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Page UPDATED 20/10/2014 11.59 P.M NZ


Optus 10 currently listed @ 171.35 E slowly on its way to 164E!

Measat 3b (AKA Jabiru-2) has arrived at 91.5E

Australia KU coverage is shown here http://jabiru2.com/

Saturday feeds

IS19 12549 V, Sr 3750 DVB-S2/8PSK, 1920 x 1080, FTA Karting nationals from Aus..

D2 12272 V Sr 7500 "moto gp ex Philip Island" Encrypted
D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "Globecast oz" Horses FTA
D2 12680 V Sr 7500 "svc_1" Encrypted
D2 12464 H Sr 8570 "sky hd pri 9015" Encrypted NZ Beam
D2 12482 H Sr 8570 "sky hd sex 9008" Encrypted NZ Beam

D1 12430 V Sr 7000 "NNA HD" Cricket FTA

From my Email

Weekend feedlog from Saldav 1

All Asiasat 5

3750 V SR 12222 ROH Japan Live - Live Ballet, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7120 IEC CRT OU1 Enc ATP WORLD Tennis Tour - STOCKHOLM Tennis Open - Verdasco vs Tomic, (FTA.)
3886 H SR 7200 $IND/WI 2014 DD FE $Scrambled.
3895 H SR 7200 $IND/WI 2014 WF $Scrambled.
3905 H SR 7200 Ch-1 AFC u/19 Men's Soccer from Myanmar, (FTA.)
4165 H SR 7500 u/19 Men's Soccer from Myanmar, (FTA.) - (different broadcast to that of 3905 H SR 7200.
4070 H SR 9875 $Moto GP World Feed (is $ Scrambled.)
4155 H SR 7200 $TV7-ENC-2 (is $ Scrambled.)
3867 H SR 7500 Ch-1 WTA Women's Tennis, MOSCOW, (FTA.)
3915 H SR 4444 CHANNEL 1 >MOST OF Cultural Musical Stage Act, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7200 Telecity Encoder SPURS TV - MNC vs TOT in the Premier League Soccer, (FTA.)
4070 H SR 9875 $Moto GP World Feed, ($ Scrambled.)
4078 H SR 4937 $MOTO GP, ($Scrambled.)
4147 H SR 7500 $IPB CITY HD ($Scrambled.)
4170 H SR 15000 $GOLOVKIN v RUBIO - Boxing, ($ Scrambled.)
3735 H SR 7120 HK_FEED_TO_ASIA_A HONG KONG OPEN - Men's Golf, (FTA.)
4175 H SR 6110 HD ENC-1 Japanese J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
3675 H SR 1500 Service-1 Hindu guru and gathering, (FTA.)
3735 V SR 6110 SBTM ENC2 J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
3930 V SR 13333 Ericsson Service J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7500 Ch-1 Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow Championship - WTA Women's Tennis, (FTA.)
4150 H SR 15000 $ATM vs ESP HD50 ($Scrambled.)
3735 H SR 7120 Service0 Cell C South Africa Women's Open Golf, (FTA.)
3745 V SR 7120 $D-413#2 Hockenheim Motor Racing from Hockenheim and is (actually FTA with live cam from inside racing cars!).
3760 H SR 27500 test Colour test pattern, (FTA.)
3885 H SR 7120 IEC CRT OUI Enc STOCKHOLM Tennis Open, (FTA.)
3895 H SR 7120 Satlink-BT-ENC ATP World Tennis Tour from VIENNA, (FTA.)
4135 H SR 6666 Telecity Encoder CM vs TOULOUSE FC in the Soccer, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3829 H "Australia Plus TV India" is encrypted again.

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12646 H "LDC has replaced BBC Arabic" on , Fta.
Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12726 H Rai World Premium, Greek Cinema, Rai News 24, Mediaset Italia, Al Hayat 2 and Cima TV are back to encrypted.

Koreasat 6 116.0°E The SkyLife muxes have left 11747 L and 11785 L.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Aswaja TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0°E 3600 V "MD Channel" has started on , Conax. On Channel is now Fta.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V "Fox Indonesia" has started on , Irdeto. BBC World News Asia Pacific has left.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "Elshinta TV, Sine Sia, El Musik, Nur, Gizmo, Al-Manar TV, Lejel Home Shopping, Universitas Terbuka TV, LBS TV K-Drama, LBS TV In-Drama, TVRI Nasional, Lejel Home Shopping Live and Malakoot Sat Indonesia" have left .
Palapa D 113.0°E 4044 V"Da Ai TV Indonesia" has left .
Palapa D 113.0°E 4080 H "Elshinta TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 12468 H "Now News Channel" has left again.

Measat 3b Measat 3b has arrived at 91.5 East.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3520 H "Modernine TV" has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3545 V "Grace TV" has started on , BISS. AJP is now encrypted. Oom Maharuai TV has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "H Plus Channel" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3760 H "T Sports Channel and 9 Yord" have started on , encrypted. GMM Football Extra has left.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12728 V "Boomerang Thailand" is Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3769 H "ATV Home" has left again.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 11167 V Tine Yin Thar and Police Channel have started on , Tongfang.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11105 H "Russkij Extreme" has started on , Irdeto.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11531 V "SET Eastern Europe, Sony Turbo and Sony Sci-Fi Russia" have started on ,Irdeto.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11973 V "MTV Russia, Fox Life Russia, Fox Russia, Nat Geo Wild HD Asia, Rossiya HD,Perviy kanal and Travel Channel HD Europe" have started on , Verimatrix. A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, STS Love and HD Life have left.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12033 V "Animal Planet HD, Eurosport International, National Geographic Channel Russia, Travel + Adventure, and RT Doc have started on, Verimatrix. A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, STS Love and HD Life" have left.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12093 V LifeNews, Mir, Eurosport 2 North-East, Amedia Premium HD, Nash Futbol, HD Life, RT English and World Business Channel have started on , Verimatrix. A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, STS Love and HD Life have left.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12153 V "Shop 24, Tochka TV, Radost Moya, Humor TV and Russian Musicbox" have left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 12227 V "Mir, Eurosport 2 North-East, Amedia Premium HD, Nash Futbol, RT English and World Business Channel" have started on , Verimatrix.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12227 V "Telekanal 2x2, Telekanal Domashniy, TV 1000 East, TV 1000 Russkoe Kino, Dom Kino, Shanson TV, Ru TV, Eurosport International, DW, 365 dnei TV, Europa Plus TV,Eurosport News, Boets, Eurosport 2 North-East, Fox Life Russia, Fox Russia, National Geographic Channel Russia, Nat Geo Wild Russia, STS Love, Radost Moya,France 24 English and Sarafan have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3787 V "Australia Plus TV India" is encrypted again.

From asiatvro site

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News(高清)频道新增,设置3871 H 7595参数免费接收。[10-19]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten Sports(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3712 H 14454参数无效接收。[10-19]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jano Dunya(印度)频道消失,设置3796 V 7200参数无效接收。[10-19]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Channel 5、Thinetha(孟加拉)等3个频道重现,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[10-19]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,HTV 7 HD、VTC 1(越南)等4个频道新增,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。[10-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,NTV News(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置3562 H 5556参数免费接收。[10-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Bizz News(印度)频道重现,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [10月19日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Fox替换BBC World News(MPEG-4)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [10月19日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Saudi Sport 1(沙特)频道消失,设置3760 H 27500参数无效接收。 [10月19日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,T Sports替换Football Extra(泰国)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-18]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,9 Yod(泰国)频道新增,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-18]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai 8、3 HD On TPBS(泰国)等频道加密,设置3990 V 12000参数有条件接收。[10-18]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Mplex(韩国)高清频道新增,设置12650 H 27489参数免费接收。[10-18]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1(韩国)高清频道新增,设置11823 L 21300参数有条件接收。[10-18]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,本港(国际)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。[10-17]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,NCM、MOV(MPEG-4)等全组频道新增,设置11237 V 4800参数免费接收。 [10月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Boonniyom TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Perviy Kanal HD(高清)频道加密,设置11681 V 15525参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Мир HD(高清)频道新增,设置12227 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Мир HD(高清)频道新增,设置12092 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]


Is HBO Foxtel's new worst nightmare?

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/is-hbo-foxtels-new-worst-nightmare-20141016-117f59.html

HBO and Foxtel will battle for control of Westeros if Australians can sneak into HBO's upcoming streaming service.

Will Aussies sneak into HBO's US streaming service to watch Game of Thrones?

Unlike Foxtel in Australia, US cable TV giant HBO has held out on offering an online-only service. Its HBO Go streaming service is only open to Americans with a home HBO subscription, a bit like Foxtel Go. There's no US equivalent to the online-only Foxtel Play, but it's finally coming next year.

HBO has done its best to hold out against the US cable-cutting trend, which has seen people abandon pay TV services in favour of internet-only options like Netflix. HBO's big selling point is that it's the home of smash hit shows like Game of Thrones and True Detective which you won't find on streaming services like Netflix. This kind of power has driven Netflix to commission its own blockbuster TV shows like House of Cards.

In some ways Australians are lucky. Through Foxtel we can watch both Game of Thrones and House of Cards, with the option to sign up for the online-only Foxtel Play which is cheaper than a traditional Foxtel service.

A few years ago it looked like Foxtel would stick to its guns like HBO and not offer an online-only service, but talk of fibre-to-the-premises forced Australia's pay TV giant to make the leap into the brave new world. Had it known we'd end up with the hotch-potch Multi-Technology Mix National Broadband Network then Foxtel might have dragged its feet, but now it's well-placed to face the future however the NBN plays out.

News that HBO is going down the same path should certainly concern Foxtel. Details of HBO's new online service are still scarce, but it will likely be considerably cheaper than Foxtel Play even when you allow for conversion rates and geo-dodging costs. HBO has dabbled in online-only streaming in a few countries, with the cost of HBO Nordic translating to just under AU$15 per month. Some Australians already sneak into the Nordic service and you can be sure more will eye off the US service when it launches next year.

Meanwhile Foxtel Play starts at $25 per month, but that leaps to $50 if you want premium HBO content like Game of Thrones. It will be interesting to see if Foxtel temporarily drops its pricing again for the next season of Game of Thrones, but even then HBO online will probably still work out cheaper. Foxtel Play will likely be the more attractive option if you're chasing more than HBO content.

You can be sure that HBO will try harder than Netflix to enforce geo-blocking – because it has a vested interest in keeping foreigners out in order to protect rights deals with the likes of Foxtel.

Of course where there's a will there's a way. Defeating geo-blocking is child's play, the tricky part is convincing US-only services to take your money. Unlike Netflix, HBO certainly won't look the other way if you use an Australian credit card, but some other tricks for sneaking into Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Prime and the US iTunes store will likely work with HBO.

It's very unlikely that you'll see HBO officially bring its online service to Australia, at least not in the next few years, because it already has a strong local partner in Foxtel which has paid top dollar for exclusive local rights. HBO has a vested interest in seeing partners like Foxtel survive, at least for the next few years as they both continue to milk the old-world business model of forcing us to pay for expensive packages just so we can watch a handful of premium channels.

Australians sneaking into Netflix don't really pose a major threat to Foxtel Play, because people are mostly paying Foxtel for premium content you won't find on Netflix. But the ability for Australians to sneak directly into HBO is a different matter. You can expect Foxtel to ramp up its complaints about Australians using VPN and DNS workarounds in order to masquerade as Americans, but hopefully the extra competition will also force Foxtel to offer us a better deal on shows like Game of Thrones.

What would it take for you to stick with Foxel Play rather than sneak into HBO?

China launches remote sensing satellite

From http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/n/2014/1020/c202936-8797377.html

A Long March-4C carrier rocket carrying the Yaogan-22 remote sensing satellite blasts off from the launch pad at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of north China's Shanxi Province, Oct. 20, 2014. The satellite will be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveying, estimating crop yields and disaster relief. (Xinhua/Wang Xiao)

TAIYUAN, Oct. 20 -- China launched the Yaogan-22 remote sensing satellite into scheduled orbit at 2:31 p.m. on Monday Beijing Time from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

The satellite will be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveying, estimating crop yields and disaster relief.

It was carried by a Long March-4C rocket. The launch is the 195th mission for the Long March rocket family.

ABS makes $214m claim

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/20/abs-makes-214m-claim/

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) says it is in negotiation with the insurance industry over a partial failure of its recently launched ABS-2 satellite. Their claim is for $214 million, and concerns their key Russian beam. ABS-2 was built b y Space Systems/Loral, and launched in February.

The claim is complicated by the fact that the beam is partially owned by GT Satellite Systems, a Moscow-based but Luxembourg registered business that back in 2011 contracted with ABS for a major portion of the Russian beam. GT Satellite paid $125 million for the capacity.

However, ABS-2 is not a total failure even though the claimed $214 million is an unusually large sum for a partial satellite failure. ABS-2 carries a total of 89 transponders (51 in Ku-band, 32 in C-band and 6 in Ka-band). The satellite launched with 10 separate beam s, but the Russian coverage – and revenues – are seen as crucial to the overall mission.

ABS has a back-up satellite under construction for placing at 75 degrees East, and due for launch later next year.

Proton-M rocket set to launch Ekspress AM-6 satellite

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/roscosmos/proton-m-rocket-set-to-launch-ekspress-am-6-satellite/

Preparations are underway at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the upcoming launch of the Ekspress AM-6 communications satellite. A Proton-M rocket was rolled out to the launch pad at site 81/24  on Saturday. The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21 at 15:09 UTC (10:09 AM EDT).

This will be the second launch of a Proton-M rocket since a launch failure in May resulted in the loss of the Ekspress AM-4R satellite and a four-month grounding of all Proton launches. The Proton-M returned to flight last month with the successful launch of a Russian military satellite on Sept. 27.

Ekspress AM-6 is a Geostationary Satellite built by ISS Reshetnev. Once in orbit, the satellite will be operated by the Russian Satellite Communications Company as part of a fleet of spacecraft that will provide a variety of communications services to Russia and the surrounding region. The satellite’s payload was built by MacDonald, Detwiler and Associates (MDA) based out of Canada.

The Ekspress AM series of communications  satellites was initiated in 2003 , thirteen of them have been launched to date. Ekspress AM-4 was launched into an incorrect orbit and was disposed of  via a targeted reentry and its replacement was lost due to a launch failure in May 2014.

The Ekspress AM series is based on the Ekspress 2000 satellite platform designed by ISS Reshetnev. The Ekspress 2000 is capable of hosting payloads weighing over one metric ton and providing up to 15 Kilowatts of payload power.

The Ekspress AM-6 weighs 7,055 lbs (3,200 kg) and is equipped with two solar arrays which can produce up to 14,2000 watts for the satellite’s systems and the communications payload. Ekspress AM-6 is three axis stabilized and has precise pointing capability with a station-keeping accuracy of 0.05 degrees. The satellite has an expected service lifespan of 15 years and will operate from an orbital position of 53 degrees East in Geostationary Orbit.

The Ekspress AM-6 satellite has 72 transformers operating in four different frequency bands using its 11 antenna reflectors. The spacecraft has 14 C-Band transponders can create two fixed zones.  The spacecraft also has 44 Ku-Band   transponders, 12 Ka-band transponders and two L-Band transponders.

The Ekspress AM-6 satellite was delivered to the Baukonur Cosmodrome in May by its manufacturer ISS Rehetnev. After the Proton launch failure that on May 15, the Ekspress spacecraft was placed in storage pending a launch investigation and Proton’s return to flight.

In preparation for its launch, The Ekspress AM-6 satellite was place through an exhaustive series of inspections and tests to confirm that all of the spacecraft’s systems were fully operational. Following testing the spacecraft received its propellant load and began final processing.

As noted, the Ekspress AM-6 spacecraft will ride the Proton M booster aloft. Officially designated the UR-500, this rocket was designed as a ballistic missile in the 1960s – a task it was over-suited for.

The booster encountered numerous failures in its first five years alone. Over the years, the booster has been modified so as to keep it modern. The Proton-M is a three stage heavy-lift launch vehicle used to deliver payloads to orbit from launch sites 81 and 200 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Proton-M is the launch vehicle that was tapped to carry the first Russian component of the International Space Station to orbit – the Zarya module (the Proton was also selected to launch the Russian Zvezda module).

The Proton-M stands some 191 feet (58.2 meters) tall and is some 24 feet (7.4 meters) in diameter. It has a launch mass of some 1,571,896 lbs (713,000 kg). The rocket is capable of delivering cargo weighing 48,502 lbs (22,000 kg) to low-Earth-orbit (LEO) and payloads weighing 6 metric tons – to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

The Proton-M rocket with the Ekspress AM-6 satellite at Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

The Proton’s first stage is comprised of a central tank which carries nitrogen tetroxide (the oxidizer). Six propellant tanks encircle this central tank, each of them contain unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (the Proton’s fuel).

Each of the outboard tanks has a RD-276 rocket engine at its base. These engines provide the initial “push” that sends the rocket and its precious cargo out of Earth’s gravity well. The first stage’s six engines give the Proton-M an initial thrust of some 9,942 kiloNewtons. Each engine is some 9 feet (2.72 meters) in length and 5 feet (1.5 meters) in diameter.

If all goes according to plan, the first stage will only be in action for approximately two minutes. At this point the booster’s second stage take over. Unlike the unconventional configuration of the first stage with its protruding engine nodules, the second stage is a cylinder with its oxidizer and fuel tanks stacked in the traditional configuration. The second stage is capable of about three and a half minutes of flight.

This element of the Proton-M uses nitrogen tetroxide and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine as fuel.

The second stage draws its power from three RD-0210 engines along with a lone RD-0211 rocket engine (essentially an RD-0210 fit with a gas generator heat exchanger). These engines deliver an estimated 2.4 megaNewtons of thrust. Each engine (RD-210 and RD-0211) measures 8 feet (2.33 meters) in length and 5 feet (1.47 meters) in diameter.

Russian Signal Corps to Get Multimedia Satellite Communication Systems by 2020: Army

From http://en.ria.ru/russia/20141020/194307033/Russian-Signal-Corps-to-Get-Multimedia-Satellite-Communication-Systems-by-2020.html

Russian Signal Troops, formed exactly 95 years ago, will be provided with modern broadband multimedia satellite communication systems by 2020.

MOSCOW, October 20(RIA Novosti) – Russian Signal Troops, formed exactly 95 years ago, will be provided with modern broadband multimedia satellite communication systems by 2020, Maj. Gen. Khalil Arslanov, the chief of the Main Communications Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, said.

"To meet the need of the field of command of the Russian Armed Forces in modern multimedia communication services, development work is being carried out on the creation of modern interference-resistant broadband satellite communication systems within the framework of broader efforts to expand the satellite communication system of the Russian Defense Ministry before 2020," Arslanov said.

The head of the General Communications Agency noted that special attention will be paid to the installment of ground satellite communication stations. The software and equipment, used at the stations will be synchronized into a unified system.

The functionality of the equipment will be increased through the reduction of its weight and size. This will also make the communication equipment more transportable.

Google claims anti-piracy progress

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/20/google-claims-anti-piracy-progress/

Google has published an updated How Google Fights Piracy report, which explains how it combats piracy across its services. This new version updates many of the numbers from the 2013 version and lists a few other developments in the past year and follows an open letter sent mid-September to the European competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, in which News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson branded the company a “platform for piracy and the spread of malicious networks” to which Rachel Whetstone, SVP Global Communications, responded that Google has done more than almost any other company to help tackle online piracy.

Writing for the Google Public Policy Blog, Katherine Oyama, Senior Copyright Policy Counsel, said that the company has been testing new ad formats in search results on queries related to music and movies that help people find legitimate sources of media.

For the relatively small number of queries for movies that include terms such as ‘download’, ‘free’, or ‘watch’, Google has begun to list sources such as Google Play, Amazon and Netflix.

“We’re also testing other ways of pointing people to legitimate sources of music and movies, including in the right-hand panel on the results page,” she advised

These results show in the US only, but Google plans to continue investing in this area and plan to expand internationally.

Google has also developed an improved DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) demotion signal in Search. “In August 2012 we first announced that we would downrank sites for which we received a large number of valid DMCA notices. We’ve now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites. This update will roll out globally starting next week,” reported Oyama.

In addition, more terms are being removed from autocomplete, based on DMCA removal notices. “We’ve begun demoting autocomplete predictions that return results with many DMCA demoted sites,” she confirmed.

“Every day our partnership with the entertainment industry deepens. Just this month we launched a collaboration with Paramount Pictures to promote their upcoming film Interstellar with an interactive website. And Content ID (our system for rightsholders to easily identify and manage their content on YouTube) recently hit the milestone of enabling more than $1 billion in revenue to the content industry,” she noted.

“In addition to strengthening these relationships, we continue to invest in combating piracy across all our services,” she concluded.

Study: Reducing pirated link prominence aids IP theft fight

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/20/study-reducing-pirated-link-prominence-aids-ip-theft-fight/

An academic study into whether search engines influence media piracy has concluded that reducing the prominence of pirated links can be a viable policy option in the fight against intellectual property theft.

The researchers at Carnegie Mellon University – H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management note there is an ongoing public policy debate regarding the role search engines can play in the fight against intellectual property theft.

“However, for any sensible policy discussion it must first be the case that search engine results influence consumer piracy choices, and there is very little empirical evidence one way or the other on this question,” say Liron Sivan, Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang.

The goal of their research was to use a randomised field study to analyse whether search results can influence consumers choices for infringing versus legal consumption channels.

To do this, they designed a customised search engine that allowed them experimentally to manipulate pirated and legal links in users’ search results. They then conducted separate experiments on a general population of users and on college-aged users where they randomly assigned users to a control condition or to separate treatment conditions where infringing sites or legal sites were artificially promoted in the search results.

“Our data show that relative to the non-manipulated (control) condition, the presence of pirate or legal links in search results strongly influences the behaviour of both the general and college-aged populations: users are more likely to choose a legal option to acquire the movie when legal sites are promoted, and users are more likely to choose a pirate option when piracy links are promoted,” they report.

By analysing users’ initial search terms, they also found evidence that users who initially intend to pirate were more likely to purchase legally when legal links are promoted and that users who initially intend to consume legally are more likely to pirate when pirate links are promoted. “Together, our results suggest that reducing the prominence of pirated links can be a viable policy option in the fight against intellectual property theft,” they advise.

Pay-channels for Rabbit TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/17/pay-channels-for-rabbit-tv/

FreeCast has embraced a la carte programming and begun offering premium pay-channels through its Rabbit TV Plus. This comes on the heels of HBO’s announcement that it will be offering a standalone version of its online TV service HBO GO.

Rabbit TV will now include offerings from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, WWE and tennis, news channels such as Glenn Beck’s ‘The Blaze’, as well as premium live television channels from China, India, Pakistan, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, the Middle East, and more.

CEO William Mobley said “With HBO GO, and whispers of ESPN eventually going effectively a la carte via the web, it really opens the floodgates for the other networks to do the same. Netflix will never be a replacement for cable – it’s really just another channel among many. Rabbit TV Plus is already offering premium channels, in addition to hundreds of thousands of free movies, TV shows, and radio stations. HBO and live sports really complete the circle for a lot of people, allowing them to leave traditional cable behind. We’re excited about the possibility of giving our 3 million plus subscribers the opportunity to experience them all with Rabbit TV Plus.”


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Measat 3B has completed tests at 84E

New channel

Intelsat 19 12646 H Sr 28066 "LDC" is new, FTA, replacing BBC Arab in the Mysat mux, same pids

Friday Feeds

IS19 12534 V 15000 Fec 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 1280 x 720 60Hz, FTA atm Service Name = HD 18Mhz - SAT Poker tournament in Melbourne for 2 weeks

Optus D2 12660 V Sr 6670 default" TV3 news reporter, Equestrian event
Optus D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "Globecast2" PID 1165 horse racing.
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Tenders called for Australia's GPS technology infrastructure

From http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/tenders-called-for-australias-gps-technology-infrastructure-20141017-10ronj.html

A planned upgrade to Australia's global positioning technology will bring it closer in line with international systems and give users access to more accurate GPS signals. 

