirated content. The disbanded criminal organisation also controlled three other entities that provided the content to its customers.

“The efforts of the Spanish Police and law enforcement to dismantle pirate organisations like this is critical in the fight against IPTV piracy,” said Mark Mulready, Senior Director, Cyber Services & Investigations at Irdeto. “We continue to support our customers, partners and law enforcement agencies to identify large-scale cross-border pirate networks and help combat piracy. By detecting, analysing, investigating and countering piracy, our collaborative efforts send a message to the pirate community that they will be found and brought to justice.”

Time for common sense with the satellite catalog

From http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3215/1

The US Air Force has been designated by the United Nations as the official keeper of the world’s catalog1 of satellites, but it could do a better job, especially if it would make more common sense decisions about what is released to the public.

It has been very obvious for a long time that many of the decisions that keep information hidden have been made arbitrarily and actually make it more difficult to do things like maintain the official Satellite Catalog.

First we should note that the US government has excellent reasons for hiding the missions of certain satellites and has legitimate reasons for not making our adversaries’ work easier by giving them information that they cannot easily get themselves. As a former Air Force Squadron Security Officer, I have been trained in the procedures for maintaining secrecy and I have some knowledge about why we would keep some information secret. One key concept is that the US government cannot confirm or deny reports in the media; the media does make mistakes and there is no need to correct those that help keep our operations secret.

Still, it has been very obvious for a long time that many of the decisions that keep information hidden have been made arbitrarily and actually make it more difficult to do things like maintain the official Satellite Catalog. Just in the last few days, General John Hyten, head of Strategic Command and former heas of the Air Force Space Command, said in a speech2 that “capabilities” were classified too high. Hopefully this is the beginning of some common sense in deciding what should be and should not be classified.

Types of satellites

The orbital parameters of many satellites are withheld from the general public. These parameters are normally given as Two Line Element sets, or TLEs. This format dates back to the early days when these orbital parameters were distributed on Hollerith cards: each card held one line of data. The Air Force center that maintains the Satellite Catalog was, until recently, the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) in California. They just renamed it the 18 Space Control Squadron (SPCS), so I may use those two names interchangeably in this article. The organization has had a number of reorganizations over the last many years but apparently this time the Air Force just changed their name.

For the purposes of our discussion there are two levels of security that affect the kind of information that the Air Force releases. Some TLEs are classified as For Official Use Only. These satellites’ missions and general orbital parameters are neither Secret nor disguised. One example is the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP).3

The other level is satellites whose missions and orbits are actually classified, like various intelligence collection satellites. The US government legitimately should not identify which satellites have these intelligence collection missions and should not make the TLEs of recent satellites public. They also legitimately classify other objects that fly with them, such as upper stages. That helps hide which is the actual payload.

There are many satellites that have a Secret (or above) mission: photographic satellites, electronic intelligence satellites, etc. Let’s further separate these satellites by their orbits.

The low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites are mostly electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar imagery intelligence spacecraft. The military normally has an X-38B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) in space as well, it has wings and a payload bay and is sort of like a small shuttle. A little higher up are satellites such as the NOSS (Naval Ocean Surveillance System), which are missions that (currently) have two satellites working together. As they orbit they pick up radio, radar, and other signals from below; the two satellites’ signals allow analysts to find the location of the emitter below.

There are many commercial (mainly optical) tracking systems today and there are lists of satellites that they are tracking that are not in the Satellite Catalog.

Another type of satellite is in an orbit that has a low perigee and a much higher apogee. This could be a satellite that is in an orbit that allows it to transfer a payload into a geosynchronous orbit. This is referred to as a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) and is very eccentric. But something in GTO would have an inclination which is small, allowing the apogee to be near the geostationary orbit used by many communications and other satellites. But many of these eccentric orbits also have very high inclinations, which allows the satellite to dwell at apogee over the northern or southern polar regions. It is sort of like having a geosynchronous satellite that can observe the polar regions. The orbit is sometimes called a “Molniya” orbit after the Soviet satellite that popularized it.

Just for completeness, there are many military satellites that are not classified and their TLEs are openly distributed. For example the Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) or other similar satellites.

Tracking systems are no longer all owned by governments

We must remember that many countries have sophisticated satellite tracking systems today, including Russia and China. Now they do not have the coverage around the world that the US (and allied) system has, and so it is easier to “lose” some satellites. For many high-inclination, high-eccentricity satellites, the apogee is over Russia or China and so they can get some good tracking of them in a part of their orbits. But it would be hard for them to track those objects at perigee, and good tracking across the entire orbit makes it easier to generate accurate orbital parameters.

A significant recent change is the rapid growth of educational and commercial satellite tracking networks and alternative satellite catalogs. There are many commercial (mainly optical) tracking systems today and there are lists of satellites that they are tracking that are not in the Satellite Catalog.4 Increasingly, commercial operations such as the Commercial Space Operations Center (ComSpOC) can do many of the things that the 18 SPCS can do, and without many of the limitations that the military (such as classification) has. They can also track many classified satellites. From discussions with people who work with them, they know about the classified satellites, they track them, but they essentially pretend that they don’t know what they are. The commercial operators do tell the 18 SPCS about mistakes that the Air Force has made and apparently the Air Force does accept some corrections.

An alternative satellite catalog that is often more complete than the official one is maintained by Jonathan McDowell, who is also well known as the author of Jonathan’s Space Report. The absence of some orbital parameters in the official satellite catalog mostly serves to draw attention to them.

So why release these orbital parameters?

By releasing these orbital parameters, the Air Force could help themselves improve the quality of the Satellite Catalog. That catalog is adequate at best, and even I have corrected some satellite identifications in it. In 2014 they had ArduSat-1, ArduSat-X, and Pico-Dragon misidentified and I pointed this out; later they corrected them. Just getting this minor correction was a lot of work and also caused someone with a very thin skin to send me an email, so I have not tried to correct others. There have been lots of reports of other organizations pointing out errors that apparently have been corrected. Also a number of objects have been documented as reentering the atmosphere, and so are no longer in space, and yet the Satellite Catalog does not state that fact. That issue will be discussed later.

Having unavailable orbital parameters also appears to cause other government organizations to miss things. If something happens involving satellites where the orbital parameters are not available, apparently the event could be missed. One example is object number 22259, a payload deployed by the STS-53 shuttle mission. The orbital parameters for the upper stage also are not available, and it (object 22519) appears to have shed pieces. On that mission, the payload object number is 22518, and the name is given as USA 89. The Air Force maintained satellite catalog has eleven pieces of debris that have “International Designators” that indicate that they came off of object 22519. That should generate an entry in the NASA list of “breakups” and yet it is not there. The latest version of the NASA document is 20085 and the object numbers of those pieces indicate that they were shed well before that (certainly before July 5, 1997).

Similarly, object 20164 was another shuttle flight, and the associated payloads deployed are object 20167 and 20172. An associated upper stage is object 20344, so 20167 stayed in LEO for a while before boosting into a higher orbit—that is why the object number for the upper stage is higher. 20172 has since decayed and so must have been a smaller, secondary payload. After the upper stage delivered the payload to the Molniya orbit, it was cataloged as 20344 in very late November of 1989 and appears to have shed pieces before December 9, 1992. There is no entry for this in the NASA list of breakups and anomalous events.

So it might also help governmental agencies include important events in common reports. Certainly it has to be inconvenient to have both unclassified and classified lists of satellites. It must be more difficult to follow some of the classified satellites and so, when they shed pieces, they are not noticed.

Many objects should have their orbits released to improve safety when they reenter the atmosphere.

With the orbital descriptions, what could the community do? These example satellites are high-inclination, high-eccentricity objects, according to the amateurs who track them, and are hard to track most of the time. The 18 SPCS could release the orbital parameters without identifying the missions, and could have some very talented people potentially helping them. If someone looked for an object and it did not appear, they would likely inform the Air Force. If one shed pieces the community could alert NASA. These talented people would bring some “corporate knowledge” to the task.

Perhaps if the DMSP constellation’s orbits were more widely available, the NASA breakup list might be more complete. My earlier story here documents a number of times that the DMSP satellites have shed pieces, events that are not captured in the NASA list of events of that type (see “Satellite breakups and related events: a quick analysis”, The Space Review, January 23, 2017). NASA does capture similar events for the unclassified NOAA Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite system.

And, last but not least, many objects should have their orbits released to improve safety when they reenter the atmosphere. When satellites reenter, they can drop significant pieces to the ground. The predicted impact point will always be imprecise but we can identify a track below the orbit where pieces may fall. One of the first such events I worked on as an Orbital Analyst was the reentry of Skylab. We sent many alerts about possible points where governments might expect falling debris

When objects for which the orbits are not released re-enter, the warnings about this event are absent. People on the ground do not get appropriate alerts about possible heavy items descending from above. These falling objects have not yet injured anyone, but the risk is not worth the marginal benefit to security, and more events like this will occur. The best documented reentry in this class was object 32707, International Designator 2008-010B, a Centaur upper stage that reentered in November of 2015, impacting in southeastern Spain.6 From exchanging email with the author of that report, Ted Molczan, just a small change in reentry location could have put those pieces onto inhabited areas. People could have been injured or killed for no increase in secrecy. Ted Molczan also details a similar event with object 35939, a Delta II upper stage that reentered over Mongolia.

When items like this decay from orbit, the Satellite Catalog is also often not updated: both object 35939 and object 32707 are not shown as decayed in spite of the fact that the Air Force has picked up pieces from one of those events in Mongolia. This adds more errors to an already flawed catalog.

And the Air Force is not always consistent: object 23098, International Designator 1994-026B, was a Centaur upper stage that decayed, and the Satellite Catalog shows that it decayed. The orbital parameters of this object and the associated payload have not been released; it seems that the rules for maintenance of the official Satellite Catalog have changed. How was this object different from the other two, or was it decayed by mistake?

Which orbits could be released?

Which satellites should have their orbital parameters released? First is the DMSP constellation: they were classified above the Secret level when it first started but, likely because the information was so valuable and the source of the information was so hard to conceal, their missions and orbits were declassified years ago. When I was an Orbital Analyst we distributed their TLEs in our unclassified sets and many of the older satellites are still in those sets. Sometime in 1990 the new satellites’ TLEs were assigned a status of For Official Use Only by someone. This accomplishes nothing since there is no way that an adversary could use these TLEs to conceal any operations from us—and the satellites are large and very easy to track. The DMSP program will also end in a few years when the final satellites fail.

Just in case they make even simple mistakes, let’s keep the very low altitude photographic reconnaissance satellites classified, even though they are easy to track and certainly everyone has acceptable orbital parameters for them.

Past and future OTV flights should be declassified as well: this object is so large that it is easily tracked. Next would be long-retired high-inclination, high-eccentricity objects—the US satellites that fly in Molniya orbits. Most of these are electronic intelligence satellites that gathered radio and radar signals from Soviet and Chinese sites that are at high latitude. The satellites’ missions would not need to be revealed, just their orbital parameters. These objects are in the Satellite Catalog right now but their orbital parameters are blank.

Geosynchronous satellites that are stationary could be released since their relative motion in relation to a ground site is low. When the lighting is good, an optical telescope can just sweep the Equatorial geosynchronous belt and see a number of satellites. Some of them do have some eccentricity and so appear to follow a figure-eight in the sky, yet they don’t stray far from the Equator. They really cannot hide.

The other ones

Which satellites might not have their orbital parameters released? We have to admit that every one of our reconnaissance satellites will be tracked, and there is no way to hide them. However, our adversaries may take precautions when a payload is in sight of their facilities. They could have easily mistaken an upper stage for a payload, and might take precautions at the wrong times. I was stationed at a Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska, and have seen the radar returns from many objects in space. The return from almost all payloads stands out from the return from an upper stage, as the payload is far more stable. The return from the upper stage changes a lot more. But it is easy to misidentify the radar track (our radar operators frequently did) and our adversaries are likely to do that. If they had misidentified the payload and upper stage, let’s not tell them about that until the payload is retired.

Just in case they make even simple mistakes, let’s keep the very low altitude photographic reconnaissance satellites classified, even though they are easy to track and certainly everyone has acceptable orbital parameters for them. When these satellites correct their orbits they might be missed and it could take a few days to find them again. GTO or geosynchronous satellites orbits that change could also be concealed in the satellite catalog in case our adversaries lose them.


The author would like to thank Ted Molczan and Jonathan McDowell for their hard work and success in making more complete satellite information available to the public. Their innovative efforts have filled in many gaps in the Satellite Catalog and have explained a number of the events that affected many people on the ground.


Hope channel reported on 169E 3917 H 3333 fec:3/4

Unfortunatly we have lost a bunch of Channels on Optus D2 over the last few days, The line-up on D2 is looking pretty sad.

These channels have left! I hope this is just temporary or thyey have some replacements lined up

Jame-Jam TV Network
IFilm English
Press TV
RTS Satelit
Madani Channel English
Alkeraza TV,
Al Hayat 2
CNC World Chinese
CNC World English
Fashion Television Australia/New Zealand
Al Beshara TV

Skynindo Indonesian pay tv service has moved from Palapa to 88E now 3547 V 23310 fec:3/4. I will check this when the W.A dishis back in action

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From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4180 H "ABS-CBN Sports+Action and Lifestyle Network" are Fta
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "EM TV has replaced Sky News Australia" on Fta.

Optus D2 152.0E 12519 V "Jame-Jam TV Network, IFilm English and Press TV" have left .
Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "ERI TV 1, RTS Satelit, Madani Channel English and Alkeraza TV" have left
Optus D2 152.0E 12706 V "Al Hayat 2, CNC World Chinese, CNC World English and Fashion Television Australia/New Zealand" have left .
Optus D2 152.0E 12734 V "Al Beshara TV" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3756 H "Horee!" is now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "Aljazeera English and Channel NewsAsia have started on , Irdeto. TVB 8 and Xing Kong China" have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Channel 5 has replaced Solusi Sehat TV" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "GogoMall Home Shopping has replaced Lumen Network" on , Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "IM Shopping Indonesia has replaced SBS" In on , Fta

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V Asia Travel, FTV, LTV Asia, EBC Yoyo, CTV, CTS, SET Taiwan, SETInternational, TVBS Entertainment Channel, FTV News, Global News, ETTV Asia, EBC News, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Outdoor Channel International, Fashion One Asia, Asian Food Channel, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated 2, AXN East Asia and Kix! have started on , Fta.
ST 2 88.0E 3662 H "ETTV Asia, EBC Yoyo, Asia Travel and EBC News" have started on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "People TV, Dharma TV, Cartoon Club and Maya Channel SD" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Thai Muslim TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "H Plus Channel" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3700 V "Da Ai 2" has started on , Fta. K-Asia, Taiwan Comprehensive Channel and JET TV have lef.
ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "K-Asia and Taiwan Comprehensive Channel" have started on , Irdeto.

ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "Onkar Only Truth TV" is back on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 12524 H "Daystar TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "True African has replaced E Nolly +" on , Videoguard.

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东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Haari Movie替换CCTV-4(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月10日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Haari Variety替换凤凰中文(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月10日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Haari Kids替换中天亚洲(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月10日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Haari Drama替换中视经典(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月10日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Bridge TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11670 H 14400参数无效接收。 [4月10日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,翡翠卫星(传送)频道加密,设置3851 V 10800参数有条件接收。 [4月10日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际805号卫星C频段,Hope Channel(宗教)频道新增,设置3917 H 3333参数免费接收。 [4月10日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(4K)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [4月10日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Alif TV(孟加拉)频道开播,设置12482 H 4680参数免费接收。 [4月9日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,翡翠卫星(传送)频道解密,设置3851 V 10800参数免费接收。 [4月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Fashion TV SD(印度)频道消失,设置11790 H 44000参数无效接收。 [4月9日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,i24 NEWS替换CGTN(环宇卫视)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [4月9日]

东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,凤凰中文替换Haari Variety(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,CCTV-4替换Haari Movie(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,中视经典替换Haari Drama(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,中天亚洲替换Haari Kids(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Sony Gem替换Thrill(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Bloomberg替换Animax(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,E!替换探索频道(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC TV(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3784 V 1464参数有条件接收。 [4月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Fox Crime替换Fox Sports 2(Cignal)频道,设置11598 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [4月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11559 V 22000参数无效接收。 [4月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、CCTV-5(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、东森洋片(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月8日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-10(高清)频道改格式,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月7日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,JK 24x7 News替换Just Khabar(印度)频道,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。 [4月7日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,TV Varzish(高清)频道消失,设置11938 H 27500参数无效接收。 [4月7日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,TV Varzish(高清)频道加密,设置11785 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、CCTV-5(MPEG-4)等全组频道解密,设置12731 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、星河频道(MPEG-4)等全组频道解密,设置11101 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月7日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,中视、AXN(Skynindo)等全组频道解密,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月7日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,LaLa TV、Fuji TV Next(日本)等全组频道消失,设置12463 H 23000参数无效接收。 [4月7日]


Australian university students to launch satellite in 2018

From http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2017/april/australian-university-students-to-launch-satellite-in-2018.htm#.WOtguWeB-Uk

Students at the University of Melbourne are well advanced on a program to build a nano-satellite, with the Wireless Institute of Australia assisting in the IARU frequency and other coordination processes.

Through the Melbourne Space Program (MSP) affiliated with the University of Melbourne, all is moving ahead for a hand-over of the nano-satellite in November and a launch as early as January 2018.

Funding comes from the University of Melbourne, while the Melbourne Space Program is an organisation that holds the licensing, and other matters related to the launch.

In a media release, the MSP revealed that plans are well under way with rideshare provider SpaceFlight with a contract signed for a November hand-off and its launch as early as January 2018. It has involved a group of ambitious students, seeking to understand and help redefine the Australian space sector through innovation in education, economics and policy, as well as engineering.

Australia is the only Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) nation without a space agency. In 1966, University of Melbourne students built Australia’s first satellite that was launched in 1970 as Australis Oscar 5 to be tracked by 200 radio amateurs in 27 different countries.

The Melbourne Space Program has about 70 active members who are students ranging from 1st year university to masters level and post-graduate.

The key objectives include being the first students to launch an Australian nano-satellite, create education, research in space, collaborate with academia and industry, and promote gender parity in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and Arts disciplines.

Work was continuing to launch Australia’s first nano-satellite and more news is expected in coming months.

NZCC hangs up on Sky Network TV merger

From https://www.intelligentinvestor.com.au/nzcc-hangs-up-on-sky-network-tv-merger-1863901

NZCC hangs up on Sky Network TV merger Facing growing threats, Sky Network Television (ASX:SKT) will likely appeal the rejection of its proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand. by Jon Mills 10 Apr 2017 0 Sky Network Television (Sky, ASX: SKT), New Zealand’s largest pay-TV operator, is facing the same headwinds buffeting Foxtel and foreign cable-TV companies such as ESPN, owned by Disney (NYSE: DIS). Cord-cutting, unbundling and the rise of Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Stan, and even Google parent Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Youtube are all providing consumers with more viewing options at lower prices. Sky has responded by offering customers more flexible packages and cheaper options such as NEON and FAN PASS but these are less profitable than its traditional subscribers

Total subscribers have starting falling and, albeit to a lesser extent (so far), average revenue per subscriber (or ARPS) is also falling. Sky downgraded its estimated 2017 EBITDA to around NZ$278m in December 2016. Should this trend continue as I expect, with the cost of content – and in particular, sporting rights – continuing to increase, this has ominous ramifications for Sky’s bottom line. So on a standalone basis, at 6.2 times historical earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (or EBITDA) and a PER of 13, I’d steer clear. Proposed merger with Vodafone NZ But Sky’s Board has sensibly aimed to diversify by purchasing Vodafone New Zealand, the country’s largest mobile provider, with 2.4m customers, and second-largest broadband provider. Vodafone’s main attraction is exponentially increasing data use, either via mobile or fibre, while the combined entity will also be able to provide more attractive bundles – combined internet, TV and phone service – to its customers.

Sky will issue 405m shares to Vodafone’s parent and also NZ$1,250m in cash, meaning it will be paying around NZ$3.44bn on an enterprise value basis or 7.1 times estimated 2017 EBITDA. (The new shares have an assumed value of NZ$5.40 under the merger’s terms). Unfortunately, the New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) has knocked back the deal, on the basis that it couldn’t be satisfied that the merger wouldn’t substantially lessen competition. Sky and Vodafone have taken legal action to preserve their right to appeal once the regulator releases its full reasoning. Sky shares shot up from NZ$4.47 to NZ$5.25 when the merger was announced in June 2016, but have since slipped back to NZ$3.88 on the rejection of the merger and further declines in subscriber numbers. In the price? With Sky shares falling to NZ$3.78 after the merger was rejected, it seems the market is assuming the merger won't go ahead. And as noted, I wouldn’t recommend owning it on a standalone basis. However, at current prices, Sky is effectively purchasing Vodafone NZ for around 5.8 times 2017 EBITDA.

The merged entity will trade at around 6.1 times estimated 2017 EBITDA of NZ$762m. By contrast, comparable stocks outside New Zealand sell for at least 7 times EBITDA. Moreover, while it always pays to be sceptical about estimated synergies, the NZ$0.52 per share in cost synergies from the merger appear to be achievable. Regulatory risk So if the NZCC’s decision is successfully appealed, then I’d expect a decent rise in Sky’s share price. Perhaps to NZ$4.40 – where they were trading before the merger was rejected – or even higher as investors acknowledge the benefits from the deal. Unfortunately, I can't estimate the chances of the merger ultimately being approved with any degree of accuracy. Each case is different and so historical rates at which NZCC decisions have successfully been appealed aren't much use. Making things even more difficult is that the NZCC hasn’t yet released the detailed reasoning behind its decision, which may show that its reasoning is incorrect and open to challenge. An intelligent speculation? This means any purchase now on the assumption that the merger goes ahead would amount to a speculation rather than an investment. However, while I'll pass, a little intelligent speculation may not necessarily be a bad thing. Perhaps comprising 1% of a portfolio at most, this may be a speculative opportunity for investors who clearly understand the risks and whose portfolios can cope if the speculation proves unsuccessful.

Mitsubishi Electric to Build New Satellite Production Facility

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Mitsubishi_Electric_to_Build_New_Satellite_Production_Facility_999.html

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation reports that it will invest approximately 11 billion yen to construct a new facility for the production of satellites at company's Kamakura Works in Kamakura, Japan.

Together with existing facilities, Mitsubishi Electric's production capacity will increase to 18 satellites in parallel, up from 10 in parallel at present, which will enable the company to satisfy growing demand for governmental satellites in Japan and commercial communication satellites worldwide. Mitsubishi Electric is targeting space-related revenue of 150 billion yen by 2021.

The new facility will increase production efficiency, shorten production time, reduce costs and elevate product quality for enhanced competitiveness. It will incorporate information technology based on Mitsubishi Electric's e-F@ctory solutions, which extract hidden benefits from existing resources through integrated automation to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and increasing overall productivity.

Mitsubishi Electric's long involvement with satellites includes the Himawari-7, -8 and -9 weather satellites, the Superbird-C2, Japan's first commercial communications satellite, QZS high-accuracy positioning satellite systems and the TURKSAT-4A and -4B satellites for Turksat A.S of Turkey.

The Japanese market for governmental satellites is expected to grow under the Japanese government's Basic Plan for Space Policy to develop satellites that support daily life, including for observations, communications and positioning, and to promote the commercial use of space for the enhancement of Japan's industrial and scientific infrastructure.

In the field of commercial communications satellites, which account for a steady global market, Mitsubishi Electric aims to enhance its position in this market with technologies cultivated for governmental satellites, such as next-generation engineering test satellites.

Mitsubishi Electric, a leading manufacturer for space research and development, has participated in the production of more than 500 domestic and international satellites as either the prime contractor or a major subcontractor. In 2000, the company became the first Japanese manufacturer capable of developing, designing, assembling and testing satellites at a single location.

The company's Kamakura Works is equipped with one of Japan's largest thermal-vacuum testing chambers, an acoustic test chamber and an antenna test range. To date, the works has produced 18 satellites, as well as electronic modules for the Japanese-driven H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) for unmanned cargo resupply in outer space.

Mitsubishi Electric Chosen as Prime Contractor of Japanese Government's Engineering Test Satellite 9

From satnews

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has been chosen by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as the prime contractor for the Engineering Test Satellite 9 (ETS-9) scheduled to launch in 2021.

The ETS-9 will be the centerpiece of a project to develop an advanced satellite bus, or common model, for various high-throughput satellites (HTS) for communications. Mitsubishi Electric hopes to leverage the advanced technologies it cultivates for the ETS-9 to win contracts for two satellite systems per year in the global commercial market.

The new satellite bus will focus specifically on advanced communication needs:

+ Up to 25kW of power to support HTS communications

+ Light mass, all-electric bus system achieved with 6kW high-power Hall thrusters (Japan-made).

+ High-power Hall thrusters significantly shorten delivery of orbiting satellite compared to other manufacturer's 4.5kW-class electric-propulsion bus systems

+ The first Japanese geostationary satellite equipped with GPS receivers (Japan-made) for laborsaving autonomous orbital transfer and orbital maneuvering.

The Japanese government's Basic Plan for Space Policy has identified advanced technologies for communications and broadcasting satellites as crucial to Japan's security and global competitiveness in the space industry.

Next-generation technologies to be deployed in the ETS-9 are expected to be in demand in the global market and will help Japan advance its industrial and scientific technology infrastructure.

Mitsubishi Electric's existing DS2000 standard bus system, long proven in governmental and commercial satellites worldwide, is now facing intense competition in the market for new high-power, high-throughput communications satellites.

In response, Mitsubishi Electric has placed top priority on developing a world-class, 25kW-output, all-electric satellite bus system through the ETS-9 in collaboration with JAXA.

Mitsubishi Electric, a leading Japanese manufacturer in the field of space research and development, has helped to produce more than 500 domestic and international satellites as either the prime contractor or a major subcontractor.

In 2000, it became the first Japanese manufacturer capable of developing, designing, assembling and testing satellites at a single facility. The facility is part of the company's Kamakura Works, which boasts one of Japan's largest thermal vacuum testing chambers as well as an acoustic test chamber and an antenna test range.

Mitsubishi Electric raised its presence in the global satellite market when it was selected to supply the TURKSAT-4A and -4B satellites to Turksat A.S. in Turkey in March 2011. The two satellites were built with Mitsubishi Electric's DS2000 satellite platform, which combines high reliability and effective cost management.

In May 2011, Mitsubishi Electric delivered its ST-2 communications satellite into geostationary orbit for a joint venture between Singapore Telecommunications Limited and Taiwan-based Chunghwa Telecom Company Limited. In 2014, the company was awarded a contract to deliver the Es'hail 2 communications satellite to operator Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailSat).

National satellite centre underpins Vietnam’s space industry

From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/176249/national-satellite-centre-underpins-vietnam-s-space-industry.html

The Vietnam National Satellite Centre (VNSC) under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology has recorded significant progress in developing human resources and operating satellite and space infrastructure projects.

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According to VNSC Director Pham Anh Tuan, the space industry in Vietnam has high demand for quality workers, but has faced a shortage in human resources for years due to a restricted number of educational facilities.

The VNSC, founded in 2011, has worked to tackle the issue. It has sent engineers to universities in Japan to learn about satellite technologies, while signing educational pacts on space science with three Vietnamese universities.

As a result, the centre has grown from an initial staff of 31 to 132, towards a goal of having 300 competent personnel by 2022.

It launched the Vinasat-1 and Vinasat-2 satellites into space in 2008 and 2012, and the remote-sensing VN Redsat-1 and micro satellite "PicoDragon" in 2013.

VNSC engineers joined their Japanese peers in researching and manufacturing the 50kg MicroDragon satellite, which is scheduled to be launched in 2018.

The MicroDragon aims to observe coastal areas of Vietnam to evaluate water quality, marine food resources and follow up on changes in coastal areas to inform the fish breeding sector.

Under the satellite development roadmap, Vietnam will also launch the LOTUSat-1 and LOTUSat-2 satellites, which were designed by Japanese experts and will be assembled and piloted by Vietnamese engineers, by 2019 and 2020, respectively.

These are expected to provide data, contributing to improving the efficiency of agricultural production and mitigating damage caused by natural disasters.

The VNSC is also working to build astronomical observatories in Nha Trang, central Khanh Hoa province, and Hoa Lac, Hanoi.


Sunday, no update


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The CNN powervu mux has left Intelsat 19 3828 H 14000 Fec:3/4

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From David Iussa

Asiasat5 E3865H "syria satellite tv" FTA SD

friday evening.

From the Dish

Telkom 3S 118.0E Telkom 3S has arrived at 118 East.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "Azad TV" has started on Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Uni TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Ten 1 HD and Ten Golf HD" have started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12728 V "PSI Saradee" on is Fta

ABS 2 75.0E 11913 V "Boks TV" is now encrypted.

