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Sky NZ is launching a +1 (-1 hour) timeshift version of Prime TV. It looks like it will run on Skys own transponder capacity. I would expect it to be in SD since they still won't give Freeview satellite viewers access to Prime in HD.
"It will be available to all Sky subscribers for no extra cost, and Freeview Satellite customers will be able to manually tune their receiver in order to get it."
Note Golf feed is still active 7.20pm NZ with some nice scenic shots
a few Friday feeds
D2 12547 H Sr 6978 ABC live at a major casualty incident in Melbourne CBD
Asiasat 5 3745 V Sr 7200 "golf"
Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7500 "tbs sng" Australian Tennis presentation FTA
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Report: Australians more than happy to pay for content
With Australia’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) now blocking their customers from a number of websites used to download copyrighted movies and TV shows for free, Roy Morgan Research has studied whose customers are most likely to pay for their downloads.
According to the firm, 1.45 million Australians aged 14+ buy movies and TV show downloads online in an average three-month period. In the 12 months to September 2016, these downloaders spent an estimated A$257 million (€182m) combined, Roy Morgan Research has found.
Among customers of the top five fixed broadband providers, Dodo’s are the most likely to purchase movies and TV shows for download (10.9 per cent), ahead of those with Telstra (10.4 per cent), Optus (9.4 per cent), and iiNet (8.4 per cent).
However, only 6.7 per cent of fixed broadband customers with TPG pay for any downloaded movies or TV shows in an average three months.
“The Federal Court at the end of last year ordered all Australian Internet Service Providers to block their customers from accessing websites used to download copyrighted content for free,” noted Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research. “Australians have reportedly long been among the world’s biggest offenders when it comes to piracy. Having consumers blocked from specific ‘torrenting’ sites is a victory for copyright holders and broadcastersbut as other sites and proxies spring up, it may soon become a game of whack-a-mole.”
“With this potentially only short-term barrier now in place, rights holders should take this opportunity to convince pirates to become payers. The rapid take-up of Subscription Video on Demand services such as Netflix and Stan shows that Australians are more than happy to pay for content. A long-term solution will need to include carrots as well as sticks, based on a comprehensive understanding of current paying downloaders.”
“Roy Morgan’s latest research finds that 1.45 million Australians pay for movie or TV show downloads, to the tune of over a quarter of a billion dollars last year. Of course, the true value of all the content downloaded is likely much higher. In order to judge the effectiveness of the new law in combatting piracy, it will be vital for copyright holders (and ISPs eager to curb further orders to block, report on or divulge information about their customers) to monitor the incidence and expenditure of content downloads over the coming years,” she concluded.
Sky NZ will launch Prime PLUS 1 next month
Sky has gotten onto the 'plus one' trend by offering a delayed service for Prime.
Starting next month, fans of MacGyver, Midsomer Murders and The Crowd Goes Wild will have a new way to watch their favourite shows.
Sky will launch Prime PLUS 1 on February 1. It will play the same shows as Prime but one hour behind.
The service will be available on Channel 514, and will go live at 6amthat day.
It will be available to all Sky subscribers for no extra cost, and Freeview Satellite customers will be able to manually tune their receiver in order to get it.
Prime is the latest New Zealand channel to offer the 'plus one' service.
TV3 was the first channel to offer it in 2009, followed by TVNZ 1 (2012), TVNZ 2 (2013) and Four (2014). The latter's service was replaced with Bravo + 1 when that channel launched last year.
Chinese end talks of Spacecom purchase
Talks between China’s Beijing Xinwei Technology Group and Spacecom of Israel have broken down. Some five months of dialogue, and not helped by the September 1st loss of the AMOS-6 satellite, have scuppered the prospects of a sale by Spacecom.
Spacecom, which operates the Amos fleet of satellites, simply says that the talks ended without a deal being agreed. Spacecom admitted that while they were never formally broken off, the two sides had not held discussions for some time.
Beijing Xinwei had previously agreed to pay $285 million (€268m) for Spacecom, and this sum was reduced to $190 million following the September 1st catastrophe. Jointly-agreed deadlines for the purchase to close were missed.
The good news is that Spacecom now says that it is in talks with other candidates
Japan Plans First Military Communications Satellite Launch
Japan anticipates the operationalization of a space-based X-band military communication satellite network.
Japan is set to launch its first military communications satellite next week. The Japanese satellite, known as the Kirameki-2, will be launched from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.
The launch in question was announced in November 2016 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which will coordinate the launch with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the country’s civilian space agency. Japanese military satellite plans were announced in early 2013, when the Ministry of Defense announced (PDF) a scheme for the construction, launch, and operation of a satellite network through 2030.
According to a press release, the launch vehicle will be an H-IIA liquid-fueled rocket. The satellite in question is described as an “X-band defense telecommunication satellite.”
The launch window is 4:44 pm through 5:58 pm local time on January 24, 2017. The launch of a first X-band satellite was delayed after a “a mishap with a blue tarpaulin damaged sensitive antennas during transportation to Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana” earlier this year, according to Reuters.
According to one Japanese Defense Ministry source who spoke to Reuters at the time of the delay, the purpose of the satellite network will be to help streamline Japanese military communications systems: “When we need to shift units to the southwest and troops are moving down from the north, we need a stable communications link.”
According to reports at the time, the damage to the first X-band satellite, which was originally planned as auxiliary payload on another JSAT satellite, the Superbird-8, is expected to delay the launch by more than a year and possibly up to two years. The satellite being launched on Tuesday is the second of a planned three-satellite network and comprises an exclusively military payload. The Superbird-8/Kirameki-1 satellite is now expected to launch in 2018.
Contrary to one early report, the planned satellite launch has nothing to do with Japan’s growing concern about a North Korean ballistic missile threat and does not provide any augmentation to existing land- and sea-based Japanese missile defense capabilities. Though Tokyo’s concerns about a North Korean ballistic missile threat has grown, Japan does not possess a satellite-based missile defense reconnaissance capability like that of the U.S. Air Force, which fields a space-based early warning system.
North Korea tested 24 ballistic missiles last year and is close to capable of striking Japan with a nuclear device with reliable accuracy. To counter the North Korean threat, Japan has increased trilateral information sharing on missile defense, carried out multiple exercises, issued open intercept orders, and plans on carrying out its first civilian evacuation drills preparing for a ballistic missile strike. In terms of missile defense, Japan currently fields Aegis-equipped destroyers as well as land-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors, and is considering purchase of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system from the United States.
4K Premier League on DirecTV
NBC Sports Group and AT&T will offer the first live US telecast of the Premier League in 4K ultra high definition (UHD) this weekend to eligible DirecTV 4K customers. DirecTV will distribute the coverage (on channel 106) in the 4K UHD format beginning this Saturday, January 21, with Manchester City v. Tottenham at 12:30 p.m. ET. Premier League coverage in 4K UHD will continue this Sunday, January 22, with Arsenal v. Burnley at 9:15 a.m. ET.
For the remainder of the 2016-17 season, NBC Sports Group will present select Premier League matches in 4K UHD via DirecTV. 4K UHD coverage of the Premier League will provide the same match coverage as the high definition broadcasts on NBC and NBCSN.
Previously, NBC Sports Group and DirecTV have presented coverage of Notre Dame Football and the Rio Olympic Games in 4K UHD.
“We’re excited to continue our commitment to provide fans with unprecedented coverage of the Premier League by offering matches in 4K this season on DirecTV,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports and NBCSN.
“Premier League action in the stunning detail and colour of 4K UHD on DirecTV will be a pitch perfect viewing experience, whether you’re a devoted or occasional fan of the game,” said Dan York, chief content officer for AT&T.
The games will also be available to DirecTV customers in standard and high-definition on their local NBC stations and on NBCSN.
Big update done for Lyngsat on Thaicom 5/6 KU band. Received in Perth on the 2.7M dish!
D2 12706 V Grace tv has started fta, sid 14 vpid 1660 mpg2 apid 1620
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Intelsat 18 180.0E 3753 R "AFN Sports 2 and AFN Sports Korea" have started on , PowerVu.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E ZTTV has started on 3726 V and 4148 V, clear.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 10970 V Gemporia, High News, Movies Now 2, Naaptol Telugu and Zee TV India +1 have started on , Videoguard. Travel Trendz TV, Best Deal TV, Samay UP/Uttarakhand, Insync, Cine 21, Ahsas TV and R-Vision have left.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "Samay" has left .
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G-Sat 10 83.0E 11590 V DD India has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "T Sports Channel" is now encrypted.
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TV Lao, Fan TV, Cartoon Club, Samrujlok, Khongdee, MySci, Zaa Network, Bang Channel, GTH On Air, Thai Parliament TV and Dhamma Media Channel" have left.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12405 V "5 Special has replaced 5 Biscope" on , Conax.
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Arianespace to launch Indonesia’s Telkom-3S in February
Arianespace is set to launch the latest communications satellite from PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) in February, according to the state-owned telco’s chief technology officer.
Ariane 5 rocket with Star One D1 and JCSAT 15 satellites Dec 16 Telkom 3S, built by Thales Alenia Space, is reported by the Jakarta Post to be worth US$199.7 million. It will expand the operator’s C-band capacity from its orbital position at 118° East, while also offering high-definition (HD) TV and remote Ku-band GSM/internet services. “This satellite will be our third and it will support our voice and data services,” Telkom’s Abdus Somad Arief said during the 2017 Internet Retailing Expo Jakarta event.
Telkom 3S’ launch by Arianespace will follow seven successful flights by the French company’s Ariane 5 heavy lift vehicle in 2016, finishing in December with Brazil’s Star One D1 relay platform and Japan’s JCSAT-15 (pictured on the Korou launch pad). In total, Arianespace performed 11 successful flights last year.
Abdus said that Telkom also plans to launch the Telkom-4 satellite in June 2018, to provide 100Gbps Internet connection and replace the aging Telkom-1.
As well as satellite connectivity, Indonesia’s state-owned telecommunication company also uses a cable network spanning 106,000km from the western part of Indonesia to Europe through Asia, and from the eastern part of the archipelago to the US through Guam.
China's quantum communication satellite delivered for use
The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite is the first-ever space-ground test platform for quantum communication, said Wang Jianyu, executive deputy chief engineer of the project.
China's quantum communication satellite, launched last August, is officially operational after four months of in-orbit testing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Wednesday.
Testing of the satellite, payloads and space-ground links have been completed, the CAS said, adding that everything was operating properly.
The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite is the first-ever space-ground test platform for quantum communication, said Wang Jianyu, executive deputy chief engineer of the project.
The research team has begun to carry out experiments and preliminary data has been obtained, said Pan Jianwei, chief scientist on the project.
China successfully launched the world's first quantum satellite from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Aug. 16, 2016.
QUESS will explore "hack-proof" quantum communications by transmitting unhackable keys from space, and provide insight into the strangest phenomenon in quantum physics - quantum entanglement.
Gomspace Signs On With Chinese Private Launch Firm For Satellite Push
A series of satellites will be launched by Landspace Technology Corporation of Beijing for the Danish firm, Gomspace.
The contract signing between Gomspace and Landspace Technology Corporation.
According to the contract, Landspace will use their Landspace-1 rocket to put Gomspace's satellites into orbit in 2018. Landspace CEO Zhang Changwu said his company could not have won recognition from the overseas client without decades of efforts by Chinese workers in the aerospace industry, which has been developing for 60 years.
GomSpace was founded in 2007 with a mission to be engaged in the global market for space systems and services through the introduction of new products, such as components, platforms and systems, all based on smallsat technology innovations. The company provides cost-effective, reliable subsystems and platform solutions to the expanding smallsat markets as well as develops new products and mission concepts for smallsats.
Additionally, GomSpace implements pre-operational demonstration missions of new nanosatellite based services that can be spun out as individual service businesses. They also provide an extensive portfolio of commercially available off the shelf subsystems and software components for nanosatellites as well as turnkey smallsat projects providing customers with full platform and mission solutions.
The total value of the global aerospace market could hit 485 billion US dollars by 2020, according to market estimates, with the market value in China alone reaching 800 billion yuan (116 billion US dollars) during the 2016-2020 period. Sun Jiadong, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the aerospace industry matters not only for space exploration, but also for economic and social development. The civil aerospace industry has great potential and will grow very quickly, Sun said.
Clocks 'failed' onboard Europe's navigation satellites: ESA
Europe's beleaguered Galileo satnav has suffered another setback, with clocks failing onboard a number of satellites in space, the European Space Agency said Wednesday.
Designed to render Europe independent from America's GPS, the 10 billion-euro ($11 billion) project may experience further delays as the cause of the failure is investigated, ESA director general Jan Woerner told journalists in Paris.
Eighteen orbiters have been launched for the Galileo constellation to date, a number that will ultimately be boosted to 30 operational satellites and two spares.
Early, initial services were launched in December, and the failure of nine clocks out of 72 launched to date has not affected operation, Woerner said.
No satellite has been declared "out" as a result of the glitch.
"However, we are not blind... If this failure has some systematic reason we have to be careful" not to place more flawed clocks in space, he said.
Each Galileo satellite has four ultra-accurate atomic timekeepers -- two that use rubidium and two hydrogen maser.
Three rubidium and six hydrogen maser clocks are not working, with one satellite sporting two failed timekeepers.
Each orbiter needs just one working clock for the satnav to work -- the rest are spares.
The question now, Woerner said, is "should we postpone the next launch until we find the root cause?"
The next four satellites were to have been hoisted into space in the second half of 2017.
"You can say we wait until we find the solution, but that means if more clocks are failing then we are reducing the capability of Galileo," the director general said.
"If we launch we will at least sustain if not increase the possibility of Galileo, but we may take the risk (of) a systematic problem."
It was also not known whether the broken clocks can be fixed.
ESA boasts that Galileo has the most accurate atomic clocks ever flown for geolocalisation.
Similar to traditional clocks relying on the tick of a pendulum, atomic timekeepers also count regular oscillations, in this case switches between energy states of atoms stimulated by heat or light.
The project has already experienced many setbacks, taking 17 years and more than triple the original budget before going live last month.
In August 2014, after a more than year-long delay over "technical difficulties", satellites number five and six were placed into a lopsided, elliptical orbit -- delaying subsequent launches.
The civilian-controlled service is seen as strategically important for Europe, which relies on two military-run rivals -- GPS and Russia's GLONASS.
Neither provides a guarantee of uninterrupted service.
Woerner defended the decision to create an autonomous European satnav system based on European technology.
"If you want to be competitive in the global market you should not rely in too many aspects on the technology of others," he said.
"If you only use proven technology, you have no further development... We ought to take risks in order to learn, in order to be competitive in the future."
Last October, ESA's Mars lander Schiaparelli, designed to test technology for a future rover, crashed into the Red Planet.
It had been Europe's second failed attempt to reach the Martian surface.
US consumers unworried by digital piracy damage
A new survey by digital platform security specialist Irdeto has found that 74 per cent of US consumers said that producing or sharing pirated video content is illegal.
Conducted online by YouGov, the survey also found that 69 per cent of respondents think that streaming or downloading pirate content is illegal. While a majority of consumers are aware of piracy and are able to recognise pirated content, that knowledge isn’t preventing many consumers from pirating. Nearly one-third (32 per cent) of respondents said that they watch pirated content. With many consumers eager to pirate content to seek out the programming they desire, pirate businesses continue to grow.
According to Irdeto, content owners, movie studios and operators need to continue to introduce innovative product offerings as well as invest in additional content protection strategies to prevent pirates from stealing additional market share.
In addition, the survey found that when told that pirated video content can result in studios losing money, meaning they cannot invest in creating content, 39 per cent of consumers said that this knowledge has no effect on the amount of pirated video content they want to watch. Even more concerning is that only 19 per cent of respondents said that the financial damage caused by piracy would stop them from watching pirated content altogether.
However, many consumers do fully understand the negative impact piracy has on the content creation business. When consumers watch pirated video content such as movies, TV series or live sports, it results in content creators losing money that would be dedicated toward future video content, while also typically benefiting criminal organisations, Irdeto points out.
“The negative impact that piracy has on the content creation industry extends much further than lost revenue,” said Lawrence Low, Vice President of Business Development and Sales, Irdeto. “Piracy deters content creators from investing in new content, impacting the creative process and providing consumers with less choice. It is becoming increasingly important for operators and movie studios to educate consumers on the tactics employed by pirates and to further promote innovative offerings that allow consumers to legally acquire content.”
As for to the most-popular pirated content, the survey found an even split between consumers who prefer to pirate movies and TV shows. 24 per cent of consumers who watch pirated content are most interested in watching TV series. An additional 24 per cent of respondents are most interested in pirated movies that are currently showing in theatres. The survey also found that consumers are interested in pirating DVD and Blu-ray movies (18 per cent), live sports (10 per cent) and OTT original content from Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and others (9 per cent).
“Education on the impact of piracy to consumers is an important element of an anti-piracy strategy,” said Rory O’Connor, Vice President of Services, Irdeto. “It is important for content owners to educate themselves on the three elements of consumer choice when selecting a service: content, value and convenience. To avoid pirates stealing market share, content owners and operators need to make sure they are implementing a comprehensive, 360 degree anti-piracy strategy that includes watermarking, detection and enforcement.”
Thanks for the feedback about the issue with png images on Apple devices. I will switch back to JPG and later on convert the png images that are on the page back to jpgs. and I have changed VLC player back to JPG as the default for producing screenshots.
D2 12584 V Sr 30000 Cam 1,Cam 2, Cam 3, Cam 4, Cam 5 all showing colour bars
D2 12607 V sr 7400 "popup 1"
D2 12617 V sr 7400 "popup 2"
most likely these will be Tennis for Sky NZ's popup channels
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New Zealand Racing on racing.com
Premium New Zealand Racing comes to Racing.com
The best of New Zealand's world class racing is coming to Racing.com.
Beginning on January 14 with the Group 1 Levin Classic program from Trentham, a selection of premium race meetings from New Zealand will be broadcast on free-to-air television in Australia for the first time via Racing.com.
New Zealand has a long history of producing some of the finest horses, jockeys and trainers in world racing, and has proven to be the source of many success stories in Australia since racing began.
Star gallopers Mongolian Khan, Turn Me Loose, Volkstok'n'barrell, Sofia Rosa, Sacred Elixir, Provocative and Tavago are just some of the names in recent years to emerge from New Zealand and win Group 1 races in Australia.
The five premium race meetings that will be broadcast on free-to-air by Racing.com include:
Saturday, January 14, 2017 Trentham: Group 1 Levin Classic 1600m 3yo
Saturday, January 21, 2017 Trentham: Group 1 Telegraph 1200m (Coverage begins at 9.30am AEDT)
Saturday, January 28, 2017 Trentham: Group 1 Thorndon Mile 1600m
Sunday, January 29, 2017 Ellerslie: Karaka Million (Night Meeting) 1200m 2yo
Saturday, February 11, 2017 Te Rapa: Group 1 Herbie Dyke 2000m
Racing.com will also broadcast the New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale on January 30 and 31 from Karaka.
The five premium New Zealand race meetings will be broadcast on Racing.com free-to-air channels 78 and 68.
Please Note: New Zealand race meetings will not broadcast on Foxtel Channel 529 and Racing.com Digital Platform (website and app).
Freeviewplus Goes From Strength to Strength
From Press Release: FreeView
Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 10:04 am
Freeviewplus Goes From Strength to Strength
The free On Demand and live TV platform, created by Freeview in partnership with leading free-to-air broadcasters TVNZ, MediaWorks and Māori Television, has seen consistent growth since launching in July 2015.
There are now over 100,000 FreeviewPlus enabled devices throughout the country, and over 220,000 FreeviewPlus devices have been sold.
Sam Irvine, Freeview General Manager, believes that the growth to date is just the beginning. “Now more than ever, Kiwis are looking for simple, good value viewing options, and we believe an element of FreeviewPlus’s continued growth is certainly due to that.
“In a complex world where we find ourselves increasingly overwhelmed by choice, Freeview provides refreshingly simple solutions. Our range of options, all free, give Kiwis the ability to choose what best suits their viewing needs - whether they want to be able to watch live TV, On Demand, or to record.
“We're delighted with the results that have been achieved over the 18 months since launch, and the progress FreeviewPlus continues to make. We’ve also got some exciting developments planned this year, that will make the viewing experience even better for our users,” says Irvine.
FreeviewPlus was the first TV platform in New Zealand to combine Live TV and On Demand, allowing viewers to watch it all on their TVs, and is free to access via any FreeviewPlus TV, set top box or recorder.
Irvine says that despite Freeview’s success, there's still something of a misconception regarding the quality of programming available on free-to-air.
"It’s interesting that some viewers still think that if you're not paying a regular subscription fee, you're not getting the best content, which just isn’t the case.
“Viewers can find 96 of New Zealand’s top 100 programmes on Freeview. There are world class TV shows, movies, sport and radio programmes from leading broadcasters, including TVNZ, MediaWorks, Māori Television, RNZ, Prime, Choice TV, Al Jazeera and more, available to enjoy for free.
“There’s a wealth of great local content like Attitude, Find Me a Māori Bride, Our Big Blue Backyard, The Mo Show and Country Calendar, and the latest seasons of top international blockbusters such as Humans, and Sherlock.
“The broadcasters bring us films like The Dark Horse, Frost Nixon and documentaries like In The Shadow Of The Moon and Marley - as well as cult hits and major sports events like the Olympics and NFL,” says Irvine.
FreeviewPlus also features some fantastic On Demand content from the likes of Friday Night Bites, The Boardroom, to YouTube sensations like Simon's Cat, and kids’ favourites like Pokemon XYZ, Wiki the Kiwi and Paw Patrol.
ABS issued operator licences for Papua New Guinea
ABS has been granted the Network, Applications and Gateway Operator licences to serve Papua New Guinea (PNG) from the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA). The licences awarded will allow ABS to operate as a telecom operator as well as a satellite service provider.
ABS is the first international satellite operator to incorporate a company in PNG, known as ABS Global Satellite Limited (AGSL) to provide information communication technology (ICT) services, registered with the Investment Promotions Authority. ABS has been in partnership with NICTA since 2008, which has resulted in a number of orbital slot positions around the world brought into use by ABS by deploying several satellites currently at such orbital locations. AGSL has met all due diligence requirements and its licence applications were approved by the NICTA Board on December 16th 2016. The three Individual Operator Licences granted by NICTA are technology neutral and now give AGSL the rights to provide ICT services in accordance with NICT (Operator Licensing) Regulation 2010.
ABS initially plans to set up a major teleport in Port Moresby to provide connectivity from its Asian gateway though the ABS-6 satellite which will bring cost effective internet connectivity and VSAT services into the country. From the gateway hub, we will also offer more affordable internet access to remotes in underserved rural regions and outlying islands transforming the market with accessible and reliable services.
ABS will be primarily engaged in satellite based or satellite support telecom infrastructure, but where necessary will deploy fiber or microwave to complement the connectivity requirements. Cellular mobile service is also allowed under the licence and may be contemplated in the future.
“The approval of the telecommunication licences is an important milestone and development for ABS in the South Pacific region. The challenge in the Pacific has been to deliver high quality resilient and cost effective voice and data solutions. Improvement in connectivity paves an opportunity for sustainable growth in PNG and is central to bridging the gap with its rural areas and neighboring countries,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “PNG is the land of the unexpected, and we at ABS are happy to bring competition into the market place to enable the provision of more affordable telecom services to the ultimate benefit of the PNG populace.”
Charles Punaha, CEO of NICTA, commented, “PNG internet penetration remains below 10%, which is very low on a global scale. This is mainly because the cost of rolling out a network in PNG is very expensive, compounded by the topographical conditions of the country, with isolated communities. We are pleased at the entry of the first satellite operator into the country to bring competition for the provision of ICT services which will result in more economical pricing. This will in turn trigger a higher demand for services supporting the development of the country.”
Global Eagle Entertainment Plays Cricket ... Gains Worldwide Rights
Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (GEE) (NASDAQ:ENT) has entered into broadcasting agreement for a sport that actually stops for a tea break. "Matches can (and do!) last for days, the players wear woolly jumpers, and games often break for high tea on the village green."
Global Eagle Entertainment today announced it has entered into an agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to offer telecasts of major events to commercial flights and cruise ships through its global VSAT networks. The ICC is the global governing body for cricket. Representing 105 members, the ICC governs and administrates the game and is responsible for the staging of major international tournaments including the ICC World Cup and Women’s World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Men’s and Women’s World T20. The ICC presides over the ICC Code of Conduct and appoints the umpires and referees who officiate at all sanctioned Test matches, One Day International and Twenty20 Internationals. The ICC Development department works with associate and affiliate members to improve the quality of international cricket, build better cricket systems, get more people playing cricket and grow the game.
The ICC has granted GEE worldwide rights to provide 1,140 hours of live cricket programming over a four-year period, from 2016-2019. The 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 Cricket World Cup are among the 172 important events to be offered.
Jim Griffiths, senior vice president, content distribution and purchasing, of GEE said, “Cricket is a leading global sport, and the ICC broadcasts will be well received by devoted fans and newcomers alike. We are particularly excited that one of the world’s most viewed events, the Cricket World Cup, is among the broadcasts.”
Campbell Jamieson, ICC General Manager, Commercial added, “A key component of the ICC strategy is to create an environment where cricket is exciting to play and watch, while improving the quality and reach of the international game. Our partnership with GEE enables us to expand our live broadcast reach to include airline and maritime audiences across the globe which is an exciting opportunity."
Today’s announcement adds to GEE’s growing portfolio of sporting events agreements. Last year, the company signed separate global distribution contracts with Lagardère Sports and Premiership Rugby to broadcast telecasts of their popular sporting events.
China to launch satellite for predicting earthquakes
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Beijing: China will launch a satellite this year to gather electromagnetic data which may be used in monitoring and forecasting earthquakes.
According to China’s earthquake administrative agencies on Tuesday, the satellite will be launched in the latter half of this year, Xinhua news agency reported.
Movements of the Earth’s crust generate electromagnetic radiation which can be observed from space.
By collecting data on the Earth’s electromagnetic field, ionosphere plasma and high-energy particles, the satellite will be used in real-time monitoring of earthquakes and possible seismic precursors in China and neighbouring regions.
The satellite will be China’s first space-based platform for earthquake monitoring, providing a new approach for research.
According to Shen Xuhui, deputy chief of the mission, it is designed to remain in orbit for five years and record the electromagnetic situation of earthquakes above 6 magnitude in China and quakes above 7 magnitude all over the world.
Scientists are expecting to find common factors that may be used to develop earthquake forecasting technology, Shen said.
Sony targets youth with second Hindi music channel Sony ROX HD
Its library consists of latest Hindi film music in 1080i resolution that is enhanced by Dolby Audio
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) launched its second Hindi music channel Sony ROX HD, positioned as a premium true-blue HD Hindi music channel. The channel aims at contemporary music enthusiast among 15 to 21-year-olds and is a pay channel available on platforms like Tata Sky, Fastway and In Cable.
This is among the 10 channels that are to be added to the SPN bouquet this calendar. The network will be adding Ten Sports channels it bought from Zee last year in the coming month and will launch four more channels including an infotainment channel in partnership with BBC (called BBC Earth) and a kids' channel.
Sony ROX HD's library consists of latest Hindi film music in high definition visual format of 1080i resolution that is enhanced by Dolby Audio. The programming follows the dayparted playout which proved to be a success with the network's first music channel Sony Mix. Dayparted playout refers to programming the channel according to the time of the day, mood mapping the content with the day part.
NP Singh, CEO, SPN, says: "There were 15 channels when we ventured into the Music genre five years back. We wanted to create the most music-centered destination on Indian television and Sony MIX went beyond our expectations on that count. Building on this gratifying experience, we decided to launch Sony ROX HD and now, with this launch, we are geared to take a leadership position in the broadcast of music entertainment by curating an incredible experience for music lovers. While MIX will cater to SD households, ROX HD shall set itself as the premium contemporary music channel for youth in HD households."
At the centre of it is a comprehensive music content acquisition strategy ensuring the tie-ups with all the leading labels in contemporary music: T-series, ZEE music, Sony Music, YRF, Eros Music, UTV-Disney and TIPS.
Apart from popular Bollywood music, the channel will air specials like 'ROX Original artiste of the Month' to support and promote upcoming Indie artistes on national television. There is a segment that talks about the basics of music and technicalities in different genres under the name School of Music.
Neeraj Vyas, senior EVP & business head, Hindi Movies & Music Cluster, SPN adds: "A youth-focused contemporary Hindi music channel, Sony ROX HD's music content and programming initiatives will make it the leading hangout destination on TV for 15-21-year old's. We are a 'True-Blue HD Hindi Music Channel' ensuring our viewers enjoy music that looks good, sounds great and feels awesome."
Vyas adds that packaging of the channel has been planned keeping in mind the positioning. From blue colour in the logo, to clean interface, the channel aims to de-clutter the experience for viewers. He also revealed that the decision to include songs from the past decade is has two reasons.
"Not only do songs from movies like Aja Nachle (2008) have resonance among young listeners today, but videos from this time lends themselves easily for conversion to HD. The visual and audio experience of Sony Rox HD is one of its USP's," he said.
The channel will be promoted extensively across all Sony Pictures Networks' HD channels, carrier platforms, coupled with print, a robust digital and social media presence to engage with audiences at different touch points.as part of this Sony ROX HD introduced the first two ROX Original Artistes at an event in Mumbai.
While the event saw attendance by the press, it was also seen by more than 15 million followers of the SPN network channels via a simulcast Facebook Live broadcast, a first for any channel in the country. Digital innovations such as these will continue to take place as the channel grows.
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Our Telekom Boosts Connectivity
Our Telekom is in the process of upgrading its receiving antenna size, increasing the amount of throughput available to their subscribers.
The decision to move to the larger antenna was made due to the rapid growth in data usage by Our Telekom subscribers.
Our Telekom currently employs a 2.4M antenna to receive the O3b satellite signal, and will upgrade to a 4.5M antennathe largest O3b offers to customers. This will enable the service provider to reach throughput speeds up to a staggering 2Gbps from a single O3b satellite beam. With such high throughput, coupled with O3b’s ultra-low latency, consumers and businesses across the Solomon Islands will have access to even more bandwidth than the fiber-like service being offered by Our Telekom already.
The low latency inherent in O3b’s satellite-enabled network has been embraced by consumers, businesses, and even institutions of higher learning. For Our Telecom’s university customers, including University South Pacific and Solomon Islands National University, the improved connectivity has enabled distance education, live ultra HD video streaming, high-speed downloads, cloud-based applications and crystal clear voice calls.
Our Telekom will use the further enhancements to their connectivity to expand their 3G networks across the country. Using the new 4.5m terminal in conjunction with the existing antennas will provide extremely high link availability, allowing the company to provide better service than customers have ever experienced.
“We have had satellite service in the Solomon Islands for a long time, but with the low latency that O3b provides we’ve seen unprecedented growth in data usage,” said Loyley Ngira, CEO of Our Telekom. “Since the start of service with O3b in April 2015, we have already seen a traffic increase of greater than 120%. It was prudent to build infrastructure to support future growth for the people of the Solomon Islands, and this new antenna is a great foundation for Our Telekom to continue to offer high-quality services to our customers.”
“We are delighted that Our Telekom has shown confidence in O3b Networks by installing this new hardware,” said Imran Malik, Vice President Asia. “The Solomon Islands will have quality of connectivity on par with cities like Sydney or Suva, allowing the government, universities, businesses and consumers here to stay fully connected.”
About O3b Networks
O3b Networks Ltd. is a provider of global managed communication services and operates both a state-of-the-art fleet of high throughput, low latency satellites and a global terrestrial infrastructure. O3b delivers carrier-grade Data Networking Solutions to ISPs, telcos, mobile network operators, governments and enterprises in the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet. O3b Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG).
About Our Telekom
Solomon Telekom Company Limited (Our Telekom), since October 2014, is a 100% Solomon Islands owned company between the country’s only superannuation fund Solomon Islands National Provident Fund, (SINPF) which hold 97.32% of the shares, and the government owned Investment Corporation of the Solomon Islands (ICSI) which owns 2.68% of the shares.
Solomon Telekom Company Limited was incorporated as a private company, on 21st July 1988. Today it is a full service provider offering internet, voice, data (locally and internationally) and television services.
Internet Adoption Drives Palau Telecoms to Increase Capacity Over O3b Network for Fifth Time in Under Two Years
Consistently Rising Data Use by Subscribers Leads Palau ISP to Increase Connectivity
ST. HELIER, Jersey, Channel Islands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--O3b Networks today announced that its customer Palau Telecoms has increased network capacity for the fifth time in less than 24 months, nearly doubling its service capacity since going live over O3b.
Palau Telecoms has increased network capacity with @O3bSatellites for the 5th time in less than 24 months
“Our link over O3b enables Palau Telecoms customers to do more than they expected with their internet connection, enabling new solutions for consumers, schools, the tourism industry, and other businesses across the islands,” said Sam Masang, CEO of Palau Telecoms. “We continue to add capacity because our subscribers continue to find new productive ways to use bandwidth, and we expect the trend to continue.”
Palau Telecoms went live over the fiber-equivalent O3b network, enabled by both a cutting edge satellite constellation as well as best-in-class terrestrial infrastructure, in January 2015. The ISP has since upgraded regularly to keep up with subscriber demand, twice each in 2015 and 2016, and already once in 2017.
“Palau Telecoms has proven what an incredible need there is for high performance connectivity across the Pacific,” said Imran Malik, VP of Asia Pacific & the Middle East for O3b Networks. “O3b has focused on providing connectivity that performs just like fiber, with the availability of a fiber connection, for places where fiber is not possible.”
Palau Telecoms is one of two private sector Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on the Island of Palau, a remote archipelago of more than 300 islands located South East of the Philippines in the Western Pacific Ocean. Palau's economy consists primarily of tourismespecially scuba diving and snorkelling amongst World War II wreckage and natural coral reefsagriculture and fishing, with the government being the largest single employer.
About O3b Networks Limited
O3b Networks Limited is a global managed data communications service provider operating both space based and terrestrial networks. O3b offers modern carrier-grade IP communications services and applications to ISPs, telco, governments and enterprises in the most remote and inaccessible parts of the planet. O3b Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG).
About Palau Telecoms
Palau Telecoms was pioneered by Palau Communications & Electronics Company (PCEC), which has been operating since 1987 under Palau Equipment Company Inc. It began with providing communications through UHF, VHF, and SSB Radios.
Palau Telecoms was added to the company to bring broadband, wireless internet to the island and give businesses and consumers a choice when it comes to internet services. For more information, please visit www.palautelecoms.com.
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TRT expands distribution
TRT has signed a new agreement to launch its international news platform TRT World on 10 additional satellites and expand its reach and viewership. This multi-year agreement was signed with Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, and Türksat, Turkey’s first and unique satellite operator.
TRT World will be able to be viewed all over the world in new territories (190 countries in total) via Türksat and 10 additional major broadcast satellites operating across Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa, Australia and America. This expanded reach has already begun and will be completed in the coming months.
Director General of TRT Şenol Göka states that he is proud of signing an important project with Globecast and Türksat. Göka states: “As TRT World, we keep growing and making new international broadcast agreements. With this deal, TRT World’s reporting-from-the-field approach to creating news that focuses on the humanitarian aspect of the stories, will be available in 190 countries. TRT World will continue to bring a new perspective to international news broadcasting to an expanded global audience.”
Singapore: BBC Earth tops factual channels
In December 2016, BBC Earth ranked number one among the factual channels in Singapore, topping the charts for the fourth time in a year. Data from StarHub SmarTAM indicated the channel to be the leading factual channel for live TV audiences aged four and above in December 2016, surpassing six other channels in the same category. BBC Earth also topped the charts in January, February and August 2016.
The channel was led to the top by high performing programmes including BBC Earth’s landmark natural history ratings buster, Planet Earth II, with its Deserts episode securing high viewership in Singapore.
“BBC Earth’s number one ranking in Singapore in December is strong indication that audiences here recognise and appreciate the quality of our shows,” said David Weiland, EVP Asia for BBC Worldwide. “We have a long-standing commitment to produce and deliver stimulating, intelligent content that informs, educates and entertains our audiences the world over. This ranking inspires us to continue to deliver shows that will inspire and amaze viewers.”
4KUniverse, DiaDem sign 10 year China deal
4KUniverse, the 24/7 Ultra HD general entertainment channel launched in North America by Matthew Mancinelli, has signed a 10-year agreement with tech company DiaDem Technologies to distribute the channel throughout China.
The wide-ranging agreement gives DiaDem Technologies exclusive distribution rights to 4KUniverse in China, grants them authority to secure content approval with the Chinese government and becomes the technology backbone to launch 4KUniverse’S 4K linear and 4K SVoD offering across all platforms.
“It’s refreshing that both Gordon Gu, CEO of Diadem Technologies and I share the same vision about 4K market growth, rapid deployment of fiber internet speeds and the eventual rollout of 5G mobile technology, says Founder/CEO of 4KUniverse, Matthew Mancinelli. “I look forward to working together to distribute the 4KUniverse channel to the millions of Chinese who currently, and will eventually, own a 4K-enabled device.”
Raduga-Internet starts satellite internet on Ka-band
Russian satellite operator Raduga-Internet has started providing internet services over the Russian satellite Express-AM6 on the Ka-band, reports Comnews.ru. The services are available for customers in Western Russia, the Urals and Siberia.
Services can be used with end-user equipment from Hughes Jupiter. Download speeds reach up to 12 Mbps, and the upload speed totals up to 3 Mbps. The company plans to increase the speeds significantly soon. A monthly subscription to the 'Unlimited' tariff plan costs RUB 500, the end-user equipment is RUB 29,000, and standard installation is charged RUB 6,000.
CASBAA: Indian TV regulations threaten investment
CASBAA, the Association of Asia’s pay-TV Industry, has applauded the judicial review now underway in India of proposed extension and tightening of India’s pay-TV rate regulations.
The Madras High Court is currently reviewing the clash between the rights of copyright owners around the world and new tariff regulations proposed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The court has ordered the TRAI not to give effect to the rules until the underlying issues are considered, with a hearing now set for January 19th.
CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter observed that the new rules would be a major negative factor for the business environment in the $17 billion Indian media industry. “India’s pay-TV regulations have long been among the strictest in the world”, he said. “The proposed new rules are highly intrusive and would make the environment much worse. Such a heavy-handed regulatory regime will inevitably hit foreign companies’ interest in investing in India.”
Indian law gives copyright owners the ability to price and sell their creative works. In filing the Madras suit, the petitioner broadcasting organisations denounced the TRAI regulation as contrary to these principles as enshrined in the law, and in international treaties to which India is a signatory. (The TRAI rules would establish a controlled price regime by mandating a la carte channel supply, setting the ceiling, by specific genres, that broadcasting organisations can charge to multichannel programme distributors, limiting discounts, prescribing carriage fees, and stipulating a compulsory distribution fee to be paid by Broadcasting Organisations to multichannel programme distributors.
CASBAA has long expressed concern about India’s previous rate regulations, which included a cable retail price freeze imposed in 2004 “until the market became more competitive” and never revoked.
“Today, India’s television content market is among the most competitive in the world,” said Slaughter. “Modern cable MSOs, six different DTH platforms and now online OTT television are all giving Indian consumers a wide range of viewing options.”
CASBAA’s Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros observed that “As convergence and greater competition sweep the TV economy, other governments around the world are eliminating rate controls, to give more scope to competition among traditional and new online providers. In the last few years, Korea and Taiwan have both undertaken to liberalise their pay-TV price controls, leaving India as the last market economy in Asia with a hyper-regulatory regime. The proposed new rules would take India in the opposite direction from the rest of the world.”
SpaceX success; plans extra launch facilities
SpaceX enjoyed a textbook success with the launch of a 10-satellite cargo for telco Iridium on January 14th. The launch was the first since a catastrophic explosion back on September 1st 2016. Thales Alenia was the prime contractor for Iridium with ATK as the sub-contractor.
The Elon Musk-backed rocket company then successfully landed the Falcon 9’s booster stage onto its floating landing barge, named “just read the instructions” and spot-on onto the centre of the barge.
SpaceX has also said it is looking to develop extra launch/landing sites at Cape Canaveral in Florida. SpaceX needs the extra facilities in order to simultaneously land the three core recoverable stages from its Falcon 9 ‘Heavy’ rocket.
Elon Musk’s team have their eyes on Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 13 and various studies are now underway on the potential environmental impact for the expansion. The scheme covers more than just one landing area at Complex 13, and plans show that SpaceX will build two new reinforced concrete pads, about a half-metre thick, and additional to the existing ‘main’ pad at the Complex.
The expansion would include new access roads, fire and other safety elements, and the construction of a new 45,000 litre water storage tank (which helps reduce noise of a rocket’s lift-off).
Catching Cassini's call
This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn. ESA's sensitive tracking antennas at New Norcia, Western Australia, and Malargue, Argentina, are being called in to help with crucial observations during Cassini's last months in orbit, dubbed the 'Grand Finale'.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is one of the most successful exploration endeavours ever. Launched in October 1997, the Cassini orbiter delivered Europe's Huygens probe to the surface of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan in 2005, just a few months after becoming the first spacecraft to enter orbit around the giant gas planet.
In addition to Huygens' historic delivery 12 years ago on 14 January, Cassini has returned a wealth of information from Saturn's system, including images and other data from the massive planet, its multiple moons and its hauntingly beautiful system of rings.
Now running low on fuel, Cassini will be commanded to dive into Saturn's upper atmosphere on 15 September, where it will burn up like a meteor.
As part of its final ambitious observing plan, the craft began last month making a series of 20 orbits, arcing high above the planet's north pole then diving down, skimming the narrow F-ring at the edge of the main rings.
Then, starting in April, Cassini will leap over the rings to begin its final series of 22 daring dives, taking it between the planet and the inner edge of the rings.
ESA's Big Iron listens in
Between December 2016 and July 2017, ESA' ground stations will work with NASA's Deep Space Network to record radio signals transmitted by Cassini across 1.6 billion km, helping scientists to study Saturn's atmosphere and its enigmatic rings, bringing us closer to understanding its origins.
They will record signals transmitted from Cassini that have crossed or bounced off Saturn's atmosphere or rings. Variations in the strength and frequency contain valuable information on the composition, state and structure of whatever they have passed through.
In addition, tiny wobbles in Cassini's orbit due to the varying pull of gravity can be teased from the signals, helping to build our understanding of the planet's interior.
The first three recording passes involving ESA stations were conducted in December, followed by two more on 3 and 10 January. Twenty more deep-space link-ups are scheduled.
"For the first few months of 2017, we're mostly recording signals that will transit through the ring system or the atmosphere," says Daniel Firre, the service manager at ESA's mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
"After April, as Cassini's orbit gets lower, we'll switch to recording signals to be used for gravity analysis."
The recordings - some batches comprising up to 25 GB - are passed to the Cassini radio science team for analysis.
"The ESA stations are helping to acquire extremely important radio science data from Cassini, highlighting how interagency cooperation can make planetary missions even more valuable," notes Aseel Anabtawi, from the radio science group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Some recording contacts between Cassini and Earth will last over 10 hours, and require technically complex handovers of the signal from an ESA to a NASA station and vice versa. In addition, specialists in Darmstadt must perform very precise frequency calculations for the recording passes.
"Supporting Cassini radio science for the mission's Grand Finale requires not only teamwork at ESA, but also deep collaboration between the agencies," says ESA's Thomas Beck, responsible for ground station services.
"This is part of our continuing mutual support that is yielding real scientific and engineering value."
PBS Kids Lands Its Own National TV Channel
More than 100 licensees will launch standalone network this year
PBS launched its first-ever national 24/7 PBS Kids channel today, which will be provided by member stations on television and live-streamed across digital platforms.
The free service, which will be entirely educational programming, was unveiled by PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger Sunday at the Television Critics Association press event.
The PBS Kids channel is expected to be launched by 108 licensees by the end of the year, which will make it available to 90 percent of U.S. TV households. On Monday, 75 licensees will debut the channel, with more rolling it out in the coming months.
No patience? The new network will be available as a live stream on pbskids.org and on the free PBS Kids Video App for mobile and tablet devices. That live stream will introduce integrated games later this year.
Participating stations will provide the PBS Kids 24/7 channel in addition to their current primary PBS channel, which will continue to feature a PBS Kids day part.
Beginning April 21, 2017, the new channel will debut “PBS Kids Family Night,” weekly family viewing events featuring movie specials or themed programming every Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and repeating on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
“By offering PBS Kids programming 24/7, PBS stations will extend the reach and impact that they already have in their communities, where they provide essential services for families,” said Kerger. “With the launch of the multi-platform 24/7 PBS Kids channel, all of America’s children will be able to access our trusted educational content anywhere, anytime and through any device. As the only free national 24/7 kids’ TV service in the U.S., the PBS Kids channel will be a game changer for all families especially our nation’s most under-served, many of whom do not attend preschool and rely solely on over-the-air television for media content.”
“We know from years of research that PBS Kids helps children build important social-emotional and school readiness skills, and that the learning potential of media is multiplied when parents co-view with their children,” said Lesli Rotenberg, senior vice president and general manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “We are encouraged to see how much parents value family viewing time, ranking PBS Kids as the number-one use of family screen time, because parent involvement is critical to our long-term vision of using the power of media to create a personalized learning experience that engages and meets the needs of kids, parents and teachers.”
Eutelsat 117 WB gets to work
Eutelsat’s 117 West B all-electric satellite, launched last June by SpaceX is now on position, fully tested and working to support clients, says Eutelsat.
The long gap between launch and service introduction is because E-117WB, once launched, used its own on-board electric propulsion to raise itself to its correct orbital position. This is now a tried and tested solution for satellite operators, but the process is slow when compared to chemical satellite propulsion.
The upside benefits, however, are considerable. Eutelsat would have saved millions of Euros in its launch cost, and while the satellite is designed for the usual 15-17 years of working life, it is quite likely to exceed that period thanks to its on-board Ion electric thrusters which maintain the satellite in position.
Originally planned as SatMex-9, this spacecraft is equipped with 48 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) connected to four beams providing premium coverage of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, the Andean region and the Southern Cone of South America. Eutelsat’s new satellite complements E-117 West A, launched in 2013, to create a multi-satellite neighbourhood at 117° West, which is already used by Millicom’s Tigo Star, Stargroup and Televisa. It will also provide key services to telecom operators and government service providers in Latin America.
Interestingly, E-117 WB is also carrying a special payload for the USA’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operated by electronics giant Raytheon, which supplies a Wide Area Augmentation System for the FAA. The system will go live in 2018, and is designed for civil aviation and will receive signals from ground stations that verify signal accuracy and rebroadcast the information to GPS users, including airline cockpits, the most demanding of civil GPS applications. It will increase GPS signal accuracy from 10 metres to 1-2 metres, thereby enhancing aviation safety for users in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the continental US including Alaska.
Trust chief warns of digital TV piracy risks
The head of pro-copyright education body The Industry Trust for IP Awareness has warned of the risks of pirating film, TV and sports content through unauthorised apps, suggesting that parents who engage in digital TV piracy have no idea of the associated risks to their families.
Writing for the Huffington Post, Liz Bales CEO of the Industry Trust, notes that Internet-connected TV set-top boxes and sticks are a great way to enjoy digital entertainment through the home television, with many people no doubt having received such a device this Christmas. “But new research reveals a growing number of people are using this technology to pirate film, TV and sports content through unauthorised apps. It also reveals they could be getting more than they bargained for,” she says.
“Unauthorised apps installed on the boxes and sticks ‘scrape’ content from illegal file-sharing sites, cyber-lockers and streaming sites to download and stream infringing film, TV and sports content,” she notes. “In doing so, they expose users to many of the security and safety risks traditionally associated with pirate websites, but deliver these through a much more trusted and social family viewing medium the television,” she advises.
According to Bales, the first ever detailed study of this type of piracy has just been completed and reveals one in ten of those engaging in it have been inadvertently exposed to pornographic or age-inappropriate content, while a supporting technical analysis found that one third of advertising served to viewers was of an adult nature.
“The technical analysis showed that the problem is exacerbated by a lack of parental controls, which are often not supported by the apps and add-ons used to pirate content. Of 16 of the highest-traffic apps, none of them included British Board of Film Classification age ratings or any guidance regarding suitability,” she reveals. “As a result, the research showed popular children’s films featured alongside titles with very explicit and violent content.”
For Bales, what is most concerning in the research is the tendency for families to engage in digital TV piracy, usually through their trusted family TV and, more often than not, leaving children to use the technology on their own. “In fact, more than three quarters (79 per cent) of parents who have participated in digital TV piracy report that their children are allowed to access unauthorised content unattended, with seven per cent saying they have actually installed the technology in their children’s bedrooms,” she notes.
Bales says the study reveals that the vast majority of parents who engage in digital TV piracy have no idea of the associated risks to their families. “With recommendations of this type of piracy coming largely from friends and family, people are advocating this type of piracy without realising the risks they could be passing on,” she warns.
Doordarshan to offer 104 DTH channels from March-end
By March-end, Doordarshan will be coming out with new set-top boxes for enhancing the number of existing channels from 80 to 104
Doordarshan director general Supriya Sahu said five channels of Doordarshan - National, News, Sports, Kisan and localare now available through digital terrestrial transmission (DTT).
Hyderabad: To expand its DTH platform, Doordarshan plans to come out with new set-top boxes having MPEC-4 technology and provide 104 channels by March-end, its director general Supriya Sahu said Sunday.
‘Free Dish’, its DTH platform, at present has 20 million subscribers, and is the market-share leader among the seven DTH players in the country, she said.
“The new initiative is that we are introducing conditional access system in our set-top boxes. We are getting into a new technology which is MPEC-4. So by March-end, we will be coming out with new set-top boxes for Doordarshan enhancing the number of existing channels from 80 to 104,” Sahu told PTI.
She also said five channels of Doordarshan - National, News, Sports, Kisan and localare now available through digital terrestrial transmission (DTT).
“DTT is already available in 16 cities. By the end of March this year, DTT will be available in Hyderabad, Srinagar and Thiruvananthapuram. By 2018, other 44 cities will become digital (where DTT will then be available),” she said.
DTT allows Doordarshan viewers to watch channels for free on their Android mobile phones with a small dongle (available online and at some shops), and no Internet or data connectivity is needed, said Sahu.
She was here in connection with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s first edition of international television film festival, hosted by Prasar Bharati. “We have capacity for ten channels (through DTT),” she said, adding that once IIM Ahmedabad, entrusted with the task of preparing a business plan on DTT roadmap, gives its report by March first week, Doordarshan would decide on its strategy of providing additional five channels through DTT.
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From my Email
Here's a run down on the C band Tracking system.
Let me know if you need anything further
I help to develop and support Planeplotter ,a non commercial a/c tracking network which is run on an amateur basis.
PlanePlotter has been around for well over ten years and has led the way in a/c tracking technology for the enthusiast.
If , like me , you may be looking for something different to use your C Band kit on and if , also like me , you have an interest in aviation , you may like to join a small group of enthusiasts who are receiving flight tracking data from the geostationary Inmarsat fleet.
Most of our 3000 plus members are either radio amateurs or have an interest in radio/computing or sat comms . Planeplotter network tracks a/c in flight using various techniques , everything from ACARS , to ADS-B plus some which are unique to the software.
In the spirit of co-operation should an aviation incident occur , we volunteer our data to the investigating bodies , such as the UK AAIB and other official organisations.
Following the MH370 tragedy Inmarsat offered to develop a new oceanic tracking system which would involve long haul oceanic flights "logging in" at least every 15 minutes.That system is still in its infancy but with more and more a/c using satcomm systems it is now possible to monitor the location of oceanic traffic by taking the Inmarsat C band aero feed and running it through recently developed software.
So , why don't we see large satellite dishes on top of the aircraft
Well , the aeroplanes communicate with Inmarsat via an L band [1.5ghz] uplink thus requiring much smaller pod based antennae . The return path , down to the ground station , is C band . This is important as only the C band downlink includes location data.
Over the last twelve months we have set up a small global network of satellite ground stations to pick up the data feeds.
Inmarsat use dishes of 8m plus at their earth stations.
Our experience is that using a Titanium PLL C band lnb it is possible to see the data using a dish of just 1.2 m.
All that is required is a dish of 1.2m or more , PLL C band lnb , sat receiver with loop through , SDR # software and an rtl tv dongle [cost of latter about 25 $ Aus] plus a PC.
Most group members probably have all of this!
At present we have about a dozen satellite sites.
Ideally we would like a twenty or so , especially in the AOR/IOR and POR sectors to extend our global network.
So if your C band dish is sat there doing nothing , why not join us in this groundbreaking project.
The decoding sw is provided by New Zealand based "Jonti" with
position reports fed into the Planeplotter* network to give real time Oceanic coverage.
Its a fascinating aspect of our hobby .
By all means contact me direct firstname.lastname@example.org for further information if you are interested.
*PlanePlotter software is available at a registration fee of 25 Euros
plus tax .
However for anyone who is happy to feed Inmarsat C Band tracking data
into the network on a 24/7 basis , we are prepared to offer a free licence.
From the Dish
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NSS 9 177.0W 4099 R "MTN Special Events, Prime Journey, Prime One, ITV Choice, Colors, Prime Favorites and BBC HD Polska & TÃ¼rkiye have started on , PowerVu.
Engage, Prime US and Prime Telly" have left.
NSS 9 177.0W 4152 R "PBS Kids" has left .
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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "TRT World" has started on , Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4000 H "Star Chinese Movies South East Asia, Fox Family Movies and Star World Vietnam" have left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4148 V "ZTTV" has left again.
NSS 6 95.0E 11037 H "Zee 24 Ghanta, Zee Madya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, Zee 24 Taas, National Geographic India, Fox Life India, Disney Channel India, Disney XD India, Z ETC Bollywood, Sadhna TV, Quran TV, Comedy Active and Alankar TV" have left .
NSS 6 95.0E 11090 H "Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal, Zee Rajasthan News, STV Haryana News and CNBC Bajar have started on, clear. Zee Bangla, ETV Andhra Pradesh, ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, Rang, Dish Box Office, Zee Purvaiya, CTVN AKD Plus, MBC TV, Kanak News, Travel XP HD, Dish Box Office 2, Ishwar TV, Nat Geo People Asia, Colors Infinity, Zee Kalinga, Zing Asia, Miniplex, Naaptol Marathi and Bindass Play" have left.
