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Page UPDATED 25/10/2016 11.30 P.M NZ


Back after the break with a larger than usual catchup update

Tuesday Feeds

D2 - 12539H s/r6978. ABC out the front of Dreamworld waiting for cross
D2 - 12539H s/r6978. ABC now feeding Nine News broadcast
D2 - 12539H s/r6978. ABC now feeding Seven News broadcast
D2 - 12539H s/r6978. ABC chooper footage at Dreamworld fatal accident
D2 - 12547H s/r6978. ABC at Dreamworld fatal accident

IS19 - 12600V s/r6111 Nine News at Dreamworld fatal accident

D1 - 12679V s/r7199. Seven News at Dreamworld fatal accident

Thanks to Garry L for those reports

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12286 H "Epsilon TV, ERT 3, Mad TV, ERT 2 and Alpha Sat" have left .

ABS 6 159.0E 3679 V Apostolic Oneness Network, Kanal 10 Asia and SBN International have left .

Palapa D 113.0E "Ummat TV and Ummat TV Quran" have moved from 3986 H to 3908 H, Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Share Channel TV" has left again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3725 V "BTV Chittagong" is back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3906 V "Such TV" is back on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E4000 H Sundance Channel South East Asia and Sundance Channel Middle East have left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 12040 H "Kaleidoskop TV" is Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "IPM Show and IPM Show 2" are Fta. Chokdee TV has left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Zoom Vision has replaced Neha TV" on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12093 V "World Business Channel" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4155 V "Zee Marathi" has started on , Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Dharm Sangeet" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "E Movies Extra has started on , Videoguard. Kruiskyk TV is now encrypted. Afrikaanse Satelliet TV, Spirit Word, Ekurhuleni TV and Wild TV Africa" have left.

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Fashion One(时尚疯)频道加密,设置11052 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Bethat TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4100 V 29700参数无效接收。 [10月24日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,AP1 HD 、BTV Busines频道开播,设置3640 H 4000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,News 24替换Independent TV(Real VU)频道,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Warner Bros替换道通天地(TVB)频道,设置12651 V 26667参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-6替换CCTV-3(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4替换东方卫视(MPEG-4)频道,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,ZEE TV HD、ZEE Cinema HD(高清)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Colors HD、Ten HD(高清)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zonet Zawlbuk(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3949 H 3673参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Gen Channel(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。 [10月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,R-Plus Gold替换K NEWS(印度)频道,设置11790 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月23日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Shinsegae Shopping替换SBS Plus UHD(韩国)频道,设置12410 H 29500参数免费接收。 [10月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,History TV18 HD(高清)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten 3 New(印度)频道新增,设置3712 H 14454参数免费接收。 [10月23日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Rupasi Bangla、Filmy(Dish TV)等频道消失,设置12522 V 40700参数无效接收。 [10月23日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,BTVi替换Bloomberg TV(Dish TV)频道,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Zee Talkies HD、ETV HD(Dish TV)等频道加密,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,HBO(东南亚)频道新增,设置3840 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,VIP News(印度)频道消失,设置3790 H 7200参数无效接收。 [10月22日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Papua TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [10月22日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,M Tunes HD(印度)频道消失,设置3922 V 7000参数无效接收。 [10月22日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Deepam TV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置11356 V 44900参数免费接收。 [10月22日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Blink Cinema(MPEG-4)等频道消失,设置4011 V 10000参数无效接收。 [10月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Cartoon Network替换AXN(Cignal)频道,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,NBA替换国家地理(Cignal)频道,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [10月22日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Solar News(菲律宾)频道消失,设置4011 V 10000参数无效接收。 [10月21日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月21日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,In TVAhsan TV(印尼)频道改频率,设置3988 H 3635参数免费接收。 [10月21日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,H Bangla、DM TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3799 H 4280参数无效接收。 [10月21日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Zoom Vision替换Music Bangla TV(RRsat)频道,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [10月21日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Movie 1、Neha TV(RRsat)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [10月21日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Deepam TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11356 V 44900参数无效接收。 [10月21日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Travel XP HD、Sony Espn HD(高清)等频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Colors、Life Ok(MPEG-4)等频道消失,设置12405 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(高清)频道加密,设置12093 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月20日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,新视觉(艺华卫视)频道加密,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [10月20日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,H Bangla、DM TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3799 H 4280参数无效接收。 [10月20日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,MK Six、MK Tunes(印度)频道新增,设置3845 V 27692参数免费接收。 [10月20日]


Nine Network Australia Selects Intelsat to Distribute Domestic Television Programming

From http://www.intelsat.com/intelsat-news/nine-network-australia-selects-intelsat-to-distribute-domestic-television-programming/

Intelsat will provide satellite connectivity and global fiber services via the IntelsatOne network to bring news content from around the world to Australia

Luxembourg, 24 October 2016 – Intelsat (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, today announced a contract with Nine Network Australia to distribute programming to the company’s six domestic television stations as well as provide global satellite and fiber connectivity using the IntelsatOne terrestrial network to bring news content and special events from around the world to Australia for its network affiliates.

Nine Network Australia (NNA) is one of the country’s top-rated commercial television networks, with local stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin, along with a regional broadcaster, NBN. The network also has news bureaus in Canberra, London and Los Angeles. NNA is a subsidiary of Nine Entertainment Co., one of Australia’s leading media companies.

Intelsat initially is providing services via the Australia/New Zealand Ku-Band beam on Intelsat 19 for the network’s broadcasting requirement. Under the agreement, Intelsat’s network support will extend well into the next decade.

“Our Globalized Network allows us to meet NNA’s needs today and to increase our level of support if the network expands over time to meet the demands of multi-platform coverage,” said Terry Bleakley, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales, Intelsat. “NNA will also benefit from Intelsat’s global coverage for international contribution and distribution requirements.”

NNA previously used Intelsat for its domestic and international occasional use requirements. Most recently, NNA chose Intelsat to provide short-term services for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro using Intelsat 29e.

Supporting Resources:
•Intelsat Media Services: http://www.intelsat.com/solutions/media/
•Intelsat Video Neighborhoods: http://www.intelsat.com/solutions/media/distribution-solutions/video-neighborhoods/

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

Jason Bates
Media Communications Manager
+1 703-559-7044

Foxtel offers free viewing for select HBO shows

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016102444810/foxtel-offers-free-viewing-for-select-hbo-shows.html#axzz4O0pZqTXK

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel is offering non-subscribers the opportunity to view the first episode of a number of HBO programmes for free via its website.

westworld 13 Oct 2016The opening episode of HBO’s new sci-fi drama Westworld was the first show to be offered by Foxtel without charge, with Divorce and Quarry next in line. The pay-TV operator is also making the initial episodes of upcoming HBO shows Insecure and High Maintenance available on its website from next month.

Episode one of Westworld – a dark portrayal of the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin – starring Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and James Marsden is available on the Foxtel website until 2 November.

Divorce, starring Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, Broken Trail), is also available until 2 November. The show focuses on Frances, who after a decade of marriage and two children, has begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband Robert.

The first episode of Quarry, also available for free on-demand until 2 November, is set during the early 1970s and tells the story of Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green), a US Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972.

From 4 November until 3 December Foxtel will play host to the opening episodes of the new HBO series Insecure and High Maintenance.

Optus Satellite, Aeeris partner on remote worker services

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/optus-satellite-aeeris-partner-on-remote-worker-services--1168243

Optus Satellite has signed a partnership agreement with Aeeris, the developer, operator and provider of the Early Warning Network (EWN) multi-channel, Geographic Notification and Information System (GNIS). Aeeris will support remote worker services such as tracking of staff, and delivery of communications services across Australia using Optus Satellite Services and the Thuraya SatSleeve+.

EWN maps live data from multiple sources relating to severe weather, fire, traffic and other geo-spatial hazards specifically, supporting natural disaster awareness problems, personal and employee safety, asset protection and risk management. As part of the arrangement, EWN customers will be able to use their mobile phone to make satellite calls and SMS using the Thuraya SatSleeve rather than via a satellite specific handset.

Managers will be able to know where there remote staff are, can receive and view check-in’s and outs of locations, and be notified of ‘man down’ situations automatically and alert staff as required by either group or location based sending. All users will receive EWN’s 24/7 alerting service for their location should any severe weather event or hazard affect the area they are in.

John Drinnan: Where now for Freeview?

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11732704

Freeview could be an important counter to the growing power of closed platforms like Facebook and Google.

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has invited Television New Zealand to deliver a plan to expand Freeview - confirming a report in this column last week.

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick says expansion would make the free-to-air platform more commercially focused.

In my view, it would also open the door to online digital TV on the platform.

Freeview could also be an important counter to the growing power of closed platforms like Facebook and Google.

As it stands, Freeview is a high definition-capable service offering free access to the local free-to-air services, from mainstream channels to minority tastes, as well as some radio stations including RNZ.

Any expansion might also open the door to pay TV, something the Freeview electronic programming guide is already technically capable of providing.

I would expect TVNZ to take the platform towards accommodating online pay TV, competing with Sky

But expanding Freeview would mean additional investment and that raises questions about whether the shareholding might change.

While Freeview has received taxpayer funding, it is a private company owned by four broadcasters: MediaWorks, TVNZ, Maori TV and RNZ.

Adams said: "The TVNZ board is the major shareholder of Freeview, and I would expect them to be actively thinking about how best to increase the value of its investment and to that end what future investment requirements might be.

"TVNZ have indicated to me that it's something they're interested in looking at," she said. "I've invited them to send me a formal proposal and will consider it in due course."

Ready to invest?

In my opinion, the question is whether the current shareholders can or will make the necessary investment.

I would expect TVNZ to increase its current 44 per cent stake to further dominate Freeview. MediaWorks is the next biggest shareholder.

There have been rumours of closer ties between TVNZ and Mediaworks. An expanded Mediaworks investment in Freeview might make sense, though MediaWorks would surely resist if TVNZ held a dominant stake. MediaWorks declined to comment.

For Maori TV, spokesman Rick Osborne said: "Maori Television remains committed to working with other Freeview shareholders to advance the continuing development of the platform."

Officially, RNZ is relaxed. Its head of business transformation strategy, Alan Withrington, is currently chairman of Freeview. RNZ said in a statement: "A lot has changed in the media environment in the last decade and like any responsible business organisation regular strategic reviews are important for future planning."

Given that RNZ has been starved of government funding for years, it is not clear that RNZ could afford extra capital investment if Freeview was expanded.

TVNZ & Spark

Television New Zealand wants Freeview to become a Kiwi bulwark against Google and Facebook. That makes sense to me. But in my opinion there are risks in Freeview becoming seconded to a new role supporting TVNZ's commercial aims, such as pay TV.

TVNZ's Kenrick plays down the notion that there are plans to move beyond 44 per cent. He says he would prefer Freeview to continue with multiple shareholders, to spread the load of any extra investment.

TVNZ has been in talks with telecommunications company Spark about a joint venture linking its online distribution network with TVNZ's media expertise,

In my opinion, dominance of Freeview would make a TVNZ joint venture more attractive to Spark, which badly needs programming support for its Lightbox pay TV venture.

Both companies need to link telecommunications with content, now that Vodafone plans to merge with Sky TV.

Better on the box

Television New Zealand and MediaWorks are in talks to revive a joint industry body to promote TV as a medium to advertisers and marketers. The networks abandoned a similar body called Think TV during the Mark Weldon era.

TVNZ commercial director Paul Maher said both he and new MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson saw the need for an industry-wide approach.

Maher stressed TVNZ was heavily invested in digital. But advertisers and marketers were moving too fast and needed to be reminded that TV viewing was more valuable than online hits.

"Marketers have moved 1 per cent of the market away from TV each year despite its cost staying low," Maher said.

Facebook has been reported as overstating audiences for video ads.

But, says Maher, "I've been surprised there has been little reaction from the advertising and marketing sector.

"If I went to the market and said our prices have been overstated by 70 per cent I would be crucified.

"Big media owners have significant reach and advertisers are now saying that reach is important".

Other players such as Herald publisher NZME have made inroads into taxpayer funding for short-form video, but Maher does not see that as a major threat.

"The model for short-form video is still evolving. Long-form is more accessible on platforms."

Thaicom inks USD 208 mln satellite procurement deal with CGW

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-inks-usd-208-mln-satellite-procurement-deal-with-cgw--1168180

Asian satellite operator Thaicom, via its International Satellite Company (ISC) subsidiary, has signed a satellite procurement contract with satellite manufacturer China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). The transaction value is USD 208 million (approximately THB 7.28 billion). The asset purchase includes a satellite having 37 GHz or 53 Gbps Ka-band capacity, an approximate operating lifetime of 15 years, and a service footprint in Asia covering China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia and Thailand.

The total value of the procurement of the satellite is approximately USD 208 million, which includes the cost of the satellite and launch. The payment will be made in instalments. Thaicom expects the construction of the satellite to be completed around the end of 2019.

Thaicom expects this satellite deal to generate an increase of its revenue from Ka-band capacity leasing services. In this regards, ISC has agreed to lease out the entire capacity of the satellite to a major customer for the entire duration of the satellite’s lifetime and will receive full payment of service fees in advance from that customer. These fees in advance will be the source of funding for the payment of satellite construction expenses, Thaicom also said.

Thaicom Contracts With China Great Wall Industry Corporation For A New Satellite

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=325754234

Thaicom Public Company Limited has announced that their subsidiary, International Satellite Company Limited (ISC), has entered into a satellite procurement contract with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), China’s leader in satellite construction and commercial launch services.

The Company has been entrusted to initiate a new satellite project for a business partner. The satellite will be operated under license and orbital slot of the partner. The partner will provide the Company with advanced service fees, which will serve as the source of funding for the construction of the satellite, and this project is expected to contribute to increased revenue for the Company.

The satellite project is valued at approximately $208 million, or 7,280 million baht (based on the Bank of Thailand’s average exchange rate for October 2016 of 35 baht to 1 USD). The satellite is designed to carry 37 GHz of Ka-band capacity, equivalent to 53 Gbps.

With a 15-year lifetime and a service footprint covering China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, the satellite will strengthen broadband and mobility services in the Asia Pacific region. The satellite is expected to be completed around the end of the year 2019.

MENA broadcast anti-piracy coalition agrees enhanced co-operation

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016102144789/mena-broadcast-anti-piracy-coalition-agrees-enhanced-co-operation.html#axzz4Nje9Isz7

MBC 21 octAs it attempts to strengthen the fight against piracy, the MENA Broadcast Anti-Piracy Coalition has convened to develop strategies to reduce the number of infringements and to prevent notoriously rogue pirate channel operators.

As major stakeholders in the Middle East Satellite TV industry, the members of the Coalition, which was formed in March 2014, share information and align strategies to prevent copyright infringement in the Middle East. Piracy has always been a huge issue in the MENA region: the Coalition says that statistics show that over the past six months a total of almost 200 Western content infringements and over 4,000 Arabic content infringements occurred.

In its ninth meeting in Amsterdam, the Coalition gathered MENA stakeholders from the satellite broadcast industry — such as Eutelsat, Arabsat and Gulfsat — as well as content producers and distributors including MBC, OSN, Rotana, ART, CNE and the MPA. The members agreed that co-operation between the stakeholders had to be a key priority. The meeting also revealed that pirate channels were operated by a handful of individuals and agreed on how better to identify and take actions against them.

“Satellite TV piracy has relied upon everyone ignoring or being ignorant of the rules, of the individuals behind the pirate channels and of the major companies who profit by selling services to the pirates. Our coalition is step by step removing the cloak from this murky sector,” remarked MBC Group CEO Sam Barnett.

“We are very encouraged by the progress made so far by this important coalition but it is equally clear that all lot still needs to be done,” added Okke Delfos Visser, head of the legal department of the MPA in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “It has been our experience that progress in this area can only be made when stakeholders constructively work with each other. Curbing TV piracy is essential to keep growing legitimate TV channels thereby enhancing the consumers’ viewing experience, reinvesting money into the creation of new high-quality content and securing millions of jobs worldwide.”

Another man in court for selling 'Kodi' boxes that illegally show Sky and BT Sports

From http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/another-man-court-selling-kodi-12061662

Anthony Ayre, 32, had advertised the TV boxes on Facebook with 'all channels for £100'

TV 'Kodi' boxes were among the items offered for sale by Anthony Ayre

Another man has been before the courts for selling TV boxes which allow viewers to illegally watch Sky and BT Sports.

Anthony Ayre, 32, advertised the devices on Facebook - and also sold fake football shirts and designer handbags, clothing and jewellery.

Ayre received a six week sentence, suspended for six months, at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

It is the latest case of people being hauled before the courts after trying to get round subscription TV rules.

Earlier this month, the firm which owns the Navigation pub near the Riverside Stadium were fined £8,000 for showing a Boro game on a ‘Kodi’ box, instead of paying for a Sky Sports subscription.

Navigation court case prompts warning that Kodi box users could face UNLIMITED fines

And last month Kodi box dealer Brian Thompson denied selling the boxes ‘pre-loaded’ at Teesside Magistrates’ Court in what was thought to be the first prosecution of its kind.

The TV boxes stream content - including sports and movies - from the internet, and are attractive as they are much cheaper than a Sky subscription.

In the latest case Ayre, of Dene Road, Blackhall, near Hartlepool , was taken to court by Durham County Council for ten counts of breaching trademark and copyright laws.

The court heard how Ayre had been using Facebook to sell the TV devices, which were found to contain the illegal software which allows access to subscription channels without having to sign up.

Investigations revealed that Ayre said he had TV boxes with all channels for £100 and could supply items including trademark handbags, purses, jewellery and make-up sets.

A search warrant was executed at the defendant’s home in November last year and around 40 TV devices were seized, as well as a number of suspected counterfeit items.

The defendant voluntarily attended an interview and replied “no comment” to most questions.

The TV boxes seized from Ayre’s home were examined by the regional trading standards Scambusters Team before being forwarded to the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) for further assessment.

FACT found that the TV devices had the ability to access copyright infringing content from providers such as Sky and BT.

Nike trainers, MAC make-up sets, Michael Kors merchandise and a Sunderland football shirt were also discovered to be fakes.

In court, Ayre pleaded guilty to the charges with the court hearing he is of previous good character.

He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Cisco pushes Streaming Piracy Prevention

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/24/cisco-pushes-streaming-piracy-prevention/

Amit Wohl, Video Security Product Manager in the Service Provider organisation at Cisco, has suggested the company is pioneering a new approach to piracy prevention, with its Streaming Piracy Prevention service utilising technology to locate illegal redistribution of content on the open Internet and closed pirate networks.

In a Cisco blog post, Wohl notes that online video piracy is growing and becoming one of the most significant threats facing pay-TV service providers. “With a prior focus on low-resolution streaming through web sites that were notoriously riddled with inappropriate advertising and malware, streaming piracy has transformed to match consumer demand for high definition multiscreen delivery,” he notes.

“In the past pirate streaming sites have targeted the highest profile sports events; now pirate services are delivering whole channel packages into smart devices (mobile, tablet, smart TVs), IPTV set-top boxes, and plug-ins for video streamers and other such devices,” he adds.

He advises that in the last month alone, piracy monitoring specialist Friend MTS’s online threat analysis has uncovered over 12,000 unique instances of HD channels (1280 x 720 frame size or higher) on pirate services, being sourced from pay-TV service providers around the world. “Expand this to SD resolution, often targeted at mobile devices, and the number increases to over 22,000 channels,” he suggests.

According to Wohl, the demand for premium content, in every language and into every market, has led to a surge in the supply of pirate services offering a high-quality user interface, suggesting that the video quality offered is unprecedented, rivalling that on pay-TV platforms themselves. Bitrates of 4-6 Mbps for HD channels are common, with 1 Mbps H.264/AVC for SD channels. Even an Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) channel being delivered in HEVC at 15 Mbps is on offer.

“To effectively monetise live content, both the service providers that distribute content and the rights owners that license it need to ensure that it is available exclusively through licensed channels. Wide availability through illegal services or sites diminishes the value of the content, as paying viewers opt for the cheaper or free options made available by the pirates. Increasingly, rights owners are requiring their licensees to implement greater levels of platform security in order to gain access to their ultra-premium content. But deploying additional security is not always possible or practical, especially on older platforms. And sometimes even the enhanced protections deployed on newer platforms is defeated by pirates, so content remains vulnerable to piracy,” he warns.

“A new approach is needed,” he suggests. “Traditional takedown mechanisms such as sending legal notices (commonly referred to as ‘DMCA notices’) are ineffective where pirate services have put in place infrastructure capable of delivering video at tens and even hundreds of gigabits per second, as in essence there is nobody to send a notice to. Escalation to infrastructure providers works to an extent, but the process is often slow as the pirate services will likely provide the largest revenue source for many of the platform providers in question,” he observes, adding that for live events, the need for a timely detection of piracy and an effective response is even greater.

“Cisco is pioneering a new approach to piracy prevention,” he declares. “Its Streaming Piracy Prevention (SPP) service utilises technology to locate illegal redistribution of content on the open Internet and closed pirate networks. Using a forensic watermark, it identifies the subscriptions/sessions used to source the content, and shuts down the source through the video security system – all in real-time. The process is fully automated, ensuring a timely response to incidents of piracy. Gone are the days of sending a legal notice and waiting to see if anyone will answer; SPP acts without the need to involve or gain cooperation from any third parties, enabling an unmatched level of cross-device retransmission prevention and allowing service providers to take back control of their channels, to maximise their revenue,” he claims.

“In order to tackle live event piracy, Cisco and Friend MTS (FMTS) have partnered to put their respective technologies to work. FMTS’s market-leading piracy monitoring capabilities feed the Cisco SPP service with real-time pirated video feeds found on the open Internet, which are used by SPP to locate the source of the leak and shut it down,” he says.

German court confirms conviction of Sky card sharing pirate

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/10/20/german-court-confirms-conviction-sky-card-sharing-pirate/

Sky Deutschland smart cardThe German appeal court of Celle has confirmed the legal assessment of the district court of Verden in the trial against a Sky Deutschland card sharing pirate.

The district court imposed a 1-year prison sentence on probation on a 53-year old man from federal state Lower Saxony because of computer fraud in conjunction with circumventing technical protection measures in 65 cases in February 2016.

The appeal court confirmed the conviction for computer fraud following the appeal lodged by the defendant against the lower court’s verdict. This marks the first time that a higher regional court has confirmed that card sharing constitutes computer fraud. The decision is final and non-appealable.

The judges considered it to be evident that card sharing resembles an illegal usage of data leading to a direct financial loss at Sky Deutschland.

The appeal court, however, didn’t confirm the criminal offences of spying out data and circumventing technical protection measures the district court took into account in its verdict. The judges therefore submitted the case back to the lower court for reassessment of the sentence.

The defendant had been illegally distributing Sky Deutschland’s offers through the internet since spring 2009 by operating a card sharing server and selling access to it. This enabled third parties to watch Sky Deutschland’s programmes without paying subscription fees to the pay-TV broadcaster.

The close collaboration between Sky Deutschland, encryption system provider Nagravision and the Verden district court’s central department for the combat of information and communication crime as well as the investigative work by the public prosecution office of Verden enabled the legal proceedings.

“This decision by the appeal court of Celle is a success for Sky. It is also a clear signal to all criminals seeking to enrich themselves at the cost of our company and our honest customers by selling our exclusive content,” said Dr Andreas Rudloff, vice president platform services & security at Sky Deutschland.

“Card-sharing is not a petty crime, but computer fraud that will be prosecuted by the authorities and can be punished with a prison sentence,” he added. “In the interest of our over 4.6 million customers, we will continue to enforce the prosecution of such activities in collaboration with the relevant authorities and our partners.”

50% work of Bangabandhu satellite completed: Minister

From http://businessnews24bd.com/50-work-of-bangabandhu-satellite-completed-minister/

The government can launch the country’s first broadcast satellite Bangabandhu-1 on December 16 next year according to plan as 50 percent work of the satellite has been completed, State Minister for Telecommunication Tarana Halim said today.

“We are hopeful to finish it by the deadline as the French firm, Thales Alenia Space, has completed 50 percent work of the project,” she said at a press briefing at the BTCL office in Dhaka’s Gulshan area.

The satellite, meant for communication and broadcast services is so far the most sophisticated technological project undertaken by Bangladesh, worth about Tk 2,967.96 crore. Of the amount, some Tk 1,652.44 crore is from foreign loans and the government will supply Tk 1,315.51 crore.

Kratos Awarded $6.2 Million Contract Modification to Expand Global Satellite RF Interference Monitoring For U. S. Department of Defense

From http://forextv.com/top-news/kratos-awarded-6-2-million-contract-modification-to-expand-global-satellite-rf-interference-monitoring-for-u-s-department-of-defense/

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it received a Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC Space) contract modification to expand RF monitoring, interference detection and geolocation services to now include all Department of Defense (DoD) leased Ku and C-band commercial bandwidth worldwide, and X-band geolocation in select locations. DoD relies on commercial bandwidth to support critical mission needs, including reconnaissance, surveillance and broadband communications between commanders and field units. The contract modification is valued at $6.2 million.

A component of the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), JFCC Space is responsible for executing continuous, integrated space operations to deliver theater and global effects in support of national and combatant command objectives. This includes monitoring and protecting the commercial satellite bandwidth leased by DoD.

Kratos currently provides RF services for the Central Command (CENTCOM) and Pacific Command (PACOM) Areas of Responsibility (AORs). The contract modification expands Kratos’ services to include the four remaining geographic COCOMs: European Command (EUCOM), Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Africa Command (AFRICOM) and Southern Command (SOCOM). In addition to expanding geographic coverage and infrastructure, Kratos will provide event and trend analysis of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) information for contracted DoD leased commercial bandwidth.

Kratos delivers these services from an infrastructure that comprises an extensive global network of RF monitoring and interference detection sensors and geolocation systems serving a broad range of commercial and government clients. To provide the DoD with the increased worldwide coverage, Kratos will significantly expand its current infrastructure. The upgraded configuration will add seven new worldwide monitoring sites, host more than 60 antennas and provide visibility to over 50 satellites, 100 beams and 200 transponders. Additionally, Kratos will add X-band geolocation capability, particularly suited to military requirements, greatly increasing the ability to support geolocation tasking on commercial and military X-band satellites in key areas of the world.

The services are anchored around Kratos’ Monics®, the industry-leading carrier monitoring product and satID®, its highly accurate geolocation system. “Monics uses a high-speed digital signal processing capability that makes carrier measurements against a monitoring plan, so that we are notified whenever there is any change to our customer’s terminals or bandwidth. satID is a highly accurate system where we typically see results within 5km of the interference location,” Greg Caicedo, Kratos’ Vice President who oversees the program, explained.

“Our program with JFCC Space is a prime example of the increasingly important concept of government agencies utilizing commercial managed services so uniformed personnel can focus their attention on critical mission-related activities. With commercial services, the power of the market helps to keep costs down for the government. The program also demonstrates the growing interest and potential of closer military-commercial partnerships in all aspects of space operations,” said Phil Carrai, President of Kratos Technology and Training Division.