NSS 12 57.0E 4138 R The MTN Worldwide TV mux has left .

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东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,三立台湾、中视(Skynindo)等全组频道加密,设置3547 V 23310参数有条件接收。 [4月7日]
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We tested Qantas’ free inflight Wi-Fi (and the results were surprisingly good)

From http://www.techradar.com/news/we-tested-qantas-free-inflight-wi-fi-and-the-results-were-surprisingly-good

Stream Netflix, Stan and Foxtel for free at 30,000ft

It was mid-February when Qantas announced not only its partnership with streaming services Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify, but also its plans for providing high-speed Wi-Fi to its domestic passengers.

This was soon followed by a test flight with 140 of the national airline’s employees testing out the system and it came out with flying colours, reaching speeds of up to 12Mbps.

But after months of testing and an initial hiccup, which saw Qantas postpone the launch of it inflight Wi-Fi, the Flying Kangaroo is now well and truly ready to let domestic customers enjoy a world of entertainment.

Qantas today beat Virgin Australia by switching on Wi-Fi aboard a Boeing 737-800 that was chartered to fly Qantas chief Alan Joyce and the media on the inaugural public of the service.

“Inflight Wi-Fi has been on our wish list for quite a while, but the sheer size of Australia meant it was hard to offer a service that was fast and reliable,” said Joyce.

High-flying high speed internet

We were invited along for the ride to put the system through its paces and, like the aforementioned test flight, it was a success.

Initially, there was disappointment regarding connectivity, with the Wi-Fi constantly dropping out, but that was during taxiing, take off and the climb to cruising height. Once the seatbelt signs were switched off, they connection stabilised and it was smooth sailing from then on.

We streamed some videos on both Netflix and Stan (the latter partnered with Qantas in March) and, despite being warned that there was a latency of about 20 to 30 seconds, we found no buffering issues whatsoever.

We even managed to get some work done – catching up with emails and our colleagues on the ground.

Speed tests revealed that we consistently achieved over 12Mbps download speeds, which is way better than the Aussie average of 9.4Mbps.

How the Wi-Fi system works

Qantas’ inflight Wi-Fi uses the NBN Co’s two Sky Muster satellites stationed 36,000km above the Earth, orbiting at speeds of 28,000kph. Each satellite has 101 spot beams that pretty much cover the entirety of Australia.

Whenever someone accesses a web page, a signal is sent and received between the ground and the satellites. Though the satellites will prioritise internet use on the ground, there is sufficient bandwidth to cater to the high-fliers as well.

The Flying Kangaroo has partnered with ViaSat, a company that provides high-speed satellite broadband and secure networking systems, to provide connectivity between aircraft, satellites and the ground.

The Wi-Fi system’s hardware, installed by engineers in Brisbane, consists of a satellite antenna installed atop the aircraft and numerous wireless access points that deliver similar speeds throughout the plane. So no matter where you’re sitting, Qantas has made sure you can stream shows and movies or get some work done just as quickly as the next person.

And everything else you need to know

If you’re curious about the not-so-technical Wi-Fi info offered by Qantas, let’s start by telling you it’s absolutely free.

And as for the devices you can use – your smartphone, tablet or laptop (or all three) are just fine.

But, at present, it's just the one aircraft that’s internet-enabled and still in beta testing. So if you’re taking a Qantas flight between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, look out for a plane with the tail number VH-XZB. If that's the flight you're on, you could enjoy your favourite shows and movies, watch sports, stream music or just stay in touch with folk on the ground while you cruise 30,000ft above sea level.

Qantas hopes to complete testing by the middle of this year, with a roll-out that will see 80 aircraft in its domestic fleet (Boeing 737s and Airbus A330s) internet-enabled by the end of 2018.

SES restructures with dedicated video and networks business lines

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017040746797/ses-restructures-with-dedicated-video-and-networks-business-lines.html#axzz4dYZySnUd

SES 10 satellite HAfter making a series of refinancing moves and announcing changes in corporate strategy, leading satellite operator SES has now re-organised its go-to-market organisation model with the creation of two focused business units.

To be implemented during the course of 2017, the new SES Video and SES Networks will focus on the video- and data-centric segments in which the company operates. The intention is that the new corporate entity will gather all go-to-market capabilities and allow SES to deliver increasingly differentiated and essential satellite-enabled communication solutions to SES clients in the respective video and data-centric segments. SES Networks comprises the enterprise, mobility, and Government segments and integrates O3b Networks.

Current SES chief commercial officer of Ferdinand Kayser will now become SES Video chief executive officer while Steve Collar, currently O3b Networks chief executive has been appointed SES Networks CEO. Both will report to Karim Michel Sabbagh, president and chief executive officer of SES.

“This new market facing structure will enable SES to accelerate the execution of its market centric strategy and concentrate its differentiated capabilities within each community to best serve its customers globally,” said Romain Bausch, chairman of the SES board of directors. “Scaling up its essential capabilities, SES demonstrates strategic determination and foresight, bringing the best of SES to each and every client we serve around the world. The new operating model will allow SES to fully leverage the capabilities of its affiliates, MX1 and O3b, in which we have recently made significant investments, and make them a key enabler of our video and data-centric businesses, respectively. With Ferdinand and Steve, we have two of the most trusted and experienced leaders at the helm of the respective business units.”

Russian Glonass Monitoring Station to Open in Nicaragua Thursday

From https://sputniknews.com/science/201704071052381165-glonass-open-nicaragua/

Russia is opening a new Glonass satellite navigation tracking station in Nicaragua on Thursday, Nicaragua’s Vice President Rosario Murillo has announced.

The command and control post of GLONASS in the Titov Main Space Testing Center in Krasnoznamensk, the Moscow Region. (File)

Russia to Construct Glonass Satellite Navigation Station in Nicaragua
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Head of Russia's space corporation Roscosmos Igor Komarov is currently on a visit in Nicaragua with a delegation.

Murillo said on Thursday that the opening of the Glonass monitoring station in Nicaragua would facilitate the prevention of national disasters in the future and will give an overall boost to the agricultural sector.

The Glonass project, which was launched in 1993, is considered to be Russia's answer to GPS (Global Positioning System).

The Glonass network currently consists of 27 satellites, including 24 operational, allowing real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe.

2nd Michibiki satellite to improve Japan’s GPS accuracy

From http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201704060046.html

TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--To boost the accuracy and reception of the existing GPS system for Japan, a new version of a satellite that will orbit directly over the Japanese archipelago has been unveiled.

Officials at the Tsukuba Space Center of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) here showed the Second Quasi-Zenith Satellite (QZS-2) Michibiki, literally meaning guidance or navigation, on April 5.

It is designed to boost the existing GPS and provide a better positioning reading for the people in Japan.

JAXA will send aloft three of the Michibiki satellite series by the end of fiscal 2017, and is scheduled to start full operation in fiscal 2018. The Second and Fourth Michibiki will be of the same model.

Michibiki satellites oscillate from the northern to southern hemisphere to remain in the same longitude as the Japanese islands. Their main advantage is that reception of signals from them are less susceptible to tall buildings and other obstacles when using smartphones or other devices on the ground.

With the use of a special signal receiver for Michibiki, the user's location can be pinpointed with a high degree of accuracy to within a few centimeters.

When the Second Michibiki goes up in space, with the First Michibiki already in operation, the duration that Japanese can access the highly accurate signals will almost double from the current six hours.

FilmOn X calls for ‘en banc’ rehearing

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/06/filmon-x-calls-for-en-banc-rehearing/

Ryan Baker, of Baker Marquart, the law firm acting for OTT streaming service FilmOn X, has filed a petition for rehearing en banc (a session in which a case is heard before all the judges of a court [before the entire bench] rather than by a panel of judges selected from them) in respect of the copyright case brought against it by the major US networks.

In March 2017, the networks secured a favourable appeals court decision in a case centring on alleged illegal online retransmission of their programmes. FOX, ABC, NBC, and CBS have argued against FilmOn X’s retransmission in the courts for close to five years.

FilmOn X contended that it was a cable system under the Copyright Act of 1976, and that it should be allowed to obtain a compulsory licence to retransmit the networks’ content. However, Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain ruled that: “FilmOn and other Internet-based retransmission services are neither clearly eligible nor clearly ineligible for the compulsory licence, noting that the Copyright Office says they are not eligible. Because the office’s views are persuasive, and because they are reasonable, we defer to them”.

The petition says that the panel deferred to the “informal and inconsistent policy views of the Copyright Office”, which had imposed extratextual limitations on the statutory ‘cable system’ definition.

It points out the Office’s interpretations of the Copyright Act are not supported by the plain text or any formal rulemaking – but also that the Office is part of the legislative branch and lacks the constitutional or statutory authority to decide the law.

The petition also contends that the decision threatens the emerging field of Internet-based broadcast television retransmissions which will lead to artificially-high cable TV costs, reduction of consumer choice and frustrate the promotion of broad public access to broadcast television that is in the government’s interest.


Intelsat 19 3880 V Sr 30000 Fec 1/2 QPSK "EMTV" is FTA here now and show Australia+ content overnight

Intelsat 19 4180 H Sr 30000 "o shopping , knowledge tv, sports plus action HD and Lifestyle HD" are FTA

Rupashi TV started testing FTA on Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H Sr 4330 Vpid 69 (H264) Apid 68

Theatre TV is new Fta on Asiasat 7 3734 H Sr 5777 and has some of the worst quality video seen in ages

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Foxtel comes last in pay tv and streaming survey, Netflix wins

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-comes-last-in-pay-tv-and-streaming-survey-netflix-wins-20170406-gvewlu.html

Australia's oldest and only subscription cable television service, Foxtel, is less popular than streaming services like Netflix and Stan, according to the latest survey by Canstar Blue.

Foxtel's three stars rank it fifth after Netflix (five stars), Fetch and Stan (both four stars), and Telstra's BigPond Movies (also three stars). It was the only pay TV service to get just three stars for "value for money" and "range of content".

Netflix's decade of streaming

It's now been 10 years since Netflix made its most important strategic shift away from mail-in DVDs and into Internet streaming.

Netflix was the only service to get five stars for "value for money", "ease of sign up", and "range of content". No one received five stars for "new release availability".

However, the star rankings did not take into account Foxtel's key differentiators - exclusive sports broadcast rights and high definition cable broadcasting.

"Foxtel is arguably the most premium pay TV service available in Australia, which is reflected by its prices," Canstar's research noted. The most expensive package cost $137 per month.

"If Foxtel has the deeds to a sport or show you like, you're probably going to sign up. Quality sports coverage is where Foxtel still has the edge over streaming sites like Netflix and Stan."

For years Foxtel was the only pay TV service in Australia, but the arrival of internet-based streaming has introduced several new challengers. Foxtel and Seven West Media launched a joint-venture streaming service called Presto to compete, but this was shut down at the start of 2017 due to poor subscription numbers.

Foxtel introduced its own streaming service in late 2013, called Foxtel Play, which costs from $10 to $69 for everything.

Netflix is still the king of Australia's streaming market.

The two independent and equipment-free services - Stan and Netflix - have no sports or linear television, just movies and multiple seasons of television shows.

Netflix's prices range from $9 to $15, while Stan costs a flat $10 for everything. Netflix is owned by its American parent, listed on the NASDAQ, while Stan is a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Company and Fairfax Media (publisher of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald)

Fetch must be ordered through a partnered internet provider and comes with a set top box. Prices range from $6 per month to $35 for access to international soccer matches.

BigPond Movies is only available through Telstra and charges for each show or movie downloaded by the user. It received a higher ranking overall by beating Foxtel on "range of content", "new release availability", and "value for money".

HDTV Heading Into Solomon Islands Via Av-Comm

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=2017620356&menu=1

Av-Comm has signed a multi-year agreement to deliver HDTV content for Telekom Television in the Solomon Islands via Intelsat’s C Band capacity on IS-805 at 169 degrees East.

The project includes the use of several new complementary technologies to drive an unmatched level of bandwidth utilization, designed to maximize the number of television channels on the content delivery platform. Av-Comm also selected Novelsat’s NS series modems with NS4 waveform and DUET™ CEC™ (carrier-echo-cancellation) technology to provide a satellite link efficiently in excess of 4 bits per hertz, allowing for up to eight HD video circuits into the Solomon Islands and a single HD video circuit in return. Additionally, Av-Comm’s Pacific Content Delivery Platform uses HEVC video encoding to complement Novelsat’s advanced modem technology to provide a greater return on Telekom Television’s investment in satellite bandwidth on Intelsat 805.

The delivery of television content via satellite is a critical requirement for the Solomon Islands as satellite is the country's sole method of accessing the interconnected global community.

Intelsat-OneWeb Merger: Enhanced Connections for Government Users

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Intelsat_OneWeb_Merger_Enhanced_Connections_for_Government_Users_999.html

At the recent Satellite 2017 conference in Washington, DC, we heard a number of predictions - some of them perhaps literally "pie in the sky" - of how the half-dozen or so proposed low-earth orbit (LEO) constellations are going to change global communications.

But the most important project, and the one most experts consider the most viable, is that proposed by OneWeb. And from our perspective, because Intelsat and OneWeb have announced plans to merge, we believe this LEO constellation will greatly benefit IGC's customers.

OneWeb plans to launch 684 satellites that will circle the earth at an altitude of about 750 miles (1,200 km) to provide broadband service to users anywhere on the globe. OneWeb terminals and satellites will use the Ku-band frequency spectrum and will complement Intelsat's global fleet of geo-synchronous orbit (GEO) satellites.

Because the OneWeb satellites are in LEO orbit, far closer to earth than GEO spacecraft, users will be able to connect using very small terminals that are now in development. For our government customers, the combined Intelsat-OneWeb network will provide a wide range of new communications capabilities.

For example, the Army has announced plans to use technology to establish expeditionary command posts using Wi-Fi hotspots to communicate with soldiers and vehicles. With reach-back via the Intelsat-OneWeb network, these Army hotspots would have a global, quick deploy solution.

In any terrain, in any location, commanders and soldiers could establish Wi-Fi networks with Internet access. These networks could be scaled to suit the size of the tactical operation in the field.

Another possible application is OneWeb support to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations over the Arctic, an area recently opened to maritime lanes but beyond the reach of GEO satellites.

The Group III UAS, such as Insitu's ScanEagle, have flown in higher latitudes but have been limited to line-of-sight only. Group 4 and 5 UAS (Predator and Global Hawk) have also been limited by the look angle to GEO satellites in these higher latitudes.

