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Page UPDATED 23/05/2016 11.59 P.M NZ


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D1 12643 V Sr 7199 AFL Freo game, same game as FTA on CH7 Melbourne.

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Asiasat 5 3905 V Sr 7200 "NRL" FTA

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Updated info for the Four Plus 1, Prime and The Edge TV service transfer commencing 23rd May 2016

23/5/16 at 11.59pm: Test 1, 2 and 3 on TP 12519H22500 will flick to the Four Plus 1, Prime and Edge TV as stated in previous post. No Freeview service info will be added during this.

24/5/16 at 12.05pm: Channel service data will be ready and live, all approved receivers will automatic switch Transponders, some may need retune which everything is live and ready on Freeview Forum.

Crawler Messages will appear every 30 mins on the old feeds.

Medium - High Impact expected. More changes from Mediaworks happening on July 1st with some channels, details will be posted later in June

On pre-existing PRIME feed only: a static image replaces broadcast. Viewers must update their device to keep watching Prime.
On pre-existing FOUR plus 1 & THE EDGE TV feeds: broadcast continues, with a crawler message onscreen every 15 minutes, prompting viewers to update and to go to www.freeviewforum.co.nz or contact the device manufacturer for instructions.

All pre-existing feeds are no longer on air.
Viewers must update device to keep watching PRIME, FOUR plus 1 & THE EDGE TV.

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3784 V "NBC TV" is Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Jawa Pos TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3929 H "Indonesia Network" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "Sports Illustrated 2, Arirang World, NHK World TV and DW have started on , Tongfang. All Sports Network, Sony SAB TV Asia, SET Asia and Sony Max Asia" have left.

Telkom 1 108.0E 4118 H "Net and Trans TV" have started on , Fta.
Telkom 1 108.0E 4121 H "CNN Indonesia and Net" have started on , Fta.

SES 8 95.0E 12050 H "PTC Chak De" has started on , Fta

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Star Utsav has replaced DD National" on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3840 V "BBC Earth Asia, BBC Entertainment Asia, BBC Lifestyle Asia and CBeebies Asia" have started on , PowerVu.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Colors Asia Pacific" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H SMBC Insight, Chitrapat Marathi, Sadhna Bangla, Vip News and Network 10 have started on , Fta.
Pearls News Network has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Yateem TV" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3803 V "Thai TV 3" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3991 V "Thai PBS, TV 3 Family, Thai Channel 8, TV 3 SD and TV 3 HD" have left
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4007 V "Thai PBS, TV 3 Family, Thai Channel 8, TV 3 SD and TV 3 HD" have started

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3880 H "TNN 24, New TV, Spring News TV, Bright TV 20, Voice TV 21, Nation TV, True 4U, GMM 25, Now 26, Thai Channel 8, TV 3 SD, Mono 29 and Workpoint 23" have left .

From asiatvro site

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,STC Race(赛马)频道解密,设置3716 V 1916参数免费接收。 [5月22日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Yo TV(印度)频道新增,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [5月22日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinema Gold(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4165 H 5040参数无效接收。 [5月22日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Madani Channel(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4122 H 1920参数免费接收。 [5月22日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Edu(4 Digital)频道加密,设置3731 H 12500参数有条件接收。 [5月22日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,STC Race(赛马)频道解密,设置3716 V 1916参数免费接收。 [5月22日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Swadesh News、MU Odia(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [5月22日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,7 News(巴基斯坦)频道改频率,设置3784 V 2950参数免费接收。 [5月22日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,INC Channel(梦幻卫视)频道加密,设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [5月22日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,INC Channel替换Net 25(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12390 V 25600参数免费接收。 [5月22日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星Ku频段,Jalsha Movies(印度)等14个频道新增,设置11630 V 32720参数有条件接收。 [5月22日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,Moving Picture(测试)频道消失,设置12180 R 28800参数无效接收。 [5月22日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,B4U Music、B4U Apac(ABS)频道加密,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月22日]

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Ten and WIN strike television program supply agreement

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-23/ten-win-strike-tv-program-supply-agreement/7437246

Ten Network and regional broadcaster WIN have inked a widely anticipated programming deal, after having been ditched by their previous broadcast partners.

WIN formerly took Nine's programming, but an argument over fees when Nine tried to lift its charges led to an acrimonious divorce.

The separation was confirmed when Nine signed a deal with regional broadcaster Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), which will see SCA pay half its television revenue as an affiliate fee.

This is slightly less than the 55 per cent Nine had been seeking from WIN, but much greater than the 39 per cent under that broadcaster's former deal with Nine.

SCA was formerly the client buying Ten's content, leaving Ten without a regional broadcast partner from July if it did not strike a deal with WIN.

The media release from WIN does not reveal what percentage of its advertising revenue it will be handing over to Ten in return for its content.

Ten merely stated in its market release that WIN will be paying a higher affiliation fee than SCA or any other regional broadcasters do under its existing program supply agreements.

WIN commits to regional news coverage continuing

The programming deal runs for five years, and will see Ten shows such as Gogglebox, The Project, Modern Family, Masterchef and Survivor broadcast on WIN.

WIN's sport offering will now switch from Nine's international cricket and rugby league coverage to Ten's motor racing, cricket Big Bash and international rugby union broadcasts.

The change in programming will occur on July 1.

However, WIN has committed to continuing its current local news bulletins.

"WIN's commitment to news is stronger than ever. WIN produces 16 half-hour news bulletins and an hour-long All Australia News bulletin each weeknight. No other network matches that," said WIN's chief executive Andrew Lancaster in a statement.

"Combined with the talent, experience and resources in the Ten newsrooms across Australia, viewers will see comprehensive news coverage at local, state, national and international level."

For viewers across much of regional Australia, the new deals simply mean swapping from WIN to SCA and vice-versa to watch Nine and Ten network programming.

Seven and Racing Victoria shake up horse racing with Hong Kong deal

From http://www.afr.com/business/sport/seven-and-racing-victoria-shake-up-horse-racing-with-hong-kong-deal-20160520-gozn04

Racing Victoria and Seven West Media's joint venture may bid for racing in other states.

Seven West Media and Racing Victoria's Racing.com joint venture will announce on Monday it has gained the rights to broadcast arguably the best-quality horse racing in the world from Hong Kong.

It is a small but significant step for Racing.com, one that may be the first domino to fall in what looms as a year or two of intensive broadcast deal negotiations across several states and merger and acquisition activity in the wagering sector.

Plenty of this may have Seven and Racing.com at the centre of the action and have ramifications for the established listed wagering operators such as Tabcorp and racing administrators around the country.

Racing.com's coverage of Hong Kong is likely to begin this weekend or next Wednesday evening. Its popular on-air host Shane Anderson says the coverage, shown on Seven's free-to-air Racing.com channel, on Foxtel's pay television service and online, will be "an elite product covered with elite talent", including preview and analysis shows.

Tabcorp's Sky Racing channel will still cover Hong Kong but Mr Anderson believes Racing.com's ability to showcase it as a premium product makes it a differentiator. At present, Hong Kong is part of a constant suite of racing, including greyhounds and harness, shown on Sky's main channel or moved to its secondary channel that costs extra to subscribe to.

The theory is greater exposure to horse racing on television means more people bet and more flows through to the industry in race fields fees. It can also be said that Tabcorp – which shares the spoils of tote betting – will also benefit.

But the Hong Kong deal shows the divergent paths Tabcorp is taking from Seven and Racing Victoria, which shows the crown jewels of the Spring Carnival that features races such as the Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup.

Hong Kong marks the first jurisdiction outside Victoria that Racing.com will show vision of, having hastily been born in January 2015 out of the messy end to the TVN channel, which had the rights to both Victoria and NSW racing.

Back then, Victoria elected to spend about $10 million establishing Racing.com with Seven, which then launched the free-to-air channel in July. Meanwhile, Racing NSW quickly signed a 10-year exclusive broadcast deal with Sky.

Sky covers races across other states and overseas, but that may soon change. South Australian racing is up for renewal next year, while the rights for New Zealand racing are in play now. Queensland authorities, meanwhile, are understood to have served Sky with breach notices regarding their contract over changes it made to Victorian coverage last year (which was off-air for a short time due to a contract dispute).

Racing.com may move to poach the rights off Sky for all of those, though will then face the quandary of having to lavish attention and resources on interstate racing as it does for Victoria, and perhaps even have to sell or offer those states a shareholding.

Victorian authorities argue the Racing.com service, which is also pumped out via the corporate bookmakers website, has increased wagering turnover. It may be up by about 7 per cent this financial year, compared with a fall in Queensland and South Australia of the same figure (NSW is said to be up about 3-4 per cent), and Racing Victoria may go close to matching its bumper $50 million record profit in 2015.

Racing.com is already profitable after about 10 months of operation, paying Racing Victoria and Seven a decent annual dividend, mostly thanks to stronger than expected advertising deals that Seven's sales team signed with corporate bookmakers such as CrownBet, which shelled out $5-10 million for the biggest ad package, and Ladbrokes

"We are quietly pleased with what has already been achieved, the future performance and the potential of this business is very, very significant," Seven chief executive Tim Worner told The Australian Financial Review. "We have already seen what can be done. Look at the roll up to the [recent Warrnambool carnival], look at the turnover numbers. Victorian racing is positioning itself for a very interesting future and so is Seven."

When it comes to racing, however, the real money is to be made in wagering. There has already been speculation about Seven looking at a bid for the West Australian tote. Far more likely is a tie-up between Seven and an operator such as CrownBet, given the latter already advertises on Racing.com and James Packer and Kerry Stokes, former and current chairman of CrownBet's part-owner Crown Resorts and Seven respectively, are close.

Then there is the vexed issue of Tabcorp's joint venture with Victoria to deliver racing a share of tote betting losses. Tabcorp's retail monopoly is under threat from the rise of corporate bookmakers such as CrownBet and market leader Sportsbet, and Racing Victoria has made good money charging them higher race fields fees.

Both Tabcorp and Racing Victoria say the joint venture is still a fruitful one, and relations are good. The different, and competing, broadcasting strategies may mean that is not the case forever.

Joseph Parker fight illegally broadcast to more than 100,000 viewers video

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/80250556/joseph-parker-fight-illegally-broadcast-to-more-than-100000-viewers

An illegal live video of Joseph Parker's heroic victory over Carlos Takam has been viewed more than 100,000 times, prompting legal threats from promoters.

The Saturday night fight, which saw Parker beat Cameroon-born Takam in a close points decision, cost $49.99 to watch pay-per-view on Sky TV's Arena channel.

But tens of thousands were able to watch for free after Facebook user BeastMoze broadcast Saturday night's fight using Facebook's live video function.

A bootlegged live video of Joseph Parker's boxing match against Carlos Takam has been viewed more than 100,000 times.

BeastMoze appear to have filmed the bout on a television set.
By Sunday morning, the video had attracted 112,000 views and nearly 1500 shares.

On Sunday, Duco Events boss Dean Lonergan said anyone caught streaming the fight would face serious consequences.

"If we can find out who these people are we will track them down mercilessly, invoice them tens of thousands of dollars in payment for the theft of our licensed broadcast of the event, and if they don't pay up we'll look forward to taking them to court," he said.

"People who thieve by streaming are nothing but lowlifes."

People who watched the streamed videos were ultimately harming their favourite fighters, Lonergan said.

"It takes money out of Duco's revenue streams, and obviously the more money we have, the more we can afford to pay Joseph Parker."

Numerous other Facebook users streamed the fight using similar methods, but BeastMoze's video was the most widely-viewed.

Sky TV were not immediately available for comment.

(Craig's comment, Sky and Duco made a huge mistake in not just the $50 PPV pricing but also in not making it easily available via an official online stream. Sky could of used their Fanpass service to deliver it at a one off cost for non Sky subscribers. Sky and Duco can't do anything about the event being streamed by illegal streams of Sky sports U.K and others. But a local paying for the PPV and restreaming it on Facebook is another matter it will be interesting to see if anyone actually ends up in Court after all the threats Duco and Sky are making)

Chris Rattue: Joseph Parker fight streaming - Duco needs to get real

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11642952

The price was not right, and the floodgates opened.

It's easy to understand where furious boxing promoter Dean Lonergan from Duco is coming from. But trying to land a knockout blow on illegal streaming won't work -- he's got more chance of pocketing mist. And I believe that Duco made a mistake, pricing the Joseph Parker-Carlos Takam fight at $50 for Sky subscribers.

The internet is a crazy place full of ethical grey areas and techno mysteries, so I stand to be corrected. But Lonergan's threat to hunt down the transgressors, many of whom were doing what only feels natural to them these days, seems very old school. And while he has targeted Facebook links, I know of others who found the fight in other ways including through links to Britain's Sky Sports. One of these people said the British coverage was superior.

Duco needs to find other ways of winning this war. There are too many clever people out there, too many easy ways to hide, too many corporations far bigger than Duco who have taken on the masses and failed.

Work with the public and its money, not against it. And here's the kicker -- getting content via Sky doesn't even come into the thinking for a lot of younger people, who operate via things like Facebook.

And here's another huge point: at that $50 price, I'm guessing many of the illegal streamers would not have paid for the fight anyway so Lonergan has not lost as much as he might imagine or claim. Which is easy for me to say of course, whereas Lonergan and Duco are feeling ripped off.

Former Kiwi forward Lonergan has come out swinging alright, labeling those who have effectively put their hand in his wallet as "lowlifes" after tens of thousands streamed the fight for free.

Lonergan and Duco have put everything on the line, created sport that would not have been here otherwise, and are due their rewards. I'm amongst Duco's fans for their courage, enterprise and vision and once named Lonergan Aucklander of the Year.

Dean Lonergan (pic) is threatening to sue those who live-streamed the fight for thousands of dollars. Photo / File
Dean Lonergan to Joseph Parker fight streamers: 'See you in court'

But the $50 price tag on the IBF eliminator fight and its vaudevillian undercard was -- in my opinion -- too high, a significant $10 increase on the usual boxing rate which seems quite steep anyway.

Watching illegally obtained online content is becoming a bit like using a cellphone while driving -- citizens who would otherwise regard themselves as perfectly law-abiding do it as standard practice. The $50 price was a handy moral loophole. And unfortunately for Duco, now that many people know that many other people saw it for free, they will be less willing to part with their money in future.

There is already significant resistance against Sky's subscription rate, especially as a core product -- Super Rugby -- is shambolic and so erratic in quality. As for hunting down the alleged villains, the illegal download world is full of techno geniuses and willing participants who are virtually impossible to track down, especially if they know they are being hunted.

Put it this way: Lonergan would have more friends in this argument if the price was significantly lower. This is not about right and wrong, it's about what works. Quite clearly, a lot of people have decided to go backchannel.

Joseph Parker is Duco's prized project and an almost perfect storm so far, the longstanding friendship between Lonergan and trainer Kevin Barry at the heart of the deal. It has so many amazing strands, not the least being what Barry learnt from his eventually ill-fated partnership with David Tua. New Zealand wants to go along for the Parker ride, but not at any cost.

People are financially hurting out there. There is hard sell and tempting products everywhere, and not enough money to pay for them.

As a comparison, the battle between boxing legends Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather cost $50. Mixed martial arts is booming and a card including superstars Conor McGregor and Holly Holm cost $30.

Nudging the price upwards loosens people's ethics. And much bigger outfits than Duco -- like failing geo-blockers Netflix -- have been unable to stem the tide. Duco needs to think again.

China to launch 30 Beidou navigation satellites in next 5 years

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/China_to_launch_30_Beidou_navigation_satellites_in_next_5_years_999.html

Changsha, China (XNA) May 23, 2016 China plans to launch 30 Beidou navigation satellites during the 13th five-year plan period (2016-2020), capping its three-step strategy to build a global navigation system by 2020.

The first batch of 18 satellites will be launched before 2018 to cover countries along the routes in "the Belt and Road" initiative, said Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office, during the China Satellite Navigation Conference, which opened on Wednesday.

After having achieved the first two steps - building a regional functional navigation system by 2012, the accuracy and stability of the Beidou system must be improved, said Ran, adding international cooperation will also help the nascent navigation system.

Aside from announcing satellite navigation cooperation with the United States, China and Russia have agreed to make the Beidou and Glonass satellite navigation systems compatible with each other, said Ran.

He added that Beidou also successfully synchronized its frequency with the Galileo navigation system operated by the European Union.

Ran said China will detail the development ideas and proposals of the Beidou system in a white paper, which is expected to be released soon.

The white paper also elaborates on how Beidou will work with the International Civil Aviation Organization and International Maritime Organization to bring benefits to the world, according to Ran.

"To let the whole world know about Beidou, understand Beidou and use Beidou, we still have much technical and coordination work to do," he said.

Spain: 30 arrested for pay-TV piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/23/spain-30-arrested-for-pay-tv-piracy/

The Spanish police has carried out a crackdown operation on TV pirates in 10 provinces arresting 30 people for pirating the signal of the country’s main pay-TV platforms: Movistar TV, Vodafone TV and Orange TV.

The pirates manipulated STBs to give illegal access to pay-TV services. They used the card-sharing model whereby one of them legally subscribed to a pay-TV platform, then gave illegal access to many others.

The police operation started following a warning from La Liga of the existence of the pirate network.

SpaceX gets ‘Pioneer Award’

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/23/spacex-gets-pioneer-award/

Landing a space rocket back to Earth (or on a floating barge) is no easy matter. Accordingly, the USA’s National Space Society has given its Pioneer Award to Elon Musk-s SpaceX rocket company for its achievements.

This award recognises SpaceX’s recent major achievement, the historic first landing of the Falcon 9 rocket on December 21st 2015, which was a major step toward fulfilling one of the major “holy grail” quests of the space community—reusability, and thus cost-savings of potentially about $30 million per re-used rocket.

The December flight marked the first successful vertical landing by a large first-stage rocket, which reached space and whose second stage carried a payload into orbit. Creating reusable rockets is a fundamental requirement for spaceflight to be inexpensive enough for general and large-scale use.

Josh Brost, Director of Government Business Development at SpaceX, accepted the award in the name of SpaceX on May 20 at the National Space Society’s 2016 International Space Development Conference.

Some of the recent winners of Space Pioneer Awards include Elon Musk himself, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bigelow, citizen astronaut Anousheh Ansari, Dr. Kip Thorne, and the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta mission team.

India has 269 pay channels; DD Freedish eyes 250 channels

From http://www.televisionpost.com/dth/india-has-269-pay-channels-dd-freedish-eyes-250-channels/

MUMBAI: There are 269 pay TV channels in the country out of 885 channels permitted by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), according to data available till 30 April.

Rajyavardhan Rathore“Presently, 885 satellite TV channels are permitted by the ministry under the uplinking/downlinking guidelines,” Minister of State in the MIB Col Rajyavardhan Rathore said in the Lok Sabha.

“Out of these, 269 channels have been reported as pay channels by the broadcasters to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI),” he added.

Rathore further stated that Prasar Bharati’s free-to-air (FTA) direct-to-home (DTH) platform Freedish is carrying 80 channels, which is expected to go up to 250 channels in 12th Plan scheme.

Prasar Bharati, he stated, has informed that All India Radio (AIR) has 23 FTA channels on Freedish. The pubcaster has proposed to start 16 more FTA channels on the DTH platform.

In response to another question, Rathore ruled out putting a cap on the number of TV channels in the country. He stated that in 2011 the MIB had accepted TRAI’s recommendations dated 22 July 2010 that no cap be placed on the number of satellite broadcasting channels to be downlinked for viewing in India or to be uplinked from India.

The ministry, Rathore said, had also accepted TRAI’s recommendation to set a higher net worth criteria for applicant companies intending to operate news as well as non-news TV channels. It had also recommended introducing experience clause for top executives of such broadcaster companies.

The Uplinking and Downlinking Guidelines were amended with the approval of the Cabinet after carrying out due consultation with other ministries/departments.


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Asiasat 5 NRL 3905 V 7200 3/5 HD FTA South Sydney Rabbitohs vs St George-Illawarra Dragons

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Intelsat 19

New TP up today.
3748 H 11198.
It has 11 channels of Philippines stuff FTA at the moment.
TFP, Cimema 1, ANC, etc.
Most of these channels are on other TP's at the moment on PowerVu encryption.
Is this the changeover away from PowerVu?


The TP 3435 V 13599 with 11 channels is gone.
Only HTV_UPLINK, HTV7 and HTV9 are there now on a new TP of 3547 V 4798.

Also found NETVIET on 3482 V 3000

The TP with the VTV1 etc is still there.

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3747 H "TFC USA West, TFC Middle East, Lifestyle Network, TFC Asia-Pacific, ANC, Cinema One Global, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, Myx USA, Pay Per View on TFC, DZMM TeleRadyo and ANC" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "8 Kanal" is Fta.

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Sky Pacific to offer live coverage of IBF boxing event

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/sky-pacific-to-offer-live-coverage-of-ibf-boxing-event--1144354

Fiji satellite pay-TV services provider Sky Pacific has secured rights to the IBF heavyweight elimination bout to be staged in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand’s Joseph Parker will battle against Carlos Takam in the main 12x 3 bout to decide who fights Anthony Joshua for the IBF world title later in the year.

“As part of the huge night of boxing from Auckland, Sky Pacific will also show all five undercard fights building up to the big Parker-Takam heavyweight elimination bout. We are delighted to be the first to be able to bring live coverage of local hero, Joseph Kwadjo’s fight from overseas”, said Digicel Fiji CFO Farid Mohammed.

Boxing coverage starts at 20:00 hours on 21 May on the TVWAN Pacific channel on Sky Pacific.

SES signs “partnership” for SES-9 capacity

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/19/ses-signs-partnership-for-ses-9-capacity/

Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES has signed a “strategic partnership” for Indonesia on its SES-9 craft with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom).

Telkom is Indonesia’s largest satellite telecoms business. SES says Telkom will provide connectivity to the Indonesian market.

As part of the agreement, SES and Telkom will co-market SES-9 capacity over Indonesia, allowing customers from across all market verticals, including video, cellular, broadband, maritime and aeronautical, to utilise satellite capacity within the country. SES-9 will be co-located with SES-7, operating at 108.2 degrees East, and has a dedicated beam that comprehensively covers the Indonesian archipelago. Scheduled to enter service mid-2016, SES-9 will deliver high-powered capacity that meets the rising demands for connectivity across Indonesia.

Deepak Mathur, SVP/Commercial, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at SES, said, “Indonesia is an ideal satellite market, due to its geographic spread and large population of heavy mobile users and television viewers, and SES-9 has been designed especially to meet this demand. We are delighted to partner with Telkom to offer SES-9 satellite capacity that has the potential to deliver satellite TV across the archipelago, as well as improve the lives of millions of Indonesians and accelerate the country’s economic growth.”

“We expect demand for data communications and corporate connectivity to continue its upward growth in Indonesia. SES is known throughout the industry as a satellite operator that is attuned to its customers’ wishes, and it has built SES-9 with Indonesian customers in mind. We believe our partnership with SES will support our provision of increased capacity to deliver more satellite services for broadcasters, content providers and companies across the country,” said Priyono, Deputy Executive GM/Wholesale Service Division at Telkom.

Google unveils Daydream VR platform

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/19/google-unveils-daydream-vr-platform/

Google has unveiled its new virtual reality platform branded ‘Daydream’. Built on top of Android N, Daydream is essentially Android for VR. It will offer users a home screen from which to access apps. Among them will be Google stalwarts including the Play store, YouTube and Photos.

Google already has a VR platform, Cardboard, designed to let users trial a VR-lite experience through their smartphone and a piece of laser-cut cardboard. Daydream, by contrast, is built for purpose-made VR headsets, and will end up competing head-to-head with the likes of Sony and Facebook at the op of the VR market.

Commenting on the annuncement, Geoff Blaber, Vice President, Americas at CCS Insight said: “Daydream is phase 2 in Google’s mobile virtual reality ambitions. The scale of Android coupled with content, service, computer vision and AI assets puts Google in a strong position to become a leading force in virtual reality.”

“Google has learned a lot from the more than five million Google Cardboard devices that have been shipped so far. It will be hoping its new Daydream reference design will help its Android partners go head-to-head with Samsung’s Gear VR.”

“Android Wear 2.0 is a reset for Google’s wearables platform. Having learned lessons from the first generation, Google and partners will hope 2.0 will kick start wearables adoption and ongoing usage.”

“Android Instant Apps is a big departure in how Google thinks about applications and is crucial to integrating a variety Android apps with Google search to drive discovery, usage and monetisation. Instant Apps is a way that Google can get Android users who have maxed out on downloadable apps to try new experiences.”

UK wants ‘Spaceport’

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/19/uk-wants-spaceport/

The UK is likely to approve plans to build a satellite launching and space tourism facility.

There are various planning applications and financial schemes underway. The UK government announced May 18 that it would permit one of these schemes to proceed, and is looking to have the facility in use during 2018.

Eight sites are on the UK’s shortlist, six of which are in Scotland, one in Wales and another in Cornwall.

All are in fairly isolated regions with the exception of Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport and Cornwall’s Newquay Airport.

The Cornwall plan is reported to be the favourite location, given its southerly location.

However, a Scottish plan (near Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula, the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC)) says it is ‘runway ready’. Tom Millar, chairman of MACC and Discover Space UK, said: “It’s clear there remains a keen appetite for a spaceport in the UK and we’re ready to show we share the government’s enthusiasm and passion to make this happen.”

The MACC site is “runway ready” because NASA approved its 3,000 metre runway as an emergency facility for any problem Space Shuttle launch. In 2009 Virgin Galactic has also endorsed the Scottish site as its “preferred option”.

India “curing” inactive DTH pay-TV subs?

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/19/india-curing-inactive-dth-pay-tv-subs/

The latest data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) seems to indicate that – at long last – the nation’s many “inactive” DTH TV subscriptions may not be quite as severe as thought.

India’s six giant DTH operators submit their quarterly numbers to TRAI and in the quarter-year to December 31st the overall inactive subscriber count was 28.8 million. This is still a huge number but is significantly less than the September 30th 2015 number which stood at a massive 40.4 million.

The overall DTH subscription base (active plus inactive) now stands at 84.8 million (as at December 31st 2015), up from 81.47 (September 30th 2015). In other words ‘active’ subs now count as 66 per cent of the total base, compared with just 50.4 per cent at September 30th last year


A bit of a small update. Gem, 9 Go! and 9 Life all started their online streams i've posted links for them. Note, they are all Official legal streams

For those of you using KODI, they will be in JONC's OZ TV addon soon

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Kacific selects AV-Comm teleport for first satellite broadband service in the Pacific

From http://www.satprnews.com/2016/05/17/kacific-selects-av-comm-teleport-for-first-satellite-broadband-service-in-the-pacific/

Leading Satellite operator Kacific Broadband Satellites will commence Ku Band operations from one of Av-Comms strategically located APAC teleports to provide connectivity, hosting and uplink services for Kacific’s first high speed broadband satellite service in the Pacific.

Av-Comm will host Kacific’s newly acquired Newtec Dialog VSAT hub and supply IP transit at its facilities to provide Kacific with the ability to offer affordable satellite broadband connectivity into the Pacific.

Kacific provides Ku-band capacity to customers in the Pacific, ahead of the launch of its new Ka-band satellite. The Av-Comm teleport will initially be used to uplink Internet connectivity to a number of schools in the Republic of Vanuatu. Kacific will expand its broadband services later in the year to consumers, enterpriSES and other public institutions in locations around Asia and the Pacific where Internet connectivity is currently unavailable, extremely slow or very expensive.

Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux said “Our aim is to deliver fast, accessible and affordable direct-to-premises broadband connectivity to areas where other types of connectivity are absent, substandard and unaffordable. Connecting remote schools with good quality Internet in Vanuatu is a perfect example of the value we bring to Pacific communities. We’ve been working with Av-Comm for the past 12 months on a range of connectivity and uplink options and have found them to be an agile and a cost effective partner for the ground segment of our first broadband service.”

Av-Comm MD Michael Cratt said: “Kacific is committed to providing high speed and cost-effective internet connectivity to the people of the Pacific, something Av-Comm is passionate about. We’re extremely pleased to be part of Kacific’s new Ku Band broadband project which reflects our many years of satellite communications experience within the APAC region.”

About Av-Comm

Av-Comm was established in 1981 and is a specialised and agile satellite infrastructure Provider located in Sydney, Australia. Av-Comm’s experienced team has over 60 years in the satellite and telecommunication sector supplying, installing, maintaining and operating satellite communications and fibre networks throughout the Asia Pacific Region.

VSTV's K+, Irdeto join hands for OTT launch

From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/156670/vstv-s-k---irdeto-join-hands-for-ott-launch.html

Irdeto, a world leader in digital platform security, has been selected by K+ to provide end-to-end multiscreen support for the launch of its first commercial over-the-top (OTT) service.

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K+ is a premium pay TV service by Vietnam Satellite Digital Television (VSTV) which is now the largest satellite pay TV platform in Viet Nam with approximately 800,000 subscribers. Meanwhile, Irdeto's suite of multiscreen products includes Irdeto Rights, Irdeto Media Manager, and comprehensive implementation and managed services.

By working with Irdeto and using enhanced user experiences and customised consumer facing applications supplied by Vodworks, K+ can offer their OTT content across multiple devices and browsers in a unique service for their market.

In addition, with Irdeto's support, K+ will be able to leverage this opportunity and will be the first pay TV network to offer Premier League matches through OTT delivery in Viet Nam.

"We wanted to launch an OTT service as a value added service for our subscribers, who are increasingly viewing content through multiple connected devices," Jacques Aymar de Roquefeuil, deputy general director, Vietnam Satellite Digital Television Company, said.

"Irdeto's end-to-end multi-screen solution was important to the success of this new service, as it allows us to deliver to our customers' premium OTT entertainment on their screen of choice regardless of DRM and streaming format. Through our partnership with Irdeto, we are confident of offering the best OTT service we can to our customers in a safe and secure manner."

"Given the high demand for pay TV in Viet Nam, there is a tremendous growth opportunity for OTT services in the country," Bengt Jonsson, vice president, APAC, Irdeto, said.

"Irdeto's multiscreen capabilities will further strengthen the competitive positioning of K+ in the Vietnamese market providing more choice and convenience to customers, as well as address the time-to-market and technology complexities of supporting a multi-device ecosystem," he said.

CASBAA nets Premier League

From http://en.acnnewswire.com/article.asp?art_id=30058

HONG KONG, May 18, 2016 - (ACN Newswire) - CASBAA today announced four additional Corporate Members of the Association for its Q1 2016 line-up, including global sports TV behemoth, the Premier League (PL), data giant Nielsen, and the NASDAQ-listed Indian DTH platform, Videocon d2h and India based (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore & Hyderabad) law firm Trilegal.

Also joining CASBAA as an Associate Member is branded multimedia broadcaster Rewind Networks of Singapore.

CASBAA CEO, Christopher Slaughter said: "The breadth of operations and the geographies covered by our new Members reflect the Association's values and the fast-changing shape of our industry."

"Each of the newcomers brings valuable industry experience, new insights and a global reach. We look forward to providing these additional members with a platform from which to make their mark on one of the world's most dynamic media environments."

Premier League

Premier League (PL) is the organizing body of the FA Premier League football association with responsibility for the Football Association league competition, centralized broadcasting and other commercial rights. The group works proactively with its Member Clubs and other football authorities to improve the quality of football in England and around the world.


Nielsen is a global performance management company dedicated to providing a comprehensive understanding of what consumers "watch and buy". Nielsen also delivers both world-class measurement and analytics contributing to superior performance.

Videocon d2h

The first Indian media company to list on NASDAQ Videocon d2h is India's fastest growing DTH service provider, offering more than 525 channels and services including India's first 4K Ultra HD DTH channel.

Rewind Networks

Launched in 2013 Rewind Networks is a multimedia branded entertainment broadcaster now available in eight million households across Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand), as well as in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Platforms carrying Rewind Networks content include StarHub, SingTel TV, Astro, Indovision, SKYCable, NowTV, LeEco, CTH and CNS.


One of India's top-tier law firms, Trilegal works with world's leading corporations, funds and FIs across diverse sectors, with telecoms, media and technology as one of its key focus areas. It has expertise in M&A and JVs, PE & VC, employment law, disputes resolution, tax, competition law, policy & regulatory issues and general corporate advisory. In 2016, it won India's "National Law firm of the Year" by Chambers & Partners.


CASBAA is the Asia Pacific region's largest non-profit media association, serving the multi-channel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry. Established in 1991, CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising, and video delivery. Encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV; promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising, while promoting global best practices. For more information, visit www.casbaa.com

Contact: Cynthia Wong
Director of Member Relations & Marketing
Tel: +852 3929 1711

A+E launching UK FTA channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/18/ae-launching-first-uk-fta-channel/

Marking A+E Networks’ second free-to-air (FTA) launch of 2016, A+E Networks UK (a joint venture between A+E Networks and Sky) is to launch a new FTA entertainment channel in the UK this autumn on Freeview, following a long-term DTT capacity deal with UK digital terrestrial television (DTT) multiplex operator SDN. The channel name and content line-up will be revealed later this summer.

This deal marks A+E Networks’ second FTA channel launch in 2016, which the company says further underscores its ability to operate hybrid pay-TV and FTA businesses in key global markets. The global media company rolled out Lifetime as a FTA channel in Turkey to 20 million homes in April 2016.

“We are thrilled to build on our strong UK business with the launch of a new A+E channel to the 20 million households on the Freeview platform,” said Dean Possenniskie, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa. “Under the accomplished leadership of Heather Jones, General Manager UK, we look forward to bringing our unique content to new audiences in one of the biggest media markets in the world.”

“We are pleased to be welcoming A+E Networks to Freeview and look forward to continue working with them in the future as they develop their free-to-air offer,” added Tim Cadbury, SDN’s General Manager

In the UK, A+E Networks’ channel portfolio includes HISTORY, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation and H2, available on pay-TV platforms Sky, Virgin, BT and TalkTalk.

Roku leads streaming media player sales

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/18/roku-leads-streaming-media-player-sales/

Research findings revealed by Parks Associates at INTX show that Roku is still the most popular brand of streaming media players, accounting for 30 per cent of the players purchased from Q1 2015 to Q1 2016. Amazon moved into a virtual tie with Google at 22 per cent of sales. Along with Apple TV (20 per cent), the four major players account for 94 per cent of the streaming media players purchased, up from 86 per cent in 2014.

“Thirty-six per cent of US broadband households have at least one streaming media player, up from 27 per cent last year,” said Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates. “Device makers have successfully sold streaming media players to consumers by offering easy access to a variety of content streams, as well as frequent updates that add the latest innovation. Amazon in particular has benefited by promoting its Fire TV devices in conjunction with the company’s Prime Video service as well as streams from HBO, Showtime, and other premium offerings.”

While Apple TV remains in fourth place among the four major brands, it had the largest increase in unit sales year-over-year, primarily due to its long-awaited new version, launched in Q4 2015. Its share of sales in 2015 was 50 per cent higher than its share in 2014. Amazon also had a substantially higher share of unit sales in 2015.

“Roku and Amazon benefit from multiple form factors – both offer boxes and sticks,” Kraus said. “Sticks accounted for 50 per cent of all unit sales in 2015. Approximately one-third of Roku sales were sticks, and roughly three-quarters of Amazon sales were sticks. Apple and Roku were essentially tied for selling the most boxes, but Roku is expanding its base with the additional form factor.”

Parks Associates estimates that 86 million streaming media players will be sold globally in 2019. In 2014, 34 per cent of US broadband households that bought a streaming media device bought a Roku, 23 per cent bought a Google Chromecast, 16 per cent bought an Amazon Fire TV, and 13 per cent bought an Apple TV.

The four major players could soon see expanded competition as Rovi recently acquired DVR pioneer TiVo to bring together two sizable entertainment-tech companies with strong streaming technologies and expertise.

“It is clear we are seeing an OTT industry that is extremely volatile, a product of the rapidly changing market space, and players are experimenting with new ways to slice and sell content,” said Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates. “For emerging services, churn is going to be an ongoing issue as they experiment with new bundles and content offerings. The OTT market has low barriers to entry, but service providers need to generate revenue to remain relevant and in business. Access to content, content distribution knowledge, and investment capability for streaming solutions are the primary requirements for aspiring OTT video providers, but ultimately they need to keep subscribers in order to survive.”



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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "White Channel" is now encrypted.
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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 12719 V "LTV Asia has replaced LTV Movies" on, encrypted.

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NBN satellite receives 3,000 orders for service

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-satellite-receives-3000-orders-for-service/

Just under three weeks since beginning to offer services, around 3,000 people have ordered services across NBN's long-term satellite solution.

Regional Communications Minister Fiona Nash has announced that the National Broadband Network (NBN) company has already received 3,000 orders of service for its satellite, just over two weeks after launching services.

"In just over two weeks since that announcement, NBN has already had more than 3,000 orders for service, and that number is increasing every day," Nash said while speaking at the CommsDay Australasia Satellite Forum 2016 in Sydney on Tuesday morning.

"I have no doubt that as word spreads in regional Australia about how good the service is that that number will quickly increase."

In what Nash called a "rare moment of bipartisanship", she recognised that the Coalition had built on plans by the former Labor government to launch two new AU$620 million Ka-band satellites, despite Communications Minister cum Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull having labelled them unnecessary "Rolls-Royce" satellites during his tenure as shadow communications minister.

Customers will be transitioned from the old interim satellite solution (ISS) onto the long-term satellite over the coming year, Nash -- whose portfolio was added during a Cabinet reshuffle in February -- said.

"[NBN is] set to perform up to 10,000 activations per month, more than this industry has ever done in Australia. ISS users will be migrated onto Sky Muster in parallel with new users, and the national ISS migration is expected to take 10 to 12 months," she said.

The first of NBN's satellites, named Sky Muster, was launched from French Guiana in October. Nash provided an update on the second satellite, saying it has completed its final testing ahead of its launch in the second half of 2016.

"The second satellite is currently situated in Palo Alto, California, where it has now successfully completed its final pre-launch testing. It is currently having its solar panels and antennas installed, and will subsequently be made ready for transportation to French Guiana as a complete unit," the regional communications minister said.

"Launch partner Arianespace has found a co-passenger for the NBN satellite, and a target date for launch has been made in the second half of this year."

While she acknowledged that it is a possibility, Nash said she is "very sure" that the rocket will not blow up on its way into space.

"Satellites have been known on the odd occasion to blow up while being launched, but given Arianespace's strong record of success, we can be optimistic for a successful launch, followed by a period of in-orbit testing -- and I am very sure that it won't blow up," she said.

"Once in-orbit testing is complete, the second satellite will be ready to join Sky Muster in offering commercial services, increasing both the capacity of the system, as well as adding redundancy in the case of technical issues with the other satellite."

NBN launched services on its long-term satellite solution late last month, providing high-speed broadband for the 3 percent of the Australian population not living within the FttX, hybrid fibre-coaxial, and fixed-wireless NBN network footprint via the projection of 101 spot beams.

While 400,000 premises will be eligible to order a satellite service, NBN foresees only 200,000 to 250,000 will actually take up the system. Were all 400,000 eligible households to order the satellite service, the "fair use" policy would prevent speeds slowing substantially, however.

The fair use policy will impose a cap on each IP address' usage at 150GB per month maximum in order to prevent capacity from being outstripped by demand again.

"NBN included new monitoring tools in its systems to better manage capacity. This helped to prevent that top 2 percent of high-volume users -- what NBN called 'top talkers' -- from unfairly slowing the service levels of all other users," Nash said on Tuesday.

"Some have sought to argue that the download quotas on satellite are unfairly lower than those available in metropolitan areas, but the evidence proves otherwise: In March this year, the average amount of data downloaded per month across NBN services was 114GB -- well within the download quotas available on Sky Muster."

In December, NBN had announced an increase in data allowances for customers on its satellite service, upping its offering to 150GB per month plus 50GB extra for distance education students, having freed up satellite capacity by moving 40,000 premises to its fixed-wireless or fixed-line networks.

While users are now able to purchase satellite services from retail service providers, NBN last month noted that it could take some time for the connections to be made.

"We have teamed up with our delivery partners and now have a field force of over 600 trained technicians ready to connect homes around the country," NBN chief customer officer John Simon said at the time.

"It will take some time to get all eligible premises connected, due to the sheer size of our 7.69 million kilometre-squared country, so we ask for patience as our teams travel around to install the service."

Around 5,000 users will be connected to the satellite service each month, before this scales up to 10,000 connections per month later in the year.

During 200 end-user trials of the satellite service, users attained speeds of up to 25/5Mbps, which NBN said amounted to being four times faster than existing satellite services, as well as allowing between three and six times more data.

NBN published research by Ovum last month indicating that its satellite service is "world leading" in terms of affordability, download and upload speeds, and peak data allowances.

Sky to raise prices despite falling subscriber numbers

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11640228

The monthly price of Sky Basic will rise by $0.69 to $49.91, while Sky Sports will increase by $1.61 to $29.90 a month.
Sky Network Television is to raise the price of its basic subscription package and its sports package despite a fall in the number of subscribers, Fairfax reported.

The monthly price of Sky Basic will rise by $0.69 to $49.91, while Sky Sports will increase by $1.61 to $29.90 a month.

On May 6, the pay-TV operator warned that subscriber numbers were expected to fall further this year, leading to earnings next year missing analysts' expectations.

The Auckland-based company forecast it would have 830,000 subscribers at the end of its financial year on June 30.

Subscriber numbers dropped 1.5 percent last financial year to 851,561.

It expects to lose 45,000 core residential pay-TV subscribers this year and gain about 25,000 subscribers for its online services such as Neon and FanPass.

Analyst Morningstar responded to that announcement by calling for the company to cut prices in order to compete with rivals like online streaming services Netflix and Lightbox.

Shares in Sky had traded at $5.49 prior to the May 6 announcement. They have yet to recover and closed up 1% at $4.04.

(Craig's comment, they have done this every June for years, not sure what all the fuss is about it's no surprise. The only surprise is that its not a larger increase..)

Sky TV to raise prices as annual content costs rise by $30 million

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/80092907/sky-tv-to-raise-prices-as-annual-content-costs-rise-by-30-million

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet has told staff it is not the only media company facing "head winds".

Sky Television will increase the price of its Sky Basic pay-television service by 69 cents a month and Sky Sports by $1.61 a month.

The broadcaster has found itself caught between a rock and a hard place as more customers switch off its satellite television service for internet-based rivals, which are also bidding up the cost of content.

Sky forecast this month that it would shed about 45,000 satellite television customers in the year to the end of June, prompting analyst Morningstar to suggest a price cut to keep customers loyal.

But Sky chief executive John Fellet said its content costs would rise by about $30 million this year.

The price rise would only cover half that extra cost, he said.

It is understood a major factor behind Sky's rising programming bill is a new deal it signed last year to retain its rugby broadcasting rights.

Spokeswoman Kirsty Way said details were confidential but Sky had to pay an "eye watering number" and an "eye watering increase".

The rugby deal is good news for top rugby players, who are tipped to be in line for substantial pay rises.

Sky has so far declined to strike a deal for the New Zealand rights to the English premier league, with a source putting the asking price for those at more than $4m a year.

But it has agreed to pay more for cricket rights.

The forecast drop in Sky satellite subscribers means Sky will have fewer customers over which to spread those rising content costs.

That has raised the prospect of a vicious cycle that has seen more than $500m wiped of the value of Sky on the NZX during the past two weeks as its shares fell by a quarter.

Way said the company was "not in panic mode".

The company was aware people had more choices and that the market was transitioning to internet-delivered content, but satellite television remained the only reliable way of getting HD content to the whole of New Zealand, she said.

"We are just in that difficult situation of more-expensive-than-ever costs and we want to hang on to key content for our customers.

"A result of competition is often bidding of prices for things upwards. You would expect at some point in time there might be a market correction, but that is what we are living with right now."

Sky usually changes its prices in April or May but held off a decision a little longer this year. Way said the rise was also lower than usual. The price rise will take effect on June 25.

The company planned to provide "more value" for customers, for example by providing better search and "recommendation" features to discover new programmes.

"Companion apps" were also in the wings that would let people use their smartphones to delve deeper into shows and events as they were being broadcast on television, she said.

While Sky is forecasting a loss of 45,000 satellite subscribers, it expects a 25,000 rise in the number of customers who use its FanPass and Neon internet television services.

Fellet said in an email to staff that customers often said they only wanted to pay for the channels they watched.

That seemed logical "until you gain a good understanding of how the TV business works", he said.

"Some pay TV operators have tried to introduce smaller bundles.

"In reality most customers end up paying more or less the same as what they were paying before, once they've subscribed to the bundles with all their favourite channels. All they have to show for it is that now they have fewer channels."

Sky was not the only "media company" facing head winds, he told staff.

"The two major newspaper chains in New Zealand look like they will merge in order to survive," he said, referring to a possible merger of publishers Fairfax Media New Zealand and NZME.

"Radio and television advertising is down. Even global giants like the Disney Corporation, Apple and Netflix are at three-year lows. TVNZ sees advertising going backwards and let's not even talk about MediaWorks."

Price changes
•Sky Basic will rise by 69 cent to $49.91 a month.
•Sky Sports goes up $1.61 to $29.90 a month.
•All other prices unchanged.

TVNZ, Fairfax Media strike deal for Stuff readers

From http://www.telecomasia.net/content/tvnz-fairfax-media-strike-deal-stuff-readers

TV New Zealand (TVNZ) has concluded a deal with Fairfax Media allowing readers of Stuff to be able to view ONE News video.

The collaboration is part of a strategy to meet the growing demand for news video, and will provide the latest ONE News content via the Stuff website and apps.

Kevin Kenrick, TVNZ CEO, said domestic online players need to collaborate to compete effectively with global scale players, and this opportunity is all about matching ONE News’ strength in video journalism with Stuff’s strength in online reach.

“We're committed to making the news stories that matter most to New Zealanders accessible to as many viewers as possible,” said Kenrick. “ONE News is the market leading TV news and ONE News Now has achieved massive growth in online news video streams since it was launched last year. The partnership with Fairfax is an exciting next step to extend the reach of ONE News stories and make them immediately available where audiences want to view them.”

Simon Tong, Fairfax Media NZ managing director, said this is a significant step for Stuff, and demonstrates Stuff’s capability as a home for content from other publishers and partners, as well as Fairfax’s own.

AsiaSat’s 4K-SAT Channel to broadcast UHD content from 4KUNIVERSE™

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 17 May 2016 – 4KUNIVERSE™, a new general entertainment UltraHD (UHD) channel, will be available on AsiaSat’s UHD channel ‘4K-SAT’ in mid May on AsiaSat 4, bringing to Asian viewers the very best movies, TV series, documentaries and LIVE sports filmed in 4K resolution.
The documentary ‘Seattle: The Emerald City’, the movie ‘The Toy Soldiers’ and TV series ‘Model Turned Superstar’ in UHD will be distributed throughout the Asia Pacific. 4KUNIVERSE™ is one of the first premium general entertainment 4K TV channels available to the global marketplace.

“Having AsiaSat as our strategic partner, we are able to demonstrate our high quality, compelling UHD content to the largest possible audience in Asia through AsiaSat’s unique satellite-delivered UHD platform on AsiaSat 4. While we are making our content available to all cable, DTH and IPTV operators in this region, we look forward to the launch of our full 24/7 UHD channel in Asia in Q4 2016,” said Matthew Mancinelli, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of 4KUNIVERSETM and Mance Media.
“We are very pleased to welcome 4KUNIVERSETM on board our UHD neighbourhood on AsiaSat 4. The immersive viewing experience of unique native UHD content enabled by satellite delivery will impress them,” said Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President of Marketing & Global Accounts, AsiaSat.
“4K-SAT” is available on AsiaSat 4 with the following reception parameters:

Orbital Location: 122°E
Transponder: A4-C13H
Downlink Frequency: 4120 MHz
Downlink Polarisation: Horizontal
Transmission Standard: DVB-S2
Compression Standard: HEVC
Modulation: 8PSK
Symbol Rate: 29.72 Msym/sec
FEC: 5/6


4KUNIVERSETM is one of the first premium general entertainment 4K TV channels featuring movies, television series, documentaries and LIVE sports in stunning 4K resolution. For more information, visit: www.4kuniversenow.com

About Mance Media
Mance Media is a global film and television distribution company based in Los Angeles, CA. Its core business is the distribution of English-language television programming to broadcasters globally and is also an established international sales agent for narrative feature films. In the United States, Mance Media is a growing movie studio releasing 5 to 8 films a year across all platforms including in theaters. The company was launched by Matthew Mancinelli in 2012. For more information, visit: http://www.mancemedia.com

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016/early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Marketing & Global Accounts
Tel: (852) 2500 0899
Mobile: (852) 9097 1210
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com
Native 4K Content from 4KUNIVERSETM on AsiaSat’s 4K-SAT Channel in Asia
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

BitTorrent Live unveiled

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/17/bittorrent-live-unveiled/

Peer-to-peer file sharing protocol and software company BitTorrent has unveiled a multichannel app for live and linear programming, which it says solves provisioning and lag time problems for live online broadcasting. It features free tier of channels spanning news, sports, music, tech, and youth culture.

BitTorrent says it has changed the way the Internet works, and more than once. “We are about to do it again with our sights firmly set on fixing the way live video streaming works,” it says, noting that there has been enormous innovation in the distribution methods for pre-recorded video content on the internet. “This has changed the way people watch scripted TV and movies. Unlike on-demand video streaming, which has established itself as a reliable consumption method, livestreaming broadcast is an ongoing problem in terms of both performance and monetisation,” it notes.

According to BitTorrent, live television is a communal event that is shared by a society. The vast majority of the most watched television in the history of the medium have been live sports, news, and events, simultaneously consumed. “Yet, there has been very little innovation around the distribution of live video on the Internet,” it suggests.

“Today we’re unveiling a solution to these problems: BitTorrent Live, a multichannel, live and linear video streaming platform spanning news, sports, music, tech, and youth culture,” it says.

“Powered by our proprietary and patented peer-to-peer live streaming protocol, BitTorrent Live allows for large audiences to view live video with sub 10-second latency and without the need for an expensive CDN or pre-provisioning. With BitTorrent Live, every viewer is also a broadcaster. This allows the video stream to remain strong and for the broadcast to be as scalable as traditional Over-the-Air TV,” it advises.

“Last year Bob Bowman (head of MLBAM) told Walt Mossberg in regards to the difficulty of large scale live video streaming of sports, declaring, ‘Is that a business model or is that a stunt? I don’t know?’ Well, BitTorrent Live is the platform that can turn large scale live streaming into a business model,” declared Erik Schwartz, VP of Media, BitTorrent Live

BitTorrent Live Programming

A free tier of programming will be available at launch, with linear channels that contain live events, including:

•AWE: Formerly known as WealthTV, AWE is a 24/7 network devoted to taking viewers on a journey of how wealth is achieved, used and enjoyed.

•Clubbing TV: The official media partner of some of the planet’s biggest electro festivals, Clubbing TV offers exclusive, quality electronic music content from artists and labels all around the globe embracing the entire the Dance Music lifestyle.

•FAST&FUN is a new Television Channel offering an action-packed, adrenaline-including medley of extreme sports, from car racing and motocross to snowboarding and skateboarding; a large variety of disciplines, shows and competitions from all over the world.

•Fightbox: From MMA and boxing to arm wrestling and sumo, Fightbox is a compilation of the finest combat sports from around the globe all on one channel.

•Filmbox Arthouse: Every month FilmBox Arthouse also airs special presentations devoted to a particular creative movement (German Expressionism, New Romanian Cinema) or individual filmmakers (The Surreal Art of Salvador Dali, Rossellini’s War Trilogy, etc.)

•Heroes TV: Delivers what action, adventure fanatics want. Heroes TV targets audiences with Multiple programming categories to offer the most comprehensive action, adventure line up on TV.

•Newsmax: Newsmax TV provides the latest news, expert views and live programming from your favourite TV hosts and A-list guests. (conservative programming)

•NUsicTV: Delivers the finest new independent artists at the forefront of music in a linear broadcast, allowing viewers to discover the vanguard in music without having to search the Internet.

•OANN: Features political analysis programming and political talk shows, along with network special documentary-style reports; its news coverage attempts to maintain objectivity while its political shows illustrate a stronger conservative lean.

•One World Sports: It features exclusive, live, world-class sporting events and premier matchups from around the world, with over 3,000 hours of unduplicated sports programming annually. Content focus is on live and same-day action of league, championship and qualification competitions in football, basketball, baseball, golf, table tennis, badminton, darts, and more.

•OpenNews TV: OpenNews TV brings you live video talk shows from the best progressive talk radio personalities.

•Pursuit Channel: Pursuit Channel is a television network that airs programming geared to hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation.

•TWiT: The TWiT.tv Netcast Network with Leo Laporte features the #1 ranked technology podcast This Week in Tech, along with over 20 other top-ranked online shows.

“We’re just getting started, so stay tuned,” says BitTorrent, advising that additional channels will follow, including subscription based, ad supported, and Pay-Per-View premium tiers.

(Craig's comment, website is https://btlive.tv/ )


Sunday feeds

D2 12572 V Sr 7499 "Video gaming"
D2 12581 V Sr 7500 "astra 3 path 1" AFL

D1 12420 V Sr 6111 "Lk3 NNN911" Reporter channel 9
D1 12429 V Sr 7000 NRL

Saturday feeds

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 AFL football

D2 12679 V Sr 7499 "SANFL Port Adelaide V Eagles"
D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "WAFL"
D2 12680 V Sr 7500 "Horses"
D2 12672 V Sr 7500 "Horses"
D2 12654 V Sr 7500 "Horses"

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 10 110.5E Trading Day has moved from 3706 V to 3818 V, Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Ala! Entertainment" has left .

Telkom 1 108.0E 3881 H "Efarina TV" has left.
Telkom 1 108.0E 4078 H "Papua Barat TV" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3670 H "Somaliland National TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3764 H "Thai TV 3" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 3826 H "BBTV Channel 7" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3805 H "Gazi TV" is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3682 H "ATN News" has left again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12604 V "Unique Business News has replaced Unique Satellite TV" on , encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 12719 V "A C-Sky-Net mux "has started on .

ABS 2 75.0E 3978 V "Fox Sports Philippines" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3900 V "Neo Prime and Neo Sports"are encrypted again.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Now等替换Channel V(CTH)等14个频道,设置4080 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,PPV、Myx Global(MPEG-4)等11个频道新增,设置3748 H 11200参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,阿里郎(Ddish TV)频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森戏剧、东森综合(数码天空)频道改格式,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Jawapos TV(测试)频道新增,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯、凤凰中文(MPEG-4)等频道加密,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Asianet HD(高清)频道消失,设置4024 H 14400参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,News 7 Tamil(印度)频道消失,设置3966 H 14400参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,A TV、Khoj India替换Christ(印度)等频道,设置3894 H 13840参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,India Vision News替换6 TV Telugu(印度)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [5月16日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Probashi Bangla TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [5月15日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sea News、Nirmana(印度)频道重现,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [5月15日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,LNTV 1、LNTV 3(IPM)等6个频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。 [5月15日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Wah(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月15日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,BOX Film替换NB TV(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Jawapos TV、Test(测试)频道新增,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。 [5月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Ginx TV(美国)频道消失,设置3617 V 29000参数无效接收。 [5月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Star Plus(斐济)频道加密,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [5月15日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Tai Visons(泰国)频道解密,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月15日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道新增,设置3764 H 4551参数免费接收。 [5月14日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,Monoscope、Color Bar(测试)等3个频道重现,设置12180 R 28800参数免费接收。 [5月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Paramount Channel(高清)频道改格式,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月14日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hum HD(高清)频道消失,设置4155 H 9833参数无效接收。 [5月14日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Test(测试)频道加密,设置3820 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [5月14日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Mysci HD(高清)频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [5月14日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ohotnik i Rybolov、Ddish TV宣传(蒙古)频道重现,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [5月13日]


Skynet satellite ground station opens in Adelaide to aid UK military communications

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-16/skynet-satellite-ground-station-opens-in-adelaide/7419042

The United Kingdom has boosted its communication capabilities in South-East Asia by opening a satellite ground station in Adelaide.

It will receive information from a Skynet 5 system satellite that has been moved 67,000 kilometres from above the Middle East into the South-East Asia region by Airbus Defence and Space.

"The obvious choice was to use Australia and build a new facility that allowed us to communicate to that satellite and bring the information from it," Airbus spokesperson Steve Mills said.

The ground station was opened at Mawson Lakes in Adelaide's northern suburbs and will be operated by satellite communications company SpeedCast, which already has a major base there.

"It's a facility that has a security clearance," SpeedCast chief executive officer Pierre-Jean Beylier said.

"We are providing services from this facility to several governments, including the United States Government and the Australian Government. I'm talking about military communications so it looked like a logical site to help Airbus with Skynet 5A."

The Skynet 5 system is made up of eight satellites that facilitate British military communications on a secure frequency.

The change in one satellite's position will extend Britain's communication abilities in the South-East Asia region.

Mr Mills joked that the satellite system, which shares the same name as the fictional military artificial intelligence in the Terminator movie series, has no chance of becoming self-aware.

"This is a hub station for Skynet 5 and before this came Skynet 4, which actually predates the film," he said.

"So I think we had rights to it first."

Communications important during South China Sea dispute

British High Commissioner Menna Rawlings attended a ceremony to open the station and said it highlighted the importance of the area, particularly with tensions remaining high in the South China Sea.

"Territorial disputes over uninhabited rocks and reefs have the potential to generate enough friction in international affairs to spark a confrontation," Ms Rawlings said.

Australian Strategic Policy Institute defence strategy analyst Doctor Malcolm Davis said it was an important strategic move.

"There's an old saying that amateurs talk tactics and professionals talk logistics," Dr Davies said.

"In the information age warfare, logistics of that type of warfare are really about communications.

"This is vital because what it does is extend the UK's ability to communicate with its forces in the Indian Ocean and the Asia Pacific region."

Dr Davies said the facility would be beneficial to Australia as it looked to expand its own military communications.

"Certainly if you read the current Defence White Paper, we've made it very clear that we intend to increase our use of space capabilities through access to commercial satellites and so forth," he said.

Battle Against Pirated Content is Improving, Says WMI Exec

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2016/05/13/battle-against-pirated-content-is-improving-says-wmi-exec/

Australia is likely to see a real breakthrough in the fight against pirated content by year’s end, according to World Media International (WMI) Managing Director Tony Ishak. Exacerbated by the Internet-based nonlinear content distribution such as Over-the-Top (OTT), piracy is a major concern to broadcasters and pay-TV providers. WMI has been working with industry and government over the past two years to introduce a set of copyright infringement laws over the Internet, known as 115A. Ishak said large amounts of pirated content, especially in Australia, amount to a silent threat that has become one of the company’s primary focus points in recent years.

“There are two actions currently in the court in which the 115A laws will be used. The outcomes will allow for a process on how to best use these laws, which in my opinion are the best in the world to tackle Internet piracy. I expect that by the end of this calendar year there will be a substantial fence built around Australia to stop content piracy,” he said.

WMI launched a Direct-to-Home (DTH) service called Mysat in 2004 that provides content catered for the three largest foreign language-speaking groups in Australia: Arabic, Greek and Italian. On average more than 320,000 people watch one or more WMI programs a night. Ishak said satellite is the mainstay for WMI’s content distribution services to end users, but that stolen and illegal content threaten the media business.

“Our focus is on cleaning up the leakage that currently plagues the entire pay-TV ecosystem. This will take a lot of coordinated effort with all the players in Australia. Once the fence is built, then platforms can reclaim lost ground and then start concentrating on new initiatives and capabilities moving forward,” he said.
Ishak said the battle has shifted away from illegal downloads toward streaming service. He cites “card-sharing,” or credential sharing among viewers, as more significant than both of those, however.

“Card-sharing over satellite is largest threat to any satellite business in Australia,” he explained. “This form of piracy was inherited by Foxtel when it purchased Austar, and to date there is no clear strategy in how this should be dealt with once and for all. It is a heavy burden for all the pay media industry in Australia as it requires a collective effort for all parties to work together.

Content owners have to walk a fine line between enabling swift and easy legal distribution of their properties versus enabling easy acquisition and dissemination of those signals illegally, according to Brendan Murray, market analyst at Avascent.

Murray told Via Satellite that pay-TV operators have long relied on Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Conditional Access systems, but said it is not practical to rely exclusively on a technical solution to securing this content. He said similarly that industry realizes it will require collaboration and teamwork to address piracy and content theft.

“Whether it be formalized groups such as the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA’s) Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition, or specific tactical pairings (America’s Dish TV and TVB with China’s CCTV suing h.TV and their retransmission service), all players in the value chain — broadcasters, pay-TV service providers, satellite operators, teleports, government agencies — recognize the need to band together to identify, remove, and prosecute those who pirate material,” he said.

Murray noted progress on the policy front, mentioning Australia’s recently approved new anti-piracy legislation with the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill of 2015 which gives content owners the right to have Australia’s Federal Court block foreign websites sites that enable illegal distribution pirated material. He said also that a 2015 survey from by Australia’s IP Awareness Foundation found that online piracy has been reduced, at least in part, by the increased availability inexpensive and legal alternatives.

For WMI, combating piracy will continue to be a major focus point. Ishak said that though the company is not seeking to acquire new satellite capacity at this point in time, future decisions will be directly influenced by efforts to curtail access to stolen content today.

“I don’t expect that there is a requirement for more capacity, however, in saying that it depends on what happens in the marketplace with other platforms legal or otherwise and whether they are still operating in 12 months time,” he said.

Thaicom 8 satellite set for launch late this month

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thaicom-8-satellite-set-for-launch-late-this-month-30286013.html

Company has agreed to pay fees for Thaicom 7 and 8, ICT minister says

THAICOM is set to launch its Thaicom 8 satellite by the end of this month and has agreed to retroactively pay the fee to the Information and Communications Ministry for reserving orbital slots for the company's satellites, ICT Minister Uttama Savanayana has said.

The retroactive fee payment is for its existing Thaicom 7 satellite and the upcoming Thaicom 8.

The Thailand's sole satellite operator had already informed the ministry and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) about the launch schedule of the Thaicom 8, the minister added.

The ministry and Thaicom have entered into talks on fee payment. According to preliminary talks, Thaicom has agreed to pay the fee to the ministry and the amount it will pay would be finalised within two months, Uttama said.

Given the Thaicom 7 satellite and the upcoming Thaicom 8 do not operate under the ministry's concession, the ministry has asked Thaicom to pay the fee to the ministry as cost of reserving the orbital slots for them.

At the present only the Thaicom 4 (better known as iPSTAR), Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6 satellites operate under the ministry's concession, while Thaicom 7 and the planned Thaicom 8 and 9 satellites operate under the NBTC's same single licence.

The National Space Affairs Committee, which is co-chaired by the ICT ministry and the Science Ministry, is drawing up a national space policy, and regulations for this fee will be added in.

After the committee completely finishes the policy, the NBTC will also add into the satellite licence conditions that a satellite licence holder will have to pay this fee to the ministry.

The concession for the Thaicom satellites will expire in 2021. This year they are paying 20.5 per cent of gross revenue as the concession fee. From next year to 2021, they will pay a higher fee or 22.5 per cent of gross revenue as the concession fee.

The Thaicom satellites under the NBTC licences pay about five per cent of gross revenue as the annual licence fee throughout the licence term.

The Thaicom 8 will be launched to 78.5 degrees East, and provide South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa with broadcasting and data services. It will have 24 Ku-band transponders.

NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith expects that the new NBTC law, which is still being drafted, will define a clearer role in managing the satellite sector between the ICT Ministry and the NBTC.

The National Legislative Assembly's science and mass communications panel is vetting the draft of the new NBTC law.

Thaicom recently reported consolidated revenue from sales of goods and services for the first quarter this year of Bt 3.210 billion, up by 4.4 per cent year-on-year, mainly contributed by revenues from both satellite business and Internet and media businesses, together with the efficiency of cost and expenses control.

China's New Satellite Launch Center Ready for Test

From http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/05/16/4101s927842.htm

The ship called Yuan Wang carrying the Long March-7 rocket arrives at Qinglan Harbor at south China's Hainan Province on May 14, 2016. [Photo: CCTV News]

The Long March-7, one of China's new generation of carrier rockets arrived at Wenchang on Saturday afternoon.

The rocket will transport cargo for China's planned space station and is expected to become a main carrier for space launches.

Long-March-7 is scheduled to perform its first mission in late June.

The Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, which was established in 2009, will also be tested for its supportive systems.

An undated photo shows the Qinglan Harbor, Hainan province. [Photo: 163.com]

The center is China's newest launch facility, following the Xichang center in Sichuan Province, the Taiyuan center in Shanxi Province and the Jiuquan center in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

With a low latitude of 19 degrees north of the equator, the new center is similar in location to the Kennedy space center in the United States.

Huang Jun, a professor with the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, says the advantages of a low latitude launch has three aspects.

"First of all, the large carrier rockets can be transported to the center from sea, so the center can launch spacecraft with heavier payload. Secondly, the low latitude may increase the launching efficiency so as to reduce the launching cost. Thirdly, the launching safety may be greatly improved, for example, the rocket debris will fall into the sea rather than into the inland, so the life and property of people can be well protected."

Yuan Xinli, the chief editor of World Flight magazine, echoed Professor Huang's opinion, adding China has been launching small satellites in Hainan since the 1980s, and all of these performed well.

However, the new launch site also faces some challenges. Because of its geographical position, where it is surrounded by the sea, the weather in Hainan can be quite changeable and humidity can be rather high.

An undated photo shows the launching tower of the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center located in south China's Hainan province. [Photo: 163.com]

Measures have been taken to tackle these problems. More supporting pillars have been built on the launching platform, a facility that is used to transfer a rocket from the assembly building to the launch tower.

The center can also now operate under moderate rain.

The launch of Long March-7 and the Wenchang launch center will help China's space lab mission.

China's second orbiting space laboratory, Tiangong-2, will be launched at the Wenchang center later this year, and it is scheduled to dock with the manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11.

The Tiangong 2 project is a prologue for China's first space station that is planned to be established by 2020.

Models of Long March-5 rocket are displayed at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center. [Photo: 163.com]

Professor Huang Jun said the Long March-7 and the new space satellite launch center will help push the development of international cooperation in the space industry.

"There are two reasons. one reason is the lower cost of launching, both the carrier rocket and the launch center may contribute to reduce the launching cost, the other reason is the new space satellite launch center can launch various spacecraft including different type of satellites, space lab or station and deep space exploration probes."

RSCC take Ka-band broadband to central Russia

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/539732/rscc-take-ka-band-broadband-to-central-russia/

rscc ka bandRussian satellite operator RSCC has launched Ka-band-based broadband services in central Russia and the Urals via its new Express-AM6 satellite at 53° East.

Russian providers started to offer satellite broadband services in the Ka-band using domestic spacecraft in the Far East and Siberia last year.

Since April 2016, the service area of high-speed satellite system has expanded, now covering the country’s central and southern Ural regions. The service is provided via RSCC’s Express-AM6 (53 ° East) and Express-AM5 (140 ° East) spacecraft. The total length of the coverage area in the Ka-band is 7,000km.

“The project start in the central regions of Russia and the Urals is truly an important event for the Russian satellite communications industry. The experience and expertise accumulated by market participants, and the innovative technology platform which the operators have selected, allow us to offer the individual and business user a quality service of state-of-the-art modern high-speed broadband Internet access,” said RSCC director-general Yuri Prokhorov.

“Implementation of the high-speed internet access project will also contribute to greater competition and, as a consequence, improve the quality and availability to the public of broadband services throughout the territory of Russia.”

Gogo and SKY Perfect JSAT partnership for increased satellite connectivity over Japan

From http://www.traveldailynews.asia/news/article/61591/gogo-and-sky-perfect-jsat

Gogo will leverage the JCSAT–5A satellite high throughput beam to increase capacity, which ultimately means better performance for its service to Japan Airlines (JAL).

CHICAGO - Gogo, the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation ("SKY Perfect JSAT"), Asia's leading provider of satellite services, announced that the two companies have entered into partnership for increased satellite connectivity over Japan.

Gogo will leverage the JCSAT–5A satellite high throughput beam to increase capacity, which ultimately means better performance for its service to Japan Airlines (JAL). To kick off the new agreement, Gogo will be offering passengers on all JAL domestic flights 15 minutes of free Wi-Fi on each flight.

"Gogo has built its networks to be open, which means we can leverage numerous satellites in the Ku-band around the world," said Anand Chari, Gogo's chief technology officer. "SKY Perfect JSAT is the largest satellite operator in Asia and by leveraging their high capacity JCSAT–5A satellite, we are able to deliver more bandwidth at lower costs to customers like JAL and their passengers."

"We are sincerely honored to be a partner with Gogo," stated Shinji Takada, President & Chief Executive Officer, SKY Perfect JSAT. "This year, we are launching several satellites including JCSAT-14 and JCSAT-15 which have very unique Ku-band coverage over Pacific region and Indian ocean region, Further, we have announced to launch Horizons 3e, a newly Ku-band HTS, in 2018. We will continue to satisfy growing demand in the mobility market with our satellites"

Gogo and SKY Perfect JSAT has also partnered to provide satellite communications services over the Pacific region with the new JCSAT-14 satellite which was successfully launched on 6th May.

NovelSat signs agreement with leading Japanese distributor Sanshin Electronics

From http://www.satprnews.com/2016/05/16/novelsat-signs-agreement-with-leading-japanese-distributor-sanshin-electronics/

Satellite transmISSion technology leader NovelSat announces it has signed an agreement with leading Japanese distributor Sanshin Electronics.

Founded in November 1951 and based in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Sanshin Electronics is an electronics trading company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The company boasts a broad nationwide network with 13 branch offices in Japan. In addition, highly experienced full-time application engineers will support the expansion program of NovelSat products into the Japanese market.

“With the growth in the satellite sector and new opportunities for satellite communications consumers of all types and sizes, we are confident that forming a partnership with NovelSat and its leading satellite transmission technology will contribute to our growth,” comments Yuji Mori, Sanshin Electronics BroadCASting Systems Sales Vice President.

NovelSat is a worldwide technology leader in satellite transmission. Their satellite modems, modulators and demodulators deliver the most bandwidth-efficient signals in the industry. They support and are backward compatible with all industry standards, including DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X. With the optional NovelSat NS4 satellite waveform, satellite users can boost capacity by up to 45% compared with DVB-S2. That means more HD and 4K UHDTV channels and more data without increasing costly satellite bandwidth budgets.

“Building presence in Japan’s satellite communications market is an important part of the NovelSat global strategy,” comments Itzik Wulkan, NovelSat CEO. “With NovelSat technology and Sanshin’s vast experience, capable staff and nationwide reach, we believe that we have a winning combination for accelerated success in the region.”

About NovelSat

NovelSat is a technology company dedicated to providing next-generation modulation Technologies for satellite communications. NovelSat offers superior spectral efficiency with its NovelSat NS4 satellite transmission software package, which is available in all NovelSat satellite modems, modulators and demodulators. All NovelSat equipment also supports DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X transmission standards. In addition to spectral efficiency, NovelSat offers unmatched resilience algorithms that mitigate the effects of various types interference. NovelSat solutions deliver the satellite industry’s most compelling ROI and the most scalable transmission solutions from 64Kbps to 850Mbps on a single modem.

About Sanshin Electronics

As an electronics trading company, Sanshin Electronics deals with a wide range of semiconductors and electronics parts of both Japanese and overseas manufacturers. Through its tight customer support utilizing a sales network of 13 domestic locations including group companies and 12 overseas locations, as well as its proposals rich in variation derived from a substantial development support network, Sanshin Electronics offers optimal solutions that meet the needs of customers starting with electronics manufacturers.

EU warned against copyright reform

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/16/eu-warned-against-copyright-reform/

Audiences across the EU will lose out substantially if the European Commission presses ahead with plans to erode the territorial exploitation of film and television rights, a new report released at the Festival de Cannes international film festival reveals.

Changes to copyright and other initiatives at the EU level could result in substantially lower levels of investment in TV and film content, with consumer welfare losses worth up to €9.3 billion a year, as a result of those consumers losing access to content they currently enjoy, being charged more, or being priced out completely. The findings appear in a major new study compiled by economic consultancy Oxera and media consultancy Oliver & Ohlbaum.

The EU proposals – outlined in the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy in 2015 – would erode the established territorial exploitation of TV and film rights in Europe. But the report, The impact of cross-border access to audiovisual content on EU consumers, warns that rather than improving consumer choice, eroding territorial exploitation would lead to an enormous cost to audiences as well as to the European creative economy, threatening cultural diversity both in production and distribution, thus reducing the volume and quality of original content on offer in the EU.

Key findings of the report include:
•Up to 48 per cent less local TV content in certain genres and 37 per cent less local film production would be produced, with the most marginal / risky content at particular risk of being dropped
•All types of content – international, European and independent local productions – would be negatively affected, threatening cultural diversity
•Even content that still gets made could suffer from reduced production values, impacting the quality of content available to consumers
•Consumers would face higher prices (with some being priced out altogether) or lose access to content they currently enjoy

The report was launched at an event in Cannes with the support of a broad group of sponsors, including film and audiovisual producers, distributors, broadcasters, platforms and film agencies throughout Europe and across the world.

The Commission’s proposals are intended to improve online access to film and television content for European consumers. However, the study demonstrates that the Commission’s proposals actually risk having the opposite effect. It details how the unique characteristics of these industries and the inherently risky nature of content production means that financing models for producing new content rely on the freedom to license content on an exclusive territory by territory basis, thereby attracting pre-production funding. Undermining this freedom would drastically reduce investment in new content, leading to significant negative impacts for viewers.

