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Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "DM TV and H Bangla" have started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11050 H "Discovery Family Channel Africa has replaced Discovery World" on , Irdeto.

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东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,CNN替换Sony Channel(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [9月23日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Sony Channel替换History 2(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12470 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [9月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Dhamaal Gujju(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3912 H 4000参数免费接收。 [9月22日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,音乐台(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置10850 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,No Name(测试)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [9月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,No Name(测试)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [9月22日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Premier League替换TVWAN Life(MPEG-4)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]


Fiji TV records $9m profit

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=371871

DESPITE a consolidated group net loss after tax of $668,000 compared with a profit of $1.63 million for the previous year, Fiji Television Ltd still recorded an overall net profit after tax of $9m.

This is compared with the marginal net profit after tax from the previous year of $0.04m.

This was revealed in the Fiji TV 2016 Annual Report, which was released yesterday.

Fiji TV chairman Apakuki Kurusiga said the net loss from the consolidated group was a direct result of accounting adjustments from the subsequent disposal of key Papua New Guinea subsidiary, Media Niugini Ltd.

"Total revenue for the Holding Company recorded a healthy $10.75m for financial year 2016. This represented a sizeable increase of 31 per cent compared with the previous financial year," Mr Kurusiga said.

However, he added, the Consolidated Group revenue stood at $10.88m reflecting a 29 per cent decrease from the previous year.

As expected, he said, the comparative consolidated statement of comprehensive financials had been restated to reflect the discontinued operations from Sky Pacific and MNL separately from the continuing operations of Fiji TV.

Meanwhile, by the end of 2016, Fiji Television Ltd will be operating out of its new home.

"That means Fiji's first commercial television station will vacate its current 20 Gorrie St home of 22 years and transition to its new home at 1 Brown St, ushering in literally a new era for your company.

"Fiji TV can't be all things to all people, but we acknowledge that as a pioneering television broadcaster we must strive to try and serve all audiences," Mr Kurusiga said.

In their attempt to address the ever growing impacts of disruptive technologies, he said, their business model continued to evolve.

XTreme-AsiaSat to provide 4K premium UHD content

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satellite-operators/xtreme-asiasat-to-provide-4k-premium-uhd-content-160922

MUMBAI: 4K-SAT, the Ultra-HD channel operated by Asia’s premier satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat), will be broadcasting premium extreme and outdoor content from XTreme Video on AsiaSat 4.

XTreme Video is producing the best 4K content for extreme sports fans worldwide. Its UHD content on 4K-SAT will include some of the most stunning extreme and outdoor content, such as the successful mountain biking series ‘MTB Insights’ and the world’s wildest freestyle motocross show ‘Masters of Dirt’.

“The brilliance of 4K definition truly comes into its own when the subject matter is as visually captivating as extreme and outdoor programming. We’re committed to bringing the highest quality programming to audiences around the globe, via partnerships with platforms, broadcasters and partners like AsiaSat,” said Joe Nilsson, senior director of business

“XTreme Video offers exciting, adrenaline pumping programs that are very popular amongst viewers of all ages that are interested in extreme sports. We want to bring an immersive quality viewing experience to viewers via our platform on AsiaSat 4,” said Sabrina Cubbon, vice president, marketing and global accounts of AsiaSat.

‘4K-SAT’ continues to impress major TV operators and viewers across the region with unique and compelling UHD content in fashion, lifestyle, nature, movies, TV series, documentaries, extreme sports and technology.

Since 1994, XTreme has been the home of independent creators capturing and documenting the culture, locations and stories of extreme activities. Asia Satellite Telecommunications, the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites.

Hackers targeting satellites could cause 'catastrophic' damage

From http://www.wired.co.uk/article/satellites-vulnerable-hacking-chatham-house

A report from Chatham House says that satellites and space infrastructure are easy targets for hackers

Satellites and other space communications technology are at significant risk from hackers and cyber attacks, a major new report has claimed.

Communications, air transport, maritime, financial and business services, as well as weather monitoring and defence systems, all face serious disruption if satellites and space infrastructure are targeted, researchers at Chatham House's International Security Department have said.

