Is anyone else having low signal problems with Australia Network on Intelsat 19? several reports of weaker reception in New Zealand?
All the TASC mux on Asiasat 4 12414 V Sr 43200 2/3 is FTA (Monday 4pm report, Thanks David Ross)
Unconfirmed report Playboy tv FTA Asiasat 5@ 100.5E TP 4040 H 29720 MPEG4/HD FTA
Rai Moving, On April 1st.. RAI will leave Asiasat 5 4009MHz. New frequency Asiasat 5, 3805 Horizontal SR.. 4726.. FEC 2/3
Sunday feed log
Asiasat 5 4068 H Sr 9874 "ISTAF Super Series (Malaysia)" Fta
D2 12555 H Sr 6980 "GCAST7" ABC Sport Womens Basketball
IS 19 12557 V 15000 "IP UPLINKS.COM" ANZ Netball from Perth
From my Email
From saldav 1 (Via vetrun.com)
Asiasat 5 3729 H SR 13234 GCUK Enc 19 ARSENAL vs EVERTON in the Soccer.
Asiasat 5 4155 H SR 13234 ATL ENC 4 VANCOUVER vs NEW YORK in this Soccer feed
Asiasat 5 4148 H Sr 7200 "Service1" Soccer (J-League Division 1) H264 / 15mbit / 1920x1080 HD
Asiasat 5 3945 V Sr 7500 "GlobeCast Oz" Hyundai A-League-Sydney F.C. v Sydney Wanderers. The Sydney Derby for Fox Sports from Allianz Stadium..Asiasat 5 4153 H SR 7199 Le tour De Langkawi Stage 10 results of Cycling from Malaysia with Bahasa Malay commentary. This event has been going for some days and has come to an end with the final of the race.
From the Dish
JCSAT 3A 128E 4160 V "Express Finance Satellite TV" is Fta. SBN has left again.
Koreasat 5 113E 12430 V "Living Asia Channel" us Fta again.
NSS 11 108.2E 12411 V "JBS" has left .
AsiaSat 3S 105.5E 4071 H "Isaac TV" has moved to 3880 H, Fta.
Intelsat 15 85.1E NRT has left 11467 H and 11507 H.
Intelsat 15 85.1E NRT 2 has left 11471 H.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4130 V "J Movie" is now encrypted.
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GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCED AS TECHNICAL SPONSOR FOR 12th ASTRA AWARDS
From Press Release
10 March 2014
GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA will be a Technical Sponsor for the 12th ASTRA Awards, it has
Australian subscription television is a world leader in broadcast and production technology
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About the ASTRA Awards
The ASTRA Awards reward the creativity, diversity and quality of the Australian subscription television
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presenters on more than 100 subscription television channels. Follow us on Twitter at @astraevent and
on Facebook at facebook.com/ASTRAawards. For more information visit astraawards.com.
The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) is the body representing subscription
television platforms, the operators of more than 50 independent TV channels, advertising sales agencies and equipment manufacturers.
Together, ASTRA members broadcast content to one in three Australians in their homes via Foxtel, Foxtel
Play, Presto, Telstra T-Box and Xbox 360, and a million more via narrowcast services to hotels and clubs.
ASTRA members invest $700 million annually in local production, add nearly $1.6 billion to GDP, and create
6600 jobs in dozens of businesses large and small.
ASTRA represents the industry in the media and on regulatory and policy issues, conducts conferences,
manages codes of practice, and organises awards that recognise the diversity and quality of subscription TV.
Virgin plans Australian Netflix-beater
A consortium with links to Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is investigating partnerships with some of Australia’s major television networks to launch an SVoD service over broadband aimed at pre-empting the expected arrival of US giant Netflix, reports the Australian Finance Review.
It is also understood that cinema chain Hoyts Group has held preliminary discussions with Seven West Media regarding potential collaboration on an online VoD service.
Hoyts announced plans in September 2012 to launch online streaming service Hoyts Stream in the first quarter of 2013, but it has been delayed until 2014.
Foxtel, owned by News Corp and Telstra, confirmed late February that its OTT movie streaming service Presto would be available from March 13th. The service was announced in September 2013 with the intention of launching by the end of the year, but technical glitches delayed its introduction.
The Presto launch is similarly seen as a pre-emptive strike against mooted similar initiatives by Seven West Media and Nine Entertainment and any possible launch by Netflix. It will also better equip Foxtel to compete with IPTV players such as Quickflix and Fetch TV.
Viewers welcome IPTV as a broadcasting game-changer
With most of his time dedicated to looking after the Australian Football League, Gill McLachlan uses any spare moments to catch up on another of his sporting passions, American football's New England Patriots.
Like an increasing number of fans, McLachlan uses his computer to watch the exploits of star quarterback Tom Brady through so-called internet protocol television - IPTV.
The AFL deputy chief executive, who is tipped to take the top job when Andrew Demetriou steps down, has little choice in how he watches the American NFL, with IPTV and internet video delivery the best means for Australian fans to get detailed coverage of the NFL from afar.
But the growing importance and popularity of IPTV is set to shake up the world of sports broadcasting closer to home.
The popularity of IPTV and the increasing trend of splitting broadcast rights between different providers poses a big challenge to Australian broadcasters such as Nine Entertainment and Seven West Media, which rely on popular sports such as NRL, AFL and cricket to boost their wider broadcasting schedules.
Internet television looms as a growing rival to television networks - both free-to-air and pay - which are inking increasingly expensive deals for the right to telecast the big sporting codes. But those codes - while still banking on big deals with the television networks - are also eying deals with digital broadcasters, which offer a growing and potentially lucrative revenue stream.
In Australia, not only do sports generate significant revenue for television networks - almost enough to cover the considerable cost of broadcast - but they also create goodwill with viewers, known as the halo effect.
Gone are the days where big US shows rate well in Australia, with the rights to those shows being locked up behind pay TV.
With the possible exception of news and current affairs, football and Test cricket are the only sure-fire winners remaining on free-to-air TV.
''Live sport is one of our key pillars,'' Seven chief revenue officer Kurt Burnette says. ''It needs to have the right fit, it needs to be the right model and it needs to make financial sense of course, but live sport is a key point to any broadcaster around the world. There are no questions about that.''
Previously, negotiations for the right to broadcast sports focused on television - free-to-air and pay-TV rights - with little thought given to potential digital rights.
But when he walks into the next round of AFL broadcast rights negotiations, McLachlan will have an astute understanding of the potential dollars to be earned in the sale of digital rights.
The AFL keeps a close eye on the business dealings of the American NFL, with Demetriou having recently returned from the US where he watched the Super Bowl.
There's little doubt that Australia's major sporting codes would love to emulate the NFL, which has cashed in by splitting broadcast and digital rights between a host of different parties, all while maintaining its own IPTV offering.
The NFL is one of the most profitable sporting associations in the world, with an estimated annual revenue of $US10 billion ($10.9 billion). Roughly $US5 billion of that comes from rights to broadcast games, according to Navigate Research.
The US is, of course, a different market, with a much bigger audience and about 90 per cent penetration of pay TV services.
Less than 30 per cent of households in Australia have pay TV. But the US market may still hold clues to what lies ahead in Australia.
''I think IPTV is a huge part of sports broadcasting's future, not just for the rights owners, but to all media companies including both pay and free-to-air television broadcasters,'' McLachlan says.
Across all major sports in Australia, television advertising revenues total roughly $405 million annually during match broadcasts, analysts estimate.
In 2012, Nine and Fox Sports signed a $1.025 billion deal to broadcast the NRL for five years.
Nine is paying $85 million a year plus $10 million on contra advertising, or free air time, while Fox Sports is forking out $100 million annually plus $10 million on contra advertising.
The AFL's broadcast deal struck in 2011 was even bigger, worth $1.253 billion, with rights split across Seven, Foxtel and Telstra. Telstra owns 50 per cent of Foxtel with the remainder held by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.
It is clear broadcasters are willing to pay big bucks for that crucial halo effect. ''The advertising written against these isn't enough to match the costs, but when you add in some of the sponsorships, some of the content adjacencies, like The Footy Show, and a little bit of the cost promotion benefit, you could definitely argue there is still more value for the network,'' Citi media and telecommunications analyst Justin Diddams says.
But for the television networks, the huge outlay is getting harder to justify, with audiences increasingly viewing content on multiple devices.
‘‘I think there’s probably one more round of inflation to come, where you can say well the risk of losing them to a competitor, or another distribution platform is far too great, so I think they’ll be willing to pay more, but beyond that, it starts to become challenging because you need a certain amount of halo effect,’’ Diddams says.
Telstra has been quick to recognise the trend towards digital, picking up mobile and tablet streaming rights for the NRL and AFL.
While Fox Sports still has the right to broadcast five NRL games a week to tablets and internet enabled television, Telstra's five-year $100 million deal allows it to stream eight live games per week, plus special events, such as State of Origin, Test matches and the finals series.
The AFL and NRL official apps for smartphones and tablets, developed by Telstra, have been downloaded 1.8 million and 800,000 times respectively. Telstra will also launch a laptop streaming subscription for the NRL this season.
The AFL, meanwhile, has maintained laptop streaming rights. ''It'll be interesting to see in the next rights deal, if they do really get some good thinking behind what that 10-year road map looks like and they say, 'we need to have more ownership of this infrastructure because it will become core to how we sell rights going forward','' Deloitte head of digital agenda Damien Tampling says.
''One does beg the question on whether [codes] go and approach someone like IBM, SunMircoSystems Cisco, some of these guys that have all the software and infrastructure and IPTV distribution know-how and learnings, and say to them 'we think to build this it's going to cost us $25 million to $30 million, could we possibly do it where you guys pay us and we give you a sponsorship?'''
Australia's anti-siphoning laws protect sport on free-to-air to an extent, but in a world of exorbitant prices, networks may have to reach out to smaller players, or to each other, for joint-venture rights deals.
Placing an event on the list means pay TV broadcasters can't acquire the rights to that event before free-to-air broadcasters have had the chance to do so.
Anti-siphoning legislation does not stipulate a minimum number of games that need to be broadcast. It is possible Nine, or Seven, for example, could purchase rights to a single game of NRL or AFL per week.
''I think there could be some more innovative tie-ups next time around. I think that it wouldn't be crazy to think that combinations of more IPTV oriented players … might actually think about working more closely with a free-to-air broadcaster,'' Tampling says.
Nine's deal gives it three NRL games a week, two on Friday, one on Sunday, while Fox Sports broadcasts five live games. With a split audience, these deals inherently devalue the product for broadcasters which undoubtedly value holding all rights.
''If you fragment the rights then there's a potential for the value of the rights to go down,'' Foxtel's head of sport Ben Buckley says.
Fragmenting of broadcast and digital sports rights between different providers may dilute the offering, but this is only true for the holder of the rights who will see its viewership split, but evidence suggests that it increases the dollar value for the sport.
‘‘As advertising revenue gets spread across more players, including the technology players, there’s obviously less money in the broadcast production system and the amount that needs to be spent on the big sports,’’ Deloitte national leader of media practice Claire Harding says.
