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Optus takes cap off entertainment streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/23/optus-takes-cap-off-entertainment-streaming/

Australian telco Optus is expanding its mobile entertainment offering, giving eligible postpaid mobile customers the ability to stream movies, TV and music without tapping into their monthly data allowance.

“Our customers tell us they want the freedom to watch the latest TV show or listen to their favourite band, on the go,” said Tim Cowan, Head of Mobile Marketing at Optus. “But we know that fear of using too much data is the biggest obstacle to making mobile streaming part of their daily entertainment habits.”

Optus notes that increasingly, customers are turning to video content for their entertainment needs, with SVoD users watching an average of eight hours of subscription-based video content a week.

“A customer who watches an hour of video content every day can use more than 10 gigs of a data a month. With Optus’s data-free Mobile TV streaming, customers can now stream to their heart’s content without the worry of what it means for their next bill,” added Cowan

Mobile TV combines content from Netflix and the newest addition to the Optus entertainment range, Presto, to deliver endless entertainment data-free to customers subscribed to Netflix and Presto. The Mobile TV programme is open to any streaming video provider that meets Optus’s technical requirements and streaming video providers can join the programme at no cost.

New and existing Optus customers on selected consumer and SMB My Plan Plus and My Mobile Broadband Plus plans, can stream all their favourite Netflix and Presto content in standard definition without using their plan’s monthly data allowance, for just A$10 extra per month. Data-free streaming of Netflix and Presto will also be included at no extra cost on other selected mobile and mobile broadband plans. All customers will need is a Netflix and/or Presto subscription.

Building on Optus’s prepaid data- free music offer, customers on select consumer and SMB postpaid mobile and mobile broadband plans will be able to listen to music data-free from some of Australia’s most popular music streaming services, including iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Play Music and Pandora.

New and existing Optus customers on selected plans can stream as much music as they like, including monthly playlists, exclusive releases and curated content from the leading music streaming services all without touching their data allowance. Downloads and content such as advertisements are excluded from both data-free offers.

“With Optus offering more entertainment options to customers than ever before, they will be able to enjoy the best in TV, movies and music, streamed data-free, wherever they may be using Optus mobile network. Netflix and Presto are just the start of our Mobile TV platform. We look forward to adding even more of the video content that our customers know and love over the coming months. We’re working closely with a range of Australian and global content providers to ensure we can give customers choice when it comes to data-free streaming,” confirmed Cowan.

Most distant catch for ESA station

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Most_distant_catch_for_ESA_station_999.html

ESA's New Norcia station, DSA-1 (Deep Space Antenna-1), hosts a 35 m-diameter parabolic antenna and is located 140 km north of Perth, Western Australia, close to the town of New Norcia. DSA-1 communicates with deep-space missions, typically at ranges in excess of 2 million km. It is also capable of supporting the ultra-precise 'delta-DOR' navigation technique. Image courtesy ESA/S. Marti. For a larger version of this image please go here.

An ESA tracking station has acquired signals from the international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, across more than 1.4 billion km of space. Following a seven-year journey to Saturn, the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini orbiter delivered Europe's Huygens probe to the surface of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan in January 2005, just a few months after becoming the first spacecraft to enter orbit around the giant gas planet.

Since then, Cassini and Huygens have returned a wealth of information on the Saturnian system to the global scientific community, helping us understand the massive planet, its multiple moons and its hauntingly beautiful system of rings.

Starting later this year, the mission will begin its final phase (see Cassini's Grand Finale) and ESA's superbly sensitive deep-space tracking stations will be called in to help gather crucial radio science data.

The longest call
In an initial test on 10 August, ESA's tracking station at New Norcia, Western Australia, hosting a 35 m-diameter, 630-tonne deep-space antenna, received signals transmitted by Cassini through 1.44 billion km of space.

"This was the farthest-ever reception for an ESA station, and the radio signals - travelling at the speed of light - took 80 minutes to cover this vast distance," says Daniel Firre, responsible for supporting Cassini radio science at ESOC, ESA's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

"We had to upgrade some software at ESOC, as we discovered that one file used for pointing the antenna did not have enough digits to encode the full distance to Cassini, but the test worked and demonstrated we can catch Cassini's transmissions."

Listening across the void
Some types of radio science observations use a ground station to detect signals transmitted from a spacecraft that have reflected off a planet or moon's surface, or passed through the various layers of its atmosphere - or, in the case of Saturn, its rings.

Effects on the signals provide valuable information on the composition, state and structure of whatever they have passed through.

Numerous missions, including ESA's Venus Express and Mars Express, have used this technique in the past. All three of ESA's deep-space tracking stations (New Norcia in Australia, Cebreros in Spain and Malargue in Argentina) were specifically designed to enable a radio science capability.

The Cassini mission has performed radio science observations many times during its time at Saturn. Previously, the mission relied solely on the antennas of NASA's Deep Space Network for these observations.

Now, the addition of ESA tracking capability will help provide the continuous radio contact needed during Cassini radio science activities. The data received by ESA will be delivered to NASA for subsequent scientific analysis.

Radio science during the Grand Finale
Starting in December and running into July 2017, Cassini will conduct a daring series of orbits in which the spacecraft will repeatedly climb high above Saturn's poles, initially passing just outside its narrow F ring, and then later diving between the uppermost atmosphere and the innermost ring.

When Cassini plunges past Saturn, an ESA station will listen, recording radio signals that will be relayed to NASA.

These data will provide detailed maps of Saturn's gravity, revealing the planet's inner composition and possibly helping solve the mystery of just how fast the interior is rotating. They will also help scientists study the rings.

Until December, a half-dozen more test passes using ESA's New Norcia and Malargue stations to receive Cassini signals are planned, after which the two will be used during some two-dozen Grand Finale orbits.

Inter-agency cooperation is a key element
The support is particularly challenging, as listening passes can last up to 30 hours, during which reception will be handed over multiple times between the two ESA stations and NASA's Canberra deep-space communication complex in Australia; NASA's Madrid complex will also take part.

"We need uninterrupted signal reception to optimise the Cassini radio science data, so the ESA and NASA stations really have to work in close coordination for recording and handover," says Manfred Lugert, responsible for ESA's Estrack ground station network.

Due to geometry, the two ESA stations - located in the southern hemisphere - are ideally able to support Cassini radio science. Northern/southern hemispheric coverage was one factor taken into account when ESA built its station in Argentina in 2012.

"We are really pleased that we can work closely with our NASA colleagues and contribute to Cassini's incredibly valuable radio science goals," says Manfred, adding: "It's an impressive display of what two agencies working together can achieve."

World's largest telescope paired with second fastest supercomputer

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Worlds_largest_telescope_paired_with_second_fastest_supercomputer_999.html

Scientists have selected the second fastest supercomputer in the world to function as the brain of the world's largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array.

Researchers recently installed part of the the observatory's operating software on the famed Chinese supercomputer known as Tianhe-2. The powerful software allows millions of pieces of data retrieved by SKA to be efficiently processed. Processing tasks are divided among the thousands of computers that make up Tianhe-2.

The software system is "data activated," which means new data is constantly triggering a new processing tasks.

"Whenever a data item is ready, that's triggering the next task -- the task is not running idle, waiting for anything," Andreas Wicenec, head of data intensive astronomy at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, explained in a news release.

So far, Wicenec and his research partner Tao An, a professor from Shanghai Astronomical Observatory in China, have only installed a portion of the software system.

Currently, the software is capable of simultaneously executing a 66,000 tasks or items. Wicenec says next they'll run a few million items.

"Then we'll run between 50 and 60 million items on 8500 or 10,000 nodes," he added.

Though a single entity, the SKA telescope is actually many telescopes -- 250,000 antennas. All that data must be quickly and efficiently processed, which is why Tianhe-2 is such an integral part of the project.

"The most important part is the co-design and co-optimization of SKA data processing software set and supercomputers such as Tianhe-2," Tianhe-2 director Yutong Lu concluded.

SKA is still under construction in Australia and South Africa. When it's completed, the collection of radio telescopes will offer the highest resolution astronomical images in history.

CTH denied extra time to issue plan

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/1068728/cth-denied-extra-time-to-issue-plan

The broadcasting regulator yesterday turned down a request by CTH to extend the deadline for submitting its customer relief plan by an additional seven days.

CTH said it wanted more time to work on a proposal and send it to the broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) before ending its pay TV service on Sept 1.

CTH now faces a daily fine of 20,000 baht, retroactive to Aug 17. If it acknowledges the fine and still cannot submit its customer relief plan to the broadcasting regulator within seven days, it risks suspension of its pay TV licence, said NBTC deputy secretary-general Pakdee Manaves.

On Aug 8, the broadcasting panel resolved that the NBTC would have to order CTH to send its customer relief plan within seven days of being formally informed.

CTH had cut its content supply to the C-band satellite system -- including PSI Holdings, GMM Z and Sunbox -- on Feb 6, angering customers.

It then stopped supplying content to the KU-band satellite platform on Aug 1 without approval from the regulator. This time, 40,000 customers were affected.

Supinya Klangnarong, a broadcasting commissioner, said CTH's actions were unfair to consumers, who require compensation.

"I don't see any practical customer relief plan from CTH," she said. "What CTH did shows that it has no business responsibility."

An end to CTH's pay TV service on Sept 1 would prevent audiences from watching free TV and digital TV as well. The regulator would inform satellite TV operators to cut the transmission of digital TV signals to CTH set-top boxes.

More than 200 affected customers under the networks of GMM Z, RS Plc and PSI Holdings have lodged complaints with the Consumer Protection Board.

The broadcasting committee is considering a penalty for GMM B, a subsidiary of CTH, for cutting its pay TV content to the C-band satellite system without approval from the regulator.

GMM B will be fined 1 million baht plus 50,000 baht a day during the period in which it violates pay TV regulations.

"What is very important for CTH is to prepare the customer relief package for both customers who have already suffered from its content cut and those who will soon face the pay TV service cancellation on Sept 1," Ms Supinya said.

N. Korea rolls out on-demand TV service

From http://www.spacewar.com/reports/N_Korea_rolls_out_on-demand_TV_service_999.html

North Korea is rolling out an on-demand TV catch-up service, allowing people with some sort of internet access to enjoy the highly-propagandised output of its four state-run TV channels at their leisure.

The system, which goes by the name "Manbang" ("Everywhere"), functions like a sharply pared-down Netflix with an on-demand service menu that divides programming by channel and genre.

Viewers can scroll through the day's programmes -- usually aired during a 3:00pm-11:00pm window -- and select a particular TV show to watch at their leisure.

A programme introducing the service that aired on Korean Central Television (KCTV) last week said it was available to any institute, company or household that subscribes to North Korea's state-operated intranet.

The number of intranet subscribers in North Korea is unknown, but KCTV said "hundreds" of people had signed up to the Manbang service in Sinuiju -- one of three cities where the system is being rolled out.

Set up in 2000, the intranet only allows access to selected, government-approved websites and mostly functions as a communication platform between government agencies, universities, industry and commerce.

Outside of hotels catering to foreigners, access to the full-blown Internet in North Korea is for the super-elite only -- a few hundred people or maybe 1,000 at most.

The KCTV programme interviewed a housewife who explained how she had been able to perfect a recipe by watching and re-watching her favourite cooking programme.

The new service "demonstrates a technological advancement," said Martyn Williams, editor of the North Korea Tech website.

"But it is unclear how many apartment buildings and houses in North Korea have access to the kind of high-speed data service that such a service relies on," Williams said.

The service also provides access to selected study sources, suggesting it could be used to enhance distance learning.

Olympic Channel goes live

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/23/olympic-channel-goes-live/

The Olympic Channel has launched to a global audience via a mobile app for Android and iOS devices and online at olympicchannel.com.

The Olympic Channel launches with content from around the world including original shows, news and highlights. Premiering at launch to continue the excitement of the Olympic Games is Viva 2016, an exclusive behind-the-scenes-look at the production of an Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

IOC President Thomas Bach commented: “The launch of Olympic Channel is a key milestone for the Olympic Movement and a result of Olympic Agenda 2020. It is the start of an exciting, new journey for athletes, fans and new generations to connect with sport and the Olympic values every day of the year.”

Record breaking Rio for BBC Sport’s digital service

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/23/record-breaking-rio-for-bbc-sports-digital-service/

BBC Sport’s coverage of the Olympics Games in Rio reached 102.3 million unique global browsers, with 68.3 million coming from the UK, the biggest ever success for BBC Sport’s digital service.

Across the BBC Sport website, app, Red Button+ on connected TVs, BBC Sport 360 and BBC iPlayer, record numbers engaged with the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics, beating the 39 million set during London 2012. On social media, more people than ever before were referred to BBC Sport’s digital service during the Games.

The biggest single day for traffic to BBC Sport’s digital service was Super Sunday, with 19 million compared with 10.4 million set in 2012.

The experimental BBC Sport 360 service, which provided live and on-demand content in 360-degree video for the first time, drew over 1 million views across all platforms and hundreds of users provided feedback on the service to help the BBC further understand the potential of this emerging technology.

A record number of BBC Sport fans also personalised their service throughout the Games, with 500k unique browsers visiting their ‘My Sport’ page and over 150k users following Olympic sports to create their own personal Olympics destination.

The number of subscribers to BBC Sport’s push alerts increased by 400k to 2.8 million during the event, as people added sport news and medals alerts and over 350k event reminders were sent so that users did not miss out on their favourite events. 3.9 million browsers also visited the ‘Which Olympic athlete are you?’ feature which allowed users to see which athlete competing at Rio was most like their body type.

29.3 million global browsers have followed the Games in Rio via BBC live pages on the BBC Sport website and app with streams, text updates, clips, medal tables, schedules and catch up, whilst 30.2 million UK browsers have streamed the action on BBC iPlayer and on BBC Sport.

The top 5 streamed events were:
•Murray v Del Potro in the Men’s Tennis Final (1.9 million)
•Opening Ceremony (1.0 million)
•First round mixed doubles: Murray/Watson v Ferrer/Suarez Navarro (1.0 million)
•Men’s Cycling Road Race including Froome (1.0 million)
•Day 8 coverage on BBC One (0.9 million)

According to the BBC, it has been a phenomenal year for live events online with the BBC with live coverage of Glastonbury, the EU Referendum, Euro 2016, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Rio.

Total global unique browsers to live BBC coverage online in 2016 includes:
•Euro 2016: 26.8 million global unique browsers throughout the tournament.
•EU Referendum: 17.6 million global unique browsers across the week of the vote
•Glastonbury: 580k global unique browsers during the festival
•Wimbledon: 14.8 million global unique browsers throughout the tournament
•Rio 2016: 29.3 million global unique browsers across the Games

As well as on-site success, there has been an unprecedented social media offering throughout the summer of sport targeted at reaching more than 30 million fans and followers of BBC Sport accounts.

On Twitter and Facebook, BBC Sport achieved its highest ever social media reach in a single day on ‘Super Sunday’, with over 108 million impressions on @bbcsport and 31 million reach on the BBC Sport Facebook page respectively. A selection of key moments of action videos were provided across the BBC Sport Twitter, YouTube and Facebook accounts, where fans also had the chance to interact with leading Team GB athletes through regular Facebook Lives. BBC Sport also partnered with Snapchat to provide live stories on a daily basis throughout the Olympic Games to a UK audience and with Google on the OneBox experience.

Record numbers were referred to the website via BBC Sport social media posts during the Olympics, with over 22 million referrals during the course of the Games.

The BBC has also inspired people across the country to get active, with 930k unique browsers to the Get Inspired website during the Olympics and over 400k unique browsers to the activity finder and over 12k uses of #GetInspired. The top five activity guides visited were cycling, gymnastics, swimming, athletics and running.

“Building on the legacy of London 2012 and the phenomenal success of the first digital Olympic Games, BBC Sport’s digital service has provided coverage on an unprecedented scale during Rio 2016,” declared Ben Gallop, BBC Sport’s Head of Digital and Radio. “With Team GB performing heroics, we wanted to deliver all the medal moments and breath-taking action to audiences wherever they were online – and in doing so we’re delighted BBC Sport has cemented its position as the number one digital destination for sport.”

Olympics viewing: Digital takes Gold

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/23/olympics-viewing-digital-takes-gold/

The numbers are now in, and it is clear that while viewers to conventional broadcast channels enjoyed the Rio Olympics, it was digital viewers, whether on ‘red button’-type options, or simply viewing via second screens which took the main prizes.

NBC, which paid a massive $1.23 billion for its TV and digital rights, reported that some 2.25 billion web-streams were supplied via its dedicated – and multi-option – website. NBC probably got value for money despite its TV viewing numbers being the lowest since the 2004 Games in Athens, when the time difference between Eastern Europe and the US was much more severe.

Nielsen data shows an 18 pe rcent decline on this year’s Games compared to London. Nielsen says the Rio event averaged 25.4 million viewers over its 17 nights, while Athens achieved 24.9 million per night average.

But factor in the 2.7 billion ‘live transmission’ minutes downloaded onto various second screen devices, and then add in the various replayed minutes and highlights and the total balloons to 3.3 billion minutes spread over 100 million unique users, a 29 per cent uplift on London.

IOC president Thomas Bach said: “Today, most (broadcasters) have their own digital platforms and we see that they’re using these to bring the public to their traditional channels. Digital feeds traditional TV and vice versa,” he said.

Dror Ginzberg, CEO of online video specialists Wochit, said: “The Rio Olympics will be looked at as the last games where traditional TV was priorities over other channels. For future Olympics, social media and on demand video will become equal partners to live TV. This is especially true as viewing the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea will be impacted by a significant time difference in the UK, which will only hasten consumers’ move away from viewing the action on live TV, to social media and on demand video.”

Rio’s 1200 camera operators and 7000 broadcast technicians kept the viewing public and digital consumers fully supplied with stunning images, and some 7000 hours of competition.

Heading up this vast operation is Yannis Exarchos, who runs Olympic Broadcast Services on behalf of the International Olympic Committee, and says that the Rio Games saw internet and on-line viewership as big a factor as [conventional] television. He added that social media helped drive this digital audience to Rio, and took this year’s viewing numbers to a record 5 billion users. Within the first 4 days of competition more people had watched Olympic activity on second screens than during the whole London Games of 2012.

Within 10 days of the start of the Rio Games the on-line streaming numbers had passed the two previous Olympics (London and Sochi). Ratings agency Nielsen said more than 2 billion minutes (33 million hours) were consumed in the US alone in the first 10 days of competition.

Exarchos also said that this year’s experimental Virtual Reality (VR) programming was also a huge hit with viewers, and by Tokyo in 2020 VR and 360-degree material could be a very important factor for consumers and where viewers are at the centre of the action right alongside the athletes.

Now fans can continue the experience via a dedicated all-year Olympics Channel, to: “maintain the feeling and atmosphere of the Games when the Games are over and the flame is out,” said Exarchos.

The channel is at www. olympicchannel.com, and is deliberately curated to be digitally interactive and tailored to second screen users.

Spacecom sold for $285m

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/24/spacecom-sold-for-285m/

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom and its fleet of AMOS satellites has been bought for $285 million (€252.7m).

At the moment details of the buyer are – at best – sketchy, and Spacecom will only officially say that it is negotiating the sale of its shares, and any such deal will be subject to local regulatory approval.

Israel’s Eurocom holds 64 per cent of Spacecom. Eurocom is ultimately controlled by Bezeq Israeli Telecommunications.

It is likely that the nominated price is dependent on the successful launch and orbiting in early September (on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket) of its latest satellite, Amos-6.


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Anti-siphoning laws are duping viewers, says ASTRA boss

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/antisiphoning-laws-are-duping-viewers-says-astra-boss/news-story/099c060ea4f23d3840139f876e9271a5

Seven Network’s Rio Olympics broadcast “violates the founding spirit” of the anti-siphoning laws, underscoring why the regulation is “hopelessly out of date”, Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association chairman Tony Shepherd has warned.

Mr Shepherd has called into question Seven’s exploitation of a “loophole in the laws” by acquiring the entire Olympic rights without competition from pay-TV providers, and then charging consumers $19.95 for “premium” Olympics content.

It opens up a new front in a long-running dispute over the decades-old rules.

In an interview with The Australian, the head of ASTRA said: “The scheme doesn’t guarantee sport will be free or even that networks will broadcast what they buy. Australians are being duped.”

While the prominent business leader stressed that Seven is not the target of his broadside, pointing out that the network’s decision to offer a paid version of a free app was “legal and understandable”, he said the move did not serve the “public interest”.

“Seven is monetising some of the programming by putting it behind a paywall and charging for it. This is precisely the outcome the anti-siphoning scheme is meant to guard against,” said Mr Shepherd.

“Seven is operating well within the rules. But it’s an indication that the anti-siphoning laws themselves are out of date. They are well past their use-by-date.”

The anti-siphoning rules were enacted in a pre-internet era to ring-fence premium sport for free-to-air television networks. However, because the mechanism was drafted 20 years ago, it can be bypassed by internet-based TV services, but not subscription-TV operator Foxtel.

Theoretically, it ensures FTA coverage of big events and top-tier sports, but in effect the regulation forces Foxtel to pay a tax to one or more of the commercial networks for secondary access to programming, and fails to block broadcasters from asking people to cough up money.

While Seven has taken a “commercially pragmatic” approach by introducing a paid element, the network has also devoted all three digital channels to the Olympics, also making a record amount of content available via a free version of the app.

A spokesman for Seven defended the paid-for app strategy, saying “all viewers are the winners here” with more 900 hours of programming available on FTA channels alone. But charging consumers for additional Olympics content had shown “once and for all how fundamentally flawed and illogical” the anti-siphoning scheme was, said Mr Shepherd, noting that the laws did not stop Seven and Nine asking consumers to trade up, and pay for AFL and NRL programming.

Nor did the regulations prevent newer entrants to the sports broadcasting market from exploiting the same chinks in the rules, said Mr Shepherd, such as English Premier League rights holder Optus. While the EPL rights are not covered by the anti-siphoning regime, there is nothing in the rules stopping Optus buying the Olympics.

“There’s been a major change in the way sports are acquired and shown, but the anti-siphoning scheme is stuck in the last century, guaranteeing the public nothing and prohibiting some players, but not others, from buying rights,” he said.

Rather than introduce even tighter restrictions, Mr Shepherd said the government must allow sports bodies to sell their rights to a wider range of buyers.

“I’m not arguing that the Olympics should be taken off the list, but other players should be able to bid. If people are going to pay for it then everybody should have the opportunity to bid for it.”

It comes as the government puts media-ownership laws back on the political agenda and traditional media outlets vie to compete with unregulated Silicon Valley-based giants like Google, and Facebook. Advances in technology such as high-speed internet have rendered laws in the $14 billion sector largely obsolete.

A spokeswoman for Communications Minister Mitch Fifield refused to clarify if the government would review the anti-siphoning list as part of talks with the networks and independent senator Nick Xenophon over gambling advertising and licence fee cuts.

Australians had flocked to digital offerings, but laws that were originally designed in the 1980s failed to anticipate a flood of online streaming services, said Mr Shepherd.

“The laws were set up in a different era and have declining relevance to the modern situation. People are taking their news and entertainment over the top. They’ve got to start adjusting the laws to be relevant to the present and the future.”

The pay-TV industry is not, however, lobbying policymakers to remove iconic Australian events from the list, but rather to trim the long list of sports events, individual matches and codes that have reached 1800, according to ASTRA’s latest tally.

“We understand in terms of free-to-air access that there are some sacred cows that should never be touched.”

Instead, events played overseas involving Australia would generally remain protected, while most of those not involving Australia would be removed. Showpiece events like the AFL and NRL finals will remain untouched.

Major sports bodies including the AFL, NRL, soccer and tennis are backing the approach. As not-for-profit bodies, the rights generate funds for grassroots clubs, and local communities.

“To sports rights holders, anti-siphoning is a real problem. The AFL and NRL are not-for-profit organisations. Every cent they make goes back into the sport,” said Mr Shepherd, a former president of the Business Council of Australia and current chair of AFL club Greater Western Sydney Giants.

“Local communities are suffering as a result,” he said.

TFL to deploy FTTH/VDSL to Denarau, Nadi

From https://www.telegeography.com/products/commsupdate/articles/2016/08/22/tfl-to-deploy-ftthvdsl-to-denarau-nadi/

Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL), the fixed and broadband operator wholly owned by Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH), has confirmed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Denarau Corporation to roll out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and VDSL technology for residential customers on Denarau Island and Nadi. The deployment of super-fast broadband in these key tourist destinations forms part of TFL’s national broadband strategy which it says is ‘focused on ensuring greater accessibility, availability and affordability of internet and high speed broadband connectivity to the people and businesses across Fiji’.

In a press release, the telco said that the FTTH upgrade will see fibre extended directly to customers’ homes to provide peak download speeds of up to 100Mbps, while VDSL will also be used in certain areas to improve the reliability of the connection and deliver peak 50Mbps throughput. ‘We are working towards providing high speed, seamless internet services to our customers and are excited to deliver the next evolution of super-fast broadband connectivity to Denarau area where there is a high contribution to the national economy,’ said TFL chief executive officer Mothilal De Silva, adding: ‘We strongly believe Fiji follows closely behind the trends of the developed world in which both fibre-to-the-curb and fibre-to-the-home deliver high speed broadband access. In both these technologies that are being rolled out across Fiji, we bring the exchange closer to premises while effectively utilising our copper and fibre network infrastructure for last mile access.’

TFL has seen an explosion in demand for triple-play voice, internet and TV services and says it is using a range of complementary fixed and wireless technology platforms to suit different market needs. For example, it is rolling out 4G LTE in the 700MHz band to provide a wide coverage area and enhance performance compared to the higher frequency bands it currently utilises for mobile.

Tata Sky gets favorable court order against YouTube

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/tata-sky-gets-favorable-court-order-against-youtube-160816

MUMBAI: An Indian court has provided relief to Indian DTH TV operator Tata Sky. It had approached the Delhi high court last month with a plea that the video sharing site YouTube should take down user generated videos which taught viewers how to hack the encryption of its set top boxes. Tata Sky had also demanded that the latter should respond promptly to complaints about illegal videos. YouTube had responded that it could have responded to the DTH operators complaint had it been less vague.

The court ruled in its favour, according to a report in the Times of India. “In terms of Rule 3(1)(e) of the Information Technology Intermediaries Guidelines, YouTube is obliged not to host content that violates any law for the time being in force,” Justice S Muralidhar said.

The court also said that in cases where YouTube would be required to act immediately, it should not insist upon the complainant to demonstrate that the complaint falls in the categories identified by it for taking action.

Even as YouTube told the court that it had pulled down the offending Tata Sky videos, others continue to be present on the video platform. One describes how users can hack Airtel and Dish TV India STBs by using software on a pen drive.Another one talks about hacking into a Dish TV box by using a code.


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HGTV will be available on Freeview Satellite and SKY channel 21 (as part of the basic package) from 10.00am on Wednesday 24 August!

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Morgan Stanley takes axe to Foxtel valuation

From http://www.afr.com/street-talk/morgan-stanley-takes-axe-to-foxtel-valuation-20160818-gqw8ja

New Zealand's Sky Network Television has some important lessons for Foxtel, according to Morgan Stanley analysts.

Morgan Stanley analysts have written $3 billion off their valuation of payTV operator and initial public offering-contender Foxtel, in light of competition from new streaming players.

The analysts said Telstra and News Corporation-owned Foxtel was worth $5 billion, well below their $7 billion previous valuation and significantly lower than market consensus numbers at $8 billion to $9 billion.

The valuation change comes after News Corp reported Foxtel earnings down 21 per cent in the 2016 financial year, on a United States dollar GAAP basis, and 9 per cent in local currency.

Morgan Stanley said Foxtel faced similar issues to its New Zealand counterpart Sky Network Television, which recently agreed a merger with Vodafone NZ in an effort to set up for the future.

"We encourage investors to explore the recent action by payTV peer Sky TV NZ to sell itself to Vodafone as a good case in point," Morgan Stanley told clients on Friday morning.

"Why? Because we think FOXTEL and SKT face the same fundamental challenge, as outlined by SKT in detail in its deal documentation: historically, both have been highly profitable monopoly payTV businesses … but, that's it, they are purely video businesses that now face significant competition from new streaming players.

"In our view, they are strategically incomplete: in that they do not own their own networks/infrastructure, and therefore cannot build data/ISP or voice businesses and keep 100% of the economics.

"Instead, they are reliant on telco bundling partnerships, which in Australia have historically received a poor response from consumers and produced low returns to FOXTEL."

Morgan Stanley said it was time to consider Foxtel's valuation in light of News' result, changes to its senior management and Sky TV NZ's takeover.

It also comes as Telstra, which has a 50 per cent stake in Foxtel, mulls options for its investment. Telstra and News were considering floating the business, but delayed plans until 2017.

John Drinnan: TVNZ undaunted by online shift

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11696979

No need to fear an on-demand catastrophe.

Jeff Latch believes they don't have the same issues as the press, which has developed digital but also faces adapting to the overwhelming demand for video content. Photo / Doug Sherring

Free-to-air TV won't face such dramatic upheaval as the print media, believes TVNZ head of television Jeff Latch.

"We don't have the same issues as the press, which has developed digital but also faces adapting to the overwhelming demand for video content," he says.

Broadcasters are developing a two-track approach, combining online on-demand content - with relatively low advertising revenue - while also focusing on traditional "linear" content with mass audiences.

Advertising commentator Martin Gillman expects ad revenue for New Zealand free-to-air TV will be down by 5 to 7 per cent this year. And he agrees with Latch that the changes for television "won't be catastrophic".

Though some tech-savvy media consumers insist they never watch free-to-air TV any more, Latch says that is "nonsense". Audiences for linear channels have to be seen in conjunction with on-demand screening, he says.

Subscription video on demand services such as Netflix have changed viewing habits, but Latch is more relaxed about Netflix taking audience than he is about Google and Facebook taking ad revenue.

Netflix's bids for global programming rights have been depicted by some as hastening the demise of territorial rights, which are the foundation of free-to-air TV. But, says Latch, "there is no way that is going to be quickly unwound".

Studios started the problem by giving Netflix low-cost programming, he says, but they are now wary of its growing power. The studios are less inclined to sell global rights to Netflix, thus undermining their other customers, he says.

Netflix is staggering releases of new shows and behaving more like a traditional network, says Latch.

The host swap at TVNZ's Breakfast has been made official, with Barry and Tame set to take over later this year.
Nadine Chalmers-Ross gone as TVNZ confirms Hilary Barry and Jack Tame joining Breakfast

The new office will be completed in the next few weeks after two-and-a-half years of construction, a TVNZ spokeswoman said. Ohoto / Doug Sherring
HQ revamp costs TVNZ $60.3m

Jason Gunn hosts new televisions series You're Back in the Room NZ, where contestants are hypnotised to do random things.
Jason Gunn's new show will have you hypnotised

Locally, TVNZ and MediaWorks will face more competition for taxpayer funding, with NZ On Air moving money to reflect the shift of viewers to digital video content. Media company NZME, publisher of the Herald, has been at the forefront of that change with its WatchMe programmes. However, Latch says he doesn't see the newcomers as a threat.

"NZ On Air is keen on access to the audience," he says. "Why would you want to move money, when with us they get two bites of the cherry, online and on-air?"

Online shift

NZ On Air is conducting a review of its funding priorities in response to consumers making the move online.

As part of that, media companies would probably be pleased to accept wider taxpayer funding for investigative journalism - an approach many in the private sector would have ruled out five years ago.

But industry sources tell me NZ On Air is wary of such a shift.

Any expansion of state-funded journalism - let alone investigative journalism - is fraught with dangers. Among other questions, how could the state be kept at a distance from the funding mechanism?

NZ On Air may not be enthusiastic about developing a new role, but it has been drifting into funding TV news and current affairs that would once have been considered out of the question. The Sunday TV political shows Q+A and The Nation are both taxpayer-funded.

They provide minority interest viewing that TVNZ and TV3 say would be commercially unviable if the programmes had to pay their way.

In April last year, NZ On Air agreed to fund investigative content on the TV3 programme 3rd Degree, then struggling, and now defunct.

The show made headlines for its continued campaign to release the jailed Teina Pora, but it was cancelled anyway because it was seen as commercially unviable.

Funding fears

If NZ On Air does change its funding priorities, how much financial risk will taxpayers be taking?

In my opinion, any shift to state financed investigative journalism needs to be established cautiously and meticulously.

On past experience, NZ On Air will come up with a panel of wise media people to oversee the funding - just as it gave the record industry influence over music funding.

Investigative journalism will touch on the role of government agencies and, done right, some stories will embarrass politicians.

The 2012 incident when John Key's electorate chairman and NZ On Air board member Stephen McElrea raised a ruckus about the timing of a child poverty documentary illustrates the dangers, in my view.

Under the Broadcasting Act, NZ On Air can't get involved in the detail of editorial content, but the agency would still be in the firing line if stories point the finger at politicians.

By their nature, investigations involve delving into the unknown and sometimes they fall flat. The TVNZ-Radio NZ joint investigation of the Panama Papers was a case in point: it did not deliver the wham-bam results some might have hoped.

Behind the scenes, RNZ was attacked by the Government for enlisting the support of investigative journalist Nicky Hager.

Members of the NZ On Air board may be wary of alienating politicians who could harm their future.

In my view, a government-appointed board is the last organisation you want to have getting involved in investigative journalism.

Youth-targeted Olympic Channel launches 21 August

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/over-the-top-services/youth-targeted-olympic-channel-launches-21-august-160819

MUMBAI: A new channel will launch just as dusk settles on the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games on 21 August. Called the Olympic Channel, it will be available for worldwide audiences as an OTT offering via mobile apps for Android and IoS devices and online at olympicchannel.com. And it is being flagged of by the International Olympic Committee to offer fans a-round-the year Olympic experience.

A budget of $450 million to finance it for the first seven years will allow it to roll out a mix of live sports, documentaries, archive footage, news and highlights. It hopes to break even in about 10 years. Its base is Madrid, home to The Olympic Broadcasting Service, the arm of the IOC, which looks after the production of all things related to the premier once-in-four year event. And the channel head, it’s the CEO of the OBS,Yiannis Exarchos.

With the slogan "Where the Games never end," Exarchos says it will deliver "the power of sport and the Olympic movement" 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. And its ultimate goal is to bring the younger generation closer to sport, closer to an active lifestyle.

It will of course not telecast any of the Olympics live – as the IOC makes a large chunk of its revenues from licensing the live coverage of the Olympics to broadcasters worldwide. NBC has given it a cheque of $7.75 billion for US broadcast rights from 2022 to 2032.

But it will have access to the rich footage of Olympics competition over the decades dating back to almost a century, most of it not seen by the current generation. The OBS has digitized about 42,000 hours of the content which was stored at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzelrand, which is being repurposed, Exarchos has been telling media, in refreshing ways, “sometimes even in a funny or bonkers way.”

600 pieces of original programming, including 100 hours of high end documentaries, are also going to be on offer, featuring inspirational, dramatic or emotional stories of some of the biggest athletes in the world presented in a manner that can be enjoyed by younger people.

Japanese tyre company Bridgestone – which is a Olympic Top partner - has already come on board the OTT channel as a founding partner for four years. It will be the presenting partner of the eight episode documentary series Against All Odds, that follows eight athletes. Each half-hour episode will focus on one athlete, offering a first-person account of a key turning point, and how personal will and determination helped them to overcome adversity and reach their goals.

This apart, The Olympic Channel will also be showing about 11 sports events live between September and December including triathlon, canoeing, rowing and an Olympic ice hockey qualifying tournament. Formal agreements have been signed by it with 27 of the 35 summer and winter Olympics sports federations.

It has hired production companies in 17 countries around the world to produce content to allow for local stories to be told too, despite it being a global channel.

Olympic Channel executives are quite clear that the news on the channel will also be a draw as it going to be prepared by totally independent team of journalists who will make their own choices.

"We want to make the Olympic Channel the one place to go for all things Olympic," Exarchos told media last week.
It’s over to the viewers to take a call on that.

Philippines: Inview to provide middleware for Cignal

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/19/philippines-inview-to-provide-middleware-for-cignal/

Cignal TV, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of PLDT, has selected Inview, the broadcast and OTT software and service specialist, to provide the middleware for its SD, HD and Hybrid range of DTH set-top boxes.

Inview will be supplying a high quality user interface, EPG and value added services such as advertising on all Zapper satellite boxes currently provided by Skyworth and Arion, with cardless conditional access from Conax.

Cignal will be able to better monetise content through Inview’s integrated advertising service, where advertising banners will be displayed for the user to click through to a related full screen advert. Inview’s set of web based consoles will enable Cignal to easily ingest, distribute and manage content over the entire digital network.

Inview will also support Cignal’s future roadmap including its OTT set-top boxes and multiscreen platform in order to provide a unified branding and user experience across all of Cignal’s product range.

Julie Austin, CEO of Inview commented: “We are excited to be supplying the middleware for Cignal – the DTH market leader in the Philippines. Our platform will allow Cignal to directly communicate with their customers, promote content throughout the UI and present it in a very user friendly and intuitive way”

“Inview’s experience in delivering high quality user interface design with future proof value added services made them the natural partner for us. We are very pleased to be working with Inview to provide our customers with a consistent and compelling viewing experience, which can be rolled out quickly and efficiently across all of our products” said Jane J. Basas, President of Cignal TV.

beIN Sports wins MENA rights to next 4 Olympics

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/18/bein-sports-wins-mena-rights-to-next-4-olympics/

The MENA broadcasting rights for the next 4 Olympic Games have been acquired by Qatar’s beIN Sports.

A signing ceremony was held at the Rio Games to mark the exclusive multi-territory deal in the Middle East and North Africa with beIN Media Group, although the outline agreement was negotiated by the parties last year. The agreement is for all media rights to the next four Olympic Games, both summer and winter, starting with the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

The deal confirms that beIN Sports will become the exclusive official broadcaster of the Olympic Games across its territories in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the broadcast destination to watch all the best sporting moments of the Olympic Games. This long-term agreement provides beIN Sports with the rights to broadcast the Winter Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and Beijing in 2018 and 2022, respectively along with the rights to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 and the Olympic Games in 2024.

beIN Sports owns and distributes 18 linear sports channels across 24 territories in the region, including FTA and pay-TV channels along with a 24/7 Sports News Channel.

In addition, it delivers content on beIN Connect, its award winning digital service. This agreement will provide viewers in MENA with unparalleled live access to the Olympic Games across all broadcast platforms and digital services. The partnership also includes the beIN Media Group and IOC working closely together on the IOC’s Olympic Channel.

“beIN Sports has already demonstrated its commitment to the Olympic Movement, having broadcast the Olympics Games in MENA since the 2004 Olympic Games. In addition, beIN Sports broadcast more Olympic sports annually across their network than any other global broadcaster.” Said a statement.

For Rio 2016 Olympic Games, beIN Sports has broadcast more than 160 hours of live content each day across 15 linear channels, all delivered in Arabic and English. The broadcast presentation includes 45 analysts, 54 commentators and 12 presenters in 4 dedicated Olympic studios. beIN Sports has created in-house 50 exclusive documentaries, broadcast leading up to and during the Olympic Games to present the athletes, the events and the history of the Olympic games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “I am pleased to welcome our new broadcast partner in the Middle East and North Africa, beIN Sports. With its excellent track record in broadcasting, we believe that it will provide fantastic coverage across the region of each edition of the Olympic Games, including free-to-air television coverage. beIN Sports has also committed to providing unprecedented promotion of Olympic sports all year round, including significant support for the Olympic Channel in the future.“

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman/CEO of beIN Media Group remarked: “We are extremely proud to sign this long-term partnership with the IOC. The Olympic Games are the world’s most treasured sporting event. This agreement reinforces beIN’s position as the undisputed market leader in MENA and reinforces our commitment to providing the most compelling sport content across the region. This agreement shows our commitment to offer beIN Sports viewers the world’s best sports events year round. We would like to thank President Bach and the IOC for committing to this long term strategic partnership and we look forward to many years of working together”.

beIN has committed to broadcasting a minimum number of hours of the Olympic Games and of the Olympic Winter Games on free-to-air television during the Games period. While beIN Sports are currently broadcasting the Rio 2016 Olympic Games through a sub licensing arrangement, today’s signing marks the first ever direct relationship between the beIN Media Group and the IOC. This will enable both parties to work closely on initiatives aimed at growing broadcast audiences and Olympic values within the region.

“Most importantly, we are a passionate and committed partner of the Olympic Movement. Given our unique position in the region, we feel an obligation beyond simply providing

Coverage of the top sports, to deliver and create unique and relevant local programming that will inspire a generation of young athletes “added Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

‘Facebook’ satellite ready for Sept launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/18/facebook-satellite-ready-for-sept-launch/

Israel-based Spacecom says its upcoming AMOS-6 satellite is scheduled for launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on September 3rd.

Facebook is a major client for the satellite with capacity booked through Eutelsat of Paris, and worth (to Eutelsat) some $95 million (€83.9m) in total contract value. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg announced the scheme in October 2015, saying it was part of Facebook’s plan to “connect the world”. The Eutelsat agreement covers usage for 5 years with options to extend by a further two years, and utilises Amos-6’s Ka-band spot beams which cover 36 regions and a total throughput of 18 Gb/s.

Zuckerberg added: “Over the last year Facebook has been exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam internet access down into communities from the sky. To connect people living in remote regions, traditional connectivity infrastructure is often difficult and inefficient, so we need to invent new technologies.”

“As part of our collaboration with Eutelsat, a new satellite called AMOS-6 is going to provide internet coverage to large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. The AMOS-6 satellite is under construction now and will launch in 2016 into a geostationary orbit that will cover large parts of West, East and Southern Africa. We’re going to work with local partners across these regions to help communities begin accessing internet services provided through satellite.”

While the Eutelsat/AMOS deal is an important step for the industry, it is not the only one. Facebook has also booked (in April this year) capacity on three SES satellites to provide WiFi capacity and connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa.

Max Kamenetsky, director of connectivity deployments for Internet.org, and through which all the above capacity has been booked, speaking in April, said: “We are not a satellite company. 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.”

“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.”

Amos-6 is a large satellite of some 5500 kgs with 36 Ku-band transponders, and is a replacement for the in-orbit Amos-2 satellite which carries 28 Ku-band transponders and was launched in December 2003 from Baikonur on a Proton rocket.

Discovery, Roku TV Everywhere expansion

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/19/discovery-roku-tv-everywhere-expansion/

Discovery Communications and streaming platform specialist Roku are expanding Discovery Communications’ suite of TV everywhere offerings to Roku devices. Popular programmes available now to Roku customers include Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and Naked & Afraid XL; TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life and Little People Big World; Investigation Discovery’s Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda and On the Case with Paula Zahn; and Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls and Parolees and River Monsters.

Discovery’s ‘GO’ suite of offerings is the company’s first TV everywhere streaming service, connecting fans across the US with live, on-demand and next-day access to their favourite shows and networks. The long-form content partnership between Discovery Communications and Roku expands this offering and brings Discovery’s programming to even more viewers across all screens.

“Discovery Communications is thrilled to partner with Roku and to have the opportunity to connect with new audiences,” said Karen Leever, EVP and GM of Digital Media, Discovery Communications. “The Roku platform’s user-friendly design and brand-friendly environment make it the perfect stage to showcase our diverse, compelling content helping to extend viewership for our networks.”

“The Roku platform is designed specifically for streamers. Our goal is to make it easy for customers to access the best, most-compelling streaming entertainment,” said Ed Lee, vice president, content acquisition, Roku. “Discovery is home to some of TV’s most captivating shows, bringing insight to lifestyle, nature and science. We’re extremely excited to have Discovery Communications’ suite of TV everywhere offerings readily available to Roku customers.”

Videocon d2h brings on Zee's global news channel WION

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/videocon-d2h-brings-on-zees-global-news-channel-wion-160818

MUMBAI: Zee Media has launched its new English news channel Wion on 15 August with the aim of going beyond the banal news. Headed by Rohit Gandhi, the channel is accessible via satellite in 37 countries.

In India, it is available on Dish TV (channel no 605), Reliance Digital TV (channel no 459), Tata Sky (channel no 628) and Airtel Digital TV (channel no 999). The channel position on Airtel Digital TV is temporary.

Videocon d2h - which has a library of 570 plus channels and services - has now added WION to that list on channel no 367.

“We have been relentless in our pursuit to gratify our customers with an exceptional viewing experience,” said Videocon d2h executive chairman Saurabh Dhoot. “With this addition, subscribers of Videocon d2h will have one more opportunity to stay informed with the latest headlines and breaking news from the network”

Videocon d2h CEO Anil Khera added: “Videocon d2h has been extremely aggressive and innovative when it comes to technology upgrades, new content offerings and launching new services all in an effort to keep ahead of current industry trends. Addition of Z Wion is fulfillment of our promise to provide the best channels and content across all genres.”

It offers a wide range of active services like smart services including Smart English, Smart Games. The other active services include d2h Hollywood HD, d2h music, d2h spice, d2h cinema in both Standard Definition and HD, etc.

The channel is also available on Siti Cable connections in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Indore and Kolkata whereas DEN Networks is carrying the channel in Mumbai and Kolkata.


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Speedcast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) Partners with Airbus Defence and Space in APAC Region

From http://www.abnnewswire.net/amp/en/84512/Speedcast-International-Ltd-(ASX-SDA)-Partners-with-Airbus-Defence-and-Space-in-APAC-Region.html

SpeedCast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, today announced that following the signing of a partnership agreement, it has been appointed by Airbus Defence and Space to offer military-grade satellite communication services to the Australia and New Zealand governments.

SpeedCast will be offering tactical secure communications services to government customers, delivering secure X-band network services that combine the affordability, operational utility and scalability required to meet the stringent requirements of government, military and humanitarian operations. Airbus Defence and Space has also appointed SpeedCast to manage a new anchor station facility for the Skynet 5A military satellite, which is based at SpeedCast's existing teleport in Adelaide, Australia, inaugurated on May 18, 2016.

Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast said, "We are delighted to extend our relationship with Airbus Defence and Space. Having over 25 years of experience in serving the Australian government and providing military satellite communications services, we are confident that our deep rooted connection in the market and understanding of its needs can enable Skynet-based services to expand in the region. The advanced capabilities of the Skynet satellite will suit very well the needs of governments in the region, starting with Australia and New Zealand. This partnership is an important step in the development of our government business, which we anticipate to be a significant growth engine in the next three years."

SpeedCast continues to strengthen its commitment to the Australian satellite market, with expanded capabilities at its world class teleport in Adelaide with Skynet satellite communications.

About Speedcast International Ltd

SpeedCast International Ltd (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 40 sales and support offices and 39 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization. For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.

Media Contact Information:
Clara So
SpeedCast International Limited
Phone: +852-3919-6800
Email: clara.so@speedcast.com

Investor Contact Information:
Ian Baldwin
Chief Financial Officer
SpeedCast International Limited
Phone: +61-2-9086-2785
Email: ian.baldwin@speedcast.com

Merger with Vodafone will allow Sky to acquire more free-to-air rights, says TVNZ

From http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/business/merger-with-vodafone-will-allow-sky-to-acquire-more-free-to-air-rights-says-tvnz/

TVNZ says if the Sky-Vodafone merger goes ahead, more people will have to pay for premium content that is supposed to be free-to-air.

It has made a submission to the Commerce Commission against the deal, along with Spark, 2Degrees, Trustpower and Internet NZ.

TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick said Sky's acquisition of TV channel Prime has allowed the company to purchase free-to-air coverage, and then charge viewers for it.

He said the merger will make it easier for Sky to acquire more free-to-air rights, then remove them from the marketplace by putting them behind pay walls.

"Our concern is that market power would then be extended across subscription video on demand, transactional video on demand, pay-per-view, all those things," he said.

"TVNZ covered the Beijing Olympics in 2008, there were 800 hours of coverage that were available free-to-view - Prime has only made 240 hours of Rio available, and most of that's been delayed rather than live."

The merger announced in June is worth almost $3.5 billion.

Pattrick Smellie: Sky TV's sporting rights at the heart of a telco revolution


Sky's exclusive sports rights, including rugby and the Olympics, run out in the next few years.

OPINION: A befuddled reader rang recently to dispute suggestions that satellite broadcasting was a dying TV transmission technology and to claim that high-speed broadband capable of delivering TV programmes up his Kapiti Coast driveway was at least 20 years away.

On checking, such a service is already available.

Meanwhile, at Chateau Smellie, a different confusion reigns. A tangle of competing providers delivers landlines, mobile phones, broadband and streaming TV.

For the 80-odd competing retail service providers of internet and telephony sellers, such confusion represents both challenge and opportunity.

As the previously separate technologies associated with radio, television, phone calls and the internet converge, there is a race on to lock up customers on bundled services.

The proposal to merge Sky Network Television and the New Zealand arm of Vodafone is all about this race.

In its June 8 presentation on the $3.44 billion deal, one slide showed the immaturity of New Zealand's market for 'triple-play' products - jargon for combined fixed-line broadband, voice and pay TV services. Even more attractive is 'quad-play', which includes mobile as well.

New Zealand's triple-play market penetration is about 15 per cent, ahead of Australia but behind the United Kingdom and United States, both about 25 per cent.

In Singapore, about half of consumers are on triple play deals, while in France, 40 per cent combine traditional telephony, streaming TV, and internet services.

The attraction for consumers is obvious – all services in one place on one bill.

Suppliers like it even more: bundling services makes customers more likely to stay and allows some price-fudging among the components.

However, telecommunications technology is not, of itself, very interesting.

To really compete, the retail service providers have to offer something compelling, and that thing – according to the line-up of opponents to the Sky-Vodafone merger - is live sport.

Whoever owns live sport owns the key to customer demand, the reasoning goes, and a single owner of premium sports content will substantially lessen competition for the full range of telecommunications services as a result.

"Control over such premium content is only partially contestable and in practice is highly durable," suggests Wellington economic consultancy Castalia, in a paper supporting Spark's submission to the Commerce Commission opposing the merger.

That value comes "not by charging monopoly prices for the content itself, but rather by reducing competition and extracting economic rents from the provision of bundled goods and services that would otherwise be provided competitively," Castalia says.

Finally, "vertical integration between the ownership of premium content and telecommunications services (including mobile broadband) will create new opportunities for bundling, thus substantially lessening competition in markets that are currently not affected by the existing control over premium content".

Far better, they argue, that Sky become a wholesaler of its premium sports shows to any and every retail service providers willing to pay for it.

Sky might do about as well from such an approach as a Vodafone merger.

Vodafone wouldn't welcome it: not only would its global parent lose the opportunity to take $1.25b out of New Zealand, but it would still be a mature business in search of a growth strategy.

There are limits to this argument. Sky's exclusive sports rights, including rugby and the Olympics, run out in the next few years. By the time they do, there's no guarantee Sky will be able to bid for the same exclusivity it enjoys now.

While local competitors might struggle to outbid Sky-Vodafone if the merged pair have sewn up the New Zealand customer base, new models of sports broadcasting ownership are emerging where the sporting codes themselves become broadcasters.

In that equation, Sky risks becoming the middleman, and we all know what happens to them in the end.

Football channel

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=367299

SKY Pacific continues to offer new programs for its viewers with the latest announcement being made of a 24/7 Premier League TV for soccer enthusiasts.

A statement from Digicel Fiji yesterday said Sky Pacific subscribers in Fiji and the Pacific would be able to enjoy Premier League coverage, including a premium selection of games and live match day access, starting from late August.

Digicel Fiji CEO Darren McLean said football fans should be delighted as Fiji and the Pacific Islands would get the first round-the-clock football channel dedicated to Premier League.

"Premier League football is one of the world's most sought-after sports properties and bills itself as the 'world's most-watched league' and is available in 900 million homes in 190 countries.

"Our customers will now have access to comprehensive Premier League matches, commentary, analysis, and unrivalled behind the scenes action, including documentaries and classic archive footage.

"There will also be Live daily news bulletins highlighting training ground reports, manager and player interviews, match previews and shows such as Football Today and Fan Zone, which is exclusively for fans to call in via Skype or phone or send messages via social media platforms," he said.

Ministry of Youth and Sports permanent secretary Alison Burchell said: "I think for Fiji, this is a very important development and moves Fiji into the mainstream of service provision because as for many other countries in the world, this is a norm.

"Hopefully this initiative from Sky Pacific, we would be able to encourage people to get more active.

"We have role models in the Premier League and hope this will help in the development of Fiji and the youth in this country," she said.

The statement said the world-class studio production will feature a star studded line up with former Premier League players and managers on the panel, hosted by seasoned presenters John Dykes, Manish Bhasin and Andy Townsend.

(Craig's comment, seen being fed at 169E cband)

Record Demand for SES Satellite Capacity for Olympics

From http://www.cantechletter.com/newswire/record-demand-for-ses-satellite-capacity-for-olympics/

LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SES S.A. (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced today a record uptake of its satellite capacity for the Olympics as compared to previous Games.

A total of 23,000 hours of capacity has been booked on four SES satellites — NSS-806, SES-4, NSS-7 and SES-3 — to enable transmission of the Games to broadcasters in The Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. SES is serving a total of 10 leading broadcasters based in the US, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, Brazil and Japan, which includes Eurovision, CNN / Turner and Nippon Television Network.

“SES has provided capacity for the Olympics since 2000, and we are pleased that the capacity demand for Rio Olympics far exceeds the previous editions. For the first time ever, we are using more capacity on more satellites to broadcast more hours of sporting events and news coverage of the Games to a truly global audience,” said Richard Lamb, General Manager of Occasional Use Services at SES. “This record demand illustrates how broadcasters continue to view satellite as an ideal and cost-effective way to broadcast excellent image quality of sporting events live to millions of viewers around the world.”