Space will be the next frontier for cyberattackers

Space will be the next frontier for cyberattackers

"The last thing you want is military or cyber attacks on satellites - even if you just switch them off they are essentially space debris which can cause more problems," Patricia Lewis, research director at the think tank, tells WIRED.

Lewis, who will be speaking at WIRED Security, says the space infrastructure hacks they discovered are just the "tip of the iceberg".

"A large part of the critical infrastructure is sitting up there and not a lot can be done about it – it's very old technology and it has never had any cyber protection built in," she says. "So the big question there is how much can they be retrofitted and what happens going forward."

The report – Space, the Final Frontier for Cybersecurity? – says cyber vulnerabilities in satellites and other communications technology "pose serious risks for ground-based critical infrastructure".

"Possible cyber threats against space-based systems include state-to-state and military actions; well-resourced organised criminal elements seeking financial gain; terrorist groups wishing to promote their causes, even up to the catastrophic level of cascading satellite collisions; and individual hackers who want to fanfare their skills."

Threats listed in the report include jamming and spoofing hacks on satellites to take control of them or their "mission packages".

State-sponsored hackers can pose a realistic threat to space systems. Hacking groups working on behalf of governments have grown in prominence in recent years. State-sponsored groups have been linked to the 2014 Sony hack (although this has been questioned). And the recent hacks on the Democratic National Committee in the US have been linked to Russia.

Chris Porter, from FireEye's intelligence team, tells WIRED it is monitoring around 30 known groups linked to state-level hacking attempts. He says that, quite often, successful attacks do not involve the most technically sophisticated methods.

"Something that might surprise people is that even the most sophisticated and advanced groups, the ones that are sponsored by large intelligence agencies, mostly get in through spear phishing and convincing users to give up their legitimate credentials."

While Lewis' report does not single out any nations, it said some countries are trying to protect their own satellites by organising red and blue teams to find any potential vulnerabilities. "There's a lot of testing going on and some of that testing is hostile and some of it is more experimental," she says.

China has already started to boost the protections on its satellites. In August the country sent the "world's first" quantum satellite into orbit. Billed as "unhackable," the experimental satellite will be used to test quantum computing technologies and communicate across large distances.

The satellite will attempt to send secure messages between Beijing and Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang in the country’s far west, using photons to send the encryption keys necessary to decode information.

Lewis says such examples show that protection of infrastructure is a growing issue. "This infrastructure, which accounts for trillions of data transactions every day, involving communications, precise navigation and timing, Earth observation," and more, could be under threat.

While not in space, GCHQ has said it could build a national firewall to protect the UK from cyber attacks.

Mark Robert Anderson, a security researcher from Edge Hill University, said the proposed system could technically be possible - but would come with key vulnerabilities. "Any hackers would only need access to a server inside the UK to create a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and any attack could be tunnelled into the UK and be launched from inside the firewall," he told WIRED.

India to launch 8 satellites in 2 different orbits on Sep 26

From http://www.thestatesman.com/news/india/india-to-launch-8-satellites-in-2-different-orbits-on-sep-26/166608.html

India on Sep 26 morning will launch its weather satellite SCATSAT-1 and seven other satellites - five foreign and two domestic - with its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket, said an official of the Indian space agency on Thursday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) the PSLV rocket with eight satellites is expected to blast off at 9.12 a.m. on Monday from its rocket port in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The rocket's main cargo will be the 377 kg SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather related studies which will be placed into a 720 km polar sun synchronous orbit, the official, who didn't want to be identified told IANS.

According to ISRO, SCATSAT-1 is a continuity mission for Oceansat-2 scatterometer to provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users.

The satellite carries Ku-band scatterometer similar to the one flown onboard Oceansat-2.

The mission life of the satellite is 5 years.

The five foreign satellites are from Algeria, Canada and US and the two from Indian universities/academic institute satellites will be placed into a 670 km polar orbit.

This is the first mission of PSLV in which it will be launching its payloads into two different orbits.

