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Page UPDATED 2/09/2014 11.59 P.M NZ


Videoezy on demand launches in New Zealand ( A clone of exyflicks in Australia) and the pricing seems rediculous!

RSCC Ekspress-A2 moved to 145 degrees East slot. If I recall correctly it was inclined at 103E previously. But gave good signals to Australia on Cband when last active. Even though it required axis tracking part of the day.

KU band live scanning has returned

From my Email

Via JonC Jsat.tv

Announcement from ABC re: Australia Network closing
Even though it rquired tracking

Dear Partner,

It is with much regret that, after many years of broadcasting into the region, I must inform you of the termination of the Australia Network TV service.

As you may be aware, the ABC has been forced to terminate the service following the Australian Government’s withdrawal of its funding. The ABC has developed a new service to fulfil its obligations to broadcast internationally however, at this point in time, this does not include a widely available television channel.

We will be terminating the Australia Network service at 12.00 midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Sunday, the 28th of September. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you wish to know more about accessing blocks of our programming which we are making available for limited syndication to local networks then please address enquiries to Michael Bishay in our International Services department. Michael can be contacted at bishay.michael@abc.net.au

Thank you for your support of Australia Network and the ABC over the years and we hope that one day in the future we may be able to partner with you again.

Yours Sincerely,

Lynley Marshall
CEO ABC International

From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0°E 3948 V "K Plus" has started on , HD, BISS.

Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11550 V "Nat Geo Wild HD Asia" is Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "TVOne and Rodja TV" have left again.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12591 H Channel NewsAsia, Fox News Channel, BeTV Philippines, TVE Internacional Asia, Zee TV Asia Pacific, Ten Cricket International, FTV, TTV, CTV, CTS, TVBS, CTI TV Asia, Global Theater 6, CCTV 1, Hunan TV, Phoenix Chinese Channel and ETTV News are Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 4080 H "Papua Barat TV" is back on, Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4155 H "Hum TV World" is now encrypted.
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4180 V "Geo Middle East" is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E A Viva + package has started on 12297 H and 12357 H.

Measat 3 91.5°E 11522 V "Eurosport News has replaced Fox Sports 2 Malaysia" on , encrypted.
Measat 3 91.5°E 11562 V "Fox Sports 3 Asia" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4°E 12316 H "Global TV" has started on , Videoguard.
Measat 3a 91.4°E 12316 H "LBS TV C-Drama, LBS TV A-Movie and Lejel Home Shopping" have left .

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12648 V "Tochka TV and Amazing Life" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "TVD Shop, Beauty TV Thailand, TV Meekhun, Hit station 66, Share TV, Metro TV, Hi Channel, Kaset 24 hours, Kaset Nano Channel, Kaset Rumruay Channel, Oom Maharuai TV and Champ Channel" have started on , BISS.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "P&P Channel TV, Sky World, Likaedara TV, IBTV and Muay TV" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Boonniyom TV" has started on, Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4120 H "Bluesky Channel" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 4041 H "Channel 13" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H "OPM Doctor Jesus" has started on , Fta. Mimatson TV has left.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Radugalnfo、Russia Today(俄罗斯)等4个频道新增,设置11793 V 43200参数免费接收。[09-02]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sea News、Bharat Samachar(印度)频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。[09-02]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,5 Kanal、REN TV(俄罗斯)等频道消失,设置11545 V 43200参数无效接收。[09-02]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports 2替换Star Sports(VTC)频道,设置11629 H 28800参数有条件接收。[09-02]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Star Sports替换Fox Sports 2(VTC)频道,设置11135 H 9600参数有条件接收。[09-02]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Plus TV(蒙古)频道新增,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[09-02]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段,HTVC The Thao(越南)频道重现,设置3433 V 13600参数免费接收。 [9月2日]
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。 [9月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,TV 2 HD(高清)频道新增,设置3920 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月2日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Lifetime、History(MPEG-4)等6个频道重现,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。 [9月2日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,OK TV(泰国)频道加密,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月2日]


Major retailers, LG and Sony on board at launch of “world-first” FreeviewPlus (Australia)

From http://www.applianceretailer.com.au/2014/09/major-retailers-lg-sony-board-launch-world-first-freeviewplus/

Sony and LG Electronics are the first major manufacturing partners to be announced for the second iteration of Freeview, called FreeviewPlus, which launches today.

Described as “world-first”, FreeviewPlus uses a technology called HbbTV, short for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television, to mix traditional TV hardware and functionality with an advanced Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) and on-demand and catch-up TV services, delivered by a user’s fast internet connection.

What makes FreeviewPlus such a great leap forward is that it brings together all the major free-to-air networks onto one platform. Previously, TV fans had to separately access ABC iView, SBS On Demand, Nine’s JumpIn, TenPlay and Plus7 to watch their favourite shows or to experiment with new programming.

Take five shows like Offsiders, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 60 Minutes, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation; FreeviewPlus gives the networks the opportunity to furnish these disparate but appealing programs to TV viewers in one place.

Liz Ross, general manager of Freeview, said today’s announcement took some serious wrangling to involve all five major stakeholders.

“We are thrilled to launch FreeviewPlus today, a world-first TV service for Australia that will provide viewers with a whole new way to enjoy free-to-air TV,” Ross  said. “It is also a significant and exciting milestone in the history of television in this country, coming as the result of unprecedented collaboration among the Freeview networks, as well as other key stakeholders including developers, manufacturers and retailers.”

In order to access FreeviewPlus’ features, consumers must own a compatible TV, set-top box or personal video recorder (PVR). LG and Sony are the first two manufacturers to announce compliant hardware. “We’re all about giving LG users greater choice and flexibility,” said Lambro Skropidis, LG’s general manager of marketing. “LG Smart TVs offer a great range of choices for consumers and the addition of FreeviewPlus is further proof of our desire to continue delivering on that reputation.”

FreeviewPlus is available on 15 LG webOS TVs and 9 of its Smart TVs (see full list below). Existing users will have to undergo a software update and then a factory reset to access the platform, which is primarily navigated by the Red and Green buttons found on most remote controls. :We asked LG about the availability of TVs with FreeviewPlus preloaded and we were told: “It will not come pre-loaded. New customers will have to go through a sowftware update to get FreeviewPlus.” Meanwhile, Sony has seven FreeviewPlus models.

A broad cross-section of electronics retailers are supporting the launch, including Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Myer, Bing Lee, Dick Smith and David Jones. Retailers are often the first port-of-call for customers looking for more information about new technology so TV and home entertainment sales staff are advised to check out Freeview’s new website for regular updates about the FreeviewPlus platform.

It should be noted that FreeviewPlus has the potential to consumer a lot of data and that there are currently no all-you-can-eat plans available for the service, inchoate as it is. Users should make sure they have a sizable quota from their internet service provider.

When asked about accessing FreeviewPlus from a smartphone or tablet, a representative said that, “Freeview is looking at developing other platforms in the future”. What is known that FreeviewPlus will have no Foxtel compatibility.

LG FreeviewPlus compatible TV models: 84UB980T, 79UB980T, 65UB980T, 60UB850T, 55UB850T, 49UB850T, 65LB7500, 60LB7500, 55LB7500, 70LB6560, 60LB6500, 55LB6500, 50LB6500, 42LB6500, 32LB6500, 65LB5840, 60LB5820, 55LB5820, 50LB5820, 42LB5820, 32LB5820, 60PB6600, 50PB6600, 50PB560B.

Sony FreeviewPlus compatible TV models: X9500B, X9000B, X8500B, W850B, W800B, W700B.

(Craig's comment, hmm no mention of Samsung?)

Can FreeviewPlus make TV cool again? (Australia)

From http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/65266-can-freeviewplus-make-tv-cool-again

Described as one of the "most important advances in free-to-air television in this country since digital TV", today marks the launch of FreeviewPlus, with a number of manufacturers signing on immediately.

FreeviewPlus, available from today, will attempt to make free-to-air TV cool again, taking on Foxtel's iQ service with a 7-day onscreen Electronic Program Guide and easy access to online Catch Up TV using a technology known as HbbTV.

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (or HbbTV) is both an industry standard and promotional initiative for hybrid digital TV to harmonise the broadcast, IPTV, and broadband delivery of entertainment to the end consumer through smart TVs and set-top boxes.

The main feature of FreeviewPlus is the new Electronic Program Guide, delivered over broadband, which Freeview is describing as "the most advanced, user-friendly free-to-air EPG experience."

FreeviewPlus also features the Freeview networks’ Catch Up services from one place on TV screens for the first time. 

“We are thrilled to launch FreeviewPlus today, a world-first TV service for Australia that will provide viewers with a whole new way to enjoy free-to-air TV,” Liz Ross, General Manager of Freeview, said.

“It is also a significant and exciting milestone in the history of television in this country, coming as the result of unprecedented collaboration among the Freeview networks, as well as other key stakeholders including developers, manufacturers and retailers,” she said.

Freeview also confirmed that major brands Sony and LG are among the manufacturers releasing a range of FreeviewPlus receivers, and these will be available from appliance and electronics retailers including Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Myer, Bing Lee, Dick Smith and David Jones.

To support the arrival of FreeviewPlus, Freeview is also undertaking a large-scale marketing push, which includes the biggest TV campaign since Freeview was launched almost six years ago.

The consortim is today launching a new Freeview website, with information about how to get FreeviewPlus, what FreeviewPlus receivers are available, a video on how to use the new service, and a facility that enables viewers to easily check what services are available in their area.

In a statement, Freeview said FreeviewPlus would offer the following features:

  • A 7-day, easy-to-use EPG
  • Access to available free-to-air Catch Up services in one place on the TV
  • Recommendations of the best programs on today, on Catch Up and in the future
  • The ability to browse and search programs across the next 7 days
  • A favourites function that keeps track of programs on live and Catch Up TV

“FreeviewPlus has been built to deliver Australians the best free-to-air TV experience in the world, allowing viewers to find and watch their favourite shows when they want to watch them on their TV with the simple press of a button,” Ms Ross said.

FreeviewPlus will be available through an increasing number of new connected receivers carrying the FreeviewPlus logo including panel TVs, set top boxes and recording devices, which will be in stores between now and Christmas.

The move comes at a time where Aussie Netflix use is more prevalent than ever and other streaming services like Foxtel's Presto service are offering all you can eat streaming packages at competitive prices.

TV ratings are still going gangbusters however, at least for now.

For further information see the FreeviewPlus website.

Arianespace—Fueled + Fit (Launch Preparations)

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1170155408

[SatNews] Preparations continue to move ahead for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 Flight VA218, as the Optus 10 spacecraft has undergone its fit-check and fueling for a dual-passenger mission targeted for September 11th from French Guiana.

Optus 10 will be the sixth satellite launched by Arianespace for Optus and is outfitted for direct TV broadcast, Internet connectivity, telephone and data transmission services across Australia and New Zealand. The satellite will be joined on Arianespace’s next mission by the MEASAT-3b relay platform, which is to expand DTH broadcasting and VSAT services across Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia for Malaysian-based MEASAT.
Designated Flight VA218 in the company’s numbering system, this upcoming launch is scheduled to be the fourth Ariane 5 flight from the Spaceport in French Guiana this year.
Follow Arianespace's launch activity at http://www.arianespace.com/

Video Ezy Launches On-demand Rental Platform

From http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=16950

Video Ezy, New Zealand’s largest franchised DVD rental chain today announced the launch of VideoEzyOnDemand.co.nz establishing Video Ezy as New Zealand’s only rental group to have its own online Video On Demand rental platform.

Russell Clark, Joint Managing Director of Video Ezy International (NZ) Ltd, says: “The directors are delighted to be in a position to add further value to our 90 franchised ‘bricks and mortar’ stores throughout New Zealand with the exciting addition of VideoEzyOnDemand to our brand.”

With one of the most recognised brands in New Zealand, VideoEzyOnDemand will have thousands of movies including the latest releases from all the major Hollywood studios available to watch. There will be no monthly fees and customers will have the ability to access a wide range of new release and catalogue movies for rental and viewing at their convenience, paying only for the content they watch.

Clark adds: “This is an exciting new phase for our business. By introducing Video On Demand we are giving Video Ezy franchisees the opportunity to embrace future technology with a model that blends the best of bricks and mortar and digital channels.

“Video Ezy and its franchisees have a distinct advantage over any competitor in the online field. We are ‘the movie people’, with the expertise and a vast data base of movie lovers built up over more than 20 years.

“We have extremely strong backing from all New Zealand based DVD/movie distributors who have expressed great excitement, and pledged support, at the prospect of VideoEzyOnDemand entering the New Zealand online market.

“They also see VideoEzyOnDemand as a legal alternative to illegal downloading which affects so many jobs and the New Zealand economy in general,” says Clark.

Access to VideoEzyOnDemand is through an app available exclusively on Samsung Smart TVs through the Smart Hub. Customers will also be able to stream content on any connected device including their PC, Mac, tablet, and smartphone – on any operating system. Future options may include Chromecast (coming soon to NZ), Screen Sharing and other TVs and gaming consoles.

Jon Barrell, Sales Director - Consumer Electronics, Samsung New Zealand says: “Samsung is excited to be partnering with Video Ezy to offer even more exclusive services and choice to our Kiwi customers.”

Andrew Cornwell, General Manager, Sony Pictures (NZ) Ltd says: “We are very pleased to see Video Ezy move into the digital distribution of films, it’s good to see a local company move into this space.”

John Davie, General Manager, Roadshow Entertainment New Zealand says: “Roadshow is absolutely delighted that Video Ezy have adapted to the changing entertainment landscape by investing in a digital on-demand platform which will add considerable benefit to their brand presence in New Zealand. Customers who have for years relied upon Video Ezy for their Home Entertainment by visiting their stores will now be able to compliment this relationship through a Video on Demand service with the country’s leading Home Entertainment specialists.”

VideoEzyOnDemand will launch on September 2, 2014.

More information: http://videoezyondemand.co.nz

(Craig's comments, $7 to rent an SD movie? No thanks)

Channel 3 no longer 'free TV'

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Channel-3-no-longer-free-TV-30242288.html
Cable, satellite could be in breach of definitions if they air it
The analog Channel 3 has officially lost its free-TV status but can still air its programmes via the cable and satellite networks, for now.

The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday concluded

that Bangkok Entertainment Company's Channel 3 would not have the status of a free-TV channel from today onwards under the committee's definitions, announced in February. Channel 3 has only the status of the holder of a state broadcasting concession and a broadcaster under the provisional clause of the Broadcasting Act 2008.

This suggests that if the operators of cable or satellite TV continue to carry Channel 3's analog programmes, they risk violating the NBTC's definitions of free TV. Cable and satellite operators are required by law to include free-to-air channels in their line-ups, but that officially only means free digital channels, not analog.

However, Natee said Channel 3 could continue airing its analog programmes, in line with an edict made by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in May. He declined to elaborate on this.

Shortly after the military seized power from the elected government, the NCPO issued "Announcement No 27", declaring that all terrestrial digital and analog TV channels could resume broadcasting their programmes via the cable and satellite platforms.

When asked by the press yesterday if this meant cable and satellite could carry Channel 3, Natee said the broadcasting committee would consider the matter again today.

The NBTC's definition of "free TV" was supposed to come into force on May 25, but BEC filed a complaint with the Central Administrative Court and sought a temporary injunction. The court accepted the case for consideration but rejected the request for the injunction. Later the broadcasting committee extended the effective date of the new definition from May 25 to September 1.

In a separate matter, the Radio Television Broadcasting Professio-nal Federation comprising the operators of the 24 commercial digital channels yesterday asked the broadcasting committee to waive for two years the second instalment of their up-front licence fees, as well as the annual fees.

They also asked for a five-year extension of the term of the licences to 20 years.

They noted that the NBTC had yet to distribute its promised vouchers to help people buy digital set-top boxes, and this was affecting their business.

The broadcasting committee took the case into consideration.

TrueVisions adds more HD channels to cheaper packages

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/TrueVisions-adds-more-HD-channels-to-cheaper-packa-30242282.html

To cope with intense competition in the pay-TV market after the merger of CTH and GMM Pay TV in June, TrueVisions - the industry's largest player - has added more high-definition (HD) channels to its mid-to-low-tier packages.

The move is expected to attract 300,000 new subscribers in the remaining months of this year, of whom 80 per cent will come from the satellite-TV base and the rest from cable TV.

Manat Manavutiveth, head of commercial and business development for broadband service at True Online and TrueVisions, said yesterday that by the end of last year, TrueVisions' premium customers could already watch 66 HD channels on top of standard-definition channels.

Now, for non-premium customers, the True Knowledge package will have 14 HD channels, Super Knowledge 27 HD channels, Super Sport 22 HD channels and Super Family 40 HD channels.

"We believe that of all 22.9 million households, 5 million to 6 million that earn more than Bt30,000 a month and are considered middle to mass customers have the potential to become pay-TV subscribers. So our new packages are expected to hit their demand," said Sueksith Cholasuek, director of marketing at TrueVisions.

The company also uses a pricing strategy. For example, the Super Knowledge package was cut to Bt490 per month from Bt590 to attract mass consumers.

The company has earmarked Bt80 million for marketing and public relations for these new packages.

Adding new HD channels could also encourage more upgrading by mid-tier customers to premium packages and drive up average revenue per unit from Bt800 monthly now.

The company targets about 3 million subscribers by year-end, up from 2.4 million now.

The pay-TV market, particularly the premium segment, is almost saturated now, mainly with TrueVisions products. But there is still room to grow in the middle to low segments where stiff competition still exists despite the merger of its two rivals CTH and GMM Z Pay-TV, Sueksith said.

No news on ABS-2 fault

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/02/no-news-on-abs-2-fault/

Asia Satellite Broadcasting’s ABS-2 suffered a Ku-beam problem on July 26 which resulted in a number of transponders and channels being lost from its services to Russia. Most channels were transferred to other transponders but in some cases with reduced power levels.  ABS-2 operates from 75 degrees East.

ABS-2 is an almost brand new satellite, only launched in February and built by Space Systems/Loral. It has a total of 10 different beams. Back on August 1st we reported the satellite’s anomalies and the loss of service to Vladivostok’s ISP Alliance operator.

On August 5th the satellite operator confirmed the problem saying “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, ABS is remaining tight-lipped on what progress has been made over the past month, other than to say: “We were able to restore most of the traffic and the satellite is providing good down link 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.”

This suggests, at the very least, that problems remain. Asia Broadcast’s back-up satellite for 75 degrees East is ABS-2A which is being built by Boeing Satellite Systems International, and is an all-electric satellite due for launch in Q4/2014. However, this Boeing 702-SP craft will likely not be on station and ready for operation until early 2016.

MStar STB Chips To Pack Irdeto FexiCore Tech

From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view2.php?type=tech&id=483

MStar Semiconductor, Inc., a leading semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, today announced that its latest set-top box system-on-chip (STB SoC) solution is now fully integrated with Irdeto’s Media Protection suite, most notably its newly-launched FlexiCore Processing technology. Irdeto is a world leader in Multiscreen, Revenue Assurance and Media Protection solutions for pay TV operators, OTT service providers and content owners with customers such as Astro, Comcast, Liberty Global, Foxtel, Orange TV, OCN and Videocon d2h.

In order to provide an upgradable security core as root of trust, Irdeto and MStar have jointly developed this hardware security platform and built Irdeto’s FlexiCore Processing technology into MStar’s latest STB SoC. Mstar is the first to implement the FlexiCore Processor technology, further strengthening and bringing more features to Irdeto’s Cloaked CA and smart card CAS solutions. This security core hardware provides pay TV customers with content protection that will easily grow with their business and adapt for the future.

"Irdeto’s Media Protection suite, including Cloaked CA and FlexiCore Processing, are important building blocks for a robust security platform with upgradable possibilities,” said Dennis Lai, Sales VP of set-top box Business Unit at MStar Semiconductor Inc. “We are glad to be the first to integrate with this platform and provide our valuable customers early access to trusted, proven content protection."

“With the evolution of media piracy and licensing rights in today’s media landscape, it is important for both MStar and Irdeto to provide pay TV operators with a secure, renewable and updatable media protection that helps them quickly respond to new threats and ensure rapid recoverability,” said Peter Oggel, Vice President of Product Management, Irdeto. “We are proud of the strong relationship that we have with MStar and the combined strengths of our two companies will provide especially important benefits to customers in a fast-growing market,” he added.

Source: Irdeto

UK illegal sports streaming arrest

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/02/uk-illegal-sports-streaming-arrest/

The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a man in the north-western city of Manchester on suspicion of running a series of illegal sports streaming websites

The 27-year-old is believed to be operating streaming sites that allow unlawful access to subscription only TV services which is costing industry more than £10 milllion.

The man was arrested at his home in the North West by the City of London Police’s specialist IP unit where detectives found evidence of what is described as an “industrial size” streaming operation, including 12 computer servers streaming a wide range of sporting events from across the world, which have since been seized and taken away.

The operation was supported by Greater Manchester Police with the suspect being taken to a local police station for questioning.

DCI Danny Medlycott, the newly appointed Head of PIPCU, said that the September 1 operation was the unit’s third arrest in relation to online streaming and sendt out a strong message that we PIPCU was homing in on those who knowingly commit or facilitate online copyright infringement.

“Not only is there a significant loss to industry with this particular operation but it is also unfair that millions of people work hard to be able to afford to pay for their subscription-only TV services when others cheat the system,” he said.

PIPCU is based within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, the National Lead Force for Fraud. It is a specialist police unit dedicated to protecting the UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from intellectual property crime.

The operationally independent unit launched in September 2013 and is initially being funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

UK Culture Secretary: “Copyright infringement is theft”

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/02/uk-culture-secretary-copyright-infringement-is-theft/

Culture Secretary Said Javid has told the UK music industry that copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple, and confirmed the government’s continued support for initiatives to combat its threat.

Speaking at the British Phonographic Industry AGM, Javid noted that the rise of new technology, new platforms and new ways of sharing and experiencing music had created a wealth of opportunities, but also brought with it new challenges for the industry and new dangers, and recognised that the area where the music industry most want government support was copyright.

“I completely understand why,” he stated. “People in your industry have a true vocation. You identify talented artists and record, release and publicise their work not just to make money, but because you love music. You have a passion for it. And intellectual property protection underpins that passion. It allows you to do what you do best.”

Javid noted that without enforceable copyright there would be “no A&R, no recording studios, no producers, no session musicians, no publicity, no artwork. None of the vital ingredients that take the music created made by talented artists and turn it into something the whole world can enjoy. It’s what our past success was built on, and it’s what our future success depends on.”

He said the digital age had created new threats for copyright holders around the world, reporting that according to Ofcom, in just one quarter of last year almost 200 million music tracks were consumed illegally, and that another 100 million games, films, books and TV programmes were also pirated, just in one three-month period.

“No industry – and no Government – can let this level of infringement continue on such a massive, industrial scale,” he declared. “I know some people say the IP genie is out of the bottle and that no amount of wishing will force it back in. But I don’t agree with them. We don’t look at any other crimes and say ‘It’s such a big problem that it’s not worth bothering with’. We wouldn’t stand idly by if paintings worth hundreds of millions of pounds were being stolen from the National Gallery. Copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple,” he averred.

“It’s vital we try to reduce it. That is why we’re working with the entertainment industry – and the technology industry – to deliver a robust, fair and effective enforcement regime. One that protects the rights of copyright holders and punishes criminals, but doesn’t hamper creativity, stifle innovation or block new, legitimate ways of enjoying music,” he said.

He suggested the Creative Content UK awareness initiative retained the basic idea of the Digital Economy Act, that millions of people would be contacted directly if they were caught infringing copyright, a powerful tool to influence behaviour.

“However, as an industry-led initiative rather than a top-down government one, it will be quicker, more responsive and cheaper to enact. CCUK will also be easier to adapt as new threats to intellectual property emerge. That’s a real asset in an age where technology consistently moves faster than legislation. But just because it is an industry-led initiative does not mean that Government is not actively supporting it. We’re providing £3.5 million for a broad educational campaign that explains why copyright matters and where the boundaries lie. A generation of young people have grown up under the impression that if something’s on the Internet it should be free. We need to get the message across that if they value creativity – and most do – then it has to be paid for,” he stated.

He advised that the government was looking carefully at responses to recent reports from the Prime Minister’s adviser on Intellectual Property into the role of search engines and ‘following the money’, and that he would be considering how best to move forward. “You can expect to hear more from me on this in the coming months,” he confirmed.

He said that search engines also had to play their part. “They must step up and show willing. That’s why Vince Cable and I have written to Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, asking them to work with you to stop search results sending people to illegal sites. And let me be perfectly clear: if we don’t see real progress, we will be looking at a legislative approach. In the words of Martin Mills: “Technology companies should be the partners of rights companies, not their masters.”

He likened the Government, the music industry and the technology companies to “three sides of the same triangle” when it came to tackling IP theft. “We are all connected, we all have a role to play, and we must all work alongside each other to build a fair and legal online economy,” he concluded.

US names IP ‘Enforcer’

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/us-names-ip-enforcer/

The White House has nominated Danny Marti as Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President. The IPEC oversees the White House’s efforts to combat intellectual property infringement, including the theft of copyrighted TV shows and movies, while protecting fair use rights.

Marti has been managing partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Washington. Marti’s predecessor, Victoria Espinel, pushed for legislation to clarify that live-streaming illegal copies of movies and TV shows was just as much a crime as downloading them.

“We are pleased that the President has appointed Danny Marti as the next US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and urge Congress to move quickly to confirm his nomination to this important position,” said Kim Harris, general counsel of NBCUniversal.

“We applaud the Administration’s intent to nominate Danny Marti as US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC),” said Motion Picture Association of America chairman Chris Dodd.

US sanctions hit Russian satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/us-sanctions-hit-russian-satellite/

Russia’s Gazprom Space Systems is having problems with its Yamal-601 satellite because of US sanctions.

Yamal-601 is being built by Thales Alenia Space, and is based on their Spacecom 4000-C4 platform. The satellite was planned to be launched early in 2016. That date will slip because of the US sanctions on certain key components being used in the satellite.

Yamal-601 is planned to carry 18 C-band transponders, 19 Ku-band transponders and 26 Ka-band transponders focusing on Russia. It will weigh more than five metric tons at launch, with 11 kW of payload power and a design life exceeding 15 years. It will replace the Yamal-202 satellite, offering extended coverage of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, south and southeast Asia, from its orbital position at 49° East.

Astra launches Ultra HD showcase channel

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/09/02/astra-launches-ultra-hd-showcase-channel/

Astra Deutschland has launched a new Ultra HD showcase channel available as a free-to-air service on the satellite operator’s orbital position 19.2° East.

The channel carrying the ID Astra Ultra HD Demo offers a mixture of landscape and nature videos, impressions from city life and sports footage. The content has been produced exclusively for Astra by 4K specialists Katie and Jacob Schwarz from the USA.

“The laboratory stage lies behind us, the Ultra HD technology has arrived in the market,” Wolfgang Elsäßer, managing director of Astra Deutschland, said in Munich. “The Ultra HD TV sets available today enable the reception of Ultra HD content distributed via satellite. Our showcase channel is therefore particularly targeting retailers who can now adequately demonstrate the TV sets’ fantastic picture quality with our support.”

The showcase channel can be found on the frequency 10.994 GHz H (SR 22,000, FEC 9/10). The play-out of the signal which is compressed in the new HEVC standard is handled by Astra subsidiary SES Platform Services.


Intelsat 19 3940 H 27690 tp:12 fec:7/8 "TV 5 Monde Pacifique HD" is new PowerVu

Sunday feed
D1 12420 V sr 6110 "9 city to surf"

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Weekend feeds

Asiasat 5

3750 V SR 14399 National Judo Championship - Russia.
FEED_3 Message - Signal Loss Detected - Service 1d (14747) message on red colour screen. All three (FTA.)

3910 V SR 13333 ENC4N Soccer from Japan, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7200 HD ENC-2a Soccer, (FTA.)
4174 H SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc3 Soccer, (FTA.)

3670 H SR 10000 Service-1 Asian Music Show, (FTA.)
3705 H SR 4600 Pyongyang1 International Martial Arts Games from Pyongyang, (FTA.) Interesting Saturday Night Entertainment from North Korea!
3745 V SR 7120 ATL Enc 5 MLS Soccer - TORONTO vs NEW YORK, (FTA.)

3750 V SR 14399 National Judo Championships.
TP and SR rating same as yesterday

3867 H SR 7120 World Cup swimming Dubai

3670 H SR 10000 service-1 Dance extravaganza show,(FTA.) Same tp and SR rating as Saturday night.
3915 H SR 4600 Pyongyang1 Nth. Korea News Highlights, (FTA.) Different tp but same SR rating as Saturday night
3875 H SR 7500 LPGA ASIA(?) PORTLAND CLASSIC Women's Golf, (FTA.) What a beautiful golf course!

From the Dish

Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11167 V "Thai TV 3 and Parliament TV" have started on , Fta. You2 Play has left.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5°E 4140 V "Tea Channel has replaced Vanguard Documentary Channel" on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Arirang World, AXN Indonesia and Animax East Asia" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "TVOne and Rodja TV" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V "Thrill" has started on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "Elshinta TV" is back on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H BeTV Asia, Al Jazeera English, TV 5 Monde Asia, Channel NewsAsia and TVB 8 have started on , Fta. Animax East Asia has left again.

SES 8 95.0°E 12110 H "9X Jalwa has replaced SVBC" on , Fta.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 10972 H "Sahar 1" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0°E 3756 H "Vision World and Planet News" have left .
Insat 4A 83.0°E 3921 H "99% TV and BTV News" have started on , Fta. RK News has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "AF Channel, TCC TV, Travel & Beyond, Vetee Thai, True Plookpanya, Smart SME, True Select and Movies Max Channel" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "Maya 47 @th" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3731 H 5 Cartoons, 5 Movies, 5 Series, 5 Thukhuma, Fox Sports Asia and Fox Sports 2 Asia on are now Fta.

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东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,Color Bar、Monoscope(DVB)等6个测试频道新增,设置12179 H 28800参数免费接收。[08-31]
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Quickflix quickly bleeding cash

From http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/65261-quickflix-quickly-bleeding-cash

Local Netflix competitor Quickflix is hemorrhaging money in a bid to acquire both new customers and content, losing $10.15 million for the full year to June 30.

The losses were a jump of 58% with revenue was down 6% to $18 million, after what's been described as a soft first half.

The company's financial troubles couldn't come at a worse time, with Foxtel slashing the price of its streaming service Presto in half recently and US-based giant Netflix reportedly preparing for an Aussie launch.

Netflix use has exploded in Australia despite not being officially available here, with hundreds of thousands of Australians using geoblocking services to pay for the flat-rate streaming website.

Further competition is expected not only from Netflix but also Nine and Fairfax, which recently announced a $100 million StreamCo joint venture.

As we reported in July Nine Entertainment bought some of HBO's stake in Quickflix - more than 91 million convertible preference shares - but transferred them to StreamCo, which is yet to launch.

These shares are not quoted on the stock market, but can be converted into normal shares at a discount.

Seven West Media is also reportedly in talks to join the streaming fray.

The second half of the year was better than the first for Quickflix which saw $9.4 million in revenue - 9% higher than the first half -reflecting the return to paying customer growth. The company's total number of customers increased by 27% to 135,690, with paying customers up 21% to 122,862.

Operating costs before customer acquisition reduced by 2% to $23.2 million, while marketing and free trial service costs increased by 77% to $5.5 million to drive customer growth.

Quickflix also said it had $2.4 million in the bank.

"Our annual results were in line with market expectations as we report quarterly," a company spokesperson told iTWire.

"It is worthwhile highlighting that Quickflix achieved a stronger second-half year with growth in paying customers (and revenue) reversing the decline in the first-half. We continued to invest in our platform and in the second-half increased our marketing commitment which has translated into customer and revenue growth for the second-half."

SKY NZ Continues to Innovate

From Press Release: Sky TV

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:36 pm

29 August 2014

Media Release

SKY Continues to Innovate

SKY customers will soon be enjoying upgraded MY SKY services, internet connectivity, video on-demand, upgraded legacy decoders and a modernised electronic programme guide (EPG). A Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service for non-SKY customers will also launch this year.

The entertainment company is making a $125 million investment over the next two years in new software and equipment which will allow it to double its satellite bandwidth, enabling internet connections for all decoders, more channels and giving them the ability to broadcast ultra-high definition.

“We have firm plans for a major upgrade that will significantly enhance the service we provide to our 865,000 customers,” says chief executive John Fellet.

“As well as providing customers with the latest technology, a big upside of this project is that it allows us to double the amount of satellite bandwidth we can access, providing a path to ultra-high definition or 4k and the capacity to add new channels.”

“We expect to see an increased uptake of MY SKY services and even happier customers” says Fellet. “By the end of this investment programme, every SKY set top box will have the ability to be IP connected, providing access to VOD services for all of our customers. The simplicity of using MY SKY and providing on demand services through the same set top box will be a winning combination for our customers.”

Subscription Video on Demand – 2014

SKY will also launch an SVOD service targeted at non SKY customers this year. The service will feature a wealth of TV shows including exclusive HBO content and a great range of movies at launch. All for a flat monthly fee and no contractual obligations.

Upgrade to MY SKY decoders – 2015

An upgrade to the operating software of MY SKY decoders will be downloaded via SKY’s satellite with no customer intervention required. The upgrade will see a modernised Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) with high definition resolution and a modern new look and feel. Series link and search functionality will be enhanced and shows from a series will ‘Series Stack’ in the planner under one header.

Access to a huge library of On Demand content for all internet connected MY SKY’s will be available at a touch of the remote control for customers connected through an ethernet lead, Wi-Fi or power line device.

Customers can choose On Demand content to download through their internet connection and then elect to store on their MY SKY and watch at their convenience.

Content is downloaded progressively allowing SKY customers to watch shows whilst the download completes.

Access to VOD content and the upgrade is at no cost to customers, although they will need to pay for their connection devices and data usage. MY SKY charges will apply only if accessed.

Upgrade for all Digital decoders – from March 2015

SKY will replace around 460,000 non-MY SKY decoders with a new decoder that is MY SKY capable and features the enhanced high definition electronic programme guide. These decoders will have addressable MY SKY features like personal video recording, high definition and access to a huge library of On Demand content. Wi-Fi functionality will be inbuilt giving customers the option to access on demand content.

The replacement of all digital decoders will take place from March 2015 over an 18 month period at no cost to customers.

-- Ends

Labour broadcasting policy promises public service TV

From http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/811863472-labour-broadcasting-policy-promises-public-service-tv

Labour's pledged its commitment to public broadcasting, with plans to re-establish a public service TV station.

The Opposition's broadcasting spokesman Kris Fa'afoi says a working group will look into the cost and funding options for a TV channel, which will build on the experiences of the now defunct TVNZ6 and TVNZ7.

Mr Fa'afoi says it will have full access to the New Zealand Television Archive and TVNZ's news video research library, which will reduce content and production costs.

As well as continuing funding for Maori television and iwi radio, Labour will set the wheels in motion for developing a Pasifika television channel.

Exception for Ch 3 opposed by digital TV operators

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Exception-for-Ch-3-opposed-by-digital-TV-operators-30242165.html

Some terrestrial-based digital TV operators will tomorrow hand over an open letter to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), opposing extension of the remedy period for Channel 3 to provide its analog TV programmes via cable and satellite TV operator after the current remedy period ends tomorrow.

The terrestrial-based digital TV operators include Thairath TV, Thai TV, Loca, Nation TV, Now 26, Spring News TV and RS Channel 8. They have expressed concerns that it will breach the broadcasting regulation if the NBTC gives the green light for local cable and satellite TV operators to carry Channel 3's analog TV programmes because Channel 3 had not yet obtained a satellite TV licence from the watchdog.

Suphab Kleekachai, chief adviser of Thai TV and Loca channel, said that if Channel 3 was able to do so, it would be unfair to all digital terrestrial TV broadcasters who had invested more than Bt10 billion on acquiring digital TV licences through bidding last year.

Suphab added that Bangkok Entertainment Company (BEC), the operator of Channel 3, should apply for a satellite TV licence from NBTC for the rights to broadcast its analog TV programmes via cable and satellite TV platforms. After that, the company should comply with the regulation governing satellite TV business by reducing its advertising airtime slots from 12 minutes to 6 minutes per hour. Another option for Channel 3 is to simulcast its analog TV programmes over one of its three obtained digital TV channels.

BEC currently operates Channel 3 terrestrial-based analog TV station under a concession with MCOT. This concession will expire by March 2020. Its sister company, BEC-Multimedia, has obtained three licences to run three digital TV channels. Early this month, BEC appealed to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), seeking permission for cable and satellite TV operators to continue carrying Channel 3 programmes after the 100-day extra remedy period ends.

This extension period was granted on May 28 to remedy Channel 3 after the NBTC had announced its new definition of free-TV broadcasting service, which covers only terrestrial-based digital free TV channels. This new definition is implemented under the must-carry rule. So cable and satellite TV operators have no obligation to carry Channel 3's analog programmes through their platforms.

Adisak Limparungpatanakij, president of Nation Broadcasting Corporation, suggested that although the junta's Announcement No 27 allowed cable and satellite TV operators to continue carrying analog and digital free TV channels, Channel 3 was no longer a free TV type under the current must-carry rule.

"To create a level playing field, Channel 3 should simulcast its analog TV programmes over its obtained digital TV channels. Channel 7 and MCOT's Modernine TV are already carrying their analog TV programmes on their digital TV channels," Adisak added.

Pantipa Sakulchai, president of Thai TV and Loca channel, said that if the NBTC allowed cable and satellite platforms to carry Channel 3's analog TV programmes, her company and other digital TV channels would file a lawsuit against the NBTC with the Central Administrative Court.

Onlime Expands Capacity on AFRICASAT-1a

From http://www.digitalfacility.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=3471655


, September 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. ("MEASAT") announced today an agreement with Onlime GmbH ("Onlime") for additional transponder capacity on the AFRICASAT-1a satellite.

Under the terms of the agreement, Onlime expands capacity on AFRICASAT-1a to support their continuous growth in the African markets. 

Onlime, that brought together CET Teleport and the Limeline Group earlier this year, operates one of the leading teleports in Europe, offering a broad range of premium quality Business Communications solutions to enterprise, government, military, oil & gas, mining, hotels, banking, NGO and many other customer groups across the globe.

"Onlime services across Africa are in high demand," said Paul Ziegler, Chief Executive Officer, Onlime. "AFRICASAT-1a with its high-powered pan-African coverage is an excellent platform for expanding our services across the continent."

"MEASAT is delighted to continue supporting Onlime's business in Africa," said Raj Malik, Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, MEASAT. "We congratulate Onlime on their expansion and look forward to their continued success."

AFRICASAT-1a was launched in February 2013 and provides high-powered C-band satellite services and content across Africa with connectivity into Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

About Onlime

Onlime is leading the way in providing high quality, secure and reliable business communications to customers across the globe.

Bringing together the knowledge and experience of CET Teleport and the Limeline Group, Onlime provides premium quality connectivity to enterprise, government, military, oil & gas, mining, banking, NGO and many other customer groups across the globe.

With its extensive satellite coverage, across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia through the Caribbean and South America, as well as dedicated access to a growing network of fibre links and with a range of the latest technology platforms, wherever an organisation is in the world, Onlime is there to provide an unrivalled communications environment for business.

What's more, with a philosophy of being "closer to the customer" Onlime has a dedicated team of professionals based in offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, India, Sierra Leone, Angola, DR Congo, South Africa, USA and UAE. The technical hub in Germany is a fully manned disaster recovery facility with a help desk running 24/7 and Onlime delivers customers the peace of mind, knowing wherever they may be doing business, whatever time of day or night a rapid response is guaranteed. For more information, please visit http://www.onlime.com/.


MEASAT is a premium supplier of satellite communication services to leading international broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators. With capacity across five (5) communication satellites, the company provides satellite services to over 150 countries representing 80% of the world's population across Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

The MEASAT fleet includes the state-of-the-art MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a satellites at 91.5E supporting Asia's premium DTH and video distribution neighborhood; MEASAT-2 at 148.0E; and, MEASAT-5 at 119.5E. In Africa, the AFRICASAT-1a satellite at 46.0E provides satellite capacity across the African continent with connectivity to Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. The MEASAT fleet will be further strengthened with the addition of MEASAT-3b in September 2014 and MEASAT-3c in H2 2015.

Leveraging facilities at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre, and working with a select group of world-class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications solutions. Services include 3D, high definition and standard definition video playout, video turnaround, co-location, uplinking, broadband and IP termination services. For more information, please visit http://www.measat.com/.


Pay-TV operators add 20m subs

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/pay-tv-operators-add-20m-subs/

Leading pay-TV services have added over 20 million subscribers worldwide in a year, which is around the same number as DirecTV has in the US, according to the latest informitv Multiscreen Index.

The number of digital video subscribers to the 100 leading pay-television services covered by the Index the rose by 5.24 million in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 1.6 per cent. The increase was higher than in the first quarter, when the Multiscreen Index added 4.71 million subscribers, up by 1.4 per cent.

The 100 services in the Multiscreen Index added 20.29 million subscribers in the twelve months to the middle of 2014, a 6 per cent rise. The 10 services with the most subscribers gained 1.14 million between them in the three months to the end of June, compared to 1.21 million the previous quarter.

Satellite services added 2.13 million subscribers worldwide, just ahead of telco television operators which added 2.07 million, while losses in the United States reduced the gains for cable to 0.75 million.

The 10 services with the greatest gains added over 3 million subscribers between them in the second quarter, while the 10 with the largest losses shed just over 800,000.

Telefónica España reported 479,000 net subscriber additions, reflecting a refreshed Movistar Fusión TV multiscreen offer.

The largest loss was for Sky PerfecTV! in Japan, losing 260,000 subscribers following the closure of its standard definition service.

The Asia Pacific region saw the largest increase, with 2.18 million additional subscribers.

There was strong growth in India, with Dish TV, Airtel, Hathway, DEN Networks and Reliance adding 1.15 million video subscribers between them in three months.

“The Multiscreen Index shows continued worldwide growth in subscription television services, despite losses among operators in the United States,” says its editor, Dr William Cooper of informitv. “America remains the most valuable market, and revenues continue to rise, but the opportunities for subscriber growth lie elsewhere.”

Comcast and Time Warner Cable lost 296,000 video customers and Dish Network and DirecTV lost 78,000, while AT&T and Verizon added 289,000.

With further losses from Charter, Cablevision, Mediacom and Suddenlink, the top 10 services in the United States lost 165,500 video customers. However, losses in the seasonally weak second quarter were down on previous years and represent just 0.2 per cent of their combined subscriber base. Year on year, subscriber gains by telco and satellite services exceeded the losses from the main cable companies.

Draft IRR on shift to digital TV out; public hearing set (Philippines)

From http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/top-news/38052-draft-irr-on-shift-to-digital-tv-out-public-hearing-set

THE Japanese standard for digital terrestrial television broadcasting (DTTB) is one step closer to deployment, after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) released the draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the transmission shift.

NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba is now inviting all affected and interested parties to a public hearing for the proposed migration plan on September 12.

The draft IRR includes channel planning, capital spending, frequency allocation and the specific steps that the industry must undertake during the shift from analog broadcast service to digital, specifically the Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard of Japan.

According to the migration plan, there will be a yearlong transition period when both the analog and the digital transmissions will be used at the same time.

This period will commence when the digital switch on—or the date of the effectivity of the IRR—starts. After one year, the regulator will terminate all the analog television services in the country, a period known as the analog shutoff.

“Duly authorized analog VHF [very-high frequency] TV operators shall be required to simulcast their DTTB service, together with the analog TV service, within one year upon the effectivity of this IRR, subject to the provisions of this IRR and other pertinent rules and regulations that the NTC may issue in the future. If any VHF TV operator is unable to simulcast, other qualified UHF [ultra-high frequency] TV operator may be allowed to use for their simulcast the frequency assigned to the VHF operator that is unable to simulcast,” the draft rules read.

During the transition period, broadcasters will have to double their expenses, to which the regulator hopes to mitigate through a quick deployment of the new technology.

The NTC will also assign a bandwidth of 6 megahertz (MHz) to each authorized digital TV operator per service area.

“A duly authorized DTTB service provider shall have the option in its application to the commission to adopt either single or multiprogram HDTV [high-definition television] format or single or multiprogram SDTV [standard-definition] format or any combination thereof for its digital service,” the regulator noted.

The migration plan, which allocates the frequency bands 512-698 MHz (Channels 21 to 51), also encourages operators to add new programs to the analog legacy program.

“The transition and migration from analog TV to DTTB Service shall be based on a transition plan formulated by the NTC in consultation with the broadcast industry,” the proposed IRR read.

Applicants intending to provide digital TV services must have a minimum paid-up capitalization of P50 million for the first service area and an additional subscribed capital of P20 million for each additional service area, according to the document. An applicant must also prove that it has the technical capability to install, operate and maintain the proposed DTTB network.

“A duly enfranchised entity with no existing authorization to provide analog TV service desiring to provide DTTB service shall file the requisite petition for each service area in which it intends to provide DTTB service,” the plan said.

President Aquino announced late last year that the country would apply the Japanese standard over the European. Subsequently, the NTC formally endorsed ISDB-T as the sole standard for digital terrestrial television in the Philippines.

EBU expresses 700 MHz DTT concerns

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/ebu-expresses-700-mhz-dtt-concerns/

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed the European Commission’s High Level Group report recommending that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700 MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. However, it is concerned about the early release of the 700 MHz frequencies.

The group, chaired by former European Commissioner and WTO Director General Pascal Lamy looked at future use of the UHF spectrum band between 470 to 790 MHz which is essential for the broadcast of free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT).

The EBU said its Members welcome the report’s recommendation that “[the] EU should adopt a common position against the co-primary allocation of the core audiovisual band (470-694 MHz) to the mobile service at WRC 2015”.

“The EBU believes safeguarding spectrum below 700MHz will enable public service broadcasters and the European audiovisual sector to continue reaching all sectors of the population, sustain broader content choice, and secure investments and innovation over the long term,” said Simon Fell, the EBU’s Head of Technology & Innovation.

Following a thorough assessment of consumer demand, network supply and Member State diversity, the report stressed that broadcasters and citizens should not be disadvantaged by the transition of DTT out of the 700 MHz band, and the costs of transition should be duly addressed.

“It is essential that broadcasters are not financially weakened by any loss of the 700MHz band. Member States must heed the report’s conclusions on compensation and transitional arrangements,” added Fell.

All costs should be offset, including investments in new and even more efficient technologies and the expense of mitigating mobile interference of DTT reception, according to the EBU.

The EBU is concerned about the recommendations that the 700 MHz band be released to other stakeholders, especially mobile phone operators, by 2020 with the flexibility of +/- 2 years.

“There is a danger that this will not give broadcasters and viewers enough time to adapt to appropriate spectrum arrangements and ensure the necessary upgrade of DTT networks and consumer equipment, especially in countries where DTT is the main TV platform,” said Fell.

The broadcasting industry argues that an early release date is likely to cause disruption to TV services in a number of Member States, especially where, owing to the lack of capacity, the transition reduces the volume and quality of content offered to viewers.

The report notes that because of the “recent assignments in the 800 MHz band, the 700 MHz band is not immediately needed for mobile services” and proposes a ‘stock take’ by 2025 to provide a factual basis for future policy decisions on spectrum allocation.

The EBU believes this should include all relevant market and technology developments as well as all relevant frequency bands for terrestrial broadcasting and mobile broadband.

In presenting the report, Lamy said that for too long, the broadband and broadcasting communities had been at loggerheads about the use of the UHF spectrum band. “There have been many different views and perspectives. On the basis of discussions with the two sectors, I have put forward a single scheme that could provide a way forward for Europe to thrive in the digital century.”

Vice President Neelie Kroes said thereport laid down a path for creating capacity for fast wireless broadband everywhere and for ensuring a stable and predictable future for terrestrial broadcasting, while allowing those Member States that want to move forward more quickly to do so. “It would also ensure sustainable co-existence, as both sectors focus increasingly on advanced media services. This is essential to secure our changing digital future and hold our own in international negotiations,” she added.

Lamy’s UHF proposals in detail

The 700 MHz band (694-790 MHz) should be repurposed for wireless broadband, but with sufficient lead time to ensure a transition path that minimises cost for spectrum users and citizens and to accommodate the diversity in penetration levels of terrestrial broadcasting within Europe. This implies a time frame of around 2020, plus or minus two years.

Regulatory stability should be ensured for broadcasting to continue its current use of the band 470-694 MHz until 2030. This involves national, EU and international measures. In consequence, at the World Radiocommunications Conference 2015 (which will review and revise global spectrum-use rules) Europe should reject any plans for primary allocation of mobile to the 470-694 MHz band which is currently already allocated to broadcasting on a primary basis. Some flexibility could nevertheless be catered for through the development of ‘down link only’ technologies that give priority to primary broadcasting networks.

In order to take into account the evolving change in consumer demand as well as new technologies, such as converged networks or large-scale roll out of optic fibre, a stock-taking exercise of UHF spectrum use should be performed by 2025. It would give Europe the opportunity to re-assess where we stand and avoid any freeze of regulation compared to the rapid advance in technology and consumer behaviour.

Samsung commits to global 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/28/samsung-commits-to-global-4k/

Amazon’s 2014 original series line-up will soon be available to stream via Samsung Ultra-HD TVs with the launch of the Amazon 4K video streaming service.

Samsung has confirmed that Amazon’s Ultra-HD VoD service will launch globally on its 4K TVs in October.

Samsung has also announced that the Netflix Ultra-HD Service is expanding in Europe, after being made available in the US since last March.

Won Jin Lee, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, commented: “The era of UHD has begun, and to continue even more widespread adoption, it is important to provide consumers with more choices when it comes to UHD content … We are providing our customers with a wider array of UHD content to enjoy on our ultra-immersive Curved UHD TVs.”


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


D2 12675 V 14332 Nick Jnr,Nickolodean,Comedy Ch and MTV Classic all in BISS

Friday night feed

D2 12393 V Sr 7500 "Qpac simulcast" (in 720p HD)

also seen on C1 12728 V Sr 24450 'QPAC Simulcast'

Website link

Other feed from earlier today 

D1 12661 V Sr 7500 "4 seasons job sat mod"

From my Email

From TBN Pacific Website

Change of Frequency on Optus D2

Great news! After many viewer requests TBN Pacific is now introducing a host of new features and is upgrading its broadcast service to ensure we continue to reach future generations.

The down side is that it affects all our viewers in Australian and New Zealand. Just think of it like when we all switched from analogue, to digital TV. Therefore, a compliant Satellite Receiver and a change of frequency is required for the continuance of service.

To get started, please fill in the form and submit the details of your receiver

The new frequencies on the Optus D2 satellite. 


Frequency: 12581

Polarisation: Horizontal

Symbol Rate: 22500

FEC: ¾

Our changeover will be completed by 1ST SEPTEMBER. After that date, if you have not made the change, all your TBN channels screen will be blank (no or bad signal) and you will need to rescan your receiver using the parameters above. 

If you have trouble retuning your satellite receiver with the new frequency you may need to try an “blind scan/search” option if available.

If you retune and see any of the NEW following channels (TBN Pacific, Church TV, JUCE TV, SOAC TV) in your channel list but cannot see picture or only hear sound then you will need to purchase a new receiver. If you have any questions please firstly refer to the FAQs below, alternatively please do not hesitate call. Queues are currently longer than expected but we will return your call! (Australia 1800 188 299  |  New Zealand 0800 188 299) or contact us via email

Questions? Please see below before you may need to reach us... 

Q. Does this change affects me?

A. This upgrade affects viewers in Australia and New Zealand whom watch TBN, The Church Channel, JUCE TV & SOAC TV. 

Q. Ok, so when will that happen?

A. The signal is scheduled to go off air by the 1st of September. To avoid signal loss, all viewers will need to retune and have a complaint satellite receiver. If you're not sure, contact us to learn more. 

Q. Can my existing Satellite Receiver be retuned?

A. You will need a compliant Satellite Receiver in order to retune to the new frequencies. If you have a user manual you may try and retune to the new frequency. 

Q. Will your new features work with my Satellite Receiver?

A. Unfortunately there are too many different makes and models out there so we cannot say if any of our features will be accessible. We can only assure our viewers that all features and future updates will only work with our Satellite Receiver. 

Q.  What about my favourite Christian channels, will I be able to watch them through your new Satellite Receiver?

A. Absolutely! Our receiver is backward compatible so you get to watch all your favourite Christian Channels! 

Q. Well hang on, will I need to purchase another receiver again or retune in the future?

A. When you purchase a Satellite Receiver from us, all future frequency changes, updates and new services that become available will be automatically sent over the air via our satellite signal or USB device. 

This essentially means no call out fees from a technician and little or no human intervention to make changes to your Satellite Receiver. Purchasing our Satellite Receivers will ensure future quality of service.

(Subject to the services remaining on Optus D2). 

Q. How will this new platform make way for future generations?

A. The internet has quickly changed our world. Smart phones now exceed the world population and with the rise of smart TV’s and other devices people have more options of how they can interact through media. We’re already working on the next release. This is the first step we must take to make way for the future. Let’s make that change together!

From Colin Visser

Hi Craig,

For Hao TV Website mentioned the other day, users you need to first install GOOGLE CHROME as the Browser.

I was watching CSI channel last night # Brazil channel with Portuguese subtitles.



From the Dish

Optus D1 160.0°E ESPN 2 Australia has started on 12295 H and 12734 H, Videoguard.
Optus D1 160.0°E Sky Sport 8 has left 12331 H and 12644 H.
Optus D1 160.0°E France 24 Français has left 12734 H.

Optus D2 152.0°E 12581 H "Ovation" has left .

Express AM5 140.0°E 10981 V "Telekanal 6 TV" has started on , encrypted.
Express AM5 140.0°E 11530 H "Outdoor Channel International, Soyuz, LifeNews, EuroNews, Boytsovskiy Klub, Moya Planeta, Nauka 2.0, Horoshee Kino, 24 Dok, Telekanal 2x2, RBK TV, Kino TV, Russkiy Roman, Russkiy Bestseller and Peretz" have started on , encrypted.
Express AM5 140.0°E 11557 H "FTV HD Europe, HD Life, RTG TV, TMB RU, U, Telekanal Teatr, Okhota i Rybalka, Russkaya Noch, Playboy TV UK and Rusong TV" have started on , encrypted.

NSS 11 108.2°E The TVB Network Vision muxes have left 12531 V, 12611 V and 12691 V.
NSS 11 108.2°E 12581 V "Next TV Movie, UCTV, Life TV and Wei Xin TV" have left .