Challenges face AsiaSat as its H1 profits flatten

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016081844012/challenges-face-asiasat-as-its-h1-profits-flatten.html#axzz4Hh8C7Lxa

Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) has reported flat half-year revenues and profits as it battled increasing competition, fierce pricing pressure and the overall downturn in the global economy.

AsiaSat Logo Primary TaglineIn its 2016 interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016, the leading Asian satellite operator reported first half revenue of HK$640 million, about the same as the prior period in 2015 and profit attributable to owners of HK$249 million, relatively flat in comparison. Contracts on hand as at 30 June 2016 remained stable at around HK$3.543 billion.

Operational highlights in the period included the launch of what is said to be ‘more compelling’ video content on its Ultra HD channel 4K-SAT, plus a growing number of customers acquired including new customers of new satellites AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 in Mainland China, Bangladesh and Thailand. The company also said that construction of AsiaSat 9, AsiaSat 4’s replacement, remains on schedule for completion in early 2017, which will bring additional Ku-band capacity at 122°E to address new markets. The number of transponders leased or sold as of 30 June 2016 increased to 103 from 96 as of 31 December 2015.

Yet the company warned that while core business should remain stable for the remainder of the year, it should be noted that a number of the adjustments that impacted first half results will not be realised in the second half of the year. It added that the new contracts signed in H1 would only partially compensate for the expiry of short-term revenue from a to-be retired satellite and the termination of a number of contracts which will occur in the second half due to changes in regulations. In addition, AsiaSat will not have the benefit of the tax credit of HK$41 million realised in the first half.

Commenting on the results, AsiaSat’s chairman, JU Wei Min, said: “For the remainder of 2016, we do not anticipate any significant changes in market conditions and believe that they will continue to pose a challenge not only for AsiaSat but the industry as a whole. The increased competition from terrestrial systems that is affecting satellite operators in other parts of the world is not expected to significantly impact Asia in the near to medium term.

Asia’s top operators to gain pay-TV market share

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/17/asias-top-operators-to-gain-pay-tv-market-share/

Pay-TV subscriptions for the top 65 operators across 17 countries covered in the Asia Pacific Pay-TV Operator Forecasts report from Digital TV Research will increase by nearly 100 million from a collective 438 million in 2015 to 536 million by 2021.

Covering 87 platforms, these operators will climb from 81 per cent of Asia Pacific pay-TV subscribers in 2015 to 83 per cent by 2021. The top 10 operators will continue to account for two-thirds of subscribers over the next five years. Seven operators had more than 10 million subscribers by end-2015 – and this number will climb to 12 operators by 2021. China and India dominate the operator rankings by subscribers.

At the other end of the scale, 10 operators will experience subscriber decreases between 2015 and 2021.

Subscription and PPV revenues for the 65 operators will climb by nearly $6 billion between 2015 and 2021 to $31 billion. These operators will maintain their three-quarters share of Asia Pacific pay-TV revenues for the next five years. However, the proportion for the top 10 operators will fall from 54 per cent in 2015 to 49 per cent in 2021.

The dominance of China and India is diminished when the operators are ranked in revenue terms [subscriptions and PPV only]. Two operators (both from China) will add more than $500 million in revenues. However, 16 operators will lose revenues, with Foxtel (down by $147 million) declining by the most.

A+E Networks to launch Blaze on Freeview

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/18/ae-networks-to-launch-blaze-on-freeview/

A+E Networks UK will launch Blaze on Freeview in the UK and Ireland on September 20th.

Entertainment chanel Blaze is a new brand from A+E Networks and its first global free-to-air brand, slated initially for the UK. The channel will be carried on the Freeview platform and on Sky. Blaze will simultaneously launch as a TV Everywhere (TVE) service, offering live streaming and catch up viewing on mobile and tablet for both iOS and Android.

At launch, Blaze will offer Freeview viewers episodes of popular series such as Pawn Stars, Mountain Men and American Restoration, as well as crime series The First 48 and Unusual Suspects.

Dean Possenniskie, Managing Director, EMEA, A+E Networks, said: “Our new entertainment brand is a great addition to A+E Networks’ portfolio and reflects our strength as a global media company. We are proud to launch Blaze as our first free-to-air channel in the UK.”

Heather Jones, UK General Manager at A+E Networks, said: “I’m really excited about the launch of Blaze. It’s great that we can offer free-to-air audiences the chance to enjoy many of A+E’s hit shows, with much of the content new to Freeview. Blaze’s name and identity were created to celebrate the spirit of the extraordinary characters featured on the channel. We are thrilled that Blaze will also include a digital launch as a full TVE service, so viewers can watch and catch up with their favourite shows wherever they are and whenever they want.”

Guy North, Managing Director at Freeview, added: “We’re delighted to be bolstering our channel line up with Blaze. The new channel will provide even more choice for our viewers who want to enjoy the very best entertainment without paying a monthly subscription.”


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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,1HD、Russian Music Box(高清)频道消失,设置12153 V 45000参数无效接收。 [8月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,RTL CBS Entertainment(高清)频道消失,设置3780 V 30000参数无效接收。 [8月16日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,中国电影、CCTV-9(长城亚洲)等全组频道消失,设置3730 V 30000参数无效接收。 [8月16日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,中天新闻替换中天亚洲(环宇卫视)频道,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,INC TV(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月15日]


Sky/Vodafone merger will hurt sports fans, says Spark

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11694673

If the Commerce Commission dismisses the application for the merger, Sky would be forced to put all sports online and on demand, says Spark.

Telco giant Spark says any merger between Sky TV and Vodafone will hurt consumers and only entrench further Sky's monopoly on sports broadcasting.

Spark has told the Commerce Commission that if it rejected the proposed merger then market pressures on Sky TV would force it to make all sports content available online and on-demand.

Sky TV plans to buy Vodafone New Zealand for $3.44 billion in cash and shares in a reverse takeover which would see Vodafone's British parent group own 51 per cent of shares.

Vodafone NZ boss Russell Stanners would be chief executive of the company with Sky chief executive John Fellet head of the media and content arm of the merged company.

The company will have nine directors, five from Sky and four from Vodafone.

Spark's submission to the Commerce Commission says the proposed merger is not in the best interests of New Zealand sport fans.

"Sky has a monopoly on rights for premium 'national sports' in New Zealand. Given Kiwis' love of these sports, they are 'must have' rights for media content providers," said Spark's GM regulation John Wesley-Smith in a statement released this morning.

"As it stands right now, there isn't a proper wholesale market for access to premium sports, and as a result New Zealanders have very few options for how they access that content.

"Sky's business model seems increasingly focused around sports, which underlines how effective their monopoly is in this space. The proposed merger with Vodafone is likely to entrench that monopoly, and that's something all New Zealanders should be concerned about."

The commission will look at whether the merged company could discriminate other online content providers. Photo / NZ Herald
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Wesley-Smith said Spark's concerns were based on the limited, unattractive wholesale options currently offered by Sky. The arrangements for reselling Sky boxes was "outdated", he said, and doesn't work for consumers who want more choices in how they watch sports.

He said Spark walked away from an earlier reselling deal with Sky three years ago because it wasn't commercially viable - "and nothing has really changed since then".

"We believe if the Commerce Commission blocked the proposed merger, Sky would be forced by commercial realities to make all of its sports content available online and on-demand - and via wholesale arrangements with lots of parties that help distribute this content to New Zealand consumers.

"By making premium sports content available to more New Zealanders in more ways, through a viable and credible wholesale market, consumers will be better served - and the market will grow for Sky's content rights. That is not going to happen if the merger goes ahead in its current form without such a wholesale market.

"A merged Sky/Vodafone will be able to leverage its monopoly power in the sports market, to the detriment of consumers. That's why we're asking the Commerce Commission to reject the proposed merger in its current form."

2degrees also opposed the proposed merger in a submission to the Commission, saying international experience showed it would be bad for consumers.

The merger would create a company with the ability and incentive to use premium live sports content to stifle competition, 2degrees said.

A spokeswoman for Vodafone said the company intended on formally responding to all submissions before the commission.

The Commerce Commission is expected to make a decision on the merger application by November.

A public copy of Spark New Zealand's submission can be found on the Commerce Commission's website.

TVNZ calls for Prime to be left out

TVNZ has called for Prime to be removed from any merged Sky/Vodafone operation.

TVNZ asked the Commerce Comission in its submission to review the impact that Sky's ownership of Prime played in reducing competition in the media.

A merged Sky/Vodafone would lessen competition by creating an entity with the ability and incentive to bundle content rights across free-to-air, pay TV, subscription video on demand and TV on demand, TVNZ said.

TVNZ CEO, Kevin Kenrick said that "since acquiring Prime, SKY has purchased bundled pay and free-to-air rights and increasingly put premium content behind its pay walls."

"As a result, the cost of premium entertainment and sporting content has significantly increased, and what New Zealanders can view free-to-air has significantly reduced."

Kenrick said Prime showed 240 hours of Rio Olympics coverage, most of which is delayed, compared with TVNZ's 800 hours of Beijing Olympics coverage.

"It's clear that SKY's purchase of free-to-air rights is being used to drive subscribers to its pay TV service," Kenrick said.

"Divestment of Sky's free-to-air business, Prime, would remove Sky's incentives to buy bundled pay and free-to-air rights."

JCSAT-16 Post Launch Maneuvers Are All Good

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=898742464

JCSAT-16, which launched on Saturday night for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is an 8.5 kW multi-mission satellite designed to function as an on orbit back-up for multiple orbital locations that will ensure stability for existing services and further strengthen the company's business—the satellite has both Ku- and Ka-band capabilities and will serve the Japanese market from multiple orbital locations.

Built by Space Systems Loral (SSL), JCSAT-16 is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The main thruster was initiated early today to navigate toward the craft's final geostationary orbit.

JCSAT-16 is based on the highly flexible SSL 1300 platform, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. SSL is also building JCSAT-15, which is expected to launch later this year.

Preparations for Arianespace's upcoming Ariane 5 flight move into their final phase at the Spaceport

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Preparations_for_Arianespaces_upcoming_Ariane_5_flight_move_into_their_final_phase_at_the_Spaceport_999.html

The upper portion of Ariane 5's dual-passenger configuration is now complete, with the Intelsat 33e satellite and SYLDA dispenser system encapsulated inside their protective payload fairing in preparation for an August 24 liftoff from French Guiana.

This activity took place in the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building for Ariane 5, adjacent to where the heavy-lift launcher is waiting to receive both Intelsat 33e and the mission's other passenger, Intelsat 36 - which was transferred into the same building from the S5 payload preparation facility yesterday.

The integration process' next step will occur when Intelsat 36 is positioned on the launcher's core section, allowing the configuration to be completed with installation of the Intelsat 33e/SYLDA/fairing combination atop it.

During the August 24 flight sequence, the payload fairing will be jettisoned first at approximately three minutes into the mission, followed by deployment of Intelsat 33e at the 28-minute mark. The SYLDA dispenser is then to be released, allowing Intelsat 36's subsequent separation to complete the mission 41 minutes after liftoff.

Arianespace's upcoming Ariane 5 flight, designated VA232 in the company's launcher family numbering system, is scheduled during a launch window that opens at 6:55 p.m. and continues through 7:40 p.m., local time in French Guiana.

Intelsat 33e, produced by Boeing Space Systems, is the second Intelsat EpicNG-series spacecraft - following the first, Intelsat 29e, successfully orbited on an Ariane 5 mission performed in January. The satellite has a liftoff mass estimated at 6,575 kg. and will operate from an orbital position of 60 deg. East after launch.

The Intelsat 36 passenger, which was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral), has an estimated liftoff mass of 3,250 kg. After reaching its target orbit, the satellite will enhance Intelsat's premier direct-to-home neighborhood in Africa from a 68.5 deg. East orbital slot.

Astro to broadcast 2016/17 football season live in HD

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/astro-to-broadcast-201617-football-season-live-in-hd--1158060

Malaysian operator Astro has launched an offer for football fans. Customers will have access to the 2016/2017 season of the world’s top football leagues live in HD on Astro and Astro on the Go. Astro won the broadcast rights for the Premier League in Malaysia for the next three seasons till 2019, and will broadcast the Premier League and other major football leagues such as Spanish La Liga, French Ligue 1, Dutch Eredivisie and DFL-SuperCup in August.

Fans will also have access to the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Bundesliga, AFC Championships League and AFC Cup. Astro Sports Pack subscribers will have full access to the live football matches on Astro SuperSport, Fox Sports and the new beIN Sports channels.

Astro is launching the new season of Premier League, with its new sports proposition, ‘Live the Fantasy’. This will begin with the Astro PFA (Professional Footballer’s Association) Player of the Month campaign starting this September to allow Astro Sports Pack subscribers to nominate their best Player of the Month.

Additionally, 5 winners will win a trip to the UK to present the PFA Player of the month award. In addition, 2 of the monthly winners will get to attend the prestigious PFA Gala Night in the UK where the PFA Player of the Year will be honored. All winners will also receive exclusive signed jerseys.

Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon join TVPlayer

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/16/comedy-central-mtv-nickelodeon-join-tvplayer/

TVPlayer, the UK online TV platform, has signed a multi-year agreement with Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) to simulcast a selection of its pay-TV channels on freemium OTT subscription service TVPlayer Plus.

Viacom’s complete channel line-up will encompass MTV, Comedy Central, Comedy Central Extra, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Nick Jr. Too, all of which will be available to existing TVPlayer Plus subscribers across a full range of devices – including desktops, mobiles, tablets, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. In addition to live streaming over wired Internet and WiFi, TVPlayer has also licensed 3G and 4G rights for all channels.

Adam Smith, Founder of TVPlayer, said: “Tweens and teenagers are spending increasingly more time every week watching their favourite programming, so it is paramount we routinely extend our subscription content offering to appeal to these younger, hungry audiences anytime, anywhere and on any device. With real-time visibility of viewing habits from the one million UK households that actively use TVPlayer, we’ve gained valuable insight to know that Viacom is the perfect content partner to join our platform.”


JCSAT-16 has launched ku & KA band for Japan to be parked at 162E ?

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ChinaSat 6A 125.0E Anhui TV on 3993 V is encrypted again.

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ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "Game Show" has started on , Fta.

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东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,ABS(宣传)高清频道新增,设置3680 V 31500参数免费接收。 [8月15日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,TBN、Quality TV(ABS)等3个频道消失,设置3680 V 31500参数无效接收。 [8月15日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星C频段,Edge Sports HD(高清)频道解密,设置4027 H 7455参数免费接收。 [8月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森电影、纬来电影(台湾)等频道重现,设置11100 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,纬来电影、东森综合(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置11100 H 45000参数无效接收。 [8月15日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kuru TV(IPM)频道新增,设置3505 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月14日]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Independent TV(Real VU)频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月14日]
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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Vaa Movies替换Shop CJ(MPEG-4)频道,设置3752 V 9300参数免费接收。 [8月12日]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Ayutaya(泰国)频道消失,设置11679 H 30000参数无效接收。 [8月12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。 [8月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,MRTV 4 HD、Star Word HD(泰国)等频道新增,设置12355 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月12日]
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Report: Seven to exit SVOD joint venture

From http://tbivision.com/news/2016/08/report-seven-exit-svod-joint-venture/634812/

Mr. Robot - PilotSeven West Media is set to pull out of its joint venture subscription video-on-demand platform Presto, according to local reports.

Rather than agreeing a full financial year agreement for the service with JV partner Foxtel, Seven Network’s parent reportedly has opted for a six month budget.

The Australian reports Presto is under “extreme pressure” from market leader Netflix and Nine Network’s successful player Stan.

The new agreement does not exceed previous funding agreements, with The Australian’s sources claiming Seven was reluctant to invest more.

Presto only came into existence last year, after Seven bought into Presto Entertainment. it offers shows such as The Walking Dead, Mr. Robot (pictured) and Aquarius.

This comes after local reports suggested Seven and Foxtel, which is a JV between News Corp., were considering strategic options. The firm is thought to have around 112,000 subscribers, while Stan’s co-parent, Fairfax Media, claimed its service has passed 500,000 and would break even in 2018.

Australia’s SVOD market is particularly competitive, with Netflix leading the way after launching in March last year and Stan making in-roads and investing in original series such as Wolf Creek.

Earlier market entrant Quickflix has struggled in the battle, and went into administration in April.

EPL fans whack Optus for ‘pathetic’ opening weekend streaming

From http://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/football/2016/08/14/optus-epl-stream-freezing/

Hordes of English Premier League (EPL) fans are furious with Optus following its “disastrous” debut broadcast of the 2016/17 season.

Early Sunday morning (AEST), football devotees logged on to devices to watch EPL on Optus’ live streaming app for the first time, but were left bemoaning a “pathetic” service.

Hundreds of irate customers inundated the telco’s social media accounts to complain about streaming not being properly “live”, and broadcasts continually freezing.

“@OptusSport the quality is awful,” Johnny O’Keefe tweeted. “Can’t even see the score and don’t tell me its my connection because Foxtel streams perfectly on my laptop.

“It’s pathetic that your company has bought the EPL rights if you’re not even prepared for it.”

User Patrick Avenell wrote: “EPL on Optus is around 50 seconds behind live play. Great news for bookmakers!”.

In a statement to The New Daily, an Optus spokesperson admitted live streaming an event would always be slightly slower than a traditional broadcast to television, which may not please some fans.

“While we have not received a large number of calls about lags to the streaming service, we recognise that individual experiences can vary, particularly over devices, browser interfaces, and networks,” the spokesperson said.

Optus snatched the Australian EPL broadcast rights from Fox Sports for a reported $189 million for three seasons.

The telco is offering the EPL streamed on mobile, desktop or tablet, streamed on television (through Fetch TV and Apple TV) or to those who have an Optus television satellite dish.

SBS has the rights to show one live EPL match per week.

The tweet below claimed to illustrate the delay between Optus’ streaming and SBS’ live television broadcast:

Turned tv split screen function on to scope the delay. On the left Optus, on the right SBS. pic.twitter.com/SR3cjnmFhP
— Roy (@roy613) August 13, 2016

You need to turn off all notifications if you are watching on Optus otherwise you will know a goal has been scored before you see it
— Tony Pignata (@tpignata9) August 13, 2016

@OptusSport *the results are in*
Optus coverage was delayed, not in HD and constantly buffering.
— Boss tha (@mat_boore) August 14, 2016

‘The quality wasn’t perfect’

A representative from an official Australian-based Tottenham Hotspur supporter group told The New Daily his stream was problematic.

“I watched [Everton vs Tottenham] through Optus on an iPad,” OzSpurs member Tommy said. “The quality wasn’t perfect.”

Despite the troubles, Tommy was satisfied with how Optus packaged the EPL on its app, and was excited to see how it would develop in the future.

“My personal opinion is that Optus are breaking major ground and long term everyone will be much better off because of it,” he said.

Hull City’s shock defeat of Leicester City was when streaming problems began for Optus. Photo: Getty

In response to the criticisms, Optus acknowledged that “the technology used to deliver ‘over-the-top’ content via broadband and mobile networks is slightly slower than traditional terrestrial and satellite broadcasting”.

“This is consistent with the viewing experience on other web-based or app content services currently operating in Australia (e.g. Foxtel Go or ABC iView live streams),” Optus said.

In response to losing the EPL rights, Foxtel added new channels to its sports offering – free of additional charge – to replace the content.

On Foxtel, beIn Sports broadcasts a range of international football leagues, while Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool will have their games shown on delay on Fox Sports the day after.

Separate channels dedicated solely to broadcasting content created by Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United were also added to Foxtel free of additional charge.

In early June, Optus slashed the prices of its EPL broadcast offerings after significant consumer backlash.

Fans must be an Optus customer with a landline, internet or mobile plan to watch EPL via the telco.

Many EPL fans in Australia had hoped Optus would back down from broadcasting the league, however the telco stuck to its belief that it would provide a great service for consumers.

Sky not ruling out more Olympic legal action

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11694132

Sky Television says it isn't ruling out further legal action against Fairfax after it failed to get a High Court injunction against the media company over its use of Olympic video.

Sky argued that Fairfax's use of Olympic footage directly competed with its own broadcasts and that it needed an injunction to ensure its copyright "was not eaten away and undermined".

Fairfax opposed the bid and argued that its use of Sky's broadcasts fell within fair dealing rules of New Zealand copyright law.

These rules allow media to use copyrighted works - like sports broadcasts - for the reporting of current events.

However, Justice John Fogarty said on Friday it was impossible during a short injunction hearing to decide whether or not Fairfax using video footage of an end of a race or a winning shot went outside fair dealing.

"If this case goes to a substantive hearing, which I doubt, it's the function of the judge to make the call whether the standard of fair dealing applies or not to one or more of [Fairfax's] upload," Justice Fogarty said.

Sky chief executive John Fellet said the company was waiting for the final typed legal ruling before it would make a decision on whether it wanted to file more substantive action against Fairfax.

"It's always on the table," Fellet said.

Since Sky had sought the injunction, Fairfax's use of Olympic video had complied with news access rules, he said.

Those rules can limit, for example, the total amont of footage which can be uploaded each day.

Fairfax, during the hearing last week, wanted Justice Fogarty to reject the injunction bid and for the dispute to be argued at a full trial.

A claim for damages could be made during that trial and also declarations sought from a judge, Fairfax Queen's Counsel David Goddard said.

Fairfax group executive editor Sinead Boucher said on Friday if the matter went to trial then Fairfax would defend itself. She could not immediately be able to be reached for comment today.

Faster rescues tipped from new satellite station

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11694102

A new Bay of Plenty-based satellite station is aiding the faster recovery of trampers, hunters and boaties in danger.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is using the station - 20 kilometres east of Reporoa - which includes a modular Portacom equipment room, and six tracking antennas to reach orbiting satellites, resulting in the faster handling and locating of activated emergency distress beacons.

RCCNZ and Safety Services deputy danager for Maritime New Zealand Rodney Bracefield thanked Portacom Building Solutions for fast-tracking the construction.

"Portacom managed the entire process end-to-end; they custom designed, built and partially fitted-out the equipment room in under five weeks," Bracefield said.

Bracefield said the station was able to provide life-saving intelligence, especially when beacons had been registered by their owners.

"In an incident involving two deer hunters trapped on a steep Hopkins Valley mountainside, one with a serious leg injury, the new station and its technology detected their beacon 56 minutes faster," he said.

"In fact, there was even a rescue that would not have even been possible if we were still reliant on the old system. We picked up a distress alert from a tramper with a fractured ankle in the Kaikoura mountains that our old system failed to receive."

The station is able to provide life-saving intelligence, especially when beacons had been registered by their owners.

The satellite station was paid for by the Government costing $7.2 million to install and operate for the next 11 years.

Kordia New Zealand looks after the ongoing maintenance of the ground station.

The station is the only one of its kind in New Zealand.

Another ‘double’ for SpaceX

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/15/another-double-for-spacex/

Very early on August 14th, rocket pioneer Elon Musk and his team pulled off another ‘double’ win.

First a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched Japan’s JCSAT-16 satellite into the night sky and onto a geostationary transfer orbit from Cape Canaveral (at 1.26am Sunday morning Florida time), and then just minutes later, following on from the satellite’s stage separation, the rocket’s engines were re-started and the first stage successfully brought back to its floating landing barge a few hundred miles down range.

The safe touch-down is the fourth successful at-sea landing for SpaceX, and the third after a series of extreme velocities needed to get the satellite to its high geostationary transfer orbit, and the subsequent complications of re-entry heating during the rocket’s flight back to the landing platform.

The statistics are also now beginning to move firmly in SpaceX’s favour. Of SpaceX’s rocket landing attempts over the past two years, six Falcon 9 rockets have successfully made a return journey.

Musk’s aim is simple: every first stage recovered is cash in the bank. Even if the complete first stage is not wholly re-usable, the engines and other vital – and expensive – components can be refurbished and reused.

China to launch 1st quantum comms satellite

From http://english.cctv.com/2016/08/15/VIDE0a0g9qCH3F9jf6jHENZH160815.shtml

China will launch the world's first quantum communication satellite in a matter of days. If the satellite works well, how will it affect people's lives?

In normal silicon computer chips, data is rendered in one of two states: 0 or 1. However, in quantum computers, data can exist in both states simultaneously, holding exponentially more information. One analogy to explain the concept of quantum computing is that it is like being able to read all the books in a library at the same time, whereas conventional computing is like having to read them one after another.

Such powerful computing ability is also viewed as a threat in that it could make everything on a conventional computer hackable. However, like a coin with two sides, quantum mechanics also serves as protector of information. Quantum key technology boasts ultra-high security as a photon can be neither separated nor duplicated, so it is impossible to wiretap or intercept the information transmitting through it. Moreover, it has the ability to inform the two communicating users of the presence of any third party trying to eavesdrop. At the same time, the information being intercepted would "collapse" or self-destruct.

China will complete and put into operation the world's first secure quantum communication backbone network, the Beijing-Shanghai network, later this year. The 2,000-kilometer backbone network will be used in the fields of finance, electronics and government affairs. Experts say quantum communication could enter everyday life in about 10 years, securing online banking and payments.

Gogo (GOGO) to Work with China Telecom Satellite

From http://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/Gogo+(GOGO)+to+Work+with+China+Telecom+Satellite/11938396.html

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Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, announced today that it has received regulatory approval from the various Chinese regulatory bodies through its local partner China Telecom Satellite, and will work with China Telecom Satellite to offer in-flight connectivity service on International flights operating in and out of China starting in October.

"This is really a ground-breaking moment as we expand our global reach as an organization into China and other parts of the world. For passengers on Gogo equipped flights currently flying into China, this means they will be able to enjoy seamless service once they reach Chinese air space," said Gogo's president and CEO, Michael Small. "We believe China Telecom Satellite will be a very strong and effective partner for China's in-flight communication market and both parties will extend the cooperation to Chinese airlines in the future."

"Gogo is a world-leading in-flight connectivity service provider and we look forward to a partnership that takes full advantage of our respective abilities to deliver superior in-flight connectivity service for both International and Chinese airlines," said Lv Junli, president of China Telecom Satellite.

Gogo currently has one International airline partner operating with service to China, and recently announced it has signed a term sheet with Beijing based Shareco Technologies to install its 2Ku in-flight connectivity technology on 50 commercial aircraft for Shareco's airline partners, including Hainan Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines. In addition to in-flight connectivity, Gogo will also provide its wireless in-flight entertainment solution – Gogo Vision – for Shareco to install on these aircraft.

Telekom Malaysia 4K Olympics showcase

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/15/telekom-malaysia-4k-olympics-showcase/

Telekom Malaysia’s IPTV service, HyppTV is showcasing the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in 4K quality, a first in Malaysia, in a special event at Sunway Pyramid, the official venue partner for the showcase. The event was held to preview HyppTV’s breakthrough innovation in TV broadcasting, together with its technology partner, Huawei.

The 4K technology will soon be gracing the public’s TV screens. This is made possible via UniFi bandwidth capabilities and Huawei’s technology on the service’s IPTV network.

Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, Group Chief Executive Officer, Telekom Malaysia (TM), said: “As the nation’s Convergence Champion, TM is indeed excited to be the first Malaysia’s TV Operator to offer enriched premium, world class entertainment content with 4K broadcast quality to its customers, further enhancing our entertainment proposition and more importantly providing an enhanced viewing experience for our customers on HyppTV soon. This wholesome viewing experience is possible through the stability and flexibility of UniFi fibre optic network and Huawei’s technical support in advanced broadcast technology.”

“As Malaysia’s official IPTV broadcaster of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games through HyppSports HD, HyppTV is Malaysia’s first TV operator capable of showcasing the Games in 4K quality. So we are excited to offer this unique viewing experience to the public for the first time at Sunway Pyramid for the whole duration of the Games starting 9 until 23 August,” he added.

Abraham Liu, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Malaysia, said, “We are very pleased to support TM in bringing the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in 4K to Malaysian viewers. TM is the leading IPTV service provider in Malaysia and today’s event sees TM bringing the next wave of revolution in home entertainment and video to the nation. As a long-term strategic partner to TM, Huawei will keep leveraging its innovation capabilities and global experience to provide the best broadcasting service to TM’s customers.”

HyppTV customers are currently enjoying up to 1080 pixels Full High Definition (HD) quality broadcast format of Live TV channels and Video-On-Demand (VoD) content. HyppTV is currently working with Huawei as the technology partner to develop its 4K broadcast capability and will bring in variety of world-class entertainment content available in Ultra HD quality. With these efforts, HyppTV customers will soon enjoy premium content with greater picture details, lifelike images, higher frame rates and better sound quality.

iPlayer loophole closure to block 4,000 hours of content

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/12/iplayer-loophole-closure-to-block-4000-hours-of-content/

On September 1st, users of BBC’s on-demand service, iPlayer, will no longer be legally allowed to access it without a TV licence, currently paid for by some 26 million households. According to findings from research firm Ampere Analysis, this will deprive them of access to nearly 4,000 hours of on-demand content, around 75 per cent of which is available in HD.

This 4,000 hours, spanning nearly 6,000 episodes across 1,000 titles, includes around 2,600 hours of catch-up content from the past month, as well as many Olympic events which are not accessible on any of BBC’s linear channels.

Until now, popular BBC shows such as Sherlock, Doctor Who and Top Gear have been accessible free of charge and advertisements for all UK residents. Now those not paying the licence fee face a fine of up to £1,000 for using BBC iPlayer, which is used in the average month by more than a third of consumers, according to Ampere consumer data.

The closure of the loophole is aimed at discouraging cord-cutter households from evading the licence fee, which currently stands at £145.50 per year. Any additional funds raised will contribute towards the upcoming deficit of £650 million per year when the BBC has to cover the cost of TV licence fees for those aged over 75, currently subsidised by the government.


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Foxtel adds subscribers despite Netflix threat

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/foxtel-adds-subscribers-despite-netflix-threat/news-story/577b06307348c3937a64ff9ccade51c0

Foxtel has increased subscribers 4.6 per cent as the pay-TV operator shows some fortitude in the face of heightened competition from streaming giant Netflix and Optus.

Total subscribers reached 2.9 million in fiscal year 2016, up from 2.8 million in the prior period, mainly due to an uptick in residential subscribers receiving the service via cable or satellite.

Belying concerns about its growth prospects, revenue pushed 4.6 per cent higher to $3.3 billion. Earnings before interest and taxes rose 8.8 per cent to $558 million.

Lower earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation was primarily due to a bigger programming budget, higher offer costs and continued investment in internet-based TV service Presto.
The performance shows customers are responding to Foxtel’s investment in more high-quality TV and innovative new services despite intense rivalry from competitors like Optus.

The telco last year snatched English Premier League rights from Foxtel’s sports programming broadcaster Fox Sports.

The rate at which customers defect to rivals went up 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 per cent, up from a churn rate of 10.9 per cent.
This was due to the introduction of no fixed-term contract offers, said Telstra, which owns half of Foxtel in parnership with News Corp, publisher of The Australian.

The results come after new chief executive Peter Tonagh took the helm at the company in March, instantly vowing to revamp its corporate strategy.

In his first major interview, the former News Corp Australia CEO told The Australian he will ditch Foxtel’s “walled garden” plan to focus on “open access” as the industry goes through an unprecedented period of deal-making and technological change.

Foxtel’s results were released by Telstra in its full-year results.

Sky TV's injunction bid rejected

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11692510

The injunction sought to limit the way in which Fairfax was using video from the Rio Olympic Games on its website, stuff.co.nz. Photo / AP

Sky Television has lost its bid to get a High Court injunction against Fairfax over the media company's use of Olympic video.

Justice John Fogarty, after a two day hearing, released his decision in person this afternoon in a packed Auckland courtroom.

Sky argued that Fairfax's use of Olympic footage directly competed with its own broadcasts and that it needed an injunction to ensure its copyright "was not eaten away and undermined".

Sky had paid "many of millions of dollars" for its broadcast rights, the court heard.

The injunction sought to limit the way in which Fairfax was using video from the Games on its website, stuff.co.nz.

Fairfax opposed the bid and argued that its use of Sky's broadcasts fell within fair dealing rules of New Zealand copyright law. These rules allow media to use copyrighted works - like sports broadcasts - for the reporting of current events.

Fairfax argued that it was impossible at an injunction hearing to decide a "bright-line" rule to determine whether its use of Sky's Olympic material breached fair dealing rules. Justice Fogarty agreed.

"The standard of fair dealing is just that, it's a standard not a rule. It cannot be applied precisely. I use the term 'rule' to cover simple rules such as 'no parking on this spot between 9am and 5pm'...here is a standard saying 'you must deal fairly'. Applications of standards can be obvious: 'Do not go outside if it's wet'. If it is pouring with rain one knows one doesn't go outside but what if the odd spot is falling. Is that wet?," he asked.

Fairfax said this week it wanted the case to go to a trial, but Justice Fogarty said he doubted it would.

"If this case goes to a substantive hearing, which I doubt, it's the function of the judge to make the call whether the standard of fair dealing applies or not to one or more of [Fairfax's] upload," Justice Fogarty said.

One of Sky's arguments this week was that if a user went to stuff.co.nz and watched one Olympic video then another played automatically once it finished.

Sky's lawyer Julian Miles, QC, argued that this was a "mounting montage of highlights".

Justice Fogarty's believed that the auto-playing of clips went well beyond any sensible interpretation of fair dealing.

However, the judge said that Fairfax had since disabled that auto-play function.

Justice Fogarty did not believe it was possible an interim injunction hearing could decide whether or not the use of video footage of the end of a race or a winning shot goes beyond fair dealing.

Although Sky had a reasonable argument that Fairfax's conduct should have more closely followed the rules the paid-TV company had negotiated with the likes of TVNZ and MediaWorks, Justice Fogarty said it was not possible for the court to make a ruling on that without a full trial.

"If an injunction were granted it is likely to end the dispute. The court looks for a strong argument in the favour of the application in such a case. I'm of the view that such a strong argument is there for the applicant, Sky, in respect of the [automatic-playing] function. However, its my understand that Fairfax has agreed that the [automatic-playing function] as it was set up before this case cannot be defended... therefore any future occurrence of it is likely to be met by a mandatory interim injunction," the judge said.

He gave leave for Sky to come back to the court in that event. He reserved costs.

Sky chief executive John Fellet did not wish to comment.

Fairfax group executive editor Sinead Boucher said the decision was "validation" that the company was acting properly with its coverage.

"It is a great day for press freedom in our country. And it is a great day for all New Zealanders who want to follow and support our Olympic heroes," Boucher said.

Boucher said if the matter goes to trial then Fairfax would defend itself.

(Craig's comment, good to see some common sense. Skys coverage of the Olympics has been terrible. Their Olympics website is still down.)

PIPCU Raids ‘Pirate’ TV Streaming Operation, Three Arrested

From https://torrentfreak.com/pipcu-raids-pirate-tv-streaming-operation-three-arrested 160811/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Torrentfreak+%28Torrentfreak%29

The UK's Police Intellectual Property Unit has raided a UK-based pirate TV streaming operation said to be responsible for the distribution of thousands of illegal devices worldwide. In addition to the seizure of dozens of servers, three men have been arrested.

cityoflondonpoliceLast month saw the shutdown of KickassTorrents and the arrest of its alleged founder, a development which sent shockwaves through the file-sharing community.

That was followed by the surprise shutdown of Torrentz, the world’s largest torrent meta-search engine. It’s not known why the site chose to close its doors but its departure from the scene was somewhat more orderly than that of KAT.

Meanwhile, and as revealed in our earlier report, streaming continues to prove increasingly popular with Internet users, a fact the authorities are well aware of.

With that in mind, the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Unit (PIPCU) has just carried out a new operation against individuals it believes are involved in streaming content online and distributing set-top boxes modified to receive it.

Following a series of dawn raids carried out yesterday morning in Lancashire, PIPCU arrested three men aged 36, 40 and 58, on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences.

PIPCU say that the operation received assistance from local police and a forensic investigator from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

While previous operations against streaming pirates have usually resulted in the seizure of Kodi-enabled Android set-top boxes, this operation appears to have gone a step up the chain.

Photographs provided by PIPCU show what appears to be a somewhat sophisticated operation, beginning with satellite TV reception.

The PIPCU operation spanned three residential addresses and an as-yet-unnamed business premises. It seems likely that the photograph of the server room shown below was taken in the latter location. Thus far, PIPCU say they have seized approximately 30 servers.

In addition, PIPCU say they also recovered set-top boxes which had been modified so that users could access hundreds of premium subscription-only channels.

“Some of the channels available on the devices include pay-per-view sports, the latest movies and UK broadcast television only available to UK licence fee payers. Officers have also identified 15 satellites,” PIPCU report.

Neither the police nor FACT have provided any information which allows us to easily identify those arrested or their operation. However, there are a number of clues which point us in a particular direction.

Firstly, PIPCU claims that the devices were being sold as legitimate products that could provide content to users anywhere in the world for an annual fee of around £400. Second, the unit also identified a small town with a population of just 41,000.

So, given the location of the raids and the specific nature and size of the business, TorrentFreak sources familiar with IPTV operators in the UK told us that one company in particular stands out as the most likely candidate.

The outfit has not yet responded to our requests for comment so naturally we won’t name them, but we do know that they offer IPTV packages to the expat market and those abroad for just a few pounds less than the £400 mentioned by PIPCU.

The packages (and indeed the hardware) are also marketed and sold as entirely legitimate. We’re also aware that a staff member at the company was previously involved in another business dealing in satellite communications.

At the time of writing their website is still up and running and registered to a business premises in Chorley, Lancashire, the town mentioned by PIPCU. Furthermore, a posting discovered online by TF indicates that the IPTV operation had been established for a number of years and was recently running 30 servers.

In a statement, head of PIPCU, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Ratcliffe, described the outfit as “a significant and highly resourced operation to distribute pirated television on an industrial scale” to tens of thousands of people across the globe.

“Operations like this remain an integral part of protecting livelihoods supported by the entertainment industry and the law abiding public who pay for their channels with their hard earned cash,” he said.

Director General of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, Kieron Sharp, said his organization will continue to pursue those engaged in this growing area of piracy.

“Illegally modified set-top boxes, along with infringing apps and add-ons, have created new opportunities for criminality and piracy. Tackling these threats and the people behind them is one of our highest priorities and therefore today’s multi-agency action is another great result for law enforcement and the creative industries,” Sharp said.

“We will continue to work with our members and partners, such as the City of London Police, to crack down on those involved in the illegal supply of these boxes so that both the content and its creators are protected.”

When TF has solid information concerning the identity of the company involved we will post an update.

Recovered satellite to receive ‘post-mortem’

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/11/recovered-satellite-to-receive-post-mortem/

Satellites, once launched, tend not to come back to Earth. Geostationary communications satellites, once they have reached their end-of-life are sent to a ‘graveyard’ orbit a few hundred kilometres above their normal orbits. Other lower-orbiting satellites usually descend to Earth in a safe fireball that burns them up.

But back in 1992 a European Space Agency 3-tonne satellite was placed into a low orbit of 500 kilometres by the Space Shuttle Atlantic, and then retrieved a year later by the Endeavour Shuttle and brought back to Earth. The intention at the time was to refurbish the craft but the mission was cancelled due to lack of funds.

The satellite, called Eureca (European Retrievable Carrier), was designed with a number of scientific missions on board. During its year in space it was bombarded with cosmic rays, extreme temperatures and vibrations and perhaps even microscopic damage.

The satellite has spent the past 16 years as an exhibit at the Lucerne Museum of Transport. Now scientists at Switzerland’s Material Science & Technology Laboratory (EMPA) have borrowed the satellite and started examining the satellite with deeply penetrating X-rays from every angle with a special X-ray unit that is capable of using high-energy radiation in order to produce very high resolution images.

The satellite will be returned to the Lucerne museum in November.


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Rio Olympics video clips on Stuff website 'exploitation', says Sky TV

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11691123

Sky Television says Fairfax's use of Olympic Games video clips directly competes with its own broadcasts and it wants an injunction against the media company to ensure its copyright "was not eaten away and undermined", the High Court has heard.

Sky's lawyer Julian Miles, QC, said the company had spent millions of dollars for the rights to broadcast the event.

Miles said the injunction wasn't an attempt to prevent New Zealanders from watching the Olympics and that Sky had 12 channels devoted to the Games, with about 15 hours of coverage a day being screened on free-to-air Prime Television.

"We say the way in which Fairfax has taken our footage and used it in the way they have is not reporting for the purpose of current events, it is essentially for entertainment," Miles told Justice John Fogarty in the High Court at Auckland this afternoon.

"The exploitation of Sky's footage competes directly with what it paid for", he said.

It damaged Sky's core business and deprived the television network of the full benefit of what it paid for, he said.

"Continuous posting [online] of video clips effectively produces an ongoing highlights package which is the antithesis of news reporting," Miles said.

He said the Fairfax website stuff.co.nz was posting clips of the Games that remain online for as long as the media company chooses.

Sky TV seeks Fairfax injunction over Rio Olympics video

"You have a continuous mounting montage of highlights," he said.

"It directly competes with continuous filming that Sky has set up on its 12 channels and the free-to-air Prime."

There had already been a dip in the viewer numbers that Sky had anticipated, Miles said.

He described Fairfax as "an outlier" both internationally and locally, comparing its actions to the way that NZME - publisher of the Herald - MediaWorks and TVNZ were using Olympics footage.

Fairfax, for instance, had run a 55-second video from a women's rugby game while another media company used 15 seconds of footage, he said.

Before the Olympics even began, the use of video footage had proved a contentious issue for both Fairfax and NZME.

Both news organisations withdrew their reporting teams from Rio after failing to secure an agreement with Sky over the use of Games footage on their news websites.

Miles said in court this afternoon that what Sky had offered other media organisations was well beyond "what fair dealing might amount to".

Fairfax is defending the injunction and its Queen's Counsel, David Goddard, told Justice Fogarty this afternoon that the company's use of Sky's material was "modest".

A function where videos would keep playing one after the other on stuff.co.nz had recently been disabled for Olympic material, he said.

He rejected Miles' "dichotomy" between news and entertainment and suggested his fellow lawyer must have had "very boring teachers at school".

"Information and entertainment on a good day are not mutually exclusive," Goddard said.

He agreed when Justice Fogarty asked if the video clips at issue were "modern day reporting".

Reporting of current events needed to be done in a way that the public was interested in, Goddard said.

"There's no point in attaching little messages about the outcome of events to the legs of a thousand pigeons and releasing them from the Fairfax building," he told told the judge.

He said Fairfax had long-standing internal guidelines on what represented fair use and had complied with these.

It strived to act responsibly and believed it had done so.

"The fact that Sky's expectations about revenue haven't been met tells us absolutely nothing about the impact of any conduct by Fairfax," he said.

"New Zealand doesn't have rules about requiring free-to-air live broadcasting of key public events and what that means is the role of the news media in informing the public is all the more important," he said.

The hearing continues tomorrow.

China launches satellite to take high-res images Of Earth

From http://news.az/articles/world/111506

China launched a high-resolution imaging satellite on Wednesday, the country’s first low-orbit remote sensing satellite, Xinhua news agency reported.

The synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite, called Gaofen-3, was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province at 6:55 a.m. local time (6:55 p.m. EDT Tuesday), IBTimes reported.

The launch vehicle for Gaofen-3 was a Long March 4C rocket, and Wednesday’s launch was the 223rd mission by the Chinese-made Long March carrier rockets. The SAR satellite can capture images that are accurate down to one meter (about three feet) in distance and will operate as an all-weather 24-hour observation platform, according to Xinhua. It “will be used for disaster warning, weather forecasting, water resource assessments, and the protection of maritime rights.”

The indigenously-developed Gaofen-3 has 12 imagine modes and a lifespan of eight years. It will primarily be used by the State Oceanic Administration of China.

The Gaofen (the word means high resolution) project was started by China in 2013, and five satellites have already been launched under the program. Gaofen-4, launched late in 2015, was the first geosynchronous satellite launched by the Asian powerhouse.

The satellite and the Long March 4C rocket were developed by the China Academy of Space Technology and the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology.

Thaicom net profit increases 3.3 per cent in second quarter

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thaicom-net-profit-increases-3-3-per-cent-in-secon-30292548.html

THAICOM’S NET profit in the second quarter was Bt591 million, up by Bt19 million, or 3.3 per cent, from Bt572 million in the same period last year, the satellite operator announced.

Compared with the first quarter of 2016, consolidated net profit decreased by Bt109 million, or 15.6 per cent, from Bt700 million, mainly because of a drop in revenue from conventional satellite services.

Chief executive officer Paiboon Panuwattanawong said the decrease in operating results over the past quarter, particularly from broadcast services, followed Thailand's slowing economic growth.

However, Thaicom has planned for such circumstances by turning to overseas markets and customers in the Asean Economic Community and South Asia regions, which are both key markets for Thaicom.

Meanwhile Thaicom says it is developing new and innovative value-added services to expand business opportunities around the ability of its satellites to cover users anywhere.

Thaicom says it is continuing to strive for complete and sufficient network coverage while seeking new customers, expanding into international markets, and developing products and service innovations to meet consumer and business-sector needs.

The Thaicom 8 satellite was recently launched into orbit and is ready to provide added capacity to support the transition to high-definition and ultra-high-definition broadcasting as they become increasingly popular.

Thaicom says it is also leveraging satellite capabilities to drive mobility. Satellite signals now provide connectivity aboard the Thai battleship HTMS Chakri Naruebet, while third- and fourth-generation mobile backhaul over satellite provides mobile users with coverage anywhere and at any time under both normal and crisis conditions.

Thaicom's Internet and media-services subsidiary, CS LoxInfo (CSL), saw declining revenue from its YellowPages media and advertising, voice info, and mobile-content services this past quarter, while the Internet Data Center (IDC) and ADSL for Condominium services continued to grow. The ADSL for Condominium service had 8,372 subscribers at the end of the second quarter, up 333.8 per cent from the same period of last year.

In Laos, Lao Telecommunications Co (LTC) saw continued growth in revenue, particularly from mobile data and Internet SIM services as well as equipment sales.

Akamai delivers record traffic for Rio

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/10/akamai-delivers-record-traffic-for-rio/

Akamai has already delivered more video traffic for Rio than whole London games in 2012.

In a statement, the CDN specialist said: “On Monday [August 1st], during the third day of Rio, Akamai had already exceeded the total amount of video data that it delivered for all 17 days of London in 2012.”

Akamai has previously stated that the company is expecting 100x more live streaming than London and Sochi, at 2 times the speed and 3 times the traffic peaks.

Japanese uncertain about 8K benefits

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/10/japanese-uncertain-about-8k-benefits/

Japan has now been test-broadcasting its 8K services for a week. The coverage includes time-delayed transmissions of the Rio Olympics, plus other documentary and drama productions made in 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’.

The Japanese public, however, cannot see the tests on domestic receivers. Instead NHK has set up ‘public viewing’ demonstrations in six locations around Tokyo and Osaka. Japanese public broadcaster

NHK’s president Katsuto Momii, speaking at the start of the demo, said: “A new page has been opened in the history of broadcasting. I hope viewers can appreciate the images and sounds that give you the feeling that you are there, which is only possible with the new technology.”

Currently only a handful of 8K TV sets are available, and they are veryexpensive. Sharp, for example, have a very nice 8K TV, at $130,000. LG and Samsung are each reported to be planning to introduce 8K units this year.

Ichiro Takagi, president of Sony’s TV business division, told The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper that Sony were enthusiastic about heading toward the development of 8K. “As a Japanese manufacturer, we will closely follow the trend,” he said, and confirmed that Sony were considering introducing 8K sets in time for the Tokyo Games in 2020, but added that for the time being, Sony would concentrate their efforts on “developing the image quality of 4K, and improving content.”



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东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星Ku频段,Tata Sky 4K(宣传)频道消失,设置11630 V 32720参数无效接收。 [8月8日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星Ku频段,Testservice 1(测试)等3个频道新增,设置11470 V 32720参数有条件接收。 [8月8日]

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Australian '$1m lunch box' satellites to search thermosphere for answers

From https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/09/australian-1m-lunch-box-satellites-to-search-thermosphere-for-answers

Fifty CubeSat miniature satellites – three of them Australian – will be launched from the International Space Station in January

Several Australian universities are contributing to research into Earth’s thermosphere. Photograph: UNSW

Researchers hope to discover more about a little-understood understood layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, known as the thermosphere, when they launch 50 miniature satellites known as CubeSats from the International Space Station in January.

Three Australian-built miniature satellites are being contributed to the international project known as QB50, along with 47 other satellites from around the world. The CubeSats are about the size of a lunch box, weighing about 2kg, but cost $1m each.

The thermosphere was an important part of the atmosphere because it contained the ionosphere, ionised by solar radiation, and was where temperature regulation and the filtering of X-rays and ultraviolet radiation occurred, said the director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, Professor Andrew Dempster.

One of CubeSats, built by the University of New South Wales and named UNSW-Ec0, will carry an Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer instrument to study the composition of the thermosphere.

“Random atoms striking the on board detector will be stripped of electrons, allowing the instrument to identify what elements they are,” a statement from the university said. “This level of detail, over such a long period of time, has never been undertaken before.”

The two other Australian CubeSats are named INSPIRE-2, built jointly by the University of Sydney, the University of NSW and the Australian National University and which will measure the temperature and density of the ionopshere, and SUSat, built by the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

The CubeSats will all be launched to the space station in December by an Orbital ATK Antares rocket inside a Cygnus cargo freighter. They will be deployed in January, spiralling downwards from the station’s orbit in the thermosphere 380km above Earth.

Dr Elias Aboutanios, a UNSW-Ec0 project leader and senior lecturer in signal processing at the University’s Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, said the satellites would then descend to about 150km over a period of between three and 12 months, where they would start to combust.

The satellites will collect data from the region between 200km and 380km, he said.

“The difficulty in studying the thermosphere in the past has been due to the fact whatever you send into it doesn’t stay there for long, because there is enough air in the thermosphere to make satellites drop down towards Earth quickly,” Aboutanios said.

“It also wasn’t cost effective, because the satellites each cost hundreds of millions of dollars.”

But advances in technology meant CubeSats had been developed which were lighter and, at $1m each, also much cheaper to build. The UNSW-Ec0 satellites had been four years in the making.

Aboutanios said while it was exciting it was to be a part of an international space project, there were nerves.

“There are things that can go wrong any time from now until they have been launched,” he said. “We still have to transport the satellites to the Netherlands and then to the US before we even get to the rocket ride itself, which in itself is nerve-wracking.

“But that is part of the excitement too. The greater the risk, the greater the excitement.”

Dempster said the thermosphere was vital to Earth-based communications and navigations systems. “AM radio waves are also refracted through the thermosphere, so the behaviour of the thermosphere affects how radio propagates, and it is also quite an important element of how satellite navigation works,” he said.

“Changes in the thermosphere can cause unwanted disturbances to satellite navigation, and you can get all sorts of errors. It is important to understand those disturbances.”

The launch will mark the first time Australian-made satellites have been sent into space since FedSat, a 58kg experimental micro-satellite launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre in 2002.

SpeedCast acquires WINS and partners with DHI

From http://www.maritimejournal.com/news101/onboard-systems/navigation-and-communication/speedcast-acquires-wins-and-partners-with-dhi

SpeedCast International Limited, the Australia-headquartered global satellite communications and network service provider, has announced its acquisition of WINS Limited which it describes as a leading European provider of innovative broadband satellite communications and IT solutions for the maritime sector. WINS provides services to over 100 passenger carrying vessels such as cruise liners and ferries and more than 2,000 merchant shipping vessels with a portfolio of VSAT, L-Band, Accounting Authority Services and International Maritime GSM services. SpeedCast says the combination of its existing unrivaled global service and operational network and WINS’ strong establishment in the European market will enable SpeedCast to grow its business rapidly in this exciting market.Tony Mejlaq, Chairman and CEO of WINS said, “We founded WINS with a vision of connecting users in any location, no matter how remote. Becoming part of the SpeedCast family enables us to join a group with real international connections, providing us with access to new markets.”On the same day, SpeedCast also announced that it has partnered with DH-INTERCOM, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, which is based in Germany and provides communications and IT services to the maritime industry, to offer global Ku-band satellite broadband services to a fleet of 50 vessels sailing worldwide.DHI will leverage SpeedCast’s global satellite infrastructure to provide high speed, high-throughput connectivity to its customer, who wish to offer crew access to Internet services, as well as gain greater efficiency on the vessels via remote monitoring and operation applications.

Rio Olympics 2016: Kiwi fans left frustrated by SKY Go

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11690063

The New Zealand women have earned a silver medal in rugby sevens' debut at the Olympic Games, but many Kiwis could not see it live.

Feedback through the Herald's live blog of the final, won by Australia, reported the Sky Go service was incapacitated for much of the game and the Prime Television coverage was at least one half behind the live proceedings.

The Sevens Sisters received $4.9 million of taxpayer money for their Rio Olympic campaign according to High Performance Sport New Zealand documentation.

Sky states in its advertising that "With over 20 years in the business, we love working hard to reward more than 800,000 customers with unique experiences, everyday".

The company's website claims: "As a New Zealand company, we're proud to service the whole country from Cape Reinga to the Bluff."

A tweet from the Sky account said: "Apologies, we're experiencing a technical problem with SKY Go, you can see Rio coverage on TV or using our Olympics On SKY app."

The Herald received a barrage of complaints related to the failure.