OneWeb, with orbits crossing the polar caps, will be virtually overhead of these UAS, and the satellites' high throughput will support military operations, rescue assistance and general surveillance.

Humanitarian efforts in remote areas could also be enhanced by OneWeb's capabilities, either through the use of hotspots that broadcast Wi-Fi signals or through direct connections to the satellites themselves with small user terminals. Such networks could provide non-government organizations operating in austere environments the broadband connectivity they need to do their jobs.

First responders could also benefit from OneWeb connectivity. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 10,000 separate and incompatible land-mobile radio networks serving police, fire and other emergency responders. Congress has appropriated money to establish a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.

The network is years from completion and can only be used by devices with special chipsets in them. OneWeb offers an affordable alternative that would allow first responders to leverage existing devices and investments.

The operation of the OneWeb network is a couple of years away, but we are already planning how it will deliver needed communications to a range of government and civil agencies around the world.

YouTube TV goes live

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/06/youtube-tv-goes-live/

YouTube is launching its YouTube TV service in five US cities at a cost of $35 (€32.90) a month, which it points out is “less than half the average cost of cable”.

Suggesting in a Blog post that it is enabling TV fans to access the channels they care about, at a price they can afford, without all the commitments, equipment fees, and hassle, it describes YouTube TV as “live TV made for us”.

YouTube TV is launching in the nation’s largest metro areas—New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia—with more US markets coming soon. “A YouTube TV membership is only $35 a month, less than half the average cost of cable,” says Andrew Jeon, Head Engineer for YouTube TV. “And there are no commitments; you can cancel anytime. We can’t wait for you to experience YouTube TV for yourself, so we’re giving you a free one month trial. We’ll also give you a complimentary Google Chromecast after your first month’s payment, while supplies last,” he advises.

A YouTube TV membership includes:
•Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, Fox Sports Networks, Comcast SportsNet and dozens more. YouTube TV gives “the best of live TV, from must-see shows such as Empire, The Voice, The Big Bang Theory and Scandal, to the live sports from the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NCAA. “Based on where you live, you’ll get your local broadcast TV stations covering local sports and news. You’ll also get dozens of popular cable channels, including FX, USA, Disney Channel, Bravo, MSNBC, Fox News. And you can add Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus for an additional charge. In total, YouTube TV will give you more than 50 networks,” writes Jeon.
•A cloud DVR, with no storage limits. With YouTube TV, your cloud DVR can record as many shows as you want, simultaneously, without ever running out of storage. You can keep each of your recordings for nine months.
•TV when it matters, where it matters. You can watch YouTube TV on your phone, tablet or computer—and you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV (we’ll be supporting even more connected TV devices later this year). And your cloud DVR goes with you, so you can stream your recordings on any device, whenever you want and wherever you go in the US.
•YouTube Red Originals. With a YouTube TV membership, you can watch all of our YouTube Red Original series and movies right in the new YouTube TV app.
•Six accounts included. You can share your YouTube TV membership with your family and roommates, and each account will receive its own unique recommendations and cloud DVR with no storage limits. Your household can watch up to three streams at a time.
•More networks coming soon. We’re excited to announce that AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, WE tv, and BBC World News will be included soon at no additional charge. These networks will join Telemundo and others listed below as networks coming to YouTube TV soon after launch. This means you’ll be able to watch shows like The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and your favourite telenovelas. And you’ll also be able to add Sundance Now or Shudder for an additional charge.

“To get started, check out tv.youtube.com today to start your free trial,” suggests Jeon.

I&B ministry calls for blocking of signals to Asia Broadcast Satellite

From http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/SwI8nnZS2iQQj0JS7ijTmO/IB-ministry-calls-for-blocking-of-signals-to-Asia-Broadcast.html

I&B ministry requests department of space to block signals of DTH service Asia Broadcast Satellite providing FTA channels in India without permission

New Delhi: The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has requested the department of space (DoS) to block the signals of an unauthorized direct-to-home service called Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) Ltd which is providing free-to-air (FTA) channels in India without permission from the ministry.

ABS Ltd is a global satellite operator headquartered in Bermuda. I&B ministry is the licensing authority for DTH broadcasting services in India.

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, minister of state for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore said that after consulting with the ministry of home affairs, the I&B ministry has requested the DoS to block the signals.

“This ministry consulted ministry of home affairs on the issue of unauthorized DTH service of ABS from security angle and its implication from national security perspective. The ministry of home affairs mentioned that the transmission of DTH service by ABS is without any application to the I&B ministry and not in line with the guidelines of ministry of I&B,” Rathore said.

There are six private DTH firms: Zee group-owned Dish TV India Ltd, Reliance BIG TV Ltd, Tata Sky Ltd, Videocon d2h Ltd, Sun DirectTV Pvt. Ltd and Bharti Telemedia Ltd. State broadcaster Doordarshan also runs a DTH platform called DD Free Dish, the only FTA satellite television service in India.

This move comes in the backdrop of the Telecom Regulatory of Authority of India (Trai) and private satellite channels urging the ministry and Doordarshan to look into unauthorized DTH firms operating in the Indian market without any licence from the government.

Recently, Doordarshan had also announced its plans to encrypt FTA signals for DD Free Dish so that they cannot be stolen by unauthorized operators. The broadcaster has already floated a tender for offering “security-locked” set-top-boxes across the country and is in the process of evaluating the responses.

Encryption will also help DD Free Dish to identify its subscribers which currently go unmapped and in turn will benefit private channels in selling these subscription numbers to advertisers and improve their revenue.

Doordarshan DTH to encrypt free-to-air signals by April

From http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/Fwaee756qOKqZGXkvHDdBI/Doordarshan-DTH-to-encrypt-freetoair-signals-by-April.html

Doordarshan has already floated a tender for offering ‘security-locked’ set-top-boxes across the country and is in the process of evaluating the respo

Doordarshan Free Dish is also planning to add 24 new channels to the platform this year, taking the total channel count to 104. Photo: Hindustan Times

New Delhi: State broadcaster Doordarshan is planning to encrypt free-to-air (FTA) signals for its direct-to-home (DTH) platform DD Free Dish, starting April.

The broadcaster has already floated a tender for offering ‘security-locked’ set-top-boxes across the country and is in the process of evaluating the responses.

“We are in the process of bringing new technology. Currently, our set-top boxes are not encrypted. Therefore, the free-to-air signals can be decoded by other platforms easily,” said Supriya Sahu, director general at Doordarshan, adding that the new technology will help the broadcaster track the set-top boxes and subscribers.

DD Free Dish currently carries 80 channels including private entertainment channels like Star Utsav, Sony Pal, Viacom18’s Rishtey and Rishtey Cineplex as well as news channels like Aaj Tak, ABP News and News 24, among others.

Private television broadcasters on Free Dish will have a two-fold advantage with the DTH platform encrypting its signals.

Firstly, encryption means that Free Dish will be able to identify its subscribers which currently go unmapped. This will benefit private channels which can sell these subscription numbers to advertisers and improve their revenue.

Secondly, it means that signals of private broadcasters will not be stolen by unauthorized operators. An executive from one of the leading private broadcasters who declined to be named, said that it will be helpful for the channels if DD Free Dish signals are encrypted. “When private channels share sports-feeds with Doordarshan, unauthorized operators pirate the signals because these are unencrypted. Plus, the public broadcaster itself will be able to track the number of subscribers and set-top boxes seeded across the country,” the executive said.

DD Free Dish is also planning to add 24 new channels to the platform this year, taking the total channel count to 104. Free Dish currently has 25 Doordarshan channels, including the official Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha channels. The broadcaster is also hoping to set up a customer care service for DD Free Dish


Horee! TV is new FTA on Palapa details


livestream, I tested and it wasn't performing very well at all even with my fibre connection


113E Palapa D 3992 H Sr 1600 8psk DVB S2 "emtek 2 Mhz" FTA Vpid 2201 (H264) Apid 2202 Sid 1

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Palapa D 113.0E Horee! has started on 3756 H and 3993 H, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E The Skynindo muxes have left 4100 V and 4140 V.
Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Jak TV has replaced Bloomberg TV Asia" on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4020 V Star Maa, Star Sports Select HD1, Star Sports Select HD2, Star Gold Select, Star Movies Select, Maa Movies and Vijay Super on are encrypted again

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "RTR Planeta" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 3920 V "ITV Choice" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Tsargrad TV" is now encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "CBN News" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Zingaat, Lord Buddha TV and Satya TV" have started on , Fta

Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "Animax India, AXN India, Sony Channel Asia, Gem TV Asia, AXN Taiwan, AXN East Asia, AXN Philippines, Animax Taiwan, Animax Asia, Animax
Philippines and Sony Channel Philippines" have left .

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Sky Muster: City drain on NBN satellites

From http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/sky-muster-city-drain-on-nbn-satellites/news-story/6755e0bddedd7eed69ef442abbb39e41

New NBN Satelite Sky Muster™ II Launch. Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) launched its 2nd satelite, Sky Muster™ II from French Guiana at around 7.30am AEDT this morning. Sky Muster™ II will provide additional data capacity to support the delivery of the company’s world-leading satellite broadband service for around 400,000 homes and businesses in regional and remote Australia.

THE National Broadband Network’s fault-plagued Sky Muster satellite service is being pushed on to Melbourne residents, along with more than 4000 households and businesses in other capital cities.

While the two satellites were built to service rural and remote Australia, Department of Communications and the Arts documents show 4013 premises in capital city electorates have been told they will have to use the Sky Muster satellites to connect to the NBN.

In Melbourne, 743 households and businesses in Doncaster, Templestowe, Lyndhurst, Frankston, Tullamarine, Bayswater, Knoxfield and Eltham have been told they can connect only to Sky Muster.

The pattern of offering city households and businesses NBN satellite connections has been repeated in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Darwin and Hobart.

NBN’s decision to connect urban premises to Sky Muster has upset the rural communities for whom Sky Muster was built, given the satellites’ limited data capacity.

Under the NBN’s current fair use policy, Sky Muster customers are restricted to an average monthly data ration of 55 gigabytes for downloads between 7am and 1am.

The Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia lobby group has repeatedly called for rural customers’ data ration to be increased, rather than seeing other users come on board and risk reducing the satellites’ fut­ure capacity.

“We’re concerned about the large number of residences being placed on Sky Muster,” BIRRRA spokeswoman Kristy Sparrow said. “There is already a limited capacity on this service.”

An NBN spokeswoman said the Federal Government-owned corporation must take different factors into account when designing the network.

“There are some areas where getting a fixed line to particular premises is just far too expensive,” she said.

“We have to make decisions based on the best use of public expenditure. It is worth noting that while the AEC (Australian Electoral Commission) may denote some electorates as urban they can still ­contain non-urban regions.

“Also, 4000 premises is less than 1 per cent of the Sky Muster footprint.

“The vast majority of the 400,000 premises eligible for Sky Muster services are in ­regional and remote areas of the continent and offshore ­islands.”

The department documents even identified sites that would be connected to Sky Muster in the federal electorates of Melbourne Ports and Wills, which covers Brunswick, but the NBN spokeswoman said these nine premises were simply Sky Muster test sites.

Kourou space centre occupied by strikers

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/05/kourou-space-centre-occupied-by-strikers/

The strike at Arianespace’s Kourou spaceport in French Guiana has become even more bitter. Demonstrators gained access to a – normally – highly secure suite of offices and occupied the space centre’s main conference room, and refused to quit.

Moreover, the space centre’s director Guillaume Faure, could not muster up enough police to evict the 30 or so protesters. Local images show riot ‘police’ protecting the main gate. The French authorities also have units of the Foreign Legion standing by in French Guiana.

“We won’t move. The situation is stuck and Guiana is blocked. You are blocked. We want the billions we have asked for,” protest leader Manuel Jean-Baptiste told the director of the space centre, according to local reports. Another report quotes a protester saying: “As long as our demands are not met your rockets will not launch”.

The strike has now been in force since March 20, and badly damaging Arianespace’s launch schedule.

Elon Musk Says 'My Mind's Blown' After SpaceX Makes History By Relaunching A Recycled Rocket

From http://mstarsnews.musictimes.com/articles/126515/20170404/elon-musk-says-my-minds-blown-after-spacex-makes-history-by-relaunching-a-recycled-rocket.htm

Space X automated mission which is supposed to launch in March 2018 has been moved to 2020. It is said that NASA is going to help for the launching of the capsule and they are going to spend almost $30 Million.

Space X is an aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services founded by Elon Musk in 2002. The company launched its recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday, which was recovered at a sea from its maiden flight last year.

SpaceX Falcon 9 launched a satellite into the orbit and eventually landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. This launch was special as it is the first time a rocket has been relaunched into space for the second time, Telegraph reported. Elon Musk's SpaceX created history by relaunching a recycled rocket into an orbit and also recovering it successfully in a great condition means the rocket can be sent again for the third mission.

SpaceX can now boast off its nine total successful landings. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX said, "It's been 15 years to get to this point, it's taken us a long time, a lot of difficult steps along the way, but I'm just incredibly proud of the SpaceX for being able to achieve this incredible milestone in the history of space."

This relaunch was a critical milestone for SpaceX as the company is striving hard to make rockets usable since 2011. Since each rocket built to date can only be used once and they are disposed of once they are used for sending the satellite into the orbit. That means a single rocket that costs millions of dollars have to be rebuilt for every mission, The Verge reported.

SpaceX has finally found a way to reduce these costs and make a rocket that can be used more than once to send satellites into the orbit. With this launch, SpaceX has finally launched Falcon 9 again into the orbit which was launched initially in 2015. This time, Falcon 9 carried communications satellite for the company SES that will deliver communication services exclusively to Latin America.

Global-IP picks SpaceX to launch its Boeing-built satellite

From http://spacenews.com/global-ip-picks-spacex-to-launch-its-boeing-built-satellite/

Global-IP Cayman's first satellite is scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in late 2018. Credit: SpaceX COLORADO SPRINGS — Global-IP Cayman, a Cayman Islands-based startup, has picked SpaceX to launch a high-throughput satellite it has under contract to Boeing. In an April 3 statement, Global-IP said the launch will take place in the last quarter of 2018 on a Falcon 9 rocket. “We are pleased to partner with Global-IP for this important mission,” SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell said in a written statement. “Once fully deployed, this satellite will expand Internet services across Sub-Saharan Africa, benefiting both consumers and businesses.”