Senior figures from across the sector have reacted by:
•calling for the integrity of the principle of territoriality to be maintained;
•stating that the European Commission must re-think its proposals to erode the territorial exploitation of film and TV content and avoid any proposals or other initiatives that would undermine film and television licensing and financing, including the decision to license on an exclusive territorial basis;
•declaring that they share the Commission’s objective to develop a stronger digital economy for film and television, but that the Commission must work with, not against the industry to deliver for consumers.

Producers in many European countries have expressed particular concern that undermining the principle of territorial exclusivity would jeopardise their ability to secure public funding and compromise their ability to enter into co-production agreements that secure commercial funds from other countries before filming can begin. For example, the funding of acclaimed TV series such as Poldark and independent films such as A Royal Affair, The Lobster and Amour could be put at risk.

Publication of the report has triggered reaction by a number of senior figures across the European film and television sectors.

John McVay, Chief Executive of Pact, said: “Today’s report underlines that the Commission’s plans will deliver the exact opposite of their stated intentions leaving audiences with a poorer range of content, higher prices and a devastating impact on cultural diversity both in production and distribution. It is vital that they urgently rethink their approach and work closely with industry and member state governments to ensure no changes are made that would end up leaving audiences worse off. We all want to develop a stronger digital economy for film and television. But the Commission must work with, not against the industry to deliver for audiences.”

Peter Dinges, President of the European Association of Film Agencies (EFADs), said: “Every market, even a Digital Single Market, needs products. The EFADs annually invest more than 3 billion Euros to foster a growing audiovisual economy with high quality films made in Europe. However, if the Commission tears a hole in the financing of European films, even the funds cannot fill the gap. High quality products made in Europe would be highly endangered and thus cultural diversity compromised.”

Anders Kjaerhauge, Managing Director of Zentropa, said: “The study clearly demonstrates that undermining the freedom to use territorial exclusivity to raise film financing and to organise the optimal film distribution across various platforms and markets would harm audiences. The result would be a drastic reduction in the range and quality of films produced and distributed for audiences to enjoy across Europe.”

Michael Ryan, Partner at GFM Films, said: “Our focus is always on producing great content and delivering it in a way that audiences can enjoy. We are deeply concerned that the Commission’s proposals will totally undermine the environment that has facilitated a flourishing film / TV market that delivers for consumers. Today’s findings highlight just what is at stake.”

Martin Moszkowicz, CEO of Constantin Film, said: “Filmmakers rely on the revenue generated from territorial exclusivity for film distribution. This report sends a clear warning to the European Commission that their ambitions for cross border access to content would do great damage to a key economic growth sector. The Commission is suggesting that we stop the idea of territorial sales just when the digital market is delivering sustainable models to deliver for audiences while successfully monetising content, allowing continued reinvestment in new production.”

India’s STB deployment booms

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/16/indias-stb-deployment-booms/

India’s cable and DTH operators serving the country’s smaller cities and towns are at long last installing digital set-top boxes. The installations, part of India’s ‘Phase III’ plan to see digital addressable decoder boxes in every home, now total 40.5 million in these Phase III regions.

This is ahead of initial targets set by India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, which was estimated to need 33.19 million STBs.

However, progress could be better. Despite cable MSO’s and DTH broadcasters seeding 5.27 million boxes between February 1st and April 27th, local reports say that progress in some regions is now being stymied because of local Court decisions to halt the drive to distribute boxes.

According to the Television Post news-site, India’s Supreme Court is requiring that the various local petitions and legal actions now be consolidated into one hearing.


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Australian TV industry launches Think TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/13/australian-tv-industry-launches-think-tv/

In a move that mirrors the creation of the UK TV industry’s marketing body ‘Thinkbox’, Australia’s free-to-air and subscription television broadcasters have formed a new independent industry research and marketing group, Think TV.

For the first time, the two television sectors will align under a new industry body to promote television’s scale and effectiveness for advertisers across all screens.

Think TV, will lead a collective effort from television broadcasters to demonstrate how television advertising in broadcast quality content environments remains profoundly effective and the clear leader among all media channels in terms of advertising impact and return-on investment.

Think TV will also spearhead innovative research programmes that will underpin the effectiveness of broadcast television for advertisers across linear and digital channels.

“Think TV is without doubt the most potent and collaborative initiative that television broadcasters have developed in 20 years,” said Think TV’s inaugural Chairman, Russel Howcroft, Executive General Manager, Network Ten.

“Much industry debate follows the ‘ping pong’ shifts in digital media with many assumptions then linked to television’s impending doom, assumptions which are fundamentally flawed. There is an urgent need to clarify for advertisers conflicting and confusing digital measurement claims and misinformation about the impact of advertising in many digital channels,” he said.

“It’s hardly new news, but advertising in broadcast viewing environments – linear and digital television – remains amazingly resilient, effective and brand safe. Television is not going anywhere, it’s broadcasting everywhere.”

Internationally prominent media academic and commentator, The University of Adelaide’s Professor Karen Nelson-Field, endorsed the formation of Think TV. “The television sector needs an industry body like this to re-establish its baseline. A baseline that has shifted largely due to the falsely generalised sound bites from digital case studies that are quickly turned into ‘best practice’ – often by those who stand to gain the most from their acceptance,” she said.

“Despite the sensationalised claims that television has lost its sparkle, at the end of the day when buying media for the purpose of growing a brand, the two most important considerations are cumulative unduplicated reach potential and audience quality in terms of reaching more light buyers – television ticks both of these boxes.”

“Have I become a television-only evangelist? No. I consider myself media-agnostic and think all media have a role to play. But I do think the pendulum has swung too far and each medium should be considered on its real merits,” she stated.

Think TV’s marketing and research programmes will bring a material contribution to advertiser striving to build robust and real ROI-based approaches to their media planning.

“It’s incredibly cluttered out there for people and advertisers,” Howcroft said. “But television, contrary to popular commentary, remains unrivalled when you look at the amount of time people choose to spend with any content on any screen. Broadcast quality content is also a proven advertiser-friendly environment, which will increasingly become a rare concept.”

An international search has commenced for Think TV’s Chief Executive Officer, who will drive the new group’s agenda. An appointment is expected in June.

Free TV Australia’s marketing team and assets will transfer to Think TV from July 1, Free TV Australia will remain the lobbying and policy development body of free-to-air broadcasters, as will ASTRA for subscription television. Freeview remains a separate consumer marketing arm of the free-to-air industry.

“This is an outstanding initiative by all television broadcasters,” declared Harold Mitchell, Chairman, Free TV. “I’ve been a huge believer for 40 years in the real business results which television advertising delivers. While much has changed in media, television advertising remains the unrivalled leader for impact and effectiveness. Think TV as an independent industry body representing free-to-air and subscription broadcasters will make a definitive contribution to the business case for advertisers.”

Tony Shepherd, Chairman, ASTRA, described Think TV as “a timely and powerful” initiative from subscription and free-to-air broadcasters to cut through many market misconceptions about television viewing and the unquestionable effectiveness to business results that broadcast television advertising delivers. The subscription and free-to-air television sectors are all in on Think TV.”

EPL disappearing from NZ screens

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11638925

The chances of New Zealand fans seeing the English Premier League on their TV screens next season appears slim.

It might be one of the most interesting eras of English Premier League football but the chances of New Zealand fans seeing the action on their TV screens next season appears slim.

Internet sports streamer Coliseum Sports have held the rights over the last three seasons, but have announced they will not be screening games next season.

It seemed to open the way for Sky TV to pick up the rights in this country but spokeswoman Kirsty Way said the price being asked to broadcast games here makes that highly unlikely.

Doha-based Bein Sports (a subsidiary of Al Jazeera) won the rights late last year, outbidding both Sky and Coliseum, and then tried to on-sell the rights in New Zealand.

Bein Sports' main focus was reportedly setting up an Asia-Pacific Premier League hub, with New Zealand just a small link in the coverage to the region, but Bein failed to secure some big markets, including Australia (Optus).

"We have been in talks with them and are happy to continue talking but where we have got to, it's not looking good," Way said. "The numbers being asked are astronomical and are remarkably higher than what Coliseum paid for them three years ago.

Coliseum have said they are not in the running and I can't see how anyone else [in New Zealand] could do it and come close to breaking even unless they have another reason for doing it.

"We have tried to be creative [to strike a deal] but we are not even close. At Sky, we are EPL fans so there's no lack of willingness [to try to get the rights] but there has to be a sense of reality about negotiations."

Way said they were worried about the effect the continued absence of the Premier League from their channels would have on subscribers.

They have come under pressure from increased competition from the likes of Netflix and Spark's Lightbox and last week told investors the company expect to lose 45,000 customers in the year to the end of June which saw their share price dip 13 per cent that day. Sky expect to have about 830,000 subscribers by the of June.

"Even if our numbers were up, we would be worried," Way said. "The numbers watching the Premier League aren't huge but that doesn't matter. It's a good bit of content and the fans here are passionate."

It could see the proliferation of illegal streaming, which is often an unsatisfying experience for viewers.

Intelsat Taps SSL to Deliver a Communications Satellite for Broadband Networking and Video Distribution

From http://blog.executivebiz.com/2016/05/intelsat-taps-ssl-to-deliver-a-communications-satellite-for-broadband-networking-and-video-distribution/

AEHF satelliteIntelsat has selected Space Systems Loral to provide a high-power communications satellite for broadband networking and video distribution services in Africa, Europe and Asia.

The Intelsat 39 will replace the SSL-built Intelsat 902 satellite launched in 2001 and feature both C-band and Ku-band transponders and use the SSL 1300 platform to support various applications such as electric propulsion, SSL said Thursday.

John Celli, SSL president, said that the company looks to continue its working relationship with Intelsat and also collaborate on the development of new features to integrate on the Intelsat 39.

Thierry Guillemin, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Intelsat, said that the company will work to update and optimize the services of its globalized network to address customer demands.

SSL added that the satellite will also be operated using all-electric propulsion and use electric and chemical propulsion to facilitate orbit raising maneuvers.

Eutelsat forcast sends shivers through satellite markets

From http://spacenews.com/eutelsat-sends-shivers-to-satellite-markets-with-revenue-profit-warning/

Eutelsat surprised the market with a substantial reduction in forecasted revenue. The company cited headwinds in Latin America, which has been a focus of Eutelsat's recent investment, as well as in data transmissions globally. Credit: Eutelsat PARIS — Eutelsat on May 12 delivered a multiple-warhead bomb to its investors — and by extension to the entire fixed satellite services industry — slashing revenue forecasts on weakness in its data transmissions, U.S. military, consumer broadband and Latin American operations and even in its gilded Hot Bird direct-to-home television business in Europe. The results, announced after the markets closed in Europe, caused Eutelsat stock to drop 30 percent in trading on May 13. Shares of competitors SES of Luxembourg, Intelsat of Luxembourg and the United States, Inmarsat of London and AsiaSat of Hong Kong were also down sharply. Eutelsat said its planned capital spending of 500 million euros ($566 million) per year for the coming years would be “substantially” reduced, with details to come in July during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call. Eutelsat’s fiscal year ends June 30. ) It was unclear what committed spending could be reversed on short notice. Eutelsat currently has five satellites on order.

The first, Eutelsat 117 West B, is scheduled for launch in mid-June aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The second, the Eutelsat 172B, is scheduled for launch in early 2017 and has been partially booked by Panasonic Avionics for aeronautical broadband service in the Asia-Pacific. In a brutal quarterly earnings-call baptism as Eutelsat’s new chief executive, Rodolphe Belmer said the company, which has made Latin America a focus of its recent investment, was surprised at the magnitude of the collapse in Latin American data business. In particular, he said recent Eutelsat satellites launched over Latin America have had much slower take-up rates than predicted, in part because of the arrival of high-throughput satellites operated by competitors Intelsat and Telesat. Belmer said Eutelsat’s high-throughput satellite investment would remain limited to consumer and small-business broadband services because the outlook for data delivery is bad. Even operators of high-throughput satellites are likely to feel the pain, Belmer said, as the hoped-for new business generated by these satellites’ low per-megahertz prices has not yet materialized. Paris-based Eutelsat is the world’s third-largest commercial satellite fleet operator when measured by revenue. Two-thirds of its business is in television delivery, a sector that continues to grow as broadcasters move from standard- to high-definition programming, and soon to ultra-high-definition television. In Eutelsat’s case, this business has long counted on the highly profitable Hot Bird fleet over Europe.

But even this business is showing signs of strain as Eutelsat’s Hot Bird distributors have trouble selling the capacity for which they had contracted. Worried that these companies would cut prices to sell the bandwidth, Eutelsat is taking back capacity from under-performing distributors to maintain the premium that the Hot Bird fleet has always been able to charge by virtue of the television lineup already on board. While Hot Bird remains “the jewel in the fleet,” Belmer said, Eutelsat has developed mini-Hot Bird-type orbital slots at 7 and 8 degrees west in Arabic nations; at 7 degrees East over Turkey; and among Russian broadcasters at 36 degrees East and 56 degrees East. An African direct-to-home business is showing progress at 16 degrees East. Belmer said pricing in these regions started low and are now beginning to rise with the virtuous-circle effect of more broadcasters with more programming attracting more viewers, which in turn attract more broadcasters on Eutelsat satellites. Eutelsat’s business with government customers, mainly the U.S. Defense Department, has shown softness with the reduced U.S. troop presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the company had hoped that its increasingly global presence would help stabilize this business. That has not happened yet. Eutelsat Deputy Chief Executive Michel Azibert said during the conference call that in the latest round of contract renewals, the U.S. Defense Department negotiated prices that were 65 percent of the levels of similar capacity contracted five years ago. Azibert said the U.S. military’s “tougher procurement process and the competitive intensity” on evidence in the latest bidding round have lowered prices but not materially affected Eutelsat’s share of the total business. He said the company succeeded in winning 85 percent of its previous contracts.

Eutelsat’s results were the first concrete evidence of the early effects on the existing market of high-throughput satellites, whose multiple spot beams permit the reuse of radio frequency to offer much lower-cost bandwidth compared to conventional wide-beam satellites. That allows fleet operators to sharply reduce the per-megahertz cost of bandwidth. The fear has been that this new technology will render obsolete much of the wide-beam capacity and cannibalize business in those companies operating high-throughput satellites alongside traditional spacecraft. This thesis has been most publicly advanced by ViaSat Inc. of Carlsbad, California, which is fielding several high-throughput Ka-band satellites for global broadband connectivity and does not have a legacy business with conventional satellites.

ViaSat has said, in effect, that the traditional satellite industry cannot adopt the new technology because it would accelerate the collapse of much of this industry’s existing business. Other satellite operators have countered that the lower per-megahertz prices would stimulate new users of satellite bandwidth – including the Internet of Things, aeronautical and maritime mobility and the connected car — that ultimately will outweigh the initial loss in revenue. Intelsat and Telesat both launched high-throughput satellites serving Latin American in recent months. Belmer agreed that the idea behind high-throughput satellites is to grow the satellite sector into areas that heretofore have not been customers. “That is the theory,” Belmer said. “For the moment, that’s not what we see in the field. I cannot give you positive elements on that front.” He said Eutelsat’s high-throughput investment would be limited to providing broadband access to consumers and small businesses, even though the company’s first endeavor in this sector, with the Ka-Sat satellite, has stopped growing because of a lack of capacity in high-demand regions of Britain and France. Ka-Sat subscribers totaled 185,000 as of March 31, down from 190,000 on Dec. 31. Eutelsat still has not announced how it will add capacity to resume growth. No satellite has been ordered. Belmer said Eutelsat would disclose to investors in July the measures it will take to better position itself in the market. “We have taken the full measure of the factors leading to an industry-wide slowdown in momentum,” Belmer said. “We are adapting to this environment with a wide-ranging review of our organization and of our strategic priorities, which will notably include a downward review of our capital expenditures.”

NFL, YouTube expand partnership

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/13/nfl-youtube-expand-partnership/

The National Football League (NFL) and YouTube have announced a renewal to their strategic partnership, strengthening the relationship between the sports league and online video platform.

Since launching its channel in 2015, NFL content on YouTube has garnered almost 900 million views. As part of the multi-year renewal, the official NFL channel on YouTube will contain an expanded amount of content, providing fans an even greater variety of NFL video to watch.

Today, the NFL’s official channel on YouTube carries game previews, in-game highlights, post-game recaps as well as clips featuring news, analysis, fantasy football advice, and other select content from NFL Media properties.

As part of the renewal, and for the first time ever on YouTube, the NFL will make available some of the most exciting games in NFL history. Three of the most memorable games for each of the 32 clubs in the NFL will be posted to the NFL’s official channel on YouTube prior to the start of the 2016 season. Additionally, more NFL content, including game highlights uploaded to YouTube while games are in progress, will be available through Google Search.

“This expansion of our partnership will make it easier than ever for the millions of highly engaged avid and casual fans on YouTube and Google to discover and access an even greater variety of some of the most valuable content in the sports and entertainment business,” said Hans Schroeder, Senior Vice President, Media Strategy, Business Development, & Sales for the National Football League. “Our fans continue to demonstrate an insatiable appetite for NFL digital video content online.”



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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、Style(Ddish TV)等全组频道重现,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [5月12日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Hluttaw替换Travel Channel(缅甸)频道,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月12日]


Gogo Partners with SKY Perfect JSAT to Increase Satellite Connectivity Over Japan

From http://sonoranweeklyreview.com/gogo-partners-with-sky-perfect-jsat-to-increase-satellite-connectivity-over-japan-nasdaqgogo/

Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGO) said Wednesday it formed a partnership with Asian satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. for increased satellite connectivity over Japan. The provider of in-flight broadband solutions said it will leverage a satellite high throughput beam to boost capacity, which will ultimately deliver better performance for its services on board Japan Airlines flights. To kick off the new agreement, Gogo said it will provide 15 minutes of free Wi-Fi on all JAL domestic flights. GOGO shares were up two cents in recent trade, moving in the lower half of the 52-week range of $7.90 to $23.20.

The stock is down 1.32% or $0.13 after the news, hitting $9.75 per share. About 362,169 shares traded hands. Gogo Inc (NASDAQ:GOGO) has declined 38.63% since October 5, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 43.53% the S&P500.

Gogo Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications services to the commercial and business aviation markets in the United States and internationally. The company operates three segments: Commercial Aviation North America, Commercial Aviation Rest of World, and Business Aviation. The Commercial Aviation North America segment provides in-flight connectivity and wireless digital entertainment solutions to commercial airline passengers flying routes that generally begin and end within North America.

The Commercial Aviation Rest of World segment provides in-flight connectivity and wireless digital entertainment solutions to passengers flying on foreign-based commercial airlines and flights of North American based commercial airlines. The Business Aviation segment provides equipment for in-flight connectivity along with voice and data services to the business aviation market. This segmentÂ’s services include Gogo Biz, an in-flight broadband service that utilizes its ATG network and ATG spectrum, and satellite-based voice and data services through strategic alliances with satellite companies. This segment serves original equipment manufacturers of business aircraft; aftermarket dealers; and fractional jet operators, as well as government and military entities through a distribution network of independent certified dealers. The company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Itasca, Illinois.

Remarkable speed to orbit for SES-9

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/12/92820/

SES-9 is a huge communications satellite and its primary mission is to provide DTH signals over India, South Asia and Indonesia. It was only launched on March 5th (on a Falcon-9 rocket by SpaceX) and is already in orbit, and being fully tested prior to being located in its final orbital position (at 108.2 deg East).

SES-9 will replace NSS-11, and as well as replacement capacity it also brings considerable expansion – and more powerful – transponders to its coverage. As well as DTH transmissions, the existing SES client list includes Data and Video traffic, and VSAT. SES-9 also has two powerful Maritime beams to aid clients.

Deepak Mathur (SVP/Asia-Pacific & ME, at SES) happily gave full credit to SpaceX for helping deliver SES-9 to a “superb transfer orbit, and it looks like saving more than four weeks, perhaps more, over the expected three-to-four months that is normal for an all-electric satellite. Even better is that the electric thrusters themselves have given us about a 10 per cent improvement on the journey. I am super-excited by this new satellite. It has been 3.5 years since design and we cannot wait to get it into position.”

UK IP Minister slams pirate STBs

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/12/uk-ip-minister-slams-illegal-stbs/

UK Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Pauline Neville-Rolfe has launched the Government’s intellectual property (IP) enforcement strategy, highlighting the threat of illegal streaming services and set-top boxes.

The strategy document – Protecting creativity, supporting innovation: IP enforcement 2020 – lays out the areas that the government sees as the most pressing priorities, and some of the work that it sees as most necessary to make sure that IP enforcement works.

“In some ways we start from a favourable position. The UK has done well in recent years, being ranked highly for its IP system, and its enforcement environment in particular. But we must work tirelessly to keep ahead of the game,” she said at a launch event.

According to Neville-Rolfe, the first piece of this was to ensure that we know our enemy. “Good evidence, and clear intelligence, about the harm caused by infringement and the business models that facilitate and profit from it, are central to an effective response.”

“That is why I have asked the Intellectual Property Office to develop a robust methodology for measuring the harm caused by IP infringement. I have tasked them with developing a comprehensive scoreboard to be published annually, combining data on the prevalence of civil and criminal IP infringement with the outcomes of enforcement activity and the best available estimates of their impact.”

“This means better reporting in the criminal justice system, better reporting of court cases and a deeper understanding of consumer behaviours and emerging trends. The IPO has been supporting industry and enforcement agencies with its IP Crime Intelligence Hub, and has built links into the police and trading standards to share that intelligence,” she noted,

“We must also stem the tide of infringing material online. The Prime Minister has announced a universal service obligation for broadband of 10 megabytes for every household by 2020. That will be amazing for consumers and legitimate online businesses, but an open door for pirates to push out yet more infringing content,” she admitted.

“We need to make it easier for consumers to recognise legitimate content, and to understand the harm caused by piracy. We also need to find a new model for notice and takedown which does not require rights holders to send millions of notices only to see the same content reposted as soon as it is taken down,” she said.

“We have had some successes here, with the creation of the Infringing Website List now beginning to starve pirate sites of the advertising money they need to survive, but we must push this approach out further, to other intermediaries and to other territories,” she declared.

Having announced the UK’s intention to toughen penalties for online copyright infringement, it has also called on the EU as part of its work on the digital single market to protect the system of website blocking injunctions we have developed in the UK, and to ensure those same injunctions are available in other member states.

She noted that set-top boxes capable of accessing infringing broadcasts were initially an issue in business premises especially of pubs taking the opportunity to screen football matches without a valid subscription.

“But more recently, as we will hear later, these set-top boxes have entered the mainstream consumer market. And I can see the appeal. If the only factor guiding a purchase decision is price, then a set-top box which allows you to watch countless premium channels for a modest one off payment is an attractive option,” she admitted.

“But perhaps this also gives us an insight into the solution. We must work to educate consumers as to what exactly their bargain entails. If they knew that by buying these boxes and watching infringing streams they were directly damaging the future of their favourite programmes they might think twice.”

“This is not an easy message to get across. But in truth this is the tragedy of the commons writ large. Consumers understand that deliberate infringement has consequences, but many don’t think they themselves really bear any responsibility. That is the mind-set we have to change,” she stated.

“Working with businesses to promote diverse sources of legal content will help to ensure that ‘it’s easier to infringe’ or ‘I can’t get it elsewhere’ are no longer valid excuses for infringement. And educating consumers directly as to the effect their choices have, following the mould of the ‘Get it Right from a Genuine Site’ campaign, will help us build momentum for behaviour change,” she suggested.

“Set-top boxes and IPTV constitute a disruptive technology. Both the boxes, and the online services which they access have legitimate uses, but they have been subverted on a massive scale. The business of satellite and cable broadcasting is a multi-billion pound industry in Europe and brings a wide range of cultural, sporting, educational and leisure programmes to an immense audience.”

She noted that broadcast content was an area where the UK has a strong position. “The reach of content like the English Premier League is truly global and there is hardly a corner of the earth that does not know about Manchester United and other British teams. I understand Leicester City led to chanting in the streets in Thailand and is being wooed for a Harvard Case Study,” she advised.

“Now broadcasting has come a long way since John Logie-Baird demonstrated the first working TV. The days of a monolithic central broadcaster producing all of their own content and beaming it out into the world with a big transmission tower are long gone. Broadcasters and content owners today support a massive network of jobs and industry. In addition, the infrastructure of the delivery companies creates employment and revenue that benefits the community and governments as well as shareholders,” she noted.

“Examples of this ecosystem include the domestic manufacturing industry that makes the receiver kit – decoders, the software industry that provides the systems and the security around them, the call centres that handle consumer issues…the list goes on.”

“The value of protecting the delivery of pay to view broadcasts was and has been recognised in the extension of legislation to protect the decoders necessary to receive the signal, allowing subscription services to generate income. It is already illegal to circumvent the security of such devices,” she advised.

“However, as technology has developed and broadband speeds have increased, it is now entirely possible to receive programmes in high quality over the Internet avoiding the use of decoders entirely,” she admitted. “Quite simply the original broadcast is captured at illegal data centres that can be located anywhere and is then re-transmitted as streamed signals over the Internet.

“Set-top boxes, which I must stress have perfectly legitimate uses, are then supplied pre-loaded with apps that can either be used to subscribe to an illegal site or get content for free whilst the site operator generates income from advertising,” she said.

“These devices have quickly become widely available. In the first instance they appeared in pubs and clubs and the industry has invested huge time and effort in challenging them, However, they are now so prevalent that individual consumers are buying them in their droves, and getting free access to copyright material from any broadcaster, anywhere in the world.”

“The threat this poses to the industry is huge and already we have seen specialist providers such as one London-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) serving the ex-pat Chinese community being put out of business, with the loss of 50 jobs in London.”

“But this is not an easy problem to crack. The industry in the UK has done everything to ensure that where action can be taken it is. And we are confident that data centres streaming content illegally are very rare in the UK. But the Internet knows no borders, and services based in more tolerant regimes overseas are having a direct impact upon our broadcasters, and our content creators.”

“We also have the fact that the devices themselves are not illegal – as I have mentioned they have legitimate uses and we cannot forget that. Because it is the use they are put to, rather than the devices themselves which are the problem – it is unlikely that they can be successfully regulated like de-coders. In any case as smart TVs become more widely used set-top boxes will not be needed, as the TV itself will just need the right apps to access illegal content,” she suggested.

“But this does not mean we are powerless. Officials in the UK and Europe have sought to influence our Chinese colleagues, so that they consider how they might restrict their manufacture and supply. I myself have visited China as a minister and have discussed exactly these sort of issues. We are also acting at home, to prove to the world that we are willing to clean up our own back yard as well and tackle the demand side of the equation. Recently arrests have been made under conspiracy to defraud legislation, targeting those criminals who commercially order and supply set-top boxes with the intention that they will be used to illegally receive IPTV,” she advised.

“We think this is an effective approach and our work has been a major help to Hong Kong Customs in developing their own ability to prosecute traders in set-top boxes using similar legislation. But despite these small glimmers of light, it is clear that we need some new thinking in this area. The satellite and cable industries and broadcasters continue to invest in better security and enforcement, but it is also clear that the criminals are serious and this sort of organised crime generates huge profits,” she admitted. It is no coincidence that data centres for illegal streaming services tend to be concentrated in places like Russia and the Ukraine and are linked closely to dedicated fraud sites.”

She said she would love to be able to propose a solution, or to announce some targeted new law which would make everything better, but admitted “we are not there yet. That is why we have asked you here today. We must first gather the evidence and intelligence we need. Only then can we look at the legislative framework, at the role of education and awareness raising, and at how we can facilitate closer work within the industries affected.”

“There is no single device or clever trick which solve these sort of problems, but as our strategy lays out, we need instead to develop and maintain an entire toolbox of interventions and remedies,” she concluded.

Discovery invests in India’s FoodFood

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/12/discovery-invests-in-indias-foodfood/

Discovery Communications has announced an agreement to partner with Indian celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, by acquiring a majority share in Turmeric Vision Private Limited, which owns and operates pay-TV network, FoodFood, and its digital products.

Discovery says its investment in FoodFood underscores its strategy to deepen and expand its presence in India to grow audience share across all screens, and to complement and strengthen its existing portfolio of female and lifestyle brands including TLC and ID. Kapoor, will continue to star in and produce programming for FoodFood as its brand ambassador, and will remain a minority shareholder in the business.

Arthur Bastings, President & Managing Director, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said, “Discovery’s investment in FoodFood further boosts our presence in this important market and broadens our portfolio by adding a category of content that people love. We are excited to partner with the exceptionally talented team, including culinary guru Sanjeev Kapoor, who singlehandedly revolutionised the food television genre in India. Sanjeev’s creative flair and personality combined with Discovery’s content and operational expertise is the perfect recipe for FoodFood’s evolution.”


Optus D2 12546V "Hillsong TV" is new FTA starting June 1 ..currently showing a promo

From my Email

Via Josh Hill

SKY will terminate the regional satellite feeds on 12707 and combine to 1 feed on the 12519 TP along with the move of Edge TV and Four Plus 1

Test 1 will be PRIME (SD) SID: 1530 PID: 8183 VPID: 1013 AID: 1113
Test 2 will be FOUR PLUS1 (SD) SID: 1510 PID: 8184 VPID: 1014 AID: 1114
Test 2 will be Edge TV(SD) SID: 1511 PID: 8185 VPID: 1015 AID: 1115

(Craig's comment, all have been up for the past few days currently showing colour bars)

From the Dish

No Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MNB、Perviy kanal(蒙古)频道消失,设置12519 H 27200参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ohotnik i Rybolov、Ddish TV(蒙古)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Shagun TV替换Velicham TV(印度)频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [5月11日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,4 Real News(印度)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [5月11日]
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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(ABS)等频道解密,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [5月11日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Colors Kannada 2(印度)频道消失,设置3850 V 14400参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Om Bangla(印度)频道消失,设置3790 H 7200参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
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、NHK(ABS)频道重现,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MNB(蒙古)等频道新增,设置12519 H 27200参数免费接收。 [5月11日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinema 1(电影)频道新增,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,All Sports Network(高清)频道解密,设置3960 H 29700参数免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Somaliland National TV(Shinsat)频道新增,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。 [5月10日]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,SK Movie(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3800 H 2860参数无效接收。 [5月10日]


Win for footy fans with Channel Seven games shown in HD

From http://www.sen.com.au/news/afl/05-16/win-for-footy-fans-with-channel-seven-games-shown-in-hd#4xYTGIFqS4zwB3E7.97

Victorian and South Australian football fans who have long complained about being unable to watch free-to-air coverage in high definition have had a major victory.

The Age has reported that starting from Friday night’s Adelaide vs Geelong match, which sees Patrick Dangerfield return to his former club, all games simulcast on Channel Seven will be presented in high definition.

These games will be shown in HD on a new digital channel- Channel 70, which went to air today, or they can be still seen on the primary channel in standard definition.

When signing the new $2.5 billion broadcast rights deal with Foxtel and Telstra last year to take place between 2017-2021, Seven boss Kerry Stokes had identified broadcasting games in HD at some stage this year.

Calls have been so strong for the AFL to be broadcast in HD is that there is a twitter account - @AFLinHDpls - with more than 63,000 followers.

Foxtel, through Fox Footy and Fox Sports, has provided HD coverage on subscription television throughout the current media rights agreement.

Sky TV should 'bite the bullet' and cut $49 price of Sky Basic: analyst

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/79817913/Sky-TV-should-bite-the-bullet-and-cut-49-price-of-Sky-Basic-analyst

Sky spends just over a third of its revenues buying and making programmes.

Sky Television should consider cutting the price of its satellite television service, an analyst says.

Another analyst agreed Sky needed to look at all options and could no longer count on being able to raise its prices.

Sky warned investors it expected to lose 45,000 satellite television customers in the year to the end of June.

Analyst Morningstar said it was now time for Sky TV to "bite the bullet".

Sky had enjoyed a "stranglehold on key content", but that was now being eroded by internet television services, Morningstar said.

Customers were getting "more demanding" and less willing to pay for traditional channel bundles, it said.

"We believe the time has come for management to bite the strategic bullet and consider lowering its prices."

That was even if Sky might be reluctant to see customers' average spend fall from $80 a month.

"Sky's value proposition is losing lustre against the $10-per-month products offered by streaming providers such as Netflix," Morningstar said.

"By lowering the basic tier price of $49 per month, Sky may be able to stem the subscriber losses and have a better chance to showcase its superior content library – for example, exclusive rugby – and product offerings such as Neon, FanPass."

Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin agreed Sky needed to look at "all the options" to stem its subscriber losses.

But Sky's basic charge needed to recover the cost of its set-top boxes and it would need to weigh things up.

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel cut its prices about 15 months ago to get more subscribers on board, Galpin said.

Whether or a not a price-cut was in the wings, "I don't predict that they can put prices up", he said.

Sky might tweak the price of some plans, but if it increased the price of some services it would need to cut the price of others, he said.

Sky Television spokeswoman Kirsty Way said the company had no comment.

The company's shares have fallen by 22 per cent since it issued its subscriber warning on Friday, giving up the gains they had made in a 10-week bull-run which Galpin said had occurred during a period of "no new news".

SSL delivers BRIsat satellite for Indonesian bank

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ssl-delivers-brisat-satellite-for-indonesian-bank--1142975

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a provider of commercial satellites, has announced that the BRIsat satellite, designed and built for Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) (BRI), has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite is scheduled for launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace. BRI will use the satellite to provide a dedicated platform for banking connection services for Indonesian customers.

BRIsat is a communications satellite dedicated to a financial institution, and will provide both C-band and Ku-band coverage of Indonesia and South East Asia. Positioned at 150.5 degrees East longitude, the satellite is expected to enable BRI to provide secure banking communications for more than 10,600 operational branches, 236,939 electronic channel outlets, and almost 53 million customers across the Indonesian archipelago.

BRIsat is based on the SSL 1300 satellite platform, and is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer. SSL is also providing BRI with a complete ground system, which includes two satellite control facilities, as well as training, and launch support services.

APAC: UHD TV market doubles in last year

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/11/apac-uhd-tv-market-doubles-in-last-12-months/

Amidst a slightly weakened TV market in the Asia Pacific region in the first three months of the year, a shining star in the form of the Ultra HD segment turned in a stellar performance. Nearly 590,000 of the most advanced and high-end TV models were sold across the 11 markets surveyed, translating to over one (12 per cent) in every 10 TV sets.

In January to March 2016, the APAC TV market was valued at around $2.4 billion, generated by sales of 4.9 million units across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. This represents a slight decline by 2 per cent in both volume and value terms compared to the same period last year.

Four of the markets in the region—Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea and Hong Kong all reported positive performances, with Taiwan and Vietnam leading with double digit sales volume growth of 21 and 12 per cent.

“Although some TV markets turned in lackluster performances, there were others reporting healthy growth which helped to balance out the region’s overall performance,” noted Gerard Tan, Account Director for Technology, Asia. “Generally, the latest focus in TV is on the UHD technology, also known as 4K TV, where we see rising take-up in every single market in the region.”

According to latest GfK findings, individual markets in the region registered between 50 to 555 per cent demand surges in their respective UHD segment, with Vietnam and Korea being the fastest growing and largest markets respectively. Singapore and Hong Kong are the top two markets with highest sales penetration of UHD models – over one in three TV sets purchased by consumers in these two countries in the first quarter of the year was of UHD technology. The segment has also become the biggest contributor of total TV sales revenue in these two markets, at around 65 per cent for both.

“Receptivity towards UHD TV technology is growing at a fast pace, thanks to several key factors such as the increased number of model offerings and consumers’ becoming more knowledgeable of this technology and its benefits,” said Tan. “The price and competition factor has also helped pushed sales as the product has become more affordable compared to a year ago.”

The region’s consumers tend to prefer UHD TV with large screen sizes 55 inch and above. Over half (53 per cent) of all UHD TV sold are of this size, although some growth was evident in the 40 – 45 inch segment in the past year. Countries which sold the greatest proportion of the 60 inch and above UHD TV models in the first quarter were Australia (37 per cent), Malaysia (27 per cent), and Korea (27 per cent).

“The availability of more UHD-subscribed content being launched in Asia will certainly help to continue spurring the robust growth of the UHD TV segment,” Tan said. “The overall TV market for this year is expected to be positive—with the anticipated 4 per cent growth by Southeast Asia’s emerging economies contributing to the Asia region’s forecasted growth of 2 per cent to reach 18.6 million sales units,” he concluded.

Nigeria To Launch Two New Satellites To Space – Minister

From https://www.informationng.com/2016/05/nigeria-to-launch-two-new-satellites-to-space-minister.html

The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, Tuesday said Nigeria would launch two additional satellites to space to improve local communication capacity.

Shittu said businesses in Nigeria were skeptical of linking the only satellite Nigeria has because of fear of crash.

The minister, speaking during a town hall meeting in Kaduna on the one year anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, said legislation would be made to protect investment, patronage and compel Nigerian institutions to host their information locally.

Shittu said the administration would encourage e-government to cut bureaucratic bottlenecks.

He added that the government would invest N2.1 billion to reposition the Galaxy Backbone Limited, which serves as the public service connectivity clearing house.

“Already, we are making effort to get funding both locally and from foreign partners for the completion of the project”, he said

“Once it is completed, it would be possible for government to store all its information”.

The minister announced plans to turn the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) into a conglomerate, by fully utilising its vast assets located in 2,500 towns and cities across Nigeria.
“Soon, NIPOST would become big business, a conglomerate, he said”.

He said the plan included the creation of a NIPOST bank to promote financial inclusiveness in rural areas.
“To allow for rural inquisitiveness in financial services, if you have your parent in the rural area without bank you can now use the post office to send money and in real time the money is being received.

“We will also have NIPOST insurance to take care of insurance services and NIPOST logistics and transport service”.
He said such services would be in line with global trend.

“If you look at the NIPOST facilities, they are virtually in every location.
“We think that we can have NIPOST properties where private sectors can invest in constructing high rise residential buildings, malls and shopping complex on a public private partnership basis”.

He said this development would generate revenue for government and improve the nation’s economy.
Shittu told the audience that the Digital Bridges Institute located in Abuja would be turned into an ICT university.
He said it would be dedicated to producing high level manpower for the ICT industry in Africa.
“Opportunities would be opened for our children to enlist in the university to train for top jobs in the ICT industry”. (NAN)

French channel TV5Monde Asie ties up with Tata Sky to enter Indian market

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/movie-channels/french-channel-tv5monde-asie-ties-up-with-tata-sky-to-enter-indian-market-160510

MUMBAI: French language channel TV5Monde Asie is now available in India on Tata Sky.

The French-language network is accessible to Tata Sky subscribers through its English news pack on channel No. 537.

With this move, the channel has aimed to extend its reach to additional 15 million homes in India. The network's current reach is over 75 million subscribers in Asia-Pacific and 300 million homes worldwide.

TV5Monde APAC MD Alexandre Muller said, “Thanks to Tata Sky, we are not only strengthening the availability of TV5Monde Asie all over India, but also providing more options to viewers in the country. This new partnership will entitle French language ‘’addicts’’ and Francophiles to benefit from our exclusive content. “

The deal was completed by TV5Monde’s India representative, Catvision Ltd, who has been representing the French-speaking channel since 1998.

The channel offers a wide variety of exclusive subtitled prime time films, world-class sports events, high-quality documentaries, kids’ programs, cooking and design lessons, as well as exciting game shows and in-depth coverage of international news.

Neo Sports soon available on Tata Sky

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/neo-sports-soon-available-on-tata-sky-160509

MUMBAI: Neo Sports inked a deal with Tata Sky, the channel will now be available on Tata Sky.

This mutual and resurgent association will see a major value addition to the sports viewers in India.

Neo Sports distribution platforms EVP Dilip Sharan said, “Having had a great working relationship with Tata Sky in the past, we are extremely delighted to have Tata Sky as our strong business partner! We look forward to engaging with them in creating much greater value for the industry as a whole. We now propose to flash fabulous sports content that shall be covered by Tata Sky. This will indeed mean tremendous value addition to the viewer”

Neo Sports with its extensive coverage of both popular as well as premium sports offerings and Tata Sky with its deep penetrative reach in every part of the country shall fulfill the appetite of the avid sports enthusiast.

With this formidable combination of Neo Sports and Tata Sky, there should be exciting times in the sports broadcast arena. It is a win-win for Tata Sky subscribers & avid fans following their sport on Neo Sports network to watch some fantastic events like the evergreen grand slam tennis tournament - French Open; top notch football championships like Copa Italia, French Cup and the biggest of all FIFA Club World Cup along with the weekends Dutch league Eredivisie would now have a wider reach.

Cricket’s new excitement BPL (Bangladesh Premier League), the Afghanistan & Zimbabwe cricket series and premium Gold PGA tours add to the world class tourneys.

This entire development will add another dimension to Neo Sports & Tata Sky which will be whole heartedly welcomed by the viewers


No update


Sunday feeds

D1 12419 V 7000 "City vs Country NRL"

Saturday feed

D1 12643 v 7200 AFL footy

From my Email

From Chris Kenny via Facebook

New Ku satellite to keep an eye on. I think it is apstar 9 @142 or could be express am5 @140. Strong data signal received here in Melbourne on 1.8m dish 15db snr.
11614 H 30000 32apsk
11454 H 1000 32apsk

From Tony Drexal

A channel that I monitor every day to see when it returns free (only for a short time I realize) came alive between 2pm and 7pm South Australian time TODAY.
Trace Urban on Asia sat 5.

From the Dish

Optus D1 160.0E 12546 H Chinese TV 2/3 and Phoenix Chinese Channel have left .
Optus D1 160.0E 12581 H "NHK World Premium, Chinese TV 5 and TVNZ Kidzone 24" have left.

Express AM5 140.0E 10981 V "TV AIST has started on , encrypted. Telekanal Spas" is now encrypted.
Express AM5 140.0E 11530 H "Juvelirochka" is Fta.
Express AM5 140.0E 11557 H "TV 1000 Comedy HD" is now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3952 V "Global TV" has left again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Trace Urban Southeast Asia" is Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Vaanavil TV and Nirmana News" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4008 H "Thai PBS, TV 3 Family, Thai Channel 8, TV 3 SD and TV 3 HD" have started on ,Fta.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4016 H "Thai PBS" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4080 HThai TV 5 HD1, TNN 24, New TV, Bright TV 20, Nation TV, Workpoint 23, True 4U, GMM 25, Now 26, Mono 29, One HD 31, Amarin 34 HD, BBTV Channel 7 and PPTV HD 36 have started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3682 H "ATN News" has started on, Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3998 H "ATN News" is back on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "STV Haryana News" is back on , Fta

From asiatvro site

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sea News(印度)频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。 [5月9日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,National Voice替换TV Southasia(MPEG-4)频道,设置3732 V 7200参数免费接收。 [5月8日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Lollywood、E TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4165 H 5040参数无效接收。 [5月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sabzbaat TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4146 H 5317参数无效接收。 [5月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,SVT World(RRSat Global)频道加密,设置3640 H 28066参数有条件接收。 [5月8日]
东经45度轨道位置国际12号卫星Ku段,Food Channel、Zee Tamil(斯里兰卡)等3个频道开播,设置11508 V 27689参数有条件接收。 [5月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Oxygene(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4165 H 5040参数无效接收。 [5月8日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Public TV替换Subhavaartha(斯里兰卡)频道,设置12049 H 45000参数免费接收。 [5月8日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Film TV替换Yeah 1 TV(VTC)频道,设置11085 H 24000参数有条件接收。 [5月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,CCTV-9 Documentary(泰国)频道新增,设置3505 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月7日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,accbaf9b5dbcdadb(测试)等3个频道新增,设置11488 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [5月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,ATN Bangla(孟加拉)频道新增,设置4094 H 3700参数免费接收。 [5月7日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,CCTV-9 Documentary(泰国)频道新增,设置3505 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月7日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,accbaf9b5dbcdadb(测试)等3个频道新增,设置11488 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [5月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,ATN Bangla(孟加拉)频道新增,设置4094 H 3700参数免费接收。 [5月7日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Reformed 21(印尼)频道消失,设置3818 V 27500参数无效接收。 [5月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,华纳电视替换道通天地(TVB)频道,设置12651 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Freeview替换Reserved(菲律宾)频道,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,New TV、Now 26(泰国)等5个频道新增,设置3920 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Mono Plus、Ploen TV(泰国)等3个频道消失,设置12687 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月7日]

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Zee News


Optus brushes off tech concerns for English Premier League live streaming

From http://www.afr.com/technology/web/optus-brushes-off-tech-concerns-for-english-premier-league-live-streaming-20160506-gooihw

Optus has insisted that its technology and broadband infrastructure will be robust enough to handle the demands of live streaming multiple English Premier League football matches at once next season, despite experts, including NBN chief executive Bill Morrow, saying existing infrastructure is not up to the task.

The country's second largest telco revealed last week that it will deliver the exclusive football coverage it won from Foxtel last November entirely via the internet, with only one live match a week being screened on traditional broadcast television via SBS.

With less than one million Australian homes connected to the national broadband network, social media was immediately alight with fans concerned that - even if they can subscribe - they will be left watching laggy or low quality images.

Last year Optus chief executive Allen Lew said the telco would be upgrading its data centres, part of its core network and services to ensure it is capable of delivering the services to all customers. He went as far as promising that its broadcasts would be able to handle high-quality 4K pictures.

However, Mr Morrow warned that for large parts of the country not yet connected to the NBN, older infrastructure had not been upgraded and some consumers would be left with poor experiences.

Technical challenges

"You can't really say that everyone can suddenly move to online streaming for sports without that broadcast network, because some places don't get it," Mr Morrow said.

"Telstra obviously stopped deploying some of the ADSL equipment ... and we know there are certain areas out there where some homes have access to DSL services with maybe 3 to 7 MBPS, but their neighbours can't get it because Telstra doesn't have the exchange equipment any more and they are not investing in it any more, rightfully so."

Optus is offering a satellite service for some prospective EPL customers that live in remote areas, but it will be much more expensive and not available to all homes.

Asked about its ability to deliver NBN to the broadcast standard that viewers have come to expect from Foxtel, Optus declined to be interviewed, instead insisting in a short statement that things will be fine.

"The introduction of streaming services and the growing popularity of video content is causing a shift in consumer behaviour. Optus is responding by optimising its fixed and mobile networks to ensure the best possible video streaming experience," it said.

Telsyte analyst Alvin Lee said Optus would be helped that most live EPL games fall outside of peak broadband usage times in Australia of 5-10 pm and that the NBA and MLB in the US had successfully delivered live streaming services. However it would require significant investment in systems including distributed servers known as content delivery networks (CDN), which help ensure fast and high-quality video streams.

"In areas with slow broadband, consumers might have difficulty viewing real-time online content, especially if their broadband connection is being used by multiple devices at the same time," Mr Lee said.

"Telsyte research shows that the average consumer has nine internet connected devices in the home, set to grow to 29 devices by 2020 ... Optus has indicated the potential use of satellite to cover households that don't have adequate broadband services, but the overall costs to the consumer could be substantially higher and it won't be worth getting Satellite just for EPL broadcasts.

Network congestion

One telecommunications industry insider, who requested anonymity, said live sports were different to video on demand (VOD) services such as Netflix from a technology perspective.

He explained that with VOD content like a pre-recorded movie a provider could cache content at the edge of its network and push it over to users that wanted it, but live content would be pushed from the "centre" out to the network edge making it much more vulnerable to experiencing traffic problems.

"The bigger the event then the bigger the problem. For round one of the Australian Open tennis you'd be fine, but for the Sunday night final you'd have no chance unless you had a very robust system in place," he said.

"This has nothing at all to do with FTTP vs FTTN vs HFC broadband – the problems you get are much further back in the network. When you buy Foxtel you are buying broadcast grade TV that has been broadcasting live sport for 30 years – but OTT live streaming for major sports remains very much in its infancy because of quality of service issues, there are minority sports that are live-streaming OK but this is very different to broadcast."

Complaints that there are too many ads on Foxtel a 'real challenge', admits new CEO Peter Tonagh

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/complaints-that-there-are-too-many-ads-on-foxtel-a-real-challenge-admits-new-ceo-peter-tonagh-20160505-gomxhb.html

Peter Tonagh admits that the "often heard complaint" that Foxtel carries too many advertisements is "a real challenge" for the pay TV provider.

But the Foxtel CEO says it is an unavoidable function of the industry's 30-minute schedules and predicts moves to deliver more targeted advertisements to households will reduce viewers' "frustration".

The cable and satellite television monopoly carried no advertising on its channels when it launched two decades ago and today 20 of its channels, including BBC First and Fox Sports 1-5, have no advertising interruptions during a show (or from siren to siren on sports matches).

However, Foxtel now shows an average of 6.7 minutes of commercials per hour on average, a figure that has risen in recent years as it has attracted more advertising and had to show less in-house promos in the breaks.

That is still only around half the amount of advertising shown on free-to-air networks, which are allowed to show 12-13 minutes per hour on their main channels and between 15-16 minutes per hour on multi-channels.

However, Foxtel is now also competing with cheaper subscription video-on-demand services such as Netflix, Presto, which Foxtel owns with Seven West Media, and Stan, owned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media – owner of The Australian Financial Review – which show no advertisements.

It is one of the many challenges facing Foxtel, which is owned by News Corp and Telstra, and which investor Allan Gray has described as "a dartboard for digital disruption".

Targeted ads

"On a linear program channel you have to have breaks because you've got to fill the time between the half-hour slots," said Mr Tonagh. "If you start scheduling outside of the half hours, that's also a frustration, so it's kind of a hard thing to win.

"What I would like to see in the longer term is more targeted and addressable advertising," he said.

News Corp's UK pay TV company Sky launched Sky AdSmart in January 2014, offering advertisers the ability to show different ads to different households watching the same program.

Sky's research claimed to show that channel switching during Sky AdSmart commercials was 48 per cent lower than for standard ads in the first three break positions.

"The Sky AdSmart product has demonstrated that if the ad is more targeted to you you are less likely to be frustrated by it," said Mr Tonagh. "Fewer people fast forward [through the ads] and that's got to be a sign that people are happier."

Historically Foxtel's sales representative MCN has had a close relationship with Sky on product and innovation.

What A Time To Be Alive: You Can Now Have Your Face On An NBN Satellite Rocket

From http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/05/what-a-time-to-be-alive-you-can-now-have-your-face-on-an-nbn-satellite-rocket/

The NBN’s second satellite, Sky Muster II, is launching in a rocket that will have a unique feature — artwork with the faces of 1,210 Australians.

Scheduled to launch from French Guiana Space Centre in South America in late 2016, the satellite will “help deliver fast broadband to even the most remotely located Australians, helping to bridge the digital divide between city and bush,” NBN said in a statement.

There are currently more than 37,000 users on NBN’s interim satellite service across Australia, with NBN’s goal to move them (along with new users) to the new satellite within one year of the commercial launch in May 2017.

NBN says its satellite service is designed to deliver wholesale broadband speeds of up to 25 Mbps download and up to 5 Mbps upload to retail service providers, dependent on the technology over which services are delivered to your premises and some factors outside NBN’s control like your equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how your service provider designs its network.

“Since launching the first NBN satellite in October 2015, we’ve provided access to fast broadband for around 400,000 homes and businesses located in regional, remote, outback and offshore Australia which are now able to order an NBN Sky Muster satellite service,” Julia Dickinson, NBN’s Satellite Architect said.

“The launch of our second satellite is another major step in helping us to deliver world-class broadband to those who need it the most.”

NBN Has Launched Its Sky Muster Broadband Service For Regional Areas

From news

“Last year seven-year-old Bailey Brooks from a cattle station outside of Alice Springs won the opportunity to name the first NBN satellite and have her drawing printed on the nose cone of the rocket which launched it into space,” NBN said. “

This year, we are going one step further with the unique opportunity for people to submit photos which will be collated into a national portrait of our country. We are making history and we want to invite all Australians to be a part of it.”

So here’s the deal with the get your face on a rocket thing: if you’re Australian, you can submit a photo of yourself and win “the chance to etch your place in history”. The photos will be stitched together to form a mosaic artwork, which will be printed on the nose cone of the rocket that will launch the satellite into space.

If you want your face on the NBN’s rocket you can submit an entry here.

Murdoch launches ‘Hotstar’ for India

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/09/murdoch-launches-hotstar-for-india/

Star India is looking to capitalise on its sports properties and its international premium entertainment assets in a new pay-TV duo of OTT channels for India, and in direct competition to Netflix which has launched in India.

Hotstar’s OTT offerings are a mix of free and pay. Its English-language entertainment channel is already available, and today highlighted the OTT channel’s offerings by promoting HBO’s Game of Thrones and saying the latest episodes of the show would air “unspoiled and minutes” after its US debut. Modern Family and Veep are also amongst the premium offerings at a cost of 199 Rupees a month (about $3).

This fee is a fraction of that being levied by Netflix, which starts at Rupees 500 a month for SD streaming.

A sports-based service is also promised and tapping into Star India’s rights to various cricket events as well as English and German top-flight football.

“In India, Star’s ground-breaking Hotstar mobile video product recently crossed 60 million downloads and just launched a premium subscription tier, leveraging our exclusive rights to HBO originals, films and the Fox library. And over the next few months, the service will also include a premium sports offering,” 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch recently told analysts.

“We have been investing in the Indian business, but the sports investment in particular and in the digital investment with Hotstar, and we will continue to do so. That said, the peak investment year is really behind us and actually this fiscal year in 2016, you will see it will have been strong growth for Star overall over the last year and we expect that to continue,” Murdoch stated.

Zee News goes Free-To-Air

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/zee-news-goes-free-to-air-160506

MUMBAI: Subhash Chandra’s national Hindi news channel Zee News is now a Free-To-Air (FTA) channel. The decision was taken at a board meeting held on 6 May 2016.

A flagship property of Zee Media Corporation company and a subsidiary of Essel Group, the channel was founded in 1999 and is an Indian news and current affairs channel.

It may also be recalled that ZMCL CEO Bhaskar Das was recently moved to Zee Unimedia Limited as president and chief growth and innovation officer.

Zee Media Corporation Limited is India's one of the largest news network with 10 channels, Mumbai edition of DNA newspaper and digital properties like zeenews.com and dnaindia.com


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Friday Night Feed

D1 12429 V Sr 6999 "STS3" Kiwis v Aussies League test

Jcsat 14 has launched ( It will replace Jcsat2a @ 154E)

Launch Video

JCSAT-14 Communication Satellite, Japan

Key Data

JCSAT-14 is a new communication satellite designed and manufactured by Space System/Loral (SSL), for SKY Perfect JSAT, a satellite operator based in Japan. The satellite is scheduled to be launched into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) atop SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in April 2016.

The satellite will replace the capacity of the JCSAT-2A (JCSAT-8) in geostationary orbit at 154°E longitude and will offer broadcast, data networks and mobility services across Asia, Russia, Oceania and Pacific Islands.
"SSL was awarded the contract to design and manufacture the JCSAT-14 satellite in June 2013."

The JCSAT-14 satellite will be followed by two more satellites of SKY Perfect JSAT, including JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16, which are being prepared for launch later in 2016.
Design and development of JCSAT-14 satellite

SSL was awarded the contract to design and manufacture the JCSAT-14 satellite in June 2013. The satellite assembly and manufacturing was completed at SSL's Palo Alto facility in California.

The satellite was delivered to SKY Perfect JSAT in March 2016. It is currently undergoing pre-launch tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The satellite is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 satellite platform, which offers the flexibility to integrate advanced technologies for a range of applications. The two deployable solar arrays on the satellite will generate 10kW of power throughout its life.

The satellite has a designed lifespan of more than 15 years to provide service for broadcast, data networks and internet connectivity for maritime and aviation applications.

Communication capabilities of JCSAT-14 satellite

The JCSAT-14 carries 26 C-band and 18-Ku-band transponders. The C-band coverage will be utilised by broadcast and data networks, while the Ku-band regional beams will offer high-speed linkage for vessels, aircraft, and resources exploration activities in mining, oil and gas industries.
JCSAT-14 satellite launch vehicle details

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) was awarded the contract to launch the JCSAT-14 satellite, in January 2014. The satellite will be launched atop new version of Falcon-9 rocket 1.2 equipped with upgraded thrust control and engines.

The launch will be performed from the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Contractors involved

SKY Perfect JSAT placed a contract with Kratos Integral Systems International in February 2014 for the upgrade of the EPOCH IPS satellite fleet management system to serve its JCSAT-14 satellite.

The EPOCH IPS will provide SKY Perfect JSAT the flexibility to integrate the operations of the spacecraft manufactured by different manufacturers in a single system.
Ground control station for JCSAT satellites

The operations of the JCSAT-14 satellite will be monitored and controlled by the Yokohama Satellite Control Center (YSCC) at Midori-ku, which is also responsible for managing all access to the JCSAT series satellites.

The sub-control stations, including Superbird Platform East (SPE), Superbird Platform West (SPW) and Gunma Satellite Control Station (GSCS), will serve as back-up control centres.

The control centre oversees the spacecraft operations and also controls the position and altitude of the satellite. It also monitors the functionality of instrument and performs station-keeping manoeuvres if the spacecraft deviates from its trajectory.

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From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V Reformed 21 has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3952 V "Global TV" has started on , Fta.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 V "DD News has replaced Sony Mix" on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "DD National" has started on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Star Utsav and India News" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Suwannabhumi Channel" is back on , BISS.Pop TV and In TV have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 H "Somaliland National TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3920 H "New TV, Bright TV 20, Voice TV 21, Nation TV and Now 26" have started on, BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3998 H "ATN News" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 12521 V "Taiwan Yam TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3790 H "Om Bangla" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4036 V News 18 Kerala, News 18 Tamil Nadu and News 18 Assam have started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "STV Haryana News" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4150 H "Lights Asia" has left .

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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(体育)频道解密,设置3900 V 10370参数免费接收。 [5月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,3 Family、TV5 HD1等替换Plook(泰国)等频道,设置12438 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,探索科学、星河频道等替换Real(泰国)等频道,设置12604 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,探索旅游生活、EXP Sci等替换Fox(泰国)等频道,设置12562 H 25776参数部分免费接收。 [5月6日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Decoder Expired替换AFN Guide(美国)频道,设置12590 V 28000参数有条件接收。 [5月6日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,YTN(韩国)频道消失,设置12465 V 13000参数无效接收。 [5月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Now、TNN24等替换MCOT(泰国)等频道,设置12358 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [5月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,HBO Family、Sony Gem(泰国)等8个频道消失,设置12396 H 30000参数无效接收。 [5月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Paramount Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置12604 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports HD(高清)频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月6日]


EPL on Fox Sports: Foxtel CEO’s open letter to fans about Optus/Fox deals

From http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/epl-on-fox-sports-foxtel-ceos-open-letter-to-fans-about-optusfox-deals/news-story/9a26b28b92aad4bc596104dadb3efae1

Dear EPL fans, we know how you feel

AT FOXTEL we are very passionate about our sport — as passionate as anyone — and we are deeply committed to bringing the best possible experience to all of our fellow sports fans.

So you can imagine our disappointment when we were unable to retain the rights to the EPL for next year. Rest assured, we competed strongly for these rights and were willing to pay a large amount for them.

When we missed out we sought to reach an arrangement with Optus so that we could continue delivering great EPL coverage to all Australian fans. Unfortunately Optus was not open to the deal we proposed.

Since then we have been working hard on alternative arrangements and we have come up with something that ensures that our customers will have access to more great European football than ever before.


Last month we announced a deal to add three beIN SPORTS channels for our customers. From Saturday, May 14 these new channels will bring our sports subscribers an amazing array of European football including UEFA Euro 2016, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga. And all at no extra cost to our existing residential sports subscribers.

But for EPL fans, there is no substitute for EPL.

So, I am delighted to announce that we have secured rights to three new 24 hour channels from leading clubs Chelsea, Liverpool FC and Manchester United — and three new programming blocks from Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur which will broadcast weekly on FOX SPORTS.

This means that all of our sports subscribers will have access to the games of these six clubs. The games will be available on a delayed basis — a game played during Saturday night at 12am AEST (3pm London) will be available to our viewers from 1pm AEST on Sundays.

Plus these services deliver exclusive access to each of the major clubs including pre-season games, player and management interviews, manager’s press conferences, and extended in-depth pre-match build up and post-match analysis.

These services, along with the three beIN SPORTS channels, will be automatically available to all of our residential sports subscribers at no additional cost — on the TV, on tablets and on smart phones.

At Foxtel we know how much Australians love sport and this exciting new EPL content will give fans an incredible range of programming and games to enjoy.

Sky TV shares sink 13pc as customer numbers drop

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11634586

Sky TV shares have sunk 13 percent, making it the biggest decliner on the NZX benchmark index today, after the pay-TV operator said subscriber numbers are expected to fall further this financial year, causing earnings next year to miss analyst estimates.

The Auckland-based company forecast it would have 830,000 subscribers at the end of its financial year on June 30. Subscriber numbers dropped 1.5 percent last year to 851,561. It expects to lose 45,000 core residential pay-TV subscribers this year and gain about 25,000 subscribers for its online services such as Neon and FanPass.

Its shares fell 69 cents to $4.80, after earlier touching a three-week low of $4.75. They have dropped 25 percent in the past 12 months.

Sky TV retained its forecast for 2016 earnings, which it said in February would see net profit at the lower end of its previously advised range of $153 million to $158 million, down from $172 million last year. However, it said the loss of subscribers would "adversely impact" its 2017 earnings compared to current analyst consensus estimates.

The company didn't detail the estimates. Analysts expect the company's net profit to fall to $155 million in 2016, and decline further to $146 million in 2017, according to the mean forecast in a Reuters survey.

The pay-TV operator is losing its dominant hold on premium content with the introduction of online streaming video services such as Netflix and Spark New Zealand's Lightbox offering. Still, it retains rugby rights, which are seen as a linchpin in securing domestic viewers. The company attributed the forecast loss in subscribers for this year in part to the roll-off of subscriber contracts following the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

It didn't expect the rate of subscriber loss this year to continue next year given customer departures are reducing due to the diminishing impact of the Rugby World, and because it expects a subscriber lift from upcoming major sport events including the Rio Summer Olympics in August 2016 and the Lions Tour in June 2017.

"It's been on the cards for quite some time that increased competition was going to have an effect on Sky TV and I think those numbers are now quite evident that has been the case and the company has lost a fair chunk of subscribers," said Grant Williamson, director at Hamilton Hindin Greene. "Investors are pretty concerned about it and they have obviously knocked that share price down pretty significantly.

"The announcement has proved that the company is having a pretty difficult time," he said. "They say that the bleed is not likely to continue which is probably right, you will always have the diehard subscribers that will continue, but trying to regain numbers, that is going to be a very difficult proposition. Where growth is going to come from, it's difficult to see and that's another reason investors are particularly worried," Williamson said.

Sky TV said it expects to provide an update on capital management and growth initiatives by June 30, after appointing investment bank Citigroup to provide advice. The company has previously said it is looking at capital management as it ends a period of investment, which it expects will deliver strong free cash flow in the future and at the same time, it's considering several investment opportunities.

The shares are rated an average 'hold' according to the mean estimate of seven analysts compiled by Reuters.

Big drop in Sky TV subscribers after Rugby World Cup, $300m wiped off shares

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/79689666/big-drop-in-sky-tv-subscribers-after-rugby-world-cup-300m-wiped-off-shares

With the Rugby World Cup now a memory, Sky is hoping events such as the Olympics will stem the flow of lost customers.

With the Rugby World Cup now a memory, Sky is hoping events such as the Olympics will stem the flow of lost customers.

Tens of thousands of Kiwis are switching off Sky Television's satellite service, the company has warned investors.

The warning wiped more than $340 million off the value of the company by mid-afternoon on Friday, with Sky's shares plunging 16 per cent to $4.60.

Sky forecast the number of customers for its core pay-TV service – which is priced from $49.22 a month – would drop by 45,000 in the year to the end of June.

The fall would be partly compensated for by a 25,000 rise in the number of customers who signed up to its generally lower-cost internet television offerings Neon and FanPass.

Its total number of subscribers at the end of June would number about 830,000, it said.

Sky boss John Fellet has delivered bad news to investors.

Sky has faced increased competition from other internet television services such as Netflix and Spark's Lightbox service.

A statement from the company said the forecast fall in satellite subscribers was due to a number of factors, but it highlighted the impact of the Rugby World Cup coming to an end, which had impacted "the roll off of subscriber contracts".

First NZ Capital analyst Arie Dekker said the impact on the company would depend in part on whether it was Sky Basic or higher-value customers who were cancelling their subscriptions.

The customer-losses were much larger than Sky had experienced previously, he said.

"They lost 20,000 core subscribers last year and are looking at 45,000 this year. It will certainly be of some concern."

Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin said it appeared Sky had been impacted by dissatisfaction with its "on demand" upgrade which some customers said made its electronic programming guide (EPG) harder to read.

Sky attempted to address that concern with a software update in April.

Both analysts were cautious about commenting on whether the subscriber drop might be the start of a long-term slide.

Sky reiterated its 2016 result would be at the "lower end" of the guidance it provided investors in October and also warned the drop in core subscribers could see its 2017 profit come in below existing analyst forecasts.

But it forecast the customer losses would slow during its next financial year thanks to the Rio Olympics in August and the Lion's Tour of New Zealand in June next year.

Sky chief executive John Fellet challenged the notion that internet television was necessarily less profitable than satellite television when he reported the company's interim financial results in February.

The company's Neon service is priced at $20 a month, but Fellet said transmission costs were cheaper than for satellite television as customers paid for their own internet connections.

Programme makers tend to sell rights to show programmes on satellite television separately to the subscription rights to stream them online, so Sky TV does not have the right to stream all programmes from its satellite channels on Neon.

Sky began letting customers buy online monthly subscriptions to its sport channels through FanPass passes costing $55.99 last year. Day and week passes are also available.

That has effectively "decoupled" its sports programming from Sky Basic for the first time. The passes do not provide access to its "pop-up" satellite sports channels.

SpaceX's Successful Repeat Performance...Launch Of JCSAT-14 And The Return Of Falcon 9

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1950175330

Today's successful launch makes it number four, so far this year, for SpaceX.

And, even better, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched its payload, JCSAT-14, a Japanese communication satellite, and then the the Falcon 9’s first stage booster returned with a high-speed landing on a platform of a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX has both demonstrated that it can land the Falcon 9 at sea, and that the company can repeat the process. This is especially significant as it greatly reduces expenses when the booster can be reused.

The JCSAT-14 spacecraft will be operated by Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation, a Japanese telecommunications company formed in 2008 through the merger of Sky Perfect Communications, JSAT Corporation and Space Communications Corporation. Space Systems/Loral constructed the satellite, which is based on the SSL-1300 bus.

JCSAT-14 was the ninth geostationary communications satellite launched by SpaceX, with Friday’s mission the eighth time Falcon 9 has targeted a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

Due to all the factors involved the successful return of the Falcon 9 didn't seem likely. However, on Monday, CEO Elon Musk upgraded the chances to "maybe even" just before launch. Because of the satellite's destination, SpaceX originally said that the rocket would be "subject to extreme velocities and re-entry heating, making a successful landing unlikely."

Previously, the company had only been able to recover its Falcon 9 twice post-launch, after making multiple landing attempts over the past year and a half. The first success was in December, when the rocket touched down at a ground-based spaceport in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The second landing occurred in April, but that time the Falcon 9 landed on a floating drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. '

SpaceX lands rocket's first stage after space launch

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_successfully_lands_rockets_first_stage_after_space_launch_999.html

SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean early Friday after launching a Japanese communications satellite into orbit.

Shouts of "USA, USA, USA" and applause from the ground control crew greeted the feat, only the second time it has been accomplished by SpaceX, the company headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk.

The two-stage rocket lifted off on schedule at 1:21 am (0521 GMT) with a telecommunications satellite owned by Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT.

As the second stage moved into orbital position, the first stage fell back for the landing, firing its engine to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.

SpaceX had not expected to land the first stage successfully because of the returning rocket's high speed, but streaming video captured a picture-perfect touchdown.

The California-based company pulled off such a landing last month for the first time, after launching an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station.

SpaceX wants to perfect the technique as part of its effort to re-use rocket parts instead of jettisoning the costly equipment into the ocean after each launch.

MEASAT & RR Media Drive CBS Reality Channel Into African Continent

From satnewsdaily

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd (“MEASAT”) and RR Media have launched the CBS Reality channel across the African continent.

The channel is available to Pay TV operators via the AFRICASAT-1a satellite at 46.0 degrees East. CBS Reality features documentaries and real life dramas.

The AFRICASAT-1a satellite provides C-band beams with excellent look angles across the African continent and island nations. AFRICASAT-1a is increasingly preferred by channel operators and content providers.

“With MEASAT, we are creating a premium selection of Tier One channels that we are able to offer to Pay TV operators and cable providers across the African continent,” said Shlomi Izkovitz, VP Global Sales, RR Media.

Yau Chyong Lim, Chief Commercial Officer at MEASAT, added, “MEASAT is on track to build 46.0 degrees East as Africa’s leading video hotslot.”

Iridium to start launching new satellites 'this summer'

From http://www.capacitymedia.com/article/3551674/Iridium-to-start-launching-new-satellites-this-summer

Wholesale satellite operator Iridium plans to start launching its new satellite fleet this year and should have all satellites in orbit – via SpaceX – by the end of 2017.

The company is starting a programme of replacing all its current satellites, which have been in service since the 1990s. The new fleet will be called Iridium Next.

Matt Desch, CEO of the company, said: ""With our first launch with SpaceX this summer, our primary focus remains on constellation replacement and the introduction of new business services. The first Iridium Next satellites are now complete, and production is ramping up well."

The new fleet will consist of 66 satellites in service, with six spares in orbit and another nine on the ground. They are being built by Thales Alenia Space in $2.1 billion contract. SpaceX will launch them in batches of 10 at a time.

The extra services that the new satellites can deliver will boost Iridium’s revenue by at least 30%. The company said that it expects total service revenue in 2018, the first year after the new fleet is completely in operation, will be between $420 million and $465 million. This compares with $317 million in 2015.

The company had 788,000 billable subscribers at the end of its latest financial year, a 5% rise on the previous year, "driven by growth in machine-to-machine and government customers", said Iridium.

The commercial customer base accounts for 55% of business, in markets such as maritime, aviation, oil and gas, mining, recreation, forestry, construction, transport and emergency services. Iridium also has contracts with two US government departments, the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Department of Defense.

The number of commercial M2M data subscribers has grown 9% in a year to 365,000 customers, said Iridium, with average revenue per user $14 a quarter, down from $15 a year before.

Inmarsat plans to launch cyber security app

From http://www.marinemec.com/news/view,inmarsat-plans-to-launch-cyber-security-app_42860.htm

Inmarsat plans to launch cyber security app
Global Xpress is distributed over the new Inmarsat-5 constellation of Boeing-built satellites

Inmarsat is planning to launch a cyber security service as the first application on its new Fleet Xpress satellite communications solution for shipping. The London-based company has been working with Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) to develop a specialised application for reducing the risk of cyber attacks on ships.

The solution will use Singtel Trustwave’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) technology over Inmarsat’s combined Global Xpress and FleetBroadband service. Trustwave has developed a suite of cyber security defences, such as advanced firewalls, antivirus, intrusion preventors and web filters for other sectors.

Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout said the shipping industry needs to take action against cyber threats with solutions such as UTM. He added: “Cyber security is very important for shipping. In future months we will provide cyber security for vessels with Fleet Xpress as an optional application. With Fleet Xpress and applications we are redefining communications at sea.”

Fleet Xpress was commercially launched on 31 March and uses the Global Xpress Ka-band network, which is transmitted over the Inmarsat-5 constellation of Boeing-built satellites. So far there are 140 Global Xpress terminals in operation or being tested, and three distributors of Fleet Xpress to shipowners, Inmarsat managers confirmed.

Cyber security solutions will be a key element of discussion at Riviera’s upcoming Maritime Cyber Risk Management Summit on 21 June, in London. This will be held in association with Norton Rose Fulbright and Marine Electronics & Communications. This is a free-to-attend event for qualified delegates from the shipowner and shipmanager communities. All applications to attend this event are subject to online registration and confirmation from the event organisers via email.


I noticed this in a scan a few days ago, 3 of the channels on D1 12519 H have moved. I expect this is where Bravo, The Edge and Prime are moving to.

D1 12546 H "Fox News" started Vpid 1005 Apid 1105
D1 12581 H "Sky News" started Vpid 1003 Apid 1103
D1 12608 H "Cartoon Network" started Vpid 1009 Apid 1109

A scan this evening reveals
D1 12519 H "Test 2" and "Test 3" have been added both fta with colour bars.

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 12268 V "Channel 4K" has left .

JCSAT 4B 124.0E Speed Channel 1 has left 12313 H.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E Fashion TV Japan has left 12418 V.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E Japan Leisure Channel 681-683/687 have left 12508 V.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E Sukachan 3 has left 12583 H.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E Sukachan 2, Sukachan 9 and Wowow Cinema have left 12673 H.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E NTV Plus has started on 12703 H, Multi.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E Mondo TV has left 12703 H.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "Luxe TV and Go To Luxe TV" have left .