Geoscience Australia has called for tenders to update the receivers and antennae infrastructure used to track satellites in the Global Navigation Satellite System.

That includes the American GPS, European Galileo, Chinese BeiDou, Japanese Quasi Zenith and Russian GLONASS systems. 

The Canberra-based agency's Geodesy and Seismic Monitoring group leader Gary Johnston said the infrastructure upgrade would boost the system's capability to detect the GPS. 

It would also update the technology to track all the international systems designed to date, and would be finished in time for the expected completion of China's system in 2016.

He said that while most countries had largely relied on the American GPS since it emerged in the 1980s, other powerful nations were developing their own systems in order to strengthen their defence capabilities.

They also recognised increased demand for the technology across a wide range of industries and for personal use. 

Mr Johnston said while Australia was a small country with less capacity to build space infrastructure than bigger countries, it was well-positioned in the Asia-Pacific to leverage international systems.

He said global positioning technology was advancing at a pace which meant it could be accurate within centimetres by the end of the decade.

"Within the next five years we will actually have GPS and the full constellation of satellites that we will be able to receive signals from, so it will be far more robust and far more accurate than GPS alone."

He said a combined international system, once the full constellation of 30 satellites was deployed, would provide more accurate global positioning co-ordinates.

"Already we're seeing improved accuracy from combining the US system with the Chinese system," he said.

Australia's national tracking network is made up of 25 core reference stations, which includes several in Antarctica, and more than 100 stations spread across the mainland and Tasmania.

Each of those stations contains a receiver and an antenna which constantly tracks GPS signals transmitted from space. 

It is that infrastructure which is set to be updated.

Continuous data collected from the sites helps to refine Geoscience Australia's national co-ordinate system and improve the accuracy of GPS technology Australians use on their mobile phones and car navigational devices.

In-orbit trials with MEASAT-3b concluded

From http://www.satellite-evolution.com/group/site/?p=33851

Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, has successfully concluded in-orbit trials with MEASAT-3b. One month after launch, the satellite is now ready to enter commercial service and has been officially handed over to its operator, MEASAT.

Since MEASAT-3b was launched by Ariane 5 on 11 September, Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse has been leading the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) operations and carrying out in-orbit trials. Tests on the telecommunications payload were carried out at the MEASAT facilities in Cyberjaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from where the satellite will be controlled during its operational life, expected to be more than 15 years.

MEASAT-3b is the largest satellite ever to have been ordered by the Asian operator MEASAT. It has been placed in geostationary orbit at 91.5° East, and is co-located with MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a satellites. Together, they will make up Asia’s most robust Direct-To-Home (DTH) satellite television neighbourhood. With 48 transponders in Ku band, MEASAT-3b will support demand for video and data services across Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia.

MEASAT-3b is based on Airbus Defence and Space’s proven and reliable Eurostar E3000 satellite platform. Since 2004, 34 satellites of this type have been successfully launched and are all in operation

Galileo duo handed over in excellent shape

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Galileo_duo_handed_over_in_excellent_shape_999.html

A pair of fully functioning Galileo navigation satellites was recently delivered to its operators, as preparations get underway for the next round of launches.

On 27-28 September, the two satellites launched on 22 August were handed over from ESA's Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany, to the Galileo Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, which will care for them pending a final decision on their use.

The satellites are in excellent health and working normally. A launcher problem left the pair in the wrong orbit, with higher apogee, lower perigee and an incorrect inclination compared to the planned circular orbit.

Training for challenges
The orbit presented a sudden and unexpected - though not untrained for - challenge to the team at ESOC responsible for the launch and early orbit phase.

For months before each Galileo launch, a joint team of mission operations experts from ESA and France's CNES space agency train intensively for this critical period, which typically lasts about eight days, from separation until handover to Oberpfaffenhofen.

"After launch, we quickly discovered that one of each satellite's pair of solar wings had not deployed correctly," says Liviu Stefanov, Spacecraft Operations Manager. "At the same time, difficulties in receiving radio signals - indicated by unusually low power and instability - alerted us to the fact that the orbits could be incorrect.

"Basically, the ground stations were pointing to where we expected the satellites to be, and they weren't there, so we weren't getting good signals."

Quick teamwork to find satellites
Engineers determined within four hours the approximate actual orbit and then generated new commands to point the ground antennas to establish robust radio links.

Working around the clock, and with assistance from the Galileo project engineers and the satellite builder, the teams then started to look at how to free the solar arrays.

"Each undeployed wing had to be treated as a separate problem," says Flight Operations Director Herve Come.

"Each satellite had to be manoeuvred separately into an orientation where the undeployed panel was facing the Sun because we realised that one cause was linked to the low temperature of the release mechanism.

"It all required developing, validating and rehearsing new flight operation procedures 'on the fly'."

It took three days to release the trapped solar wing of the first satellite, and then two days later the second Galileo's stuck array was also freed.

The satellites have since been brought into full operation, as the teams in Darmstadt were tasked to retain control for five weeks - four weeks longer than planned.

Strong bonds developed through months of joint training
"This was very demanding on the ESA and CNES personnel, and on the ESOC operations team in particular, but the strong bonds developed through months of joint training enabled them to perform very well," says Liviu.

Possible uses of the two satellites are now being studied and a future mission scenario will be decided at a later date.

While handing over the satellites to the Galileo Control Centre, where they are operated by teams from a private company, spaceopal GmbH, had been practised in the past, this was the first time it was done with Full Operational Capability satellites in orbit.

The delicate process involves transferring responsibility for commands and telemetry, and beginning the satellites' 'secure mode' of operation by the teams at Oberpfaffenhofen. The handover ran very smoothly over the last weekend in September.

Extremely proud of entire team
"By the end of the Saturday, the first satellite was fully handed over, while the second handover took place on Sunday," says Richard Lumb, ESA's Galileo Mission Director.

"I am extremely proud of the entire Mission Control Team and the way they handled a dramatic and very critical situation resulting from multiple, independent anomalies," says Paolo Ferri, ESA's Head of Mission Operations.

"After launch, the joint team managed to maintain control of the satellites under extremely difficult conditions, rapidly stabilised them and determined the actual orbit."

"The accuracy and professionalism of the subsequent handover activities also showed that the joint team at ESOC and the spaceopal team at the Galileo Control Centre are very well 'tuned' for this procedure, which will become increasingly frequent with future launches."

Intelsat Announces Successful Launch of Intelsat 30

From http://www.mfrtech.com/news/533912/intelsat_announces_successful_launch_of_intelsat_30.html

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the worlds leading provider of satellite services, today announced that an Ariane 5 vehicle successfully launched the Intelsat 30 satellite, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload for DIRECTV Latin America from French Guiana. Liftoff occurred at 5:43 p.m. EDT. The Intelsat 30 satellite, hosting the DLA-1 payload, separated from the rockets upper stage 28 minutes after launch, at 6:12 p.m. EDT, and signal acquisition has been confirmed.

We look forward to helping DIRECTV Latin America deliver reliable, high quality entertainment to their subscribers throughout the region.

Built for Intelsat by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), Intelsat 30 is a 20-kilowatt class Ku-and C-band satellite. The Ku-band payload, known as DLA-1, is designed to provide distribution services for DIRECTV Latin America in South America and the Caribbean.

The C-band portion enhances Intelsats existing C-band service infrastructure serving Latin America. The satellite will be co-located with Intelsats Galaxy 3C satellite at 95?W and is expected to have a service life of more than 15 years.

The Intelsat 30 satellite, and its DLA1 payload, demonstrates the close collaboration and continuing strong relationship between DIRECTV Latin America and Intelsat, said Intelsat Chairman & CEO Dave McGlade. We look forward to helping DIRECTV Latin America deliver reliable, high quality entertainment to their subscribers throughout the region.

Intelsat 30 marks the first of two new hybrid C- and Ku-band satellites, for which the Ku-band payload will provide services to DIRECTV Latin America. The second satellite, Intelsat 31, is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2015.


About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the worlds leading provider of satellite services, delivering high performance connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and military applications for 50 years. Intelsats satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video and broadband services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband access, with Intelsat, envision your future network, connect using our leading satellite technology and transform your opportunities. EnvisionConnectTransformwith Intelsat. For more information, visit http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT%20id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.intelsat.com&esheet=50963813&newsitemid=20141016006596&lan=en-US&anchor=www.intelsat.com&index=5&md5=2eda96bb2d65555b3bc9176d63466a23.

Argentina launches geostationary satellite

From http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Argentina_launches_geostationary_satellite_999.html

Argentina is launching a geostationary communications satellite Thursday that was built at home with local technology, a first for Latin America.

The ARSAT-1, the product of seven years of work by a team of 400 specialists, will be launched from French Guiana at 6:00 pm (2100 GMT).

It will ride a French-made Ariane 5 rocket into transitional orbit, where an Argentine team will guide it toward its fixed orbital longitude of 71.8 degrees west, 36,000 kilometers (22,400 miles) above earth.

From there, it will provide cell phone, digital TV, Internet and data services to the lower half of South America.

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has said the launch puts Argentina in an "elite club" of countries capable of producing satellites whose orbits are synchronized with the turning of the Earth, enabling them to hold their position over a fixed spot.

"Today is a historic day," cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich told journalists.

The $270-million, 3,400-watt satellite was developed by Argentine state engineering firm Invap and Argentine Satellite Solutions (ARSAT), a private company.

It has an estimated shelf life of 15 years.

Its propulsion system and cargo hold were purchased in Europe, but Argentina built the solar panels, carbon-fiber structure, onboard computer and operating software itself.

"It's an exercise in satellite sovereignty," said Capitanich.

The launch was a welcome bit of good news for the Argentine government, which is struggling to revive a drooping economy and battling a US court decision blocking it from making payments on debt tied up in a $1.3 billion dispute with two hedge funds.

Japan: Immediate start for NTT 4K service

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/16/japan-immediate-start-for-ntt-4k-service/

Japanese telco NTT Plala is to start 4K/Ultra HD services on October 27th. The commitment emerged during MIPCOM’s 4K series of screenings and panels in Cannes.

NTT Plala is a major Japanese ISP and was established in 1995 and is the latest enterprise to join what is now clearly a gathering rush towards 4K content availability.  Sky Perfect JSAT has already promised a launch of its 4K service which will start in March 2015. Some key cable operators are already committed to following suit in 2015.

While the numerous 4K transmissions now promised for 2014-15 and now readying for launch (and in addition to the NexTV Forum’s ‘experimental’ channel already on air) it is likely that Japan will have 2-3 Ultra-HD channels on air in time for the Rio Olympics, plus an additional channel in 8K described again as ‘experimental’.

During 2016, according to Keiya Motohashi from Japan’s NexTV Forum, a complete transponder on a satellite operating from 110 deg East will be used for a mix of 8K and 4K programming with up to 3 channels in 4K as well as the 8K ‘experimental’ channel. The 100 Mb/s available from the transponder will be allocated in key time slices to either 4K or 8K ‘channels’.

Motohashi said all of this work is being driven by the goal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and will be operating well beyond the experimental services promised for 2015-16. He said that by 2018 Japan would have a wide range of 4K channels on air, s well as the 8K channel, and with satellite, cable and telco-based service providers

Multichoice to cut channels?

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/16/multichoice-to-cut-channels/

South Africa’s Multichoice is facing some tough choices over the number of channels it broadcasts, and the reason is down to the very weak value of the Rand, South Africa’s currency.

Local reports quote John Kotsaftis, CEO at DSTV, admitting that the weakness of the Rand is a major problem, especially given that many of DStv’s programmes are paid for in US dollars.

One option mentioned locally is that poorly performing channels could be scrapped to save cas, although Kotsafatis would only say that “it is not looking good” and that the broadcaster is much more cautious than it used to be.”

CBS goes OTT with All Access

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/17/cbs-goes-ott-with-all-access/

CBS Corporation has launched CBS All Access, a new digital subscription video on demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service for the CBS Television Network. CBS All Access will offer subscribers thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest US markets at launch.

CBS All Access is available at CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android. The service allows fans to watch more CBS programming online and on mobile devices, while introducing yet another monetisation window for the Company’s content. CBS All Access will be available on other major connected devices in the coming months.

“CBS All Access is another key step in the Company’s long-standing strategy of monetising our local and national content in the ways that viewers want it,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation. “This new subscription service will deliver the most of CBS to our biggest fans while being additive to the overall ecosystem. Across the board, we continue to capitalise on technological advances that help consumers engage with our world-class programming, and we look forward to serving our viewers in this new and exciting way.”

For $5.99 per month, CBS All Access includes the following programming, with more to be added in the coming months:

  • Full current seasons of 15 primetime shows with episodes available the day after they air.

  • Unprecedented ability to live stream local CBS stations in 14 of the largest markets at launch, with more to be added as affiliates join the new service.

  • Full past seasons of eight major current series, including The Good Wife, Blue Bloods and Survivor.

  • More than 5,000 episodes of CBS classics, including every episode of Star Trek, Cheers, Macgyver, Twin Peaks and CSI: Miami.

  • Access to exclusive additional content for CBS Television’s biggest special events, such as the Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

  • Ability to stream the Big Brother 24/7 Live Feeds service for no additional fee when the show returns next summer.

  • Advertising-free environment for all CBS Classics.

CBS All Access offers an even more robust viewing experience on CBS.com, the #1 network website across platforms (comScore), and the CBS App, which has been downloaded more than 10 million times.

Jim Lanzone, President and CEO, CBS Interactive said: “Our focus is to develop the best cross-platform video experience possible. We want our audiences to be able to watch CBS’s industry-leading content live and on demand whenever and wherever they want. CBS All Access delivers on that promise by giving our audience not only more CBS content, but also more ways to watch in a seamless user experience. We’ve integrated the service into our existing offerings and look forward to bringing it to all major digital platforms – including additional connected devices – in the coming months.”

CBS All Access brings thousands of episodes to digital platforms, making it simple for fans looking for more CBS content to get it via one easy-to-use, multi-platform service.

Marc DeBevoise, Executive Vice President, Entertainment, Sports and News, CBS Interactive added: “Through CBS All Access, we are enabling our biggest fans to tap into CBS’s content – including the current seasons of many of the biggest shows on television – and bring it to existing and new audiences alike. CBS All Access reflects our efforts to distribute as much of our leading content as possible on new platforms in ways that are strategically sound and provide additional value to our audiences.”

The ability to live stream local CBS stations through CBS All Access was built in close collaboration with CBS’s owned and operated stations. Syncbak, in which CBS has a minority investment, powers the delivery and geo-targeting of the live feeds to in-market subscribers. At launch, live streaming will be available in CBS’s 14 owned and operated markets, including: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, with more to be added.

Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations said: “With video consumption habits changing all the time, it is very important that we continue to provide the best local news, entertainment and sports via a service like CBS All Access. Television stations have been the fabric of local broadcasting for 75 years, and today’s announcement is part of paving the way for the next 75. We are extremely pleased to be a part of this exciting new service, and look forward to reaching a whole new set of viewers in our major markets across the country.”

Non-subscribers will continue to have access to the most recent current episodes of CBS programming on CBS.com, select CBS Audience Network partner sites and through the CBS App. Programming will be available the day after the shows air on TV, with an eight-day delay on mobile devices for primetime series only.


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Netflix eyes Australia, NZ

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/15/netflix-eyes-australia-nz/

Netflix has admitted a strong interest in bringing its streaming service to Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos described both countries as “very attractive territories that are English speaking and love US content”.

Report suggest Netflix is gearing up to launch simultaneously in both countries in the second quarter of 2015

Boomerang TV channel to relaunch as all-animation, youth-targeted network

From http://mumbrella.com.au/boomerang-tv-channel-relaunch-animation-youth-targeted-network-256687

Turner Broadcasting is relaunching its Boomerang brand as an all-animation youth-targeted network.

The announcement: 

Turner Broadcasting announced today that its second flagship kids brand, Boomerang, is being re-launched globally as an all-animation, youth-targeted network, repositioned with a line-up of timeless and contemporary cartoons programmed for family co-viewing, rolling out in Australia on 3 November, ahead of the US, EMEA and Southeast Asia.

The announcement was jointly made today by Gerhard Zeiler, President, Turner Broadcasting System International Inc., and Christina Miller, President and General Manager, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang (US).

“The re-launch of Boomerang as a second flagship channel is a testament to its global appeal,” said Gerhard Zeiler, President, Turner Broadcasting System International Inc. “We are extremely proud to see this channel move into its next incarnation – with a look and feel that conveys its quality and contemporary position. This represents a further step in our strategy to build on the success of our international kids network.”

Drawing upon the vast resources of the world’s largest animation library – consisting of Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Network and MGM Studios television and theatrical shorts, series and specials – Boomerang’s on-air schedule in Australia will be anchored by such timeless favourites as Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo. The channel will also feature a slate of newly-acquired contemporary series’ including Mr Bean. 

“Boomerang has always been a timeless favourite with multi-generational appeal,” said Christina Miller, President and General Manager, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang (US). “We see this as a unique opportunity to not only redefine the family co-viewing experience, but to grow and leverage our overall global kids portfolio and position it across all platforms in conjunction with Cartoon Network.”

Boomerang will introduce a refreshed on-air environment and for the first time offer exclusive original content on the network across its 13 international feeds. The official rollout began in Latin America on 29 September and continues with Australia on 3

November. All additional markets will premiere in 2015. Beyond its on-air presence, Boomerang will be supported with refreshed digital and mobile platforms, including a newly refaced website that features exclusive activities, free games and content to provide a full immersion experience for all visitors.

Today’s announcement comes on the back of recent double-digit, quarter-on-quarter growth in Australia among its key demographic of kids aged 5-12. Ratings also leapt by nearly 30% from Q2 to Q3 2014. (Source: OzTAM national STV, overnights.) Boomerang currently screens on Foxtel channel 715.

Source: Turner Broadcasting press release

Oz pirates downloading more content

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/16/oz-pirates-downloading-more-content/

Research conducted by Sycamore Research and Newspoll suggests that online film and television piracy is increasing in Australia, with 29 per cent of Australian adults admitting to being active pirates. The study also shows active pirates are increasing their frequency of downloading pirated film and television content. Lori Flekser, Executive Director of the IP Awareness Foundation, shared findings of the independent study at the 69th Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast with an audience of industry delegates representing cinema exhibition, distribution, production and allied trades. This national online quantitative study was conducted with Australians aged 12-64, from June – August 2014.

Significant findings about the behaviours of Australians in relation to film and television include:

29 per cent of Australians aged 18-64 are active pirates, compared with 25 per cent in 2013.

Of the most active pirates, 55 per cent are downloading pirated movies weekly, an increase of 20 per cent since 2013.

Piracy activity increases with age (14 per cent of 12-13 year-olds pirate, 36 per cent of 16-17 year-olds). Activity peaks in the 18-24 year-old group, with 54 per cent admitting to actively accessing pirated films and television shows.

The majority of Australian adults agree that the internet requires more regulation (52 per cent) to prevent individuals from downloading or streaming pirated content. Far more 12-17 year-old Australians agree with the proposition than disagree (43 per cent agree/23 per cent disagree).

The majority of illegal downloaders (68 per cent of 12-17 year-olds and 61 per cent of adults) agree that search engines such as Google and Bing make it easy to find pirated content. Around half of all Australians agree that search engines such as Google and Bing should take more responsibility for promoting legal content ahead of illegal content.

Australian adults and teens, including active pirates, agree that there is an increasing number of options for people to legally obtain and watch TV series and movies (adults 72 per cent, adult active pirates 69 per cent, teens 67 per cent, teen active pirates 64 per cent).

Pirating is still not the social norm amongst Australians (despite the assertion that “everyone does it”) – 60 per cent of Australian adults and 66 per cent of Australians 12-17 say they have never downloaded or streamed pirated content.

73 per cent of those who would choose piracy as their preferred option for watching a new release movie say that if the pirated version was not available, they would go the cinema (23 per cent) or wait for the film to be available online or on DVD/Blu-ray (50 per cent).

Piracy still predominantly happens in the home (88 per cent of 12-17 year-olds and 98 per cent of the most active adult pirates). 35 per cent of the most active adult pirates are downloading at work and 20 per cent of pirate teens are downloading or streaming at school.

Parental influence is a key factor in the behaviour of Australians aged 12-17. In households where parents are pirating, the children appear likely to do so as well. 85 per cent of kids who don’t pirate say their parents have spoken to them about piracy. Parents have the power to influence teen pirates.

Flekser says this research shows a disturbing trend towards an increasing disregard for the value of content. “This builds on what we know of Australia’s profile as a nation of avid online pirates. With the issue of copyright reforms now very much on the table, our research reinforces the urgency for a clear legislative framework that guides online behaviours and restricts access to unauthorised or unlicensed content,” she stated.

“I agree with acclaimed film-maker Lord David Puttnam, who has said that society should focus on the idea of digital citizenship. He suggests that whilst there is wide discussion about the desired freedoms of those who use the Internet, there is little debate about the responsibilities one should take when going online.”

Lord Puttnam filmed a message which played as part of Flekser’s presentation, in which he referred to the need for “intelligent legislation, a lot of education, a lot of engagement by the people who use the audio visual media in understanding what its economics are”.

“We’ve got to encourage a respect for copyright and we’ve got to encourage the sheer self-interest that the audience can develop in making sure that the economic cycle that creates good new material is being funded by the ability to pay for it. If we can do that, we have a future,” he declared.

“IP Awareness supports the notion that we all share the responsibility. Industry, government, online businesses, parents, schools, individuals and communities all have a role to play to ensure that the creative industries remain viable and sustainable,” added Flekser.

She was joined on stage at the Australian International Movie Convention by two Australian content creators, John Jarratt and Jeremy Sims, both of whom have directed theatrical features for release in Australia in 2015. Jarratt said he feared the impact of piracy on the future of Australian independent filmmaking and described the situation as “urgent”.

“You know it’s almost a year since Wolf Creek 2 played in cinemas and there’s still a substantial number of pirates on torrent sites every week downloading it without paying. This film took years to finance and make and it did good box office but it has struggled to recoup money for the investors and the creative team,” he admitted.

“I think people who download films illegally often don’t think about the consequences of their actions, like the possibility of investors losing out and then not wanting to risk financing another project and how that can affect jobs of the people who make a living from this business,” he warned.

Sims also lent his voice to the IP Awareness Foundation presentation. His latest theatrical feature, Last Cab to Darwin,is scheduled for release in August 2015 and as co-writer, director and producer, he has invested a huge amount of time, effort and passion into the project. Like Jarratt, Sims is alarmed by the high rates of piracy in Australia and the impact on the industry.

Sims’ film Beneath Hill 60 was released more than four years ago in Australia but is still being pirated. “If you contemplate even some of that foregone revenue, it may well equate to the difference between a film-maker’s next feature being funded, or not,” said Sims.

“I think parents can do a lot to help by teaching their kids how downloading films and television without paying for them threatens people’s livelihoods and an industry’s well-being and is basically just stealing. That’s the message I teach my kids.”

Minister clears air

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=283157

ALL television stations in the country are free to cover Parliament proceedings.This has been confirmed by the Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made the comments after member of the opposition Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu in his maiden speech claimed the Fiji Broadcasting Commission was the only television station given rights to cover Parliament proceedings.

"FBC does not have an exclusive right to carry the proceedings. In fact I am aware that Fiji TV has been specifically told in writing that it can do so," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said Ratu Naiqama's claims were false and that Fiji TV and Mai TV were free to broadcast the proceedings provided the TV stations have encoders in Parliament.

The minister said media outlets should liaise with the Secretary-General of Parliament to make the necessary arrangements.

"All these stations have to do is to place an encoder in Parliament so that they can receive the feed of the proceedings.

"The fact is that only FBC has so far done so.

"It is very disappointing that Ratu Naiqama failed to establish the facts before he included this false information in his maiden speech," the minister added."