NSS 6 95.0E 11172 H "Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal, Zee Classic, Pogo, Star Gold India, Zee Tamizh, India Today, Vrinda Channel, Gemporia, Prameya News 7, Channel One News and Discovery Kids India" have left .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H ETV Rajasthan, Naxatra News, ETV Bihar Jharkhand, Home Shop 18, DY 365, Pratidin Time, Prag News, Naaptol Green, Vrinda TV, MGK Naaptol Tamil, Gemporia, Prameya News 7, Zee Yuva and Dhoom Music have started on .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 H Zee Madya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, Shop CJ, News Live, Naaptol Bangla, Alankar TV, Zee 24 Ghanta, Zee 24 Taas, Sadhna Plus, Dish Box Office Premier and Den Snapdeal TV-Shop have started on .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11590 H "ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, ETV Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, Rengoni, Rang, Zee Purvaiya, MBC TV, Kanak News, Dish Box Office 2,Ishwar TV, Zee Kalinga, Zing Asia, Naaptol Marathi, Devi Channel, Assam Talks, Satsang TV, Nepal 1, Channel One News and Bindass Play" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "India Crime" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H TV Lao, Thairath TV 32, Jewelry Channel, PPTV HD 36, MCOT HD, CCTV 14, LNTV 3, Lao Public Security TV, CCTV 13 and Democratic Voice of Burma TV have started on , BISS.
ABS 2 75.0E 10985 H "Rossiya 1" has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3740 H Discovery Channel India, Discovery Channel Tamil Nadu, Animal Planet India, Investigation Discovery India, Discovery Science India,
Discovery Turbo India, TLC India, Discovery Kids India, Discovery HD World India and TLC HD World India have started on , PowerVu.
NSS 12 57.0E 4138 R "Prime Journey, Prime One and Prime Favorites" have started on ,PowerVu.
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NBN trialling aeronautical mobile satellite service proof of concept with Qantas
NBN will be trialling an aeronautical mobile satellite service proof of concept for nine months beginning in February.
Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) company has issued a test agreement document for undertaking a proof of concept (PoC) trial for an aeronautical mobile satellite service, inviting customers to participate in the testing of services.
The document [PDF], http://www.nbnco.com.au/content/dam/nbnco2/documents/sfaa-test-description-POC-aeronautical_20170116.pdf.pdf
issued on Monday, outlines the arrangements of the PoC trial, which would occur starting February 1 for up to nine months. Both the Qantas Boeing 737-800 and the Qantas Airbus A330-200 aircraft equipped with an Air Terminal can be used for the tests.
NBN specifies the Air Terminal as being "a network termination device and tracking antennae system which is designed to be used on aircraft and compatible with the NBN Co satellite network".
The tests will also involve an Air-Network Interface (ANI), an interface transmitting data to and from an Air Terminal and located on the outer surface of the satellite-based facility; and a Mobile Network-Network Interface (M-NNI), which is the interface at an NBN point of interconnect (POI) where retail service providers connect to NBN's network.
"The data service is a Layer 3 virtual private networking service on the NBN Co network delivered using the NBN Co satellite network that supports communications-on-the-move (COTM) and carries test participants' data traffic between an ANI and an M-NNI," the test document says.
Retail service provider test participants must install, operate, and maintain the Air Terminals, ensuring that they interoperate correctly with the aircraft. No more than one Air Terminal may be installed per test aircraft, while no more than two Air Terminals can be used concurrently.
The maximum speed for data transmission at each Air Terminal cannot exceed 20Mbps, NBN added, with any test participants required to provide feedback to NBN about performance and functionality "at regular intervals" during the trial and within 10 business days after the trial is completed.
The first of NBN's two new AU$620 million Ka-band satellites, named Sky Muster, was launched in October 2015, with commercial services becoming available in April last year. The second satellite was then launched in October 2016.
The service, which provides broadband via the projection of 101 spot beams for those not living within the fibre, hybrid fibre-coaxial, and fixed-wireless NBN footprints, will replace the overloaded interim satellite service (ISS).
The satellite service provides speeds of up to 25/5Mbps and data allowances of 150GB per month, with an additional 50GB download per month for distance education students.
NBN had received 50,134 installation requests for Sky Muster services and completed orders of 29,760 between April and the end of October 2016, and as of October 28 had four months to shift 18,847 customers still connected to the ISS onto its Sky Muster or fixed-wireless services.
A breakdown by state saw 13,814 customers connect to Sky Muster in New South Wales; 8,950 in Queensland; 6,773 in Victoria; 4,250 in Western Australia; 3,115 in South Australia; 2,021 in Tasmania; 813 in the Northern Territory; and 24 in the Australian Capital Territory as of October 31.
Japan loses another spacecraft
Japan's troubled space efforts suffered another setback today with the aborted launch of a tiny rocket intended to put a microsatellite into orbit.
The rocket lifted off successfully at 8:33 am Japan time and was on a normal flight path. But ground controllers for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) canceled ignition of the rocket's second stage because the craft stopped sending telemetry data shortly after liftoff, according to an agency press release. The craft then plunged into the ocean southeast of JAXA's Uchinoura Space Center, on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's 4 main islands.
JAXA's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) built the SS-520 launch vehicle-which was 10 meters long, had a diameter of 52 centimeters, and weighed 2600 kilogram-using off-the-shelf electronics and a carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer body tube to minimize costs. Primarily a sounding rocket, designed to perform observations during a suborbital flight, the SS-520 could also loft small satellites. This was the rocket's third mission; it was carrying a 3-kilogram microsatellite, developed by a University of Tokyo team to conduct Earth observations for just one month before falling back into the atmosphere. At a press conference today, JAXA officials told local reporters that the mission budget was $4.4 million.
This is the latest in a lengthening list of ISAS rocket and satellite failures. Last February, the institute successfully launched the $300 million ASTRO-H x-ray satellite, jointly developed with NASA, only to have the craft break up 5 weeks later. Investigators concluded that ASTRO-H, renamed Hitomi after launch, had suffered multiple spacecraft control malfunctions that they traced back to “insufficient project management oversight of safety, reliability, and satellite safety and system design.” ISAS is currently overhauling mission management to minimize the risk of future failures.
The cause of the SS-520 failure will be investigated, JAXA officials said today's press conference.
SpaceX launches, lands rocket for first time since Sept blast
SpaceX on Saturday successfully launched and landed its first unmanned Falcon 9 rocket since a costly and complicated launchpad explosion in September.
"Liftoff of the Falcon 9," a SpaceX commentator said as the tall white rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54 am (1754 GMT), carrying a payload of 10 satellites for Iridium, a mobile and data communications company.
Moments after the Falcon 9 soared into the sky, the rocket's two sections separated as planned, sending the satellites to orbit and the tall portion, known as the first stage, of the rocket back to Earth.
Cheers erupted at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California as live video images showed the first stage powering its engines and landing steady and upright on a platform marked with an X in the Pacific Ocean.
SpaceX has successfully landed multiple rockets this way, on both land and water, as part of its effort to bring down the cost of space flight by re-using multimillion dollar components instead of jettisoning them in the ocean after launch.
The platform, or droneship, was labeled "Just Read the Instructions."
Though the landings garner plenty of excitement, SpaceX's primary mission was to safely deliver the payload of satellites to orbit.
"Mission looks good," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter.
"All satellites deployed."
Saturday's launch was the first in a series planned to upgrade Iridium's global communications network.
The $3 billion project aims to send 81 satellites to space in the coming months.
- High stakes -
The stakes for SpaceX were high after a pair of accidents.
September's blast destroyed a $200 million satellite Facebook had planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa. Another explosion in June 2015 two minutes after liftoff obliterated a Dragon cargo ship packed with goods bound for the astronauts at the International Space Station.
The incidents cost SpaceX dearly, possibly pushing the privately owned company into the red, the Wall Street Journal reported this week.
"That June 2015 disaster, followed by months of launch delays, contributed to a quarter-billion dollar annual loss and a six percent drop in revenue, after two years of surging sales and small profits," the paper said after a review of internal financial documents from 2011 to 2015, forecasts for the next decade and interviews with former SpaceX employees.
Three weeks after last September's accident, the company removed a long-standing phrase from its website saying it was "profitable and cash-flow positive."
That "suggest(ed) both profit and cash flow had moved into the red for 2016," the Journal said, noting that it found an operating loss for every quarter in 2015 and negative cash flow of roughly $15 million.
SpaceX, headed by Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur who also runs Tesla Motors, declined to comment on the findings and is not obligated to release its financial figures because it is a private company.
"The company is in a financially strong position and is well positioned for future growth," with $1 billion in cash and no debt, SpaceX chief financial officer Bret Johnson was quoted as saying.
- Fueling concerns -
The June 2015 accident -- in which the unmanned Dragon cargo ship exploded in a massive fireball two minutes after launch -- was caused by a faulty strut that allowed a helium tank to snap loose, SpaceX said.
Last September's explosion, during a test a day prior to a scheduled launch, was traced to a problem with a pressure vessel in the second-stage liquid oxygen tank.
SpaceX said it will change the way it fuels for now and redesign its pressure vessels in the future.
But a report out this week by a top NASA advisory group also expressed concerns about the way SpaceX fuels its rockets, particularly since it plans to start launching astronauts to space in the coming years.
SpaceX uses super chilled liquid oxygen, and since the temperature must stay so low, it plans to have astronauts inside the spacecraft atop the rocket before fueling is complete, known as a "load and go" approach.
The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel urged NASA to scrutinize this process closely, saying its risks may not be "adequately understood."
Musk has lofty goals, including colonizing Mars and revolutionizing the launch industry by making rocket components reusable.
Founded in 2002, SpaceX logged 18 successful launches of the Falcon 9 before the 2015 accident.
The company has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the International Space Station using its Dragon space capsule, which is the only cargo ship that can return to the Earth intact.
Iridium's NEXT Generation Celebrates Launch of First 10 Satellites
SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched Saturday and all went perfectly including the release of Iridium's 10 satellitesthe first of many for the NEXT satellite constellation.
Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today the successful launch of its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54:39 a.m. PST. Iridium NEXT is the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globethe largest commercial satellite constellation in space.
This is the start of a series of Iridium NEXT launches scheduled over the next 18 months, and marks the beginning of one of the biggest “tech refreshes” in history, completely replacing the only satellite constellation providing 100-percent truly global communications coverage. Once fully deployed, Iridium NEXT will enable a new broadband multi-service capability called Iridium CertusSM, while providing the technical flexibility to support innovative new services and technologies from Iridium’s extensive partner network. Among those technologies is a unique hosted payload from Iridium’s partner Aireon, which will provide a real-time global aircraft surveillance service, extending aircraft visibility across the planet.
The first ten Iridium NEXT satellites were delivered to a 625 kilometer (km) temporary parking orbit where they will be tested and exercised by Iridium over the coming weeks. Upon meeting testing and validation requirements, the satellites will then be moved into their 780km operational orbit and begin providing service to Iridium’s customers. One-by-one, the new satellites will be positioned near a current generation satellite, each moving at approximately 17,000 miles per hour as testing begins. Iridium’s unique inter-satellite communication links from nearby satellites will be repositioned to point to the new Iridium NEXT satellite as it prepares to take over service. Existing satellites will eventually be de-boosted and de-orbited.
“Today Iridium launches a new era in the history of our company and a new era in space as we start to deliver the next-generation of satellite communications,” said Matt Desch, chief executive officer of Iridium. “We have been working endless hours for the last eight years to get to this day, and to finally be here with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites successfully launched into low-Earth orbit is a fulfilling moment. We are incredibly thankful for all of the hard work from our team, as well as our partners, to help us achieve this milestone.”
Both Thales Alenia Space, System Prime Contractor for the program, and their subcontractor for production, Orbital ATK, have been integral in the development of the Iridium NEXT program, from the design and manufacturing of the Iridium NEXT satellite vehicles to managing an 18-station, state-of-the-art assembly line production system.
“Leading a worldwide team to manufacture, assemble, test and prepare each satellite for this moment has been incredibly exciting,” said Bertrand Maureau, executive vice president of telecommunications at Thales Alenia Space. “We are very proud to have conducted such a unique program, in terms of scale and complexity as well as to have successfully completed the end-to-end whole constellation on-ground validation. The system is fully tested, and the compatibility of Iridium NEXT with the Block-1 operating satellites has been perfectly demonstrated. It has truly been an honor, and we are looking forward to completing the rest of the Iridium NEXT constellation through 2017 and early 2018.”
“We are proud to be a part of this revolutionary satellite program,” said Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group. “Seeing these first 10 satellites launch successfully into space is the result of a unique assembly-line process at our satellite manufacturing facility that represents a remarkable achievement. We look forward to seeing the innovative solutions these satellites, which are great examples of leading-edge technology and manufacturability, will enable.”
In addition to partnering with Thales Alenia Space as System Prime Contractor, Iridium has partnered with SpaceX for the launch of 70 Iridium NEXT satellites on its Falcon 9 rocket.
“We are very proud to be chosen as the launch provider for the entire Iridium NEXT program and are excited about today’s successful first launch,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX. “Iridium was one of SpaceX’s first customers, and working alongside them to deliver one of the largest aerospace projects underway is an exciting moment for us at SpaceX.”
Iridium and SpaceX are partnered for a series of seven launches, deploying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites at a time. The next major milestone will be the completion of on-orbit testing of these satellites, to validate performance requirements are met. The second Iridium NEXT launch will be scheduled after this testing is completed, in April. The entire Iridium NEXT network is scheduled to be completed by mid-2018.
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Village Roadshow to push fight against Aussie pirates 'big time'
Village Roadshow has issued a new warning to Aussie pirates. The company’s co-CEO Graham Burke said they are continuing its push “big time.”
Village Roadshow and Foxtel’s landmark Federal Court case asked websites that offer content downloads, including Solar Movie, Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound and IsoHunt, to be blocked by internet service providers in Australia. ISPs include Telstra and Optus.
The rule was handed down by a federal judge, who specified that ISPs must "take reasonable steps to disable access" to such sites. ISPs have blocked some privacy websites including Solar Movie, Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound and IsoHunt in the country last year. Burke said more site-blocking cases can be expected.
Burke told Mashable that there will be further cases, when the court resumes next month. He has not specifically shared which sites Village Roadshow plans to focus on, but said there is a list that is as long as his arm.
However, critics continue to question the value of site-blocking applications. Internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton has commented that the site blocking cases are a "PR stunt," and a "very blunt way" of trying to educate about privacy. "They can mount as many cases as they like, it won't stop unlawful downloading of content," he told Mashable.
Patton suggested that the only way to deal with the privacy issue is to stop geo-blocking. He further stated that people should get an easier access to the "stuff" at a reasonable price.
In relation to this, Burke has clarified that site-blocking is only one of the company's initiatives to stop piracy in the country. He revealed that what they are planning to do is to sue copyright infringers.
"We have the legal ability and the right to do," Burke said. "Unlike previous areas where that's been explored, if anyone is of dire circumstances or poor health and they undertake to stop doing it, we will accept that," he added.
Russia Works on New-Generation Space Radio Intelligence System
The first Lotos-S was launched in 2009 but numerous problems with its system precluded it from functioning properly.
Russia's Defense Ministry continues to develop the Liana Electronic Intelligence Program (ELINT) using Lotos-S satellites, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.
Lotos-S and Pion-NKS radio surveillance satellites are planned to replace two aged Soviet Tselina satellites and create the upgraded ELINT system for land and sea military surveillance. The electronic intelligence will be capable of locating ground-level radio signal emissions coming from both stationary and moving objects, thus providing valuable information on enemy military activity. Lotos-S is responsible for the ground component, while the Pion satellite is responsible for naval surveillance.
"Today, we will discuss the implementation of instructions on creating a Liana space system using Lotos-S and Pion-NKS spacecraft," Shoigu said at a ministry meeting.
The creation and running of a satellite constellation required for the system is a priority for the government, he added.
"The success of the implementation directly depends on the quality of work by enterprises, including both developers and manufacturers in the space industry," the minister said.
The first Lotos-S was launched in 2009 but numerous problems with its system precluded it from functioning properly. The issues were later resolved and a second satellite was launched in 2014. Serial production kicked off in 2015, and the Defense Ministry plans to complete the system next year.
Thales: Bangabandhu Satellite-1 passes critical design review stage
In an official press release, Thales Alenia Space has announced that the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 program, has passed the critical design review (CDR) stage.
The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite.
Bangladesh ordered the satellite from Thales Alenia Space for USD $248 million in November 2015. The contract also includes the provision of ground-based satellite control and network operations centres. The French export credit agency Coface provided a loan to support the sale.
Thales Alenia Space has begun producing the satellite’s components and is aiming for mating/integration in March 2017. The Government of Bangladesh is aiming to launch the satellite on 16 December 2017. Thales Alenia Space will launch the satellite using a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
Bangladesh sought its own satellite to mitigate long-term costs. Presently, Dhaka spends USD $14 million per year in leasing commercial satellite bandwidth from foreign operators. Not only will Bangabandhu Satellite-1 save upon those costs in the long-term, but Dhaka can also (and plans to) lease its capacity to other countries, especially in Southeast Asia.
Turner expands its kids’ distribution to East Africa with Boing
Turner announced the expansion of Boing Africa a successful, cartoon-based entertainment channel, into new African territories following its initial launch in May 2015.
Turner announced its partnership with AzamTV, one of the largest, fast-growing digital satellite platforms in East Africa. As of the 1 January 2017, Boing Africa is now available to all of AzamTV customers, known for its commitment to the family audience, from the basic package in uncharted African territories for Turner, namely: Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania.
With its non-exclusive deal strategy, Boing Africa will continue to increase the accessibility of its kids content to local African households, with the ambition to extend its offering to nearly every African home.
Boing not only complements AzamTV, but strengthens the provider with greater kid-focused variety for their audience through a funny, spontaneous and energetic brand targeting seven to 14 year olds. The channel has kept its promise and has managed to match local African kids’ taste through the acquisition of contemporary and exclusive programmes. Creative and bonding, Boing is a fun-filled playground where kids can share great stories with their friends. Today on AzamTV African kids will be able to discover a range of comedy and action shows with a modern flair such as Courage the Cowardly Dog, Johnny Bravo, Batman, The Green Lantern, DreamWorks’s Dragons and Inspector Gadget.
Pierre Branco, Vice President and General Manager of Turner France, Portugal and Africa says, “We are delighted to have forged this partnership with AzamTV. This new deal is totally aligned with Boing Africa’s mission to provide quality kid’s content to almost all African households at an affordable price, which makes this partnership truly symbiotic. Already distributed in Zambia, the Seychelles, Nigeria and French African territories, Boing now has a footprint in East African markets which nicely complements our regional presence across Sub-Saharan Africa.”
"Boing has added the cherry on top of our kids’ dessert! Within such a short time, it is one of the most popular kids channel. We are glad to have it in our bouquet and we share the same passion with Turner to provide such content across the Sub-Saharan countries,” adds the Deputy CEO of Azam Media Ltd, Jacob Joseph.
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SkyMesh beats telco supplier over millions in defective gear, data fees
Satellite broadband operator Ipstar has been ordered to pay back up to $5.2 million to SkyMesh for three separate claims stemming from defective gear and increased data fees.
SkyMesh was Ipstar's second largest internet service provider, using Ipstar's satellite to provide broadband connections to rural Australia.
Ipstar's satellite requires customers to connect using a proprietary user terminal (UT), supplied by Ipstar, which does not work with any other service provider. The UT consists of an outdoor satellite dish antenna and radio frequency transceiver, as well as a modem.
Significant problems came to light in 2010, when customers began to complain about internet dropping out, freezing and hanging.
SkyMesh found that the equipment provided by Ipstar was not properly sealed against water, causing customer's connections to drop out after it rained.
After being presented with 4000 separate customer claims, Ipstar denied responsibility for reimbursing SkyMesh for replacement devices.
Ipstar argued that if goods were defective, then compensation should be directed to end users, rather than SkyMesh as the reseller.
SkyMesh was able to prove in court that the equipment from Ipstar was defective before being sold and that the responsibility for remuneration should fall on Ipstar as the manufacturer.
The court awarded SkyMesh $1.8 million for the defective goods claim.
The second claim from SkyMesh was for compensation for the costs associated with hiring extra support staff to handle an increase in customer complaints. The claim was shot down, however, as it would have only been relevant for damages suffered by SkyMesh's customers.
The third claim stemmed from increased data costs imposed by Ipstar after SkyMesh sought compensation for the replacement UTs.
Ipstar informed SkyMesh that it was raising its fees from $2500 per Mbps per month by an additional $433 per Mbps per month.
When asked why, Ipstar said in an email: “We trust you understand that the new pricing is [a] reflection of the substantial increase in cost of doing business with SkyMesh.”
Ipstar later told SkyMesh director Paul Rees the reason for the price hike was due to the disproportionate number of service calls from SkyMesh. No other ISPs were subject to the same price increase.
Rees claimed he was forced to sign the new agreement under protest, as no other satellite provider could maintain the bandwidth necessary to service its customers at the time. SkyMesh would have also had to purchase $60 million of new hardware to swap from Ipstar.
During the court proceedings, SkyMesh claimed Ipstar was dishonest in its reasoning. The court found that the price increase was broadly calculated on the anticipated cost to Ipstar of meeting its warranty obligation to SkyMesh.
The judge ruled that Ipstar had engaged in unconscionable conduct by charging SkyMesh for the liability it owed itself.
"In imposing that requirement Ipstar did do so in an environment where SkyMesh had no real practical alternative but to accept the price increase because the requisite bandwidth was only available from Ipstar and the cost of new equipment required if SkyMesh changed service provider was prohibitive," he said.
SkyMesh was awarded $3.4 million, bringing the total compensation to about $5.2 million. However, the exact amount of compensation for the first $1.8 million is still being negotiated as to what the correct amount is.
Ipstar has been contacted for comment.
SMC’s ninth WGS satellite arrives in Florida for launch
The ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9), satellite is transported from the Boeing facility in El Segundo to LAX for delivery via an Air Force C-17 Globe Master, to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan, 9. WGS-9 will provide additional communications capabilities to both U.S. forces and international partners after undergoing final processing, encapsulation, and transport to the launch pad.
The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center-sponsored ninth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft arrived today at Titusville-Cocoa Airport, Fla.
The shipment of WGS-9 marks an important milestone for the launch campaign. WGS-9 will provide additional communications capabilities to both U.S. forces and international partners.
“This is a very special moment that marks yet another event in the significant relationship with Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and New Zealand with the shipment of WGS-9,” said Robert Tarleton, the director for the Military Satellite Communications Directorate. “We’re excited to get down to Florida and look forward to a successful launch.”
In January 2012, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and New Zealand signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding with the United States, agreeing to fund the procurement of the ninth WGS satellite. The United States is responsible for funding the launch, operation and sustainment of WGS-9. International partners will receive a proportional share of the bandwidth provided by the WGS constellation based on financial contribution. The spacecraft is undergoing final processing, encapsulation, and transport to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch is scheduled for March 8.
Wideband Global SATCOM provides anytime, anywhere communication for soldiers, sailors, Airmen, Marines, and international partners through broadcast, multicast, and point-to-point connections. WGS is the only military satellite communications system that can support simultaneous X-band and Ka-band communications with crossbanding that makes it transparent to the users to communicate across terminal types.
WGS provides real-time data exchange necessary for tactical communications. WGS supports a wide variety of missions for Combatant Commanders around the world to perform missions, from search and rescue efforts to military operations.
Matching the recently launched WGS-8, WGS-9 also includes the new state-of-the-art wideband digital channelizer that will increase communication capacity for the warfighter by approximately 45 percent compared to the first seven WGS satellites. This increase in capacity will ensure U.S. and international partners have the capability to effectively coordinate on all mission areas, including air, land, and naval warfare. The WGS constellation is the highest-capacity military communications system in the U.S. Department of Defense arsenal. With one more satellite in production, the WGS constellation is expected to have a total of 10 satellites on orbit by 2019.
Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force’s center for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.
U.S. Air Force prepares SBIRS satellite for launch
The U.S. Air Force has encapsulated its Space Based Infrared System satellite in preparation for the craft's planned launch.
The satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, is scheduled to be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Jan. 19. The system will be sealed in a protective cone, the last step satellites must undergo before launch.
The Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Satellite, known as SBIRS GEO, will be used to transmit surveillance information, detect missile launches, support ballistic missile defense and intelligence-gathering operations.
Lockheed Martin Overhead Persistent Infrared vice president David Sheridan says the encapsulation marks a milestone for the company's program with the Air Force.
"The satellite's successful delivery and encapsulation closes out a manufacturing process that Lockheed Martin has continued to streamline with each build, driving significant schedule and cost reductions into the SBIRS program," he said in a press release. "With its launch, the addition of GEO Flight 3 into the constellation will greatly enhance SBIRS' ability to provide resilient, space-based infrared surveillance capabilities for decades to come."
The next SBIRS GEO satellite, designated GEO Flight 4, is planned for launch later in 2017. Two additional satellites, GEO 5 and GEO 6, are currently in production.
Norway flicks analogue radio switchover
Norway has become the first country in the world to start digital switchover (DSO) from FM to DAB+. National FM networks will be switched off region by region starting in Nordland and progressing across the whole country throughout 2017. The final regions, Troms and Finnmark, will complete the process in December.
“Today’s digital switchover is a hugely important milestone for the radio industry,” said Patrick Hannon, President, WorldDAB. “The DAB platform is far more efficient than FM offering both greater choice and clearer sound. With the start of the switch-over process, Norway is sending a clear signal across the world that the future of radio is digital.”
“This is a historic day for radio,” declared Ole Jørgen Torvmark, CEO of Digital Radio Norway. “We want to see radio continue its development on digital platforms, following the FM-technology that lifted radio from its beginning on AM. The Norwegian broadcasters are showing the digital possibilities today by launching five new radio stations, giving the listeners 30 national channels in total. The world’s first digital switchover is made possible through collaboration across Government, broadcasters and supply chain. Throughout 2017, the focus will be to help all listeners with the transition.”
Other international markets are following Norway’s lead. Switzerland is planning for switch-over to begin in 2020 and a major promotional campaign to raise awareness starts this year. The North-Italian region of South Tyrol will start its FM switch-off in 2017.
In the UK, the government has stated it will review the next steps for digital radio when its criteria for coverage and listening are met expected to be achieved by the end of 2017. Germany and Denmark have both recently announced second national multiplexes, the Netherlands continues to make good progress, France has announced continued geographic expansion, Slovenia launched national services in 2016 and Belgium has announced plans for a federal DAB+ launch across Flanders and Wallonia in 2018. Outside of Europe, Australia continues to lead the way.
“A commitment to digital switchover has significant benefits for broadcasters, manufacturers and listeners,” stated Patrick Hannon. “It provides certainty on the future and allows broadcasters and radio manufacturers to plan and invest accordingly. For listeners, this greater investment and innovation in radio means more choice today in Bodø consumers have access to 30 national stations on DAB+, compared to just five on FM.”
The Norwegian switchover applies to national radio stations and commercial local radio stations broadcasting in larger cities. Community radio stations and smaller local stations will continue to broadcast on FM for five more years after national switch off, at which point licences will be reviewed.
Dolby Labs VP: “Prepare for 4,000 Nits displays”
Television displays are going to get brighter, according to Dolby Labs VP/Technology Patrick Giffis. Speaking at a CES panel, Giffis suggested that the next battleground in display technology will be over brightness.
Today’s high-end Ultra-HD displays generally handle up to 1000 ‘Nits’. A ‘nit’ (from the Latin word nitere, to shine) is a photometric unit of Luminance and is commonly used as a measure of light emitted. The UHD Alliance’s High Dynamic Range standard is set at 1,000 nits.
“Have no doubt about it, the nits race is on. It will be 2,000 nit displays, and I suspect before too long, 4,000 nit consumer displays,” he told CES delegates. Giffis added that Dolby’s own experiments showed that viewers can perceive brightness benefits in excess of 10,000 nits.
Giffis reminded delegates that his company’s Dolby Vision master their output at 4,000 nits.
(Craig's comment, 8k UHD with 4K mega nits and a free pair of sunglasses)
ISRO's Aim of 103 Satellites' Launch... Forget Setting a Record Just Maximize Capability
Perhaps a surprising statement from India's ISRO...With less than a month left for the proposed launch of 103 satellites at one go, Indian Space Research Organisation today said its aim is to maximize capability with each launch and not set a record.
After the success of the Mars mission, ISRO, which is currently conducting experiments for its second moon mission said another mission to Mars, Venus and Jupiter are on the horizon and studies are underway.
"We are not looking at it as a record or anything. We are just trying to maximize our capability with each launch and trying to utilise that launch for the ability it has got and get the maximum in return," ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar told reporters here.
Of the 103 satellites that ISRO's workhorse PSLV-C37 is expected to carry, 100 are foreign.
"They are all actually a constellation, they are getting into a constellation of satellites providing observation of Earth," Kumar said in response to a query on the sidelines of Karnataka ICT Summit 2017.
The three Indian satellites are Cartosat-2 series, weighing 730 kg as primary payload, INS-IA and INS-1B, weighing 30 kg.
An official from the space agency said it was earlier planned to launch 83 satellites in the last week of January, of which 80 were foreign, but with the addition of 20 more foreign satellites the launch was delayed by a week and would now take place in the first week of February.
Kumar also said ISRO was working on having more frequent launches and make use of each launch or maximize the capability of the launch vehicle itself.
"The next one is going to carry a number of satellites from various companies along with our own Cartosat-2 series satellite and immediately following that we have GSLV Mark III and Mark II.... In the first three months that's what we are targeting, but beyond that we are trying to work for almost one launch a month," he said.
"The prime driver for all of this is to increase the capacity. Though we have the number of satellites in operation, we require many more for providing the necessary services that is needed," he added.
After the success of the Mars mission, ISRO, which is currently conducting experiments for its second moon mission said another mission to Mars, Venus and Jupiter are on the horizon and studies are underway.
"As we are progressing, we need to look at long-term. So what we are looking beyond Chandrayan-2, for which we are already working on an approved program," Kumar said.
"Beyond that, Mars second mission and Venus mission are all on the horizon, we have to go through the various studies and then formulate, get the approval and move. Right now, they are all in the study phase," he added.
ISRO is conducting tests for hazard avoidance for Chandrayaan-2 as it lands at its facility in Challakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka, where simulated lunar craters have been created to evaluate the performance of the system.
The ISRO Chairman and French Space agency (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall in the presence of visiting French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault had on Monday signed a partnership agreement in satellite launch technology.
To a question on the agreement, Kumar said "Currently we are working with them on Oceansat-3... and then we are working for a future payload, on an infrared imaging sensor."
"We are also looking at possibilities of working with them in various areas of future developments of satellites, launch vehicles," he added.
ISRO in the past had worked with CNES on sounding rockets, SARAL satellites program and had also launched satellites for them.
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，ABS-CBN、动物星球（环宇卫视）等频道加密，设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，AXN、HBO HD（环宇卫视）等全组频道加密，设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，AFN Movie、国家地理野生（环宇卫视）等全组频道加密，设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月11日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段，Sony、ANX（MPEG-4）等频道解密，设置3920 H 28340参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
Nickelodeon appoints Foxtel GM as new Australia boss
Ben Cox, inset, will take the reins of Nickelodeon in Australian and New Zealand in February.
Nickelodeon has appointed a Foxtel GM to lead its Australia and New Zealand operations from February. Ben Cox, Foxtel's GM of content aggregation, will succeed current VP and general manager Jihee Nam, who is leaving the company at the end of this month.
He will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Nickelodeon’s brands in Australia and New Zealand, overseeing a 24-hour subscription television network available in more than 4 million households, as well as digital platforms, live events, recreation destinations, consumer products, local production and programme sales.
Cox comes to Nickelodeon after more than a decade within the subscription television industry. Prior to his current role at Foxtel, he served as head of channel partnerships and as a business development manager. He has also been a strategy analyst and a product manager at AUSTAR Entertainment.
At Foxtel, Cox has been worked on initiatives for children and youth, such as the launch of the Nick Play app. In 2014, he worked closely with Viacom International Media Networks to grow the distribution of pre-school channel Nick Jr. to become one of the most-watched non-sports channels on the platform.
“As one of the most globally recognised and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, Nickelodeon has been a trailblazer in Australia for over 20 years,” Cox says.
“I’m looking forward to joining a passionate and kid-centric team that consistently creates innovative entertainment experiences for both kids and kids-at-heart.”
Cox will report to Viacom International Media Networks Australia and New Zealand senior vice president and GM Ben Richardson.
“Ben has always championed the value kids’ brands bring to Foxtel, and he comes into this role with a nuanced expertise I’m confident will continue to drive Nickelodeon’s success,” Richardson says.
“His familiarity with our business combined with a top-notch reputation makes him the perfect choice to lead the Nickelodeon business in Australia and New Zealand.”
BBC HD for cruise ships
BBC Worldwide has confirmed the launch of a global entertainment channel, BBC HD, the company’s first channel produced exclusively for cruise ships and the wider maritime market. It will go live through Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) MTN TV network, with P&O Cruises and Cunard being the first to offer this to their guests.
Content on the new channel will cover all genres ranging from drama, comedy and factual entertainment to natural history and documentaries. Fans of much loved soaps such as Eastenders, Holby City and Casualty will air on BBC HD close to the UK broadcast so fans can stay up to date with their favourite shows as they enjoy their cruise holiday.
BBC HD complements BBC World News, which launched on MTN TV in 2010 and is available on cruise ships throughout the world.
Zina Neophytou, Vice President, Out of Home, BBC Worldwide said: “There has always been a strong demand for BBC content within the travel and hospitality sectors including cruise ships so launching a bespoke global entertainment channel on MTN TV alongside BBC World News is an obvious step. BBC HD will be the one-stop shop for the best of British TV content.”
As the launch customer BBC HD will be available on all P&O UK and Cunard ships with the channel also becoming available to the wider cruise industry in due course.
(Craig's comment, as noticed yesterday by FeralKiwi)
Japan space agency postpones launch of mini rocket because of wind
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's space agency postponed on Wednesday the launch of a mini rocket that will put a satellite into space because of strong wind, an agency spokeswoman said.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) had planned to launch the SS-520 rocket, which is about 10 meters (35 feet) long and 50 centimeters (20 inches) in diameter, at its Uchinoura Space Center in southern Japan, early on Wednesday.
The rocket, which media has called the world's smallest space rocket, will carry a 3-kg (6.6 lb), 35-centimetre (14 inches) satellite, which will take images of the earth and gather other data.
The agency has not decided when it would try to launch the rocket again. The spokeswoman said it would usually took at least two days to reschedule a launch.
The rocket was built with 400 million yen ($3.45 million) from the trade ministry. Private firms paid for various parts, the spokeswoman said.
CCT Said in Talks to Acquire Permira’s Asia Broadcast Satellite
(Bloomberg) -- China Communication Technology is among final bidders for Asia Broadcast Satellite, the communications operator being sold by European private equity firm Permira, people familiar with the matter said.
CCT, a Shenzhen-based provider of military communication equipment, is in the advanced stages of negotiations with Permira, the people said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are confidential. Permira had been seeking to value the business at about $1 billion, according to one of the people. There are still other bidders interested in Asia Broadcast Satellite, the person said.
Permira acquired control of Asia Broadcast Satellite in 2010 in a 184 million-euro ($195 million) deal. The company, led by Chief Executive Officer Thomas Choi, owns a fleet of seven satellites that beam television and mobile-phone signals to Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm’s latest orbiter was launched in June 2016, according to its website.
CCT hasn’t reached a final agreement with Permira on terms, and there’s no certainty the talks will result in a transaction, the people said. A spokesman for CCT declined to comment, while a representative for Permira didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
A deal by CCT would mark the second recent attempt by a Chinese company to acquire an overseas satellite operator. Beijing Xinwei Technology Group Co., led by the Chinese tycoon who announced plans to build a $50 billion canal across Nicaragua, agreed in August to buy Israel’s Space Communication Ltd. Xinwei has been discussing a change in the deal terms after one of the Israeli company’s satellites exploded, according to a September announcement.
CCT is the largest shareholder in Shenzhen-listed Huaxun Fangzhou Co., which has a market value of $1.8 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Huaxun Fangzhou Chairman Lv Xiang-yang is the co-founder of and one of the largest shareholders in Chinese electric-car maker BYD Co., the data show.
SPI launches FunBox UHD channel in Qatar
SPI International / FilmBox Channels Group has launched the FunBox UHD channel on Qatar’s Ooredoo tv.
FunBox UHD is a global general entertainment channel broadcast in UHD quality. It features compelling primetime programming and documentaries on nature, wildlife, society, music videos, sports, arts and culture and more. The channel is available to all subscribers of Ooredoo tv, including ‘Essentials’ subscribers, as the company continues to offer leading international and local content to its customers.
“We are glad to bring the Ultra HD channel to viewers in Qatar,” says Murat Muratoglu, SPI’s head of distribution for the Middle East. “It is important for us to expand our UHD distribution footprint into new markets such as Qatar following our recent launches in Romania, Portugal, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Turkey.”
A look at 164E KU from a 90cm dish in Western Australia. As you can see, internet forum rumours of it being empty are not correct.
Our scan with a TBS tuner card and various pieces of software detected the following services
12344 H Sr 7200 "gwn backhaul feeds " Fec 1/2 DVB S QPSK SNR 7.7dB
12597 H Sr 29993 Fec 4/5 DVB -S2 16 APSK pilot on SNR 12.6dB
12486 V Sr 29993 Fec 3/4 DVB -S2 QPSK SNR 11.9dB
Not much of interest to the average viewer with 12344 H having the only video service and 12597 H and 12486 V having internet traffic But as you can see most of the transponders are loaded up. I will do a followup post using a 2.7M.
From my Email
From Owen "feralkiwi" Christchurch
180E Intelsat 18 4174 3679 AFN channels News now FTA.
166E Intelsat 19 4180 H 30000 CINE MO, YEY and DZMM Teleradyo now FTA.
177W NSS 9
MTN has changed its channels. 4099 Sr 24503
Was . . . . . . . . . . . . . Now.
MTN INFO Channel . . . MTN INFO Channel
MSNBC . . . . . . . . . . . MSNBC
FOX NEWS . . . . . . . . Fox News
CNBC . . . . . . . . . . . . CNBC
SKY NEWS . . . . . . . . Sky News
BBC NEWS . . . . . . . . BBC World News
Engage . . . . . . . . . . Prime Journey
SKY SPORT . . . . . . . Sky Sport News
HD Sport 24 . . . . . . . Sport 24
Prime US . . . . . . . . . Prime one
itv Choice . . . . . . . . ITV Choice
RTL . . . . . . . . . . . . RTL International
Prime Australia . . . . . Prime Australia
Colors TV . . . . . . . . Colors
TFC . . . . . . . . . . . . TFC
Raiitalia . . . . . . . . . . Prime Favorites
MTN Special Events . . Special Events
. . . . . . . NEW . . . . . BBC HD
"BBC HD" not BBC news. 720i.
From the Dish
Superbird C2 144.0E 12549 V "Da Ai TV" has left
Telkom 1 108.0E 3916 H "PayTren TV" has started on , Fta
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3726 V "Macau Satellite TV, ZTTV, Macau Asia Satellite TV and Kungfu Satellite TV " have started on , Fta
NSS 6 95.0E 11037 H Comedy Active and Alankar TV have started on , Conax. Quran TV is now encrypted. Zee News has left.
ST 2 88.0E 11633 H "PTS 3 and PTS" are Fta.
ST 2 88.0E 11669 H "CTV, CTV News and CTV Variety" are Fta
Horizons 2 84.8E 12180 V "Tojikiston, TV Safina, TV Bahoriston, Jahonnamo, TV Varzish and TV Sinamo" have started on ,Fta(S Safarov)
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "1 Yes TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3732 V "HBC News" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4003 V "Pengal and Kalvi TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Shagun TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11025 V "Rossiya 24" has left .
From asiatvro site
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，东森洋片、动物星球（环宇卫视）等全组频道解密，设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，东森戏剧替换Global Theater 13（环宇卫视）频道，设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段，Prime Favorites、BBC HD（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置4136 R 15580参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段，台湾艺术、台湾综合（台湾）等频道消失，设置3942 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月9日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段，Star Movies HD、AXN（Dish TV）等全组频道解密，设置12702 V 40700参数免费接收。 [1月9日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，E Entertainment（Skynindo）频道新增，设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，山东卫视、辽宁卫视、湖北卫视（高清）频道改格式，设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段，VTV 1（越南）频道新增，设置11008 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段，VTV 3（越南）频道消失，设置11008 H 28800参数无效接收。 [1月9日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，AMG Test替换Tehelka News TV （测试）频道，设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [1月9日]
China launches commercial rocket mission
Gansu (China): A Chinese rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on Monday.
The rocket, carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1, blasted off from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu at around 12.11 p.m. (Beijing Time), reports Xinhua news agency.
The KZ-1A was developed from the Kuaizhou-1 rocket with improvements in adaptability.
It is a low-cost solid-fuelled carrier rocket with high reliability and short preparation period and was designed to launch low-orbit satellites weighing under 300 kg.
The JL-1 is a multifunctional remote-sensing satellite providing high-definition video images which is expected to be used for land resource and forestry surveying, environmental protection, transport and disaster prevention and relief purposes.
The XY-S1 and Caton-1 are experimental satellites to test technologies of low-orbit narrow-band communication and VHF Data Exchange System respectively.
A rocket technology company under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation was responsible for the launch mission.
SpaceX's Return-to-Flight Rocket Launch Slips to Saturday
SpaceX's Return-to-Flight Rocket Launch Slips to Saturday
SpaceX plans to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket on Jan. 14, 2017 from the company's launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, seen here in a 2013 file photo.
SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket launch since an explosion in September will now lift off no earlier than Saturday (Jan. 14), a five-day delay that's due to high winds, rain and schedule conflicts at the company's California launch site.
SpaceX representatives announced the launch delay on Twitter on Sunday (Jan. 8). At the time, SpaceX was targeting a Monday launch of Falcon 9 from a pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base to send 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit for satellite operator Iridium.
"Launch moving due to high winds and rains at Vandenberg," SpaceX representatives wrote in the Twitter post. "Other range conflicts this week results in next available launch date being Jan 14."
SpaceX aims to return its Falcon 9 rockets to flight more than four months after a Falcon 9 carrying another commercial satellite, Israel's Amos-6 communications satellite, was destroyed Sept. 1 in an explosion during a routine pre-launch test at the company's Florida launchpad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. [Dramatic Video of SpaceX's Rocket Explosion]
In a Jan. 2 statement, SpaceX representatives stated that the explosion occurred when the aluminum liner of a composite overwrapped helium tank inside the Falcon 9 rocket's upper stage liquid oxygen tank buckled.
This buckling allowed liquid oxygen propellant to pool between the aluminum liner and carbon overwrap covering, according to SpaceX. The pooling propellant ultimately ignited, rupturing the helium tank and leading to the loss of the Falcon 9 on the pad. The company is modifying its helium-loading processes to avoid similar problems in the future.
Last week, on Jan. 6, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a launch license to SpaceX for its upcoming Falcon 9 mission. That announcement came one day after Musk announced via Twitter the success of a Falcon 9 engine static test firing at its launchpad, a standard SpaceX test performed before each Falcon 9 mission.
Russia to produce new EgyptSat-A satellite instead of failed EgyptSat-2
The satellite will be fitted with advanced optical-electronic system and onboard control package
MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. EgyptSat-A satellite to be produced by Russia’s Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia instead of failed EgyptSat-2 is scheduled to be launched in 2019, Chief Executive Officer of the corporation Vladimir Solntsev told TASS.
"We have already started producing the spacecraft. Its launch is scheduled in 2019," he said.
EgyptSat-A should replace EgyptSat-2 satellite produced by Russia, communications with which was lost in April 2015. RSC Energia said it started producing EgyptSat-A at the expense of the insurance coverage for the lost satellite in May 2016. The equivalent cost of new work amounts to approximately $100 mln.
The satellite will be fitted with advanced optical-electronic system and onboard control package. High-speed onboard radio link and improved solar batteries. The share of Russian components in EgyptSat-A will be much higher than in EgyptSat-2, including X-band transmitters.
Newly proposed reference datasets improve weather satellite data quality
This is an artist's rendition of NASA's JPSS satellite, which carries a microwave instrument that can monitor Earth's weather from space. Image courtesy NASA/NOAA. For a larger version of this image please go here.
"Traffic and weather, together on the hour!" blasts your local radio station, while your smartphone knows the weather halfway across the world. A network of satellites whizzing around Earth collecting mountains of data makes such constant and wide-ranging access to accurate weather forecasts possible. Just one satellite, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R that launched in 2016, can collect 3.5 terabytes of weather data per day.
But how do scientists ensure satellite-measured weather data is good? They can compare live data against high-quality reference data from in-orbit satellites. Making such resources available is a goal of the Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System (GSICS), an international consortium of 15 satellite agencies that collaborate on monitoring satellites and developing methods to ensure the quality of their weather data.
"The quality of the satellite data drives how prepared nations - and the world - can be when it comes to weather-related events," said GSICS Deputy Director Manik Bali, a faculty research assistant in the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), a joint center of the University of Maryland and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Bali is also a NOAA affiliate.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a United Nations specialized agency and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), launched GSICS in 2005. ESSIC contributes manpower and infrastructure support to GSICS, including the servers needed to share data between GSICS collaborators worldwide, enabling the monitoring of weather satellites among member agencies and the correction of measurement anomalies in real time.
One GSICS breakthrough came in 2011, with a paper demonstrating that a GSICS-developed algorithm corrected a temperature difference of approximately 3 degrees Celsius between two satellites.
The results were published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. While that temperature difference may sound small, the world's nations recently negotiated the Paris Climate Agreement, which seeks to limit global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures.
Also in 2011, Cheng-Zhi Zou, a NOAA research scientist and former chair of the GSICS Microwave Subgroup, intercalibrated 38 years of climate data - starting in 1979 - to generate what NOAA calls a fundamental climate data record (FCDR). The FCDR was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
At the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) fall meeting in December 2016, Bali demonstrated that Zou's FCDR was suitable for monitoring microwave satellites, including the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder onboard NOAA/NASA's Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).
When launched, JPSS will replace the aging National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System and provide full global monitoring coverage twice a day. Bali expects the FCDR will help monitor and adjust data gathered during JPSS missions.
At the recent AGU meeting, Bali also showed that the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites' Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) and NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder exhibit sufficiently stable behavior to serve as in-orbit references. Calibrating against these satellites can reduce errors from 2 degrees Celsius to below 0.1 degrees Celsius.
"This has given tremendous confidence to the GSICS calibration community that uses IASI-A as an in-orbit reference to monitor its geostationary satellites," said Bali.
Moving forward, Bali's colleagues at ESSIC will continue to support the science goals of the JPSS satellite mission through the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS), which is managed by ESSIC and was created in 2009 through a $93 million agreement with NOAA.
"ESSIC's leadership in supporting these global initiatives is very important," said Bali. "Looking ahead, I see a far greater interaction between NOAA and ESSIC/CICS, which will help NOAA lead the global satellite calibration efforts."
WTA reveals teleport operator rankings for 2016
The World Teleport Association (WTA) has published its annual rankings for the Top Teleport Operators of 2016. The annual rankings of companies by revenue and revenue growth are compiled by surveying teleport operators around the world as well as referencing the published results of publicly-held companies.
“The technology and market changes roiling satellite communication markets affect the teleport sector as well as satellite operators,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “As technology-agnostic service providers, however, teleports are well positioned to deal with change, particularly the smaller and more nimble players.”
Companies reporting for the Top Operators had total annual revenues exceeding $12 billion, of which independent operators comprised $2.7 billion.
The two fastest-growing operators, GEE/EMC and SpeedCast, have grown through merger and acquisition activity, while the previous acquisition leader, Encompass Digital Media, has focused on consolidating its purchases.
Independent operators that have reported consistently for the past three years achieved an average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12 per cent over the period. In a sign of challenging times, however, 43 per cent of these companies reported revenue declines while 47 per cent reported revenue increases. Despite the wave of consolidation among larger operators, it has proved harder for them to achieve growth over the past three years than smaller operators. Two-thirds of smaller companies (revenues of less than $100 million) reported revenue growth over the period compared with 40 per cent for large operators. The big companies that did grow, however achieved average CAGR of 116 per cent for the period, compared with 42 per cent for smaller companies.
On average, the independents reporting for the Top Operators spent 41 per cent of revenues on satellite capacity, with a low of 12 per cent and a high of 76 per cent. Half of the companies kept capacity spending below 40 per cent of revenues, while 20 per cent turned over more than 60 per cent of revenue to their satellite vendors.
In May 2017, WTA will publish its annual Inside the Top Operators report, which will provide a more detailed analysis of survey results.
The Independent Top Twenty
The Independent Top Twenty ranks teleport operators based on revenue from all sources. The list focuses on the independent operators at the core of the business, excluding companies whose primary business is ownership and operation of a satellite fleet or terrestrial network. In order from largest to smallest, the Independent Top Twenty of 2016 are:
2.Harris CapRock (USA)
3.Telespazio S.p.A. (Italy)
4.Encompass Digital Media (USA)
8.Telstra Corporation (Australia)
9.Belgacom Int’l Carrier Services (BICS) (Belgium)
11.PlanetCast Media Services (India)
12.Media Broadcast (Germany)
13.Jordan Media City (Jordan)
14.Signalhorn Trusted Networks (Germany)
18.Elara Comunicaciones SA (Mexico)
19.Global Data Systems (USA)
20.Milano Teleport S.p.A. (Italy)
The Global Top Twenty
The Global Top Twenty ranks companies based on revenues from all customised communications sources and includes operators of teleports and satellite fleets. In order from largest to smallest, the Global Top Twenty of 2016 are:
1.Intelsat S.A. (Luxembourg)
4.EchoStar Satellite Services (USA)
6.GEE/EMC (USA) *
7.Harris CapRock (USA) *
8.Telespazio S.p.A. (Italy)
9.SingTel Satellite (Singapore)
10.Thaicom Public Company Ltd (Thailand)
11.Encompass Digital Media (USA) *
13.Arqiva Broadcast & Media (UK) *
16.SpeedCast (China) *
17.Globecomm (USA) *
19.Telenor Satellite (Norway)
20.Telstra Corporation (Australia) *
* Independent: does not operate satellite capacity
The Fast Twenty
The Fast Twenty ranks all teleport-operating companies based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent fiscal years. Emerging Markets Communications was the fastest of the fast with 48 per cent growth. Ranked by revenue growth, the Fast Twenty of 2016 are:
1. GEE/ EMC (Emerging Markets Communications) (USA) * 48%
2. SpeedCast (China) * 38%
3. Global Data Systems (USA) * 29%
4. Belgacom Int’l Carrier Services (BICS) (Belgium) * 23%
5. Gazprom Space Systems (Russia) 21%
6. Satellite Mediaport Services (UK) 15%
7. STN (Slovenia) * 14%
8. MEASAT (Malaysia) 13%
9. PlanetCast Media Services (India) * 12%
10. Milano Teleport S.p.A. (Italy) * 11%
11. Media Broadcast (Germany) * 10%
12. Hispasat (Spain) 9%
13. Santander Teleport (Spain) 6%
14. du (UAE) * 6%
15. Thaicom Public Company Ltd (Thailand) 5%
16. SES (Luxembourg) 5%
17. Telenor Satellite (Norway) 5%
18. Onlime (Germany) * 4%
19. Eutelsat (France) 4%
20. Telstra Corporation (Australia) * 3%
Inclined orbit satellites can now be worth millions
Communications satellites generally have an in-orbit lifetime of about 15-17 years. During this period they are deliberately maintained at a precise orbital position, which means they are perfect for DTH transmission to millions of receiving dishes despite being at some 37,000 kms above the Earth.
However, at the end of this full operational life, the satellite can be allowed to drift slightly out of its geostationary orbit. It means the satellite is no longer good for conventional DTH transmission. Such satellites still have a use, albeit limited, and this low-cost usage tends to be for ground-based users with more sophisticated ground antennas capable of following the North/South drift of the satellite. Over time, the inclined or eccentric orbit will extend until the satellite is truly out of life and it will be placed into a graveyard orbit out of harm’s way.
However, this financial model looks like it is about to change, and perhaps dramatically improve the fortunes of large satellite operators, many of which have a ‘fleet’ of these very aging craft.
The saviour is the airline industry, and in particular a new breed of satellite clients which beam broadband and video signals to aircraft passengers. These ‘direct to seat’ services do not wholly depend on expensively maintained geostationary satellites but can happily use an ‘inclined’ orbit satellite that’s well past its nominal life.
One new financial example occurred on January 4th when Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) bought the entire bandwidth which is operating in an inclined orbit over North America. GEE paid $50 million for the satellite’s capacity, which will be used for its ‘direct to seat’ services for Southwest Airlines.
Industry rumours suggest the satellite is SES’s AMC-3 satellite, launched in September 1997 (and thus some 19 years old. Currently, the satellite is at 73 degrees West. GEE is a major client for SES and Intelsat.
GEE is not alone in using satellites for its aircraft services. Panasonic Avionics, Gogo, and Thales LiveTV all have similar in-flight services, and could prove to be extremely valuable clients for satellite operators both in terms of ‘conventional’ broadcasting as well as inclined orbit usage.
Germany: New Dreambox for “total TV” experience
The new generation of digital terrestrial television, DVB-T2 HD, kicks off in Germany on March 23rd. The new DM525 COMBO will allow all viewers to enjoy the greater selection of programmes, with images in Full HD, without having to do without the huge range of choices of satellite television or of his cable connection.
The Dreambox comes equipped with the hybrid tuner for DVB-C/T2 as well as with a DVB-S2 receiver unit. The loop-through input allows you to record one programme while at the same time viewing another channel. Naturally, the DM525 COMBO features the hardware and software capability typical of Dreambox.
India: NBA streams live game on Facebook
The NBA stream a regular-season game via Facebook Live for the first time on January 2nd across India.
Sunday’s game, which saw the Sacramento Kings lose against the Golden State Warriors, was available to fans in India across the Facebook pages of the Kings, the NBA and The Warriors.
The Facebook stream featured the league’s newly released “NBA Mobile View” feed, delivering a closer shot of the action optimised for viewing on tablet and phone screens.
Warriors President & COO Rick Welts commented: “We are always looking for ways to utilise technology for opportunities to connect with our diverse group of fans throughout the world and are thrilled to engage with our followers in India.”
TataSky claims Indian DTH leadership
India’s TataSky, backed in part by Rupert Murdoch, is claiming leadership in terms of the number of DTH channels on offer to subscribers.
TataSky says its subscribers can view more than 600 channels and services. As at December 2016 it was offering 483 standard-definition and 76 HDTV channels. Additional to this total are another 31 Value Added services, 15 other ‘special’ SD and HD movie services, plus 9 other exclusive feeds.