One need only look to the United Kingdom as an example of what the future of sports rights could look like.
Murdoch’s BSkyB was built on securing the rights to Premier League Football back in 1992. Sky’s current English Premier League deal to broadcast 116 games per season through to 2015-16 is worth £2.3 billion, 40 per cent higher than it previously paid. But the price increased significantly due to entry of internet provider BT, which picked up 38 games for £738 million.
Despite a 20 year relationship between the EPL and BSkyB, the league was more than happy to pit the broadcaster against another rival in order to jack up the price.
Nomura analysts predicts that will be closer to £3.6 billion from the start of the 2016-17 season.
This will only be compounded by BT securing rights to the UEFA Champions League for £900 million.
‘I think we will see different people going for those rights. We see that happening overseas and there’s been some talk about different international players maybe bidding internationally,’’ Nine director of strategy Melanie Kansil says. ‘‘I‘m sure over time you’ll see digital rights become a bigger slice of the pie simply because there are more people watching it. Rights are fundamentally based on viewer demand.’’
Closer to home, a fierce battle between Channel Nine and Network Ten for international cricket, saw Cricket Australia secure a contract worth $450 million over the next five years. Network Ten had offered $550 million. Ten received Big Bash League rights for $100 million. Ten claims it ‘washed its face’ or broke even on the deal.
Nine’s previous deal with Cricket Australia over the prior seven years was initially worth $45 million annually and increased to $65 million over the span of the contract.
The deal excludes the digital rights in which Nine negotiated a $60 million joint-venture with Cricket Australia.
But broadcasters have one big advantage over competitors nipping at their heels: the TV screen.
The overwhelming majority of Australians still watch traditional broadcast TV and until the NBN unfolds, the audience reach is limited.
''We get really excited about all this awesome technology, but a lot of people quite like sitting on their couch, watching their large screen TV, and watching sport in HD and enjoying the experience,'' Diddams says.
MTN Expands Communications Network in Southeast Asia and Oceania Regions with NewSat to Stay Ahead of Customer Demands
Extends the World's Most Powerful Maritime and Remote Broadband Communications Network By PR Newswire
MIRAMAR, Fla., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --MTN Communications (MTN) announces its expansion of the world's most powerful maritime and remote broadband communications network in yet another key region through an agreement with NewSat. The agreement between MTN and NewSat considerably enhances the satellite coverage and throughput for MTN customers in Southeast Asia and Oceania. The agreement extends C- and Ku-band satellite coverage in these regions now, and puts MTN in a strategic position for future service launches, including Ka-band.
"We are excited about implementing this strategic partnership with NewSat as we think ahead of our customers' needs in these already growing regions," said Zafar Khan, vice president, systems and space engineering, MTN. "The markets where we lead cruise, megayachts, ferries, oil and gas, commercial shipping and government are growing in vessel count and in demand on our already robust network. New cruise lines are opening for business. Additional commercial and government vessel operators are seeking our services. Passengers and crew are bringing more devices onboard today than ever. MTN seeks to exceed their needs in terms of access and connectivity to more applications. So, this is a key move to continue to lead our sectors in network capabilities and in value-added services. In addition, it will add efficiencies to our network in the way we grow our future services."
Between 2008 and 2013, MTN managed a six-fold increase in satellite bandwidth requirements for Internet, content and voice usage on vessels, aircraft and vehicles. Internet logins on the MTN network more than doubled to almost 33 million per year. Voice communications increased approximately 50 percent.
"NewSat is pleased to deliver our satellite services, secure connectivity, and the benefits of our Australian teleport facilities to MTN and its impressive customer base," said Scott Sprague, chief commercial officer, NewSat. "We have been supporting MTN's business for many years as it has continued to grow in the Asia Pac region, strengthening the MTN reputation for delivering the most value and service excellence to customers. It also expands the company's ability to further drive innovation by continually introducing industry firsts. With the launch of Jabiru-2 in May this year increasing our commitment to the Asia Pacific mobility market, we are grateful for MTN's confidence in NewSat and look forward to supporting MTN's global growth long into the future."
For more than three decades, MTN has been a communications industry pioneer. The MTN history of innovation started more than three decades ago by delivering the first live video broadcasts at sea on both above-and-below water vessels for the U.S. Government. Since then, MTN delivered the first live video broadcasts and the first Internet cafes on cruise ships. In addition, MTN launched the first hybrid satellite and terrestrial broadband communications network as part of an ecosystem of advanced computing solutions to deliver a transformative, land-like experience at sea.
MTN is the leading global provider of maritime communications and content services. Since launching the first stabilized satellite antenna for ships at sea in the early 1980s, MTN has been pioneering remote-connectivity technologies that become longstanding solutions. Today, the company serves most of the world's cruise lines, as well as hundreds of yachts, cargo ships, oil and gas vessels, ferries, and military aircraft, ships, vehicles and facilities. MTN Nexus, the company's next-generation communications ecosystem, is the first hybrid C-/Ku-band and broadband wireless network that is delivering content with land-like speeds to vessels at sea. For more information, visit http://www.mtnsat.com/.
NewSat is Australia's largest pure-play satellite communications company, delivering Internet, voice, data and video communications via satellite. With award winning and unique-to-Australia teleport infrastructure, NewSat has a reputation as the partner of choice for enterprise and government customers around the world. Today, NewSat provides secure and reliable connectivity to 75 percent of the globe. NewSat will be expanding its satellite capabilities with the Jabiru Satellite Program. Set to launch Australia's first commercial Ka-band satellite, Jabiru-1 will provide high-powered, flexible capacity over the MENA and Jabiru-2, launching in 2014, will deliver highly targeted coverage across Australasia. For more information, please visit http://www.newsat.com/.
SOURCE MTN Communications
Workpoint sets Bt1-bn revenue goal for channel
Workpoint Entertainment has targeted Bt1 billion in revenue during the first year of operating its digital variety channel called Workpoint Creative TV, thanks partly to its investment agreement with Dentsu Media (Thailand).
"With a new strategic content and advertising partner, we believe that our digital terrestrial TV channel for variety shows will attract good TV ratings and more revenue," Chalakorn Panyashom, executive vice president for business television 2 and special projects, told The Nation last week.
The deal entered into last month is expected to help strengthen variety programming and advertising strategy for the territorial channel, which will start broadcasting in standard definition next month.
Dentsu would purchase newly issued shares in Workpoint Entertainment valued at Bt200 million, or about 2 per cent of total paid-up capital.
Dentsu is the largest media agency in Japan with a strong client base, particularly in Japanese brands. It has secured broadcasting rights for famous TV programmes and sports tournaments like the Volleyball World Championship.
Dentsu was behind the great success of "Oshin", a Japanese period drama series, in Thailand. It was broadcast by Channel 3 20 years ago. "The Adventure of Pan and James" and "Pan: Chimpanzee and Bulldog on Errands" or locally known as "Punkung" on Modernine TV was another good example.
Not only would Dentsu provide quality content, but it would also bring titled sponsors for programmes.
Workpoint Entertainment will soon rename Workpoint TV, a satellite TV channel, to Workpoint Creative TV under the new concept of "Creative Variety". The service on satellite TV will come to an end.
The company has prepared about Bt600 million for content development and production.
Highlights include sit-coms, a game show hosted by Panya Nirankul, who also serves as CEO of the company, TV series from China and South Korea and Thai TV series. This year's Volleyball World Championship will be telecast on Workpoint Creative TV.
The company has set advertising rates for prime-time slots at Bt160,000-Bt200,000 per minute and non-prime at Bt60,000-Bt80,000.
Workpoint Entertainment will continue to produce and supply TV programmes for analog free-TV channels and for its subsidiary Thai Broadcasting, which secured a Bt2.35-billion licence to operate a standard definition digital terrestrial TV channel for variety programmes last year.
Last year its revenue grew 1 per cent to Bt2.18 billion.
RRsat sues Fashion TV
International broadcaster Fashion TV is being sued in an alleged carriage dispute by RRsat. The news emerged during RRsat’s results conference call on March 5th.
RRsat’s CFO Shmulik Koren told analysts that during Q4 it had booked a potential bad debt of $490,000 “relating to Fashion TV, a now former customer. Subsequent to the end of the quarter we took down the former customer’s content for non-payment. In February 2014, we filed a $5 million lawsuit in Israel to recoup the debt owed to us. A few positive notes; first we expect to recoup the write-down when the lawsuit is resolved and potentially recoup monies beyond $490,000 write-down.”
CEO Avi Cohen, added: “Fashion has been fairly long term customer for RRSat. I think many, many years long before I came on-board. A good customer, not the largest as a matter of fact it used to be but over the past few years it got behind in terms of its size versus many others as we made progress in our business.” Mr Cohen alleged that Fashion TV had fallen behind with payments.
“We didn’t get paid and we just felt that it’s not right for the company, for shareholders, for our business to continue providing services where we have tremendous amount of costs and we are not getting paid and we basically according to our contract with them as they were in a major contract we took them down and no choice but to try to cover their debt through legal proceeding,” added Cohen.
There has been no response from Fashion TV.
NASA Fondly Recalls Astronaut Gardner, The First Space Salvager Of Stranded Satellites
[SatNews] “So now, appearing a bit more like Laurel and Hardy moving a piano, the two astronauts on their own struggled to push and turn and steady the nine-foot-long satellite."
Dale A. Gardner, an astronaut who helped lead the first salvage operation in space, steering a jet-propelled backpack to corral two wayward satellites and bring them aboard the space shuttle Discovery, all while orbiting 224 miles above Earth, died February 19 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was 65.
His death was confirmed by NASA, which did not provide a cause.
During the course of two spacewalks from Novemberk 12-14, 1984, Mr. Gardner and a colleague, Joseph P. Allen, each used a nitrogen-gas-powered manned maneuvering unit, or MMU, to travel the 35 feet from the shuttle to the stranded satellites. Both satellites, the Palapa B-2 and the Westar 6, which had been deployed from a shuttle earlier in the year, had slipped into useless orbits. Each time, the astronauts had to improvise.
On the first walk, Allen successfully connected the Palapa to the shuttle’s mechanical arm. But once it was brought close to the shuttle, an obstruction on the satellite prevented the mechanical arm from positioning it in the cargo bay.
Correspondent John Noble Wilford covered the moment for the New York Times from NASA’s mission control center in Houston. On November 13, in the lead article on the front page, he wrote:
“So now, appearing a bit more like Laurel and Hardy moving a piano, the two astronauts on their own struggled to push and turn and steady the nine-foot-long satellite.
“For 90 minutes, an entire turn around the world, Allen stretched himself to hold one end of the satellite steady, while Mr. Gardner attached clamps to the other end so that Palapa could be locked into a cradle in the cargo bay.
“‘Joe, I assume you’re comfortable there,’ Commander Gardner said to the outstretched Dr. Allen, who at 130 pounds is the smallest man in the astronaut corps, as he held onto the 1,200-pound satellite.
“‘Not very,’ Dr. Allen replied, but he held on. His booted feet were firmly planted in foot restraints on the side of the cargo bay.”