About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS) is a mid-tier government contractor at the forefront of the Department of Defense’s Third Offset Strategy. Kratos is a leading technology, intellectual property and proprietary product and solution company focused on the United States and its allies’ national security. Kratos is the industry leader in high performance unmanned aerial drone target systems used to test weapon systems and to train the warfighter, and is a provider of high performance unmanned combat aerial systems for force multiplication and amplification. Kratos is also an industry leader in satellite communications, microwave electronics, cyber security/warfare, missile defense and combat systems. Kratos has primarily an engineering and technically oriented work force of approximately 2,800. Substantially all of Kratos’ work is performed on a military base, in a secure facility or at a critical infrastructure location. Kratos’ primary end customers are National Security related agencies. News and information are available at www.KratosDefense.com

BBC to offer UHD via iPlayer

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/24/bbc-to-offer-uhd-via-iplayer/

Last week the BBC’s Mike Gunton (Creative Director/BBC Natural History Unit) and Andy King (its outgoing Head of Technology/Television Productions), speaking to advanced-television.com at the MIPCOM programming market, said that the BBC was now working hard to get its Ultra-HD productions out to the consumer.

King said that high-profile shows, such as the upcoming Planet Earth II series, were increasingly being produced in High Dynamic Range (HDR), helped by the various standards bodies having agreed their specification for HDR. HDR is widely agreed to deliver the ‘Wow’ factor needed to further differentiate 4K production over ‘ordinary’ HDTV.

King said: “What we now need to work on is how we are going to get [these shows] to the viewer. Obviously, as an organisation we are committed to delivery on every platform. But Digital Terrestrial is going to be very difficult. However, we are very much strategically taking an ‘Internet first’ approach. So we see our first offerings with UHD/HDR, and HDR is very important, to be on the iPlayer platform. [We also need] to take a look at sound. We have moved to 5.1 but I’d really like to see some serious developments in Object Based Audio. As an industry we need not to forget the sound stuff!”

Three new TV channels join DD FreeDish bouquet; 24 get extension

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/terrestrial/three-new-tv-channels-join-dd-freedish-bouquet-24-get-extension-161021


NEW DELHI: Doordarshan earned a sum of Rs 1293 million (Rs 129 crore ) by sale of three new slots and extension of the licence of another 24 on the 31st auction of its free-to-air direct-to-home platform FreeDish on 20 and 21 October.

The auction was called off on 6 October 2016 because of technical glitches. The new channels which successfully bid for the slots are -- News State Uttarakhand/Uttar Pradesh, 9x Bajao TV, and a teleshop channel.

A DD announcement had earlier said the reserve price per slot is Rs 4.3 crore. FreeDish has not raised its reserve price, although the price for one channel went up to Rs 5.3 crore in an earlier auction. The reserve price had been Rs 3.7 crore till last year but was raised to its present level for the 25th e-auction in January.

The e-Auction was conducted by M/s. C1 India Pvt. Ltd., Noida which also conducted the first stage of the FM Radio Phase III auctions on behalf of Prasar Bharati.

Earlier this month, a senior DD official told indiantelevision.com that the “glitches were experienced by the bidders”. Following several complaints received in this regard, “the Competent Authority has cancelled the e-Auction conducted for the slots on 5 and 6 October 2016”.

DD had made it clear that all registered bidders for the 31st e-Auction will be eligible for participating in the fresh bidding process on the rescheduled date, “which will be communicated in due course of time”.

Meanwhile, DD has formally announced that it is now capable of carrying 104 television channels on its FTA FreeDish and the 24 channels being added to the present 80 channels will be the first to be launched on MPEG4 technology.

DD officials also confirmed that FreeDish will soon be capable of carrying up to 250 channels.

The official confirmed that a Call Centre would be set up for subscribers as soon as MPEG 4 becomes fully operational. The customer care service will have extensive complaint redressal mechanism.

DD has decided to implement Indian Conditional Access System (iCAS) on DD Freedish Platform. iCAS, an initiative of the Central Government, is being initially introduced in the 24 MPEG-4 Channels. The introduction of iCAS will provide enhanced viewing experience to the viewers.

DD officials said these additional 24 MPEG-4 SDTV channels will be available to viewers in FTA mode. The existing viewers will continue to get 80 SDTV channels, but will have to obtain iCAS-enabled authorised Set Top Boxes for accessing all 104 channels.

Although FreeDish will remain free to air with no monthly or periodic fee, the viewers will be required to register with DD Freedish on getting the new STB from Doordarshan authorised STB dealers.

FreeDish was launched with a modest bouquet of 33 channels in December 2004 and now carries 80 TV channels and 32 radio channels.

The platform has a bouquet of channels consisting of 22 Doordarshan channels, two Parliamentary channels, seven general entertainment channels, 18 movie channels, 13 news channels, seven ,music channels, three religious channels and eight channels of other genres.

After active consultation with all the stakeholders, DD has started the process for rolling out MPEG-4 STBs for its DD Freedish with iCAS. Doordarshan has invited e-Applications for authorisation/empanelment of STB original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to sell / distribute DD approved CAS enabled DD Freedish STBs in India. In this regard a pre bid meeting with the Indian STB manufacturers was held on 3 October 2016.

Once the Indian STB OEMs are authorised by DD, they will start manufacturing quality STBs in India. They will set up their distribution network all over India for selling Indian STBs and providing services to Doordarshan Free Dish viewers.

The participation amount (EMD) in the e-Auction was Rs.1.5 crore which had to be deposited in advance before or by 12 noon on the date of auction along with processing fee of Rs.10,000 (non-refundable) in favour of PB (BCI) Doordarshan Commercial Service, New Delhi.

Incremental amount for the auction will be Rs 10 lakh and the time for every slot e-auction will be of fifteen minutes duration. This may be extended by five minutes if a bid is received before the closing time.

Of the reserve price, Rs 1.1 crore will be deposited within one month of placement and another Rs 1.1 crore within two months along with service tax of 14.5 per cent on the bid amount.

The balance bid amount will be deposited within six months, failing which the deposited amount will be forfeited and the channel discontinued after a 21-day discontinuation notice.
Also read: FreeDish ready to beam 104 TV channels; 24 on MPEG4


Monday holiday, no update


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday, no update , back Tuesday


As mentioned a few months ago, Viceland is starting on SKY NZ December 1st

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Vinasat 1 132.0E 3590 V "VTV 5 Tay Nam Bo" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Cine 21" has left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "SMBC Insight has replaced High News" on, Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "DM TV and H Bangla" have left .

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,新视觉(艺华卫视)频道解密,设置12472 V 33500参数免费接收。 [10月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Prabhatam New Raj (印度)频道重现,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Dangal(印度)频道重现,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月19日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,广东卫视替换中天综合(艺华卫视)频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [10月19日]


Ten shares hammered on $157m loss

From https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/32953528/ten-network-halves-fy-loss-to-156-8m/#page1

Ten Network has halved its annual loss to $156.8 million after lifting TV revenue 7.5 per cent.

Investors have wiped almost $100 million from the value of the Ten Network after another big writedown in the value of its television licence dragged it to an annual loss of $157 million.

Shares in Australia's third-placed free-to-air broadcaster dropped 19 per cent after Ten wrote down the value of its licence by $135.2 million.

Chief executive Paul Anderson called for the government to further reduce the amount networks have to pay for broadcast licences and said regulatory uncertainty is stifling decision making and investment in domestic content.

The networks have long lobbied for a big cut to licence fees to help them compete against the likes of Netflix, but the government this year reduced them by just 25 per cent.

"Increased competition from untaxed and unregulated providers is bringing major challenges," Mr Anderson said.

"In order to continue investing billions in a strong Australian voice on screen, this sector urgently needs a significant reduction in television licence fees."

Shares in Ten fell 27 cents to $1.15, reducing its market value by $98 million to $416 million.

The writedown in the licence was the biggest single hit to Ten's bottom line, which showed the network's full year loss had halved from a year ago.

Underlying earnings came in at $4.5 million, a turnaround from a $12 million earnings loss a year earlier.

A tie-up with Foxtel's Multi Channel Network that came into effect on September 1, 2015, helped lift television revenue for the 12 months to August 31 by 7.5 per cent to $676.4 million.

That was despite the capital city free-to-air television advertising market declining 2.9 per cent in the same period.

"Our strategy of investing in prime time content and new distribution channels, coupled with the innovative and market-leading arrangement with MCN, is producing sound results," Mr Anderson said.

"The arrangement with MCN has delivered clear benefits in terms of scale, audience reach and innovation."

Mr Anderson said new five-year affiliation agreements with WIN Network and Southern Cross Media, which came into effect on July 1, were already lifting audience numbers.

Television costs increased 5.1 per cent, below guidance of 5.5 per cent given in April 2016, and they are expected to increase by mid-single digits in 2016/17.


•Net loss $156.8m v $312.2m

•Revenue up 5.4pct to $689.5m

•No final dividend.

Bill to help others follow in Rocket Lab’s launch-steps

From http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/2517537-135/bill-to-help-others-follow-in

NZ's first piece of legislation to regulate outer space passes first reading in Parliament.

NEW Zealand’s first piece of legislation to regulate outer space has passed its first reading in Parliament but rocket launches from Mahia can still go ahead before the new law is introduced.

The new bill will pave the way for more rocket companies to enter the aerospace industry and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce yesterday welcomed the first reading of the Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill as a “significant milestone” for the development of a New Zealand-based space industry.

“Space is now a global multibillion-dollar industry and this bill is New Zealand’s passport to be part of that industry.

“The bill establishes a regulatory regime for space launches, the deployment and operation of payloads such as satellites; and governs high-altitude activities from New Zealand.

“A New Zealand space industry has the opportunity to build our capacity and expertise across a broad spectrum of space and high-altitude activities, from rocket technology to the use of satellites to perform functions that benefit our economy, environment and society.

“Satellites enable a range of critical services and infrastructure that we use every day including for banking, telecommunications, the internet, navigation, disaster response, earth monitoring and national security.”

Auckland-based company Rocket Lab is expected to conduct the world’s first commercial satellite launch from Mahia early next year, with a first test launch expected to take place before Christmas.

The new bill will be considered by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee and the Government is seeking it to come into law in mid-2017.

Rocket Lab intends commencing launches before the bill is able to become law, so the Government and Rocket Lab had signed a contract as an interim measure.

The contract authorises Rocket Lab’s space activities to be conducted from New Zealand, manages government liability under the United Nations Liability Convention, and implements New Zealand’s obligations under the TSA enabling it to enter into force.

Once the bill is enacted, Rocket Lab will be subject to the new regulatory framework.

Rocket Lab has submitted a proposal for partial road closures close to its Mahia launch complex between November 17 and December 24.

For safety reasons, during a launch Rocket Lab has requested restrictions on parts of Mahia East Coast Road (from Wainuiorangi Road to Onenui Station) and the unformed Tawapata Road.

'Netflix killer': Viewers looking for alternatives

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/media-technology/316048/'netflix-killer'-viewers-looking-for-alternatives

The director behind an internet service marketed as a Sky TV and Netflix killer says he does not think it is allowing illegal viewing.

Netflix said bypassing its systems to access its services would violate its terms of service.

Hamilton-based NZ Streaming Boxes is selling smart set-top boxes that can stream thousands of channels, including sports such as the English football Premier League.

The company has previously been marketed as Bye Bye Sky and has sold close to 1000 boxes since starting a few months ago.

Internet law specialist Rick Shera said it could infringe copyright and Sky TV was likely to take action, while Netflix said bypassing its systems to access overseas networks would violate its terms of service.

But the director of NZ Streaming Boxes, who has asked only to be called Joe, said it was just putting existing technology in people's homes.

"The thing I need to be very clear on here is that the customisations that take place on these boxes when they come into the country and we program them is mainly around the graphical interface.

"So there are a lot of these boxes on the market, a lot of them aren't very user-friendly. And so for us it was around making these boxes a lot more user-friendly for consumers and everyday Kiwis in their home - rather than just being exclusive to the techies of our country."

The customisation wasn't geared or designed to access overseas streams and did not provide VPN to allow access to services such as the US version of Netflix, he said.

It did give people in places where Freeview was limited, such as Raglan, the chance to get channels.

"For me it's fantastic seeing a third of our customers were between the age group of 50 and 65 ... These people, and I hate generalising here but [they] don't even know what a stream is."

On its website, the product listed a number of channels including Sky Sports, ESPN and Animal Planet, which would normally sit behind a Sky paywall.

He said he did not think it was necessarily allowing illegal viewing.

"It's no different to somebody going and buying a computer at JB Hi-Fi or Noel Leeming and going onto a website and watching a stream of their favourite channel or sports show.

"I'm not a judge, all I can do is what I think is right and what is ethical"

While he could see why subscription-based services might look at what they could do about it, he said they needed to look at their own business models.

"A lot of the feedback I'm getting from our customers is that they seem to see their Sky bill go up and up and up but the benefits go down and down and down.

"People are going to find alternative to this because it's just not acceptable any more or certainly not to the people I've been speaking with."
'It'll probably get shut down fairly quickly'

Consumer technology writer Hadyn Green said it was an interesting idea but doubted it would take over from Sky.

"I don't want to say it's dodgy, but it definitely sounds dodgy but I can't see this being a major hindrance for Sky and definitely not for Netflix."

Watching over the internet was increasing so there would be more of this sort of thing popping up, Mr Green said.

"VPN and DNS systems put in place for people to get to US Netflix for example have been shut down pretty ruthlessly all through this year. So these sorts of companies that are coming out saying, 'Oh this box will work and you can get all these things' - probably not for very long. I'd imagine it'll probably get shut down fairly quickly."

Mr Shera said if the content being accessed was pay-to-view or geo-blocked and infringing copyright, the person providing the facility to access it could be liable.

If the product was imported directly and changed to allow copyright infringement, there would be an issue, he said.

"If I go and buy a plain vanilla box off Amazon or whatever and they haven't done anything to the box, and they're not promoting it for the purpose of infringing content, then Amazon's not going to be liable for authorising that infringement.

"But if they've done something to it and/or if they're promoting it or making it particularly useful for infringing content then they could be liable."

Sky was likely to take some kind of action, he said: "Not necessarily because they're particularly worried about this particular company but simply to put a line in the sand."

New Zealand Centre for ICT Law director David Harvey, a former district court judge, said there would be a problem if the service allowed people to bypass subscriptions.

"If they're making the stuff available and there're no charges for it, there is an issue there, that I think needs to be addressed.

"The licensees and various content providers and so on and so forth here in New Zealand will be looking at it very very carefully."

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet said, at this stage, he had no comment to make.

Netflix also declined to give a specific comment, but said bypassing its systems to access overseas networks would violate its terms of service.

Google signs CBS, in talks with others on web TV - sources

From http://in.reuters.com/article/google-television-idINKCN12J2FE

Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google has reached an agreement with CBS Corp (CBS.N) to carry the network on its planned web TV service and is in advanced talks with 21st Century Fox (FOXA.O), Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) to distribute their channels, people with knowledge of the talks told Reuters on Wednesday.

The service, which will be part of Google's YouTube platform, is expected to launch in the first quarter and will include all of CBS's content, including live NFL games, one of the sources said.

Google's offering, known as a "skinny bundle" because it will have fewer channels than a typical cable subscription, will cost $30 to $40 a month, the source said. It was unclear which Fox and Viacom networks would be part of the Google service, two of the sources said.

The sources requested anonymity because the discussions are confidential. A spokesperson for YouTube declined to comment.

A representative at Disney was not immediately available for comment. CBS, Viacom and Fox declined to comment.

Google will be launching into an increasingly crowded market. Dish Network Corp (DISH.O) and Sony Corp <6758.T in the past year have launched skinny bundles delivered over the internet to appeal to younger viewers who do not want to pay for cable.

Both AT&T Inc (T.N) and Hulu, the online video service owned by Disney, Fox, Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and Time Warner Inc (TWX.N), have streaming television offerings that are expected to go live in the next few months.

Traditional cable operators also have unveiled smaller packages to fight "cord cutting" by consumers who are dropping their more expensive packages with hundreds of channels.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. (on.wsj.com/2eShhLp)

Google has been talking to media companies about its web TV for years, but its plans have just ramped up over the past few months, one of the sources said. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) had looked at a similar service but has shelved that plan for the time being, sources previously told Reuters.

Shares of CBS, Viacom and Fox rose to session highs on the news before they pared gains. Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended up 0.6 percent at $25.12, Viacom rose 0.6 percent to $36.37, and CBS closed up 0.8 percent at $55.53.

Clubbing TV goes Ultra-HD

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/20/clubbing-tv-goes-ultra-hd/

Paris-based ClubbingTV is about to shift to Ultra-HD and launch two linear channels in UHD. One service will be provided on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellite over Europe, while the other will be hosted by SES for North American distribution.

The channels go ‘live’ on November 1st in UHD. The channel is widely distributed on French cable TV, and is also currently shown on Meo in Portugal and some 27 countries via satellite and cable or OTT.

The music and lifestyle channel was initially launched in January 2009, and has since become home for techno and electronic music, and covers numerous music festivals around the world which feature electro-music including the famous TommorrowLand event, and high-profile music from the Amsterdam Dance Event, the Music Summit in Ibiza, the Time Warp Festival and the Barcelona Summer Week of music.

ClubbingTV says it is the world’s first channel exclusively dedicated to electronic music. It is backed by media company AB Groupe.



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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4000 H Fox Asia, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia, Fox Family Movies, Star World Vietnam, Fox Crime Asia, Nat Geo People Asia, Fox Family
Movies HD, National Geographic Channel Asia, FX HD Asia, Nat Geo Wild HD Asia, Fox HD Asia and Fox Sports Asia have started on ,

Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Share Channel TV" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "INews TV" has started on , Fta Fuel TV and JTV have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "MCOT World "has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Fan TV" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3742 V "Sadhna Prime News" has started on Fta.Yes Channel has started

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "ACBN Africa, One Touch TV and Free Indeed TV" have started on , Fta. Breakthru TV and Blessing TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Christ TV, CT Live! Beats, Fire TV, MFM TV, Destiny Delivery TV, Favour TV, Nollywood, Rapha Channel and Rhema TV" have started on , Fta. God's Chapel TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Good News TV" has started on , Fta.

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Miniature spacecraft for Australian Defence ready to fly

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Miniature_spacecraft_for_Australian_Defence_innovation_ready_to_fly_999.html

UNSW Canberra Space engineers, Dr Philippe Lorrain and Mr Arvind Ramana, tuning the Buccaneer spacecraft.

A state-of-the-art miniature satellite that will play an important role in developing Australian Defence space capability is ready for launch into orbit after successfully passing gruelling tests that simulate the harsh environment of space.

A team of space engineers from UNSW Canberra (the University of New South Wales' campus at the Australian Defence Force Academy) and Defence Science and Technology Group, put the satellite through its paces in 24/7 thermal cycling, with the help of spacecraft test engineers from the Australian National University at the Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre on Mt Stromlo.

"The cubesat that we tested is the first of two in a joint program called Buccaneer to build Australian capability to develop and fly satellite missions," says Professor Russell Boyce, Director of UNSW Canberra Space.

Buccaneer will perform calibration experiments for Australia's world-leading over-horizon Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) from Low Earth Orbit, several hundred kilometres above the surface of the Earth.

Buccaneer will also contribute to aspects of UNSW Canberra Space's research program, looking at ways to more accurately predict the orbits of space objects.

"Satellites and space debris move around erratically due to space weather and atmospheric drag, even at high altitudes. These movements are not well understood and so are very hard to predict, and are a major reason why collisions in space are a serious risk," says Boyce.

"Being able to avoid collisions in space is essential if we are to safeguard the space-based technologies upon which the world depends."

Importantly, Boyce says Buccaneer is a stepping-stone to an increasingly sophisticated home grown Australian space capability that can take advantage of rapidly transforming technology and a boom in the Asia-Pacific space sector.

Dr Doug Griffin, UNSW Canberra Space's Flight Mission Lead, says miniaturisation of electronics and sensors, and a reduction in satellite launch costs, are opening the door to potentially game-changing applications of innovative small spacecraft.

"These will lead to new ways to inexpensively perform remote sensing - for example, for environmental monitoring, national security, and much more - and improve communication links.".

UNSW Canberra has made a $10 million strategic investment to build a domestic space program, which includes assembling a team of space engineers and scientists.

"Part of our investment involves bringing world-class Australian space talent back from the international space sector and reversing the brain drain," says UNSW Canberra Rector, Professor Michael Frater.

UNSW Canberra's Master of Space Engineering and Master of Space Operations degrees offer unique up-skilling for Defence and non-Defence professionals working in the space sector and related industries.

"UNSW Canberra is playing a key role in the transformation of space technology and helping Australia to become an important space-faring nation in ways that make economic sense and meet national needs," Professor Frater says.

Melbourne Cup Carnival live on Racing.com

From https://www.racing.com/news/2016-10-19/racingcom-to-broadcast-melbourne-cup

Racing.com will once again broadcast live racing from the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington after negotiating a deal with the Seven Network.

Under the agreement, audiences around Australia will be able to watch all four days of the world famous carnival without delay on Racing.com channels 78 (metro), 68 (regional) and Foxtel 529.

Additionally, viewers from Australia and around the world will be able to watch via the Racing.com digital platform and app.

The deal allows for broadcast of all races during the four-day Flemington Carnival without a two-minute delay and Racing.com is currently the only racing broadcaster to have secured the rights for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Racing.com’s Melbourne Cup Carnival coverage will be led by Shane Anderson and Michael Felgate, with legendary racecaller Greg Miles broadcasting his 36th Carnival to audiences all around the world.

Brent Zerafa will get each day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival off to a flying start with 'Before The First' starting 90 minutes before the opening race on the card, giving punters detailed information to find plenty of winners.

Form experts David Gately and Clint Hutchison will analyse each race, with Lizzie Jelfs in the mounting yard giving her views on the appearance of the horses in the pre-race parade.

Former champion jockey Shane Dye, who rode 93 Group 1 winners in a glittering career including Tawriffic in the 1989 Melbourne Cup, will be on the panel to give his insights into what it takes to win, while Hayley Moore will analyse all of the international runners competing throughout the week.

Sam Hyland will provide plenty of insight off horseback, including post-race winning jockey interviews.

A big editorial team led by Andrew Eddy will have all of the news across digital and social media platforms with in-depth coverage for racing fans.

China to push Asian SVoD – without Netflix

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/19/china-to-push-asian-svod-without-netflix/

The Asia Pacific region will have 157.78 million SVoD [subscription video on demand] subscribers by 2021, up from 41.68 million in 2015 and 76.12 million expected by end-2016. The total will be nudging 100 million by end-2017, according to the Asia Pacific SVOD Forecasts report from Digital TV Research.

Rapid smartphone subscription growth means that China will command 47 per cent of the 2021 total SVoD subscribers – up from 38 per cent in 2015. From the 82 million additions between 2016 and 2021, China will supply 34 million, Japan 9 million and India 15 million.

By 2021, 17.5 per cent of the region’s TV households [across 17 countries] will subscribe to an SVoD platform, up from only 5.1 per cent by end-2015 and 9.1 per cent expected by end-2016.

Penetration rates in 2021 will vary from 53.5 per cent in Australia (with four countries above 50 per cent) to 8.0 per cent in Pakistan.

“Although Netflix, Amazon, Iflix, HOOQ and Viu will enjoy rapid growth, they will collectively only account for 16 per cent of the region’s SVOD subscribers by 2021,” advised Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research.

“Netflix is forecast to have 7.59 million subscribers in the region by 2021, up from 3.17 million at end-2016. Australia, Japan, Korea and New Zealand will together account for nearly three-quarters of the total. Netflix is considered expensive in most other countries. We do not believe that Netflix will launch as a standalone platform in China,” he stated.

Meet Sport24, The Biggest Sports Network 40,000 Feet Above The Ground

From https://www.fastcocreate.com/3063794/behind-the-brand/meet-sport-24-the-biggest-sports-network-40000-feet-above-the-ground

Take a look inside IMG's 24-hour sports channel created specifically for the airline and cruise industries.

We live in an on-demand society. This, of course, is no surprise. It's why I can order diapers with a push of a Prime button while watching the third season of The Sopranos, eating Domino's I ordered with a tweet. But believe it or not, there are STILL places on this planet where life is very much like it was in, say, 1996, when if you weren't home to watch Friends on Thursday night at 8 p.m., then guess what? No Friends. Horrors. Yet one such place where this has largely remained the hard reality is airplanes.

Yes, many offer in-flight Wi-Fi (usually terrible) and a preprogrammed selection of TV and movies. And of course, we can download whatever show we want to our phones, tablets, or laptops, in preparation for a long boring flight. Or we could just sit and stare at the back of a headrest. But there is one very important form of entertainment that does not travel so well, and that is live sports. Yes, the last vestige of the once common concept known as appointment viewing, now a rare and valuable jewel. How much more enjoyable would that eight-hour flight to Berlin be if you could watch a whole day's worth of live NFL football? Or English Premier League Soccer? Ryder Cup golf? Olympics? Yes, yes, sitting in a chair in the sky is amazing, but y'know what would make it more amazing? Not missing the Champions League final because whomever scheduled your flight to that international meeting obviously has no love for European soccer.

That's exactly what IMG was thinking in 2012 when it launched Sport24, the only 24-hour sports channel created specifically for the airline and cruise line industries. Now, this has been possible in the domestic U.S. for a while, but the real breakthrough for Sport24 was taking the concept global. So far the brand has 13 airlines . . . ahem, on board, including Alitalia, American Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet, as well as nine cruise lines including Carnival, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Viking Cruises. In June, the company just launched a second in-flight channel Sport24 Extra.

Satellite Sports

Okay, so how do you beam live sports into a metal tube hurtling through the air at high speeds? According to IMG's vice-president of Sport24 and business development Tim Wood, it's all about the right technology partner, and plenty of satellites.

"We forged a relationship with Panasonic Avionics, which was and is still, very much the global leader in in-flight entertainment," says Wood. "We've been working with them closely over the last few years about what a product would look like, and how to create a sports channel for the world. It's incredibly expensive to do this, the channel is created through a series of 14 satellites that work in areas where there hasn't been a need for satellite activity, like the middle of the Atlantic Ocean or the northern parts of Alaska and [the] arctic circle where there are a lot of flight paths. So it's involved having to launch satellites and finding connectivity in places that traditionally didn't need it."

Going Global

The thing about live sports, particularly now with its increased value—the English Premier League sold its domestic TV rights alone for more than $6 billion—TV rights are packaged up to domestic and international broadcasters for top dollar. But Wood says IMG started thinking about the opportunity of international flights about a decade ago, and as an agency that distributes live sports rights, and a production company that produces them, it found itself in a unique position.

"Over the last decade we've been carving out international in-flight rights to any agreement we were doing, and discussing with federations the opportunity for when the technological capability arrived for a connected aircraft, there will be an ability for us to deliver live sports, and we wanted to make sure those rights were all clean because obviously you can't have aircraft flying over different territories and having to switch off or change over, like having to clear rights with ESPN over America, Sky over the U.K., and so on," says Wood.

Selling Brands A Captive Audience

Think about all those potential viewers, strapped to their seats, with nothing to do for a good five to eight hours. Sounds like an advertiser's dream, right? Sport24's brand marketing strategy revolves around teaming with brands on an exclusive basis for their category, like Hyundai for automobile, and Samsung for wireless. Marriott International also just signed up this month.

"In a world where appointment viewing sports is the last bastion of a captive audience, that applies even more for people on a flight, and allowing the exclusivity offers something a bit different," says WME/IMG head of sales Ciaran Bone.

For Marriott, it's about tying the brand to a premium traveling experience. "Sport24 is part of this global strategy by enabling us to deliver engaging and relevant content to a highly engaged audience while they are in the midst of traveling," says Marriott International global marketing officer Karin Timpone.