Measat 3 91.5E 3880 V "The Indonesia Channel" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Sea News" has left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4170 H "Lok Sabha TV" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "Channel A" has started on , Fta
Apstar 7 76.5E 3800 H "Channel S" has left again.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3742 L "Ebru TV Africa and GBS have started on , clear. UTV, Word Music TV, Deliverance TV, Islamia TV and Farmers TV" have left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4034 H "VH1 India" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chokdee TV(泰国)频道加密,设置3505 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kaset Nano(泰国)频道消失,设置3434 V 2210参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Sagarmatha TV(尼泊尔)频道消失,设置3443 V 1630参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Mountain TV(尼泊尔)等全组频道消失,设置3450 V 2500参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Avenues TV(尼泊尔)频道消失,设置3454 V 3333参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Hero Channel、V Like Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,3 Family、3 SD(泰国)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Workpoint TV(泰国)等5个频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Bilang替换Animax(Cignal)频道,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [5月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Channel V、Arirang TV(Cignal)等3个频道消失,设置11481 H 18750参数无效接收。 [5月5日]


Foxtel ups ante on Optus signing content from six EPL clubs including delayed matches

From http://mumbrella.com.au/optus-foxtel-epl-man-utd-chelsea-liverpool-spurs-arsenal-364779

Foxtel has signed agreements to carry the official channels and other content of six of the most popular English Premier League clubs, as the pay-TV provider looks to retain customers thinking of jumping ship to rivals Optus.

The official club channels of Chelsea, Liverpool FC and Manchester United will be added to the sports pack, while programming blocks from Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will also be shown on Fox Sports channels. Foxtel estimates 75% of Australian based EPL fans support these six teams.

Importantly it also gives the pay-TV provider delayed access of around 13 hours to matches involving all of those clubs in the Premier League and FA Cup, as well as other content including exclusive interviews and analysis shows. It says a match played at 3pm on Saturday (currently midnight Sunday AEST) would be shown at 1pm AEST that day.

The announcement comes less than 48 hours after Optus, which took the exclusive rights to all EPL matches from Fox Sports in a raid at the end of last year, announced its broadcast plans which would see anyone wanting to access EPL games having to sign up to an Optus broadband or mobile plan, and if worth less than $85-per-month pay a $15 monthly levy. That deal has been derided by many non-Optus subscribing fans.

Last month Foxtel also announced BeIn Sports, which has rights to the Champions League, Uefa Cup as well as numerous European football leagues and lower-league English matches, will be added to the sports package in mid-May with three additional HD channels, another move designed to keep football fans as subscribers.

Peter Tonagh, Foxtel CEO, said: “The addition of these dedicated new sports channels is a huge win for English football fans who subscribe to Foxtel. These channels, along with the recently announced BeIn Sports channels, will be compulsory viewing for all fans of international football and will also complement the Fox Sports coverage of the local A-League competition.”

“Our new EPL Club partners are global brands in their own right and have large groups of dedicated supporters in Australia making up more than 75% of the English football fan base here. Our customers will now have access to commentary, analysis, insight and behind the scenes action they’ve never seen before.

“We know how much Australians love sport and these new channels, all available in HD, will make Foxtel an even more compelling proposition and cementing us as the new home of European football.”

The channels also offer access to academy and U21 matches, with some also showing matches from European competitions and pre-season friendlies as well.

The new content deals come into effect from July 1.

Sky wins rugby league rights

From http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/sky-wins-rugby-league-rights-ca-188583

Sky TV [NZX: SKT] has won the rights to screen transtasman rugby league matches and tests and has extended its existing NRL deal.

In an announcement to the NZX this morning, Sky revealed it has signed a five-year deal from 2018 to screen all league games.

The rights to some New Zealand matches have been secured for seven years from 2017.

Sky TV spokeswoman Kirsty Way says the broadcaster’s NRL deal ends at the end of next year’s season.

“Our new deal is until 2022 and, importantly, includes test matches. There is some more detail around women’s matches that will be announced later today,” she says.

It was reported yesterday Sky was yet to announce whether it had secured the rights, with subscribers becoming anxious about where they could watch the Kiwis v Kangaroos test tomorrow.

Ms Way confirms today’s deal includes the rights to screen tomorrow’s test.

Across the ditch

In November last year a huge NRL deal was struck between the Australian Rugby League Commission, Nine Network, News Corp, Fox Sports and Telstra.

The deal was reported to be worth $1.8 billion to the NRL, 70% higher than the current rights deal.

It was expected the sale of international rights would boost the worth of the deal to more than $1.9 billion.

YouTube pay-TV service?

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/05/92590/

YouTube is working on a paid subscription service, tentatively branded ‘Unplugged’, that would offer US customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet, according to a Bloomberg report. The service could debut as soon as next year.

Google-owned YouTube has discussed these plans with most major US media companies, including Comcast, NBCUniversal, Viacom, Twenty-First Century Fox and CBS – although no content deals are yet to have been struck.

YouTube already offers a $9.99-a-month subscription service called YouTube Red in the US that allows viewers to watch videos without interruption from advertisements.

Fox’s James Murdoch Says Planned Hulu Service Can Boost Audience And Ads

From http://deadline.com/2016/05/fox-james-murdoch-hulu-live-boost-audience-ad-sales-1201749310/

Fox CEO James Murdoch was barraged with questions about the topic of the day — Hulu’s planned live streaming service — in his quarterly earnings call with analysts. He confirmed that his company is an “early licensee” helping to promote the planned skinny bundle offering that he described as “a reimagined digital video service.”

Fox wants to “make our programming more available, not less,” he says.

He believes the upcoming service, along with others including Sling TV, “will support growth in the overall universe” — and not necessarily promote cord cutting from conventional pay TV. To that end, he says, Fox will allow cable and satellite companies to develop similar bundles that include what he described as just the company’s “core” channels.

Streaming is a better model, he says. Fox can collect the same or higher affiliate fees for its channels. Prices might rise over time, much as they do for cable and satellite distributors.

“We’re focused on getting a fair price for each of our brands, and all of our brands in aggregate. And streaming is a net positive for our overall set of brands.”

The programmer also has more control over ad loads and pricing, and can offer new forms of targeted promotions. He likened it to what Fox is seeing at its FXNow streaming service “We’re totally convinced it’s a better ad experience for customers and for advertisers,” Murdoch says.

Last year Fox acquired TrueX Media, a firm that offers online viewers opportunities to determine how and when they see ads.

Fox is most interested in the user interface, leaving it to the platform providers to deal with most of the technology matters.

Fox’s plans for Hulu — which it co-owns with Disney and Comcast — will involve all of the programmer’s main services including the regional sports networks, which Murdoch calls “a huge driver.”

It “obviously drives big audiences in linear and live viewing,” he says. “But when you look around the world sports is driving over-the-top consumption as well.”

Last month Fox agreed to license several local stations, Fox Sports, FX, NatGeo and in-market sports from Fox’s regional networks to Sling TV’s new multi-stream service.

Like all of the other Big Media chiefs, Murdoch says he’s “excited” about the upcoming upfront ad sales season. “All of the networks are in good shape creatively, and scatter pricing is strong. So it’s a great moment to go right into upfronts.”

U.K Freesat OK’d for live pay sports

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/05/freesat-okd-for-live-pay-sports/

UK subscription-free satellite TV service Freesat has been cleared by the BBC Trust to offer live pay sports services delivered via broadband. The decision will help to progress Freesat’s ongoing conversations with content providers.

The BBC Trust decision comes as Freesat continues to expand its content offering to bring the most attractive line-up of programming to its customers. With a focus on integrated content delivered via broadcast and broadband Freesat already offers more than 200 channels and a number of leading on demand services – such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

“This is a really important development for Freesat which will significantly impact our content offering,” stated Alistair Thom, Managing Director of Freesat. “We’re here to provide a compelling subscription-free TV service, and believe our viewers should have the option to watch a wide variety of TV programmes and events without being tied down to a contract. We will continue innovating to provide a brilliant, subscription-free service for our ever-growing number of viewers.”

Freesat is jointly-owned by the BBC and ITV, which means the BBC Trust’s approval is required for the new step of adding live pay sports coverage. The satellite platform is now available in over 1.93 million households and is watched by more than four million viewers every week.

There are over 200 channels available on Freesat, with a number of new channels recently joining the platform including PBS America, Fox International Channels’ YourTV and UKTV channels Yesterday, Drama and Really. In addition, streaming service Netflix launched on Freesat Humax set-top-boxes in December, and Wuaki.tv launched last month, ensuring customers continue to enjoy a broad selection of content through the connected TV platform.

Government says India currently has 34 operational satellites

From http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Government-says-India-currently-has-34-operational-satellites/articleshow/52132902.cms

NEW DELHI: There are 34 operational Indian satellites at present, of which 13 are for communication, 12 for the purpose of earth observation and seven for navigation purpose, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

In a written reply, minister of state of the department of space Jitendra Singh said of the 13 communication satellites, five are of INSAT series-3A, 3C, 4A, 4B, 4CR and eight of GSAT series GSAT-6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16.

There are 12 earth observation satellites namely Resourcesat-2, RISAT 1 and 2, Cartosat 1, 2, 2A, 2B, Oceansat-2, SARAL, Kalpana-1, Megha-Tropiques and INSAT-3D.

Seven navigational satellites which are operational are Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (INRSS)-1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F and 1G.

Apart from these, there are two space science satellites namely the Mars Orbiter Mission and Astrosat, he added.

MIB permits 16 new TV channels in April

From http://www.televisionpost.com/television/mib-permits-16-new-tv-channels-in-april/

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has granted permission to 16 new satellite television channels in April. During this period, permission of no TV channel was cancelled.

While there has been the addition of nine non-news and current affairs channels, seven new channels have come up in the news and current affairs genre.

With this, the total count of permitted private satellite TV channels now stands at 1,023. The data provided by the ministry is up to 30 April 2016.

The ministry earlier said that 1,007 private satellite TV channels had been granted permission to operate in the country until 31 March 2016. The permission of 138 channels stood cancelled until that period. After a month’s time, there has been no change in this figure.

In effect, 885 TV channels have been permitted to broadcast in India, up from 869 channels a month ago. These include 484 non-news and current affairs channels as well as 401 news and current affairs channels. A month back, there were 475 non-news and current affairs channels and 394 news and current affairs channels.

The MIB has permitted 769 TV channels to uplink as well as downlink from India, up from 754 a month ago. This includes 390 non-news channels and 379 news channels.

So far, 20 TV channels have been given uplinking permission from India but not downlinking in India, which is the same as that on 31 March. This number includes 13 non-news channels and seven news channels.

The MIB has permitted 96 TV channels to only downlink into India, one more than in March end. Eighty-one of these are in the non-news category while the rest are in the news category.


Just a fast update due to time issues

D1 12519 H Sr 22500 (Sky NZ) "Test1" Vpid 1013 Apid 1113 started FTA showing colour bars, probably to do with the planned move of Prime and The Edge channel.

From my Email


From the Dish

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12368 H "Sky PerfecTV 4K Premium" has started on, Multi 2.
JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12408 H "Sky PerfecTV 4K Movie" has started on , Multi 2.

Palapa D 113.0E 3929 H "Indonesia Network has replaced Bali TV Bincang & Berita" on, Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H "Cartoon Network Philippines" is / was Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3840 V "National Geographic Channel HD Asia, Nat Geo Wild HD Asia, Fox Family Movies HD, Channel M, Fox Thai, Fox Family Movies, Fox Sports Asia, Star Chinese Channel International, Star World Vietnam and Fox Life India" have left.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H "PBO Global" has started on , PowerVu.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12080 H "Tvoy Dom" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12521 V "Taiwan Macroview TV, Life TV, Hwazan Satellite TV, Wei Xin TV, Top TV 2 and Da Ai TV" have started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E The C-Sky-Net mux has left 12604 V and 12719 V.

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Paramount Channel(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11590 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Global TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3953 V 3000参数免费接收。 [5月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,BBTV Channel 7(标清)频道重现,设置3832 H 8000参数有条件接收。 [5月4日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Vaanavil TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [5月4日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频,ATN News(孟加拉)频道新增,设置3683 H 3200参数免费接收。 [5月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Somaliland National TV(索马里)频道新增,设置3545 H 2083参数免费接收。 [5月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Mountain TV(韩国)频道消失,设置12530 H 26000参数无效接收。 [5月4日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Soyon Gegeeruuleg(蒙古)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [5月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Jack TV替换Ten Crickt(环宇卫视)频道,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月3日]
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Optus prices English Premier League offering

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/optus-prices-english-premier-league-201617-offering--1141840

Optus has unveiled pricing for the 2016/17 season of the English Premier League (EPL). New and existing customers will be able to choose from a range of value postpaid mobile, mobile broadband, and home broadband bundles, and then add EPL from AUD 15 extra per month. For eligible plans valued at AUD 85 per month and above, EPL will be included at no extra cost.

Australia’s 24/7 EPL channel will provide up to nine sub-channels, carrying all 380 live matches of the 2016/17 season, as well as EPL news and analysis, with shows like Match of the Week, News, Fanzone and Match Day Live. Streaming EPL over the Optus mobile and fixed network will be data free on eligible plans. This means customers accessing the content from an eligible plan will be able to stream as much EPL content as they want, without using their mobile, mobile broadband or home broadband data allowance.

Optus will launch new mobile and tablet apps, and a dedicated website that will allow customers to synch up to four devices through their subscription. Subscriptions will come with access to a dedicated new website that supports up to four screens, showing four different channels.

Optus customers can watch the EPL through the Yes TV by Fetch set top box, which also includes more than 35 premium entertainment channels for customers on the Entertainment package, access to streaming services like Netflix and Stan (subscriptions required), access to additional premium subscription TV services like beIN SPORTS (subscription required), the ability to record, pause and rewind live TV, 30 pre-selected rental movies each month and the option to rent or buy from a catalogue of more than 4,500 movies. Customers will also be able to access EPL via Yes TV by Fetch Mini device.

From July, Optus will introduce a mini set-top box device which extends Yes TV by Fetch to Optus postpaid mobile customers who want an entertainment experience on the TV screen from an extra AUD 5 per month on eligible plans. The device will work over any fixed broadband network in Australia, and will give customers access to EPL content.

For customers who want their EPL action on the go, Optus’ 24/7 channel is available via an app for compatible smartphones and tablets, or through a personal computer via the Optus EPL website.

Existing customers will be able to check online to see if they are already on an EPL eligible plan when pre-order opens on 15 May. EPL will not be available for pre-paid mobile, home wireless broadband, and other older selected postpaid mobile and mobile broadband plans.

Optus will also offer a satellite option for Optus customers who live in areas where Optus is unable to provide a broadband service or whose home broadband service doesn’t support HD video content. Once customers have chosen an EPL eligible plan, they can get EPL via Optus satellite for an extra AUD 20 per month, with a AUD 250 one-off installation fee.

For a short time, Optus will also give eligible home broadband customers access to beIN SPORTS. Users will be able to watch international sports coverage, including live coverage of 45 of the 51 games of the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament. Customers who sign up to a USD 120 Home Broadband bundle with an eligible Optus mobile service before 31 May, will receive a bonus 3 months of beIN SPORT through their Yes TV by Fetch service.

Fans are fuming at Optus plans for EPL

From http://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/2016/05/04/optus-epl-fans-unhappy/

Access to the world’s most popular sports league will be severely limited if you don’t sign up with the telco.

Football fans haven't taken the news well.

Optus say they have made their English Premier League coverage exclusive to their customers because they ‘want to give consumers another reason to consider us’.

The telco outbid Fox Sports for the rights in November. Details of their plans to broadcast the most popular sports league in the world were finally revealed on Wednesday.

Unless they are Optus customers, Australians will not be able to watch the Premier League – apart from one match screened on SBS each round.

Broadband plans eligible for EPL viewing cost at least $85 per month. Optus customers with ineligible plans must pay an extra $15 per month to watch league matches.

Optus are not selling Premier League-only packages

“We want to give consumers another reason to consider us,” an Optus spokesperson told The New Daily.

Optus broadband is not available across all of Australia. The company’s spokesperson said customers in areas without Optus broadband coverage had other options.

“English Premier League can be streamed over any mobile or fixed broadband network,” the spokesperson said.

“Customers can choose one of our mobile plans and then add a ‘Yes TV’ Fetch Mini device to screen the EPL on their TV.

“We [also] have a satellite option for customers in areas where there is no Optus broadband network.”

Optus has not given potential consumers the chance to buy a Premier League package only, be it through their TV or online.

The cheapest Optus package eligible for a Premier League upgrade is a $40 postpaid mobile plan. With the upgrade, fans would be charged $55 per month.

Optus said that they were “confident” football fans would make the switch if they were not already with the company.

The backlash

Football fans fumed on Twitter on Wednesday. Arsenal Australia president Tony Kendall said he expected many fans to look to internet streaming for matches.

“Our members are disappointed … more people are talking about streaming,” he told The New Daily.

“This [Foxtel losing the rights] will negatively impact a lot of our members and fans. But as Arsenal fans, we’ll share information on how to watch [online].

“Whether it’s right, I don’t know … but there’s different ways to skin a cat.”

Founder of The L Files, Australia’s number one Liverpool website, Wayne Psaila, agreed.

“People kind of feel like they are being held to ransom,” he said.

“Optus coverage isn’t great everywhere and people are worried about quality. The prices are surprising, too. They’re a lot higher than we thought.

Games could still be shown on Foxtel – but will be delayed. P

“The backlash has been huge … I think they will do a re-think. [If not], streaming is going to happen a heck of a lot more.”

Consumer group CHOICE said the high pricing meant consumers would use virtual private networks (VPN) to access Premier League coverage from other nations.

“The current EPL season is available in New Zealand for $91, streaming every match on any device in full HD,” CHOICE spokesman Matt Levey said.

“Telcos need to realise that the days of locking Australians out of the international market for content are over.”

How it will actually work

Optus will run one channel entirely dedicated to the English Premier League.

It will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with an additional nine sub-channels allowing them to show all 380 matches of the Premier League season live.

News programs and analysis will also be screened on the channel.

The channel can be viewed on a Fetch set-top box, or a Fetch Mini device, both available through Optus.

Customers can also watch the Premier League channel on smartphones and tablets, and all streaming over the mobile and fixed broadband network will be data free – on eligible plans.

Premier League might still be on Foxtel

The pay-TV network are still hopeful of screening some Premier League matches – but delayed, not live.

According to a report in the Australian Financial Review, Foxtel is investigating the possibility of acquiring licences for many of the major club’s own television channels, including Manchester United’s MUTV and Liverpool’s LFC TV.

If Foxtel were successful, they would be able screen matches on delay in addition to other club-specific programs.

How Optus stole the English Premier League from Foxtel

From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/how-optus-stole-the-english-premier-league-from-foxtel-2016-5

The news many football fans feared was confirmed today: you will have to sign up to Optus to watch the English Premier League from next season.

It’ll cost $15 a month for Optus postpaid mobile and broadband customers, or free for subscribers who spend more than $85 a month on a plan.

EPL fans are furious with forums and social media overflowing with rage. Some say it’s worse than the stranglehold Foxtel has on Game of Thrones.

To earn the right to this opprobrium, Optus spent an astonishing amount of money, buying the Australian rights for $US150 million ($A200m) over three years.

For perspective, Fox Sports and SBS paid $A160 million over four years for the rights to Australia’s national soccer competition, the A-League.

To understand how Optus were able to outbid Australia’s largest sports network for the rights, you need to understand how the EPL rights process works.

The EPL TV rights are offered via a blind auction, so no one knows who else is bidding or how much. And the EPL, like most football organisations are obsessed with money, so it’s literally just the highest bidder wins. Other sports will look at strategic issues such as reach and the competition’s exposure, but they’re very minor considerations for EPL rights.

That means just about anyone with the cash can bid for the rights, whether broadcaster or not. Just like Optus, the UK’s BT Telecom paid big money for rights to the national football league.

In the UK, the rights are split up into seven packages based on when matches are played, so a broadcaster could bid for any number of them. Because Australia is a much smaller market, it’s a case of all-or-nothing, and the EPL then allows the local rights holder to on-sell those rights. That’s what Optus has done with the SBS, selling them for one game a week for free-to-air TV broadcast.

A three-way battle

Three players were believed to be serious contenders in the Australian auction – Optus, Foxtel and the Al Jazeera-owned BeIN SPORTS. Foxtel and BeIN were expected. Optus was a complete wildcard.

It’s not known how much BeIN offered, but it was less than Foxtel, which is believed to have been only a fraction more than the $US45 million it paid for the previous 3 seasons of EPL rights. This means Optus outbid Foxtel by as much as $US100 million and the EPL laughed all the way to the bank. It’s also more than both the Super Rugby and A-League rights.

For a broadcaster, spending any more made no financial sense, but for Optus who was using it to make money in other ways, it was willing to pay more than anyone else.

Foxtel losing the rights isn’t likely to hurt the cable TV provider’s subscriber numbers that much, as the majority of its sport subscribers are there for NRL and AFL. Where it might cause some difficulty though is between its two owners Telstra and News Corp.

The battle between the telcos is another strategic fight adding to the problems facing traditional media. Optus has just under 10 million Australia mobile customers, compared to Telstra’s 16.7 million and this deal now pushes them into an area, mobile sports rights, previously dominated by Telstra.

But it’s also worth that around 37% of mobile customers at Optus – 3.7 million – are prepaid, and therefore ineligible for the EPL access. To watch, they’d need to convert to a long-term contract, something the company is undoubtedly banking on. Having too many prepaid customers is the company’s Achilles heel (Telstra’s prepaid numbers are roughly the same, but with nearly 70% more contracts on the books).

In the meantime, the fact that that News Corp-owned Fox Sports lost those rights to Optus, which may now steal Telstra customers, creates a very interesting dynamic between the parent companies, because the deal sideswipes the News-Telstra joint venture Foxtel.

Despite bolstering its content offerings, Optus and its parent business, Singtel, are not interested in becoming broadcasters. Their focus is on upping the average revenue per user (ARPU) and locking people into long 24-month contracts. Now they’ve targeted a very passionate and loyal niche to do it.

Roy Morgan estimates that 1.7 million Australians watched the EPL last year. Foxtel can take some consolation in the fact that the A-League attracted around 2.1 million in 2015.

Locking in fans

There’s a good reason why EPL fans are feeling a little incensed about the Optus deal. Because you need to be part of a postpaid service to watch, that means a 24-month contract on either a mobile service or home broadband. Prepaid customer? Forget about it.

The biggest impact is in the home broadband market. The NBN has levelled the playing field for service delivery, and there’s a huge profit margin in fixed broadband, so both Optus and Telstra are eager to create a point of difference for customers.

If Optus can attract loyal EPL fans, they have them for at least two years. Watching that third year of the deal means signing up for another two years once that contract ends.

The way they’ve priced it is designed to increase the ARPU for each customer.

Optus is so committed to raising its ARPU, it is releasing a mini set-top box costing $5 a month for mobile customers who want to watch matches on TV.

The company’s latest fiscal report has the ARPU at $44 per month, up 3% on 12 months ago. They’re chasing Telstra

The EPL is being offered for $15 a month, and free to anyone on a contract over $85. They’re hoping that offer will push customers looking mobile and broadband plans around the $70 price bracket up to the next level. It also encourages people to sign up to Optus’ Yes TV by Fetch service, which is included in broadband plans above $90.

The company has BT Telecom as its role model. After pinching 38 games from pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB in 2012, the telco came back in 2015 to snare 42 more. It’s obviously working.

After paying what many see as over the odds, it’s now up to Optus to make the Australian rights work hard for them.

Optus EPL deal: too pricey, too complicated

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/optus-epl-deal-too-pricey-too-complicated/news-story/275c202974b8e1b8afefc1d1dc8fdd5c

Too pricey, and too complicated. English football fans are getting a bum deal with Optus’ Premier League subscription packages.

When it comes to the small screen, buying content is becoming ever-more expensive and harder to monetise, as any Australian television executive will tell you.

Now, Optus is finding out that this challenging cost equation applies to a screen on a desktop computer, tablet or even a smartphone.

By asking supporters to fork out $15 a month on top of any Optus or Fetch TV plans, the move underlines why the pay-TV aggregation model works.

After Optus snatched Australian broadcast rights to the EPL away from Fox Sports Australia for an estimated $180 million, the telco today announced that only its customers will be able to watch the world’s most exciting, and unpredictable top-tier football competition.

Streaming the EPL across the Optus mobile or fixed network will be free “on eligible plans” while viewing on televisions must be through the Yes TV service on a Fetch set-top box.

That the telco’s press release struggled to explain the new plans in simple terms only serves to highlight the frustration to come for viewers.

For years, cable and satellite subscribers have had to choose from a large menu of attractively priced channels, with little ability to control which ones were included.
Although pay-TV firms like local operator Foxtel have loosened this model in recent years by introducing lower-priced entry points.

Still, with the advent of digital streaming technology, à la carte viewing is gaining in popularity. Consumers are increasingly able to pick and choose their favourite channels and services thanks to a proliferation of apps.

But all that means is that consumers will need multiple subscriptions to see it all. The traditional pay-TV bundle suddenly looks more compelling than it has generally been given credit for.

For good reason, the business model has held firm for decades — a package of channels that is priced appropriately as opposed to a limited number of premium priced channels.

It comes after Netflix warned that it would add only two million international subscribers to its base in the second quarter amid a sharp rise in spending on new shows. The result spooked investors after years of hype.

For Australian football fans, news of the telco’s pricing for the 2016/17 season represents a bittersweet moment after the most entertaining season of EPL football in living memory.

Foxtel is jointly operated by News Corp (publisher of The Australian), and Telstra. Fox Sports Australia is owned by News Corp.

China can track mobiles through satellite system

From http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/05/05/2003645526

NATIONAL SECURITY RISK:The Ministry of Science and Technology said government employees should avoid using phones that use Beidou to prevent ‘targeted attacks’

China’s Beidou Satellite System (北斗衛星) poses an information security risk to Taiwan in that the satellite is able to track smartphone users via embedded malware in devices with Chinese-manufactured chips directly tied into the system or phones manufactured in China, according to the latest mobile device security report that the Ministry of Science and Technology submitted to the Legislative Yuan.

The ministry reported that China’s satellite system, despite claims of being commercial in nature, was primarily for military use, adding that over the past few years, many smartphone vehicle navigation products using Beidou Satellite System guidance chips have been imported to Taiwan.

“[Government employees] should avoid purchasing related products to avoid being the target of attacks,” the report said.

China’s Shanghai Beiga Satellite Technology Co Co (上海北伽導航科技) developed the first 40-nanometer satellite navigation chip in 2014 for use in tablets, smartphones and vehicle navigation systems specifically with the satellite system in mind.

The satellite system claimed to be primarily developed for vehicle navigation, but the second generation of the system reportedly offers two separate services, one aimed at the public sector being the navigation system, and a restricted offering for China’s and Pakistan’s military communication and location data.

The ministry said that Taiwanese using Chinese-manufactured phones, or other smartphones using related software or chips, might be providing the Chinese military with information.

The ministry said it would be asking all distributors in Taiwan to identify their products that support the Beidou Satellite System, adding that it was mulling a ban on smartphones or other devices that are capable of being linked to the Beidou Satellite system.

A full list of applications using or related to the satellite system is being compiled and is to be run through a testing system, the ministry said, adding that it would announce the list of programs that might contain malware.

The ministry is also calling on civil servants to avoid purchasing or using products that carry guidance chips for the satellite system or related software to minimize the chance of targeted attacks.

The ministry also suggested that national defense units should monitor the Beidou Satellite System’s transmitted signals and warn of any anomalies, adding that such monitoring would reduce the risk of hacking attacks from China via satellite-broadcast signals.

The National Security Bureau said it was aware of the issue and had already told the National Communication Council and the Ministry of Economic Affairs to develop countermeasures.

The issue was discussed at the legislature yesterday, and while a complete list of mobile devices that support the Beidou Satellite System has yet to be released, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Rosalia Wu (吳思瑤) said that several models of cellphones produced by Taiwan-based HTC Corp (宏達電) use the Beidou Satellite System.

Bangladeshi satellite to be in orbit in 2017

From http://en.prothom-alo.com/science-technology/news/103611/Bangladeshi-satellite-to-be-in-orbit-in-2017

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the much awaited Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the first ever such venture in Bangladesh, would be launched into the space in 2017.

Bangabandhu Satellite to be in orbit in 2017. BSS file photoBangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) already singed an agreement to this effect with the Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communication for lease of an orbital slot at 119.1 Degree longitude for the satellite.

Replying to a question from treasury bench member Monirul Islam, the prime minister said construction of the Taka 2,967.95 crore satellite has already begun. Under the project, she said, two ground stations, one in Gazipur and the other in Betbunia, are being constructed.

Sheikh Hasina said the satellite would ensure uninterrupted telecommunication and broadcasting allover the country and its water territorial areas side by side with expanding satellite technology and services.

The prime minister said the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 would have 40 transponders, out of which 20 would be used for the country and the 20 others would be given on lease to the Middle-east and the neighbouring countries.

The satellite would save around US$ 14 million a year and also create opportunities for earning huge foreign exchange, the premier said.

SABC to launch 4 African language-based TV channels

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/sabc-to-launch-4-african-language-based-tv-channels--1141733

The SABC is planning to launch five new TV channels, four of them catering to different language groupings, and then SABC Sport as a separate one. The four language-segmented channels will be run in addition to the existing SABC1, SABC2, SABC3 and the SABC News and SABC Encore channels, the last two of which are packaged for MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform.

The channels are being implemented because South Africans have been complaining about a lack of lingual and cultural representation on local TV channels. They will be available on the SABC's digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform and will have to be available in various pay-TV operators' bouquets under must-carry rules set by regulator Icasa.

While the new channels are being created, the SABC said that it would in the meantime focus on increasing its local content offerings, and pay more attention to neglected languages such as xiTsonga, tshiVenda and Afrikaans.

Portugal’s RTP to broadcast Euro 2016 in 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/04/portugals-rtp-to-broadcast-euro-2016-in-4k/

Portuguese public broadcaster RTP will launch a Ultra HD channel for this summer’s Euro 2016 football tournament in France.

A total of eight matches will be broadcast live on the RTP Ultra HD channel, always at 20:00 local time. These include the opening match on June 10th, the quarter-finals between June 30th and July 3rd, the semi-finals on July 6th and 7th and the final on July 10th.

The new channel will be distributed by pay-TV operators NOS, Vodafone Portugal and Meo (Portugal Telecom).

RTP recently signed an agreement with pay-TV operator Sport TV to split up the TV rights to the Euro 2016. The public channel will air 24 matches free-to-air, including those of the Portuguese national team, while Sport TV will broadcast the entire competition on pay-TV.

MultiChoice gets tough with ‘grey’ market pirates

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/04/multichoice-gets-tough-with-grey-market-pirates/

South Africa has a near-neighbour in Zimbabwe where MultiChoice’s DStv South African satellite signals are easily received, and extremely popular. Indeed, there’s quite a local business in Zimbabwe of ‘informal’ DStv agents and installers happy to supply the illegal kit to view South African-targeted programming.

Now MultiChoice is getting tough, and has issued a strong warning to Zimbabweans – and the grey market importers of set-top boxes – supplying and watching illegal signals. MultiChoice’s Zimbabwe subsidiary says it will be visiting these ‘unregistered’ and “bogus” dealers who are promoting sales of South African kit.

A statement from MultiChoice said: “In terms of international copyright laws, MultiChoice South Africa can only provide its services to people resident in South Africa due to channels being authorised for reception in South Africa only. All operators providing DStv connections and support services in Zimbabwe are bound the law to ensure that DStv services in Zimbabwe are those that are legitimately provided for this country, and they may not connect Zimbabweans to DStv services in South Africa.”

However, there are complications. Local reports say that plenty of the alleged ‘illegal’ suppliers are in fact legitimate re-sellers who are simply making their business by giving consumers what they want. The other reason is simply cash. A DStv signal from South Africa can be paid for in South Africa’s weak Rand, while Zimbabwean subscribers must pay for DStv in US dollars.

Satellites 11 and 12 join working Galileo fleet

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Satellites_11_and_12_join_working_Galileo_fleet_999.html

Galileo, Europe's global navigation system, is a joint initiative of the European Commission and ESA.

Europe's latest navigation satellites, launched last December, have been officially commissioned into the Galileo constellation, and are now broadcasting working navigation signals. Galileos 11 and 12 were launched together on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on 17 December.

The satellites' navigation payloads were submitted to a gamut of tests, centred on ESA's Redu centre in Belgium, which possesses a 20 m-diameter antenna to analyse the satellites' signals in great detail.

For users to navigate with metre-level accuracy, Galileo must keep extremely accurate time. Because light travels at a fixed speed - just under 30 cm every billionth of a second - the time it takes for Galileo signals to reach a user's receiver on the ground can be converted into distance.

All the receiver has to do is multiply the travel time by the speed of light, pinpointing its location from at least four satellites.

The satellites' onboard atomic clocks - while the most precise ever flown for navigation purposes - must be kept synched by Galileo's global ground segment, which also keeps track of the satellites' exact positions in space.

The tests were therefore essential to ensure these latest additions to the fleet met their performance targets while also meshing with the global Galileo system.

Coordinated from the Galileo Control Centres in Oberbfaffenhofen in Germany (which controls the satellite platforms) and Fucino in Italy (which oversees the provision of navigation services to users), the success of these tests mean these satellites have now been integrated into the Galileo constellation.

Four satellites have now completed commissioning since the beginning of this year - satellites 9 and 10 joined the constellation in February.

Information about the status of the constellation is published on the European Service Centre website.

Two more satellites will be launched by Soyuz from French Guiana in May and, for the first time for Galileo, four will be carried on a customised Ariane 5 this autumn.

If all goes as planned, Galileo will end this year with a total of 18 navigation satellites in orbit.

Zee Network plans to launch Zee Marathi HD

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/regional/zee-network-plans-to-launch-zee-marathi-hd-160503

MUMBAI: After Star India launching HD feed of its regional channels Star Jalsha and Star Pravah and Viacom’s Colors too planning to launch high definition feed for its Marathi channel, it is the Subhash Chanrda led network that is firming plans to enter the space. Zee Network plans to launch the HD feed of its Marathi Channel, Zee Marathi.

A source close to the development shared, "The HD feed for Zee Marathi will be launched soon. The network is in the planning process. As soon as clearances on certain things are done, the network will announce the launch.”

In the Marathi genre, Zee Marathi has been the number ones channel in Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) all India data. In week 16 of BARC data, the channel recorded first position with 134767 Impressions (000’s) followed by Colors Marathi on second spot with 88538 Impressions (000’s) and Zee Talkies with 55078 Impressions (000’s) stood at number third.

Zee Marathi's programmes Nanda Saukhya bhare, Chala Hawa Yeu Dya and Pasant Aahe Mulgi are among the top three programmes in the Marathi genre.


More local activity with TV4 being turned into Bravo NZ , see news section

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Channel 4 rebrand in new reality TV tie-up

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11632383

MediaWorks and America's NBCUniversal International Networks have formed a joint venture to turn Channel Four into an entertainment-lifestyle brand heavily weighted towards reality TV, for launch in July.

Bravo New Zealand will become the premier destination for reality or "unscripted" TV shows, focused on glamour, design, food and pop culture, the parties said.

Today's announcement confirms a Herald on Sunday report, which telegraphed the tie-up between the two media companies.

As part of the announcement, Bravo has commissioned The Real Housewives of Auckland, a local version of the popular reality TV franchise.

NBCUniversal International Studios' production company Matchbox Pictures - responsible for creating the popular The Real Housewives of Melbourne - has for the past five months been searching for New Zealand's privileged women for the local show, to premiere in August.

Bravo will also feature shows such as Million Dollar Listing (New York and Los Angeles), which follows the fortunes of three successful and aggressive real estate agents, Top Chef and The Real Housewives.

Other foreign reality TV shows Vanderpump Rules, Flipping Out, Southern Charm, Shahs of Sunset and Made in Chelsea will also form part of the programming line-up.

New series premieres in 2016 include Tour Group, Below Deck: Mediterranean, Aprs Ski, The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Dallas.

Bravo New Zealand will be a standalone, NBC/MediaWorks entity, to be based at MediaWorks' Mt Eden offices.

MediaWorks chief executive Mark Weldon said the Bravo brand had been one of NBCU's big successes of the past decade.

"It has a coveted advertiser audience with highly talkable, engaging content that plays well on TV, and has substantial catch-up viewing audiences playing well into the binge-watching trends of our time."

Chris Taylor, NBCU's managing director for New Zealand and Australia, said Bravo would resonate well with New Zealanders.

Neither Taylor nor Weldon would comment on the ownership structure of Bravo NZ, or the kind of money involved. Weldon said it was a "complex arrangement" with both parties contributing assets into the new business.

As Bravo NZ, Channel Four will be aimed at adult viewers, with a skew towards women. From an advertiser's perspective, the channel will be aimed at the household shopper demographic.

Weldon said the success of The Bachelor had confounded critics, with the show enjoying high ratings, and high "talkability and engagement " levels.

NBCU has longstanding commercial relationships with MediaWorks and Sky Network TV.

A brief history of Channel Four

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11632847

With Bravo on the way to replace Four, we take a look through the history of the channel and the challenges its faced since launching in 1997.

From TV4 to C4 to Four to Bravo, this is the history of Four.

When TV4 first launched, it was as if New Zealand finally had its own answer to MTV.

MediaWorks launched its "youth channel" in 1997, boasting shows like South Park and Beavis and Butthead, and a range of 80s and 90s TV series re-runs.

It was supposed to be the height of cool for teens at the time, but it wasn't until 2003 that it underwent its first re-brand and really started to fill those MTV-sized shoes.

It became C4, a popular music channel which would play music videos, band interviews and live performances.

But like MTV, it struggled to find a middle-ground and soon changed up its viewing schedule to include more drama content, becoming a mixture of the best aspects of its previous incarnations.

It continued to play music but added shows like Skins, Friday Night Lights, and Battlestar Galactica, and brought back the Sunday night blockbuster slot to show throwback films like the Godfather, Teen Wolf and Beetlejuice.

The "youth channel" was attempting to cover all its bases, but it didn't seem to do the trick as in 2010, it got its second official re-brand and became known simply as Four.

MediaWorks advised Four's focus would be on children's programming (Sesame Street, Sticky TV) during the day, reserving its evening viewing for the mainstream audience.

It relaunched in 2011 while C4 continued to run separately on another channel until 2014, when it too, was re-branded to become The Edge TV.

By the end of 2012, Four was one of two New Zealand channels leading the charge for express screening with its Fast Four brand - the second being MediaWorks' other channel, TV3.

Four aired new episodes of shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, Glee and New Girl within a week of them being shown in the US, while other New Zealand networks would typically only get them four or five months later.

But in a time where the internet and streaming services deliver US shows within the hour rather than the week, that edge is long gone.

Four is now on re-brand number three and it's changing its entire approach, ditching its role as New Zealand's "youth channel" to target adults, with a skew toward women and the "household shopper" demographic.

Having partnered with NBC, MediaWorks will bring in Bravo to replace Four with a slew of reality TV offerings, following the success of other reality series like X Factor NZ and The Bachelor.

MediaWorks' chief executive Mark Weldon praised Bravo for its "coveted advertiser audience" and "highly talkable, engaging content" which plays into the current binge-watching trend.

Bravo is so far tipped to bring shows like Real Housewives, Million Dollar Listing, Top Chef and Shahs of Sunset to New Zealand.

AsiaSat appoints Zhang Yan as new Vice President, China

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 3 May 2016 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) announced the appointment of Ms. Zhang Yan as its new Vice President, China, to take over the responsibility of Mr. Zhang Hai Ming as he retires from 1 May 2016.

Zhang Yan started working with AsiaSat in 2008 as the Chief Representative of AsiaSat Beijing Office and General Manager of CITICSat, AsiaSat’s partner in China. She will assume all responsibilities previously held by Zhang Hai Ming, and lead a strong team to continue to serve existing customers and develop new business in the China market. She will also maintain our close working relationship with CITICSat, who holds the exclusive right to market AsiaSat’s transponder capacity in China. Zhang Hai Ming will take on a consultancy role to continue to serve AsiaSat.

“We welcome Zhang Yan to an expanding role to grow our business and enhance our customer services in China. Over the past years, Zhang Yan has made considerable contributions to our satellite business in China, notably our recent successful re-entry into the video market there. I trust Zhang Yan’s strong leadership, along with her wealth of expertise, marketing and customer service experience will lead our strong China team to new heights.”

“On behalf of AsiaSat, I would like to thank Hai Ming for his years of dedicated service and the significant contribution he has made to our Company. I am pleased that Hai Ming is assuming a new consultancy role and will be working closely with Zhang Yan to ensure a seamless handover,” said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.
Zhang Yan has over 22 years of experience in the satellite industry with various management positions, covering areas in engineering, sales and marketing. Prior to joining AsiaSat, she worked for a satellite operator for more than 15 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, majoring in Image Transmission and Processing, and an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration, both from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications.
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its 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 also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016 or early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com
Media Contacts:

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

Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Satellite oversight may be spun off from NBTC under new law

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Satellite-oversight-may-be-spun-off-from-NBTC-unde-30285070.html

THE National Legislative Assembly’s science and mass communications committee is expected to propose to the government the separation of satellite affairs from telecom affairs in the draft of a new National Broadcasting and Telecommunica-tions Commission (NBTC) law, to formulate the country’s first satellite law.

Committee chairman Air Chief Marshal Chalee Junrueng has said his panel is likely to separate the oversight of satellite affairs from the draft law, as satellites are concerned with national security as well as communications.

The Cabinet two weeks ago approved the draft of the new NBTC law and the NLA told its science committee to study it for 45 days. If the committee revises the draft, it will submit the amended version for the Cabinet's consideration.

If the government disagrees with the changes, it can send the original version back to the NLA for vetting.

NBTC chairman Thares Punsri said he supported the creation of a satellite-management law.

In its current form, the draft states that satellites are under the purview of telecom affairs.

Two months ago the science committee proposed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that satellites be separated from telecom affairs, that the government charge a fee to the satellite operator for reserving an orbital slot, and that the roles of the Information and Communications Technology Ministry and the NBTC on directing satellite policies be revised.

Thaicom is the country's sole commercial satellite operator. Its Thaicom 4, 5, and 6 satellites operate under ICT Ministry concessions, while Thaicom 7 and the planned Thaicom 8 and 9 satellites operate under a single NBTC licence.

The ICT Ministry has asked the Council of State, the government's legal adviser, to determine whether the Thaicom 8 will be liable for a fee for the government's reservation of an orbital slot for it.

According to the draft of the new NBTC law, the commission will comprise seven members, a reduction from the present 11. Each of the seven members will come from a specific background: radio broadcasting, TV broadcasting, telecommunications, engineering, law, economics, and consumer protection.

The ICT Ministry's permanent secretary will appoint a seven-member committee to select the NBTC members. The selection committee will be made up of the chairmen of the Constitution Court, Supreme Court, Supreme Administration Court, Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission chairman, Office of the Auditor-General's Office and Ombudsman Office, and the governor of the Bank of Thailand.

After receiving the list of candidates, the selection committee will weed out the number of applicants to 14 within 30 days. Then it will submit the list of 14 candidates for the Senate's consideration within 30 days.

If the selection committee fails to select a full quorum of 14 candidates in time, the ICT Ministry's permanent secretary will propose the list of suitable remaining candidates to the Senate.

The Senate will vote to select seven commission members and finish the selection process within 30 days. Once finished, the Senate spokesman will call a meeting of the NBTC members to have them nominate a chairman. Then their names will be submitted to the prime minister within 20 days after the Senate's complete selection of the seven members. Then the PM will submit the name list for royal endorsement.

If the Senate can only select five commissioners, the minimum, after the deadline, the Senate spokesman will submit the name list to the PM first and he will tell the selection committee to nominate the rest of the members within 30 days after being informed by the Senate about the incomplete selection.

The ICT Ministry will have to start the selection process of NBTC members at least 150 days ahead of the expiry of the existing members' terms, which is due in October 2017.

The new NBTC can continue to function as long as it has at least |four members. It will determine |the process of reclaiming spectra from state agencies but it has to |seek ways to compensate them.

If the NBTC function does align well with the national digital economy policy, the upcoming Digital Economy Committee can set up a panel to examine the case.

In general, the commercial telecom spectra will be reallocated by means of auction only. However, they can be reallocated by other means if an unlimited number of spectra are available or the licence applicants can jointly use the spectra among themselves.

The upfront fees from the auctions will be passed on to the digital economy fund first and the rest to the state budget.

A committee tasked to evaluate NBTC performance will be set up, comprising representatives from the Finance Ministry, ICT Ministry, Budget Bureau Office, National Anti-Corruption Commission, and Office of the Auditor-General. It will be chaired by the Finance Ministry representative. It will evaluate the NBTC's performance at least once a year.

SpaceX to launch SkyPerfecTV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/03/spacex-to-launch-skyperfectv/

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company is scheduled to launch JCSAT-14 for SkyPerfecTV at 1am Florida-time of May 5th. The rocket’s Falcon-9 engines were tested over the past weekend, and all responded well.

The broadcast satellite has been built and prepared by California-based Space Systems/Loral, and is the first of a pair of launches on SpaceX for the Japanese pay-TV broadcaster. The lift-off will take place from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 40.

The official launch window opens at 1.22am (EDT) and will last for 2 hours. It will eventually orbit at 154 degrees East, and replace the aging JCSAT-2A which was launched back in 2002.

JCSAT-14 carries both C-band and Ku-band transponders, and will transmit over Japan and the rst of Asia, Russia, Oceania and the Pacific islands, the company said.

Based in Tokyo, JSAT has 16 communications craft in operation and is the fifth largest commercial telecom satellite operator in the world, measured by revenue, and the biggest in Asia.

SpaceX will reportedly attempt another ‘barge landing’ down range from the Cape launch site, although officials recognise that the Japanese satellite is a “hot and fast” mission, insofar as the satellite – and orbital trajectory – and its rocket fuel make it a heavy mission, while recent ‘landing’ successes have been for Low Earth Orbit launches, which mean lighter fuel loads.

“JCSAT is pushing the envelope as a very hot and fast mission, so will land on the drone-ship,” SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted April 29th. “Next land landing in a few months.”

Nigeria poised to be ‘world’s largest’ free DTT

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/03/nigeria-poised-to-be-worlds-largest-free-dtt/

Nigerian broadcasting officials have thrown the switch in Jos, capital of Plateau State in the centre of Nigeria, to start free digital TV transmissions, and the eventual end of analogue broadcasting in the region. Nigeria will complete the state-by-state process in June 2017.

Some 200,000 free digital converter boxes have already been distributed in the region. Four local electronics companies had already established production facilities to produce more set-top boxes. The plan is to see these factories also start selling digi-boxes to other African countries. The system is currently transmitting 15 video and audio channels.

The Deputy Chairman of Cable Channels Nigeria Ltd (CCNL), Mohammadu Bawa, speaking to guests said that while the UK had some 10 million homes viewing free digital TV, and Australia about 13 million, Nigeria would have at least 30 million by June next year.

He said the free TV broadcast platform would offer home entertainment and educative channels to viewer through the DTT and Digital Satellite (DSAT) which would come on board at a later date.

“The responsibilities of the free TV included platform and contents management, consumer, audience measurement, signal contribution, branding and promotion and other services.

In addition to the free to air channels, he said the digital switch-over would help in the development of more movie and music channels.

Bawa added that there would be electronic programming guide to viewers on what were available for viewing and other public information.

“The free TV will comprise of existing national content and local free to air channels, selected thematic channels and selected international free to air channels,’’ he said.

He said the Federal Government through the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) had assigned the distribution of Free-Top Boxes to CCNL

Intelsat’s First EpicNG Satellite Exceeding Company Expectations

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2016/05/02/intelsats-first-epicng-satellite-exceeding-company-expectations/

The performance of Intelsat 29e, the first of Intelsat’s EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) series, is surpassing the company’s expectations, Intelsat said April 28. Intelsat 29e launched in January and entered service in March following in-orbit testing.

“We are pleased to report that the performance is surpassing our design objectives,” Intelsat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stephen Spengler said in a statement. “The tests demonstrate improved throughput on current generation platforms, delivering immediate efficiency benefits to our customers. Tests on next generation networking platforms indicate throughput improvements of up to 2.5 times above the efficiency of wide beam capacity and current platforms, demonstrating the increased value of Intelsat EpicNG.”

Intelsat is focusing on new satellite capacity to grow its revenues. For the first quarter of 2016, which ended March 31, the operator reported $552.6 million in revenue, and Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) of $417.7 million, or 76 percent of revenue. The company has three other satellites scheduled to launch in 2016: Intelsat 31 on May 28, 2016, and Intelsat 36 and Intelsat 33e in the third quarter of 2016. Intelsat has a total of seven satellite programs in the development and design phase covered in its capital expenditure program. Additionally, the operator has two custom payloads being built on third-party owned satellites, to be known as Intelsat 32e and Intelsat 38, which will not require capital expenditure, and a joint venture satellite, Horizons 3e, with Sky Perfect JSAT of Japan.

“Performance by customer set reflects a continuation of trends that began in the second half of 2015; these trends should begin to be offset as our new capacity enters service over the balance of this year. To that end, our launch and in-service timelines remain largely on track, with a short in-service delay of three weeks for our Intelsat 31 satellite program,” said Spengler.


For those in New Zealand, a planned upgrade as part of SKYS move to DVBS2

From http://www.tv3.co.nz/FOUR-Plus-1-Migrates-to-New-Frequency/tabid/2983/articleID/126412/Default.aspx#sthash.VkuMsLQR.3ljuFviR.dpuf

Freeview channels moving to New Frequency

PRIME, FOUR plus 1 & THE EDGE TV are migrating to a brand new frequency starting TUE 14 JUNE.

Time to rescan those satellite receivers (and make sure to do this by TUE 14 JUN) to continue watching these channels!

Most Freeview Satellite receivers will automatically rescan but other receivers will need manual retuning. Instructions will be made available here: www.freeview.co.nz

Please note that on TUE 22 JUNE, the old PRIME service, FOUR plus 1, & The Edge TV service will no longer be available.

Sunday feeds

D2 12547 H Sr 6978. ABC feeding a radio interview with the Opposition Leader
D2 12537 H Sr 6980 "A league GF"
D2 12672 V Sr 7500 horses"
D2 12681 V Sr 6669 "Telstra 1" Horses

D1 12645 V Sr 7200 "7BCS Slot 2 QPSK Low Delay" Ch7 Feed to air (without ads)
D1 12635 V Sr 7200 "RTV002" remote weather cross from somewhere.
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 "7BCS Slot 2 QPSK Low Delay" showing test pattern

Saturday feeds

D1 12643 v 7200 D1 AFL Cats v Gold Coast

D2 12663V 7500 "Globecast Oz" Fox Sports 501 PEN vs MOU

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Quran TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Nusantara Channel, Edu Chanel TV, Hot Hits, NAB TV and My Hope Channel" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3929 H "Bali TV Bincang & Berita has replaced Indonesia Network" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Ruai TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "Animo Channel" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3980 V "Fox Thai" has started on, Irdeto.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 H "VANDE Gujarat 6" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3880 V "Simply Money" has left.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11720 H "Gamanoid TV" has left .
Horizons 2 84.8E 12120 H "Nostalgia" has started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Suwannabhumi Channel" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3842 H "SK Movie and Channel S" are back on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "African Movie Channel Series and African Movie Channel" have started on , Nagravision.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Movie Hits5(泰国)频道消失,设置3545 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月2日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,卫星宣传(ABS)频道消失,设置3558 V 36000参数无效接收。 [5月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Net Media(印尼)频道消失,设置4006 V 6400参数无效接收。 [5月2日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC TV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3784 V 1464参数有条件接收。 [5月2日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,EMTV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3805 V 3960参数有条件接收。 [5月2日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HTV 9(VTC)频道消失,设置11119 V 14400参数无效接收。 [5月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Disney Junior(泰国)频道解密,设置12604 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Nusantara Channel(印尼)等5个频道消失,设置3818 V 27500参数无效接收。 [5月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Reformed 21(印尼)频道改格式,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。 [5月2日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道加密,设置3970 V 13400参数有条件接收。 [5月2日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Racing(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 V 5064参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MCU TV、Shopping(泰国)等频道新增,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,MNC(国际)频道消失,设置3825 H 2400参数无效接收。 [5月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,B4U Movies、B4U APAC Channel(印度)频道解密,设置4100 V 29700参数免费接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chokdee TV(IPM)频道新增,设置4160 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Next Series(泰国)频道消失,设置3585 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Beauty TV 、Ploen TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3800 H 30000参数无效接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Thai 8(标清)频道新增,设置3800 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Channel V(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3978 V 29000参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thairath HD、Super Rich(泰国)频道新增,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]


Fair Go campaign: Residents in remote community without television signal for months

From http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/fair-go-campaign-residents-in-remote-community-without-television-signal-for-months/newsstory/ad7a39d58dabe4f2f6b4ec017725475b

PAW's Jeremy Conlon and broadcaster Noel Heenan in Yuelamu finding the right direction to point Noel's newly acquired satellite dish. PICTURE: Zach Hope

YUENDUMU homes are without a television signal – and have been for months and years – because the Federal Government made no repair and maintenance plan to accompany the digital switchover, locals say.

Residents of remote communities have needed a satellite dish and set-top box – the Viewer Access Satellite Television system – to pick up free to air channels since the analog signal was switched off in 2013.

But these components are more complex to fix or replace than the antennas of the analog era.

Locals have told the NT News about 60 per cent of homes in Yuendumu and about 30 per cent in nearby Yuelamu are without a signal because of broken dishes or set-top boxes.

While there are people in Yuendumu capable of basic satellite dish repairs and adjustments, few community members can afford the cost of replacing equipment from Alice Springs 300km away, or know how to go about it even if they could.

The NT News asked the office of Regional Communications Minister Fiona Nash what remote Territorians should do to get their VAST systems repaired or replaced. There has been no response.

Pintubi Anmatjere Warlpiri Media general manager Michael Taylor said the Federal Government had not thought ahead when backing the VAST system.

“Foxtel or anywhere else you have a help number – you call the number and you get technical support,” he said. “But I guess because this has been put on people’s homes for free there’s been no support mechanism designed.”

PAW broadcaster Noel Heenan’s TV reception was cut when a storm picked up a neighbour’s trampoline and smashed the dish on his Yuelamu roof.

For six weeks he could not watch his beloved Collingwood or FC Barcelona and three calls to Canberra bureaucrats got him nowhere.

Mr Heenan and colleague Jeremy Conlon recently switched the damaged dish with a working and unused dish from a burnt out home next door.

“They didn’t think, the Federal Government, who was going to do the repairs and maintenance,” he said.

Foxtel hits out at proposed copyright changes

From http://www.afr.com/business/legal/foxtel-hits-out-at-proposed-copyright-reforms-20160429-goibht

The Productivity Commission says in its draft report that copyright protection lasts too long and extends too far, costing consumers more than it should. Supplied

Foxtel has criticised changes proposed by the Productivity Commission, including allowing Australians to circumvent "geo-blocking".

Meanwhile, lawyers have raised concerns that some changes could stifle innovation and inhibit economic growth.

A Foxtel spokesman said the company disagreed with the Productivity Commission's views on geo-blocking, saying if Foxtel was not able to licence relatively inexpensive content from overseas it could not afford to invest in the much more expensive Australian content that it created.

The commission suggested reform to copyright laws enabling Australian consumers to circumvent offshore retailers' attempts to charge them more by "geo-blocking" access to cheaper products and services overseas.

"Nor would it be able to employ thousands of Australians," the spokesman said. "Economic and cultural activity would be curtailed in Australia and money would flow offshore to companies which would have no reason to make a contribution to Australia."

But Choice chief executive Alan Kirkland said the commission's proposed reforms could rebalance the system towards interests of consumers from mostly United States-based rights holders, including pharmaceutical companies, Hollywood studios and publishing houses.

This was appropriate, given Australia effectively exported $1 of patented goods and services for every $4.50 it imported.

"Allowing consumers to circumvent geo-blocking would take down digital trade barriers that shield Australia from competition and mean consumers have poorer choices and pay higher prices," Mr Kirkland said.

Destabilise industry

Copyright Agency chief executive Adam Suckling said the introduction of a long-debated US-style "fair use" exception for the use of copyright material would curtail the production of Australian content and destabilise an industry that contributed $7.4 billion to the economy.

The proposal was supported by the Australian Law Reform Commission in 2014 but has thus far been rejected by Attorney-General George Brandis, after strong pushes by giants in the US film, music and publishing industries for Australia not to adopt it.

Mr Suckling pointed to a report by PwC in February that showed the introduction of a fair-use exception could reduce gross domestic product by $1 billion, as well as lead to increased litigation over the use of content.

"Authors, publishers and artists working in the Australian market rely on our fit-for-purpose copyright regime for a return on their investment. To remove their right to give permission when someone wants to use their work – either for a payment or not – can only be seen as a retrograde step," he said.

MinterEllison partner Paul Kallenbach said the draft report did not address the financial and reputational costs involved in renegotiating complex multilateral and bilateral treaties that would be necessary to introduce key proposed reforms, including a reduction in the duration of copyright from 70 years after the death of an author to 15 to 25 years after creation.

"If Australia's economy is to ultimately transition to being an intellectual property producer and therefore net exporter, an underlying theme of the current federal government's innovation agenda, then adopting a strong pro-consumer or net importer stance may not lead to favourable long-term growth outcomes," Mr Kallenbach said.

More litigation

Gilbert + Tobin partner John Lee said tightening the criteria for patents could eliminate the ability of smaller entities to obtain protection and could lead to more litigation between applicants and opponents.

"This is critical for the success of a lot of start-ups, particularly in the tech space," he said. "We are starting to develop and export our own IP. We don't want changes stifling that trend."

The commission's proposed redesign of extensions of terms on patents by pharmaceutical companies, to reduce delays for generics entering the market, could lead to reduced investment in research and development by drug companies, Mr Lee said.

Enforcement and infringement better

Executive director of Creative Content Australia Lori Flekser said the commission's suggestion that making content more accessible was the key to reducing online copyright infringement, rather than increasing enforcement efforts or penalties was wrong.

"There is no lack of evidence showing that movie piracy peaks when the DVD, Blu-ray and SVOD versions become available," Ms Flekser said.

Ms Flekser said the main reason for piracy was because the content was free.

Pointing to the recent premiere of Game of Thrones season six on April 25, Ms Flekser said Australia represented the highest percentage of all BitTorrent downloads despite the episode was available for local audiences for a reasonable cost and at the same time as the rest of the world.

"I consider the cost – around the cost of two or three cups of coffee - a fair price to pay for an hour of this popular culture phenomenon, which costs in excess of $US6 million per episode to make," she said.

Foxtel to strike channels deals with Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and others

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-to-strike-channels-deals-with-man-utd-arsenal-liverpool-and-others-20160501-goj8i5.html

Foxtel is expected to secure channels like ​Manchester Utd's MUTV.

​Foxtel is poised to acquire the rights to show delayed English Premier League football games featuring key teams via the clubs' own channels.

The pay TV group is expected to secure licences to carry channels from the likes of ​Manchester Utd's MUTV, Liverpool's LFC TV, Manchester City TV, Arsenal TV and Chelsea TV as part of the deal.

The channels, which were previously carried in Australia by Foxtel's smaller rival Fetch TV, have the rights to show tape-delayed coverage of games, normally the day after the matches are screened live. They also carry club history documentaries, old games and behind-the-scenes shows from the clubs.

The move is part of Foxtel's attempt to retain customers unhappy at its loss of English Premier League rights to Optus, which begins showing games from August.

Late last year, Optus announced that it had secured the rights to show English Premier League games for $63 million per season for the next three seasons, starting in August.

Optus' expensive swoop put Foxtel at risk of losing some of the EPL fans who had subscribed to the cable and satellite service predominantly to get the sport.

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh, who declined to comment on whether the company was interested in the EPL club channels, said only a "pretty small number" of soccer fans were likely to ditch Foxtel altogether.

"I think there'll be some hardcore fans that'll be pretty upset about not having it and they'll go and they'll buy from Optus. I suspect most of those hardcore fans will keep buying Foxtel as well," he said.

Foxtel began its fightback against Optus in late March, announcing that it would broadcast European football direct through its cable and satellite service.

Foxtel and beIN announced the launch of three beIN Sports high-definition channels available to Foxtel sports subscribers at no extra cost to the Foxtel sport pack, boosting the pack's offering from nine to 12 sports channels.

"I think the reality is, most people who support EPL or who watch EPL, watch other sports as well. And you know, part of the beIN sport benefit for us is that you've got all those South American leagues, you've got European leagues, so you've got a terrific presence with football anyway so it's hard to say, "hey I'm gonna give away my Foxtel and just go with this one package of EPL," he said.

Foxtel also faces competition for audiences in non-sports content from subscription video-on-demand services led by Netflix and also including Stan, owned by Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review.

But Mr Tonagh said he did not believe that Foxtel, which secured key rights to the NRL and AFL in blockbuster deals last year, would face competition for those rights from Netflix when those contracts expired.

"I have a personal view that Netflix have been very focused in what they do ... so I'd be surprised if Netflix bought sporting rights, they don't do live streaming."

He added: "The telcos already are a threat, obviously Telstra paid a lot of money [for the AFL digital rights], Optus paid a lot of money for the EPL, they are already spending money on those things.

"There's no doubt it will be a competitive market. I'm not trying to downplay the competition. I just think [Netflix founder and chief executive] Reed Hastings has done a great job of keeping Netflix focused and I'd be surprised if he was doing that in five years' time."

Bankers are working on a merger of Foxtel, which is owned by News Corp and Telstra, with News Corp's Fox Sports before a potential $8 billion float.

"From our perspective we have contracts with [Fox Sports], it means we get all their sport anyway ... it doesn't make a lot of difference," Mr Tonagh said. "We work effectively together."

Peter Tonagh's plan to get Foxtel's halo back and take the shine off Netflix

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/peter-tonaghs-plan-to-get-foxtels-halo-back-and-take-the-shine-off-netflix-20160428-gohu13.html

Foxtel's new chief executive Peter Tonagh admits the cable and satellite television monopoly has a problem – it's not as sexy as Netflix.

"The Netflix halo is more significant here than it is almost anywhere in the world, and the Foxtel halo has slipped, and one of our big challenges is how you get that halo back again," he tells Fairfax Media in a candid and revealing interview.

"We have to have a product that's available to more of the lower end of the market and we have to have a better understanding and a crisper articulation of the value of the premium product, what makes it different."

The former Foxtel board member and chief operating officer has moved quickly since Foxtel's 50 per cent shareholder News Corp implanted him to replace Richard Freudenstein in March.


Tonagh has galvanised the team and hired former Austar executive Deanne Weir to boost programming from Hollywood and former top marketer for Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank, Mark Buckman, as chief marketing officer. The mood at Foxtel HQ in North Ryde has improved.

Big job ahead

But Tonagh's in-tray remains intimidating.

He needs to fix Foxtel's bug-ridden iQ3 box – one of his "greatest concerns and priorities" – improve lacklustre streaming joint venture Presto – "both Seven [West Media] and Foxtel are looking for more out of Presto" – and strike a better wholesale broadband deal with Telstra, Foxtel's other 50 per cent shareholder.

"We want to be able to sell broadband that the customers want at a price that we can make money out of," he says.

All of that while bankers at Goldman Sachs and Citi are plotting a merger between Foxtel and News Corp's Fox Sports ahead of a potential $8 billion float of the combined businesses in 2017, as first revealed by Fairfax in March.

That part, he admits, is out of his control. "What I am interested in is not selling Foxtel to investors from an IPO perspective but selling Foxtel to the public as a proposition for consumers – the shareholders will worry about selling to investors.

"But are we there in terms of selling Foxtel to consumers? Well not yet, I think we still have a way to go."

Almost universally well-regarded and liked in media circles, the unflashy former News Corp Australia CEO is under no illusions about the pressures facing Australia's most profitable media company, which has 2.6 million subscribers to its cable and satellite service.

Pricing issues

Chief among them is that its premium service costs as much as $135 a month, whereas Netflix costs as little as $8.99 (he notes Netflix's remarkable growth has slowed here of late).

Part of his "frustration" is that Foxtel has not communicated well enough how much more content it has than the subscription video-on-demand giant.

"If you asked someone what's the difference between Foxtel and Netflix most people would say 'Foxtel has live sport', and that's clearly only a small part of the difference," he says.

"People forget about all of the big branded channels we've got, the quality of our Australian drama. You don't hear many people say "Foxtel has HBO" – they do right now because of the new season of Game of Thrones but typically they don't – and we've got a challenge to portray everything that Foxtel is".

Foxtel's marketing budget will mushroom under Buckman but the key test will be the "crispness of the message", he says, "the ability to sell the cross-platform experience".

That includes the relaunched Foxtel Go, which offers cable and satellite subscribers their Foxtel service on their laptops, tablets or smartphones, but "which most Australians wouldn't recognise".

Just before Tonagh started in the role, one of Freudenstein's last acts was to raise the price of basic Foxtel from $25 to $26 a month – having slashed it from $49 a month less than 18 months earlier.

Price creep is not a strategy Tonagh is likely to continue.

"I think over the long term it would be a mistake to think you can just keep putting prices up for our product," he says. "The US platforms have continued to put their prices up regularly and I think they are suffering as a result of that."

He is encouraged that customer defections from Foxtel are low from longstanding customers, for whom price is not a major issue.

Other services

But he is accelerating Freudenstein's nascent plans for an Apple TV-style web streaming device that will offer a trimmed down Foxtel service to the cheaper end of the market, and host other services – possibly including Netflix, as revealed by Fairfax.

Smaller pay TV rival Fetch TV has added pressure on Foxtel by hosting Netflix and Stan, the SVOD service owned by Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media – owner of The Australian Financial Review – on its internet TV platform.

Tonagh says he has a "clear view" on which hardware provider he wants to choose for the so called "puck" device, although he still needs board approval.

The puck could be sold through the likes of Harvey Norman, and is set to compete with Telstra's own device, Telstra TV. His preference is that Foxtel and Telstra have one common device, supplied by Foxtel but he admits "we haven't had that discussion with Telstra yet so I don't know their view".

It's possible that the premium Foxtel service is ultimately delivered on the puck too, if network technology allows, he says, while maintaining that satellite delivery of Foxtel will also continue for "a long, long time".

Tonagh won't go near Freudenstein's prediction, early into his tenure, that Foxtel will reach half the Australian population (it's still stuck at about 30 per cent).

But he is clear that the lower-priced web-based Foxtel product, expected within 12 months, will be key to reaching new subscribers, along with broadband bundling.

Broadband was key to the success of News Corp's British pay TV company, Sky, whose share price has doubled in the past five years and upon whose model News Corp is keen to base Foxtel.

Tonagh says Foxtel is well placed for broadband – with its installation teams, call centres and billing systems – but he is "continually emphasising" that the UK is a "very different market".

Unlike Foxtel, Sky didn't have a telco on its register so was free to acquire and internet service provider Easynet, which has driven its remarkable success in broadband, observers note.

"Sky was making a manufacturer margin because they own the infrastructure and so they make the margin on that plus a retail margin," he says.

Foxtel has to rely on Telstra and is in "continual discussions" with the telco to get a better deal on wholesale broadband. Analysts estimate Foxtel has only about 50,000 broadband subscribers. It can't offer cable broadband under the current deal.

Tonagh has no plans to buy an ISP, even with Telstra keen to sell most of its stake in an IPO, and says the game will change in Foxtel's favour anyway as the National Broadband Network rolls out.

"The margins are relatively small so I don't think you're going to be competing on price but that works in our favour because we don't have to compete on price but on the attractiveness of the bundle. And if Foxtel people are going in installing an iQ3 box, they can install broadband at same time."

Tonagh's engineers tell him they will finally have an iQ3 set top box Foxtel can "proudly market" sometime in July. Since it was launched last year, the box been the subject of several software drops to address bugs that have infuriated many users, despite the box ostensibly having far superior features to the incumbent iQ2.

"I think the product wasn't satisfactory when it came to market and it's taken time to address it," he admits. "There are people who are frustrated but equally a lot of people see that it is a lot better."

Presto users too, have experienced serious frustration at technical hitches and sign-up problems with the SVOD service, which is Foxtel and Seven's answer to Netflix.

"The one thing I am really happy with is the content which is terrific," he says. "The experience when you're watching it isn't what we want it to be yet and we want to continue to improve that."

But Tonagh seeks to dispel "the myth" that Foxtel is going slow on Presto for fear of cannibalising cable and satellite subscribers. Presto, he says, is attacking a different part of the market.

"Presto should be off building its share and subscriber volumes as aggressively as it can, and you think about it from a Seven perspective, they are obviously our joint venture partner, they don't care what happens to Foxtel."

Just don't expect to see Game of Thrones, which smashed Foxtel viewing records when it was launched last week, on Presto any time soon. "You would have seen the numbers, it's the best premiere of a series we've ever had in Foxtel's history. And so I'm not going to pass that up."

Nine signs affiliation agreement with Southern Cross

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2016/04/nine-signs-affiliation-agreement-with-southern-cross.html

Nine and Southern Cross have announced a 5 year affiliation agreement, ending a long-term partnership with WIN Television.

The deal from July 1 sees Southern Cross broadcast Nine content into its markets in Queensland, Southern NSW and Victoria.

Nine has secured a fee of 50% of SCA’s TV revenue -Nine currently received 39% of WIN TV revenue, but could not secure a higher deal from WIN.

The deal sees the end of a 27 year affiliation between the two broadcasters from June 30, following a tenuous relationship of late. Yesterday WIN lost a courtcase with Nine over streaming rights into its markets. Both extended their current affiliation deal until the end of June, after failing to agree to new tersm.

Nine CEO Hugh Marks told a senate committee Nine was not interested in buying a regional broadcaster.

Marks and Southern Cross CEO Grant Blackley are close, together they owned talent management agency RGM Artists.

WIN has previously been reported as having talks with TEN management about a new affiliation deal. Billionaire mogul Bruce Gordon owns around 15% of both Nine and TEN.

The release is as follows:

Nine Entertainment Co. (Nine) (ASX:NEC) and Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) (ASX: SXL) have today announced the signing of a new regional television affiliation agreement. The five year agreement will see SCA broadcast Nine’s metropolitan free-to-air television content into regional Queensland, Southern NSW and regional Victoria from 1 July 2016.

Under this landmark agreement, the SCA channels will carry Nine’s branding and broadcast its premium Australian and international content including The Voice and The Block, as well as all NRL and Cricket broadcasts, providing a seamless Nine brand across metropolitan and major regional markets.

SCA will pay Nine an affiliation fee of 50 per cent of its television revenue.

As part of the new affiliation deal, Nine and SCA have agreed to work together on a number of opportunities to mutually grow their businesses.

The agreement provides for a substantial expansion of news services broadcast by SCA. Nine’s market leading News bulletins featuring international, national and locally produced news will be broadcast to regional markets across Queensland, Southern NSW and Victoria.

As part of the arrangements, SCA will provide national sales services for Nine’s NBN channel in Northern NSW and NTD9 in Darwin. This will provide advertisers with a centralised port of call for their regional advertising on Nine’s content across the entire Eastern seaboard.

Hugh Marks, CEO of NEC said “This is a great outcome for Nine and SCA. We are confident that, together, we will offer a premium viewing experience for audiences and a best in class platform for advertisers.”

Welcoming the agreement, Grant Blackley CEO of SCA said “I’m excited SCA is entering into this landmark long term agreement with Nine, a media company which has so successfully informed and entertained Australian audiences for many decades.”

Satellite coverage for polar bears and penguins

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Satellite_Coverage_for_Polar_Bears_and_Penguins_999.html

Although children's books and animated films often show them frolicking together, penguins and polar bears actually occupy opposite ends of the earth. Polar bears are found in the far northern latitudes, while penguins occupy the world's southern oceans and land masses. But Intelsat General provides satellite connectivity to customers with facilities at both ends of the world, one at the northernmost inhabited place on earth, and the other right at the South Pole.

The northern outpost is an Arctic research facility and a weather and radio monitoring station operated in the province of Nunavut, on the northeastern tip of Ellesmere Island. The location is directly north of Greenland and about 500 miles south of the geographic North Pole, closer to Moscow than to Ottawa.

About 75 government personnel and civilian contractors work at the station year round in a maze of connected buildings, surrounded from mid-October to the end of February in perpetual darkness and an average annual temperature of 17 degrees below zero.

And yes, there are polar bears. Maintaining morale is vital to operation of the station, so the personnel posted there have amenities such as a tanning salon, gymnasiums, live television broadcasts and recreational facilities to pass their leisure time. The facility is regularly resupplied by plane from a U.S. Air Force base in Thule, Greenland.

Data generated by the station's activities as well as daily video phone calls home for station personnel travels via a six-station UHF repeater chain to a small weather station at Eureka on Ellesmere Island and then via Intelsat's Galaxy C3 satellite to ground stations in Canada.

Kevin Debruycker, IGC's Customer Solutions Engineer helped implement this unique network which required a data link between the customer's remote location and their hub in Ottawa. Due to the extreme low look angle the only suitable satellite was the Intelsat G-3C at 95.05 degrees west.

The combination of low look angle and extreme temperature and atmospheric conditions required a two-antenna solution utilizing a "bouncing" technique for transmitting and receiving carriers. The two co-located antennas are vertically separated so that depending on the time of day, one or the other antenna can more effectively "bounce" the signal off the ground to the satellite.

At the bottom of the world closer to the penguins, Intelsat General provides satellite connectivity to a research facility operated by the National Science Foundation at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The population at the station ranges from around 50 in the dark winter months to over 150 scientists and support staff in the brighter summer months.

The service originally went through Intelsat's Marisat-F2 spacecraft, but after retirement of that satellite, service shifted to Airbus' Nato IVB satellite using the X-band. The communications signals go through the Oakhanger ground station southwest of London and then tie into the IntelsatONE fiber network for worldwide delivery of scientific data to colleagues at universities, phones calls home, video conferencing, software updates, and emergency telemedicine.

The station at the South Pole uses a weather-hardened X-Band SATCOM terminal. Because of its location on the southern-most point of the Earth, satellite dishes at the Amundsen-Scott station are out of view of geo-stationary communications satellites orbiting the equator.