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 3539 L "Shop & Show" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5°E "Raajje TV" has moved from 4065 H to 4079 H, Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E12722 H "Sikh Channel" has started on , Fta. Digha is back, Fta. Sunshine TV and Untouchable TV have left.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Movie Hits、泰国中文(泰国)等全组频道消失,设置3440 H 26666参数无效接收。[08-29]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,亚洲新闻(IPM)频道重现,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[08-29]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,TV 5 Monde、TVB 8(MPEG-4)等4个频道新增,设置3462 H 29900参数免费接收。[08-29]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HTV-10、STTV(测试)等7个频道新增,设置11237 V 5166参数免费接收。[08-29]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生(高清)频道解密,设置11550 V 30000参数免费接收。[08-29]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Sliver TV、China 1(韩国)等频道加密,设置12530 H 26000参数有条件接收。[08-29]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Star Sport、Fox Sports(印尼)频道加密,设置3946 V 7400参数有条件接收。 [8月29日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal 6 TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置10981 V 44948参数有条件接收。 [8月29日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星C频段,TV Centr(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置3618 L 3038参数免费接收。 [8月29日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,REN、8 Kanal(俄罗斯)等频道消失,设置12648 V 26471参数无效接收。 [8月29日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星C频段,Domashniy Magazin、TTS(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置3600 L 4630参数免费接收。 [8月29日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Satlink OU(测试)频道新增,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。[08-28]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Sport 1 HD、IQ HD(高清)频道消失,设置11045 H 44923参数无效接收。[08-28]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Geo(中东)频道加密,设置4180 V 26666参数有条件接收。[08-28]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,年代新闻、非凡新闻(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置12377 H 3300参数无效接收。[08-28]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Paigham TV 、Hidayat TV(巴基斯坦)频道解重现,设置4082 H 3185参数免费接收。[08-28]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Star Sport、Fox Sports(体育)频道解密,设置3946 V 7400参数免费接收。[08-28]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,9 TV替换Solar News(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12430 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [8月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Rossia 1、OTR(俄罗斯)等一组频道新增,设置11793 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [8月28日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Rodja、TV One(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3616 H 2000参数免费接收。 [8月27日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Parlaiment TV、3 SD(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11167 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月27日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,The Word Network(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11670 H 14400参数免费接收。 [8月27日]


TVNZ lifts annual profit 25% on flat ad revenue, quits Igloo

From http://business.scoop.co.nz/2014/08/29/tvnz-lifts-annual-profit-25-on-flat-ad-revenue-quits-igloo/

Aug. 29 (BusinessDesk) – Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television.
TVNZ lifts annual profit 25% on flat ad revenue, quits Igloo

Aug. 29 (BusinessDesk) – Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television.

Net profit rose to $18.1 million in the 12 months ended June 30 from $14.4 million a year earlier, beating the $16.8 million surplus forecast in its 2014 statement of intent, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. Revenue slipped 0.45 percent to $360.6 million, while underlying earnings, which stripped out gains from asset sales, rose 7.5 percent to $27.2 million.

“Encouraging progress has been made in the last year as we reshape TVNZ to succeed in the rapidly evolving media world,” chief executive Kevin Kendrick said. “Content continues to be at the heart of the business and our future slate of new and returning local and international programming is very strong.”

In September last year, TVNZ agreed to sell two plots of prime Auckland real estate to SkyCity Entertainment Group for $10.6 million, which it would use to refurbish its main building on Auckland’s Victoria St West, where it plans to house its staff. The government agreed to forgo dividends for up to three years to help fund the upgrade.

TVNZ today said it exited stakes in Hybrid Television Services and Igloo, selling its minority stakes back to Hybrid and Sky TV respectively.

“The recent exit of non-core assets has freed up capital to invest in technology infrastructure to fast track online growth and to refurbish its Auckland building to meet future accommodation needs in one central location,” the broadcaster said.

TVNZ invested $12.25 million for a 49 percent share in Igloo in 2012, but reduced its shareholding size to 34 percent last year before completely exiting the business this year.

The broadcaster took a $3.2 million charge on asset impairments and a $6.3 million charge on its share of losses in associates in 2014.

Television ad revenue shrank to $306.8 million in the year from $311.6 million a year earlier, though digital ad spending climbed to $12.9 million from $9.9 million.

Advertising Standards Authority figures show TV advertising turnover climbed 18 percent to $634 million in calendar 2013, while interactive ad turnover rose 21 percent to $471 million.

TVNZ to require registration for OnDemand services

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/10438792/TVNZ-to-require-registration-for-OnDemand-services

Television viewers are likely to need to sign in with a username and password to watch TVNZ OnDemand and One News online from later this year.

Chief executive Kevin Kenrick said the registration requirement would let Television New Zealand provide a more "personalised" service for viewers, but acknowledged it could also be a money-spinner.

It would help TVNZ better target more relevant advertisements to viewers and could pave the way for it to introduce online programming that viewers would need to pay a subscription fee to watch, he said.

Coalition for Better Broadcasting chief executive Myles Thomas described the plan as a bolt from the blue and said the lobby group believed it was a sign TVNZ might be readying itself for privatisation after the election.

"Setting up a log-in is clearly a step in the direction of becoming more commercial, and the problem with it is they are just creating another barrier for New Zealanders to access our content," he said.

Kenrick said the registration requirement would have spin-offs for viewers.

It would mean they would be able to stop watching a show on one device and resume viewing it at the same point on another.

It would also let TVNZ create personalised watchlists, viewing recommendations and alerts, he said.

Making usernames and passwords mandatory was probably the "cleanest" approach.

"If you have got too many options you make it too confusing," he said.

"Whether it is music streaming services or video services, a rudimentary form of registration is pretty common these days."

TVNZ said more than a million programmes a week were being viewed online through TVNZ OnDemand, up 78 per cent on a year ago, with online advertising revenue up 30 per cent.

"Online revenue is currently a modest component of total revenue, but it's a major driver of future growth," Kenrick said.

The broadcaster today reported a 25 per cent increase in its net profit to $18 million, which was achieved despite a 0.4 per cent drop in revenues to $361m, thanks to belt-tightening and asset sales.

Sky Television last week reported a 22 per cent jump in its annual profit to $161m, thanks largely to lower programming costs, price rises and a 1.1 per cent rise in subscriber numbers which grew at a slightly slower pace than New Zealand's population.

Spark flicks on the Lightbox

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11314875

If you have eyes, the battle to own them begins today.

That's thanks to the launch of Lightbox, Spark's on-demand initiative which went live overnight and in the process became New Zealand's first locally produced online paid TV subscription network.

Lightbox faces stiff competition from big name overseas services that have already launched here and are all battling for viewers' on-demand dollars, including Quikflix, Netflix and Ezyflix.

And with Sky TV entering the fray by December with its own on-demand service - and up to 900,000 TV subscribers already hooked into its brand - the competition is unlikely to end anytime soon.

Developed by Spark and with more than $20 million already invested, Lightbox lands with around 5000 hours of content and a total of 171 titles, including several exclusive shows unavailable elsewhere in New Zealand.

They include the announcement today of pirate tale Black Sails, lawyer drama Suits, legal comedy Franklin & Bash, paranormal freakout Lost Girl and animated kids show 3rd & Bird.

They join previously announced exclusives Outlander, 24: Live Another Day and Vikings.

Lightbox comes with a price tag of $15 per month, with a free 30-day trial period available to users unsure about the service. An account can be used on up to five devices, with two shows able to be watched on separate devices at any one time.

Lightbox can connect to your TV from your iPad with Airplay connected through the Apple TV service. Spark hopes to woo 70,000 Lightbox subscribers within its first year, and there's plenty on offer to tempt those entering the on-demand fray for the first time.

Lightbox's back catalogue includes plenty of options for those hankering for a serious binge-viewing session, including every episode ever made of Breaking Bad, as well as recent seasons of House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black and Homeland. Older dramas include The X-Files, Heroes, Boston Legal, Battlestar Galactica and Law & Order.

Its range of comedies includes recent seasons of Modern Family, Arrested Development, Louie and Alpha House, and it also has an impressive array of older shows, including The Office (both US and UK versions), Parks and Recreation, The Thick of It, Seinfeld, 30 Rock, The League of Gentlemen and The Inbetweeners.

As Lightbox CEO Kym Niblock puts it: "We've taken the hard work out of getting access to great television by assembling some of the best shows ever made in one service that's affordable and incredibly easy to use."

TimeOut also understands Lightbox will add one of television's most hotly anticipated new shows to its line-up in the New Year.

It's news like that will have viewers in the market assessing their options - and no doubt competitors keeping their eye on the new kid in town.

Lightbox fuels content wars

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11315267

Broadcasters add to schedules as new service TV on-demand launches in New Zealand.

The battle of the box is heating up as Spark officially launched its online television service overnight.

Lightbox will offer viewers around 5000 hours of content for a monthly subscription fee of $15.

Spark has invested about $20 million in the initiative, which will compete with established broadcasters like Sky Television and Television New Zealand.

But while it's unlikely to make a dent in Sky TV's profits - last week the company announced a 21 per cent gain in profit to $166 million - it appears the service is already forcing the hand of broadcasting schedulers.

Shortly after Lightbox revealed it will carry the first season of hit Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, TVNZ announced it would make both season one and season two available to view on TVNZ On Demand from September 1.

And Lightbox is promising to put more pressure on broadcasters to provide content as and when it becomes available.

"We won't hold back shows," says Lightbox head of content and local programming Maria Mahony.

"New shows will be added organically as they become available from the studios."

In a move possibly timed to deflect the Lightbox hype, Mediaworks yesterday announced a small raft of new shows due to begin screening later this year and in 2015.

The programmes are part of a new content agreement with American studio NBCUniversal for TV3 and Four.

The new shows include Heroes Reborn, a reboot of last decade's sci-fi hit Heroes; State of Affairs with former Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl as a CIA analyst with the ear of the US President; action conspiracy drama Odyssey, relationship drama Satisfaction, cop show Chicago P.D. and crime series Motive, which is due to start broadcasting in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, the size and variety of the Lightbox library could also eat into sales and rentals of DVD box sets of television series with the new network offering multiple seasons of expired but enduring shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Boston Legal, Heroes, Misfits, Seinfeld, The Office, The Thick of It, The X-Files and Wallander.

Competitor Quickflix NZ also weighed in on the Lightbox launch saying it "welcomed" being joined in the marketplace but offering a comparison chart which showed

For and against: Is Lightbox a game changer?

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11315006

Three Herald writers share their thoughts on Spark's new TV on-demand service Lightbox.

A business perspective: Media writer, John Drinnan

Three cheers for Spark as it brings competition to TV land. But it'll be a while before it really shines bright for viewers.

In business terms, the $20 million spent on Lightbox is tiny; to put it in perspective, Spark spends $8.5 million a day on services and infrastructure.

But Spark insists it's in the TV market for the long haul. And it's big enough to absorb losses while it breaks into the market and takes on Sky, which launches its own internet TV service this year.

The challenge is not about the technology. Lightbox delivers TV shows over the internet with crystal-clear images. It's about content.

The new service needs to provide top content that people can't see elsewhere.

Sky spends $280 million a year on programming alone and has many premier TV shows tied up through its SoHo channel.

It also has the rugby, which Lightbox won't be chasing any time soon.

The entertainment view: Head of entertainment, Joanna Hunkin

The TV industry is struggling with a declining audience as more turn online for their viewing needs. And that's with content hard to access. Lightbox makes it easy and legal.

People want to watch what they want, when they want. While TVNZ and TV3 have been offering on-demand services for some time, they're quite restrictive, allowing access to specific episodes for a limited time.

Lightbox offers open-ended access and gives people the freedom to binge-watch series, which will hold huge appeal to the key demographic of 25- to 54-year-olds.

Lightbox is also the only on-demand service that lets you view content on your TV, via Apple TV. TVNZ and TV3 restrict access to your computer or mobile device (although TVNZ says it's changing this).

With Lightbox you can view its entire library on your TV with the swipe of a finger. And that's a game-changer.

The hands-on user's view: TimeOut writer Chris Schulz

If you're a television junkie, then these are confusing times. Where, exactly, do you get your fix from?

Do you still tune into free-to-air networks' local TV offerings, putting up with reality junk, inconvenient viewing times and those pesky ads that screen every 10 minutes?

Do you pay for Sky TV and enjoy live sport offerings and exclusive content channels like The Box and upcoming sci-fi channel The Zone, but grin-and-bear those hefty fees and a current lack of on-demand services?

Or do you head down darker alleyways, scouring the internet for dodgy downloads, tricky torrents and sorry-looking streams to satisfy your cravings, while suppressing that ever-growing sense of guilt?

There are more choices available for TV fans than ever before, and now you can add another one to the list.

That's Lightbox, Spark's on-demand service which launches today with around 5000 hours of content.

I've been trialling the beta system for the past couple of weeks, and though Lightbox isn't going to answer every single TV-viewing problem for every single viewer, it sure as hell feels like a step in the right direction.

Lightbox has plenty going for it: a simple, easy-to-follow menu system; exclusive content with the promise of more on the way, and a back catalogue of shows that demand repeat viewing. It finished less than a year ago, but I'm already queuing up another Breaking Bad marathon.

Some of it's exclusive, much of it's great, some of it's not. I have tuned into the hilarious antics of Louie (LOL), checked out the first season of Masters of Sex (woah), and delved into the Norsewood adventure Vikings (Ouch). But I can go without the diminishing returns of cheesy sitcom Modern Family, and I know it has its fans, but I've never warmed to Orange is the New Black.

Still, if you're a parent, my son's silence while he pored over episodes of Penguins of Madagascar and Sarah & Duck spoke volumes. And it meant he wasn't using one of the other screens in the house.

Here's the confusing thing though: some of Lightbox's content is available elsewhere.

Both seasons of Orange is the New Black are screening for free on demand on TVNZ's site throughout September. And though Lightbox has secured most of Mad Men, the show's final series will screen on Sky TV's SoHo first.

Here's my advice: sign up for Lightbox's 30-day free trial and watch the crap out of everything you can. You have nothing to lose. You can make your decision after that.

And after all, what kind of addict doesn't like access to free stuff?

(Craig's comment, Firefox mozilla +HOLA addon, plus free account??? hmm anyone want to test it)

Spark New Zealand Selects OTT Platform Provider, Xstream

From http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=151&topicid=151554

SparkNew Zealand (formerly Telecom NZ), a New Zealand- wide communications and internet service provider, has selected Xstream's award winning professional video management platform, Xstream MediaMaker, for delivery of their new OTT video service, Lightbox - aiming at offering the best service internet TV service inNew Zealand.

Lightbox is the new OTT video services by Spark New Zealand. At launch the service will be available as a subscription based video on demand service (SVOD) with more than 5000 hours of insanely good TV available to all New Zealanders. The service can be used across multiple devices, including laptop, desktop, iPad and Airplay on Apple TV. With Xstream MediaMaker and a set of RestFul API's, Xstream has had a leading role in creating the OTT service.

"Xstream comes with a proven technical strength, an impressive track record of managing high-end, customized OTT and TV Everywhere services and a software that truly sets the company apart from others, enabling us to take our service to the next level today and tomorrow," saidMike McMahon, CTO at Spark New Zealand's OTT service, Lightbox. "Xstream has met all our rigorous demands for high-quality and flexibility. Their cloud based video management system, Xstream MediaMaker, is one of the most complete and flexible OTT platforms we've seen in the market, including everything one need to create and manage a complete OTT solution."

"We're thrilled to be working with one of the worlds most innovative Telcos on creating and deploying their OTT solution," saidFrank Thorup, CEO at Xstream. "Xstream MediaMaker is designed to work in parallel with legacy TV systems, leveraging existing infrastructure investments while, at the same time, be flexible to integrate with any other third party solution and to enable customers to deploy complete end-to-end OTT solutions like Lightbox."

Some core features in the OTT solution powered by Xstream MediaMaker includes advanced voucher integration and functionality, advanced parental control where the entire frontend has a dimension that's controlled by parental guidelines enabling parents to filter out content playback according to rating. Xstream MediaMaker also provides an easy and transparent workflow management for content ingest including a OTT loading dock service with screener application, which is integrated with Gracenote and Technicolor, assets management, automated and scheduled publishing across devices, subscriber management, Shop and Payment module enabling Lightbox to create and manage multiple business models. The in built device management allows Lightbox to set up rules on number of devices registered to each Lightbox account as well as control concurrent streams, a service that enables Lightbox customers to use one account to watch different content on different devices.

"We're delighted to partner up with a company like Xstream who truly understands the complicated OTT/TV Everywhere ecosystem," said Simon Hoegsbro. "Xstream offers more than just an online video platform/video CMS, they offer a cloud based platform with a wide palette of capabilities and features that we see as cost-effective and flexible. Importantly, Xstream MediaMaker is proven and future-proof, enabling us to build a platform we can grow and develop with as we move forward in a rapidly evolving market place. We need to stay ahead of the game and are relying on Xstream to help us do exactly that."

Other partners involved and integrated into Xstream MediaMaker for the Lightbox service include IPPayments, Mandril for e-mails, Amazon for hosting, Akamai for CDN, Gracenote and Technicolor and Accedo for frontend apps.

Meet Xstream at IBC Xstream will be present at IBC and welcomes visitors to drop by their stands #14.F15 and get a demo of the video management system, Xstream MediaMaker, the engine behind services like Lightbox.

At IBC, Xstream and Lightbox will have a presentation, showcasing the solution and where you'll get answers to why, how, what questions. The presentation takes place on Sunday September 14th at 2:00pm in Hall 3, stand 3.A19

About Lightbox Lightbox is a New Zealand-made subscription video on demand service (SVOD) that gives you the freedom to choose from thousands of hours of great TV shows, all ready to watch when you are, with no ads to interrupt. With award-winning drama and crime shows, popular comedy and sci-fi series, and an impressive line-up of kids' programmes, Lightbox has something for the entire family to enjoy. The service can be used by anyone with a broadband connection and is compatible with desktop PCs, laptops, iPads and on Apple TV with Airplay. The first 30 days are free, so new subscribers can try out Lightbox. After that, it's only$15 per 30 days for all you can eat TV. There are no contracts, no set-top boxes required and no installation costs – it's TV, online, anytime. See www.lightbox.co.nz for more details. #LightboxNZ.

About Xstream Xstream has been a pioneer in OTT and TV Everywhere since 1999. Drawing on their extensive experience, Xstream works with world-leading Telco's, cable operators and MSOs. Xstream deliver simpler, smarter OTT TV solutions characterized by superior flexibility, usability, scalability and cost-efficiency. Xstream's comprehensive and scalable online end-to-end video management solution, Xstream MediaMaker™, offers numerous key modules such as Shop and Payment module, domain control, assets management and analytics. Xstream also offer a suite of outstanding individual services, including: Apps for Connected devices, Ingest, DRM, Transcoding and Encoding.

Xstream works with a wide range of customers like Fuhu/ nabi tablet, Pathe, Canal Digital, SBS Belgium, SBS Discovery, Telenor & Altibox.

Xstream is headquartered from Copenhagen, Denmark and has offices in Los Angeles, Melbourne, Warsaw and Sydney.

O3b makes Pacific progress

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/29/o3b-makes-pacific-progress/

O3b is a satellite constellation, backed by operator SES, and designed to bring broadband services to the ‘other 3 billion’ underserved people living in the tropics. The St Helier, Jersey-based company says it has signed up 10 wholesale customers in 11 Pacific islands, and contracted for a total 4.3 Gb/s of capacity.

The news emerged at the start of a United Nations-backed conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which officially opens on Sept 1 in Samoa. O3b’s local customer, Digicel, is a leading service provider across the Pacific and, leveraging O3b’s unique high bandwidth, low latency connection, Digicel will also be providing connectivity throughout the conference, allowing UN delegates to experience the fiber like service delivered over satellite.

O3b now has 8 satellites in orbit, and the operator has won other high-profile customers in Pakistan, Nigeria and with cruise ship operator Royal Caribbean.  O3b is also backed by Google, Liberty Global and others.

O3b’s CEO Steve Collar, speaking ahead of the event said: “O3b was founded on the belief that access to high speed connectivity is a right not a privilege.  It is our mission to connect the unconnected and to offer digital parity to everyone on earth.  With digital parity, all children can be educated, all people can participate in global conversations and global commerce and the world benefits by inclusion of those who were silent because of the lack of a simple right, the right to high speed connectivity.”

Galileo Satellites Incident Likely Result of Software Errors

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Galileo_Satellites_Incident_Likely_Result_of_Software_Errors_999.html

The failure of the European Union's Galileo satellites to reach their intended orbital position was likely caused by software errors in the Fregat-MT rocket's upper-stage, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported Thursday.

"The nonstandard operation of the integrated management system was likely caused by an error in the embedded software.

"As a result, the upper stage received an incorrect flight assignment, and, operating in full accordance with the embedded software, it has delivered the units to the wrong destination," an unnamed source from Russian space Agency Roscosmos was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Both the upper-stage and the software for it were developed by a Moscow-based government-owned corporation, the Academician Pilyugin Scientific-production Center of Automatics and Instrument-Making, or the Academician Pilyugin Center.

On August 22, the launch of Galileo's Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket took place at the European Union's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The satellites, which are part to the Galileo program, designed to provide a European alternative to the American GPS and Russian Glonass navigation systems, have been placed in a lower orbit than expected.

The Arianespace satellite launch company, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos are currently investigating the incident.

Thailand Cable, satellite TVs can continue CH3 analog programmes

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Cable-satellite-TVs-can-continue-CH3-analog-progra-30242003.html

On Monday, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will clarify details of the junta's edict to allow cable and satellite TV operators to continue carrying Channel 3's analog programmes after the deadline to drop the channel on September 1, according to a source at the NBTC.

This clarification is expected to authorise cable and satellite TV operators to continue broadcasting Channel 3 programmes.

Under the NBTC's "must carry" rule, Channel 3, a terrestrial-based analog channel run by Bangkok Entertainment Company (BEC), was no longer included in the definition of "free TV", which now covered only terrestrial-based digital channels, not analog stations. As a result, cable and satellite TV operators had no obligation to carry Channel 3's programmes any more.

If analog operators wanted to provide their content via cable or satellite, they were allowed to simulcast their analog programmes over their digital channels. Channel 7 and MCOT's Modernine TV now do such simulcasts, but Channel 3 has not done so.

Early this month, BEC petitioned the military's ruling National Council for Peace and Order, calling for permission for cable and satellite TV operators to continue carrying Channel 3 programmes after September 1 to avoid denying the channel to the 70 per cent of households who watch free TV via cable or satellite.

In May, BEC had also petitioned the Central Administrative Court to ban the new definition of "free TV" and issue a temporary injunction against it. The court accepted the case for consideration but rejected the request for the injunction.

Though the junta's intervention will ensure audiences can still access Channel 3 via cable or satellite, they might have difficulty finding it, because of the NBTC's new regulations governing channel-numbering arrangement.

Under the new rules, cable and satellite TV operators must reserve Channels 1 to 36 for digital stations, the first 12 for public channels, followed by 24 commercial stations. Channels higher than 36 can be arranged as the operators see fit.

"This means that if they want to add analog Channel 3, they must place it after all the digital channels. It will be inconvenient for customers to find Channel 3 on different platforms," the source said.

NBTC allows 7 banned channels to go on air with new names

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/NBTC-allows-7-banned-channels-to-go-on-air-with-ne-30241936.html

ACTING ON the junta's decision to lift a previous ban on several satellite channels that acted as mouthpieces for political parties, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) gave the go-ahead to seven channels to resume broadcasting.

They are among the 12 satellite TV channels that were suspended after the May 22 coup.

NBTC's broadcasting committee yesterday awarded a one-year operating licence to seven channels on condition that they strictly comply with the National Council for Peace and Order regulations and apply self-censorship. These channels were also required to change their names.

The channels allowed to go on air include AC Television's MV5 channel, now called Five Channel; Democrat Party's Blue Sky channel, now known as Fah Wan Mai channel; Boon Niyom Foundation's FM TV channel, now renamed Boon Niyom Channel; and ASTV (Thailand)'s ASTV channel, now called News 1. Also included are P&P Channel Co's P&P channel, now broadcasting as People TV; Rauy-Tan-Tee Co's UDD channel, now called Peace TV; and Democracy News Network's DNN channel, which is now called 24 TV channel.

Of these seven channels, some were operating illegally and they are all now required to get a one-year licence.

Meanwhile, BNC News channel, which was previously known as Asia Update, has yet to be granted approval to go on air even though it, like the other seven channels, had already signed an MoU with the NBTC on Tuesday.

In the MoU, the operators had to accept NBTC's condition that their channel would be suspended without advance notice and their licences revoked immediately if they breach the conditions.

Asia Update, which has applied under a new company's name, has yet to get a licence, as the NBTC is still examining the details.

According to the NBTC, these seven channels will operate as pay-TV channels.

NBTC chairman Natee Sukonrat said the seven channels could start broadcasting as soon as they were ready, provided their new programming did not violate the NCPO's regulations.

Four other satellite channels, whose operations were suspended after the May 22 coup and have yet to approach NBTC for a new licence, are 4 channel, Hot TV, Rescue TV and Student and People Network for Reforming Thailand.

ISS-Reshetnev Finishes Yamal 401 Satellite

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/technology/2014/08/28/iss-reshetnev-finishes-yamal-401-satellite/

[Via Satellite 08-28-2014] Russian satellite manufacturer ISS-Reshetnev has completed building the Yamal 401 telecommunications satellite. Fabricated for Gazprom Space Systems, the satellite is slated to launch on a Proton rocket.

Yamal 401 is the third satellite ISS-Reshetnev has built on its heavy-class Express-2000 bus. The 2976-kilogram spacecraft can provide 11 kW of power and has a design life of 15 years. ISS-Reshetnev is also building the ground control complex to manage the satellite.

The new Gazprom satellite is to be located at 90 degrees east where it will provide communications and broadcasting services to Europe and Asia. Yamal 401 is designed to operate in Ku-band through the use of 53 transponders and six antennas.

Satellite Lost In Space? We’ll Tow It, Says Israeli Startup

From http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08/27/satellite-lost-in-space-well-tow-it-says-israeli-startup/

TEL AVIV—It’s not a tractor beam, but a robotic space tow-truck could get the job done just as well. An Israeli startup has designed a Micro-satellite, which it says can dock with a wayward satellite and tug it into the right orbit.

The company, Effective Space Solutions Ltd., says it’s in talks with several manufacturers to build the tugboat, or “DeOrbiter” micro-satellite. It hopes to launch within two years.

The planned satellite, once built and deployed, should be able to rendezvous with in-orbit satellites and propel them into new orbits, give them course corrections, or steer them towards what’s known as the “graveyard orbit” – a decommissioned satellite graveyard some 300km above their usual height of 36,000 kilometers over the equator. This fuel saving can extend a communications satellite’s life.

The company says its tugboat design could be a possible solution to two stranded Galileo Project satellites, now in possibly unusable orbits following a launch malfunction over the weekend.

There is a growing market for space-based, in-orbit satellite servicing. Intelsat S.A.I -1.58%, a Luxembourg provider of fixed satellite services, in 2011 chose Canada’s MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.MDA.T -0.39% to service its satellites.  US-based Vivisat LLC plans to offer in-orbit satellite servicing using its planned Mission Extension Vehicle, a small spacecraft planned to weigh in at around 2 tons. According to its web site, even the US department of defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is working on in-orbit satellite maintenance technologies through The Phoenix program.

Founded in 2012 by veterans of the Israeli space industry, Effective Space Solutions is raising money after securing seed funding of $1 million from Israel-based venture fund Singulariteam Ltd., and 1.5 million shekels ($420,300) from the Israel Space Agency.

The company’s founder is Arie Halsband, a former general manager of Israel Aerospace Industry’s Space Division. Meidad Pariente, the company’s Chief Systems Engineer, held senior positions working on Israel’s home-grown Amos communication satellites.

Weighing 250 kilograms, 1/10 – 1/20 of the weight of the average communications satellite, the “DeOrbiter” will be outfitted with an ion thruster, a relatively new, longer-lasting power system that easier to control than chemical thrusters.

Halsband said all of the micro-satellite’s in-orbit services, like station keeping—carrying out thruster burns so the satellite doesn’t have to— de-orbiting, relocation and fault monitoring, require rendezvous and docking capabilities. These have proved technically tricky to carry out, especially in high speeds and with sometimes rapidly rotating objects of various non-uniform shapes.

Docking the “DeOrbiter” to its target will be handled by a patent-pending grappling system. Effective Space Solutions would not comment on its designs for the docking and grappling systems. The company expects the actual production of the micro-satellite, together with launch and insurance costs to total $25 million. It would charge customers either by fixed fee or as a share of potential revenues created by prolonging a satellite’s life span. Control and monitoring will be performed by an operations center that will receive data from several ground stations. The control center’s location is yet to be determined.

Eutelsat and Intelsat win Iran exemptions

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/28/eutelsat-and-intelsat-win-iran-exemptions/

Eutelsat and Intelsat are being given permission by the USA State Department to carry Iranian satellite channels. The two satellite operators were previously barred from carrying the channels in 2012, and the Iranians quickly reorganised their broadcasting with Russian and Middle East broadcasters picking up the contracts.

Now the State Department says Eutelsat and Intelsat can attempt to win the business back, and has granted another 6-month “waiver” (the first was granted in February) to resume Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) transmissions. The penalties were applied because of widespread signal jamming of services such as Voice of America and BBC Persian TV (in Farsi). Eutelsat now says that the jamming problems have been significantly reduced over recent months.

The financial losses to both operators are said to be modest, and Intelsat’s spokeswoman Dianne VanBeber told the Wall Street Journal that the lost business had still not returned to its previous state.


No update , Thursday


Asiasat 6 Launch has been postponed

Two Sky NZ movie channels going HD September 1st, they have been added on D1 12295 H
Sm Classics HD Vpid 1005 Apid 1105
Sm Action HD Vpid 1004 Apid 1104

Hao tv for Samsung mentioned yesterday also available in your web browser and for Android in the Google play store. But their website stream links don't seem to work ..


From my Email

From Peter (www.jayx.co.nz)

TBN is going to a new transponder on Optus D2 and changing broadcasting to mpeg4.
There will be 4 TBN channels available: TBN Pacific, Church Tv, Smile of a Child and
Transponder details:
Frequency 12581
Polarisation H
Symbol rate: 22500

(Craig's comment, they are up now)

From the Dish

Vinasat 1 132.0°E 11048 H "MGM Channel Asia" has left .

Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11167 V "Men Channel" has left .
Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11510 V "Stadium X, Fox Thai, Green Channel and Bang Channel" have started on , Irdeto.
Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11510 V "Star World HD Asia, FX HD Asia and Nat Geo People Asia" have left .

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12650 H "Reformed 21" is now encrypted.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12730 H "Dangdutz" is now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Macau Lotus TV" has started on, Fta.

ChinaSat 10 110.5°E 3698 V "HKMG TV" has started on , Fta.

NSS 12 57.0°E 11143 V "Al Hurria" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Rodja、TV One(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3616 H 2000参数免费接收。[08-27]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Parlaiment TV、3 SD(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11167 V 30000参数免费接收。[08-27]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,The Word Network(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11670 H 14400参数免费接收。[08-27]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,黑龙江卫视(高清)频道加密,设置3951 H 13400参数有条件接收。[08-27]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Paigham TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4082 H 3185参数无效接收。[08-27]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,黑龙江卫视(高清)频道解密,设置3951 H 13400参数免费接收。[08-27]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Thrill(惊栗电影)频道新增,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [8月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Elshinta TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3980 V 29900参数免费接收。 [8月27日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hidayat TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4082 H 3185参数无效接收。 [8月27日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Candy TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12152 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Komsomolskaya Pra、Nautical Channel(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12152 V 45000参数无效接收。 [8月26日]

Stream Link

Unsure on which channel this is ? but in English with Swedish? subtitles, in multiple resolutions and bitrates



AsiaSat 6 Launch Postponed

From press release

Hong Kong, 27 August 2014 – The launch of AsiaSat 6, the newest communications satellite of Asia Satellite

Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), has been postponed until further notice to allow more time for SpaceX to examine and verify data. The satellite and launch vehicle remain in a safe configuration.

AsiaSat 6, based on Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, is designed to provide excellent power and region-wide connectivity at its nominal orbital location of 120 degrees East. With 28 high-powered C-band transponders and a design life of 15 years, AsiaSat 6 offers two beams, one global beam and one regional beam for a broad range of video distribution and broadband network services in the Asia-Pacific region.

# # #
About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its five satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 7 and the newly launched AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region.

AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat 6 is now at the Cape Canaveral launch base, under preparation for launch. AsiaSat 9, on order from the manufacturer, is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of

Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.
Media Inquiries:

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel : (852) 2500 0899 Tel : (852) 2500 0880
Mobile : (852) 9097 1210 Email : wpang@asiasat.com
Email : scubbon@asiasat.com

SpaceX delays satellite launch due to rocket mishap

From http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/spacex-delays-satellite-launch-due-to-rocket-mishap

The AsiaSat6 satellite is designed to distribute video and broadband service to customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  

The AsiaSat 6 satellite is encapsulated ahead of its launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. (Photo: AsiaSat)

SpaceX called off the planned early-morning liftoff of a commercial telecommunications satellite Wednesday (Aug. 27) to perform a thorough check of its launch systems in the wake of a test-flight mishap last week involving a prototype rocket.
The private spaceflight company had intended to launch the AsiaSat 6 satellite to orbit atop its Falcon 9 rocket at 12:50 a.m. EDT (0450 GMT) Wednesday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. But the company called off the attempt Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 26).
"We are not aware of any issue with Falcon 9, nor the interfaces with the spacecraft, but have decided to review all potential failure modes and contingencies again," SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said in a statement. "We expect to complete this process in one to two weeks." [SpaceX Destroys Reusable Rocket in Test (Video)]
The scrub comes just four days after SpaceX's prototype rocket self-destructed shortly after launching from the company's test site in McGregor, Texas. But the Friday (Aug. 22) mishap  Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) likely has little bearing on the performance of an operational Falcon 9 rocket, Musk said.
"Had the same blocked sensor port problem occurred with an operational Falcon 9, it would have been outvoted by several other sensors. That voting system was not present on the test vehicle," Musk said in the statement.
"What we do want to triple-check is whether even highly improbable corner case scenarios have the optimal fault detection and recovery logic," he added. "This has already been reviewed by SpaceX and multiple outside agencies, so the most likely outcome is no change. If any changes are made, we will provide as much detail as is allowed under U.S. law.”
Friday's anomaly had initially caused SpaceX to push the AsiaSat 6 launch back by 24 hours, from early Tuesday to early Wednesday.
AsiaSat 6 is designed to distribute video and broadband service to customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It will be operated by Hong Kong-based firm Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat).
SpaceX launched the AsiaSat 8 satellite earlier this month. Both spacecraft were built for AsiaSat by California-based firm Space Systems/Loral.
Developing reusable rockets is a priority for SpaceX. Musk has said that a fully and rapidly reusable launch system could cut the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 100, opening up the heavens to exploration.
So SpaceX has conducted numerous test flights of reusable rocket prototypes lately, including the F9R and Grasshopper vehicles. The company has also successfully brought the first stage of a Falcon 9 back to Earth for a soft ocean splashdown during satellite launches twice this year.

NewSat + MEASAT—Payload Prepped + Ready To Perform (Launch Preparations)

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=844817502

[SatNews] NewSat has announced that MEASAT has confirmed the MEASAT-3b satellite, which will host the Jabiru-2 payload, is scheduled for launch on September 12, 2014, EST (11 September 2014 GFT).

MEASAT-3b/Jabiru-2 is one of two satellites to be carried by Arianespace flight VA218, a dual launch from the European Spaceport in French Guiana. Following the launch, the satellite will undergo in-orbit testing and will be placed in operational service approximately four weeks after launch. The MEASAT-3b/Jabiru-2 launch was postponed in June 2014, due to the availability of the MEASAT-3b co-passenger which required further tests.

The Jabiru-2 payload consists of 216MHz of capacity that will provide coverage across Australia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and satisfy the growing demand for communications from enterprise and government sectors.

“MEASAT is pleased to be able to confirm the revised MEASAT-3b launch date,” said MEASAT Chief Executive Officer, Paul Brown-Kenyon.

For further information regarding NewSat, please visit http://www.newsat.com/

Additional MEASAT information may be gleaned from http://www.measat.com/

Australia approves GPS project

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Australia_approves_GPS_project_999.html

The Australian government has approved a project to upgrade its military's global positioning system capability and its protection against jamming.

The project, which has a cost of about $27.9 million, was announced this week by Minister for Defense David Johnston.

"The government recognizes that to ensure the ADF (Australian Defense Force) remains viable and robust, we need to invest in force protection, counter-measures, protective security, system redundancy, lower signatures and stealth for our capabilities and systems," he said.

"This project will strengthen the ADF's ability to operate in a GPS-denied environment and will increase the operational capability and safety of Australian service personnel."

Noting that the jamming of GPS signals is easier today because of easier production of jamming equipment, he said Australia's effort will enhance GPS systems on a range of platforms through the use of protective systems or navigational redundancy capabilities.

Upgrades to GPS/navigational capabilities will be performed on platforms such as Collins-class submarines, hydrographic survey ships and mine-hunter coastal ships. Enhancement kits will also be provided for ground-based air defense systems.

Is high-def the new piracy excuse?

From http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/is-highdef-the-new-piracy-excuse-20140827-108jos.html

The new Doctor has an old face, but those wrinkles go to waste when the ABC only screens Doctor Who in standard-definition.

The ABC will simulcast Doctor Who every Sunday morning, but you can be sure that some Aussies will still turn to the BitTorrent channel.

Australians are slowly running out of excuses for illegally downloading movies and TV shows. It's true that Hollywood and the Australian commercial broadcasters have treated us with contempt for decades, but they're slowly coming around and plenty of legitimate online rivals are also appearing.

Local networks have also been "fast-tracking" foreign television shows for the last few years, screening shows like Homeland within hours or days of them screening in the US, rather than weeks or months. Now the ABC has gone a step further by deciding to simulcast every episode of Doctor Who this season – screening it at 4.50am every Sunday in sync with the BBC, putting it up on iView and then screening it again at 7.40pm Sunday evening. Foxtel did something similar with Game of Thrones this year, showing it here on Monday afternoon as soon as it finished screening on the east coast of the US and then repeating it in the evening.

Personally I don't think it's unreasonable to wait 15 hours until Sunday night to watch Doctor Who, but the early morning simulcast should satisfy die-hard fans who are concerned about online spoilers coming from the UK. What I do think is unreasonable is that Australian viewers are forced to watch quality BBC programs like Doctor Who in standard-definition while the ABC's high-definition channel is wasted on 24-hour news.

Australians got swindled when it comes to high-def broadcasting – early adopters were encouraged to spend top dollar on Full HD televisions but both the government and commercial broadcasters abandoned their high-def strategies after a few years. These days they're happy to screen repeats of Gilligan's Island on their high-def channels, while programs which were actually shot in high-def languish on their standard-def channels.

Shunning high-def broadcasts is a strategy which played right into the hands of Foxtel, especially if you want to watch sport in high-def. Foxtel's new BBC First is also available in high-def and you can be sure the pay TV giant will lock away more UK content from free-to-air viewers over the next few years.

It's a similar story online, with the standard-def subscription content from Australia's Quickflix and Presto looking rather shabby compared to the high-def content from Netflix. Even if you've got a slow broadband connection, Netflix's adaptive streaming looks and sounds better than its local rivals. Quickflix offers high-def pay-per-view content like Game of Thrones, but later this year it plans to ramp up the high-def content in its subscription library. Until then, you can be sure some Aussies will see picture quality as a legitimate reason to stick with Netflix rather than spending their money locally. It will be interesting to see Stream Co's approach to high-def content.

Likewise, you can be sure that some Doctor Who fans will hit BitTorrent every Sunday morning and hold out a few hours to download crisp high-def rips from the UK – as it was intended to be watched – rather than tolerating the ABC's standard-def offering.

Seven confirms talks as TV networks line up over video streaming

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/seven-confirms-talks-as-tv-networks-line-up-over-video-streaming-20140827-1095fm.html 

Seven West Media rebounds to FY profit result

Seven West Media Limited (ASX:SWM) rebounds from last year's loss of $69.8 million on write-downs in its magazine assets to a full year net profit of $149.2 million.

Major media players are staking positions in the new battleground of subscription-based streaming video.

Seven West Media chief executive Tim Worner used the company's results announcement to confirm it is in advanced talks with potential partners on a video streaming product but said it would not be rushed into announcing a deal.

Fairfax Media this week revealed Seven was in discussions with pay television operator Foxtel to collaborate on a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) product.

Asked about that report Mr Worner said: "We don't talk about any of our commercial arrangements. We don't negotiate through the press or through the media, we're just not that sort of organisation."

Mr Worner said an announcement would be made at the appropriate time.

"We're not going to be rushed into anything. I don't see this [SVOD] as being the new holy grail that we need to pin our ears back and dive into. I see it as something we need to assess and then make the right decision," he said.

The news came as Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media on Wednesday also confirmed their new joint venture for a subscription video-on-demand service to take on Foxtel and American giant Netflix.

The venture, known as StreamCo, will be owned 50:50 by Nine and Fairfax. The service is expected to launch in the current financial year and will offer a range of local and international programming along with Nine's own content to subscribers for a fixed monthly subscription fee.

The move is a response to rapidly changing consumer habits, as increasing numbers of people spend less time watching linear television and more watching instant downloads of videos and movies.

It is also an attempt to secure a foothold in the market before US giant Netflix, which has more than 200,000 users in Australia, tries to launch officially in the country.

Nine and Fairfax's respective CEOs, David Gyngell and Greg Hywood, will sit on the board of StreamCo, while the business will be run by Nine executive Mike Sneesby.

Mr Gyngell said the combination of the two businesses would provide the joint venture with "unprecedented distribution and awareness".

Mr Hywood said: "SVOD is a proven business model overseas, and we look forward to offering this service to our subscribers, and indeed all Australians. Fairfax will continue to seek innovative ways to engage and expand our audiences, and this is an opportunity to create value through participating in the next wave of media evolution."

Mr Worner said he was not surprised by the StreamCo deal.

"I knew that, just by the sort of people that we've been having discussions with about SVOD, that was a likely tie-up," he said.

Foxtel, half owned by News ­Corporation and Telstra, launched its SVOD service Presto in March, after approaching Seven and its free-to-air television rivals Ten Network Holdings and Nine Entertainment Co last year.

Seven unveiled a full-year net profit of $149.2 million, compared with a net loss of $69.8 million the previous year, which was hit by a write-down of the company's magazine assets.

The free-to-air television, digital, newspaper and print company recorded underlying net profit growth of 5 per cent to $236.2 million although revenue fell by 1.2 per cent to $1.84 billion.

Seven has benefited from earning a record 40.5 per cent share of the metropolitan free-to-air advertising market for the financial year.

"The television result was really strong and that now counts for 72 per cent of group EBITDA so it's becoming increasingly important in the overall result," Mr Worner said.

"But the result also shows the way we are working as one company, so all the media assets are starting to work together more effectively."

Singapore launches world's first ZigBee inter-satellite comms system

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Singaporean_university_launches_worlds_first_ZigBee_based_inter_satellite_comms_system_999.htmlEngineers

at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have successfully piloted the world's first ZigBee-based inter-satellite communication system.

The team at the Satellite Research Centre launched the VELOX-I, which consists of a nanosatellite weighing 3.5 kg and a piggyback picosatellite weighing 1.5 kg, from the two highest points on campus.

Both miniature satellites were configured with a ZigBee wireless network and equipped with small sensor nodes that perform functions such as local sensing, distributed computing and data-gathering.

Designed to evaluate the performance of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) in space, the experiment marks a breakthrough in aeronautical engineering. After conducting Received Signal Strength Indicator tests on the satellites' radio frequency modules, a maximum range of 1 km was found to be achievable for inter-satellite communication in the campus environment.

An even longer communication range can be expected in free space, due to the absence of signal attenuation caused by fading and diffraction.

To estimate the range of inter-satellite communication in free space, the team applied a link budget analysis based on the Friis transmission equation, deriving an average theoretical distance of 4.186 km and a maximum of 15.552 km. Published in the special issue of Unmanned Systems, these findings present a compelling case for further studies into inter-satellite communication systems with more complex designs.

In addition to their high performance in inter-satellite communication, WSNs are also remarkably suitable for intra-satellite communication. The team found that by replacing internally wired connections with wireless links, a satellite's mass could be reduced by as much as 10%.

With the twin pressures of minimising development costs and maximising risk diversification imposing major constraints on satellite design, the production of comprehensive yet lightweight systems could benefit significantly from WSNs.

Although WSNs have been used in a wide range of applications in recent years, their use in space applications has, until now, remained limited. The Singaporean team's data-driven survey has established a sound platform for future formation-flying satellite missions, and seems poised to create subsequent revolutions in space.

Irdeto fights broadcast piracy in Egypt

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/27/irdeto-fights-broadcast-piracy-in-egypt/

As a part of a collaborative investigation to stop the illegal distribution of satellite channels across the African continent, Irdeto, in conjunction with African pay-TV operators, the Egyptian Cybercrime Unit and Egyptian Ministry of Interior, have made significant progress with the arrest of two Egyptian suspects on August 11th. These arrests mark the culmination of one of the largest investigations into a large-scale smartcard sharing piracy network.

Members of the Egyptian Cybercrimes Unit and several other enforcement agencies raided the Cairo premises of a pirate operation suspected of controlling and managing a major smartcard sharing network, operating throughout Africa. The raid uncovered several electronic components, a server, 40 smartcards, several pirate decoders, smartcard readers and other related equipment typically used within a pirate smartcard sharing operation. Cash of over $230,000 was also seized during the raid. All equipment confiscated during the raids will be analysed by the Egyptian Cybercrimes Unit and more arrests are forthcoming.  The two suspects that were arrested have been detained in custody, pending a court appearance.

Rory O’Connor, VP of Services at Irdeto, said, “As long as there are consumers who are prepared to pay for illegal content, pirates will continue to try to hack encryption systems and turn a profit. Irdeto remains dedicated to identifying and countering organised criminal enterprises who wish to circumvent our customers’ security measures and financially profit from pirated content. Together with the pay-TV operators and local authorities, we will relentlessly fight these illegal operations on the African continent, using technology and the law to its fullest extent.”

The Irdeto Anti-Piracy and Forensics (APF) Unit exists to identify and counter individuals and enterprises who wish to circumvent an operator’s security measures and financially profit from pirated content. Understanding where piracy is occurring – and actively taking measures to stop it – is pivotal to successfully growing revenues and protecting the pay-TV business model.

Japan commits to Ultra-HD

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/27/japan-commits-to-4kultra-hd/

Japan is about to announce a major commitment towards 4K broadcasting. It already has a 4K ‘best of 4K’ channel on air (which went live on June 2nd) under the auspices of Japan’s ‘NexTV-Forum’ and representing all of Japan’s broadcasters both public and private.

Next week will see Japan’s broadcasting authorities announce their latest roadmap towards full 8K broadcasting, which calls for three 4K channels to be on air in 2016, as well as one 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ channel on satellite.

But that’s just the start. By 2018, the roadmap calls for Japan’s public broadcaster to have its own dedicated 4K channel as well as five commercial broadcasters to be transmitting a 4K channel.

Moreover, the technical specification calls for the highest resolution, including wider colour gamut, dynamic range as well as high frame rates. Each of these will help guarantee the ‘Wow’ factor needed to persuade viewers to buy into the new broadcasting standard.

NHK’s engineers and technicians will be showcasing their latest developments at IBC (September 12th-16th) while the NexTV-Forum and NHK will be screening some of its 4K programming at MIPCOM (October 13th-16th) as part of a special MIPCOM focus on 4K/Ultra-HDTV.

4K trial for Chunghwa Telecom

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/27/4k-trial-for-chunghwa-telecom/

Chunghwa Telecom, the leading telecommunications operator in Taiwan, is undertaking a trial project for a new 4K HEVC streaming service using solutions from content delivery network technology specialist Broadpeak.

Utilising Broadpeak’s server and CDN manager solutions that support the HEVC compression standard and set-top boxes, Chunghwa Telecom  delivers 4K VoD and NVoD content to a wide range of devices, while ensuring a superior quality of service to customers.

“Streaming video content with a 4K resolution takes up a lot of data. Leveraging the HEVC standard, we’re able to efficiently compress 4K content without losing any of the video quality, making it easier and more affordable to store and transmit,” said JH Lin, deputy director, Multimedia Division, Chunghwa Telecom. “We chose Broadpeak as our server and CDN manager solutions provider based on their extensive expertise in video delivery, innovative approach to technology in terms of supporting next-generation formats and standards like 4K and HEVC, and flexibility, which enables a quick deployment.”

Using Broadpeak’s server and CDN management technologies and HwaCom set-top boxes, Chunghwa Telecom can support two modes for HEVC delivery. VoD content is targeted to be delivered via unicast transfer method and NVoD through multicast.

“We see HEVC delivery of 4K content as the future of television and we are very proud to be partnering with a pioneer such as Chunghwa Telecom on this new Digital TV transition,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO, Broadpeak. “Chunghwa Telecom’s groundbreaking trial service is an excellent example of the amazing video quality today’s telecom operators can provide, as well as the increased efficiencies and cost savings that can be realised relying on the HEVC codec.”

Streaming innovation will drive 4K uptake

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/27/streaming-innovation-will-drive-4k-uptake/

While the larger 4K ecosystem slowly gets its footing, a report from The Diffusion Group (TDG) argues that streaming video will be the spark that lights 4K uptake and use.

“Only a few years ago the idea of streaming 4K video over the Internet seemed impossible,” notes Joel Espelien, TDG Senior Advisor and author of the new report. “Much has changed in a very short period of time.” Espelien points to two specific factors that are coming together to make 4K video streaming both technically feasible and economically attractive.

First, US consumer broadband speeds have improved, with average residential wireline connection speeds now topping 10 Mbps. A majority of US broadband households are now at or above access speeds that would enable a single 4K stream to be enjoyed on a living room TV, especially given new codecs.

Second, video streaming technologies have continued to improve, a critical trend that optimises available bandwidth such that larger files can be transported more quickly and efficiently. Though still in its early phases, the next-generation codec HEVC (otherwise known as H.265) has been demonstrated to improve codec efficiencies (i.e., bandwidth savings) of between 25 per cent and 50 per cent compared to today’s state-of-the-art codec, AVC. This is a significant improvement, says Espelien, as it represents a gain of 50 per cent, which could mean the difference between needing a 15 Mbps and a 10 Mbps stream to deliver 4K content.

As well, MPEG-DASH promises to modify video resolution dynamically, adjusting in real-time to device capabilities and bandwidth conditions. As these capabilities are added to 4K smart TVs and other broadband video devices, 4K streaming will become technically possible on a much wider scale.

“This combination of improved residential broadband throughputs and next-generation codecs will open up a large swath of broadband homes that would otherwise be ‘on the bubble’ with respect to 4K streaming.”


ESPN2 has been added on Sky NZ

Optus D1 12295 H 22500 "ESPN 2 HD" Vpid 1006 apid 1106 ENC
Optus D1 12734 H 22500 "ESPN 2" Vpid 1010 apid 1110 ENC

Tuesday feed

D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "Default" reporter for 3News outside hospital , Police shooting

From my Email

From David Johnson

All Sky Sports HD are now 1440x1080i
All Sky Movies HD are now 1440x1080i
TV One HD, 2 HD and 3 HD is still 1920x1080i
ESPN and ESPN2 are 1280x720p

From the Dish

Express AM5 140.0°E 10981 V "E! Russia (encrypted), STS Love and OTV Primorje" have started on , Fta.
Express AM5 140.0°E 10981 V "Telekanal Domashniy and STS" are Fta.
Express AM5 140.0°E 10981 V "Muzhskoy and Zagorodnaya Zhizn" are now encrypted.
Express AM5 140.0°E 11657 V "Investigation Discovery Xtra" has started on , encrypted.
Express AM5 140.0°E 11662 V "National Geographic Channel Russia" has left .
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Express AM5 140.0°E 11681 V "Rossiya HD, OTR, Sony Sci-Fi Russia and SET Eastern Europe" are now Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H Aswaja TV, KBS World, Quran TV, Sunna TV, Australia Network Asia and MTV China have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "Elshinta TV @id" has left .

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3826 H "Aceh TV" has started on , Fta.
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Insat 4B 93.5°E 11150 V "Cinema TV has replaced Vyas Higher Education Channel" on , Fta
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11490 V "Australia Network India" has started on Fta.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 3623 L "Yaslyk" has started on , Fta.
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Express AT1 56.0°E 11804 L "Boks TV" has started on , Fta.

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Coalition's NBN cost benefit study finds in favour of MTM

From http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391406,coalitions-nbn-cost-benefit-study-finds-in-favour-of-mtm.aspx

FTTP costs too much, would take too long.

A panel tasked with providing a cost-benefit analysis on the national broadband network has found a multi-technology mix NBN would provide the greatest net benefit to society, compared to a complete fibre-to-the-premise model.

The panel, headed by Michael Vertigan, was appointed by the Coalition in December last year to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of broadband in Australia, which it released today. The same panel was also tasked with a review of the NBN regulatory arrangements, which will be made public in the coming days.

In its 196-page report, which covers 2015 to 2040, the panel said the net benefit to the country of continuing on a full FTTP rollout would be $1.8 billion, compared to a net benefit of $17.9 billion for the Coalition’s preferred multi-technology mix (MTM).

The societal benefit of an FTTP network would be burdened by the higher cost and slower speed of the rollout, to the tune of $16.1 billion, the report said.

The panel calculated that the total resource cost for the MTM model would come in at $24.9 billion, compared to $35.3 billion for the FTTP approach.

“The FTTP scenario only outperforms the MTM scenario in cases where … FTTP costs are low, the discount rate is low, [fibre-to-the-node] FTTN under‐delivers on expected speeds, there is very rapid growth in the demand for high speeds and no upgrades are allowed in the MTM scenario."

- Volume II – The costs and benefits of high‐speed broadband

The multi-technology mix scenario - which includes FTTP to around 1.5 million premises; FTTN to the remainder of the fixed-line footprint; and HFC, fixed wireless and satellite solutions to the regions - has “significantly greater option value” than the FTTP model, because it avoids high up-front costs while still providing improved broadband, the report said. 

“Should future demand grow more slowly than expected, it avoids the high sunk costs of having deployed FTTP.