SES carriage for UHD C4K360 channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/19/ses-carriage-for-millennial-targeted-uhd-c4k360-channel/

Satellite operator SES has agreed a capacity deal to launch the new C4K360 Ultra HD channel across North America aboard its SES-1 satellite. C4K360 joins SES’s 4K Ultra HD distribution neighbourhood hosted on three satellites (SES-1, SES-3 and AMC-18) at the centre of the orbital arc over North America.

Tailored to young audiences, C4K360 offers Ultra HD content featuring high-end entertainment programmes including e-sports; lifestyle magazines and interviews; gaming and gameplay; extreme sports; all this together with live DJ sets, mega concerts and festivals. The new UHD channel, licensed across North America by Vivicast Media, fully embraces the second screen concept with 360° Virtual Reality premium content in addition to ultra-high resolution production values, increasingly important to millennial viewers.

“As an innovative content producer and lifestyle channel, C4K360 is leveraging the world’s leading satellite operator, SES, with its unmatched expertise in global video distribution, to launch our breakthrough Ultra HD channel, C4K360, across the US and North America,” said Stephane Schweitzer, CEO of C4K360. “C4K360 represents an exciting source of relevant and entertaining programming for thriving millennial audiences, who are increasingly demanding Ultra HD content in both their lifestyle, gaming and virtual reality experiences.”

“C4K360 is a forward-thinking Ultra HD channel with its finger on the pulse of young, millennial audiences around the world,” noted Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development for SES in North America. “TV enthusiasts across North America and across the globe are buying Ultra HD sets at an unprecedented pace, ready to see the very best programming available today, and satellite is absolutely the ideal platform for delivering high quality content to large audiences.”

“C4K360 producers have already developed innovative club and dance programming that’s extremely popular with European viewers, and the mix of clubbing and lifestyle entertainment shows is sure to be a big hit with audiences throughout the North American region,” said Stuart Smitherman, President of Vivicast Media. “The dynamic programming of C4K360 is a great example of the 24/7 linear and episodic 4K content that Vivicast licenses to operators worldwide.”

Vudu Intros Free, Ad-Based OTT Option

From http://www.multichannel.com/news/advanced-advertising/vudu-intros-free-ad-based-ott-option/408515

‘Vudu Movies on Us’ competes with Tubi TV, Crackle

Taking competitive aim at services such as Tubi TV and Crackle, Vudu, the Walmart-owned OTT, has launched a free, ad-supported offering called Vudu Movies on Us.

Vudu said the new ad-based option features “thousands” of movies and TV shows in 1080p and in Dolby Digital sound (when available). Examples of Vude’s free, ad-supported titles include Mad Max (1980), True Grit (2010), School of Rock, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Star Trek X- Nemesis, Out of Time, Sliding Doors, and The Phantom of the Opera.

Vudu said the new service is its first move into free, HD streaming and follows recent upgrades to its traditional EST service that includes support for titles in 4K/UHD with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos Audio.

“Millions of customers already buy and rent content on Vudu on a monthly basis. This new service provides value for customers who want to watch movies and TV for free, when and how they wish to watch, without sacrificing quality,” Jeremy Verba, VP and GM of Vudu, said in a statement.

To access Vudu’s new free fare, viewers must login to Vudu via a Web browser, mobile or connected TV device, click on the “New” tab on their desktop or “Spotlight” tab on their mobile or living room device, and then click on the “Movies on Us” option.

Vudu supports a wide range of streaming platforms, including certain smart TVs and Blu-ray players, Roku devices, Chromecast adapters, iOS and Android mobile devices, Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, PS4 and PS3 consoles, and the new Android TV-powered, 4K-capable Mi Box.

Italy resolves TV frequency interference

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/18/italy-resolves-tv-frequency-interference/

Italy is close to ending the 30-year long problem of TV frequency interferences with neighbouring countries, which led the ITU to install proceedings.

Two years and a half later, the ITU now admits that Italy has gone a long way, resolving interference with France, Switzerland and Malta, reports daily “La Repubblica”. Also, on November 9th, the Italian government should announce the shutdown of all TV repeaters that interfere with broadcasters in Croatia and Slovenia.

The government has been able to convince the local broadcasters to free up the disputed frequencies, allocating €50.8 million for this purpose. Some broadcasters agreed to the economic compensation, while others moved to other frequencies that did not produce interference to other countries, in agreement with the Communications Authority.

For their part, the Ministry of Economic Development and the regulator had at their disposal spare frequencies – some were left unsold during the 2014 bidding for new national TV networks, while others (in the 700 MHz band) were not used and available.

DishTV takes total HD channel count to 55; adds regional HD channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dishtv-takes-total-hd-channel-count-to-55-adds-regional-hd-channels-161018

MUMBAI: Catering to the demand of regional viewers and bringing them under the High Definition umbrella, DishTV, Asia’s largest DTH service provider, has added four new regional HD channels to its HD offerings. With addition of these channels, DishTV encourages regional language subscribers to opt for HD TV viewing in their preferred language such as Marathi, Kannada, Bangla & Telugu.

Dish TV is Asia Pacific’s largest direct-to-home (DTH) company and part of one of India’s biggest media conglomerate – the ‘Zee’ Group. Dish TV has on its platform more than 575 channels & services including 22 audio channels and over 55 HD channels & services.

DishTV India CEO Arun Kapoor said, “DishTV has always taken a lead in enhancing TV viewing experience and exploring opportunities to bring wholesome entertainment to the audience. With a sharp focus on regional language content, the move aims at connecting strongly with the regional language subscribers. Addition of four new regional HD channels will not only strengthen our presence in the HD space but will also diversify our offerings.”

Having already built a strong connection with the regional speaking audience through their regional channels in HD such as Gemini HD in Telugu, and Sun TV HD, Sun Music HD and KTV HD in Tamil, the addition of 4 more new channels exemplify DishTV’s commitment to cater to a wide range of viewers in all the regions. The newly added channels from DishTV include Zee Talkies HD, Colors Kannada HD, Colors Bangla HD and ETV HD. With these measures, DishTV has taken the total count of HD channels from 51 to 55.

DishTV’s newly added channels will be available to the subscriber for a free preview till November 1, 2016.


In order to take the most viewed HD channels to the households, DishTV has also introduced special festive offers to enable customers to opt for a new High-Definition connection by just paying Rs 120 extra. Customers just have to pay an introductory price of Rs. 1990 which will include subscription of one-month Super Family Pack/ Jumbo Pack and any one HD add-on (worth Rs 75) for one month at no extra cost. Customers will also get options to select HD sachets as per their interest at a nominal price of Rs.75.

Dish TV uses the NSS-6 satellite platform which is unique in the Indian subcontinent owing to its automated power control and contoured beam which makes it suitable for use in ITU K and N rain zones ideally suited for India’s tropical climate. The company also has transponders on the Asiasat 5 platform and on the SES-8 platform which makes its total bandwidth capacity equal to 828 MHZ, the largest held by any DTH player in the country.



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Defiant live-streamer of Joseph Parker's fights moves every day as Duco chases him

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11730420

A man being chased by Duco Events for live-streaming Joseph Parker's fights says he is moving to new accommodation every day, but denies he is on the run.

James Bryant told the Herald he "cracked up laughing" when he saw Duco had produced a "Wanted" poster for him, offering $1000 for his home address.

"I was actually watching TV with friends when I saw the wanted poster pop up, we all cracked up laughing and joked about who would dob me in so we could get on the piss and have a few sleepless nights," he said.

The "Wanted" image was posted on Duco Boxing's Facebook page.

"James likes attention so we'd like to give him a little more of what he craves," it reads.

"If you can be the first to personal message us his correct address, and, as result, we are able to serve him court papers, then we will give you $1000. Discretion is 100 per cent assured, so if you're his 'friend', you can dob him in, with no fear of reprisal."

Bryant said he had been recognised in public since the poster was produced, and the response he had received had been positive.

"A few people have noticed me in the streets and they have given me a high five and one guy even brought me a drink.

Dean Lonergan of Duco Events, who are pursuing an illegal live streamer in Auckland. Photo / Photosport
Boxing: Duco post $1000 reward for live streamer's details

Live-streamer of Joseph Parker boxing fights remains defiant

"I move to a new area every day so by the time Duco's team get here I'll be in another Airbnb somewhere in this country."

He denied he was on the run from Duco.

"I never admitted I was on the run, I have been on holiday."

Bryant previously told the Herald he wasn't worried about prosecution, and has started a Givealittle page to raise money towards legal fees.

Bryant said his parents, who live on the Hibiscus Coast north of Auckland, had been visited by private investigators looking for him.

Bryant used Facebook's Live feature to stream Parker's fight with Carlos Takam in May, saying the $49 price of the fight was "ridiculous", and issued a challenge to Duco boss Dean Lonergan to sue him.

He is one of eight people identified by a 13-strong combined Duco and Sky team investigating illegal live-streaming.

Duco chief executive Martin Snedden previously told the Herald he was dismissive of Bryant's comments.

"The guy's wrong. In our view it is out-and-out theft, and people are starting to get the message that the risk isn't worth getting involved."

Duco has been contacted by the Herald for comment.

Lawyer urges caution over 'Netflix killer'

From http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11731067&ref=NZH_FBpage

A streaming service provider marketed as "Bye Bye Sky" and a "Netflix killer" is selling fast in New Zealand, despite an internet piracy expert's warnings that it could be infringing copyright.

NZ Streaming Boxes, branding itself as Bye Bye Sky, has sold 450 of its units in the two months it has been operating.

The boxes plug into customers' televisions and allow them to stream online content.

On the company's website under the banner "Say goodbye to Sky and their high fees!", it states the box gives viewers access to "tens of thousands of channels".

Director Joe, surname withheld, told the Herald the box has a one-off cost of $140, and runs on open source Android software.

"The idea for me came out of the UK... they're absolutely massive over there. The thing that struck me was the convenience of having everything in one place."

Viewers are able to access live streams of channels from around the world.

"No content is hosted by ourselves or in New Zealand and we do not have control of any of the content that is viewed. Our offering is more around the service than the tangible product," Joe said.

"Our market proposition is that we take all the customisation work out for you.

"Should a stream go down somewhere we've always made sure you're able to watch the match that you want to watch or Keeping Up With The Kardashians or whatever it may be."

Joe said demand for the devices has been high.

"I just can't get the boxes in quick enough, everything's constantly on back order."

He admits the brand name is "inflammatory", but it was a ploy to encourage awareness of his product particularly given there are similar products sold in New Zealand that have failed to generate sales.

"The marketing has been poor, no one knows [what] they offer. Because it is a very new way to watch content ... people don't understand it."

He said there was no intent to steal any of Sky's content, although it was possible to view content that Sky had exclusive rights for, such as All Blacks test matches.

"But you'd be getting them with English commentary. People sticking their phones in front of the Joseph Parker fight and broadcasting that media, I do not agree with and do not condone that."

The boxes have been sold to customers across the country from Central Otago up to Northland, and Joe said he was "shocked" to see that over a third of his customers were aged between 50 and 65.

People were buying into the service for a "mixed bag" of reasons.

"Generally it's a Netflix killer above all else ... [Netflix] content in the US far [exceeds what] you can get in New Zealand."

Internet piracy expert Rick Shera worked on a similar case when he acted for Call Plus, the owner of Orcon and Slingshot, in defence of action taken by Sky, TVNZ, MediaWorks and Lightbox owner Spark in regards to Call Plus' Global Mode service.

It allowed people to access US Netflix and other international content usually blocked to New Zealanders. The case was ultimately settled and the service was removed.

Shera told the Herald there are "similarities" between Call Plus' service and the one offered by Bye Bye Sky.

"You first look at 'is there a breach by the people who are viewing this material', then if there is a breach then you go to 'is the person who is facilitating that therefore liable for copyright infringment because of assisting or authorising the infringement'.

"It would seem likely I would've thought that whoever is getting that stream and putting it on the internet is breaching copyright ... therefore everyone who views it is also infringing copyright."

Shera said if Bye Bye Sky was simply offering the box without customisation they would not be liable for copyright infringement, but it appeared they had been customising them specifically so customers could access copyrighted content.

"The software is Android software so it's open source, from that I take it that what they've done is customise the software so that it targets certain sites where they can target these streams."

Shera said there were "no [legal] precedents" in New Zealand or internationally in relation to the provision of online streaming boxes.

He suspected Sky would be looking to take action regarding the Bye Bye Sky brand name.

Bye Bye Sky director Joe said the legality of his service was a "grey area", but he considers it to be legal.

"But I'm not a judge, and really a case needs to be tested. I hope it's not tested against me, we will see."

Sky chief executive John Fellet said he has "no comment at this time", and the Herald had approached Netflix for comment.

(Craig's comment, the only piracy here is someone charging $140 for an android stb running Kodi that sells for $30 on alixpress)

AP Exclusive: US ignored rising-sea warnings at radar site

From http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/national/article_d2674d02-5232-5cea-9cdc-6abd5168cf97.html

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is spending nearly $1 billion to build a radar installation that will help keep astronauts and satellites safe by tracking pieces of space junk as small as a baseball. That is, if global warming doesn't get in the way.

The Space Fence is being constructed on a tiny atoll in the Marshall Islands that scientists say could be regularly swamped by rising seas within a couple of decades as a result of climate change. The salt water could play havoc with the equipment, the scientists say.

And The Associated Press found that neither the military nor its contractor, Lockheed Martin, gave serious consideration to that threat when designing the installation and choosing a site, despite warnings from the island nation's environmental agency.

The future "does not look good for a lot of these islands," said Curt Storlazzi, an oceanographer with the U.S. Geological Survey who is leading a study at Kwajalein Atoll, where the Space Fence complex is being built.

Dana Whalley, a civilian who is managing the Space Fence program, said that the radar installation has a projected lifespan of 25 years and that he doesn't expect sea levels to rise enough over that period to cause a problem. But if necessary, he said, the base could take steps to improve its seawalls.

Still, because of budget pressures, military equipment is often used well beyond its projected lifespan. In fact, a key part of the radar tracking system that the Space Fence replaces was built during the dawn of the space age and was badly outdated by the time it was shut down 50 years later in 2013.

Midway between Hawaii and Australia, the Marshall Islands are specks of land that typically poke just a few feet above the Pacific Ocean, making them some of the world's most vulnerable places to rising seas.

The U.S. military has a longstanding connection to the islands. Bikini Atoll was used as a nuclear test site after World War II. Kwajalein Atoll, a battle site during the war, is now an Army base, a ballistic missile test site and an important part of the military's space surveillance network.

The growing problem of space debris was highlighted in 2009, when an old Russian satellite smashed into a commercial U.S. satellite, creating hundreds of pieces of orbiting junk. The 2013 movie "Gravity" dramatized the threat to astronauts, who need to be safe from debris whether they're traveling on the International Space Station or in a rocket.

Lockheed Martin won the $915 million Space Fence contract in 2014 and broke ground last year. When the radar system becomes operational in late 2018, it should increase the number of objects that can be tracked tenfold to about 200,000 and provide more precise information on their orbits.

The Space Fence installation will include digital transmitters and receivers as well as power and cooling facilities. About 15 people will operate and maintain it around the clock.

The military chose the Marshall Islands because the Space Fence works best near the equator. But it means the installation is being built just 10 feet (3 meters) above sea level, or the height of a basketball hoop.

Storlazzi said his study explored the point at which storms will cause the sea to wash clear across an island, completely submerging it, at least once a year. He said that's when an island will no longer be able to sustain most plant or animal life.

He examined one island within Kwajalein Atoll and found that it will probably reach its tipping point within a few decades. He said the island on which the Space Fence is being built faces a similar threat.

The flooding there will probably damage power cables, sewer lines and other electronics and hardware, he said. The seawater will erode land, he said, and eat away at everything from concrete to cars.

"When you get to the point where water is going over the top of the island annually, it will affect a lot of daily life, whether it's related to the Space Fence or other operations, like moving food around," he said.

The study, funded primarily by the Defense Department, has not yet been peer-reviewed or published. But it paints a much more dire future for the atoll than earlier studies.

"We are talking the next couple of decades, not centuries, as previously thought," Storlazzi said.

He said his team studied the underwater contours of the islands and showed how coral reefs will become less effective as breakwaters when sea levels rise.

The Marshall Islands base is among dozens of U.S. military sites threatened by climate change. A July report by the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed 18 military installations along the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. It found that with just a moderate rise in sea levels, 16 could flood 100 times a year by 2050.

Last October, strong winds and waves battered Kwajalein Atoll. Ferries were canceled and a dock was damaged, forcing the base to take the unprecedented step of hosting 845 Marshallese day workers overnight.

Whalley said the military investigated threats, including ocean flooding, in an environmental assessment of the site before beginning construction. "The over-wash threat, if you will, is built into the government requirements of the site," he said.

Yet that 2014 assessment, which runs over 100 pages and addresses everything from sea turtles to the island's archaeological history, makes no mention of climate change, noting only that the Space Fence would be able to withstand a small earthquake-generated tsunami.

A single line reads: "Based on historical data, there are no anticipated issues with ocean tide and/or wave flooding."

Lockheed Martin did not investigate the issue either. Bruce Schafhauser, Lockheed's program director for the Space Fence, said the Air Force asked it to design the system to withstand earthquakes but not rising seas.

"We don't have any insight into that," Schafhauser said. "It has not been something that has been required from the Air Force."

Schafhauser said the responsibility for finding a suitable location for the installation fell to the military.

The Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority wrote a response to the environmental assessment, describing the U.S. military's overall treatment of the climate change threat to Kwajalein as "wholly inadequate." It questioned whether the military was overstating the atoll's elevation and criticized its reliance on historical data when the problem is rising seas, a more recent phenomenon.

The military responded in its final report: "Detailed study of sea-level rise risks are beyond the scope of this document."

Since then, leaders from the Marshall Islands say they have been working with the U.S. to improve environmental standards and ensure climate effects are seriously addressed in future military projects.

Whalley said he plans to find out more about the USGS research at Kwajalein.

"It's the first I've heard about the study," he said. "When they give you a billion dollars, you tend to focus on getting the radar built."

Nat West Bank freezes RT UK accounts

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/18/nat-west-bank-freezes-rt-uk-accounts/

RT says the entire Royal Bank of Scotland Group, of which NatWest is part, was refusing to service the broadcaster. It says NatWest wrote to its London office: “We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities.”

The bank, RT said, had insisted its decision was final and it was “not prepared to enter into any discussion.”

MP Sergei Zheleznyak, from the ruling ‘United Russia’ party, told the privately-owned Interfax news agency: “We will be demanding an explanation from Britain’s official authorities in connection with this situation,” according to BBC News.

Zheleznyak, who sits on the international affairs committee of the State Duma, called NatWest’s refusal to offer its banking services “outrageous” and “an infringement of the rights of journalists”.

Qatar says Es'hail 2 satellite is '80% complete'

From http://www.arabianbusiness.com/qatar-says-es-hail-2-satellite-is-80-complete--649388.html

New satellite to launch next year, will aim improve TV broadcast in Qatar

Qatar has reportedly completed 80 percent of its latest satellite project, scheduled for launch in the third quarter of next year.

Qatar Satellite Company, ES’hailSat, announced on Monday that the Es’hail 2 project was almost complete.

The satellite is being manufactured by a company in Japan. It is intended to strengthen the services provided by ES’hailSat, including improving the quality of TV broadcast in Qatar, The Peninsula newspaper said.

Qatar’s first television and communications satellite was Sohail 1, carried into orbit by European rocket Ariane 5 in August 2013.

The company was quoted as saying Es’hail 2 will be launched in the third quarter of next year and be positioned at 25.5 degrees East.


Sunday feed
Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7500, DVB-S2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, NBL FTA

Saturday feed
Intelsat 19 12600 V Sr 7500 "UPLINKS.COM" League Test Match Aust V NZ, FTA

From my Email

Alez (Perth W.A)
Strong carriers received Cband Laosat 128E 2.7m dish
3418H and 3458H Sr 24500

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E Mediaset Italia on 12726 H is now encrypted.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3940 V "Jiangxi TV 1 and Jilin TV Station" have started on , Irdeto.

Palapa D 113.0E 3922 H "Indonesia Network" has started on,Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "More TV and Smile Home Shopping" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Point of Sale Media Network and Holla" have left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3725 V "BTV Chittagong" has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3742 V "DM Global" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3752 V "Message TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3906 V "Such TV" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4000 H "The STAR TV" mux has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Dil TV" has started on Fta

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12273 H "Next TV News" has started on, Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H Viva International has started on , PowerVu+.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Kix 360" has started on , Irdeto.

Measat 3 91.5E 3640 "VCT, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, Jack TV, 2nd Avenue, ETC, NBA Premium TV and Shop TV" have left .

Yamal 401 90.0E 11501 V "UzReport TV" has started on , BISS.

ST 2 88.0E 11050 H."A Videocon d2h mux" has started on

Horizons 2 84.8E 11720 H "Tochka TV" Fta.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Rubl" on is now in Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 10970 H "Fox Life Africa has replaced Fox Crime Africa" on , Irdeto.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Somali National TV" has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Test V(测试)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [10月17日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,AXN替换Fox Filipino(Cignal)频道,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,DTV 5、DTV 8(印尼)等4个频道新增,设置11024 V 20200参数免费接收。 [10月16日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,壹电视新闻(传送)频道新增,设置12273 H 3300参数免费接收。 [10月16日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD替换HBO Hits HD(Dish TV)频道,设置12642 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [10月16日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,SAB HD(高清)频道新增,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [10月16日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,XXL(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11913 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV Zvezda、Mir(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11793 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Rodja TV(印尼)频道消失,设置3628 H 17986参数无效接收。 [10月15日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,As Movies替换Baqa TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4037 V 4800参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Edge Sports(高清)频道消失,设置4040 H 29720参数无效接收。 [10月15日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Sahar TV(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4060 H 23000参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ddish Live(蒙古)频道改格式,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Sabaoon TV替换Silver Screen Promo(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4037 V 4800参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Zindagi TV、Dhanak TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4037 V 4800参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Azadi(测试)高清频道新增,设置4154 V 6666参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Al Jazeera Ts3 Test(测试)等4个频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月15日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Jack TV、NBA Premium TV等全(菲律宾)频道改频率,设置4011 V 10000参数部分免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Jak TV(印尼)频道新增,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,GBI Race(赛马)频道新增,设置3790 V 3333参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,STC Race替换GBI Race(BISS)频道,设置3716 V 1916参数有条件接收。 [10月15日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,SBN、Kanal 10(ABS)等频道消失,设置3680 V 31500参数无效接收。 [10月15日]


William Wade to retire as AsiaSat’s Executive Director

From media release

President & CEO and assume new role as Senior Advisor; Andrew Jordan named successor from 1 November 2016

Hong Kong, 17 October 2016 - Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited (AsiaSat – SEHK: 1135), Asia's leading satellite operator, announced that William Wade will retire as Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 November 2016, and remain as Senior Advisor of AsiaSat until 31 March 2017.
Andrew Jordan will be appointed by the Board to succeed Mr. Wade as Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 November 2016. Mr. Jordan, aged 56, has over 25 years of experience in the satellite industry. He was the General Manager in the Marketing Department of AsiaSat from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Jordan has held executive positions with several satellite operators, and has led complex deal negotiations in China, Hong Kong SAR, Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
AsiaSat’s Chairman, JU Wei Min, said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Mr. Wade for his many years of dedicated and exceptional service. AsiaSat’s solid reputation in the industry and its strong commitment to quality and reliability are a credit to his leadership. We look forward to his contributions as Senior Advisor to assist in the leadership transition.”

“I would like to welcome back Mr. Jordan, who is an industry veteran with extensive experience, knowledge and contacts across the satellite communications, broadcast and telecom industries. We are confident that he has the strategic vision and experience to drive AsiaSat’s next phase of growth,” Mr. Ju added.

About AsiaSat

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

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Marketing & Global Accounts
Tel: +852 2500 0899
Mobile: +852 9097 1210
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com

Follow AsiaSat on:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/asiasat
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asiasat2014
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/asiasatellite
Website: http://www.asiasat.com

FilmOn for Roku

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/14/filmon-for-roku/

FilmOn TV has its first channel on Roku. Roku streaming players, sticks and TVs will be able to stream content from FOTV’s OTT app, both live and on demand. The on demand content is free, as is most of the live programming.

The FOTV app is available on iOS and Android devices and is on phones, tablets and SmartTVs from Lenovo.

“The FOTV Channel brings the lean-back TV experience to Roku users…It extends the potential reach of our ad supported programming—hundreds of channels across sports, news, movies, music and more– to millions of devices,” said FOTV Media Networks CEO Alki David.

(Craig's comment, There use to be a 3rd party non official Filmon app for it a few years ago. My Roku has been gathering dust in a cupboard for a few years. It might be worth digging it out again for something extra to look at)

IPTV ‘banned’ in Bangladesh

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/14/iptv-banned-in-bangladesh/

Bangladesh, which has only just permitted DTH broadcasts (via operator RealVu) to start, has slapped a ban on the country’s embryonic IPTV and VoD service providers.

The local regulator (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, BTRC) already has something of a reactionary reputation. In 2013 it slapped a similar ‘ban’ on online blogging, as well as limited competition in the country as far as ISP provision is concerned. Human Rights Watch, for example, has frequently criticised Bangladesh for its actions which include prison sentences for some on-line individuals who were critical of the government.

The BTRC’s latest actions prohibits ISPs from continuing IP-based services, and says the providers are not licensed. The BTRC is using the local Telecoms Act (2001) and the more recent National Broadcast Policy (2014) which requires any such services to be licensed.

The local Daily Star newspaper quotes MA Hakim, the president of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh, saying: “We find no violation of the existing policies or regulation and the regulator didn’t even discuss it with us. If the Government wants to block VoD, then logically, they have to block Youtube. Can they do so?”

Vietnam to launch home-made satellites for earth observation

From http://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-to-launch-home-made-satellites-for-earth-observation-3483334.html

Japan's HTV-4 cargo spacecraft was launched into space, carrying Vietnam’s micro satellite PicoDragon in 2013. Photo from Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

The country is working closely with Japan on its plan for four new satellites.

Vietnam plans to launch four earth observation satellites in the coming years, most of which will be manufactured in the country, the government said in a post on its website on Thursday.

The Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC) plans to use a Japan’s Epsilon missile to bring MicroDragon, a 50-kilogram satellite, into orbit in early 2018.

The satellite is developed by VNSC researchers under instruction of professors from a group of Japanese universities. The main missions of MicroDragon are assessing coastal water quality to develop aquaculture and locating living resources.

VNSC is scheduled to launch the NanoDragon, weighing six kilograms, in 2019. The earth observation satellite will be in charge of providing support for an automatic system for identifying sea vessels and monitoring of fishing boats.

Two other radar earth observation satellites, the LOTUSat-1 and 2, about 600 kg in weight each, are set to be launched by 2022, the government said. The LOTUSat-1 will be manufactured by Japan with Vietnam's assistance. The other will be manufactured by Vietnamese engineers.

The first remote sensing made-in-Vietnam satellite, the PicoDragon, was successfully launched into space in 2013. The design, manufacturing and test of the earth observation satellite were all done by Vietnam.

Vietnam’s first telecom satellite VINASAT-1 was put into orbit in 2008 and the second telecom satellite VINASAT-2 in 2012. Both are invested by the state-owned group Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT).