However, the 20-year-old Skynet-4C satellite is in an inclined orbit and drifts slightly above and below the equatorial plane as it orbits the Earth. With its inclination now at 10.3 degrees, the satellite is visible to the South Pole for about five hours each day. The daily visibility will grow as the satellite ages and the inclination increases.

The research at the South Pole is very "data-intensive," with more than 100 gigabytes of astronomical, climate and other data being sent by satellite on some days. In addition, the satellites are used for Internet access, e-mail and routine communications with scientists around the world interested in the South Pole research.

So even though penguins never see a polar bear, Intelsat General's customers share the burden of freezing climates, months of darkness, and vital responsibilities at opposite ends of the earth.

SpaceX completes static fire ahead of JCSAT-14 mission

From https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/05/spacex-static-fire-jcsat-14-mission/

SpaceX has completed a crucial static firing of their Falcon 9 rocket ahead of the upcoming mission to loft the JCSAT-14 satellite for the Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. The static fire took place late on Sunday at SLC-40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ahead of a planned launch on Thursday, 5 May.

Road to JCSAT-14 static fire:

With all Falcon 9 first stages, the rocket was built and assembled at SpaceX’s Hawthorne California facility before it was shipped via road and security escort to the company’s McGregor, Texas, test facility.

2016-05-01-150313Once at McGregor, the first stage was put through a series of tests before it was erected on the test stand and put through a full duration hot fire test to evaluate the health of all nine engines and verify that all plumbing, equipment, wiring, and software functioned properly during powered operations.

After completing its successful hot fire at McGregor, the first stage was shipped to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in mid-April.

Upon its arrival at SLC-40, the Falcon 9 first stage was transported into its integration facility at the pad where teams performed receiving inspections and final preparations for first stage/second stage mate.

The first and second stages were subsequently mated last week ahead of Sunday’s planned static fire.

For SpaceX, a static test fire in the days prior to launch ensures the functionality of the propellant and propulsion systems of the Falcon 9 as well as all of the launch pad’s systems prior to the all-important Launch Readiness Review (LRR).

Thus, every static test fire involves a full, fast-paced propellant loading sequence, launch countdown and engine ignition operations, and testing of the pad’s high-volume water deluge system.

2015-02-08 12_19_41-Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9's 10th Flight with ORBCOMM OG2 - YouTubeThis complete run-through provides SpaceX and the launch team with a full dress rehearsal for the actual launch and allows them to identify and fix issues with the vehicle and/or pad prior to the commencement of actual launch operations.

The beneficial nature of this static-fire-for-every-mission approach was seen first-hand on the ORBCOMM-2 mission in December 2015 when a series of static fire attempts over multiple days encountered multiple issues with the super-chilled oxidizer debuting on that mission that were identified and resolved before a flawless liftoff.

That static fire led to procedural changes and increased understanding of how deep cryo liquid oxygen interacts with the Falcon vehicle during loading and launch operations.

2015-01-06 00_38_25-Falcon 9 v1.1 - Google SearchFollowing the JCSAT-14 static fire, completed late on Sunday, teams will perform an immediate analysis of the Falcon 9’s engine and vehicle data following a successful static fire.

The vehicle was then be de-tanked, lowered back to the ground by the Transporter Erector, and rolled back to its pad-side integration hanger for final integration processing in anticipation of the launch.

Around the same time, engineers and senior management will meet to conduct the LRR, which will confirm the launch date for JCSAT-14.

Currently, launch is targeted for NET (No Earlier Than) 5 May 2016 during a launch window extending from 01:21-03:21 EDT (05:21-07:21 UTC).

JCSAT-14 satellite:

SpaceX won the launch contract for the JCSAT-14 satellite in January 2014 after successfully completing the company’s first two Geostationary Transfer Orbit GTO missions.

Originally manifested for launch in the latter portion of 2015, launch of JCSAT-14 was delayed to its current timeframe following the loss of the CRS-7 mission in June 2015.

2016-04-30-193922Following a resumption of flight operations in December 2015, the JCSAT-14 mission was officially granted a launch slot following the CRS-8 mission to the Space Station, which launched on 8 April 2016.

In terms of final preparation for launch, Space Systems Loral (SSL) – the company that designed and built the satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT – noted that they successfully delivered JCSAT-14 to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on 14 March 2016.

“It has been an honor to work together with SKY Perfect JSAT in building the JCSAT-14 satellite,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “We are very pleased that the satellite is now at launch base and look forward to a successful launch campaign.”

JCSAT-14 will replace and expand on the capacity of JCSAT-2A at the 154° East longitude orbital location.

2016-04-29-173524In all, JCSAT-14 is designed to provide service for broadcast, data networks, and internet connectivity for maritime and aviation for 15 years or longer to the Asia, Russia, Oceania, and the Pacific Islands region.

“SSL is a world leader in satellite manufacturing, and a valuable partner in the expansion of our fleet,” said Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT. “Our corporate goal is to protect safety and peace of mind while contributing to the formation of a vibrant society. We look forward to the launch of JCSAT-14, which helps to contribute to this overarching goal.”

JCSAT-14 is based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, which has a long history of reliability and the flexibility to support innovation and evolving technologies.

In total, JCSAT-14 marks the 102nd satellite that SSL has delivered based on this successful platform.

SSL is also building the JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16 satellites, of which JCSAT-15 will launch on the European Space Agency’s Ariane 5 rocket and JCSAT-16 will launch on another SpaceX Falcon 9.

Perfecting the landing: Targeting ASDS after “hot entry” mission

As has become normal for SpaceX launches, the company will attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on the ASDS barge “Of Course I Still Love You”, which will be positioned down range along the launch track in the Atlantic Ocean.

The drone ship was observed as departing from Port Canaveral on Sunday.

2015-03-19 23_40_33-SpaceX ASDS - Google SearchUnlike the most-recent barge landing on the CRS-8 mission to loft a resupply flight to the International Space Station, the JCSAT-14 landing attempt will be more in line with that of the SES-9 mission earlier this year than the April ISS resupply landing.

Both the SES-9 and the upcoming JCSAT-14 missions are high velocity launches for the Falcon 9, meaning that once the first stage separates and reorients itself for landing on the barge, it will slam back into Earth’s atmosphere at a higher velocity and higher altitude than other missions – thus performing what is termed as a “hot entry”, trajectory toward the ASDS barge.

The high-velocity nature of the launches also equates to a lower propellant reserve within the Falcon 9’s tanks to support the engine burns needed to softly land on the barge.

2014-11-25 11_40_22-SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship ready for action _ NASASpaceFlight.comFor SES-9, this resulted in what some have termed as a “suicide plunge”.

Moreover, the high-velocity nature of the reentry and landing profile for SES-9 led Elon Musk and SpaceX to be unusually upfront about the negative chances of a successful barge landing, with some even questioning whether the first stage could survive the “hot entry” profile in the upper atmosphere to even attempt a barge landing.

Surprisingly enough, the first stage of the SES-9 mission did successfully make it to the ASDS barge at the end of its suicide plunge to begin slowing itself to a safe landing velocity.

However, the low propellant reserve became a crippling factor in the final seconds of landing, as the first stage ran out of enough propellant to successfully maintain the landing burn and slow itself to an acceptable landing velocity and orientation.

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 13.20.45However, the almost successful nature of the SES-9 landing attempt and review of post-flight data led to a notable change in tone from Elon Musk during the post-launch news conference for the CRS-8 mission in which he discussed the “hot entry” landing for JCSAT-14.

During the 8 April news conference, Mr. Musk described the JCSAT-14 landing as “tough” considering the stage will be “coming in hot.”

For SpaceX, perfecting high-velocity mission landings on the ASDS is viewed by many in the industry as the next crucial step in perfecting the rocket landing technology thus far successfully demonstrated by SpaceX for the company’s eventual goal of having a fleet of reusable Falcon 9 first stages to help lower the cost for access to space.

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 13.24.20A single-engine landing burn profile is thought to be possible for this mission given what is believed to be a greater propellant margin post first stage separation than was carried on SES-9 – though it is noted that this is entirely dependent on the actual mass of the JCSAT-14 satellite, which is classed as “protected information” by the vendor.

However, even if a single-engine landing burn profile is possible for this mission, it is also possible that SpaceX may opt to attempt a multi-engine, last-minute landing burn profile in an effort to gather more data on and attempt to perfect this landing technique.

SpaceX ReturnThe option to choose the more riskier landing option would not be out of character for the company, which opted to perform a barge landing on the CRS-8 mission to attempt to perfect that landing strategy rather than performing a RTLS landing back at the Cape, which was completely possible given the flight profile of that mission.

Nonetheless, while considerable attention will be paid to the attempted landing, the landing on the ASDS is not the primary aspect of the mission, nor is it the primary focus of the flight, which is to successfully delivered the JCSAT-14 satellite into its proper geostationary orbit for service to the Asia, Russia, Oceania, and the Pacific Islands region.

Cracking the Code in Satellite Data

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Cracking_the_Code_in_Satellite_Data_999.html

The challenge: New constellations of small satellites will launch in the near future, generating a deluge of imagery for analysts to sift through to find patterns and answers to perplexing issues.

To help prepare for the onslaught, Draper is sponsoring a contest for bright/creative/audacious contestants to demonstrate the skills of intelligence analysts or crime scene investigators as they develop online tools to analyze satellite imagery and solve this vexing dilemma.

The contest: Draper is sponsoring the Chronos Data Science Contest, which will monetarily reward competitors who come in first, second or third place for developing new tools to solve a puzzle using daily aerial pictures of California as a stand-in for satellite images.

Assembling a week's worth of pictures of the same location in proper chronological order requires contestants to create and demonstrate new tools that can be applied to the expected hundreds of terabytes of daily data from the new constellations.

According to Kim Slater, who leads Draper's small satellite initiative, "This work will ultimately help analysts uncover trends related to climate change, natural disasters and public health crises.

Combining more frequent imagery with big data analytics will yield more actionable intelligence that enables better decision-making," Slater said.

Draper is providing the aerial imagery and funding for the contest, which begins on April 29 and is run by Kaggle, a platform for predictive modeling and analytics competitions. First prize is worth $30,000, followed by $20,000 and $10,000 for runners up.

Draper's own work in data science includes models that predicted economic, political and cultural characteristics with an 85 percent success rate using commercial satellite imagery of Afghanistan. The company is demonstrating broader effectiveness of those models using imagery of Sub-Saharan Africa under contract to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Draper is also contributing expertise in parallel processing, image database analysis and pattern recognition to BridgeSat, Inc. as it plans for a network of optical communications ground stations and laser-linked communications satellites, enabling the system to deliver massive amounts of data from planned small satellite constellations in a fast, cost-effective manner.

As a not-for-profit engineering research and development company, Draper focuses on the design, development and deployment of advanced technological solutions for the world's most challenging and important problems. We provide engineering solutions directly to government, industry, and academia; work on teams as prime contractor or subcontractor; and participate as a collaborator in consortia. We provide unbiased assessments of technology or systems designed or recommended by other organizations - custom designed, as well as commercial-off-the-shelf.

Zee Media ends distribution pact with Taj Television

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/zee-media-ends-distribution-pact-with-taj-television-116042901294_1.html

Zee Media Corporation today terminated its television channel distribution pact with group firm Taj Television while giving an in-principle nod to Zee Entertainment Enterprises for the same.

The company's board of directors in its meeting held today "terminated existing arrangement with Taj Television (India) Pvt Ltd for distribution of channels", Zee Media Corporation said in a BSE filing.

The said arrangement "being material related party transaction, for a period of three years valid till March 31, 2017, was approved by unrelated shareholder of the company vide a resolution passed on November 3, 2015," it added.

The company further said its board "accorded in-principle approval for entering into a material party related transaction with Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), a related party for distribution of television channels of the company at 7 per cent revenue sharing on the subscription revenues of the television channels of the company".

In June 2014, Zee had announced that Taj Television India Pvt Ltd would distribute over 47 television channels belonging to ZEEL, Zee Media Corp and Turner International India after broadcast regulator TRAI banned aggregation of channels of multiple broadcasters in one bouquet.


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NBN Sky Muster Satellite Service Now Available

From http://www.smartoffice.com.au/technology/internet/510F8NYV-nbn-sky-muster-satellite-service-now-available.aspx

NBN has launched its Sky Muster wholesale broadband satellite service, advising today that it is now being sold by retailers.

The service will deliver fast broadband access to around 400,000 rural, regional and remote Australians, bringing broadband to areas that have never had it before.

The Sky Muster satellite launched into space last October, with NBN stating that the satellite along with 10 NBN ground stations "have undergone extensive testing and monitoring, including end-user trials".

Around 200 homes in regional and remote areas have trialled the service, with the trials on average delivering speeds of up to 25/5 Mbps for end-users.

"The NBN Sky Muster satellite service will make a truly transformational difference to rural and remote Australians as we offer some of the world's fastest and largest consumer satellite broadband plans to remote and isolated areas of Australia," NBN chief customer officer John Simon commented.

Simon stated that NBN has "teamed up with our delivery partners and now have a field force of over 600 trained technicians ready to connect homes around the country".

"It will take some time to get all eligible premises connected due to the sheer size of our 7.69 million km2 country, so we ask for patience as our teams travel around to install the service," he commented.

NBN has also cited a new report from global analyst firm Ovum, commissioned by NBN, examining 18 retail service providers internationally offering satellite broadband services.

NBN stated the report "has found that when measured in terms of data allowance, download speed, upload speed and affordability, that selected plans on the NBN Sky Muster service are world-leading for satellite broadband services".

NBN Sky Muster satellite service goes live

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/nbn-sky-muster-satellite-service-goes-live-20160429-gohzid.html

The National Broadband Network launched its long-term satellite service for regional, rural and remote Australians on Friday, but some customers may still have to wait a few years get connected.

The Sky Muster satellite launched 36,000km into space at the end of October 2015 and will now begin rolling out to some 400,000 eligible customers.

A team of more than 600 technicians will be installing dishes at premises across Australia that are unable to connect to the fibre, fixed wireless or hybrid-fibre coaxial parts of the multi-technology NBN.

Sky Muster replaces the NBN's interim satellite service, which has been oversubscribed and congested, resulting in poor internet connections for thousands of Australians.

The 37,000 customers currently connected to the interim service are expected to be migrated to the long-term service within a year.

The rollout schedule aims to connect 85,000 premises by the end of June next year, and a further 50,000 by June 2018.

"It will take some time to get all eligible premises connected due to the sheer size of our 7.69 million km² country, so we ask for patience as our teams travel around to install the service," said NBN chief customer officer John Simon.

Two-hundred early bird customers have already been trialling the network across Australia.

The initial trials showed average download speeds of up to 25Mbps, and 5Mbps upload speeds, on the new service, NBN said.

A report from telecommunications research firm Ovum found the Sky Muster service was "equal to the world's best [satellite services] in terms of download speed and peak monthly data allowance".

"On an affordability basis, Australian retail plans based on NBN's Sky Muster service are available at close to the best global pricing on a price per GB basis across the benchmarked operators," it said.

Eligible customers can register with their local retail service provider to connect to the network — not with NBN, which is a wholesaler. Prices and plans will vary depending on providers.

The satellite has a life span of 16 years. It will be joined by a second satellite later this year to jointly deliver broadband services across Australia.

The long-term satellite service has a chequered past, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (then communications minister) initially against the Labor proposal.

Current communications minister Mitch Fifield said on Friday, "The remoteness of our continent and its islands is no longer a barrier to broadband connectivity, thanks to NBN's Sky Muster."

Slashed TV fee delivers windfall

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/slashed-tv-fee-delivers-windfall/news-story/763a2b8eafa561631c73cf047406a61c

The federal government is preparing to slash the $153 million in annual licence fees paid by free-to-air television networks in next week’s budget, delivering a major windfall to the sector.

The Australian reported this month that the government was leaning towards not cutting the fees as it looked to repair the $37.4 billion budget deficit.

The news galvanised the networks’ campaign for fee relief and a last-gasp charm offensive in Canberra in recent weeks appears to have paid dividends.

The commercial metropolitan free-to-air broadcasters, the Nine Seven and Ten networks, pay 4.5 per cent of their gross revenues in licence fees and that figure is expected to be reduced, rather than abolished, as revealed by The Australian online yesterday.

It means Scott Morrison’s first budget on Tuesday is likely to ­result in a stockmarket re-­rating for the networks, given the boost that would flow to their profits.

If a network generates revenues of less than $75m in a ­licence area, the fee drops to 3.95 per cent; for areas where less than $45m is written, the fee is 3.2 per cent.

The then Labor government cut the top licence fee in half from 9 per cent of revenues in 2013.

Regional networks Southern Cross Austereo, WIN Corporation and Prime Media Group are hoping the Turnbull government takes a similar approach to fee cuts.

Network bosses have argued that their licence fees are higher than international peers, and that any reductions would be likely to be invested in Australian content and productions.

A spokeswoman for Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said yesterday: “The government has indicated that it will examine the issue of licence fees in the context of the budget.

“The government does not comment on speculation in relation to what may be decided in the budget.”

The news comes as Nine, Ten, News Corporation and Fairfax Media prepare to front a Senate hearing today into the government’s proposed changes to media ownership rules, including the abolition of the reach rule, which prevents mergers between regional and metropolitan free-to-air networks, and the two-out-of-three cross media law.

The bill would be killed if Malcolm Turnbull officially called a double-dissolution election for July 2, but it is expected to be ­resurrected should the Coalition win re-election.

A cut to licence fees would infuriate subscription TV group Foxtel, which is owned by The Australian’s publisher, News Corporation, and Telstra, because the government has refused to examine the anti-siphoning list, which ring-fences premium sport for free-to-air networks.

Foxtel had wanted the gov­ernment to examine free-to-air ­licence fees at the same time as the anti-siphoning list, which does not apply to the global internet ­giants such as Google and Netflix.

News Corp Australia boss Michael Miller attacks TV anti-siphoning laws

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/news-corp-australia-boss-michael-miller-attacks-tv-antisiphoning-laws/news story/e70bbacf6bbdcb3a22ba2913b69bf29e

News Corp Australia boss Michael Miller says Australia’s anti-siphoning regulations represent “world’s worst practice” and ring-fence premium sport for free-to-air television networks in an anti-competitive manner.

Speaking before a Senate committee hearing into the Turnbull government’s plans to scrap outdated media regulation, Mr Miller pointed out that New Zealand did not have any anti-siphoning regulations and in the United Kingdom there were only 10 sporting events protected for free-to-air networks, compared to 1900 in Australia.

News Corp, publisher of The Australian, is a joint venture partner in subscription television group Foxtel — alongside Telstra — which is the main target of anti-siphoning legislation.

The heads of the country’s major sporting codes, including the NRL, AFL and Cricket Australia, signed a letter in 2014 which proposed that the anti-siphoning list be trimmed to boost the value of sports rights that help support players, fans and grassroots development.

“Previously the CEOs of the seven major sporting codes … submitted that they are not being able to maximise their rights by the current auction process,” Mr Miller told the Senate hearing today.

“We are meant to have a sport-loving nation.

“What we have here is world’s worst practice.”

The anti-siphoning regime was also outdated because it did not apply to global internet giants, such as Google, Netflix and Twitter, Mr Miller said.

The government is proposing to abolish the reach rule, which prevents mergers between regional and metropolitan free-to-air networks, and the two-out-of-three cross media law.

Mr Miller said News Corp supported the proposed changes as a first step but did not believe the bill went far enough.

“We don’t believe the media should be regulated at all,” he said.

“The people who regulate us are the public, our readers and our audience who decide whether they are going to consumer us or not.

Asked how urgently media reform was needed, Mr Miller said: “In terms of urgency, in many ways we’re too late.

“We’re supportive of the legislation and we do feel it hasn’t gone far enough.

“We’re not here to obstruct it in anyway. Our request is to get on with it and get on with more as well.”

The Australian reported yesterday that the government was planning to slash the $153 million in annual licence fees paid by the free-to-air networks in next week’s federal budget.

Mr Miller said the abolition of the reach rule, licence fee cuts and maintaining the current anti-siphoning regime clearly benefited the free-to-air networks over other media companies

“That’s not a balanced media market that we operate in,” he said.

Japan says 'human error' to blame for loss of multi-million pound satellite studying black holes

From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/28/japan-says-human-error-to-blame-for-loss-of-multi-million-pound/

Japan's space agency has admitted that human error was to blame for the failure of a £251 million satellite launched in February to study black holes and the origins of the universe.

The state-of-the-art satellite, named Hitomi, the Japanese word for eye, was designed to locate previously unknown galaxy clusters and X-rays emanating from black holes.

Much of the equipment aboard the craft had been provided by NASA.

Within a month of the satellite reaching orbit, contact was lost as it was being manoeuvered into position to examine an active galaxy cluster.

Scientists from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency initially speculated that the craft had suffered an explosion or a collision. Images transmitted to Earth shortly before communications ceased showed debris floating around the satellite.

“We deeply apologise to the public, institutions at home and abroad and astronomers who have supported [the programme] and pinned their hopes on observations”

Dr Saku Tsuneta, vice president of JAXA,

A subsequent investigation has concluded that a glitch in the craft's computer software and a message mistakenly sent by ground engineers fired an engine at the wrong time, putting the satellite into a rapid rotation.

That spinning motion appears to have caused the solar panels that gathered power for the instruments to have broken off.

"We deeply apologise to the public, institutions at home and abroad and astronomers who have supported [the programme] and pinned their hopes on observations", Dr Saku Tsuneta, vice president of JAXA, told a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

Dr Tsuneta said the agency had done everything in its power to regain control of the satellite but that the craft is showing no signs of responding.

"We have concluded that the satellite is in a state in which its functions are not expected to recover", he said.

"There was a human error, but in a critical system such as this we have to imagine that humans make errors," he said.

"So rather than thinking of this as an error by a human, we believe that there is a problem in the system".

Dr Tsuneta said Japan does not have the capability to launch a another black hole observation satellite for at least 12 years, while a craft with similar tasks is due to be launched by the European Space Agency in 2028.

Hitomi is expected to gradually lose altitude and eventually burn up as it returns to Earth's atmosphere in about 20 years' time, Kyodo News reported.

Orbital ATK Delivers THAICOM 8 Commercial Communications Satellite to Launch Site

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160429005870/en/Orbital-ATK-Delivers-THAICOM-8-Commercial-Communications

Satellite Based on Company’s GEOStar-2™ Platform Scheduled for May Launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida

New Spacecraft to Strengthen Thaicom’s Growing Presence in Commercial Satellite Industry

The THAICOM 8 commercial communications satellite was shipped to the Cape Canaveral, Florida launch site from Orbital ATK’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. (Photo: Business Wire)

DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the THAICOM 8 satellite has arrived at its launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida. THAICOM 8 is the second satellite Orbital ATK has built for Thaicom PLC and is based on the company’s flight-proven GEOStar-2TM platform. The satellite arrived at the launch site after it was shipped on Wednesday, April 27 from the company’s manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. THAICOM 8 is set to launch in late May aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle. The satellite will support Thailand’s growing broadcast industry and will provide broadcast and data services to customers in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa.

“We built and delivered this high-quality communications satellite for Thaicom PLC two months ahead of schedule, demonstrating our ability to manufacture reliable, affordable and innovative products that exceed expectations for our customer”

Commissioned in 2014, THAICOM 8 was ordered shortly after the company-built THAICOM 6 satellite was launched into orbit in January 2014. The design, manufacturing, integration and testing of THAICOM 8 took place at Orbital ATK’s state-of-the-art satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia.

A Ku-band satellite, THAICOM 8’s payload includes 24 active transponders that will deliver broadcast and data services. The Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the satellite into its targeted geosynchronous transfer orbit where it will enter a 30-day testing phase. Following in-orbit activation and after reaching its final orbital slot, Orbital ATK will then turn over control of the satellite to Thaicom to begin normal operations. THAICOM 8’s orbital location will be positioned at 78.5 degrees east longitude and the satellite is designed to operate for more than 15 years.

The THAICOM 8 satellite is the 36th GEOStar spacecraft launched for customers around the world. Orbital ATK is currently producing several commercial satellites that will be delivered and launched for customers over the next several years, including the Al Yah 3, HYLAS 4 and SES-16/GovSat spacecraft. The company has also begun work on the new Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) for the company’s recently announced commercial satellite servicing agreement with Intelsat, S.A.

About Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.


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Astro takes Tribe to Philippines

From https://www.c21media.net/astro-takes-tribe-to-philippines/

Asian media firm Astro is teaming with telecoms company Globe to bring its Tribe OTT platform to the Philippines.

The two firms have signed a memorandum of understanding to offer Tribe to Filipino customers and to collaborate on content opportunities.

wolf_creekTribe recently launched in Indonesia and offers live and on-demand content comprising live sports, Asian movies and TV series.

In related news, Astro has this week launched eGG or Every Good Game, a dedicated 24/7 eSports channel in Southeast Asia.

PH’s first micro- satellite now in orbit

From http://www.manilatimes.net/phs-first-micro-satellite-now-in-orbit/259060/

SHE’S WATCHING US It’s just the size of a “balikbayan” box but Diwata-1 will perform the big job of observing Earth and climate change. PHOTO FROM ASTRONAUT TIM PEAKE’S TWITTER ACCOUNT

DIWATA-1, the Philippines’ first microsatellite, has started its duty as the country’s eye in the sky after it was successfully launched into space on Wednesday night.

It was released into orbit around 7 p.m. from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), nicknamed “Kibo,” where it was housed since it reached the International Space Station (ISS) late last month.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) in Tsukuba Space Center said the deployment of Diwata-1 marks the first foray of a 50-kg (the size of a “balikbayan [returnee] box”) class satellite from the JEM.

Acknowledging this historical milestone, Jaxa noted that “the deployment of the microsatellite combines the only air lock and robot arm in the ISS used in ‘Kibo’ operations, which, in the future, is expected to be one of the important means to meet the launch needs of microsatellites.”

The microsatellite was released by the JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer at an altitude of 400 kilometers from the earth’s surface.

Its mission is to capture photos and images through its main payload consisting of high precision telescope, spaceborne multi-spectral imager and wide field camera.

The telescope produces high resolution imaging for observing large-scale weather patterns while the imager is used for monitoring bodies of water and vegetation.

The camera, on the other hand, is used in observing large-scale weather patterns.
Diwata-1 was designed, developed and assembled by Filipino scientists.

The launch marks a milestone in the country’s developing space program and a testament that local scientists can make their own microsatellite.

“The Diwata-1 might be a small satellite, but it represents the dreams and aspirations of the Philippines, as far as making space technology work for the Filipino,” said Joel Joseph Marciano, director of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in a news conference at the Tsukuba Space Center.

“A lot of kids in the Philippines before [would] think of space as part of science fiction. But what this means is that for our young engineers and scientists in the Philippines, given enough support, they can actually achieve what first-world countries are doing with technology,” Fidel Nemenzo, vice chancellor for Research and Development of the University of the Philippines-Diliman in Quezon City, said.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. said the launch of Diwata-1 is “not only a giant leap for Philippine science and technology. It could also provide Philippine policy makers with the scientific data and information needed to formulate policies relating to disaster mitigation, agricultural productivity and management of land and water resources.”

Diwata-1 is expected to be in orbit for approximately 20 months and will be imaging the country twice daily.

Along with the microsatellite development is the installation of the satellite ground receiving station, named Philippine Earth Data Resources Observation (Pedro).

Located in Subic, Zambales, Pedro is tasked to receive Diwata-1 imagery, including other images from select commercial satellites.

Another space-related facility under construction is the UP-Diliman Microsatellite Research and Instructional facility, which will be the hub of training for future space technology research and development activities.

The Philippines’ second microsatellite, Diwata-2, will be deployed in late 2017 or early 2018.

Thaicom and SLNTV Ink Global Distribution Deal

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2016/04/28/thaicom-and-slntv-ink-global-distribution-deal/

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] Thaicom has entered into a multi-year agreement with Somaliland National Television (SLNTV), Somaliland’s national broadcaster. Under the terms of the agreement, Thaicom will provide SLNTV with C-band capacity on the Thaicom 5 satellite and a complete end-to-end solution that includes the design, installation and commissioning of the uplink facility. The satellite operator’s Multi Channels Per Carrier (MCPC) transmission platform facilitates turnaround service for global distribution of SLNTV’s programming.

Thaicom currently broadcasts 15 TV channels in East Africa on its broadcast platform at 78.5 degrees east. The global beam on Thaicom 5 spans four continents, providing services to viewers in Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.

“The agreement will enable SLNTV to broadcast our network programming fare — which is comprised of entertainment, news and sports — to a worldwide audience,” said H.E. Osman Abdillahi Sahardeed, minister of information, culture and national guidance in Somaliland.

BBC Player for Asia market

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/29/bbc-player-for-asia-market/

BBC Worldwide has announced, at the Asia Pay TV Operators Summit (APOS) in Indonesia, the launch of BBC Player, a new authenticated multi-genre SVoD service that will allow viewers to watch BBC programmes anytime anywhere – online, as well as via an app on their smartphones and tablets. It will be available in Singapore to StarHub TV customers later this year.

BBC Player will feature curated content from six BBC global brands – BBC Earth, BBC First, BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies and BBC World News – as well as BBC Brit a new global brand that will be available for the first time in Asia.

With BBC Player, subscribers to BBC channels on StarHub TV will be able to:
•Access BBC First – the home of premium and original drama from the BBC and British independent production companies. Viewers will be offered an array of titles that challenge, immerse and entertain, including some of the BBC’s most popular and distinctive dramas being available within 24 hours of their original transmission;
•Access new genre brand BBC Brit – which offers premium factual entertainment that is intelligent but irreverent. Male-skewing but with broader appeal, blending expertise with entertainment and fact with fun. BBC Brit will offer programmes covering science, adventure, business, life-changing moments, extreme characters, quirky eccentrics, music, sport and comedy;
•Access a selection of popular programmes from the linear channels on their StarHub TV subscription – including BBC Earth, BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies and BBC World News;
•Stream and download a selection of award-winning and highly rated BBC programmes to watch offline for up to 30 days.

Making its debut in Asia via BBC Player, BBC Brit will air the latest series of Top Gear starring Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc as well as Hoff the Record, David Hasselhoff’s semi-scripted mockumentary comedy series. BBC First will feature unmissable series like the award-winning Orphan Black (Series 4) and the highly anticipated Sherlock (Series 4). BBC Earth fans have access to a special collection of Sir David Attenborough’s titles, and fan-favourite Life Below Zero (Series 3) which follows the daily challenges of people who live in remote corners of Alaska. BBC Lifestyle will feature programmes like the hugely popular Great British Bake Off (Series 6) and Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Melbourne, while BBC World News will feature popular magazine programmes like Click and Hard Talk; CBeebies, our pre-school offering, will show the best in entertainment and educational programming including award-winning Sarah and Duck and Go Jetters to keep pre-schoolers enthralled anytime, anyplace.

Of the launch, Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Worldwide, said: “The BBC has a proud heritage in digital innovation – we led the way with news online, radio online and digital video in the UK. But what really sets us apart is the care we take in curating our world class content for audiences. I’m delighted that audiences in Singapore, one of the most connected countries in the world with the highest smartphone penetration, will be the first to experience this quality for themselves with the inaugural launch of BBC Player.”

“We are very excited to partner with StarHub on BBC Player to super-serve our viewers deepening their relationship with our brands,” said Monty Ghai, SVP and GM, South East Asia for BBC Worldwide. “With BBC Payer, StarHub TV subscribers will not only be able to access content beyond our linear channels, the service will also offer fans of BBC.com, which has approximately a million unique browsers per month in Singapore, the opportunity to discover even more content across our brands via BBC Player.”

Ghai added: “We are confident that BBC Player with its broad range of genres – from pre-school, to lifestyle, factual entertainment and documentary programmes will meet the viewing needs of StarHub’s viewers from drama aficionados to carers who need to entertain their pre-schoolers on the go.”

Howie Lau, StarHub’s Chief Marketing Officer commented: “We are delighted that StarHub TV customers will be the first in Asia to enjoy BBC Player. BBC Player not only complements our pay TV offering, it also delivers BBC’s signature content seamlessly across our customers’ devices, deepening the overall entertainment experience. StarHub and BBC Worldwide have achieved many milestones over the last twenty years together and we believe that BBC Player will be a service that takes our partnership into the future.”
At launch, the authenticated BBC Player app will be available in android and iOS. It will also be available online.

Iraq bans Al Jazeera network over coverage

From http://www.tradearabia.com/news/MEDIA_305878.html

Iraqi authorities have revoked the operating licence of the pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera and closed its offices in Baghdad, accusing it of violating government guidelines issued in 2014 to regulate media "during the war on terror."

Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, said it was dismayed by the action.

"We remain committed to broadcasting news on Iraq to Iraqi people, our viewers in the Arab world and across the world," the channel said in an emailed statement.

In 2013, Iraq's government accused Al Jazeera and nine other satellite television channels of fostering sectarian sentiment that was fuelling violence.

Founded by Qatar's ruling family in 1996, Al Jazeera aggressively covered the Arab spring uprisings and has broadcast extensively on the civil war in Syria. – Reuters

SES carrying 23 UHD channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/29/ses-carrying-23-uhd-channels/

SES says it is now carrying 23 Ultra HD channels across its fleet (up from 19 at December 31st). Fifteen of these channels are commercial.

SES says it will increase its shareholding in specialist satellite operator O3b (which targets the ‘other 3 billion’ of underserved broadband consumers) to 50.5 per cent, and thus take a controlling share in the business. SES will pay $20 million to increase its stake from today’s 49.1 per cent to 50.5 per cent. It takes its overall investment in O3b to $323 million (€257m). The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals which are expected to conclude later this year.

Karim Michel Sabbagh, SES President/CEO, commented: “The move to take control of O3b is a game-changing acquisition and a major step in the execution of SES’s differentiated strategy and complements SES’s growth strategy. O3b delivers a unique capability and solution, which is already in operation, for Enterprise, Mobility and Government clients, particularly for applications where low latency is an increasingly essential feature. The combined GEO/MEO satellite network and capabilities give SES a truly compelling and differentiated service offering within the industry, strengthening SES’s unique positioning across the data-centric markets.”

The news came alongside SES’s Q1 results, which showed revenues up 0.8 per cent to €481.6 million (although at constant currency this converts to a -1.9 per cent fall compared to the same period last year).

More positively, SES reported that its HD penetration had risen from 30 per cent to 32.5 per cent of its channels. Its contracted backlog grew from €7.4 billion (this time last year) to €7.6 billion at March 31st.

Video contracts now represent 71 per cent of SES revenue (up from 68 per cent last year) and revenues were up 5 per cent to €339.7 million for Q1, and helped by “strong growth in new HDTV and UHD channels across the fleet”.

SES is now carrying 7,309 channels, of which 2,375 are in HD

SpaceX awarded first Air Force satellite launch contract

From http://upstart.bizjournals.com/companies/startups/2016/04/28/spacex-awarded-first-air-force-satellite-launch.html?page=all

Elon Musk's SpaceX has been awarded its first national security satellite launch contract by the U.S. Air Force. Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg

DENVER—Someone other than Centennial, Colo.-based United Launch Alliance has a contract to launch a national security satellite for the U.S. Air Force for the first time in 10 years.

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Inc., or SpaceX, won an $82.7 million contract from the Air Force on Wednesday.

The contract pays to launch the second orbiter of a new generation of global positioning system satellites. The launch is slated for May, 2018.

“This GPS III Launch Services contract award achieves a balance between mission success, meeting operational needs, lowering launch costs, and reintroducing competition for National Security Space missions,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, the Air Force’s program executive officer for space and commander for its space and missiles center.

The contract is the first Air Force satellite launch set up to have SpaceX compete directly against ULA, which has been the only rocket company to launch national security space missions for the past decade.

ULA was formed in 2006 in the merger of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. and Boeing Co. rocketry divisions into one space launch business focus on national security launches for the U.S. Air Force and intelligence services.

Rocket startup SpaceX fought for several years be certified and allowed to bid against ULA for such missions, saying its Falcon 9 rocket could launch medium-lift missions at half the price of what ULA typically is paid.

In the past, ULA has said its Atlas V rocket launches cost as low as $164 million each under a five-year contract with the Air Force reached in 2013.

ULA has since tried to lower its launch costs, shedding workers and re-engineering its processes to be able offer launches below $100 million.

The 3,700-employee company is offering early retirement and employee buyouts this year and in 2017 in an effort to trim down to about 3,000 employees at its five locations nationwide.

The Air Force says it plans to competitively bid nine launches this year, the next one being another GPS III satellite.

ULA expects to bid on future GPS III launches.

ULA stirred controversy last fall by sitting out the first competitive GPS III launch contract, leaving SpaceX as the lone bidder.

ULA said it didn’t have enough Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines for the mission, and the company’s Delta IV rocket would not have been cost-competitive bidding against the Falcon 9, according to Tory Bruno, CEO of ULA.

Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who’s a frequent critic of ULA, accused ULA of concocting an excuse not to bid in the hope of lifting a ban on imports of Russian rocket engines for U.S. military space launches.

SpaceX’s rockets weren’t flying at the time while it investigated the June explosion of a Falcon 9 taking NASA cargo to the International Space Station.

ULA denied that it was faking its lack of engine availability.

Congress relaxed import restrictions on RD-180 engines late last year. ULA now says it has ordered enough RD-180s to power its Atlas Vs until an American-made replacement engine that is in development is ready.

Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. is building the first nine GPS III satellites for the Air Force.

India’s Dish TV adds 8 new channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/29/indias-dish-tv-adds-8-new-channels/

India’s DTH operators are seemingly busy adding channels. Two days ago it was Airtel Digital which talked about offering viewers a total of 503 channels. Now, rival Dish TV talks of adding 8 new channels by the end of April taking its total to 525.

Dish says this new development addresses its wider public audience. The new services include ETV Cinema and ETV Plus (targeting the Telugu-speaking regions) and a Public channel for the Kannada speaking viewers. Rishtey Cineplex and Cineplex will address the needs of Hindi movie viewers. Devi, Shubh TV and Paras TV are the devotional and spiritual channels destined for religious consumers.

DishTV, CEO Arun Kumar Kapoor, in a statement, said: “Our endeavour has always been to provide quality entertainment with the widest choices available for entertainment. DishTV, with over 525 channels and services has redefined the entertainment quotient with unparalleled TV viewing experience. With these channel additions we intend to fulfil aspirations of our subscribers with maximum content and we look forward to catering to their ever growing demands.”

IRNSS-1G launch 'gift to people from scientists': PM Modi

From http://www.abplive.in/india-news/irnss-1g-launch-gift-to-people-from-scientists-pm-modi-331406

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated the Indian Space Research organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of satellite IRNSS-1G in the orbit, saying this would help the nation to determine its own path with indigenous technology.

Speaking to scientists at the ISRO’s control room in Sriharikota via a video conference, the Prime Minister described the launch as ‘a great gift to people from scientists’, while asserting that space science has the power to transform lives of the people.

“India has launched seven such navigation satellites which have been successful. First and foremost, I want to congratulate all ISRO scientists and the entire team. I also congratulate the people of India,” Prime Minister Modi said.

“With this successful launch, we will determine our own paths powered by our technology. This is a great gift to people from scientists…In space science, our scientists have achieved many accomplishments. Through space science lives of people can be transformed,” he added.

Dedicating the launch to ‘Indian sailors and fishermen’, the Prime Minister said that this would be of immense help to them.

“Dedicating this to Indian sailors and fishermen’ courage of exploring the unexplored, it will be known as ‘NAVIC’…Indian sailors used to determine their paths observing position of stars & speed of moon and sun,” he said.

“This is a precious gift given by Indian scientists to the people of nation,” he added.

ISRO today launched PSLV-C33 to place India’s seventh and final navigation satellite IRNSS-1Gin the orbit from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota island.

The launch of the four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) took place at 12:50 p.m. from Satish Dhawan Space Centre here.

The 54-hour countdown for the launch of ISRO work horse, PSLV, began at 9.20 a.m. on Tuesday. The satellite with a design life span of 12 years has two payloads for navigation and ranging.

Till date, ISRO has launched six regional navigational satellites (IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, ID, 1E and 1F) as part of a constellation of seven satellites to provide accurate position information service to users across the country and the region.



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Nine victory in 9NOW streaming lawsuit filed by WIN TV

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2016/04/nine-victory-in-9now-streaming-lawsuit-filed-by-win-tv.html

Nine has won the case against WIN Television over its Live Streaming service 9NOW.

Justice Hammerschlag dismissed the case today in the NSW Supreme Court.

WIN had claimed Nine is denying it advertising revenue by the 9Now Live streaming service being accessible in WIN markets.

Justice Hammerschlag said, “I have concluded that live streaming is not broadcasting within the meaning of the PSA (program supply agreement), and that Nine is under no express or implied obligation not to do it.

“WIN’s claim for an injunction must therefore be refused.

“WIN’s proposition that its exclusivity is undermined by Nine being able to internet live stream begs the question as to what exclusivity it got.

He ruled WIN only enjoyed exclusivity to broadcast free-to-air in the WIN licence areas.

A Nine spokesperson said, “We are pleased with the result and it vindicates our position.”

In a statement WIN said, “WIN is obviously disappointed with the outcome of the case. “This case further highlights the absolute absurdity of the 75% audience reach rule in this digital age and the need for the Turnbull government to remove this outdated legislation with a greater sense of urgency.

“The case should also serve to remind regional broadcasters entering into future affiliation agreements that the value of these agreements is decreasing as metro broadcasters set out to erode regional broadcaster value by directly competing with their affiliates for viewers and revenue in regional Australia.”

The ruling is a landmark decision as the industry debates Live streaming into regional markets.

WIN and Nine are currently in an extended period on their affiliation deal until June after a disagreement on revenue.

A hearing for costs is set for May 6.

Quickflix video streaming service enters administration amid Stan, Nine dispute

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-26/quickflix-video-streaming-service-enters-administration/7359718

Australia's first online streaming service, Quickflix, has gone into voluntary administration, blaming rival streaming service Stan and its part-owner Nine Entertainment for its demise.

Quickflix has appointed Ferrier Hodgson as administrators, after a restructure and cost-cutting failed to rescue the business.

In a statement, Quickflix founder and chief executive Stephen Langsford said neither Stan nor Nine have joined capital raisings to help the company grow.

Stan holds a stake in Quickflix through redeemable preference shares (RPS) acquired by Nine in 2014 from US cable TV firm HBO.

"Despite Quickflix being first to the streaming market and holding a leadership position in 2014, ongoing growth has required capital for continued investment in content and marketing," Mr Langsford said.

"Neither Nine Entertainment nor Stan have ever participated in any capital raisings to assist Quickflix's growth and its ability to raise capital from any source has been constrained by the RPS."

Quickflix, which once counted News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch among its investors, has faced tough competition since global streaming giant Netflix launched in Australia a year ago.

Australian rivals Stan, which is also part-owned by Fairfax Media, and Foxtel's Presto entered the market shortly before Netflix.

Breakdown in talks with Stan

Mr Langsford said he had no alternative but to appoint voluntary administrators as talks with Stan to restructure its holding have broken down.

He added that restructuring Stan's stake "remains key to securing new investor interest to recapitalise the company and move it forward".

Mr Langsford founded Quickflix in Perth in 2003 as a DVD home delivery service, using a similar model to Netflix, which also began as a DVD rental service back in 1998.

He said it will be business as usual for current and new customers.

Quickflix's New Zealand business is not affected by the administration.

"The management of Quickflix remain dedicated to achieving a successful restructure of Quickflix through a deed of company arrangement that will reposition the listed group to a broader-based digital consumer, ecommerce and entertainment player leveraging its existing marketing database, data and platform whilst also pursuing M&A [merger and acquisition] opportunities," he said.

Quickflix shares were suspended from trade on the ASX in August last year.

Restrictions on Pay TV to benefit Fiji One

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/39770/restrictions-on-pay-tv-to-benefit-fiji-one

The government has nothing to do with the sale of Sky Pacific from Fiji Television to Digicel. Telecommunications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the clarification in parliament today saying they merely oversee regulatory provisions. Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro asked what the condition of sale was because people with Sky Pacific services are complaining that they can’t watch Fiji One. Sayed-Khaiyum pointed out that the restriction protects Fiji One. “They (Opposition) forget that on one hand they talk about protecting Fijian Holdings. Does Fijian Holdings own Sky Pacific now? No, Fijian Holdings owns Fiji TV. Shouldn’t they want to protect Fiji TV because it’s the free to air television? Majority of the Fijian people can’t subscribe to Sky Pacific – they can’t afford fifty bucks a month – maybe they (opposition) can, ordinary Fijians can’t.” The minister pointed out that under Fijian law, Digicel can’t run any local content nor any advertisements on Sky Pacific, ensuring that Fiji TV is able to earn revenue. He says foreign ownership in subscription TV is purely for entertainment purposes. -

Asia Pacific boosts pay-TV revenues

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/27/asia-pacific-boosts-pay-tv-revenues/

Global pay-TV revenues for 138 countries will only grow by $99 million (€87.5m) between 2015 and 2021 to $205.92 billion; having peaked in 2018. This follows 19.5 per cent growth between 2010 and 2015, according to the Digital TV Revenue Forecasts report.

North American pay-TV revenues will fall by $13.5 billion between 2015 and 2021. Cord-cutting is responsible for some of this loss, but greater competition and conversion to bundles (with the lower revenues for TV than standalone offers) are more pressing factors. Western Europe will be flat at $31 billion.

Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “Most of the rest of the world will not follow the North American experience. True, pay TV revenues will fall in 27 countries between 2015 and 2021, but not to the same extent as in Canada and the US. Most countries are nowhere near the market maturity achieved in North America.”

Excluding North America, pay-TV revenues will climb by $13.6 billion (up by 14 per cent) between 2015 and 2021 to $107.82 billion, having recorded $20 billion growth (up by 28 per cent) between 2010 and 2015. North America’s share of the global total will fall from 57.4 per cent in 2010 to 54.2 per cent in 2015 and 47.6 per cent in 2021.

Asia Pacific revenues will grow by $8 billion (up by 25 per cent) between 2015 and 2021 to $40 billion. Asia Pacific overtook Western Europe in 2014, and will be larger than the whole of Europe by 2019.

Revenues will rocket by 63 per cent (up by $2.5 billion) in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and by 26 per cent (up by $1.0 billion) in Middle East & North Africa between 2015 and 2021. Sub-Saharan Africa will pass MENA in 2016.

Pay-TV revenues in Eastern Europe will be 40 per cent higher in 2021 ($5,970 million) than in 2010 ($4,271 million). However, the revenue increase will only be 9.9 per cent between 2015 and 2021. Latin America will add a further $1.6 billion (up by only 9.1 per cent) between 2015 and 2021.

Revenues will decline for 27 countries between 2015 and 2021. However, revenues will more than double for a further 19 countries during that period. Most of the fast-growth nations by percentage increase will be in Africa, with Myanmar, Laos, Oman and Bangladesh providing exceptions. India’s revenues will climb by $3.5 billion between 2015 and 2021 to $7.8 million, with China up by $1.9 billion to $11.7 billion.

Transvision adds Oh!K, Warner TV

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016042742647/transvision-adds-oh-k-warner-tv.html#axzz4730hBydy

Indonesian pay-TV operator Transvision has teamed up with Turner to launch the US network’s regional entertainment channels Oh!K and Warner TV.

OhK Transvision Infinite ChallengeOh!K is home to premium Korean drama series, such as Monster and Lucky Romance, variety shows including Infinite Challenge and music programming – all with Bahasa Indonesia language options. Warner TV airs US shows at the same time as their domestic broadcast, such as DC Comics’ Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, iZombie and ARROW, as well as the comedy show The Big Bang Theory.

“Showcasing Oh!K in Indonesia while expanding Warner TV’s reach is a great way to strengthen our presence in Indonesia. We have seen an increasing demand for Turner’s high quality entertainment content in Asia and are very excited to build our partnership with Transvision,” said Phil Nelson, managing director of Turner in Southeast Asia.

Hengkie Liwanto, CEO, Transvision, added: “We are so pleased to have Oh!K and Warner TV as part of our Platinum+ and Diamond+ channel packs. The packs not only offer viewers better viewing quality but also brand new content.”

The Trans Corp-owned satellite TV platform also carries Turner’s CNN International, Cartoon Network, Toonami and Boomerang channels.

Discovery takes stake in RugbyPass

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/27/discovery-takes-stake-in-rugbypass/

Discovery Communications has confirmed an agreement to acquire a minority stake in RugbyPass – a digital content platform that reaches rugby fans across 23 Asian markets.

To further boost the RugbyPass offering to fans, select content from Discovery-owned Setanta Sports Asia will be immediately available to all RugbyPass subscribers.

Launched in Asia in February this year by Coliseum Sports Media (CSM), RugbyPass offers fans one destination to watch the key rugby action including Super Rugby, Aviva Premiership, European Champions Cup and British Lions Tour in New Zealand in 2017 – all in HD online or any app-enabled device.

Arthur Bastings, President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, commented: “In partnership with CSM, our investment in RugbyPass will provide sports fans with greater access to the world’s best rugby competitions, making content that they love available on more screens, when and wherever they choose to watch it.”

Astro Malaysia Unveils First 24/7 eSports Channel in Southeast Asia

From http://esports.inquirer.net/14983/astro-malaysia-unveils-first-247-esports-channel-in-southeast-asia

In what could be considered as a milestone for eSports in Southeast Asia, Malaysian media giants Astro launch their own dedicated eSports and gaming entertainment channel today, April 27, 2016.

Called “Every Good Game” or “eGG”, eSports enthusiasts can enjoy League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm (HotS), StarCraft II (SC2) and many other game titles on the comfort of their own high-definition (HD) screens at home.

According to Lee Choong Khay, Vice President of Sports for Astro Malaysia, they “believe that a dedicated 24/7 eSports channel, eGG will play a pivotal role in bringing together a connected ASEAN community of eSports fans”.

The Malaysian-based company plans to “partner with main game organisers and developers to bring live top tier global tournaments and on demand content featuring pubstomps, gaming walkthrough, expert guides, documentaries, game house tours and weekly highlights”.

The service is only available in Malaysia at the moment.

MTG to launch global eSports channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/27/mtg-to-launch-global-esports-channel/

MTG’s ESL will launch ‘eSportsTV’, the world’s first 24/7 dedicated eSports channel in May. The channel will soon be available on MTG’s Viasat satellite platforms in the Nordic and Baltic countries. ESL is also currently in talks with TV distributors and platform operators around the world, in order to make the channel as broadly available as possible on other networks.

The new channel will focus on bringing more than 2,000 live hours of the best eSports and gaming each year, featuring the leading eSports stars and teams, and coverage of the leading professional eSports leagues and international tournaments, events and championships like ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and DreamHack. The content line-up comprises both ESL’s professional circuits, as well as content from MTG’s DreamHack, which is one of the world’s largest eSports companies and organizer of the world’s largest digital festivals. ESL and DreamHack already have global digital audiences of over 100 million viewers through online platforms such as Twitch, Azubu, Hitbox and Yahoo. Find out more at eslgaming.com.

“This is a fantastic move by ESL because it will bring eSports to an even broader global audience. eSports is a global sport played all year round so there is so much content to share. The channel is all about building awareness and growing the gaming community and fan base. There are over 2 billion gamers in the world and we have seen an explosion of interest in eSports, with the global fan base now rapidly rising towards 250 million, which is why we want to make more and more eSports content available on as many screens as possible,” commented Arnd Benninghoff, CEO of MTGx and Peter Nørrelund, CEO of MTG Sport.

SSL Contracts with Telesat to Provide Prototype Ka-band Satellite for Telesat’s Global LEO Constellation

From press release

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced it has been awarded a contract from Telesat, one of the world’s top satellite operators, for a prototype Ka-band satellite that Telesat expects to launch into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) next year as part of the test and demonstration phase for a global constellation that Telesat is now designing.

“The prototype spacecraft we are providing to Telesat demonstrates the versatility of our LEO capability,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “Our focus on low cost production has enabled SSL to win a growing range of satellite contracts. Telesat is a long term SSL customer and we look forward to supporting them in their test and demonstration phase.”

With this contract, SSL currently has 21 LEO satellites in production. SSL also has two GEO satellites in production for Telesat.

“Telesat is pleased to be working with SSL in the test and demonstration phase of the global Ka-band constellation Telesat is developing,” said Dave Wendling, Telesat’s Chief Technical Officer. “Telesat looks forward to conducting extensive testing of our contemplated LEO system to optimize its performance.”

About Telesat (www.telesat.com)

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 15 satellites plus the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 with two new satellites under construction. An additional two prototype spacecraft are under construction and will be deployed in low earth orbit. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

About SSL

SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space related missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband Internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for more than 50 years, SSL’s advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA’s established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 11 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.’s (MDA) common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDA.”

Intelsat reaffirms 2016 expectations

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/28/intelsat-reaffirms-2016-expectations/

Satellite communications giant Intelsat reported that its Q1 revenues topped $552.6 million ($602 million same period last year) in the three months to March 31st, and a slight improvement on market expectations.

Intelsat said that its contracted backlog now stands at $9.3 billion (down from $9.4 billion as at December 31st).

President/CEO Steven Spengler said the operator is pursuing 5 operational priorities as it positions for future growth. ”Our strategy is centered on continuing to provide infrastructure to our current sectors, such as media, network services and government, but with an emphasis on services and innovative technologies that will position us to compete for approximately $3.1 billion in incremental revenue opportunity through 2021 for sustainable, new applications with high traffic volumes and that feature attractive growth rates. The applications comprising this growth opportunity include broadband for enterprise, wireless infrastructure, Internet of Things (“IoT”), and commercial aeronautical and maritime mobility and government.”

Helping this growth target is the arrival of its I-29e satellite which is now in full service and clients are transitioning to the new – highly efficient – satellite.

Spengler added: “The balance of our 2016 launch program remains largely on-track, with only a

slight in-service delay of three weeks for one of our satellites. Launch provider ILS notified us that Intelsat 31 is now scheduled to launch on May 28, 2016, delaying its in-service date and revenue start to early in the Q3.”

“Since February 22nd, 2016, Intelsat has signed nine additional Intelsat EpicNG agreements with customers, spanning applications including mobility, enterprise and fixed and wireless infrastructure and featuring a long-term, global commitment from aeronautical broadband leader Gogo. Of the total megahertz contracted during this period, substantially all is incremental business. Contract terms on the Intelsat Epic satellites continue to be favourable, with the average contract length ranging from five to six years, longer than that of the average fleet-wide network services contract.”

SES announces Facebook order for African satellite capacity

From http://spacenews.com/ses-announces-facebook-order-for-african-satellite-capacity-unclear-link-with-facebook-eutelsat-deal/

Max Kamenetsky of Facebook's Internet.org says the company's modest investment in satellite connectivity for Africa is designed to answer the basic question: Will people in poor rural areas pay for access to Internet data? Credit: SpaceNews photo by Kate Patterson PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES on April 27 said Internet social-media giant Facebook had leased capacity on three in-orbit SES satellites to provide Wi-Fi connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa. The announcement is the latest Facebook surprise for the satellite industry, which had long viewed Facebook’s Internet.org ambition of providing broadband to poor rural areas worldwide as a huge opportunity for satellite operators. The SES deal is all the more surprising in that it is apparently for Ku-band capacity. Menlo Park, California-based Facebook last October joined forces with satellite fleet operator Eutelsat of Paris to lease, together, the Ka-band payload on Israel-based Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite.

The two companies will provide, in separate marketing efforts, broadband connectivity to 14 African nations. Amos-6 is scheduled for launch in August aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Eutelsat and Facebook have divided the $95 million cost of the Amos-6 Ka-band over 4.5-5 years, with an option to extend the contract by two years. Eutelsat has portrayed the arrangement as a steppingstone to Eutelsat’s larger Ka-band satellite, which was ordered in late 2015 and is scheduled for launch in 2019 to cover 30 African nations. Eutelsat had hinted that Facebook could be a partner in this satellite, in which case the satellite’s throughput could be doubled to 150 gigabits per second. There has been no announcement since then of a more-substantial Facebook buy-in to satellite-delivered Internet – until the SES statement of April 27. SES said it will provide an undisclosed amount transponder capacity to Facebook from three satellites – Astra 2G at 28.2 east, Astra 2B at 31.4 degrees east, and Astra 4A at 4.8 degrees east. Astra 2G and 4A both have mixed Ku- and Ka-band capacity; Astra 2B is all-Ku-band. Two industry officials said Facebook’s SES contract is of short duration and limited scope, and is mainly designed to prove the Express Wi-Fi concept that will be put to broader use on Amos-6. Why the company would elect to debut service in Ku-band, only to switch within months to Ka-band – which presumably would entail a terminal swap – is unclear. SES said the contract with Facebook “is a Ku-/Ka- mix with, in our view, long-term potential.”

Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the contract’s volume and duration. SES said Facebook’s business with the Astra satellites would use Petah Tikva, Israel-based Gilat Satellite Networks’ X-Architecture SkyEdge II-c ground terminals. Facebook has long said its strategy to deliver broadband to rural areas in the developing world would be multi-platform and likely include high-altitude aircraft in addition to satellites. Max Kamenetsky, director of connectivity deployments for Internet.org, outlined the company’s approach in March at the Satellite 2016 conference in National Harbor, Maryland. “We are not a satellite company,” Kamenetsky said. “For us, the satellite was an investment where we saw a specific opportunity to deliver services to parts of sub-Saharan Africa. It’s a first step for us to understand this market, which has not been served very well by operators.” Kamenetsky said Facebook was still grappling with the issue that satellite and cellular network operators have confronted in low-income rural areas: Who will pay how much for connectivity? “If we were to bring Wi-Fi to community aggregation points, where people are paying between $1 and $3 per month to connect, will people actually use this?” Kamenetsky said.

“In the past, if you talked to mobile operators, the reason they don’t go into these remote areas is because they believe people will not pay for the data. The standard answer you hear is that people do not understand the value of data, they will not use Internet and this is a lost cause. We want to change that.” Kamenetsky said the cost of broadband infrastructure – whether satellite or terrestrial – needs to come down “significantly, by orders of magnitude,” to succeed in rural developing-nation markets. “There’s a whole gamut of technologies that we think can be introduced. We have talked about the high-altitude planes, and we are looking at what can be done [with satellites] in LEO, MEO and GEO orbit. At the end of the day, I happen to think it will be a multitude of constellations and a multitude of technologies that will be required.”

SES powers innovative satellite communications ideas with SATLAS

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SES_powers_innovative_satellite_communications_ideas_with_SATLAS_999.html

Through SATLAS, the innovators will be able to validate their ideas, running a test phase (pilot) with the support of SES Techcom and its partners.

SES has launched SATLAS, a business incubator that aims to turn pioneering ideas from a variety of fields, including e-learning, energy, Fintech, resource management, smart cities, media, logistics, and many others, into successful Satcom applications.

SATLAS will support entrepreneurs with innovative Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services ideas which could benefit from satellite communications.

This backing will support design, development and testing of their products, with both business and technical resources. The ultimate aim is that these ideas become viable Satcom solutions.

The project is co-funded under European Space Agency's ARTES 3 - 4 SATCOM - APPS programme. The industrial consortium partners SES Techcom Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, Newtec and SatADSL will provide selected applications with access to resources and services including broadband platforms and terminals, hardware, software and technical assistance, and training.

Through SATLAS, the innovators will be able to validate their ideas, running a test phase (pilot) with the support of SES Techcom and its partners.

"SES takes great pride in being at the forefront of innovation within the satellite communications sector, and this new incubator offers a great opportunity to the next generation of visionaries," said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director at SES Techcom Services.

"With SATLAS, ideas can take shape, be tested and eventually be developed as part of a new wave of SATCOM applications."

The call for SATLAS applications is now open. A presentation on the programme will take place at the annual ARTES Applications Workshop, which will be held in Brussels on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29.

Turner to launch FilmStruck SVoD service

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/27/turner-to-launch-filmstruck-svod-service/

Turner is launching FilmStruck the company’s first direct-to-consumer product in the US. The subscription video on-demand service for film aficionados, developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, will feature a library of films comprised of an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic art house, indie, foreign and cult films.

FilmStruck will also be the new exclusive streaming home for the critically acclaimed Criterion Collection, which will include the Criterion Channel, a new premium service programmed and curated by the Criterion team. FilmStruck will allow viewers to watch movies anywhere and anytime on the device of their choice, in a completely ad-free environment, and is slated to launch in autumn 2016.

“At Turner, we are dedicated to engaging fans wherever they are, and we’re investing aggressively in content, new capabilities and new businesses to achieve that goal,” said John Martin, chairman and CEO of Turner. “FilmStruck is a terrific example of our strategy to meet consumer demand for great content across all screens. It’s tailor-made for the diehard movie enthusiast who craves a deep, intimate experience with independent, foreign, and art house films. And it takes advantage of TCM’s powerful curation capabilities, as well as its proven track record

MPA: No single tool to fix piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/28/mpa-no-single-tool-to-fix-piracy/

According to Stan McCoy, President and Managing Director, MPA EMEA – the European arm of the Motion Picture Association of America – there isn’t one tool that will fix online content piracy, suggesting that it requires a flexible response, encompassing court action, consumer education and technological solutions as well as promoting consumers’ access to legal content when and how they want it.

In a Blog Post to coincide to World IP Day on April 26, McCoy noted that movie history is full of smart crooks, but that in the world of online piracy, the crooks may be smart, but they’re not heroes. “They’re just really good at profiting from other people’s hard work. And the challenge has gone global,” he observes.

“Pirate site operators used to justify their behaviour by saying the genuine product wasn’t available. That’s an old excuse. Studies show that the film and television industries have embraced the opportunities presented by the digital revolution, making high quality content available to consumers in new ways. Whether it’s watching the latest hit drama on a tablet on your commute to work, or taking advantage of a second (or even third) screen in your living room when family competition over the remote is fierce, it has never been easier to watch what you went, when you want, where you want,” he notes, adding that this “golden age” of film and TV doesn’t come free.

“As today is World IP Day, it’s time to give serious thought to how we tackle online copyright infringement in the digital age. The future of the industry and the millions of people who work in the creative sector around the world, including 1.8 million in the UK, depends on it. If we want to see more of the great British film successes we have seen in the last year, like Suffragette, Brooklyn, and The Danish Girl, we need to get smarter at protecting the revenues they generate so the creative industry receives its due and is able to function in future,” he admits.

“The film industry is doing more to tackle copyright theft in the UK and across Europe than ever before. The nature of the threat is global and borderless so our approach has to be too. Pirate site operators often host their websites overseas, in an attempt to shield themselves from the law. The major hosting hubs for infringing content on the web, for example, are all based outside the UK,” he advises.

“But there isn’t one tool that will fix piracy, it requires a flexible, ecosystem-wide response, a combination of tackling illegal sites via the courts, consumer education and technological solutions as well as promoting consumers’ access to legal content when and how they want it,” he suggests.

According to McCoy, evidence from Carnegie Mellon University’s IDEA Research Centre found that court orders enabling Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to illegal sites have proved effective. It revealed that blocking 53 illegal website in the UK in November 2014 resulted in a 90 per cent drop in visits to the targeted sites and a 22 per cent decrease in total piracy for all users affected by the blocks (or a 16 per cent decrease across all users overall). The result was a 6 per cent increase in visits to paid legal streaming sites such as Netflix and a 10 per cent increase in videos viewed on legal ad-supported streaming sites such as BBC and Channel 5.

McCoy also notes what he describes as “an innovative consumer education campaign” under the Creative Content UK banner. “The TV advert Get it right from a genuine site has been viewed around four million times on YouTube. “Just as the copyright infringement landscape has changed dramatically over the past 15 years, so has the approach to consumer education,” he says.

“The MPA and our partners will continue to innovate as we celebrate World IP day on the 26th. The key to success will be a flexible and adaptive approach to the ever-evolving nature of copyright infringement. This innovation will allow us to keep pace with technological changes to help ensure that the artists and creative industries in our digital universe can be rewarded for their work so they can create the music, film and TV we will all enjoy in the future,” he concludes.

Communication satellite with Ku bands slated for launch

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satelite-operators/communication-satellite-with-ku-bands-slated-for-launch-160427

NEW DELHI: The GSAT-11 spacecraft, a first generation high throughput communication satellite, is to be launched towards the end of 2016 or the first quarter of 2017, Space minister Jitendra Singh told parliament today.

GSAT-11 has a lift-off mass of about 5600 kg, operating in Ka/Ku bands. It is a multi-beam satellite with 32 user beams and 8 hub beams over India. The spacecraft capability includes providing broadband connectivity to rural areas with higher bandwidth as compared to traditional communication satellites.

It is planned to launch GSAT-11 spacecraft using procured launch services. At present, the indigenous capability to launch this weight class of satellite is not available. The in-orbit testing of GSAT-11 satellite is planned to be conducted from the Master Control Facility (MCF) in Hassan, Karnataka and other suitable locations of ISRO Centres



From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "O Channel has replaced Nickelodeon Indonesia" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E Kompas TV has moved from 4051 V to 4055 V, Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 10985 H "Tlum" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11913 V "Don 24" has started on , encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11973 V "HD Life" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Real VU(孟加拉)频道改频率,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月27日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,LOCA(测试)频道重现,设置11049 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月27日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV VGS Shop(越南)频道加密,设置11629 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Trace Sport Stars替换莲花卫视(MPEG-4)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TVWAN Action替换TVWAN Sport(MPEG-4)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,湖南卫视(标清)频道改格式,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,湖南卫视(标清)频道改格式,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,湖南卫视(AVS+)频道加密,设置3760 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经98度轨道位置的中星11号卫星Ku频段,Popular TV等替换Jak TV(MPEG-4)等频道,设置12500 V 43200参数免费接收。 [4月26日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM(K+)频道加密,设置11048 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM(K+)频道解密,设置11048 H 28800参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、VTV 3(VTC)等全组频道解密,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、AXN(VTC)等全组频道解密,设置10968 H 28800参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,SCTV替换Sports Mosaic(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Indosiar替换Zhejiang TV(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HTV 2、FBNC(VTC)等全组频道解密,设置11119 V 14400参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、Cinemax(VTC)等全组频道解密,设置11135 H 9600参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Insight UHD(4K)频道加密,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月25日]


Sorry no time for a news update today


KODI 16.1 Stable has been released

More Monday feeds

D2 - 12555 H s/r6978. ABC's slot 3 feeding the Dawn Service live from France
D2 - 12547 H s/r6978 ABC feeding vision of Gallipoli Dawn Service
D2 - 12555 H s/r6978, ABC's 3rd slot feeding ANZAC Service in WA
D2 - 12644 V s/r7200. "IP UpLinks" camera view of preperation for Dawn Service
D2 - 12680 V s/r6669 "ACN" currently blank screen (Sky News)
D2 - 12547 H s/r6978 ABC rolling various feeds from Dawn Services around Australia
D2 - 12539 H s/r6978 ABC slot 2 coverage of Services in Brisbane

Monday Anzac feed log

6.30 a.m NZ
D1 12423 V Sr 1400 mux here not enough juice to load
D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "7bcs slot 2spsk"
D1 12661 V Sr 7500
D1 12670 V Sr 7500 Astra 3 path 1
D1 12679 V Sr 7500

D2 12588 V Sr 6111 STS NNA HD
D2 12598 V Sr 6111 STS2
D2 12265 H Sr 4250 Kordia T2 PRI (NZ beam)

Sorry no descriptions for some my dish needs a serious tweak

Saturday feed

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "AFL Nth Melb V Gold Coast"

IS19 12551 V Sr 6999 "OFC CC1" Showing OFC TV of a soccer game in Auckland

These Indian channels have left Optus D2.

Jaya TV (India)
PTC Punjabi
Aaj Tak
Life OK India
India Today
Star Plus Southeast Asia
Star Gold
B4U Movies India
M Tunes

The Indovision Tamil channels are still there http://www.indovision.com.au/

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12734 V PTC Punjabi, Aaj Tak, Life OK India, India Today, Jaya TV, Star Plus Southeast Asia, Star Gold, B4U Movies India and M Tunes have left

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3820 V "Aljazeera Channel" has left .
NSS 6 95.0E 11090 H "Miniplex" has started on , Conax.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "RCTI, Konser TV Channel, Otomoto Channel, Siaranku, Nu Channel, TVRI Nasional, JTV, Global TV, MNC TV and Cahaya TV Banten have started on
Fta. Azura Channel, Ami TV, Sport One and Ninja TV" have left.

ABS 2 75.0E The TeRus muxes have left 3781 V and 12153 H.
ABS 2 75.0E 11165 H "TV 9 Nusantara, TVRI Nasional, France 24 English, Bali TV, Da Ai TV Indonesia, CCTV News, TV Edukasi, Aljazeera English, Ruai TV, Qur'an
Hedayah Indonesia, B4U Movies Asia Pacific, Outdoor Channel International, TVRI Kaltim, Bloomberg TV Asia, DW, CCTV 4 Asia, H2 Asia, CCTV 9 Documentary, B4U Music India, Trace Sport Stars, TVOne, ANTV, Metro TV, Trans 7, Trans TV, SCTV, Indosiar, Kompas TV, Net, Jak TV, Elshinta TV, O Channel, TVRI Kalteng, TVRI Aceh, TVRI Papua, Papua TV, Universitas Terbuka TV, Aswaja TV and Rajawali TV" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "Krasnaya Liniya" has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sky Drama(高清)频道新增,设置12370 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月25日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,8 Kanal(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11913 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jan TV Plus(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3828 V 7200参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Animo Channel(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3980 V 31000参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,IHC(印尼)频道新增,设置3980 V 31000参数免费接收。 [4月25日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Fox(环宇卫视)频道改频率,设置12431 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Cinemax(环宇卫视)频道改频率,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Channel Divya替换Public TV(ABS Free Dish)频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Ericsson 8 HD(新加坡)高清频道新增,设置3895 V 7317参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Cineplex(印度)频道新增,设置12729 V 32700参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Dangal、1 YES(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [4月24日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,CH7 3.5M、CH7 5M(HEVC)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月24日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Kompas TV(MPEG-4)频道改参数,设置4056 V 2900参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Maharashtra(Dish TV)频道新增,设置12688 H 32700参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Miniplex、Thanthi(Dish TV)频道新增,设置11090 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Public Music替换Divya(ABS Free Dish)频道,设置11735 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月24日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 2、VTV 4(K+)频道新增,设置11589 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Toonami(蒙古)频道新增,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Real VU(宣传)频道新增,设置12347 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,MBN(韩国)频道重现,设置12365 H 2400参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Playboy TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月23日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,MBN(韩国)频道消失,设置12365 H 2400参数无效接收。 [4月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Life OK(Real VU)等频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,SPO TV +(高清)频道新增,设置11747 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sky Drama(SkyLife)频道改格式,设置12690 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,国家地理(环宇卫视)频道改频率,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Russia Today(环宇卫视)频道改频率,设置12471 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,SK Movie、Channel S(孟加拉)频道改频率,设置3800 H 2860参数免费接收。 [4月22日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,O Channel替换Nickelodeon(MPEG-4)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jan TV Plus(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3828 V 7200参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,道通天地替换华纳电影(TVB)频道,设置12651 V 26667参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]

东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Shop Show(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置10981 V 44948参数免费接收。 [4月21日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TEN Cricket、TCL HD(Real VU)等频道新增,设置12347 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月21日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Moya Planeta(俄罗斯)等频道新增,设置11665 V 38400参数有条件接收。 [4月21日]

Stream links

Sun Music

Kalaignar TV ?

William Hill greyhound racing


Ooyala Live for NRL, NBL, Facebook

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/25/ooyala-live-for-nrl-nbl-facebook/

Ooyala, a Telstra subsidiary and specialist in video publishing, analytics and monetisation, is powering regional and international live-stream broadcasts for two of Australia’s major sporting franchises, the National Rugby League (NRL) and the National Basketball League (NBL). The customers are the first to utilise the new Ooyala Live solution, helping them have more engaged viewers, expand their fan base and gain revenue throughout Australia and beyond.

Ooyala Live is an out-of-the-box solution that allows premium content providers to live stream content to any device, the web or in-app experience. Ooyala Live supports streaming linear TV or live events, either ad-hoc or scheduled, with live-to-VoD capabilities.

Ooyala is also an official Media Solutions Partner with Facebook, allowing Ooyala Live customers to syndicate their official live broadcasts and videos streams to Facebook Live.

“Ooyala Live is an agile and easy-to-use solution allowing production teams to quickly set up live channels and stream within minutes, without sacrificing the quality or functionality our customers demand,” said Ooyala Senior Vice President of Products and Solutions, Belsasar Lepe. “As smartphone adoption continues to swell across the globe, content providers have a massive opportunity to deliver live streams to mobile screens, especially sports providers, and the NBL and NRL are shining examples of recognising and capitalising on the growth of mobile viewing today.”


From MEDIA RELEASE: Monday April 25, 2016


Foxtel and SKY NEWS today announced the new SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL will launch on Sunday May 1 providing LIVE and unrivalled coverage from the campaign trails across Australia and the United States.

With 2016 shaping up as an unprecedented election year, the dedicated political channel will include LIVE 24-hour coverage of news conferences, policy announcements and events in the lead up to Australia’s Federal Election and the US Presidential Election in November.

The SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL will also feature comprehensive coverage of the UK EU Referendum taking place on June 23.

With access to the world’s leading international news services and programs from SKY NEWS UK, C-SPAN, CBS News and ABC World News in America, the SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL will provide an unprecedented insight into the political issues as they unfold across some of the world’s most powerful nations.

Angelos Frangopoulos, Australian News Channel CEO said: “At this pivotal time on the local and international political landscape we are delighted to be partnering with Foxtel to bring viewers a stand-alone election channel, a key addition to our unrivalled multi-channel and multi-platform news offering in 2016. The SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL underscores our commitment to providing unparalleled LIVE political news coverage and analysis 24/7.”

