Kacific KA band satellite planned for Asia Pacific region (see news section)
Cinema Plus started FTA in the Tvplus mux Intelsat 19
Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 6110 "VIETNAM OPEN Badminton" MPEG2/FTA
D2 12321 V Sr 6670 "Euromedia" -Horse Racing..
D2 12464 V Sr 6670 GCast 7 Horse racing
D2 12654 V Sr 6669 "GCAST SD ENC2" Globecast feed of some band playing..
D2 12612 V Sr 15000 "V8 Superview" BISS
D2 12652 V Sr 6670 "ANC2 - political news feed from Canberra ??"
From my Email
From the Dish
Intelsat 19 166E 12646 H "Al Arabiya, On TV and Arabica TV" have started on Irdeto. Future News and Melody Arabia have left.
JCSAT 3A 128E Several updates in Sky PerfecTV.
JCSAT 4B 124E 12290 H "Berita Satu TV" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124E Several updates in Sky PerfecTV.
Palapa D 113E 12710 H "Net has replaced JTV" on , MPEG-4, Irdeto.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3921 H "Live Today" has started on , MPEG-4,Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "RTR Planeta" has started on Fta.
Measat 3a 91.5E 3960 H "Zee Bioskop" is now encrypted.
Yamal 300K 90E 11670 H "SBN TV" has started on , Fta.
Yamal 201 90E V 11057 V "segda s Toboy" has left .
ST 2 88E Several updates in Videocon d2h.
Horizons 2 85.1E 12120 H "Mir Belogorya TV" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
Thaicom 6A 78.5E 3800 H "Thai TV 3 and Modernine TV" have started on, Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3444 V "E24" has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3745 V "Bluesky Channel" has started on, Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3760 V "Fox Sports Asia, Flash, RSU Wisdom TV, Stadium 4, Stadium 5, Thai Sports, Achieve Channel, 9 Yord, TV Burabha, Cinema, Kix and Chern Yim Channel" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11514 V SABC 1-3, Tshwane TV, France 24 English (clear), SABC News, Rivers of Living Waters TV (clear), Daystar TV (clear), Isambulo TV Network (clear) and Alex TV (clear) have started on, Nagravision.
NSS 12 57E 11026 H "Kass TV" is back on , MPEG-4, Fta QTV has left.
Yamal 202 49E 3982 L "Yurgan" has left .
From asiatvro site
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，Zonet Zawlbuk（印度）频道解密，设置3949 H 3673参数免费接收。[12-08]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际10号卫星C频段，4 Real Entertainment（测试）频道新增，设置3752 V 9300参数免费接收。[12-08]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段，Test SD 1（测试）频道加密，设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。[12-08]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4A号卫星Ku频段，Berita Satu TV（高清）频道消失，设置12290 H 6666参数无效接收。[12-08]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Lamkong Channel（泰国）频道消失，设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。[12-08]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，TSP 5（泰国）频道新增，设置12313 H 30000参数有条件接收。[12-08]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，MV Major Asian（泰国）频道新增，设置12272 V 30000参数有条件接收。[12-08]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段，Zee Bioscope（印尼）频道解密，设置3960 H 29700参数免费接收。[12-07]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段，Trial 4、Trial 3替换BabyFirst（印尼）等频道，设置3580 H 30000参数有条件接收。[12-07]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段，TV CH（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置3984 H 14400参数有条件接收。[12-07]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段，Archana（测试）频道新增，设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。[12-07]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星Ku频段，Net替换JTV（印尼）频道，设置12710 H 29900参数有条件接收。[12-07]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，Mega TV、Mega 24（MPEG-4）等全组频道解密，设置3765 V 4640参数免费接收。[12-07]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，CH l（泰国）频道消失，设置12313 H 30000参数无效接收。[12-07]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，TV Muslim（泰国）频道消失，设置12272 V 30000参数无效接收。 [12月7日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段，SBN TV（DVB-S2）频道新增，设置11670 H 14400参数免费接收。 [12月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Mahorasop（泰国）频道消失，设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [12月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，GMM One、M Channel（泰国）等全组频道消失，设置12355 H 30000参数无效接收。 [12月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6A号卫星Ku频段，Hit Shop 25替换Hit Channel TV（泰国）频道，设置12717 V 30000参数免费接收。 [12月6日]
Kacific satellite to provide broadband to Pacific nations
From Press Release Kacific
Kacific Broadband Satellites today announced plans to launch a Ka Band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) to provide enhanced broadband to 40 million people in the Pacific including the Pacific islands, New Zealand, eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.Kacific satellite to provide faster, more affordable broadband to Pacific nations
9 December 2013 Kacific Broadband Satellites today announced plans to launch a Ka Band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) to provide enhanced broadband to 40 million people in the Pacific including the Pacific islands, New Zealand, eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
According to the World Bank, the Pacific is significantly underserved in terms of broadband access. Estimated total potential demand for bandwidth by Pacific island states is 44 Gbps. Today just 20 percent, or less than 10 Gbps, is supplied. The Pacific has the highest internet pricing and the highest Skype call prices on earth. Substandard, over-contended, 1 Mbps broadband services can cost more than US$700 per month in some territories. Kacific will sell wholesale bandwidth and anticipates that telcos and ISPs will offer it to end users at speeds of up to 10 Mbps and at price points as low as 5 percent of current costs. The service will be provided through small terminals costing just a few hundred dollars.
“This will be the world’s most geographically dispersed broadband satellite footprint,” says Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux. “Our aim is to create a high quality broadband network offering direct internet access to around 99 percent of the government agencies, institutions, businesses and people within the total footprint area.”
Kacific expects to commission its launch vehicle and payload in 2014 and to provide broadband services to the region by late 2016.
Tapping the Pacific’s potential
Geographic and demographic factors present particular difficulties for the nine million people in the Pacific islands. There is a significant challenge in getting coverage even simple connectivity to remote locations such as the Line Islands in Kiribati, the northern atolls of the Cook Islands, the archipelago islands and scattered populations of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. And places like Tuvalu and Tokelau also face issues in providing quality coverage to their small, distributed populations.
These factors mean that Pacific island nations have two to seven times lower internet penetration than continental nations with comparable GDP per-capita and adult literacy rates. Macro-economic modelling suggests there is an untapped pool of 2,000,000 internet users in the Pacific islands and eastern Indonesia who would be connected if internet prices were in line with the rest of the world.
The World Bank notes that developing countries enjoy an increase of 1.38 percent per year in average GDP for each 10 percent increase in broadband penetration. But at penetration rates below 5 percent, which is the case in the majority of Pacific island nations, this growth does not occur.
Speed and affordability
To help address these inequalities, Kacific will provide broadband service via a payload co-hosted on a geostationary satellite. It will operate up to 48 beams, each providing coverage of 700km diameter and up to 400Mbps (duplex) throughput. Beams can be adapted to provide service to remote atolls with low populations without increasing the price of bandwidth in those locations.
“We have been highly encouraged by feedback from government agencies and internet and economic development communities throughout the Pacific,” says Patouraux. “They recognise the significance of competitively priced high availability broadband to economic growth, health and education throughout the region. High speed broadband is now a fundamental infrastructure for economic growth, employment, security and the improved delivery of essential services.
“By providing high quality broadband at a fraction of the current cost, we will allow a much larger part of the population to participate in the digital age. With support from local governments and global institutions, that will foster greater internet usage on the island, fuelling economic growth. At the pricing and speed Kacific will offer, many Pacific nations should be able to reach the critical 10 percent penetration threshold, thereby substantially lifting their GDP.”