VNSC has sent 36 young engineers to study satellite technology in Japan and established cooperation in training with five Japanese universities.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday Feed

IS19 - 12609V Sr 6999. STS 1, cricket

From my Email


From the Dish

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3757 V Thai TV 5 HD1 has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4008 V "Thai PBS, TV 3 Family, Thai Channel 8, TV 3 SD and TV 3 HD" have left
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4017 V "Thai PBS" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "SK Movie" is back on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4056 H "Kantipur Gold" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,VTV 1 HD、ANTV HD(AVG)等频道解密,设置11260 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月14日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,VTC HD 1、VTV 1(AVG)等频道解密,设置11220 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Avto 24(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11530 V 22000参数免费接收。 [10月14日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,ABS Corp Video(宣传)频道新增,设置3780 V 32144参数免费接收。 [10月14日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Viva International(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3717 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [10月14日]

东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置3713 V 2300参数有条件接收。 [10月13日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Smile替换Holla(Seynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月13日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-8(DISH HD)频道新增,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月13日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Jonack替换Channel No.2(印度)频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月13日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,R-Vision替换B News(印度)频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月13日]


News Corp closer to Oz channels deal

From http://www.c21media.net/news-corp-closer-to-oz-channels-deal/

News Corp seems likely to succeed in its 21-month quest to take full ownership of the Sky News pay channels in Australia and New Zealand.

Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment (NEC) and European satcaster Sky jointly own Australian News Channel, parent company of the news and business channels carried on the Foxtel and Optus platforms and on Sky in NZ.

The three companies have broadly agreed commercial terms with News Corp in a deal valued at more than A$20m (US$15.1m), according to News Corp-owned broadsheet The Australian.

The Nine and Seven Networks would continue to provide content for Sky News, for which they would receive a trailing fee for two to three years, the paper added.

Sky launched in 1996 as the first 24-hour Australian-produced TV news channel. News Corp, which plans to put more resources into the broadcaster and integrate the service with its suite of news assets, launched a A$25m bid in February 2015 but was rebuffed by the Australian shareholders.

Sky’s carriage agreement with Foxtel, co-owned by News Corp and Telstra, expires at the end of this year. News Corp had threatened to launch its own satellite news service if the other investors refused to sell.

Foxtel signs distribution deal with Sky Vision

From https://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-signs-distribution-deal-sky-vision-401952

The distribution and production arm of Sky, Sky Vision has signed an exclusive output distribution deal with Australian subscription broadcaster Foxtel.

The partnership will see Sky Vision represent Foxtel’s original slate with the titles forming part of Sky Vision’s international catalogue on an exclusive basis with Foxtel managing distribution in Australia and New Zealand directly.

This is the first time that the Australian broadcaster has partnered with a distributor in this way.

Millichip: Sky is “delighted to represent Foxtel exclusively”

Jane Millichip, managing director of Sky Vision, said: “Foxtel’s commitment to original programming is impressive, and we are delighted at Sky Vision to be able to represent them exclusively. The deal was borne out of a strong existing relationship and shared investment in, and exploitation of, quality entertainment.”

Ross Crowley, director of content and movies at Foxtel, said: “We look forward to working with our partners at Sky Vision, and broadening the viewership of Foxtel’s diverse slate of Australian productions, exposing our programming to a global audience.

“We are committed to producing original Australian stories for our customers and providing a wide range of content across lifestyle, drama and factual. We look forward to our successful Australian series finding new homes in other markets around the world.”

Kicking off the deal is the latest series from Donna Hay, Donna Hay: Basics to Brilliance.

New projects coming down the line include factual series Lawrie Voitier as he and his family demolish everything from heritage mansions to industrial warehouses, as well as Maggie Beer’s latest series.

Both series will be made available by Sky Vision later this year.

John Drinnan: The future of Freeview

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11728476

The media revolution is about to hit free-to-air TV, as TVNZ tries to take a majority stake in the Freeview platform.

It's just the latest big change in media, but some in the industry fear such a move would make TVNZ more influential as a gatekeeper for new, independent channels. There are suggestions that it could use Freeview to make a foray into pay TV, and to make itself more attractive to a potential partner such as Spark.

Freeview is a non-profit body controlled by four broadcasters. Its main role is in controlling the electronic programming guide, approving new channels and setting technical requirements. Freeview general manager Sam Irvine describes it as the software infrastructure for free-to-air television.

TVNZ has the biggest stake, at 45 per cent, MediaWorks has about 40 per cent, and Maori TV and Radio NZ have the remainder.

One TV industry source, who declined to be named, argues that the incumbent broadcasters already have too much power and that Freeview should become an industry-wide organisation.

Instead, it was moving in the opposite direction as a TVNZ profit centre, the source said.

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick confirmed change was afoot, but gave scant detail:

"TVNZ is one of four Freeview shareholders and is committed to working with other shareholders to realise the platform's full potential," he said.

"The strength of Freeview is the breadth of content from its various shareholders and our current focus is to provide simple and easy access to the most compelling content across a wide range of viewing devices," said Kenrick.

Notably, he referred to shareholders' content, and not to content from the wider industry.

Yes, Minister?

Two parties will be fundamental to whether any Freeview takeover goes ahead.

The first is MediaWorks - owner of TV3 and a partner in the Bravo channel.

It is understood that the minor players - both state-owned - have been coaxed to sell their stakes. That would not be necessary for a majority stake if MediaWorks were on board.

The other key player is the Government. It has a conflict of interest, given that it is TVNZ's owner. Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams' office did not respond to requests for comment by print time.

TVNZ - like MediaWorks, for that matter - desperately needs to form relationships with other players so it can keep up with radical changes to the ownership structure of media.

NZME and Fairfax, Sky TV and Vodafone are seeking approval for their respective mergers, and it is understood Treasury has advised TVNZ not to be left out during the current coagulation of the media industry.

It is expected TVNZ will sell the idea of controlling Freeview as a bulwark against the intrusion of global players such as Google and Facebook.

Media in monochrome as broadcasters switched to state feed

From http://www.thephuketnews.com/media-in-monochrome-as-broadcasters-switched-to-state-feed-59470.php#fusXZdkBzfi8c87i.97

BANGKOK: All television channels nationwide – including international satellite networks – were replaced with black and white palace broadcasts late Thursday following the death of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

A person clutches a photo of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej after news of his death on Thursday. Photo: AFP

TV networks were ordered to replace their programmes with a prepared rolling state media programme for the next month, said national spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

All broadcasters must “link to a signal from the TV Pool for 30 days,” he said.

In accordance with the order, all radios stations must also switch their broadcasts to the state feed as provided by the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT, also called Radio Thailand - click here) for the same 30 days.

As soon as His Majesty’s passing was announced, domestic stations switched to monochrome pictures and video of HM The King throughout his 70-year reign.

Satellite channels – including international news networks such as the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera – were replaced later in the day with the same programming.

Thai news websites continue to publish their own material, but in monochrome.

Internet access is unaffected. Major Thai language websites including the Pantip.com chat forum, had gone entirely black and white, while major platforms beyond the local media’s format control, such as Facebook, featured some content in colour.

Facebook introduces TV video streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/14/facebook-introduces-tv-video-streaming/

Facebook is rolling out the ability for users to stream videos from Facebook to their TV, allowing them to enjoy their favourite videos on a larger screen through devices such as Apple TV or Google Chromecast.

According to Brent Ayrey, Product Director, Facebook is focused on creating video experiences that people want, and is responding to peoples’ desire for different options for how and where they watch videos that they discover on Facebook. “You can already stream Facebook videos to Apple TV (and other AirPlay-enabled devices) or Chromecast (and other Google Cast–enabled devices) from an iOS device or your web browser, and soon you’ll be able to cast from Android devices to Chromecast as well,” he advises.

To watch a video from Facebook on your TV:
•Find a video you want to watch on your phone or desktop and press the TV symbol in the top right corner.
•Select the device you want the video to stream to.
•Enjoy the video right from your TV.

“While you’re watching a Facebook video on your TV, you can go back and scroll through News Feed on the device you’re streaming from, so you can catch up on other stories while your video keeps playing on the TV. Or you can find more videos to watch by choosing a new one from places like News Feed or your Saved tab. And if you’re streaming a Facebook Live video to your TV, you can see real-time reactions and comments on the screen, and you can join in the conversation yourself by reacting or commenting,” he says.

Kymeta Takes a Step Closer to Production with Successful Live Flat-Panel Satellite Demonstration

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/technology/2016/10/13/kymeta-takes-step-closer-production-successful-live-flat-panel-satellite-demonstration/

[Via Satellite 10-13-2016] Kymeta has announced performance results of a weeklong live demonstration at the Monaco Yacht Show. The company realized data rates of 65 Mbps down and 6 Mbps up, and also demonstrated 2.9 dB additional gain when combining two Kymeta mTennau7 Antenna Subsystem Modules (ASMs). The demonstration represents a major milestone for the company, which aims to begin pilot production in December.

During the demonstration, Kymeta mTennau7 ASMs simultaneously received eight live Panasonic multicast eXTV channels, performed multiple live Skype video sessions, multiple HD and Ultra-HD Netflix video sessions, and provided Wi-Fi access to an average of 80 users at any one time during the show. The demonstration also confirmed the low-power consumption of the Kymeta mTenna technology, drawing only 12 watts of power per ASM.

“The demonstration of the maritime product throughout the Monaco Yacht Show will be closely followed by further product testing on various vessel types in December and continue in early 2017 through commercial availability in Q2 2017,” said Hakan Olsson, vice president of maritime at Kymeta.

Kymeta has built an ecosystem of partners to deliver the mTenna technology to the maritime industry. Intelsat is a primary satellite provider partner for satellite bandwidth, and the Monaco demonstration leveraged the Panasonic satellite network for high-speed internet access. Kymeta also used an iDirect 9350 modem during the show, and Intellian is a key maritime integration partner for the Kymeta mTenna technology.



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News Corp to buy Sky News Australia for up to $25m

From http://www.afr.com/business/media-and-marketing/tv/news-corp-to-buy-sky-news-australia-for-up-to-25m-20161013-gs1foy

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is expected to take control of Australian News Channel, which owns subscription television channel Sky News, for between $20 million and $25 million.

An announcement is expected in the next few days as negotiations come to a conclusion, as foreshadowed by The Australian Financial Review.

Street Talk revealed Nine Entertainment had put its stake on the chopping block and that News Corp coveted the stake, with a deal expected imminently.

Australian News Channel is shared between Nine, Seven West Media and Britain's Sky, which is 39.3 per cent owned 21st Century Fox, also controlled by Mr Murdoch.

News Corp is understood to be close to deals for Nine, Seven and Sky's stakes.

Sources said the latest round of negotiations had been for Sky News to become a joint-venture between News Corp and Seven. However, it is understood that Seven decided against that approach.
Deal expected shortly

A final deal has not been signed, but negotiations are understood to be going well and the parties expect to reach agreement shortly.

The value of Sky News is largely related to its contract with pay TV business Foxtel, which is 50-50 owned by News Corp and Telstra.

The carriage arrange with Foxtel is due to expire in December 2017 and there were previous threats from News Corp that it would simply not renew the deal and create its own 24-7 news channel should it not have been able to work out a deal.

The expiring contract gave all side as incentive to talk about whether they would invest more in the business or sell out.

Seven and Nine are both expected to continue Sky News' existing content supply agreement which will involve News Corp paying fees to the two free-to-air networks.

News Corp has long coveted Sky News and the first negotiations began close to two years ago.

News Corp is known to believe Sky News as a natural fit for its other businesses across Australia, such as newspapers The Daily Telegraph, The Australian and the Herald Sun as well as its pay TV platform Foxtel.

Speedcast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) Australian Border Force Select SDA for Satellite Management System

From http://www.abnnewswire.net/amp/en/85154/Speedcast-International-Ltd-(ASX-SDA)-Australian-Border-Force-Select-SDA-for-Satellite-Management-System.html

SpeedCast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications service provider, today announced that it has been awarded a tender for delivery of Wideband Management Systems for military and commercial satellite networks used by the Australian Border Force (ABF) for the delivery of satellite communications to their Cape Class Patrol Boats.

SpeedCast will deliver the ABF a full network management system, consisting of equipment, software, monitoring, maintenance, and support, as well as provide a secure network integration strategy to satisfy the customers' stringent security and quality requirements.

SpeedCast's certified engineers will equip each of the eight Cape Class vessels with Wideband Management terminals and state-of-the-art, high-efficiency satellite modems, which will allow two-way communication between the vessels and the ABF Headquarters in Canberra. The network management component of the solution supports remote access management, and is designed to comply with the operational management controls specific to ABF requirements.

In addition to the provisioning of the Wideband Management Systems, SpeedCast was awarded an overarching supplier contract to provide fixed and mobile satellite solutions to the Commonwealth Government including the ABF and other relevant departments in the agreement.

"It is an honor to have been chosen by the Australian Border Force to deliver monitoring and control functions, which enable enhanced management of chosen military & commercial satellite networks, and we are pleased to contribute in some respect to their mission", said Andrew Burdall, Vice President Business Development at SpeedCast. "SpeedCast is providing the Australian Border Force an end-to-end Wideband Management solution that integrates high-efficiency advanced modem technology with a superior network monitoring system for information, management and control superiority. It is an important proof point of our strategy to expand our business in the government sector, by providing solutions that go beyond connectivity, thus enhancing the value we create for our customers." he added.

Simon Luck, Inspector Maritime Communications, Electro-Optic and Sensor Systems at the Australian Border Force said that having a cutting-edge network monitoring system for the ABF's telecommunications network is essential to ABF's maritime operations.

"Australia's maritime domain exceeds 10 million square kilometres and protecting this vast area from a wide range of civil maritime security threats is vital to Australia's national security. The ABF monitors Australia's waters 24/7 and responds to any sign of illegal activity," Mr. Luck said. "We have chosen SpeedCast for their global and reliable network infrastructure and proven experience providing end-to-end solutions to Government agencies worldwide."

About Speedcast International Ltd

SpeedCast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider that is redefining connectivity around the world. Driven by its customer-first mindset and passion for leveraging communications technology to advance the government and enterprise customers it serves, SpeedCast has built an unsurpassed global satellite network and has expanded its infrastructure and presence to 42 sales and operations offices and 39 teleports across every region in the world.

Operating on the core belief that it’s the people behind the technology that makes the difference, SpeedCast combines deep expertise with fast, reliable, genuine service—ensuring that its customers’ communications needs are always met; anytime and anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.

Media Contact Information:
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SpeedCast International Limited
T: +852-3919-6894
E: clara.so@speedcast.com

Boxing: Duco post $1000 reward for live streamer's details

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11728008

The battle between Duco Events and a defiant advocate of illegal live streaming rages on with Duco offering $1000 for an alleged live streamer's home address.

Duco, promoters for boxer Joseph Parker, posted a 'Wanted' image on their Facebook page yesterday seeking details for James Bryant, who has previously admitted to the Herald live streaming a Parker fight on Facebook.

"James likes attention so we'd like to give him a little more of what he crave," the Duco Facebook post reads.

"If you can be the first to personal message us his correct address, and, as result, we are able to serve him court papers, then we will give you $1000. Discretion is 100 percent assured, so if you're his 'friend', you can dob him in, with no fear of reprisal.

"And James, some of your 'friends' have already messaged us after watching the TV3 Story programme. It seems you get under the skin of a lot of people."

In the interview with TV3's Story programme last week, Bryant openly admitted to streaming Parker fights illegally.

"If I'm watching a stream of a sport and someone else can't watch it, and they message me on (Facebook) Messenger and say 'hey man, I see you are watching the fight, can you put a stream up?'. Yes, of course I can," he said.

Joseph Parker has his sights set on the WBA and WBO world titles thanks to Tyson Fury's decision to give them up.
Parker - Fury decision provides 'exciting opportunity'

In this Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, Britain's new world champion Tyson Fury, celebrates with the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts. Photo / AP.
Boxing: Tyson Fury set to be stripped of title, opening way for Joseph Parker

Boxing: Tyson Fury vacates titles 'with immediate effect'

James is one of eight people identified by a 13-strong combined Duco and Sky team investigating illegal live streaming of Parker bouts.

Sky Television and Duco Events have filed court proceedings against eight people who illegally live-streamed Parker's fight against Solomon Haumono and promised to "up the ante" should others ignore their hard line.

Event organisers went as far as stopping people in the crowd from attempting to illegally live-stream the fight between Parker and Alexander Dimitrenko in Manukau last weekend.

Bryant has responded to Duco's 'Wanted' sign by launching a Givealittle page 'to raise money towards legal fees in regards to the upcoming court battle between myself and Duco Events/Sky TV.

Bryant claims on the Givealittle page that his parents received a knock on the door from a private investigator to serve papers to go to court for allegedly streaming the Parker-Takam fight in May.

"My mission is to raise money for the upcoming battle and also to raise funds which will be put into developing a dedicated website which will be hosted on an overseas server which will broadcast live events as they happen.

"I believe that as New Zealander's we shouldn't have to feed the pockets of the corporations to watch sports we care about.

"It's time to stand up New Zealand!"

The Givealittle page has so far raised $43.

China to launch world's first X-ray pulsar navigation satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_to_launch_worlds_first_X_ray_pulsar_navigation_satellite_999.html

The China Academy of Space Technology has announced plans to launch the world's first X-ray pulsar navigation satellite (XPNAV-1) in November, Xinhua reported. The move brings autonomous spacecraft navigation and a more precise deep-space GPS one step closer to reality.

X-ray pulsar navigation is an innovative navigation technique wherein periodic X-ray signals emitted from pulsars are used to determine the location of a spacecraft in deep space.

Current ground-based navigation methods are limited by the time delay between spacecraft and the Earth. However, for certain type of pulsars, called "millisecond pulsars," pulses of radiation occur with the regularity and precision of an atomic clock.

As a result, in some scenarios, the pulsar X-ray can take less time to estimate a location. This leads to more precise measurements of a spacecraft's location.

However, since X-rays from pulsars are absorbed by the atmosphere, scientists must launch satellites to continue research of the new technology.

According to Shuai Ping, chief scientist behind the research of XPNAV-1 satellite, the key aim of this satellite is to detect the details of X-ray signals of 26 nearby pulsars, and to create a "pulsar navigation database." This target could be achieved within five to 10 years, Shuai estimates.

X-ray pulsar navigation techniques are an improvement over the current navigation methods of the ground-based Deep Space Network (DSN) and the European Space Tracking (ESTRACK) network. The time delay affecting DSN and ESTRACK can be up to several hours for a mission taking place near the outer planets, and even longer for a mission outside the solar system.

Who’s afraid of ViaSat-3? Some Asian operators say it won’t work there

From http://spacenews.com/whos-afraid-of-viasat-3-some-asian-operators-say-it-wont-work-there/viasat-vs-conventional-sats

High-throughput satellites like the one pictured here have massively more throughput for broadband applications than conventional satellites. But Asian satellite operators said that's only part of the story. Obtaining landing rights in Asia will be no easy matter, they said. Credit: ViaSat

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Asian satellite fleet operators are divided over whether U.S.-based ViaSat Inc.’s terabit-per-second ViaSat-3 satellite or anything like it is viable in Asia, and whether Western fleet owners’ rush into mobility markets is a smart move.

There are those who think Carlsbad, California-based ViaSat, which is now building two ViaSat-3 spacecraft to provide unbroken coverage over the Americas, the Atlantic air and sea routes, Europe and Africa, will set its sights next on Asia, as it has promised.

ABS Chief Executive Tom Choi said his company “dodged a bullet” in not being able to secure U.S. Export-Import Bank loans the Boeing-built ABS-8 satellite, which was to have a high-throughput-satellite (HTS) payload.

“Mark Dankberg and ViaSat have set the bar really high” with ViaSat-3, Choi said here Oct. 4 during the APSCC 2016 conference, referring to ViaSat’s chief executive. As a result of ViaSat’s announcement, Choi said, ABS is redesigning ABS-8, with Boeing, and still hopes to secure Ex-Im Bank backing.

ViaSat has clearly rattled Asian satellite operators. Peter Jeon, chief operating office of South Korea’s KT Corp., said one indication of the power of the ViaSat-3 idea is ViaSat’s stock performance, which bears no resemblance to the performance of the larger fleet operators such as SES, Eutelsat and Inmarsat.

ViaSat’s price/earnings ratio was 170 as of Oct. 12. SES’s P/E was 18, Eutelsat’s, 11 and Inmarsat’s, 14.5.

‘Bringing a knife to a gunfight’

“Investors value the growth of ViaSat” compared to the growth prospects of the more-established fleet owners, Jeon said. Investing in wide-beam satellites to compete with a ViaSat-3-type satellite for data transmission markets, he said, “is like bringing a knife to a gunfight.”

But others expressed skepticism that a monster satellite like ViaSat-3 could find traction in Asia, no matter how favorable its cost-per-megabit economics. Were they all whistling past the graveyard? It’s too soon to say, but they marshaled several arguments as to why a satellite that large would not work in a region with so many national regulators and national priorities.

“HTS has been coming for some time now, and it’s still in the future,” said Mitsubishi Akao, executive officer at Sky Perfect Sat of Japan.

Geo-orbit satellites and 5G

In a comment that surprised several in the audience, Akao said the Japanese government has expressed concerns that signal latency in a 5G-mobile era could be a serious handicap for geostationary-orbit satellites. He said geostationary satellites might not be in conformance with 5G standards. “We have to solve this problem,” he said.

Nile Suwansiri, chief commercial officer of Thailand’s Thaicom satellite fleet operator — which launched the first HTS satellite, called IPStar, in 2005 — said regulatory access would be a problem for a terabit-per-second satellite.

Thaicom bears the scars of finding out how difficult, and time-consuming, it is to secure consumer broadband landing rights in Asia. The company still has not decided on a successor to IPStar, and it is still refining a business plan for the long-promised Thaicom 9 satellite.

Akao agreed, and said that in addition to landing rights, ViaSat would need to secure an orbital slot and associated frequency rights in the geostationary-orbit arc over Asia, which he said would not be easy.

“If they get a [regulatory] filing from some other operator, they could find a slot but they would need to set up a sales force and so on,” he said.

Several operators said proposed low-orbiting satellite constellations such as LeoSat for corporate connections and OneWeb for consumer and small-business connectivity both will have trouble getting landing rights in India and China.

Huang Baozhong, executive vice president of APT Satellite of Hong Kong, said regulatory issues are a huge obstacle, and even if they are settled there is the matter of the Asian consumer.

“Demand in the underdeveloped world may not be as big as they suppose,” Huang said of a future consumer broadband initiative in Asia.

Aero, maritime: Fool’s gold or major opportunity?

One of the markets seen as attractive for HTS satellites is for mobility applications, mainly aeronautical and maritime.

ABS’s Choi, despite being impressed by the ViaSat-3 model in some respects, said fleet operators are chasing mobility markets “like sheep heading off a cliff.” The real market, he said, was television and consumer broadband in the huge markets of Asia, especially India.

Huang said China is already strewn with fiber connectivity, even in the smaller cities. “It would be difficult to find a market there for a terabit-per-second satellite,” he said.

Thaicom’s Suwansiri agreed, saying commercial airlines and maritime fleets, unlike satellite-television customers, will be able to switch easily to find the least-costly satellite provider, especially in an environment of falling satellite-bandwidth prices. He advised operators seeking entry into these markets to purchase satellite capacity through short-term contracts on the spot market rather than to build their own spacecraft.

Thaicom has nonetheless taken steps to enter the in-flight connectivity market in Asia with partners Hughes Network Systems and Global Eagle Entertainment.

Eurosport 1 launches free live-stream in Germany

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/10/12/eurosport-1-launches-free-live-stream-germany/

Eurosport 1+2 ScreenshotEurosport 1 has commenced offering its linear TV channel as a free-of-charge live-stream on the internet in Germany.

Following a registration, the live TV service is freely accessible, as an OTT service, on the Eurosport website.

The Eurosport 1 live-stream has so far only been provided as part of subscription service Eurosport Player. It also contains Eurosport 2 and Eurosportnews as live-streams as well as additional channels, multi-camera options and on-demand content.

For mobile devices, the Eurosport Player app can be downloaded in iOS and Android versions


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IS 19 12610 V Sr7000 1080i H.264 Cricket

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D2 - 12678V s/r6670. SkyNews Paul Murray Live at Wentworth Park Dogs

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 12550 V Channel Nine has started on , Fta

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3940 V "Fox Crime India" has started on Videoguard.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Du TV" has left .
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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Rainbow TV" has started on , Ftar.
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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "S Channel Beauty Station has replaced Saha Channel" on , BISS.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "Ani Lava and Kids Song HD" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11680 H "IPM Show, IPM Show 2, Motorsport TV, IPM Show 4, Kids Song, Toon Toon, Kit Kids, MNS, MNS 2, Nakhon Channel, Chumpon Channel, Songkhla Channel, Hatyai Channel and GangCartoon Channel" have started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "SK Movie" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 V Ayurveda TV has started on , Fta. Maa TV, Maa Movies, Maa Music and Maa Gold have left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Jaya Jaya Shankara" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "Maha Mazza" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 904 60.0E 3744 R "Arewa 24" has started on , Fta. Lagos TV, MITV, Silverbird TV, TVC News Nigeria, TVC News, Trybe TV,
Spice, Televista, OnTV and Soundcity TV are Fta.

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东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN CDO(测试)频道消失,设置3738 H 1700参数无效接收。 [10月10日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN Cebu(测试)频道消失,设置3725 H 3000参数无效接收。 [10月10日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN Cebu(传送)频道新增,设置3725 H 3000参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN CDO(传送)频道新增,设置3738 H 1700参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TLC(Discovery Asia)频道消失,设置3760 V 30000参数无效接收。 [10月9日]/16


Sky TV and 2degrees negotiate as Vodafone merger decision nears

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/85251812/sky-tv-and-2degrees-negotiate-as-vodafone-merger-decision-nears

Consultant representing 2degrees and TVNZ says it can't see how Vodafone can offer Sky Sports free for a year unless Sky is chipping in.

Sky Television's proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand may hinge on a high stakes game of poker between the broadcaster and telecommunications companies.

Sky TV and 2degrees are exploring a partnership that could placate the country's competition watchdog and increase Sky's chances of getting the merger across the line.

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said it last week provided 2degrees with the terms on which 2degrees would be able to buy Sky programming.

2degrees spokesman Mat Bolland said it "could not comment on confidential commercial negotiations".

Spark spokesman Andrew Pirie would not say whether it was also in talks with Sky.

Spark managing director Simon Moutter has said Spark would be keen to package up Sky services with its own, but only on the right terms.

The Commerce Commission is due to rule in less than a month whether Britain's Vodafone should be allowed to merge its New Zealand business with Sky TV and take a majority stake in the combined firm.

But Sky is under pressure to show its stranglehold over rugby and other key sports wouldn't spillover and undermine fair competition in the broadband and mobile markets post-merger.

Opponents of the merger upped the ante by making a fresh appeal to the country's competition referee.

Economic consultancy Covec questioned whether a deal under which Vodafone is offering customers on its unlimited broadband plans free Sky Sports for a year might already be offside.

Covec said in a report prepared for 2degrees and Television New Zealand that it "cannot understand" how Vodafone could afford to make the offer unless Sky was dipping into its own pocket to fund it. Sky Sports usually costs $30 a month on top of Sky's basic charge.