Examples included:

- "Stupid Sky Go again! this is unbelievable! Have they not learnt from previous errors?" - Steve Brock

- "I have been trying for 20 mins straight to get on to Sky Go. Not the first time this has happened. Pretty unacceptable." - Mitch Bridges

- "Sky go app is down cause all of them are too busy watching the game..." - Alanna Currie

- "SkyGo - what a surprise! Grrrrr..." - Bex Johnston

- "Congrats on the Silver NZ! SKYGO you're a disgrace." - RK

- "Everyone should message Fair Go for them to investigate and front up about Sky Go issues. Pretty unfair to under deliver a service they advertise all the time" - Where is Sky Go

- "Thanks Herald for coverage. SkyGo hopeless just when you need it all systems go!" - Robbie

- "SkyGO down just at the time of 7s match... they dictate broadcast rights then can't even broadcast the program themselves? When is the government going to break this monopoly... it's an insult to tax paying kiwis." - Really Sky

There was a similar issue with the company's online service yesterday, prompting Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way to say the issues might have stemmed from users' internet connections.

"That service relies on an internet connection so it could be down to the individual's service in that area.

"We've got nothing on our radar, I've got no outage reports of Sky Go at all. It'll be down to an individual basis and probably an internet connection."

NZME is seeking further comment from Sky after today's complaints.

Fiji Group records loss

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=366064

FIJI Television Ltd Group has recorded a net loss for the year ended June 30, 2016, $666,124 compared with a profit of $1.63 million that was recorded in 2015.

However, Fiji TV Ltd, which operates the free-to-air channel Fiji One, recorded a net profit after income tax of $9m compared with the profit of $40,586 recorded in 2015.

The principal activities of the Group during the financial year was the operation of commercial free to air and subscription television broadcasting services and the selling and servicing of radio, television and communications products. This was revealed in its financial year ended June 30, which was released yesterday.

On January 29, 2016, Fiji TV sold 100 per cent of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Media Niugini Ltd to Telikom PNG Ltd.

In addition, the company sold its subscription television broadcasting division, Sky Pacific, to Digicel Fiji Ltd on April 1, this year.

As the result of the sale of Media Niugini Ltd, it has been treated as discontinued operations in the financial statement.

The company was also discontinued operation in June 30, 2015, financial statements as well and the comparative consolidated statement of comprehensive income shows the discontinued operation separately from continuing operations.

On September 17, 2015, the company announced that it had entered into negotiations with Digicel Fiji Ltd for the sale of 100 per cent of its subscription television broadcasting division, Sky Pacific.

The sale was completed on April 1, 2016. As a result, the Sky Pacific division has been treated as a discontinued operation and the company statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income has been restated to show the discontinued operation separately from the continuing operations.

Spreading Critical DoD Space Capabilities Over More Satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Spreading_Critical_DoD_Space_Capabilities_Over_More_Satellites_999.html

For decades, the most secure and protected U.S. military satellite network has served both a strategic and a tactical purpose. But now with space becoming a more contested and militarized theater, there is an ongoing conversation within the DoD to separate - or disaggregate - the strategic and tactical functions of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite constellation.

Three of the planned six AEHF satellites have been launched so far to replace the aging Milstar constellation. Both constellations have the strategic role of maintaining command and control communications in the event of a catastrophe such as nuclear war and a tactical role of transmitting communications and data to and from areas of military operations.

The disaggregation of these functions may better protect the DoD's capabilities in space. A recent Space News article explained:

"During that [study period], the Air Force and the broader national security space community it serves have been debating the value of disaggregation: spreading critical space capabilities among batches of smaller, highly specialized satellites instead of building a handful of super-expensive "exquisite" satellites jam-packed with top-shelf features. Proponents argue that presenting an enemy with numerous lower-value targets instead of a much smaller number of high-value targets would make it harder to degrade the U.S. military's space-enabled battlefield advantages."

There are other important benefits to separating the strategic and tactical roles of AEHF. Moving the tactical function to different satellite payloads would enable the DoD to take advantage of technological advances in commercial SATCOM capability. Separating the two functions also makes sense because the strategic role of AEHF is inherently in the government's domain while wideband tactical communications are already carried, in large part, by commercial operators.

Putting the tactical function on other satellites would also give the DoD an opportunity to encourage collaboration with both the commercial industry and allied nations. These points were made by Douglas Loverro, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy in an article from Aviation Week (registration required):

"Interoperability is most easily achieved when established as a requirement in a program's early stages, says Douglas Loverro... With the U.S. and its closest allies preparing to spend more on their respective military satellite communications fleets in the next decade, there is an opportunity to cultivate greater compatibility across these systems."

"'That is going to provide a much better capability than anything we could do individually, or if we share after the fact,' Loverro said at the MilSatCom USA conference in Arlington, Virginia, organized by the SMi Group of London, on June 28-29. 'So I would urge us all to commit to that goal, to create a unified satellite communications system' by about 2025.?'"

There is certainly precedent for taking a collaborative and innovative approach to tactical SATCOM. The Australian Defense Force (ADF) turned to Intelsat General for a UHF hosted payload aboard IS-22 launched in 2012.

The IS-22 hosted payload delivered substantial reductions in cost and time to capability for the Australian military. Leasing the UHF bandwidth would have cost the Australians 180 percent more than the hosted solution, and procuring a new satellite would have cost them twice as much.

There is funding in place that could potentially be used for separating AEHF. The Air Force's Pathfinder program is an effort to purchase commercial SATCOM capacity in more efficient ways. While future Pathfinders are not yet fully defined, they are fully funded: $30 million in fiscal year 2017; $41 million in FY2018; and $50 million in FY2019.

The decision on whether to separate these two functions on separate satellite payloads is expected by year's end. There are elements of space communications that should be entirely in the hands of the DoD. The strategic function of AEHF certainly belongs in that category. Yet there are others elements of SATCOM where the DoD could do a much better job embracing the superior flexibility and performance of commercial technology.

As is often the case when it comes to change, the challenge is cultural more than technical. Loverro admitted as much in the Aviation Week article:

"It's not a matter of, 'Can it work?' it's a matter of, 'Do we want it to work?' he says." 'If we want to make it work, it will.'"

DISH targets Loolbox in anti-piracy push

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/09/dish-targets-loolbox-in-anti-piracy-push/

In its latest effort to combat piracy further, US pay-TV operator DISH has filed a lawsuit against the makers of the Loolbox streaming device, which unlawfully retransmits numerous Arabic TV channels. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas and names Defendants Lool Tech Co., Limited and Shenzhen Bilinren Technology Co., Ltd., d/b/a Shenzhen Lool Tech Co., Ltd.

As outlined in the complaint, makers of the Loolbox device are capturing broadcasts of Arabic television channels that are licensed exclusively to DISH in the United States, including Al Jazeera Arabic News, MBC1, MBC Drama and MBC Kids. The Defendants then unlawfully retransmit those channels to consumers who have purchased the Loolbox set-top box.

Consumers access the channels through a feature on Loolbox called ‘Live TV’, which is used to retransmit programming over the Internet to users in real time, nearly simultaneously with the content’s original authorised transmission. Loolbox achieves this in several ways, including by capturing signals of the channels without authorisation and using a peer-to-peer network to distribute the signal to other users.

“Loolbox profits by stealing our signal and selling it to consumers, while using those same consumers’ home Internet to further transmit our programming to additional consumers,” said Fares Akkad, head of distribution and digital business development, MBC Group. “While the Loolbox may seem like an attractive deal, it is a scam that consumers should avoid if they want programming that is high-quality, reliable and legal. We commend DISH for their efforts to combat piracy and provide consumers with an affordable, viable source of entertainment.”

Earlier in 2016, DISH and several programmers filed a suit against makers of the h.tv device for unlawful transmission of Chinese programming. DISH also filed a lawsuit against Greek content provider Ellas TV alleging that it and its owner obtained a DISH satellite receiver and proceeded to redistribute DISH’s Sport Plus channel to Ellas TV’s own streaming television service without authorisation.

The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) – a coalition of leading international broadcasters organised to prevent unauthorised streaming and illegal distribution of international television content – praised DISH for its filing. “This lawsuit is important as it shows that service providers such as DISH will not tolerate piracy of television content,” said Chris Kuelling, Executive Director of IBCAP. “We stand with DISH as it takes this critical step to fight illegal activity in court.”

Hulu to drop the last of its free TV and launch own live service

From https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/aug/08/hulu-drops-free-episodes-launch-live-tv

Free TV episodes that the website was originally known for will be gone in a few weeks, as Hulu makes plans for real-time broadcasting

While Hulu began as a free site, free video has become more difficult to find as the company tries to tempt viewers to a subscription.
While Hulu began as a free site, free video has become more difficult to find as the company tries to tempt viewers to a subscription. Photograph: Dan Goodman/AP

Hulu is dropping the free TV episodes that it was initially known for as it works on an online television service to rival cable TV.

Free episodes – typically the most recent four or five episodes from a show’s current season – will be gone from the site within a few weeks. Instead, Hulu is making free episodes available through Yahoo.

While Hulu started as a free site, supported by advertising, free video has become increasingly more difficult to find as Hulu tries to lure viewers into a subscription – $8 a month for a plan with ads, and $12 without. In recent months, visitors to Hulu.com have been presented with prominent links to subscribe, with links to free video buried in a menu after signing in.

And free episodes haven’t been available on Hulu’s mobile apps or streaming-TV devices, just on Hulu.com from a traditional computer. Now, they won’t be on Hulu.com at all.

Devotees of Hulu’s free on-demand videos will be able to find them by visiting the new Yahoo View site from a computer. The Yahoo site will not have free episodes of CW shows such as Arrow and The Flash, as Hulu has been offering, because CW has a broader deal with Netflix instead.

Yahoo says it will have the past five episodes of ABC, NBC and Fox shows available. The Fox shows will appear eight days after their TV airing, as is the practice at Hulu.com now. Yahoo will also have some older CBS shows.

The episodes on Yahoo are not currently available on a phone, although Yahoo is working on a mobile web version and an app. Yahoo says the mobile version will be free, but it may not have all the same video as the desktop computer site because of content licensing restrictions.

Hulu says relatively few people watch the free videos. It now has about 12 million subscribers who pay for original shows, the entire current seasons of some network shows and access to Hulu’s library on mobile and streaming-TV devices like Roku.

Hulu also plans to launch a live online TV service next year. It would show broadcast and cable channels in real time, without making viewers wait until the next day for episodes.

In a move that could make that service more appealing, Time Warner recently took a 10% stake in Hulu, joining the TV and movie conglomerates – Walt Disney , 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal – that already owned it. Time Warner plans to contribute some of its channels, including TNT and TBS, to the new service.

Several other companies already offer live, paid TV over the internet, including Sony and Dish. DirecTV plans a service for later this year as well.

Yahoo also has broader ambitions for View. It wants to add video from other Yahoo properties and from other networks and studios. However, its previous attempt at an online video hub, Yahoo Screen, shut down in January, despite having new episodes of the cult comedy “Community” after its cancellation by NBC.

Verizon, which is buying Yahoo to help the phone company grow a digital advertising business , makes TV episodes and short videos available on its go90 mobile app. Phil Lynch, the head of media and content partnerships at Yahoo, says that as the deal gets closer to closing early next year, it “makes sense that we have integration discussions.”


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He has also modified an "abc iview" addon which also works well


Sunday feeds

D1 12429 V Sr 6999 NRL
D1 12643 V Sr 7200 AFL

Saturday feed

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 AFL

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3993 V "Anhui TV" is Fta again.

SES 7 108.2E 2535 V "ETTV Asia News" has started on , Videoguard.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3895 H "Ummat TV Quran" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3820 V "Zee Cinemalu and Zee Yuva" have started on , Conax.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H Global Movies, Global Drama and Global Punjabi have started on , Fta. Ala! Entertainment has left again.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4082 H "Global News" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "Global Music and N News" have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H M TV has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "Premier League TV" has left again.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Dubai Sports 3" is back on , Fta.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Fuel TV" is back on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H "WakuWaku Japan" is encrypted again.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Celestial Movies Indonesia and Celestial Movies Pinoy" are encrypted again.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "TNT Music" has started on , Fta.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Rubl" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Lotus News" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Bharat Samachar" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3874 H "Kamyab TV" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3921 H "News Flash" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Rengoni" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Travel Trendz TV and India 24x7" have left again.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Channel Lemon" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Miti 4 and Ping Channel" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "MCOT HD" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4154 H "NBT TV" is now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Music Bangla TV" is back on , Fta. IP TV has left again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "Eternal Life TV" has left again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4092 H "DBC News" has started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V Gulf TV, Powervision TV, Harvest TV and Jesus Vision TV have left

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3850 V "Colors Super" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4003 V "Sandesh News has replaced Satlon News" on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "Blessing TV" has started on , Fta. Holy TV and Goshen TV have left.

NSS 12 57.0E 4132 R "ITV Choice, RTL International and Colors" have started on , PowerVu.
NSS 12 57.0E 4147 R "Prime Telly" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,道通天地替换华纳电视(TVB)频道,设置12651 V 26667参数有条件接收。 [8月8日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星Ku频段,Tata Sky 4K(宣传)频道消失,设置11630 V 32720参数无效接收。 [8月8日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星Ku频段,Testservice 1(测试)等3个频道新增,设置11470 V 32720参数有条件接收。 [8月8日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,中国教育-1(高清)频道解密,设置4000 H 27500参数免费接收。 [8月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NEO Sports、Star Plus(MPEG-4)等3个频道加密,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、MRTV 4 HD(高清)等全组频道消失,设置12645 V 30000参数无效接收。 [8月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Edu(4 Digital)频道解密,设置3731 H 12500参数免费接收。 [8月8日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Net(印尼)频道新增,设置4035 H 6400参数免费接收。 [8月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道加密,设置3690 V 11390参数有条件接收。 [8月8日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,RTM TV 1(RTM)频道加密,设置3918 H 18385参数有条件接收。 [8月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Sports Illustrated 1替换ASN 2(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月7日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Zee Cinemalu(印度)频道新增,设置3820 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [8月7日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,AXN(巴基斯坦)频道解密,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [8月6日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,寰宇新闻二台替换民视(环宇卫视)频道,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Perviy kanal(亚洲)频道消失,设置4000 H 28125参数无效接收。 [8月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,民视新闻替换八大娱乐(数码天空)频道,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,公视 HD、中视等替换乐购生活(数码天空)等频道,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星C频段,Edge Sports HD(高清)频道解密,设置4027 H 7455参数免费接收。 [8月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Game Show、Catoon Network(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11473 V 22500参数部分免费接收。 [8月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Tlum HD(高清)频道加密,设置10985 H 35000参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,寰宇新闻二台替换民视(华人卫视)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,八大娱乐替换民视新闻(数码天空)频道,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,乐购生活替换中视、公视(数码天空)等频道,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]


Kiwi Olympic fans unhappy with online Sky TV service

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11689274

Olympic fans have expressed their frustration at being unable to watch the action from Rio on Sky TV's online service.

But Sky says they have no reports of issues with SkyGo.

Fans took to social media to vent about difficulties.

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said the issues may stem from the user's internet connection.

"That service relies on an internet connection so it could be down to the indiviual's service in that area.

"We've got nothing on our radar, I've got no outage reports of Sky Go at all. It'll be down to an individual basis and probably an internet connection."

(Craig's comment, when I looked this evening they have a place holder page up.Yet another fail from SKY. I would say it was caused when people went to work this morning and trying to access SKYGO through their desktop browser since there is no live coverage on FTA Prime TV there is no way to watch it unless your workplace has SKY TV.)

China conducts surprise launch of its first Tiantong-1 satellite


China conducted a surprise liftoff of its flagship Long March 3B booster on Friday, August 5, carrying the country’s first Tiantong mobile communications satellite. Launch of the rocket took place at 12:22 p.m. EDT (16:22 GMT) from the LC3 Launch Complex at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in Sichuan Province.

Although the success of the launch was confirmed shortly after liftoff by Chinese state-run media, there was no official indication of the upcoming mission ahead of the event. Some witnesses confused the launch with an earthquake as they reported, via social media sites, rumbling and shaking windows.

The Long March 3B rocket started its short vertical ascent lasting just a few seconds until it began pitching and rolling toward a southeasterly direction in order to fly over the Pacific Ocean. The rocket’s four boosters burned for about two minutes and 20 seconds and were then detached from the launch vehicle.

Afterward, the rocket, powered by the second stage, flew for nearly three minutes until the engines cut off, as expected. The separation of the second stage occurred at approximately five-and-a-half minutes into the flight.

Next, the third stage assumed control over the flight, tasked with deploying the Tiantong-1 spacecraft into orbit. The separation of the satellite took place about 26 minutes after liftoff.

The satellite, designated Tiantong-1 No.1, is first in the series. According to official media reports, the spacecraft is an S-Band mobile communications satellite developed by the Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and will be operated by China Telecom. However, the secretive nature of the launched sparked some rumors this satellite could be employed for military purposes.

Chinese media outlets report Tiantong-1 No.1 will operate in a geosynchronous orbit (GEO), delivering mobile communications services to China and to the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

“It is the first satellite of China’s home-made satellite mobile telecom system, and a key part of the country’s space information infrastructure,” Xinhua press agency reports.

The three-stage Long March 3B rocket used in Friday’s flight is currently the most powerful Chinese booster in service. The 180-foot (55-meter) tall booster is capable of launching up to 12 metric tons of payload to low-Earth orbit (LEO) or 5 metric tons of cargo to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

The 3B/E version that was employed for this mission is an enhanced variant of the rocket, featuring an enlarged first stage and boosters. This version was brought into service in 2007 to increase the rocket’s GTO cargo capacity and lift heavier GEO communications satellites.

Friday’s mission was the 232nd flight of the Long March rocket series and the 36th flight overall for the 3B version. It was also the fifth launch from Xichang this year. So far this year, China has conducted 10 successful orbital launches.

The next Chinese mission is currently scheduled for sometime this month (August). A Long March 2D booster is slated to send the QUantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) technology demonstrator into orbit, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. However, the exact date of the launch has yet to be announced.

In late 2016, China plans to return to human space flight. Shenzhou-11, a planned crewed mission, is slated to lift off from Jiuquan and dock with China’s upcoming second space lab, Tiangong-2, which should be in orbit by the time the crew’s Shenzhou spacecraft is sent aloft. The exact launch dates for these missions have yet to be released.

Thaicom satellite fee talks to be done fairly, says Prajin

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thaicom-satellite-fee-talks-to-be-done-fairly-says-30292369.html

TALKS between state authorities and Thaicom on whether the company’s 7 and 8 satellites should be subject to an yearly concession on top of the annual licence fee it currently pays will be based on the principles of fairness, national security and public interest, Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong has said. Prajin, who is in charge of the government’s ICT policy, said he had revealed this to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and ordered the Information and Communication Technology Ministry to enter into the negotiations.

He said that as Thaicom 8 was launched on May 27 and the company had to report on the satellite's progress within 90 days of the launch, the negotiations should be finished within 90 days, or by the end of this month.

Prajin was asked if the ministry had the authority to order Thaicom to pay an annual concession fee for the satellites.

In response, he said the negotiations should conducted carefully to avoid a legal backlash.

Last week Philip Tan, group chief executive officer of InTouch Holdings, the parent company of Thaicom, said Thaicom was open to entering into discussions on the matter in order to seek the best solution for all parties.

Payment until 2021

The ICT Ministry wants the annual concession fee paid until 2021, on top of the yearly licence fee for the two satellites Thaicom pays to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. The ministry believes the Thaicom 7 and 8 satellites have to be brought under the current concession regime covering the satellite sector as the regime does not end until 2021.

The Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 satellites operate under an ICT Ministry concession that will expire in 2021, while Thaicom 7 and 8 operated under the NBTC licensing regime. Thaicom will face higher regulatory costs if it has to the pay concession fee in addition to the licence fee.

The annual licence fee is 5.25 per cent of Thaicom's gross revenue, while the annual concession |fee is 20.5 per cent of its gross revenue.

In June Thaicom chief executive Paiboon Panuwattanawong said in a statement in reaction to this case that the government should consider the impact on Thaicom if it slaps additional conditions or more regulatory fees on two of the company's satellites.

AP Satellite Communications to merge with AP Aerospace

From http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160808000355

[DISCLOSURE] Asia Pacific Satellite Communications (APSI, 211270) announced on Aug. 8 that it will merge with Asia Pacific Aerospace at a ratio of 1:0.43 to maximize profits and sales of production sector of satellites and its components.

Shareholders can claim for stock purchase from Sept. 30 to Oct. 19. The due date for the merger is Nov. 1 and the distribution of new shares for the merged company will be publicized on Nov. 10.

Middle East has 850+ FTA channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/08/middle-east-has-850-fta-channels/

According to data from Jordan-based Arab Advisors Group (AAG), the Middle East has 854 free-to-air satellite channels broadcasting on Arabsat, Nilesat, YahLive and Noorsat (Noorsat mostly uses Eutelsat frequencies). The bad news is that only 2.1 per cent were transmitting in HD. The data was examined at the end of May 2016.

The number does include a great number of duplicated channels which transmit on both Arabsat and Nilesat in order to maximise audience reach.

HD is by and large limited to pay-TV broadcasts from the region’s pay-TV broadcasters, plus transmissions from main-stream broadcasters such MBC.

The number of satellite channels targeting the Arab region continues to grow, says AAG. The FTA landscape had a major growth of 736 per cent in the number of FTA satellite channels which broadcast in SD between January 2004 and May 2016.

In the past year, and excluding channels in the test transmission phase, reached 821, up from 762 in September 2014.


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Seven's Olympics streaming finally puts viewers in control

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/gadgets-on-the-go/sevens-olympics-streaming-finally-puts-viewers-in-control-20160804-gqlkgr.html

Rather than suffering through broadcasters butchering the schedule, this Olympiad Australian sports fans can watch whatever they like live from Rio.

Watching the Olympics on Australian television has traditionally been a painful experience if your sporting interests go beyond watching Aussies win medals in the handful of sports at which we excel like swimming. Too bad if you're interested in one of the less-popular sports or, heaven forbid, you support another country – often the best you can hope for is a quick glimpse of the action, replayed at some ungodly hour.

Seven's multi-channel Olympics coverage means Australian viewers will get to see more than Aussies swimming laps of the pool in Rio.

It's a different story this year, with Australians about to experience their first true multi-channel free-to-air Olympics coverage.

Back in 2008 at Beijing, Seven handballed some of the lower-rating events to SBS which was certainly a win for some sports fans. In 2012, Australia's Olympics coverage from London was shared between Nine and Foxtel, with Nine simulcasting the same content on 9 and GEM while Foxtel offered eight channels on pay TV.

This time around Seven is spreading its Rio free-to-air coverage across three digital channels – 7, 7TWO and 7Mate – which increases the chances of you seeing the sport you're interested in. It also reduces the need for trickery such as pretending delayed telecasts are live.

In Nine's defence, the London Olympics were before Australia's analogue television switch-off so its hands were tied when it came to making the most of its extra digital channels. Even so it still copped a lot of flak over repeating the Australian-centric swimming highlights ad nauseum, some painfully uninformed commentators and a general overabundance of commercials.

This time around Australians won't just benefit from more free-to-air channels, we also have more ways to watch them.

All of Seven's live broadcasts will be streamed online for free – via its website, the iOS/Android mobile app and the PLUS7 app on Telstra TV and the 4th-gen Apple TV. So there's no need for Australians to sneak into foreign streaming services or tap into dodgy online feeds in order to watch the Olympics live when they're away from their television. Most impressive, you can tell the app which country you support to tweak your feed.

During the London games, Foxtel offered its eight Olympic channels streamed live via its tablet app – but you couldn't just sign up for two weeks, you had to pay for a full Foxtel subscription with the sports package.

This year keen sports fans can pay $20 for the premium version of Seven's streaming service which grants you access to 36 live channels with more than 3000 hours of coverage, along with catch up and replay on demand (Telstra mobile customers can access it for free). UPDATE: The premium service is only available via the website and mobile apps, not the Apple TV/Telstra TV streaming boxes.

The fact that Seven is charging for this service doesn't sit well with some people, considering that the games are supposed to be on "free"-to-air television, but I think it's a pretty good deal.

I'm the last person to defend Australia's commercial broadcasters but the $20 service offers live streams above and beyond what you ever would have seen on broadcast television, it's not like free-to-air viewers are somehow disadvantaged – even if they don't pay $20 they'll still see more Olympics coverage than ever before. Considering that Seven is paying the IOC through the nose for the rights I'm surprised it's not more expensive.

There is always room for improvement but Seven's planned coverage from Rio is pretty much the kind of Olympic coverage we've wanted for years – assuming all those live streams don't buckle under the load. It's taken 15 years but it feels like digital television is finally delivering on its multi-channel promises.

What do you want to see from Rio and how will you watch it?

AsiaSat Settles In For Long Broadcasting Hours Of The Olympics

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=337820014

AsiaSat will be making the Olympics a sort of second home beginning Friday, August 5, with the opening of the games through the final good byes on August 21. Asia’s satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) will provide multiple transponders on AsiaSat 5 along with uplinking services to deliver live Olympic TV coverage to right holders in the Asia-Pacific.

Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Marketing and Global Accounts of AsiaSat stated, “This is the most watched global sports event in the world. We are pleased to continue to support our clients in delivering the Olympics to our vast Asian audience. Broadcasting this live global event via satellite is the most cost effective way to ensure the highest quality viewing experience. We look forward to watching the Games!”

The event is huge with many nations represented—more than 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries and regions will take part in Rio 2016. Rio is the first South American city to host the Olympic Games, with Golf rejoining the Games after 112 years and Rugby Sevens being included for the first time.

AsiaSat has been participating in providing Olympic coverage since 1990 with the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, to the more recent FIFA World Cup Brazil, Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and major European football tournaments in HD and UHD formats. AsiaSat has more than 25 years of experience in providing distribution services to broadcasters and video service providers for live sports coverage.

First-ever mobile satellite service provided across Vietnam

From http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/36349/firstever-mobile-satellite-service-provided-across-vietnam

Vietnam will be covered by a full mobile network following the launch of a mobile satellite service offered for the first time ever by a telecommunications giant.

A ceremony was organized in Hanoi on Thursday to mark the provision of VinaPhone-S, a mobile satellite service developed by Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and its subsidiary, Vinaphone, a major mobile network operator.

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised the efforts of the two organizations in the research and provision of the new service.

According to the Vietnamese head of government, the complicated geographical features of Vietnam, including high mountains and vast seas, have posed difficulty in providing mobile coverage for the entire country.

The new mobile satellite service, which helps offer signals to all localities, does not only play a significant role in the diversification of VNPT and Vinaphone’s products but also reflects the two firms’ fulfillment of social and political tasks assigned by the government, PM Phuc elaborated.

The project has essential socio-economic value, enhancing information connection and contributing to the affirmation of Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty, the premier continued.

With the ability to ensure communications under all conditions, VinaPhone-S is anticipated to be an effective tool for Vietnamese fishermen, who operate far offshore, to stay in contact with competent agencies.

To have access to the new technology, users only need a mobile device and a post-paid Vinaphone SIM card registered with the service.

VinaPhone-S can help users make phone calls, send text messages, operate their Global Positioning System (GPS), and get weather updates anywhere in Vietnam, with its coverage reaching two-thirds of the planet.

Pub fined £50k for illegal Sky Sports football

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/05/pub-fined-50k-for-illegal-sky-sports-football/

A pub landlady in the UK Midlands city of Birmingham has been fined £50,000 (€58,940) after being caught illegally showing football on Sky Sports, having earlier received a final warning for committing an identical offence. She was also told to pay £24,000 costs for breaching copyright by showing the Premier League games.

Sky Sports brought civil proceedings against Susan French, manager of The New Inn, Coventry Road, Yardley, for infringing its copyright by showing football games to customers without having valid commercial viewing agreements in place.

The ruling follows a court hearing in November 2015 where French admitted the same offence of broadcasting unauthorised Sky Sports programming in the premises. She was warned at the time that she would be fined £50,000 if she repeated the Sky Sports broadcasts.

Nevertheless, she committed further breaches on July 19 this year and was arrested at her pub and was taken to the High Court in London for a hearing before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court the following day.

The case was adjourned until July 26 where she was found to have again breached Sky’s copyright and was ordered to pay damages of £50,000 and £24,000 in costs. French has 28 days to pay the damages or incur interest charges for late payment. She also has 14 days to pay the costs.

“Orders like this result from some licensees thinking they are above the law,” declared Alison Dolan, deputy managing director at Sky Business. “The law is clear – if you choose to televise content illegally then you run the very real risk of being caught and facing substantial penalties or even arrest. The risks are not worth running.”

“Illegal broadcasting without a valid subscription is damaging to the sector, and those licensees who choose to televise content in this way should be aware that they are at high risk of being caught.”

“We’re committed to protecting Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity and this case is just the latest in our efforts to ensure they are not short changed.”


Fashion tv is officially coming to Channel 30 on Freeview (NZ).

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World's biggest fund manager boosts Sky TV stake

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11686424

The world's biggest fund manager has boosted its stake in Sky TV in a move a local analyst says is an example of the global forces driving the New Zealand sharemarket to record levels.

New York-based BlackRock, which has US$4.6 trillion ($6.4 trillion) in assets under management, has boosted its stake in the pay TV operator to 9.3 per cent from 8.3 per cent previously, according to a notice lodged with the NZX this morning.

Harbour Asset Management portfolio manager and analyst Shane Solly said buying by international investors, like BlackRock, had been "pushing the New Zealand market along".

With interest rates and bond yields at record low levels around the world, major funds are pouring capital into equity markets in order to generate income.

And the New Zealand sharemarket - whose benchmark index, the S&P/NZX 50, has gained 15.7 per cent this year - has a reputation as a solid source of dividends.

"There's just more capital chasing relative yield certainty," Solly said.

"We're seeing more of this globally and it's not going to go away in a hurry - if anything it could continue to grow."

The increase in BlackRock's Sky TV holding could also be seen as a vote of confidence in the pay TV firm's $5 billion merger with Vodafone New Zealand.

But Solly said the impending deal would not have entered into BlackRock's processes around lifting its stake.

The merger, which got the green light from investors last month, is expected to be completed by the end of this year but still requires Commerce Commission and Overseas Investment Office approval.

It involves Sky TV acquiring Vodafone NZ for $3.44 billion through the issue of new shares at $5.40 a piece and $1.25 billion in cash, giving Vodafone Europe a 51 per cent share in the combined group.

Sky TV shares recently traded at $5.02.

Thaicom inks Thaicom 8 satellite capacity deal with IPM

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-inks-thaicom-8-satellite-capacity-deal-with-ipm--1156377

Thai satellite operator Thaicom has announced that the Thaicom 8 satellite at the 78.5°E prime orbital position has been selected to provide satellite transponder services to Thai DTH services provider IPM. Thaicom 8 was launched in May. IPM is the first customer on the new Thaicom 8 platform.

The satellite capacity is expected to enable IPM to move its existing 4 million satellite dishes to Thaicom’s 78.5°E position. IPM a satellite dish provider on the Ku-band with over 4 million subscribers.

The Thaicom 8 satellite has a total of 24 Ku-band transponders which cover Thailand, South Asia, and Africa. Co-located with Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6 at 78.5°E longitude, Thaicom 8 entered service in July. Orbital ATK manufactured the satellite and SpaceX was responsible for the launch. Thaicom 8 is designed to operate for more than 15 years.

New surprising Chinese satellite – launch on 5th August 2016

From http://www.military-technologies.net/2016/08/02/new-surprising-chinese-satellite-launch-already-on-5th-august-2016-2/

China will launch on 5th August their new communication Satellite from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

Spacecraft is known as Tiantong-1 and was described by various sources as civilian mobile communication satellite working on S band. According to Chinaspaceflight, satellite will be Launched Xichang Satellite Launch Center, probably from LC3 pad, on atop of Long March 3B/G. Yesterday, according to published pictures, already one Y35B booster was installed on LC3 launch pad. It was not announced what kind of services satellite will support, but it is highly possible that it could be both new Military spacecraft covered under civilian purpose or first satellite from planned constellation supporting new Chinese mobile communication system. It was unveiled, that satellite was designed and manufactured under cooperation of China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and China Satellite Communications Co. Ltd. Whole system, which is planned to start operation in 2020, will be operated by China Satellite Communications and China Telecom Corporation Limited. Second Company will be responsible for ground segment of the system. It will offer voice services, data transmISSion and Internet access over the Middle East, Africa, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean region.

System is developed by APMT consortium established in 1995 and is controlled probably in 75% by different Chinese government agencies and companies. From the beginning it was offering very low rates per minute (0.3$ to 0.5$ per minute comparing to competition with rates starting from 0.7$ in the year 2000) and was strongly promoted in Asia region. Interesting fact regarding system is fact, that even in case of simple handset-to-handset communication, signal is not simply transmitted via satellite, but it is always downlinked to ground segment first. According to some sources it gives opportunity to monitoring voice communication or data transfer. Also, it is worth to remind, that Hughes was contracted in 1999 to provide two APMT satellites with large 15 m antennas for space segment of the APMT, but US government did not agree to transfer technology to consortium owned by China (it was feared, that large antenna could be used for space intelligence not for civilian communication).

Satellite will be delivered to space by Long March 3B G version. It is most recent, recently upgraded, Rocket from Long March 3 family. Construction of Long March 3B/G is based on three stages and four strap-on boosters. Boosters are utilizing single YF-21C engine (2961.9 kN of thrust), first stage is powered by four YF-21C engines (2961.6 kN thrust each). Second stage is equipped in one central YF-24E (thrust at 742 kN) and four YF-23C (thrust at 47.1 kN) for stabilization. Third stage is equipped in one YF-75 engine generating 167.17 kN of thrust. Rocket is liquid fueled and utilizing N2O4/UDMH for boosters and LH2/LOX for third stage propulsion. Rocket is able to deliver to LEO 12 t. G version is longer for about 90 cm (10.4 m long with diameter at 4 m) due the extended payload fairing and its total length if 57.2 m with unchanged diameter at 3.35 m.

WorldView-4 Earth Imaging Satellite Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base for Sept 15 Launch

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/WorldView_4_Earth_Imaging_Satellite_Arrives_at_Vandenberg_Air_Force_Base_for_Sept_15_Launch_999.html

Built by Lockheed Martin, the WorldView-4 satellite will double DigitalGlobe's availability of 30 cm resolution imagery. For a larger version of this image please go here.

After a more than 250-mile road trip in a cleanroom-on-wheels, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) delivered DigitalGlobe's (NYSE: DGI) WorldView-4 satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The Lockheed Martin-built WorldView-4 was transported by truck in a special container that mimics the environment of the cleanroom where the satellite was manufactured. The route is planned by a vehicle outfitted with LIDAR technology that can detect low overpasses, branches and other hazards.

Before shipping, the satellite passed a full suite of environmental, functional and performance tests and was declared ready for integration with the rocket that will carry it to an altitude of nearly 400 miles in space.

The rocket, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, has a four meter fairing to safely hold the satellite as it accelerates to 17,000 miles per hour during launch - more than seven times faster than the top speed clocked by the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet plane ever.

WorldView-4 is the latest in a series of imaging and data satellites built by Lockheed Martin for customers around the world. The satellite is outfitted with a camera so accurate it can discern the make and model of a car, advanced star trackers to ensure precision pointing, and antennas that share the collected information back to Earth.

Once launched, the satellite will more than double DigitalGlobe's coverage of the world's highest-resolution imagery and increase the rate at which it grows its 15-year library of time-lapse high-resolution imagery.

WorldView-4 will orbit Earth every 90 minutes, traveling 17,000 miles per hour and capturing more than 680,000 square kilometers of the Earth's surface daily (18 terabytes) - the equivalent of the land area of Texas.

Italy: ISPs not responsible for third party piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/03/italy-isps-not-responsible-for-third-party-piracy/

A Milan Court has ruled that telcos and ISPs cannot be held responsible for protection of online content. The Court rejected the supervision order requested by pay-TV operator Mediaset Premium against telecom operators TIM, Vodafone, Wind, Tre, Fastweb and Tiscali for “violation of its exclusive rights perpetrated online by a third party”.

The broadcaster had requested that the operators were ordered to disable access to the incriminated portal, as well as alias sites and IP addresses associated with them.

In rejecting Mediaset’s request, the judge underlined the basic principles for the protection of copyright. Complainant must be specific regarding the object of access restriction; the blocking order will only apply to the offending DNS address. Also TV rights holders do not have the exclusive right to establish there has been an infringement.

The case regards the illegal live streaming of Italian Serie A and UEFA Champions League football matches of which Mediaset Premium has the exclusive Italian TV rights, by online platform Calcion.at.

The Court’s decision has been welcomed by the Italian Telecom Industry Association (Asstel), which pointed out that, while operators are fully committed to protecting the intellectual property rights, they “cannot be held responsible for the conduct of others, for the supervision or the implementation of measures that neglect the proper balance between the need for protection of intellectual property rights and other fundamental rights”.

Spain’s RTVE launches Olympics app

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/03/spains-rtve-launches-olympics-app/

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE is to bring viewers the Olympic Games through all possible devices.

The company has launched an app for IOS and Android with 19 live TV channels and 4 exclusive channels with constantly updated info on schedules, medals ranking, highlights and reviews of the competitions.

RTVE also recently launched a VR app called Vive Rio: Heroínas featuring content on female Olympic athletes and their daily training schedule.

RTVE will offer 4,500 live hours of programming and 6,000 hours on VoD

NBC Olympics plans record-setting digital coverage

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/03/nbc-olympics-plans-record-setting-digital-coverage/

A record 4,500 streaming hours, including live streaming of all competitions; TV simul-stream coverage of nine television networks; and first-time streaming to connected TVs highlight NBC Olympics’ digital offering for the 2016 Olympic games.

In addition, Olympic fans will be able to access two apps, two digital-only programmes, and an active news desk that will regularly stream Olympic updates throughout each day.

“Our digital offering for Rio marries NBC Olympics’ renowned storytelling and live-event coverage with today’s advanced technology to deliver more content across more platforms than ever before,” said Rick Cordella, SVP and General Manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group. “Whether you’re a core fan of one of the 35 Olympic sports or just want to watch Team USA, we’ll deliver the best digital viewing experiences on your TV, at your desk, or on the go. Our goal is to provide ready access to every second of every event through our digital platforms.”

Additionally NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram are partnering to bring fans together with unique content surrounding the Games that will serve the platforms’ US audiences and will fuel buzz around NBC Olympics’ 6,755 hours of programming. This is the third consecutive Games in which NBC Olympics and Facebook have collaborated, although it’s the first time the partnership also includes Facebook-owned Instagram.

The collaboration will begin in the lead up to the Opening Ceremony, which commence on August 5th. Facebook and Instagram will help NBC Olympics engage with new audiences around the spectacle and pageantry that occurs when the world comes together for the Games in Rio.

“This partnership is about reaching fans on Facebook and Instagram with NBC’s great and compelling Olympic content,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “It’s about fueling the Olympic conversation and driving interest in watching the Games – and it’s a natural outgrowth of our mission to share the powerful and captivating stories behind the world’s most accomplished athletes.”


Not much happening, taking a break no update today


In my daily scan of Optus D1 , Prime HD and Prime added to my channel list. But appears to be just a new PCR value rather than new services. The video and audio pids are the same as before.

Fashion TV seen testing on NZ DTT channel 30. Hope they are just using it as a temp video source. We don't need Fashion TV wasting a Freeview slot.

Tuesday feeds

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D2 12547 H Sr 6978 ABC chopper footage of large sinkhole in someones back yard
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Bangla Music(RRSat Global)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [8月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Movies Max、Next(泰国)频道消失,设置3585 V 30000参数无效接收。 [8月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Hit Variety(泰国)频道加密,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TVD Shop(高清)频道解密,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。 [8月2日]
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Speedcast International Ltd Delivers High Speed Satellite Services to MMA Offshore Ltd

From http://www.abnnewswire.net/amp/en/84337/Speedcast-International-Ltd-(ASX-SDA)-Delivers-High-Speed-Satellite-Services-to-MMA-Offshore-Ltd-(ASX-MRM).html

SpeedCast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, today announced that it has been awarded by MMA Offshore Limited ("MMA") a multi-year service agreement to provide high throughput connectivity across MMA's expansive global offshore vessel fleet. MMA is one of the largest marine service providers in the Asia Pacific region. Under the service agreement, MMA will be using SpeedCast's unrivaled Ku-band and C-Band global maritime network and value added maritime communication services. SpeedCast will act as a One-Stop-Shop for MMA communication services at sea.

Before engaging SpeedCast, MMA deployed a mixture of satellite communication services offered by various service providers.

"As our business and supporting technology evolve there is an increasing need for high speed, stable and flexible communication systems to facilitate business critical processes & applications as well as satisfying our crew and customer requirements." Commented by Jon Fowler - ICT General Manager, MMA.

"SpeedCast's global presence can provide us with best-in-class service and support at all of our operating locations. This is a great advantage to us as it can streamline our daily operations, improve safety and generate cost savings," Jon Fowler added.

SpeedCast will provide MMA global connectivity through its global Ku-band and C-Band network comprising of 35 different satellite beams, ensuring exceptional redundancy and network resilience as well as maximum coverage. The new services will allow fast, reliable connectivity for MMA to run business applications, data services and voice services for their crew and client's onboard.

Piers Cunningham, Vice President, Maritime Services, SpeedCast commented, "We see a growing trend from global fleet owners to consolidate their communication services with one entrusted service provider for a fully managed one-stop service with cost benefits. SpeedCast's global infrastructure and services allow our customers like MMA to better manage their network resources and swiftly respond to changing business requirements."

About Speedcast International Ltd

SpeedCast International Ltd (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 40 sales and support offices and 39 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization. For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.

Foxtel Finally Admits That They Have Major Problems With Their iQ3 STB

From http://www.channelnews.com.au/foxtel-finally-admits-that-they-have-major-problems-with-their-iq3-stb/

Foxtel has finally come out and said that they have serious problems with their existing iQ3 set top box, with new CEO Peter Tonagh admitting that the existing box is currently being replaced by a new box with faster processors.

ChannelNews and SmartHouse were the first media publications to reveal serious problems with the Foxtel offering which was rushed to market in an effort to counter the launch of Netflix in Australia.

Addressing the issues associated with the existing STB of which there is over 150,000 dead boxes sitting in a Homebush warehouse awaiting a major upgrade, Tonagh said “What we’ve been doing is basically working through systematically each of the bugs that we’ve identified”.

“We’ve now got code that addresses a very large number of bugs within the box and providing we go through our early sign-off of that next week it’ll start rolling out within the next two weeks and progressively across the entire base and should lead to significant improvement for the people who have had bad experiences.”

“Basically, we have commissioned a new iQ3 version set-top, iQ3.5 if you like, that has all the same functionality of the existing box, but it has a processor speed which is significantly faster just with the advent of new chip sets, it’s a naturally faster box and it’s a significantly lower cost,” Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh told The Australian Financial Review.

The new iQ3 box will see an update to the unit’s processing speed as well as significant cost reduction to Foxtel. However, a release date has not been finalised.

“We’ll port the existing middleware, or software, across from the iQ3 to the new box. In doing that, it will perform better, just because of the high-speed processor, but it will be lower cost to us, which is obviously a good benefit.”248089_555ecde3c9300369509950

ChannelNews understands the Company plans to recycle the “Dead” iQ3 boxes as soon as the new processors and software are made available. What is not known at this stage is how many millions of dollars the New Corporation and Telstra owned Company have lost on the current iQ3 set top box.

Problems with the iQ3 box was one of Mr Tonagh’s key issues to address in his first 100 days in the top job at Foxtel.

Some customers have at times complained about problems such as picture and menus disappearing, frozen screens, recording problems and remote-control latency issues.

Following the rollout of the software bug fixes, over the coming weeks, Foxtel will begin an aggressive marketing push for the iQ3, which ChannelNews revealed the Company had stopped marketing earlier this year.

Mark Buckman, a former marketing executive Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank is set to lead the Foxtel’s marketing and sales functions.

“We will push harder on the broadband bundles. We haven’t yet launch Foxtel-NBN connectivity, we’re launching NBN connectivity in the new couple of months and once we do that we’ll go harder with the bundle with the iQ3 and the Foxtel Hub which is our broadband router,” Mr Tonagh told the AFR.

“The two of them are designed to work well together and we think a good opportunity for us to more aggressively push into that broadband space … We’re comfortable with our NBN launch that we’ll have attractive pricing.”

Foxtel, which had approximately 2.9 million subscribers as of March 31, is also planning to release a so-called “puck” streaming device to provide a cheaper entry point for prospective customers who may not want to pay for the high-end iQ3 box.

The new iQ3 will see the Company go head to head with the highly popular Fetch TV Mini and Mighty set top boxes that are now flying off shelves at JB Hi Fi and Harvey Norman.

It is understood that Foxtel is open to third party services being available on the puck, such as Netflix, Stan, Presto and free-to-air catch-up services, which is speculated to be manufactured by iQ3 supplier Arris the AFR said.

Three channels for FBCTV

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/42644/three-channels-for-fbctv-

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has today announced that it will have three channels on the new Digital TV platform. Along with the existing FBC TV channel, the new additions will be FBC 2 and FBC Plus. Chief Executive Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the FBC 2 will feature public service programming. “It will be a channel that will be dedicated for education and development stories, religious programmes, local issues, some mainstream new, and some local regional and international news.” The third channel, FBC PLUS will primarily air delayed coverage of FBC 1 as well as special like the Olympics. The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is the first TV channel to announce its line-up of new channels. -

MEASAT, Globecast bring BBC Channels to Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/01/measat-globecast-bring-bbc-channels-to-asia/

MEASAT Satellite Systems has announced an agreement with Globecast and BBC Worldwide to distribute four BBC channels via the MEASAT-3 satellite.

The channels are: BBC Earth HD, BBC Lifestyle HD, CBeebies HD and BBC Entertainment.

“MEASAT is excited to partner with Globecast and support the distribution of these channels via the MEASAT-3 distribution platform,” said Yau Chyong Lim, Chief Commercial Officer, MEASAT. “The addition of these channels strengthens the MEASAT video neighbourhood and MEASAT’s position as the satellite provider of choice.”

Rio Olympics: 3,000 hours of coverage, 12 dedicated channels on Astro

From http://english.astroawani.com/sports-news/rio-olympics-3-000-hours-coverage-12-dedicated-channels-astro-112731

Rio Olympics: 3,000 hours of coverage, 12 dedicated channels on Astro
Lee with the hosts of Astro Arena who will be accompanying viewers throughout their Olympic experience.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysia Olympian Mirnawan Nawawi will be featured in Astro Arena as a host and commentator throughout the channel's special coverage on Olympic Rio 2016.

The former national hockey player said he will use his experiences while representing the country in this presentation to enrich the viewers' experience to better understand the feeling of our athletes during the match.

"For me this is a very interesting platform to use my experience in three Olympics not only in daily reports or reviews but I will make sure I grasp the feelings of the athletes when they compete in the Olympics," he said.

Mirnawan represented Malaysia in three Olympics, namely the Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.

His selection as host and commentator is part of the total 3,000 hours Olympic coverage from Astro.

Meanwhile, Astro Arena will offer exclusive coverage on the Malaysian contingent in Rio 2016.

"Astro Arena has sent a 36-member team to Rio, delivering 15 hours of live broadcast daily on our national athletes. Astro Arena will be available in both HD (Channel 802) and SD (Channel 801) during Olympics," said Astro's Vice President of Sports Business, Lee Choong Khay.

Besides Astro Arena, Malaysians can also look forward to the most comprehensive coverage of Rio 2016 Olympics with 12 dedicated channels in both HD (Channel 780 - 791) and SD (Channel 760 - 771) on Astro TV and Astro on the Go.

"I am pleased to share that even non-Astro customers can access Astro Arena on Astro on the Go. We call for Malaysians to support our sports champions by participating in our #AyuhMalaysiaKu campaign," said Lee.

All Astro Sports Pack and Sports Lite Pack subscribers, as well as those who had purchased the Sports Pass for UEFA EURO 2016 will have access to the 12 dedicated Olympics channels.

'Winning strategy’ did not work out in the end for CTH

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Winning-strategy-did-not-work-out-in-the-end-for-C-30291915.html

ALTHOUGH CTH blames the fragile economy for forcing it out of business, the truth is that the story of the country’s second-biggest pay-TV operator’s rise and fall offers another bitter lesson about a winner’s curse.

Back in late 2012, Cable Thai Holdings, led by veteran Thai investor Wichai Thongtaeng, hit the headlines as a "dark horse" in the race to bag the broadcasting rights to the English Premier League for three seasons from 2013-14 in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, leaving market leader TrueVisions confused over customer retention and revamping its marketing strategy.

CTH reportedly had to invest heavily, to the tune of Bt10 billion, to secure the top-tier soccer matches for three years.

It set a lofty goal of acquiring more than 7 million subscribers by offering affordable packages to lure mainly mass consumers.

However, its subscriber base now is 3 million, far behind its original target.

In terms of financial performance over the last two years, the 10 companies operating under CTH's umbrella piled up debt of more than Bt24 billion and generated a loss of more than Bt6.6 billion, according to the Business Development Department of the Commerce Ministry.

Those companies are CTH Thonburi, CTH Internet, CTH Cable TV, CTH LCO, CTH Content, CTH Member, CTH Hardware, CTH G-Marketing, CTH International and CTH Plc.

Besides the massive investment, CTH encountered a rash of internal problems between its management and other shareholders such as local cable-TV operators.

From the beginning, management wanted to install a single billing system in return for those cable-TV operators' support for a new advanced fibre-optic cable infrastructure, but they opposed this attempt.

This issue prevented CTH, led by its first chief executive officer Krissana Ngampatipong, from expanding its subscriber base via the local cable-TV operators as planned in the first year.

It then decided to expand its distribution via satellite along with the cable platform.

To make its service more attractive to a wider audience besides these soccer games, the company also invested more in securing entertainment programmes from international media powerhouses such as Fox International Channels and Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger.

It seemed to be a huge challenge to monetise this entertainment and sports content, given the operating costs and investment in new equipment. This resulted in more than Bt24.12 billion in combined debt last year.

Meanwhile, the cable and satellite TV industry was hit hard by the change in the national broadcasting policy in 2014.

New media landscape

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Com-mission was steering the national backbone from satellite-based to terrestrial-based free TV broadcasting through the auction of 24 commercial digital TV licences.

Under this licence-based regime, cable and satellite TV operators were classified as pay-TV operators with commercials limited to six minutes per hour, while national terrestrial free-TV channels were allowed to air up to 12 minutes of commercials per hour.

After this change, local audiences started migrating to free TV channels, which also became the new rivals for pay-TV operators like TrueVisions and CTH.

Although CTH changed its leadership to Chirdsak Kukia-tinun as executive chairman in its second year and shifted its focus to sharing its acquired content with other satellite-TV platforms such as GMM Z, Sunbox and PSI Holdings, Internet protocol TV service providers and some free TV channels, this strategy did not improve the company's revenue.

To manage the costs of satellite transponders, the company decided to discontinue its pay-TV service in PSI Holdings, Sunbox and GMM Z before the latest disclosure to pull the plug on its operations effective on Monday.

SSL Selected To Provide Two Powerful Satellites To SiriusXM

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SSL_Selected_To_Provide_Two_Powerful_Satellites_To_SiriusXM_999.html

SSL has previously built a total of seven satellites for SiriusXM, including its first generation Sirius satellites, which were launched in 2000. Of the seven satellites built, one was a ground spare that was never needed due to the reliability of the original constellation. It was donated to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in 2012.

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, reports it has been selected to provide two high power satellites to SiriusXM, the world's largest radio company measured by revenue.

The next generation satellites, SXM-7 and SXM-8, will replace the XM-3 and XM-4 satellites in 2019 and 2020, respectively, and will help ensure continuous and reliable delivery of SiriusXM's audio entertainment and data services to more than 30.6 million subscribers across North America.

"SiriusXM provides an unparalleled variety of audio entertainment for radio listeners in North America," said John Celli, president of SSL.

"We have a long history of working with SiriusXM to develop some of the world's most advanced satellites, which broadcast to cars and radios for the home, office, and mobile devices. We are honored to be selected to build two additional satellites that will reinforce and augment the fleet's capability."

Both SXM-7 and SXM-8 will operate in the S-band spectrum. Each satellite will generate more than 20-kW of power and will have a large unfurlable antenna reflector, which enables broadcast to radios without the need for large dish-type antennas on the ground.

SSL has previously built a total of seven satellites for SiriusXM, including its first generation Sirius satellites, which were launched in 2000. Of the seven satellites built, one was a ground spare that was never needed due to the reliability of the original constellation. It was donated to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in 2012.

"We are pleased to once again collaborate with SSL on two advanced satellites that will bolster service to our subscribers for years to come," said Bridget Neville, vice president of satellite and terrestrial engineering and operations at SiriusXM.

"SSL is a premier designer and manufacturer of reliable communications satellites, with the technological capability to meet our demanding requirements. We look forward to working together on the new satellites."

SXM-7 and SXM-8 are based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, which has the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. The satellites are designed to provide service for 15 years or longer.

Russia successfully tests solar-powered atmospheric satellite

From http://www.pravdareport.com/news/science/tech/02-08-2016/135186-atmospheric_satellite-0/

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The prototype of Russia's first solar-powered atmospheric satellite Sova (Owl) has completed its continuous two-day flight.

"The flight tests of the unmanned spacecraft equipped with solar panels and batteries have fully confirmed the efficiency of the technical solutions. The duration of the experimental flight made up 50 hours at an altitude of up to 9,000 meters," Deputy Director of the Advanced Studies Fund, Igor Denisov told RIA Novosti.