Tata Sky chief communications officer Malay Dikshit said, “Consumers in India consider the number of channels provided by an entertainment platform to be among the second-biggest reason to make their purchase decisions. Tata Sky is leaving no stone unturned to offer the maximum number of channels and services to its subscribers.
However, TataSky’s channel count leadership is slim. Dish TV supplies 585 channels, while Videocon d2h offers a total of 570 channels and services, while Airtel Digital supplies 520 channels in its latest count.
Optus D2 12706 V Karbala Satellite Channel has left
Monday afternoon feeds
D1 12634 V Sr 7200 Fec 2/3 "ATN 7SNV1" tennis? 422
D1 12643 V Sr 7200 Fec 4/5 "perth bucky" Fire reporter
D2 12661 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 "tbs 7" Cycling
D2 12670 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 "Telstra Broadcast" Horses
D2 12679 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 "astra 3 path 1"
D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "SAS7 SEN-915"
Sunday evening feeds
Asiasat 5 3847 V Sr 7200 "shanghai sng" China Volleyball league
Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7200 "enc_1" Asean Basketball
Asiasat 5 3937 V Sr 7200 "abl sg vs my" Asean Basketball
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Intelsat 19 166.0E 4080 V "Hits" has left .
Telstar 18 138.0E 3735 H "GMA Life TV, GMA Pinoy TV Asia-Pacific and GMA News TV International" have started on , PowerVu.
Telstar 18 138.0E 3820 V HBO Hits, HBO Signature Asia, HBO Family Asia, HBO Malaysia and HBO Taiwan have started on, MediaCipher. Warner TV Asia has left.
AsiaSat 4 122.2E 12414 V "Da Ai 2 and Taiwan Macroview TV" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V CTS News Info has started on , encrypted. TTV, TTV Variety and TTV News have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Aniworld Satellite TV has replaced K-Drama" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H "Hunan TV has replaced Lejel Home Shopping Live" on , Irdeto.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Colombo TV" has left.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4148 V "ZTTV" has started on , Fta.
SES 8 95.0E 12110 H Zing Asia, HBN, News Nation, 9X Jalwa, Live India, Sanskar TV, Dhamaal, News State and Peace of Mind TV have left .
Mazhavil Manorama, We, Sankara TV, Bhakthi TV, CGTN, Kashish News, Captain TV, ABN, Angel TV India, Makkal TV, Kalaignar Murasu TV and Fashion TV India are now encrypted.
ST 2 88.0E 3632 V "Videoland HD" has left .
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Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Bioscope 24 TV has replaced Gram Bangla" on , fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 12715 H TBN Asia, Hillsong Channel, Apostolic Oneness Network, Kanal 10 Asia, Celebration TV and SBN International have left .
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11001 V "Kermanshah TV, Kordestan TV and Ilam TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11005 V "Mazandaran TV and Golestan TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11008 V "Kerman TV, Khalij-e Fars TV and Hamoon TV" have started on ,Fta.
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Intelsat 902 62.0E 11019 V "Khozestan TV and Aflak TV" have started on , Fta. Jahanbin TV has left
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Intelsat 902 62.0E 11022 V "Qazvin TV and Guilan TV" have left .
Intelsat 902 62.0E 11029 V Khorasan Razavi TV, Khorasan Shomali TV and Khorasan Jonoobi TV have started on ,Fta. Qom TV, Aftab TV and Hamedan TV have left.
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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段，Smart TV（蒙古）频道消失，设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [1月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Viceland、B4U Movies（ABS）等全组频道加密，设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段，Thairath HD、3 SD（泰国）频道重现，设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月8日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段，NBT HD（高清）频道新增，设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月8日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段，大爱二台、宏观卫视（台亚卫星）频道消失，设置12416 V 43200参数无效接收。 [1月8日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段，Cel-Mal、Vil-Fcb（传送）频道新增，设置4156 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段，3 SD、Thairath HD（MPEG-4）频道消失，设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月8日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段，NHK World TV HD（HEVC）频道新增，设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段，NHK World TV HD（HEVC）频道消失，设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Kanal 10（ABS）频道重现，设置12523 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星Ku频段，湖南卫视替换Lejel Home Shopping Live（MPEG-4）频道，设置12710 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星Ku频段，金鹰卡通替换K-Drama（MPEG-4）频道，设置12590 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，动物星球（Skynindo）频道新增，设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，华视新闻资讯替换客家电视（Skynindo）频道，设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段，Thairath HD替换NBT HD（泰国）频道，设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段，True Sg HD（泰国）频道消失，设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段，GMA Life TV（菲律宾）等全组频道改频率，设置3736 H 4444参数有条件接收。 [1月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段，Afghan TV（阿富汗）频道新增，设置4037 V 1427参数免费接收。 [1月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，CCTV-4、Trace Sport Star（ABS）等全组频道解密，设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [1月7日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，Colombo TV（斯里兰卡）频道消失，设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Box TV、Soyuz（俄罗斯）频道消失，设置11913 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，History HD、AXN HD（Sky Direct）等全组频道加密，设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月7日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段，幼儿教育（鼎视传媒）频道消失，设置3600 V 27500参数无效接收。 [1月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，Cinemo、GMA 7（Sky Direct）等全组频道加密，设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月7日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段，Khong Dee替换B-Xcite（泰国）频道，设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月7日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，Planet News替换1 Yes（印度）频道，设置3756 H 13333参数免费接收。 [1月6日]
Poor weather delays SpaceX rocket launch five days
SpaceX's planned rocket launch was delayed five days until Jan. 14 because of bad weather.
The launch was originally scheduled for 10:22 a.m. Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, announced Sunday on Twitter: "Launch moving due to high winds and rains at Vandenberg. Other range conflicts this week results in next available launch date being Jan 14."
The company set a new launch time of 9:54 a.m. with a backup date one day later for the Falcon 9 carrying 10 Iridium Communications satellites.
Iridium chief executive Matt Desch tweeted Sunday: "Bad weather the cause. Anti-rain dances didn't work -- oh well. Cal needs rain?"
On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorized SpaceX's Commercial Space Transportation License. SpaceX launches have been suspended since Sept. 1, after a massive explosion during a prelaunch test at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fla. destroyed launch equipment and a $95 million satellite owned by Facebook.
On Jan. 2, SpaceX announced the conclusion of a four-month investigation that found the explosion "likely" resulted from buckling in tanks that store gaseous helium to pressurize propellant tanks. The company plans to reconfigure its helium tanks and load the gas at a warmer temperature.
SpaceX hopes to launch again in Florida on Jan. 26 at Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A; Launch Complex 40 remains out of commission.
China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A
JIUQUAN, Gansu, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) has sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on Monday.
The rocket, carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1, blasted off from northwestern China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at around 12:11 p.m. Monday Beijing Time, according to a statement from the center.
The KZ-1A was developed from the Kuaizhou-1 rocket with improvements in adaptability. It is a low-cost solid-fuelled carrier rocket with high reliability and short preparation period and was designed to launch low-orbit satellites weighing under 300 kg.
The JL-1 is a multifunctional remote-sensing satellite providing high-definition video images which is expected to be used for land resource and forestry surveying, environmental protection, transport and disaster prevention and relief purposes.
The XY-S1 and Caton-1 are experimental satellites to test technologies of low-orbit narrow-band communication and VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) respectively.
A rocket technology company under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation was responsible for the launch mission. The success of the mission marks the company's capability of providing flexible, convenient, quick and economical launch services for domestic and overseas clients, said the statement.
GEE What A Purchase... Global Eagle Entertainment Shops for a Satellite
Due to the company's needs, Global Eagle Entertainment CEO Dave Davis stated, “Given the increased need for capacity in North America, we’ve actually done a deal with our largest supplier to purchase essentially an entire satellite.”
He shared this information with his investors in New York at the 19th Annual Needham Growth Conference adding that the company needed the capacity to support the growth of in-flight connectivity services, in particular for Southwest Airlines, its largest customer.
In a December 1 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Global Eagle said it was “in discussions with a leading satellite provider to purchase satellite transponders for an estimated price of approximately $50 million,” to support a large aviation-connectivity customer. That news was part of the company’s announcement that it was seeking new credit facilities.
Although Davis didn't specify, it's general knowledge that Global Eagle has leased large amounts of capacity from Intelsat and SES, as well as Arabsat. The ownership of the satellite will remain with the unnamed fleet operator, but Global Eagle will have access to all of its capacity. Rather than leasing capacity for a set amount of time, the purchase will prove to be a smarter financial move enabling substantial cost savings.
Davis added, “How do you decide to make a capital purchase versus continue to lease? We took a hard look at the satellite, had a third-party appraiser come in and give us an estimated useful life ... and then you look at how much we are paying for the satellite, our actual cost per megahertz is less than half of what we could get if we were leasing.”
4K UHD ATSC 3.0 TVs from LG
LG Electronics (LG) is introducing the first ATSC 3.0-enabled 4K Ultra HD TVs to support the US-wide deployment of the next-gen TV broadcast standard in South Korea. Starting spring 2017 in advance of the 2018 Winter Olympics new 2017 models of LG 4K Ultra HD TVs and large-screen LG smart TVs sold in Korea will have both ATSC 3.0 and ATSC 1.0 tuners.
One of these new models a 65-inch class LG LED TV with an embedded second-generation ATSC 3.0 tuner displayed 4K UHD high-dynamic range (HDR) broadcast programming at CES. LG also demonstrated ATSC 3.0’s advanced electronic service guide capabilities. They include broadcast video-on-demand and a programme guide delivered by the ROUTE (Real-Time Object Delivery over Unidirectional Transport) protocol specified in the nearly-finalised ATSC 3.0 standard.
LG Electronics is launching the first ATSC 3.0-equipped 4K Ultra HD TVs in Korea as SBS and other Korean broadcasters begin next-gen TV broadcasting this spring in advance of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
LG’s early introduction of ATSC 3.0-enabled TVs builds on the company’s key role in the development of the ATSC 3.0 suite of standards, especially the approved A/322 Physical Layer Standard at the heart of the new broadcast system that will merge the capabilities of broadcast and broadband for the first time.
Core technologies developed by LG and its U.S. R&D lab Zenith are included in the majority of the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer Standard. LG contributions to the A/322 transmission system include the scrambler, forward error correction, bit interleaver, mapper, time interleaver, OFDM framer, frequency interleaver, pilots, reserved tones, and guard interval functions.
Anticipated by its proponents to redefine TV broadcasting for decades to come, the Internet Protocol-based ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard will deliver 4K UHD services, robust reception on mobile devices and improved spectrum efficiency. The increased payload capacity of the physical layer combined with HEVC encoding will allow broadcasters more options when planning their broadcast services. A majority of the ATSC 3.0 suite of standards has been approved or is in the final stages of approval, expected to be completed this spring.
Development of ATSC 3.0 technologies represents the latest LG/Zenith innovation in digital television, which also includes key technologies in the A/153 Mobile Digital TV Standard adopted by the industry in 2009. Zenith also invented the core transmission system at the heart of today’s ATSC A/53 Digital Television Standard, approved by the US Federal Communications Commission in 1996.
“In parallel with our extensive standards development work with the ATSC, LG has been collaborating with Korean broadcasters and the Korean government to support the next-gen TV launch this year,” said Brian Kwon, president of the LG Home Entertainment Company. “The combination of the latest ATSC 3.0 chipset with our industry-leading LG 4K OLED and LG SUPER UHD displays will deliver the promise of next-gen TV for consumers in Korea. Early availability of ATSC 3.0 products in Korea also sets the stage to support US broadcasters’ next-gen TV rollout plans in 2018 and beyond,” he added.
Intelsat swaps $400m of debt
Satellite operator Intelsat has successfully exchanged some $403.3 million (€380.9m) of debt, due for repayment in 2018, for new higher interest-bearing Notes that will now fall due in 2024.
The $403 million accepted and re-issued represents 80.7 per cent of the 2018 debt (at 6.75 per cent) on offer. The other remaining debt-holders have until January 19th to accept the terms on offer, and the offer will expire on January 20th.
Sunday, no update
Satuday, no update
Not much to finish the week on
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AsiaSat 7 105.5E E News has left 3699 V.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E Life HD has left 3750 V.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E D TV Gold has left 3880 H.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E Global TV has left 4082 H.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E As TV has left 4146 H.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E Sargam TV has left 4165 H.
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Intelsat 904 60.0E 3744 R OnMax and Wazobia Max Lagos have started on , clear. OnTV and Wazobia TV have left.
Intelsat 904 60.0E 4047 R Wazobia Max Lagos, Lumen Christi TV Network, Arewa 24, Wap TV, ITV, Liberty TV, Tiwa 'n' Tiwa, Rave TV, Core TV News, R2 TV and Spice have started on , Fta.
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东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段，Flowers、Magna TV（阿联酋）等全组频道消失，设置11356 V 44900参数无效接收。 [1月6日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，探索频道（高清）频道新增，设置3740 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段，FOX Thai HD（HEVC）频道新增，设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星Ku频段，Fuji TV One、卫星剧场（日本）等全组频道消失，设置12326 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月5日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星Ku频段，J Sports 4、LaLa TV（日本）等全组频道消失，设置12287 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，Big Magic HD（印度）等全组频道解密，设置3891 V 11838参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，ETV Gujarati、ETV Oriya（印度）频道加密，设置3805 H 28500参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，ANC、AXN HD（Sky Direct）等全组频道解密，设置12571 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，Cinemo、HBO HD（Sky Direct）等频道解密，设置12531 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，Sony Entertainment TV （高清）频道消失，设置4180 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月5日]
CapRock sale to Speedcast completes
The sale of Harris Corp’s subsidiary CapRock Communications to Speedcast International, has closed.
Harris announced the sale of CapRock to Hong-Kong and Australia-based Speedcast last October, for $425 million (€404.8m) in cash. The sale has now wrapped.
The sale places Speedcast as one of the world’s largest satellite communications networks, with an especially large presence in the maritime market with connectivity to some 6200 vessels and off-shore oil platforms.
“With this acquisition, SpeedCast becomes the global leader in the industry, with a scale that enables us to deliver world-class services and support in over 100 countries,” said SpeedCast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier.
Speedcast is seemingly getting something of a bargain in the price paid considering that Harris bought CapRock only in 2010 and paid $525 million for the business. Harris says it will use the funds to pay down corporate debt and return cash to shareholders.
China opens busy year for space with launch of experimental comms sat
China has opened what promises to be a busy year for space with the launch of the TJS-2 experimental communications technology satellite to geostationary orbit on Thursday.
A Long March 3B carrier rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwestern China at 23:18 Beijing time (15:18 UTC).
State media confirmed the launch successful an hour after launch, describing the satellite as part of a new generation of high-capacity communications and broadcasting test satellite.
There is little information about the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology-developed satellite, which is understood to be TJS-2 (Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing Er Hao), making it the second in a series of classified launches.
A similarly secretive Long March 3B launch in September 2015 carried a satellite that Chinese state media stated would be mainly used to test Ka frequency broadband communication.
However, other sources note rumours surrounding the mission, unofficially referred to as TJS-1, that suggested it could be part of an experimental early warning satellite program.
Thursday's launch was the 245th overall for the Long March rocket series. China's first satellite, Dong Fang Hong-1, was launched on a Long March 1 rocket on April 24, 1970.
China closes 2016, opens 2017
China's previous launch, which closed global launch activities for 2016, saw a launch issue with the Long March 2D rocket leave the two 500kg SuperView-1 high-resolution imaging satellites and a cubesat in an orbit with a low perigee of just over 200 km that would likely mean reentry into the Earth's atmosphere within months.
The SuperView-1 01 and 02 satellites have since performed a number of burns to raise their perigees to near the intended orbits of 483 x 529 km and 518 x 536 km.
On-orbit testing has started, with SuperView, owned by a subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the main contractor for the space program, due to release the first images in the near future.
The next Chinese launch is expected to be a solid-fuelled Kuaizhou-1A, scheduled January 9, carrying a Jilin-1 video satellite and a range of other payloads (Chinese).
China plans record year in 2017
Having set a national record 22 launches in a massive year for the Chinese space program, CASC is looking to launch near 30 times in 2017, with China's CASIC, the main missile maker, also likely to add a number of orbital launches.
Major missions planned include sending the new Tianzhou-1 cargo craft to the Tiangong-2 space lab in April to test refuelling technologies for a future space station, and the Chang'e-5 lunar sample return late in the year - the first such mission for over four decades.
Among other launches expected during the year are the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) space science probe, a mid-year launch of a Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket to test a new, large model of geostationary satellite, and a host of remote sensing, weather and communications satellites, including some to be used by the People's Liberation Army.
The Chang'e-5 reentry capsule (r) and ascent module (background) undergoing testing (Framegrab/CCTV).
Above: The Chang'e-5 reentry capsule (r) and ascent module (background) undergoing testing (Framegrab/CCTV).
China's international commercial contract launches in 2017 are set to involve the lofting of satellites for Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela (September).
Much of the Chinese launch schedule has not been announced, due to China running a relatively closed space program, while the global calendar will start with a busy January.
Planned launches for American companies - SpaceX, 31, United Launch Alliance, 14, and Orbital ATK, 4 - coupled with Russia aiming for 29 of their own, mean 2017 will be a year crowded with space launches.
Only DVB-T2/HEVC TV sets on sale in Italy
As of January 1st, the sale of TV sets with DVB-T/MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 encoding is no longer allowed in Italy.
Retailers can market only TV sets with tuner compatible with the new second-generation digital terrestrial standard DVBT-2/HEVC, which allows for more efficient use of frequencies by an estimated 30 per cent compression of the signal.
By opting for the DVBT-2/HEVC standard, Italy has averted a double migration (the first to the DVB-T2 MPEG-4 and the second to the DVB-T2 HEVC), with the consequent need for viewers to purchase new receivers in a very short time.
According to estimates by the Association of Radio and TV Broadcasters (CRTV), of the approximately 48 million TV receivers in Italian homes in March 2016, only 6 per cent were capable of receiving the new standard with a replacement rate of between 4 and 6 million pieces per year.
The transition to the new technology is an obligation under the planned migration at EU level of the 700 MHz band to mobile broadband expected by 2020-2022.
In Italy, the band is occupied in over 60 per cent of the cases by national network operators, while the rest is almost entirely used by local stations, with some rights of use expiring in 2032.
The transaction will be gradual until 2022 all the main channels will be transmitted in simulcast.
Thursday evening feed
Intelsat 19 12432 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 "STS 12 Enc/ Mod 1" FTA NBL Feed
Planned Satellite Launches in the Asia Pacific region for 2017
Telkom 3S Ariane 5 - VA235 Kourou 118.0°E 10 Ku tps and 32 C tps will replace Telkom 2
Koreasat 5A Falcon 9 Cape Canaveral 113.0°E
G-Sat 9 GSLV Sriharikota 83.0°E 12 Ku tps
G-Sat 11 Ariane 5 Kourou 74.0°E 12 Ku tps and 36 C tps will replace Insat 3C
G-Sat 19E GSLV Sriharikota
G-Sat 17 Ariane 5 Kourou
Koreasat 7 Ariane 5 Kourou 116.0°E
ChinaSat 16 Long March 3BE Xichang 110.5°E
PSN 6 Falcon 9 Cape Canaveral 146.0°E 18 Ku tps and 38 C tps
Eutelsat 172B Ariane 5 Kourou 172.0°E 36 Ku tps and 14 C tps
G-Sat 6A GSLV Sriharikota
AsiaSat 9 Proton Baikonur 122.0°E 32 Ku tps and 28 C tps will replace AsiaSat 4 S Günes
Express AMU2 Proton Baikonur 103.0°E 80 C- and Ku tps
Geo Kompsat 2A 128.2°E weather satellite SLT
BSAT 4A Ariane 5 Kourou 24 Ku tps
Superbird 8 Ariane 5 Kourou
ABS 8 116.0°E 50 tps will replace ABS 7
Bangabandhu 1 Falcon 9 Cape Canaveral 119.1°E
SES 12 Ariane 5 Kourou 95.0°E 138 Ku tps and 19 Ka tps will replace NSS 6 and be co-located with SES 8
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段，Channel D替换八大娱乐（台亚卫星）频道，设置3700 V 33000参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，Null（测试）等2个频道消失，设置4148 V 11852参数无效接收。 [1月4日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段，Bioscope24 TV替换Gram Bangla（以色列）频道，设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，Bharat Samachar（印度）频道新增，设置3920 H 13000参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，中童卫视、功夫卫视（澳门）等频道新增，设置3727 V 6666参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段，CGTN-法语替换华娱卫视（老挝）频道，设置10850 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段，CGTN-西班牙替换TVB 8（老挝）频道，设置10850 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]
Space Is No Longer The Final Frontier For Aussies
We're back in the space race.
December was somewhat of a turning point for this fledgling industry.
For decades, Australia has been left behind in the space race.
With no dedicated launch facility, nor a dedicated government space agency, Australia has looked on as overseas multinational companies and governments have dominated space-related travel and commercial opportunities.
Now, a group of innovators based in and around Sydney are helping Australia back into the space industry, as part of a growing movement to "democratise" space and open it up to everyday entrepreneurs and enthusiasts.
The month of December proved to be something of a turning point for this fledgling industry.
On December 10, Sydney-based company Cuberider helped launch Australia's first payload to the International Space Station. The lift-off carried experiments designed by 1,000 students. Cuberider is founded by two 23-year-old Sydney university students.
On 19 December, another Sydney-based company had its satellite operations software certified by an international space advocacy body. Saber Astronautics, which is based in Chippendale in Sydney's inner-west and Colorado in the United States, has developed an early version of software which allows a person to plan a satellite mission and then operate this satellite while in space.
This software has now been certified by the Space Foundation, a 33-year-old organisation based in the United States which seeks to advocate and promote space-related endeavours. The Space Foundation described the software as "a uniquely ingenious product, combining space technology and elements of education".
At this stage, the early version of the software launched in September 2016 is largely limited to allowing someone to work out where, and how, to fly their satellite, before getting a live feed from the satellite in space. This live feed can help with identifying space weather and radiation and problems with the craft.
In the near future, it is hoped that the software will be able to guide the satellite's movements while in space.
Opening up space to small businesses and enthusiasts
Saber CEO Dr Jason Held said that launching and operating a satellite is already becoming a more affordable option for entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and students.
"I know of commercial satellites launched into space which have been funded for less than $150,000 on a crowd-funding campaign," he said. "To put that into perspective, that's half the cost of a juice bar franchise."
Low-cost satellites, he said, are being used by entrepreneurs to deliver broad-scale imagery to assist the agriculture and mining industry and to help professional services firms such as land valuers and financiers.
There is also the potential for satellites to play a role in the "internet of things" industry by helping to connect and track devices and objects -- particularly where there is no or limited mobile reception.
"If you can't get cell phone reception, then what are you going to use?" he said. "For this reason, there is no question that the data highway of the 21st century is space."
The issue, according to Dr Held, is that while it is getting cheaper to launch satellites, it is still proving difficult to operate them while in space.
"The 'do-it-yourself' movement often do well with developing the satellite but can struggle with the outdated operational tools, many of which are text based and hard to learn," he said.
That's where Saber's software comes in, by using video game style technology to allow people to plan, track and, in the future control, their satellite.
"Our aim is the democratisation of space, where anyone, regardless of background, can bring their innovation, ideas, and talent to market," he said.
The Australian space industry
Saber is part of the growing, and somewhat unlikely, Australian space industry. In the 1950s and '60s, Australia was regarded as a space industry leader, alongside the United States and Russia. In fact, during this era, students from Melbourne even launched a low-earth orbit satellite and European-built rockets were tested in South Australia.
However, the early potential quickly faded. Until recently, Australia has been regarded as a space industry laggard with no launch facilities nor a dedicated space agency. A group of enthusiastic startup companies and students are now ignoring the government policy and funding vacuum to deal Australia back into the space race.
Dr Held said in the order of 30 new companies involved in satellite technology have been founded in Australia in the past two years, which compares favourably to the 100 or so similar companies in the United States.
"I think Australia also has a larger proportion of space companies as part of our start-up community, compared to other hubs around the world such as California, New York, London or Tel Aviv," he said.
"What's more, our industry I think is growing faster than these other hubs."
Dr Held said that the Australian civil space industry is mainly focussed on Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, with Canberra and Adelaide having the strongest defence space focus.
Saber is one of the founding members, along with the Universities of NSW and Sydney, of the Delta-V space industry alliance which is seeking to grow the Australian space industry.
One active participant in this alliance is Andreas Antoniades, who this year formed his company Obelisk Systems which is based at Maitland in the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney. His company produces hardware to insert into Cubesats, which are small miniaturised satellites, usually no more than 1.3kg in weight. It also developed the original 'Asimov' educational modules, and helped with preliminary mission development, for Cuberider.
Antoniades finished his electrical engineering and business degree at the University of Newcastle in 2015. He said he was attracted to the space industry for the same reasons as Dr Held -- to try to make it more accessible to amateurs and innovators.
"Back in 2013, I was frustrated that you couldn't get into space for less than $250,000 and therefore wrote my thesis on affordable space hardware," he said.
He said the space industry in Australia is now "phenomenally upbeat", despite the lack of formal government support.
"Space is an inspirational field, every time you mention space to anyone they get excited," he said.
"It is the space industry in Australia which is now producing the necessary infrastructure and proving the business model -- we are not waiting for government validation."
Antoniades said one big benefit of space-related entrepreneurship is that it tends to produce innovations which benefit the broader economy. He cited the role that GPS technology -- developed in the 1990s from a network of satellites -- now plays in our daily lives.
Antoniades said he benefits from being close to advanced manufacturing facilities and a strong innovation community in Newcastle, along with having far lower business costs compared to Sydney.
JSAT and Arianespace Sign On To Go Up Together
News of an agreement for production of a communications satellite for Japan, courtesy of builder, Lockheed Martin and launch services of Arianespace. Today's contract reflects the transaction between SKY Perfect JSAT and Arianespace.
On January 4, 2017 Arianespace announced a launch service contract with SKY Perfect JSAT for JCSAT-17. It will be launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center, French Guiana, in 2019.
SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation's Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Shinji Takada, has concluded a contract for a launch service for its JCSAT-17 communications satellite with Arianespace's Chairman and CEO, Stéphane Israël.
With this launch, built by Lockheed Martin based on the A2100 platform, JCSAT-17’s main coverage zone will be Eastern Asia, including Japan, whereby their aim is to maintain stable and high-quality satellite communications services.
Since the launch of JCSAT-1 in 1989, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Arianespace have worked together with this new satellite being the thirty-first Japanese satellite launch contract awarded to Arianespace.
After the signature, Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace said, "We are proud and honored to announce this new contract two weeks after the successful launch of our 19th satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT. This choice once again reflects the exceptional partnership of more than 25 years between Arianespace and the largest commercial satellite operator in Asia. Thanks to SKY Perfect JSAT for its trust, which is a clear recognition of the quality and the competitiveness of our launch services.”
Eutelsat scales up Ultra HD content
One day ahead of the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, where Ultra HD is set to be a continuing hot trend, satellite operator Eutelsat Communications has confirmed the launch of two new Ultra HD channels at its popular HOTBIRD video neighbourhood. Fashion TV’s new Ultra HD channel, FTV UHD and Travelxp 4K, the world’s first 4K travel channel, have concluded multi-year contracts with Eutelsat to leverage HOTBIRD’s market-leading penetration into cable and IPTV networks across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
FTV UHD made its debut on HOTBIRD on 23 December while Travelxp 4K starts broadcasting from January, 2017. Both channels have selected HEVC encoding with 10bits of colour depth (one billion colours), at 50 frames per second.
The strong image and awareness of the Fashion TV brand projects a unique, cosmopolitan and modern style. Building on the one-of-a-kind Fashion TV brand, FTV UHD is setting a new standard in fashion and lifestyle broadcasting through original programming on style and trends offered with exceptional image quality.
“Since the launch of our first fashion-themed channel on a Eutelsat satellite in 1997 we have developed a unique and comprehensive brand with high-quality broadcasting at its core,” stated FTV UHD’s CEO, Michel Adam Lisowski. “We made the leap to High Definition ten years after the launch of our first digital channel on Eutelsat’s fleet. Today, we are excited to pursue our commitment to the highest quality of broadcasting standards through an Ultra HD channel offering Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD homes exceptional images of the latest fashion events from around the world. Eutelsat is our fashionable and lucky HOTBIRD.”
Available in seven languages, Travelxp 4K, features hundreds of hours of world class travel programmes filmed all over the world. The 4K channel follows the success of Travelxp HD, which offers 100 per cent originally-produced premium travel and lifestyle programming distributed to over 50 million homes globally. It will also broadcast in 10 bits REC 2020 colour space using the new HDR (High Dynamic Range) standard developed by the BBC and NHK that creates richer and more dynamic images by increasing the contrast ratio between the lightest and darkest areas of the screen and expanding the volume of colours displayed. This standard uses HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) technology, enabling legacy Standard Dynamic (SDR) displays to decode the HDR standard.
“Travelxp 4K is all about bringing the world to homes in stunning resolution,” explained Travelxp 4K’ CEO, Prashant Chothani. “Ten bit REC 2020 with HLG, HDR will make the viewing experience more immersive and vivid. It’s not just about more pixels in 4K but better pixels. We are proud to reinforce our partnership with Eutelsat and to benefit from their vast knowledge of the Ultra HD broadcasting chain. Joining the HOTBIRD neighbourhood and gaining access to a unique and ethnically diverse population pool is a natural step for us that will fast-track penetration of Travelxp 4K into homes across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.”
“The launch of FTV UHD and Travelxp 4K is new evidence of the move by content producers to Ultra HD,” declared Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Officer. “Their trust in Eutelsat reflects our commitment to delivering service that guarantees viewers an enriched and unrivalled Ultra HD experience. We are proud to support these new channels and look forward to accelerating their distribution across the vast footprint provided by our HOTBIRD video neighbourhood.”
Hulu adds CBS nets to live TV service
Premium entertainment streaming service Hulu has agreed a comprehensive deal with CBS Corporation to carry America’s most-watched broadcast network, CBS, as well as popular sports and entertainment channels CBS Sports Network and POP, with the potential to add additional networks in the future. All networks in the deal will be available to stream live, with much of their programming available on-demand as well, through Hulu’s new multichannel, live TV streaming service, set to launch in the coming months.
With the addition of the CBS channels, subscribers to Hulu’s new live service will have access to popular programming, including Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Big Brother, Blue Bloods and 60 Minutes, both live and on-demand.
CBS’s sports programming, including the NFL on CBS (all preseason, regular and post-season games broadcast on CBS) and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will also be offered on the new service, as well as news programming and specials, CBS’s leading late night shows and major annual live events such as The Grammys. In addition, the new deal extends Showtime Networks’ existing deal with Hulu in which SHOWTIME is offered as a premium subscription service to those customers who subscribe to Hulu’s live or SVoD service.
“To build a successful live TV service, you have to have viewers’ favorite sports and shows and CBS’s programming is absolutely vital to that mix,” said Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu. “With 21st Century Fox, Disney, Turner and now CBS on board, our new live service will offer one of the most valuable sports, news and entertainment line-ups anywhere from ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and TNT to ABC, CBS, FOX and The Disney Channel.”
“We are very pleased to make CBS available on Hulu’s new live TV service,” said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “Hulu has made it clear that it understands the value that the CBS Television Network, along with Showtime and our basic cable network portfolio, will bring to this new offering. In addition, today’s announcement represents another significant step in our strategy to deliver CBS’s industry leading content to viewers whenever and where ever they want to watch it, at terms that are consistent with the Company’s goals.”
The CBS deal follows Hulu’s recently announced agreements with 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company, which encompassed more than 35 top networks, including broadcast networks FOX and ABC; Fox Sports networks such as the Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and BTN; ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN-SEC and ESPN 3; Fox Regional Sports Networks across dozens of key national markets; Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior; Fox News and Fox Business; Freeform; FX, FXX and FXM; and National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild.
Earlier this year, Hulu announced an affiliate agreement with Time Warner Inc. for live and on-demand streaming of Turner’s suite of popular entertainment, sports, news and kids’ networks including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.
As a complement to the company’s current ad-supported and ad-free subscription video on demand products, Hulu’s new service will offer subscribers the most valuable, premium live TV offering on the market in a new user experience. With no set-up costs or installation, it will feature an easy-to-use, intuitive and personalised interface, that brings together live and on-demand news, entertainment and sports, all in one place, across hundreds of living room and mobile devices.
Hulu's live cable TV competitor will cost 'under $40' per month
On Wednesday, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins revealed that the company's upcoming live TV service, a competitor to cable TV, will cost "under $40" per month, Variety reports.
The service will work much like a regular cable or satellite TV package, except that it will be delivered over the internet to your smart TV, phone, tablet, and so on. Though Hopkins didn't specify an exact release date, he said it would launch in a "couple of months," and that the "under $40" price would include both Hulu's existing $7.99-per-month on-demand video library, as well as cloud DVR capabilities.
Hulu's upcoming service will include CBS, notably absent from AT&T's competing DirecTV Now internet TV package.
"To build a successful live TV service, you have to have viewers' favorite sports and shows - and CBS' programming is absolutely vital to that mix," Hopkins said in a statement. "With 21st Century Fox, Disney, Turner and now CBS on board, our new live service will offer one of the most valuable sports, news and entertainment lineups anywhere - from ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and TNT to ABC, CBS, FOX and The Disney Channel."
Hulu said that all networks in the CBS deal will be available to stream live on the service, and "much of their programming" would also be available on-demand.
Hulu will enter a crowded streaming TV market in 2017. Besides Dish's Sling TV, Sony's Vue, and AT&T's DirecTV Now, YouTube is working on its own package, and Amazon is rumored to be doing the same.
What remains to be seen is exactly how robust Hulu's channel lineup will be. While AT&T's DirecTV Now initially offered a whopping 100+ channels for $35 dollars per month, that tier will begin to cost $60 per month on January 9. The $35 dollar option will include 60+ channels. Hulu's full lineup has not been revealed.
The other big question for Hulu's service will be technical performance. The two big names in the space, Dish's Sling TV and AT&T's DirecTV Now, have been plagued with technical issues, as has Sony's Vue to some extent, though it reportedly has a much smaller subscriber base than Sling.
Samsung Smart TVs integrate Verimatrix forensic watermarking
Revenue security and enhancement specialist Verimatrix and Samsung Electronics have announced an expanded partnership to ensure the 2017 line of Samsung Smart TVs comply with the Ultra HD (UHD) and 4K content guidelines set by MovieLabs’ Specifications for Next Generation Video and Enhanced Content Protection. The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) Ultra architecture, which includes hardware-based VideoMark forensic watermarking, is integrated with Samsung’s next-generation Smart TV platform to establish a secure chain-of-custody across the UHD ecosystem.
“The proliferation of UHD and 4K content has amplified threats of IP-sourced piracy, putting a direct target on Smart TVs. Therefore, it is essential that emerging technology adopts a balanced integrated approach built around MovieLabs’ requirements to protect UHD and 4K content,” said Petr Peterka, CTO of Verimatrix. “Samsung’s decision to integrate VideoMark watermarking as part of VCAS Ultra optimally positions its future Smart TVs to secure high-quality content, pushing Samsung ahead in the race against piracy.”
According to Verimatrix, through an infrastructure of integrated VideoMark watermarking technology and Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) support, VCAS Ultra presents a formidable barrier to piracy underpinned by three pillars of MovieLabs security requirements hardware credentials and anchors, a trusted software security environment and forensic watermarking. This multi-pronged approach ensures that UHD and 4K content delivered by Samsung Smart TVs are in full compliance with the mandate through encryption, authentication and device revocation.
India needs extra satellite capacity
India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which is the country’s sole source of authorised satellite broadcasting capacity, has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for a ‘gap-filler’ satellite.
The RFP calls for a satellite either in orbit now but perhaps nearing the end of its operational life or for a new satellite that would be in orbit this year, and then leased to ISRO for about three years. ISRO would then re-sell the available capacity to India’s fast-expanding media broadcasters.
ISRO has about a dozen satellites in orbit, and also recognises authorised capacity from operators such as SES. A 2015 study showed that ISRO had some 286 transponders under its control. ISRO has plans to launch five new satellites this year including science missions.
ISRO says it needs more satellite capacity and has 12-18 satellites in the planning stage.
India to launch 103 satellites in record single mission
India will launch a rocket carrying 103 satellites next month in a record single mission, a report said Wednesday, as its famously frugal space agency looks to zoom ahead in the commercial space race.
The rocket is set to blast off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota in February carrying three Indian satellites and 100 foreign ones including from the US, France and Germany, the Press Trust of India said.
If successful, India will set a world record as the first country to launch the most satellites in one go and leave behind Russia, which launched 39 satellites in a single mission in June 2014.
"We are making a century by launching over 100 satellites at one go," S. Somnath, a director at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), was quoted as saying at a science convention in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
Another official told AFP that most of the 100 foreign satellites were meant for commercial purposes while the Indian satellites were intended to observe and measure the Earth's atmosphere.
The business of putting commercial satellites into space for a fee is growing as phone, Internet and other companies as well as countries seek greater and more high-tech communications.
India is competing with other international players for a greater share of that launch market, and is known for its low-cost space programme.
Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.
In May, it successfully launched its first mini space shuttle as it joined the global race to make reusable rockets.
It sent an unmanned rocket to orbit Mars in 2013 at a cost of just $73 million, compared with NASA's Maven Mars mission which had a $671 million price tag.
ISRO is also mulling the idea of missions to Jupiter and Venus, according to PTI.
"We are looking at other planets that we can explore... two of them are Jupiter and Venus," M. Nageswara Rao, an associate director at ISRO, said Wednesday, adding "it may take few years from now".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often hailed India's budget space technology, quipping in 2014 that a rocket that launched four foreign satellites into orbit had cost less to make than Hollywood film "Gravity".
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，凤凰中文、凤凰资讯（MPEG-4）频道消失，设置11165 H 44000参数无效接收。 [1月1日]
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NBN: Four months to move 18k satellite customers to Sky Muster, fixed-wireless
Despite only connecting 29,760 customers to Sky Muster between April and October, NBN left itself just four months to shift over the 18,000 customers remaining on the old satellite service.
Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) company has revealed that as of October 28, it had four months to shift the 18,847 customers that are still connected to the interim satellite service (ISS) onto its Sky Muster or fixed-wireless services prior to the ISS shutdown at the end of February.
NBN revealed when answering Senate Estimates questions on notice that it received 50,134 installation requests for Sky Muster services and completed orders of 29,760 between April, when services were launched, and the end of October.
The order lead time for services averaged 20 business days, or almost one month, between May and October.
NBN launched its second satellite, Sky Muster II, in October 2016, a year after the launch of the first satellite in October 2015, in an effort to replace the overloaded ISS to provide higher-speed broadband via the projection of 101 spot beams for those not living within the fibre, hybrid fibre-coaxial, and fixed-wireless NBN network footprint.
The ISS will be switched off on February 28.
ISS customers living within the fixed-wireless footprint are eligible for a fixed-wireless service rather than being moved to Sky Muster, however, with orders having been due by December 1, 2016.
"Where fixed-wireless is currently available, resources are in place with NBN's delivery partners to ensure installation for those eligible ahead of the ISS switch-off," NBN said.
"Where fixed-wireless services are planned but not yet available, end users will be able to migrate to Sky Muster in the interim, before connecting to fixed-wireless when it becomes available at a later date."
A breakdown by state saw 13,814 customers connect to Sky Muster in New South Wales; 8,950 in Queensland; 6,773 in Victoria; 4,250 in Western Australia; 3,115 in South Australia; 2,021 in Tasmania; 813 in the Northern Territory; and 24 in the Australian Capital Territory as of October 31.
There have been 31,007 reschedules of service installations since launch, caused mainly by technician issues, customer issues, weather, network issues, and non-standard installations, with just 18 premises visited by a technician unable to establish satellite line of sight.
NBN said that there have been 520 complaints since the launch of Sky Muster: 206 in NSW; 103 in Queensland; 94 in Victoria; 42 in WA; 31 in Tasmania; 23 in SA; and 21 in the NT.
"Over the past two months, there have been issues with the software responsible for managing various aspects of the satellite network," NBN explained in response to questions on notice.
"The root causes are understood, fixes have been identified, and we are in the process of rolling out new software to the network to improve stability and reliability.
"The total number of network faults since launch is 325 with an average restoration time of 1.5 hours. The total number of service faults raised by RSPs on behalf of end users since launch is 2,984; however, it should be noted that this is likely to include multiple reports relating to the same network fault or issue."
NBN said in October that the issue with connecting users to its Sky Muster satellite service had been resolved, with a software upgrade that "didn't go to plan" to blame.
During October last year, the average closure time for complaints was 21.4 days.
Fibre on demand
NBN also revealed through questions on notice that it has produced total revenue of AU$654,040 thanks to its technology choice program: AU$356,236 from individual switches and AU$297,804 from area switches.
The technology choice program offers Australians a pure fibre alternative to NBN's fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-basement, fibre-to-the-distribution-point, hybrid fibre-coaxial, fixed-wireless, and satellite connections -- if they pay an application fee, a field quote fee, and then the cost of installing the fibre.
There are two options for the fibre-on-demand product: An area switch, covering between 150 and 350 premises; or an individual switch, covering one. Application fees for an individual switch cost AU$330, as does the quote fee, while area switches cost AU$1,100 per fibre distribution area, with the quote fee specified "upon application".
The cost of installing the fibre would then cost an average of around AU$4,300 per premises.
According to NBN, there are 15 individual premises currently making use of an NBN connection resulting from the technology choice program: Six in NSW; three each in Queensland and WA; and one each in Victoria, SA, and Tasmania.
The average revenue gained by NBN for these is AU$22,368 per premises.
No area switches have yet taken place, but there are currently two sites under contract and in progress, NBN added.
In February last year, one Tasmanian council said it would be requesting a refund on the fee it was charged by NBN for a cost analysis of upgrading two regions from FttN to FttP, because it was not detailed enough to warrant a AU$10,000 fee.
The estimate was between AU$2.75 million to AU$3.3 million for the Westbury and Hagley region upgrade, and AU$2.2 million to AU$2.75 million to upgrade Hadspen and Traveller's Rest.
Rockhampton Regional Council and Burnie City Council have also received cost estimates, while Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, and Flinders Council also made applications.
China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Takes to Space
Countries along Beijing’s flagship Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-century Maritime Silk Road will be among the first in line to plug into China’s new satellite-navigation services
China’s dream of building a 21st-century Silk Road spanning half the planet was already ambitious. That was before outer space became part of the vision.
Countries along Beijing’s flagship Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-century Maritime Silk Roadbetter known as “One Belt, One Road”will be among the first in line to plug into China’s new satellite-navigation services, according to a government policy paper on the country’s space program released Tuesday.
That means people from East Africa to the South Pacific will have access to the Chinese Beidou-2 satellite network, Beijing’s answer to the U.S. Global Positioning System, by 2018, with the satellites providing the digital glue for the roads, railways, ports and industrial parks China intends to build on terra firma.
The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Silk Road Fund have around $140 billion in capital between them to finance infrastructure across two great arcs of Chinese trade: the land-based “belt” to the north stretching across Central Asia and Russia to Europe, and the maritime “road” to the south, encompassing East Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
The space policy paper, issued by the State Council Information Office, hints at how China plans to use its space technology to support its wide-ranging programs on the ground and further tie partner nations into the Beijing blueprint.
Navigation and positioning services will form one element of a Belt and Road Initiative Space Information Corridor that China aims to set up over the next five years, the paper says. Earth observation, communications and other satellite services are also part of the package.
The Beidou satellite network, which has 14 working satellites, will consist of 35 satellites by the end of the decade, the policy paper says. Beidou has applications across many areas being prioritized by the Silk Road plan, the policy paper says, including transportation systems, fisheries management and power distribution. The government foresees its Beidou satellites influencing all aspects of people’s lives and production in tandem with the infrastructure push.
Beidou helped Chinese companies generate around $29 billion in revenue in 2015, just two years after its commercial launch, according to state media reports citing Miao Qianjun, secretary-general of the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location-based Services Association of China. As the system’s coverage area expands, neighboring countries including Thailand and Vietnam are using Beidou to deliver navigational data.
China also seems to be banking on Beidou stimulating the economies that use the system, boosting trade along its new Silk Road and channeling benefits back to China.
Though Beijing is spending an estimated $25 billion putting the satellites into orbit, the total market for satellite services in telecommunications and other sectors should be worth around $60 billion within the next few years, according to the system’s operator, the China Satellite Navigation Management Office.
China is gearing up for the Beidou system to deliver global coverage in 2020, the policy paper adds. But countries that join China’s terrestrial One Belt, One Road will be first to share in its unearthly achievements, getting access to Beidou two years earlier.
Gaojing satellites almost on their correct orbit
Gaojing satellites almost on their correct orbit !
Two Gaojing satellites delivered to incorrect orbit on 28 December 2016 are almost in the end of their journey to correct orbital position.
Problems with Gaojing (also known as Superview-1-1 and Superview-1-2) appeared just after launch from Chinese Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 03:53 UTC on 28 December 2016. Long March 2D rocket suffered for unexplained problems during first stage burn. Stage separated later than it was planned (7 seconds after time) and second stage performed longer burn for about 10 seconds. Central engine of the second stage (YF-22C) used most of the propellant and after cut off, four YF-23C had not sufficient amount of propellant to put satellites into correct orbit. Both Gaojing and BY-70 2U CubeSat were injected into 213 km x 524 km orbit inclined at 97.6°.
Specialists from mission control center had no other way but to order both satellites to use their propellant for reaching planned 500 km SSO orbit. Of course increased fuel consumption means, that for future orbit keeping, attitude control system would be using limited amount of propellant; mission time will be substantially reduced.
Luckily for the moment space journey which started already on 28 December, is almost finished. Yesterday Gaojing-1-1 reached following orbit: 484 x 528 km x 97.61°. Gaojing-1-2 six hours later at 12:06 UTC was on 509 x 533 km x 97.57° orbit (it begun orbit raise maneuver on 28 December earlier than Gaojing-1-1). This orbit is quite close to planned 500 km SSO - according to Chinaspaceflight.com, satellites will now pass orbital tests and will enter the service.
China to attempt close to 30 space launches in 2017
The main contractor for China's space program will attempt close to 30 launches in 2017, according to a media report on Tuesday, as the country continues to ramp up its space activities.
Major missions planned include sending the new Tianzhou-1 cargo craft to the Tiangong-2 space lab in April to test refuelling technologies for a future space station, and the Chang'e-5 lunar sample return late in the year - the first such mission for over four decades.
The missions will be launched by new Long March 7 and Long March 5 rockets respectively, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) told China News Service (Chinese).
A rendering of Tiangong-2 (left) docked with Tianzhou-1 (CMSE).
Above: A rendering of Tiangong-2 (left) docked with Tianzhou-1 (CMSE).
China is set to perform the world's first launch of 2017 around 15:15 Universal Time January 4, seeing the TXJSSY-2 experimental communications satellite lofted to geostationary orbit by a Long March 3B from Xichang.
Among other launches expected during the year are the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) space science probe, a mid-year launch of a Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket to test a new, large model of geostationary satellite, and a host of remote sensing, weather and communications satellites, including some to be used by the People's Liberation Army.
The Chang'e-5 reentry capsule (r) and ascent module (background) undergoing testing (Framegrab/CCTV).
Above: The Chang'e-5 reentry capsule (r) and ascent module (background) undergoing testing (Framegrab/CCTV).
China's international commercial contract launches in 2017 are set to involve the lofting of satellites for Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela (September).
Much of the Chinese launch schedule has not been announced, due to China running a relatively closed space program, while the global calendar will start with a busy January.
The maiden flight of Long March 5 in November 2016.
Above: The maiden flight of Long March 5 in November 2016.
The year could also see the launches of the solid-fuelled Kuaizhou-1A, scheduled January 6, and Kuaizhou-11 rockets, developed under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) to compete with CASC's Long March 11, and the debut of LandSpace-1, further boosting China's planned launch rate.
Chinese spaceflight in 2016
China launched a national record 22 times during 2016, surpassing the 19 launches reached in 2012 and 2015, while suffering one failure and a recent partial failure.
The two SuperView-1 satellites launched on December 28 needing to use their own onboard propulsion to reach their intended orbits.
The year saw a number of milestone and breakthrough missions, involving two astronauts spending a month in space aboard Tiangong-2, the debut of next-generation rockets, and a pioneering quantum science and communications satellite, QUESS.
In 2018 China will start the construction of its modular space station with the launch of the 20 tonne Tianhe-1 core module, and also attempt the first ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon with the Chang'e-4 lander and rover.
A government white paper released in late December outlined many of China's space activities for the next five years, including plans for rocketry, lunar exploration and interplanetary missions for the years ahead.
Vandenberg AFB to launch Iridium communications satellites Jan. 8
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. plans to launch several Iridium communications satellites Jan. 8 from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, signaling a rebound from the failed Falcon 9 rocket launch in Florida in September.
An accident investigation team determined that the September launch failure was likely due to an accumulation of oxygen or a void in the buckle of the liner, the company said on Jan. 2.
“In the short term, this entails changing the COPV configuration to allow warmer temperature helium to be loaded, as well as returning helium loading operations to a prior flight proven configuration,” SpaceX said in a statement. “In the long term, SpaceX will implement design changes to the COPVs to prevent buckles altogether, which will allow for faster loading operations.”
The $200 million Facebook satellite that was destroyed in the September explosion would’ve brought the Internet to underserved parts of the developing world.
Ethiopia Plans to Launch Carrier Rocket in Three Years
Ministry-science-technology-ethiopiaJanuary 3, 2017 - The Ministry of Science and Technology has said Ethiopia is working on launching a medium sized satellite launching rocket that will come to fruition within the next three years, reports ENA.
Ministry's Public Relation Director Wondwosen Andualem told ENA that a prototype of the carrier rocket was prepared as a launch pad for the actual work.
"Efforts are ongoing to launch into space a medium sized rocket within the coming three years," confirmed the PR Director.
He said satellite building capability is also growing owing to knowledge and technological exchanges with development partners.
Efforts are ongoing to manufacture both the satellite and its carrier rocket locally, according to the Director, who indicated its significance for security, weather forecast and other services.
Considering its gravely serious value, the nation set up a Space Science Council and Institute Chaired by the Prime Minister.
With the successful accomplishment of the task, Ethiopia will join countries competing to launch satellites at the equator, Wondwosen added. (ENA)
Inmarsat and Arianescape Launch S-band Satellite for European Aviation Network
Mobile satellite communications is getting a major advancement with the contractual partnership of two international global mobile satellite providers.
Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications, has signed a contract with Arianespace, provider of access to space transportation services and solutions for launching commercial and institutional satellites into orbit, to launch the S-band satellite for the European Aviation Network (EAN) on an Ariane 5 heavy lift launch vehicle.
The EAN payload is part of a condosat constructed by Thales Alenia Space. This will incorporate a second payload for Hellas-Sat. The condosat is scheduled to launch from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana in mid-2017. The Inmarsat S-band/Hellas-Sat 3 will provide Mobile Satellite Services (MSS), Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) and Broadcast Satellite Services (BSS).
Built on the Spacebus 4000 C4 platform from Thales Alenia Space, it will deliver a multi-beam mission in S-band for Inmarsat as well as a powerful Ku/Ka-Band mission of 44 Ku and 1 Ka transponders for Hellas-Sat.
“We are delighted with flexibility that Arianespace has shown in being able to provide a launch slot that enables us to place our European Aviation Network S-band satellite in orbit by mid-2017,” said Michele Franci, CTO, Inmarsat. “This launch schedule supports the introduction of our ground-breaking integrated satellite and air-to-ground net-work, developed by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, which will deliver a very high capacity broadband Wi-Fi experience for passengers flying throughout Europe.”
The Inmarsat S-band European Aviation Network (EAN) payload is the satellite component of a new integrated satellite and air-to-ground network. It was developed by Inmarsat in partnership with Deutsche Telekom with the hopes of delivering very high capacity broadband WiFi services to aviation passengers flying throughout Europe.
“With this new launch contract, we are very proud to continue our partnership with Inmarsat that goes back to 1981. It is an honor as well to have been selected by Hellas-Sat for the second time in less than two years. The trust of our customers is a true recognition of the outstanding reliability and availability of our heavyweight launch system Ariane 5, which celebrated last month its 75th success in a row since 2003,” said Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël, chairman and CEO, Arianespace.
Both Inmarsat and Arianescape are working to advance the future of mobile satellite communications.
Dish Debuts AirTV Device to Bring Free Broadcast Television to Sling TV
Dish Network has officially unveiled its plan for delivering local TV channels to its Sling TV over-the-top internet TV service with no retransmission deals required on its part.
The satcaster, in an announcement Tuesday timed for the 2017 CES trade show, launched AirTV Player, an Android-based streaming device with support for Ultra HD 4K video that lets Sling TV customers add free, live local broadcast stations into their guide using an external antenna.
When an over-the-air antenna (not included) is connected to the AirTV Player, the Sling TV channel guide includes local OTA channels. Viewers can watch the broadcast channels on the TV connected to the AirTV Player via HDMI and switch among OTA channels and Sling TV content without changing TV inputs.
Dish is selling the AirTV Player with the OTA AirTV Adapter for $129.99; a streaming-only version of the AirTV Player is available for $99.99. A standalone AirTV Adapter is available for $39.99 if consumers choose to add OTA integration at a later date. Purchase of the AirTV Player includes a $50 Sling TV credit, available to new and existing Sling TV users.
At launch, AirTV Player provides integrated support for Sling TV, Netflix and YouTube along with access to titles in the Google Play Store along with free local OTA channels. Dish has established AirTV as a subsidiary that is separate from its satellite TV business and Sling TV service.
Sling TV does offer local Fox and NBC owned-and-operated stations in certain markets with its $25 per month Sling Blue multistream service. But with AirTV, Sling TV users now have access to the entire range of over-the-air broadcast channels available in their areas, including local feeds of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, CW and others.
“Americans are rediscovering free local, over-the-air TV for sports, shows and news, particularly given how well OTA complements popular streaming platforms like Netflix, Sling TV and YouTube,” Mitch Weinraub, director of product development for AirTV, said in a statement. “AirTV’s new streaming device and antenna installation service again make getting your entertainment as easy as turning on the TV.” Weinraub previously was director of advanced video products for Dish.
The AirTV Player connects to dual-band Wi-Fi networks and includes a Bluetooth voice-enabled remote supplied by Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI). The remote features dedicated buttons for Sling TV, Netflix and Google Play Store, provides voice capabilities and can control power and volume on any connected TV or sound system using infrared signals.