Target customers include mobile networks (for back-hauling), primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions, hospitals and healthcare providers, hotels and airlines and tourist services, government departments, agencies and services, emergency services, aid agencies, banks and financial institutions, mining, oil and agriculture businesses, as well as small-to-medium enterprises and consumers.
Kacific will position four or five beams over New Zealand, complementing fibre networks by offering broadband service to remote areas and service assurance to customers, mitigating the impact of disruption of the fibre trunk.
Eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, while more densely populated than the islands of the Pacific, have similar connectivity landscapes: broadband access is constrained, unreliable and expensive.
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Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte Ltd is a satellite operator developing a broadband offering for the underserved Pacific island market. It plans to address the gap in supply with a satellite specifically designed for this market and using the latest multi-beam and high throughput space communications technology transmitting over the Ka Band.
Kacific’s target market comprises several distinct geographic segments: the islands of the Pacific, and the land masses of New Zealand, eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It plans to provide satellite coverage to the majority of the island nations in Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia including the Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Tokelau, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Northern Mariana, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, Palau, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Papua, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna and Guam.
Using cost-effective technology and a lean business model Kacific will provide better broadband quality throughout the Pacific at significantly less than current retail prices, fostering greater internet usage and fuelling economic growth and improvements in service delivery in the islands.
Pay TV can't afford to 'unbundle' shows, says analyst
There are up to 113 billion reasons why cable TV providers, like Foxtel, won't allow viewers to buy the channels they like.
Popular shows like Game of Thrones are often illegally downloaded in the face of expensive packages from pay TV providers.
In a world where pay television and online TV services are demanding an ever-larger slice of your wallet or purse, one complaint rings more loudly than all others: "Why can't I just buy the channels I like?"
There are up to 113 billion reasons why, according to US media analyst Laura Martin.
A television industry built on "a la carte" channel choices would shed 124 channels, 1.4 million jobs and some $US45 billion ($A49.78 billion) in advertising revenue in the United States alone.
Unwanted options: A large portion of the channels on our Pay TV subscription are ignored by the average viewer. Photo: Supplied
"Our calculations conclude that $US80 billion to $US113 billion of US consumer value would be destroyed by this shrinking channel choice," Martin said.
According to the report by investment banking and asset management firm Needham & Co., the typical US family only watches between 16 and 20 channels, even though they have access to an average of 180.
Although Australia's principal pay TV provider Foxtel offers a smaller number of channels compared to its US or UK equivalents, Australian viewers mostly consume a similarly small fraction of what is available.
As a result, "why can't I just buy the channels I like?" is a common complaint from consumers.
The reason why they can't, Martin says, is to be found in the complex financial model on which the hundreds of smaller channels are built.
The average US entertainment channel costs around $US280 million to operate, including staff, programming and transmission costs. Based on those numbers, each channel requires 165,000 viewers over the course of one year to break even.
In Australia, the shares are roughly the same, though the overall volumes are smaller.
By spreading their content and carriage costs across a larger number of viewers even viewers who do not actually watch their channels, but subscribe to the packages and platforms where the channels are grouped cable and pay channels can flatten their costs across the board.
If a channel's reach was dramatically reduced only to homes which specifically requested that channel, the per channel cost to each household would rise sharply.
The net result is that a cable TV bill based on "a la carte" channel choices would not necessarily be lower than it currently is.
And if consumers could pick and choose channels, weaker channels that are carried by the strength of the platform overall would be lost, according to Martin.
Of the average package of 180 channels, 56 would survive and 124 would be culled.
The report has been published as the US media sector faces pressure to "unbundle" its cable TV content so that consumers can opt for "a la carte" programming.
Compounding the pressure is the rise of "over the top" television services, which bypass traditional delivery frameworks studios, broadcasters and cable or satellite TV platforms to deliver content directly to consumers via the internet.
A number of high-profile OTT services in the US, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Blockbuster on Demand, Hulu and Hulu Plus, iTunes and Vudu, have made "a la carte" TV consumption preferable for many viewers.
In Australia, the key players include EzyFlix, Foxtel Play, Fetch TV, Quickflix, BigPond Movies, Playstation Network and XBox Live. Foxtel has also recently launched a standalone on-demand movie service, Presto.
Fetch TV hits 100,000 subscribers
Sunday, no update
Saturday, no update
Cinema Plus is new FTA loading on TV plus Intelsat 19, currently showing a service disruption test card
Various Feeds seen on Friday
D2 12321 V Sr 6670 "horses" Globecast2
D2 12446 V Sr 7500 "horses" STS 12
D2 12456 V Sr 7500 "Cricket" 422
D2 12589 V Sr 6670 "horses" Globecast1
D2 12344 V Sr 6670 Shane Van Gis being interviewed
D1 12663 V Sr 7200 "7SNG - SEN-910" HOMEBUSH v8 feed!!
D2 12323V Sr 6110 "TSNV 02" 4:2:2..... in the Red Bull garage !!!!
Intelsat 19 12553 V Sr 6110 "TANBERG SERVICE". 4:2:2? In the FPR garage
Asiasat 5 100.5°E 3906 V Sr 6110 "PACTV-103" SPIDER MAN FTA
From my Email
From the Dish
Intelsat 19 166E 3949 V "MBC" has left .
Intelsat 19 166E 12575 H "PPV 2" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 19 166E 12646 H."Al Jazeera Channel" has left
Telkom 1 108E 3580 H "Da Vinci Learning Asia and BabyFirst TV" have started on , MPEG-4, Irdeto.
Telkom 1 108E 3600 V "BeIn Sport 1 Indonesia has replaced AniPlus" on , Irdeto.
Telkom 1 108E 3620 H "BeIn Sport 2 Indonesia has replaced Motorvision TV" on , Irdeto.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3765 V "Mega 24 and Mega Musiq" have started on , MPEG-4, Irdeto. Mega TV is now encrypted.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3765 V "Mega TV" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5E 11150 V "Rishtey" has started on, Fta.
Horizons 2 85.2E 11920 H "Galaxy" has started on , MPEG-4, encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.2E 12160 H "Fashion TV Russia" has left .
Horizons 2 85.2E Domashniy Magazin has moved from 12040 H to 12000 H, Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3880 V "Chic Club Channel" has started on , Fta.
NSS 12 57E 11026 H "Kass TV" has left .
Yamal 202 49E 4101 L."Chechenskaya GTRK, Perviy kanal, 5 Kanal, Rossiya K, NTV, Karusel, Rossiya 2, TV Centr Evropa, OTR and Rossiya 24" have left
From asiatvro site
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段，HBO Hits替换Cinemax（Cignal）频道，设置11656 H 18750参数有条件接收。[12-06]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Happy TV替换Rafrancais Channel（泰国）频道，设置3880 V 30000参数免费接收。[12-06]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-1号卫星Ku频段，TV 1000 Action +21（动作电影）频道加密，设置12518 V 22000参数有条件接收。[12-05]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-1号卫星Ku频段，TV 1000 Action +21（动作电影）频道解密，设置12518 V 22000参数免费接收。[12-05]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段，中视、中视综艺（台湾）等3个频道加密，设置11668 H 30000参数有条件接收。[12-05]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段，亚太卫视（中国）频道开播，设置3840 H 27500参数免费接收。[12-05]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，Service 50（测试）等全组频道消失，设置4027 V 15000参数无效接收。 [12月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段，Racing（南非）频道消失，设置3733 V 5064参数无效接收。 [12月5日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，CCTV News、Movies OK（Dish TV）等6个频道新增，设置12647 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，ESPN、探索科学（高清）等5个频道消失，设置12647 V 30000参数无效接收。 [12月5日]
Remote TV, radio service to switch off
Residents in remote and regional areas are being urged to upgrade their equipment to continue to receive satellite television and radio services.