The first prototype of the atmospheric satellite has a nine-meter wingspan and an extremely light construction - 12 kilos.

"The duration of the flight was not limited to peculiarities of the model, but depended entirely on the decision to confirm the performance of the aircraft. The flight tests of the second prototype of the Sova complex with a wingspan of 28 meters is scheduled for September 2016," added Denisov.

The Russian atmospheric satellite will help solve the problem of providing long-term monitoring in northern latitudes. It will also meet growing telecommunication needs in various fields.

"The unmanned solar-powered aircraft will perform these missions more effectively and at lower costs than artificial satellites, manned aircraft or fuel-powered UAVs," the official said.

The ultimate goal of the project is to confirm the possibility for long continuous flights at all latitudes of Russia.

The aircraft is made with the use of high strength carbon fibers. The aircraft can be returned to the ground for repairs at any moment. Communication with the Sova is conducted mainly via satellite and radio channels. The flight of the aircraft is automatic, but it can be corrected.

MBC aims to combat Gulf piracy through Arabsat broadcasts

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016080243821/mbc-aims-to-combat-gulf-piracy-through-arabsat-broadcasts.html#axzz4GBChr05s

Arabsat has been selected by MBC to broadcast its Gulf-focused channels and Saudi Pro League soccer coverage, in a move designed to help combat content piracy.

Sam Barnett MBC Group CEO Khalid Balkheyour ARABSAT CEO 1The first stage of the deal sees the return of the Saudi Football League to Arabsat, with the satellite operator broadcasting MBC Pro Sports from Monday 8 August for the Saudi Super Cup between Al Ahli and Al Hilal in London.

“We are pleased with this partnership between Arabsat and MBC Group; it is proof that the media industry is progressing in the right direction. Most important is the protection of Intellectual Property Rights in the region through our commitment to prohibiting any channel from broadcasting pirated content, and so ultimately protecting and serving the Arab viewers’ interest,” said Khalid Bin Ahmed Balkheyour (pictured, left), Arabsat.

Sam Barnett (pictured, right), CEO, MBC Group, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Arabsat, and progressively we will be moving our Gulf focused channels exclusively onto Arabsat. Arabsat enjoys high viewership in general and in the GCC in particular and we’re sure that the addition of more exclusive MBC channels will boost Arabsat’s penetration further”.

Zee News wins Freedish slot after becoming FTA, next auction on 11 August

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/zee-news-wins-freedish-slot-after-becoming-fta-next-auction-on-11-august-160801

NEW DELHI: Zee News, which recently became free-to-air, has bagged a slot on Doordarshan’s FTA platform Freedish.

Zee News was the lone channel to win the bid in the auction, for which the reserve price was 4.3 crore.

When approached, a senior DD official refused to give the figure at which the channel won the auction, as the exact amount after various adjustments was not yet clear.

Meanwhile, Freedish – which currently carries eighty TV channels and 23 radio channels – will hold its 29th auction on 11 August 2016.

It also carries two channels as FTA which are otherwise pay channels - Aajtak and Big TV.

The official clarified to indiantelevision.com that Freedish will be able to carry more channels as it is shortly going on to MPEG4. While it could carry about sixteen channels per transponder but MPEG 4 allows up to 24 TV channels per transponder, apart from radio channels.

The official said the Indian conditional access system (iCAS) is being used to keep a tab on the number of subscribers, but it would remain free-to-air.

The reserve price which had been Rs 3.7 crore was raised to its present level for the 25th e-auction in January. indiantelevision.com had learnt that the bid amount went up to Rs 4.7 crore in earlier e-auctions. The reserve price in the 15th e-auction was Rs 3 crore and was raised to Rs 3.7 crore in the 16th auction.

The platform at present has space for eighty channels including its own channels and Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV and also carrues 24 All India Radio channels.

The e-Auction was conducted by M/s. C1 India Pvt. Ltd., Noida which also conducted the first stage of the FM Radio Phase III auctions on behalf of Prasar Bharati.

The eligibility terms and conditions including other relevant details for this e-Auction are displayed on DD website: www.ddindia.gov.in.

The participation amount (EMD) in the e-Auction is Rs.1.5 crore which will be deposited in advance before or by 12 noon on 11 August along with processing fee of Rs.10,000 (Non-refundable) in favour of PB (BCI) Doordarshan Commercial Service, New Delhi.

Incremental amount for the auction will be Rs 10 lakh and the time for every slot e-auction will be of fifteen minutes duration. This may be extended by five minutes if a bid is received before the closing time.

Of the reserve price, Rs 1.1 crore will be deposited within one month of placement and another Rs 1.1 crore within two months along with service tax of 14.5 per cent on the bid amount.

The balance bid amount will be deposited within six months, failing which the deposited amount will be forfeited and the channel discontinued after a 21-day discontinuation notice.


Sorry about the late Monday update, my email is down

HGTV New Zealand has s launched their on-demand service


If you have a current Choice tv login , it will also work for HGTV (you will also need the Widevine plugin on some browsers) which is built in in current versions of Mozilla Firefox

Sunday feed

D1 12428V Sr 6999 "STS 1" NRL Telstra Sunday game

Saturday feeds

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 AFL

D2 12674 V Sr 13000 ANDRÉ RIEU'S 2016 MAASTRICHT CONCERT ready for Event at 13:30 ACST

From my Email

From FeralKiwi

Intelsat @ 169E

4027 H 7Sr 454 EdgeSports now FTA.
Now Solar 1, 2, and 3, SET, Colors, EdgeSport and the test pattern. 4 FTA and 3 $
Sky Sport News (Au) as well as EdgeSport HD and Av-Comm Test all FTA.

From the Dish

Palapa D at 113.0E 3934 H "RCTI" has started on, Fta.
Palapa D at 113.0E 3774 H "MNC TV and INews TV" have started on , Fta. RCTI has left.
Palapa D at 113.0E 4184 V "MNC TV" has left .

SES 7 108.2E 2535 V The Indonesia Channel, RTL CBS Entertainment and ETTV Asia have started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2535 V "Esquire EMEA and EBC News" have left .
SES 7 108.2E 2565 H "Phoenix Chinese Channel" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2565 H "Taiwan Macroview TV" has left .
SES 7 108.2E 2655 H MNC Shop Smart, CTV Variety, HGTV Asia, Phoenix Chinese Channel and\ Bimbel Channel have started on , Videoguard. More TV, TVBS Entertainment Channel, Haari Drama, Haari Movie, Haari Variety and TTV have left

Telkom 1 108.0E 3830 H "Hope Channel Indonesia" is back on , Fta.
Telkom 1 108.0E 3916 H "Pasien TV" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "RTP Internacional Ásia" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Inspira TV, Nusantara TV, Ruai TV, Fuel TV and Indonesia Healthy Channel have started on , Fta. Konser TV Channel, ShE and JTV" have left.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Insight UHD" is encrypted again.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11385 H "Sberbank TV" has left.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12120 H "Nauka 2.0, Moya Planeta, NST and Mama" are now encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3688 H "Somaliland National TV" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3752 V Shop CJ 2 has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4117 H "Samaa TV" has left.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Channel V、Star Plus(Real VU)等频道解密,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [7月31日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Yes TV(标清)频道改格式,设置3847 V 7855参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,CCTV-4(中国)等全组频道消失,设置3832 H 12860参数无效接收。 [7月30日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,AXN替换Lollywood TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,RTA(印度)频道改频率,设置4150 H 4000参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,Naggarhar TV(印度)频道改频率,设置4155 H 2000参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,TVBS-News替换四画面(台湾)频道,设置12579 H 4000参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星3A号卫星C频段,Ariana Nationa(印度)等全组频道消失,设置3909 V 5150参数无效接收。 [7月30日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Inspira TV替换Trial TV(印尼)频道,设置4014 H 7200参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,For EDU(4 Digital)频道解密,设置12405 V 45000参数免费接收。 [7月30日]

??93.5????????4B???C??,DDK lmphal(??)????,??4116 H 4250??????? [7?30?]
??116????????6???Ku??,SBS Plus UHD(??)????,??12410 H 29500??????? [7?30?]
??93.5????????4B???C??,Natlonal Jammu(??)????,??4128 H 4250??????? [7?30?]
??83????????4A???C??,Madras TV(??)?????,??4054 H 13230??????? [7?30?]
??115.5????????6B???C??,????-1(??)????,??4000 H 27500???????? [7?30?]
??113?????????D???C??,????(Skynindo)????,??4140 V 30000??????? [7?30?]
??78.5????????5???C??,Dhamma Media Channel(??)????,??3600 H 26667???????? [7?30?]
??78.5????????5???C??,Five HD(??)????,??3585 V 30000???????? [7?30?]
??113?????????D???C??,????(Skynindo)????,??4100 V 30000??????? [7?30?]
??78.5????????6???C??,MRTV(??)????,??3711 H 13333??????? [7?30?]
??78.5????????6???C??,Lady Channel(??)????,??3800 H 30000???????? [7?30?]
??66????????17???C??,TV New(??)????,??3968 V 8800??????? [7?30?]
??66????????17???C??,Gyana Yogi(??)????,??3876 H 14300???????? [7?30?]
??68.5????????20???C??,Magicbricks Now??Property Now(??)??,??3802 H 10800???????? [7?30?]


SoHo dropped as Foxtel encourages Binge viewing

From http://tbivision.com/news/2016/08/soho-dropped-foxtel-encourages-binge-viewing/629842/

Australian pay giant Foxtel is moving premium programming currently on its SoHo drama channel to its Showcase network, while launching a channel targeted at binge viewers.

As of October 1, Binge will replace SoHo on the EPG offering curated seasons of shows such as Arrow (pictured), The Flash, Supergirl, Pretty Little Liars, Empire, Californication and Veep.

It will target the 18-49 and 25-54 demographics, and offer full seasons through connected devices using the Foxtel Anytime platform.

This marks the end of SoHo, which launched in 2012 after the W channel rebranded.

Meanwhile, premium shows from SoHo are migrating to Showcase, which is considered Australia’s ‘home of HBO’. Shows such as Wentworth, A Place to Call Home, The Americans, Nashville and Bates Motel are moving, with other series going to Fox8, Arena and TV H!TS.

“This move enables us to further strengthen Showcase, making it the premium, premiere super channel on the Foxtel platform,” said Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh. “Showcase is the home of HBO in Australia and world renowned series such as Game of Thrones, Veep, The Night of, The Leftovers and Girls will now be joined by hit programmes including Outlander and Aussie favourites Wentworth and A Place to Call Home.

He added that as Australians “adopt on-demand viewing, the addition of Binge will give our subscribers even more choice of quality must-watch content”.

In further news, Foxtel has appointed Foxtel Arts chief Fraser Stark to run a realigned arts channels portfolio, with former general manager Rebecca Batties leaving as a result.

Foxtel Arts and Music will comprise the Foxtel Arts HD network and a suite of music networks – [V] HITS, MAX, Foxtel Smooth and CMC. Stark will be their group channel manager.

The new structure takes shape on August 29, with Batties making “the decision to move on from Foxtel” as a result.

“Fraser has done an exceptional job building and refining Foxtel Arts, since its launch last year; to become a channel like no other and we’re incredibly proud,” said Walsh. “His energy, imagination and commercial approach will build on the incredible talents of the Arts and Music team to provide a complete music and live performance offering for our subscribers.

“We would like to acknowledge Rebecca’s terrific contribution and wish her well with her next endeavour.”

TVNZ's 11th-hour decision to go to Rio

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11683740

TVNZ has made an 11th hour decision to accredit its reporters for the Rio Olympics, despite strenuously objecting to the news access terms imposed by Sky.

With the first of TVNZ's reporters set to depart for Brazil today, the organisation said it had little option but to agree to the accreditation terms imposed.

"Agreeing to accreditation is a pragmatic decision that should not be seen as agreeing with Sky's restrictive demands which are out of touch with how people now consume news," TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick said in a statement.

"We acknowledge that Sky has paid significant license fees to acquire exclusive rights to the Olympics games but consider the Rio news access rules to be demonstration of Sky leveraging its market dominance to impede the ability of New Zealand's news media to report on Olympic sporting events in a timely manner.

"It's one thing to restrict full coverage of live events to those who pay, but we think it's quite another step to prevent New Zealanders from accessing sports news in a timely manner unless they're prepared to pay for a premium subscription."

TVNZ's broadside against Sky follows NZME and Fairfax's decision last week to withdraw their reporting terms from Rio in protest at what Herald editor in chief Shayne Currie described as "unduly restrictive" terms imposed by the broadcaster.

Sky Pacific to air live Olympics coverage

From http://fijivillage.com/sport/Sky-Pacific-to-air-live-Olympics-coverage-25sk9r/

People who do not have access to the free to air TV stations due to transmission issues can watch live Olympics coverage on Pay TV station, Sky Pacific through their satellite delivery.

People in different parts of the country had raised concern that they could not get TV reception and could only watch through satellite TV coverage.

Sky Pacific has today confirmed that it will broadcast the Rio Olympic Games with a minimum of 200 hours of live action on the TVWAN Life Channel.

Digicel Fiji CEO Darren McLean says Sky Pacific has been the main broadcaster for the Olympic Games for a number of years in Fiji and the Pacific and the tradition continues this year from Rio.

McLean says they will be bringing viewers hundreds of hours of sports action on Sky Pacific including Rugby Sevens, Athletics, Swimming and Boxing.

He says the Olympics is a major global sporting event that shouldn’t be missed and they are delighted that Sky Pacific will bring access to their customers for the 17 days of the competition

AsiaSat and Digital Magic join hands to create original UHD content for '4K-SAT'

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satellite-operators/asiasat-and-digital-magic-join-hands-to-create-original-uhd-content-for-4k-sat-160729

MUMBAI: Asia’s premier satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) is collaborating with Digital Magic, an industry-leading provider of advanced imaging solutions to co-produce UltraHD (UHD) content for AsiaSat’s UHD channel ‘4K-SAT’, on AsiaSat 4 at 122°E.

The co-production includes a knowledge-based UHD mini-series on satellite communications to provide an easy-to-understand introduction to topics such as how a satellite works, how it serves people and how it is used in broadcasting high quality content.

“Compelling content is the key to drive UHD viewership. Creating original content is the first step of our collaboration with Digital Magic. Digital Magic is an industry renowned content producer in UHD and VR. We look forward to developing more together for our audience in Asia,” said Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Marketing and Global Accounts of AsiaSat.

“We are delighted to partner with AsiaSat, Asia’s UHD satellite broadcasting pioneer to create original, insightful content to educate and inform our viewers in the region. Initial content viewing among youth has suggested that this is a meaningful attempt to broaden public interest and knowledge in space and communications,” said Percy Fung, Production Director of Digital Magic.

AsiaSat’s ‘4K-SAT’ channel is currently broadcasting a variety of full UHD content. Major TV

operators in the Asia-Pacific have access to it via AsiaSat 4.

‘4K-SAT’ is available free-to-air 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

NHK commences 4K, 8K test broadcasts

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/01/nhk-commences-4k-8k-test-broadcasts/

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has started 4K and 8K ultra high-definition test broadcasting on its satellite channels, with the aim of fine-tuning the technology and popularising its use before the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Currently viewers cannot watch 8K broadcasting with conventional television sets or tuners. NHK has sited 8K public viewing at six venues nationwide for visitors to experience.

NHK will offer 8K broadcasting of the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics as well as swimming and track and field events.

SES: HD at 33%, 16 UHD channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/29/ses-hdtv-at-33-16-uhd-channels/

SES has revealed its H1 numbers, with the Luxembourg-based satellite operator reporting its fleet now carries 16 commercial Ultra-HD channels, and that its portfolio of 2,422 HD channels represents 32.7 per cent of the total 7,164 channel count (and HD growth is up 12.1 per cent y-o-y).

The growth in commercial UHD channels is dramatic. This time last year there were none. That growth is guaranteed to continue with Sky’s commitment and other expectations from the pay-TV and commercial sectors.

There’s other good news, with fresh contracts in the aeronautical sector (with Gogo, Panasonic and Global Eagle), and new DTH platforms helping boost its Video segment (which now represents 70 per cent of revenues, compared with 66 per cent at this time last year).

CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh said that the SES consolidation of O3b’s revenues would start on August 1. This full year, O3b’s revenues are expected to double to more than $100 million.

Sabbagh confirmed that H1 numbers overall were down 4.2 per cent (at €957 million) which impacted EBITDA which also fell back 5.4 per cent (to €700 million) and an EBITDA margin down from 73.5 per cent to 73.1 per cent. Its all-important contracted backlog fell back €100 million to €7.3 billion.

As at June 30th SES had 1.550 available transponders (up from 1.518 a year ago). For its full year, SES says it is expecting overall revenues to be between €2.01 billion – €2.05 billion, and with an EBITDA margin of some 73-5 per cent-74 per cent.

TOT to end Thaicom bandwidth lease deal

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/TOT-to-end-Thaicom-bandwidth-lease-deal-30291819.html

THE BOARD of TOT has asked the state telecom agency to terminate the contract to lease bandwidth from Thaicom’s iPSTAR broadband satellite in a bid to cut operating costs.

TOT has already informed Thailand's sole satellite operator about the decision.

A Thaicom source said the company was prepared to deal with the TOT cancellation.

The TOT contract termination is expected to take effect next year, as under the contract TOT is obliged to give a year's notice for any termination of the contract.

TOT leased the iPSTAR bandwidth to provide satellite broadband service in the local market on an exclusive basis for the period 2005 to 2012 and renewed the contract for another eight years until 2021.

However, the service has experienced tough competition from fibre optic broadband service operators and wireless broadband service operators, who have continued to rapidly expand network coverage nationwide.

TOT's iPSTAR service mainly tapped local administrative organisations, but many of them have gradually stopped extending their contracts with TOT.

Providing iPSTAR bandwidth to customers has resulted in annual operating expenses of Bt680 million for TOT while revenue is only Bt400 million to Bt500 million.

TOT's revenue slid to Bt47.898 billion in 2015 from Bt63.199 billion in 2014 and Bt87.132 billion in 2013. It suffered a loss of Bt5.686 billion in 2015, compared to a profit of Bt1.947 billion in 2014, and Bt4.413 billion in 2013.

The Thaicom source said that after the TOT contract termination, Thaicom would market the iPSTAR broadband service in Thailand on its own and mainly tap state agencies and educational institutions.

Thaicom will seek more foreign broadcaster as customers to offset the possible declining number of local broadcaster customers.

Thaicom's share price last Friday closed at Bt22.10, unchanged from the day before.

Speedcast International Ltd(ASX:SDA)Appointed to Provide Satellite Communications Services in Malaysia

From http://www.menafn.com/1094881443/Speedcast-International-Ltd--ASXSDA--Appointed-to-Provide-Satellite-Communications-Services-in-Malaysia

(MENAFN - ABN Newswire) Kuala Lumpur, Aug 1, 2016 AEST (ABN Newswire) - SpeedCast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, today announced that it has been awarded a multi-year service agreement by a leading global energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas ("the Customer"), to provide managed satellite communications services for the Customer's offshore sites in Malaysia.

Under the service agreement, SpeedCast will provide managed VSAT network services for the Customer's Central Processing Platform (CPP) and the Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) located in Malaysia. The CPP and FSO will share bandwidth dynamically with stringent QoS control, resulting in an efficient allocation of bandwidth to mission critical applications among the sites.

"We are thrilled to have the Customer on board our global VSAT network. SpeedCast field team has been working closely with the Customer to understand their requirements and customize our offering. Our extensive track record in providing advanced VSAT solutions across the globe for prestigious energy clients, and particularly offshore Malaysia with significant field support capabilities, make us stand out from our competition," said Keith Johnson, Senior Vice President, Energy of SpeedCast. "At SpeedCast, we greatly value and appreciate building a long-standing relationship with our customers, fulfilling their communications and IT requirements everywhere they operate." Mr. Johnson added.

This new win is one more demonstration of our growth in the energy sector as we gain market share." PJ Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast, emphasized. "We are seeing growing traction with heavy-weight players in the energy sector as we have built up and demonstrated our engineering, delivery and operational capabilities to the highest level, thus gaining the required credibility that can now open a lot of new doors" He added.

About Speedcast International Ltd

SpeedCast International Ltd (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 40 sales and support offices and 39 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization. For more information, visit SpeedCast.

Russia Postpones Launch of Proton Rocket With US Satellite Until October 10

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russia_Postpones_Launch_of_Proton_Rocket_With_US_Satellite_Until_October_10_999.html

Russia's Roscosmos space corporation said Thursday it had postponed the launch of a Proton carrier rocket with a US telecoms satellite on board until at least October 10.

"Roscosmos launch planning commission has decided to delay the launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket with US telecommunications satellite EchoStar 21. The new date has been preliminary set for October 10, 2016," Roscosmos said in a statement.

EchoStar 21, built by Space Systems/Loral with estimated operational life of 15 years, is expected to extend constellation of Echostar satellites and will provide 2 GHz mobile voice and data communications utilizing S-band transponders mainly with European coverage


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


A bunch of new Olympics channels have popped up on SKY NZ
Rio Popup4,5,6 etc mostly on 12644 H

There are also 3 broadcast muxes on Asiasat 5 @ 100.5E that are using the recently broken Tandberg encryption system...

Asiasat 5 3700 V 30000 Rtpi is testing here

Friday night feeds
D1 12634 V Sr 7200 Seven weather cross for Brisbane
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 7BCM News Bucky 1. Seven News feed

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3940 V Jiangxi TV 1 and Jilin TV Station have left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Cineplex Movies" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Travel Trendz TV and India 24x7" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4180 H "Kolkata TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Rengoni TV(印度)频道新增,设置3936 H 10100参数免费接收。 [7月29日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,RTPi(国际)频道新增,设置3700 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test Channel(测试)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [7月29日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,iNews(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3774 H 6500参数免费接收。 [7月29日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,MNC替换RCTI(MPEG-4)频道,设置3774 H 6500参数免费接收。 [7月29日]

东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,中国教育-1(高清)频道解密,设置4000 H 27500参数免费接收。 [7月28日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Gemporia替换Travel Trendz TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [7月28日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Colors Bangla等替换ETV Bangla(印度)等频道,设置4004 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [7月28日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ETV Telugu(印度)频道消失,设置4175 H 2977参数无效接收。 [7月28日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ETV HD(高清)频道新增,设置4174 H 3255参数有条件接收。 [7月28日]


Australia plans new co-ordinates to fix sat-nav gap

From http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36912700

Australia is on the move

Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

Local co-ordinates, used to produce maps and measurements, and global ones differ by more than 1m.

The body responsible for the change said it would help the development of self-driving cars, which need accurate location data to navigate.

Australia moves about 7cm north annually because of tectonic movements.

Modern satellite systems provide location data based on global lines of longitude and latitude, which do not move even if the continents on Earth shift.

However, many countries produce maps and measurements with the lines of longitude and latitude fixed to their local continent.

Infographic: Co-ordinates in Australia are out by about 1.5 metres because the country is moving 7 centimetres north every year.
"If the lines are fixed, you can put a mark in the ground, measure its co-ordinate, and it will be the same co-ordinate in 20 years," explained Dan Jaksa of Geoscience Australia. "It's the classical way of doing it."

Because of the movement of the Earth's tectonic plates, these local co-ordinates drift apart from the Earth's global co-ordinates over time.

"If you want to start using driverless cars, accurate map information is fundamental," said Mr Jaksa.

"We have tractors in Australia starting to go around farms without a driver, and if the information about the farm doesn't line up with the co-ordinates coming out of the navigation system there will be problems."

The Geocentric Datum of Australia, the country's local co-ordinate system, was last updated in 1994. Since then, Australia has moved about 1.5 metres north.

So on 1 January 2017, the country's local co-ordinates will also be shifted further north - by 1.8m.

The over-correction means Australia's local co-ordinates and the Earth's global co-ordinates will align in 2020.

At that point a new system, which can take changes over time into account, will be implemented.

"We used the old plate fixed system to make life simple, but we don't want to do this adjustment every so often," said Mr Jaksa.

"Once we have a system that can deal with changes over time, then everybody in the world could be on that same system."

Digital TV trial for parts of Fiji to begin on Monday

From http://fijivillage.com/news/Digital-TV-trial-for-parts-of-Fiji-to-begin-on-Monday-r5s9k2/

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama browsing through the Walesi digital TV channels

The public trial of Digital Television for parts of Fiji will start from Monday.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today drew the channel numbers from a barrel for the three free to air TV stations through the state owned company, Walesi Digital’s lottery.

Bainimarama says this is another milestone for Fiji.

To access the Digital TV platform, people need a Walesi set top box which will be available at a maximum price of $99.95 at selected retail outlets.

People also need a UHF antenna to watch Digital TV.

Bainimarama says the government has allocated 2 million dollars to provide low income households with free set top boxes.

More details will be revealed in the next few days.

After the draw for the Digital TV platform, FBC TV will be on channel one, Fiji One on channel two, FBC 2 on channel three, Mai TV on channel four and Fiji Two on channel five.

Director of Communications Shivnesh Prasad who is looking after the state owned company, Walesi says the forecast cost to have national coverage of Digital TV will be about $17 million.

Bainimarama says Fiji is the first Pacific island government to invest in the infrastructure for Digital TV at the national level.

He says the latest compression technology has the potential to return a better picture quality than what is seen in Australia.

Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says they are yet to decide on the fees that the TV stations have to pay to be on the platform.

When asked on how national coverage will be achieved, Sayed-Khaiyum says they will try their best and they are also looking at infrastructure sharing.

Sky Pacific also needs to go on the digital TV platform as part of their license condition.

Sky Pacific is yet to comment on the issue.

(Craig's comment, way to go! the first stuff up in Fiji's Digital tv plans is Fiji One being on channel 2 and Fiji 2 on channel 5.)

4K HDR from SKY Perfect JSAT

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/29/4k-hdr-from-sky-perfect-jsat/

Japanese satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT is to launch the world’s first publicly-available 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) broadcast on October 4, 2016, during timeslots on its dedicated 4K channel, SKY PerfecTV! 4K Experience, launched on May 1, 2016.

The channel can be enjoyed free of charge by anyone with compatible equipment for receiving the SKY PerfecTV! Premium Service or SKY PerfecTV! Premium HIKARI Service.

To mark the commencement of 4K HDR broadcasts, a programme jointly produced with the Imagica Robot Group will air in 4K HDR along with all five episodes of the BS SKY PerfecTV! original drama Kera (Yakubyogami Series).

For its 4K HDR broadcasts, SKY Perfect JSAT has adopted the Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) standard, co-developed by public broadcasters NHK and BBC.

While there are a number of HDR techniques, HLG was developed as the most suitable format for broadcasting and HLG became an international standard in July this year.

In response to the October commencement of 4K HDR broadcasts, a software update for Toshiba’s 4K Regza Z20X series is scheduled to become available for download from late August. Other companies’ products are also sequentially scheduled to become 4K HDR-capable from this autumn.

SKY Perfect JSAT confirms that it will proactively engage in 4K HDR technology so that it may deliver even finer and more dynamic contents to many viewers.

Bloomberg TV Malaysia and Astro tipped to part ways

From http://www.marketing-interactive.com/bloomberg-astro-tipped-part-ways/

According to a recent article on The Star, Astro Malaysia Holdings and Bloomberg TV Malaysia (BTVM) are said to be parting ways.

This will result in the ceasing of programmes from Astro’s Channel 519. Astro is said to have stopped broadcasting BTVM’s programmes since the beginning of July. Its two regular programmes were Moving Malaysia and Dashboard is tipped to be replaced by other Bloomberg TV programmes.

The Star article also states that the two had several ongoing issues and Astro sent out an internal memo to staff stating that BTVM will no longer air on its platforms.

A+M has reached out to both Bloomberg and Astro for a comment. Both were unable to comment at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, A+M understand Kenneth Lee, CMO of Bloomberg also left the company recently along with sales manager Cheryl Boo and COO Alain Roger Poirier.

Bloomberg TV was launched in Malaysia in 2013 in a partnership with former Malaysian minister and founder of ntv7, Dato’ Sri Mohd Effendi Norwawi’s Encorp Group. The channel took off in the market in 2014. Media industry veteran Michael Chan was named CEO of Bloomberg TV Malaysia to head the new channel.

Sony commercialises 8K TV tuner

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/28/sony-commercialises-8k-tv-tuner/

While 4K TV set ownership is growing, the fact is there are few TV channels to watch. However, Sony Corp is already preparing for ‘next generation’ 8K transmissions.

The 8K need is very real given that Japanese 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ broadcasts are starting in August. Japan’s public broadcaster NHK is starting its 8K test-transmissions with specially commissioned programming, including news broadcasts.

What Sony is doing is to introduce the industry’s 1st demodulator and tuner models that can handle Japan’s ISDB-S3 transmission system. Samples will start shipping in September. The tuner can automatically handle terrestrial signals, as well as transmissions from digital satellite and the Japanese BS satellites.

Sony said it is also planning to introduce variations in September of the basic tuner and able to handle up to 3 tuners on a single integrated chipset for handling simultaneous channel broadcasts.

SES: HD at 33%, 16 UHD channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/29/ses-hdtv-at-33-16-uhd-channels/

SES has revealed its H1 numbers, with the Luxembourg-based satellite operator reporting its fleet now carries 16 commercial Ultra-HD channels, and that its portfolio of 2,422 HD channels represents 32.7 per cent of the total 7,164 channel count (and HD growth is up 12.1 per cent y-o-y).

The growth in commercial UHD channels is dramatic. This time last year there were none. That growth is guaranteed to continue with Sky’s commitment and other expectations from the pay-TV and commercial sectors.

There’s other good news, with fresh contracts in the aeronautical sector (with Gogo, Panasonic and Global Eagle), and new DTH platforms helping boost its Video segment (which now represents 70 per cent of revenues, compared with 66 per cent at this time last year).

CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh said that the SES consolidation of O3b’s revenues would start on August 1. This full year, O3b’s revenues are expected to double to more than $100 million.

Sabbagh confirmed that H1 numbers overall were down 4.2 per cent (at €957 million) which impacted EBITDA which also fell back 5.4 per cent (to €700 million) and an EBITDA margin down from 73.5 per cent to 73.1 per cent. Its all-important contracted backlog fell back €100 million to €7.3 billion.

As at June 30th SES had 1.550 available transponders (up from 1.518 a year ago). For its full year, SES says it is expecting overall revenues to be between €2.01 billion – €2.05 billion, and with an EBITDA margin of some 73-5 per cent-74 per cent.

Olympic Channel launches Aug 21

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/29/olympic-channel-launches-aug-21/

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the launch date for its new Olympic Channel, where fans can experience the Olympic Movement all year round. Starting August 21st, after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the Olympic Channel platform will be available worldwide via a mobile app for Android and iOS devices and online at olympicchannel.com.

In addition, athletes and fans can follow the Olympic Channel on its newly launched social media handles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and sign up for Olympic Channel updates at olympicchannel.com.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The launch of the Olympic Channel on August 21st is the start of an exciting new journey to connect the worldwide audience with the Olympic Movement all year round. Fans will be able to follow sports, athletes and the stories behind the Olympic Games. The Olympic Channel will inspire us all and reach out to new generations of athletes and fans.”

With the goal of providing a new way to engage young people, fans and new audiences in the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Channel is a free platform that will present original programming, live sports events, news and highlights offering additional exposure for sports and athletes all year round. Olympic Channel original programming will include both short-form and long-form content, focusing on elite athletes, their quest for success and sport around the world.

Designed for a global audience, the Olympic Channel digital platform will showcase content from around the world, and will initially be offered in English. Additional features at launch will include fantastic content as video on demand, as well as individual sport pages within a user-friendly and mobile-responsive interface, subtitled in nine different languages.

Eutelsat: 6,342 channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/29/eutelsat-6342-channels/

Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat has unveiled its full-year results, with EBITDA up 2.9 per cent at €1.164 billion, and based on revenues that were up just 0.2 per cent (at constant currency) at €1.529 billion, and thus maintaining its 76 per cent EBITDA margin. However, its contracted backlog fell back 9.5 per cent (to €5.6 billion). Drilling down into the Q4 numbers saw y-o-y revenue fall 2.3 per cent to €371.6 million.

Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer said the operator had now passed the 6,000 channel mark (6,342), and with HD channels now making up 13.6 percent of that total and having grown HD by 26 per cent over the past year, and the launch of its first UHD channels. Eutelsat’s overall fill-rate is down, however, from 78.7 per cent this time last year, to 70.9 per cent in June 2016, and not helped by an extra 43 operational transponders added to the fleet.

Eutelsat admits there are still strong headwinds, not least in terms of Data revenues (down 6.1 per cent) and Government Services division (down 7.5 per cent). Offsetting these downward trends were solid growth in Video Applications (up 2.3 per cent), Value-Added services (up 4.8 per cent) and Miscellaneous revenues which grew 23.4 per cent.

“In FY 2015-16, revenues from Video Applications were up 2.3 per cent like-for-like to €943.6 million. This reflected sustained growth in MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa with the entry into service of new capacity on EUTELSAT 8 West B in October 2015 and EUTELSAT 36C in February 2016, as well as growth at 16° East (Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Europe), and 7° East (Middle East and East Africa). Fransat also recorded higher revenues on the back of the transition to High Definition in France,” said Eutelsat.

“These positive elements more than offset lower revenues at the HOTBIRD position following the non-renewal in recent months of some contracts with service providers, a decline in revenues from Professional Video and lower revenues in Russia following the renegotiation of certain contracts last year,” added a statement.

The Olympic Channel includes an option to register for a more personalised experience, where users can follow their favourite athletes, teams, sports and countries to receive an individually-tailored content selection.

After the launch of the global digital product in August, the Olympic Channel intends to foster partnerships with other Olympic stakeholders, including rights-holding broadcasters and National Olympic Committees to develop localised versions of the Olympic Channel. Localised versions will offer language-specific user experiences on digital platforms, and will also include linear television programming options.



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Foxtel launches new Arts and Music division

From http://if.com.au/2016/07/28/article/Foxtel-launches-new-Arts-and-Music-division/YSYWWVOBTC.html

Foxtel has announced a newly-created Arts and Music division.

Foxtel Arts, the dedicated HD Arts channel, and Foxtel’s suite of music channels – [V] HITS, MAX, Foxtel Smooth and CMC – will be managed by a joint team under newly appointed group channel manager, Arts and Music, Fraser Stark.

Foxtel's executive director of television Brian Walsh said: “Foxtel is Australia’s only television provider providing the local music and arts industries with curated locally produced channels and we will continue to do so with the same passion, enthusiasm and excitement which we’ve been doing since 1995.

“Our music and arts offering is very important both to us and our customers and we are proud to be the home of music television with unique and specialised music brands and content that Australians love.”

Walsh said Stark had done an exceptional job building and refining Foxtel Arts since its launch last year.

“His energy, imagination and commercial approach will build on the incredible talents of the Arts and Music team to provide a complete music and live performance offering for our subscribers,” he said.

Stark himself said he was "incredibly excited about this new opportunity and there is great synergy between the Arts and Music brands. I look forward to leading the strong and passionate music team to continue providing these great channels for Foxtel’s viewers.”

Rebecca Batties, who headed the Music portfolio for the past two years, has resigned.

“I we would like to acknowledge Rebecca’s terrific contribution and wish her well with her next endeavour,” Brian Walsh said.

The new team structure will commence August 29.

Brand Australia push in regional channel revamp

From contentasia latest issue

Propaganda not an issue, says Australia Network CEO The new Australia Network born out of the old ABC Asia Pacific – may be Aussie down to the bugs on screen,
but there’s not an Australian it would rather have in its
audience over a true-blue Asian viewer.

“This channel has been created for non-Australian audiences,” says Australia Network CEO, Ian Carroll. “We live or die as a management team on the number of non-Australians who use the service.” The new network launches on August 7, turning the fourand- a-half year-old ABC Asia Pacific into a more streamlined channel with a simpler schedule and a revamped news and current affairs slate, including the flagship Focus current affairs programme ( 9 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays) .

Focus will be produced exclusively by the news team from national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). “Our offer is a different
view, a different perspective, presented in a different way... That would be the number one difference. Number two is the simpler schedule. And the third is a more distinct Australian perspective, whether drama or documentary,” Carroll says. But, as much as some things change, others will stay the same. For one, the money (said to be some A$18 million a year) is still coming from the Australian government.

Report: 58bn streaming piracy visits in 2015

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/27/report-58bn-streaming-piracy-visits-in-2015/

Findings from content protection, data-analytics and piracy audience reconnection solutions provider MUSO reveal that nearly three-quarters of all visits to film and TV specific piracy sites in 2015 used web streaming as their method of consuming illegal content, highlighting a clear piracy audience trend change away from content ‘ownership’ using P2P/Torrents or web downloads.

These findings are from MUSO’s Global Film & TV Piracy Market Insight Report 2016, available for over 226 countries and dependent regions, which saw the company analyse global traffic from 14,000 of the largest global piracy websites, comprising of over 141 billion visits to these sites, and across 200m measured devices.

Out of a total 78.49 billion film and television piracy site visits, 73.69 per cent (57.84 billion) were visits to streaming sites, with 72.07 per cent of visits via desktop devices, indicating consumption of infringing video content via mobile devices remains low.

With over 12 per cent (9.86 billion visits) of that global piracy audience from the United States, and with France, Germany and the UK all present in the top 10 countries globally by visits, the report highlights a piracy industry in transition, with strongly varying audience trends across different countries highlighting key opportunities, as well as emerging threats.

MUSO’s annual report found that the second most popular piracy delivery type was torrents, capturing 17.24 per cent of audience visits. Despite this high activity, torrents have seen an overall decrease by 18.98 per cent from the first 6 months visits to the last 6 months visits in 2015. Torrent activity has heavily relied on desktop users (77.1 per cent), yet has seen a trend change throughout 2015 of -18.96 per cent. Mobile activity has seen a similar decrease by 19.02 per cent.

The company also noted that 2015 saw a slight increase from the first six months visits to the last six months visits of mobile download volumes by 4.93 per cent. However, the usage of downloads has been relatively low, compared to torrents and streaming traffic, accounting for 8.38 per cent of piracy visits. 2015 saw only a minor increase in download activity, with a growth of 0.21 per cent from the first six to last six months of the year.

“Piracy audiences are becoming better connected, more tech savvy, and know what they want, which is why so many of them have chosen to stream infringing content, rather than download it illegally,” commented MUSO’s Chief Commercial Officer Christopher Elkins.

“We have a deep understanding on how these audiences are engaging online, in how they’re searching and seeking out new content. Likewise, with rights owners, we’re already seeing so many adopt a really fearless attitude in creating even more compelling and easily accessible digital assets for their local audience to engage with. It’s this approach that piracy can’t compete with,” he declared.

US Cable Operators Conducting First Ultra HD Trials with SES

From http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=49167

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that multiple US cable operators are testing Ultra HD (or 4K) content across its fully-managed Ultra HD platform and receiving HEVC 4K IP set top boxes in preparation for Ultra HD subscriber trials into US households later this year.

SES has signed Ultra HD trial agreements with Cable America in Missouri, Golden West Telecommunications in South Dakota, MTC Cable in New York, Sjoberg’s Cable TV in Minnesota and ATMC in North Carolina. As part of the programme aimed at accelerating 4K delivery to homes across America, SES is shipping 4K/HEVC set top boxes to cable operators participating in the first-ever Ultra HD trials.

After purchasing more than four million Ultra HD TVs last year and a projected 10 million in 2016 in the US alone, consumers are increasingly demanding 4K content from their cable operators. Using the multicasting capability of the DOCSIS 3.0 transmission standard and traditional digital TV to deliver a wide range of 4K programming to subscriber homes, SES is enabling even the smallest cable operators to be among the first in North America to provide linear and live Ultra HD. Unlike current internet-delivered 4K offerings, SES’s managed solution, delivered over dedicated bandwidth, provides a much higher quality viewer experience, free of buffering and network congestion.

SES is currently carrying four Ultra HD channels on satellites serving every cable system and nearly 100 million homes across North America, including Fashion One 4K, NASA TV UHD, and High 4K TV. The fourth choice on SES’s regional 4K dial is SES’s own UHD1 channel, which has quickly become a popular venue for up-and-coming 4K content producers creating great Ultra HD material with an eye toward ultimately launching their own Ultra HD channels. Cable operators of all sizes across North America can easily downlink 4K content from SES’s growing Ultra HD satellite platform to test the mix of 4K movies, TV shows, news, and sports events across their networks.

“As millions of cable subscribers increasingly press for 4K content on their new Ultra HD TVs, some of the smallest cable operators in the US are now leading the way to bringing Ultra HD to homes across the country,” noted Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development in North America at SES. “SES’s breakthrough, fully-managed Ultra HD platform is enabling us to conduct the first-ever trials, which are bound to play a key role in the national and global rollout of Ultra HD.”

“Ultra HD has arrived in Minnesota, as we prepare to deliver 4K content to subscriber homes this year,” said Richard Sjoberg, President and CEO at Sjoberg, a cable television innovator serving 33 towns in Northwest Minnesota. “Along with high-speed broadband, we’re seeing an increasing demand for Ultra HD across our subscriber base, and together with SES we’re on the leading edge of technology, with a simplified solution that will make the transition to Ultra HD far faster and more efficient. We’re looking forward to being among the first in the country to deliver game-changing television to our customers.”

“We are excited to be participating in this trial focused on offering Ultra HD content to our customers,” said Glen Faulkner, General Manager at MTC Cable in upstate New York. “The SES solution provides an economical platform for the delivery of Ultra HD content, which is now more frequently requested by our customers. The cable television industry, with high-capacity DOCSIS 3 networks widely deployed, is well-positioned to be at the forefront in delivery of this high resolution content.”

Russia's Tricolor TV to Launch 'SmartBeam' Multiscreen Video Delivery Service

From https://www.ecnmag.com/news/2016/07/russias-tricolor-tv-launch-smartbeam-multiscreen-video-delivery-service

Tricolor TV, operator of one of the world’s fastest-growing TV platforms, and Eutelsat Communications are collaborating on deploying the first network in Russia to use SmartBeam, Eutelsat’s new multi-screen video delivery solution.

Flexible Cloud DVR: Accommodating Infrastructures New and Old

SmartBeam opens the door to the deployment of the first satellite network in Russia to deliver video content to mobile devices. Consumers will be able to receive Tricolor TV’s new service in public venues by downloading a user-friendly app on their mobile devices (smartphones, tablets using Android or iOS). They will pick up the channels in high-quality via a local Wi-Fi network connected to a compact low-cost satellite box that will receive the content direct from a Eutelsat satellite at 36° East, Russia’s leading position for video content.

Leveraging the inherent strength of satellites for broadcasting, the service will provide universal and immediate coverage of wide regions of Russia with guaranteed quality of service. It will enable Tricolor TV to extend its relationship with users by delivering DRM protected content to public venues (hotels, shopping centres, airport lounges, medical centres…) with no dependency on terrestrial networks.

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “Eutelsat’s satellites and technology are already the backbone of distribution networks for broadcasters and pay-TV platforms around the world. Now, with SmartBeam, we are leveraging multiscreen solutions to help broadcasters extend OTT services and offer the same experience to users located beyond range of terrestrial networks. SmartBeam will also be able to circumvent user frustration with buffering and disconnection as terrestrial mobile networks saturate. We are delighted that Tricolor TV, one of our most prominent pay-TV clients, has recognised the added value of SmartBeam as a new content delivery solution.”

Alexei Kholodov, CEO of Tricolor TV, said: “As a leader in digital television services Tricolor TV is committed to deploying cutting edge technologies and services that extend our zone of reception and enhance the viewing experience for our customers. As we wait for a plane to take off, or sit in a waiting room we have all thought at one time or another that being able to watch television would be a real benefit. Now, thanks to our partnership with Eutelsat, Tricolor TV is going beyond the four walls of user homes to reach viewers on their mobile devices in public venues.”

How does it work?

Based on standard technologies and protocols (DVB-S2, IP, HTTP Live Streaming…), SmartBeam is compatible with all common portable devices as well as Smart TVs. It uses a small, low-cost satellite receiver that acts as a local Content Delivery Network (CDN) receiving high-quality TV channels and VOD content via satellite, and serving it locally to mobile phones and tablets over a Wi-Fi network. It is also flexible enough to support advanced video services such as encryption with DRM (Digital Rights Management) and non-linear TV like Catch Up TV and Push VOD.

On the transmit side:
•Native IP content is received at a satellite teleport.
•The IP streams are converted from unicast to multicast then encapsulated over a DVB transport stream and broadcast via satellite in a standard DVB-S2 transmission platform.

On the receive side:
•Content is received via a standard satellite dish connected to a compatible satellite receiver.
•The receiver decodes the DVB-S2 transport stream, extracts the original IP packets and delivers them to smartphones, tablets or other IP native devices through a regular Wi-Fi access point or home router. Live content is served on-the-fly, while VOD content is stored and can be accessed at any time.


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NBN satellite tour kicks off in NSW

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/nbn-satellite-tour-kicks-off-in-nsw--1154842

Australia's NBN Co announced plans to run a state roadshow to test-drive NBN’s Sky Muster satellite service. Starting at the NSW Farmers Association’s Annual Conference in Sydney, the NBN’s custom-made Sky Muster truck is one of six satellite demonstration vehicles that will tour the country to showcase how NBN services can help bridge the digital divide for rural, regional and remote Australians.

Each vehicle carries a portable satellite antenna that allows Australians to get hands-on with services over the NBN network via a Wi-Fi hotspot powered by NBN's SkyMuster satellite service. The Sky Muster satellite, which was launched into space in 2015, was specifically designed to deliver access to fast broadband to the more than 400,000 homes and businesses in regional, rural and remote Australia, including 120,000 in NSW.

Tottenham Hotspur announce Foxtel as official international broadcast partner in Australia

From http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/premier-league/tottenham-hotspur-announce-foxtel-as-official-international-broadcast-partner-in-australia/news-story/6c9006f8b9e046f64587e7b713f4dd6d

TOTTENHAM Hotspur fans will be able to enjoy the latest content from the club on Foxtel from the start of the 2016-17 season.

Spurs have signed a three-year partnership with Foxtel to become the Premier League team’s International Broadcast Partner in Australia for three years. The deal was announced in Melbourne prior to Tottenham’s International Champions Cup match against Juventus at the MCG.

It will see Fox Sports integrate a weekly three-hour programme featuring the latest Tottenham content (including the club’s matches) into their regular sports coverage as well as the addition of Spurs TV, which includes content and features from the club’s popular video service. Both the weekly programme and Spurs TV will be available to Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscribers on the sports pack.

Christian Eriksen.Christian Eriksen. Source: Reuters
Currently Premier League fans can already watch content from MUTV, LFC TV and ChelseaTV on Foxtel.

“We are delighted to announce a partnership with Foxtel,” said Aidan Mullally, Head of Business Development at Tottenham Hotspur.

“Tottenham Hotspur has enjoyed fantastic support in Australia over the past two years visiting Sydney and now Melbourne. We look forward to collaborating with Foxtel to bring our growing fan base exciting and engaging content via the programming block and Spurs TV features.”

Tottenham's Harry Kane (C).Tottenham's Harry Kane (C). Source: Reuters
“This exciting arrangement with our new partners at Tottenham Hotspur furthers our continued commitment to Football in Australia,” said Deanne Weir, Managing Director – Content Aggregation & Wholesale, at Foxtel.

“We are looking forward to providing Australian Spurs fans insights from the Club through the weekly three-hour programme block on FOX SPORTS. We look forward to working with Tottenham Hotspur over the next three years to further engage their fan base in Australia.”

Duco Events and Sky TV on manhunt for live-streamers

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11681182

Private investigators stake out suspected live-streamers as Duco Events and Sky TV go on the offensive.

The fight against live-streaming pay-per-view events is ramping up as private investigators hunt down and doorknock suspected online miscreants.

A media law expert says the new tactics are legitimate as evidence is needed should streamers get hauled before the courts for allowing others to watch online for free.

Sky Television has also revealed it has cut subscriptions to people live-streaming the recent pay-per-view Joseph Parker boxing bout. In some cases, subscribers dobbed the streamers in.

Boxing promoter Duco Events is coming down hard on live-streamers and has called in private investigators to help.

James Bryant, 27, told the Herald of his plan to stream Joseph Parker's clash with Solomon Haumono on July 21.

That night, a private investigator from Thompson & Toresen came to his parents' house in Auckland's Hibiscus Coast looking for him.

Bryant said he was emailed by another investigator who claimed to want his computer repaired. Suspicious, Bryant gave a friend's address and the investigator sat outside the friend's house all day waiting for him to come out before asking for Bryant's whereabouts.

He was unhappy with the private investigators' tactics.

"They've called me twice, and they told me that it's getting serious now, that it was too big to go away," Bryant said.

His father Ian contacted the Herald to express his anger at being approached by investigators.

"Please tell them not to knock on my door again at night," he said.

Duco chief executive Martin Snedden confirmed the company was using a private investigator to help with "the piracy issue".

"We won't be going into any further detail at this stage."

Media law expert Rick Shera said live-streaming and broadcasting the fight was a "pretty blatant, obvious copyright breach" and hiring investigators was a legitimate tactic.

"It's not unusual for copyright infringements to be investigated quite carefully," he said.

"If they are taking someone to court they are going to need proper evidence."

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet would not be drawn on how the company tracked down live-streamers, but said most of the information came from other people.

"I just think it's Kiwis not wanting to see other Kiwis ripped off."

Fellet didn't expect it to be an issue at the Olympics, where much of the action would be shown free-to-air on Prime TV.

Earlier, Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way confirmed the company cut subscriptions for 10 people who live-streamed last Thursday's fight and said it was considering legal action.

Sky had taken action over live-streaming of non pay-per-view events in the past, she said.

Bryant, who said he did not broadcast last week's fight, used Facebook's Live feature to record and broadcast Parker's bout with Carlos Takam to thousands of viewers in May.

At the time, Duco director Dean Lonergan said live-streamers were "complete lowlife ****heads" and threatened to sue.

But Bryant was "not too worried".

"They've got no proof apart from the admission. I'm 100 per cent sure that there's nothing."

(Craig's comment, just wait until the Olympics start, and Sky trys to block overseas streams.)

APT and Chinese partners plan global mobile broadband network

From http://spacenews.com/apt-and-chinese-partners-plan-global-mobile-broadband-network/

APT Satellite of Hong Kong is creating a joint venture with Chinese mainland institutions to build a mobile broadband network. The joint venture, called APT Mobile Satcom Ltd., ultimately foresees a constellation of three high-throughput satellites over Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

PARIS – Satellite fleet operator APT Satellite Holdings of Hong Kong has created a joint venture with mainland Chinese institutions to launch a global mobile broadband satellite network aimed principally at the aeronautical and maritime markets, APT said July 23.

The network, if launched as planned, would catapult APT from its current position as a midsize regional satellite operator into a global player. Other companies with similar global-mobility ambitions include fleet operators ViaSat Inc., Intelsat, SES and Inmarsat.

APT has been among the early adopters in Asia of high-throughput-satellite (HTS) technology, which slices its coverage into dozens or hundreds of small spot beams to permit the reuse of radio spectrum and multiply total throughput capacity.

APT has four satellites in orbit at four orbital slots over Asia. It has two satellites, both with HTS capacity, on order: the Apstar 5C, co-owned with Telesat of Canada and under construction by Space Systems/Loral, to replace the Apstar-5 satellite at 138 degrees east; and the Apstar-6C, under construction by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC), which will carry a C-/Ku-Ka-band payload and operate from 134 degrees east.

Apstar-5C and Apstar-6C are both scheduled for launch in early 2018. Apstar has said its total capital expenditure for the two programs is $313.7 million. Included in this is $118.8 million for APT’s 57.47 percent share of Apstar-5C, in partnership with Telesat.

CASC is a majority owner of APT. The regional Shenzhen government on July 25 said it had signed an agreement with CASC and APT to incorporate the new venture within its borders.

CASC produced a graphic showing a system with three satellites, each with multiple spot beams over China and the western Pacific Ocean; Africa, the Middle East and southern Europe; and Latin America.

Called APT Mobile Satcom Ltd., the company is 42.3 percent owned by APT; 23.9 percent by Beijing Shipping, a subsidiary of China Transport Telecommunication Information Center, which manages China’s maritime sector; 14.1 percent by Guo Xin (Shenzhen), a subsidiary of China Guoxin Trading Co. Ltd., an investment vehicle; 14.1 percent by Shenzhen Hao Chuang, a diversified industrial conglomerate; and 5.6 percent by Mr. Pang Lixin, an investor who will represent the management team.

The new venture, capitalized at 1.42 billion Chinese yuan ($214 million), will purchase an initial geostationary-orbit satellite and also arrange the purchase of an orbital position, APT said.

APT did not immediately respond to requests for information on whether the planned system would operate in Ka- or Ku-band.

Like many other satellite fleet operators in Asia, APT in the past couple of years has struggled with stagnating revenue in a region that, from an operator’s viewpoint, is oversupplied with satellite capacity.

Apstar told shareholders in a presentation of its annual results to expect continued pressure on transponder-lease prices in 2016.

The company reported revenue of 1.194 billion Hong Kong dollars ($154 million) for the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2015, down 4.3 percent from a year earlier. EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, was 75.2 percent of revenue, down from 76.7 percent in 2014 and 78.3 percent in 2013.

The company’s satellites were reported 65.9 percent full as of Dec. 31, but this includes the Apstar-9, which was launched in October 2015. It typically takes a year or more for a new satellite to reach acceptable capacity.

Removing Apstar-9 from the count, APT’s fleet utilization was 74 percent as of Dec. 31, the company said.