With the launch of the OTA device, Dish has established a network of licensed and insured AirTV Pro Install technicians who can set up device with either an indoor or outdoor antenna solution, based on a customer’s location. The professional installation service is available to all consumers at AirTV.net, with or without the purchase of an AirTV Player. The AirTV Pro Install service uses Winegard FlatWave Amped indoor antennas and Televes DigiNova BOSS outdoor antennas. Standard one-room antenna installation, including the antenna, is available starting at $100 for an indoor antenna or $150 for an outdoor antenna.
Separately Tuesday, Dish’s Sling TV launched an “Optimized for Sling TV” certification program for devices and platforms that provide an “exceptional” experience for the OTT service. Those initially on the certified list include the new AirTV Player and Xiaomi’s Mi Box. Sling TV also is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku players, Microsoft Xbox One, and Google Chromecast.
In addition, Dish announced a new skill for Amazon’s Alexa that gives customers the ability to control their TV using voice commands. Users can pair any generation of Hopper DVR with an Alexa device like the Echo or Echo Dot to speak commands like “Alexa, go to CNN.”
Finally, the satcaster unveiled Dish Music, a Hopper-based feature powered by DTS Play-Fi that gives customers with a Hopper 2 or Hopper 3 DVRs the ability to sync music throughout their home with one central control. Dish Music will be compatible with a music services including Pandora, iHeartRadio and Amazon, as well as personal libraries on mobile devices.
Roku Grows U.S. Smart TV Market Share to 13%, Introduces New Models at CES
Roku continues to grow its presence in the living room: 13 percent of all smart TVs sold in the U.S. are now based on the company’s app platform, Roku announced ahead of CES in Las Vegas Tuesday. At the show, Roku will show off new TV sets from manufacturers like TCL and Element Electronics.
Roku announced in early 2016 that it had captured 8 percent of the smart TV market, with consumers buying more than one million Roku TV sets. Now, one in eight TVs sold in the U.S. are running its apps, according to IHS data relayed by Roku. However, the company didn’t provide any absolute sales figures this time around.
Roku Revamps Streaming Player Lineup With 5 New Models, Starting at $30
Still best known for its own streaming devices, Roku first teamed up with TV manufacturers to build and sell TV sets based on its app platform three years ago. It’s a market that has long been dominated by a few big players, including Samsung and LG. Roku’s strategy to compete has been to team up with budget-oriented brands that have less of a name recognition on their own.
This strategy seems to have worked well not only for Roku, but also its manufacturing partner TCL, which is back at CES this week to introduce new 4K HDR Roku TVs. China-based TCL is now using Roku’s platform exclusively for all of its TV sets sold in the U.S., and is now the 6th largest TV brand in the U.S. A year ago, it was still ranked number 9.
As for Roku, TVs have clearly helped to grow the company’s overall market share as well. The company said Tuesday that it now has more than 13 million monthly active accounts. Roku customers streamed more than 9 billion hours of video and music in 2016, the company said.
At CES, Roku will show off new 4K HDR TVs featuring Dolby Vision HDR. In addition to TCL, Roku is continuing to work with Hisense, Hitachi, Insignia and Sharp to make Roku TVs. The company also teamed up with Element Electronics to introduce new Roku TVs later this year. Altogether, Roku wants to offer consumers a choice of 150 different TV sets from a variety of manufacturers in 2017.
Pakistan DTH auction ‘null and void’
Pakistan’s Lahore High Court has ruled that a recent auction of DTH licences, carried out by the country’s PEMRA regulator, is not valid and must be reheld.
Certain broadcasters were barred from bidding in the auction which took place on November 23rd.
Three companies were awarded licences (Mag Entertainment, Shahzad Sky and Startimes Communications) but the Lahore Court has now ruled that at least two potential bidders (GEO and ARY Digital) must now be permitted to enter bids.
However, PEMRA is considering challenging the decision with an appeal.
The last update for the year. Next update Wednesday
Thursday night feed
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TIMES SQUARE NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT COVERAGE
New Year's Eve Pool Feed Information
TV NEWS ALERT: BEHIND-THE-SCENES AND LIVE TIMES SQUARE NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT COVERAGE
DOWNLOAD BEHIND-THE-SCENES, PRE-EVENT COVERAGE OF TIMES SQUARE 2017
Pre-New Year’s Eve footage featuring the arrival and installation of the "2017" numerals atop of One Times Square; the assembly and lighting of the New Year’s Eve Ball; Good Riddance Day; Confetti Test; and other preparations.
Pre-event coverage will be available via download, featuring 16 x 9 HD broadcast quality video, B-Roll footage (encoded as H.264), broadcast and web quality pre-packaged EPKs, photos and press releases.
Video content will be uploaded mid-afternoon or evening (EST) on the following dates: 12/15 (Numeral Arrival), 12/27 (Crystal Installation), 12/28 (Good Riddance Day), 12/29 (Confetti Test), 12/30 (Ball Test and Balloon Prep) and 1/4/17 (Ball Re-lighting & Raising).
Download access at: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/for-mediapress/nye-media-kit/index.aspx
Download Coverage Contact: TJ Witham at 212-452-5234 (email@example.com)
If you need a traditional satellite or fiber feed, please contact Shelley Kapitulik at 203-898-1501 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
BROADCAST LIVE NEW YEAR’S EVE COVERAGE OF TIMES SQUARE 2017
Live coverage of the Times Square New Year’s Eve festivities with exclusive panoramic views from proprietary camera locations with the ambient and natural sounds of the revelers. Highlights include the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball at 6 p.m. EST, hourly countdowns, activities engaging the revelers, AP’s Year-End News video, live musical performances by Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw (“She Sets the City on Fire”), singer-songwriter Rachel Platten (“Fight Song”) and Silentó (“Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae”), a Military Salute medley by the USO Show Troupe and Special Guests (TBA) joined by the Mayor of New York City to push the Waterford Crystal button that signals the Ball Drop. This clean, uninterrupted feed will be provided free of charge to media organizations around the world on a non-exclusive basis solely for their use in creating television programming relating to the event. Additional information, including a schedule of events and talent, is available at: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/index.aspx.
NORTH AMERICAN TIMES AND COORDINATES: NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE COVERAGE
1) VIA FIBER IN HD AND SD: Saturday, December 31, 2016; 4 pm to 12:15 a.m. EST
The New York Switch HD: NY POOL 3
The New York Switch SD NY POOL 2
2) VIA SATELLITE IN HD: Saturday, December 31, 2016; 10:00 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. EST
C Band: SES 3, Transponder C24 SLOT A; Orbital Position 103’ West; Downlink Frequency 4166.5 VERTICAL, Bandwidth 9 MEG, MPEG 4, FEC 3 / 4, SYMBOL RATE 7.2, DVBS 2, 8PSK
KU Band: SES 3, Transponder K1 SLOT A, Orbital Position 103’ West, Downlink Frequency 11730 HORIZONTAL Bandwidth 9 MEG, MPEG 4, FEC 3 / 4, SYMBOL RATE 7.2, DVBS 2 , 8PSK
Technical Contact: Lenny Laxer 917-299-0205
INTERNATIONAL TIMES AND COORDINATES: NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE COVERAGE
VIA SATELLITE IN SD 16 X 9: Saturday December 31, 2016 11:45 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. EST (Thursday, January 1, 2017 0445-0515 GMT)
EUROPE: IS 905 61/61 slot A, Orbital Slot 335.5; Downlink Frequency 10958.5 Vertical, FEC 3 /4, Symbol Rate 6.1113; Bandwidth 9 MEG, Compression Tandberg 4:2:0, Video Standard PAL
LATIN AMERICA: IS 21 21C, Slot A, Orbital Slot 58’ West; Downlink Frequency 4106.5 VERTICAL, FEC 3/4, Symbol Rate 6.1113, Bandwidth 9 MEG, Compression Tandberg 4:2:0, Video Standard PAL
ASIA: IS 805 (169 EAST) 21/21 CHANNEL H, Orbital Slot 169’ East; Downlink Frequency 3776.5 Horizontal, FEC 3/4, Symbol Rate 26.48, Bandwidth 9 MEG, Video Standard PAL
AFRICA/MIDEAST: IS 20 LM19C, Slot C, Orbital Slot 68.5’ East; Downlink Frequency 4124.25 HORIZ, FEC 3/4, Symbol Rate 6.1113, Bandwidth 9 MEG, Compression Tandberg 4:2:0, Video Standard PAL
Technical Contact: Lenny Laxer 917-299-0205
EMBED LIVE COMMERCIAL-FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE WEBCAST OF TIMES SQUARE 2017
Webcast hosts Allison Hagendorf and Jonathan Bennett, along with correspondents Andrea Boehlke and Jeremy Hassell, will provide live, commercial-free, webcast coverage of the festivities leading up to the Ball Drop at midnight including backstage access, behind-the-scenes stories and interviews with revelers, performers and other celebrities. Additional highlights include the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball at 6 p.m. EST, hourly countdowns, activities engaging the revelers, AP’s Year-End News video, live musical performances by Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw (“She Sets the City on Fire”), singer-songwriter Rachel Platten (“Fight Song”) and Silentó (“Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae”), a Military Salute medley by the USO Show Troupe and Special Guests (TBA) joined by the Mayor of New York City to push the Waterford Crystal button that signals the Ball Drop.
The Webcast will begin at 6:00 p.m. EST on December 31, 2016 and end at 12:15 a.m. EST on January 1, 2017. The show will be available at TimesSquareNYC.org, TimesSquareBall.net and Livestream.com/2017.
Additionally, the event organizers are inviting digital media outlets, bloggers and webmasters to embed the live commercial-free Times Square 2017 webcast to enhance New Year’s Eve content on their own sites.
Additional information, including embedding details, is available on the Web at: http://livestream.com/2017 or http://timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/webcast/index.aspx.
OFFICIAL TIMES SQUARE 2017 MOBILE APP FREE FOR APPLE AND ANDROID DEVICES
Watch the live New Year’s Eve webcast described above on your mobile device anywhere in the world by downloading the Times Square Ball App for free via Google Play and Apple’s App Store. The webcast may also be viewed by going to TimesSquareNYC.org orTimesSquareBall.net on your mobile browser. Times Square New Year’s Eve mobile viewing information available at: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/app/index.aspx.
For more information on satellite/fiber feeds, please contact Shelley Kapitulik at 203-898-1501 (email@example.com). Media and Press information on the event is at: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/for-mediapress/index.aspx.
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From the Dish
Optus D1 160.0E 12640 V 7 Queensland, 7 Two Brisbane, 7 mate, 7 flix and Racing.com have left again.
Express AT2 140.0E 12207 R 24 Krim, TTS, Perviy kanal CIS (Irdeto) and Synergy TV have started on , Fta. Top Shop TV Russia has left.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3827 H "Dox TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Akhyar TV" is back on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "Xing Kong China has replaced EWTN Pacific Rim" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "HBO Family Asia, CinemaWorld, Diva Asia, EWTN Pacific Rim and Fashion One Asia" have started on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 3820 V "Lejel Music Channel has started on , Fta. K-Drama Box" has left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3987 H Madani TV has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "Smile Home Shopping" has left.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "Prambors Channel" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Smile Home Shopping" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "YHTV and Gema Pengharapan" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V Sony Rox has started on , encrypted.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3699 V "24/7 News" has started on , Fta. B World and Fast News have left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Junior TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3896 V "TRT World" has left again.
Express AM3 103.0E 11606 V 24 Krim, TTS, Perviy kanal CIS (Irdeto) and Synergy TV have started on , Fta. Top Shop TV Russia has left.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V MNC Shop Channel 79, TV Mu, Melayu Bagus Channel, TV Desa and JTV have started on , Fta. Jak TV, Lejel Home Shopping Cicilan Tunai, ShE and O Channel have left.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11590 V "DigiShala" has started on , Fta.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Sports Illustrated 3" has started on , Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 11265 H "Kanal Disney" is now encrypted.
ST 2 88.0E 12642 H "TTV, CTV, FTV, CTS, PTS, Hakka TV and Taiwan Indigenous TV" have left
Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H "Nick Jr CIS" has started on , encrypted.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "India Crime" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Prajaa TV Kannada has again replaced Prabhatam News" on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4072 H "News 18" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3422 V "Lao Public Security TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3457 V "Panyapiwat TV 2" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3467 V "Lao Public Security TV" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Variety Hit" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "BVN TV AziÃ«" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4000 V "Mahadthai Channel" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4002 V "NBT 2" has started on , BISS.
ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "TNT International has replaced TNT 4" on Fta
ABS 2 75.0E 11733 V Draiv, Okhota i Rybalka, Retro, Zdorovoe TV, Usadba, Domashnie Zhivotnye, Voprosy i Otvety, Psikhologiya 21 and Okhota i Rybalka International on are now in Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "Travel XP Tamil" has started on Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12634 V "KwesÃ© Free Sports" has started on, encrypted.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "India Voice" has left
Express AT1 56.0E 12130 R "Rossiya 24" has left .
From asiatvro site
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，东森洋片、CNN（环宇卫视）等全组频道解密，设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月29日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，ZTV（测试）频道新增，设置4148 V 11852参数免费接收。 [12月29日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，Fox Sports 2 Opt（高清）频道消失，设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。 [12月29日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，卫视中文电影、Fox Family Movies（STAR TV）频道消失，设置4000 H 29720参数无效接收。 [12月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，M Chanel（泰国）频道消失，设置12313 H 30000参数无效接收。 [12月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，Bein2、Bein3（泰国）等5个频道新增，设置12396 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月29日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，DZMM Teleradyo（环宇卫视）频道消失，设置12591 H 31000参数无效接收。 [12月29日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段，Naaptol Marathi（印度）频道新增，设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月29日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段，Swayam Prabha 17（印度）等频道新增，设置11670 V 29500参数免费接收。 [12月28日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段，三立新闻（台湾）频道消失，设置12336 V 3300参数无效接收。 [12月28日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星Ku频段，Naaptol Telugu（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置12643 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [12月28日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星Ku频段，DD Saptagiri替换DD Bihar（印度）频道，设置12643 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [12月28日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段，Health、Playboy TV（蒙古）等全组频道消失，设置12508 H 20000参数无效接收。 [12月28日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星Ku频段，Makkal TV替换 DD Rajastan（Sun Direct）频道，设置12603 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [12月28日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段，Busaba HD替换Busaba Cafe HD（HEVC）频道，设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月28日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，J Movie（印度）频道解密，设置3788 V 4400参数免费接收。 [12月28日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Jaya Plus（印度）等全组频道解密，设置4130 V 12800参数免费接收。 [12月28日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段，Digishala（印度）频道新增，设置11590 V 29500参数免费接收。 [12月28日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段，DD Kisan（印度）频道新增，设置10970 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [12月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，I Shoping（IPM）等全组频道消失，设置12272 V 30000参数无效接收。 [12月28日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，ABS-CBN、探索科学（环宇卫视）频道解密，设置12591 H 31000参数免费接收。 [12月28日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，河北卫视、天津卫视替换民视、台视（MPEG-4）频道，设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Rossiya 1 HD（俄罗斯）频道解密，设置11973 V 45000参数免费接收。 [12月28日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Samachar Plus（测试）频道新增，设置4090 H 14368参数免费接收。 [12月27日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，Sony Rox（高清）频道新增，设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，Laostar Channel（泰国）频道加密，设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，MN TV替换Star Utsav（泰国）频道，设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月27日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，SVBC-2（印度）频道重现，设置3767 H 3000参数免费接收。 [12月27日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段，TTXVN（VTC）频道解密，设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。 [12月27日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，Edge Sports（高清）频道重现，设置4040 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [12月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，Fa Wan Mai替换BlueSky（泰国）频道，设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月27日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Aakash Bangla、Test（Real VU）频道新增，设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月27日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Toonami 替换VH1（Real VU）频道，设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月27日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Ruposhi tv替换Travel Xp（Real VU）频道，设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月27日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，RT替换Voice Of America（MPEG-4）频道，设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月27日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Sonic Hindi、Colors HD（Real VU）等5个频道消失，设置12468 V 45000参数无效接收。 [12月26日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Raftaar Media替换Saam TV（印度）频道，设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [12月26日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，MH One、Kalinga TV（印度）等频道重现，设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [12月26日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，CNBC（非洲）频道解密，设置4064 H 19850参数免费接收。 [12月26日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Sky News（南非）频道解密，设置4196 H 4000参数免费接收。 [12月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，RTM 3、Test Key（泰国）频道新增，设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段，Kamsan、Bayon（泰国）等全组频道消失，设置11480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [12月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段，Thaicom 9（测试）频道新增，设置11170 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段，Toon HD（高清）等全组频道加密，设置11639 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，Future（测试）等3个频道新增，设置12687 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，AXN、Animax（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月26日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，News 1替换High News（印度）频道，设置4040 H 7500参数免费接收。 [12月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，AEC、Mahar（泰国）等频道解密，设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [12月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，Transmission HD（高清）频道新增，设置12560 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [12月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，MRTV 4（高清）等2个频道消失，设置12520 V 30000参数无效接收。 [12月25日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，MY Kids（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置3600 V 31000参数有条件接收。 [12月25日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段，Power of God TV（印度）频道消失，设置3876 H 14300参数无效接收。 [12月25日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段，Darshana TV、Sakhi TV（MPEG-4）频道消失，设置11356 V 44900参数无效接收。 [12月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，Shop Channel（购物）频道解密，设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [12月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，AEC替换MRTV（缅甸）频道，设置12728 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月25日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲8号卫星Ku频段，NRB、Channel 7、Flash TV（印度）频道新增，设置11484 V 45000参数免费接收。 [12月24日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，D TV Gold（印度）频道消失，设置4100 V 29700参数无效接收。 [12月24日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段，爆谷（高清）频道消失，设置3780 V 30000参数无效接收。 [12月24日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，TN Time替换Yes Channel（MPEG-4）频道，设置4012 H 7200参数免费接收。 [12月24日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段，BBC World替换SCTV 5（VTC）频道，设置11085 H 24000参数有条件接收。 [12月24日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，ATIN Test（测试）等频道消失，设置3940 V 28100参数无效接收。 [12月24日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，Star Movies Select HD替换SMT（高清）频道，设置4020 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [12月24日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，Bethat TV（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置4100 V 29700参数免费接收。 [12月24日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段，ALA、SPO-OSA（传送）频道消失，设置4156 V 22500参数无效接收。 [12月24日]
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Two main payloads of Chinese satellite moving in wrong orbit after successful launch
China Successfully Launches a Duo Of Multi-Sensor Remote Sensing Satellite
China recently launched two satellites named as SuperView-1 01 and SuperView-1 02 using Long March 2D rocket at 03:23 UTC (11:23 am) on December 28 from the LC9 launch complex, Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre, located in Shanxi Province. The launch was successful, however, recent reports suggest that two main payloads did not reach the correct orbits and are moving on a different that predicted by the scientists before launch.
Both satellites are capable of providing commercial images at 0.5-meter resolution. The launch of this duo of satellites is followed by the release of a white paper Tuesday which states the space missions and plans of China for the next 4 years. The today’s launched satellites are believed to face tough competition from America’s Global Positioning system.
The group of satellites comprises four satellites circling in the same orbital plane, at an altitude of 500 km. The satellites are intended to deliver the imagery with 2 m multispectral resolution with a swath thickness of 12 km and 0.5 m panchromatic resolution. The satellites are enriched with multiple collection modes like multiple strips collection, stereo imaging long strip, multiple point, and targets. But the SuperView-1 constellation has the operational power in multiple modes, including multiple strips collect, stereo imaging, rolling imaging, imaging at nadir, long strip, multiple point targets collect and. However, the highest single shot can go up to 60 km × 70 km.
Both spacecraft are the assemblage for civilian remote sensing satellites which will be managed and operated by the Siwei Star Co. Ltd., Beijing. The mission of both satellites is to click commercial images of the space and transmitting them back to the earth. To recall, Siwei Star Co. Ltd. is the complete owner and operator of this constellation. It is owned by China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology Co. Ltd., which is the subsidiary of China Aerospace and Technology Corporation (CASC). The legal global distributor of the satellite data is the Beijing Space View Technology Co., Ltd.
TrueVisions to air Warner TV, Sony Channel, four other new channels next month
TrueVisions announced Monday that it will air six new channels starting on January 1, 2017.
Thailand’s largest subscription TV operator made the announcement after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission approved TrueVisions’ request to stop airing HBO, Cinemax, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hit and Red By HBO.
Apart from the six new channels, Suphakit Vuntanadi, Group Chief Commercial Officer and head of Commercial & Business Development TrueVisions, True Corporation PLC, said TrueVisions will also start airing two more new channels, including True Films HD 2, in March.
He said the subscribers will also get their current subscription package upgraded by one level as a New Year gift for the month of January.
Moreover, Platinum package subscribers will get 1,000 True Reward Points as a New Year gift.
Meanwhile, Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the broadcasting committee of NBTC, said TrueVisions informed his committee that it would offer the six new channels as replacements from the six HBO channels whose broadcast would be ended on January 1.
Bt923m aid for satellite costs
TWENTY-SIX DIGITAL terrestrial-TV channels and the Army’s satellite-based Thai TV Global Network (TGN) will receive a combined subsidy of Bt922.9 million from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to support their satellite-transmission expenditure during the next 12 months.
“The budget will be partly allocated from the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Research and Development Fund for the Public Interest, in accordance with the recent [use of] Article 44 of the interim charter to provide relief measures for digital-TV operators,” Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the NBTC, said yesterday.
Last week, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha invoked the special power available to him under Article 44 in order to assist digital-TV broadcasters facing business difficulties during the economic slowdown.
Under the PM’s order, the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Research and Development Fund Commission was permitted to subsidise the monthly cost faced by digital-TV broadcasters for transmitting their programmes to satellite and cable platforms for three years, at a total subsidy of Bt2.5 billion. Takorn said the members of the NBTC board had approved the financial subsidy for TV broadcasters yesterday.
Starting from next year, the fund commission will pass the subsidy to Channel TV 5, which will seek permission for broadcasters to provide satellite transmission services.
Currently, TV operators seek permission to do so on their own.
It is estimated that each standard-definition channel will be able to save Bt15 million per year in transmission costs, while each high-definition channel can save Bt60 million a year.
The subsidy will apply to all 22 commercial broadcasters and four public broadcasters.
Takorn added that apart from the terrestrial-based digital-TV operators, the Army-run TGN satellite-based TV station would also receive the privilege.
Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the NBTC, posted on Twitter that she disagreed with the NBTC’s decision to grant a Bt200-million subsidy for TGN as the channel broadcast its programmes overseas.
South Korea deregulates pay-TV
The South Korean government is planning to deregulate the domestic pay-TV industry to facilitate mergers and acquisitions among cable TV, satellite broadcasting and IPTV service providers with the intention of enhancing their competitiveness in the global market.
The Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning said that it would apply the same regulation to the entire domestic pay-TV industry unifying the operating licences of cable TV, satellite broadcasting and IPTV service providers.
The 33 per cent shareholding limit applied to satellite broadcasting companies taking part in cable TV companies is to be repealed, enabling the merger of satellite broadcasting service providers with an IPTV service provider, with cable TV service providers also now allowed to acquire such operators.
RSCC pays Russian-European manufacturing team to build next two satellites
Express-AM5 Reshetnev RSCC Thales
ISS-Reshetnev and Thales Alenia Space have teamed up to co-build several satellites, such as the Express-AM5 for RSCC, pictured above. Credit: ISS-Reshetnev
WASHINGTON Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) made its first payments to the satellite manufacturing team building its next two satellites on Dec. 28, the state-owned satellite operator announced.
The two satellites, Express-80 and Express-103, are being built by Russian satellite manufacturer ISS-Reshetnev and the Italian division of European satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space. ISS-Reshetnev is providing its medium-class Express-1000 satellite bus while Thales Alenia Space Italy is supplying multiband payloads for both spacecraft.
RSCC said it is using two Moscow-based banks to support the financing of Express-80 and Express-103. Sberbank is loaning the satellite operator funds to pay ISS-Reshetnev while Alfa-Bank is financing construction of the payloads.
The Express-80 and Express-103 contracts, first announced in June, mark the continuation of a lengthy collaboration between ISS-Reshetnev and Thales Alenia Space. The companies have used the combination of a Russian spacecraft bus and European payload for more than a dozen spacecraft, including a handful of customers outside of Russia.
RSCC expects both spacecraft to launch in 2019. Thales Alenia Space, in its June 10 announcement, said the payloads will be mated to their Russian platforms in 2018, followed by delivery to RSCC in 2019. RSCC has yet to disclose who will launch the satellites, though the company has historically favored Russia’s domestic Proton launcher.
Each satellite is being designed with electric propulsion as well as a payload power of 6.3 kilowatts. Express-80 will operate at 80 degrees east, covering Russia with 16 C-band and 20 Ku-band transponders, and international markets with two L-band transponders. Express-103, at 103 degrees east, will carry 16 C-band and 20 Ku-band transponders to cover Russia and Southeast Asia, along with a single L-band transponder for international markets.
RSCC, under the ownership of Russia’s Federal Communications Agency, Rossvyaz, sold roughly two thirds of its satellite capacity to domestic customers in 2015. The operator’s most recent satellite, Express-AM8, covers mainly international markets in Africa, Europe and the Americas, and was also a collaborative effort between ISS-Reshetnev and Thales Alenia Space. Express-AM8 launched in September 2015 on a Proton.
Europe and Russia looking at Space Tug Project
Europe's largest aerospace group Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) plans to help the Russian Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia in the practical implementation of a project to create a space tug, head of Airbus DS in Russia Vladimir Terekhov said.
According to him, the prospective space tug can be used in commercial aeronautics, and its creation could change scheme of launching, in particular, of communications satellites - the tug will take the unit to the desired point on the geostationary orbit. It can also serve as a space tanker and space garbage collector.
"We so see the possibility of collaborating on this project. I must say that for our part, we are also working on this subject, primarily using our own funds. The idea proposed by RSC Energia many years ago, and started ahead of its time, may now y finally get the long-awaited practical realization due to the emergence of new space materials and technologies," Terekhov told RIA Novosti.
RSC Energia is one of the leading space-rocket industry enterprises in Russia, and one of the developers of a full range of rocket and space technologies. France-based Airbus DS appeared in 2014 amid restructuring of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space (EADS).
EU Civil Satellite Purchases Unaffected by Anti-Russia Sanctions - Airbus DS
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 26 - EU purchases of Russian communications satellites components have not been affected by the anti-Moscow sanctions, head of Airbus DS in Russia Vladimir Terekhov said.
Brussels' purchases of components for communications satellites produced in Russia with the participation of foreign partners have not been affected by the anti-Moscow sanctions, head of Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) in Russia Vladimir Terekhov said.
"It may seem surprising, but there was never really such an issue, because the sanctions fall within the procurement of elements, which could be used in the interests of the Defense Ministry. And the purpose of satellites created with our participation is ... commercial or purely civilian. There are no new restrictions [on the purchases of the components]," Terekhov told RIA Novosti.
When asked whether Airbus DS together with its partners was planning on using Chinese-made components in the construction of satellites in Russia, Terekhov said "currently, no," however he noted there has been an improvement in their general quality.
Since 2014, relations between Russia and the European Union deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine. Brussels, Washington and their allies have introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions since Crimea became part of Russia in 2014 and over Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.
Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive and undermine global stability.
Russian static discharge measure unit to prolong satellite equipment lifespan
The Russian Space Systems holding, which belongs to the state-run Roscosmos space corporation, has created a new miniature electrostatic discharge measurement unit that can help extend the lifespan of satellite electronic equipment, the company said Tuesday in a statement.
"A miniature measurement unit for the electrostatic discharge parameters, created by the Russian Space Systems holding, will allow for the protection of space mechanisms from damages and disturbances and will extend their lifespan.
"The unit's size is four times less than that of the existing analogues, which allows for the use of it on micro-satellites," the statement said. According to the statement, the technology has passed the trials and is ready to be used.
The statement noted that the effective monitoring of the static electricity requires more than one measurement unit, which has not always been possible in the past due to the size of the units, but can be remedied now with the help of a miniature version.
Electrostatic discharge is a hazard for electronics and, in some cases, for the astronauts as well.
'Just the first stage': unique 3D-printed Siberian satellite to orbit Earth
The Tomsk-TPU-120 satellite
A unique 3D-printed Russian satellite is expected to be put into orbit from the International Space Station next year.
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University in Siberia have managed to create a small, fully-functional satellite using a 3D printer. Earlier this year, the Tomsk-TPU-120 satellite was delivered to the International Space Station (ISS); there, it is due to be placed into orbit in 2017.
In an exclusive interview with Sputnik Brazil, Alexey Yakovlev, head of the Tomsk Polytechnic University's Institute of High Technologies, touted the Tomsk-TPU-120 as the world's first satellite developed with the help of a 3D printer. "The Tomsk-TPU-120 is the first such project in the world, in which the entire casing of a satellite is fully 3D printed using dynamic modeling. The combination of these technologies can significantly reduce the development time and the number of full-scale tests, find new engineering solutions and reduce the project's cost," Yakovlev said.
He explained that dynamic modeling, along with 3D printing, allow developers to reduce the satellite's weight, give it strong characteristics and resist vibration.
"The current project is just the first stage of a long-term project to develop and create small, multi-purpose satellites. In particular, this work pertains to the creation of an on-orbit group of satellites dealing with many urgent problems related to agriculture, forest fires, climate change and natural resources," he said. Yakovled said that the Tomsk-TPU-120 satellite will be put into orbit in July 201, a process that he said would be implemented during the ISS crew's spacewalk.
According to him, it will be Russian cosmonauts who will launch the satellite from the outer surface of the ISS, something that Yakovlev described as "a tricky and expensive procedure, preceded by repair or the modernization of the space outpost."
"Experiments with the satellite were conducted not only on board the ISS, but also on the ground. Many radio amateurs from all across the world were able to catch a satellite signal on their radio stations, and posted videos of it on the Internet," he said.
Yakovlev added that after being put into orbit, the Tomsk-TPU-120 will be in free flight mode for about six months.
During this time, he said, its orbit will ebb gradually and it is slated to eventually enter the dense layers of the atmosphere, where it will be destroyed.
He also said that in November 2016, the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscomos approved experiments on creating CubeSat satellites on board the ISS with the help of a 3D printer and then placing them into orbit. A CubeSat is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that has a mass of no more than 1.33 kilograms per unit.
24/12/16 - 29/12/16
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Eutelsat to boost internet services
Eutelsat to boost internet services
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket delivered the ABS 3A and Eutelsat 115 West B satellites to a supersynchronous transfer orbit, launching from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, March 1, 2015. [Photo/IC]
French satellite operator Eutelsat Communications SA plans to launch a satellite next year to serve the Asia-Pacific region, as demand for in-flight internet connectivity grows rapidly.
The satellite, Eutelsat 172B, will be put into service in September, Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said on Wednesday.
He said the satellite will be built by Airbus Group SE, and is part of the $500 million investment it has made in the Asia-Pacific in recent years.
"Satellites are a vital tool for building inclusive digital economies. They provide coverage and connectivity that leaves no one out. They can also deliver television and internet services more efficiently," Belmer said.
Eutelsat sees China as a big potential market for in-flight connectivity service, as the nation is the second-largest aviation market in the world and is expected to become the largest in the 2030s.
"I hope in the future our Beijing office will catch up with the Washington DC office in terms of revenue," Belmer added.
The Paris-based company has deployed two satellites to serve the Asia-Pacific, which offer satellite broadcasting, data and other services.
Ninety percent of Chinese passengers surveyed said the in-flight Wi-Fi availability would influence their choice of airlines, according to a report by Inmarsat, a London-based provider of global satellite communication services.
Xiang Ligang, a telecommunications expert and CEO of the telecom industry website cctime.com, said that despite the growing demand for in-flight Wi-Fi services, there is no feasible profit model in China at the moment.
"Chinese consumers are accustomed to free Wi-Fi services. It will not be easy to ask them to pay for onboard connectivity," Xiang said.
NeuLion, INsight Ultra HD partnership
Live and on-demand technology product and service provider NeuLion is partnering with global Ultra HD channel INsight TV to launch an all-new OTT Ultra HD Entertainment platform with native Ultra HD digital content powered by the NeuLion Digital Platform.
INsight TV is a reality, entertainment and sports channel that takes the viewer on an adventurous journey to explore and interact with incredible stories. Shot and produced in native Ultra HD, the channel features original programming in the form of innovative documentaries, accessible reality series and cutting-edge factual infotainment, as well as high levels of interactive new formats. INsight creates and commissions non-scripted, long form, high quality series based on global trending topics, featuring popular social influencers and has a passion for producing compelling content that takes the viewer on a journey to explore, be educated and entertained. The range of programming demonstrates the very best of Ultra HD; from beautiful, vivid cinematography to dazzling high-speed action
“We are excited to announce our new partnership with NeuLion who will be our platform for our enhanced version of INsight.TV that will be launched in the coming months,” declared INsight CEO Rian Bester. “Leveraging the NeuLion Digital Platform and NeuLion’s market leading technology for Ultra HD will allow us to retain our pioneering position in the entertainment industry.”
NeuLion has enabled its continued growth in Europe through extensive international experience with large clients such as the NFL, Euroleague, NBA, UFC and Eleven Sports Network. The 4K video ecosystem is delivered by the NeuLion Digital Platform at 50/60 frames per second to Internet-connected 4K HDR devices, that is coupled with NeuLion’s 4K streaming CE SDK.
“With a focus on the viewer experience, we are excited to partner with INsight TV to offer the best in Ultra HD entertainment combined with our technology platform,” added NeuLion Roy Reichbach President and CEO. “We are constantly pushing the envelope with new technology, new features and new services. Together with INsight who is doing the same thing in their field, this is another example of how we are delivering a best-in-class digital experience.”
The NeuLion Digital Platform has met the business and technical requirements mandated by its entertainment customers who include Carrefour, BT, Deutsche Telecom, ITV, Tribeca Films, Sky and others. The upcoming launch of the new INsight service is expected in the coming months.
U.K Freeview embarks on all-HD future
High definition TV will become the norm in the UK from January 1st 2017 as the Freeview logo is withdrawn from new SD TVs and set-top boxes.
Guy North, Managing Director of digital terrestrial TV platform Freeview, described the move as “a landmark moment” in the evolution of UK television which would pave the way for further improvements in picture quality, including Ultra HD.
Together with Digital UK, the body which supports the UK’s terrestrial TV service, and the DTG, the industry organisation which promotes digital television and broadcast media in all its forms, Freeview has been working with television manufacturers and retailers to encourage the take-up of HD equipment to deliver the best viewing experience for consumers and a more efficient technical standard. From January 1st 2017, no new standard definition TV equipment will be permitted to use the Freeview logo on products, packaging or on-screen. Freeview is the UK’s most widely used TV service, currently watched in 19 million homes.
The withdrawal of the Freeview logo from new SD products, announced in 2015, has already helped drive a 36 per cent drop in sales of SD TVs while HD sales have surged to make up 80 per cent of the six million TVs sold in the UK every year, according to findings from consumer and market information source GfK.
“Moving Freeview to a fully HD product line-up is a landmark moment for the UK market and continues our track record of striving to deliver the best subscription-free TV service,” commented North. “I’m delighted we are playing our part in making the best picture quality available to everyone and are already gearing up for UHD standards which will be offered in the Freeview Play technical specification from next year.”
Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG added: “The DTG has long been a supporter of the wider adoption of HD, giving consumers better quality viewing especially with the average TV screen size in homes increasing over recent years. This is a great step taken by Freeview which will deliver real benefits for UK TV viewers.”
Freeview has boosted its HD channel line up significantly in 2015 with 15 channels now available to the majority of UK viewers. The new channels include Channel 5 HD which launched on LCN 105 in May 2016.
Freeview confirmed that the change applies to new equipment only. Legacy SD equipment will still be able to access Freeview channels. No viewers will experience a loss of service.
Here’s what the BBC’s HDR breakthrough means for the future of broadcasting
Hybrid-Log Gamma is set to be the future of broadcast
Two companies, Japan’s NHK and the UK’s BBC, have just taken one more step towards broadcast 4K HDR it’s called Hybrid-Log Gamma.
The technology, which has been used to broadcast Planet Earth 2 in 4K to select Panasonic TVs via iPlayer, is nearly ready for primetime according to sources at the Digital Television Group (DTG).
In an interview with Inside CI, DTG’s Project Director AV, David Daniels, said that “the BBC has been privately testing UHD for some time, and this isn’t the first public trial - it provided last year’s Queens Speech in UHD. However, this is its first HDR/HLG trial so it is significant for the addition of High Dynamic Range, meaning the promise of delivery of so called “better pixels” can be tested in a real world environment.”
DTG, for those who don’t know, publish and maintain the technical specifications for broadcast TV in the UK so them adopting Hybrid-Log Gamma into its standards bodes well for the future of 4K HDR.
Speaking to Inside CI, Daniels said that the testing that’s currently taking place through iPlayer will “highlight any issues with backwards compatibility both in the displays that are currently in production, but also in the infrastructure available to deliver such services. There may well be unforeseen challenges in streaming such bandwidth hungry programming and any trial can only help us to find ways to overcome them.”
One of the biggest problems for broadcasting 4K HDR programming both in the UK and in the US and Australia is the bandwidth required to display that picture a single minute of uncompressed 4K footage can be as much as 5.3GB.
But another problem the technology faces is that current HDR technology requires you to send two signals one to HDR 4K TVs and one to SDR HD TVs.
What HLG promises is backwards-compatible signal that’s not only compatible with the latest 2016 TVs, but also older HD sets. Without it, TV broadcasters would have to transmit two separate signals, which would be over-complicated and expensive.
Should these tests go well, it will only be a matter of time before we see more channel operators take the necessary steps to broadcast their own networks in Ultra-HD HDR a solid win for all of us who’ve invested in 4K TVs.
Sony to add 10 channels in 2017
MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Networks India's new strategic decision is to add entertaining and engaging channels catering to a variety of viewers to its existing bouquet next year.
Sony has been working on its plans to expand its portfolio by adding 10 new channels which will include five sports channels. The remainder will be divided between kids, music and infotainment genres. SPN India is awaiting regulatory approval.
Speaking to Indiantelevision.com, Sony Pictures Networks CEO NP Singh said, “The company expanded its portfolio in 2016. New channels are coming in a few months". Singh further added, "We are integrating five Ten Sports channels, HD music channel, kids channel and infotainment channel.”
In the beginning of 2016, Sony added two channels -- Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD to its sports bouquet in collaboration with ESPN. Later that year, SPN India launched its third movie channel -- Sony Wah and also came up with Sony Le Plex, an English movie channel.
In August 2016, the network announced a deal to acquire Ten Sports Network from Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEE) and its subsidiaries for US$ 385 million. The acquisition added South Asia's leading sports network to SPN's portfolio.
The year seems to have been satisfying for Sony Pictures. Talking about the network’s flagship channel Sony Entertainment Television, Singh said, "The year has been good for the network. We have been able to successfully achieve leadership on weekends. Also, we have seen the audience accepting our fiction shows." Singh added, "In the next six months, I am sure, we will see a surge in viewership on weekdays too. We climbed up from number six to three, and hope Sony will continue to grow from there.”
The channel is bringing back the ninth season of one its iconic shows Indian Idol on 24 December.
53 TV channels, six teleports' licences up for renewal in '17
NEW DELHI: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has conveyed to all TV channels and teleports that licenses for uplink and/or downlink expiring in 2017 should be renewed six months prior to the expiry date.
The MIB communication to TV channel and teleports, dated December 16, 2016 and posted on the ministry website on December 20, 2016 stated, “Permission-holding companies, whose initial period of permission for uplinking and/or downlinking of TV channels and setting up of teleports is going to expire during 2017 and which are willing to get the permission renewed beyond its initial period are required to apply for the same six months prior to the date of expiry of the permission period.”
The government also clarified that TV channels who have not applied six months prior to the date of expiry of the permission period, the December MIB note may be “treated as 21 days notice” and the government would take it that the permission-holder was not interested in further extension after which the government was free to take “further necessary action”.
MIB has put out a list of 53 TV channels and six teleports whose licenses expire at various times during 2017.
The companies are required to apply for renewal of license along with relevant documents, including details of the company, shareholding patterns and foreign investments, for various government organizations like MIB and Ministry of Home Affairs to scrutinize the documents for renewal of licenses. Renewal will also depend on companies concerned agreeing to and updated guidelines relating to uplink and downlink.
Jcsat 15 has launched to 110.5E where it will mostly serve Japan with Sky Perfect TV
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Clayton Mitchell: New Bill for all kiwis to enjoy
Another week, another sensible and much-needed bill defeated, but a new opportunity presents itself for debate. We, at New Zealand First will be doing our best to make sure we get this one over the line.
Last Thursday saw the defeat of the Bill, in Winston Peters' name, to set up a 'Foreign Land Ownership Register', so New Zealanders would be able to actually see the numbers.
This blue government has clearly developed a dependency on foreign money, and steadfastly refuses to consider the effects on real new Zealanders: housing, healthcare access, traffic, schools... the list goes on.
All New Zealanders want is transparency, so real conversation can be had.
Well that Bill is gone - at least until after the 2017 election - but I am pleased to announce another New Zealand First Bill, the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill, in my name, has been drawn for debate in the House.
This Bill is straightforward and common sense. Kiwis love our sport, and should be able to have access to live coverage of 'Games of National Significance' without having to pay ridiculous amounts to private broadcasting companies for the privilege.
Many cannot afford to pay for a TV subscription, yet through taxes they have paid for a state-funded TV broadcaster.
So, real Kiwis are now in with a real chance to watch their sports heroes live on TV without having to pay a $1,000-a-year subscription.
Unfortunately, tennis fans will miss out on watching the ASB Classic live and free this summer, but The Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill will finally make sports viewing fair for all New Zealanders.
TVNZ has confirmed there is a public appetite for free sports broadcasts, with a 'resounding viewer response' to sport on its pop-up channel.
New Zealand citizens should have live free-to-air-sports broadcasts.
So call your local MP to make sure, with this Bill they 'don't kick it! Pass it!'
Ariane 5 soars into the sky with Star One D1, JCSAT-15 satellites
On 21 December 2016, Ariane 5 flight VA234 lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites, Star One-D1 and JCSat-15, into their planned orbits. Photo Credit: Jeremy Beck / SpaceFlight Insider
KOUROU, French Guiana Arianespace has successfully launched one of its flagship Ariane 5 heavy-lift rockets carrying a dual payload for Brazil and Japan. The launch vehicle, with the Star One D1 and JCSAT-15 communication satellites, took to the skies at 5:30 p.m. local time (20:30 GMT / 3:30 p.m. EST) from the ELA-3 launch complex at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
The launch of Wednesday’s mission, designated VA234, was conducted after a nearly 12-hour countdown, during which last checks of the systems and propellant loading operations were carried out. The countdown culminated with the start of the synchronized sequence that switched the launch vehicle to the onboard power mode and led to the ignition of the rocket’s cryogenic main stage (EPC) and its two solid rocket boosters (EAPs).
The liftoff ended an almost two-month long launch campaign which commenced with the arrival of the JCSAT-15 satellite in Kourou on Oct. 28. Star One D1 arrived at the Guiana Space Center two weeks later, on Nov. 14, when fit-checks and initial tests of the JCSAT-15 spacecraft were already completed and the launch vehicle was taking shape as EAPs were attached to the main stage.
Next, in mid-December, the satellites were integrated, encapsulated in the payload fairing, and finally installed onto the launch vehicle. The launch rehearsal was completed on Dec. 17 and the rocket was rolled out to the launch pad on Dec. 20.
Ariane 5 with Star One D1 and JCSAT-15 being prepared for roll out to the ELA-3 launch site. Photo Credit: Jeremy Beck / SpaceFlight Insider
The launch itself went as planned, starting with the ignition of EPC at T0, which was followed by the ignition of the solid rocket booster duo seven seconds later. The rocket thundered off the launch pad to complete a short vertical ascent lasting about six seconds. After this brief vertical climb, the launcher performed its pitch and roll maneuver, then turned easterly over the Atlantic Ocean.
The boosters powered the launch vehicle for the initial phase of the flight until they were jettisoned at T+2:22 minutes. Next, the main stage continued the mission firing its Vulcain 2 engine for approximately six-and-a-half minutes when this stage separated at T+8:59 minutes. Meanwhile, the protective payload fairing was detached some three minutes and 15 seconds after launch, unveiling the duo of satellites.
Ariane 5’s cryogenic upper stage, known as ESC-A, was ignited nine minutes and three seconds after liftoff and took control over the mission for the rest of the flight. Being powered by its one HM-7B engine, the upper stage continued to accelerate the spacecraft for about 16 minutes until the sole motor burned out its propellant.
ESC-A reached the desired orbit at T+25:23 minutes and began its cruise to deploy the mission’s passengers. Star One D1 was released first at 29 minutes and 10 seconds into the flight, which was followed by the detachment of the SYLDA adapter nearly three minutes later and finally the JCSAT-15 satellite separated at T+43:26 minutes.
However, the VA234 mission ended about half an hour later as the upper stage had yet to conduct final spin-up and avoidance maneuvers. The passivation of this stage was completed one hour and 15 minutes after launch, which concluded the mission.
Star One D1
Built by Space Systems Loral (SSL), Star One D1 is a multi-mission communications satellite based on SSL’s 1300 platform. It has a mass of 6.4 metric tons and its dimensions are 16.7 ft × 7.2 ft × 7.7 ft (5.1 m × 2.2 m × 2.35 m). The satellite features two deployable solar arrays generating up to 17.1 kW of power. It is expected to be operational for more than 15 years.
Star One D1 will be operated by Embratel Star One a Brazilian communication satellite company. The spacecraft is equipped with 70 transponders, 18 of them in Ka-, 28 in C-, and 24 in Ku-band, and will serve multiple missions including telecommunications, television broadcast, broadband, cellular backhaul, and other services such as digital inclusion in Brazil and in the Latin American region.
“C Band ensures the provisioning of voice signals, TV, radio, and data, including Internet. Ku Band allows video transmission services directly to the users, besides Internet, data and telephony to remote locations. By its turn, Ka Band enables the access to lower-cost broadband and high-speed data transmission for corporate networks and cellular backhaul,” Embratel Star One wrote on its website.
To deliver its services, the satellite will be located at 84 degrees West longitude. This position will allow it to extend the operation of the company’s Brasilsat B4 satellite on C-Band, besides bringing new capacities in Ku (covering Latin America) and Ka (covering Brazil) bands.
Star One D1 is first satellite of the fourth generation of Embratel Star One’s fleet of communications spacecraft. The company’s previous satellite, named Star One C4, was launched into space in July 2015, also atop Ariane 5 from Kourou.
JCSAT-15 was also built by SSL and is based on the 1300 bus. It weighs about 3.4 metric tons and has dimensions of 17 ft × 10.8 ft × 9.8 ft (5.2 m × 3.3 m × 3 m). The satellite is fitted with two power-generating solar panels, providing 10 kW of power; its designed lifetime is more than 15 years.
JCSAT-15 will be operated by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation a Japanese satellite communication and multi-channel pay TV company. Equipped with Ku-band transponders, the spacecraft will be used to help broadcast the multichannel pay TV service in Japan, and it will also provide data transfer communications and maritime and aviation applications for the Oceania and Indian Ocean Region.
“JCSAT-15 will allow SKY Perfect JSAT to contribute to the new era of TV broadcasting by offering Ultra HD or 4K programming. In addition, its expanded coverage will help us to fulfill the growing demand for mobile connections,” said Shinji Takada, Representative Director, president and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT.
“SKY Perfect JSAT and SSL have developed a close working relationship based on our shared commitment to quality, service, and making the world a better place,” said John Celli, president of SSL.
The new satellite will replace the company’s N-SAT-110 spacecraft, currently located at 110 degrees East longitude. The previous spacecraft in the series, JCSAT-16, was orbited in August 2016 by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launcher lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Ariane 5 ECA
The Ariane 5 in ECA configuration that was employed for Wednesday’s launch is the heavy-lift rocket Arianespace uses for missions to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) and usually carries two telecommunications satellite payloads.
The flight is powered during the initial flight phase by a cryogenic core stage and two solid rocket boosters, followed by the use of a cryogenic upper stage for orbital injection of the payload.
The 180-foot (54.8-meter) tall ECA is an improved version of the Ariane 5 launcher, designed to deliver payloads, mainly communication satellites, weighing up to 10 metric tons.
Although it has the same general architecture, some significant changes were made to the basic structure of the generic version to increase thrust and enable it to carry heavier payloads. ECA is also used by institutional customers for non-GTO missions; for example, launching ESA’s Herschel and Planck scientific missions in 2008.
Wednesday’s mission was Arianespace’s 11th launch of the year and the seventh Ariane 5 flight from Kourou in 2016. The satellites are the 60th and 61st SSL spacecraft launched by Arianespace to date.
Arianespace’s next launch is scheduled for Jan. 28, when it is expected to send into orbit the Hispasat AG1 communications satellite for the Spanish company Hispasat. The mission will be performed by the Soyuz ST-B launcher, lifting off from Kourou.
China launches carbon dioxide monitoring satellite
China on Thursday launched a satellite to monitor carbon dioxide levels, state media said, making the Asian giant the third country to track the potent contributor to global warming from space.
The TanSat probe will allow China to keep a close eye on greenhouse gas emissions and give it a "louder voice" in future negotiations on carbon reduction, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
The technology will "trace the sources of greenhouse gases and help evaluate whether countries are fulfilling their commitments" to reduce pollutants under environmental pacts, it said.
China is a signatory to the Paris climate change agreement, the first universal action plan for curbing global warming.
The US and China are together responsible for some 40 percent of the world's emissions, so their participation in the agreement is crucial for its success.
The satellite launch comes after US president-elect Donald Trump, an avowed climate sceptic, reportedly threatened to gut the US space agency NASA's climate change monitoring program.
China is the third country after the US and Japan to launch a CO2 monitoring satellite. The three-year mission will take readings every 16 days.
"The TanSat has very good 'vision' and can distinguish changes in atmospheric CO2 as small as 1 percent," Xinhua quoted the satellite's chief designer Yin Zengshan as saying.
Lin Chao, who was also involved in developing the technology, said it will allow China to "collect carbon data from all over the world, all year round, and record the carbon contributed by both developed countries and the developing countries".
China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, due to its heavy reliance on coal to provide electricity to its population of 1.37 billion.
The country has been fast moving away from coal -- driven in large part by major air pollution concerns including a crisis this month that has choked large swathes of the country.
After growth of 5.3 percent per year from 2005-2014, China recorded a decline of 0.7 percent in 2015 and is set for a 0.5 percent drop in 2016.
Russia successfully tested a missile that could cripple US satellites
Experts say this should be a wake-up call to protect America's space infrastructure.
According to Pentagon officials, Russia has successfully completed tests of an anti-satellite missile that could be capable of crippling the US military communications and navigation network. The test, which went off on December 16th, was actually the third successful launch of the PL-19 Nudol missile, and according to a new report from Business Insider, those same top-ranking Pentagon officials believe that the US's reliance on satellite networks -- and our lack of similar anti-satellite weapons -- makes the United States essentially an easy target in space.
Although Russia claims the Nudol missiles are meant to be used defensively against incoming enemy weapons, the Pentagon classifies them as "direct ascent" anti-satellite weapons. And US intelligence officials estimate that it would only take "two dozen or so anti-satellite attacks" to wreak havoc with US military operations, which rely on the network for everything from navigation and communications to targeting and intelligence purposes.
"Potentially, it could result in our defeat in a high intensity conflict," former Pentagon strategic arms policymaker Mark Schneider said. "The complete loss of the GPS network, or its serious degradation, would eliminate the effectiveness of all existing long-range conventional strike cruise missiles and would degrade the functioning of many of our precision guided weapons."
While the US has been taking steps to move away from its reliance on GPS, the Russian military also has plans for a terrestrial missile jamming systems. On the offensive front, the Pentagon likely won't divulge what sort of anti-satellite capabilities the US has, but an Air Force proposal for anti-satellite lasers was shot down years ago and other anti-satellite programs have apparently been halted since the late eighties, although the Navy did shoot down a malfunctioning spy satellite in 2008.
Meanwhile, beyond the Nudol test, Russia and China are both reportedly developing other orbital weapons like anti-satellite lasers and smaller satellites capable of physically attacking America's space infrastructure. As Heritage Foundation defense analyst Michaela Dodge explained, the successful tests should be a wake-up call to the US to "treat space as an increasingly contested environment where access might not be guaranteed as it has been in the past."
A New Google Experiment Translates Your Doodles Into Satellite Imagery
Land Lines will match any squiggle you draw to a real place on the planet.
A New Google Experiment Translates Your Doodles Into Satellite Imagery
The planet is a gloriously varied place, where almost every pattern you can think of can be spotted from the skyeven, say, the letters of the alphabet. Google's latest Chrome experiment, Land Lines, proves that any shape you draw already exists somewhere else on the planet, whether in the contour of the highway, the curlicue of some cape, or in the line of the waves beating the shore.
As explained in a post yesterday on the Google Earth blog, the Land Lines app presents you with two options: Draw and Drag. Click Draw, and you can draw any line you want, and Google will match it to an identical contour somewhere on the planet, as seen from Google Earth's satellite view. These lines can only be a couple inches in length, though. The more magical experience is the Drag function, which matches a long, continuous line you draw with a dynamic patchwork of map tiles, each one containing a section of the line you're drawing. These tiles might be from Mauritania, or they might be from Minneapolis, but when pieced together, they all become an "infinite line of connected rivers, highways, and coastlines," as put by the site page.
It's a fun project, but also a technically impressive one: The Land Lines web app is lightning quick on both mobile and desktop, despite the fact it's crunching data to detect lines on satellite images of the entire planet. This sort of speediness would normally require beefy backend servers to do all the edge-detection, but according to Google, advances in machine learning and GPU power allows almost all of the app to run locally within people's browsers.
Try Land Lines for yourself here.
Spacecom orders AMOS-17 from Boeing
Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has entered into a $161 million (€155m) satellite procurement agreement with Boeing Satellite Systems International for a new craft AMOS-17 expected to be launched in 2019.
The satellite will operate from 17°E and will expand and strengthen Spacecom’s coverage of the growing satellite service markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. AMOS-17 will be designed for an in-orbit life of more than 15 years with payload power of approximately 8.5 kW.
AMOS-17 will offer Ka-band, Ku-band and C-Band services. It will have a combination of broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams to maximise throughput and spectral efficiency. By providing extensive Ka-Band coverage over the Middle East, Europe and Africa, Ku-Band and C-Band over Africa, it will be a catalyst for Spacecom’s growth plans over the next decade, says the company.