Vodafone NZ spokeswoman Andrea Brady said it purchased products from Sky "under the same wholesale terms as offered to other partners".

But Covec said in its September 30 report that 2degrees had been unable to obtain Sky's "standard" wholesale terms and conditions and pricing from Sky "despite a number of requests".

Way said Sky had "reached a point that we were able to provide details to them last week".

However, Bolland indicated 2degrees did not know the terms and pricing were in fact the same ones Sky had offered Vodafone.

"We don't have visibility of what Sky has provided to Vodafone, so don't understand how they can afford to deliver their sports package," he said.

Way appeared to acknowledge there were differences between Sky's offers, saying "each approach to us regarding resale or retransmission invariably has its own unique set of requirements".

But the economic terms were "very similar" and the Commerce Commission was "across all our deals", she said.

A competition lawyer said Vodafone had not promised it would wholesale Sky's programming to rivals post-merger on the same terms that the merged firm could supply that programming to itself.

"You almost think they are saying that those same terms will apply to themselves but in fact they don't say that at all. Clearly they will provide themselves, internally, with content on terms that aren't available to anyone else," he said.

Bathurst ratings reach unprecedented levels

From http://www.speedcafe.com/2016/10/11/tv-ratings-bonanza-for-bathurst-1000/

The remarkable finish to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 has delivered Supercars huge audiences across the free-to-air and subscription television networks.

Will Davison and Jonathon Webb’s victory played out before an average audience of 2.1 million viewers, peaking at 3.1 million, across Fox Sports, Network Ten and WIN TV.

An average 2.6 million viewers watched the podium presentation at Mount Panorama, making it the number one program across Australia.

Foxtel’s dedicated Bathurst channel, which was in commission for the entire week leading up to The Great Race, was the highest rating channel on pay television last week.

Network Ten’s Sunday Supercars ratings were not inclusive of the subsequent screening of the first part of the Brock telemovie, which attracted 1.3 million viewers nationally.

“This year’s event was attended by 204,512 fans, the second highest attendance in the history of the race and further proof that we have some of the most passionate and loyal fans in Australia,” Supercars chief executive James Warburton said.

“Our digital channels continue to explode… and on Twitter #Bathurst1000 trended globally throughout the weekend.

“Combined with the massive television audience across Australia and global reach of 233 million homes, this was by any measure one of the biggest and best events in the history of the race.”

The numbers on Fox were particularly encouraging for the sport in the second year of its $241 million deal struck with the Murdoch-owned pay TV giant and Network Ten.

The remarkable finish to the 1000km marathon helped drive Fox Sport’s Channel 506 to its biggest share at 10.53 percent to ensure the highest rating day for a Fox channel this year and 14th best since the subscriber network came into operation in the mid-1990s.

Patrick Delany said the results vindicated the unprecedented effort which went into the coverage that was highlighted by the unique Bathurst channel.

“We threw everything at our coverage this year, offering a dedicated 24/7 Bathurst channel across the week into live, continuous racing from practice to the thrilling finale,” Delany said.

“Our revolutionary FOX Vision App added another layer to our comprehensive coverage, providing fans a 3D immersive experience of the mountain in the palm of their hand.”

“Viewers are showing that they love what we are serving up with The Great Race becoming the highest rating Supercars event ever on Fox Sports, driving ratings up a massive 39 per cent on last year.”

Boxing: Live streamer admits he's on the run from Duco

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11726545

A defiant advocate of illegal live streaming of sports events admits he is on the run from Duco Events and Sky Television.

TV3's Story programme featured the young Auckland man whom they named "James" and whose face was not pixelated or obscured in any way during the interview screened last night.

James said he had left his Auckland home to avoid being served court papers over illegal streaming of Joseph Parker boxing bouts owned by Duco Events and broadcast on Sky's pay-per-view television network.

In the interview, he openly admitted to streaming Parker fights illegally.

"If I'm watching a stream of a sport and someone else can't watch it, and they message me on (Facebook) Messenger and say 'hey man, I see you are watching the fight, can you put a stream up?'. Yes, of course I can," he said.

James is one of eight people identified by a 13-strong combined Duco and Sky team investigating illegal live streaming of Parker bouts.

Duco say court proceedings are being issued.

James admitted he was effectively "on the run" over the issue.

He said his parents, who live on the Hibiscus Coast north of Auckland, had been visited by private investigators looking for him.

"They also went over to one of my mate's places and said 'where can we find James?'," he told the programme. "They've also gone to my old flat. They say they've got papers to serve on me."

"They're trying to pull a few of us before the courts but I think it's a bit of a laugh to be honest."

James said he would not be backing off illegal live streaming of sport, even if the courts do catch up to him.

"It's not going to stop," he declared.

"If I get prosecuted, I'll be making it my mission to stream absolutely everything I can."

InfoSat-Laos to launch DTH platform on Thaicom 8 satellite

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/infosat-laos-to-launch-dth-platform-on-thaicom-8-satellite--1166439

Asian satellite operator Thaicom has signed a contract with DTH satellite TV operator InfoSat-Laos. InfoSat-Laos will launch its new DTH platform on the Thaicom 8 satellite. InfoSat-Laos has signed a multi-year transponder agreement for Ku-band capacity on Thaicom 8.

InfoSat-Laos will build the DTH platform to meet the increasing demand of Ku-band in Laos. The platform has more than 15 channels available in both SD and HD formats.

Thaicom 8 has a total of 24 Ku-band transponders which cover Thailand, South Asia, and Africa. Co-located with Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6 at 78.5°E longitude, Thaicom 8 entered service in July this year. Thaicom 8 is designed to operate for more than 15 years.

China’s ambition in global satellite operations may be coming into view

From http://spacenews.com/chinas-ambition-in-global-satellite-operations-may-be-coming-into-view/

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — China’s presumed ambition to snatch up satellite spectrum by purchasing struggling satellite operators around the world was one of the hottest topics at this years APSCC conference, despite the absence of the Chinese government.

Industry officials said that, whatever the U.S. government’s future policy toward China — the current policy can be summarized as, ‘We wish China’s space program would go away’ — a Chinese foothold among established Middle Eastern, European, Latin American and Asian operators is a likely part of the industry’s landscape within a decade.

Aside from an increased role in East Asia’s satellite market, notably through fleet operator APT Satellite Holdings of Hong Kong, these officials said indications are that China has identified satellite telecommunications as a strategic value far beyond assuring China’s formidable domestic needs.

That ambition, combined with the fact that fixed satellite services market trends suggest multiple satellite operators will be up for sale in the coming years, has opened a window for China.

Chinese ambitions beyond Israel suspected, not confirmed

Whether Chinese interests will seize the opportunity is unclear. To date, only one confirmed operation has surfaced. The $285 million purchase, by Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, of Israel’s Spacecom appears to have cleared Israeli government approval, albeit with caveats.

The transaction is now suspended over what may be nothing more than a valuation assessment following the Sept. 1 loss of Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite in the explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket preparing for a static-fire test.

Spacecom and other industry officials had said Xinwei had intended to use Spacecom — to be owned via a Luxembourg company — as the first step in an attempt to consolidate multiple satellite fleet owners under its roof.

The Amos-6 satellite’s importance to Spacecom is difficult to overstate, and negotiations over the company’s sale continue. Among other conditions set by Israeli authorities were that the physical operation of the Spacecom fleet remain on Israeli territory.

Global satcom market seems ripe for consolidation

The satellite telecommunications market is traversing a difficult patch. Publicly traded companies no longer can sell their investors a high-growth story and now must offer dividend yields that some are having trouble maintaining.

Operators with heavy investment in Africa and Latin America in particular are struggling, and Asian fleet owners are warning investors that the road ahead will be rough, especially given Asia’s crowded, competitive market.

One- or two-satellite fleet owners owned by national governments are likely to be under pressure to get out of the business in the coming years as satellite bandwidth prices continue to fall. Given its weight in Asia, the Chinese government could well be viewed as a white knight coming to save otherwise doomed national satellites.

The situation is more dire in Latin America and Africa. Satellite fleet operator Avanti Communications of London, heavily exposed in Africa, has put itself up for sale. Industry officials said at least one Chinese group has expressed interest.

“There is a move in China to buy satellite businesses,” said Huang Baozhong, executive vice president of APT. “The recent example is the announced takeover of Spacecom by Xinwei. But there are others trying to acquire more satellite businesses around the world.”

Huang said China’s space market, arguably the world’s most dynamic alongside the United States, has developed to the point to where Chinese authorities believe they may need their own global low-orbiting constellation of satellites for Internet delivery.

He said China was unlikely to join any of the constellations now being proposed in Europe and the United States, including OneWeb and LeoSat, out of both strategic interest and national pride.

One Western industry official with a professional interest in keeping the market the way it is — that is, with the U.S. government banning the export of U.S. satellites or satellite parts to be to China — said that at the very least, Chinese ownership of satellite operators would provide an additional market for Chinese rockets and satellites.

The U.S. government in the past has used its influence and the ban on satellite exports to stop Chinese interests from purchasing interests in satellite operators whose existing assets include U.S.-built satellites in orbit.

Long-sought opening for China’s satellite and launch-service exporter

But the U.S. government is isolated in its policy. The signs of that isolation are ever-more apparent as South American, African and Asian nations purchase turnkey satellite communications systems including Chinese satellites and Chinese launchers.

In an extraordinary example of the erosion of support for U.S. space policy toward China, the space program director at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) of Japan, which is prime contractor for Japan’s national H-2B rocket, in September said MHI would prefer that the United States end its ban on Chinese participation in much of the global commercial launch market.

The announcement was as surprising as would be a declaration by United Launch Alliance of the United States, the near-monopoly launch-services provider to the U.S. government, that competitor SpaceX should by all means get immediate full access to the U.S. Defense Department market.

For China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) of Beijing, China’s lead exporter for both satellites and launch services, a scenario in which Chinese interests own established satellite operators around the world looks like paradise.

“Our customers so far have been national satellite operators with no experience in satellite systems,” Fu Zhiheng, CGWIC vice president, said Oct. 5 at the APSCC conference. “But we know that in order to stay in the commercial market, we need to target the established operators. It took us a long time to get a contract with a customer like APT. We just launched Apstar 9 for them and this has given us experience.

“Right now, for some Chinese companies, satellites seem like a good investment. You saw the possible acquisition of Spacecom by a Chinese company. I think it’s just the start. There will be more Chinese companies going into satellite services. We think it could give us a good start to entering the Western commercial market.

“A few years ago a [satellite fleet operator] was put up for auction. Chinese companies were interested in buying but were prevented by the U.S. government. But this time they [the prospective Chinese buyers] were smarter and understood the rules of the game.”

Globecast brings Korean channel to Sky

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/10/globecast-bring-korean-channel-to-sky/

Globecast has been selected by Arirang TV to launch its new HD channel on Sky’s satellite platform in the UK and Ireland. Arirang TV is a Seoul-based public service broadcaster that provides a mix of English language news, cultural programmes, educational shows and documentaries and is the first Korean channel available to Sky viewers.

Didier Mainard, SVP Sales, Marketing and Communications at Globecast, said, “In a country as multicultural as the UK, there’s a huge demand for programming from different International broadcasters. We’re delighted to have been chosen by Arirang TV. The reach of our network, our strong relationships platform operators and the expertise and knowledge of our staff on the ground were key to the success of this project.”

On top of the ground services and satellite capacity, Globecast provided Arirang TV with assistance and guidance to gain a European Broadcasting Licence, liaised with the UK satellite platforms Sky and Freesat, and worked with PRS for Music regarding the channel’s music licensing.

Leo Park, Senior Manager Satellite Distribution and Marketing at Arirang TV, said, “This is a major milestone for Arirang TV, and we’re delighted to bring our programmes to a new British audience. We chose Globecast to deliver our content because of its reputation, network reach and strong relationships with platforms like Sky.”

Satellite TV viewers only watch 10% of their channels

From http://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadband/182596-satellite-tv-viewers-only-watch-10-of-their-channels.html

Recent research from Nielsen shows that, on average, pay-TV users only watch about 10% of the channels on the platform they pay for.

Recent research from Nielsen shows that, on average, US pay-TV users only watch about 10% of the channels on the platform they pay for.

According to a report by USA Today, the research looked at cable, satellite, and telco-delivered TV services.

“With more than 200 channels available, viewers are actually watching, on average, only about 20 channels,” stated the report.

The number of channels watched in a home with multiple viewers was higher, as different viewers visit different channels.

Nielsen found the pattern of consumption has not changed much in recent years, despite changes in channel numbers.
•In 2014, viewers watched 10.6% of 197 channels.
•In 2015, viewers watched 9.6% of 208 channels.
•In 2016, viewers watched 9.6% of 206 channels.

4K Hitachi Roku TVs now available

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/10/4k-uhd-hitachi-roku-tvs-now-available/

hitatchi-roku-tv-4k-uiThe first ever Ultra HD Hitachi Roku TV models are now available in the US.

Writing in the company blog, Chas Smith, SVP and general manager Roku TV & Players, notes that the three new TV models feature the Roku OS for one of the best streaming experiences in the industry and have access to more than 3,500 streaming channels, including 350,000+ movies and TV episodes, and the 4K Spotlight channel that offers curated 4K content making it easy to access “stunning” video from Netflix, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW and 10+ other streaming channels.

All 4K UHD Hitachi Roku TV models include a quad-core processor and 2160p resolution for what Smith describes as “brilliant” image reproduction. The 55”-Class models (55R7, MSRP $599) will be available at Sam’s Club in early October and the 65”-Class (65R8, MSRP $999) and 50”-Class (50R8, MSRP $499) models will follow shortly thereafter.

“It’s been a great year for Roku TV thus far,” declares Smith. “In the first half of 2016 we captured 12 per cent of the US smart TV market share, up from 8 per cent at the end of 2015. With Hitachi on board we will launch 100 Roku TV models in North America this year,” he advises.

India likely to miss DSO again

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/11/india-likely-to-miss-dso-again/

The switch-over to all digital, and mandated, addressable set-top boxes have been something of a struggle for India. Almost all of the nation’s cable MSOs will have made the change by December 31st, and the country’s DTH players are already all-digital.

The worry now is that India’s Doordarshan public broadcaster will badly miss the deadline. Reports now suggest that Doordarshan will only start converting its terrestrial analogue transmitters next year. Digitisation is expected to ensure better broadcast quality and higher number of channel availability to viewers throughout India.

Doordarshan uses 1416 terrestrial towers and repeaters throughout the country, and retransmitting programming from 67 separate studios and cities.


Sorry no update due to a lack of time


Sunday feeds, sorry no detail I didn't finish scanning, but the 7500 ones were probably the usual racing feeds

D2 12571 V Sr 7500
D2 12581 V Sr 7500
D2 12589 V Sr 3750
D2 12611 V Sr 15000
D2 12633 V Sr 7500

Saturday feed

IS19Ku 12439V SR 3750 - supercars media path 3 FTA HD

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From the Dish

Intelsat 8 169.0E 12286 H "TBS Channel 2" has started on , PowerVu.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12563 V "9 GEM, Channel Nine Melbourne, 9 Go!, 9 Life, Extra, Channel Nine Brisbane and Channel Nine Perth" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12575 H "TFC Asia-Pacific, ANC, Cinema One Global, Bro, DZMM TeleRadyo, Pay Per View on TFC, Lifestyle Network and Pay Per View on TFC 2" have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3986 H "Ummat TV Quran" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Sunna TV" has left again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3638 H "AP1 TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E Hum TV World and Hum TV MENA on 4155 H are encrypted again.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E Kitanesia TV and Space Toon 3 Indonesia have started on 12500 V, clear.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11170 V "Vaa Movies has replaced Teleshop" on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 4012 V "CT, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, Jack TV, 2nd Avenue, ETC, NBA Premium TV and Shop TV" have started on , PowerVu.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3760 H "BeIn Sports 1/2 Indonesia" have started on , Irdeto.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11668 H "Fashion One Europe" has left .

ST 2 88.0E 11672 V Zee Yuva, Vaa Movies and Sony Max 2 have started on , encrypted. GS TV, BTV News and SVBC have left.

ST 2 88.0E 3629 H "TVBS, TVBS News, TVBS Entertainment Channel, TVBS Asia and TVBS News" are encrypted again.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Ishwar TV" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Cine 21" has started on , Fta
Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "ABN TV Network" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Maya Channel HD Life TV" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Somali National TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "Lady Channel and Playboy TV Thailand" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3809 V "Zee Talkies" has started on , Conax.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Theos TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Vision 3 TV, Press TV and IFilm English" have started on , Fta. Rock of Victory TV has left.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "MCOT HD, One HD 31, TV 3 HD, Amarin 34 HD, BBTV Channel 7, PPTV HD 36, Series + HD, Travel Channel HD, Variety One HD, Variety Two HD,Motorsport TV, World Story HD, World Movies HD and Asia Movie HD" have started on, BISS.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11265 H "Kanal Disney" is Fta.

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Test Party(高清)频道新增,设置11639 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sports Iiiustratrd 2(高清)频道新增,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,台视、中视(中华电信)等全组频道重现,设置12642 H 24000参数部分免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,台视、中视(中华电信)等全组频道消失,设置12642 H 24000参数无效接收。 [10月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Test Party(高清)频道新增,设置11639 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sports Iiiustratrd 2(高清)频道新增,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,台视、中视(中华电信)等全组频道重现,设置12642 H 24000参数部分免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,台视、中视(中华电信)等全组频道消失,设置12642 H 24000参数无效接收。 [10月8日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,天映电影替换Star Movies(Cignal)频道,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,World Kabaddi(体育)频道新增,设置4157 H 4800参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Indian Watch替换Samaya TV(印度)频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Bethat TV (MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4100 V 29700参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Fashion One、MN TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11052 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Maya TV替换Colors Bar(泰国)频道,设置3505 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Test 8(测试)频道新增,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russia Today、JTV(ABS)等频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]


Sky Muster satellite performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SSL_built_Sky_Muster_satellite_performing_post_launch_maneuvers_according_to_plan_999.html

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, has announced that its second high throughput satellite designed and built for Australia's national broadband network (nbn) was launched on Wednesday afternoon and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

The satellite, Sky Muster II, deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

It will begin firing its main thruster early tomorrow morning in order to propel it toward its final geostationary orbit. nbn will use Sky Muster II in conjunction with the first Sky Muster satellite, to provide high-speed broadband service to more than 200,000 Australians.

"The two nbn satellites are very sophisticated and complex high throughput satellites that will bring broadband internet to people that can't be reached by the country's fiber, cable, and wireless networks," said John Celli, president of SSL. "SSL commends nbn on the implementation of its vision, which is improving the quality of life for so many people."

Like the first nbn satellite, also built by SSL and launched last year, Sky Muster II is a Ka-band, high-throughput broadband satellite that uses multiple spot beams in an advanced design that optimizes bandwidth for Australia's widely distributed population.

Together, the two satellites provide advanced services to Australia's most difficult to reach citizens, including those in mainland Australia as well as those on offshore islands including Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island, Cocos, and Macquarie Island in the Antarctic.

"Sky Muster II, working in concert with the Sky Muster I satellite, will help bring essential services such as telehealth, video-conferencing, and distance education to people in regional and remote Australia," said Bill Morrow, chief executive officer of nbn.

"SSL has performed well in providing us with the space segment for our extensive network and our teams have worked closely to reinforce the Sky Muster service coverage with the Sky Muster II satellite."

Sky Muster II is based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and advanced technologies. The SSL 1300 is the world's leading platform for broadband HTS service.

Free-to-air networks unite to put live TV on mobiles before December

From http://www.theage.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/free-to-air-networks-unite-to-put-live-tv-on-mobiles-before-december-20161009-gryk8f

Television will be in your pocket before the end of the year, after Freeview announced plans for a live TV app on Monday.

However, the app puts Freeview in direct conflict with several sporting codes, including the AFL and Cricket Australia, which hold a tight grip on their digital streaming rights or have sold them to telcos for a significant price.

NRL games will be available for free on mobile phones through the Freeview app from 2018, because Nine acquired digital streaming rights last year. But AFL fans will have to pay for Telstra's live mobile app because the telco has tied up digital streaming rights until 2022.

Cricket Australia holds the digital rights for both Big Bash League and international matches, but Ten and Nine have television broadcast rights.

The Freeview app will offer "live-streaming from all the free-to-air networks" and feature at least 15 of the 25 free-to-air channels when it launches in November. This means it will have at least one digital channel from each network - Nine, Seven, Ten, ABC and SBS.

While each network already have apps offering live streaming and on-demand content, such as ABC's iView or Ten's Play, this is the first time all stations will be available on one app all day long.

"For the first time globally, a free-to-air industry has united to create and deliver a powerful consumer experience ... Freeview TV will completely revolutionise access to the free-to-air TV offering in Australia," Freeview chief executive Liz Ross said in a press release.

It has not yet been confirmed which channels will be available. Users will also need to consider how much data live streaming uses on mobile broadband networks.

The Freeview app will offer "live-streaming from all the free-to-air networks" and feature at least 15 of the 25 free-to-air channels when it launches in November. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Freeview represents free digital television channels and its mission is to "deliver free-to-air content to all Australians where, when and on whatever device they choose".

When asked whether live sports would be available, Ms Ross said "Yes, if a broadcaster has the digital rights for mobile."
Telstra paid about $300 million for "exclusive live streaming of all AFL matches to mobile devices.

In 2011, Telstra successfully forced Optus to shut down its TV Now app through legal action in the Federal Court. TV Now offered near-live streaming of television, including live sports.

Last year, Telstra paid about $300 million for "exclusive live streaming of all AFL matches to mobile devices from 2017 via the Official AFL Live App". This means Seven will have to put something else on the Freeview app when it broadcasts AFL matches.
Cricket Australia will start re-negotiating its broadcast and digital rights next year.

When the NRL rights were re-negotiated last year Channel Nine bought digital streaming rights. A Nine spokesman confirmed that until 2018 NRL games would "go black" when being watched over Freeview or NineGo. But after that, fans would be able to watch games on mobiles by streaming Channel Nine.

"We welcome all innovation in the entertainment and content industry," a Telstra spokesman said on Monday.

"Telstra has mobile digital rights agreements with the NRL and AFL to live stream matches to mobile devices via the NRL Digital App and the Official AFL Live App," he said, adding the new NRL deal would take effect from 2018.

Cricket Australia will start re-negotiating its broadcast and digital rights next year. The current deal will end in early 2019.

This is the latest move within Australia's television and radio industries to put competition aside and co-operate in a fight for survival against digital advertising.

Last week, Commercial Radio Australia launched RadioApp, featuring more than 250 stations from commercial and public broadcasters. And the television industry, including Foxtel, earlier this year created ThinkTV, a group lobbying advertisers to return to television. ThinkTV is modelled on a UK group called ThinkBox, which uses television ads to promote advertising on TV.

ThinkTV has launched a program to quantify the impact of television advertising, and will host its first conference in a few weeks.

Australia: Freeview to launch FV mobile app

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/10/australia-freeview-launches-fv-mobile-app/

Australian free-to-air digital TV platform Freeview has announced that its world-first mobile app, delivering FTA TV channels with just one click, will launch in November. The new live streaming service is branded Freeview FV and will deliver TV into viewers’ hands, extending viewing out of the home.

Offering a new TV experience with more than 15 free-to-air channels delivered live from Freeview members, the free Freeview FV mobile app also features catch-up content from all the free-to-air networks – on the go, in a single app.

“For the first time globally, an FTA industry has united to create and deliver a powerful consumer experience,” declared Freeview CEO Liz Ross. “Freeview FV will deliver fantastic choice and convenience in one place, it is simple and-easy to-use, and it will meet the needs of audiences wherever they may be. From live streaming news and current affairs during the morning commute to catching-up on a favourite TV programme on the way home, Freeview FV will completely revolutionise access to the free-to-air TV offering in Australia.”

Freeview FV features will include:
•Live-streaming from all the free-to-air networks
•Access to all catch-up TV
•Browse and search
•A free-to-air TV guide

Freeview notes that Australians’ TV viewing habits have changed dramatically and says that the launch of Freeview FV in November is an exciting step forward for Australian FTA TV as the industry continues to evolve and retain its position as a global leader in innovation.

Freeview FV will be available to all Australians through their mobile devices and will be measured and reported through OzTAM VPM.

The Freeview FV mobile app brand joins Freeview’s existing hybrid TV service, FreeviewPlus.

More details will be announced shortly

(Craig's comment, it sounds good. I wouldn't mind beta testing it if anyone has access to it)

Sky Muster a giant leap forward for remote internet users: NBN chief engineer

From http://www.afr.com/technology/web/nbn/sky-muster-a-giant-leap-forward-for-remote-internet-users-nbn-chief-engineer-20161010-gryl3g

The chief engineer behind the rollout of the national broadband network says the Sky Muster satellites, the second of which was launched last week, are a giant leap forward for regional internet customers.

Sky Muster II was launched aboard the Ariane 5 rocket, following a 24-hour delay due to bad weather, from French Guiana. The first satellite was launched in October last year. It is intended to provide the minimum speeds required for 250,000 homes and businesses expected to connect to the service.

It will be three to four months before Sky Muster II is ready for commercial internet traffic, as the satellite moves towards its final altitude of 36,000 kilometres above the Earth and NBN goes through various testing and commission processes.

"It is massively important...the Sky Muster service is quite transformational in terms of delivering broadband to remote and regional parts of Australia," NBN chief engineering officer Peter Ryan told The Australian Financial Review.

Satellite footprint

The combined footprint of the satellites is expected to be around 400,000 homes and businesses – NBN is expecting around 250,000 to connect.

About 30,000 customers are connected so far, and NBN expects that number to be at 85,000 by the middle of next year and increase a further 50,000 over the next financial year.

Including the Sky Muster satellites, the launches, ground stations and other various expenses will cost about $1.8 billion. The rocket was launched by Arianespace.

The preparation involved months of rigorous testing by Arianespace, which has now chalked up more than 70 successful rocket launches in a row.

"We get a mathematical model of the satellite," Arianespace ASEAN managing director Richard Bowles said.

"We know what the shock is...we know what the temperature will be, we know what the acceleration of the whole vehicle will be and we have to also ensure that the vibration environment is within a certain envelope."

More expensive

Mr Bowles acknowledged that Arianespace is at the more expensive end of rocket launchers, but said it is required when businesses cannot afford failure.

"We are not the cheapest around, but you can save $10 million on the launch and watch it drop in the ocean...that's maybe not a good idea," he said.

"Every time we launch, we don't launch again until all of the telemetry has been examined. There are hundreds of points on the rocket that are sending data back, vibration, temperature, all sorts of data, and we examine all of that and compare it to the previous launches."

The Coalition government's multi-technology mix, rather than Labor's all fibre-model, has been criticised because the speeds will not be as fast.

Mr Ryan said the Sky Muster service is "a big leap forward" from what regional and rural customers have had in the past, but agreed that the speeds that metropolitan consumers will be able to get will be different to their remote counterparts.

The service did experience a temporary outage last week, which Mr Ryan said NBN had tackled.

"We were rolling out a planned software change into the network that didn't go exactly as we expected. We immediately rolled back," Mr Ryan said.

He said testing and feedback showed NBN was meeting its minimum 25 megabits per second download and 5 mbps upload mandate.