From next Tuesday, the existing Optus Aurora analogue service will be switched off and replaced by the already operational Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST).
David Dargie, from consultant firm NAS Australia, says viewers and listeners in eastern Australia (everywhere except Western Australia) will have to upgrade their equipment.
He says VAST brings with it many more radio and television channels.
"The idea was to bring an equivalent service that the metro areas receive via terrestrial.
"So that an equivalent service with the number and range of free-to-air services available in the cities, was also available in the regions," he said.
Mr Dargie says most residents would need to pay around $270 for a new receiver.
"They may have to update their LNB, the electronics that sit in the middle of the dish. They're much cheaper than they used to be, and a new VAST receiver," he said.
For more information on ABC Television and Radio services available on VAST click here.
Questions loom over Foxtel's broadband 'triple play'
Feed seen earlier
D2 12455 V sr 7500 "STS 12 Encoder 3" FTA SD TV 422 video format
From my Email
From the Dish
Palapa D 113E 4100 V "Star Chinese Movies Legend" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
Palapa D 113E 12590 H "CinemaWorld has replaced The MGM Channel Asia" on , MPEG-4, Irdeto.
Measat 3 91.5E 3641 V "Solar All Access" has left .
Measat 3a 91.5E 4040 H "Ginx TV" has left .
Thaicom 6A 78.5E 3709 H "Myanmar International, MRTV SEA Games 1-3" have started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
Thaicom 6A 78.5E 3920 H Stadium 4, Stadium 5, Thai Sports, Achieve Channel, 9 Yord, TV Burabha, Cinema, Kix and Chern Yim Channel have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V RTL Deutschland, RTL 2 Deutschland, Sat. 1 Deutschland, Pro Sieben Deutschland, Kabel Eins Deutschland, Vox Deutschland, Puls 4, Super RTL Deutschland, Sixx Deutschland, Jukebox, N-TV, EuroNews, C Music TV, Your Family Entertainment and N24 have started on , MPEG-4, Panaccess.
From asiatvro site
西东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太2R号卫星C频段，Syfy Universal（亚洲）频道加密，设置3720 H 29620参数有条件接收。[12-04]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段，湖南卫视（高清）频道解密，设置3730 H 14400参数免费接收。[12-04]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段，Solar News Channel替换Red（梦幻卫视）频道，设置12470 V 25600参数有条件接收。[12-04]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段，Dream PPV替换ANC Channel（梦幻卫视）频道，设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。[12-04]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段，英超足球7（DISH HD）频道新增，设置11957 R 27500参数专用机有条件接收。[12-04]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段，英超足球频道6（DISH HD）频道新增，设置11727 R 25000参数专用机有条件接收。[12-04]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段，AniPlus HD、CinemaWorld（测试）高清频道加密，设置3948 V 8032参数有条件接收。 [12月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6A号卫星C频段，For Sea Games、4 HD（高清）频道重现，设置3965 H 7500参数免费接收。 [12月4日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段，VTC 5（越南）频道加密，设置11008 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [12月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段，Zee Bioscope（印尼）频道加密，设置3960 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [12月4日]|
NewSat secures DoD satellite contract
Australian satellite operator NewSat has secured a teleport customer contract to support the US government's Custom Satcom Solutions (CS2). The contract with a CS2 Industry Partner is to provide satellite communication services to the US Department of Defense (DoD) in the Pacific Command region. The contract has a base period along with three one-year option terms, which if exercised, has a total contract value of AUD 1.1 million. The contract is the second CS2 Industry Partner contract NewSat has signed. The Custom Satcom Solutions will assist emergency response and disaster recovery communications systems, satellite-based back-up communications networks, distributed distance learning networks, and communications on the move solutions for DoD applications.
SES-8 launched successfully; DTH players to benefit
MUMBAI: When it lifted off with almost perfection from the Cape Canaveral station in Florida in the US, communications satellite SES-8 was a personal victory for the creator of the Tesla vehicle Elon Musk. It was Musk’s company SpaceX’s first successful commercial launch using a Falcon 9 launch vehicle and it helped him break into the duopolistic satellite launch market which is dominated by European firm Arianespace and Russia’s International Launch Services (which mainly uses Proton rockets). SpaceX has priced its launches in the $55-60 million range.
While it was a personal landmark for Musk, it was also a victory for the Luxembourg-based SES Satellite management that gleefully watched the $100 million plus 3.1 tonne satellite being hurtled 50,000 miles above the earth into geostationary orbit. Built on a GEO-Star bus by Orbital Sciences, SES-8 is to be co-located with the NSS-6 satellite at 95 degrees east.
The satellite has 33 Ku-band transponders and is targeting both south Asian and south East Asian clients. “The new satellites will enable improved coverage in fast-growing economies in south Asia and Indo-China,” says a press release from the company.
In south Asia, it is aimed at providing much needed transmission capacity to India's DTH and VSat service providers and government. Sources indicated that considering its location at 95 degrees east, one of the potential customers could be India's first DTH services provider, the Essel group’s Dish TV that is currently beaming off NSS-6 and is also owned by SES. But all the deals will be done through Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Antrix arm.
SES also plans to launch SES-9 in 2015 at 108.2 degree East with extensive Ku-band capacity to give company to the existing SES-7 satellite in order to provide better DTH broadcasting services in South Asia along with north East Asia and Indonesia.
Although, it was set for launch in early 2013, technical issues pushed the SES-8 to the end of the year.
Men's lifestyle channel gears up for Asia launch
Men’s lifestyle channel, Lifestyle TV (LSTV), is gearing up for a launch across Asia Pacific in 2014, with signed carriage deals in Hong Kong, Thailand, Mongolia and the Philippines.
The new channel, operated by Mei Ah Entertainment Group’s MATV and Playboy Plus Entertainment out of Hong Kong, offers travel, cuisine adventure and fashion content targetting Asian men 18-28 years old.
The programming grid includes shows such as Latin Angels, Girls Gone Wild and 69 Sexy Things to do Before You Die along with Korean drama Fighter.
Fashion programming will be led by TV star Cho Sung Mo, with South Korea’s Chang Min and Alex Chu heading up the cuisine slate.
Exact roll out dates have not been released
Illegal Premier League broadcast arrest
The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has made an arrest of an individual suspected of selling devices that allow pubs to illegally broadcast Premier League football matches on a Saturday afternoon.
Detectives from the City of London Police unit arrested a man, 40 at his home in the East Midlands town of Newark, following a referral from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and the Premier League. He was taken to a local police station for questioning and was later released on bail.
The suspect is believed to be selling set-top boxes, each worth hundreds of pounds, which can broadcast Premier League matches that are not authorised to be shown in any UK commercial premises, infringing Premier League copyright.
Nobody is authorised to broadcast football matches in the UK that take place between 2:45pm and 5:15pm on a Saturday the ‘closed period’ in order to protect attendances and participation across all levels of football in this country.
DI Rob Stirling said the operation showed how PIPCU is working with multiple partners to tackle suspected intellectual property crime nationwide. “IP crime is costing the UK economy millions of pounds each year and our officers are committed to combating this fraudulent and criminal activity,” he asserted.