Although the weightlessness of space made the Palapa easy to move, inertia had made it hard to stop. At one point, Mr. Gardner had to jump in quickly to keep it from colliding with the shuttle. They eventually secured it in the Discovery’s cargo bay, guided by another astronaut, Anna L. Fisher, who was operating the mechanical arm from inside the shuttle.
The Westar was next. With the southeastern United States and the Caribbean below, Mr. Gardner made the 35-foot walk to the 1,000-pound satellite and connected it to the mechanical arm. But again the astronauts had to do more manual work than planned.
“Move it very gently,” the Times reported Mr. Gardner saying as they eased the satellite into the remaining space in the cargo hold.
Dale Gardner used a nitrogen-gas-powered maneuvering unit to travel to the Westar 6 satellite in November 1984. NASA photo
“Believe me, brother, there’s no other way to move it,” Allen responded. Retrieving the satellites was intended to demonstrate the shuttle’s versatility as well as reduce losses by insurance companies when the two satellites were misfired into orbit. Each satellite cost $35 million. After the Westar was safely aboard, Mr. Gardner posed in space for what became a famous image, holding up a “For Sale” sign in front of the two satellites with Allen, who was taking the picture, reflected in his visor.
Dale Allan Gardner was born November 8, 1948, in Fairmont, Minnesota, and moved to Savanna, Illinois. He graduated from Savanna Community High School in 1966, the valedictorian of his class.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he joined the Navy to learn to fly. He excelled in flight school and was working as a Navy test pilot when NASA selected him as an astronaut candidate in 1978.
He leaves his wife, Sherry; a daughter, Lisa Gardner Hoefler; a stepdaughter, Erika Church; a stepson, Christopher Church; two grandchildren; his mother, Alice Gardner; and two sisters, Peggy Janka and Kay Zipse.
Mr. Gardner spent a total of 337 hours in space and made 225 orbits of the Earth on his two flights. He flew his first shuttle mission in 1983, on the Challenger, practicing moving heavy objects with the mechanical arm. The Challenger landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on September 5, at 12:40 a.m., its first night landing.
After his 1984 flight on the Discovery, he expected to return to space again in 1986, in what would have been the first shuttle flight out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. But plans to use Vandenberg for launches were set aside after seven astronauts died when the Challenger broke apart shortly after liftoff January 28, 1986.
Mr. Gardner chose to return to active duty in the Navy that fall, and he went on to serve as deputy director for space control for the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. He later worked in the private sector, including for Northrop Grumman and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.
Appeals Court setback for Aereo
Internet TV streaming service has been denied an attempt to overturn the six-state injunction against its operation. In February, a federal judge in Utah ordered Aereo to stop operating in six states, after determining that the company’s service is “indistinguishable from a cable company” .
March 7, a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel denied Aereo’s request to suspend the Utah judge’s preliminary injunction.
“Aereo has not made a strong showing that it is likely to succeed on the merits of its appeal,” ruled the panel in its decision.
“We are disappointed in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals 2:1 decision denying our request to stay the injunction in the 10th Circuit,” said a company spokesperson. “We believe that Aereo’s individual, cloud-based antenna and DVR technology falls squarely within the law and we look forward to presenting our case to the US Supreme Court.”
Th majority judges’ order means that Aereo’s services will go dark in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Montana.
Although the February’s ruling covers the entire region of Judge Dale Kimball’s jurisdiction, Aereo currently only operates in the Denver and Salt Lake City areas.
The Barry Diller-backed service is appealing Kimball’s ruling and sought a lifting of the injunction lifted during that process.
Aereo faces a Supreme Court battle with the major US broadcasters on April 22.
BBC scraps licence fee?
A secret internal report has recommended the BBC should drop the licence fee in favour of subscriptions.
The majority of the 12-person centenary review committee set up by James Purnell, the former Labour DCMS minister and now BBC head of strategy, believes the legally enforceable licence fee cannot be sustained and should be replaced by subscriptions from about 2020.
However, the corporation has denied that the review proposed replacing the licence fee with a subscription scheme. “The report recommends that the BBC pursue an inflationary licence fee increase with greater commercial revenue,” a spokesman said. “No subscription model is recommended.”
The committee is overseen by consultancy EY and contains known BBC licence ‘opponents’ such as David Elstein, former C5 CEO, and academics including LSE professor Julian LeGrand. Their report, leaked to the Sunday Times, has been submitted to the executive board. Another potential option, said to be less favoured by the committee, would be to turn the corporation into a Mutual with members of the public elected to a governing trust.
The move away from the licence fee is beginning to look inevitable. The government heavily hinted last week it would make non-payments a civil offence (rather than criminal) a move the BBC reckons could see non-payment jump 5 per cent to 10 per cent. However, the government is unhappy with the incarceration of non-payers of fines imposed for avoiders inevitably often the poorest and most vulnerable and even more so with amount of court time taken up; fully 10 per cent of magistrates cases are licence fee non-payment.
The BBC itself may be surprisingly relaxed; next week it reveals plans to make iPlayer the ‘front door’ to services with original programmes included and links to other organisations and services. It has already announced plans to charge for downloads through a BBC store and its own polling has suggested users would pay up to £240 (€282) in subscriptions for current services against the £145 licence fee.
Ten Sports gets Sri Lanka cricket rights till 2020
MUMBAI: Ten Sports - the sports broadcasting channel under the Zee network - has joined hands with Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) for a seven year deal to broadcast SLC’s international cricket matches. The deal will run through till March 2020 and includes multi-platform media and sponsorship rights globally.
Through its network of international affiliates and other broadcasters worldwide, content will be distributed in over 100 countries, reaching millions of cricket lovers. Apart from English, Ten Sports will also be broadcasting the matches in Hindi and other regional languages.
Ten Sports will be the host broadcaster for Sri Lanka Cricket and will be responsible for ensuring consistent and high level production. There will be strong focus on digital engagement, branding and promotion of Sri Lanka cricket to improve the viewer experience as well.
“We are delighted to further extend our partnership with Sri Lanka Cricket Board, with whom we have shared a very strong relationship over the past decade. The exciting cricket action will be available during prime time making it a very interesting proposition for fans and advertisers alike,” says Ten Sports CEO Rajesh Sethi. “We will work closely with Sri Lanka Cricket Board and invest in production and marketing to ensure that Sri Lanka cricket reaches its full potential. As we have done with other rights, we will aim to innovate and create an exciting visual spectacle for international viewers.”
Ten Sports currently holds rights for four cricket boards which includes South Africa, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and West Indies. It also holds long-term rights for WWE, UEFA Champions League, French League 1, US Open Tennis, ATP & WTA, and Capital One Cup, European Tour & Asian Tour Golf among other exciting properties. Ten Sports will be also be telecasting Asian Games, Commonwealth Games this year.
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Isaac TV (Pakistan , religion) is new, FTA,. Asiasat 3S 3880 H 27500 tp:7H fec:3/4
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12661 V Sr 6670 "globecast 1" Horses
12256 H Sr 4250 "kordia sd" Encrypted (nz beam)
12446 H Sr 6670 "ch03" reporter (probably for Tv3 Campbell live) (nz beam)
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Asiasat 5 4153 H SR 7200 Le Tour De Langkawi Test Pattern then Cycling - LTDL 2014 Stage 8 Highlights Kuantan - Marang.
Optus D2 152E 12519 V "IFilm English has replaced IFilm" on , Fta.
JCSAT 3A 128E 4120 V "Da Ai TV and Hwazan Satellite TV have started on Irdeto. Top TV 2 and TACT" have left.
JCSAT 3A 128E 4160 V "CSTV Finance has replaced Dolphin TV" on , Irdeto.
Koreasat 5 113E 12430 V "Living Asia Channel"is now encrypted.
Yamal 300K 90E 11093 H "Kanal Disney" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 15 85.2E 12640 V "Nano TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66E 3968 V "Janapriya TV and Suryansh Melody" have started on , MPEG-4, Fta
Intelsat 17 66E 3984 H "TLC HD World India and Animal Planet HD World India" have started on , MPEG-4, HD, PowerVu.
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ANU astronomers want to fire lasers at space junk
Computer-generated images of the planned Giant Magellan Telescope using lasers and adaptive optics. Photo: Giant Magellan Telescope Organization
Astronomers at the Australian National University want to fire lasers at space junk orbiting Earth in an effort to avoid scenes depicted in the Oscar-winning movie Gravity.
The astronomers will be based at the $20 million Cooperative Research Centre at Mount Stromlo.
Cooperative Research Centre chief executive Ben Green said scientists estimated more than 300,000 pieces of space junk were orbiting the Earth and they posed serious risks to satellites and space exploration.
The EOS satellite laser ranging system at Stromlo. Photo: Prescott Pym
“There is now so much debris that it is colliding with itself, making an already big problem even bigger. A catastrophic avalanche of collisions that would quickly destroy all satellites is now possible," he said.
“Our initial aim is to reduce the rate of debris proliferation due to new collisions, and then to remove debris by using ground-based lasers.”
Mr Green said the ultimate goal would be to zap the debris with lasers, slowing their orbits and allowing the space junk to fall back into the atmosphere, where it would then burn up harmlessly.
Computer-generated images of the planned Giant Magellan Telescope using lasers and adaptive optics. Photo: Giant Magellan Telescope Organization
Director of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Professor Matthew Colless, said that before debris could be removed "we must find out how much space junk there is and then track it all".
“If we know where the space junk is then satellites can avoid it,” he said.
“Our long-term goal is to use a high-powered laser to push the space debris gently back into the Earth’s atmosphere.”
The Mount Stromlo Observatory will play a leading role in monitoring the debris and any future laser activity.
The Cooperative Research Centre has been launched by the government to foster collaboration between scientists, business and community.
The centre is partnered with Lockheed Martin, the NASA Ames Research Centre, EOS Space Systems, Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Optus, RMIT University and the Australian National University.
FreeviewPlus works with non-Freeview gear
Watching Australia's new catch up TV service won't require Freeview's blessing.
Freeview is preparing to launch FreeviewPlus in May, building Australia's various catch up TV services directly into a new onscreen electronic program guide (EPG). You'll even be able to look at yesterday's schedule and stream programs you missed without the need to fire up a separate app for each network. It's Freeview's latest weapon in its fight with Foxtel and online streaming video services such as Quickflix and Netflix.
Freeview will be offering "FreeviewPlus certification", says Ross, but there's no technical or legal impediment stopping non-certified devices accessing FreeviewPlus.
The new system is built around the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) standard, which is designed to seamlessly combine terrestrial broadcasts and streaming video on the one device. Unfortunately you'll need to buy yet another digital set-top box, personal video recorder (PVR) or television in order to use FreeviewPlus. The HbbTV 1.5 standard isn't built into existing gear, not even the special Freeview EPG boxes which went on sale last year.
FreeviewPlus is built on the open HbbTV 1.5 standard but, according to the Freeview press release: "FreeviewPlus will be available through new connected receivers carrying the FreeviewPlus logo including panel TVs, set top boxes and recording devices."