The multiple burn technology was first tested by ISRO while flying its PSLV rocket on December 16, 2015

Launching of multiple satellites with a single rocket is nothing new for ISRO and it has been doing that for several years. The challenge, however, is to launch several satellites at different orbits with one rocket, but the ISRO already did so successfully when the PSLV ejected out six Singaporean satellites on December 16, 2015.

The PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.

"Restarting a rocket engine soon after it is shut off is a critical technology that has to be mastered. Once a rocket engine is activated, then the heat generated is very high. The trick is to cool it down in the space and to restart it at a short gap," an industry expert had told IANS.

"This is entirely different from switching on and off the communication satellite's engines in the space. The interval between two restarts of a communication satellite engine will be in days. But in the case of restarting a rocket engine, the time gap will be in hours," the expert added.

"By that time the rocket's engine has to be cooled down. This part of the experiment is very critical," he explained.


The L-bird 1 "feed" has left D1 , moved to Intelsat 19
The other Australian mux has also moved there , the new details are

Intelsat 19 12549 V Sr 3750, 8PSK "L-bird1
Intelsat 19 12568 V Sr 20107, Fec 8/9, 16APSK

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Intelsat 8 169.0E 4028 H "Sky News Australia has replaced Sky Sports News HQ UK" on , BISS.

Optus D1 160.0E 12456 H "Firstlight" has started on , Fta.

SES 9 108.2E 11026 V "TV Polri, TV De and TDA TV" have started on , Fta. TV Desa has left

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "N News" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3816 H "Live Today has replaced News World" on, Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3816 H 4040 H "DW Deutsch" is back on , Fta.

Measat 3b 91.5E 10772 V "Astro SuperSport Euro 1" has left .
Measat 3b 91.5E 10932 V "BeIn Sports Malaysia" has started on , Videoguard.
Measat 3b 91.5E 10932 V "Astro SuperSport Euro 2" has left .
Measat 3b 91.5E Astro muxes have started on 10732 V, 10812 V and 10892 V.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12396 V "Sundance Channel Malaysia" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Rubl" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3709 H "Channel 9" is Fta again.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Workpoint 23" has left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3725 V GMA Life TV, GMA News TV International, GMA Pinoy TV Middle East and GMA Pinoy TV Asia-Pacific have left again.

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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,日舞(环宇卫视)频道消失,设置12591 H 30000参数无效接收。 [9月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,AXN替换Fox(Cignal)频道,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,HBO Hits(Cignal)频道新增,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [9月21日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,GBI Race(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3716 V 1916参数免费接收。 [9月21日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,National Voice替换Chardikla Time TV(印度)频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [9月21日]


New Zealand takes step closer to satellite supported air traffic control

From http://www.airport-world.com/news/general-news/5829-new-zealand-takes-step-closer-to-satellite-supported-air-traffic-control.html

A new satellite-supported system designed to replace radar as New Zealand’s main aircraft tracking technology is a step closer today.

Airways New Zealand has secured a supplier of ground infrastructure for its Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS–B) network.

“The network will provide a more detailed picture of our airspace than is currently possible with radar," says its chief operatons officer, Pauline Lamb.

"It will enhance the way aircraft are monitored in domestic airspace and will play a crucial role in supporting the growth of air travel in New Zealand."

ADS-B uses satellite GPS systems, aircraft transmitters and a network of ground station receivers to follow aircraft with a more precise level of accuracy.
With a network of ground receivers installed even in remote locations, the system will detect aircraft in places where there is limited radar coverage, like behind mountain ranges and at low altitudes in regions such as the Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and much of the South Island’s west coast.

ADS-B is the global standard for airspace surveillance and its introduction here is a key part of the New Southern Sky programme, the government’s 10-year plan to modernise New Zealand’s aviation system.

An intense period of air traffic growth is forecast for the Asia Pacific region. Visitor numbers to New Zealand are set to hit 4.5 million annually by 2022 and with 99% of them arriving by air, ADS-B will help to provide the airspace capacity to handle increased numbers, says Lamb.

“The precise tracking ability and increased surveillance coverage ADS-B provides allows us to reduce the separation between aircraft to have them safely fly closer together and on the most direct route, improving the flow of traffic and reducing environmental impacts,” she notes.