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television said: “Foxtel is the place to go for the most incisive coverage of our nation’s political landscape and global affairs including the US and Europe. The launch of the SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL ensures our subscribers will have the most comprehensive and current coverage of both our Australian election and the US Presidential race in 2016.”

The launch of the SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL on Sunday May 1 will include the LIVE broadcast of US President Obama’s last speech at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner from 11:45am AEST.

The new channel will also feature encore presentations from the stellar SKY NEWS political program and opinion line-up including AM Agenda with Kieran Gilbert, PM Agenda with David Speers, Paul Murray LIVE, Beattie & Reith and The Bolt Report.

The SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL will be part of the Foxtel Entertainment package and available on Foxtel Channel 606 and Channel 648. From May 1 Australia’s Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC, will be seen on SKY NEWS Multiview by pressing red on the Foxtel remote.

SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL launches Sunday May 1 on Foxtel channels 606 and 648

Sky News announces it will launch dedicated election channel for 2016 Federal Election

From http://mumbrella.com.au/sky-news-announces-it-will-launch-dedicated-channel-for-2016-federal-election-362134

Sky-News-logoFoxtel and Sky News have today announced a dedicated election channel for the upcoming 2016 Federal Election and US presidential election.

The new channel will next Sunday with Sky news promising “unrivalled coverage from the campaign trails across Australia and the United States.”

Angelos Frangopoulos, Australian News Channel CEO said: “At this pivotal time on the local and international political landscape we are delighted to be partnering with Foxtel to bring viewers a stand-alone election channel.”

The new channel will also feature comprehensive coverage of the UK EU Referendum taking place on June 23.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of television said: “Foxtel is the place to go for the most incisive coverage of our nation’s political landscape and global affairs including the US and Europe.

“The launch of the Sky News election channel ensures our subscribers will have the most comprehensive and current coverage of both our Australian election and the US Presidential race in 2016.”

The new channel will be available on Foxtel channels 606 and 648

Kacific First Service to be Powered by Newtec Dialog® Multiservice VSAT Platform

From http://www.pressreleaserocket.net/kacific-first-service-to-be-powered-by-newtec-dialog-multiservice-vsat-platform/439829/

Satellite operator will use Newtec’s multiservice platform to start its affordable connectivity service to public institutions, consumers and enterprises in the Pacific

SINGAPORE and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 26 April 2016. Leading satellite operator Kacific Broadband Satellites and Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, today announced they have agreed on a cooperation for powering Kacific’s interim services using Newtec Dialog® to be deployed and to provide affordable satellite broadband connectivity in the Pacific.

The multiservice platform will initially be used to deliver Internet connectivity to a number of schools in the Republic of Vanuatu. Kacific will be expanding its broadband service delivery to consumers, enterprises and other public institutions in places where Internet connectivity is lacking due to poor or non-available terrestrial infrastructure. The whole of South-East Asia and the Pacific, from Sumatra, Indonesia, to the French Polynesian archipelagos will ultimately benefit from the Kacific broadband service.

Kacific will provide interim Ku-band capacity to customers in the Pacific, ahead of the launch of its new Ka-band satellite.

“Our aim is to deliver fast, accessible and affordable direct-to-premises broadband connectivity to areas where other types of connectivity are absent, substandard and unaffordable, as is often the case in the Pacific,” said Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux. “Newtec Dialog is, in our opinion, an excellent choice. It is a highly scalable multiservice platform that supports a wide range of applications and services. And we will enjoy advantages over other offerings in terms of cost-efficient usage of satellite capacity and bandwidth savings. Thanks to Newtec’s advanced modulation technologies, such as the new DVB-S2X standard, and its unique Mx-DMA® technology, Kacific will be able to deliver many different types of satellite connectivity – all at the most efficient and competitive rates.”

As a multiservice platform, Newtec Dialog enables tailored services and guarantees optimal modulation and bandwidth allocation, whether it is being used to provide enterprise, consumer broadband, cellular backhaul or mobility services.

It features Newtec’s return link technology Mx-DMA, which delivers the efficiency of SCPC with the dynamic bandwidth allocation of MF-TDMA, making Kacific’s services more bandwidth efficient and enabling services to run more reliably than before.

Newtec’s CEO Serge Van Herck said: “Kacific is committed to providing agile and cost-effective services and we are delighted to be able to help them build on this by supplying our Newtec Dialog platform. As well as meeting the operator’s needs today, we are also confident that thanks to the scalable nature of Newtec Dialog, it will continue to meet Kacific’s needs long into the future and that it will help to close the digital divide in many underserved areas not just in the Pacific, but in South East Asia and beyond.”

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Clubbing TV on MEASAT

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/26/clubbing-tv-on-measat/

MEASAT Satellite Systems and Paris based Clubbing TV , the 24/7 Lifestyle & Dance Music TV channel, have announced a partnership that will bring the party to millions of homes with the launch of Clubbing TV HD effective immediately. Distributed through the MEASAT-3a satellite at the 91.5 degrees East hotslot, the channel will reach over 200 million households across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and East Africa.

“We are tremendously excited to bring the only 24/7 Lifestyle & Dance music channel in Asia dedicated for the millennial generation. Clubbing TV speaks a universal language and embraces the music lifestyle of ages 15-35. Millions of Dance and Electronic Music fans across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and East Africa can now enjoy their favorite live DJ sets, live broadcasts from festivals & concerts, top 20 charts, talk shows, the best dance music videos and others premium exclusive content from Clubbing TV Together with MEASAT, our new partner in the region, we are proud to provide our audiences with this high quality content,” said Stephane Schweitzer, Chief Executive Officer, Clubbing TV .

TRACE Urban Channel Heading Into APAC Via ABS-2 Satellite

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1667407303

ABS and TRACE have announced an agreement to broadcast TRACE Urban via the ABS-2 satellite's Global C-band beam across the Asia Pacific region—the channel will debut on May 1, 2016.

TRACE Urban is the #1 international urban music channel, giving a unique insight into urban culture and featuring the most popular urban music genres: R&B, hip-hop, dance, and rhythmic pop. TRACE Urban is available in 130 countries to 60 million subscribers, and covers all aspects of urban and youth culture.

TRACE Urban is 90 percent music videos and 10 percent magazine and documentary programming. There are no reality shows or drama, no fiction, and the channel features exclusive interviews with urban celebrities and original features about urban culture, including music, fashion, dance, sport, lifestyle, movies and so on. The target audience for TRACE Urban is hip-hop and R&B fans in the 15 to 34 age group demographic and the channel has higher ratings than MTV in 60 countries, with seven feeds worldwide, including a dedicated feed for Asia. Regular artistes include Trey Songz, Big Sean, Beyoncé, Fifth Harmony, Rihanna, Drake, Twenty One Pilots, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, Gwen Stefani and many more.

Vietnam: K+ retains Premier League rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/26/vietnam-k-retains-premier-league-rights/

MP & Silva has awarded the live broadcast rights for the Premier League in Vietnam to K+ Satellite Digital Television from season 2016/17 to 2018/19.

MP & Silva holds the live audio-visual broadcast rights as the official Premier League licensee in Vietnam.

K+ has been broadcasting the Premier League since 2010, and subscribers can look forward to enjoying all 380 matches, as well as a premium selection of games on its channels.

Beatrice Lee, MP & Silva’s Managing Director, Asia Pacific, commented: “We are delighted to conclude our agreement with K+, which have shown to be a great partner having showcased the Premier League successfully over the last six seasons on their channels. We are confident we will continue to grow the audience base in Vietnam, and look forward to promoting the Premier League with excellent high-quality coverage on K+ to serve football fans for the next three seasons.”

Telemundo, SyFy on Roku

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/25/telemundo-syfy-on-roku/

NBCUniversal has launched Telemundo Now and Syfy Now apps on the Roku platform, as part of its expanding TV Everywhere offering. Roku customers in the US who authenticate via their pay-TV provider can now use their Roku devices to stream full seasons, current and past episodes, short form clips and other programming from Telemundo and Syfy.

“We are delighted to partner with Roku to provide a new digital platform for Telemundo and Syfy fans to view their favourite shows and programming,” said Dina Juliano, SVP of Consumer Product Strategy, TV Everywhere, NBCUniversal. “The addition of these networks demonstrates our commitment to expanding our diverse TV Everywhere portfolio and providing access to subscribers anytime and anywhere they want it.”

OSN hails anti-piracy success

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/25/osn-hails-anti-piracy-success/

Middle East and North Africa pay-TV network OSN has secured a number of major successes in its fight against television piracy across the region, having carried out more than 316 raids with the support of government authorities.

On the eve of the World Intellectual Property Day (World IP Day) on April 26, OSN is upping the ante in its fight to curb the menace of TV piracy with concerted plans to cut down on both illegal satellite DTH services as well as the unauthorised distribution of IPTV services. OSN champions anti-TV piracy by spearheading the Anti-Piracy Coalition with leading satellite service providers.

The director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Francis Gurry, said that World Intellectual Property Day was an opportunity to celebrate the creators and innovators who so enrich our world, and who are at the base of our cultural and technological development. “This year, our theme for World IP Day is ‘Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined’. As we celebrate digital creativity across the world, we should also think about how to find the right balance – one which recognises the importance of creators and innovators to all the progress that we see, culturally and technologically, as a consequence of digital technology, while at the same time ensuring the social benefit of widespread access to their works.”

“The World IP Day underlines the importance of intellectual property rights which are to be upheld to sustain the growth of the creative industry and the entertainment sector,” stated David Butorac, CEO of OSN. “Through our concerted efforts to curb TV piracy highlighted by our ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaign, we have been taking the lead in protecting IP rights with the cooperation of the governmental authorities.”

“Across the region, we see tremendous support from the concerned authorities to curb TV piracy, given the huge loss in revenue to the state exchequers and the negative impact on the creative industry. Having made significant investments in equipment and training, we are using state-of-the-art technology to monitor all forms of TV piracy.”

“We also conduct awareness workshops for the authorities in identifying and curbing TV piracy. Ensuring the IP rights of content providers and creators is ‘doing the right thing,’ and we urge the public to access legal content and to report any instance of television piracy, to help safeguard and drive the growth of the region’s creative sector,” he concluded.

OSN worked with authorities in all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, as well as in Egypt and Jordan to conduct the anti-piracy raids. This resulted in a significant reduction in the illegal distribution of pirated TV services.

In major wins, several unauthorised operators were fined, shops closed and equipment confiscated. More than 86,487 illegal videos were removed from YouTube/Dailymotion, and over 2,272 advertisements of pirated boxes were removed from online markets. Further, 829 FTA (Free to Air) channel copyright infringements were detected and reported back to the satellite operators/distributors.

While the fight against illegal DTH services has been stepped up, OSN has also secured a significant victory in its fight against illegal IPTV services, achieving a court conviction against an illegal provider in Dubai. This marked the first time a court in the region has issued a conviction for TV piracy involving the unlicensed and unauthorised distribution of IPTV services in the UAE.

OSN also stepped up anti-piracy raids in Egypt, carrying out successful raids against illegal TV operators in Cairo and Alexandria.

Sky (U.K) TV growth slows as it cuts discounts

From http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/apr/21/sky-tv-growth-slows-as-it-cuts-discounts

Satellite broadcaster adds just 30,000 TV customers in first quarter but group revenues and profits continue to rise

Sky said it focused its marketing on its high-end Sky Q service in the first quarter.

Sky added just 30,000 new TV customers in the three months to the end of March as the company shifted its marketing focus away from discounting to focus on the new high-end Sky Q service.

The media group, which earlier this week signed its first-ever pan-European movie rights deal for Sony films including Ghostbusters, saw a rise in the rate of customers leaving its UK and Italian businesses in the quarter.

Overall the company said 177,000 new customers joined in the quarter to the end of March to a total of 21.7 million across its European operations.

Sky chief: we've grown faster than Netflix

In the UK and Ireland the churn rate – the proportion of customers that decided to leave Sky – rose from 10.2% to to 10.7% quarter on quarter, the highest rate in 18 months.

Sky said the UK and Ireland rate of churn “reflected our decision to limit discounts”.

“We believe this impacts the quarter by around 10,000 additional customers churning,” the company said. “We [also] focused our marketing on building brand awareness for Sky Q, ahead of first installations towards the end of the quarter.”

Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch played down the rise in the proportion of customers quitting the UK operation.

“It bounces around a wee bit,” he said. “I wouldn’t read too much into this quarter either. It did feel at end of last year UK market was very promotional and we have rowed back on that a bit. Churn is less important as a metric than it was six or seven years ago.”

Sky, which traditionally has a softer performance in the three months to the end of March, said it still experienced a good quarter of growth in the UK.

In the nine months to the end of March revenues grew 6% to £6.1bn and profits rose 15% to £1.15bn.

In Italy the churn rate jumped from 9.9% to 11% quarter on quarter, the highest rate in at least two years.

The company said that the increase in customers leaving reflected the loss of the Uefa Champions League rights and that the business had been “resilient” in the face of it.

Nevertheless, Sky said it managed to achieve its highest quarterly Italian customer growth in four years with a total of 34,000 new retail customers in the three months to the end of March.

Revenue fell 2% and operating losses hit £22m in the quarter.

In Germany and Austria, customer churn was stable at 9.8% and the business produced an operating profit for the first time ever in the three-month period to the end of March.

For the nine-month period to the end of March group operating profit increased by 12% to a record £1.14bn with revenue up 5% to £8.7bn.

“It’s been another strong quarter for Sky,” said Darroch. “Our strategy to broaden our business, expanding into new markets and customer segments, has delivered further excellent financial results with revenue up 5% and a double-digit growth in profit.”

UK: 10-year sentence for online piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/22/uk-10-year-sentence-for-online-piracy/

The UK Government has confirmed that it plans to harmonise the maximum sentence for online copyright infringement with physical infringement – at 10 years. The proposal was contained in its response to a Consultation on Criminal Sanctions for Online Copyright Infringement.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property, noted that the creative industries add £84.1 billion to the UK economy each year, and to ensure this investment was protected, there must be effective and appropriately targeted laws.

Following the publication of an independent report – Penalty Fair – and other supportive evidence during 2015, Neville-Rolfe said that the maximum sentence for online copyright infringement needed to be harmonised with physical infringement – at 10 years.

“Last year the government consulted on increasing the maximum term to 10 years. We received over a thousand responses, which have played a significant part in helping to shape the discussion. As a result, we are now proposing changes that include increasing the maximum sentence, but at the same time addressing concerns about the scope of the offence. The revised provisions will help protect rights holders, while making the boundaries of the offence clearer, so that everyone can understand how the rules should be applied,” she advised.

“The UK is frequently cited as the world leader in IP enforcement, and as Minister for IP I want to do everything I can to preserve this standing. The provision of a maximum ten-year sentence is designed to send a clear message to criminals that exploiting the intellectual property of others online without their permission not acceptable,” she stated.

The Government intends to introduce to Parliament at the earliest available legislative opportunity re-drafted offence provisions which address issues raised in the consultation.

Reacting to the proposal, Jim Killock, Executive Director Open Rights Group said: “We note that the Minister has committed to narrowing the scope of the offence. We need to see that it relates to genuinely commercial infringements. In particular the test of prejudicially affecting the copyright holder needs to go, and a test for actual knowledge need to be present.

“We would welcome further discussions with her and the IPO to understand how the government seeks to ensure these new sentences are not abused to threaten people whose civil copyright misdemeanours are not deserving of custodial sentences.”

Over 1000 respondents from ORG’s community submitted evidence to the consultation.

YuppTV expands its offering by launching 18 Sri Lankan channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/ott-services/yupptv-expands-its-offering-by-launching-18-sri-lankan-channels-160421

MUMBAI: YuppTV has expanded its offering with the launch of 18 Sri Lankan TV channels across a variety of genres such as general entertainment, news, music, spiritual etc. As part of the association, prominent Sinhala, Tamil and English channels such as Siyatha TV, Derana TV, Dan TV, Channel C, Nethra TV and Prime TV will be made available on the YuppTV platform worldwide.

Speaking on the partnership, YuppTV founder and CEO Uday Reddy said, “At YuppTV, we have always sought to enable the best, most preferred entertainment options for our users across the globe. We have constantly enhanced our content offerings to appeal to the sensibilities of our diverse consumer base. Allowing access to these channels through our platform will add to the delight of our Sri Lankan expat viewers as they will be able to watch their favorite programmes from anywhere in the world.”

The platform aims at catering to approximately 3 million Sri Lankan expats across the globe with the majority concentrated around Europe, Middle East and Canada. Two of Sri Lanka's most popular TV channels namely Shakthi TV and Sirasa TV were already available on the OTT platform.

With this partnership, the service provider will also provide live TV access of Sri Lankan channels to subscribers at a very affordable price. These new channels will be part of Sri Lankan TV packages and can be accessed through the YuppTV website or via its app.

As transponders lie vacant, DTH industry pitches for price cuts

From http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/info-tech/as-transponders-lie-vacant-dth-industry-pitches-for-price-cuts/article8516644.ece

A number of foreign operators launching satellites with an India beam has led to a situation of a large capacity lying vacant in Ku-band transponders, meant for Direct-to-Home (DTH) companies.

But, industry players lament they are not able to cash in on discounts on transponder lease and renewal fees, as contracts are signed through Antrix, the marketing arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and not directly by the players.

As per current norms, Indian DTH players apply to Antrix when they require satellite transponder capacities, which combine all these requests and float the aggregate requirements to foreign satellite operators.

Based on these negotiations, the transponder capacities are contracted for Indian players.

Jawahar Goel, Managing Director of Dish TV, said, “A lot of satellite transponder capacity is lying vacant over India, which includes both foreign and Indian satellites. We believe over 150 Ku-band transponders are idle. DTH companies should get the advantage of prices because of this over-built transponder capacity.”

Currency fluctuation

He said that since transponder lease agreements are signed in dollars, it has also become expensive due to the currency fluctuations. “These agreements should be signed in rupee terms to protect Indian players from currency fluctuations,” he added.

In an email on the pricing dynamics, Blaine Curcio, Senior Analyst at Northern Sky Research, said: “There are enough players in the market, and enough of a “land grab” mentality, as it relates to general satcom industry growth. If there was some degree of free market to the pricing structure in India, I would suspect some downward pressure on pricing, particularly in Ku-band.”

As per industry estimates, nearly 75 per cent of satellite transponder capacity of DTH players is currently being met by foreign companies and, depending on currency valuations, the industry pays in the range of ₹700-900 crore in lease fees annually. DS Govindarajan, co-founder of Aniara Space, said: “There is definitely some free capacity of transponders on foreign satellites available on the Indian beam, currently meant for DTH players.

“It all depends on whether this capacity meets the requirements of DTH players, considering they need satellites to be in a particular orbital location.”

A report last month by the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia and PwC recommended that DTH operators should be allowed to have direct contracts to expand their capacity with existing satellite providers, which are already authorised to provide their services. It also pointed out that the three-year contract that is currently offered by Antrix and ISRO are “severely limiting”.

“Foreign transponder contracts need to be of longer durations (10–15 years) to allow Indian companies to leverage on cost economics and provide cost protection to DTH operators,” the report added.

Jehil Thakkar, Partner and Head (Media and Entertainment), KPMG India, added: “This is a longstanding challenge DTH companies are facing. Not being able to directly do contracts with satellite operators makes these contracts less beneficial commercially.”

Pakistan to auction DTH licences again

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/25/pakistan-to-auction-dth-licences-again/

Pakistan’s media regulator, PEMRA, says the abandoned DTH auction (cancelled last December) will be reinstated later this year.

PEMRA says it will auction rights to three satellite TV slots.

PEMRA has been somewhat bogged down while its new chairman Absar Alam has conducted examinations into PEMRA’s own operating processes.

Last autumn, ahead of the cancelled auction, there were eight potential bidders for licences: Sardar Builders, Parus Media & Broadcast, Mastro Media Distribution, HB DTH, IQ Communications, Nayatel, Shahzad CGG and Sharif Feed Mills.

India’s Tata Group is said to be behind one of the potential bidders.


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On Demand on TV for all - FreeviewPlus now on Satellite

From Press Release: FreeView

On Demand on TV for all Kiwis - FreeviewPlus now on Satellite

PRESS RELEASE | Thursday 21st April, 2016; 10:00am

Enjoying On Demand on TV is about to become a whole lot simpler and easier for even more Kiwis up and down the country, as Freeview New Zealand rolls out FreeviewPlus on their satellite platform.

The first technology of its kind in New Zealand, FreeviewPlus combines all available On Demand content from TVNZ Ondemand, 3NOW & Māori Television On Demand, with live free-to-air broadcasts – creating an impressive library of top New Zealand and international content all in one place, available to enjoy any time, subscription-free.

Available since July 2015 to those living in Freeview|HD coverage areas, and requiring a UHF aerial, FreeviewPlus can now also be accessed via satellite dish – so it’s no longer subject to coverage restrictions, and is available to everyone in New Zealand with a compatible FreeviewPlus device.

Freeview General Manager, Sam Irvine, says Freeview is delighted to now offer FreeviewPlus to all Kiwis looking to improve their viewing experience.

“The TV is the most preferred screen in the home. And On Demand viewing on your TV should be simple.

“Our goal with FreeviewPlus is to make On Demand viewing easy and more enjoyable by bringing great On Demand content to your TV, helping Kiwis eliminate those painful streaming setups that are all-too-familiar – squinting at a tiny phone, struggling with a myriad of menus, network configurations or cords to get streaming videos onto the TV.

“We achieved that for our Freeview|HD viewers in July last year. Extending it onto satellite means we can now do the same for all New Zealanders – so everyone can enjoy On Demand on their TV with FreeviewPlus, with just the click of a button.”

The extension of the FreeviewPlus service comes just as Freeview is celebrating another major milestone, with latest research showing that Freeview is now used in 75 percent of New Zealand homes – a year on year growth of five percent from 2015.

“It’s great that more Kiwis are opting for subscription-free TV with us, and it’s encouraging to see results like this almost 10 years after we first launched. In an increasingly competitive and crowded landscape, this continued growth shows that Freeview is a preferred option for New Zealand TV viewers.

“Part of that comes down to our compelling proposition - 98 of the top 100 programmes are available on our platforms. And with innovative new technologies like FreeviewPlus, we’re also continually working with our shareholders - TVNZ, MediaWorks, Māori Television and other broadcasters, as well as leading manufacturers - to deliver what viewers want.” Irvine concludes.

Satellite-compatible FreeviewPlus TVs & MyFreeviewPlus recorders are now available from leading brands and electronics stores nationwide.

Visit www.freeviewplus.co.nz for a list of models and tips on getting FreeviewPlus.


Freeview extends on-demand service to remaining 40pc of its viewers

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/79172595/Freeview-extends-on-demand-service-to-remaining-40pc-of-its-viewers

Freeview satellite customers will need a FreeviewPlus TV or set-top box to take advantage of new features.

Hundreds of thousands more households will be able to watch free-to-air television at a time of their choosing.

Freeview has extended its FreeviewPlus "on demand" service to the 30 per cent of Kiwi homes who use its satellite service to watch free-to-air television.

About another 45 per cent of homes can already receive FreeviewPlus though its "terrestrial" service, FreeviewHD.

Freeview chief executive Sam Irvine said Freeview satellite customers would be able to click back through their electronic programming guide (EPG) to catch up on most prime-time programmes and locally-produced daytime programmes that they might have missed during the previous seven days.

They will also be able to watch other "on demand" content provided through TVNZ On Demand, 3Now and Maori Television On Demand.

Freeview satellite customers would need a compatible set-top box or television that was hooked up to broadband to access FreeviewPlus, Irvine said.

Most Dish set-top boxes or big brand televisions bought during the past year would fit the bill, he said.

Freeview's satellite service has been regarded as something of a poor cousin to its FreeviewHD UHF service.

That is partly because satellite-capacity constraints have limited it to showing programmes in standard definition.

But adding FreeviewPlus to the satellite service would help close the gap, Irvine said.

"We are always looking at how we could move to HD on satellite but it is a difficult one with the lack of spare capacity on the satellite that is not being used by Sky."

Many households, even in urban areas where FreeviewHD is available, still chose the satellite service, as it is easy to tune in through an existing satellite dish, Irvine said.

They would find the picture quality of some programmes improved when they watched them through FreeviewPlus via broadband rather than by satellite, he said.

FreeviewPlus could allow broadcasters such as Television New Zealand and MediaWorks to sell pay-per-view programmes or subscription (SVOD) television to viewers, but Irvine said the SVOD market was now extremely crowded.

"I think it would be a brave business that would launch a new SVOD service in competition to the existing players in the small New Zealand market." Those existing players include Netflix, Spark-owned Lightbox and Sky's Neon.

Sky Television announced that its free-to-air Prime TV channel had concluded a deal with the BBC that would see "a wide range of prestigious BBC programmes" premiere exclusively on Prime in New Zealand.

Those programme would include documentaries such as The Story of China, Stephen Fry in Central America, the second series of Coast Australia, Rick Stein's Long Weekends and the two new travel series Greece and Ireland with Simon Reeve, it said.

Prime had also secured the new BBC drama series The Durrells, based on the memoirs of naturalist and conservationist Gerald Durrell, and Michael Mosley's new documentary series Nine Months That Made You, it said.

Sky said it would also screen all 51 UEFA EURO 2016 football matches live on Sky Sports "pop-up" channels in June and July

Partnership Signed Between Optus Satellite and RigNet Australia

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=6408391

Optus Satellite has announced a new, wholesale partnership with RigNet Australia.

This agreement will see RigNet providing services to the Australasia region and in establishing presence and assets into Optus Satellite east and west coast Earth stations. The existing links between the the two Optus teleports are provided by a diverse Optus SDH fiber network, which is a key benefit for RigNet to ensure their customers have true redundancy for their services.

By using Optus' Lockridge and Oxford Falls satellite facilities, RigNet will also be able to focus on providing targeted and fully managed comms solutions and other network-based services to customers with the region.

Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Optus Satellite, remarked that RigNet has been securing contracts across teh region and will require more capacity domestically, which means that while they use their own capacity, this new partnership also allows access to capacity from the Optus satellite fleet as well as the firm's additional partners.

The agreement allows RigNet access to Optus' domestic satellite capacity as we as international, third party providers.

Ten returns to profit after four years

From http://tbivision.com/news/2016/04/ten-returns-to-profit-after-four-years/582102/

Australia’s Ten Network is back in profit for the first time in four years.

Paul AndersonThe commercial channel’s parent, Ten Network Holdings, posted a half-year net profit of A$13.4 million (US$10.5 million) on revenues of A$334.2 million.

This compares with a A$264.4 million loss and revenues of A$309.8 million for the same period 12 months ago.

Ten has also reduced its net debt from A$131 million in August 2015 to A$20 million, as of February 2016.

The last time Ten posted a profit was H1 2012. Since then it has struggled financially, though a cash injection from pay TV firm Foxtel and improved ratings – including its highest commercial share of 25-54 – have steadied the ship.

The good news for Ten comes after Paul Anderson (pictured) replaced Hamish McLennan as CEO last July, and David Gordon was named chairman.

The Foxtel investment, a deal that also saw Ten taking over Foxtel media sales firm MCN, closed in July last year.

Ten’s best-rating series include The Bachelorette Australia, Gogglebox Australia, MasterChef Australia and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Eutelsat Selects Gilat Technology to Power Satellite Broadband Services in Western Russia

From Press release

Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris:ETL), one of the world's leading satellite operators, today announced its selection of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (GILT) (GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, to power a new range of broadband services in Western Russia.

Eutelsat has selected Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c hub with X-Architecture and SkyEdge II-c small user terminals to deliver broadband services using the new Express AMU1/EUTELSAT 36C satellite. The hub will be installed at the Dubna satellite centre operated by RSCC, near Moscow. The satellite’s High Throughput payload comprises 18 Ka-band beams delivering continuous coverage of Western Russia, from the Arctic coastline to the Caspian Sea.

Kirill Yanchenko, General Director of the Eutelsat Networks company that will market services in Russia, said: “Our deployment of Gilat technology is a new milestone taking us closer to the commercial launch of services in July. In working with Gilat we are putting in place a key component of a high-performance broadband infrastructure that will deliver high-quality connectivity.”

“We are proud to win Eutelsat’s trust in a head-to-head competition with the world’s top satellite broadband network providers. By working together with Eutelsat in Russia, our market position is greatly enhanced,” noted Ron Levin, Director Strategic Accounts. “The agreement further validates our multi-application, one platform X-Architecture as the most advanced baseband system for HTS.”

About Eutelsat Communications
Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris:ETL) (ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 40 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.

For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com

About Gilat
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (GILT) (GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in Peru and Colombia.

With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 90 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat's high-performance SOTM solutions. Gilat controlling shareholders are the FIMI Private Equity Funds. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com

Russia to Put 11 Communications Satellites Into Orbit by 2025

From http://sputniknews.com/science/20160421/1038375744/russia-satellites-2025.html

Russia will put five satellites into the Earth's orbit in 2019-2012.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia plans to put a dozen of new communications satellites into the Earth’s orbit in the next nine years, the head of the country’s communications agency Rossvyaz said Thursday.

"A program has been laid out on how to expand the civil satellite constellation in 2017-2025. Under it, we plan to launch seven satellites into the geostationary orbit and four into the highly-elliptical orbit," Oleg Dukhovnitsky said at a Satellite Russia conference in Moscow.

US-Russia Space Projects Set Example of Good Cooperation - Roscosmos
The Rossvyaz chief added that "paperwork is already being prepared for five devices," which will be launched in 2019-2020.

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said earlier that a total of 44 satellites would be put into orbit by 2025, including for military and scientific purposes. The program’s federal budget is worth 87.4 billion rubles ($1.3 billion).

Global Eagle boost for SES

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/20/global-eagle-boost-for-ses/

In-flight connectivity specialists Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has signed a major contract with satellite operator SES.

The agreement will allow passengers on GEE-related airlines to view live TV programming as well as have Internet and broadband access ‘direct-to-seat’.

These latest contracts between GEE and SES secure multiple transponders of wide beam Ku-band coverage aboard SES’s NSS-12 and AMC-1 satellites to meet the fast-growing passenger and airline demand for more connectivity across India, Central Asia, the Middle East and North America. GEE is now tapping 12 SES satellites to put together a complementary mix of Ku-band wide beam and upcoming Ku-band high throughput satellite (HTS) spot beam coverage to meet various levels of inflight connectivity demand along travel routes around the globe.

“GEE is in the midst of a strategic expansion of our global inflight connectivity network to meet the growing and evolving demands of airlines and their passengers for a new wave of high-speed Wi-Fi-based services,” said Dave Davis, CEO at GEE. “Together with SES, GEE continues to proactively add significant levels of bandwidth over established inflight connectivity markets, as well as developing regions such as Asia and the Middle East where passenger demand is accelerating the deployment of connected aircraft over new routes.”

“SES has built a robust and scalable global infrastructure to meet the growing demand for inflight entertainment and connectivity,” said Elias Zaccack, SVP/Commercial, Americas, and head of Global Mobility solutions at SES. “SES is committed to delivering a great mobile experience to airline passengers, and these latest capacity agreements with GEE will bring a new level of inflight connectivity to both expanding and emerging markets.”

SpeedCast Signs Partnership MOU with Beijing Marine Communications & Navigation Company Limited

From http://www.pressreleaserocket.net/speedcast-signs-partnership-mou-with-beijing-marine-communications-navigation-company-limited/437616/

To build a global maritime VSAT service for China Market

Hong Kong, April 20, 2016 – SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, and Beijing Marine Communications and Navigation Co. Ltd (‘MCN’), a subsidiary of the China Transport Telecommunications & Information Centre (‘CTTIC’), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Strategic Cooperation (‘MOU’).

Under the MOU, MCN and SpeedCast will form a strategic partnership by integrating MCN’s VSAT network in Asia Pacific and SpeedCast’s global VSAT networks to provide global connectivity to the maritime industry. This partnership will provide seamless connectivity for both MCN and SpeedCast customers wherever they are, as well as providing a wide portfolio of applications enhancing productivity, crew welfare and safety. SpeedCast will assist MCN to expand its infrastructure to provide service coverage in the South China Sea, which will be integrated to SpeedCast’s global network. MCN will also be able to leverage SpeedCast’s extensive network of field engineers located in key ports around the world.

“We are thrilled about establishing this strategic partnership with MCN,” commented Mr. Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. “MCN has a strong leadership position in the Chinese market and together we will be able to provide high quality broadband services to their customers globally. This partnership may also expand into other mobility markets where both companies will be able to leverage each other’s strengths.”

Mr. Song Zeng, Deputy Director General, CTTIC said; “partnering with SpeedCast not only extends our VSAT service network globally, but we are also able to leverage SpeedCast’s deep technical know-how and extensive experience to provide world class services and connectivity to our customers no matter where they are.”

“With our 24/7 service desk in Hong Kong, SpeedCast is well positioned and very happy to contribute to the future development of China maritime VSATs for market,” added Mr. Beylier.


About Beijing Marine Communications and Navigation Co., Ltd

Beijing Marine Communications and Navigation Co., Ltd, part of the China Transportation Telecommunications & Information Centre (CTTIC) represents the Chinese Government, manages and operates the Inmarsat maritime satellite business. MCN serves as the backbone enterprise for China domestic mobile satellite communications services, provides services to transportation industries and maritime, land, air and global communications businesses. More information about MCN can be found at http://www.bjmcn.com/EN/

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 39 sales and support offices and 33 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 www.speedcast.com.

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Tricolor CCO Lays Out 4K Roadmap in Russia

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2016/04/19/tricolor-cco-lays-out-4k-roadmap-in-russia/

[Via Satellite 04-19-2016] Tricolor TV is one of the main satellite TV players in Russia and has been one of the first DTH operators to launch Ultra-HD services into the market. In November last year, Tricolor TV announced it had started to broadcast its Ultra-HD package, which included two new Ultra-HD TV channels: Tricolor Ultra HD and Insight UHD. Subscribers of Tricolor TV gain access to movies and documentaries, as well as sports and entertainment programs broadcasted in 4K at no extra charge. The channels of the package are broadcasted at 3840×2160 resolution with an image transmission rate of 50 frames per second (fps).

Alexey Kholodov, СCO at Tricolor TV, told Via Satellite that the market is conducive to the launch of these services and that Tricolor is moving forward together with manufacturers of TV sets, which have very optimistic plans relating to sales of 4K broadcast equipment in Russia.

“Vendors working in Russia assert that the market demand is sufficient in this regard. It is impossible to expect to benefit instantly from Ultra-HD, of course, as this project is intended for the future. But in the near future, according to experts, 330 million 4K panels will be sold throughout the world by the end of 2019. As for the advantages for Tricolor in regards to the launch of these services, we show our technical viability and readiness to launch innovative services, and we prove ourselves to be an industry leader,” he said.

Kholodov believes there are already more than 250,000 4K TV sets sold in Russia. He believes that, with the plans of TV manufacturers to build out their product ranges with gradually reducing prices for 4K models, the Russian market is expected to show “fairly rapid growth” in terms of 4K TV set sales. “The availability of high-quality 4K TV channels with some interesting content will also be an additional motivation for consumers,” he added.

Over the next 12 months, Tricolor aims to supply more content for its own Ultra-HD channels. Kholodov said the operator is working on “increasing the amount of content many times over.” To achieve this, Tricolor will need to adequately upgrade its hardware to customers. Any operator looking to launch 4K services is faced with a number of challenges. Kholodov highlights the shortage of the ready-to-use Ultra-HD content in the market as the main difficulty a pay-TV operator like Tricolor faces. “We have taken the Ultra-HD 3840×2160 standard, frame rate 50 fps as a basis. Most content manufacturers did not expect a serious promotion of such a format by any operator. Acting as the operator, we shall also need some time to introduce the new technology to users, to explain its features and benefits,” he said. “In addition to the highest quality image, there is one more very important feature of the format, which is not perceived by the subscriber: requirements for bandwidth. Bandwidth for broadcasting an Ultra-HD channel uses twice as much as bandwidth compared to HD. This means that the transponder capacity for broadcasting on an Ultra-HD channel must be at least twice as high when compared to an HD-channel.”

At the moment, it is expensive to put on Ultra-HD channels, and they have a limited audience, which is not necessarily a great combination. Although things are likely to change once more TV sets are acquired, which could fuel the demand for content. However, Kholodov believes the satellite industry could be doing more to help a company like Tricolor bring more 4K content to its customer base, and that upscaling is not a proper solution.

“Despite the claims of satellite operators in regard to assistance in the implementation of 4K broadcasting and attempts to effectively optimize the transmission of such signals, not all providers of satellite capacity are willing to lose the profit associated with the leased transponder capacity needed for two Ultra-HD channels. In the meantime, some [satellite] operators may try to use available methods for artificial improvement of the image with the use of ‘upscaling’ to save money. However, such a signal, to be frank, has nothing to do with real 4K broadcasting. Tricolor TV has stated long ago that it has objections against the use of ‘upscaling’ in such a scenario.”

Despite this, Kholodov is optimistic about the future of Ultra-HD. He believes technologies will improve. He highlights modern signal processing techniques that will give the possibility to broadcast more channels with the use of the same transponder capacity. He also said manufacturers of encoding equipment will develop new methods of statistical multiplexing of H.265 channels. “All this gives us hope that bandwidth will be larger and that the equipment will give the possibility to use it as efficiently as possible without losing the quality of the formed channel,” he added.

It will undoubtedly take a few years for 4K to make an impact, even with early adopters such as Tricolor making a big play in the market. “According to experts, the mass 4K implementation will begin in 2020 or later. Of course we will monitor the development of this market, and, if the prospects of this broadcasting remain the same, we will encourage the process of 4K development in Russia in every possible way, especially considering that we have already assumed this role and that we have everything in place to continue to move in this direction,” said Kholodov.

NHK World TV doubles VoD output

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/21/nhk-world-tv-doubles-vod-output/

NHK World TV, the global news and information channel from Japan’s public broadcaster, is doubling the amount of VoD programming to reflect the significant increase in demand from viewers around the world.

The expansion includes new programmes – such as A Century on Film, Direct Talk and J-Trip Plan – as well as established ones, including Tokyo Fashion Express and Samurai Wheels.

In general, VoD programmes will be available for two to four weeks after broadcast, and are available either from the NHK World website or via an App on suitable ‘smart’ TVs.

The VoD active availability jumps from 13 to 27 programmes.

OneWeb to Build 15 Internet Satellites a Week at Florida Factory

From http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/oneweb-to-build-15-internet-satellites-a-week-at-florida-factory-828090

OneWeb to Build 15 Internet Satellites a Week at Florida Factory

Satellite Internet Startup OneWeb Ltd plans to manufacture 15 satellites per week at a planned factory in Florida as part of its push to provide global high-speed Internet access, company officials said on Tuesday.

Backed by Richard Branson's Virgin Group and other well-known firms, OneWeb aims to supply Internet services worldwide through a fleet of 700 or more satellites it expects to have in orbit and operating by the end of 2019.

Construction of the Florida factory has not yet begun and OneWeb did not say when manufacturing would start. On Tuesday it unveiled the factory's location near Nasa's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, two days after Reuters reported it.

The first group of 10 satellites are being built at partner Airbus' Toulouse, France facility.

Typically, communications satellites take four to five months to assemble, Brian Holz, chief executive of OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture of OneWeb and Europe's Airbus Group's Defense and Space said during an event near the future location of the factory.

"We're going to build one in an eight-hour shift," he said. He did not give details but said the factory would be highly automated.

OneWeb plans to hire 250 engineers to work at the state-financed, robotics-intensive facility to be located in an industrial park next door to where Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin is building a rocket factory.

The company also intends to build satellites for other companies and agencies, including the U.S. military and Nasa, said OneWeb founder Greg Wyler, a well-known communications satellite industry executive. He said the initial run of satellites would be 900 to provide for spares.

Wyler said that the region's aerospace and engineering workforce, plus up to about $20 million (roughly Rs. 132 crores) in financial incentives from the state and county, were key to the company's decision on where to base the 100,000 square foot plant.

Space Florida, a state-backed space economic development agency, plans to spend up to about $80 million (roughly Rs. 529 crores) to build and equip the factory, which will then be leased to OneWeb, Space Florida President Frank DiBello said in an interview.

OneWeb has raised $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,310 crores) in an initial round of financing for its venture from a group of companies including Virgin Group, Airbus, India's Bharti Enterprises, chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, Hughes Network Systems, Intelsat, Coca-Cola Co and Mexico's Totalplay

Students observe damaged Hitomi X-ray satellite and debris

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Students_observe_damaged_Hitomi_X_ray_satellite_and_debris_999.html

Engineering Physics students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus have made several high-cadence telescope observations of the recently damaged Hitomi X-ray satellite and several of its debris pieces.

Hitomi, also known as ASTRO-H, was a Japanese X-ray astronomy satellite that was launched in February. The $275 million spacecraft was 46 feet long when deployed and weighed 6,000 lbs. It carried a number of scientific instruments, including a unique device called an X-ray microcalorimeter that was intended to investigate the evolution and large-scale structure of the universe, dark matter distribution, how matter behaves in high-gravity areas like black holes, and other high-energy phenomena.

It experienced a catastrophic event on March 26 during its first test observations 360 miles above the Earth. The U.S. Joint Space Operations Center detected several fragments of debris in the area and Hitomi's orbit suddenly changed.

"As soon as we got news of the suspected breakup, we wanted to observe the fragments with OSCOM, an optical tracking and spectral characterization system capable of observing large and small space objects, to see for ourselves how chaotically they were tumbling," said Forrest Gasdia, an Embry-Riddle graduate student in Engineering Physics. "As soon as the skies were clear, Sergei Bilardi [Engineering Physics undergraduate] and I deployed a telescope for the observations."

"The Physical Sciences Department has an impressive array of telescope assets, including a 1-meter (40-inch) Ritchey-Chretien reflecting telescope, and OSCOM, which was seed funded by a National Science Foundation grant," said Dr. Aroh Barjatya, associate professor and program coordinator of the Engineering Physics program at the Daytona Beach Campus.

"All of these assets are readily available for our students majoring in Engineering Physics, which has a strong emphasis on space systems engineering, as well as a new Astronomy and Astrophysics program."

Using OSCOM, the Engineering Physics students have obtained rapid brightness measurements of the satellite and debris fragments tumbling through space. These high-speed measurements - up to 100 samples per second for the main fragment - reveal bright reflections of solar light caused by different parts of Hitomi.

The data show a strong and consistent flash pattern with a period of 2.6 seconds. Further details about the OSCOM system, more photometry results, and observation videos can be found on the Space and Atmospheric Instrumentation Lab (SAIL) website.

Although OSCOM specializes in observing small satellites and CubeSats in low-Earth orbit (LEO), the project team has also developed optical observation and analysis techniques for solving space situational awareness problems with spatially resolved satellites in LEO, satellites in geostationary orbit, and debris and near-Earth asteroids.

Essel’s ‘wellness’ channels come to market

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/20/essels-wellness-channels-come-to-market/

Subhash Chandra, head of Essel Group which controls the Zee cluster of channels, is launching 3 dedicated ‘wellness’ channels.

Essel’s Living Entertainment launched last year, and will now roll out three new, and health-based, channels this autumn. Living Zen is the first, which is targeted to launch on August 1st. Later will come Living Travelz, as will Living Foodz.

“We should be launching Living Zen around August 1st. Looking at happiness as the key positioning, the channel will be dedicated to health and wellness. This genre of channel does not exist in India,” Zee Living India APAC CEO Piyush Sharma told India’s TelevisionPost.

The brief is to produce channels and programming that appeal to viewers but will also bring in advertising support. Food advertising accounts for some 50 per cent of Indian on-screen publicity.


FreeviewPlus is now available on Freeview Satellite

From my Email


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NSS 9 177.0W 4103 R "France 24 Français" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 12120 H Telekarta Kino has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3831 H "SK Movie and Channel S" have left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3847 V "Yes TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Colors HD(高清)等频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cineplex、Shop Now(MPEG-4)频道改格式,设置4177 H 2815参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,HD life(高清)频道消失,设置11973 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Match TV HD(高清)频道新增,设置11973 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月20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(东南亚)频道消失,设置4000 H 29720参数无效接收。 [4月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Don 24(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,四画面(韩国)频道新增,设置12410 H 29500参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,六画面(韩国)频道新增,设置12450 H 27489参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,No Name(蒙古)等3个测试频道新增,设置12629 H 43200参数部分免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Krasnaya Liniya(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11559 V 22000参数无效接收。 [4月20日]


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JCSAT 4B 124.0E A Big TV mux has started on 12290 H.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E The Big TV muxes have left 12410 H, 12450 H, 12690 H and 12730 H.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11170 V "Teleshop has replaced Shri News" on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 V "Sony Mix has replaced NHK World TV" on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4096 H "AKD Calcutta News has replaced Uttar Bangla" on , Fta.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Trace Sports Star(ABS Free Dish)频道重现,设置12227 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [4月19日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Zee TV(环宇卫视)测试频道加密,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,B4U Movies、NEO Sports(孟加拉)等频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Sony Aath、Sony TV(孟加拉)等频道新增,设置12347 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月19日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Indonesia Healthy Channel(印尼)频道消失,设置3980 V 31000参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,DTV2(印尼)等全组频道消失,设置4011 V 1500参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,SCTV(印度尼西亚)等全组频道消失,设置3747 H 6250参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC TV(巴布亚新几内亚)频道消失,设置3784 V 1464参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
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)频道消失,设置3805 V 3960参数无效接收。 [4月18日]


Foxtel has stopped marketing its iQ3 set-top box

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-has-stopped-marketing-its-iq3-settop-box-20160419-go9xv6.html

Foxtel has stopped marketing its troubled iQ3 set-top box as the pay TV giant scrambles to iron out bugs that have plagued the video recording device since it was launched just over a year ago.

Foxtel's websites are now pushing earlier iterations of the box, the iQ2 and even the iQ1 with some offers, while all promotion of the much-heralded iQ3 box has been quietly removed.

As revealed by Fairfax Media on Monday, Foxtel's owners News Corp and Telstra have postponed a planned $8 billion initial public offering until 2017 due to the sheer volume of work that needs to be done to prepare their structurally challenged pay television joint venture for a sharemarket listing. Stabilising the iQ3 is one of many items on that list.

The box, which connects to cable, satellite and ADSL broadband, was a year late when it was launched in March last year.

It provides a much slicker user interface and easier-to-navigate electronic programming guide than the iQ2 with improved functionality.

However, customers have at times complained of various problems such as picture and menus disappearing; frozen screens; remote control unresponsiveness; programs being deleted or not recording properly; and needing to reboot the iQ3 multiple times a day.

While Foxtel has issued software updates to correct many of the problems, some customers are continuing to report problems with the box.

A spokesman for Foxtel, told Fairfax Media: "We have and are continuing to make software updates to improve stability and features of the iQ3 box.

"We are confident that any problems some customers have experienced either have been addressed or will be in the near future."

The development comes as new Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh accelerates plans for a much cheaper and smaller, so-called "puck" device that could offer multiple entertainment services, including Netflix, over the internet to users who don't want to pay for the full Foxtel cable and satellite service.

Foxtel already faces competition in the puck market from its own 50 per cent shareholder Telstra and from Fetch TV, which is poised to launch a new iteration of its own set-top box as well as its own puck device.

While there is much focus in media circles on the rise of subscription video-on-demand platforms led by Netflix some in the industry say the main prize will go to the company that can own the principle set top box and therefore own the remote the control and the TV menu, through which it can capture viewing data that is valuable to advertisers.

Most video viewing is still done on a traditional TV, according to Nielsen.

Foxtel boasts 2.6 million cable and satellite subscribers and is Australia's most profitable media company but it has the most at stake in the rapidly changing video entertainment market.

Fetch, which is available through Optus and iiNet and Dodo, is understood to be approaching 400,000 users. Telstra has switched its bet from the T-Box – which despite sales of around 900,000, has low activity levels, and is now pushing its new "puck" solution Telstra TV.

DISH, Chinese programmers file piracy lawsuit

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/19/dish-chinese-programmers-file-piracy-lawsuit/

Pay-TV platform DISH, TVB (USA) and CCTV have filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York to halt what they allege is illegal streaming of content via the ‘h.TV’ device. TVB is the largest producer of Cantonese-language TV programming in the world and CCTV is the largest television broadcaster in mainland China. DISH owns exclusive rights to retransmit TVB and CCTV channels and programmes via satellite in the United States, as well as exclusive rights to retransmit TVB content Over the Top (OTT) in the US.

In the filing, DISH, TVB and CCTV state that HTV International Limited (HTVI) has set up a pirate broadcasting network that brazenly captures entire channels of TVB and CCTV television programming and streams that programming over the Internet to users of the h.TV device in the US, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The h.TV Retransmission Service accomplishes this massive piracy in part through a peer-to-peer network – like Napster, Grokster, and BitTorrent, but designed to stream video content rather than to download media files,” the plaintiffs state in the complaint. “Through this peer-to-peer network, some h.TV users not only receive unauthorised streams of CCTV and TVB programming in the United States, but also simultaneously retransmit that programming to other h.TV users in the United States.”

The plaintiffs note that consumers are paying as much as $300 for an h.TV device and accessing a variety of ‘apps’ that enable users to access, view and share infringing streams of television programming. Many of these apps unlawfully retransmit TVB and CCTV programming.

“Not only are consumers being scammed when they buy the h.TV device, which relies on content obtained illegally, they are being exploited to help facilitate this scheme through a peer-to-peer network that retransmits unauthorised programming from one user to another,” said Samuel Tsang, vice president, operations for TVB USA. “We work with providers like DISH to offer our content legally to consumers and won’t stand for pirates who seek to profit from our content without our authorisation.”

“HTVI has built its entire business around blatant copyright infringement, brazenly advertising and promoting the capability of the h.TV device to provide users with infringing streams of CCTV and TVB television programming,” the plaintiffs state in the complaint.

HBO picks Arris satellite receiver for content delivery

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/hbo-picks-arris-satellite-receiver-for-content-delivery--1139282

Arris has announced a contract to provide HBO with its DSR-7400 transcoder satellite receiver to support the optimisation of its current MPEG 2/4 distribution platforms and help the network prepare for future content distribution with HEVC compression and DVB-S2X advanced modulation technologies. The DSR-7400 uses the latest HEVC video compression to reduce satellite bandwidth by up to 50 percent, while maintaining compatibility with deployed MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 set-tops. The receiver also supports Ultra HD and HDR services, as well as DVB-S2X technology, designed to increase the video capacity of satellite transmission channels.

DirecTV's 4K MLB debut gets scrubbed due to tech issues

From http://www.fiercecable.com/story/directvs-4k-mlb-debut-gets-scrubbed-due-tech-issues/2016-04-18

Friday's epic showdown between Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and San Francisco Giants pitching star Madison Bumgarner was supposed to be the first of 25 Major League Baseball games shown live in 4K by DirecTV, but technical issues kept the satellite operator from executing on the plan.

"While the game was available to our customers in HD on MLB Network, we needed to cancel the 4K broadcast due to a technical issue with a third party's field production truck," a DirecTV rep told TV Predictions. "The signal was not up to our high standards and we are continuing our testing to ensure we deliver a flawless 4K viewing experience. If viewers were inconvenienced, we certainly apologize."


TV3 has updated their app and now have an official live stream
The stream appears to only be active during program content

Stream URL

web page

Monday evening feed

IS 19 12555 V Sr 7099 Our First Home
IS 19 12525 H Sr 29998 "CMC TV" is FTA

Saturday feed

IS 19 12550 V Sr 3500 "OFC CC1" SUV vs LOS, soccer

Sunday, feeds

IS 19 12550 V Sr 3500 "OFC CC1" WAICOMM...

D2 12661 V Sr 7500 - 'GlobeCast Oz' UFC of some sorts

From my Email


From the Dish

NSS 9 177.0W 4103 R "RTL International" has started on, PowerVu.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3980 H "Eurosport 1 Asia and Eurosport News" have started on , PowerVu.

Vinasat 1 132.0E VTV 1-4/6 have left 3413 V and 3572 V.
Vinasat 1 132.0E 3433 V "HTVC The Thao, HTV 9, HTVC Gia Dinh, HTVC Ca Nhac, HTVC Phim, HTVC Phu Nu, HTV 7, FBNC, HTVC Thuan Viet and HTVC Du Lich & Cuoc Song" have left

Palapa D 113.0E 3852 V "YM TV" has left .

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 V Cinema TV has replaced Chardikla Time TV on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 V Chardikla Time TV has replaced RT English on , Fta
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V RT English has replaced Cinema TV on , Fta.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11550 V "ETV Gujarati News" has started on , Videoguard.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Zoom Bangla and Movie 1" have started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3940 V "Fox Crime India" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "NB TV" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12093 V "World Business Channel" is Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Push TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Destiny Delivery TV" has started on , Fta. Digha has left.

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,DTV2(印尼)等全组频道消失,设置4011 V 1500参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,SCTV(印度尼西亚)等全组频道消失,设置3747 H 6250参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC TV(巴布亚新几内亚)频道消失,设置3784 V 1464参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
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)频道消失,设置3805 V 3960参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,India News、News X频道重现,设置11735 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,SNC(高清)频道消失,设置3828 V 1660参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,El Shop、K-Drama Box(印尼)等4个频道消失,设置3818 V 27500参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,探索儿童、旅游生活(澳洲)频道消失,设置3980 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月18日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Universal Channel 替换Diva(MPEG-4)频道,设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,NVK Sakha、Sakha 24(俄罗斯)频道改频率,设置11124 V 3618参数部分免费接收。 [4月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,SK Movie、Channel S(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3832 H 12860参数无效接收。 [4月17日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Romedy Now HD、ET Now(印度)等全组频道加密,设置3802 H 10000参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、Colors(孟加拉)等21个频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月16日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,News X HD(高清)频道新增,设置3690 H 15000参数免费接收。 [4月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NTV、Ekushey(MPEG-4)等36个频道消失,设置12468 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月16日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Fox Family Movies HD(环宇卫视)频道重现,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,B4U Music、Zing(孟加拉)等频道消失,设置12347 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD Sports、Somoy TV(孟加拉)等频道新增,设置12347 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月15日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BBC Lifestyle(法国)频道消失,设置4152 H 14669参数无效接收。 [4月15日]


TV audiences tumble as Netflix effect kicks in

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/tv-audiences-tumble-as-netflix-effect-kicks-in-20160413-go5jev.html

​Prime time audiences for traditional television have tumbled almost 5 per cent in the year to date, in the latest evidence that both free-to-air and cable television are under increasing structural pressure from streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube.

The OzTAM figures, obtained by Fairfax Media, will feed fierce debate about how serious the problem is for the sector, which still boasts the biggest share of Australia's $13 billion advertising market but is becoming increasingly complex to analyse because of the number of devices and screens used to access video content.

"There's always peaks and troughs of audiences; it's like the print business," said Leigh Terry, chief executive of media agency Omnicom Media Group Australia and New Zealand. "There is also now a lot of talk about the audience fragmentation on TV both from a device perspective as well via new commercial models with the emergence of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD).

"The question is, is TV truly under pressure for the first time? The answer is probably yes, it's certainly happened in other markets."

OzTAM's figures show free-to-air viewing is dropping faster among the key advertising youth demographic, with audiences down 14.8 per cent among 16-to-39-year-olds but up by 2.2 per cent in the Plus-55-year demographic. The fall has come despite the launch of three new channels: SBS Food, 9Life and 7Flix.

Top-rated broadcaster Seven West Media noted that its own primary audience was down only 1.8 per cent across all people and sought to pin much of a 4.3 per cent share fall in total prime time free-to-air viewing on the poor start to the year from rival Nine Entertainment, which issued a shock profit warning in April after the troubled launch of Reno Rumble and poor performances by the touring West Indies cricket team.

"Broadcast television continues to dominate a changing market," said Angus Ross, Seven's director of programming. "It is the only effective platform for the delivery of large and engaged audiences to advertisers. We are seeing significant audiences for great content on television, we are delivering our content to our audiences on any device extending and leveraging the strength of our television platform, and that underlines our approach to business."

Apple TV negative effect scenario

Some veteran industry insiders believe viewing on Apple TV is having a significant negative impact on traditional TV viewing and estimate that Netflix is attracting estimated audiences of 60,000 viewers per night with Stan, owned by Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review, getting estimated audiences of up to 30,000 a night.

Experts say the rise of streaming is fuelling a growing public appetite for quality drama, which is expensive to produce and is more prevalent on subscription TV services. That has put pressure on free-to-air's mainstay reality franchises although a small number of standout shows, led by Seven's My Kitchen Rules, have held up better than others.

"It's a watershed year for some of the TV industry that's for sure," said Brian Walsh, Foxtel's executive director of television. "Clearly there are options for customers with Presto [Foxtel and Seven's SVOD service], Stan and Netflix, and people are using the subscription sector to watch to international drama and scripted content."

Foxtel's prime time audiences are down too, by 5.3 per cent according to the OzTAM numbers, but Mr Walsh said Foxtel focuses on all-day performance. On that measure its audiences are flat versus 2015 and up 2.7 per cent versus 2014 helped, he said, by increased timeshift viewing and more shows, such as A Place to Call Home, catering to the "underserved" 55-plus demographic.

The quoted OzTAM figures do not include its capturing of viewing of Seven, Nine and Ten's catch-up services on computers, tablets, smart TVs, games consoles and mobiles as well as those of the ABC and SBS. But while the TV industry's long-awaited video measurement system, launched earlier this year, boosts viewing for blockbuster shows as much as 15 per cent, it lifts total average television viewing by only 1 per cent to 2 per cent.

"No one in the industry would be surprised TV reach has fallen over the past 12 months given the continuing shifts in audience viewing coupled with the rise of new players like Netflix," said Richard Finlayson, director of television at the ABC. "It's not a new trend and at the ABC it is something we have been preparing for: we were the first network to launch a VOD service back in 2008 and we continue to reinvest in it."

Craig Johnson, Nielsen's head of audience measurement, Asia Pacific, said: "The idea that television is 'losing share' to other media is no more than a device-centric way to talk about what matters most: content and reaching audiences. After all, content of all types is what has helped attract audiences to new screens and new formats in the first place.

"Programmers and advertisers have never cared whether their video content or ads are watched on a 22-inch screen or a 122-inch screen, so long as someone is watching. The truth is that we are consuming more video content now than ever before – regardless of screen size and regardless of format."

Satellites to keep Japanese connected when disaster strikes

From http://asia.nikkei.com/Tech-Science/Tech/Satellites-to-keep-Japanese-connected-when-disaster-strikes

Japan's government plans to use Michibiki satellites, like the one in this rendering, to relay texts between disaster survivors and authorities. (Courtesy of JAXA)

TOKYO -- Japan plans to build a satellite-based communications network that would fill in when a natural disaster knocks out regular systems.

Several GPS satellites would transmit text data between survivors, municipalities and other parties. The goal is to avoid a repeat of the situation that unfolded after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit the country's northeast. The disaster wiped out 29,000 cellular base stations and some 1.9 million landlines, making it extremely difficult for authorities to grasp conditions on the ground and coordinate rescue teams.

Learning from this experience, the government intends to employ a set of satellites that go by the name Michibiki. The first of these is already in orbit, complementing GPS satellites operated by the U.S. Department of Defense. Three more Michibikis are to be launched by the first half of fiscal 2017 -- the year through March 2018 -- followed by another trio by fiscal 2023.

This fleet will give Japan its own accurate GPS system. But the satellites can also function as relay stations. The government will use this feature to connect disaster victims' smartphones with data terminals at the Japan Meteorological Agency, municipal offices, fire stations, hospitals and other organizations, bypassing ground-based communications infrastructure.

No one left behind

Communications will be limited to text data. When a survivor requests help, the information will be relayed to a command center via the satellites. The message will then be passed on to local authorities and rescue workers.

The satellite network will also relay earthquake warnings and evacuation advisories to individuals in remote areas.

Not everyone has a phone or other device that can communicate with satellites, but Japan figures it is just a matter of time. The government hopes to introduce the system on a trial basis in fiscal 2018.

For starters, the central prefecture of Wakayama will carry out a feasibility test this autumn, under the scenario of a massive earthquake and tsunami. The prefectural government will communicate with several evacuation centers via a router, which will stand in for a satellite.

MultiChoice and SAFACT nail pirate TV box seller in South Africa

From http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/161750-multichoice-and-safact-nail-pirate-tv-box-seller-in-south-africa.html

Jacque Hilbert from AVSupply has pleaded guilty to charges relating to the distribution of IPTV boxes that facilitate piracy.

The first successful criminal case against a distributor of Internet TV boxes that facilitate piracy has concluded, the Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT) has announced.

Jacque Hilbert from AVSupply pleaded guilty to charges relating to selling the media boxes when he appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Court on 31 March.

MultiChoice and SAFACT took Hilbert and his wife to court after a MultiChoice employee spotted a DroidTV Box MXIII for sale on their website for R1,500, AVSupply.co.za, reported Die Son.

The TV box ships with software that allows users to illegally download copyrighted content.

The MultiChoice employee reportedly bought a TV box from Tracy Hilbert, after which charges were brought against the couple.

Jacque Hilbert pleaded guilty on Section 86(4) of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, said SAFACT.

The Act criminalizes the use of a device or computer program to overcome security measures designed to protect data, or prevent access to data.

SAFACT said Hilbert was convicted and sentenced to a fine of R20,000. The sentence was suspended for five years on condition that he is not convicted of contravening the provisions of section 86 of the ECT Act again.

“All the devices that were seized were forfeited to the state and will be destroyed. The value of the confiscated items is estimated at approximately R80,000,” said SAFACT.

SAFACT Managing Director Jacques Allers said the fight against piracy in South Africa will go on, and “several more cases are being investigated and several more are in the pipeline”.

“We can only hope that this conviction will serve its purpose to deter others from this or similar crimes relating to the creative and entertainment industries,” said Allers.

MultiChoice said it was pleased with the outcome of the case, and that it takes any form of piracy seriously.

“We take it as our duty to protect the rights of content holders in the markets we operate,” said MultiChoice.

Turkmenistan to rent satellite space to foreign broadcasters

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/turkmenistan-to-rent-satellite-space-to-foreign-broadcasters--1138797

Turkmenistan plans to rent out resources on its telecommunications satellite TurkmenAlem to foreign broadcasters, reports Trend. The capacity of the satellite exceeds the needs of Turkmenistan broadcasters significantly. The joint venture Turkmen Hemrasy has been founded for this purpose by the Turkmenistan Ministry of Communications, the mobile operator Altyn Asyr and the national operator Turkmentelecom.

The first Turkmenistan-owned telecommunications satellite includes three antennae and is able to re-transmit up to 70 television channels, as well as to provide data transmission and other services. Six Turkmenistan TV channels and four radio stations are currently being re-transmitted by the satellite.

Obama STB stance criticised

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/18/obama-stb-stance-criticised/

Following Present Obama’s call for the FCC to open up set-top cable boxes to competition, two influential lobbying bodies have queried the White House’s intervention.

According to Digital Citizens Alliance Executive Director Tom Galvin. it is “simply bewildering” that President Obama would come out in support of the FCC’s proposal to change the way US citizens watch television at home. “The FCC’s set-top box proposal raises serious issues about privacy and data collection of children’s viewing habits. These are issues the White House has expressed concern about in the past, but seems to ignore now.”

“Americans, however, remain concerned. The majority of Americans in a recent poll said the FCC’s set-top box proposal was a bad idea and over 60 per cent are concerned about companies such as Google collecting information about their children’s viewing habits and interests.”

“So President Obama has to decide which side he’s on – the privacy interests of consumers or enabling a tech giant such as Google to get a little richer.”

“In an effort to promote set-top box alternatives, the FCC cannot take the intellectual property of one industry and give it to another,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd. “Chairman Wheeler has maintained he has no intention of doing so, but the proposal’s current wording does not provide the guarantees copyright holders must have. To respect copyright and the programming agreements copyright holders have with their distributors, any FCC rules must explicitly prohibit third parties from using content without seeking permission from and compensating the copyright holders; from manipulating the content, the way it is presented, or otherwise deviating from conditions in the licensing agreement with the pay-TV provider; from selling advertising in conjunction with the programming; from monetising the viewing habits of subscribers; or from presenting pirated content alongside licensed content. If the goal is simply to enable viewers to access pay-TV service on third-party devices and applications, meeting these requirements should not be a problem. These are the issues we will focus on as the proceeding continues.”


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Eurosports and Eurosports News HD have started on Intelsat 19 in the DIscovery MUX. (Powervu)

Some Friday feeds (David J via Facebook)

D1: 12635 v 7200 "7BCM News Bucky 1"
D1: 12345 v 7200 "BTQ SEN912"
D1: 12429 v 6111 "Lk3 NNN911" 9 News Feed, 4:2:2

From my Email

From feralkiwi

NSS 177W

New TP 4103 / Sr 20458.
Four new channels so far, $Colors TV, $FTC, $Raiitalia and $RTL.
MTN Info still FTA

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3946 V "NinMedia SatPlay" is back on again, encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3725 V "BTV Chittagong" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "Sabzbaat Balochistan" is back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Lollywood Movies" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12563 V "Trans 7" is now encrypted.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12643 H Jendela on is now encrypted.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H "MTV South East Asia" has left again.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H "Penguin Lolo" has started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12120 H "Pro 100 TV" has started on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3868 H "KBC News" has started on , Fta
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "9X Jhakaas" on is now Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4133 H "Voice of Nation has started on, Fta. Royal TV" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "SVT World" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3991 V "Thai PBS" has started on, Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3847 V "Channel 13" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Velicham TV has replaced Shagun TV" on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,India News、News X(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [4月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,探索频道、TCL(澳洲)等频道新增,设置3980 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Fox Family Movies HD(环宇卫视)频道消失,设置12711 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月15日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fah Won Mai(泰国)频道消失,设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月15日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BBC CBeebies HD(高清)频道新增,设置4152 H 14669参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Eurosport Asia HD(高清)等频道新增,设置3980 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,贵州经济、贵州公共(户户通)等频道新增,设置12160 L 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Desh TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kpef(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11560 V 22000参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Tele Shop替换Shri News(印度)频道,设置11170 V 29500参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Sony Max(Real VU)频道新增,设置12347 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,My Cinema Europe(DISH HD)频道新增,设置11881 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Trace Sports Star(ABS Free Dish)频道消失,设置12227 H 44000参数无效接收。 [4月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai PBS(高清)频道新增,设置3991 V 15000参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Voice of Nation(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中视菁采(高清)频道改格式,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,RSU Wisdom TV、TMTV(泰国)频道消失,设置3840 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,NB TV替换Box Film(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,JJ Channel替换Thai Visions Channel(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]

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'New Kiwi doco channel

From Press Release: Rialto Channel

New Kiwi doco channel takes local content to est. 186 million households across Asia-Pacific

Rialto New Zealand and Lightning International launch Pulse Television
Global expansion plans for New Zealand owned Rialto Channel

New Zealand-owned Rialto Channel is building on its strategic alliance with Hong-Kong based content distributors, Lightning International, to launch a new documentary channel this week.

Launching first to a potential 40 million households in Indonesia, Pulse Television will soon be screening New Zealand content in 11 countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, India, China, and Korea, with an estimated potential reach of 186 million households. Eventually, Pulse Television directors hope to include New Zealand and Australia in the Asia Pacific mix.

Rialto Channel Director, Andrew Hawken, says the launch of Pulse Television is a significant industry and New Zealand first, and will be followed by other channels launching in these markets.

“The Asian TV market is highly competitive with a wide range of robust and easy to use services available plus they are quite diverse in their content strategies. In spite of the differences, all TV operators are sending the same clear message - consumers are moving away from boring formulaic reality factual series and looking for quality, variety and interesting international content tailored for local markets,” Andrew says.

“Most operators have already started to lay the foundations to actively look for bespoke channels ahead of the arrival of the streaming giants. This is particularly relevant where Ultra Fast Broadband has been rolled out. More recently, we are seeing a strong rise in demand for quality programming such as feature length documentaries and alternative films – and Pulse Television has been designed to deliver to that.”

Far from sitting still or trying to defend against the streaming revolution, Andrew says they are embracing the opportunities to deliver a differentiated and valuable product with region-wide appeal.

“We are in the midst of a definite shift in content strategy and we plan to be on board that flight to quality,” he says.

The new documentary channel will comprise approximately 20 per cent New Zealand content plus content from the US, Britain and Asia, along with local content from the region. Lightning International will help tailor content for each region, taking into account cultural and religious sensitivities and differences in content demand.

Andrew says the launch is a significant step forward for New Zealand productions. “The travel series Across the World with Te Radar, for example, will now be available to millions of people tuning into Pulse Television. This is the first time Kiwi content will land in those markets so this is a great opportunity for our industry,” he says.

Glenn Usmar, Head of Television for NZ On Air says, “New Zealand producers make world-quality documentaries. While our focus is on serving local audiences it is great to see the content we’ve funded finding large offshore audiences. It not only provides revenue for the production industry, but also takes our culture to the world.”

Andrew, who is credited with starting listed Zintel Communications and stand out electricity retailer, Empower, adds: “Pulse Television could also provide a platform for New Zealand companies to advertise in these international markets, so we are also investigating those opportunities.”

Rialto Channel, born out of the Rialto Cinema and distribution businesses, has been on-air for more than 16 years and has continued to grow with its passion for great content. The launch of Pulse Television coincides with Rialto Channel taking a significant stake in Lightning International, which is the strongest independent distributor in the region.

“We have big aspirations for the company. We are starting strong launching a New Zealand company globally, and we’re looking forward to the response,” Andrew says.

James Ross, CEO Lightning International adds: “We are very excited to be working with Rialto Channel to bring great documentaries from New Zealand, Asia and around the world to the Asia-Pacific region.”

The Pulse Television rollout starts today and will be complete by the end of 2017, with an estimated potential reach of 186 million households. The channel will look to use the full range of digital options including OTT and direct to consumer cloud-based systems.

Intelsat to distribute BBC World News

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/15/intelsat-to-distribute-bbc-world-news/

Intelsat has announced that BBC World News has renewed and expanded its contract for use of multiple Intelsat premier video neighborhoods and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network to distribute content across several continents.

Under the multi-year agreement, BBC World News will be delivered to millions of viewers in the Americas and Asia via four of Intelsat’s premier video neighborhoods:

– Galaxy 13 at 127˚ West – a North America cable distribution neighborhood utilized by the world’s top programmers to deliver premium HD channels

– Intelsat 19 at 166˚ East – a Pacific Rim cable distribution neighborhood and South Pacific Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform

– Intelsat 20 at 68.5˚ East – a cable distribution and DTH neighborhood and transcontinental hotspot from Europe to East Asia, and the number one video neighborhood serving India

– Intelsat 21 at 302˚ East – a Latin America cable distribution neighborhood with the highest cable head-end penetration on the continent

“Information is critical to any community and by leveraging Intelsat’s globalized network, we’re able to reliably deliver high-quality content that keeps millions of viewers up to date on the latest events happening around the world,” said Karen Schmidt, Intelsat’s Vice President of Marketing. “Intelsat’s strong regional neighborhoods and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network provide our customers with flexible, cost-effective and secure, distribution solutions, enabling them to efficiently expand their coverage and reach.”

“The world’s top programmers require access to the highest levels of cable and DTH penetration around the globe,” said Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s SVP, Sales and Marketing. “Our leading video neighborhoods in the Americas and Asia will allow clients such as the BBC to reach more viewers in more markets and offer them the chance to grow their businesses.”

Vietnam to launch another satellite into orbit

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VietNamNet Bridge - According to the National Satellite Center, it is expected that this September, the satellite MicroDragon will be manufactured and available for launching in September 2017.

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Through the program supporting the development of Earth observation satellites for training purposes in the developing countries of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), it is scheduled that in 2018, the Epsilon rocket (Japan) manufactured by IHI Aerospace will carry Vietnam’s MicroDragon satellite to orbit.

Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, Director of the Vietnam Space Center (VNSC), said the satellite MicroDragon with the size of 50 x 50 x 50 cm and a weight of 50 kg is being developed by the young experts of VNSC with the assistance of Japanese professors Japan, using the funds of VNSC.

The MicroDragon satellite is designed and launched to orbit with missions of observing the coastal waters to assess water quality, locate aquatic resources, track the change of phenomena occurring in the coastal waters to serve the aquaculture industry of Vietnam.

This satellite will also detect the coverage of clouds, the nature of aerosols to serve the atmospheric correction, receive sensor signals on the ground and then quickly transfer the data to the places that are very far from each other on earth. At the same time, MicroDragon will also test new materials (Atomic Oxygen, Antimony Tin Oxide Coating Solar Cell).

Tuan said, following the success of the satellite PicoDragon, VNSC sent 36 engineers to five leading Japanese universities to participate in the training course on satellite technology, and to directly design, manufacture and test the MicroDragon satellite under the guidance of Japanese professors.

With this project breakthrough, Vietnamese engineers not only have the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge about satellite technology but also to directly be involved in manufacturing the MicroDragon satellite.

Along with the help of JAXA, once the MicroDragon satellite is put into operation as expected, it will realize Vietnam’s process to master satellite technology, Tuan said.

VietNamNet Bridge - According to the National Satellite Center, it is expected that this September, the satellite MicroDragon will be manufactured and available for launching in September 2017.

Space and Missile Defense Command History: WGS-1 activated

From http://www.army.mil/article/165782/Space_and_Missile_Defense_Command_History__WGS_1_activated/

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's 53rd Signal Battalion operates and manages the payload for the new Wideband Gapfiller Satellite, later named the Wideband Global Satellite, but the U.S. Air Force's 3rd Space Operations Squadron controls the vehicles as it does the Defense Satellite Communications System.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- After six months of testing, the first Wideband Gapfiller Satellite, later renamed Wideband Global Satellite (WGS-1) was successfully activated. One day later, military satellite users in the West Pacific region transitioned from the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS), B9 communications satellite to this new state of the art WGS system.