This doesn't match up with what the industry is telling me. Any device that is HbbTV 1.5 compatible should be able to tap into Australia's HbbTV platform and FreeviewPlus, with or without Freeview's blessing. Australia is using basically the same HbbTV standard as Europe and it may already be built into some new televisions on sale in Australia. Meanwhile, more than one Australian PVR maker already has plans to tap into Australia's HbbTV platform and the new catch up TV features, although they have no plans to ask Freeview's permission.
Paying for FreeviewPlus certification will get you the FreeviewPlus badge, but it will also mean playing by Freeview's other rules such as disabling ad-skipping and restricting the ability to copy recordings off the device. Some vendors aren't going to play along with that, but there's nothing stopping them taking advantage of the HbbTV system.
The HbbTV platform does include a Digital Rights Management component but box makers can license this technology without needing to go through Freeview. Even if they need to license the FreeviewPlus name, they don't need to license access to the service.
There was similar uncertainty surrounding Freeview's previous EPG implementations so for clarification I went straight to Freeview Australia general manager Liz Ross. Freeview will be offering "FreeviewPlus certification", says Ross, but there's no technical or legal impediment stopping non-certified devices accessing FreeviewPlus.
"For FreeviewPlus certification, manufacturers will need to go through an approved test house to assure that all the HbbTV 1.5 features work, then they'll need to send the box to us to ensure it works with all of the apps from Australian networks," Ross says.
"Yet someone else could still build HbbTV into their box. We just wouldn't be able to guarantee that everything will work smoothly. Our testing is designed to ensure a great user experience."
Considering the fear, uncertainty and doubt that we've heard from the Freeview camp in the past regarding EPG access, it's refreshing to hear Ross be open and upfront about FreeviewPlus certification rather than trying to create the impression a Freeview logo is essential.
The Freeview EPG has been a flop because it's only compatible with a handful of devices running the MHEG-5 platform. Had Freeview put similar restrictions on FreeviewPlus it would have suffered the same fate. Considering that some broadcasters are hoping HbbTV will reduce the need to maintain a plethora of catch up TV apps, it's good to know Freeview isn't trying to lock HbbTV down to Freeview-endorsed devices.
The upcoming marketing campaign still might give the impression you need the FreeviewPlus logo, but this time the industry doesn't have to play by Freeview's rules.
Voice TV aims to be digital news leader
Shinawatra-linked station allots B600m
Voice TV, the Shinawatra family-owned satellite channel, is investing 600 million baht in its digital news channel, intending to be No.1 in news analysis within a year of its first broadcast next month.
Two antigovernment protesters walk past the front gate of Voice TV on Vibhavadi- Rangsit Road. The Shinawatra familyowned station has been a target. Apichit Jinakul
“We have been waiting for this level of broadcasting competition for a long time, and we’re confident the fiercer competition will be accepted as more Thai people reach the digital TV platform,” said managing director Songsak Premsuk.
Voice TV’s target audience is those between 19 and 39 years old with a household income of more than 30,000 baht a month. This group represents about 50% of the country’s 30 million working people and is apt to grow in the future as urbanisation continues, according to a Voice TV survey of 600 respondents.
The targeted viewers are lifestyle influencers and thought leaders in Thai society. But their TV viewing behaviour is changing. They mostly spend time on their smartphones and prefer on-demand TV service.
Voice TV will aggressively feature inspirational programming and current news issues. Some 90% of its programmes will be produced by its own team to keep content quality in line with the channel’s character.
Programmes will be highlighted by news analysis from Wake Up Thailand, Daily Dose, Divas Cafe and Talking Thailand. The news channel is eyeing further series in the next phase.
After securing a digital TV licence for news, the new Channel 21 will begin broadcasting on April 1, reaching 22 million households nationwide. It will also launch an online platform for internet users.
To create a share of content through social media, the station will shorten TV content from 30-60 minutes to 3-5 minutes for mobile consumption.
The total investment of 600 million baht is divided into four parts, of which 400 million baht is for the news
channel, 170 million baht is for variety programmes on the existing satellite TV channel, 30 million baht is for renovating studios and 40 million baht is for brand-building.
Voice TV also has a department to provide a venue for companies to launch products and to hold a fashion show in the event hall at headquarters on Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road.
Mr Songsak said advertising airtime for the digital channel is set at roughly 120,000 baht a minute, 50% higher than the rate at the satellite channel. The goal is to break even within three years.
“Voice TV is dubbed as the pro-Pheu Thai TV channel because of the influence of the Shinawatra family,” he said. “But we’re confident that this is not a barrier for our new digital TV operation, as viewers will be the ones who decide to watch it or not.”
The station will try to prove that its news channel has more accurate
content and more professionally produced shows.
Of the 24 brand-new digital TV channels, there are three for children and seven each for news, standard-definition variety and high-definition variety.
Philippines DTH subs up 161,000
CignalTV, a Philippines-based DTH broadcaster, saw its subscribers jump 161,000 last year, and helping push its total homes served rise from 441,000 at the end of 2012 to 602,000 at December 31st 2013.
Cignal is backed by MediaScape, part of the MediaQuest conglomerate, and transmits from the SES-7 satellite. It launched in February 2009. Current monthly ARPU is about $7, and most subscribers are on pre-pay pricing packages.
MediaQuest is itself owned by the Beneficial Trust Fund of the Phillipines, which is also involved in Nation Broadcasting Corp (NBC), and has a 70 per cent stake in BusinessWorld Publishing, as well as other key media-related and film businesses.
CABSAT Turns 20 + Shows Off A New Look @ The Hub...Dedicated Content Delivery Zone
[SatNews] ...Content Delivery Hub will feature more than 900 pioneering exhibitors from over 60 countries...
CABSAT, the leading professional content management event in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), will debut the cutting-edge Content Delivery Huba dedicated platform for multiscreen digital entertainment solutions, turn-key content sourcing, management and marketing of contentduring the event’s 20th anniversary celebrations at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) next week.
Ranking alongside the inaugural CABSAT Conference in partnership with NAB Show as the biggest new feature at this year’s event, the Content Delivery Hub will feature more than 900 pioneering exhibitors from over 60 countries across more than 30,000m² of tailored exhibition space in nine DWTC halls.
“With an assortment of the world’s most innovative providers exhibiting from tailored turn-key pods, the Content Delivery Hub represents an exciting addition to the CABSAT portfolio and is a key enabler in the strategic long-term growth plans we have laid out for the show,” said Trixie LohMirmad, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Department, DWTC, the show organizer. “This year we have focused on the open air theatre for live demonstrations; next year we’re eager to develop the Content Delivery Hub into a stand-alone exhibition zone with live interactive features, content, training, competitions and educational programs.”
During CABSAT 2014, which runs March 11-13th, the Content Delivery Hub will feature prominent international solution providers showcasing technologies to help accelerate regional adoption of new media platforms. Exhibitors will offer new and advanced solutions to deliver a truly ‘connected’ entertainment viewing experience for every walk of end consumer, whether it is via immersive IPTV, video, mobile and online techniques, or through Over-The-Top (OTT) strategies - those facilitating the delivery of video or digital content via internet protocol and purpose-built platforms for ‘anytime, anywhere’ consumption.
With many Content Delivery Hub exhibitors also participating in the two-day CABSAT Conference in partnership with NAB Show, the new zone will operate in synergy with the event’s governing theme: ‘Transforming Broadcasting in the Always Connected Digital World’.
A raft of leading international providers will present customized solutions in the Content Delivery Hub’s free-to-attend, open-air theater including Alhost IT Solutions, Anyware Video, Avid, Brightcove Inc, Civolution, Deutsche Telekom AG, DigiSoft.TV, Minerva Networks, Piksel, Shark Technologies, SPB TV, Spectra Logic, Unitron, Vigiglobe, Vision 247 and Youtoo Technologies ME.
TataSky predicts 1000 channels
All satellite capacity in India has to be organised via the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) which has a monopoly on supplying transponders, and wholesaling the supply of capacity from non-ISRO satellites.
Last year TataSky said it would sue ISRO for not making capacity available. There has been a four-year wait for capacity, not all of it ISRO’s fault, as the world’s satellite operators have ordered and built new satellites for the India market.
Deepak Mathur, SES’ SVP for the region, speaking at a Casbaa-organised event on March 5th, said: “There is sufficient demand for investing in satellite. Also, we are ready to invest, but if the current policy bottleneck doesn’t cease to exist, satellites will stop dedicating capacity for India.”
TataSky’s CEO Harit Nagpal, also speaking at the event, admitted there was a growing demand for channels, and capacity: “And soon there will be a time when the expectation will go up to providing 1,000 channels. Capacity will be needed to serve this demand. While for now, with 12 transponders and moving from MPEG 2 boxes to MPEG 4 boxes, we are sorted for next two years. But, after that, as demand grows, we will need more capacity.”
India’s DISH goes for ZING
India DTH market leader Dish TV is launching a sub-brand, Zing, in order to attack regional markets within India and also to differentiate these new services from its core Dish TV brand.
Dish TV CEO, in a statement, says that India’s drive towards 100 percent digitisation of its cable services “has fuelled the growth for all DTH operators in the country with more households shifting to a digital base. As industry leaders and pioneers of the DTH sector we are again thrilled to be the first to introduce an entirely new brand Zing.”
First region to get Zing is West Bengal, where it will launch 26 Bangla channels.
ANC1 Fly1 seen earlier today on D1 12670 V Sr 6670
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Intelsat 19 166E 3900 H "Discovery Home & Health South East Asia, Discovery Science Channel South East Asia and Discovery Turbo South East Asia" have left
Intelsat 19 166E 4040 V "Discovery Channel Thailand, TLC Thailand and Discovery Kids Philippines" have started on , MPEG-4, PowerVu.
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Koreasat 5 113E 12530 H "Vision TV" has started on , BISS.
NSS 11 108.2E 12731 V "Wei Xin TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 3S 105.5E 4155 H "Hum TV Europe" is encrypted again.
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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "PP TV has replaced Thai Chaiyo" on , Fta
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "ChalermKrung TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3574 H "IFilm English has replaced IFilm" on, Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Media News" has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "Kalsan TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "Pramarn Channel" is back on , Fta. GangCartoon Channel has left.
Thaicom 6A 78.5E 4120 H "Daily News TV" has left .
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Thaicom 6A 78.5E 4160 H "NBT TV Songkhla" is back on , Fta.
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Thaicom 6A 78.5E 4170 H "NBT TV Chiang Mai" is back on, Fta
Thaicom 6A 78.5E 4173 H "NBT TV Phitsanulok" is back on , Fta
Thaicom 6A 78.5E 4177 H "NBT TV Surat Thani" is back on , Fta
Apstar 7 76.5E 4169 H "RTV" has left .
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Intelsat 17 66E 4015 V "Madha TV has replaced Krishna TV" on , MPEG-4, Fta.
Intelsat 17 66E 3966 H "Polimer" has started on , Fta.
Yamal 402 55E 12522 V "Kanal Disney and Bingo Boom" are now encrypted.