“In an emergency or search and rescue situation, this level of detail would mean we would be able to provide help to an aircraft in distress much more quickly.”
plane night
Airways has awarded a contract to French multi-national Thales to provide ground equipment for the $12 million network.

Installation work will begin in early 2017 and the first phase of the network will be operational by the end of December 2018 when a Civil Aviation rule is planned to be implemented requiring all aircraft flying in controlled airspace above 24,500 feet in New Zealand to be using ADS-B.

The requirement will be extended to all controlled airspace by the end of 2021 when the current radar system will be de-commissioned.

The relatively low cost of ADS-B ground equipment compared to traditional radar makes it the most cost-effective option for expanding New Zealand’s surveillance capability.

A smaller radar network will remain in place in New Zealand as a back-up.

MEASAT Knows How To Operate... Was Recognized At World Satellite Business Week

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1924752213

The annual World Satellite Business Week conference recently adjourned in Paris this last week, but not before awards were handed out. One of the companies to receive notoriety was MEASAT Global Berhad (“MEASAT”).

MEASAT was named “Regional Operator of the Year” in Euroconsult’s 13th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications.

The annual award, presented at the World Satellite Business Week conference in Paris on 14th September, recognises companies for outstanding accomplishments in the satellite sector. Winners are chosen by a panel of industry experts from Euroconsult, SpaceNews and Satellite Finance, assessing candidates using rigorous qualitative and quantitative criteria. MEASAT was recognized for its 2015 financial performance and strategic initiatives in Ultra High Definition and satellite broadband.

Paul Brown-Kenyon, CEO, MEASAT stated, “MEASAT is honored to have been recognized as the Regional Operator of the Year. The award is reflection of the dedication and hard work of the MEASAT team, as well as the support of our partners, customers, and regulator.”

Too Many Satellites Means Sky-High Margins Under Pressure

From http://finance.yahoo.com/news/too-many-satellites-means-sky-040100310.html

Satellite operators are launching more high-powered communications rigs into space, with two more set to join about two-dozen already in orbit by the end of the year, crowding the skies and threatening the industry’s fat profit margins.

The new orbiters being launched at a cost of as much as $500 million each are forcing established operators to embark on costly upgrades of their fleets at a time when their business outlook has darkened.

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Four companies -- Intelsat SA, SES SA, Eutelsat Communications SA and Telesat -- that have dominated the business for decades earn margins of more than 70 percent by beaming television across the globe. Now the added supply is boosting services like satellite phone calls, in-flight Wi-Fi and internet access in remote areas, but driving down prices.

“There’s certainly a lot of supply coming online,” said Blaine Curcio, senior analyst at Northern Sky Research. “Operators are launching huge satellites with overcapacity.”

Investors got a taste of the Big Four’s vulnerability in May, when Eutelsat lowered its profit estimates for this year and next, sending the shares down 28 percent in a day. Intelsat, weighed down by more than $14 billion in long-term debt, has seen its stock slide by more than 80 percent since the start of 2014. SES is down 12 percent this year.

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“There is excess supply for sure in certain markets and there has been for at least a year now,” Telesat Chief Executive Officer Daniel S. Goldberg said on a conference call in July. While demand is still growing, “the industry is going to have to digest the excess capacity that folks have collectively launched over the last couple of years.”

The explosion this month of a rocket carrying a satellite for Facebook Inc. has barely dented surging global capacity, which has more than quadrupled over the last decade to 1.5 terabytes per second, according to Northern Sky. That’s enough to transmit 3.6 million digital photos. The consultancy expects growth to accelerate, with a jump to nearly 8 terabytes in 2020.

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The increase has been driven by companies like London-based Avanti Communications Group Plc, Carlsbad, California-based Viasat Inc. and Thaicom, a Nonthaburi, Thailand-based provider partially owned by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek.

Airborne Wi-Fi

Lower costs could help companies like Panasonic Corp. and Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., which buy excess capacity on some of the 450 geostationary satellites orbiting Earth and sell it as services like airline Wi-Fi.