Global-IP ordered GiSat-1, a 150-Gbps, Ka-band spot beam satellite from Boeing Satellite Systems International of El Segundo, California, in September. According to Boeing, the 702-model satellite’s digital payload will have twice as much capacity as previous digital payload designs. Global-IP CEO Bahram Pourmand, the former executive vice president and general manager of Hughes Network Systems’ international division, co-founded Global-IP in 2016 with Emil Youssefzadeh and Umar Javed of STM, a VSAT hardware manufacturer acquired in 2013 by EMC (which is now part of Global Eagle Entertainment).

GiSat-1 is scheduled to enter service in 2019. Global-IP says the satellite will operate with more than 10 gateways in Europe and multiple additional gateways within Africa. “We envision our investment in this project will increase the Internet penetration across the region and contribute significantly to the economic growth of all the countries we will serve,” Youssefzadeh, chief technology officer, said in a prepared statement. Global-IP is entering a crowded market that has more high-throughput capacity on the way. In addition to the many operators that already have capacity over Africa, Avanti’s Hylas-4, Yahsat’s Al Yah 3, Spacecom’s Amos-17 and Fibersat’s hosted payload Fibersat-1 are all expected to bring more Ka-band capacity to the continent before GiSat-1 is in orbit

NTV MIR expands across Europe with Globecast

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017040446741/ntv-mir-expands-across-europe-with-globecast.html#axzz4dMigZE4h

NTV Broadcasting Company has selected media global solutions provider Globecast to manage the broadcast of the international version of its core channel to cable and DTH homes across Europe.

Pumpalovic 4 April 2017 Broadcasting in MPEG-2 SD, the NTV MIR TV channel offers a mix of news and documentaries, as well as entertainment content and sports. Globecast is providing fibre connectivity for NTV MIR TV via its backbone network for the channel to be delivered from Moscow to its Paris location, where the signals are then uplinked to Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD position at 13° East. NTV MIR TV will join a neighbourhood of 38 Russian-speaking channels, of which 28 are available free-to-air. Globecast already broadcasts Channel One and RTR PLANETA (Group VGTRK) and broadcasts NTV MIR across Asia via AsiaSat 5.

Commented general director of Globecast in Moscow Biliana Pumpalovic (pictured): “We’re delighted that NTV Group has once again called on us to distribute its content, this time across Europe. Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD neighbourhood, with its strong Russian line-up, was the obvious choice for us and makes it easy for NTV MIR to increase its cable and DTH audience across a vast footprint. This deal also illustrates what Globecast does best, which is deliver content to a new audience cost-effectively.”

Fashion TV launches FTV UHD

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/04/fashion-tv-launches-ftv-uhd/

Fashion TV has launched a dedicated Ultra High Definition channel, FTV UHD, on Eutelsat’s popular HOTBIRD neighbourhood. Fashion TV is leveraging HOTBIRD’s position to offer exclusive Ultra HD content to cable and IPTV networks across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

FTV UHD uses HEVC encoding with 10 bits of colour depth (one billion colours), at 50 frames per second. Building on the Fashion TV brand, Fashion TV says the new service is setting a new standard in fashion and lifestyle broadcasting through original programming on style and trends offered with exceptional image quality.

Speaking at MIPTV in Cannes, FTV UHD’s CEO, Michel Adam Lisowski, said that since the launch of the broadcaster’s first fashion-themed channel on a Eutelsat satellite in 1997, it had developed a “unique and comprehensive” brand with high-quality broadcasting at its core. “We made the leap to High Definition ten years after the launch of our first digital channel on Eutelsat’s fleet. In the year that we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are excited to pursue our commitment to the highest quality of broadcasting standards through an Ultra HD channel offering Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD homes exceptional images of the latest fashion events from around the world,” he declared.

“The launch of FTV UHD three months ago is new evidence of the adoption of Ultra HD by content producers,” noted Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Officer. “Fashion TV’s trust in Eutelsat reflects our commitment to delivering service that guarantees viewers an enriched and unrivalled Ultra HD experience. We are proud to support this new venture and to join Fashion TV in accelerating FTV UHD’s distribution across the exceptional footprint of our HOTBIRD video neighbourhood.”

SES and Thales Unveil Next-Generation Capabilities Onboard SES-17

From Press Release From: SES

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) today announced the addition of a powerful Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) onboard the SES-17 satellite which will allow SES to offer its mobility customers extraordinary efficiency and unrivalled flexibility in bandwidth management capabilities.

SES-17’s next-generation fully digital payload has been jointly optimised by SES and Thales Alenia Space over the past year, making the satellite even more attractive to customers in the highly competitive mobility market, as well as other fast growing enterprise markets. SES-17, which was procured in September 2016, will cover North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean, and is expected to be delivered in 2020.

Equipped with close to 200 spot beams of mixed sizes, the fully digital SES-17 spacecraft will provide mobility customers with an unsurpassed ability to efficiently and flexibly modify their networks in real time in response to changing bandwidth demands, either on a daily schedule or in response to unanticipated changes such as weather. This harmonisation of management of services and optimisation of service quality will enable customers to deliver high-speed broadband in a more efficient and cost effective manner.

Other added capabilities made possible by the addition of the SpaceFlexTM DTP are:

•Improved ability for SES and its customers to implement mesh, broadcast, and multicast network configurations;
•Improved efficiency in throughput and bandwidth use resulting in greater price competitiveness; and
•New redundancy features that will deliver reliable and robust networks that are essential in today’s highly competitive markets.

Through the DTP-enhanced satellite, SES-17’s anchor customer, Thales InFlyt Experience, will enjoy enhanced flexibility and efficiency to deliver industry-leading speed and capacity to support passengers’ growing connectivity demands.

“Consumption of data has evolved dramatically over the years and will continue to do so. Our first geostationary Ka-band satellite with this next generation DTP is a keystone in SES’s unique satellite architecture. It is designed to provide unrivalled flexibility in terms of capacity allocation so that our customers’ connectivity needs of tomorrow are fulfilled,” said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES. “Through Thales Alenia Space’s expertise, we are excited to be providing a satellite that will deliver seamless connectivity of unmatched performance for our customers.”

“Thales Alenia Space is proud of SES’s decision to embark its latest SpaceFlexTM VHTS DTP onboard SES-17 which will bring highly valuable benefits to this powerful, fully flexible mission,” said Bertrand Maureau, EVP Telecom at Thales Alenia Space. “Thales Alenia Space is pursuing the development of efficient and innovative space solutions to serve the market needs of high-speed broadband services.”

“Thales FlytLIVE connectivity solution offers the most advanced and efficient aeronautical solution available in the Americas,” Dominique Giannoni, CEO at Thales InFlyt Experience. “Adding the latest generation processor onboard SES-17 dramatically increases FlytLIVE’s coverage, capacity, and redundancy, enabling Thales to provide the connected inflight experience that our customers and their passengers expect, today and well into the future. With FlytLIVE, passengers will enjoy full internet connectivity, including the ability to stream internet services for video, games, social media and live television, creating an immersive and engaging experience in the air.”

For further information please contact:

Markus Payer
Corporate Communications
Tel. +352 710 725 500

Press Contacts- Thales Alenia Space:
Sandrine Bielecki
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 92 70 94

Chrystelle Dugimont
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 92 74 06


A few new channels.

Asiasat 7 4180 V Sr 30000 Sony Ten 1 HD and Ten Golf have started (both are Powervu encrypted now)

Sony Ten 1 HD


Asiasat 7 4065 H Sr 4296 "UNI TV" has started FTA

Asiasat 7 3689 H Sr 15000 "Free tv test" has started Fta

Asiasat 7 3734 H Sr 5777 Fec 3/4 Qpsk a new t.p all are FTA with a new mux of 8 FTA Pakistan channels

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "PNG TV and NBC TV" have started on Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "Naaptol Shopping, 7XM, Classic Cinema, Movies Kicker, Movies PK, G55 and Joy TV" have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "MyTV has replaced Z Action HD" on , Fta.

Thaicom 4 119.5E 10978 V TV 3 SD 28, TV 3 HD 33, Amarin 34 HD, ETV, GMM 25, MCOT HD 30, Mono 29, NBT 2, One HD 31, PPTV HD 36, Thai PBS, Thairath TV 32, TNN 24, True 4U, Thai TV 5 HD1 and Workpoint 23 have started on , BISS.
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AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3840 H "RTR Planeta Asia" has started on, Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "Jewelry Channel" has started on , BISS.

ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "Boutique TV and Vitrina TV" have started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "E Extra has replaced E Kasi +" on , Videoguard.

NSS 12 57.0E 4095 R MTN Worldwide TV mux has started on , PowerVu.

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Eutelsat satellite returned to factory as French Guiana unrest continues

From http://spacenews.com/eutelsat-satellite-returned-to-factory-as-french-guiana-unrest-continues/

COLORADO SPRINGS — Protests roiling the South American home of Europe’s primary spaceport prompted Airbus Defence and Space to send Europe’s first high-power, all-electric satellite back to France until Arianespace resumes launching.

Airbus flew the Eutelsat-172b satellite to Cayenne, French Guiana last last month in anticipation of its upcoming launch.

But Arianespace has suspended launches from the Guiana Space Centre as labor strikes and civil protests have spread throughout the French overseas department, blocking roads and disrupting normal commerce.

“We decided with Airbus that under the circumstances it was best to bring [Eutelsat-172b] back to Toulouse,” Eutelsat spokeswoman Vanessa O’Connor told SpaceNews April 3. “It is now stored at Airbus and we are waiting for a new launch date from Arianespace.”

Airbus Defence and Space spokesperson Ralph Heinrich said Eutelsat-172b arrived back in Toulouse, France, March 30.

Protests that began in late March over working and living conditions prevented Arianespace from moving its Ariane 5 rocket to the launch zone in advance of a March 21 launch of Brazil’s SGDC satellite and KT Corporation’s Koreasat-7 satellite. After calling two 24-hour delays, Arianespace stood down March 23 without setting a new date for flight VA236.

Eutelsat-172b is next in line for an Ariane 5 launch.

CNES’s Joel Barre declined to comment on the state of affairs at the spaceport.

According to France 24, activists in French Guiana are demanding 2.5 billion euros ($2.7 billion) from France, having rejected a 1.085 billion-euro aid package over the weekend. French Guiana has a population of about 250,000.

Unrest in the French territory is now compounding launch delays for Arianespace, which has 12 launches to complete this year.

For Eutelsat, the delays are likely to push back the expected in service date for Eutelsat-172b, a satellite the operator ordered ahead of its original schedule thanks to the backing of Panasonic Avionics as an anchor customer for in-flight connectivity in the Asia Pacific. Eutelsat-172b is a tri-band satellite the operator ordered in June 2014 as an early follow on for Eutelsat-172A.

As an all-electric satellite, O’Connor said Eutelsat-172b is expected to require four months of orbit raising to get from its drop-off point to its geostationary orbit some 36,000 kilometers above the equator.

Arianespace, however, could trim Eutelsat-172b’s transit time by delivering an exemplary launch.

Eutelsat’s first all-electric satellite, the Boeing-built Eutelsat 115 West B, entered service a month early thanks to an extremely accurate SpaceX Falcon 9 launch.

Japan: Fully UHD by 2025

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/japan-fully-uhd-by-2025/

Japanese TV households will be fully UHD by 2025, according to Masayuki Suga, Deputy Director, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Delivering a Keynote address on ‘Japan’s Road Map for 4K Ultra HD and Beyond’ at MIPTV’s Sony 4K Ultra HD Theatre, Suga told delegates that in 2012, a study group had been on the advancement of broadcasting services, leading to the creation of the Road Map in 2013. “In Japan, public and private sectors are working together to promote 4K and 8K. We have formulated the Road Map as a common goal for the stakeholders such as broadcasters and equipment manufacturers and government.”

Follow-up meeting held by the Ministry had seen two revisions to the Road Map, with the latest version setting 2020 as the target year for the promotion of 4K and 8K as Japan will be hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games that year. “We hope the enthusiasm for the Olympics and Paralympics will be shared nationwide through 4K and 8K broadcasting.”

Towards that 2020 target, the Ministry had planned a number of steps, such as in test broadcasts of 4K in 2014 via cable, satellite and IPTV, with full broadcasts the following year. “In 2016 there were test broadcasts via a major satellite which is widely spread, with a large number of viewers,” he advised, adding that 2018 would see a full service available. “So far, 4K and 8K promotion has progressed in accordance with the Road Map,” he added.

Suggesting that this was this represented a major progress since the last MIPTV, Suga reported that in January 2016, 19 channels, operated by 11 broadcasters, had been licensed to commence commercial broadcasting in 4K from December 2018. “Free-to-air channels will be offered. The launch of full broadcasts will be a big step towards our goal in 2020.”

He said that promotion of 4K and 8K was recognised as one of the most important topics for Japanese economic growth. “So, the promotion was incorporated into the national growth plan called the Japan Revitalisation Strategy. In that strategy, it is stated that approximately 50 per cent of households in Japan will watch through 4K and 8K in 2020. The government will promote 4K and 8K by starting broadcasts by satellite in 2018. The penetration rate was set as a target, with 100 per cent in 2025.”

He said that to reach the 2020 target, the Ministry was focusing on raising awareness among people. “The start of full commercial satellite broadcasting in December next year will enhance the spread of the 4K system,” he predicted, adding that before that, viewers needed to be provided with comprehensive information on 4K and 8K to avoid confusion. One of the concerns is that viewers may need to purchase new equipment in order to enjoy 4K services, such as monitors, tuners and antenna, set-top box.

Accordingly, the Ministry was planning to set up a forum involving broadcasters, manufacturers and retailers to share information and discuss the awareness strategy.

Friend MTS joins beIN in anti-piracy fight

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/friend-mts-joins-bein-in-anti-piracy-fight/

Premium sports broadcaster beIN is tackling the threat from digital piracy to its pay-TV business head-on, by deploying the live watermarking service from platform, channel and content protection services provider Friend MTS.

Friend MTS is providing its live watermarking anti-piracy service ASiD (Advanced Subscriber Identification) to protect all beIN channels on the broadcaster’s OTT platform throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). beIN is joining a number of tier 1 broadcasters using the Friend MTS’s ASiD service to make it the most widely-deployed and actively-used digital watermarking system in the world.

http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/friend-mts-joins-bein-in-anti-piracy-fight/ASiD uses a sophisticated but lightweight watermarking technology to identify originating subscriber accounts that are being used to retransmit live channels and events. The technology can be implemented without any changes to the video delivery infrastructure, and enables accounts to be identified and video access blocked within just minutes.

For beIN, the technology means that it can identify individual subscribers that are stealing and retransmitting their content, and shut them down.