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东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段，CCTV-4、CCTV-9（IPM）频道加密，设置11481 H 40000参数有条件接收。 [3月5日]
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东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，Spark Punjabi（MPEG-4）等4个频道新增，设置3912 H 4000参数部分免费接收。 [3月5日]
Foxtel’s long-standing CIO departs
Foxtel chief information officer Robyn Elliott has farewelled the company after nearly 12 years of service.
Elliott told iTnews it was "time for a change" following the completion of a long-term strategic program, which included the integration of Austar and building the systems that underpin Foxtel's digital delivery products.
"I have been CIO of Foxtel for almost 12 years, and felt it was time to transition," Elliott said.
"Foxtel has in place a strong team and sound platforms to take the business forward."
Elliott said her immediate interests were in the not-for-profit and start-up sectors before considering anything of the scale of her former role.
David Marks - another Foxtel veteran and most recently its Head of Customer and Sales Systems IT - has been named as Elliott’s replacement, under the title of Director of Information Services.
Marks told iTnews Elliott's legacy was instilling a "passion for innovation and change” into Foxtel and accelerating its digital capabilities across the board.
Elliott, Marks and the Foxtel IT team recently completed the migration of customer data from its 2012 acquisition of Austar - an effort which won Elliott the Utilities CIO of the Year at this year’s iTnews Benchmark Awards.
Foxtel’s technology function has also been restructured such that Marks' role falls under a new Operating Group. This group has been rejigged to include Foxtel’s product delivery and operational support divisions, which previously had different reporting lines.
“This is the first time we have had all of three of these groups brought together to enable Foxtel to deliver big programs of work, end-to-end,” Marks said.
“This structure provides a clear understanding of what the respective teams are accountable for.”
Russia plans to launch new Glonass satellite on March 24
MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti) Russia is planning to launch another Glonass-M navigation satellite into orbit on March 24, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
Glonass is Russia’s answer to the US Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian uses.
“March 24 has been determined as the most optimal date for Glonass-M launch,” said Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, a spokesman for Aerospace Defense Forces.
Zolotukhin said the satellite will be launched from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia on board the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket.
The new Glonass-M will augment a group of 28 Glonass satellites already in orbit. Twenty-four satellites are currently in operation, while three are spares and one is in test-flight phase.
The Glonass system requires at least 18 operational satellites for continuous navigation services across the whole of Russia and 24 satellites to provide navigation services worldwide.
By 2020, Russia plans to have 30 Glonass-M and new-generation Glonass-K satellites in orbit, including six in reserve, space officials have said.
HDMI streaming stick from Roku
Streaming platform Roku has unveiled the new Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version), a tiny Roku player that gives consumers the easiest way to enjoy the best selection of streaming entertainment on TV. The new version features the compact stick design pioneered by Roku, and plugs discreetly into an HDMI port for a streamlined look that’s ideal for wall-mounted TVs.
The Roku Ready streaming stick currently available in the US was only compatible with a Roku Ready TV; the new Roku Streaming Stick is compatible with any TV with an HDMI port.
Roku says that for the best TV experience, the entire household can use the included Wi-Fi remote control to access the sleek Roku user interface where they can find the Roku channel store, and the best in streaming entertainment. Those who desire a mobile experience can use their smartphone or tablet, along with the free Roku Android and iOS apps, to browse and select channels to stream. They can also cast Netflix, YouTube and personal media from their devices to their TVs. Over time, Roku will add additional mobile features such as the ability to cast content from a computer to the TV.
“The new Roku Streaming Stick gives consumers more choice for streaming entertainment to the TV than any other device,” said Jim Funk, senior vice president of product management at Roku. “Consumers want a ton of entertainment, a friendly user interface, and options to control the experience with a remote or mobile device. This new Roku Streaming Stick brings all that and more and in a tiny form factor.”
Once plugged in, the Roku Streaming Stick lets consumers start streaming from more than 750 channels of movies, TV episodes, music, news, sports, kids’ shows and free programming, all in up to 1080p HD video. Recently launched channels include 4OD, YouTube and Condé Nast Entertainment.
The new stick has a suggested retail price of £49.99 in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. It is available for pre-order now from Amazon.co.uk, Currys.co.uk and Roku.com/uk. The new Roku Streaming Stick will ship to consumers and arrive in retail stores in late April.
55% of Europeans would buy U-HDTV
Following the positive news regarding U-HDTV purchase intentions reported by Strategy Analytics VP and Principal Analyst David Mercer in early January, the firm has completed the weighting of the latest European survey data in its ConsumerMetrix service.
Writing in the company blog, Mercer, says that as in the US, Strategy Analytics found strong interest in buying a new U-HDTV over the next two years, assuming the products meet performance and price expectations. Fifty-five per cent of Europeans said they would be very or somewhat likely to buy a U-HDTV over the coming two years, split between 15 per cent “very” and 41 per cent “somewhat likely” (the difference is as a result of rounding).
The survey question asked respondents to make certain assumptions:
Ultra HD or 4k TV is a new type of TV which offers significantly improved images compared to today’s HDTV. Assuming the price of an Ultra HD or 4k TV was acceptable to you, and assuming the image quality was as good as is claimed, how likely would you be to buy a new Ultra HD or 4k TV within the next two years?
Some commentators questioned Strategy Analytics’ approach but said the analytics firm felt it was justified to ask consumers to make assumptions about things they are not familiar with. “At minimum this research demonstrates that people are indeed interested in improving their big screen TV experience, even when they already have HD. This is an important finding in itself, given that there seem to be many observers doubting the need for Ultra HD or indeed the future importance of the big screen in the home in general,” says Mercer.
The study also reached the following conclusions:
Awareness of the term ‘Ultra HD’ is much higher than either ’4K TV’ or ‘UHD’
Awareness of Ultra HD declines with age and increases with income
Two thirds of higher income households would be willing to buy an Ultra HDTV
Intention to buy Ultra HDTV peaks in the 25-34 age group
Other indicators of intention to buy Ultra HDTV are number of children in the household and ownership of surround sound systems
BBC3 to be axed
The BBC has confirmed BBC3 is to be axed. The channel will continue as some form of online streaming service on the iPlayer.
BBC3 has had an audience share of about 1.5 per cent (of the whole audience) although a larger proportion (2.6 per cent) of its target 16 -34 age group, and transmits from 7pm each evening (to 5am the following morning). It was launched in 1998 as BBC Choice and was initially conceived as a ‘catch-up’ channel. It morphed into BBC3 as part of a network-wide restructuring which also saw BBC Knowledge changed into BBC4. BBC3 and BBC4 were launched in 2002. In July 2013, the channels saw HD versions added to their output.
BBC3 has been a fertile breeding ground for new programming, and popular shows such as Little Britain, Two Pints of Lager, and Russell Howard’s Good News. Its break-out hit was Gavin & Stacey, which first aired in May 2007 and went on to achieve mainstream fame on BBC1. It also airs a raft of cult US animation including Family Guy and American Dad.
Last week at the Oxford Media Convention, the BBC’s Director General Tony Hall announced that he did not want to “salami slice” cost savings across all the networks, and instead indicated that the BBC might have to let an entire channel close to avoid lowering programming quality.
Lord Hall said the BBC still had to find immediate savings of some £100 million (€118m) a year. It is looking for £350 million savings a year going forward. According to the BBC report the BBC3 budget last year was £97 million and there would be more costs associated with broadcast and platforms.
The decision will have to be agreed by the BBC Trust which would also have to be subject to public consultation. Inevitably there will be a vociferous and celebrity-fuelled campaign to save the channel of the kind that worked for the very low audience Radio 6 when its closure was proposed.
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Samsung Electronics New Zealand Partners with Coliseum Sports Media for English Premier League Rights
From press release
Today Samsung Electronics New Zealand and Coliseum Sports Media Ltd (CSM) announced a new partnership that will now bring Barclays English Premier League soccer to Samsung Smart TVs, smartphones, and tablets. The deal makes Samsung the exclusive Smart TV partner for Tiger PremierLeaguePass.com until 2016.
CSM has built a dedicated application for Samsung devices in association with the Samsung SportsFlow app. Tiger Premier League Pass Presented by Samsung SportsFlow will deliver HD access to all live games and highlights, with content available to all 2012 through to 2016 Samsung Smart TV customers.
The Samsung Smart TV app is scheduled for release before the end of the current EPL season. In addition to the exclusive Smart TV deal, Samsung smartphone and tablet users will have access to an exclusive 30 day free trial to Tiger PremierlLeaguePass.com, this offer is live from today. For new subscribers, the Android Premier League Pass application will only be available on Samsung devices.
“We’re really excited to have secured Barclays English Premier League content on our devices,” said Jon Barrell, Sales Director Consumer Electronics, Samsung New Zealand. “The deal showcases our drive to give our New Zealand customers the best content experiences on the best devices in the market. Our continued goal is to provide unprecedented access on Samsung Smart TVs, smartphones, and tablets to the sports and entertainment content people want to watch.”
"We want to provide the best content possible to New Zealand sport fans. Our partnership with Premierleaguepass.com makes good on this promise", added Barrell. Tim Martin, CEO at Coliseum Sports Media, sees this exclusive deal with Samsung Smart TVs as another innovative step to continually adapt to subscriber needs.
“With the connected consumer at our core, Tiger PremierLeaguePass.com will continue to collaborate, innovate and adapt to ensure we are constantly delivering live, relevant and compelling viewing experiences for the fan, at a fair price,” said Martin.
“Bringing our content under the Samsung banner allows us to develop a better platform to deliver sports media, and to more rapidly introduce higher quality HD steams and other technological improvements we’re making to Tiger PremierLeaguePass.com. This exciting deal with Samsung Smart TVs is all about delivering just that more sport to more sport fans, when they want it and how they want it, and all from a single source!”
RRsat Signs $11.7 Million Contract with Asia Customer
[Via Satellite 03-04-2014] RRsat Global Communications Network has signed a five-year, $11.7 million agreement with a customer in Asia. The agreement is one of the largest in RRsat’s history but, due to confidentiality agreements, the name of the customer was not disclosed.
Under this agreement, RRsat will provide content acquisition, media processing and distribution services of SD and HD content to Asia. “Broadcasters are looking to expand their offering to include linear and live programming in multiple formats to multiple regions and RRsat is an ideal partner to facilitate these efforts,” said Lior Rival, COO of RRsat. “Our expanded geographic presence, innovative infrastructure, rigorous standards and enhanced capabilities are opening new doors for us in new markets, and this contract in Asia demonstrates our success.”
Russia Moves to Reinforce Space Ties With Kazakhstan
Russia has tentatively approved a new agreement to strengthen space ties with Kazakhstan, which currently hosts Russia's largest launch facility.
The deal is set to provide a general framework to bolster bilateral collaboration, even as Russia inches closer to completing a new domestically based space center to reduce its dependence on its former Soviet neighbor.
The prospective agreement, which will now go to Russia's parliament for ratification, also seeks to define customs procedures for space hardware and demarcate liability and intellectual property in joint activities, Russia's Cabinet of ministers said Friday.