“AMOS-17 will be a multi-band high-throughput, state-of-the-art satellite that will provide reliable solutions and offer a significant competitive advantage for our customers,” commented David Pollack, president and CEO of Spacecom. “We are pleased to partner with Boeing in making this important addition to our fleet. The Boeing satellite will provide a great fit for Spacecom’s expansion strategy, offering an innovative design with capabilities that provide flexible service offerings to meet the growing demands of our customers. AMOS-17 will enhance our capabilities as a growing and highly capable satellite operator.”
NSSLGlobal acquires IPTV specialist SnapTV
NSSLGlobal delivers VSAT services using Cobham Satcom hardware
UK-based NSSLGlobal has acquired Norwegian online television specialist SnapTV to launch IP-based entertainment services for maritime and offshore sectors. The companies will collaborate to promote TV and media distribution to shipping, offshore vessels and drilling rigs to enhance the working environment and crew welfare.
NSSLGlobal has satellite connectivity using VSAT and L-band for these services. SnapTV provides a range of infotainment software, hardware and services. The infotainment software service uses graphical user interfaces to provide TV, film and radio programs. Snap TV’s video on demand and TV streaming will provide a legally licenced media content to crews over NSSLGlobal’s VSAT IP@Sea service.
NSSLGlobal group chief executive Sally-Anne Ray said its customers should find SnapTV’s core streaming technology and fully licenced content compelling. She added: “SnapTV is an obvious investment choice for us and there are very clear synergies between our satellite communications technologies and SnapTV’s offering. Combine this with our ability to broadcast SnapTV over a separate satellite channel to VSAT IP@Sea vessels and it becomes an even more compelling way to enhance the working environment and crew welfare on ships and oil rigs. With the combination of both companies knowledge and experience, we look forward to emerging with a stronger, united product portfolio.”
NSSLGlobal’s acquisition of SnapTV further underlines its continuing commitment to Norway as a key maritime market. Earlier this year, NSSLGlobal announced a strategic partnership with Norwegian satellite communications reseller FleetCom AS
The deal is the beginning of a new investment programme from NSSLGlobal. The British company is offering capital, contacts and expertise to help innovative companies to generate business by adding applications to its existing added value services.
Only Dish TV carrying HRD ministry's educational TV channels
NEW DELHI: Only Dish TV is carrying 32 educational television channels of the human resource development ministry in spite of appeals by ministry to all the private DTH operators.
An information and broadcasting ministry source told indiantelevision.com that the department of higher education of the HRD Ministry had approved the launch of ‘Swayam Prabha' -- a project for operationalising 32 Direct to Home (DTH) television channels for providing high quality educational content to all teachers, students and citizens across the country interested in lifelong learning.
However, Doordarshan’s FreeDish had not taken any channels as yet as it had space for only eighty channels and would consider adding new channels when it switches from MPEG 2 to MPEG4.
There will be new content of four hours every day in these channels, which would be telecast 6 times a day allowing the student to choose the time of his/her convenience.
The soft launch of the channels has already been done and all private DTH operators had been requested to carry the channels.
The HRD Ministry had also requested cable operators to carry these educational channels but with no success so far, the source said.
From my Email
From the Dish
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12286 H "Samanyolu TV Avrupa" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Akhyar TV" has left again.
Telkom 1 108.0E 3783 H TV Mu has started on , Fta
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V Zing Asia, Fashion TV Asia, JTV, Lejel Home Shopping Cicilan Tunai, RT English, DW, Jawa Pos TV, ShE and O Channel have started on, FTA.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E NHK World TV is now in clear. RCTI, Trans TV, EuroNews, Space Toon 3 Indonesia and Rodja TV have left.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4147 H "MTV HD+" has left again.
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Report: Let Australians access geoblocked content
The Productivity Commission, the Australian Government’s principal independent review and advisory body on microeconomic policy and regulation, has suggested that timely and cost-effective access to copyright content is the best way to reduce infringement, recommending that the Government should make it easier for users to access legitimate content by clarifying the law on geoblocking.
The report, Intellectual Property Arrangements, examines Australia’s Intellectual Property (IP) system in detail, and makes recommendations to improve its operation. It concludes that Australia’s IP arrangements fall short in many ways and improvement is needed across the spectrum of IP rights.
It suggests that the use of geoblocking technology is pervasive, and frequently results in Australian consumers being offered a lower level of digital service (such as a more limited music or TV streaming catalogue) at a higher price than in overseas markets. Studies show Australian consumers systematically pay higher prices for professional software, music, games and e books than consumers in comparable overseas markets. While some digital savvy consumers are able to avoid these costs (such as through the use of proxy servers and Virtual Private Networks), most pay inflated prices for lower standard services and some will ultimately infringe.
The Australian Government should make clear that it is not an infringement of Australia’s copyright system for consumers to circumvent geoblocking technology and should avoid international obligations that would preclude such practices, says the report.
According to the Commission, greater consumer certainty will drive competition and reduce price differentials between Australian and overseas markets which were about 49 per cent in professional software, 67 per cent in music, and 61 per cent in games in 2013.
Music industry body APRA AMCOS described the report as “a blunt attack” on Australia’s creative industries, unashamedly promoting the interests of those who exploit Australian content over those who create it.
APRA AMCOS is dismayed that the Commission has ignored the submissions and evidence provided by the Australian music community during the consultation process. The factual inaccuracies, disparaging language and alarmist assertions from the draft report not only remain but have been re-stated with renewed fervour and single-mindedness.
The rights of Australian songwriters and composers to earn a living have been overlooked by economists in Canberra in favour of the profit making interests of the multi-billion dollar technology and educational sectors.
APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Brett Cottle said: “Australian songwriters and music publishers pleaded with the Commission to temper the approach it took in its draft report and support a robust copyright framework to ensure creators receive fair payment for their work. Instead, the Commission’s final report endorses all the recommendations in its draft report, and introduces a raft of new proposals, all of which are singularly aimed at weakening Australia’s existing copyright regime the economic framework around which Australia’s creative industries are built.”
According to APRA AMCOS, the Commission’s recommendations demonstrate a profound lack of understanding of the commercial realities of the Australian content business. The proposed expansion of Australia’s safe harbour scheme to mimic the broken US model is indicative of the Commission’s flawed approach. It is well documented that the application of safe harbours to certain digital services in the US has resulted in a ‘value gap’ a massive mismatch between the consumption of music on user upload services, such as YouTube, and the revenues returned to songwriters and artists.
“At a time when artists and the wider music industry are finally starting to see a return from streaming services, the Productivity Commission report proposes a raft of changes that will distort the commercial environment in which music licences are negotiated. These changes will allow global technology firms to reduce their bottom line to the detriment of Australian music creators,” warned Cottle.
“The question must be asked, what problem is the Productivity Commission actually trying to solve? Are online services floundering in Australia? Are they finding it difficult to launch in this territory without the protection of an expanded safe harbour scheme? Of course not. Australia is consistently one of the first international markets in which any new digital music service decides to launch. Why? Because Australia already has one of the world’s most stable, fair and efficient copyright systems.”
Expanding the safe harbour scheme in Australia’s Copyright Act to cover commercial digital services will only serve to undermine the current commercial framework on which rights holders rely in order to make a living from their creativity. The proposed amendment simply does not reflect the current digital environment and will see Australia introducing old law which is not fit for purpose.
Of course, the proposed safe harbour expansion is but one of the instruments the Commission recommends to unravel Australia’s copyright framework. User rights, broader exceptions, the removal of lawful geo-blocks and the repeal of parallel import restrictions on books are all thrown in for good measure.
Perhaps sensing the outrage its final report will generate among Australia’s creative communities, the Commission concludes its key recommendations by taking the extraordinary and unsubstantiated step of warning the Federal Government that past intellectual property “reform efforts have more often than not succumbed to misinformation and scare campaigns”. The irony abounds. It is difficult to think of a more apt description for the Commission’s own report.
APRA AMCOS will respond in full to the Productivity Commission final report early next year.
Football Federation Australia announces new broadcast deal Hyundai A-League
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced new broadcast arrangements that will accelerate growth of the game across the country.
The new six year agreement with partners FOX SPORTS, Foxtel and News Corp Australia will provide football fans with comprehensive, world-class coverage on multiple platforms, including subscription TV, internet and digital devices.
Foxtel and FOX SPORTS will continue to broadcast all Hyundai A-League games live on Foxtel TV, Foxtel Go & Foxtel Play services as well as Socceroos, Matildas, W-League and FFA Cup matches as they are currently shown today.
And, in a separate deal to be negotiated in the new year, for the first time ever a Hyundai A-League match will be also shown live on free to air television in prime time on Saturday nights.
Commencing on July 1, 2017, the new deal totals $346 million which on a like for like comparison is more than double the current arrangements.
It excludes the rights to final round Socceroos World Cup qualifying matches, the Asian Cup and the Asian Champions League which are controlled by the Asian Football Confederation and separately owned by FOX SPORTS and Foxtel.
FFA expects to make an announcement regarding free to air television, radio and international rights in the first half of next year.
FFA Chairman, Steven Lowy AM, said the new deal represented a “quantum leap” for football in Australia.
“Since the transformation of our game began back in 2003, the change in football has been remarkable,” he said.
“Football has always been the World Game but it is now also entrenched as a mainstream Australian sport, with deep connections to Asia, the fastest-growing region in the world.
“Our game has never seen a deal of this magnitude before. This six-year agreement gives us the certainty to continue to implement our strategy to grow the Hyundai A-League and the Westfield W-League and invest more in grassroots football development and the women’s game.
“It also allows us to continue football’s highly successful partnership with FOX SPORTS, which dates back to 2005. The reach of FOX SPORTS, Foxtel and News Corp Australia is unrivalled in Australia. They are the perfect partners to promote football which is the world’s biggest sport and the biggest participation sport in this country.”
FFA Chief Executive David Gallop AM said $3 million a season would be allocated to attracting more marquee players like Tim Cahill to the Hyundai A-League.
“We have seen the enormous impact that our current marketing and marquee player strategies are having,” he said. “This year TV audiences, crowds and club memberships are all up and it is our intention to re-double our efforts in these areas under the new deal.
“The new arrangements will benefit all areas of football in Australia, but in particular the A-League clubs and players who will receive additional funding as a result of today’s announcement.”
Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh said: “Foxtel is thrilled to be continuing our long standing partnership with FFA.
“This doubling of our investment provides the long term support to further grow the game at both an elite and grassroots level. We strongly believe in football and know our customers share the passion and love for the game as we do.
“I am also pleased to confirm that this new agreement continues our commitment to promoting the game at a grass-roots level, partly through initiatives such as Foxtel All-Stars Tim Cahill Ambitions program.”
FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “Today’s announcement sees FOX SPORTS remain the home of football in Australia. We have been there from the beginning, and have walked the hard yards, and we will be there to see Australian football reach its full potential. For us it’s a celebration.
“We will serve up more football, across more platforms, live, ad break free during play and in high definition. The way it should be.
“Today’s deal sees FOX SPORTS home to every major Australian football code until 2020. That’s your team, every round live, no compromises.”
VIDEO Interview: Foxtel Kids app launches, includes video downloads
Foxtel has added value to its service with its new ‘Kids’ app, delivering a ‘safe place to stream and download favourite shows on demand and ad-free.’
Foxtel has announced the launch of a new app designed with kids and families in mind, dubbed the Foxtel Kids app.
Conveniently, the app has arrived ‘just in time for the summer holidays and provides a safe way for kids to stream their favourite programs, on-demand and ad-free, anytime.’
When the app was demonstrated to me a couple of weeks ago, it was just before Netflix announced it was making downloads of selected content on its app possible, which is something you’ll see reflected in the video interview and demonstration of the Kids app that you’ll see embedded below.
What that means is that Netflix had not yet announced downloadable content was available when the video was filmed - again, as you’ll see us talking about in the video.
Naturally, the benefit of being able to download video content, especially that for kids, means offline viewing of content for a 31 day period, something that’s clearly ‘ideal for long drives, flights or holidays spent away from internet connections.’
Designed and developed in Australia, the Foxtel Kids app helps parents deal with some of the challenges that come with youngsters watching TV, including controlling screen time, managing what they watch and maintaining limits on data usage.
We are told that ‘parents are able to set a limit on the time spent watching the app and can select classifications between G and PG ratings for age appropriate viewing. The Foxtel Kids app also offers uninterrupted ad-free viewing making it a safe and secure place for kids to enjoy the best in kids’ content Foxtel has to offer.’
As you can see from the video, the app is extremely easy to use and is very kid - and parent - friendly.
Deanne Weir, Foxtel’s Managing Director of Content Aggregation and Wholesale, said, “We’re delighted to bring our new Foxtel Kids app to Australian kids and families. After taking on board some great customer feedback coupled with our own research, we’ve designed what we think is the best app to keep kids entertained and parents informed; and, with the Christmas holidays just a few weeks away, it couldn’t come at a better time.”
Here’s the video of the demonstration that Foxtel gave me a couple of weeks ago, which included the offer of a username and password to trial the service for a limited time.
The Foxtel Kids app also features a kid friendly design so young people are able to navigate to their favourite shows easily. The app is filled with a host of constantly updated content, to stream or download, from all of the major kids brands including, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, CBeebies, Discovery Kids, Cartoon Network and Boomerang, so they can catch up on their favourite episodes of Hey Duggee, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teen Titans Go!, Star Wars Rebels, Adventure Time, Paw Patrol and more.
The Foxtel Kids app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play, and ‘is available to Foxtel and Foxtel Play customers, who subscribe to the Foxtel Kids pack, at no extra charge. The app can be registered to five devices and can be used simultaneously by two users. Downloaded programs are available to view for 31 days.’
AsiaSat and Globecast distribute DW's New HD channel on AsiaSat 7
From Press Release
Hong Kong, 20 December 2016 - Asia's leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) has reached an agreement with Globecast to deliver Deutsche Welle’s English-language program in HD to the Asia-Pacific region.
DW in HD is an additional offering next to the existing TV channel in SD and radio services on AsiaSat 7. DW’s German-language program will continue its service across Asia via AsiaSat 5.
For the past 20 years, AsiaSat and DW have partnered to bring German information and culture to Asia. The enhanced service offering demonstrates their commitment to providing more high-quality and relevant content to Asia. The AsiaSat fleet’s comprehensive access to Asian TV viewers has enabled DW to upgrade viewing experience as well as harness audience with different language interests.
Sabrina Cubbon, AsiaSat's VP Marketing & Global Accounts: "I’m very pleased to extend our offerings of DW's programs through the Globecast partnership. Both are long-term clients of AsiaSat. Moving to HD will definitely improve viewer satisfaction and is a key tool to strengthen our success in a competitive market!"
"For DW, 2017 will be a year of not only expansion but solidification as well," said DW's Director of Distribution and Sales Petra Schneider. "Content, brand and technological improvement will be more dynamic than ever before the ability to constantly engage your audience in a consistent way and adapting to their technological watching habits remain our most important goals. The move towards HD is a step in the right direction."
Biliana Pumpalovic, managing director at Globecast: "We are working in multiple markets to help broadcasters launch HD services and we're very pleased that DW has turned to us and AsiaSat. We have a strong partnership with AsiaSat and we can help customers understand specific market requirements from both technical and business perspectives."
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in Q2 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). www.asiasat.com
Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany's international broadcaster. DW has television programs in English, German, Spanish and Arabic. News, features and documentaries cover everything from business, science and politics to arts, culture and sports. Radio and online content is available in 30 languages. DW relies on a global satellite network, partner stations and online services to make tuning in as easy as possible. In addition, DW utilizes other means of distribution like apps, podcasting, live-streaming, on-demand and mobile services. Every week, DW reaches audiences of more than 135 million people worldwide. DW also provides access to the German language. DW Akademie offers training and consulting services for media professionals, traineeships, a bilingual master's degree and media trainings for executives of international organizations and companies. Around 3,000 people from 60 countries work in DW's offices in Bonn and Berlin. www.dw.com
Part of the Orange Group, Globecast provides agile and seamless content acquisition, management and distribution services globally. The company constantly innovates in an evolving IP-centric environment to provide reliable and secure customer solutions. Globecast has created the number one global hybrid fiber and satellite network for video contribution and distribution. This network enables multiplatform delivery including TV Everywhere OTT, satellite, cable, video on demand, CDN delivery as well as cloud-enabled media services. The company remains the trusted partner for coverage and international delivery of news, sports, and special events around the globe. Customers enjoy a seamless global experience on the ground from 12 interconnected Globecast owned facilities, including Los Angeles, London, Singapore, Paris, Rome, and Johannesburg. www.globecast.com
Asiasat 7 105.5E
T.P C12V 4100 MHZ Vertical DVB-S2 MPEG 4 8PSK Sr 29720 FEc 5/6
DW & Radio
Asiasat 7 105.5E
T.P C4H 3760 MHZ Horizontal DVB-S Mpeg 2 QPSK 26000 Fec 7/8
Asiasat 5 100.5E
T.P C11H 4040 Horizontal DVB-S2 Mpeg 4 8PSK 29.720 Fec 5/6
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Marketing & Global Accounts
Tel: +852 2500 0899
Mobile: +852 9097 1210
Tel: +49 228 429 2041
Tel: +33 1 5595 2604
Dilemma over what to do with two satellite slots
THE MINISTRY of Digital Economy and Society has met with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to discuss how to deal with the expiration of the country’s reservation of two satellite orbits at the end of this year.
Wilailuck Chulewatanakul, the MDE’s permanent-secretary, reportedly rushed to discuss the issue of what to do with slots 51 degrees east and 142 degrees east with the watchdog after learning that the reservation of the two orbital slots will expire at the end of December. Wilailuck could not be reached for a comment.
An NBTC source said that the ministry was concerned that if it failed to retain the reservation, it might face criticism for failing to protect the national interest.
Article 60 of this year’s draft constitution indicates that the government has a duty to maintain the spectra and rights for orbital slots.
However, the NBTC source added that the ministry might have no need to retain the slots as they were unused. There is also no sign that there will be a new satellite operator applying for the country’s satellite operation licence and use either of the two slots.
The source said that a newcomer may not come forward to request the licence as the ministry had not yet started its plan to reform the satellite service industry.
Earlier the ministry said that it wanted to bring Thaicom’s two licensed satellites, Thaicom 7 and 8, into the ministry’s concession regime as part of the reform. Thaicom currently has five satellites in operation: the Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR) broadband satellite and the Thaicom 5, 6, 7 and 8 broadcasting satellites.
Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 operate under the ministry’s concession regime, while the other two fall under the NBTC licensing regime. Currently Thaicom use the 78.5-degree east slot for Thaicom 5, 6 and 8; the 119.5-degree east slot for Thaicom 4; and the 120-degree east slot for Thaicom 7.
OneWeb LEO Satellites Aim to Create Extensive Satellite Broadband Network
one web leo satellitesOneWeb has raised $1.2 billion from a variety of previous investors to create a new low earth orbit (LEO) satellite manufacturing facility in Exploration Park, Florida to begin production in 2018. The goal is to produce 720 OneWeb LEO satellites that when deployed will comprise the largest satellite constellation in history.
Lead investor SoftBank Group contributed $1 billion of the total investment, which OneWeb intends to capitalize on by accelerating and expanding on its goal of delivering affordable, high-speed Internet connectivity to rural areas across the U.S. and other countries, emerging telecom markets in particular.
Building and operating the new facility is expected to create nearly 3,000 new engineering, manufacturing and supporting jobs in the U.S. over the next four years, OneWeb highlights in a press release. The transaction is expected to close in 1Q 2017 subject to standard industry procedures and regulatory approvals. Given the size of Softbank’s investment, group director Ronald D. Fisher will join OneWeb’s board of directors.
OneWeb LEO Satellites
OneWeb’s stated intent is nothing less than expanding high-speed Internet access to every person on the planet, part and parcel of which is connecting every unconnected school in the world by 2022.
OneWeb user terminals
OneWeb User Terminal (Source: (OneWeb)
The global satellite network platform that OneWeb envisions will be able to transport digital data at more than 10 Terabits per second (Tbps), according to OneWeb. Other facets include user terminals embedded with LTE, 3G, 2G and WiFi capabilities. When complete, the OneWeb platform will enable wireless/mobile network operators and ISPs to cost-effectively extend their service territories to every corner of the planet, management says.
“OneWeb and our partners have been making great progress,” OneWeb founder and chairman Greg Wyler wrote in a note to the announcement. The company is readying the release of its mission roadmap, which includes expanding the overall capacity of its satellite network more than 100 times as compared to its current, first generation system.
“Gigabit per second speeds, lower latencies, and affordable self-installed terminals these new capabilities will support both our 2022 goal of connecting every unconnected school and our 2027 goal of bridging the digital divide,” Wyler continued. “At the same time, boundless low latency broadband access will be available for homes, connected cars, trains, planes and cellular backhaul applications.”
OneWeb expects to launch an initial 10 production satellites in early 2018. Its full launch campaign is to begin six months thereafter and provision of low latency broadband access is anticipated as early as 2019.
OneWeb LEO Staellite (Source: OneWeb)
In addition to Softbank, other OneWebb investors include Airbus Group, Bharti Enterprises, Coca-Cola, EchoStar’s Hughes Network Systems, Intelsat, Qualcomm, Virgin Group and Grupo Salinas’s Totalplay.
“SoftBank has a long history of investing in disruptive, foundational technologies that promise to help us realize the future sooner. OneWeb is a tremendously exciting company poised to transform internet access around the world from their manufacturing facility in Florida,” said Masayoshi Son, SoftBank chairman and CEO.
Japanese Satellite Launches to Study Earth's Radiation Belts
Japanese Satellite Launches to Study Earth's Radiation Belts
A Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Epsilon rocket launches the Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace satellite (ERG) into orbit from Uchinoura Space Center in southern Japan on Dec. 20, 2016.
Credit: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
A Japanese spacecraft designed to help scientists better understand the radiation environment of near-Earth space has made it to orbit.
The Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace satellite, or ERG, lifted off atop an Epsilon rocket from Uchinoura Space Center in southern Japan today (Dec. 20) at 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT; 8 p.m. local Japan time).
If all goes according to plan, ERG will set up shop in a highly elliptical orbit, getting as close to Earth as 215 miles (350 kilometers) and as far away as 18,640 miles (30,000 km). This path will take the 780-lb. (355 kilograms) satellite through the Van Allen radiation belts, where the planet's magnetic field has trapped huge numbers of fast-moving electrons and other particles. [Japan's Epsilon Rocket for Small Satellite Launches in Pictures]
These particles can damage the computer systems aboard satellites and pose a radiation danger to astronauts, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) officials said.
An artist's illustration of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace satellite (ERG) satellite in Earth orbit. The satellite will study Earth's Van Allen radiation belts to see how geomagnetic storms form in the planet's magnetic field.
An artist's illustration of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace satellite (ERG) satellite in Earth orbit. The satellite will study Earth's Van Allen radiation belts to see how geomagnetic storms form in the planet's magnetic field.
ERG's purpose "is to reveal how these high-energy electrons are accelerated and created, and how space storms develop," JAXA officials wrote in an ERG fact sheet. "ERG will make a comprehensive observation of the electrons and ions near the equatorial plane in geospace, which is thought to be the area where the acceleration of such electrons is occurring."
The satellite will use nine different instruments to do this work, over the course of a mission designed to last at least one year.
Today's liftoff marked the second launch for Japan's Epsilon rocket, and the first for the vehicle's "enhanced" variant. The first liftoff, of the original Epsilon version, occurred in September 2013.
The 85-foot-tall (26 meters) Epsilon is capable of lofting 3,300 lbs. (1,500 kg) to low-Earth orbit. The rocket is designed to launch scientific satellites at an affordable price; the first Epsilon launch cost about 3.8 billion yen, or $32.4 million at current exchange rates, JAXA officials have said.
Live sports TV proving a hit with Middle Eastern carriers
In the never-ending competition to differentiate their in-flight entertainment (IFE) offerings, many Gulf carriers are now using live sports TV to entice their passengers, as Steve Nichols found out.
Aircraft equipped with Panasonic Avionics’ eXTV satellite service are able to tap into two live sports channels courtesy of a deal between the IFE company and global media specialist IMG.
Panasonic has an exclusive agreement with IMG, as the only aviation provider of the latter’s live Sport24 channel, which was launched in 2012.
IMG describes itself as “a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries”. Its Sport24 is the world’s only live 24/7 sports channel for the airline and cruise industries and broadcasts a multitude of events, including Barclays Premier League, Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League soccer, Formula 1 motor racing, major basketball, American football, golf majors, plus the Ryder Cup, and tennis grand slams.
It has access to around 500 live sports feeds from around the world and provided more than 200 hours of coverage from the last Olympics across the 17 days of the competition.
The company says it is responsible for more than 21,000 hours of television and more than 30,000 hours of radio annually.
Sport24 is currently available via Panasonic Avionics’ eXTV on 11 airlines, including Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Gulf Air and Turkish.
More than 90 Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft now have live TV and more aircraft are being equipped every month. In June, the 80th Airbus A380 delivered to Emirates was also the first A380 in the fleet to be fitted with live TV.
David Bruner, vice president, global communications services at Panasonic Avionics, said: “Sport never stops and neither do Panasonic and IMG. The interest worldwide is massive and it was a logical step for us to introduce live sports TV to aircraft.”
Statistics from Panasonic Avionics show around 1.4 million passengers were able to watch the FIFA World Cup via eXTV, with 40,000 alone glued to the final between Argentina and Germany.
According to its figures, around three quarters of one Lufthansa aircraft watched their national team take home the World Cup trophy after winning 1-0.
And sports are universal too. IMG has signed a multi-year agreement with the US National Basketball Association (NBA) to broadcast live NBA games.
In September, ice hockey joined the IMG portfolio, too. The channels will be showing three games a week from the US National Hockey League. Sport24 will broadcast each game in the 2017 Stanley Cup play-offs and the 2017 Stanley Cup final.
But how does IMG decide what to broadcast? Tim Wood, vice president, business development, said its programming “tends to follow the sun”.
“We might start the day with the National Rugby League from Australia in the morning, before moving to tennis from Wimbledon from noon, and then baseball or American football from the US in the evening,” said Wood, a self-confessed sports geek.
“Our programming tends to follow a passenger’s wants and needs on the whole, passengers want to be entertained during daylight and sleep at night,” he said.
Wood said scheduling can become a nightmare and takes place many weeks in advance.
“When we have a number of events taking place at once, we have to think about what it most popular,” Wood said. “This happened on July 10 ‘Super Sunday’ with the final of Euro 2016, the British Grand Prix and the Wimbledon final all taking place at once.”
To cope with demand, IMG launched a second live sports channel for the in-flight market in June to complement Sport24.
The roll-out of Sport24 Extra began on Emirates and Turkish Airlines, with other carriers soon joining them.
Sport24 Extra provides passengers with a choice of live coverage during busy periods in the sporting calendar and also allows the company to re-rerun popular events.
Bruner said: “We’re bringing a constantly improving and evolving in-flight experience. The launch of the Sport24 Extra channel reinforced the importance we place on enhancing the in-flight experience for passengers all over the world through continued innovation.”
IMG says it lives, breathes and sleeps sport. “It sounds like a cliché but sport is in our DNA,” said Wood. “We have years of experience in doing this and we ‘get it’. We know the value of sports globally, and although sometimes we play it down, what we achieve is a technical feat.
“At any one time we could be covering up to 10 Premier League soccer games in parallel.”
And what of the future? “We want to do more live broadcasts and more special programming from niche events,” said Wood.
So how does the programming get to the aircraft?
The finished Sport24 and Sport24 Extra feeds leave IMG’s London headquarters via 2.5Tbps fibre-optic links to Arqiva, in the city, where it is distributed at light speed to 17 satellite teleports worldwide. From these, the signals are uploaded via satellite links to 30 different geostationary Ku-band satellites sitting around 22,300 miles above the equator. Finally, the signals reach the aircraft before being distributed to the passenger’s seat-back eXTV system, even though they may be at 30,000 feet and moving at more than 500mph.
It is the use of Ku-band satellites that enables live TV to be viewed the microwave Ku-band gives the bandwidth needed.
Inmarsat trialled sending shorter recorded video pieces via its slower L-band SwiftBroadband system (known as SBTV), and even tested it on an Emirates A380, but live TV needs the greater bandwidth of the higher frequency Ku- and Ka-band systems to work.
Inmarsat’s Ka-band GX Aviation system, which is due for global launch by the end of the year, will easily support live TV but, as yet, no details are known as to whether any in-flight programming will include it.
Qatar is known to be a GX customer on its Airbus A350 fleet but, at the time of writing, other Gulf carriers remain tight-lipped about their future in-flight connectivity decisions.
FlyDubai also has Ku-band connectivity, provided by Global Eagle Entertainment on its Boeing 737 fleet. Passengers can enjoy live Arabic and English TV shows, but there are no live sports.
The next generation of Ku-band satellites should enable even more live TV sports material to be broadcast, thanks to their greater bandwidth. So-called high throughput satellites (HTS) use more powerful spot beams. Intelsat already has one of its EpicNG HTS satellites in orbit (Intelsat 29e) and more launches are planned.
Todd Hill, Panasonic Avionics’ senior director GCS satellite service, said that the company’s experience with its eXTV service had proved that Ku-band systems are ideal for streaming TV.
“With the launch of HTS, the economics will get even better,” Hill said. “With HTS spot beams you can use more power over more Megahertz and drive the cost per bit down.
Frederick St-Amour, Global Eagle’s VP of sales, agreed, saying that Ku satellites could provide more economic bandwidth, which makes it a better solution for live TV. He said that with the upcoming HTS services, such as used on Intelsat’s EpicNG satellites for example, there would be the benefits of both wide and spot-beam technology.
“Ku wide beam also has the benefit of letting you use user datagram protocol (UDP) one directional transmissions to the aircraft which makes it better suited to streaming TV,” he added.
UDP is a way of streaming data over the internet with minimal error-correcting “handshaking”. This means it can be sent faster, but with the risk of some errors. Applying “checksum” technology to the received packets goes some way to making sure they are correct. With streaming digital TV any error might be seen as a momentary ‘blip’ before the image moves on.
So the future should see more Gulf carriers’ aircraft carrying even more sports TV coverage.
Sorry no update
I've been quite busy with sending a large amount of updates for Lyngsat to process. Thanks to the wonders of fibre internet and a remotely controlled dish seeing 60E to 180E
Does anyone know the unlisted radios?
Optus D2 12295 V Sr 1644 Fec 3/4 DVB-S2 QPSK
Sid 1300 unknown aussie radio Apid 131 E
or can i.d these
Optus D2 12297 V Sr 835 DVB-S2 Qpsk
Sid 2500 Silent when checked Apid 251
Sid 2600 unidentified radio on this Apid 261
Sid 2800 unidentified radio on this Apid 281
Sid 2900 Silent when checked Apid 291
Service change From January 1st 2017
Change of satellite : TVB 8 and TVB Xinghe are moving from Asiasat 7 @ 105.5E to Apstar 7 @ 76.5E 4155H Sr 7200 DVB S2 Fec 2/3
Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 FTA cricket, Aus vs Pakistan
Intelsat 19 12432 H Sr 7500 "NBL STS 3" Fec 5/6 dvb s2 8PSK basketball fta
From my Email
NSS @ 177W
MTN has changed its TP.
Was 4101 20458,
now 4099 24503.
Same stuff at the moment.
MTN on 34,5 W has changed its TP. Now is 4095 R 19912 as well.
From the Dish
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12557 H MTV Music Australia & New Zealand and MTV Dance have started on , Fta. MTV Hits Australia and MTV Classic Australia have left. All channels in the Wizzie TV mux are fta.
Optus D1 160.0E 12329 H "SBS Food Network" has started on , Fta.
Optus D1 160.0E 12365 H "SBS Food Network" has started on , Fta.
Optus D1 160.0E 12391 H "SBS Food Network" has started on , Fta.
Optus D1 160.0E 12409 H "SBS Food Network" has started on , Fta.
Optus D1 160.0E 12427 H "SBS Food Network" has started on , Fta.
Optus D1 160.0E 12640 V "7 Queensland, 7 Two Brisbane, 7 mate, 7 flix and Racing.com" have left
Optus D2 152.0E 12519 V "Telepace, DW Deutsch and DW" have left .
Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "ERI TV 1" has started on , Fta.
Optus D2 152.0E 12608 H "RÃ»daw" has left .
Optus D2 152.0E 12734 V "Hodhod Arabic TV, Kalaignar TV Asia, Sun TV and Sun Music" have left
JCSAT 2A 136.0E JCSAT 2A has arrived at 136 East.
(Craig's comment, I hope the fire up the cband with some channels unlike when it was at 154E)
Apstar 6 134.0E 3732 V All channels in the Greal Wall mux are now encrypted.
AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4120 H "4K-Sat" has started on , Fta.
(Craig's comment, there is also a second listed as 4k-sat 2 which doesnt have a logo)
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Akhyar TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V Syfy Asia has started on , Irdeto. Fox Movies Premium, Fox Family Movies, Fox Action Movies, Fox Sports 2 Asia, Fox Sports Indonesia and Fox Sports 3 Asia have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3880 H "TVRI Nasional" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H CCTV 4 Asia, Colors Asia Pacific, Arirang World and NHK World TV haveleft .
Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Fox Sports 2 Asia, Fox Sports Indonesia and Fox Sports News Asia" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H "Fox Movies Premium, Fox Family Movies, Fox Action Movies and Star Chinese Movies South East Asia" have left .
Telkom 1 108.0E 3483 V "TV Mu" has left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3765 V "Mega TV, Mega 24 and Mega Musiq" are back on , Irdeto.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Fashion One 4K and Egg Network" have started on , Fta.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4147 H "MTV HD+" has started on , Irdeto.
Horizons 2 84.8E 11720 H "7 TV" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Day & Night News" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "R-Vision" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Naaptol Telugu has replaced Cine 21" on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Prabhatam News has replaced Prajaa TV Kannada" on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4088 V Zee Studio is back on, Fta. Zee CafÃ© is Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 3618 V "Ginx eSports TV International" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 3942 V "TTV World" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 11913 V "Soyuz" has started on , Fta.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Darshana TV and Sakhi TV" have left .
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Foxtel gets a price bump in 2017
If you're a subscriber to Foxtel's sports or platinum packages, you'll be on the hook for a higher monthly fee come February 2017.
Foxtel's sports package -- already the pay TV service's most expensive offering -- will be going up from AU$25 to AU$29 as of February 1, 2017. The platinum pack, which includes all of Foxtel's channel packages, will similarly be creeping up from AU$135 per month to AU$137 per month to accommodate the new sports package pricing.
A Foxtel spokesperson said that "all of our new sports content coupled with the increasing cost of sports rights generally means that unfortunately we have had to increase the cost we charge for our sports pack."
The more expensive package will in 2017 include "comprehensive coverage of European Football from beIN Sports" and a new, dedicated NRL channel in addition to 11 other sports channels.
It's been a tough year for the embattled pay TV provider, with more players looking to gain a foothold in live sports broadcasting. Optus in particular swooped in on the exclusive English Premier League rights, one of the biggest feathers in Foxtel's cap. Foxtel moved to fill that void with dedicated channels for some of the EPL's biggest clubs.
On the entertainment front, Foxtel is also facing pressure to keep prices low to compete with on-demand streaming services Netflix and Stan.
Foxtel Play & Foxtel Go will make the switch to High Definition
Foxtel has confirmed it will upgrade all of its online video services to High Definition as it looks to compete with increased competition from Netflix and Stan.
From early 2017, Foxtel will update its products to provide HD video for customers accessing content via Foxtel Play, Foxtel Anytime and Foxtel Go.
The announcement comes after the pay-tv giant this week confirmed it would shut-down struggling SVOD business Presto, and increase marketing of Foxtel Play with lower pricing and a new puck IPTV device for easy access.
Foxtel’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Bruce Meagher confirmed the upgrade telling Trevor Long from Your Tech Life podcast that:
“It’s definitely in the product pipeline” … "I haven’t got a specific date, but sometime early in 2017 we’d be launching HD for all of those on demand and IP delivered services.”
The failure to provide a range of premium content in HD at launch is seen as one of the key reasons why Presto failed to compete against Netflix and Stan.
Foxtel Go customers will soon gain the ability to download shows onto Phone and Tablet devices for Offline viewing, making it easier for commuters to enjoy programming without interruption or expensive data costs.
As recently revealed by DeciderTV, the company also has a brand new IQ device in development for 2018, and will next year release an updated version of the IQ3 with a more powerful processor and improved software.
Shortwave radio cuts risk NT lives: Labor
Two federal Labor MPs have demanded the national broadcaster reverse a decision to switch off its radio shortwave service in the Northern Territory, which they say could be life threatening.
Senator Malarndirri McCarthy and member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon have expressed "deep disappointment" about the ABC's plan to cut the transmitters from the end of January.
They insist it is a crucial platform which allows listeners in indigenous communities, pastoral stations and other remote areas to access radio during emergencies.
"In times of natural disaster - such as flood, cyclones or fire - it can quite literally mean the difference between life and death," they said in a joint statement on Monday.
"ABC management must stop treating Territorians in remote areas like second-class citizens."
The ABC will still broadcast via FM and AM frequencies, the viewer access satellite television (VAST) service and online.
"To claim VAST satellite and mobile phone technology will fill the gap created is simply not true because these services are not mobile. As we were told today, they are only now trialling mobile antennas," Ms McCarthy and Mr Snowdon said.
"ABC management appears convinced that it is more important to improve digital services for larger population centres, than to ensure basic service provision in the bush."
A group of indigenous rangers told the ABC last week that the service is the only way of getting the weather reports that flag incoming cyclones.
Michael Mason, ABC's Director of Radio, said the shortwave technology was outdated and served a very limited audience.
"The ABC is seeking efficiencies and will instead service this audience through modern technology," he said.
Mr Mason said the savings would be reinvested in a more robust FM transmitter network and an expansion of ABC's digital content offerings.
Vietnam to build radar satellites
Vietnam is set to launch two radar satellites in 2019 and 2022, marking the country’s major advancement in space technology.
The two satellites will be Vietnam’s first to employ radar technology which allows for higher-resolution image capturing in all weather conditions.
LOTUSat-1 and LOTUSat-2 are part of a US$600 million project to establish the Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC) in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, which will be the country’s biggest science and technology project.
Each of the satellites is designed to weigh 600 kilograms and to have an orbital lifetime of five years. They can capture images of objects on the earth surface measuring as small as one meter in size.
The satellites will be tasked with monitoring and giving out early warnings on weather hazards, as well as keeping track of fish migration at sea to aid Vietnam’s fishing industry, according to VNSC director Dr. Pham Anh Tuan.
Once launched, the satellites are expected to help save as much as $150 million a year in disaster-caused damage on the country’s crops, according to experts at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
One giant step for Vietnam’s space technology
According to Dr. Tuan, LOTUSat-1 will be built primarily by Japanese engineers with the participation of their Vietnamese colleagues.
The satellite is currently up for contract bidding and is expected to be launched in March 2019.
Vietnam has already sent a team of 36 select space engineers to Japan for training and taking part in the building of LOTUSat-1.
The engineers will launch two small demo satellites named Micro Dragon and Nano Dragon next year as part of their training in preparation for the major projects to build Vietnam’s first radar satellites.
Up to 100 Vietnamese engineers will have been trained by the time LOTUSat-2 is built, Dr. Tuan said, adding that the second satellite will be made in Vietnam by local engineers under the supervision of foreign experts.
According to the VNSC director, Vietnam currently places in the middle among Southeast Asian nations in terms of space technology, and has never been able to build its own satellites before.
The ability of its engineers to build satellites will mark a significant step in its progress in the field, Tuan remarked.
Apart from building the two satellites, Vietnam will also be focusing on training quality personnel capable of running its satellite network in the near future.
The country successfully launched geostationary satellites Vinasat-1 and Vinasat-2 in 2008 and 2012, as well as sun-synchronous satellite VNREDSat-1 in 2013.
Kindling youths’ interest in space
The VNSC project also places particular emphasis on kindling the love for space among youths in the country with the scheduled establishment of an aerospace museum and two observatories.
The aerospace museum is part of the VNSC complex inside Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park in Thach That District, Hanoi.
Its construction has already finished and the museum will be open to the public as early as 2018.
Meanwhile, two VND120 billion ($5.27 million) observatories are being constructed in Hanoi and Nha Trang, a popular beach city in the central region.
The observatory in Hanoi will be opened at the same time as the aerospace museum, while the one in Nha Trang will go into operation next March.
Cable giants step up battle against 'free TV' Android box, but can they win?
About 45 Canadian companies targeted in a court case to stop loaded Android boxes
By Sophia Harris, CBC News Posted: Dec 18, 2016 5:00 AM ET| Last Updated: Dec 18, 2016 5:00 AM ET
Vincent Wesley in Montreal is named in a court case targeting fully loaded Android TV box retailers.
Cable giants are stepping up their legal battle to stamp out the fully loaded Android TV box business. Their method of attack: adding more retailers to the hit list.
According to court documents, Bell, Rogers and Quebec's Vidéotron are now going after about 45 Canadian companies for selling Android boxes loaded with special software.
Customers connect the box to their televisions and watch everything from TV shows to movies to live sports for free.
■Cable companies launch court battle against 'free TV' Android box vendors
Free TV for life? It's here, and it may even be legal
The three TV and content providers launched their case in Federal Court in June, naming just five retailers. They have continued to add defendants and will keep doing so if the opportunity strikes, Bell told CBC News in an email.
Some industry experts say it's impossible to shut down the Android box business.
But some industry insiders claim that, no matter how many dealers get hit, legal action is not going to stop the growing loaded Android box industry.
"I don't see this court case changing anything," says Patrick O'Rourke, a Toronto-based writer for the tech site MobileSyrup. "You shut down these companies, there'll be hundreds more that will pop up."
As with other forms of piracy, O'Rourke says, the only way to effectively combat it is to offer customers what they want cheaper, more tailored legitimate TV services.
'Obvious case of piracy'
Fully loaded Android boxes have become the scourge of the cable TV industry. The devices are similar to Apple TV, but the added software enables customers to easily stream an almost limitless amount of pirated content.
Vincent Wesley in Montreal used to sell the boxes for a one-time fee of $70 to $250. He advertised that TV watchers could get "everything for free."
"I guess I painted a bit of a bull's-eye," he says.
Indeed, he was one of the first people to be named in the court case. Wesley works as an operations manager for a pharmaceutical waste company. He sold loaded boxes on the side through his company, MTLFreeTV.
He currently can't sell the product or even post YouTube videos about it. That's because Bell, Rogers and Vidéotron have won a temporary injunction to block defendants from selling loaded boxes until the matter is resolved. Wesley is appealing the court decision.
In court documents, the plaintiffs argue that dealers promoting and selling the boxes have "induced and authorized" customers to engage in copyright infringement. They also claim the devices threaten their business because they motivate people to cut their cable.
"This is an obvious case of piracy, which is why we asked the court to stop the illegal use of our content," said Rogers spokesman Andrew Garas in an email.
Wesley's lawyer, Constantin Kyritsis, argues the devices are like iPads, Apple TVs or computers that can be used for both legal and illegal purposes.
"The vendor doesn't control or authorize what users do, or what software providers enable users to do," he told CBC News.
'Simply Free TV'
But whatever the legal argument, O'Rourke argues that the box business is too big to shut down.
"You can go on Kijiji right now, search fully loaded Android TV and buy one."
CBC News tried this and pages of retailers popped up. One Ontario dealer asking for $119 per device boldly states in the ad: "These boxes are great and give you free TV, movies, shows."
Another dealer with the company name, "SimplyFreeTV," announces, "Say goodbye to your monthly TV subscription."
We also found numerous retailers offering the device on Amazon.
Wesley says he knows of many people still peddling the loaded boxes and that the publicity from the legal battle has actually helped promote the device.
"If anything, they've made it worse because they've put a spotlight on it," he says.
But Bell expects the spotlight will work in its favour. "We hope that we've increased awareness that these boxes are illegal and highlighted their negative impact on people working in Canada's content production industry," said spokeswoman Michelle Michalak.
Wesley also argues that even if the cable giants manage to round up every Canadian retailer, people can still order the product from U.S. dealers.
Or, they can buy the Android box which is a legitimate and legal product and simply load the software themselves.
O'Rourke points out there are YouTube videos available that show people the necessary steps.
"There's guys online that you can follow. It can be done, if you know what you're doing, in 15 to 20 minutes.
So what about cracking down on the people providing the software? Wesley says it would be next to impossible to track down many of the developers who live in distant countries.
"You can't stop people from designing applications," he says.
Both he and O'Rourke argue that the only recourse for cable companies is to improve the services they offer Canadians.
Give them what they want?
Although the boxes offer "free TV," people who use them still face hiccups, says O'Rourke. That's because sometimes links to stream content don't work or a pirated video can fail in the middle of a show.
"You're still getting something that's not up to par," says O'Rourke. He claims cable companies could win over customers by offering cheaper and more tailored TV packages and streaming services.
"The only way to battle piracy is through convenience and more reasonable pricing."
Wesley has his own idea for a more effective solution. "Instead of taking a million dollars and trying to drown out Vince [Wesley]," he suggests that cable companies instead "Take $10 a month and knock it off everybody's bill."
Amazon Fire redesigned with 4K interface
Amazon Fire TV user-interface has been completely redesigned to make finding what to watch next fast, easy and enjoyable. The new UI offers video trailers and content screenshots right on the home screen to help customers quickly access the content they want without the need to open and close apps.
The new look directly affects 4K viewing. Amazon says its new home screen shows off prominent featured content via a cinematic feature rotator in the top half of the screen. Through the rotator, customers can see large, detailed images of new or current shows alongside content trailers from Amazon Video, Netflix, BBC iPlayer and othersdirectly from the home screen. Customers can scroll through up to seven different options on the feature rotator at any time, and click directly through to any content or app that catches their eye.
Accessibility improvements also allow customers with visual or hearing impairments to get more enjoyment out of Fire TV, with enhanced functionality through the VoiceView screen reader.
New rows allow customers stay within a couple of clicks of the content and apps that matter to them. Instead of only recent apps appearing, customers can create a customisable apps list by pinning their content to a new ‘My Apps & Games’ row, which is permanently fixed on the home page for easy access.
The new Fire TV is available for the Fire TV with 4K now, and will be available for Fire TV Stick and the first generation Fire TV in early 2017.
EchoStar XIX Satellite Successfully Launches
An Atlas V rocket carrying the EchoStar XIX satellite lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 this afternoon. EchoStar XIX will dramatically increase capacity for HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet service to homes and businesses in North America.
The rocket, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 431, was provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. This is ULA’s 12th launch in 2016 and the 115th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. For commercial missions, Lockheed Martin is responsible for contracts, licensing, marketing, sales and mission management of Atlas.
“ULA is honored to have been entrusted with the launch of the EchoStar XIX satellite,” said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Human and Commercial Systems. “We truly believe that our success is only made possible by the phenomenal teamwork of our employees, customers and industry partners.”
“The mighty Atlas has marked yet another successful launch as it placed EchoStar XIX into orbit,” said Steve Skladanek, president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. “This reliable rocket continues to bring unparalleled precision and schedule assurance to every mission it carries.”
This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V 431 configuration vehicle, which includes a 4-meter extra extended payload fairing (XEPF) and three solid rocket boosters. The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine, and the Centaur upper stage was powered by the Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C engine. With an average slip date of less than two weeks and successful track record, the Atlas family of rockets provides the most reliable lift in the commercial market. Atlas also offers such precise delivery into orbit that customers can use the excess fuel to extend the life of a satellite and bringing more value to the mission.
EchoStar XIX will enable HughesNet Gen5, the next generation of HughesNet satellite Internet service, delivering more speed, more data, and more advanced features for U.S. consumers and small businesses coast to coast who are unserved or underserved by terrestrial broadband Internet services.
ULA’s next launch is the Atlas V SBIRS GEO-3 satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The launch is scheduled for Jan. 19 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
“As we celebrate 10 years, ULA continues to be the nation’s premier launch provider because of our unmatched reliability and mission success,” said Wentz. “The Atlas V continues to provide the optimum performance to precisely deliver a range of missions. As we move into our second decade, we will maintain our ongoing focus on mission success, one launch at a time even as we transform the space industry, making space more accessible, affordable and commercialized.”
NDTV 24x7 available on StarTimes in Africa
NEW DELHI: Expanding its presence in the African region, NDTV’s flagship English news channel NDTV 24x7 is now also available on leading African pay TV operator Star Times.
NDTV head network distribution & affiliate sales Rahul Sood said: “NDTV 24x7 was the first Indian news channel to launch on DStv, and we are pleased to now also join hands with Star Times to serve their subscribers with our award winning news coverage from the best journalists and News production team in India.” “This is in addition to many cable operators who also carry our channels in their countries like Nigeria and Tanzania,” he added.
StarTimes vice-president and managing director of media division Michael Dearham said: “We are very pleased to welcome NDTV 24x7 in our platform, reflecting the ambition of Star Times to always offer more diversified high quality content.”
The platform carries over 440 TV channels, including quality international third party channels, most popular African local channels and StarTimes owned-and-operated channels. The platform also offers all genres of content, ranging from news, movies, sports, entertainment, kids programs, music, life style and religion. The channels are broadcast in 10 different languages, such as English, French, Portuguese, Africa local languages and Chinese.
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Astro launches eGG Network in Australia
Astro Malaysia has launched eGG Network (or Every Good Game), in Australia via Fetch TV, making it the first eSports and gaming entertainment channel to be made available in the country. Through eGG Network, Astro will cooperate with Fetch TV to make available live broadcast of the biggest international eSports leagues such as Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and many more to Australian eSports fans on Fetch TV, which is available from broadband providers Optus, iiNet, Internode, Dodo and iPrimus. Along with live coverage of tournaments and highlights, eGG Network also focuses on gaming culture including game reviews, coverage from gaming conventions and talk shows.
Here Are All The URLs Foxtel Wants To Block In Australia (So Far)
The Federal Court has finally ordered Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to start blocking access to five popular torrenting sites: The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt and SolarMovie. In around a fortnight it will be much more difficult for the average person to access these sites in Australia.
With that in mind, we think it's worth revisiting the original court documents that reveal the sites, services and URLs that Foxtel and Village Roadshow are seeking to block in Australia. Here is the full list along with the reasoning behind the ban.
The war on online piracy just got more interesting with Foxtel and Village Roadshow successfully blocking five popular torrent websites through the courts. Australian ISPs - including Telstra, Optus, TPG, M2, Dodo and iiNet - have just 15 days to comply with the order.
We originally reported the below list back in February but figured many of you would want to take another look in light of yesterday's announcement. Interestingly, Foxtel and Village Roadshow took a two-pronged approach with their legal actions: Foxtel's application targeted several torrent sites including The Pirate Bay and IsoHunt while Village Roadshow went after the streaming site SolarMovie.
Both companies have also named multiple URLs for the sites they are seeking to block. In other words, a simple suffix change will not be enough to circumvent the ban. Here's the full list:
. torrentz-proxy.com 22.214.171.124,126.96.36.199,188.8.131.52,184.108.40.206
In the same document, Foxtel explained the reason it was filing legal action as follows:
A significant factor in Foxtel’s ability to attract subscribers is the exclusivity in Australia of a proportion of the programming it offers, including the Programs, the Australian premieres of which were exclusive to Foxtel's subscription television services.
Foxtel’s programs have been, and continue to be, available without charge outside Foxtel’s subscription packages, and Foxtel has thereby suffered and will suffer loss and damage, including lost subscription fees, lost opportunity to earn subscription fees, lost opportunity to earn licensing fees, and other damage from loss of control over copyright in episodes of the Programs.
The reason for the primary purpose of The Pirate Bay [et al] is to infringe or facilitate the infringement of copyright (whether or not in Australia).
Foxtel also accused The Pirate Bay, et al, of encouraging internet users to infringe copyright by using their websites.
"[These sites] had and have the power to prevent the infringements by Internet Users including the infringing acts pleaded above; and... have chosen not to take any or any sufficient steps to prevent such infringements or continuing infringements," Foxtel said in the particulars of the document.
Village Roadshow's legal action was quite similar. It also mentioned specific movies including Jurassic World, Straight Outta Compton and The Lego Movie. You may recall that the theatrical release of the latter was controversially delayed in Australia, a decision that Village Roadshow explicitly blamed for the movie's high piracy levels. Despite this, it's doing the same thing with the LEGO movie sequel.
We strongly doubt that Foxtel and Village Roadshow will rest idle after this victory. You can expect more torrent and streaming sites to be added to the ban list, pending approval from the court. Now that a legal precedent has been set, subsequent URL blocks will likely pass without problem. If a website lets you view material that Foxtel or Village Roadshow own the rights to, it probably isn't safe.
(Craig's comment, thanks for the list Foxtel. Who the heck uses Torrents these days)
Australia Bans Five Pirate Sites, Three of Which Don't Exist Anymore
By the end of the year, Australian Internet service providers will have to block access to five piracy portals following a decision from the Federal Court of Australia.
The court ruling orders all local ISPs to block The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, and SolarMovie.
The decision comes in a case brought forward in late 2015 by Village Roadshow and Foxtel, two movie distributors. The two companies filed the lawsuit after the Australian government passed laws in November 2015 that gave rightsholders the power to sue and compel Internet service providers into blocking websites that infringe on their rights.
Three torrent portals have shut down in the meantime
Of the five websites named in the lawsuit against Aussie ISPs, three have voluntarily shut down over the summer, in what ended up to be online piracy's darkest year. This includes streaming service SolarMovie, and torrent portals Torrentz(.eu) and TorrentHound.
Despite knowing that the three websites have shut down, the judge included them in his decision, so they could be covered in the case any of them made a comeback.
The block also includes a heap of proxy and mirror sites that allow users to access the named websites.
Block to come into play by the end of the year
ISPs have now 15 days to implement the ban. The judge ruled that ISPs must create their own traffic filtering system to handle these blocks, and they must foot the bill for creating and keeping the traffic filtering system running.
On the other hand, the two rightsholder will pay for the ISPs' legal fees, and a fee of AUS $50 (US $37) to each ISP for every domain they want to be blocked.
The UK runs a similar blocklist of piracy-related websites, where rightsholders don't have to pay any fee to get websites banned in the country. All they need is a court ruling. The blocklist contains hundreds of websites, from torrent portals to TV and sports streaming sites.
The ISPs named in the lawsuit include TPG, Telstra, Optus, iiNet, Dodo, M2 and Virgin Mobile.