Kieron Sharp, FACT Director General, said the Federation works to protect the rights of its members and was pleased to be working again with PIPCU. “Organised criminals are using the Internet to defraud legitimate businesses and threaten the jobs of over 1.5 million people working in the UK’s creative industries and PIPCU is playing a crucial role in tackling this criminality.”
PIPCU launched in September to protect UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content. The operationally independent unit, based at the City of London Police, is initially being funded by the Intellectual Property Office, which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Irdeto Dutch anti-piracy success
A collaborative effort between the Dutch Police, the Public Prosecution Service, Dutch TV providers and media protection, revenue assurance specialist Irdeto, has seen a police raid of five homes in Apeldoorn, Enschede, Vlagtwedde and the Hague arresting several people suspected of operating illegal control word sharing piracy networks.
In 2012, the Dutch Police received several tips from the largest television operators in the Netherlands and Irdeto. Extensive investigations were conducted, which culminated in the raids. The raids are part of a larger effort by all parties to take a leadership role in fighting TV piracy in the country.
“It is our intent for these raids to send a strong message that this type of TV piracy is illegal and will not be tolerated in The Netherlands,” said Ger Laning of the Dutch Police. “Piracy is a serious threat to pay media companies worldwide and to our local Dutch TV providers. We saw a unique opportunity to work with technology and anti-piracy experts like Irdeto to disrupt pirate activity. In the future, the Dutch Police will explore further actions against this form of cybercrime, which results in a revenue loss for Dutch pay TV operators.”
In 2011, after an increasing number of advertisements for pirate TV card-sharing subscriptions appeared on auction websites in the Netherlands, Irdeto and local Dutch TV providers commenced investigations into several suspects offering control word sharing equipment and illegal pirate subscriptions for sale. While broadcasters and pay media operators are the most visible victims of piracy, consumers are mostly unaware that profits made from piracy can often be linked to organised crimes such as drug trafficking, money laundering and tax evasion.
In 2012, Irdeto and the local TV providers jointly referred several cases to the Dutch Police with supporting evidence. Ongoing investigations revealed that the control word sharing networks in question were also providing unauthorised pirated access to international pay TV channels provided by operators like M7 Group, who then joined as complainants to the Dutch Police. With the raids now executed, all the evidence from the raids will be analysed and The Public Prosecution Service will make a determination regarding any further criminal charges which may be filed in the coming months.
“The impact of piracy can be reduced, and Irdeto and its partners have taken the important first steps in a campaign to combat this illegal activity,” said Sheila Cassells, Executive Director of the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA). “Many individuals feel that all content should be free, and may not fully understand how piracy affects a business. That’s why AAPA and its members are working hard to address the theft of TV services. Actions such as these send a clear message to consumers that piracy is wrong and there are better, more compelling alternatives.”
Card sharing piracy poses a major threat to pay TV operators and broadcasters and occurs when a pirate steals and retransmits a regularly changing control word that is passed between a smart card and a set-top-box, allowing subscribers to watch TV content they have not legitimately paid for.
The comprehensive evidence packages regarding these illegal control word sharing networks were largely prepared by Irdeto, a technology and subject matter expert in anti-piracy with a string of successful investigations and prosecutions with operators such as MultiChoice Africa, UPC DTH, M7 Group and FOXTEL.
“Irdeto remains dedicated to identifying and countering organized criminal enterprises who wish to circumvent our customers’ security measures and financially profit from pirated content,” said Rob Van Nunen, Senior Security Director for Irdeto. “Understanding where piracy is occurring and actively taking measures to stop it is pivotal to successfully growing revenues and protecting the pay TV business model. We do this by working closely with local law enforcement like the Dutch Police and through our advanced, sophisticated network of technical and anti-piracy experts. It’s a discover, disrupt and discredit approach that we’ve seen growing success with over the past several years.”
Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG)Initiating In Time For The 2014 World Cup (SATCOM)
[SatNews] The Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) has launched its campaign to achieve Carrier Identification (CID) implementation on all video carriers for the Football World Cup in 2014.
The initiative was first announced during the IRG Annual Conference in Rio de Janeiro in October, where the group’s Executive Director lay down the gauntlet to those present to make that happen. This announcement follows the success of a similar campaign leading up to the London Olympics, where half of the carriers had ID. This resulted in very few instances of interference, and the hope is that the industry can take it one step further in time for the Football World Cup in 2014.
“We are entering the challenging part of implementing CID,” commented Martin Coleman, Executive Director, IRG. “We have the ETSI standard, fantastic, but now the hard work begins! Building the system, databases and processes, and ensuring widespread implementation and getting the users to turn CID on!”
The Space Data Association and Analytical Graphics Inc. showed the first demonstration of the prototype CID database at the recent IRG conference in Brazil. The creators are now encouraging feedback and input from the industry in order to build the final working database. The other part of this campaign is to educate users about CID and, most importantly, how to turn CID on.
ESPN selects Grass Valley for new HD facility
ESPN has selected Grass Valley production technologies to equip its new HD Digital Centre 2 broadcast facility in Connecticut, USA which is expected to be complete in spring 2014. The deal builds upon the longstanding relationship between ESPN and Grass Valley that spans three decades.
Grass Valley is supplying ESPN with three Ignite Automated Production Systems and three Kayenne Video Production Centres with K2 Summit 3G servers for Digital Centre 2. Additionally, 40 LDX WorldCam camera systems will replace the current LDK models in ESPN’s existing Digital Centre 1 facility. A fourth Ignite system was also purchased for ESPN’s new SEC (Southeastern Conference) Network, a 24/7 sports network that will launch in August 2014 in Charlotte, NC.
“ESPN’s new Digital Centre 2 will be at the forefront of broadcasting and will utilise the most innovative technologies,” said Kevin Stolworthy, Senior Vice President, ESPN Technology. “Having worked with Grass Valley for many years, we know that it provides us with the workflow and future-proof solutions required to deliver the high-quality content our millions of fans expect.”
SES 8 has finally launched! (going to 95E)
The Mysat channels on Intelsat 19 have Encrypted
Dizi Plus (Turkish) on Intelsat 19 has also encrypted
New Indian Channels
Asiasat 5 100.5°E 3765 V Sr 4640 Mpeg4/Fta
NHK World TV's Viewer's Choice returns
NHK World TV's Viewer's Choice returns to re-broadcast top-ranking programmes at the end of 2013. The top 27 programmes will be re-broadcast from 23-29 December. 60 episodes from the start of the year (1 January 2013) to 4 November 2013 have been nominated. Voting will remain open until 11 December at NHK World Online. Final results are to be announced 18 December. Almost 10,000 votes were cast from around the world for Viewer's Choice last year with J-MELO and BEGIN Japanology chosen as top-ranking programmes.