Chinese scientist proposes new scientific satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chinese_scientist_proposes_new_scientific_satellites_999.html

A Chinese scientist has proposed a series of satellites to monitor "global change," or planetary-scale changes concerning the Earth.

Speaking at the ongoing Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium in Beijing, Guo Huadong, dean of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, suggested six satellites to monitor global change as well as observation technology based on the moon.

Global change is a relatively new scientific area that developed after realization that climate change was only one part of a larger phenomenon. Global change researchers look at land, oceans, the atmosphere, natural planetary cycles and deep Earth processes as well as human society.

Guo's proposed six satellites would study the impact of human activities, the carbon source of land forests, light pollution, the volume and movement of glaciers, and changes in the ocean environment and global climate.

"The proposal mainly takes into account important problems in global change research, such as the carbon cycle, water cycle, and energy cycle," said Guo.

China has launched a series of Earth observation satellites and established a stable Earth observation system. However, it has no global change scientific satellites yet.

According to Guo, more than 200 Earth observation satellites have been launched worldwide, including 25 global change scientific satellites, 13 of which are in orbit. It is estimated that there will be nearly 30 global change scientific satellites in 2030.

Astro join hands with SPARK, MVI to launch Asia's first HD documentary channel

From http://english.astroawani.com/news/show/astro-join-hands-with-spark-mvi-to-launch-asias-first-hd-documentary-channel-46109

Astro is always exploring new ways to meet the audiences' changing preferences - Datuk Rohana Rozhan  

KUALA LUMPUR: Asia will soon see its first dedicated HD factual and documentary channel following a joint venture between SPARK, Astro Malaysia, Malaysia’s leading consumer media group and Singapore-based Moving Visuals International (MVI).

The channel, SPARK ASIA, which will go live in the first half of 2015, will offer a wide variety of exclusive Asian and global HD content. Additionally, it will also empower local producers and filmmakers by offering an alternative platform to showcase their documentaries and also drive training initiatives.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Astro Malaysia, Datuk Rohana Rozhan said, as one of Southeast Asia's leading content and consumer companies, Astro is always exploring new ways to meet the audiences' changing preferences.

"With the growing interest in Asian content, there is a huge opportunity in Asian factual content that resonates not only with Asian audiences but around the world.

"In line with our strength in the creation of IPs and content brands, we believe that the aggregation of Asian-centric stories and factual content in an Asian branded documentary channel is timely and has tremendous potential. This joint venture with like-minded partners enables Astro to take a stake in content that will resonate in Asia and around the world," she said in a statement on Tuesday.

Director of MVI, Galen Yeo meanwhile said, as the world’s most populous continent, Asia has long deserved a channel to harness its thriving diversity of culture, history, people and stories.

“We are pleased to work together with SPARK GmbH and Astro on this landmark venture to promote Asian documentary filmmaking, and provide producers a unique platform that will support and promote their work to audiences all across Asia. Spark Asia welcomes opportunities to collaborate and work together with storytellers from around Asia and the world," he said.

Leveraging on the strengths of its joint venture partners, SPARK ASIA will have both linear TV and digital content that will resonate among audiences across Asia.

SPARK ASIA will promote knowledge; celebrate Asian values and traditions and bring Asia to the world in an exciting way.

Its content genres will include science & technology, exploration, history, environment, nature and wildlife. SPARK ASIA will also draw its programming from the vast library of AUTENTIC and ZDF Enterprises. Asia is the latest launch of the factual entertainment brand SPARK, which is also available in Eastern Europe as well as in Africa.

iSAT Africa Connects Via MEASAT's AFRICASAT-1a...

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1463729215

[SatNews] MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) has an agreement with iSAT Africa Ltd. Fzc. (“iSAT”) for capacity on the AFRICASAT-1a satellite.

Under the terms of their agreement, iSAT will expand their VSAT and broadcast solutions across Africa using AFRICASAT-1a’s high-powered pan-African C-band coverage.
AFRICASAT-1a was launched in February of 2013 and provides high-powered C-band satellite services and content across Africa, with connectivity into Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Santosh Sakpal, Technical Manager, iSAT, said, “We selected AFRICASAT-1a due to the growing demand of our customers for data trunking, broadcasting, and GSM backhaul solutions. AFRICASAT-1a is the best choice to meet these requirements, due to its high power and its African and European coverage via a single beam.”

“MEASAT is delighted to welcome iSAT Africa onboard the AFRICASAT-1a satellite,” added Raj Malik, Senior Vice President—Sales and Marketing, MEASAT. “We look forward to support iSAT in providing higher quality VSAT and broadcast solutions across Africa.”

For additional information regarding MEASAT, please visit http://www.measat.com/

Further details regarding iSAT Africa may be viewed at http://isatafrica.com/

MTS looking to launch satellite service, eyes Raduga TV

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/259042/mts-looking-to-launch-satellite-service-eyes-raduga-tv/

Russian service provider MTS plans to launch a satellite service and is in talks to buy troubled DTH pay TV operator Raduga TV, according to local reports. 

MTS has reportedly confirmed that it is talks on the purchase of Raduga TV’s holding company Dalgeokom, jointly owned by Modern Times Group and Russia’s Continental Media, although neither of the latter have commented.

Raduga TV has run into problems over allegedly operating in the country without an appropriate licence. Last month, the Russian interior ministry launched a criminal investigation into the operator following a request by media regulator Roskomnadzor. At the same time the company’s CEO, Olga Abramova, resigned.

Raduga TV will also be affected by an amendment to the country’s media law limiting foreign ownership to 20% that could force MTG to sell its stake.

HBO to offer stand-alone streaming service

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11343279

Millions already have cancelled pay-TV subscriptions in the US, and more consumers are choosing to stream TV shows online
HBO's hit show True Detective. HBO plans to offer a stand-alone version of its popular video-streaming service, CEO Richard Plepler said at an investor meeting. Photo / AP

Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?

"HBO and ESPN are the two main reasons why people have cable and satellite TV," says Forrester analyst James McQuivey. "The whole industry has eyed them for years nervous that one day they would decide to do exactly what (HBO) said they'll do in 2015. We don't know until we see pricing and packaging how rapidly this will force a change in the way pay TV operators work, but it will definitely force a change."

Millions already have cancelled pay-TV subscriptions - up to 10 million U.S. households are currently broadband-only. And about 45 percent of Americans stream television shows at least once a month, according to research firm eMarketer. That number is expected to increase to 53 percent or 175 million people by 2018, it says.

Video streamers aren't falling behind on entertainment - so-called "cord-cutters" watched about 100 hours of video per month during the first half of this year, estimates the Internet research firm Sandvine. The trend accelerated as Netflix's Internet video service expanded into original programming and bought the rights to show popular cable network shows such as "Breaking Bad" and "American Horror Story." Netflix's 36 million U.S. subscribers now watch about 100 minutes of Internet video each day, calculates BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield, based on Netflix disclosures about its customers' overall viewership patterns. Netflix-watching accounts for about one-third of U.S. Internet traffic in the evening, according to Sandvine.

Amazon.com Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Google's YouTube also offer Internet-only series as alternatives to pay TV.

Parris Lilly, 40, a network engineer for a software company in Temecula, California, currently pays $180 a month for Verizon's FiOS bundle of Internet access, phone and cable TV service. But that could change when the new HBO option debuts. Lilly estimates that if he goes streaming-only he could slash his monthly bill by $100.

"I've been wanting to cut the cord for a few years now but with a wife and three small children, I've been hesitant due to a lack of content that the whole house could enjoy," he said. "With the rise of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon I've been very close to pulling the trigger, and now with HBO offering a cable-free service the time seems right to do it."

Jasmine Chan, 26, a marketing manager in Washington, D.C., said she and her boyfriend already use streaming services like Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime. "With this announcement, we'll probably be canceling our cable TV service and stick with just Internet," Chan said.

HBO has about 30.4 million subscribers according to research firm SNL Kagan. HBO CEO Richard Plepler said Wednesday that the network's move is aimed at targeting the 80 million homes in the U.S. that do not have HBO but may want access to its content - and especially those broadband-only homes.

"That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped," Plepler said at parent Time Warner Inc.'s investor meeting in New York. "It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO."

The separate access also could encourage people who currently tap into HBO Go with their parents' cable subscription to buy their own. And it could convert some pirates to paying subscribers - Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes admitted on an earnings call last year that "Game of Thrones" is the most pirated show in the world, which he said was "better than an Emmy" for driving interest in the network.

Will this lead to a wave of pay-TV cancellations? Cable and satellite providers have long been against the unbundling of TV channel packages because they wouldn't be able to charge as much for an a la carte menu of stations. Pepler said HBO plans to work with current partners and "explore models with new partners," but did not give specifics. No pricing details were given, but Forrester's McQuivey expects stand-alone HBO Go could cost about $15 a month. That's more than the lowest payment option for Netflix, which starts at $9, but high enough to discourage many cable TV subscribers from cancelling their service. HBO is believed to get at least a $15 cut from the pay-TV packages that its service is bundled into.

Since "The Sopranos," HBO has been a model for premium cable networks looking to woo viewers. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has never tried to conceal that he has been trying to build an Internet version of HBO as he strives to reach his long-term goal of nearly doubling subscribers to 60 million in the U.S. The company has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to produce critically acclaimed series such as "House of Cards" and "Orange Is The New Black." In the past few weeks, Netflix made another HBO-like move by buying the rights to four exclusive movies starring Adam Sandler and a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

In a sign of the intensifying rivalry between the two services, HBO has steadfastly refused to license streaming rights to its award-winning series to Netflix. Instead, HBO struck a deal with Amazon's streaming service. Netflix's U.S. rates currently start at $9 per month, a price that may pressure HBO to lower its profit margins if it wants to lure subscribers away or encourage customers to buy both.

Breaking away from the cable and satellite providers may also force HBO to incur additional expenses to build up its own customer service and marketing departments. Those tasks have largely been handled by the pay-TV providers that include HBO in their packages.

So is a stand-alone alternative for sports fans on the horizon?

That's not likely anytime soon. ESPN owns rights to the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, college football playoffs and four of the five power conferences through at least 2021. Only the Big Ten contract ends soon among the network's biggest sports properties. Its business model is tied into long-term contracts with those sports leagues that have no reason, right now at least, to cut ties with networks and pay-TV providers.

Sports games are some of the few that most viewers don't DVR (and fast-forward through commercials). That live-watching has translated into big advertising sales for networks and huge broadcasting rights fees for owners of NFL and NBA franchises and other professional sports teams. While the model for how fans watch games could evolve, most leagues are locked in to traditional contracts through the next decade.

ISRO Successfully Launches India's Third Navigation Satellite

From http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/isro-successfully-launches-india-s-third-navigation-satellite-607440

The satellite navigation system is a fleet of seven satellites. (Press Trust of India)

Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh:  India successfully launched IRNSS 1C on board ISRO's PSLV C26 rocket from the spaceport here at 1.32 am today, moving a step closer to setting up the country's own navigation system on par with Global Positioning System (GPS) of the US.

IRNSS 1C is the third of the series of seven satellites ISRO is planing to launch to put in place what is called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.

Lifting off from the First Launch Pad here exactly at 1.32 am the rocket painted a golden brush of flames in the night sky and was a visual delight for onlookers.

Twenty minutes after the launch, the launch vehicle successfully placed the 1,425.4 kg weighing satellite on the intended orbit.

ISRO has aimed to launch the satellite into a sub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (sub GTO) with a 284 km perigee (nearest point to Earth) and 20,650 km apogee (farthest point to Earth) with an inclination of 17.86 degree with respect to the equatorial plane.

"India has successfully launched IRNSS 1C. The entire ISRO team deserves congratulations", ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said after the launch.

He also thanked the entire team that worked behind for the successful launch.

This was the seventh time ISRO was using an XL version of the PSLV rocket for its missions.

The mission life of the 1,425,4 kg is 10 years. The launch of PSLV 26 carrying IRNSS 1C was actually scheduled on October 10 but the countdown was postponed following some technical reasons.

The fully deployed IRNSS system would consist of three satellites in GEO stationary orbit and four in inclined geosynchronous orbit, about 36,000 km altitude above earth.

The navigational system would provide two types of services -- Standard Positioning Service, which is provided to all the users and Restricted Service, which is an encrypted service provided only to the authorised users.

The IRNSS system, which would ultimately have seven satellites and ground stations was targeted to be completed by 2015 at a total cost of Rs 1420 crores, ISRO sources said.

The first two satellites in the series -- IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B were launched in July last year and April this year respectively.

Being developed by India, IRNSS is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in the country as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area.

IRNSS's applications include terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, navigation aide for hikers and travellers, visual and voice navigation for drivers.

While India is developing its navigation system, a select group of countries have their own navigation systems -- Russia's Global Orbiting Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), United States' Global Positioning System (GPS), European Union's Galileo (GNSS), China's BeiDou satellite navigation system and the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System.

Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh, who was here to witness the launch said, "the satellite is up in the orbit. We have done it again. This is the 28th flight of PSLV and the seventh of its XL version. The injection has been very precise. I congratulate the entire team that made this possible."

"I have to congratulate you for the successful launch. I thank you for making me witness this historic moment. As India moves forward to become a world leader, I am sure in the the 21 century, any leadership role should be based on scientific foundation and I am glad that in the area of space we have emerged as world leaders," he said.


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Misc feeds seen Tuesday

D2 12289 V sr 1212 (data??)
D2 12670 V sr 6670
D2 12473 H sr 6670 "Kordia TV oct 2014" card FTA

D2 12706 V "IAC 2014" The yearly I'm a Celeb UK TV shows (Irdeto)

IS 19 12552 V 7200 from NSW SES HQ

From my Email

From saldav1

Monday feed log all Asiasat 5

3715 H SR 7200 Ch-1 TV LAO - AFF SUZUKI CUP Soccer - Live - LAO vs CAM, (FTA.)
3745 V SR 7120 HOL 110 Badminton - Dutch Open 2014 from the Netherlands, (FTA.)
3745 V SR 7120 ATL Enc 1 MLS Soccer - FC DALLAS vs LOS ANGELES GALAXY, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7200 Telecity Encoder (sound but no pic.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3829 H "Australia Plus TV India" is Fta.

Telstar 18 138.0°E 3948 V "K+" is now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0°E 4140 V "Haari Variety" has started on , encrypted. Haari TV is Fta. More TV has left.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3671 H "Anhui TV" has left again.
Telkom 1 108.0°E 3947 H "Rasil TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3729 H "Celestial Classic Movies and Celestial Movies" have left .

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12640 V "TNT"is Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3841 H "BBTV Channel 7" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3545 V "TCC TV, Travel & Beyond, Smart SME, Chic Club Channel and Vetee Thai" have started on , BISS. Moradokthai and Bangkok Channel are now encrypted. Shop Thailand and True Music have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3585 V "Bangkok Channel has started on , Irdeto. Star Channel, Nhang Channel, Peace TV, Gift Channel, Mystery Channel and AJP" are
now encrypted. Major Channel Mix has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3840 V "Jipata TV" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3949 V "On Shop" has started on , Fta. RromD TV has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4095 V "Kaset Ramruay" has started on , BISS. Bluesky Channel has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4120 V "Stadium X" has started on , encrypted.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11294 H "Democratic Voice of Burma TV, ATV Home, MediBiz TV, Bijoy TV, Channel 16, Filmy Bangla, Channel 5, BabyFirst TV and Thinetha TV" have left again

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3790 H "Blue Naaptol" has started on Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3872 HPTC News, PTC Punjabi, PTC Chak De, Satya TV, R Plus Gold, News Nation and Oscar Movies Bhojpuri have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11170 V "Jet Mart TV" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 4024 H "Asianet and Asianet Plus" have started on again, Videoguard.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Bollywood(高清)等5个频道新增,设置12227 V 45000参数有条件接收。[10-14]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport、Ru TV(标清)等频道消失,设置12227 V 45000参数无效接收。[10-14]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Stili Moda、Tochka TV(俄罗斯)等3个频道消失,设置12153 V 45000参数无效接收。[10-14]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Service 37、Service 38(测试)频道新增,设置3460 H 29900参数有条件接收。[10-14]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,MOV、SAM(AVG)等全组频道消失,设置11237 V 4800参数无效接收。[10-14]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1、KBS TV 2(高清)频道新增,设置12523 V 7900参数免费接收。[10-14]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,News Express(Dish TV)频道消失,设置11090 H 30000参数无效接收。 [10月14日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Bindass Play替换TUTV Stars(Dish TV)频道,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月14日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Prag TV(IPM)频道新增,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月13日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,BEC Channel 7替换BBTV(泰国)频道,设置11481 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月13日]


Malaysia's Astro backs new Asia documentary channel

From news

Malaysian platform Astro is backing a new pan-Asia documentary channel in partnership with Singapore-based production house Moving Visuals International and European factual entertainment joint venture Spark. The new HD channel, Spark Asia, will go live in the first half of 2015 with a line-up of Asian and global HD content available as a linear service with digital add ons. Global content, including science, tech, exploration, history, nature and wildlife, will be sourced from Spark JV partners - Autentic and ZDF Enterprises. The partners said during the opening afternoon of this year's Mipcom yesterday that the new channel would "promote knowledge, celebrate Asian values and traditions and bring Asia to the world in an exciting way". Astro chief executive, Rohana Rozhan, said there was a "huge opportunity in Asian factual content that resonates not only with audiences in Asia but around the world". "In line with our strength in the creation of IPs and content brands we believe that the aggregation of Asian-centric stories and factual content in an Asian-branded documentary channel is timely and has tremendous potential. This joint venture with like-minded partners enables Astro to take a stake in content that will resonate in Asia and around the world," she added. Spark is also available in Eastern Europe and Africa.

Solar ties up with CNN in Philippines news channel relaunch

From news

Philippines' news channel 9News is believed to have tied up with Turner in a deal that will relaunch the Solar Television Network-owned service as CNN Philippines. No official announcements had been released by last night. The deal is expected to be formally announced in Manila at noon today (14 October). 9News was known as Solar News Channel until August this year. Local papers are saying CNN Philippines will be available as a free-to-air service from January 2015, and are forecasting fierce competition from incumbents ABS-CBN News Channel and GMA News. Speculation about terms of the deal have been rife since invitations to the launch went out last week.

AV Asia loses arbitration against Astro unit in satellite dish row

From http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/av-asia-loses-arbitration-against-astro-unit-in-satellite-dish-row

KUALA LUMPUR,— Broadcast supplier AV Asia Sdn Bhd has failed in arbitration proceedings against Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd’s unit MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems Bhd (MBNS), the latter said today.

AV Asia previously alleged that MBNS had breached the terms of a mutual non-disclosure agreement (MNDA) dated August 1, 2008, and used confidential information it provided to launch the Astro B.yond High Definition (HD) product.

“The Arbitral Tribunal ruled that MBNS is not in breach of the MNDA,” said a statement by Astro today referring to the October 10 decision.

“The Arbitral Tribunal also dismissed the Counterclaim of AV Asia for RM300 million and ordered AV Asia to pay costs in the sum of US$1,051,554 (RM3,428,749.55) to MBNS.”

AV Asia, a supplier of broadcast supporting equipment, had sued MBNS and Tele System Electronic (M) Sdn Bhd, seeking RM1.3 billion in damages.

In October 2010, AV Asia filed for an injunction order to stop MBNS from using its confidential information.

On December the same year, the High Court allowed MBNS’s application to stay the proceedings relating to the civil suit and ordered the matter to undergo arbitration.

However, the High Court on May 2011, dismissed AV Asia’s application for injunction.

AV Asia later appealed unsuccessfully the High Court’s decision to order the suit to undergo arbitration and the refusal to grant the company the injunction order.

It then tried to quash the High Court decision in the Federal Court, but failed to obtain leave in 2012.

Measat Promotes Yau Chyong Lim To CCO

From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3714

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) announced today the promotion of Yau Chyong Lim from Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Planning to Chief Commercial Officer.

In his new role, Yau will oversee MEASAT’s Sales & Marketing and Network Engineering & Operations divisions, focused on building the MEASAT customer base and ensuring delivery of services. As a member of MEASAT’s Executive Committee, Yau will continue to support the development of the group’s overall strategy.

Yau originally joined MEASAT in 1996. With more than 18 years’ experience in the satellite communications Yau has wide-ranging experience across sales & marketing, business development and commercial operations.

Yau holds an MBA in Finance from Keele University, Staffordshire, UK and a BSc in Microelectronics & Physics from Campbell University, North Carolina, USA.

Rebranding reflects viewer preferences

From http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Arts&Leisure&title=rebranding-reflects-viewer-preferences&id=95977

REGIONAL CABLE and satellite network beTV will be rebranded as Sony Channel for its dedicated broadcast feed to the Philippines starting Wednesday, Oct. 15, to reflect the changing viewing preferences of Filipino TV audiences.

Sony Pictures Television Senior Vice-President and General Manager for Networks Hui Keng Ang flew in from Singapore to meet with Manila-based journalists last week to discuss the changes.

He said Sony Channel hopes to be a “female-skewed, male inclusive” channel to complement Sony’s other cable channel AXN Asia, which became known as a “male-skewed, female inclusive” channel.

“Sony Channel will be the premier destination for female-skewing Hollywood entertainment. Sony Channel features shows that appeal to females, but will not turn off male viewers,” Mr. Ang told reporters.

He said the new Sony Channel will feature some of the most captivating and talked-about drama, comedy, lifestyle and reality programs on TV, all airing close to the US telecasts, together with popular feel-good movies.

New programming will include How to Get Away with Murder, the latest drama from executive producer Shonda Rhimes, the creator of hit shows like Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy; White House drama Madam Secretary, starring Téa Leoni; romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story; as well as the comedic drama Jane The Virgin.

“We believe there is an opportunity in the Philippines for a general entertainment destination that is female focused, but also male inclusive. These four new series are smart, edgy and driven by strong women -- a perfect fit for the new Sony Channel brand,” Mr. Ang said.

He said the new shows will join a variety of popular returning programs on Sony Channel, including the medical drama The Night Shift, which debuted as the top scripted series last summer in the US; the musical drama Nashville, which follows the struggles of the fading queen of country music and a rising young star respectively played by Emmy-nominated Connie Britton and Golden Globe-nominated Hayden Panettiere; along with reality competition show Cupcake Wars, and dating series The Millionaire Matchmaker.

Sony Channel will be seen on Channel 35 on SkyCable, Channel 39 on Cable Link, Channel 60 on Cignal Digital TV, and Channel 62 on Destiny Cable starting Oct. 15. For program schedules and other details, follow www.facebook.com/SonyChannelPH and http://twitter.com/SonyChannelPH. -- J. O. Valisno

ABS-2 satellite loss?

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/13/abs-2-satellite-loss/

Reports are emerging that ABS-2, the new satellite operated by Asia Broadcast Satellite, is subject to a $200 million insurance claim, and that the claim will be based on an ‘in orbit” failure having occurred within one year of launch. ABS-2 operates from 75 degrees East.

ABS-2 was launched back in February. Built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), it was launched successfully on an Ariane 5 rocket, but problems quickly emerged.

Advanced-Television.com reported on July 29 that one of the broadcast clients on ABS-2 (ISP Alliance of Vladivostok) had lost its signals aboard ABS-2, and this impacted about 50 major channels, including Sony, Sci-Fi, National Geographic Сhannel, Fox life, Fashion TV, Eurosport, Discovery Channel, Da Vinci Learning, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Comedy TV, RU TV, Viasat Explorer, Viasat Nature, Viasat Sport, Viasat History, Extreme sports, Nat Geo Wild and others.

ABS later confirmed that it had suffered an anomaly on one of its powerful Ku-band beams, and was working to determine the cause of the problem with SS/L.

“Last week, the ABS-2 satellite experienced an anomaly on its Russia Ku-band beam affecting a limited number of transponders,” ABS said in a statement. “This resulted in an interruption of some services, which we are working to restore with SS/L. No other beams were impacted and the satellite is otherwise operating normally.”

