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SES 8 95.0E 12110 H "God TV Asia, Peace of Mind TV and Al Jazeera English" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5E 10990 V "Manoranjan Music, IBN 7 and DD Kisan" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5E 10990 V "Enterr 10 and Sarv Dharam Sangam" have left .
Insat 4B 93.5E 11070 V "Bhojpuri Cinema and Sadhna TV" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5E 11070 V "Sadhna TV and DD Bharati" have left .
Insat 4B 93.5E 11150 V "Enterr 10 has replaced Manoranjan Music" on , Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 3539 L "Shop & Show" is now encrypted.
Yamal 401 90.0E 4154 R Perviy kanal, Rossiya 2, NTV, 5 Kanal, Rossiya K, Karusel, OTR, TV Centr Ural, Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24 have left .
ST 2 88.0E 11546 V "ETV Kannada News" has started on , Irdeto.
Horizons 2 85.0E 12080 H "Mir" has started on , encrypted.
Express AM22 80.1E:Express AM22 has arrived at 80.1 East.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "NetViet" has left again.
Intelsat 22 72.1E 3724 L NTV, Citizen TV, Heritage TV, QTV, Hope Channel Africa and KTN has started on , Fta. Kingdom TV, Revival TV, Youth TV and Mother & Child TV have left.
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东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段，Eurosport、Eurosport-2（俄罗斯）频道加密，设置12560 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-30]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，NSN News替换Gnext Discovery（MPEG-4）频道，设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[07-30]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Jivi Shoppe（MPEG-4）频道消失，设置4184 V 21600参数无效接收。[07-30]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段，Sadhna TV替换DD News（印度）频道，设置11070 V 28500参数免费接收。[07-30]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段，Enterr 10替换Manoranjan Music（印度）频道，设置11150 V 28500参数免费接收。[07-30]
Singapore TV! I think theses are ripped from toggle.sg but no Geo Block.
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Quickflix shares in trading halt amid takeover speculation
Quickflix said it planned to release an update regarding a potential corporate transaction with an international party.
Australian streaming and DVD rental business Quickflix has ignited rumours of a takeover after entering a trading halt on Thursday ahead of a potential acquisition.
The struggling Perth-based business last traded at 0.002¢ after requesting a trading halt "pending release of an update regarding a potential corporate transaction with an international party which may result in an acquisition".
Stephen Langsford, the company's founder and chief executive, did not return calls.
The release does not specify if the potential acquisition would be made by Quickflix or whether the international party would purchase part, or all of the local streaming company.
However, with little cash in the bank, speculation is rife that Quickflix will be the subject of a takeover bid.
At its last quarter update in April, Quickflix had just $1.26 million in the bank, down from $2.4 million at the beginning of calendar 2015. In May, it raised a further $775,000 with the identity of the "professional" investors undisclosed.
Any sale of Quickflix may be complicated thanks to a warrant held by Nine Entertainment after it acquired around 8 per cent, or 83.3 million shares, of the business from HBO for $1 million, which entitles the broadcaster to a $10.5 million payout in the event of a merger on sale, on top of the shares in owns.
Quickflix has a market capitalisation of $4.4 million.
Quickflix has had just 123,553 million paying customers in the last quarter. However, the company does not comprehensively break down its streaming and DVD customers. Rather it states that 75 per cent of its customers have "access to streaming".
In May, Quickflix brokered a deal to become a reseller of content for Presto, a joint venture streaming service between Seven West Media and Foxtel. It kept its pay-per-view and DVD businesses.
The local player, which listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2005 has struggled with the entry of new players into the subscription video on-demand space.
Dominated by US-based Netflix, 2015 has seen streaming services grow rapidly in popularity. Stan, which is a 50-50 venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media publisher of The Australian Financial Review, and Presto are thought to hold the second and third positions in the streaming hierarchy.
While none of the three providers publish subscriber numbers, estimates put the total figure at 2 million.
Measat in race to buy Ariane launch slot
An Australian satellite operator is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But NewSat has key rights on a satellite launch from Arianespace. Now a Delaware Bankruptcy judge has ordered that the launch rights be sold to Measat by August 1st.
The decision comes after the Bankruptcy Court had allowed extra time for a sale to be negotiated between NewSat and Measat, but it seems the judge in the case is getting tired of delays, and wants the matter finalised. The judge’s Aug 1 cut-off date was made on July 15th, but seemingly no deal has yet been concluded.
NewSat has already had to give up on its single most valuable asset, the almost completed Jaibiru-1 satellite. Under the terms of the build contract with Lockheed Martin, despite spending $193 million on the satellite, the asset is now the property of Lockheed Martin. The Court has heard that the craft needs about $78 million more to complete.
Trade mag Space News has reported that the US Export-Import Bank believes that it will recover some $100 million of the cash it loaned NewSat might be recoverable.
The situation is made more complex by Arianespace saying that contracts that existed between it and the Australian business had no place being decided in a Delaware courtroom. Arianespace also says that it has no space on any of its rockets until 2017, whatever the Court might rule.
Russia schedules first Proton rocket launch since crash
Russia on Wednesday set a date for the first Proton rocket launch since an engine failure in May saw a Mexican satellite destroyed.
Authorities said a Proton-M rocket would blast off from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan on August 28 carrying a British Inmarsat-5F3 commercial communications satellite.
A similar rocket bearing a Mexican satellite fell back to earth on May 16 after suffering an engine malfunction, in one of a string of embarrassing failures for Russia's troubled space programme.
The state-run Khrunichev Centre spacecraft maker said that a probe into the disaster showed it was due to a construction flaw in one of the engines.
"A plan to eradicate the reasons for the engine failure has been fulfilled," it said in a statement.
The Proton-M failure in May came exactly a year after the same model of rocket carrying Russia's most advanced communications satellite fell back to Earth minutes after lift-off. That accident was later blamed on a damaged ball bearing.
Based on a Soviet-era design, the Proton-M is viewed as one of the workhorses of the space industry and Russia is developing a new generation of rockets to succeed it.
The May accident also happened a few days after an unmanned Russian Progress cargo craft burnt up in the Earth's atmosphere after suffering a communications failure on its way to the International Space Station (ISS).
Last week three astronauts arrived safely at the orbiting research station on the first manned flight since the malfunction.
Intelsat Tempers Down Disagreement Over SpaceX’s Experimental SmallSats
[Via Satellite 07-29-2015] Intelsat has tempered down a disagreement with SpaceX over the deployment of two experimental satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). SpaceX is planning to launch a constellation of approximately 4,000 SmallSats for telecommunications services, and plans to use six to eight test and demonstration satellites starting in 2016. The launcher filed an application with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in May for the first two demo spacecraft, MicroSat 1a and MicroSat 1b, along with confidentiality treatment requests for five related exhibits. On July 9, Intelsat filed an informal objection to the FCC, urging the agency to deny the SpaceX MicroSat 1 a/b application. The operator concurrently filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking to obtain full copies of SpaceX’s fillings.
Intelsat asserted that the information available about the two satellites was too limited for the operator to analyze how SpaceX intends to protect co-frequency geostationary operations, as well as avoid collision with geostationary satellites transiting through LEO during launch. Specifically, the operator said that SpaceX’s confidentiality request hides “the kind of basic information that is routinely, and publicly, filed by other satellite operators.” Intelsat said it needed to know beam parameters and orbital parameters in order to accurately analyze potential interference and, if interference is detected, identify or eliminate a SpaceX transmission as the cause.
SpaceX’s satellite mega-constellation plans were leaked on YouTube in January just days after OneWeb announced plans to build a network of roughly 650 LEO communications satellites with support from Qualcomm and the Virgin Group. In June Intelsat joined a team of companies investing in OneWeb, which will compete with SpaceX in the satellite domain.
On July 20, SpaceX responded to Intelsat’s objection through the FCC, arguing that Intelsat was requesting significantly more information than necessary to address interference and collision risks. However, the company did release one of the requested exhibits, “Power Flux and Density Rev2,” on the same day. SpaceX said the necessary information about collision risks was already public, and called the incumbent operator’s concern about the risk posed by the MicroSats “baseless.”
As experimental satellites, MicroSat 1 a/b are required to operate on a non-protection, non-harmful interference basis, showing deference to existing satellite systems. The spacecraft would operate in Ku- and X-band frequencies from a 625 km circular orbit with a lifespan of less than 10 years. For Ku-band broadband test operations, SpaceX plans to use a network of three ground stations, with one located at its Hawthorne, Calif. headquarters; the second at Tesla Motors headquarters in Fremont, Calif.; and the third at SpaceX’s Redmond, Wash. facility where it plans to build the constellation. Due to an elevation angle constraint of 40 to 90 degrees, and the geography of the three ground stations, SpaceX said the satellites would only transmit for approximately 10 minutes every 0.9 days.
Regarding the collision risk during the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) for satellites above LEO, SpaceX said the short duration of LEOP activity, and the fact that such activity occurs at a different orbital inclination than those of MicroSat 1 a/b, pegs the probability of a collision on an order of less than one in 1 quadrillion. SpaceX said to the FCC that it has provided additional information beyond what is typically required to abate Space Situational Awareness (SSA) concerns, and asked that its experimental license be granted without further delay.
In response to a Via Satellite inquiry, Intelsat provided the following statement on July 23:
“Intelsat has long been a vocal proponent of satellite operators sharing information with one another to avoid or mitigate any potential interference issues that could disrupt connectivity. As the world’s leading provider of satellite services, we are understandably concerned about any system that could potentially cause interference with the valuable services that we provide to our customers every day. It is helpful that SpaceX has provided additional technical information. We are continuing to review their submission to determine if it is adequate for us to complete a thorough analysis of the potential impact.”
SpaceX declined to comment for this article.
On July 24, Intelsat submitted a reply to SpaceX’s July 20 letter commending the company for releasing further information through its Exhibit 2 filing. Nonetheless, Intelsat said the company still needs additional information on issues relating to interference and how SpaceX will be able to address the risk of collision when its experimental satellites are propulsion-less. The satellite operator disagreed with some of SpaceX’s calculations, and asked if the company is planning to make satellite ephemeris data available to bodies other than the United States Strategic Command‘s (U.S. Stratcom) Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), such as the Space Data Association (SDA), of which Intelsat is a member.
SpaceX intends to respond to the FOIA request at another time. The company also requested the FCC modify the ex parte status of the proceeding from “restricted” to “permit but disclose” so that SpaceX and other interested parties can communicate directly with FCC on the issues at hand. Intelsat concurred that continuing discussion by classifying the proceeding as “permit but close” would be beneficial.
“Intelsat agrees with SpaceX that given the technical nature of the issues herein, allowing the parties to communicate directly with the Commission will serve the public interest,” the company wrote July 24.
Elon Musk, CEO and lead designer of SpaceX, said in January that he hoped to have the first iteration of the constellation in place in roughly five years, and estimated the cost would be between $10 and $15 billion. He also said the established fleet will have propulsion.
Eutelsat revenues up 9.5%
Despite a slowing economy in Russia and its impact on Eutelsat revenues, the Paris-based satellite operator reported some impressive numbers early on July 30.
Revenues were up 9.5 per cent at €1.476 billion (€1.348bn), EBITDA also up 9.5 per cent at €1.132 billion. The only small cloud on the list of successes ws Eutelsat’s backlog which fell back €200 million to €6.2 billion, a 3.5 per cent drop.
CEO Michel de Rosen, in comments enclosed with the results, said: “The past year has seen a number of significant commercial successes notably renewals at the HOT BIRD and 16° East video neighbourhoods, as well as several contract wins in Africa and MENA, and a strong performance by Satmex, that now operates as Eutelsat Americas. All applications contributed to growth.
“Our deployment plan is paving the way for the future, with the order of EUTELSAT 172B equipping us to accelerate our expansion in Asia-Pacific from 2017, and the successful launch of EUTELSAT 115 West B, the first all-electric commercial satellite, that will bring expansion capacity to the Americas. The development and procurement of the software-defined Eutelsat Quantum satellite also underlines our commitment to innovation for our clients as a driver of growth.
“Revenue growth for 2015-16 is targeted at 2-3 per cent, reflecting the impact of Russian contract renegotiations, delays to our launch schedule and the current pressure on Government Services. In 2016-17 it should accelerate to 4-6 per cent, thanks to the arrival of new capacity for fast-growing markets, albeit with a delay of EUTELSAT 65 West A. Revenues will continue to be underpinned by our solid backlog, representing over four years of revenues, as well as the positive dynamics in our targeted growth markets and applications.”
Thomson Video Networks Integrated Receiver/Decoder Family To Launch @ IBC2015
[SatNews] Thomson Video Networks announces the launch of a range of innovative new products and capabilities in its integrated receiver/decoder (IRD) family.
At IBC2015, the company will introduce its all-new MD Series of modular, high-density IRDs/descramblers. In addition, Thomson Video Networks has added decoding based on the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)/H.265 standard to its industry-leading RD4000 and RD6000 IRDs, providing the ability to decode all video formats for even greater operational flexibility whatever the application.
With its new MD Series, Thomson Video Networks has repackaged advanced features from its RD1100, RD4000, and RD6000 IRDs into a modular and flexible form factor making the series ideal for digital turnaround, monitoring, and contribution applications in terrestrial, DTH, cable, and IPTV/OTT systems. The foundation for the MD series is the MD9000, a modular 2-RU platform that accommodates up to 10 hot-pluggable MD modules including:
• The MD1100 receiver/descrambler, offering professional-quality reception and descrambling performance (BISS and DVB-CI). The MD1100 also includes advanced PID/service filtering capabilities for multi-channel digital turnaround and IP gateway applications.
• The MD4000, a professional receiver and multi-format decoder supporting MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/AVC 4:2:0 video in SD and HD quality. The MD4000 module offers a low-cost-per-channel decoding solution for distribution monitoring and re-encoding applications.
• The MD6000, a professional receiver and multi-format decoder designed for the contribution market. Supporting up to MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/AVC 4:2:2 10-bit video decoding, this module is ideal for remote newsgathering and for receiving multiple feeds from large outdoor events.
Each MD module can behave as a stand-alone IRD with its own Web GUI for configuration and supervision, and the modules can be used in any environment thanks to a rich set of interfaces, including dual IP Gigabit Ethernet, satellite DVB-S/S2, and ASI in/out. Each module provides scalable video decoding capacity up to 4:2:2 10-bit compression, and up to eight channels of audio decoding, including support for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, AAC, and MPEG Audio.
In addition to broadcast-quality decoding for SD/HD MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC, the RD4000 and RD6000 IRDs now offer the industry's best compression performance through HEVC/H.265 up to 50 percent bandwidth savings compared with the current MPEG-4 AVC compression format for an enhanced viewer experience.
The RD4000 provides HEVC SD/HD 4:2:0 decoding for the distribution market, whereas the RD6000 implements HEVC SD/HD decoding up to 4:2:2 10-bit 1080p60 for the contribution market. To accommodate the full gamut of transmission media, both IRDs provide a rich set of optional inputs including satellite DVB-S/S2, IP Gigabit Ethernet, ASI, and the new terrestrial DVB-T/T2 inputs. Combined with the ViBE® VS7000 and ViBE 4K HEVC encoders, the RD4000 and RD6000 enrich the end-to-end HEVC-based video transmission solutions offered by Thomson Video Networks.
Thomson Video Networks will demonstrate the new MD Series for the first time at IBC2015, along with the newly HEVC-enhanced RD6000.
"With our new modular MD Series, operators now have a dense and scalable decoding/descrambling solution that can help them launch and grow new turnaround services rapidly and cost-effectively. When the channel lineup is growing, they can simply add a new module and they can use any combination of descrambler or decoder modules to address all use cases," said Stéphane Cloirec, director, product management, Thomson Video Networks. "Plus, the Web GUI for the MD Series is identical to the interface for our RD line, which means users that are familiar with our existing IRD products will be able to ramp up quickly with the new modules.
"By freeing bandwidth, HEVC enables operators to deliver more services over the same network, therefore driving down the costs of HD and SD service delivery while improving picture quality. By combining HEVC with traditional MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC content decoding in the same unit, the RD4000 and RD6000 address TV operators' requirements for flexibility and video compression efficiency both now and into the future."
Pay TV powerhouse Sky passes 21 million subscriber mark
A strong UK performance helped deliver exceptional full-year results for Sky, with the operator adding close to a million customers over the course of the full year while increasing revenue and profit significantly.
Delivering its first full-year results as an expanded operation spanning the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy, Sky added 973,000 customers over the last 12 months, an increase of 45% on the previous year’s additions. Sky posted full-year adjusted revenue of £11.283 billion (€15.888 billion), up 5%, and EBITDA of £2.030 billion, up 10%. Operating profit was £1.4 billion, up 18%. Pre-tax profit was £1.196 billion, up 6%.
Europe-wide, the company had 21.006 million customers at the end of June, up 158,000 on the previous quarter, taking 53.783 million products, up 829,000 for the quarter. Churn was down to under 10% across all markets.
The UK and Ireland led the way, delivering revenues of £7.820 billion, up 6% and an operating profit of £1.35 billion. The UK and Ireland business delivered customer growth of 506,000 for the year, the highest for 11 years, taking Sky’s total above 12 million. The number includes the Now TV OTT service, for which the operator did not break out figures separately. Sky did say that it sold almost three times as many sports passes for the service as in the previous year.
Sky in the UK and Ireland added 3.3 million revenue-generating units, taking it past 38 million, including the addition of 113,000 TV customers in the final quarter and broadband additions of 96,000.
Sky Go passed the six million mark
Germany and Austria saw revenues grow from £1.262 billion to £1.377 billion, and operating losses improve from negative £57 million to negative £11 million. The company added 467,000 new customers, including 55,000 in the fourth quarter. Germany and Austria added 969,000 revenue-generating units, 56% higher than the previous year, including 127,000 new products sold in the fourth quarter.
The Italian unit remains relatively the weak link in the chain, delivering lower revenues of £2.086 billion due to rival Mediaset’s hold on Champions League football. The unit nevertheless contributed a 56% improvement in operating profits to £61 million and held its customer base stable at 4.7 million after three years of decline. Over the year, Sky in Italy added 387,000 RGUs, but saw a loss of 19,000 in the fourth quarter as a result of repackaging customers onto HD products.
Sky said its Sky Store movie purchase and rental services saw revenues grow by 77% over the year thanks to the launch of its ‘buy and keep’ service. Revenue from Sky Store, AdSmart and Sky Vision together was up 122%. On the production front, Sky said it had 35 projects in development, on-air or in production over the next three years, with at least 10 of these to launch as priority projects across Europe.
Sky said it was on track to realize its target of £200 million in synergies by 2017 from the combination of the three international operations, and said that it would implement a common look and feel across all its channel by next summer.
“The past 12 months have been an outstanding period of growth for Sky. We’ve successfully completed a deal that has transformed the size and scale of opportunity for the business whilst delivering an excellent financial and operational performance as more customers chose Sky and took more of our products. It’s clear that the steps we have taken to broaden out our business are paying off. By distributing our content over multiple platforms and launching new products and services, we are now able to offer something for every household,” said CEO Jeremy Darroch.
“The UK and Ireland, where our strategy is most progressed, put in a particularly strong performance. We passed the 12-million customer milestone with the highest growth in 11 years; we surpassed 38 million paid-for subscription products; and we delivered the lowest churn in 11 years. This is the direct result of the investments we’ve made in connected services and quality content with more than seven million customers now connected. Germany and Italy also posted strong performances. Germany delivered its highest-ever customer growth, while Italy maintained its subscriber base in a tough market. Both businesses also achieved significantly increased customer loyalty, thanks to continued investment in the customer experience.”
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Some feeds from Wednesday Afternoon
D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "7BCM D1T7 Slot2" Showing Channel 7 including adverts
D1 12634 V Sr 7200 "7BCM D1T7 Slot1" not sure but 422 format
D2 12617 V Sr 6670 "gcast 7" with Horse racing
D2 12652 V Sr 6670 "sd encoder 5" Encrypted
D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "adhoc sd enc6" Encrypted
From the Dish
Optus D1 160.0E NITV has started on 12391 H, 12451 H, 12469 H and 12487 H, Fta.
Optus D1 160.0E 12658 H "SBS HD South East, SBS One South East and SBS 2 South East" have left .
Optus D2 152.0E 12734 V "India Today" has started on , Irdeto.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3921 H "Sadhna News Madya Pradesh/Chhattisgarh" has started on, Fta.
From asiatvro site
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段，卫视中文电影（缅甸）频道解密，设置11105 V 45000参数免费接收。[07-29]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Bd vs Zim（印度）频道消失，设置4193 H 7200参数无效接收。[07-29]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，国家地理悠人、Sun TV（MPEG-4）等全组频道加密，设置4013 V 7200参数有条件接收。[07-29]
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France 2 at various speeds
Telstra to launch Roku streaming platform for Netflix, Presto and Stan in September
The Telstra TV branded Roku 2.
STREAMING is about to get a whole lot easier in Australia, with Telstra looking to launch its own TV service called Telstra TV, which will offer all the local streaming offerings in one place.
Telstra has partnered with US streaming device maker Roku to be the platform for the new service that’s designed specifically for Australian consumers. The telco wants Telstra TV to be the go-to place for streaming TV and eventually wants to support every streaming service available in Australia.
Pricing and plans are yet to be finalised, but Ms Pollard confirmed that Telstra was trying to negotiate with Netflix, Presto and Stan to deliver a bundle price that would allow customers to subscribe to all three streaming services for less than $30 a month.
Netflix, Presto and movie rentals from BigPond Movies will be available when the service launches in September. Catch-up services will also be on offer, however Telstra hasn’t specified yet what specific channels will be featured. A Stan app won’t be available at first, however Telstra media managing director Joe Pollard told news.com.au that it would be available soon after the launch.
Netflix and its originals like Bojack Horseman will all be there.
Netflix and its originals like Bojack Horseman will all be there. Source: Foxtel
Ms Pollard couldn’t confirm whether Foxtel Play, the pay TV company’s catch-up service, would be supported on Telstra TV. She did, however, say that a full list of supported services and apps would be available closer to its September launch date.
If Foxtel Play did come to the service, Telstra TV would be the only device available where you could watch Foxtel, Netflix, Stan and Presto all on the same device.
Unfortunately for Netflix and Stan subscribers, both those services would still count towards your monthly data limit, but Presto would continue to be unmetered for Telstra subscribers.
The Roku 2 box, which Telstra is rebranding as the Telstra TV, is available for $US59 in the United States, so expect it to cost about $100 locally.
The device is praised as being one of the best, if not the best, streaming device on the market, with a speedy, easy-to-use interface and constant updates, so let’s hope Telstra keeps it that way.
Telstra to tackle Apple with launch of streaming platform
Telstra is pulling its T-Box personal video recorder from the market and replacing it with an entry-level streaming device that will pit the telco squarely against Apple as it makes a serious play at the millions of Australians rushing to on-demand video and TV services.
Telstra TV will see the telco enter an exclusive deal with US-based video streaming device-maker Roku, which produces puck-sized devices that, like the AppleTV, can stream high-definition television and movie content direct to TVs.
The Telstra TV service will be a platform offering consumers for the first time one place to access Australia’s three leading subscription video-on-demand services Presto, Stan and Netflix.
A range of other apps, including YouTube, free-to-air catch-up channels and Telstra’s on-demand BigPond movie service, will be available on the platform.
“We hope to make this the leading streaming platform for SVOD services, moving forward,” said Joe Pollard, Telstra’s head of media and marketing. “Apple TV is more of a closed ecosystem, where this will be more of an open system.
“We think this will slot into the market well and there’s a big addressable audience, with 70 per cent odd of the population not paying in some way, shape or form for video content.”
The launch of Telstra TV in September will mean the T-Box device of which there are more than 800,000 units in the market will be axed as the telco shifts its sights to price-conscious consumers, leaving its premium Foxtel (half-owned by Telstra and News Corp Australia, publisher of The Australian) service to the higher end of the market.
“We will not sell any more T-boxes once this device launches but we’ll continue to support it with content because the people who have the T-box love it,” Ms Pollard said.
According to leaked details of Telstra TV, the device will either be sold separately to Telstra broadband customers for $109 or bundled in a home entertainment offer of $89 a month that will include a broadband connection with 200GB of monthly data and free local calls.
Telstra is also considering offering users of the Telstra TV service a “Sports Pass” that will allow customers to purchase a weekly pass to a selected sports channel, including Fox Sports.
Telstra integrates Netflix, Stan, Presto into re-badged Roku box
news The nation’s largest telco Telstra today revealed it will launch a Telstra-branded version of the popular Roku TV streaming device to Australians, as the telco struggles to ensure its over-the-top services remain relevant in a next-generation viewing world which increasingly appears to be dominated by the likes of US giant Netflix.
In a post on its Exchange site, Telstra head of IPTV and Pay TV Eric Kearley noted that the re-badged Roku 2 device which Telstra will sell as “Telstra TV” would aggregate a number of TV streaming platforms for use by Telstra customers, including Foxtel’s Presto, Netflix, and Telstra’s BigPond Movies service.
A selection of catch-up free to air TV services will be available when the device launches in September, and the Stan platform will also be supported “later this year”.
“Australians have enthusiastically embraced video streaming as an entertainment platform and Telstra TV will differentiate Telstra as a provider of streaming content,” Joe Pollard, Telstra GMD Media and Marketing said in a separate statement. “Rather than restrict our customers’ choices, we want to host all the popular streaming video services on our platforms and make it easy for them to get all the content they want in the one place.”
“Roku is renowned for producing streaming devices with an exciting variety of entertainment choices and great value. Roku devices are popular among consumers in the US, Canada and UK. By combining our networks and content with Roku Powered players and the Roku platform, we will offer a brilliant streaming experience in the market designed specifically for Australian consumers.”
“We are already the network of choice for video for many customers around Australia and the demand for video content will only increase the need for superior networks to deliver this content.”
Roku has not previously directly sold its set-top box in Australia, but Australians have still been able to buy the company’s products and have them shipped to Australia by third parties.
The Telstra TV box appears to be based on one of the three Roku unit the company sells overseas. It is capable of outputting 720p and 1080p high definition television and Dolby Digital 7.1 sound. The unit comes with support for 802.11n dual band wireless and a 10/100 Ethernet port for connectivity. A MicroSD slot and USB port are included.
The unit features a Dual ARM A9 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, a 256MB Flash storage drive, a HDMI 1.4 port for outputting signal to a TV, and a remote for controlling the unit. BigPond Movies and Presto will be unmetered in terms of customers’ broadband data quota, but the other platforms’ data usage (eg Netflix and Stan) will still apply when used through the Telstra TV box.
Notably, it does not appear as though Telstra TV is a direct replacement for the Foxtel pay TV platform which Telstra is a joint shareholder in the Telstra TV box will not support streaming Foxtel directly, only the more limited Play online service which Foxtel sells separately. Telstra has not yet released pricing for the device, although it apears as though it will include bundling options.
What I think we’re seeing here is a panicked reaction from Telstra to the almost overnight success of the Netflix Internet television platform launching in Australia.
Netflix only launched in March, but stats from Roy Morgan research show the platform already has more than a million local customers more than ten times the number of any other Internet streaming service in Australia. And this huge customer base is only set to grow I wouldn’t be overly surprised if it doubled by the end of this year.
This extremely rapid growth curve for Netflix in Australia means two things to Telstra’s management.
Firstly, it puts the limited success that Telstra has had with platforms such as BigPond Movies and the T-Box into perspective. Although the company has signed up quite a few Telstra customers to these add-on products, bolstering its underlying margins, there is no doubt that the overnight success of Netflix dwarfs these gains. There is also a huge risk for Telstra that its customers will start ditching the T-Box and BigPond Movies for the more agile Netflix offering.
Secondly, the success of Netflix entails huge potential financial losses for Telstra. The company’s fixed-line broadband profits are based on the assumption that almost all customers will not use the full download quota they are paying for. The more bandwidth Telstra customers download on their existing plans and Netflix use sends bandwidth usage sky high the more Telstra pays in terms of its own bandwidth costs, and the more its margins shrink.
Telstra’s extremely rapid launch of a re-badged Roku box in Australia is no doubt a tactic to deal with these issues keeping customers on a Telstra set-top-box platform which allows Telstra to continue to market its own value-added entertainment services and pitch Foxtel Presto at customers as well. I also strongly suspect that Telstra will be pressuring Netflix behind the scenes to start paying cash money for the impact it’s causing on Telstra’s network.
However, this is a very short-sighted launch. The real issue for Telstra is not Netflix, and it’s not the T-Box. Re-badging Roku for the Australian market won’t solve its problems.
The real issue for Telstra is that it is struggling to reconcile its investment in Foxtel Australia’s largest content delivery platform with its own mission selling telecommunications.
Right now we have a ridiculous situation where a telco, Telstra, wants to bundle content on top of its telecommunications network, while Foxtel, a content delivery platform, wants to bundle telecommunications services with its content. Both are struggling with the area that is not their own Telstra does not do content well, and I doubt Foxtel will do telecommunications well.
The solution needs to come in two parts. Foxtel must firstly come up with a way to stop losing customers and potential customers to Netflix. Netflix is a real and present threat to Foxtel, and so far Foxtel’s own online offerings have failed to address that threat. Bundling them with Telstra services is not going to help that situation.
When Foxtel has done that, Telstra must work closely with Foxtel so that customers are heavily incentivised to purchase both Foxtel and Telstra in lock-in bundles that they will never want to escape. The pair already do offer solid packages. But they’re primarily attractive to families with a lot of money to spend the younger Netflix generation is not that keen. Telstra and Foxtel need to work out a way to target that generation better.
The nasty thing for both Telstra and Foxtel is that this is going to necessarily involve giving up some of the fat profits they’ve come to enjoy for the past two decades of partnership. But here’s a reality check: Netflix has changed the game. Telstra and Foxtel cannot hang onto the past.
The option that Telstra appears to be pursuing right now is to try to offer a Roku bundle with Netflix, Stan and Presto to customers for less than $30 a month. This will be a decent effort if Telstra can pull it off.
But I don’t think it represents the end game. That will require some deeper thinking about the fundamental relationship between Foxtel and Telstra. Nothing I’ve seen from Telstra so far indicates the company has yet gotten that right.
Fairfax boss warns Foxtel's Ten play will entrench Murdoch dominance
Fairfax Media boss Greg Hywood is hoping the Government and the competition watchdog see that the changes at the top of Ten Network are attempts by the Murdoch family to skirt media ownership laws.
On the surface it seems a strange time for chief executive Hamish McLennan to leave the Ten Network, with revenues finally rising, and long-awaited hit shows boosting audience share.
It is believed that Mr McLennan's exit, announced yesterday, has been orchestrated by the Murdoch family which is trying to reduce its direct links with Ten as it undergoes scrutiny from the competition watchdog over the proposed tie up between Foxtel and Ten.
Before taking over at the Ten Network in March 2013, Mr McLennan was Rupert Murdoch's executive vice-president at News Corporation.
Because there is controversy around this, and the Government doesn't want controversy, it walks away from doing things.
Mr Hywood believes the resignation is part of a carefully planned strategy to "de-Murdochise" perceptions about the future ownership of the broadcaster.
"If you put News Corporations' and the family's media interests together you've got - in an environment where you're supposed to have two out of three, either print, radio and television - what they've got is print, radio, television and cable," he told the ABC's The Business exclusively.
ACCC examining Foxtel's Ten deal
Mr Hywood said he is comforted by assurances from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims that he is going to have a close look at the family's interests.
"[He] has to, it is a family business in the truest sense, and just because one family member has some over there and it is not within the official corporate structure doesn't mean anything," he argued.
The ACCC is currently reviewing the Murdochs' plan for Foxtel, which News Corp owns half of, to invest $77 million in Ten which could give the Murdoch-controlled media giant effective control of the channel.
ACCC boss Rod Sims says he is taking a holistic view of the Murdoch family reach in Australia.
Mr Hywood said he is constantly lobbying the Government and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the matter.
"This is not about Fairfax wanting to buy a free to air TV station, this is about Fairfax saying that there should be a level playing field," he argued.
Mr Hywood said that immediate self interest led Prime Minister Tony Abbott to roll Malcolm Turnbull's plans to overhaul the outdated media ownership laws.
"Because there is controversy around this, and the Government doesn't want controversy, it walks away from doing things," he told the ABC.
He said he will continue to lobby the Government on the matter.
Vic racing available to regional viewers
Victorian racing will be available to 90 per cent of TV viewers after PRIME7 announced it will commence free-to-air coverage in regional areas.
The PRIME7 coverage on channel 68 in regional areas of Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, the ACT and Gold Coast joined Seven West Media's free-to-air metropolitan area coverage on Channel 78 that began last month.
The Pakenham meeting on Tuesday is the first to be broadcast to the extended audience.
Racing Victoria CEO Bernard Saundry said discussions between Seven West Media and its affiliates in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and regional South Australia were still ongoing.
"I want to thank both PRIME7 and Seven West Media for their support of our regional viewers who are vital to the success and growth of our industry," Saundry said.
"Likewise, I want to thank regional punters, fans and participants who have been extremely patient over the past month where they've had restricted access to vision of Victorian racing."
Negotiations continue between Seven West Media and Foxtel around extending Channel 78's free-to-air coverage to the pay-TV platform.
Discussions between Racing Victoria and Tabcorp continue on a daily basis over the return of Victorian racing to Sky Racing's wall-to-wall channels.
Victorian racing can still be viewed on computers, tablets and mobiles via racing.com, sportsbet.com.au and crownbet.com.au and also in 92 retail TAB outlets in Victoria.
Advanced Comms + SatBroadcasting Advances Agreement Signed By RSC Energia + RSCC
[SatNews] Vladimir Solntsev, Energia President, and Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC Director-General, have signed an agreement to cooperate in the field of developing advanced communications and broadcasting satellite systems.
Vladimir Solntsev and Yuri Prokhorov sign the agreement.
Working together, the two companies intend to use more efficiently the resources they have in order to design such systems. The plan is (i) to develop jointly the technical requirements regarding prospective systems of satellite-supported communications and broadcasting, including those for RSCC, (ii) to assess feasibility of applying new requirements to future communications and broadcasting satellites using the R&D and production potential of Russian space industry, and also (iii) draft proposals regarding the use of prospective domestic satellite launch systems.
Among those contributing to the development of new spacecraft will be Energia specialists who have attended training programs at Airbus D&S under the Express-series project.
“I am convinced that our joint efforts will make it possible to expedite implementation of state-of-the-art processes and standards to ensure appropriate quality and reliability of satellite-supported communications services. Our cooperation will serve the objective of further development of Russia’s infrastructure of satellite communications and broadcasting”, said Energia President, Vladimir Solntsev, following the signing ceremony.
For his part, Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC Director-General, said, “The agreement we have signed is called upon to spur implementation of the 2016-1025 program to develop the domestic orbital constellation of civilian communications and broadcasting satellites involving Russia’s leading space industry enterprises that have the requisite knowhow and unique competencies in the area of space hardware.”
Globecast In The Bike Saddle Sees A Sea Of Yellow From Utrecht to Paris ... Covers 2015 Tour de France
[SatNews] The first live broadcast began at 09:30 am each day, with the last at 18.45GMT, meaning the Globecast was more often than not the first to set up in the TV compound and the last to leave.
Globecast, solutions provider for media, announces that 2015 has contracted to bring one of the world’s great sporting spectacles to screens around the globethe 2015 Tour de France. From the Grand Départ in Utrecht to the final iconic sprint on the Champs Élysées, Globecast successfully rose to both the technical and logistical challenges posed by this year’s event.
Globecast was contracted by both broadcasters and a corporate customer to cover the event including national, international and unilateral feeds. This involved eight HD SNG trucks, one mobile master control room, two microwave trucks and a 50m crane. The mobile master control room, which was moved from stage to stage, was designed to handle the feeds from the five motorcycles and two helicopters out on the course. The microwave trucks were strategically placed along each stage to receive and re-transmit the signals from the mobile vehicles. In total, there were 27 HD satellite feeds each day using four satellites.
The first live broadcast began at 09:30 am each day, with the last at 18.45GMT, meaning the Globecast was more often than not the first to set up in the TV compound and the last to leave.
Michele Gosetti, VP Contribution and Media Services at Globecast, says, “This year we faced the additional challenge of the final mountain stage ending at the top of Alpe d’Huez. Because of the landscape, the TV compound was actually 140 km away at Grenoble Airport. Globecast supplied a 10 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connection via parent company Orange. This allowed 16 TV signals from the Alpe, with four in the reverse direction as well as 24 audio links and three for data.”
Globecast traveled approximately 3,000 km in 21 days with the company’s Special Events team providing the understanding of how to bring such a huge event to the world.
Gosetti adds, “Our experience and commitment were essential on this project. We began building the mobile control room at 06.00 am each day and then dismantling it at 21:00 so that it could be driven through the night to the next location. The logistical challenges are considerable! But our ability to handle these, in combination with our technical expertise and the level of connectivity that we can provide, allows us to supply an unrivalled broadcasting package.”
SpeedCast Acquires Sait Communications, Gains Maritime Foothold in Europe
[Via Satellite 07-28-2015] SpeedCast has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sait Communications, a fast-growing maritime communications service provider in southern Europe. Sait Communications has been active in the maritime communications business for close to 10 years, and services about 2,500 ships, including many of Greece’s largest shipping companies. SpeedCast anticipates the acquisition will significantly expand its exposure to the shipping sector, particularly in southern Europe where Greece is one of the largest maritime markets.
Sait Communications has rolled out Inmarsat’s Fleet Broadband service to close to 1,500 vessels over the past few years, and has more recently started providing VSAT broadband services. According to SpeedCast, the combined entity will be one of the largest service providers to the maritime sector in the market today, servicing more than 5,000 vessels with a wide portfolio of communications and IT services.
“Our maritime business is a key growth engine for SpeedCast. With this acquisition, we are expanding our presence in major and fast growing maritime markets in southern Europe. These low VSAT-penetrated markets are well positioned for accelerated growth,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast.
The transaction is expected to close on July 31. Sait Communications is SpeedCast’s second acquisition this month, following that of NewSat’s teleport and satellite services business.
India's advanced weather satellite INSAT-3D completes two years in orbit
Bengaluru: INSAT-3D, India’s Advanced Weather Satellite, has accomplished two profitable years in orbit, the Indian Space Research Organisation stated .
INSAT-3D is an unique mission designed for enhanced meteorological observations and monitoring of land and ocean surfaces for weather forecasting and catastrophe warning, ISRO stated.
The satellite was launched by European rocket Ariane VA214 flight from French Guyana on July 26, 2013.
INSAT-3D is the primary Indian geostationary satellite, outfitted with sounder instrument that gives frequent good high quality atmospheric profiles (temperature, humidity) over the Indian land mass and adjoining areas, it added.
The principal goal of the INSAT-3D mission is to offer top quality observations for monitoring and prediction of weather occasions in addition to for the research of local weather.
ISRO stated the state-of-the-artwork devices like “Imager” and “Sounder” onboard INSAT-3D satellite present a variety of atmospheric merchandise resembling cloud protection photographs, atmospheric winds, sea and land floor temperatures,humidity, quantitative rainfall, earth’s radiation, atmospheric profiles, ozone, atmospheric stability parameters, fog, snow and aerosols.
These merchandise are immensely useful in monitoring day-to-day weather and prediction of utmost occasions like tropical cyclone, thunderstorm, cloud burst and warmth waves, it added.
INSAT-3D has the excellence that its radiance observations and derived merchandise are being operationally assimilated in numerical fashions operated by national weather prediction businesses like IMD and National Centre of Medium Range Weather Prediction (NCMRWF).
Besides that, main worldwide businesses like European Center of Medium vary Weather Forecast (ECMWF) and United Kingdom Meteorological Office (UKMET) are additionally in search of prospects to make use of INSAT-3D derived atmospheric winds in their international fashions, ISRO stated.
It stated the achievements of INSAT-3D mission paved the best way for ISRO to develop into a member of prestigious worldwide teams like Coordination Group of Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) through the assembly at Boulder, Colorado in May 2015.
To obtain the worldwide local weather commonplace, INSAT-3D radiances are constantly monitored and calibrated by Global Space based mostly Inter Calibration System (GSICS) process to make sure that INSAT-3D observations meet the worldwide high quality normal, it added.
SBS D1 Changes (Via austech Tassie Devil post)
all are active (Australian beam)
D/L FREQ.: 12362.375 MHz
Modcod: QPSK 7/8
Symbol Rate: 14.294118 Msps
Data Rate: 23.0527 Mbps
Not listed on Lyngsat
D/L FREQ.: 12326.625 MHz
Modcod: QPSK 7/8
Symbol Rate: 14.294118 Msps
Data Rate: 23.0527 Mbps
Not listed on Lyngsat
D/L FREQ.: 12344.500 MHz
Modcod: QPSK 7/8
Symbol Rate: 14.294118 Msps
Data Rate: 23.0527 Mbps
Listed on Lyngsat but 4 MHZ difference in Freq?
More screenshots from Intelsat 19 TV Plus when seen FTA last week for a short time. Yes they were all playing Football!
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NBN satellite station going live outside Broken Hill
There's still no forecast date for Broken Hill city proper to be connected to the NBN.