“On the other hand, should future demand grow more rapidly than expected, the rapid deployment of the MTM scenario allows more of that growth to be secured early on, with the scope to then upgrade to ensure the network can support very high speeds once demand reaches those levels.”

- Volume II – The costs and benefits of high‐speed broadband

The report did not include the cost of upgrading from fibre-to-the-node to FTTP if demand did play out.

The panel appointed a separate body, the Communications Chambers, to provide a forecast on Australian bandwidth requirements until 2023 to use in calculating the actual bandwidth requirement within a household, and to assist in working out the net benefits of the MTM and FTTP models.

The Communications Chambers modelled 12 categories of applications - from Facebook to online taxes to Salesforce.com - based on a set of assumptions (including that movie downloads would be four times faster in 2023) and found the median household (made up of two people) would require bandwidth of 15 Mbps, while the top five percent of households would need 43 Mbps or more.

The broadband service of a single-person, low-usage household without HD TV would mostly sit idle but would have several hours at 5 Mpbs and short periods of between 8-10 Mbps, the report found, while a four adult household would almost constantly use broadband during “busy hours”, at times at 20Mbps or higher.

Using that data, the panel found the multi-technology mix model would provide a greater growth rate in how much people were willing to pay for broadband over the FTTP model.

It found FTTP would only beat MTM if the rate that people were willing to pay for speeds offered only by FTTP grew at more than 13 percent every year for the next ten years, which it called "unrealistic".

“Users of broadband would prefer an increase to their current speeds quickly, rather than to wait longer to gain a higher level of speed. This means consumers place a greater value on the early deployment of high speeds rather than on the slower deployment of very high speeds using FTTP."

- Volume II – The costs and benefits of high‐speed broadband

Customers valued an increase for lower levels of download speeds - from 5 Mbps to 10 Mbps - more than an increase in higher levels, from 50 Mbps to 55 Mbps, it found.

They were willing to pay an extra $1.50 per month for an extra Mbps at the lower levels, but not willing to pay any more for speeds after 90 Mbps.

“It is better to first roll out the MTM scenario, as this delivers improved speeds quickly and gives higher immediate benefits. The higher costs of delivering FTTP can be delayed until there is sufficient demand - until [willingness to pay] is sufficiently high.

“And with very high growth in [willingness to pay], the net benefits of the MTM scenario actually increase relative to the FTTP scenario. This is because the slow delivery of the FTTP scenario means that, given high growth in demand, many potential benefits are missed in the medium term. The MTM scenario with an upgrade allows these more immediate benefits to be realised.”

- Volume II – The costs and benefits of high‐speed broadband

Private users benefit most

The panel found that most of the benefit to be gained from high-speed broadband would relate to private use within households and businesses.

Public benefits - such as in health and education - only represented a “very small proportion” of the total benefits available, according to the report.

“This reflects patterns of internet usage as well as the fact that, as currently understood, most public good uses require relatively low bandwidth,” the report stated, whereas private benefits were mainly driven by the use of video.

Responding to questions on the effect high-speed broadband would have on such services as ehealth, panel member Henry Ergas said the “very large cost” of the FTTP network did not justify the “very far and few between” existing applications that required speeds higher than 80 Mbps.

“The real question is whether there are applications that have very high societal value but that you can only get on 120 Mbps but not 60 Mbps, 70 Mbps, 80 Mbps, and at the moment, those applications are very far and few between. And you certainly could not justify the very large cost difference between the MTM and FTTP,” he told journalists.

“But the point to be made here is that of course in 10 or 15 years time those applications will develop, and if and as they do, then you can upgrade from MTM to FTTP and upgrade the types of premises where those applications have the greatest value. Then you can do it in a very cost effective way while ensuring society captures the full benefits of those applications.”

He said that if such applications did not eventuate, the Government would then be stuck with the higher cost of the FTTP deployment.

“There is no way of sinking the very high cost of the FTTP scenario once it’s been incurred,” he said. “What it does make sense to do is have an incremental approach that allows you to capture the benefits as and when they come.”

Panel chair Michael Vertigan said the MTM model was the most appropriate given consumers were most interested in attaining speeds beyond those that are currently inadequate.

“As well as getting there more quickly, it still preserves the option of upgrading as and when that needs to occur,” he said.

“There is nothing particularly revolutionary about the conclusion we’ve drawn. It’s entirely consistent with what’s being done elsewhere in the world, and it makes logical and intuitive sense.

"It says you can get to from where you are now to good very quickly, and if you want to go beyond that when it becomes necessary, you can do it in a tactical way that manages the cost and speed of doing so.”

A spokesperson for Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Government would release its response to both the Vertigan cost-benefit analysis and the regulatory review in the coming weeks.

It is expected to use the CBA as a justification for pushing forward with its multi-technology mix MTM. Turnbull and fellow NBN shareholder minister Matthia Cormann already gave NBN Co the official green light to go ahead with the new approach in an updated statement of expectations in April.

Orange is the New Black on TVNZ Ondemand in Sep

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/entertainment/orange-new-black-tvnz-ondemand-sep/5/200296

This September, TVNZ Ondemand invites viewers to break out the box set, and settle in for a marathon viewing session of cult hit prison dramedy, Orange is the New Black (OITNB).

Visiting hours will be around the clock, with both seasons of the critically-acclaimed show being available exclusively Ondemand.

Whether you’re a binge watcher or prefer to drag it out, OITNB fanatics can get up close and personal with the ladies of Litchfield, no chains attached. TVNZ Ondemand is the only place to find both seasons free, for the month of September.

"Lots of our viewers want to watch shows on their own schedule - so it’s fantastic to be able to offer Kiwis even more choice with free and full access ondemand to one of TV’s most talked about shows," says Jason Foden, TVNZ’s GM Ondemand.

"We’re excited to be the first in New Zealand to offer viewers both seasons of Orange is the New Black in one hit. We’ve had a huge response since we ramped up our release of key shows ‘First and Fast’ on TVNZ Ondemand this year so we expect this will also go down really well with audiences."

Season one saw Piper Chapman’s wild past come back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates. And now the jailbirds are back with conviction in the show’s highly-anticipated sophomore season, which is only available on TVNZ Ondemand. Season two will also air later in the year on TV2.

Orange is the New Black is hot off the back of multiple Emmy nominations, including ‘Outstanding Comedy Series’, ‘Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series’ (Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman), and ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series’ (Kate Mulgrew as Galina 'Red' Reznikov). The Primetime Emmy Awards take place this Monday 25 August. Furthermore, actress Uzo Aduba has already earned herself an Emmy award this week for her role as one of the show’s most popular characters, Crazy Eyes.

Piper, Red, Crazy Eyes, and the gang will have their bunks ready for inspection on September 1st. Will you be visiting?

(Craig's comment, this is good, TVNZ needs to have more "box set" full seasons of shows online. I see Lightbox also lists this show in their catalogue of content..))

NBTC to issue new rules on TV channel-numbering

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/NBTC-to-issue-new-rules-on-TV-channel-numbering-30241756.html

The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) plans new regulations governing TV channel-numbering arrangements, which will apply to the terrestrial digital, cable, and satellite platforms.

Under the existing regulations, cable and satellite companies arrange channels 1 to 10 according to their own preferences, followed by 36 terrestrial digital channels. The new rules will require all TV platforms to begin with 12 public digital channels, followed by 24 commercial digital TV channels. How channels 37 to 60 are arranged will be up to the TV operators.

Under the new regulations, the first channel on all platforms will be Channel 5.

Natee Sukonrat, chairman of broadcasting committee, said the NBTC would hold a public hearing on the new regulations, which are expected to go into effect within three months.

The new regulations are expected to affect the placement of Channel 3, an analog channel operated by Bangkok Entertainment Co (BEC). Currently pay-TV platforms place the popular channel within the 1-10 range.

Meanwhile, the broadcasting committee yesterday said it would cite the 27th announcement of the National Council for Peace and Order issued on May 24 to allow satellite and cable TV operators to continue carrying analog TV 3 programmes after the deadline to drop the channel on September 1.

The September deadline was extended from May 25 when the NBTC's new definition of free TV channels took effect.

According to NCPO announcement on May 24, cable and satellite TV operators should be allowed to continue running programmes as usual.

On February 9, the NBTC redefined "free TV" as that aired on the new digital terrestrial platform, which meant that Channel 3's analog programming would be removed from pay-TV line-ups after May 25. BEC sued in the Central Administrative Court, which agreed to consider the complaint but denied a request for an injunction against the NBTC. The commission later extended the deadline to September 1.

The original redefinition of "free TV" was the NBTC's attempt to move the country quickly into the digital era. The new definition is part of NBTC's "must carry" rule, which obligates pay-TV platforms to carry free-TV programmes.

BEC operates Channel 3 under an MCOT concession, which will expire in March 2020. Its sister company BEC Multimedia runs three terrestrial digital TV channels.

Ten Sports to see a major revamp by April 2015

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/ten-sports-to-see-a-major-revamp-by-april-2015-140825
MUMBAI:  After being on an acquisition spree of major titles like the Deutscher Fussball Cup and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, sports broadcaster Ten Sports is looking at a major revamp plan for its existing bouquet.
According to sources, the network is looking at revamping its five channels: Ten Sports, Ten Cricket, Ten Action, Ten Golf and Ten HD. The network will either be adding or removing some of the existing channels from its bouquet.
Sources also indicate that the revamp will possibly take place earliest by April 2015.
While the buzz is that the channels could be named Ten Sports 1, Ten Sports 2, Ten Sports 3, Ten Sports 4 and Ten Sports 5, sources say that the revamp will be much more than just renaming the channels.
Ten Sports has also extended the broadcast rights for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for the next cycle of three seasons starting 2015-16.

TiVo goes after cord cutters with new $49.99 device

From http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/la-fi-tn-tivo-roamio-ota-dvr-20140825,0,7000947.story

Catering to cord cutters, TiVo on Monday announced a new $49.99 device with a $14.99 monthly subscription that works with an HD antenna but not paid TV services.

With a tongue twister of a name, the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR records programming from over-the-air TV channels from broadcast networks like NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox. It cannot hook up to cable or satellite TV boxes as other TiVo devices can. Those boxes, which start at $199.99, can record content from cable channels.

Over the past year, the San Jose company has gained more than 1.1 million subscribers, mostly through cable and satellite partners that offer TiVo to their customers. On its own, TiVo has struggled to attract customers, losing 50,000 subscribers in the past year. The company is hoping cord cutters will buy its $49.99 box and reverse the recent losses.

The new device can record up to four shows at the same time, store 75 hours of HD video, play content from online services like Netflix and YouTube, and stream live and recorded content to users' smartphones and tablets.

"You can get your video signal from a cable operator, you can get video signal over the top from high speed broadband, or over the air from broadcast signals, and TiVo wishes to serve all those markets," TiVo Chief Marketing Office Ira Bahr told The Times.

There are 54 million cable subscribers in the U.S., according to the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. But last year, 233,000 consumers dropped their paid TV subscriptions, according to research firm SNL Kagan. TiVo is hoping to tap that market by offering the Roamio OTA DVR at a much lower price than its other boxes, which start at $199.99.

"People like the convenience of things like DVRs," said Ryan Downey, founder of TheStreamingAdvisor.com. "If you can emulate that same experience without the extra cost of the cable and still watch most of the top rated shows on televisions, it makes walking away easier.”

For TiVo, the key is getting customers to pay its monthly service fee, which also applies to its over-the-air box.

"TiVo isn’t trying to sell units, they’re trying to sell $15 a month service charges, and this makes it easier for people to sign up,” Downey said.

The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR will be available Sept. 14 in a limited release at Best Buy stores in select markets. TiVo said it will expand the device's availability to more markets if there's demand for it.


Something for Samsung Internet Tv owners

Set your smart hub region to USA (Google this, it involves a key combination on the remote while in the smart hub menu)

Look in the video apps and install "Hao TV" which claims in their description to show internet tv channels from Asia

Install it , run it. You will see there are 500 channels available for free. Including all the U.S local channels such as ABC, CBS, NBC, CW, Bravo, Fox etc. Along with Discovery, Nat Geo, Fox sports, etc.Also includes, a good collection of Chinese, Indonesia (all Palapa channel) Vietnamese, and Korean)!!

Sunday feeds

D2 12274 V 7500 "STS 1" 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming..
D1 12429 V 7000 NRL Win Jubilee Oval St.George vs Gold Coast

Saturday Feeds

D2 12274 V Sr 7500 "STS 1" 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming..
D2 12320 V Sr 6670 V8's feed FTA (but encrypted on Sunday)

From my Email

From Sid nottonly (via vetrun.com)

Weekend feeds

Asiasat 5 3893 H Sr 7200 "Ktsat mp4 enc1"horse racing from Seoul fta
Asiasat 5 3900 V Sr 14400 "Globecast oz" Panpacs swimming jap feed
Asiasat 5 3744 V Sr 7120 Alt enc 5 American soccer

From Saldav1 (via vetrun.com)

Bledisloe Cup Rugby - All Blacks vs Wallabies.

Asiasat 5 3886 H SR 7500 TENC8 SD SDI Fibr All Blacks vs Wallabies in Match II of the Rugby from Eden Park, NZ, (FTA.)
Asiasat 5 3930 H SR 7500 Globecast Oz All Blacks vs Wallabies same as 3886 H SR 7500, (FTA.)

All Asiasat 5

4086 H SR 7200 CIMB - Hyundai Malaysia Open Squash, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7120 IEC STHLM Triat Vattenfall World Triathalon from STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, A rather wet looking Stockholm but still a beautiful European city!(FTA.)
3905 V SR 7120 OC Horse Racing from the U.K, (channel4.com/racing), (FTA.)
3915 V SR 6110 RTB.RTM Soccer - MYA vs VIE, (FTA.)
4090 H SR 14399 $3GVs1 Crystal Palace vs West Ham. $3GVs2 Southampton vs West Brom. $3GVs3 Swansea vs Burnley (all scrambled.)
3745 V SR 7120 Arqiva HD 10 AVC Volleyball - IRAN vs KAZAKHSTAN, (FTA.)
4066 H SR 4937 $3GVs1 Hull City vs Stoke City in the Premier League Soccer, $
4133 H SR 9875 Globecast Oz Pan Pacific Swimming Championships from the GOLD COAST, (FTA.)
3735 H SR 7120 GCUK Enc 4 Athletics 2014 - Birmingham, (FTA.)
3665 H SR 4166 AP_SD Reports from The White House, (FTA.)
3866 H SR 6650 FEED 1 IMG STUDIOS MD TEST wording with test pattern then a SPORTS 5 telecast of the Basketball - EST vs SEN, (FTA.)
3915 V SR 6110 SNG>B ASEAN ABL Basketball League - Singapore Slingers vs Indonesian Warriors, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Asian Food Channel" has started on , Fta. Aswaja TV has left.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 3837 L "Stil i Moda" has started on , Fta. Candy TV has left.

Yamal 402 54.9°E 12732 V "Moskva Doverie" has left .

Express AM22 53.0°E 12669 V "ERTU 1/2" have left .

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD(越南)等全组频道消失,设置10968 V 28800参数无效接收。[08-24]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,MGM(K+)频道消失,设置11048 H 28800参数无效接收。[08-24]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 2(越南)频道消失,设置11008 H 28800参数无效接收。[08-24]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Workpoint TV、Channel 6(高清)频道解密,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。[08-24]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hum TV World(巴基斯坦)频道加密,设置4155 H 9833参数有条件接收。[08-23]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,港澳传媒(测试)频道新增,设置3698 V 2000参数免费接收。[08-23]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hum TV World(巴基斯坦)频道加密,设置4155 H 9833参数有条件接收。[08-23]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,港澳传媒(测试)频道新增,设置3698 V 2000参数免费接收。[08-23]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,莲花卫视等替换Aswaja TV(测试)等频道,设置3462 H 29900参数免费接收。[08-23]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,历史频道、BIO(法国)等全组频道消失,设置3800 V 7500参数无效接收。[08-23]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,CH 30、Ch 32(测试)等6个频道新增,设置3813 V 15000参数有条件接收。[08-23]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Comedy Central替换Fox Crime(斐济)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。[08-23]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,CNNi Australia替换CNN J(CNN)频道,设置3780 H 25000参数有条件接收。 [8月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,探索高清、探索科学(DISH HD)等全组频道消失,设置12385 H 43200参数无效接收。 [8月23日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,State News(印度)频道重现,设置4103 V 7800参数免费接收。 [8月22日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,4TV News(测试)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [8月22日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Telairity Encode、Naxtra Hindiripl(印度)频道重现,设置3874 H 3400参数免费接收。 [8月22日]


Optus to launch its latest satellite September 12

From http://www.delhidailynews.com/news/Optus-to-launch-its-latest-satellite-September-12-1408940703/

Telecom firm Optus has decided to launch its latest 'Optus 10' satellite on September 12.

It may be recalled that Optus had originally announced to launch the satellite in May

"This satellite will expand fleet resilience and significantly increase Optus' fleet capacity, providing greater bandwidth to support the delivery of video, data and voice services to corporate, enterprise and government customers," the vice-president of Optus Satellite, Paul Sheridan, said in a statement.

The satellite has been built by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), which is also building two Ka-band satellites to deliver NBN Co's Long-Term Satellite Service (LTSS).

Optus 10 will be launched from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. The projected lifespan of this satellite is over 15 years

In April,the teams from SSL and the telco teams had completed the final pre-shipment review and that the satellite was being transported to the Guiana Space Centre.

In August Australian company NewSat announced the delay in the launch of its Jabiru-2 satellite "due to an issue with the co-passenger satellite".

The satellite business of Optus was subject of a strategic review by SingTel, the telcos parent company. Based on the review, SingTel committed itself to "growing and investing in the satellite business," the company said in an ASX statement.

Optus had announced in February that it had won a five-year contract with NBN Co to operate the satellites that will deliver the National Broadband Network's LTSS.

NewSat gets conditional waiver to continue Jabiru-1 satellite

From http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391349,newsat-gets-conditional-waiver-to-continue-jabiru-1-satellite.aspx

Jabiru-2 launch date scheduled.

Listed satellite communications company NewSat has reached an agreement with backers to waive alleged breaches of financial facilities that had halted funding of its Jabiru-1 satellite project.

In early August, NewSat informed the ASX the company was negotiating with US and French financiers of its Jabiru-1 satellite over a waiver for "alleged technical or documentary breaches of financial facilities" related to the drawdown of a loan from property developer Ching Chiat Kwong's Ever Tycoon.

Ching is also an non-executive director and investor in NewSat.

NewSat today said it had reached agreement with the financiers for a waiver, which comes with several conditions before funding of the Jabiru-1 satellite can continue.

One is a requirement to raise US$40 million (A$43 million) in new equity or as mezzanine funding over the next three months. The new capital equates to around 6 percent of the total project value, NewSat said.

The money is to be used to fund "certain Jabiru-1 satellite project accounts" as well as to create a reserve of working capital for the project's teleport business.

It will also be used to repay all outstanding debt to Ever Tycoon.

The financiers have also requested NewSat complete a review of its accounts, which will see the company implement new internal frameworks, processes and reporting.

As part of the new corporate structure, two new independent, non-executive directors - approved by the financiers - must be appointed to the NewSat board.

NewSat has appointed Linda Dillon, formerly of architect firm Woods Bagot, as its new chief financial officer, and Hong Kong based Roddy Sage as independent non-executive director, to satisfy the conditions of the waiver.

NewSat will continue to fund construction of the Jabiru-1 satellite out of its cash reserves set aside from the project. The financiers will only recommence their debt funding of the project once NewSat meets the terms of the waiver.

The company expects to Lockheed Martin to assemble Jabiru-1 late this year, and start spacecraft environmental testing next year.

Separately, NewSat advised the ASX that the launch of the MEASAT-3b satellite hosting its Jabiru-2 will occur on September 12 AEST this year.

The launch is scheduled to take place at the European Spaceport in French Guiana, on Arianespace flight VA218, NewSat said. 

The arrival of Jabiru-2 was delayed after Optus said it would need to reconfigure its Optus-10 satellite, which is to be carried on the same rocket.

Report: Foxtel preparing to cut prices

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2014/08/report-foxtel-preparing-to-cut-prices.html

According to media reports, Foxtel is set to drop its subscription rates to under the $100 mark as the battle for content options heats up.

Fairfax speculates that bundles for “triple play” Foxtel – pay TV, broadband and telephone – will be structured to cut the price of a traditional premium Foxtel subscription to below $100.

There is also speculation it will offer more options to pay for Foxtel shows on different devices plus a major refresh of its main channels.

While Netflix is yet to confirm an Australian launch, the content war is on with other players including FetchTV, Quickflix and upcoming launches from FreeviewPlus, StreamCo and an increasing number of Australians sourcing overseas subscriptions through Virtual Private Networks.

Foxtel has recently cut its Presto fees in half to $10 a month.

A spokesman for Foxtel said: “Foxtel has previously announced we would launch a triple play of TV, broadband and home phone. We are gearing up within the company to launch these new products. That includes hiring significant numbers of call centre and technical staff.

“We will also be launching iQ3. Both of these initiatives will be supported by significant marketing campaigns. We’ll be making announcements about pricing of the new box and the triple play bundles in due course.”

TV Tonight understands the iQ3 is tipped for a November campaign.

THE NETFLIX CHALLENGE: The Two Major Hurdles In The Australian Market For The Service Transforming The TV Industry

From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/netflix-entering-australia-2014-8

The estimated 200,000 Australians who cheat so they can be recognised as local US subscribers of Netflix and access a deep well of entertainment content may be better off continuing the arrangement even if the on-demand internet streaming giant opens shop in Australia.

The market is getting crowded with choices of platforms growing quickly. Already, there’s pressure on price with reports Foxtel is about to drop it’s mainstream subscription levels.

All the big media companies want a piece of the prize: Ten, Nine and Seven television networks plus Fairfax Media and smaller players making pure online streaming plays. New Corp, of course, has a large stake through Foxtel, the dominant cable TV company.

Industry analysts IBISWorld put the annual value of just movie and video distribution in Australia at $1.8 billion. And subscription tv is worth $2.8 billion, according to PwC.

Megan Brownlow, executive director at PwC, says subscription TV will go from a 20% penetration to 48% of households by 2018 which puts some sort of pay tv service in half of Australian homes.

However, the majority of that growth will be internet streaming services.

Foxtel, which with Telstra as a 50% shareholder and good channel to market, will be a leading player.

Still Australians continue to access and love Netflix despite local offerings.

Most Australians stay with Netflix longer, according to analysis by Pocketbook Australia, a personal finance app. “Netflix customers also stay longer, with over 82% staying on after 60 days, compared to 74% for Foxtel and 39% for Quickflix,” the analysis said.

And to access Netflix, this is how Australians do it: sign up to a service which assigns an IP address that makes Netflix think you’re coming from a US internet connection, subscribe, and then access as much film and TV content as you want. It all costs about $13 a month including the Netflix subscription fee.

Many may want to continue doing this when, as is considered inevitable by some, Netflix moves into Australia. Because the local fees are expected to be higher, and the content available will likely be smaller than in the US.

The pile of accessible content will have shrunk is because of a rights system, considered archaic by some, that involves content owners sell the rights to movies and TV series by geography rather than by platform.

This made sense in a world without the internet when DVDs had to be shipped across the world, placed in stores and then sold over a counter. But not so much when content can be instantly streamed anywhere in the world.

As a result of it, Netflix may have the rights to a particular movie in America, but no-where else in the world. So it can’t show that entertainment in, for example, Australia.

Those rights may have been assigned to another vendor or, in some cases, the original copyright holder may not even have the rights to a particular region, such as Australia, because those rights are held by a co-producer of a movie.

And from the perspective of sitting in Australia, we can’t determine what will be missing when Netflix operates in Australia because we don’t know what licensing deals are in place.

A legacy licensing system

If it sounds overly complicated, that’s because it’s essentially grown out what happens with books which were traditionally printed and distributed by geographic area.

The indie book movements, of course, doesn’t work like this. Generally, a book will be sold by platform with no geographic restrictions except those imposed by the vendor.

Traditional publishers would buy, either with cash but more commonly with a bit of cash up front and a a percentage of sales called a royalty rate, the right to print exclusively for a set period of time in certain regions such as Canada, Australia or the UK.

In Netflix’s case, it is entering a market where multiple deals have already been done by various Hollywood production houses with different platforms and vendors in Australia.

The rights to some content may not be available until those rights lapse, which could be several years away.

So Netflix’s big problem is how not to lose those 200,000 already using the service, albeit by cheating the copyright deals, and at the same time convincing more Australians to sign up but this time directly and legitimately.

It’s a difficult balancing act.

The entertainment houses and purveyors of streaming media in Australia are watching closely for Netflix’s move.

Everyone believes Netflix, which has about 509 million subscribers, will make a move – it’s just a matter of when.

Last month Graham Burke, the co-CEO of Village Roadshow, told ZDNet: “[On] Netflix, they’re talking to our people about supply of products, so they are opening and coming to Australia.”

Business Insider asked Netflix about its plans, and they replied: “We don’t comment on rumours and have no comment with regard to Australia, but if we do we’ll let you know.”

Many local players believe the move will be soon.

Craig White, the CEO of easyflix.tv and a former sales director at at 20th Century Fox Australia, sees Netflix in Australia in the next few months.

“I think they’re coming, I think it’s inevitable they’re coming,” he says.

He notes the slip which became public that Netflix was in commercial negotiations with local content providers and/or studio representatives.

There have also been reports that Netflix has been eyeing off local platforms, including ASX-listed Quickflix, as a possible way to hit the local market with content deals already in place.

With more has 120,000 paying subscribers, a credible streaming on-demand platform and a deep DVD library, Quicklfix is much like a small version of Netflix.

Quicklfix also has a fairly open share registry with more than 60% held by small investors which means a raider could get control. Note: Nine Entertainment recently bought an 8% stake in Quickflix which indicates there’s value there.

And Fairfax Media is reported to be seeking a stake in Nine which would give it an indirect route to Quickflix.

However, Netflix says it isn’t looking in that direction. “We are not interested in QuickFlix,” it told Business Insider.

And Craig White from easyflix.tv says the speculation about whether Netflix is acquiring in Australia can be ruled out.

“The fact is that they have never acquired a business as part of their international growth,” White says.

“It’s fair to say, and I think they’ve even said it themselves, they are not looking to acquire anyone else.

“They don’t need a brand and they don’t need a platform and they don’t need to inherit any content rights.

“Their most immediate challenge is the Australians who are getting parallel access.

“How will those Australians feel when asked to pay quite likely a premium for less content to access the service more legitimately here?

“I suspect they will have a lesser service in Australia probably at a slightly higher price.

“Even when Netflix launched in Canada it did not launch with the same title count it had in the US.

“Will they lose customers that they’ve already got here or will there be a net gain of entirely new ones?”

And Netflix is up against a range of local players including Foxtel with Presto, Quickflix, easyflix.tv and then there’s Google Play and iTunes. And the television networks are all getting in streaming, including Nine which bought that stake in Quicklifx.

Telstra will have a much easier time of it than any new player trying to start from scratch says Megan Brownlow of Pwc .

“The thing with Netflix is that they don’t have the content rights for this territory. Everyone’s expecting them to enter but I believe it will not be easy for them to grow in a crowded market with strong incumbents,” she says.

PwC, according to its annual media outlook report, says Netflix completed a capital raising in early 2014 to fund international expansion and original content, making Australian Netflix a possibility.

Should such a player enter the market, it may be integrated into existing platforms such as Apple TV or Fetch TV for an additional monthly fee.

The prospect of a Netflix style proposition in Australia is seen as a positive development for some of the smaller players.

“We would be receptive to providing integrated access to such a service as simply another subscription content pack. Fetch TV views these services as complementary, not competitive with the Fetch TV proposition,” according to Fetch CEO Scott Lorson quoted in PwC’s analysis.

Apple TV and Xbox Live already provide this interface in countries where services such as Netflix are available.

However, Netflix faces barriers in slower internet download speeds in Australia and the fact that Foxtel and the free-to-air television networks hold the rights to much premium content.

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull believes country-based copyright restrictions will “shortly be a thing of the past and as we move to a global digital economy” following a bipartisan inquiry which recommended geoblocking be discouraged or banned.

Others disagree, saying geographic restriction is integral to the content creators, the studio business models and platforms such as Foxtel.

Stephen Langsford, CEO of Quickflix, sees Netflix currently getting a free ride because it’s picking up Australian subscribers without the high price of licensing content for the local market.

Even if Netflix doesn’t have an interest in working with a local partner, Nine has already bought a stake in Quickflix and the Ten Network says it’s actively seeking a partner.

Quickflix shares have been traded a lot more actively in recent months with the price going from 0.7 cents a share in June to 1.2 cents now.

“There’s certainly lots of interest, that’s for sure,” Langsford told Business Insider.

“Given our lead position in rolling out our service, and the last few years of investment to get to streaming, we are seeing lots of growth in streaming at a time when larger players, particularly the broadcast media players, are saying they need to diversify and get into this sector.

“There’s lots of discussion about Netflix and I guess that puts focus on the broadcast media players.

“Notwithstanding what they would like to do, do they have a runway sufficient enough to build their platform and a proposition?

“I guess that is fuelling the speculation around what the free-to-airs may or may not do.”

Langsford says he’s been investing considerably in brand and the platform.

“Our brand is now recognised for digital and online streaming of movie and TV entertainment,” he says.

“You don’t develop a brand overnight. We have a run rate revenue of over $22 million and over 120,000 paying customers. You don’t recruit that customer base overnight.

“When Nine comes out and says it’s going to be a $60 million to $80 million investment, they are probably about right.

“We are already seeing new entrants in the markets such as Foxtel Presto.

“It just goes to show that if you want to get going, get into the market tomorrow, no amount of money is going to light everything up in a sort amount of time.”

Langsford won’t comment about who he’s speaking on strategic partnerships.

“I can say we are having strategic partnering/investment discussions with international and local industry players,” he says.

“We think the time is right given our momentum and where we are with our platform, our device roll-out and our content arrangements that potentially partnering with a larger player makes a lot of sense to get going at full tilt.”

MTV, Click Pacific to provide coverage of 2015 Pacific Games

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=278331

Update: 4:00PM TWO domestic television broadcasters have signed on as non-exclusive domestic right holders for the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

EMTV and Click Pacific Limited will provide coverage of the Games.

 PNG EMTV will be the exclusive broadcaster of the opening and closing ceremonies while Click Pacific Limited will be the 2015 Pacific Games Channel and will be broadcasting up to 24 hours per day of Games on Pay TV throughout PNG and the Pacific.

In a statement, EMTV and Media Niugini Ltd CEO Bhanu Sud said EMTV's mass market television coverage across PNG means that their people would be able to watch and enjoy the performance of team PNG at the Games.

AsiaSat 6 Launch on 27 August

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 25 August 2014 – AsiaSat 6, the newest communications satellite of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), is set for launch at Hong Kong Time 12:50 p.m. (12:50 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on 27 August aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S.A. This will be the second launch for AsiaSat in less than one month.

AsiaSat 6, based on Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, is designed to provide excellent power and region-wide connectivity at its nominal orbital location of 120 degrees East. With 28 high-powered C-band transponders and a design life of 15 years, AsiaSat 6 offers two beams, one global beam and one regional beam for a broad range of video distribution and broadband network services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Live webcast of the launch at www.asiasat.com or www.spacex.com/webcast/ will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff, at about Hong Kong Time 12:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on 27 August.
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its five satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 7 and the newly launched AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat 6 is now at the Cape Canaveral launch base, under preparation for launch on 27 August. AsiaSat 9, on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.

Media Inquiries:

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel : (852) 2500 0899 Tel : (852) 2500 0880
Mobile : (852) 9097 1210 Email : wpang@asiasat.com
Email : scubbon@asiasat.com

Galileo satellites experience orbital injection anomaly on Soyuz launch Initial report

From Press release

On August 22, 2014, at 9:27 am local time in French Guiana, a Soyuz ST rocket lifted off with the first two satellites in the Galileo constellation.

The liftoff and first part of the mission proceeded nominally, leading to release of the satellites according to the planned timetable, and reception of signals from the satellites. It was only a certain time after the separation of the satellites that the ongoing analysis of the data provided by the telemetry stations operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French space agency CNES showed that the satellites were not in the expected orbit.

The targeted orbit was circular, inclined at 55 degrees with a semi major axis of 29,900 kilometers. The satellites are now in an elliptical orbit, with excentricity of 0.23, a semi major axis of 26,200 km and inclined at 49.8 degrees.

Both the Fregat upper stage and the two satellites are in a stable condition and position that entails absolutely no risk for people on the ground. The residual propellants on the Fregat stage have been purged and the stage was depressurized normally. According to the initial analyses, an anomaly is thought to have occurred during the flight phase involving the Fregat upper stage, causing the satellites to be injected into a noncompliant orbit.

Studies and data analyses are continuing in Kourou, French Guiana, and at Arianespace headquarters in Evry, near Paris, under the direction of Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, in conjunction with the Russian partners in the Soyuz in French Guiana program (Russian space agency Roscomos and the manufacturers RKTs-Progress and NPO Lavotchkine), as well as Arianespace's customer ESA and its industrial partners, to determine the scope of the anomaly and its impact on the mission. "Our aim is of course to fully understand this anomaly," said Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace. "Everybody at Arianespace is totally focused on meeting this objective. Starting Monday, Arianespace, in association with ESA and the European Commission, will designate an independent inquiry board to determine the exact causes of this anomaly and to draw conclusions and develop corrective actions that will allow us to resume launches of Soyuz from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in complete safety and as quickly as possible. The board will coordinate its work with Russian partners in the Soyuz at CSG program. Arianespace is determined to help meet the European Union's goals for the Galileo program without undue delay. We would like to thank

ESA, the European Commission and CNES for the very productive discussions since becoming aware of the occurrence of the anomaly. While it is too early to determine the exact causes, we would like to offer our sincere excuses to ESA and the European Commission for this orbital injection that did not meet expectations."

(Craig's comment, yes you read that right, they are offering their sincere EXCUSES)

Probe into failure of EU satnav project

From http://news.msn.co.nz/article.aspx?id=8896179

Experts are racing to identify and fix a problem that saw two satellites from Europe's troubled Galileo satnav program sent into the wrong orbit.

The pair were launched from Europe's space pad in Kourou, French Guiana, last Friday and were intended to be the first two fully operational satellites in the new-generation navigation system.

Experts said it seemed unlikely the two misplaced satellites could be brought into the right orbit and used.

Investigators from the European Space Agency (ESA) and launch operator Arianespace will work with an "internal task force" set up by the European Commission to figure out what went wrong, the EU's executive said on Monday.

Initial results will be presented in the first week of September.

European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Ferdinando Nelli Feroci said he stood by the project because of its "strategic importance," adding he was confident deployment of the satellite constellation "will continue as planned".

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's 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 rocket, the misplaced satellites should have been slotted into a circular orbit at an altitude of 23,500 kilometres, inclined at 56 degrees to the equator.

Instead - apparently as a result of a problem with the upper part of the rocket known as the "Fregat" - they were placed in an elliptical orbit at a height of 17,000 kilometres

Unlike bigger satellites, which carry larger tanks of hydrazine propellant to adjust their position, the two Galileo satellites weigh only 700 kilos and only have enough fuel for minor course adjustments.

"If it were just a small (orbital) correction, it would be possible, but this one really is major," said French astrophysicist Alain Dupas.

"The fuel reserves will definitely not be enough to get the satellites on the right track.... also, if you start using up your fuel at this stage, you reduce the satellite's operational span."

Arianespace had initially hailed Friday's launch as a success.

Hours later, it issued a terse statement saying further observations "highlighted a discrepancy between targeted and reached orbit."

The satellite is in a stable orbit and under control, ESA and Arianespace say.

Galileo, according to the project's defenders, will be more accurate and have a stronger signal, particularly in built-up areas, than its competitors.

The failure adds to a catalogue of problems encountered by the 5.4-billion-euro ($A7.8 billion) program, designed to give the EU independence in satellite navigation from the United States' Global Positioning System (GPS).

In 2013, the annual global market for satnav products and services was valued at 175 billion euros, and was expected to reach 237 billion by 2020, according to figures cited by the European Commission.

SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight

From http://www.space-travel.com/reports/SpaceX_rocket_explodes_during_test_flight_999.html

A SpaceX rocket exploded in midair during a test flight Friday, though no one was injured, as the company seeks to develop a spacecraft that can return to Earth and be used again.

The rocket was a three-engine version of the F9R test vehicle that succeeds SpaceX's Grasshopper prototype.

"During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission," the company said in a statement.

"Throughout the test and subsequent flight termination, the vehicle remained in the designated flight area."

SpaceX noted that a Federal Aviation Administration representative was present during the test.

It stressed that the test was "particularly complex, pushing the limits of the vehicle further than any previous test."

The company plans to review flight record details to understand what caused the problem before conducting another test.

SpaceX is competing with other companies -- including Boeing, Sierra Nevada and Blue Origin -- to be the first commercial outfit to take astronauts to space, possibly as early as 2017.

Until then, the world's astronauts must rely on Russian Soyuz spacecraft at a cost of $70 million per seat.

Ban on Thai satellite stations ends

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/428482/ban-on-satellite-stations-ends

The junta has ended a ban on 12 satellite television stations, allowing them to go back on air again, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said on Sunday. 

The broadcasters have been off air since the coup on May 22. They will be allowed to resume broadcasting on condition they strictly follow the rules set by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), he said.

The decision still needs the green light from the NBTC, which will hold talks on the issue on Monday.

The stations shut down are Bluesky, DNN, UDD, Asia Update, P&P, MV 5, 4-Channel, FMTV, ASTV, Hot TV, One Rescue TV and Network for Students and People for Reform of Thailand.

Mr Takorn did not disclose the conditions imposed by the junta.

But Maj Gen Suchart Pongput, who is in charge of the mass media for the NCPO, told the operators of the 12 channels on Aug 7 that they must adjust their programmes and fully cooperate with the military regime in keeping the public informed about its work with no bias and distortion of the content.

The station owners met with him to appeal for an end to the blackout as the ban had hit their revenues.

The banned broadcasters are seen as having political links. Bluesky's popularity jumped as it closely followed the street rallies by the People's Democratic Reform Committee and its leader Suthep Thaugsuban to oust then-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. It is the mouthpiece of the Democrat Party. Asia Update and UDD supported the Pheu Thai Party and the red shirts.

NCPO leader Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha banned all television stations on the day of the coup, but most were allowed to resume operating later. But the 12 satellite stations remained blacked out.

Roscosmos Intends to Spend About $298 Million on Removing Orbital Clutter

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Roscosmos_Intends_to_Spend_About_298_Million_on_Removing_Orbital_Clutter_999.html

The Russian Federal Space Agency plans to develop a new spacecraft to remove space debris.

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is planning to spend 10.8 million rubles to develop a new spacecraft that would be used to remove space debris which is locked in a geostationary orbit, such as decommissioned satellites and used-up boosters, according to Izvestia.

The agency intends to deploy the spacecraft, codename Liquidator, to clear up the geostationary orbit over the equator, which is 36 thousand kilometers above sea level.

Satellites in this area, which is sometimes called the Clarke orbit or Clarke belt, appear stationary because they are locked in place relative to the Earth. As a result of this feature, the geostationary orbit is where communication and broadcasting satellites mostly operate.

The Liquidator's parameters are listed in the Federal Space Program project for 2016-2025: the spacecraft will weigh four tons and be capable of removing up to 10 decommissioned craft and boosters from orbit per 6-month cycle. The space vehicle is expected to have an operating life of up to 10 years and it will be capable of performing at least 20 clean-up cycles.

"The geostationary orbit is already pretty crowded. The task of creating such a spacecraft is extremely difficult and we haven't chosen a contractor yet. I believe that we'll review proposals that have been presented by several companies which have experience in creating and operating spacecraft in a geostationary orbit.

"I'm talking about S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, NPO Lavochkin, and Information Satellite Systems - Reshetnev Company.

"I believe that the companies that have more experience with orbital approaches and docking will have the advantage, as this technology will be particularly valuable to the project," Alexander Danilyuk, Assistant General Manager of TsNIIMash (the principal scientific agency of Roscosmos) told Izvestia.

According to Danilyuk, there are two ways the Liquidator could dispose of space debris: it could either direct the debris to a higher orbit where it won't affect other craft, or it could shift the debris out of orbit, so that it can sink towards the so-called Spacecraft Cemetery in the southern Pacific Ocean. He also added that taking the debris to a higher orbit is easier and more expedient than de-orbiting.


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E! and Discovery Channel have been added to New Zealand's low cost terrestrial "Igloo" service, subscription price remains at $20 a month

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Changes on Optus D2 12581 H Church TV , TBN Pacific (Showing bars), Soac (Smile of a child) are all new here. Juce TV has replaced Ovation. All are FTA.

Sky NZ financials

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Nine, Fairfax Media close in on $100m video streaming deal

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/nine-fairfax-media-close-in-on-100m-video-streaming-deal-20140822-1070s0.html

Stream Co will be chaired by Nine Entertainment chief executive David Gyngell. Photo: Nic Walker

Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media are close to forming a $100 million video streaming service, signalling a closer relationship between the two companies and underscoring how subscription movies and television have become the new battleground in Australia media.

Fairfax has been in negotiations to invest in Nine's planned video on demand service Stream Co for more than three months, according to sources familiar with the proposed deal, who said the joint venture could be announced as soon as next week.

Although the deal is yet to be finalised it is believed the boards of both media companies have agreed to invest $50 million into the new business which will charge consumers $10 per month. Stream Co will be chaired by Nine Entertainment chief executive David Gyngell and run by Nine executive Mike Sneesby.

It is believed the boards of both media companies have agreed to invest $50 million into the new business, which will charge consumers $10 per month. Photo: Bloomberg

The joint venture will fan speculation Nine and Fairfax (publisher of this website) are likely to merge. However, sources close to both companies said that while the proposed deal demonstrated the media players were "close" there were there no plans to pursue a corporate transaction, particularly while Fairfax had substantial print operations.

The $100 million investment represents a serious bet by both companies on the future of subscription video on demand services and reflects the high cost of acquiring exclusive content. The proposed joint venture is also a response to the prospect of US streaming giant Netflix entering the Australian market in 2015 and domestic competition such as the Presto service offered by pay-television operator Foxtel.

The sources described the proposed Stream Co deal as a "true joint venture" with Fairfax looking to exploit its digital audiences and experience with managing subscriptions. The newspaper, radio and digital business has around 300,000 subscribers to its various websites and mastheads including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

The joint venture would give Fairfax a greater presence in long-form video at a time when more consumers are watching movies or television series on digital platforms such as iTunes and YouTube.

For its part, Nine is keen to ensure it captures a chunk of the advertising dollars migrating from free-to-air television to digital platforms. Video on demand services account for a growing chunk of the audience in the US where Netflix has more than 33 million customers.

While Nine executives would initially occupy the chairman and CEO roles, it is believed these will be shared if and when Stream Co breaks even.

The proposed joint venture will also allow the companies to sell "cross platform" advertising deals across television, newspapers, radio and digital. Media companies have tried to bulk up advertising package to combat audience fragmentation brought about by the rise of the internet.

The proposed deal comes at a critical time for the local media industry. Nine originally tried to form a streaming joint venture with rival broadcaster Seven West Media but the negotiations failed to result in a deal. There is speculation Seven and Ten Network Holdings will join Presto, which recently cut its price to $9.99 per month in a bid to attract more customers and bring it in line with Stream Co and Netflix.

Ten digital boss Rebekah Horne said earlier this month the free to air network was open to partnerships and that Foxtel – a joint venture between News Corporation and Telstra – had a deep understanding of subscription businesses.

Partnerships allow media companies to spread the cost of acquiring content that continues to rise despite weaker business and advertising conditions for broadcasters.

Australia: BBC content on Google Play

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/21/australia-bbc-content-on-google-play/

BBC Worldwide content is to be made available to purchase on download from the Google Play platform in Australia.

Shows including Doctor Who, Frozen Planet and Sherlock will be available. Individual episodes will cost A$2.99 (€2.09), with entire seasons offered to consumers via the download-to-own platform. More titles will be added on a regular basis.

“Making the BBC’s content more widely available across digital platforms is key to our strategy, enabling us to broaden our reach, increase audience engagement with the BBC brand and deliver new revenue streams,” commented Rob Leach, BBCWW Australia and New Zealand’s director of business development and consumer digital.

BBCWW content is already available via download on Google Play in the US, UK and Canada.

Sky TV profits surge 21pc to $165m

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11312628

Sky Network Television, New Zealand's dominant pay-TV company, posted a better than expected 21 percent gain in annual profit as it boosted revenue from more subscribers.

The Auckland-based company said profit rose to $165.8 million in the 12 months ended June 30, ahead of the $160.5 million forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll and higher than the $137.2 million profit a year earlier. Revenue increased 2.7 percent to $909 million as sales from subscription fees rose 2.7 percent to $809 million.

Sky, which is present in almost half of New Zealand households, increased its annual profit for a fifth consecutive year as it garners more fees from an increasing number of subscribers, more of whom are moving on to its higher value My Sky service. To drive future growth, Sky is investing in other models, such as DVD mail-order service Fatso and low-cost pay-TV service Igloo. The company said today it plans to spend more than $100 million over three years to ensure all its boxes can access 'video on demand' through the internet, enabling it to offer a wider range of services and enable it to compete with emerging rivals such as Spark.

"Future growth will come from new subscribers and from offering new content to existing subscribers," chief executive John Fellet told BusinessDesk. "We have to keep looking at what it is that they are looking for and figure a way to deliver it to them. This IP enabling of every one of our boxes will allow the take-up of a lot more opportunities for us via 'video on demand' and via the ultra-fast broadband (network)."

Shares in Sky rose 2.6 percent to $6.68, and have gained 11 percent so far this year.

The company said it plans to launch a 'video on demand' subscription service later this year to access new customers.

Sky is also investing $20 million to enable My Sky customers to connect to 'video on demand' services through the internet from January and in March it will start a three-year $100 million project to replace its 460,000 digital decoder boxes, which are at least eight years old. As well as enabling internet access to 'video on demand' services, the new boxes will be able to compress more information, allowing the company to access double the satellite bandwidth for no extra cost.

Fellet said investing in new models will help Sky reach as much as 80 percent of households, from about 49 percent currently, however he said he would be "ecstatic" if penetration rose at 1 point a year.

The company added a net 9,157 subscribers in the year through June, taking its total to 865,055. The number of residential subscribers, who account for about 82 percent of the total, rose 3.5 percent while wholesale subscribers fell 15 percent as customers who previously received the service through Telecom, now called Spark, transferred to Sky after the companies ended a wholesale agreement.

Average monthly revenue per subscriber rose 2.2 percent to $77.52 from the year earlier. Average revenue from My Sky users rose 0.4 percent to $87.22 a month.

The company eked out price increases across its most popular packages during the year with its 'basic + sport' offering, used by about 42 percent of customers, going up by 1.9 percent to $74.75 a month, while its 'basic + sport + movies' package, favoured by about 29 percent of customers, increased 1.7 percent to $95.68 a month.

Sky increased the number of subscribers using its higher value My Sky decoder by 11 percent to 504,713 and 42 percent of the company's My Sky installations were to new Sky subscribers, compared with 27 percent the year earlier. My Sky customers now make up 61.1 percent of the company's residential customers, up from 55.5 percent a year ago, it said.

The number of customers who disconnected from the pay-TV service during the year fell to 13.2 percent from a 14.4 percent pace the year earlier, Sky said.

Sky's expenses fell 1.5 percent to $656.1 million from the year earlier. Programming costs fell to 30.8 percent of revenue from 32.7 percent the year earlier, which including higher rights and production costs because of the London Olympics.

The company will pay a final dividend of 15 cents a share on Sept. 12, up from 12 cents the year earlier. That takes the total annual dividend to 29 cents a share, from 24 cents in 2013.

The stock is rated an average 'hold' according to analyst recommendations compiled by Reuters. Sky may provide an outlook on its expectations for the 2015 year at its annual meeting in October, Fellet said.

Spark wants 70,000 Lightboxers by June

From nzherald

Mike McMahon, chief technology officer for the new online TV network Lightbox. Photo / Dean Purcell.

Spark's new internet television service is aiming to attract at least 70,000 paying customers by the middle of next year.

The venture, Lightbox, has launched in beta mode and is due to become available to the wider public at the end of this month.

Due to have 5000 hours of content, Lightbox gives "all you can eat" access to its content on up to five devices and named hit shows Arrested Development, Outlander and 24 among its "exclusive" offerings.

The service is tipped to challenge existing pay-television service Sky TV and provide an alternative for Kiwis who access overseas services such as Netflix and Hulu through backdoor routes.

Spark managing director Simon Moutter said, when reporting the company's full-year result today, that Lightbox aimed to get 70,000 customers by June 30 next year.

To put that in perspective, Sky had 865,000 subscribers at the middle of this year.

Moutter did not want to speculate on when Lightbox - which the company has spent $20 million on to date - would break even.

"We launching a new venture we don't know what customer appetite will be like and we're going to have to feel our way as we go," he said.

However, Moutter said if the service was "very successful", Spark could put more money and effort into it.

"If we get a really strong uptake, we'll increase our efforts not just sit on our coat-tails," he said.

Moutter also responded to questions about Spark's plan to build a new undersea telecommunications cable between Auckland and Sydney.

The venture was being done together with Vodafone and Telstra.

Asked to comment on speculation that Telstra wasn't going to participate, Moutter said he wasn't prepared to talk about what the partners were doing.

"It's still progressing through its approval process. Our desire is to invest and get on with the build...hopefully [there will] be some news on that in the not so distant future," he said.

If needed, Moutter said Spark would increase its position in the venture but that it would prefer to have a number of partners.

NHNZ slams 'archaic' TV networks

From http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/313268/archaic-networks-slammed

NHNZ managing director Kyle Murdoch has slammed New Zealand television networks as ''archaic'' after they declined to take content from its new children's TV channel.

This comes as the Dunedin-based firm's ZooMoo channel, aimed at 3- to 6-year-olds, launches in Latin America today after partnering with the United States' largest satellite service provider, DirecTV.

Mr Murdoch said it was disappointing the company had not had comparable success trying to get content from the educational animal-based channel on New Zealand television.

''We have tried really hard to get inside New Zealand TV. We have been turned down by pretty much everyone.

''We have pitched it to TVNZ, we have pitched to to TV3, we have pitched it to Maori TV, we have pitched it to Sky,'' he said.

He put this partly down to New Zealand's strict rules on the amount of advertising allowed during children's TV, but also due to the lack of vision at the networks.

''When you are dealing with traditional New Zealand broadcasters, they are so archaic.

''The people in the commissioning positions ... have been in the same positions for the last 20 years.''

He did not see a bright future for traditional broadcast television, going as far as saying ''TV is kind of dead, really''.

''[New Zealand TV networks] are completely going to be in decline, because they are just not up to date.''

The networks had given ''some ridiculous feedback, like saying that our programmes aren't innovative enough''.

This was ''rubbish'' as the channel, which had an associated app, was at the ''leading edge'' of ''trans-media productions''.

It was still in discussion with both Spark's subscription internet TV service, Lightbox, and Sky about having some of its content available online as video on demand.

However, he felt the best course of action would likely be to go it alone in New Zealand and launch an online video on demand channel.

Despite not making it on to New Zealand TV, it was an ''exciting time'' at NHNZ as it sought ''global domination'' for its children's channelToday's launch in Latin America involved partnering with the largest US satellite TV company, DirecTV - which had global revenue of $US31.7 billion last year - potentially opening the way to the lucrative US market.

''It's like getting to bed with Sky on steroids. They are just that much bigger than anything in the New Zealand market.''

The Latin America launch came after the channel was already on the air in Brazil and Singapore and ahead of a launch in Indonesia next month.

He expected it would take three to five years to really ''grow the brand''.

The company also hoped to ''roll out another few channels'', but he was unsure when this might happen.

''We want to make more channels, but we would have to do market research to determine what those actual channels would be.''

A spokeswoman for Mediaworks, which owns TV3, declined to comment, apart from saying the channel selected content based on viewer demand.

A TVNZ spokeswoman also declined to comment on the criticism, only commenting on the funding situation for children's TV.

''There's a limited amount of local production funding to go around and that means some kids' shows will get made while others won't, despite having a lot going for them.''

Fiji TV records $1.5m loss

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/22374/fiji-tv-records-1-5m-loss

Fiji Television Limited Group has announced a loss of $1.5 million for the year ended June 30, 2014 – this after the company’s $3.6 million profit for the previous financial year.

The revenue for the group dropped by six percent to $37.2 million compared to $39.5 million the previous.

The holding company announced a profit after tax of $1.3 million compared to $2.2 million the previous year.

Given the profits decrease, the revenue for the holding company increased, by 14 percent to $25.7 million when compared to $22.5 million for the previous year.

In a statement Fiji TV Chairman Padam Lala says the operating result for the Group are adequate given the challenges and economic conditions faced in its different areas of operation in the Pacific.

Europe launches new Galileo satellites

From http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28860851

Europe has launched the next two satellites in the Galileo network - its version of the American Global Positioning System (GPS).

The spacecraft - model numbers five and six - went up on a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana.

Galileo is now finally moving towards full deployment after years of delay.

The European Space Agency, which is building the system on behalf of the EU, expects to have a 26-satellite constellation in orbit by 2017.

To that end, it has just ordered three big Ariane-5 rockets at a cost of half a billion euros.

Europe's premier launch vehicle can loft four spacecraft at a time, and this should allow for six to eight satellites to be put in space every 12 months from now on.

"Every spacecraft is, after in-orbit commissioning, put into operation, and is broadcasting a navigation signal that is a valid signal for users with a combined Galileo/GPS receiver; and there are already receivers on the market that have this capability. So, you have to see the service as being increased one by one," explained Esa Galileo project manager, Javier Benedicto.

Friday's Soyuz lift-off occurred on schedule at precisely at 09:27:11 local time (13:27 BST; 14:27 CEST).

The "instant launch window" was required to get the satellites into just the right part of the sky demanded by the network's multi-plane configuration.

 The British firm SSTL integrates all the Galileo technologies inside a satellite

The latest platforms, dubbed "Doresa" and "Milena" in a public competition, are somewhat different to their four predecessors, which were used to validate the Galileo technology in orbit.

Formally described as the first Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites, they have been produced by a new manufacturing consortium, comprising the German outfit OHB System and the UK firm SSTL.

This pair have been contracted to supply the next 20 spacecraft as well.

SSTL's role is to integrate all the Galileo system components inside a satellite.