“beIN recognises that piracy is a real and costly threat to its pay-TV business and has contracted us to deploy our ASiD services to protect their channels across the beIN OTT platform in MENA,” explained Jonathan Friend, CEO, Friend. “With the proliferation of OTT platforms, broadcasters need an anti-piracy solution that can fit both broadcast and OTT. ASiD is a true step change in the fight against video piracy, with a simple and easy to install robust content protection technology that will wipe out OTT and broadcast piracy 100 per cent of the time. Our watermarking system is now the most widely used in the world, as we continue to roll out the service with some of the world’s biggest broadcasting platforms.”

“Piracy in MENA impacts pay TV industry immensely,” advised Mohammad Al Subaie, Executive Director of Commercial Affairs at beIN. “Piracy causes millions of dollars of losses to organisations, governments and deprives legitimate industries like regional content creators from return on their investments. By deploying latest technological means, beIN wants to ensure that our eco-system in the region grows.”

Bangladesh to launch first-ever satellite in Dec Join our daily free Newsletter

From http://menafn.com/1095367107/Bangladesh-to-launch-first-ever-satellite-in-Dec

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Work on Bangladesh's first-ever satellite project, Bangabandhu Satellite-1, is going on in full swing, aiming to be launched on the country's Victory Day on December 16.

Sources at the posts and telecommunications ministry said yesterday that 55% work on the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 has been completed.
Once launched, the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will provide 40 different types of services. It is expected to bring revolutionary changes in telecommunications and broadcast services, the sources said.

The satellite with a capacity of 1,600 megahertz will have 40 transponders and the physical equipment of the space capsule that measures the capacity. Half of the capacity will be reserved for the country while the rest will be rented out.

In 2008, the Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) completed the primary works, including the submission of electronic filing to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), for launching the satellite.

The government has taken the most sophisticated technological project involving 29.69bn taka with a view to reducing dependence on foreign countries.
State Minister for Posts and Communications Tarana Halim said, 'Work on Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is progressing fast for launching it on the Victory Day next. Pime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to go to the USA for launching the satellite.

Former posts and telecommunications secretary Faizur Rahman Chowdhury said, 'Once the satellite is launched, the country's telecommunication sector will be able to move competitively with developed nations. The government is giving priority to quick implementation of the project.
Project director Abdur Razzak said, 'The construction work of two ground control stations in Gazipur and Betbunia are going on in full swing. We hope the work will be completed in time.
Besides, the work for procuring equipment for the ground control station is underway, he said.
According to the sources, work on satellite is going on under the facility of Thales Alenia Space of Cannes and Toulouse. Thales Alenia Space is in charge of the design, production, testing and the delivery in orbit.

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be launched using vehicle SpaceX and Falcon 9 of the United States from the Cape Carnival launch pad. An agreement has already been signed between SpaceX, the USA and Launch Service Agreement of Thales.
On September 9, 2016, an agreement of 157mn euro (equivalent to 14bn taka) with HSBC was signed for financing the project.

ISRO Beams in Private Firm to Make Two Satellites for Navigation

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/ISRO_Beams_in_Private_Firm_to_Make_Two_Satellites_for_Navigation_999.html

"All major countries like the US, Russia and others have gone through a similar phase where public-private sector partnership creates an ecosystem driving entrepreneurship and job growth. Many of the technologies and experience in assembling will be used in other spheres and applied in product creation and differentiation," Vahia told Sputnik.

In a first, ISRO, India's space research agency, has hired a private company to build two large satellites for India's navigation system. The private firm will initially undergo a rigorous development process under ISRO for at least six months.

Alpha Design Technologies, the private company which will build the satellites, is an INR 4 billion defense equipment supplier.

This is part of the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) strategy to expand and augment private sector participation in the multi-billion dollar satellite industry. In the short term, private sector participation is expected to lessen the burden on ISRO and in the medium- to long-term drive innovation and job creation.

India needs around 17 satellites every year for meteorological forecasts, communication and other purposes. The larger, and more complex, satellites that are capable of multi-tasking, can weigh 1.5 tons and above. Given its current capacity, ISRO alone cannot meet the target. It needs two satellites on stand-by mode should something go wrong with its seven satellites in orbit.

"I think the requirement we are foreseeing is nearly 16 to 17 satellites per year that we have to make. So it is a really, really, quantum jump," Dr M. Annadurai, Director of the ISRO Satellite Center, told the media.

The development has been encouraging and will create a situation where the private sector will take the lead in future and ISRO will just mentor multiple stakeholders, says Dr Mayank N. Vahia of Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

"While it's been going on for some time, ISRO expanding its engagement and awarding sub-contracts to Indian private sector players is an encouraging development. The most significant part is that catering to ISRO's demands will drive technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and lead to new avenues of job creation.

"All major countries like the US, Russia and others have gone through a similar phase where public-private sector partnership creates an ecosystem driving entrepreneurship and job growth. Many of the technologies and experience in assembling will be used in other spheres and applied in product creation and differentiation," Vahia told Sputnik.

With increased engagement, the Indian private sector can overcome skill and resources gap in the future, Vahia adds.

ISRO captured global attention in February by releasing a record 104 satellites into space, many of which belonged to other countries.


Finally back after a bit of a break, due to my PC needing a repair it had to be shipped back to Auckland for a power supply replacement as it is still under warrenty.

This update will just be trying to catch up on a few things.

Some of the info may be a little stale

172E Eutelsat 172A 4174 V Sr 1000 tagged as "First_service" is PNG TV FTA S2-8psk Fec 2/3 Sid 1 Tid 4096 Vpid 512 (H264) Apid 4112 (English)

NBC (Kundo 2) has also started on 4196 H Sr 1415 Fec 3/4

Sunday evening feeds

Asiasat 5 3707 H Sr 7210 "service-1" Horse racing

Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 7210 "SCJDJ" same racing as above
Asiasat 5 3905 V Sr 7120 "DSI" showing FTA AFL

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7200 "ABL Semi Finals" Asian basketball
Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7500 "service-1" Running race

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 Fec 3/4 "7 BCS Slot 2 QPSK Low Delay" 7 news
D1 12661 V Sr 7200 FEc 2/3 "ATN snv-2" Presenter outside a Stadium

Some early Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3725 H Sr 7500 "LPGA Emek" Womans Golf

Asiasat 5 3840 H Sr 29713 Fec 5/6 8psk "RTR Planeta Asia" FTA Sid 38 Vpid 3842 (mpg2) Apid 3843 544x576 res
Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "Enc 7" World figure skating
Asiasat 5 4076 H Sr 7200 "service 01" Asian soccer

From my Email


From the Dish

this is a catchup some of the past weeks lyngsat updates

Eutelsat 172A 172.0E 4174 V "PNG TV" has started on Fta.
Eutelsat 172A 172.0E 4196 H NBC TV has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 805 169.0E 4008 V "Premier League TV and Australia Channel News" are encrypted again.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3799 V "Australia Plus TV Pacific" has started on , BISS.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "Hope Channel International" has left .
Intelsat 19 166.0E 4040 V "Discovery Kids Philippines" has left .

ABS 6 159.0E 3897 VSports 5 on is Fta

Telkom 3S Telkom 3S has left 135.5 East, moving west.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3780 V "Win TV" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Sony One and Macau Lotus TV have started on , ABV. Zee Hiburan and Pentas Film Indonesia" have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "E! Asia & Pacific has replaced Outdoor Channel International" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 3808 V "SBS In has replaced K-Drama" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "TV Maubere" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "SBS In has replaced IM Shopping Indonesia" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "SET Taiwan" has started on , Fta. CTV Classic has left

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Outdoor Channel International" has left .

BSAT 3A 110.0E 12034 R NHK General TV, NHK Educational TV, NTV, TV Asahi, TBS, TV Tokyo and Fuji TV have left .

SES 9 108.2E 11026 V Trans TV, TVOne and SCTV have started on , Fta. TV Polri, RCTI, MNC TV, INews TV, Pesona TV and Global TV have left.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3768 H "GMN" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "Gulistan News" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3940 V "Fox Crime India" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H "Boomerang Australia" is back on , PowerVu.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4060 V "Nickelodeon Pakistan, ARY Zauq, ARY Digital UK, ARY Digital UAE, ARY News UK & Europe and ARY Digital USA" are Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4060 V "HBO Pakistan" is Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "I24 News Arabic" has left

SES 8 95.0E 12050 H "Aljazeera English" has started on , Fta.
SES 8 95.0E 12050 H "PTC Chakde" has left .
SES 8 95.0E 12050 H "Isai Aruvi, Vasanth TV, Kalaignar TV and Sirippoli" have started on , Fta.

NSS 6 95.0E 11090 H "Channel Divya, Kaatyayani TV, Disha TV and Kashish News have started on , Fta. Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal" has left.
NSS 6 95.0E 12647 V "Z ETC Bollywood" has started on ,Fta.
NSS 6 95.0E 12647 H "AFN Movie, AFN Sports, AFN Prime Atlantic, AFN Spectrum, AFN Prime Pacific, AFN News, AFN Prime Korea and AFN Family" have left .
NSS 6 95.0E 12729 V "Zee Tamizh" has started on , Fta

Insat 4B 93.5E 4020 H DD Jalpaiguri has started on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11050 V "Dish Box Office Premier, Shop CJ, News Live, Naaptol Bangla, Alankar TV and Movie on Demand 1/2" are encrypted again.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11050 V "Shalom TV India, Bhakthi TV, Public TV and Music Fatafati have started on , clear. Dish Box Office Premier, Shop CJ, News Live, Naaptol Bangla, Alankar TV and Movie on Demand 1/2" are Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11050 V "Shalom TV India, Bhakthi TV, Public TV and Music Fatafati "on are now encrypted.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11130 V "Raj Digital Plus, BTVi, Nick Jr India, Disney Junior India, R Plus, Tez, DD India, Andy Haryana, ETV Life, Tollywood, BTV News, Sangeet
Bhojpuri, Jinvani Channel, Channel WIN, ETV Haryana, Chintu TV, Khushi, News 18 Assam & North-East, Jonack and IBC 24" have started on , Conax.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H Fashion TV India, ABN, V6 News and Subhavaartha TV have started on Conax. Dhoom Music has left.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 V "Australia Plus TV India" has left .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 H "News 7 Tamil, ETV Kannada News, Raj Musix Kannada, Aalami Samay, FYI TV 18, Colors Super, WION, Zee Cinemalu, ETV Odia News, Assam Talks, Navgrah, Nepal 1, Dhoom Music, France 24 English, Kaumudy TV, Janam TV, Sanskriti TV Channel, Ramdhenu, Jai Maharashtra and Sahara One have started on , Conax. Zee 24 Ghanta, Zee Madya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, Zee 24 Taas, Sadhna Plus and Den Snapdeal TV-Shop" have left.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "DD National has replaced India News" on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand has replaced Chitrapat Marathi" on , Fta.
Measat 3 91.5E 3840 V "BBC Entertainment Asia" has left .
Measat 3 91.5E 3920 V "Gem TV Asia" has left .
Measat 3 91.5E 3920 V "Mezzo Live HD Asie" has left .
Measat 3 91.5E 4004 V "CNN Philippines" is now encrypted.

Measat 3 91.5E 11142 V "Astro First SD 6 has replaced Astro Best SD 5" on , Videoguard.
Measat 3 91.5E 11602 V "Astro Best 467" has started on , Videoguard.
Measat 3 91.5E 11682 V "Astro Best SD 11" has started on , Videoguard.

Measat 3b 91.5E The Astro muxes have left 10732 V, 10812 V and 10892 V.Astro PPV Movies HD 498 has started on 10852 V, Videoguard.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H Zee Phim has replaced Zee Hiburan on , Conax.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11485 V "Yamal TV Nadym, Yamal TV Tarko-Sale and Yamal TV Salekhard" have started on , Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 11531 V "Yamal TV" has left .
Yamal 401 90.0E 11668 H "World Fashion Channel Russia and Tri Angela" have left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 11960 H Nashe TV on is now encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12080 H "Sinema has replaced Park Razvlicenii" on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "CBN News" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Jai Kisan News" has started on , clear.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "Planet News" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "Raftaar Media" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Onkar Only Truth TV" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3949 H "Bangla Time TV" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Thai Life TV E47 and Best Channel 97" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Money Channel" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Five Channel" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12272 H "Shop Ch has started on , encrypted. TGN Ku" has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "Fan TV" has started on , BISS. Fan Music, MV Lao TV, Esan TV, Five Channel and MV TV Channel have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 H "Celestial Classic Movies Thailand and Asian Food Channel" have started on , encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 H "TCM Asia, Chic Channel, Block A, MTV Thailand, TVB Xing He, NHK World TV and True Hay Ha" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12355 H "True Explore Wild and True Spark Jump" have started on , encrypted. MV TV Family has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12438 H "Reality Channel and AMC Asia" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12562 H "T Sports Channel, TNN 2 and True Spark Play" have started on , encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12562 H "Sky Theater, Food Network Asia, Home & Food Channel and Siamsport Live" have left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12405 V "Star Chinese Movies HD South East Asia" has started on , Conax.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12405 V "Fox Sports News Asia" has left.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12467 V "Nat Geo People Asia" has started on , Conax.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12521 V "Mahar Bawd"i has left .
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "Mahar TV has started on , BISS. Ani Lava, View World and MWD Movies" have left.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "TVD Momo" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12728 V "AEC, Channel 7, MRTV 4, Miracle, MRTV Entertainment, MWD Documentary,PSI Saradee, MWD Music, MN TV, 5 Plus, Channel 9 and Mahar TV have left MWD, Democratic Voice of Burma TV and PSI Saradee" are now encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5E Almost all channels in the 4 Digital muxes on 12405 V, 12467 V and 12521 V are encrypted again.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12557 V "Fox Family Movies, KBS World and History Asia" on are encrypted again.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "Mahar TV (Fta) and Hunan TV (BISS) have started . Democratic Voice of Burma TV is now encrypted.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "5 Plus, MN TV, Channel 9, MWD, MWD Music, MWD Movies and MWD Varity" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "MRTV Entertainment" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11560 H "TVK and Bayon TV" have started on, BISS.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "I Shopping" has started on , Fta
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "Skyworld 1/2, SkyAsia and Work Shop" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "IPM Sport 1, IPM Fashion, IPM Party, Travel Channel HD and Loso have started on , BISS. MCOT HD, PPTV HD 36, World Movies HD and Asia Movie HD" have left.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11680 H "Real Stories, IPM Sport 2 and Pattanee Channel" have started View World, Bangkok Channel, Sawasdee Sayhi, IPM Show 3, Trang Channel, Ani Lava, Chaiyaphum Channel, Kanchanaburi Channel and Line Thai have started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 10973 V "Crime + Investigation Asia" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 11105 V "Sky Net Sports Plus and Money Channel have started on , Tongfang.Sports Illustrated" has left.
Apstar 7 76.5E 11167 V "BBC Earth Asia has started on , Tongfag, ITV Choice, BBC Entertainment Asia and H2 Asia" have left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11165 H "NDTV Good Times, Channel 8 International, Music Channel, Rotana Music, K-Drama, Rotana Cinema, You Man Cartoon Channel, Jiangsu TV, Pulse, Action Hollywood Movies, TV Edukasi, Universitas Terbuka TV, Jawa Pos TV, Toonmax TV, Space Toon, Ahsan TV, TV MUI, Nabawi TV, TV Mu, Al-Resalah, Arirang World, NDTV 24x7, TRT World, SBN, Channel NewsAsia, CTI TV Asia, Dubai Sports 3 and Quran TV have started on , encrypted. Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel, Qur'an Hedayah Indonesia, Elshinta TV, Space Shopping, INTV, DW English, O Channel, Papua TV, NHK World TV and BBC World News Asia Pacific" have left.

ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "Enterr 10" is back on , Fta R-Vision, Raftaar Media and M Tunes have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "Onkar Only Truth TV" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "9X Bajao" has started on , Fta. Housefull Movies has left again.
ABS 2 75.0E 12467 V "Sonic Nickelodeon" has started on , Exset.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3809 V "Zee Bangla and Zee 24 Hour Business" have started on , Conax. WION has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3828 V "Jan TV, Suddi TV and Jan TV Plus" have started on , Fta .Maha Bodhi Channel has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3836 V "M Tunes" has left again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4117 H "Samaa TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Naaptol Malayalam" has started on , Fta. Best Deal TV has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Harvest Broadcasting Network" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Last Hour Miracle TV" has started on , Fta. Charis TV and The Word TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Rivers of Living Waters TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "El TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "New Voice Christian TV and Solomon TV" have started on , Fta.Jesus TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Victory TV and Impact TV Network" have started on , Fta. KCG TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "Apostle Mohlala TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 V "Sai TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3885 V "Surya Action, Sun Action, Gemini Action and Suriyan TV" have left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3984 H "Media One Gulf, Animal Planet HD World India and TLC HD World India" have left .

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 12067 V L!fe 78 has started on, Fta.

Intelsat 904 Intelsat 904 has left 60 East, moving west.

From asiatvro site

These are catchups yes there is a 1 week gap.

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,RTR Planeta(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月2日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,RTR Planeta(俄罗斯)频道开播,设置3840 H 29720参数免费接收。 [4月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Vision PK替NTV(印度)换频道,设置3700 V 4166参数免费接收。 [4月2日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Perviy kanal、Rossiya 1、NTV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12380 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Movies Select HD(高清)等全组频道加密,设置4020 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV Safina、Jahonnamo(塔吉克斯坦)等全组频道消失,设置11492 V 4650参数无效接收。 [4月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBN+替换国家地理悠人(高清)频道,设置12330 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,My Cinema(高清)频道消失,设置12530 H 27489参数无效接收。 [4月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Behze(测试)频道新增,设置3690 V 11390参数免费接收。 [4月2日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Maa HD、Vijay Super(STAR TV)等全组频道解密,设置4020 V 28100参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBN+替换国家地理悠人(高清)频道,设置12330 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,My Cinema(高清)频道消失,设置12530 H 27489参数无效接收。 [4月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Behze(测试)频道新增,设置3690 V 11390参数免费接收。 [4月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Maa HD、Vijay Super(STAR TV)等全组频道解密,设置4020 V 28100参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,People TV、Dhama TV(泰国)等7个频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,美食星球/知识频道替换东森幼幼(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ABP Asmita(印度)频道解密,设置3777 H 10900参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,亚洲旅游、东森亚洲(MPEG-4)等4个频道新增,设置3663 H 5000参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,DCI 2、DCI 3(测试)等3个频道新增,设置3438 H 1798参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,东森亚洲新闻、东森幼幼替换东森新闻(华人卫视)等频道,设置12604 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月1日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,RTR Planeta(测试)频道新增,设置3840 H 29720参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Nickelodeon(巴基斯坦)等全组频道解密,设置4060 V 26666参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Butik TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12153 V 45000参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Cartoon Network替换民视新闻(数码天空)频道,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月31日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat、4K-Sat 2(4K)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,中天新闻(传送)(高清)频道新增,设置12359 V 2400参数有条件接收。 [3月31日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Bac Ninh(高清)频道改格式,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Fashion One TV 4K(UHD)频道重现,设置12226 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [3月31日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat(4K)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [3月31日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,ARY Digital UAE(巴基斯坦)频道解密,设置4060 V 26666参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,PNG TV、NBC Png替换Al Jazeera(MPEG-4)等频道,设置3880 V 30000参数免费接收。 [3月31日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Bioscope、Zee Nung(MPEG-4)等3个频道解密,设置3960 H 29700参数免费接收。 [3月30日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Sine(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3760 H 29720参数免费接收。 [3月30日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,My Zen TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月30日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Colors Oriya、Colors Guirati(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置4080 H 3500参数免费接收。 [3月30日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS Cbn HD1(高清)频道新增,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月30日]

东经66度国际17号卫星C频段,Surya TV HD、Udaya TV HD替换Sun Action(高清)等频道,设置3885 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月19日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,EBC 1(外语)频道消失,设置11900 H 27500参数无效接收。 [3月19日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,GEM Film、GEM Tech(阿联酋)等10个频道新增,设置12111 V 27500参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,View World、Ani Lava(泰国)频道加密,设置11679 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月19日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Star Gold HD(高清)频道新增,设置11630 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [3月19日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,TTC(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12130 R 27500参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、凤凰资讯(老挝)等全组频道解密,设置10850 H 45000参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Kinopokaz promo(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12149 L 27500参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Hluttaw 1、Hluttaw 2(传送)频道消失,设置4175 H 2500参数无效接收。 [3月19日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Bangla TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置4040 H 4610参数无效接收。 [3月19日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Astro Awani(马来西亚)频道消失,设置3424 V 2500参数无效接收。 [3月18日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,ETC、Jack CT(ABS)等全组频道改频率,设置3639 V 36000参数免费接收。 [3月18日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Sony Gem(高清)频道加密,设置10968 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [3月18日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Max By HBO HD替换Cinemax HD(高清)频道,设置11260 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,VOD Channel(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3880 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月18日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Surya Movies替换Kiran TV(印度)频道,设置3885 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月18日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Surya Comedy替换Sun TV Rest of India(MPEG-4)频道,设置3925 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月18日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Yamal Region(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11531 V 4280参数无效接收。 [3月18日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,UzReport TV(乌兹别克)频道消失,设置11505 V 3800参数无效接收。 [3月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Australia Plus(BISS)频道新增,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。 [3月18日]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,GTRK Yamal(+2h)(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11580 H 20000参数无效接收。 [3月17日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,ANT Th、Hng Dn Kh(越南)频道解密,设置11260 V 30000参数免费接收。 [3月17日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,BBC earth HD(高清)频道新增,设置11670 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,CNN HD(高清)频道加密,设置4005 V 5000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Diva替换VTC(越南)频道,设置11220 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,BBC CBeebies(标清)频道消失,设置3840 V 29720参数无效接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Shop CJ替换Rose TV(印度)频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Birdge TV替换Russian Music Box HD(MPEG-4)频道,设置12207 R 27500参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Aquarium HD替换PPV(高清)频道,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Bharat Samachar、Wellness(印度)频道消失,设置3920 H 13000参数无效接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Xyz(印度)频道消失,设置3949 H 3673参数无效接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zonet替换Time TV(印度)频道,设置3949 H 3673参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Andy Haryana(印度)频道开播,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Janataa TV替换Music Xperss(印度)频道,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Birdge TV替换Russian Music Box HD(俄罗斯)频道,设置11605 V 34425参数免费接收。 [3月16日]

东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,GMN TV(印尼)等2个频道新增,设置3770 H 4600参数免费接收。 [3月15日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,World Feed(传送)频道新增,设置3890 H 12000参数有条件接收。 [3月15日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sky Racing 2(赛马)频道解密,设置3814 V 6660参数免费接收。 [3月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Action Hollywood Movie、Pulse(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月15日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中国汽车(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。 [3月15日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Sky Net Pay Pe替换Skynet PPV(Sky Net)频道,设置11010 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,PPV替换Reserved(菲律宾)频道,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,PPV替换Aquarium HD(高清)频道,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月15日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,BBC Entertainment(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3840 V 29720参数无效接收。 [3月15日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,中国教育台、深圳卫视(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Enterr10(印度)频道重现,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [3月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,2nd Avenue、CLTV 36替换Jack TV(Cignal)等频道,设置11598 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sky Guide替换BBC Earth HD(高清)频道,设置12410 H 29500参数免费接收。 [3月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Reserved Channel(Cignal)频道新增,设置11539 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,No Name(测试)频道消失,设置11510 H 20000参数无效接收。 [3月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,国家地理替换NBA(Cignal)频道,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,O Shopping(Cignal)频道新增,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,GEM TV(高清)频道消失,设置3920 V 29720参数无效接收。 [3月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MWD Movie、5 Plus(IPM)等6个频道新增,设置11170 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,H Plus Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3600 H 26667参数无效接收。 [3月14日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,RTVM HD(高清)频道新增,设置3998 V 3750参数免费接收。 [3月13日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,CNN替换HBO Hits(Cignal)频道,设置11685 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [3月13日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3784 V 1464参数免费接收。 [3月12日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Animal Planet、TLC(高清)等频道消失,设置3984 H 14400参数无效接收。 [3月12日]

东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,4 Music TV(外语)频道消失,设置11996 V 27500参数无效接收。 [3月11日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Discovery Kids(菲律宾)频道消失,设置4040 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月11日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Republic TV(测试)频道新增,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。 [3月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Pratiin Time、GemPora(印度)等3个频道消失,设置11470 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Fashion TV、V6 News(印度)等5个频道新增,设置11470 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月11日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,SAI TV(印度)频道新增,设置3845 V 28800参数免费接收。 [3月11日]

东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Maiboli、SVBC(印度)等4个频道新增,设置11590 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Nagrah TV、Napal 1(印度)等4个频道消失,设置11590 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道消失,设置12558 V 43200参数无效接收。 [3月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NDTV GT、NDTV 24x7(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月10日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,GEM Promo(阿联酋)频道新增,设置12111 V 27500参数免费接收。 [3月10日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星C频段,Gubernia(俄罗斯)频道改频率,设置3623 R 1999参数免费接收。 [3月10日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际805号卫星C频段,Sky News(英国)等全组频道加密,设置4008 V 5000参数有条件接收。 [3月10日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,BBC Earth HD替换Animax HD(高清)频道,设置12410 H 29500参数免费接收。 [3月10日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,生命电视(Cignal)频道消失,设置11539 H 20000参数无效接收。 [3月9日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,2nd Avenue(Cignal)频道新增,设置11539 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [3月9日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,中国国际广播(广播)频道改频率,设置4083 V 3550参数免费接收。 [3月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,M Channel等替换TVN(缅甸)等频道,设置11105 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Life News替换Life TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [3月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Filmi Dunya替换Z Action(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [3月8日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,Gem Drama(测试)频道新增,设置11881 V 27500参数免费接收。 [3月7日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Cineplex HD、HNN 24x7(印度)等频道新增,设置3868 V 14400参数部分免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,CNN HD(菲律宾)(高清)频道新增,设置4005 V 5000参数免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,Youth HD(高清)频道新增,设置12034 V 27500参数免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,TV Chosun(韩国)频道消失,设置12530 H 26000参数无效接收。 [3月7日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,炫动卡通、CCTV-15(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置10850 H 45000参数免费接收。 [3月6日]


Aussie viewers love TV on their terms

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/aussie-viewers-love-tv-on-their-terms/

Australians’ love affair with TV continues, streaming an unprecedented 1.2 billion minutes of catch-up and live streaming TV in the past month, according to the latest OzTAM VPM 28 Day Rolling Report.

In addition, 5.14 million Australians – the highest-ever number – are streaming Free Video on Demand (FVoD) content, eclipsing 3.53 million for Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD).

Strong content across tenplay, 9Now, PLUS7, ABC iview and SBS on Demand has driven the increase, particularly Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules, Nine Network’s Married at First Sight, Network Ten’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, SBS’s Vikings, and ABC iview’s Newton’s Law.

The results also reflect the success of free-to-air TV innovations such as the Freeview FV mobile app and FreeviewPlus, allowing Australians to watch catch-up TV anywhere, anytime.

Freeview CEO Elizabeth Ross said people are increasingly focused on convenience and flexibility and how they watch TV is no exception. “We’ve seen a big appetite for our streaming products that give viewers access to the best of TV, for free, on whatever device they choose. This time 10 years ago, Australian viewers only had access to five free-to-air channels, whereas today we have more than 25. TV is everywhere and any time, and with streaming services supplementing traditional TV viewing, it looks certain that we have entered a golden era of TV.”

“It’s great to see such significant growth in catch-up TV consumption, which by and large has been in addition to traditional TV consumption. Australians are still watching, on average, 2 hours and 39 minutes of broadcast television on their TV each day,” advised Ross.

Freeview is the free digital television service in Australia which delivers clever, easy-to-use digital products so Australians can watch their favourite TV programmes, anywhere, anytime.

Launched in November 2016, Freeview FV delivers live streaming from 20 free-to-air TV channels and catch-up content from all networks with just one click. FreeviewPlus is a hybrid TV service which gives Australians access to all available catch-up TV programmes in one place, on their TV.

China + Thaicom working with Measat and SES

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/china-thaicom-working-with-measat-and-ses/

Beijing Star Time Telecommunications Technology has emerged as the ‘secret’ business linked with Thailand’s Thaicom to build two giant communications satellites, and perhaps a new LEO constellation.

One satellite is already being built by China’s Great Wall Industry Corp (CGWIC) and scheduled for launch in late 2019.

CGWIC is one of Beijing Star Times (BST) owners, and trade magazine Space Intel News is reporting that BST has made approaches to a number of ‘Western’ companies including ViaSat of California and Hughes Network Systems on potential cooperation and specific technical advice.

BST is also reportedly working with satellite operators Measat of Malaysia and SES of Luxembourg, although Space Intel says it is not yet clear what the level of cooperation might be.