The federal government is preparing to switch on a satellite ground station to support the National Broadband Network just outside Broken Hill.
The station is one of ten which will beam the NBN into the most remote parts of the country.
An interim satellite service was criticised for not being able to cope with local demand.
Visiting Broken Hill, parliamentary secretary for communications Paul Fletcher said the permanent satellite station would not suffer from the same problems when it is turned on in 10 weeks.
"These two new satellites are completely dedicated to NBN's customers and they can deliver a speed of 25 megabits per second peak speed down, and five megabits per second peak speed up," Mr Fletcher said.
"25 megabits per second is faster than most people in the cities are getting today on DSL [internet]."
The ground station will be switched on when an NBN satellite is launched into space from a base in French Guiana in 10 weeks' time.
Testing will then take place before the service becomes available to remote and rural Australians.
"Customers will be able to call up and place an order for this service from some point in 2016,"Mr Fletcher said.
"We'll be announcing the precise date when the satellite is successfully launched, and the in-orbit testing is successfully completed."
Mr Fletcher said there was still no forecast date for when Broken Hill city will see the NBN rolled out using the fibre-to-the-node technology.
Fox Sports is now going to stream all the Australian soccer games it doesn't already broadcast on pay TV
Pay TV company Fox Sports is joining the relentless march of online services, announcing it will start streaming the Westfield FFA Cup matches it doesn’t put to air from round 32, starting this Wednesday.
The deal means 20 non-broadcast matches will be streamed live on the Fox Sports website as well as on Apple TV via Fox Sports Now.
Fans will need a Fox Sports digital subscription to watch the games, or if they are a subscriber via Foxtel or digital subscriber through News Corp newspapers, the streamed matches will be available free via existing logins.
CEO Patrick Delany said the streamed games will have multi-camera coverage and full commentary.
Full replays will also be available online at the conclusion of matches.
Foxtel wants ‘flatter structure’, COO exits
Australian pay TV leader Foxtel’s COO, Rohan Lund, is leaving as the News Corp-backed firm seeks a “flatter executive structure”.
Lund joined Foxtel in 2013 from Seven West Media, where he was also COO.
From September, his duties at Foxtel will be split between an existing financial division, a broadband unit and a new products and operations division.
This restructure would allow Foxtel to “maximise the company’s ability to capitalise on recent growth initiatives and new product launches”, it said in a statement to local press.
Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said the firm needed a “flatter executive structure by appointing senior executives to take direct responsibility for them”.
He referenced “significant changes” to the business such as the launch of Seven joint venture SVOD platform Presto Entertainment and new broadband products, and said discussions with Lund had resulted with the notion the COO post was no longer required.
Lund will remain with Foxtel until September “see through the remaining phase of the programs he has led and to help me with the transition into the new structure”.
Ten CEO Hamish McLennan resigns; ACCC closely examining Foxtel deal
Ten Network's chief executive has resigned from the broadcaster's top job after it tied up a deal with Foxtel, but the competition watchdog warns its blessing for that deal is not guaranteed.
The company's chief executive Hamish McLennan has resigned from Ten's top job after a little over two years in charge.
It will be the struggling network's fifth chief executive in the space of five years, and comes just after Mr McLennan inked a deal with Foxtel that will see the pay TV company take a 14.99 per cent stake in the free-to-air broadcaster, subject to regulatory approvals.
The outgoing CEO, whose resignation is effective from today, said his work at Ten is now done.
"The strategic arrangements announced on June 15, including the proposed investment by Foxtel in Ten and the transformative agreement with MCN [Multi Channel Network], mean that my role is complete," said Mr McLennan, who came to Ten after working as executive vice-president in Rupert Murdoch's office at News Corp.
Mr McLennan will be succeeded by Ten's current chief financial officer Paul Anderson, who has been in that role since March 2011 and at the broadcaster in various roles since 2003.
Current independent director David Gordon will take over as an independent chairman, a role Mr McLennan also held in an executive capacity.
That move is part of changes announced on June 15 that will ultimately see the board shrink from 10 to six members if the Foxtel deal goes ahead.
The six would include two independent directors (one of whom would be the chairman), one representative of Foxtel and three representatives of the existing major shareholders.
ACCC expresses concerns about sports rights, News links
However, approval of the deal between Foxtel and Ten is no fait accompli, with the competition regulator expressing serious concerns about it.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it will be forensically examining all of Rupert Murdoch's local media interests, as it considers the proposed deal that would see Foxtel own almost 15 per cent of the Ten Network.
Mr Murdoch's News Corporation has a 50 per cent stake in Foxtel and his son, Lachlan Murdoch, has an 8.5 per cent stake in Ten.
The ACCC's chairman Rod Sims said there is a complex web of corporate and personal relationships between the two companies.
"You've also got other News Limited executives with shareholdings in Ten as well, so we'll have to take all of that into account," he observed.
"We're really looking at, 'is there a substantial lessening of competition in any market as a result of this transaction?'"
Mr Sims said reduced competition for sporting rights is a key plank of the ACCC's consideration.
"In the past we've expressed concerns about sports rights," he explained.
"When you have any tie up between a free-to-air station and Foxtel - we'll obviously look at this more broadly - but sports rights will be a large part of the issues we'll take into consideration."
Ten shares were flat at 21 cents by 12:35pm (AEST).
FSMTC and ABS partner together to bring Connectivity to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
Bermuda, 27th July 2015 ABS and FSM Telecommunications Corporation (FSMTC) announced that they have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder deal on ABS-6, C-band. The capacity agreement will provide internet connectivity to support FSMTC’s growing business.
The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is an independent sovereign island nation consisting of four states: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae in the West Pacific Ocean. FSMTC is a public corporation established by the FSM to provide all telecommunications services.
FSMTC will use the satellite capacity on ABS-6 to connect Pohnpei to the other 3 states and one of its neighbouring islands, Ulithi. The much needed internet connectivity will support commercial, government entities as well as serving educational institutions and communities bringing economic and social benefits.
FSM is subjected to climate changes and disasters such as typhoons and reliability of service is extremely vital. The ABS’ C-band service is an advantage over other solutions with minimal inference from severe weather conditions. This service will offer crucial communications to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is readily available.
“ABS is excited to collaborate with FSMTC to provide reliable communications. We recognize the progress FSMTC has made and understand the challenges it faces to provide internet connectivity available to its economy and its nation,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “Through this partnership, we will work together not only to deliver constant connectivity to the Pacific but more importantly, enable FSMTC to grow as a business and serve its people of FSM.”
“The cooperation with ABS has given us the opportunity to grow our business. ABS has listened to our needs to provide cost effective internet access to better serve FSM’s population,” responded John Sohl, CEO of FSMTC. “The partnership with ABS supports our goal of satisfying the growing broadband demands and services that best meet our users’ needs in a wide geographic environment.”
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-3, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, ABS-7 and the recently launched ABS-3A. The satellite fleet covers over 80% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.
The new satellites: ABS-2A and ABS-8 are planned to launch in late 2015 and 2017 respectively. ABS plans to add more satellites over the next 2-3 years to its growing fleet.
Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, Dubai, South Africa, Germany, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira. The Permira funds acquired ABS in 2010.
For more information, visit www.absatellite.com
Skynet 5A satellite starts move eastwards
Secure X-band and UHF MILSATCOM available for users in the Asia Pacific region by autumn 2015.
Airbus Defence and Space has announced that the planned 67,000 km move of the Skynet 5A satellite over the Asia Pacific region is on track. The move from 6 degrees East to 94.8 degrees East will expand Airbus Defence and Space's capability to provide protected and secure military satcom services to allied governments in the Asia-Pacific region. The satellite will be on station at its new location in the autumn this year.
Airbus Defence and Space announced the planned move of Skynet 5A military communications satellite at the Satellite 2015 Conference in March 2015. The relocation will extend the Skynet constellation coverage and services from 178 West to 163 East, including the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific region.
This will provide global military X-band and UHF coverage, expanding core service reach for the UK military and augment coalition capabilities in the region.
Allied nations, for example the five-eyes community (UK, USA, Australia, NZ, Canada), NATO and other governments operating in the region, will be able to access high grade resilient and secure communications services to enhance humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.
Airbus Defence and Space owns and operates the hardened Skynet X-band satellite constellation of 8 satellites and the ground network to provide all Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications to the UK Ministry of Defence.
The contract also allows other NATO and allied governments to use the Skynet system to augment their existing services. Airbus Defence and Space also leases the X-band hosted payload on Telesat's Anik G1 satellite which covers the Americas and parts of the Pacific including Hawaii and Easter Island.
"The Skynet 5 constellation consists of the world's most powerful, nuclear hardened and protected, military X-band and UHF satellites," said Colin Paynter, Head of Airbus Defence and Space UK.
"With the move of Skynet 5A, we will expand the availability of our premium secure MILSATCOM services to allied nations in the region who need high grade resilient and secure communications services to complement their existing systems."
Beidou navigation system one step closer to global coverage
Two navigation satellites launched by China on Saturday mark another solid step towards building a homegrown positioning system with global coverage, a lead scientist said Sunday.
Scientists put two satellites for the Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), an indigenous alternative to the US-operated GPS, into orbit Saturday at midnight.
According to Xie Jun, chief engineer of the Beidou project, the "twin sats" are designed to be "trail blazers" as the BDS expands its coverage globally.
Named after the Chinese term for the plough or the Big Dipper constellation, the Beidou project was formally launched in 1994, some 20 years after the inception of GPS. It was not until 2000 when the first Beidou satellite was launched.
Nonetheless, by 2012, a regional network had already taken shape, and the BDS is already providing positioning, navigation, timing and short message services in China and several other Asian countries.
Beidou is currently one of the four prominent navigation systems in the world, along with the US GPS, Russia's GLONASS, and the European Union's Galileo.
The plan is to set up a complete "constellation" of 35 navigation satellites and expand their coverage to the entire globe by 2020.
Saturday's launch of the "twin sats" the 18th and 19th of the whole Beidou project and the third this year and their mission to test navigation signaling and inter-satellite links, are a big part of that plan, said Xie.
"We have deployed a new type of signal format for the 'twin sats', which enable us to double the data exchanged between satellites within the same period of time," he said, "That means faster and better service for BDS clients."
Xie said scientists will examine the satellites' distance measurement and anti-jamming capabilities. They will also join the duo with the 17th Beidou satellite, launched in late March, in the mission of testing inter-satellite connectivity.
The inter-satellite links will also allow Beidou satellites to connect with their GPS and GLONASS counterparts.
"The compatibility edge allows BDS clients to use GPS data for corrections in positioning in order to improve service accuracy and convenience," Xie said.
"Though we started late, the BDS now could almost rival any foreign counterparts in terms of general performance. In fact, we might even have a little edge in the fields of regional enhanced services, positioning reports, and short message services," he said.
Xie said 98% of the "twin sats" components were domestically made.
"When we first started the Beidou project, China was not at the time technologically equipped to manufacture much-needed items of technical sophistication, so we had to buy them from other countries," he said.
Technology embargoes made it hard, and often the purchased items malfunctioned.
Scientists managed to break that barrier, gradually substituting foreign-made satellite parts with domestic ones, Xie said.
These include the rubidium atomic clocks. Dubbed the "heart" of the navigation satellites, the atomic clocks are the workhorses which send synchronized signals so sat-nav receivers can triangulate their position on Earth.
Xie said high-precision rubidium atomic clocks carried by the "twin sats" could provide more accurate positioning for the BDS.
A new-generation engine, measuring only 600 grams in weight, also helps the satellites move more precisely in space and can last up to 15 years, almost doubling the life expectancy of its predecessors.
Sky’s new 4K box ready to go (U.K)
Sky’s ground-breaking ‘Project Ethan’ set-top box is ready to be announced shortly, according to widespread media reports over the weekend.
The UK’s Sunday Telegraph said the unit, now dubbed the SkyQ box, will enable users to record four channels at the same time and at long last permit subscribers to transfer some programming to mobile devices.
Sky announces its full-year results this week (on July 29) and could use the occasion to make a statement about availability of the set-top box.
The Project Ethan box has been developed to handle 4K transmissions.
ClickSat to distribute YahClick satellite broadband in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator, has signed an agreement with new service partner Clicksat to distribute its internet broadband service, YahClick, to users across Pakistan. The partnership signing follows the official YahClick Pakistan launch on Monday.
Users will now be able to instantly connect to satellite broadband anywhere in the country using a compact satellite dish and modem, without the frustration of congested networks, including areas where terrestrial infrastructure is currently not available.
YahClick’s broadband service will be delivered by Clicksat offering in country technical, operational and customer care.
Clicksat, a marketing company of REDtone Pakistan, is one of the fastest growing satellite solution companies in Southern Asia, deploying over 300 VSATs in last year. Its services ensure seamless integration and stable solutions to offer the best possible service to the customer.
Located in four major cities of Pakistan Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan Clicksat is able to serve any part of the country with faster turnaround times.
Chief Commercial Officer David Murphy said: “YahClick has already enjoyed great success across the Middle East, Africa Central and South West Asia, with notable installations in banking, education and public services.
“With the ever growing demand for widespread access to reliable broadband internet, we are delighted to partner with Clicksat to extend our reach and enjoy similar successes in Pakistan.”
Clicksat CEO Nadeem Younes said: “In the past, satellite broadband internet connection was regarded as a luxury for the tech savvy people, however it is now critical technology for anyone requiring fast and reliable broadband services.
“Economic growth in rural communities is being hampered because there is little or poor access to the internet, whereas YahClick addresses these issues by being a cost effective, and versatile product that suits consumers, SMEs and corporations requiring reliable, fast internet access in untapped and underserved areas of Pakistan.”
Eutelsat Ka-Sat filling up
Ka-Sat, once thought to be something of a €400 million ‘ugly duckling’ on the Eutelsat fleet, is fast turning into a rather attractive swan.
Although Eutelsat has to date never broken out the revenue or profit margins on Ka-Sat perhaps more will be learnt this coming July 30th, when it unveils its end of year numbers (to June 30th).
What is known is that Eutelsat is declining new customer bookings in 28 French regions because two of the 11 beams that cover France are full. Eutelsat says that it has stopped taking orders until it can find additional Ka-band capacity.
Ka-Sat was launched in 2010 and operates from 9 degrees East. It carries 82 ‘spot’ beams, and with a design life of 16 years. Initially, the satellite’s mission was to earn €100 million in revenues with a 60/40 split in terms of consumer/business.
Eutelsat has been helped by French publicity and promotion of its National Broadband Plan which is calling for aggressive improvements to bandwidth speeds which Ka-Sat can just about handle of 30 Mb/s to 50 per cent of the nation’s homes by 2017, and 100 per cent of homes by 2022.
Eutelsat is already tapping into France’s Digital Divide voucher scheme to rural homes, and whereby residents can use the value of a voucher to cover the initial cost of the satellite receiving equipment and necessary connectivity, always considered to be a barrier to entry for many consumers.
DTH operators to add 8-9 mn subscribers a year: Report
Mumbai: Direct-to-home operators are likely to add 8-9 million subscribers per annum over the next three years as two listed operators, Dish TV and Videocon d2h, stand to gain big from digital conversions in the country.
"A 70 million analogue subscribers' opportunity will unfold over the next few years as voluntary conversions continue. Regardless of the digitisation deadline dates, DTH (Direct-to-home) companies will probably keep adding 8-9 million subscribers a year over the next three years," says a Deutsche Bank report.
The government has set a timeline to complete digitisation in four phases.
Phases 1 and 2 covering the metros and 38 large cities (cities with over over million population) are already over.
The Phase 3 deadline (all urban areas) is December 31, 2015 and the Phase 4 deadline (the rest of India) is December 31, 2016.
"Looking at the progress of cable companies towards digitisation, it looks likely that the deadline will be extended. We do not factor in any uptick in subscriber addition till FY17 on account of digitisation," the report said.
Out of the 270 million households, 170 million are TV households. Within these 170 million, 40 million are DTH households, 30 million are digital cable households, 70 million are analogue subscribers and 30 million are terrestrial households.
The report observed that broadcasters prefer DTH companies as they get a higher share of revenue from them compared to multi-system operators (MSOs).
"Since broadcasters get a higher share of revenue from DTH players, they favour higher DTH penetration. Broadcasters have entered into multi-year fixed cost deals with DTH operators. These are lump-sum cost deals, with single-digit annual inflation built in," it said.
However, it noted that broadcasters like Zee Entertainment and Star TV are pushing MSOs for higher payments.
"This cost push for cable will provide pricing headroom for DTH. Historically, the ability of DTH operators to increase prices has been capped by cable prices," it said.
Of the two listed DTH operators Dish TV and Videocon d2h, it said they can add 2.5 million and 1.8 million subscribers, respectively, through internal cash generation.
"According to our estimates, Dish TV will generate free cash flow of Rs 360 crore in FY17, while Videocon d2h will turn free cash flow positive by FY17," it said.
Russian channel pulled up by I&B ministry for indecent content
Moscow-based channel Russia Today has been pulled up by the Information and Broadcasting ministry for airing a video clip containing several indecent shots last year.
The channel, which apologised for the mistake and assured that it will be more careful and vigilant about the content exhibited in India, was issued an advisory to adhere to Programme and Advertising Codes, according to the Ministry.
In its advisory, the Ministry said a show cause notice was issued to the channel after it was noticed that in December last year it ran visuals which appeared offending against good taste and decency.
Responding to the notice, M/s Lamhas Satellite Services Limited,as the distribution partner of Russia Today, submitted that they did not intentionally or unintentionally try to vilify the portrayal of women in general and that the show was an extract of another program purely based on abstract, experimental artistic pursuit as depicted in the clip.
It added that the channel did not aim at objectification of women in a detrimental way while also apologising on behalf of the channel.
The company also said that they had instructed Russia Today Channel to strictly abide by the Cable TV Regulation Act and it had assured to be more careful and vigilant about the content exhibited in India.
A representative of the channel also appeared before an Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) which looked into the matter and admitted that it was a mistake on their part to telecast the programme.
The representative added that the programme was telecast during late hours under the impression that it would be watched by adult persons only and thus, would not be treated as a violation. However, she regretted the entire incident, the ministry order said
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D1 12429 V Sr 7000, 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA.
Intelsat 8 @169E 4009 H Sr 2800 "concert"
Saturday day activity
Intelsat 8 @169E 3807 H Sr 7500 afl from manuka stadium
Optus D1, 12651V & 12660V, 7500sr, FTA. NRL Feeds FTA
12652 V Sr 6670 HORSEYS
12634 V Sr 6670 HORSEYS
The 3 ABC Uplinks are active 12536H 12545H 12554H 6987
12321 V Sr 6666 Globecast Scrambled
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From asiatvro site
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，Sat Info（测试）频道消失，设置3628 H 17986参数无效接收。[07-26]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段，CBS、BBS、BTN（韩国）等6个频道加密，设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。[07-26]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段，Gs My Shop（韩国）高清频道开播，设置12370 H 27489参数有条件接收。[07-26]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段，Fashion TV HD（高清）频道解密，设置12553 H 23303参数免费接收。[07-26]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，Fox Sport替换Star Sport（体育）频道，设置3600 V 31000参数有条件接收。[07-25]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，CGN TV（宗教）频道消失，设置11635 H 27500参数无效接收。[07-25]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段，TV5 Monde（TelkomVision）频道消失，设置3640 V 30000参数无效接收。[07-25]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，Hamara TV、JOO Music（外语）等4个频道新增，设置4063 H 4295参数免费接收。[07-25]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段，Fashion One（4K）频道消失，设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。[07-25]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段，The Indonesia Channel（MPEG-4）频道消失，设置4120 V 29720参数无效接收。[07-25]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段，Mlbme HD替换Fox Sports（高清）频道，设置3840 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [7月25日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段，Channel M、Star World（MPEG-4）等3个频道消失，设置3840 V 29720参数无效接收。 [7月25日]
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English channels (not working well here on my Fibre..)
CNBC (EUROPEAN EDITION) (USA)
CNN (EUROPEAN EDITION) (USA)
BBC WORLD NEWS (UK)
ITV 1 (UK) STREAM # 1
BBC 1 (UK)
BBC 2 (UK) STREAM # 1
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ITV 1 (UK) STREAM # 2
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FILM 4 (UK)
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Murdochs on notice over Foxtel grab for Ten
Competition watchdog Rod Sims has put the Murdoch family on notice that all of their local media interests will be taken into account in his ruling on the controversial deal between News Corp's pay-television venture Foxtel and Ten Network Holdings.
"We will take a holistic look to try and understand what influence News and or Foxtel could have over Channel Ten that would be a level of influence beyond the 15 per cent direct shareholding that Foxtel would have," the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman told Fairfax Media in an exclusive interview.
His comments indicate that the ACCC will consider News's 50 per cent stake in Foxtel as well as News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch's 8.5 per cent stake in Ten through his private investment vehicle Illyria, which also owns radio company Nova Entertainment.
The approach could add a hurdle for News Corp and Foxtel in their efforts to convince the regulator that the deal would not give News and Foxtel effective control over Ten or substantially lessen competition in the market for sports rights and other content. Telstra owns the other 50 per cent of Foxtel.
First public commentary
It is Mr Sims' first public commentary on the complex deal announced last month which will reshape the local media landscape through the sale of 15 per cent of free-to-air broadcaster Ten to Foxtel, whose Multi-Channel Network will take control of the network's advertising sales. Ten will acquire 24.99 per cent of MCN.
"We are conscious that one of the News Corp executives (Lachlan Murdoch) has a shareholding (in Ten) separately and we will bear that in mind in our assessment of these things," said Mr Sims. "It is too early to say yet what our view will be but clearly the higher the level of shareholding the more likely it is that there will be greater control.
"There's no doubt that you can't ignore these things. You can't be mechanical about this. You have to take commonsense view of what the various ownership stakes mean."
The ACCC chairman, who sits on the four-strong mergers committee that is due to make a decision on the deal by September 10, has met privately with some of Foxtel and Ten's rivals who are concerned about the deal.
Mr Sims, who warned News Corp three years ago that it would struggle to get approval for any expansion into free-to-air television, also said that maintaining competition in the sports rights market would be key to the ACCC's decision.
The ACCC will ask whether will Foxtel have an incentive to partner with Ten in preference to other free-to-air networks such as Nine and Seven for the acquisition of sports or other program rights.
In 2012 Mr Sims blocked Kerry Stokes's Seven Group's effort to get hold of 50 per cent of Fox Sports through the acquisition of James Packer's Consolidated Media Holdings. The ACCC had voiced concerns that Seven's free-to-air rivals, Nine and Ten, would be disadvantaged in bidding for sports rights if Seven also owned half of Fox Sports.
'Very different' move
Mr Sims said that Foxtel's move was "very different" to Seven's and it was taking a smaller stake, but added: "There's no question that in the Channel Seven/Fox Sports matter our concern was largely around sports rights and there is no question that thinking is in our minds now."
Any free-to-air network needs to work closely with Foxtel in winning sports rights because it is the richest company, making almost $1 billion a year in underlying profit, more than the three metropolitan free-to-air networks combined.
Mr Sims acknowledged that the market for video content has changed since 2012, an argument Foxtel is likely to make, noting the explosion of competition for content, including from overseas multinationals such as Netflix.
Fairfax and the free-to-air broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co are both expected to make the case that the ACCC should oppose the deal in their confidential submissions to the ACCC (which were due in on Friday but could for which some parties have been given an extension).
Greg Hywood, chief executive of Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review, said last month: "News Corp and its family interests have woven together a mix of their publishing assets, their interests in Ten, Foxtel, Presto and radio … they have gamed the government. It's supposed to be two out of three and it's more like five out of five."
The views of Seven West Media, which is Foxtel's partner in the video streaming venture Presto, are unknown. Some Seven executives expressed private concerns prior to the deal being announced about increased competition in advertising from a combined Foxtel/Ten sales force. Mr Stokes has grown increasingly close to Lachlan Murdoch.
Asked a series of questions about the potential influence News Corp and its various companies could exert over Ten and the possible impact on competition in sports rights, content acquisition and advertising, Foxtel said it would be inappropriate to comment in light of the various processes underway.
However, Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein added: "As I stated at the time this transaction was announced, Foxtel regularly does deals with free-to-air broadcasters where to do so is in the best interests of the business and adds value for our shareholders.
"This has included commissioning A Place to Call Home from Seven, acquiring the World Movies channel from SBS, jointly commissioning Gogglebox with Ten, entering into the Presto joint venture with Seven and potentially Ten, and doing sports rights deals with every network other than the ABC. We will continue to seek the best partnerships we can to deliver great content for our subscribers."
A Ten Network Holdings spokesman said in an emailed statement: "As you would appreciate, given that the matters are currently before the ACMA and ACCC for consideration, it would be inappropriate for Ten to engage in a public debate/make any public comment on the issues being considered.
"However, as a general response to your questions we do wish to make two points clear: the proposed arrangements do not give rise to, or contemplate, any exclusive arrangement with Foxtel for the acquisition of any content, including sports. Ten's ASX announcements which describe the arrangement reflect this.
"And the proposed arrangements do not give Lachlan Murdoch, Foxtel or News control over Ten and Ten considers that the arrangements do not contravene the BSA (Broadcasting Services Act)."
A News Corp Australia spokesman said: "Foxtel is a 50/50 joint venture between News Corp and Telstra and operates as a standalone business. Any questions in relation the proposed investment by Foxtel in Ten, are a matter for Foxtel and Ten."
A spokesman for Lachlan Murdoch said he was overseas and unavailable for comment
Foxtel and free-to-air gang up on Google over GST
Foxtel and its bitter rivals in free-to-air television have have agreed to a rare show of unity by writing to the federal Treasurer Joe Hockey pressing him to make Google and Facebook collect GST on digital advertising sales.
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has had a letter from industry bodies Free TV Australia and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) about the current GST rules.
Foxtel and its bitter rivals in free-to-air television have agreed to a rare show of unity by writing to the federal Treasurer Joe Hockey pressing him to make Google and Facebook collect GST on digital advertising sales.
In a letter sent to Mr Hockey on Friday, industry bodies Free TV Australia and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) say current rules for collection of GST on digital advertising sales by offshore entities "put local industry operators at a significant competitive disadvantage".
The letter, obtained by Fairfax Media, is circulated to the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and to the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is believed to be strongly supportive of the push.
Free TV separately says the move would help the government offset the removal of television licence fees for free-to-air networks, the controversial issue which Mr Turnbull met executives to discuss last week. (ASTRA disagrees strongly on that point, however).
Mr Turnbull first raised the idea of a 10 per cent GST impost on digital advertising sales in March as a way to tackle the problem of overseas online platforms making very small tax contributions in Australia.
Proposal has not progressed
However, the proposal has not been progressed further by the government, which nevertheless extended GST to cross border supplies of digital products and services imported by consumers in its May budget the so-called "Netflix tax".
PWC and the IAB put the 2014 Australian digital advertising market at $4.47 billion, of which almost $2 billion was for search advertising, a market dominated by Google.
According to the letter by ASTRA CEO Andrew Maiden and Free TV CEO Julie Flynn, internet advertising is the fastest growing segment of the market, gaining 13.7 per cent in 2014 (compared to 4.8 per cent for subscription television and 1.1 per cent fall for free-to-air television).
It adds: "However, we understand that because digital ad sellers such as Google base their transactions offshore, they are not required to collect and administer GST on these sales. This is the case even where the purchaser of advertising is an Australian entity and where the ads are served to Australian consumers.
"Google is no small player in this sector, reportedly collecting close to $2 billion in advertising revenue in the last year. It is our view that this loophole affords Google a competitive advantage in an industry in which any concession can significantly affect the competitive equilibrium."
Ms Flynn told Fairfax Media: "The existing asymmetric tax arrangements are clearly harming our businesses. We are very keen to compete but as things stand we are being handicapped and clearly there is a large amount of revenue the government is foregoing by not taxing these companies."
Google Australia company accounts filed with ASIC say that for 2014 it earned $438.7 million in revenue, generated $58.7 million in profit and paid $11.7 million in tax. A spokesman for the company said: "Decisions around how GST is applied is a matter for government."
Facebook could not be reached for comment.
Critics of the idea point out that the vast majority of Google's customers are small businesses many of which could claim GST credits.
But former Foxtel and News Corp Australia CEO Kim Williams said: "When I was at News Corp I regularly made comments that there was sufficient evidence of an un-level playing field that required corrective action on both digital retailing … and a market in equilibrium in relation to advertising sales."
Ms Flynn says a GST on digital ad sales has the potential to raise "as much if not more" than the $153 million a year the government would lose if it stopped making free-to-air broadcasters pay 4.5 per cent of gross revenues in license fees.
But Mr Maiden said: "The free-to-air networks in Australia have privileges and protections that are unparalleled around the world so if they wish to lobby for licence fee reductions they will need to work out what they are willing to give up.
"The most obvious candidate would be to relinquish the broadcasting spectrum they won't need after they adopt technology to compress their signals, which could raise around $1 billion for the Commonwealth."
China Launches Pair of New-Generation BeiDou GNSS Satellites
China has launched two new satellites yesterday (July 25, 2015) for the nation’s Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).
The satellites were launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in southern China. They're the 18th and 19th to join the satellite navigation system. The two satellites reached their target orbits three and a half hours after the launch, according to the Xinhua news agency.
Xinhua said the spacecraft will be used to test the new BeiDou Phase III navigation signal and inter-satellite links. As previously reported, in the current and final phase of system development now under way, China will migrate its B1 open civil signal from 1561.098 MHz to a frequency centered at 1572.42, which has become a common band for current and future GNSS signals, including the GPS L1 and L1C and Galileo’s E1. The signal modulation will also change from a quadrature phase shift keying (QPSKZ) modulation to a multiplexed binary offset carrier (MBOC), similar to L1 and E1 but with some unique characteristics.
The satellites, which may have middle Earth orbits (MEO), are the second and third new-generation BeiDou spacecraft placed in orbit by China, following a successful launch in March. In an interview with the Shanghai Daily published today, Xie Jun, chief engineer of the Beidou project, said the "twin sats" are designed to be "trail blazers" as the BDS expands its coverage globally.
The launch was the first employing the new Expedition-1 (Yuanzheng-1) upper stage, capable of placing satellites directly into GEO or MEO orbits.
Xie also told the publication that 98 percent of the two satellites’ components were domestically made, including the rubidium atomic clocks on board, and that the spacecraft has a projected life expectancy of 15 years.
BDS began providing services to civilian users in China and surrounding areas in the Asia-Pacific in December 2012.
Channels uplinked for beaming overseas have to follow laws of receiving country: Rathore
NEW DELHI: Although the 36 channels uplinked from India and downlinked overseas are not bound by the Programme and Advertising Codes, the Indian government said that the uplinked content should not contain anything, which is against the sovereignty, integrity and national security of India as well as its relations with friendly countries.
The permission to these channels was given under the Uplinking Guidelines of November 2011.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore told the Lok Sabha today that these channels will be required to ensure compliance of the rules and regulations of the target country for which content is being produced and uplinked.
These channels will be required to preserve the recordings of proceedings for at least six months for monitoring purposes, he said.
A majority of the channels are from the Zee Group targeting different countries including the United States and South Africa, while others include Raj TV and South Asia World TV.
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SBS agrees broadcast deal with BeIn Sport for continued Champions League coverage
SBS 2Pay-TV broadcaster BeIn Sport has on-sold free-to-air rights for the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League to SBS.
The Al Jazeera-owned channel bought the Australian rights for the competition earlier this month after outbidding long-time holder ESPN for them, as it looks to beef up its content offering in Australia.
The new three-year partnership will see SBS hold exclusive free-to-air rights, which will include one live match on Wednesdays and a weekly one hour highlights show on Thursday nights.
SBS previously held a similar deal with ESPN, and the latest agreement continues the broadcast partnership it has held with Europe’s premier club soccer completion since 1992.
Ken Shipp, director of sport at SBS, said he was pleased to have secured the deal.
“Football is becoming increasingly competitive in the Australian market so we’re delighted that we’ve secured the rights for another 3 years,” he added.
“International sport is at the heart of SBS and reflects our unique Charter by connecting our diverse communities. SBS really loves Football, so we look forward to continuing our free-to-air coverage of the Champions League.”
It is the first major acquisition by BeIn in the sports rights field since it bought out Setanta Sport’s operation a year ago. The station is available via subscription online, or through a top-up payment on Foxtel and Fetch TV.
Foxtel looks to govt for salvation in piracy battle
The television service has touted new research suggesting government measures prevent piracy, but is this really the case? Mark Gambino crunches the numbers.
Foxtel has left their fate to the government in the battle against pirates.
A recent research report released by the Department of Communications has suggested that internet website blocking measures may prevent digital piracy.
The June 24 report into online copyright infringement, estimated that 43 per cent of Australian online users have consumed infringing content that is, downloaded free music, TV, movies or video games via peer-to-peer connections in the last three months, compared to 21 per cent of users in the UK.
The one major problem with this comparison is that online users in the UK have had access to a number of comprehensive streaming media services, like Amazon Prime and Netflix, for many years the latter enjoying a presence in more than 1 in 10 households.
However, rather than acknowledging the affect of availability and access, across a span of years, the reason for this difference in statistics has been swiftly attributed to the UK’s extensive website-blocking measures.
Naturally, rights holders in Australia have been swift to jump on the site-blocking merry-go-round.
One such company is Foxtel, which released a statement “welcoming” the research earlier this week.
“The research clearly indicates that where governments take action to reduce levels of online copyright infringement it has an effect on peoples’ behaviour,” said Bruce Meagher, Foxtel Group Director of Corporate Affairs.
However, there is arguably a different interoperation of this data: that the results tell of a market where piracy has declined due to an easily accessible supply of timely content, all available at a reasonable price.
Amazon Prime content is only available in Australia through the use of a VPN.
“I don’t necessarily accept that that’s true,” said Bruce Meagher, Group Director of Corporate Affairs for Foxtel.
“Music may be available worldwide on streaming services on the day and date of release, but it is still heavily pirated.”
Meagher has been a loud voice in the war against online piracy, declaring that Australia’s new site-blocking measures will help “send the clear message to consumers that this activity is not only unacceptable, but illegal”.
For quite some time those involved in this battle have been locked in a ‘because they can/because they can’t’ debate: users pirate simply because they can or simply because they can’t access the content they want in a timely and cheap manner.
Data in this new report clearly indicates that content delivered in a timely, more accessible and cost-friendly manner could be the greatest carrot to dangle before repeat infringers; a sentiment echoed by Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull.
“This criticism that our industry is not addressing the problem is demonstrably not true,” said Meagher.
“If you look at us, we release regular TV shows on or about the time of shows in the US. You can watch Game of Thrones sooner on Foxtel than you can in some US States, when you consider time zone differences.
“We’ve also reduced prices for our main service, but things have a cost. There is no model where you can just give this stuff away for free.”
However, it has only been in the last few months when enough competition entered the market to force some monopolies to tumble that this approach was embraced in Australia.
Six months ago, Australians had no access to Stan, Netflix or Presto, services that range between $9 and $15 a month.
Until January 26 (when Stan launched), services like Foxtel, Fetch TV and Quickflix were the only subscription services available, costing between $10 to $35 per month or more, each with varying degrees of on-demand content and titles limited by widely differing rights deals. Have they really been trying that hard?
Australia’s much-debated Anti-Piracy Bill, which will give rights holders the same powers as their UK counterparts, will go some ways to prevent online piracy. But we still have a long way to go before many Australians bring their ship to shore and buy digital content from legitimate sources.
Ultimately, if we want to see a greater reduction in piracy, the onus now rests with rights holders. For many companies, it’s challenging to consider that a profits-based approach to content delivery will force people out to sea.
By delivering a range of content that users want, in a timely and reasonably priced manner, there may be no need to call on the government to digitally scupper users who simply want to enjoy flexibility and variety in their entertainment hours.
The Great Australian TV delay
Many US cable network shows, like Halt and Catch Fire season 2, don't even have airdates for Australia yet.
Ask any avid TV fan in Australia and they will tell you that many of the best TV shows take weeks (or months) to air on Australian TV or become available via online streaming services.
That sentiment is reflected in my research on the highest rated TV shows of the first half of 2015. Even with the advent of Netflix and Stan in 2015, the research reveals that just four TV shows out of 47 that were surveyed were available in Australia on TV and online within a day of their international premiere (those four shows were Justified, Mad Men, Orange is the New Black, and Wayward Pines).
I've created a handy-dandy graphical guide so you can quickly spot the Australian TV Delay on your favourite shows. Green is good, yellow is OK, red and black are bad. Click here for a full-size PDF.
Start counting TV shows that are available on either traditional TV OR online within a day, and the number increases to 14 out of 47 (30 per cent). This includes TV shows such as Game of Thrones which was fast-tracked by Foxtel and also available on Foxtel's digital platforms but was not available on online services such as iTunes until 65 days after the international premiere (the day after the season finale).
It also includes Netflix Originals such as Marvel's Daredevil, which is available to every Netflix customer around the world simultaneously but is not typically licensed to traditional TV networks (Orange is the New Black, another Netflix Original, was an exception this year because it also aired on Foxtel).
The remaining 70 per cent of shows surveyed were not legally available within a day in Australia. And these TV shows did not just take a few days to arrive, the overwhelming majority took many weeks to arrive.
Worse still, 12 of the shows surveyed (26 per cent) still do not have a confirmed release date as of publication. These 12 TV shows include the critically acclaimed American Crime and season 2 of Halt and Catch Fire, which was nominated for 'Most Exciting New Series' in the Critics' Choice Television Awards last year.
Looking solely at the delay for TV shows to arrive on traditional TV, the numbers are really quite bad.
Eight TV shows arrive within a day (17 per cent), two arrive within a week (4 per cent), four arrive within a month (9 per cent), 12 arrive after more than a month (26 per cent) and 21 have no confirmed release date yet (45 per cent).
Put another way, just 14 out of the 47 shows surveyed are available on traditional TV in Australia within a month of their international premiere.
Switching to focus on the numbers on the delay for TV shows to arrive on online services, the numbers are similarly tragic.
Ten TV shows arrive within a day (21 per cent), one arrives within a week (2 per cent), five arrive within a month (11 per cent), 13 arrive after more than a month (28 per cent) and 18 have no confirmed release date yet (38 per cent).
All told, just 16 out of the 47 shows surveyed are available on online services in Australia within a month of their international premiere. Only one in three.
Netflix and Stan Shake Things Up
The first six months of 2015 saw the arrival of online streaming services Stan and Netflix, and they played a big role in the timely availability of TV shows in Australia. Because of their arrival, there were more TV shows available within a day on online services (10) than there were on traditional TV (8).
Stan brought Better Call Saul and Community, and Netflix brought 5 of its original TV shows to Australia within a day, meaning that without Stan or Netflix, just 3 TV shows would have been available in Australia online within a day.
Additionally, those 3 remaining TV shows (Justified, Mad Men and Wayward Pines) might be available online within a day, but they still aired on Foxtel first, and were delayed by a few hours before appearing on iTunes and other online stores.
The significance of all this should not be understated. In the context of TV shows in Australia, online has always been viewed and treated as a secondary medium where people could catch up on things they missed on traditional TV.
There have been some exceptions to this, such as when SBS airs Orphan Black on its online catch up service before it airs on TV. However with the launch of Stan and Netflix, Australians are now faced with the new reality that if they want to watch some of the most anticipated TV shows they are going to have to get it online.
It should also be noted that Netflix in particular has been doing an incredible job of creating high-quality TV shows. It was just a few years ago when House of Cards and Netflix original programming began.
To put that in perspective, out of the 47 TV shows surveyed this year, HBO is the network with the most shows in the list with 7, but Netflix is now right behind them with 6, well ahead of AMC and ABC America with only 3 each.
HBO Now and Showtime
This year has also seen some interesting developments in the United States, with premium cable channels, HBO and Showtime launching their own standalone online subscriptions. HBO Now, which costs US$14.99 a month, gives subscribers access to all of HBO's current and past original content, including Game of Thrones, True Detective, The Wire and The Sopranos. Showtime's service, which costs $10.99, is nearly identical and gives subscribers access to shows such as Homeland, Ray Donovan, Dexter and Weeds.
New episodes of HBO and Showtime shows are available through their online subscriptions at the same time that they air on US cable. Some Australians have been able to use VPN and DNS services to side-step the HBO Now and Showtime geo-blocking restrictions giving Australians a way to watch new episodes without delay, whilst still paying for the content (although using these services from Australia does break the terms of service).
Some Improvement, Some Worsening on Last Year's Survey
Although I made some small changes to the way I present the data and increased the sample size, you can still compare these results with those from my article last year.
Overall, the situation has improved thanks to Netflix and Stan, which means that the number of TV shows available online within a day in this year's survey is double what it was last year.
But at the same time, the number of shows that take more than a month to arrive has ballooned significantly. Last year, 19 per cent of surveyed shows took more than a month to arrive on an online service, this year it doubled to 38 per cent although part of that may be explained by the drop in TV shows that do not have a release date, which went from 52 per cent to 38 per cent.
In terms of traditional TV, the number of shows that take more than a week to arrive has also increased from 64 per cent to 79 per cent, although a big chunk of this can be explained by Stan or Netflix acquiring the exclusive licensing rights for a number of shows.