"It's been a high-volume operation," said SSTL director John Paffett, "and we're now turning out a payload every six weeks. By the middle of next year, all our payloads will have shipped to OHB, and it won't be long after that that all the finished satellites will have been handed over to Esa."

Esa still has to procure at least four more satellites to complete a constellation configuration that includes a number of in-orbit spares.

Didier Faivre, Esa's Galileo programme director, said the agency wanted to assess the first satellites in space before issuing another work order.

"We will have to decide whether we buy exactly the same [spacecraft], which is a consequence if everything works well, or if we have to tune things in terms of technology and performance," he told BBC News.

SpaceX targets early Tuesday satellite launch from Cape Canaveral

From http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2014/08/22/spacex-targets-early-tuesday-satellite-launch-cape-canaveral/14436793/

The AsiaSat 6 commercial communications satellite was encapsuated in a payload fairing in preparation for a planned launch early Tuesday on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

A commercial communications satellite has been secured inside a payload fairing in preparation for its planned launch early Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Liftoff of the 224-foot rocket and AsiaSat 6 satellite is targeted for 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, at the opening of a window extending to 4:05 a.m. at Launch Complex 40.

The Air Force has not yet released a weather forecast.

The launch would be SpaceX's second for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat in three weeks, following the successful Aug. 5 launch of AsiaSat 8 to a geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles over the equator.

SpaceX plans on Friday to perform a practice countdown culminating in a brief firing of the rocket's nine first-stage Merlin 1D engines around 8 p.m., known as a static fire test.

If the test goes well, the launch attempt should remain on schedule, weather permitting.

After the satellite's encapsulation, AsiaSat said Friday it was ready to be attached to the Falcon 9 rocket for launch "next week."

CSM launches PremierLeaguePass in Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/21/csm-launches-premierleaguepass-in-asia/

Coliseum Sports Media (CSM) announced its launch its online platform PremierLeaguePass.com, which showcases the Barclays Premier League, in Taiwan – marking its début in the Asian market.

Powered by the Neulion Sports Platform, the new digital destination will provide quality coverage of Premier League action. Football fans in Taiwan can look forward to coverage of all 380 games live and in HD, with on-demand options for a selection of matches as well as Highlight, Preview and Review Shows via the dedicated pay-per-view online platform on PremierLeaguePass.com.

“We are proud to launch PremierLeaguePass.com in Taiwan, which is the first market to launch this innovative digital offering in Asia,” said Tim Martin, CEO of CSM. “It is one of the three countries in APAC region to have this service, and we are excited to bring Taiwanese soccer enthusiasts’ access to the Barclays Premier League Tournament at an affordable price … following the success of PremierLeaguePass.com in New Zealand, we are confident that our digital platform will change the way BPL fans in Taiwan consume sports. PremierLeaguePass.com will give football-loving Taiwan fans the power to watch the most competitive and compelling league in the world of football when they want to; how they want to and where they want to.”

Court deals further blow to Aereo

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/22/court-deals-further-blow-to-aereo/

A US court has delivered a further setback to Internet entertainment streaming service Aereo’s continued attempts to resume operations by being designated a cable company.

Aereo suspended its operations June 28 following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters and has suggested that after the Supreme Court’s decision, Aereo should be recognised as a cable system with respect to its method of transmission and licensed as such, paying appropriate fees.

However, it will be unable to pursue this argument in court, according to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, with procedural reasons requiring that it do so at the district court level, officials said in a document filed August 22.

The decision is a further win for broadcasters, who had sought a ban on Aereo from its inception. Initially, the district court decided against an injunction, but the June 25 Supreme Court ruling reversed that decision.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York has now ruled that if Aereo wants to argue that it is a cable company only for the purposes of copyright law — and therefore qualified to pay lower royalties — it is currently making the argument to the wrong people.

“On April 1, 2013, we affirmed the district court’s order of July 11, 2012, denying Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction. On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court reversed and remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with its opinion. In accordance with the instructions of the Supreme Court, we therefore now VACATE the district court’s order denying the preliminary injunction and REMAND the case for further proceedings. By letter dated July 24, 2014, appellee Aereo, Inc. seeks “further consideration of the preliminary injunction issues in this case by this Court,” specifically, whether Aereo is a ‘cable system’ entitled to a statutory license. The request is denied. We leave it to the district court to consider whether the issues are properly raised in these cases and, if so, to rule on the issues in the first instance,” says the judges’ ruling.


Interesting link


From my Email


From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12401 V "Good 2 and Chinese Hope TV" have left .

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12418 V "Fashion TV Japan" is encrypted again.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3932 V "Ruai TV" is back on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 12368 H "ETTV News" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3732 V "BYU TV Gobal" has left .

Express AM33 96.5°E 11476 V "Astana TV" has left .
Express AM33 96.5°E "Ugra TV" has moved from 11500 V to 11494 V, Fta.

SES 8 95.0°E 12110 H "Cinema TV has replaced Shalom TV India" on , Fta.

Insat 4B 93.5°E 11490 V "Rishtey" has left .

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11760 H "Egoist TV, Nuart TV, Playboy TV UK and Russkaya Noch" have started on, encrypted.ABS 2 75.0°E 11473 V "TNT" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E "A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, STS Love and HD Life" have started on 11793 V and 11853 V, HD, Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E "STS Love" is back on 11913 V, 11973 V and 12093 V, Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4118 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4155 V "&pictures" has started on , HD, Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4184 V "Sakhi TV" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 902 62.0°E Perviy kanal, Rossiya 1, Rossiya 2, NTV, Rossiya 24, TNT, STS, REN TV, NTV Plus Futbol, Nostalgia and NTV Plus Sport have moved from 11014 H to 11555 H, Verimatrix.

From asiatvro site

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,OK TV(泰国)频道重现,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[08-21]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,H16、H17(数码天空)测试频道加密,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。[08-21]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Mir Moldove(摩尔多瓦)频道消失,设置11497 V 3750参数无效接收。[08-21]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,茶频道替换先锋纪录(中数传媒)频道,设置4140 V 27500参数有条件接收。[08-21]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Gazi TV(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3804 H 4800参数有条件接收。[08-21]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Motorvision TV、Viewwold(高清)频道消失,设置11541 H 45000参数无效接收。[08-20]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Nung(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3960 H 29700参数有条件接收。[08-20]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,探索高清、频探索儿童(DISH HD)等全组道重现,设置12385 H 43200参数免费接收。[08-20]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,NBT HD、Thai PBS(高清)频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。[08-20]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Ani(IPM)频道加密,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。[08-20]
东经96.5度轨道位置的快车AM33号卫星Ku频段,Astana(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11476 V 2963参数无效接收。[08-20]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,探索世界(高清)频道加密,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。[08-20]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,探索儿童、Luxe TV(DISH-HD)等全组频道消失,设置12385 H 43200参数无效接收。 [8月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Mir Moldove(摩尔多瓦)频道新增,设置11497 V 3750参数有条件接收。 [8月19日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Suptra(泰国)频道消失,设置11481 H 45000参数无效接收。 [8月19日]


Australia consults on 3.5 GHz spectrum use for NBN

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/australia-consults-on-35-ghz-spectrum-use-for-nbn--1032269

The Australian Ministry for Communications has released an exposure draft of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (3.5 GHz frequency band) Direction 2014 for public consultation. The draft Direction relates to the use of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band to address the spectrum gap for the National Broadband Network's (NBN) fixed wireless network around major mainland cities.

The NBN Co Fixed Wireless and Satellite Review recommended that NBN Co cooperate with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on options to secure sufficient spectrum to address the spectrum gap. The ACMA identified that area-wide apparatus licences within the 3.5 GHz frequency band (3400 – 3600 MHz) may be suitable for the purposes of NBN Co.If enacted, the proposed Direction would require the ACMA to complete, by 30 April 2015, all steps necessary to enable apparatus licences of a type which would be appropriate for use for the NBN to be issued in the 3.5 GHz band.

The ACMA would also be required to take into account certain matters when deciding whether to issue an apparatus licence for this spectrum. This would make available the spectrum needed to provide NBN fixed wireless broadband services to around 80,000 homes and businesses located near major cities. NBN Co would pay a market rate for the spectrum.

Interested stakeholders can submit their comments on the draft Direction and the accompanying draft Explanatory Statement 22 September.

News Corp Australia chief Julian Clarke plays down poor results

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/news-corp-australia-chief-julian-clarke-plays-down-poor-results-20140821-106kfv.html

“Nobody is any doubt about the headwinds that all of us are facing and continue to face.”: News Corp Australia chief Julian Clarke. Photo: Chris Pearce

News Corporation Australia chief executive Julian Clarke has sought to shrug off a leaked internal document which showed The Australian haemorrhaged $27 million in the year to June 2013, saying that the “trend lines are looking good” for the company.

Speaking at the newspaper industry’s annual PANPA conference, Mr Clarke said it had been an “interesting day” on Wednesday – the day the documents were published by website Crikey sparking a social media storm among media followers.

The accounts reveal far more detail than News Corp gave at its fourth quarter results this month and display how heavily the company has bolstered its Australian newspapers with profits from online real estate giant REA and ­pay television joint venture Foxtel.

Mr Clarke sought to play down the poor results, telling an audience that included Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and a panel that included Fairfax Media CEO Greg Hywood: “What is published is 14 months old.”

“I’m not too worried about what was published yesterday to be honest. All the trend lines that I am responsible for are all kicking the right way.”

Mr Clarke added: “The (News Corp) CEO Robert Thompson has been more than open about the state of our company and our industry and has said all the trends lines in Australia are looking good. Make of that what you will.”

The accounts show that operating losses at The Australian widened from $19.3 million to ­$27.1 million against a budgeted loss of $7.56 million, according to the last weekly internal operating accounts for 2012-13. Revenues tumbled from $135 million to $108 million, versus a budgeted $133 million.

In addition the company’s national digital services suffered losses of $5.1 million, although these were slightly down from a loss of ­$7.44 million a year earlier.

The accounts were compiled less than two months before then News Corp chief executive Kim Williams was ousted and in the same week as Mr Murdoch demerged his global News Corp ­operations from his highly valued US film and cable television business 21st Century Fox, in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal in the UK.

“Nobody is any doubt about the headwinds that all of us are facing and continue to face,” said Mr Clarke. “My reaction is the reality is the first thing you have to acknowledge and then devise your game plan around it.

“As the Minister has said our industry has been hit harder and longer by disruptive technologies but the flip side is we have had longer to work it out.”

20 Per Cent Of Foxtel Presto Movies Are Watched Via Google Chromecast

From http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/08/20-per-cent-of-foxtels-presto-movies-are-watched-via-chromecast/

One criticism often made of Foxtel is that it doesn’t keep up with the latest in technology. Whether or not that is true for Foxtel Play and Go, it’s not the case for the company’s Presto movie streaming service. More than a fifth of all Presto movies watched since launch have been viewed via Google’s $50 Chromecast dongle.

Presto was launched in the middle of March on Mac, PC, iOS and Android tablets, but only added Chromecast support at the start of July. In the last six weeks, that Chromecast support has accounted for 20 per cent of Presto’s video traffic — clearly a pretty significant proportion.

Recently slashing its monthly subscription price by half to $9.99, Presto does what even Foxtel Play and Go can’t — it takes big risks. The aggressive price strategy, the quick adoption of new technology that potentially opens the service up to abuse (with a video stream leaving the relative safety of a locked-down app), the implicit threat from any Netflix spin-off that might launch here — all of these are reasons not for Foxtel to invest time and effort in developing Presto, so it’s good to see that the company is.

It hasn’t gone all out, though; the mobile app is only available on select tablets from Apple, Samsung and Google, and there’s nothing that Foxtel could do to get some people on board — the BitTorrent die-hards, anyone that still visits their local Video Ezy to pick up the 7-for-$7 weekly special, and so on. Still, Chromecast support is one small thing that is clearly paying dividends for Presto.

According to a Presto spokesperson, the process isn’t exactly turn-key, despite the open Chromecast SDK, which makes it all the more impressive: “Developing Presto for Chromecast was made easier by the fact that Google publishes its Chromecast SDK openly. We put a lot of effort towards getting the user experience just right and were able to build and deploy Presto’s Chromecast feature within four months from start to finish, which was considered an impressive result by all parties involved. We are absolutely delighted by the results, with a very high quality user experience and the majority of our video consumption now occurring via Chromecast.”

Foxtel has gone to pains to make no announcements or comments around Chromecast for Foxtel Play or Go, so maybe that’s one potential step for the future. Fingers crossed. [Presto]

Bad weather delays ESA satellite launch

From http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0821/638417-esa-to-launch-two-satellites/

Bad weather has indefinitely delayed the planned blast-off from French Guiana of two satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation system, launch firm Arianespace said.

Once in place they will boost to six the number of satellites in the Galileo network, a long-delayed project which aims to provide an alternative to global navigation systems such as the United States' GPS or Russia's Glonass.

The satellites had been due to take off from the European space centre in Kourou at 1.31pm Irish time on a Russian-made Soyuz rocket.

"The weather conditions being unfavourable over the Guiana Space Center, Arianespace has decided to postpone the launch of the Soyuz ST-B," the company said in a statement.

"Another launch date will be decided depending on the evolution of the weather conditions in Kourou."

Dubbed SAT 5 and SAT 6, the satellites will eventually form part of a constellation of 27 satellites and three reserves.

They will join four other satellites. The first pair was launched in October 2011 and the second a year later.

The launch of SAT 5 and SAT 6 have already been delayed for a year due to "technical difficulties in the setting up of the production line and test tools," according to the European Space Agency, which plans to launch one more pair by year-end.

Thereafter, the constellation will grow at a rate of six to eight satellites per year.

According to the ESA website, 18 satellites should be able to provide initial services to users "by mid-decade", with full services from the full 30-part constellation "scheduled for the decade's end".

Arianespace signs deal for three new launch services using Ariane 5 ES

From http://spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=43781

Today saw Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA), acting on behalf of the European Commission, convene at the Guiana Space Center, European spaceport, to sign a contract for three launch services with Ariane 5 ES in order to step up the deployment of the European navigation system Galileo, the European Union’s flagship program.

With this new launch contract and thanks to the performance of Ariane 5 ES, a total of 12 Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites will be launched using three dedicated Ariane 5 ES launch-vehicles, each carrying four satellites. The Ariane 5 ES launches will take place from 2015 onwards.

Arianespace will be responsible for ensuring all of the 22 FOC satellites manufactured by the German group OHB System alongside the British company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd are taken into circular orbit at an altitude of 23,522 km using a combination of five Soyuz launch-vehicles (two satellites per launch) and three Ariane 5 ES launch-vehicles (four satellites per launch). The 22 operational satellites will join the four IOV satellites (IOV 1&2 and IOV 3&4) launched successfully by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Center back in 2011 and 2012.

Furthermore Arianespace and its subsidiary Starsem were responsible for launching in 2005 and 2008 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome the initial satellites in the Galileo constellation, Giove-A and Giove-B, which were able to secure the frequencies allocated to the constellation.

Once the contract had been signed, Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, made the following statement: “With its Ariane 5 ES heavy-lift launch-vehicle, Arianespace is able to provide the most appropriate solution for stepping up the deployment of the entire Galileo constellation. Ariane has once again demonstrated its excellence as it lends its expertise to Europe’s ambitions in space. With the three Ariane, Vega and Soyuz launch-vehicles operated from the Guiana Space Center, European spaceport, Arianespace is giving Europe guaranteed access to space and suitable solutions to meet its wide-ranging needs. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the European Commission and European Space Agency (ESA) for their continued trust. Being the launch operator of the Galileo program is an immense source of pride for Arianespace, its employees and its partners.”

Vietnam adjusts satellite orbit to dodge probable collision in space

From http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/21813/vietnam-adjusts-satellite-orbit-to-dodge-probable-collision-in-space

Vietnam’s first earth-observing satellite, VNREDSat-1, changed its orbit to duck a possible collision with another object cruising at high speed last week, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology said on Wednesday.

The academy’s Center for Small Satellite Control and Exploitation, made changes to the orbit on August 15 after it received a warning from the U.S. Joint Space Operations Center (JSPOC) that the VNREDSat-1 might collide with an object that was flying at a speed of 14,000 meters per second.

According to JSPOC, a collision could occur at 8:26 pm on August 15 (Vietnam time) with a probability of 0.279 percent, the center said, adding that this rate is much higher than the international threshold of 0.1 percent at which the orbits of any satellites involved are required to be adjusted for safety reasons.

After consulting international experts, the Vietnamese center decided to change the orbit of the VNREDSat-1 and the modification was completed at 7:00 pm the same day.

Two hours later, data transmitted from the satellite showed that it was traveling in a new orbit and that the device still operated normally at the time, the center said.

The satellite center noted that adjusting the VNREDSat-1’s orbit was the most complicated task it had ever performed in relation to the satellite.

VNREDSat-1, which was launched into space from the Guiana Space Center, French Guiana on May 7, measures 600mm x 570mm x 500mm and weighs 115kg.

It was built at a cost of €55.8 million (US$73.9 million), with the funding coming from the French government’s official development assistance and the Vietnamese government.

During its operation, the VNRED Sat-1 provides high-resolution satellite images that serve social and economic development purposes, natural resources management, environmental protection, and natural disaster detection and control.

With this satellite, Vietnam has become the fifth ASEAN nation to own a remote sensing satellite after Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

In 2008 and 2012, Vietnam also launched two telecommunication satellites, Vinasat 1 and Vinasat 2, both of which are operating in a geostationary orbit at an altitude of about 35,800km.

XTAR Evaluating Options for New Capacity in Asia Pacific

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2014/08/20/xtar-evaluating-options-for-new-capacity-in-asia-pacific/

[Via Satellite 08-20-2014] Private satellite operator XTAR is considering ways to expand its fleet to include coverage over the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, the company has two satellites in orbit — XTAR LANT and XTAR EUR — providing coverage over the Americas, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia, exclusively for government customers. XTAR’s satellites currently do not cover the Asia Pacific, making it a high priority for new spacecraft.
“The Asia-Pacific region is very attractive to us,” Andrew Ruszkowski, XTAR’s chief commercial officer told Via Satellite. “We are intent on doing something there, but we are cautious about how we go about it.”

In one of his last speeches, General William Shelton, former Commander of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), said he expected more commercial satellite communications (comsatcom) to be available across the Asia Pacific in five to 10 years. However he admitted that today there is not much available.
“As the U.S. shifts more focus to Asia and the Pacific, satellite operators will want to capture some of that business,” said William Ostrove, aerospace and defense analyst at Forecast International. “It’s one more customer (and a big one at that) to drive revenues and make investment more appealing.”
For XTAR, the situation is unique because the company only serves military and civil government users. The unpredictability of the U.S. government coupled with its tendency to prefer short-term contracts presents a challenge. Ruszkowski said XTAR is evaluating multiple approaches to round out its satellite footprint.
“If we launch capacity, whether it’s into the Asia-Pacific or some other part of the world, and it is perhaps X-band or another frequency band designed specifically for government use, then the bar is even higher for the business case,” explained Ruszkowski. “That is, without having the option to sell our capacity or our services to government and commercial alike, we really have to be quite sure that there is a strong business case for the life of the satellite. So we are looking at this very closely. We’ve got a number of options that we’re considering. They include both a variety of satellite configurations as well as partnerships.”

Ruszkowski said XTAR chose not to compete for a prime position on the Air Force’s Hosted Payloads Solutions Program (HoPS), because it would deviate too far from the company’s core business. Instead XTAR has partnered with several prime contractors on ways it can operate a hosted payload on one of their satellites.
“We are very optimistic that, as we look to expand our fleet, we are going to present through the primes some good opportunities for launching hosted payloads and bringing them up into use,” said Ruszkowski.

XTAR is in discussions with the U.S. government as well as with other governments on an approach to the Asia Pacific that makes sense for the company. Ruszkowski added that XTAR is not opposed to putting more capacity in orbit where the company has existing coverage. This could include new frequency bands or new payloads, he said.

Currently, XTAR’s fastest growing sector is mobility for aircraft. Just recently the company signed a contract with Leidos to provide secure co-location service for testing manned airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. Both manned and unmanned ISR aircraft are growing users of satellite bandwidth. Ostrove expects this will continue to be a trend.
“Just as in other areas of society, the use of data is increasing rapidly in the military x This will increase reliance on both military-owned and commercial communications satellites to relay that data back and forth from the battlefield,” he said.

Ruszkowski said longer-term commitments and partnerships to improve the use of hosted payloads and other arrangements would improve the chance of the commercial capacity Shelton anticipated being ready in five to 10 years. The best thing the U.S. government could do, according to Ruszkowski, would be to officially publish a space-architecture that recognizes commercial satellite operators as a fundamental part of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) communications needs. Comsatcom providers have regularly asked for such a format in order to justify the long-term nature of satellites when needed by the government. Now, with General John Hyten commanding AFSPC, Ruszkowski expressed confidence that the DoD will continue to look at more efficient means of using satellite services.
“I’m hopeful that General Hyten will continue the emphasis that General Shelton had and perhaps continue to even redouble the focus on employing new ways of addressing space requirements. I’m hopeful that he will look to the comsatcom industry to do part of that,” he said.

Intelsat celebrates 50 years

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/20/intelsat-celebrates-50-years/

Intelsat today commemorates its 50th anniversary of providing critical telecommunications and video content distribution infrastructure for businesses, organizations and governments around the world. In honor of its anniversary, the company created a video library featuring 50 interviews with contributors to the earliest days of the commercial space sector, as well as the business leaders responsible for today’s innovations.  The video gallery also includes the stories of Intelsat’s customers and employees who have witnessed firsthand the vital role of satellite communications in connecting the world.

“I can think of no better way to honor Intelsat’s 50th year and those early pioneers of space than by looking to the future and the advances that are taking place in space-based communications that will transform how people, machines, and businesses connect to one another,” stated Dave McGlade, Chairman and CEO, Intelsat. “The advent of high throughput satellite technology, such as Intelsat EpicNG, and innovation occurring at all levels of our ecosystem will ensure that communities and businesses around the world have the information and content they need to progress and thrive.  That was our mission in 1964 and remains critically important at Intelsat today as we endeavor to connect people of the world.”

The International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (INTELSAT) was established on the basis of agreements signed by governments and operating entities on August 20, 1964.  INTELSAT’s sole purpose was to provide the necessary communications infrastructure that would aid in the socioeconomic development of nations around the world.

Since then, Intelsat has played a crucial role in enabling the vast progression of telecommunications over the past half century. The company’s global satellite network has provided critical connectivity and content delivery that has transformed businesses, driven economic development and productivity and brought people together during global events.

Since Intelsat’s global satellite broadcast of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon in 1969, Intelsat’s satellites have allowed the world to share in real time some of modern history’s most historic moments and iconic entertainment events.  As important, Intelsat has served as the critical link for news organisations and humanitarian workers by providing near-instant communications infrastructure during times of crisis.

50 years, 50 satellites, and millions of people connected by satellite communications, Intelsat remains the world’s leading provider of satellite communications.  The company’s commitment to innovation, its customers and ensuring that  businesses and people wherever they are around the world have access to content and  connectivity that will enable them to thrive and grow continues to be at the core of Intelsat’s success.

Fox Sports acquires Europa League for Hong Kong

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/20/fox-sports-acquires-europa-league-for-hong-kong/

Fox Sports, Fox International Channels’ (FIC) sports network, has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights for the UEFA Europa League in Hong Kong for 3 seasons, starting with the 2015-16 season.  This is the first time Fox Sports has acquired the rights to the UEFA Europa League in Asia.

The multimedia platform deal covers linear channels, IPTV, Internet and Mobile with access to all 205 matches over 15 match-weeks.

The UEFA Europa League has also increased in significance as the winner from the 2014-15 season onwards will gain direct entry to the UEFA Champions League for the following season.

“Our acquisition of the UEFA Europa League rights is another great win for us and helps us be an even better partner to our affiliates.  We look forward to working with them to bring great football to fans in Hong Kong,” said Cora Yim, SVP, Head of Chinese Entertainment and Territory Head for Hong Kong at FOX International Channels.

Getty Images to distribute NHK output

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/20/getty-images-to-distribute-nhk-output/

Japanese public broadcaster NHK’s newly-launched Video Bank, which embraces all of NHK’s HD news, features, documentaries, drama and animation, is being distributed by Getty Images.

The deal between Getty and NHK echoes a similar relationship between the BBC and Getty for the BBC’s Motion Gallery content and programming.

“As the innovator and global leader in visual communications, Getty Images sets the standard for superior content creation and distribution the world over,” said Jonathan Klein, Co-founder and CEO of Getty Images.  “Millions of customers come to Getty Images every day for the most inspiring, innovative and powerful imagery to bring their projects to life and move the world with pictures. We are thrilled to enrich Getty Images’ comprehensive video offering of over two million unique clips with NHK’s exceptional collection of Japanese and other Asian content.”

NHK Video Bank includes special collections such as the renowned Silk Road series, and features comprehensive footage of global environmental issues, from retreating glaciers to the deforestation of the Amazon Basin, as well as coverage of natural disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Other highlights include the world’s first HD footage of the moon’s surface captured from the Kaguya moon-orbiter, and Nippon News, an invaluable historical record of the Pacific front during WWII, available in HD with English scripts and metadata.

“Every day, the NHK Archives adds many more high-quality HD programmes and news images shot by NHK to its vast stock. We are delighted that these images now reach content producers all over the world through the Getty Images network. For more superb footage, please search for ‘NHK Video Bank’”, said Tadao Sakomizu, Managing Director of NHK International.

Stopping Premier League piracy “impossible”

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/20/stopping-premier-league-piracy-impossible/

A leading IT expert believes the Premier League will probably not be able to stop fans illegally uploading videos of goals and has questioned whether it would be legally possible.

The Premier League has warned fans it is clamping down on Vines and Tweets of goals after thousands of users spread videos of goals on social media during the summer’s World Cup.

According to Warwick Business School Professor of Practice Mark Skilton, it will be almost impossible to stop the illegal uploads. “Broadcasters will struggle to prevent this so long as their sites are not integrated with social media websites,” said Skilton. “The problem and opportunity is that the barriers to entry for providing and capitalising on these services and switching between them are very low in the cyber world. Consumers can just click to another platform as and when they like,” he advised.

“The issue is an old one in Internet terms of where copyright material that is shared through a social media or a search engine is violating the original broadcaster’s terms and conditions. But does a short 15 or 30-second looping clip constitute streaming a game or providing a video service? It’s difficult to see – especially from a fan’s point of view – how this is intended to violate copyright, rather than the social network experience it is typically intended to foster.”

“This isn’t a new problem – the internet has changed viewing habits forever. The increasing number of people watching live broadcast events is a rising issue that broadcasters must address. The two root issues that remain are the open nature of social media platforms and the challenge this creates for copyright content that prevents its widespread usage. Another is the impact of virtual business where, like the Uber taxi service, the digital world can empower anyone to be a broadcaster or a business without any physical or commercial attachment,” he added.

“The monetisation model in the digital world is potentially at odds with the traditional model that was based on legal contracts. Traditionally, content rights were negotiated and paid for upfront by a media company which then controlled that content. The new online world, however, is driven by the here and now, with real-time social interactions being exchanged ‘live’. We are still in the early days of the multimedia social world and these battles will rumble on as digital platforms seek to own parts of the user experience and the monetisation models from this. Meanwhile, traditional media will seek to maintain as much ownership and rights as possible,” he concluded.

Ex-BBC DG: Scotland could lose BBC

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/20/ex-bbc-dg-scotland-could-lose-bbc/

Lord John Birt, a former director general of the BBC, has warned that the corporation would be forced to make deep cuts if Scotland votes for independence, losing up to a quarter of its current spending.

He said the BBC would have to make “fundamental” changes to its programming and operations after a yes vote, while Scottish viewers would lose automatic access to all the corporation’s TV and radio output.

Birt, writing for the Guardian, said the 15 per cent spending cuts already forced on the BBC by the Westminster government would be greatly worsened after a yes vote, since it would then lose another 10 per cent of its funding – the £320 million (€401m) currently paid each year by Scottish licence fee payers.

The former director general predicted the BBC would reject proposals by Alex Salmond’s government for a close working relationship with a new publicly owned Scottish Broadcasting Service (SBS). It would sell its shows to the highest bidder in Scotland, such as STV, partly because it was becoming so strapped for cash.

“The bold assertion in the Scottish government’s white paper that a new Scottish public service broadcaster will work with the BBC in a programme-swapping joint venture is make believe,” Birt states. “One way or another, after independence, Scottish viewers would have to pay to receive BBC services.”

Indian classical music TV channel InSync plans to go global

From http://www.digitaljournal.com/a-and-e/entertainment/indian-classical-music-tv-channel-insync-plans-to-go-global/article/398074

Mumbai - InSync, India’s first and only 24-hour classical music channel plans to generate 10,000 hours of content over the next five years, and go global.
Launched on August 15, 2013, the channel is owned by Perfect Octave Media, an event management company that organizes music concerts. The channel content includes Indian classical vocal, instrumental, dance and fusion formats. Its content package is completely non-film, a unique offering in the movie-dominated Indian music scene.
InSync founder and CEO Ratish Tagde says the biggest challenge was creating content. “Other music channels get ready-made content from film producers. This is the only channel which I would call as a music GEC,” he says. The channel started off with 150 hours of content, and now has 500 hours of HD quality programming, including concerts by the sitar maestro late Pandit Ravi Shankar, flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia and ghazal singer Jagjit Singh. The channel broadcasts to 12 million households. The channel telecasts music genres such as ghazal, sufi, fusion, spiritual and music education. The channel plans to come up with youth-targeted content in the near future. An eight-person research department is working on 200 five-minute films on various technical aspects of Indian music, to educate and draw a larger section of the audience.
“If you study the international pattern for a niche channel, it has content driven viewership which we were hoping that with digitisation will create that good scope for our channel. Carriage fees have substantially come down and people have started realising that content is the king,” says Tagde.
The channel is currently available on MSOs Hathway, Digi Cable, 7 Star, DEN, JPR, Sai Vision, IN PCMC, PCSS , UCN, Home Cable, Baba Cable, Swami Cable, Satellite Vision, Inspire Infotech and DEN RCC in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Jabalpur. But plans are afoot to reach markets in USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. The channel is currently free, but may go the paid route to stay ad-free.
“Our music lovers are scattered which is why the corporate world and others are unable to gauge how many people would like this kind of music. We will be creating centres worldwide where music education will be imparted and music concerts will be happening on a big scale,” says Tagde.
The channel is also working on its social media strategy. An Insync app is on the way and the channel is tying up with digital stores worldwide. Tagde also wants to launch an FM radio station on the lines of the TV channel and is awaiting licence approval. “Yes we were planning to launch hoping that the FM licensing will be liberalised in India. But FM channels’ third and fourth phase of licensing is not yet open. We are in touch with the government to support us in that front,” he says.


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NSS 11 108.2°E 12711 H "Fox Family Movies HD" is encrypted again.

AsiaSat 8 105.5°E AsiaSat 8 has arrived at 105.5 East.

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Insat 4B 93.5°E 11490 V "Shri News has replaced News Nation" on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11570 V "B4U Music India has replaced Gyan Darshan 2" on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3960 H "Zee Nung" is Fta again.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12438 H "True Explore 2" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3805 H "Gazi TV" is Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3796 V "Shagun TV and Splash TV" have left .
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Concerns in the Pacific over Australian broadcasting cuts

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/programmes/datelinepacific/audio/20146247/concerns-in-the-pacific-over-australian-broadcasting-cuts
Originally aired on Dateline Pacific, Tuesday 19 August 2014

An analyst with Australian thinktank the Lowy Institute says there is huge concern across the Pacific at the cuts made to services provided by Radio Australia and the Australia Network.

The ABC was forced into making cuts after the Australian Government ended a long-term TV contract.

The broadcaster decided to make the cuts in its international arm, which now has just 40 percent of its previous budget.

Dozens of jobs are going with a number of prominent presenters and journalists already out of work.

A fellow at the Lowy Institute, Tess Newton-Cain, told Don Wiseman that Radio Australia is vital to people's understanding of critical events in the Pacific.

TESS NEWTON-CAIN: There is a huge concern across the region that people are losing what has been and what continues to be a really vital resource. We see lots of work done with media organisations in the region. They tend to be a bit a peak and trough thing - there's a good bit and sometimes that is not sustained, but whenever those gaps have come Radio Australia has been there to fill them and if you look at, particularly the situation we have had in Fiji, people that want to know about Fiji know that really the only credible source of news they have been able to have is what is provided by international broadcasters, including your own, but obviously Radio Australia has contributed hugely to that.

DON WISEMAN: Canberra has talked a lot about wanting to improve its relationship with Pacific countries but this is a step in exactly the other direction isn't it?

TN-C: To be completely clear, this is an ABC management decision - the cuts to Radio Australia. Having said that it is as a reflection or as a consequence of the DFAT [Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] decision to cancel the Australia Network contract. Having said all that what Radio Australia provides is a relatively cheap way of maintaining Australia's presence in the region, of explaining Australia to the region, of explaining the region to Australia, of sharing information and ideas and music and culture across numerous countries. Of being the partner of choice which Australia has said it wants to be for the region. So yes I do agree that I consider this to be a backward step.

DW: This smaller service comes soon after AAP were forced, for economic reasons I guess, to pull out of places like PNG, and other news agencies around the region have also cut back, but there is a desire for news everywhere and there is a vacuum there, isn't there. What is happening?

TN-C: There is a vacuum and I think there are a couple of ramifications of that. One of is in terms of how mainstream media in Australia and the Australian population in general learn about their nearest neighbours. Generally Pacific news and Pacific issues are not well represented in the mainstream media and I feel that [with] the cutting of Radio Australia's services - that is a situation that is going to get worse, it is not going to get better. To come back to your point about the vacuum - nature abhors a vacuum and that space is already being filled, in particular we have seen - as my colleague Jenny Hayward-Jones has noted - we have seen an increase in broadcasting into the region, in English, by Chinese broadcasting services - both in terms of TV and radio. And I think that we can expect to see more of that.

Samsung brings world's largest curved UHD TV to NZ

From press release

Tuesday, 19 August, 2014 - 10:04

There’s absolutely no question that the television is the centrepiece of how New Zealanders enjoy movies and TV, and for many it’s a case of the bigger the better. Samsung has now launched the largest, clearest and most feature-packed Curved UHD TV in the world, in New Zealand.

"Not only does Samsung offer the world’s largest Curved UHD screen in an unprecedented size at 78 inches, it comes future-ready with a UHD Evolution Kit enabling easy updating, and is packed with apps such as 3NOW, TVNZ OnDemand and Premier League Pass - meaning that viewers can immerse themselves in on-demand TV and live sports," says Jon Barrell, Sales Director of Consumer Electronics for Samsung New Zealand.

With a recommended retail price of $15,999, the 78" is definitely a TV set that makes a statement and with limited units available, it’s a case of ‘first in, best dressed’, asserts Barrell. "We’ve been pleasantly surprised at the high level of interest shown by consumers and our retail partners, and look forward to Kiwis seeing the world’s largest curved UHD TV on shop floors across the country," says Barrell.

"The immersive effect of our curved screens is proving popular with New Zealanders as is the fact that we’re offering a 4K TV that affords the viewer unbelievable clarity and definition. It doesn’t matter whether you are watching rugby or the latest movie release; the Curved UHD will upscale some lower resolution content to near UHD levels, ensuring unparalleled picture quality."

Samsung’s 78" HU9000 is for those who demand the best viewing experience in their homes. "Samsung tries to make products that meet every need and desire - and for some, the largest Curved UHD TV is a must have," says Barrell.

For more information on the 78" Curved UHD TV please visit http://www.samsung.com/nz/consumer/tv-audio-video/television/.

Fiji Television limited secures English Premier League

From http://thejetnewspaper.com/2014/08/19/fiji-television-limited-secures-english-premier-league/

Fiji Television Limited is pleased to announce that it has secured non-exclusive broadcast rights to air the 2014/2015 Season of the English Premier League.

Fiji TV CEO Tevita Gonelevu is positive that football enthusiasts in Fiji. Vanuatu and Solomon Islands will enjoy the live and delayed coverage of selected EPL matches. Fiji TV will also replay selected matches on its free to air and pay television channel. The 2014/2015 EPL Season will feature 380 matches and Fiji TV will work closely with the rights provider to ensure that our viewers can view majority of the matches.

Gonelevu added that Fiji TV will continue to work with its International and Local Content Supplier to ensure that compelling content is continually seen on Fiji Television broadcast platform on free to air and pay television .

This content will complement the Chelsea TV and Manchester United TV content already shown on our platform.

The 2014 and 2015 EPL season kicked off on 16 August 2014 11.45pm (Fiji Time) with the match between Manchester United FC vs Swansea City FC.

The last match of the Season will be held on 25 May 20 15 at 3am (Fiji Time).

China launches HD Earth observation satellite

From http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2014/08-19/46589.shtml

A Long March-4B carrier rocket carrying the Gaofen-2 satellite blasts off from the launch pad at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi province, Aug 19, 2014. China successfully launched Gaofen-2, a high-definition Earth observation satellite, into orbit on Tuesday, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). It is China's most advanced high-definition Earth observation satellite, and is able to see a one-meter-long object in full color. It will be used for geographic and resources surveys, environment and climate change monitoring, precision agriculture, disaster relief and city planning. (Xinhua/Liu Chan)

Aiming high: Singapore space industry gets boost with new satellite centre

From http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/aiming-high-singapore/1320072.html

Second Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran says ST Electronics Satellite Systems Centre will help catalyse a vibrant satellite ecosystem here, boosting both SMEs and the research community. 

SINGAPORE: The developing local space industry marked a a milestone on Tuesday (Aug 19) with the opening of Singapore Technologies (ST) Electronics' custom-built facility for the designing and manufacturing of satellite systems. 

The six-storey ST Electronics Satellite Systems Centre, located in Ang Mo Kio, has a total floor area of over 11,000 square metres. The facility includes laboratories for development work in remote sensing satellites, as well as a 12m-high clean room for the concurrent assembly, integration and testing of two satellites.

ST Electronics is currently constructing the flight model for TeLEOS-1, a commercial remote earth observation satellite wholly designed in Singapore. It will be launched into space in 2015, to coincide with Singapore's 50th birthday.

ST Electronics has over 300 satellite engineering professionals in Singapore. About 100 of them are working on space-related satellite activities and the construction of TeLEOS-1, while the remainder are involved in the development of satcom networks and systems, satcom terminals and solid state power amplifiers that are sold to more than 110 countries worldwide.

Second Minister for Trade and Industry Mr S Iswaran, who was guest of honour at the official opening, said the new centre will help catalyse a vibrant satellite ecosystem in Singapore.

ST Electronics has already trained and certified five small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as suppliers of space-qualified components. Such partnerships will, over time, allow local SMEs to break into the lucrative global supply chain for space-qualified components.

The company's push to grow its satellite business will also benefit the local research community, Mr Iswaran added. Citing data from industry body the Space Foundation, he said the global space economy grew to over US$314 billion (S$390.8 billion) in 2013, reflecting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 6.5 per cent over the previous five years.

In particular, there has been an increasing demand for small satellites within the satellite manufacturing space, with more than half of the 197 satellites launched last year weighing below 100kg.

Singapore is keen to develop a satellite industry to create high quality jobs and provide new opportunities for its companies. In February 2013, the country set up an Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn) under the Economic Development Board.

Two new satellites for Europe's Galileo space network

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Two_new_satellites_for_Europes_Galileo_space_network_999.html

Europe is set to launch two satellites Thursday for its Galileo navigation system, boosting the number in the Earth-orbiting constellation to six and bringing the network a step closer to becoming operational after a long delay.

The two are scheduled to blast off on a Russian-made Soyuz rocket from Kourou in French Guiana at 1231 GMT, according to the European Space Agency.

They should reach orbit at an altitude of about 23,500 kilometres (14,600 miles) in just under four hours, and are expected to become operational in the "autumn" -- the September-November period in Europe, an ESA statement said.

The Galileo constellation, a rival to the US Global Positioning System and Russia's Glonass, will ultimately comprise 27 satellites and three reserves.

The network seeks to provide an alternative in case of signal failure on the existing GPS and Glonass systems, and will have search and rescue capabilities.

The first orbiter pair were launched in October 2011 and the second a year later.

This week's launch, of the first operationally-capable satellites dubbed SAT 5 and SAT 6, had been delayed for a year due to "technical difficulties in the setting up of the production line and test tools," the space agency said.

Four satellites were due to have been launched in 2013.

When this did not happen, ESA director-general Jean-Jacques Jordain said in January that 2014 should see the launch of six satellites, paving the way for initial satnav services to start by the end of the year.

However, the ESA now expects to send just one more satellite pair into space by "end of year 2014".

"Then the constellation will be gradually deployed with six to eight satellites launched per year," it said.

According to the ESA website, 18 satellites should be able to provide initial services to users "by mid-decade", with full services from the full 30-part constellation "scheduled for the decade's end".

In March last year, the ESA said Galileo's first four test satellites had passed a milestone by pinpointing their first ground location, with an accuracy of between 10 and 15 metres (32 to 49 feet).

For its ninth liftoff from the Guiana Space Centre on Thursday, the Soyuz rocket will carry a total load of 1.6 tonnes (3,500 pounds), including the two satellites weighing 730 kilogrammes (1,600 pounds) each.

Galileo, budgeted at 5.4 billion euros ($7.2 billion) is fully financed by the European Commission.

Launch of “Chaski 1” is big step for Peru into space

From http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-the-launch-of-chaski-1-is-big-step-for-peru-into-space-103684

Marking the beginning of a new endeavor, the research satellite has the mission to observe Earth and provide new opportunities for Peru.

On Monday, the National University of Engineering (UNI) of Lima, Peru, sent the first Peruvian research satellite into space. Sent into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS), the CubeSat can measure not only temperature and pressure but will be taking photographs of Earth as well, which can be transmitted back to ground level.

Named after the Incan messengers, “Chaski” is a 10-centimeter cubed satellite, weighing less than 1 kilogram.

Two Russian spacewalking astronauts, Oleg Artemiev and Alexander Skvortsov, were in charge of physically releasing “Chaski” into space.

Considered a technological learning experience for UNI, the launching will be beneficial for scientists and engineers throughout Peru as opportunities are expanded. The advancement is an important step for the country as, noted by Andina, it provides “the government the opportunity to open new application areas specific to the country’s geographical and social reality”.

The deployment of the CubeSat derived from Space LaunchComplex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, United States, as reported by NASA.

Satellite internet subscribers in Russia pass 5,000

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/226891/satellite-internet-subscribers-in-russia-pass-5000/

More than 5,000 Russians now access subscribe to Ka-band satellite internet access, with a “mass market” for satellite broadband services emerging in the country, according to the Russian Satellite Communication Company (RSCC).

The Russian state satellite operator currently offers internet services in the European part of Russia using its Ka-Sat satellite at 9° East, but from the first quarter of 2015 will also extend this to residents in the Far East and Siberia and from the from the second half of 2015 to the central and south Ural regions of Russia.

This will be supported by the Express-AM5 spacecraft that is already operating at 140˚ East and the future Express-AM6, which is due to launch this autumn.

“Once all the network segments have been brought on line, users will be granted satellite broadband access to information resources at any location across Russia from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka, at very attractive prices, absolutely regardless whether there are any cable connections available in a household,” said deputy director general for innovative development at RSCC, Evgeny Buydinov.

DVB outlines IBC demo plans

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/08/19/dvb-outlines-ibc-demo-plans/

The main focus by DVB (Stand 1.D81) at this year’s IBC will be to demonstrate how the coding efficiency of HEVC can be used to increase the capacity of the DVB-T2 terrestrial platform as well as for the new DVB-S2X satellite standard.

Utilising HEVC encoding, multiple UHD services will be delivered using DVB-S2X and multiple HD channels over DVB-T2.

The DVB-S2X demonstration will highlight the new standard that offers spectral efficiency of up to 50% for professional applications. S2X will be implemented with HEVC to deliver our UHD signals at a data rate of 100 Mbps.

DVB-S2X provides more choices for roll-off factors as well as additional modulation and Forward Error Correction options that allow for the more efficient use of satellite transmission channels.

It enables channel bonding of up to 3 satellite channels, which support higher aggregate data rates and allow for additional statistical multiplexing gain for services such as UHDTV.

In another demonstration, up to seven HEVC encoded HD channels will be delivered in one multiplex using DVB-T2 in a robust mode suitable for small indoor antennas and portable reception.

Both fixed reception and mobile reception will be demonstrated.

BT Sport: “We’re in more pubs than Sky Sports” (U.K)

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/18/bt-sport-were-in-more-pubs-than-sky-sports/

BT has claimed more pubs and clubs now subscribe to its sports channels than to Sky Sports.

The telco has built up what it says is a leading position in a crucial part of the market for pay-TV sport, by undercutting BSkyB. The company entered the market last summer claiming typical savings of as much as 78 per cent on a pub Sky subscription.

BT said it had increased the overall number of pubs with a sports subscription by at least 26 per cent at the end of last season.

A typical pub Sky subscription costs about £15,000, (€18,700) according to the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers. Both BT and BSkyB have increased their prices for the new season, but BT Sport remains a cheaper option, albeit with just 38 Premier League matches compared to Sky Sports’ 116.

At the end of last season BT’s pubs business had signed up 19,000 establishments, which was just behind BSkyB.

(Craig's comment, I've watched the BT sports channels a few times, they cover motor sports (moto GP) , CPL (cricket) and Football amongst other things. Very similar to Sommet sports )

TCL, Hisense unveil Roku Smart TVs

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/19/tcl-roku-partner-for-smart-tv/

TCL (The Creative Life), one of the fastest growing brands in the US, and streaming platform Roku have confirmed the availability of the TCL Roku TV line-up. TCL will offer four TCL Roku TV models. Beginning August 19, US consumers can pre-order models from Amazon.com. TCL Roku TV models will be available from major retailers nationwide in the coming weeks.

Separately, Hisense, the fourth largest global TV manufacturer, and Roku announced availability of the Hisense Roku TV
H4 Series to the US market. Beginning in late September, the Hisense Roku TV H4 Series will be available in 40-inch, 48-
inch, 50-inch and 55-inch models at major national retailers.

TCL Roku TV is a new Smart TV that uses the Roku OS to give consumers quick-and-easy access to all of their entertainment from a personalised home screen. The TCL Roku TV line-up features TCL’s stylish slim-frame design, advanced-panel technology, and premium LED backlighting that offers enhanced brightness and contrast.

“TCL Roku TV is the result of combining one of the world’s best-selling TV brands with Roku, the US’s most popular streaming platform,” said Chris Larson, vice president of sales and marketing at TCL. “Working together we developed a high-quality and very affordable Smart TV that features a stylish design, access to the most streaming channels, and a user experience that can’t be equalled by other Smart TVs on the market today,” he claimed.

“TCL is one of the best names worldwide in TVs and is quickly emerging as a popular TV brand in the US,” said Jim Funk, vice president of product management at Roku. “We have blended the best of both of our worlds to build a remarkable Smart TV that gives consumers a simple way to access endless entertainment whether pay TV, over the air or streamed.”

“Roku is the recognised leader in streaming entertainment to the TV, so integrating its powerful operating system, including access to the most comprehensive streaming channel store available, into a Hisense TV is a revolutionary move,” said Peter Erdman, vice president of consumer electronics, Hisense USA. “This deep partnership has allowed us to create the Hisense Roku TV H4 Series which presents consumers with an affordable, simple to use Smart TV.”

Euronews 24/7 on TVPlayer

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/19/euronews-247-on-tvplayer/

Euronews, the most-watched news channel in Europe, has launched on live TV streaming service TVPlayer.

Covering world news and broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Euronews live currently reaches 415 million households in 156 countries.

The move will bring around-the-clock coverage of the most up-to-date news, business and current affair stories, as well as lifestyle features, to a wider audience in the UK across multiple devices.

The addition of Euronews takes TVPlayer’s channel offering to over 45 channels. TVPlayer can be watched via tvplayer.com, App Store, Google Play, the Amazon App Store and is soon to launch via channel 241 on Freeview in the UK.

Arnaud Verlhac, Euronews’ Director of Worldwide Distribution said the agreement enabled the broadcaster to share its channel to the UK’s fastest-growing TV platform. “Euronews integrates perfectly into TVPlayer’s offering. The agreement also brings Euronews into a large audience, strengthening its presence in the UK,” he noted.

Lewis Arthur, Platform Manager of TVPlayer, described the launch as “an exciting addition” to the platform. “In a fast-pace digital age, consumers expect to be kept up-to-date on world news and current affairs, which they seek out online and using their mobile phone. We are pleased that we have been working with Euronews to bring their 24 hour world news coverage to a captive audience in the UK.”

Anti-piracy coalition claims take-down success

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/19/anti-piracy-coalition-claims-take-down-success/

Since its formation in March 2014 by major Middle East broadcasters, satellite operators and service providers, the Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition has taken some important steps in its battle against the region’s vast number of pirate TV channels.

As a result of the continuous monitoring and reporting of intellectual property infringements, the following channels are now off air: Al-Mamnou, Ahl Masar, CDC Cinema, CRT Cinema, Homos TV, I-Movies, Hollywood Stars, Kit Kat, Majestic 2, Mega Cinema, Nessma Al Khadra, QTV, Scope TV Movies, Time Movies and Top Movies. According to the Coalition, these channels alone were responsible for more than 700 infringements of intellectual property rights for studio owned movies since January 2014.

Members of the Coalition are: Arabsat, ART, du, Egyptian Chamber of Cinema, Eutelsat, IAA, JMC, MBC Group, Motion Picture Association of America (MPA), Nilesat, Noorsat, OSN, Rotana, STN, Viewsat and WWE.

Radi Alkhas, JMC CEO, reported that his company uplinked 300 TV channels to different satellites. “We always coordinate with our customers for any copy right infringements. Up ’til now, we have taken down two TV channels: Al-Mamnou and Majestic 2.”

“The alliance of industry players is trying to combat thousands of hours of pirated content broadcasted to millions of viewers in the region,” noted Sam Barnett, MBC Group CEO. “Pirate channels damage all legitimate producers, actors, production companies and broadcasters. It’s essential for the health of the sector across the region, that the pirates are challenged,” he declared.

Speaking on behalf of the International Advertising Association – Global Office, Faris Abouhamad, Chairman and World President, said the Association, along with all of its stakeholders, members, corporate or individual, clients, ad agencies, and media owners, did not support any type of piracy or infringement on the intellectual property rights of any of its industry components. “Hence we have asked all stakeholders involved not to support any channel identified by the coalition as an offender. Furthermore the IAA will take measurements to point out such irregularities to its members, especially clients, to safeguard their investments and reputation in the market,” he averred.

David Butorac, Chief Executive Officer of OSN, said the television industry’s sustained growth depended on recurring investments made by leading channels and networks to promote talent and create new content. “A significant portion of TV channel revenues is in fact reinvested in the business. Illegal operators adversely impact the industry by not only accessing content illegally, but also denying up-and-coming creative talent the opportunity to evolve, as TV piracy impacts the potential investments that channels can make,” he warned.

Tata Sky completes half of its MPEG-4 STB rollout

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/tata-sky-completes-half-of-its-mpeg-4-stb-rollout-140818

MUMBAI: It was a year ago that Tata Sky decided it would stop depending on the government for giving its additional transponder space and switched to the alternative method of compression that others in the industry had already begun.
A huge order for six million MPEG-4 boxes were given to Broadcom that would mean Tata Sky spending close to Rs 1,000 crore to replace all the initial MPEG-2 boxes that it had seeded at peoples’ home with MPEG-4. A year later, the DTH operator has converted nearly half of its MPEG-2 subscriber base to MPEG-4.
Speaking to indiantelevision.com Tata Sky MD and CEO Harit Nagpal says, “We have replaced close to three million boxes. Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Odia, English, Gujarati and Marathi language channels have already been compressed and boxes have been deployed in the respective areas.” Now, the large Hindi base of north India is left which it says it will soon complete.
With this compression technique, the DTH operator has managed to fit three channels in the space of two in its existing transponder space. Nagpal adds that in the last one year, Tata Sky has added nearly 50 channels.
The cost of this entire exercise is being borne by the operator. Tata Sky's signals are being beamed off Insat 4A; but it had signed a contract to lease 12 transponders on ISRO's GSAT-10 satellite around six years ago which have not been delivered to Tata Sky yet, even after the satellite launched in to space in September 2012.
Emergency teams were also brought to seed the large amount of boxes. Tata Sky is continuing to add more channels to its regional packs, despite the fact that it hasn’t got any additional transponder capacity. However, a source from the company says that it has given up hope of having more space. 


Intelsat 19 12646 H and 12726 H were FTA over the weekend

FTA BPL Football

Insat 3A (93.5E) 4141 V 5150 ARIANA NATIONAL (MPEG2/FTA)

ST 2 (88E) 3587 H 12500 SCC TV3 (C Band)

Vinasat 1 (132E)
The Thao
3433 V 14800 (MPEG4/FTA)
3433 V 10600 (MPEG4/FTA)
3433 V 13600 (MPEG4/FTA)

Thaicom 5 (78.5E) 3640 H 28066 OromiyaaTV(MPEG2/FTA)

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Intelsat 19 Feeds

3844 H 3748 "STS8" Football feed for Ch 9
3784 V 1465 Loads as CH 98 but is Kundu2 channel
3704 V 1621 V Pinoy
4166 H 7196 Globecast Golf

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Sunday feeds

all Asiasat 5

3945 V SR 7200 ST_TELEPORT_DSNG1 SINGAPORE vs JUVENTUS in the Soccer, (FTA.)
3735 H SR 7120 NST HD Enc4 Rugby with vision from top of grandstand with test audio sound, then the game GLOUCESTER vs CARDIFF BLUES, (FTA.)

British League Soccer.

4075 H SR 19200 $3GVs1 Leicester vs Everton
$3GVs2 Queens vs Hull City
$3GVs3 Stoke vs Aston Villa
$3GVs4 West Ham vs Sunderland
As per usual unfortunately all games are $ scrambled.

4096 H SR 4937 TUNISIA HD UAE vs PHILLIPINES in the Men's FIBA Basketball from DUBAI, U.A.E, (FTA.)
3896 V SR 7200 Globecast Oz FIJI International Men's Golf - Round 4, (FTA.)
3745 V SR 6110 First_service Air Asia ASEAN Men's Basketball - Slinger's vs Dragons, (FTA.)
3907 H SR 7120 NST HD Enc6 World Rugby from Twickenham - Western Provence vs Vodacom Blue Bulls, (FTA.)
3928 V SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc3 Men's Soccer from Korea, (FTA.)
3936 V SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc1 Soccer with Japanese commentary, (FTA.)
4096 H SR 4434 SBTM ENC 1 NHK T.V. recordings of Airport Pedestrian movement between Japanese fast train and Airport and other Japanese news items, (FTA.)
3895 H SR 7200 ASTRO HUA HEE_1_2 Chinese Musical Stage Production, (FTA.) Chinese Musical Stage Production.