Nine to switch off Sky News sooner rather than later

From http://www.afr.com/street-talk/nine-to-switch-off-sky-news-sooner-rather-than-later-20161007-grx5i0

Street Talk can now reveal that Nine's 33 per cent stake in Australian News Channel could be sold as soon as this week.

Nine Entertainment's stake in Sky News may be out the door quicker than expected.

Following UBS selling down Nine's 9.99 per cent stake in Southern Cross Austereo, making a $30 million profit over around six months, this column revealed that the free-to-air broadcaster's stake in Sky News' parent company Australian News Channel was on the chopping block.

Street Talk can now reveal that Nine's 33 per cent stake in ANC could be sold as soon as this week.

The other two-thirds of ANC are shared between Seven West Media and Britain's Sky, which, is 39.3 per cent owned by News Corp's sister company 21st Century Fox.

The value of Sky News largely depends on its carriage deal with Foxtel – an agreement which expires in December 2017. Foxtel is 50-50 owned by News Corp and Telstra.

Both Seven and News Corporation have previously shown interest in Nine's stake. News Corp is understood to have made a number of buyout offers before talks hit a stalemate earlier this year.

Seven has previously sought to distance itself from such a deal. But, it is seen as a logical buyer.

News Corp has long coveted ANC and previously wrote to its three owners to seek a buyout.

The Rupert Murdoch-controlled company is known to see Sky News as a natural fit for its other businesses in Australia: its titles such as The Daily Telegraph in Sydney and the Herald Sun in Melbourne have websites that increasingly integrate video content.

Australians continue to embrace OTT, connected devices

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/07/australians-continue-to-embrace-ott-connected-devices/

The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report – from Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen, and covering Q2 (April-June) 2016 – continues to explore the impact of digital technologies, new channel and platform choices, and take-up of connected devices on audience behaviour.

Most households now own numerous screens, the majority Internet-capable and many portable, leading people to spread their screen time across multiple options.

With the number of hours in the day fixed however, evolving viewing patterns reflect the collective influence of platform and device choice, rather than one activity replacing another.

This is evident in the times of day at which Australians most often use their TV sets and other connected devices to watch catch up broadcast TV content – notably in the evenings, when people generally have the most time and opportunity to view.

Ongoing trends include:
•Television remains the most-watched screen.

Even with extensive device, channel and platform choices, across the population as a whole the greatest share of viewing happens on TV sets: each week on average 88.1 per cent of Australians (20.67 million people) watch at least some broadcast TV on in-home sets (free-to-air and/or subscription channels).

Reach remains strong among all major age groups: for example, 72.3 per cent of 16-24 year-olds, traditionally among the lightest TV viewers, watch weekly.
•The way Australians use their TV sets continues to change.

People can use their TV sets for many things in addition to watching live broadcast television, thanks to take-up of internet-capable TVs and/or devices attached to the TV. This functionality enables other TV screen use (using the TV set for any purpose other than watching live or playing back broadcast TV content within 28 days), and is an example of how screen activity is spreading, thereby affecting the time people spend with different devices and the activities they undertake on them, too.

Meanwhile ‘longer tail’ playback viewing continues to grow: 1.8 per cent of all broadcast TV watched on in-home sets in any four-week period is time-shifted between eight and 28 days later. In prime time that proportion is 1.7 per cent.

The chart below shows that ‘other TV screen use’ and 8-28 day playback viewing combined now account for 14 hours per month per Australian in prime time. The growth in such activity contributes to the gradual decline seen in live TV viewing and playback within seven days over the past several years.

•Broadcast TV viewing levels vary by time of day, day of week and device.

Using OzTAM Video Player Measurement (VPM) Report data to create ‘shape of day’ graphs, we can compare the peaks and troughs when people view broadcast TV material on television sets and connected devices. Some patterns are evident:
•In volume terms, watching live TV remains the dominant viewing activity.
•Among all devices there is an evening ‘peak’, reflecting the times of day at which people generally have the greatest ability to view.
•In the evenings, live viewing on TV sets begins to increase earlier and peaks earlier than playback, other TV screen use, and catch up viewing on other connected devices.
•There is also a distinctive morning peak for live TV viewing on the TV set and catch up viewing on tablets and phones.
•Live TV however has a less pronounced morning peak on weekends.
•In contrast, there is a distinctive evening peak for catch up on desktops/laptops; playback viewing on the TV set; and other TV use, following a gradual, steady build from early morning.
•On weekends this behaviour grows more quickly during the course of the day, which makes sense: on weekends people are more likely to be at home and have time to spend with non-portable screens.
•The late evening peak for viewing on portable devices indicates people may be taking their devices to bed with them before switching off for the night. The morning peak for phones and tablets also suggests these devices are being used in bed.
•On Sundays, other TV screen use is prominent during the day and the evening. It grows quickly across the morning and reaches levels close to its evening peak from about lunchtime.

For example, the following graph shows broadcast TV viewing across TVs and connected devices, along with other TV screen use, on Sunday. However, viewing on connected devices, along with other TV screen use described above, has impacted the time people spend viewing live and playback TV on TV sets – particularly in the evenings.

Overall, the majority of VPM catch up viewing occurs on tablets, followed by desktop/ laptops and then smartphones:

Percentage of VPM catch up viewing on connected devices
•People increasingly take advantage of connected devices to view any kind of video content.

Looking across all screens, devices and any type of video across the population as a whole: 86.4 per cent of viewing (90:01)∧ is TV content watched on in-home sets within 28 days of original broadcast. Connected devices account for 13.6 per cent.

Looking only at people who view video on PCs and laptops; active online users who claim to watch video on tablets or smartphones; and taking only viewers within OzTAM and Regional TAM markets into account: 82.5 per cent of viewing happens on in-home TV sets, with 17.5 per cent on connected devices.
•Younger viewers are most likely to spread their viewing across devices.

For all major age groups however the largest proportion of viewing time on any single device is to broadcast TV viewed on in-home sets.

“There’s no denying that technology continues to transform the video experience with each passing day. With more and more devices in use within our homes, household viewing habits are evolving and expanding, offering more media touch points than ever before,” said Craig Johnson, Managing Director, Media, Nielsen.

OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer said: “The latest Multi-Screen Report shows people using their various screens to catch up with TV content at all times of the day. This ability to move from one screen to the next and back again keeps people close to their favourite TV content. While viewing on connected devices is currently a small proportion of overall viewing, this behaviour is gaining momentum and broadcasters are smart to make their content available across all screens.”

Regional TAM Chairman and General Manager, Prime Television, Tony Hogarth said: “Regional Australians continue to watch free-to-air broadcast television on the main screen and predominately consume the content live. Broadcast television continues to deliver strong reach and in Regional TAM markets our viewers spent on average just over 100 hours per month watching television, that is almost six hours more per month compared to the national average.”


o The number of screens in homes continues to grow even as penetration levels for various device types plateau. This is because people often upgrade a tablet or mobile phone and retain the older one for secondary use.

o 59 per cent of homes have PVRs; 17 per cent have two or more (Q2 2015: 57 per cent; 16 per cent).

o 36 per cent of homes have internet-capable TVs, whether connected or not (Q2 2015: 30 per cent).

o 49 per cent of homes have tablets (47 per cent in Q2 2015).

o 81 per cent of Australians aged 14+ own a smartphone (79 per cent in Q2 2015)

Explanatory Notes in the Q2 2016 Multi-Screen Report for details.

o 100 per cent of Australian television homes can access digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels.

o 97 per cent can do so on every household TV set.

o 96 per cent can receive high definition (HD) DTT broadcasts on all TV sets in the home.

o Household internet penetration is stable at 81 per cent.

o Active online Australians spend on average 54:44 per month online2.

O 14.0 million Australians watch some video on the internet each month (incl broadcast TV and non-broadcast content): on average 12:48 per viewer per month. Such viewing is highest among 18-24s (21:52 per month)

Taiwan: Fox Sport live MLB streams

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/07/taiwan-fox-sport-live-mlb-streams/
Fox Sports has announced a digital-rights partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) in Taiwan from 2016 to 2020, which enables baseball fans to watch MLB games on their mobile phones, tablets, computers or smart TVs, in addition to catching the action on the Fox Sports network on TV.

Joanne Tsai, EVP & Managing Director of Fox Network Groups, Taiwan & China, said, “MLB is one of Fox Sports’ key properties. We are delighted to work with MLB to bring more content on a larger scale to Taiwan. The audience can now watch live streaming of MLB games anywhere through the Fox Sports branded on-demand service. We expect this cooperation to raise MLB viewership in Taiwan.”

Jim Small, Vice President of Major League Baseball, Asia Pacific, added “We are delighted that baseball fans throughout Taiwan will be able to access MLB games anytime and anywhere via our partnership with Fox Sports.”


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SpaceX confirms satellite constellation plan

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/06/spacex-confirms-satellite-constellation-plan/

SpaceX’s president/CEO Gwynne Shotwell, speaking at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, says that while the rocket company has not yet identified the cause of the catastrophic September 1st explosion (which destroyed a rocket as well as the Amos-6 satellite), she nevertheless said she was optimistic the company will be back launching satellites this year.

She added that the sort of discounts clients could earn by re-using a pre-flown rocket would be in the region of 10 per cent, and not the 30 per cent that’s widely been quoted. SpaceX is currently vigorously testing a rocket that was used to launch JCSAT-14 earlier this year, and which is a strong candidate to be re-used again, although probably not for an upcoming SES satellite which is expected to use

Shotwell also confirmed that SpaceX’s plan to build and launch a ‘super-constellation’ of Low Earth Orbiting broadband satellites was very much alive. She told trade mag Space News that the project was now in its development phase.

She explained that the challenge wasn’t in building satellites but in manufacturing a rooftop antenna that was simple, and worked seamlessly and “could be installed for a couple of hundred dollars”.

Intelsat 36 Starts Commercial Operations

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2016/10/06/intelsat-36-starts-commercial-operations/

[Via Satellite 10-06-2016] Intelsat 36, launched Aug. 24 aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket, has entered service for satellite operator Intelsat, the company announced today. Built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) in less than two years, the satellite is collocated with Intelsat 20 at 68.5 degrees east, providing broadcasting and Direct-to-Home (DTH) services for African DTH giant MultiChoice.

MultiChoice will use the Ku-band payload, and Intelsat will use the C-band payload to provide in-orbit resilience for its media neighborhoods serving Africa and the Indian Ocean regions.

“There are dynamic changes taking place across the global media landscape, and Intelsat 36 supports our customers as they address the growing demand for content throughout the African continent,” said Brian Jakins, regional vice president of Africa sales at Intelsat. “This satellite will enable our customer, MultiChoice, to extend high definition channels throughout the region. The C-band payload will provide additional redundancy for media customers to ensure that all viewers have access to reliable, high quality content.”

Forty-Two Companies Vie for Five New MRTV Channels

From http://www.irrawaddy.com/business/forty-two-companies-vie-for-five-new-mrtv-channels.html

RANGOON — The Ministry of Information announced on Thursday that 42 companies have been included in the initial content provider list to work under the state-owned Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV).

From among these companies, five will be selected to run their own channels under MRTV, one of four entities granted a broadcasting license by the ministry—others include the Forever Group, Shwe Thanlwin Co., and Myawaddy TV.

MRTV was set up in 1979, and for decades was used to broadcast propaganda by Burma’s former military regime. It currently has 10 channels.

“Five channels will be working under MRTV. There is a third party that will select five companies [from among the 42 on the content provider list]. The whole procedure is expected to finish within the next three months,” U Myo Myint Maung, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information, told The Irrawaddy.

“We will provide five channels to the private sector. Companies must submit their detailed proposals to the selection committee, and they will choose by the end of this year,” he said.

Of those companies designated as approved content providers eyeing the channel spots, some already have a satellite TV broadcasting service. The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB TV) is one such group—a news organization which long operated in exile from Thailand and Norway.

U Toe Zaw Latt, bureau chief of DVB TV, told The Irrawaddy that they have run a successful satellite broadcasting service for 25 years, but they hope that a digital platform will introduce their coverage to new audiences.

“This channel will go by the digital broadcasting system, so we want to target audiences who are not watching satellite TV,” he said. “We’re a TV news channel—we have experience broadcasting news. I don’t think it is too difficult for us, but for beginners, I agree it is hard to start.”

U Toe Zaw Latt added that the market competition will be stronger in the new platform, and that challenges regarding technology, investment and human resources lay ahead.

“Investment will be big—we should expect an investment of three to five years in order to return the benefits,” he said.

U Nyi Lin Seck, former channel director of the 5 Network, part of the Forever Group, told The Irrawaddy that as far as he knows, most companies want to set up entertainment channels, including shopping networks, which could bring in more money than news channels.

“If they want to make a profit, there should be a variety of channels for the long term—there will be risks ahead,” he said. “In my experience, [channels] can’t run 3-5 years unless they spend at least US$3 million.”

U Nyi Lin Seck added that the government should grant licenses to companies with strong capital, who can commit to long-term investment.

“What we are concerned about is, how in the previous government’s time, one person was granted a license but the real operator is someone else,” he said.

U Ye Htut, former Minister of Information under ex-President Thein Sein’s government, told The Irrawaddy that news content providers will face difficulties as long as they are unable to provide a variety of programs in a digital media age. Facing the greatest challenge will be newcomers to the digital TV scene, he speculated.

“As far as I know, TV remotes are controlled by children and housewives,” he said. “They like entertainment channels and these have high potential. For news channels, it is difficult, as long as they can’t surpass online news,” he said.

U Ye Htut added that content providers must prepare programs for at least eight hours per day—repeated three times—and three hours’ worth of shows must consist of new programming.

“For the initial three months, new programs can attract people. Then beyond three months, they can mix old and new programs. This is what content providers must prepare, starting now,” he said.

Japan gears up for 8K TV broadcasting

From http://www.channelworld.in/news/japan-gears-8k-tv-broadcasting

With only four years to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan is fast developing gear for the new broadcasting format

If you've bought a 4K television and are disappointed at the lack of content, this might not ease your frustration: Japan has is fast on the way to 8K TV broadcasting with a full service due in the next four years.

The system is called "Super Hi-Vision" and it delivers a signal with a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels. That’s four times better than the latest 4K televisions and 16 times that of regular HDTV. Simply put, the image quality is amazing.

It's been under development by Japanese public broadcaster NHK for the last couple of decades -- before most people had even made the switch to high-def LCD TVs -- and test broadcasts began earlier this year with arts, science and music programming and daily highlights from the Rio Olympics.

Right now, those test broadcasts are limited to receivers within NHK, but a service for the public is due by 2018. Japanese electronics manufacturers are working on TVs and receivers for the broadcasts and early prototypes are on show this week at the Ceatec electronics show near Tokyo.

8K TV reception isn't without its challenges. The biggest one is managing to process the 8K satellite TV signal in real time. It has a data rate of around 100Mbps, so receivers need a significant amount of power to be able to handle it.

At Ceatec, Sharp was showing off what it says is the world's first 8K satellite TV receiver. The unit was about the same size as a desktop PC on its side and had large grilles at the front, presumably to aid cooling.

A prototype receiver for 8K satellite TV broadcasting developed by Sharp and on show at Ceatec Japan on October 4, 2016.

A much smaller prototype set-top box was being demonstrated nearby for cable TV broadcasts in 8K, which use a slightly different format to those of satellite.

It was using a new video processing LSI chip developed by Socionext, a company formed last year through the merger of the LSI chip businesses of Fujitsu and Panasonic.

A prototype cable set-top box for 8K broadcasts using a new video processing LSI developed by Socionext, on show at Ceatec Japan on October 4, 2016.

And NHK was showing off a massive hanging 8K television that it had developed with panels from LG Display.

The 130-inch screen was made by stitching together four 4K panels -- something that left visible black borders between each smaller panel -- but still meant for an amazing picture.

An 8K display made up of four 4K panels and developed by NHK, on show at the Ceatec electronics show near Tokyo on October 4, 2016.

The screens were just 1 millimeter thick and the entire display, with backboard, was 2 millimeters thick -- about the thickness of three credit cards.

Development of 8K technology is accelerating in Japan thanks to the start of test broadcasting in August. The industry has pledged to provide coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in 8K, in Japan at least, so there's a clear deadline for everything to be ready.

Google unveils Chromecast Ultra

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/06/google-unveils-chromecast-4k/

chromecast-ultraAs expected, Google has confirmed it is launching a new version of its Chromecast streaming dongle that can stream 4K video.

The ‘Chromecast Ultra’ will cost $79/€69 when it launches in 15 countries in November.

The new device can load content 1.8 times faster than Google’s previous Chromecast dongles. It also supports Ethernet connectivity and improved speeds. Users will need a TV that supports Ultra-HD in order to receive the 4K content, but the Chromecast Ultra will detect the maximum resolution of the display and match the content accordingly.

DD FreeDish e-auction put off due to technical errors

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dd-freedish-e-auction-put-off-due-to-technical-errors-161007

MUMBAI: In probably what is a first, DD FreeDish’s e-auction was scrapped yesterday. The reason: technical glitches on the site of the auctioneer C1 India Pvt Ltd.

DD has made this announcement on its website admitting that, since bidders were experiencing problems, the bidding process was being put off until C1 India rectifies the errors.

DD FreeDish had announced 5 October as the 31st e-auction date last month. It had put the reserve price for the vacant slot at Rs 4.3 crore despite the bid amount touching Rs 5.2 crore in the previous 30th e-auction. It had also urged private channels whose agreement with the free DTH was expiring on 31 December 2016 needed to take part in the e-auction to continue to be distributed by it.

DD said it would keep bidders informed about the resumption date.

The free TV service is gearing up to expand its capacity to 104 channels and then to 250 by 2018. It has started rolling out MPEG4 boxes with iCAS, in place of the earlier MPEG2 ones.

DD FreeDish has come as a boon of sorts, helping India’s broadcasters to generate good revenues from old library and catalogue channels. Channels such as Zee Anmol, Sony Pal, Star Utsav – tenants of DD FreeDish -- which show reruns of old TV shows and films have suddenly become the eye candy of the advertising community as they offer them reach in rural areas that channels distributed by cable TV and private DTH cannot.


Sky Muster 2 has launched!

I'm not sure how this was missed but the ABS CBN Philippines pay service that was on Intelsat 19 12575 H has left

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ABS 2 75.0E 3700 V GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Azio TV and Unique Satellite TV on are encrypted again.
ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, No. 1, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, SET Taiwan and SET News" on are encrypted again.

ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "NTV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3922 V "M Tunes" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Adonai TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Indo Bein 1、Indo Bein 3(高清)等3个频道新增,设置3760 H 29720参数有条件接收。
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Utility 3(测试)频道消失,设置3851 V 10800参数无效接收。 [10月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC PNG替换AXN(MPEG-4)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM HD(高清)频道加密,设置11669 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM(越南)频道加密,设置11048 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道加密,设置12347 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Fox Sports HD(高清)等4个频道消失,设置3760 H 29720参数无效接收。 [10月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Fox、Channel V(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置12520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,东方卫视(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [10月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TLC(台湾)频道消失,设置3760 V 30000参数无效接收。 [10月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Tag(菲律宾)频道新增,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]


Blast-off for NBN's second satellite

From http://www.crn.com.au/news/blast-off-for-nbns-second-satellite-438816

NBN satellite Sky Muster II has successfully launched into space after being delayed yesterday due to high winds.

Set to play a critical role in providing broadband to about 400,000 regional Australian homes and businesses, the satellite blasted 36,000km into orbit from the French Guiana Space Station in South America.

Over the next few months the satellite will undergo final testing and soon boost the data capacity of NBN’s first satellite, Sky Muster I, which launched in October last year.

About 37,000 customers are already using interim satellite services in Australia, with NBN expecting that number to reach 85,000 full-time users by June 2017.

The Sky Muster service uses the NBN satellites and 10 ground stations to provide broadband to regional and remote Australians, where a physical connection would otherwise be too costly.

The program also allows NBN resellers to supply wholesale broadband services from the satellite. Current resellers include Activ8me, Ant Communications, Clear Networks, Harbour ISP, IPSTAR, reachnet and Sky Mesh.

NBN chief executive Bill Morrow said the launch marked the next step in delivering world-leading broadband to people right across the country.

“This service is already helping to improve healthcare outcomes by connecting remote patients to city specialists, delivering access to a new world of educational opportunities for kids in the bush and increasing productivity for local small businesses,” he said.

“We are ensuring that no Australian is left behind by providing access to fast broadband for those who need it the most.”

Second NBN satellite, Sky Muster II, set for take off in South America

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/nbn/second-nbn-satellite-sky-muster-ii-set-for-take-off-in-south-america/news-story/ebf81a0be43411cb04c32cfce1a42cd6

A technician during preparations for the launch of Sky Muster II. Picture: Supplied

AFTER a delayed launch, the NBN satellite has blasted into orbit, bringing the hope of faster internet speeds that little bit closer for half a million Aussies.

The Sky Muster II satellite successfully launched from the French Guiana Space Centre at 7.30am AEDT.

The launch, originally scheduled for Wednesday, had to be rescheduled due to high altitude winds.

Sky Muster II will combine with the Sky Muster satellite launched in October last year to provide a broadband network to about 400,000 Australians in regional areas.

The 6.4 tonne satellite will stay in fixed orbit 36,000km above Australia, providing a coverage footprint across Australia. Sky Muster II will be in full operation in a few months after final technical testing.

NBN CEO Bill Morrow said the original plan for the second Sky Muster satellite was that it was to haven been a back-up system but increased demand for broadband services meant the two satellites would now work together to provide a greater capacity.

“Technology keeps changing but for our time with what’s going up in the sky today, it’s one of the most advanced,” Mr Morrow said.

The Sky Muster satellites offer download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and a combined capacity of 135 gigabits per second, which is about 30 times the capacity of the interim satellite service that the NBN began offering in 2011 when it bought capacity on an Optus satellite.

“When you think about the fact that some people have never had any broadband capability, not even from their mobile, for suddenly for them to get 25Mbps it’s life changing,” Mr Morrow said.

“If you’re running a small business or trying to make your farm profitable, this thing kicks in a whole different sort of way.

“It’s just a game changer for these people.”

Sky Muster II was built in Silicon Valley by SSL, the world’s biggest commercial satellite provider.

Mr Morrow said the NBN would consider launching a third satellite as demand for broadband grew.

The McIntosh children, James, 9, and Emily, 6, from Gum Creek Station, in regional South Australia, are third generation School of the Air students who can testify to the benefits of better broadband in the bush.

“Prior to the NBN Sky Muster our ability to use the internet was touch and go,” their mother Lisa said.

“Our provider would simply turn us off if we went over our data limit so it was always a juggle to make sure we didn’t use up our 20GB for that month otherwise we had no access to anything.

“Prior to Sky Muster the children either had to miss some online classes or we had to drive in excess of 120km to access mobile coverage to download work.

“Since we have been on the Sky Muster satellite above all we have a reliable connection and the children can now access their work, talk to their teachers and classmates with ease.”

Botched software upgrade stutters NBN satellite connections

From http://www.itnews.com.au/news/botched-software-upgrade-stutters-nbn-satellite-connections-438865

Modems struggle to connect to network after reboot.

A botched software upgrade for the Viasat modems helping power NBN Co's satellite network last week has caused connection issues for rural and regional users.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield today conceded the upgrade "didn't go to plan".

After being pushed out to the networking equipment at NBN's satellite point of interconnect at Eastern Creek last Wednesday, users began reporting problems connecting to the Sky Muster network after the Viasat modems had been rebooted.

Instead of taking a matter of seconds to reconnect to the network, users are being left waiting a minimum of ten minutes for internet access.

Despite NBN Co's advice to leave modems running, many users in rural and regional areas turn their modems off when not in use to conserve solar energy and save on power costs.

NBN Co was unable to provide a figure for how many of the 30,000-odd end users connected to its satellite network were affected by the issue, as complaints are handled by its service provider partners. iTnews understands the figure is substantial.

Viasat is understood to be currently working on a new version of the software to address the bug. It is expected to be rolled out to devices next week.

NBN satellite services have been available to end users since April this year, following the launch of the network builder's first Sky Muster satellite last October.

Its second, Sky Muster II, set off into space early this morning.

Air New Zealand to introduce in-flight wi-fi

From http://www.newshub.co.nz/business/air-new-zealand-to-introduce-in-flight-wi-fi-2016100619

Air New Zealand has announced it plans to roll out in-flight wifi in 2017.

Chief executive officer Christopher Luxon said at a media and travel event in Sydney on Thursday that trans-Tasman flights would be the first to receive the service.

Mr Luxon says the airline is completing commercial negotiations with Panasonic Avionics and British satellite communications company Inmarsat to provide the internet connection and technology needed for the service.

Flights with wi-fi will begin in the latter half of 2017, starting with Tasman and Pacific flights before expanding to long haul services by the end of next year.

Domestic New Zealand flights are likely to offer wi-fi in 2018.

(Craig's comment, they are likely to use Eutelsat @172E)

FreeCast delivers SelectTV ahead of Kodi lawsuits

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/05/freecast-delivers-selecttv-ahead-of-kodi-lawsuits/

FreeCast has approached Android set-top box manufacturers to propose pre-loads of SelectTV or white label variants of the company’s set-top box UI. This initiative comes as another popular pre-load, the open-source Kodi (formerly XBMC) media player comes under fire for third-party plugins that enable content piracy. Device-makers that preload SelectTV onto their hardware will become affiliates, earning money for each user that signs up for the service, while those that opt for a co-branded or white label version of the service enjoy further revenue sharing opportunities.

FreeCast CEO William Mobley explained why he feels the time is right for manufacturers to ditch Kodi for SelectTV: “Consumers are dumping their cable and satellite subscriptions, so they need new hardware that can give them a complete media experience on their TV, and with the FCC’s latest proposal, the market for new set-top hardware is only going to grow. SelectTV has the potential to change a one-time sale into a recurring revenue opportunity, while satisfying users with legal access to all of the TV shows and movies they’d be able to see with a traditional cable subscription. Perhaps most important as lawsuits loom, it does this with no legal risk to manufacturers.”

ATSC moves forward with next-gen standard

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/05/atsc-moves-forward-with-next-gen-standard/

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has standardised three more components of the next-generation television system that is expected to transform the ability of broadcasters to deliver mobile, interactivity and higher quality content.

ATSC members have ratified the Link Layer Protocol and Audio and Video Watermark Emission standards to be part of the ATSC 3.0 suite of 20 standards and recommended practices. At the same time, three new Proposed Standards and two new Candidate Standards are moving forward within the technical subcommittee charged with developing and documenting ATSC 3.0.

“The latest ATSC 3.0 standards will help future devices transport incoming data and provide for both audio and video watermarks in broadcast content. These are each important elements that will give ATSC 3.0 remarkable flexibility. The three new standards join two others (the A/322 Physical Layer and A/321 System Discovery and Signalling standards) already approved by ATSC members. Other parts of ATSC 3.0 are rapidly moving through the standardisation process,” said ATSC President Mark Richer.

Technical details on the three newest ATSC 3.0 standards:

•The Link Layer Protocol Standard (A/330) defines the layer between the physical layer and the network layer. The link layer transports the data from the network layer to the physical layer at the sending side and transports the data from the physical layer to the network layer at the receiving side. The ATSC Link-Layer Protocol also optimizes the proportion of useful data in the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer, by means of efficient encapsulation and overhead reduction mechanisms for IP and MPEG-2 TS transport. Extensible ‘headroom’ for future use is also provided.