In a different lawsuit filed by Universal Music, groups from the music industry are trying to get The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents blocked as well. Seeing that Kickass Torrents was shut down over the summer after Polish authorities arrested its administrator and that The Pirate Bay is already blocked, that lawsuit is now redundant.
John Drinnan: Amazon video move means more competition for Sky TV
Yesterday's unveiling of Amazon Prime Video - a low-cost subscription video on demand service - brings more competition to an area where Sky TV once had a monopoly.
Traditional pay TV platforms with "linear" channels are facing huge challenges. In the US, there is a trend for people to walk away from such services. "Cord-cutters", they call them.
Sky TV, however, has survived. Its strategy in this changing landscape is to market its main platform as a premium product.
But there are more changes and new players to come, with Google and Apple TV ramping up their profiles.
On Wednesday, Sky provided the stock exchange with a trading update, saying it would not meet a six-month-old forecast for the year to the end of June 2017. That forecast had predicted $296 million in earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation.
Now, Sky TV expects its earnings to be 5-7 per cent lower than that.
Part of the reason for the trading update was additional costs, resulting from increased competition and higher prices for TV rights.
Sky told me its churn rate - the number of people cancelling subscriptions - had not changed from last year. But the lower profit forecast was also due to people moving to less expensive packages.
The new Amazon service is at the bottom end of the market, with an introductory price of US$2.99 ($4.21) a month for the first six months. That is about a third the cost of Netflix or Lightbox, which are $13 or so. Sky's Neon service is $20.
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Amazon's initial programming offer is limited. The big selling point is the lads' car show The Grand Tour, featuring the former Top Gear team.
Sky costs $49.91 for a basic 50 channels, but can potentially cost more than $120 per month. Then again, Sky has a lot more programming than any of the others.
In my opinion, Sky's biggest problem is its price point, which makes it vulnerable to a new competitor, especially if the local economy falters.
I wondered whether this - and other new developments in pay TV - might eventually lead Sky TV to question its business model.
All consumers must pay the basic $49.91 for channels they may or may not watch, to get top-end content such as sport. The price is a constant reminder that they are paying for something they may not want.
Sky chief executive John Fellet does not see it that way, and said there were no plans to unbundle the service.
Fellet did not see the profit warning or the resulting fall in Sky's share price as providing an impetus for a new structure. He said Sky was a premium option and its churn rate was not large.
"Part of the issue is about having reached the peak of linear television," he said.
It was not as if Sky was not adjusting to changed consumer behaviour, said Fellet. Sky's subscription video on demand service, Neon, was already offering a lower cost option, he noted.
As well, Sky was also offering event and weekly "fan passes" for specific sports events.
Sky's sport packages are what separate it from competitors.
Sky was briefly challenged by Coliseum, which linked itself with Lightbox and Spark. But that company soon moved offshore to concentrate on overseas markets. Exclusive sports rights provide the biggest impetus for the proposed merger of Sky TV with Vodafone, which would allow the merged company to create video sports packages for Vodafone subscribers.
These are complicated times for media companies.
The scale of Sky's share price fall - down 11 per cent the day of the new forecast, with a further fall yesterday - may have been affected by a Commerce Commission delay in deciding on the Sky TV-Vodafone merger. A decision was expected next week, but has been delayed to February 28.
The Commission is also involved in a complex application for the merger of media companies NZME, publisher of the Herald, and Fairfax New Zealand. Both decisions will have a big impact on the future of New Zealand media and the ability of local businesses to compete with global giants.
Should the Sky-Vodafone merger go ahead, it would result in a greater emphasis on technology, an area where some industry players say Sky has not been strong.
Fellet has been with Sky since soon after it started. He has been popular with sharemarket analysts and has long been seen as a steady hand on the tiller.
He is expected to leave next year, with Vodafone chief executive Russell Stanners taking over the top job.
Fellet has a reputation as a wily operator, and has taken the position that Sky should not rush in too quickly, and embrace new media initiatives that do not deliver to the bottom line.
Critics say though there are differences, Sky's approach to change has been similar to the philosophy embraced by Telecom, before it was split up to create Chorus and Spark.
■ Disclaimer: John Drinnan is provided with a Sky subscription, courtesy of Sky TV.
John Drinnan runs the Zagzigger.com media website
Sky’s line in the sand: reporting on current events in the online age
Sky’s recent legal action over the alleged misuse of its exclusive content has drawn a lot of media attention. Its guns have been levelled at Fairfax, TVNZ and NZME.
So one has to ask the question, is a battle over the reproduction of material for the purpose of reporting on current events warranted? I can’t speak to the merits of the more recent claims that Sky has against TVNZ and NZME, over the use of content for reporting on rugby fixtures. There’s not enough publically available information yet about the claims, although one might speculate that the upcoming Lions Series in 2017 is a motivating factor for trying to establish a line in the sand. However, there’s plenty to learn from Sky’s legal action against Fairfax during the Olympics.
In Sky’s dispute with Fairfax, the legal papers were lodged with the High Court three days into the Olympics. Sky claimed that Fairfax had infringed the exclusive media rights that it had secured enabling it to cover the Olympics. At the time, Sky also sought an order, pending a full trial, to prevent what it said was the unfair use of content it had paid handsomely to have the right to broadcast in New Zealand.
While Sky was refused an interim order, which was reported as a loss by mainstream media, it was in fact a win for Sky. How can you win when you lose in Court, you might ask? Well, Sky won because they got the result they wanted by a different means.
Sky had an exclusive media rights agreement with the International Olympics Committee (IOC), allowing it to broadcast and exhibit footage of the Olympic Games in New Zealand, it claimed. Outside of this, the IOC allowed media organisations to sign up to ‘News Access Rules’ (NAR) so they could be an accredited media organisation at the Olympics. Under Sky’s agreement with the IOC, the local New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) had the power to issue ‘Supplementary News Access Rules’ (SNAR) to local media in New Zealand. These were slightly more favourable than the IOC’s NAR, but still strictly limited the manner in which other news media outlets could report on the Olympics using the IOC’s content.
The use of NAR/SNAR is commonplace in New Zealand and internationally. They are designed to address the ‘fair dealing’ defence to copyright infringement in a proactive way essentially it’s a way of sorting out in advance how much content you can use and how you can use it without attracting legal action. The defence allows some copying of the material for the purpose of reporting current events and the Court noted that news coverage of the Olympics was in the interests of both the IOC and Sky to encourage viewer participation in the Olympics.
The NZOC SNAR created a ‘safe harbour’ around the length and frequency of broadcast material that other media could use when reporting on the Olympic Games. The NZOC SNAR provided three options for online news reporting. One option allowed the use of six minutes of Olympic material per day. It could only appear in a video highlights package as a news bulletin update, with no more than three bulletins per day. Each bulletin could contain no more than two minutes of Olympic material and each bulletin had to be at least two hours apart. Coverage of a specific event could only be broadcast 30 minutes after the conclusion of the live event. Another option allowed for use of two minutes of short extracts from Sky's footage per day, not necessarily in a news bulletin format, with no more than 30 seconds per clip of any one and, again, not to be broadcast until 30 minutes after conclusion of the live event.
The NZOC offered the SNAR to major New Zealand media companies but Fairfax refused to sign up, and streamed edited footage from Sky’s broadcasts of the Olympics on the Stuff website.
The nub of Sky’s complaint against Fairfax was the amount of online use of Sky's material made by Fairfax, which Sky viewed as more than permitted by fair dealing, and which was also outside the parameters provided in the SNAR. Fairfax also utilised a roll-on feature that enabled a user to view edited footage of a particular Olympic event sandwiched in between advertising material. The patient user, who waited for the second advert to end, could then access other previously uploaded Olympic material via an automatic playlist feature. This meant a user could potentially access more than six minutes’ worth of Olympic highlights on any given day via the Stuff website.
The Court said that this roll-on feature of Fairfax’s reporting was a significant and blatant deviation from what was acceptable under the NAR or SNAR. The Court said that it would have seriously considered granting an interim order if Fairfax had continued to make use of it. But Fairfax made it easy for the Judge, because on the third day of the hearing, it advised the Court that it disabled the roll-on feature and had accepted that such a feature could not be defended as ‘fair dealing’. The Court also recorded that it was apparent that, by the time of the judgment, Fairfax had significantly modified its conduct.
This was a practical victory for Sky. It forced Fairfax to make a significant change in its behaviour and method of content delivery, and Fairfax was warned that if the conduct resumed, Sky would be able to seek a mandatory injunction at short notice. We have also heard that Fairfax's online use of Sky's footage operated within the parameters in the SNAR for the remainder of the Rio Olympic Games.
So, is it worth having a battle over the use of exclusively-licensed content for news reporting? It will depend on the circumstances. But as long as you’ve paid large sums of money for the exclusive right to broadcast content for a major sporting event like the Olympics, a series of rugby fixtures, or one that is likely to attract a major audience like the upcoming David Parker fight, it probably will be.
This is going to be an interesting space to watch. I think we’re likely to see more of these issues arising in the coming year as consumers continue to drive the move towards a one-to-one method of content delivery and shun the old delivery method of one-to-many.
PM urges Royal Group to launch satellite
Prime Minister Hun Sen urged the influential tycoon at the head of the country’s biggest conglomerate to move forward on a long-stalled plan to launch Cambodia’s first satellite, adding that it would be a profitable venture given the high demand from the booming telecommunications industry.
“It is time you partner with another company to launch a satellite for the benefit of our country,” he told Kith Meng, president and CEO of Royal Group, during the inauguration of the newly-built head office of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC).
He said the hefty investment in a communications satellite would not be lost, because “once the satellite is operational, telecom companies will rent the service and all [Cambodian] television broadcasters that use satellites will switch to using ours.”
In April 2011, Royal Group unveiled a plan to launch Cambodia’s first satellite at a cost of $250 million to $400 million under a concession licence from the MPTC. The company initially planned to put the satellite in orbit by early 2013 to provide services for phone, television and multimedia customers.
Meng was not available for comment yesterday, but his Royal Group has established joint ventures with dozens of local and international companies. Among its subsidiaries is CamGSM Co Ltd, operating as Cellcard, the country’s third-largest mobile phone network operator. It also owns Cambodian Broadcasting Service Co Ltd (CBS), which operates four television channels: CTN, MYTV, CNC and CTN International.
Moun Ramady, general manager of CNC TV, said whenever his company broadcasts from outside the studio it relies on the fibre-optic system of local internet firm Ezecom and satellite transmission provided at a cost by a Chinese company. He said if the option of a Cambodian-owned satellite were available, his station would likely use it.
“If a local company invests in a satellite it would be a great help for the Cambodian people, as well as television and telecom companies,” he said. Over 7,000 satellites have been launched since 1957 of which about 1,500 are currently active. Neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam have commercial and military satellites in orbit.
Laos launched its first satellite last year, delivered by a Chinese rocket launched from a base in western China. The Chinese government built and financed the $259-million communications satellite.
China's overseas remote sensing satellite station starts operation
China's first satellite station overseas was put into trial operation on Thursday.
The China Remote Sensing Satellite North Polar Ground Station is above the Arctic circle, half an hour's drive from Kiruna, a major mining town in Sweden.
An inauguration was held in the Esrange Space Center, where the station is located, on Thursday.
Chen Yuming, Chinese ambassador to Sweden, sent a letter of congratulations stating that the ground station has laid a solid foundation for long-term relations between China and Sweden in science, technology and economic cooperation.
"Since China and Sweden established diplomatic ties 66 years ago, the two sides have achieved fruitful outcomes in bilateral cooperation. I am sure that expanding cooperation in space projects will play a positive role in bilateral relations and social economic development of the two countries, making contributions to the peaceful use of outer space and benefiting all humanity," Chen said in the letter.
"Kiruna is an ideal place for remote sensing satellite data reception. With this ideal location, and with this high-performance antenna, Chinese Earth observation satellites will acquire global data more efficiently, and hence respond to user application requirements, such as disaster monitoring, better and quicker," said Liu Jianbo, deputy director of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
China has ground stations in Miyun in Beijing; Sanya in Hainan province; Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region; and Kunming in Yunnan province. The four ground stations receive satellite signals covering 70 percent of the Asian continent.
Domestic stations can receive a signal from each satellite five times a day when it passes overhead, while the new station can receive signals up to 12 times a day.
In addition, the new station can acquire satellite data in any part of the world within two hours.
"It is capable of receiving all-weather, all-time and multi-resolution satellite data, and it is an important complement to the four domestic stations," Liu said.
The Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth has been in charge of building and operating the five ground stations. Construction started in the 1980s, and the ground station network now receives and processes data sent from more than 30 satellites.
Next Entertainment wants to make it possible to live stream for a living
A Taiwan-based startup called Next Entertainment has raised $25 million in an outsized Series A round of funding for apps that make it possible to live stream for a living.
The company’s founder and CEO, Andy Zhong, is no stranger to tech and new media. He previously started FunPlus, a social gaming company acquired by a Chinese conglomerate, Zhongji, in 2014 for $960 million.
In fact, FunPlus is one of the investors in Next Entertainment, along with China social live-streaming giants Inke, which incubated the new company.
For the unfamiliar, Inke is a major live-streaming app in China that brings everyday users together in chat rooms where they can interact with and broadcast alongside a known or emerging personality.
Inke’s app allows viewers to pay live streamers with virtual gifts that they purchase in-app. Think of it like a video conference call crossed with a YouTuber’s latest meme-ready installment with a tip jar. Inke also gained note for its “beautify” filters that are meant to help users feel confident before they live stream.
Next Entertainment is aiming to export and mirror the success of its predecessor Inke beyond China.
Its flagship app, available in Taiwan now, is called MeMe. It allows users to build a following, connect with viewers and make money through ads and digital gifts.
Streamers can click the camera button and choose if they want beautify or not before they start a live stream. Viewers can follow popular streamers, or streamers they’ve discovered and like, and interact with them, or each other, sending them social gifts as they would on Inke.
And users can check nearby to interact with locally based streamers.
The company will take a category-specific approach in the U.S. with apps dedicated to live streaming around special interests for sports fans, Zhong tells TechCrunch.
Zhong said Next Entertainment will also gamify its apps. “Both viewers and streamers will gain access to different features by doing certain activities as they level up.”
Additional investors in Next Entertainment’s Series A round include: GSR Ventures, Mayfield and Signia Venture Partners.
The company’s competition in the U.S. will include everyone from Facebook Live, Snapchat and Twitter to newcomers like Kanvas, or genre-specific mobile social networks that have incorporated live streaming, such as Nom.
Rocket launches eight tiny NASA satellites to study hurricanes
A rocket on Thursday propelled into orbit eight tiny NASA satellites meant to peer deeply into hurricanes and help scientists better understand how they gain force, the US space agency said.
NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System mission, or CYGNSS, was launched aboard Orbital ATK's Pegasus rocket XL.
The rocket was carried on the underside of the company's Stargazer L-1011 aircraft which deploys the Pegasus XL rocket in mid-flight.
"All CYGNSS satellites have been successfully deployed," Orbital ATK tweeted at 8:53 am (1353 GMT).
The $157 million satellites "will probe the inner core of hurricanes to learn about their rapid intensification," NASA said.
Current remote sensing technology is unable to peer past heavy rain in the inner core of a hurricane.
IOC, USOC, NBCU to Launch Olympic Channel in 2017
NBCU has AT&T's DirecTV on board with first carriage deal
NBCUniversal has partnered with the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee to launch an "Olympic Channel" TV network in the United States in the second half of 2017.
The network -- to complement the existing, worldwide online Olympic Channel that launched after the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janiero -- will offer Olympic-themed sports content on a 24-hour basis, representatives from the groups said during a press call Thursday morning. The channel is being branded as "Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA."
NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel said the network will launch as part of the NBCUniversal channel portfolio as NBCU obtains new carriage deals or renewals through negotiations with pay-TV providers. He said AT&T, as part of a carriage renewal pact announced in September, has agreed to launch Olympic Channel on top U.S. satellite-TV provider DirecTV and that he's confident that the network will gain broad distribution over time because of interest in the programming.
The partnership will also bring additional coverage of Olympic sports programs on other NBCU platforms including NBC, NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Digital outlets, beginning this Saturday (Dec. 17) with the Team USA Winter Champions Series. Live events and original content, including on Team USA from the USOC, will staples on the channel year round, the partners said.
Zenkel said NBC's streaming plans for the linear channel would be on an authenticated basis, tied to pay-TV pacts. The Olympic Channel general manager Mark Parkman said that the network will have access to content across the globe.
“The evolution of the Olympic Channel in the United States is a significant milestone as we expand our distribution options across the globe in conjunction with our broadcast and National Olympic Committee Partners,” Parkman said in a release about the new partnership.
NBC Sports had previously been part of a collaboration on an Olympic sports channel -- Universal Sports Network -- in this country, partnering with InterMedia Partners, which was the majority owner. That effort failed to reach a critical mass of distribution and closed down in 2015. That channel had DirecTV and several other major pay-TV affiliates, including Dish Network and Time Warner Cable (which is now part of Charter Communications), but failed to land a carriage pact with leading cable provider Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal. With more of an ownership stake in this new channel (ownership splits in this partnership were not disclosed) Comcast might have more incentive to provide substantial distribution to this time around. Comcast also has committed $12 billion to own the U.S. rights to Olympic summer and winter games through 2032.
NBCU acquired some key Olympic content rights previously held by Universal Sports Network in 2015 soon after the network closed down.
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Australia: Court rules for pirate site blocking
Australian telcos must block access to sites infringing content copyright and divert web users towards a web page created by movie studios, the Federal court has ruled. Pay-TV operator Foxtel welcomed the decision, calling it a “major step in directly combating piracy”.
Sites such as The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, Torrent Hound, IsoHunt and SolarMovie are among those that will be blocked.
The case, which covered more than fifty Australian ISPs, saw Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court in Sydney rule in favour of movie studios, including Roadshow Films, Colombia Pictures, Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, and 20th Century Fox.
For their part, the studios now have to create and host a website within five days, with the ISPs obliged to redirect any user to who tries to connect to infringing site SolarMovie. Content owners will also have to pay Telstra, Optus, M2 (now Vocus Communications) and TPG a fee of A$50 for every site they want blocked.
Justice Nicholas ruled that there were 61 sites that infringed Australian copyright laws by making films available online without licence from the copyright owners. “I am satisfied that the facilitation of the infringement of copyright is flagrant, and that the operator of the The Pirate Bay sites has shown a blatant and wilful disregard for the rights of copyright owners,” he wrote.
In terms of SolarMovie, he said he was satisfied that the site was designed and operated to facilitate easy and free access to cinematograph films made available online, something which he would infer, “has almost certainly occurred without the permission of the owners of the copyright in such films”.
A previous attempt in 2012 by the studios to force ISPs to crack down on piracy failed after the High Court found they were not liable for copyright infringement. The studios were trying to make iiNet prevent customers from using BitTorrent.
Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh described the judgement as “a major step” in both directly combating piracy and educating the public that accessing content through these sites is not OK, in fact it is theft, adding that the operator was doing its part to reduce piracy by making content available in a timely manner, at different price points, and on multiple devices. “This judgement gives us another tool to fight the international criminals who seek to profit from the hard work of actors, writers, directors and other creators the world over,” he declared.
SpeedCast Launches ‘SpeedMail Business Unlimited’
A ground-breaking cloud solution that ensures unlimited business email via satellite
Sydney, Australia, December 13, 2016 - SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, today announced the official release of SpeedMail Business Unlimited, a revolutionary service bundle offering unlimited business email for the maritime industry.
The SpeedMail Business Unlimited solution is based on the SIGMA Net platform using SpeedMail+, a primary VSAT connection and an MSS backup link. The SpeedMail Business Unlimited package is designed to provide maritime business continuity with predictable and fixed monthly costs, removing the fear of unexpected overage fees.
SpeedMail+ is a secure cloud-based maritime email system, delivering efficient email plus file transfer services between ship and shore. Managing SpeedMail+ has never been easier with SpeedMail+ Portal, a cloud-based management application allowing IT managers to remotely configure and troubleshoot via a browser wherever their vessels are located. Vessel IT Managers can also opt to use the SpeedMail+ domain for email, or permit SpeedCast to host a designated corporate email domain for their fleet.
SIGMA Net is a VSAT and MSS network management device that provides automated and efficient management of multiple WAN links, plus a portfolio of secured cloud-based business services including an integrated firewall, web access management, integrated SIP server for VOIP calling and VPN connectivity to corporate headquarters. SIGMA Net offers flexible crew services including innovative pre-paid pin-based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) data and voice services, supporting simplified voucher generation and management from shore.
“The launch of SpeedMail Business Unlimited demonstrates SpeedCast’s strategy to broaden the range of value-added services we offer to our customers so they can leverage the latest technology to grow and manage their businesses. SpeedMail Business Unlimited substantially enhances cost predictability and operational capability,” said Dan Rooney, Maritime Product Director for SpeedCast. “Vessel owners can now enjoy the convenience of a fully managed communications and networking platform that provides unlimited maritime business email via VSAT or MSS. SpeedMail Business Unlimited makes communication expenses predictable and manageable.”
“Sigma Business Unlimited will provide Siem Car Carriers with a reliable and dependable method to transfer email with our fleet. Email is the lifeblood of the shipping industry, and it’s critical that our fleet can send and receive email regardless of the connection method,” said Robert Bate, Vessel IT Manager at Siem Car Carriers. Siem Car Carriers A/S operates a modern fleet of eight RORO car carriers globally.
About Siem Car Carriers
Siem Car Carriers AS specializes in the transportation of autos, roll on roll off (RO-RO) and break bulk cargo, while operating a fast, regular and direct service. Specializes in delivering a cost-effective and reliable shipping service working in partnership with car manufacturers, shipping lines, cargo and logistics companies. For more information about Siem Car Carriers, please visit http://www.siemcarcarriers.com/.
About SpeedCast International Limited
SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, offering high-quality managed network services in over 90 countries and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. With a worldwide network of 42 sales and support offices and 39 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization. For more information, visit http://www.speedcast.com/.
7Tennis app offers HD upgrade
A 7Tennis app will offer Live free coverage of Seven’s Summer of Tennis in 2017, alongside a separate HD offering of the Australian Open for a one-off fee.
The 7Tennis app also includes the Fast 4, Hopman Cup, the Brisbane International, Sydney International and the Kooyong Classic, with over 2,000 hours of live, exclusive tennis, catch-up and on-demand short-form highlights.
Seven will introduce for the first time a freemium offering of the Australian Open with more than 600 matches to Live stream in HD, select long-form full match replays with less commercial content. This is available on Apple iOS and Android devices for a one-off app fee of $9.99.
Clive Dickens, Seven’s Chief Digital Officer, said: “We have listened to our audience and not only do they think all Australian sport should be free but they also told us they would be willing to pay for additional features like HD Streaming, extra content and less commercials. The 7Tennis product is another first to market innovation for Seven that we can’t wait to share with the fans.”
Kurt Burnette, Seven’s Chief Revenue Officer, said: “The 2016 Olympic Games broke records but more importantly through data, analytics and insights gave us clear insights into how consumers view our content across screens. The 7Tennis innovation across all screens is that insight in action in direct response to consumer needs. It also offers our advertisers and marketing partners the ability to be connected with consumers across every part of that customer journey. We will deliver unparalleled reach and effectiveness across connected screens, incorporating the latest in media technology, measurement and consumer insights.”
Saul Shtein, Seven’s Head of Sport said: “The Australian Open is one of our biggest events in sport on Seven, and we look forward to creating a coverage that will capture every key moment and connect with our audiences on every screen. We will be launching some new innovations in our coverage of the Australian Open as we launch into an extraordinary eighteen months for Seven and deliver the biggest events in sports across 2017 and 2018.”
7Tennis will live stream Seven’s coverage of The Australian Open and Seven’s Summer of Tennis and also stream matches on courts beyond Seven’s television coverage. There will be up to 16 live streams of courts at the Open coupled with streams of press conferences and short-form VOD (video-on-demand) content including highlights and archival footage, photo galleries, a social wall with Twitter and Facebook, live scores and results from all matches, player profiles and exclusive produced content beyond Seven’s internationally recognised broadcast.
The Australian Open Tennis Experience
During The 2016 Australian Open, Australian audiences were able to not only choose between matches on Seven and 7TWO, they also had the option of watching one of 16 matches during the day and three at night through smart TVs, mobile, tablet and IOT devices. Around one third of regular viewers of The Australian Open accessed some tennis content on digital platforms every day. There were over 7.4 million streams, with over 40 million minutes of streaming during the Australian Open Series. On social media, global reach hit 21.7 million on Facebook and 7.8 million on Twitter.
Cricket fans receive boost, television company to show Big Bash
GOOD news to cricket fans in the country as they would get to watch the KFC Big Bash Cricket League on free to air channel, Fiji One.
The announcement was made by the company through a South Pacific Stock Exchange press release on Wednesday.
"Fiji Television Limited announced that it has signed an agreement with the Cricket Australia to be the exclusive free-to-air broadcast partner for the KFC Big Bash Cricket League," the
The competition is known to be Australia's professional Twenty20 cricket league involving eight teams who compete for the top finish.
"The 2016-2017 Big Bash League season or BBL|06 is the sixth season of the KFC Big Bash League, the professional men's twenty 20 domestic cricket competition in Australia.
"The format of the tournament will be identical to previous seasons."
Fiji TV chief executive officer Geoffery Smith said this was the first time Fiji One viewers would watch the league live with 35 matches played over 40 days.
The tournament will be played from December 20 to January 28.
Sydney Thunder is the defending champion of the competition
Digicel Pacific Increases O3b Capacity to Bring 4G/LTE to Nauru
[Via Satellite 12-14-2016] Digicel Pacific has signed an agreement with O3b Networks to increase satellite capacity and bring mobile connectivity to the remote Micronesian Island of Nauru. With this boost in O3b’s connectivity service, Digicel Pacific has deployed 4G/LTE mobile services, supporting the island of Nauru in driving significant economic and social development through enhanced mobile services.
The Republic of Nauru is the smallest state in the South Pacific, with approximately 10,000 residents populating a 21 square kilometer area. With its closest neighbor settled nearly 300 kilometers to the east, Nauru is incredibly remote and far beyond the reach of traditional fiber connectivity. Digicel Pacific has been providing connectivity over the O3b satellite-enabled network to the island since January 2015, and has since upgraded its bandwidth by 108.6 percent over a series of three upgrades.
“At Digicel we pride ourselves on offering our customers best-in-class services, and that’s what they’re getting with 4G/LTE connectivity,” said Digicel Regional CEO, Yvonne Steele. “We have been able to upgrade with O3b three times because of the extraordinary adoption and increase in data usage we’ve seen throughout the region so far. Residents of Nauru and island nations throughout the Pacific are eager to take advantage of global innovations, and we are proud to connect them with those opportunities.”
Japan Gettin' Ready For Upcoming JCSAT-15 Launch
It may be getting close to the year's end, but that doesn't delay productivity at the various launch sites. Arianespace is preparing for the upcoming launch of JCSAT-15. Japan's SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation has provided the schedule of their upcoming JCSAT-15 communications satellite launch.
Currently SKY Perfect JSAT operates two communications satellites at the 110 degrees East longitude (N-SAT-110 and its back-up satellite JCSAT-110R), which provide multi-channel pay TV service “SKY PerfecTV!”.
The planned launch date is to be Thursday, December 22, 2016 (Japan Standard Time) from Guiana Space Center, French Guiana aboard Arianespace's Ariane-5ECA. The satellite bus is Space Systems Loral's SSL1300, frequency will be Ku-band, that covers Japan, Oceania, Indian Ocean for an approximate lifespan of 15 years. The planned orbital slot is 110 degrees East longitude.
JCSAT-15 (to be called “JCSAT-110A” in orbit) is the follow-on satellite for the N-SAT-110 and will serve for SKY PerfecTV!.
This will be Arianespace's 11th launch of the year, and the seventh with an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana during 2016. Arianespace will orbit two satellites, the Star One D1 for the private operator Embratel/Star One, and JCSAT-15 for Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation.
For the second time this year, Arianespace will orbit two SSL-built satellites on the same Ariane 5 launcher
China to launch first satellite monitoring global emissions
A satellite that can monitor global carbon levels will be launched this month by China. The orbiting carbon observatory satellite is not only one of the best satellites of its kind, but is also the first for China.
The satellite works through highly accurate detectors of cloud, aerosol and carbon monoxide, explained an employee of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
After scanning the earth every sixteen days, the satellite will send the statistics down to earth. The analyzed data will read the carbon profiles of all regions at any season. It will calculate the carbon data over the seas and oceans and analyze ground reflection and observe the changes and fluctuations.
Global warming is mainly led by gases like carbon dioxide. Earlier this year, a number of countries signed the Paris Agreement, promising to reduce their carbon emissions. Reducing carbon emissions is a global problem that needs a global solution, and utilize this technology will enable China to gain a better understanding of the global state of carbon emissions, The Paper reported
China Plans New Satellite Network
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp plans to build a global real-time communications satellite network by 2020, China Daily reports.
The Hongyan satellite system will be composed of 60 small satellites operating in low orbits and 20 ground stations around the world. Its functions will include ship identification and tracking along with other civilian services such as weather forecasting.
The system is also expected to be capable of providing energy and engineering companies with services such as global asset management, personnel positioning, emergency rescue and communication services.
The navigation signal enhancement devices carried by Hongyan satellites will be an improvement on the Beidou navigation satellite system's positioning accuracy, said an official working on the system. The Beidou system was designed to rival the U.S.-operated GPS. It became operational in December 2011, and there are now over 20 Beidou navigation satellites operational.
Other systems operational globally include the European Union’s Galileo system which is expected to be in full service by 2020, the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) and the Japanese Quasi-Zenith Satellite System.
Europe's own satnav, Galileo, due to go live
Europe's Galileo satnav: a rocky road
Paris (AFP) Dec 13, 2016 - Europe's Galileo satnav system, first approved in 1999, had a difficult birth -- taking 17 years and more than triple the original budget to get to the point of going live.
Here's a look at the bumpy road to this week's expected launch of Galileo's initial services:
- December 1999: The European Commission formally approves Galileo, a joint project with the European Space Agency, with a budget of between 2.2 billion and 2.95 billion euros ($2.34-3.14 billion). The project "to safeguard European strategic needs" is set for completion in 2008.
- April 2008: After failing to raise private sector funding, the Commission -- the European Union's executive -- takes over the project with a new estimated budget, entirely taxpayer-funded, of 3.4 billion euros until 2013. A further 7 billion euros is budgeted for the 2014-2020 period, according to France's CNES space agency, an ESA member.
- October 2011: The two first Galileo satellites are launched into orbit, followed by two more in 2012.
- March 2013: The four satellites pinpoint the system's first-ever ground location, with an accuracy of between 10 and 15 metres (32 to 49 feet). One of the orbiters develops antenna problems, but can still transmit on one frequency.
- August 2014: After a more than year-long delay over "technical difficulties", satellites five and six are launched into a lopsided, elliptical orbit of little use for satellite navigation. Subsequent launches are delayed to investigate the cause -- frozen fuel pipes onboard the Russian Soyuz rocket.
- December 2016: With 18 satellites in orbit, Galileo is set to go live with initial services on Thursday. The commission has already ordered eight more orbiters, for launch in 2017 and 2018, with the last four in the 30-satellite constellation yet to be confirmed.
Seventeen years and more than 10 billion euros ($11 billion) later, Europe's Galileo satnav system is set to go live Thursday, promising to outperform US and Russian rivals while boosting regional self-reliance.
Initial services, free to use worldwide, will be available only on smartphones and navigation boxes already fitted with Galileo-compatible microchips.
Some devices may only need a software update to start using the new technology, and European Commission spokeswoman Mirna Talko said several smartphone giants were already making chips compatible with it.
"It will be the first time that users around the world will be able to be guided by Galileo satellites," said Lucia Caudet of the Commission, which funds the project.
Somewhat fuzzy at first, the signal will be boosted with help from satellites in the US military-run GPS system, growing stronger over time as orbiters are added to the now 18-strong Galileo network circling 23,222 kilometres (14,430 miles) above Earth.
According to its proud parents, the Commission and European Space Agency (ESA), Galileo should be fully operational by 2020, providing time and positioning data of unprecedented accuracy.
"GPS allows a train to know which area it is in -- Galileo will allow it to identify the track it is on," according to Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of France's CNES space agency, one of ESA's 22 country members.
Such precision would also be invaluable for safer driverless cars and nuclear power plants, as well as better telecommunications.
- Setbacks -
The civil-controlled service is also of great strategic importance for Europe, which relies on two military-run services -- GPS and Russia's GLONASS, which provide no guarantee of uninterrupted service.
It will be interoperable with these, but also completely autonomous.
"Having a system that is somewhat independent of the US system that is controlled by the military is probably a good thing," explained George Abbey, a senior fellow in space policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
This would be especially pertinent "if there were some conflicts or disagreements... that would cause the United States to have to limit GPS," he told AFP.
Named after Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, the project was first approved with an initial budget of around three billion euros and plans to be operational by 2008.
But it has suffered several technical and budgetary setbacks, including the launch of two satellites into the wrong orbit in 2014.
The European Commission expects the project will ultimately be an important commercial venture.
Almost 10 percent of Europe's gross domestic product is thought to depend on satellite navigation today -- a figure projected to grow to about 30 percent by 2030.
By 2020, says the commission, the global satnav market will be valued at about 244 billion euros.
- Billionth of a second -
Galileo itself is expected to add some 90 billion euros to the EU economy in its first 20 years.
The system's groundbreaking accuracy is the result of best atomic clocks ever flown for navigation -- one per satellite -- accurate to one second in three million years.
A mere billionth-of-a-second clock error can mean a positioning error of up to 30 centimetres (12 inches).
Galileo also has more satellites than either GPS or GLONASS, and better signals which carry more information.
With these features, Galileo's free Open Service will be able to track positions to within a metre (3.3 feet), compared to several metres for GPS and GLONASS.
Its signal will eventually reach areas where none is possible today -- inside traffic tunnels and on roads where high buildings shield radio waves from some satellites.
A paying service will allow clients to track locations even closer, to within centimetres, and governments will have access to an encrypted continued service for use in times of crisis.
- Faster rescue -
Another key feature is a service allowing rescuers to locate people lost at sea or in the mountains much faster than before.
Currently, satnav technology can take up to three hours to track a person to within a 10-kilometre (six-mile) range.
"With Galileo's Search and Rescue Service, the detection time is reduced to 10 minutes and the localisation is reduced to less than five kilometres," Caudet told AFP.
Satellite navigation works by ultra-precise clocks in orbit broadcasting their time and position to Earth via radio waves travelling at the speed of light.
Anyone with a receiver can combine data from at least three satellites to determine their position, speed and local time on Earth.
Amazon Prime Video launches in 200 countries
the-grand-tour-presenters-james-may-jeremy-clarkson-and-richard-hammonAmazon Prime Video is now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe.
People around the world can now enjoy Amazon original series such as The Grand Tour from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Tumble Leaf and more. Prime Video is available on Android and iOS phones and tablets, Fire Tablets and LG and Samsung smart TVs. Broadband TV News reported the global launch of Amazon Prime Video in November.
Amazon Prime members in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain can start watching today at no additional cost to their Prime membership. Customers in the other new Prime Video territories can sign up at an introductory price of €2.99 (or $2.99) per month for the first six months, starting with a free 7-day trial at PrimeVideo.com. After sixc months, the fee jumps to €5.99 per month.
“We are excited to announce that starting today, fans around the world have access to Prime Video,” said Tim Leslie, VP, International, Prime Video.
“The Grand Tour and other critically acclaimed Amazon Original Series like Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Man in the High Castle, along with hundreds of popular Hollywood movies and TV shows, are now available at the introductory price of only €2.99 (or $2.99) a month. And what’s really exciting is that we are just getting started.”
Amazon Prime Video is available in English, with French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish subtitled and dubbed versions also available for many titles.
BBC, ITV partner for US SVoD service BritBox
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster, have formed a new joint venture that sees the two British content powerhouses combine forces to launch BritBox, an ad-free SVoD service, in the US during Q1, 2017. AMC Networks, which has a joint venture with BBC Worldwide for cable channel BBC America, is investing in BritBox with a non-voting minority interest. BBC Worldwide and ITV share an equal majority stake in the joint venture.
The streaming service will celebrate the very best of British TV, and offer the most comprehensive SVoD collection of British content in the market today. For decades, BBC and ITV have produced iconic British television series, and for the first time these shows will be combined in a single, curated service allowing fans to find the classic shows they love and discover new hit series.
The BritBox proposition will feature:
•An array of drama premieres never-before-seen in the US, including New Blood, from acclaimed novelist Anthony Horowitz, Tutankhamun, The Moonstone, and In The Dark, from BAFTA award-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst (Ordinary Lies). Also, season premieres of drama favourites Cold Feet and Silent Witness.
•The ‘Now’ category will feature a selection of soaps and series that will be available as soon as 24 hours after their UK broadcast, including much-loved titles EastEnders, Emmerdale and Holby City.
•A British classics collection from ITV and the BBC, featuring iconic period dramas Brideshead Revisited, Pride and Prejudice, and Upstairs Downstairs; political thriller State of Play; murder mystery series Inspector Morse and Rosemary and Thyme; favorite sitcoms Keeping Up Appearances and Fawlty Towers; and much more.
BritBox will be available on responsive web, mobile (iOS and Android), Roku, AppleTV, and Chromecast at launch in the U.S. There is also ambition to roll out the service in other international markets. Pricing for the service will be available at launch.
“The BBC and ITV are the two most prolific content producers and broadcasters in British television both known for their unrivalled, ground-breaking shows,” said Ann Sarnoff, President, BBC Worldwide North America. “BritBox will offer a streaming experience like no other, with thousands of hours of programmes across a wide variety of genres some of which will be available right after their UK broadcast. This will be a must-have service for lovers of British television.”
Simon Pitts, ITV Managing Director of Online, Pay TV and Interactive said, “Britain produces some of the best television in the world and we’re delighted to be bringing the creative might of the BBC and ITV together for the first time in this exciting new streaming service for US fans. BritBox will be the best and most comprehensive British streaming service in the US; a rich catalogue of classic, new, and exclusive shows easily accessible to US viewers all in one place. ITV is now a global production and distribution business and this marks the first step in our international ambitions for BritBox.”
Josh Sapan, AMC Networks President and CEO, said “The BBC and ITV each have a long history of creating spectacular premium content and some of the most iconic shows on television. We are delighted to expand our current partnership with BBC Worldwide and view this investment as a strategic opportunity for AMC Networks to participate in a digital platform dedicated to offering shows of the highest quality. We think this service will be irresistible to people who value creative content and great television.”
The US market for SVoD services is estimated to reach the $8 billion mark by end of 2016, according to research firm SNL Kagan, with some 110 million subscriptions. The BBC Worldwide/ITV partnership is consistent with both companies’ stated aims of growing their international pay and distribution businesses, and will also allow British producers and talent to reach a wider audience in the world’s largest media market.
Full details of the BritBox service, including additional titles and price, will be released at launch.
TravelXM going UHD in February
Mumbai-based TravelXP’s CEO Prashant Chothani has confirmed that his travel and lifestyle channel will launch a Ultra-HD service in February 2017.
This week sees TravelXP launch a Tamil-language version to add to the Bengali version already on air. The Bengali version is already on air on Tata Sky, Dish TV, Videocon d2h and Airtel, and leading cable networks like Hathway Cable & Datacom, InCable, Siti Cable, GTPL and UCN.
Additionally the channel is available to viewers in the US, MENA region and Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Rwanda by tying up with Africa’s AzamTV network.
Chothani is acknowledged to have invested more than $2 million in creating its own in-house UHD content, and has been a frequent expert speaker at MIPtv and MIPCOM on the challenges and benefits of producing UHD material.
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Australia: FreeviewPlus doubles penetration
Australia’s free-to-air digital TV platform Freeview’s hybrid TV service FreeviewPlus has notched up strong growth in 2016, with the most recent figures showing household penetration has risen to 20 per cent double the figure released earlier in 2016.
“This is a great result as our goal was, indeed, to reach the 20 per cent mark this year. It’s encouraging to see the Australian market growth compare so favourably with more mature markets like Germany, for example, where there is around 40 per cent market penetration of hybrid TV receivers after six years,” said Freeview CEO Liz Ross.
Ross attributed the growth to a number of factors, including a national marketing campaign and a highly successful certification programme ensuring that more than 80 per cent of all smart TVs sold are compatible.
A brand new ‘Keeping up with the Freemans’ TV campaign launched in August 2016 specifically to promote the simplicity and features of FreeviewPlus.
“When you consider an 85 per cent connection rate of FreeviewPlus-enabled TVs across the country, it’s clear to see how TV viewers can now easily gain access to a huge choice of free-to-air programming whether it is live or catch up,” she said.
Freeview also recently launched the Freeview FV mobile app to further add to the appeal of free-to-air TV through convenient access to live streaming and catch up TV while on the go.
Rocket Lab's Electron ready for its giant leap
The last major milestone before lift-off has been completed by Rocket Lab, which is now aiming for an early 2017 test flight for its Electron space vehicle.
The first-stage booster, powered by 12 Rutherford engines, has passed its 'qualification' and 'acceptance' stages at a secret testing facility just outside Auckland.
Now it will be shipped to Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1 on the remote Mahia Peninsula to be assembled.
Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck says the company plans to begin full vehicle testing in early 2017 once international launch licensing is complete.
"Mahia township experiences a considerable population spike through the summer and, in order to minimise any disruptions to local residents and visitors, our preference is to conduct the first test launch after the holidays."
Rocket Lab had hoped to launch before Christmas 2016, but Mr Beck says the company is being conservative.
"You know we will fly when we are ready but we had certainly hoped to get one away this year, but also our team has worked pretty incredible hours this year so we thought it was unfair to push through Christmas."
The delay means some of the commercial flights have had to be pushed back, but Mr Beck says that's had no effect on his customers.
"Quite the opposite - our 2017 manifest is absolutely full and 2018 much the same, so we have the opposite problem."
The first stage booster has been designed and built by Rocket Lab, with some parts 3D-printed here in New Zealand.
It generates 1 million horsepower. In comparison, the much larger Space Shuttle needed 37 million horsepower to get into orbit.
Electron is a two-stage vehicle 1.2m in diameter and 17m in height, designed to deliver a 150kg payload to a 500km orbit, the target range for the high-growth constellation-satellite market.
Dedicated Electron launches are priced from US$4.9 million, but a small satellite the size of a lunchbox could cost as little as US$50,000 to put into orbit.
Vietnam builds satellite-based global positioning stations
The Agency for Survey and Mapping under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) has launched a project on building a network of satellite-based global positioning stations in Vietnam.
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It has also commenced the construction of the first satellite-based global positioning station at the Moc Chau Agricultural Meteorological Station in Moc Chau district, the northern mountainous province of Son La.
The station is one of the 65 Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) to be built across the country, including 24 Geodetic CORS and 41 Network Real Time Kinematic CORS.
The stations will continuously send satellite signals from global positioning systems to the central station for processing.
Phan Duc Hieu, head of the agency, said with the project, which is one of the agency’s key projects during the 2016-2020 period, will contribute to boosting the application of new technology and increasing labour productivity in the survey and mapping area in Vietnam.
Dish TV offers 'Digishala' to 15 million subs
MUMBAI: Dish TV, India's largest pay digital platform for distribution of television channels, is offering its 15 million subscribers digital education channel Digishala. With the placement of the channel on LCN number 2036, Dish TV became the country’s only pay-DTH provider to offer access to Digishala, government's recently-launched 24x7 TV channel committed to educate the masses on digital payment modes.
In this crucial hour of demonetisation, when businesses, consumers and the common man are battling tough times to stand up to the test of doing cashless transactions, government’s initiative to come up with a channel for the purpose is an innovative and commendable step. Dish TV welcomed the step by placing the channel on its platform.
The channel was placed on Dish TV as soon as it was dedicated to the people by the minister of electronics and IT Ravishankar Prasad and minister of state, electronics & IT P.P. Choudhary.
Digishala is a free to air channel that aims to introduce the use of cashless, paperless and faceless transactions to rural and semi-urban people across villages and small towns.
DishTV, the leader in direct-to-home space in India, had, in 2003, pioneered the introduction of digital modes of revenue collection and, to further harness that, had introduced prepaid cards for its trade partners. As online transactions, credit cards and a cashless society become buzz words today, Dish TV takes pride in having a subscriber base wherein more than 40% of its customers do online recharge transactions. As far as B2B transactions are concerned, DishTV have them all as cashless.
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Border Protection hooks up to Inmarsat for boat broadband
Australia's Department of Immigration will spend AU$7 million over five years for satellite connectivity.
Australian Border Force has signed a AU$7 million five-year deal with Inmarsat to provide its Cape class vessels with satellite broadband connectivity.
Inmarsat said it will provide connectivity over its Global Xpress (GX) constellation, and worked with Australian company EM Solution to develop a terminal for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that allowed for switching between military and commercial satellite networks.
"At the operational level, the ability to switch between satellite systems enables our crew to prioritise their communications and ensures they are 'always on', which is of paramount importance when protecting our borders," said Dave Luhrs, Commander, Air and Marine at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
The contract covers an initial five-year period with a possible four-year extension, and includes DIBP's eight Cape vessels and other support craft.
Last week, Inmarsat announced it had signed a contract with Air New Zealand to provide satellite connectivity for the carrier's in-flight Wi-Fi service due to begin rolling out at the end of next year.
Air New Zealand will be using the GX for Aviation product integrated with its Panasonic in-flight entertainment system.
GX for Aviation is the only in-flight broadband solution that is fast, reliable, and truly consistent, with seamless coverage across the world provided by a single operator," Inmarsat Aviation president Leo Mondale said at the time.
In October, Inmarsat signed a deal with Vodafone to provide satellite connectivity to Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Fox Sports into a league of its own
Fox Sports is revamping its programming line-up in the coming months as it positions itself for the launch of a 24-hour rugby league channel that will be named Fox League.
Under Steve Crawley, head of Live Sport and News, the broadcaster is freshening up its news output by importing two shows from its sister company in the US.
Mr Crawley is looking to attract younger viewers ahead of the big launch to coincide with the start of the 2017 NRL season.
Hitting the airwaves this month is opinion-based program Speak for Yourself and talk show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. They are strong stand-alone shows in their own right, and Mr Crawley is seeking to tap into growing interest in US sports, particularly among younger viewers, as they migrate to digital platforms and spend more time on social media or watching online video.
“News has always been an important part of the Fox Sports DNA and we’re committed to building a broadcast channel for the future that sits comfortably alongside our growing array of live sport, shows and digital products,” Mr Crawley told The Australian.
“The introduction of these two new US shows will add an extra dimension to the weekday schedule and cater for a growing curiosity in US sport, while marking the first step in a number of plans and new ideas we have for the channel in 2017.”
It is the first phase in a raft of new programs lined up for January when the full rollout begins. Sport is one of the five key content pillars underpinning pay-TV operator Foxtel’s 2017 programming line-up, according to Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of Television.
“I truly believe we’re the undisputed leader when it comes to sport, and there’s no better example of that than the initiatives that will be taken next year in rugby league. In terms of the coverage, it’s the commentary teams you put together,” Walsh said.
“It will be different to Channel Nine with a younger skew; lots of terrific players who have recently retired will be part of the team. We have great respect for what Channel Nine do with rugby league but our approach has to be different.
“We want to have a different product so that customers have a choice as to which coverage they can watch. I think competition is a very healthy thing to have in any industry.”
Of the dedicated rugby league channel’s new name, Mr Walsh said: “There’s a very good reason why the channel is called Fox League. It’s not simply about covering the 2017 NRL Premiership; it’s embracing the game, following, history, heritage and culture. There will be something for everyone in terms of what is on offer.”
Plans for Fox League were kicked off six months ago under Fox Sports chief Patrick Delany, who chairs weekly meetings about progress.
Fox Sports has been busily locking in talent for the new channel, and is on the verge of recruiting Nine’s popular NRL personality Yvonne Sampson. The networks are embroiled in a legal battle over Sampson.
Cricket’s pitch to reduce television anti-siphon list
Cricket Australia is planning to intensify a proposed lobbying campaign against the anti-siphoning list, with a sharper reduction than previously indicated.
The sports body is considering asking the Turnbull government to remove home matches played between Australia and minnow nations in new details learnt by The Australian.
This would see Tests, one-day internationals and T20 international matches available to subscription television platform Foxtel.
These include matches played at home between Australia and countries such as Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.
The Australian has previously revealed that Cricket Australia was preparing to lobby the government on anti-siphoning and believed some one-day international matches should be available to subscription TV due to the volume of these types of games played throughout the year.
The anti-siphoning regime ring-fences premium sport for free-to-air television networks and it currently applies to international matches Australia plays at home.
Sources said board approval would be needed for Cricket Australia to push forward on lobbying for matches against minnow nations to be taken off the list.
The board met last week but the focus was on the Test team’s recent poor performances against South Africa and Sri Lanka and how Cricket Australia’s high-performance system could be improved.
The next board meeting is in February and Cricket Australia is not expected to meet with Communications Minister Mitch Fifield until next year.
Cricket Australia declined to comment.
The anti-siphoning scheme was designed to ensure events of “national importance” and “cultural significance” are available for free to the public, with the communications ministers able to adjust the list at their discretion.
Nine Entertainment Co, which currently holds the rights to home international matches until 2018, has made it clear it will not bid aggressively to retain its rights. The company already loses a significant amount of money on the rights.
Nine chief executive Hugh Marks believes that Cricket Australia should only expect a big uptick on the rights for the domestic Big Bash League T20 tournament, which has been a ratings success for his free-to-air rival Network Ten.
Sources said Cricket Australia was increasingly frustrated by the restraints of the anti-siphoning regime relative to the National Rugby League and Australian Football League. Both football codes benefit from more lucrative broadcast contracts partly because some matches are televised exclusively by Fox Sports.
Seven to expand digital offering for Australian Open tennis
Seven Network’s chief revenue officer Kurt Burnette. Picture: Britta Campion
Seven Network will launch a paid digital service for its coverage of next year’s Australian Open, as the free-to-air television broadcaster locks in major sponsorship deals for the grand slam tennis tournament.
The 7Tennis app will live stream 619 matches across the summer, which includes the Australian Open, Hopman Cup, Fast 4 and Sydney International, for mobile and online.
The 7Tennis paid or “freemium” option will offer live streams in HD, on-demand replays of selected matches, and less advertising for a one-off $9.99 fee.
“This has all been in response to consumer feedback,” Seven chief digital officer Clive Dickens told The Australian.
“We in the content industry have got to do a better job of listening to our consumers and that’s what we’re doing.”
Seven has signed on major sponsors including ANZ, Blackmores, Kia, Bunnings APT and Industry Super Funds, with the top-tier packages believed to be worth $2 million-plus.
Broadcast television will still account for about 90 per cent of the revenue, and 95 per cent of the audience, from Seven’s Australian Open coverage.
It will be Seven’s third year of televising across all platforms for the tournament and the network also gained experience from its coverage of the Rio Olympic Games in August.
Seven chief revenue officer Kurt Burnette said the network’s experience with Rio and previous Australian Open tournaments had provided proof of the effectiveness of its multi-platform advertising offering.
One lesson from those previous events had been that advertising messages should be tailored to different screens, Mr Burnette said. “Creative needs to change depending on what screen it’s on and depending on the style of the creative,” he added.
“If it’s brand-led, that can generally have a longer life across screens. If there’s a specific message it needs to change based on the screen size.”
ASTRA, the industry body representing subscription TV platform Foxtel, was critical when it emerged Seven would offer a paid service for its Rio coverage.
ASTRA chief executive Andrew Maiden said in June that Seven’s plans for the paid service highlighted the “absurdity” of anti-siphoning regulation that ring-fenced premium sport for free-to-air networks at the expense of Foxtel, owned by The Australian’s publisher News Corporation and Telstra.
Mr Dickens said that all tennis matches broadcast by Seven would be available for free, and the paid component simply offered consumers extra features.
Sky keen to take quick legal action against over 100 illegal streamers of the Parker v Ruiz fight
Sky TV would not say how many people legally paid to watch the Parker-Ruiz Jr fight last night but had no problems highlighting the "huge" numbers trying to watch it illegally.
Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said last week's court decision that ruled against seven individuals who had illegally streamed Joseph Parker's July fight with Solomon Haumono had "not acted as a deterrent", much to the network's disgust.
"There was a huge number of people illegally streaming the fight," Way said. "We're talking at least into triple figures. We were kept really busy taking them down."
Way said what they didn't know was how many people were accessing the individual streams.
"It could have been 10 people, it could have been 10,000. We won't know that until later," she said.
When asked how many people paid to watch the fight through Sky's pay-per-view Arena channel, Way was more coy.
"I'll say what I always say: those numbers are confidential. But we're very happy with the numbers."
Martin Snedden, Duco CEO, was a little more forthcoming, saying that while the numbers did not match the reported 85,000 that bought the 2009 all-New Zealand heavyweight clash between David Tua and Shane Cameron, they were still "really good".
One eager drive was a little too keen for the $2 Whoppers made available thanks to Joseph Parker's world title win last night. Photo / Facebook
Watch: Car gets too excited for $2 Joseph Parker Whoppers
It was close, but most pundits without axes to grind believe the judges got it right and Joseph Parker shaded the fight. Photo / Photosport
How the big fight was won - round by round
Snedden also said the event would make a profit, increasing the chances of Duco staging more marquee events in New Zealand. He admitted that there will always be people who illegally stream an event successfully. But the fact that it's an intangible digital property doesn't make it any different from stealing clothes from a shop, he said.
"In my mind it's out right theft. It's simply stealing property that doesn't belong to them."
The $59.99 price for the main event and undercard was controversial but on Saturday night Duco owner and fight promoter Dean Lonergan told the Herald that they could make the fight $2 and there would still be price-point resistance.
In other words, any big event that is not free-to-air will be offensive to some sections of the fanbase.
It seems likely that the rising cost of watching fights is creating more of a 'market' for illegal streams but Sky and Duco have signalled that they will push back hard.
Snedden and Sky CEO John Fellet have said recently they treat the practice as theft.
On Friday, a court ruled against seven individuals found to have unlawfully streamed July's fight between Parker and Solomon Haumono.
The judge found they had infringed Sky's copyright, granted an injunction restraining any further infringements and ordered each defendant to destroy copies and pay damages of $100 as well as costs of $2670.
(Craig's comment, a quick peak at Facebook live Video showed at least a dozen People in NZ streaming it from a variety of sources such as the PPV on Sky Arena and the U.K's Boxing Nation channel. There was even someone in Auckland streaming it via Fox Sports. There were also a least 2 dozen people in Australia streaming it off Fox Sports)
Kiwi inventors have found a way to make watching TV better
A Kiwi invention aims to solve an age-old dilemma: Finding a volume on the TV that lets you hear all the important bits but doesn't blast you away, or disturb others in the house.