BeiDou's Will Gain Global Reach By 2020

From http://satnews.com/story.php?number=1934630546

The Chinese BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is well positioned to provide services worldwide, according to Zhang Chunling, Chief Engineer of China's Satellite Navigation System management office—BeiDou will service countries along the Belt and Road Initiative by 2018 and expand the service's global reach by 2020.

Zhang added that the BDS has provided regional services for three years, with stronger performances in Beijing and Nanjing as well as low latitudes areas. The BeiDou project was formally launched in 1994. On June 12th of this year, China successfully launched the 23rd BeiDou navigation satellite that was developed to target extensive civil access and to provide global services.

According to Zhang, the new homegrown BeiDou chip modules and some other core infrastructure products have been gradually made available to meet the ever-growing demand of smart phones, tablet computers, wearable devices and so on. This technology has removed China's dependency on imported high-accuracy satellite navigation products, said Zhang.

The Chinese government released a white paper in June this year that elaborated on the development of the BDS. According to the document, China has formulated a three-step strategy for developing the BDS and aims to complete the development of the 35 satellite constellation around 2020 to provide all-time, all-weather and high-accuracy positioning, navigation and timing services to users globally.

The BeiDou services cover the areas between 55 degrees north latitude and 55 degrees south latitude and between 55 and 180 degrees east longitude, with a positioning accuracy of less than 10 meters, a velocity measurement accuracy of less than 0.2 meters per second and a timing accuracy of less than 50 nanoseconds.

South Korea picks ATSC 3.0 for UHD

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/26/south-korea-picks-atsc-3-0-for-uhd/

South Korea has selected the ATSC 3.0 standard for the country’s ultra-high-definition television broadcasting set to launch in February 2017.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said it preferred ATSC 3.0, developed by standards body the Advanced Television Systems Committee, for UHD TV broadcasting over the Europe-based DVB-T2 standard.

UHD TVs manufactured by local TV makers have so far been based on DVB-T2 and will require a separate set-top box starting next year, the Ministry said.

“The North American standard is better than the European one as the technology provides better transmission quality for viewers,” said the Ministry, which noted that IP-based ATSC 3.0 combines broadcasting and broadband.

SSL to provide robotic arms to DARPA for satellite servicing

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SSL_to_provide_robotic_arms_to_DARPA_for_satellite_servicing_999.html

DARPA RSGS Robotic Servicing Vehicle utilizing MDA US Systems robotic arms to repair a satellite on orbit.

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced it has received $20.7 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design and build robotic arm flight hardware for the agency's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program.

SSL is receiving the funds through MDA US Systems, a division of MDA managed by SSL, and is working with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which is managing the robotic arm contract for the RSGS program.

The contract is for two complete robotic arm systems, which would be able to carefully capture and berth with satellites that were not previously designed for docking. The robotic arms would each have multiple joints enabling dexterous movement and could carry and use multiple generic and mission-specific tools.

Building on contracts announced in both 2012 and 2013 for prior DARPA research into space robotics, the total contract value awarded now stands at over $40 million, and could grow further if all remaining options are exercised.

"The ability to safely and cooperatively service satellites in GEO would expand public and private opportunities in space. It could enable entirely new spacecraft designs and operations, including on-orbit assembly and maintenance, which could lower construction and deployment costs while extending satellite utility, resilience and reliability," said Al Tadros, vice president, Civil and DOD Business at SSL.

The goal of the RSGS program is to cooperatively inspect, capture, reposition, repair, and upgrade GEO spacecraft.

The DARPA-developed hardware and software toolkit, which includes the robotic arms, is planned to be integrated onto a commercially owned and operated servicing vehicle to provide on-demand servicing in space.

"Our work with DARPA and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory leverages many years of experience with robotics applications in space," said Steve Oldham, vice president, Strategic Business Development at SSL.

"We are very pleased to participate in the RSGS flight demonstration program, which is expected to make on-orbit servicing a reality."

SSL has the ability to build on robotics technologies proven on the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and the Mars lander and rovers.

The company recently announced other missions with the U.S. government and is working with DARPA and NASA to develop robotic on-orbit satellite assembly.

SSL is also the industry partner for a potential NASA Discovery Program mission to the asteroid Psyche and is participating in a first-phase study for a spacecraft bus for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission.

ST Electronics launches commercial satellite imagery service

From http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/st-electronics-launches/2988820.html

SINGAPORE: ST Electronics launched a new commercial imagery service using the first made-in-Singapore commercial Earth observation satellite, TeLEOS-1, on Tuesday (Jul 26).

The new imagery service is the first in the world to provide one-metre resolution with the fastest response time from a Near-Equatorial Orbit remote sensing satellite.

Besides the sales of satellite imagery, ST Electronics will also provide value-added applications covering urban planning and infrastructure management for smart cities, environmental and resources monitoring, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, maritime security and safety, border and territorial water protection, it said in a press release.

The launch follows the successful completion of a six-month In-Orbit-Test of the satellite that started on Dec 16, 2015.

ST Electronics president Lee Fook Sun said the launch of the service is a "momentous milestone" for the company.

"Our unique offering of multi-source, multi-modal, high responsive satellite imagery has attracted strong interests from our international network of resellers and distributors," he said.

ST Electronics also announced that it is entering into several new partnership agreements. With the Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA), it will acquire and develop imaging systems to support government agencies' imagery requirements, such as monitoring of haze hotspots and detection of oil spills.

It has signed agreements with Korean distributor SI Imaging Services, Russian reseller SOVZOND Company Ltd and South African reseller Broadstone Technologies for TeLEOS-1 imagery, and is in discussion with other distributors and resellers that will promote and sell TeLEOS-1 imagery and applications globally.

It will also work with the Economic Development Board on corporate accelerator programmes, to develop new ideas for new markets using satellite data, the company said.

AMC to launch 5 pay-TV channels in MENA

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/26/amc-to-launch-5-pay-tv-channels-in-mena/

AMC Networks International (AMCNI) will launch five channels with beIN, one of the leading pay-TV and entertainment platforms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on August 1st in 21 countries.

The partnership will see entertainment channel AMC become exclusively available to beIN subscribers in the region in HD. Four other, newly localised premium AMCNI channels will also launch on the platform including CBS Reality, Extreme Sports Channel, Outdoor Channel and pre-school channel JimJam.

AMCNI also announced the acquisition of AMC Studios’ upcoming anthology drama series The Terror, an adaption of the bestselling novel by Dan Simmons, to premiere exclusively on AMC Global in territories worldwide in 2017, has been extended to include the MENA region.

Ed Palluth, Executive Vice President of Global Distribution, AMC Networks International commented on the new partnership: “We are very excited to launch five of our premium channels on the beIN platform in the Middle East. This agreement allows AMCNI to further expand our footprint and strengthen many of our international brands. We look forward to bringing beIN viewers our newest original series The Terror, where it will join a lineup of outstanding, dramatic and bold programming on AMC.”

Yousef Al-Obaidly, Deputy CEO of beIN Media Group, stated, “beIN’s foray into entertainment content has been extremely successful as the platform has been able to attract a number of high quality global and premium content partners during the course of the last few months. Partnering with AMCNI is yet another important milestone for beIN. This new offering from AMCNI brings unique, high quality and diverse content for beIN subscribers. This partnership helps us further consolidate beIN’s position as the leading pay-TV network in MENA.”

Antrix loses its second international tribunal case against Devas Multimedia

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/devas-multimedia-wins-case-against-india-on-satellite-deal-in-hague-116072600437_1.html

DoS says Tribunal defends India's security interests provision, damages limited to 40% of investment value; India has to pay $672 mn

Antrix loses case against Devas, ordered to pay $672 mn as damages

Antrix Corp, the commercial arm of India's space agency Isro, has lost for the second time a case in an international tribunal over cancelling a deal with Devas Multimedia, a satellite firm backed by Deutsche Telekom and two US investors.

On Monday, the Permanent Case of Arbitration at The Hague found India had breached its treaty with Mauritius to accord equitable treatment to foreign investors.

India had cancelled the deal with Devas to lease two satellites to beam high-speed Internet to smartphones on the S band in 2011, stating it would use spectrum in the band for strategic purposes.

Deutsche Telekom had invested $75 million in Devas in 2008 for a 17% stake in the company. US-based Columbia Capital and Telcom Ventures are the other investors that had invested in Devas through Mauritius.

Antrix had signed an agreement with Devas to lease the two satellites in 2005, but was caught in the political storm that erupted over the 2G telecom scam.

In September 2015, the International Court of Arbitration had asked Antrix to pay $672 million (Rs 4,400 crore) to Devas for cancelling the deal. Devas is also fighting a case based on the verdict in the Delhi High Court.

The department of space (DoS) on Tuesday said the latest verdict would limit the compensation liability to 40% of the value of the investment but did not quantify the amount.

Devas said the tribunal was yet to award damages and added it would prefer a dialogue to resolve the issue, failing which it would continue to press its claims before international tribunals.

"With today’s award, two international tribunals have agreed that financial compensation should be paid after the annulment of Devas' rights,” Devas Chairman Lawrence Babbio, former vice-chairman of Verizon, the largest telecommunications company in the US, said in a statement.

The PCA found India breached its treaty with Mauritius to accord fair and equitable treatment to Devas' foreign investors. However, it upheld India's security interest provisions in the treaty, the DoS said in a statement.

The PCA administers cases involving states, including investment treaty claims brought under arbitration rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

"The government reiterates it invoked essential security interests through a Cabinet Committee on Security decision. The award of the tribunal is being examined and legal recourse will be taken. We remain committed to our strategic security interests in this matter," Isro said in a statement.

On Monday, the Enforcement Directorate issued a notice to Devas for violation of foreign exchange rules while investigating another case of alleged money laundering. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is also probing Devas, its executives and a few Isro officials.


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New services loading Optus D1 Sky NZ

D1 12268 H 22500 "beIN SPORTS 1 HD"
D1 12707 H 22500 "beIN SPORTS 1" and "beIN SPORTS 2"
D1 12394 H 22500 "beIN Pop-up 2"
D1 12734 H 22500 "beIN Pop-up 1"

Sunday feeds

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "AFL . Tigers v Hawks"
D1 12419 V Sr 6999
D1 12670 V Sr 7499
D1 12429 V Sr 6111 unsure could be 4:2:2
D1 12661 V Sr 7500 VFL Football

Saturday feeds

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "7BCM D1/T7 Slot 2" - AFL Footy Carlton & Swans
D1 12661 V Sr 7500 "AFL , cats v crows"

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From the Dish

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4015 H "Rengoni has replaced Ramdhenu" on, Fta.
AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4035 H Eurosport 1 Asia and TLC Southeast Asia have started on , Tongfang.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3951 H "Heilongjiang TV" is Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4040 H Laonian Fu, Channel XFC, CBN ITV, Dragon TV North America, Legal Channel, Colourful Stage, Golden Life and Oriental CJ Shopping 11 have left .
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4060 V "CCTV TV Guide" is Fta.

SES 7 108.2E 2535 H "BeIn Sports 3" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2565 H "BeIn Sports 2" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2625 V "BeIn Sports 1" has started on , Videoguard.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3830 H "Hope Channel Indonesia" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Mehak has replaced SS TV" on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony Le Plex" has left again.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3638 H "BTV Business" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "AFP TV" is back on , Fta.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12563 V "Trans 7" is now encrypted.
Measat 3b 91.5E 12643 H "Jendela" is now encrypted.
Measat 3b 91.5E 12683 V "Trans TV" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12600 V "Moskva 24" has started on , encrypted.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H "Ya has replaced KTRK" on , encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 4079 H "Raajje TV" Fta

ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "Zhivi!" has left .

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东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Hope Channel(美国)频道消失,设置3830 H 3000参数无效接收。 [7月25日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD Sports、DD News(印度)等频道新增,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [7月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,BTV National(Real VU)频道解密,设置12347 V 45000参数免费接收。 [7月24日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Warner TV、CNN(高清)等频道消失,设置11627 H 20000参数无效接收。 [7月24日]
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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Arirang HD(高清)频道新增,设置3797 V 5580参数免费接收。 [7月23日]
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NBN Co ready to launch second satellite

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/nbn-co-ready-to-launch-second-satellite-20160722-gqbpj6.html

NBN Co's second custom-built satellite is on track to launch in mid-October, making remote Australia the first area to have a completed NBN service.

However, the new satellite service also raises the problem of what to do with tens of thousands of satellite dishes installed under the interim service. And NBN has confirmed it could start selling spare capacity as early as this year.

In February Qantas announced it wanted to use NBN Co's satellites to provide internet access inside planes, through a company called ViaSat. An NBN spokeswoman said ViaSat is in discussions with Qantas for a trial towards the end of the year.

"We haven't given them access yet but will give them permission once the trial begins," she added.

The NBN Co's custom-built satellite is on track to launch in mid-October.

SkyMuster II will launch from French Guiana in October and join Sky Muster I in orbit above the Earth's equator. SkyMuster launched in October 2015 and NBN Co has put 10,000 customers onto it since April. Altogether 240,000 customers are expected to be using NBN's satellite service by 2020.

The satellite project was done within its $1.8 billion budget, according to NBN Co's Space Systems Managing Architect, Julia Dickinson. About 40,000 people in regional and rural areas have been using a slower interim satellite service since 2011, which was provided by NBN Co buying capacity on existing satellites owned by Optus and IPStar for a combined $300 million.

Internet speeds on the interim service were up to 6 megabits per second [Mbps], while the NBN Co-owned satellites will deliver up to 25 Mbps.

However, the interim service was a Ku-band satellite operating at the 12 to 18 gigahertz frequency and the new satellites are both Ka-band operating at between 20 and 30 gigahertz. This means the 40,000 regional and remote households who were using the interim service will need to have their existing 120 centimetre diameter NBN satellite dish and equipment replaced before they can start using the faster SkyMuster service.

This will have to be done within a year, before the interim service is switched off. The dishes remain NBN Co's property and a spokeswoman said "NBN will look to explore options for reuse of the old interim satellite service equipment".

Whether this means re-cycling, selling or donating the dishes remains to be seen. Ku-band satellites operate all over the world and the dishes can also be used for Foxtel in Australia. Used dishes sell for about $40 each on eBay.

Ms Dickinson said the two SkyMuster satellites would "give us the total system capacity of 135 gigabits per second". Data from NBN customers will be spread across the two satellites, with one satellite able to take all the traffic if the other fails. The new service will be available to 400,000 Australians in regional and remote areas. The rest of the population will be serviced by fixed or fixed wireless internet.

Ms Dickinson confirmed NBN Co may be able to re-sell spare capacity on its satellites in the future. "Our primary focus is on the rural and remote users, and we will look at the spare capacity and determine what we can do there, as long as it doesn't impact on our primary focus," she said. "We will look at any options to make the best use of this Australian asset."

While SkyMuster's internet speeds now exceed what many Australians can get in urban areas, customers were likely to have smaller download limits. NBN fibre customers can buy up to 1000 gigabytes of downloads per month, whereas satellite customers are limited to maximum download allowances of about 90 gigabytes per month, according to current offers. However, this was still a huge data allowance, compared to what was previously available in regional and remote areas.

The satellites were commissioned in 2012 and built by Californian-based SSL for $620 million. They are designed to last at least 15 years. The launch cost $300 million through Arianespace.

HD version of Freeview's satellite television service on the horizon

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/82441676/HD-version-of-Freeviews-satellite-television-service-on-the-horizon?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The Optus D1 satellite that broadcasts most satellite television shows to New Zealanders was launched in 2006 and is expected to fall out of orbit some time after 2021.

Freeview says it could switch its satellite broadband service from standard definition to HD "in a couple of years". Chief executive Sam Irvine said the company had held "initial discussions" with broadcasters such as Television New Zealand and MediaWorks about the investment.

The upgrade would mean sharper TV pictures for hundreds of thousands of households. About 40 per cent of Freeview viewers watch its service satellite service, even though its the poor cousin to FreeviewHD.

But Freeview satellite customers with older set-top boxes or televisions would need to buy a new set-top box costing from $70. Irvine said an upgrade would be made possible by a new satellite television transmission standard, called DVB-S2, which uses more advanced compression technology than the earlier DVB-S standard.

It meant channels could be transmitted in HD without requiring Freeview invest in any expensive additional satellite capacity, he said. "Viewers' expectations now are that most content will be in HD."

The downside is that older and "unapproved" set-top boxes and Freeview televisions that are only designed to receive standard definition broadcasts would not be able to pick up the new signals. Irvine believed most people who had bought approved devices within the past three years would not face issues with the switch.

"There are a bunch of unapproved products out there which probably won't support HD." If people received Freeview broadcasters direct to an older TV that would not support the new HD format, they would not need to throw it away, he said.

That was because they could instead buy a new set-box that supported S2 and plug their TV into that. Broadcasters would also have to upgrade the uplinks they used to get their channels into space, Irvine said.

"We need to go through a period of consultation with transmission providers, Freeview broadcasters and set-top box and TV manufacturers. "It certainly won't be in the next year, but it may be a couple of years away." About 40 per cent of Freeview customers watched its free-to-air television service using satellite dishes, Irvine said.

"We are seeing satellite remaining quite strong on Freeview."

The remainder watched its terrestrial FreeviewHD service, which needs a UHF aerial and is already in high definition. About 13 per cent of people living outside big towns can't get FreeviewHD and Irvine believed some others chose it because they found it simpler to plug their set-top box or TV into an existing Sky Television satellite dish.

Sky TV has emphasised the migration of TV from satellite to the internet, in documents supporting its proposed merger with Vodafone NZ. That has prompted speculation satellite TV could be on the way out.

Sky and Freeview rely on two Optus satellites, D1 and D2, that are only expected to remain in stationary orbit until 2021. However, Optus launched a new satellite, Optus-10, in 2014 that appears to be configured with the goal in mind of supporting TV transmissions to New Zealand beyond that date.

Irvine said there were other potential providers, and new technologies were expected to bring down the high cost of new launches.

(Craig's comment, Two years is far too long for this to happen. Back before "Freeview" was invented, TV 1,2 and then later TV3 all removed encryption from their SKY NZ broadcast. Which allowed a userbase to build up of Fta receivers which lead to the startup of the official service . TV1,2,3 Prime HD are already up there in DVB S2 broadcasting in HD via SKY. Common sense would see a deal done with SKY to unencrypt them.)

Companies flood Earth's orbit with satellites to provide broadband communication

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11680748

Companies around the globe are launching an increasing number of satellites, crowding Earth's orbit in an effort to satisfy the ravenous on-demand desire for more broadband, satellite television and communications.

In the past five years, the number of operational satellites has jumped 40 percent, and nearly 1,400 now orbit the Earth.

Industry officials say that number could more than double in five years as a revolution in technology has made satellites smaller and more affordable.

Entrepreneurs eye the ethereal real estate a couple of hundred miles up as a potentially lucrative new market.

Companies such as OneWeb, Boeing and SpaceX plan to put up constellations of small satellites that could number in the hundreds, if not thousands, and beam the Internet to the billions of people not yet connected.

Just last month, Boeing filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission that would allow it to send up nearly 3,000 satellites for broadband services.

But U.S. officials are concerned about all the traffic in space and the lack of oversight. Although the Pentagon tracks objects orbiting the globe and warns of close approaches, it does not have the power to order an operator to move a satellite out of the way to avoid a collision.

Some members of Congress think a civilian agency, such as the Federal Aviation Administration, should be made responsible for managing satellite traffic. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), has led that effort, saying the Pentagon should focus instead "on how do we fight and win wars in space."

He has introduced legislation that would give the FAA authority to monitor objects in space and play the role of traffic cop, warning operators when satellites are dangerously close to one another.

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The FAA would have the power to order operators to move satellites when necessary, Bridenstine said, and to require that satellites have propulsion systems to manoeuvre and transponders for better tracking. It would be up to the FAA, not Congress, to come up with the exact regulations, he said."As space becomes more congested and contested and competitive, there needs to be an agency with unambiguous authority that can compel somebody to manoeuvre," Bridenstine said.

There is no guarantee the bill will pass anytime soon. And if it does, giving the FAA jurisdiction in space would require additional resources at a time of tight budgets. Creating rules of the road in space would also be an immense and complicated regulatory challenge.

Bridenstine said he would favour only "light-touch" regulations, but some interested parties fear a new set of rules would impose a costly burden on U.S. satellite operators and put them at a disadvantage with competitors in other countries that would not have to abide by them.Tom Stroup, the president of the Satellite Industry Association, said the industry "wants to make sure that any transition that takes place is carefully thought through." The FAA, or any other government agency tasked with the job, should have "sufficient resources to do it properly," he said.

Any regulation should be drafted so that it "doesn't drive business away," he said. And the rules have to provide "an international solution," he added, palatable to foreign governments and businesses, much the way air traffic is managed across international borders.Defence officials say such an approach would help them focus on the possibility of hostilities in space.

"It's clear that we're going to need a way to regulate that traffic just as we have a way to regulate air traffic," said Douglas Loverro, the deputy assistant secretary of defence for space policy.

Establishing rules of the road would not only help military satellites avoid collisions, he said, but also head off conflicts over nations' satellites coming too close to other pieces of sensitive equipment.

The discussion comes as companies pursue plans to launch constellations of satellites that have become smaller and cheaper, much the way computers have gone from massive mainframes to smartphones.

Satellites once were as big as garbage trucks, costing hundreds of millions of dollars. Now there are versions as small as dishwashers, or shoe boxes - or even smaller.

The imagery of Earth that such devices provide could help weather forecasters, farmers and scientists studying climate change; aid rescue workers and guide soldiers on the ground.

"There have been a lot of technological developments as well as a recognition that broadband access is the equivalent today to what electricity was 100 years ago," Stroup said. "There's a feeling there's a market opportunity and a cost-effective means for providing that service that didn't exist 20 years ago."OneWeb, in a joint venture with Airbus that is also backed by business magnate Richard Branson, plans to put up nearly 700 satellites, beginning in 2018. The company is opening an $85 million manufacturing facility near NASA's Kennedy Space Centre that it says will be able to build more than 15 satellites a week.

"As space becomes more congested and contested and competitive, there needs to be an agency with unambiguous authority that can compel somebody to manoeuvre,"
-Jim Bridenstine

"OneWeb's mission is to bring the entire world online to improve quality of life and spur economic and national development where it's needed most," Greg

Wyler, the founder of OneWeb, has said.

Elon Musk's SpaceX is best known for launching rockets that deliver commercial satellites to space and carry cargo to the International Space Station. But Musk has discussed plans to launch as many as 4,000 satellites that would provide broadband service to all parts of the globe. He said the effort "would be like rebuilding the Internet in space."

Last year, SpaceX asked the federal government for permission to begin a test project and said that if all goes as planned, the service could be running within five years.

Raytheon, meanwhile, is building 50-pound "disposable satellites" for the Pentagon that could stay aloft for 60 to 90 days and provide soldiers with real-time imagery of the battlefield.In its application to the FCC, Boeing said that it was aware of OneWeb's plans and that it would work with the firm "to develop an analysis of the potential risk of collision" and to prevent collisions from occurring.

Some observers were sceptical of leaving it to satellite companies to regulate themselves."Do they pinky promise?" said Brian Weeden, a technical adviser to the Secure World Foundation. "What if the two can't come to an agreement?"Bridenstine is also wary of self-regulation. If a company knew, for example, that there was a 1-in-10,000 chance of a collision, he said, he feared that it might decide to live with that level of risk and not perform a costly manoeuvre.

"The problem is that analysis is what's in the best interest for the bottom line of that company," he said.And the consequences, if there were a collision, could be severe, he said: "It could create 5,000 pieces of debris that will be up there for 100 years."

Satellite constructed on schedule for Inmarsat's 'ground-breaking' European Aviation Network

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Satellite_constructed_on_schedule_for_Inmarsats_ground_breaking_European_Aviation_Network_999.html

Inmarsat, the world's leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, announced today that construction and associated sub-system tests of the satellite for its market-changing European Aviation Network (EAN) in-flight connectivity solution has been completed on schedule by Thales Alenia Space. The key milestone was achieved on schedule following an extensive two-year build process in Toulouse and Cannes, France. The completed S-band payload module \ was shipped in early July to Thales Alenia Space's testing center in Cannes, where satellite integration ('mating') was also successfully completed. The satellite is now undergoing rigorous system end-to-end testing before it is declared ready for flight in 2017.

EAN is the world's first integrated satellite and air-to-ground network dedicated to providing a true in-flight broadband experience for Europe's aviation industry and for millions of passengers who have been cut-off from fast, reliable and consistent broadband access during their flights.

The satellite has been custom-designed to provide mobile satellite services (MSS) to aircraft flying over the dense European routes, exploiting Inmarsat's 30MHz (2 x 15MHz) S-band spectrum allocation in all 28 EU member states, plus Norway and Switzerland.

It will be integrated with a LTE-based ground network covering approximately 300 sites, operated by Inmarsat's partner Deutsche Telekom. Aircraft will switch automatically between satellite and terrestrial connectivity using an on - board network communicator for optimal service delivery.

Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: "The European Aviation Network has been specifically engineered to meet the connectivity needs of the aviation industry and is a cornerstone in our expanding worldwide mobile cellular network. It will offer unprecedented high-speed capacity at 75Mb/s with near zero latency while flying over Europe, so passengers can enjoy an easy-to-use true broadband experience for internet streaming, gaming and other online services direct to their personal smart devices.

"In addition, with no moving parts on the aircraft, the solution is not only lightweight, but also easy to install, very robust and low maintenance. "The on-time construction of our multi-beam satellite, as well as Deutsche Telekom's ground network of approximately 300 new LTE sites across Europe, highlights the rapid progress we are making with the European Aviation Network. The coming together of Inmarsat and market-leaders across Europe, including

Thales, Deutsche Telekom, Nokia, Cobham SATCOM and OTE, on this ground-breaking development will strengthen Europe's position as a global technology innovator and support the continued growth of its aviation industry."

Over the coming months, Inmarsat's new S-band satellite will be put in a thermal vacuum chamber with no pressure to simulate the space environment and cycled through extreme high and low temperatures to ensure it operates nominally. Mechanical and acoustic testing will then replicate the launch environment, followed by final phase testing to compare any shifts or variations in measurements against the initial base line. Once these tests are complete, the satellite will be prepared for launch by SpaceX at Cape Canaveral in Florida, scheduled to take place in 2017.

Michele Franci, Chief Technology Officer at Inmarsat said: "We are really proud to have achieved this major milestone on schedule and look forward to the extensive testing, which will ensure the satellite is free from defects and will be able to survive the harsh launch and space environments that it will face.

This will include an end-to-end verification of all components to ensure that every component is operating within its defined parameters."|

Eurosport secures Sri Lanka vs Australia cricket coverage

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/22/eurosport-secures-sri-lanka-vs-australia-cricket-coverage/

Australia’s cricket tour of Sri Lanka will be broadcast live and exclusive on Eurosport and Eurosport Player in the UK as Darren Lehmann’s side look to retain their No.1 Test ranking.

The three-Test series gets under way on July 26th at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Balagolla, with subsequent Tests held at the Galle International Stadium and the Sinhalese Sports Club in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.

The series includes five One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals and follows Eurosport’s coverage of Sri Lanka’s Test match series against West Indies last year.

Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 are available on Sky, Virgin Media, BT TV and via Eurosport Player.

Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes

From http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iran-destroys-100000-satellite-dishes-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102057&NewsCatID=352

Iranian journalists and officials attend a ceremony during which satellite dishes and receivers are destroyed on July 24, 2016 in the capital Tehran. AFP Iran destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on July 24 as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging, a news website reported.

The destruction ceremony took place in Tehran in the presence of General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of Iran’s Basij militia, who warned of the impact that satellite television was having in the conservative country.

“The truth is that most satellite channels... deviate the society’s morality and culture,” he said at the event according to Basij News. “What these televisions really achieve is increased divorce, addiction and insecurity in society.”

Naghdi added that a total of one million Iranians had already voluntarily handed over their satellite apparatuses to authorities.

Under Iranian law, satellite equipment is banned and those who distribute, use, or repair them can be fined up to $2,800 (2,500 euros).Iranian police regularly raid neighborhoods and confiscate dishes from rooftops.

Culture Minister Ali Jannati pleaded on July 22 for a revision of the law. “Reforming this law is very necessary as using satellite is strictly prohibited, but most people use it,” Jannati said. “This means that 70 percent of Iranians violate the law” by owning satellite dishes, he added.

Naghdi criticized Jannati’s comments and said those in charge of cultural affairs “should be truthful with people rather than following what pleases them.”

“Most of these satellite channels not only weaken the foundation of families but also cause disruptions in children’s education and children who are under the influence of satellite have improper behavior,” Naghdi said.

There are dozens of foreign-based Farsi satellite channels broadcasting mostly news, entertainment, films and series.

Conservatives regularly denounce the channels as an attempt to corrupt Iranian culture and Islamic values.
Moderate President Hassan Rouhani, whose four-year mandate ends in June 2017, has repeatedly said that the ban on satellite dishes is unnecessary and counterproductive.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


A pretty quiet week.

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "IM Shopping has replaced Aula Channel" on Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3800 H Maa TV, Maa Music, Maa Movies and Maa Gold have started on , Videoguard.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 VSony Le Plex has started on , encrypted.

Yamal 401 90.0E 10972 H "TRT Çocuk, TRT Avaz and TRT Diyanet" are back on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Bharat Samachar" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 11470 H "Investigation Discovery India" has started on , Videoguard.

From asiatvro site

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Ten people caught illegally streaming Parker fight

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11679468

Sky TV cancelled the subscriptions of 10 people caught streaming the fight between New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joesph Parker and Australia's Solomon Haumono. Photo /

Sky Television cracked down on those illegally live streaming Joseph Parker's fight last night.

Joseph Parker defeated Australian Solomon Haumono with a fourth-round knock-out punch at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch.

Director of corporate communications at Sky Television, Kirsty Way, said Sky caught more than 10 people illegally live streaming the fight.

She said Sky cut the subscriptions of those caught so they could no longer share the feed.
It would also consider legal action against them.

Way said Sky monitored illegal live streaming by watching social media. It always monitored live streaming of events but dedicated more people to the effort for big

events likely to be pirated, such as last night's fight.

She said it was "absolutely fine" for somebody to invite friends to watch a sporting event on television.

But when they offered a copy of something to others who had not paid for it, it was theft.

Way wasn't sure how many paying viewers Sky lost last night as a result of live streams, but said one live stream attracted about 2000 viewers during Parker's previous fight.
NZME is seeking comment from promoter Duco Events.

(Craig's comment, only 10? it was on all the major streaming sites. No different than normal and yes those who watched it on Sky said several times card numbers appeared on the screen. That is how they tracked it)

Don't criticise our commentators, Sky TV demanded in its Olympic media rules

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/82340521/concerns-sky-tv-curtailing-news-freedom-sees-fairfax-media-withdraw-rio-team

Fairfax Media has pulled out of Olympics coverage in Rio.

New Zealand journalists would have had to agree not to criticise Sky TV commentators, under Olympic Games rules the pay-TV company wanted to impose on its news media rivals.

Sky backed off that demand after protests from its competitors, but never backed down to the point where its demands complied with New Zealand copyright law.

On Thursday, Fairfax and NZME ended several months of negotiations, telling the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) it could not accept the news access rules (NARS) and would not send teams - nine staff in the Fairfax case - to the Games, which start on August 6.

Sky was able to flex its muscles, as the NZOC had allocated it the New Zealand broadcasting rights, and helped it write the rules that resulted in the standoff.

Fairfax group executive editor Sinead Boucher.

​Staff would not be accredited for Rio unless signed up to Sky's conditions. Accreditation gives reporters and photo journalists access to athletes, venues, accommodation and even a passport visa to enter Brazil.

Had Fairfax accepted the rules and attended, its reporters were left wide open to having their coverage rights removed, if deemed in breach of the NARS.

Fairfax group executive editor Sinead Boucher said the clause about commentator criticism showed Sky was not just trying to protect its rights, but to control the media message in a much broader way.

​Fairfax Media owns Stuff, nine daily newspapers including The Press and The Dominion Post, and two Sunday newspapers including the Sunday Star-Times.

NZME, which owns the New Zealand Herald, also failed to reach an agreement with Sky over use of Games footage on its news website. It joined Fairfax in pulling its reporters out.

Both organisations will still cover the Games.

Having rubber-stamped the rules, the NZOC left competing media companies to resolve the issue among themselves, with Sky showing little motivation to do so, Boucher said.

In a letter to NZOC boss Kereyn Smith, Boucher expressed disappointment in the process.

"In our view, it is unacceptable that a broadcast rights holder should have been given so much power to control how its competitor media organisations get to report on an event of such national and international significance.

"I would also like to express my deep disappointment that the NZOC has effectively washed its hands of any part in this, despite being a joint party to the NARS, but has instead given full responsibility for deciding the terms of accreditation to Sky."

NZOC's charter sets out an expectation that Olympics coverage is made available to the fullest extent, to the widest audience possible. Fairfax reaches 80 per cent of the population. Sky forecast it would have 830,000 subscribers as at June 30.

Boucher pointed out that New Zealand athletes were supported by a great deal of public investment from local community fundraising right through to government elite funding.

Initially, Mediaworks, TVNZ, NZME and Fairfax all fought the restrictions. Each has made their own decisions.

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way was unmoved.

"Sky stands by its news access rules that they're the most generous in the whole world and have been acceptable worldwide, but apparently they're not acceptable to our news agencies in New Zealand," she said.

In fact, the United Kingdom's NARS include a carve-out for local copyright laws. Similar provisions were sought in New Zealand, but refused by Sky.

The New Zealand Media Freedom Committee said it was "extremely disappointed" with the NZOC, which had curtailed the right to freedom of expression.

"The terms proposed would have forced media companies to sign away rights they have under New Zealand law. This is not acceptable," chairwoman Joanna Norris said.
"The loser in this situation is the New Zealand public who rightly expect broad and free media coverage of important international sporting events such as the Olympics.

APT reports progress on Apstar 5C, 6C satellite projects

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/apt-reports-progress-on-apstar-5c-6c-satellite-projects--1154516

Satellite operator APT Satellite has announced that its Apstar-5C and Apstar-6C satellite programs are proceeding according to plan. Until June, the Apstar-5C program has completed the Payload EQSR, System PDR and Antenna PDR successfully. The Apstar-6C payload CDR was conducted successfully on 14 June. The progress and schedule of both satellites are in line with the predication, the company added.

Apstar-5C is based on the SSL FS-1300 platform which will be equipped with C-band, Ku-band regional beams and a Ku-band HTS payload, providing high power transponder services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region for VSAT, video distribution, DTH, mobility broadband applications. Apstar-5C will be replacing in-orbit the Apstar-5 satellite in 2018.

Apstar-6C is based on CASC DFH-4 platform which will be equipped with C-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band transponders, providing high power transponder services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region for VSAT, video distribution, DTH, cellular backhaul and mobility broadband applications. Apstar-6C will be replacing in-orbit the Apstar-6 satellite in 2018.

NBTC shutters Peace TV after court delay

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/NBTC-shutters-Peace-TV-after-court-delay-30291124.html

Hundreds of red-shirt supporters of all ages flood the 5th floor of the Imperial World Lat Phrao department store, where the office of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship and its satellite TV station Peace TV are located, to provide moral Court hearing scheduled for next week as red-shirt leaders protest decision.

THE red-shirt satellite station Peace TV was scheduled to suspend operations last night after the Central Administrative Court failed to grant an injunction order against the broadcasting watchdog's decision to suspend its licence.

The 30-day suspension was scheduled to go into effect at midnight yesterday.

Earlier yesterday, Peace TV executives petitioned the court to repeal the order by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

The court could not make a decision because documents submitted to it were incomplete, according to Peace TV's top executive Jatuporn Prompan, who is also a red-shirt leader.

A court hearing on the issue will start next week, he said.

Nisit Sinthuprai, a red-shirt leader and Peace TV host, said there was a political reason behind the NBTC order because the referendum was drawing nearer. He added

that the station would continue broadcasts on social media on the Internet.

Peace TV has alternative broadcasting channels such as YouTube and Facebook

The petition filed with the Central Administrative Court alleged that the NBTC unlawfully issued the order to suspend the station's licence despite an earlier court injunction order.

Jatuporn, chairman of the red-shirt United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship, which runs Peace TV, and former Pheu Thai MP Weng Tojirakan told the court that the suspension order had caused serious damage to the station's business.

The order was executed by Pakdi Manawej, deputy secretary-general of the NBTC.

Peace TV has sought Bt6.3-million compensation and annual interest of 7.5 per cent from authorities, who it said had also violated the station's right to freedom of expression.

The Central Administrative Court was asked to remove the suspension order and allow Thaicom Plc and TC Broadcasting Co to continue providing satellite and related services to Peace TV.

The court hearing, presided over by Judge Suchart Sriworakul, was only attended by representatives from Peace TV.

The National Council for Peace and Order had previously issued an order empowering the NBTC to suspend the licences of mass media operators, which would have no legal recourse under the order.

Jatuporn said the NBTC's action was unlawful and politically motivated since Peace TV would be blacked out during the August 7 national referendum on the new charter.

He said the TV station had presented views against the new charter and urged the public to vote "no".

In addition, he said, the NBTC had not treated Peace TV as had been agreed or like other TV stations, which would have been given multiple warnings before having their licences suspended or only some programmes would have been banned.

Peace TV was being shut down even though it had acted in accordance with regulations, Jatuporn said. Red-shirt leader Thida Thavornseth said he hoped the station would get court protection through another injunction order but she feared the suspension would result in complications that could force the station off air even longer.

"For the closure, it is very easy. But after 30 days when we are legally allowed to resume the station, technical complications may arise and it could take weeks or months before the [situation at the] satellite and the cable TV settles," she said.

The station would also be affected financially as companies are withdrawing commercials, Thida said. But the station would survive and employees would not lose their jobs due to donations from red-shirt supporters, she added.

Hundreds of red-shirt supporters gathered yesterday at Peace TV's headquarters at the Imperial Lat Phrao department store, most wearing black T-shirts embossed with a message calling for a free and fair referendum process.|

Dish Posts Its Biggest Quarterly Pay TV Sub Drop Ever, Earnings Beat Estimates

From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dish-loses-281000-pay-tv-913145

Charlie Ergen talks about a carriage dispute with Tribune Media, consolidation and the pay TV industry's mature business.

Dish Network on Thursday reported improved second-quarter earnings, but it lost more pay TV subscribers than in the year-ago period and more than Wall Street had expected.

In fact, the company reported its biggest quarterly pay TV sub decline ever. "This was, by far, the worst subscriber result Dish has ever had," said MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett. "This includes Sling TV additions. The results of the satellite TV platform were even worse."

Indeed, Dish in its earnings report once again included subscribers for its Sling TV streaming service, but didn't detail how many of those it had recorded in the quarter or how many it had in total at the end of June.

Dish continues to be engaged in a carriage dispute with Tribune Media that saw 42 TV stations and the WGN America cable network go dark last month.

The satellite TV company, led by Charlie Ergen, lost 281,000 net pay TV subscribers in the second quarter to end it with more than 13.59 million. In the first quarter, the company had lost 23,000 net subscribers, and in the second quarter of 2015, it had lost 81,000. Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker had projected a loss of 123,000 subs in the latest period.

"Our gross new pay TV subscriber activations continue to be negatively impacted by stricter customer acquisition policies for our Dish branded pay TV subscribers, including an increased emphasis on acquiring higher-quality subscribers, as well as increased competitive pressures, including aggressive marketing, more aggressive retention efforts, bundled discount offers combining broadband, video and/or wireless services and other discounted promotional offers," Dish said in a regulatory filing.

It also highlighted an increased churn rate, saying that "continues to be adversely affected by increased competitive pressures, including aggressive marketing, bundled discount offers combining broadband, video and/or wireless services and other discounted promotional offers, as well as cord cutting." Plus, "in the past, our gross new pay TV subscriber activations, net pay TV subscriber additions and pay TV churn rate have been negatively impacted as a result of programming interruptions and threatened programming interruptions in connection with the scheduled expiration of programming carriage contracts with content providers."

In terms of the Tribune Media dispute, it added: "On June 12, 2016, Tribune removed 42 of its local broadcast channels in 33 markets across 34 states and the District of Columbia from our programming lineup, after we and Tribune were unable to negotiate the terms and conditions of a new programming carriage contract. While we work to reach an agreement, we are offering “over-the-air” antennas at no additional charge so that customers in affected markets can watch Tribune’s local broadcast channels.

We cannot predict with any certainty the impact of such removal on our business, results of operations and financial condition."

Dish also said in its filing that losing subscribers is part of its strategy as it has instituted stricter financial policies for its hunt for customers. ''Our strategy has included an increased emphasis on acquiring and retaining higher-quality subscribers, even if it means that we will acquire and retain fewer overall subscribers," the company said.

Dish also said on Thursday that it lost approximately 15,000 net broadband subscribers in the latest quarter, bringing its total broadband base to approximately 613,000 subscribers. It was the company's first quarterly broadband user drop ever.

Dish also posted earnings of $410 million, or 88 cents per share, compared with $324 million in the year-ago quarter, or 70 cents per share. Wall Street had on average projected $338.6 million, or 73 cents per share. Second-quarterly revenue rose to $3.84 billion from $3.83 billion, below Wall Street consensus estimates.

On the earnings conference call, Ergen discussed the outlook for the pay TV sector, the Tribune Media dispute and consolidation.

"The pay TV industry, the linear industry as we know it, [is] a mature-to-declining business," he said, reiterating a comment he had made on the first-quarter call, adding that "it's clearly been a declining business for Dish for a while." He said the company was focusing more on the profitability of subscribers than in the past.

"We have just gone to a strategy that says it doesn't make sense to use if we invest in a customer if we don't get a return," Ergen said. "We'd rather also make money." That wasn't an issue years ago, but it is now amid increased competition and a stronger cable industry, he explained.

"OTT has a bright future," Ergen also told analysts. He predicted that Sling TV would be where the needle would move for Dish. Ergen explained that downtown Manhattan, apartment complexes and the like are new opportunities for Sling where Dish used to not be available.

He also said that OTT services are more seasonable, predicting more sign-ups before the Olympics and football season, for example. Dish management also said the company hasn't seen much in terms of moves from traditional satellite TV to Sling TV as the two have different audiences. And Ergen said Sling has more interest from content companies than it has space for.

Asked about the subscriber impact from the Tribune Media blackout, Ergen said such disputes always have a negative effect, but didn't estimate its size. He called the showdown an "honest" dispute and said WGN America was "not a super-popular channel for Dish customers," meaning Dish subs don't see as much value in it as Tribune Media executives or other people.

In the case of blackouts, "we have to be prepared that we will never put that channel back up again," he said, adding that any Dish sub who really wants WGN America has likely already left. "We are certainly prepared to live without" Tribune Media and WGA America, Ergen said, but added that at the right price the company would renew a carriage deal. He also lauded the long-standing relationship Tribune Media and Dish have.

"We take no joy from Dish's loss of nearly 300,000 subscribers in second quarter of this year," a Tribune Media spokesman said. "Nothing would make us happier than to get our valuable programming back up on Dish's network and to help Dish reverse this trend. We simply ask that Dish pay us fair market value for our programming, which includes everything from the upcoming Olympics to NFL football in 22 of our markets to acclaimed entertainment, such as our hit shows Underground and Outsiders on WGN

America. In the interest of our viewers, yesterday we offered to extend our previous agreement with Dish to September 15, with no true-up or retroactive payments once we reach a new deal. This would enable Dish to immediately restore our stations and WGN America to its network at no added expense, even as we continue to negotiate. We also put a very fair proposal on the table. We hope Dish takes us up on our offers."

Asked about pay TV industry deals and whether they would continue and whether there would be deals in the OTT space, Ergen said: "I would say that there probably will be consolidation within the video business," due to synergies between linear and OTT offerings. Regulators will be more open to it "in a mature market" if consumers have multiple choices, he said. Ergen also suggested that many companies will launch OTT businesses and some of those will consolidate as not everyone will get it right.

Dish TV to introduce card-less set top boxes

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dish-tv-to-introduce-card-less-set-top-boxes-160722

MUMBAI: Dish TV India is looking at moving away from set top boxes requiring smart cards for subscribers to its satellite pay TV service. This is likely to take place over the next three or four months.

Last weekend, India’s largest DTH provider announced that it had selected Rambus’ Cryptomedia security platform for use in its pay TV satellite system. The platform,

which includes a hardware root-of-trust embedded in the set-top box chipset, ensures secure distribution of premium content for cable and satellite operators while eliminating the need for a smart card and enhancing usability of the set-top box.

“As we look to grow our customer base from the current 13 million subscribers, the demand for cost-effective and robust content protection solutions becomes

increasingly important for consumers seeking premium content,” said Dish TV India managing director Jawahar Goel. “By leveraging the embedded CryptoMedia core, we no longer need a smart card to provide secure access to premium content, significantly reducing the cost and improving the security of the set-top box.”

The CryptoMedia Content Protection Core, developed by Rambus Cryptography Research, is one of several new security elements to be integrated in Dish TV India’s latest set-top boxes. Together with the CryptoMedia operator services, the solution provides a flexible security foundation that allows Dish TV India to easily update and reconfigure software and hardware security throughout the lifecycle of the set-top box. Dish TV India will launch the new platform in broad commercial operation later this year.

“By using the CryptoMedia Content Protection Core, Dish TV India recognizes the value of enabling another level of protection in the set-top box chipset alongside security elements provided by CAS vendors,” said Martin Scott, senior vice president and general manager of the Security Division at Rambus. “Our CryptoMedia Security

Platform provides Dish TV India with extra protection for the delivery of content, utilizing our expertise in both embedded security and ecosystem enablement.”

Formerly part of the CryptoFirewall family, the CryptoMedia Content Protection Core is designed to provide strong security and superior system design flexibility for premium content distribution. The solution minimizes the risk of security failure and helps simplify product development. The core is available in a broad range of set-top box and smart TV chipsets and is compatible with the leading CAS and DRM systems to prevent unauthorized access to content and services, including features like pay-per-view and service-tier upgrades.


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From my Email


From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0E 3830 H "INC Radio DZEM 954" is now encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E Chutti TV has started on 11470 H, Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0E Zee Kalinga and Maa Gold have started on 11510 H, Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0E Gemini Music has started on 11590 H, Videoguard.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Unity TV 54" has started on, BISS. Grand Prix Channel and Kaset News Channel have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3709 H "MRTV Entertainment" is Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,东森电影、东森洋片(DISH HD)等5个频道重现,设置11881 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Pro100 TV、Nostalgia(俄罗斯)等频道新增,设置11387 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片、东森电影(Dish-HD)等5个频道消失,设置11881 R 27500参数无效接收。 [7月20日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Arirang TV(阿里郎)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星C频段,Edge Sports HD(高清)频道新增,设置4027 H 7455参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]


Optus connects Australians off the beaten track

From http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/603726/optus-connects-australians-off-beaten-track/

Makes its SatSleeve solution more available

Telecommunications company, Optus, is offering Australians an easier path to connectivity in remote and isolated regions.

The company has launched satellite sleeves, which transform a range of compatible smartphones into a satellite phone, at Optus stores on a 24-month payment plan or for outright purchase.

The Optus Thuraya SatSleeve was previously only available online or through an external dealer network for outright purchase.

It works with compatible Android and non-Android smartphones and will be stocked in selected stores across Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, with more stores to follow in coming months.

Optus local markets director, Steve Long, said the SatSleeve is for fly-in fly-out workers in mining or gas exploration locations, to grey nomads and tourists traversing Australia, as it provides coverage to even the most isolated parts of Australia.

“With the SatSleeve, Optus customers no longer need to rely on being within close proximity to a mobile base station for coverage," he said.

"As long as they have a SatSleeve and a direct line of sight to the sky, they can make calls, send SMS or check their emails across Australia.

"By rolling out the Optus SatSleeve to our retail stores and providing a pay-over-time option, we are hoping to make mobile connectivity in remote locations easier and more accessible than ever before.”

Long added that satellite phone technology and plan pricing has come a long way in recent years, providing added flexibility for customers who want to bring their own device.

“Traditionally, satellite phones have been a bulky standalone handset which meant customers often had to carry two phones – their personal phone and their sat phone," he added.

"With Optus’ SatSleeve, compatible devices can simply click into the sleeve and continue to work as they normally would.

"That means no duplicating contacts, no coverage concerns, and all the convenience of having photos and other data stored in one single handset."

The Optus SatSleeve device costs $888 (RRP) or $37 a month over 24 months (minimum cost $888 over 24 months).

Kacific’s first operational service – connecting rural Vanuatu to the world

From http://kacific.com/news-2/

Kacific Broadband Satellites today announced its first operational service, a high-speed broadband internet connection into the rural Lambubu area on Malekula Island in Vanuatu.

The service, which is based at Lambubu Primary School, is providing a broadband internet connection at speeds of up to 17 Mbps delivered by satellite. A small VSAT terminal has been installed to receive the signal, and all villagers can now get the benefit of high speed internet connectivity. A local college was also recently connected, and several further schools and healthcare centres will be connected over the next few weeks.

The installation is the result of a joint project between the Vanuatu government, local ISP Telsat and Kacific.

“The broadband connectivity from Kacific is a major step in our work to provide universal internet access to the people of Vanuatu,” said Dalsie Baniala, head of the Telecommunications & Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR).

“The computer lab at Lambubu School will in future develop into a government service centre, providing internet and educational and health services to the wider community. This connectivity will provide previously unheard of educational opportunities for the children, as well as improving health outcomes for all villagers.”

“I am very excited to see our first service in operation,” said Christian Patouraux, CEO of Kacific.

“The immediate need in Vanuatu is education and healthcare, but beyond this, affordable broadband internet enables more effective emergency planning and disaster recovery programmes. Broadband will open up opportunities to government to provide important services to regions of Vanuatu that would otherwise be under-served. The connectivity will also create opportunities for people in rural Vanuatu to engage in e-commerce, which can subsequently increase the wealth of communities.”

Mr Patouraux says that the deployment on Vanuatu is proof of the vision that started the company back in 2013.

“We wanted to create a frugal service that uses proven technology. We’ve designed it as a nimble, easy to deploy service that can adapt to different circumstances.

“If we provide good network quality at a price that people can afford, then demand increases dramatically. We’ve had a very strong response to our service, not just from islands around the Pacific, but far beyond, from South America to Africa.”

Kacific now has over US$365 million of bandwidth in signed commitments from companies and governments in nations throughout the Pacific and south east Asia.

The service is powered using the Newtec Dialog® multiservice VSAT platform from Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, and utilises a teleport from satellite and terrestrial installation company Av-Comm to provide connectivity, hosting and uplink services.

Vanuatu village revelling in first access to internet

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/309049/vanuatu-village-revelling-in-first-access-to-internet

A Vanuatu village has used its first internet connection to access data browsing youtube videos and football results.

The service at Lambubu Primary School provides internet for hundreds of people in the community.

A pilot programme by the satellite operator Kacific and the Vanuatu government set up the service at Lambubu Primary School on Malekula Island earlier this month.

The CEO of Kacific, Christian Patouraux, said a variety of information had been accessed.

A Lambubu School student searches sharks on the newly internet connection.

"You wouldn't imagine what people would search, they search variety of sharks in the waters of Vanuatu, pictures of apples. It was quite funny to see what people are browsing, it's just a general learning, general curiosity of a human discovering knowledge, discovering the world really."

Mr Patouraux said the internet connection would help the school use up to date resources to teach its students.

J.League signs streaming deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/20/j-league-signs-streaming-deal/

Japan’s professional football body J.League has agreed a 10-year, $2 billion domestic broadcast contract with live sports streaming service DAZN, owned by Perform Group.

The deal, which is set to begin in 2017, will see DAZN offer live broadcasts of all MEIJI YASUDA J1, J2, and J3 Leagues matches.

Founded by Perform Group, the world’s largest digital sports content and media provider, DAZN’s high-quality streams are available through multiple platforms including PC, mobile, tablet, televisions, and video game devices.

By leveraging Perform Group’s experience and technology, the J.League will work to produce exciting and high-quality match broadcasts.

Additionally, the J.League, DAZN, and NTT Group will work to outfit J1 League home stadia with WiFi technology in order to provide attendees with an improved match day experience.

Details regarding DAZN, including prices and subscription methods, will be announced later in Summer 2016.

J.League Chairman Mitsuru Murai noted that the deal represented the first long-term broadcasting contract of such a scale in the Japanese sports world, and was proof that the Japanese sports industry could produce content worthy of foreign investment. “As the Internet and mobile marketplaces continue to evolve, we will be one of the first to join together with a business deeply involved in that industry. We intend to use this deal as an opportunity to invest in an attractive league for as many fans as possible and contribute to society as leaders in the Japanese sports industry,” he stated.

Perform Investment Japan CEO James Rushton said the platform was “incredibly happy” to be able to offer a long-term service to the J.League, its players, and its fans. “Through this partnership, we hope that DAZN will share the magic of the J.League with viewers at any place and any time,” he added.

Orion Express adds 7 TV channels

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/orion-express-adds-7-tv-channels--1153920

Russian satellite operator Orion Express has added seven channels to its Telekarta satellite TV offer in Siberia and the Far-East, reports Tdaily.ru. The operator provides services over the Express AM5 satellite there. Five Russian channels have been included in the 'Unlimited East HD' package. The list includes the documentary channel 'Absolutely Secretely', the Zoo channel, retro-film channel Nostalgy, family film channel 'Pro 100 TV' and kids channel 'Pinguin Lolo'. The 'Your House' channel has been added to the 'Standard East' and 'Unlimited East HD' packages, costing, respectively, RUB 880 annually and starting from RUB 199 monthly. TV channel 'Russian Night' has been added to the adult package.