Launched, Oct. 10, 2007, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, WGS-1 marked the beginning of a new constellation that would greatly improve communications capabilities across the globe for customers ranging from the national command authorities and combatant commanders to Soldiers in the field. In fact, a single WGS satellite operates at 12 times the capacity of a legacy DSCS satellite. In other words, a single WGS can provide more satellite communications or SATCOM capacity than the entire DSCS constellation.

The DSCS system has been in operation since the 1960s with the current satellites launched in the 1980s and 1990s. The latest iterations carried a six-channel SHF transponded system that operated on a single channel transponder with a capability to transfer up to 200 Mbps. The data was transmitted via a wideband multi-beam and earth coverage receive antennas and two transmit multi-beam, gimbaled dish and two earth coverage antennas.

In comparison the WGS satellites provide two-way X-band and Ka-band communications and Ka band broadcast services. A significant advancement is the on-board cross banding capabilities that allow an X-band terminal to communicate with a Ka-band terminal. In addition, each satellite is "digitally channelized and transponded."

These combined capabilities are said to deliver "a quantum leap in communications capacity, connectivity and flexibility" sending data, photos and videos to wherever they are needed. In contrast to the DSCS then a WGS satellite provides a data transmission rate of 2.1 Gbps to 3.6 Gbps.

Meanwhile, DSCS B9 satellite continued to operate for three more years as a test asset before it was deactivated, Aug. 12, 2011, by the Air Force's 3rd Space Operations Squadron and the Army's 53rd Signal Battalion concluding an 18-year career.

Brightcove launches UHD streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/15/brightcove-launches-uhd-streaming/

Brightcove, a provider of cloud services for video, has announced cloud transcoding for Ultra High-Definition (UHD) video through Zencoder, the company’s cloud transcoding service. The new UHD features add support for the HEVC and VP9 video codecs, which are popular for the delivery of 4K video. In addition, Zencoder now supports 10-bit colour workflows and the wide gamut BT.2020 colour space, which are essential for the delivery of high dynamic range (HDR) video. With these new features, Zencoder provides media companies with the ability to deliver 4K UHD content to web browsers, handheld devices, connected TVs, and other OTT devices.

Brightcove has worked with Stan, Australia’s leading local subscription OTT service, to validate Brightcove’s UHD support. Since launching in 2015, Stan has quickly become the leading local player in the SVoD category, rapidly growing to over one million active users. Stan offers unlimited access to thousands of hours of entertainment, with first-run exclusives, award-winning TV shows, movies and children’s content.

“High quality video is very important to us, and we think that UHD is an exciting step forward,” said John Hogan, Head of Technology, Stan. “We are pleased to see Zencoder support the latest UHD HDR technologies as their technology continues to play a key role in the products we deliver to the market.”

Bravo and E! join Roku platform

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/15/bravo-and-e-join-roku-platform/

NBCUniversal has amplified its TV Everywhere offering on the Roku platform with the launch of two new apps from its portfolio: Bravo Now and E! Now. Roku customers in the US who authenticate via their pay-TV provider can now use their Roku devices to stream full seasons, and current and past episodes of many of Bravo and E!’s most popular original series.

“The Bravo Now and E! Now channels offer passionate fans some of the best – and undeniably most addictive – programming wherever and whenever they want, and we’re happy to make it available to Roku customers,” said Dina Juliano, SVP of Consumer Product Strategy, TV Everywhere, NBCUniversal. “This launch underscores our commitment to enhancing the digital experience for our networks’ subscribers and further connecting audiences with NBCUniversal’s beloved TV brands.”

India’s DishTV and ALi joint venture

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/15/indias-dishtv-and-ali-joint-venture/

India’s DishTV is linking in a joint-venture with set-top box and chip-set manufacturer ALi in order to “enhance” DTH operations over the country.

The “strategic partnership” is based on ALi Corp.’s technologies to provide a high-performance and cost-effective STB solutions with next-generation security tailored specifically for the India market. It aims to provide futuristic user experiences and value-added services to expand DishTV’s market share and increase revenue streams.

India’s DTH satellite pay-TV sector remains a growth oriented industry. Media Partners Asia recent forecasts that India’s DTH pay-TV sector will generate revenues of $ 4.04 billion by 2018 and $ 5.6 billion by 2023. The DTH active subscriber base will increase to 60 million by 2018 and 70 million by 2023. This implies a 39 per cent share of the overall market by 2023 and a 56 per cent share of the digital pay-TV market. The explosive growth potential poses great challenges in terms of technologies, costs, content security and revenue protection. To DTH operators that look to stay ahead of the game, chipset technology plays an important role in their abilities to provide differentiating offerings and value-added services that will help ramp up subscriber additions.

Sony Pictures Networks to acquires 9X Media channels for about $33 million

From http://www.dealcurry.com/20160413-Sony-Pictures-Networks-to-acquires-9X-Media-channels-for-about-33-million.htm

The Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. (SPN) has signed letter of intent (LOI) with a purpose to buy 9X Media Pvt Ltd that runs several music channels in India in different languages, for about Rs 220 crore ($33 million).

Founded by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea in 2008, 9X Media received initial backing from private equity fund New Silk Route, along with Kotak, Temasek and New Vernon. After the exit of Mukerjeas, New Silk Route acquired almost entire stake of the company held by other investors.

Now, both Sony and New Silk Route and Pradeep Guha, MD of 9X Media , were in talks to sell the channels for months.
9X Media holds three music channels in Hindi (9XM, 9X Jalwa and 9X Bajao), one in English (9XO), Marathi (9X Jhakaas) and Punjabi (9X Tashan) respectively. The firm also owns a web-based news portal SpotboyE that is focused to bring entertainment news, celebs interviews and Bollywood gossips.

The process of deal will be completed in around three months. Both the involved companies have signed LOI that will let SPN to continue the work and effort of the firm exclusively.

Colors Marathi to launch its HD feed

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/regional/colors-marathi-to-launch-its-hd-feed-160412

MUMBAI: High Definition (HD) channels are only to show cricket and cinema or internationally shot factual entertainment shows is no longer a valid perception. After Indiantelevision.com recently broke the news that Star India is launching Star Jalsha HD and Jalsha Movies HD for the Bengali regional market, Viacom 18's Colors too is planning to come out with the high definition feed for its Marathi channel, Colors Marathi.

A source close to the development shared, "The HD feed for Colors Marathi will be launched in about six months. The network is waiting to get certain internal clearances before the launch."

This popular regional entertainment channel enjoys a substantial chunk of the Marathi viewership and is known for its flagship shows like Kon Hoeel Marathi Crorepati , Majhe Man Tujhe Zhale and Char Diwas Sasuche.


Thursday, no update



From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "Berita Satu HD" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Berita Satu HD" is now encrypted.

NSS 11 108.2E All channels in the G Sat muxes on 12431 H, 12471 H and 12711 H are / were FTA

SES 7 108.2E The Indovision muxes have left 11568 V and 11598 V.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V Christ City TV Network, Glory TV and It TV have started on , Fta. MSG TV has left.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Trace Sports Star(ABS Free Dish)频道新增,设置12227 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [4月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,NB TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [4月13日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Zoom Bangla TV(RRSat)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [4月13日]
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东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段,VTV 1、VTV 3(越南)等全组频道重现,设置3590 V 19200参数部分免费接收。 [4月13日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Velicham TV替换Jivi Shoppe(MPEG-4)频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [4月13日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Top Blockbuster(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。 [4月13日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Vremya、Dom Kino替换Al Jazeera(蒙古)等2个频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月12日]


Astro preps on-demand exclusives, box-sets

From http://tbivision.com/news/2016/04/astro-preps-demand-exclusives-box-sets/576222/

Scripted-logo-460_2game of thrones 6Malaysian pay TV operator Astro has beefed up its on-demand line-up, with several upcoming offerings being made available at the same time as their US broadcast.

It will make the hugely anticipated sixth season of Game of Thrones available on-demand at the same time it is shown on HBO in the US.

The roster of same day exclusives also includes season five of HBO’s Veep and season three of Silicon Valley. Previous seasons of the HBO shows will also now be available on the on-demand service.

Regional on-demand offerings include Monster and rom-com The Entertainer. There is also drama from Hong Kong’s TVB, shown at the same time as in Hong Kong, including Blue Veins and The Last Healer in Forbidden City.

Agnes Rozario, vice president, content group, Astro said: “Our on demand offering is becoming an increasingly popular way for customers to watch what they want anytime, anywhere by offering volumes of amazing TV series, movies and entertainment.”

Orbital ATK Lands Satellite Servicing Vehicle Production Contract With Intelsat; David Thompson Comments

From http://blog.executivebiz.com/2016/04/orbital-atk-lands-satellite-servicing-vehicle-production-contract-with-intelsat-david-thompson-comments/

satellite airforce Orbital ATK has received a contract to build, test and launch a commercial in-space servicing vehicle for Intelsat.

Orbital ATK will work to provide satellite servicing through the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 in an effort to extend the life of in-orbit satellites, Orbital ATK said Tuesday.

“There is a vital need to service fully functional but ageing satellites in both commercial and government markets,” said David Thompson, Orbital ATK president and CEO.

MEV-1 has a docking system and is based on the Orbital ATK-built GEOStar space vehicle bus platform.

The vehicle is designed to control the attitude control and propulsion functions of in-orbit satellites to provide in-space servicing.

MEV-1 is scheduled to launch in late 2018 and start its five-year satellite extension service for Intelsat by 2019 following the completion of in-orbit tests and demonstrations.

Orbital ATK plans to incorporate MEV-1 into its planned fleet of commercial servicing vehicles that will work to perform GEO satellite servicing as well as provide repair and assembly support to in-orbit satellites.

earthTV upgrades global footage to Ultra HD

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/04/12/exclusive-earthtv-upgrades-global-footage-to-ultra-hd/

Al camera network operator earthTV has upgraded its production system to provide images in Ultra HD/4K resolution to TV broadcasters.

The move not only improves picture quality, but also enables new types of programmes, Nikolaus Lohmann, CEO of earthTV network, told Broadband TV News. Images capturing the weather conditions in cities such as New York, London or Paris can now simultaneously be shown on a split screen.

Another new feature is a look into the future. The 3-day weather report World Weather Today shows images of tomorrow’s weather situation based on recorded footage stored in the cameras equalling the forecast weather (see image).

German producers Nikolaus Lohmann and his brother Claudius Lohmann acquired Berlin-based earthTV network in 2012 from Telcast Media Group founded by Thomas M. Hohenacker. In 2013, German publisher Rauch Verlag acquired a 30% stake for €3 million, based on a total valuation of the company of more than €10 million. In 2015, earthTV network posted black figures for the first time in its history, said Lohmann.

The new owners have upgraded the production and distribution system, for example by using cloud-based delivery via the internet instead of satellite links and robotic cameras while the TV broadcasters at the other end screening the live footage can now employ fully automated technology.

Broadcasters can use the images, for example, to accompany weather reports, to bridge news and weather broadcasts, to fill gaps between programmes or to provide overnight entertainment.

In addition to the B2B business, earthTV network also operates an ad-funded travel portal for consumers offering live images from its cameras around the world.

Website operators can integrate customised earthTV players into their B2C platforms as part of a revenue-sharing model, according to Lohmann. An example is German daily newspaper BILD which offers its website visitors a virtual trip around the world based on earthTV’s real-time camera views.

In the US, Science Channel, owned by Discovery Communications, provides a 24-hour livestream assembled by footage captured by the earthTV camera network.

More than 50 customers are currently signed up for full access to the camera network including 30 TV broadcasters such as N24, France 2, Al Arabiya, TRT, TVB Hong Kong and SBS Australia. Others use the network for temporary access, for example to show the New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks around the globe.



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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "NBC TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3920 V Fox Family Movies, Lifetime Asia, Star Plus Southeast Asia, FYI Asia, BBC World News Asia Pacific, FX Asia and Nat Geo Wild Asia has started on , Nagravision. TVWan and TVWan Sports are now encrypted. Star World Asia, Discovery Channel New Zealand, France 24 English and Australia Plus TV Pacific have left.

Vinasat 1 132.0E 3544 V "NCM" has left .
Vinasat 1 132.0E 3545 V "HTV 7 and HTV 9" have started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3946 V NinMedia SatPlay has left again.

SES 7 108.2E 2535 V "Esquire EMEA" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2595 H "Animax East Asia" has started on, Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4082 H "DM News Plus" has started on , Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H Boomerang Australia, CNN International Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network South East Asia, Cartoon Network Australia, TCM Australia, Cartoon Network Taiwan, Cartoon Network Philippines, TCM Asia and Toonami on are encrypted again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "On TV" has left .

Yamal 401 90.0E 11092 H "Domashniy Magazin" has started on ,Fta

ChinaSat 12 87.5E 4140 V Raj Asia on is now in clear.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "I Witness News" has started on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E Thai PBS, MV TV Family and Thai TV 7 have left 3991 V.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "Gem TV Asia" has started on , PowerVu.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Madras TV" has left again.

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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Yes(测试)频道新增,设置3847 V 7855参数免费接收。 [4月12日]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰卫视、Bloomberg HD(印尼)等42个频道解密,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月12日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Live 919替换道通天地(TVB)频道,设置12651 V 26667参数有条件接收。 [4月12日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,CH7 3.5M、CH7 5M(HEVC)频道重现,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月12日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Media 84 2M、Mono 29 2M(HEVC)频道重现,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai PBS、THV(泰国)频道消失,设置3990 V 15000参数无效接收。 [4月12日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Lollywood替换Oxygene(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [4月12日]


Sky to air Euro 2016

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11620918

The Euro 2016 football championships will be fully covered on Sky TV.

The tournament in France runs from June 11 to July 11. The tournament has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams, with Spain the defending champions.

Sky has announced it will show all 51 games live, with match day highlights, replays and full coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies. Free-to-air Prime will carry some matches including the final and opening match between France and Romania at Stade de France.

EBU, AsiaSat deliver 4K football

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/12/ebu-asiasat-deliver-4k-football/

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and AsiaSat are teaming up to deliver the first UHD live sports event via satellite to the Asia-Pacific tomorrow (April 13) on AsiaSat 4. This will be the first ever live UHD telecast of a UEFA Champions League match in the Asia Pacific, following the pioneering live UHD transmission of some World Cup matches enabled by the EBU and AsiaSat in 2014.

“AsiaSat satellites are a key component of the EBU’s network to deliver live transmission of sports and news events for our clients. Our partnership with AsiaSat to facilitate this live UHD transmission, signals the beginning of more live UHD sport events for the Asia-Pacific TV viewers,” said Graham Warren, Director of Network at the EBU.

“We are very excited to bring this important match live in UHD to soccer fans in Asia. Our long-term partnership with the EBU who is at the forefront of the technology for global live sports content delivery is committed to bringing a superior viewing experience to our audience. This is an extension of the work we have been doing at our UHD Lab. I believe Asia is ready for UHD,” declared Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Marketing and Global Accounts of AsiaSat

Al Jazeera America signs off after less than three years

From http://english.astroawani.com/world-news/al-jazeera-america-signs-after-less-three-years-102165

Al Jazeera America signs off after less than three years
The logo for Al Jazeera America is displayed outside of the cable news channel's offices on Jan 13, 2016 in New York City. - Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

WASHINGTON: Al Jazeera America was set to sign off Tuesday after a costly and failed effort to break into the US cable news market.

The channel launched in 2013 by the global media group based in Qatar won praise for its news coverage, but fell far short of viewership and advertising goals.

The shutdown, announced in January, was set to be complete with the airing of a three-hour special Tuesday evening showcasing the channel's coverage since the launch.

"We have been privileged to cover stories of people who epitomize the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Individuals who have fought for good, who have tackled adversity, whose stories and voices deserve coverage," the group said in a statement.

"There are so many more people across America whose stories remain untold. Those stories need to be heard."

Al Jazeera, which operates one of the largest global news operations and is controlled by Qatar's royal family, paid some $500 million (around RM1.9 billion) to launch the US channel known as AJAM.

The outlet, which competed against CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel, did not release viewership data but some reports said its audience was only around 30,000 for the key prime-time hours.

In mid-2013, the channel went live after hiring some 850 staff and opening 12 bureaus across the United States and a state-of-the art studio in New York.

It faced a series of problems in addition to low viewership: lawsuits alleged an unhospitable work environment and the channel faced criticism for its report linking NFL star Peyton Manning to a banned growth hormone.

However, AJAM was recognised for its reporting, including winning Emmy and Peabody awards.

Some analysts said the launch came at a time when viewers were moving away from traditional cable news to Internet-based news from organizations like Vice Media, BuzzFeed and Huffington Post.

Al Jazeera said in a statement it intends to expand its digital services to "broaden its multi-platform presence into the US later this year."

BBC launches iPlayer Kids app

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/12/bbc-iplayer-kids-app/

The BBC has launched its new BBC iPlayer Kids app, available for free on iOS and Android phones and tablets, as well as Kindle Fire.

The new child-friendly app is safe and easy to use. With over 10,000 episodes being made available this year alone, it has all of BBC Children’s content in one place, allowing kids to discover and enjoy both new and old CBeebies and CBBC favourites including Wolfblood, Blue Peter, The Dumping Ground, Topsy & Tim and Go Jetters.

The BBC iPlayer Kids app will give children even easier access to their favourite programmes, while parents can be confident they’re watching shows appropriate for their age and free from adverts.

The BBC iPlayer Kids app lets you:
•Set a profile –the app allows up to four profiles on one device, so siblings can easily use it on a shared family mobile or tablet. Choose from one of the eight characters and add a name to get started
•Select your age – tell the app your age and it will serve up age-appropriate content for you from CBeebies and CBBC; pre-school children (under five) are only shown CBeebies content, while children over five are shown both CBBC and CBeebies content (customised to be suitable for their age)
•Watch whenever and wherever with downloads – parents and kids can download programmes over Wi-Fi to then watch on the go without an internet connection – perfect for a long car journey or holiday. Programmes will be available to download and stream for up to 30 days
•Quickly find favourite shows – kids who know exactly what they’re looking for can quickly find a programme with the search option. This feature automatically filters out CBBC programmes for children under five. There’s also a ‘Shows’ A-Z list of all programmes available
•Choose accessibility options – the app has been developed to work with native screen readers and assistive technologies. Episode pages show the availability of audio-described and signed versions of the programme, and subtitles can be turned on for programmes that you stream or download
•Stay safe – ad and in-app-purchase free, the app has been designed with the aim that children should be able to use it (as much as possible) without parent intervention. It uses a ‘safety lock’ to keep kids within the app, for example, if they try to access any BBC links, or settings

Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s, says: “Children have always been a priority for the BBC. So launching the BBC iPlayer Kids app is a really exciting moment for us – and we can’t wait to see millions of children get excited about it too. The BBC iPlayer Kids app meets the needs we know are absolute deal-breakers for kids and parents. We’re offering choice and control, wrapped up in a child-friendly design and the largest range of home-grown UK content on a platform parents can trust. In a nutshell, the app is CBBC and CBeebies in their hands – a BBC iPlayer re-designed for a new, digitally savvy generation. It’s free of charge, free from commercial influence, and brand new today.”

Dan Taylor-Watt, Head of BBC iPlayer, added: “We know from research that parents value having a version of BBC iPlayer that’s guaranteed to be free of programming aimed at adults, and that kids love a version of iPlayer that’s designed specially with them in mind. BBC iPlayer is available on over 10,000 devices in the UK for free and we’re thrilled to launch this app so kids can enjoy their favourite shows whenever and wherever they are, in a safe and fun space, packed with amazing content.”

Bloomberg Television on TVPlayer

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/12/bloomberg-television-on-tvplayer/

TVPlayer, one of the UK’s most popular consumer streaming platforms with more than 600,000 unique viewers per week, has confirmed that leading international business and financial news channel, Bloomberg Television has launched on its multiscreen service. Bloomberg Television, which reaches more than 360 million households worldwide, joins 63 free-to-view channels that are available to consumers within a single TVPlayer app optimised for every platform and device.

The launch of the TV news channel will offer TVPlayer’s viewers up-to-the-minute, market-moving international business and financial news and analysis through a live and catch-up service, across desktop, mobile, tablet and Connected TV apps, including Amazon Fire TV and Stick.

“We’re delighted to be increasing our UK distribution through offering Bloomberg Television on the TVPlayer platform,” commented Justin Dewhirst, General Manager, Bloomberg Media, EMEA. “Responding to the demands of our audience of business and financial professionals, to access smart, relevant content, wherever and whenever they are, on any device is a key strategy. In addition, many of our advertising clients target the UK and this platform offers an additional opportunity for our commercial partners to deliver their advertising messages to their target audience,” he added.

The partnership highlights the increasing importance of aggregator platforms that offer a more flexible, and mobile TV experience, and reduce fragmentation, at a time when consumers are looking for alternatives to the traditional pay-TV service. TVPlayer offers unified multi-screen access to an expansive portfolio of more than 63 top-tier channels across comedy, news, children’s channels and drama in one place, including low-cost access to premium pay-TV services including Discovery, National Geographic, Eurosport and Sony through its award-winning subscription service, TVPlayer Plus.

Adam Smith, Founder and CEO of TVPlayer, said: “Bloomberg is a world-leading business and financial news brand, so it is fantastic to be able to bring it onto our rapidly growing TVPlayer platform. It is clear that the delivery of TVEverywhere services through a unified gateway is a proposition that consumers want more than ever as part of their TV experience. Bloomberg is a significant addition to our content portfolio and its launch will further increase the diversity of our top-level content for our viewers, as well as enabling Bloomberg Media to extend its brand reach in a streamlined way.”

SES to buy “space tug”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/11/ses-to-buy-space-tug/

Satellite operator SES says it has started discussions with two specialist satellite builders to come up with a ‘space tug’ mission extension vehicle.

Sources say the two companies are Orbital, for its ATK Vivisat vehicle, and MDA Corp of Canada, better known as the builders of the ‘Canadarm’ that was used in many Space Shuttle missions.

The two businesses take different views as to how to solve the challenge of supplying fuel to an aging satellite. ATK Vivisat, for example, use a small satellite that attaches itself to the target satellite.

MDA has a ‘roving’ in orbit tanker that visits the satellite, refuels it, and then departs to visit other clients.

SES, in the past, has suggested that it could build the necessary docking mechanism onto one of its satellites now being built and one candidate is SES-16.

SES, in its Annual Report, states: “New satellites will include the proper receiving hardware and will deliver modules that connect to the hardware of the satellite in orbit when needed. New satellites that are launched will act as delivery systems, disposing of the old module and installing a new module before beginning their own mission. This connector technique alrea

Star India to strengthen its FTA offering with launch of Star Utsav Movies

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/movie-channels/star-india-to-strengthen-its-fta-offering-with-launch-of-star-utsav-movies-160411

MUMBAI: After BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council ) India's rural data roll out, the broadcasters who were only targeting the premium consumers with premium launches in a big way, are now focusing on the FTA market also.

Broadcast giant Star India is set to launch a new movie channel named ‘Star Utsav Movies’.

As per available information Star India is planning to launch the channel in the month of June, once the IPL gets over.

A source close to the development has confirmed the news to Indiantelevision.com,” Star Utsav Movies will be an FTA channel and the catalogue will have a mix of both old and new.”

Since BARC India's rural roll-out, Star India’s FTA channel Star Utsav has been constantly featuring in the list of top GEC channels. It has also made appearances in the list of top channels in across genres category.


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Foxtel To Launch Roku Type Box As They Struggle To Manage Dead iQ3 Players

From https://www.channelnews.com.au/foxtel-to-launch-roku-type-box-as-they-struggle-to-manage-dead-iq3-players/

Foxtel is looking to introduce a Roku type media player in an effort to expand Foxtel services, the move comes as the Company struggles to manage the return of over 125,000 faulty iQ3 boxes that have failed due to software problems.

According to Foxtel sources the bill for the disastrous launch of the iQ3 box is mounting, insiders claim that the bill already exceeds $20M with Foxtel engineers unable to come up with a fix for the Pace manufactured set top box which was in launched in a desperate attempt to hold onto subscribers who were being offered a $9.95 a month subscription to Netflix.

According to one Foxtel employee the Company is warehousing over 125,000 failed boxes that consumers have returned due to problems accessing content and recording programs.

In some cases, the boxes switch on and then switch off as they struggle to connect with a TV.

“This box was rushed to market, unfortunately the software was not developed properly to run smoothly with the chipset. This has resulted in a lot of software glitches that cannot be fixed”.

New Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh has unveiled to the Australian newspaper a revamped strategy for the struggling Pay TV Company that is having to watch other Companies grow at their expense.

Netflix was launched in March 2015, 12 months on they now have over 2.7 million subscribers.

At the same time Fetch TV who are partnering with Optus are reporting record take up for their Fetch TV service. The Company plans to launch a new smaller and faster box in August to coincide with the launch of the UK Premier League Football by Optus.

New ABS data reveals Australians downloaded a record amount of data in the three months leading up to December 2015, amounting to 1.7 Exabyte’s.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics that’s up 50 per cent from the same period in 2014.

Much of the credit for the spike has gone to Netflix,

During Tonagh’s first interview since his appointment on March 17, the former chief of News Corp Australia the owners of the Australian newspaper said that he will offers a wide range of content that does not require a cable or satellite subscription to Foxtel.

What he is banking on is to compete head on with Netflix via Smart TV apps, devices such as Googles Chromecast and Apple TV.

“I would expect to have an equivalent to a Roku-type device in the market within 12 months,” Mr Tonagh said. “At the moment Foxtel is positioned as an expensive premium product; I want to make sure that we’ve got packages available for all levels of affordability.618THkseAEL._SL1153_

“It will provide a cheap entry point and allows people to get ­access to the Foxtel product without the cost of installing a set-top box and a satellite connection. We then have the ability to tempt ­people to trade up and start spending more.”

For years, cable and satellite subscribers have had to choose from large and often expensive packages, with little ability to control which channels were included. But with the advent of digital streaming, a la carte viewing is gaining in popularity as consumers can pick and choose the channels they want to access thanks to their availability as apps.

“We have an opportunity to extend our distribution through multiple channels because there’s a whole bunch of people who want to be able to access our content without being locked in. It’s very hard not to lock people in if you’re spending money on set-top boxes and installation. It’s much easier if you can provide a puck-type ­device.”

Mr Tonagh, a former Foxtel chief financial officer has not commented about the failed Q3 boxes that are now collecting dust in a Homebush warehouse.

Talking about the new streaming device he said “I want to have a device where you can walk into a local retailer, purchase the device, plug it in and get access to our product to complement the more premium ­service.”
“At the moment, Telstra TV doesn’t have a bundle of Foxtel channels but ultimately it should have at some point. Equally, there’s no reason why we wouldn’t be selling content to Optus” he said.

“We need to offer all content to our subscribers but some of the content will be only available on an exclusive basis, including major chunks of our sport, HBO programming and local dramas under the Foxtel brand name and retail service.”

While there have been no ­discussions about making Netflix available through the Foxtel ­platform, Mr Tonagh said he was “certainly open to it”.
The Australian said that Mr Tonagh’s longer term challenge is to oversee a potential merger with News Corp’s Fox Sports Australia and sell the breadth of Foxtel’s much larger and even more profitable operations to investors.

While Mr Tonagh would not comment on the merger and IPO speculation, Ms Weir will bring considerable experience of fronting public companies, having helped steer regional Pay-TV operator Austar’s IPO before its merger with Foxtel.

Deanne Weir to head channel aggregation at Foxtel

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016041142421/deanne-weir-to-head-channel-aggregation-at-foxtel.html#axzz45Wm4XznK

Media executive Deanne Weir is joining Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel as executive director of channel aggregation and wholesale in June 2016.

She will work closely with Foxtel’s channel partners and its executive director of television Brian Walsh and his team. In addition she will play a lead role in determining key elements of Foxtel’s distribution strategies, said Peter Tonagh, Foxtel CEO.

Weir spent ten years as group director of corporate development at Austar and was deputy chair of Screen Australia prior to current role as chair of the boards of captioning business Ai-Media, Emmy and BAFTA award-winning production company Hoodlum and concert streaming business Moshcam. In the not-for-profit sector she is chair of the Australian Women Donors Network.

“Deanne will play a key role in ensuring that we become the aggregator of choice bringing together great content from all possible sources and ensuring that we have the rights and ability to distribute it on the platforms and in the ways that consumers want to view it,” said Tonagh.

“Deanne will take the lead in working with our channel partners to ensure that great brands like Disney, BBC, Discovery, Fox, Turner, NBCU and Viacom continue to deliver world leading content to our subscribers. Deeper relationships with these extraordinary companies will enrich both Foxtel and their Australian operations.”

He added: “Not only is Deanne highly experienced in the subscription television business, she has a real depth of knowledge of how content is made, funded and distributed.”

Walsh commented: “I am delighted Deanne is returning to the subscription television sector. This is a great coup for Foxtel. Deanne is a formidable television executive and one of the most respected in our industry.”

Weir expressed excitement at her new role, adding: “Foxtel has been connecting audiences to the best international and Australian content for over 20 years, and the story is about to get even better.”

Sky TV tweaks its software after thousands of customer complaints

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11620691

Sky has taken viewers feedback on board.

Sky TV has updated its software again, making it easier to read after a previous software change in January led to thousands of complaints from customers.

The changes, which include tweaks to font size, darkness and colour contrast, will come into effect tomorrow, said Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way.

In January, angry and frustrated clients took to the network's Facebook page to condemn the update as slow and causing the picture to lag. They said it had a small, difficult-to-read font.

One man's post garnered 16,000 "likes" within hours. Most of the more than 2500 comments written below his post agreed with him.

Stewart Bryan wrote: "Your new upgrade to MySky is awful - a real backwards step. Smaller font I can't read, terrible colours and so so SLOW to react."

The Herald was inundated with emails from readers with similar complaints after running a story about the issue earlier this year.

"We certainly took that feedback on board," Ms Way said.

The company had been "working away in the background" over the last couple of months on the changes rolling out tomorrow.

The new software update took into consideration customer complaints as well as research the company had done into what was and wasn't working overseas, Ms Way said.

Changes to the company's MySky software will be ongoing, with updates every coupe of months to make the user experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.

SpaceX lands rocket on ocean platform for first time

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_lands_rocket_on_ocean_platform_for_first_time_999.html

After four failed bids SpaceX finally stuck the landing Friday, powering the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket onto an ocean platform where it touched down upright after launching cargo to space.

Images of the tall, narrow rocket gliding down serenely onto a platform that SpaceX calls a droneship sparked applause and screams of joy at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California.

"The first stage of the Falcon 9 just landed on our Of Course I Still Love You droneship," SpaceX wrote on Twitter, after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:43 pm (2043 GMT).

NASA spokesman George Diller confirmed that the rocket had successfully landed, just minutes after the Falcon 9 propelled the unmanned Dragon cargo craft to orbit, carrying supplies for astronauts at the International Space Station.

SpaceX has once before managed to set the rocket down on land, but ocean attempts had failed, with the rocket coming close each time but either crashing or tipping over.

Speaking to reporters afterward, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that being able to return costly rocket parts for repeated use, instead of jettisoning them into the ocean after each launch, will make spaceflight less expensive and less harmful to the environment.

"It is just as fundamental in rocketry as it is in other forms of transport such as cars or planes or bicycles or anything," said Musk, who also runs Tesla Motors.

Musk said it costs around $300,000 to fuel a rocket, but $60 million to build one.

"If you have got a rocket that can be fully and rapidly reused, it is somewhere on the order of a 100-fold cost reduction, in marginal costs," he said, adding that he hoped his competitors would follow suit.

- Obama leads praise -

President Barack Obama led the praise, tweeting: "Congrats SpaceX on landing a rocket at sea. It's because of innovators like you & NASA that America continues to lead in space exploration."

Also on Twitter, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield said: "Landed! That is amazing! World-leading ability, proven.

"Opens the imagination to what is possible."

Friday's breakthrough came after a closely watched return-to-flight mission, SpaceX's first cargo delivery since June 2015, when the Falcon 9 exploded just over two minutes after liftoff, destroying the rocket and the supply ship.

SpaceX blamed the blast on a faulty strut in the Falcon 9's upper booster, which allowed a helium bottle to snap loose, causing the explosion of the rocket, cargo ship and all its contents.

It has since upgraded its Falcon 9 rocket and changed its protocol to avoid a repeat.

This time, the gumdrop-shaped capsule was packed with nearly 7,000 pounds (3,100 kilos) of supplies for the astronauts living in orbit.

The Dragon's cargo includes an inflatable space room astronauts will test in microgravity.

Known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, the chamber will be temporarily attached to the space station.

Lab mice for experiments and lettuce seeds for growing at the orbiting outpost were also included in the spacecraft, which should arrive at the International Space Station early Sunday.

- 'Proven it can work' -

Musk said the rocket was being welded onto the droneship with metal shoes, so as not to tip over as it made its way back to land.

Next, the booster will undergo a series of tests, including 10 static fires on the launchpad, before engineers decide if it is in good enough shape to fly again.

If so, the next launch of the same booster could be in the next two to three months, Musk said.

"In the future, hopefully we will be able to relaunch them in a few weeks."

In the meantime, SpaceX will keep working on perfecting its landing techniques, whether on ocean or solid ground, since both options need to be available to suit different types of missions.

Musk said about half of SpaceX's rockets will need to land at sea, and it might take a few years to work out all the kinks.

"But I think it is proven that it can work," he said.

"We will get it to a point where it is routine to bring it back and the only changes to the rocket are to hose it down, give it a wash, add the propellant and fly it again."

Spain: 7 arrested for pirating STBs

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/08/spain-7-arrested-for-pirating-stbs/

Seven people have been arrested in several Spanish cities (Madrid, Terrasa, Toledo, Córdoba and Cuevas Bajas in Málaga) for manipulating STBs to give illegal access to pay-TV services.

The pirates used the card-sharing model whereby one of them legally subscribed to a pay-TV platform, then gave illegal access to many others to content through his subscription. The users sold the compromised STBs for between €130 and €150 allowing users to view content, including all football matches from La Liga.

The seven arrested, who advertised their illegal operations online, earned around €4,000 a month. The police operation started following a claim from La Liga warning of the existence of the pirate network.

Europe's biggest radiotelescope in fast-burst-finding upgrade

From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/11/max_planck_giant_dish_to_get_upgrade_with_csiro_techology/

Square Kilometre Array tech from Oz will increase sensitivity of Bonn's Effelsberg dish

One of the world's largest fully-steerable radiotelescopes, the Effelsberg radio dish at the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn, is to get an upgrade using technology developed by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

A phased array feed (PAF), currently undergoing testing and calibration at the Australian' agency's Parkes radiotelescope, will be set to work trying to spot one of astro-boffins' favourite phenomena, fast radio bursts.

The CSIRO PAFs were developed as part of Australia's prep-work for the Square Kilometre Array, the SKA Pathfinder. The agency developed its own PAFs, because existing technology was too expensive and didn't have the field of view or the sensitivity needed for the SKA.

Max Plank Institute for Radioastronomy director professor Michael Kramer says the field of view is particularly important for a fast radio burst search.

“When we previously searched for Fast Radio Bursts we had to be looking at just the right moment in just the right part of the sky to see them. Having one of these new PAFs means that we immediately increase our chances of seeing one,” he said in CSIRO's media release.

There's an extra wrinkle to handle in the German environment: compared to the SKA (which will be in one of the most radio-quiet spots in Australia) and Parkes (in a country town location), the Effelsberg site is in a high-noise environment.

The PAF will need extra calibration to cope with that environment, and the Effelsberg dish's size will also allow astronomers to test the PAFs in a “brand new environment”, professor Kramer said.

“Once all the testing is complete, the PAF will be available for researchers all around the world to access as part of the ‘open skies’ access policy. And as you can imagine, our astronomers are earnestly awaiting to see what their PAFs are capable of when viewing the galaxy from the top half of the planet”, he added.

In parabolic antennas, phased arrays replace the feed horns more commonly used at the focal point of the dish. They expand the telescope's field of view because they're much better at capturing off-axis information.

Twelve applicants/channels denied permission to launch private satellite channels in last number, total remains at 869

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/regulators/i-and-b-ministry/twelve-applicants/channels-denied-permission-to-launch-private-satellite-channels-in-last-number-total-remains-at-869

New Delhi, 8 April: Even though the number of permissions granted to private satellite television channels uplinking from or downlinking into India crossed the 1000 figure for the first time, as many as 138 have been denied permission.

Thus, the total number of operative channels as on 31 March was 869, of which news and current affairs channels number 394. Thus the number of general entertainment channels is 475.

Thus, the government had given permission to a total of 1007 channels which included 126 whose permissions were cancelled later. The last list issued on 31 March had said 126 had been refused permission but twelve new channels had been permitted, taking the total to 869. This number remains the same.

Twenty channels including seven news channels have been permitted to uplink from India but not downlink within the country.

A total of 754 channels including 382 GECs are allowed to uplink and downlink in the country while 95 including 80 GECs are uplinked from overseas but allowed to downlink into TV homes in the country.

Thus, the number allowed to uplink and downlink in the country has fallen by one even though the number of general entertainment channels has risen by eight. This is because the number of news channels has fallen by eight to 372.

After 31 January, the news channels cleared are: Zee Bihar Jharkhand; WIO; and Zee 24 Hour Business.

The Non-News channels cleared are Sab Bangla; Sab Tamil; Sab Punjabi; Sab Marathi; Sab Telugu; Sony Wah; Sony Rox; Jewel Alliance; Star Utsav Movies (Earlier:Star Gold Romance); Maa HD; Jalsha Movies HD; Star Jalsha HD; Maa Movies HD; Star Pravah HD; Star Movies Premiere; Star Movies Premiere HD; Fox Crime HD; Rishtey Cineplex; Stay Raw; And Vijay Super.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry site (mib.nic.in) also contains the full details of the owners of these channels, the languages in which they will beam, and the date on which the clearance came. However, there are no details of channels denied permission.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


I've finally got around to putting up a T90 Torroidal dish that I bought years ago. Not complete as yet, but hopefully I will have signal off it by the end of the weekend.

Thursday evening feed
D2 12653V & 12672V 6669 Sky news feed from Redcliffe RSL

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E Ez Shop Indonesia has started on 3574 V, clear.
Palapa D 113.0ENinMedia SatPlay has started on 3946 V, encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0EGo Channel has left 3980 V.
Palapa D 113.0ENet has left 4006 V.

SES 9 112.5E SES 9 has arrived at 112.5 East.(check for it as it has a KU beam that can broadcast to Australia)

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3808 H "Jiangsu TV" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H Boomerang Australia, CNN International Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network South East Asia, Cartoon Network Australia, TCM Australia, Cartoon Network Taiwan, Cartoon Network Philippines, TCM Asia and Toonami on are/were FTA.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4176 H "Shop Now, UniPlus and Music Box" have started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3727 H "Golf Channel Asia" has left .
Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H "Zee Nung" is encrypted again.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Madras TV" has started on , Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "Mega TV, News 7 Tamil and Sadhna Plus" have started on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11590 V "APN News, Kashish News, ETV Kannada News and Oscar Movies Bhojpuri" have started on , Videoguard.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Dara Channel" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "RTL CBS Entertainment Philippines, Celestial Movies Asia and Channel M have started on , Irdeto. China Movie" has left.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" is Fta.

Eutelsat 36A 70.5E Eutelsat 36A has arrived at 70.5 East.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3994 H "Rishtey Asia and Colors Asia Pacific have started on , Irdeto. Colors Odia" has left.

Afghansat 1 48.0E 11293 V "Maiwand TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Muzika Pervogo替换RT(Ddish TV)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月8日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,TTC替换Rossiya 1(俄罗斯)频道,设置11606 V 34425参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Top Shop(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11606 V 34425参数无效接收。 [4月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Munsif(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [4月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,JOO Music(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4146 H 5317参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Hi Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3440 H 26666参数无效接收。 [4月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Fan TV、Banng Channel(泰国)等3个频道消失,设置4160 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月8日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Devi TV(测试)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TVWAN、TVWAN Sport(斐济)频道加密,设置3920 V 18000参数有条件接收。 [4月8日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Madras TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [4月8日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Music F替换Fatafati(MPEG-4)频道,设置12347 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月7日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Domashniy Magazin(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置10972 H 11200参数免费接收。 [4月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Moradokthai(泰国)频道消失,设置3545 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TVBL、Next Movies(泰国)等3个频道消失,设置3585 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Playboy(花花公子)频道新增,设置3800 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,GEM(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3920 H 28340参数有条件接收。 [4月7日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Champion TV(巴基斯坦)频道重现,设置3913 V 7260参数免费接收。 [4月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Vijay HD、Star Jalaha HD(高清)等4个频道新增,设置3802 H 28100参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]


NBN satellite comes online in late April

From http://www.chinchillanews.com.au/news/nbn-satellite-comes-online-in-late-april/2987547/

FROM late April, more than 400,000 remote Australian families will have access to super-fast broadband after the NBN Skymuster Satellite Service comes online.

This includes several thousand residents around Chinchilla, where the rolling terrain prohibits the reach of fixed wireless technology.

Charles Tym, CEO of Harbour ISP, a regional service provider of the new satellite broadband services, says that it’s a revolution in internet connectivity for the bush.

Harbour ISP’s Geoff Anson said that he’d been speaking to people running cattle and grain businesses from home and that the unreliability of their current connections sometimes made it impossible for them to complete transactions.

“Fast internet connections will save the bush,” Mr Anson said.

Sky Muster is promising to provide download speeds of up to 25Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5Mbps to rural customers.

If eligible, the NBN Sky Muster satellite service replaces any other internet service you currently have.

It’s faster, offers more data and in most cases will cost less than you are paying now, for a better service.

For those interested, the process is simple, and it costs nothing to register interest in the new satellite service.

Customers will begin to be commissioned from May 1, but with 15,000 people already in the queue to be connected, there is currently a three to four-month wait.

For more information and to check which NBN service you are eligible for, call on 1300 366 169 or apply online at www.harbourisp.com.au

Digicel Play installs new satellite dishes to make TV more accessible for PNG and the Pacific

From http://news.pngfacts.com/2016/04/digicel-play-installs-new-satellite.html

In what is set to be a win for PNG television viewers, Digicel Play today announced its move to make television programs more accessible to people across PNG and the Pacific.

Digicel Play has installed two new satellite dishes at its Gordons headquarters in Port Moresby, as well as a new television studio which will broadcast local content to PNG residents.

The two dishes, which have taken 18-months to design and develop, will boost coverage of Digicel Play throughout PNG and the wider Pacific region including Fiji, Nauru and Tonga.

Digicel Play CEO, Nico Myer, said the installation of the two satellite dishes was a huge milestone for the broadcaster.

“Digicel Play is always looking at ways to improve television availability and quality for our viewers and these two dishes highlight this commitment to customers,” he said.

“The two new satellite dishes are more powerful and cost effective than the ones we have used previously, which will help make Digicel Play channels more affordable to access going forward.”

Digicel Play was launched 18 months ago in PNG and provides a wide selection of movies, sports, news and family entertainment across PNG.

To access Digicel Play, customers can purchase a Digicel Play Box package from their local Digicel store for K69.

The new satellite dishes and television studio are located in Gordons.

TTV to broadcast Oceania champ

From http://www.solomonstarnews.com/sports/national/10100-ttv-to-broadcast-oceania-champ

Solomon Islands Football fans will be treated to LIVE Free-to-Air Television coverage of Oceania’s premier International Football Club action with the first match between Nadi FC and AS Tafana to kick off at 12 midday on Friday 8th April.

Twelve champion Clubs from New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, Solomon Islands, PNG, New Caledonia, Vanuatu & Samoa will battle it out in Auckland from 8th to 23rd April for a berth in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Solomon Islands is represented by Telekom S-League champion, Solomon Warriors FC with their first game against Auckland City FC scheduled for 12 midday on Sunday 10th April.

A statement from Our Telekom said, “We are pleased to once again bring this premier football event to our people here in the Solomons.

“This time OFC TV is covering the event in Auckland and have arranged for Satellite uploads.

“Our Telekom is meeting all costs to bring the content off the Satellite and into our TV transmitters for the Live broadcast.

“Our Telekom is also meeting broadcast rights for the event,” Said Loyley Ngira, Chief Executive of Our Telekom.

The Live Television broadcast of the Football matches is made possible by Our Telekom and Telekom Television and will be available in Honiara, Auki as well as in Gizo & Noro.

Telekomunikasi Indonesia to Launch Telkom-4 Satellite in 2018

From http://www.indonesia-investments.com/news/news-columns/telekomunikasi-indonesia-to-launch-telkom-4-satellite-in-2018/item6680

State-controlled Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Indonesia's largest telecommunication and network provider, plans to launch its Telkom-4 satellite in 2018 through its subsidiary TelkomMetra. The Telkom-4 satellite, which will replace the aging Telkom-1 satellite, is equipped with 49 transponders that will be capable of beaming 100 Gbps mobile broadband across Indonesia, India and Southeast Asia. The USD $200 million satellite is expected to have a life span of 15 years.

Teguh Wahyoni, President Director of TelkomMetra, said the satellite's design and production process may take up to two years and therefore the launch of Telkom-4 is scheduled for 2018. Despite the slowing satellite business, he is optimistic about the fundamentals of the market particularly as there are still many regions in Indonesia that need Internet access. Wahyoni estimates that there are about 30 million Indonesian households that lack a fixed broadband Internet connection because these households are situated in remote areas. However, 40 percent of these households require Internet connectivity. This demand can partly be met by the new satellite.

US-based satellite communications company Space Systems Loral (SSL) will manufacture the Telkom-4 satellite. John Celli, President of SSL, said this order was the company's third satellite order from Indonesia. He added SSL is honored to play an important role in expanding the telecommunication infrastructure for both Indonesia an the neighboring region. Particularly an archipelago, such as Indonesia, needs satellite services as its population is spread over thousands of islands. The Telkom-4 satellite will be based on the SSL 1300 platform which provides the flexibility to support a wide range of applications and technology advances.

Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), which is listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), is also preparing to launch its Telkom-3S satellite as replacement for the original Telkom-3 satellite, which failed to reach orbit in August 2012.

In April 2014 Indonesian financial institution Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) announced it would launch its communications satellite named BRIsat in 2016. Through this USD $230 million satellite, BRI wants to improve its corporate performance, save telecommunication spending by 50 percent (currently BRI uses 20 to 22 transponders from 7 or 8 providers including Telkom, Indosat and Citra Sari Makmur), and expand its activities and services throughout the country. The BRIsat is expected to be launched in June 2016.

Dani Indra, Chairman of the Indonesia Satellite Association (ASSI), said - based on 2015 data - Indonesia's demand for satellite transponders is estimated at 250 units. However, currently there are only 110 transponders to meet Indonesia's demand, implying a shortage. To meet remainding demand regional satellites are used.

Nigeria wants 2 Chinese satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/08/nigeria-wants-2-chinese-satellites%e2%80%a8/

Nigeria has signed a MOU with China to supply two communications satellites on a contract to build and launch into orbit. Reports suggest the total commitment is about $700 million for the pair.

The order is expected to be placed with China Great Wall Industry Corp (CGWIC) and its aerospace division which build satellites and uses the Long March rocket launch system. CGWIC is the sole commercial organisation approved by China’s government to provide satellites and launch services, and to undertake international space-based cooperation.

Nigeria Communication Satellite is Nigeria’s domestic satellite provider, although other international satellite operators also cover the nation. It both supplies satellite services in and over Nigeria, but also provides in-orbit management of other satellites. In December 2015, for example, it signed a major contract to provide satellite management services to Belarus for a 15-year period.

However, many observers had expected NigComSat to be privatised by the Nigerian government but this plan was scrapped back in February, at least for the time being.

Trace launching SVoD platform

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/08/trace-launching-svod-platform/

From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Youth-oriented urban culture media group Trace is to launch SVoD urban culture global platform Trace Play in June 2016, mixing on-demand all genres content and linear channels. The international roll-out will start in 60 countries and the distribution model, initially via an app (iOs and Android) and a website, will also be backed by deals with cable, satellite and ADSL operators in France, Europe, UK, Canada, the Caribbean. The group also plans to have the offer (available for a handful of Euros) embedded on Roku, and compatible with Google Cast and Apple TV.

Trace Play will debut in both English and French with the Portuguese language added shortly after.

To feed the non-linear part of Trace Play, Trace has secured around 4,000 hours of programmes on all territories. Some ten live channels will also be accessible including Trace ones like Trace Urban, Trace Sports Stars, Tropical, Africa, Toca and Gospel.

A subsidiary of Swedish group MTG, Trace is also set to launch three additional music channels in Africa, Naja in Nigeria, Mziki in Eastern Africa and the English version of Trace Africa in Austral Africa.

Facebook Live rolls out new features

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/08/facebook-live-adds-new-features/

Facebook Live, a live streaming tool that allows users to air their exploits in real-time, has added new features including the ability to post streams directly onto timelines.

Facebook CEO Marc Zuckerberg commented: “Live is like having a TV camera in your pocket. Anyone with a phone now has the power to broadcast to anyone in the world.”

Since its launch last summer, Facebook Live which – was initially given to celebrities – has been rolled out to all users in the US. Facebook is trying to make it easier to find the live video broadcasts. Live video will now have a dedicated spot on its mobile app. From here, users will have easy access to videos from people close to you or live videos on topics that interest them. Users can also search for live and non-live videos, or create their own Facebook live broadcast by tapping on the new video icon.

Users can restrict the viewing of their broadcast to specific Facebook Events and Facebook Groups only. For example, if you’re part of a theme park group, you can share live rollercoasters with them. Users can also use Events to hold live Q&A sessions.

Facebook Live allows broadcasters to interact with people; receiving comments and responding to them. Now these comments can be replayed for those who watch the video later, enabling them to see all the interaction that has taken place during the live broadcast.

As yet, there is now word on when Facebook Live will be rolled out in other countries.

Sky to stream content on Facebook

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/07/sky-to-stream-content-on-facebook/

Sky will stream a range of news and sport content directly through social media giant Facebook in the coming months, according to the company’s digital director Lucien Bowater.

In a company blog post, Bowater said that Sky will give a “unique behind the scenes look” at a number of major sporting events and breaking news stories by streaming on Facebook Live.

“We’ve already been experimenting with it, and the results have been impressive. In less than 24 hours since its release, more than 100,000 people viewed Michael Atherton’s exclusive interview with Freddie Flintoff and Kumar Sangakkara at the T20 World Cup. In news, similar numbers watched Mark Stone’s live report on the migrant crisis in Calais,” said Bowater.

“The platform works for us because it allows our news and sports teams to connect with the audience in a slightly different way – offering a different perspective, one that might not otherwise be possible in such a fast moving environment.

India licenses 60 new channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/08/india-licenses-60-new-channels%E2%80%A8/

India’s broadcasting regulator has licensed a total of 60 new digital channels during 2015, its highest total for three years.

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, along with the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs, issued permits for 53 satellite uplink permits (and thus enabling the channels to get their signals up onto satellites which cover the country) and seven other licences for incoming satellite channels.

These extra licences now bring India’s total to some 847 channels which are licensed, of which an amazing 52 per cent are news channels (many of a regional nature).

Cable operators carry 676 channels, the vast majority of which they take from satellite feeds.

ZEEL to expand into Germany with FTA Zee One in July 2016

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/gecs/zeel-to-expand-into-germany-with-fta-zee-one-in-july-2016-160406

MUMBAI: Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) is expanding into Germany. The Indian globally operating media company will launch a free to air channel Zee One in July 2016. Zee One will bring high-quality films and series produced by the Indian film industry to German screens 24 hours a day. Friederike Behrends will be responsible for business operations in the German-speaking area.

In addition, ZEEL’s own in-house entertainment and general interest programmes are to be progressively promoted. Zee One will be available on the most important satellite and cable platforms. Zee One’s core target group will be females between the ages of 19 and 59.

Asia TV Ltd. (Zee TV) Europe CEO Neeraj Dhingra said, "The launch of Zee One will signify ZEEL´s entry into one of the world´s most important television markets, in which the Bollywood genre is still barely represented as yet. It is therefore a major step as part of our international expansion strategy, we want to establish a lasting presence and grow in the German television market. With our highest levels of entertainment and new content, we are confident of being able to offer viewers an attractive enrichment to the existing range of television offerings."

Behrends said, “Bollywood content offers a much broader spectrum than is known on German television. The aim is to enhance Germany´s entertainment offerings by introducing an entirely new genre. We intend to capture the hearts of German viewers with Bollywood. We are currently engaged in intensive talks with German TV-platform operators with a view to expanding the reach as quickly as possible on a broad scale via all transmission paths."

Until recently, Friederike Behrends was, among other things, senior strategy advisor for the international streaming provider Magine, being responsible for its German market entry in 2014. From 2008 to 2012, she was managing director of WDR media group digital GmbH and the full-service internet agency web Colony in Cologne. She took over these positions after becoming a member of the board of directors at Bild.-T-Online.de AG & Co. KG, where she had worked since 2001. Previous career stages included a period at Grundy UFA TV Productions GmbH.


No Thursday update


DW English and Dw German were FTA on Optus D2 earlier today (back to encrypted now though)

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3760 V "Discovery Kids Southeast Asia" has left.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3920 V All channels in the Sky Pacific mux on are encrypted again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "MLQ Movies" is back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 HPearl TV has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12600 V "Tiji Russia" is now Fta.

NSS 12 57.0E 3677 L "Walta TV" has started on , Fta.
NSS 12 57.0E 11189 V "Duhok TV" is now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经9 1.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Nung(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3960 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Kazakh TV(蒙古)频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [4月6日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Go Channel(印尼)频道消失,设置3980 V 31000参数无效接收。 [4月6日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,You、Sabydee(IPM)等频道加密,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Surat Channel、Pattaya(IPM)频道加密,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Nick Toons、Paramounl Channel(高清)等频道加密,设置3780 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,News 18 Kerala(MPEG-4)等3个频道新增,设置4036 V 21600参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Kazakh TV、Satlink OU(SatLink)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,北京卫视替换中天亚洲(艺华卫视)频道,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,亚洲卫视一台、亚洲卫视二台(香港)频道消失,设置3632 H 5250参数无效接收。 [4月6日]


Extensive Paralympics broadcast coverage coming to New Zealand

From https://www.paralympic.org/news/extensive-paralympics-broadcast-coverage-coming-new-zealand

About 4.6 million people will get to watch Rio 2016 through TVNZ’s live streamed TV channel DUKE.

New Zealand viewers can look forward to the most extensive live and free-to-air coverage of a Paralympic Games to date, says the team of partners behind this year’s multiplatform broadcast offering. TVNZ and rights holders Attitude Pictures have announced on Wednesday (6 April) plans for more than 180 hours of coverage dedicated to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, held from 7-18 September this year. The extensive coverage is made possible with support from NZ On Air and with Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) as the broadcast sponsor.

The New Zealand team’s performances will be the focus of all live and highlights programme coverage co-produced by TVNZ and Attitude Pictures with the assistance of Paralympics New Zealand.

Viewers can catch Games action as it happens every day on TVNZ’s fully live streamed TV channel DUKE, together with extensive delayed and highlights coverage. Along with ONE News coverage, a special highlights programme will air every night on TV ONE and will be available online through TVNZ OnDemand and AttitudeLive.com. Full coverage details will be announced in the build up to the event.

In a world first, the production team of the highlights programmes is led by three Paralympic gold medallists: wheelchair rugby athlete Jai Waite will take the lead as programme editor, the anchor in Rio will be former captain of the New Zealand Wheel Blacks Dan Buckingham, and former Paralympic cyclist Paula Tesoreiro will be reporting from the field.

Jeff Latch, TVNZ’s Director of Content, says: “We’re very proud to be part of a team effort bringing viewers the most comprehensive free-to-air coverage of a Paralympic Games in New Zealand’s history. The Games will have a dedicated home on DUKE and we’ll share the best moments on TV ONE, TVNZ OnDemand and ONE News Now. The Paralympic Games is one of the top multisport events in the world and we think New Zealand viewers will embrace the opportunity to cheer on our Kiwi athletes.”

Robyn Scott-Vincent, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder of The Attitude Group, says the company has spent 12 years building the profile of Paralympic sport and public awareness of disability.

"We've built a team that knows these Games from the inside and can deliver real insights of the sport and lived experience of disability,” Scott-Vincent said. “Delivering these Games and the performances of some great Kiwi athletes to New Zealand screens is part of our continued drive to raise expectations of what's possible for people who live with disability.”

Scott Pickering, ACC Chief Executive, says: “New Zealand’s para-athletes are among the best in the world and are role models for all Kiwis. ACC is proud to help bring coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to New Zealand and to showcase our athletes’ awesome achievements as they compete on the world stage.” Fiona Allan, Paralympics New Zealand’s CEO, says: “We are thrilled to give our support to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games broadcast team. This level of coverage is unprecedented in this country and for the first time reflects the stature of the New Zealand Paralympic team on the world stage. The team finished first in the world per capita for medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, a title we hope to retain in Rio later this year by targeting 18 medals and hoping to increase our gold medals from 6 to 12. We wish to thank TVNZ, Attitude Pictures, NZ On Air and ACC for their unrelenting commitment to showcasing the achievements of our elite Paralympians to the New Zealand public.”

China Launches Recoverable Scientific Satellite into Space

From http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2409407&CategoryId=13936

BEIJING - China's space program early Wednesday launched the SJ-10 scientific research satellite to conduct experiments in space, after which it will return to Earth and its results will be subsequently analyzed.

The satellite was launched by the Long March 2D launch vehicle from the center in Jiuquan in northwestern China's Gobi Desert on Wednesday morning, state-run news agency Xinhua and state-run broadcaster CCTV said.

The SJ-10 will conduct experiments to analyze various phenomena, including fluid physics and combustion in the space microgravity environment as well as effects of radiation and experiments for biotechnology.

The experiments will test the effects of microgravity on mouse embryos in space with a view to research the future of human reproduction in space or the effects of space radiation on fruit fly genes or rat cells.

The experiments were selected from a total of 200 applications and include a collaboration with the Europe Space Agency to analyze combustion and formation of particulate pollutants from coal in microgravity aimed at increasing knowledge about non-renewable forms of energy.

"They could lead to key breakthroughs in our academic research," Hu Wenrui, chief scientist of the SJ-10 mission said. The SJ-10 is the second scientific satellite, of a total of four, to be launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is the only one which will return to Earth, although the country has already sent 24 such recoverable satellites to space till date.

The SJ-10 will land in Inner Mongolia in northern China, the usual landing place for China's Shenzhou human spaceflight missions.

South Korea: BBC content for Pooq

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/06/south-korea-bbc-content-for-pooq/

BBC Worldwide has agreed a deal with South Korean OTT service Pooq that will allow viewers to live stream, catch up and watch BBC World News and CBeebies, and also watch top-rated BBC dramas and natural history programmes on demand. “I am very excited to be working with Pooq. We are always looking for new ways to reach our audiences. With Pooq, our fans will now have greater flexibility in how they watch CBeebies and BBC World News. They will be able to take their favourite TV channels with them to watch anytime, anyplace. They will also be able to watch their favourite BBC shows anytime, at their own convenience,” said Soojin Chung, GM of North Asia for BBC Worldwide

Sea Launch asset sale “blocked”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/06/sea-launch-asset-sale-blocked/

The sale of the struggling Sea Launch rocket launch enterprise has been blocked by minority shareholder Boeing. Boeing has started a legal action in California, seeking to obtain an injunction to halt the proposed sale, arguing that it wants payments contracted with a former partner of Sea Launch, the Energia rocket building business.

Russia’s Roscosmos space agency said in March that it had found a buyer for Sea Launch, but declined to say whether it was simply for the floating assets (the launch platform itself and the command vessel) or how a restructuring might take place.

Boeing is already deeply involved in a long-running series of legal arguments with its former Russian and Ukrainian partners in the Sea Launch venture. In one of the key disputes it was awarded a $300 million judgement against Energia which – seemingly – it has failed to collect.

The Court filing says: “If Energia succeeds in selling these assets and moving all of the proceeds thereof to Russia, without paying the hundreds of millions of dollars that it owes, it would unquestionably complicate Boeing’s collection efforts.”

Leading satellite operators drops Hezbollah TV

From http://www.globalpost.com/article/6755800/2016/04/06/satellite-operator-drops-hezbollah-tv

A leading Arab satellite operator cut transmission of Hezbollah's television channel Al-Manar on Wednesday amid rising tensions between the Lebanese Shiite group's backer Iran and Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

Officials at both Al-Manar and Cairo-based Nilesat confirmed the transmission had been cut over accusations the channel violated its contract by airing programmes promoting sectarian divisions.

"This is a political decision, not an industry decision. Al-Manar has nothing to do with sectarian strife," the channel's general manager Ibrahim Farhat told AFP, calling the move "unjust and arbitrary".

"This is part of the political problem in the region, that they're taking out on the media," Farhat said. Asked about the decision to cut Al-Manar's transmission, a senior Nilesat official said channels "must abide by not airing any violent or racist content, or provoking sectarian strife."

"No other channels have violated the contract," he told AFP, in response to a question on whether any other Lebanese channels would be affected. The cut came ahead of an expected visit this week by Saudi King Salman to Egypt, which operates the Nilesat satellite.

Last month, Gulf Arab states led by Saudi Arabia blacklisted Hezbollah, the leading force in Lebanon's governing bloc, as a "terrorist" organisation. The kingdom halted a $3 billion programme of military aid to Lebanon to protest what it said was "the stranglehold of Hezbollah on the state".

It also urged its citizens to leave Lebanon and avoid travelling there. Al-Manar said on Twitter that it could still be watched via a Russian satellite or online.

The moves against Hezbollah come amid a spike in tensions between its backer Tehran and Riyadh this year after demonstrators stormed the kingdom's missions in Iran following Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric.

The kingdom cut diplomatic ties with Iran and led Arab allies in a series of retaliatory measures against it.

While Saudi Arabia is the main supporter of Syria's Sunni-led rebels, Hezbollah is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad's troops, who are backed by Iranian military advisers.

Public interest bodies support FilmOn appeal

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/06/public-interest-bodies-support-filmon-licensing-appeal/

US public interest bodies Public Knowledge, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, with the help of the Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic at Stanford Law School, have filed an amicus [friend of court] brief in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that OTT platform FilmOn qualifies for the cable statutory licence. This allows qualifying services to carry broadcast programming, provided they are otherwise complying with FCC rules. Public Knowledge rejects the idea that traditional pay-TV should receive special treatment denied to online video services.

According to John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, the law should not give traditional pay-TV services legal advantages that are not available to their online competitors. “FilmOn meets the definition of a ‘cable’ service under copyright law, and it wants to be treated like one. So it should be,” he declared.

“Services like FilmOn can benefit consumers by creating more competition in TV distribution, while creating new opportunities for programmers to reach viewers. The law should not disadvantage them. Just as Public Knowledge has argued that the FCC ought to treat online pay-TV services that offer linear programming the same as traditional cable and satellite TV providers, copyright law ought not to discriminate against online pay-TV services.”

Pub company hit with £120K pay-TV piracy fine

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/06/uk-pub-company-hit-with-120k-pay-tv-piracy-fine/

A pub company in the southern England county of Surrey has been found guilty of illegally airing Sky Sports in three of its pubs and ordered to pay a record £120,600 (€150,000) in fines and costs following an investigation by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT). Merlin Inns Ltd, based in Cranleigh in Surrey and owning 14 public houses in the UK, pleaded guilty to 10 offences at Redhill Magistrates Court on April 4 2016 and was fined £90,000 and ordered to pay costs of £28,500.

Three Designated Premise Supervisors (DPS) also pleaded guilty to a total of three offences and were each fined £600 and a victim surcharge of £60 bringing the total to a record £120,600. According to FACT, the record fine and costs demonstrates the seriousness of this crime and how pub companies as well as individuals can face criminal records and stiff financial penalties for illegally screening matches.

These convictions were carried out by FACT on behalf of its members and form a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premises reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and will visit more than 700 pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this season.

Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager at the Federation Against Copyright Theft said: “Regrettably for Merlin Inns Ltd they choose to ignore official notices alerting them to their illegal activity and refuse advice to legitimise their behaviour. Now the company is left with a substantial fine and three employees with criminal records. “

“This result should serve as a strong warning to any pub company or employee thinking of bypassing the legitimate process to think twice about their actions. It is a criminal offence which the courts, FACT and Sky take incredibly seriously.”

“Merlin Inns Ltd have also short changed law-abiding pubs in the area who legitimately pay commercial Sky subscriptions and are potentially losing customers to venues screening matches illegally.” Alison Dolan, Deputy Managing Director at Sky Business, said: “The significant penalty applied in this case not only demonstrates how seriously the courts take the issue of fraudulently screening TV programmes, but also indicates just how significantly the suppliers of illegal equipment have been misleading publicans.”

“Anyone choosing to believe these suppliers, or who has been offered any kind of guarantee from an illegal supplier should take note: these suppliers cannot stop pub companies as well as individuals from getting a criminal record, as this latest result now shows.”

“The courts continue to send a clear message to publicans who consider fraudulently screening TV programmes in their venue – if you choose to televise content illegally then you run the very real risk of being caught and face substantial penalties and a criminal record.”

NFL, Twitter announce streaming partnership

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/06/nfl-twitter-announce-streaming-partnership/

The National Football League (NFL) has selected Twitter as its exclusive partner to deliver a live OTT digital stream of Thursday Night Football to a global audience across devices and for free during the course of the 2016 NFL Regular Season. Twitter will stream the 10 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by NBC and CBS, which will also be simulcast on NFL Network, securing the league’s ‘Tri-Cast’ distribution model of broadcast (NBC/CBS), cable (NFL Network), and digital (Twitter).

Partners since 2013 through the Twitter Amplify programme, the NFL and Twitter will provide free, live streaming video of Thursday Night Football without authentication to the over 800 Million registered and non-registered users worldwide on the Twitter platform on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs.

In addition to live streaming video of NFL action, the partnership includes in-game highlights from TNF as well as pre-game Periscope broadcasts from players and teams, giving fans an immersive experience before, during and after games.

With this partnership, the NFL says it has again extended its digital presence, making the most valuable content in sports and entertainment available across multiple digital platforms free for all users.

“Twitter is where live events unfold and is the right partner for the NFL as we take the latest step in serving fans around the world live NFL football,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “There is a massive amount of NFL-related conversation happening on Twitter during our games and tapping into that audience, in addition to our viewers on broadcast and cable, will ensure Thursday Night Football is seen on an unprecedented number of platforms this season. This agreement also provides additional reach for those brands advertising with our broadcast partners.”

“This is about transforming the fan experience with football. People watch NFL games with Twitter today,” said Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO. “Now they’ll be able to watch right on Twitter Thursday nights.” Last season, the NFL broke new digital ground in a partnership with Yahoo! to deliver a free, global live stream of a regular season NFL game, the first time users could access the NFL’s premium content worldwide, without authentication.

When the Buffalo Bills faced off against the Jacksonville Jaguars from London’s Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2015, football fans streamed over 480 million minutes of the game, with 33 per cent of streams coming in internationally, across 185 countries worldwide.

About Thursday Night Football

Thursday Night Football started in 2006 with an eight game schedule exclusively on NFL Network. By 2012, Thursday Night Football had grown to a 13-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network, where it remained through the 2013 season. For both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, CBS partnered with NFL Network to present an expanded 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule.

In February of 2016, the NFL announced that both CBS and NBC would broadcast five Thursday Night Football games, growing the package to 10 broadcast games in 2016 and 2017 from eight in 2014 and 2015. All Thursday Night Football broadcast games will continue to be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise an eight-game schedule of regular season games comprised of Thursday Night Football, late-season games on Saturday, and additional games to be determined.

Both CBS and NBC will produce Thursday Night Football with their lead broadcasters and production teams with CBS and NFL Network televising the first half of the TNF schedule and NBC and NFL Network televising the second half. For the 16 games of the 2015 schedule, Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network (and over-the-air stations) averaged a 7.9 HH rating and 13.0M viewers, up +59 per cent and +61 per cent respectively from 2013 when the games were solely on NFL Network. The 2015 season was the most-watched and highest-rated Thursday Night Football season ever.

Popularity of NFL Games

NFL content has never been more popular across the media landscape. According to the Nielsen Company, 199 million people tuned into the 2015 NFL regular season representing 78 percent of all television homes and 67 percent of potential viewers in the US NFL games accounted for the top 25 and 46 of the 50 most-watched TV shows among all programming in 2015.

Dror Ginzberg, Co-Founder and CEO of video creation platform Wochit, suggested the agreement represented “a landmark moment” for traditional broadcasters around the world. “Despite the NFL being the most popular sport in America and TV ad during the Super Bowl costing a record $5 million for thirty seconds of airtime, the NFL has decided to take this bold and unprecedented step to stream games live online,” he noted.

“The NFL dipped its toe into online streaming last year with Yahoo screening one game last season, which successfully yielded 15.2 million viewers and 33.6 million video streams. Clearly this was a test case for a much larger roll out and builds upon a previous deal reached between the two last year to include more content online.”

“The agreement points to an increasing trend of sports rights being diversified and how people can view this content across platforms, especially in America. Yahoo Sports also announced this week that it will stream daily a baseball game, to build upon its existing deals to stream basketball, ice hockey and golf.” “The big question is not if European sports will follow suit, but when. The English Premier League will be looking enviously at the NFL’s deal and seeking to follow this example, especially as adults in the UK watch more than five hours of video per day, making video the single most popular media activity online.”

ZEEL enters Philippines with 'Zee Sine'

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/movie-channels/zeel-enters-philippines-with-zee-sine-160405

MUMBAI: After creating success stories with two Bollywood channels in the APAC region, namely Zee Bioskop in Indonesia and Zee Nung in Thailand, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) becomes the first Indian company to foray into Philippines with its third dedicated Bollywood movie channel for the local Filipino audience starting today.

Announcing ZEE’s entry into the Philippines, International Broadcast Business, ZEEL International broadcast business CEO Amit Goenka said, “ZEE has been the cultural ambassador for Bollywood and Indian content in overseas markets. In line with our Vision 2020 goals, we have chalked out an aggressive international expansion plan, with APAC being one of the key regions. We already have 5 dedicated localized channels in APAC, comprising of GEC and movie genres, and our entry into Philippines will only further strengthen our presence. With the Pay-TV industry projected to grow at an average of 13% Y-o-Y in the next 5 years, we see huge potential in this market.”

Zee Sine - Bollywood Na Tayo (‘Sine’ means ‘Cinema’ and ‘Bollywood Na Tayo’ means ‘Let’s Go Bollywood’ in Tagalog) is a 24/7 Bollywood movie channel customized and packaged for the local audience. The channel features Blockbuster movies from the World’s Biggest Hindi Film Library of ZEEL.

Speaking on the launch of Zee Sine, ZEEL Asia Pacific business head Sushruta Samanta said, “Both India and Philippines display strong affinity for music and dance. Our research shows that Indian Bollywood Films are relatable as the stories hit close to home, reflecting similar emotions and values shown in Filipino movies. While other content from around the world has entered Philippines already, we plan to bring a fresh and unique perspective by launching Zee Sine in Philippines. We felt it is the right time for us to enter this market and showcase our heart-warming and larger-than-life Bollywood movies to the Filipino audience.”

“Maria Liza Ginting, who currently heads our Indonesia market, will also be heading the Philippines operations along with the local team in Manila,” Samanta further added.

Sharing more details on the channel, Maria Liza Young - Ginting, Country Head, Indonesia & Philippines said, “Zee Sine will take you to a new world of entertainment with high-voltage Bollywood dramas, love triangles, comedies and song and dance. To reach out to the local audience, we have hand-picked movies from the library, dubbed in Tagalog, re-christened movie titles and character names in English while promos and special movie properties are being locally created. The channel is being distributed through one of the leading cable distributors in the country, Cable Boss, and will soon be available on more platforms in the market.”

The channel will be showcased at PCTA (Philippine Cable TV Association Inc.) Convention 2016, which is one of the biggest Pay-TV operators conventions in Philippines, to be held between 12-15 April, 2016. As the channel goes on-air today, Zee Sine promises to entertain Philippines the Bollywood way.

NexGTv goes live across the world

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/ott-services/nexgtv-goes-live-across-the-world-160405

MUMBAI: The flagship offering from Digivive Services, nexGTv launched the next phase of its growth by announcing its global availability from today. nexGTv – which has hitherto been India-centric in scope and business, aims to take its Live TV content offering of more than 150 channels, together with 1,000 plus movies as well as a huge inventory of VOD and television shows to attract large clusters of the global Indian diaspora onto its freemium platform.

In the first phase, nexGTv has already secured the requisite digital rights to screen content beyond Indian borders for more than 11,500 hours of programming from close to 20,000 hours of programming it hosts on the platform. Given the large swathes of Hindi, English and Tamil-speaking communities abroad, nexGTv will focus initially to ensure that content in these three languages is made available on both its Web and App platforms.

Aside from the aggregated content, nexGTv will also utilize this opportunity to globally showcase India’s very first mobi-series and nexGTv’s premier Original series - It’s My City.

It’s My City is a 14-episode bi-weekly series starring Priyanka Chopra that highlights the lives and challenges of four girls in a city far from home, premiered recently on nexGTv.

Speaking on the occasion, nexGTv COO Abhesh Verma said, “We’re delighted to go live across the world! Having earned our spurs in the Indian market over the last five years fine-tuning our product, content catalogue and consumer understanding, we’re confident that we’re ready for our global consumers. Our endeavour is to deliver the best product and streaming experience to our audiences across the globe. We’re confident that our mix of aggregated content including Live TV, VOD as well as original premium programming will resonate very well with our audiences.”