It's a project that's been in development for eight years, for a problem that's been around for decades.
A small electronic chip called "The Moderator" invisibly adjusts volume levels up and down, without altering the sound quality.
Inventor Forbes Williams believes it's an important development: "If they could have the quiet bits a little bit louder in relation to the loud bits, or vice versa - just that dynamic range brought together."
It would benefit people who are hard of hearing, and reduce excess noise through walls or apartments.
The chip would be fitted into electronic devices, and switched on and off with the push of a button.
"There's 200 million smart TVs produced every year. [And The Moderator] can be retrofitted into past TVs," Ian Lamb, the director of VentureVoIP, said.
Home entertainment consultant Mikey Edie says there's been plenty of innovation in TV screens, but less focus on sound. "I think it's going to be incredible. As soon as I heard about it I was like, where can I buy one?"
The next step is taking The Moderator to the international market, with the goal of seeing it built into TVs and other devices in the near future.
(Craig's comment, let me know when they have one that automutes adverts, not that I see adverts these days using iptv and pvr)
Japan's solution to the space junk debacle blasts off
The Japanese H-IIB launch vehicle, carrying the space junk tether, blasting off from the Tanegashima Space Centre.
A spacecraft that blasted off from southern Japan is carrying a 700-metre long tether that it is hoped will start making inroads into the fast-growing space junk problem.
The tether made of aluminium strands and steel wire was made with the help of a fishing net company.
The theory is that one end of the tether will be attached to debris. Electricity generated by the tether as it swings through Earth's magnetic field should slow the junk, pulling it into a lower and lower orbit until it burns up in Earth's atmosphere.
More than 100 million pieces of space junk are estimated to be in orbit, some moving as fast as 28,000kmh. Some has the potential to damage a satellite or spacecraft.
It is planned that future tethers could be as long as 10,000m.
The tether is on a satellite that was part of the cargo on a Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-IIB rocket, launched on Friday night (local time) headed for the International Space Station.
The launch of the satellite was successful, separating from the rocket and going into its planned orbit about 15 minutes after liftoff, JAXA said.
China launched next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite FY-4-01
BEIJING, 12 December (BelTA - Xinhua) - At 00:11 BJT on December 11，China successfully launched Fengyun-4-01 (FY-4-01), the first of Chinese second-generation geostationary meteorological satellite at Xichang Satellite Launch Center, southwest China's Sichuan Province. FY-4-01 is the first of Fengyun 4 geostationary meteorological satellite family of CMA，which is an important milestone for the development of weather satellites in China, according to China Meteorological News Press.
Fengyun-4-01 is expected to support various weather-related services, including weather forecasting, disaster prevention and reduction, and monitoring and warning of space weather. The capability of addressing climate change, exploring climate resources and monitoring ecological environment will also be enhanced. The first satellite of FY-4 series will explore its use in meteorology, water conservancy, agriculture, environment, energy, aviation and ocean. In addition, it will strongly support the national initiatives such as The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives, also known as "One belt, One road".
For the first time in the world FY-4-01 is carrying out an hyper-spectral vertical atmospheric sounding payload，which could conducting a high-precision observation of atmosphere over China and neighborhoods. The observation system is a thousand times more capable than the current system, thus is bound to significantly enhance weather warning and forecasting capability.
FY-4-01 is the first satellite in China which can capture lightning. Lightning Mapping Imager onboard has enabled this function. This instrument is the first geostationary optical remote sensing instrument in China and has filled the gap in terms of lightning observation and satellite-borne detection.
As part of the capable network of weather satellites in China, FY-4 series will also be an important player in the World Meteorological Organization Integrated Global Observing System and make greater contribution to regional disaster prevention and reduction.
China's Fengyun-4-01 Makes Headway To 99.5 Degrees East
The Shanghai Daily is reporting that China has successfully launched their Fengyun-4-01 (FY-4-01), the first of the nation's second-generation geostationary meteorological satellite, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located in the southwest of China's Sichuan Province.
Fengyun-4-01 is expected to support various weather-related services, including weather forecasting, disaster prevention and reduction, and monitoring and warning of space weather. The capability of addressing climate change, exploring climate resources and monitoring ecological environment will also be enhanced. The first satellite of FY-4 series will explore its use in meteorology, water conservancy, agriculture, environment, energy, aviation and ocean. In addition, the satellite will strongly support the national initiatives such as The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives, also known as "One belt, One road."
The number of channels of the scanning radiation imager onboard the FY-4-01 hits 14 and has increased by 3.8 times as compared with that of current operational satellite, the FY-2 satellites. The temporal resolution has increased by twice and can scan the eastern hemisphere every 15 minutes and produce an image of regional observation every minute at full speed. The highest spatial resolution has increased by seven times500 meters. As a result, through FY-4-01, Chinese technologists will be able to access multispectral, high-precision and quantitative observation data and images. Furthermore, users are expected to investigate the details inside typhoon, rainstorm, flood, forest fire, sand storm and space weather, effectively reducing loss of life and property from disasters.
A Chinese Long March-3B rocket carrying the Fengyun-4 satellite blasts off from the launching pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
FY-4-01 is the first quantitative remote sensing satellite of a three-axis stabilization structure on geostationary orbit for China. Four new instruments are onboard with the latest independently developed weather satellite: Advanced Geosynchronous Radiation Imager (AGRI), Geosynchronous Interferometric Infrared Sounder (GIIRS), Lightning Mapping Imager (LMI) and Space Environment Package (SEP).
For the first time in the world, FY-4-01 is carrying out an hyper-spectral vertical atmospheric sounding payload, which can conduct -precision observation of atmosphere over China and the nation's neighborhoods. The observation system is a 1,000 x more capable than the current system and should significantly enhance weather warning and forecasting capability.
This satellite's instruments can conduct lightning detection over China and neighboring areas and capture 500 lightning pictures per second. By real-time and consecutive observation of lightning, the observation and tracking of severe convective weather can be accomplished to provide early warning of lightning disasters.
This newest member of FY-4 series will be situated in orbit 36,000 km above Earth at 99.5 degrees east and will now go through several months of on orbit testing. The second and third satellites of FY-4 series have been added to the launch schedule for 2018 and 2020. As part of the capable network of weather satellites in China, the FY-4 satellite series will also be an important player in the World Meteorological Organization Integrated Global Observing System and will make a greater contribution to regional disaster prevention and reduction.
According to Yu Xinwen, the Deputy Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and commander-in-chief of FY-4 satellite program, FY-4-01 achieves an integrated payload configuration, thereby multiplying the functionality of the FY-4-01 while substantially cutting down on research and development costs. Traditionally, the imager and sounder are carried by different satellites to prevent interference. However, FY-4-01 successfully overcame this problem and various instruments onboard can cooperatively work on the same platform without interfering with one another. The combination of imaging and vertical observation is similar to a doctor having X-ray pictures as well as possessing CT pictures. The data from different scanning parts and directions can provide more precise diagnose of diseases. In this sense, FY-4-01 serves as a heavyweight in improving the accuracy of weather forecasting.
Murdoch's $19bn move on Sky
News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch.
Rupert Murdoch has made a bid to buy European pay TV broadcaster Sky in a £11.2 billion (AUS$18.9bn) deal.
The deal to buy the remaining 61% of Sky which it does not already own for £10.75 per share puts close to a 40% premium on the share price ahead of the bid
Sky's shares rocketed around 30% on the back of the news.
Murdoch's company 21st Century Fox, currently holds a 39% share of Sky, but has its eye on controlling the company. The deal comes five years after a similar deal was kiboshed as Murdoch's UK newspaper News of the World was at the centre of the phone hacking scandal that ended the paper, threw News Corp into disrepute and forced Murdock to abandon the plan.
The timing for the deal comes as unsettled political environment following Brexit weakened the British Pound and made Sky a cheaper target, according to wide reports fro analysts.
There have been calls for the deal to be blocked, or at least challenged. In the UK, former Business Secretary Vince Cable has called for the competition commission to investigate how it affects media plurality.
The terms are still in discussions with further information due on 6 January. If the deal, agreed in principle between Murdoch and Sky, goes ahead, the UK's media regulator Ofcom would likely investigate.
Sky has around 20 million customers across Europe. It is broadly a pay TV company, but has for years also offered home Phone and broadband connection in a 'triple play' move that is only just taking hold in Australia.
Murdoch's media empire includes Fox News, Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal in the US, Foxtel and News Corp in Australia, The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times in the UK. Murdoch’s son James Murdoch sits as chair of Sky
First UK IP STB piracy conviction
Following the first legal case involving a supplier of IPTV systems which enable viewers to watch unauthorised content, a man from the East Midlands city of Nottingham has been jailed.
Terry O’Reilly was sentenced to four years in prison. A second supplier who worked with O’Reilly, Will O’Leary, pleaded guilty and received a two-year suspended prison sentence.
The Premier League brought a prosecution against O’Reilly and O’Leary after the pair were discovered to be selling devices to pubs and consumers which facilitated mass piracy, including the broadcasting of Premier League football on unauthorised foreign channels. The prosecution was supported by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) following an early investigation by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).
The case was heard at Nottingham Crown Court where O’Leary and O’Reilly were both convicted for Conspiracy to Defraud.
The Premier League was represented by David Groome and Ari Alabhai of QEB Hollis Whitman.
“Like other creative industries the Premier League’s model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect its intellectual property,” explained Premier League Director of Legal Services, Kevin Plumb. “It is because of this that clubs can invest in star players and managers, and world class stadiums the very things fans enjoy about our competition.”
“This case is particularly important as it is the first involving sellers of so-called IPTV devices which enable people to watch illegal content. The Courts have provided a clear message: this is against the law and selling systems which allow people to watch unauthorised Premier League broadcasts is a form of mass piracy and is sufficiently serious to warrant a custodial sentence. There can now be no doubt for consumers that these systems are illegal.”
“As the first sentencing of IPTV boxes in England, today’s result should send a hard-hitting message to anyone involved in selling illegally modified set-top boxes,” declared FACT Director General, Kieron Sharp. “The sale and distribution of these boxes, which are loaded with infringing apps and add-ons allowing access to copyrighted content, is a criminal offence and the repercussions could result in years behind bars.”
“We would like to thank the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit for their early support in the investigation and we will continue to work with the Premier League and our other members to ensure sports broadcasts are fully protected.”
Detective Chief Inspector Pete Ratcliffe of the City of London Police’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit said the conviction showed how important working with industry and other bodies is to modern day policing. “Protecting our creative industries is vital to the UK economy and the millions of jobs that work within them and this case sends a clear message that this is crime that will be investigated and brought before the courts.”
ISRO signs deal for first privately built satellite
The Indian Space Research Organisation has roped in a consortium of six companies to deliver the country’s first industry-built spacecraft by late 2017.
The contract signed on Friday includes assembly, integration and testing (AIT) of two spare navigation satellites consecutively in around 18 months. It was signed between M. Annadurai, Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), and the consortium lead, Alpha Design Technologies P Ltd. ISAC assembles the country’s satellites for communication, remote sensing and navigation.
From the third year, Indian industry could expect competitive bids for a new lot of spacecraft of 300-500-kg class, perhaps five a year, for both ISRO and for export, Col. H.S. Shankar (retd), CMD of Alpha Design, told The Hindu. This is the first time that ISRO has outsourced an entire satellite to industry, said Col. Shankar .
Alpha is a defence manufacturing contractor while the others are small and medium-sized vendors that already supply components to ISRO. The others in the consortium are Newtech Solutions, Aidin Technologies and DCX Cables of Bengaluru, Vinyas Technologies of Mysuru and Avantel Systems of Hyderabad.
The work will start around January and the first spacecraft will be brought out in around nine months.
No BIS specification yet for interoperable Indian DTH boxes
NEW DELHI: The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) had so far failed to come out with specifications with regard to interoperability of STBs (set-top boxes) meant for DTH (direct-to-home) platforms.
An information and broadcasting ministry source was answering a question by indiantelevision.com in response to a reply in the Parliament given by the minister of state Rajyavardhan Rathore.
The minister had said the ministry had accepted recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) that it should work with the BIS and the Department of Electronics and IT to ensure such set-top boxes.
TRAI, in July 2014, on “Issues relating to New DTH Licenses” said: “The Open Architecture (Non-proprietary) Set Top Box (STB), which will ensure technical compatibility and effective interoperability among different DTH service providers, shall have such specifications as laid down by the Government from time to time” with “The Set Top Box offered by a DTH service provider shall have such specifications as laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) from time to time.”
TRAI recommended that BIS should come out with updated specifications for STBs from time to time and while doing so, BIS will consult TRAI and that the license conditions should mandate the licensee to comply with the tariff order/scheme prescribed by TRAI for commercial interoperability.
In the paper, the Authority had said that STB interoperability was not possible because of the different technologies adopted by the operators due to them entering the market at different times. TRAI thus asked the BIS to regularly keep updating the standard of STB technology.
Then I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar had told the Parliament on 24 July 2014 that the interoperability of DTH customer premises equipment has not so far proved to be effective due to various techno-economic reasons. The interoperability had been envisaged in the DTH licence conditions, he said.
The portability in DTH service can be achieved through technical interoperability or through commercial interoperability.
81 teleports permitted to uplink, downlink TV channels
MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting recently informed the Parliament details of private satellite TV channels and teleports operational in the country as last amended on 5 December 2011. It has also intimated the House about pay channels as on 30 September 2016.
Questions were raised in the Lok Sabha about details of the channels and teleports functioning in the country; details of the free to air channels and teleports at present; whether the government has completely abolished the process of obtaining an Annual Renewal for TV channels in the current forms; and it were so, the details thereof, along with the aims and objective thereto; and the number of channels and teleports likely to be benefit from the said decision, according to information available on the Lok Sabha web site.
The ministry of information and broadcasting has granted permission to uplink and downlink 892 private satellite TV channels and 81 teleports in accordance with the Policy Guidelines to uplink and downlink of TV channels as last amended on 5 December 2011. The list of permitted private satellite TV channels is available in this ministry’s website i.e. www.mib.nic.in. and the list of permitted teleports as on date is enclosed.
No information regarding Free to Air teleport is available. However, as intimated by TRAI, there are 281 pay channels as on 30 September 2016. A list of such pay channels is available on TRAI’s website under the link: www.trai.gov.in/WriteReadData/List-of-pay-chanel-03.03.2015.pdf.
The channels which are not mentioned in the list may be considered as Free to Air (FTA) channels.
In conformity with the Policy Guidelines for uplinking and downlinking of TV channels in India, the government has decided that the broadcasters which hold valid permission for uplinking and/or downlinking, they would not require to obtain renewal permission from the ministry. The payment of annual permission fee 60 days before the due date will by itself be sufficient permission for continuation of a channel for a further period of one year from the due date. All the TV channels and teleports are likely to benefit from this decision provided the validity of 10-year permission is available.
Sunday, no update
Saturday, no update
These broadcasters will be covering the Parker fight Saturday evening NZ time. Box Nation appears to be offering a watch online sub for 12 u.k pounds
Fox Sports (Australia)
It's not likely to be on a FTA feed anywhere. Though there was report of it being FTA on Asiasat @ 100.5E last fight
From my Email
From the Dish
Apstar 6 134.0E 3732 V CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV News, China Movie, CCTV Entertainment, Taishan TV, Anhui International Channel, Henan TV International Channel, CCTV 9 Documentary, CCTV 11, Yunnan International Channel and Guangdong International TV have started on , Fta
From asiatvro site
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东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，Warner TV替换Info Sport（MPEG-4）频道，设置3880 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，Fox Action Movies替换Sony Max（MPEG-4）频道，设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月8日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，澳门莲花、Nick Jr（菲律宾）等一组频道新增，设置12591 H 30000参数免费接收。 [12月8日]
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ABC's decision to end shortwave radio service 'could be life threatening' ranger says
An Indigenous ranger group in the Northern Territory says the ABC's decision to end its shortwave radio service could be life threatening.
The ABC announced this week its three HF shortwave radio transmitters at Katherine, Tennant Creek and Roe Creek (Alice Springs), would be switched off on January 31, 2017.
ABC Radio will continue to broadcast on FM and AM bands, via the viewer access satellite television (VAST) service, streaming online and via the mobile phone application.
Mark Crocombe from the Thamarrurr Rangers, in the remote community of Wadeye, said the rangers spent days and sometimes weeks at a time away in the bush and out on sea patrols.
He said the group relied on the ABC's shortwave radio for weather reports and emergency information.
"Otherwise you have to call back to the base on the HF radio to ask people [there], but then you can't listen to the report yourself, you are relying on someone else's second-hand report," Mr Crocombe said.
Mr Crocombe said on previous bush trips he had received warnings of cyclones via the ABC's shortwave service, without which he would not have had any notice.
"Sure, it is expensive to keep the shortwave radio service going, but during cyclones, for the bush camps and people on boats, that is their only way of getting the weather reports," he said.
"It could be life threatening, if you are out and you don't know a cyclone is coming."
Mr Crocombe said the VAST service did not work during cloudy weather, especially during monsoons and cyclones.
"The VAST satellite dish is fixed to your house, we are working in the field, and when we are on the boats we are not in mobile phone range, so applications and VAST do not work in the bush," he said.
In response to Mr Crocombe's concerns, a spokesperson for the ABC said "In emergencies, the ABC works very hard to ensure that its services remain available through a range of FM broadcasts and re-broadcast arrangements in the NT.
"Cyclone activity is usually coastal in nature, in which case users are covered by FM, Maritime distress frequencies, and the ABC's close working relationship with northern Indigenous broadcasters particularly in times of emergency broadcasting," the statement read.
"The BOM provides forecasts and warnings in HF on the hour, every hour. The Emergency Flying Doctor service also broadcasts in HF."
Cattleman's Association says ABC decision ignores people in the bush
The national broadcaster said in a statement on Tuesday the move was in line with its "commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings."
But the announcement was met with anger by the Northern Territory Cattleman's Association.
President Tom Stockwell, who lives on Sunday Creek Station with no access to AM or FM radio or mobile phone coverage, said the ABC's decision to focus on digital transmission ignored people in the bush.
"It affects a big area of Australia and it affects those people that are remote from other forms of communication that rely on radio network," he said.
Shortwave evades dictators and warns of disasters
The ABC's decision to end Radio Australia's shortwave service has raised questions about who will fill the void.
"The ABC argument that it's a 100-year-old technology doesn't stack up. Electricity is 100-years-old is the ABC going to get rid of electricity as well?
"Anybody who's remote and away from a satellite dish won't get local radio, won't get emergency radio, won't get emergency messages and they're going to use the money to put in another digital platform for crying out loud.
"It's just the most selfish, ridiculous decision I've ever heard," Mr Stockwell said.
Head of ABC Radio strategy Jeremy Millar defended the broadcaster's decision while admitting he was unsure about the size of the shortwave audience in the Northern Territory.
"[It is] very hard to identify audiences in remote areas that are specifically hinged on these services.
"Our estimates are that they are fairly low given the VAST service is available across the Northern Territory," Mr Miller said.
"The downside is that VAST is a technology which is best working in a stationary environment, at home, a business or a place of work and not necessarily mobile.
"But a number of communities have a landed service which means they receive VAST off the satellite and then can rebroadcast their programs on a low-powered FM in their market.
"That landed VAST service has certainly plugged a lot of gaps in terms of geographic coverage."
Mr Millar would not reveal how much the ABC would save by ending the service.
More information on the cessation of the ABC's shortwave service can be found on the website.
ABC Exits Shortwave Radio Transmission
The ABC will end its shortwave transmission service in the Northern Territory and to international audiences from 31 January 2017.
The move is in line with the national broadcaster’s commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings including DAB+ digital radio, online and mobile services, together with FM services for international audiences.
The majority of ABC audiences in the Northern Territory currently access ABC services via AM and FM and all ABC radio and digital radio services are available on the VAST satellite service.
ABC International’s shortwave services currently broadcast to PNG and the Pacific. Savings realised through decommissioning this service will be reinvested in a more robust FM transmitter network and an expanded content offering for the region that will include English and in-language audio content.
Michael Mason, ABC’s Director of Radio said, “While shortwave technology has served audiences well for many decades, it is now nearly a century old and serves a very limited audience. The ABC is seeking efficiencies and will instead service this audience through modern technology”.
The ABC, working alongside SBS, is planning to extend its digital radio services in Darwin and Hobart, and to make permanent its current digital radio trial in Canberra. Extending DAB+ into the nation’s eight capital cities will ensure ABC digital radio services can reach an additional 700,000 people, increasing the overall reach of ABC digital radio to 60% of the Australian population.
ABC Radio is also investigating transmission improvements to address reception gaps in the existing five DAB+ markets. It aims to ensure a resilient DAB+ service in every capital city, with enhanced bitrates and infill where necessary.
“Extending our DAB+ offer will allow audiences in every capital city in Australia equal access to our digital radio offering, as well as representing an ongoing broadcast cost saving owing to lower transmission costs,” added Michael Mason.
ABC International’s Chief Executive Officer Lynley Marshall said the reinvestment from closing international shortwave services would maximise the ABC’s broadcast capabilities in the region.
“In considering how best to serve our Pacific regional audiences into the future we will move away from the legacy of shortwave radio distribution,” Ms Marshall said. “An ever-growing number of people in the region now have access to mobile phones with FM receivers and the ABC will redirect funds towards an extended content offering and a robust FM distribution network to better serve audiences into the future.”
Once international shortwave ceases transmission, international listeners can continue to access ABC International services via:
◾a web stream at: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/listen
◾in-country FM transmitters, see Radio Australia’s ‘Ways to Listen’ at: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/waystolisten/fiji
◾the Australia Plus expats app (available in both iOS and Android)
◾partner websites and apps such as www.tunein.com and www.vtuner.com.
Audiences can access further information via the reception advice line 1300 139 994 or via ABC Local Radio (Darwin & Alice Springs).
For more information
P: +61 2 8333 2621
(ABC Radio queries)
p: +61 3 9626 1417
(ABC International queries)
(Craig's comment, I use to love listening to the cricket on ABC Grandstand shortwave back in the 80's before internet and pay tv)
Seven guilty in Sky TV & Duco boxing 'piracy' crackdown over Joseph Parker fight
Seven individuals have been found guilty of illegally live streaming one of Joseph Parker's fights, and more are in front of district courts around New Zealand as Sky Television and Duco Events crack down on what they describe as piracy.
New Zealand heavyweight Parker will fight Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr for the vacant WBO heavyweight title at Auckland's 10,000-capacity Vector Arena tomorrow, and both Sky TV and Duco will be keeping a close watch for further illegal activity.
Martin Snedden, the chief executive of Parker's promoters Duco Events, told the Herald yesterday that his company had increased their anti-piracy team to five. They, along with about eight or nine from Sky TV, will be be monitoring the activity around the fight from the satellite channel's Mt Wellington headquarters. Sky and Duco took eight individuals to court for the illegal live streaming of Parker's knockout victory over Solomon Haumono in Christchurch in July.
One is still to be processed. None of the individuals defended their actions.
And Snedden said about another eight are in the gun for the live streaming of Parker's win over Alexander Dimitrenko in Manukau in October.
"This is a good result, I just hope the message gets out just how seriously we, Sky and Duco, take this unlawful behaviour," Snedden said. "We have a larger team than ever working this weekend to find anyone unlawfully streaming Parker v Ruiz."
The seven found guilty were ordered to pay a nominal damages charge of $100, plus costs of $2670 each.
Sky chief executive John Fellet said: "We believe that piracy is theft of copyright. We will continue to work hard to protect Sky's investments in all kind of content."
Porirua man Moze Galo was said to have attracted more than 20,000 illegal views of Parker's victory over Carlos Takam in Manukau in May, but Snedden said Galo was not one of those prosecuted or facing legal action.
The Parker v Ruiz Jr fight will cost viewers $59.95, and Fellet said those without Sky could buy it on Fan Pass "or go to a venue that is showing the fight - there are plenty of legal options".
A statement from Sky said in finding the seven individuals guilty, the judge also granted an injunction restraining any further infringement of the copyright work and ordered that each defendant must delete and/or destroy any copies held, including from Facebook.
Snedden said Facebook was increasingly helpful in thwarting the illegal activity.
He said about 300 tickets - many of which cost $199 - are still available for the fight.
Australian satellite channel Fox Sports is showing Parker's fight free as Aussies Jeff Horn and Shannon O'Connell seek to further their careers on two undercard bouts.
(Craigs comment, those people streamed/rebroadcast the fight. Its not people watching online streams they are going after but those who buy the sky ppv and rebroadcast it. These people had their sky card number flashed up on screen during the event. Very easy to trace it)
Sky wins damages against six Parker fight pirates
Sky TV has won a District Court judgment against seven people who streamed the Parker vs Haumono fight, staged by Duco Events in July.
Judge Sharp ruled that each defendant had infringed Sky's copyright. and granted an injunction restraining any further infringement of the copyrighted work and that each defendant must delete and/or destroy any copies held, including from Facebook.
Each must pay nominal damages of $100 as well as costs of $2670 (the amount sought by Sky).
Sky and Duco filed seven more cases after October's Parker-Dimitrenko bout (the first seven cases were handled in one hearing in Auckland on Wednesday but the remaining seven are expected to be heard individually around the country, including Christchurch).
Drop the hammer
Earlier, Duco chief executive Martin Snedden told NBR that although only nominal damages had been sought in the first wave of legal action, it was likely his company, acting in cooperation with Sky, would drop the hammer if offending continued.
"It's about raising awareness. We’re not about killing anyone financially, he said, "though if it happens again, we’ll have to think about that.” It's likely Sky and Duco will seek more than nominal damages if offending continues. Lowndes Jordon partner Rick Shera says damages sought could be high. If 10,000 people watched a defendant's illegal stream of a $50 pay-per-view fight over Facebook, Sky could use $500,000 as a starting point although if it won, damages would likely be less as the judge would have to consider how many of the stream viewers could have been reasonably expected to pay for the event.
This morning, Sky chief executive John Fellet said, "It’s a good result to have this unlawful behaviour confirmed by the courts. We have more claims in the judicial system that we await further positive results from in the coming weeks. We believe that piracy is theft of copyright. We will continue to work hard to protect Sky investments in all kind of content."
Carrot and stick
Sky has offered some carrot along with the stick, lowering pay-per-view pricing by $10 and putting pay-per-view bouts on its no-contract Fanpass service for the first time.
"If you don’t have Sky, just purchase from Fan Pass or go to a venue that is showing the fight there are plenty of legal options," Mr Fellet says (although in NBR comments, some have complained about a cost of up to $2000 for a pub or sports bar to screen the event; Sky won't comment on its pricing).
Sky and Duco were caught on the hop in May when a Porirua man used his smartphone to stream the Parker-Takam fight via Facebook's new Live video feature.
But by the time of the Parker-Haumono fight in July, Sky and Duco had formed a 13-person hit squad to monitor social media. Crucially, they also won the cooperation of Facebook, with the social media giant helping them to identify alleged offenders within minutes.
Mr Snedden says “We have a larger team than ever working this weekend to find anyone unlawfully streaming Parker vs Ruiz."
More grief to come
Although it’s got all the attention, Facebook Live is just one of many livestreaming services on offer. Others include Twitter, which recently acquired Periscope the bane of live sport promoters' lives in the US. There are so more many moles to whack.
“It’s a work in progress. We’re not kidding ourselves. There are some very clever people out there,” Mr Snedden says.
Regulator takes temple TV off air
BANGKOK: The national telecom regulator has ordered Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s satellite TV station off the air for 15 days following a request by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), which plans to raid the temple to arrest embattled former abbot Phra Dhammajayo.
crime, corruption, religion, police,
Dhammakaya Media Channel (DMC) broadcasts two channels over cable, satellite and the internet. Photo: Screengrab via dmc.tv via Bangkok Post
The move could indicate that an operation to arrest the abbot is about to kick off.
The decision was made at a meeting of a broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday (Dec 7).
Committee member Tawatchai Jittapanan said the panel agreed the temple’s 24-hour satellite TV channel, DMC, must temporarily cease broadcasts, acting on a request filed by the DSI.
NBTC Secretary-General Takorn Tantasith endorsed the order suspending DMC’s broadcasting but declined to comment, saying the matter was sensitive.
Dhammakaya Media Channel (DMC) broadcasts two channels over cable, satellite and the internet.
Despite the order, the station was still offering full-service broadcasts on its internet servers. The NBTC attempt to censor and DMC TV’s standard cable and satellite formats could focus even more attention on the internet broadcasts.
According to the request letter signed by DSI director-general Paisit Wongmuang on Tuesday (Dec 6) and sent to the NBTC, the ban on the temple’s satellite TV broadcast is to prevent the temple from using the TV channel to mobilise its supporters to block the authorities operation to raid the temple.
The DSI said the agency is in the process of laying out plans to search Wat Phra Dhammakaya in a bid to arrest Phra Dhammajayo.
In the first attempt to arrest Phra Dhammajayo at the temple on June 16, it was found that the DMC channel had persuaded the followers of the temple and the then abbot to gather for religious activities, though its real purpose was to prevent officials from arresting the suspect, the letter says.
If the TV channel is allowed to incite people to violate laws, there could be a risk of clashes between people and law enforcement officials, which could lead to violence and endanger national security, it says.
According to the letter, the DSI requested the NBTC to temporarily suspend the DMC broadcasts while the DSI is formulating plans to search and arrest the suspect.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday insisted Phra Dhammajayo must be arrested.
“The police will be very careful to raid the temple in order to prevent a clash with the temple’s devotees, but the abbot must be arrested,” Gen Prayut said.
This case is no different to other cases in which offenders must face punishment, he added.
“All are subject to the same law,” he stressed.
Gen Prayut has urged the former abbot to turn himself in if the monk believes himself innocent.
“If the monk thinks he is innocent, he should come forward and explain himself to the authorities,” the premier said.
Phra Dhammajayo has been indicted for allegedly laundering money and receiving stolen property in connection with the multi-billion-baht Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC) embezzlement scandal.
The case was investigated by the DSI.
The deadline for the former abbot to report to the DSI expired at the end of last month.
In a fresh accusation, the DSI revealed earlier that its investigation found the money allegedly siphoned from KCUC to the temple, its monks and related individuals were used to buy shares of some listed companies which have close relationships with the temple.
The amount could be worth more than one billion baht.
However, Wat Phra Dhammakaya denies the allegation. According to a press release issued by the temple yesterday, Wat Phra Dhammakaya receives donations honestly and transparently and the donated money is used in line with the donors’ wishes.
It also urged the DSI to show evidence backing up its claims.
The temple insisted that DMC TV played no role in inciting unrest or disturbances as claimed by the DSI.
It also plans to petition against the channel being taken off air, saying the DSI’s move infringes on the public’s right to access news and information.
Phra Dhammajayo is also facing charges in connection with alleged forest encroachment in Nakhon Ratchasima and Loei. These two cases are being investigated by the police.
Meanwhile, Lt Col Wichien Muangsuwan, chief investigator at Klong Luang Police Station in Pathum Thani sought a warrant yesterday for the arrest of Phra Thammasuthi Suthammo, the temple’s acting abbot, on charges of providing shelter to Phra Dhammajayo, but the court instructed investigators to send a summons to him first.
According to the summons, which has been sent to the temple, the acting abbot must report to police by Tuesday (Dec 13).
Teaching an old satellite new tricks
XMM-Newton in orbit around Earth. Image courtesy Copyright ESA/D. Ducros. For a larger version of this image please go here.
XMM-Newton is one of Europe's longest-flying and most productive orbiting observatories, investigating the hot X-ray Universe. Thanks to teamwork and technical innovation, it's on track to keep flying for a long time yet. Launched 17 years ago, ESA's orbiting X-ray telescope has helped scientists around the world to understand some of our Universe's most mysterious events, from what happens in and around black holes to how galaxies formed.
At 3800 kg, the 10 m-long XMM-Newton is the biggest science satellite ever built in Europe and its telescope mirrors are the most sensitive ever developed. Expected to operate for as long as a decade, the hardy spacecraft has happily surprised everyone by lasting almost two decades - and it shows no signs of giving up.
The success of XMM-Newton has been possible not only because of the robust spacecraft, but also the close cooperation between ESA's astronomy centre near Madrid, Spain, and the mission controllers at ESA's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany. "The total number of 4775 scientific publications to date, with 358 from this year alone, is an impressive record of the mission's scientific success, covering many, many areas of astrophysics," notes project scientist Norbert Schartel.
But keeping it fit and healthy into its third decade means the team must continue to develop and test new control techniques. A complex change to the orbit control system has almost halved fuel consumption, for example.
(Not) running on empty
For starters, keeping XMM in orbit will require occasional thruster firings, about once per day, and that means burning fuel. "We've got plenty of fuel and over the years we've figured out how to use less and less to maintain our science orbit," says Marcus Kirsch, spacecraft operations manager.
"The fuel is distributed between four separate tanks, but the main tank will run dry first. The design means we could not use the remaining fuel in the other tanks, so we're moving it all into tank 1. This will enable us to continue operations into the coming decade."
Back in the control room
As part of this process, the flight control team returned to ESA's large, general-purpose Main Control Room at mission control in November - the first time since launch in 1999 - for five days of intensive simulations. The team usually works from a smaller, dedicated room shared with the Integral and Gaia mission teams.
The simulations checked the procedures that will be used for moving the fuel and for reconfiguring XMM for working beyond 2017.
No one's ever done this before
"Not many spacecraft use the specially designed tank fuel system like on XMM," says Nikolai von Krusenstiern, spacecraft operations engineer.
"As far as we know, no one's ever shifted fuel from one tank to another with a tank design like ours in a satellite in orbit, and we want to take as much time as necessary to minimise any risk to the mission."
Tank-to-tank replenishment was never foreseen in the original design specifications - as XMM wasn't meant to last so long - so no process was devised by builder Astrium (now Airbus Defence and Space).
"Airbus have been very helpful - they even helped us get in touch with the now-retired designer of the fuel system to help us to safely design the procedures," says Nikolai.
XMM's third decade
The team will now analyse results of last month's simulations with the aim of reconfiguring the spacecraft in 2017. This will complement the careful optimisation of the flight control procedures already in place, and keep XMM thrusters firing - and the spacecraft flying reliably - into 2023.
After that, the team will have a low-risk and confirmed plan on hand to conduct the fuel replenishment, which would thereafter keep the craft in its science mission well into its third decade.
"The time spent in training and simulations last month was hugely valuable for the entire team," says Marcus.
"We worked together to devise a solid solution for XMM's coming decades, and the individual engineers gained excellent training experience that they can use for XMM or even take with them if assigned to other missions."
Inmarsat teams with Arianespace on next satellite launch
Global mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat has inked an agreement with Arianespace to launch its S-band satellite for the European Aviation Network (EAN) on an Ariane 5 heavy lift launch vehicle.
The EAN payload is part of a "condosat" constructed by Thales Alenia Space, which incorporates a second payload for Hellas-Sat and is scheduled to be launched from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana in mid-2017.
The condosat was originally scheduled for launch with SpaceX but a delay in SpaceX’s launch schedule resulted in the condosat to be moved to an Arianespace launch.
Inmarsat will now launch Inmarsat-5 F4, a Global Xpress (GX) satellite, with SpaceX, with the launch planned for the first half of 2017. The company says it is looking forward to continuing to work with SpaceX.
“We are delighted with flexibility that Arianespace has shown in being able to provide a launch slot that enables us to place our European Aviation Network S-band satellite in orbit by mid-2017,” said Michele Franci, chief technology officer, Inmarsat.
"This launch schedule supports the introduction of our ground-breaking integrated satellite and air-to-ground network, developed by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, which will deliver a very high capacity broadband Wi-Fi experience for passengers flying throughout Europe.”
Report: Content piracy becoming fully-fledged business
Findings from digital platform security specialist Irdeto indicate that content theft by pirates has become a fully-fledged business and a formidable competitor to established pay-TV operators.
According to the data, currently there are more than 2.7 million advertisements on e-commerce websites, including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba for illicit streaming devices. In a true cross-channel effort, these advertisements can also be found on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and other prominent social media platforms. Pirates are becoming more business savvy and expanding their product marketing of illicit streaming devices. Data from digital market intelligence specialist SimilarWeb shows that the growth in global traffic resulted in more than 16,460,000 visits per month to the top 100 pirate IPTV supplier websites. The US and UK led all countries with more than 3.7 million and one million site visits per month, respectively.
Typically, consumer choice comes down to content, value and convenience when selecting a service. Pirates exploit those three needs by offering services and devices that rival their legal counterparts. Without the costs of legally acquiring the rights and content, pirates are able to take valuable market share in the process. According to Irdeto data, a typical pirate supplier offers an average of 174 channels, with some pirate suppliers offering more than 1,000 channels. This content comes in at an average subscription cost of $194.40 per year or a staggeringly low $16.20 per month much lower than the average US cable cost of $103.10 per month. In some cases, despite the illegal nature of the offering, these low costs and the compelling content provided sway consumers to choose a pirate device over legal cable, satellite or OTT services.
“To keep these growing pirate businesses at bay, content owners and operators need to understand the factors that go into consumer choice, including a full picture of piracy and strategies pirates use to grow into legitimate businesses,” said Rory O’Connor, Vice President of Services, Irdeto. “Content owners and operators need to make sure they are implementing a comprehensive, 360-degree anti-piracy strategy. This includes detection, monitoring, source identification/watermarking, intelligence-gathering, investigations and enforcement. With the right information and a trusted security partner, content owners and operators can prevent piracy while also adapting offerings to more closely match consumer demand.”
While some consumers are aware that they are purchasing pirated content, others do not realise that the subscriptions they are purchasing are pirate operations. As pirates have grown and refined their business practices, Irdeto has seen an increase in pirates creating professional websites, technology and services, fooling some consumers into thinking they are purchasing a legal service. In addition, the top 100 pirate IPTV suppliers add credibility to their offerings by providing legitimate-looking devices powered by Android, Linux, Kodi and Roku.
Device Supported Percentage
Android 27 per cent
Infomir Mag 250/254 26 per cent
Kodi 21 per cent
Generic Devices 19 per cent
Roku 7 per cent
“Like any growing business, pirates are now diversifying their portfolio by adding new technology and more content options to their illegal offerings,” said Mark Mulready, Senior Director of Cyber Services and Investigations, Irdeto. “Our data found that of the top ten channels offered, half were sports-related. This clearly indicates that pirates are listening to their customers and addressing consumer demand by offering more live sports content, including baseball, football/soccer, mixed sporting events, tennis and motorsports. As pirates continue to add to their portfolio, it is becoming increasingly important for content owners and operators to adopt a 360-degree anti-piracy strategy designed to continually adapt and grow with the changing market.”
Top Five Categories of Live Pirated Sports August 2016
Baseball 25.2 per cent
Football/Soccer 23.4 per cent
Mixed Sporting Events 13 per cent
Tennis 10.5 per cent
Motorsports 8.9 per cent
(Craig's comment, another stupid survey , Kodi isn't a device its a piece of software available on multiple hardware platforms. Why don't they list how many DTH services are being pirated and card shared using Irdeto encryption providing the source signal of many of those dodgy iptv services!)
From my Email
From the Dish
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ABC updates mobile app with better streaming
A streamlined look with live streaming and news built in for the ABC’s primary mobile app.
The ABC’s shift to digital broadcasting is going full steam ahead, with the switch this week to HD broadcasting for its primary ABC channel, as well as the release of its ABC Me smartphone app.
iPhoneABCAppIt has also released an updated version of its primary ABC app for mobile and tablet with a redesigned interface and inbuilt live streaming of ABC, ABC News 24, ABC Me and ABC Kids content. You can use it to access ABC radio streaming and a wide variety of podcasts, as well as the ABC’s digital Double J and triple j Unearthed channels.
If you’re using an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, the app also includes 3D Touch shortcuts for Just In, TV On Demand, Now On TV and Listen Live sections of the app.
The ABC App is available for Android devices via Google Play or iOS devices from the iTunes store as a free download, although obviously if you’re streaming video, data charges will apply.
Optus this week announced it was making content from the ABC Me app free to stream for selected mobile customers, alongside its existing free iView streaming, but it’s yet to announce the same for the core ABC app.
Air New Zealand signs contract with Inmarsat for in-flight WiFi
From Press Release
Inmarsat has signed a contract with Air New Zealand to provide Global Xpress (GX) connectivity across the airline’s long-haul and short-haul fleets. GX for Aviation, the world’s first globally available high-speed broadband network designed for mobility, will be deployed by Air New Zealand to deliver a reliable, seamless broadband in-flight Wi-Fi experience across the world.
“We’re very excited about working with Air New Zealand. They’re an innovative organisation and have taken a fresh approach to finding the right connectivity partner,” says Inmarsat Aviation president Leo Mondale.
“GX for Aviation is the only in-flight broadband solution that is fast, reliable and truly consistent, with seamless coverage across the world provided by a single operator. Our focus is on ensuring customers enjoy a frictionless inflight broadband experience,” continued Leo Mondale.
Air New Zealand’s Chief Digital Officer, Avi Golan, said “We wanted a world-class solution that would meet the high expectations of our customers, offering both a consistent and reliable service. We then spent time testing the GX live experience on Honeywell’s B757 test aircraft, as part of Inmarsat Aviation’s global test tour. We‘ve been monitoring the developments in inflight connectivity for some time and with GX, we believe we will be able to offer broadband on-board in innovative ways that will further set Air New Zealand apart as one of the world’s leading airlines.”
For the first time, GX for Aviation connectivity will be integrated with Air New Zealand’s Inflight Entertainment (IFE) system provided by Panasonic. This was specifically requested by Air New Zealand and all parties have embraced the opportunity to come together to meet their needs.
GX for Aviation is the ideal solution for Air New Zealand. The global nature of the GX network means that Air New Zealand’s ultra-long-haul routes, across the Pacific and on to the United Kingdom are covered, whilst the ability to layer-in capacity over Air New Zealand’s key regional destination hubs, such as the East Coast of Australia, will ensure that the customer experience will be of consistently high quality.
The first GX-equipped aircraft are expected to begin proving flights in the second half of 2017, with services progressively available on Tasman, Pacific and long-haul fleets from the end of next year. It is anticipated that domestic routes will be added to the connected fleet from 2018.
Air New Zealand is joining a growing fleet of airline customers who have chosen GX, including Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Singapore Airlines.
All Blacks tests could become free-to-air
All Blacks tests would have to be broadcast on free-to-air television under a proposed law change to be debated by Parliament.
The bill in the name of New Zealand First MP Clayton Mitchell would ensure that any game of "national significance" was freely available to all New Zealanders.
That included all international rugby, rugby league, netball, cricket, and football games either played in New Zealand or in a major event such as a world cup.
It would also include the Summer and Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games.
The bill also proposed making some domestic events such as the National Rugby League (NRL) grand final or Super 15 rugby final free to air if they featured a New Zealand team.
The bill's explanatory note said supporting New Zealand teams and other taxpayer-supported events could involve costs of $1000 a year per household.
"The objective of this bill is to break this barrier down so that taxpayers can support New Zealand teams in key events and enjoy events that have about due to taxpayer support."
The bill will get its first reading next year.
The full of proposed free-to-air events:
• All Rugby World Cup matches involving New Zealand (adult men and women)
• All domestic rugby test matches involving New Zealand
• Super XV Competition Rugby Final (if a New Zealand team is involved)
• ITM Competition Cup Final
• All Netball World Cup matches involving New Zealand
• All domestic netball test matches
• ANZ Netball Championship (if a New Zealand team is involved)
• All Cricket World Cup matches involving New Zealand (adult men and women)
• All domestic one-day cricket international matches involving New Zealand (adult men and women) \
• All Rugby League World Cup matches involving New Zealand
• All domestic Rugby League test matches involving New Zealand
• National Rugby League Grand Final (if a New Zealand team is involved)
• All Football World Cup matches involving the New Zealand All Whites
• All domestic football international matches involving the New Zealand All Whites
• All Women's Tennis Association and Association of Tennis Professionals tennis events held in New Zealand
• Australian National Basketball League Grand Final (if a New Zealand team is involved)
• The Summer Olympic Games
• The Winter Olympic Games
• The Commonwealth Games
• The New Zealand Trotting Cup
• Any other sporting event funded by the Major Events Development Fund
Astro eyes 75% household penetration by end of 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd, which currently serves five million or 71% of Malaysian TV households, is eyeing an increase to 75% by end of next year, helped by improved customers' experience as well as more premium and differentiated content offerings.
Speaking at a press conference here yesterday, Astro group CEO Datuk Rohana Rozhan said it currently offers 186 TV channels to its five million customers (3.4 million pay-TV subscribers and 1.6 million NJOI customers) with growth primarily driven by its subscription-free TV service, NJOI.
"Our OTT (over-the-top) online video service and On Demand offerings continue to resonate with Astro On The Go (AOTG), which saw its registered users increase to 1.1 million and an average viewing time of 130 minutes weekly," she noted.
In addition, Rohana said its On Demand service currently registers 600,000 video downloads per month, with 5.1 million unique viewers monthly on its social media platforms.
She said the group will continuously offer compelling content to its customers, with a focus on original signature IPs (intellectual property), local and Asean movies, same day/date global windows, live music events, sports, as well as international blockbuster movies.
"Through AOTG, we will be more aggressive on the individuals, where the current download numbers are three million, and next year we are expecting it to grow to five million."
"We are going to make sure that our customers understand that there is a value extension to be an Astro customer, where they can watch every content that they have subscribed for and paid for on their AOTG," she added.
Furthermore, Rohana said the group is also planning to attract more millennials viewers, by offering more digital content that is preferred by the group.
She said the group's Tribe OTT service is on course to build a community for the millennials in the region, with its December launch in the Philippines, following the launch in Indonesia last March.
The group recently entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Philippines mobile brand Globe Telecom Inc to offer Tribe OTT video services to its customers in the country.
Tribe is an OTT service for Asean video consumers, which offers live and on demand content comprising live sports, Asian movies, and TV series including Korean entertainment.
Meanwhile, Rohana said the group expects its content cost for its television business to remain the same at 36% of its annual TV revenue in the next financial year ending Jan 31, 2018 (FY18).
Astro's net profit for the third quarter ended Oct 31, 2016 increased 43.8% to RM151 million from RM106.01 million a year ago, mainly due to decrease in depreciation of property, plant and equipment and lower net finance cost.
Its revenue was 3.6% higher at RM1.42 billion against the corresponding quarter last year of RM1.37 billion, mainly due to an increase in subscription, advertising, home-shopping and other revenue.
The board has declared a third interim dividend of 3 sen per share, 9% higher than in the same period last year.
For the nine months period, net profit rose by 17% to RM478.61 million from RM411.55 million a year ago. Revenue was higher by 3.5% at RM4.22 billion against RM4.07 billion previously.
SKY Perfect JSAT, KSAT to Collaborate on Asia-Pacific Ground Stations
KSAT’s satellite station in Tromso, Norway. Photo: KSAT
[Via Satellite 12-07-2016] SKY Perfect JSAT has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) in order to jointly develop and expand KSAT’s ground station services for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite operators in the Asia-Pacific region. The agreement will also allow KSAT to expand remote sensing operational monitoring services using satellite images.
This is the latest in a string of LEO-related business investments by SKY Perfect JSAT, such as a 2015 investment into a Japan’s VB Axelspace, a 2016 investment in optical satellite images sales in Japan provided by Planet, and ground station services that will launch in the second quarter of 2017. Through this strategic alliance with KSAT, SKY Perfect JSAT is aiming to accelerate expansion of its ground station network in the Asia-Pacific region and provide more reliable ground station services to global LEO satellite operators.
Moreover, in terms of remote sensing services using satellite images, SKY Perfect JSAT will start joint marketing of KSAT’s existing remote sensing services and jointly develop various maritime information services.
ULA launches WGS-8 military communications satellite to orbit
The Delta IV Medium+ carrying the WGS-8 satellite clears the tower on its way to orbit. Photo Credit: ULA
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully delivered the latest member of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation to orbit. The launch of WGS-8 (ULA’s 114th overall and the 34th Delta IV ) occurred on-time with liftoff commencing at 6:53 p.m. EST (23:53 GMT) Dec. 7, 2016, precisely at the opening of its 49-minute launch window.
“Thank you to the U.S. Air Force and industry team whose flawless execution enabled today’s successful launch of the WGS-8 mission,” said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Custom Services, in a news release. “Last week ULA celebrated our anniversary and 10 years of 100 percent mission success. This evening’s launch epitomizes why our customers continue to entrust ULA to deliver our nation’s most crucial space capabilities.”
Step By Step
The Delta IV, configured in its Medium+ (5,4) arrangement, took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s (CCAFS) Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37). It quickly left the pad as the four strap-on GEM-60 solid rocket motors (SRMs) ignited. This occurred approximately five seconds after the core stage’s RS-68A engine roared to life.
Clearing the tower a few seconds after liftoff, the Delta IV began its pitch, roll, and yaw maneuver as it rapidly gained speed on the “uphill” climb to orbit, and ultimately a supersynchronous transfer orbit.
With the RS-68A and four SRMs continuing to fire, the vehicle surpassed Mach 1 (the speed of sound) around 37 seconds after liftoff and encountered the greatest aerodynamic stress on the vehicle about 9 seconds later. This region of increased aerodynamic loads on the rocket is called “max Q” and is a function of the vehicle’s speed and atmospheric pressure.
The next milestone on the way to orbit was the burnout and jettisoning of the four SRMs, more than a minute-and-a-half after liftoff.
At two minutes into the flight, the vehicle was traveling at Mach 5, and doubled its speed only a minute later. As the vehicle continued to accelerate with the RS-68A consuming nearly 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms) of propellant every second it was high enough to be able to shed the protective payload fairing at three minutes and fourteen seconds into the flight.
Booster Engine Cutoff (BECO) successfully occurred just short of four minutes after liftoff, and the second stage, the Delta Cryogenic Second Stage (DCSS), separated a few seconds later. The DCSS’s RL10B-2 engine ignited shortly thereafter, and with its 24,750 pounds (110.1 kilonewtons) of thrust continued to power the WGS-8 satellite to orbit.
This RL10B-2 burned for approximately fifteen minutes during this first burn, with main engine cut-off (MECO-1) occurring nearly twenty minutes into flight. The DCSS and its WGS-8 payload then entered a 10-minute coast period, and re-ignition of the RL10B-2 initiated nearly 30 minutes after liftoff.
The second burn was significantly shorter than the first, lasting slightly more than three minutes, with MECO-2 occurring some 32 minutes after lifting off from SLC-37.
Its job nearly done, the DCSS and WGS-8 satellite coasted for approximately nine minutes before the spacecraft separated from the second stage, high above and slightly east of Madagascar. Now free-flying, the satellite will use its onboard propulsion system to reach its ultimate destination high above the equator in an undisclosed geostationary orbit.
A Successful Launch
While ULA notched their 114th successful launch, their success also rides on the shoulders of the men and women in uniform of the United States Air Force’s 45th Space Wing. Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander and mission Launch Decision Authority, was full of praise for his team.
“Thanks to the astounding commitment, focus on the mission, and teamwork the men and women of the 45th Space Wing share with our mission partners at SMC and ULA, we successfully launched the next satellite in the WGS constellation,” Monteith said. “This mission demonstrates the Air Force’s commitment to deliver secure and reliable satellite communications around the globe to U.S. forces and our allies. It also once again showcases why the 45th Space Wing is the ‘World’s Premiere Gateway to Space.’”
The successful launch and deployment of the WGS-8 satellite marks ULA’s 11th of 2016, and is the company’s penultimate mission on their manifest for the year. ULA’s next scheduled launch, on Dec. 16, 2016, from SLC-41 at CCAFS, is for an Atlas V carrying the EchoStar 19 satellite.
India’s ZEE gets Teleport licence
Subhash Chandra’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) is setting up its own satellite Earth Station and teleport to uplink its portfolio of satellite channels. India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has granted ZEEL an uplinking licence.
Previously, ZEEL has used the satellite uplink services at Dish TV (which is also majority owned by Chandra’s companies).
Comments in India’s Television Post news site says there will be no overlap between the Dish and new ZEEL uplinking facilities.
ZEEL operates 55 broadcast channels, and will further develop its Noida teleport facility, near New Delhi.
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Jonathan Spink new CASBAA board chairman
MUMBAI: Following its first meeting on 06 December, the CASBAA Board of Directors announced that Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the next 12 months.
With almost three decades of experience in the pay television industry, Jonathan Spink is responsible for the overall management of HBO in South East and South Asia. Under Spink’s leadership, HBO Asia has built a growing network of standard-definition and high-definition channels and services, as well as developing several groundbreaking original local productions.
Spink succeeds Sompan Charumilinda, Vice Chairman of TrueVisions, as Chairman of the CASBAA Board. “Khun Sompan has been a Board member for more than a decade, and most recently, served diligently in his term as Chairman of the Board,” said Spink. “On behalf of my fellow Directors and the broader membership, we thank him for his guidance and insights over the years and we look forward to his continued contribution on the Association’s Board.”
Spink also welcomed new Directors elected during the Association’s 2016 AGM held 10 Nov in Macau; namely, Rohit D’Silva (FOX Networks Group Asia), Jonas Engwall (RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network), Marcel Fenez (Fenez Media), Todd Miller (Celestial Tiger Entertainment), Alexandre Muller (TV5MONDE), and Andrew Stott (Olswang Asia). They join returning Directors Sompan Charumilinda (TrueVisions), Andrew Jordan (AsiaSat), Amit Malhotra (The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia), Ricky Ow (Turner International Asia Pacific), Mark Patterson (GroupM), Joe Welch (21st Century Fox), and Christopher Slaughter (CASBAA) to make up CASBAA’s Board.
“With the multichannel TV industry in all its forms facing unprecedented challenges as well as opportunities in 2017,” Spink added, “the coming year promises to be busier than ever for CASBAA. I look forward to working with my fellow Directors and the CASBAA Executive Office to ensure that the work of the Association is relevant to all its Member companies, as they adapt to a rapidly developing operating environment.”
Following the announcement of the Chairman and Board of Directors 2017, CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter highlighted the increasingly broad Membership of the Association. He noted that during 2016 several new members joined, including the Premier League, Rewind Networks, Nielsen, Strategic IP Information, Metrasat, Trilegal, and Kantar Media. Also during the year, TV5MONDE, Intelsat, RTL/CBS and INVIDI all upgraded to Patron status. “It is a delight to welcome these new additions across all our membership categories,” Slaughter said. “We are confident they will prove to be valuable additions to the CASBAA community, and we look forward to their participation in our activities and on our Committees.”