Intelsat 19 (checked at lunch time) 12646 H is still all FTA (arab stuff). The Greek and Italian channels on 12726 H are also FTA.

ABC 2,3, and KIDS channels are now streaming on iview for those in Australia.


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From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12726 H TV 2000 has started on ,Fta. Mediaset Italia is now Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Lollywood Movies" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3895 V "TRT Türk" has left again.

Yamal 401 90.0E 10972 H "TRT Çocuk, TRT Avaz and TRT Diyanet" have left .

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 on are now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Divine Solutions TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星C频段,SET Sony、Colore(英语)频道改频率,设置4009 V 3750参数免费接收。 [7月19日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Lollywood TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4165 H 5040参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,闽南之声(广播)等5个频道重现,设置3710 H 10920参数免费接收。 [7月19日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,FX HD、国家地理悠人(DISH HD)频道消失,设置11881 R 27500参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,Fox Family Movies(DISH HD)等5个频道消失,设置11804 R 27500参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,星卫HD电影、国家地理(DISH HD)等5个频道消失,设置11727 R 27500参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,珠江台替换中国电影频道(数码天空)频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中国电影频道替换珠江台(数码天空)频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。 [7月18日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Leplex HD(测试)高清频道新增,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月18日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Maa Movies、Maa TV(MPEG-4)等4个频道新增,设置3800 H 28100参数免费接收。 [7月18日]


Captioning service will bring Kiwis to the Rio finish line

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/sport/5/257879

Fuseworks Media Fuseworks Media Tuesday, 19 July, 2016 - 16:17 For the first time, Able are offering captioning services for free-to-air coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Prime, making the games accessible for Kiwis who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Partnering with The National Foundation for the Deaf (NFD), who have provided funding for the project, Able will provide captioning of Prime’s coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics, from August 6th - 22nd.

"We’re absolutely delighted that the NFD have provided us with the funding to establish live captioning for the Olympics," says Wendy Youens, Chief Executive of Able. "The Olympic Games are the world’s biggest sporting event and are ingrained in our national identity, so we’re thrilled to be able to make them accessible to Deaf and hard-of-hearing New Zealanders.

New Zealand’s only captioning and audio description service, Able make TV content accessible for Deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and vision impaired New Zealanders. Their services are available on content across TVNZ, MediaWorks and Prime, assisted by funding from NZ On Air.

In 2015, Able’s funding increased, making it possible for them to work with Prime to launch captioning for some programming, paving the way for captioning services for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games coverage. Their team of captioners will be working hard over the next month to learn athlete names and sporting jargon that are likely to emerge in the commentary, as well as liaising closely with SKY’s broadcast technical team to ensure smooth coverage.

Captions are written transcriptions of a programme, and will convey both the commentary and the sound effects of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Throughout the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Prime viewers will enjoy a mix of the best Olympic action, from 11pm each evening through to 3pm the following day. Closed captions will be available for the opening and closing ceremonies, for daily coverage between 6am - 3pm, and for the 6pm highlights, all clearly identified by the CC logo on screen.

Through Able’s services, when Kiwis compete and win, Deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers will be able to become part of the excitement and achievement, along with the stadium of cheering fans.

"Being able to follow what’s happening at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will give me a sense of belonging, as I’ll be able to fully understand and follow the events," says Joyce Torres, who uses Able’s captioning service. Originally from the Philippines, Joyce says the Kiwi accent can make TV difficult to follow, but captioning allows her to understand much more.

"Having hearing loss, I hear the words on TV, but often don’t totally understand what is being said. Captions help me follow the program, and I don’t get left out," she says. "Captions will give New Zealand’s hard-of-hearing community a chance to be part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and I’m looking forward to watching."

All Able’s services are free and available for anyone in New Zealand. To find out more, visit www.able.co.nz.

FORMOSASAT-2... Farewell

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=129090576

Over the past 12 years, the FORMOSAT-2 satellite has acquired 2.55 million photos and is best known for documenting images of Taiwan before and after Typhoon Morakot hit the island, which proved helpful to the government's land valuation efforts.

Now, according to Taiwan's China Post online infosite, experts last Friday announced plans to decommission FORMOSAT-2. The satellite will be temporarily replaced with Japan's satellite services until the new FORMOSAT-5 is launched sometime before the close of 2016.

National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) Vice President Wang Jough-tai confirmed this news to local media, saying that though FORMOSAT-2 was originally designed for a five-year mission in May 2004, the satellite has operated for more than 12 years. However, the satellite has now been deemed unrepairable—one of FORMOSAT-2's four reaction wheels malfunctioned in 2011 and spacecraft has been running on the three remaining reaction wheels—then another one failed last month.

According to the National Space Organization (NSPO), FORMOSAT-2 served functions including monitoring and taking photos of the Earth's surface, then sending the captured images back to the planet. According to the NSPO, satellites should be discarded when there are only two reaction wheels remaining as satellites cannot adjust their camera positions when that occurs and shooting angles are influenced.

Before the new satellite FORMOSAT-5 can be put into service, NARLabs said the plans are to rely on platforms established by international organizations, including Japan's Sentinel Asia and UNOSAT, to retrieve images. Wang said that the government is still mulling over how to handle the retired FORMOSAT-2, whether to let the satellite become space junk or return to Earth.

Tarpaulin mishap delays Japan's first military satellite by two years

From http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-tarpaulin-mishap-delays-japan-s-first-military-satellite-by-two-years-2236028

The satellite was damaged in a plane's cargo after a tarpaulin blocked valves used to equalise its container's internal air pressure as it descended into thicker atmosphere when landing in French Guiana

The launch of Japan's first dedicated military communications satellite will be delayed by two years after a mishap with a blue tarpaulin damaged sensitive antennas during transportation to Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, said two government sources.

The mishap has set back plans by Japan's military to unify its fractured and overburdened communications network, and could hinder efforts to reinforce defences in the East China Sea as Chinese military activity in the region escalates. "When we need to shift units to the southwest and troops are moving down from the north, we need a stable communications link and this delay could affect that," a senior Defence Ministry official said on condition he wasn't identified because he isn't authorised to talk to the media.

The satellite was damaged in a plane's cargo hold on May 25 after a tarpaulin blocked valves used to equalise its container's internal air pressure as it descended into thicker atmosphere when landing in French Guiana, according to an internal Japanese government document viewed by Reuters.

The document did not detail who was responsible for the mishap, or whether they suffered any consequences. The damage will take more than a year to fix, and could force Japan to pay tens of millions of dollars for stop-gap access to commercial communications satellites it currently uses, the sources said. "We are not yet at the point where we can decide on a new launch window. We want to do it as soon as we can," a spokesman for Japan's defence ministry said.

The satellite is first of three planned X-band satellites that will deliver a unified communications network designed to quadruple the broadband capacity of Japan's Self Defence Forces. The military needs the X-band system as it reinforces defences along its far-flung southwest island chain that stretches along the southern edge of the East China Sea, almost to Taiwan.

A lack of a common communications platform between Japan's armed forces hampered rescue operations in the wake 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeastern seaboard. Tokyo and Beijing are locked in a territorial dispute in the East China Sea over a group of uninhabited islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. The two countries are also at odds over the exploitation of gas fields that straddle exclusive economic zones claimed by both.

Japan, Washington's main ally in Asia, is now worried that a recent uptick in Chinese military activity in the East China Sea is a sign Beijing wants to extend its military influence from the neighboring South China Sea as it challenges American maritime dominance.

Japan says it has scrambled air force jets to intercept Chinese aircraft in the East China Sea more often this year and also noted an increase in Chinese navy patrols.

Russian pay-TV subscribers pass 40 mln

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/russian-pay-tv-subscriber-base-passes-40-mln--1153664

The Russian pay-TV subscribers base passed the threshold of 40 million at the end of June, reports Tdaily.ru. The figure totaled 40.36 million households, up by 740,000 households, at the beginning of the year. Penetration of pay-TV services totaled 73 percent; the monthly ARPU remained stable at RUB 155.

The growth in the subscribers base slowed in the satellite TV segment, nevertheless, the largest satellite operator Tricolor TV raised its subscriber base by 40,000, to 11.91 million. It was also the largest subscribers base among all pay-TV operators. The base of satellite operator Orion Express increased by 38,000, to 2.877 million; the operator was in the third position among pay-TV operators.

The subscriber base of satellite operator NTV-Plus exceeded 1 million. Mobile operator MTS, which has recently started providing satellite TV services, has not yet reached the threshold of 100,000 subscribers.

Rostelecom's pay-TV subscribers base amounted to 9.02 million, up from 8.79 million year-on-year. It was the second among all pay-TV operators. MTS had a total of 2.765 million pay-TV subscribers, up from 2.755 million, coming in fourth position. ER-Telecom was in fifth position with 2.73 million subscribers, up from 2.71 million.

India: CryptoMedia protects DishTV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/19/cryptomedia-protects-dishtv-india-premium-content/

Semiconductor and IP products specialist Rambus has confirmed that DishTV India has selected the CryptoMedia Security Platform for use in its pay-TV satellite system. The platform, which includes a hardware root-of-trust embedded in the set-top box chipset, ensures secure distribution of premium content for cable and satellite operators while eliminating the need for a smart card and enhancing usability of the set-top box.

“As we look to grow our customer base from the current 13 million subscribers, the demand for cost-effective and robust content protection solutions becomes increasingly important for consumers seeking premium content,” said Jawahar Goel, Managing Director of DishTV India. “By leveraging the embedded CryptoMedia core, we no longer need a smart card to provide secure access to premium content, significantly reducing the cost and improving the security of the set-top box.”

The CryptoMedia Content Protection Core, developed by Rambus Cryptography Research, is one of several new security elements to be integrated in DishTV India’s latest set-top boxes. Together with the CryptoMedia operator services, the solution provides a flexible security foundation that allows DishTV India easily to update and reconfigure software and hardware security throughout the lifecycle of the set-top box. DishTV India will launch the new platform in broad commercial operation this autumn.

“By using the CryptoMedia Content Protection Core, DishTV India recognises the value of enabling another level of protection in the set-top box chipset alongside security elements provided by CAS vendors,” said Dr. Martin Scott, senior vice president and general manager of the Security Division at Rambus. “Our CryptoMedia Security Platform provides DishTV India with extra protection for the delivery of content, utilising our expertise in both embedded security and ecosystem enablement.”

Formerly part of the CryptoFirewall family, the CryptoMedia Content Protection Core is designed to provide strong security and superior system design flexibility for premium content distribution. The solution minimises the risk of security failure and helps simplify product development. The core is available in a broad range of set-top box and smart TV chipsets and is compatible with the leading CAS and DRM systems to prevent unauthorised access to content and services, including features such as pay-per-view and service-tier upgrades.


Intelsat 19ku 12726 H 28060 "TV2000 Italia" is new MPG4 . Mediasat Italia was/is FTA on the weekend. 12646 H arab mux was also runnng FTA

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D1 12643 v 7200 D1 AFL

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D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "AFL, Doggies v Gold Coast"
D2 12539 H and 12555H, s/r6978. Two ABC tp's active with feeds, one being from France

D1 12661 V Sr 7500 "WAFL" this time
D1 12670 V Sr 7499 "SANFL central v Sturt"

D2 12680V 6669 "ADHOC ENC 02" 576i Giddy ups - racing.com

From my Email

From Alek in W.A

C band observation, I think 169e Int 8 has swapped over to Int805. All normal services have disappeared and a new service 4010v 3750 has started, a lot stronger signal level then any previous Vert service there. Some old timers may remember that Int8 had dud Vert transponders. Only time will tell.

From the Dish

Intelsat 8 169.0E 4010 V "SET Asia and Colors Asia Pacific" have started on Fta.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4034 H "SET International and Colors Asia Pacific" have left again.

Optus D2 152.0E 12706 V "Malo TV and Kurdistan 24" have left .

(Craig's comment, wow, I gave Malo TV 6 months, it didn't even reach three!)

Optus D2 152.0E 12734 V "The Way TV" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "Lumen Network" has started on Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0E 4117 H "CNN Indonesia" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony SAB TV Asia" has left again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12427 V "Madani Channel Urdu" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Insight UHD" is Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "High News" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 10970 V "EuroNews" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11010 H "Fashion One Africa"has started on , Irdeto. "ARTE Deutsch, ZDF, 3sat, RTL International, Sat. 1 Deutschland, Das Erste and Fashion TV Africa" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11634 V "TBN Africa has replaced Rhema TV" on , Irdeto.

Express AM7 40.0E 3675 R "NTV" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,闽南之声(中国)等5个广播频道消失,设置3710 H 10920参数无效接收。 [7月18日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,1618 Shop替换Beauty TV(泰国)频道,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。 [7月17日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Cineplex Movies(印度)频道消失,设置3805 H 28500参数无效接收。 [7月17日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,天映频道(菲律宾)等频道新增,设置11627 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,AXN、GCTV(Cignal)等频道新增,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Animax、Channel V(Cignal)等频道新增,设置11568 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Travel Xp替换Peace TV(孟加拉)频道,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [7月17日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,First Service(测试)频道新增,设置3660 V 8696参数免费接收。 [7月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Fox Movies Premium HD(泰国)等18个频道新增,设置11520 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,TRT Avaz、TRT Diyanet(土耳其)等频道消失,设置10972 H 11200参数无效接收。 [7月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MTV、Fox Sports 2(泰国)等14个频道新增,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文电影、国家地理(泰国)等17个频道新增,设置11050 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Tollywood、Filmy(Dish TV)等8个频道新增,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,UTV World Movies(Dish TV)等7个频道消失,设置12522 V 40700参数无效接收。 [7月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Ala! Entertainment替换Rose TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [7月17日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,MTV J2 HD、Nickelodeon替换多画面(高清)等频道,设置3780 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Stadium 1 HD(高清)等7个频道新增,设置11128 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [7月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、Star World HD替换Now(IPM)频道,设置11009 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]

东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道解密,设置3970 V 13400参数免费接收。[07-16]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Perviy kanal SNG替换Shop 24(俄罗斯)频道,设置11605 V 34425参数有条件接收。[07-16]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Perviy kanal SNG替换Shop 24(俄罗斯)频道,设置12207 R 27500参数有条件接收。[07-16]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Lao Star(老挝)频道解密,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-16]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Lao PSTV、LNTV 3(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置12313 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-16]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Grand Prix Channel、Kaset News(泰国)频道消失,设置3520 H 28125参数无效接收。[07-16]


Fetch TV has launched two new set-top boxes

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/tv/fetch-tv-has-launched-two-new-settop-boxes/news-story/c40f759feb609b07cccb2e5e9cbdd7c3

THE closest Australia has to a Foxtel pay TV competitor, Fetch TV, has launched two new set-top boxes to stake its claim in an increasingly crowded landscape.

Here, we review both the Mighty and the Mini and see how it compares to alternatives in the market and if they’re good value for your money.


The Mini has been configured for two purposes: As either a stand-alone hockey puck-type streaming box or as a secondary device to the Mighty in a home media network.

As a stand-alone, the Mini is a challenger to the likes of Apple TV or the Roku-powered Telstra TV. At $149, it’s much better priced than the fourth generation Apple TV ($269 for 32GB or $349 for 64GB) and still competitive against Telstra TV ($109). But unlike Apple TV or the Mighty, it has no storage capabilities and is purely a conduit for streaming if you’re using it as a stand-alone.

For streaming nuts, the biggest draw of the Mini is it has all three local streaming services, Netflix, Stan and Presto. Signing into them is a bit tiresome, requiring you to manually input your login details, unlike the PS4 and some internet-enabled TVs which requires only a four-digit activation code. But it’s great for someone without a smart TV or gaming console.

It also has all the free-to-air TV catch-up apps (Channel 9 is coming soon) though these are nestled under the TV menu rather than grouped with the streaming apps.

Fetch envisions that ideally the Mini will be used in conjunction with the Mighty as a second-room device on the same network. At the moment, if you have the Mighty and the Mini, they’re connected by the same account profile and whatever you buy or rent on one can be accessed on the other.

But it’s what’s coming down the pipeline that’s really exciting. Fetch said that it is launching a more integrated multi-room offering in Q4 which will include the ability for the Mini to record live broadcasts by sending an instantaneous instruction to a connected Mighty. Any recordings on the Mighty can also be played on the Mini through streaming.

Fetch will also solve that age-old problem of dodgy TV reception in some rooms of the house. Soon, the Mini will piggyback off the free-to-air TV feed from the Mighty.

For the moment, unlike Apple TV and Telstra TV, the Mini supports a raft of pay TV channels through its $15-a-month entertainment package which gets you the likes of the Comedy Channel, Syfy, BBC First, Universal, MTV, TV Hits, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, ESPN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Disney and Nickelodeon.

Optus broadband and mobile customers will be able to add the English Premier League as well.

With live TV, the Mini lets you pause and rewind for up to 15 minutes.

The pay TV channels are streamed through the internet but if you subscribe through one of Fetch’s ISP partners, the data used by the Mini is unmetered.

The package also includes 30 select movies every month. This rotates and currently includes Anchorman, Clueless, Sound of Music and Rugrats in Paris.

You can rent and purchase new release and back catalogue TV and films, just like the through the iTunes store or various other services such as PlayStation store or Dendy Direct.

The interface is simple to use, easily toggling between live TV, streaming apps and movies. There are various shortcuts which will feel more intuitive as you get used to them.

The app is the same for the Mini as for the Mighty, allowing you to use it as a remote, as somewhere to browse movies and TV shows before selection. The app will also let you stream some of your movies and shows through your mobile device, handy if you’re in a different room and you want to watch something different to what someone else in the house has selected.

Fetch has promised new improvements to the app soon which is said to include a new look and faster speeds as well as “download to go” so you can watch something you’ve bought on your app even when your device isn’t on the same Wi-Fi network as the Mini.

Perhaps one of the biggest gripes of the Mini interface versus something like Apple TV or even the PS4, and this is very much down to personal preferences, is whatever program you had playing continues to play in the background as you browse and navigate around the platform, even within apps like Netflix.

As someone who finds broadcast TV and its ads loud and often annoying, I’d rather look for the next thing to watch without being aurally assaulted by the very thing I’ve decided to get away from.

In terms of the specs, unlike the Mighty, the Mini doesn’t support 4K and only has one free-to-air TV tuner to the Mighty’s four. It’s also a lower-scale 1GB of RAM versus the Mighty’s 3GB. Like the Mighty, the Mini supports HEVC, which essentially means you can watch HD on a slower connection. It was pretty fast on the 11 Mbps connection we tested it on — and that’s on the Wi-Fi network, not via an ethernet connection.


The Mighty is Australia’s closest competitor to Foxtel’s IQ box.

The Mighty is Australia’s closest competitor to Foxtel’s IQ box.Source:Supplied

Fetch TV has called its set-top box the Mighty for a very good reason.

Offering a combination the best pay and free-to-air television with streaming video on demand services, the Mighty builds on all of the services available through the Mini.

Despite its physical design looking eerily similar to the second-gen Fetch TV Personal Video Recorder, the $399 Mighty has added some impressive new features.

At the top of the list is the 4K capability of the Mighty, which makes it the first of Fetch’s products offering users the ability to watch Ultra HD content.

Furthermore, Global Head of Business Development at Netflix Bill Holmes has been quoted saying the Mighty was leading the way for enhancing the streaming experience.

“Netflix is investing heavily to offer a premium 4K viewing experience — nearly doubling its 4K catalogue this year — and we are excited that Fetch TV’s new “Mighty” will be among the first STB’s deployed anywhere in the world to support Netflix in 4k,” he said.

Even more impressive is the fact the Mighty supports High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which means users will be able stream 4K content from Netflix over internet speeds close to 15.5 megabits per second, as opposed to the 25Mbps currently seen by most devices.

Support for HEVC also allows Fetch TV to offer a high-def sports stream for 3.8 Mbps, instead of the standard 5.5Mbps.

Another great feature of the box is the fact it comes standard with Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning users have greater freedom as the Mighty no longer needs physical connections needed with its predecessor.

Although, in order to stream 4K content, a strong network will be needed.

Fetch TV offers a seven day TV guide at the push of a button.

Fetch TV offers a seven day TV guide at the push of a button.Source:Supplied

As mentioned earlier, the Mighty has apps built for three local streaming services, a $15-a-month entertainment package similar to the likes of Foxtel and the ability to rent or buy movies and television shows outright.

It is also equipped with four free-to-air tuners, although a free to air antenna/aerial connection will still be needed to view these channels.

While the Netflix generation might have never experienced such a feature, the Mighty doubles as a Personal Video Recorder for the pay TV and free-to-air channels.

With 1TB of storage — enough for around 585 hours of standard definition recording — the product comes with the ability to create a Series Tag, which will record every episode of a certain series when it airs.

The Mighty offers a high level of customisation for these season tags, with the ability to only keep the last few episodes of a certain title or to prioritise a certain show over another if the storage is becoming too full — although it’s hard to imagine this will be an issue with 1TB storage

Additionally, the four tuners mean users can record up to six different shows at the same time.

The set-top box also has the ability to pause and rewind live TV, while also offering a television guide to show what’s on over the next seven days.

Navigating between all of these components is easy thanks to a clean user interface and the minimalist remote.


Both the Mini and Mighty have offerings, depending on what you are looking for.

The Mini is a great device for a someone who prefers streaming and on-demand content with access to Netflix, Stan and Presto in addition to the networks’ catch-up apps. But unlike the more expensive Apple TV, it is geolocked so you won’t be able to jailbreak it for access to US Netflix or the likes of Hulu or HBO Now.

The entertainment package has some decent pay TV content, especially on the likes of the Comedy Channel and BBC First and is a cheaper alternative to a full Foxtel subscription.

Where the Mini works best is paired with a Mighty, particularly when Fetch rolls out updates to its capabilities later this year.

The Mighty is slightly more expensive and would be the perfect fit for people looking for a lighter and cheaper version of services offered by Foxtel IQ.

Combining free-to-air and pay TV channels with built in apps for streaming services, movie rentals and a television guide, the Mighty is a great stepping stone for those wanting to explore the expansive world of streaming video on demand without stepping out of their comfort zone.

However, for those who only have Foxtel for the sport will need to keep their subscription as Fetch TV only offers ESPN and EPL

For those who aren’t avid free-to-air fans or those who grow tired of the offerings of pay TV quickly, the device might be a little too much for your needs.

It feels like the target market of this product is the older generation who are not entirely sold on streaming services and need a little nudge in the right direction or families with young kids who will be won over by the likes of Nikelodeon and Disney.

Sky TV issues Olympic ultimatum to media: play by our rules or you can’t cover Rio

From http://thespinoff.co.nz/featured/18-07-2016/the-war-for-the-olympics-skys-secret-plan-to-control-other-media-covering-rio/

Sky TV is attempting to massively restrict online coverage of the Rio Olympics – and both the Herald and Stuff are considering staying home in protest, reports Tim Murphy.

Don’t criticise the Sky commentators. Don’t make Gifs. And hold off for, say, three hours.

These are some of the controversial conditions Sky TV is believed to have tried to impose on New Zealand websites hoping to use video footage of the Olympic Games in Rio in their coverage of the event.

The conditions have led to a heated behind-the-scenes media fight which could affect how much Games coverage you can watch on your mobile or computer. Most troublingly, some of the disputed points are contained in the News Access Rules – if journalists don’t sign up they cannot be accredited as media for the games. Meaning that Sky is attempting to use its position as rights holder to circumvent New Zealand copyright law and deny other organisations’ journalists access to the games if they don’t agree to its demands.

The fight reaches a critical deadline today, and if there is no progress from Sky, there has been talk within both of the NZME and Fairfax of retaliating by sending vastly scaled back teams to the games, and it remains a very real possibility that one or both organisations might respond in this way.

The long wrangle has even extended to whether general media wanting to use Sky’s footage can air criticism of Sky TV commentators and if they can make Gifs of Olympic moments. Sky argues it ‘paid dearly’ for the rights and the conditions offered to others in New Zealand are the same or better than overseas.

At one point there were moves to stop competitors showing Olympic video clips for three hours after events. It’s understood the delay now would still be 40 minutes. There are fears in media circles that the restrictions, if accepted, would be used to attempt to reduce the amount of video coverage of other top sports going forward.

Less than a month out from the Games, Sky, as the rights holder in New Zealand, is trying to force the nzherald.co.nz and Stuff.co.nz websites to agree to use far less video online than is allowed by law here for news, including major sports events.

Sky’s hardline stance on the Games could see NZME (owner of the Herald) and Fairfax (owner of Stuff) scale back their teams going to Rio de Janeiro in protest. The sites commonly use action footage from Sky or other broadcasters, legally, for up to 90 seconds in the aftermath of sports and news events.

Given New Zealand taxpayers pay the bulk of the high-performance funding for our key Olympic athletes, and this country has no law forcing such major sports events on to free television (as they do in Australia), the issue is extremely sensitive. The Olympic Charter even calls for the Games to be made available to as many people as possible worldwide.

The two big newspaper-digital companies were joined in an industry-wide resistance to Sky’s crackdown by TVNZ and TV3 but it may be that the television companies are more open to compromise.

They are understood to be less affected by the new Sky demands because they might still provide them with adequate material for their needs. The attempt to control footage after the live event runs counter to prevailing winds in global sport, with bodies like the NBA seeing footage as advertising for their product, which now proliferates on YouTube. Sky’s stance appears to hark back to a pre-internet era, when footage was far more easily controlled.

For Rio, Sky wants to cap other sites’ use of video at a maximum of 120 seconds for a whole day, or to corral it into three two-minute ‘bulletin’ style shows daily at agreed times after the action.

It has the New Zealand Olympic Committee on side. Not only does the NZOC have its own Rio app, making it a content broadcaster in its own right, but its News Access Rules in the official accreditation to the Games for Kiwis would effectively see the Herald and Fairfax sign away their rights under New Zealand copyright law.

The two firms are understood to have given Sky and the NZOC until today to back down from their demands – or the media companies will consider withdrawing their accreditations and instead use footage freely and legally off Sky TV from back here in Auckland.

Some reporters and camera people could go to Rio, but if they don’t sign the News Access Rules they could not attend Games venues or events, limiting the two big sites and their newspapers countrywide’s ability to cover the triumphs and human interest of the Olympics. That is not an appealing thought to the NZOC, and Sky would be vigilant in policing ‘fair use’ of its footage over the Olympic fortnight.

Sky’s director of communications, Kirsty Way, said the company was not concerned if other media companies went to Rio or not. “There’s plenty of media coverage of the event and fair use will still stand whether they go or not.”

Sky will show some of its Games coverage – which would have been a big investment – on its Prime free-to-air channel, from 11 pm to 3 pm daily, and on Sky Sport 3 and 4 plus 10 pop-up channels and a new app.

“For the rights to be of value, we cannot have clips put straight on line [by other media companies]. It takes all the value out of it,” Way said.

She was not aware of the suggested restriction on criticising Sky’s commentators.

Disputes between sports bodies, television rights-holders and other media are not new. For the 2015 Rugby World Cup, World Rugby tried and failed to force New Zealand media to sign away their rights to the same ‘fair use’ of video under our jurisdiction. But that standoff did see the rugby body win more influence over media footage and its digital use than in the past.

The newspaper digital sites are worried that should big news stories break at Games venues or events, they would be precluded from providing the video footage their audiences would expect, and New Zealand law accepts.

Sinead Boucher, the editorial chief for Fairfax, said: “We’ve gone to Sky as an industry to really protest a very heavy-handed approach towards how we can cover news stories of great national interest – and some of their restrictive clauses. We see them as anti-competitive, unnecessary and they go beyond the interests of ensuring fair use.”

NZME managing editor Shayne Currie said the company was in discussions with Sky and was “hopeful all issues will be resolved by Monday.

“We believe it’s important media have fair rights to cover the world’s biggest sporting event – one in which New Zealand taxpayers have invested heavily – without compromising our ability to cover news angles under fair-use provisions in the Copyright Act.”

The NZ Olympic Committee’s Ashley Abbott said in a statement:

“Coverage of the Olympic Games is really important to us and we work very hard to facilitate coverage of NZ sports and athletes before and during the games on behalf of all media organisations. The New Zealand Olympic Committee is not the rights holder for the Olympic Games – this in New Zealand is SKY. As such we are not in a position to negotiate the News Access rules.”

Which in this case would make Sky the Lord of the Rings. For now.

Update: Sky has been in touch to emphasise that the ‘no GIFS’ clause is an International Olympic Committee stipulation, not Sky’s. The IOC refused to remove it after New Zealand media objected to Sky.

Additionally, Sky says the clause about not criticising Sky Commentators is no longer in the access rules, after other media here objected to the initial draft that included it.

NEW CHANNEL. The PBA launches a new 247 satellite TV channel.

From http://www.rappler.com/sports/by-sport/basketball/pba/140036-pba-rush-cignal-channel

The new channel, called PBA Rush, will air exclusively on Cignal's channel 52 for standard definition and channel 129 for high definition

MANILA, Philippines – With a vision to create Filipino fans' "ultimate destination for Philippine basketball," the Philippine Basketball Association launched a 24/7 channel on satellite television service provider Cignal Sunday, July 17.

The new channel, called PBA Rush, will air exclusively on Cignal's channel 52 for standard definition and channel 129 for high definition.

"The PBA really welcomes the partnership with Cignal and the creation of the PBA Rush channel. What we want really to do is to be able to make the PBA closer to most of you, and open its doors really, not just for basketball, but to show you what the PBA can do to inspire other people to become better Filipinos," said league commissioner Chito Narvasa.

"We’d like to reach more Filipinos, not just with Channel 5. Channel 5’s coverage is only of the games. We’d like to tell you other areas of the game."

He added a huge focus will be given on bringing the games to those who cannot come to Manila to watch live.

Among the program content that can be watched on the channel include live broadcast of games, simultaneous with TV5, as well as condensed immediate replays, sports shows such as Sports 360 and behind the scenes shows.

There are also plans to air classic PBA games of the past "in the next couple of months" though the channel, which reaches 1.4 million homes, will focus on the current season. – Rappler.com

Relaunched ERT selects Globecast

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/07/18/relaunched-ert-selects-globecast/

ERT WorldState-owned Greek national broadcaster ERT – The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation – has selected Globecast to deliver ERT World and five radio channels to the Greek diaspora across Europe.

Globecast is providing fibre connectivity for the content to its Paris headquarters where the signals are then uplinked to HotBird capacity.

Biliana Pumpalovic, General Director of Globecast Moscow, said, “ERT was previously carried on Hotbird satellite capacity but because of the country’s well-documented problems, it ceased to exist in 2013 and was replaced by NERIT. In 2015 the Greek parliament approved the re-opening of ERT. We launched these new services over Europe in April this year.”

For ERT it’s essential that legacy equipment is able to receive these services so the signal is DVB-S, MPEG-2. ERT World’s content mix includes news, discussion programmes, drama, documentaries and entertainment formats.

“It’s vital for these services to reach the Greek diaspora, hence the need to be compatible with legacy equipment,” said Pumpalovic.

“The customer also specified reliable, fully secured contribution from their premises to the teleport, which of course we are using our unrivalled global connectivity to provide.”


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday feeds

Optus D2 12555 H Sr 6978 ABC taking footage from France

Optus D1 12429 v 7000 Channel 9 NRL St George Dragons v Gold Coast Titans
Optus D1 12635 v 7200 "CHN 7 SLOT 6" provider "MT BULLER TV"

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Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Good News TV and Ebenezer TV" have left .

From asiatvro site

Nothing, their site is still offline


Home of Australia’s first satellite is at it again

From http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2016/july/home-of-australias-first-satellite-is-at-it-again.htm

The Melbourne University is now designing a CubeSat, and hopefully will have it ready for launch in 2018.

The same university built Australia's first Amateur Radio satellite
Australis-OSCAR-5, that was launched on 23 January 23, 1970. It was then the first Amateur Radio satellite built outside of the United States.

Australis-OSCAR-5 was a beacon on 29.450 MHz and 144.050 MHz with telemetry starting with H I sent in Morse code, with sensors giving the battery voltage, temperature and the satellite's orientation.

Passive magnetic attitude stabilisation was achieved by two bar magnets to align with the Earth's magnetic field to provide a favourable antenna footprint.

Built on a small budget, it had bed springs for deploying the bird, and a cut down metallic measuring tape for antennas that extended from the sides of the satellite.

At least 200 observers heard it reporting from 27 countries up to 46 days before going silent when its batteries failed.

Today, Melbourne University Engineering Department students are working on the CubeSat project and restoring the Melbourne University old dish tracking antenna getting it ready for launch day.

Despite its small size the satellite's state-of-the-art communications system can send more data than other satellites, because of a world-first antenna that uses a special acid for inflation in space.

The new CubeSat could potentially find applications in agriculture,
weather monitoring or even as a telescope in space.

New programs for better viewing

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=362493

Digicel has improved the viewing experience for Pay TV customers in Fiji and the region, since taking control of Sky Pacific in April.

Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider and always work hard to give its customers the best in quality and delivery.

Since acquiring Sky Pacific, there has been tremendous improvement in the channel line-up.

"It's always hard to satisfy the viewing needs and pleasure for all segments but we are trying our best to bring the best in Hollywood and Bollywood entertainment, top class international sport, great educational and fun channels for the children and the best news channels," said Digicel Fiji CEO, Darren McLean.

"We have introduced TVWAN, TVWAN Action, TVWAN Life, Paramount Channel, MTV Live, Fight Channel, Boomerang, Discovery and B4U Movies, the new channels have been well received in homes in Fiji and other Pacific countries and we are looking forward to further announcements later this month."

The Discovery channel is a hit as it has been one of the most consistent themes in customer feedback since we have been operating Sky Pacific.

Fight Sports channel is also popular, which is a 24-hour channel showing live World Championship Boxing, World Championship Kickboxing, MMA and various other fight tournaments from around the world.

Children love the Boomerang channel as this offers great entertainment for kids and parents, with a modern twist to iconic cartoons like Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry and Mr Bean.

Our latest addition, B4U Movies is new to Fiji and offers high quality feature movies with the world's biggest Bollywood stars, for the first time in Fiji, customers will have access to quality Bollywood movie experience 24 hours a day.

Orion interested in Armenian, Azerbaijan markets

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/orion-interested-in-armenian-azerbaijan-markets--1153303

Russian satellite operator Orion plans to enter Armenian and Azerbaijan markets in the third quarter of this year, reports Arka.am citing a statement from the operator. The operator entered the Georgian market in the second quarter of this year, working under the brand of its local partner, operator Super TV.

Orion has also recently announced that it provides play-out and TV broadcast services in Kazakshtan. Orion's subscriber base totals 2.87 million households.

Turner adds HBO HD for India

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/14/turner-adds-hbo-hd-for-india/

The much-delayed arrival of HBO-HD for India is about to happen. The delayed launch of the previous HBO Hits channel was not helped by India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting slowness in issuing a transmission licence.

Turner says that HBO-HD will also contain the best elements of Warner Bros movies and programming to enhance the movies on offer.

Last year Turner closed its HBO Hits and HBO Defines channels promising the revamp which is now taking place.


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ComCom probes vertical, conglomerate effects of Sky TV/Vodafone merger

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11674397

The Commerce Commission is assessing whether a merger between Sky Network Television and Vodafone Group's New Zealand unit would let the combined companies engage in behaviour that either forecloses rivals or renders them less able to compete.

In its statement of preliminary issues, the commission said the main focus of its investigation to decide whether to clear the proposed merger is the so-called vertical and conglomerate effects, which would enable the combined companies a greater ability or incentive to engage in conduct that prevents or hinders rivals from competing effectively.

"The proposed merger would combine New Zealand's largest pay-TV supplier (which, among other content rights, holds the broadcasting rights to some significant sports content) with one of New Zealand's major suppliers of telecommunications services. The proposed merger raises both vertical and conglomerate effects," the commission said.

"We will consider whether the proposed merger would give the merged entity the ability and incentive to engage in behaviour that might foreclose rivals (in pay-TV and/or telecommunications services) or otherwise render them less competitively effective and result in a substantial lessening of competition in a relevant market."

A vertical merger, between firms operating at different levels of a supply chain, could result in the merged entity refusing to supply an input to a downstream competitor or raise the price of the input, or disadvantage an upstream competitor in the sale of that competitor's products by limiting access to customers.

The commission will look at whether the merged company could discriminate against other online content providers such as Lightbox or Netflix by preventing Vodafone customers from accessing the content or by blocking website access or deciding not to host rival content providers on Vodafone's network. That could see Sky's rivals lose scale and become less competitive.

A conglomerate merger, between firms that supply complementary products, could hurt rivals by providing bundled discounts to customers that buy the merging parties' products together rather than separately, or by tying, where the merged entity refuses to sell one of the merging parties' products unless customers also buy the other parties' product.

If such expansion would be likely without the merger, then any potential competitive constraint from this would be lost as a result of the proposed merger.

The commission will consider whether the merged company could profitably make Sky content only available to Vodafone customers and whether it may only offer Sky content to Vodafone customers at a predatory bundled price. This could hurt competing suppliers of telecommunications services, which could lose scale and become less competitive.

Vodafone and Sky have said there is no prospect of the merged entity pursuing a credible foreclosure strategy that reduces competition because the merged group wouldn't supply "must-have" inputs that competitors require to participate in the telco or pay-TV markets, it wouldn't have the ability or incentive to engage in any foreclosure strategy, Sky currently makes its pay-TV service available to other parties on a wholesale basis and would continue to do so, and the group would be strongly incentivised to sell pay-TV and telecommunications services to consumers on an unbundled basis.

The commission said it will also assess the so-called unilateral effects which assess whether the merged entity will be able to raise prices or reduce quality by itself, although it said a merger between suppliers who aren't direct competitors and operate in related markets is less likely to result in unilateral effects.

This could result in higher prices or decreased service levels relative to the without the merger scenario.

The regulator is also asking for views on any other sources of market power that the merged entity may have and be able to leverage post-merger, such as bidding for the rights to broadcasting content, in filming sports content, and in sponsoring major sporting events.

Vodafone and Sky have told the commission there is currently no meaningful competitive overlap between them. However, the commission said it will look at whether they would become more meaningful competitors without the merger, for example if Vodafone might start providing content on a standalone basis or whether Sky might start providing telco services on a standalone basis.

"If such expansion would be likely without the merger, then any potential competitive constraint from this would be lost as a result of the proposed merger," the commission said.

"This could result in higher prices or decreased service levels relative to the without the merger scenario."

It expects to make a decision on the merger by Nov. 11.

Tune in to Wairarapa TV

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11673009

From October 24, Freeview channel 41 will be the home of Wairarapa TV.

Wairarapa is getting its own TV channel.

From October 24, Freeview channel 41 will be the home of Wairarapa TV, a regional station broadcasting over Masterton, Carterton, Greytown, Featherston and Martinborough in the Wairarapa valley.

It will initially focus on tourism-targeted content, keeping it simple and low cost to run, but will also feature an hourly local news segment updated.

There will also be live Wairarapa rugby, and potentially a two-minute Wellington and Wairarapa daily weather forecast segment.

Wairarapa TV is the brainchild of Masterton entrepreneur Toby Mills, who is well-known for setting up sound and video for acts at King St Live and Golden Shears.

He said Wairarapa TV was inspired by the "amazing" growth in Tourism in Wairarapa, but also by the "corresponding lack of video available online and to visiting tourists that tell them about all the things they can do here".

"We need to celebrate our region more and this is a great opportunity to showcase some of the great things that happen here that many people never get to see."

Over time more content could be added, targeted at locals, he said.

"But by focussing on tourism we won't have high programme licensing costs and don't have to try and come up with completely unique content to schedule every day which is both hard and expensive."

The channel has the support of Wairarapa Trust House, with Chief Executive Allan Pollard seeing it as a good opportunity to "share what we get up to in Wairarapa".

"It'll be a single destination point for motels and hotels to inform their guests, and the wider community as well," he said.

"I do quite a lot of travelling and the Hawke's Bay for example has its own Hawke's Bay TV and when you go to hotels you can readily see what's available in the region.

"It'll be a single media point of contact for everyone in Wairarapa, not just tourists, but the wider community as well."

Wairarapa TV will also broadcast the Wairarapa Tui Cup club rugby finals on July 31.

Because this is before the channel's launch date, it will only be available on the internet but will be re-broadcasted once the station goes live.

This will be the first of many Wairarapa Bush Rugby broadcasts in association with Wairarapa TV.

Wairarapa Bush Rugby Union CEO Tony Hargood said Wairarapa TV was a great initiative "and we're definitely behind it".

"Wairarapa Bush rugby has been looking into enhancing its digital presence for a while and when Toby discussed with us Wairarapa TV, we just jumped at the opportunity to provide local rugby content to the channel," he said.

"In particular the club finals just stood out as a really good opportunity to showcase Wairarapa Bush Rugby, Trust House Memorial Park, and also the local initiative for TV."

APAC pay-TV faces slowing growth

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/14/apac-pay-tv-faces-slowing-growth/

The Asia-Pacific pay-TV industry will grow at a 5.8 per cent average annual rate from 2016 to 2021, according to a new report, Asia Pacific Pay-TV & Broadband Markets, from industry analyst firm Media Partners Asia (MPA).

MPA projects pay-TV industry sales across 18 major markets in Asia Pacific to climb from US$54 billion in 2016 to US$72 billion by 2021, rising thereafter to US$81 billion by 2025. The pace of pay-TV subscriber and revenue growth is slowing however, weakened by an economic slowdown and increasing competition from both legal and illegal alternatives. Pay-TV subscriber growth declined or substantially decelerated in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in particular.

At the same time however, India and Korea remain two of the region’s largest and most scalable pay-TV opportunities. Revenue growth will also accelerate in Australia and the Philippines, largely thanks to subscriber growth.

However, MPA analysts have lowered subscriber growth forecasts across much of Southeast Asia, especially for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, although ARPU (average revenue per user) should remain resilient in both Malaysia and Singapore.

The pay-TV industry in China, meanwhile, remains the largest in the region and is becoming increasingly digitalised. Pay-TV growth opportunities for broadcasters are limited however, due to increasing regulation as well as competition from free and paid online video services.

Elsewhere in the region, subscription-based video-on-demand (SVoD) services have had a negligible impact on pay-TV so far, despite the global launch of Netflix earlier this year, in addition to increasing competition among lower-priced regional and local SVoD services.

Most pay-TV subscribers downgrading or cancelling pay-TV services are moving instead to illegal services, as well as to free, ad-supported options across both TV and online video.

At the same time, more pay-TV operators are rolling out connected set-top boxes that can incorporate OTT video services. In addition, some operators (telcos in particular) are aggressively hard-bundling video content, including pay-TV channels, with high-speed broadband. This is helping drive subscriber growth, especially in a number of Southeast Asian markets.

According to MPA executive director Vivek Couto, pay-TV providers are increasingly focused on repackaging and repricing both linear and on-demand services. “Local and regional Asian programming is also becoming increasingly important. At the same time, sports, kids, infotainment and Hollywood movies will remain mainstays of the pay-TV bundle, although channels offering Hollywood TV series are being disrupted by both legal and illegal OTT. Few pay-TV operators have been able to capture or monetise large-scale online video viewing so far, although early results in Hong Kong and Korea are encouraging. The goal is driving the next cycle of customer growth and consumer spend. Pay-TV user interfaces and data analytics are improving, although often too slowly to effectively compete with legal and illegal OTT rivals. Increasingly, viable pay-TV operators will become drivers and targets for M&A and consolidation, as the worlds of pay-TV, broadband and OTT collide and converge in the wider context of media and telecoms.”

Ex-China, which remains a utility-oriented and highly regulated pay-TV market, Asia Pacific added ~9.6 million net new pay-TV customers last year, the slowest pace of growth since 1997-98. MPA analysts project a spike to 10.4 million net additions ex-China this year, driven by government-mandated cable digitalisation in India. Subscriber growth should decelerate again from next year onwards, moderating to between 4 million to 8 million net adds per annum between 2018 and 2022.

Including China, MPA sees total pay-TV subscribers in Asia Pacific growing from ~567 million in 2016 to ~764 million by 2025. Adjusted for multiple connections in a household, pay-TV penetration in Asia Pacific will grow from 55 per cent of TV households in 2016 to 61 per cent by 2025.

Digital pay-TV penetration in Asia Pacific will increase from 80 per cent of pay-TV subs in 2016 to 91 per cent by 2025, as pay-TV networks in most markets go 90-100 per cent digital, with the exception of India (~70 per cent) and Pakistan (32 per cent) in the 18 markets covered in the report. HD penetration of digital pay-TV subs in Asia Pacific will grow from 30 per cent in 2016 to 46 per cent in 2025.

The fastest growing segment within the Asia Pacific pay-TV industry over 2016-21 will be value-added services (VAS), driven by VoD, as revenues climb at an 11 per cent CAGR over the next five years. Australia, China, Japan and Korea will be the biggest markets for VoD revenue growth. Malaysia will lead amongst smaller markets.

In standout pay-TV markets such as India and Korea, pay-TV subscription revenue growth will be driven by high volumes and a level of ARPU upside (partially offset by price competition). Higher yields will also boost subscription revenue growth in Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.

Pay-TV advertising will expand from US$11.6 billion in spend in 2016 to US$16.2 billion by 2021, with growth driven by markets with high levels of pay-TV penetration such as India and Korea, along with China. Meanwhile, pay-TV ad spend in Australia, Japan and Taiwan will remain material, although growth in each of these markets will soften. Malaysia and the Philippines will remain the standout markets for pay-TV advertising in Southeast Asia.

Cape Canaveral Arrival For JCSAT-16 For An Appointment With SpaceX

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1518652489

Designed to serve the Japanese market from multiple orbital locations, this multi-mission, Ku- and Ka-band satellite has arrived safely for a rendezvous with a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Yes, you guessed it... this is the JCSAT-16 satellite, an 8.5-kW offering that will provide service for video distribution, data transfer communications, and fleet redundancy. The satellite was built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) and is now being prepared for launch.

Once on orbit, JCSAT-16 will function as a back-up to ensure stability for existing services and to further strengthen the foundations of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation’s business. JCSAT-16 is based on SSL's 1300 platform, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances—it also happens that SSL is also building JCSAT-15, on scheduled to also launch in 2016.

According to the President of SSL, John Celli, JCSAT-16 will be his company's second satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT to launch this year and is a satellite that has the flexibility to meet the demand for a variety of missions.

Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT, commented that this satellite will provide his company with the flexibility to reinforce their growing fleet as needed and to ensure the highest level of reliability for their customers.



Panasonic, China Telecom Satellite Extend IFC Trial to Chinese Airlines

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2016/07/13/panasonic-china-telecom-satellite-extend-ifc-trial-chinese-airlines/

[Via Satellite 07-12-2016] Panasonic Avionics and China Telecom Satellite (CTS) announced a one-year extension of their Ku-band In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) trial that will expand connectivity to several Chinese airlines. With the trial’s extension, all approved Chinese and international airlines can now select Panasonic’s global communications services.

Per terms of the license, more than 20 foreign airlines with more than 1,000 aircraft are expected to begin operating connected flights over Chinese airspace, with more in process. Initially, 12 foreign airlines with slightly more than 200 aircraft were offering IFC over this region. There were also three Chinese-registered airlines and 30 aircraft offering connected flights in and out of China. In addition, Panasonic’s Chinese airline customers, including China Eastern Airlines, Xiamen Air, Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines have begun preparations to offer connectivity services across their global route structure.

The announcement follows recent news that the leading Chinese carrier, China Eastern Airlines, in partnership with CTS, was the first to offer Wi-Fi on domestic flights. China Eastern Airlines installed Panasonic’s eXConnect IFC system on its newest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Digicel Play launches DTT service in PNG

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/digicel-play-launches-dtt-service-in-png--1152948

Digicel Play has launched a new Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Simbu province. Simbu residents now have the added benefit of both DTT and Direct-to-Home (DTH) television broadcast technology. Residents in the region can now receive signal from the DTT site, and those in remote areas of Simbu are still able to access television content through Digicel Play's satellite technology. As well as reducing the cost for Simbu residents, Digicel Play's DTT technology will create job opportunities and investment to local suppliers and contractors who will partner with Digicel Play to help bring television into people's homes.

Digicel Goroka General Manager, Peter Chromiec, said Digicel Play is thrilled to make television viewing more accessible for everyone across PNG. He said with the recent launch of two new satellite dishes now transmitting television across all of PNG, Digicel Play will continue to invest in the country's communications industry, adding that there will be more opportunities for locals to develop skills in this industry as well as provide a viable future to many people through meaningful career opportunities. In addition to the launch of the DTT tower in Simbu, there has been an upgrade to the service in Lae, which will increase Digicel Play's transmission power and reception for locals.

DTT is already available in Port Moresby, Mt Hagen, Madang, Rabaul, Buka, Goroka and Lae, which has allowed many people across the country to enjoy more of their favourite television programs for less.

Setting a satellite to catch a satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Setting_a_satellite_to_catch_a_satellite_999.html

ESA's active space debris disposal mission e.Deorbit closing on its target derelict satellite. Image courtesy Airbus Defence and Space. For a larger version of this image please go here.

The target is set: a large derelict satellite currently silently tumbling its way through low orbit. If all goes to plan, in 2023 it will vanish - and efforts against space debris will have made a giant leap forward.

That is the vision underpinning e.Deorbit, intended as the world's first mission to remove a large piece of space junk - if it is given the initial go-ahead by Europe's space ministers at the Agency's Ministerial Council in December.

The basic idea is simple: set a satellite to catch a satellite. e.Deorbit will rendezvous with, grapple and hard-capture the drifting satellite, then push the pair down to burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere.

More than 75% of trackable space debris whizzes around in Earth's heavily trafficked low orbits, below 2000 km altitude. Even if all launches stopped tomorrow, the level of debris would go on rising, driven by continuing collisions.

The only way to stabilise debris levels over the long run will be to remove entire large items.

"While the concept is straightforward, the implementation is not - e.Deorbit will be like nothing ESA has ever attempted before," explains Robin Biesbroek, ESA's study manager.

"The chaser satellite requires extremely sophisticated guidance, navigation and control to synchronise motion and then capture its target, guided in turn by advanced image processing, blending inputs from optical and multispectral cameras as well as 'laser radar' lidar to derive a precise, reliable sense of the target and its motion.

"In addition, e.Deorbit needs a reliable method of capturing its target. We are now looking at a net, harpoon or gripper as well as advanced robotics to secure the two satellites together.

"Finally, the satellite also requires a very high level of autonomy, because continuous realtime control from the ground will not be practical, especially during the crucial capture phase."

ESA's Clean Space initative, focused on safeguarding the terrestrial and orbital environments, has supported e.Deorbit development so far.

"Industry is eager to participate," says Luisa Innocenti, heading Clean Space. "The mission should be a spectacular showcase for the capabilities of Europe's space businesses.

"The industry consensus is that a new class of 'space tugs' will arise to offer various services such as in-orbit servicing or refuelling.

"The technologies such spacecraft will require overlap with those being developed for e.Deorbit - so it will be the first of the space tugs, demonstrating its performance with an unprecedented achievement.

"After this Ministerial, we propose to finalise the design and realistically test key technologies - including weightless net testing on a suborbital rocket - to be ready to build after final approval from the next Ministerial, for a planned launch in April 2023."

ABC (USA) relaunches unauthenticated streaming service with 7 new original shorts

From http://www.fiercecable.com/story/abc-relaunches-unauthenticated-streaming-service-7-new-original-shorts/2016-07-13

ABC is taking another stab at original, short-form online and mobile video, relaunching its unauthenticated streaming platform with seven original series.

The platform, accessible via ABC.com and various network mobile apps, also includes 38 older long-form shows from the linear channel, including Betrayal, Brothers & Sisters, Felicity, My So-Called Life, School House Rock, Sports Night and Ugly Betty.

A redesigned user interface, meanwhile, is compatible with iOS devices and Apple TV.

The 5- to 7-minute shorts are offshoots of existing linear productions, and have the associated production-quality and talent level. Available today, for example, Boondoggle is produced by the same team that makes ABC's Modern Family and includes series star Ty Burrell playing a meta version of his celebrity self (think Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm.)

In addition to ABC Comedy Development, shorts are also being produced by ABC Daytime and ABC Digital Media.

ABC said the platform will be ad-supported.

The announcement comes one day after Fox revealed that it is streaming its prime-time lineup, albeit only to viewers who can authenticate a pay-TV subscription.

NBCUniversal is also using its existing production infrastructure to produce short-form video aimed at mobile users. However, Seeso is based on a $3.99-a-month subscription video on demand model.

CBS, meanwhile, is producing original series — notably a long-form reboot of Star Trek — for its SVOD site, CBS All Access.

All of this unauthenticated activity is coming as broadcast retransmission fees are projected to grow to $10.6 billion by 2020, according to SNL Kagan.

Sky (U.K) UHD launches August 13

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/14/sky-uhd-launches-august-13/

Sky has confirmed the launch of what it describes as the UK’s most comprehensive Ultra HD service on Sky Q Silver, available to customers from 13 August. Offering an unrivalled line up of Premier League football, exclusive blockbuster movies, natural history documentaries and gripping dramas, it says viewers will be brought to the heart of the action at home, in enhanced Ultra HD picture quality.

Customers will be able to immerse themselves in 124 live Premier League games this season, and over 70 movies, from the world premiere of Spectre in Ultra HD, to Oscar Winner The Revenant, and box office hit The Martian. There will also be a wide selection of natural history and documentaries, with breath-taking scenes from David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies, as well as five new dramas, including hotly anticipated The Young Pope starring Jude Law and Series 4 of The Blacklist.