Saturday feeds

all Asiasat 5

3896 V SR 7200 Globecast Oz FIJI International Men's Golf. LIVE Telecast Day 03 August 16th 2014, (FTA.)
3887 V SR 7200 FEED 1 Live Feed from an English female reporter re the Humanitarian Convoy, from Donetsk on the Ukraine/Russia border, (FTA.) The area looked a little misty but seemed peaceful.
3896 V SR 7200 HD ENC-2a Soccer with Japanese commentary, (FTA.)
3910 V SR 13333 ENC 4N Asian Soccer from Osaka City, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 4040 V "Animal Planet South East Asia" has started on , HD, PowerVu.

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12538 V "Fox Sports Japan" has started on , Fta

Palapa D 113.0°E 3576 V "Share and ShopNow Channel" have left .
Palapa D 113.0°E 3932 V "Ruai TV" has left .

SES 8 95.0°E 12110 H "News Nation has replaced Zee Anmol" on , Fta.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 11093 H "1HD" has started on again, HD, Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11105 H "Stil i Moda" has started on , Fta. TTS has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 H "Fox Sports Africa has replaced Setanta Africa" on , Conax.

NSS 12 57.0°E 11605 H "Fox Sports Africa has replaced Setanta Africa" on , Cryptoworks.

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东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,TVBS(台湾)频道加密,设置3629 H 24700参数有条件接收。[08-17]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,TRG Live(传送)频道加密,设置3873 H 6660参数有条件接收。[08-17]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,历史频道、Lifetime(BISS)等频道新增,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。[08-17]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Service 65(测试)频道加密,设置3760 V 27690参数有条件接收。[08-17]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ESPN Atlantic Network(ESPN)等2个道消失,设置4020 H 26470参数无效接收。[08-17]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Service 70(传送)频道加密,设置3980 H 27690参数有条件接收。[08-17]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Toonami、EMTV替换Cartoon Network(斐济)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [8月17日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段,HTVC The Thao(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3433 V 13600参数无效接收。 [8月17日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,MNS 1(泰国)频道消失,设置11481 H 45000参数无效接收。 [8月17日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Ani(泰国)频道解密,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ABP Sanjha(印度)频道消失,设置3777 H 10900参数无效接收。 [8月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,TCM等替换DTT 10(泰国)等频道,设置12438 H 30000参数有条件接收。[08-16]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,MGM、NHK(泰国)等频道消失,设置12396 H 30000参数无效接收。[08-16]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,MRTV Movies(IPM)频道开播,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[08-16]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Plat:TVB、Mvsn、Golda:NHK(泰国)频道新增,设置12313 H 30000参数有条件接收。[08-16]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,PSI(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。[08-16]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Champ Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3840 V 30000参数无效接收。[08-16]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Kmg 3替换Kmg 2(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Fox Family Movies HD(高清)频道加密,设置12711 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,动物星球(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月15日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,3 HD On TPBS(泰国)等3个频道加密,设置3990 V 12000参数有条件接收。 [8月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Fox Life(俄罗斯)等全组频道重现,设置12227 H 44923参数部分免费接收。 [8月15日]

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Ten taps Foxtel for stream service

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/broadcast/ten-taps-foxtel-for-stream-service/story-fna045gd-1227027366985

Ten’s Rebekah Horne: ‘I think Foxtel certainly have a deeper understanding of the subscription business.’ Source: News Limited

TEN Network digital boss Rebekah Horne has opened the door to a surprise joint venture in the subscription video on-demand space between the free-to-air broadcaster and pay-TV operator Foxtel.

In an exclusive interview with The Australian, Ten’s chief digital officer also signalled Ten was considering charging viewers for additional content on the soon-to-be launched broadband-powered television service HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV).

“I think Foxtel certainly have a deeper understanding of the subscription business,” Ms Horne said about the potential for teaming up with it on movie and TV show download service Presto.

“It’s a good platform; they have Ooyala technology. I think that ticks some boxes.

“Subscription businesses are complex businesses. You’ve got to have back-of-office functionality, billings, customer service, a whole new business. So our choice of partner would be someone who gave us the best chance of success.

The Australian recently revealed Foxtel has aggressively slashed the monthly subscription price for Presto to $9.99. It is a pre-emptive strike against Nine Network’s StreamCo, which is expected to be launched by Christmas. Ms Horne has ruled out Ten going it alone, and her preference for a partner with a strong track record in subscription businesses suggests the network is unlikely to team up with a free-to-air network like Nine.

Asked about the chances of a free-to-air network succeeding without a partner, Ms Horne said: “I would be pretty nervous.”

Ms Horne was speaking as she prepared to make catch-up service TENplay the broadcaster’s first channel on HbbTV, when it is launched early next month via digital platform Freeview.

A souped-up version of Freeview called Freeview+ will be launched simultaneously.

She revealed Ten was looking at new revenue models, with pay-per-view and transactional elements under consideration for a phase-two launch on HbbTV in September or October. This represents a marked ­departure from the traditional ­advertising-supported FTA model.

Options include bonus content, high-­definition streams and even advertising-free content.

“We know from our own research that audiences have a propensity to pay,” she said.

HbbTV will give Ten a new distribution outlet for TENplay, which recently posted a record week of streams on the back of a crop of new shows attracting strong audiences, including The Bachelor and Family Feud.

Ms Horne said she was confident viewers would engage with HbbTV technology despite very low penetration of TV sets with the technology.

Drop-off in BBC First audiences

From http://if.com.au/2014/08/17/article/Drop-off-in-BBC-First-audiences/RAXUFLIRSR.html

BBC Worldwide’s first premium drama channel isn’t pulling vast numbers on Foxtel, at least measured by the average audiences in prime-time.

Launched on August 3, BBC First ranked at No. 1 on Foxtel’s drama and lifestyle tier, with an overall reach of 350,000 viewers on that day.

Since then, the number of viewers who watch the channel live has steadily declined. “After quite modest launch numbers, the audience has trended down,” Fusion Strategy’s Steve Allen told IF last Friday. “I cannot see this being a money-spinner or a subscriber magnet.”

Fusion’s analysis shows that live viewing fell from a prime-time peak of 18,000 on the Sunday in the metro areas and 23,000 nationally to 6,000/8,000 on the following Thursday and 4,000/5,000 on Saturday.

“In Week 1, BBC First was #30 most popular peak night viewed channel on All People and #52 in 16-54,” its report says. “There is a lot of time shifted viewing, so Live Average Audiences increase by about 75%. This is not earth shattering.

“Average Peak Audiences have declined in Week 2 to date, off quite seriously. So they came, they saw, they left.  And quite a large population have not come back.”

Among the most –watched shows have been The Musketeers, Peaky Blinders. The Fear, The Village, Women in Love and The Politician’s Husband.

A BBC Worldwide spokeswoman dismisses that analysis, telling IF, “We’re thrilled with the engagement that BBC First has had with its audience in the short amount of time it has been on air.

“We don’t base our success on metropolitan city live audience ratings. We program our channel for Foxtel customers, who like to watch programs at a time that suits them and therefore consolidated accumulative national figures are a far better measure of ratings success.”

Malaysia To Launch Science Channel

From http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/bu/newsbusiness.php?id=1060387

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) is planning to soft-launch a science channel billed as Malaysia's own version of National Geography.

"The channel will showcase Malaysia's achievements and innovations in the science and technology landscape.

"It will highlight scientists and nurture future science talent," said Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah.

The channel will be similar to that of National Geography or Discovery, but in a more Malaysian context to incubate science and technology seeds among the public as the country is on its quest to become a high-technology nation.

Abu Bakar was speaking to reporters after delivering an opening address at the Autodesk Solutions Day conference here today.

He said details such as which broadcast media to work with were still being finalised, but it targets to eventually launch a 12-hour channel with majority of the contents to be locally produced.

In addition, the MOSTI planned to table the construction of a RM250 million centre of commercialisation in the 2015 Budget which will take place in October.

"It is a waste that a lot of research and development ideas and prototypes are shelved after exhibitions.

"We plan to house them under the same roof to showcase Malaysian creativity to the world," said Abu Bakar.

The centre will be located in the technology park in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.


From http://www.viewstimes.com/japan-catches-debris-through-magnet-from-space-845

Tokyo - Amazing!!! Japanese scientists establish a magnetic net on the space that collecting debris.

Scientists say that now there are about 20,000 pieces of debris larger than a softball that are floating into space. However, they are estimating that up to 500,000 pieces of untrackable debris — perhaps millions of the smallest size — exist in orbit as well. If just one such piece of debris no bigger than a marble would hit a functional, orbiting spacecraft — as seen in the movie, “Gravity” — the results would be catastrophic.

To prevent that from happening, Japan has launched, in a trial run, a magnetic net last Friday. The net is planned to attract and retain the pieces of space debris hurtling around the planet. In theory, scientists say that the electrified net will slow down the debris and — when it starts to fall towards Earth — burn up in the atmosphere, according to the international press.

The 300 meters-long net was launched along with a powerful new satellite, developed jointly by the United States and Japan, to help with extreme weather predicting.
The net, which is made of very thin wires of stainless steel and aluminum, was launched this time on a trial run to see if the net can unfurl correctly and generate electricity, but no debris will be harnessed.

If all future tests are going well, scientists think that full deployment could start in 2019.

Lockheed taps GenDyn unit for Space Fence ground equipment structures

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Lockheed_taps_GenDyn_unit_for_Space_Fence_ground_equipment_structures_999.html

Ground structures for housing the U.S. Space Fence program are to be designed and built by a General Dynamics business unit under contract from Lockheed Martin.

The structures - as well as integration of mechanical systems for the project - will start next year on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

"Just like the precision radio-telescope antennas, General Dynamics C4 Systems SATCOM Technologies' expertise in building exceptionally large, exquisitely engineered structures will contribute to keeping the satellites we depend on for communications, weather forecasting and other services from colliding with space debris," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

Space Fence is a new ground-based radar system for detecting and tracking the more than 100,000 objects currently in space to help avoid collisions. Lockheed is building the radar system for the U.S. Air Force.

General Dynamics C4 Systems SATCOM Technologies is a supplier of base station and Earth station communications products and services - such as satellite antennas and antenna systems and cyber-secure wireless communication products - and also engages in the design and building of advanced optical telescope mirror structures and radio telescope antennas.

Residents told to remove TV dishes from balconies

From http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationgeneral/2014/August/nationgeneral_August166.xml&section=nationgeneral

Abu Dhabi municipality said that a maximum of four central satellite TV dishes can be installed on rooftops, the costs of which are to be borne by landlords.

The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has once again urged residents to get rid of the satellite TV dishes installed randomly on rooftops and balconies of buildings and villas.

The municipality said that the installations could have a negative effect on the environment and distort the city’s image as well. The municipality said that a maximum of four central satellite TV dishes can be installed on rooftops, the costs of which are to be borne by landlords.

Ahmed Fadel Al Mazrouie, Director of the External Centres at the municipality, said: “The municipality once again calls upon landlords of buildings and villas as well as tenants to remove the satellite TV dishes and the wire extensions,” Al Mazrouie said.

He said that the haphazard installation of satellite TV dishes could impede in the regular maintenance work of the buildings and also gets in the way of the emergency equipment to reach rooftops in the event of bad circumstances, emergency, and rescue operations.

Al Mazrouie said that installing TV dishes directly on rooftops could destroy the building’s insulation material which prevent water from draining through the roof.

The law No (2) for the year 2012 deems the following deeds as punishable offences — installation of satellite TV dishes on balconies; fixing dishes on railings of rooftops or fences of villas; putting up more than four centralised satellite TV dishes on rooftops; dangling of the wire extensions over building fronts,;and flouting the conditions set on the installation of satellite TV dishes.

However the amount of the fine or the penalties to be levied have not been specified.

Tata Sky completes half of its MPEG-4 STB rollout

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/tata-sky-completes-half-of-its-mpeg-4-stb-rollout-140818

MUMBAI: It was a year ago that Tata Sky decided it would stop depending on the government for giving its additional transponder space and switched to the alternative method of compression that others in the industry had already begun.
A huge order for six million MPEG-4 boxes were given to Broadcom that would mean Tata Sky spending close to Rs 1,000 crore to replace all the initial MPEG-2 boxes that it had seeded at peoples’ home with MPEG-4. A year later, the DTH operator has converted nearly half of its MPEG-2 subscriber base to MPEG-4.
Speaking to indiantelevision.com Tata Sky MD and CEO Harit Nagpal says, “We have replaced close to three million boxes. Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Odia, English, Gujarati and Marathi language channels have already been compressed and boxes have been deployed in the respective areas.” Now, the large Hindi base of north India is left which it says it will soon complete.
With this compression technique, the DTH operator has managed to fit three channels in the space of two in its existing transponder space. Nagpal adds that in the last one year, Tata Sky has added nearly 50 channels.
The cost of this entire exercise is being borne by the operator. Tata Sky's signals are being beamed off Insat 4A; but it had signed a contract to lease 12 transponders on ISRO's GSAT-10 satellite around six years ago which have not been delivered to Tata Sky yet, even after the satellite launched in to space in September 2012.
Emergency teams were also brought to seed the large amount of boxes. Tata Sky is continuing to add more channels to its regional packs, despite the fact that it hasn’t got any additional transponder capacity. However, a source from the company says that it has given up hope of having more space. 


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Good news for Sky Pacific subscribers, they will be showing the EPL.

A new mux of channels has appeared on Intelsat 19 (3799 V 7500) :
These appear to be channels associated with Sky Pacific's new channel line-up. They are BISS encrypted..

-Adhoc 1
-Adhoc 2

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Feeds all Asiasat 5

Singapore Horse Racing.
3735 H SR 6110 SD ENC-A Singapore Horse Racing - 'Causeway Classic Stakes Night,' (FTA.)

LPGA Asia.
3876 H SR 7500 LPGA Asia RRsat-USA ENC-6 test pattern, (FTA.)

ABL Basketball.
3929 H SR 6110 MABA KL Air Asia ABL Basketball - Malaysia Dragons vs Singapore Slingers, (FTA.)

FIBA Basketball from Dubai.
4090 H SR 4937 TUNISIA HD EGYPT vs PHILLIPINES in the FIBA Basketball from Dubai, UAE, (FTA.)

A new channel.has started

Liberty TV is New.
3960 H SR 30000 Liberty TV - Gospel TV, (Call for Prayer.) from Africa.

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12526 H "Ritmoson EUA and De Película EUA" are now encrypted.

Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11050 V "Zee Nung and SET Asia have replaced Kids and Mongkol Channel" Irdeto.

JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12658 V "Shop Channel and QVC Japan" have started on , Fta

Palapa D 113.0°E 3600 V "Cartoon Network Asia" has started on , Conax. Kompas TV has left.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12711 H "Fox Family Movies HD" is Fta.

SES 8 95.0°E 12110 H "News Express and Zee Anmol have replaced Rang and Rengoni" on , Fta

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3960 H "Zee Nung" is encrypted again.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 11093 H "1HD" has left .

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11720 H "STS Love" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3680 H "BBC Entertainment Asia, BBC Lifestyle Asia, BBC Knowledge Asia, CBeebies Asia and Blue Ocean Network" have left .

ABS 2 75.0°E 11733 V "A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3714 V "Hungama TV" is encrypted again.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4003 V "Satlon News" has started on, Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4118 V "Upasana TV" has started on ,Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4150 H "Peace TV English" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4184 V"Janapriya TV and TV New" have started on , fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 V "Grace TV" has started on , Fta. Dubai International Holy Quran Award TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12562 H "Miracle TV" has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12602 V "Evangel TV" has started on , Fta .
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12602 H."Fire TV" has left
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H "Manifestation TV" has left .

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Setanta Sports Australia set to be sold to Al Jazeera

From http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/media-and-marketing/setanta-sports-australia-set-to-be-sold-to-al-jazeera-1.1897079

Subsidiary to be acquired by beIN Media, owned by the Qatari television network  

Setanta Sports Australia was founded in 2005 as a pub-only service, migrating to a consumer platform two years later.

The Irish company that owns Setanta Sports Australia has reached an agreement to sell it to the beIN Media Group, a subsidiary of the Qatari state-owned television network Al Jazeera.

Setanta yesterday said it is in the final stages of the acquisition but it did not disclose any financial details of the deal. The sale is subject to the approval of Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board, with authorisation expected in about one month’s time.

The Australian arm of the sports network is being sold by Dublin-based Danu Investment Partners, backed by Michael O’Rourke and Leonard Ryan, the original founders of Setanta, and Mark O’Meara.

The channel will be rebranded as beIN once approval comes through, and it is expected that the network, which has operations across the Middle East, as well as Canada and France, will beef up its content offering.

It is understood that beIN approached Danu last year to initiate discussions about the possibility of acquiring the Australian channel. Danu was formed in 2009 to implement a rescue deal for Setanta Sports Ireland after the channel collapsed in the UK that year.

In conjunction with the South African black-empowerment investment group, Hosken Consolidated Investments, Danu also owns Setanta Sports Asia. SSA is available on television platforms in countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, and the Philippines.

Mr O’Rourke retains 100 per cent ownership of Setanta Sports Ireland, having bought out Mr Ryan and Mr O’Meara’s interests in 2011.

Setanta Sports Australia was founded in 2005 as a pub-only service, migrating to a consumer platform two years later. It broadcasts a wide range of sports including international football and rugby, with the UEFA Europa League and the RBS Six Nations among its portfolio.

The company says is available to 2.5 million Australian subscription viewers via Foxtel as well as through distribution via fetchTV and online.

“We believe this is a win for our loyal customers in Australia, who will share in beIN Sports commitment to producing sports coverage of the highest quality,” said Mr Ryan.

Yousef Al-Obaidli, beIN’s deputy chief executive said: “We are very happy to take our beIN Sports brand to yet another admirable market. Australians are very passionate about sports and we are proud to fulfill this passion and provide them with a unique experience.”

Optus + ITC Global—Capacity Ensured For Extreme Environments (SATCOM—Capacity)

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1512489287

[SatNews] Optus has announced a new two-year agreement with global satellite network services provider, ITC Global.

Under the agreement, Optus will provide ITC Global with expanded satellite capacity, equipment hosting, up-linking and downloading services via its major satellite facility, located in the northern Perth suburb of Lockridge, Western Australia. Optus’ Lockridge facility is both a domestic and international gateway for satellite services across Australia and regions to the west, around the Indian Ocean and into Europe.

ITC Global specializes in satellite-based communications for industrial operations in extreme environments, including deep water energy exploration, remote mining and transoceanic shipping and is the world’s market leader in SATCOM networks to the mining industry, and the fastest growing provider to the oil and gas industries. The expanded agreement, which uses one of Optus’ 16-metre C-band antennas, will enable ITC Global to offer communication services to remote and harsh locations within these industries.

Paul Sheridan, Vice President, Optus Satellite, said, “Optus Satellite is Australia’s only satellite operator capable of delivering the scope and reliability of communications required by remote mining, oil and gas industries. The alliance highlights how Optus Satellite is making a difference within the region through vital C-band communication links.”

Chris Hill, ITC Global CTO and MD Asia Pacific, said, “Our services are often the only form of communication available at a site, so we need to offer high availability through well engineered and supported facilities. The Optus Satellite team and the Lockridge Earth station continue to provide us with the levels of reliability and redundancy we absolutely require to satisfy the needs of our customers.”

For further details, please visit the Optus infosite at http://www.optus.com.au/

ITC Global's infosite may be accessed at http://www.itcglobal.com/

Foxtel slashes Presto movies to $9.99 p/m

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/foxtel-slashes-presto-movies-to-999-pm-20140814-104cli.html
Australian video services are preparing to battle Netflix, but has Foxtel's Presto been taking us for a ride?

If Foxtel can halve Presto pricing after only five months, was it gouging us to begin with?

A price drop is generally a time for celebration and a sign that competition has forced someone to give us a better deal. I know it sounds hypocritical to demand a better deal for Australians and then criticise Foxtel when it delivers one, but it's hard not to be cynical about Foxtel's ability to halve the price of its subscription movie service after only five months.

Rather than Foxtel striking a better deal with the movie houses, the dramatic price drop suggests that the pay TV giant was simply price gouging us all along. It's a pain that Aussies know all too well.

Presto was always going to struggle at $19.99 per month – especially when it lacked high-def content, an extensive back catalogue, TV shows or a way to watch on your television until it added Chromecast support. Netflix's adaptive streaming offers better picture quality on even a slow internet connection and Quickflix is about to expand its high-def content.

Getting the first month for $4.99 helped ease the blow but, once the price leapt to $19.99 per month, Presto was poor value for money compared to Quickflix or Netflix – unless it happened to offer all the movies you desperately wanted to watch. Presto tends to offer new movies in its subscription library before Quickflix. Both offer new-release rentals, but Presto's rental range is appalling. Meanwhile Netflix tends to add movies to its subscription library around the same time as Presto, because Netflix relying on the US release schedule which we're not supposed to have access to. Netflix doesn't offer new-release rentals. 

It's hard to believe that competition from online rivals forced Foxtel to slash Presto pricing – which drops to $9.99 per month on August 17 to bring it into line with Quickflix and Netflix. If competition really was a major factor then Presto should have launched at $9.99 from day one – nothing has changed that dramatically in the last five months except for the ongoing saga that is FreeviewPlus.

Quickflix dropped from $14.99 to $9.99 per month before Presto launched, while the price of Netflix actually rose. Meanwhile Hoyts Stream looks dead in the water, Dendy Direct is just a typical movie store, StreamCo is yet to see the light of day and Netflix looks unlikely to arrive until next year.

FreeviewPlus is finally set to launch on September 3, if it can ever get its act together, but it can hardly claim to be putting any pressure on Presto. FreeviewPlus requires a new HbbTV-compatible TV or PVR and thus will only be available to a handful of Australians at launch. They'll only see the same free streaming content you can already watch on Catch Up services such as ABC iView and SBS On Demand – not exactly a serious threat to a premium movie service.

Foxtel has come a long way in the last few years, embracing the internet rather than sticking its head in the sand. But there's a thin line between testing what the market will bear and blatant price-gouging, a line Foxtel seems to have crossed if it can afford to halve the cost of Presto so quickly. Sources tell me it only had a few thousand subscribers, which doesn't come as a surprise. If you're already a Presto subscriber then Foxtel is going to throw in one month for free, acknowledging that you might be feeling a bit ripped off at this point.

Content providers like Foxtel complain about piracy and people sneaking into Netflix, but can they really expect much respect from Australian consumers when they're so blatantly overcharging us? Are you more likely to sign up for Presto at $9.99 per month?

SBS switches A-League to main channel after pressure from football authorities

From http://mumbrella.com.au/sbs-switches-league-main-channel-pressure-football-authorities-244664

SBS will switch its live Friday night A-League football from SBS Two to SBS One following pressure from Football Federation Australia (FFA) to move coverage to the public broadcaster’s main channel.

It is understood SBS has been lobbied by football authorities who were disappointed that SBS had elected to broadcast its one weekly live match last season on its digital multi channel.

While audiences were regarded as reasonably strong, shifting the coverage to SBS One is expected to deliver a ratings boost and further elevate the game in Australia, on the back of strong ratings for the FIFA World Cup in June and July.

The FFA told Mumbrella it believed the sport deserved to be taken to a wider audience and confirmed it had held talks with the broadcaster.

“FFA has discussed this matter with SBS since the original decision to start the coverage on SBS 2 last season, and we’re delighted the network has given the game a vote of confidence by broadcasting the A-League on the primary channel in Season 10,” FFA chief operating officer John Kelly said.

“SBS has the prerogative to broadcast the A-League on the channel they think is the best fit, but we believe the appetite for the game is such that live A-League football deserves to be on SBS One and we commend SBS for this initiative. We are in a golden age of football in Australia and SBS has recognised the moment with this decision.”

SBS, which is entering the second of a four year deal to broadcast one live match each round, defended its decision to air games on SBS Two, arguing it “allowed the game to bed in without the pressure of higher ratings expectations seen on the primary channel”.

SBS director of sport Ken Shipp said it was no secret that FFA wanted the A-League on One but denied it put pressure on the broadcaster.

“Pressure is not the right word. Encouragement would be the better word,” he told Mumbrella. “The reality was it was me who initiated discussions about moving the product to One at the end of last  season, even before the World Cup. I went to them.”

Audiences for the code, which had been broadcast solely on Fox Sports before last season, rose 50 per cent last year according to the FFA. The new season kicks off on October 10.

SBS managing director Michael Ebeid said the growing appetite for football, fuelled by the World Cup in Brazil, meant taking the sport to a wider audience made sense.

“Moving the Hyundai A-League to SBS One capitalises on our momentum from the World Cup and signals our increased commitment to and confidence in growing this great game which unites communities across so many cultures,” he said.

Observers expressed surprise at the move to air games on SBS Two as the broadcaster’s return on investment would not have been so high on its secondary channel.

SBS, Foxtel and Fox Sports are believed to have paid $40m between them for the four-year A-League rights deal, which ends after the 2016/2017 season.

Spark launches Lightbox television this month

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/60652069/spark-launches-lightbox-television-this-month

Spark's subscription internet television service, Lightbox, will start on August 28.

The service will be open to Spark broadband customers and customers of other internet providers, with a 30-day free trial. After that it will cost $15 for 30 days.

Spark, formerly Telecom, has obtained rights to 5000 hours of television content for the service, including first-run exclusives for well-reviewed series Vikings and Outlander.

The programming can be watched at any time over the internet, providing what Lightbox describes as a "box-set experience" for viewers.

Sky Television has announced it will launch a rival subscription internet television service, separate from its broadcast pay-television service, by the end of the year.

It will include exclusive content from United States studio HBO, but spokeswoman Kirsty Way said today it was unable to provide any other details.

Mark Blair, an Australian-based vice-president of US video technology company Brightcove, said services such as Lightbox could benefit from the impending arrival in New Zealand of low-cost digital media players such as Google's Chromecast.

Brightcove supplies the technology used to deliver Television New Zealand's TVNZ OnDemand service.

Chromecast is a wi-fi device about the size of a USB stick that sells in the US for US$35 ($41) and plugs into the HMDI socket of a television set.

It can be used to receive programming streamed over the internet, acting as a bridge between the TV and a home computer.

Programming can be relayed to the TV either via an app on the computer or by simply mirroring the content being played through a Chrome web browser.

Such digital media players were now sufficiently cheap that an internet TV service provider could consider locking them to its own content and giving them away to subscribers, Blair said.

Chromecast was being used by "early adopters" and had yet to take off in Australia, he said.

However, Blair forecast an "explosion" in such players and in hybrid TVs and set-top boxes such as Australia's FreeviewPlus devices that could seamlessly switch between broadcast and internet TV without viewers needing to be aware that was happening.

"I suspect next year in New Zealand you will see both traditional broadcasters and new entrants – ones like Lightbox and new niche content providers – looking to use those devices," he said.

The result would be that it would be easier for businesses to get into the TV game, he said. "That is one of the things that is exciting about this."

Al Jazeera sued over rights “violation”

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/15/al-jazeera-sued-over-rights-violation/

A Cairo-based satellite TV channel says it will file a lawsuit against Qatar-based Al Jazeera and accuse the news channel of “violating its broadcast rights as the exclusive holder,” according to BBC Monitoring.

The allegation is that the Sada al-Balad channel held the exclusive rights to cover and transmit the retrial hearing of former president of Egypt Husni Mubarak.  Sada al-Balad permitted 72 channels, local, Arab and foreign, to access the signals free of charge and following official requests from each of the channels concerned.

These requests included CNN and Sky News, but Al Jazeera made no such request, according to Ilham Abd-al-Fattah, the MD at Sada al-Balad.

Premier League gets tough on Vine videos

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/15/premier-league-gets-tough-on-vine-videos/

The English Premier League has warned fans who post Vine videos of top-flight matches are in breach of copyright law.

The league’s governing body said it is now working with social media providers such as Twitter to take down pirated clips. Within moments of goals being scored, Vine videos – which streams six-second looped clips appear online. They are typically clips of television action filmed by fans at home, although those inside the ground also broadcast key moments.

Broadcasters pay billions for the exclusive rights to show Premier League action, while newspapers such as The Sun have recently launched apps showing goals within minutes of them being scored.

Now the Premier League has said it is clamping down on the online craze, which peaked during this summer’s World Cup.

A spokesman for the Premier League said: “The use of Vines and GIFs to show Premier League football is a breach of copyright, and we would encourage fans to use legitimate means to access this content, such as The Sun or The Times goal apps. We are working with social media providers to take down pirated clips and hope fans understand the need to maintain the investment model that produces the football they love.”

It is understood that the league is developing GIF and Vine crawlers to automatically detect the offending material.


Optus 10 with Measat 3B Launch date is September 12th

Some feeds seen this morning

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From the Dish

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Measat 3a 91.4°E 3960 H "Zee Bioskop" is encrypted again.

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Telstra’s Thody: ‘Content piracy is theft’

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/14/telstras-thody-content-piracy-is-theft/

David Thodey, CEO of Australian telco Telstra, has declared that piracy of content is theft, and suggested that the company can play a role in its prevention.

“Piracy of content is theft. I hold a very strong view on that. You can’t justify it because of the price of content. A whole industry exists to create great content and it’s theft,” he said at the company’s results briefing.

Thodey suggested it would need “strong collaboration” from both content rights holders and the telco industry to find a workable solution that was ubiquitous and fair.

“I think we’ve got to work through that, and if we can play a role that helps prevent theft, just like we do in any way to help law enforcement, we will, because we are an Australian company subject to the laws of Australia and I think we need to take a positive attitude.”

He admitted that he didn’t have an answer yet, but was willing to sit down and try to find an answer for the good for all Australians “and that’s what we’re going to do as we move forward.”

The federal government on July 30 released an Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper which includes a proposal to force ISPs such as Telstra to stop users downloading content unlawfully.

Thodey made his comments as Telstra reported revenue, profit and customer growth for the 2013-14 Financial Year. Total income increased 6.1 per cent to A$26.3 billion. Net profit after tax increased 14.6 per cent or A$554 million to A$4.3 billion.

ABC revamps digital, adds Ten exec

From http://www.c21media.net/abc-revamps-digital-adds-ten-exec/

Australian pubcaster ABC has appointed a Network Ten executive as part of a restructure to its digital division.

Louise O’Donnell takes up the newly created position of head of strategy at ABC Innovation, the firm’s online and mobile arm, and will start on August 18.

O’Donnell was previously strategic product consultant for Network Ten where she helped to create VoD service TenPlay. She also worked as director of digital for Brisbane-based production outfit Hoodlum and has had stints at Leo Burnett Australia and Endemol.

Her appointment, which follows the departure of ABC’s head of online and mobile Mark Dando, is one of three new roles created following a re-alignment of the leadership at ABC Innovation. A head of user experience and service design role and an enterprise product lead position will be filled at a later date.

The reshuffle follows ABC’s appointment of former Foxtel and Austar exec Rebecca Heap to head up its TV strategy and digital products, and the division’s launch earlier in the year of a weekly tablet app

Measat-3b launch reset for Sept 12

From http://www.therakyatpost.com/business/2014/08/14/measat-3b-launch-reset-sept-12/

Measat Global Bhd has set the new launch date for its Measat-3b satellite to be Sept 12 from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The US$350 million (RM1.12 billion) satellite – earlier scheduled to be launched on May 29, then June 6 – was held back when the manufacturer of Measat-3b co-passenger asked time for some repairs.

“Once operational, Measat-3b will be a key contributor to the Asian pay TV landscape, supporting direct-to-home television platforms serving more than 18 million households,” said Measat Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Paul Brown-Kenyon had said.

The latest satellite is designed to provide an additional 48 high powered Ku-band transponders to the 91.5°E orbital slot to expand direct-to-home and VSAT services across Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia.

Co-located with Measat-3 and Measat-3a, the satellite would more than double Measat’s Ku-band capacity at 91.5°E creating one of the region’s most powerful and robust orbital locations.

“By end-2015 or early 2016, we will launch another satellite, Measat-3c. This brings our 2017 revenue forecast to US$260 million (RM836.82 million),” Brown-Kenyon had said in May.

“Besides MEASAT-3c, we are already planning three new satellites, namely Measat-2a, Measat-3d and Africasat-1b.”

ULA Atlas V launches WorldView-3 satellite out of Vandenberg

From http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/08/ula-atlas-v-worldview-3-launch/

United Launch Alliance (ULA) conducted a commercial Atlas V launch on Wednesday on behalf of Lockheed Martin, orbiting DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 imaging satellite. The launch, which marked the first commercial Atlas mission to fly out of Vandenberg, occurred after a trouble-free countdown at 11:30 local time (18:30 UTC).

Atlas V Mission:

Based on the WorldView-2 satellite, which has been in orbit since October 2009, WorldView-3 is a 2,800-kilogram (6,200 lb) imaging satellite intended for seven and a quarter years of service in low Earth orbit.

The spacecraft is based around the BCP-5000 bus and was constructed by Ball Aerospace. It is the third satellite in DigitalGlobe’s WorldView series of high-resolution satellites.

Excluding WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe’s current fleet consists of five satellites; WorldView-1, WorldView-2, GeoEye-1, Ikonos 1 and QuickBird-2. Based in Colorado, DigitalGlobe was formed in 1992 as the WorldView Imaging Corporation and was initially headquartered in California. The company was later named EarthWatch Inc. between 1995 and 2001, before taking on its current name.

DigitalGlobe’s first two satellites failed before they could enter service. Early Bird, which was orbited by a Russian Start-1 rocket in 1997, suffered a power system failure four days after launch which left it inoperable.

QuickBird-1 was launched in 2000 but placed into an unusable orbit after its Kosmos-3M carrier rocket malfunctioned. The October 2001 launch of QuickBird-2, a spacecraft which is still in operation, finally gave DigitalGlobe its first operable satellite.

WorldView-1 was launched in September 2007 and was followed by WorldView-2 in October 2009. These satellites are capable of imaging to a resolution of 50 centimetres (20 inches), with WorldView-2 also carrying a multi-spectral camera which provides a resolution of 1.8 metres.

WorldView-3 is equipped with the same cameras as WorldView-2, however it will be able to produce higher resolution images by virtue of operating in a somewhat lower orbit.

In addition to its own spacecraft, DigitalGlobe also acquired two satellites when it merged with GeoEye in 2013. The GeoEye-1 satellite was launched in September 2008, while Ikonos 1 is an older satellite which GeoEye had itself acquired in a previous merger.

Ikonos was launched by an Athena II rocket flying from Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg in September 1999, six months after the previous Ikonos satellite – also known as Ikonos 1 – failed to reach orbit.

WorldView-3 is expected to add to DigitalGlobe’s fleet by providing a higher imaging resolution than any other commercial satellite.

From an altitude of approximately 617 kilometres (383 miles, 333 nautical miles) its high-resolution camera will be able to take pictures at resolutions of up to 31 centimetres (12 inches). The spacecraft is also equipped with the same multispectral camera as WorldView-2 and a new infrared imager.

The rocket that WorldView-3 rode into orbit on was the Atlas V 401. The smallest member of the Atlas V family, the 401 configuration features a single-engine Centaur upper stage, no solid rocket motors and a four-metre payload fairing. The Atlas that launched WorldView-3 had the tail number AV-047, and was the forty-eighth Atlas V to fly.

The Atlas V made its maiden flight in 2002, lofting the Hot Bird 6 spacecraft for Eutelsat. Since then its forty seven launches have orbited an array of commercial and military communications satellites, GPS navigation spacecraft and DMSP weather satellites for the US Air Force, three X-37B Orbital Test Vehicles, a host of imaging, SIGINT and support satellites for the National Reconnaissance Office and several payloads for NASA.

The NASA missions include probes to the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Pluto, the SDO mission to study the Sun, the Van Allen Probes to study Earth’s magnetosphere, a pair of TDRS communications satellites to relay data to the ground from spacecraft in orbit – including the International Space Station – and the Landsat 8 imaging satellite.

In its launches to date, the Atlas V has a near-perfect success record, with just one partial failure which did not result in loss of mission. That anomaly occurred during the June 2007 launch of NROL-30, a pair of ocean reconnaissance SIGINT satellites for the National Reconnaissance Office.

A faulty valve resulted in the Centaur leaking hydrogen, and cutting off early at the end of its second burn. This left the satellites in a lower-than-planned orbit; however they were still able to manoeuvre into their final orbit.

Wednesday’s launch was the tenth commercial mission for the Atlas V; following the launches of Hot Bird 6, HellasSat 2, Rainbow-1, AMC-16, Inmarsat-4F1, Astra 1KR, ICO-G1, PAN and Intelsat 14. PAN, a classified mission for an undisclosed government agency, is believed to be a communications satellite.

Although a military payload the terms of the contract Lockheed Martin were awarded to procure it are believed to have made Lockheed responsible for delivering the satellite into orbit – hence making it technically a commercial launch despite the nature of the payload.

It is unclear whether the CLIO satellite, due to launch later this year, will use the same arrangement. All nine previous commercial missions deployed their satellites into geosynchronous transfer orbit after lifting off from Cape Canaveral.

By contrast, AV-047 dropped WorldView-3 off in a near-polar low Earth orbit; the satellite’s final orbit will be a 617-kilometre sun-synchronous trajectory. To achieve this the rocket flew from Space Launch Complex 3E (SLC-3E) at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It was the first time an Atlas rocket has launched a commercial primary payload from Vandenberg.

SLC-3E was originally part of the US Navy’s Point Arguello site, used for early reconnaissance satellite launches by Atlas-Agena rockets. The first launch from the pad occurred in July 1961 with the MIDAS 3 missile detection satellite. Space Launch Complex 3, which was previously Point Arguello Launch Complex 1, consisted of two pads – 3 West and 3 East.

The West pad is now unused and mostly demolished, having last been used by SpaceX for early testing of the Falcon 1 rocket. It had been intended for use in Falcon 1 launches, however no rockets were launched from the complex under SpaceX’s tenure.

By contrast to its neighbour, the East pad is still used by the Atlas. Following the May 1987 launch of the last Atlas H rocket, carrying a cluster of NOSS satellites for the NRO, the complex was deactivated, only to be rebuilt in the 1990s for the Atlas II.

The first cryogenically-fuelled rocket to fly from Vandenberg, the first Atlas II to depart SLC-3E carried NASA’s Terra satellite in December 1999. It was followed by two more NOSS launches before the retirement of the Atlas II. Lockheed Martin did not originally intend to launch the Atlas V from Vandenberg, however after Boeing forfeited several launches to Lockheed over an industrial espionage case the old Atlas II pad was converted to accommodate it.

The first Atlas V to launch from Vandenberg was AV-006 in 2008, which carried the USA-200 SIGINT satellite for the NRO.

The flightplan for Wednesday’s launch wasn’t announced, however the mission began with ignition of the first stage’s RD-180 main engine at T-2.7 seconds. The first stage of the Atlas V is a Common Core Booster (CCB), powered by a single RD-180 – a Russian engine derived from the RD-170 family used by the Zenit rocket.

Lifting off at T+1.1 seconds AV-047 manoeuvred onto a southerly trajectory as it begins the climb to orbit. The first stage burned until just past the four minute mark at which point Main Engine Cutoff, or MECO, occurred.

Six seconds after MECO, the spent CCB was jettisoned and the Centaur began its prestart sequence. Ignition of its single RL10A-4-2 engine came ten seconds after staging, beginning the first and only burn.

The Centaur’s the burn lasted around eleven minutes, followed by just a three minute coast phase, prior to a seven degree per second spin up, followed by spacecraft separation.

The launch of WorldView-3 was the sixteenth of the year for the United States, and the tenth for United Launch Alliance.

Formed in December 2006 from the merger of Lockheed Martin and Boeing’s rocket production and government launch services divisions, ULA provides and operates all Atlas V, Delta II and Delta IV rockets used by the US Government – including the armed forces and NASA. As a commercial launch, Wednesday’s mission was subcontracted to ULA by Lockheed Martin.

It was the first commercial Atlas launch – and hence the first launch contracted by Lockheed Martin – since the deployment of Intelsat 14 in November 2009.

The sixth Atlas launch of 2014, Wednesday’s mission will be followed by the launch of the classified CLIO mission in September for an undisclosed government agency. Believed to be similar to 2009′s PAN mission, this will likely be bound for geosynchronous orbit.

Two further launches are planned; carrying a GPS satellite from Cape Canaveral and the NROL-35 payload from Vandenberg. ULA’s only other remaining mission this year will be the December launch of NASA’s Exploration Flight Test 1 – a test flight of the Orion spacecraft – atop a Delta IV Heavy. A planned Delta II launch with the SMAP satellite has now slipped into 2015.

DigitalGlobe’s next satellite, WorldView-4 – formerly GeoEye-2, is currently scheduled for an Atlas launch sometime around 2016.

BEC risks losing share of Channel 3 Analogue

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/426602/bec-risks-losing-share-of-channel-3-analogue

After Sept 1, BEC World Plc, the operator of Channel 3, could risk losing its share of the analogue channel as it needs to follow the must-carry rule after the Central Administrative Court dismissed its request for exemption from the rule implementation. 

The dispute took place as the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) wants to apply the amendment of the must-carry rule, requiring six analogue TV channels to transform their broadcasting to digital signals under the simulcast period, which ended on May 1. 

The rule amendment aims to promote digital TV. Platform operators can no longer carry analogue channels on their platforms.

But Channel 3 Analogue did not want to follow the amended must-carry rule and requested to be allowed to continue broadcasting on the analogue system. It said its concession allows it to broadcast analogue signals until 2020. 

The regulator said analogue channels that do not wish to migrate to the digital system could air their channels via satellite and cable TV systems and change their status from free TV to pay TV channels. They are allowed to advertise for only six minutes per hour, half the time allocated to free TV channels.

Channel 3 is the only analogue channel that did not migrate to the digital format as it has three digital channels already.

The Bangkok and Entertainment Co on behalf of Channel 3 filed the case with the Central Administrative Court, saying the NBTC's order is unlawful.

Rangsikorn Upapong, the judge overseeing this case, said the NBTC is complying with the national digitalisation plan, one of Asean's conventions to adopt digital terrestrial TV between 2015-20. National digital migration has also been the mission for Thailand to move forward since Aug 23, 2011.

However, Channel 3's petition claiming that the NBTC order is unlawful did not meet the court criteria as the order, which is not yet effective, would not affect public benefits and private rights. 

The NBTC has given Channel 3 Analogue until Sept 1 to follow the amended must-carry rule.

The court will seek more facts before reaching a conclusion on the case.

Ratthakorn Surbsuk, trading partner at media company GroupM, said if the court ruling favours the NBTC, Channel 3 Analogue may lose viewers as every platform operator must comply with the NBTC's amended must-carry rule.

About 70% of Thai households watch TV through satellite and cable systems. If the amended must-carry rule comes into effect, Channel 3 Analogue's viewing figures will go down and this will affect its advertising income and some advertisers will be disgruntled as they may not reach a wide viewer base.

Russia to develop new satellite communication system – reports

From http://in.rbth.com/news/2014/08/14/russia_to_develop_new_satellite_communication_system_reports_37537.html

Russia intends to create a new powerful satellite communication system that will provide global coverage and communication security, Izvestia newspaper reported Thursday.

The development of such a system will require the launch of a space complex ordered by the Russian Defense Ministry and the Russian Federal Space Agency. The budget of the project is estimated at 65.6 billion rubles ($1.8 billion).

The system throughput is expected to reach 80 gigabits (Gb) by 2020, and 120 Gb by 2025. That will allow the simultaneous coverage of about a million high-speed terminals.

The new secure communication system is to be used by the country’s leaders and the military, according to the newspaper. The system will be based on the Gonets-M1 and Gonets-M2 communication systems.

The space complex will consist of four satellites weighing up to 2.5 tons and equipped with transponders and air traffic control systems.

Nigeria: Multichoice Battles TV Piracy

From http://allafrica.com/stories/201408141356.html

Lagos — MULTICHOICE, the pay television firm, warned individuals and entities to acquire commercial licenses to enable them broadcast digital satellite television (DStv) content without litigation.

According to Caroline Oghuma, PR Manager, DStv, MultiChoice had given commercial pirates the opportunity to convert to legal commercial broadcast in 2013.

"We want these subscribers to stay on the right side of the law, and those who are yet to convert are infringing on the copywright laws of Nigeria and will face appropriate penalties," she declared.

Oghuma, who explained that MultiChoice is working in association with the Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) to stem the rising trend in commercial piracy, stated that early this year, officials of the NCC Lagos Zonal Office issued a 14 day deadline for hotels to obtain the appropriate commercial licenses for the broadcast of DStv channels in their hotels.

"We are happy that some hotel owners have complied by legalizing their subscriptions. However, we urge those who have not complied to do so," she reiterated.

She said the commission last year launched an Amnesty Campaign to create awareness on broadcast piracy.

Oghuma highlighted that the campaign will move to the second phase, which will involve the copyright audit of outlets using DStv in public and sanctioning of infringing users.

She further noted that MultiChoice Nigeria, in conjunction with the NCC, were currently battling four types of piracy, namely, Cable Piracy, Re-broadcasting Piracy, Commercial Piracy and Circumvention Piracy.

WWE Network gets global OTT launch

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/224591/wwe-network-gets-global-ott-launch/

Over-the-top wrestling channel WWE Network has launched outside the US for the first time.

The network, which sports entertainment giant WWE launched earlier this year in the States, is rolling out in 170 territories including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, and the Nordics.

The WWE expects the network to be available in the UK by October, and launch dates for Italy, UAE, Germany, Japan, India, China, Thailand and Malaysia will follow at a later date.

Consumers will be able to access the service via WWE.com, with a commitment to a six-month contract at US$9.99 a month giving them access to 24/7 programming, 12 live pay-per-view- events and the WWE library on-demand.
Alternatively, a monthly US$12.99 contract allows customers to cancel at any time.

The WWE has also announced WWE Network will be available through Sony net-connected TVs, Blu-ray Disc players and Blu-rau home theatres. Samsung Smart TV devices, Blu-ray players and home theatres systems will be added on Friday.

The service has struggled to attract subscribers since launch in the US despite the attractive price points.

Brits still prefer to watch live TV, on their TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/14/brits-still-prefer-to-watch-live-tv-on-their-tv/

Research reveals that despite the growth in TV viewing via PC, tablet and smartphones, 89 per cent of viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live – with 85 per cent also stating that the TV is their preferred screen.

The research from global broadcast solutions provider BroadStream Solutions, who polled a representative sample of the UK population in conjunction with YouGov, also found that 83 per cent of Brits still use the TV as a social hub for the household, opting to all watch in the same room. Although 28 per cent of people concede that they might also be on their smartphone or tablet device at the same time and 11 per cent potentially using that device to watch a different show entirely. The most solitary TV viewers can be found in Scotland, with one in ten (11 per cent) reporting that they never watch TV in the same room as family and friend, which was the highest in Britain and closely followed by watchers in Wales (10 per cent).

According to the data, When it comes to entertainment shows like Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice or X Factor, of those consumers that watch these programmes 81 per cent prefer to do so on TV and live rather than on catch-up or using any other device. Similarly, with sports events like the 6 Nations Rugby or Wimbledon, of those that watched these match-ups last year 88 per cent preferred to do so live and on a television.

Mark Errington, CEO, BroadStream Solutions comments: “The range of services now available to consumers certainly gives them the opportunity to consume TV content in new ways, but the focal point of the living room is increasingly becoming the TV once again. It is traditional ‘live’ TV that continues to be the cornerstone of any broadcaster’s service, offering the viewer a constant reference point throughout their viewing experience. We also can’t forget that news, sport, and entertainment are all areas that people still want to watch in real-time, whether it’s in order to vote on X Factor or watch their favourite football team, these are events that simply don’t have the same impact when recorded.”

The research also compared the live TV viewing habits of consumers in 2014 to 10 years ago, which found that over the last 10 years TV viewing has remained relatively constant, with a decline of only 5 per cent (from 94 per cent to 89 per cent). This can be explained by the impressive growth in new devices now available to consumers, including tablet and smartphone devices which both grew from less than 1 per cent in 2004 to 17 per cent and 11 per cent of consumers respectively.

When asked about their viewing habits for non-live TV viewing – such as Plus, VoD or online video services – broadcaster-based VoD options like iPlayer and 4oD have more than trebled in usage over the last decade (from 16 per cent to 57 per cent). Other VoD services such as Netflix have also quadrupled with 1 in 5 consumers (20 per cent) having used one of these options in the last 12 months (up from 5 per cent in 2004). However, 21 per cent of consumers also stated that they have not used any type of on Demand service in the last year.

Errington adds: “Traditional, scheduled TV builds brands and is the starting point for consumers to engage with a range of other services now available to them. What many commentators continually forget is that most evolves from ‘live’ TV – consumers’ record shows from it and there is no VoD without it. This is also the primary source of cost and revenue for almost all broadcasters. While businesses like Netflix are now commissioning their own content, the bulk of the content these services offer still comes from traditional broadcasters and started life as a scheduled TV broadcast.”

MyMedia Update Brings PC-to-TV Casting Ability to Roku Users

From http://www.sys-con.com/node/3148472

MediaMall Technologies, the company behind the popular PlayOn streaming software, today announced the availability of an updated version of MyMedia for Roku. MyMedia is a free media server software application that allows users to stream personal media to their TVs via the Roku player or Roku stick. The upgrade brings support for streaming high definition personal media files for free as well as an optional upgrade to include web casting. With the new $4.99 in-channel upgrade, Roku users will now have Chromecast-like functionality, making it possible to cast web videos directly from their PC to their TV via Roku and the MyMedia channel.

“MyMedia is a fantastic, extremely low-cost solution for Roku users that want to stream personal media files like videos, pictures and music, as well as web videos that may not be readily available on an existing Roku channel,” said Jeff Lawrence, CEO, MediaMall Technologies. “MyMedia is easy-to-use, can be set up in less than five minutes, and at a price of only $5 for the casting capability, it is a steal for Roku users.”

MyMedia is now available for free in the Roku Channel Store. The $4.99 upgrade, made directly through the MyMedia channel on Roku, gives users access to the software’s easy-to-use casting interface. To download MyMedia for free to your PC visit, http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.playon.tv%2Fmymedia&esheet=50924658&newsitemid=20140814005165&lan=en-US&anchor=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.playon.tv%2Fmymedia&index=2&md5=fe3ec3b8395e4b2d0f413462a4469acc. Roku users can download the MyMedia channel from the Roku Channel store.

About MediaMall Technologies

MediaMall Technologies, the creators of PlayOn, PlayLater, and MyMedia was founded in 2003 to make it simple, affordable, and fun to enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, and videos from the Internet on your TV or on the go. The PlayOn and PlayLater software products allow customers to recreate the traditional cable and satellite TV viewing experience using only the Internet and their existing hardware for a fraction of the price – and even extend that viewing experience to mobile devices. The MyMedia software product offers a free way for users to stream their local media content to their TVs. MediaMall operates with offices in New York, Seattle, and Copenhagen and can be found online


Optus 10 and Measat now set for September launch. See news section

A few small changes observed on Intelsat 19 Platinum plus changed pids to V 592 A 720
ETV is new (Encrypted) on Platinum plus old pids V 584 A 712

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Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3920 V "Toonami, Zee Premier, France 24 English and History Asia have started on , Nagravision. Cartoon Network Australia, BBC World News Asia Pacific and Nat Geo Wild Asia "have left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4140 V "Zee Punjabi" has started on again, Conax.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3960 H "Zee Bioskop and Zee Nung" are Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0°E 3885 V DD National, DD News, DD Sports, DD Bharati, DD Bangla, DD Podhigai, DD Saptagiri, DD Port Blair, DD Malayalam and DD Urdu have started on , fFa.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "ChalermKrung TV and World Buddhist TV" have left .

ABS 2 75.0°E 3766 V "People's TV" has started on, Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 3772 V "IBC 13" has started on, Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 3940 V "Star Chinese Channel, Star Chinese Movies Taiwan, Star Movies Taiwan, National Geographic Channel Taiwan, Fox Entertainment Taiwan, Star World Taiwan, Fox Sports Taiwan, Star Sports Taiwan, Channel V International, TACT and Dolphin TV" have started on , Irdeto.
ABS 2 75.0°E STS Love has left 11911 V, 11973, 12033 V and 12093 V.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12153 V "Multimania, Stil i Moda, Candy TV, Komsomolskaya Pravda and Nautical Channel have started on , Fta. A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, STS Love and HD Life" have left.

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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Green TV(印度)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[08-13]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Fox Family Movies HD(高清)频道解密,设置12711 H 28800参数免费接收。[08-13]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Live 2 HD(高清)频道消失,设置11541 H 45000参数无效接收。[08-13]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV Sale替换CMM Russian Life(俄罗斯)频道,设置11732 V 43000参数免费接收。[08-13]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,杨百翰大学(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置3771 V 2643参数免费接收。[08-13]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TV1(外语)频道新增,设置4062 H 1250参数免费接收。[08-13]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,NTV Mir(沙特)频道消失,设置3760 H 27500参数无效接收。 [8月13日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,IBC 13(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3772 V 2400参数免费接收。 [8月13日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,People's TV (菲律宾)频道新增,设置3766 V 3000参数免费接收。 [8月13日]

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MEASAT-3b, Optus 10 set for September launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/13/measat-3b-optus-10-set-for-september-launch/

MEASAT-3b and Optus 10, originally scheduled for launch June 6th, have moved one step closer to a targeted September lift-off with confirmation from launch service provider Arianespace that its next Ariane 5 mission has transferred from the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building – where it was assembled, to the Final Assembly Building – where the dual-passenger payload will be installed.

The postponement was called after Optus Networks informed Arianespace that its Optus 10 satellite, one of the two payloads being carried by Arianespace flight VA218, required additional verifications.

This latest procedure represented the heavy-lift launcher’s formal handover from industrial architect Airbus Defence and Space to Arianespace, which takes responsibility for incorporation of the two commercial telecommunications satellites, along with the Ariane 5’s final checkout and launch operations in French Guiana.

MEASAT-3b was produced by Airbus Defence and Space and is to be operated by MEASAT in supporting direct-to-home broadcast services for Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia. Optus 10 was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral for Australian telecommunications service provider Optus, enabling direct TV broadcast, Internet connectivity, telephone and data transmission services for Australia and New Zealand.