However, the August 4 statement continued by saying: “The anomaly on the Russian beam affected some channels more severely than others but we were able to restore most of the traffic and the satellite is providing good downlink power. ABS-2A is a backup and expansion satellite to ABS-2 so we will insure in orbit redundancy and continuity of the business at 75°E.” ABS-2A is scheduled for launch in late 2015.”

The original manifest on the satellite includes 51 Ku-band transponders, 32 in C-band and 6 Ka-band transponders.

Any satellite failure is bad news for all concerned, but if ABS-2 is handicapped then it is especially tough news for ABS which was well on track to be a major force in the industry, and had major expansion plans.

A back-up satellite is scheduled for launch later in 2015.

Indonusa Telemedia seeks JV satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/10/indonusa-telemedia-seeks-jv-satellite/

Indonesian pay-TV operator Indonusa Telemedia is setting aside $150 million for a satellite project. Indonusa is owned by Trans Corp and markets itself as Transvision. A July 16 half-year report said the broadcaster is anticipating 800,000 subscribers by the end of this year, helped by English Premier League football.

Currently the broadcaster uses Telkom-1 (108 degrees East) for its 148 channels, and added its first batch of 6 HD channels back on May 1st.

Agung D M Sahidi, Operational Director at Indonusa, says that the broadcaster has not agreed on its next step. It had hoped to have a satellite in position by the middle of next year, but whether this would mean renting satellite capacity or entering into some sort of joint-venture or consortium to build a new satellite.

Sky Sports wins ICC cricket rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/13/sky-sports-wins-icc-cricket-rights/

Sky Sports has secured the rights to show international cricket’s biggest events including the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20 and ICC Champions Trophy.

The agreement means Sky Sports viewers can access exclusive live coverage of 14 ICC competitions, offering over 250 days of live cricket between 2015 and 2023.

STAR has been awarded the global rights from the ICC and Sky Sports has an exclusive arrangement with STAR for broadcast in UK and Ireland.  Sky’s existing agreement for ICC cricket includes the Cricket World Cup next year.

Also, for the first time from 2015, over 60 IPL matches will be added to the schedule, meaning only on Sky Sports can viewers enjoy the world’s top four domestic Twenty20 cricket competitions from India, England, Australia and South Africa.

Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to be awarded the ICC rights and strengthen Sky Sports’ unrivalled commitment to cricket even further.  Our cricket schedule keeps getting stronger and by adding events such as the World Cup, World Twenty20 and Champions Trophy, we’ve never offered our viewers such choice from all formats of the game.”


Monday feed

D1 12430 V Sr 7000 "sts12 enc mod2" Matador cup one day cricket from Australia

Test signals reported from 176E!!

Feeds logged Sunday

D2 12388 V Sr 15000 "V8 superview hd" Encrypted
D2 12406 V Sr 15000 "v7 supercars world feed" Encrypted
D2 12424 V Sr 15000 "v8_chan_main" Encrypted
D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" Encrypted

D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" Horses FTA

From my Email

From Alex (W.A)

Unless my LNBF is stuffed. Looks like OPTUS 10 is in test mode now at 176deg E no DVB broadcast carriers as yet.

It looks to be in the 11,7 to 12.2 part of the spectrum as my 11.300 LNBF will not load it. I tried two wideband LnBs that see the signal

I can not null out the polarity though the signal is so strong I wasn't that patient, it is oserlating a little in leval but nothing major

(Craig's comment, it looks like sweep testing, Interesting they are in the low band. Someone said to me a while ago that Optus 10 will end up at 156E eventually)

From Craig Duffield

Sunday Feed

Optus D1
HD FEED Australia Cricket
12429 V Sr 7124 STS 12 Enc/ Mod 1

From Saldav1

Weekend feed log from saldav1

All Asiasat 5

3897 V SR 7120 KAZ-003 International Judo Federation, KAZAKHSTAN, (FTA.)
3935 V SR 7200 seco World Gymnastics, Nanning, CHINA, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7500 u_19 AFC u/19 Soccer championships from Myanmar, (FTA.)
4155 H SR 7200 $afcu19_ AFC u/19 Soccer from Myanmar, (this transponder is actually FTA.) Is parallel to 4147 H SR 7500.
3877 H SR 7120 SEA vs VAN Seattle vs Vancouver in the MLS Soccer, (FTA.)
4070 H SR 9875 $MotoGP World Feed (is $scrambled.)
4135 H SR 7200 SIME DARBY 2014 LPGA Women's Golf from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, (FTA.)
4158 H SR 4800 WARD SNG FIA World Endurance Motor Racing Championship - Qualifying Time Trials from Fuji, Japan, (FTA.)
3745 V SR 7120 DSNG Enc 11 World Gymnastics, Nanning, CHINA, (FTA.)
3935 V SR 7200 seco World Gymnastics, Nanning, CHINA, (FTA.) Both these transponders are taking the same programming.
4147 H SR 7200 hy1 Nanshan CHINA Men's Golf Masters from Nanshan, CHINA, (FTA.
3745 V SR 7120 HOL 110 Yonex Dutch Open, 2014 - Badminton from Almere, NETHERLANDS, (FTA.)
3885 H SR 7200 $IND vs WI DD FEED ($scrambled.)
3895 H SR 7200 $IND-WI World Feed ($scrambled.)
3915 H SR 4165 Lab Enc 1 Female reporter reporting from Pyonygang, NORTH KOREA regarding the latest re, the North Korean leader, (FTA.)
3930 V SR 9600 $INDIASIGN ($scrambled.)
3945 V SR 4444 OVERON E-378 via Male reporter reporting live on the latest regarding 16 people being monitored and tested for Ebola at the Hospital Carlos 111, in MADRID, SPAIN alongside a TVE reporter, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7500 $afcu19_ u/19 Soccer from Myanmar and is actually (FTA)

From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0°E Almost all channels in the Combos TV muxes on 12354 V and 12472 V are encrypted again.
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12660 V "GTV K Channel" has started on , encrypted. ATV Home has left.

AsiaSat 4 122.2°E 11881 R "Sonsee TV 3" has started on, Nagravision.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3671 H "Anhui TV" has started on , Fta.

NSS 6 95.0°E 11037 H "Samay UP/Uttarakhand" has left .
NSS 6 95.0°E 11090 H "Bindass Play and Rang" have started on , Conax.ETV Urdu, Dish Box Office, R Plus, Dish Box Office 2, Big Thrill and Ten Golf have
NSS 6 95.0°E 11130 V "TV Alau" has left .

Measat 3 91.5°E 12316 H Puthuyugam TV, Puthiya Thalaimurai, DD India and DD Uttar Pradesh have started on , Irdeto. Fox Life India and Baby TV Asia have left.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12612 V "Music Box, Humor TV and Russian Musicbox" have left .

KazSat 2 86.5°E 11655 V "Kazakstan TV Kokshetau has replaced Kazakstan TV Petropavl" on , Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12640 V "Ru TV" has started on , encrypted. Muzhskoy and Zagorodnaya Zhizn are Fta.

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11960 H "Food Network Russia" is now encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0°E 12040 H "Animal Planet Russia" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "Parliament TV" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4040 H Kix, Toonami, Universal Channel Asia, Syfy Universal Asia, Crime & Investigation Network Asia, FYI Asia, Now HaiRun and Asian Food Channel are now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3769 H "ATV World" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11045 H "Moskva 24, Moskva Doverie and Park Razvlicenii" have started on , Fta
ABS 2 75.0°E 11473 V "LDPR Live" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11665 V "Mat i Ditya, 24 Techno, Nastoyashee Strashnoe TV and 24 Dok have started on , Fta. Moskva 24 and Moskva Doverie" have left.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11294 H Democratic Voice of Burma TV, ATV Home, MediBiz TV, Bijoy TV, Channel 16, Channel 5, BabyFirst TV and Thinetha TV have started on , Fta. (On the wide beam)

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3790 H "Vip News" has started on, Fta. RKM Gold has left.

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 3894 H "RVS TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 904 60.0°E Almost all channels in the RikorSmart TV muxes on 11635 V and 11675 V are / were Fta.

NSS 12 57.0°E 7 Kanal has moved from 11067 H to 11079 H, Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,TV Lao(IPM)频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[10-13]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Program 1(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4103 V 7800参数免费接收。[10-13]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TV Lao HD(高清)频道新增,设置3641 V 2500参数免费接收。[10-13]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CBS、CTS(标清)等6个频道消失,设置12490 H 27489参数无效接收。[10-13]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4(标清)频道消失,设置11785 L 21300参数无效接收。[10-13]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,台视财经替换台视(MPEG-4)频道,设置12535 H 3300参数免费接收。[10-13]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Asianet Suvarna、Melody(印度)等频道消失,设置4024 H 14400参数无效接收。 [10月13日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,TNT(+3h)(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12640 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月13日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,For Tunes(缅甸)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Peace TV替换Nice Channel(泰国)频道,设置12272 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,All Sports Network 2(高清)频道消失,设置12657 H 45000参数无效接收。[10-12]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Filmi Bangla HD、Thinetha(孟加拉)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[10-12]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports 2、Fox Sports 3替换Edge(泰国)等频道,设置12604 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-12]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Rs99、Mct1(泰国)等5个频道消失,设置12604 H 30000参数无效接收。[10-12]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Kix替换Z Oke(泰国)频道,设置12645 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-12]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,GMM One(泰国)频道消失,设置4160 V 30000参数无效接收。[10-12]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sarv Dharm Sangam替换4 Real Entertainment(印度)频道,设置3752 V 9300参数免费接收。 [10月12日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Sahana(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4015 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月12日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Encoder 03(伊朗)频道消失,设置4073 H 3600参数无效接收。 [10月12日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Ru TV替换探索频道(俄罗斯)频道,设置12640 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月12日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Humor Box(俄罗斯)等频道消失,设置12612 V 26471参数无效接收。 [10月12日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,JJ Channel、SBT TV(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-11]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Haari TV(Skynindo)频道解密,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-11]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道加密,设置3970 V 13400参数有条件接收。[10-11]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,PSI、Metro TV(泰国)等5个频道消失,设置3840 V 30000参数无效接收。[10-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Smart TV、N Joy(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-10]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Toonami、TeleAsia(菲律宾)等3个频道消失,设置11685 H 18750参数无效接收。[10-10]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Test1(测试)频道解密,设置3729 H 13650参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道解密,设置3970 V 13400参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道解密,设置3810 V 4550参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Teleasia、Toonami(菲律宾)等3个频道新增,设置11656 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [10月10日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,K Plus(高清)频道加密,设置3948 V 17600参数有条件接收。 [10月10日]


News delayed due to iunternet problem


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no ipdate


Friday night feed

D2 12321 V sr 7500 "NBL, NZ Breakers vs Perth" FTA

Bathhurst race this weekend,
Check Optus D2 and D1 for various feeds, but most likely it will be encrypted as is the way these days.

New services loading on SKY NZ

D1 12331 H Sr 22500 "Trackside 1 HD" pids 1006 1106 (encrypted)
D1 12358 H Sr 22500 "Trackside 2 HD" pids 1006 1106 (encrypted)

D2 12706 V Sr 22500 "Sky News D2" new (Irdeto) on pids 1460 1420

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Test1(测试)频道解密,设置3729 H 13650参数免费接收。[10-10]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道解密,设置3970 V 13400参数免费接收。[10-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道解密,设置3810 V 4550参数免费接收。[10-10]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Teleasia、Toonami(菲律宾)等3个频道新增,设置11656 H 18750参数有条件接收。[10-10]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,K Plus(高清)频道加密,设置3948 V 17600参数有条件接收。[10-10]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Bolivia TV(玻利维亚)频道新增,设置3875 H 3000参数免费接收。[10-10]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Australia(印度)频道解密,设置3829 H 13238参数免费接收。 [10月10日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Nhang Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月9日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道加密,设置3810 V 4550参数有条件接收。 [10月9日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,T Sports(泰国)频道解密,设置4120 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Humor TV、Box Russia(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12152 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月9日]



From press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FRIDAY 10 OCTOBER 2014 – GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA has been named in the top 20 - coming in at number 19 - on the 2014 BRW LIST OF THE TOP 50 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES.

“The only broadcast services company to be named, this recognition places Globecast Australia at the forefront of innovation in Australia” said CEO Mr Simon Farnsworth. “This recognizes our constant quest to innovate technology to provide cutting edge broadcast services for our customers,” he continued.

This week Globecast Australia’s miniature camera technology was recognised internationally with FOX SPORTS’ Ref Cam receiving the Sportel Podium Award for Best Innovation at the prestigious awards in Monaco.

This year alone the company has launched GLOBESTREAM, the comprehensive new ‘Over The Top’ (OTT) Internet streaming service; partnered with Australian News Channel to launch Australia Channel - a subscription OTT service available internationally - comprising five channels including news, politics, business and sports news, as well as providing locally produced programming to international audiences; and partnered with LiveU as the exclusive

Australian gateway for the LiveU mobile bandwidth content delivery solution.

Globecast Australia is the leading provider of broadcast services for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Specialising in live delivery of Standard and High Definition content at the cutting edge of broadcast technology, Globecast Australia’s internationally recognised Globecam™ is the world leader in live, point of view miniature camera technology.

With the largest Digital Satellite News and Sport Gathering fleet in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, the company’s main services are DTH satellite transmission including MPEG4 capability, International Fibre Distribution, Teleport Services, 24/7 Master Control, Mobile TV, Business TV, OTT and IPTV managed services,

IP streaming and encoding, Global Satellite Monitoring and Disaster Recovery.

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Hands on: Panasonic live TV streaming

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/hands-on-panasonic-live-tv-streaming-20141009-1140uc.html

Panasonic's TV Anytime live streaming is a winner, letting you watch live digital TV broadcasts away from home. Photo: Getty Images

The courts shut down Optus' TV Now, but Panasonic's TV Anytime still lets you watch live sport on the go.

Despite the rise of the digital lounge room, curling up in bed with a tablet – with a world of content at your fingertips – is the epitome of the gadget age for some people. Sports fans in particular will find the ability to stream live broadcasts around their home particularly appealing. The option to stream live TV across the internet is the icing on the cake, although it might put some noses out of joint.

Is the law on my side?

Efforts to stream live or almost-live broadcast television have created a lot of controversy over the last few years. Telstra and the AFL forced Optus to pull its TV Now streaming service for supposedly infringing on broadcast rights, even though the courts initially found in Optus' favour.

Whether this was the right decision is open to debate, but it hinged on a ruling that Optus and the end user "acted in concert for the purpose of making a recording", so the recordings could not be considered to be for "private or domestic use" – thus losing their protection under law.

While cloud PVRs have entered a legal minefield, the law still seems to be on the side of devices which let you stream television from your home. The Fetch TV box will do it with recordings but not live broadcasts (this feature is disabled on Optus-issued Fetch TV boxes but I'm told that's set to change). A better option for streaming live television over the internet is a Slingbox.

Meanwhile Elgato's Netstream and some Personal Video Recorders from the likes of Strong, Humax, Panasonic will stream live TV around your home (and possibly IceTV's own PVR, although it's yet to see the light of day). You can be sure that Telstra and the AFL hate these options, but there's no sign of legal threats at this stage.

Panasonic's TV Anytime ups the ante

Streaming television across the internet is an area which major consumer electronics vendors have stayed away from, but Panasonic has taken the plunge with TV Anytime. It's available on Panasonic's 2014-model Viera Smart TVs including the 60-inch AS740 I've been testing.

To get TV Anytime up and running you just need to connect the television to your home network and then install the "Panasonic TV remote 2" app on your handheld device from the Apple or Android app store. When you run the app it lets you select from available Panasonic devices on your home network.

The app offers a range of features. It can act as a remote control for the television, with a helpful built-in keyboard. It also makes it easy to stream content from your devices to the television. The trick I'm most interested is streaming live television broadcasts to your devices, and it's surprisingly simple. You just flick across to the onscreen remote and tap on the icon in the top right on the screen.

The app takes about 10 seconds to make a link with the television, after which you're watching live broadcasts on roughly a three-second delay. With the television hooked up via Ethernet, the picture is very smooth on the iPhone 5 and iPad mini (on 802.11n 5GHz) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 (on 802.11g 2.4GHz).

Unlike some streaming options I've tested, there's support for both the standard-def and high-def channels. iGadget owners also have the advantage of AirPlay video streaming to an Apple TV.

Around the house

Thankfully watching live broadcasts on your handheld gadget doesn't interfere with what's happening on the television, and vice versa. You can change the channel on either end without upsetting someone in the next room.

The trade-off is that you can only stream to one device at a time, even if you all want to watch the same channel. If you attach a USB external hard drive to the television it can act as a PVR and you can stream your recordings to handheld devices, even while the show is still being recorded (a trick called chasing playback)

If you're already recording something then this limits the tuners available to remote users. If someone in the lounge room is recording one network while watching another, remote viewers can only watch channels from those two networks. A bigger frustration is that you can't have more than one remote viewer at a time even if they're watching previous recordings which shouldn't be tying up a tuner.

The TV Anytime system is surprisingly robust but, before you get excited about watching live television in bed, you need to dip into the settings on the television. The television needs to be switched on for you to stream, which sounds obvious but is a pain if you have to get out of bed to do it. Thankfully the app lets you switch off the television when you're done, so you don't need to get out of bed again. If someone else switches off the television, your stream cuts out.

If you dip into the television's menus you can allow the app to wake the television. Now when you turn the television off the power light turns yellow rather than red, which I assume is a form of standby which consumes more power. You still need to turn on the television with the app before you can start streaming.

Unfortanately you can't exit the stream to turn off the television remotely and keep watching on your handheld device, but you can mute the television before you start the stream. Once you've changed these remote power settings on the television, the stream won't cut out if someone switches off the television.

If someone is in the lounge room they need to be watching live TV for you to start streaming. After that they can switch over to any of the AV inputs, perhaps to watch a Blu-ray, but after this you can't change channels or stop the stream and start it again.

The same is true if they start watching internet video – the television offers Bigpond Movies & TV, Quickflix, ABC iView, SBS On Demand and YouTube. It also supports HbbTV, but FreeviewPlus support is a little flaky.

Over the internet

To tap into live television while you're away from home you need to set up an account with Panasonic's Home Cloud service. This can be hit and miss, the website wouldn't load on my computer so I had to set it up on my television – which is a cumbersome experience.

Remote streaming won't work until you dip into the television's menus to enable it. Unfortunately this isn't brought to your attention and the app doesn't tell you what's wrong, it simply gives you an error message or just fails to work. I initially assumed that Home Cloud was on the blink, but digging through the television menus solved the problem.

Thankfully when you're away from home, the television doesn't need to be switch on and set to live television before you can stream. You can just call up a list of channels, tap one and start watching after a few seconds. Tested on Telstra's Next G, streaming was a little murky at times but surprisingly smooth, although your mileage may vary depending on the quality of your home and mobile broadband connections.

When you're away from home the stream cuts out if someone turns on the television – once again you get that super helpful "error" message. Thankfully you can restart the stream, even if they switch from live TV to an HDMI input.

So what's the verdict?

Despite its quirks, Panasonic's TV Anytime offers a smooth and reliable streaming experience which is likely to keep you happy whether you're tucked up in bed or riding the train home from work.

If you only want to stream live television around your home there are a range of cheaper options at your disposal, including Panasonic's own PVRs. But if you want to take full advantage of your television when you're on the road then a new Smart TV from Panasonic might be a worthwhile investment – just don't tell Telstra or the AFL. 

Channel 3 unsure of simulcast rules

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/436791/channel-3-unsure-of-simulcast-rules

Problems may arise from unclear regulations after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) approves Channel 3's simulcast proposal. 

Channel 3 has agreed to start simulcasting on the digital system on Channel 33 HD, with a court injunction delaying a blackout due to expire at 4.30pm tomorrow.

An NBTC source said Channel 3 still had simulcast obstacles waiting for the regulator to resolve such as TV programme copyrights and confusion over annual fee payment. It is not clear whether Bangkok Entertainment or BEC-Multimedia will pay the licence fee.

BEC-Multimedia, the operator of Channel 33 HD, and Bangkok Entertainment, which holds the Channel 3 concession, will jointly submit a TV programming schedule for simulcast broadcasting to the NBTC before noon today.

The Channel 3-NBTC dispute ended in a compromise after the Central Administrative Court stepped in to narrow the differences among the two.

The broadcasting regulator has tried hard for more than a month to convince Channel 3 to do a simulcast, but the analogue channel has refused.

Channel 3 brought the case to court because it did not want to comply with a Sept 8 resolution banning cable and satellite TV operators from carrying the channel on their platforms.

Surin Krittayapongphan, vice-president of BEC World Plc, the parent of Bangkok Entertainment, said Channel 3 would migrate 100% of existing content to air digitally.

If the regulator approves its proposal this afternoon, Channel 3 hopes to start simulcasting at 12.01am tomorrow. Viewers can still watch Channel 3 on the terrestrial TV system, while its content will be available on Channel 43 on satellite and cable platforms and Channel 33 on the digital system.

Channel 3 insists it will broadcast on the analogue system until its concession expires in 2020.

Mr Surin is confident the simulcast scheme is legal based on the face-to-face agreement with the NBTC. If there are legal problems, it will use the court order to defend itself. "We called it a win-win situation for both sides," he said.

Earlier, Channel 3 refused to comply with the Sept 29 resolution by the NBTC's broadcasting committee on the simulcast scheme, as it was not sure whether it would face legal complications over different entities in the future.

It said it would face risks if there were changes to the NBTC board or broadcasting committee.

The NBTC source said Channel 3 remained confused about how to comply with the NBTC's resolutions and related regulations.

Bangkok Broadcasting and Television Co, the operator of Channel 7, submitted a letter last month saying the regulator should treat all broadcasters fairly.

Over 350 EO satellites to be launched over next decade

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/over-350-eo-satellites-to-be-launched-over-next-decade--1042292

A total of 353 earth observation (EO) satellites are expected to be launched over the next decade compared to 162 over 2004-2013, according to a report from Euroconsult. The deployment will result in USD 36 billion in manufacturing revenues over the period, an 85 percent increase over the previous decade. Investment in EO and meteorology programmes reached a high of USD 8.7 billion in 2013, a 13 percent increase over 2012, and the eighth consecutive year of investment growth, with EO remaining a primary concern for government space expenditures.

The report predicts that organizations from 41 countries will launch EO satellite capacity by 2023, compared to 33 over the previous decade. Not only is government supply continuing to grow strongly, newcomers are launching EO satellite capacity to develop a local industrial base, create the building blocks for a space programme, obtain greater autonomy in data acquisition, and/or meet local demand for data and services. Commercial supply is also expected to go through a significant expansion, both from private sector initiatives (the expansion of fleets, and new entrants) and government commercialization of proprietary systems.

NSSLGlobal has added two new satellite beams to improve the quality and geographical reach of its global VSAT network.

From http://www.tankeroperator.com/news/nssls-new-satellite-beams-improves-reach/6061.aspx

The additional beams will provide customers in the Nordic countries, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Far East with better coverage at sea and on land.

The Telenor Thor 6 Nordic beam, positioned 1 deg West, is a new addition to NSSLGlobal’s existing VSAT network covering the Nordics and Europe and will operate from NSSLGlobal’s Norwegian Teleport.

It will improve connectivity for customers from Svalbard and Iceland to France and Romania, covering the majority of Europe, the company said.

The Eutelsat 70B, positioned 70.5 deg East, will operate from NSSLGlobal’s Cyprus Teleport and is a replacement for the existing ABS2 beam.

This will allow vessels travelling between Europe and the Far East, via the Suez Canal, to stay connected via one beam for their entire journey, rather than switching between different beams. This will ensure customers have a consistent connection to phone lines and the internet around Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the Far East.