Extreme Delays Still Exist
As noted previously, 12 of the surveyed shows do not have a confirmed airdate.
Optimistically, that information could be confirmed tomorrow and the TV shows could air the following week. But it is just as likely that it could be many, many months before they air.
Let's look at the acclaimed show Halt and Catch Fire. It has taken Foxtel a whopping 357 days to air the first season (episodes also appear on iTunes after they air on Foxtel).
Amazingly, this delay meant that season 2 began airing in the US on 31 May 2015, weeks before Foxtel started the first season in Australia on 23 June 2015.
Foxtel said that season 2 will air this September.
There were lengthy waits for some of the other TV shows surveyed last year. There was Years of Living Dangerously, which aired in the US in April last year, and arrived in Australia in November on SBS, a delay of 226 days.
It took a staggering 389 days for Community season 5 to arrive in Australia, but it was brought to Australia with the launch of Stan which subsequently made season 6 available in Australia within hours of its international premiere.
Rectify season 2 also took a while to arrive in Australia, with a delay of 202 days, but season 3 (which has just begun) has been fast-tracked by SBS and new episodes are available on SBS On Demand within a few hours of their international premiere.
Questions to Foxtel, Stan and SBS
We sent some questions relating to this article to Foxtel, Stan and SBS. A Foxtel spokesperson spoke to me yesterday, but Stan and SBS did not respond to our requests.
A Foxtel spokesperson revealed that two of the shows that I have listed as "TBA" (Ballers and Halt and Catch Fire) will air on Foxtel this September (they didn't have a specific date).
I also asked Foxtel about this year's Game of Thrones season which aired on Australian TV at the same time as it did in the US. The Foxtel spokesperson explained that it was the first time they had aired a TV show from the US live, and that whilst they don't yet have any plans for bringing this to other TV shows, it is something they will consider for other TV shows in the future.
I didn't quite get a specific answer to some of my other questions but the Foxtel spokesperson did take a moment to note that Foxtel do bring a number of their shows to Australia "Express from the US" whether it be live like Game of Thrones or after a 2 hour delay for many of the HBO series and in the evening for others.
They also pointed out that Foxtel reduced the price of their Entertainment pack late last year to $25 and, as a special promotion, reduced the price of their Premium Movies & Drama add-on package to $5 for Foxtel Play customers during this year's Game of Thrones season.
I used Metacritic to compile a list of top TV shows. I only included TV shows which had a season premiere in the first six months of 2015 (1 January to 30 June). To rank the TV shows I used a combination of the critic score and the user score (weighted 50 per cent each).
Traditional TV includes Free-to-Air channels and Foxtel, including their respective catch-up services such as ABC iView, SBS On Demand and Foxtel Go. Online Services include online stores such as iTunes, Google Play and Xbox Video plus online streaming services such as Netflix, Stan and Presto.
Numbers may not always add up to exactly 100 per cent due to rounding.
Yahoo! More streaming TV for Kiwis video
Kiwis have another television streaming option after Yahoo announced it's New Zealand service on Thursday.
Yahoo TV will be free, but you may not have heard of many of the shows.
It joins paid subscription services Lightbox, Netflix, Neon and Quickflix along with the free on-demand options from TVNZ and TV3.
Sin City Saints is one of the shows featuring on Yahoo's TV streaming service.
It features a mix of original shows from Yahoo, who are following Amazon and Netflix into making programmes, and reality television along with Australian favourite Home and Away.
The two shows it's promoting heavily are Sin City Saints and Other Space which are available for the first time outside the United States.
Sin City Saints stars Tom Arnold and Malin Akerman and follows a fictional Las Vegas basketball team. Hollywood Reporter called it "mostly unfunny".
The other show is Other Space which has Bridesmaids director Paul Feig involved. It's had better reviews with Metacritic giving it 63 per cent.
Other programmes include food-focused competitions such as The Great Food Truck Race, Cutthroat Kitchen and My Kitchen Rules Australia.
The other shows are lifestyle or E channel type programmes including All on the Line with Joe Zee, Life with La Toya, Tori and Dean: sTORIbook Weddings and Abby and Brittany.
All the shows are streaming from today at yahoo.co.nz/TV.
Latest wideband global satellite launches
Air Force, Boeing team up for early-orbit operations
The seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) has been successfully launched into orbit.
WGS-7 was lofted aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV at Cape Canaveral Wednesday. The satellite., the first of the Block II spacecraft in the WGS program, has sent signals confirming a successful launch, according to a NASA announcement.
WGS-7 offers 17 percent more secure communications bandwidth than its predecessors, said a news release by manufacturer Boeing. “By utilizing commercial processes, we are able to offer greater capacity at a lower spacecraft cost, resulting in more than $150 million in savings for WGS-7 through WGS-10," said Dan Hart, vice president at Boeing's government space systems division.
WGS-8, the next of the 10 satellites, is set for launch in late 2016.
China building huge satellite dish to make contact with aliens
‘It will help us to search for intelligent life outside of the galaxy’NASA/ESA/Hubble
China has begun the construction of the world's largest radio telescope in the hope of discovering intelligent life in far-flung galaxies.
The official Xinhua news agency reported that workers began assembling the massive dish, which will be bigger than 30 football fields, by attaching 4,450 triangular-shaped panels to the telescope's reflector on 23 July.
The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) will have a perimeter of 1.6km and will be used to scan deep space for signals.
Xinhua quoted Wu Xiangping, director-general of the Chinese Astronomical Society, as saying that it will "greatly enhance" the country's ability to scrutinise outer space, with this being one area that China has fallen behind on, having to rely on "second-hand" data collected by other nations for some time.
Xiangping said: "Having a more sensitive telescope, we can receive weaker and more distant radio messages.
"It will help us to search for intelligent life outside of the galaxy and explore the origins of the universe."
Nan Rendong, chief scientist of the FAST project with the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, added: "A radio telescope is like a sensitive ear, listening to tell meaningful radio messages from white noise in the universe. It is like identifying the sound of cicadas in a thunderstorm."
The satellite will be based in a bowl-shaped valley in the south-western province of Guizhou and five km from the nearest town, meaning that interference will be minimal. Construction on FAST will be completed next year.
China to launch scientific satellite in 2016
SJ-10 satellite will carry out 19 experiments in six fields
A Long March-4B rocket loaded with CBERS-4 satellite, developed by China and Brazil, blasts off from its launch pad at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, on December 7, 2014.
BEIJING Chinese scientists are planning to launch a retrievable scientific research satellite in the first half of 2016.
The satellite SJ-10 will carry out research in microgravity and space life science to provide scientific support to manned space missions and space scientists on Earth, said project chief Hu Wenrui. All key components of the satellite have been tested and are functioning well, and it is expected to launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China's Gansu province.
The satellite will carry out 19 experiments in six fields included microgravity fluid physics, microgravity combustion, space material science, space radiation effect, microgravity biological effect and space biological techniques, Xinhua reported.
Eight experiments in fluid physics will be conducted in the orbital module, and the other experiments will be conducted in the reentry capsule, which is designed to return to Earth after 12 days in orbit. The orbital module will keep operating in orbit for three more days.
According to Huang Chenguang vice head of the Institute of Mechanics with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) the SJ-10 is the second satellite in a space studies programme consisting of five scientific satellites. The SJ-10 project has been carried out under 11 institutes of the CAS and six Chinese universities in cooperation with the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
The first satellite of the space studies programme is a dark matter particle explorer satellite, expected to be launched by the end of this year. The programme also plans to launch a satellite for quantum science experiments and a hard X-ray telescope for black hole and neutron star studies within the next two years.
SES has 5 UHD channels signed up
SES has signed agreements for a further three UHD channels to be launched by the end of the year, and these are in addition to the 4K service already announced for Sky Deutschland and a shopping channel (pearl.tv) scheduled to launch in September.
CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh, in the SES half-year financial statement, said that revenues of €999 million (up 6.4 per cent y-o-y) with profit after tax up 13.9 per cent to €340 million.
However, currency fluctuations (and a strong US dollar) and later-than-expected launch schedule of SES-9 will impact revenues during this upcoming half-year, with (therefore) Full Year growth expectations falling by around -3 per cent (and EBITDA by -3.5%).
Sabbagh said that channel growth on the SES fleet remained strong with HDTV channels growing 13.9 per cent. SES is now carrying 6963 channels in total and 2069 in HD.
Contract backlog is €7.4 billion. The all-important satellite utilisation rate is 72.5 per cent (the same as last year).
But Sabbagh report further problems with some of the SES fleet. Further power degradation was noticed on AMC-15 (fully contracted to EchoStar) and on NSS-6 (five transponders) as well as AMC-8 and AMC-10.
SES has a total of seven new satellites under procurement and scheduled for launch between now (in essence Q4 this year) and H1/2017.
Egypt’s ERTU to be “completely restructured”
Egypt’s public broadcaster, the Egyptian Radio & Television Union (ERTU) is to be restructured in order to be more competitive against the growing importance of privately-funded commercial channels in the country and beyond.
The ERTU’s headquarters are in the Nile-side ‘Maspero’ building. According to Minister of Transitional Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ibrahim Heneidy, a new law is being drafted to bring Maspero under the supervision of one authority. “This is in line with Article 213 of the new constitution and aims at promoting the competitive capacity of Maspero in a market increasingly dominated by the private sector,” Heneidy told parliamentary reporters in a press conference in Cairo.
Heneidy said the new 2014 Constitution says that a national media authority be established to take charge of supervising all government-owned audiovisual and digital media outlets, developing their financial assets and reinforcing their independence and impartiality. “As a result, a legislative reform committee is currently in the process of drafting a new law aimed at achieving the philosophy of Article 213 and turning the anticipated national media authority into a reality,” said Heneidy.
Heneidy also disclosed that the committee will hold a number of hearing sessions this coming week to review reforms proposed by Maspero officials, media experts and former information ministers. “We want the voice of the national media to be more influential and competitive, not necessarily reflecting the state or the government’s point of view but giving the people a different background and vision about what is going on inside and outside Egypt,” said Heneidy.
Heneidy said Maspero has huge technical and technological capacities that have to be utilised to be more competitive. It is generally accepted that some 30,000 staff are employed by the current ERTU. “We hope the new national media authority will do this job: relieve Maspero of bureaucracy, develop its financial capacities, and help it deliver in-depth coverage from a Egyptian perspective,” said Heneidy.
The "Free slot" channels on Intelsat 19 TVPLUS have been removed and there are 5 new Turkish radios (FTA)
Optus C1 12407 V Test card is back
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D2 12662 V Sr 6669 GCAST7" usual mangarook footy show feed.
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Intelsat 19 166.0E 12286 H ERT 2, ERT 3, Sports TV, Arena Sport 1/3/4, Sport Klub 1 Srbija and Sport Klub 2/3 have started on , Irdeto. Arena Sport 2 is now encrypted.
Platinum Plus has left.
Intelsat 19 166.0E PTC News has left 12407 H.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12526 H Pink Film, OTV Valentino, BHT 1, Croatian Music Channel, Jabuka TV and Z1 have started on , Irdeto. Pink Reality, TV 1 and RTRS Sat have left.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12726 H "ERI TV 1" has left .
Optus D1 160.0E 12348 H "SBS One Perth, SBS 2 Perth, NITV and SBS HD Perth" have started on , Fta
SES 8 95.0E 11990 H A Dish TV Sri Lanka mux has started on , Conax.
Measat 3 91.5E 11022 V Setanta Sports Asia has started on , Videoguard.
Measat 3b 91.5E "Astro" muxes have started on 10852 V and 10932 V.
Measat 3b 91.5E 10932 V "WWE Network" has started on , Videoguard.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Meekhun TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Grand Prix Channel has replaced Grand Prix International" on, BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Peace TV" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12272 V "MRTV, MRTV 4, Channel 7 and MWD" have started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12272 V "Democratic Voice of Burma TV and Channel Movie" have started on , Fta.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Kaset News Channel and Grand Prix Channel" have left .
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12728 V "55 Channel" is still on , BISS.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3714 V "Hungama TV" has left .
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New government report shows the state of Australian Piracy
WE’VE been threatened to have our internet shut off, threatened to have huge lawsuits thrown at us and been told our internet will be censored. But new research has shown that none of that will work in the government’s war against illegal downloading.
A report conducted by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office, in conjunction with the UK Government, has revealed the staggering scope of Australia’s online piracy.
The survey of 2630 people found that 26 per cent of all Australians had consumed at least one illegal form of media in the first three months of this year. In other words, one in four Aussies are pirates.
But the research revealed that the host of punitive measures floated to solve the problem simply won’t work.
Of the people who do consume media illegally, the survey found they would likely stop infringing if legal content was: cheaper (39 per cent), more available (38 per cent), and had the same release date as other countries (36 per cent).
Game of Thrones was again the most downloaded show in Australia this year.
The data found that to convince the majority of digital music consumers to pay for music, a single song needed to be priced at no more than $1.19 and a music subscription service would need to be about $5 a month half what most services charge now.
In terms of pricing, TV and movie streaming services such as Presto, Stan and Netflix seem to have it right, with the majority of people willing to pay $10 a month.
To stop people from pirating, the research found that having all content available legally, under a fair-priced subscription service in a timely manner was by far the most effective way to stop pirating.
Yet despite this, the government is going ahead with piracy laws and allowing content owners to send threatening letters, which their own data from this report shows would only stop 20 per cent of people from pirating.
Netflix’s local presence doesn’t seem to be as big as first thought.
Interestingly, Netflix was the only legal streaming service known by more than half of Australians, with the American streaming company’s Aussie presence known by 51 per cent of internet users. Quickflix was known by 33 per cent of Australians and Stan 30 per cent, while Presto was merged with Foxtel, so it isn’t clear how well the Presto brand is known.
Interestingly, while pirating websites made up 48 per cent of digital movie consumptions, it was only responsible for 33 per cent of the digital consumption of TV shows, with internet users more likely to use catch-up services such as ABC iView and TENPlay.
It’s also worth noting that the government said that those who used virtual private networks (VPNs) or geo-dodging software to access international versions of Netflix did so illegally. This is the first time they have made such claims.
But perhaps the most telling part is how even the government acknowledges how out of touch rights holders are in combating piracy, noting that, “rights holders’ most powerful tool to combat online copyright infringement is making content accessible, timely and affordable to consumers”.
Something rights holders seem hell bent on not doing.
Research: Accessibility, affordability best anti-piracy tools
Research conducted by the Australian and UK Governments shows Australia has high levels of online copyright infringement and reinforces the need for international and industry cooperation to address piracy.
Both countries conducted surveys between March and May this year to measure online copyright infringement across different content types, with the Australian research closely modelled on the UK approach, which has been running since 2012.
The Australian survey carried out 2,630 interviews and found nearly half (43 per cent) of Australians who had consumed digital content in the period surveyed had consumed at least one of those files illegally, compared to only a fifth in the UK. The UK survey identified an increase in the take up of legal services since 2013.
The results highlight the importance of international collaboration to help understand the reasons for online copyright infringement, establish benchmarks, and share solutions.
The results also underscore the importance of governments working with industry to address infringement issues, and that a range of measures are needed to properly tackle the problem.
The Australian survey found people would likely stop infringing if legal content was: cheaper (39 per cent), more available (38 per cent), and had the same release date as other countries (36 per cent). 43 per cent of Internet users stated that they were not confident of what is legal online content.
Recent amendments to the [Australian] Copyright Act 1968, which enable the blocking of infringing overseas websites, and complement the Copyright Notice Scheme Industry Code that is currently being developed by both rights holders and Internet Service Providers, are part of the solution. However, rights holders’ most powerful tool to combat online copyright infringement is making content accessible, timely and affordable to consumers.
UK research was released later on Wednesday July 22
BBC Earth to launch in Asia
BBC Worldwide has announced the launch of new premium factual channel, BBC Earth, in Asia. From the smallest creature under the microscope to the limitless expanses of space, BBC Earth says it will “bring viewers face to face with heart pounding action, mind blowing ideas and the wonders of being human”.
BBC Earth is part of a global strategy created and shaped by research into audience demand. It is BBC Worldwide’s brand for premium factual content, from natural history and the human world to outer space and science.
David Weiland, EVP for BBC Worldwide Asia said: “The premiere of BBC Earth in Asia is an important step in BBC Worldwide’s strategy to inspire audiences with intelligent, distinctive content. With BBC Earth, we will now have a compelling way to share premium BBC factual content with audiences in Asia and around the world. With an increased investment into new and premiere content, we are confident that BBC Earth will strike a chord with viewers in Asia.”
The channel, a rebrand of BBC Knowledge, will launch on October 3rd.
Thaicom to spend Bt5 bn in 2015
Thaicom will spend Bt5 billion this year, of which Bt3 billion will go to the development of the Thaicom 8 broadcasting satellite.
The rest will be lent long term to its 51-per-cent-owned subsidiary Shenington Investments to pay for a 25-year extension of the telecom concession of Lao Telecommunications Co, which was originally due to expire in 2021, Suphajee Suthumpun, chief executive officer of Thailand's sole satellite operator, said yesterday.
Shenington holds 49 per cent of Lao Telecom, which operates a telecommunications business in Laos.
Thaicom 8, which cost US$150 million (Bt5.17 billion), is scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of next year and go into operation in the second half of that year. The company will pay about $100 million for this year's development cost.
Thaicom forecasts revenue growth of 5-10 per cent next year after Thaicom 8 is in orbit. Thaicom 8's transponders have already been 13 per cent pre-booked and that is expected to reach 50 per cent before the launch. Thaicom 8 targets broadcasters in Asean.
Thaicom's board recently approved in principle the loan to Shenington to extend Lao Telecom's concession to 2046.
The total amount of the loan, including interest, is Bt2.5 billion. The sources of the funds will be financial institutions and borrowings within the group. The loan is in proportion to the company's shareholding in Shenington.
The granting of the extension will enhance Lao Telecom's future growth. Shenington will gain recurring income from Lao Telecom's dividends, which will benefit Thaicom.
Thaicom looks for revenue growth of about 5-7 per cent and profit growth in the double digits this year, despite the slowing economy. Satellites are not vulnerable to the slowing economy since they are part of basic infrastructure.
Thaicom operates three functioning satellites - the IPSTAR broadband satellite, and the Thaicom 6 and Thaicom 7 broadcasting satellites - which carry 766 TV channels, of which 250 are foreign.
The company hopes to see more revenues contributed by its value-added services such as smart office solutions and Wi-Fi on planes.
Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT launch STB-less system
TransvisionIrdeto, Samsung and SMiT are launching the first broadcast Direct-2-TV (D2TV) system for the Indonesian market that does not require a set-top box.
This is the first pay TV service in Indonesia that is integrated directly to the TV, allowing Indonesian consumers to enjoy Transvision TV packages in an innovative and unique way.
The broadcast D2TV system is a product of the integration of Irdeto’s Keys & Credentials service and CAS with SMiT’s USB Conditional Access Module (CAM) and a range of Samsung TVs that do not require IP connectivity.
Transvision is now offering special packages to allow consumers to enjoy this innovative service with the purchase of one of the following Samsung TV models; 32J4120, 40J5120 and 48J5120.
“We are pleased to be working with partners like Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT, to bring the world’s first set-top box-free broadcast D2TV system to consumers in Indonesia, a promising market that is rapidly growing and highly competitive and where its population’s income per capita is constantly rising. This partnership provides operators like ourselves excellent mobility to introduce a pay TV service to customers who want a simple to use solution and still receive great content,” said Hengkie Liwanto, CEO, Transvision.
“From an operator’s point of view, this solution allows us to maintain a low cost in order to stay competitive, since USB sticks are more economical to manufacture compared to STBs, and need virtually no maintenance. We are confident that we will set a new benchmark for the industry and revolutionize the way content is viewed.”
Quran Hidayah chooses Globecast
Globecast has been selected by Quran Hidayah International Network to provide a suite of playout and distribution services for its launch of 40 channels around the world.
Quran Hidayah is based on readings of The Noble Quran in multiple languages, the largest network to broadcast the Noble Quran with 40 channels in total (across 30 languages) being distributed by Globecast. Digital Media has been working with Quran Hidayah International Network to create these channels, providing a wide range of production services.
Globecast hosts Digital Media’s playout platform and provides the services around that to manage the playout servers. Digital Media is managing the content and uploading it using remote playout capabilities. For operators this means they can upload the content remotely, using a simple web-based scheduling app, organising the playlist via that application.
Globecast is also providing encoding and multiplexing and, of course, fibre and satellite distribution. The encoded signals are distributed globally on six satellites, with fibre distribution to the various uplink sites. The channels are distributed on: AsiaSat5 (uplinked from Amman, Jordan); Arabsat5C (uplinked from Amman, Jordan); Palapa1D (uplinked from Jakarta, Indonesia); Galaxy19 (uplinked from Culver City, Los Angeles); HotBird (uplinked from Paris, France); Hispasat1C (uplinked from Madrid, Spain).
The channels will also be distributed in real time on YouTube with Globecast providing the encoding/streaming to YouTube, using the live signal. All the satellite channels have been launched with a phased launch of the YouTube services through July.
CASBAA: Making Waves In The Broadcast Industry
HONG KONG, July 22, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - This year's CASBAA Convention looks at the monumental sea change that is being experienced by the TV industry, and will explore how technologies, content, and services are leading the charge as the broadcast and digital landscapes become increasingly intertwined.
With the theme 'Making Waves', the convention will highlight how new business models are helping companies navigate these uncharted seas and take a look at the disruptors who are churning up the waters of business as usual.
One of the must-attend events on the Asia Pacific broadcast industry calendar, the annual CASBAA Convention is renowned for gathering a heavyweight speaker line up from key organizations across the industry to discuss the pertinent issues facing the TV business now and in years to come. With the convention moving to a new venue at the Intercontinental Hotel, participants won't fail to be impressed by the stunning views over Hong Kong harbour as well as the inspiring speaker and plenary sessions.
"Linear TV is still a major force in the Asia Pacific region, but there is no denying that the industry today is in a state of flux," said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA. "These are very exciting times. Never before has there been such a strong opportunity to provide and distribute content to the consumer when, and where, they want it.
"With this rapidly evolving landscape, we encourage our members to make waves of their own by exploring new business models and strategies that will help provide dynamic content across a number of different screens."
This year's convention has the underlying theme of "disruption" running through all the sessions, which will include the latest developments in over-the-top (OTT) services, new programme formats, the role of venture capital in the TV industry and the latest advancements in technology, as well as the ever-critical matters of piracy, broadcast rights, and licensing issues.
The impressive list of speakers who have signed up to date to share their views include: Li Ruigang, Chairman, China Media Capital; Tom Mockridge CEO, Virgin Media; Dominic Proctor, Global President GroupM; Alon Shtruzman, CEO International, Keshet Media; David Shing, Digital Prophet, AOL; Jay Samit, CEO Seachange; Lauren Zalaznick, founder of the LZ Sunday Paper; Sam Rogoway, CEO, Victorious; Partho Dasgupta, CEO BARC India; and Mark Howard, Chief Revenue Officer, Forbes Media.
The CASBAA Convention also provides plenty of opportunity for members and delegates to meet and interact with industry colleagues. As well as the booth display area and networking lounges for guests to relax, there are the popular networking parties.
Supporters for the CASBAA Convention 2015 include: ABS, APT Satellite, France 24, InvestHK, ITV Choice, MEASAT, PwC, RTL CBS Asia, Scripps, Networks Interactive, SES, Time Warner, True Visions and Turner.
For further information about the CASBAA Convention 2015, please visit www.casbaaconvention.com.
CASBAA is the association for multichannel TV in Asia. Established in 1991 CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery. Covering Asia and 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. To view the full list of CASBAA members, and more information, please visit www.casbaa.com.
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Established in 1991, CASBAA is the association for the multi-channel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry across Asia. The CASBAA mission is to promote industry growth in the region. In so doing, it seeks to:
- Represent: via government advocacy and interaction with trade organisations
- Inform: via conferences, roundtables, newsletters & publications
- Connect: via networking opportunities and informal gatherings.
CASBAA and its members reach over 500 million households within a regional footprint ranging from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan. More information about CASBAA can be found at www.casbaa.com
A competitor is trying to force SpaceX to reveal its secret satellite internet plans
Intelsat has asked US telecom regulators to reveal confidential parts of SpaceX’s application to fly experimental internet satellites, citing fears of orbital gridlock.
In the objection, Intelsat, a European firm that operates a major global satellite network, says it doesn’t understand “how the proposed [SpaceX satellites] could operate on a non-interference basis or meet the requirement to avoid collision with other satellites.” The company also filed a Freedom of Information Act request to reveal the confidential information, which includes technical details on SpaceX’s antennae, ground stations and “power flux density.”
SpaceX, which is making its first foray into satellite broadcast after becoming an important player in the launch business, says its filings should remain confidential, lest they provide an unfair advantage to competitors. The company’s response to the objection says the original filings already provide sufficient information for collision avoidance, and promises to release further details on transmission interference.
“Intelsat has long been a vocal proponent of satellite operators sharing information with one another to avoid or mitigate any potential interference issues that could disrupt connectivity,” an Intelstat spokesperson said in a statement. “It is helpful that SpaceX has provided additional technical information. We are continuing to review their submission to determine if it is adequate for us to complete a thorough analysis of the potential impact.”
SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment, but the company’s filing offered a potential ulterior motive in Intelsat’s objection: “Here it should be noted that Intelsat has invested in and entered into a ‘strategic alliance’ with OneWeb, an announced competitor to SpaceX’s NGSO system.”
Which is to say, it thinks Intelsat is playing a role in the rivalry at the heart of the renewed interest in satellite internet: telecom entrepreneur Greg Wyler’s OneWeb versus Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The two nearly collaborated before launching competing efforts to use hundreds of micro-satellites to solve the problems of orbital internet access.
The current fault line is centered on conflicting US and international rules about satellite transmissions. While Wyler’s OneWeb has international rights to the high-frequency spectrum preferred for space internet, SpaceX has moved to secure priority at the FCC. And both want to be the first to build, launch and deploy a working satellite constellation to establish the facts in the sky, so to speak.
SpaceX’s end-run around Wyler’s international permits has rubbed some in the satellite business the wrong way, especially as OneWeb has established partnerships with numerous incumbent players, including Intelsat, Airbus, and Hughes Network Systems. SpaceX, as is its wont, appears intent on going it alone when it comes to manufacturing and development.
But space is still a small business in terms of players: Even as Intelsat and SpaceX battle in regulatory filings, the companies have a contract to use SpaceX’s as-yet untested Falcon Heavy rocket to launch an Intelsat satellite. The first flight of that rocket has been delayed until late spring 2016 after the failure of the company’s most recent launch.
65m watch iPlayer overseas
Over 60 million people around the world are bypassing online restrictions to use the BBC’s iPlayer service, according to figures from research company GlobalWebIndex. It claims nearly 65 million people from abroad watch the UK licence-fee funded iPlayer service using proxy servers or virtual private networks (VPNs). In China alone it estimates that there are 38.5 million people using it.
Based on what the corporation previously charged for global iPlayer, which closed last month, the BBC could be missing out on many millions in potential income if it were collectable.
GlobalWebIndex carried out research interviews with more than 47,000 people from around the globe. This included people in countries such as China, India, Japan, the US, Brazil, Germany and France. Its report about the BBC iPlayer said: “Although the iPlayer is funded by the UK license fee and is therefore geo-restricted to be viewable only by people resident in the country, GWI’s data shows that the service has a huge global audience with many turning to VPNs or proxy servers in order to access the service from abroad.”
Other popular services are equally watched in unauthorised territories with significant percentages of VPN users in China, India and Indonesia are accessing services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime as well as iPlayer.
The report said that at a global level about a quarter of online adults are using VPN technology. It added that accessing “better entertainment content” was by far the most popular reason for using them.
In every country that the report surveyed 1 per cent to 8 per cent of online adults admitted they were using VPNs and have accessed the iPlayer.
Discovery launches pop-up channel in Italy
Italian pay-TV operator Sky Italia has teamed up with Discovery Italia to launch a pop-up channel to mark 30 years since Discovery Channel made its debut.
Discovery 30, which will be on air until August 2nd, is dedicated to programmes that have made the history of the channel. Each day will be dedicated to a different programme (motors, technology, wild nature, business and engineering), considered among the “most representative” of the evolution of the channel. There will also be an “on demand” version, with much of the content available on the Sky On Demand platform.
Programmes to be aired include “Bear Grylls”, “Dual Survival”, “Top Gear”, “Curiosity”, “North America”, “Deadliest Catch” and “Mythbusters”.
The one-off channel is available on channel position 402, normally occupied by Discovery Channel+1.
Colors Infinity to go on air from 31 July in SD & HD
MUMBAI: The new channel from the Viacom18 stable - Colors Infinity is all set to hit the television screens on 31 July, 2015.
Opening up the doors to international content, the channel's content is co-curated by Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt.
The channel will showcase a gamut of genres, ranging from drama, superheroes, comedy, fantasy, crime and thrillers to reality television with some of the world’s biggest shows across dancing, cooking, magic, singing and other lifestyle interests.
Colors Infinity will be available across all the major direct-to-home (DTH) and digital cable platforms in standard definition (SD) as well as 1080p high-definition (HD) format with Dolby S5.1 surround sound.
The launch line-up of the channel has international television series like My Kitchen Rules at 8 pm from Monday to Sunday, and back-to-back episodes of a new show like The Flash (season one), The Musketeers (Seasons 1 and 2) Forever (Season 1), The Big C (Seasons 1 to 4), Orange Is The New Black (Seasons 1 to3), Better Call Saul (Season 1) and Fargo (Season 1) everyday at 9 pm.
Some screencaps from TV Plus, when it was FTA a few days ago.
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It has been well recognized the importance of C-band for Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) and it is critical to explicitly identify the threats of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) and International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) on the C-band Satellite Networks.
AsiaSat is calling all administrations to action to say “NO” to any further IMT identification in C-band at the WRC-15, to protect the vital FSS services operating in C-band and safeguard against the detrimental impact from BWA/IMT.
We are pleased to share with you a white paper that we recently published and a new section on Protecting C-band in our website where the future articles and presentations on this topic will be placed.
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Intelsat 19 166.0E 12286 H "Halk Haber TV" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12526 H "Balkanika Music TV" is Fta.
Optus D1 160.0E SBS HD Perth, SBS One Perth and SBS 2 Perth have left 12407 H.
Optus D2 152.0E 12581 H "TV Globo Internacional Américas has replaced Jame-Jam TV Network" on , Irdeto.
Apstar 6 134.0E 4032 H "PNN" has started on , Fta.
Vinasat 1 132.0E 3480 V "NetViet "has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Prime Asia TV" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Champ Channel" is back on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "NetViet" has started on .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "Somali Cable" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 3826 H "BBTV Channel 7" has left .
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Spring News TV" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12687 V "TVD Shop" has left .
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12728 V "Shop Thailand has replaced 55 Channel" on , BISS.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11213 V "KTRK, Madaniyat, Muzika, Balastan and El TR" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3994 H "Colors Odia" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Fresh Oil TV" has started on , Fta.
From asiatvro site
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段，Raz TV（俄罗斯）频道消失，设置3645 L 28000参数无效接收。[07-21]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段，HBO HD（高清）频道加密，设置11010 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-21]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段，KBS TV 1（高清）频道改格式，设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。[07-21]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段，HBO HD（高清）频道解密，设置11010 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-21]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，POM 2015 1（测试）等全组频道消失，设置3851 H 14070参数无效接收。[07-21]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，MTV NA 2（测试）频道解密，设置3740 H 27500参数免费接收。[07-21]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，Fox Sports 2（香港）高清频道消失，设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。 [7月21日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，Sadhna News MP（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置3920 H 13000参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Khushi TV（MPEG-4）频道重现，设置4076 V 3600参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Focus Haryana（MPEG-4）频道消失，设置4130 H 6400参数无效接收。 [7月21日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段，Test 1、Test 14（测试）等全组频道消失，设置11990 H 43000参数无效接收。[07-20]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，动物星球、迪斯尼（AVG）等全组频道消失，设置11676 V 28800参数无效接收。[07-20]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，探索频道、国家地理（AVG）等全组频道消失，设置11541 V 43200参数无效接收。[07-20]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Star Sports、Star Plus（印度）等6个频道新增，设置4013 V 7200参数有条件接收。[07-20]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，RT Movies替换L TV（MPEG-4）频道，设置4040 H 7500参数免费接收。[07-20]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，ABP Sanjha（MPEG-4）频道重现，设置3777 H 10900参数有条件接收。[07-20]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段，Sangu TV、Dhi Plus、TVM（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置3847 V 7855参数免费接收。 [7月20日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段，Ananda Bangle TV、SK TV（孟加拉）频道消失，设置3847 H 5357参数无效接收。 [7月20日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Colors Odia替换Rishtey（印度）频道，设置3994 H 4000参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]
CSIRO strikes deal for ET search
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with CSIRO to use the organisation's 64-m Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia to search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The search will use 25% of the telescope's time for five years from July 2016 and will return CSIRO the cost of operating the telescope during the observations as well as contributing to an upgrade of the data systems used for this and other science.
The deal was announced in London [Monday 20 July] at a ceremony involving cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, SETI pioneer Frank Drake, Ann Druyan and Internet investor Yuri Milner, who is funding the project through the Milner Global Foundation. The Breakthrough Prize Foundation will administer the project.
"Parkes is one of the world's premier big dishes, with the outstanding ability to detect weak signals that a search like this requires," said Dr Lewis Ball, Director of CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science division.
"We are thrilled to be part of this global effort, which exploits the huge advances that have been made in computation and signal processing since people first started hunting for ET.
"By taking part we'll also free up other funding to ensure the continuation of Parkes's world-leading research on gravitational waves and the new-found 'fast radio bursts'."
The Parkes observations are part of a larger set of initiatives to search for life in the Universe to which the Milner Global Foundation is committing US$100 million over ten years.
The ET hunters will also use time on the Green Bank telescope in West Virginia, operated by the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and a telescope at the University of California's Lick Observatory. More telescopes may join the project in future.
The search will target the nearest million stars in our galaxy, the plane of our galaxy, and another 100 galaxies.
It will be 50 times more sensitive than previous searches for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), covering ten times more sky and scanning at least five times more of the radio spectrum - and doing so 100 times faster than previously possible.
Parkes has contributed to SETI searches before. In 1995 the California-based SETI Institute used the telescope for six months for its Project Phoenix search.
In another project requiring significant telescope time, Parkes was contracted to track spacecraft around Mars in 2003 and 2004 when NASA needed extra receiving facilities.
"That project reduced the time available to other observers but resulted in upgrades to some of the telescope's systems, upgrades that have benefited all Parkes users since," Dr Ball said.
Professor Matthew Bailes, ARC Laureate Fellow at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, will be the Australian lead of the SETI observing team using the Parkes telescope.
"The petaflop signal processing system we'll develop in partnership will our collaborators at Berkeley and CSIRO will use the latest technologies to harness the power of the huge radio spectrum available to us," he said.
"It will be possible to not only search for aliens, but also naturally-occurring astrophysical phenomena at the same time. We're thrilled to be part of this extraordinary project."
Citizen-science project SETI@home will help to process the data and a team from the University of California Berkeley will analyse it.
All data will be shared with the public, making this the largest data-sharing science project in the world.
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation's connection with Australia began last year, when the Australian National University's Professor Brian Schmidt and colleagues were awarded the $3m 2014 Breakthrough Prize for their discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe, work that had also netted them the 2011 Nobel Prize.
"The discovery of life on extrasolar planets would fundamentally change how humanity views its place in the Universe," Professor Schmidt said.
"The Breakthrough Prize Foundation's investment in the Parkes radio telescope will not only enable a search for extraterrestrial intelligence, it will also keep 'the Dish' at the forefront of international astronomy research for many years to come.
"I'm really excited that Australia can contribute so significantly to this endeavour."
Punters migrating to harness, greyhound racing as thoroughbred media rights battle takes toll
Hot dogs: Sky Racing's blackout has resulted in a surge in betting on greyhound racing.
Sky Racing's blackout on Victorian thoroughbred racing has resulted in a surge in betting on the rival harness and greyhound racing codes as the absence of vision on the primary driver for Australian wagering drags into a sixth week.
With Racing Victoria and Tabcorp, which boasts Sky Racing as its broadcasting arm, still yet to broker a new agreement on the return of Victorian racing to Sky's wall-to-wall channel, industry insiders are lamenting the stream of punters migrating to harness and greyhound racing.
Fairfax Media has been told the NSW TAB has seen wagering on Victorian racing across all platforms plummet about 17 per cent for the five weeks of the Sky blackout in comparison to the same time period before Tabcorp switched off Victorian pictures.
Only 92 TAB agencies have carried live vision of Victorian racing since June 16, when Tabcorp blacked out Foxtel subscribers as well as pubs and clubs after Racing Victoria's announcement it would sign a long-term media rights deal with Seven West Media.
By contrast corporate bookmakers Sportsbet and CrownBet have been the catalyst for a growth in online wagering on races south of the border having agreed on deals to stream live Victorian pictures for their account holders.
Worryingly for powerbrokers north of the border, the seeping of frustrated punters away from Victorian thoroughbred racing is also affecting turnover on NSW races.
It's understood the media rights bickering has resulted in total wagering on NSW thoroughbred racing falling about seven per cent with the NSW TAB for the five weeks where there has been no Victorian racing on Sky when compared to an identical time leading up to the blackout.
It seems the only beneficiaries have been harness and greyhound racing administrators, who have watched their own product record upswings in betting since mid-June.
It's believed harness racing has recorded the greater shift of the two, albeit just a small remedy to overall declining figures as greyhound racing steadily increases its market share despite the industry having damning live baiting practices exposed in February.
Tabcorp has repeatedly stressed it would not publicly comment on negotiations with Racing Victoria or turnover figures since the blackout.
The joint venture partners are continuing to negotiate a return of Victorian racing to Sky screens, but reconciliation has been slow despite the obvious impact on the bottom line for both.
It has meant free-to-air broadcaster Seven West Media is the only non-digital option to watch Victorian racing as it carries Racing Victoria's digital feed on Channel 78 as an interim measure.
But the channel is only able to be picked up in approximately 70 per cent of metropolitan households, freezing out a huge number of disgruntled viewers in country areas who haven't been able to access the channel.
Seven West Media will officially launch the new Victorian-only network on August 29 for Memsie Stakes day, the first group 1 meeting of the new season.
Meanwhile, Doomben Cup winner Pornichet made his first public appearance before a Cox Plate-centric spring campaign when finishing third in a Randwick barrier trial on Monday.
Gai Waterhouse's star was put under very little pressure by regular rider Blake Shinn when finishing third in a trial behind stablemate Excess Knowledge on a heavy surface.
Pornichet is on the second line of Cox Plate betting at $10 with Ladbrokes.
SKY TV AND DISCOVERY NETWORKS AGREE LONG TERM EXCLUSIVE DEAL INCLUDING LAUNCH OF BRAND NEW NZ CHANNELS TLC & DISCOVERY TURBO
From Press Release
It’s a brand new world of DISCOVERY and the SKY’s the limit!
As part of their continual commitment to providing Kiwis with the most comprehensive entertainment offering in the market, SKY TV and Discovery Networks Asia Pacific today announced a long-term exclusive partnership for Discovery Networks programming in New Zealand.
The multi-year agreement also includes the addition of two brand new channels for New Zealand - TLC and Discovery Turbo - which will be available to all SKY’s domestic customers over the next few months as part of the basic subscription package.
“We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Discovery Networks Asia Pacific and today’s announcement is an exciting one as we further cement our partnership,” said SKY CEO John Fellet.
“We are proud to have Discovery Channel as a pillar of our basic offering having broadcast the channel since our UHF days in the 90’s. Now we are able to share six great Discovery Networks channels with all of our domestic customers, each offering the quality content they’re renowned for,” he said.
Discovery Networks’ current NZ portfolio includes localised versions of global brands Discovery Channel and Animal Planet and much-loved local lifestyle channels Food TV and Living Channel. The additions of TLC and Discovery Turbo will perfectly complement these, allowing for distribution of an even greater variety of premiere programming that will be embraced by Kiwi audiences.
“We are absolutely delighted to be further expanding our partnership with SKY TV. Our relationship over the past 20 years has been one of great collaboration and with the recent acquisition of Food TV and Living Channel, it has continued to strengthen,” says Mandy Pattinson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, ANZ & Pac Islands.
“Our commitment to driving value for subscription television audiences has been seen through strong investment in high quality and engaging programming, dedicated NZ schedules and local productions. Applying this same commitment to both TLC and Discovery Turbo, channel brands that we’re incredibly passionate about, we’re confident that SKY customers will love them as much as we do.”
Launching in September as part of SKY’s basic package is TLC, the exclusive home of programming from the Oprah Winfrey Network as well as great female factual entertainment programming including Say Yes To The Dress, Oprah Where Are They Now, The Little Couple, I Am Jazz and America with Lisa Ling.
And in November, Discovery Turbo will also be available to all SKY customers as part of SKY’s basic tier to become New Zealand’s one stop shop for adrenaline fuelled, motored entertainment dedicated to man and machine, such as Fast N’ Loud, Wheeler Dealers, Chasing Classic Cars and American Chopper.