Kacific + Solomon Telekom Company—Islands Improvement (SATCOM)

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=826139822&menu=1

[SatNews] Kacific Broadband Satellites has signed a five year Framework Services Agreement with Solomon Telekom Company (http://www.ourtelekom.com.sb/) to provide high speed bandwidth to the people of the Solomon Islands.

The multi-million dollar agreement almost doubles the bandwidth available to Solomon Telekom and will provide high speed Internet coverage to even the most remote locations in the island group. Five high capacity beams directed from Kacific’s Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) will provide coverage to every one of the many islands that comprise the group. Despite approximately 1,500 kilometres separating the westernmost and easternmost islands, the high power Kacific coverage will provide all with equally outstanding service quality through inexpensive terminals. Coverage will extend from Choiseul and the Shortland Islands in the far west and north-west, all the way to the most northern atoll, Ontong Java, to the most eastern remote atolls of Tikopia and the Duff Islands and to the Rennell Bellona Islands in the south.

Kacific will provide Solomon Telekom with a minimum of 150Mbps of bandwidth from 2017 until 2022. Under the agreement, Solomon Telekom can, at its discretion, increase bandwidth in bursts of up to 50 percent at any time to 225Mbps of capacity. Solomon Telekom currently has 200Mbps of capacity. Each beam will have a footprint approximately 500 to 600km wide, and together they will entirely cover the nearly 30,000 km2 of land in the Solomons. Kacific uses a simple, validated and streamlined satellite technology so that all islands in the group receive unrivaled satellite power for customers to operate at high throughput speeds using only a small (75cm to 1.2m diameter) inexpensive terminal. Kacific offers a solution adapted to the Pacific nations that will be optimized to the Solomon Islands topology to ensure a predictable and affordable service with ample room to grow and expand.

The Solomon Islands has a population of around 600,000. The nation faces particularly onerous environmental and economic challenges and is subject to cyclones, tsunamis and earthquakes. Currently, demand for broadband is suppressed as limited access and high costs of service inhibit uptake of digital technologies. Despite all those challenges, the Solomon Islands has tripled its GDP in the last 10 years and the economy continues growing. Providing universal access to broadband is the natural next step to unleash the potential of this promising nation.

“This agreement will see Kacific provide an affordable, universally accessible national broadband service to a multi-island nation where other technologies have struggled,” said Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux. “Solomon Telekom’s commitment is a confirmation of our unique value proposition in supplying affordable high speed broadband to dispersed islands and populations. There is today simply no alternative to Kacific’s proposed access, speed and affordability in the Pacific. On the other hand, this agreement is also a demonstration of the remarkable vision of Solomon Telekom. It will improve every level of society, enhance business exchanges, propel every corner of the nation into the same digital age as the most connected nations, reduce gender inequality, improve social cohesion, promote the export and survival of Solomon Islands rich cultural heritage, and help prepare and protect the country against many natural dangers that are common in this part of the world.

“The Pacific is in dire need of connectivity. Kacific believes it is not the time to use the Pacific as a test-bed for new or experimental technologies. Fully proven technologies like those Kacific is offering are perfectly predictable and reliable.  Making a direct high-speed internet connection available to every government agency, institution, business and family in the footprint area will place the Solomons in a leadership position amongst Pacific nations in terms of providing universal broadband access.”

Kacific expects to launch its Kacific-1 satellite by early 2017 and to provide operational service shortly thereafter. From the moment the satellite is commissioned, all Solomon Islanders will be able to receive coverage using only a small, low cost dish antenna. Overnight every school, village, clinic, shop, business and dwelling in the country will have access to a fast, affordable, national broadband network. In June 2014, Kacific announced that it had signed a five year agreement with Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation to provide up to 150Mbps of bandwidth to the island group.

Please visit http://www.kacific.com/ for additional details.

NHK to showcase High Frame Rate 8k Television at IBC2014

From http://www.televisionpost.com/technology/nhk-to-showcase-high-frame-rate-8k-television-at-ibc2014/

MUMBAI: At IBC2014 in Amsterdam next month, Japanese public broadcaster NHK is demonstrating its 8k Super Hi-Vision television system, including the latest enhancements such as high frame rate resolution.

8k Super Hi-Vision features 16 times the resolution of high definition and 22.2 channel audio. NHK has been leading its development, and first brought a theatre demonstration of the system to IBC in 2006. Since then IBC has seen many milestones in 8k, including the first international links – from London and Torino to Amsterdam – at IBC2008.

In 2008 NHK won an IBC Special Award for its work on 8k, and in 2012 NHK Science and Technology Research Laboratories were the recipients of IBC’s highest award, the International Honour for Excellence.

This year the milestone is an end to end high frame rate system. Cameras, video processing and displays all provide 8k resolution – 7680 x 4320 pixels – at 120 progressive frames a second, resulting in an unprecedented sense of ‘being there’.

Highlights from the FIFA World Cup will be shown on the NHK stand in the IBC Future Zone. The presentation will also feature recordings made at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, emphasising the use of 8k video in galleries and installations.

NHK Science and Technology Research Laboratories deputy head Dr Sugawara said, “This is a really important moment in the development of 8k. Our live public screening trial at the Fifa World Cup was extremely successful. I believe implementation of our new high frame rate system will make fast-moving content like sport look sensational. We have always shown our latest developments at IBC, and we look forward to discussing progress with our worldwide peers once again this year.”

IBC CEO Michael Crimp said, “We are delighted to welcome NHK to the IBC Future Zone once more, as we continue our close relationship around 8k. We have followed NHK’s work with great interest, and are very pleased that NHK has chosen IBC as the venue to show its latest advances in 8k. At IBC we partner with those at the leading edge who want to show and debate game-changing innovations, and there are few more transformative ideas at present than high resolution, high frame-rate systems like 8k.”

8K (Super Hi-Vision) is a very high resolution video system, designed for transmission to the home, to theatres and in specialist applications such as museums and art galleries. Its screen resolution is 16 times that of HD: 7680 pixels on 4320 lines. The latest version of the system, being shown at the IBC Future Zone, has a high frame rate of 120 progressive frames a second. The picture resolution is complemented with a 3D surround system, including 22 audio channels on three levels, plus two sub-woofer channels.

The system is now close to practical implementation: NHK is proposing 8k test satellite broadcasting in 2016, with the launch of public services in Japan in 2020. The latest developments in communications technology allow the full resolution 144 Gb/s signal to be carried in real time over a single fibre cable. NHK is using the HEVC codec to process native 8k video and audio for satellite transmission in a single 100 Mb/s channel.

Cisneros Media partners with RRsat

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/12/cisneros-media-partners-with-rrsat/

RRsat Global Communications Network has confirmed the signing of a seven year agreement with Cisneros Media, one of the largest producers of Spanish-language content in the Americas, as well as the owner and operator of three pay-TV channels in the region through its Venevision Continental unit.

RRsat will provide Cisneros Media with full playout and global distribution services of their pay-TV channels – Venevision Plus, VmasTV and VePlusTV – for the enjoyment of the Latin American community. As business and operations expand, a new RRsat playout centre will be established at the Venevision Studios. The planned playout center will be housed at Cisneros Media’s Miami studios, one of South Florida’s largest and most prominent production facilities with over 120,000 square feet, encompassing six sound stages as well as post-production and office space.

“RRsat’s high standards and quality service enables us to exceed the growing necessities of our clients and the demands of our viewers for more variety of content, expanded reach, greater accessibility and viewing experience,” said Jonathan Blum, President of Cisneros Media. “They also offer us the capability of efficiently managing and maximising the potential of our content, greatly improving our workflow.”


D1 12331 H 22500 "TEST1 HD" & "TEST2 HD" are news NDS Encrypted (Sky NZ), Probably for The Zone and ESPN2..

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Palapa D 113.0°E Almost all channels in Skynindo package are encrypted again.

Measat 3 91.5°E 3641 V "Shop TV Live has replaced Solar All Access" on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "Movies Max Channel has replaced BKK TV" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3640 H "LoveWorld Sat" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3800 H "Maya 47" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" is Fta

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东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Srv(测试)频道消失,设置11541 H 45000参数无效接收。[08-12]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Travel HD(高清)频道重现,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[08-12]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Mult(+2h)(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11665 V 44923参数无效接收。[08-12]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Live 1(泰国)频道消失,设置11038 V 45000参数无效接收。[08-12]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Kboom(高清)频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。[08-12]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Police(缅甸)频道新增,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。[08-12]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Raajje TV(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置4079 H 1600参数免费接收。 [8月12日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,TV 5(菲律宾)频道加密,设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [8月12日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sada Channel(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置4090 H 14368参数免费接收。 [8月12日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,TV 5(梦幻卫视)频道解密,设置12390 V 25600参数免费接收。 [8月12日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Liberty TV(SatLink)频道新增,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月12日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Bioscope(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3960 H 29700参数有条件接收。[08-11]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Gazi TV(MPEG-4)频道改格式,设置3804 H 4800参数免费接收。[08-11]
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SpeedCast listed in Australia

From http://www.thedigitalship.com/news/maritime-satellite-communications/item/3362-speedcast-listed-in-australia

Satellite network service provider SpeedCast started trading today on the Australian Securities Exchange.

The company’s shares were offered at a price of A$1.96 each, implying a market capitalisation of A$235.5 million, and SpeedCast says that the listing follows strong demand in its initial public offering (IPO).

At the time of the listing, new investors are expected to hold approximately 63.7 per cent of the shares, with the remainder being held by investment funds affiliated with TA Associates, management and non-executive directors. Investment funds affiliated with TA Associates, the majority shareholders before the IPO, will remain the largest shareholders with a combined stake of approximately 24.6 per cent.

“Today is a major step in the evolution of our company, following the establishment of SpeedCast as a leader in the provision of satellite services in the Asia-Pacific region and our global expansion, particularly in the maritime sector,” said CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier.

“This listing will enable us to continue executing on our growth plans and on our focus to deliver unsurpassed service reliability and customer support.”

“We have been greatly encouraged by the institutional and retail shareholder response to the IPO and the strong demand for shares.”

“We have completed a tremendous amount of work to build the company to the point that it can become a listed company,” added chairman of the board John Mackay.

“We are confident this will be one of many milestones to come for SpeedCast.”

Hong Kong-headquartered SpeedCast has completed several acquisitions in Australia over the last couple of years.

In December 2012, it bought out Australian Satellite Communications (ASC), an Adelaide-based provider of satellite-based communications solutions to maritime and other sectors that owned and operated its primary teleport, before buying a 100 per cent effective interest in Pactel International, a satellite communications services provider headquartered in Sydney, in July 2013.

In the last few months SpeedCast has also announced the buyout of SatComms Australia, based in Queensland and with a teleport and operations centre in Henderson (Western Australia), and Oceanic Broadband, which provides satellite internet, telephony and IPTV services in Australia and the Pacific Islands.

HK satellite firm serving troops in Afghanistan stages strong Sydney debut

From http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/08/12/speedcast-intl-listing-idINL4N0QI27420140812

* Speedcast shares end at A$2.10, premium of 7 pct to issue price

* Speedcast raises A$150 million in Australia IPO

* Rise in global "events" means bigger work pipeline, CEO says (Recasts with Afghanistan and Ukraine work, CEO comments, shares close)

SYDNEY, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A satellite internet provider serving U.S. and Australian troops in Afghanistan and air crash investigators in Ukraine made a strong debut in Sydney trading, with the firm saying increasing incidence of "man-made disasters" would bolster its prospects.

Hong Kong-based Speedcast International Ltd had raised A$150 million ($138.86 million) in its initial public offering selling 64 percent of its stock. The rest are held by directors and Boston-based private equity owner TA Associates.

The proceeds will be used to pay down debt and finance Speedcast's ongoing acquisition streak - it has made five acquisitions in the past two years. The funds will also go into ensuring that it has capacity to take on a pipeline of possible new work that the company said it cannot forecast.

"When we look at what is happening in the world right now, in Iraq and Libya, in Syria, in Ukraine where we have some services being used in the investigation on the crash of MH17, there's always the potential that such events will happen," Chief Executive Officer Pierre-Jean Beylier told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"It will have a positive impact on our revenues, but it's not something we're forecasting," said Beylier, who is a shareholder with a 5.9 percent stake now worth A$14.86 million.

Speedcast splits its work in conflict and crisis zones from its main earnings statements and forecasts because of the unpredictability of "event-driven business", he said.

Excluding acquisition costs and IPO expenses, Speedcast's prospectus said it has forecast a 68 percent rise in pro forma net profit to $6.085 million for the 2014 financial year. That is despite a halving in revenue from Afghanistan work following the withdrawal of most troops to a forecast $5.45 million.

Speedcast started as a small satellite internet provider in Hong Kong in 1999, owned by Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) and private investors. In 2012, after building up its technology offering, TA Associates and directors bought out the company.

Speedcast says it currently serves 1,000 customers in 3,000 hard-to-reach land sites, mainly in the Asia-Pacific region, and 1,700 offshore rigs.

In early 2005, it supplied satellite services to 1,000 clients in Indonesia's Aceh province following the 2004 Boxing Day Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

Shares in Speedcast closed at A$2.10 on Tuesday, a 7 percent premium to their A$1.96 issue price. The company's market value stood at A$252.35 million.

Australia is headed for its biggest year of new listings in a quarter century with $7.9 billion raised from the start of 2014 to Aug. 5, according to Thomson Reuters data, more than three times the same period last year. (1 US dollar = 1.0793 Australian dollar) (Reporting by Byron Kaye; Editing by Edwina Gibbs and Ryan Woo)

US space spy radar moving to Western Australia

From http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/08/12/16/05/space-surveillane-telescope-set-for-western-australia

A US space surveillance radar is being located to the Harold E Holt naval station in Western Australia. A new eye on space will be opened in Western Australia when a $30 million project to relocate a high-tech telescope is completed.

Construction is set to start next month on the $4.5m opening stages of the plan, which will end with a US C-band space surveillance radar being moved from New Mexico to Exmouth, more than 1000km north of Perth.

The Harold E Holt naval communications station will be the new home for the telescope, which will reportedly cost $10 million a year to operate.

The relocation is part of the Space Situational Awareness Partnership, an agreement between Australia and the US to monitor space debris.

The US tracks about 16,000 objects in orbit, ranging from the International Space Station to scrap metal.

It is feared the chance of collision has steadily increased, following decades of orbital launches and space exploration.

AAP also reported there was a growing worry the southern hemisphere was a "blind spot" in terms of monitoring anti-satellite missiles and signal jamming in warfare.

Telstra to buy video platform

From https://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/8/12/technology/telstra-buy-video-platform-ooyala-291m

Telstra has thrown another $US270m ($290.9m) at video streaming and analytics platform Ooyala to acquire 98 per cent of the company, subject to US regulatory approval.

The telco has invested $US61m in the Silicon Valley-based firm over the past two years, amassing a 23 per cent stake, fully diluted.

The transaction, expected to be completed in the next 60 days, marks the first investment for Telstra's Global Applications and Platforms business, as the telco seeks to broaden its digital media offering.

Telstra chief executive David Thodey said the investment and controlling stake in Ooyala would allow Telstra to accelerate the company's growth and "take their solution to the next level".

"Ooyala is one of the industry’s fastest-growing personalised video platform companies ... which saves customers high upfront investments in online video infrastructure and helps increase the return on their content," Mr Thodey said.

"This provides an opportunity for Telstra and Ooyala to establish a consolidated leading global company to deliver platforms and services on which the next generation of TV and video will be built.

"Telstra‘s global customer relationships, our established presence in Asia and proven integration capabilities, combined with our expertise in online video and investment in Foxtel provide us a unique opportunity to succeed in this growth market."

Ooyala will become an independent subsidiary of Telstra, retaining its brand, structure and management -- including current chief executive Jay Fulcher -- under the Global Applications and Platforms umbrella.

Mr Fulcher said Ooyala's close work with Telstra over the last two years had solidified a shared vision on delivering the next-generation of personalised cloud TV and video.

"Their investment will help us accelerate our growth and cement our lead as the most innovative and forward-thinking cloud TV and video platform company in the world," Mr Fulcher said.

Founded in 2007, Ooyala has more than 330 staff worldwide and 135 million unique users in almost 240 countries.

The cloud-based platform allows digital media companies to deliver TV and video content across any device, using analytics to provide personalised content and advertising to viewers.

Ooyala’s clients include Telstra, ESPN, Univision, Telegraph Media Group, Dell, Sephora, Foxtel, NBC Universal, Comedy Central, News Corp and The Washington Post.

It has forecast its calendar 2014 revenue at $US65m.

Earlier this year Foxtel engaged Ooyala and Telstra to deliver its Presto video-on-demand service.

Petition for channels

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=277071

SKY Pacific subscribers have signed a petition against Fiji Television Ltd's decision to change its SKY Pacific channel line-up.

The petition was signed by about 30 subscribers and handed to the Consumer Council of Fiji last week for their intervention in bringing some of the dropped channels back.

"We are complaining to the council because we have been wronged. We subscribed to Sky Entertainment because the advertisements showed we will get FOX Entertainment, Star Plus, BBC and Nat Geo. We paid money for antennae ($399) and some of us have paid subscriptions in advance," the petition said.

The petition also called for government intervention to direct SKY Pacific to air those channels and compensation for the antennae and emotional trauma.

The group of consumers also called on the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation and Mai TV to step in and provide those channels for viewers.

Suva Point representative David Burness, 78, said they had also agreed not to pay their subscription for August or cancel subscription and demand for compensation.

Meanwhile, the council had requested the Media Industry Development Authority to verify concerns from consumers of misleading advertisement.

MIDA chairman Ashwin Raj said he had requested Fiji TV to explain whether they conducted the wide-scale consultation as they claimed.

"I think they owe it to the members of the public to explain to them why they made the decision to do what they did given the fact that it appears to be an unpopular decision," he said.

Fiji TV CEO Tevita Gonelevu said earlier they would continue to work with all their international channel suppliers to ensure that all broadcast rights were cleared for all SKY Pacific broadcast territories.

He said the key reasons for dropping the nine SKY Pacific channels were of piracy and territory clearance issues in the Pacific.

"Fiji TV continued to negotiate with FOX International on several optinos including geo blocking or selective picking of channels. However, both parties were unable to reach an amicable decision.

"Fiji TV has made it known to FOX International that once it grows its business, they will certainly work on getting the channels back from FOX International provided that these channels are legally cleared for broadcast into SKY Pacific broadcast territory and it will enhance the SKY Pacific business.

"Fiji TV management made it clear to FOX management that launching into a new and bigger territory with far less channels would not be a viable business decision for Fiji TV."

Mai TV's Justin Smith said they could bring those services but first needed to obtain a licence from government to operate the pay-per-view service.

Association of satellite operators joins program for space safety

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Association_of_satellite_operators_joins_program_for_space_safety_999.html

An international association of satellite operators has joined a U.S. Department of Defense program for data sharing for situational awareness and space safety.

The Space Data Association said the agreement with the U.S. military represents a critical milestone for the organization and underlines the importance of collaboration to enhance space situational awareness.

"This agreement represents a major milestone in space situational awareness, creating a framework to exchange data; the benefit is that critical analyses will be far more robust, improving our knowledge of the space operational environment," said SDA Chairman Ron Busch.

"Our announcement with US STRATCOM builds on our long-standing informal cooperation. The agreement demonstrates that even the most advanced government space operators recognize SDA's ability to provide important and valuable services to manage operational risk, including performing conjunction assessments and activities to mitigate electromagnetic interference."

U.S. Strategic Command administers the Department of Defense's Space Situational Awareness Data Sharing Program to ensure and enhance space domain safety through services such as anomaly resolution, collision avoidance, conjunction assessment, end-of-life disposal, de-orbit and re-entry planning support, launch support and EMI investigation.

SDA keeps a database of high-accuracy orbital information. It is operated by Analytical Graphics Inc. Pennsylvania.

Google TV will disrupt Apple and Roku

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/11/google-tv-will-disrupt-apple-and-roku/

The arrival of Google’s Android TV platform could well disrupt the landscape for streaming media players now dominated by Roku and Apple TV, potentially disturbing a rapidly expanding market that sells tens of millions of units every year, according to research from IHS Technology.

The worldwide installed base for streaming media players is forecast to reach 50 million units by the end of this year. For the US, the most significant single market globally for the product category, the installed base will amount to 24 million units this year, up from 16 million last year and 10 million in 2012, as shown in the attached figure.

By 2017, the number of installed streaming media players in the US is anticipated to reach 44 million units. And when combined with an aggregate of 169 million Blu-ray Disc players, game consoles and Smart TVs, the total US installed base of connected TV devices in 2017 will amount to some 213 million units.

“Given the ongoing shift among consumers toward streaming media consumption, the market for standalone streaming media players is continuing to heat up,” said Paul Erickson, senior analyst for the connected home at IHS. “Today Roku and Apple TV continue to dominate the US installed base for streaming media players, with a combined 94 per cent share in 2013, and Amazon’s Fire TV is a significant recent entrant. However, the arrival of Android TV is expected to significantly affect the competitive dynamics of this market over the long run.”

Similar to what market leaders Roku and Apple TV currently offer, the Android TV platform seeks to provide users with access to media streaming services and apps. In the past, the typically Android-based offerings from low-priced competitors have lacked the refinement, functionality, ecosystem, and user experience to compete head to head with products from Roku or Apple. But the appearance on the scene of Android TV will potentially equip these lesser players and vendors with access to a complete, ready-made platform for streaming-media-player use that delivers a suite of benefits, noted Erickson.

These benefits include a new user experience purposely designed for TV, content access from Google Play as well as third-party apps, Google-powered content search and discovery with voice recognition, integration with the Android mobile device ecosystem, and built-in Chromecast functionality that enables media casting and screen mirroring from multiple device platforms.

To be sure, Apple remains the most solidly situated in the streaming player market, backed by a strong content ecosystem and a near-captive iOS customer base that grows with each record-breaking iPhone release . And although its related products are expected to be disruptive of the status quo, Android TV is not likely to cause a toppling of Apple’s competitive position.

Android TV could be more problematic, however, for Roku, which lacks similar direct integration with an ecosystem; and for Amazon’s Fire TV, which limits content search-and-discovery results to Amazon-sourced content alone while also narrowing content mirroring/casting functionality to its own-branded tablets.

Certainly, Android TV remains a streaming player platform to watch for the near future—not just because it is Google’s best effort yet to break into the living room, but also because of its potential to create problems for today’s market leaders.

Standalone media players that choose to utilise Android TV may also benefit in the long run, Erickson said. “Although standalone media player products utilising Android TV do not have the brand recognition, established brand equity, or level of retail distribution that products from companies like Apple, Amazon, and Roku possess, over time these standalone players are expected to create competitive pricing and positioning concerns by delivering previously absent levels of polish, capability, ecosystem integration, and content access to consumers at lower price points.”

Siyaya set to launch SA pay-TV channel by year end

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014081134848/siyaya-set-to-launch-sa-pay-tv-channel-by-year-end.html#axzz3A5iTtdc0
South Africa's latest pay-TV group Siyaya is readying to launch some channels before the end of 2014 via a direct-to-home satellite platform, according to local reports.

Siyaya has recently been awarded the live broadcast rights to matches featuring South Africa's national football team Bafana Bafana. The deal, worth a reported ZAR175 million (US$16.4 million) per year, runs for six years from May 2015.

Siyaya was one of five new broadcasters which received conditional pay-TV licences and has now submitted the necessary "additional information" required to regulator Icasa.

Siyaya's main shareholder Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela, led by John Molefe Pilane, says it plans to "transform" the broadcasting industry in South Africa through Siyaya TV.

"When government first called for expressions for digital terrestrial television (DDT), one of its goals was that DDT should reach rural communities. The Bakgatla are seizing that opportunity," said John Molefe Pilane.

"We were advised to get other programmes. We decided to get the soccer before other products. Soccer is hugely popular in this country and is supposed to be bigger than rugby and cricket."

Siyana TV, reportedly to be priced at around ZAR70 ($6.6) per month, will target the black middle class and those with lower incomes.

Al-Jazeera America logs first anniversary

From http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/166868/aljazeera-america-logs-first-anniversary-

Balance shows low ratings, signs of retrenchment with layoffs, cutting live newscasts

NEW YORK — Al-Jazeera America marks its first anniversary on the air next week, and if you haven’t watched much, you’re not alone.

The news network has recorded some startlingly low ratings and recently shown signs of retrenchment with layoffs and by cutting some live newscasts. Al-Jazeera America has also won awards for its work, seen some recent audience growth and its chief executive insists a steady growth plan is on target.

After several unsuccessful years trying to get its English-language network carried widely in the United States, the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera bought and closed Al Gore’s Current TV network last year and set up the US-focused AJAM to replace Al-Jazeera English in the US. It is now available in nearly 60 million cable and satellite homes, just over half the US market.

“The quality of the channel is very much what was promised,” said Dave Marash, a former reporter for ABC’s Nightline and Al-Jazeera English. “It is serious of purpose, by far the best news channel available to American viewers.”

Al-Jazeera America won Peabody Awards for documentaries on cholera in Haiti and a deadly factory fire in Bangladesh. The network had six first-place finishes in the National Headliner Awards, which honours notable journalism. Two weeks ago, the National Association of Black Journalists honoured AJAM for “creative, compelling, character-driven storytelling.”

Aside from award judges, not many people have seen those stories. So far this year, Al-Jazeera America has averaged 17,000 viewers in prime time, ticking up to 23,000 during the first week of fighting in Gaza. CNN has averaged 453,000 and Fox News Channel 1.87 million in the same period, the Nielsen company said.

Ehab Al Shihabi, AJAM’s chief executive, considers that comparison unfair. The other news networks have been operating much longer, and are available in more homes. Their audiences were small at the start, if they even allowed Nielsen to measure them, he said.

AJAM’s first year should instead be judged on the quality of its journalism and growth in distribution, he said. “Americans are not yet aware of Al-Jazeera America,” Al Shihabi said. “We are, on a gradual basis, continuing our advertising, continuing our outreach. Awareness and perception will take time.”

While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict gives the network a chance to showcase strength in international reporting, Al Shihabi said it also covers stories in the US that its rivals don’t. The prime-time newsmagazine America Tonight recently travelled to all 50 states for stories — reporting on gang violence in Alaska, a slow-moving project to sculpt the image of Crazy Horse on a South Dakota mountain and a woman in Detroit who makes coats for homeless people. Next month, director Alex Gibney delivers a new documentary on high school students’ lives.

“I do think there’s a market for it,” said Jon Klein, a former CNN US president whose new start-up just launched an online channel for Sarah Palin. “But to launch a cable channel in America today is a scary proposition because there is so much clutter in the marketplace. It is as much a marketing proposition as a content proposition.”

He’s not sure Al-Jazeera America has broken through with its message, saying people seem to be more aware of the swashbuckling news organization Vice.

There were rough times for selling hard news, too. Fox and MSNBC are more known for their points of view while CNN, which suffered through some of its worst ratings ever this spring, is beefing up its non-fiction, non-news programming.

Marash believes buying Current was a mistake because Al-Jazeera English was having modest success streaming its channel online. Because of cable deals, live streaming has stopped. People have to search for AJAM on their channel line-ups and sometimes can’t even get a high-definition picture, he said. Al Shihabi said he recognizes online’s importance, but that Al-Jazeera is first a television network and TV is still a more lucrative business.

From the start, critics said the name Al-Jazeera — conjuring memories of Bush administration criticism post-September 11 — is a handicap in the US. Al-Jazeera is determined not to change it, not wanting to dilute its brand worldwide.

AJAM laid off a few dozen journalists in April, and Al Shihabi recently told the staff that a smaller round of layoffs is coming. Some two and a half hours of live AJAM newscasts have been replaced by simulcasts of Al-Jazeera English programming, and staffers have been told to be mindful of travel expenses. Some wonder if the Qatar parent company’s deep pockets indeed have bottoms, and whether that reflects a lack of confidence in the US network.

“There is no rethinking here,” Al Shihabi said. “I just need you to be aware that I also run a business. I had a budget for my launch, and I have a budget for the operation for years one and two and three.”

JadooTV Disputes Allegations of Wrongdoing in Hyderabad, India

From http://www.einnews.com/pr_news/218119589/jadootv-disputes-allegations-of-wrongdoing-in-hyderabad-india

JadooTV strenuously denies the allegations of wrongdoing in news reports concerning actions taken by authorities in Hyderabad, India, against a third-party that supplies digital-services to JadooTV. Those news reports have mischaracterized JadooTV's involvement and the content offered on JadooTV's IPTV platform. JadooTV respects the intellectual property rights of all third parties. JadooTV legally licenses content from leading multicultural content owners and offers it to viewers on the JadooPLUS service via its proprietary set-top box, tablet and multi-platform apps. Additionally, the myJadoo platform contains content exclusively provided by users over which JadooTV has no control. But JadooTV acts expeditiously to remove unauthorized user-posted streams in response to legitimate takedown requests from content owners, in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. JadooTV has retained a top tier law firm to defend its position and take legal action against companies/individuals spreading false and misleading information regarding these allegations.

JadooTV is the leading venture capital backed cloud-based Over The Top (OTT) platform offering Live & On-Demand content to South Asian diaspora worldwide. Owned by CloudStream Media, the JadooTV service has gained immense popularity among expatriate viewers due to its economical cost, ease of use, and hassle-free connectivity via the Internet, offering viewers an abundance of news and entertainment content from their homelands.
The JadooTV platform has also become popular amongst new and emerging broadcasters allowing them to reach globally distributed viewers in a cost effective manner. Broadcasters can stream their channels at source via JadooTV either from their native satellite-delivered beam, or from streams they deliver on the Internet. Broadcasters save thousands of dollars in costly signal backhaul charges by opting for the JadooTV platform, and can pass these savings to viewers.
If you are a content owner or broadcaster and would like to discuss these issues further, we invite you to contact us at sales@jadooTV.com.
About JadooTV
JadooTV is a consumer technology and services company based in Silicon Valley committed to delivering Live and On-Demand content to viewers via its proprietary Internet based set-top box (STB) and Android Tablet. JadooTV is the leading distributor of internet based South Asian television content, bringing Television, Movies, and Music to South Asian diaspora from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Middle East. For more information on JadooTV visit: http://ctt.marketwire.com/?release=1137031&id=4513867&type=1&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.jadootv.com%2f
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3787 V SR 1529 AVP 3000 TVM DSN Interview with AsiaNet News - no audio and FTA pic.
3892 V SR 13333 ENC-2 Soccer - Asian League, (FTA.)
3930 H SR 7320 HANGMEAS HD TV SPORTFIVE INTERNATIONAL - Indoor Arena Soccer - sponsored by Tiger Street, (FTA.)
3894 H SR 6666 DSNG 11 EA GUINGAMP vs ASSE (AS SAINT ETIENNE) in the Soccer with British Commentary, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7500 DSNG 9 GLAZKOV vs DARGAN in Fight Night Boxing from the United States, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc1 Horse Racing from Korea, (FTA.)

Saturday feeds

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Copa Libertadores Soccer Highlights.
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D2: 12672 V 6669 - 'EUROMEDIA CHA|N A' - Horse Racing
D2: 12681 V 6669 - 'Globecast Oz' - Horse Racing

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Plenty of footy on Optus D1 all in HD

GWS vs North Melb. 12671 V 7500
Carlton vs Gold Coast 12644 V 7200
SANFL Sturt vs North Adelaide 12661 V 7500 4.2.2

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Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12407 H "KTV" has started on , Irdeto.(months ago) PTC News, Maa Movies and Gemini Movies have left.

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12385 H Discovery World, Food Network Asia, Luxe TV, All Sports Network, Discovery Kids South East Asia and Discovery Science Channel South East Asia have started on, Fta.
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12690 H "SPS World" has started on , HD, Nagravision.

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E Several updates in Big TV.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V "Fight Sports" is back on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0°E 4140 V "Al Malakoot Sat has replaced Malakoot Sat Indonesia" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0°E All channels in Skynindo are/were Fta.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12651 V "Kix" has started on , Videoguard. TVB Movies and TVB 19 Channel have left.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12471 H "People's TV has replaced G Sat PPV" on , Conax.
NSS 11 108.2°E 12711 H" People's TV has replaced Outdoor Channel International" on , Conax.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4146 H "Star Asian" has started on, Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4140 V "Zee Punjabi" has left .

ST 2 88.0°E 10966 V "Lemar TV, Tolo News and Tolo TV" have left .
ST 2 88.0°E 11050 H Mazandaran TV, Golestan TV, Sahand TV, Sabalan TV, Kermanshah TV, Kordestan TV, Ilam TV, Hamedan TV, Zanjan TV, Fars TV, Boushehr TV, Dena TV, Aflak TV, Azarbayjan-e Gharbi TV, Khozestan TV, Jahanbin TV, Taban TV, Isfahan TV, Kerman TV, Khalij-e Fars TV, Hamoon TV, Qazvin TV, Guilan TV, Qom TV, Aftab TV and Alborz TV have left .

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4163 H "Dr TV has replaced NBT TV" on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H "The Word Network" has left .

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Nautical Channel(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12152 V 45000参数免费接收。[08-09]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Movie Max替换MD TV(泰国)频道,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。 [8月9日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,SME Channel、Vetee Thai(泰国)等3个频道新增,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月9日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Maya channel替换Gigs n Games(泰国)频道,设置3800 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月9日]

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,JTV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [8月8日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Win TV Up替换Blessing Kids(测试)频道,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [8月8日]


EzyFlix.tv touting early access movies with Digital HD

From http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/ezyflix-tv-touting-early-access-movies-with-digital-hd-1260937

Get films before DVD and Blu-ray release

Taking on the likes of Foxtel Presto and Fetch TV, EzyFlix.tv has announced that it will be officially adopting Digital HD, which will give you early access to a number of movie titles.

Twentieth Century Fox launched Digital HD back in 2012, which allowed users to purchase a digital copy of a film before DVD and Blu-ray release.

Since then, a number of studios have also been releasing films early under Digital HD, with EzyFlix.tv claiming that it is "the first Australian retailer to adopt the Digital HD moniker".

"The Digital HD initiative underscores studios' drive to increase their more lucrative digital sales and they are therefore extremely supportive of EzyFlix.tv and our approach in Australia," said Craig White, CEO of Access Digital Entertainment, which runs EzyFlix.tv.

In the year 2013, DIgital HD helped increase consumer spend in the US by 47%, according to White.

"... This was a direct result of providing viewers with an incentive to buy movies, electronically, ahead of their availability on traditional video-on-demand services, DVD or Blu-ray disc and subscriptions services like Netflix," White said.


Though Digital HD early access is available through Google Play, iTunes, Sony Entertainment Network and Xbox Video in Australia, according to White, it will give EzyFlix.tv an edge against other Australian video-on-demand and subscription streaming services.

"Digital HD helps set us apart from services like Netflix, Quickflix, [Foxtel] Presto and other video-on-demand providers such as BigPond and Fetch [TV] because most of these companies have restricted content rights and new release availability due to their chosen business models and/or technology platform," White said.

"For example, Netflix doesn't offer the latest releases until months or years after their initial release."

Early access films on EzyFlix.tv has previously included titles such as Frozen, Gravity and Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues, with nine new early releases available right now under Digital HD, including Spider-Man 2, 300: Rise of an Empire and Muppets Most Wanted.

There is a total of 24 titles that EzyFlix.tv says is upcoming, and these include Maleficent, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians of the Galaxy and Transcendence.

On average, early access can end up being one week (Captain America: Winter Soldier), a couple of weeks (The Other Woman), or even a full month (A Walk of Shame).

FHL sorry for channel setback

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=276951

FIJIAN Holdings Limited chief executive officer Nouzab Fareed has apologised to SKY Pacific customers for its recent hiccups and the omission of few of its channels.

Speaking during an interview in Labasa, Mr Fareed said the issue would be best left with the management of Fiji TV to deal with.

Mr Fareed said as major shareholders in the company, they were not happy with the decisions made by the company.

"This incident has taught us that customer is the king and whatever the customer wants is fundamental as is the case in other businesses," he said.

"We apologise and reassure our customers that these channels will be replaced after the necessary negotiations have been done.

"I think the decision to change the channels were done so on the idea that it would suit customers changing needs."

Mr Fareed said the channel change was intended to bring about change, modifying customers by bringing in these new channels.

"The decision was based on a few complaints made by a few customers but we never thought that it would create quite a stir among our customers," he said.

"Basically, it was an expensive exercise but we are happy that we now can gauge our customers' taste.

"There were no losses incurred by the company during the change but we are still committed to providing the very best for our customers."

Mr Fareed said they had received a number of criticisms and comments in the local papers and social websites.

"We apologise for this and we just need time to negotiate with our partners in bringing these channels back."

Soviet-Era Satellite Burns Up in Atmosphere After 34 Years of Service

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Soviet_Era_Satellite_Burns_Up_in_Atmosphere_After_34_Years_of_Service_999.html

The Kosmos-1151, a Soviet-era satellite appears to have burned up upon reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, Russian Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said Tuesday.

"The data analysis ... has proven that the Kosmos-1151 spacecraft left its orbit," Zolotukhin said.

According to experts, parts of the satellite burned up in the dense layers of atmosphere over the Antarctic.

The Kosmos-1151 was launched into orbit on January 23, 1980. The expected lifetime of a satellite in orbit is about half a year.

MSTelcom + Intelsat ...You Can Bank On It...Expand Satellite Broadband Services In Angola

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=274179692

[SatNews] "We renewed our agreement... as we believe that they are the best satellite operator to support our goal of satisfying the growing broadband demands of the Angolan business sector and the country as a whole.”

Intelsat S.A., provider of satellite services, has entered into a new, multi-year agreement with MSTelcom, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Angolan national oil and gas company, Sonangol E.P. MSTelcom which will leverage Intelsat’s satellite and network expertise to offer high quality, reliable and cost-efficient broadband service to consumers and corporations operating in the oil and gas and banking sectors within Angola.

Under the agreement, Intelsat will deliver a fully managed broadband service that provides Internet access into and out of Angola. The network will leverage C-band capacity on Intelsat 14 at 315 degrees East and on Intelsat 22 at 72 degrees East, as well as the company’s IntelsatOneSM terrestrial network.

MSTelcom initially will provide point-to-point Internet broadband service, and the design of the Intelsat network will enable the transition to a point-to-multipoint service that allows MSTelcom to share bandwidth among multiple sites to best serve customer needs. Intelsat’s satellite solutions will facilitate network services such as the termination of IP traffic and connectivity between remote sites and corporate headquarters.

“Intelsat has been an important partner for MSTelcom in providing communications throughout Angola,” said Oldemiro Diogo Cundo Napoleão, Head of Marketing for MSTelcom. “Intelsat’s satellite capacity combined with its technical support helps ensure that our employees continue to provide high quality, reliable and responsive services to our customers. We renewed our agreement with Intelsat as we believe that they are the best satellite operator to support our goal of satisfying the growing broadband demands of the Angolan business sector and the country as a whole.”

“By working closely with our customers and having a strong understanding of connectivity needs in the regions they serve, we are able to provide satellite and terrestrial services that best meet their end-users’ demands,” said Grant Marais, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Africa Sales. “We look forward to providing MSTelecom with a broadband network that incorporates our satellite and terrestrial solutions, as well as operational support that will help MSTelcom deliver and expand both its geographic reach and the services provided to corporate enterprises and communities within Angola.”

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is a 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.   For more information, visit.

MSTelcom – Mercury Serviços de Telecomunicações, S.A., is a fixed Telecommunications service provider since 2003 with its head offices based in Angola whose achievements include the implementation of an investment plan which produced the rollout of the first NGN (New Generation Network) in the country, a fiber backbone that goes from north to south of Angola, with metropolitan fiber networks rings in the main cities. Its network has been expanded to two international Points of Presence (PoPs) – one in London’s Telehouse and the other in Lisbon’s Telvent – with two additional international PoPs planned for connection in the short term (Houston, Texas, USA and Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K.).

Most recently, MSTelcom started the construction in Angola of a new datacenter, one of the biggest in Africa and already certified by the Uptime Institute to Tier III level. For more information, visit.

New WorldView 3 satellite will provide new look at the globe

From http://www.itworld.com/430858/new-worldview-3-satellite-will-provide-new-look-globe

The satellite, due for launch on Wednesday, could mean better quality images on Google Earth and Bing Maps

 DigitalGlobe's WorldView 3 satellite, scheduled to launch next week, promises to bring unprecedented resolution to commercial satellite imagery.

The satellite will be blasted into space on an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Wednesday morning in a launch that has extra significance given a recent U.S. government decision to relax rules regarding the resolution of images that can be sold to companies like Google and Microsoft.

At present, commercial satellite operators are prohibited from selling images with a resolution better than 50 centimeters to customers other than the U.S. government, but with the launch of WorldView 3 that's changing. From early 2015, the limit will be reduced to 30 centimeters, which is a fraction finer than the 31 centimeters that WorldView 3 can manage.

The change should mean better quality images on services like Google Earth and Bing Maps, and will also help DigitalGlobe's other customers.

"Our imagery is used by a lot of state and local governments for urban planning," said Kumar Navulur, director of next generation products at DigitalGlobe. He said the images are used to survey things like back yard swimming pools, but that's not all.

The satellites capture images in visible and infrared light and these latter ones can be used to monitor the environment.

For example, one of the sensors can see the presence of chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plants and trees. By monitoring over time, an early warning of disease can be picked up. Trees tend to lose their chlorophyll as they are stressed and Navulur said the satellite's sensor will detect that long before it's obvious through color changes visible to the eye.

WorldView 3 adds new sensors that capture eight additional infrared bands, some of them useful to energy companies in the exploration of oil and gas, and to geological research. The satellite should also allow analysts to map not just the presence of trees but the type of tree -- something that's useful when figuring out the benefits of forests on carbon output.

The sensors also allow the company to monitor the presence of water vapor, aerosols, clouds, ice and snow in the sky -- something that can be used to perform accurate color correction so images taken under different conditions have a more consistent look.

New WorldView 3 satellite will provide new look at the globe
The satellite, due for launch on Wednesday, could mean better quality images on Google Earth and Bing Maps

DigitalGlobe counts the U.S. government as its most important customer. That includes the U.S. military which, even though it has satellites of its own capable of even greater resolution, turns to DigitalGlobe for images that will be shared with allies or the public. (U.S. military satellite specifications are not public, but some suggest they are in the single centimeter range.)

The satellite imaging market was recently jolted by Google's purchase of Skybox Imaging, a startup operating a fleet of micro imaging satellites. They are capable of 90 centimeter resolution, three times less fine that the WorldView 3 pictures.

KIPCO says “No” to OSN bid

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/11/kipco-says-no-to-osn-bid/

A US-based private equity firm has bid $3.2 billion to buy OSN (the former Orbit-Showtime Network). The news emerged from 60.5 per cent owner KIPCO (the Kuwait Investment Projects Co) which reported the bid in a filing to the Kwait bourse on Sunday, Aug 10.

Saudi Arabia’s Mawarid Group owns the rest of OSN, and both KIPCO and Mawarid have rejected the bid offer.

The offer to buy OSN was based on a cash payment of $2.4 billion and a further $800 million which was based on certain conditions being met. KIPCO stated that the offer was for between 51 per cent and 100 per cent of the pay-TV business, but did not elaborate on the precise percentage being sought.

The market has heard various rumours and reports that KIPCO was prepared to sell, or mount an IPO, but – to date – nothing has happened.

A Dubai-based financial institution said last year that OSN was valued at $4.3 billion.

UK business claims piracy take-down success

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/11/uk-business-claims-piracy-take-down-success/

A UK company is leading the way in getting pirated content taken down from the Internet. Cambridgeshire-based DiCopSys is ranked 22nd in Google’s global list of companies achieving take-down of digital pirated material, despite charging as little as £10 a month for its services.

The company uses its proprietary software to search out online copyright infringements and use US and European legislation to serve take-down notices on the offenders. The system then monitors the offending websites to ensure that the pirated material has been removed.

In addition to ensuring the illegal download files are blocked, DiCopSys also targets index pages from aggregator or feeder sites and de-listing from Google.

According to Ian Noble, Director of DiCopSys, unless there is a concerted effort to tackle online piracy, it will simply get worse. “We have cases where we find popular magazines available online before their publication date and films being watched before they even hit the cinemas. Yet research shows that if people are unsuccessful in obtaining pirated material after three attempts, they will buy the original so by dealing with this issue, the creative industries can improve sales,” he advised.

Isro set for next generation satellites

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/isro-set-for-next-generation-communication-satellites-114081000505_1.html

Acquiring modern capabilities would allow the space agency to launch communication satellites in the higher frequency bands

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has announced its intent to acquire latest satellite platforms and payload technologies to fuel its prowess for launching next generation communication satellites.

Stating this, Isro chairman K Radhakrishnan said, “the space organisation was in the process of developing various technologies and also in the process of finding a suitable foreign industrial alliance to acquire the technology and upgrade its current satellite platforms to meet the future demand.”

Acquiring such capabilities would allow the space agency to launch communication satellites in the higher frequency bands with about 15 kW of power, and a data handling capability in the range of 100 giga bits per second that can meet the growing demand for broadband internet and rural telecom connectivity in the country, said Isro.

“In the next five years, we are getting into a new level of communication satellite technology to give a satellite that delivers three-times the power we are giving today, and can provide a revolution in the country’s broadband communication,” he added.

On its own part, Isro has bigger plans. Its human space flights through the experimental flight of GSLV Mark-III scheduled for “launch in the next 2-3 months”.

While Isro’s workhorse launching vehicle PSLV has carved a niche by scoring 26 wins out of the total 27 missions till date, the existing GSLV and the upcoming Mark-III would give it the strategic edge for introducing higher capacity communication satellites into space.

“The first experimental flight of GSLV Mark-III with passive cryogenic stage and that too in a crew module would be a precursor to the possible human space flight,” said Radhakrishnan during his chief guest address here today at the convocation of BITS Hyderabad 2014 batch.

He said Mark III launching vehicle was capable of placing “4-4.5 tonne capacity communication satellite in the geostationary orbit”.

The existing PSLV is compatible for launching 1.8 tonne communication satellites and it is 2.2 tonne for the GSLV.

Speaking on the Mars Orbiter Mission, he said its success would position India as the first Asian nation to do it and the only country globally to achieve maiden mission accomplishment.

The Mars Orbiter Spacecraft has traversed nearly 88 per cent distance till now and the next operational milestone is the insertion of spacecraft into the Martian orbit on September 24 this year.

India is also jointly working with the NASA to develop a unique satellite system meant for disaster management and others, and is set for launch in 2019-20, according to him.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Sky NZ is adding ESPN 2.

From my Email

From saldav1

Basketball Championships, DUBAI.

Asiasat 5 4066 H SR 4937 HD_Service Puerto Rico vs Spain in the FIBA u/17 World Basketball Championships for Men from DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12526 H "Tlnovelas América, Canal de las Estrellas Latinoamérica, TeleHit Estados Unidos and Distrito Comedia" have started on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3920 V "EM TV and Warner TV Asia" have started on , Nagravision. Fox Movies Premium has left.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Zee Bioskop and ShopNow Channel" have started on , Fta. Rajawali TV has left again.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3576 V "ShopNow Channel" is back on , Fta.

SES 7 108.2°E 2535 H Hits, ZooMoo Asia, has started started , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2°E 2535 V "Fight Sports" has started on , Videoguard, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia and TV Anak Space Toon Plus . Zee Bioskop has left
SES 7 108.2°E 2565 V "Thrill" has started on , Videoguard.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4146 H "PlayOn Asia TV" has left.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3683 H" Raajje TV" has left .

SES 8 95.0°E 12170 H All channels in the Dish TV mux are now encrypted.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3890 H."Fashion First" has left

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11840 H "24 Dok" is Fta
Horizons 2 85.0°E 12040 H "Animal Planet Russia" is now Fta.
Horizons 2 85.0°E 12080 H "24 Techno" is now Fta.
Horizons 2 85.0°E 12120 H "Mat i Ditya" is Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "OK Life Asean" has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3714 V "Hungama TV" is Fta.

Intelsat 904 60.0°E 3744 R "OnTV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,True Select、MCU TV(泰国)等5个频道新增,设置4160 V 30000参数有条件接收。[08-08]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Trace Urban替换Trace Sports(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。[08-08]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Trace Sports替换Trace Urban(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。[08-08]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,World Movies HD(高清)等频道加密,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[08-08]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,TVE(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12591 H 28800参数免费接收。[08-08]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Disney Junior(TVB)频道新增,设置12651 V 26667参数有条件接收。[08-08]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,OXota(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11557 H 22250参数免费接收。 [8月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,JimJam(Skynindo)频道解密,设置4100 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月8日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Multimania、Stili Moda(俄罗斯)等3个频道新增,设置12152 V 45000参数免费接收。[08-07]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,历史频道、Bio等替换探索健康(斐济)等频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。[08-07]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,PTV4(环宇卫视)频道重现,设置12471 H 30000参数有条件接收。[08-07]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Kix替换无线电影(TVB)频道,设置12651 V 26667参数有条件接收。[08-07]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Sky LBS Mina Tani(印尼)频道重现,设置3980 V 29900参数免费接收。[08-07]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Suptra(IPM)频道解密,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。[08-07]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Fashion HD、Aniplus HD(高清)等全组频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [8月7日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星C频段,Shop And Show(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置3540 L 2500参数免费接收。 [8月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Gazi TV(孟加拉)频道解密,设置3804 H 4800参数免费接收。 [8月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BBC Lifestyle(GlobeCast Asia)等全组频道消失,设置3680 H 27500参数无效接收。 [8月7日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,探索科学(DISH HD)频道新增,设置12385 H 43200参数免费接收。 [8月6日]

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Hunan TV [HD]

Shenzhen Satellite TV [HD]

Jiangsu Satellite TV [HD]

Dragon TV [HD]

Beijing Satellite TV [HD]

Guangdong TV [HD]

Golden Eagle Cartoon

Jia Jia cartoon

Southeast TV

Inner Mongolia Satellite TV

Sichuan TV

Guangdong Public

Shaanxi TV

Gansu TV

Shenzhen Satellite TV

Anhui TV

Henan TV

Hunan Satellite TV

Liaoning TV

Shandong Satellite TV

Hubei TV

Qinghai Satellite TV

Chongqing TV

Dragon TV

Jiangsu Satellite TV

Pearl River Channel

Beijing Satellite TV

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Tianjin TV

Guangdong TV

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Foxtel lifts pre-tax profits, subscribers

From http://if.com.au/2014/08/08/article/Foxtel-lifts-pre-tax-profits-subscribers/FLPMYFFSUS.html

Foxtel posted an 8% increase in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization in local currency in the year to June 30, News Corp. reported today.

The number of subscribers improved by 6% to 2.6 million and the churn rate dropped to 12.5% from 14.2% the prior year. Average revenue per subscriber per-month was $96, up 1%, among the highest of any pay-TV platform in the world.

However Foxtel’s results were dragged down by foreign currency fluctuations as revenues in US dollars declined from $3.184 billion in 2013 to $2.897 billion, while EBITDA fell from $932 million to $902 million. In local currency revenues edged up by 2% due to higher subscription revenues.

The bottom line: Foxtel’s operating income after depreciation and amortization was $554 million, up from $491 million.

Overall, News Corp. reported EBITDA of $US770 million, a rise of nearly 12% on the prior year’s $US688 million. Australian newspapers revenues were down 18%, of which 10% was blamed on the weak Australian dollar.

The company took a $US72 million hit in fees and costs related to the hacking investigation and charges in the UK newspapers unit.

Australia: 52% of streaming TV mobile

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/08/australia-52-of-streaming-tv-mobile/

Mobile screen time is leading the way in Australia according to data released by IAB and Nielsen which shows that 52 per cent of digital screen time is spent on mobile devices.  The findings, which come from the second round of data in the IAB / Nielsen Mobile Audience Panel Pilot study, found that average digital screen time per person for the month June was 38 hours for desktop and laptop, 29 hours for smartphone (browsing/apps) and 24 hours for tablet (browsing/apps).

As with previous data released, application usage dominates smartphone usage, representing 86 per cent of time. Application usage on smartphones and tablets is dominated by social and gaming activities; however, browsing on both devices is spread across a range of different categories.

Another trend identified in the report is that our love of news is translating from desktop to mobile devices with 14 per cent of smartphone browsing time now spent on news sites in Australia compared to only 11 per cent in the US.

IAB Australia Director of Research, Gai Le Roy said, “If you compare Australian’s behaviour on their phones to Americans, you find that we are incredibly social with nearly half of all application time being spent on social networking brands.  We have seen for many years that Australians are heavy users of social media across all platforms.

“Marketers should keep in mind that consumers are devise agnostic, but when it comes to design, measurement and marketing there need to be different considerations,” said Le Roy.

IAB Australia and PWC are due to release June quarter digital advertising revenue figures in late August and it is expected that mobile will represent at least 25 percent of digital display.

Alex Smith, Nielsen’s Regional Product Lead for Mobile noted; “It’s important that mobile use is considered as behaviour, not just a channel.”

In terms of total screen time, monthly broadcast television consumption represents 57 per cent of screen time with 93 hours according to the latest Oztam Australian Multi-Screen Report, while mobile represents 22 per cent (phone and tablet) and desktop 21 per cent of all screen time.


From http://www.skysport.co.nz/article/general/sport365/espn2-comes-to-sky-sport-67265/

SKY Sport customers have been given an early Christmas present with the addition of a brand new sports channel, ESPN2, available to all SKY Sport subscribers at no extra charge from September 1.

SKY Sport customers have been given an early Christmas present with the addition of a brand new sports channel, ESPN2, available to all SKY Sport subscribers at no extra charge from September 1.

ESPN2 provides customers with new LIVE and exclusive sports content including more UEFA Champions League, NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball and ATP World Tour matches – as well as extra news and information programming.

ESPN’s General Manger for Australia/New Zealand Haydn Arndt is thrilled ESPN2 will be available in New Zealand.

“The launch of ESPN2 represents a significant expansion of ESPN’s business in New Zealand. In conjunction with our partners at SKY, we will be able to deliver New Zealand sports fans more of the best sporting content from around the globe. The addition of ESPN2 will bring more LIVE sports and game-around-the-game programming to an ever-increasing fan base.”

ESPN2 will provide extra value to SKY Sport subscribers, who now have access to six dedicated channels as well as a SKY Sport mosaic.

On Monday September 1 ESPN will move to SKY channel 060 and ESPN2 will screen on SKY channel 061.

ESPN2 will be available on SKY GO from 11 August.