The introduction of the two new beams provides NSSLGlobal customers access to higher levels of bandwidth, faster broadband and more reliable voice/data communications at sea and on land. The beams were operational from the 1st September 2014 to current and new customers.

Sally-Anne Ray, managing director, NSSLGlobal said: “The enhancement of our global VSAT network is further testament to our commitment in providing high quality and consistent coverage to our customers across as many territories as possible.

“Earlier this year we added two new teleports, Perth, Australia and Connecticut, US, to strengthen our service to customers and improve our global coverage, which we will continue to do for 2014 and beyond,” she said.


Behind the scenes at SKY NZ, interesting link


From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3920 V "Comedy Central Asia" has started on , Nagravision.

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12660 V "EBC Financial News" is Fta.
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12629 H "BBC Knowledge Asia and CBeebies Asia" have started on , Nagravision.

Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11050 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Irdeto.

Vinasat 1 132.0°E 11589 H "K+ PM" has left again.

JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 4120 V ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, No. 1, Tien Liang TV, Taiwan Yam TV, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, SJTV, SET Taiwan and SET News on are encrypted again

JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 4160 V "GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Azio TV, Unique Satellite TV, Z Channel, TTV World and JET TV" are encrypted again

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12313 H "Keiba TV, Music Graffiti TV, Business Breakthrough and Select Shopping" have left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12343 H "Better Life Channel" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12358 V"MNC International" has left.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12418 V "Local Keiba 9 1" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12730 H "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3880 H "Channel M has replaced Arus Hayat TV" on , Tongfang.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3880 H "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia "on, Tongfang.
Palapa D 113.0°E 4140 V "Starlite International has replaced DR TV" on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12430 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , encrypted.

SES 7 108.2°E 2625 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Videoguard.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3580 H "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 12468 H "Now News Channel" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5°E 3760 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , PowerVu.

ST 2 88.0°E 3585 H "IRIB 3, IRINN, Press TV and Jame-Jam TV Network 3" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3640 H "Royal TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12355 H "TV 3 Family, MCOT Kids & Family, Loca, TNN 24, THV, New TV, Spring News TV, Bright TV, Voice TV, Nation Channel, Workpoint TV, True 4U, GMM Channel, Now 26, Thai Channel 8, Thai TV 3, Mono 29, Modernine TV, One HD, Thairath TV, Thai TV 3, Amarin TV, BBTV Channel 7 and PPTV HD" have started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12438 H "Thai TV 3, True 4U, True Inside, BBTV Channel 7, True Movie Hits, True Plookpanya, TNN 24, TrueSport 7, Reality Channel, True Select, NP TV 5, NBT TV, Thai PBS, TCM Asia and MGM Channel Asia" have started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3709 H "MRTV Sports 1/2" have left .
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4040 H "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12645 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Tongfang.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 10973 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Tongfang.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4036 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4064 H "CNBC Africa" has started on , PowerVu.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4090 H "Khabar Bharti" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11050 H "NickToons Africa" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11090 V "Nick Jr Africa" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11090 H "BET International" has started on, Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11170 H "EbonyLife TV" has started on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,T Sports Channel替换Mahidol Channel(泰国)频道,设置12520 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-09]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS(测试)频道重现,设置12495 V 4333参数免费接收。[10-09]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Australia(印度)频道解密,设置3787 V 3617参数免费接收。[10-09]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ldpr Live(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Mat i Ditya(俄罗斯)替换Moskva 24频道,设置11665 V 44923参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,24 Doc、NST(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11665 V 44923参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Park Razvlecheniy(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KSPO、TV Chosun(韩国)等频道消失,设置12350 V 26700参数无效接收。 [10月8日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CCTV 4、EBS Plus 2(韩国)等频道新增,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,台视替换台视财经(台湾)频道,设置12535 H 3300参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Starlite替换DRTV Corp(Skynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]


Thais can use vouchers for sat-TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/09/thais-can-use-vouchers-for-sat-tv/

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission is expected to allow viewers to use its subsidised voucher scheme to buy satellite set-top boxes. Up until now the vouchers could only be used to buy digital terrestrial receivers, or new digitally-equipped TV sets.

“Even though some network operators plan to expand their coverage, we are worrying that some households might not be able to view the digital TV channels. So letting them use the coupons to buy a satellite set-top box will give people another alternative,” Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the NBTC, said yesterday.

He added that many viewers were not able to receive digital terrestrial signals.

October 10th is ‘Voucher Day’ when some 4.64 million households will start receiving their free vouchers. Phase 2, in March next year, will see another 12.4 million homes eligible for the scheme. The firsts batch of vouchers cannot be used until October 20th

Turner launches OH!K channel in Southeast Asia

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/english-entertainment/turner-launches-ohk-channel-in-southeast-asia-141008
MUMBAI: Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific today signed a volume deal with Korea’s broadcaster MBC, locking in content for Oh!K, a new general entertainment channel.

Commenting on the occasion Turner Asia Pacific president Ricky Ow said, “Oh!K combines the best in content with Turner's proven history in curating some of the most successful channels in Asia Pacific. We are thrilled to partner with MBC and we are looking forward to introducing it to the region in the coming months.”
Oh!K will have first pick of MBC content, including first-runs and exclusives soon after their initial transmission debut in Korea, with some shows airing within a week.

MBC produces 1400 hours of quality content each year distributed in more than 100 countries. Current shows include drama series Diary of a Night Watchman, You Are My Destiny, Triangle and the long-running variety show Infinite Challenge and reality show Dad, Where Are We Going?

MBC media business executive managing director Jung Woo Oh added, “We are very proud to be partnering with Turner to give viewers unparalleled access to some of the most engaging Korean TV content. The launch of Oh!K will allow an even bigger audience to enjoy MBC’s unique brand of storytelling, and we can’t wait to share our best shows with fans in Southeast Asia.”

The launch of Oh!K launch follows Turner's April announcement that it will assume full operational and programming control of WarnerTV, the English-language entertainment channel in Singapore.

Set-top boxes to soon be ‘portable’

From http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/set-top-boxes-to-soon-be-portable/article1-1273226.aspx

Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar has said the government could soon allow “inter-operability” in set-top boxes, which will let consumers change their service providers by just replacing the chip-enabled card instead of having to buy a new set-top box while changing service.

“Like portability of mobile phones, the viewers should also have similar options with the set-top boxes. They should be able to put in any card of choice (of service provider) on the set top box,” he said, chairing the first meeting of the task force for cable digitisation for phases three and four at Vigyan Bhavan on Wednesday.

The minister said his ministry would try to ensure the customer should get full benefits of digitisation with high quality services at affordable prices.

The minister also said the cap of 12 minutes for advertisement on free-to-air TV channels is likely to be removed.

He said the ad-cap imposed by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) last year was “right”, but while the pay channels earned enough revenue through subscription, the move was “restrictive” for free channels.

India has a total number 160 million TV households and the first and second phases of cable digitisation covered all the metros and 38 cities with a population of over one million. Javadekar said that Phase III would be over by end 2015 and Phase IV by 2016-end.


Measat 3B (the newest one) is now parked at 84.48E, look for Cband tests

From my Email

From Jacko via vetrun.com


138E Apstar 6 3912 V Sr 1924
FM 88
FM 97.5
FM 103

From Rammoon (India) via vetrun.com

Several update with Srilanka Thinetha TV from Eutelsat 70B Ku band at 70.5 degree east
TP: 11294 H 44900 DVB-S2/Mpeg4

From the Dish

Intelsat 18 180.0°E 10995 H "RFM TV has replaced MCM Pop" on , encrypted.

Intelsat 19 166.0°E All channels in the Wizzie TV mux on 12557 H are now encrypted.

Optus D2 152.0°E "TVR International" has moved from 12734 V to 12608 H, Fta.

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12385 H Discovery HD World North East Asia, Food Network Asia, Luxe TV, All Sports Network, Discovery Kids South East Asia and Discovery Science Channel South East Asia have left.

JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12348 V "Select Shopping, Better Life Channel, MNC International and Dance Channel" have started
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12428 V Business Breakthrough, Keiba TV, Music Graffiti TV and Local Keiba 9 1 have started on , Multi.

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12373 H "Mall of TV" has left .

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 11670 H "The Word Network" has started on, Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12526 V "SGA TV" has left .
Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12536 V "Perviy Obrazovatelniy" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H "Thairath TV" is Fta again.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3720 H "Esquire Emea" has left.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 11167 V NDTV Profit and NDTV Prime have started on , Tongfang.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4013 H "Frontier TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 V "The Box Africa and FAPM TV" have left
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12562 H "Untouchable TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12602 H."Christ TV, Press TV, IFilm English, Hadi TV 5, Nollywood, Hispan TV and Favour TV" have left

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 4006 H "Studio One HD" has started on , Fta. Satyaveeda TV has left.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Park Razvlecheniy(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KSPO、TV Chosun(韩国)等频道消失,设置12350 V 26700参数无效接收。[10-08]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CCTV 4、EBS Plus 2(韩国)等频道新增,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。[10-08]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,台视替换台视财经(台湾)频道,设置12535 H 3300参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Starlite替换DRTV Corp(Skynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,松视3台替换X+(DISH HD)频道,设置11881 R 27500参数有条件接收。[10-08]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,八大娱乐K、澳门莲花替换本港台(数码天空)等频道,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ldpr Live(测试)频道新增,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,本港(国际)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Picture Hall(印度)频道消失,设置3790 H 7200参数无效接收。 [10月8日]


Japan launches geostationary meteorological satellite Himawari-8

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newsjapan-launches-geostationary-meteorological-satellite-himawari-8-4396497

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has launched the geostationary meteorological satellite, Himawari-8, from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

The satellite was launched onboard Mitsubishi's H-IIA vehicle number 25 (H-IIA F25).

Weighing around 7,700lb, Himawari-8 separated from the rocket's second stage approximately 28 minutes after the lift-off and was placed into a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

The satellite will be raised into geostationary orbit at a longitude of 140° E after a series of burns from the on-board propulsion system, reported NASASpaceflight.

Based around the DS-2000 satellite bus, the Himawari 8 was built by Mitsubishi Electric in partnership with Boeing. It will be operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

"We hope our forecasts of a typhoon's future course will be more accurate."

The satellite has three payloads, including the Advanced Himawari Imager, space environment data acquisition monitor and the data collection subsystem.

JMA official was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying that the satellite can obtain a satellite image of a typhoon once every 2.5 minutes, against the current pace of once every 30 minutes.

"Together with improvement in computer-aided analysis, we hope our forecasts of a typhoon's future course will be more accurate."

While the Himawari 8 will complete testing in mid-2015, the Himawari 7 will reach the end of its five-year service life and will serve as backup for the new satellite.

The Himawari 8 will be joined by Himawari 9, planned for launch in 2016 and replace Himawari 8 around 2022.

Himawari 8 will then become the backup satellite until a new-generation satellite is launched in late 2020s.

KT Skylife dumps standard def

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/08/kt-skylife-dumps-standard-def/

KT Skylife, South Korea’s DTH broadcaster with more than 4 million subscribers, is to adopt an all-HD policy.

Until recently it was carrying 104 HD channels, and now says it will offer 141 “full HD” channels by the end of this year, and dropping all standard definition channels in the process.

“KT SkyLife has set up the all-HD channel platform to provide a wider range of channel selections for customers,” said Lee Nam-ki, CEO of KT SkyLife, during a media briefing in Seoul.

KT Skylife is a subsidiary of telco giant Korea Telecom, which took a majority position in the broadcaster in March 2011.

KT Skylife is also preparing for Ultra-HD. June 2nd saw it launch its first 4K channel, ‘SkyUHD’, and promised a total of 3 channels by 2015. The next pair will come on March 1st 2015.

A recent report from KDB Daewoo Securities, said: “Admittedly, it will take time for UHD broadcasting to become widely adopted, given current content supply and the digital conversion rate of pay-TV. Nevertheless, the need for UHD broadcast services is rising, fuelled by growing UHD TV sales, global sports events, and most importantly, policy support. We believe the introduction of UHD broadcasting will help facilitate industry consolidation, leaving the market controlled by only a handful of top players with the ability to secure content and deploy advanced networks.”

RS earmarks B200m Channel 2 drive

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/436275/rs-earmarks-b200m-channel-2-drive

Company aims to have No.1 satellite outlet

RS Plc, the country's second-largest entertainment company, plans to invest 200 million baht to try to push its Channel 2 to become the top satellite TV channel by mid-2015. 

RS chief operating officer Pornpan Techarungchaikul (left) and Channel 2 executive vicepresident for TV business Pattira Palawatvichai present the new slogan.

The SET-listed entertainment company still sees potential in the satellite TV business even after it transformed its Channel 8 into a digital TV channel. Channel 2 will therefore be boosted to become the No.1 satellite channel, replacing Channel 8, said chief operating officer Pornpan Techarungchaikul.

"Thailand is moving forward with digital TV and competition is getting increasingly intense. Each channel is trying to deliver high-quality content to attract more viewers. However, satellite TV still has a lot of potential for growth. The more advanced digital TV becomes, the more satellite TV improves to meet the need of audiences in a bid to survive," she said.

Channel 2 has been successful because of its unique strength — bringing together stars and celebrities from all companies under RS — and this is well received by audiences. The entertainment content is also fun and relaxing, available around the clock. This results in a strong fan base, high ratings and significant growth.

RS will invest 200 million baht to improve its content, production facilities and broadcasting system to be high definition. Recently, it introduced a new slogan — "Full-Flavoured Entertainment for You" — to reaffirm the channel's strength with a variety of entertainment programmes.

"We want Channel 2 to be the top satellite TV channel by mid-2015. At present, it tops the ratings among variety channels. Revenue this year is expected to double last year's figures," Mrs Pornpan said.

Pattira Palawatvichai, Channel 2's executive vice-president for the TV business, said satellite and cable now reached 45 million viewers or 70% of the population.

According to AC Nielsen, Channel 2 has 20 million viewers a month, and the number is growing constantly due to its attractive programming. The channel plans to invite more stars and celebrities to join next year.

Its variety content falls into three groups.

The first includes the latest variety shows such as Sod Mai Thailand, Kon Dung Nung Clear, Show Tak Fong and Dara Variety Poll.

The second includes game shows such as Game Dara Shalala and Show Muan Duan Mai.

The third includes travel shows such as Star Road Trip, Dara Talad Tak and Krua Lan Tung.

RS shares closed yesterday on the SET at 7.85 baht, down 35 satang, in trade worth 34.1 million baht.

Thai TV slashes revenue target amid hiccups in transition to digital TV

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thai-TV-slashes-revenue-target-amid-hiccups-in-tra-30244898.html

Thai TV has had to lower its revenue target from Bt1 billion to Bt300 million this year mainly because of the many delays in the transition to digital terrestrial TV.

President Pantipa Sakulchai said yesterday that her company still hopes to realise at least Bt300 million this year from its two digital terrestrial TV channels - the Thai TV variety channel and the children and family Loca channel.

Pantipa, who is well-known as "Big Sister Tim" from her own entertainment gossip magazine "TV Pool", also still believes that this new broadcasting unit would be a spearhead for her company, which invested more than Bt1 billion in acquiring two terrestrial-based TV licences at an auction held by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) last year.

However, the company faced some difficulties in running a broadcasting business. For example, the penetration of digital terrestrial TV viewers is still low. The implementation of the NBTC's subsidy scheme has also been pushed back from May to this month.

Audience ratings for digital TV channels was another factor affecting Thai TV, she added.

The company has earmarked about Bt100 million to buy at least 5,000 digital TV sets and install them in public spaces with high traffic of potential viewers, such as universities, schools, hospitals and local administrative offices in the provinces.

These measures are aimed at building brand awareness of the two channels and improving TV ratings at the stations.

Next year, the revenue target would remain unchanged at Bt2 billion. The plan to list on the Stock Exchange of Thailand by 2019 is also on track.

According to an earlier interview, Thai TV has budgeted more than Bt1.6 billion for programme production for its two digital channels, one for news and the other for children and families

China to launch new marine surveillance satellites in 2019

From news

BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- China will launch a new "constellation" of marine surveillance satellites in 2019 to monitor ships, oil rigs, marine disasters and land-based resources.

According to Lin Mingsen, deputy director with the National Satellite Ocean Application Service, the HY-3 "constellation" will include a series of satellites that employ synthetic aperture radar technology, "capable of operating day or night... and in all weather conditions."

The satellites will be able see meter-long objects from space and generate high-definition imagery of both land and ocean surfaces, Lin said.

He said the satellites would be used to monitor ships and drilling platforms, in addition to marine oil spills, sea ice, ocean waves and surface winds among other features.

"They will play an important role in reinforcing China's marine rights protection, marine law enforcement and supervision, management of its offshore waters and marine disaster relief and reduction," Lin said.

Rocket fuel freeze caused EU satellite orbit fail

From http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/141008/rocket-fuel-freeze-caused-eu-satellite-orbit-fail

Fuel that froze on the Russian Soyuz rocket is what caused two satellites from Europe's troubled Galileo navigation system to be sent into the wrong orbit in August, an investigation revealed Wednesday.

The freeze was caused by a problem in feeding pipes, "a design flaw" that can be easily fixed, Arianespace chief executive officer Stephane Israel said in a webcast briefing on the findings.

UK Met Office opens 'solar storm' centre

From http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29525154

Solar storms are considered to have the potential to cause major economic upheaval

A new forecast centre dedicated to space weather has officially opened in Exeter.

The Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre is designed to protect the UK's economy and infrastructure from severe events caused by space weather.

The term describes the disruptive influence that activity at the Sun can have on Earth.

The worst "storms" can disturb satellites, power grids and radio communications.

As with terrestrial weather, the Met Office has been asked to co-ordinate operational forecasting.

It has been doing this now for a number of weeks, working with experts across the UK and in the US, which has had a prediction service for many years.

Wednesday's event, led by the Science Minister Greg Clark, formally inaugurates the British centre of excellence at the meteorological office's Exeter HQ.

 Scientists say our growing dependence on technology puts us at greater risk

Solar storms are now listed as one of most serious threats on the National Risk Register, along with flu and volcanic eruptions in Iceland. These phenomena are considered to have the potential to cause major economic upheaval, and the government has ordered contingencies be put in place to help protect the UK.

Space weather has long been recognised as an issue, but experts say our increasing dependence on technology has made modern society more vulnerable.

Explosive eruptions from the Sun can have a wide range of effects on modern infrastructure.

A large solar flare can induce huge currents in electricity networks, leading to power outages that can last hours, days and even weeks.

Scientists recall a particularly powerful event in 1859. Described by the English astronomer Richard Carrington, this outburst buffeted the Earth's magnetic field, producing spectacular auroral lights. The electric fields generated in wires were said to have caused fires in some telegraph stations.

Lloyds of London, the insurance market, completed a study in 2012 that examined how the US power grid would cope with a repeat event.

It concluded that the damage to critical transformers could leave some consumers with no networked electricity supplies for a period between 16 days and anywhere up to two years, resulting in economic losses that run from $0.6 trillion to $2.6 trillion.

"Things like satellite navigation and power grids represent critical nodes in the world economy, and if they are taken out even for a short time, the impacts can be immense," said Lloyds' Nick Beecroft.

"In the case of floods, hurricanes and other natural hazards here on Earth, the last 25 years have seen a revolution in the understanding and management of risk, thanks to science and computer modelling.

"Space weather is one of those emerging risk areas where we now need to make similar advances."

Satellite switch boosts OpenView outlook

From http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=138232

Following an investment of "tens of millions" of rands, local free-to-air broadcaster OpenView HD says it has opened the door to potentially growing its viewership numbers exponentially, as it now rides on the same broadcast infrastructure that beams DStv's signal to millions of homes on the continent.

According to the company, Platco Digital, which owns OpenView HD, recently entered into an agreement with state signal distributor Sentech, to lease space on the IS20 satellite. This means viewers can now receive OpenView HD via the same satellite dish used to receive DStv, Vivid and Freevision services.

OpenView HD launched in October last year on the SES5 satellite, offering 15 channels, including SABC1, SABC2, SABC3, e.tv and a variety of entertainment, movie and other content.

Platco Digital MD Maxwell Nonge says while the move to the IS20 satellite does not mean the broadcaster is positioning itself to compete with DStv, it does extend the free-to-air service's reach to those who have access to the pay-TV service's satellite dish.

This, he says, is particularly significant in the context of townhouses or residential complexes, where each household is connected to a communal DStv dish. "Many of these people, despite having access to a DStv dish, consider the service too expensive. Now they have the option of buying an OpenView HD decoder, for R849, and never paying for TV again," says Nonge.

Existing DStv subscribers can install a "splitter" that will allow them to connect the OpenView HD decoder alongside their pay-TV set-top box.

OpenView HD consumers are not charged a monthly fee for the service, which means the only cost of accessing the services is the once-off decoder purchase. Nonge says the service currently has a viewership of about 40 000, but this figure is now expected to grow rapidly.

"We are delighted to be able to increase viewer access to the OpenView HD platform and extend options for TV viewers across South Africa. The IS20 offering will make it easier for the consumer pocket, as those with existing satellite dishes will not need to purchase new ones," says Nonge.

The broadcaster should now reach its target of 200 000 viewers, by next March, with relative ease, it says.

Another VOD service on horizon

From http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=138231:Another-VOD-service-on-horizon

Another video-on-demand (VOD) service is launching on local soil soon, adding to the list of emerging players that look set to take on the industry's current incumbent, MultiChoice-owned DStv.

MobileTV founder Mothobi Mutloatse says TV4U will launch a "next-generation" satellite push VOD service in February next year.

This comes less than a month after Altech launched a VOD service called Node, which in turn followed the entry of Vidi – Times Media's VOD offering – about a week prior.

Mutloatse says MobileTV will use Sentech Freevision's IS20 satellite network, enabling the company to synchronise its mobile digital broadcasting offering and VOD bouquet, dubbed Movielicious.

He says TV4U had assembled a number of international aggregators, content providers and billing management partners in LA, the US, London, New York, Toronto, Canada, Paris, Seoul and Korea. Through these partners, Movielicious will provide users with what Mutloatse says is "premium entertainment and sports programming".

TV4U has chosen a local decoder manufacturer for its VOD decoder, in a bid to make the service relatively affordable.

"Because ours is a satellite-centric concept with content delivered directly to the customer's disk, fast and highly cost-efficient, it provides the additional edge of multiscreen interactivity."

The service has been developed with push VOD experts in Europe, he says, through software that will be revealed when Movielicious launches on 1 February.

"In addition, TV4U's developmental platform will roll out its digital learning service to bridge the distance learning divide and present opportunities to learners and teachers alike from primary school to universities and colleges, to experience simultaneous digital learning television."

Mutloatse says ICT and education "hold the key to SA lifting itself out of the current economic stagnation, by taking a leaf out of the book of a country equal in population – South Korea – where pupils receive their textbooks digitally".

DStv won’t sue Netflix users

From http://www.techcentral.co.za/dstv-wont-sue-netflix-users/51563/

MultiChoice, which owns DStv, has no intention of going after South Africans who circumvent region-blocking systems to access international streaming subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu. By Duncan McLeod.

DStv parent MultiChoice will never attempt to prosecute anyone in South Africa subscribing to international streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, which don’t operate in the country.

Many South African consumers — estimated to be in the tens of thousands — use services such as Media Hint and UnoTelly to circumvent region restrictions imposed by streaming video service providers.

DStv Digital Media CEO John Kotsaftis says it’s not clear if it’s legal or not for South Africans to watch Netflix and similar services. What is clear, he says, is that these companies are breaking the law when they agree to provide services to consumers in markets for which they haven’t purchased content distribution rights.

“If Netflix accepts your credit card from this territory, they are breaking the law because they haven’t paid for the rights to distribute content in this market,” says Kotsaftis. “What’s happening now is there are multiple studios chasing Netflix to say, ‘You have to shut that down.’”