Thaicom’s relationship with BST already extends to a $208 million order for a Ka-band satellite, which is wholly pre-sold in terms of its in-orbit capacity to the Chinese. BST specifically says: “[the satellite] will be completed its (Ka) network coverage in 2019 in Southeast Asia, Indochina Peninsula and China Mainland, two satellites’ total capacity are up to 120Gbps. BST has reached technical cooperation intention with international satellite industry’s giants such as ViaSat, Hughes and SES. BST will provide users with the best quality broadband Internet experience. At present, BST had completed its international layout in Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Philippines, Korea, the United States of America, Hong Kong and other countries and areas.”

Optus introduces Yes TV by Fetch Multiroom

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/optus-introduces-yes-tv-by-fetch-multiroom/

Australian triple play operator Optus is boosting its fixed offering with the launch of new broadband plans and Yes TV by Fetch Multiroom.

According to Ben White, Managing Director of Marketing and Product at Optus, whether customers want a simple bundle with unlimited data for endless browsing, loads of entertainment, or a bundle that fits their business needs, Optus has a new broadband plan to suit them.”

New and recontracting customers can now choose from Optus’ latest range of fixed broadband plans including:
•The Optus $60 Plan (minimum total cost of A$1,440 (€1,026) over 24 months) which comes with a fixed phone line and unlimited data for customers who want a broadband plan for everyday Internet use
•The Optus $80 Plan (minimum total cost of A$1,920 over 24 months) for entertainment lovers which includes unlimited data, a fixed phone line, Optus Sports, a Yes TV by Fetch Mighty set-top box and a Yes TV by Fetch Channel Pack
•The Office $80 Plan (minimum total cost of $1,920 over 24 months) for small and medium business customers which includes unlimited data, a fixed phone line and a $360 Smart Shop voucher to spend on business applications

“These plans give customers the flexibility to choose the inclusions they pay for based on their needs. Customers who want to use their fixed phone line for calls can add unlimited local and national calls; unlimited calls to Australian mobiles; or international call packs for an additional monthly fee,” said White.

Optus has introduced Yes TV by Fetch Multiroom for eligible fixed customers who want to watch their favourite Yes TV by Fetch content on different televisions at the same time.

Households can watch Yes TV content on up to three televisions by attaching multiple Yes TV by Fetch Mini, Mighty or Gen-2 devices to a single account. Mini and Mighty services are available on month-to-month pricing for $10 or $15 respectively.

“Multiroom is the perfect solution for keeping the whole household happy. Mum and Dad can relax in the living room with their favourite sitcoms while the kids are watching Disney Channel or Nickelodeon in their bedrooms,” advised White.

Japan considering development of hack-proof satellite system

From https://www.postguam.com/the_globe/philippines_asia/japan-considering-development-of-hack-proof-satellite-system/article_b9038102-176a-11e7-be0e-f322c8733327.html

TOKYO – Japan's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry is considering a plan to develop a communications system to prevent cyber-attacks that target satellites.

The system will feature dynamic encryption of data transfers between satellites and their terrestrial stations, making it more difficult to decode such data even when it is intercepted by unauthorized parties.

With the proposed plan, the government aims to establish a secure communications network that is unique to Japan, for domestic security purposes and to spur investment in the private-sector aerospace industry.

The system will be designed to transmit codes using lasers and code generators installed on satellites.

Led by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology under the jurisdiction of the ministry, the project – combining government, industry and academic institutions – aims to commercialize the system in five to 10 years.

The ministry will include the project in the government's space-related proposals to be decided this spring. Related expenses are expected to be included in the budget plan for fiscal 2018.

Other than for military satellites and others with big budgets, countermeasures against cyber-attacks on satellites have been progressing slowly.

The United States found that some of its satellites had been hacked, resulting in data theft, while in other cases control of its Earth observation satellites was disrupted.

In 2014, a U.S. weather monitoring network was disrupted and rendered unusable for a period of time.

Satellites send data to terrestrial base stations using radio waves. The data is vulnerable to unauthorized interception by third parties due to the wide transmission area inherent in satellite broadcasting.

Vulnerability remains even for encrypted data as the encryption algorithms are set before the satellite is launched.

Hackers who are able to decode the encrypted data can stage cyber-attacks on satellites and may even be able to manipulate its control or intercept data. Furthermore, many satellites have no form of data encryption.

To address this problem, the ministry will install a code generator on satellites so the device can dynamically encrypt data.

The dynamic codes will be sent to the ground base station using light beams. As the encryption is dynamic, it is more difficult for hackers to decode data even if they are able to intercept transmissions.

The code generator is a cube, approximately 10 centimeters on each side - small enough to be installed on a microsatellite being developed by a start-up firm, which is approximately 30-40 centimeters on each side.

In 2015, the aerospace industry's global market was valued at about 22 trillion yen, nearly double the figure of 10 years earlier. It is highly likely that more satellite-related businesses will be launched.

The communications ministry aims to have an advantage in the industry by developing a secure communications system that companies will be able to use at a low cost.

Japanese networks in streaming pact

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/japanese-networks-in-streaming-pact/

Japan’s major commercial television networks have agreed to develop jointly a system that will enable simultaneous broadcasting of broadcast TV content via IP.

Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, TV Asahi, TV Tokyo and Fuji Television Network have agreed in principle to invest in a joint venture established by Nippon Television Network and Internet Service Provider Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ). The joint venture, JOCDN, will be 20 per cent owned by IIJ. The remaining 80 per cent stake will be equally divided among the five broadcasters.

Content delivery network JOCDN is developing a proprietary system to enable real time streaming of TV broadcasts over the Internet with image quality comparable to that offered by free-to-air linear TV services.

Initially, the partners would use JOCDN’s system to stream content offered by the Japanese version of premium entertainment streaming service Hulu, as well as by TVer, a portal site that offers viewing of programmes already screened by the main networks. Ultimately, JOCDN intends to offer 4K Ultra-High Definition streaming.

Kazakhstan satellite problem

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/31/kazakhstan-satellite-problem/

Kazakhstan has been plunged into partial TV darkness with the apparent failure of KazSat-2. A report from BBC Monitoring (March 31st) says that a number of telecommunications operators have stopped working in Kazakhstan due to an emergency situation related to the KazSat-2 space satellite, according to the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industries (MDAI.

“An emergency situation related to the KazSat-2 space satellite was [originally] reported at 0822 on 21 March. Thirteen communications operators and television and radio broadcasters in the Republic of Kazakhstan had used the resources of the KazSat-2 space satellite by 31 March. Their work has currently been suspended,” the ministry’s press service said.

Russian-built KazSat-2 is Kazakhstan’s second communications satellite used by many of the country’s telecommunications operators and television broadcasters. It was launched in July 2011 after the similar KazSat-1 communications satellite was lost shortly after going out of control as a result of a computer glitch in 2008.

“Specialists from the republic’s centre of space communications are currently carrying out measures to return the operation of the satellite and the work of networks of communications operators and television and radio broadcasters back to a normal situation as soon as possible,” says the report.

Kazakhstan is also using KazSat-3 telecommunications satellite, which was launched in April 2014. KazSat-3 is also used by telecommunications operators, television broadcasters and providers of high-speed Internet in Kazakhstan and neighbouring countries.

When checked by the BBC Monitoring at 0830 GMT, March 31st, Kazakhstan’s national TV channel Khabar was available via satellite in Tashkent.

Hong Kong’s APT in Chinese satellite j-v

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/30/hong-kongs-apt-in-chinese-satellite-j-v/

APT Satellite Holdings of Hong Kong says it will invest US$86 million in a new joint venture satellite with China. The satellite, APSTAR-6D is to be built and launched by China and is designed to operate in Ku and Ka-band over the Asia-Pacific region. APT will own 30 per cent of the new satellite.

Reports suggest that the satellite is to be the first of what may end up being a global constellation supplying mobile broadband connectivity for aircraft, marine and land-based mobile markets.

The satellite is due for launch in 2019.

APT, in a report in trade mag Space Intel Report, say that the expansion of their commitment would be taken on a satellite-by-satellite basis.

In the year to December 31st 2016 APOT reported revenues of $158 million, up 3 per cent on the 2015 position.

APT has two other satellites under procurement: Apstar-5C being built by Space Systems/Loral, and which is itself a joint-venture craft with Telesat of Canada. APT owns 57.47 per cent of Apstar-5C. The other satellite is being built in China as Apstar-6C. Both satellites are due for launch in H1/2018

China BeiDou navigation satellite system to expand to other Asian markets

From http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/china-beidou-navigation-satellite-system-to-expand-to-other-asian-markets-369927.html

China’s home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will expand its cooperation to Thailand and Sri Lanka, and then to the entire Southeast Asia to go global, its operator has said.

Du Li, general manager of Wuhan Optics Valley BeiDou Holding Group Co., said his company will continue to explore models for scientific and technical cooperation on BDS, including the joint construction of base stations, joint technical development and research, personnel training and exchanges, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Wuhan Optics Valley BeiDou established the first batch of three overseas Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) and its networking for BDS in Chonburi province in Thailand in December 2013.

It is also planning to build a China-Asean science and technology city in Thailand for promoting BDS applications.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) consists of 10 countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Wuhan Optics Valley BeiDou will cooperate with Sri Lankan authorities to develop at least 10 CORS in the South Asian country for such applications as land surveying and mapping, ocean fishery and disaster warning, Du said.

The establishment of CORS in Thailand and Sri Lanka will extend the BDS coverage at least 3,000 km more towards Southeast Asia and South Asia, Du said.

Wuhan Optics Valley BeiDou is in charge of the operations and services of BDS, a GPS-like global positioning system.

By the end of 2016, BDS already had a constellation of 32 satellites.

“Our priority is to expand BDS from China to the frontline of the Belt and Road Initiative, and Optics Valley BeiDou is a pioneer,” Li said.

China-made smartphones, such as Huawei smartphones, will be good platforms for BDS to go overseas as they carry Chinese chips, Li said.

Double success for SpaceX

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/31/double-success-for-spacex-3/

Martin Halliwell, CTO at satellite operator SES of Luxembourg, summed up a very successful launch of his SES-10 satellite by SpaceX on March 30th, saying: “People said we were taking a huge risk. I always said: ‘We’re not!’. We had access to information that gave us confidence.”

That confidence, and SpaceX’s skillset, is now very apparent to the rest of the world. Not only did a ‘pre-flown’ (SES described it as “flight proven”) Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX deliver a flawless launch for the satellite, but a few minutes later, the SpaceX team executed a perfect landing on its drone barge patiently waiting on the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles downrange. This means that the rocket’s valuable first stage can be re-used again.

Indeed, Halliwell, speaking at the launch told journalists that SES had three more rocket launches coming up with SpaceX, and that SES might use pre-flown rockets on two of them.

Halliwell could well have been speaking with an eye on future financial savings for SES. Launching a satellite takes up to 25-30 per cent of SES’s total capital expenditure. Saving 5 or 10 percent of a launch cost flows straight to SES’s bottom line. Equity analysts suggest that SES paid only $30-$40 million for the launch of SES-10, about half the normal cost. That’s an enormous saving.

SES-10 was built by Airbus and will be placed at 67 degrees West. “With a Ku-band payload of 55 36MHz transponder equivalents, of which 27 are incremental, the multi-mission spacecraft is the first SES satellite wholly dedicated to providing service to Latin America. SES-10’s high-powered beams will augment its capabilities across the region, providing direct-to-home broadcasting, enterprise and mobility services, said SES.

“We are thrilled to have achieved the successful launch of a flight proven Falcon 9. This is an historic milestone on the path to complete and rapid reusability,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO at SpaceX “We are pleased to have accomplished this milestone with SES, which has been a strong supporter of SpaceX and innovation over the years.”

Amazon Bans Sales of “Pirate” Media Players, Will Destroy Them


Amazon is taking a tough stance against vendors who sell fully-loaded Kodi boxes and other "pirate" media players through its platform. The store now explicitly bans media players that "promote" or "suggest" the facilitation of piracy. Sellers who violate this policy, of which there are still a few around, risk having their inventory destroyed.

Streaming piracy is on the rise with popular media player Kodi at the center of attention.

While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, millions of people use third-party add-ons to turn it into the ultimate pirate machine.

In some cases, the pirate add-ons are put onto the devices by vendors, who sell these “fully-loaded” boxes through their own stores or marketplaces such as Amazon. While Amazon has never explicitly allowed the sale of copyright-infringing devices, they are not hard to find in its store.

This is a thorn in the side of major copyright holders, who have repeatedly complained about fully-loaded boxes.

Amazon appears to be well aware of the controversy, as it recently published an updated policy clarifying that pirate media players are not permitted on the platform. Merely ‘suggesting’ that devices can be used for infringing purposes is enough to have them delisted.

“Products offered for sale on Amazon should not promote, suggest the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorized access to digital media or other protected content. Any streaming media player or other device that violates this policy is prohibited from sale on Amazon,” the company writes.

Amazon states that it is up to the vendor to determine whether their products meet these standards. Those who still cross the line are in for an unpleasant and costly surprise. Amazon states that it will destroy the devices without reimbursement.

“If you sell these products, we may immediately suspend or terminate your selling privileges and destroy inventory in our fulfillment centers without reimbursement,” Amazon writes.

In addition, if there’s proof that the vendors were engaging in illegal activity, any pending payments may be withheld or forfeited under the policy.

While the announcement was published without fanfare, it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Anti-piracy company Irdeto, which works with several major copyright holders on pirate streaming box cases, sees the new policy as a breakthrough.

“This first of its kind preventative measure aims to minimize the pirates’ promotional reach. It’s a policy I hope the other e-Commerce sites will emulate,”‎ Mark Mulready, Senior Director Cyber Services and Investigations at Irdeto, notes.

Despite Amazon’s strong language the site still features many devices marketed as fully-loaded streaming media players. Some, including the one below, even use pirate sources such as Icefilms, Primewire and the Genesis Kodi add-on to market their products.

According to Irdeto, the media player software itself is not at fault. In a way, they are a victim of the pirates too, much like copyright holders. The pirate sources and the rogue vendors are the ones that create and maintain the problem.

This is also reflected in the legal cases that have been launched thus far over the misuse of Kodi players. Both in the UK and the Netherlands, test cases against sellers of “fully-loaded” devices are aiming to stop the phenomenon.

In the United States, the problem is also on the radar now. MPAA boss Chris Dodd recently said that finding a solution to the illegal use of Kodi is one of the main piracy questions the industry currently faces, so it’s likely that more enforcement actions will follow.


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