•The Audio Watermark Emission Standard (A/334) specifies the audio watermark encoding for use with systems conforming to the ATSC 3.0 family of specifications. This standard specifies the format in which the audio watermark resides in an uncompressed audio signal.

•The Video Watermark Emission Standard (A/335) specifies the emission format for video watermarks used in ATSC 3.0 broadcasts. The video watermark technology provides the capability to robustly embed ancillary data in the transmitted pixels of a video signal. It provides a data path for its ancillary data payload that can readily survive changes in video compression data rate, transcoding to other video compression codecs, and delivery over legacy consumer HDMI interfaces.

This week, ATSC Technology Group 3 (TG3) members have begun voting to elevate three ATSC Candidate Standards to Proposed Standard status (the final step before ATSC member approval):
•A/322 Service Announcement, which defines announcement of services in an ATSC 3.0 broadcast;
•A/333 Service Usage Reporting, which defines service usage reporting for ATSC 3.0; and
•A/343 Captions and Subtitles, which defines the required technology for closed caption and subtitle tracks over ROUTE-DASH and MPEG Media Transport.

TG3 members also are voting to elevate the A/360 Security draft document to Candidate Standard status. A/360 specifies the mechanisms for security and service protections in ATSC 3.0 systems. The A/324 Scheduler and Studio-to-Transmitter Link is now a Candidate Standard. Among other things, it specifies the interface protocol and operation parameters for Single Frequency Network transmitters.

220,000 Portuguese homes watch pirate pay-TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/05/220000-portuguese-homes-watch-pirate-pay-tv/

An estimated 220,000 households in Portugal watch pay-TV illegally, an increase of 20,000 compared to 2014, according to figures obtained by local newspapers.

The economic crisis is the main reason for the growth in illegal access, as the price of pay-TV packages in general, dropped in the same period.

Consumers pay around €10 to receive a relatively complete TV channel offer, compared to the €50 charged by pay-TV operators.

Two technological factors have also contributed to the rise of piracy card-sharing networks and streaming. In Portugal, users who illegally distribute TV signals commit at least four crimes punishable by penalties that can go up to five years in jail and hefty fines.

It is estimated that losses from piracy for pay-TV operators reach around €600.000 per month.

GSAT-18, ISRO’s latest communication satellite, launched successfully: All you want to know

From http://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/gsat-18-isro-communication-satellite-launch-ariane-5-highlights-all-you-want-to-know/408125/

ISRO's latest communication satellite GSAT-18 has successfully been launched from Arianespace's European launcher Ariane-5 VA-231 in French Guiana.

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GSAT-18 is the 20th satellite from ISRO to be launched by the European space agency and this mission was the 280th for Arianespace launcher family. (image by Arianespace Twitter)

GSAT-18 launch: Marking another success for the space agency, ISRO’s latest communication satellite GSAT-18 has successfully been launched from Arianespace’s European launcher Ariane-5 VA-231 in French Guiana. GSAT-18 is the 20th satellite from ISRO to be launched by the European space agency and this mission was the 280th for Arianespace launcher family. Given that ISRO has been dependent on Ariane-5 rocket for carrying its heavier satellites, the space agency is now developing GSLV Mk III for this purpose.

The main aim of GSAT-18 is to provide telecommunications services. It would strengthen ISRO’s present fleet of 14 operational telecom satellites. GSAT-18’s mission life is around 15 years, and carries Ku-band beacon to help in accurately pointing ground antennas towards the satellite. “GSAT 18 is an important satellite for us that will enable the continuity of the vital communication services in our country by replacing the currently ageing satellites,” the ISRO chief said. Television, telecommunication, VSAT and digital satellite news gathering were a few of the services that GSAT 18 will support in coming days, he added.

Also read: ISRO successfully launches SCATSAT-1 and 7 other satellites from PSLV C-35: Why the mission is a big deal for India

The 3,404 kg GSAT-18 carries 48 communication transponders in C-band, upper extended C-band and Ku-band for providing various services to the country, says ISRO. The GSAT-18 was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) about 32 minutes after the lift-off. ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-18 immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle. According to preliminary health checksc conducted by ISRO, the satellite is in ‘normal health’. In the coming days, ISRO will perform the orbit raising manoeuvres to place the GSAT-18 in the Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator).

After that two solar arrays and both the antenna reflectors of GSAT-18 will be deployed. Lastly, the satellite will be put in its final orbital configuration. There are subsequent plans to experimentally turn on the communication payloads of GSAT-18. After the successful completion of all the in-orbit tests, GSAT-18 will be ready for operational use, says ISRO.

GSAT-18 successfully launches, new capacity for DTH operators, TV channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satellite-launches/gsat-18-successfully-launches-new-capacity-for-dth-operators-tv-channels-161006

MUMBAI: Indian DTH operators, television channels, VSAT and digital satellite news gathering providers are a happy lot because of a development in Kouro French Guiana this morning. The reason: the successful launch of Arianespace’s Ariane 5 VA 531 rocket with its passenger, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s GSAT-18 satellite. When the satellite starts ticking fully a few weeks later, its 48 transponders ranging from Ku-band, C-Band to extended C-Band will be beaming their signals over India to Indian TV viewers and companies.

32:28 minutes after blasting off from the launch site, the 3,400 kg GSAT-18 was placed in geo-synchronous transfer orbit (GTO) this morning around 2:30 am. And, ISRO officials including the Indian ambassador in France Mohan Kumar leapt up, fisting the air in triumph.

Following that, ISRO’s master control facility took charge of it and will perform operations which will result it being placed in a circular geo-stationary orbit. Following this, ISRO will deploy the solar panels – which will provide it power over its 15 year life – and antenna. The satellite will then be stabilized on three axis, placed at 74 degrees East longitude, and become part of ISRO’s 14 telecom fleet in space

Later, it is planned to experimentally turn on the communication payloads of GSAT-18. After the successful completion of all the in-orbit tests, GSAT-18 will be ready for operational use.

This was the Indian space organisation’s twentieth satellite mission through Arianespace. It will add to that count when it launches two more satellites – GSAT 11 and GSAT-11 – using Arianespace launchers in 2017.

The VA 531 flight had another payload – Australia’s SkyMuster II satellite – which too was placed successfully in orbit. SkyMuster II aims to provide broadband facilities to remote locations in Australia.


FLIGHT VA231 – Sky MusterTM II and GSAT-18:
Due to the unfavorable weather conditions currently observed over the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, Ari-anespace has decided to delay the launch – planned for October 4, 2016 – by 24 hours. Flight VA231 will place into geostationary transfer orbit the Sky MusterTM II and GSAT-18 telecommunications satellites.

As the weather forecast for tomorrow is favorable, the liftoff of the Ariane 5 is now planned for Wednesday, October 5, 2016, as early as possible within the following launch window:
> Between 05:30 p.m. and 06:45 p.m., Kourou time
> Between 04:30 p.m. and 05:45 p.m., Washington D.C. time
> Between 20:30. and 21:45, Universal Time (UTC)
> Between 10:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m., Paris time
> Between 2:00 a.m. and 3:15 a.m., Bangalore, India time on October 6
> Between 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., Sydney, Australia time on October 6.

The launcher, with its Sky MusterTM II and GSAT-18 satellite payloads, remains in a safe standby condition.

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Sabzbaat Balochistan" has left again.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H As TV has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4155 H "Hum TV World and Hum TV MENA" are Fta.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "DD News and MTV Beats" have started on , Fta. Housefull Movies and X-Zone have left.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11590 V "Swayam Prabha 1-16" have started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Sports Illustrated 3" has started on , Irdeto.

ST 2 88.0E 3629 H "TVBS, TVBS News, TVBS Entertainment Channel, TVBS Asia and TVBS News" are Fta

ABS 2 75.0E 3700 V GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Azio TV and Unique Satellite TV are now Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, No. 1, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, SET Taiwan and SET News" are fta.

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Lady Channel、Playboy(泰国)频道消失,设置3800 H 30000参数无效接收。 [10月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,ETC、Solar News(菲律宾)等全组频道改频率,设置3641 V 10000参数部分免费接收。 [10月5日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Maha Mazza(印度)频道新增,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [10月5日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,Sport 24、CNBC US(美国)等全组频道改频率,设置4136 R 13006参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Vision TV(韩国)频道消失,设置12530 H 26000参数无效接收。 [10月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Ahsan TV、In TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3988 H 2100参数免费接收。 [10月4日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯(DISH HD)频道重现,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月4日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Hyper替换HBO Hits(Cignal)频道,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [10月4日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies替换AXN(Cignal)频道,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Show 1、Show 2(泰国)频道加密,设置11679 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月4日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,SI 3(高清)频道新增,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Football(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段,MBTS 1、MBTS 2(阿富汗)频道新增,设置3950 L 1500参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Divyavani TV替换DVTV(MPEG-4)频道,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ABN TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM HD(高清)频道解密,设置11669 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM(标清)频道解密,设置11048 H 28800参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,ABS Corporate Video(ABS)频道改格式,设置12523 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3(HEVC)频道新增,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,Special Events替换France24 Francais(MPEG-4)频道,设置4132 R 11250参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,CNN、Travel HD(DISH HD)等全组频道消失,设置11727 R 27500参数无效接收。 [10月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,TVBS(DISH HD)频道消失,设置11101 H 45000参数无效接收。 [10月3日]


Second NBN satellite, Sky Muster II, set for take off in South America

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/nbn/second-nbn-satellite-sky-muster-ii-set-for-take-off-in-south-america/news-story/ebf81a0be43411cb04c32cfce1a42cd6

WHILE many city folk will be waiting for years to connect to the NBN, the launch of the second NBN satellite will mean nearly a half a million people living in remote areas are the first Australians to have a completed NBN service.

The launch, originally scheduled for today (Wednesday), has been delayed for at least a day due to high altitude wind.

A NBN spokesman said the launch would be rescheduled to happen within 48 hours.

Sky Muster II, to be launched from the French Guiana Space Centre in South America, will combine with the Sky Muster satellite launched in October last year to provide a broadband network to about 400,000 Australians in regional areas.

The 6.4 tonne satellite will stay in fixed orbit 36,000km above Australia, providing a coverage footprint across Australia. Sky Muster II will be in full operation in a few months after final technical testing.

NBN CEO Bill Morrow said the original plan for the second Sky Muster satellite was that it was to haven been a back-up system but increased demand for broadband services meant the two satellites would now work together to provide a greater capacity.

“Technology keeps changing but for our time with what’s going up in the sky today, it’s one of the most advanced,” Mr Morrow said.

The Sky Muster satellites offer download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and a combined capacity of 135 gigabits per second, which is about 30 times the capacity of the interim satellite service that the NBN began offering in 2011 when it bought capacity on an Optus satellite.

“When you think about the fact that some people have never had any broadband capability, not even from their mobile, for suddenly for them to get 25Mbps it’s life changing,” Mr Morrow said.

“If you’re running a small business or trying to make your farm profitable, this thing kicks in a whole different sort of way.

“It’s just a game changer for these people.”

Sky Muster II was built in Silicon Valley by SSL, the world’s biggest commercial satellite provider.

Mr Morrow said the NBN would consider launching a third satellite as demand for broadband grew.

The McIntosh children, James, 9, and Emily, 6, from Gum Creek Station, in regional South Australia, are third generation School of the Air students who can testify to the benefits of better broadband in the bush.

“Prior to the NBN Sky Muster our ability to use the internet was touch and go,” their mother Lisa said.

“Our provider would simply turn us off if we went over our data limit so it was always a juggle to make sure we didn’t use up our 20GB for that month otherwise we had no access to anything.

“Prior to Sky Muster the children either had to miss some online classes or we had to drive in excess of 120km to access mobile coverage to download work.

“Since we have been on the Sky Muster satellite above all we have a reliable connection and the children can now access their work, talk to their teachers and classmates with ease.”

Presto video streaming service to disappear as Seven sells stake to Foxtel

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-04/presto-to-disappear-as-seven-sells-stake-to-foxtel/7900778

Presto will disappear early next year as Seven West Media sells its stake to joint venture partner Foxtel, while rival online video streaming service Quickflix is set to emerge from administration.

Rather than keeping Presto running, Foxtel has announced the service will shut at the end of January, with Presto customers encouraged to switch to the pay TV operator's own web-based streaming offering, Foxtel Play.

Foxtel said Presto customers will be able to access the new Foxtel Play product from December.

"It has been great working with the team at Seven on Presto and we look forward to future collaborations," Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said in a statement.

"We are delighted to be able to offer Presto subscribers access to the new look Foxtel Play."

Seven West's chief executive Tim Worner said his network would maintain a content partnership with Foxtel, despite exiting the joint venture.

"We look forward to continuing to work closely with Foxtel, in particular in the creation of new programming content," he noted in a statement.

Foxtel revamps OTT service, shutters Presto

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/04/foxtel-revamps-ott-service-shutters-presto/

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has unveiled a new look for its Foxtel Play streaming service, set to roll out from December 2016. Low prices and flexible packages are designed to offer consumers greater choice and ease of access to Foxtel’s premium content, without the need to sign up to a fixed term contract. The initiative will also see the closure of SVoD service Presto, Foxtel’s joint venture with Seven West Media.

According to Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh, Foxtel Play will be a simpler, cheaper and more flexible IP-delivered product, which will create much better value for its customers. “It is the logical step for us to take in the evolution of Foxtel’s service. The new offering will mirror the successful launch of HBO Now in the US and NOW TV by Sky in the UK.
“Customers who use an IP connection, with their own device and bandwidth will have access to this great new offering. Consumers will be able to sign up by downloading the app to their eligible connected TV, laptop, PC or games console.”

The new service will have five different entry level tiers to match viewers’ interests including two options for drama priced at A$15 per month each or A$25 for both, while at the A$10 per month level, there will be one option for Lifestyle, one for Documentary and one for Kids. In addition, customers will be able to take the Sports tier for an extra A$25 per month and the Movies tier for an additional A$20 per month, effectively reducing the cost of Sport to as little as A$35 per month.

Subscribers will have access to all linear channels in the tier along with all of the on-demand, catch up and library content available to that tier plus mobile and tablet access via Foxtel Go.
From December, existing Foxtel Play customers will be transferred to the new pricing, with the package that best aligns with their current service.
“I am sure that existing and potential customers will be delighted at the flexibility that the new Foxtel Play will offer. For example, Foxtel is the Home of HBO and Showcase will be included in both drama tiers, which means that shows like Game of Thrones will now be available for $15 per month,” said Tonagh.

“I recently announced that from January 2017 we will significantly increase the amount of HBO content that will be available on demand and in full to anyone who subscribes to Showcase. All Foxtel drama tier subscribers will benefit from this great library of programmes.”

The announcement comes on the same day as Foxtel revealed that it had acquired Seven West Media’s shares in the Presto TV joint venture.
Presto customers will be invited to transition to the new Foxtel Play packages from December 2016 and the Presto service will cease on 31 January 2017. All Presto entitlements will be honoured; should any promotional entitlements remain after 31 January; Presto customers will be offered appropriate alternative content.
When they move to the new Foxtel Play offering, Presto customers will get access to more premium first-run television programmes and more recent movies than ever before.

Quickflix snapped up for $1.3 million by US entrepreneur Erik Pence

From From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/quickflix-snapped-up-for-13m-by-us-entrepreneur-20161004-gruqoq.html

US media entrepreneur Erik Pence has emerged as the new owner of Quickflix, after paying its administrators just $1.3 million for the streaming and subscription service.

The deal was coincidentally announced the same day Foxtel revealed plans to shut down its streaming service, Presto, after joint owner Seven West Media pulled out of the project.

Seven West Media announces plans to sell its share of Presto to Foxtel, with current subscribers getting access to Foxtel Play from December.

Quickflix has been in administration by Ferrier Hodgson since May this year.

A deed of company arrangement signed on Tuesday will see Karma Media Holdings take control of Quickflix. Karma Media, a special purpose vehicle for Mr Pence, plans to retain 24 employees and pay all entitlements owed to former employees.

Quickflix offered the first streaming service in Australia.

Joint voluntary administrator, Jason Tracy, said the deal was a good outcome for all stakeholders.

"Quickflix has encountered corporate challenges and impediments in a highly competitive environment. As Administrators we have been able to continue trading the business since our appointment, reduce costs, retain value, keep employing the majority of staff, and conduct a global sale process," he said.

Unsecured creditors will get up to 21.5¢ in the dollar.

Quickflix listed on the Australian stock exchange in 2005 and was one of the first subscription streaming services in Australia.

However it ran into trouble when other streaming services, such as Netflix, launched in Australia.

Quickflix also blamed Nine and Fairfax Media's joint venture, Stan, for demanding $4 million in cash, or cash plus all its customers.

Stan had a 15.7 per cent stake in Quickflix, which it acquired from HBO in 2014. HBO bought the shares in Quickflix in 2012 for $10 million. Fairfax Media publishes The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr Pence founded Inception Digital Services, which recently rebranded as Mojo Makers. Mojo provided the initial infrastructure and studio gateway services for Quickflix streaming services and possesses significant direct knowledge of its technology and operations infrastructure.

Karma will invest more money for marketing and a "planned shift in content strategy towards niche markets".

New Zealand government open-minded on space collaboration

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Interview_New_Zealand_govt_open_minded_on_intl_space_collaboration_minister_999.html

The New Zealand government is keeping an open mind on international cooperation in its nascent space program, saying it could be open to future collaboration with China and other space powers, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said Thursday.

Joyce, who opened New Zealand's first space launch site on Tuesday, told Xinhua that the newly formed New Zealand Space Agency had to ensure the country meets a range of international conventions and regulatory requirements.

Opening the privately run Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coast, Joyce said attracting international players would be easier now since the government had established a regulatory regime to be managed by the agency.

"We're opening to partnering with countries around space," Joyce said Thursday in an exclusive interview during an official engagement in the North Island city of New Plymouth.

The U.S.-owned Rocket Lab is a commercial space launch operator using technology developed in New Zealand.

"We have a very good relationship with the U.S. and we have a good relationship with China and other countries and we'll just keep an open mind in terms of all our technology collaborations, but obviously we'll be needing partners," Joyce said.

The government tabled the Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill in Parliament this month and it is expected to become law by mid-2017.

It would enable the development of a space industry in New Zealand, and enable regulators to manage risks and implement certain international obligations relating to space activities and space technology.

The Bill would also ensure the country's space industry meets its international obligations, including the Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA), recently signed with the United States.

However, the TSA would not exclude New Zealand from partnering with other nations in space, Joyce told Xinhua.

"It's really important that you don't share proprietary technologies inappropriately with other countries when they come to New Zealand so it is with U.S. technology, but then I imagine with the Chinese it would be the same with any proprietary technologies that they have," he said.

Rocket Lab is to begin space launches from New Zealand this year and is expected to start taking commercial payloads next year.

Rocket launch site to open up New Zealand space industry: Minister

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Rocket_launch_site_to_open_up_New_Zealand_space_industry_Minister_999.html

New Zealand first space launch site was officially opened Tuesday, with Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce saying it would help generate the national space program.

Joyce said he was looking forward to the first launches this year from the privately run Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coast, followed by more next year when Rocket Lab launched commercial payloads.

"Rocket Lab will be a catalyst for other space-related activity in New Zealand," Joyce said in a statement. "Space activity is pervasive in our lives, to such an extent we are no longer aware that our Internet, our decision-making around energy and resource management, our marine surveillance to name only a tiny fraction, all rely on what we are doing in space."

Attracting international players would be easier now the government had established a regulatory regime to be managed by a new New Zealand Space Agency.

"The new agency has been very busy not only supporting Rocket Lab to navigate the regulatory environment, but also putting in place the foundations for an internationally credible, competitive and well-connected New Zealand-based space industry," said Joyce.

The New Zealand Space Agency would capitalize on Rocket Lab launches to help build New Zealand's capacity and expertise in all manner of space-related activities and support the strategic opportunities that were likely to flow.

The government tabled the Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill in Parliament this month and it was intended it will become law by mid-2017.

It would enable the development of a space industry in New Zealand, and enable regulators to manage risks and implement certain international obligations relating to space activities and space technology.

The Bill would also ensure the country's space industry met its international obligations, including the Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA), recently signed with the United States.

The U.S.-owned Rocket Lab, a commercial space launch operator using technology developed in New Zealand, had to obtain a license from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration so it could conduct its space launch activities in New Zealand.

NHK unveils 4K/8K box

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/04/nhk-unveils-4k8k-box/

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has unveiled a prototype 4K/8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ Ultra-HD cable decoder box. The box is being showcased at the giant CEATEC Japan technology show (October 4-7).

The set-top box has been developed in conjunction with KDDI, Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) and Japan Digital Serve Corp.

NHK has been test-transmitting 4K content for more than a year, while J:Com has been trialling 4K services since Jun 2014, and a 4K VoD service since May 2015.

NHK says: “The prototype receiving system is the first to use the channel bonding technology developed by NHK for splitting 4K/8K signals into multiple cable TV channels. This technology has the advantage that it can utilise existing cable TV facilities and transmission infrastructure in their present form. The miniaturisation of this 4K/8K cable TV reception equipment was achieved by the development of a demodulation Large Scale Integrated (LSI) chip (which comes from Socionext Inc) that converts cable TV signals into video and audio signals. Now all the main modules for 4K/8K reception on cable TV are ready. High expectations are now being placed in the development of a commercial version of cable TV receivers for the practical start of 4K/8K broadcasting.”

Thailand Digital TV stations to get tax break under new plan

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Digital-TV-stations-to-get-tax-break-under-new-pla-30296806.html

BROADCASTERS will be able to deduct their expenses fully for digital-terrestrial TV transmission under the “must carry” rule, while the progressive tariff for contributions to the broadcasting fund is expected to start next year.

"We hope that this new scheme will encourage providers of satellite TV platforms to carry both standard and high-definition digital channels for their customers," Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's broadcasting Committee, said yesterday.

Under this relief measure for struggling TV broadcasters, all terrestrial-based digital-TV operators would have the opportunity to get a full deduction for the cost of transmitting their programmes through satellite networks, which is governed by the "must carry" rule.

This rule aims to ensure that satellite-TV subscribers can access all digital free-TV channels.

In the meantime, operators of satellite-TV networks carrying digital TV programmes will also be eligible for the tax break. The broadcasting committee also approved the new rates for the annual fee collected for the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Research and Development Fund for Public Interest.

Pakdee Manaves, deputy secretary-general of the NBTC, said the new rates aimed to help broadcasters survive the economic downturn, but would not be retroactive.

No digital-TV broadcaster has paid this fee, which is currently a fixed rate of 2 per cent of gross revenue.

The new rates will step up from 0.50 per cent of revenue up to Bt5 million, to 0.75 per cent of Bt5 million to Bt50 million, 1 per cent of Bt50 million to Bt500 million, 1.35 per cent of Bt500 million to Bt1 billion and 2 per cent of Bt1 billion and over.

Asian TV broadcasters say satellite DTH remains their preferred platform

From http://spacenews.com/asian-tv-broadcasters-say-satellite-dth-remains-their-preferred-platform/

MNC Sky Vision of Indonesia is an example of an Asian market where direct-broadcast satellite television faces no immediate threat from Internet-delivered TV. Credit: MNC KUALA LUMPUR — Television broadcasters in Asia on Oct. 4 said their satellite direct-to-home linear-TV business is not under immediate threat from over-the-top (OTT) Internet delivery services such as Netflix and Hulu. They said that while satellite-delivered television has many good days still ahead, the fleet operators will face pricing pressure as fewer broadcasters demand hundreds of channels. The aggregate demand for capacity thus is likely to fall, putting pressure on prices. Addressing the APSCC 2016 conference here, organized by the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council, these broadcasters said Asian markets do not offer a cut-and-paste opportunity in which a success in the United States or Europe determines a winner here.

David Weiland, executive vice president of BBC Asia, said no one has time to watch 300 or 400 channels and that broadcasters ultimately will reduce the amount of programming they offer. Satellite yes, but smaller bundles “Nobody watches that much TV, so we changed our strategy,” Weiland said. “Our linear portfolio is four channels — news, preschool children’s programming, premium factual content and lifestyle — all offered in HD,” or high-definition format. “That linear portfolio is here to stay.” Weiland nonetheless said his network is paying less for satellite capacity today than in the past as broadcasters settle on a few channels of core programming and drop the 400-channel approach. BBC Asia is offering drama programs for OTT distribution. Weiland said binge-watching of drama is better suited for non-linear distribution than the BCC’s core programming.

Sky Perfect JSat of Japan also sees no immediate threat to its television audience from OTT, in part because Japan’s aging population is less likely to switch to OTT. Minoru Yonezawa, executive officer for the multichannel pay TV business unit at JSat, said 40 percent of his company’s TV viewers record some of their programming, but that OTT providers will have difficulty getting consumers to pay for services such as Netflix and Hulu. Netflix and Hulu a factor, but not a big one “Netflix entered the Japanese market about a year ago, and I don’t think they’ve done well,” Yonezawa said. “But they did cause a price war and increased the competitiveness of the market for the younger generation of viewers. Netflix and Hulu in Japan are offering Japanese content in addition to their non-Japanese lineup. Indonesia, a nation of more than 13,000 islands, remains a unique case among large-population nations in offering what might be called natural geographic barriers to OTT, and a natural haven for satellite broadcasting. Rudy Tanoesoedibjo, president of Indonesia’s largest pay-television broadcaster, MNC Sky Vision, said mobile broadband remains too expensive for most people in Indonesia, reducing the current OTT market to a selected few high-income areas. In addition, signal piracy is an issue that any OTT provider would need to confront, limiting the Indonesian market’s appeal.

That’s also true for the satellite broadcast sector, which in Indonesia is growing quickly with several new satellites on order by Indonesian owners. ‘Skinny bundles’ also in Indonesia Also of concern for satellite operators is what Tanoesoedibjo called “skinny bundles” of television channels that broadcasters are turning to because their subscribers no longer want the 400-channel offerings. “So there is good and bad for the satellite sector” in Indonesia, he said, adding that MSN had no regrets about taking part in the 2009 purchase of the Protostar 2 satellite, in partnership with SES, following the bankruptcy of Protostar Ltd. SES purchased Protostar 2, in orbit, for $185 million with MSN as anchor customer. “We got it at a very good price,” Tanoesoedibjo said. With the average Indonesian television screen less than 40 inches in size, HD broadcasting is taking longer to catch on. Tanoesoedibjo said MNC has 65 percent of the Indonesian market, with the remaining 35 percent divided among 11 other companies. Some are offering more HD than MNC, but to no real effect so far, he said. “If you cannot charge more” for HD programming, he said, “then the demand is not there.”

He said the top Indonesian channels are distributed free-to-air and have considerable local content — a necessity since the growth of the Indonesian television market is now mainly in smaller cities outside Jakarta, in regions where only local-language programming will find an audience. The BBC’s Weiland said he expected that trends now seen in markets like Britain are likely to arrive in Asia, but will take time, and in all markets it will be content quality that determines success. “Of course consumer demand is changing,” Weiland said. “In the U.K, 16- to 24-year-olds each 15 percent less television than before, and 30 percent of their video is non-linear, a figure that will climb to 40 percent — much of it Youtube.” - See more at: http://spacenews.com/asian-tv-broadcasters-say-satellite-dth-remains-their-preferred-platform/#sthash.LXgYSzP1.dpuf

SpeedCast International Limited (ASX:SDA) CEO Named Satellite Executive of the Year

From http://www.abnnewswire.net/press/en/85075/

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 5, 2016 AEST (ABN Newswire) - SpeedCast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, announced today that its CEO, Mr. Pierre-Jean (PJ) Beylier, has been named 2016 Satellite Executive of the Year in Asia-Pacific by the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC).