Meanwhile, Kotsaftis has confirmed that MultiChoice will open a data pipe on the DStv Explora personal video recorder (PVR) decoder by 20 November, paving the way for consumers to be able to watch video-on-demand (VOD) services via the Internet.

The company will sell a Wi-Fi dongle, allowing subscribers to connect to the Ethernet port on the Explora, opening up the box for online VOD for the first time. Consumers will also be able to connect directly using an Ethernet cable.

Until now, Explora users have only been able to use the PVR to watch on-demand and catch-up services pushed via satellite to the machine’s hard drive. This has meant that the available material has been limited by the size of the storage capacity of the decoder.

Consumers will be able to store up to 25 VOD titles downloaded from the Internet, but the number of titles available in the cloud will be far larger.

Consumers will not be able to stream the content for now — instead having to download content fully before viewing it — but the plan is to offer streaming from the second quarter of 2015.

“The first version will be download-only, to get around the download challenges [with South African broadband] and to manage the quality. We are scared to launch this en masse when we can’t control the network. Those are some of the challenges we are trying to figure out.”

Up to 600 titles, or about 500 hours of content, will be available at launch through the online VOD service, which will be called Catch Up Plus. Box sets will be included in the catalogue.

AFN eyes move to online delivery, wants viewer feedback

From http://www.stripes.com/blogs/stripes-central/stripes-central-1.8040/afn-eyes-move-to-online-delivery-wants-viewer-feedback-1.307108

The American Forces Network launched a survey on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, to explore its audience’s interest in getting AFN content over the Internet.
Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes

This is really happening, people.

The American Forces Network on Monday launched a survey to explore its audience’s interest in getting AFN content over the Internet, inching closer to a Netflix-like service for U.S. personnel overseas.

The network confirmed last month that it was exploring online delivery options after its parent organization, the Defense Media Activity, posted a “sources sought” notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

In the posting, DMA said it was conducting market research “to locate qualified, experienced and interested potential sources” who could provide television on the internet to its overseas audience.

Now, AFN is trying to get its audience in on the discussion with a 10-question survey that drills down into their online viewing habits and their access to the kind of high-speed networks that a streaming or on-demand television service would require. The survey can be found at myafn.net and takes less than five minutes to complete.

In a press release announcing the survey, AFN indicated the online service would be “in addition to” the satellite-based television service the “military has grown accustomed to receiving.”

Just what the new online service would look like is still developing, but could include on-demand shows from major networks and premium cable, as well as movies and live sports streams. AFN’s public service spots, which replace commercials in its satellite broadcasts, would be woven in with its online content as well.

Coincidentally, Netflix opened shop in Germany and five other European countries in a major expansion just weeks after DMA posted its “sources sought” announcement.

New Rules Proposed for Satellite and Uplink Operations

From http://www.tvtechnology.com/cable-&-satellite/0147/new-rules-proposed-for-satellite-and-uplink-operations/272681
Rules will make it easier for satellite operators to reposition satellites and build and launch spare satellites if necessary
The FCC has released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) that would make several changes to Part 25, the portion of the FCC rules dealing with satellite and satellite earth station licensing and operations. The proposed changes should have little direct impact on most geostationary satellite system users but will make it easier for satellite operators to reposition satellites (within +/- 0.15 degrees) and build, launch and place into operation, if necessary, spare satellites.

The proposed rules describe how to determine the allowed power from asymmetrical earth station antennas that are not skewed to align the major reflector axis tangent to the geostationary arc. The rules for use of analog emission by uplinks are also clarified. The proposed rules provide a more detailed explanation of antenna pattern requirements and options for complying with them.

Under the proposed rules, earth station licensees would be able to make some changes to their authorized earth stations without prior authority from the FCC if the changes do not result in an increase in EIRP or EIRP density, either in the main lobe or off axis; change operating frequencies, change the original authorized coordinates by more than 1 second in latitude and longitude for stations operating in bands shared with terrestrial systems or by more than 10 seconds in latitude and longitude for stations operating on bands not shared with terrestrial systems; a change in polarization; an increase in antenna height' an antenna repointing; or a change in the location of the remote control point. The commission must be notified of the changes with 30 days. The FNPRM includes a similar list of changes satellite operators are allowed to make without prior approval.

Overall, as the FNPRM notes, adoption of the proposed rules will facilitate international coordination of proposed satellite networks, eliminate the need to assess compliance with interim satellite/system construction milestone requirements, clarify requirements for routine earth station licensing, and expand applicability of routine licensing standards. Bond requirements will be modified to more effectively deter spectrum warehousing.

For details on the changes and a copy of the proposed rules, refer to the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 14-142), Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite Services.

Isro delays launch of satellite due to technical snag

From http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/isro-delays-launch-of-satellite-due-to-technical-snag/article1-1272434.aspx

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Monday said that the launch of the IRNSS-IC would not happen as planned on October 10 because of  a  minor technical snag in the tele-command.

“Due to an observation in the telemetry system, the launch has been postponed for a week,” the Facebook page of Isro said.

The 67-hour countdown for the launch of IRNSS-IC from Sriharikota near Chennai was to commence from 6.56 am on Tuesday.

“A technical snag has been observed in the tele-command system. We will review the exact condition on Tuesday and then decide a new date for the launch,” an Isro official said.

Designed to build a regional navigational system equivalent to GPS of developed countries, India aims to  send seven satellites to put in place the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS).



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ST 2 88.0°E 11050 H "Nasim" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0°E 3725 H "Bharat Samachar" is back on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12272 H "Thai TV Global Network, DLTV 1-15, ETV, Thai TV Global Network, Lao Star, Bayon TV, Apsara TV and TVK" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12272 V "Modern India TV, GMM Music, MVTV 5, Fan TV, Bang Channel, Variety Channel, My TV, Nice Channel, Nick Jr Asia, Major Channel Asian, Miracle, GTH On Air, Mystery Channel, Jewelry Channel, Green Channel, Voice TV, GCJ O Shopping, Dragon TV, Zaa Network, Major Channel Mix, TV 24, Police TV, NBT TV and Thai PBS" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12313 V Now 26, Cartoon Club, One HD, TV Pool Channel, M Channel, Nation Channel, Thai TV 3, NP TV 5, BBTV Channel 7, Samrujlok, Khongdee, MySci, Loca, Modernine TV, Parliament TV, Fox Thai, Dhamma Media Channel and ACTS Channel have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12355 H "Now 26, CAT Channel, Cartoon Club, One HD, TV Pool Channel, M Channel, Nation Channel, Thai TV 3, NP TV 5, BBTV Channel 7, Samrujlok, Khongdee, Music Lifestyle, Loca, Thai Channel 2, Modernine TV, Parliament TV, GMM Theatre, Dhamma Media Channel, You Channel, Sabaidee TV and ACTS Channel" have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12438 H "Thai TV 3, NP TV 5, BBTV Channel 7, Modernine TV, NBT TV, Thai PBS, TNN 24, TNN 2, True Plookpanya, True 10, True Select, Shopping Network, Money Channel, CNBC Asia-Pacific, Bloomberg TV Asia, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Nickelodeon South East Asia, True Explore 1, TCM Asia and MGM Channel Asia" have left .

ABS 2 75.0°E 12523 H "RTM Asia" has started on , Fta. Bible Explorations TV has left.

Intelsat 22 72.1°E 3724 L "Family TV, Sayare TV, K24, KBC Channel 1, Edu Channel, Ebru TV Africa, Njata TV, Kingdom TV, Revival TV, Aviation TV, Hope TV, Pwani TV, Lolwe TV, Youth TV, KTS, WTV, Lake Victoria TV and Farmer TV" have started on , T2-MI, Fta.
Intelsat 22 72.1°E 3732 L "Sayare TV, K24, NTV, KTN, Citizen TV, KBC Channel 1, Edu Channel, Property TV, Kingdom TV, Joy TV, Aviation TV, 3 Stones, Hope TV, Youth TV, Fountain TV, Lake Victoria TV and KBC Channel 1" have left .

Intelsat 22 72.1°E KBC Channel 1 has moved from 3739 L to 3735 L, Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4184 V "Ahsas TV" has started Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 3845 H "Sony Pix" has started on , PowerVu.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russkiy Extream(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11793 V 43200参数有条件接收。[10-07]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Moskva 24、Moskva Doverie(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。[10-07]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Ch601、Ch602(韩国)等8个频道新增,设置12350 V 26700参数有条件接收。[10-07]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,First service(高清)频道新增,设置12466 V 12999参数有条件接收。[10-07]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Fyi替换Bio(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12430 V 25600参数有条件接收。[10-07]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Zabb Channel、MOAC TV(泰国)频道加密,设置4160 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-07]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Parliament TV(泰国)频道解密,设置4160 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBC替换KBS TV 1(韩国)频道,设置11747 L 21300参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Eutelsat(宣传)高清频道消失,设置11419 H 45000参数无效接收。 [10月7日]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Duck TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11670 H 14400参数免费接收。 [10月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,New Channel 3(测试)频道加重现,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [10月6日]

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2 new channels on Sky NZ
D1 12295 H 22500 "THE ZONE HD" encrypted
D1 12394 H 22500 "THE ZONE" encrypted

Sunday feeds

D2 12340 V Sr 6670 Globecast 2 ARARAT Harness Racing - Trots, (FTA.)
D2 12550 H Sr 6980 Ch 9 NRL Grand Final
D2 12660 V Sr 7500 "svc_1 service" NSW Koori knockout football FTA

D2 12321 V Sr 6670 "gcast 6" Horses (FTA)
D2 12330 V Sr 6670 "GlobeCast 1.2" KELLERBERRIN Trots, Western Australia, (FTA.)
D2 12680 V Sr 6670 "svc_1 service" horses (FTA)

IS 19 12527 V Sr 3750 DVB-S2/8PSK, SD..FTA Ch9 Aus feed from NRL grand final.Only just locking on 80cm - not stable..!! (Steve Johnson)
IS 19 12551 V Sr 3750 also (Steve Johnson)

IS 19 3860 H Sr 30000 "i-Cable HD-01", -02, -03 & -04 (16+Mb/Ch) 4x encrypted channels

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Weekend feeds

D2 12662 V Sr 6670 "GCAST 6" Gunbower Horse Racing, Victoria, (FTA.)
D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "Globecast 2" Racing from Murtoa, Victoria, (FTA.)

Asiasat 5 weekend feedlog

3877 H SR 7200 Telecity Encoder LW v WBA in the Premier league Soccer, (FTA.)
4155 H SR 6110 Adhoc Encoder 3 METRO TV in Indonesian.
4148 H SR 7200 HD ENC-2a Sunday Afternoon Japanese Soccer, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7200 Ch 2 Japanese J-League Soccer, (FTA.) Ch 1 Japanese J-League Soccer, (FTA.)

These three soccer channels all had different Sunday afternoon games.

3710 H SR 13333 ENC4N Japanese J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
4150 H SR 15000 $SEV VS DEP HD50 Sevilla vs Deportivo - Football from Sevilla, SPAIN, (is $ scrambled.)
3745 V SR 7120 DSNG Enc 11 Arc de Triomphe Horse Race from Paris, (FTA.) -same feed as 3930 H SR 7200
3877 H SR 7500 $Extrem Sail Inter ($ encrypted.)
3885 H SR 7120 Gigatel HD Women's European Golf Tour from France, (FTA.)
3927 V SR 6110 Macao_A Asian Kickboxing, (FTA.)
3935 V SR 7200 seco World Gymnastics from Nanning, CHINA, (FTA.)
4165 H SR 7200 $50Hz Match 1 Chelsea vs Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League Soccer with sound but ($ picture.)
3735 V SR 7200 hy1 Round 3 of the Women's LPGA Golf from REIGNWOOD PINE VALLEY, Beijing, (FTA.)
3908 H SR 6110 ENC-1 Saturday Afternoon Japanese Soccer, (FTA.)
4155 H SR 7200 TXOUT-5 LEAGUE LEGENDS Video Games Championships - SAMSUNG BLUE vs CLOUD 9, (FTA.)
4148 H SR 7200 CAT DSNG 1 Motor Racing from the Chang International Circuit, Thailand, (FTA.)
3675 H SR 1500 Service-1 Hindu Festival of Singing, (FTA.)
3930 H SR 6110 HD ENC-1 Asian Soccer - 2014 J-LEAGUE, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7120 Gigatel HD Lacoste Ladies European Golf Tour, Open De France, (FTA.)

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Intelsat 8 169.0°E 4100 H "Australia Plus TV Pacific" has left.

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3880 V "O Shopping" has replaced Velvet on , Fta.
Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3920 V "SET India, Crime & Investigation Network Australia has started on , Nagravision. EM TV, Star Plus Southeast Asia and Eve" have left.

Telstar 18 138.0°E Almost all channels in the Combos TV muxes on 12354 V and 12472 V are Fta.
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12660 V "ETTV News" is Fta

Vinasat 1 132.0°E 11589 H "K+ PM has replaced Real TV" on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12430 V "RTL CBS Entertainment" has started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12636 V TBN Asia, TeleNovela Channel, The Church Channel, Smile of a Child TV and Juce TV have left .

Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V "Festival" is now encrypted. Top Hits is Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E 12590 H "Quran TV has replaced Esquire Emea" on , Irdeto.

SES 8 95.0°E 12110 H "Kashish News and Live India" have started on , Fta. Mi Marathi and Mahua Plus have left.

Insat 4B 93.5°E 11030 V "Sony Six" has started on , Irdeto.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11150 VDD Saptagiri has started on, Fta Cinema TV has left

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3717 H "TMC" has started on , Fta.
Measat 3a 91.4°E 3920 V "MGM Channel Asia" has left .

KazSat 2 86.5°E 11495 V Kazakstan, Balapan, Khabar, Bilim zhane Madeniet, 24 KZ, Astana TV, Seven Kazakhstan and Kazakh TV are now encrypted.
KazSat 2 86.5°E 11504 V "KTK, Perviy kanal Eurasia, Mir, 31 Kanal, NTK and STV" are now encrypted.

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11760 H "World Business Channel" is now Fta.
Horizons 2 85.0°E 11960 H "Food Network Russia" has started on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3520 HT Sports Channel, Aonzon TV and One Rescue TV have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12355 V GMM Z, GMM Sport Plus, GMM Sport Extreme, Nat Geo Music and SET SE Asia have started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4000 H "GMM Sport Plus, GMM Sport Extreme, Nat Geo Music and SET SE Asia" are now encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H "Mahidol Channel has started on , encrypted. Asian Food Channel and Travel Channel Asia" have left.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H "Thairath TV" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4040 H Kix, Bio Asia, Now HaiRun and Asian Food Channel have started on , Fta. Toonami, Universal Channel Asia and Syfy Universal Asia are back, Fta. Z'oke has left. Crime & Investigation Network Asia is Fta.

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,New Channel 3(测试)频道加重现,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。[10-06]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Midnight、WE等替换SkyChoice(韩国)等频道,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。[10-06]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Action Cinema(印度)频道消失,设置11171 H 30000参数无效接收。[10-06]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BBC Cbeebeis、BBC Knowledge(蒙古)频道新增,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[10-06]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM HD(高清)频道消失,设置11589 H 28800参数无效接收。[10-06]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Royal TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3460 H 28066参数免费接收。[10-06]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Royal TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3460 H 28066参数免费接收。 [10月6日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,News Live等替换Sahara Samay(印度)等频道,设置11037 H 40700参数有条件接收。 [10月6日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,LOSO(泰国)频道解密,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[10-05]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Series Plus(IPM)高清频道加密,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[10-05]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Super Entertran(IPM)频道消失,设置11038 V 45000参数无效接收。[10-05]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Public Music(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4015 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-05]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Da Vinci Learning(缅甸)频道消失,设置10973 V 24500参数无效接收。[10-05]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Zee TV、Sony Six等替换Tara(Dish TV)等频道,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-05]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kai TV(测试)频道重现,设置12324 H 8400参数免费接收。 [10月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Central Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Diva、The Style Network(美国)频道消失,设置3720 H 29620参数无效接收。[10-04]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Central Channel(泰国)频道解密,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。[10-04]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Sports替换Star Sports 2(STAR TV)频道,设置3920 H 26666参数有条件接收。[10-04]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段,三立财经(台亚卫星)频道加密,设置4160 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-04]

东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,DDK Leh(印度)频道新增,设置3790 H 4250参数免费接收。[10-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,T Sports替换Mahidol Channel(泰国)频道,设置4120 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-03]
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Telstra leads telco charge into TV

From http://www.afr.com/p/technology/telstra_leads_telco_charge_into_lyJM5QqeBWnMgsdn7xekNK

Telstra is launching new pay television products and services in early 2015 in a bid to get millions of Australians to sign up for subscription TV. It is understood Telstra will launch in the first three months of 2015 including new set-top box units, unique content sourced from outside Foxtel and other platforms that homes will use to get their TV services.

It signals a renewed push by Australia’s former telephone monopoly to sign up the millions of Australians households that don’t pay for TV. But Telstra does not stand alone. In the past fortnight TPG Telecom as well as M2 Group, which owns Dodo and iPrimus, became the last of Australia’s five biggest broadband providers to lock in deals to sell pay TV services to their customers.

Telstra, SingTel-Optus, iiNet, M2 and TPG Telecom represent over 96 per cent of Australia’s broadband market and they all want to control how Australians watch TV and movies at home.

Fairfax Media spoke to the industry’s leading executives about their plans for the push. Telcos have turned to premium TV and media services to grow revenues to avoid becoming dumb pipe providers of broadband. They also use media to sell a “bundle” of services, which makes users less likely to leave.

Australia’s subscription TV market has just two main providers including Foxtel and its 2.6 million subscribers and Malaysian-backed challenger FetchTV, which has 140,000 users.

Foxtel provides content to Telstra. It will also start selling services to TPG Telecom in 2015 and is set to become a broadband provider itself next year. Fetch boasts iiNet, M2 and Optus as its partners.

FetchTV chief executive Scott Lorson says ISPs are the best partners for pay TV operators because of their established billing relationships with millions of Australians and need for media content.

Fetch’s set-top box and TV recording device has received good reviews from technology publications despite the service offering less premium content compared to Foxtel. “If you’re going to be a platform play you are going to need a set-top box, a single bill, have unmetered internet and it normally means having a single bundled price point,” he says. “Foxtel and ourselves having relationships with the top five internet service providers increases the barriers to entry for others and we see telcos as the key to media consumption.”

Telstra’s head of IPTV Eric Kearley declined to comment when asked about his new products or services. But he said his company was ramping up efforts to target the 70 per cent of Australian households that don’t pay for premium TV.

“We will do whatever it takes to do that effectively,” he said. “Pay TV operators are becoming telcos and telcos are becoming pay TV operators and for the customer that makes absolute sense.

“Telecommunications and television industries have merged pretty much worldwide because as premium TV becomes a subscription proposition it makes sense to merge it with other subscription propositions.”

Mr Kearley says part of Telstra’s key is superior content through its partnership and 50 per cent ownership of Foxtel, which has strong live sports offerings and exclusive Australian rights for popular shows like Game of Thrones. “Everyone might have a content offer at the moment but no one can come anywhere near touching ours in terms of quality,” he says. “What telcos sometimes do is try to mask that by adding hugely advanced devices or functionality and it’s not a bad thing . . . but unless you have the content people want to watch it doesn’t matter and you can only put so much lipstick on a pig in the end. Your throne may be technology . . . but content is still king.”

Foxtel’s services are set to be sold for the first time ever to Telstra rivals with TPG Telecom set to launch a white-label version of Foxtel’s content from 2015 onwards. It will also launch its own telephone and internet services off the back of Telstra’s network next year.

Foxtel chief operating officer Rohan Lund declined to comment on any deal with TPG but says any white-label product his company offers will not be the premium product its customers prize.

“There’s a difference between what [Foxtel] will do with the Foxtel brand and premium channels and what we will do for white-label services in the market,” he says. “So I don’t see us ­providing a wholesale service to anyone of the Foxtel brand. Any broadband ­decision will ultimately driven by the video experience [and] Foxtel’s DNA is built on delivering a great entertainment experience.”

Mr Kearley is also gearing up to convince customers it isn’t offering a me-too Foxtel service and says telcos differentiate by changing five key points – pricing, bundled services, branding, technology and content.

“There are bundle constructs we can offer that no one else could without huge difficulty compared with us or would be willing to,” he says.

iiNet is one of Telstra’s rising competitors in the market with close to one million broadband subscribers and a Fetch TV-based media service. Its corporate strategy general manager Brett Hutchison admits the company had teething problems but says the product is now on track. “It’s taken us a while to get there . . . but we like to think of ourselves who went hard at it early and if we’re honest were a bit ahead of the curve,” he says. “Now we feel like there’s enough awareness of the product and that TV is moving towards IPTV delivery.” iiNet ‎content manager Robert Buckler also says he will compete against rivals such as Optus and M2 who also use Fetch by offering different services over the same platform like apps and specialised channels like ESPN that the others won’t have.

“We’ll then work on getting certain niches like TV channels from the UK or certain lifestyle channels,” he says.

Some telcos such as Optus’ parent company SingTel are getting into the production of media content in an effort to entice new users and lower the price it pays to buy media with Telstra once seen as a likely player to become a media powerhouse.

But it has abandoned hope of being the maker of content and will instead concentrate on becoming an aggregator of media.

“We have huge ambitions of driving pay television in Australia and want to become the leading aggregator of services,” Kearley says.

Other media challengers are also set to use 2015 as their launch pad with Netflix rumoured to be looking to enter next year. Fairfax Media and Channel Nine’s streaming video on demand (SVOD) service StreamCo will use their combined media powers to entice payment from people.

In any case the board is set for 2015 to be the year that telcos fight to win dominance of our lounge rooms and laptops. And if they get their way, millions more Australians will go from watching TV for free to paying for the service.

PayTV Platform Enhanced With Thomson Video Networks Encoder

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1909785818

[SatNews] Thomson Video Networks has announced that Australian payTV provider Foxtel is upgrading its DTH video platform with the latest generation of the ViBE™ EM4000 premium HD/SD encoder.

In addition, Foxtel has installed updates of Thomson Video Networks' NetProcessor 9040 multiplexer and video processor, Amethyst redundancy switch, and XMS network management system. Foxtel operates one of the largest Thomson Video Networks-based platforms in the Asia-Pacific region, incorporating several generations of ViBE encoders, multiplexers, and video servers. With the latest release of the EM4000 earlier this year, Foxtel took the opportunity to upgrade its platform to take advantage of the encoder's superior HD video quality and Thomson's advanced feature sets for multiplexing and network management. Foxtel chose the EM4000 not only for its video quality, but also for its ability to integrate smoothly with the company's existing ecosystem and its world-class density, supporting up to eight HD MPEG-4 AVC channels in a single rack unit.

"The latest ViBE EM4000 includes compression innovations specifically designed to give payTV operators even more bandwidth savings and higher video quality, so we knew it would be ideal for our DTH upgrade,” said Foxtel Transmission Technology Manager Darren Windus. “With the EM4000, we'll be able to offer the best possible quality of experience to our audience, and the system offers an exciting and aggressive roadmap for density, feature set, and video quality to help us plan for the future."

Further information about the ViBE EM4000 and other Thomson Video Networks products is available on their infosite at http://www.thomson-networks.com/.

FBC TV to air Chinese movies

From  http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/23499/fbc-tv-to-air-chinese-movies

Chinese movies will be expected to start airing on FBC TV soon

This comes after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Chinese Ambassador Huang Yong and FBC Chief Executive Officer Riyaz Sayed Khaiyum this afternoon.

CCTV 6 – a china movie channel will be providing twenty-six movies free of charge to FBC TV.

CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says it will be received very well with the growing number of Chinese communities in the country.

Ambassador Huang adds the movies will give a better understanding of China’s culture, its history and it’s present state of affairs.

The movies will be subtitled in English and will be scheduled in International movie night’s segments on Saturday nights.