Both channels will be programmed specifically for New Zealand audiences with a large variety of premiere series and programmes. Further schedule details for both will be released closer to launch.
The content deal also incorporates exclusive digital rights to provide access to thousands of hours of additional library content which will be available to all SKY customers across SKY’s product portfolio, and SKY’s Director of Content Strategy Planning & Delivery Megan King added the agreement makes SKY’s offering even more appealing for those looking for an exciting television experience.
“As our industry evolves to respond to changing viewing needs, exclusive access to this quality and appealing content brings enormous value for our customers. This, in combination with the renewal of other key content suppliers across our platforms, considerably bolsters the entertainment offering on SKY and ensures that our customers are enjoying a world class entertainment experience,” she said.
(Craig's comment, but will they be in HD? I bet NOT!)
NBTC asks Thai TV to halt broadcasts Move would buy time to sort out finance
Transmitting dishes stand atop Baiyoke Tower II. Thai TV wants to scrap its year-old digital channels and focus on the cable and satellite platforms. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)
The regulator has suggested that cash-strapped Thai TV Co suspend the broadcast of its two digital channels until it secures business partners.
The recommendation was made Monday during the first round of talks between the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and Thai TV.
The Central Administrative Court on July 9 told both sides to negotiate and settle the dispute themselves instead of engaging in a lengthy court fight.
Thai TV lawyer Suchart Chomkul will discuss the NBTC's suggestion with chairwoman Pantipa Sakulchai. Both will go to court for additional hearings on the case today.
After the talks, Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the NBTC's broadcasting committee, said Thai TV should file a proposal to suspend the airing of its children's channel and news channel until it finds business partners or joint content providers.
The company is able to rent 40% of its airtime to other companies while sounding out business partners to hold a stake, actions that could improve its finances.
"We still don't want Thai TV to return the two licences and quit the digital TV business," Ms Supinya said. "If Thai TV lets the two channels go black without our approval, it will be banned from doing any broadcasting business in the future."
She said she understood the difficulty Thai TV faced in finding business partners after failing to make licence payments.
"What we can do now is give advice to Thai TV and try every means to prevent its two digital channels from going black," Ms Supinya said.
The NBTC said it could accept a temporary broadcast suspension of Thai TV's two channels. In the past, some satellite TV operators sought a broadcast suspension while undergoing the process of improving content.
Analysts said the NBTC got stuck with its own strict regulations and was trying every means to help Thai TV move on, short of quitting the digital TV business outright.
Col Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC's broadcasting panel, could not be reached for comment on the issue Monday.
Mr Suchart said Ms Pantipa would make the final decision about the company's future.
The company at first had set a deadline to stop broadcasting its two channels on the digital system on July 26.
Thai TV announced its intention to return its two digital licences to the NBTC after failing to pay the second instalment of auction fees worth 288 million baht in May.
The NBTC issued a deadline to claim 288 million baht from the company via a bank guarantee by tomorrow.
Thai TV faces a 300-million-baht loss from running the two channels for more than a year. The licence for the Loca children's channel is worth 648 million baht, and the one for Thai TV News is worth 1.3 billion.
"We will go ahead with our plan to move to the satellite and cable TV platforms no matter how the negotiations turn out," Ms Pantipa said.
The ailing company plans to shift its own content from Loca and Thai TV News to the satellite and cable platforms and replace them with home shopping and programmes about amulets.
Live news and folk music shows will continue to air on Thai TV News.
TV Plus on Intelsat 19 was FTA Monday morning. I managed to screen cap the channels, and will provide an update to Lyngsat soon.
It was interesing to see most of the sports channels were showing soccer, 6 or 7 games on at the same time. Including EPL.
Optus D1 12420 V 6110 3/4 "NNN908" NRL
Optus D2 12590 V 7200 FEED 3 House Rules Feed.
From my Email
From Alek (W.A)
Intelsat 180E 3901 LHCP??? Sr 13247 4:22 AFL seen, Australia plus programming feed?
The GWN Backhaul tag has been replaced with "Bunbury Contributor" on Optus 10. It has also been showing Seven Network WA programming all afternoon instead of the GWN newsroom feeds
Weekend feed log
3686 H SR 5631 Ericsson Service CCTV Quan Jian Table Tennis, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7120 $UKI 614 ITF DAVIS CUP - GRE vs FRA from The Queens Club, LONDON, (and is actually FTA.)
3716 H SR 7500 $TOP RANK WORLD ($Scrambled.)
4165 H SR 7199 $Players Update ($Scrambled.)
3855 H SR 7120 D 408 # 1_Hamburg HAMBURG Triathalon, (FTA.)
3908 H SR 7120 test WTA SWEDISH collector Tennis Open - Putintseva vs Larsson, (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder NEW vs TOT - SPURS TV, (FTA.)
4148 H SR 7120 PBC Boxing, (FTA.)
3667 H SR 7199 Service Name Still pic. of a Chinese community housing, (FTA.)
3845 H SR 7120 $kunshan ($Scrambled.)
4174 H SR 7199 $The Open Main Feed ($Scrambled.)
3945 V SR 7120 Tx4 RTR MSC-076 Judo Grand Slam, Tyumen 2015, (FTA.)
3955 V SR 7120 Tx5 RTR MSC-076 Judo Grand Slam, Tyumen 2015, (FTA.)
(Both tp's carrying parallel programming.)
From the Dish
Optus D2 152.0E 12519 V "TVP Info"is now encrypted.
Express AM3 103.0E 11606 V "Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24" have started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Vision 3 TV" has started on , Fta. African Major Prophet's TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "GMTV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3966 H "Patrika TV" has started on , Fta.
From asiatvro site
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Nhang Channel、DeeDee TV（泰国）频道新增，设置3545 V 30000参数部分免费接收。[07-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Netviet（泰国）频道开播，设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。[07-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，Shakti TV、Royal TV（印度）频道消失，设置4133 H 11888参数无效接收。[07-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，I Plus TV（印度）频道新增，设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。[07-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，Kannada TV（印度）频道新增，设置3936 H 10100参数免费接收。[07-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，Sadhna News（印度）频道消失，设置3920 H 13000参数无效接收。[07-19]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Satya TV（印度）频道消失，设置4117 V 8800参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，Fight Sports（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段，O-la-la替换Russkaya Noch（俄罗斯）频道，设置11557 H 22250参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Champ Channel（泰国）频道重现，设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。[07-18]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，News 1、N Channel（泰国）等全组频道解密，设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。[07-18]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段，AsiaSat Test Service（标清）频道改格式，设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。[07-18]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Somali Cable（索马里）频道新增，设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。[07-18]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Somali Channel（索马里）频道消失，设置3640 H 28066参数无效接收。[07-18]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Ch4-I Asia、Ch2-Moviesat（泰国）等频道新增，设置3476 V 15000参数有条件接收。[07-17]
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How Netflix could become the Foxtel killer
The instant success of Netflix is likely to cut into Foxtel’s profits. Will it eventually take control of the home entertainment market?
Netflix is putting media giants like Foxtel under pressure.
For almost a century, incumbency was the key to building successful media businesses in Australia.
If you didn’t already have skin in the game or the backing of a powerful media empire establishing a foothold in the local media industry was almost impossible.
But the internet has changed all that.
Newspaper publishers and print journalists have learned that technologies of the new millennium can destroy longstanding business models in a relatively short time.
The demise of the print news market is the starkest example of how the internet can wreak havoc on established media empires, but it’s not the only battlefield.
In the past six months, the economics of free-to-air television and Australia’s dominant cable TV provider, Foxtel, have come under serious threat from online entertainment provider, Netflix.
The profitability of the local television industry is set to take some big hits after more than half a million households signed on to Netflix’s video-on-demand service.
For only $8.99, Netflix offers Australian subscribers unlimited access to more than 200 TV shows and almost 1000 recently released movies.
Aussie TV is big trouble
Efforts by local television networks to compete against Netflix’s video-on-demand service appear to have backfired.
Research published by Roy Morgan Research shows that the battle for online eyes has virtually petered into a one-horse race, with Netflix emerging as a category-killer after only a few months operating in Australia.
The May subscription numbers for the Foxtel-backed Presto service and Fairfax/Nine Network-owned Stan were simply dwarfed by Netflix.
According to the latest Roy Morgan data, the gap widened dramatically last month, with Netflix reaching 1.42 million people in 559,000 homes by June 30.
The boom in online streaming services has spawned rapid growth in demand for internet service providers as customers have elected to take faster and bigger data plans.
Foxtel under pressure
Netflix’s tremendous growth appears to be putting a brake on the profitability of Foxtel’s lucrative cable television business.
In the last month Foxtel has been forced to reprice its basic subscription offer to $25 from $49 a month to meet the new competitive threat.
The extent of the early damage wrought on Foxtel by the Netflix phenomenon will be revealed next month when the cable television operator releases it profit result.
Foxtel, which is jointly owned by Telstra and News Corporation Australia, has a virtual monopoly in the cable market.
It raked in more than $550 million in profit in 2014, making it the main growth engine of News Corp’s local operations.
But the advent of Netflix has the potential to erode part of Foxtel’s subscriber base. We probably wont know what the material impact will be on Foxtel’s business model for a few years.
The rollout of the National Broadband Network could be a game-changer, which might force Foxtel to abandon cable altogether and compete directly with Netflix on the lower-cost internet platform.
One of the characteristics of online commerce that is not often appreciated by the general public is that it enables service providers to shift a big portion of their production costs to consumers.
Ultimately, consumers will have to pay for the high data volumes required to use online streaming services such as Netflix.
At some point in the future, Foxtel may find its capital-intensive cable network too expensive to carry.
Traditional media struggles as people move to digital platforms.
How far can Netflix go?
There is no doubt that Netflix is making waves among executives at Foxtel’s headquarters in North Ryde in Sydney, but its current offerings are not wide enough to trigger an immediate cleanout of the cable operator’s subscriber base.
Ivor Ries, a leading analyst at Morgans Financial, believes that the Netflix expansion in Australia is not likely to pose a critical threat to Foxtel until its adds live sports content to its catalogue.
“Competition in the subscription market has become intense because there is definitely a competitor that wasn’t there before,” he said.
“Foxtel and Netflix have very different offerings though, with Foxtel marketing a premium product.
“Overseas experience would suggest that there is a role for at least one multi-service provider such as Foxtel in our market.”
Foxtel’s ability to assemble an exclusive portfolio of live sports programs is its most valuable customer acquisition tool.
Because Netflix is not yet able to offer such content, Foxtel’s position as the leading subscription entertainment provider in Australia is not likely to be challenged.
However, its financial performance could be profoundly undermined because its most profitable margins are made on special subscription packages for movies and drama series.
Media analysts will be monitoring next month’s profit announcement for any indication of subscriber attrition in these parts of the Foxtel business.
Mr Ries said up to 75 per cent of Netflix’s customer base were people who had never had a Foxtel subscription.
He said Netflix’s long-term impact would hinge largely on improvements to internet download speeds because they would have an impact on the quality of its service offerings.
Foxtel in spotlight over customer 'spin-down'
Foxtel customers are re-evaluating their bills in the wake of its widely-publicised price changes.
Foxtel is set to come under intense scrutiny when it reports fourth-quarter results next month amid evidence that a considerable number of its customers has abandoned its drama and movie packs some of them in favour of new, cheaper streaming services led by Netflix.
The cable and satellite TV monopoly, which is owned by News Corp and Telstra, has experienced significant "spin-down" customers cherry-picking channels and cutting their bills since it changed its pricing model in November. Sources are divided on whether the negative reaction has been comfortably within the anticipated range.
Despite this, Foxtel is expected to have grown its subscriber base rapidly in the period to June 30, helped by chief executive Richard Freudenstein's decision to slash the price of its basic service from $49 to $25 and give households more chances to select which channels they want to receive.
The company, which makes about $1 billion in underlying profit more than the three metropolitan commercial free-to-air network owners combined is also expected to report record low churn (the percentage of customers defecting).
That is in spite of the troubled launch of Foxtel's iQ3 set-top box, the second part of Mr Freudenstein's three-pronged strategy to increase household penetration, along with its launch into broadband.
Foxtel's high-margin drama tier is thought to have been hit hardest. Like the movie pack, it costs $20 each a month. (The $25, lower-margin, sports package is not thought to have been negatively affected).
"The price changes were a bold move but intuitively, it is obvious that people may replace a $20 tier with a cheaper streaming service unless they can perceive value in hanging in there," said one industry source. "The industry all has a job to do to persuade people of that."
Foxtel created the drama tier in November. It features premium HBO channel Showcase, home of Game of Thrones, which was previously in the old $25 premium movies and drama pack.
Some of those reducing their Foxtel bills have signed up instead to subscription video-on-demand services, in particular market leader Netflix, which costs as little as $8.99 a month and is believed to have reached more than 500,000 Australian homes since launching on March 31.
Nevertheless, it is believed that spin-down peaked before Netflix launched in late March and has since levelled off, with some customers increasing their bills again.
Sources said the spin-down was largely by long-time consumers re-evaluating their Foxtel bills for the first time in years in the wake of its widely publicised price changes. "People are inherently lazy but if they see a substantive change they will pick up the phone," said one source.
Foxtel anticipated some customers would spin down when it changed its pricing, a move that was designed to boost its stalled premium cable and satellite subscriber growth, and indeed tackle the looming threat from subscription video on demand.
At the time Citi cut its profit and revenue forecasts for Foxtel for 2015 and 2016 in response to the investment in the new pricing, delayed iQ3 box and broadband.
Mr Freudenstein refused to comment on the forthcoming results because News Corp and Telstra are in blackout periods.
But he said: "Foxtel's new pricing and packaging strategy continues to be very successful. If you look at the third-quarter numbers, subscribers grew 7 per cent year on year and churn was 10.9 per cent, down from 13.1 per cent in the prior corresponding period ".
Foxtel has not released subscriber figures for its own streaming service, Presto, which it co-owns with Seven West Media. Stan, which is owned by Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review, has said it has had 300,000 sign-ups which include those on free trials.
Foxtel has had tense discussions with Telstra's sales team as it puts pressure on the telco to meet challenging targets.
Friendless' free-to-airs to face grilling
Nine Entertainment shares have plummeted 24.7 per cent since news of the profit downgrade hit the market.
Free-to-air broadcasters are "friendless" with investors but August's reporting season will give them a chance to address those poor perceptions, fund managers say.
Share prices for Australia's three commercial free-to-air broadcasters have taken a bashing since Nine Entertainment Co announced a profit downgrade in June, citing a soft advertising market.
All the free-to-air broadcasters have experienced double-digital declines in their share prices.
"They're friendless at the moment. People basically don't feel like they need to own them and feel it's not going to hurt them if they miss it," Nikko Asset Management portfolio manager Michael Maughan said.
However, Mr Maughan said that could change quickly.
Full-year results, due in August for Nine and its close metropolitan rival Seven West Media and October for third-placed Ten Network Holdings, would give free-to-air networks the first chance to tell the good side of the story, he said.
Nine shares have plummeted 24.7 per cent since news of the downgrade hit the market. The ASX announcement, made after market close on the Friday of Queen's Birthday weekend, prompted investors to punish Nine, with shares crashing 14.4 per cent once trading began on the Tuesday.
Shares are at $1.49. Nine's 2013 listing price was $2.05.
Tarnished whole sector
"To a large extent Nine tarnished the whole sector by blaming the market. Subsequently we saw from the SMI numbers that the dollars going into the free-to-air TV market weren't soft," Pengana portfolio manager Rhett Kessler said.
Frustrated with being lumped in with Nine following its downgrade, Seven reaffirmed its guidance. Seven shares are still down 23.2 per cent, at 91¢, since Nine's downgrade.
Seven holds a market-leading position in terms of revenue share, with the latest SMI figures showing the network had 39.3 per cent of agency spend in June. In the 2014-15 financial year it had 40.1 per cent of advertising revenue share.
Seven also undertook a capital raising in the second half, which diluted the share price.
"I think Seven West Media is ridiculously cheap. Particularly given the dividend is about to be paid," Mr Kessler said.
"Seven has held up pretty well. They've confirmed their numbers, they've done what I think is a fascinating deal with the Victoria Racing body, so they've effectively got a new revenue stream."
Despite growth for the overall advertising market expected to increase from $13 billion in 2014 to $16.4 billion in 2019, spend on free-to-air is forecast to stagnate at $3.83 billion, PricewaterhouseCoopers says.
Slightly different beast
Ten is a slightly different beast. On June 15 Foxtel and the broadcaster came to an agreement, under which the pay TV provider, 50 per cent-owned by News Corporation and 50 per cent by Telstra, buy up to 15 per cent of Ten at 15¢ a share.
MCN, Foxtel's joint-venture advertising sales business, will also take over sales for Ten, with Ten taking a 24.99 per cent stake in MCN, and the network will have an option to buy 10 per cent of subscription video on-demand service Presto a joint venture between Foxtel and Seven.
Despite the pillar of support from Foxtel, which will inject $77 million, plus another $77 million following an additional capital raising, shares in Ten have dropped 12.5 per cent to 21¢ since Nine's downgrade.
"The real question on everyone's mind is are these companies a value trap or do they represent real value, because on any metric they now appear to offer really enticing value," Mr Kessler said.
There were structural headwinds from online disruption and looming sports rights costs. However, there was also an enormous margin of safety for investors given the current share prices, Mr Kessler said.
"There are parts of [free to air] that have strong futures and there are parts of it that are structurally challenged. The question is how much? It's very easy to say, 'They've got a problem, so they're completely stuffed' I don't think that's the case. The devil is always in the detail."
Mr Maughan said overseas markets like the United States and Britain were experiencing similar audience declines for television, but stronger revenue growth.
"Prices in the US and UK are going up more than audiences are going down, as advertisers have no alternative for mass audience and reach, so they simply pay the same or more for a lesser audience because of the relative reach of TV."
Upgraded Sky Pacific billing system
FIJIAN Holdings Ltd subsidiary, Fiji Television Ltd, will roll out its newly-upgraded billing system for its pay television services on Sky Pacific.
Fiji TV said this was possible with the long running partnership between Sky Pacific and leading US-based Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS).
The upgraded PC-based billing and subscriber management system was expected to offer a more user-friendly system and greater operational control.
"The new billing system is suited to Sky Pacific's growing subscriber base," said Fiji TV chief executive officer Geoffrey Smith.
"The additional features available in the new enterprise version offered under this new system will be a great complement to an already broad-based system, also boosting billing efficiencies overall."
Mr Smith said the new pre-pay billing system was also aimed at improving Sky Pacific's bottom line while providing its customer service representatives with the necessary tools to provide an efficient customer service and allowing Fiji TV to offer services that would drive customer loyalty and improve customer retention.
He said the new system also had the capability of informing Sky Pacific's local and regional subscribers directly via their own TV screens or emails of their personal billing details such as when their monthly payment was almost due.
China to buy struggling Sea Launch?
Sea Launch, the floating rocket launching platform, could be bought by the Chinese, according to well-sourced industry insiders. Sea Launch is officially headquartered in Bern, Switzerland, but its floating assets are in the port of Long Beach, California. Sea Launch uses a converted Norwegian oil rig as its launch pad.
Sea Launch is majority owned by Energia of Russia and the plan seems to be that China would then shift both the Sea Launch platform and its command ship to a Chinese port and use the pair offshore in Chinese waters.
The last successful use of Sea Launch was to launch a Eutelsat satellite in May 2014. Sea Launch went through Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017. Sea Launch has no bookings in its launch manifest.
Motive goes to sea with MTN
Motive Television, the technology provider to broadcasters and pay television operators, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MTN (Maritime Telecommunications Network) Satellite Communications of Miramar, FL.
Under the MOU, the Company will provide Motive’s BYOD TV technology and paid engineering support to assist MTN in developing new services to be marketed by MTN to its worldwide clients.
MTN is the leading provider of communications and content services for remote locations around the world serving the cruise, yachts, ferries, oil & gas, commercial shipping and government markets. On 13 July 2015, EMC announced it had completed its acquisition of MTN. The combined global company retains the name ‘EMC’ and is now headquartered at MTN’s Miramar, FL offices.
Supported by one of the world’s most secure networks, covering 99 percent of the world’s populated regions and the majority of all ocean regions, MTN provides communications and content services to the maritime industry. These include end user products, enterprise and technical solutions, network management and bandwidth optimisation.
MTN extends its presence through a global network of Maritime Service Providers (MSPs) and Resellers.
Under this MOU, Motive will make the modifications and customisation necessary to make it possible for MTN to provide a demonstration of BYOD TV to its customers at a key trade exhibition in September 2015. Should MTN decide to go forward following the exhibition, Motive will complete a marketing agreement with MTN whereby MTN is licensed to market and offer such services to MTN clients and customers.
While it is not possible to estimate the ultimate value of this MOU and prospective marketing agreement, at this time the directors of the Company believe that partnering with MTN would have very significant value to Motive.
Leonard M Fertig, CEO of Motive commented, “Through partnering with MTN, a world-leading supplier of maritime communications, Motive can greatly extend the marketing reach of its BYOD TV technology to thousands of ships including ferries, cruise ships, yachts, and commercial vessels that are clients and customers of MTN for maritime communications services. This cooperation with MTN could quickly make Motive’s BYOD TV an industry-leading solution.”
USAF Launches 10th Boeing-Built Global Positioning System IIF Satellite Aboard ULA Rocket
That is exactly what happened at the very opening of a 19-minute long launch window on Wednesday, July 15. The weather was noted by one member of those viewing the launch with particular interest.
On-board cameras showed the launch pad below, then the clear outline of the cape as the rocket climbed through a hazy sky and out over the Atlantic.
After two planned burns, the Atlas V’s powerful engine, the Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C-1, shut down 13 minutes later when it reached a preliminary parking orbit. “This protests the rocket from all the heat that builds up throughout the launch”. Russian made, the RD-180 has been a source of controversy ever since the 2014 Russian military actions in Ukraine.
The series of GPS IIF satellites built by Boeing provide the government with improved signals used to support the military during combat situations as well as civilians for their global economic needs.
Check back here for update’s on the conclusion of today’s launch.
Like the Falcon 9, the Atlas V is being prepared to launch astronauts from the Space Coast as soon as 2017, so its performance now has implications not only for high-value national security and science payloads but for human spaceflight. It will provide navigational assistance for US military operations on land, at sea and in the air.
The first of these launches will be helmed by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed.
This week, Colorado’s aerospace industry, alongside the U.S. Air Force Space Command, celebrates 20 years since the Global Positioning System (GPS) was declared at Full Operational Capability (FOC) on July 17, 1995.
A press release that was put up yesterday announced that Colorado’s United Launch Alliance will launch the Global Positioning System IIF-10 mission from the Atlas Five 401 rocket launch in Cape Canaveral.
UK government mulls stronger anti-piracy measures
The UK government has launched a consultation on plans to increase the maximum sentence for commercial-scale online copyright infringement from two to 10 years imprisonment. Proposals set out in the consultation will bring penalties for online offences into line with equivalent offences relating to the copyright infringement of physical goods.
The proposed new measures will increase the sanctions for criminals who infringe the rights of copyright holders for large-scale financial gain and will make clear that online copyright infringement is no less serious than physical infringement.
Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe said the government takes copyright crime extremely seriously. “It hurts businesses, consumers and the wider economy both on and offline. Our creative industries are worth more than £7 billion to the UK economy and it’s important to protect them from online criminal enterprises. By toughening penalties for commercial-scale online offending we are offering greater protections to businesses and sending a clear message to deter criminals,” she stated.
“Online or offline, intellectual property theft is a crime,” declared Detective Chief Inspector Peter Ratcliffe, Head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). “With advances in technology and the popularity of the Internet, more and more criminals are turning to online criminality and so it is imperative that our prosecution system reflects our moves to a more digital world. PIPCU therefore welcomes today’s consultation for harmonising the criminal sanctions for online copyright infringement.”
At present, commercial-scale online copyright infringement is only punishable by a maximum of two years imprisonment, by comparison the maximum sentence for infringement of physical goods is 10 years. The UK’s creative industries, including film, television and music, are worth £7.1 billion per year to the UK economy and support more than 1.6 million jobs. The government says the new proposals will offer the creative industries further protection from large-scale online copyright offenders and act as a significant deterrent.
“This consultation is very welcome as we feel there is a clear anomaly in the way that online copyright infringement by criminal enterprises is treated by the justice system,” said Eddy Leviten, Director General of the Alliance for Intellectual Property.
The publication of the consultation follows the recommendations made in the independent review ‘Penalty Fair?’ and calls from the creative industries for harmonisation of online and offline copyright infringement offences.
Eutelsat 8 West B set for August 20 launch
Eutelsat 8 West B’s shipment at Nice airport, France to Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in an Antonov aircraft. Photo: Thales Alenia Space
Eutelsat 8 West B has arrived at the European spaceport in French Guiana and is now in final stages of preparation for launch by an Ariane 5 rocket on August 20.
Eutelsat 8 West B will serve the broadcast markets in the Middle East and North Africa. It will shore up the 7/8 degrees West position, hosting Eutelsat and Nilesat satellites that serve over 52 million TV homes from Morocco to the Gulf.
Built for Eutelsat by Thales Alenia Space, the 5.8 tonne satellite is equipped with 40 operational Ku-band transponders optimised to serve DTH markets in North Africa and the Middle East. It will also introduce a C-band mission of 10 operational transponders connected to a vast footprint covering the African continent and reaching west to South America.
The launch is scheduled for August 20, during a launch window opening at 8:10 pm GMT and closing at 12:56 am GMT on August 21. The satellite will go into full commercial service early October following checks to validate its performance in orbit.
Videocon d2h expands HDTV portfolio to 37 channels
Premium English language channels Star Movies Select HD and Fox Life HD have been added to Videocon d2h, claimed to be India's fastest growing direct-to-home (DTH) service.
videoconIn addition to strengthening the company's high definition (HD) Bouquet offerings, the addition of the two new premium channels is intended to validate Videocon d2h's commitment to providing Indian satellite audiences with high quality content across an array of genres and formats.
When operative, Star Movies Select HD guarantees to premiere two new films each month not previously released in India, in addition to airing a new film every day. For its part, Fox Life HD will feature a slate of scripted and non-scripted content appealing to and appropriate for the entire family. It will offer multiple audio feeds in Hindi, Tamil and Bengali as well as English.
The move takes Videocon d2h's HD portfolio to 37 channels, solidifying its position as a leader in HD programming. Videocon d2h plans to continue to add more HD channels, with the medium-term goal of carrying 50 HD channels.
"We have been relentless in our pursuit to gratify our customers with an exceptional viewing experience," commented Videocon d2h executive chairman Saurabh Dhoot. "Videocon d2h's substantial offer of wide range of HD channels is a testimony to that endeavour. We remain committed to expanding Videocon d2h's channel offerings and content as a means to providing a superior viewing experience to our customers, augmented by innovative technology and the best customer service. It's a simple plan that we believe will result in a major upgrade for India's TV viewing public."
Sunday, no update
Saturday, no update
Optus D2 "K24" is showing a promo listing freqs and satellite data.
Intelsat 19 "Halk tv" on TV Plus has encrypted, the channels tagged as "freeslot" now are showing "new channel coming soon" promo cards.
Friday night feeds
Service Name: STS
IS19Ku, 12529V, 7500sr, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA Soccer
Service name: STS
D1, 12428V, 7000sr, 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, H.264 Video, 4:2:0, FTA , NRL?
Service name: MSat
IS19Ku, 12549V, 3500sr, 2/3, DVBS2/8PSK, 720x576 SD, FTA..Colour bars, then TV3 NZ cross to Rugby ground
Service name: IP-UPLINKS
D1, 12652V, 7500sr, 3/4, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA Tennis
From my Email
From the Dish
Optus D2 152.0E 12581 H "Canal 13i has replaced TVE Internacional Asia" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Al Jazeera English has replaced Film World" on , encrypted.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Mega Movies, Mega Film and Mega Music" have started on , Fta. Filmazia, Film World and Aruj TV have left.
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakh TV and KazSport on 11495 V are now encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3919 H "Hungama TV" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3930 H "UTV Stars has replaced Bindass Play" on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3968 V "Suvarna Plus" is now encrypted.
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HEVC Advance Patent Pool Creates Confusion, Lacks Transparency
Details are sparse about HEVC Advance. The industry knew a second HEVC pool might form, but why do patent holders have a problem with MPEG LA?
In March, a new group called HEVC Advance announced the formation of a new HEVC patent pool, with the goal of compiling more than 500 patents pertaining to HEVC technology. Some were surprised by the announcement since MPEG LA already offers licensing for HEVC patents, but it’s not unusual for multiple patent pools to emerge. Philips and Mitsubishi have some essential patents and aren’t currently in the MPEG LA pool, so there was always the chance that another HEVC pool might be formed.
What caught people off-guardand what I don’t like about HEVC Advance’s approachis the group’s lack of concrete details and clarity of their intentions. Peter Moller, managing director of IP equality at GE (one of the pool’s backers) and spokesperson for HEVC Advance, would not give me any details on what patents HEVC Advance has, what the licensing terms are, or which HEVC applications they might impact. He also took a shot at MPEG LA, telling me that some patent holders wanted an alternative to MPEG LA, but wouldn’t tell me why, or what alternative HEVC Advance offers. The initial companies in the pool are “expected to include GE, Technicolor, Dolby, Philips, and Mitsubishi Electric” but no listor even specific numberof patents has been released.
Moller said HEVC Advance will have more details to share in the coming months, yet he acknowledges that the patents have not gone through an independent patent evaluation process. Essential patent evaluation generally works by having an evaluator compare claims in a patent with the applicable standard specification (in this case, HEVC), and if one claim or more is necessarily infringed upon in connection with use or implementation of/reads on the standard, then that patent claim is determined to be essential. A new patent pool should have that completed and in place before announcing in the market.
Immature licensing programswhich is what HEVC Advance isare a threat to everyone. Before launching, HEVC Advance should have been more mature, specific, and decisive if it is trying to position itself as a significant and industry-enabling HEVC patent pool.
Patent licensing and IP uncertainty are risks involved with any new video compression technology. Most in the industry have been predicting minimal concern on that front so far, given the well-structured nature of the MPEG LA patent pool, the fair licensing structure, and a general belief within the CE and codec vendor communities that the industry had learned from past experiences and would not adversely hinder HEVC uptake through patent uncertainty.
CE adoption numbers have been looking promising since late 2014, with many smart 4K TVs and newest smartphones from Apple and powered by Android offering built-in HEVC decoding capability. Around the world, 4K trials are also underway, most recently by Tata Sky for the Cricket World Cup, powered by Ericsson and Elemental.
The recent announcement by HEVC Advance throws a roadblock up against that momentum for several reasons. First, it offers no reassurance to potential licensees that they will be given a smooth path to truing up on past shipments and be offered reasonable and financially viable terms. Second, it is heavy on brand names and light on details, which does not generally reflect a mature program designed to maximize adoption.
We also have no clarity on the strength of the claims that the group is making, or what exactly these patents relate to. If they are for areas not directly tied to core video processing, such as audio or certain HDR techniques or specific filters that offer incremental improvement, then their impact could potentially be circumvented. But if they cover core video processing tasks within the HEVC standard, then we have a big problem on our hands.
The good news? The community has by and large had enough of patent-related disruptions, and so if the latter is indeed the case, expect some heavyweights to resolve the mess quickly and decisively.
You would think HEVC Advance would offer more details, but so far, it refuses to. Moller did tell me that the patents were “core” and “essential” to HEVC deployments, but didn’t define exactly what that meant.
Of the five companies HEVC Advance expects to have in the pool at launch, none would speak to me but GE, and it’s clear that this GE is currently leading the pool. This might be good for patent holders who have a clear desire to make money from their patents, but bad for the industry participants that might have to license them. Of course HEVC Advance puts a positive spin on it, saying it’s good for the entire industry, as it allows you to go to one place to license many patents, but there’s nothing positive about it if the licensing is cost-prohibitive.
One has to wonder why the five companies named in the press releases decided not to join the MPEG LA pool. They had the opportunity to join, but clearly felt they can earn more money with a new pool. We won’t know how much money until we see their licensing terms. If you want a breakdown on MPEG LA’s HEVC licensing costs, you can find them in a great article Jan Ozer wrote for StreamingMedia.com.
In a press release, Moller said that the “market is requiring a different approach to aggregating and making HEVC essential patents available for license,” but again, won’t say or detail how their approach is different. I also don’t see the “market,” defined as those who license HEVC patents, saying there needs to be an alternative model to what MPEG LA already has in place. Companies behind HEVC Advance simply want to get paid more than they could by being in MPEG LA’s patent pool, which we’ll know for sure when they disclose their licensing terms. As a CNET article pointed out, HEVC Advance promises a “transparent” licensing process, yet won’t share any details. There is nothing transparent about how it has come into the market.
Court victory for FilmOn in copyright licensing fight
Internet television streaming company FilmOn has won a surprise ruling that it is potentially entitled to a compulsory licence to retransmit broadcasters’ copyrighted programming. US District Judge George Wu ruled in Los Angeles that FilmOn should be treated like a traditional cable system in order to transmit broadcast network programmes over the Internet.
Broadcasters contend that such retransmission violates their copyrights and threaten their ability to generate advertising and control subscription fees. Wu’s ruling suggested that FilmOn X is entitled to a compulsory licence under the Copyright Act to retransmit the broadcasters’ programmes if it meets the law’s requirements.
Acknowledging the major commercial consequences of his decision, Wu said he would allow an immediate appeal to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. He also left in place an existing injunction against FilmOn X’s operations that the broadcasters had won in 2012, so FilmOn will still not able to stream their content pending the appeal.
FilmOn X’s lawyer, Ryan Baker described the court’s decision as “a win for technology and for the American public”.
“This advisory opinion contravenes all legal precedent,” said a spokesperson for Fox. “The court only found that FilmOn could potentially qualify for a compulsory licence, and we do not believe that is a possibility. The injunction barring Film On from retransmitting broadcast programming over the Internet still remains in place and the full burden of proof still lies with FilmOn. We will of course appeal and fully expect to prevail.”
The dispute stems from two lawsuits that Fox, Walt Disney Co’s ABC network, CBS Corp, Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal and several others filed against FilmOn X in 2012.
A similar action saw the closure of Aereo following a US Supreme Court in ruling in June 2014 that the company violated the broadcasters’ copyrights in retransmitting their programmes to subscribers’ devices via the Internet.Aereo then unsuccessfully argued in a Manhattan federal court it should be seen as analogous to cable, eligible for a compulsory licence.
The judge pointed out that FilmOn tendered statutory licence fees in 2014 and that the Copyright Office neither accepted nor rejected the payments.
If the decision holds after the appeal, FilmOn will still need meet certain requirements to gain a compulsory licence, which will also depend on what the FCC says in its forthcoming rulemaking on the MPVD issue. The judge said that the broadcasters “point to no ways in which Defendants are in violation of FCC regulations” noting that FilmOn had offered to comply with any applicable regulations that arise out of he rulemaking.
Qatar’s beIN Media Group Set To Expand Into General Entertainment TV; Could Be Game Changer For Arab TV Industry
EXCLUSIVE: Qatar’s beIN Media Group, already a major player in global sports rights through its beIN Sports brand, is set to expand into general entertainment programming. The new pay TV service will initially roll out across the Arab world in the coming months and could be a potential game changer for a region that has traditionally been dominated by free-to-air channels. While the Arab TV market has always had at least one major pay TV platform- previously the likes of ART and Orbit, currently OSN- there has arguably never been a company quite as deep-pocketed or ambitious to take on the over 500 free-to-air satellite channels that currently dominate the airwaves. Quite simply, the resources at beIN Media’s disposal ease the burden of needing to find a financially viable model of return. BeIN Media execs declined to comment.
The reasons behind the expansion into general entertainment fare are simple. With the company reaching a ceiling in terms of subscribers- commonly male-centric sports fans- beIN Media execs now want to target female subscribers. To that end, they have already begun serious discussions with a number of U.S. studios about taking over current pay TV market leader OSN’s output deals for Western films and series when they expire. Deadline was also informed by multiple execs with knowledge of the discussions that execs are also looking to see if any potential breaches of OSN’s commitments- such as non-timely payment- have occurred, thereby creating loopholes for those output deals to be replaced before their full term.
The pay TV landscape is changing rapidly across the Arab world. Starz launched Starz Play Arabia, its subscription online video service, across 17 countries in the Middle East on April 2 this year. Netflix is also expected to launch its own OTT service in Q1 of 2016. Two thirds of the Arab world’s population of 370 million people is under the age of 30. That youthful market is a hungry consumer of entertainment. While broadband penetration can be patchy across the region, mobile penetration is through the roof. In the U.A.E., for example, there are more mobile phones than there are people.
The Middle Eastern TV Market is a joke. It's on nobody's radar. The restrictions on their programming...
The Arab world is proliferated by free-to-air TV networks, with more than 500 channels vying for eyeballs and ad dollars across the region. Of those, the vast majority lose money but, given that many are owned by wealthy individuals or political/governmental entities, few, if any, ever shut down. While free-to-air has traditionally been the name of the game, there are some who have tried, generally unsuccessfully, to create a viable pay TV model. That could now change with the entry of beIN Media.
The less controversial, non-political arm of Qatar’s Al-Jazeera Media Network, beIN Media is already the dominant sports broadcaster in the Arab world and increasingly beyond after its successful re-branding from Al Jazeera Sports in 2014. The platform operates across the Middle East and North Africa, France, the U.S., Canada, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines and Australia. Just this week, it closed a deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) to broadcast its games across Southeast Asia and Australia.
In an even more significant move, the company finally confirmed this week its long-in-the-works acquisition for Turkey’s biggest pay TV network Digiturk, for a figure believed to be in excess of $1 billion. That purchase was as much political as it was commercial given Turkey’s geographical and cultural proximity to the Arab world. Dubbed Turkish dramas have dominated Arab TV grids for close to a decade and offering content across both Turkish and MENA territories will potentially give beIN execs a scope and scale rarely seen in the region before.
This being the Arab world, however, politics is likely to have a say in just how successful beIN’s venture ultimately becomes. While the company’s initial focus appears to be on western entertainment, for it to truly establish itself it will need to move into local Arabic language programming. The Arab TV world’s single most important- and lucrative- season is the just finished holy month of Ramadan, when broadcasters wheel out brand new, big budget 30-episode dramas for the family to watch together in the evening as they break their fast. Broadcasters can spend- and make- up to a third of their annual budgets in that one month alone. The name of the game is local content. For beIN Media to break into that market, it will need to talk to the existing pan-Arab players who already dominate share.
What’s more, Qatar is something of a political lightning rod in the region. It remains bitterly at odds with neighboring giant Saudi Arabia. Arab viewers have largely ignored those considerations when subscribing to beIN’s sports packages, including for the World Cup. Football, after all, will generally trump geopolitics.
Whether the Saudi market- the single key advertising market in the region- or Egypt- the region’s next most important market and another political foe of Qatar’s ruling family- is quite so ready to allow for a Qatari-backed platform to get a foothold inside its home and access its daily family life is another question.
Whatever happens, the Arab TV landscape is set up for its largest shakeup in over a generation, arguably since the launch of the first free to air, pan-Arab satellite channel MBC in 1991.
Airtel Digital TV launches ‘Made in India’ set-top-boxes
MUMBAI: Airtel Digital TV, the DTH arm of Bharti Airtel, has launched its first indigenously manufactured set-top-boxes (STBs), which are aptly called ‘Made in India’ STBs.
Conceptualised and designed in India, the HD STBs will be manufactured at a facility in Pune (Ranjangaon) with an aim to match global technology standards to provide the best of experience to customers.
The boxes will serve HD users to begin with and soon all Airtel Digital TV’s set-top-boxes will be manufactured in India. This move makes Airtel Digital TV the latest corporate to join the Narendra Modi government’s Make in India initiative. The launch promotes an ecosystem that will drive indigenous manufacturing of DTH STBs empowered with production capabilities as well as technical expertise within India.
When asked about the initiative, Bharti Airtel DTH and media CEO Shashi Arora said, “With this we aim to reduce our imports and thus help drive employment and growth within the country. In the long run, cost synergies will further help us extend more benefits to our customers.”
Based on an in-house design by MyBox Tech, which is a subsidiary of Hero Electronix, and ST Microelectronics, a multinational manufacturer of Integrated Devices and semiconductors, the STBs will offer features including Full HD 1080p support, MPEG-4 video with Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound, 5X picture clarity, unlimited recording (via USB-drive), and USB-based Wi-Fi connectivity for On-demand, Anytime TV and Interactive Gaming.
Welcoming this move by Airtel Digital TV, minister of state for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “It is great that Airtel Digital TV is aligning itself with our Make in India vision as this will certainly pedal the fast gaining momentum of the initiative further.”
Airtel Digital TV connection on these HD boxes will be available under various packages.
VisionAsia Are closing their DTH satellite service on the 15th of September and moving to an IPTV service. Which will use a new STB
Details are here http://www.visionasia.com.au/packages/
It also means some capacity on Intelsat 19 KU band will get freed up. I wonder which of the existing DTH providers will grab the extra capacity?