He further added, “nexGTv will be currently targeting its expansion in more than 140 countries through the global billing on its Android app and will be looking to expand its global footprint in tandem with Google Play store. Markets with significant Indian diaspora will be our priority in order to establish a strong foothold. The vast variety and multiple genres of content on our platform comprising devotional, fitness, comedy, kids, infotainment, entertainment, news, movies and music will act as a strong magnet for our international users.”


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From Steve Jepson

The Curse of the Sun Gods is with us this week some eagle eyes will
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Hi, just thought I'd let you know because I didn't see it in your news
that there is a FTA channel on IS19/8 166deg 3780H MTV HD in english with I
think spanish?? subtitles. It has been FTA for a few days now, I hope
it stays that way.


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From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3920 V All channels in the Sky Pacific mux are Fta

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12688 V "BS Sky PerfecTV!" has started on , Fta.

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12490 H "Fox Movies Premium HD" is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "India News Haryana, India News Rajasthan, India News, OK India, News World Odisha, India News UP, India News MP, News X and Insight HD" have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3632 H "Asia Satellite TV 1 and Asia Satellite TV 2" have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H India News Haryana, India News Rajasthan, India News, OK India, News World Odisha, India News UP, India News MP, News X and Insight HD have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "MLQ Movies has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "Sabzbaat Balochistan" has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "ESPN US" has left again.

NSS 6 95.0E 11037 H Zee Madya Pradesh Chhattisgarh has started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H "MTV South East Asia" has started on , PowerVu.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H UTV Action Telugu has left . 9X Jalwa is Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E The GMM Z muxes have left 4120 V and 12355 V.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Moradokthai TV and Dude Travel Channel" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "AC4 Hollywood Film has started on , BISS. Next Music, Hit station, Next Movies, Major Channel Asian, Next Series and Happy TV" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3625 V "Thairath TV 32 has replaced 55 Channel" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "NB TV has started on , BISS. RSU Wisdom TV and Thai Muslim TV" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4064 V "Next Movies and Next Music" have started on , Fta. AC2 Korea Film and TVBL have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E The GMM Z muxes have left 3760, 4000 H, 4080 H, 12521 V, 12562 V, 12604 V and 12645 V.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H Lady Channel has started on , BISS.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4013 H "Manoranjan Movies has started on , Fta. Bangla Time TV and Manoranjan Music" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "Teleshop" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 H "AXN India has replaced AXN HD Asia" on , PowerVu.

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东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AMA University TV(传送)频道新增,设置12723 V 1070参数免费接收。 [4月5日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Silver TV、Kuki TV(韩国)频道解密,设置12450 H 27489参数免费接收。 [4月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,CNN、Cartoon Network(Turner)等频道加密,设置3960 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,探索频道(中国)频道消失,设置3760 V 27690参数无效接收。 [4月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,CNN、Cartoon Network(Turner)等频道解密,设置3960 H 27500参数免费接收。 [4月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Tru TV Asia(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3960 H 27500参数无效接收。 [4月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,ZEE Sine(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3760 H 29700参数免费接收。 [4月5日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel (高清)频道重现,设置11593 H 30000参数免费接收。 [4月5日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Kuki TV(韩国)频道新增,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [4月5日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV Hyundai(K+)频道解密,设置11549 H 28490参数免费接收。 [4月5日]


Order in the TV court as Nine & WIN argue over 9NOW service

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2016/04/order-in-the-tv-court-as-nine-win-argue-over-9now-service.html

Nine and WIN Television were back in the NSW Supreme Court over the legal stoush surrounding Nine’s new 9NOW service.

WIN claims Nine is denying it advertising revenue by the Live streaming service being accessible in WIN markets.

Fairfax Media reports the judge has challenged WIN to bring an internet-connected TV into court to demonstrate that the app, which is available on phones, laptops and Android devices, can be accessed on a browser on a television. If so, it could sway the definition of the word “broadcasting.”

“Is the argument that I should regard this as broadcasting because it ends up on the television screen?” Justice Hammerschlag asked.

“Well, if this is a real argument, why not just set a television up here and let’s see that it works? Why do I have to operate on the basis of a hypothesis …If you’re right it might be a powerful point, I don’t know.”

It isn’t clear if WIN will take up the TV test challenge.

Last week, Ian Audsley chief executive of Seven’s regional affiliate partner Prime Media Group, told a Senate hearing his network Prime was losing advertising sales to the metro network’s streaming service.

Nine argued it would be difficult to shut down its 9 Now in the areas where WIN retransmits without shutting down the entire service.

Both parties resume in court today.

Additional Source: News Corp

Raising the bar

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=348281

Digicel Fiji Ltd CEO Darren McLean, left, and Fiji Television Ltd CEO Geoffrey Smith at the Sky Pacific control room last week. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE new owner of the country's only pay television channel will continue to raise the bar for pay TV through Sky Pacific.

Digicel Fiji has introduced a new channel in place for Fiji One — TVWAN and this week TVWAN Sports will be added to the lineup.

Digicel became the new owner of Sky Pacific from Friday.

It has assured its customers that it will introduce other channel changes over the coming months.

While switching on the new Sky Pacific service for the first time under Digicel's ownership, Digicel Fiji CEO Darren McLean said this was historic for Fiji and a milestone for Digicel in the region.

"This is a big moment for Fiji as Digicel becomes the first international company to invest in a media business here since 2010," Mr McLean said in a statement.

"The Amended Media Decree came into force last year which enabled us to invest in Pay TV and embark on a new chapter in the story of Digicel in this region.

"Sky Pacific has customers in 15 countries in the Pacific and is a unique platform for Digicel to broadcast our incredible sports properties and other entertainment to millions of customers across the region."

Despite some restrictions, Mr McLean said the acquisition would benefit all Fiji customers.

"The Digicel brand is already established as the leading communications provider in the region and this is another step forward in our evolution into a total communications and entertainment provider.

"We are delighted that we will be able to provide customers with an enriched entertainment experience across multiple platforms. Our customers can now enjoy Fiji's best mobile network, our Unwired 4G broadband, and the biggest and best pay TV service all from Digicel."

The First Satellite-Based Internet Access Solution for Indonesia’s SMEs

From http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/advertorial/first-satellite-based-internet-access-solution-indonesias-smes/

Jakarta, April 4, 2016 - PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom) remains indisputably committed to serving the small, medium enterprises (SME) segment. Through its Division of Business Service (DBS), the state-owned enterprise has launched a new service 'MangoSTAR', which will make it easier for SMEs anywhere to have internet access. With the MangoSTAR, Telkom is increasingly optimistic that it will be able to narrow the digital divide in the country, as well as to support achieving three million SMEs Goes Digital target until the end of 2016.

“MangoSTAR is a new satellite technology-based internet access solution known as Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT). We set it up in a more attractive package that is very suitable for SMEs in areas where it is difficult to connect them into the physical network access (copper or fiber optic),” Telkom director of enterprise & business service Muhammad Awaluddin said during the MangoSTAR launch in Jakarta (4/4).

"MangoStar is another proof of Telkom’s promise to introduce telecommunications access to the rest of Indonesia regardless of the location. In fact, MangoStar is the only broadband services via satellite in Indonesia that can download with up 2 Mbps and upload with 0.5 Mbps speed," Awaluddin added.

Technology-wise, internet access can be provided via ADSL or fiber optic Copper (Fiber To The Home/FTTH), radio access and VSAT. Copper network (FTTH) and radio access the mainstay for operators in urban areas. But in remote areas, VSAT is the mainstay due to difficulties in developing the network. Thanks to the VSAT managed by MetraSat (a subsidiary of TELKOM), it can be connected directly to the satellite.

MangoSTAR service is available in various packages at affordable monthly fees with guaranteed delivery and service. Telkom also provides a variety convenience for additional internet access quota top ups through HYPERLINK "http://www.blanja.com/"www.blanja.com. In addition to the internet access, customers can enjoy other benefits such as free to air television broadcast services without reducing their bandwidth quota. Most importantly, the SMEs can get free memberships at www.smartbisnis.co.id, www.jarvis-store.com and 25% discount for subscription for those who upgrade their packages as well as free membership to user seller at www.blanja.com. "MangoSTAR is a truly innovative service. VSAT services are typically marketed in wholesale, now it is available by retail especially for SMEs in Indonesia," Awaluddin said.

Awaluddin also said that in concept, the launch of MangoSTAR is part of the 3C strategy, namely connectivity to meet the demand for internet access availability for SMEs; content through which SMEs can immediately take advantage of a variety of content available in www.smartbisnis.co.id and commerce in which SMEs can directly market their products through www.blanja.com. By the end of the year, Telkom targets to serve 5,000 customers. Within 2 weeks before the launch, Telkom has received numerous requests from various locations such as Jambi, Mentawai and Kalimantan.

"Indonesia’s geographic condition requires Telkom to master technologies for telecommunications access. MangoSTAR’s availability for SMEs is expected to support the achievement of three million SMEs Goes Digital until the end of 2016 and it is a proof of Telkom’s dedication for the country," Awaluddin said.

Photo Caption: Telkom director of enterprise & business service Muhammad Awaluddin (middle) with MetraSat director Teguh Wahyono (right) and Telkom executive general manager of business service division Yusron Hariyadi at the launch of MangoSTAR in Jakarta, Monday (4/4)

Elusive Japanese black hole seeking satellite breaks silence

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Elusive_Japanese_Black_Hole_Seeking_Satellite_Breaks_Silence_999.html

Hitomi aims to investigate the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies, and to unearth the physical laws governing extreme conditions in neutron stars and black holes.

Japan's X-Ray Astronomy Satellite Hitomi, which was launched last month, has managed to make fleeting contact with ground control amid reports that the spacecraft has separated into six parts.

The X-Ray Astronomy Satellite Hitomi, which was launched into low-Earth orbit from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center on February 17, has communicated sporadically with ground control in spite of reports that the satellite has separated into six parts.

Hitomi means "eye" in Japanese, specifically the eye's pupil. It was developed by JAXA to study energy processes in the universe.

The satellite's instruments enable high sensitivity observations of the universe across wide energy range, from X-rays to gamma-rays, in order to investigate the mechanisms of how galaxy clusters were formed and influenced by dark energy and dark matter.

Hitomi aims to investigate the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies, and to unearth the physical laws governing extreme conditions in neutron stars and black holes.

On May 27, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) stated that scheduled communication with the satellite had failed on March 26. JAXA had not been able to figure out the state of health of the satellite.

JAXA said it had received a short signal from the satellite, and "is working on its recovery."

Amid fears that the satellite would not be able to fulfil its investigative mission, on March 29 JAXA announced that it had received two more short signals from the satellite, but had "not been able to find the state of its health."

The first was at about 10:00 a.m. on March 28 at Japan's Uchinoura Ground Station, and the second was at around 12:30 a.m. on March 29 at the Santiago Tracking Station in Chile.

JAXA also revealed the reason for the satellite's wayward communication: according to data from the US Joint Space Operations Center, the satellite had separated into six pieces when five objects fell off the spacecraft on March 26.

Astronomer Paul Maley in Arizona published a video online, which is believed to show the Hitomi satellite spinning in a freefall on March 28.

Despite the accident, scientists are hopeful that Hitomi is mostly intact and will still be able to contribute to science.

JAXA official Masaki Fujimoto told Spacenews that Hitomi's problems likely started with a loss of attitude control in the spacecraft, which stabilizes its

position in space. This disrupted the spacecraft's ability to generate power from its solar panels and communicate with the ground.

Officials said that in the absence of evidence that the spacecraft was struck by debris, it seems likely the spacecraft generated the debris itself.

"There's hope for recovery unless the spacecraft is severely damaged," Fujimoto said, but added that such a recovery would take months rather than days.

Japan adjusts 4K plans

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/05/japan-adjusts-4k-plans/

Japan’s plans for the introduction of 4K and 8K transmissions were explained in detail at MIPTV’s dedicated UHD sessions in Cannes, April 4th.

There are already some 4K test transmissions on air, notably from SkyPerfecTV, but MIPTV delegates heard (from Yoshiharu Kashima, NHK’s senior manager/programming, that its transmissions would start on August 1st 2016, and in both 4K and 8K. One subtle, but important, change is that from now on there is no naming difference between its 4K and 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ broadcasting technologies. From now on both methods of transmission are referred to in Japan as ‘Super Hi-Vision’.

April 1st saw Japan combine its various Ultra HD ‘promotional’ arms into one combining the NextTV-Forum into the Association for Promotion of Advanced Broadcasting Services, or A-PAB. A-PAB will bring all of Japan’s assorted broadcasters under one operation and A-PAB transmissions will speedily follow on from the NHK tests starting on August 1st.

NHK will take care of 8K transmissions with A-PAB looking after 4K. NHK is also planning to showcase some of the upcoming Rio Olympics in 8K.

Test broadcasts will run for seven hours a day in 8K and be available at about 60 ‘public viewing sites’ around Japan.

To date, NHK has created about 80 different programmes in 8K, totalling some 66 hours and is now further ramping up production. The current plan includes drama, nature and other factual material, as well as culture/arts and music programming. NHK’s News division has carried out numerous tests on local news, including footage of the Fukushima nuclear plant that was damaged in the 2011 Tsunami.

NHK is also embracing High Dynamic Range and will be using the production technology for most new programmes created in 8K.

Kashima admitted that HDR created a new set of challenges for broadcasters, much as HD did when it was introduced. His main concerns were over make-up, set design and construction.

STARZ launches standalone SVoD service

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/05/starz-launches-standalone-svod-service/

US pay-TV Network STARZ has launched its STARZ digital retail service, providing STARZ streaming subscriptions directly to consumers and offering what it says is the first-ever download capabilities from a premium pay-TV streaming service.

For $8.99 per month, fans now have the opportunity to enjoy instant access to more than 2,400 selections each month, including STARZ hit series ranging from Outlander, Power and the upcoming American Gods and other TV content, to Hollywood hits and popular movies including Avengers: Age of Ultron and, later this year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In celebration of the launch of the new STARZ app, the second instalment premiere episode of the STARZ hit series, Outlander, will be made available beginning April 7 for streaming and download in advance of its official premiere on STARZ on April 9 at 9PM ET/PT.

The standalone STARZ service allows for up to four users to watch simultaneously and virtually unlimited downloads. STARZ is available immediately through the App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, with the app supporting universal search through the Siri Remote. The new STARZ app is also available through the Google Play Store on a wide range of Android supported devices.

“Starz has entered the market today with an enormous value proposition for consumers,” stated Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “Our programing will now be more widely available to the 20 million broadband only homes of cord nevers, cord cutters and cord shavers, including Millennials and other underserved consumers who need other viable subscription service options.”

“With the growing consumer appetite for our highly-rated, award–winning and diverse original programing and vast library of movies, our elegant and powerful app is the first in the industry to allow download capability to watch premium content anytime, anywhere, without the need for Wi-Fi access. Showcasing the rebranded STARZ offerings we announced last month, we believe this innovative app will also help fortify the broadband business of many of our traditional distributors and be even more appealing for inclusion in future video bundles.”

STARZ subscribers from cable, satellite and telco partners can also authenticate and view STARZ in the new, easy-to-use app. Users can purchase a subscription or authenticate STARZ directly in-app or on their PC/Mac and watch every episode of every season of the best of STARZ’s original programming, as well as what the broadcaster claims is the biggest, most extensive movie library of all the premium subscription networks in the US.

Doordarshan launches Mobile TV in India, needs no internet

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/terrestrial/doordarshan-launches-mobile-tv-in-india-needs-no-internet-160404

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan has commenced digital terrestrial television (DTT) services in 16 cities, thereby providing mobile TV to the users.

The sixteen cities being covered from 25 February are- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, Patna, Ranchi, Cuttack, Lucknow, Jallandhar, Raipur, Indore, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Bangalore and Ahmadabad.

Mobile TV can be received in and around these cities using DVB-T2 Dongles in OTG enabled smart phones and tablets, Wi-Fi dongles for moving vehicles, besides the TV sets having built in DVB-T2 Tuner which are called as integrated digital TV (iDTV).

While Sony, LG, Panasonic, Samsung etc., are providing iDTV, the dongles are also available in online shopping sites like Flipkart, Ebay, Snapdeal etc. It requires the user to download the software and plug these dongles in the smartphones and tablets to receive DD Signals.

There will be no charges for watching the DD Channels. No internet connection is required after installation of the software. The public and private transportation vehicles and public places are potential environments for Mobile Television.

Currently, DD National, DD News, DD Bharati, DD Sports, DD Regional/DD Kisan are being relayed. Only one time investment of a dongle will be required by viewers and no extra expenditure unlike streaming with internet. The TV pictures are free from "ghosting" and "snowing".

DTT secures greater plurality in platform ownership, ensuring that no single platform owner is so powerful that it can exert undue influence on public opinion or political agendas. The digital transition offers an opportunity to increase the production of local content.

This in turn creates job opportunity and increases creativity and entrepreneurship. A strong DTT platform is critical for healthy competition in the TV market and to the realisation of a wide range of social benefits and most essentially an all weather reliable platform. There is no risk of catastrophic failure of total network. It provides alternative distribution platform.

DD channels can be received on smart phones, tablets and in moving vehicles. The new audience on move are the key beneficiary of this technology. Currently, mobile TV can be received using a dongle for mobile and tablets. But the day is not far when it will be embedded inside the devices. Watching TV from a phone is interested in many situations. Public and private transportation vehicle in public places are potential environment for mobile TV services. In the DTT Transmission everybody watches the same content at the same time and it guarantees everybody the same high level of service, since they are all bathed in the same signal. So tablets and smartphones and moving vehicles find new way of watching DD Channels in India in 16 cities, which are going to increase in near future.


Saturday feed
Intelsat 19 12570 V Sr 7500 sts8 bars with stadium mackay on screen

Monday Feeds

Optus D2 Sun tv , Sunt TV music and Kaiagnar TV were all fta (Encrypted now)

D1 12662 V Sr 7200. Seven News Brisbane on location feed for news cross

From my Email

From Gary L

2pm (NSW time 4/4/16) STS has put up a test signal on D2 for Hoyts Cinemas to check their signals for a gaming show to be sent to cinemas tomorrow.

Test is tagged "RIOT TEST"
D2 - 12573 V sr7500

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "Fashion One Asia has replaced Fashion One Taiwan "on , encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3732 V "Z Living Asia" has started on , Conax.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "Aljazeera English" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony Six has started on , encrypted. Geo News, Geo Super, Geo Tez, Geo TV and Geo Kahani" have left.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H The Word Network, Kazakh TV, Go To Luxe TV and Luxe TV have started on , Fta.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 H "VANDE Gujarat 1-5/7-16" have started on Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H "Zee Nung" is Fta.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Fashion One Asia has replaced Fashion One Taiwan" on , Viaccess.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Insight UHD" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "Playboy TV Thailand" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "Bangkok Thonburi Channel has started on , BISS. Maxagro TV is now in clear. Jipata TV, Chokdee TV, SBT TV, CAT Channel and 13 Siam Thai are now encrypted. TV D and CAT Channel "have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4069 V "55 Channel" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E Bluesky Channel on 4160 V is now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3831 H "Pashto 1" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 4003 H "Mohona TV" is back on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11045 H "Russkiy Roman" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "Anekdot TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Smart SME Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置12313 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月4日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Nick Toons、Paramounl Channel(高清)等频道新增,设置3780 H 30000参数免费接收。 [4月4日]
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Football: Has NZ lost the rights to the EPL?

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11615939

As one of the most enthralling English Premier League seasons in recent memory comes to a climax, it is possible there will be no official broadcast of the competition into New Zealand next season.

Internet sports streamer Coliseum's tenure with the Premier League is about to end and there is uncertainty over who will carry the rights here for the 2016-17 campaign.

Doha-based Bein Sports (a subsidiary of Al Jazeera) won the rights late last year, outbidding both Sky Television and Coliseum, who have provided an online Premier League service for the past three years.

However, it's understood Bein Sports' main focus was setting up an Asia-Pacific Premier League hub, with New Zealand just a small link in the coverage to the region. But Bein failed to secure some big markets, including Australia (Optus).

Since then, it's believed Bein has been trying to on-sell the New Zealand rights to the Premier League.

A Sky Television spokeswoman said that, while negotiations were ongoing, it seemed unlikely the rights would be picked up by the pay television operation.

"We haven't got the rights," she said. "Talks are continuing. Is it likely? No, but neither is the door closed 100 per cent."

A Coliseum statement said: "Our Premier League service will cease entirely from the end of May. We are not sure who has the broadcasting rights for the 2016-17 season. All we can say is that it is not us."

TVNZ, who have carried the free-to-air rights over the past three years, are not in negotiations with Bein Sports.

UK Private Investor Takes US$20 Million Stake in Kacific

From https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/uk-private-investor-takes-us-090000107.html


Additional US$2.3 million will be raised from Australian tech investors

Kacific Broadband Satellites has agreed terms on funding of US$20 million from a United Kingdom-based family office with a particular focus on infrastructure investments. Arranged by Kacific’s advisor, Caniwi Capital, the placement is part of Kacific’s Series A round of capital raising, and is a major step for the company towards the financial close of its project, which will bring high speed broadband satellite services to remote and isolated areas of the Pacific and South East Asia.

The family office, which does not wish to be identified, made the decision to invest after following Kacific’s accelerating progress in signing agreements for satellite broadband provision.

Terms for a further US$2.3 million have been agreed with two Australian private investors with experience in financial markets and in developing and commercialising new IT and telecommunications technologies.

Kacific now has agreements representing over US$260 million of pre-sales contracts for its high-throughput satellite (HTS) broadband internet service with governments, ISPs and telecom operators of eleven Asia-Pacific countries, including Indonesia. It aims to provide service to markets in South East Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific with its first satellite.

Kacific founder and CEO, Christian Patouraux, said: “We are delighted with this vote of confidence from seasoned professional investors and IT and telecommunications veterans who have reviewed our business model and noted our recent accomplishments. These investments will, we believe, encourage further take-up of our service in our target markets.”

About Kacific

Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte Ltd is a satellite operator developing a broadband offering for the underserved Pacific market. It plans to address the gap in supply with a satellite specifically designed for this market and using the latest multi-beam and high throughput space communications technology transmitting over the Ka Band.

View source version on businesswire.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160404005432/en/
Kacific Broadband Satellite
Christian Patouraux, +65 9 800 0310
Botica Butler Raudon Partners
Allan Botica, +64 21 400 500

Thaicom wins contract for capacity expansion

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/04/thaicom-wins-contract-for-capacity-expansion/

Thaicom has announced that Forever Group, a Myanmar-based media company and DTH operator, has signed a long-term contract for five additional transponders from the existing three on the Thaicom satellite platform.

The contract is a major milestone in significantly increasing the utilisation rate on Thaicom satellites. The additional satellite capacity will support Forever Group’s development of digital content delivery services and High Definition TV in Myanmar.

Forever Group’s CEO, U Win Maw, said, “Our relationship with Thaicom has been very successful, and we are pleased to further strengthen our partnership through this deal. The capacity expansion is set to boost Forever Group’s ability to advance our digital content delivery platform. THAICOM’s satellite platform serves as an important pillar in the expansion of our digital content delivery network which distributes entertainment, culture, and news to viewers in Myanmar. We look forward to a continued, successful partnership with Thaicom.”

Political TV channels tough it out, despite revenue drop

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Political-TV-channels-tough-it-out-despite-revenue-30283145.html

THAILAND’S once-booming politically orientated satellite TV stations are struggling to survive economic hardship after seeing declines in advertising revenue.

The rival stations Peace TV and Fah Won Mai have adopted different strategies to make up for lost earnings.

Peace TV, the "red shirt" satellite television station, holds fundraising events regularly in which organisers call for donations from supporters in a bid to ease the channel's financial problems. The fundraisers are held every weekend at the Lat Phrao branch of Imperial World shopping mall, which houses Peace TV's head office.

Jatuporn Promphan, a key red-shirt leader and executive of Peace TV, said last Sunday during a fundraising event that revenues had declined recently as many businesses were withdrawing their advertisements. He said ads were being pulled even though the station was politically orientated with top ratings. Jatuporn, who is also chairman of the red-shirt United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), claimed the station did not receive financial aid from any political party, including Pheu Thai.

Despite the financial problems, the station's main host has pledged not to lay off employees.

Peace TV has about 100 staff members, according to the station's human resources director Thana Chindakan. He said it had no plans to cut staff although other TV stations had laid off employees to cut costs.

In addition to fundraising, the red-shirt station also sells products such as toiletries, T-shirts and trousers via its programmes.

Meanwhile, Fah Won Mai, a pro-Democrat Party satellite TV station, has employed a direct-marketing strategy to sell a wide range of products and tour packages to finance its operations.

It has not asked for donations from supporters yet.

Fah Won Mai director Takerng Somsup said the station had branched out its business in addition to relying on advertising revenue in order to survive its financial problems.

The station ran out of financial reserves after the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) imposed a three-month ban on satellite stations following the coup in May 2014, he said.

"During those three months we did not get income but we still had operational costs to pay," Takerng said.

Since a number of digital TV stations have been founded that sell advertising for the same price as or cheaper than satellite TV, advertisers have shifted to the different medium, the station director said.

Peace TV and Fah Won Mai changed their names and depoliticised their content after the NCPO ban in 2014, which alleged they had caused public misunderstanding and political divisions.

Peace TV changed its name from UDD TV while Fah Won Mai was formerly known as Blue Sky Channel.

Turner launches Boomerang on Pops Kids in Vietnam

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/kids/turner-launches-boomerang-on-pops-kids-in-vietnam-160331

MUMBAI: Turner has entered into a partnership with Pops Worldwide to launch its Boomerang brand on the popular POPS Kids non-linear platform in Vietnam.

Turner in Southeast Asia MD Phil Nelson said, “This partnership is another landmark in the ongoing expansion of the Boomerang brand within this region. The service will offer world-class content, on-demand, to millions of consumers in Vietnam on the POPS Kids, platform that is familiar and easy to use.”

“We are excited to partner with Turner to bring Boomerang – with its portfolio of well-loved characters – to POPS Kids, Vietnam's premier kids’ education and entertainment destination with almost 400 million views,” commented Pops Worldwide, founder and CEO Esther Nguyen.

"This is another step in our goal to build the leading premium digital entertainment network in Southeast Asia. We will be working on all aspects of Boomerang's digital video content: from programming, localization, marketing, distribution to monetization. With this partnership, everyone in Vietnam can have greater access to family-friendly content on POPS Kids.”

Boomerang, which Turner rebranded globally in late 2014, is an all-animation, kids-targeted network, with a line-up of world-famous cartoon characters from shows such as: The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Dexter’s Laboratory. It is known for its line-up that is ideally suited to a safe, family co-viewing experience. On POPS Kids, the programming will be exclusively in Vietnamese and will be available from April 1, 2016, with a special preview scheduled for March 31.

The agreement follows substantial recent distribution growth for Boomerang in Asia, notably in Thailand where the local offering is available in 15 million homes and has been the number one kids’ TV channel by a considerable margin since its launch in 2013.

Russian startup seeks to solve space junk problem with 'Artificial Star'

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russian_startup_seeks_to_solve_space_junk_problem_with_Artificial_Star_999.html

Space junk, old, decommissioned objects in the Earth's upper atmosphere, is a major problem which could potentially trap humans on Earth forever. Now, a startup founded by students at Russia's Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering has come up with a possible solution.

"Decommissioned satellites could take decades to descend from an altitude of 600-800 kilometers. But the situation changes drastically when the satellite has a drogue chute, an object with a large area and a very small mass.

"With this device on board, the satellite begins to act not like a dropped pellet, but like dropped piece of fluff - it brakes very quickly in the atmosphere, descends and burns up in thicker layers," project leader Alexander Shaenko told Sputnik by email.

The Mayak satellite, launched to an altitude of 550 kilometers, would take around a month do descend. The project also seeks to show that space can be affordable, and will be Russia's first crowdfunded satellite.

Along with solving the space debris problem, the new satellite would also be the brightest low earth orbit object in space.

The satellite's reflection on Earth would be visible on an area around 20 kilometers wide, so the satellite would be spun first, allowing people around the world to see a flashing beacon (the name, "Mayak," in Russian means beacon), in the night sky

Glonass navigation system's ground infrastructure completed

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Glonass_navigation_systems_ground_infrastructure_completed_999.html

Glonass is a satellite navigation system, which offers an alternative to the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

The testing of the ground control system of the Glonass satellite navigation system has been completed, Nikolay Testoyedov, the Head of the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company told Izvestia newspaper.

The testing of the Glonass system started in 2011. In December 2015, the Russian Defense Ministry was put in charge of the systems' final tests.

"The tests ended successfully, otherwise the system would not have been accepted. I want to give credit to our customers - they are demanding people and if something was not in line with their technical objectives they pointed it out and we worked it through, modernizing some things," Testoyedov told Izvestia.

Glonass is a satellite navigation system, which offers an alternative to the US Global Positioning System (GPS). The Glonass network provides real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe.

The system currently consists of 28 satellites, of which 23 are operational, and a number of ground relay stations.

On Wednesday, head of Roscosmos Igor Komarov,announced that the Russian space agency would transfer control over the ground infrastructure of the Glonass global positioning system to the country's defense ministry later this year.

related report

Russia may launch two or three Glonass navigation satellites this year, a senior space industry official said.

The official noted that the launches of the satellites would depend on the state of the Glonass system.

"We are planning to launch one Glonass-M satellite in the next three months to the second orbital plane. We are also planning another Glonass-M launch for this year to the second orbital plane. Another launch to the second or third plane is possible in the end of the year," Nikolai Testoyedov, the head of the Information Satellite Systems (ISS) company, which manufactures satellites for the Glonass project, told the Izvestiya newspaper in an interview published Tuesday.

Glonass, a global navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, currently consists of 24 satellites, 23 of which are operational, according to the newspaper. The system allows real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the world. The need to launch new satellites emerged this year when two of them broke down around the same time

Brazil’s Globo: “From now on all 4K”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/04/brazils-globo-from-now-on-all-4k/

Raymundo Barros, CTO at Globo TV, speaking at MIPTV’s Ultra HD event in Cannes, says that: “From now on, everything goes 4K”. Delegates heard that despite the technology challenges, Globo was now fully ready for 4K production. Its 10 studios were now equipped for high-end production. It had 45 4K cameras in position and in total, Globo Studios could handle 36 simultaneous productions. He explained that its workflow and post production and edit suites were now handling Ultra HD output and utilising the improved High Dynamic Range benefits.

He added that this included a THX-certified film mixing suite with 4K projection, as well as six colour-HDR grading suites. Barros said that Brazilians would this year, despite the economic challenges, buy about 1.5 million 4K displays. Market forecasts say that by 2018, more than 30 per cent of all TV sets sold will be 4K. “4K will become massive by 2023.”

Globo’s ‘>Play’ download service had already supplied more than 250,000 streams in 4K, with some 5 million 4K video views. He said that the streaming service was already successfully up and running and a DTH and cable delivered 4K service was under detailed discussion, with over-the-air broadcast awaiting standardisation.

Times Network to launch 3 new channels; announces apps for 3 existing channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/times-network-to-launch-3-new-channels-announces-apps-for-3-existing-channels-160331

MUMBAI: The Times Network is all set to launch two news channels and one non-news channel. The network will unveil the three channels in the financial year 2016-17. Expanding its footprint in the digital space, the network will also launch apps for three of its channels namely Zoom, ET Now and Times Now. The apps will roll out in four month's time starting with the launch of Zoom app.

"We are working extensively on the three app licenses for now. After that we will be able to give a better idea about the channels and when we will them for our viewers," says Times Network MD and CEO MK Anand.

When asked if the network is experimenting with a new genre, Anand refused to comment.The network is also in talks to launch a digital platform once digitisation settles down in India.


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John Drinnan: Shedding light on Lightbox

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11614721

Announcement is likely to reveal next move in campaign for video market.

Spark-owned Lightbox is developing its pay TV offering and an announcement on its next move is expected soon.

That might give some clues as to how the listed telco will compete against the solidly established Sky TV and the new global juggernaut, Netflix.

In a marketing sense, expanding Spark's pay TV offering makes sense. Spark is keen to maintain its brand in the entertainment arena, and Lightbox has a lot of marketing power, though it is hard to assess how well it is doing financially as it heads into a new initiative.

Like other subscription video-on-demand services, it does not spell out subscriber numbers, market share or financial performance.

"It makes sense to use our resources, but Lightbox is still an independent operation," said Spark spokesman Richard Llewellyn.

Lightbox boss Kym Niblock said the company was "not ready" to reveal the upcoming change.

Meanwhile, tweaks to the pay TV operation have brought it closer to the Mother Ship. This year, Spark promoted Niblock, the Lightbox chief executive, to cover a wider brief overseeing media at Spark.

And Lightbox marketing is now being handled by Spark, which has more leverage in deals with media.

Initially, Spark budgeted to spend $20 million on Lightbox. That increased to $35 million for the year to June 30, 2016, including the cost of the 50:50 joint venture with Coliseum Sports Media, called Lightbox Sport. Spark chief executive Simon Moutter has said it plans to spend a similar amount in the 2016-17 financial year.

In my opinion, when it started in August 2014, Lightbox lacked crowd-pulling content, and the absence of movies limits its potential for growth.

But since it launched, the content has improved substantially. Lightbox has said it has focused on first-time exclusives including US cult fare such as Better Call Saul and Mr Robot.

And with the Lightbox Sport joint venture, Lightbox has the tools to take on Sky TV, whose success is built largely on its dominance of sport.

Sporting chance?

But taking on Sky in sport will be a long haul, even with Spark's financial support. With the growth of global sports media, there will be extra demand for overseas content.

Right now, Sky and Lightbox are both negotiating to show English Premier League football on New Zealand television.

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet recently warned that increased programming prices were harming profits. But Niblock does not see programming inflation as an issue. She said programme prices were now "about right" for a country of this size.

Sky and free-to-air channels such as TVNZ and TV3 had enjoyed low prices in the past, Niblock said.

The cost so far is a drop in the bucket for a company of Spark's size. And discounted Lightbox is a useful incentive to boost its share of broadband customers. However, Spark management will be looking to the time when Lightbox is more than a loss leader and makes a profit.

Spark will need to ramp up its offering if it hopes to maintain its pursuit of top end programming against established players such as Sky and Netflix.

Maybe the strategy will become more apparent with the upcoming announcement.

Mobile company invests in pay-per-view TV

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=347775

DIGICEL Fiji will invest several millions of dollar to improve Sky Pacific.

This, according to the company's CEO Darren McLean, would mean additional new channels to substitute the two local channels that are to be removed from Sky Pacific today.

"We will be introducing several important changes over the next two to three months which we will announce in due course," Mr McLean said in an interview.

As per the conditions attached to the Digicel Pay Television Licence, Fiji One and Pacific Channel will be removed from the Sky Pacific line-up channels.

As such, Fiji Television Ltd yesterday says Sky Pacific subscribers will not be able to view the two channels from today.

However, subscribers interested in watching Fiji One will need either an ultra high frequencies (UHF) antenna or very high frequencies (VHF) antenna depending on their location.

According to Fiji TV, those living along the corridors of Suva, Nausori, Pacific Harbour, greater Sigatoka, Nadi, Sabeto, Labasa and Rakiraki will need to purchase VHF antennas while those living along the corridors of the Coral Coast, Sigatoka Town, Tavua, Vatukoula and Ba will need to purchase UHF antennas.

Digicel Fiji will take over Sky Pacific operations from today and has announced major changes and improvement on this new branch of operation.

"From April 1, in order to see local content customers must first be in an area that is covered by Fiji TV or FBC," Mr McLean said.

He says if Sky Pacific customers are in a coverage area then they will need to purchase and install an aerial to view local content.

"This will require that we place a greater focus on the key assets of Sky such as the exclusive sports content that we have."

Regrettably, he said Sky Pacific customers in rural areas that were not under coverage from Fiji TV or FBC would not have access to local television news and entertainment.

All Super Rugby and HSBC Sevens matches will be live on the Super Channel.

With the waived reconnection fees for its customers this month, Mr McLean says they see this as an important thing to do for many customers who want to come back to Sky so it is an investment for the company.

MEASAT builds Asian UHD neighbourhood

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/01/measat-builds-asian-uhd-neighbourhood/

Satellite services provider MEASAT Satellite Systems has agreed a deal with broadcaster Television Entertainment Reality Network International (TERN International) for the distribution of the INSIGHT UHD channel via the MEASAT-3a satellite. INSIGHT UHD is the second UHD channel distributed via the 91.5°E video neighbourhood.

Marketed in Asia by Thema, Insight UHD is Asia’s first UHD factual entertainment channel. The channel, featuring original UHD material co-created with industry-leading production houses, brings a range of content from entertainment to extreme sports, and from game shows to beautiful, vivid cinematography. Under the agreement, MEASAT will use MEASAT-3a’s global beam to deliver the channel to pay-TV operators across Asia Pacific and Australia. The MEASAT-3a global beam also covers the Middle East and Eastern Africa.

“TERN International is excited to distribute its first UHD channel with MEASAT who are committed to growing UHD TV in Asia Pacific. MEASAT’s comprehensive solution includes excellent coverage and high availability from 91.5°E, Asia’s leading video neighbourhood,” said Mariam Zamaray, Chief Executive Officer, TERN International. “We are very pleased with the progress our partner THEMA made, regarding the sales rights of INSIGHT TV. They have brought us excellent platforms and we are very happy with the work they have done,” Zamaray added.

“We are proud to be the agent of INSIGHT UHD in Asia Pacific,” said Francois Thiellet, Chief Executive Officer, THEMA. “Working with MEASAT and TERN International, we are looking forward to the channel expanding its reach into another major world market with a large library of entertainment series in native UHD.”

“MEASAT is committed to bring the best of new content to the Asian region,” said Paul Brown-Kenyon, Chief Executive Officer, MEASAT. “As such, we are delighted to welcome Insight UHD to Asia’s UHD video neighbourhood on MEASAT-3 / 3a at 91.5°

Channel 4 Watch Live on Android

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/01/channel-4-watch-live-on-android/

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has launched All 4’s ‘Watch Live’ feature on Android devices giving users the opportunity to watch live broadcasts from all Channel 4’s channels on their own personal device, wherever they are.

This latest feature for Android users arrives just ahead of Channel 4’s first-ever live Formula 1 race, the 2016 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix taking place this weekend; one of the much anticipated race meetings of the British horseracing calendar, The 2016 Grand National on 9th April; and the 2016 Paralympics in Rio this September.

A completely overhauled All 4 app launched on Android at the end of last year, following a preview trial with the broadcaster’s Core4 viewer panel which invited Android users to help shape the app ahead of its wider release.

Channel 4 has developed the All 4 app in partnership with Novoda, an international development house specialising in mobile software craftsmanship.

Sarah Milton, All 4 Head of Product said: “Following the release of our new and improved app at the end of last year, we’re pleased to be able to offer the Android community this exciting additional feature ensuring that they never miss those important live Channel 4 moments just as they happen.”

The Watch Live feature is enabled on compatible devices running Android OS Version 4.3 and above.

All 4 first launched on PC and iOS at the end of March last year

Geo may be taken off air at any time

From http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/01-Apr-2016/geo-may-be-taken-off-air-at-any-time

ISLAMABAD – Geo private TV channel went off air at any time all over Pakistan after moving to Paksat’s newly commissioned satellite service.

According to the channel's website, the channel with the help of the Paksat Technical Network Center shifted all its channels to Paksat on March 31 and despite informing the cable operators, the channel was informed by Pakistani officials that it can be taken off-air. Paksat and GEO TV have finalised the contract for satellite service after lengthy negotiations and Paksat issued the frequencies for a satellite transponder to Geo TV Network on March 25.

The media group claims that its satellite contract with its existing satellite provider ended this month, and they moved to Paksat. The channel's employees, especially the news and talkshow hosts tweeted about the channel's closure.

Geo News shut down after it was shifted from a foreign satellite to a Pakistani satellite operated by State actors

Times Network to launch 3 new channels; announces apps for 3 existing channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/times-network-to-launch-3-new-channels-announces-apps-for-3-existing-channels-160331

MUMBAI: The Times Network is all set to launch two news channels and one non-news channel. The network will unveil the three channels in the financial year 2016-17. Expanding its footprint in the digital space, the network will also launch apps for three of its channels namely Zoom, ET Now and Times Now. The apps will roll out in four month's time starting with the launch of Zoom app.

"We are working extensively on the three app licenses for now. After that we will be able to give a better idea about the channels and when we will them for our viewers," says Times Network MD and CEO MK Anand.

When asked if the network is experimenting with a new genre, Anand refused to comment.The network is also in talks to launch a digital platform once digitisation settles down in India.


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Three new Foxtel channels from beIN

From http://tbivision.com/news/2016/03/three-new-foxtel-channels-bein/568272/

The Sports division of Qatar’s beIN Media is rolling out three HD sports nets on Australian pay TV platform Foxtel. The beIN SPORTS 1, 2 and 3 nets will launch on Foxtel in mid-May.

Richard FreudensteinThe new services will replace the SD beIn Sports channel, which was a premium option. The new trio of channels will be in the operator’s Sports pack for no extra charge.

The channels have key sports rights and will cover the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final and all of the games from the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament.

Other football on the channels will include every game from the top Spanish and German leagues.

Richard Freudenstein, the outgoing Foxtel chief executive (pictured), said: “The addition of these new dedicated sports channels from our partners at beIN SPORTS is a huge win for sports fans who subscribe to Foxtel, greatly increasing the value of a subscription.”

Yousef Al-Obaidly, deputy CEO of beIN Media, added: “The new Australian beIN SPORTS channels are a key component of our Asia Pacific presence and we are pleased to extend our relationship with Foxtel.”

In North America, beIN has snagged US rights to the North American Soccer League (NASL) for the 2016/17 seasons. The NASL is the league below the MLS in the US system.

Games will be on the beIN Sports channel and its beIN Sports Connect streaming service.

Foxtel Scores Massive Goal, Brings Major Euro Soccer Leagues To Fans

From https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/sport/foxtel-scores-massive-goal-brings-major-euro-socce/37b8c1c4-90f6-4462-8e1f-d0e2e0363b92.htm

Never underestimate how truly big a blow sensationally losing the English Premier League rights is to Foxtel and Fox Sports.

A huge portion of the pay-TV provider's business model relies solely on its sports offering, and the exclusive EPL rights made up a massive chunk of that.

Optus' (and subsequently SBS as well) pulled off an almighty coup in spiriting the English league away, and the mammoth ramifications of that deal won't fully be felt until the new EPL season commences later in the year, and the new deal comes into effect.

So with Foxtel left effectively football-less, the company began a process of scrambling to fill the gaping void left by the EPL's departure. And they've not only done just that, they've lobbed a retaliation shot in what's more or less turning into a war for footballing audiences in Australia.

Foxtel today announced the addition of beIN Sports to their standard sports package. The three new sports channels were previously only available as an extra, standalone subscription. But from this point on they'll be featured in the service's standard sports package.

The kicker here, is that beIN covers just about every major European footballing league and competition that's not named the EPL.

The channels carry the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, the German Bundesliga, and even the Brazilian Serie A competitions.

What's more, despite SBS announcing that they secured free-to-air rights for the knockout stages of the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, beIN covers every game of the hotly anticipated contest - from group stages right through to the hoisting of the trophy.

Better still, the networks cover the entirety of a slew of high profile tournaments including the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, and the UEFA Super Cup.

All three new channels will be broadcast in full, glorious HD, and will make the shift as of May 15th.

You still have to pay for the rest of Foxtel before you can access the sport part of it. But, y'know, this is still a pretty solid score and bound to excite fans, as well as frustrate more than a few who'll now have to choose between which leagues they want to watch (or fork out more if that answer is "all").

More rugby for Foxtel subscribers in partnership with beIN Sports

From http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/more-rugby-for-foxtel-subscribers-in-partnership-with-bein-sports/news-story/3f89fd7e14aae292fa227d76ddb9aea9

FOXTEL sports subscribers can look forward to more rugby on their TV screens after the announcement of a new partnership with media group beIN Sports.

Subscribers will have access to three beIN high definition channels (beIN SPORTS 1, 2 and 3) at no additional cost to the sport pack.

The channels will launch on Foxtel on May 15 and boosts the Foxtel Sports pack from nine to 12 channels.

beIN Sports is the home of European rugby with rights to the European Rugby Champions Cup, the Six Nations and selected games from the Wallabies and All Blacks spring tours.

Australia and New Zealand tour Europe in November and Foxtel will screen Tests against Wales, Scotland and Ireland live and in HD.

Australia in action against Ireland in Dublin in 2014.Australia in action against Ireland in Dublin in 2014. Source: Getty Images

The new channels will also be available to stream via Foxtel Go and Foxtel Play.

“The addition of these new dedicated sports channels from our partners at beIN Sports is a huge win for sports fans who subscribe to Foxtel, greatly increasing the value of a subscription,” said Richard Freudenstein, outgoing Foxtel chief executive.

“The channels will be compulsory viewing for fans of international football and rugby and complement the already great line-up of sports channels on Foxtel.

“There is no doubt Foxtel is the home of live sport in Australia.”

The new channels will replace the existing beIN Sports channel on Foxtel, which has been available as a premium SD buy-through channel since 2014.

Fiji One and Pacific Channel to be removed from Sky Pacific tomorrow

From http://fijivillage.com/news/Fiji-One-and-Pacific-Channel-to-be-removed-from-Sky-Pacific-tomorrow--9k5s2r/

Digicel Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Darren McLean.

Fiji One and Pacific Channel will be removed from the line-up of Sky Pacific channels from tomorrow.

Digicel Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Darren McLean says they have to comply with the Media Decree as a foreign company operating Pay Television in the country cannot have any local content on any of the channels.

McLean says this is part of the condition of the license and they will remove Fiji One and Pacific Channel when they take operational control of Sky Pacific from tomorrow.

He says they are getting many queries but Digicel has no other option.

McLean says the four HSBC World Rugby 7s tournaments will be on the Super Channel for the Sky Pacific viewers who do not have access to Fiji One.

He says they will have a new channel, TVWAN on Sky Pacific from tomorrow.

When asked on other channels planned for Sky Pacific, McLean says they will progressively roll out other plans.

Fiji TV says Sky Pacific customers who want to watch Fiji One, have to get the antennas.

In a public announcement, Fiji TV confirms that the final settlement figure for Sky Pacific's sale of assets and liabilities will be $4 million but subject to subscriber base, closing stock of setup boxes as well as outstanding receivables and payables.

The initial sale price was $5.75 million plus an additional amount depending on various content.

Fiji TV says Digicel received the Pay TV license subject to several conditions including no paid advertisements and no local content. Both parties then went back to negotiation on the final settlement figure.

Lost Japanese satellite Hitomi shows unexpected signs of life

From https://www.newscientist.com/article/2082518-lost-japanese-satellite-hitomi-shows-unexpected-signs-of-life/

Junked? Maybe not. Hitomi, a Japanese astronomy satellite, was thought to be lost after it failed to come online. Now the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency says the satellite has phoned home – but a full recovery will take months.

Hitomi launched on 17 February and was due to come online on 26 March, but failed to communicate with Earth. A tweet by the US Joint Space Operations Center reported five pieces of debris around the satellite shortly afterwards.

But all may not be lost. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) heard a brief signal burst from the craft on 28 March, and video taken from the ground suggested it was tumbling through space.

“That indicates the sat was at that point alive, just unable to point its antenna at Earth,” says Jonathan McDowell at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He says it might be possible to talk to Hitomi and stop it tumbling.

In an update on 29 March, JAXA’s Masaki Fujimoto reported they could still hear beacon signals from Hitomi, and that the spacecraft is probably still intact. The debris was probably just a few pieces that flaked off, but nothing essential. The source of the problem was a loss of directional control, which risked depleting the sat’s batteries.

“Wonderful news!!” tweeted Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society. “A communicating spacecraft is a spacecraft that maybe can be saved!”

While there is hope for recovery, JAXA says, it won’t be easy.

Hitomi’s mission is to observe the universe in X-rays, investigating matters such as the birth of black holes and the origins of cosmic rays. Before losing contact, the satellite was returning the highest resolution X-ray spectra ever, McDowell says.

“If you told me we were never going to hear from the sat again, I would be devastated but not surprised,” he says. “It’ll be a big loss if they don’t get it back.”

RSCC to test satellite internet over Ka-band from May

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/rscc-to-test-satellite-internet-over-ka-band-from-may--1135693

Russian state-owned satelite operator RSCC plans to start providing satellite broadband services over the Ka-band. The services will start testing in May. The newly-launched Express AM-6 satellite will be used for the services.

Surprise from China – 22nd Beidou satellite on orbit !

From http://www.satprnews.com/2016/03/30/surprise-from-china-22nd-beidou-satellite-on-orbit/

China launched on Tuesday, 29 March 2016, their next navigation Satellite to support development of Beidou navigation system.

CNSA is not slowing down and still gives impressive pace in competition on navigation system market. Yesterday on 29 March 2016 punctually at 20:11 GMT, CNSA launched on atop of Long March 3A rocket their next Beidou satellite from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. It is already second launch of Beidou satellite in 2016. It was already confirmed by NORAD with ID 41434; Chinese News agency Xinhua announced that mission of the satellite was successful and Spacecraft remains in good health. First launch of the Beidou satellite in 2016, BD-3 M3 was performed on February 1 also from Xichang Satellite Center.

As usual launch was not officially announced in Chinese media before; Launched satellite belongs to geostationary series of Beidou spacecrafts. Satellite is called also Compass-I and was designed and manufactured by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). Base for creating satellite was proven DFH-3bus. Mass of satellite is around 2200 kg with full tanks. Beidou BD-2 I6 (code name for satellite launched yesterday) has following dimension: 2.25 m x 1.0 m x 2.2 m. Satellite is powered by onboard battery and two deployable solar arrays with wingspan at around 18 m. Satellite will be sixth navigation satellite under Beidou program remaining on orbit of 200 km x 35798 km and inclination at 55.035°. It will reach designated inclined geosynchronous using own chemical engine with thrust at 490 N. Satellite is equipped with lase retro reflector and phased array antenna to provide navigational signal for receiving devices remaining on high altitudes. Main objective for mission of BD-2 I6 is to replace one from previously launched IGSO satellites; As far as the predicted operational life of this series is about 8 years, we can compare which satellite launched in previous years is reaching to the end. First BD-2 was launched on 31 July 2010, second on 17 December 2010. Next three were launched on 2011: 9 April, 26 July and 1 December. China seems to have at least two satellites with 6years of mission which can potentially have problems in nearest future. It is worth to remind that satellites remaining on GSO orbit are much more exposed to cosmic rays and their operational life is significantly shorter than satellites remaining on lower orbits.

CNSA decided to utilize Long March 3A rocket during this mission. It is launch vehicle designed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) in late eighties with first mission performed in 1994. Rocket is long for 52 m and is based on three stages. Rocket is not supported by boosters which are characteristic feature of Long March 3B and Long March 3C. All three stages are liquid fueled and have almost same diameter – 3.35 m. Only third stage is slightly thinner and its diameter is equal to 3 m. With mass of 240 t, rocket is able to lift up to 8.5 t to LEO, 2.6 t to GTO and 1.6 t to HCO. First stage propulsion is basing on four YF-21C engines with sum thrust at 2961.6 kN fueled with N2O4/UDMH. Second stage is fueled with same propellant but it is powered by central YF-24E (742 kN) and four stabilizing YF-23C (47.1 kN). Third stage is powered by single YF-75 engine fueled with LH2/LOX – provided thrust is at 167.17 kN. Mission of BD-2 I6 was 225th mission of Long March rocket.

Fullscreen SVoD launching April 26

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/31/fullscreen-svod-service-launching-april-26/

Global media company Fullscreen has revealed plans to launch an ad-free SVoD service, which it says is the world’s first video membership experience programmed for the social-first generation.

Debuting internationally on April 26th, the eponymous service fullscreen will be anchored by a robust programming slate featuring a diverse library comprised of feature films, scripted and unscripted acquisitions and originals, as well as exclusive content from today’s top creators and social influencers. Built for audiences expecting immersive and engaging entertainment, from gossipers and geeks to rebels and revolutionaries, fullscreen will feature fresh content daily, including playlists from their favourite creators, search by mood, social media content creation tools and more.

“This is for an audience that we know and love—a generation of young people that grew up with online video and social media. The phone is their primary screen and they look up to an entirely new breed of creators and stars,” said Fullscreen Founder and CEO George Strompolos. “We’ve created something special for them that feels more in tune with the way they want to experience great entertainment.”

Targeting Fullscreen’s highly-engaged 13 to 30-year-old audience, the subscription service will feature more than 800 hours of content and will be available anytime, anywhere at www.fullscreen.com and via iPhone, iPad, select Android Phones and Chromecast for $4.99 per month. The service will be available for global purchase at the same price point with over 90 per cent of the original content and a large selection from the content library. Additional device support will roll out to other Internet-enabled devices later this year. fullscreen will offer a 30-day free trial to encourage sampling, providing subscribers with access to a variety of programming options that both challenge traditional formats and celebrate the next wave of emerging talent, in front of and behind the camera.

Fullscreen also announced that AT&T has signed on as the premier launch sponsor for the new service. AT&T will collaborate with Fullscreen to market and promote the service with special offers for AT&T’s more than 100 million video, mobile and broadband customers. Also, Fullscreen and AT&T will co-produce premium content that will air both on fullscreen SVoD and on a Fullscreen programming block on AT&T’s AUDIENCE Network, available to DirecTV and U-verse TV subscribers.

Fullscreen is majority owned by Otter Media, a partnership between AT&T and The Chernin Group.

“fullscreen SVoD is an important part of our entertainment strategy for this demographic and a great fit with our mobile, video and broadband services,” said John Stankey, CEO of AT&T Entertainment Group. “We’re pleased to be working with a proven leader in creating content for millennials that’s relevant, social and designed for viewing on mobile and other connected devices.”

Peter Chernin, CEO of The Chernin Group, stated: “We believe that SVoD services and OTT offerings are the future of video entertainment, and we are incredibly excited about the fullscreen SVoD launch. fullscreen SVoD will be uniquely positioned in the marketplace, with a signature personality and strong product features designed specifically for a millennial audience. We are delighted to expand our working relationship with AT&T who has been a great forward-thinking partner, and we can’t wait to deliver this service to as many connected consumers as possible.”

Strompolos added: “AT&T is the ideal partner for content creators like us. They’re leaders in entertainment, mobile and Internet service, and share our vision for new content models that give people the entertainment they want on their screen of choice.”

Sony ‘ULTRA’ 4K launching April 4

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/30/sony-ultra-4k-launching-april-4/

OTT platforms are ramping up the battle with pay-TV providers to offer 4K UHD content with the confirmation from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment that the studio’s new 4K Ultra HD movie streaming service, ULTRA, will debut April 4, 2016 on Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs with Android TV in the United States.

“Consumers are rapidly upgrading their living rooms to 4K, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s new ULTRA streaming service will provide a premium viewing experience to satisfy growing demand for 4K movies and television shows,” said Jake Winett, VP, Consumer Services & Advanced Platforms at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

“ULTRA takes advantage of the latest industry innovations – 4K resolution, high dynamic range, a wider colour spectrum, digital movie extras, and UltraViolet interoperability – so viewers get the most out of their televisions and their movie collections,” Winett added.

Sony Electronics’ president, Mike Fasulo, who initially announced plans for Sony’s televisions to include the ULTRA app at CES in January 2016, added: “Sony Pictures’ new ULTRA 4K streaming service is a ground-breaking visual experience with a wealth of high-quality content to showcase the exceptional quality of Sony’s latest televisions.”

Powered by the Sony Pictures Store, ULTRA will offer a variety of movies for purchase and playback in 4K Ultra HD, with many including High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Digital Extras at no additional charge, taking full advantage of the latest television display technologies and interactive capabilities.

Sony says that 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HDTV, and HDR provides a wider range of colour and contrast, producing more realistic details and depth to maximize the viewing experience.

Films available on ULTRA will include new releases such as Concussion, The Night Before and The Walk, and library titles such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Ghostbusters, priced at $30 in 4K with HDR.

Customers who purchase eligible Sony 4K Ultra HD televisions with ULTRA this summer will receive four complimentary movies when they sign up for the service.

The ULTRA 4K service is compatible with UltraViolet, so users will be able to link their ULTRA profiles to their existing UltraViolet libraries, and stream their Sony Pictures content previously purchased or redeemed through other UltraViolet-compatible retailers, such as SonyPicturesStore.com, Vudu and others.

Additionally, Sony Pictures Store customers that already own HD versions of select titles can upgrade them to 4K on ULTRA for a special discounted price.

Argentina's Arsat III Satellite Program Cancelled

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=113763

[Satnews] According to a report in the Buenos Aires Herald, the government has faced a backlash after Rodrigo de Loredo, the president of the state owned Arsat telecommunications company, announced the immediate suspension of the Arsat III satellite program.

“Arsat needs to be self-funded,” de Loredo said, “because it has some good things but its finances are mismanaged. In this way, we are looking for the incorporation of collaborative groups.”

De Loredo added that the funding of the wider reach of the geo-stationary satellite Arsat II, currently in orbit and capable of providing satellite coverage to Argentina’s neighbors and thereby generating revenue, would also require funding from outside of the state project.

“We found that Arsat II had launched without having sold anything. We are now presenting the permits to sell the coverage of the satellite,” he said.

The Arsat president—the son-in-law of Communications Minister Oscar Aguad—faced criticism following the apparent cancellation of the project. De Loredo’s predecessor Matías Bianchi, who oversaw the recent successful and popular launches of the Arsat I and II satellite programs during the tenure of ex-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, said he was “surprised” by the announcement and questioned de Loredo’s assessment.

“Arsat II had already signed contracts for about 30 percent of its capacity (and) numerous contacts with potential customers had already been made to reach 80 percent of its capacity,” Bianchi told Radio del Plata.

He rejected the claims of “mismanagement,” stating that the previous administration had left the ARSAT programme on budget and on course for self-funding, and warning about the introduction of private investment to the project.

“We left a business plan and a balance certified by the external auditor in October, operating profits. ARSAT was on its way to economic independence ... It is possible that the vision of a company that cannot compete with private firms won’t compete at all. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. If it cannot compete with the private sector, ARSAT will not be able to self-finance,” he said.

TEN SPORTS Network says 'Never Stop'

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/ten-sports-network-says-never-stop-160329

MUMBAI: Ten Sports Network today (29 March 2016) announced a new identity for its bouquet of sports channels with ‘Never Stop’ as the network positioning. Taking forward the bold, young, dynamic, dauntless outlook for the Network.

As earlier flashed by Indiantelevision.com, the network will also be re-branding its existing bouquet of channels as TEN 1, TEN 2, TEN 3 and TEN 1HD respectively. The new logos and positioning will be officially unveiled on air on Friday, 1st April 2016.

Ten Sports Network Global CEO Mr. Rajesh Sethi, said, “As a sports network, we have been continuously providing high quality sports programming from across the world, for our viewers. Over the years, we have been enhancing our sports offerings, starting with the launch of TEN SPORTS in 2002, followed by the launch of a 24X7 cricket channel, TEN CRICKET in August 2010, the only dedicated golf channel in this part of the world, TEN GOLF, in March 2012 and then a premium HD channel, TEN HD, in April 2012. In August 2015, TEN SPORTS embarked on a new journey with the launch of a consolidated network rebranding - the TEN SPORTS Network, as well as the launch of TEN GOLF HD to offer the best of golf in HD. Our rebranding effort signals the start of a new era, a contemporary and energized approach to how the network views its sport sphere, with maximum excitement and engagement for its viewers.”

Elaborating further on the new channel identity, Sethi added, “As we bring across a variety of sports and sportainment for our viewers from across the world, at times it becomes a hurdle to allocate content to a particular sports-specific channel. In order to break free from sports-specific channels, we are taking the numeric route. We strive to bring international-quality sports to our viewers and we want them to watch sports as it is consumed internationally with numeric-based channels. It is our endeavour to ‘Never Stop’ delivering sporting action to our fans.”

“TEN SPORTS Network’s logo as well as the individual channel logos, have been designed keeping in mind the elements of action and dynamism, as well as immediacy and the spirit to achieve. These powerful thoughts behind the logos point to the Italic nature of the fonts used. The flame has been an intrinsic part of TEN SPORTS’ identity since inception and it has consciously been retained to maintain a connection with viewers, even while it is now surrounded by the new and dynamic network and individual channel fonts,” the network explained through a media statement.

Post rebranding, the network will be spreading content equally amongst all the channels so that viewers are exposed to the maximum of sports programming. TEN 1 will focus on WWE Weekly Shows & Specials, TEN 2 on UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Super Cup & other football content, as well as US Open, Moto GP and Tour de France, while TEN 3’s primary focus will be Cricket from South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe. Among the HD channels, TEN 1 HD will broadcast the best of content from across the TEN SPORTS Network’s SD Channels while TEN GOLF HD will primarily showcase premium golf content including the European tour, Asian Tour, Rider Cup and US PGA Championship.

As a part of its rebranding, Ten Sports Network will also roll out a brand new logo for TENSPORTS.COM which has now become synonymous with the TEN SPORTS Network. TENSPORTS.COM will showcase extensive live sports content with a special focus on Video-On-Demand. The live streaming will include top-class football content from UEFA Champions League and Europa League, including matches that are not broadcast on TV, as well as content from Ligue 1, I-League, Cricket from across the five boards, Tennis, Golf, Moto GP multi-angle feeds and much more.

The brand refresh will also be accompanied by an extensive new programming rollout which will be developed via insights from new media and fan involvement to the greatest extent. Ten Sports Network has already started producing content in Hindi and plans to expand into other regional languages as well, going ahead.


Sorry no update Wednesday


TVNZ Kidzone is leaving Sky at the end of April

"Changes are coming to Kidzone!

Hi Kidzone fans!

Kidzone will no longer be available on SKY or Igloo after 30 April - so we’re creating a special ad free Kidzone destination on TVNZ OnDemand that will triple our online line-up for NZ’s littlest viewers.

We’ll continue to offer quality content sourced from here and around the world, quality local content is Kidzone’s big point of difference.

You’ll find many of your favourites on TVNZ OnDemand from 1 May. "

Kidzone has had great fun on SKY and we’d like to thank you for your support. We hope to see you on TVNZ OnDemand

Feeds Saturday

D2 12572V 7200 "Badminton Sky1" HD ENC
D2 12581V 7500 "STS 1" HD ENC
D2 12591V 7200 "Badminton IMG 1" HD ENC
D2 12637V 6669 "Telstra Broadcast" Horses FTA
D2 12644V 7500 "Broadcast Services" HD Horses FTA
D2 12654V 7500 "Astra 3 Path 1" HD Horses FTA
D2 12663V 7500 "TBS" HD FTA Cage fighting
D2 12672V 6669 "Telstra 1" Hoprses FTA
D2 12681V 6669 "Telstra Broadcast services" Horses FTA

From my Email

From Alek (W,.A)

Apstar 9 @ 142e is 3555 H 25000 3912 v 14997 and 3931V 10000 nothing receivable though

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12726 H "Ant1 Pacific" is now encrypted.

Optus D1 160.0E 12483 H "TVNZ Duke has replaced TVNZ Pop-Up Channel" on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3660 V Geo News, Geo Super, Geo Tez, Geo TV and Geo Kahani have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E AVT Khyber, Khyber News and Kay 2 have started on 4076 H, clear.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E Pashto 1 Middle East has left 4078 H.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Rishtey Cineplex" has started on , Fta
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Housefull Movies has replaced Shri News" on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11170 V "Shri News has replaced Housefull Movies" on ,Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11535 V "GTRK Yamal and TRK Nadym" have started on , Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "People TV, Samay, Kappa TV, Kalinga TV, Seithigal, Reporter, Captain TV, Prameya News 7 and Jinvani Channel" have started on, Videoguard.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "Ploen TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3802 H "Romedy Now" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4013 V "X-Zone" has started encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "LoveWorld India" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4118 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4118 V "Manoranjan Movies" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4130 V "Jaya Plus, Jaya Max, J Movie and Jaya TV"are encrypted again.

Amos 4 65.0E 11290 V "Star Sports HD 4" has started on , encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,资讯卫视(香港)频道重现,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。 [3月29日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Maasranga TV(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3812 H 2200参数有条件接收。 [3月29日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Ses 4K(HEVC)频道消失,设置11090 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,France 24、B4U Music(ABS)等3个频道加密,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月29日]
东经65度轨道Amos 4号星Ku频段,NTN News、Bhakti Darshan替换国家地理悠人(尼泊尔)等频道,设置11236 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月29日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Nung(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3960 H 29700参数免费接收。 [3月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、CCTV-9(ABS)频道重现,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ruai(印尼)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月29日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Go To Luxe TV(SatLink)频道新增,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月29日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KbjShop(高清)频道新增,设置12730 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [3月28日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sahara One(印度)等全组频道改频率,设置3653 V 14100参数免费接收。 [3月28日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Yogi(印度)频道解密,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [3月28日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Pashto TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3832 H 12860参数无效接收。 [3月28日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,News 24(高清)频道重现,设置4087 H 4610参数免费接收。 [3月28日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Rishtey Cineplex替换Poohigaj(印度)频道,设置11550 H 27500参数免费接收。 [3月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,55 Channel HD替换MVTV HD(高清)频道,设置4070 V 2915参数免费接收。 [3月28日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD(环宇卫视)等全组高清频道加密,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。[03-27]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Fox Sports1、Fox(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3840 V 29720参数无效接收。[03-27]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,STS Love(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。[03-27]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Manoranjan Movies(印度)频道消失,设置4117 V 8800参数无效接收。[03-27]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Love World(印度)频道消失,设置4090 H 14368参数无效接收。[03-27]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,GTRK Yamal、TRK Nadym(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11535 V 2645参数免费接收。[03-27]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Pashto TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3843 H 2860参数无效接收。 [3月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Kapatid TV 5、Aksyon TV(菲律宾)频道加密,设置3724 V 3030参数有条件接收。 [3月26日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,Channal 1(测试)等全组频道消失,设置11508 V 27689参数无效接收。 [3月26日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Vande Gujanat 1(印度)等全组频道消失,设置11550 H 27500参数无效接收。 [3月26日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Shop(购物)频道新增,设置4177 H 2815参数免费接收。 [3月26日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Champion(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置3913 V 7260参数无效接收。 [3月26日]
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。 [3月26日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel(高清)频道消失,设置11593 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Resectve HD(高清)频道新增,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [3月26日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,资讯卫视(香港)频道消失,设置12500 V 7200参数无效接收。 [3月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Ploen TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3800 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月25日]
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)频道解密,设置3805 V 3960参数免费接收。 [3月25日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jaya Plus(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置4130 V 10369参数有条件接收。 [3月25日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中国国际教育替换广东卫视(艺华卫视)频道,设置12472 V 33500参数免费接收。 [3月25日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Nung (MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3960 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [3月25日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,NHK World TV(Dialog TV)频道消失,设置11673 V 27689参数无效接收。 [3月25日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,Zee Living、TV Didula(Dialog TV)等频道新增,设置11591 V 27689参数有条件接收。 [3月25日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,AMC替换MGM(Dialog TV)频道,设置11632 V 27689参数有条件接收。 [3月25日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,SONY Channel(Dialog TV)频道新增,设置11632 V 27689参数有条件接收。 [3月25日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,SONY ESPN 替换Setanta Sports(Dialog TV )频道,设置11468 V 27689参数有条件接收。 [3月25日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Golf HD、国家地理野生(高清)等频道解密,设置12711 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月25日]


Foxtel's cord-shaving conundrum

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtels-cordshaving-conundrum-20160322-gnp1ba.html

Foxtel's market penetration has long been lingering near 30 per cent.

The Asbjerg family, of the north shore Sydney suburb of Killara, were Foxtel platinum subscribers for years – until Netflix appeared on the horizon.

The entry of the US subscription video on-demand service into the Australian media landscape - in the wake of local services such as Stan and Presto - has seen Ben Asbjerg progressively slash his family's $135 per month Foxtel subscription down to $26.

Mr Asbjerg is one of a growing number of people "cord-shaving" – paring down pay-TV subscriptions without cancelling. The phenomenon is challenging traditional pay-TV businesses worldwide, including Foxtel.

Foxtel halved its basic-package price to $25 in late 2014, in a pre-emptive strike to Netflix's arrival in March 2015.

As he was downgrading, Foxtel offered to cut the price of Mr Asbjerg's movie and drama package to just $10.

This would have taken his total subscription fee to $35, but there was a catch: he needed to keep his second set-top box, which comes with an additional charge.

He decided against it and now pays just $26 a month (Foxtel raised the price of its basic package by $1).

There was also little need for him to keep the sports package, with Mr Asbjerg's son no longer living at home. "The only advantage Foxtel has got is its sports channels," said the father of three.

"I don't watch much television myself, but the girls only watch Netflix and the commercial [free-to-air] channels."

Mr Asbjerg said the advantage of set-top boxes that can record is disappearing in an era where content is increasingly available on demand whenever and wherever the customer wants it.

'Too much TV'

Timothy Larin, who lives in Cammeray on Sydney's north shore with his girlfriend, is one Foxtel subscriber who is considering dropping it entirely.

Mr Larin, who has the movies, sports and documentaries packages, is a big fan of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). While fights are available on Fox Sports, the league has its own direct-to-consumer offering for as low as $7.99 a month if customers sign up for 12 months and $9.99 for month to month.

Fox Sports has broadcast rights to all National Rugby League, Australian Football League and Super Rugby matches, making the service incredibly valuable to fans of local sport.

However, many US sports leagues have their own subscription video-on-demand services, such as the National Basketball Association, National Football League and Major League Baseball, offering all matches live and catch-up.

"I think we're going to cancel, or might just go down to the basic package. We haven't made the phone call yet, we've just started to talk about it," Mr Larin said.

He said there are many programs available on Foxtel but he wants to "just stick to the things we really want to watch".

"I'm quite interested in what they have to say and if they offer anything, even if they do, I don't think I would bother, I'd like to limit my TV watching, when you have Foxtel ... you watch a bit too much TV."

But Foxtel and its partners aren't standing still.

Telstra customer Mark Simpson, of inner Melbourne, recently got a call out of the blue and an offer to trial Foxtel platinum for free.

"[Telstra] called me up and said 'thanks for being a great customer' and they want to give me a set-top box to trial for three months for free," Mr Simpson said.

Telstra, a 50 per cent stakeholder in Foxtel, bundles the pay-TV service for its home phone and broadband subscribers. The telco offers new Foxtel from Telstra customers three months free on platinum with no set-up costs.

Mr Simpson has a Telstra T-Box, which is being phased out, but uses it only to record live TV rather than for subscription TV services.

With no lock-in contracts, Mr Simpson is going to try out Foxtel's Platinum package. While he doesn't expect to keep the Platinum service, he's keeping an open mind about a lower package as a fan of documentaries and music.

Japan loses touch with cutting-edge satellite, possibly broken up in orbit

From https://www.rt.com/news/337457-japan-loses-satellite-telescopes/

Japan’s space agency has reported that all contact was lost with the ‘Hitomi’ satellite, which is equipped with cutting-edge X-ray telescopes set to study the secrets of space.

The satellite is surrounded by five pieces of debris which could be its own parts, and has been veering off course since Saturday.

It’s not clear if those pieces of debris mean the satellite is beyond salvage or has only sustained minor damage, but one short signal has been received from Hitomi since the supposed incident.

Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer and space analyst at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hopes it can be saved, however pessimistic the situation is at the moment.

"Everyone's just gutted," McDowell said.

"To hear that they've run into this piece of bad luck, it's so very sad. I know enough about how the sausage was made to know that this could have easily have happened to us. Space is very unforgiving," he added, as quoted by AP.

The satellite’s usual position would be around 580km above Earth, and the Japanese researchers are trying to find its current position, the Japan Times reported.

On Sunday, JAXA, the Japanese space agency, said that the scheduled astronomical research wouldn’t be possible if the satellite is lost for good: ‘Hitomi’ may not be able to draw solar energy for a long time if damaged, and its battery could run down.

“We are taking this situation very seriously,” Saku Tsuneta, director of JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, said at a news conference.

The breakthrough satellite Hitomi has four X-ray telescopes and two gamma-ray detectors, and it could help astronomers study the space mysteries like black holes: which can’t really be spotted, as they emit no light.

The satellite has been in orbit since February 17, having been launched from Kagoshima Prefecture by an H-IIA rocket.

It’s not the first time, though, that Japan has grabbed at a second chance. In December, JAXA put the Akatsuki spacecraft back in orbit around Venus after a failed first attempt when a valve broke, sending the spacecraft on a five-year trip across the solar system.

Korea, Thailand partner on satellite, smart city projects

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/korea-thailand-partner-on-satellite-smart-city-projects--1135316

South Korea and Thailand have agreed to increase bilateral cooperation in science and technology and on a smart city project, Yonhap news agency reports. South Korea and Thailand have discussed ways to strengthen partnerships and signed two related memoranda of understanding.

South Korea’s Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Choi Yang-hee, requested the Thai government's "interest and support" in and for South Korea's efforts to participate in its satellite project. Thailand plans to develop an earth observation satellite and ground system for more efficient land and disaster management.

The two sides will also cooperate on Thailand's ‘smart cities’ deployment and the development of digital content. Thailand aims to become a regional digital hub, and launch a major project this year to transform the tourism areas of Phuket and Chiang Mai into smart cities that focus on tech startups.

GSAT-11 Satellite To Augment Ku-band Capacities

From http://www.teleanalysis.com/services/gsat-11-satellite-to-augment-ku-band-capacities-21352.html

GSAT-11-Satellite-To-Augment-Ku-band-CapacitiesGSAT-11 satellite launch by the end of 2016 will help in augmenting Ku-band capacities for India.