Further sports, movies, documentaries and drama will follow.

“With Sky Q, we created the world’s best TV experience,” declared Luke Bradley-Jones, Director of TV & Content Products. “Now with the introduction of an unrivalled line-up of Ultra HD TV, the service is going to get even better, truly enhancing customers’ viewing experience. So whether you’re a football fan, movie buff, natural history enthusiast or drama junkie, customers looking for the next-generation of TV viewing will love it.”

Ultra HD is available to customers with a Sky Q Silver box and subscription at no extra cost.

From 13 August, customers will be able to watch the most comprehensive range of sports, movies, documentaries and dramas in the enhanced detail and clarity of Ultra HD, with highlights in the first year including:
•124 live Premier League games including the first game of the new season Hull City v Leicester City
•Every race from Formula 1 2017
•Over 70 movies with premieres including Spectre, The Revenant, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Concussion
•Over 30 Sky Store rental movies from Angry Birds to the entire Ghostbusters and Men In Black box sets
•The biggest ever library of movies from Minority Report to Forrest Gump, The Godfather, Jerry Maguire, Zoolander, The Da Vinci Code and Spider-Man trilogy
•Ultra HD movie themed collections including Blockbusters, Action, Drama and Oscar winners
•A wide selection of natural history and documentaries, from Sky’s David Attenborough catalogue, to Sky 1’s Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family and brand new Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family, as well as Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest.
•Five new dramas including The Young Pope, featuring Jude Law, and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, a joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal+, as well as new Series 4 of The Blacklist, and the box set Series 1-3.
•Plus other entertainment, including comedy series The Trip To Spain starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 and Blur in concert.

According to Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay and Media at CCS Insight, Sky will bring one of the most comprehensive 4K catalogue across all genres to the UK market, which firmly reinforces its market leadership. “In our opinion, this will kick start consumer appetite for 4K in the UK. Though BT was the first provider to launch 4K in the UK, it has failed to see any meaningful uptake to its BT TV service. Despite a huge investment in 4K, BT has failed to build upon its early mover advantage.

We believe that this will drive uptake to Sky’s latest and greatest pay TV service, Sky Q. Though the concept of fluid viewing has failed to resonate with consumers, premium content in 4K such as Premier League will drive awareness, appetite and enhance their viewing experience. As we’ve said repeatedly, Sky’s close relationship with content and rights owners still puts it in a far stronger position than its competitors. The announcement is well-timed with Monday’s announcement from EE making BT Sport available to selected mobile customers. But, more importantly, it comes when all providers will start to heavily promote their respective multi-play bundles ahead of the new Premier League football season. It’s going to be a very busy second half of the year with Sky’s entry into mobile, Vodafone’s debut in TV and Virgin Media’s new set-top box. Sky’s latest move throws down the gauntlet to others, so let battle commence.”

Strategy Analytics’ David Mercer (Principal Analyst – Digital Consumer Practice) estimates that 1.7 million UK homes, 6 per cent of the population, currently own an Ultra HD TV. “While audience numbers are likely to be low in the early days, since Sky Q has only recently launched, this is an important statement from the UK’s leading pay TV broadcaster that Ultra HD is here to stay and represents the future of television viewing. Sky has leapfrogged BT back into top spot with its Ultra HD launch, which is the most comprehensive Ultra HD service available in the UK, if not worldwide. BT will now be under pressure to expand its own Ultra HD offer,” he suggests.


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Rocket Lab unveils new satellite deal

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11673216

NZ rocket company Rocket Lab has unveiled a deal to send at least three satellites into space from its Mahia Peninsula base.

Earth imaging satellite company Planet and Rocket Lab have signed an agreement for the launches on its Electron launch vehicle.

The agreement will see Electron used to expand and replenish Planet's existing on-orbit fleet of Dove satellites. Planet will utilise the full capacity of Electron for each of the launches, which are scheduled to begin next year.

Rocket Lab is on track to launch test vehicles later this year from a facility it is building on the Mahia Peninsula, south of Gisborne.

The Auckland-based company aims to launch "affordable and frequent services" to carry small satellites into space.

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck said launch costs would be US$4.9 million -- much less than the cost of traditional rocket launches.

Beck said Planet shared his company's vision of seeing space infrastructure enhance how people understood Earth.

San Francisco-based Planet takes high-resolution pictures of Earth every day from its dozens of small satellites.

The startup has more than 100 customers - from agricultural giants like Bayer CropScience to humanitarian organisations - accessing its images and data through a software platform.

When a wildfire erupted in Alberta, Canada, and a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, Planet released high resolution imagery of the affected regions for free, available under an open usage license, Bloomberg reports.

Planet was founded in 2010 by a team of scientists who worked together at Nasa Ames, a major research center in Silicon Valley and was last year valued at about US$1.1 billion.

Planet joins Nasa, Spire and Moon Express as customers announced to fly on Rocket Lab's Electron launch vehicle.

The company has three Electron rockets on its production line at its base near Auckland Airport.

The company, founded in 2006, has investors including Khosla Ventures, K1W1, Bessemer Venture Partners and Lockheed Martin.

Sky Pacific to show live coverage of the Rio Olympics

From http://fijivillage.com/news/Sky-Pacific-to-show-live-coverage-of-the-Rio-Olympics--5ksr29/

Good news for those who cannot access Fiji One or FBC TV as there is confirmation today that Fiji One will also provide the live feed of the Rio Olympics to Sky Pacific.

People who do not get clear reception for any of the free to air TV channels in the country have been raising concern on whether there will be any coverage through the satellite Pay TV channel.

People contacted Fijivillage from parts of Vanua Levu, Kadavu, Pacific Harbour, Nasinu, Naitasiri, Tailevu, Ra and Ba.

CEO of Fijian Holdings Limited which is the majority shareholder of Fiji TV, Nouzab Fareed says that full Olympics coverage will be given to Sky Pacific by Fiji TV as that was part of the agreement when Sky Pacific was purchased by Digicel Fiji.

Digicel Fiji says it is still sorting out broadcast coverage details and will make further announcements soon.

Digicel Fiji CEO, Darren McLean will comment later on all these issues.

Thaicom intros 3G/4G satellite mobile backhaul with AIS

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-intros-3g4g-satellite-mobile-backhaul-with-ais--1153033

Thai satellite operator Thaicom has launched a mobile backhaul service for 3G/4G signal in remote areas during periods when network usage is high. Thaicom will use its C-band and IPSTAR systems to provide mobile backhaul for Thai mobile network operator AIS, to power full coverage throughout Thailand.

Thaicom’s mobile backhaul service was developed to support mobile networks using satellite signal on Thaicom’s C-band and IPSTAR systems to connect both fixed and mobile base stations on the ground, providing smartphone users with 3G/4G services and expanded coverage area.

Thaicom has provided this service to large mobile network operators abroad, including an operator in Japan and another one in India. For AIS, Thaicom has developed and installed a system of both fixed base stations and mobile trucks to send and receive signal. Aside from providing service under normal conditions, mobile backhaul can also aid in establishing communications during crisis or disaster situations when ground-based networks cannot be used.

Globecast provided multiple contribution services for UEFA Euro 2016

From http://www.screenafrica.com/page/news/satellite-and-signal-technology/1659221-Globecast-provided-multiple-contribution-services-for-UEFA-Euro-2016#.V4Tx7WdXqUk

Globecast, a global solutions provider for media, provided a range of contribution services for multiple broadcasters covering the UEFA Euro 2016 competition. Contested every four years, this year’s event – held in France - was the first time the tournament featured 24 teams from across Europe.

Globecast provided a combination of SNG and contribution satellite services for an Italian broadcaster, managing all contribution between the International Broadcast Center (IBC) at Porte de Versailles and its dedicated outdoor studio near Paris’ iconic Eiffel tower. All contributions to and from the IBC were also being managed for a French and South African broadcaster.

Globecast was also contracted to provide and operate a flyaway antenna on the rooftop of a Russian broadcaster’s outdoor studio and manage all contribution transmissions to Russia.

To support its activities during Euro 2016, Globecast provided French, British, Italian and South African engineers – deployed locally in Paris at the individual broadcasters’ studios and/or at IBC – to deliver dedicated support to each customer during the month long competition taking place from 10 June to 10 July 2016.

In addition, Globecast provided live standup positions in Paris/St Denis (with a view of the Stade de France) and Marseilles (with a view of the city and stadium), throughout the competition to serve a number of international TV networks from China, Ukraine, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Malaysia and France.

Michele Gosetti, director of the contribution and media services at Globecast said, “It is a testament to our contribution expertise – whether technical or logistical – that so many of our customers have chosen Globecast to support their coverage of Euro 2016. We have extensive experience of handling contribution from multiple locations at the world’s greatest sporting events and operating in often challenging conditions. Our customers know that we can tailor services to meet their specific needs and that our support engineers have the know-how and language skills to fit seamlessly into their operations.”

FOX launches live primetime streaming in beta

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/12/fox-launches-live-primetime-streaming-in-beta/

FOX has become first US broadcast network to live-stream primetime programming to all 210 television markets nationwide, reaching more than 98 per cent of pay-TV subscribers, representing 96 million homes.

From July 11, viewers can access to a simulcast of the network’s primetime entertainment programming via FOX.com and FOX NOW for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.

Live streaming debuted with the first live performance episode of the hit dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. Going forward, FOX will simulcast primetime entertainment programming every night, including Wayward Pines, broadcast’s No. 1 scripted series this summer; the hit cooking competition series Masterchef; Hotel Hell; Home Free; the FOX special Teen Choice 2016, airing Sunday, July 31; and all of FOX’s series in the upcoming 2016-17 season. Live sports programming on FOX will continue to be available for streaming via FOX Sports GO.

FOX’s new live-streaming capability will enable FOX affiliates dynamically to insert local-market advertising and display station branding.

“From the start of the on-demand and over-the-top viewing revolution, FOX has been at the forefront of providing greater access to our buzz-defining shows, like Empire, Lucifer, Scream Queens and Family Guy,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. “Adding nationwide primetime live streams is just another great example of how the FOX Digital Consumer Group, under Brian Sullivan’s leadership, is innovating to give viewers the convenience and flexibility to watch our programming whenever and wherever they want.”

Bloomberg, Twitter partner for live streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/13/bloomberg-twitter-partner-for-live-streaming/

Bloomberg Media – the consumer-facing media organisation of multi-platform media company Bloomberg – and Twitter are partnering to live stream select Bloomberg Television programmes, including Bloomberg West, What’d You Miss?, With All Due Respect and the network’s markets coverage. The live streaming partnership marks an expansion of Bloomberg’s digital video strategy, extending the network’s reach to Twitter’s massive, global and connected audience of over 800 million people.

“We continue to invest aggressively in innovative distribution models in order to deliver the most critical business and financial news and information to our audience of busy, on-the-go, global executives,” said Bloomberg Media CEO Justin B. Smith. “By partnering with Twitter, viewers from all over the world will now be able to leverage a powerful, real-time platform to consume and react to the news, accelerating our position as a leader in global business video, and offering new and innovative opportunities for our marketing partners.”

“Twitter is one of the fastest ways to find out what’s happening in global business and financial markets, and to engage in the live commentary about it,” said Anthony Noto, Twitter’s chief financial officer. “Partnering with Bloomberg will give people on Twitter the best way to see live financial markets performance combined with the live commentary on the underlying drivers and implications.”

According to Gareth Capon, CEO of Grabyo, the official live streaming partner of Facebook, the partnership demonstrates the increasing role that social platforms are playing in video – and why this is an increasing threat to TV. “Today’s news breaks first on Twitter; before mainstream media and broadcast television. Increasingly, news outlets are using Twitter to break stories before other distribution channels, looking to own a story and drive traffic back to their owned and operated properties.”

“This partnership marks a shift in this strategy as Twitter users will no longer have to leave Twitter to get live video (TV) updates from Bloomberg. Moreover, the combination of live streaming and tweets means users can also follow the conversation on Twitter whilst watching the live show – combining a ‘second screen’ experience into a single platform. An added benefit is the promise of global distribution to Twitter’s 800 million plus total audience and the potential for significant new reach and audience for Bloomberg, which means additional TV advertising dollars.”

“The NFL deal was the highest profile live streaming deal for Twitter, but it’s clear this strategy will be extended to other content verticals where live conversations matter – such as news. Expect other social platforms including Facebook and YouTube to follow suit and look for exclusive distribution deals for their own live content. The rapid growth of social live streaming means there has never been a better time to be a content owner, now the challenge is to ensure linear TV ad dollars are not replaced by social live streaming pennies,” he suggested.

Resurrected radio dish could guide GPS on the moon

From https://www.newscientist.com/article/2096748-resurrected-radio-dish-could-guide-gps-on-the-moon/

Arthur is coming out of retirement. The 26-metre satellite dish that famously brought Britain its first crackly, black-and-white satellite TV pictures from the US in 1962 could one day find a new role as part of a control hub for a lunar GPS.

That’s the ultimate goal of a new initiative announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK this week. Goonhilly Earth Station (GES), which runs 30 satellite dishes strewn across the clifftops of Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula, and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), a satellite maker based in Guildford, UK, have hatched a plan to send a blizzard of remote-sensing CubeSats to orbit the moon by 2020.

Tiny and cheap, CubeSats have democratised space science by making it affordable – even to student teams. But until now, they have been limited to missions in Earth orbit. That’s because their diminutive size means they can only have small antennas with which to receive control signals and send data.

But enormous, high power TV uplink dishes like Arthur could communicate with CubeSats at far greater distances from Earth – such as in lunar orbit. NASA’s earth-girding array of massive dishes, the Deep Space Network, offers similar communication range to spacecraft like Mars probes.

To that end, GES and SSTL want to launch an orbiter called Lunar Pathfinder on an Indian rocket. The craft will deliver 7 CubeSats weighing around 12 kilograms each into lunar orbit. They plan to charge customers £1 million per kilogram.

SSTL and GES are seeking customers for their idea and will make the final decision in February. But they already have four companies willing to fly lunar CubeSats with them, says Matthew Cosby, chief scientist at GES. “Prospecting for lunar mining is one promising application,” he says.

Close shave

The partners hope to launch a CubeSat-laden Lunar Pathfinder every two years. When there are enough of them in orbit, the orbiters could work together to provide a GPS-like navigation system for future lunar colonists, says GES CEO Ian Jones.

If these ambitious plans come to pass, it will have been a close shave for Goonhilly. The site was supposed to have been closed down by BT (British Telecommunications), its former owner, and turned into a wind farm.

But Jones – a former BT research engineer – saw the site’s potential. So he and colleagues raised venture capital to buy the site from BT in 2014.

“We’ve now renovated the dishes and got all the antennas back up and running again,” he says. “It wasn’t easy – some had trees growing through them.”


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Intelsat 20 68.5E 3788 V "J Movie" is encrypted again.
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One small step for Mahia, one giant leap for NZ

From http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11671758

Sheep, hills, remoteness and rockets. New Zealand is about to blast off from distant Mahia and into the world's $350 billion space economy, reports Jamie Morton.

Stand in the main street of Mahia on a mid-winter morning and you'll hear little else but tui singing from the pohutukawa that line its shore, or the cattle trucks that occasionally rattle through.

It's a classic picture of East Coast isolation: white cliffs, empty beaches, sheep-rutted headlands and faded weatherboard holiday homes.

Getting here takes a two-hour trip from Napier, northward up a winding State Highway 2, then a right turn through run-down Nuhaka and out on to a hilly peninsula.

Mahia itself, population 849, is just the way the locals like it: no gumboots or gang patches are allowed in the Sunset Point Tavern, and the head of a 200kg marlin proudly hangs above the dairy across the road.

Beyond it is another hour's drive to the tip of the peninsula; yet more hills, more sheep, more silence.

For city dwellers, it's nowhere, but to an inventor named Peter Beck, it's the most beautiful launch site on Earth.

In just a few months, one of the sleekest space rockets the world has ever seen will blast off from a grassy, windswept field overlooking the Pacific.

It seems like a strange a spot for New Zealand's Cape Canaveral, but then nothing about Beck's burgeoning business Rocket Lab, or the engineer-cum-entrepreneur himself, ever seemed predictable.

As a boy, one of the first things Beck built was a bike made from aluminium; as a teenager, he overhauled a rusty, dented $300 Mini and fitted it with a turbo-charger.

By the time he was hammering his way through an apprenticeship at Fisher and Paykel, he'd created a rocket bike, a rocket scooter and a jetpack that powered a pair of roller blades.

There was another formative stint at the former Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, but it was the month he spent travelling around the US that seemed to confirm his destiny; he would help change the way we reached space.

When he first started peddling the idea of rockets firing off from tiny New Zealand, a country not particularly renowned for its space capability, many thought him fanciful, or just crazy.

They now know differently.

Just two years after its inception in 2007, Rocket Lab became the first private company in the Southern Hemisphere to reach space, having shot a prototype from Great Mercury Island, owned by one of Beck's staunchest supporters, Sir Michael Fay.

When the lightweight Atea1 rocket powered through the sky at Mach 5 speed until it reached suborbital heights, probably as high as 150km above Earth, the legend had begun.

"It was a huge defining moment, life-changing really," as Beck earlier put it.

"There are other companies doing this stuff that are all glossy with videos and all the rest of it, but we're not like that. We do it, then talk about it, and now we had the credibility to talk." The world sat up, took notice, and climbed aboard for the ride.

Rocket Lab now boasts among its major investors aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, while Nasa and satellite-powered data company Spire have signed up to use the cutting-edge technology that now underpins it, Electron.

It meets the simple business case that small payloads need dedicated small launch vehicles, along with the kind of flexibility not offered by traditional rocket systems.

Beck's rockets have the potential to send fridge-sized satellites into space but cost just $8.4 million to build. Conventional rockets can cost more than $200m to construct.

The big difference is his rocket's nimble size, about a third that of other rockets at just 16m, and its wonderfully ingenious design.

Instead of clunky gas generators, it draws on small high-performance electric motors and lithium polymer batteries, mustering an impressive 4600lb (21,000kg) of thrust.

Its Rutherford engine, successfully tested in Auckland this year, is notably the first in a space vehicle to use 3D printed parts for all its primary components.

Nine of these power the Electron's first stage of launch, before a vacuum variant of the same engine takes over for the second stage. Remarkably, it could lift a 150kg payload to a 500km orbit with less fuel than a Boeing 737 would use to fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

For a spot on Electron, Rocket Lab would charge just between $70,000 and $130,000 for a single satellite of the smallest size.

Last August, the company unveiled its online booking system for carrying "nanosatellites", or CubeSats, into space.

Customers will be able to select a date, destination, and position on the rocket for a CubeSat, which can be as small as a 100mm by 100mm cube, and weigh less than 2kg.

"Space is one of the largest emerging industries at the moment, and it's also at that pivotal point of turning from a government-dominated domain to a commercially-dominated domain," Beck tells the Herald on Sunday.

"It's much like the airways 100 years ago: there were a few elites and that was it.

"What we are witnessing now is the democratisation of space, and it's really exciting."

Having built his rocket, the obvious question for Beck was where to send it from. He searched the planet for a launch range that would suit his requirements, and was amused to find the answer was his own country.

New Zealand had a government more than willing to back him and the unique geographical advantage of being able to access an unusually wide range of orbits. But many things still had to fall into place. "If you are launching a rocket, you do so under an FAA [US Federal Aviation Administration] launch licence, which is an incredibly intensive safety programme.

"So you can't just pick a spot and launch. Really, we needed a remote island in the middle of the Pacific ... and it just so happens that New Zealand is a remote island in the middle of the Pacific."

It was a "bit surreal", George Mackey still reckons, when Sir Michael Fay came forward with an out-of-the-blue proposal about space rockets and the Mahia station he helps run.

Fay had bought a farm in the area a few years earlier and had suggested Mahia for Rocket Lab's shortlist.

Mackey and his father Ben, chairman of Onenui Station's owners Tawapata South Maori Incorporation, were then invited to lunch in Napier.

"We walked away from that meeting thinking, jeepers, what's just happened here?"

With 1800 shareholders, Onenui is one of the East Coast's last Maori-owned stations, and has long been a traditional sheep and beef operation.

"I guess when you're farming, you're market-driven and always looking for ways to diversify ... but never with something like this."

When told that another site was being explored - a farm at Lake Ellesmere, south of Christchurch - the opportunity seemed lost. But Mahia won out when consenting challenges put Canterbury out of the running.

Wairoa District Council made a point of showing Beck and his people they wouldn't hit the same snag in Mahia, clearing the consent in only seven days.

"I guess the most important thing we did," says Wairoa mayor Craig Little, "was to be upfront and honest with Rocket Lab and [we] formed a good relationship from the start".

That good faith has been reciprocated. The Mahia community, has been kept up to date with meetings and regular briefings.

Rocket Lab winning local backing of the project is an outstanding feat on its own, given how much Mahia people relish their privacy and isolation, and typically shun the swarms of holidaymakers who arrive every summer.

"Most of our people have been very receptive of Rocket Lab, because they've been very careful to come in and tell us their vision and that there would be no harm to the environment," says local Pauline Tangiora.

She says the concept has gone down particularly well with the kids at Te Mahia School, who were testing rockets they had made out of Coke bottles when the Herald on Sunday visited.

"It's created that context and triggered that curiosity that all kids have," principal Aan Hoek says.

"It's made them engaged, and wondering, and wanting to learn."

The peninsula's iwi is Ngati Rongomaiwahine, descended from the Takitimu and Kurahaupo waka. Mackey doesn't think it too much of a stretch to find some cultural relevance to Beck's rockets. "We've always considered ourselves a celestial people - we navigated our way from Hawaiki by the stars - so there is a potential to share a romantic view of reconnecting with what was done in the past, albeit with modern technology."

Though the plan did spark fears at first, these have largely been allayed by Rocket Lab, which has also brought big benefits to the district.

The company has upgraded 30km of road, built another 4km of new road to access the launch site at Onenui Station, and introduced high-speed internet to a place where there previously was none.

Local contractors have been hired for much of the infrastructure development - a request by the community Beck was more than happy to grant. "The support we've had for the project is phenomenal."

"The one thing that's over there is a lot of pride, and everybody there has worked hard on this and wants to do a really nice job."

There are also real hopes that fascination will fuel another boost for the region: "rocket tourism". According to economic analysis by Australian research group Sapere, each launch will bring 140 visitor nights for the Wairoa district, and tourism in the wider Gisborne region will grow by up to 8 per cent each year.

Tourism Eastland's chief executive, Stuart Perry, doesn't expect this to change the coast's famously laid-back character. "I suspect lying back on a beach with the family having fun and watching a rocket soar into space is a reflection of the unique place the region really is."

Seven months on from the start of construction, the site's concrete pad, launch tower and hangar have taken shape and are nearly ready for commissioning work.

After an initial test launch at some point later this year - it's still unclear exactly when - the company plans to launch rockets every month.

"We've been lucky to have flown in some very senior people from all around the world, and when we're blasting down the coast in a helicopter, their jaws are just sitting on the floor," Beck says.

"I've been to a lot of launch sites around the world, and I can put my hand on my heart and squarely say that it's the most beautiful one in the entire world."

The Government has helped clear regulatory hurdles with a three-in-one regime. This combined a new bill before Parliament, a formal agreement between New Zealand and the US, and signing up to a UN space convention.

In another odd first, New Zealand now also intends to join the UN's

Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Beck says Rocket Lab, the only launch company in the entire world that enjoys its own private launch range, is now the envy of the space industry.

There are clear reasons why the Government has helped with the groundwork: a new rocket-launch industry carries the potential to pump up to $1.1 billion into the national economy over the next 20 years.

Added to that is between $30m and $110m in "catalyst effects", and between $160m and $340m as a -result of Kiwi industries having easier access to satellite technologies.

Aside from the big cash spin-offs, Beck wants his country to have more expertise in a $350b space industry, and is supporting a new PhD programme at the University of Canterbury.

"New Zealand has some very talented engineers, and in terms of space infrastructure, it doesn't really matter where you are, so it plays right into our hands here," he says. "We've always been at the frontier of niche industries, where we don't do mass-manufacturing and we don't do the stupid stuff. We do the really tricky, complicated, high-value stuff."

It's a point Kiwi scientist Sir Paul Callaghan made shortly before his death.

"We get pretty good at the weird stuff," Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

"And while it's slightly weird to be thinking of New Zealand as a space rocket-launching country, these guys are consistent with a long line of Kiwi inventors who just said, we've got to be able to do it cheaper and this how we might do it."

It is entirely possible that New Zealand could carve a boutique spot out of the space economy, just as it has done in winemaking.

Besides Rocket Lab, and a bold bid by Alexandra-based Bodeker Scientific to create a Centre for Space Science Technology, the country holds only a sprinkling of true ties to the space sector.

These include Auckland-based company Rakon, whose technology was partly behind the probe Rosetta's historic comet landing in 2014, and a group of Auckland scientists helping track the world's first private space flights, led by billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX.

AUT's pro vice-chancellor of research and innovation, Professor John Raine, sees no reason why Kiwis can't play a larger part, as long as we are realistic about what we can contribute. "I would say one needs to look very seriously at these opportunities, and if we find a way into them, we go for them."

For Beck, letting go of the dream he's finally realising at Mahia for a fat cheque from a big player isn't an option.

"This has been a 10-year crusade for me, my life, and the better part of my professional career, so I'm not looking at going out to pasture any time soon.

"This, really, is the beginning of Rocket Lab. There's a lot more that I need to achieve."

Boost to remote, rural communications services from Optus, Ursys alliance

From http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/73761-boost-to-remote,-rural-communications-services-from-optus,-ursys-alliance.html

Voice and data communications services in remote and rural areas of Australia will get a boost from a new partnership between Optus Satellite and communications provider Ursys.

The alliance will see URSYS utilise dedicated satellite capacity on Optus’ D2 satellite — as well as providing access to third-party international satellite providers — and Optus’ teleport facilities at Belrose, north of Sydney and the wider Optus infrastructure.

According to Optus Satellite vice-president, Paul Sheridan, the partnership is significant as it “focuses on joint go-to-market opportunities within the targeted LTE, SCADA and unique network industries”.

“This exciting new relationship builds on the deep experience of both Ursys and Optus. Sheridan says the partnership will market demands for a “complete solution, particularly where more than just a simple broadband connection is required”.

Ursys chief executive Grahame Cover says the company has designed, built and managed several nationally significant networks including NT Connect for the Local Government Association of Northern Territory communities, South Pacific Tsunami Warning Network for the Bureau of Meteorology, a national satellite-based Scada network for APA Group and a complete commercial grade Vsat services solution for Cygnus Satellite.

Cover says Ursys and Optus Satellite have proven long-term commitments to remote and rural Australia, and the partnership “combines our expertise to re-define services and offer bespoke solutions to remote business customers with specific network requirements”.

SIIS started KOMPSAT-3A commercial services

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SIIS_started_KOMPSAT_3A_commercial_services_999.html

SI Imaging Services (SIIS) started commercial services of KOMPSAT-3A imagery with the world's second highest resolution satellite from July, 5th. KOMPSAT-3A is part of the Korean Multipurpose Satellite Program developed and operated by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) for earth observation purpose.

The earth observation satellite offers clear imagery with a resolution less than 0.5 meter. KOMPSAT-3A, also known as Arirang-3A, was launched into orbit in March last year. After more than a year of successful test operation, SIIS began the commercial services on 5th of July. It would make South Korea the world's second country to enter the less-than-0.5-meter-resolution satellite imagery market after the United States.

KOMPSAT-3A is the sister of KOMPSAT-3, using the same satellite bus and payload. Its local access time is very unique in the afternoon, 13:30, which is the same with KOMPSAT-3. However, since KOMPSAT-3A was put into lower orbit than KOMPSAT-3, it delivers clearer and sharper view.

The same imaging time and similar payload with KOMPSAT-3 will amplify its capacity and help to even out the difference of the color. With KOMPSAT-3A imagery available today with 0.5 meter resolution imagery of KOMPSAT-3 at customer's service, decision makers have new and more options to consider for their needs.

SI Imaging Services (SIIS) is a leading satellite imagery provider for Remote Sensing and Earth Observation. SIIS is the exclusive worldwide marketing and sales representative of KOMPSAT constellation including KOMPSAT-2, KOMPSAT-3, KOMPSAT-3A, and KOMPSAT-5. It is a unique combination of VHR optical and SAR data with variable local access time from the morning to the afternoon (06:00, 10:50, 13:30, 18:00). SIIS provides the satellite imagery worldwide through over 80 sales partners.

Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) is the Korean institute dedicated to aerospace research and is in charge of Korean space program. KARI has developed, and operated its optical remote sensing satellites such as KOMPSAT-1, KOMPSAT-2, KOMPSAT-3, KOMPSAT-3A, and the first Korean SAR the satellite, KOMPSAT-5.

MUOS-5 failed to reach designated orbit

From http://www.military-technologies.net/2016/07/10/muos-5-failed-to-reach-designated-orbit-3/

Last from series of five next generation communication Satellites for U.S. Navy, MUOS-5, failed to reach its designated orbit. Its present position is far for about 20000 km from place where it should start its operational life.

MUOS-5 was Launched on June 24, 2016 on atop of Atlas V (551 configuration) Rocket from Cape Canaveral SLC-41. It was last satellite from MOUS series and its main application was to remain as backup spacecraft over Indian Ocean and replace in CASe of problems one from previous four satellites. Now it seems that backup satellite will need replacement.

MUOS-5 was delivered by Atlas V to transfer orbit with apogee at 35750 km, perigee at 3827 km and inclination of 19.1°. Using its propulsion, satellite should move to GEO orbit. Apogee Kick Motor, Japanese IHI BT-4 bi-fueled (N2H4/MON-3) engine with 450 N of thrust seemed to operate correctly and satellite was gradually approaching to GEO orbit during following days. On July 3, 2016, satellite should already reached position over Pacific; on GEO circular orbit with altitude on 35398 km. Unfortunately MUOS-5 on July 3 was not in designated position. Satellite spotters lost MUOS-5 on July 5 and first gossips about problems with worth $340 million satellite started to appear. U.S. Navy press office announced in statement on July 8, 2016, that MUOS-5 failed to reach GEO orbit planned for testing and remains on medium orbit. MUOS-5 is on orbit with inclination at 9.8° with apogee at 35703 km and perigee at 15242 km. No further detaILS were announced, but according to U.S. Navy, specialists are still working to resume transfer maneuver (surely along with engineers from Lockheed Martin, which was manufacturer of the MUOS-5). Observation of the satellite confirmed that it is probably in controlled spin flight (it generates flashes with regular intervals); it confirms partially that attitude control system (based on reaction wheels and 18 thrusters) is working correctly and it is still possible to continue its journey.

FilmOn, Oi2 partner for Latin content streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/08/filmon-oi2-partner-for-latin-content-streaming/

FilmOn TV Networks and Oi2 Media Corp are partnering to add hundreds of Spanish language channels and stations to filmon.com, including top brands in news, sports and music. The move expands the access for both companies into the US Hispanic population of over 51 million people, with $1 trillion in buying power. FilmOn TV is part of FOTV Media Networks.

Oi2 boasts a base of over 1,700 radio broadcast affiliated stations and over 2,000 digital online web stations. It includes top brands such as CNN en Español Radio, Fox Deportes Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio and the AP en Español Radio and key partnerships with NBC-Telemundo to name a few.

Music channels include exa-FM, La Mejor, Alma, Azucar Hits and Synderes. Oi2 currently has a territorial footprint in over 26 countries. The first 50 streams of audio stations will soon launch on filmon.com along with the TV version of the positive hits music channel, Alma. Another 100 radio streams and 25 TV streams will begin distribution via filmon.com over the next 90 days.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer our users Oi2’s amazing content,” said Alki David, CEO of FOTV. “We are committed to becoming to go to streaming service for Spanish speaking audiences all over the world. With Oi2, we will serve—and expand—the fastest growing audience sector online.”

FOTV Media Networks includes FilmOn TV, CinemaNow, OVGuide and Hologram FOTV Productions. FilmOn TV reaches an audience of 70 million unique monthly users with over 800 channels of streaming TV content and over 45,000 VoD titles. CinemaNow offers first tier Hollywood TV and Movie content and OVGuide helps access virtually every video online.

“FilmOn under the leadership of Alki David has built a phenomenal platform reaching global audiences everywhere,” said Anthony Michael Hernandez, Oi2 Media Corp’s CEO. “Oi2’s mission is to be ever-present on all platforms with our marquee content, talent, and brands. FilmOn lends itself to allow us to further expand aggressively into the digital IPTV and OTT marketplace. Serving Latinos is our core business. We are pleased to announce this wonderful partnership and expansion.” By Colin Mann

FilmOn TV Networks and Oi2 Media Corp are partnering to add hundreds of Spanish language channels and stations to filmon.com, including top brands in news, sports and music. The move expands the access for both companies into the US Hispanic population of over 51 million people, with $1 trillion in buying power. FilmOn TV is part of FOTV Media Networks.

Oi2 boasts a base of over 1,700 radio broadcast affiliated stations and over 2,000 digital online web stations. It includes top brands such as CNN en Español Radio, Fox Deportes Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio and the AP en Español Radio and key partnerships with NBC-Telemundo to name a few.

Music channels include exa-FM, La Mejor, Alma, Azucar Hits and Synderes. Oi2 currently has a territorial footprint in over 26 countries. The first 50 streams of audio stations will soon launch on filmon.com along with the TV version of the positive hits music channel, Alma. Another 100 radio streams and 25 TV streams will begin distribution via filmon.com over the next 90 days.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer our users Oi2’s amazing content,” said Alki David, CEO of FOTV. “We are committed to becoming to go to streaming service for Spanish speaking audiences all over the world. With Oi2, we will serve—and expand—the fastest growing audience sector online.”

FOTV Media Networks includes FilmOn TV, CinemaNow, OVGuide and Hologram FOTV Productions. FilmOn TV reaches an audience of 70 million unique monthly users with over 800 channels of streaming TV content and over 45,000 VoD titles. CinemaNow offers first tier Hollywood TV and Movie content and OVGuide helps access virtually every video online.

“FilmOn under the leadership of Alki David has built a phenomenal platform reaching global audiences everywhere,” said Anthony Michael Hernandez, Oi2 Media Corp’s CEO. “Oi2’s mission is to be ever-present on all platforms with our marquee content, talent, and brands. FilmOn lends itself to allow us to further expand aggressively into the digital IPTV and OTT marketplace. Serving Latinos is our core business. We are pleased to announce this wonderful partnership and expansion.”

Deferred GSAT-18 awaits October launch at Kourou

From http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/deferred-gsat18-awaits-october-launch-at-kourou/article8829906.ece

GSAT-18, the country’s upcoming communication satellite, has to wait until October in Kourou in French Guiana for launch after its Japanese co-passenger was found damaged days ahead of the launch planned this month.

The 3.4-tonne satellite would have flown into its orbit on July 12 on a European Ariane 5 rocket along with the Japanese spacecraft.

The launch company, Arianespace, deferred the scheduled double-launch after Japan’s Superbird-8 spacecraft reportedly sustained damage.

Arianespace, which ISRO has contracted to put GSAT-18 into space, now has to find a suitable riding mate for the Indian spacecraft from among its other customers.

A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman of the ISRO and Secretary of the Department of Space, said: “Originally, the GSAT-18 was scheduled to be launched on July 12. The launch date is now changed because of the co-passenger developing an issue. We will now have the launch more or less in the first week of October.”

Next GSAT-17

The three-month gap would not affect the available national satellite capacity. The next one, GSAT-17, also by Arianespace, is getting ready for blast-off in the first quarter of 2017, Mr. Kumar told The Hindu .

ISRO is developing its own four-tonne launcher, GSLV-Mk3 or LVM-3, to launch communications satellites like GSAT-18.

Health monitoring

Meanwhile, GSAT-18 remains at the Guiana Space Centre while most of the satellite’s engineering support team that accompanied it from Bengaluru has returned. A small team has stayed back to monitor the health of the spacecraft.

Post-launch, GSAT-18 will be positioned at 74 degrees East longitude, where the older INSAT 4CR (launched in 2007) and INSAT-3C (of 2002) are functioning.

According to ISRO officials, it is not uncommon for launch agencies, including ISRO that launches smaller commercial satellites on its PSLV rocket, to reschedule flights when they are putting more than one spacecraft on a single rocket. All satellites flying together must be compatible in many ways beyond size and shape.

Arianespace now has to find a suitable riding mate for the Indian spacecraft from its customers


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Saturday, no update


Sky's Low cost Igloo service closing down. As a deal to users they are offering a cheap shift to Skys satellite service. Which is a good move by Sky to try and add xxxxx satellite subs on paper. Remember in their last financials they were expecting a loss of up to 45000 satellite subscribers, this will offset that. I hope they have to hand back their UHF broadcast frequencys, (Channel 31 and 30 in most places).

"Unfortunately it’s time to say goodbye to IGLOO. Next year we will end our transmissions, so this means that from March 2017 you’ll no longer be able to purchase IGLOO Channel Packs, watch Front Row events or IGLOO On Demand. Your IGLOO box will still be able to receive Freeview channels but without any tech support or the on-screen TV guide. Our friends at SKY have an amazing offer for IGLOO customers* and you can find out more about it at www.sky.co.nz/igloo-offer (*terms and conditions apply"


From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D1 160.0E 12644 H "Four +1 and The Edge TV" have left .

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 4120 V ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, Da Ai TV, No. 1, Tien Liang TV, Taiwan Yam TV, Hwazan Satellite TV, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, Dream No. 1, SJTV, SET Taiwan, SET News and Life TV have left .
JCSAT 3A 128.0E 4160 V GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Taiwan Macroview TV, Azio TV, CSTV Finance, Unique Business News, Express Finance Satellite TV, TACT, TTV World, JET TV, Winner, K-Asia, UCTV, SBN and Taiwan Comprehensive Channel have left .

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3800 H "Dragon TV, Sichuan TV 1 and Docu China" have started on , Irdeto.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4033 V "Docu China" has left .

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3769 H "Dragon TV" has left.
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Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "FDI Channel" is now encrypted.

SES 9 108.2E 12591 H "Solar Sports and Jack TV have started on , Conax. Zee TV Asia Pacific and Ten 3 International" have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "NB TV, Thai Chaiyo, @TV, Yateem TV, Umm TV and TV Shopping" are now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3850 V "Colors Marathi, Colors Bangla and Colors Kannada" have started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4102 V "Quran TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4130 V "Jaya Plus and Jaya TV" are now encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "4TV, Shagun TV, 4 Real News and Naaptol BD" have started on ,Fta. RVS News, Velicham TV and Best Deal TV have left.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV9 HD、VTV HD(Ddish TV)高清频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [7月8日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,GMM、One(IPM)等12个频道新增,设置11009 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,True4U、NBT(IPM)等14个频道新增,设置11679 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Surat(IPM)频道重现,设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Film Plus(高清)频道新增,设置11679 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,电影台、i Movie(泰国)等频道加密,设置12272 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,电影台、I Movie(泰国)等频道加密,设置3505 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,India News HD(高清)频道解密,设置3689 H 15000参数免费接收。 [7月7日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,J Movie(印度)频道加密,设置3788 V 4400参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,India News HD(高清)频道加密,设置3689 H 15000参数有条件接收。 [7月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Like TV(蒙古)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [7月6日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Test 1、Test 6(HEVC)等6个频道加密,设置11294 H 44900参数有条件接收。 [7月6日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautical channel(高清)频道重现,设置11593 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD India替换DD Sports(印度)频道,设置11735 H 44000参数免费接收。 [7月6日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Thairath HD(高清)频道加密,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月6日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Colombo TV(斯里兰卡)频道新增,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月6日]


Sky TV closing down igloo, its low-cost pay TV service that lost millions

From http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/sky-tv-closing-down-igloo-low-cost-pay-tv-service-lost-millions-ck-191404

Sky TV is closing igloo, formed in 2011 as a joint venture with TVNZ to provide low-cost pay TV.

Igloo's 13 premium channels and pay-per-view, on-demand movies will cease to available from March 31 next year as Sky cleans house ahead of its merger with Vodafone and a transmission contract expires.

Subscribers will be offered Sky Basic at $19.95 a month (the same rate as igloo) until July.

TVNZ invested $12.25 million for a 49% share in Igloo in 2012 but reduced its shareholding size to 34% in 2013 before completely exiting the business in June 2014 by selling its remaining shares to Sky for $1.

The state broadcaster took a $3.2 million charge on asset impairments and a $6.3 million charge in 2014.

Sky surveyed igloo users on the possibility of a Super Rugby pass and more online entertainment content but ultimately launched new services Fanpass to attack those markets and igloo languished as a footnote.

Subscriber numbers were never broken out but Sky did acknowledge they never came close to its first-year target of 30,000. The lack of recording capability was one drawback.So was a relative paucity of ondemand content (factors that caused NBR to predict igloo's failure even before it launched).

Sky could upsell frustrated igloo users to MySky. But for TVNZ, it meant the service was a dead-end.

Igloo's closure will free up a modest amount of spectrum. Sky TV corporate comms director Kirsty Way says Sky has yet to decide whether to use the spectrum for itself or try to find a buyer.

Wrestling back on pay TV

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=361349

FIJIAN wrestling fans can now watch Raw® and SmackDown® on Sky Pacific.

Digicel (Fiji) Ltd yesterday announced that from today, Sky Pacific subscribers in Fiji, will be able to watch WWE's flagship programs — Raw and SmackDown —on TVWAN Action for the first time.

Raw will air weekly, on Thursday afternoons, while SmackDown will air weekly around midday on Sundays.

This will also be shown to subscribers in the region. Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Darren McLean said the programs promised to bring hours of excitement to local viewers each week.

"Sky Pacific is the new home of WWE in the Pacific and local fans will be thrilled to watch WWE superstars such as world heavyweight champions Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Sasha Banks," he said.

MX1 Reveals New Company Brand as a World-Leading Media Services Company

From http://www.mx1.com/assets/uploads/MX1_release-FINAL.pdf

The first media globalizer, created by the merger of SES Platform Services and RR
Media, will present its full range of services at IBC2016

Munich, Germany, and Airport City, Israel, 6 July 2016 – Following the leading
satellite operator SES’s (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG)
successful completion of the acquisition of RR Media and the latter’s merger with SES
Platform Services, MX1 is the name of the new merged global media services company.
MX1 leverages the capabilities and infrastructure of both companies to offer a full suite
of innovative digital video and media services. The world’s first media globalizer, MX1
works with leading media businesses to transform content into the ultimate viewer
experience for a global audience, amplifying the value of the world’s media content.
Bringing it all together for the first time, MX1 aims to be the new number 1 in Media
eXperience. The company provides highly optimised content management and
distribution services for premium content, utilising the combined global networks of the
merged companies, as well as their cloud technologies, to maximise audience reach
over multiple screens and increase monetisation opportunities for customers. These
services include a comprehensive range of high-quality video and media solutions
delivered over satellite, fibre and the internet.
MX1 offers full continuity and enhanced services to all of SES PS’s and RR Media’s
existing customers and partners. Together, MX1 distributes more than 1,000 TV
channels, manages the playout of 440 channels and delivers syndicated content to more
than 120 leading subscription VOD platforms. The new company has 16 offices
worldwide and operates six global state-of-the-art media centres, enabling customers to
reach billions of people around the world.
Avi Cohen, former CEO of RR Media and newly-named CEO of MX1, said, “This is an
exciting day for us as we introduce a new company to the industry and our new brand
name and logo. MX1 enables new richer viewers’ experiences, the widest audience
reach, and new business models for broadcasters, rights holders, sports organisations
and distributors. We deliver these experiences like no one else, with unrivalled expertise,
an unmatched range of capabilities, proven flexibility, and an enhanced global presence.
This merger allows us to scale-up on a global basis and become the world’s leading
media services provider, delivering next-generation digital video and media solutions to
our worldwide customers. Closer to them, wherever they are, we enable them to
optimise their media and deliver it to global audiences like never before.”

“MX1 brings a new kind of business to the market, serving global customers as a
complete end-to-end media experience provider. We look forward to presenting our new
complete global offering and the management team at IBC Amsterdam in September,”
continued Cohen.
MX1 will present its full range of services at IBC2016 at the RAI Amsterdam, 9-13
September (Stand no. 1.B24).

About MX1

MX1, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock
Exchange: SESG), is a global leading media services provider. The world’s first media
globalizer works with leading media businesses to transform content into the ultimate
viewer experience for a global audience. With more entertainment, more innovation and
more impact, MX1 offers a full range of content management, delivery and value-added
digital media services. Together, MX1 distributes more than 1,000 TV
channels, manages the playout of 440 channels and delivers syndicated content to more
than 120 leading subscription VOD platforms. The new company has 16 offices
worldwide and operates six global state-of-the-art media centres, enabling customers to
reach billions of people around the world. To find out more, visit www.mx1.com and
follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Corporate Contact:
Elad Manishviz
Tel: +972 3 928 0808
Media Contacts:
Marilyn Gerber, Cutler PR (US)
Tel: +1 917 225 2977
Lindsey Lee, Cutler PR (UK)
Tel: +44 (0) 7766 447897

Media Management Business Rising in Importance for Globecast

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2016/07/06/media-management-business-rising-importance-globecast/

[Via Satellite 07-06-2016] Globecast, a major broadcast and media company, is making media management a much larger portion of its business and anticipates that satellite, while still important, will have shorter capacity contracts in the future. Though satellite remains the company’s primary business, Jonathan Morley, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Globecast, told Via Satellite that media management is where he anticipates more substantial growth.

“What we are moving toward is having clients be able to give us files of their content once, and then we can prepare that in a number of different iterations for Video-on-Demand (VOD), Over-the-Top (OTT), etc., tailored to markets around the world all in one process. That’s as opposed to them having to give us content for linear and then having to go somewhere else for VOD or OTT. We are trying to capitalize on doing everything in a one-stop-shop situation,” said Morley.
Globecast today has media centers in Singapore, London and Los Angeles, handling media management, playout, and other services for broadcasters using satellite or terrestrial distribution. The company started doing linear playout around 2007 with small channels in Europe and has grown this part of its business from there. What began as developing in-house solutions based on specific customer needs eventually accumulated into a lucrative skillset for the company. Morley described media management as a constantly evolving field with significant potential for more growth.

“The market becomes more sophisticated with clients asking for advertising metrics associated with their channels. We are partnering with other companies to see if they can provide that information for us to give back to them. One thing leads to another,” he said.

This move toward partnerships, in turn, means creating a company landscape that is adaptable to different customer needs. For example, Morley said customers can often get better market analytics with OTT and VOD than they can necessarily with satellite. Furthermore, it can be difficult to “rewrap” linear content with different metadata for VOD and other markets.

“It doesn’t mean we are turning our back on satellite,” explained Morley. “It is still important for us, and it’s anyone’s guess how much longevity satellite has. I am relatively optimistic. I still think it’s a good way to deliver a large amount of channels, especially to those that are remote. It still costs about $400 more to get to a house, say in a rural area, than it does by satellite because you have to install cable or fiber to that location. For now, it’s still cheaper to address those parts of the market via satellite.”

An example of this is Globecast’s recent contract win with French broadcasting group France Televisions. The contract allows for the transmission of cycling events including the Tour de France using satellite and cellular service. However, Globecast’s need for satellite is changing, and Morley said contracts of shorter duration than the typical 10 to 15 year leases operators commonly push would be preferred going forward.
“I think we are definitely going to shorter contracts in taking leases on satellite operator’s space. There are some deals now where you can do pay-as-you go, so you don’t necessarily have to pay for an entire transponder, you can agree with a satellite operator to set it up incrementally,” Morley said, adding that satellite operators appear more willing to share risk with the company than make the burden of filling up transponders solely their customer’s concern. “Those are quite useful for us. In the past it’s always been up to us to buy a transponder and fill that with clients. The terms aren’t quite as difficult now as they have been in the past.”
Morley noted that media management is becoming a more competitive market. SES recently made a major move into this space through its acquisition of Israel-based RR Media, merging the company with its subsidiary SES Platform Services in Germany. Morley said it is a visible trend, particularly at trade shows, that more companies are trying to accomplish to provide a number of broadcast services rather than specialize in one skillset or technology.

Along with the focus on media management, Globecast is also shifting its core network from Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) to Internet Protocol (IP). Morley said IP makes bandwidth more scalable, providing efficiency savings whether dealing with satellite, cable or fiber. Globecast began this transition roughly 18 months ago and he estimated it would be another 12 to 18 months before the transition is complete.

Thaicom launches SpaceBox Step-1 satellite project

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-launches-spacebox-step-1-satellite-project--1152310

Thai satellite operator Thaicom has launched 'SpaceBox Step-1: Thailand's CubeSat for the Next Generation', an educational and research project to develop small satellites conducted under the company's 'Connectivity for Sustainability' initiative. The project is a collaboration with King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Darunsikkhalai School for Innovative Learning, and researchers from SpaceBox Laboratory to inspire Thai youth with an interest in space and to drive innovation and progress in the Thai satellite and space industries.

Permira in talks to sell Asia Broadcast Satellite

From http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/173bfe90-437f-11e6-9b66-0712b3873ae1.html#axzz4DiEK8OL7

Permira, the UK private equity group, has held talks with a handful of global satellite operators on the sale of Asia Broadcast Satellite, or ABS, a deal that could fetch upwards of $1bn.

Madrid-based Hispasat and Japan’s JSAT Corp are among the companies in talks about buying the satellite business that Permira acquired in 2010 for about $200m, according to people briefed on the conversations.

Luxembourg-listed satellite operator SES also looked at the company, the people said. However, SES said this month that it had exercised an option to acquire full control of orbiting satellite network O3b for $730m, a transaction that is likely to keep it out of the bidding for ABS.

The first round of bids for ABS were submitted last week, the people added. Goldman Sachs is advising Permira on the sale.

Permira and JSAT declined to comment. Hispasat and Goldman Sachs did not respond to request for comment.

The sale process comes as larger satellite operators have been battered this year. A growing number of smaller technology companies are challenging industry incumbents with lower-cost, high-capacity systems.

France-based Eutelsat has warned of lower demand from broadcasters, and analysts highlight a shift by viewers from satellite TV to fibre-based internet-based services, as well as channel closures.

Inmarsat, a UK-based satellite telecoms group, has also found competition rising as demand slows.

Through the first five months of this year, Inmarsat, SES and Eutelsat saw their shares drop by more than a quarter — wiping more than £6bn from their market value.

One person following the ABS deal said Permira would be fortunate to fetch an enterprise value of $1bn in these conditions. This person added that ABS makes around $100m in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation and the sector tends to trade at between 6 to 7 times ebitda.

Another person added that the positioning of ABS’s satellite fleet may help improve the value of the company and make it worth up to $1.5bn.

ABS was founded in Hong Kong in 2006 by Thomas Choi, who is still chief executive. It operates a fleet of seven satellites that provide broadcast and data services covering 80 per cent of the world’s population, according to the company’s website. Three of those satellites were deployed after Permira’s acquisition, with the most recent launching in June this year.

Under Permira’s management, ABS has doubled its employees to 200 and more than trebled the number of physical transponders from 103 in 2010 to 348 at the end of 2015, according to the private equity group’s website.

OneWeb “on schedule” for 720 new satellites

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/07/oneweb-on-schedule-for-720-new-satellites/

Jersey-based OneWeb’s plans for a constellation of 700 satellites to provide broadband and Internet is on schedule.

According to a report in trade mag Space News the new constellation will have in place its sub-contractors by early August. The preliminary design review has already been concluded.

The plan is to have an initial 10 satellites launched late in 2017, and then tested in orbit to ensure functionality and reliability. This debut also secures the frequencies under ITU rules.

It is only following this launch of an initial 10 satellites that construction will start on an overall total of 890 craft, at a rate of more than one per day. The extra satellites are needed to have back-up satellites ready for launch.

The size of the prospective orders for components dwarfs anything that the satellite industry has ever achieved.

Nevertheless, the plan is on track, says Space News quoting OneWeb’s COO Eric de Saintignon, for the entire constellation to be in orbit by the end of 2019.

Flightradar24 completes space-based ADS-B flight tracking test

From http://www.airport-technology.com/news/newsflightradar24-completes-space-based-ads-b-flight-tracking-test-4941002

Swedish aircraft flight information service provider Flightradar24 has completed its first space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) flight tracking test.

Flightradar24 has concluded the trial in collaboration with Airbus Group subsidiary Airbus Defence and Space, and Denmark-based business GomSpace.

The company used the GomSpace Express-3 (GOMX-3) satellite to gather ADS-B data from flights travelling over the Atlantic Ocean outside Flightradar24's terrestrial coverage area.

The data was then integrated into the Flightradar24 network, which is the first for any commercial flight tracking service, to ensure global ADS-B coverage.

Flightradar24 collected data through the GOMX-3 nano-satellite, which is a collaboration between GomSpace and the European Space Agency launched last October.

The data was transmitted to a ground receiver and processed at the Airbus Defence and Space ground segment, before being combined with schedule and route information and displayed on Flightradar24.

The GOMX-3 satellite takes nearly 90 minutes to complete each revolution around the earth at a speed of 27,440km every hour.

"The GOMX-3 satellite takes nearly 90 minutes to complete each revolution around the earth at a speed of 27,440km every hour."

This enables Flightradar24 to capture data and download it from the satellite as it moves from southwest to northeast across the Atlantic Ocean.

The company could receive positions from 192 airplanes from the first two passes of the satellite over the Atlantic Ocean.