Spacecom Chinese deal done?
Chinese telecommunications company Beijing Xinwei Technology Group is to buy Israeli satellite communications company, Spacecom, for $190 million (€177m), according to Israeli press reports, unconfirmed by the company.
A Statement from the company issued to advanced-television.com said: “Spacecom wishes to inform the public that merger talks with Luxembourg Space Telecommunication S.A., a Luxembourg company and subsidiary of Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, are continuing and there is no final agreement about terms for Spacecom’s acquisition by the Luxembourg company.
Spacecom wishes to clarify that the signing of this deal is contingent upon completing discussions between the sides on certain principles that remain open between the two sides. At present, there is no certainty that the deal in its current condition or with future conditions will or can be signed.”
The Chinese company had originally offered to pay $285 million for the satellite operator but that was prior to the September 1st catastrophic loss of its Amos-6 satellite when an engine test-firing of a Falcon 9 rocket went badly wrong.
The new price is some 50 per cent more than Spacecom’s market capitalisation ($128 million) on the Tel Aviv stock exchange, but one-third less than the original price offered.
The September 1 explosion meant that plans to place the Amos-6 satellite into Spacecom’s 4 degrees West orbital position had to be scrubbed. However, last week it emerged that Spacecom had leased a satellite from AsiaSat (AsiiaSat-8) and this craft is being moved to the 4 degrees West position.
Spacecom’s senior executives will receive completion bonuses once the deal wraps. For example, David Pollack (CEO) will receive a NIS 3 million payment (€731,000), plus a further NIS 2 million if he stays on at Spacecom for six months after the deal closes.
Amos 6 was to be Spacecom’s main future source of income, with an orders backlog estimated at $345 million. One of the main deals cancelled following the explosion was Spacecom’s $95 million agreement with Facebook. Last year, Spacecom reported that Amos 6 will be used by Facebook for one of its main projects in recent years connecting African countries to the Internet.
AsiaSat-8 is a fairly-new craft, launched in August 2014 to 105.5 degrees East. It carries 24 Ku-band and 1 Ka-band transponder. The deal with Spacecom only covers Ku-band capacity. Spacecom is coughing up $22 million a year for the AsiaSat capacity and has leased the satellite for four years with a further one-year extension option. AsiaSat-8 is expected to take 45 days to reach 4 degrees West and enter service early in 2017.
MNC Media Chief Weighs in on TV, Digital in Indonesia
SINGAPORE: Free-to-air TV is set to remain the dominant platform in Indonesia, David Fernando Audy, CEO of MNC Media, said at ATF today, with a lack of broadband infrastructure hindering the rollout of online platforms.
As the head of MNC Media, a division of PT Media Nusantara Citra, Audy oversees four free-to-air TV channels, including the market-leading RCTI, pay-TV assets, the company’s digital businesses, its content production activities and a talent management agency. In Indonesia’s crowded FTA market, with a total of ten stations, MNC’s four channels have a market viewing share of 44 to 48 percent and an advertising share of 40 to 45 percent, Audy said. It produces 15,000 hours a year and has a library of 270,000 hours, “representing about 40 percent of the local content market.”
The way in which online viewing is changing television in other markets “has yet to come to Indonesia” Audy said, with FTA still the leading viewing and advertising platform. However, the country has the lowest rate card for TV spots compared with other markets in the region, with just $5,000 charged for a 30-second spot. “This represents future potential upside,” Audy noted. Nevertheless, “MNC is among the top media companies in Southeast Asia. We have the three and four positions after Astro and ABS-CBN.”
Positioning itself for future growth, Audy said MNC recently completed a $250 million investment in new infrastructure, with four new buildings and 48 new studios. “The aim is to enhance our content production capability, in quantity and quality. The new studios will be key to improving our onscreen quality and increase our production hours in the coming years.”
Audy then went on to discuss if, and how, the internet will disrupt the television industry in Indonesia. The country of 258 million people has 88 million internet users at present, of which 79 million are active social media users. There are 326 million mobile phones in use in the country, about half of which are smartphones. The majority of internet access in Indonesia is from smartphones. Mobiles will remain the dominant internet device for the next five years or so, he said.
The smartphone, however, is not being used yet for AVOD or SVOD streaming, with YouTube dominating internet video use.
“Content consumption is growing healthily in Indonesia,” Audy continued. “It’s the cheapest form of family entertainment. It’s free.”
Indonesians average five hours of TV viewing every day and three hours of internet use.
TV has a 65-percent share of the ad market at present, with online at about 11 percent. Over the next five years, TV’s share is expected to drop to about 62 percent while online will rise to about 19 percentthat gain will largely come out of print’s share, not television’s, Audy stated.
Digital platforms are hindered by the geographic challenges Indonesia presents in terms of broadband infrastructure rollouts. As such “monetization [of digital platforms] will not come anytime soon.”
Nevertheless, MNC is preparing itself for expected internet gains in Indonesia’s major cities. It has a successful second-screen app for RCTI that has fared well when combined with hit shows like Rising Star. Audy said that 40 percent of MNC’s digital revenues come from the RCTI app.
Netflix, Mediacorp partner for Singaporean TV showcase
Singapore media company Mediacorp and Netflix have confirmed that the streaming service will bring locally-produced TV series to its members around the world from early 2017.
The agreement brings over 20 popular Chinese TV series made in Singapore, including award-winning classics such as The Little Nyonya and The Golden Path, and more recent dramas such as The Dream Job and The Truth Seekers to Netflix.
CheeK, Mediacorp’s Chief Content Officer, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase our local dramas to a global audience on Netflix, and give them a taste of made-in-Singapore content. We hope to cultivate more discerning fans beyond our shores, who are looking for high-quality Asian content. Mediacorp produces some 1,600 hours of entertainment content in four languages a year. We’re excited about making more of this available to a wider audience on Netflix.”
“Netflix’s content library is growing every day and we are excited to be adding homegrown dramas by Mediacorp to the service. These popular local shows will now find new audiences all over the world, truly making Netflix a service that has something for everyone,” said Jessica Lee, Vice President, Communications, Netflix Asia.
ISRO launches remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A on board PSLV-C36
In a follow on mission to RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2, which were launched in 2003 and 2011 respectively, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has today launched 1,235 kg RESOURCESAT-2A remote sensing satellite on board PSLV-C36 from Satish Dhawan Space Center SHAR, Sriharikota.
PSLV-C36, which is the thirty eighth flight of ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), has successfully placed RESOURCESAT-2A into an 817 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
RESOURCESAT-2A carries three payloads which are similar to those of RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2.
The first payload are a high resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanner (LISS-4) camera operating in three spectral bands in the Visible and Near Infrared Region (VNIR) with 5.8 m spatial resolution and steerable up to 26 degrees across track to achieve a five day revisit capability.
The second payload is the medium resolution LISS-3 camera operating in three-spectral bands in VNIR and one in Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) band with 23.5 m spatial resolution.
The third payload is a coarse resolution Advanced Wide Field Sensor (AWiFS) camera operating in three spectral bands in VNIR and one band in SWIR with 56 m spatial resolution.
Besides these three payloads, RESOURCESAT-2A carries two solid state recorders with a capacity of 200 Giga Bits each to store the images taken by its cameras that can be read out later to ground stations.
It must be noted that PSLV is the ISRO's versatile launch vehicle for launching multiple satellites in polar SSOs, Low Earth Orbits (LEO) as well as Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and sub GTO. PSLV has launched a total of 121 satellites, of which 79 satellites are from abroad and 42 are Indian satellites, from 1994 till 2016.
ABC Australia have started their HD broadcasts
IS19 12557 H Sr 15000 wizzie tv mux is still running FTA
IS19 12601 V Sr 7000 "STS3" Cricket FTA
From my Email
I found a new TP.
3733 V 30000. 20+ channels with 10+ FTA.
CCTV 4, CCTV News Eng, CCTV 9 Doco Eng and Chn Movies plus more.
A good strong signal.
(Craig's comment, announced last month , settings as below )
Reception Parameters of Great Wall Asia Platform
APSTAR-5 @ 138E
12.538GHz & 12.721GHz
DVB-S, QPSK, FEC=1/2
MPEG-2, SDTV, NTSC
APSTAR-6 @ 134E
DVB-S2, 8PSK, Fec=3/4
MPEG-4, SDTV, PAL
DVB-S2, 8PSK, Fec=3/4
MPEG-4, SDTV, PAL
From the Dish
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3805 V "EM TV" is encrypted again.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Hits" has started on , PowerVu. Sports Illustrated 3 has left.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Tsargrad TV" is Fta.
From asiatvro site
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段，CNN(菲律宾)替换亚洲新闻（梦幻卫视）频道，设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [12月6日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段，HBO HD替换MN+ HD（Sun Direct）频道，设置10970 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [12月6日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段，BBC Earth替换BBC entertainment（Sky Net）频道，设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段，SD Reserve 08、HD Reserve 01（测试）频道新增，设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，LOAD（美国）频道重现，设置3760 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，NHK World TV（日本）等全组频道消失，设置3739 H 26590参数无效接收。 [12月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，ETC、Fox Sports 2（环宇卫视）频道加密，设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，BTV、Fight Sports HD（环宇卫视）等全组频道加密，设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，NHK World TV（日本）等全组频道消失，设置4060 H 26590参数无效接收。 [12月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，Fox（菲律宾）频道加密，设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
SpaceX cutting it fine for Dec 16 launch date
Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX is expected to return to flight with a Falcon 9 rocket on December 16th, and to launch a cluster of satellites for space telephone and data company Iridium.
However, SpaceX has yet to receive a clean bill of health in the shape of a formal investigation to a September 1st catastrophic explosion which destroyed an Israeli satellite, Amos-6. The Federal Aviation Administration is one of the bodies compiling the report into the incident.
The explosion took place at SpaceX’s facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida, while the December 16th event is scheduled for a launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Iridium Communications has confirmed its expects the launch to proceed as expected, at 12.36pm Pacific Time on December 16th. “This launch is contingent upon the FAA’s approval of SpaceX’s return to flight following the anomaly that occurred on September 1st 2016 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida,” Iridium said in a statement. “We are grateful for [SpaceX’s] transparency and hard work to plan for their return to flight. We are looking forward to the inaugural launch of Iridium NEXT, and what will begin a new chapter in our history.”
SES adds another UHD channel
4KUniverse, a general entertainment Ultra HD channel, is the latest in a series of networks to join SES’s fast-growing Ultra HD line-up being delivered to cable operators and other television platforms across North America
A mix of documentaries, sports, movies, and TV shows aimed at Millennials and Generation-X viewers, 4KUniverse will make its debut in January on the SES-1 satellite, one of three satellites (SES-1, SES-3, AMC-18) hosting North America’s leading Ultra HD distribution platform at the centre of the orbital arc. 4KUniverse, licensed to multiple video programme distributors (MVPDs) by Vivicast Media, is the fourth Ultra HD channel in less than two months to join SES’s regional Ultra HD platform, home to eight linear Ultra HD channels as of Januar
4KUniverse takes the overall total of UHD channel to 30 on various SES satellites.
The channel offers Ultra HD content featuring high-end entertainment series, including Model Turned Superstar and wine competition series Best Bottle. Live sports content includes exclusive 4K rights to the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, while the 4KUniverse movie vault features a broad range of titles, such as 80’s drama The Toy Soldiers and the launch of crime thriller Wolf Mother next year. Nature documentaries on the Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier and the Hoh Rainforest showcase majestic drone aerials over popular landmarks, rounding out the offering at launch. Plans for 2017 include brand new, original Ultra HD shows for daytime and primetime audiences.
“4KUniverse represents a tremendous addition to the expanding Ultra HD content choices offered over the SES Ultra HD distribution platform serving North America,” said Matthew Mancinelli, Founder and CEO of 4KUniverse. “We have been collaborating with the SES team for months, by testing with block programming on their promotional channel all leading up to this exciting launch of our 24/7 Ultra HD channel with cable and telecom companies across the US. Our first carriage deals will be announced shortly.”
Lebanese Court orders al-Manar back onto Arabsat
Controversial Arabic channel al-Manar was taken off air last December because of its lack of balance and its support of Hezbollah. The channel was alleged to have breached Arabsat’s contract terms.
On December 2nd a Lebanese court ruled that Arabsat should put the channel back on air “as soon as possible”.
Judge of Urgent Matters Hasan Hamdan said in his ruling that the Code of Civil Procedure allows him to examine “urgent matter cases which have occurred in his constituency.”
The judge’s constituency is the Lebanon, usually the home base of the al-Manar, although the channel shifted its base on nearby Jordan earlier this year. Most observers do not see a speedy return of the channel to Arabsat, given that the judge has no jurisdiction in Saudi Arabia where Arabsat is headquartered.
Vega Lofts Turkey's Earth Observation Satellite
Korea IT Times, December 5, 2016-- ESA released today Arianespace today launched a Vega rocket on a commercial mission to deliver a Turkish Earth observation satellite into orbit.
Liftoff of Vega’s eighth flawless mission from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 13:51 GMT on 5 December (14:51 CET; 10:51 local time).
With a mass at liftoff of 1060 kg, Göktürk-1 was manoeuvred into its target Sun-synchronous orbit about 57 minutes into the mission after a series of burns of Vega’s upper stage.
Complying with debris regulations to help keep space clean, Vega’s upper stage fired a final time to burn up high in the atmosphere over the ocean.
Vega is a 30 m-high, four-stage vehicle designed to accommodate small scientific and Earth observation payloads of 3002500 kg depending on the orbit.
12430 H 7200 3/4 8psk "IMG GOLF AU (STS)" FTA
12440 H 7500 5/6 8psk "Supercars media path 2 (STS)" Encrypted
12454 H 15000 3/4 8psk "Supercars media path 1 (STS)" Encrypted
12557 H 15000 the "wizzie tv mux is fta"
a couple of screenshots for the gallery
From my Email
From Feral Kiwi
D2 12546 V 22500 "ERI TV(NEW)" up today
Old "ERI TV" still on 12734 V 22500.
If you want to view LOW res video encoding this is the channel.
(Craig's comment , yes horrible video and still in Mpg 2. Come on Telstra overhaul your D2 platform.)
From the Dish
Palapa D 113.0E Family Channel Network is back on 4057 V, clear.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3700 V "N TV and E News" have started on , Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "DW" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "CBN News" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E Spice has replaced Ed on 11474 H, Irdeto.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V Super Screen has replaced Silver Screen on , Fta.
From asiatvro site
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，News 18（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置3968 H 6500参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，Sadhna Prime News（MPEG-4）频道消失，设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。 [12月5日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段，Thu Nghiem（高清）频道改格式，设置11300 V 30000参数免费接收。 [12月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段，ALA、SPO-OSA（传送）频道新增，设置4156 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [12月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段，AMC SG（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [12月4日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Travelxp（测试）频道新增，设置4090 H 14368参数免费接收。 [12月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段，Gang Cartoon（IPM）频道加密，设置11679 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月4日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段，Test-1、Test-2 HD（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置11356 V 44900参数有条件接收。 [12月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段，亚洲新闻替换CC（梦幻卫视）频道，设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Best Channel（泰国）频道消失，设置4040 V 30000参数无效接收。 [12月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段，PNN TV、D Music（柬埔寨）等全组频道消失，设置11480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [12月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段，Gang Cartoon（IPM）频道解密，设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，珠江台、测试（HEVC）频道新增，设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，东森洋片、动物星球（环宇卫视）等频道加密，设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，东森电影、HBO HD（环宇卫视）等频道加密，设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，Star World、Star Movies（环宇卫视）等频道加密，设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，动物星球、东森洋片（环宇卫视）等全组频道解密，设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，国家地理、日舞高清（环宇卫视）等全组频道解密，设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，台视、天映经典（环宇卫视）等全组频道解密，设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，台视、天映经典（环宇卫视）等全组频道解密，设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，广东体育替换CCTV-5（HEVC）频道，设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段，Travel+Adventure HD（高清）频道新增，设置11996 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，Safaa（印度）频道新增，设置3700 V 3840参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，Hamra One（印度）频道消失，设置3700 V 3840参数无效接收。 [12月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，E News替换E1（印度）频道，设置3700 V 3840参数免费接收。 [12月2日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段，Hits（高清）频道新增，设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，CCTV-3、CCTV-5替换CCTV-娱乐（香港）等频道，设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，CCTV-6替换山东教育（香港）频道，设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，ETC、Fox Sports（环宇卫视）等频道加密，设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
Netflix surges in Australia
SYDNEY: Streaming site Netflix has seen its subscriber audience in Australia rise to levels comparable to rival Foxtel but the amount of time consumers spend with the two platforms, is very different according to new research.
Latest figures from Roy Morgan Research indicated a post-winter surge in Netflix subscriptions so that another three quarters of a million have been added since May: by November, 5,776,000 Australians over the age of 14 (29% of the population) had Netflix in the home, through 2,223,000 household subscriptions, B&T reported.
But while these numbers are rising, viewing time is not necessarily following suit: some 42% of Netflix subscribers streamed less than three hours of its content during an average week, a figure that includes 16% who didn't watch anything at all.
Just over a third (35%) spent between three and seven hours watching, while 14% managed between eight and 14 hours; a dedicated 9% entered binge territory, watching 15 or more hours of content.
In comparison, a majority of Foxtel subscribers watched at least eight hours a week, including over a third who watched for 15 hours or more. Only around one in 20 people with Foxtel hadn't watched it at all in the last seven days.
"The full impact of Netflix as a competitor for viewership, and entertainment dollars, remains to be felt," said Michelle Levine, CEO of Roy Morgan Research.
"Over the past few months, almost half of Netflix's total growth has come from homes of empty nesters aged 45 to 64," she noted, adding: "Notably, this is the most common household type in Australia and their Netflix adoption still has plenty of room to grow."
And that, she suggested, was likely to put additional pressure on pay TV services to justify their premium cost to subscribers.
"One good area to investigate is the big difference in how much time their subscribers spend watching compared with SVOD, and that its sports content appeals to men - who Roy Morgan's research shows are much more likely to be the decision-maker when it comes to the home's pay TV services."
NZ: Quickflix launches Access and Red carpet
Quickflix, New Zealand’s original movie and TV streaming service, has revealed changes to its legacy digital movie streaming business with the launch of Quickflix Access and Quickflix Red Carpet new products that will bring the latest Hollywood movies and exclusive entertainment and other benefits to Kiwi movie fans.
Quickflix Access allows users to sign up for free and watch latest release movies on a “pay-as-you-go” basis. Quickflix Red Carpet users get all the benefits of Quickflix Access along with pre-paid discount credits to watch several new release movies each month, as well as access to bonus movies and TV shows from the Quickflix subscription catalogue. Current subscribers will be able to keep their existing plan or adopt the new plans at any time.
Russia’s RSCC wants two new satellites
Russia’s state-owned commercial satellite operator Russia Satellite Communications Co (RSCC) is looking to buy two new commercial satellites, provisionally called Express-80 and Express-103.
RSCC is hiring a bank in order to secure finance of a total of some $165 million in order to fund the building of the two satellites. Thales-Alenia Space will supply the payloads for the satellites.
RSCC is the leading Russian satellite operator, and maintains satellites covering the orbital arc from 14 degrees West to 140 degrees East.
It works closely with international players such as Eutelsat and Intelsat. For example, RSCC operates a ground station (teleport) with Eutelsat to serve the Express-AMU1 satellite which operates at 36 degrees East.
China-made satellites in high demand
China will construct and launch two remote sensing satellites for foreign countries in the coming two years, an industry insider said. China Great Wall Industry Corp, the nation's only authorized firm for international space collaboration, will launch Venezuela's second remote sensing satellite next year and Pakistan's first remote sensing satellite in 2018, said Fu Zhiheng, vice-president of Great Wall Industry.
"Preparation work for the Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite 2 project is proceeding according to schedule. The contract for the Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite 1 project was signed earlier this year and will be fulfilled in 2018. The two satellites are being developed by the China Academy of Space Technology," Fu said on the sidelines of an international forum in Beijing on Friday.
A total of 180 space officials, diplomats and researchers took part in the Symposium on Space International Cooperation Promoting Economic and Social Development of Developing Country, which was organized by the China International Exchange Center for Astronautical Science and Technology and the International Academy of Astronautics.
Remote sensing satellites are tasked with forecasting weather, observing Earth, surveying land resources or monitoring oceans.
Fu said some other countries that already use Chinese satellites are also in talks with his company on the procurement of new satellites.
"In addition to traditional clients, we pay great attention to finding new customers. For instance, we are striving to tap the space market in the Middle East that is dominated by the United States and European firms," he said. "What I can tell you now is that we have made substantial progress in this region."
China has exported 11 satellites to nine countries, including Bolivia, Nigeria and Laos, statistics from Great Wall Industry show.
Fu said that Chinese satellites have become popular among developing countries for two reasons: First, they are as reliable as Western models; and second, Great Wall Industry is able to provide solution packages to developing countries covering design, launch, operation and training.
The Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite 2 is the third Chinese satellite designed for the South American country, following the Venesat-1 communications satellite that was launched in 2008 and the Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite 1, launched in 2012.
The Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite 1 is the second Chinese satellite to be used by Pakistan. Before that, China developed the PakSat-1R communications satellite that was launched in 2011.
Hu Zhongmin, director of the international cooperation department at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, parent company of Great Wall Industry and China Academy of Space Technology, said the space giant is willing to strengthen exchanges and collaboration with developing countries so space data and technologies can benefit such countries.
"Under bilateral cooperation frameworks, we are also happy to help them to build their own space capability," he said.
Hiroki Matsuo, vice-president of the International Academy of Astronautics, said China could share its knowledge and expertise in manned and robotic spaceflight, space-based navigation and data applications with other countries.
StarTimes Kenya DTH launches
Fast-growing African DTH service StarTimes has launched in Kenya. Deputy Governor of Kajiado County Paul Ntiati thanked China for the initiative, noting that it will go a long way toward transforming the lives of Kenyan people through increased access to information and entertainment. “It is our hope that more people will continue to access the same as the project extends to other regions,” said Ntiati.
Sun Zhijun, vice minister of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, attended the launching ceremony of the project. Senior executives from StarTimes and Kajiado county officials also witnessed the launch of the project.
“The satellite television programme will build a new bridge that will connect Kenya and China in many aspects. It will enable local people to access content that enriches their cultural and spiritual awareness,” Mr Sun said. “Digital broadcasting platforms will expose Chinese culture to Kenyan people,” Sun remarked, adding that StarTimes satellite television will also boost Sino-Kenya friendship.
StarTimes VP Guo Ziqi said the Chinese firm had invested significant resources to support Kenya’s transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. She noted that the launch of StarTimes’ digital television project for rural Kenya will boost access to high-value content on current affairs and entertainment in villages. “We are honoured to be part of this project that will drive access to StarTimes digital television across rural households in Kenya,” said Guo.
India: 34% of DTH subs are “inactive”
India has a claimed DTH universe of some 91.5 million TV subscribing homes. The problem is that more than a third of these ‘subscribers’ are inactive according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
TRAI looks on the bright side and says that ‘active’ subscribers grew 3.36 per cent in the quarter-year to March 31st (to a total of 60.5 million). However, ‘inactive’ subs grew almost as fast, at 3.05 per cent to 30.1 million. This means that the growth -0 in ‘active’ and ‘inactive’ subs has stayed much the same over the past 3 quarter-year periods.
TRAI has modified how it calculates these inactive subscribers, and now calculates its data on the number of “temporary suspended” homes as being inactive for not more than 120 days.
Sunday, no update
Saturday, no update
The "new" Asiasat 8 @ 105.5E is being moved to replace AMOS6 see news section for the details
Kodi version 17 beta 6 is released
From my Email
From the Dish
Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "Hillsong Channel" has started on , Fta.(Yikes this has been there 6 months already?)
Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Cahaya TV" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "DW Deutsch" has left .
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Jesus Vision" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3836 V "M Tunes" is back on , Fta.
From asiatvro site
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段，EMTV（巴布亚新几内亚）频道加密，设置3805 V 3960参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段，音像世界（鼎视传媒）频道消失，设置3827 H 6222参数无效接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，Life Time（环宇卫视）频道加密，设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，Fight Sports HD（环宇卫视）频道解密，设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，Fox Sports 2、Fox Family Movies HD（环宇卫视）等频道加密，设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段，Warner TV（环宇卫视）频道解密，设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，NTV Global（印度）频道消失，设置3740 V 3840参数无效接收。 [12月2日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段，World Music（RRSat Global）频道新增，设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [12月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，DW TV（高清）频道新增，设置4100 V 29700参数免费接收。 [12月1日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段，生命电视、好消息（中华电信）等全组频道消失，设置12517 H 10800参数无效接收。 [12月1日]
News Corp Australia takes full control of Sky News
News Corp Australia has taken a significant step towards creating a pure-play media company by acquiring Sky News, knitting together a group of pay-TV channels with newspapers reaching more than seven million people every day.
The publisher has bought Sky News parent Australian News Channel in a long-awaited deal that strengthens the company’s hand as it grapples with technological disruption and sweeping changes to consumption habits, giving it crucial scale in the marketplace.
On completion of the estimated $20 million deal, News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller immediately vowed to commit more resources on content, talent and quality journalism at Sky, ushering in a new era of investment and closer co-operation between the brands.
The move, Mr Miller said, combined two of Australia’s “strongest and most credentialed” news media sources.
“This is a significant investment that reinforces News Corp Australia’s continued commitment to quality journalism, talent and content,” he said.
“I’m excited by the prospects offered by this acquisition and to lead a company that is investing in the best news coverage for all Australians.”
Commenting on how Sky had burnished its credentials as a first-class breaking news organisation in recent years, Mr Miller said: “This acquisition has come about because News Corp Australia recognises the increasing value of Sky News; its employees, the shows they host and the audience it attracts.”
News takes control of seven channels on its half-owned pay-TV platform Foxtel: Sky News Live, Sky News Business, Sky News Weather, Sky News Multiview, Australia’s Public Affairs Channel A-PAC, Sky News New Zealand and Australia Channel.
“Together, we will ensure the strengths and benefits of each company are leveraged fully in the long term,” Mr Miller said, noting how the company aimed to create synergies between media businesses that serve audiences in different ways.
Australian News Channel chief executive officer Angelos Frangopoulos welcomed the investment, calling it a “tremendous opportunity to grow and develop talent, content and commercial revenues”.
Talk of a possible takeover first emerged in February last year. The deal took a long time to complete as News negotiated a tricky shareholder structure with ANC.
Prior to News taking control, ANC was one-third owned by three main shareholders: Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment and pan-European satellite broadcaster Sky, controlled by 21st Century Fox following a split with News Corp in 2013.
The timing of the offer was prompted by the expiry of ANC’s 21-year carriage agreement, ending in February 2017, with pay-TV operator Foxtel.
Negotiations become so strained that the refusal by some shareholders to countenance any changes in control and a speedy conclusion to talks saw News Corp executives draw up contingency plans to go it alone.
Duncan Grieve: Will Viceland fill Sky's missing youth demographic?
Viceland's new channel launches in New Zealand today. Should you watch it? Here's your answer.
Yeseterday, Sky launched a new channel with a lot riding on it. Viceland, which arrived at 13 (edgy number!) on your black box, represents part of the pay TV giant's attempt to confront what all legacy media companies are consumed with at the moment: the youth's overwhelming indifference to both what they make and how they deliver it.
This matters not so much for commercial reasons in the immediate term - the company declared a healthy profit of $87m in February of this year - but because, in quite a short period of time Sky has gone from being a sharemarket behemoth with an entrenched position and major growth prospects to battling perception that it is a sunset business tottering to its grave.
This is hardly unique to the company - legacy businesses all over the world are fighting off digital insurgents and dealing with generational behavioural change. What's interesting is the pace at which this is happening to Sky.
Most legacy companies are venerable and ancient, having built up their cumbersome infrastructure and attachment to particular ways of behaving over decades and thus blinding themselves to some of the dangers lurking in the current business environment. But Sky itself is a millennial, just 29 years old, a cruel irony as that is precisely the kind of consumer demographic which would now laugh Sky and its weighty bills (mine is $140 a month, which makes me feel sick just typing it) out of the room.
So you would expect this relatively young business to know how to adapt to a changing environment. To this point, its efforts have been somewhat desultory. Its streaming service Neon has incredible content, but at $20 a month is more expensive than its competition. It was late and slow to introduce Fanpass, online delivery mechanisms for some of its sports product. And SkyGo, its digital platform seems to crash so frequently under the kind of heavy load that major live sporting events induce that I've wondered whether it wasn't a deliberate ploy to ensure that television remains the delivery mechanism of choice when you really need to see it live.
Tellingly, these are all platform-centric innovations. They're haltingly promoted because they risk cannibalising their own audience and thus accelerating the costly customer churn which surpassed 15% recently, the highest number in at least a decade, according to the Herald's Matt Nippert.
Shane Smith, founder of Vice Media, is aiming to bring millennials back to television.
Vice Media's gamble for traditional TV
The new Viceland channel perfects the modern journalistic art of playing dumb
Viceland, though, is an attempt to stop the bleeding not with delivery but with content. It's the TV offshoot of Vice, a media brand which began life as sometimes funny, often obnoxious free magazine, then became an online monster thanks largely to the guerilla-style documentary videos, which will make up much of the channel's content. These are often shot in forbidden areas like warzones or North Korea, and appeal to young people who feel alienated from - or simply never see - traditional media outlets.
Investors have taken note, and a joint venture featuring Disney has pumped US$400m into the company in recent years, valuing it at over US$2 billion. They're asking it to do the same thing Sky is here - get those online kids turning on their TVs again, subscribing to Sky. Or at least stopping their parents from cutting the cord.
You'll notice I've got this far without mentioning the content. I haven't watched it. While Vice's New Zealand operation is sharply-staffed and run, its US leaders seem like jerks and overly-confident about their own awesomeness. In a searing scene from the 2011 documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times, the Times' late media reporter David Carr interrogated Vice's founder and CEO Shane Smith, who had dismissed his paper, bizarrely, as writing about surfing while he chased down purported cannibals in Liberia.
Carr stopped him dead in his tracks. "Before you went there," he spat, "we were reporting on genocide after genocide. And just because you went there and put on a safari helmet and looked at some poop doesn't give you the right to insult what we do."
At that point the Times' digital strategy was flailing and Vice was in the ascendant. Today Vice is starting to look stale and the Times is more vital than ever. It's a lesson that startups (like The Spinoff, the one I run, or Newsroom, the one accidentally unveiled this week by Jennings Murphy) would do well to heed: that giants might move slowly, but they have heavy feet. And that Sky, for all its flaws, remains a big and profitable force, with revenues from this small island nation which aren't a long way off what Vice makes from the entire world. So despite Sky's share price having cratered over the past couple of years, its still has plenty of time to get it right.
Disclosure: Duncan Greive is founder and CEO of The Spinoff, a media company which could be perceived as being in competition with Vice in New Zealand, and has a commercial relationship with Spark, a direct competitor of Vodafone, with which Sky is currently attempting to merge.
Spacecom borrows AsiaSat-8 to cover for Amos-6 satellite lost in Falcon 9 explosion
Spacecom will use AsiaSat-8 for at least four years while it crafts a replacement for the lost Amos-6 satellite. Credit: AsiaSat
WASHINGTON Israeli satellite operator Spacecom, whose relationship with Facebook could be summed up as “it’s complicated” following the loss of its Amos-6 satellite in September, will borrow part of AsiaSat’s newest satellite for at least four years, Spacecom and Hong Kong-based AsiaSat announced Dec. 1.
AsiaSat-8, launched in 2014, will serve as an interim replacement for Spacecom’s Amos-6, which was destroyed Sept. 1 when its SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher exploded during pre-launch testing.
Facebook, through Eutelsat, had leased all of the Amos-6 satellite’s high-throughput Ka-band capacity to provide internet access to Africa. Facebook and Spacecom haven’t provided any sort of updated relationship status since the loss of Amos-6.
The just-announced $88 million deal with AsiaSat doesn’t provide any clarity since Spacecom only leased AsiaSat-8’s Ku-band payload, not the Ka-band capacity Facebook was seeking when it booked Amos-6. Eutelsat, in an October press release, said it was procuring Ka-band capacity on two Yahsat satellites, but avoided mention of a possible reconstitution of the Facebook deal.
Amos-6, which Israel Aerospace Industries had touted as the most advanced Israeli-made satellite, was equipped with 39 Ku-band beams and 24 Ka-band spot beams. AsiaSat-8, built by Space Systems Loral in the U.S., has 24 Ku-band transponders as well as a Ka-band payload. AsiaSat appears to be holding onto the Ka-band payload.
Spacecom told SpaceNews in a Dec. 1 statement that it will replace the Ka-band capacity it lost with Amos-6 when it launches its next new satellite to the 4 degrees west orbital slot in about four years.
Spacecom’s immediate need for AsiaSat-8 is to replace Amos-2, which launched in 2003 and is nearing the end of its service life. Amos-6, had it reached orbit, would have allowed Spacecom to retire Amos-2 while also providing growth capacity.
The loss of Amos-6 added to Spacecom’s woes, since the operator unexpectedly lost a core satellite, Amos-5, last year when it abruptly ceased communicating following a power supply problem. Amos-5, which was built by ISS Reshetnev of Russia around a payload supplied by Thales Alenia Space of France, launched in December 2011 on a Russian Proton rocket.
It is unclear whether the AsiaSat-8 lease will have any bearing on Spacecom’s dealings with Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, a Chinese conglomerate that had agreed this August to purchase the Israeli operator for $285 million. Xinwei stipulated that the successful launch of Amos-6 was a requisite for completing the acquisition.
Together, Spacecom and AsiaSat now intend to relocate AsiaSat-8 from 105.5 degrees east, where it is covering China and its neighbors, to 4 degrees west, where it will join Amos-3 in covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Spacecom will pay AsiaSat $22 million a year for AsiaSat-8’s Ku-band payload, according to AsiaSat. The four-year agreement includes an optional 12-month extension.
AsiaSat expects the satellite to reach its new perch over Europe, the Middle East and Africa within 45 days of receiving the necessary regulatory approvals. The satellite will then undergo a period of testing before entering service under Spacecom early next year.
The deal makes Spacecom one of AsiaSat’s largest customers by revenue. AsiaSat operates a fleet of six satellites, including AsiaSat-8, which it will continue to control. The operator’s next satellite, AsiaSat-9, is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2017 on an International Launch Services Proton rocket.
Spacecom said in November that it would recover the $196 million cost of Amos-6 under the insurance policy Israeli Aerospace Industries had taken out to cover its handling of the satellite prior to launch.
Spacecom said at the time it is still seeking $10 million in liquidated damages from Israeli Aerospace Industries for construction delays, which pushed back Amos-6’s originally intended 2015 launch.
PEMRA bans 11 “Christian” channels
Pakistan’s media regulator PEMRA has reportedly banned “at least” 11 TV channels alleged to be broadcasting Christian content on the nation’s cable distribution systems. Last month PEMRA completely proscribed all Indian channels from distribution in mostly Islamic Pakistan.
The 11 which have been accused of being illegal are: Isaac TV, Gawahi TV, God Bless TV, Barkat TV, Praise TV, Zindagi TV, Shine TV, Jesus TV (Jessi TV), Healing TV, Khushkhabari TV, and Catholic TV.
PEMRA’s general manager/media, Sheikh Tahir, in a statement, said: “These TV channels are banned in line with ongoing PEMRA campaign to ban illegal channels. There are many other Indian channels which are banned and there is no special campaign against minorities.”
Tahir added that the blocked TV channels did not have licences to continue their transmissions and that there was no segregation in the name of religion
US space firms eye Indian skies for communication satellites
Opportunities galore The growing demand from DTH pay-TV platforms and rising telecommunication needs too offer good scope
Hughes, Intelstat, ViaSat see huge potential here; seek DIPP’s help for clearance
US space companies are knocking on the doors of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) seeking help to get the necessary clearances to operate their satellites in the Indian sky.
“Representatives of companies such as Hughes, Intelstat and ViaSat recently met a team of senior officials from the DIPP requesting the department to push their case with the Department of Space,” a government official told BusinessLine.
The companies are eyeing the country’s huge potential market for satellite communication given the growing demand from DTH pay-TV platforms and the rising telecommunication needs.
Hughes Network Services, the Maryland-based provider of broadband satellite networks and services, has been trying to operate its satellites in India for the last few years with no success.
Despite the BJP government’s stress on digital India and the new foreign direct investment rules allowing 100 per cent FDI in satellites establishment and operation, the Department of Space kept a decision on fast-tracking Hughe’s investment proposal hanging after examining it last year.
The company wanted to invest $500 million in building and operating a KA-Band satellite to cater exclusively to India. It also seeks to support the government’s Digital India programme with the objective is to cover rural India with high-speed Internet networks.
“The Department of Space, however, is hesitant after the Antrix-Devas episode where it was accused of giving spectrum to Devas, an Indian company based in Bangalore, at a throw-away price. It appears that the department does not want to take a decision on foreign companies in a hurry to avoid controversies,” the official said.
Interestingly, there are no foreign satellites in the Indian skies as yet. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) enjoys near-monopoly in the area but it does not have the capacity to fulfil total commercial demands and often capacity on foreign satellites have to be leased to meet demand from the Indian industry.
The US companies, which met the DIPP as part of the US India Business Council (USIBC) team, want the DIPP to take up the matter with the DoS to convince it to move forward on Hughes proposal which would also set the stage for more US space companies coming into the Indian space.
“The DIPP has asked the USIBC to come back to it with a proper proposal on the kind of investments the space companies want to make in India and what are their expectations from the government. The matter will be taken forward from there,” the official added.
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News Corp acquires Sky News operator
News Corp Australia has taken control of Australian News Channel, the operator of the Sky News pay TV channels.
Australian News Channel was previously a joint venture owned equally by Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment and UK pay TV group Sky Plc but will now be 100 per cent owned by News Corp, under a deal announced on Thursday.
News Corp executive chairman Australasia Michael Miller said the acquisition was made because News recognised the increasing value of the Sky News channels and would provide opportunities to enhance News's print and digital brands.
Australia’s NBN satellite consumer broadband service suffering outages and customer response issues
Australia's NBN Co. agrees that its Sky Muster consumer satellite broadband service has suffered outages and a lack of response to customer problems. But the company says it has taken steps to resolve the issues. Credit: NBN PARIS
Australia’s national satellite broadband service continues to suffer regional outages seven months after its introduction, with a majority of users reporting installation or connection problems, according to a survey conducted by a national broadband association. The Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia (BIRRR) found that 86 percent of satellite customers on NBN Co.’s Sky Muster service reported one or more connection hiccups, with 20 percent reporting installation problems. The Australian broadband plan is arguably the world’s most extensive and expensive, including fixed wireless, fiber and microwave links. The satellite service is assigned to users by their location based on service provider NBN’s assessment of areas where terrestrial links are not feasible.
Half of the BIRRR survey respondents said they use the Sky Muster satellite service mainly for business purposes. In a measure of how far off the grid these premises are, 42 percent said they have no other internet service beyond Sky Muster. “We hope Sky Muster will become more reliable and that the so-called ‘teething problems’ that have plagued the last few months can be sorted quickly,” BIRR spokesperson Kristy Sparrow said in a statement accompanying the survey, published Nov. 2. “It is imperative that Sky Muster becomes much more reliable….
The outages and issues over the past few months have devastated some rural businesses and jeopardized children’s education.” NBN: We understand the issues and will fix them In response to SpaceNews inquiries, NBN on Nov. 30 issued a statement acknowledging the problems but insisting they were being addressed. NBN “experienced some early connection and operational stability issues on the Sky Muster satellite service, with many of these remedied, and more than 47,000 end users on the service since launch seven months ago,” the NBN statement said. “Additional operational improvements have been introduced, including software upgrades and dedicated call centre teams to assist with consumer queries. We have been receiving positive early feedback from our resellers on these measures.”
The satellite service is provided by two large Sky Muster Ka-band satellites, launched in September 2015 and last Oct. 5. Sky Muster 1 entered service in April. The two satellites have a combined 135 gigabits per second of throughput. In its financial statements for the three months ending Sept. 30, NBN said its satellite service. BIRRR said NBN’s peak data plans average 55.5 gigabytes per month of download for 135 Australian dollars ($102). The speed of the Sky Muster service, according to NBN, is 25 megabits per second for downloads, and 5 megabits per second upload. NBN Chief Financial Officer Stephen Rue said satellite-derived revenue for the three months ending Sept. 30 was 3 million Australian dollars, flat from a year ago. The company has set ambitious coverage and revenue targets for 2020.
Already some NBN customers have begun to speculate that the two Sky Muster satellites will be insufficient to mean the bandwidth demand of its rural customers in a few years. BIRRR said some of the issues with the Sky Muster service were exacerbated by the slow responsiveness of the company’s call center, which the association said was incapable of delivering basic network status information so that subscribers could learn if the issues were specific to their premises, or part of a wider outage.
BIRRR expressed “cautious approval” that NBN appeared to be addressing the issues, but said the company should redraw its coverage map to extend fixed terrestrial wireless coverage for towns now with unsatisfactory DSL connectivity but slated to be assigned Sky Muster service. BIRRR said an entire Sky Muster beam covering central western Queensland was “completely out” for a time, and that some customers reported service outages of more than 13 days none of it reported by NBN or its regional service providers. - See more at: http://spacenews.com/australias-nbn-satellite-consumer-broadband-service-suffering-outages-and-customer-response-issues/#sthash.dYMvvcOM.dpuf
New Aussie RadioApp goes live with 250 radio stations
The radio industry has joined forces to launch a new mobile app RadioApp which live streams programmes from 250 radio stations in Australia to smartphones.
The free app lets listeners tune into Australian radio stations from anywhere in the world, as well as viewing a list of recently played songs.
The app was developed by the radio industry body, Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), and app developer All In Media, and is part of a strategy to make listening to radio on smartphones much easier.
"RadioApp is the best way to stream radio on your smartphone because it puts commercial AM, FM and DAB+ digital radio stations, as well as ABC and SBS stations all into one place,” said CRA chief executive Joan Warner.
“It’s about setting commercial rivalries aside and putting the consumer experience first, so listeners can simply swipe and listen to their favourite stations wherever they are.”
The new RadioApp, launched on Wednesday, provides users with a number of features including:
· Listen live to 250 Australian radio stations covering music, sports, talk and news;
· Access digital-only stations such as Buddha, Kinderling Kids Radio, Koffee, EON Sports Radio and Christmas station Elf Radio;
· See what’s playing on air and simply swipe to change stations;
· Search for stations by name, town or frequency; and
· View a list of recently played songs and purchase songs.
The CRA says more features will be built into the app in future stages, including the ability to subscribe to podcasts.
The industry will promote the app through a national marketing campaign that launched on Wednesday, including radio and online advertising, social media and interior bus panels. The ads carry the tagline: “RadioApp. Your radio, wherever you are.”
According to the CRA, more than 95% of the population listens to Australian commercial and public radio stations each week in the five metropolitan capitals, and GfK figures show Australians spend about six hours on average listening to Australian radio via a mobile phone or tablet each week.
CRA board member and Southern Cross Austereo chief executive Grant Blackley said: “What’s in the marketplace at the moment is a very scattered view, with different technology and different apps across different platforms. This brings it all together and makes it easy for the listener, and that’s going to benefit the industry.”
ABC Radio director Michael Mason says the ABC fully supports collaborative involvement in the “innovative all-of-industry app”.
“This is an example of radio continuing to evolve to stay relevant to our listeners,” he said.
SBS director of Audio and Language Content Mandi Wicks said: “SBS Radio is keen to be part of RadioApp with eight SBS stations because it’s a great platform to deliver our music and more than 70 in-language programs to radio audiences.”
RadioApp can be downloaded free through the App Store and Google Play;.
'Thank the aliens': Thousands displaced for China's huge telescope
Humanity's best bet at detecting aliens is a giant silver Chinese dish the size of 30 football fields -- one that simultaneously showcases Beijing's abilities to deploy cutting-edge technologies and ignore objectors' rights as it seeks global prominence.
The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in the country's southwest, which began operations in September and cost 1.2 billion yuan ($180 million) to build, is the world's largest radio telescope.
Once fully operational, FAST will be able to peer deeper into space than ever before, examining pulsars, dark matter and gravitational waves -- and searching for signs of life.
Authorities also hope it will bring tourist dollars to the province of Guizhou, one of China's poorest regions.
But it comes at the cost of forcibly displacing about 9,000 villagers who called the site in Pingtang county their home.
Many were outraged at being forced to leave the valley surrounded by forested karst hills and hundreds of families are now suing the government, with some cases being heard this week.
Octogenarian Han Jingfu drank pesticide days after being made to sign a relocation contract and died at his front door, neighbours and relatives said.
China built FAST as part of efforts to take on international rivals and raise its embarrassingly low tally of Nobel Prizes, explained Peng Bo, director of China's National Astronomical Observatories, which oversees the telescope.
The 500-metre-wide (1,640 feet) dish dwarfs its nearest competitor, the US's Puerto Rico-based Arecibo telescope, which is only 305 metres across.
"We said we had to be a little more daring, because we had to surpass the US no matter what," Peng said.
"I think we can get a few Nobel prizes out of it. We as Chinese people really want to win them."
The world's most populous country and second-largest economy has so far only won one scientific Nobel, awarded last year to chemist Tu Youyou for medicine.
FAST's receivers are more sensitive than any previous radio telescope, and its pioneering technology can change the shape of the dish to track celestial objects as the Earth rotates.
It could catalogue as many pulsars in a year as had been found in the past 50, Peng said.
But he acknowledged that FAST will be overtaken by the larger Square Kilometre Array telescope in South Africa and Australia, which will be built over the next decade.
- 'Pushed into a corner' -
FAST needs a five kilometre-wide (three miles) "radio silence" buffer zone around it with electronics banned in order to reduce interference with the sky's much fainter frequencies.
Relocated residents would "enjoy better living standards", the official Xinhua news agency said when the dish was completed in July.
"Villagers in nearby communities admired their luck, saying they should 'thank the aliens'," it added.
But locals allege land grabs without compensation, forced demolitions and unlawful detentions, and up to 500 families are suing the Pingtang county government.
Lu Zhenglong, whose case was heard Tuesday, said officials demolished his house without warning or consent when he was not even present, burying his furniture.
"What would have happened if I had been inside?" he told AFP, adding that authorities had "pushed ordinary people into a corner. It's really unbelievable".
A neighbour also surnamed Lu said: "They've chased us all off to some wasteland and ordered us to live there with no way to maintain our old standards of living. For 90 percent of us, basic survival is a problem."
The rubble of their homes now lies under soil and new saplings in a tourist park just outside the radio silence zone, with a museum, a space-themed hotel and visitor reception facilities which will sell tickets for nearly $100 each.
According to the Pingtang county government website, the park was aimed at "high-end people from developed cities" and cost over 1.5 billion yuan -- more than the telescope itself.
- 'Eye to the sky' -
Meng Xiujun, whose Elites Law Firm in the southern city of Guangzhou is handling most of the cases, said officials tried to intimidate him, telling him he should "see the bigger picture for a key national project".
But he told AFP: "This isn't just a matter of economic interests -- once you start asking average citizens to kneel down or beat them, it becomes about human rights and problems with China's rule of law."
The Pingtang county government did not respond to requests for comment by AFP.
Andreas Wicenec, head of data intensive astronomy at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Australia, said that FAST had "world class" potential and its engineering was "absolutely a marvel".
Unusually, the FAST programme was "remarkably, extremely open" to outside collaboration, he said.
It was not clear how many tourists have visited the park since it opened -- almost none were present when AFP visited recently.
But authorities have high hopes.
Along the roadside, government-sponsored billboards emblazoned with the dish declared: "Rapidly build a unique astronomy tourism site based on 'China's eye to the sky'".
RSCC to insure its telecom satellites
Russian state-owned satelite operator RSCC plans to insure its nine satellites in 2017. The maximum sum to be paid under the insurance contract totals RUB 578 million. Applications under the tender will be accepted until 13 December. The tender is scheduled to be completed on 15 December.
The contract will run for one year to end December 2017. The insurance amounts will be RUB 10.9 billion for the Express-AMU1 satellite, RUB 7.2 billion for Express-AM7, RUB 6.6 billion for Express-AM5, RUB 5.6 billion for Express-AM6, RUB 5.1 billion for Express-AM8, RUB 2.8 billion for Express-AT1, RUB 2.3 billion for Express-AT2, RUB 501 million for Express-AM44, and RUB 264 million for Express-AM33.
Pentagon ready to launch first upgraded WGS satellite
The final three satellites in the Air Force's 10-satellite WGS constellation include a digital channelizer that will boost capacity by enabling the satellite to use bandwidth more efficiently. Credit: Boeing WGS video still
The military's next communications satellite is awaiting a Dec. 7 launch window.
WASHINGTON The U.S. Air Force’s first upgraded Wideband Global Satcom satellite is ready for a planned Dec. 7 launch, Air Force officials told reporters during a press call-in Tuesday.
It’s the eighth WGS satellite in the military’s communication constellation, first launched in 2007. It’s also the first to carry an upgrade that will allow it to carry more traffic than previous WGS satellites.
Despite having launched similar satellites before, Walter Lauderdale, the WGS-8 mission director at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said the team is taking time for all necessary precautions.
“Just like each human being is a unique individual, each rocket is unique as well,” he said.
WGS-8, like all but the first WGS satellites, will launch atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket.
The satellite is already encapsulated inside its fairing, awaiting launch from Complex 37 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Officials are shooting for liftoff between 6:53 p.m. and 7:42 p.m. EST.
Thomas Becht, SMC’s deputy director for MILSATCOM Systems, said WGS features “broadcast, multicast, and point to point connections anytime at anywhere around the world” as well as supporting “X- and Ka- band communications simultaneously and seamlessly connect the two bands.”
It will also feature several spot beams that will aid in cutting through jamming attempts.
The satellite costs an estimated $425 million, but will provide 45 percent more bandwidth than previous WGS satellites.
That’s due to a digital channelizer that more efficiently handles communications. According to information from WGS prime contractor Boeing, the channelizer divides uplink bandwidth into 1,900 sub-channels, providing communications more routes for transmission. The Air Force added $111 million to Boeing Satellite System’s contract in 2012 to add the digital channelizer to WGS-8 and WGS-9. The new channelizer will also be included on WGS-10, which the Air Force ordered from Boeing around the same time for roughly $340 million.
“We see the information age has resulted in an explosion of communication needs for everybody,” said Rico Attanasio, the director of Boeing MILSATCOM programs. “For our armed forces, wideband communications are necessary for the people that defend the United States.”
Two more WGS satellites are planned for launch, bringing the constellation total up to 10 by 2019. Each satellite is designed with a 14 year service life.
Becht said the Defense Department is “kicking off an analysis of alternatives” to see what the next step in military satcom might be after WGS concludes, which could include purchasing communication services from private companies.
“There is an enormous demand from the warfighter for satellite communications,” he said. “Unfortunately 10 dedicated satellites isn’t enough to meet that demand.”
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Netflix launches download service
Netflix members worldwide can now download their favourite content, in addition to streaming the service’s series and films at no extra cost, which it says makes it even easier to watch Netflix on the go.
In a blog post, Eddy Wu, Director of Product Innovation, says that while many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, Netflix hears they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited. “Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an Internet connection,” he advises.
“Many of your favourite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way, so there is plenty of content available for those times when you are offline. For example, Orange is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown are available for download today,” he says.
The new feature is included in all plans and available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS.
He recommends that to begin downloading today, a user needs to update the Netflix app to the most recent version “and take us with you to enjoy Netflix everywhere you go”.
Transformational DVB-S2X Technology Incoming From iDirect
VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has just announced transformational DVB-S2X technology that is based on a powerful, customized ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) chipset that will deliver revolutionary gains in data throughput and will also power a new line of DVB-S2/DVB-S2X remotes called the iQ Series.
iDirect is also introducing exponentially higher hub processing capabilities and virtualization of core gateway components to offer further gains in performance and efficiency and lower business costs.
iDirect’s DVB-S2X solution is the result of a significant investment to co-develop a state-of-the-art ASIC chipset that is customized to exploit the full capabilities of the DVB-S2X standard and optimized for the iDirect enhanced waveform. This next generation of technology will allow iDirect to leverage the benefits of today’s High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and the capabilities of next-generation HTS to unlock additional features of the DVB-S2X standard.
The iQ Series establishes a new model for satellite remote performance providing a future-proof strategy to deliver successive gains in performance and efficiency as network operators strive to keep pace with the launch of increasingly higher throughput satellites. Remotes can be continually reprogrammed over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels, driving a massive expansion of applications and setting new service level standards.
iDirect’s iQ family of remotes is targeted for broadband, enterprise, and mobility applications and packaged in desktop, rack-mount, and embedded compute form factors that will become available over the course of the next 12 months. The first iQ remote available in early 2017 will be a desktop version that features dual GigE VLAN-aware networking ports.
With the introduction of DVB-S2X, iDirect is also releasing the Intelligent Gateway, which leverages blade-based compute and virtualization techniques to support the very high throughput and processing required for DVB-S2X operations in a high-density virtualized appliance. The Intelligent Gateway appliance results in massive footprint reduction while exponentially increasing our processing capabilities, enabling iDirect’s clients’ gateway infrastructure to scale for growth.
The iQ Series remote portfolio and Intelligent Gateway will operate over iDirect’s recently released Universal Line Card, which supports both DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X networks and operates in iDirect’s existing Universal Hub chassis.
Wayne Haubner, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Emerging Technologies at iDirect, said, “We are incredibly excited to deliver DVB-S2X capabilities to our partners,” stated . “DVB-S2X represents a major opportunity for network operators to gain greater performance and efficiency to meet escalating user demands and realize lower business costs. We are currently performing over-the-air testing of our new DVB-S2X chipset, and results are demonstrating 500 Mbps of aggregate throughput. This technology will allow us to exceed 1 Gbps of throughput as we keep pace with future satellite developments.”
ISRO to launch 83 satellites in one go in Jan. 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 83 satellites, 80 of them being foreign, in one go in January next year, the Lok Sabha was told on Wednesday.
80 satellites weighing 500 kg belong to five foreign countries Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.S.
“These international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangement between them and Antrix Corporation Ltd., the commercial arm and PSU under the ISRO,” Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the PMO said in a written reply. The Department of Space comes under the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
It will be the first of its kind mission in the ISRO’s space history.
The three Indian satellites are Cartosat-2 series weighing 730 kg as primary payload, INS-IA and INS-1B, totally weighing 30 kg.