The union cabinet chaired by the prime minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for the procurement of launch services and realization of ground segment for GSAT-11 spacecraft at a cost of Rs 1,117 crore.

Considering the 5,600 Kg lift-off mass, GSAT-11 satellite will be launched using procured launch vehicle outside the country. The ground segment is being realized to address the rural communication requirements. This will enable early deployment of GSAT-11 so as to augment Ku-band capacity which can be utilized for various services like VSATs, broadband etc.

The ground segment of GSAT-11 will enable the utilization of a small portion of the bandwidth for societal services apart from providing in orbit testing support. It will also provide a high throughput capacity of about 10 Gbps to render broadband connectivity especially in rural areas.

GSAT-11 is a communication satellite with 32 high-power spot beams for providing high bandwidth VSAT communication is currently under development at department of space (DoS)/ISRO facilities.

Dish TV India: Adding to the Zing

From http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/portfolio/firm-calls/dish-tv-india-adding-to-the-zing/article8402334.ece

Regional channel packages should help Dish lure more customers in smaller towns

The stock of DTH (direct to home) operator, Dish TV India has fallen 19 per cent so far this year. Flat average revenue per user (ARPU) and the relatively lower subscriber addition in the December 2015 quarter compared with the same period last year, seems to have weighed down the stock. Thanks to a subdued increase in expenses though, Dish TV posted profit at the net level in the latest quarter versus loss in the year-ago period.

Higher revenue along with a check on operating costs helped the company post profit at the net level in 2014-15, the first time since its debut in the capital-intensive DTH market in 2003. In 2015-16 too, it has posted profit in all three quarters, compared with loss in the year-ago periods.

At ₹83, the stock trades at an EV/EBIDTA (enterprise value to operating profit) multiple of 13 times its trailing 12-month earnings. This is lower than the five-year historical average of about 17 times.

Dish TV is well placed to expand its subscriber base as more areas get covered under the ongoing cable TV digitisation (phase III and Phase IV). It is in a sweet spot on the programming and content cost fronts too, given its strong bargaining position with broadcasters. It can hope for some tax relief too. Investors with a long-term perspective can buy the stock.
Expanding reach
Of India’s 168 million households with a TV, analog cable subscribers account for a little over half the market. The remaining comprisesDTH (28 per cent) and digital cable subscribers (20 per cent). According to the company, it enjoys 25-26 per cent share in the DTH market.

The initial phases of digitisation covered the four metros and 38 large cities. With the ongoing digitisation, the market for digital TV distribution — which comprises digital cable operators and DTH operators — will expand further. Given their technology advantage over digital cable operators, DTH players are expected to garner a larger share here.

Given its large market share, Dish TV is well positioned to grow its subscriber base; it has done so in the past too; the number rose from 10.7 million in 2012-13 to 14 million by end-December 2015. Zing, a regional channel offering, launched by Dish TV last year to cater to customers in smaller towns has been contributing about 20 per cent of the company’s additional subscribers every quarter.

While Dish TV has been adding subscribers, its ARPU has not grown much. It has been within the ₹162-173 range over the past several quarters. This is despite the company increasing its higher-ARPU high definition (HD) subscribers; the lower ARPU from the Zing subscribers is averaging out the increase.

The company, however, expects its overall ARPU to improve gradually overtime as subscribers gradually upgrade from the standard definition (SD) channel packages to the HD packages. Dish TV posted net profit of ₹210 crore for the nine months ended December 2015 compared with a loss of ₹32 crore in the same period last year.

A sharp rise in revenue (up 15 per cent year-on-year) even as operating expenses inched up moderately (up 3.7 per cent year-on-year), helped the company report 49 per cent increase in operating profit to ₹758 crore during the latest nine-month period. But, high fixed costs took away a chunk of the operating profit.

Dish TV’s programming and content costs (40 per cent of operating expenses) are expected to grow at single-digit rate, given the company’s strong bargaining position with broadcasters, thanks to its large market share. The lower content cost in the phase III and IV digitisation areas too should help.

As on September 2015 Dish TV had a debt of ₹772 crore on its books but this has been brought down by ₹300 crore since then. The interest coverage ratio too has improved — from 0.8 times in the year-ago period to 2.3 times for the nine months ended December 2015.
Regulatory relief expected
There has been some relief in licence fee too. With subscription revenue being reported net of commission charges and transfer of the non-core business to Dish Infra Services, a subsidiary, the annual licence fee is being applied on a lower base.

There could be further relief if TRAI’s recommendation of 8 per cent licence fee on gross adjusted revenue (adjusted for the entertainment tax paid) instead of the current 10 per cent on gross revenue, is accepted. A shift to GST from the multiplicity of taxes too should be beneficial.

ISRO set to launch 22 satellites on one rocket

From http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/isro-set-to-launch-22-satellites-on-one-rocket/article8406533.ece

Multiple satellite launch mission will flag ISRO’s capability

When the PSLV C34 rocket blasts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Srikarikota in May this year, it will signal another giant leap for India’s space mission. The trusted launch vehicle will inject 22 satellites into orbit, a first in the history of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Apart from the Indian remote sensing satellite, Cartosat 2C, which constitutes the primary payload, the rocket will carry on board four micro-satellites weighing 85 to 130 kg each and 17 nano-satellites weighing 4 to 30 kg.

As many as 18 satellites are being launched for foreign agencies including those from the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Indonesia. Two of the nano-satellites have been developed by the Pune Engineering College and Sathyabhama University.

“The PSLV rocket, in its XL version, will be used for the mission,” VSSC Director K. Sivan said here on Monday. “The injection of so many satellites into orbit increases the complexity of the mission many fold,” he told reporters.

The micro-satellites include the M3MSAT of Comdev, Canada, to be used for collection and study of automatic identification system signals from low earth orbit, the Indonesian satellite LAPAN A3 for earth surveillance and magnetic field monitoring, the German satellite BIROS to be used for remote sensing of high temperature events and SKYSAT Gen2-1 of Skybox, U.S., for earth imaging.

The nano-satellite payload includes three quadpacks of four earth imaging technology demonstrator satellites each of Spaceflight, U.S., and a package of two Canadian satellites designed to measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

In April 2008, ISRO had launched 10 satellites into orbit using the PSLV C9 rocket.

RLV-TD test flight in May

The first test flight of the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) developed by ISRO is also scheduled for May. The technology demonstration version named RLV- TD is undergoing extensive tests at the VSSC complex here. “It will be transported to Bengaluru next week for acoustic tests before being taken to SHAR for the launch in May when atmospheric conditions are most favourable,” Dr. Sivan said.

Designed to drive down the cost of placing satellites in orbit, RLV is expected to enhance India’s competitive edge in the launch vehicle market. The first trial involves the hypersonic flight experiment during which the RLV resembling a small winged aircraft will be launched up to an altitude of 70 km from atop a solid booster rocket and released. The thermally insulated RLV will re enter the atmosphere and travel back to earth in a controlled descent, splashing down in the Bay of Bengal.

Preparations are also underway for the launch of the last of the seven satellites constituting the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation to be used for navigation. A PSLV rocket is scheduled to launch the satellite in April, Dr. Sivan said.


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Aussies watch more A-League than Premier League

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/23/aussies-watch-more-a-league-than-premier-league/

Currently drawing towards the close of its eleventh season, the A-League is now watched on TV by more Australians (aged 14+) than the English Premier League, with its audience growing by more than 50 per cent since 2011.

In 2015, 2.1 million Aussies (or 11 per cent of the population) reported watching A-League football on TV either regularly or occasionally, up from 1.4 million viewers (7.6 per cent) in 2011. The A-League’s broadcasting arrangements changed as of the 2013-14 season, when free-to-air network SBS joined pay-TV channel Fox Sports in televising matches (previously Fox had exclusive broadcast rights).

The growth in the A-League’s TV audience can be seen across both genders, with increased proportions of men and women tuning in: 16 per cent of men and 6.2 per cent of women watched it in 2015 (up from 11.3 per cent and 4 per cent respectively). Over the same period, viewership of the English Premier League remained relatively unchanged, with its audience hovering around the 1.8 million viewer/9.5 per cent mark since 2011.

Sky TV wins Olympic broadcast rights through to 2024

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/78206168/sky-tv-wins-olympic-broadcast-rights-through-to-2024

Sky has won the right to broadcast the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the Olympics after that.

Sky Television has tied up the broadcasting rights for the Olympics through to 2024.

The broadcaster said that after securing the rights to this year's Rio Olympics, it had now also negotiated the rights to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, and the 2024 Olympics.

The 2024 Olympics are most likely to be hosted in Los Angeles, Paris or Rome, according to bookies, although Budapest, Hungary, is also in the race.

Sky Sport director Richard Last said the Olympics was "really good telly" and as important to Sky as it had ever been.

It was not unusual for the broadcaster to secure rights for sporting events that far in advance, he said.

"The key thing is you can start to build it into your budgets and start working out what you are going to do.

"A good plan made early is cheaper than a good plan made late."

Sky Sport would broadcast 13 channels of Olympic sports from Rio and would also provide 56 video feeds, all of which would be available on computers, phones and tablets through an app to Sky Sport subscribers, he said.

"It is going to be awesome. If you are a passionate follower of men's volleyball, you will probably be able to watch the whole men's volleyball tournament via the Olympic video player."

Sky Sport had yet to work out what Olympic content would be available through its Fan Pass online sports service, Last said.

Russian military satellite successfully delivered into orbit — defense ministry

From http://tass.ru/en/science/864805

It was the second launch of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome this year

Russia involves 10 reconnaissance satellites in Syria operation — General Staff

MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket that blasted off from the Plesetsk space center in north Russia has successfully delivered a military satellite into orbit, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Thursday.

"The spacecraft launched in the interests of Russia’s Defense Ministry separated from the third stage of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket in a normal regime at the designated time - 12:52 p.m. Moscow time [09:52 GMT] and was delivered into the calculated orbit within the established timeframe," the ministry said.

The carrier rocket blasted off at 12:42 Moscow time (09:42 GMT) on Thursday.

This is the second launch of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome this year. Last year, Soyuz-2a carrier rockets were launched from the Plesetsk space center five times while Rokot rockets blasted off from the cosmodrome on two occasions.

F1 signs exclusive Sky (U.K) deal; UHD next season

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/24/uk-loses-fta-f1-with-new-sky-deal/

UK fans of Formula One will not be able to see live coverage of the sport free-to-air after 2018 following a new broadcast partnership between Sky and Formula One Management, save for the home British Grand Prix and at least two others. Sky also confirmed that coverage would be available in Ultra HD from next season. Channel 4 is showing 10 races live for the next two seasons, having taken over the rights which were surrendered by the BBC in a cost-cutting measure.

The new agreement comprises:
•Exclusive: Sky Sports will be the home of Formula 1 in the UK and Ireland from 2019 to 2024, offering live coverage of every Grand Prix.
•Free to air: The Formula 1 British Grand Prix, together with highlights of all other races and Qualifying sessions, will be shown on a ‘free-to-air’ basis.
•Sky Sports Mix: Additionally, at least two other ‘prime time’ live races a season will be offered on the soon-to-be-launched Sky Sports Mix along with other F1 content.
•UHD: For the first time every race starting with the 2017 Championship will be shown in the picture quality of Ultra High Definition via Sky Q, the next-generation home entertainment system.

Sky Sports F1 will continue to be the only place to watch each Grand Prix weekend live for the next three seasons in the UK, with 21 races live in 2016 beginning with the 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix last weekend.

The new agreement builds on the success of Sky Sports F1 since the launch of the channel in 2012. More than 13 million viewers have already enjoyed its live coverage with many more following F1 racing across Sky Sports’ digital outlets.

Bernie Ecclestone, CEO Formula One Group said: “I am delighted that we will continue to work together. Sky’s commitment to the Sport and standard of coverage is second to none.”

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports said: “This is a brilliant deal that takes Sky’s partnership with F1 to the next level. Since 2012, we have demonstrated unrivalled commitment to F1, offering fans innovations including a dedicated channel and the very best broadcasting talent. We are delighted that we are strengthening our coverage for viewers even further, with live and exclusive F1 from 2019 and the chance to watch in Ultra High Definition for the first time from next season. We are pleased to support F1 and look forward to working with them to progress, develop and enhance coverage of the Championship during the agreement.”

Martin Brundle, commentator and analyst for Sky Sports F1 added: “I joined Sky Sports because I wanted to be part of a dedicated F1 channel with a total and long term commitment to the sport. And we have certainly delivered on that. In a fast changing media landscape, our coverage will get even better for F1 fans.”

Sky Sports began showing live F1 in 2012 and coverage includes every practice and qualifying session together with live coverage of each race. Viewers can enjoy the opinions and analysis from a broadcasting team that boasts three former F1 drivers, including 1996 World Champion Damon Hill together with Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert.

As well as launching a channel dedicated to the sport, Sky Sports F1 became the first broadcaster to introduce touch-screen ‘SkyPad’ analysis from within the paddock, offers fans a multitude of additional viewing options via ‘F1 Race Control’ and offers an extensive schedule of features and support programmes.

Sky Sports won ‘Best TV Broadcaster Award for Outstanding Coverage’ for each of its first two seasons.

Chromecast becomes Google Cast

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/23/chromecast-becomes-google-cast/

Chromecast has been rebranded Google Cast to reflect its ability to work across a range of devices. Google says the updated app, which will enable casting of content from multiple devices to TVs, displays and wireless speakers as well as Chromecast dongles, will be rolled out for iOS and Android versions.

Google also announced that it is bringing its casting technology to Vizio’s new SmartCast P-series displays as well as the electronics manufacturers’ soundbars and speakers. P-series displays will come with Google Cast built in.

Google says that there are over 1,000 cast-enabled apps, able to cast over 200,000 TV shows and movies and over 30 million songs.



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Seven accuses pay TV of pushing for sweeping anti-siphoning changes

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/seven-accuses-pay-tv-of-pushing-for-sweeping-antisiphoning-changes-20160323-gnpln1.html

Socceroos World Cup qualifiers, Twenty20 cricket matches played in Australia featuring the national team, and summer Olympics sports outside the opening and closing ceremonies are among a list of sweeping changes Seven West Media says the pay-television sector is targeting to have removed from the anti-siphoning list.

The list dictates which sports free-to-air broadcasters have first rights to bid for.

Seven submitted a detailed list of sports to the Senate Committee for Environment and Communication, which is in the middle of an inquiry into changes to media ownership restrictions proposed by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield that said pay TV was seeking to removal from the anti-siphoning list, which it says was provided to contacts in Canberra three years ago.

Seven says Foxtel is seeking to remove Twenty20 matches involving Australia from the anti-siphoning list.
Foxtel denied to Fairfax Media that the list provided by Seven reflects their proposal to the government.

Fairfax Media revealed that Foxtel prepared a list of sports for the government that it believes should be taken off the anti-siphoning list.

"What we know is that the list submitted to this committee is just a sub-set of the real targets for delisting by the Pay TV sector. Foxtel and others prepared a list of the sports they really want off the list and provided it to key Canberra contacts in 2013," Seven said in its submission.

"It makes it abundantly clear that the current list of sports provided by Pay TV is just a continuation of their consistent strategy over the past decade to whittle away at the list until it becomes meaningless."

Pay TV target list

Seven said pay TV has proposed the removal of Twenty20 cricket matches involving Australia and played in Australia, the final of the Twenty20 World Cup, and all matches involving Australia, the English FA Cup final, FIFA World Cup qualifiers involving Australia.

It also flagged the proposed removal of Wimbledon and US Open tennis single quarter-finals, semi-finals and the finals, Davis Cup matches involving Australia, international netball matches featuring Australia played in Australia or New Zealand, the semi-final and final of the Netball World Championships if Australia is playing and the Australian Masters, Australian Open and US Masters golf tournaments.

Other major events Seven said pay TV was targeting were the summer Olympics events that were not the opening and closing ceremonies, the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup, FIFA World Cup matches bar the final, and those involving Australia and all Australian Open tennis matches outside the men's and women's singles finals.

In Foxtel's own submission to the Senate committee, group director of corporate affairs Bruce Meagher said the current anti-siphoning legislation is "analogue-era regulation, is out of date and acts as a protection mechanism for the commercial FTA [free-to-air networks]."

"Foxtel understands that anti-siphoning policy needs to finely balance the interests of all stakeholders.

"In the immediate term, an important first step will be to shorten the list to events of true national significance. Events like the AFL and NRL grand finals would remain on the list, but a number of overseas events that are not nationally significant in Australia would be removed."

Andrew Maiden, chief executive of pay TV lobby the Australia Subscription Television and Radio Association, said in his submission the anti-siphoning regime is a detriment to sporting bodies, the general public and competitors to free-to-air TV.

"The scheme has been completely overtaken by technological developments. For example, because the scheme only applies to subscription TV licensees, it would not prevent an 'over-the-top' streaming service like Netflix from acquiring exclusive rights to nationally significant sports and charging viewers for access," Mr Maiden said.

"This is no longer a hypothetical argument, demonstrated by Optus' active participation in the acquisition of sports rights and its stated intention to target further sports rights. This demonstrates how the scheme has become redundant and irrelevant."

Philippines launches first non-commercial satellite

From http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippines-launches-first-non-commercial-satellite-1.1696269

Filipino dream of having its own space agency now closer to reality

The Philippines' first-ever designed, developed, and assembled satellite at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Tsukuba City, Japan.

Manila: The Philippines launched its first non-commercial microsatellite, Diwata 1, on March 23. The spacecraft is expected to soon beam information crucial to saving lives and property.

At around 11am Manila time, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US, carrying the parcel box-sized Diwata 1 together with other payload, totalling 3,395 kilograms.

“The launch of Diwata 1 marks a new and exciting chapter in the use of space technology in the Philippines,” Dr Mahar Lagmay, who heads the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project NOAH) team, said.

The remote sensing information that the 50kg Diwata 1 will beam to earth will be crucial. The data that it will gather can warn of natural disasters and improve weather detection; assist in determining agricultural growth patterns and monitoring forest cover and mining; aid in the protection of cultural and historical sites; and help in the guarding of territorial borders of the Philippines.

The microsatellite was developed over three years at a cost of P800 million (Dh63 million).

Although the Philippines had a privately owned commercial communications satellite in orbit, the Agila 1 — which was launched in 1999 — the Diwata 1 is the first spacecraft assembled and developed by Filipinos.

“Diwata is the country’s first microsatellite designed, developed, and assembled by Filipino researchers and engineers under the guidance of Japanese experts from Hokkaido University and Tohoku University. The satellite is designed to provide real-time images for disaster risk management and other applications …” the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development said.

Likewise, the training that Diwata 1 provided for Filipinos will go a long way in preparing them to tackle such high tech projects in the future.

“With Diwata comes the Filipino dream to have its own Philippine Space Agency,” the research council said.

Diwata means fairy in Tagalog, the language of the nation.

The spacecraft is a low earth orbit satellite set to fly 400km above ground.

The council said that the rest of the team that developed the Diwata 1 is now looking at developing a ground receiving station that will allow space borne images to be transmitted to earth.

“It will also be used to transmit commands from the ground to the microsatellite to carry out is mission effectively,” the council said.

The Philippines is often at the mercy of serious weather disturbances. Every year hundreds of Filipinos lose their lives and properties from storms and typhoons.

With solutions like Project NOAH and Diwata 1, researchers hope to create improved strategies to cope with natural disasters and dampen the effects of severe weather.

Al Jazeera stays banned by Egypt

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/22/al-jazeera-stays-banned-by-egypt/

Despite two legal attempts in Cairo on March 21st to reverse previous rulings that Al-Jazeera’s Egyptian channel (Al-Jazeera Misr) be prohibited in Egypt, the applications failed.

Al-Jazeera’s head office had applied to annul the Egyptian Supreme court’s earlier decision to forbid transmission of the channel on the Nilesat satellite.

The channel was ordered to close its offices in Cairo, and Nilesat to cease transmissions of the Al-Jazeera Misr service in February 2015. At the time the court said al-Jazeera had “blatantly deviated from neutrality” and “betrayed the media code of honour” in its reporting of a “revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood on 30 June 2013”.

In June 2014 Egypt sentenced 18 A-Jazeera staff to terms ranging from 7 to 11 years in prison having been convicted of charges of “incitement” against Egypt.



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Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V KTV on is Fta.

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updated stream links for Duke TV (May be Geo blocked outside of NZ)



Takeover final

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=346540

DIGICEL Fiji Ltd will fully operate SKY Pacific from April 1, says the company's CEO Darren McLean.

Speaking during an interview, Mr McLean said this would allow them to fully put in place its transition plans and strategies for the TV channel.

Mr McLean said Digicel had a lot of time to plan for the transition adding that it took them sometime to figure out who went where and took up which roles.

"We also needed time to align the company's goals with that of the existing business," he said.

"This is not all about opening a new office and having 40 to 60 people running in the team because we have to integrate SKY Pacific to our existing business.

"We have a new team in place and new officers with the best and more resources to make this happen."

Mr McLean also revealed that they had made a $750,000 deposit of the $5.7million that they had bought SKY Pacific for.

"This is a significant amount of money which is being held in trust by the Fiji TV team on 17th September last year.

"The balance of the payment will be done on the 1st of April when we fully take control of SKY Pacific operations."

Sony Pictures Networks India Selects AsiaSat 7 as its Satellite Partner for its New Channel Launches

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 22 March 2016 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) has reached a multi-year lease agreement with Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. (SPN) for a C-band transponder on AsiaSat 7.

SPN is one of India’s leading entertainment television and digital networks. The AsiaSat 7 capacity will support SPN’s expansion of Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) television services in India, the world’s fastest growing pay TV market.

In April, SPN will start broadcasting on AsiaSat 7 a new bouquet of SD and HD channels to Indian cable and pay TV networks.
“As we continue to expand our TV channel offerings, availability of transponder space is a critical requirement. Our partnership with AsiaSat enables us to expand our reach into the Indian sub-continent delivering quality programming to our diverse audiences. We look forward to working closely with AsiaSat to deliver our industry-leading TV services to more viewers across this dynamic TV market,” said Humsa Dhir, Senior Vice President & Head, PR & Corporate Communications, Sony Pictures Networks India.

“We are especially delighted to have forged this new partnership with Sony Pictures Networks India to support our client’s TV service expansion in India. On AsiaSat 7, SPN enjoys instantaneous access to all cable operators big and small and pay TV platforms across the country and in the Indian sub-continent. SPN’s comprehensive entertainment programming is a strong addition to the TV service offerings on our platform. SPN is a key player in the region and we are very excited to play an expanding role in facilitating its service penetration in India, one of our prime markets,” said Philip Balaam, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, AsiaSat.
# # #

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016/early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com
About Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd.
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), (formerly Multi Screen Media Private Ltd.), is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation which owns and operates the Sony Entertainment network of television channels.

As a leading television network in India, SPN comprises of Sony Entertainment Television (SET), one of India's leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India's premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, a second Hindi movie channel showcasing great Indian Cinema; SAB, a family comedy entertainment channel; PIX, the English movie channel; AXN, the leader amongst English Entertainment Channels; AATH, the Bangla movie channel, MIX a refreshing Hindi music channel; SIX and SONY ESPN – the cluster of sports entertainment channels and LIV - the Digital Entertainment Channel, and, SPN’s Motion Pictures division, formerly MSM Motion Pictures.
Sony Pictures Networks India is in its 21st year in India.

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Philip Balaam, VP, Sales & Business Development
Tel: (852) 2500 0866
Mobile: (852) 5328 6282
Email: pbalaam@asiasat.com
Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd.
Jolenta Dsouza
Tel: (91 22) 67081310
Email: Jolenta.dsouza@setindia.com
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Astro boosts profit by 47% in Q4

From http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2016/03/22/astro-boosts-profit-by-47pc-in-q4/

Korean goods and other exclusive offerings are among the featured goods in the Astro Go Shop Channel 318. Astro says there was an increase in merchandise sales of RM37.7mil from the home-shopping business.

This was mainly due to an increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) of RM27mil and a lower net finance cost of RM30mil.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia on Tuesday, the pay-TV operator said the lower net finance cost was due to lower unrealised foreign exchange loss arising from unhedged finance lease liability of RM19.4mil and unhedged vendor financing of RM34.7mil.

This, the company said, was offset by an increase in transponder’s lease interest of RM6.8mil and increase in share of post-tax result from investment accounted for of RM12.9mil, offset by higher tax expenses by RM11.2mil.

“EBITDA margin increased by 0.6% against corresponding quarter mainly due to lower staff related costs and lower impairment of receivables. This was offset by higher content costs and cost of merchandise sales.”

Revenue in the fourth quarter, meanwhile, increased to RM1.40bil from RM1.35bil a year earlier.

“This was mainly due to an increase in subscription, advertising and other revenue of RM7.8mil, RM24.8mil and RM21mil respectively,” Astro said.

It said the increase in subscription revenue was attributed by both an increase in average revenue per user (ARPU) for pay-TV residential subscribers of 30 sen (from RM99 to RM99.30) and an increase in the number of residential subscribers by 40,400 (from 3.51 million to 3.55 million).

“The increase in other revenue is due to an increase in merchandise sales of RM37.7mil from home-shopping business, offset by a decrease in licensing income of RM6.7mil and sales of decoders of RM4.4mil.”

For its financial year ended Jan 31, 2016, Astro’s net profit grew to RM615.32mil from RM519.37mil in the previous corresponding period, while revenue rose to RM5.48bil from RM5.23bil a year earlier.

Astro also announced a fourth interim single-tier dividend of 2.75 sen per ordinary share of 10 sen each, to be paid on April 21.

Russia has over 2,300 TV channels

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/03/21/russia-has-over-2300-tv-channels/

The Russian TV market tops over 2300 operating TV channels at end of 2015. Gazprom Media, VGTRK and National Media Group are the largest media holdings.

A total of 2,370 TV channels were identified as operating and accessible in Russia and/or having licences to broadcast in the country, according to a new report of the European Audiovisual Observatory. Of these, at least 520 are regional representatives of national networks, the largest of which (with over 50 regional partners each) are REN TV, TNT, Rossiya 1, CTC, and Rossiya 24.

Over 80% of Russian channels are in the hands of private companies, 13% are state-owned, and 5% have combined ownership (some of their shares are held by national or regional authorities). At the start of 2016, the major media holdings, owning the largest number of channels, were Gazprom Media (owning a total of more than 50 channels including the Red Media and ProfMedia holdings), VGTRK (30 channels owned partially or outright, plus regional television and radio companies), and National Media Group (25 channels, including Discovery Communications and Turner Broadcasting Systems).


A third of TV channels operating in Russia at the end of 2015 were general regional channels (broadcasting local news and their own entertainment programmes, as well as independently purchased content). Channels devoted to music and entertainment and lifestyle programming make up 21% of the currently operating Russian TV channels. The third most popular group of channels is those broadcasting films and series. It is worth noting that national channels broadcasting generalist content, such as Channel One, Rossiya 1, NTV, Peterburg – 5 kanal, REN TV, and TV Centre account for only 3% of the range available to audiences.

A small proportion of the channels studied (60 – 8% of the total) are HD versions of both free terrestrial and pay-cable channels available to digital TV users. Meanwhile, there is a total of 121 HD channels in the Observatory’s MAVISE database, meaning half of them do not have standard versions accessible to viewers of analogue TV. The vast majority of HD (97 out of 121) and 3D channels (5 out of 6) are pay channels.

Overall, more than half of all the channels available in Russia are pay channels, and a large proportion of free-to-air channels are provided by regional terrestrial television and radio companies. Hence, in every single region of the country viewers must pay to access the majority of TV channels.

Pay-TV as the cornerstone of Russian TV market: over 2/3 of Russian TV households subscribed to pay-TV in 2014 with digital segment and IPTV as main future drivers

The report states that 68% of households subscribed to pay-TV in 2014, 8% more than the year before. The highest saturation of pay-TV was seen in the Central and Northwestern districts (80% and 77%, respectively). Meanwhile, the fastest growth rates were observed in Siberia (+15%), Central Russia and the Southern Federal District (+14%), and in Russia’s Far East (+13%). The first and latter in this list are also the ones with the most potential for further development (due to their relatively low saturation level).


The total number of pay-TV subscribers in Russia reached 37.7 million in 2014, according to report figures. However, this data does not account for the fact that one family may have several subscriptions. The size of the pay-TV market in 2014 is estimated at RUB 61.2 billion.

Market growth by subscriber numbers is gradually slowing down (due to market saturation): in 2014, the market grew by 7–8%, whereas this indicator had previously been in double figures. Satellite television is the growth leader in absolute terms but there has been a notable stagnation in the cable pay-TV segment in Russia.

The main trend in pay-TV over the next few years will be a growing subscriber base in the digital segment and in IPTV. Growth will be moderate, though rates of growth could vary significantly between individual operators. The significant network modernisation observed over the past two to three years is not expected to continue, due to financial and economic difficulties in the market.

Rapid growth in Russian VoD market: more than 40 VoD services available at the end of 2015 and dominance of transaction and subscription business models

Since 2011, the Russian VoD market has experienced rapid growth which is characterised by an increase in the number of services and the size of their catalogues, as well as the platforms via which VoD can be accessed. At the same time, from a business-model point of view a ‘backwards movement’ began: from the dominant ad-based model towards transaction and subscription models.


According to an analysis of the European Audiovisual Observatory’s updated MAVISE database, by the end of 2015 there were more than 40 VoD services available in Russia, specialising in professional feature-film and television content (this does not include catch-up versions of TV channels, news portals, and specialist children’s services such as deti.ivi.ru, Internet music channels, and network versions of popular television programmes such as Dom-2 and KVN, or sites exclusively featuring user-generated content (UGC) and unlicensed content).

The leader in terms of user numbers is ivi.ru (around 38 million viewers); this service receives up to 200,000 views per month on average (using the ad-based, subscription, and transactional models), which is ten times more than its closest competitors. Meanwhile, Okko, which bases its business on paid services, takes the lead in terms of revenue, with earnings of RUB 630 million in the first half of 2015.


The arrival of global VoD players on the Russian market has not led to significant changes: at the end of 2012, iTunes and Google Play launched in Russia, followed in 2013 by Amediateka, the official distributor of content from HBO, and the launch of a range of other leading international producers; the international giant Netflix entered the Russian market in January 2016 (Russian audiences are initially being offered a limited content library and an English-language interface). However, it is not expected that the domestic leaders (ivi.ru, Megogo.net, Okko, and Tvigle.ru) will be forced out of their positions by these foreign competitors.

VOD is still growing, and it is doing so faster than other segments of the audiovisual industry. In the future, one can expect to see subscriber services strengthen their position and further growth through mergers and acquisitions

Russia eyes new satellite system

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/03/22/russia-eyes-new-satellite-system/

Russia. St Petersburg.Russia is likely to have a new satellite communications system giving access to digital TV and others services in moving objects by 2019.

Kommersant reports that it will be operated by Sky Global Communications (Sky GC), a company set up by Vyacheslav Kamnev, the former deputy general director of Gazprom Media.

It adds that Sky GC will build a satellite communications system named Rosinfokom, consisting of three satellites in high elliptical orbit and covering the whole of Russia, Arctic zone, coast of Canada, as well as China and India.

Its aim will to be to provide services to passenger planes, trains and cars, and it will have a potential audience of 50 million people.

TVPlayer Plus on Amazon Fire TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/22/tvplayer-plus-now-on-amazon-fire-tv/

Following the successful launch in October 2015 of live TV streaming app TVPlayer on Amazon Fire, live streaming and live-to-VoD solutions provider Simplestream has confirmed that pay-TV lite streaming service TVPlayer Plus is now available on Amazon Fire TV, which brings the total offering of channels to 75 within a single app for a low-cost monthly subscription of £4.99 (€6.40) per month.

Amazon Fire TV users can now sign up for 19 premium channels with TVPlayer Plus, a live and catch-up TV service, offering even more choice than ever before. Lifetime, HISTORY, H2, Crime + Investigation, Discovery, TLC, Investigation Discovery (ID), Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo, Eurosport, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Sony Channel, Sony Movie Channel, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Cartoonito and BabyTV are all now available to Amazon Fire TV users, with more to follow soon. Users can find the TVPlayer app on the Fire TV Appstore through their remote control, or using Voice Search.

“TVPlayer is one of Amazon Fire TV’s most popular Entertainment apps. It has proved to be extremely popular with Fire TV customers since it launched in the UK and has received a further boom in the number of users since the launch of Fire TV Stick and pre-Christmas,” noted Lewis Arthur, Operations Director of TVPlayer. “We are extremely excited about the launch of TVPlayer Plus on Amazon Fire TV, which offers a broad range of premium content for such an affordable price to Amazon Fire TV users.”

Fire TV has quickly become Amazon’s top-selling device family, and Fire TV Stick has become Amazon’s fastest-selling device ever. Customers can enjoy TVPlayer Plus on Fire TV devices including the Fire TV, which comes with support for 4K Ultra HD and offers 75 per cent faster processing, 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi, 2x more efficient video encoding, as well as customer-favourite features, such as voice search, Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) and X-Ray for Movies and TV Shows.

India considering satellite plan change after Pakistan hurdles

From http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/india-considering-satellite-plan-change-after-pakistan-hurdles/story-CV7GECphUBxAdRw6hoTtCM.html

Pakistan consistently raised concerns that the satellite would help India access information on its vital installations as well as resources. (PTI File Photo)

After consistently running into the Pakistan firewall, India wants its South Asian satellite project to take off on a sub-regional basis, again showing how issues between the neighbours could derail regional initiatives.

At the group’s annual summit in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India would fund and launch a SAARC satellite that would help countries of the region in education, health and emergency communication during disasters.

Since then, Pakistan consistently raised concerns that the satellite would help India access information on its vital installations as well as resources.

With little hope of a consensus, senior Indian officials said New Delhi would now have to look at a policy by which it could go ahead with the project with willing countries while waiting for Pakistan to come onboard.

That would be akin to how India has moved on a regional road connectivity project after Pakistan refused to join the initiative under the SAARC rubric. India had gone ahead with connectivity plans with countries with the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal (BBIN) initiative in a bid to bypass the neighbour.

“The reason for Pakistan’s objection to the satellite is political. We need to move on with the project, hoping Islamabad has a change of heart sooner rather than later,” said an Indian official.

The SAARC agenda works on the principle of consensus and issues between India and Pakistan have interfered in regional integration.

An Indian official differed. “From day one, PM Modi made it very clear: it is a gift from India to SAARC countries. Subsequently, we sent out the concept paper of the project, where he stressed that this project is ‘voluntary’ in nature.” The SAARC satellite will have 12 transponders to cover the region.

Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have announced their intention to join the project, though they raised a few issues.

DTH players may get large share in last phase of digitization

From http://www.bgr.in/news/dth-players-may-get-large-share-in-last-phase-of-digitization/

In the Phase IV, the DTH players are expected to get a bigger share of the digitization as it will not be profitable for traditional cable operators.

The direct-to-home players are expected to get a big share of the digitization market in the phase IV areas as the fragmented market will not be profitable for cable operators, says rating agency ICRA. ”DTH players are expected to take a lead in Phase IV markets as the catchment area (less than 15,000 households) in these markets remains highly fragmented and therefore unprofitable for cable operators to penetrate,” it said. The government has set a timeline to complete the digitization in four phases. Phases I and II covering metros and 38 cities are already over.

The Phase III deadline (all urban areas) was December 31, 2015 and the Phase IV deadline (the rest of India) is December 31, 2016. ICRA noted that while DTH players have been able to leverage their inherent technology advantage in cable dark areas of Phase III markets, Multi System Operators (MSOs) continued to gain a favorable market share in such areas which remained contiguous to Phase II markets such as Gurgaon and Noida in NCR and certain parts of Mumbai.

The rating firm believes the cable average revenue per user (ARPUs) in Phase III markets have the potential of growing from the existing levels of Rs 10-15 per subscriber per month to more than Rs 50 per subscriber per month.

“In the current fiscal, the revenue growth for MSOs will be driven by activation income. However, over the medium term, monetization of the digital subscriber universe in Phase III markets offers high subscription revenue growth potential for players,” it added.

At present, the implementation has been stayed for varying periods across Phase III markets of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Sikkim, Telengana apart from Tamil Nadu where digital addressable system (DAS) implementation has been challenged since Phase I rollout. Consequently, nearly 4.9 million households have further been removed from Phase III bringing down the total addressable population from 38.8 million households to 33.2 million, with the maximum impact being felt in West Bengal, Kerala, Goa and Jharkhand.


D1 12483 H 22500 "DUKE" has started (Freeview NZ) also see streams section

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D2 12672 V Sr 6669 "GCAST 6" Encrypted. probably just giddy ups based in the symbol rate
D2 12681 V Sr 7500 "F1 GP path 1" encrypted
D2 12646 V Sr 6669 "IP-UPLINKS.COM" Giddyups.
D2 12672 V Sr 6669 "GCAST 6" Encrypted.
D2 12636 V Sr 7500 no service name Giddy ups in HD.. racing.com trackside somewhere

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3800 H "Asianet" has started on , Videoguard.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "X-Zone has started on , Fta. DD National and DD Odia" have left.

Measat 3 91.5E 3786 V "TV 3" has left .
Measat 3 91.5E 4025 V "TV 3" on is now encrypted.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11265 H "Russian Musicbox, Music Box, TNT, Shop 24, Muz Soyuz, Muz TV, U, Humor TV, STS, Che, Domashniy, Telekanal Futbol, Shanson TV, 8 Kanal, STS Love, Kanal Disney and REN TV" have started on , Fta

Yamal 401 90.0E 3837 L "TNT has replaced Telekanal 2x2" on , Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "Janam TV and DD Saptagiri" have started on , Videoguard.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Sadhna Prime News" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 11170 H "Tata Sky 4K, DD Bihar, Kushi TV, DD India, News Time TV, ABP Majha, Music Fatafati, Dhoom Music, Miniplex and Dance Studio" have started on , Videoguard.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Dara Channel" has started on , BISS. R Film, Miti 4, Pop TV, PB Channel, Giffarine Channel, World Buddhist TV, Ping Channel, Thai Chaiyo, White Channel, @TV, Umm TV, V Like Channel, TV Shopping, Suwannabhumi Channel, Kuru TV, Zabb Channel, Man TV and RSU Wisdom TV on 3480 H are now encrypted. Hero Channel has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "The Living Show, Gen C, News 1, Peace TV, DDTV, H Plus Channel, Dhamma Media Channel, TV 24 and Dara Channel" are now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3842 H "Pashto 1 and Channel S" have started on , Fta

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 H Sony SAB TV Asia, Max Middle East, SET Middle East, Sony Max UK, Sony Six, SET Asia, Sony Pix, AXN HD Asia, Sony Max Asia and Sony ESPN are still on , PowerVu.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3966 H "News 7 Tamil" has left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4006 H "Kalki TV has started on , Fta. Satyaveeda T"V has left.

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Channel M (MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11049 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月21日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Chem Yim Station(泰国)等5个频道消失,设置11049 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月21日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,探索频道(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12711 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月21日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Thrill(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12471 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月21日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Disney Junior(东南亚)频道消失,设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Next Music、Next Movies替换TVBL(泰国)等频道,设置4064 V 5000参数免费接收。 [3月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,DDTV、24 TV(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。 [3月21日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Channel V、MTV替换国家地理音乐(泰国)频道,设置11510 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月21日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、Now Drama(CTH)频道消失,设置11670 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月21日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(HEVC UHD)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [3月21日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Music Box、Uni Plus(外语)等4个频道新增,设置4177 H 2815参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Zee Kalinga(Dish TV)频道消失,设置12049 H 45000参数无效接收。 [3月19日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,非凡新闻、年代新闻(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置12584 H 3300参数无效接收。 [3月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,R Film、Umm TV(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置3480 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,J Movie、Jaya TV(印度)等全组频道解密,设置4130 V 10369参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,TV CH-1(老挝)等全组频道解密,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、CCTV-9(老挝)等全组频道解密,设置10788 H 40000参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,央视精品、风云音乐(中数传媒)等频道加密,设置4060 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [3月19日]

东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Zee Rajasthan News(印度)等频道新增,设置11037 H 40700参数免费接收。 [3月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,KTV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3980 V 31000参数免费接收。 [3月18日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Zee Rajasthan News(印度)等2个频道新增,设置11037 H 40700参数免费接收。 [3月18日]

Stream Links

TVNZ Duke (probably Geo-blocked outside of New Zealand)



sub streams in different resolutions and bitrates


Malaysian TV


some other Asian channels

#EXTINF:-1,Bayon News
#EXTINF:-1,Bayon TV


Foxtel reportedly considering including Netflix in its own on demand streaming service

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/tv/foxtel-reportedly-considering-including-netflix-in-its-own-on-demand-streaming-service/news-story/79a1f8b3ea51273df635889fce43f473

Shows such as House of Cards have proven popular on Netflix.

IN A surprise move, Foxtel is reportedly considering including Netflix in the company’s own version of an on-demand streaming service.

Foxtel faces an uphill battle in challenging Netflix on the streaming front, but it’s willing to get creative.

According to Fairfax media, Foxtel has also reached out to overseas rights holders including the BBC, Viacom and Discovery in an effort to secure video-on-demand rights to more of its content.

The move indicates a strong desire from the country’s most profitable media company to bolster the flexible on-demand component of its service, which currently has some gaping holes.

It’s not new for a streaming service to allow access to another streaming service’s content but including Netflix in its streaming platform would be an unprecedented move for Foxtel, marking a shift from its traditional “wall garden” approach to content.

For instance, Fetch TV — a much smaller competitor in the streaming market — hosts Netflix and Stan on its on demand platform.

Netflix has cemented itself as the most popular streaming service in Australia. Alternatively, Foxtel is viewed as expensive and rigid — a perception the company hope to dispel with a new marketing campaign launched on Sunday night.

“For various reasons some of the streaming services seem to have a perception that you can watch it on more platforms. Foxtel you can watch in just as many places. We just need to neutralise that perception,” Foxtel director of content marketing Rob Farmer told Ad News.

It’s been a big few weeks for Foxtel with the company’s chief executive of nearly five years, Richard Freudenstein, being replaced by Peter Tonagh.

Telstra which owns 50 per cent of Foxtel has also announced it is looking to sell some of its shares worth $4.5 billion.

Foxtel’s streaming service will be a direct competitor to Telstra TV.

Foxtel overhauls marketing with new brand push

From http://www.adnews.com.au/news/foxtel-overhauls-marketing-with-new-brand-push

Foxtel is overhauling its branding with the launch of a new brand platform that sees it moves beyond price to push content and ease of use, as it looks to take on both streaming video on demand (SVOD) and free to air (FTA) competitors.

Foxtel director of content marketing Rob Farmer says the campaign is the first time in recent history that it has had a solid brand platform in which to communicate it point of difference to the fragmented television market.

More recent executions from Foxtel have seen it promote individual benefits, such as price, including a major campaign 18 months ago, that saw it drop its bundle cost to $25 a month.

The campaign was created by Whybin\TBWA, following a competitive pitch for the project, and sees the subscription television service adopt a new tagline, “Make it Yours”.

An extensive campaign was launched last night (20 March), which includes six television commercials, print, digital, social media and direct marketing.

“This new campaign is really about having a big idea, a big long term campaign that can embrace all those different benefits.” Farmer says.

“I don’t think we have previously had an idea that has been as big to embrace all those different benefits so they’ve been tackled independently. But this time we’ve said right we want to have fewer creative vehicles in the market."

The campaign aims to push two key benefits of the Foxtel platform that it sees as a differentiator in the market: its content selection and streaming ability.

Whybin\TBWA CEO Paul Bradbury says that customer research undertaken by Foxtel showed that while Foxtel had a number of capabilities which customers wanted, there was a disconnect that meant many people weren’t aware the brand could offer it.

“This about driving reconsideration of the breadth and extent of what Foxtel has to offer. And not only breadth of programming but also the ways in which you can watch it,” Bradbury says.

“For various reasons some of the streaming services seem to have a perception that you can watch it on more platforms. Foxtel you can watch in just as may places. We just need to neutralise that perception.”

Sport in an obvious omission in the campaign, but Farmer says that is part of a “simpler communications architecture” that sees sport promoted separately through the “FoxSportingNation” brand platform by Cummins&Partners, unveiled in February.

Farmer says the new brand campaign is already in the planning stages for 2017, with Whybin\TBWA at the helm, working alongside Foxtel's inhouse agency Felix to execute. It marks a shift in Foxtel's agency arrangements as Clemenger BBDO had previously been its lead creative shop. AdNews revealed in November last year that it was looking at other agencies for the launch of this major project. Farmer confirmed that the agency was still working with Clemenger BBDO for a number of digital tasks.

"Empowering the consumer"

The campaign also represents a major tonal shift for Foxtel, which Farmer says is representative of fragmentation in the television sector, which has seen the “empowerment of the television consumer”.

Whybin\TBWA chief strategy officer Hristos Varouhas says the campaign was built as a reflection of that, moving away from the “big statement” campaigns that Foxtel used to create to instead, looking at the service from the eyes of the consumer, celebrating the quirky ways in which everyone watches content.

“It’s through the viewer’s eyes rather than through the brand’s eyes and that’s a fundamental shift but we think a very important one," Varouhas says.

“If the viewer feels like they’re being sold to, that can work really well and I think Foxtel has a history of that working for them but this category is moving on. Foxtel is a leader within that and it’s taken a tonal position that is all about curating how the viewer connects to content and enjoys content rather than the brand telling them that.”

It also means that social media will be a large component of the campaign with content designed to build online conversations driven by particular shows on the Foxtel platform.

Farmer says while its content team has been creating gifs and other content, it’s aiming to encourage viewers to take to its channels with their own user-generated content.

“There is an emphasis of genres within this campaign as well which is drama and lifestyle orientated,” Farmer says.

“That’s the strongest next reason in terms of our differentiation of FTA and the other services and to do that justice you’ve got to eyeball it.”

Other big changes are afoot at Foxtel with speculation that Telstra could sell off its 50% stake, and other specuation that a merger between Foxtel and Fox Sport could be imminent.

Foxtel is set to welcome a new CEO as Richard Freudenstein steps down and is replaced by News Corp's Peter Tonagh. The network is also expected to shortly name a successor to current marketing director Ed Smith who is leaving to relocate to Europe.

Bangladesh to set up company to run satellite

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/bangladesh-to-set-up-company-to-run-satellite--1134341

Bangladesh is set to form a dedicated company to run its first satellite 'Bangabandhu-1', to be launched by 2017. A proposal has been sent to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her approval, State Minister for Telecom Tarana Halim said, The Daily Star reports. Hopefully the proposal will be passed quickly and the company will be able to start its preparations for commercial activities soon, Tarana said.
Tarana spoke to reporters after visiting Telecom Staff College in Gazipur where she saw the development work of the first ground station for the satellite. The satellite project is estimated to cost BDT 29.67 billion, and Thales Alenia Space is working on design, construction and launch of the satellite under a deal worth around BDT 19.59 billion.

Bangabandhu satellite to be launched Dec 16, 2017

From http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2016/03/19/21991

DHAKA, March 19: Bangabandhu satellite will be launched on December 16, 2017.

State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Advocate Tarana Halim announced it on Sunday saying "Our overall preparation is going on well in this regard. Two ground stations are being built for the satellite in Gazipur and Betbunia. We have achieved victory over sea, now it is the turn for the space".

The state minister came up with the observations while talking to newsmen when she visited the site for Bangabandhu Satellite Ground Station at Telecommunication Staff College area in Telipara of Gazipur town.

"The proposed expenditure for the project is Tk19.51 billion and we will be able to recover the money in six to seven years of the blast-off. Lands measuring five acres each have been acquired in two proposed sites," Tarana said.

She said Bangladesh will be able to save huge amount of foreign currency once the satellite is positioned in the orbit and it will be a great boost for our telecommunication.

"Government is working relentlessly for increasing the speed of internet. The finger prints taken for registering mobile phone seam will not be stored. It will only be compared with the finger prints taken for national identity card," Tarana added.

Managing director of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Gholam Fakhruddin Ahmed, additional deputy commissioner (revenue) of Gazipur Farzana Mannan, were present on the occasion, among others, according to a news agency. - IH

Laotian satellite expected to lower Internet cost

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/AEC-Feed-30281952.html

Now that Laos has its own telecommunications satellite, Internet service costs should go down as providers will no longer have to pay rental fees to operators of other satellites, said Dr Phouluang Kanolath, director-general of the satellite project under the Telecommunications Department.

The government received LaoSAT-1's in-orbit delivery and witnessed the opening of the Lao Asia-Pacific Satellite Company last week.
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication also expects higher-quality ICT service, which will cover areas in Laos that fibre-optic cables previously did not reach.

Phouluang said there were a lot of services that would be made possible by the satellite, such as easier communication between remote areas and central provinces or the capital, e-learning and e-medical services.

LaoSAT-1 was launched into space last November. - Vientiane Times

First Pinoy satellite DIWATA-1 to launch on Wednesday

From http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/559924/scitech/science/first-pinoy-satellite-diwata-1-to-launch-on-wednesday

GMA News After months of anticipation, the Philippines' first microsatellite DIWATA-1 is all set for launch on Wednesday morning, March 23, at 10 a.m. (Philippine Time). The 50kg imaging satellite will be part of the payload of private aerospace company Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft, which will lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, on a supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Diwata 1 will stay onboard the ISS until the end of April, when it will be launched into space at an altitude of 400 km above the Earth's surface. Click here or here to see an overview of the launch, courtesy of NASA. Once in orbit, Diwata will monitor weather patterns and crop health, among other tasks. "DIWATA-1’s delivery to the ISS (takes us) one step further in the country’s long journey towards developing homegrown science and technology expertise and finally put the Philippines in the list of nations that have the capacity of venturing into space and beyond," the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said in a press release.

Intelsat to raise $1bn

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/21/intelsat-to-raise-1bn/

Intelsat is raising $1 billion in fresh borrowing (via Senior Secured Notes) and due for repayment in 2024. The company already has some $14 billion in debt obligations.

The terms of the debt offering have not been revealed as yet.

The new cash is being raised through Intelsat’s parent company, the Luxembourg-based Intelsat Luxembourg SA, and will be guaranteed by the business.

Intelsat says the net proceeds from the sale of the notes are expected to be used by Intelsat for general corporate purposes, which may include repayment of indebtedness, capital expenditures and working capital and to pay fees and expenses related to the offering.

Back in February, the satellite operator appointed Guggenheim Securities to examine some key financing and balance sheet initiatives, and to examine the operator’s debt structure (and no doubt debt restructuring).

As at December 31st 2015, Intelsat had around $14.6 billion of debt, little changed from the previous year. During 2015, it paid more than $890 million in interest payments, out of a total revenue of about $2.45 billion.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Late update as I watching the T20

Video of the day

I would advise people to stear well clear of any such app its probably fake anyway

Friday Feeds

IS19 12593V Sr 7500 STS8
IS19 12602V Sr 7500 STS9
IS19 12611V Sr 7500 Kordia 1HDTV Pri

All FTA, but sorry no details as to what the content was

D2 12672V 6669 "Telstra 1" trotts..

From my Email


From the Dish

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12348 V "Dance Channel" is encrypted again.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3600 V "The Transvision" mux has left .

Express AM3 103.0E 11606 V "Shop 24" has started on , Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11092 H "STS Love" Fta
Yamal 401 90.0E 11559 V "Yamal TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 10995 H "Kurdsat News" has started on , Fta

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "HBN" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "1 Yes" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3868 H "KBC News" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3874 H "Naxatra News" has started on , Fta. Swaraj Express and Kamyab TV have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Prajaa TV Kannada" has started on, Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 10970 V "ETV Haryana, Goodness TV, ETV Odia News and ETV Telangana" have started on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "HMTV, Ishwar TV and R Plus" have started on , Videoguard.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3831 H "Pashto 1" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "8 Kanal" has started on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3796 V "K News 24x7 and Splash TV" have left .

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、CCTV News(MPEG-4)等全组频道改频率,设置11165 H 44000参数部分频道免费接收。 [3月18日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Muz TV、Shop 24(俄罗斯)等17个频道新增,设置11265 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月18日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,TNT4(+7h)替换Telekanal 2x2(+5h)(俄罗斯)频道,设置3837 L 14815参数免费接收。 [3月18日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Big Gaurav(印度)等频道消失,设置3891 V 11838参数无效接收。 [3月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sabaoon TV替换K TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [3月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Life Channel替换Kuru Television(泰国)频道,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,TV-3(马来西亚)频道消失,设置3786 V 7200参数无效接收。 [3月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,TV-3(BISS)频道加密,设置4025 V 5000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,MRTV(国际)频道加密,设置3711 H 13333参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Channel No.2、Peace Of Mind(印度)频道新增,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [3月17日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS Kids、AniPlus(SkyLife)等全组频道改频率,设置12570 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [3月16日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CTIME、Viki(SkyLife)等全组频道改频率,设置12370 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [3月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kasthuri TV、Assam Talk(印度)频道新增,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,卫星宣传(MPEG-4)频道改格式,设置3558 V 36000参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel(高清)频道重现,设置11593 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月16日]

Stream Links

Duke channel from TVNZ starts Sunday March 20th (may be geo blocked)

TVNZ Duke Sd



Telstra may sell Foxtel stake as pay TV giant struggles

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-18/telstra-may-sell-foxtel-stake-as-pay-tv-giant-struggles/7259506

Australian pay television providers Foxtel and Austar logos

Speculation is rife that Telstra is about to ditch its 50 per cent shareholding in Foxtel, as the pay TV network faces increased digital competition.

"I guess as an executive I will always want to be doing better, but it's [Foxtel] a great asset and that's why it's strategically important to us," Telstra boss Andy Penn told ABC News Breakfast this morning in response to the speculation.

But analysts are questioning how long Foxtel will remain a "great asset".

The internet is shaking TV to its core, with Netflix, for example, having a million subscribers after just one year in Australia.

"Foxtel's under pressure for content, they're under pressure for customers, they're under pressure for viewers, they're under pressure for revenue," said media analyst Steve Allen from Fusion Strategy.

Sports rights battles likely to heat up

Sport is the key driver of Foxtel's revenue, with the NRL and AFL the jewels in the crown.

There are those who think crunch time for Foxtel will arrive in about four years when the rights to the two football codes are up for renewal.

"Netflix might use Australia as an experiment to go up in tiers in content service terms, we'll probably see the same from Stan, and I think Foxtel is nowhere going to be able to maintain its current profitability," said CCZ Equities media analyst Roger Colman.

Already, cricket's Big Bash League has departed to Channel 10 to be followed next August by English Premier League football going to Optus, Fetch TV and SBS.

"That probably means the cost for sports rights for Foxtel, indeed the cost of any programming for Foxtel, is only going to rise, so they're going to have a growing overheads problem," explained Mr Allen.

If that is not enough, Steve Allen said the looming arrival of the NBN spells even more trouble for Foxtel.

"A lot more providers will start to use the NBN, rent space on the NBN, and supply products we haven't even thought of so far," he added.

Costly Foxtel struggles to compete

Also hurting Foxtel is that it is expensive, leading to a customer backlash this week when it tried to raise its prices by a dollar a month.

Many Foxtel customers have noticed that, at $25 per month for its basic package, Foxtel is almost three times as expensive as Netflix's basic offering.

Although Foxtel has 2.7 million subscribers, it has had to rely on the purchase of regional provider Austar for meaningful growth.

Against that backdrop it's no real surprise that Telstra is weighing up either a sale or float of its 50 per cent stake in Foxtel.

However, whatever its intentions for Foxtel, Telstra has a much more immediate issue to deal with - and that is how to make Australia's biggest mobile network more reliable.

The second major outage in less than a month is a huge blow to the carrier's reputation.

A reputation it is trying to buy back, again.

"The third of April is the day for free data for customers to in some way apologise for the inconvenience we've again caused them," said Mr Penn.

Perhaps a prime chance for those customers to watch their favourite TV shows and movies on the web, instead of watching Foxtel.

Premier League matches to be broadcast live in Australia by Optus

From http://www.espnfc.com/barclays-premier-league/story/2831338/optus-to-show-all-premier-league-games-live-in-australia

Premier League fans in Australia will be able to watch every match broadcast live from England on a new, dedicated 24-7 football channel from next season.

Optus has revealed its subscription-only service, Fetch, will broadcast Premier League matches live from August -- the start of the new English football season -- in a television channel dedicated exclusively to the Premier League.

Full pricing details will be revealed in June, Optus said.

"With up to 10 sub-channels, Optus will accommodate every match of every round live, so fans never miss a minute of the action on match day," the company said in a statement.

More good news is free-to-air network SBS will show one match of each round live for the next three seasons, after striking a sub-licence deal with Optus.

The telco surprised the media industry and football fans in November when it secured a $189 million, three-year deal for the exclusive Australian broadcast and digital rights to the Premier League. Foxtel has held the local Premier League broadcast rights for the past 18 years.

Premier League broadcast rights are the most lucrative in world football.

Optus said a mini set-top box device, which will also include access to 35 premium entertainment channels, will allow customers to access its subscription service on their televisions.

They will also launch a special Premier League app for mobiles and tablets, which will offer un-metered mobile and fixed broadband streaming of live games, plus a Premier League website.

An Optus satellite broadcast platform will provide Premier League coverage for customers who can't access its broadband services, or can't get high definition content via their broadband service. The satellite service will also deliver live games via its Premier League channel to commercial premises, including pubs and clubs.

The telco has also struck a deal with SBS to offer live streaming of all matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as other FIFA events including the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2019 Women's World Cup.

NodeSat aims to cut red-tape for launching satellites into space

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/nodesat-aims-to-cut-redtape-for-launching-satellites-into-space/news-story/faebce803dcf0e71eb31446ec168fefa

It can cost aerospace comapnies an additional $100,000 to buy spectrum to communicate with their satellites once launched into space.

A new technology start-up is promising to rip through the reams of red tape holding back Australian aerospace companies from launching pint-sized satellites into orbit.

The Adelaide-based start-up, NodeSat, is the brainchild of Brett Burford and Michael Leslie, who want to ease the complicated process of launching satellites and devices into space from Australia.

“It can be a slow endeavour to get an object launched into space, particularly if you are a new company,” Mr Burford said.

“Launches take quite a lot of time, years in fact, before people can see the fruits of their projects, but we are here to speed that up.”

The company’s main objective is to become the middleman between organisations looking to launch objects into orbit and the regulators, ground-control stations and the myriad other third parties required to get there.

“We bridge the gaps between satellite designers, manufacturers and operators, governmental regulatory agencies, launch providers, and space insurers,” Mr Burford said.

“The premise is that they connect to us once and then that provides them instant access to lots of services instead of having to go to them all by themselves.”

One large obstacle that typically holds back companies from becoming commercial space operators is the requirement to licence and access wireless spectrum — the radio frequencies that underpin wireless communication services — needed to control and communicate with satellites.

“The most complex part about being a start-up in the space game and wanting to launch is getting access to spectrum,” Mr Burford said. “This is vastly more complex and time-consuming than people realise, and it’s putting many Australian projects at risk.

“If you were told you needed to find an extra $100,000 to get spectrum to communicate with your satellite or find you have a two-year wait to access spectrum then these can be pretty insurmountable problems for a start-up.”

NodeSat is in talks with investors to help fund the purchase of its own spectrum.

The company then plans to licence access to its spectrum to organisations looking to launch satellites into orbit. “Once we get this spectrum it will allow us to use it more efficiently at a substantially reduced average cost for our customers,” Mr Burford said. “It will also greatly reduce the time needed to get access to spectrum.”

Spectrum can be an expensive asset to buy as it is in high demand from the world’s mobile phone operators, who need it to deliver fast and reliable download speeds.

But NodeSat is seeking access to cheaper spectrum frequencies that operate outside the usual bands used by telecommunication companies.

The launch of NodeSat comes amid a growing interest in commercial space activities. More than $5 billion of private money has poured into the global space industry in the past 18 months from some of the most successful technology companies including Google, serial tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and his SpaceX organisation, Virgin and Qualcomm.

The Australian government also is keen to get involved and has kicked off a review into its decades-old Space Activities Act that sets the regulatory framework for companies wishing to explore commercial opportunities in space.

The review forms an important plank in the federal government’s innovation agenda and has been established to spark a boom in the local space industry.

The 10-month review is examining whether federal laws, which were introduced in 1998, are holding back research and private investment in space technologies.

Mr Burford welcomed the review but said only a light regulatory touch was needed to get the local industry moving along.

“I think there is a role for government to play to encourage more action in Australia’s space industry,” he said. “But I think there are some benefits that we have commercially in this country by not having some of the handouts that other countries do.

“It encourages us in the space industry to always act very commercially. This will position us well in the future because it gives us a focus on operating commercially from day one.”

Telstra eyes Foxtel selldown as Peter Tonagh takes charge

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/telstra-eyes-foxtel-selldown-as-peter-tonagh-takes-charge/news-story/dc393692d54eef938ffdf4ed9639bdcd

News Corp Australia CEO Peter Tonagh is taking the reins at Foxtel.

Foxtel could be on track to a multi-billion-dollar stockmarket float as the pay-TV operator installs News Corp Australia chief executive Peter Tonagh as its new head.

While there is no guarantee of a deal, joint shareholder Telstra is planning to sell down as much as 60 per cent of its stake in Foxtel — representing 30 per cent of the company — if the telco giant embarks on an initial public offering that would net Telstra about $3.7 billion.

News Corp, publisher of The Australian, is understood to have no plans to sell its 50 per cent stake in Foxtel, which it plans to more closely integrate with its other media assets. The satellite and cable broadcaster is arguably Australia’s largest commercial media operator, with 2.6 million subscribers, annual revenues of $3bn and an enterprise value in excess of $8bn. It is jointly owned by News Corp and Telstra.

Although Telstra yesterday insisted that “Foxtel remains strat­egically important” to the company, the deal drumbeats have grown steadily louder since May, when Andy Penn was appointed to lead the telco.

Telstra has been considering its options, and investment bank UBS has been pushing several ­scenarios. But a transaction is far from certain when the stock­market is so volatile and investor appetite for media stocks is tepid.

The focus on Telstra’s media assets comes just days after Telstra shelved its $1bn mobile phone joint venture in The Philippines.

The departure of Mr Tonagh to Foxtel will see News Corp Australasia executive chairman ­Michael Miller lead the publishing company’s executive team.

A former Foxtel chief operating officer and chief financial officer, Mr Tonagh worked at the company for more than a decade, and has maintained strong ­relationships with key Hollywood studios and production com­panies. He became CEO of News Corp Australia in November last year after 2½ years as COO, ­during which time he shifted the company’s newspapers to a multiplatform strategy, and transitioned the sales team to a new model for the digital era.

Mr Tonagh said he was “immensely proud” of his legacy at the publishing business, and “honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to return to Foxtel”.

He replaces Richard Freudenstein, who will stand down from the company after 4½ years as chief. He will remain on the board of News Corp’s digital real estate listings business REA Group, operator of realestate.com.au.

At the helm of Foxtel, Mr Freudenstein belied concerns about its resilience to withstand disruption in the digital era by delivering strong subscriber growth, and a drop in churn, the rate at which customers opt out. Milestones include the launch of internet-based TV service Foxtel Go, streaming service Presto, the repackaging of Foxtel content to reduce prices and drive record growth, new channels and the renewal of TV sports rights deals including the NRL and AFL.

He also finalised a $2bn takeover of regional pay-TV operator Austar, and more recently oversaw Foxtel’s acquisition of a 13.84 per cent stake in free-to-air TV network Ten. Mr Tonagh is likely to replace Mr Freudenstein on the board of the media company.

At its recent first-half result, Foxtel reported a 5.5 per cent jump in first-half revenue to $1.66bn, driven by 8.1 per cent subscriber growth for the six months to December 31. Churn fell from 11.4 to 10.2 per cent.

Speaking to The Australian, Mr Freudenstein said that while he was “genuinely sad” to leave, he felt ready to “take a break”, and will ponder his next move while on a short career hiatus. “I love the digital space; I’m very excited to be staying involved with News and REA. Other than that I think I will take a break and just think about it,” he said.

Mr Freudenstein said he was most proud of getting shareholder agreement to sharply reduce Foxtel’s pricing and packaging, a risky move that has since paid off by “igniting” subscriber growth even as streaming services enticed subscribers.

“We grew subscribers at a time when not only were we changing our pricing but the marketing was becoming much more competitive because of Netflix. Yet we still grew our subscribers by 8 per cent last year calendar year,” he said.

“I am confident that the business has the financial strength, innovative spirit and depth and breadth of content relationships to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing media landscape.”

News Corp’s global chief executive, Robert Thomson, thanked Mr Freudenstein for his leadership of Foxtel, and contribution to REA. “News Corp is now the world’s largest player in digital real estate and Richard has been integral to our domestic and international growth,” Mr Thomson said. “His leadership and guidance were pivotal in the acquisition of realtor.com in the US and I am delighted he will remain involved in this dynamic part of our business.”

Telstra chief Andy Penn said it was important Foxtel maintained its momentum. “Peter is well positioned to lead Foxtel through the next phase of its evolution and build on Richard’s achievements,” Mr Penn said.

Are you ready for Duke? Everything you need to know

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11606580

This Sunday at 6pm, TVNZ is launching Duke. It's a new channel, which will be live streamed online at watchduke.co.nz, and also on Freeview 13 and Sky 23, as well as having shows available on the TVNZ Ondemand platform.

When the channel was announced last month, it was pitched as a male-skewed platform. But it's now being described as an alternative to TV One and TV2.

"Duke is our chance to give people something different to watch" explains programmer Greg Hughes. "Things they won't necessarily see on other channels (and some things they might) and a whole bunch of different ways to watch it.

"Duke is movies (good ones), drama, comedy, sport and factual content. Not stuffy old docos from way back, but shows that have wit and intelligence. Well, some of them do and some are just a relaxing watch that you don't have to think too hard about. And that's the way we want it to be."

So what will be on offer when it launches on Sunday? They've got familiar American comedies like Family Guy, Two and a Half Men, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and DC Comics' Batman spin-off series Gotham, season one of which screened on TV2, none of which are particularly exciting additions.

But there are also a few new shows. Beowulf is a British fantasy drama television series from ITV, which launched in January, and seems to be a sort of Vikings-meets-Game of Thrones-meets-Lord of the Rings epic, which has received mixed reviews overseas.

There's also Sin City Saints, which follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictional Las Vegas basketball franchise; American sketch show The Birthday Boys, Bordertown, which is a new animated comedy from the makers of Family Guy and a selection of documentary series - Losing Traction is about drift racing, The Indestructibles is a Bear Grylls meets Top Gear silly stunts show, Up Close With interviews big sports stars like Lionel Messi, Neymar, Usain Bolt, and Dark Net explores the dark web, and themes such as cyber-kidnapping, online cults and the webcam sex trade.

There will also be The Late Late Show with James Corden - complete with his viral car pool karaoke episodes - and live sport like NBA basketball.

What's on ...

Screening dates for new Duke shows
• The Late Late Show with James Corden, 7pm weeknights.
• Dark Net - Sunday March 20, 8pm
• Gotham season two - Sunday March 20, 9.20pm
• Bordertown - Tuesday March 22 , 8.30pm
• Sin City Saints - Tuesday March 22, 9.20pm
• Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands - Friday March 25 March, 8.30pm

Pay TV challenge

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=345823

SOME conditions that came with Digicel Fiji's licence to operate Sky Pacific would make business a challenge for the company.

However, Digicel Fiji CEO Darren McLean believes it's not a challenge that cannot be overcome.

"We have to work within the conditions that we are asked to work within. They will make operating the Sky business bit challenging because as most people will appreciate, advertising has been on Sky Pacific forever and we have all seen the ads play around Super Rugby and it has continued over the years," said Mr McLean.

"To take that away is a challenge for business case for Sky Pacific. It just means that we have to invest more in new concepts and service improvements in order to overcome the gap that exists in the revenue as a result of that condition."

Digicel was granted a 12-year licence to fully operate its pay television Sky Pacific last week but with the condition that Sky Pacific could not show any local content on its pay channels unless they were messages of national importance that needed to be disseminated.

Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had said Digicel could not show any advertisement unless an agreement with the three existing free-to-air channels (FBC TV, Fiji One, Mai TV) was made.

Digicel also cannot advertise on Sky Pacific and advertisements cannot be aired unless all the three free-to-air providers agree to it.

Mr McLean said Digicel wanted to ensure that the transition from Fiji TV to Digicel would be smooth for customers.

"I think within the first couple of months, we are planning to introduce important programming changes that customers should be really happy with," said Mr McLean.

He said Sky Pacific had customers in 15 Pacific countries but there was still a need to increase its penetration in pay TV in Fijian households.

"It is not highly profitable currently so growing subscribers in Fiji and also outside Fiji is important," he said.

Mr McLean said they planned to introduce more products for customers which would most probably be rolled out in the coming months.

"For example, we plan to offer Sky customers some exclusive rates and offers on existing Digicel services and one of those services maybe on our post-pay mobile service network."

Mr McLean said although most of their revenue would come from the Sky Pacific dish that subscribers would purchase, they had plans to make available some programs on the handset for customers to enjoy.

Digicel Fiji has already earmarked just over $1million to be spent on changes that would be brought about in the programming.

In terms of movement of the existing Sky Pacific staff members, Mr McLean reiterated that there would be no job losses.

He said there were about 40-50 staff members working for Sky Pacific and they would join the Digicel staff.

Astro goes OTT with Tribe

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/18/astro-goes-ott-with-tribe/

Malaysian pay-TV platform Astro has launched Tribe, which it describes as a differentiated over-the-top online video service for the region.

“Today marks a new milestone for Astro with the launch of Tribe, our OTT service for the ASEAN video consumers,” declared Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, Group Chief Executive Officer of Astro. “Tribe is premised on Astro’s aspiration to build on our customer reach and content scale, leveraging on our experience in serving our diverse customers and marketplace. It remains our commitment to build on our vernacular capabilities, and signature IPs, as Astro, as well as in collaboration with key partners regionally and internationally. Understanding there is no one-size-fits-all go to market strategy, Tribe will seek complementary win-win partnerships with local telecommunications and media companies in each market, to jointly build on customer reach, and relationships, whilst leveraging on combined invested platforms and technologies, to deliver a greater customer experience.”
Iskandar Samad, CEO of Tribe said: “We are happy to work with Axiata Digital Services who is launching initially in Indonesia today. Why Tribe? It is all about building a community of fans around the most popular content genres, particularly in the younger demographic. Consumers of today are highly mobile and socially connected; we intend to build a relevant social connection between users through the content they consume. Social media is already the new water cooler, and we want our content to be at the centre of that dialogue. Tribe will be mobile-first, allowing consumption anytime, anywhere. It will deliver highly-tailored content, combining both live and on demand, and its aim will be to provide the most compelling content that will resonate with consumers in each target market. Through user feedback, we will dynamically tailor the content slate to suit their preferences.”

“For Indonesia, Tribe will start by offering live and on demand content for Korean fans, sports fans and Asian movie buffs. For the first time ever, sports fans will be able to enjoy live sports content through Fox Sports 1, 2 and 3, which will include coverage of MotoGP, Bundesliga, Formula 1, UFC and BWF (Badminton) events. Korean entertainment fans will be able to catch the latest K-entertainment within hours of their world premiere on Oh!K and soon, live K-pop music events on Channel M from Korea. Movie buffs will also not be disappointed; Tribe will offer a selection of Asian and Indonesian films in various genres of horror, action and drama.”

“We are working on personalied discovery and recommendation, and will progressively add features such as download to-go and integrated social media engagement over the coming months. We are also developing exciting plans to launch Tribe in a number of other markets within this year,” confirmed Samad.

Multinet Pakistan picks SpeedCast for satellite service

From http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/multinet-pakistan-picks-speedcast-satellite-service-170205588

SpeedCast International has entered into a multi-million dollar agreement with Multinet Pakistan, which enables the latter to add satellite communications solutions to its private network solution offerings.

With support from SpeedCast, Multinet can expand its service coverage to the most remote areas of Pakistan via satellite.

In this multi-year service agreement, SpeedCast will provide Multinet enterprise connectivity based on the new generation satellite communications technology.

To support the required connectivity and service level to the end users, SpeedCast will deploy two iDirect Hubs in Pakistan. Backed by SpeedCast’s infrastructure, Multinet expects to offer reliable connectivity to the most remote areas of Pakistan.

“Multinet always thrives to provide premium communication services to its customers regardless of locational constraints. We see great value in working with SpeedCast as our trustworthy business partner to expand our stretch to remote areas in the country to provide high-quality VSAT services,” said Adnan Asdar Ali, CEO of Multinet Pakistan.

Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast, said the company has been working in Pakistan to provide robust and efficient connectivity solutions. “Now we are thrilled that our partnership with Multinet will enable our valued customer to roll out its new satellite communications solutions to Pakistan.”

AsiaSat says pricing pressure now coming from all fronts

From news

AsiaSat of Hong Kong said that after months of regulatory delays, the company early this year won satellite broadcast landing rights in mainland China for the first time in nine years. The AsiaSat-6 satellite, launched in mid-2014, is aimed at the Chinese market.

Satellite fleet operator AsiaSat on March 16 reported lower revenue for 2015 and told investors to expect more heavy weather this year as the regional bandwidth-capacity glut continues to force down transponder prices. Hong Kong-based AsiaSat Chairman Ju Wei Min, in a statement to shareholders, said the company was being squeezed from just about every angle. Global satellite operators faced with stagnant top lines are hunting new business in Asia, Ju said. Regional fleet operators, hoping to maintain market share as they wait for better days, are dropping transponder prices.

As if that’s not enough, several Asian governments have launched or are preparin