Broadcast details: ESPN2

From Monday 1 September on SKY channel 061

TVNZ to screen English Premiere League live

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/sport/tvnz-screen-english-premiere-league-live/5/198740

TV ONE and TVNZ Ondemand are changing the way the English Premier League is screened. Instead of delayed coverage, there will now be a LIVE game every weekend, starting from Sunday 17 August. Games will be free-to-air on TV ONE and online at the same time, and delayed coverage can be viewed afterwards on TVNZ Ondemand.

The first game on 17 August at 1.50am is between London rivals Tottenham and West Ham. New Zealand fans will be able to cheer on All Whites star player Winston Reid in his first game of the season.

Upcoming matches include Everton vs Arsenal on Sunday 24 August at 4.20am, then Manchester City vs Stoke City on Sunday 31 August at 1.50am.

A highlights programme will also screen on TV ONE every Wednesday night at midnight.

TV ONE Associate Programmer Adam Soldinger says, "We’re delighted to bring our viewers these games free-to-air. The English Premier League is the biggest league in the world, and following the huge success of our FIFA World Cup coverage, we know fans of the beautiful game will be excited to have more live and uninterrupted football coverage."

Fiji TV Responds To New Sky Pacific Channel Line Up Concerns

From http://thejetnewspaper.com/2014/08/07/fiji-tv-responds-to-new-sky-pacific-channel-line-up-concerns/

7th August 2014, Suva, Fiji – Fiji Television Limited today responds to the concerns raised by SKY Pacific subscribers and the Consumer Council of Fiji on the new and replaced channel line-up.

Fiji Television Limited Chief Executive Officer, Tevita Gonelevu said that they were pleased that Consumer Council and Fiji TV team met yesterday after the concerns from the SKY Pacific subscribers.

Gonelevu said that the key reasons for the dropping of the 9 SKY Pacific channels were of Piracy and Territory Clearance issues in the Pacific Islands.

The BBC Channel was dropped after the repeated complaints by Fiji TV to BBC that the channel is currently pirated in Fiji. BBC and Fiji TV have a non-exclusive Direct to home Commercial and Residential agreement. BBC has in fact confirmed with the Fiji TV team that they have not sub- licensed any other party in Fiji the same rights. Fiji TV is legally paying for the BBC channel and to have pirates stealing the signal despite numerous complaints to BBC does not make business sense. One of the biggest challenges for broadcasters is piracy and there are other channels that Fiji TV currently has that are also being pirated including the FOX Channels content themselves.

In terms of Territory clearance, Fiji TV has been given the license to operate its PAY TV business in Papua New Guinea. Fiji TV needed to have legal clearance for all its channels to broadcast into the SKY Pacific broadcast territories by the Content Suppliers themselves. The Major channels that have been the source of subscriber dissatisfaction are the dropping of some of the FOX International Channels. The other channels are Discovery and Discovery Home and Health, which have not been legally cleared by Discovery for SKY Pacific to broadcast into PNG. Toonami and Cartoon Network are owned by the same company and Toonami Network caters for a different genre of cartoon viewers.

Given Fiji TV’s public listed status, it is imperative that the territories were legally cleared for airing of all SKY Pacific Channels. Gonelevu emphasized that Fiji TV cannot and will not be involved in piracy.

FOX International Channels could only clear two channels, FOX Crime and NetGeo, for the PNG market. However, the remaining 3 FOX channels, FOX Movies, Star Plus and Star World were not cleared for PNG. These 3 channels were given by FOX to a Pay TV competitor in PNG for exclusive broadcast throughout PNG. Fiji TV management had made it clear to FOX management that launching into a new and bigger territory with far less channels would not be a viable business decision for Fiji TV.

Despite the above issue, Fiji TV continued to negotiate with FOX International on several options including geo blocking or selective picking of channels however both parties were unable to reach an amicable solution. Fiji TV has made it known to FOX International that once it grows its business, they will certainly work on getting the channels back from FOX International provided that these channels are legally cleared for broadcast into the SKY Pacific broadcast territory and it will enhance the SKY Pacific business.

The assessment of quality of channel content is always a subjective one and the SKY Pacific is already receiving some positive feedback on some of the new channels. A&E Network, Sony SET India, Warner Brothers are reputable companies in the television business and have been providing quality content for pay television channels.

The Fiji TV team has also monitored the various feedbacks and has commenced contacting its SKY Pacific subscribers directly to highlight the reasons for the changes. It was never Fiji TV’s intention to disappoint its subscribers but through this change Fiji TV was able to gauge how passionate SKY Pacific subscribers are with our product and they have been very proactive in highlighting types of services and content that they expect from the SKY Pacific platform. Given the feedback on some of the new channels from SKY Pacific subscribers, Fiji TV will work with its channel suppliers on the possibility of having at least one or more original channels being part of our new line up. Fiji TV hopes to have a final resolution on this issue in the next few weeks.

Fiji TV will continue to work with all our international channel suppliers to ensure that all broadcast rights are cleared for all of SKY Pacific broadcast territories.


(Craig's comment, How is BBC being "pirated" ? when its broadcast on the same satellite Sky Pacific uses and is completely FTA! and the same for the channel they replaced it with.France 24 is available from Intelsat 18 Ku band and FTA.also .)

Thai Junta orders 12 sat-channels ‘renamed’

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/08/thai-junta-orders-12-sat-channels-renamed/

Back in May the Thailand interim government ordered hundreds of satellite channels off the air. The nation’s National Council for Peace & Order slowly allowed most of them to restart retransmissions, but 12 allegedly “politically leaning satellite channels” are still banned.

Now, the National Council says the banned channels must be renamed and their content restructured to avoid dissemination of information that would “confuse people” or “cause or widen conflicts” said a report quoting Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission.

BBC Monitoring is saying that the channels in question are: MV5, DNN, UDD, Asia Update, P and P, 4 Channel, Bluesky, FMTV, ASTV, Hot TV, Rescue, and a station operated by the Students’ and People’s Network for Thailand’s Reform.

A meeting in Bangkok between the channels and the NBTC resulting in sources saying that the broadcasters had to submit new plans for approval by the NBTC. Meanwhile the channels will not be permitted to broadcast.

Ten Sports adds Capital One Cup and Football League

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/08/ten-sports-adds-capital-one-cup-and-football-league/

South Asian sports broadcaster Ten Sports Network has strengthened its football portfolio with the acquisition of two English football properties in the Capital One Cup and the Sky Bet Football League from sports media rights agency, MP & Silva.

Both events kick off this weekend, and the additions bolsters its already heavy line up of football content, which includes the UEFA Champions League & Europa League, Copa Del Rey, French League among others.

Rajesh Sethi, CEO, Ten Sports said “English Football is very well followed in the Indian Subcontinent and by acquiring these properties we will be showcasing all the best English football clubs contest in a more exciting knockout format in the Capital One Cup. With the Sky Bet Football League, we will be able to offer football fans in the Indian Subcontinent a different flavor of English Football. We are delighted to work closely with MP & Silva to build our content offering and grow our audience, and we thank the Football League for their support & look forward to invest in & build these competitions.”

US looks to Japan space program to close Pacific communications gap

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/US_looks_to_Japan_space_program_to_close_Pacific_communications_gap_999.html

Japan's newfound interest in outer space - the so-called 'fourth battlefield' - has more down-to-earth geopolitical implications as well, and reflects the US military's recent strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region.

Tokyo's space initiative, set for launch in 2019, is turning into an effort to enhance ties with Washington in the cosmos. The US, shifting its military strategy to the Asia-Pacific, is looking for partners to extend its satellite links in the region.

The program would start as a means for protecting communication and surveillance satellites from thousands of pieces of space junk, including old satellites and rockets, now orbiting Earth.

Japan's Air-Defense Force, using sophisticated radar and telescopes, would provide feedback to the US military concerning the location of hazardous space debris, Kyodo news agency, citing sources, reported on Sunday.

The space force would also work with Japan's Science Ministry and the Aerospace Exploration Agency to oversee its observatory work.

The subject of space debris threatening military and commercial satellites grabbed the international spotlight in 2007, when China successfully destroyed one of its non-functioning satellites in a test, putting thousands of potentially destructive pieces of debris into orbit.

However, Japan's newfound interest in outer space - the so-called 'fourth battlefield' - has more down-to-earth geopolitical implications as well, and reflects the US military's recent strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region.

Presently, the US military seems to be experiencing a modern version of 'imperial over-reach,' as it is limited in its ability to communicate with its naval forces across the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean. Last month, the US military announced it would team up with Pacific countries, including Japan and Australia, to ensure satellite and communication coverage for its fleets of aircraft carriers and warships now prowling the Asian region.

The United States is looking to the commercial sector for developing the space architecture, Jessica Powers, a senior Defense Department official, told a panel discussion on Capitol Hill on July 17. However, Powers noted that the United States was not able to pay for extra expenditures on its own needed to cooperate with other countries who can share the costs.

"This resilience cannot be achieved only by US investment. We have to partner with others," Powers said, as quoted by National Defense website.

Col. Alan Rebholz, chief of the Air Force space operations division, said it is crucial for the US military to prevent enemies from "tampering" with US satellites, which provide the military with the bulk of its data on enemies and potential enemies alike.

However, Rebholz was quick to indicate that the plans for enhanced space cooperation between the three Pacific powers was not directed at China

"It's not about China," Rebholz told National Defense. "This is about activity of distance ... of what I can do uniquely from space that nobody else can do, which is intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance."

The Defense official said Australia, Japan and the United States began discussions on outer space collaboration in 2012.

The US Defense Dept. had originally requested the use of Japan's Air Self-Defense Force's FPS5 ground-based radar missile detection system, currently operational in a number of sites, including Shimokoshiki Island.

Originally, it had requested the use of the ASDF's FPS5 ground-based radar missile detection and evasion radar system, but Japanese authorities rejected the request, saying the ASDF system may fail to provide full protection if it is also participating in space monitoring assignments.

RRsat Expands North and Latin American Sales Team

From http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/rrsat-expands-north-and-latin-american-sales-team-nasdaq-rrst-1936227.htm

Additions to the Sales Team Add Depth and Strength in Multicultural and Digital Media, Enabling RRsat's Global Strategy to Build and Establish Relationships Within the Regions

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ--(Marketwired - Aug 7, 2014) - RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: RRST), a leading provider of digital content management and global content distribution services to the broadcasting industry, announced today the expansion of its U.S. sales team with industry veterans, Rick Phelps and Dante Neyra, to strengthen its presence and capabilities within the North and Latin American markets.

Bringing over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, Phelps joins RRsat as the U.S. Director of Sales and is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships, promoting the company's services and overseeing the overall new business process. Phelps knowledge and know-how in playout, content management and content preparation make him an invaluable asset to RRsat. His strength in emerging digital media provides RRsat with the ability to offer a premium and tailored solution, ensuring the highest quality of service.

In his role as head of RRsat's Commercial Services and Development for Latin America and Hispanic Markets, Neyra is responsible for managing all sales activities within the Hispanic markets in North America and Latin America. He will also oversee the business development and relationships in those regions. Neyra brings more than 15 years of international business development experience in the TV, media and entertainment industries, as well as multicultural markets across the globe. His reputation and first hand knowledge within the Hispanic market enable him to provide insight and strategic guidance to further RRsat's growth in the emerging sector. 

"We are pleased to have Rick and Dante represent RRsat as we continue our expansion within the US and throughout the Hispanic market," stated Ohad Har-Lev, President of RRsat America. "Their vast industry experience and professional relationships strengthen RRsat and extend benefits to our current and potential customers. We are honored to have them join our team and assist us as we strengthen our global presence."

About RRsat
RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: RRST) provides global, end-to-end, digital content preparation and management, as well as content distribution services to the rapidly expanding broadcasting industry, covering more than 150 countries. Through its Global Network, composed of satellite, terrestrial fiber optic capacity and the public Internet, RRsat provides high-quality and flexible global content distribution 24 by 7 services to more than 630 channels reaching multiplatform operators, Internet TV and direct-to-home viewers worldwide. In addition, the company offers worldwide content management and distribution services for sports, news and other live events. More than 130 channels use RRsat's advanced production and playout centers, comprising of comprehensive media asset management services. Visit the company's website http://ctt.marketwire.com/?release=1136187&id=4500613&type=1&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.rrsat.com%2f%3futm_source%3dPR.

Sony to launch Hindi women's TV channel in September

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014080834824/sony-to-launch-hindi-women-s-tv-channel-in-september.html#axzz39oh43CRX
India's Multi Screen Media is to launch a new women-centric Hindi entertainment pay-TV channel called Sony Pal on 1 September.

"Today's women have started realising that they can not only contribute to the society, but also augment family income. Through Pal, we will celebrate these women," said NP Singh, CEO, Multi Screen Media.

"Our research showed that there was latent demand for a content which was progressive and positive," he added.

Sony Pal will be available to subscribers of the four major multi-system operators (MSOs), DEN Networks, Hathway Cable & Datacom, Siti Cable, Digicable and Fastway in Punjab, as well as all the direct-to-home (DTH) satellite operators.

Actor Juhi Chawla will be Sony Pal's brand ambassador, aiming to attract female viewers from the 15-34 age group.

At launch the channel will air three hours of original content from Monday to Saturday between 7.30-10.30pm. There will also be two hours of original content on Sunday evenings.

The Balaji Telefilms' show will be launched in October in the 7pm slot, increasing the amount of programming to three-and-a-half hours.

Nine shows will populate the launch content: Simply Baatein, produced by GR8 Entertainment and anchored by Raveena Tandon; Dil Hain Chotasa Choti Si Asha, produced by SOL Productions and hosted by Ragini Khanna and Jay Soni; Shashi Productions' Ek Rishta Aisa Bh; Miloni Films' Khushiyon Ki Gullakh Aash; Singhasan Battisi by Creative Eye, Pia Basanti Re by Rashmi Sharma and Pawan Kuma; Tum Sath Ho Jab Apne produced by Sphere Origins; Sister Didi by DJ's Creative Unit; and Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hain produced by Balaji Telefilms.


No update Thursday



From my Email

From TMSANI (Perth. W.A)

Gsat 10 @ 83E

10 DD Channels started on GSAT 10 on 3885 V 27500 yesterday.
- DD National (TV)
- DD News (TV)
- DD Sports (TV)
- DD Bharti (TV)
- DD Bangla (TV)
- DD Podhigai (TV)
- DD Saptagiri (TV)
- DD Portblair (TV)
- DD Malayalam (TV)
- DD Urdu (TV)
- AIR VBS (Radio)
- AIR HINDI (Radio)
- AIR TAMIL (Radio)
- AIR BANGLA (Radio)
Location: Perth
Main Dish: 3m Mesh dish (Motorised)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3760 V Eve has replaced Discovery Home & Health South East Asia on, PowerVu.
Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3920 V Eve has replaced Discovery Home & Health South East Asia on , Nagravision.
Intelsat 19 166.0°E 4040 V Eve has replaced Discovery Home & Health South East Asia on , HD, PowerVu.

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12730 H Eve has replaced Discovery Home & Health South East Asia on , encrypted.

AsiaSat 4 122.2°E 11958 R Eve has replaced Discovery Home & Health South East Asia on , Nagravision.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H ShopNow Channel has left again.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3576 V ShopNow Channel has left .
Palapa D 113.0°E 3960 H Eve has replaced Discovery Home & Health South East Asia on encrypted.

SES 7 108.2°E 2655 V Eve has replaced Discovery Home & Health South East Asia on ,Videoguard.

Measat 3 91.5°E 11602 V Eve has replaced Discovery Home & Health South East Asia on , encrypted.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12600 V National Geographic Channel Russia has left .

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11920 H Zdorovoe TV on is now Fta
Horizons 2 85.0°E 12120 H "Arm TV" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "LamKong Channel" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "TV D" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12396 H "Eve has replaced Discovery Home & Health South East Asia" on , Videoguard.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 11167 V "Eve has replaced Discovery Home & Health South East Asia" on , Tongfang.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11045 H Rossiya 1, Rossiya 2, Rossiya 24, Olala 1, Olala 2, Travel + Adventure, Rossiya K, National Geographic Channel Russia, Nat Geo Wild Russia, Ru TV, Top Shop TV Russia, Fox Life Russia, Fox Russia, Sport 1, IQ HD and 360° Podmoskove are back on
ABS 2 75.0°E 11731 V "A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, STS Love and HD Life" have left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 11733 V "Retro, Draiv, Okhota i Rybalka, Zdorovoe TV, Usadba, Domashnie Zhivotnye, Psikhologiya 21, Voprosy i Otvety and TV Sale" have started on Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11779 V "TNV Planeta, Istoriya Telekanal, REN TV, STS, Telekanal Domashniy, TV 3, Telekanal Zvezda and Mir" have left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 11839 V "Telekanal Spas, Nauka 2.0, TNT, LifeNews, Dom Kino, Moya Planeta, Pyatnitsa! and Boytsovskiy Klub" have left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 11866 V "Muzika, Vremya, Telecafé, Russkiy Roman, Russkiy Bestseller and Sarafan" have left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 12227 V "A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, STS Love and HD Life" have left .

Intelsat 902 62.0°E 11014 H Perviy kanal, Rossiya 1, Rossiya 2, NTV, Rossiya 24, TNT, STS, REN TV, NTV Plus Futbol, Nostalgia and NTV Plus Sport have started on , Verimatrix.
Intelsat 902 62.0°E 11555 H "The RikorSmart TV mux" has left .

Express AT1 56.0°E 11727 L "Rossiya HD, Sport 1, IQ HD, 360° Podmoskove, Rossiya 1, Rossiya 2, Rossiya 24 and Rossiya K" have started on , Fta.
Express AT1 56.0°E 11766 LNational Geographic Channel HD Russia & Turkey, Nat Geo Wild Europe, Fox Russia, Fox Life Russia, Travel + Adventure, Olala 1 and Olala 2 have started on , Fta.
Express AT1 56.0°E 11843 L Travel + Adventure, National Geographic Channel Russia, Nat Geo Wild Europe, Fox Life Russia, Fox Russia, Top Shop TV Russia and Ru TV have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Elshinta TV替换LBS TV On-Life(印尼)频道,设置3980 V 29900参数免费接收。[08-06]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,探索高清、ASN(DISH HD)等全组频道改频率,设置12385 H 43200参数免费接收。[08-06]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,ABU-MF1(测试)等全组频道消失,设置3840 H 30000参数无效接收。[08-06]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Fashion First(高清)频道消失,设置3890 H 15000参数无效接收。[08-06]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Fight Sports替换Lakshya TV(印度)频道,设置3752 V 9300参数免费接收。[08-06]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,探索儿童、探索高清(DISH-HD)等全组频道改频率,设置12385 H 45000参数免费接收。[08-06]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,360°Podmoskove HD(高清)频道消失,设置11045 H 44923参数无效接收。 [8月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Rossiya 1(+3h)(MPE-4)等3个频道重现,设置12227 H 44923参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Rossiya 1(+2h)(俄罗斯)等3个频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,SPS World HD(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Zabb Channel(泰国)频道解密,设置4160 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月6日]

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Dominican TV Channels

CDN Canal 37

CDN SportsMax

Teleantillas Canal 2


Telesistema Canal 11


Telefuturo Canal 23

Noticias 16 Canal 16

Croatian HRT Channels



From Sky Pacific's Facebook comments

The Consumer Council of Fiji is extremely disappointed that over 20,000 Sky Pacific subscribers are left ‘high and dry’ as Fiji Television Limited will not be restoring the nine channels any time soon.

A meeting between the Council and Fiji Television Limited this morning did not reach any positive outcome for consumers.

Fiji Television remains adamant that the nine channels will not be restored; the cries of its loyal Sky Pacific customers seems to be falling on deaf ears.

The Council had sought an urgent face to face meeting with them to discuss the many consumer complaints with the aim to seek redress in the matter.

The Council has learned that Fiji Television’s decision to change the channel lineup was linked to Sky Pacific venturing into Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands markets. Apparently, Fiji Television could not acquire the legal rights to broadcast Fox channels (Fox Crime, Starplus, Star World, Fox Movies and Nat Geo) in PNG. As a result, they got rid of the five Fox channels in all its twelve regional countries including Fiji.

Fiji Television further claims that BBC has been removed due to an ongoing piracy issue as some major hotels were accessing some of the channels without authorization from Sky Pacific. Cartoon Network was taken off air and replaced with the Toonami because it offers programs which are more suitable for young viewers unlike Cartoon Network which offered programmes for all age groups.
These are the revelations made by Fiji Television after changes to the channel line-up and causing undue frustration to its subscribers. It has been unable to transparently disclose this information earlier to its loyal customers and have been hiding behind the words such as “we have no legal rights…”

It is now clear that Sky Pacific did not carry out an extensive review as mentioned before by Fiji TV CEO. If extensive review was carried out then why would consumers vent their frustration through letters to editor column, social media and lodging complaints with the Council? Any right thinking subscriber would not have given the green light for sub-standard channel which is currently shown by Sky Pacific. Why would consumers pay for sub-standard channels anyways?

While the Council welcomes Sky Pacific’s expansion regionally, it is disturbing to note that Fijian subscribers are made sacrificial lambs in this whole situation.
Why are these thousands of diehard and loyal Fijian subscribers made to pay a heavy price who contributed to the growth of this company just because of PNG?

Many had subscribed to the service based on advertisements by Sky Pacific where channels like BBC, Cartoon Network and Fox had been marketed. These consumers have been misled into believing that they will be paying for channels which they would enjoy watching. However, this remains only a mirage for the aggrieved consumers.

Given the numerous complaints received by the public, the Council is now calling on Fiji TV’s commercial clients to reconsider advertising on Sky Pacific. The Council is also asking the Minister responsible for consumer affairs to intervene as the Fijian consumers are made to sacrifice

Oz FreeviewPlus confirms September 2 launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/06/oz-freeview-plus-confirms-september-2-launch/

Originally scheduled for launch in the first half of 2014, but delayed as a result of technical issues, Australian DTT platform Freeview has confirmed that its FreeviewPlus HbbTV service will now launch September 2, and will be backed by a TV teaser campaign, featuring some of Australia’s best-loved TV personalities.

The campaign, carrying the tagline ‘FreeviewPlus, a whole new way to enjoy TV’, shows the enthusiastic reaction from TV celebrities after they have attended a preview screening of FreeviewPlus and reminds viewers that FreeviewPlus is ‘coming soon’.

“FreeviewPlus is one of the most important advances in free-to-air television in Australia since the introduction of digital TV so it’s important we start to generate a buzz about the new service among Australian viewers,” said Liz Ross, General Manager of Freeview.

“As in all of our previous TV campaigns, this teaser spot features well-known and loved Australian TV celebrities – they’re excited about the forthcoming launch, and there is plenty to be excited about,” she said.

At the core of FreeviewPlus is a broadband delivered, free-to-air TV electronic programme guide incorporating features that Freeview says will offer Australian consumers an unrivalled viewing experience. Catch Up services can be accessed from one place on TV screens for the first time.

The service’s HbbTV technology will also enable the free-to-air networks to introduce a range of new broadband services.

The teaser campaign is part of an extensive marketing campaign that will support retailers and manufacturers and drive consumer awareness of FreeviewPlus.

Manufacturers will release a range of FreeviewPlus receivers to coincide with the launch of FreeviewPlus and these will be available from all major appliance and electronics retailers.

FreeviewPlus will continue to be made available through an increasing number of new connected receivers carrying the FreeviewPlus logo including panel TVs, set top boxes and recording devices.

“FreeviewPlus is all about giving Australians the best FTA TV experience, allowing viewers to find and watch their favourite shows when they want to watch them on their TV with the simple press of a button,” advised Ross.

The Australian approach differs from its UK counterparts Freeview and YouView, with the latter developing its own proprietary open IPTV platform distinct from the more widely accepted HbbTV standard, while Freeview, despite sharing common shareholders in the BBC and ITV, together with Digital UK, the company provides support for the platform, recently revealed plans to develop a new Freeview-branded connected TV service which will make the best of broadcast and on-demand TV available free for everyone. The initiative pitches it against YouView.

'Lack of availability no longer an excuse' for piracy

From http://www.zdnet.com/au/lack-of-availability-no-longer-an-excuse-for-piracy-7000032322/

A new website detailing 80 or so websites or services where Australian can access digital content is being trumpeted as the end to the argument that Australians only download copyright infringing TV shows, films, and music because it is not available in the country.

The Digital Content Guide launched by Foxtel, Music Rights Australia, Screen Australia and a number of other content groups is designed to pool all the available streaming and download services available in Australia.

The website has over 80 different services from Foxtel Play, to Spotify, FetchTV, and Steam, all linking to places where content can be viewed or played either for free, or for a fee.

At the launch of the service in Sydney today, Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association CEO Simon Bush said that there are more digital services available now than any time before.

"Consumers have a larger range of video and music devices, and video channels now than in any time in our history," he said.

"We need to listen to our consumers, and respond with content available on multiple platforms and devices sooner, whilst at the same time understanding the global nature of consumption of media.

"It is a challenge we relish, to deliver quality content in new and exciting ways."

He said that in pooling together the various services, Australians could now see where to go for the content they want to watch.

"The lack of availability is no longer an excuse [for copyright infringement]," he said.

But the service itself does not allow consumers to search for which subscription service contains which show or film they want to watch. A user that wanted to watch Game of Thrones, for example, would need to check in across a number of different services before being able to determine the price and availability of the show on Foxtel Play, iTunes, Quickflix or Google Play.

Despite US sites such as canistreamit.com existing to offer such search services for individual shows and films, Bush told ZDNet that getting the site to that level of granularity would be difficult.

"That's difficult because they change all the time," he said.

"The Brits did it as well, and they found it extremely difficult and cumbersome to do. You can point people to where they can get the content and they can make their own choices."

It comes as Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull are divided over proposed schemes to deter copyright infringment.

While Brandis believes that ISPs should bear some of the responsibility for the cost of sending notices to customers to warn and ultimately punish for infringement, Turnbull has indicated that content owners should bear the cost of the system because it is their rights ISPs would be charged with enforcing.

Turnbull went as far as to suggest content owners should be prepared to sue mums and dads who infringe on copyright to set an example and deter other infringers when such a system is in place. Bush said there was no appetite for that for the content owners.

"There's not a great deal of appetite to do that. It's been done with a lot of controversy in the United States. I think that's a last resort, not a first resort. I think any system framework we design in this country that leads to blocking out courts and litigating consumers I don't think is the best approach," he said.

"The mitigation measure I guess is up for discussion in the negotiation. We can discuss that hopefully with the ISPs at some point."

Rosetta spacecraft on final approach to comet landing, Australian links celebrated

From http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-08-06/rosetta-spacecraft-on-final-approach-to-comet-landing-australian-links-celebrated/1353492

Australians are playing a central role in the most complex space mission since the moon landing, an attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet.

New Norcia's good weather and low radio interference made it the perfect host site for the satellite. (Credit: ABC) 

Australians are playing a central role in the most complex space mission since the moon landing, an attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet.

Launched by the European Space Agency, Rosetta has become the first ever spacecraft to catch up with a comet, a landmark stage in a decade-long space mission that scientists hope will help unlock some of the secrets of the solar system.

The Rosetta spacecraft has travelled six billion kilometres using the gravitational forces of Earth and Mars to slingshot towards the five-kilometre-wide comet.

It is now within 100 kilometres and considered to be on its final approach.

European Space Agency senior scientific adviser Mark McCaughrean says he hopes the project can uncover the answers to some "really big questions".

"Where do we come from? Where does this solar system we live in come from? How was it put together? And how did water get to this planet which we live on?" he said,

"[For] 10 years, we've been in the car waiting to get to scientific Disneyland and we haven't even got out of the car yet and looked at what's outside the window ... it's just astonishing."

Australian links to the mission

Sydney engineer Warwick Holmes helped build the spacecraft and a satellite dish in New Norcia, two hours out of Perth, has been vital in communicating with it.

"I worked for four-and-half-years on the project, for more than 8,000 hours and every day, I used to go and touch this thing and it never used to occur to me how important it was or ... what would really be happening 10 years in the future," he said.

"It was just a box of electronics."

Mr Holmes said, as an engineer, he got "involved in the most exciting part with the building and testing of the final spacecraft".

"To be able to be involved in such an exciting mission, the first attempt ever for mankind to do the orbit of a comet and a landing, was just something I could never imagine my whole life."

And during the critical rendezvous phase of Rosetta's mission, a 600-tonne, 35-metre satellite dish two hours out of Perth helped to deliver the clearest signal of the entire mission.

New Norcia's great weather and low radio interference made it the perfect place to host the dish but scientists had one hurdle to overcome. The town was home to Roman Catholic monks.

Monk Dom Chris Powers remembers the first visit well.

"It was a surprise to us. On a Sunday afternoon, a Spanish scientist arrived [and] rang the bell ... he said he was interested in finding the right place for a deep space station which wasn't the kind of question you'd expect to be asked on a Sunday afternoon during siesta," he said.

"We had some people say to us: 'Aren't you worried they might discover there's nobody up there?'

"But right from the outset, our Abbot at the time thought we're all after the same things - the truth, the big questions and with that, there really was no conflict.

Mr Powers has described the project as a "very happy marriage".

"The scientists and engineers who've come here have been really interested in our way of life, joining us for prayers, doing the washing up from time to time," he said.

Rosetta will now spend the next few months mapping the comet before making its final landing attempt in November.

Timeline of the mission:
March 2, 2004: Liftoff from European Space Agency (ESA) launch pad in French Guiana by an Ariane 5 rocket.

March 2005: Rosetta encounters the Earth, using the planet's gravity as a slingshot to boost speed.

February 2007: Flies around Mars at a distance of just over 200 kilometres for a gravitational assist.

November 2007: Second Earth flyby.

September 2008: Rosetta flies by asteroid 2,867 Steins at a distance of around 800 kilometres.

November 2009: Third Earth flyby. Rosetta now at top speed as it flies through the asteroid belt.

June 2011 - January 20, 2014: At maximum distance (800 million kilometres) from the Sun and a billion kilometres from home, Rosetta goes into hibernation to conserve energy.

January - May 2014: Rosetta gets the wakeup call to end its long slumber, fires thrusters to gradually brake its speed and near the comet.

August 6, 2014: Rosetta scheduled to arrive at the comet and begin triangular orbits around it at a height of 100 kilometres. Over the next three months, it will scan the comet's surface and sub-surface with 11 onboard cameras, radar, microwave, infrared and other sensors.

November 11, 2014 (scheduled): Rosetta sends down a 100-kilogram robot laboratory, Philae. The lander, equipped with 10 instruments, is released at a height of about one kilometre, touching down at walking speed. It fires a small harpoon to anchor itself, starts to send back pictures and conducts chemistry experiments on rock samples.

November 2014 - 2015: Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko loops around the Sun, approaching on August 13, 2015 to within 186 million kilometres of our star.

December 2015: Scheduled end of mission. Escorted by Rosetta and with little Philae piggybacking on it, the comet heads out of the inner Solar System. At this point, Rosetta will once again come close to Earth's orbit, more than 4,000 days after its odyssey began.

Rupert Murdoch's Fox abandons Time Warner takeover bid

From http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/08/05/time-warner-fox-bid-idINKBN0G52FL20140805

(Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox decided to pull its $80 billion offer to buy Time Warner Inc on Tuesday, abandoning plans to create one of the world's largest media conglomerates.

The surprise announcement appeared to cut short what many investors had viewed as an inevitable battle of attrition over a deal that would have joined two of Hollywood's biggest studios and TV networks from TNT to Fox News.

Murdoch, who is Fox's chairman and CEO, cited Time Warner's management and its board's refusal to come to the table to discuss a takeover as one reason for the stunning turnabout.

"Our proposal had significant strategic merit and compelling financial rationale and our approach had always been friendly. However, Time Warner management and its board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling," he said in a statement released after the market closed on Tuesday.

Murdoch also cited Fox's share price - down about 11 percent since the offer was unveiled on July 16 - saying it had become undervalued, making the deal "unattractive to Fox shareholders."

Time Warner, which had fiercely resisted Murdoch's advance, issued a statement saying it was committed to enhancing long-term value. "We look forward to continuing to deliver substantial and sustainable returns for all stockholders," the statement said.

Shares of Fox rose 10.4 percent in after-market trade after closing at $31.30. Shares of Time Warner fell 10.7 percent after closing at $85.19.

The media company, split off from News Corp last year, is serious about walking away from Time Warner, people familiar with the matter said, citing its announcement of a $6 billion stock buyback at the same time.


Still, Fox's withdrawal will raise pressure on Time Warner to justify its refusal to engage in negotiations, the drop in its stock price after the announcement and the fact that bolstered takeover defenses by barring its shareholders from calling a special meeting, said Brett Harriss, an analyst with Gabelli & Co, who said Fox could still try again later.

"This could easily be part of their negotiating strategy," he said.

Both Fox and Time Warner are set to report their quarterly earnings on Wednesday and will face questions from investors and analysts about their future strategies.

The combined companies would have created a media powerhouse with two major studios, cable networks like Fox News and TNT, sports programming and pay-TV channel HBO. A tie-up would have added more muscle to negotiate against media distribution companies that have been going through their own mergers like Comcast's deal to buy Time Warner Cable and AT&T's proposal to takeover DirecTV.

The move to walk away is an uncharacteristic one for Murdoch, the 83-year-old media mogul known for his deal-making prowess.

He pounced on Dow Jones in 2007, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, after making an offer to the Bancroft family that was too good to refuse.

At $5 billion, representing roughly a 67 percent premium, many thought that Murdoch overpaid. News Corp had to write down half the value a few years later.

For now, today's statement from Murdoch signals that shareholder value trumps desire.

"This significant return of capital underscores the company's ongoing commitment to disciplined capital allocation and returning value to shareholders in a meaningful way," Murdoch said in a statement, referring to the buyback plan.

India identifying site for third satellite launch pad

From http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=254072

New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS): India is considering setting up another satellite launch pad at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, which is expected to boost the launching frequency of Indian satellites, it was stated Wednesday in the Lok Sabha.

Answering a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh, said the third launch pad is "intended to support increased launch frequency and to support launching requirements of advanced launch vehicles." He said possible sites for the third launch pad were being identified in Sriharikota "taking into account the safety, distances and maximal utilisation of existing launch pad facilities".

India has two operational satellite launch pads located at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, which are used exclusively for launch vehicles developed by the ISRO, he said.

Jitendra Singh said India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has launched 10 satellites of eight foreign countries - Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Luxembourg, Singapore and Britain - during the past three years. These satellites are launched in a commercial arrangement between the countries and Antrix Corpn Ltd, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Antrix earned 21,095,000 euros in 2012-13 as compared to 540,000 euros in 2011-12, he said.


Asiasat 8 has launched ,going to 105.5E co-located with Asiasat 7

Mysat is still FTA on Intelsat 19. The VisionAsia mux was also running FTA for a while (encrypted now)

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From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Rajawali TV and ShopNow Channel have replaced Zee Bioskop and Share" on , Fta.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12411 V "Zamjari Korea and Zamjari Japan" have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3760 H "Now TV" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3700 V "Luxe TV" is Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3760 H "NTV Mir" has left .

Measat 3 91.5°E 3641 V "Solar All Access" has started on , PowerVu.
Measat 3 91.5°E 3880 V "Travel Channel HD Asia and Travel Channel Asia" have started on ,Irdeto.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 11093 H "NTV" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0°E 11050 H "Star World Premiere HD" has started on, HD, Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0°E 11090 H "GS TV" has started on , Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0°E 11090 H "Disney Channel India" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "AF Channel has again replaced Reality Channel" on , BISS.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E H 3600 H "Plus Channel" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3800 H "World Cup Channel" has left .
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H "Stadium X" has started on , HD, encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4163 H "NBT TV has replaced NP TV 5" on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3780 V "Now TV, RTL CBS Entertainment and RTL CBS Extreme" have started on, HD, Irdeto. Asian TV has left.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 12638 V "Channel V China and One TV" have started on , Videoguard. CCTV 1-3/8/12/13, Hunan TV, Jiangsu TV and Zhejiang TV have left.

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,LBS TV Music(印尼)等7个频道消失,设置3980 V 29900参数无效接收。[08-05]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,CTV-AMG(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3946 V 7400参数有条件接收。[08-05]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文台、Ch2040(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置12553 H 17500参数无效接收。[08-05]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,A One(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11732 V 43000参数免费接收。[08-05]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thaicom 1、Thaicom 6(高清)等6个测试频道新增,设置3880 V 30000参数免费接收。[08-05]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置12553 H 17500参数免费接收。[08-05]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Treavel HD(高清)频道新增,设置3880 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [8月5日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理悠人、PPTV HD(CTH)等频道新增,设置11628 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月5日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Hope Channel(希望电视)频道新增,设置3830 H 3000参数免费接收。 [8月5日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,MTV Sports、A plus(印度)等全组频道加密,设置12170 H 40700参数有条件接收。 [8月5日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,PTV 4(环宇卫视)频道消失,设置12471 H 30000参数无效接收。 [8月4日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,动物星球(欧洲)频道解密,设置11656 V 24800参数免费接收。[08-04]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,TRG Live(菲律宾)传送频道加密,设置3873 H 6660参数有条件接收。[08-04]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Varity Two(高清)频道新增,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[08-04]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,3 SD ON TPBS(BISS)频道新增,设置11481 H 45000参数有条件接收。[08-04]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,探索频道(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11656 V 24800参数免费接收。[08-04]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Suptra(IPM)频道解密,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。[08-04]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,RTM TV 1(RTM)频道加密,设置3918 H 18385参数有条件接收。 [8月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Jipata TV替换Doodee Channel(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Zabb Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置4160 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,PSI Channel(泰国)频道解密,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,IPM Maya(泰国)频道新增,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月4日]


AsiaSat 8 Successfully Lifts Off

From press release

Hong Kong, 5 August 2014 – AsiaSat 8 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle successfully lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, U.S.A. at Hong Kong Time 4:00 p.m. (4:00 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on the 5th of August.

The spacecraft successfully separated from the launch vehicle 32 minutes after liftoff. AsiaSat has acquired the first signals from the satellite in Hong Kong 54 minutes after launch. Over the next few days, AsiaSat 8 will move into the geostationary orbit, some 36,000 km above the Equator.
“We are excited that the AsiaSat 8 launch has achieved this significant milestone. This is our first launch with SpaceX, we would like to thank them for their excellent work and effort in making today’s launch a success. In the coming weeks, we will work closely with Space Systems/Loral, our long-term partner, on the post-launch maneuvers and in-orbit testing of AsiaSat 8,” said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.

“The addition of AsiaSat 8 to our existing fleet of four in-orbit satellites will expand our fleet capacity and enable us to serve a wider range of customers for advanced satellite services, from DTH, data broadcasting to broadband services.”

AsiaSat 8 is a Space Systems/Loral 1300 series satellite, and has a design life of 15 years. With 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band payload, AsiaSat 8 will co-locate with AsiaSat 7, where AsiaSat has established networks for service since 1990. AsiaSat 8’s powerful Ku-band beams cover China, India, the Middle East and South East Asia, with inter-beam switching capability to provide flexibility to address market requirements.
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its five satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 7 and the newly launched AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region.

AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as voice networks, private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 6 is scheduled for launch later this month. AsiaSat 9 which is on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit

AsiaSat 8 lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, U.S.A.
Media Inquiries:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel : (852) 2500 0899 Tel : (852) 2500 0880
Mobile : (852) 9097 1210 Email : wpang@asiasat.com
Email : scubbon@asiasat.com

SpaceX launches Falcon rocket with commercial satellite after hitch

From http://news.yahoo.com/spacex-launches-falcon-rocket-commercial-satellite-hitch-085019950--finance.html

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Aug 5 (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket thundered off its coastal launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday to put a commercial communications satellite into orbit.

On its second launch attempt of the day, the 224-foot (68-meter) rocket lifted off at 4 a.m. EDT/0800 GMT, blazing through partly cloudy, pre-dawn skies as it headed into space.

The first try, 2-1/2 hours earlier, ended less than a minute before liftoff when a computer found a potential problem with the rocket’s first-stage engine, SpaceX officials said in a live webcast. The issue was resolved, clearing the rocket for flight.

Perched on top of the Falcon 9 was a communications satellite owned by Hong Kong-based Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Ltd, or AsiaSat.

The spacecraft, known as AsiaSat 8 and built by Space Systems/Loral, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based subsidiary of Canada’s MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd, will become the fifth member of an orbital network that provides telecommunication services to the Asia-Pacific region.

AsiaSat hired privately owned SpaceX for two satellite launches, the second of which is due to launch later this month.

Previously, AsiaSat bought rides on Russian Proton rockets but decided to hire SpaceX after the California-based start-up won a NASA contract to fly cargo to the International Space Station, AsiaSat chief executive William Wade said in a pre-launch interview.

“We gained confidence in seeing how they were developing technically,” Wade said.

AsiaSat had not used a U.S. launcher since 2003.SpaceX’s cut-rate launch price – rides on Falcon 9 were selling for about $54 million at the time – also was a factor, he said.

SpaceX’s website shows the price of a Falcon 9 is now $61.2 million. The company, owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, has a backlog of nearly 40 missions.

Tuesday’s launch was the SpaceX’s second in three weeks. The company’s last launch was delayed by a series of technical issues, which then bumped AsiaSat’s launch.

“We’re a few months later than we would liked to have been launched. That’s not totally unexpected with a new launch provider. There are some growing pains and some teething that goes on with a new supplier," Wade said.

Once in orbit about 22,300 miles (35,888 km) over Asia, the new satellite, which is equipped with 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band beam, will relay digital television, broadband and other telecommunications services for customers in India, China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Including satellite construction, launch and insurance, the mission is costing AsiaSat between $180 million and $200 million, Wade said.

The satellite is designed to last for 15 years.

Foxtel Play Expands Offering To 50 Channels

From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3594

Foxtel today announced that starting in August, customers can enjoy four new channels via Foxtel Play*, Foxtel’s internet delivered subscription service. Newly launched BBC First joins the Foxtel Play stable of programming along with popular entertainment programs Lifestyle Food and Lifestyle Home and documentary channel Crime + Investigation. Today’s news means Foxtel Play customers will have access to up to 50 live and 53 on demand channels.

BBC First is available as of today for Foxtel Play subscribers who select the Drama pick as part of their package. Lifestyle Food and Lifestyle Home, available under the Entertainment pick, and Crime + Investigation, part of the Documentary pick, will follow shortly after on 5 August.

Ed Smith, Foxtel Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, said, “Foxtel Play has experienced a great period of growth since launch and we’re thrilled to expand the channel line-up for customers hungry for great programming. BBC First has been eagerly anticipated among subscribers and is a fantastic new channel to round out our Foxtel Play offering.”

Programming highlights for the new channels in August and September include: BBC First – The Musketeers, Peaky Blinders, The Politician’s Husband and Burton & Taylor; Lifestyle Food – Come Dine with Me Couples; Lifestyle Home – Selling Houses, You Live in What?; Crime + Investigation – Westbrook.

Foxtel has also increased the availability of Complete Seasons delivered to Foxtel Play and residential subscribers giving customers the opportunity to discover and catch up on hit series and new favourites. New additions featuring in August and September include: Orange is The New Black season 1; Girls season 1 & 2; House of Anubis season 1-3; Boardwalk Empire season 3 & 4 and True Blood season 5 & 6.

Foxtel Play enables customers with a broadband connection to watch programs from Foxtel’s amazing range of drama, entertainment, documentary and movie channels live or on catch-up without the need for a set-top box.

Foxtel Play offers customers access to content within minutes of signing up and enables them to subscribe by the month and pay as they go. With no lock-in contract and no installation costs, subscribers can stop and start their subscription month-to-month, to suit their circumstances or viewing choices. 

Foxtel Play customers also have access to Foxtel Go* as part of their subscription. In addition to their primary device, customers can register Foxtel Go on up to two additional devices including selected iPads and iPhones and selected Samsung Android tablets and smartphones.

Australian residential users with a compatible internet connected device running an eligible operating system.  See full list of compatible devices at: http://www.foxtel.com.au/foxtelplay/howitworks/default.htm. Not all channels/content available on all devices with Foxtel Play and Foxtel Go. Additional charges apply for Foxtel On Demand titles.  Credit card details are required at time of sign up for any ongoing direct debit subscription payments. Ongoing subscription fees reflective of your package apply unless you cancel your subscription.  Broadband Internet connection with minimum speed of at least 3Mbps required.  ISP and data charges may apply. Only available for use in Australia. Foxtel Go available on compatible smartphone and tablet devices with an eligible operating system. See full list at: https://www.foxtel.com.au/discover/foxtelgo/default.htm. You must subscribe to the relevant channel/tier in your Foxtel Play pack to access corresponding content on Foxtel Go. Video quality may vary. Full terms and conditions available at www.foxtel.com.au/foxtelplay/terms.

Oz creatives launch Digital Content Guide

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/05/oz-creatives-launch-digital-content-guide/

A guide to finding safe and licensed digital content across a range of services and platforms has been developed by a group of Australian creative rights holders and creative content industry associations. The funding members are: Australian Screen Association; APRAAMCOS; ARIA; Copyright Agency Ltd; Foxtel; News Corp Australia and Village Roadshow.

The funding members appointed Music Rights Australia to manage the development of the Digital Content Guide site.

“Working with an independent project manager, designer and web developer we have created a site which is easy to navigate on both PC and mobile. The Digital Content Guide gives consumers help to find licensed digital services which are availed in Australia across the film, music, TV, books and games industries and sporting codes,” says the group.

“We have made every attempt to make the site as complete as possible. However new services come online all the time. What we can say is that every service listed here offers licensed content. If you think we are missing a service, you can let us know here,” it suggests.

As to whether service not listed on the site is illegal, the site advises: “We are working hard to list all the licensed services available to Australian users under the categories we have set up. If you cannot find a service here it could mean that we have not yet listed it, or it may mean that the service is not a licensed service. If you are unsure and would like to check with us, you can contact us.”

Explaining ‘unlicensed’ services, the site says: “Creative content is protected by copyright.  Unlicensed services infringe the owner’s copyright when they use the copyright material without the permission of the copyright owner. If these services offer the content to the public without permission that is an infringement of the owner’s copyright.”

Clarifying the legality of filesharing, it notes that “Filesharing is the act of uploading and sharing content online. Filesharing sites collate content and enable this to happen. Filesharing sites are not illegal but when the site is used to copy and share content that has been obtained without the permission of the copyright owner, then that is an infringement of copyright.

Many sites have been established for the express purpose of offering unlicensed content and these sites are referred to as illegal sites. They make their money from advertising revenues and do not support the legitimate market. They do not offer licensed content.”

As for the consequences of using an illegal site, it advises: “Using the content from these illegal sites does infringe the copyright owner’s rights. They get nothing for their work. We know they can look legitimate and telling the difference can be confusing. By using the services listed in this guide you can ensure that the content you access is always licensed.”

The site has been launched against the backdrop of the federal government’s release of the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper, which seeks public submissions on draft proposals designed to address online piracy.

Australia's Seven signs three-Olympics deal

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/10349236/Australias-Seven-signs-three-Olympics-deal

Seven Network secured the Australian broadcast rights to the next three Olympics on Monday, the latest long-term television deal struck by the IOC.

The IOC said Seven acquired the rights on all media platforms to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Financial terms were not announced, but Australian media have said the deal was worth the equivalent of US$186 million (NZ$218m).   

The International Olympic Committee said the agreement included an ''unprecedented commitment'' by Seven to support the IOC's goals across its television network, newspapers, magazines and online media. That included promoting Olympic sports, health, education and youth sport.

Seven, which first broadcast the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, last covered the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

''The IOC enjoys long-term partnerships and this agreement is something of a homecoming between us and Seven,'' IOC president Thomas Bach said in a statement.

''Seven has made a concrete commitment to help promote the Olympic movement and the Olympic values, not only during each edition of the games, but all year round, and this was an important consideration in our decision making.''

Seven chairman Kerry Stokes cited a ''long and deep partnership'' with the IOC since the Melbourne Games.

''We are looking forward to celebrating our five decades association with the Olympics in Rio and to taking this partnership to a new level over the coming decade,'' he said.

The Ten and Nine networks also had expressed interest in doing a deal with the IOC, but reportedly pulled out because of concerns about high costs and an unfavorable time zone in Rio.

Seven had lost the rights to the Nine Network after two decades as the home of the Olympics in Australia. Nine and pay TV operator Foxtel paid a reported US$100m (NZ$117m) for the rights to the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2012 London Olympics. Ten broadcast this year's Winter Games in Sochi.

Bach, who was elected IOC president in September, is pushing for long-term deals to bolster the Olympic body's financial stability.

In May, NBC signed a record US$7.75 billion (NZ$9.1b) deal to extend its US broadcast rights deal through 2032.

In June, a consortium bought the Japanese broadcast rights through 2024 in a four-games deal worth US$1b (NZ$1.17b).

Mediaworks joins Sky, TVNZ in banning Slingshot ads

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11304231
Mediaworks TV has joined TVNZ and Sky TV in banning Slingshot's latest ads promoting the ISP's 'Global Mode service.'

In a statement released this afternoon, Mediaworks - which owns TV3 and Channel Four - said it had been advised Slingshot's latest development to Global Mode may lead to a breach of copyright, and advertising that presented it as legitimate and legal was misleading, and may also be a breach of the Fair Trading Act.

The media company says it has informed Slingshot it will be withdrawing that advertising until complaints made to the Advertising Standards Authority were resolved.

Earlier today, a TVNZ spokesperson told the Herald the state broadcaster currently runs ads for Slingshot, but it has drawn the line at running advertising for its Global Mode service.

"It's simple really. It doesn't make any business sense to promote a competitor's service that encourages viewers to watch international programmes that we hold the exclusive rights to in NZ," the TVNZ spokesperson said.

Slingshot's latest TV adverts, which were banned by Sky TV yesterday, feature the ISP's Global Mode service, which makes it easy for users to access Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming video services.

The service works by tricking these sites that the person accessing it is doing so from the United States or United Kingdom.

Slingshot general manager Taryn Hamilton said TVNZ informed him today that it wouldn't run the ads.

"Sky and TVNZ need to wake up and smell the internet. People are accessing content from around the globe - Global Mode or not," Hamilton said.

"This is anti-competitive, undue censorship, and an example of old-school thinking," he said.

Unsuccessful bid to keep TV channels

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=276402

FOX International Channels has revealed it was unsuccessful in persuading its partner Sky Pacific to take up an agreement that will allow their channels to stay on the local pay-TV platform.

The comment was made by Fox International Channels executive Alex Maier, who oversees channel distribution in the Pacific and followed a recent announcement by Fiji TV CEO Tevita Gonelevu that it had replaced nine of the old channels on its pay-TV platform with 11 new channels "after an extensive review process, taking on board customers feedback and plan for expansion to the Pacific".

"Unfortunately after months of discussion, we were not successful in persuading Sky Pacific to take up an agreement. We are indeed disappointed by the outcome," he said, adding this was a decision between the two companies to cease partnership. Mr Maier said they hoped to be able to bring back those channels for their enjoyment "at some point in the future".

Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Premila Kumar said many dismayed Sky Pacific subscribers had expressed grave concerns about the issue and what they described was "an overnight monopolistic decision".

Fiji TV could not comment on the issue when contacted yesterday.

TV company to address consumer concerns

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=276453

Update: 11:55AM FIJI Television Ltd is expected to make a comment on its decision to drop nine channels from its Sky Pacific channel line-up after meeting with the Consumer Council of Fiji.

The television company is expected to meet with the council tomorrow.

The council had called on Sky Pacific management to reverse its decision to introduce 11 new channels in its place.

FOX International Channels executive Alex Maier said their viewers were their first priority and they were disappointed that they had been unsuccessful in their attempts to keep the channels available in Fiji.

(Craig's comment , maybe someone should fire up the KU over the Islands at 180E (Intelsat 18) on the old PBS transponders)

Two companies support Digital TV plans in Fiji

From http://www.islandsbusiness.com/news/fiji/5947/two-companies-support-digital-tv-plans-in-fiji/

SUVA, Fiji ---- At least two local television companies are rallying behind government in support of the change from analog to digital television through the National Digital Television Platform.

The Department of Communications is still finalizing the National Digital Television platform, which, when completed will be given to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation to manage.

FBC chief executive, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said it would mean more responsibilities.

“It means making sure the platform is up and running 100 per cent of the time. Because we will not only be responsible for ourselves anymore as in FBC but we will be responsible for every other TV carrier that may rent or lease off this nee company which will be a subsidiary of FBC.”

FBC will meet with the Department of Communications to discuss its role in the management of the platform.

Executive chairman of Mai TV, Justin Smith said they have been asking to be included in the VHF platform but the digital television platform is the way forward for them now.

“It does lead a way for us to get better access.Digital is the way forward for Mai TV to get to that platform.”

Smith said they will also need to look at the smaller details of the platform.

Fiji Television Limited says it will only comment once they have received an official announcement from the government.

PSI turns focus to HD set-top boxes

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/05/psi-turns-focus-to-hd-set-top-boxes/

PSI Holdings, Thailand’s largest satellite network provider, has revealed it will now aggressively focus on HD set-top boxes and collect subscription fees from customers to survive fierce competition in the broadcasting industry.

It is now collaborating with pay TV operator CTH to supply more content and help with the subscription business.

PSI chief executive Somporn Teerarochanapong said his company’s new HD box, the O2X, which was specially developed to speed up channel flipping, had more beauty features and supported both C and Ku-band satellite dishes.

Somporn said this strategy was aimed at accelerating the migration to HD set-top boxes, with affordable prices for those who had HD TV sets. He added that the company needed to generate additional revenue to diversify from risks to both advertising revenue and subscription fees.

PSI will collaborate with Workpoint to find ad revenue, while its subscription fee business will be accomplished working with CTH.

Set-top box sales will represent 80 per cent of company revenue, with 20 per cent from subscription fees this year.

Somporn said even though the NBTC would not allow Thais to use the government’s digital TV coupons to buy satellite TV set-top boxes under its subsidy scheme, PSI still planned to push its satellite set-top box sales this year.

Intelsat: “Reducing debt” is prime focus

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/05/intelsat-reducing-debt-is-prime-focus/

During Intelsat’s investment call with analysts its CFO Mike McDonnell explained that the satellite operator expected to pay down some $475 million this financial year, an improvement of around $75 million over previous expectations.

McDonnell aid that the rise was related to overall improvements in the operator’s EBITDA numbers. “We have had very strong margins for the year part of that is due to mix, part of that is due to the fact that our collection experience has been very positive thus far and it’s beginning to feel like the struggles that we had particularly in Africa last year around collections are now seemingly behind us.  It’s really just a function of the better EBITDA as well as the very good cash management and working capital management that we have been able to have that really drives the reason for the increase in the estimated debt pay down.”