Russia leases Kazakhstan's Baikonur space center, from which it launches all of its manned space missions and its largest rocket, the Proton, for $115 million annually under a contract until 2050.
Russia is currently building its own Vostochny space center in the Far East, which is expected to begin test launches next year and become the country's primary launch facility within the next decade.
Disagreements about the terms of Baikonur's lease have periodically soured relations between the two countries, most recently over a $90 million cleanup bill of an explosion of a Proton rocket in July that spilled hundreds of tons of highly toxic fuel at the site.
Tensions were seemingly defused in December when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the two countries had signed a three-year roadmap on the cooperative use of Baikonur.
But earlier this month the head of Kazakhstan's space agency, Talgat Musabayev, said in an interview that Russia was holding up the transfer of a launch complex to the country that was provided for in the December agreement.
Raduga-Internet starts services over Yamal-402 satellite
Russian satellite operator Raduga-Internet has expanded its satellite internet services to the Russian Yamal-402 satellite, reports Comnews.ru. The joint KiteNet project from Raduga and RuSat were earlier started on the satellite. Raduga-Internet previously provided its services over the European Ka-Sat satellite only. The operator offers services over Yamal-412 using end-user devices from Hughes costing RUB 18,990.
Ginx TV ad-insertion from Thomson
Ginx TV, the international television network dedicated to video games and gamers, has chosen the Sapphire MPEG stream server and “channel-in-a-box” solution from Thomson Video Networks for insertion of targeted advertising. Sapphire offers a single-box solution for frame-accurate ad insertion in a compressed video stream, with an automated interface to Ginx TV’s ad agency and local storage of ads. This has provided a cost-effective means for Ginx TV to perform localised ad insertions for programmes distributed in multiple countries.
“When we initially evaluated Thomson Video Networks’ Sapphire for launching targeted advertising for our channel on Virgin Media, it was the ideal solution for us in terms of price and performance,” said Michiel Bakker, CEO at Ginx TV. “With Sapphire, we now have a cost-effective and streamlined means of inserting regionalised advertisements in the compressed domain. Plus, the system interfaces with ad agencies in an automated way to create new business opportunities and increased revenue. The support from Thomson Video Networks’ team was of immense value in helping us to design our system and get it operational.”
“Ginx TV is demonstrating to UK customers the value of our Sapphire solution for ad insertion and for playing out content to a broad range of geographies and localised audiences,” said Christophe Delahousse, president, Thomson Video Networks. “As Ginx TV shows, Sapphire is much more than a channel-in-a-box system it’s a true ‘Swiss army knife’ for broadcasters that need to perform local production and insertions on MPEG streams without going back to baseband video.”
MultiChoice hikes prices
South Africa-based pay-TV giant MultiChoice is raising its DStv subscription rates by more than the local rate of inflation. Prices will rise by an average 6.4 per cent on April 1st and then be fixed for the next 12 months.
It’s lowest cost and fast-growing bouquet (‘Compact’) will rise by a greater amount (7.3 per cent) to Rand 295. The top end Premium tier will cost Rand 665 a month (currently R625).
The popular M-Net terrestrial pay-channel will go up from R300 to R315.
Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet-delivered television
LOS ANGELES With a string of recent deals, cable and satellite providers are beginning to acknowledge a brutal truth that companies like Hulu and Netflix have known all along: Many TV viewers, especially young ones, want shows and movies on their own terms wherever, whenever and on whatever devices they choose.
Dish Network took a big step toward such a future with a deal announced Monday with Disney. The agreement opens the way for the satellite TV service to live-stream Disney-owned channels like ESPN and ABC over the Internet to customers’ smartphones, tablets, video game consoles and other devices.
The goal is to attract so-called cord-cutters who have become disenchanted with large channel packages and rising monthly bills for cable or satellite service.
Charlie Ergen, Dish Network Corp. chairman, hinted at the underpinnings of the deal last month, when he admitted that the traditional pay-TV business model charging customers $80 or $100 a month for hundreds of channels, many of which they never watch is not appealing to younger people.
“We’re losing a whole generation of individuals who aren’t going to buy into that model,” he told analysts. “Obviously you’d like to kind of have your cake and eat it too, and make sure that you come up with products that can engage that new generation.”
The new service will bypass Dish’s 14-million-customer satellite system and offer content via the Internet in much the same way that Netflix delivers video.
No start date has been announced. Dish will probably have to cut similar deals with other programmers to make such a service attractive.
Dish would not say how much the service might cost, except that it would probably be cheaper than current packages.
The deal is the first of its kind between a major pay TV distributor and a top media company. But the pair won’t be alone in trying to launch such a service.
In January, Verizon Communications Inc. bought Intel Corp.’s media group with an eye toward launching an Internet-delivered TV service over mobile devices. Sony Corp. also said that month that it would launch an Internet-based TV service in the U.S. this year.
“It’s hard not to see this as the beginning of the virtual (multichannel video service) that we’ve been waiting probably two years for,” said Rich Greenfield, an analyst with BTIG Research.
He said that while 100-plus channel packages and high-definition picture will still appeal to most TV consumers, an online-only TV service with mobile capability and lower price will appeal to others.
“I think it’s realizing that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all market for multichannel video,” he said.
Dave Shull, Dish’s chief commercial officer, said Dish’s offering will target people ages 18 to 34 who live in apartment buildings, don’t have multiple TV sets and “are looking at something that is lower-priced and doesn’t come with the traditional pay TV commitment.”
For Dish, that commitment usually means a two-year contract with a price increase in the second year.
Long-term contracts allow the company to make a profit while covering the cost of launching and maintaining satellites, installing satellite dishes on roofs and putting set-top boxes in living rooms and dens.
By delivering video over the Internet, Dish would probably be able to contain the cost of the new offering significantly.
One question is how Dish will deliver the programming to people’s homes because, like Netflix, the service could put a strain on Internet providers such as cable companies, which may be tempted to charge Dish for better access or faster delivery speeds.
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Measat 3 91.5E 3795 V "Racing International" is now encrypted.
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‘Pirate’ Netflix subs worry Australian networks
Online entertainment service Netflix has upset Australian TV networks, according to The Australian, which reports that there could be between 50,000 and 200,000 ‘subscribers’ in the market, despite there being no operation there.
Local networks are concerned that Netflix is flouting international regulations by accepting payments from Australian credit cards, despite maintaining a geo-block that is easily bypassed by virtual private network (VPN) manipulation or spoof IP addresses.
advanced-television.com reported recently that start-up operation Australian company Getflix was offering Australians the ability to access entertainment streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus using VPN technology to ‘trick’ the geo-blocked services into thinking the user is streaming from the US.
Getflix powers the operation with its own DNS servers, explaining on its website that only a small number of connections to Netflix and Hulu Plus get re-routed via its servers. “The actual video is streamed from Netflix or Hulu Plus directly to you so Getflix is much faster and more reliable than an alternative VPN or tunnel solution,” it says.
Subscribing to the service costs A$2.95 per month, with users still required to take out Hulu Plus or Netflix subscriptions (US$7.95 p.m.).
The concern for Australian broadcasters is that any local subscribers Netflix allows dilute the value of their output deals with international partners, such as Nine’s with Warner Bros or Foxtel Movies’ with various Hollywood studios.
“This is an issue the US studios should be taking up with Netflix because they’re not getting paid,” one network executive said.
Thailand's Leading Cable and Satellite TV Operator TrueVisions Chooses Nevion's Live Media Transport Solutions
BANGKOK, Thailand, March 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TrueVisions, Thailand's leading cable and satellite television operator, has selected live media transport solutions from Nevion, a leader in transporting media from the camera to the home, to meet the needs of its expanded HD offerings. Nevion worked in partnership with Thailand-based broadcast equipment provider Strong Brothers 1961 to provide the infrastructure needed by TrueVisions' to deliver state-of-the-art services.
"Nevion's products have always been reliable and cost effective," said Vichai Sernvongsat, TrueVisions CTO. "We worked with Strong Brothers to achieve the highest possible uptime, and Nevion solutions once again provided the best quality and value."
The live media solutions provided to TrueVisions include Nevion Flashlink multiplexers and VikinX routers. Nevion's Flashlink DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) solution provides fibre connectivity to TrueVisions' offsite backup recovery location. In addition to preventing transmission downtime, the solution provides Flashlink hallmarks of reliability, compact size and low power consumption.
Nevion's modular 3G HD 256x256 VikinX router was also selected for all signal flow at TrueVision's Disaster Recovery site. The expandable, high-definition router provides live broadcast transmission on both main and backup paths.
"We're extremely proud of our relationships with Strong Brothers and TrueVisions," said Hans Hasselbach, senior vice president, Asia Pacific sales, Nevion. "They are innovators in the region and TrueVisions' evolving infrastructure is a testament to their commitment to the highest quality live media services."
Nevion's latest IP and live media transport, monitoring and management solutions, broad DVB T2 solutions, and award-winning cProcessor line will be showcased at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium, March 4-7, Booth 61 at the Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur.
Building on a heritage of innovation and pioneering firsts, Nevion is a leader in media transport - from the camera to the home. A result of two industry-leading companies - Nevion and T-VIPS - coming together in late 2012, Nevion fully manages all network types - with intelligence, automation and security built-in, helping customers monetise content, save resources, and open doors to new revenue streams.
Through long-term strategic relationships with partners and customers, Nevion delivers content for major sporting events and live TV events worldwide. Some of the world's largest media networks are built on Nevion technologies - including AT&T, Arqiva, BBC, BT, CCTV, EBU, TDF, Telefonica, Telenor and NASA.
For more information please visit http://www.nevion.com/.
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South Africa: First Nano-Satellite Encounters Space Debris
After three months in orbit, South Africa's first cube satellite experienced two very close encounters with defunct satellites in the last two days.
Space debris is the collection of defunct objects in orbit around earth. This includes everything from old satellites, fragments from disintegration, erosion, and collisions.
The nano-type ZACUBE-1 (TshepisoSat), which was launched from Russia on 21 November 2013, was developed by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
The United States Joint Space Operations Centre in California notified the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) last Tuesday that the ZACUBE-1 (TshepisoSat) was on close approach with the defunct (Russian) COSMOS 2151 satellite.
"The satellites came within an estimated 185 m of each other over Antarctica on Wednesday. Remarkably, a second warning was received on Thursday, with TshepisoSAT predicted to come within 85m of yet another defunct (Russian) satellite, METEOR 2-5, over Brazil," the Department of Science and Technology said in a statement on Monday.
CPUT has independently confirmed with its ground station that TshepisoSat is still beaconing and has survived both close encounters.
"There is nothing that can be done to alter the course or altitude of TshepisoSat as it has no propulsion control. The other two defunct satellites can also not be manoeuvred.
"There is a margin of uncertainty in the predicted paths of the satellites, and all close encounters of this nature can result in collision," the department said.
Accidental collisions of space objects are, however, extremely rare, with only two incidents reported since the beginning of space exploration, said the department.