Channel 3, NBTC face rocky road to digital transition

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/435848/channel-3-nbtc-face-rocky-road-to-digital-transition

Bangkok Entertainment Company Plc’s (BEC) Channel 3 has always been famous for its acclaimed drama series which has captured the hearts and minds of Thai TV audiences for decades. 

 A screen capture of a programme on Channel 3. The station is at loggerheads with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission on simulcasting their analogue station on a digital platform. SURAPOL PROMSAKA NA SAKOLNAKORN

But more recently, it appears their dramatic flair may have transcended the boundaries of television screens to real life as Channel 3’s viewers nationwide are kept in wonder over the twists and turns of the melodrama being played up around the television station’s dispute with the broadcast regulator — the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) — during the ongoing digital switchover transition.

The crux of the conflict came with the NBTC’s notification in February which discontinued all analogue free TV as must-carry content, hence making it impossible for cable and satellite television stations from May 25 to rebroadcast the signals from the six terrestrial analogue stations — Channel 3, Channel 5, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 11, and Thai PBS — like they have done for the past many years.

Notably, apart from providing audiences with specialised content unavailable on free TV, cable and satellite stations have for more than a decade been instrumental in giving Thai television audiences improved access to free TV which broadcasts terrestrially on analogue transmission. By rebroadcasting the signals picked up from free-TV broadcasts, they have made the otherwise poor-quality analogue signals much sharper and more watchable than would be the case of normal antennae reception.

To date, TV reception via antennae has been receding while reception via cable and satellite has been on a continual rise. In 2008, for instance, more than 80% of television consumption nationwide was through antennae reception but last year this has dropped to less than 33% while reception through cable and satellite has increased to more than 60% combined.

Despite the popularity of cable and satellite reception, it merits notice that most television audiences still prefer watching free TV channels. An official figure from the NBTC in 2012 showed that 83% of television audiences primarily watch free TV while only 17% regard cable or satellite TV as their prime content.

In any case, the NBTC’s notification in February was to pave the way for the digital switchover. Its kickoff was marked by the auction of commercial digital television channels in December last year. By transferring the must-carry status to scores of new digital terrestrial stations that were just awarded licences to operate on an experimental broadcast, the NBTC was hoping digital migration would finally materialise.

The planned migration would have been smooth for NBTC if Channel 3’s operator would do as the other analogue incumbents were instructed and decided to do; that is, simulcasting their analogue stations along with their new digital stations. Notably, all former analogue free-TV operators have managed to acquire digital TV licences — commercial and public service types.

For BEC, the operator of Channel 3 analogue, they have acquired three licences on the digital slot — one for a children and family channel, one for a variety standard definition (SD) channel, and one for a variety high-definition (HD) channel.

But the problem is BEC did not agree with the simulcasting plan from the beginning. It appears they have intended on maintaining all four television stations at least until analogue transmission is completely switched off, a move clearly calculated on the number of years ahead before nationwide digital coverage is completed.

Also, BEC also cited a legal hurdle present in the broadcasting law that prohibits a broadcast licensee to transfer the operation of service to another entity, a rule aimed at preventing broadcasters from profiteering from the assigned frequency. Notably, BEC is not the licence holder for the three auctioned digital TV channels. A new company named BEC Multimedia was formed and represented a different juristic person, albeit the same group of shareholders.

A notification produced under this section (Article 9) of the law allows a licensed broadcaster to outsource no more than 40% of their content production to another party.

But to simulcast would generally mean a copy of the same content over both analogue and digital channels, hence posing a potential legal breach for BEC since both companies are different legal entities.

Nevertheless, the broadcast board within the NBTC saw it differently since they viewed that the same group of shareholders are responsible for channels on both platforms. Recently, the broadcast board has been using both carrot and stick to pressure as well as entice BEC to reconsider the simulcasting option.

Clearly, these regulators feel that the digital migration will not be completed without the relocation of content by major incumbent content providers such as Channel 3. By contrast, Channel 3 must have felt that the real market still remains with analogue TV and is trying to hold on to this portion of the TV market which features an annual value of more than 45 billion baht.

This is evidenced in their relentless effort not to become “blacked out” on cable and satellite channels. Not only has BEC alluded to their fans for support, but content producers, actors and actresses have also been mobilised to speak on behalf of their organisation against the NBTC’s new “must-carry” rule.

What’s more: The NBTC also owes it to the other digital TV providers that won the auction in which more than 50 billion baht was generated. These operators have invested dearly and many, if not most, are in serious debt. The only way for them to recoup their investment is to kick-start digital TV as soon as possible.

But the NBTC is walking on a very thin and slippery ice here. Despite a series of lawsuits from BEC against their regulatory action, the NBTC must not slip into “regulatory capture” — being dominated and controlled by the operators — while not creating conditions for “regulatory failure” — introducing intervention schemes that lead to ineffective allocation of resources.

It is of utmost importance to assure that all their regulatory interventions are within the rule of law, pragmatic, and essential towards improving the competitiveness of the market. The rush towards digital transition should not compromise these basic principles if the NBTC is to prove itself as a “professional” regulator.

KT SkyLife expanding full HD channels

From http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2014/10/133_165861.html

KT SkyLife, a satellite broadcaster unit of KT, said Monday that it will expand its high definition (HD) broadcasting channels under the slogan of an "All-HD platform."

It said it will make all of its channels fully HD by the end of the year.

It currently has 104 HD channels and 18 standard channels. It recently added 13 new HD channels, and plans to add six more to give it 141 full HD channels by the end of the year.

"KT SkyLife has set up the all-HD channel platform to provide a wider range of channel selections for customers," said Lee Nam-ki, CEO of KT SkyLife, during a media briefing at Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul.

The company provided all of its more than 4 million subscribers with free set-top boxes to receive all the full HD channels.

With the new HD TV receivers, subscribers to KT SkyLife are able to watch sports, movies and TV shows in HD.

"We will solidify our market dominance as a full HD platform provider," the CEO said.

Lee also said the company has spent a lot of time and effort to find out what customers want and discovered the answer is as much content as possible.

The company produces its own broadcasting programs through SkyLife TV, a pay TV affiliate of KT, including drama, sports and talk shows.

Lee said the company's strategy is to attract more full HD subscribers by allowing customers easier access to HD TVs.

To become a leading platform HD TV operator, KT SkyLife pledged not only to increase the number of channels, but to focus on providing convenient user interface as well as high-quality content.

KT, parent company of SkyLife and SkyLife TV, has already been preparing for the HD as well as UHD TV era.

In May, KT Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu pledged to focus on nurturing the media and contents business as a new growth engine in cooperation with its affiliates. SkyLife TV started to broadcast the nation's first high-definition channels when it was established in 2003, and it has partnered with global content providers such as Warner Bros, Disney, FOX, BBC and Sony.

"The changed direction to the ‘all-HD platform' strategy of our company is a fresh start to be the nation's best multimedia company," the CEO added.

Intelsat General Awarded Contract Extension for Delivering American Forces Radio and TV Service

From http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/10/06/intelsat-general-awarded-contract-extension-delivering-american-forces-radio-and-tv-servi#axzz3FN730Oa3

Intelsat General Corp., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, has been awarded a complete one-year contract renewal to deliver radio and television programing to U.S. military forces serving around the world. The original one-year contact was signed in 2011 and had six, one-year renewal options.

Under the contract with the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS), Intelsat General provides a global distribution network that delivers multi-channel, broadcast-quality radio and television programs to military forces and their families stationed outside of the United States as well as to military personnel aboard United States Navy ships at sea. The service, which incorporates both on-and off-network capacity, reaches more than 200,000 people using 307 MHz of bandwidth carried over 9 satellites, 6 teleports, and the IntelsatOneSM terrestrial network.

“AFRTS is a lifeline for U.S. service members and their families stationed around the globe,” said Skot Butler, Vice President, Satellite Networks and Space Services. “In many cases, it is the only American media broadcast content available to them while they are deployed overseas for long stretches of time. It is a great privilege to be able to provide the connectivity and content that helps support the morale of the U.S. military.”

In addition to a wide range of American news, entertainment and sporting events, the service carries the Department of Defense (DoD) News channel, which broadcasts DoD news briefings, military news, interviews with top defense officials, and stories about military activities and exercises.

About Intelsat General Corp.

Intelsat General provides satellite communications solutions to military, commercial and government customers over Intelsat’s fleet of approximately 50 satellites and a global terrestrial network of teleports and fiber infrastructure. Intelsat General also offers these customers the option of placing a dedicated hosted communications payload aboard an Intelsat satellite. From remote military outposts, disaster recovery sites and U.S. embassies to health and homeland security agencies, Intelsat General’s solutions support even the most complex operations, from routine to mission critical, anywhere on the globe. These solutions address the numerous communications challenges inherent in a wide range of applications. From Airborne ISR/UAV scenarios to Distance Learning to Logistics, Intelsat General engineers can enhance government, military and commercial communications to allow customers to achieve their mission objectives.

Based in Bethesda, MD, Intelsat General is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat S.A, the world’s largest and most experienced provider of fixed and mobile satellite services for many of the world’s leading media and network companies, ISPs and government agencies. http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.intelsatgeneral.com&esheet=50955387&newsitemid=20141006005061&lan=en-US&anchor=www.intelsatgeneral.com&index=1&md5=d2ba8f35d6fdc27969a485118f1869ba


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Russia To Deploy Weather Satellite Group In Arctic

From http://www.rferl.org/content/arctic-weather-satellite-putin-oil-drilling-exxon/26622728.html

Russia plans to deploy satellites to monitor the Arctic, a region President Vladimir Putin has set out as a priority because of its strategic location and natural resource riches.

The Federal Space Agency, Roskosmos, said on October 6 that "two Arktika-M satellites will be placed in a highly elliptical near-Earth orbit" soon to monitor the weather and environment in the region.

Officials have said a new military command will be formed in the Arctic region by the end of 2014 and two motor-rifle brigades will start serving within the Russian army group there in 2015-16.

Russia is looking to the Arctic as a source of oil and gas, but Western sanctions against companies such as state giant Rosneft have thrown up a hurdle to its drilling plans.

China, Venezuela Sign Deal to Launch Third Satellite: Reports

From http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141006/193713083/China-Venezuela-Sign-Deal-to-Launch-Third-Satellite-Reports.html

Chinese state-owned company China Great Wall Industry Corporation and the Venezuelan government have signed an agreement to build and deliver into orbit Venezuela's third satellite.

BEIJING, October 6 (RIA Novosti) – Chinese state-owned company China Great Wall Industry Corporation and the Venezuelan government have signed an agreement to build and deliver into orbit Venezuela's third satellite, Xinhua has reported.

"I want to celebrate the agreement to build and launch our third satellite in cooperation with China. Now we'll be more technologically independent with this new tool," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who attended the signing of the agreement, was quoted as saying by the agency.

The third Venezuelan satellite will be named after independence hero Antonio Jose de Sucre. The cost and exact time frame for the project have not been revealed.

The first Venezuelan satellite, a telecommunications satellite, named after independence leader Simon Bolivar, was launched from China in 2008.

Venezuela's second satellite, a remote sensing satellite, named after independence hero Francisco de Miranda, was launched from China in 2012. The second satellite is primarily used for the country's land resource inspections, environmental protection, disaster detection and management, crop yield estimation and city planning.

Fox and Star Sports extend F1 rights in Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/03/fox-and-star-sports-extend-f1-rights-in-asia/

Fox Sports and Star Sports will continue their exclusive broadcast of the FIA F1World Championship for another seven years in Asia, from 2016 till the 2022 season. The multi-territory deal with F1 Management provides Fox Sports with exclusive broadcast rights (cable and satellite and terrestrial) and multi-media rights to more countries in Asia than ever before including Japan.

With the new agreement, Fox Sports and Star Sports will continue with live coverage of every F1 Practice, Qualifying and Race, which includes studio presentation and on-site presence for key races, broadcasting from the new studios in Japan, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

In addition, fans can choose to enjoy races with the various ‘second screen’ options, like through the RaceMateLive app, which provides live drivers’ and pit-lane views, as well as multiple camera feeds and race statistics, or Fox Sports Play at www.foxplayasia.com or via the iOS and Android apps, for live or on-demand action. Subscribers to Fox Sports Mobile may also follow the action streamed live to their mobile phones. Extensive highlights are also available on the 24/7 sports news channel, Fox Sports News.

Viewers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand will also be able to access commentary in Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai respectively, in addition to English.

“This seven-year agreement for Formula 1 racing in Asia is in line with FOX Sports’ long-term strategy of continually investing in the property, to provide our viewers and clients with the best-in-class F1 experience. Equally important, it assures us as well our affiliate partners a long term horizon”, said Zubin Gandevia, President, Asia-Pacific and Middle East, FOX International Channels.

Asia-Pacific lagging in SVoD uptake

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/03/asia-pacific-lagging-in-svod-uptake/

A recent webinar conducted by CASBAA and SNL Kagan detailed how “upstart” OTT providers are taking on traditional multichannel providers in the fight for Asia Pacific’s video customers.

During the webinar, SNL Kagan analyst Wangxing Zhao examined key trends for OTT subscriber and revenue growth on a global scale, and identified key metrics that signal high probability of OTT adoption in specific markets. In addition, Zhao discussed how operator-led TV Everywhere/Multiscreen services were positioned to grow revenue opportunities for distributors and programmers, while fending off new competition from OTT Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) and catch-up TV websites.

Defined as web-sourced video accessible via the open Internet regardless of broadband network, OTT is taking on traditional multichannel providers with diversified revenue models including advertising, SVoD, premium rental, and download-to-own.

Based on a series of indicators for TV and telecom sectors on both market size and device/service penetration, the top-ranking countries in Asia Pacific for OTT viability are South Korea, Japan, China, Australia and Taiwan. Other factors, such as well-established telecom infrastructure, an open regulatory environment, diverse international content, strong local broadcaster presence, and residential purchasing power, can also boost OTT viability.

On a global level, the Asia Pacific region trails behind North America and Western Europe in terms of pay-TV penetration, while exceeding the Middle East and Africa for fixed broadband penetration. North America and Western Europe also lead the charge for OTT SVoD service uptake and revenue, with Asia Pacific ranking third.

Across Asia Pacific, leading pay-TV operators are leveraging TV Everywhere deployments to build product competitiveness and create additional value for existing subscribers, with live streaming channels and VoD libraries rolled out to smartphones, tablets, computers, smart TVs and game consoles. TV Everywhere is believed to play an essential role in long-term video competition for incumbent pay-TV providers to meet the challenge of cord-cutting in light of OTT evolution.

“Video competition in Asia Pacific is growing more intense by the day as new OTT entrants stir the pot with innovative business models and content offerings,” remarked SNL Kagan Associate Director Ben Reneker. “Incumbent providers must continue to react aggressively with TV everywhere roll-outs to ensure long-term competitive viability. Now is not the time to stand still.”

Kuwait to launch ‘global TV’ station

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/03/kuwait-to-launch-global-tv-station/

Oil-rich Gulf state Kuwait says it wants to launch an independent television and radio organisation to “compete globally”, and would be free from Kuwaiti government control or influence. This is important in that Kuwait has a record of shutting down locally-based TV stations which criticised the government.

The new TV station will be free from government interference according to Kuwait’s Minister of Information Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al Humoud Al Sabah, quoted in a statement carried by the state news agency KUNA.

His statement added: “We always seek the best and the world is heading towards restructuring [media] sectors to be bodies that enjoy more capabilities and administrative and technical freedom away from government and official bureaucracy that cripples in certain points specialised technical work. Our goal is to have a TV that is leading and pioneering in form and content.”

Iran: Tehran resident killed in police raid to remove satellite dishes

From http://irannewsupdate.com/news/human-rights/1627-iran-tehran-resident-killed-in-police-raid-to-remove-satellite-dishes.html

NCRI - A 65-year-old Iranian man killed as the Iranian regime’s suppressive State Security Forces (police) raided a building complex in Tehran on Sunday to collect satellite dishes from rooftops.

The incident occurred in Tehran’s Shah Nazari Street on September 28 when suppressive police stormed the housing complexes in the area and began collecting satellite dishes.

Mr. Ali Mohammad Khoei, 65, the manager of a building complex was killed when police physically assaulted him after he asked the police to present their identification cards and permissions before entering premises.

The assault caused him to fall down and die as a result of his head hitting the ground.

State Security Forces threatened his family members against providing any information on his death or pursuing legal prosecution.

During last week, the repressive forces have intensified the implementation of an emergency plan for removing satellite dishes which had begun in June in different parts of Tehran.

Meanwhile, warning about the extensive use of satellite in the country, a commander of the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) said some 50 million satellite receivers are being used in Iran which has a population of 77 million.

He acknowledged that the repressive measures by the State Security Forces has failed to prevent the Iranian people from viewing satellite TV channels.

Prior to him, the head of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Court, cleric Ahmad Mohseni-Gorgani, told officials of the regime that “they need to take special measures to prevent this uprooting flood [of satellites] now otherwise tomorrow will be too late," State-run Fars News Agency reported.

The attempts made by the religious fascism ruling Iran to prevent people’s access to satellite TV networks, along with widespread crackdown on online users and expanding Internet filtering, is an indication of the extent of fear of the leaders of the regime from people’s access to free flow of information as expression dissent by the Iranian people who are fed up with mullahs tyranny and oppression in Iran increases.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran 

‘Transformation’ Day for BSkyB

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/06/transformation-day-for-bskyb/

BSkyB’s shareholders will formally decide today whether to go ahead with the broadcaster’s £5.4 billion acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland.

There are not likely to be many objectors given that the acquisitions will transform BSkyB into a Europe-wide £22 billion business, and with immense prospects.

At the end of the process, BSkyB will control some 20 million subscribers with an expansion target of a huge 97 million new households.

However, as yet unresolved are the responses of the minority shareholders in Sky Germany. While a shareholding of 57.4 per cent, previously in the hands of 21st Century Fox, would flow into the new deal, there are some minority shareholders who have resisted the deal and who are seeking more than the €6.75 per share on offer.

While the formal vote takes place today, the deal is not expected to close until November.

But BSkyB is not having everything its own way. October 3 saw a negative note emerge from investment banker Credit Suisse, which has retained a negative outlook on the company’s share price, and which it cites as anxieties over the upcoming Premier League auction over TV rights. Credit Suisse says it sees “few good outcomes” for Sky. “We think the only bullish outcomes for Sky would be: Sky and BT both decide against bidding aggressively; or Sky lodges a ‘blockbuster’ bid to buy six out of seven packs, in an effort to force BT out of the wholesale content market,” wrote analyst Omar Sheikh.

He goes on to say that neither view is likely, and instead anticipates a 60 per cent increase in the cost to BSkyB of its football costs.

Countdown for third navigation satellite to commence on Tuesday morning

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/countdown-for-third-navigation-satellite-to-commence-on-tuesday-morning-114100600610_1.html

India will soon have its own GPS with the series of IRNSS

On October 10, India will get one step closer to establishing indigenous alternative to United States-owned global positioning system (GPS), as the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is gearing up to launch the third of the seven navigation satellites.

After the 67-hour countdown, which will commence on Tuesday at 7 a.m., the PSLV-C26 carrying IRNSS-1C will take off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, around 100 kms from Chennai on October 10th at 1.56 a.m.

The IRNSS-1C, the third navigation satellite, would be launched into a sub-Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (sub-GTO) with a 284 km perigee (nearest point to Earth) and 20,650 km apogee (farthest point to Earth) with an inclination of 17.86 degree with respect to the equatorial plane.

As part of its aspirations to build a regional navigational system equivalent to GPS of developed countries, India is planning to send seven satellites to put in place the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS).

Five things to know about IRNSS

** Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) will give India its own indigenous air navigation system, which would provide information on location and time in all weather conditions. IRNSS is similar to US' Global Positioning System, Russia's Glonass and Europe's Galileo. China and Japan too have similar systems named Beidou and Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System respectively.

** IRNSS consist of seven satellites, three in geostationary orbit and four in inclined geosynchronous orbit, and will mainly cover the area around India.

** The first two satellites in the series, IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B were launched from Sriharikota on July 1, 2013 and April 4 this year respectively. The third of the seven planned satellites for the system, IRNSS 1C is set for launch at 1.56 a.m on October 10 from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. As of now the IRNSS is a regional system with seven satellites, which would be further expanded into 11 satellites in the coming years.

** ISRO needs to launch at least four of the seven satellites to start the operations of the IRNSS' applications include terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management.

**' A space based augmentation system for GPS will make major difference in the way the air ports are operated in India. In the next two years, our country will be blessed with several new satellite based services. Value adding services from use of navigation will also help public. Civil aviation is one of the sectors that would benefit immensely from this endeavor.


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JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 4120 V ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, No. 1, Tien Liang TV, Taiwan Yam TV, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, SJTV, SET Taiwan and SET News are now Fta
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 4160 V GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Azio TV, Unique Satellite TV, Z Channel, TTV World and JET TV are now Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Fox Action Movies" is now encrypted.
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SES 7 108.2°E 2505 V "Comedy Central Asia, Veria TV Asia, We TV Asia, KMTV Asia, Mezzo Live HD Asie, Cartoonito Asia, Star Chinese Channel, AniPlus Asia, CinemaWorld, RTL CBS Entertainment, RTL CBS Extreme, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia and Zee Bioskop" have started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2°E 2535 V "Fight Sports" has left .

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Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4000 H "GMM Sport Plus and GMM Sport Extreme" have started on , BISS. Nat Geo Music has left.
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Intelsat 17 66.0°E 4024 H "Asianet News, Asianet Middle East, Suvarna News 24x7, Amrita TV, Suvarna Plus, Goodness TV, Jaihind TV, Jeevan TV, Janasri News, Reporter and Manorama News International have started on, Fta. Asianet, Asianet Plus, Asianet Suvarna, Star Vijay India and Star Vijay International
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,NDTV Profit/NDTV Prime替换NDTV 24×7(缅甸)频道,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。[10-03]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Billiards TV、Dramacube(高清)频道新增,设置12730 H 27489参数有条件接收。[10-03]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Series Plus(高清)频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。[10-03]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Detsky、Zoo(俄罗斯)等6个频道加密,设置11530 V 22000参数有条件接收。[10-03]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kai TV(测试)频道消失,设置12324 H 8400参数无效接收。[10-03]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,T Sports替换CH 9(CTH)频道,设置11669 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,T News、Fah Won Mai(CTH)频道新增,设置11628 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Smile(CTH)频道新增,设置11590 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
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东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CNN(亚太)频道消失,设置11747 L 21300参数无效接收。 [10月3日]


Russia to Launch New GLONASS Navigation System Satellite by Year End

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Russia_to_Launch_New_GLONASS_Navigation_System_Satellite_by_Year_End_999.html

Plesetsk has been the site of Russia's GLONASS satellite launches since February 26, 2011, when the first new generation GLONASS-K spacecraft was put into orbit by the Soyuz 2.1 medium-class carrier rocket.

A new model of the Russian GLONASS navigation system satellite will be launched at the end of this year, the JSC Information Satellite Systems, a leading Russian satellite manufacturing company, announced Wednesday.

"In November-December, 2014 we will launch the new GLONASS-K spacecraft. The launch is planned to be implemented from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome [in northern Russia] using a Soyuz 2.1b carrier rocket," Yury Vygonsky, deputy general designer for space systems development, general engineering and satellite control at JSC Information Satellite Systems, told journalists.

Vygonsky noted that in addition, three GLONASS-M satellites will be launched from the Baikonur space center in April-May, 2015.

"If the launches are successful, three more GLONASS-Ms will be launched at the end of 2015 using Proton rockets," Vygonsky said.

Plesetsk has been the site of Russia's GLONASS satellite launches since February 26, 2011, when the first new generation GLONASS-K spacecraft was put into orbit by the Soyuz 2.1 medium-class carrier rocket. Until that time, all GLONASS-K satellites were launched on Proton rockets from the Baikonur space center.

GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System), which was put into operation in 1993, is considered to be Russia's response to the American Global Positioning System (GPS). The network provides real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects.