Indian "HITS" service starting in August via Thaicomn 7 / Asiasat 6 @ 120E probably on the regional asian beam, (see news section.) Some of you may remember a similar HITS service testing on Asiasat 4 Cband years ago.
Optus D2 TVP Info has encrypted
TV Globo is new on 12608 H V 2009 Apid 3009 (Irdeto)
TVNZ "one news now" app has launched (See news)
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With FreeviewPlus there are not enough hours in the day for all the new TV-watching options
Patience is starting to pay off for FreeviewPlus as audiences work out how best to use its many services.
After a tumultuous first year, Australia's FreeviewPlus catch-up TV service is finding its feet. It has been 12 months since SBS jumped the gun and launched Australia's first FreeviewPlus app designed to stream shows you've missed to the latest generation of internet-enabled smart TVs. The cross-network catch-up TV service is gradually finding its way into more Australian homes, but tensions remain high between the networks and with the TV makers.
FreeviewPlus is a collection of six smart-TV apps, one for each of the five main free-to-air networks and a sixth app supplying a cross-network onscreen TV guide. You can launch the apps with a single button press, then scroll back through the guide to find shows you've missed and watch them streamed from the internet.
Designed to stave off competition from Foxtel and subscription services such as Netflix, FreeviewPlus is the only service to offer free catch-up TV from all five main networks. You won't find every show on television but the catch-up library is growing, from local productions MasterChef and Home and Away to foreign offerings Homeland and The Big Bang Theory.
SBS recently made headlines by withdrawing from the Freeview consortium, but talk of banishing the network from the FreeviewPlus onscreen guide has not come to pass. Despite reported threats, it's not possible for Freeview to disable the SBS FreeviewPlus app or pull the network from the airwaves.
Negotiations continue to bring SBS back into the fold but, even allowing for this conflict, FreeviewPlus is a rare show of solidarity between Australia's ever-squabbling free-to-air broadcasters. Yet despite their efforts, FreeviewPlus is still only available in five per cent of Australian homes. At the official launch last September, ten weeks after SBS jumped the gun, Freeview chief executive Liz Ross predict that FreeviewPlus would be in 10 per cent of homes by this September leaving the service only two months to make up a lot of ground.
The fault doesn't lie with the technology. FreeviewPlus is based on the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) smart-TV standard, which is taking off in Europe and is about to launch in New Zealand. Australia's FreeviewPlus deployment had teething problems, and was delayed several times, but it has won praise overseas, winning Best Enhanced TV Service at the International Interactive TV Awards in Paris.
So what's holding back FreeviewPlus? In part, it's hampered by Australia's television networks being more interested in spruiking their new subscription video services, launched to compete with local pioneer Quickflix and foreign raider Netflix.
This year the Nine Network has teamed with Fairfax Media (publisher of this newspaper) to launch subscription video service Stan. Meanwhile, Seven has partnered with Foxtel to back Presto. Foxtel recently bought a slice of the Ten Network, raising the possibility of Ten throwing in its lot with Presto. These new streaming services are gradually coming to smart TVs and other home entertainment devices.
The subscription TV splurge might be pushing FreeviewPlus out of the headlines, but most of the blame for its slow take-up lies with Freeview's heavy-handed negotiations with the TV makers. It's recently changed tack in an effort to get FreeviewPlus into more Australian homes, but it may be too little, too late.
HbbTV is an open standard that can be built into any internet-enabled television, video recorder or set-top box. Freeview can't stop manufacturers offering the FreeviewPlus apps, but if they want to display the official FreeviewPlus logo they must abide by Freeview's rules regarding ad-skipping and fast-forward speeds. There's also a FreeviewPlus certification process to ensure the apps behave as expected.
A small market like Australia doesn't have a lot of negotiating power when it comes to dealing with international home entertainment giants, so many chose to ignore FreeviewPlus certification rather than jump through Freeview's hoops. At the launch last year only a handful of televisions from Sony and LG carried the FreeviewPlus logo. Minor players Hitachi and Bauhn came on board this year, with Samsung recently joining too.
Panasonic was expected to be a high-profile FreeviewPlus launch partner but it failed to strike a deal with Freeview. That hasn't stopped Panasonic releasing HbbTV-compatible televisions supporting all the new apps. You just won't see FreeviewPlus written anywhere on the box, not until Panasonic and Freeview settle their differences.
Meanwhile, Freeview's nemesis IceTV is adding HbbTV to its new Skippa personal video recorder, which is designed to automatically skip the ad breaks ensuring it will never get the official FreeviewPlus stamp of approval.
Until now, you've needed to buy an expensive new smart TV to get a FreeviewPlus-certified device. The barrier to entry recently dropped with the launch of DishTV's $149 aerialBox T2100 Australia's first FreeviewPlus-certified digital set-top box. DishTV's dual-tuner aerialbox T2200 personal video recorder will soon hit the shelves, relying on the FreeviewPlus guide to schedule recordings.
Freeview is working with Humax, Topfield, Altech and others to launch more FreeviewPlus-compatible PVRs in the next few months. To win over more manufacturers, it has relaxed its restrictions on the skip button, from a minimum of 10 minutes to only three minutes. This means viewers can skip around seven advertisements with a single tap.
While not endorsing the 30-second skip feature offered by some PVRs, the change is still a significant back-down by Freeview, which has stuck to its guns for seven years on the issue of ad-skipping.
In theory, this new generation of FreeviewPlus-compatible recorders should be some of Australia's most reliable PVRs. FreeviewPlus polishes the hotchpotch program guide embedded in the broadcast signal by the networks standardising program titles and including to-the-minute accurate start times, which are updated every few hours. Compatible recorders can also add "post-padding" to allow for late starts, as well as check extra data embedded in the broadcast signal.
But in reality the new FreeviewPlus recorders can still leave you in the lurch, because the networks deliberately ignore their own schedules in an effort to thwart their rivals. Here, the broadcasters still show their true colours putting network rivalry ahead of viewers. Treating loyal free-to-air viewers with contempt seems like a short-sighted strategy when you're trying to win their attention away from pay TV and the internet.
Presto finally getting HD streams
Presto has a pretty impressive lineup of content on both its TV and Movies service, but since it launched, the service has been stuck in the standard definition past. But that's all about to change, according to a post on its community forums.
As picked up by Gizmodo, the post announces that the team has been testing HD streams, rolling out 1080p programming in a test phase to the service. This means Presto customers could potentially find some HD programming on their device right now.
According to Presto, "Our plan is to progressively upgrade our content to be available in HD (where possible) and to also upgrade the enablement of HD on the devices and applications which Presto is currently available on this may take some time, especially for some devices. We want to be sure our HD service is up and running before we start shouting about it!"
Double the data
Of course, all that extra quality doesn't come without its own cost, in this case significantly increased data consumption.
Presto says that an HD stream will consume about 3GB per hour, compared to 1.5GB per hour for SD, but on the upside, Telstra home broadband and Foxtel Broadband customers will get the increased quality included as unmetered data.
There's also going to be a boost to include 5.1 sound on HD streams, with Presto confirming there will be an announcement coming in the not too distant future.
•This announcement will probably influence our Presto vs Netflix vs Stan comparison
How is the new V8 Supercars television deal tracking?
How is the new V8 Supercars television deal tracking?
2015 V8 Supercars Round 3. Perth Super Sprint, Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia, Australia. Volvo Polestar
V8 Supercars is approaching the halfway point of its first season under its new television arrangement, whereby the whole championship season is live on pay-television network Fox Sports with six events live and the rest delayed on the free-to-air channel, Ten Network.
The record-breaking $241 million deal has been described by many as necessary for the series to sustain a healthy grid of competitors, though its late move to pay television compared to other Australian sporting codes has left many fans unhappy.
Many believed the $50 per month asked for fans to watch the whole series live would alienate the sport’s demographic, though others insist V8 Supercars has only followed the template of the majority of codes. After all, even AFL and NRL fans can’t watch every game on free-to-air networks.
But, based on figures following the most recent Townsville event, V8 Supercars is tracking on par with recent seasons that were exclusive to Channel Seven, which only really committed to live events with little in the way of additional programming.
On a like-for-like basis, comparing the same events year on year, the 2015 audience is up nine per cent. The biggest gain is clearly the total amount of coverage afforded to the series on Fox Sports, which telecasts the full day’s racing across a whole event in addition to regular replays and weekly non-racing programming.
So while the free-to-air presence is down, analyst Repucom found sponsorship recognition is 40 per cent greater on last year given the close to 300 per cent extra coverage.
Things are only looking up for V8 Supercars for the second half of the 2015 season. Of the remaining eight events on the calendar, four are live on free-to-air in addition to Fox Sports, including the main event, the Bathurst 1000.
With the three long-distance two-driver endurance events all live on free-to-air ahead of the Sydney 500 finale, there will be significant momentum across both platforms at a time when the AFL and NRL seasons wrap up.
While that’s little comfort for those who cannot afford a Foxtel subscription, it’s important to remember that the series may not have survived with a reduced free-to-air television deal, while the fan-base may have seen less and less of the series as free-to-air’s interest in non-prime time sports waned.
As the AFL, NRL and most other codes have proven, the Australian sporting television landscape has changed dramatically over the last decade and a Fox Sports component is the only way for codes to grow financially and to give the core fan-base the type of coverage it demands.
As V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton recently told V8X Supercar Magazine, “Ingrained viewer behaviour takes time to change. The thing that matters is the total cumulative reach of V8 Supercars into the community. And that’s increasing significantly.”
The next test of the new arrangement, though, will be the uptake of sponsorships from next season. A number of key backers are up for renewal at the end of the year. And they will be analysing the numbers very carefully. What they think could prove the true worth of the new arrangement.
TVNZ’s new digital-first offering ONE News Now (ONN) is live from today.
ONE News Now is a purpose-built platform for multiple devices (PC, tablet, smartphone), delivering anywhere, anytime news with a focus on video content - and all about the now.
ONN is a direct response to how people are consuming media, utilising TVNZ’s considerable resources and credibility to deliver up-to-the-minute news as it breaks, wherever and whenever Kiwis want it.
It also builds on the success of TVNZ’s high-performing news and current affairs programmes*.
TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs, John Gillespie says, “ONE News Now will transform how we deliver news in the lead up to 6pm. We’re clear leaders on air, and want to see this translate across into digital.
“Most New Zealanders are consuming news on the go and ‘stealing moments’ in-between their daily tasks to check in. We believe the vibrancy and veracity of video is something our viewers like, and it will be our key point of difference with ONE News Now,” he adds.
ONN features unfiltered breaking news and curated features through three channels: latest, featured, and popular. The evolving news feed and optional push-notifications will allow users to follow stories throughout the day.
To cater for the changes, ONE News Now has transformed the way news is gathered and published at TVNZ.
“We've really invested in our journalists and our technology to make ONE News Now a reality. All our reporters have undergone training on how to best deliver mobile-first news with an emphasis on video content,” Gillespie says.
ONE News at 6 will continue to deliver the news that matters most to New Zealanders.
“ONE News Now will certainly feed into ONE News at 6pm, I think to the benefit of the bulletin,” Gillespie adds.
ONE News Now is available as a desktop site, mobile site, iPhone app, iPad app and Android smartphone app.
To find ONE News Now, head to onenewsnow.co.nz.
Regulatory Challenges Undercut Power of Thaicom’s High-throughput Satellite
At a time when high-throughput satellites, in both Ku- and Ka-band, appear about to disrupt the conventional satellite business, Thaicom’s experience with Thaicom-4/IPStar offers lessons. IPStar was launched 10 years ago in August. At the time, its 45-gigabits-per-second capacity was huge. Thaicom now says it has measured IPStar capacity as equivalent to 881 36-megahertz transponders on a conventional satellite such as the Thaicom 5, 6 and 7 satellites also in orbit. Thaicom said that when Thaicom 8 is operational in late 2016, the company’s four conventional satellites will have a total of 115 transponders. But after a decade in orbit, and with a first-mover advantage so great it might have been a liability, IPStar’s growth has been stunted by the enormous regulatory challenges. A well-muscled satellite is one thing; getting landing rights in every nation in the satellite’s footprint is another. In a June presentation to investors, Thaicom said IPStar is only 57 percent used, compared with 100 percent for Thaicom 5, 67 percent for Thaicom 6 and 50 percent for Thaicom 7, in service for less than a year. Thaicom owns 14 transponders on Thaicom 7, with the remaining 14 transponders owned by AsiaSat of Hong Kong and marketed as AsiaSat 6 at 120 degrees east. Thaicom has scheduled the launch of Thaicom 8 in 2016. Built by Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, Thaicom 8 is scheduled for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The company’s decade-long effort to build an IPStar business in Southeast Asia has illustrated the difficulty of the regulatory approval process, but has also demonstrated that landing rights can be secured. IPStar now operates in 10 nations providing broadband access and cellular backhaul, with 80,000 broadband users in Australia and New Zealand. The long-term stability of the Australian business is clouded by the imminent arrival of two large Ka-band broadband satellites by the Australian government-created NBN Co. IPStar also counts 17,000 corporate customers in India using the service to carry mobile traffic from areas without terrestrial links back to the telecommunications grid. In a business that startup operator OneWeb LLC hopes to serve with 648 low-orbiting satellites, Thaicom’s IPStar is already being used to connect 37,000 schools and government offices in Thailand and Malaysia. The Malaysian business has been helped by a 10-year contract with fleet operator Measat of Malaysia on the use of IPStar in that nation. Following the example of other satellite broadband providers, Thaicom is moving into the aeronautical market, signing a deal with low-cost Thai domestic airliner NOK Air. The question for Thaicom is what happens after IPStar and whether it can use its growing conventional fleet to serve as an IPStar backup if needed. The company has said it is weighing options for an IPStar follow-on. To ensure service continuity, a decision likely would need to be made by 2017
Astro, Kantar launch audience measurement system
Malaysian pay-TV operator Astro has partnered Kantar Media to deploy the DTAM system to capture and collate viewing data from Astro’s 4.5 million households across Peninsular and East Malaysia. Kantar Media and Astro will offer advertisers and media buyers in Malaysia insight into the viewing habits of Malaysian pay-TV homes. The Dynamic Television Audience Measurement (DTAM) system uses Return Path Data (RPD) technology to capture and collate viewing data directly from Astro set top boxes.
DTAM’s targeted panel size of 5,000 is able to represent viewing behaviour of not only linear channels but also of HD channels, recorded and on demand viewing. DTAM will also be able to track viewership of advertising spots across all Astro channels.
DTAM comprises two viewer panels. The first panel consists of 70,000 IPTV/connected boxes - representing viewing habits of urban, affluent consumers, and the second, a recruited panel that comprises 5,000 homes - will be representative of all Malaysian Television households. It will combine viewing information with data on brand and product purchases into a single source tool for accurate targeting and ROI measurement. The recruited panel is made available to advertisers, media agencies and media companies so that they can access accurate, robust viewership data that is reflective of Malaysia’s diverse consumers.
Star One C4 satellite successfully launched
Regional satellite operator Embratel Star One has announced the successful launch of the Star One C4 satellite, which will expand coverage in South and Central America. It is part of Star One's third generation of satellites, together with C1, C2, C12 and C3. The Star One C4 will use the Ku-band to enable the expansion of DTH services of operator Claro HDTV in Brazil and Central America. The new satellite will be placed at the 70 degrees West orbital position, a hot spot for satellite broadcasts to Brazil.
Air Force launches GPS satellite on Atlas V rocket
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The Air Force has a new advanced GPS satellite in orbit.
An unmanned Atlas V (five) rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station late Wednesday morning. It hoisted the 10th in the Air Force's latest-generation of GPS satellites.
On-board cameras showed the launch pad below, then the clear outline of the cape as the rocket climbed through a hazy sky and out over the Atlantic.
1st Lt. Alain Sothikhoun says the next GPS launch is scheduled for October. He says each new generation of GPS offers improved accuracy.
Sothikhoun says more than 1 billion people use the GPS navigation system any given day. In all, more than 30 GPS satellites are orbiting our world. Friday marks the 20th anniversary of when GPS was declared fully operational.
Telesystem launches DVB-T2 HEVC receiver in Italy
Telesystem has launched the first third-generation DTT box in Italy, based on the DVB-T2 standard and equipped with the latest video compression codec HEVC.
The Telesystem TS6800T2 HEVC arrives on the Italian market one year before July 1st 2016 deadline, established by law, that sets the mandatory technical requirements for DTT boxes, in view of the upcoming introduction of the new DVB-T2 digital terrestrial standard in Italy
The digital receiver, which also includes a Media Player (with the possibility of reproduction in MPEG4 H.265 compression) and Digital Video recorder, is on sale in leading electronics retailers in Italy at a suggested retail price of €59.90.
Major UK copyright education campaign launched
Representatives from the UK’s creative industries, supported by the government, have confirmed the agencies that will help to deliver a major multi-media education campaign aimed at encouraging consumers to do the right thing and access content from a wide range of legal services.
Almost two million people in the UK have jobs which are directly associated with creative industries and the programme part of the Creative Content UK initiative aims to provide future opportunities for young people and help continue the rapid growth in employment in the sector. By showing how to easily access content such as music, film, TV, books, games, magazines and sport from authorised online sources which provide a superior user experience, the campaign will encourage consumers to attach greater personal value to the creation of the content they love and highlight the increased choice that brings.
The education programme will target 16-24 year-olds, their parents, those responsible for household internet connections, as well as others who influence young people’s attitudes to accessing content. To capture the attention of these audiences, public relations firm Weber Shandwick will lead an integrated consumer, corporate and social PR campaign, with activities scheduled to start later this summer. Creative Content UK is working with Atomic London on advertising creative. Media planning and buying will be directed by ZenithOptimedia.
The campaign is part of the Creative Content UK initiative, a ground-breaking partnership between content creators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), together with an education campaign part-funded by the government, aimed at helping reduce online copyright infringement. The initiative also includes a subscriber alerts programme, to follow after the education campaign launch, which will notify bill-payers if illegal content is being shared with other users through their internet connection.
Speaking to parliamentary representatives and stakeholders at the Alliance for Intellectual Property reception in the House of Commons, Janis Thomas, Education Project Manager, Creative Content UK, said: “We are delighted to have three highly-experienced agencies on board to help us create disruptive and engaging multi-media campaigns that will connect with the aspirations of young people. This behaviour change initiative is vital to the success of the sector and will ensure that we can continue innovating and taking risks on new artists and ideas. We aim to inspire individuals to make a personal commitment to the future of the UK creative industries and to the creation of music, film, games and other entertainment, which they love so much.”
Creative Content UK will be measuring the impact of the education campaign in a number of ways including using extensive analysis conducted by Ipsos MORI. The surveys will help to assess levels of illegal consumption and correlating engagement across legal platforms, as well as attitudes towards the value of content and awareness of the programme as a whole.
Weber Shandwick Chairman Jon McLeod said: “As strong advocates of the UK’s creative industries, we are delighted to work with Creative Content UK on this exciting initiative. We believe in the value of creativity and look forward to showing consumers the importance of securing the future of innovative content.”
Jon Goulding, Managing Partner at Atomic London said: “As an agency we use creativity to inspire and encourage people to change their behaviour, so this comes as a dream brief for us. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, the issue is one that affects all of us as consumers and producers of content.”
ZenithOptimedia Client Partner Kevin Morton said: “We are delighted to be working with Creative Content UK and their partners on this ground breaking initiative, to help safeguard the future of the UK creative industries. Our entertainment clients are all affected by illegal consumption and copyright infringement, so we are looking forward to working with key partners and stakeholders to deliver a fundamental change in consumer attitudes.”
Hinduja's HITS platform NXT Digital to launch in August
MUMBAI: The Hinduja Group has christened its headend in the sky (HITS) service platform as NXT Digital. The service is slated to launch in August 2015.
Speaking to Indiantelevision.com, Hinduja Ventures’ investment arm Grant Investrade managing director Tony D'silva said, “We had applied for the HITS licence in November 2012 and finally after a wait of three years, we have got the Grant of Permission Agreement (GOPA) license on 14 July, 2015.”
At the time of its launch, NXT Digital will concentrate on the phase III and IV digitisation markets, which currently have more than 110 million analogue TV households.
The platform has already started rolling out set top boxes (STBs). “We have already got order for 2.5 million STBs,” informed D’silva adding that deals with two broadcast networks has also been signed.
NXT Digital will launch with 150-200 channels in August and aims to take it up to 500 plus MPEG-4 encrypted services including HD channels with the ability to insert local channels as per requirement by October-November 2015. Not just this, the platform will also introduce value added service (VAS) like Darshan, TV Everywhere, Games and Learning by December, this year.
“We believe the platform will strongly support the laudable national mission to roll out Digital Addressable Systems (DAS) of broadcasting all over India,” said D’silva.
NXT Digital, according to D’silva, will not just help last mile operators (LMOs) and multi system operators (MSOs) in going digital as per government mandated standards and within set deadlines, but will also help them remain independent and retain the ownership of their network.
NXT Digital brand name and logo
According to D’silva, NXT Digital is a futuristic product, which caters to the next generation. Designed by Chlorophyll, the eagle in the logo symbolizes the empowered LMO/MSO who, with the new HITS platform, can soar into the skies with complete freedom and ownership, to achieve greater growth. The soaring eagle is also indicative of the reach of NXT Digital.
D’Silva said, “While HITS is the pipeline of content delivery, our offering will not be limited to encrypted television channels through digitally addressable systems. Instead, we will offer a rich bouquet of every kind of additional digital service such as VAS, OTT and others that will keep getting added. Hence, we decided to go with the name NXT Digital, and both, the name and the logo represent the next level in the digital technology we will offer.”
Research and outcome
In order to understand the market and the needs of the LMOs, the company undertook an in-depth research to find out the requirements of the distribution fraternity in December 2014. A research was conducted with 2000 LMOs, MSOs and their representatives across 120 cities in phase III and IV markets.
The research threw up six major requirements of the LMOs and MSOs. These were as follows:
1) Retain ownership of their network
2) Drive broadcaster deals
3) Package and price their offerings according to the needs of their market
4) To be able to acquire STBs according to their convenience
5) The ability to insert local channels for their end-subscribers
6) Have a sophisticated digital service that could help them compete with other digital platforms like DTH to ensure their digital offerings were future-ready so that their subscriber-bases would only grow.
“In other words, they wanted to remain independent, own their network, and go digital as per government norms and within the deadlines,” D’Silva said.
The HITS platform will offer the choice of two different service models: a white label service model and a full service model.
“By signing up for a NXT Digital service, a network owner in a Phase III market can be saved the burden of having to make huge investments in the technology and highly skilled manpower required to convert his analog households to digital,” he informed.
The entire infrastructure and backend, including a call centre for customer service, will be taken care by NXT Digital. “The network owner can concentrate on growing his business through managing his network, local channels deployment, broadcaster deals and more,” D’silva said.
The technology programme manager for NXT Digital is Castle Media and its team, led by Vynsley Fernandes, who has set up several world class operations in broadcasting and digital networks in India and overseas.
GIL has partnered with Thaicom-7 for satellite, C-Band transponders, Nagravision DLK for CAS-embedded platform; OpenTV1 for middleware; Hansen Technologies for subscription management system and billing solutions and Changhong, Telesystems and others for STBs.
Manpower and offices
NXT Digital currently has close to 200 people working in different parts of the country. These people have been picked from the broadcast, cable and telecom sectors.
The company has four regional offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bengaluru and 16 state offices.
Pricing and revenue share
The STBs have been made available to LMOs on cash and carry model. While the SD STB is priced at Rs 1400, the HD box will cost Rs 1800.
NXT Digital will charge the LMO a flat fee of Rs 20 per subscriber. In case the consumer pays directly to the platform, using the online mode of payment, NXT Digital will have a revenue share with the LMOs, this could be Rs 2 per subscriber.
The HITS platform will work on a prepaid model. “While there will be an option for postpaid, but we will concentrate on the prepaid model. Not just this, unless the consumer application form (CAF) is in place, the customer will not be activated,” informed D’silva.
GIL has readied a pan-Indian awareness drive across markets, showcasing its services portfolio, technology capabilities and quality of services. The company will conduct roadshows in 39 cities in order to train the LMOs.
The campaign will be spread across all media consumed including but not limited to radio, local-media and OOH.
Star Utsav to go pay from 16 August
MUMBAI: More than a decade after its launch, Star Plus’ sibling free-to-air (FTA) channel, Star Utsav, is set to go pay from midnight of 16 August, 2015, on all cable and direct-to-home (DTH) platforms.
“The channel’s FTA contract is about to end on 15 August, 2015 and it does not plan to re-new or extend it further,” sources close to the development told Indiantelevision.com.
The channel will be priced at Rs 5 on Tata Sky, at Rs 6 on Videocon d2h and at Rs 3 on Hathway Cable and Datacom. Through this development, the channel now aims to earn revenues from both ad and subscription based route.
It can be recalled that the channel witnessed a new logo and packaging in the month of January this year to tap and engage with the rural consumers, while keeping at pace with the urban audience. Moreover, it had changed its programming from six days a week to the entire week designed to mirror the daily routines of its viewers.
According to a media expert, the purpose of launching Star Utsav was to reach out to its desired TG in smaller cities and towns where audiences were not exposed to Star Plus. However with the channel going pay, the expert doubts whether the channel will get the desired visibility. “The logic to me is unclear, why would consumers want to pay for a repeat content? The move makes sense when the channel experiments by bringing in original content for the same audiences,” he said.
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NewSat chief Adrian Ballantine defends action in firm’s failure
Kohler quizzes: Ex-NewSat CEO Adrian Ballintine
Former NewSat chief executive Adrian Ballantine has defended his actions after the failed satellite group was placed into receivership earlier this year, and also rejected accusations of personal extravagance at the company’s expense.
Mr Ballantine said he was blindsided by a delay in the launch date of the company’s satellite by Arianespace and by a decision by lenders against accepting additional fundraising he had targeted to cover a financing shortfall.
“We had a satellite due for delivery in February. I did not know that the launch date was going to be moved significantly,” he said in an exclusive interview with Business Spectator’s Alan Kohler.
Mr Ballantine said the company’s lenders, Ex-Im Bank and COFACE, appointed receivers earlier this year even though he was confident about raising additional funds from sources acceptable to the lenders if given sufficient time.
“I’m telling you that in terms of the running of this project, our shareholders have had a very rough time from the lenders,” he said.
Mr Ballantine was ousted from the company he founded in May, after receivers were appointed in April.
NewSat’s receivers reported last week that the company’s teleport business had been sold to global satellite communication provider SpeedCast.
The company had planned to launch Australia’s first commercial Ka-band satellite, Jabiru-1, to be built by Lockheed Martin, before the plans fell apart.
Reports commissioned by the company to improve corporate governance as it rapidly expanded also highlighted concerns about extravagant first class air travel and $10,000 dinners.
“I found it extraordinary that someone would suggest that I was having $10,000 dinners when I’ve never had one,” Mr Ballantine said. “In terms of travel, most of my travelling life has been business class; occasionally, I will travel first class, usually on an upgrade.”
Mr Ballantine also rejected suggestions of improper financial dealings between NewSat and his company Cresta Motor Yachts.
“The nondisclosure of the related party transaction, you know what? I didn’t even know that had to be done,” he said. “There were memos in the system. They were properly documented. It’s just that they weren’t noted in the accounts three or four years ago.”
Mr Ballantine said that Lockheed Martin now owned the satellite and the shareholders’ equity was gone.
“I’ve come out with a trashed reputation,” he said.
Senior exec returns to Foxtel
Stephen Baldwin is returning to Foxtel in the newly created role of head of channels and operations - Foxtel Networks.
Starting on July 20, Baldwin will report to executive director of television Brian Walsh. Baldwin spent the last five years as chief operating officer of Ai-Media, which provides live and offline captions for broadcast, education, corporate and government clients.
The appointment follows the recent restructure which saw Foxtel Networks director of programming and channels Ross Crowley promoted to the new role of director of content strategy and programming.
So Baldwin in effect takes charge of the channels group formerly overseen by Crowley, who now focusses on acquiring content and programming.
Walsh said: "Stephen has television in his blood and is one of most well rounded young executives in the business. I know he has a passion for television and for Foxtel and am very confident that he will take our channels to greater success.
“The appointment allows my colleague Ross Crowley and I the opportunity to focus on strategy, content, growth, our expanded production slate and the ever changing commercial environment. Stephen has the smarts, the energy and drive to keep this company surging ahead.”
At Ai-Media he was responsible for strategic and operational management, leading the sales and marketing, operations, technology, legal and people and service teams.
Before that he was general manager of TV operations and group program manager for Fox8, Arena and Bio.
In 2010 he was the Sydney executive in charge of the coverage of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, which entailed six channels simulcast in HD and SD.
RSCC transfers satellite traffic
RSCC The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has successfully completed the transfer of Express-AM22’s current traffic load to Express-AM6, located at 53 degrees East.
It is now translating Express-AM22 from 53 degrees East to 80.1 degrees East, with the aim being for the satellite to start operating in its new orbital position on August 5.
Express-AM6 was deployed on April 22 this year in the key 53 degrees East orbital position, which covers Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
As part of the process, it was planned to shift Express-AM22 to 80.1 degrees East.
RSCC currently operates a total of 11 satellites.
Russia's GLONASS Proves More Than a Match for America's GPS
Russia's space-based GLONASS navigation system outmatches its US analogue GPS in a number of parameters: it works better at northern latitudes, and it covers the planet with a fewer number of satellites: 24, as opposed to the 31 used by the US, according to the head of the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Center.
"Russia's GLONASS system outperforms GPS in accuracy at northern latitudes, as it was originally developed for northern latitudes, unlike the US GPS, which was developed for southern latitudes. Besides, it covers the Earth with fewer satellites. Russia's 24 satellites cover the same area as the 31 [used by] the US," the director of Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre, Major General Andrey Ilyin said on Saturday.
He also added that the number of satellites within Russia's GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS) will remain the same, even though it will get more advanced satellites.
"The number of operating satellites will remain unchanged, 24, but the bandwidth and data transfer speed will increase due to the new advanced equipment," he added.
Russia's GLONASS currently incorporates a network of 28 satellites. 24 actually cover the earth, one is being kept in orbital reserve, one is being researched on by engineers, and two 'GLONASS-K' satellites are undergoing tests and are set to enter the services soon afterwards.
GPS (The Global Positioning System) was developed by the US and has a network of 31 satellites covering the same area across the planet.
The development of GLONASS began in the Soviet Union in 1976.
Beginning on October 12, 1982, numerous rocket launches added satellites to the system until the constellation was completed in 1995. After a decline in capacity during the late 1990s, in 2001, under Vladimir Putin's presidency, the restoration of the system was made a top government priority and funding was substantially increased.
By 2010, GLONASS had achieved 100% coverage of Russia's territory and in October 2011, the full orbital constellation of 24 satellites was restored, enabling full global coverage. The GLONASS satellites' designs have undergone several upgrades, with the latest version being GLONASS-K.
Today every smartphone, regardless of its price or level of sophistication, is equipped with A-GPS (assisted Global Positional System) which uses the mobile telephony network's capabilities to find your location.
Now with GLONASS being offered for public services, more and more smartphones are being launched with GPS+GLONASS technology, which uses a dual-core location-based service to find their location.
More and more companies and chip manufacturers seem to be interested in GLONASS technology, so more and more smartphones are expected to be launched with this technology.
Currently up to 151 smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, among others, support GLONASS
Russia expands must-carry free channels to 20
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law amendments to the communications and media laws, making 20 digital TV channels free to all. Operators will not be able to change their content, by for example adding more ads, in order to offset the change in pricing policy, Comnews.ru reports. The channels must be offered free over all platforms, DTT as well as cable and satellite. The requirement already applied to ten channels on the first digital multiplex and is now extended to ten channels on the second multiplex.
Astro pay-TV counts on rural homes for further growth
KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 Billionaire T. Ananda Krishnan’s Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd. is counting on increased adoption of a subscription-free service by rural Malaysian homes to add pay-TV customers as consumer spending slows amid a new tax.
“We are not a one-size-fits-all service,” Chief Executive Officer Rohana Rozhan said in an interview at her office in Kuala Lumpur. “We can actually provide products and services that deal with each and every segment of the market. Those are the ones driving the growth.”
The service gives viewers some free basic channels for a startup fee with the option to buy additional programs selectively instead of committing to monthly subscriptions, Rohana said. That freedom allows Astro to woo customers from less affluent households and helped the company add about 500,000 customers last year to 4.5 million, she said.
Consumers have been holding back on spending since the end of last year, bracing for an increase in living costs as Malaysia started a goods and services tax of 6 per cent in April, according to research company Retail Group Malaysia. The central bank said last week private consumption growth is expected to slow as households continue adjusting to the tax.
With 65 per cent of Malaysian homes already watching Astro, the country’s largest pay-TV operator is now reaching out to more rural households to achieve its goal of a penetration rate of as much as 85 per cent over the next three to five years, Rohana said.
Astro shares have fallen 9.9 per cent in the past 12 months, almost tracking a 9 per cent decline in the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index.
The broadcaster is among companies hurt by the ringgit’s weakness as it will have to spend more foreign exchange buying content, Rohana said. About 70 per cent of its total content costs are dollar-denominated, she said.
The Malaysian currency has lost about 8 per cent against the dollar this year as Asian currencies come under pressure from the prospect of higher US interest rates. An alleged scandal involving Prime Minister Najib Razak and state investment company 1Malaysia Development Bhd. has also clouded the outlook for the ringgit.
Every 10 sen depreciation in the ringgit will increase Astro’s costs by RM35 million, Rohana said.
“It’s manageable,” she said. The company has hedged its exposure till May 2016, Rohana said. “We have always been prudent in our forex management.” Reuters
Intelsat clings onto No 1 spot
The annual Space News Top Ten list of satellite operators is just out, and Intelsat has just held onto its top spot as the largest satellite operator based on overall revenues of $2.64 billion (€2.39bn) and 55 satellites in orbit. Intelsat’s revenues for 2014 have fallen back $19 million from its 2013 position.
SES of Luxembourg is Number 2 with revenues of $2.33 billion, and has also suffered a revenue drop from 2013’s $2.56 billion, but this is partly explained by currency exchange differences.
Number 3 is Paris-based Eutelsat, with revenues of $1.65 billion. Number 4 is Canada’s Telesat and its $793.7 million of revenues.
Number 5 is Japan’s SkyPerfect/JSAT at $446.2 million, while Arabsat takes the Number 6 spot at $350 million.
The UAE’s Yahsat is at Number 7, and has grown significantly over the past year to a revenue picture of $285 million compared with less than $50 million a year ago.
Number 8 is Thaicom with revenues of flat $267 million, although if measured in Thai Baht its revenues actually grew 26 percent last year.
Number 9 is China Satcom ($260 million), and Hispasat is at No. 10 ($246.6 million).
South Africa: 'Just Dump SA Digital TV Migration'
South Africa's adoption of digital terrestrial television (DTT) should be carefully evaluated and perhaps even dumped, says an industry insider.
"Fundamentally, we need to be questioning why we've adopted this policy in the first place," Dominic Cull, regulatory advisor at the Internet Service Providers Association (Ispa) told Fin24.
The move toward DTT in SA has been government policy since at least 2008, but implementation has stalled as analogue broadcasters like the SABC have proved unwilling or unable to migrate their services out of the key spectrum.
As part of the rollout in SA, the Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (Usaasa) announced that all bidders will receive part of the R4.3bn tender for the rollout of five million set top boxes.
In Usaasa's 5 Year Funding Outlook presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services, the agency has budgeted R181 160 000 for digital TV migration this year to add to a cumulative pool of R1.048bn.
However, Cull suggested that terrestrial broadcasting was not as efficient as satellite signal distribution.
"Why have we decided to distribute through terrestrial networks rather than through satellite networks, which by their very nature are far more efficient and far easier to do."
He added that the technology to distribute TV via satellite was commonplace for South Africans.
"You simply need one satellite in geo-stationary orbit above South Africa and it delivers the signal to you. Multichoice has showed us how well that works."
Cull argued that digital video broadcasting technology would not survive long as new technologies make it redundant.
"DVB2 is not expected to have a particularly long lifespan. Estimates are that by eight, nine years down the line this is not a technology that will be widely used."
An Irish consultation paper on spectrum policy in 2005 concluded that terrestrial broadcasting technology would be valid for 20 years.
In Australia, the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) in a discussion paper indicated that the very nature of TV is undergoing change from a content receiving to content exchange platform.
Part of the reason that SA is switching to digital TV is to ensure that spectrum for high speed mobile broadband is freed up, but Cull dismissed DTT as the ideal vehicle to accomplish this.
"Yes, I do need to shift the broadcasters, but this about making the broadcasting delivery more efficient by going over to digital.
"Irrespective of whether we go terrestrial or satellite, I would be clearing that spectrum around 470MHz to 800MHz for use by international mobile telecommunications," he added.
His view has tacit approval from international organisation the GSMA, which argued that technology for mobile broadband should not be specific.
"4G is a technology, similar to 2G and 3G but I don't think we should focus so much on the specific technology. We should focus more on what we're going to do with that technology," Mortimer Hope, director of Spectrum and Public Policy Africa at the GSMA told Fin24.
The move to DTT has also been marred by an e.tv lawsuit against Communications Minister Faith Muthambi over control of set top boxes.
Simple migration policy
The broadcaster ultimately lost that legal battle, but said that it was ready to move to DTT.
Cull suggested that it was more simple and cost effective to migrate broadcast services to satellite.
"The question is why are we spending so much time and effort, so much time in court, so much bitter argument, so many delays when there are better ways to do it?"
Google Chromecast gets $15 wired Ethernet adapter to tackle WiFi connectivity woes
New Delhi: Google has announced a new accessory for its Chromecast that will drive away WiFi connectivity issues with the TV streaming stick.
The only way to use the Google Chromecast has been over a WiFi connection. However, streaming the content could be a pain if the connectivity is low or if the TV is out of range.
The new hardwired Ethernet plugs into the Chromecast’s USB port and other than providing power to the stick, it includes a full-sized Ethernet port.
#Ethernet adapter #google chromecast #WiFi
The new hardwired Ethernet adapter aims to address this issue. It plugs into the Chromecast’s USB port and other than providing power to the stick, it includes a full-sized Ethernet port, which simply means smoother connectivity, Ars Technica reports.
This little accessory is available on the Google Store for $15, and it supports up to 100Mbps.
Other than usual media content, you can now use Google Chromecast as a presentation device by pushing Google Slides documents, the Google Docs PowerPoint competitor, directly to a TV.
With Google’s plans to push Chromecast into the gaming field, the Ethernet adapter would prove beneficial.
Other than Google’s Ethernet adapter, you could possibly have your own solution with a specialized USB OTG cable and certain third-party Ethernet adapters.
Samsung developing 11k screen
Samsung is developing a display that surpasses its own Ultra-HD 4k and even 8k screens and will produce an 11k display, according to reports.
The super-resolution screens, with a pixel density so dense that it produces a 3D effect, will be developed first for TVs and will then be scaled down for smartphones
Samsung is partnering with the South Korean government to produce the displays. It is hoped that the project, dubbed EnDK, will produce a prototype by 2018, and the technology will hit the market by 2019.
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4082 H SR 9875 $AUBEYO ($Scrambled.)
4093 H SR 9875 $WF-50 Wimbledon ($Scrambled.)
3716 H SR 7199 TXout-3 RX-out-9 J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
3845 H SR 7199 HD ENC-2a Soccer - J-League, (FTA.)
3855 H SR 7199 HD ENC-3A J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
(All the transponders have different Soccer games.)
From the Dish
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "More Mall 2 has replaced Nabawi TV" on , Fta.
ST 2 88.0E 11483 V "Star Movies Select" has started on , Irdeto.
Insat 4A 83.0E Several updates in Tata Sky.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H The Living Show, Gen C, News 1, DDTV, H Plus Channel, Dhamma Media Channel, Zaa Network, TV 24, Variety Hit and Dara Channel on are Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12272 V "Bang Channel, MV Lao TV, Major Channel Asian, GTH On Air, Major Channel Asian,GCJ O Shopping and Major Channel Mix" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "Nick Jr Asia" has left .
From asiatvro site
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段，UTV Bangla（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[07-12]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，STN Lanka（MPEG-4）频道消失，设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。[07-12]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Zee Anmol（MPEG-4）频道解密，设置4155 V 22500参数免费接收。[07-12]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段，CTN（孟加拉）频道消失，设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。[07-12]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段，FNS（测试）频道解密，设置11091 H 2380参数免费接收。[07-12]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Dharam Sangeet（印度）频道开播，设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[07-12]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，INews TV（印尼）频道解密，设置3957 V 3000参数免费接收。[07-12]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，Angel TV替换Star CJ 2（印度）频道，设置12109 H 40700参数免费接收。[07-11]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段，重庆卫视（高清）频道加密，设置3912 V 9899参数有条件接收。[07-11]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段，Ten HD替换Star Sports HD 4（高清）频道，设置11550 V 28800参数有条件接收。[07-11]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段，Rossia-1 Doubl 2、Rossia-24（俄罗斯）频道新增，设置12340 R 27500参数免费接收。[07-11]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段，Rossia 24、Rossia 1 Doubl 2（俄罗斯）频道新增，设置11606 V 34425参数部分免费接收。 [07-11]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Dharam Sangeet（测试）频道新增，设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[07-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，MAX Sports、Looktung Millio（泰国）频道消失，设置12520 V 30000参数无效接收。[07-10]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，MTV（中国）频道开播，设置3780 H 30000参数免费接收。[07-10]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段，宁夏少儿、宁夏影视（户户通三代）等4个频道新增，设置11940 R 28800参数有条件接收。[07-10]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，POM 2015 1（传送）等频道加密，设置3851 H 14070参数有条件接收。[07-10]
NewSat a good fit for SpeedCast International
SpeedCast International has acquired NewSat.