From my Email
From the Dish
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3816 H "Royal TV" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3744 H "MNC International" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Bollywood TV" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 4130 H "Independent TV" has left
From asiatvro site
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太2R号卫星C频段，Independent TV（MPEG-4）频道消失，设置4130 H 3695参数无效接收。[12-04]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6A号卫星C频段，For Sea Games HD、4 HD（测试）频道消失，设置3965 H 7500参数无效接收。[12-04]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6A号卫星C频段，东南亚运动会（传送）等全组频道重现，设置3920 H 30000参数部分免费接收。[12-04]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，Mega TV、Mega 24（MPEG-4）等全组频道加密，设置3765 V 4640参数有条件接收。[12-04]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段，浙江卫视/CCTV-1（测试）频道消失，设置3652 V 5630参数无效接收。[12-03]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太2R号卫星C频段，卫视中文、卫视中文电影（Star TV）等9个频道新增，设置3750 V 15000参数有条件接收。[12-03]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太2R号卫星C频段，Syfy Universal（MPEG-4）频道解密，设置3720 H 29620参数免费接收。[12-03]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段，浙江卫视/CCTV-1（测试）频道新增，设置3652 V 5630参数免费接收。[12-03]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-1号卫星Ku频段，Viasat Nature East（俄罗斯）频道加密，设置12518 V 22000参数有条件接收。[12-03]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，Hit Global、IPM LOSO（泰国）等5个频道加密，设置11037 H 40700参数有条件接收。[12-03]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，News1-BAK UP替换France 24（泰国）频道，设置11037 H 40700参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段，AniPlus HD、CinemaWorld（高清）频道消失，设置3948 V 8032参数无效接收。 [12月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Bluesky Channel（泰国）频道新增，设置3745 V 2500参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经119.5度轨道位置的泰星4号卫星Ku频段，CTB（泰国）频道新增，设置11592 V 25000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段，CinemaWorld（高清）频道解密，设置3751 H 4800参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
Foxtel Confirms New Music Audio Channels
Foxtel has today officially confirmed the launch of Foxtel Tunes, a revamp of the audio-only music channels on the pay TV service.
The revamp of the channels has seen the launch of four new channels, with Max 90s Hits, V [Buzz] (replacing Faster Louder), [V] Pop (replacing the chart countdown) and country channel tie-in CMC Rocks available from today.
As with all the audio channels, they stream 24/7 ad-free and are available as part of the base Essentials Pack subscription.
The service said the revamp of the 30 channels allowed for greater cross-promotion and a unified feel to the offering.
Foxtel’s music channels have also recently added Molly Meldrum as a presenter on Max, while Marcia Hines will host new channel Smooth as the MTV channels are also revamped.
SpaceX rocket lifts off on 1st commercial satellite launch
Rocket carries communications satellite positioned to provide services to Asian markets
A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday. The rocket carries its first commercial payload, a communications satellite. (John Raoux/Associated Press)
An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket developed by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, blasted off on Tuesday to put the company's first commercial satellite into orbit, staking a potentially game-changing claim in a global industry worth nearly $190 billion a year.
The 22-storey rocket lifted off from its seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 5:41 p.m. ET.
Two previous launch attempts last week were scuttled by technical glitches, including a last-second abort on Thursday. Engineers later discovered oxygen inside the rocket's ground-based engine igniter system.
Perched on top of the rocket was a 3,175-kilogram communications satellite owned by Luxembourg-based SES S.A., which operates a 54-satellite fleet, the world's second-largest.
"I'd like to thank SES for taking a chance on SpaceX," company founder and chief executive Elon Musk posted on Twitter an hour before launch. "We've given it our all."
The satellite, known as SES-8 and worth more than $100 million, will be positioned to provide television, broadband and other communications services to customers in India, China, Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia.
"It's an extremely important satellite for us," Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer of SES, told reporters before the launch.
"We know that as we go forward into these very significant growth markets that it's absolutely critical that we have a cost-effective and efficient way to get to orbit. That's really what SpaceX has brought us," Halliwell said.
Industry worth $190B
SpaceX's launch schedule includes nearly 50 missions, worth about $4 billion. About 75 per cent of the flights are for commercial customers.
The global satellite industry had revenues of nearly $190 billion in 2012, including nearly $90 billion in television services alone, the Satellite Industry Association trade group reported in October. The U.S. share of the market is 45 per cent, the report said.
Previous SES satellites were launched primarily aboard Russian Proton and European Ariane rockets, which cost far more than the approximately $55 million the company paid for its ride on SpaceX's Falcon booster, Halliwell said.
He would not say exactly how much SpaceX undercut the competition, but did say SES received a discount by agreeing to fly on Falcon 9's first mission to high orbits orbit used by communications satellites.
In addition to a Sept. 29 test flight of an upgraded Falcon 9, older versions of the rocket flew five times successfully, including three missions for NASA to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, which orbits about 400 km above Earth.
SpaceX aims to put SES-8 into an elliptical orbit that reaches more than 80,000 kilometres from Earth, about a quarter of the way to the moon.
That altitude requires less fuel for SES-8 to fly itself into its 36,000-kilometre high operational orbit, thereby extending its service life.
SpaceX needs three successful launches of its upgraded Falcon rocket before it will be eligible to compete to carry the U.S. military's largest and most expensive satellites, a market now monopolized by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
Intelsat Contributes Communications Infrastructure for Relief Efforts
Intelsat S.A., a provider of satellite services, has provided an update on its satellite capacity and other critical connectivities being used in a number of restoration initiatives in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
Immediately after the disaster occurred, Intelsat began working with customers and partners to ensure that the necessary infrastructure and satellite capacity were in place to accelerate the restoration of vital communications for relief workers and businesses in the Philippines.
Leveraging its flexible satellite infrastructure, Intelsat repointed a Ku-band beam on the Intelsat 8 satellite to bring urgently needed capacity to the Philippines, in addition to providing capacity on other satellites already serving the region. Intelsat is also providing an uplink via the IntelsatOneSM terrestrial network from the Kumsan, South Korea Teleport and a downlink in the Philippines. In total, three satellites are restoring connectivity and services to relief workers on the ground.
"With devastation of this magnitude, it is critical that humanitarian workers have the connectivity necessary to support their relief efforts," said Stephen Spengler, President and Chief Commercial Officer, Intelsat. "Given the breadth and size of our satellite fleet, we were able to quickly mobilize and redirect capacity, demonstrating the ability of satellite-based solutions to provide rapid response communications. We are working hard to help our customers provide much needed aid and services to those communities deeply impacted by Typhoon Haiyan."
Leveraging the depth and resources of Intelsat's satellite infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region, the company:
Delivered bandwidth support to the American Red Cross International Emergency Response unit's operations in the Philippines. Intelsat provided Ku-band capacity via its Intelsat 8 satellite and partnered with KTSAT Co. Ltd., the KT affiliate specializing in satellite solutions, which donated its teleport services and IP bandwidth to support the IntelsatOnenetwork broadband solution.
Donated C-band capacity on Intelsat 902 to provide Astrium, the world's second largest space company, satellite connectivity for major global humanitarian agencies to conduct emergency rescue missions in the region affected by the typhoon.
Worked closely with GATR Technologies to support telecommunications teams dispatched by Cisco Systems and the non-profit Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (Global DIRT) in some of the hardest hit regions. GATR provided inflatable satellite terminals and support personnel while Intelsat donated bandwidth on the Intelsat 19 satellite, connecting back to the public network via the Intelsat Napa teleport.
Intelsat has a long history of contributing ongoing satellite connectivity to social and humanitarian causes around the world, including the Mindset Network in South Africa, the Children's National Medical Center Telehealth Program in Morocco and Medical Missions for Children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Responding to natural disasters, Intelsat provided satellite connectivity for relief and rebuilding efforts in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
China to launch Chinese-Brazilian satellite CBERS-3
The new satellite built by Brazil in partnership with China is due Monday to be launched into orbit on boar a 45-metre Chang Zhen 4B Chinese rocket, the Brazilian press reported.
Costing US$250 million split equally between the two countries, the satellite, known as CBERS-3 and the launch of which is taking place three years after it was initially scheduled to, will be positioned 778 kilometres above the ground and will have four cameras to take pictures of the Earth’s surface, two of which were built by Brazil and two by China, with different resolutions and spectral characteristics.