The accolade recognizes his outstanding contributions to the satellite communications industry and was presented to Mr. Beylier during an October 4th awards ceremony at the APSCC 2016 Satellite Conference and Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mr. Beylier, who was also recently named Teleport Executive of the Year by the World Teleport Association (WTA), has led an ambitious global expansion at SpeedCast that has resulted in significant revenue growth and has positioned the company as one of the few truly global satellite solution providers.

Through a combination of organic growth and targeted acquisitions, Mr. Beylier has turned SpeedCast-which has its roots in the Asia-Pacific region-into a worldwide force with 42 sales and operations offices spanning six continents. He has also been instrumental in driving the company's ongoing network and infrastructure augmentation program to ensure the most robust, redundant global network for worldwide maritime, government and enterprise customers, leveraging over 70 satellites and 39 teleports.

Nurturing a strong company culture driven by four core values - Customer Focused, Agile & Responsive, Success through People & Safety, Team Spirit - has been instrumental to Mr. Beylier's and SpeedCast's success, enabling him to maintain top talent while leading the company through seven acquisitions over the past eighteen months. Along with instilling a customer focused mindset that is reflected across all facets of the global organization, he ensures that all SpeedCast team members have a stake in the company's success by keeping them apprised of what's happening in the market, what has been achieved, and what goals are on the horizon.

"I'm honored to have been recognized as a leader in the satellite communications industry by the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council," notes Mr. Beylier. "I view it as a company-wide award that reflects the incredible dedication and customer focus of our staff around the globe, and our ongoing commitment to build SpeedCast into the world's premier communications and network service provider. SpeedCast has been an incredible 16-year journey, to which a lot of special people have contributed over the year and I thank them for their contribution."

About Speedcast International Ltd

Speedcast InternationalSpeedCast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, offering high-quality managed network services in over 90 countries and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. With a worldwide network of 43 sales and support offices and 39 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 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. For more information, visit SpeedCast

Premier League broadcast pirates hit with £1m fine

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/04/premier-league-broadcast-pirates-hit-with-1m-fine/

Two fraudsters who supplied illegal broadcasts of Premier League football to commercial premises have been ordered by the court to pay close to £1 million (€1.14m) – which will go back into the ‘public purse’.

The individuals behind the company Digicams, Simon Hopkins and Leon Passlow, were found guilty of supplying a variety of systems allowing their customers to view live Premier League football without making appropriate payments.

On Friday 30th September at Guildford Crown Court, in the south of England, the pair were ordered to pay back £992,947.60 within three months or each face up to seven more years behind bars.

Their scam involved obtaining Sky and other viewing cards using false names and addresses and then selling them on to commercial businesses including hotels, pubs and betting shops.

They enjoyed lavish lifestyles with the proceeds of their crimes, driving expensive cars and buying thousands of pounds’ worth of jewellery.

The pair had previously been sentenced to three and a half years in prison last August, after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud between January 2008 and September 2012 following a prosecution brought by the Premier League, working together with Surrey Police and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), the UK’s leading trade organisation established to protect and represent the interests of its members’ Intellectual Property.

After serving his sentence Passlow, an Australian citizen, will be deported back to Australia.

“Hopkins and Passlow made hundreds of thousands of pounds through their criminal enterprise, allowing them to live lavish lifestyles and believing they would never get caught,” commented Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT.

“The court has confiscated £992,000 of their criminal funds and the pair are already serving lengthy sentences in prison. This should serve as a strong warning that ultimately intellectual property crime does not pay.”

“Confiscation orders are often the final piece of the jigsaw following a conviction and, where applicable, provide for victims to be compensated for their losses,” advised Detective Sergeant Chris Rambour of the Surrey Police Economic Crime Unit. “Seeking a confiscation order following a conviction is a lengthy, complex process which can take many months but these figures show that the hard work, tenacity and determination of the team has most definitely paid off.”

“Securing these confiscation orders follows a complex investigation that involved working closely with our partners to ensure that these criminals were put behind bars. I hope this demonstrates our determination and reassures the public that we will leave no stone unturned to put offenders before the courts.”

A Premier League Spokesman said the case provided further evidence that companies and individuals which illegally supply Premier League football to pubs and commercial premises risk jail time for doing so. “Injunctions and significant costs awards are regularly being made in the Premier League’s favour in the Courts, and several suppliers have been jailed for illegally making systems available to commercial premises.”

“We would advise the owners and operators of hotels, pubs, betting shops and other premises interested in broadcast Premier League football to contact Sky Sports and BT Sport as they are the only broadcasters authorised to do so in this country.”

Viceland UK struggling to find audience

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/04/viceland-uk-struggling-to-find-audience/

Vice’s UK TV channel has got off to a slow start, with some nights during peak viewing time achieving a zero rating audience figure.

Viceland UK, which launched on September 19th exclusively on Sky, has only managed a peak audience of just under 14,000 during 9pm to 11pm in its first two weeks of broadcast. Some nights the slot, in which Viceland, achieved zero live viewers, according to an analysis of Barb data by Enders Analysis.

Enders says the channel’s best result attracting 16- to 34-year-olds, the market at which Vice is targeted, was fewer than 10,000 viewers one night during the first two weeks.

Tom Harrington, an analyst at Enders, said that Viceland UK represented a “lacklustre launch”, following a “similarly underwhelming” debut in the US earlier this year.

“It is surely early days, but despite strong content, the initial results were predictable, considering the challenges,” he said. “The response by Vice, that viewing figures are essentially immaterial to its plans, was expected, but deviated from earlier bullish sentiment.”

Enders said that the channel was always going to struggle due to factors including being so far down the TV electronic programme guide at slot 153 in the general and entertainment listings.

“Vice has paid for a home where browsing footfall is rapidly diminishing, surrounded by neighbours, which tellingly, create no original programming,” continued Harrington. “Added to this is a marketing budget which is seemingly unable to stretch to anything outside the already enraptured Vice-sphere.”

Responding to the research, a Vice spokesperson said: “Judging a new channel on its ratings when it’s just out of the blocks is extremely premature. Looking at Viceland in the US after six months, the average audience age dropped by nearly 20 years, its audience is growing week by week, and our programming is Emmy nominated. In the coming months we expect to mirror the same success here in the UK as well.”

(Craig's comment, coming soon to SKY NZ and SBS)

FreeDish ready to beam 104 TV channels; 24 on MPEG4

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/freedish-ready-to-beam-104-tv-channels-24-on-mpeg4-161003

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan today formally announced that it is now capable of carrying 104 television channels on its free-to-air direct-to-home FreeDish. 24 channels that are being added to the existing 80 channels will be directly be launched on MPEG4 technology.

DD officials also confirmed that FreeDish will soon be capable of carrying up to 250 channels.

In line with the ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’, DD has decided to implement Indian CAS (iCAS) on DD FreeDish Platform. iCAS (which is an initiative of the central government, is being initially introduced in 24 MPEG-4 channels. The introduction of iCAS will provide enhanced viewing experience.

DD officials said these additional 24 MPEG-4 SDTV channels will be available to viewers in FTA mode. The existing viewers will continue to get 80 SDTV channels, but will have to obtain iCAS-enabled authorised set-top boxes for accessing all 104 channels.

Although FreeDish will remain free to air with no monthly or periodic fee, the viewers will be required to register with DD FreeDish on getting the new STB from Doordarshan authorised STB dealers.

Slots on DD FreeDish are allocated to private channels through a transparent system of e-auction. DD earned Rs 980 million in 2014-15, Rs 1800 million in 2015-16, and Rs 1040 million till September in 2016-17. The next auction – the 31st – is slated for 5 October. FreeDish was launched with a modest bouquet of 33 channels in December 2004, and now carries eight TV channels and 32 radio channels.

The platform has a rich bouquet of channels consisting of 22 Doordarshan channels, two parliamentary channels, seven general entertainment and music channels each, 18 movie channels, 13 news channels, three religious channels and eight channels of other genres.

DD officials said implementation of iCAS and authorisation of STB original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by Doordarshan will give a major thrust to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’. At present, a majority of STBs are imported. However, the introduction of iCAS will help in standardization of STBs and encourage quality STB manufacturing in India.

For authorisation of STB OEMs, a series of meetings were conducted by DD DG Supriya Sahu and her team with the Indian STB manufacturers, Department of Telecom and Information Technology, C-DAC, chip set manufacturers and other stakeholders.

After active consultation with all the stakeholders, DD started the process for rolling out MPEG-4 STBs for its DD FreeDish with iCAS. Doordarshan has invited e-applications for authorisation / empanelment of STB OEMs to sell / distribute DD-approved CAS-enabled DD FreeDish set-top boxes (STB) in India.

Once the Indian STB OEMs are authorised by DD, they will start manufacturing quality STBs in India. They will set up their distribution network all over India for selling Indian STBs and providing services to Doordarshan FreeDish viewers. Doordarshan DTH has also planned to set up customer care service for DD FreeDish viewers and has planned extensive complaint redressal mechanism.


No update, back Wednesday


The TVNZ channels are now renamed as below, what a pointless waste of tax payers money!

TV1 is now TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 1 + 1
TV2 is now TVNZ 2 and TVNZ 2 + 1
Duke is now TVNZ DUKE

Monday feed

IS19 12610 V Sr 6111 Fec 3/4 DVB-S/QPSK, reporter at a beach FTA..

Sunday feeds

IS 19 12600 V Sr 7000 Fec 5/6 DVB-S2/8PSK, "STS NNA HD" FTA colour bars

Saturday feeds
IS 19 12436 H Sr 15000 Fec 3/4 DVB-S2, 8PSK, 1920 x 1080/50i HD, AFL Grand Final Day FTA..

Optus D2 12670 V Sr 6669 "horses"

Asiasat 5 3906 H 7500 "globecast oz" FTA boxing? not checked

Optus D2 12593 V Sr 15000 didn't load
Optus D2 12679 V Sr 7500 didn't load
Optus D2 12258 H Sr 8570 unknown encrypted
Optus D2 12271 H Sr 8570 unknown encrypted
Optus D2 12455 H Sr 6670 "default" fta media hub reporter at the boxing
Optus D2 12473 H Sr 8570 unknown encrypted
Optus D2 12491 H Sr 8570 unknown encrypted
Optus D2 12659 H Sr 45000 ?? NZ beam new? data?

From my Email

From RSM

Ka-band Earth Stations in-Motion (ESIM)

A new provision in Ka-band 29.5-30 GHz is permitted in New Zealand for uplink transmission by the class of station known as “earth station in motion” (ESIM) communicating with fixed-satellite networks in the downlink band 19.7-20.2 GHz (space-to-Earth direction).

This provision is in line with the outcomes of the World Radiocommunication Conference that concluded in November 2015, particularly Resolution 156 (WRC-15).

In order to fully cover the definition of ESIM, this new provision applicable to ESIM in the uplink band 29.5-30 GHz is included in the updated version of the following three General User Radio Licences applicable to satellite uplink transmission – one for terrestrial, one for aeronnautical and one for maritime, respectively:

NZ Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Satellite Services) Notice 2016 (updated)
see here https://gazette.govt.nz/notice/id/2016-go5552

From the Dish

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4013 V "Anhui TV" has left .

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4035 H ICTA TV has started on , Tongfang.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4067 H "Fujian South East TV" has started on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3986 H Ummat TV has started on , Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 3988 H INTV and Ahsan TV have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Sunna TV has replaced TV Mu" on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3690 V "BTV" is now encrypted.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3751 V "Cinemachi Kids" is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H Filmax has replaced Sabzbaat Balochistan on , Cryptoguard.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "RTP Internacional Ásia" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 3760 H "Fox Sports Asia, Fox Sports 2 Asia, Fox Sports 3 Asia and Fox Sports News Asia" have left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Divyavani TV" is back on, Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "GCJ O Shopping" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Wish Channel" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3625 V "True Select" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "Somali Channel" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4000 V "Mahadthai Channel" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "T News TV" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Movie 1" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "Multimania onis" now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Immaculate Impact TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Untouchable TV has started on , clear.Solution TV, Charis TV, The Herald TV, Recovery Channel and Free Indeed TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12566 V "Ovy Movies and Revelation TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Blessing TV, TREM FITV, MFM TV, TTVM TV and Emerald TV have started on , Fta. Smile TV and Life Africa TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12640 V "Access TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "African Movie Channel Series, African Movie Channel and Teach Every Nation" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Emerald TV, 3ABN International, TREM FITV, Triumphant Broadcasting Network and Sautul Islam TV" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Lumen Christi TV Network" has left .

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Sky Muster II ready for launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/30/sky-muster-ii-ready-for-launch/

Australia’s Sky Muster II satellite, built for the National Broadband Network, is ready for launch from the French Guiana spaceport by Arianespace. The launch is scheduled for October 4 between 20.30pm and 21.45 UTC (10.30pm-11.45pm Paris time).

Sky Muster II, built by Space Systems/Loral, reflects the country’s political commitment to bridging the digital divide, especially in the rural and isolated regions of Australia. This new satellite will help extend high-speed internet to the entire country, including the Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands, in conjunction with broadband services already delivered by Sky Muster I.

The satellite is intended to serve and improve connectivity for some 400,000 Australian homes, mostly in isolated regions of the country.

The Australian satellite will have a co-passenger on the launch in the shape of India’s GSAT-18, for India’s Space Research Organisation. Weighing 3404 kg at lift-off, GSAT-18 carries 48 communication transponders to provide Services in Normal C-band, Upper Extended C-band and Ku-bands of the frequency spectrum. GSAT-18 carries Ku-band beacon as well to help in accurately pointing ground antennas towards the satellite. GSAT-18 will be positioned at 74 deg East longitude.

Anti-siphoning needs to encompass digital players: Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh

From http://www.afr.com/business/media-and-marketing/antisiphoning-needs-to-encompass-digital-players-foxtel-chief-executive-peter-tonagh-20160928-grqxrc

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh has urged the Turnbull government to extend the anti-siphoning list to telcos and digital players, at least in the interim, while it formulates a deregulation plan for the media sector.

Anti-siphoning legislation prescribes which sporting events free-to-air television have first rights to bid on, but the scheme does not prevent internet or telecommunications companies from bidding before free-to-air.

For example, the weekend's Australian Football League and National Rugby League grand finals are on the list and subscription television players, such as Foxtel, are prevented from bidding for the events before their free-to-air counterparts.

However, under the current legislation, companies like Google, Facebook, Netflix and Twitter could buy the rights to those events before the likes of Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment or Network Ten, and potentially charge a fee for access.

The scheme has been designed to keep certain sporting events free for all Australians consumers.

"We see it difficult to convince the government to extend the list to other players. In which case, we think you've got to dramatically change the list if you're going to do that, because you either extend to everybody, and trim it a little bit, or you dramatically overhaul it," Mr Tonagh told The Australian Financial Review.

The government has indicated it has no plans to extend the anti-siphoning list to cover digital players, but the Opposition believes the scope of the scheme is something worth looking at.

"My concern is will it take a major Australian sporting event to go to one of those digital players before the government sees that there is an issue?" Mr Tonagh said.

Mr Tonagh said he believed the reason for the government's stance is want to get the issue of the anti-siphoning list right.

"The problem is they don't have time to get it right because it takes a long time to think through and to end up with the right solution. I think, we're being asked, in a sense, to carry the can by saying 'we'll bare the risk while they work through what the future might hold'," he said.

"Our view is we shouldn't have to carry that risk and so they should extend it in the interim."

There is no doubt that telco and over-the-top services are keen on sports rights. While not on the anti-siphoning list, Optus' $63 million per season deal for broadband and digital rights to the English Premier League, where it outbid Fox Sports and beIN Sports, highlights growing interest in premium content from entrants outside of traditional television.

Foxtel supports the removal of all five media ownership and control rules and wants to see some events removed from the anti-siphoning list that it believes are not culturally significant to Australia.

"The principle of the anti-siphoning regime is something that we firmly believe in. That's a principle that says there is some iconic Australia sporting events that are really core to the fabric of Australian society and where that's the case those sporting events should be made available to all Australians live, free and in high quality," Mr Tonagh said.

"There's no argument at all from us around that. We think those events include things like this weekend's NRL grand final, the AFL grand final, it includes the Melbourne Cup. Those things really are important to the fabric of Australian society."

Live-streamer of Joseph Parker boxing fights remains defiant

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11721046

A man who illegally live-streamed Joseph Parker's fights says recent efforts to crack down on the practise are ineffective.

Sky Television and Duco Events have filed court proceedings against eight people who illegally live-streamed Joseph Parker's fight against Solomon Haumono and promised to "up the ante" should others ignore their hard line.

Event organisers stopped people in the crowd from attempting to illegally live-stream the fight between Parker and Alexander Dimitrenko in Manukau last night.

James Bryant streamed Parker's fight with Carlos Takam in May, and said he isn't worried about prosecution.

"I have been on holiday for the last few months and they are not doing a very good job at finding me," he said.

He posted a link to a third-party stream of last night's fight on his personal Facebook page.

"It doesn't bother me one bit ... as soon as they fine me, I will make it my personal mission to stream every event."

Sky charged $39.95 to view last night's fight, which was also available on its Fanpass platform.

Sky's website crashed last night, leaving some frustrated fans unable to book to watch the event.

Eight people, all based in New Zealand, face nominal fines of $2670 each for breach of copyright for the streaming of Kiwi heavyweight Parker's victory over Australian Solomon Haumono in Christchurch in July.

Bryant said Duco were "shooting themselves in the foot", and that there were "heaps" of illegal live-streams available for last night's fight.

"If Duco didn't make a big deal about it in the first place people wouldn't be doing it. They are only punching themselves."

Duco chief executive Martin Snedden was blunt in his dismissal of Bryant's comments.

"The guy's wrong. In our view it is out-and-out theft, and people are starting to get the message that the risk isn't worth getting involved.

"We know we can't eradicate this, but we're getting better at running interference."

Snedden said increased co-operation from Facebook was enhancing their efforts to crack down on live-streaming.

"The big change is we now have the engagement and full support of Facebook, which has significantly increased our ability ... to take immediate action."

He said there will be a second wave of court proceedings filed against people who streamed last night's Parker-Dimitrenko fight.

(Craig's comment, Sky are flashing the users subcard details up on screen and this how they are tracking the illegal streams that are being put up on Facebook and other services. This is fine to stop those casual "pirates" However I believe that anyone uses a 3rd party satellite receiver won't be effected as the method to display the card number onscreen will not be supported. The other problem for Duco is they are selling the fight to overseas broadcasters like Sky Sports U.K or Arena Sports 2 which anyone can find a pirated stream of online in about 30 seconds via google. As for the price of $40? here's an idea what if they made it pay per round say $3.00 a round. If the fights over in round 2 then you are billed only $6 and if its a total farce like most PPV boxing events are then at least you don't feel robbed for 5 minutes entertainment.)

Legal action taken against Parker live-streamers

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11720229

Duco Events and SKY have taken legal action after illegal live-streaming of his recent bouts.

Sky Television and Duco Events have filed court proceedings against eight individuals who illegally live-streamed Joseph Parker's last fight and have promised to "up the ante" should others ignore their hard line.

The eight people, all based in New Zealand, face nominal fines of $2670 each for breach of copyright for the streaming of Kiwi heavyweight Parker's victory over Australian Solomon Haumono in Christchurch in July. The pay TV company and Parker's promoters have also contacted Facebook, the platform on which many illegally streamed the fight, and have been encouraged by the response of the United States media giant.

Parker will tonight face one of the biggest tests in his career when he gets into the ring against giant Ukraine Alexander Dimitrenko at Manukau's Vodafone Events Centre. As he does, Sky and Duco will be watching closely whether people ignore their warning and attempt to illegally live-stream the pay-per-view fight.

"We're not going to sit by and watch people steal our stuff," Duco chief executive Martin Snedden said. "I've heard lots of discussion about 'are we charging too much', and I think that's a complete red herring. The fact is if we charge too much, don't buy it. It doesn't give you the right to steal it and that's what these people are doing and they are facilitating other people to steal it.

"We have absolutely no compunction about starting these proceedings and sending a very clear signal to those considering this activity tomorrow night and for future Parker fights. We're going to chase hard.

"We've got a team now that's concentrating on this. Sky have got a team too. We're working hand in hand, so we'll be on the lookout again tomorrow night. I think finally we've caught the attention of Facebook in New York. I think we'll get a bit more support from that direction.

"I guess what we're trying to do is put a line in the sand and say enough's enough."

Boxing: Eyes of the world on Joseph Parker

Joseph Parker faces off agaisnt Russian boxer Alexander Dimitrenko at the Duco Offices in Auckland 26 July 2016 picture supplied credit: Photosport.co.nz
Alexander Dimitrenko ready to 'die in the ring' against Joseph Parker

Joseph Parker looking forward to facing The Giant Alexander Dimitrenko

Neither Snedden nor Sky chief executive John Fellet were prepared to say how they tracked down the perpetrators or the detail of the response from Facebook.

Porirua man Moze Galo was said to have attracted more than 20,000 illegal views of Parker's victory over Carlos Takam in Manukau in May. That fight package was priced at $49.95 - tonight's costs $39.95 and is also available on Sky's Fanpass platform.

Fellet said one of those worst affected by the illegal live-streaming was 24-year-old Parker.

"A lot of the tips we got were from people ringing us up telling us this was going on," Fellet said.

"The majority of the people out there think, 'Parker is stepping into the ring, he's the one getting his head hit, and these guys are freeloading on it, or helping other people freeload in some cases, and that's not on'. They certainly didn't do it to help me. I think there's a sentiment that Parker is taking all the pain here, he should get the gain as well."

Snedden said: "We haven't taken a punitive approach to how much we're claiming in the court proceedings this time around, we're just making the point. If people ignore this warning we'll up the ante next time around and put a lot more attention into claiming damages."

Rugby fans to watch autumn rugby Tests free on TV

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=373179

FIJIAN rugby fans will no longer have to go through the hassle of booking pay-per-view channels to watch their favourite rugby teams in action during the 2016 autumn rugby international matches.

This is after Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) Sports announced they would be covering all of the 28 autumn matches which starts in November.

FBC chief executive officer Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the announcement during a press conference at the FBC boardroom in Suva, yesterday.

He said the autumn tour would be one of the most anticipated and important dates in the rugby union 15s calendar

"The northern hemisphere's best teams, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales take on the best teams from the southern hemisphere which includes Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina," Khaiyum said.

He said those matches would be free to air, where none of their viewers would have to pay a single cent in order to watch the game.

"Fiji will feature on one of those 28 matches meeting England a match where all Fijians will enjoy while watching FBC TV."

He said they were fortunate to have secured rights for the international Test-matches for three years.

"This would be something extra for rugby union fans who will get to see their favourite teams take on each other and it's going to be extremely exciting to watch these games from all around the world."

Deal on remote sensing satellite signed by Russia

From http://en.mehrnews.com/news/120200/Deal-on-remote-sensing-satellite-signed-by-Russia

TEHRAN, Oct. 02 (MNA) – ICT minister Mahmoud Vaezi said the final agreement for the construction and launch of the National Remote Sensing Satellite has been signed by the Russian satellite manufacturers.

Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister, Mahmoud Vaezi, told Mehr News Agency that the country is working on its space projects on two parallel lines, one of which is related to the construction of student satellites inside the country; “we have held talks with universities for the construction of communications as well as remote sensing satellites in Iran, and a number of samples have already been constructed,” he said.

“By the end of the Iranian year (March 2017), we will be ready to launch one of these domestically-manufactured student satellites into space,” he added.

Vaezi stressed that the country is mainly focused on the construction of two operational satellites, adding “at the moment, the final agreement for the construction and launch of the National Remote Sensing Satellite has been signed by the Russian satellite manufacturers.”

“The construction of the two operational satellites is a long-term project and currently, we are in talks with four countries for our communications satellite,” he said.

“France, Russia, China and South Korea have expressed their interest in participating in the project,” Vaezi said. “We will come to a final decision with one of these four countries and execute the construction of National Communications Satellite Project as one of the objectives of the Sixth Development Plan.”

In his recent visit to Moscow, Mahmoud Vaezi met with several Russian government officials and industry executives on space and cyberspace issues, and struck a deal with the Russian side on cooperation with the construction of a remote sensing satellite.

Fox to swoop on Sky ?

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/30/fox-to-swoop-on-sky/

Not for the first time there are market rumours that 21st Century Fox is about to buy Sky and its trio of European pay-TV operations.

This time it is UK tabloid The Daily Mail that is reporting the imminent move, and suggesting that James Murdoch is about to take advantage of Sky’s depressed share price (down this year to date by 18 per cent) although September 29th saw Sky’s price jump 3.2 per cent on the gossip.

21st Century Fox already own 39.1 per cent of Sky.

Pakistan to crack whip on Indian channels to ‘cleanse’ airwaves

From http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/pakistan-to-crack-whip-on-indian-channels-to-cleanse-airwaves/401470/

Pakistan will launch a crackdown on Indian TV channels from October 15 to "cleanse" the country's airwaves of "illegal content", electronic media regulator said today, reversing Musharraf era relaxation on airing of popular Indian dramas and movies.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) said it will "implement a comprehensive strategy to effectively counter proliferation of Indian channels through illegal DTH (Direct To Home) and excessive Indian content on satellite TV channels and FM radios". (Reuters)

Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) said it will “implement a comprehensive strategy to effectively counter proliferation of Indian channels through illegal DTH (Direct To Home) and excessive Indian content on satellite TV channels and FM radios”. (Reuters)

Pakistan will launch a crackdown on Indian TV channels from October 15 to “cleanse” the country’s airwaves of “illegal content”, electronic media regulator said today, reversing Musharraf era relaxation on airing of popular Indian dramas and movies.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) said it will “implement a comprehensive strategy to effectively counter proliferation of Indian channels through illegal DTH (Direct To Home) and excessive Indian content on satellite TV channels and FM radios”.

PEMRA yesterday asked all channels to immediately stop broadcast of illegal Indian content. The decision came in the wake of ongoing tension between India and Pakistan following the Uri terror attack and Indian Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC.

“Retired general Pervez Musharraf had allowed Indian dramas on TVs and movies in cinemas of Pakistan to please India and no government checked it ever. There is October 15 deadline for TV channels, FM radios and cable operators to follow the law,” PEMRA said.

“Any attempt by anyone to torpedo PEMRA writ and this consensus among stakeholders, so close to the deadline, would confirm the fears that certain vested interests do not want Indian channels and content to go off air in Pakistan.

“These people, at this critical time, are working against the national interest and interference in the functioning of a state institution, is not only hampering PEMRA’s efforts to cleanse Pakistani airwaves of illegal Indian content, but also a cognisable offense, under the law of the land,” it added.

According to PEMRA rules, local channels can only show 5 per cent foreign contents but it has been seen that several channels mostly rely on foreign contents, mostly Indian, Turkish, American and European.

Last week, Raj Thackeray-led MNS issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors, including Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar, to leave India by September 25 or else they would be “pushed out”.

Recently, concerts of Pakistani singers Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam scheduled in Bengaluru and Gurgaon respectively were also cancelled.


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