SpeedCast International's acquisition of the teleport and satellite services businesses of NewSat prompted a 15 per cent share price spike.
The global provider of network and satellite communications services purchased the assets from NewSat's receivers for $12 million on a debt free basis. Included in the purchase are land and buildings at teleport facilities in Adelaide and Perth.
This will strengthen the SpeedCast's leadership in the Australian market, particularly given they are complementary to its existing business, increasing the group's penetration in the energy and government segments.
The acquisition multiple of three relative to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation was seen as attractive by analysts at UBS, and the broker also noted that post synergies this multiple reduces to approximately 2.
UBS also confirmed the customer service and competitive advantages provided by the acquisition of NewSat's assets.
SI view: Following the NewSat purchase UBS upgraded SpeedCast's earnings per share for 2014-15 and 2015-16 by 2 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively. The broker also upgraded the 12-month price target from $3.45 to $3.65, while
reaffirming its buy recommendation.
Oz telcos battle to join Netflix as Optus partnership ends
Netflix's exclusive three-month co-branding deal with Singtel-Optus in Australia has ended, with a bidding war now expected among telcos hoping to partner the streaming service.
Both Telstra and Vodafone Hutchison Australia are reportedly in talks with the US subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) giant, hoping to strike a similar deal ahead of the Christmas shopping period, says the Australian Financial Review.
Vodafone currently has partnerships with homegrown SVOD service Stan, music streamer Spotify and news producer Fairfax Media, while Telstra owns 50% of pay-TV provider Foxtel. Foxtel, in turn, jointly owns SVOD service Presto with Seven West Media.
The three-month co-branding deal allowed Optus to feature Netflix in its marketing campaigns and provide free subscriptions to drive sales. Now it has ended, Netflix is expected to wait for a further three months before entering a similar streaming partnership deal with any of Optus' rivals as part of its original agreement.
"Optus is proud to have helped introduce Netflix to Australians through our exclusive three-month mobile and broadband subscription offer," an Optus spokeswoman said.
"We'll continue to explore opportunities to partner with the world's best entertainment brands so that more Australians can enjoy video on demand both at home and on the go."
Since its launch in March, Netflix has become Australia's most popular service, with recent research firm Telsyte claiming it may already have two million viewers in the country.
Illegal satellite dishes ‘rampant’ in Highlands (Malaysia)
Broadcasting regulator MCMC to go after immigrants in illegal settlements
CYBERJAYA: Officials are to investigate and take action against rampant use of illegal satellite dishes in Cameron Highlands, the communications commission MCMC said today.
The commission’s head of monitoring and enforcement, Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin, said a special task force headed by the National Security Council had uncovered widespread use of satellite dishes in the area.
He said most of the dishes were believed to be in illegal settlements inhabited by foreign immigrants.
He said that it was difficult to crack down on all of them, because of constraints such as the placement of the dishes on hilly terrain and slopes, posing a problem for officials using ordinary vehicles.
It was also difficult to identify the owner or users of the satellite dishes, he said.
The law prohibits use of satellite dishes other than those for reception of Astro satellite broadcasts.
Zulkarnain said ownership and use of illegal satellite dishes was an offence with penalties of fines of up to RM100,000, or jail terms of up to two years or both.
He said the use of illegal satellite dishes would have an impact on the broadcasting industry, as users could receive content directly, without censorship.
Thai TV partnership plan not approved
Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission
THAI TV Co's attempt to partner with MV Television, a local satellite-TV operator, was not approved by the broadcasting regulator because MV Television's background involved the violation of drug-advertising rules, according to Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.
Supinya, who chairs the subcommittee on consumer rights protection under the NBTC's broadcasting committee, commented on the issue on Thursday after the Central Administrative Court urged the watchdog and Thai TV to resolve their conflict after the company had sought an injunction against an administrative order from the commission.
Supinya suggested that a merger or acquisition would be an option for Thai TV to survive in the digital terrestrial TV business if the company were to reconsider its position and continue its two digital channels - Thai TV news station and the Loca family channel.
"However, the new business partner of Thai TV should not be involved with prohibited items, particularly in broadcasting service," she stressed.
She explained that Thai TV had previously attempted to partner with MV Television, a satellite-based TV operator, but the deal had finally fallen through after her panel declined to grant approval.
Under the failed partnership plan, MV Television wanted to co-run Loca channel and rename it MVTV channel.
She added that the name MVTV appeared to represent a music-video channel, which was not a suitable name for either a family channel or a children's channel. In addition, during the last two years MVTV was named among 25 satellite-TV channels that had violated the Food and Drug Act and the NBTC's broadcasting rules governing false and exaggerated advertising, she said.
The dispute between the NBTC and Thai TV Co surfaced a couple of months ago.
The company, led by Pantipa Sakulchai - well known as "Tim TV Pool" - decided to exit the digital-TV business and wanted to relinquish its licences to the NBTC.
Pantipa cited the NBTC's failure in regard to the transition to the digital terrestrial era, including the slow roll-out plan for digital-TV network coverage, as well as costly licence fees, as being among the main reasons for its pull-out decision.
Thai TV Co took the matter to court by suing the watchdog for Bt700-million compensation last month.
ISRO launches five British satellites
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C 28 carrying five satellites from the UK, lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Friday. - PTI
It was yet another successful 'textbook' launch by the Indian Space Research Organisation relying on its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to put five British satellites in to the orbit.
It was 21.57.50 hrs with pin drop silence on the rooftop of the media centre in the Satish Dhawan Space Research Centre when the ten second countdown started for the launch.
With 5 seconds to go, a bright orange light glowed all over behind the dense carpet of trees on the East. The majestic Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle slowly roared from the first launch pad with an orange flame in the tail in to sky carrying five foreign satellites.
The rocket gradually picked up speed with loud noise and vanished behind the thick clouds.
The silence at the rooftop soon turned in to celebration with applause by the huge contingent of media persons assembled to cover the night launch.
The launch was unique. PSLV, in its thirtieth flight (PSLV-C28), with an overall lift-off mass of the five satellites amounting to about 1,440 kg, was the heaviest commercial mission ever. The contract was struck by Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of ISRO.
The rocket launched three identical DMC3 optical earth observation satellites.
It also carried two auxiliary satellites from UK --- CBNT-1, a technology demonstrator earth observation micro satellite built by SSTL, and De-OrbitSail, a technology demonstrator nano satellite built by Surrey Space Centre.
AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO, speaking from the mission control room after the launch said, "it was an entirely successful launch for a customer. This time a set of new tool was developed. Five satellites for a customer were put into orbit for a customer."
Just over 17 minutes into the flight, the rocket started ejecting the DMC3 satellites one after another, and followed by De-OrbitSail and CNBT-1 satellites.
Sawaris Family gains control of Euronews
Media Globe Networks, the company owned by the Sawaris Family and managed by Naguib Sawaris, has become the majority shareholder in Euronews, with a 53% stake in the company.
This stake has been purchased through a capital increase of €35 million and follows several months of exclusive negotiations, validated by an extraordinary general assembly on June 19.
Since then, a dedicated shareholders agreement has been signed by the vast majority of the public shareholders, giving final validation to the entrance of Media Globe Networks to the capital.
Following the acquisition, the remaining 47% of shares in Euronews will stay with its traditional shareholders, namely 21 public TV channels and three local authorities.
Euronews will be governed by three distinctive bodies: the supervisory board, the editorial board and the executive board. The 10 members of the editorial board will be journalists or have a strong experience in the media area. Meanwhile, seven out of the 10 members of this editorial Bboard, including the chairman, will be directly appointed by the public shareholders of Euronews. The creation of the editorial board will allow an active permanent control of the independence and diversity of Euronews editorial line. This new governance, validated by all stakeholders, will ensure the preservation of the mission of general interest of the international news media as well as its editorial independence.
The supervisory board has also renewed the directorship of Michael Peters as CEO of Euronews for a term of four years.
He said: “I am grateful for the consistent support that the Euronews’ Shareholders demonstrated over the preceding months throughout this project, which will definitely put Euronews in a new dimension.
“The process of capital increase started one year ago. We chose to enter exclusive negotiations with Media Globe Networks, because of its clear commitment and guarantees to respect Euronews diversity and editorial independence. We are delighted to work alongside our new investor to expand our reach and service lines in order to reinforce Euronews’ position as a key-player in the media industry.”
Naguib Sawiris, chairman and CEO of Media Globe Networks, added: “Euronews is a strong, global, independent and highly professional news media.
“I believe that Euronews, with its unique expertise, has a huge potential for future growth and do fully support Michael Peters and his team in their aim of raising Euronews to the next level.”
Paolo Garimberti, current chairman of the Supervisory Board of Euronews, said: “The public shareholders welcome the investment of Media Globe Networks and look forward to working alongside Naguib Sawiris to support the future growth and development of Euronews.
“The new governance provides all the guarantees regarding the editorial independence of Euronews. The public shareholders will remain closely involved alongside the new investor for the success of this unique media.”
The acquisition was initially announced in February this year.
FilmOn, ZEE launch Zee Bollyworld TV
FilmOn.com, the provider of free Internet TV, has announced a partnership with Indian media conglomerate Zee Entertainment for the launch of a new customised channel that will bring flagship content from India to its 65 million monthly unique users around the globe. Zee Bollyworld TV, a custom-made, HD channel that will show a packed schedule of premium entertainment.
“We are delighted to have reached this unique agreement with India’s most exciting broadcaster, ZEE Entertainment, to share their fantastic content with our audiences on a worldwide basis for the first time,” said Alki David, Founder and CEO of FilmOn Networks. “Zee Bollyworld TV on FilmOn.com will showcase some of the very best programming that India has to offer, including great Bollywood movies, chat shows and top drama. Our new custom-made channel will be available free straight to desktop, tablet or mobile.”
The content on Zee Bollyworld TV will be broadcast in Hindi along with English subtitles, and is available free everywhere.
Amazon takes on Chromecast with ‘fling’ for Fire TV
Amazon adds 600 channels to Fire TV in three months
Amazon fling for Fire TV
Amazon has launched a toolkit that will allow developers to add ‘fling’ capabilities to their mobile apps, letting users to click to make media content on Amazon Fire TV devices.
The Amazon Fling SDK will allow video, audio and images to be sent from iOS, Android or Fire OS mobile apps to Amazon Fire TV,
Amazon described the SDK as a new way for developers to get their apps on Amazon Fire TV, in a move that sees the e-retail giant take on Google, which offers similar ‘casting’ functionality through its Chromecast TV dongle.
“When customers are using your app on the iOS, Android or Fire device, they’ll see the Amazon Fling icon appear in your app. They can touch the icon and then send your content to their Amazon Fire TV,” said Amazon.
“You don’t need to explain how to fling your content. The entire experience happens within the app, making it intuitive for your customers. Customers can start the experience from mobile and then later control the playback with both your app and their Amazon Fire TV remote whichever is most convenient.”
The SDK is already being used by singing app Karaoke Party, to display song lyrics and videos on Amazon Fire TV and to send audio from the microphone on the customer’s device to the TV. Digital news broadcaster Rivet Radio is also using it to lets listeners tune-in on the TV.
Satellite-based navigation system GAGAN launched
The GPS-aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system was launched on Monday by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. The system would make airline operations more efficient and reduce costs, reported PTI.
GAGAN is a satellite-based navigation system which provides autonomous, high precision geo-spatial location information of the user in terms of latitude, longitude and height along with velocity and time.
The system was jointly developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at the cost of Rs 774 crore.
GAGAN will offer seamless navigation to the aviation industry.
The benefits of the system include improved efficiency, direct routes, increased fuel savings, approach with vertical guidance at runways, significant cost savings due to withdrawal of ground aids and reduced workload of flight crew and Air Traffic Controllers.
GAGAN will offer augmentation service for GPS over the country, Bay of Bengal, South East Asia and Middle East expanding up to Africa.
Sunday, no update
Saturday, no update
From my Email
Friday morning feeds
3750 V SR 15000 $HD 18MHz - SAT ($Scrambled.)
3887 V SR 7500 $USGA 7-9-15 P ($Scrambled.)
3905 V SR 5631 Chinese students singing at the 'Harbin China Loong Tower', (FTA.)
4072 H SR 4937 OUTV THOMSON REUTERS HK Test Pattern wording on colour test pattern, (FTA.)
From the Dish
Intelsat 18 180.0E 11075 V "MCS Extrême has replaced Sport +" on , encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0E 3957 V "INews TV" is Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4155 H "Hum News" has started on , Fta.
Measat 3 91.5E 3616 V "JaiAlai TV" has left.
Measat 3 91.5E 3631 H "Focus Bangla, Focus Hi Fi and Focus NE" have left .
Measat 3 91.5E 4120 V "The Indonesia Channel" has left . B4U Movies Asia Pacific is now encrypted.
Measat 3a 91.4E 3840 H "Warner TV Philippines and World Heritage Channel" have started on , MediaCipher. CNN International Asia Pacific and Cartoon Network Korea have left.
Measat 3b 91.5E Transvision muxes have started on 12563 H and 12603 H.
Yamal 401 90.0E 12718 V "Enisey" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 10970 H Discovery HD World India, National Geographic Channel HD Asia, Star Movies HD India, Star World HD India, Star Sports HD 2, Zee TV HD and M Tunes HD have started on , Videoguard.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Champ Channel" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 10970 V "EuroNews" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11130 H "Zambezi Magic and M-Net Family have started on , Irdeto. Magic World" has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "Kruiskyk TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11474 H "Record Angola has replaced TV Globo Internacional Europa/África" on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11514 V "Joburg TV" has started on , Fta.
From asiatvro site
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Dharam Sangeet（测试）频道新增，设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[07-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，MAX Sports、Looktung Millio（泰国）频道消失，设置12520 V 30000参数无效接收。[07-10]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，MTV（中国）频道开播，设置3780 H 30000参数免费接收。[07-10]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段，宁夏少儿、宁夏影视（户户通三代）等4个频道新增，设置11940 R 28800参数有条件接收。[07-10]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，POM 2015 1（传送）等频道加密，设置3851 H 14070参数有条件接收。[07-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Champ Channel（泰国）频道消失，设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。[07-10]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Test Bar（测试）频道新增，设置12523 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月10日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段，jai-alai（测试）频道消失，设置3716 V 1916参数无效接收。 [7月10日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段，World Heritage Channel替换Tru TV（高清）频道，设置3840 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，INews TV（MPEG-4）频道加密，设置3957 V 3000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，ELbox（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月10日]
Arab channels (Mixed) playlist (save as .m3u in Notepad. Or copy url to your favourite player)
rtmp://126.96.36.199:1935/live?v=1410145846 playpath=MBC_4 swfUrl=http://www.elahmad.com/tv/swf/player.swf?file=mbc4&autostart=true&/[[DYNAMIC]]/2/[[DYNAMIC]]/3 live=1 pageUrl=http://www.tunisvista.com/medias/mbc-4-tv-live-online-streaming.html
rtmp://web3.iptv-planet.com:1937/live2 playpath=Hi_zeeaflem?key=070114105032074117108032048051 swfUrl=http://iptv-planet.com/swfs/player.swf live=1 pageUrl=http://iptv-planet.com/embed.php?id=Hi_zeeaflem&width=600&height=400
#EXTINF:-1,Alkass 1 HD
#EXTINF:-1,Alkass 2 HD
#EXTINF:-1,Alkass 3 HD
#EXTINF:-1,AL ARABIA TV
rtmp://aljazeeraflashlivefs.fplive.net/aljazeeraflashlive-live/ playpath=aljazeera_doc_high swfUrl=http://www.watcharab.com/tv/swf/aljazeera_documentary.swf?autostart=true&/[[DYNAMIC]]/2/[[DYNAMIC]]/3 pageUrl=http://www.tunisvista.com/medias/el-jazeera-documentary-online.html
#EXTINF:-1,AL AQSA TV
rtmp://live.aqsatv.atyaf.co:1935/aqsatv/live?hghpl=1407167774 playpath=tv swfUrl=http://www.elahmad.com/tv/swf/player.swf?file=aqsa_tv&autostart=true&/[[DYNAMIC]]/2/[[DYNAMIC]]/3 pageUrl=http://www.tunisvista.com/medias/al-aqsa-tv-live-direct-online-palestine.html
rtmp://web3.iptv-planet.com:1937/live2 playpath=Hi_TVA3?key=070114105032074117108032048051 swfUrl=http://iptv-planet.com/swfs/player.swf live=1 pageUrl=http://iptv-planet.com/embed.php?id=Hi_TVA3&width=600&height=400
#EXTINF:-1,EL NAHAR TV
rtmp://188.8.131.52/endz/ playpath=EnnaharTV swfUrl=http://alwhdat.net/hdplayer/jwplayer.flash.swf live=1 pageUrl=http://alwhdat.net/abcdef12/1059/
#EXTINF:-1,QURAN TV LIVE
rtmp://livestreaming2.itworkscdn.net/squranlive playpath=squran_360p swfUrl=http://live.gph.gov.sa/player.swf?file=squran_360p&streamer=rtmp://livestreaming2.itworkscdn.net/squranlive&abouttext=www.elahmad.com&autostart=true&backcolor=000000&frontcolor=FFFFF&lightcolor=FC7404&stretching=exactfit&fullscreen=false&link=http://goo.gl/WeOZr pageUrl=http://live.gph.gov.sa/player.swf?file=squran_360p&streamer=rtmp://livestreaming2.itworkscdn.net/squranlive&abouttext=www.elahmad.com&autostart=true&backcolor=000000&frontcolor=FFFFF&lightcolor=FC7404&stretching=exactfit&fullscreen=false&link=http://goo.gl/WeOZr
#EXTINF:-1, Sama Syria
#EXTINF:-1, Syria Aloula
#EXTINF:-1, Syria Drama
#EXTINF:-1,Syrian Educational TV
#EXTINF:-1,Sahar TV 1
#EXTINF:-1 ,Global TV
#EXTINF:-1 ,I-News TV
#EXTINF:-1 ,MNC News
#EXTINF:-1 ,MNC Shop
#EXTINF:-1 ,MNC Infotainment
#EXTINF:-1 ,MNC Music
#EXTINF:-1, Syria Drama
#EXTINF:-1,Syrian Educational TV
NewSat falls back to earth with $12 million asset fire sale to SpeedCast
NewSat's ground assets have been sold to SpeedCast, marking the end of the high-flying company's satellite dreams.
NewSat, the listed Australian company that raised hundreds of millions of dollars to launch satellites into space, has fallen back to earth with its project scrapped and assets sold to its rival, SpeedCast.
As first flagged last month by The Australian Financial Review, NewSat's teleport business has been sold to Hong Kong-based satellite service provider SpeedCast for $12 million. The division operates satellite dishes in Western Australia and South Australia that send and receive signals into space.
The sale is one of the final nails in the NewSat coffin. While it still has its listed shell on the Australian Securities Exchange and a launch slot with French rocket provider Arianespace, it is unlikely these will sell for much especially given the latter is linked to the exact specifications of NewSat's satellite.
"The assets include the land and buildings at NewSat's teleport facilities in Adelaide and Perth, and the associated plant and equipment," SpeedCast said in a statement. "SpeedCast is also retaining 20 key employees, in the operations and engineering department and in sales."
NewSat's receivers, McGrathNicol, were unable to get all parties to agree to terms for selling the teleport assets along with the 75 per cent-built Jabiru-1 satellite, which would have at the very least seen the $620 million project launch under a different owner.
But US satellite builder Lockheed Martin did not release the bird and a $US200 million ($267 million) to $US250 million ($334 million) bid by Malaysian company Measat to buy the entire company failed to launch.
NewSat's administrators, PPB Advisory, will now complete an investigation into whether the directors acted appropriately or traded while insolvent. Some NewSat personnel face allegations of over-spending and improper transactions, which they in turn have denied.
Satellite Communication Services.http://www.newsat.com
Diversified Telecommunication Services (501010)
10/7/15 Receivership update
4/6/15 Receivership update
13/5/15 Receivership update
17/4/15 Appointment of Receivers and Administrators
16/4/15 Company Secretary Appointment/Resignation
The report will be published in the coming weeks and can then be referred to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission if any wrongdoing is identified.
The relatively small amount raised from NewSat's sale will go towards covering the receivers' fees and staff entitlements, which means that shareholders who ploughed more than $200 million into the company won't see a cent back from their investments. The US government-backed Export-Import Bank that issued $US300 million to the company has also lost out.
Prospect of litigation raised
Independent shareholders have raised the prospect of litigation against the company's directors. But sources close to the sales process said there was little prospect of recovering funds from the assets of NewSat's directors.
SpeedCast said the new assets made $22 million in revenue during financial year 2015 with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $1.7 million. It will pay $12 million for the deal and an extra $700,000 in stamp duty as well as other taxes.
It said the deal had been funded using available cash and the company's existing debt facilities with no need for any change to its lending terms.
SpeedCast Announces The Acquisition Of NewSat’s Teleport And Satellite Services Business
From Press Release
New South Wales, Australia, 10 July 2015 SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast), a leading global satellite telecommunications service provider, today announced that it has acquired the assets of the teleport and satellite services business of NewSat from its receivers. The assets include the land & buildings at NewSat’s teleport facilities in Adelaide and Perth and the associated plant & equipment, as well as most of the customer and supplier contracts. SpeedCast is also retaining 20 key employees, in the operations & engineering department and in sales, including in the US.
NewSat’s customer base is composed of a strong reseller network, blue chip enterprise customers and government customers. These customers are being provided satellite services out of two world-class teleport facilities in Adelaide and Perth.
For SpeedCast, the addition of NewSat’s infrastructure assets in Australia will complement the company’s existing infrastructure in the region, provide expansion capabilities and enhance its ability to deliver high quality satellite communications services to its energy, government and telecom customers in Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa.
“We continue to execute on our strategy of growing the business through strong organic growth in the end markets we operate in, and through acquiring value enhancing assets in key locations and/or industries where we see long-term sustainable growth,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast.
“Our well established Australian network, augmented by NewSat’s infrastructure assets and customer base, will enable us to expand our presence in the market, in particular with Government and Perth-based customers to which we can sell additional services globally, as well as enhance the level of local support previously available to our customers. NewSat’s state-of-the-art teleport infrastructure and highly experienced operations and engineering team also enhances our ability to serve our customers in Asia-Pacific, thus strengthening our leadership position in the region, while giving us new capabilities to provide services into Middle East and Africa; it represents an attractive platform for future growth,” Mr. Beylier added.
About SpeedCast International Limited
SpeedCast is a leading global network and satellite communications service provider offering high-quality managed networks services in over 60 countries; and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. Headquartered in Hong Kong, with 25 international sales & support offices and 30 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 4,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization, which are the foundation of SpeedCast's success. SpeedCast is publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange under the ticker SDA (ASX:SDA). For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.
GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA OPENS NEW REVENUE GENERATING STREAMS
From Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY 8 JULY 2015 GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA has enhanced its Online Video Platform, to provide media owners with the ability to charge for content.
Earlier this year, Australian News Channel announced the launch of Australia Channel, http://www.australiachannel.com.au/, powered by Globecast Australia’s Online Video Platform.
As Australia's first, truly global television service, Australia Channel offers international audiences live and catch-up Australian news, sport and business content. Following a popular free trial period, Globecast Australia, in partnership with Australian News Channel, has now launched an integrated paywall for subscription video on demand and live streaming.
For a small monthly fee paid in their local currency, Australia Channel customers from around the world can continue to stay in touch with the latest Australian news, sport and business content.
Australian News Channel is delighted with the extended functionality as it provides them with secure and reliable payment handling and flexible billing periods, all while retaining complete control over its' content and packages.
Simon Farnsworth, CEO of GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA said, “By diversifying our clients content delivery options and creating further opportunities to monetise their assets, Globecast Australia continues to provide innovative solutions, tailored to our clients and their consumer’s needs."
For further information or media enquiries please contact:
T +61 2 9405 2880
ABOUT GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA
Globecast Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telstra and a part of the Telstra Group. As the leading provider of broadcast services for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Globecast Australia specialisies in live delivery of Standard and High Definition content at the cutting edge of broadcast technology, Globecast Australia’s internationally recognised Globecam is the world leader in live, point of view miniature camera technology. With the largest Digital Satellite News and Sport Gathering fleet in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, the company’s main services are DTH satellite transmission including MPEG4 capability, International Fibre Distribution, Teleport Services, 24/7 Master Control, Mobile TV, Business TV, OTT and IPTV managed services, IP streaming and encoding, Global Satellite Monitoring and Disaster Recovery.
Last year, Globecast Australia was named in the Top 20 in BRW’s Most Innovative Companies. The company’s Globecam technology was recognised as Fox Sports’ Ref Cam received the prestigious 2014 Sportel Golden Podium Award for Best Innovation.
Rugby club in hot water for illegally screening All Blacks clash
A South Auckland rugby club that screened the historic test match between the All Blacks and Samoa to a crowd of around 300 people did so illegally by "stealing" the broadcast feed.
The Otahuhu Rugby Club attracted the ire of broadcaster SKY TV after a Herald report noted that the club's broadcast dropped out in the 72nd minute when the match was in the balance. A SKY representative contacted the Herald to point out that club was not in fact a customer. Instead a person associated with the club had taken their personal decoder to the clubrooms, which was illegal.
"This is piracy, a form of theft," SKY's spokeswoman said. "The fact is that its taking something you have not paid for."
Otahuhu president John Roache said the club had had simply wanted to provide an opportunity for members of the community to watch the match and had not made any money from screening it.
A flier advertising the match said tables at the club could be purchased for $150 and light refreshments would be provided. However Mr Roache said the club had not organised the event or distributed the flier. Only about three tables were sold and the money from that was used by the person who took their decoder to the club for the hire of a big screen and to pay a band that provided the live music.
"It was never anything for the club at all," Mr Roache said. "We only just did this for the community."
The club had been contacted by SKY and asked to take out a subscription, which cost around $350 a month. Mr Roache said he would take the proposal to the club's committee but he was not certain it was financially viable.
"We are no position of paying that every month without using it. Signing a contract for one year is crazy. I've told them we can't afford to do that. We hardly use the club.
"We didn't want to make any money out of [showing the match] and now we are going to sacrifice something like $350 a month the next 12 months? What are we going to use it for? The rugby season is over now."
The club had just 20 financial members, Mr Roache said. It had around 400 players, none of whom paid subs, so was forced to fundraise heavily during the season.
SKY's spokeswoman said the company did not take piracy lightly as it was vital the company recouped what it spent on securing broadcasting rights for major sporting events.
"SKY pays dearly for sports rights, it's our greatest investment," she said. "Aside from the investment in rights we put a lot into rugby and other codes, for example we spend a huge amount on production and promotion
"If rights values are eroded this has implications for the sport; rights fees help fund player salaries and hopefully keep the best players in NZ, build strong promotion for the sport and fund grassroots, which is vital for talent development and longevity of code."
• The cost of a SKY subscription for a sports club is $300 + GST per month
(Craig's comment, a followup via twitter from Sky TV says, they have explained the rules about commercial subscriptions to the club and will not be taking furthur action)
Kantar and Astro launch pay TV ratings
Media and ratings agency Kantar and Malaysian pay TV platform Astro have joined forces to offer a new service that pulls viewing data direct from Astro customer’s settop boxes.
The proprietary Dynamic Television Audience Measurement (DTAM) system will gather data from a 5,000-strong panel of Astro subs. Linear, recorded and on-demand viewing will be recorded and analysed across all of Astro’s channels.
Astro said the new system recognises ‘the industry’s need for accurate and reliable audience measurement’.
Henry Tan, COO Astro said: “Content consumption has moved beyond traditional TV to include recorded and on- demand viewing across multi-screens, whether at home or on the go. DTAM’s large panel size enables us to accurately capture the rich viewing habits of Malaysians.”
He added: “In addition, DTAM can be combined with Kantar consumer research to target specific brand and product users for more effective marketing.”
UK to develop universal satellite
The development of a completely novel type of telecommunications satellite has been approved.
To be called Quantum and built in the UK, the 3.5-tonne spacecraft will break new ground by being totally reconfigurable in orbit.
Normally, the major mission parameters on satellites - such as their ground coverage pattern and their operating frequencies - are fixed before launch.
Quantum is a European Space Agency telecoms project.
However, its development is actually a partnership with private industry, involving Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat and the manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space.
The parties signed a contract yesterday at the Harwell Science Campus in Oxfordshire.
The ultra-flexible payload of Quantum will be prepared by Airbus at its Portsmouth factory, and then integrated into the spacecraft bus, or chassis, at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in Guildford. SSTL is an Airbus subsidiary.
Quantum should be delivered ready for launch in 2018.
The satellite will have the flexibility to take on new roles at anytime - in coverage, in frequency band, and power use.
If it needs to be moved, perhaps to fill in behind another satellite that has failed in orbit, it will simply mimic the profile of the lost platform.
BBC, ITV share 6 Nations rights from 2016
In a deal that will see the tournament remain on terrestrial free-to-air channels, the BBC and ITV are to share the rights to broadcast rugby union’s Six Nations Championship for the next six years. Sky which briefly held certain rights in the 1990s was reported to be a favoured bidder.
Wales, Scotland and France home matches will be on the BBC, while ITV will show England, Ireland and Italy home games.
BBC Radio 5 live will continue live commentary of all matches, which will be available on the BBC Sport website.
BBC director of sport Barbara Slater described the deal as “great news” for fans of the Six Nations, with Niall Sloane, her counterpart at ITV, saying the broadcast was “delighted to be strengthening its ties with the game. “The landscape of sports broadcasting is shifting rapidly. And very little is guaranteed, no matter how established it seems,” he added.
Games shown live on the BBC will be available online and via the BBC Sport app. When matches are on ITV, highlights will be available via the BBC Sport website shortly after full-time.
The BBC has had exclusive rights since the tournament became the Six Nations in 2000 and the previous deal was due to run until 2017.
“It’s a very special competition and our viewing figures from this year prove just how popular it is with audiences,” added Slater. “We very much look forward to starting our new partnership with ITV and continuing our strong relationship with RBS Six Nations.”
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Nine cops backlash from Foxtel satellite customers unable to access Ashes broadcast
Thousands of Foxtel customers are unable to watch the current Ashes series in the UK because the Nine Network refuses to pay for satellite transmission of its high definition Gem channel.
Ashes As the first day of the series began in Cardiff confused Foxtel customers who receive their pay-TV via satellite took to social media to ask why they could not access to Nine’s HD channel GEM.
This morning both Nine and Foxtel pointed the finger at each other, with the dispute centring over a refusal by both parties to pay Optus for satellite capacity to retransmit GEM on Foxtel.
“Some Freeview channels are not retransmitted to satellite customers via their Foxtel box because the free-to-air network has opted not to pay Optus for the satellite capacity that would enable Foxtel to retransmit the channel in question,” said a Foxtel spokesman.
“We’re continually working to negotiate with the Freeview networks on satellite retransmission agreements, but at this stage we do not hold these agreements for all channels in all areas.”
Nine was reluctant to be drawn on the controversy, noting Foxtel satellite consumers can access Gem by connecting their TV to a terrestrial antennae.
“The cricket was available on free-to-air which is free to everyone,” said a Nine spokeswoman.
The current series is being shown exclusively on Nine, after previous overseas Ashes tours have been shared with Fox Sports. On Monday Nine’s network sports sales director Sam Brennan told Mumbrella the decision to air the series on Gem rather than its primary channel was a “no brainer”.
“Cricket is also one of the best sports to show in HD (high definition) so being able to do that on Gem is also a good thing,” he added.
Last night’s coverage saw Gem outrate Channel Ten for audience share with 678,000 metro viewers tuning in for the first session.
Among the criticisms from social media were confusion and dismay from viewers about the lack of access to the cricket contest between Australian and England:
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Neither side was willing to comment on what retransmission of HD broadcast on satellite costs.
Ten had been in a similar position to Nine with its HD channel One but has since chosen to pay for retransmitting to Foxtel customers, although Seven is understood not to be paying for its 7Mate channel to be included on Foxtel satellite.
Controversy around the rebroadcast of HD sporting events for Nine has been an ongoing issue with Nine last year copping flak for not broadcasting the 2014 NRL grand final in high definition (HD) citing “technical difficulties”.
Fans fume as Sky app won't Go
The big screen at Apia Park received its feed from a source other than Sky Go. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Rugby fans are fuming after missing much of yesterday's All Blacks match in Samoa because of a glitch in Sky TV's app, which allows customers to stream the game on smartphones and tablets.
Sky Go is an online streaming service that allows customers to watch Sky when they are away from their television. Customers can watch programmes on any compatible PC, Mac or laptop, as well as on tablet or smartphone via the app.
The game was screened on Sky and many customers tried to use the service to watch the action from work.
During the first half, users complained Sky Go was not working.
Sky responded via Twitter and Facebook posts, saying it was aware of "some issues with streaming" on the Sky Go website and was working urgently to fix them. It recommended customers use the app.
However soon after, there were problems with the app.
Similar issues occurred with Sky Go during the final stages of the Cricket World Cup in March, which customers mentioned yesterday.
"Do you guys copy and paste this every time there is a major event on that would require a high demand? You knew the game is on at 2pm when most people would be working and require Sky Go to watch the game yet once again it doesn't work," said Matt Weldon-Smith on Sky's Facebook page.
In the second half, with the site and app still not working, Jayne Stephenson described Sky as the "worst service out".
"I'm cancelling my subscription, can always watch at the pubs. This always happens during events that people actually want to watch. Maybe if enough people do the same they'll fix it," said Ben Smith.
Just before 4pm yesterday Sky posted: "We believe the issues with the Sky Go app are now resolved. If you're still having trouble with this please try restarting the app."
Sky TV spokeswoman Kirsty Way said there had been a technical issue identified during the first half.
"We rely on services from a number of third party suppliers," she said. "We narrowed the issue down to one supplier and remedied it. We apologise profusely for it."
The main Sky TV feed had no issues, so the service they paid for was not compromised.
"We are apologising and we will continue to keep working to improve stability," she said.
Fiji TV looks for partners for Sky Pacific
Fijian Holdings chief executive Nouzab Fareed confirms Fiji TV is going to keep majority ownership of Sky Pacific.Taken from/By: FBC News Report by: Ellen Stolz Fiji Television has signed a non-disclosure agreement with Digicel Fiji and four other companies looking at strategic partners for Sky Pacific for a possible acquisition. The amendment allows foreign companies to become strategic partners or buy TV companies so long as there’s no local content or news. Fijian Holdings chief executive Nouzab Fareed confirms Fiji TV is going to keep majority ownership of Sky Pacific. “We see Sky Pacific has a lot of potential but to go to the next level we need a strong partner, a strong platform and medium to get to that next level.” Fareed says apart from Digicel Fiji they’ve signed similar agreements with four other companies from within Fiji and overseas however because of the deal, their names won’t be made public. He also adds that Fiji TV is poised for the switch to digital TV expected by the year end. Fiji TV and the interested parties are currently involved in discussions relating to the value of Sky Pacific and what any new partner can bring to the table.
Sky Pacific looking for partner to take company to the next level
Fiji Television Limited has confirmed that their Pay TV company Sky Pacific is looking for a potential strategic partner to take the company to the next level.
However they are not planning to sell all their shares in Sky Pacific.
CEO of Fijian Holdings Limited which is the majority shareholder of Fiji TV, Nouzab Fareed confirms they have signed non-disclosure agreements with Digicel and four other companies.
Fareed made this announcement after Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told the parliament yesterday that Digicel is currently talking to Fijian Holdings Limited to buy Sky Pacific.
He says for the last 18 months Sky Pacific is performing extremely well and they now have over 23,000 active subscribers.
Meanwhile, Fareed adds that Fijian Holdings is ready to move to the Digital Platform and they are grateful that they have been given another channel.
He says they are looking forward to launch Fiji Two which will have more entertainment.
Telkom Opens Bidding for New Satellite to Serve Southeast Asia, India
Telkom plans to expand into mainland Southeast Asia and India with its new satellite, set for launch in 2018. (ID Photo/Emral Firdiansyah)
Jakarta. State-controlled telecommunications company Telkom has opened a $200 million tender for the manufacture of a new satellite, Telkom 4, to replace its aging Telkom 1 satellite that goes out of commission in 2018.
The new satellite will operate 60 transponders capable of beaming mobile broadband across Indonesia, mainland Southeast Asia and the India subcontinent, said Abdus Somad Arief, Telkom’s IT network and solutions director. Thirty-six of the transponders will be used for Telkom’s domestic needs, and the rest will be leased out to serve the Indian market.
Abdus said Telkom was evaluating bids from six companies from the United States, Russia and Europe.
The satellite design and construction process could take up to two years, so Telkom plans to finish the bidding process as soon as possible to meet the scheduled launch in 2018, he said.
Telkom is also preparing to launch its Telkom 3S satellite after the original Telkom 3 failed to reach orbit in August 2012.
Telkom signed an agreement for the manufacture of Telkom 3S satellite with a French-Italian aerospace contractor Thales Alenia Space, worth $199.7 million, on July 14, 2014.
The satellite will carry 42 transponders and is scheduled to launch in late 2016 or early 2017.
APAC SVoD homes to quadruple
Digital TV Research forecasts 68.83 million SVoD [subscription video on demand] homes by 2020, quadruple the 2014 total and up from only 1.47 million in 2010.
The Asia Pacific OTT TV & Video Forecasts report maintains that Japan will remain the largest SVoD country. China will overtake South Korea to become the second largest country by SVoD homes in 2020. From the 51.63 million SVoD home additions between 2014 and 2020, China will supply 11.84 million, Japan 12.55 million and India 7.21 million.
By 2020, 7.7 per cent of the region’s TV households will subscribe to a SVoD package, up from only 0.2 per cent by end-2014. Penetration rates will vary considerably: from 54.3 per cent in South Korea to 1.5 per cent in Pakistan.
SVoD will become the region’s largest OTT revenue source in 2018. SVoD revenues will increase from $1.032 billion in 2014 and to $4.763 billion in 2020. Japan will remain the SVoD revenue leader by some distance, with second-placed South Korea generating less than half its revenues by 2020.
Total OTT TV and video revenues in the Asia Pacific region will reach $11.293 billion in 2020; up from $604 million recorded in 2010 and the $3,628 billion expected in 2015.
From the $7.664 billion in revenues to be added between 2014 and 2020, China will contribute $2.127 billion and Japan $2.404 billion. China and Japan will account for 61 per cent of the region’s total revenues by 2020.
Advertising on OTT sites will bring in $4.354 billion by 2020 up from $1.607 billion in 2014. China will supply $1.812 million of the 2020 total, with Japan providing a further $1.191 billion.
Download-to-own revenues are forecast to be $1.446 billion in 2020, up from only $159 million in 2010 and from $662 million in 2014. OTT TV and video rental/pay-per-view revenues will expand rapidly, climbing from $111 million in 2010 on to $503 million in 2014 and to $1.161 billion in 2020.
China: Watchdog further regulates online TV
China’s media and television watchdog has reportedly asked licensed online content providers of Internet TV and STBs to rectify violations, including tweeting video website applications or installing Internet browsers in TVs.
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) issued a notice asking the seven State-owned licensed Internet TV content providers in China to stop selling STBs which could install apps through a USB port, according to techweb.com.cn.
Currently, people in the country can watch movies, TV channels, including those unavailable on cable TVs like CNN and BBC, through such applications.
The watchdog has also asked providers to halt video and radio apps which allows mobile phones to be used as TV remote controls.
Discovery appoints appoints Bastings AP MD
Discovery Networks International (DNI) has named Arthur Bastings as the new head of the Asia-Pacific region, effective September 1st.
As President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP), Bastings is responsible for setting the regional strategy and maximising the potential of DNAP’s business and workforce to accelerate the company’s expansion. He will be based out of the Singapore office.
Bastings joins DNAP from Millicom, an international telecommunications and media company, where he was a member of the Executive Committee responsible for Africa and Financial Services, focusing on mobile and information and communications technology convergence.
“The Asia Pacific region encompasses two thirds of the world’s population and thus represents one of the biggest growth opportunities for our company. Arthur has a remarkable combination of experience in Asia, strong strategic thinking, and a proven track record of growth and building strong teams. His deep knowledge of Discovery and familiarity with the Asia market will give him a great head start in accelerating DNAP’s expansion,” said Jean-Briac Perrette, President of DNI, to whom Bastings will report..
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Australian online video subscriptions jump sixfold in six months
The arrival of Netflix, Stan, and Presto has seen the number of Australians subscribing to video-streaming services jump from 315,000 at the end of 2014 to 2 million by the end of June, according to Telsyte.