The risk of collision increases with the number of objects launched, which necessitates technical and regulatory measures to mitigate space debris for the future sustainable use of outer space. Funded by the Department of Science and Technology, TshepisoSAT was designed and built by CPUT postgraduate students following the CubeSat Programme of the French South African Institute of Technology (F'SATI), in collaboration with SANSA.
TshepisoSat, meaning "promise", has proven to be a true survivor, and continues to defy the odds in a very harsh environment to carry the dreams of young and old forward.
In its short existence, the satellite survived the ferocity of the launch on a converted inter-continental ballistic missile, harsh radiation from the sun, extreme temperature fluctuations and the recent close calls with space debris.
The department said TshepisoSat has been commissioned and all systems are functioning normally. "The first satellite beacon was received only hours after launch, and it has been beaconing ever since."
As South Africa mourned the passing of former President Nelson Mandela, TshepisoSat transmitted the great statesman's clan name "Madiba" every thirty seconds from space as a tribute to the father of our democratic nation.
The satellite's call sign was received by amateur radio enthusiasts and other CubeSat groups around the world as it was transmitted from space as a radio beacon during the mourning period.
Although not designed as an Earth observation mission, TshepisoSat captured a chance image of a cloudless South Africa on 14 January 2014. "This is indeed remarkable, since the satellite has no orientation control and cannot be pointed in any particular direction," said the department.
TshepisoSat measures only 10 x 10 x 10cm and weighs 1.2kg, 100 times smaller than Sputnik 1, the first satellite launched into space in 1957.
Running on the same amount of power as a 5-watt bulb, TshepisoSat carries a high frequency beacon that will be used to study the propagation of radio waves through the ionsphere, providing valuable space weather data to SANSA as it orbits Earth up to 15 times a day at an altitude of 600km.
The space science experiment will commence in March after a 10-metre-long wire antenna has been deployed from the satellite. The TshepisoSat development programme is part of an education and training programme to develop and upskill students to train as future engineers for the space industry, as these specialised skills are in short supply.
The programme produced more than 40 postgraduate students, with the majority being South African, from Honours to Doctorate level. - SAnews.gov.za
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D2 12674 V Sr 15000 "v8 chan 7 main" biss encrypted
AS5 4151 H Sr 13234 "GCUK enc 19" - 1080i Stoke v Arsenal replay - Decoded format: Planar 4:2:0
D1 12418 V Sr 6110 "Tandberg Service" - SD - something to do with horseracing
Saturday Feed log
IS 19 12548 V Sr 3450 "NBL tv" SD video in mpeg4 Basketball
D2 12323 V Sr 6670 'Globecast Australia' (BISS)
D2 12330 V Sr 6669 'GCAST 6' - Horse Racing
D2 12388 V Sr 15000 'GlobeCast Oz' - GWS vs STK (AFL HD) 4:22 format
D2 12555 H Sr 6980 - 'ABC Launceston' - News Feed
D2 12637 V Sr 15000 'V8 SUPERVIEW' Encrypted (BISS)
D2 12656 V Sr 15000 'v8 WORLD' - Encrypted (BISS)
D2 12675 V Sr 15000 'V8 CH7 MAIN' Encrypted (BISS)
Asiasat 5 100.5 E 3888 V Sr 7500 "Globecast OZ "motor race DVB-S2/HD/FTA
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From saldav1 (via vetrun.com)
Monday feed log
Asiasat 5 3705 H Sr 4166 "UP8"Echo tv.sohu.com on the Academy Awards.
Asiasat 5 3735 H Sr 4166 "UP7"Alpha ENT.Q.Q.com reporter from the Academy Awards.
Asiasat 5 3665 H Sr 4166 Nonthaburi E/S Report in English from Bangkok on the current situation with the protests.
Asiasat 5 4153 H Sr 7200 LTDL 2014 GENTING Stage 4 60MIN HIGHLIGHTS. (Highlights of today's cycling championships from Subang up to the summit of Genting Highlands in Malaysia with Bahasa Malay commentary.)
Asiasat 5 feeds from the weekend
3955 V Sr 6111 "EN 8000" Heart Operation Procedure. Fortis Escorts - Heart Institute - Delhi
3909 V Sr 13332 "ENC (E5782)" MPE Soccer from Japan. (The Japanese love their soccer just like the British with the yelling and chanting!).
3953 V Sr 6087 "London Encoder 1 EAF" - East Fife versus RAN - Rangers in the Scottish League Soccer.
4153 H Se 7199 "Le Tour De Langka" (sounds rather exotic!) Encrypted service PID: 33/34/33 (sounds like a measurement!) Later in the evening the service was clear FTA - Cycling race from Langkawi with commentary in Bahasa Malay.
From the Dish
Intelsat 19 166E 4040 V Discovery Home & Health South East Asia, Discovery Science Channel South East Asia and Discovery Turbo South East Asia have left.
Optus C1 156E 12728 V "ABC 1 ACT, ABC 1 Queensland, ABC 1 SA and ABC 1 NT" have left .
Express AM5 140E Express AM5 has arrived at 140 East.
JCSAT 3A 128E 4160 V "Express Finance Satellite TV, Winner and SBN" have started on , Irdeto. Pili Taiwan TV has.
JCSAT 3A 128E 4000 V "MTV Taiwan" has left again.
Koreasat 5 113E 12490 H "Vision TV, ID-TV 1-3 and SOS 1-2" have left .
Palapa D 113E 3600 V Several updates in the K Vision mux on .
Palapa D 113E 4140 V "Al Malakoot Sat" has left .
AsiaSat 3S 105.5E "Paigham TV" has moved from 4071 H to 4082 H, Fta.
AsiaSat 3S 105.5E 4082 H "NRI Network" has left again.
AsiaSat 3S 105.5E 4155 H "Hum TV Europe" is Fta
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "Luxe TV and Kazakh TV" have started on , Viaccess.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "The Word Network" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3805 H "Rai Italia 2 Asia" has started on ,Fta.
NSS 6 95E 11172 H "9XM" has started on , Conax.
NSS 6 95E 12595 V "Paras TV Channel" has started on , Conax. Live India has left
Measat 3/3a 91.5E Minor updates in Astro.
ST 2 88E 11050 H "Khorasan Razavi TV, Semnan TV and Khorasan Jonoobi TV" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "Good Living Channel" has started on , Fta. Pramarn Channel has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3732 V "PTC Punjabi" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 H "Bos TV" has left .
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6A号卫星C频段，Sun Channel（泰国）频道新增，设置3800 H 30000参数免费接收。[03-02]
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东经140度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段，Uyutnyy替换SET（俄罗斯）频道，设置10981 V 44948参数免费接收。 [3月2日]
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Freeview PLus announced for Australia
Foxtel may be making all the headlines recently but that hasn't stopped little ol' free-to-air, with Freeview Plus announced today.
Free-to-air consortium Freeview, made up of Australia's free-to-air networks, said Freeview Plus was a new technology that will enable the broadcasters to launch broadband services, integrated catch-up viewing and an enhanced electronic program guide.
It will include services like Ten's tenplay and Seven's Plus7, allowing users to use them on their televisions instead of on a desktop or laptop.
Freeview Plus willl be available people who buy new TVs or set-top-boxes that can receive hybrid TV technology, which combines broadband and broadcast TV. The technology is not backwards compatible, so it will apply only to products that feature the new hybrid features.
The news comes as Foxtel announced Presto, a Netflix-esque online platform available to any Australians, not just Foxtel subscribers. Freeview Plus features include a 7-day, easy-to-use EPG; all FTA catch-up TV services through the TV screen and one EPG; the ability to browse and search programs for the next 7 days; and a favourites function with reminders.
Freeview said Freeview Plus would be available "in the next few months".
“FreeviewPlus is one of the most important advances in free-to-air television in Australia since the introduction of digital TV,” said Liz Ross, General Manager of Freeview. She said manufacturers will release a range of FreeviewPlus receivers to coincide with the launch and these will be available at all major appliance and electronics retailers.
"FreeviewPlus will be an unparalleled TV experience," Ross said. One executive told InsideFilm, “Freeview Plus built into Samsung and and Sony Smart TV’s will only hit shelves later in 2014, and the 'replacement' lifecycle of TVs means that some folks will wait 6-8 year before buying a new TV.
“On one hand, it makes FTA content more sticky but it will come at a heightened production cost for value-added content. On the other hand, it will also make a rational choice towards getting pay TV less of a necessity for consumers.”
V8 Supercars boosts coverage
Following the surprise news in December 2013 that coverage of internationally-popular Australian saloon car racing series V8 Supercars would move from free-to-air network Seven to pay-TV outlets Foxtel and Fox Sports, with free-to-air network Ten also included in the deal, further details of the 2015-2020 media rights have been revealed.
Under the new arrangement, V8 Supercars fans will enjoy more than three times the overall content compared with existing coverage.In total, 1,140 hours of broadcast television across Fox Sports and Ten Network from next year, represents a 360 per cent increase.
Six major events the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Townsville 500, Wilson Security Sandown 500, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the Gold Coast 600 and the Sydney 500 will be broadcast live and in full on Ten and simulcast ad-break free (with the exception of Bathurst) in HD on Fox Sports. All remaining events will be aired live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS, ad-break free and in HD.
Fox Sports race coverage will offer fans unprecedented access to the teams and drivers with optional camera angles, audio, and real-time statistics accessible to viewers via the red button functionality. All practice, Armor All qualifying and Armor All Top Ten Shootouts will also be live and ad-break free on Fox Sports.
V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton said the deal provided the foundation for the sport in the future. “It was a pivotal plank to get right. We have joined other mainstream sports by having a subscription television offering as well as a Free to Air offering. Importantly we have ensured that all of our races are available for free in one hour packages and guarantees our fans have more content than ever. In addition we have future-proofed our sport with the Foxtel digital platform and look forward to Foxtel and Fox Sports launching their V8 Supercar packages later this year.”
Similar to programmes such as Match of the Day in the UK, Ten Network will televise feature highlights packages of the Fox Sports-only events in prime time, delivering shorter, more action-packed viewing to larger audiences at peak times.
“Viewing habits have changed and will continue to evolve. This partnership offers the best of both worlds, enabling people to tailor their viewing as it suits them and their lifestyle,” said Warburton.
Foxtel CEO and Managing Director Richard Freudenstein said that such an exhilarating sport deserved the special treatment that only Foxtel and Fox Sports could give, “comprehensive coverage and with wonderful high definition pictures”.
Ten Network Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Hamish McLennan said the broadcaster was looking forward to welcoming V8 Supercars back to their natural home on TEN and ONE in 2015. “TEN will bring viewers and advertisers the six best races live and free plus compelling highlights packages of all the other races. We have worked closely with V8 Supercars to ensure free-to-air television viewers receive comprehensive and engaging coverage on both TEN and ONE.”
Initial projections show that on conservative estimates and with prime time promotion on TEN, ONE and FOX SPORTS, V8 Supercars will grow its audience significantly, further adding to the long term strength and well-being of the sport. “We have a responsibility to the fans to grow our audience which in turn keeps our teams healthy. Without healthy race teams we do not have a sport to deliver or for fans to watch,” explained Warburton.