“They are extremely high-tech cameras, which make significant technological leap in comparison to previous satellites,” said the director of the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research.
One of the Brazilian cameras, known as MuxCam, will observe a tract of land 120 kilometres wide, and can take a digital photograph of the entire surface of the planet in 26 days, with a resolution of 20 metres.
The other, known as WFI, has a lower resolution (64 metres), but will be able to take a single photograph of a larger tract of land (866 kilometres), which means it can home in on any part of the Earth every five days.
According to the Brazilian press, there are big expectations for the launch as a failure could deal an almost fatal blow to the already fragile Brazilian space programme. (macauhub)
NEW HD services coming!
Phoenix TV will launch on January 1, 2014 Phoenix Chinese HD, HD Hong Kong Phoenix news HD, Phoenix, Phoenix America HD, Phoenix HD5 HD channels in Europe, AsiaSat-3S C band receive parameters as NEW 4120 H Sr 27500
The Mysat transponder on Intelsat 19 on 12646 H sr 28066 is currently FTA. Some of the channels appear to be different to what is listed on Lyngsat. .
From my Email
From the Dish
Telstar 18 138E 12721 V "China Movie, CCTV Entertainment, CCTV 9 Documentary, TJTV World, Chongqing TV International, Taishan TV, China Yellow River TV Station, Henan TV International Channel, Anhui International Channel, Zhejiang Satellite TV and Yunnan International Channel" have started on , Fta.
JCSAT 4B 124E Several updates in Big TV.
Thaicom 4 119.5E 11592 V "CTB" has started on Fta.
AsiaSat 3S 105.5E 4071 H "DM Digital has replaced DM Apna Bazaar" on , Fta.
Measat 3a 91.5E 3960 H "Zee Bioskop" has started on , MPEG-4, HD, Fta.
Intelsat 15 85.2E 10960 H "Nahno TV" has left .
Intelsat 15 85.2E 11487 H "Al-Remas Music TV" has left .
Intelsat 15 85.2E 11501 H "Rêga" has started on MPEG-4, Fta.
Intelsat 15 85.2E 11511 H "Orient News, Wesal TV, Alhayah Cinema and Oscar Drama" have started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3880 V "Happy TV" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 6A 78.5E 3709 H "Myanmar International" has left .
Thaicom 6A 78.5E 3800 H "BBTV Channel 7" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 6A 78.5E 3800 H Thai TV 3 has left .
Thaicom 6A 78.5E 12717 V "Workpoint TV, Channel 6, Hit Channel TV, Jatingja, Beauty TV Thailand, Daily News TV, Bluesky Channel, Boomerang Thailand, Shop at home, You and I TV, Hit station, Thai Chaiyo, Grand TV and Mahorasop" have started on , Tongfang.
From asiatvro site
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，泰国中文替换TCC TV 2（泰国）频道，设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。[12-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6A号卫星C频段，Hit Shop替换Hit Channel TV（泰国）频道，设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。[12-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Hit Shop替换Hit Channel（泰国）频道，设置3880 V 30000参数免费接收。[12-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，测试（泰国）等全组频道消失，设置3433 V 7500参数无效接收。[12-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6A号卫星C频段，Channel 9（泰国）频道开播，设置3800 H 30000参数免费接收。[12-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，UDD TV替换MV Asian Major（泰国）频道，设置3880 V 30000参数免费接收。[12-02]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，61 Games Active、Zee Madhya P（印度）频道新增，设置12688 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，Zee ETC Punjabi（印度）频道新增，设置12535 V 40700参数免费接收。 [12月2日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段，江苏卫视（传送）频道消失，设置3660 V 5630参数无效接收。 [12月2日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段，江苏卫视（传送）频道新增，设置3660 V 5630参数免费接收。 [12月2日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，Zee Fu Bai Fu（Dish TV）频道新增，设置12595 H 40700参数免费接收。 [12月2日]
Foxtel Go adds five new channels with more coming in 2014
Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.
Foxtel's Go video service is being expanded, with five new channels available today and more coming in the new year.
Nickelodeon, Nick Jr and MTV are now available both live and on demand, with ESPN and ESPN2 available live.
Early in January next year, Syfy, TVH!TS and the Universal Channel will also be added both live and on demand.
This will bring the total channel count to 68 live channels and 54 on demand, remembering that many channels will cross both categories.
Foxtel Go is a mobile service available to Foxtel subscribers and is available across selected Apple and Samsung devices, as well as PC and Mac.
TVs pile up as they pass use-by date
More than 20 old televisions had been dropped at the the Tauranga EnviroHub collection point yesterday morning less than two days after analogue television was switched off in the upper North Island.
Centre team leader Emma van de Molen said more than 300 televisions had already been collected at the Historic Village collection point.
Since Sunday morning's switch to digital television, people need a UHF aerial or satellite dish and a Freeview box or subscription to a paid television service to continue watching.
Mrs van de Molen said the comment she heard most often was that the old TV still worked.
"It's tricky and it's a bit of a shame recycling something that can still be used," she said.
The Ministry for the Environment has approved funding to subsidise the collection of about 2500 sets in the region but Mrs van de Molen said Tauranga was still well under that quota.
The campaign was originally scheduled to wrap up at the end of the week but might be extended, depending on the availability of EnviroHub volunteers.
"I'd still encourage people to get it sorted this side of Christmas," she said.
It costs $5 to dispose of a television at one of the Government-subsidised collection points, which are also located in Mount Maunganui, Te Puke, Te Maunga and Katikati. Visit www.tvtakeback.govt.nz for more information. Amy McGillivray
GPM satellite delivered to Japan after shutdown delay
An international satellite built to extend and expand precipitation measurements from space has arrived at its Japanese launch site after a trans-Pacific flight from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
After a delay of several weeks caused by a cessation of work during the U.S. federal government shutdown in October, NASA shipped the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory to Japan last week inside a U.S. Air Force C-5M Galaxy transport plane.
Cocooned inside a white shipping container, the GPM Core satellite landed at Kitakyushu, Japan, on Nov. 24 and was placed on a barge for the final leg of the trip to Tanegashima Island, the site of Japan's primary spaceport.
"We have been building GPM hardware at Goddard for over four years," said Art Azarbarzin, GPM project manager, who traveled with the spacecraft on its flight to Japan. "We are excited now to get the spacecraft to Tanegashima and looking forward to the launch."
The spacecraft, which will weigh 8,500 pounds at the time of launch, arrived at the Tanegashima Space Center on Tuesday for several months of final assembly, testing, fueling and launch preparations.
Situated on the southern shore of Tanegashima Island, the picturesque space center is Japan's primary launch site.
The launch is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 28 aboard an H-2A rocket, a delay of two weeks from the launch date advertised by NASA earlier this year.
The U.S. Air Force C-5M cargo plane lands at Kitakyushu Airport in Japan with the GPM Core spacecraft. Credit: JAXA
The partial shutdown of the U.S. government in early October put NASA teams behind schedule in readying the satellite for the trip to Japan, according to Michael Freilich, head of NASA's Earth science division.
The GPM Core spacecraft was built at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. NASA's budget for the project is more than $900 million, which covers development of the satellite and one of the mission's two main instruments.
Japan is responsible for GPM Core's other sensor and the launch.
Freilich said NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, have set a preliminary launch date of Feb. 28. The date needs to be confirmed by Japanese launch officials.