Free trials and other offers have coaxed Australians into taking up a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, a report released by IT consultancy firm Telsyte has said.
As of the end of June, over 2 million Australians were using SVOD services, a sixfold increase on the 315,000 users recorded in December 2014, the report said.
Telsyte said Netflix is the number one SVOD choice, followed by Stan, Presto, and then Quickflix. Collectively, these four services represent about 90 percent of the market share.
According to research by Roy Morgan conducted last month, within a month of the launch of Netflix in Australia, 296,000 households -- not including those that had already circumvented geo-blocking -- had subscribed to the service.
By May, Roy Morgan said Netflix had leaped to more than 400,000 households, with 1 million Australians using the service. Following Netflix was Presto, with 97,000 users; Stan, with 91,000 users; Quickflix, with 43,000 users; and, in fifth place, Foxtel Play, with 40,000 users.
Despite Netflix being a clear front runner, Telsyte said that the SVOD market is highly competitive, seasonal, and unlikely to be a winner-takes-all marketplace.
The Telsyte report also said that mobile carrier partnerships will be increasingly important to SVOD service providers to help drive subscriptions, and that one in five broadband users intend to upgrade their fixed broadband due to streaming video.
Less than a month after its launch in Australia, Netflix voiced its regret over signing with iiNet and Optus to allow customers to access its service unmetered. Earlier this year, Vodafone teamed up with Stan to waive the streaming service's monthly fee.
Perth-based Quickflix recorded a first-half net loss of AU$8.6 million in December last year.
Last month, the Australian parliament passed site-blocking legislation that would require ISPs to block piracy sites, in attempt to deter Australians from downloading illegally.
The quick adoption of SVOD services by Australians follows rhetoric from both major parties that while the site-blocking laws are a good set of measures to tackle piracy, the timely availability of affordable content is key.
"When infringing sources of content are disrupted, this disruption will be most effective if Australian consumers have legitimate sources to turn to that provide content at competitive prices, and at the same time that it is available overseas," Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said at the time.
Airways eyes controlling planes from space
US company Aireon planning to launch 66 satellites to cover large area, including NZ
A space-based system would need failsafe plans.
Airways is investigating a new space-based air traffic control system that would supersede radar but says it will keep a land-based backup system.
The state-owned air traffic controller, which suffered what it called an "unprecedented" radar outage last month, has signed an agreement with a United States-based company that plans to launch a cluster of satellites this decade.
Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding with Aireon, which describes itself as the developer of the world's first space-based global air traffic surveillance systems.
Airways chief operating officer Pauline Lamb said Aireon planned to launch 66 satellites that would allow tracking of all aircraft over a huge area, including New Zealand and the Pacific Ocean.
Satellite tracking helps keep watch over aircraft at present in limited areas of New Zealand, in Queenstown and Auckland.
About 90 per cent of aircraft are equipped to communicate with satellites now and this coverage was growing.
"The way we look after oceanic airspace is that we clear aircraft on particular routes and make sure they are separated and periodically aircraft report so we can tell where they are and track them," she said.
With the new technology the low orbit satellites get signals and transmit them, creating the same environment as in the existing land-based system, allowing second by second tracking.
"It would allow us oversight and surveillance over the whole Pacific Ocean and over the islands in particular. From a safety perspective it would be an enhancement and from an efficiency perspective it allows us to reduce the distance between planes over the ocean as well."
Lamb said at present aircraft have to be separated between about 55-100km but this would come down to 16km with satellite tracking.
However, there would need to be failsafe systems in place.
The Air Line Pilots Association represents air traffic controllers and it is "in the main" supportive of the advancement .
"However, it is the land-based system that integrates the data and ultimately displays the information to a controller and that needs to be equally advanced, technologically capable and robust to ensure that there were no failures like the recent one," the association said.
Lamb said the cost of joining the Aireon system would be substantial and other satellite providers were being studied.
The June 23 radar failure investigation is continuing.
Winston Peters leads call for free-to-air rugby
Winston Peters wants state-owned TVNZ to run a free-to-air sports channel covering big events such as All Black Tests.
The NZ First leader says fans who can't afford Sky are being shut out of today's All Blacks-Manu Samoa game.
"It's the same with all New Zealand sport - sports fans must pay for Sky or wait till the match is nearly over to watch," he said.
"It's time to get this sorted out before the Rugby World Cup."
Mr Peters is asking what the point is of having a taxpayer-funded channel that doesn't cover sport.
TVNZ lost live cover of All Black tests to Sky more than a decade ago because it couldn't afford to compete with the commercial channels.
Digital TV Labs to run HbbTV Conformance Lab for Freeview NZ
Freeview NZFreeview New Zealand has appointed Digital TV Labs to run the Conformance Lab for its new FreeviewPlus HbbTV service.
The Bristol-based firm will use its Ligada iSuite for HbbTV test harness.
FreeviewPlus, which shares many similarities with the UK service with which it shares a name, runs a DVB-T service supplemented by on-demand channels, 8-days forward/8-days catch up TV guide and comprehensive search.
“Ensuring interoperability of smart TVs and set-top-boxes with the new advanced HbbTV services in FreeviewPlus is the foundation of a successful service”, said Freeview New Zealand technical manager Tim Diprose. “Digital TV Labs advanced HbbTV capabilities based on Ligada iSuite helps our manufacturer partners to deliver fully compatible products at minimum cost and time.”
Ligada iSuite for HbbTV is widely used across the world. It provides extended coverage for a number of national operator profiles and now has additional test cases to support the FreeviewPlus requirements. Supporting MPEG-DASH adaptive streaming, Digital Rights Management (DRM) and enhanced automation capability to minimise test times, Ligada iSuite for HbbTV has full coverage of HbbTV v1.1, v1.5 and the HbbTV2.0 features of the UK FreeviewPlay profile.
Fiji Govt recommends changes to Media Decree
The government has today recommended for certain changes to the Media Industry Development Decree which would allow foreign companies to own Pay Television stations and also allow cross ownership of only Pay TV.
Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum today tabled a motion in relation to the amendment to the decree.
He says this is purely for Pay TV in the country.
No local content including local news will be allowed to be shown on these Pay TV stations.
Sayed-Khaiyum says Digicel is currently talking to Fijian Holdings Limited to buy Fiji Television Limited’s Pay TV company Sky Pacific.
He says under the current law this cannot be done.
Sayed-Khaiyum says the bill also recommends that the Media Industry Tribunal’s ability to fine journalists be removed. He says journalists will only be liable for apology only for any breaches.
Sayed-Khaiyum says only the publisher, editor or company will be liable for fines as they have more responsibility.
Parliament has passed the motion to be debated tomorrow and it will not go to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
Bills relating to the Fiji Roads Authority, the Land Transport Authority, the Income Tax Act and Workers Compensation will also be debated tomorrow.
Next Step diversifies to ride HD trend
With more television viewers switching to high-definition (HD) services in order to enhance their viwing experience, Next Step is diversifying its business from content provider into platform operator.
It has an ambitious plan to sell 2.25 million set-top boxes for the KU-band satellite-TV market in the next three years.
"HD satellite-TV technology was actually launched internationally seven years ago, but now it is worth it for us to jump into this business, as the prices of HD satellite boxes have become more affordable," Amornphat Chomrat, managing director of Next Step, said yesterday. Under its diversification strategy, the company is partnering with InfoSat - a local satellite-TV manufacturer and distributor - to supply satellite-TV set-top boxes.
The company is also investing Bt5 billion to hire 12 satellite transponders on the US Intelsat satellite under a 10-year contract, as well as spending on new content development and buying.
The project is run under a subsidiary named Freeview HD, which is overseen by Next Step's Philip Heussen, who is assistant to Next Step's managing director.
With a strong distribution network and InfoSat's skilled installers, Next Step targets selling 500,000 Freeview HD set-top boxes in the first year of the venture's operation, and 2.25 million within three years.
Heussen said that free-to-air satellite-based TV penetration in Thailand, mainly via the KU band, amounted to 5.1 million households, representing 23 per cent of the households around the country.
Currently, viewers watch free-TV channels, including digital terrestrial-TV channels, mainly via standard-definition satellite-TV set-top boxes.
"HD content is playing a key role in broadcasting business. Following this trend, the old-technology satellite-TV receivers should be replaced by HD set-top boxes, and this presents a huge opportunity for our company," Heussen explained.
On the Freeview HD platform, customers can watch up to 111 channels, including 40 HD channels, he added.
To comply with the "must-carry" rule, implemented by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, the company will also provide 36 terrestrial-based digital-TV channels, including 10 HD channels as well as top-rated satellite-TV channels.
Next Step expects to break even on its diversification venture within five years. In terms of competition, there are only two key players, Thaicom's DTV and IPM TV, said Heussen.
TrueVisions - the country's leading pay-TV operator - CTH and GMM Z are not direct competitors, as the company is targeting middle-income earners wanting to watch free-TV channels, and not those seeking pay-TV service, he stressed.
In response to this development, Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudhaya, the head of commercial and business development at TrueVisions, yesterday agreed that consumers needed to replace their old satellite set-top boxes with cutting-edge ones.
"Even though the market for satellite-TV receivers in the Kingdom reflects high competition, mainly thanks to the number of local manufacturers and distributors, there is still more room to grow, particularly in the replacement market," he added.
Philippines' DTH market straightened by cable, equipment subsidies
Filipino pay-TV operators will continue to lose money in the next few years, especially in the face of SkyCable's planned direct-to-home (DTH) service, an industry player has told the National Telecommunications Commission.
Philippine Multi-Media System Inc (PMSI), which owns DTH operator DreamTV, says the subscription television industry is already stifled due in part to the quantity of competing cable systems and the subsidies of between PHP1,000 (US$22.19) and P3,000 ($66.57) borne by DTH satellite operators for subscriber hardware to encourage service uptake.
The island nation has an estimated 1.5 million cable TV subscribers and 100,000 DTH subscribers, according to a Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) report dated 2010.
SkyCable, owned by media conglomerate ABS-CBN, is currently the dominant player in the cable market, and hopes to become a major force in the DTH sector to if it is allowed to launch its proposed service in 251 cities and municipalities across the Philippines.
Cignal TV is the current DTH market leader in the country, followed by PMSI's DreamTV and GSat owned by Global Broadcasting and Multi-Media Inc.
However, even the successful Cignal TV, which has been operational since 2009, is not expected to break even for another one or two years and only then if it can reach up to a million subscribers, according to a report in the Manila Times.
"Despite the significant improvements of Cignal's annual losses from P1.8 billion in 2012 to P427 million in 2013, it is yet difficult to foresee a financial recovery of its more than P4 billion investment in the near term, given the declining price preference of the subscribing public while maintaining a high cost of acquisition and after-sales support and maintenance," PMSI is reported as saying.
PMSI's DreamTV accumulated net losses of P1.1 billion between 2009 and 2013, thanks mainly to slow subscriber growth and declining average revenue per user, according to the newspaper.
Based on its projected income statements, SkyCable will start to generate net income in the fifth year of its proposed DTH service, said PMSI.
Getting digital TV channels on the move (Singapore)
Toggle, MediaCorp’s app for accessing free-to-air TV and some of its video-on-demand content (above), gives access to four channels Channel 5, Channel 8, Channel U and Channel NewsAsia.
The Vodoke Fin2 is a USB dongle with a TV tuner that you can plug into a laptop.
InstantTV records free-to-air content on its servers for users to view later, with a lag of only a few seconds. It has access to all content and all seven free-to-air channels (above).
With a USB dongle and an antenna, you can watch TV on a laptop outdoors
While the Media Development Authority (MDA) remains focused mainly on extending digital TV coverage to homes, the signals will spill over eventually into office and commercial buildings, and even to the streets.
Instead of a TV tuner box, you can buy a TV tuner housed in a USB stick which you can plug directly into any free USB port of your PC. The other end of the dongle has a socket to connect to your personal TV antenna. With these USB dongles, you can watch TV on your laptop in your car while waiting to pick up your family, or even on a picnic at the beach.
A USB dongle already in the market is the Vodoke Fin2 USB dongle (US$29 at www.playstaq.com) that I tested on my laptop.
It was easy to set up. I plugged it into a spare USB port on my laptop and connected a tiny antenna to the other end of the dongle. After that, I simply downloaded and installed the software drivers and launched the Playstaq player to start watching TV.
InstantTV records free-to-air content (above) on its servers for users to view later, with a lag of only a few seconds. It has access to all content and all seven free-to-air channels. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT/INSTANTTV
I could access the seven-day electronic programming guide, switch subtitles and also change the aspect ratio of the display to fit nicely on my 16:9 screen.
Toggle is not a full replacement for digital TV because not all the content on these channels is available on it. It is particularly poor on Channel 5, where little of the content aside from that generated locally, can be viewed via the Toggle app.
With Wi-Fi access or a generous mobile data bundle, you can also view free-to-air channels on your smartphone or tablet via two mobile apps - Toggle and InstantTV.
Toggle is MediaCorp's official app for accessing free-to-air TV and some of its video-on-demand content. It gives you access to four such channels - Channel 5, Channel 8, Channel U and Channel NewsAsia - on the fly, but not to the remaining three channels.
It is not a full replacement for digital TV because not all the content on these channels is available on Toggle. It is particularly poor on Channel 5, where little of the content, aside from that generated locally, can be viewed via the Toggle app. The great thing about Toggle, however, is that you can access the Catch-up TV content to view Singapore dramas and documentaries on demand.
With a lag of only a few seconds, InstantTV is as good as watching the channels live. It has access to all content and all seven free-to-air channels.
InstantTV is a much better app for accessing free-to-air channels. Technically, it is not streaming the content live but recording the content on its servers for users to view later, much like a personal video recording service on the cloud.
But with a lag of only a few seconds, it is as good as watching the channels live. InstantTV has access to all content and all seven free- to-air channels.
I have been using it for some time and find the streaming very smooth, even when I am relying on my 3G or 4G mobile connection.
You can also use it to record the entire channel so you don't have to worry about missing anything. Unlike Toggle, InstantTV does not offer video-on-demand content, so it is best used for watching "almost live" TV.
It also offers access to about 20 international channels, including RTM TV1 and TV2, Arirang, NHK World and Kompas TV.
With a lag of only a few seconds, InstantTV is as good as watching the channels live. It has access to all content and all seven free-to-air channels.
Toggle is not a full replacement for digital TV because not all the content on these channels is available on it. It is particularly poor on Channel 5, where little of the content aside from that generated locally, can be viewed via the Toggle app.
(Craig's comment, http://www.toggle.sg/en/ and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.recordtv.recordtv )
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3746 V SR 7120 Gigatel HD ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters Golf, (FTA.)
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3876 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder LFC TV (FTA.)
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Vinasat 1 132.0E Several updates in VTC Digital.
Vinasat 2 131.8E Several updates in CTH.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12410 H "Sky UHD 2"is now encrypted.
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Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Share Channel TV" is back on , Fta.
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Horizons 2 85.0E 11960 H "Fine Living" has started on , encrypted.
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Optus extends satellite service deal with Defence Department
Australian operator Optus has signed an extension to the Optus C1 satellite services contract with the Australian Department of Defence. The deal extends Optus’ current relationship in delivering managed professional satellite services to the Department until 2020. The Optus C1 satellite services contract involves command and control of the Optus C1 Defence payload, and extends the provision of these services through the life of Optus C1.
The extension builds upon Optus’ satellite engagement with the Department since the launch of the Optus C1 satellite in 2003. The Department continues to use its satellite payload and capability on C1 to support its Australian and regional operations.
Presto adds some HD and separately 90+ hrs of BBC docos
Presto has added HD to some of its content, and has separately added nearly 100 hours of BBC TV’s documentaries from July 16.
Presto has announced via its website and its updated 1 July 2015 terms and conditions that some content is now available in HD on some devices.
The specific mention of HD is in this text: “High definition is available on selected Devices and is not available for all content. To view high definition content, you will require an effective line bandwidth of at least 4 Mbps. However, high definition availability varies depending on a number of factors, including but not limited to your location, Device, available bandwidth and/or speed of your internet connection.”
Separately, Presto has also announced that it has licensed a ‘broad range of content’ which comprises of ‘almost 100 hours of acclaimed TV documentaries’ from BBC Worldwide’s Australia and New Zealand division.
Presto TV and Presto Entertainment bundle subscribers will get access to the content from July 16, with the content joining a wealth of content from other providers including HBO, Showtime, 20th Century Fox, CBS Studios International, Viacom International Media Networks and local providers including ABC Commercial, Foxtel and Seven West Media.
Shaun James, formerly described as Director of Presto and On Demand, and now sort-of promoted to ‘Interim CEO’ status said: “The BBC is a prolific producer of high quality documentary programming and we are thrilled to offer our subscribers a terrific selection of their programming which they can stream on demand.”
BBC Worldwide A/NZ’s Head of Digital Sales, Louise Bayles said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Presto to offer viewers access to a diverse range of informative and engaging content from our slate of factual programming.”
Clearly that’s no great surprise, BBC gets more money for its acclaimed content while Presto gets more content for its viewers - presumably at a price Presto was happy to pay.
In any case, Presto clearly assumes viewers will be content with the content, which includes titles such as ‘Brazil with Michael Palin, which explores the rich diversity of cultures that have made Brazil truly unique as he visits small towns, the metropolis of Sao Paulo and the natural beauty of Iguazu Falls; and Michael Palin’s New Europe, which sees him travel to 20 countries that were once behind the Iron Curtain to see what life is like now.’
Another famous Brit is Stephen Fry, whose series ‘Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill’ and ‘Fry’s Planet World’ are also on offer.
There’s also Australia with Simon Reeve, Joanna Lumley The Quest for Noah’s Ark and an African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby, as well as 18 of the best documentaries from Louis Theroux, including Gambling in Las Vegas, The Most Hated Family in America, and The Miami Mega-Jail.
Other documentary content includes The Men Who Made Us Thin, My Tattoo Addiction, and biographies featuring Steve Jobs Billion Dollar Hippie, Mark Zuckerberg Inside Facebook, All Apologies: Kurt Cobain and Leonardo Inside the Mind of a Genius and scientific journeys such as, Orbit Earth’s Extraordinary Journey, Origins of Us and Inside the Human Body.
Presto promises this selection of BBC documentaries is but a ‘glimpse of what Presto is bringing to enlighten subscribers of all interests.’
Binge watching is making television better, say Australian TV writers
Netflix releases whole seasons of House of Cards on one day, a release strategy known as stacking.
Australian script writers and television stations know that we love to binge on shows. So they have started writing scripts to cater for bingers and are even releasing whole series at a time.
This week the ABC will release all eight episodes of Glitch as soon as the premiere ends. That will get you through to about 4.30am. And then you have to wait until they make the next season.
Because bingers devour complex and challenging dramas, writers are responding by creating better shows, says Greg Waters, who has been a writer and script producer for Australian television since 2003, working on shows such as Stingers, Dance Academy, and Paper Giants. These days writers can rely on the audience to really concentrate.
Sure you could record TV shows on a VCR, but had to get the timing right and could only store a couple of episodes on each cassette.
"Now you really have a lot more stories that arc over ten episodes or 13 episodes following a continuous story for the length of a series rather than having a weekly thing. And that is very much a result of the box set, binge watching and catch-up audiences," Waters explains.
Another benefit of repeat viewing is that he can add clues, jokes, and stories into early episodes that will only make sense the second time around. The downside is more scrutiny. "If there is any logic gaps [viewers] will go back and they will catch you out," Waters says.
Asked whether bingeing insults months of script writing and production, Waters says "absolutely not". Turns out he loves when people binge on his shows because it means the series captured their imagination.
Sounds like binge viewing is the modern equivalent of a page-turner.
A survey of 12,000 people in the United States recently that found 92 per cent were bingeing on television shows at some point, with binge watching defined as watching three or more episodes in one day. The primary reason was catching up on a weekly show or a series they only heard about after the first screening. About 30 per cent said they waited until a whole series was available then watched every episode in one sitting, according to TiVo. People are shifting their television viewing into large blocks at the most suitable time.
It wasn't until trialling Netflix for the first time that I understood warnings about the dangerous undertow of binge watching people stuck on the couch for hours getting dragged into the next episode against their better judgement.
If you haven't noticed already, the problem is Netflix automatically plays the next episode of a TV series just seconds after the previous one has finished. You don't even have to watch all the credits. It actually takes less effort to watch the next show than to pick up the remote control and stop it.
Binge watching is increasing, according to people who both create and provide television series. Streaming services like Stan, Quickflix, ABC's iView and Foxtel have special sections for bingeing, and script writers say they cater to bingers by writing more complex and challenging storylines.
Chief executive of Australian internet-based Fetch TV, Scott Lorson, says "there is no question that binge-viewing has become mainstream. We are seeing it across all demographics and all hours of the day".
His customers watch an average 45 hours of shows recorded from pay television and free-to-air every month. The majority on the same night the show airs. He knows they love to watch whole series ad-free as soon as the full series is released, a tactic known as 'stacking', but says the practice of releasing series in bulk is only now used by media that does not rely on advertising revenue, such as Netflix and Amazon.
"The question is whether [stacking] is a commercial model that works for traditional media companies. It will require quite an evolution before it becomes a more commonplace release strategy," Lorson says.
Although bingeing is increasing, appointment viewing is far from dead, according to the director of content and programming at Foxtel, Ross Crowley.
"I think you underestimate the social value of entertainment," he says, adding that fans love watching shows together and dissecting for days afterwards. They also enjoy waiting for the next episode.
"We all think we would love Christmas every day, but if we have Christmas every day it would be boring. We all think we want the binge, but actually we all enjoy the anticipation".
Even though Foxtel released the whole season of Netflix's House of Cards in one day it got "far more viewers" when it screened episodes weekly, Crowley adds. He says Australia's good climate discourages binge viewing, but Foxtel does see spikes when the weather is bad.
While internet streaming allows us to binge on brand new series, bingeing really started with DVD box sets. Television tragics were even doing it before DVDs. TV critic Josh Kinal says he went to great lengths to record an entire season of The Sopranos when it first aired in the late 1990s.
"I had to have a very complicated system of video cassettes, timers, and maybe even a second VCR. The Sopranos cost me a lot of money in the end," Kinal says.
He regularly rewatches favourite series and enjoys bingeing because it feels excessive and irresponsible, particularly to someone who grew up waiting for weekly episodes to air. It allows him to analyse characters and dissect high quality shows in a way that isn't possible when watching one episode at a time, says Kinal, who has been reviewing television since 1996. On the downside, bingers waste time on the couch, do not savour each episode and can't debrief with friends between shows.
US comedy series Portlandia captured the downsides to bingeing in a 2012 episode, when characters Doug and Claire lose their social life and jobs to a sci-fi series. After finishing all available series, they set out looking for the creator to ask him to write more episodes.
Indonesia's Telkom to build USD 200 mln satellite - report
Indonesian operator Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has floated a tender to build a satellite worth USD 200 million, writes Investor Daily, citing Telkom's director of network, information technology & solution, Abdus Somad Arief. The satellite is scheduled for launch in 2018, Reuters reports. "With this new expansion we hope to support a number of our existing business lines like regular TV consumers and corporate customers," Arief said.
Euronews Extends Agreement with CTH in Thailand
CTH subscribers can have 24/7 access to the English service of Euronews on both ZIPtv (IPTV) and CTH Everywhere
Euronews reinforces its position on the Thai audiovisual market, thanks to an important extension of its distribution agreement with one of the major operators in the country, CTH.
Broadcast since last year via cable and satellite, the agreement includes the availability of Euronews on the CTH mobile app, on iOS and Android. The recently launched app counts more than 65,000 downloads.
Moreover, CTH subscribers can have 24/7 access to the English service of Euronews on both ZIPtv (IPTV) and CTH Everywhere (mobile application).
Arnaud Verlhac, Worldwide Distribution Director of Euronews said: “Thanks to our agreement in 2014, we immediately reached one million new households. It was a strong success for Euronews in Thailand. I’m thrilled that a couple months later, CTH chose the channel again and makes it available on its wide range of offers (cable, DTH, IPTV and mobile)”.
Sabrina Mimouni, Regional Distribution Manager Asia-Pacific added: “In Thailand, more people watch TV on their mobile devices than on TV screens. It was crucial to join the CTH mobile app. We are proud to announce that Euronews’ launch on the app has been a great success with more than 65,000 downloads”.|
Thailand: “Only a few digital TV stations will survive”
A worrying report in Sunday’s ‘Bangkok Post’ newspaper suggests that not all is well with the newly-launched digital TV system. The report concludes that “only a few digital TV operators of the 24 who launched are expected to survive” and already some broadcasters are adjusting their previous business models to attempt to stay ahead.
The market has hard experience of the risks involved with Thai TV already deciding not to take up digital licences, and facing fines and prohibitions as a consequence.
The newspaper quotes Pornpan Techrungchaikul, COO of Thai entertainment company RS Plc. The potential survivors will be operators who can make a return on investment within two or three years, adding: “The TV market is shaking itself up and will have a balance shortly.”
She believes the other digital channels will continue to fight by several means: adjusting strategy, adding attractive programmes, securing financial partners. Six or so of the 14 variety channels (including both high and standard definition) will thrive in the digital TV arena, Pornpan predicts. The rest won’t necessarily go out of business, but some will struggle with profitability.
Chinese earth station is for exclusively scientific and civilian purposes
The research station will also benefit Argentina's space program, which will have access to the facility's space antenna.
The Chinese earth station being built in Argentina's southern Patagonian region is for "exclusively scientific and civilian purposes," said the Argentine government, according to local media Monday. The Ministry of Federal Planning issued a communique late Sunday that condemned a TV news program about the station in Neuquen province.
The program, which aired Sunday evening on Channel 13, owned by Argentine media group Clarin, claimed secret clauses in the bilateral agreement between the two nations could lead to the station being used for military purposes. "There are no reserved or secret clauses and everything agreed to ... has been approved by the National Congress," the ministry said.
The lengthy communique contained a total of seven points, each refuting a claim made by the program or explaining the station's "exclusively scientific and civilian purposes."
"The agreement signed with China is similar to that signed with the European Space Agency," which operates a deep-space exploration facility in Argentina's Mendoza province, the ministry said. "Nevertheless, the Clarin Group insists on raising baseless suspicions around the agreement with China."
The research station will also benefit Argentina's space program, which will have access to the facility's space antenna, the government has said. In an interview with Xinhua, Neuquen Governor Jorge Sapag spotlighted the project's peaceful purposes and advantages.
"We're talking about an almost 50 million-dollar investment in Neuquen province" that will create more than 400 jobs and promote the economic, technological and educational development of the local community, he said. "It's not true that the program has military or security purposes," he added.
The facility, part of China's Lunar Exploration Program, will feature "a space antenna ... for peaceful and scientific ends, for remote monitoring of Chinese spaceships," said Sapag. He explained that the location, which is geographically diametrically opposite China, allows Chinese scientists to follow their spaceships.
The bilateral agreement between Argentina and China was signed in April 2014.
Fuji TV in 4K online first
Japanese broadcaster Fuji Television Network has begun streaming 4K ultra-HD programmes online, becoming the first commercial broadcaster in the country to offer such a service.
The service launched with a documentary based on Hashima Island, also known as ‘Battleship Island’, and a programme introducing illuminated spots in Tokyo. Fuji TV says it will soon screen a drama it jointly produced with China.
The programmes can be viewed on Fuji Television’s paid video-streaming service Fuji TV on Demand by computers equipped with 4K displays, but not on smartphones.
ISRO to launch five British satellite from SDSC on July 10
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its heaviest ever commercial mission as it will launch five British satellites, weighing around 1440 kg from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota on July 10.
“Indian scientists successfully completed the difficult task of mounting the heavy weights on PolarSatellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV),” stated the ISRO chief Dr K Radhakrishnan.
There are three identical DMC3 optical Earth observation satellites and two auxiliary satellites, CBNT-1 which is a technology demonstrator Earth observation microsatellite and De-OrbitSail a technology demonstrator nanosatellite, to be launched on Friday.
DMC3 satellites are 3 metre tall and weigh 447 kg each. CBNT-1 weighs 91 kg and nanosatellite De-OrbitSail built by Surrey Space Centre weighs 7 kg. These satellites will help monitoring any surface on Earth and can uidentify resources, watch urban development and monitor disasters, reports tecake.com
France’s SPOT 7 satellite, which weighed 714kg, launched on June 30 last year, was the heaviest foreign satellite carried by PSLV until now.
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Sunday, Asiasat 5 feed log
3636 H SR 7199 wuxi2 Chinese Dance Performance, (FTA.)
3755 V SR 7500 Service 1 Malaysia Super League Soccer - TER vs SAR, (FTA.)
3908 H SR 7199 $FISU WF1 ($Scrambled.)
3876 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder SPURS TV - TOT vs SWA, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7069 WARD SNG Motor Bikes from SUZUKA Circuit, (FTA.)
3733 V SR 7199 ERICSSON GIFC vs ANFC - Singapore Soccer, (FTA.)
3915 H SR 19199 $FISU WF1 $FISU WF2 $FISU WF3 (all 3 feeds - $Scrambled.)
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JCSAT 4B 124.0E EWTN Pacific Rim has replaced TV 5 Monde Asia on 12650 H, Nagravision.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12370 H "C'Time has replaced Business & TV" on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 11747 L "CJ O Shopping +" has started on, encrypted.
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Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Grand Prix Channel" is Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4129 V "BTV" is Fta.
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东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段，J-Golf、Arirang（韩国）等频道新增，设置12390 V 26700参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，2015 Pacific Game、ABC+等替换RT（MPEG-4）等频道，设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段，VTV 1、VTV 2（越南）等全组频道改频率，设置3590 V 19200参数部分免费接收。 [7月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，电影台、i-Movies（泰国）等频道加密，设置12272 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，Comedy Central（高清）频道加密，设置3780 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，Comedy Central（高清）频道加密，设置3780 H 30000参数有条件接收。[07-05]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段，National Assembly、OUN（韩国）频道重现，设置12450 H 27489参数免费接收。[07-04]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，Haari Music替换Nabawi TV（Skynindo）频道，设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-04]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段，NTV(+2h)、TNT(+2)（俄罗斯）等3个频道新增，设置12718 H 27500参数部分免费接收。[07-04]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段，NTV(+2)、Dozhd TV（俄罗斯）等5个频道消失，设置12718 V 27500参数无效接收。[07-04]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Rishtey（MPEG-4）频道加密，设置3990 H 4000参数有条件接收。[07-04]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，J Movie（MPEG-4）等全组频道加密，设置4130 V 10369参数有条件接收。 [7月4日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段，National Assembly、OUN（韩国）频道消失，设置12450 H 27489参数无效接收。 [7月4日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段，Enysey TV（俄罗斯）频道新增，设置12718 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段，Grand Prix Channel（泰国）频道解密，设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段，TV Parliament（泰国）频道新增，设置3920 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月4日]
Online TV innovation like Global Mode stifled by big broadcasters legal action
It was a cracking game of Rugby last Saturday at the cake tin in Wellington.
The Hurricanes displayed astounding skill in ball control and passing, pummelling the Brumbies to deliver a 29-9 victory in the Super Rugby final.
I'm no rugby head but I enjoy an epic game and when it's your home team and they've bounced back from the dunny of despair to the tower of triumph, it's hard not to feel proud.
Hurricanes fly-half Beauden "Beaudy" Barrett was typically low key about the win saying it was about doing the simple things well, with a lot of catch and pass, and playing to the rules.
Playing to the rules is as critical in business as it is in sport if you want sustainable success.
In the primordial soup of the internet it's particularly pertinent as creative chaos kills old businesses and invents new ones overnight.
Internet Service Provider Callplus was one such company, with its Global Mode (developed by New Zealand Firm Bypass Network Services) allowing locals to consume overseas content or sign up to overseas services, without giving the appearance of being in New Zealand.
So rather than being restricted to the fully priced local offerings of the likes of Sky, Lightbox and Quikflix; they can access the full library of the likes of Netflix and at a competitive price.
Unsurprisingly the local broadcasters including TVNZ, Mediaworks, Sky and Lightbox/Spark saw their business model about to be savaged by this innovative new development and took legal action.
Initially CallPlus stood strong against this challenge, telling the broadcasters that they would see them in court and positioning themselves as defenders of a free internet.
But then last week they flip-flopped and reached an out-of-court settlement with its challengers that results in the removal of Global Mode and the dropping of legal action.
There's a pretty good chance that this 180 in direction is the result of the planned acquisition of CallPlus by Australian telco M2.
As part of any due diligence a seller must disclose any outstanding legal actions and the likely event.
The buyer would have taken one look at the line-up of deep-pocketed media firms and an untested piece of law, and probably had a very sharp intake of breath.
While the economics make sense for CallPlus shareholders especially if they pocketed a few million to shut up and away it's a bad call for the plethora of existing and future web businesses in New Zealand.
By not testing Global Mode in court no one knows where the buck stops in terms of local copyright holders seeking to prevent global content being accessed.
Potentially it leaves the door open for local broadcasters to go to an ISP if they believe you are accessing overseas content and demand they disclose which sites you have been visiting.
Depending on your DNS settings this can include enough data to get around the virtual private networks (VPNs) which are the vehicle of choice for those wanting to mask their location.
Across the ditch in Australia the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill is edging closer to law.
When it passes copyright holders will have the power to have websites blocked if they believe they are providing copyrighted material.
In the absence of a Global Mode precedent, there is now an opportunity to plot a similar path here in terms of copyright legislation.
The web is about breaking rules, disintermediating and redoing business.
It's the perfect birthplace for innovation so it's a crying shame that the content owners apply their energies to preventing innovation rather than harnessing the new digital opportunities.
It's bad for business and bad for an innovation led economy.
While things remain as clear as mud in the business world across in the consumer world things are about to get a whole lot clearer with the passing of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill.
Once it in force those who post a harmful digital communication will face fines of up to $50,000 and up to two years jail.
A new government sanctioned "approved agency" will sort out troublemakers on behalf of victims and if they can't fix it then complaints can be referred to a District Court judge.
The new law also puts a line in the sand for all content hosts and venues who provide forums for user generated content whether its Stuff, Trade Me or Neighbourly.
Until now hosts could be sued by those who felt they had been defamed online.
The new law includes a "safe harbour" provision for websites who choose to opt in.
Such websites will now have 48 hours to respond to a formal takedown notice issued by the "approved agency".
The new law doesn't solve all the challenges for consumers online and it doesn't preclude stupidity, but it's a pretty useful start.
And I'm guessing that like the creation of the Spam Act several years ago, it will have more positive impact than people expect. It will also throw into sharp relief the lack of equivalents in the business world.
Playing on a clearly marked field with agreed rules is a vital part of the Hurricanes winning strategy. Until such time that the same sort of clarity is provided in the business world a bunch of innovation is going to be put on hold.
Mike "MOD" O'Donnell is a professional director and international growth manager. His Twitter handle is @modsta and he's normally not that good with rules.
Times Network launches English movie channel MN+
The recently rebranded Times Network is all set to strengthen its English movie bouquet. The network, in a bid to attract the niche English movie fans has announced the launch of a new English movie channel, MN+. The channel will be available from 1 July 2015.
Times Network senior vice president and head English entertainment Cluster Vivek Srivastava said, "We are delighted to launch MN+ today. The channel has been hand-crafted for not just the informed, intelligent and discerning movie lovers, but indeed for the cineastes as well. MN+ is an all new English channel experience that will showcase must-watch movies in HD - movies that are universally celebrated and debated. It will offer an experience that will make every moment valuable for the viewer, and thereby give them the Gold Class Experience of Hollywood." (As quoted by indiantelevision.com)
The new channel will sell slots at a premier rate, having limited advertisements. "We will try to restrict it to six minutes so that our viewers have a classic movie watching experience," added Srivastava.
The MN+ library comprises over 1500 movies across genres that are universally celebrated and are discussed extensively in social gatherings of people who have an opinion. The channel will not only showcase great titles, but will also package them in interesting on-air properties like Center Stage, Great Adaptations, Opening Night and Hollywood Select, among others. All the special packaging will observe higher ad rate compared to regular programming.
Sharing more information on the core target of the channel, Srivastava said, "MN+ is for those premium audiences that have the temperament to be choosy about what life has to offer and have evolved to value only the best. Our target audience member is a focused individual who, by virtue of his intelligence and sensitivity, has time and ability to appreciate only the best that life has to offer. A person who seeks to fill moments of his leisure time with the greatest value."
"The MN+ extension of the Movies Now English movies offering comes at a time when viewers across our markets have responded extremely positively to the Movies Now brand. The rapidly growing reach and ratings of Movies Now over the past year bears testimony to this," Srivastava asserted.
Famous Innovation orchestrated the creatives while the Network's internal team has done the packaging.
Speaking about advertiser endorsement, he said, "Not just viewer delight, we are also pleased and humbled by the strong and enthusiastic response from advertisers and marketers. Over the past year almost all the major brands have been present on Movies Now and we are increasing that count every day."
Srivastava is confident that MN+ will add immensely to viewer and advertiser numbers and delight. "India is on a high aspirational curve and TV audiences across markets are familiar with the best of international world-class entertainment. The implementation of DAS in phase III and IV markets will push the envelope for world class content even further, and I am confident our English cluster entertainment offerings will be in the forefront of the growth curve."
The Network will mark the launch with aggressive marketing across all mediums. Considering the rapid emergence of digital, 25 per cent of the marketing budget will be spent on digital media platforms.
Sunday, no update
Saturday, no update
Dish TV have launched their new Freeview (HBBTV) satellite receiver
More info on it here
The S8200 is a myFreeview Satellite certified recorder. With built in Wi-Fi and internal 1 TB Hard Drive, this dual tuner receiver allows you to record programs to watch later. Record two channels while watching a third, . Features: •myFreeview Satellite Dual Tuner Recorder
•Built in 1 TB Hard Drive (approx. 500 hours recording)
•7 Day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
•Pause, Rewind & Record Live TV*
•Record two channels at the same time, while watching a recording a third*
•Series Linking (record an entire season)
•Enjoy 1080p Upscaling TV
•Watch all Freeview Satellite TV channels and Radio stations
•Automatic Updates via Network
•Easy to Install
•Built-In Manual for up to date help and support.
•Subtitles and Audio Descriptions available via a push of a button
Dish Blight, how dare they say such things!!
From my Email
From the Dish
Measat 3 91.5E The Indonesia Channel has started on 3880 V, Irdeto.
From asiatvro site
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，MTV（中国）测试频道解密，设置3780 H 30000参数免费接收。[07-03]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段，REN TV、Mir（俄罗斯）等全组频道消失，设置4137 L 15280参数无效接收。[07-03]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段，Rossiya 1(0h)、5 Kanal(0h)（俄罗斯）等全组频道消失，设置4127 R 32088参数无效接收。[07-03]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段，Rossiya 24、OTR（俄罗斯）等全组频道消失，设置4101 L 14940参数无效接收。[07-03]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段，TV Kostroma替换TRK Rus（俄罗斯）频道，设置3751 R 3230参数免费接收。[07-03]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，Asia Travel频道国家地理（Skynindo）新增，设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-03]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，Z Bioskop替换国家地理野生（Skynindo）频道，设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月3日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，Film World（kynindo）频道新增，设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段，国家地理野生、Sky News（CTH）频道新增，设置11670 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，Show、Party（泰国）等5个频道新增，设置12272 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段，The Africa Channel（GlobeCast）频道重现，设置3920 V 29720参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Perviy Kanal(+4h)、THT(+2h)（俄罗斯）频道消失，设置11793 V 43200参数无效接收。[07-02]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，SDC HD-Malaysia（印度）频道解密，设置3990 H 4000参数免费接收。[07-02]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段，Star Sports HD 1替换Ten HD（高清）频道，设置11550 V 28800参数有条件接收。[07-02]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段，Bloomberg HD（高清）频道新增，设置11568 H 20000参数有条件接收。[07-02]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段，3 HD、TV 5 HD（泰国）等全组频道消失，设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。[07-02]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段，Bloomberg（菲律宾）频道新增，设置11510 H 20000参数有条件接收。[07-02]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段，国家地理悠人、CTH WWE（CTH）等3个频道新增，设置11590 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段，Smile（CTH）频道加密，设置11590 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，电影台、i-Movies（泰国）等频道新增，设置12272 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
FreeviewPlus finds its feet
After a tumultuous first year, Australia's FreeviewPlus catch-up TV service is slowly finding its feet.
It's 12 months since SBS jumped the gun and launched Australia's first FreeviewPlus app designed to stream shows you've missed to the latest generation of internet-enabled smart TVs. The cross-network catch-up TV service is gradually finding its way into more Australian lounge rooms, but tensions remain high between the networks as well as with the TV makers.
FreeviewPlus is a collection of six smart TV apps, one for each of the five major free-to-air networks and a sixth app offering a cross-network onscreen TV guide. You can launch the apps with a single button press, then scroll back through the guide to find shows you've missed and watch them streamed from the internet.
Designed to stave off competition from Foxtel and subscription services like Netflix, FreeviewPlus is the only service to offer free catch-up TV from all five major networks. You won't find every show on television but the catch-up library is growing, from local productions MasterChef and Home and Away to foreign blockbusters Homeland and The Big Bang Theory.