OpenView HD gets space on DStv satellite

From http://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadcasting/111118-openview-hd-gets-more-space-for-hd-channels.html

Platco Digital has acquired capacity on the IS-20 satellite

Platco Digital, operator of OpenView HD (OVHD) and sister company to E-tv, has taken over some of Sentech’s capacity on Intelsat’s IS-20 satellite, a spokesperson for the company has confirmed.

“We have a capacity leasing agreement with Sentech,” Platco boss Maxwell Nonge explained when asked how they acquired the capacity.

Sentech operates a free-to-view service similar to OVHD called Freevision, and IS-20 is the same satellite used by MultiChoice for its pay-TV service DStv.

OVHD currently uses a satellite in the same 5°E orbital slot as StarSat (formerly TopTV), while IS-20 sits at 68.5°E. Platco has signed a 15 year deal with SES for capacity on its SES-5 satellite at 5°E.

Asked whether this means that existing customers will have to get an additional dish, Nonge said that it won’t be necessary for its current clients to make any changes.

“The IS-20 opportunity allows us to offer OpenView HD services more widely, to households which already have an existing satellite dish, whether it is pointing at TopTV or DStv/Vivid [Freevision]. OpenView HD will continue to provide the same channel offering on SES-5,” Nonge said.

“The intention is that OpenView HD may include free-to-view channels which are already on IS-20, but are currently only available through other free-to-view services,” said Nonge.

UHD progressing faster than HD

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/02/uhd-progressing-faster-than-hd/

In an update of where Ultra-HD/4K is today, a study by IHS-Consumer Electronics & Video Technology says the technology has “hit the ground running, and is about 10 years ahead of where HD TV was just two years after standards ratification”.

But IHS also issues a warning saying that pay-TV broadcasters might not own the 4K opportunity. With Netflix already streaming 4K content, and Amazon Prime Instant Video’s due “imminently”, as well as the likes of Samsung and Sony bringing Ultra-HD content to owners of their high-end displays, such VoD suppliers might be the best way to distribute 4K content to – as yet – fragmented audiences.

Tom Morrod, IHS’ senior director, says that while the transition from Standard Definition to High Definition will have taken more than 20 years to get to a position where 74 per cent of Western European households have at least 1 HD-enabled TV set, Ultra-HD is making significantly better progress.

“Household penetration is steadily climbing up,” says Morrod, adding that it will already be commercially viable for broadcasters in 2015-16 (and a 3 per cent penetration rate) and “mainstream by 2019 with a 15 per cent penetration rate”.


The Wizzie TV mux on Intelsat 19 12557 H has encrypted (Conax)


"Wizzie TV is an Australian based company that provides IPTV predominantly to mining and off-shore accommodation villages, the hospitality sector and residential areas across Australia. Wizzie TV provides our clients with an alternative pay television solution. Privately owned and locally operated, Wizzie TV sources pay television content from across the world."

TVRI "TV Romania International" has left Globecast on D2 and moved to 12608 H Sr 22500 Vpid 2008 Apid 3008 MPG2

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Palapa D 113.0°E 12590 H "Rajawali TV has replaced Australia Plus TV Asia" on , Irdeto.

Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12430 V "Star World Philippines" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3888 V "Big CBS Prime" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4073 H "IRIB 3" has started on Fta.

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东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1、SBS CNBC(韩国)等频道新增,设置12530 H 27489参数有条件接收。[10-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,TV Lao替换PSI(泰国)频道,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,3 HD On TPBS、Thai 8(泰国)等频道解密,设置3990 V 12000参数免费接收。[10-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,亚洲美食、海润剧集(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置4040 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Star Plus、国家地理音乐(泰国)等4个频道加密,设置4000 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Mahidol Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置12562 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,SkyChoice、RedChoice(韩国)等4个频道新增,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,886(韩国)频道新增,设置12670 V 26700参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Now Drama、Travel(泰国)等4个频道消失,设置12562 V 30000参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Toonami、SyFy(泰国)等4个频道新增,设置12645 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]

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ICT ministry panel to handle Thaicom case

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/ICT-ministry-panel-to-handle-Thaicom-case-30244564.html

Information and Communica-tions Technology Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa said yesterday that his ministry would set up a committee under the Public-Private Joint Venture Act to continue to handle the legal issues involving Thaicom in the 2010 assets-seizure case against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
A committee founded under the same law by the last government concluded that Thaicom's iPSTAR satellite was the back-up for the now-defunct Thaicom 3, and Shin Corp had to increase its share in its subsidiary Thaicom to the former level of 51 per cent from the present 40 per cent.


RS International Broadcasting and Sport Management, the holder of the broadcasting rights of the World Cup 2014 tournament, yesterday filed a criminal complaint against Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, claiming that it had been treated unfairly by the "must have" rule.

Under that rule, seven sport events must be broadcast only via free TV channels, including They are the Southeast Asian Games, Asean Para Games, Asian Games, Asian Para Games, Olympic Games, Paralympics and the Fifa World Cup Final.

The company also questions why, despite the must-have rule, the broadcasting committee has allowed TrueVisions to broadcast live the 17th Incheon Asian Games.

The broadcasting committee has approved TV Pool of Thailand to air the Asian Games on free TV channels and TrueVisions on its channel.

Chinese spy satellites ‘might threaten navy’

From http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/10/02/2003601085

OCEAN STEALTH:A remote sensing satellite launched by China last month is able to conduct ocean surveillance and collate satellite data to target ships at sea

China has launched new spy satellites that might further threaten Taiwanese warships in the case of a military clash, a US expert said.

“Beijing’s looming ability to overwhelm Taiwan’s combat ships is a key reason Washington must help Taipei to obtain submarines,” veteran military analyst Richard Fisher told the Taipei Times.

A Long March-48 rocket was used to launch the Yaogan-21 remote sensing satellite and the Tiantuo-2 experimental satellite on Sept. 8, it was reported this week by Jane’s Defence Weekly.

The rocket was fired from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

Officially, the satellites are supposed to be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, estimating crop yields and disaster relief.

However, US experts believe the mission of these remote sensing satellites is ocean surveillance.

“The Yaogan-20 electronic intelligence satellite can indeed increase the People’s Liberation Army’s [PLA] ability to find and target large naval ships,” said Fisher, a senior fellow in Asian Military Affairs with Washington-based think tank the International Assessment and Strategy Center.

The PLA is now able to collate optical, radar and electronic signals intelligence (ELINT) satellite data to target ships at sea — capabilities that Russia and the US have had for many years, Fisher said.

“This constellation of satellites will allow the PLA to target Taiwan’s large ships with new anti-ship ballistic missiles in coordination with strike aircraft,” he said.

The satellites will enable Beijing to find Taiwan’s navy at sea and enable fighter planes to target the ships with missiles, he added.

News of the launch comes as the Ministry of National Defense announced that while Taipei still wants to buy new submarines from the US, continuing delays have caused the nation to initiate a program to build four diesel-electric attack submarines for a total budget of about NT$150 billion (US$4.9 billion).

“The nation will pursue both foreign procurement and domestic building plans in tandem,” ministry spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said.

“We welcome the US and other free, democratic counties to collaborate with us to advance our indigenous submarine-building program,” he said.

Even the most sophisticated and modern satellites have great difficulty locating submarines at sea, particularly if the vessels are in deep water.

Jane’s Defence Weekly said the latest Chinese satellite launch was one of a series to set up a grouping of spy vehicles that could detect surface ships’ radar emissions and determine their location through triangulation.

“Tiantuo-2 carries four video cameras capable of streaming real-time data on moving objects,” the magazine said.

It reported there was speculation the system would be capable of tracking objects on the Earth’s surface using real-time ground-controlled directional alignment of the cameras.

“This is the golden age for China’s space program,” senior analyst and China Project Manager for the Union of Concerned Scientists Gregory Kulacki said in a recent interview.

“China invests more in space. They have a younger, larger, more highly motivated cadre of space professionals focused on clear objectives,” Kulacki said.

Europe sat-nav launch glitch linked to frozen pipe

From http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Europe_sat-nav_launch_glitch_linked_to_frozen_pipe_999.html

A frozen fuel pipe in the upper stage of a Soyuz launcher likely caused the failure last month to place two European navigation satellites in orbit, a source close to the inquiry said Wednesday. Confirming a report in French daily Le Monde, the source said investigators suspect a pipe containing hydrazine fuel, used by the Fregat upper stage to drive the satellites to their orbital slots, had frozen during launch.

The hydrazine pipes are located near a pipe that circulates ultra-cold liquid helium, the source said.

The two satellites, launched from Europe's base in Kourou, French Guiana, were intended to be the first two fully operational satellites in the new-generation navigation system Galileo.

Two more satellites had been expected to be hoisted by the end of 2014, opening the way for a first phase of Galileo services in 2015, including applications for smartphones and in-car navigation and search-and-rescue location.

By 2017, according to the Galileo schedule, all 24 operational satellites would be in place.

Six backups would join the fleet by 2020, at which point the system would be fully operational.

Launched by a Russian-made Soyuz, the misplaced satellites should have been slotted into a circular orbit at an altitude of 23,500 kilometres (14,600 miles), inclined at 56 degrees to the equator.

Instead, they were placed in an useless elliptical orbit at a height of 17,000 kilometres (11,000 miles).

The failure adds to a catalogue of problems encountered by the 5.4-billion-euro ($7.2-billion) programme, designed to give the EU independence in satellite navigation from the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

Galileo, according to the project's defenders, will be more accurate and have a stronger signal, particularly in built-up areas, than its competitors.

HbbTV 2.0 test RFI

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/01/hbbtv-2-0-test-rfi/

The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes, has issued a Request For Information (RFI) soliciting members of the industry to comment on and register to receive a Request For Proposal (RFP) to be issued at a future date for the development of test material to be used for conformance testing of terminals implementing its upcoming HbbTV 2.0 specification.

The RFI is available on the HbbTV website hbbtv.org/pages/about_hbbtv/hbbtv-v2-test-suite-rfi and includes details of the upcoming work along with all information necessary to respond.

“Conformance testing of devices benefits the entire industry and accelerates the deployment of HbbTV 2.0 services globally”, says Dr. Klaus Illgner, chairman of the HbbTV Association. “By opening the test material development process to include companies specialising in product testing, we hope to increase the overall understanding of HbbTV in the television industry”

Sky increases Roku investment

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/02/sky-increases-roku-investment/

Sky has made a further $0.7 million equity investment in OTT streaming platform Roku. This follows the total investments of $12.2 million made by Sky in Roku in July 2012 and May 2013, and is to provide financing for Roku’s operations and activities.

21st Century Fox, which holds a 39.14 per cent controlling stake in BSkyB, has also made a further equity investment in Roku, alongside Sky.


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Australia Shuts Down Its TV Network

From http://thediplomat.com/2014/10/australia-shuts-down-its-tv-network/

There’s a heavy sigh from viewers in Asia as Canberra loses an important plank in its soft power.

When the final whistle blew on Hawthorn’s thumping victory over the Sydney Swans in this year’s Aussie Rules grand final it also sounded the death knell for Australia Network (AN), the television channel that delivered Australian programs across much of Asia and beyond.

As anticipated, the network was shut down shortly after the final due to government spending cuts that were delivered by the conservative Liberal Party after its victory at last year’s election.

However, the $223 million bill over 10 years was considered small by many who felt the network’s ability to show-off the best of Australia to a potential audience reach of billions of people was worth the money.

Lindsay Murdoch, Southeast Asian Correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, wrote, “A stake will be driven through our souls” with the closure of the network and asked why the national broadcaster ABC was not screening across Asia.

Richard Broinowski, former Australian ambassador to Vietnam, South Korea and Cuba, and former general manager of Radio Australia, echoed those sentiments and said projecting an image of the country abroad was too serious a matter to be left to commercial interests.

“I think it’s a short-sighted and stupid decision. Australia needs all the profile it can get in Asia, and this is a move in the opposite direction,” he said.

The running of AN fell under Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and despite popular beliefs to the contrary among expatriate Australians the service was not designed for them. AN’s target audience was locals, in their home country.

“The satellite TV market is so crowded. There are 200 channels available. Every country in Asia, including the poorest, have at least one or two 24-hour news services, and everyone is struggling,”  said Bruce Dover former AN Chief Executive Officer and now a broadcasting consultant. “So what were we providing?”

He agreed with the sentiments of many viewers, angered by AN’s closure, but he added the decision was complicated by costs and politics.

He said the latest figures showed the service was drawing about 250,000 viewers a month and the US$20 million a year it cost would be more effectively spent on online digital programing that could also be produced in local languages.

“Every international broadcaster is having its problems at the moment. The real play in Asia is mobile digital,” he said. “The grand colonial view of a pan-world service has died.”

Australian Network will apparently be replaced Australia Plus, which will provide a six-hour block of television programming. However, details remain sketchy. They say it will be “available online and on-demand, on television and radio.”

Dover said there was merit to the argument of transmitting the ABC 24-hour news channel and charging perhaps US$5 or US$10 a month to view, but this too had problems because it was not as simple as just transmitting the same signal that is broadcast in Australia.

The bulk of ABC programming is based on exclusive rights in Australia, which means the ABC was not in a position to screen internationally, particularly programs acquired from the BBC in Britain, PBS in the United States, or Al Jazeera in Doha.

Nevertheless, he said Australian expats numbered about one million, of whom 200,000 might be expected to subscribe to a service that could fall under the ABC’s charter to provide for Australians abroad.

Independence would be key. AN programming was dictated by DFAT, which stipulated dedicated hours for English learning, drama, kids programs, news and current affairs, as well as the often derided Aussie soap operas.

“… and that was part of the problem,” Dover said.

Hong Kong-based Mike Hoare, Managing Director of The Blueprint Communications Foundry, said AN had been widely criticized for showing too much football from the Australian Football League (AFL)  and ABC-produced programs.

“And while there’s truth to that, the current affairs and news coverage was second to none.”

“Some of the coverage, depth of insight and commentary on Asian affairs was a match for any serious news organization. So cutting Australia Network was disappointing for many reasons but I think the Australian government has squandered a scarce opportunity to be an important, and independent, media voice and play a role in shaping the region.”

In Cambodia, American and co-founder of The Phnom Penh Post Michael Hayes said his compatriots abroad were avid viewers of AN and in particular Four Corners, Landline, Barry Cassidy and Insiders, Q&A and Poh’s Kitchen.

“That TV channel shows you can have crucial debate about issues that matter without killing each other,” he said, before singing the theme song from the nightly soap opera Neighbors.

Importantly, AN was a rare avenue to push Australia’s view of the world, and this mattered in times of trouble. In 2000 and in early 2001 speculation was rife that then Prime Minister John Howard was prepared to cut the service due to budget pressures.

But he relented after al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden launched his attacks on New York and Washington, in September, 2001.

Howard was in the United States during those attacks and quickly realized the value – and public relations advantages – of controlling a television network with an international scope as the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the rise of Jemaah Islamiyah in Southeast Asia unfolded.

Dover added that Australian expats had made themselves heard before the service was disconnected, and he said they got what they wanted.

“Their driving message was the AFL, it’s the footy. They can get their news from The Sydney Morning Herald or The Age online but they want to watch Collingwood and Hawthorn play live.”

But audiences are fickle and the content did not always sit well with Peter Miles, a Hong Kong-based doctor from New South Wales. He said he was regular television news watcher but even that changed as the network became dominated by the AFL, Australia’s local football code.

“My lack of a regular look at the Australian Network came when they said that the only games that would be covered were from the AFL. No Rugby was covered at all. Very parochial.”

M2 Telecommunications taking on Foxtel with Fetch TV offering

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/m2-telecommunications-taking-on-foxtel-with-fetch-tv-offering-20141001-10ofwb.html

“Foxtel has made an aggressive move on pricing but the key for customers is now a single price point including phone line and broadband”, says Scott Lorson, chief executive of Fetch TV. advertising. Photo: Rob Homer

Australia's second-fastest growing internet service provider M2 Telecommunications is poised for an aggressively-priced launch into internet television that will pit it against Telstra and Foxtel, which is preparing to launch into broadband next year.

M2's consumer brand Dodo will offer a basic version of Fetch TV's service for free with its $39.90 Unlimited ADSL 2+ broadband service for metropolitan areas. Line rental starts at $29.90 per month.

Consumers will also have to pay $69 plus postage and packaging for the Fetch-TV set top box, which offers a personal video recorder, 36 channels, access to a movie library of 3000 titles with 30 pre-selected movies each month and catch up TV among other features.

"Whilst a number of companies have an IPTV offering... we have launched what we believe to be some of the most disruptive plans on the market," said Boris Rozenvasser, M2's consumer director.

Melbourne-based M2 owns internet service providers Dodo and iPrimus as well as business services veteran Commander. It added more subscribers than any other ISP bar Telstra in the first six months of the year.

Facing increasing competition in the pay-television sector, Foxtel, controlled by News Corp and Telstra last month slashed the value of its basic cable and satellite service from $49 to $25.

"Foxtel has made an aggressive move on pricing but the key for customers is now a single price point including phone line and broadband and we are seeing Dodo launch a very aggressive salvo in the bundle battle," said Scott Lorson, chief executive of Fetch.

Foxtel boasts 2.6 million customers to Fetch's 140,000, and now makes huge profits after initial years of losses, whereas Fetch has just turned profitable after its own heavy investments. 

However, Foxtel is facing increasing competitive threats to its historic monopoly, the impact of which is as-yet-unknown.

The addition of M2 gives Fetch TV three of the top five ISPs, or 40 per cent of the country's five biggest ISPs.

It means that the top five have now all chosen their television dance partners for internet television:Telstra and TPG have aligned with Foxtel while iiNet, Singtel-Optus and now, fifth-placed M2, have selected Fetch TV as their pay-TV partner.

All are betting that "triple play bundles" of phone, broadband and internet-delivered television are key to retaining customers and maintaining growth as the national broadband network is rolled out offering higher downlaod speeds.

Foxtel has also launched a subscription movies on demand service Presto, and cut the price to just $9.99 a month. It is preparing its own "triple play" offer from next year including broadband and phone line with its cable and satellite service.

It's move to drop prices was one of the most heavily researched decisions in its history and analysts have been impressed by the amount of work undertaken by the Foxtel strategy team.

Of the circa 9.million occupied homes in Australia, analysts estimate that the number that already have a set-top-box based service is approaching 3 million, divided between Foxtel, Telstra's T-Box and Fetch. By comparison, the combined number of users using a subscription service that relies on a virtual private network - such as Presto, Quickflix and Netflix - is estimated at around 250,000.

Those proportions may change if Foxtel signs up Seven West Media to its service and adds television content. Nine Entertainment Co has also teamed up with Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review, to launch its on subscription video-on-demand service next year.

Comedy Central Asia launches in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Pacific islands

From http://www.mumbrella.asia/2014/10/comedy-central-launches-hong-kong-indonesia-pacific-islands/

Viacom has launched the Comedy Central channel in Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Pacific islands.

The announcement:

SINGAPORE, 1 October 2014 – Comedy Central Asia is laughing hard across Asia as Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia announced today, further regional distribution of the biggest comedy network, Comedy Central Asia(CCA) on i-CABLE in Hong Kong, Transvision and Matrix in Indonesia, and the Pacific Islands on Sky Pacific in Fiji, PNCC in Palau, Digicel in Tonga.

With these new distribution announcements Comedy Central is now available 24/7 in 15 Asian markets via 39 providers across Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Tonga.

Last week, the first and only all-comedy channel announced its availability on HyppTV’s IPTV service in Malaysia, which makes Comedy Central Asia the only English entertainment channel to be across all nationwide subscription TV platforms in Singapore and in Malaysia. Additionally, the channel marks a major milestone asSouth Park makes its way to Malaysia for the first time via Comedy Central HD on Demand channel on HyppTV’s Channel 851.

“In just under two years, we have launched Comedy Central Asia across 15 markets via 39 providers. This is a phenomenal progress and speaks to Asian fans and operators desire for great comedy content. Comedy Central Asia has become our fastest growing brand both globally and in Asia. We expect to see the channel ‘laughing’ its way into more Asian markets,” said Mark Whitehead, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Asia.

Encompassing a wide variety of comedy-genres talk-show and stand-up comedy, animation, live-action sitcom, sketch-comedy, physical and gag that is designed specifically for Asian viewers, Comedy Central Asia features both original and acquired content including Emmy® and Peabody® award-winning content, such asThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central Roasts, Comedy Central’s global hit series, Comedy Central Presents, Tosh.0 and Key and Peele, the Asia Pay-TV premiere of such titles including Saturday Night Live, Anger Management, The Exes,as well as classic titles Mind Your Language, Ellen and Absolutely Fabulous.

Details for each announced operator’s transmissions follow:

Operator Country Package Details (where available)
i-CABLE Hong Kong Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: Channel 36Packaging: Basic Pack

Launched: June 27th 

Transvision Indonesia Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: Channel 508Packaging: Transvision Gold, Platinum and Diamond Packages (basic packs)

Launched: May 1st

Matrix Indonesia Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: Channel 508Packaging: Basic Pack

Launched: Launching October 1st

Sky Pacific Fiji Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: Channel 12Packaging: Basic PackLaunched: August 1st

PNCC Palau Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: Channel 55Packaging: Basic Pack

Launching: October 1st

Digicel Tonga Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: To be advised at a later date.Packaging: Basic Pack (Red Pack)

Launching: November 15th

Source: press release

Space debris expert warns of increasing CubeSat collision risk

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Space_debris_expert_warns_of_increasing_CubeSat_collision_risk_999.html

The increasing number of small 'CubeSat' satellites being launched combined with a relaxed attitude to debris mitigation could lead to hazards for all space users unless preventative measures are taken, warns a leading space debris expert from the University of Southampton.

Speaking at the 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, Dr Hugh Lewis said that this combination leads to a growth in space debris, as a result of collisions between CubeSats and other objects in orbit.

CubeSats are small satellites (around 10x10x10cm) that are providing opportunities for companies to break into the space data and communications industries. Despite many CubeSats not having any manoeuvring capability so they cannot avoid collisions during the mission or manoeuvre to a disposal orbit at their mission end, they are still perceived to have a low impact on the space debris environment.

However, despite guidelines requiring the satellites to deorbit within 25 years, some are being launched into high Earth orbits, which means their orbital lifetime could be much greater.

More than a third of all CubeSats launched to-date (around 160 between 2003 and 2013) are predicted to remain on-orbit for more than 25 years. Since 2005, CubeSats have been involved in more than 360,000 close approaches of less than 5 km with other orbiting objects.

Dr Lewis says: "To reduce the risks, some effort is needed to engage with the growing small satellite community. All space users, not just those in the CubeSat community, who are taking the right steps should be encouraged to continue and, ultimately, lead on sustainable practices and debris mitigation activities.

"Those who are not yet engaged with this approach should be encouraged to do so. It's probably a matter of changing their perceptions of the risks and helping them to understand that there is a collective responsibility to ensure that outer space activities are sustainable so that future generations have the same opportunities to use space as we do."

Dr Lewis and his team used their Debris Analysis and Monitoring Architecture to the Geosynchronous Environment (DAMAGE) model to simulate three future CubeSat launch traffic scenarios until the year 2043. By comparing these with close approach data from 2005 to 2013, the team found CubeSats are estimated to be involved in millions of close approaches over the next 30 years, with a handful leading to a collision.

Analysis of the close approaches found that most of the collision risk from CubeSats comes from high-speed encounters with large spacecraft. In addition, many of these encounters were in Sun-synchronous orbits that are popular with remote sensing and Earth science satellites.

Dr Lewis adds: "By far the greatest risk comes from those with long lifetimes at altitudes of about 750 km. If CubeSats continue to be launched into long-lived orbits without any means of disposing of them, then they will contribute to the growing space debris hazard. This is not a responsible or sustainable practice, in my view. However, if efforts are made to limit the lifetimes- as some are already doing - then the risks will be reduced."