The GPM Core mission follows the joint U.S.-Japanese Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission launched in 1997, but the new satellite will cover more of the planet from a high-inclination orbit 250 miles above Earth.
The spacecraft's microwave imager and dual-frequency radar will peer inside clouds to measure the type and intensity of precipitation, studying everything from winter storms to hurricanes.
Scientists are interested in tracking cyclones as they move from the tropics to higher latitudes to see how the storms evolve as they move through different climate zones.
Inmarsat confirms launch date for the first Global Xpress satellite
Inmarsat, a leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has confirmed the launch date for the first of its game-changing Global Xpress (GX) satellites; Inmarsat-5 F1 (I-5 F1).
The satellite is scheduled to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M at 12.12 GMT on Sunday, 8th December.
Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said: “Global Xpress is the result of three years of planning and, together with a fourth GX satellite we ordered recently from Boeing, represents an investment of US$1.6 billion in our next generation of high bandwidth, high capacity, mobile broadband communications satellites. Global Xpress will ensure our satellite services fully support the current and future needs of end-users across the world - whether on land, at sea or in the air.”
The GX fleet is on schedule to achieve full global coverage by the end of 2014. It will offer a unique combination of seamless global coverage from a single operator, consistent higher performance of up to 50Mbps to mobile or fixed terminals, and the network reliability for which Inmarsat is renowned.
The launch of Inmarsat-5 F1 can be watched live online at http://inmarsat5f1.imgondemand.com/ on 8th December 2013.
Spain: Football piracy costs 500,000 pay-TV subs
Football piracy is having a big impact on pay-TV operators in Spain losing them half a million subscribers. This is the estimation of the president of the Football Association in Spain LFP, Javier Tebas, who has pointed out that piracy websites that illegally stream matches via P2P links, are seriously damaging pay-TV operators’ income.
To tackle this, LFP has joined forces with Iproded, a public organisation to protect digital rights, to develop a tool to control football broadcasting over the Internet. The LFP project aims to close down the pirate streaming signals immediately on detection and report them to the site holding the link, using the recent anti-piracy law.
Tebas is also in favour of eliminating FTA football TV transmissions to the benefit of pay-TV operators and football teams who would increase their revenues significantly, as the UK model has done.
On channel i.d "NTV Sport" on Intelsat 19 TVPLUS service. E2 is running which is a Turkish channel that plays American series in English Audio with subtitles.
Dizi Plus (Turkish) is also new (FTA) on TVPLUS Intelsat 19
Press TV has returned to Optus D2
D2 12581 H Sr 22500 service loads as 'NEWSTV'
All analogue TV channels in New Zealand are now off-air
Sommet Sports to go on Sky TV soon (This news Via their Facebook page)
"Sommet Sports (NZ) coming to Freeview satellite and Channel 67 (Sky NZ ) next year.
Early next year we will be on Freeview Satellite and Sky (Channel 67), we will announce the date within the next week. This should enable all Kiwis to be able to watch Sommet Sports."
Intelsat 19 12551 V Sr 3453 "StereoSonic"
D2 12634 V Sr 6670 "Horse racing" ('GCAST 7')
Intelsat 19 12582 V Sr 6670 "first-service" V8 Supertourers NZ live feed from the final round at Pukekohe for race 1 up now
D2 12636 V 6670 "Globecast 1" - Horseys
D2 12654 V 7500 "PT 0001" - Golf
Asiasat 5 100.5°E TP:3745 V Sr 7500 "GOLF (Australia Open)" MPEG4/HD/FTA
From my Email
From Colin Visser
To report that the Analogue Channels have been switched off at 12 midnight, apart from an Indian Channel on Channel 27 from Waiatarua.
This Indian Channel has been Broadcasting the following Channels over the last few weeks, Zee TV, LifeOK, Star Plus, NDTV, maybe others as well.
(Craig's comment, you may have tuned into someones UHF analogue video sender)
From the Dish
JCSAT 4B 124E 12690 H "A Big TV" mux has started on .
Measat 3a 91.5E 3880 H "Dog TV" has started on, MPEG-4, Fta.
Intelsat 15 85.1E 12526 V "Image" has left .
Horizons 2 85.1E 12040 H "Horoshee Kino (enc.) and Domashniy Magazin (clear)" have started on.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3433 V "Modern Life TV and Thong Tiew TV" have left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "Celestial Movies" has started on,Fta.
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Foxtel to fend off Netflix with new triple-play offer
With competition from the over-the-top industry’s 800lb-gorilla imminent, leading Australian operator Foxtel is to launch broadband and fixed-line telephony services bundled with its TV product.
Following approval by its shareholders Telstra and News Australia, and the execution of a wholesale agreement with Telstra, Foxtel is hoping to defend its territory before Netflix makes Oz OTT hot by concluding negotiations with local content rights holders.
Under the terms of the new service bundles, Foxtel will be able to offer fixed-line broadband and telephony services nationally on both Telstra's ADSL network and the National Broadband Network (NBN) as it is progressively deployed. The services such as Foxtel Play, Foxtel Go, and the brand new online and on-demand movie service Presto will also be delivered by the soon-to-launch broadcast and IP-enabled iQ3 set-top box.
The result of all this, says Foxtel, is that users will gain from competitive propositions with bundle discounts, have unmetered access to Foxtel's range of IP services such as Foxtel Go and On Demand when they use it through their home broadband connection, have the convenience of one source of customer care and technical support, and experience easy switching and installation of solutions.
"This is a transformative event for the Foxtel business,” said Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein. “It will enable us to greatly enhance the breadth, quality and value of the services we offer to customers while opening up significant opportunities for growth. International experience demonstrates that triple-play and broadband bundles have been hugely popular with consumers and have allowed operators to boost take-up of subscription TV services.”
However, opening up an opportunity for rivals, Foxtel also revealed that services aren't expected to launch until late 2014.
Static for non-digital Aucklanders
It's goodnight Kiwi for anyone who hasn't made the digital switch over.
Auckland television viewers who haven't gone digital will see nothing but static today after New Zealand's last remaining analogue TV signal was switched off early this morning.
Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss switched off the Waiatarua TV Tower analogue transmitter at 2am today, bringing to an end a three-year nationwide digital switch-over campaign.
The switch-over was carried out over 15 months in four stages, with the upper North Island the last to make the transition.
From this morning, viewers there will only be able to watch TV if they have Freeview, Sky or Igloo.
Mr Foss said the switch-over was a significant milestone in the history of New Zealand television.
"Scheduled analogue services have been operating since the 1960s, when New Zealanders had access to just one channel for a few hours each night," he said.
"No other Government programme has required action from almost every New Zealand household since the introduction of decimal currency fifty years ago."
Mr Foss said the traditional broadcast model was changing.
"Many New Zealanders no longer rely on their television as their primary source for receiving content. Some people have decided they don't need to go digital at all, and instead choose to receive content on their computer and smartphones via the internet."
Going Digital national manager Greg Harford said not all viewers would have made the transition, but experience from other parts of the country suggested those people would go digital over the coming days.
He said Going Digital had provided support to more than 30,000 households that were likely to face the greatest financial and technical challenges in moving to digital TV.
A targeted assistance package was available to people without digital TV who were aged over 75 at the time of switch-over and held a Community Services Card.
It was also available to people on a veteran's pension or a supported living payment for health reasons, formerly known as the invalid's benefit.
People who were formerly on either of those benefits were also eligible if they had switched to superannuation at age 65 of after.
The targeted assistance package had closed in Hawkes Bay and the South Island, but remained open in the lower North Island until January 3 next year and in the upper North Island until March 1.