“This model allows passionate fans to watch substantially more V8 Supercars across multiple platforms as they choose while casual viewers have choice in how they watch and when they watch. Fans and viewers will also know when races are on with consistent timeslots.”
Foxtel will carry V8 Superview on Foxtel Go on Foxtel Plus 4 with races available as they happen.
V8 Supercars joins the Foxtel Go stable which includes 12 dedicated sports channels and access to the Foxtel stable of movies, documentaries, entertainment, news and content.
A view from the future
LONG WAIT: Kiwis had to wait more than a year to see House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
Kiwis got a taste of the future of television viewing recently with two big changes which could lead to a smorgasbord of shows for TV fans.
Last Friday, Telecom (soon to be renamed Spark) unveiled plans for ShowmeTV, which it hopes will be the Kiwi version of Netflix, the US-based streaming service.
Then, on Sunday, TV3 released the first season of House of Cards on its rebranded online demand service 3NOW.
The moves mark a crucial point in the battle for the internet television market in New Zealand, but have Kiwi companies left their run too late?
The country is following the overseas trend of online companies such as Netflix and Hulu taking on the traditional cable TV providers and networks.
Access to content online rather than over-the-air transmission is the defining factor. With more than 80 per cent of Kiwis having access to broadband, and the accelerated rollout of ultrafast broadband, it's a logical move.
The shift is part of television providers offering shows which viewers want to see (online) ,when (anytime that suits them) and on their chosen platform (phone, tablet, computer or television).
There have been a flurry of changes in New Zealand recently: ShowmeTV is due to launch in the next few months, TVNZ announced it was ramping up its Ondemand service and will this month release several new shows before they screen on air, and Sky has just released Sky Go, an online streaming service for existing subscribers.
However, Regan Cunliffe, the editor of the television website Throng.co.nz, said it could be too late for the Kiwi companies to catch up.
"We are quite a few years behind overseas subscription services such as Netflix, which are really starting to take off."
People were used to getting their online content free from TVNZ and TV3 on-demand services, he said.
"With these new streaming services, you are asking people to pay for content they typically would have had for free in the past."
Companies needed to be able to offer premium shows as soon as they become available, as Kiwis were sick of waiting months or sometimes years to access shows such as Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.
Kiwis would be reluctant to pay several subscriptions to watch TV and they would prefer a one-stop shop where you only pay once and get whatever you want on whatever platform you want.
"Consumers want it to be easy. Anyone desperate for these shows are going to get it online for free anyway. If you have to subscribe to three different platforms to get the content you want, then they are going to have to do that or throw up their hands and walk away."
While the changes are potentially good news for television fans, the companies face several challenges. The first is the looming threat of Netflix, an American provider of on-demand internet streaming media.
Netflix can already be accessed in New Zealand, but it requires a technical workaround. It has an easy-to-use interface, it's cheap (about $10 a month), and it has an exhaustive catalogue of shows.
Then the companies have to make sure the services are easy to use. At the moment viewers use one remote to flick between shows. They will not be pleased if they are juggling several set-top boxes and remotes and trying to connect their computers to their televisions. In New Zealand, only Sky has a set-top box, which may give it an advantage in the short term. However, as internet-capable smart TVs become more popular, it may become easy for companies to get their apps on televisions or gaming consoles.
The final challenge is getting the right shows - whoever has the best content will win viewers.
There have already been reports of competition over shows, with the race to secure the series Vikings sparking competition.
Cunliffe sees content as the defining factor as the whole industry has evolved.
"The future may depend on the content. At the moment, companies can secure exclusive rights to a show, but that may change, which would allow several streaming services to exist. Unless they can get the content and pricing right, it's really an uphill battle."
While he thought the release of the entire series of House of Cards was a good move, it was astounding it came a year after it screened overseas.
"It's too little, too late. Perhaps they should be congratulated on taking that step, but the reality is that it's 12 months after it showed in the US. If you were a fan, you could've got it from Netflix, bought the DVD or downloaded for free. They should've done it a long time ago."
The changes probably do not mean the end of having to watch TV shows when the networks decide, it just gives viewers more options, and possibly more frustration.
Cunliffe said the recipe for success was simple:"If they can position it price-wise and make it everything a consumer wants, then it can become a viable option."
TVNZ: Has a wide range of shows on its Ondemand service but they only stay on there for a limited time. The company has plans to revamp the service soon. Cost: Free
TV3: Recently relaunched its online service as 3Now and shows can be streamed from their apps or websites on to computers and devices. It upped the stakes recently by releasing a full series before it airs on TV. Cost: Free
Telecom (Spark): Telecom's ShowMeTV service will be available on computers and tablets through internet connections. There are plans to make it available directly to smart TVs. Cost: Unknown
SKY: Recently launched Sky Go which allows existing subscribers to watch shows on their computer. Cost: Free for existing subscribers
Netflix: US-based provider of on-demand internet streaming media with a huge range of TV shows. Is not available in NZ yet, but can be accessed via the internet. It has 44 million members in 40 countries. Cost: (about $10 a month)
Fox International Channels Asia appoints new managing director for Australia and New Zealand
Foxtel media executive Jacqui Feeney has been made managing director of Fox International Channels Asia for Australia and New Zealand, replacing Karin Simoncini.
Hong Kong / Sydney March 3 2014 FOX International Channels (FIC) Asia has announced that Jacqui Feeney will join FIC as Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, from May 1, 2014. She succeeds Ms. Karin Simoncini, a long standing and respected executive of the network who has held senior posts with FIC and National Geographic Channels since 2000. Jacqui will be based in Sydney and will work with Karin during a transition period before she departs the company later this year.
In her new role, Jacqui will take over Karin’s leadership duties and oversee all aspects of FIC’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. She will work with her team on programming, marketing, advertising sales, finance and regulation in addition to building on relations with FIC’s affiliate partners, advertisers and regulators. She will report to Zubin Gandevia, President of FIC Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Jacqui brings with her over 12 years of leadership experience in Australia’s pay-TV industry, including her most recent role as Director of Presto (SVOD), Foxtel On-Demand and Movies Strategy at FOXTEL Management Limited, FIC’s key affiliate partner in Australia. She has also held many other senior positions at FOXTEL, such as Director of Foxtel Movies and SVOD; Head of Content Partnerships and General Manager of External Channels. Jacqui has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of PAN TV Limited/World Movies Channel.
“We’ve always had a close relationship with FOXTEL and hold a deep level of respect for the way they operate. It is no surprise that a highly capable executive such as Jacqui comes from FOXTEL. We are delighted to have her join the FIC family and look forward to Jacqui furthering our great partnership with FOXTEL and Sky NZ on behalf of FIC,” said Zubin Gandevia, President of FOX International Channels Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
On Karin’s departure, Zubin comments, “I’m going to miss Karin and her unique combination of creative, commercial and leadership skills. She has transformed our Australian business and leaves behind a rich legacy for us to build on. I have no doubt Karin will be successful no matter what she decides to pursue next and I wish her the very best.”
“I am a great fan of FIC’s programming and channel brands and have watched the organisation progress in recent years. I’m excited and energised by the challenge of joining a great team in Australia and a global outfit determined to make an even bigger mark,” said Jacqui Feeney. “I’m forever grateful to Foxtel for the opportunity to contribute to a great many content innovations but now is the right time for me to return to the other side of the TV industry and lead FIC’s business in Australia and New Zealand.”
Jacqui holds a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration from University of Technology Sydney, in Australia, and a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
Foreign firms revise bids to buy Israeli satellite operator Spacecom
The four or five bidders include Spain’s Hispasat and Hong Kong’s Asia Sat, for the company currently worth $412 million.
The bidding process for the sale of satellite operator Space Communication Ltd. gained pace late last week when Spain’s Hispasat and Hong Kong’s Asia Satellite Telecommunications revised their bids.
Space Communication, also known as Spacecom, is controlled by Shaul Elovitch’s Eurocom group and trades on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. A person close to Eurocom said there were four or five revised bids but gave no details.
The sale is being handled by investment bank J.P. Morgan. Eurocom, which has a 64.5% stake in Spacecom, declined to comment.
Since December, when Elovitch’s plans to sell Spacecom became known, the company’s shares have surged 54% to a market capitalization of 1.44 billion shekels ($412 million), still well below the value Elovitch is seeking. Sources say the bids submitted are between 1.4 billion and 1.6 billion shekels.
British-based Apax Partners recently dropped out of the bidding; the private equity firm apparently balked at the 2-billion-shekel valuation that Eurocom was asking. Intelsat, the world’s largest satellite company, also dropped out.
Spacecom operates the Amos 2, Amos 3 and Amos 5 satellites, which provide broadband satellite communications services mainly to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Amos 4’s launch last year has enabled the company to expand into Asia, and the Amos 6 is currently under development. Back orders for the Amos 2, 3 and 4 total $580 million.
Arab world's satellite pay-TV revenues to reach $2.5BN in 2017
Satellite pay-TV subscriptions are to increase to 19 million in the Arab world by the end of 2017, with total market revenues hitting US$2.5 billion, according to analysts at the Arab Advisors Group.
The Amman-based group's new report covers the key performance indicators (KPIs) of regional pay-TV operators OSN, beIN Sports (formerly Al Jazeera Sport), Abu Dhabi Sports, Al-Majd and MyHD.
"The Arab Advisors Group expects the pay TV market to continue to have a steady paced growth for the years 2014-2017," said Mai Al-Zeir, Arab Advisors' senior research analyst.
"The Arab Advisors Group projects pay-TV's total market subscribers' base to grow at a CAGR of 12% between the years 2013 and 2017, totaling 18.8 million subscribers by end of 2017. We estimate total market revenues to grow at a CAGR of 11% for years (2013-2017) totalling US$ 2.5 billion," she added.
The report also allows for new entrants to be accommodated in the growing market for pay-TV in the Middle East and North Africa.
Sky and BBC settle retrans deal
The BBC and BSkyB have settled the long-running row over retransmission fees with the corporation no longer having to pay to put its channels on the pay-TV platform, saving £4.5 milliom (€5.3m) a year in licence money.
They have also agreed a new long-term carriage deal for BBC services and the iPlayer on Sky’s platform. At one point the BBC had threatened to start charging Sky for its content if it did not drop the annual fee, which also applied to the three other public service broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
ITV reached an agreement with Sky last month saving around £2 million a year as part of carriage negotiations for its pay-TV drama channel ITV Encore.
In a joint statement, the two broadcasters said: “Sky and the BBC have reached an agreement which reduces the BBC’s payments for platform services to zero. Alongside this, both parties have reached an agreement that secures the long-term availability of BBC channels and the BBC iPlayer on the Sky platform. We will also continue to discuss opportunities that offer viewers/Sky customers new and innovative ways to discover and consume BBC content.”
The issue was made a priority by the BBC’s director of strategy and digital, James Purnell, and BBC director general Tony Hall.
Sunday, no update
Saturday, no update