SBS recently made headlines by withdrawing from the Freeview consortium, but talk of banishing the network from the FreeviewPlus onscreen guide has not come to pass. Despite reported threats, it's not possible for Freeview to disable SBS' FreeviewPlus app or pull the network from the airwaves.
Negotiations continue to bring SBS back into the fold but, even allowing for this conflict, FreeviewPlus is a rare show of solidarity between Australia's ever-squabbling free-to-air broadcasters. Yet despite their efforts, FreeviewPlus is still only available in five per cent of Australian homes. At the official launch last September, ten weeks after SBS jumped the gun, Freeview chief executive Liz Ross predict that FreeviewPlus would be in 10 per cent of homes by this September leaving the service only two months to make up a lot of ground.
So what's holding back FreeviewPlus? The fault doesn't lie with the technology. FreeviewPlus is based on the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) smart TV standard, which is taking off in Europe and is about to launch in New Zealand. While Australia's FreeviewPlus deployment had teething problems, and was delayed several times, it has won praise overseas, winning Best Enhanced TV Service at the International Interactive TV Awards in Paris.
FreeviewPus is hampered In part by the fact that Australia's television networks are more interested in spruiking their new all-you-can-eat subscription video services, launched to combat local pioneer Quickflix and foreign raider Netflix.
This year, the Nine Network has teamed up with Fairfax Media (publisher of this newspaper) to launch subscription video service Stan. Meanwhile, Seven has partnered with Foxtel to back Presto. Foxtel recently bought a slice of the Ten Network, raising the possibility of Ten throwing in its lot with Presto. These new streaming services are gradually coming to smart TVs and other home entertainment devices.
The subscription TV war might be pushing FreeviewPlus out of the headlines, but most of the blame for its slow take up lies with Freeview's heavy-handed negotiations with the TV makers. It's recently changed tack in an effort to get FreeviewPlus into more Australian lounge rooms, but it may be too little, too late.
HbbTV is an open standard that can be built into any internet-enabled television, video recorder or set-top box. Freeview can't stop manufacturers offering the FreeviewPlus apps, but if they want to display the official FreeviewPlus logo they must abide by Freeview's rules regarding ad-skipping and fast-forward speeds. There's also a FreeviewPlus certification process to ensure the apps behave as expected.
A small market like Australia doesn't have a lot of negotiating power when it comes to dealing with international home entertainment giants, so many chose to ignore FreeviewPlus certification rather than jump through Freeview's hoops. At the launch last year only a handful of televisions from Sony and LG carried the FreeviewPlus logo. Minor players Hitachi and Bauhn came on board earlier this year, with Samsung recently joining them.
Panasonic was expected to be a high-profile FreeviewPlus launch partner but it failed to strike a deal with Freeview. That hasn't stopped Panasonic releasing HbbTV-compatible televisions supporting all the new apps. You just won't see FreeviewPlus written anywhere on the box, not until Panasonic and Freeview settle their differences.
Meanwhile, Freeview's nemesis IceTV is adding HbbTV to its new Skippa personal video recorder which is designed to automatically skip the ad breaks ensuring it will never get the official FreeviewPlus stamp of approval.
Until now you've needed to buy an expensive new smart TV in order to get a FreeviewPlus-certified device. The barrier to entry recently dropped with the launch of DishTV's $149 aerialBox T2100 Australia's first FreeviewPlus-certified digital set-top box. DishTV's dual-tuner aerialbox T2200 personal video recorder will soon hit the shelves, relying on the FreeviewPlus guide to schedule recordings.
Freeview is working with Humax, Topfield, Altech and others to launch more FreeviewPlus-compatible PVRs in the next few months. To win over more manufacturers, it has relaxed its restrictions on the skip button, from a minimum of 10 minutes to only three minutes. This means that viewers can skip around seven advertisements with a single tap.
While not endorsing the 30-second skip feature offered by some PVRs, the change is still a significant back-down by Freeview, which has stuck to its guns for seven years on the issue of ad-skipping.
In theory, this new generation of FreeviewPlus-compatible recorders should be some of Australia's most reliable PVRs. FreeviewPlus polishes the hotch potch program guide embedded in the broadcast signal by the networks standardising program titles and including to-the-minute accurate start times which are updated every few hours. Compatible recorders can also add "post-padding" to allow for late starts, as well as check extra data embedded in the broadcast signal.
But in reality the new FreeviewPlus recorders can still leave you in the lurch, due to the fact that the networks deliberately ignore their own schedules in an effort to thwart their rivals. Here, the broadcasters still show their true colours putting network rivalry ahead of viewers. Treating loyal free-to-air viewers with contempt seems like a short-sighted strategy when you're trying to win their attention away from pay TV and the internet.
Brightcove’s bright future for New Zealand’s HbbTV FreeviewPlus
Brightcove’s bright future for New Zealand’s HbbTV FreeviewPlus
One of Brightcove’s bright ideas has been the development of a cloud-based HbbTV solution, with its technology powering HbbTV in New Zealand.
New Zealand is not only the land of the long white cloud, it is now the land of the long white cloud video service, with the three leading New Zealand free-to-air TV broadcasters adopting Brightcove’s HbbTV technology.
Promising the combination of free-to-air broadcasts with on-demand online content which delivers to audiences a ‘new, interactive viewing experience’, New Zealand is now one of more than 22 countries to have adopted the HbbTV standard.
Called FreeviewPlus, this service also exists in Australia, and while there has been a lot of hoopla about it, you have to buy a new set-top box or TV that supports it, you can’t skip ads (in Australia at least for recorded content) and it seems to benefit broadcasters more than consumers.
That said, it is still cutting-edge legal TV technology, with NZ’s TVNZ, Mediaworks and Maori TV now offering HbbTV to more than 3.6 million viewers in the country - if, of course, they have an HbbTV capable device.
Mark Blair, Brightcove’s VP for Asia Pacific said: “HbbTV is the future of free-to-air broadcast television not only in New Zealand but worldwide, because of the amazing viewing experience that combines over-the-air TV with on-demand.”
To that, we’d probably say that companies like Netflix might argue differently by suggesting free-to-air’s days of relevance are ultimately numbered, but let’s get back to Blair’s words rather than mine and the hyperbolic ones I’m putting into the mouth of companies like Netflix.
Blair continued, stating: “Brightcove is recognised for its expertise in HbbTV deployment, so whether it’s TVNZ, Māori TV, Mediaworks, or others, broadcasters turn to Brightcove for technical solutions, global capability, and a proven track record. This latest deployment in New Zealand follows on previous successes that include powering the HbbTV experience for every commercial free-to-air broadcaster in Australia.”
Pushing back against the rising SVOD tide, Brightcove’s media release reminds us that, as of December 2014 last year, there were already around 20 million ‘television devices’ that were compatible with HbbTV technology worldwide.
Not only does HbbTV give broadcasters the ability to ‘seamlessly stream ondemand content with a consistent user experience,’ it also lets them ‘gain valuable insights into audience viewing analytics and monetise video content.’
Making clear the benefits of a FreeviewPlus-compatible TV set or set-top box, Brightcove says that New Zealanders taking up the service ‘will be able to access more than 600 on-demand shows and movies, view a TV guide across multiple channels both eight days forward and backward for catch up on demand content, and have the ability to search content by genre and title.’
James Foden, TVNZ’s GM on OnDemand said: “FreeviewPlus gives viewers the best of both worlds access to broadcast television and the freedom of our OnDemand service. Brightcove’s solution has helped enable us to get FreeviewPlus up and running quickly and smoothly.”
Not to be left out, Mediaworks’ CIO and Product Officer, Tom Cotter said: “We selected Brightcove, along with our broadcast partners, in order to ensure our viewers have a consistent experience across all platforms. Two of our key goals with FreeviewPlus were to deliver an engaging experience and an easy-to-use platform, and Brightcove’s video solutions are the essential foundation.”
Finally, Maori TV’s Head of Multi-Platform, Stephen Smith puts his best nose forward and states: “With the three major free-to-air broadcasters banding together to bring HbbTV to New Zealanders, we wanted to deliver a consistent, seamless experience to viewers across the country. After evaluating the requirements, it was clear that Brightcove’s people and technology were the right choice.”
So, while history will ultimately tell just how successful HbbTV ends up being compared to legal and illegal SVOD, download and on-line catch-up TV services, New Zealand’s Shakesperian question over whether to be or to Hbb has finally been answered.
(Craig's comment, don't rush out and buy a new STB or tv, many tv's released in the last 3 or 4 years have HBB support already. It just needs the manufacturer to enable it in the firmware)
Hills secures deal with Foxtel
Satellite systems and equipment provider Hills has sealed a deal to continue to supply satellite dishes and consumables to entertainment company Foxtel.
The contract to supply Foxtel in the Australian market started at the beginning of July.
As well as satellite dishes, Hills will provide Foxtel with other equipment including cables and connectors.
Leanne Francis, Head of Hills Communication and Satellite business, said the deal reflected Hills strong reputation in the communication business.
“Hills has the skills and experience to be a supplier of choice for companies like Foxtel.
“We are proud to partner with a world entertainment leader to provide high quality broadcast options for people around Australia.
FBC celebrates 61st birthday
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (second right) joins his staff members in the cake cutting ceremony during their 61st birthday celebrations in Suva on Wednesday.
THE Fiji Broadcasting Corporation celebrated their 61st birthday at the FBC foyer in Suva on Wednesday.
"We celebrate FBC's birthday and another milestone in terms of TV, radio and our reach which has managed to drive the standard of broadcast and news institution and setting new benchmarks on a weekly and monthly basis," FBC CEO Mr Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said.
He explained FBC was aware of what they had done right and also what they had done wrong and the co-operation would always improve in areas where they fell short.
The young and dynamic staff of FBC have kept the kettle boiling on entertainment which has resulted in more viewership on FBC TV and more listeners through radio stations which increased the established fan base to 71 per cent from 69 per cent.
FBC will also be the first to air the first tri-lingual program in the world while other television stations are still in the pilot stages of accomplishing such a remarkable milestone for viewers.
With explosive programs and energetic hosts for both television and radio Mr Sayed-Khaiyum stated: "If I wasn't having fun, I wouldn't be doing this.
"We toss an idea around, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but we still try, try and try!
"Even though we're the best we can do better and to the staff I don't say this as often as I should, thank you from the bottom of my heart," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
"Looking forward to another 61 years of success."
NBTC sued for alleged failure to expand digital TV coverages as it stated
BANGKOK: Thai TV yesterday filed legal action against the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications (NBTC) demanding compensation of over 700 million baht for the damages caused to the company from the regulator’s failure to expand digital TV coverages under its plan.
The company’s lawyer Suchart Chomkul brought the case to the Administrative Court accusing the NBTC’s board for not following its digital TV network expansion plan as it has stated in inviting investors to bid for the digital TV licences.
The delay in digital TV coverages has resulted in audiences in many parts of the country still could not view digital TV broadcast. Besides inefficient distribution of the 690 baht digital TV coupons, slow network infrastructure construction have also worsened the digital TV business.
The company asked the court to issue an injunction that will allow Thai TV not to pay the second instalment of 280 million baht as licence to the NBTC.
In the injunction it is seeking from the court, Thai TV also said NBTC must return its paid 375 million baht first instalment plus 7.5% interest, must return 16 cheques placed as bank guarantees for its two digital TV licences.
It also asks the court to scrap the NBTC’s announcement that ordered the company to pay licence fee annually.
Earlier on the same day, Khaosod reported that redshirt TV channel Peace TV also filed the lawsuit at the Administrative Court suing the state media regulator for 15 million baht in damages for “illegally” shutting down its channel two months ago.
The company’s lawyer Thanadet Puangpoon said the shutdown was unlawful, and cited the backing of Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which has called the shutdown an excessive punishment and intrusion on free speech.
He said the company would like the NBTC to compensate it for 15 million baht, because throughout the two-month long shutdown, the company has accumulated 7.5 million baht in damages per month for not airing the programmes.
He asked the court to issue an injunction that would allow Peace TV to operate normally until a verdict is reached.
Although the station was formally shut down on 30 April, Peace TV has continued to news shows and programs on the station’s official YouTube channel.
Singtel Expands Channel Offering
SINGAPORE: Singaporean IPTV platform Singtel TV has added 18 channels to its lineup, including the Discovery Networks Asia Pacific factual portfolio, ITV Choice and a number of services from India and the Philippines.
Singtel TV has eight Discovery channels on offer, with seven in HD: Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Discovery HD World, Discovery Science, DMAX, Eve and TLC. “For close to 20 years, Discovery has informed and entertained Singapore viewers with the highest quality content about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement," said Enrique R. Martinez, acting president and managing director of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific. "We are thrilled that the full suite of Discovery factual entertainment channels is now available to Singtel TV customers. The timing of the launch is perfect as we are rolling out an exciting slate of content and a whole host of fun-filled activities which are part of the SG50 celebrations."
In related news, Discovery has renewed its carriage deal with cable operator StarHub. "Since the launch of Discovery Channel on StarHub TV 20 years ago, StarHub’s carriage of the Discovery portfolio has grown from one channel to a bouquet of eleven," the companies said in a joint statement. "From compelling factual content that informs and inspires to the excitement of live sporting events, we are dedicated to nourishing the ever-increasing appetite of StarHub’s diverse group of customers. As our partnership progresses to the next level, viewers can look forward to a wider spectrum of offerings such as more high definition, multi-screen and 4K content in the coming years."
Also being added to Singtelwhich now has 190 channels to offerare the classical music service Mezzo Live HD and the British entertainment brand ITV Choice. "We are delighted to be back in Singapore with Singtel as our partner and we are looking forward to bringing the home of great British drama and entertainment to viewers on Singtel TV," said Nic van Zwanenberg, ITV Choice's channel director. "Our new and improved schedule means Singaporean viewers no longer have to wait for their favorite shows and they can engage in all the social media conversations around our high rating content as viewers of ITV Choice do in other parts of the world."
A number of Asian services have been added to Singtel. There's the Japanese service Wakuwaku Japan; Astro's Tamil channel Astro Vinmeen HD; and the Indian channels Gemini TV and Gemini Movies, in Telugu, and Kiran TV and Surya TV, in Malayalam. From the Philippines, meanwhile, Singtel has added The Filipino Channel, ABS-CBN Sports + Action and Lifestyle Network
SupremeSAT wins contract from Sri Lanka Agriculture Ministry
Sri Lankan satellite operator SupremeSAT has won a contract from the Agriculture Ministry to introduce space technology for farming. SupremeSAT will power the introducetion of the ‘ExactFarming’ service. ExactFarming is a platform jointly developed by SupremeSAT and Silican Valley’s ExactFarming. The platform will offer processes satellite imagery to the agrariancommunity of Sri Lanka through the Ministry of Agriculture.
Using the ExactFarming platform, the Ministry will have precise information of each agrarian land in Sri Lanka and will also be directly linked with every farmer in Sri Lanka. This will enables capabilities such as mapping, crop insurance, weather forecasting, harvest monitoring, seed/fertiliser/pesticide usage monitoring/distribution, harvest related warehousing/export/import planning, farmer pension portal etc.
Sri Lanka success for DTH
Sri Lanka is enjoying a DTH satellite pay-TV boom, says Dataxis Intelligence. Q1 2015 saw growth of 42.3 per cent (y-o-y) says the research company.
The Sri Lanka pay-TV market is modest, with some 662,000 subscribers (cable and DTH) at the end of 2014 and growing to 724,000 at the end of March 2015. Dataxis says that the total number of digital TV satellite base is now at 506,700.
Sri Lanka had 31,000 digital pay-TV cable subs at March 31st 2015, an increase of 40.9 percent y-o-y. The overall cable audience (including analogue) is 86,000 while Sri Lanka Telecom-backed IP (Pedo TV) has 132,000 subs.
Dataxis is forecasting that overall pay-TV subs will grow to 1.45 million by 2018.
SES DEMONSTRATES CLOUD-BASED SOLUTION DELIVERING REAL TIME ISR DATA BETWEEN HEADQUARTERS AND 4G MOBILE DEVICES VIA O3B SATELLITES
Netcentric solution usable with any smartPhone paves the way for an increased use of Mobile devices for field-deployed units
RESTON, VA, 2 July 2015 Global Satellite bandwidth provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) unveiled a comprehensive Netcentric communications solution for field-deployed units during a demonstration for U.S. Government customers last month. By combining O3b’s Satellite broadband connectivity and RIVA Network’s field deployable 4G nanoLTE solution, the SES solution delivers real-time High Definition (HD) video feeds and imagery files stored in the Cloud to individual members of remote field teams. The same link also allows those deployed teams to collect and send raw sensor and video data back to off-site data analysis and command centers.
“The U.S. Government can now integrate smartPhones into remote field operations and create a Mobile workforce without facing any delays in communication and with full connectivity all the way back to U.S.-based analysts and decision-makers,” said President and CEO of SES GS Pete Hoene. “We are proud to be poised and ready to support a global, Mobile network for our customers with this capability.”
During the demonstration, U.S. Government customers were able to use Mobile Phones and tablets outside of Wi-Fi range and transport real-time video through the LTE bubble and stream the footage without delay over O3b Satellites back to a cloud server located in Ashburn, VA. This setup allows for high bandwidth and broadband IP communications which include standard and HD video, ultra HD video, voice and teleconferencing. This mission-critical technology is compatible with any smartPhone and paves the way for an increased use of Mobile devices for Military operations. In essence each soldier, sailor, airman and marine can be a sensor providing vital information to deployed units through the O3b System.
The RIVA Network addition to this demonstration provided another key capability to support U.S. Government forces. The sphere of connectivity is scalable with multiple nanoLTE nodes and ranges up to 22 miles, depending on the exact network configuration. All RIVA components for this particular demonstration are easily transportable. The solutions featured in the demonstration are available on SES GS’s and RIVA Networks‘ GSA Schedule. The demonstration was attended by over 50 U.S. Government guests and is the third consecutive successful demonstration of SES GS applications leveraging O3b’s high throughput and low latency capabilities.
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About SES Government Solutions
SES Government Solutions, a subsidiary of global Satellite operator SES, is exclusively focused on meeting the Satellite communications needs of the U.S. Government. Leveraging more than four decades of experience in the government SATCOM market, SES Government Solutions offers robust and secure Satellite-based communications solutions. Supported by SES’s fleet of over 50 Satellites offering comprehensive global coverage, SES Government Solutions offers highly reliable fixed and on-the-move capacity. Further information can be found at www.ses-gs.com
About RIVA Networks
RIVA Networks designs and builds advanced wireless Networks. A leader in secure wireless technology, RIVA Networks is uniquely capable of addressing the complex and dynamic Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) requirements of Department of Defense transformation. RIVA’s nanoCELL Networks are production proven stationary or man portable cellular Systems currently deployed with over 200 customers in the Government and Enterprise sectors. The Company’s flagship product, the nanoLTE, was specifically developed to deliver high speed data, capable of HD audio/video, to meet the objectives of transformational communication Systems. Further information can be found at www.riva-Networks.com/
About O3b Networks Limited
O3b Networks Limited is a global Satellite service provider building a next-generation Satellite network for Telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets.The O3b System will combine the global reach of Satellite with the speed of a fiber‐optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low‐cost, high‐speed, low latency Internet and Mobile connectivity. O3b Networks‘ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.
TVPlayer launches pay OTT
UK over-the-top television platform TVPlayer is to launch TVPlayer Plus, a subscription service, this summer. TVPlayer Plus will be priced from £4.99 (€7.05) per month (with no contract) and enables live streaming of 25+ premium television channels, including Lifetime, HISTORY, H2, Crime + Investigation, Gold, Alibi, Watch, Good Food, Eden, Home, Discovery Channel, TLC, ID (Investigation Discovery), Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo, British Eurosport, British Eurosport 2, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Sony Entertainment Television, Sony Movie Channel, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Cartooonito and BabyTV. Additional channels are expected to be announced.
The current TVPlayer service, which offers over 55 free-to-air channels and has over 500,000 regular users, will remain free of charge, although TVPlayer Plus subscribers will benefit from an enhanced viewing experience.
TVPlayer is already available on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Mac and PC. Additional devices available at the launch of TVPlayer Plus will include selected Smart TVs, the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google Chromecast. TVPlayer expects to announce its availability on additional Internet-connected devices later in the year, including on a prominent games console. An app for Windows Phone is also in development. UKTV channels will be limited to iOS, Android and PC.
Live video streaming is the fastest growing element of Over-The-Top (OTT) services according to the 4Q2014 FreeWheel Video Monetisation report. In addition, video ad views on first run series are up 67 per cent y-o- y, whilst viewership amongst millennials on traditional TVs, shows signs of decline, as measured by Nielsen.
TVPlayer is the first major OTT platform in the UK to combine an ad-supported basic pack with optional pay packs, with over 100 channels in total. TVPlayer expects to be a major beneficiary of the roll-out of US trends in the UK.
Adam Smith, Founder and CEO of live streaming service Simplestream, the company behind TVPlayer, noted that TVPlayer had seen significant success to date with over half a million people now watching TV over-the-top each week on its service. “Similar to what Netflix has done for movies and Spotify for music, TVPlayer Plus aims to offer a simplified viewing experience of traditional and premium television content; one which works with the devices you already have and lets you pause, modify or cancel your subscription whenever you like,” he advised.
In addition to live TV, TVPlayer Plus includes extensive catch-up functionality from selected channels allowing both subscribers and non-subscribers to view a selection of the best programmes from the previous seven days. Around 100 hours a week of catch-up will be initially available to TVPlayer Plus subscribers from Lifetime, HISTORY, H2, Crime + Investigation, Discovery Channel, TLC, ID (Investigation Discovery), Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo, British Eurosport, British Eurosport 2, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Sony Entertainment Television, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Cartooonito and BabyTV. In addition, the ‘plus one’ channels will be offered. TVPlayer Plus will launch with one channel pack, with multiple genre-based channel packs to be made available later in the year.
TVPlayer is designed to replicate the traditional television viewing experience on any Internet-connected device. Utilising the latest adaptive bitrate streaming and content protection technologies, TVPlayer Plus channels can be viewed almost anywhere in the UK where a fixed, Wifi or mobile broadband connection is available, including on both 3G and 4G.
TVPlayer Plus is targeted at two distinct groups; Millennials and ‘Pay TV Holdouts’. The former has often never subscribed to a paid television service because they have not been in the position to do so. In contrast, the holdouts have consciously made the decision not to subscribe to pay-TV before. Many have children and subscribe to online services such as Netflix to supplement their core free-to-air viewing. In both cases, TVPlayer Plus aims to attract customers by offering over 100 channels on a single platform at an attractive price point.
Sorry no update
Some reports in various forums of Rai Italy having left Asiasat 5
It is still there on the new parameters as mentioned a few weeks ago.
3700 V Sr 30000 in MPEG 4, and still FTA
Program Number: 4
PCR on PID 404 (0x0194)
PMT Version: 2
Service name: RAI Asia Intl.
Stream Type: 0x1b H.264 Video
Elementary Stream PID 404 (0x0194)
Stream Type: 0x03 MPEG-1 Audio
Elementary Stream PID 4104 (0x1008)
The Freeview Plus enhanced (Hbb TV) NZ DVB T service has been launched.
From my Email
Asiasat 5 log
3894 H SR 7199 WCBV R'dam CZE vs POL in The World Championship Volleyball, The Netherlands, (FTA.)
4161 H SR 14240 GCUK Enc 3 Gillette World Sports Programme, (FTA.)
From the Dish
Telstar 18 138.0E 12272 H "Channel V International and Playboy TV Asia" are now encrypted.
Telstar 18 138.0E 12507 H "Animal Planet South East Asia" is now encrypted.
Telstar 18 138.0E 12629 H "Nat Geo People Asia" is now encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Nabawi TV has replaced ELbox" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "K-TV" has started on , Conax.
Palapa D 113.0E 4055 H "Lumen Network has replaced Gogo Mall Home Shopping" on , Fta.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Ananda Bangla TV has replaced S Moviz" on , Fta.
NSS 12 57.0E 3800 R "BFBS Movies" has left .
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Former News boss John Hartigan blasts Tony Abbott on media reform failure
Former News Ltd boss John Hartigan has accused a "bloody-minded" Tony Abbott of kowtowing to "media mates" Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes by dumping media law reform.
John Hartigan, Chairman Prime Media Group, says: "This is the Prime Minster's bloody-minded captain's pick to look after a coupe of media mates."
Former News Ltd boss John Hartigan has accused a "bloody-minded" Tony Abbott of kowtowing to "media mates" Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes by rolling Malcolm Turnbull's push to unwind rules which would have enabled other players, including regional networks, to survive.
Mr Hartigan, now chairman of regional TV company Prime Media Group, has told The Australian Financial Review that starting next week, Prime, along with fellow regional broadcasters WIN Corporation and Southern Cross Austereo, will launch a television, radio and digital campaign to pressure Mr Abbott to rethink his opposition to unwinding the two-thirds ownership rule and the reach rule.
The campaign has the support of rural and regional Coalition MPs who are alarmed that the ongoing plight of regional broadcasters means more job losses and less local news content.
Last week, Coalition MPs held a crisis meeting in Parliament House with the chief executives of Prime and WIN.
"There wasn't a spare seat anywhere," said north Queensland MP Ewen Jones.
"There wasn't a regional MP who didn't have a representative in the room, from north Queensland to WA.
"The last thing I need in my electorate is people losing jobs."
Struggling regional commercial networks have been cutting costs by winding back news coverage and shedding jobs.
Mr Turnbull, the communications minister, felt that by abolishing increasingly obsolete laws restricting media ownership and the audience-reach rule that prevents Nine Entertainment, Seven West Media and the Ten Network from owning regional affiliates, it would create the potential for mergers and acquisitions to keep the broadcasters alive.
Mr Turnbull was rolled by Mr Abbott following heavy lobbying of the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers predominantly by Mr Stokes, who owns Seven West Media, and his son Ryan. News would only accept change if anti-siphoning laws, which keep sport on free-to-air TV, were scrapped.
The government decision hurt the regional broadcasters, the Nine Network and Fairfax Media, publisher of The Australian Financial Review, all of which are stymied by the current laws.
"This is the Prime Minster's bloody-minded captain's pick to look after a couple of media mates," Mr Hartigan said.
"This is playing with people's lives."
Rural versus metropolitan
Mr Hartigan said the campaign, first flagged by the Financial Review's Street Talk column on June 24, would contend that Mr Abbott's decision would create two classes of citizens those in regional and rural Australia and those in metropolitan Australia.
"The regional community risks losing their voice unless the reforms of media is put back on the table," he said.
"The only way to secure our future and the future of regional news services is if we update media laws.
"That will allow mergers and acquisitions that achieve economies of scale."
Mr Hartigan said there would be "further mass sackings".
"We're trying to keep jobs and we lost the argument because of the interests of two proprietors."
Regional broadcasters face increased competition from unregulated internet-based streaming services, have less ability to integrate advertising into programming, and face growing fees to their metro affiliates.
Circumvention of rule
One industry source who declined to be named said Mr Stokes was happy to let his competitors wither on the vine while News Corp did not need the changes because it had already effectively circumvented the two-thirds ownership rule with Foxtel's acquisition of 15 per cent of Channel 10.
News owns 50 per cent of Foxtel and Lachlan Murdoch holds 7 per cent of Channel 10 already. Mr Murdoch also owns radio station Nova FM. This effectively gives News radio, TV and newspapers in the same market, as well as pay TV and online.
One source said News had demanded of Mr Turnbull that he scrap anti-siphoning rules that ensure key sporting events stay on free-to-air TV but Mr Turnbull told the company it would never pass the Senate.
The current arrangement with Foxtel buying into Channel 10 would allow Foxtel, Channel 10 and Channel Seven to stitch up sport broadcasting by offering a joint platform.
Mr Abbott has told colleagues he does not want the issue revisited but the internal push from his colleagues will intensify pressure to rethink his position.
It is understood Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has spoken to Mr Abbott about the issue.
During last week's party room meeting, when the issue was raised, Mr Turnbull pointed out that WIN had already closed bureaus in Mildura and Mackay and that there was a threat to its operation in Wide Bay, in the electorate of Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.
Mr Truss expressed dismay, saying WIN could not do that and Mr Turnbull responded:
"As a matter of fact Warren, they can and they will."
Rocket Lab eyes Birdling's Flat, Canterbury, as launch site
A remote Canterbury paddock could launch New Zealand into the space race.
A paddock near Birdlings Flat has been chosen by Auckland-based company, Rocket Lab as its preferred launch site for a rocket that can carry a satellite into orbit.
If the venture succeeds New Zealand would join countries such as Iran, Israel, India, North and South Korea and Argentina, as well as the great powers, in staging a successful rocket launch.
Computer generated image of proposed rocket launch site, owned by Rocket Lab, for Bayleys Rd, Kaitorete Spit, near Birdlings Flat in Canterbury.
What is revolutionary is Rocket Lab's plan to create rockets for under $US5 million, allowing smaller companies, research and environmental groups to launch their own satellites into space.
"We're looking at the democratisation of space," said Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck.
Last year 19 orbital rockets were launched in the United States at an average cost of $132m each - a price affordable only to governments and major corporations.
Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck hopes his firm will revolutionise the global space industry with the creation of a cheaper rocket able to launch small satellites into orbit.
Rocket Lab's ambitious project hinged on the its ability to produce orbital rockets for $US4.9m. It used 3D printers to produce the engines and a body made from lightweight carbon fibre. The rockets were 1m in diameter and 20m tall.
Beck said New Zealand had never launched an orbital rocket before.
However, the site at Bayleys Rd, Kaitorete Spit, was uniquely placed for such launches as there were few planes or marine traffic at risk of disruption. The picturesque spot also had the best launch trajectory, or "azimuth".
Easy access to Christchurch was also important as the US-owned company wanted to establish a rocket manufacturing plant there.
"We're looking at creating 200 jobs," Beck said.
Rockets, about one metre in size, would carry satellites into space for commercial customers. The company had over 30 launches booked already, he said.
Beck said preparations were under way to submit resource consent applications to Christchurch City Council for the launch site.
The proposal has attracted concern about the potential impact on the environment from the Green Party.
Spokeswoman for conservation, Eugenie Sage said the Kaitorete Spit was a nationally significant ecosystem and natural landscape feature containing habitat for threatened lizards, rare invertebrates and threatened plants such as Muehlenbechia astonii .
"The launch activities potentially disturb wildlife."
Sage said local residents were concerned about the potential impact of a launch on access to conservation reserves and other public land during the launches.
Applications for three consents from Rocket Lab were lodged with Environment Canterbury on June 15.
These consents are to discharge contaminants to air, discharge stormwater, and to provide a coastal permit for temporary occupation of the coastal marine area associated with the operation of a rocket launching complex.
Beck said the company would be working with affected parties.
"This is an announcement of our intentions so we are at the start of the process and will be working with all the relevant parties," Beck said.
He said the launch site would be no bigger than a tennis court and would have minimal impact on the land.
Rocket launches were loud, but the noise was for a very short time.
Initially Rocket Lab would launch one rocket a month, but aimed to increase frequency to one a week using a number of sites. Beck said.
"People don't realise how critically reliant we are on satellites."
Rocket Lab's Electron rocket was built to launch low earth orbit satellites, which had a life span of 5-7 years and reduced to dust after that time.
This made them more sustainable than geo syncronist satellites, which stayed in space of 10,000 years, Beck said.
This story has been corrected to note that many countries have been the staging ground for rocket launches.
New Zealand to join world's superpowers and put a rocket into space
New Zealand could soon follow in the footsteps of the world's superpowers and launch a rocket into space.
The remote launch site is at the base of the Banks Penninsula, halfway along the Kaitorere Spit and on private farmland, but some locals and politicians are concerned with the chosen location.
"The company thinks its important because of launch trajectory, but it also has very high natural values," Green Party MP Eugenie Sage says.
"They need to be considered before other decisions are made."
But the team behind the proposed launch, Rocket Lab, says the rockets are the smallest orbital space vehicle ever invented and will have little impact on the surrounding area.
"You say rockets and they think Cape Canavarel and a space shuttle. Ginormous, monstrous machines billowing fire," Rocket Lab's Peter Beck says.
"That's just not what it's about.
"You're not going to hear it in Christchurch and you'll barely hear it in the surrounding region.
"The reality is for New Zealand, when we put our rocket up, we'll become the 11th nation to ever put a satellite in orbit.
"The other 10 are superpowers."
Rocket Lab wants to establish a manufacturing plant in Christchurch and is promising to create more than 100 jobs if they get the go ahead.
Freeview NZ launches HbbTV service
New Zealand’s DTT provider Freeview has launched a new platform designed to give New Zealanders easy access to on-demand video services on their TVs FreeviewPlus.
In a New Zealand first, FreeviewPlus uses Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) to enable seamless integration and switching between broadcast TV and on-demand services. The service is free to view and easy to set up via a new FreeviewPlus set-top box (from around NZ$150 [€92]), and is built into most new 2015 Smart TVs.
According to Sam Irvine, General Manager at Freeview, the launch of Freeview is a game changer for television in New Zealand and signals a new era in TV viewing. “FreeviewPlus is a smarter way to watch TV. The simple on-screen programme guide lets viewers search across a massive library that brings together broadcast content from 19-plus live channels and on demand content from TVNZ OnDemand, 3NOW and Māori Television On Demand, something that has to-date not been available in New Zealand,” he notes.
And in what Irvine says is “another first to market” FreeviewPlus offers an eight day ‘catch-up’ or reverse programme guide that allows viewers to go back in time across TVNZ, MediaWorks and Māori Television channels and select programmes to catch up on demand straight from the guide.
TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says FreeviewPlus is about giving viewers access to content when and where they want it. “We know people want to be able to view their content on the biggest screen in the house, what’s changing is that they want to be able to do so on their terms that’s where FreeviewPlus comes in with seamless access to linear and OnDemand TV.”
MediaWorks Group CEO Mark Weldon says FreeviewPlus is compelling because it’s free to view with more than 600 On Demand shows and movies available. “MediaWorks, TVNZ and Māori TV, through FreeviewPlus, are offering a leading free-to-view service that adds significant value for audiences and advertisers.”
Māori TV CEO Paora Maxwell says FreeviewPlus is an important new platform for viewers to access New Zealand content, particularly Māori language and cultural programming. “Our mission is to engage the hearts and minds of more New Zealanders with our unique content that entertains and informs them. Along with others, the FreeviewPlus platform is the perfect vehicle in enabling us to do this.”
Freeview plays pay TV catch with Plus launch
Freeview is playing catch-up with pay TV and providing a one stop for demand content.
Freeview Plus was officially launched today and can be accessed by major brands and models of smart TVs or by a set top box costing around $150.
It allows consumers to easily shift between 17 linear TV channels through the Freeview app or My Freeview PVR and on demand services at Television New Zealand, MediaWorks and Maori TV.
• Freeview's OnDemand service is available now
The set-top box will be a downside to the service which gives a genuine alternative to consumers. Who wants another set top box in your lounge?
But Freeview Plus apps will be available for most new smart TVs. Freeview estimates around 400,000 TVs are sold each year and big proportion of those will be smart TVs with Freeview Plus apps which do not need a set-top box.
Some lower-end TVs will not be electronically powerful enough to provide the Freeview Plus service, and they will not have the Freeview endorsement.
The new services mark a fork in the road for free TV which needs to counter the growing number of pay services that are relentlessly fragmenting the TV audience and facing new competition from Netflix, Neon and You Tube.
Significantly it allows Freeview to become a platform for independent TV services and potentially pay TV if the three main shareholders agree to it.
Freeview channels are increasingly developing their online on demand content to act as an alternative.
Television New Zealand has led the way showing Hollywood content free first online or showing content that is exclusively online and does not screen on linear TV.
TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick said initially the focus would be on bedding down Freeview Plus.
But he could foresee the day when people would be able to see TVNZ content on Freeview Plus - either free with advertising or by paid subscription.
Maori TV CEO Paora Maxwell says FreeviewPlus is an important new platform for viewers to access New Zealand content, particularly Maori language and cultural programming.
• Free to view
• Switch seamlessly between live TV and On Demand with a click of a button
• Scroll through an 8-day TV guide that displays multiple channels at the same time
• Roll back 8 days to catch up on selected shows on ONE, TV2, TV3, FOUR, Maori TV & Te Reo.
• Search across live and On Demand TV content
• Featured sections showcase selected programmes
• Browse TV and movies libraries by genre
• Set reminders and favourites
• On Demand shows and movies from TVNZ On Demand, 3Now and Maori TV On Demand
• All the FreeviewHD features
Satellite operators in long wait for launch
Imagine this: Two out of the only three businesses which can launch your satellites are in effect wholly unavailable, and the third is booked up through to 2017. What do you do next?
That’s the dilemma facing senior managers at Eutelsat, SES, Iridium, Orbcomm, Viasat, Spacecom/Amos of Israel, SkyPerfect/JSAT of Japan, Inmarsat/Arabsat and ABS of Bermuda.
If the list sounds like a Who’s Who of the satellite industry then it is because it does represent just about every major player in the business. Each of these had reserved launches on SpaceX’s Falcon rockets for lifting into orbit between now and the end of 2017.
And this list doesn’t include another dozen or so non-commercial clients, usually for a Government space agency or university, or NASA’s needs to keep the International Space Station fuelled and fed.
Add to this list of SpaceX clients to those waiting patiently in line for a Russian Proton launch, still not approved for a return to operations following its own problems back in May, and by any measure the situation is a true nightmare.
While the inevitable delays will affect some commercial clients by pushing revenue expectations out by a quarter-year or two, for some operators it is a true situation of ‘life or death’.
For example, Iridium is a struggling user of satellite for a global sat-phone service and badly needs to replace some of its orbiting spacecraft. They had expected seven launches aboard SpaceX rockets between 2016-2017, in order to orbit their second-generation Iridium Next satellites. One report this week suggested the SpaceX failure represented “terrible news” for Iridium, and hints that SpaceX might be out of action for up to six months.
The problem for Iridium is that it is a Number 44 or 45 on the SpaceX launch manifest, and last weekend’s failure was Flight 19. The report says that Iridium might not now get into space until late-2017 or even 2018, and is thus a very real risk to Iridium’s overall business plan.
The only hope for all of these major players is for an early return to work, and perhaps a speedier frequency of launchers. SpaceX has to date had a launch every 49 days or so, and experts are hoping for a shift to a near-28 days launch cycle. Rival Arianespace has also been improving its launch rate and this year (with three types of launch vehicles) has managed seven satellites. The same hope applies to a speedy return tio work for Russia’s Proton, which is also capable of a near-monthly flight plan.
YahClick launches satellite broadband service in Pakistan
UAE-based satellite operator YahClick has launched its Ka-band satellite broadband service in Pakistan. Customers across Pakistan will now be able to connect to broadband via a small satellite dish and modem, including in places where terrestrial infrastructure is not available. Now completing its soft launch phase, YahClick is already linking some of the country's infrastructure, including over 154 ATMs for banks serving the country's most isolated locations, as well as connecting 1,600 students and supporting election offices in remote areas.
Switch off illegal satellite TVs or face hefty fine, Dubai residents told
Anti-piracy crackdown saw illegal dish antennas removed from residential rooftops in Muhaisnah
In a crackdown on illegal satellite broadcasting services, authorities have removed illegal dish TVs antennas, pitched on residential building rooftops, and warned residents against subscribing to illegal TV.
Several buildings in Dubai’s Muhaisnah area had illegal satellite dishes removes, with notices put out informing residents that they were violating the UAE law, and would need to subscribe to OSN instead.
Over the years, Department of Economic Development (DED) has inspected many areas in Dubai, and taken down illegal TV satellite dish antennas.
“When we got back home, we were surprised to find our TV was not working. When we asked our watchman, he told us that officials had inspected our building, and the satellite dishes were taken away,” said a building resident, who did not wish to be named.
“I don’t know if they have penalised the landlord or any individual families in the building, but the watchman has put up the 'legal notice' that he was provided by the officials.”
Illegal Indian/Pakistani TV satellite channels are popular among the expat community as they are cheaper.
However, many residents are unaware that putting up these antennas can attract penalties of up to Dh50,000.
The legal notice, issued in the public interest by Government of Dubai, Department of Economic Development, read, “The advertisement, sale and/or distribution of television service by unlicensed, unauthorised and unlawful television service providers in the UAE is illegal.
“Dish TV/Tata Sky/Sun Direct/Airtel Digital TV are not authorized in the UAE, and the sale/use of their dishes, receivers and/or smart cards (or those of any other unauthorized operator) violates intellectual property rights and related laws of the UAE.
“Any person and/or business selling, using and/or promising the aforementioned illegitimate TV services will be contributing and fostering criminal activities, such as organised crime and is liable to fines and/or jail terms.”
OSN has partnered with the UAE authorities to fight against television piracy.
The notice reads, “Television services shall only be obtained through legitimate services. OSN has been granted exclusive rights for televisions series, channels, movies and sporting events for the Mena region.”
While officials have conducted numerous crackdowns in the past, many continue to openly advertise for them through classifieds online. A quick check showed numerous advertisements for 'all kinds of dish and CCTV installation'.
A comment from DED was awaited at the time of writing this article.