TV recording switches over
Get a digital device or it will be good night to seeing future league games.
Viewers who set their older analogue devices to record the Kiwis in the Rugby League World Cup final overnight will be out of luck when they turn on their sets today.
An estimated 284,000 households in the upper North Island will wake up this morning to find their old VCRs, analogue DVD recorders and hard drive recorders no longer work after this morning's digital switchover.
The older-style recording devices, which were still being sold until about a year ago, are not compatible with the new digital broadcasting method.
Freeview general manager Sam Irvine said VCRs, DVD and analogue hard drive recorders would not record the digital signal unless they were plugged into a digital receiver that was switched on and tuned to the programme they wanted to record.
"There's a hell of a lot of them sitting in people's homes," he said. "People who don't upgrade their VCRs or analogue recorders are going to lose the ability to set their devices to record their favourite shows, or watch one channel while recording another."
Irvine said viewers could continue to watch shows they had recorded but needed to upgrade to a digital recorder such as MyFreeview, about $79, for future broadcasts.
"That means escaping to the bedroom to watch Campbell Live or The Crowd Goes Wild while the rest of the family is watching Shortland Street in the lounge will no longer be possible," Irvine said.
Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss was due to turn off the final analogue broadcast at 2am at the Waiatarua tower in Auckland.
Consumer Watch: Choice closes gap
Switch to digital expected to push viewers over the two million mark
Alex Breingan is enthusiastic about the digital switchover. Photo / Doug Sherring
As New Zealand television goes digital, independent TV channels throughout the country are recording big increases in audience numbers - which can then translate into advertising dollars.
From today, people in the upper North Island must have Sky TV or a system such as Igloo or Freeview if they want to continue to watch television.
Choice TV managing director Alex Breingan said the digital switchover was a huge boost to his channel.
"From today, Choice TV will be available in every TV-watching home, which puts it on the same playing field as TV One, TV2, TV3 and Prime."
The channel is owned by four shareholders: Breingan, Julia Baylis, Vincent Burke and Laurie Clarke. Burke and Clarke are also directors of TV production firm Top Shelf Productions. The channel has 12 full-time staff plus contractors.
Breingan said its success was a matter of being careful with money - it is backed by a bank loan - and offering content that people want to watch.
"TV audiences aren't channel-loyal, they are content-loyal," Breingan said.
"There was a gap in the market for Freeview that all of us saw and we were in the right place at the right time with the digital switchover, which has been key."
He said the channel noticed its first jump in viewers when the South Island and Hawke's Bay changed to digital in the middle of last year.
It now has almost two million viewers, compared with the major channels' three million. The switchover this weekend is expected to take Choice TV over the two million mark.
People who use Freeview can either have terrestrial access, which comes with TVs that have Freeview built in, or satellite access, which requires a set-top box. Terrestrial access has been the minority but is growing faster than satellite as people buy new TVs.
Breingan said Choice TV survived purely on advertising revenue. Businesses that had traditionally not been able to afford television advertising had success with Choice TV.
Other independent channels are also operating, including Channel North in Northland and TV Rotorua. They operate on terrestrial channels rather than satellite.
Gareth Mauchline, of Channel North, was also expecting an audience boost to improve on the 20,000 who tune into the Whangarei station. At present, viewers make up about a third of the people in the coverage area.
Falcon-9 launch tonight… possibly!
SpaceX’s third attempt to launch the SES-8 satellite could take place on the evening of December 2nd. The Thursday launch abort was blamed on oxygen being present in or near a component, but means that one of the rocket’s turbopump gas generators will need to be cleaned. SpaceX, in a statement said: “The rocket engines are healthy. The earliest possible launch attempt is Monday evening”.
SES-8 is a 3,138 kg satellite that is intended to be located to serve South Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. The launch has now been delayed twice, with minor glitches blamed on both occasions.
Chinese satellite system starts its global journey with Thailand
Early next year, Thailand will become the first country outside China to use the powerful Beidou Navigation Satellite System in a landmark deal that gives Thailand access to some of China's most advanced technologies, products and services.
Beidou, also known as Compass, was put into commercial use late last year as a supplement to the US' widely-used GPS platform, Europe's Galileo and Russia's Glonass. Its global outreach is an early illustration of the "diamond decade" of China-Asean cooperation - first outlined by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in September - as leading IT will be applied in more areas of cooperation.
Thailand intends to use the system initially for disaster relief, as well as transportation, power distribution and the environment.
Construction of a model station to allow Thai users to connect to the satellites will begin this month at an industrial estate in Chon Buri, followed by nationwide expansion beginning early next year.
The deal with Thailand reached in March is believed to be worth about US$300 million and is part of China's Asean outreach.
Premier Li has set a target for Sino-Asean trade of $1 trillion by 2020 - more than double last year's trade - and has named Asean as China's priority for overseas investment.
Beidou is regarded as having an advantage over other systems in that it is better equipped with cutting-edge technologies. It has the potential to become the premier global navigation satellite system (GNSS) worldwide with the help of growing demand from China and elsewhere.
The global navigation market is on track to hit $220 billion by 2020, representing annual growth of more than 10 per cent, Europe's GNSS agency has estimated.
Huang Xian, a researcher with the industry watchdog China Satellite Navigation Office, said China will promote Beidou-based applications mostly in Asia-Pacific because of footprint limits.
Applications include vessel monitoring, typhoon observation and positioning services for civil use. The system has 16 satellites and is expected to grow to 30 satellites by 2020, according to Chinese government sources.
Beidou is certainly powerful and capable of diverse uses. After the Ya'an earthquake in China on April 20, it played an important role in navigation and communication tasks during disaster-relief operations.
It was also used to track and eventually capture in Laos the rogue militia leader Naw Kham, who killed 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River in 2011.
China's choice of Thailand as its first Beidou customer outside of China reflects the strength of the relationship between the two countries and augurs well for future cooperation.
11 Military Satellites to be Launched by 2015
President Vladimir Putin said Friday that the country will launch a total of 11 military satellites by 2015.
Speaking at a meeting on the development of the Russian satellite fleet, Putin said that five military satellites had already joined the country's orbital group in 2013 and that five more would be added to it before the year is out.
Next year, another six satellites will be launched in line with the state arms procurement program, he said.
Putin did not specify the type of satellites or whether they would include dual-purpose Glonass navigation satellites.
According to Major General Alexander Golovko, the commander of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, Russia currently operates some 120 active satellites in orbit. About 80 of these satellites are reportedly military or dual-purpose.
Eurosport expands Russian presence with Beeline
The Eurosport Group has signed a multi-year agreement deal for the distribution of Eurosport HD and Eurosport 2 HD with one of the biggest Russian IPTV operators, Beeline TV.
Beeline TV is owned by VimpelCom, and currently has over 900,000 active subscribers across the country.
With this new agreement, Beeline TV subscribers can watch 1500 hours coverage of the winter sports season, including ski jumping, cross country and biathlon World Cup tournaments. In the coming year, fans can enjoy extensive live action from three tennis grand slams, starting with the Australian Open in January. Eurosport HD also broadcasts a full calendar of cycling with top races such as Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta. Each weekend Eurosport 2 HD broadcasts up to 5 live matches from the German football league, Bundesliga.
Olivier Bramly, Sr. Executive VP, Global distribution said: “We are delighted to be back on the Beeline IPTV Platform. Eurosport offers an unrivalled portfolio of live sporting events, which feature many famous Russian athletes, we are confident fans will enjoy.”