Aeroplanes that were tracked with the GOMX-3 satellite were highlighted in blue icons, along with the T-GOMX3 radar code.

Though the area of satellite coverage for a single pass is limited, the data collected is important for Flightradar24 to expand the satellite ADS-B coverage in the future.

Dish denies M&A talks with Videocon d2h

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/06/dish-denies-ma-talks-with-videocon-d2h/

There’s talk again of consolidation within the Indian DTH pay-TV market.

The rumour-mill suggests that Videocon d2h is looking to sell out, and that market-leader Dish TV could be the acquirer – which it firmly denies and adding the usual “we do not comment on market speculation and rumour”.

But a well-researched report on India’s CNBC-TV18 business news channel suggests there’s some substance to this particular deal, and the report said that currently Videocon d2h is asking too much cash.

“This is because Videocon’s asking price is currently higher than what Dish TV has offered. Even the lenders have suggested that sale of Videocon d2h to Dish TV is likely,” the business news channel reported.

Dish TV claims some 14.5 million subscribers. Videocon d2h claims 11.86 and has grown rapidly over the past year or two. Videocon d2h is NASDAQ listed and backed by Harry Evans Sloan and Jeff Sagansky’s Silver Eagle Corp. Silver Eagle bought into Videocon d2h in January 2015.


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Optus D1 160.0E 12456 H "Bravo New Zealand" has started on, Fta.Four, TV 3 Waikato, TV 3 Wellington and TV 3 Christchurch have left.
Optus D1 160.0E 12519 H "Bravo New Zealand +1 has replaced Four +1" Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4060 V "CCTV Classic, CCTV National Defense Military Affairs, CCTV Fashion Music, CCTV Remembers Past Times Theater, CCTV Soccer, CCTV Golf & Tennis, CCTV Theater, CCTV Drama and CCTV World Geography" are Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "ElShop has replaced E-Box" on , Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E Telekanal Futbol has left 11092 H and 11265 H.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12600 V "STS, Domashniy, STS Love and Che" have left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 11840 H "STS, Che and Domashniy" have left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3848 V "YES" is encrypted again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4079 H "Raajje TV" on is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4129 V "BTV, BTV World and Sangshad TV" have left .

ABS 2 75.0E 10985 H "Tlum" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11045 H "Russkiy Roman" on is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "Fashion TV Russia" has started on , Fta

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "TV New" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4163 H "Express Entertainment, Express News and Times" have left .

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Sky's $5b merger gets quickfire OK from shareholders

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11669645

Sky Television shareholders spent about 20 minutes giving approval to the merger plan with Vodafone at today's special meeting. Photo /Dean Purcell

Sky Television's $5 billion merger with Vodafone New Zealand, which got the green light from the pay TV operator's investors this morning, is set to transform New Zealand's media landscape.

But Sky shareholders had remarkably little to say during the meeting held to approve the transaction at Auckland's Pullman hotel.

Only two questions were asked, with only one of those directly related to the merger.

The meeting was over in under 20 minutes.

The first question came from a shareholder who requested clarification on the risks of the deal, which still requires Commerce Commission and Overseas Investment Office approval.

That prompted Sky TV chief executive John Fellet to carry a copy of the merger's explanatory memorandum over to chairman Peter Macourt, who was addressing shareholders from the podium.

Macourt then went through potential dangers disclosed in the document, such as completion and integration risks and uncertainty around the market value of shares.

The second and final question related to the continuation of dividend payments.

Macourt provided reassurance that the firm was on track to return cash to investors, which seemed to please the crowd.

Sky's shareholders have voted in favour of the proposed merger with Vodafone.

From there the meeting moved on to the casting of votes on three resolutions - approval of the acquisition, approval of new debt being taken on by Sky and the approval of a share issue.

As the event came to a close, Macourt encouraged shareholders to hang around and enjoy the morning tea spread Sky had put on.

To be fair, the outcome of today's meeting was decided before it began.

Close to 80 per cent of the votes were cast by proxy ahead of the meeting.

Almost all of those were in favour of the deal, which involves Sky acquiring Vodafone NZ for $3.44 billion through the issue of new shares at $5.40 a piece and $1.25 billion in cash, giving Vodafone Europe a 51 per cent share in the combined group.

Overall, 99.96 per cent of votes were cast in favour of each of the three resolutions.

After the meeting, Macourt said Sky was delighted with strong support shareholders had shown for the merger.

"This is a great endorsement from our shareholders of this significant transaction, which Sky's board believes provides an unprecedented opportunity to create an integrated telecommunications and media group that is truly innovative in the New Zealand market and that embraces the digital future," he said.

Through the merger, Sky hopes to address some of the key challenges it faces in a fast-changing media environment, such as competition from high-speed broadband and the rise of streaming services such as Netflix.

Sky plans to borrow $1.8 billion from Vodafone to fund the purchase, repay its existing debt and fund the working capital needs of the group after the merger.

The pay TV firm and Vodafone have offered "bundled" broadband, phone service and pay-TV packages for around 10 years.

The deal, scheduled to be completd by the end of the year, is expected to reduce costs for the merged entity and make being a customer of both companies a more attractive proposition for consumers.

The merged business will have roughly 4000 staff and revenue of around $3 billion.

• Sky TV and Vodafone NZ are seeking permission to merge

• Sky shareholders have just overwhelmingly voted to approve the plan

• The proposal, which still requires Commerce Commission approval, involves Sky acquiring Vodafone New Zealand for $3.44 billion through the issue of new shares, giving Vodafone Europe a 51 per cent share in the combined group, and cash of $1.25 billion.

• Sky plans to borrow $1.8 billion from Vodafone to fund the purchase, repay its existing debt and fund the working capital needs of the group after the merger.

• Sky and Vodafone have offered "bundled" broadband, phone service and pay-TV packages for around 10 years, but the deal is expected to reduce costs for the merged entity and make being a customer of both firms a more attractive proposition for consumers - by offering mobile phone services, for instance.

• The merged business will have roughly 4000 staff and revenue of around $3 billion.

Maria Mahony appointed general manager of Bravo NZ

From http://www.newshub.co.nz/business/maria-mahony-appointed-general-manager-of-bravo-nz-2016070611#axzz4Dc4ivOXQ

Mediaworks and NBCUniversal International Networks has announced Maria Mahony as the general manager of Bravo New Zealand.

She joins Bravo from Lightbox, where she was head of programming and local content.

Ms Mahony has also worked for MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and TVNZ over the past 17 years.

"Kiwis have long shown that they love quality reality content and I'm excited that we'll be able to deliver them a winning proposition comprised of both well-known franchises and exciting, original series - including the highly anticipated The Real Housewives of Auckland," says Ms Mahony.

A five-member board has also been announced for the joint venture, let by Chris Taylor from NBCUniversal International.

"Maria's blend of traditional and new media expertise make her an ideal fit for Bravo," says Mr Taylor, and her experience "will best-position Bravo New Zealand for growth".

The board will also include Justin Che and Christine Fellowes from NCBUniversal International, alongside MediaWorks chief content officer Andrew Szusterman and MediaWorks board director Julie Christie.

It is understood that MediaWorks' investment in Bravo NZ was supported by Oaktree, which has made an equity injection of $4.5m covering MediaWorks' share of the JV establishment costs.

Legal action stops South Africa STB production

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/05/legal-action-stops-south-africa-stb-production/

South Africa’s never-ending road to digital adoption was dealt another blow with the production of locally built set-top boxes ceasing because of a legal action.

In May the country’s Supreme Court set aside the government’s decision not to include encryption software into its digital set-top boxes. Universal Service and Access Agency of SA, a major supplier of the nation’s STBs, said that following legal advice it had received after the court’s judgment, it “decided to suspend” production until a further “directive from the executive authority”.

That judgement is now the subject of an appeal.

Two other major suppliers are involved in producing an initial 1.5 million boxes (out of a total plan for 5 million), but to date just 450,000 have been manufactured. These are only trickling into the market. In May, for example, the Northern Cape region received just 6348 units.

ITU ratifies new HDR standard

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/05/itu-ratifies-new-hdr-standard/

The ITU has announced – and confirmed – the REC-2100 enhanced standard, and which builds on the ‘REC-2020’ standard for high-dynamic range (HDR) broadcasting.

“[HDR] represents a major advance in television broadcasting. HDR brings an incredible feeling of realism, building further on the superior colour fidelity of ITU’s Ultra-High Definition Television Recommendation BT.2020. ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) has developed the standard – or Recommendation – in collaboration with experts from the television industry, broadcasting organisations and regulatory institutions in its Study Group 6,” said the ITU.

“REC-2100 brings a further boost to television images, giving viewers an enhanced visual experience with added realism. The HDR-TV Recommendation allows TV programmes to take full advantage of the new and much brighter display technologies. HDR-TV can make outdoor sunlit scenes appear brighter and more natural, adding highlights and sparkle. It enhances dimly lit interior and night scenes, revealing more detail in darker areas, giving TV producers the ability to reveal texture and subtle colours that are usually lost with existing Standard Dynamic Range TV.”

The HDR-TV Recommendation details two options for producing High Dynamic Range TV images. The Perceptual Quantization (PQ) specification achieves a very wide range of brightness levels using a transfer function that is finely tuned to match the human visual system and the Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) specification [backed by the BBC and NHK of Japan] which offers a degree of compatibility with legacy displays by more closely matching the previously established television transfer curves. The Recommendation also outlines a simple conversion process between the two HDR-TV options.

“The ITU-R Recommendation BT.2100 also allows TV producers to choose from three levels of detail or resolution: HDTV (1920 by 1080), and UHDTV ‘4K’ (3840 by 2160) and ‘8K’ (7680 by 4320) – all of which use the progressive imaging system with extended colour gamut and range of frame-rates in ITU’s UHDTV Recommendation BT.2020.”

“This Recommendation is the culmination of three years of intensive work by dedicated image experts from around the world. HDR images are stunning and this is another major step forward in television quality,” said Andy Quested, Chairman of ITU-R Working Party 6C (WP 6C), which developed the new standard. “Programme makers today need a much wider range of options in order to meet the expectations of the different platforms they must supply, and this need for flexibility is catered for within the framework of a stable ITU-R Recommendation.”

Setanta Sports becomes Eir Sport

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/05/setanta-sports-becomes-eir-sport/

The Setanta brand has ceased to exist in Ireland with Eir’s acquisition of the group resulting in a name change across the TV package.

Eir Sport, the new name for the former Setanta Sports package, has been unveiled over six months after the former purchased the latter.

Calling it a “fresh and modern identity”, Eir’s Jon Florsheim spoke of his company’s ambition in the TV market, with the newly-named six-channel Sport Pack now consisting of Eir Sport 1 and Eir Sport 2; BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport Europe and BT Sport ESPN.

“Today is the most tangible proof point yet of our transformation as we become a broadcaster, supplying an amazing range of live sport to customers throughout Ireland,” he said.
In a separate deal, the package is available free to all existing Eir broadband customers, of which the company claims there are 370,000 in Ireland.

“Not only does this provide customers with quality content, we are also letting customers choose how they want to watch that content either at home on the TV or on the go via the Eir Sport app.”

The company also announced a collection of licensing agreements, including the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the full suite of F1 coverage through to 2018 and the Rio Paralympic Games.


Unhappy mothers flood Bravo tv's Facebook page, unhappy at the loss of all the Childrens programming on TV4. No longer can they use TV4 to babysit their kids for 6 hours every morning.

There is already an online petition trying to get TV4 back with over 3000 signatures.

This is what I would do. I would take the Bravo+1 channel renamed it 4Kids, put a 12 hour block of Kids programs. Then rent out the 6pm to 6a.m slot or screen retro classic shows in that block. Harmless non adult family type content, Get Smart, Happy Days etc..similar to Jones! channel

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3920 V "TVWan Life, TVWan Action, Fight Sports, Paramount Channel Asia, MTV Live HD Australia, Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, Boomerang Asia and B4U Movies Asia Pacific have started on , encrypted. Fox Crime Asia, Toonami Asia, MTV South East Asia, Fox Family Movies, Super Channel, FX Asia, TBN Asia and TVWan Sports" have left.

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "FDI Channel and Indonesia Healthy Channel" have started on, Fta. MD Channel, AXN East Asia, Kix, Pelangi, Space Toon Plus, Cartoon Network South East Asia, K+, Zee Bioskop, Disney Channel Asia, Disney Junior Asia and Celestial Movies Indonesia have left 3600 V.
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "CinemaWorld, Animax East Asia, CNN International Asia Pacific, Zee Hiburan, Life Inspired, Galaxy, Aljazeera English and Indonesia Healthy Channel" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "E-Box has replaced Prambors Channel" on , Fta.

NSS 11 108.2E 12677 V "Hwazan Satellite TV" has left .

NSS 11 & SES 9 108.2E The G Sat package has moved from NSS 11 to SES 9.

SES 9 108.2E The TVB Network Vision mux has moved from NSS 11: 12651 V to SES 9: 12651 V.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3732 H "Space Toon 1 Indonesia" is back on, Fta.
Telkom 1 108.0E 3787 H "TV Edukasi" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "RTP Internacional Ásia and TVE Internacional Asia" have started on, Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Thai Chaiyo, @TV, Umm TV and TV Shopping" are Fta.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3724 L "GBS and KTN News" have started on , Fta. NTV and QTV have left.
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Australia: ABC, Netflix expand content deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/04/australia-abc-netflix-expand-content-deal/

Australian national broadcaster ABC has extended its relationship with Netflix as new managing director Michelle Guthrie confirmed her desire to allow the corporation’s content to reach audiences across all platforms.

Streaming giant Netflix has now added more than 200 hours of content from 30 titles distributed via ABC Commercial to its Australian and New Zealand platforms.

Speaking at ANU’s Crawford Australian Leadership Forum in Canberra last week, Guthrie said: “increasingly we have to think about ways of partnering with third parties to make sure that our content and our amazing journalism is available everywhere”.

Parents angry as Bravo kills off Sesame St

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/81774840/parents-angry-bravo-has-replaced-childrens-programming-with-infomercials.html?cid=facebook.post.81774840

Seasame St will no longer be available free-to-air in New Zealand after Mediaworks ditched FOUR.

For the first time in generations, Kiwi kids can't watch Sesame Street on free-to-air TV.

The beloved children's show has disappeared from New Zealand screens after Mediaworks canned FOUR, the channel it aired on.

On Saturday FOUR replaced with Bravo, a channel airing non-stop reality programming like Real Housewives, Top Chef and Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Say goodbye to your favourite Sesame Street characters - they're gone from free-to-air TV in New Zealand.

A Mediaworks spokesperson confirmed Sesame Street, which has run in the USA since 1969, was not part of the network's plans for its new channel.

"We have made a commercial decision to replace FOUR with Bravo. We are focusing on local kids content as part of TV3's afternoon lineup. Sesame Street does not play a part in that schedule."

The move away from children's programming has not pleased some parents, who have vented their frustration on the Bravo Facebook page. One mother wrote:

"I simply cannot believe that the quality kids programming such as Sesame Street and Emma, which had allowed a precious 15min+ window for us to get dressed and breakfast ready in the mornings, has been replaced by 3 hours of infomercials and then reality TV. It is a greedy and transparent move that has disappointed a lot of people."

"I was sooooo excited about this channel ... until I realised Sesame Street had been taken off ... not happy ... my poor children look forward to that in the mornings," another mum said.

Others have implored the channel to bring back children's programming in its 6am to 9am slot, which is currently filled by infomercials.

"Please bring back the children's programming!! No one really needs to watch million dollar listing at 6am but my two year old will tell you he really needs to watch Sesame Street!!" a concerned parent said.

New Plymouth woman Kerry Peacock has started a Change.org petition asking Mediaworks chief content officer Andrew Szusterman to bring back FOUR.

At 2:30pm on Tuesday, the petition had 3,245 supporters.

It's not just Sesame Street that kids (and their parents) are missing, either. FOUR's whole stable of children's programming is gone.

Some shows, like Sticky TV and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, are moving to TV3, while several others, including Emma and Ready, Steady, Wiggles, will be available online through the 3NOW app.

The shift from FOUR to Bravo comes at a dire time for children's programming. At the end of April, TVNZ stopped providing its free-to-air children's channel Kidzone.

Like Mediaworks, TVNZ shifted its children's content online through its TVNZ OnDemand platform, where it runs ad-free.

"SKY decided not to renew Kidzone in their line up so our focus for Kidzone has shifted online. We've created a dedicated ad-free destination for preschoolers within TVNZ OnDemand which has been live since Kidzone wrapped up on SKY in April," a TVNZ spokesperson said.

TV2 is currently the only free-to-air channel to offer children's programming on weekday mornings.

Children's television is notoriously difficult to make money off because toddlers have little consumer power. In addition, Sesame Street is a particularly expensive show to provide. In January 2016 it was bought by HBO and put behind a paywall.

That's likely to be of little comfort to this mother, who wrote on the Bravo Facebook page:

"Could you please tell my heartbroken little 3 year old girl where Sesame Street has gone? 6am turned into a Steam mop hell this morning."

China to launch 14 meteorological satellites into space

From http://www.asianage.com/technomics/china-launch-14-meteorological-satellites-space-681

China is planning to launch 14 more meteorological satellites into orbit over the next decade, a senior Chinese official said on Monday.

China plans to launch one Fengyun-II satellite, four Fengyun-III, three Fengyun-IV and another six for multiple meteorological purposes by 2025, Wu Yanhua, deputy head of the state administration of science, technology and industry for national defence, said.

Fengyun satellites are a series of remote-sensing meteorological satellites developed by China. The Fengyun series is an important part of the earth observation satellite system.

China has launched 14 Fengyun satellites since 1988, with seven still in orbit as part of the World Meteorological Organisation network, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

In June, China said it will launch five new satellites within five years, including its first solar exploration satellite, to end its dependency on foreign solar data.

The satellites, including a Sino-European joint mission known as SMILE, will focus on observation of solar activities and their impact on the earth’s environment and space weather, besides analysing water recycling and probing of black holes, an official had said.

China also plans to launch nearly 40 Beidou navigation satellites in the next five years to support its ambitious global navigation and positioning network that it hopes will end the dominance of US-operated Global Positioning System (GPS).

The country plans to expand the Beidou services to most of the countries covered in its “Belt and Road” initiative by 2018, and offer global coverage by 2020.

GPS, operated and maintained by the US Air Force, is a constellation of 24 or more satellites flying 20,350 km above the surface of the Earth. Each one circles the planet twice a day in one of six orbits to provide continuous, worldwide coverage.

NBTC suspends Peace TV ahead of referendum

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/NBTC-suspends-Peace-TV-ahead-of-referendum-30289816.html

THE BROADCASTING licence of the satellite channel Peace TV, which is linked to the red shirts, will be suspended for one month starting July 10 ahead of the upcoming national referendum on the new constitution.

The suspension is the second punishment meted out in less than two years to the controversial channel, which was ruled to have violated the rules of the National Broadcasting and Telecommuni-cations Commission (NBTC) and junta orders.

According to NBTC deputy secretary-general Pakdee Manaves, Peace TV's licence suspension follows the airing of three TV programmes in March that violated the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)'s announcements No 97 and 103.

The NBTC panel also concluded that Peace TV's content breached a memorandum of understanding with the NBTC, Section 37 of the Operation of the Sound Broadcasting Service and the Television Broadcasting Service Act BE 2551 (2008).

Peace TV's licence was also suspended in April last year when the regulator said it breached the orders of the junta as well as broadcasting panel rules. Operations resumed in July the same year following a Central Administrative Court injunction order.

Yesterday morning, a group of Peace TV employees led by TV host Weng Tojirakarn and station executive Anantasak Khamkao submitted a petition to the NBTC's Broadcasting Committee to review the suspension order.

Weng, who is a leader of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), commonly known as red shirts, said the licence revocation was unfair.

He said the station would tomorrow seek an injunction order from the Central Administrative Court because its business has been severely damaged by the licence suspension.

The station employs 130 staff and provides content via satellite and online platforms. It will continue broadcasting on media such as YouTube and Facebook, so no staff lay-offs are expected.

Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the NBTC's Broadcasting Committee, said earlier that the NBTC subcommittee overseeing TV content and programming had invited representatives of the NCPO, National Human Rights Commission and the Council of State to clarify the case.

Speedcast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) to Provide Satellite Services to Energy Sector in China

From http://www.abnnewswire.net/press/en/84060/

London, July 5, 2016 AEST (ABN Newswire) - SpeedCast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, today announced that it has been awarded a new sizeable multi-year service agreement to provide managed satellite communications services by a leading global energy service company ("the Customer"). Under the service agreement, SpeedCast will provide fully managed VSAT network services to 18 wellsite locations throughout China.

"This is the third major services agreement awarded to SpeedCast by the Customer in the past 12 months. Working side-by-side with the Customer, we proposed a solution which has taken their operational and business requirements into consideration. The Customer will be able to drive global network consistency and gain efficiencies as additional countries come under a common global managed service. The Customer is now able to better manage resources and streamline operational processes by working with us across various countries and three continents." said Keith Johnson, Senior Vice President, Energy of SpeedCast.

"These repeated wins demonstrate our ability to provide best-in-breed services and support across the globe. Leveraging our global infrastructure, combined with operational and commercial flexibility, we are able to provide high quality services and local support wherever the Customer operates. This is what makes us stand out from our competitors." Mr. Johnson added.

"This is our first service implementation for an Energy customer in China" PJ Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast, emphasized. "It is therefore an important milestone that opens the door to more developments in China. Even more importantly, it validates our vision to establish SpeedCast as a leading global service provider, able to serve blue chip energy customers on a global basis, and thus win market share versus long established competitors in that sector." he added.

About Speedcast International Ltd

Speedcast InternationalSpeedCast International Ltd (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 40 sales and support offices and 39 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization. For more information, visit SpeedCast.

Six media giants dominate European pay-TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/04/media-giants-dominate-european-pay-tv/

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published its first report on pan-European media groups on the basis of data gathered in the MAVISE database. Focusing on a selection of major pan-European groups in both the broadcast and the distribution markets, the report outlines some of the key players, their geographical footprint, their position in a range of markets, and their most recent strategies regarding expansion, acquisition and vertical integration.

Key data shows that 15 major pan-European audiovisual distribution groups serve 68 per cent of pay-TV homes in the EU. The sample of six groups in this report (Deutsche Telekom, Liberty Global, Orange, Sky, Viasat and Vivendi), accumulate 50 per cent of pay-TV subscribers in the EU.

There are 13 pan-European broadcasters who (directly or through subsidiaries) own the significant well-known channel brands and pay-TV channels available throughout Europe. Nine of these are linked to the major US television and film production groups.

National distribution markets have become more concentrated between 2011 and 2014. Alongside consolidation at the national level, the market has seen players expand their geographical scopes, acquire major national players, and increased cross consolidation between telecommunications and cable companies.

Regarding the pan-European broadcast media groups, these can be distinguished between those with a “multi-country” broadcast strategy providing many important free to air channels, and those that have a more “pan-European” strategy with well-known channel brands available throughout Europe.

While TV audience markets have become slightly less concentrated between 2011 and 2014, from a sample of 30 European countries, the two main broadcasting groups gather on average 51 per cent of the audience, and the 3 main groups 64 per cent, with strong variations between countries. The three “multi-country” broadcast groups in this report include the major players (in the top 4 regarding audience share) in 17 European countries.

As outlined above, the pan-European brand channel groups and the major pay-TV channels (film and sport) are owned by 13 major groups and their subsidiaries (21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Bonnier, Discovery Communications, NBC Universal, Scripps Networks, Sony Corporation, Time Warner, United Media Group, Viacom, Viasat, Vivendi, and Walt Disney). Nine of these companies are subsidiaries of the major US media groups. These are continuing a strong development of vertical integration, which includes: buying into national free to air channel brands; entering into joint ventures with powerful distribution companies; increasing their interests in TV production companies; accumulating sports rights; and launching on-demand services.

DD India and DD Sports moved to different satellites from today

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/terrestrial/dd-india-and-dd-sports-moved-to-different-satellites-from-today-160704

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan's international channel DD India will be available from today (5 July 2016) on Satellite INSAT-4B (93.5°E).

The Downlink parameters are Frequency: 3925 MHz, Pol:H, FEC:3/4, Symbol Rate:27.5 MSPS.

The satellite for DD Sports is also being changed and it will now be available on Satellite GSAT-10 (83°E).

Until now, DD India was beamed from GSAT 10.

The Downlink parameters Frequency: 3885 MHz, Pol:V, FEC: 3/4, Symbol Rate: 27.5 MSPS.

Earlier this year, DD had from 1 February moved its direct-to-home Freedish to the new satellite GSAT 15 from INSAT - 4B.

DD sources said this was part of a move to shift all channels to new satellites to ensure better viewer experience.

Meanwhile, the source said all DD channels have always been on Indian satellites.


The regional versions of TV3 on D1 12456 H have been removed as planned.

Optus D1 TV Four has been replaced by "Bravo" New Zealand
Optus D1 TV Four +1 has been replaced by "Bravo +1" New Zealand

Sunday feeds

D2 12653V Sr 7500 "Telstra Broadcast" HD horse
D2 12662V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG" HD Horses
D2 12680V Sr 7500 "TBS 007" horses

D1 12653V Sr 7200 "7BCS Slot 2 QPSK low delay"
D1 12635V Sr 7200 :"SERVICE 1" weekend weather cross from SAydney

Saturday feed log

Busy with election feeds mostly D2

D1 12635 V Sr 7200 news feed
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 "SAS7 SEN 912"
D1 12661 V Sr 6110 "LK3 NNN911, test card for Nine

D2 12608 V Sr 6979 "Tandberg service" CH9 election coverage..
D2 12545 H Sr 6980 "ABN Uplink 1" currently has ABC24
D2 12591 V Sr 7500 "STS 12 ENC/Mod 1" AFL feed for Seven SA
D2 12635 V Sr 7500 "Telstra Broadcast" HD. currently colorbars
D2 12644 V Sr 6699 "ADHOC ENC 02" - giddy ups
D2 12680 V Sr 6699 "ADHOC ENC 01"
D2 12635 V Sr 7500 "Telstra Broadcast" HD. currently colorbars, then horses
D2 12572 V Sr 6979 "Astra 6 Pat" the greens camp
D2 12680 V Sr 6978 "ANC1 FLY1" party room
D2 12322 V Sr 6979 "BTQ SEN912" abc control room audio

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 8 169.0E 12326 H "TBS Channel 1" has started on , PowerVu.
Intelsat 8 169.0E 12366 H "Movie Plus" has started on , PowerVu.

Intelsat 19 166.0E All channels in the Sky Pacific mux on 3920 V are now encrypted.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 4034 H "SET International and Colors Asia Pacific" have started on Fta.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4172 H "Hebei TV" has started on , Irdeto.

Palapa D 113.0E 3750 V "Efarina TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "Eurosport 1 Asia and Eurosport News" have left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E Playboy TV Asia has left 4040 H.

Measat 3 91.5E 4120 V "Eurosport 1 Australia" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 3871 H "Clubbing TV" has left .
Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Egg Network" has started on , Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 10972 H "Sahar Azeri" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E T24 on 12080 H is now in clear.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12120 H "Nauka 2.0, Moya Planeta, NST and Mama" on are now in clear.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Mult"is ftar.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "9XO" is Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Movies & sat Asia, I-Movie and A Film" are Fta

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "Channel A" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3848 V "YES" is Fta again.

ABS 2 75.0E 3649 H "Boomerang Asia" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V Cartoon Network Russia & South East Europe has started on , Irdeto.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H Media One, Shalom TV India, Sathiyam TV, Dheeran TV and Kaumudy TV on are now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3840 H "NHK World Premium" is encrypted again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3788 V "J Movie" is Fta again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4103 V India News Haryana, India News Rajasthan, India News, India News UP, India News MP, News X, Insight HD and News World Odisha have left

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Glory TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "Gospel Channel" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Life Africa TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Cemadon TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Vescovo TV" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BBC World News(Ddish TV)频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。[07-04]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,STS(+4h)(俄罗斯)等4个频道消失,设置12600 V 30000参数无效接收。[07-04]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Fashion TV(时装)频道新增,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。[07-04]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Asia Hit、Baby Plus(IPM)等全组频道解密,设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。[07-04]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,J Movie(印度)频道解密,设置3788 V 4400参数免费接收。[07-04]
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)等全组频道解密,设置4060 V 27500参数免费接收。[07-04]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Ha Noi 2替换Huong Dan Dich Vu(越南)频道,设置11085 H 24000参数有条件接收。 [7月3日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,IHC(测试)频道新增,设置3980 V 31000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段,Live 530(高清)频道消失,设置12553 H 23303参数无效接收。 [7月3日]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段,EX Sports(高清)频道新增,设置12553 H 23303参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,电影台、 I Movies、Film(泰国)频道新增,设置12272 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,电影台、i Movie、Film(泰国)频道新增,设置3505 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BBTV(香港)频道消失,设置3780 V 30000参数无效接收。 [7月3日]

东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,湖南卫视金鹰纪实(高清)等3个频道解密,设置3760 H 28800参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Movies Trailer、Thai HD 33(高清)频道新增,设置12313 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,EGG HD(高清)频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Lollywood TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4165 H 5040参数无效接收。 [7月2日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Dotno TV(蒙古)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Yes TV(高清)频道加密,设置3847 V 7855参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russkiy Roman HD(高清)频道加密,设置11045 H 44923参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]

Stream Links

Bravo NZ livestream (ex Tvfour nz)



Media Wrap: Nine switches signal back on in WA

From http://www.adnews.com.au/news/media-wrap-nine-switches-signal-back-on-in-wa

Nine secures WA deal after 48-hour blackout

Nine's blackout in regional Western Australia ended on Saturday evening after nearly two days. The signal returned just in time for Nine's election day coverage, after a deal was finalised with West Digital Television (a joint venture between Prime Media Group and WIN Network). In a brief media statement, West Digital Television said the agreement covered Nine's main channel, GEM and GO.

The Australian reports the blackout was the culmination of years of frustration from regional TV network executives who believe Australia's media laws allowed them to be bullied by metropolitan partners.

Nine secured last-minute deals across regional areas where its new affiliate partner Southern Cross Austereo either doesn't have a licence to broadcast or is bound by existing deals with other networks. These include Mildura in Victoria, regional South Australia, Tasmania and Griffith in south-west NSW.

Foxtel, Seven West Media seek new strategy for Presto

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/foxtel-seven-west-media-seek-new-strategy-for-presto/news-story/3c2c5791f93f8b0ce08c6f3acea5291f

Foxtel and Seven West Media are considering strategic options for their streaming service Presto as it comes under extreme pressure in its war against US giant Netflix and the Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media joint venture, Stan.

The Australian understands Seven and Foxtel (owned by The Australian publisher News Corporation and Telstra) are dis­cussing which platforms the service could be run through to maximise growth, consolidate branding and close the gap between it and Stan and Netflix.

The news comes at a critical time for Presto as shareholders negotiate the venture’s budget for financial year 2017.

The Seven network had originally planned to be a partner in Stan but was reluctant to invest as much cash as Nine believed was necessary to see through its first years of development costs. The fierce rivalry between the free-to-air television networks also contributed to the talks falling through.

Now that Presto’s subscriber numbers are lagging behind the competition, the volume of money Seven is willing to invest in the venture will be the surest indicator yet of Presto’s long-term prospects.

Sources suggest one likely scenario for the joint venture partners is considering folding the Presto streaming service into one of Foxtel’s other broadcast platforms, such as the Foxtel Play system that allows the subscription TV service’s channels to be streamed over the internet without a set-top box.

British subscription TV group Sky, which is 39 per cent owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, has enjoyed success with its Now TV streaming service, which retails for a similar price to the Foxtel Play product.

Other sources pointed to the Foxtel Anytime catch-up service as a platform with which Presto could be merged, although that is currently used as an add-on for Foxtel’s linear subscribers.

Marketing for the Foxtel Anytime service has increased dramatically in recent weeks, sug­gesting an interest in consol­idating its branding above others, and possibility as a new streaming brand.

The range of Foxtel brands on the market underlines Presto’s problem in differentiating itself both from the simple Stan and Netflix names. The Foxtel Anytime and Go streaming services available to subscribers free with their cable-satellite services contrast with the Foxtel Play service.

Netflix’s launch in the Aust­ralian market last year has been an outstanding success, despite the earlier launches of local ­services Stan and Presto.

It is understood research firm Telsyte has released figures that show Netflix had 1.14 million paid subscribers in June, while Stan had 500,000 and Presto recorded 112,000.

On a total subscriber basis, which includes free trials, the Telsyte figures showed Netflix had 1.29 million subscriptions, Stan had 640,000 and Presto had 418,000. None of the three platforms has released precise subscriber numbers.

Stan has invested more cash than its local rival, with an aggressive strategy of acquiring unique US content from Amazon, Showtime and other US studios, along with a smattering of unique local content including comedy No Activity and TV series Wolf Creek.

Fox UK, also owned by 21st Century Fox, bought the British rights to Wolf Creek last week, and the series is expected to be picked up in other major markets, including the US, as revealed by The Australian.

International sales have provided a vital new revenue stream for Stan and are expected to recoup around half of Wolf Creek’s production costs.

While its competitors have pilloried the cost of Stan’s $20 million-plus annual deal with Showtime, the US studio will deliver David Lynch’s new Twin Peaks series to the platform, which could be another brand builder in the same way House of Cards was for Netflix.

Presto’s creation as part of a defensive strategy by Foxtel hasn’t hit the market in the same way, as it struggled to differentiate itself from Foxtel’s other products, which have stronger content from its HBO and BBC deals, in particular. The contractual inability to release new HBO ­content through Presto’s streaming service means it has lacked content to attract subscriptions.

Rocket Lab Turns 10, Plans First Electron Launch This Year

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2016/07/01/rocket-lab-turns-10-plans-first-electron-launch-year/

Rocket Lab employees with multiple rockets under construction. Photo: Rocket Lab

[Via Satellite 07-01-2016] Small satellite launch company Rocket Lab reached its 10-year anniversary this June and is now months away from the first launch of its Electron rocket. Founded in June 2006, Rocket Lab has launched more than 80 sounding rockets and in 2009 became the first private company to reach space from the Southern Hemisphere.

Operations in Auckland, New Zealand continue to support the private orbital launch site Rocket Lab is currently constructing on the country’s Mahia Peninsula. According to the company, its Mahia launch site will reach the widest range of orbital azimuths of any launch site globally, and will have the ability to conduct rocket launches at “an unprecedented frequency” thanks to its remote location.

Electron’s test program is scheduled to run throughout the second half of 2016. The launch vehicle is capable of lifting a 150 kg payload to a nominal 500 km sun- synchronous orbit. This year Rocket Lab qualified both the second stage of the vehicle and the oxygen/hydrocarbon Rutherford Engine. Founded by New Zealander Peter Beck, Rocket Lab got its start in New Zealand, but established its headquarters in Los Angeles, California in the US in 2013.

Sky-Vodafone deal heads to shareholder vote

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11668389

The proposed merger of Sky Network TV and Vodafone New Zealand will be put to Sky shareholders at a special meeting in Auckland this Wednesday.

Sky Network and Vodafone NZ have played down the threat to competition posed by a merged pay TV operator and telecommunications firm in the markets they currently operate in.

In their application to the Commerce Commission seeking clearance for a merger, Sky and Vodafone said there was no meaningful overlap in the services they each offer.

The proposal involves Sky TV acquiring Vodafone NZ for $3.44 billion through the issue of new shares, giving Vodafone Europe a 51 percent share in the combined group, and cash of $1.25 billion.

Sky plans to borrow $1.8 billion from Vodafone to fund the purchase, repay its existing debt and fund the working capital needs of the group after the merger.

Shares in Sky last traded at $4.88 each after hitting $5.25 a share in the immediate reaction to June 9 merger announcement.

MEASAT unveils HD eSports channel

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016070443474/measat-unveils-hd-esports-channel.html#axzz4DQZMRVuv

South East Asia’s first 24-hour HD eSports channel Every Good Game (eGG) has been launched by Malaysian satellite operator MEASAT.

MEASAT HGTVThe channel is now available to pay-TV operators via the MEASAT-3a satellite located in orbit at 91.5° East. It will provide gaming tournaments, walkthroughs, expert guides, documentaries and game house tours.

“MEASAT is proud to distribute eGG, a pioneer in eSports, in Asia,” said Yau Chyong Lim, chief commercial officer, MEASAT.

“This unique channel strengthens the diversity of offerings from MEASAT’s 91.5° E video hotslot.”

Orion launches two TV channels

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/orion-launches-two-tv-channels--1151355

Russian Orion group has launched two new television channels, called 'Mysteries of the Galaxy' and 'IQ Shop', reports Tdaily.ru. The channels have been included in the satellite TV line-up of operator Orion Express in the Western part of European Russia. Orion now has seven TV channels. The company Max Media, belonging to the group, is a broadcaster. The two channels have been added to the Telekarta satellite TV offer from Orion, and the group also plans to distribute the channels through cable operators.

SES takes full control of O3b Networks

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/07/04/ses-takes-full-control-of-o3b-networks/

SES has exercised its call option and offered to acquire the remaining shares and warrants of O3b Networks.

The other shareholders have agreed to accept the SES offer, non-tendering warrant holders will be cashed out, and completion of the transaction is expected on August 1, 2016.

SES will pay $730 million to directly increase its fully diluted ownership of O3b from 49.1% to 100%, using proceeds from the company’s recent equity raising. On completion, SES will consolidate $1.2 billion of O3b net debt and will, following completion, refinance a significant proportion of the most expensive debt facilities, using the proceeds secured by the recent hybrid bond issuance and the remaining proceeds from the equity raising. This will significantly reduce O3b average cost of debt of 9.5%, noting that SES’s current average cost of financing is approximately 4%.

The transaction is expected to generate a return (pre-synergies) in excess of SES’s hurdle rate for infrastructure investments. In addition, SES expects to generate EUR 53 million of annual commercial, operational, product development and financial synergies in 2017, increasing to EUR 106 million annually by 2021.

“Moving to 100% of O3b will be highly accretive for SES, both from a strategic and economic standpoint,” commented Karim Michel Sabbagh, president and CEO of SES.

“In addition to exceeding SES’s investment hurdle rates, full consolidation accelerates the delivery of important transformational and combinational synergies that are only possible with 100% ownership.”

Padraig McCarthy, CFO of SES said: “The acquisition of O3b – the fastest growing satellite network – significantly enhances SES’s long-term growth profile, with the constellation expected to generate annualised revenues of between USD 32 million and USD 36 million per satellite at steady-state. Looking forward, both SES and O3b will benefit from the strong synergies and strategic fit across both businesses.”


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Look out this Saturday, for a lot of Election related feed activity

Optus D2 - 12680V Sr 6111 "ADHOC ENC 02" Feed for SBS, election related

Tandberg / AKA Director Encryption hack update:
The EBU service on Asiasat has been opened

From my Email

From Feralkiwi

New TP this morning.
Intelsat 19 4037 H 3750
SET International (Sony) and Colors APAC, both FTA.

From the Dish

No Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

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东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Share(购物)频道重现,设置3576 V 6363参数免费接收。[07-01]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,卫视中文(高清)频道消失,设置4000 H 29720参数无效接收。[07-01]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,RTP、TVE(国际)频道新增,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。[07-01]

东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Fyi(印度)频道新增,设置12688 H 32700参数免费接收。[06-30]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,History、Fyi(蒙古)频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。[06-30]


Streaming services are winning the war on piracy

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/gadgets-on-the-go/streaming-services-are-winning-the-war-on-piracy-20160701-gpw3yt.html

The fact Aussies are prepared to pay for multiple subscription video services, not just Netflix, is a big win in the fight against file-sharing.

The convenience of streaming video services like Netflix has convinced plenty of Australians to hand over $10-ish dollars per month to watch what they want on demand. It looked like the foreign raider might blow home-grown competitors Presto and Stan (co-owned by Fairfax Media) out of the water, but the latest figures reveal that the streaming services are managing to co-exist.

Netflix's explosive growth in Australia is easing off but you shouldn't read too much into that – "fastest growing" has always been marketing-speak for "smallest".

While it's encouraging that Presto and Stan are seeing growth, the fact they've got so few customers compared to Netflix means they don't need to find as many new customers to grow faster. Think of it this way; I could run Australia's fastest growing video service by signing up one customer today and a second customer next month. That's explosive 100 per cent month-on-monthly growth, but with two customers it's a joke to imply that I'm hurting Netflix.

Rather than playing sleight of hand with growth rates statistics, it's more interesting to look at how many people are prepared to pay for content at all.

Everything on Netflix, Presto and Stan can be had for free elsewhere if you're happy to bend the rules. Their success supports the argument that, even in Australia, the piracy problem is primarily an issue of pricing and availability – get the model right and people will happily hand over their cash.

Unfortunately no single service is likely to have every show you want to watch and that fragmentation means that playing by the rules starts to get expensive. If you're paying for Netflix, Presto and Stan then you're approaching the monthly cost of an entry-level Foxtel package.

In a piracy-prone country like Australia you'd think we'd have no qualms about paying for one streaming service – most likely Netflix – and then turning to the BitTorrent channel to pick up the few shows we want to watch from the other services.

What's really interesting is that the number of Australian homes which pay for more than one service is growing. It's risen from 1.5 services per household to 1.7 in the last 12 months, according to analyst firm Telsyte's Australian SVOD/OTT Video Market Study 2016 report.

This isn't just good news for Netflix's competitors, it's good news for the content industry in general that a growing number of people are prepared to pay for multiple services rather than use file-sharing to fill the gaps in their viewing schedule.

What's also interesting is that this growth doesn't seem to have come at the cost of Foxtel subscribers – Australians really are prepared to pay more for their content rather than just redistribute their existing entertainment budget.

Where does your home source its entertainment? Are you prepared to pay for multiple streaming video services?

Optus Exec Highlights COTM as Exciting Growth Opportunity

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2016/06/30/optus-exec-highlights-cotm-exciting-growth-opportunity/

[Via Satellite 06-23-2016] While Optus Satellite has no current plans for new satellites, and its next satellite is likely to be a replacement for its CI satellite, which was launched in 2003, Paul Sheridan, VP of Optus Satellite, told Via Satellite he expects the next two to three years to be an exciting time for the satellite industry. He cites technology developments and market shifts as creating increased competition and new opportunities for growth.

“An overall increase in capacity availability and decreasing costs of infrastructure is likely to mean we could see satellite growing in popularity as the preferred technology to deliver high speed and high quality data with a great degree of flexibility,” Sheridan said. “The emergence of Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) is a really interesting new market opportunity that we will be watching closely.”

Australia, thanks to its vast geography, has always been one of the most dynamic satellite markets around. The Australian Defense Force (ADF) has been one of the pioneers of using hosted payloads. The Australian government has also been highly progressive when using satellite to bring broadband unreached or underserved citizens through NBN Co.

“Without satellite, Australia would have significant problems communicating (broadcast, broadband and mobile) with remote and rural communities. Satellite is the key way Australia continues to manage the tyranny of distance and we expect satellite to continue to play a critical role in Australia’s ongoing communication requirements,” said Sheridan. “Optus Satellite’s primary focus continues to be Australia and New Zealand, however we continue to consider opportunities to expand both directly and via working together with others.”

Optus Satellite services are primarily focused on the broadcast market and, while Sheridan talks about COTM as being a great opportunity for the company, it is clear broadcast will continue to dominate.

“We believe 4K is a fantastic opportunity for our broadcast customers and our Optus Satellite services. Satellite service is one of the very few ways for customers to receive real time Ultra-HD services and Optus is actively working with our partners in providing these types of services. 4K could be key as the traditional broadcasters look to differentiate against new competition,” he added.

Optus also has a range of additional services including broadband and mobile communications. Like most Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) operators, it is keeping a close eye on developments in the overall satellite sector. A number of new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) systems have been announced, but Sheridan believes these systems are unlikely to impact Optus’s traditional broadcast services and, in fact, may prove to be complementary on the contribution side.

“The decrease in latency will be useful in certain scenarios, however the smaller coverage area again may mean a hybrid offering leveraging the positives from both LEO and [Geostationary Earth Orbit] GEO systems could prove to be positive,” he said. “We are also watching with interest the potential improvements in the manufacturing process to support the numerous constellations being discussed; these efficiencies should aid in making all future satellites more cost effective.”

In terms of the impact the likes of Google and Facebook will have on the overall industry, Sheridan added, “The interest in the use of satellite to access the consumer is and will continue to drive innovation in the traditional satellite industry. I see partnerships as critical to success, leveraging the existing expertise and customer insights and relationships.”

Sheridan however expects “big changes” will be coming to the industry and that increased consumer demand for data that is flexible, fast and reliable will drive these changes. He believes more cost-effective access to space through improved satellite manufacturing processes, better launch options, and lower cost per bit solutions will drive opportunities and open new markets. He said Optus is currently involved in a number of interesting and exciting discussions in what he sees as a “fantastic” industry to work in. “The next two to three years are definitely going to be exciting,” he commented.

Case Study: Australian Defense Force

The Australian Department of Defense (DOD), as mentioned, has been one of pioneers globally in using satellite communications as part of its milsatcom strategy, and providing the ADF with the capability it needs. A source within Australia’s DOD told Via Satellite that it needs to complete realization of its wideband strategic anchoring capability in the west and east of Australia as currently programmed. Second, it must plan and progress future satcom requirements. Specifically, capabilities identified in the Defense White Paper will drive additional focus on Satcom-On-The-Move (SOTM) to meet military requirements for a networked force.

The Australian DOD is in the process of assessing its future satcom requirements, which will involve significant investment as noted in the recently released Defense Integrated Investment Program. All options will be considered, with a focus on those offering the best capability within the limitations of the department’s budget. Such options may include partnerships with industry and international players, according to the spokesperson.

According to the DOD, High Throughput Satellites (HTS) are now factored into the ADF’s thinking, especially in combination with technologies that support SOTM. The ADF is acquiring many state-of-the-art platforms that will be “force multipliers” leveraging satcom technological developments to realize step changes in capability.

The hosted payload approach has been successful for the Australian DOD and ADF. It has provided them with reliable satcom resources from the Optus C1 and IS-22 satellites. Similarly, its international partnership in the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) system provides a significant global capability that would not be affordable or as capable through singularly owned assets. The DOD source says that, in comparison with seeking a wholly owned satcom capability, hosted payloads have enabled defense to use the communications payload while leaving the Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TT&C) and associated infrastructure to industry — this in itself makes the hosted payload option a valuable approach.

China completes the refuel of orbital satellites

From http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-07/01/content_38788117.htm

China has successfully completed the in-space refuel of orbital satellites following last week's launch of a new generation carrier rocket, the National University of Defense Technology announced on Thursday.

A Long March-7 carrier rocket lifts off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, south China's Hainan Province, June 25, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua/Li Gang]

Similar to air refueling for planes, the process refuels a satellite in orbit in a microgravity environment and will extend a satellite's functional life and boost its maneuver capabilities considerably.

Developed by the university, Tianyuan-1 is the country's first in-space refueling system for orbital satellites. It was launched into orbit aboard the Long March-7 carrier rocket on Saturday.

A series of core independent processes were tested and verified after the launch, with data and videos recording the full process sent back to earth, the university said in a statement.

"The injection process was stable, and measurement and control were precise," it said, adding that the test proved that Tianyuan-1 met design requirements.

Though an area of great interest, the process is complicated and only a few countries have began experiments.

TV5MONDE to launch 2 HD channels in Thailand

From http://www.satellite-evolution.com/group/site/?p=47292

Starting July 1st 2016, French-language channels TV5MONDE Asie HD and TV5MONDE Style HD will be available through the leading cable operator in Bangkok: CHAROEN CABLE TV.

CHAROEN CABLE TV will be the first operator in Thailand to provide TV5MONDE Asie channel in HD as well as the first to supply the new lifestyle channel created by TV5MONDE: TV5MONDE Style HD.

TV5MONDE Asie channel has been available since 1996 in Thailand.

With this new distribution agreement TV5MONDE Asie is now available in more than 1.3m homes throughout the country.

The deal was completed by TV5MONDE’s Thailand representative, MZ Media, who has been representing the French-speaking channel since 2013.

MEASAT's Got A Good Game... Launches Every Good Game... South East Asia’s First Dedicated eSports Channel

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=917858778

A sports channel for those who live and breathe sports...every type and fills a gap in Asia’s eSports market.

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd (“MEASAT”) launches eGG, or “Every Good Game”, South East Asia’s first dedicated 24/7 HD eSports channel. The channel is now available to Pay TV operators via MEASAT-3a at 91.5 degrees E.

eGG’s content includes gaming tournaments, walkthroughs, expert guides, documentaries, game house tours and more. The High Definition channel fills a gap in Asia’s eSports market, a m. eGG is produced by Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (“Astro”) with Astro’s professional high quality production values.

“MEASAT is proud to distribute eGG, a pioneer in eSports, in Asia,” said Yau Chyong Lim, Chief Commercial Officer, MEASAT. “This unique channel strengthens the diversity of offerings from MEASAT’s 91.5°E video hotslot.”


CPL ties with Facebook Live for 2016 matches international broadcast

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/social-media/cpl-ties-with-facebook-live-for-2016-matches-international-broadcast-160630

MUMBAI: The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has announced live broadcast on Facebook of all thirty four CPL 2016 matches around the world, via Facebook’s official live streaming partner Grabyo. CPL will become the first sports league to supplement its existing broadcast deals and use the Facebook Live platform to ensure that 40 countries around the world, including the likes of Pakistan, South Africa and The Philippines can now view the sport live. It will also be the first time ever an international cricket match will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

A host of international stars will be competing from across the cricketing world at this year’s CPL including the likes of AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Shakib Al Hasan, Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Shoaib Malik, Kumar Sangakkara, Dale Steyn, Mike Hussey and Shane Watson.

In addition, the six CPL sides – Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders will include a number of ICC World T20 champions including the likes of Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell who took the world by storm in India earlier this year.

Cricket fans from Argentina to Hungary will now be able to watch the T20 stars in action starting with Trinbago Knight Riders clash with St. Lucia Zouks from the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Wednesday, 29 June (9pm Caribbean / 2am GMT / 6.30am India) and running through to the final in St. Kitts & Nevis on 7 August.

Commenting on using Facebook Live, CPL chief operations officer Pete Russell said: “We are delighted to announce how we’re using Facebook Live, which we believe has the potential to change the face of cricket broadcasting and enhance the CPL’s ever-increasing international audience."

“In 2015 the CPL’s global viewership exceeded 93 million and we now have the platform to boost our viewership even further for the forthcoming tournament. Caroline Smith, CPL’s Head of Digital, and her team have done a fantastic job with our social media activity and this deal proves that they have put us ahead of the curve in understanding how best to reach our global fans with live games” added Russel.

Facebook India Sports Partnerships Asha Thacker said “Facebook Live allows fans to connect to cricket and their favourite stars and we are delighted to be working with the Hero Caribbean Premier League and Grabyo for this cricketing first and to help bring fans around the world closer to the game. As the world’s largest sports stadium, more cricket fans engage with content on Facebook than anywhere else and it is unique experiences such as this that allow fans to engage in a more meaningful way.”

Grabyo CEO Gareth Capon said, “On the pitch, T20 cricket is helping to globalize and expand the sport of cricket, bringing a new generation of fans into the game. The use of social video, particularly live streaming, presents an opportunity to reach an unparalleled audience far beyond the traditional broadcast ecosystem.

“Facebook offers an user base of 1.6 billion and to be able to bring live action from the best cricketing talent direct to mobile devices around the world, right as the action happens, is incredibly exciting. We look forward to working with the CPL throughout the tournament and helping them use social video to engage new audiences across the globe.” Added Capon.

CPL will be live broadcasted in Argentina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, PNG (Papua New Guinea), Romania, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Vanuatu

DLNA 4.0 publishes DLNA 4.0 guidelines

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/30/dlna-4-0-transforms-connected-home-experience/

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) has announced that the organisation’s latest Guidelines for streaming personal content in the home are now available for download. DLNA 4.0 enables consumer product manufacturers to deliver a more satisfying and energy-efficient connected home experience, including viewing HD TV content on the broadest possible choice of interoperable TVs, PCs and mobile devices.

Consumers have long complained that there are files on their servers that they cannot play with their mobile devices, PCs, TVs, STBs or other devices. DLNA 4.0 solves this problem by mandating transcoding on the media server.

Power efficiency is improved through low power modes that enable connected devices to work together to cut overall energy consumption in the home. Consumers also can now enjoy Ultra HD content streamed throughout the home via a media gateway or set top box because DLNA 4.0 supports the High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) video compression standard. The Guidelines also support IPv6 to ensure DLNA 4.0 Certified devices will continue to function as more networks transition to this protocol.

DLNA 4.0 Certified devices will support the broadest possible set of media formats and advanced features for optimum performance across the most extensive range of use cases. The DLNA 4.0 Certification Programme will join existing DLNA 2.0 and 3.0 Certification Programs that, together, help maximise product development options for manufacturers as they differentiate their offerings in the market. Over 4 billion devices have been certified to DLNA’s 2.0 and 3.0 Certification Programmes. Introduced in August 2015, DLNA’s 3.0 Certification Program added advanced features and capabilities for playback and response time. DLNA 4.0 further extends available features and DLNA 4.0 Certification will provide unprecedented interoperability assurance through increased mandatory requirements and more extensive conformance testing.

DLNA 4.0 Guidelines have been submitted for adoption as an international standard by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which has published all previous sets of DLNA Guidelines for content sharing applications and protected streaming across home networks. The IEC is the world’s leading organisation that prepares and publishes International Standards for electrical, electronic and related technologies.