However, Dave McGlade, Intelsat’s president & CEO, said that the company’s knowledge of the US government’s cut-backs on military capacity demands was still vague. “We are still in a position where we do not have a great amount of insight to what’s happening, we are still seeing the pressures of sequestration, smaller amount of revenue declines relating to Afghanistan but we are still in a position where we are seeing either the cancellations or the consolidation of capacity and some pricing pressures affecting our business.”

DD set to expand global footprint, go on air in Europe, Africa

From http://www.eni.network24.co/india/dd-set-to-expand-global-footprint-go-on-air-in-europe-africa-15357_5

New Delhi: State broadcaster Doordarshan's international channel is all set to become available to viewers in Europe, Africa and even Australia after Prasar Bharati today entered into an agreement in that regard with German public service broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).   

An MoU was signed today between Prasar Bharati and DW which will for the first time allow distribution of 'India Channel' on DTH Platform of Hotbird-13B Satellite through a 'Free-to-Air' basic package mode.    

The move provides India with a platform to project its view point to a global audience in a cost effective manner, officials said.   

Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar said that a consultative group could be constituted to suggest the content for Doordarshan's international channel, which may perhaps be headed by the Foreign Secretary.    

The MoU entails distribution of 'India Channel' on DTH Platform of Hotbird-13B Satellite -- which has a reach across continents -- and the reciprocal distribution of DW-TV on DD Freedish.    

Hotbird-13B is a DTH platform which has a reach of 120 million homes across Europe, Northern Africa and the whole of Middle East, with a total of 1,543 TV channels of which 1,117 are Free-to-Air, officials said.    

Twenty-four English channels are available on this satellite, prominent among which are BBC, CNN, CCTV, RT, France24, VOA TV, Euromans, Sky News, Bloomberg TV, Al Jazeera, etc.    

"The MoU enables Doordarshan to considerably enhance its global reach at a minimal cost. It is a win-win situation for both broadcasters," an official said.   

Meanwhile, when a question was asked by a reporter at the press conference where MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin was also present as to whether tie-ups like the one with DW were part of an exercise to project Prime Minister Narendra Modi globally, the MEA spokesperson said that Modi needs no
projection and is already a global leader.   PTI


Mysat on Intelsat 19 was/ is FTA over the weekend

The TV Plus channels on Intelsat 19 that were showing promo loops for new channels ,have encrypted Distrito Comedia has been replaced by Clasico TV

Some INFO from TV Chile website, translated via Google


Information for Chile TV viewers in Australia Plus TV.

Following a number of inquiries received, TV Chile reported that to date, July 2014, has not closed any commercial contract with TV Plus. This channel is authorized to issue our signal under the "free to air", ie free reception for all viewers without charge.

Any payment made on account of receipt of such company TV Chile is the sole responsibility of the viewers.

Sunday feeds

Optus D1 12652 V Sr 7500 "AFL from Tas. Hawks vs W Bulldogs"
Optus D1 12429 V Sr 6999 "NRL from Cairns. Souths vs Newcastle"

Optus D2 12320 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" Encrypted
Optus D2 12330 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" Horses
Optus D2 12339 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" Horses
Optus D2 12383 V Sr 6670 "svc 1 service" Horses
Optus D2 12393 V Sr 6670 "Gcast 6" Horses
Optus D2 12639 V Sr 15000 "v8 superview hd" Encrypted
Optus D2 12658 V Sr 15000 "globecast oz" Encrypted

From my Email

From saldav1

All Asiasat 5

Sunday feeds,

3755 V SR 7120 "TRT ANKARA HD-3" RUS vs JPN in the FIVB World Grand Prix 2014 Women's Indoor Volleyball, (FTA.)
3676 H SR 1500 Service-1 Hindu service, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7200 "DSNG 8 VAL" (Valencia) vs MON (Monaco) in the Emirates Soccer Cup Football, (FTA.)
3892 V SR 13333 "Ericsson Service" Asian Soccer - 2014 Ping An Chinese Football Super League coverage with CCTV 5 advertising signs on the boundary, (FTA.)
3785 V SR 1610 "KOCHI DSNG" Vision and reporter outside 'THE CIRCLE INSPECTOR OF POLICE EKM:NORTH with reporter in Hindi language, (FTA.) 4096 H SR 4434 "Fi08 GNVE" 'Pic still of heavy traffic heading somewhere in Europe through mountains', (FTA.) Maybe we might see a sporting event at the end of the day
3707 H SR 5631 "Ericsson service" CCTV 5 - Chinese Table Tennis, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7120 "$D412 Speifeld EB" DTM Motor Racing from Spielberg, AUSTRIA, (FTA.) Nice to watch some $European Motor Racing that is not scrambled. Austria and the mountains looked warm and wonderful
3867 H SR 7120 "ATL Enc 3" 2014 CITI OPEN WTA Tennis Championships from Washington D.C. Nara vs Kuznetsova, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12726 H "NHK World Premium" is encrypted again.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V "Fight Sports" has left again.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3832 H "Hope Channel Indonesia" has started on , Fta.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 3613 L "Türkmen Owazy" has started on , Fta.

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11760 H "Rusong TV" has started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3840 V "Doodee Channel" is back on , Fta. Mahorasop has left.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3849 H "Gaan Bangla" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5°E 4054 H "Channel 13" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5°E 4063 H "Thinetha TV" has started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5°E 4065 H "Raajje TV" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11037 H "Rossiya 1, Rossiya 2, Rossiya 24, Olala 1, Olala 2, Travel + Adventure, Rossiya K, National Geographic Channel Russia, Nat Geo Wild Russia, Ru TV, Top Shop TV Russia, Fox Life Russia and Fox Russia have left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 11037 H "Fox Life Russia and Fox Russia" have started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11105 H "TTS" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11545 VSony Sci-Fi Russia, SET Eastern Europe, Sony Turbo and RT English have started on, Fta. OTR and TV Centr have left.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11605 V "Telekanal 2x2" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 10970 H "Lifetime South Africa" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11130 V "One Africa TV" has started on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kaset News、Aonzon TV(泰国)等3个频道加密,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。[08-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,World Cup HD(高清)频道消失,设置3800 H 30000参数无效接收。[08-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Love World Sat(RRSat Global)频道消失,设置3640 H 28066参数无效接收。[08-03]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,ABU-MF1(高清)测试频道新增,设置3840 H 30000参数有条件接收。[08-03]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Blue Ocean Network(蓝海电视)等频道重现,设置3680 H 27500参数部分免费接收。[08-03]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BBC Lifestyle(GlobeCast Asia)等全组频道消失,设置3680 H 27500参数无效接收。[08-03]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ZEE Premiere(斐济)测试频道新增,设置3920 V 28800参数免费接收。[08-02]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,TV5(CTH)频道新增,设置11167 V 30000参数免费接收。[08-02]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Now Drama、GTH On Air(泰国)等4个频道新增,设置11669 V 30000参数有条件接收。[08-02]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Star Chinese Movies替换PPTV(卫视电影)频道,设置11167 V 30000参数有条件接收。[08-02]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Fan TV替换Blue Sky Channel(泰国)频道,设置11049 V 30000参数有条件接收。[08-02]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Hungama TV(印度)频道加密,设置3714 V 3000参数有条件接收。[08-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,World Cup Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3800 H 30000参数无效接收。 [8月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,,Looktung Millionaire(泰国)等2个频道新增,设置4120 V 30000参数部分免费接收。 [8月2日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,SET、Sony Sci-Fi(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置12600 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Sport 1 HD(俄罗斯)等16个频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数部分免费接收。 [8月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kanal Disney(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。 [8月2日]


NewSat stops satellite build during financing talks

From http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390597,newsat-stops-satellite-build-during-financing-talks.aspx 
Jabiru-1 build on hold, Jabiru-2 launch delayed.

Listed satellite company NewSat has been asked by the Australian Stock Exchange to explain a sudden drop in the company's share price, following reports of a series of recent financial setbacks.

The company was asked last Thursday to reveal any material information that could explain why its share price had fallen from $0.26 to $0.19 on July 30.

Company secretary Michael Hewins on Friday [pdf] attributed the share price drop to a Eureka Report story that contained "negative commentary on the company, its corporate governance, capital structure and earnings expectations" - commentary the company "disagrees with". 

He did reveal, however, that NewSat was in discussions with the financiers of its Jabiru-1 satellite over a waiver for "alleged technical or documentary breaches of financial facilities" around the drawing down of a loan from Ever Tycoon on June 12 this year.

The financial uncertainty has forced NewSat's Jabiru-1 satellite build project to be put on hold.

Once negotiations are complete, the financiers of the US$611 million satellite will permit the construction to go ahead, Hewins advised.

NewSat also expects the terms of the waiver for the breaches to include the requirement for a new chief financial officer, new independent directors, and certain other "corporate governance matters". 

Three non-executive directors resigned from NewSat in June this year as the company sought to cut costs and slash management fees.

Jabiru-1 has a 15-year design life with a 5950kg maximum mass, and has an anticipated launch in the middle of next year from the Arianespace facility in Kourou, French Guiana.

It would provide a total of 8.3GHz capacity, with Ka and Ku-band transponders covering South and South East Asia, the Middle East and East Africa, with terrestrial gateways in Perth, Adelaide and Cyprus.

NewSat announced in July that it had won a US$11.7 million contract to provide video, voice and data services covering Australia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the Solomons through its Jabiru-2.

Jabiru-2's planned June launch was set back to September after Australian telco Optus said it needed to reconfigure its Optus 10 satellite, which will be hoisted into orbit on the same Ariane 5 rocket.

The Jabiru-2 delay follows a loss of contracts with the US military as well as several core teleport services customers reducing their spending with the company, leading NewSat to announce an expected net loss of up to A$6 million in fiscal 2014.

NewSat was founded by Adrian Ballintine in 1987, together with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and is Australia's first private satellite operator.

NewSat has been approached for comment

IPSTAR named wholesaler for Australian Internet Service Providers

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/IPSTAR-named-wholesaler-for-Australian-Internet-Se-30240201.html

Australia-based NBN Co is using Thaicom's satellite service to boost the number of broadband connections for Australians who cannot access an existing commercial broadband service.

In a statement, Thaicom announced that its subsidiary IPSTAR Australia (IPA) won a new contract from the client. Under the NBN Co Satellite Support (NSS) Scheme, IPA is appointed an official wholesaler and will deliver the scheme together with participating Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia.

"Bringing broadband to the most remote communities across Australia is one of NBN Co's highest priorities," said NBN Co Chief Customer Officer, John Simon. "It gives residents access to e-health, distance education and Internet banking, while businesses can benefit from increased productivity, reduced costs and access to new markets. With high demand for broadband in regional areas, this initiative is essential to providing a reliable service to families and businesses that cannot access a commercial broadband service today."

Patompob Suwansiri, Thaicom’s chief marketing officer, noted that since 2005 Thaicom has delivered satellite Internet services via the IPSTAR satellite to Australia's remote communities that otherwise could not have accessed a commercial broadband service.

"I am proud IPSTAR continues to make a difference in the life of many Australian's and the country's education, farming, and health sectors."

According to NBN Co, the NSS Scheme will connect up to 9,000 additional premises in remote and regional mainland Australia and Tasmania, until NBN Co's Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS) will be launched in late 2015. The NSS is exclusively available for users who are unable to access a commercial broadband service.

Premises eligible for the NSS must be within line of sight of the IPSTAR broadband satellite, and have never been subscribed to a service via the Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG) or the Interim Satellite Service (ISS). The NSS Scheme is designed to deliver wholesale speeds of up to 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. IPSTAR will provide Internet Service Providers with a minimum download performance equivalent to 2.6 Mbps for 20.4 hours per day.

Sky TV bans Slingshot adverts

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11303726

Sky TV is finding itself increasingly competing with subscription video streaming services. NZ users can now access Netflix's US services more easily. Slingshot is one of the ISPs actively promoting this service to its customers. Photo / Greg Bowker

Sky TV has confirmed it has banned Slingshot advertising, in a move the pay TV operator says protects consumers legitimately viewing TV shows and movies.

Slingshot's latest TV adverts, which have been refused by Sky TV, feature the ISP's Global Mode service, which makes it easy for users to access Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming video services.

Slingshot GM Taryn Hamilton says the ban "smacked of protectionism and censorship".

"It's a sad day when our TV stations start to ban ads because they feel threatened by one of their advertisers and the products they are offering. In this case Sky is using its position to obstruct Slingshot because they feel intimidated by Global Mode," Hamilton said.

Sky TV said they were declining the Slingshot ads that feature 'Global Mode' given the recent strong connections made with illegitimately accessing Netflix.

"We are in the business of paying the people who create TV, film and other content for the rights to broadcast their work in NZ, and are against any form of piracy that undermines intellectual property rights," a Sky spokesperson said.

"We have suggested that Slingshot re-cut the proposed ad to remove references to 'Global Mode' if they wish to advertise on Sky," Sky said.

Telecom's Lightbox no sweat for Sky

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11302835

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet is not breaking into a sweat after Telecom's slow motion launch of subscription video on demand service (SVOD) Lightbox.

Lightbox will go live towards the end of this month at the same time as Sky releases details of its own such service, cementing its dominance of the pay television sector.

Telecom will have the advantage of its dominance of the broadband market to reach entertainment customers and symbolically move from its image as a bureaucratic telco.

Sky will have the benefit of having its pay TV services in more than 50 per cent of homes and being able to use its programming expertise.

It will be an extension of Sky TV's influence but will require it to do some juggling of programme options.

Telecom executives suggest that Sky's existing pay TV dominance has negatives as well as positives, such as the risk of cannibalisation.

Sky will want an SVOD service but will not want to cannibalise its existing revenue base from the main Sky platform.

"You won't be able to get everything on SVOD that you can on Sky," Fellet said. "That [cannibalising customers] has not been the experience in the US," he said.

It was a tag-on and not a replacement.

"Look you won't be getting everything [available] on Sky."

Some believe another outcome might be that Lightbox competes for premium channels like SoHo or multiroom packages, reducing how much each customer spends.

Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin agrees the immediate impact of Lightbox on competition has been overstated.

Telecom is spending just $20 million which made Lightbox an experiment and not a challenge, Galpin said.

The new Telecom service is starting with 5000 hours of programming and will feed homes with TV over the internet for $15 a month.

The pricing structure for the Sky service is expected to be similar.

But the question for many will be whether Sky can offer better content with more first-run programming and exclusive options.

Sky is New Zealand's biggest buyer of programming and has extensive ties with Hollywood studios who will supply much of the content for its SVOD service.

That was illustrated on Thursday with the timing of a statement by Sky immediately before a Lightbox announcement that spelt out an expansion of Sky's exclusive deal with HBO - the organisation that supplies TV fare for Sky's premium drama channel Soho.

Forsyth Barr's Galpin said: "What is not clear from Sky TV is if its SVOD focus will be on providing more value to existing subscribers to retain them or to attract new customers."

Sky had slowly increased prices adding new channels each year to its basic package to increase the value.

Forsyth Barr issued a note on June 18 which said that internationally the introduction of SVOD had led to a slowdown in the growth of pay TV.

New National Digital Television Platform for television broadcasters

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/21853/new-national-digital-television-platform-for-television-broadcasters

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on the occasion of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s diamond jubilee celebrations last night.

Government has finalized plans for the creation of a National Digital Television Platform.

Speaking on the occasion of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s diamond jubilee celebrations last night, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the platform will greatly improve the picture and sound quality of TV programmes and expand the coverage of all broadcast television channels.

He says the new platform will initially extend the coverage of all broadcast channels to 94 per cent of the population, marking a drastic improvement over the current levels of coverage.

Bainimarama adds, with the platform, digital television will work on current TV sets and no satellite dish will be required.

The Department of Communications will oversee the creating of the platform.

Once completed, the platform will be handed over to FBC to manage.

FBC will form a new transmission company for this purpose.

Bainimarama says broadcasters will then lease one or multiple digital channels for fixed annual fees.

He adds, the system will be completely transparent and the cost to lease the channels will be the same for all broadcasters, including FBC.

ABS-2 “anomaly” confirmed

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/01/abs-2-anomaly-confirmed/

The almost brand new ABS-2 satellite has suffered an “anomaly” on its Russian Ku-beam and which according to ABS is affecting a limited number of transponders.

We first reported this on July 29. An ABS spokesperson now says: “This resulted in an interruption of services which we are working to restore with Space Systems/Loral.  No other beams were impacted and the satellite is otherwise operating normally.”

However, it seems for the time being that some of the Russian transponders are not working, and affecting some 50 television channels operated by Vladivostok’s ISP Alliance.

ABS-2 is, in fact, the first craft that was designed and built specifically for Asia Satellite Broadcasting (ABS) by Space Systems/Loral and operates from 75 deg East orbital position. Its Russian-focused Ku-band beams can potentially deliver up to 51 transponders of content.

AMC reveals global channel roll-out

From https://www.c21media.net/amc-reveals-international-launch/

US-based AMC Networks will launch its flagship channel, home to The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad, outside of North America for the first time later this year.

Local versions of the cablenet will begin launching on cable and satellite platforms across Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, accompanied by VoD, HD and TV Everywhere services.

AMC will replace the MGM Channel, the television programming arm of Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which airs films from the studio’s extensive movie library.

MGM Channel was acquired by AMC Networks as part of its buy-out of international channels and content business Chellomedia for US$1bn from Liberty Global in February.

Ed Carroll, AMC Networks chief operating officer, said: “It is our intention to replicate our successful US strategy, extending the AMC brand worldwide and creating a broad pipeline for our original content.”

AMC dramas Halt & Catch Fire and The Divide will be among the first original series to premiere on the channel internationally and exclusively, alongside movies from providers such as MGM, Paramount and Sony.

Partners include Spanish and Latin American pay-TV platform Telefónica, which will offer the channel as part of its Movistar TV package, and Indonesian pay TV platform Indovision.

The television division of Canada’s Entertainment One (eOne) is currently 11 months into a three-year output deal with AMC Networks, which sees the distributor handle international sales for all original scripted series that air on AMC and the Sundance Channel.

The news comes after AMC Networks rebranded its Chellomedia International Networks division as AMC Networks International last month. It consists of six operating units: Asia-Pacific; Central Europe; Iberia; Latin America; Zone (EMEA); and DMC, a European-based global media technology and distribution unit.

In related news, it emerged last week that AMC Networks is in discussions to take a substantial stake in BBC America, the US network owned and operated by BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) that airs Doctor Who and Orphan Black.

Two Soviet Satellites to Fall to Earth

From http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/two-soviet-satellites-to-fall-to-earth/504525.html
WikicommonsTwo Soviet-era satellites will fall to Earth on Monday evening.

Two defunct Soviet-era satellites will fall to Earth on Monday evening, according to U.S. space tracking data, Interfax reported.

Neither of the satellites — an early warning missile detection satellite and a weather satellite — pose an immediate danger to residential areas. Both of them are expected to burn up in the atmosphere over bodies of water, though some small fragments may survive reentry and reach the ground.

Earth's orbit is littered with dead satellites, fragments of used rocket stages and miscellaneous "space debris" after almost 60 years of space exploration. Over time, the orbital speed of debris slows and the objects begin to fall back into the atmosphere. Most of these objects are small enough that they disintegrate in the enormous heat generated by the friction of falling into the atmosphere, but sometimes pieces survive and hit the Earth.

Tracking data indicates that one of the satellites, an Oko type early-warning satellite designed to detect intercontinental ballistic missile launches, will enter the atmosphere above the Bering Strait.

Crab fishermen need not worry, as the Oko satellite is expected to burn up after crossing the 100 kilometer boundary that roughly marks the end of space and the beginning of the atmosphere.

The Oko satellite, otherwise known as Kosmos-903 — the name "Kosmos" is a uniform designation intended to conceal the nature of Soviet and Russian satellites from foreign eyes — was launched in 1977 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome aboard a Molniya rocket.

Kosmos-903 has long been defunct, but the Okos that Russia still maintains are falling into disrepair. In late June, Russia's space command lost contact with one of its three remaining active Oko early warning satellites, Kosmos-2479, significantly limiting Moscow's ability to detect missile launches. Russia's early warning network has suffered from neglect following the collapse of the Soviet Union, but defense and space officials have said that a new system is in the works, though details on the program are scarce.

Kosmos-1151, the other satellite expected to fall to Earth on Monday, is an old test model of the Okean family of ocean observation satellites. It will enter the atmosphere somewhere over the Kara Sea, located off the coast of Northern Siberia.

Hacker Says He Can Break Into Commercial Planes Via WiFi And In-Flight Entertainment Systems

From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/hacker-says-that-he-can-break-into-commercial-planes-via-wifi-and-in-flight-entertainment-systems-2014-8

BOSTON (Reuters) – Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems – a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security.

Santamarta, a consultant with cyber security firm IOActive, is scheduled to lay out the technical details of his research at this week’s Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas, an annual convention where thousands of hackers and security experts meet to discuss emerging cyber threats and improve security measures.

His presentation on Thursday on vulnerabilities in satellite communications systems used in aerospace and other industries is expected to be one of the most widely watched at the conference.

“These devices are wide open. The goal of this talk is to help change that situation,” Santamarta, 32, told Reuters.

The researcher said he discovered the vulnerabilities by “reverse engineering” – or decoding – highly specialised software known as firmware, used to operate communications equipment made by Cobham Plc, Harris Corp, EchoStar Corp’s Hughes Network Systems, Iridium Communications Inc and Japan Radio Co Ltd.

In theory, a hacker could use a plane’s onboard WiFi signal or inflight entertainment system to hack into its avionics equipment, potentially disrupting or modifying satellite communications, which could interfere with the aircraft’s navigation and safety systems, Santamarta said.

He acknowledged that his hacks have only been tested in controlled environments, such as IOActive’s Madrid laboratory, and they might be difficult to replicate in the real world. Santamarta said he decided to go public to encourage manufacturers to fix what he saw as risky security flaws.

Representatives for Cobham, Harris, Hughes and Iridium said they had reviewed Santamarta’s research and confirmed some of his findings, but downplayed the risks.

For instance, Cobham, whose Aviation 700 aircraft satellite communications equipment was the focus of Santamarta’s research, said it is not possible for hackers to use WiFi signals to interfere with critical systems that rely on satellite communications for navigation and safety. The hackers must have physical access to Cobham’s equipment, according to Cobham spokesman Greg Caires.

“In the aviation and maritime markets we serve, there are strict requirements restricting such access to authorised personnel only,” said Caires.

A Japan Radio Co spokesman declined to comment, saying information on such vulnerabilities was not public.


Black Hat, which was founded in 1997, has often been a venue for hackers to present breakthrough research. In 2009, Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner demonstrated a method for attacking iPhones with malicious text messages, prompting Apple Inc to release a patch.

In 2011, Jay Radcliffe demonstrated methods for attacking Medtronic Inc’s insulin pumps, which helped prompt an industry review of security.

Santamarta published a 25-page research report in April that detailed what he said were multiple bugs in firmware used in satellite communications equipment made by Cobham, Harris, Hughes, Iridium and Japan Radio Co for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, military, maritime transportation, energy and communications.

The report laid out scenarios by which hackers could launch attacks, though it did not provide the level of technical details that Santamarta said he will disclose at Black Hat.

Harris spokesman Jim Burke said the company had reviewed Santamarta’s paper. “We concluded that the risk of compromise is very small,” he said.

Iridium spokesman Diane Hockenberry said, “We have determined that the risk to Iridium subscribers is minimal, but we are taking precautionary measures to safeguard our users.”

One vulnerability that Santamarta said he found in equipment from all five manufacturers was the use of “hardcoded” log-in credentials, which are designed to let service technicians access any piece of equipment with the same login and password.

The problem is that hackers can retrieve those passwords by hacking into the firmware, then use the credentials to access sensitive systems, Santamarta said.

Hughes spokeswoman Judy Blake said hardcoded credentials were “a necessary” feature for customer service. The worst a hacker could do is to disable the communication link, she said.

Santamarta said he will respond to the comments from manufacturers during his presentation, then take questions during an open Q&A session after his talk.

Vincenzo Iozzo, a member of Black Hat’s review board, said Santamarta’s paper marked the first time a researcher had identified potentially devastating vulnerabilities in satellite communications equipment.

“I am not sure we can actually launch an attack from the passenger inflight entertainment system into the cockpit,” he said. “The core point is the type of vulnerabilities he discovered are pretty scary just because they involve very basic security things that vendors should already be aware of.”

45% + of US pay-TV subs want cloud DVRs

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/01/45-of-us-pay-tv-subs-want-cloud-dvrs/

Over 45 per cent of US pay-TV subscribers find cloud DVR technology very appealing, according to research from Parks Associates. The report notes that consumers show particular interest in unlimited storage space and two-week catch-up services for video. With the Supreme Court omitting cloud DVR in its 2014 Aereo ruling, pay-TV providers can experiment with these cloud services as strategies to build subscriber loyalty and increase revenues.

“The Aereo case left licensing for cloud DVR rights largely unaffected, allowing pay-TV providers to move forward with cloud DVR development and implementation,” said Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates. “For example, Comcast recently launched in Atlanta its X1 DVR service, which allows, among other capabilities, subscribers to access DVR recordings on their mobile devices. As content owners and providers experiment with cloud technology, the consumers reap the benefits through access to these innovative offerings.”

More than 40 per cent of broadband households in the US and UK and over 30 per cent of broadband households in Belgium and France have some kind of DVR. Consumer demand for DVR capabilities remains strong; however, the industry is still grappling with contentious content issues such as storage capacity and duration.

“Acquiring the rights for cloud DVR systems has been a complicated and arduous process,” Hower said. “Many European providers have been extremely diligent in negotiating with content rights owners on cloud DVR, but in the US, there is a much greater reliance on statutory and case law. Companies are relying on legislatures and courts to decide the status of rights.”

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in its opinion in Cartoon Network v. Cablevision, ruled that cloud DVR technology falls within the scope of fair use under copyright law, effectively allowing cloud DVR to legally exist. It was feared that ABC v. Aereo might overturn the Second Circuit’s ruling, but the Court intentionally excluded cloud DVR technology from its opinion.

“One of the largest concerns with content owners is the possibility of lost advertising revenue that comes with time-shifting content,” Hower said. “These new systems impact almost all aspects of traditional video services, including marketing, licensing, product, and technological strategies. Companies in this ecosystem need to explore new methods to leverage increased viewership from on-demand programming.”

DirecTV commits to 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/02/directv-commits-to-4k/

DirecTV‘s CEO Mike White says the broadcaster will be able to supply 4K/Ultra-HD content later this year as ‘on demand’ offerings, and says full 4K transmissions are on track for 2015 or 2016.

“I’m certainly excited about [4K]. We expect to be able to do 4K VOD before the end of the year. We’re working to secure some content because that’s one of the challenges is getting content that’s shot in 4K. And we expect certainly in 2015 or early ’16, to be able to stream live content. That’ll somewhat depend on the scheduled launches we have of two new satellites for the US business that will be going up over the next 18 months. So as we get those satellites up in the air, certainly, that’s going to unlock a tremendous amount of incremental capacity for our system. And we fully expect some of that capacity to be used to be able to stream 4K content.”

White, speaking to analysts following on from DirecTV’s Q2 results, added that he expected DirecTV to be the first US pay-TV operator to launch a 4K service, and that 4K would make a material impact on the company’s revenues by around 2018.

Iran closes “illegal US and UK” channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/04/iran-closes-illegal-us-and-uk-channels/

BBC Monitoring is reporting that Iran’s Intelligence Ministry on August 3 closed a number of foreign-based satellite channels for their [alleged] involvement in “secret and illegal” activity.

The BBC report quotes the Ministry which states that the closed channels are based in the UK and the US, but they also operate out of local offices in the Iranian provinces of Qom, Esfahan, Tehran and Khorasan-e Razavi. Local employees are said to have been arrested.

A statement published by the Intelligence Ministry said the offices “operate clandestinely and illegally in four provinces, provoking sectarian strife, stoking discord in the Islamic world, and damaging the image of Shi’ism,” according to local news agency Fars. “Some of these satellite channels are based in the UK and the US. But they were supported by these offices and their staff in the provinces of Qom, Esfahan, Tehran and Khorasan-e Razavi to produce content that fuels discord in the Islamic world,” the statement continued.

The ministry’s statement added that the channels worked “in line with the objectives of foreign intelligence services”.

Fars did not provide the names of the closed channels. But a May report on the news agency, which called for the closure of “extremist Shi’i channels”, listed their names, including “Ahl al-Bayt”, “Imam Husayn”, “Salam”, “Abul-Fazl Al-Abbas”, “Baqi”, “Marja’iat” and “Al-Anwar 1 and 2″.
Further names of affected channels include: Khadijah TV, Al-Zahra, Ch4 Teen, Al-Mahdi,


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Asiasat 8 to Launch August 5th to be co-located at 105.5E with Asiasat 7

Optus D2 12581 H Sr 22500 Channel tag "svc_105" is playing TV Chile FTA

TAB and Trackside on Sky NZ have been transformed to TAB Trackside 1 and TAB Trackside 2

As seen on Sky Pacific's Facebook page

Sky Pacific through the recent announcement has received numerous comments via the various mediums including phone calls and text messages.

For Television “CONTENT IS KING” and CONTENT MUST BE LEGALLY CLEARED FOR THE BROADCAST REGIONS THAT SKY PACIFIC COVERS. SKY PACIFIC is aware that new changes are quite dramatic but Sky Pacific is confident that the new line-up is more entertaining and the ...variety of the new channels will deliver more compelling content for viewers.

Sky Pacific has been the catalyst for Television to Pacific Island nations in allowing it’s population to view compelling content and gain information from across the planet. This has become part of their educational journey but more importantly a CHOICE TO BE ENTERTAINED, by a Pacific owned brand. Sky Pacific will increase its number of channels in the near future and will continue to bring the best available content to the Pacific.

From the Sky Pacific Team.

From my Email

From TMSANI (Perth)

Insat 2E has been replaced by GSAT 10 now currently on test mode will be fully operational early august.Can

anyone in Perth confirm if they can receive this Satellite?
3766 V 10500 DD HD CWG is going live currently.

From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Stadium X HD(高清)频道加密,设置4080 H 30000参数有条件接收。[08-01]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,蜻蜓一台、蜻蜓二台(韩国)频道消失,设置12411 V 11110参数无效接收。[08-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Thaicom 1、Thaicom 2(测试)等频道消失,设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。[08-01]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Now TV(宣传)频道消失,设置3760 H 26000参数无效接收。[08-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kalsan TV(RRSat Global)频道重现,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。[08-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,H Plus Channel替换Cartoon Club(泰国)频道,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。[08-01]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星3A号卫星C频段,DD-Lucknow替换DD Uttar Pradesh(印度)频道,设置3958 V 6250参数免费接收。 [8月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russia Today(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11545 V 43200参数免费接收。 [8月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Stil i Moda(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11105 H 43200参数免费接收。 [8月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Auto 24、TTC(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11105 H 43200参数无效接收。 [8月1日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,DD Port Blair(印度)频道消失,设置3925 H 27500参数无效接收。 [8月1日]


From http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/breaking-news/newsat-slumps-after-talks-with-financiers/story-fnn9c0ha-1227010004169?nk=e06100a7f73208f073f3c0bc4666b5ad#

NewSat shares are lower in morning trade after the satellite operator responded to an ASX price query, blaming the selling on alleged breaches of its financing facility and negative media commentary about the company. 

At 12.31pm (AEST), NewSat was 10 per cent lower at $18.50, its lowest in almost four years, against a benchmark index fall of 1.4 per cent.

NewSat shares closed at 26c on Wednesday, then fell steeply, prompting a query from the market operator.

NewSat noted an article in Eureka Report on Wednesday that contained "negative commentary on the company, its corporate governance, capital structure and earnings expectations".

"The company disagrees with the commentary but considers that the negative sentiment in the article has led to selling in the market," NewSat said. 

The group also noted its discussions with the financiers of its Jabiru-1 satellite construction project about a waiver for "certain alleged technical or documentary breaches of the financing facilities".

NewSat said it was in the process of agreeing details for a formal waiver of the breaches, which would allow for the project to be funded out of cash reserves and for debt funding of the project to recommence.

The group said it had made all required payments to its financiers.

NewSat said although the discussions are incomplete, it expects the waiver will contain requirements for additional equity funding, the appointment of new independent directors and a new chief financial officer, and other corporate governance matters.

The firm said it did not expect its full-year earnings to differ materially from previous guidance given in June, when the company lost three directors. Singapore-based Ching Chiat Kwong has emerged as the largest shareholder.

Eureka Report is a sister site of Business Spectator.

Why Newsat Limited shares have copped a pasting today

From http://www.fool.com.au/2014/07/31/why-newsat-limited-shares-have-copped-a-pasting-today/

Satellite communications company Newsat Limited (ASX: NWT) has seen its shares slammed down 21% today – despite the company not releasing any news. At the finish, Newsat shares closed at 20.5 cents.

By comparison, the S&P / ASX All Ordinaries Index (Index: ^AORD) (ASX: XAO) managed to eke out a 0.1% gain for the day.

Newsat is looking to launch its satellite Jabiru-2 later this year, shortly followed by Jabiru-1 in 2015. It will be Australia’s first commercial Ka-band satellite, providing coverage over South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

According to the company, Jabiru-1 has already secured US$644 million in pre-launch customer contracts, and US$454 million in forward sales. Newsat also operates a number of teleports, and holds eight orbital satellite slots.

But it seems not everything is going to plan. Jabiru-2 was meant to launch in May 2014, but has been delayed until September 2014. Then in early June, Newsat announced that it had secured a short-term loan from a related party of a director of the company to shore up its teleport business. The Teleport business has been struggling, largely due to the loss of a US government contract.

Then on June 30, three of the non-executive directors, Mark Fishwyck, Andrew Plympton and Brendan Fleiter all resigned. As an explanation, Newsat said, “in the current economic climate, there is an imperative to minimise overhead costs, and the reduction in Director fees and numbers will enable the company to simplify and refocus for the future.”

It seems to me that the missed launch of Jabiru-2 was probably a hugely important milestone for Newsat’s patient shareholders, and rescheduling the launch to September 2014 has upset the applecart. Not helping the matter was the decision of broker Bailleau Holst to cease coverage of Newsat.

Investors appear to have lost faith with management, and that is the most likely reason that shares in Newsat are being sold off today. We’ll continue to watch Newsat; it’s an interesting story, and could be a nicely profitable business, once it has its satellites in space.

ICPA concerned there's still not enough satellite connections

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-01/icpa-concerned-there27s-still-not-enough-satellite-connections/5642314

The Isolated Children's Parents' Association hopes an additional 9,000 interim satellite connections the Federal Government has made available will be enough to cope with demand until the Long Term Satellite Service comes online in late 2015.

The New Satellite Support Scheme will enable families living in rural and remote areas without access to the National Broadband Network connect to the internet.

New South Wales ICPA President Duncan Taylor says there is a concern there still won't be enough connections.

"Originally there were 48,000 positions on the satellite service, and it was expected that would tide us right through til when the Long Term Satellites for the NBN were up in the sky," he said.

"They were exhausted much more quickly than expected, so it'll be interesting to see if these places can tide us through."

The Isolated Children's Parents' Association says if demand for connections is too high, educational needs should be prioritised.

"Internet service is a terribly important part of education nowadays, and if parents have children that can't access the internet from home, then that can make some aspects of their education difficult," Mr Taylor said.

"If those 9,000 places look like being exhausted, then we would really like to see some priority given to educational need."

Majority of Australians support piracy crackdown

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/01/majority-of-australians-support-piracy-crackdown/

A majority of Australians believe individuals involved in the supply of pirated television should be prosecuted and punished, according to research conducted by market research company Auspoll.

Sixty per cent of respondents agreed that individuals who facilitate piracy should face prosecution. Only 11 per cent disagreed.

Fifty-three per cent believe government should ‘do more’ to prevent television piracy, with only 12 per cent in disagreement.

According to the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) – the body representing subscription television platforms, the operators of more than 50 independent TV channels, advertising sales agencies and equipment manufacturers – the results lend support to government proposals to shut down pirate websites and enlist Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the battle against piracy.

“By proposing tougher measures to crack down on piracy, the Government is reflecting the views of a majority of Australians who believe that piracy is theft,” said ASTRA CEO, Andrew Maiden.

“The majority of Australians will welcome measures that improve education about piracy and encourage ISPs to take reasonable steps to prevent it. Those who download pirate television content are not only breaking the law, they are undermining investment in local television production and jeopardising the jobs of Australians who work in the sector,” he declared.

Maiden said the subscription television sector would work constructively with ISPs to ensure new measures were widely supported and the cost of any scheme fairly shared between content owners and ISPs.

He added that the subscription television sector recognised that content owners could address the problem of piracy through supply-side measures. “Already the subscription television sector has taken major steps by making content available faster, cheaper and more conveniently. The industry will continue taking supply-side steps that make it easier for Australian television viewers to act lawfully. But the fact that someone may wish services were cheaper or offered on different terms is no better an excuse for piracy than for shoplifting,” he concluded.

Telecom TV fuels channel battle

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11302222

New internet service Lightbox offers range of programmes for $15 a month as rivals scramble for top shows.

Mike McMahon, chief technology officer for the new online TV network Lightbox. Photo / Dean Purcell.

New Zealanders now have more television viewing options at lower prices, as internet TV services start and existing platforms react to protect their territory.

Telecom's internet television venture, Lightbox, was launched in beta (testing) mode yesterday, offering a raft of high-profile on-demand shows for $15 a month.

Due to have 5000 hours of fully operational content by the month's end, Lightbox gives "all you can eat" access to its content on up to five devices and named hit shows Arrested Development, Outlander and Mad Men among its "exclusive" offerings.

The service is tipped to challenge existing pay-television service Sky TV and provide an alternative for Kiwis who access overseas services such as Netflix and Hulu through backdoor routes.

Lightbox's managing director Kym Niblock said the service's pricing set it apart from Sky, while its content and design distinguished it from online alternatives.

"You don't pay any installation, all you need to do is download it on to your tablet. The pricing structure is really different, it's $15 for all you can eat. I am not sure how much $15 gets you on Sky.

"People can know that this is safe and it's legal and has things that aren't on Netflix."

It also promised to deliver exclusive local content - though details were yet to be announced - and movies, she said.

Sky TV, which starts at close to $50 a month for its most basic package, plus installation costs, yesterday announced it had renewed its exclusive content deal with HBO, which allows it to screen shows such as Game of Thrones and Girls on its premium SoHo channel.

Titles announced include Mad Men starring Jon Hamm, left, and Lightbox first-run exclusive Arrested Development starring Portia de Rossi.

Select HBO titles would be available on a new internet on-demand subscription service which Sky plans to launch this year.

A spokeswoman said its product and content differed from Lightbox's, and did not think customers were left wanting.

"We don't think Sky customers will substitute Sky for a SVOD [subscription video on demand] service, it's a very different product."

Sky was offering a range of special, cut-price deals for new subscribers - and planned to reward existing customers later in the year.

"Sky customers will be offered a huge selection of on-demand content through their internet connected MySky later this year ... at no extra cost. They won't need an SVOD service as well."

Lightbox has secured Outlander, a new fantasy drama starring Caitriona Balfe, left, and 24: Live Another Day starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Tech commentator Ben Gracewood said Lightbox was likely to deter people from sourcing overseas internet television products through backdoor methods.

Sky's sport offerings would remain an undeniable drawcard, he said.

Internet service provider Slingshot allows its New Zealand customers to subscribe to Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix US and BBC iPlayer, which cost about $10 a month.

Internet NZ work programme director Andrew Cushen said Lightbox introduced consumers to a new way of using the internet.

"It looks like a very different service. "

While Lightbox remained tight-lipped about its plans for local content, NZ On Air believed the service was not funding anything new.

"Lightbox is not commissioning new local content to our knowledge. If they were, we would welcome them as new investment sources," NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson said.

TVNZ said while it was focused on its free-to-view service, it was also "keeping an open mind" about paid-content in the future.

"We have an established offering that pulls in more than 5 million views per month. It's the market leader and its free of charge," a spokeswoman said.

TV3 owner MediaWorks said the Lightbox service would not impact on its television broadcast rights.

More people watched its shows on television than online, a spokeswoman said.

"When it comes to television, on-air viewing dwarfs online viewing."

The company's video-on-demand service, 3NOW, was free and continued "to go from strength to strength", she said.

Crown new guardians of TVNZ Archives

From Press Release – New Zealand Government

Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss has welcomed the transfer of TVNZs archives to Crown guardianship today.Hon Craig Foss

Minister of Broadcasting
1 August 2014 Media Statement
Crown new guardians of TVNZ Archives

Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss has welcomed the transfer of TVNZ’s archives to Crown guardianship today.

The archives, which include over 500,000 hours of original New Zealand television, will be managed on a day-to-day basis by Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision – the rebranded New Zealand Film Archives.

An event celebrating the transfer and rebranding was held in Wellington yesterday.

“In February last year we celebrated the transfer of the Sound Archives. Today we complete the picture, bringing the TVNZ Archives into the fold,” Mr Foss says.

“Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision is a fitting name for the organisation responsible for our precious film, television and radio heritage.

“Until now public access to the TVNZ Archives has been very limited. Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision will begin to digitise the items of highest heritage value and make them available online to all New Zealanders free of charge.

“The first clips are expected to be online before the end of the year, with about 20,000 titles made available over the next three years.

“The Government has invested $24.4 million in the purchase, improvement and ongoing operation of the archive. Its transfer reflects our commitment to better public services and value for money.”

AsiaSat 8 Set for Launch from Cape Canaveral on 5 August

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 1 August 2014 – AsiaSat 8, the latest communications satellite of Asia Satellite

Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), is scheduled for launch at Hong Kong Time 1:25 p.m. (1:25 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on 5 August by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, U.S.A.

AsiaSat 8 is a Space Systems/Loral 1300 series satellite, and has a design life of 15 years. With 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band payload, AsiaSat 8 will co-locate with AsiaSat 7, where AsiaSat has established networks for service since 1990. The additional capacity from AsiaSat 8 will help to meet the growing market demand for quality satellite services in the Asia-Pacific region.

AsiaSat 8’s powerful Ku-band beams cover China, India, the Middle East and South East Asia, with inter-beam switching capability to provide flexibility to address market requirements and for services including DTH television, private networks and broadband services.

Live webcast of the launch at www.asiasat.com or www.spacex.com/webcast/ will begin approximately 15 minutes before liftoff, at about Hong Kong Time 1:10 p.m. (1:10 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on 5 August.

For the latest launch mission news and photos, please visit www.asiasat.com
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its four satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5 and AsiaSat 7. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as voice networks, private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8, are now at the Cape Canaveral launch base, under preparation for launch in August. AsiaSat 9 which is on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 2017.

AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit

Media Inquiries:
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Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
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AsiaSat 6 arrives at Cape Canaveral

From http://www.digitalproductionme.com/article-7674-asiasat-6-arrives-at-cape-canaveral/

Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has delivered the AsiaSat 6 satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where it will be launched by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle next month. The launch of AsiaSay 6 will follow the launch of AsiaSat 8, which is scheduled for next week.

“AsiaSat, SpaceX and SSL are teaming on two consecutive launches,” said John Celli, President of SSL. “I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in successfully executing the logistics of both AsiaSat 8 and AsiaSat 6 at launch base and to thank our customer, AsiaSat for its ongoing confidence in SSL.”

AsiaSat 6 is designed to provide broadcasting, telecommunications and broadband services across the Asia-Pacific region. When launched, AsiaSat 6 will be positioned at 120 degrees East longitude where it will help fulfill the fast growing demand for quality satellite services.

“SSL and AsiaSat designed AsiaSat 6 with the flexibility and capability to provide high quality and reliable satellite services across the Asia Pacific,” said William Wade, President and CEO of AsiaSat.

Thaicom Public Company Limited (Thaicom) is a partner of AsiaSat on AsiaSat 6 and will be using half of the satellite’s capacity to provide services under the name of Thaicom 7.

Equipped with 28 transponders, AsiaSat 6 has two beams, one global beam and one regional beam, offering region-wide coverage over Asia, Australasia, Central Asia, and the Pacific islands, with enhanced power and look angles over Pacific Rim countries.
AsiaSat 6 is based on the SSL 1300 platform and is the fourth satellite that SSL has provided to AsiaSat and the company continues to build an additional satellite, AsiaSat 9, which SSL counts among its backlog of 23 geostationary satellites.

AsiaSat’s satellite fleet provides services to the broadcast and telecoms industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites, providing access to more than 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region.

Measat To Distribute Aksyon TV Intl & Kapatid TV5

From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3592

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) announced today an agreement with Pilipinas Global Network Limited ("PGN Limited") for capacity on MEASAT-3.

Under the terms of the agreement, PGN Limited will use MEASAT-3’s global beam to distribute the Aksyon TV International and Kapatid TV5 channels to over 120 countries across Asia Pacific, Australia, the Middle East and Eastern Africa.

Kapatid TV5 is a 24-hour general entertainment Tagalog language channel and prides itself in its ability to capture the pulse of the Filipino people. AksyonTV International is a 24-hour Tagalog language channel dedicated to bringing the latest in News and Philippine Sports.

“PGN Limited will leverage on MEASAT-3’s excellent coverage to expand international distribution of Kapatid TV5 and AksyonTV International,” said Claro Carmelo "Ito" Ramirez, President & CEO, PGN Limited. “MEASAT-3’s established orbital location is already accessible to many pay TV operators and we look forward to bringing our homegrown content across to more Filipinos all over Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.”

“MEASAT is pleased to welcome PGN Limited to Asia’s premier video neighbourhood,” said Raj Malik, SVP – Sales and Marketing, MEASAT. “We wish PGN Limited much success in bringing high quality Filipino programming to audiences across Asia and Africa

KT's pay TV affiliate to fortify bond with parent companies

From http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2014/07/133_161974.html

SkyLifeTV, a pay TV affiliate of KT, said it will boost ties with its parent companies to take the lead in the local market.

"This year marks the firm's 10th anniversary. We decided to refresh ourselves by redefining channels and improving services both in quality and quantity," said Kim Young-sun, CEO of Skylife TV, during a press briefing in central Seoul, Wednesday. "We aim to become the leading multi-program provider (MPP) here."

The company started to broadcast the nation's first high-definition channel "SkyHD" when it was established in 2003. It has partnerships with global content providers such as Warner Bros, Disney, FOX, Sony, BBC and NHK.

It runs 15 channels, including ones provided by KT SkyLife and olleh TV, an Internet protocol television (IPTV) service of KT. Currently, CJ is the largest MPP business in the local market with 18 pay channels.

The CEO hinted the firm's future strategies are in a close association with KT and KT SkyLife. In April, the company changed its name into SkyLifeTV to better collaborate with its parent company KT SkyLife.

KT SkyLife CEO Lee Nam-ki and Song Jae-ho, senior vice president of KT's future convergence strategy division, participated in the event.

"We will cooperate with KT SkyLife in the broadcasting business and tap into KT's telecommunication service capability to enable customers to use our services through various routes including satellite TV, IPTV and streaming on mobile," Kim said.

Earlier in May, KT Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu pledged to foster the media and content business as new growth engines and emphasized close-knit cooperation within the company.

Kim, who had long worked as an entertainment show producer in a local terrestrial broadcaster, said SkyLifeTV will roll out more self-produced programs starting from this autumn.

That contrasts with the firm's business in the past, when the majority of its programs were imported.

"The competition will get fiercer once the broadcasting market opens to the United States due to a free trade agreement. More self-produced content will help enhancing competitiveness," added John Lee, head of the broadcasting division at SkyLifeTV.

"We wanted to be faithful to the most basic role ― providing high-quality content for customers. That's why we plan to invest more in content and reorganizing broadcasting programs," Lee said. "We will also arrange more ultra high-definition (UHD) content in the latter half of this year."

The company will change the names of its seven channels to start with "Sky," and put the genre of the channel after that starting from August.

For example, drama channel "ch. N" and sports channel "The M" will become "Sky Drama" and "Sky Sports," respectively. The purpose is to enhance viewer recognition with easier and more intuitive names, SkyLifeTV said.

NBTC readies Bt30m drive for digital TV in September

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/NBTC-readies-Bt30m-drive-for-digital-TV-in-Septemb-30239954.html
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has earmarked at least Bt30 million for a national campaign to promote digital terrestrial television.
The campaign will kick off in September, according to NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasit.

He announced this after a meeting with representatives from the Digital TV Club, who called for nationwide public relations campaigns as soon as possible to raise awareness and understanding about digital TV, particularly after households receive coupons towards the purchase of digital receivers.

Suphab Kleekachai, the president of the club and chief adviser at ThaiTV and Loca channels, suggested that the PR campaigns should start first in locations that are already able to access the new terrestrial-based digital free-TV services, including Greater Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Songkhla and Nakhon Ratchasima.

Next month, the NBTC will give away Bt690 digital-TV coupons to each household in those locations, totalling about Bt11.5 million.

Suphab said the PR campaign would benefit both digital TV broadcasters and their audiences. The more people gain understanding about digital TV, the more coupons will be used for buying either digital set-top boxes or TV sets with built-in digital tuners. "This will boost audience ratings for digital TV stations," he said.

Adisak Limprungpatanakij, president of Nation Broadcasting Corporation, the operator of Nation TV, noted Nielsen (Thailand)'s readiness to increase its sample size to correspond with the increase in availability of digital TV. By the second quarter of next year, the sample size would become 2,200 households or approximately 7,700 individuals, up from 2,000 households or about 7,000 individuals this year.

Once there are a significant number of digital receivers in the market, broadcasters will be able to monitor their own performance in terms of audience ratings and advertising revenue. But if distribution of the vouchers is delayed, this could hurt the broadcasters' business.

However, Takorn confirmed that the distribution plan was right on track, and the NBTC expects to get the coupons printed and delivered to TV audiences as scheduled.

$248 Billion for Manufacture and Launch of 1,155 Satellites Over Next Decade

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/248_Billion_for_Manufacture_and_Launch_of_1155_Satellites_Over_Next_Decade_999.html

In the commercial space sector, Euroconsult anticipates a total of 350 satellites to be launched over the decade, most of which will be for the replacement of capacity existing in-orbit.

According to Euroconsult's newly released research report, Satellites to be Built and Launched, 115 satellites will be launched on average yearly over the next decade (2014-2023).

In comparison with last year's forecast, the number of satellites is stable while market value is growing, thus translating the growing economic importance of the sector, for both governments and commercial satellite companies.

Governments all over the world will be responsible for more than 75% of the $248 billion in revenues expected from the manufacturing and launch of these 1,155 satellites.

Governments' dominance of the space industry continues to increase as established space countries replace and expand their in-orbit satellite systems and more countries acquire their first operational satellite systems, usually for communications and broadcasting or for Earth observation and imagery intelligence.

Nearly 90% of the government market value will remain concentrated in the 10 countries with an established space industry, but growth in the government market will derive from new satellite systems in 35 nascent space countries, creating a market of $2 billion on average per year to be provided principally by foreign suppliers as local industry capabilities develop simultaneously.

According to Rachel Villain, Principal Advisor at Euroconsult and editor of the report, "governments in established space countries continue to drive innovation for satellite systems with benefits to local industries and the foreign governments to which they export."

In the commercial space sector, Euroconsult anticipates a total of 350 satellites to be launched over the decade, most of which will be for the replacement of capacity existing in-orbit.

These satellites will be equally divided between the geostationary orbit (GEO) and lower altitude orbits (MEO and LEO); 83% of market value remains concentrated in the geostationary orbit, the destination of 300+ satellites operated by 30 commercial companies for communications and broadcasting services.

Still, the constellations to be launched in non-geostationary orbits for communications services and Earth observation imagery should represent a market of $1 billion per year on average over the decade.

Technology advances in satellite payloads and higher competition in launch services allow the continuous improvement of CAPEX efficiency of commercial GEO satellites for communications and broadcasting services.

Electric propulsion will definitively be part of the economic equation, even if only five all-electric commercial satellites are now under construction.

Airtel Digital TV clocks up 9.4MN DTH subscribers

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014073134710/airtel-digital-tv-clocks-up-9-4mn-dth-subscribers.html#axzz393Y0c9jO
Indian direct-to-home (DTH) platform Airtel Digital TV now has 9.4 million customers, an increase of 11.1% compared to the corresponding first quarter of 2013.

Revenues from Bharti Airtel's digital TV services increased by 20.7% to IRN5.9 billion (US$97.9 million) in the first quarter to 30 June 2014, compared to INR4.9 billion ($81 million) in the first quarter last year. EBITDA for the quarter rose to INR1.44 million ($23.8 million) from INR760 million ($12.58 million) in the corresponding quarter last year. EBIDTA margin improved to 24.3% in the current quarter, having recorded a margin of 15.5% in the same period last year.

Capital expenditure reached INR2.627 billion ($43.5 million), due to 'higher procurement of boxes for higher gross adds' according to the company. While cash burn dropped during the quarter to INR1.19 billion ($1.97 million) from INR1.479 billion ($24.5 million) in the first quarter of 2013.

Bharti Airtel pointed to the launch of the iOS version of it Pocket TV mobile app as a key driver in the first quarter. The app enables Airtel Digital TV subscribers to view video content on their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

In addition, the launch of its first English subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) channel Disney Family Movies was also a key development, the company said.

Film producers to launch TV channel

From http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/film-producers-to-launch-tv-channel/article6266913.ece?homepage=true

Soon a round-the-clock movie channel managed by the Kerala Film Producers Association will enter the television air space.

Soon a round-the-clock movie channel managed by the Kerala Film Producers Association will enter the television air space. A meeting of the producers held here on Wednesday decided to launch the channel within three months.

The decision came after entertainment television channels refused to buy satellite rights of movies citing poor quality and high rates for the rights, especially those with superstars in lead roles. Many producers were left in the lurch by the stance.

“We have 130 films in our kitty to start the 24X7 channel. The satellite rights of most of these movies could not be sold owing to the stance taken by the entertainment channels. We will not be at these channels’ mercy now as all the new movies could be telecast through our channel,” said M. Renjith, secretary of Film Producers Association.

G. Sureshkumar, president of the organisation, said many investors had already evinced interest in the proposed channel.

A committee had been formed to work out the modalities of the round-the-clock movie channel. Besides the association representatives, it would have producer-director Vinayan and producer-distributor Siyad Kokker as its members.

Maximum returns

Mr. Vinayan said that the channel would end the supremacy enjoyed by entertainment television channels in Malayalam. He said the producers would get the maximum returns from the sale of satellite rights with the launch of the new channel.