Others, such as Facebook and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, want to use satellites to expand internet connectivity in places like Africa, where they’re also used to ease burdens on phone networks. Facebook planned to work with Eutelsat to get more people online in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We know that broadband deployment increases economic development,” said Camille Mendler, lead analyst at research firm Ovum. “The young Steve Jobs of Cote d’Ivoire might well benefit if we had this kind of glut.”

So far, new services haven’t caught up with increases in the number and power of satellites. Jeremy Rose, senior consultant at research firm Comsys, said the situation reminded him of the 2001 crash in rates that fiber-optic carriers experienced after a building boom in the 1990s.

While satellite use varies by region and type, some of those orbiting over regions like Africa and the Middle East have as much as 80 percent spare capacity, Curcio said. Services like residential broadband are less consistent than television, creating peaks and valleys in demand.

Prices of some services have fallen by as much as 20 percent over the last few years, Eutelsat spokeswoman Vanessa O’Connor said. The company expects prices of satellite data transmissions to fall 50 percent over the next five years.

Many of the new services, which involve transmitting digital data rather than video signals, are less profitable, analysts say. More reliance on communications services means current profit margins are “not sustainable for a company selling mostly data services,” Northern Sky said in a report this month.

The Big Four, which still generate the bulk of their revenue from television, including pay-TV offerings that bounce signals back to homes, have different plans to counter the threat.

Ultra-HD TV

SES, which gets 70 percent of its revenue from video, is moving to accelerate adoption of ultra-high-definition television, spokesman Markus Bayer said. Ultra-HD uses more satellite space than traditional TV.

Eutelset, with 64 percent of sales coming from video, expects a rise in Internet video to offset lower prices, O’Connor said. Video provides 52 percent of revenue at Telesat and 38 percent at Intelsat, spokesmen said.

Intelsat’s data business is “under a lot of price pressure,” CEO Stephen Spengler said in an earnings call in February, though he added that the launch of a new satellite would help the company counter falling prices “with differentiated capacity and differentiated services.”

The Big Four are underestimating the threat, which will be compounded by advances in technology, said Tim Farrar, a consultant in Menlo Park, California. The push to upgrade to faster satellites gives operators less time to recoup investments.

“If prices crash, satellite operators won’t have 15 years to earn their money back,” Farrar said. “They will have 3-5 years. That’s the fundamental issue."

Tata readies Sky for UHD F1

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/21/tata-readies-sky-for-f1-uhd/

Tata Communications, Formula One Management and Sky have tested in action live Ultra HD broadcasting at the 2016 F1 Singapore Grand Prix. Following this first ever end-to-end broadcast of an F1 race in UHD, Sky will show all races of the 2017 season in UHD.

The successful proof of concept involved the installation of multiple state-of-the-art UHD cameras at the Singapore circuit. The footage from these was mixed in the FOM Broadcast Centre onsite, and the UHD output distributed live to Sky’s HQ in Osterley in the UK using Tata Communications’ Video Connect service. Video Connect enables broadcasters to deliver live video feeds over the world’s largest wholly-owned subsea fibre network, ensuring the highest quality experience for viewers.

“This proof of concept with Sky and Tata Communications demonstrates our ongoing commitment to make F1 the ultimate sports experience by harnessing the power of cutting-edge broadcasting technologies,” says John Morrison, Chief Technical Officer of Formula One Management.

“Delivering the race action seamlessly in UHD from any Grand Prix location to homes requires superfast, reliable connectivity on a global scale,” says Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director of F1 Business at Tata Communications. “And, other game-changing technologies like virtual reality will rely on ubiquitous, superfast connectivity too. As the break-neck speed of technology innovation continues, we’ll work with Formula One Management to enable fans to experience the exhilarating world of F1 in new ways.”

“We pride ourselves on being an extremely forward-thinking F1 broadcaster with a special focus on innovation,” says Keith Lane, Director of Operations at Sky. “UHD offers four times higher resolution than HD, making F1 a more powerful, immersive experience for fans than ever before. The success of this proof of concept in Singapore shows that we’re on track to show every race live in UHD next season using our next-generation Sky Q home entertainment service, and to continue to give our customers the action-packed F1 experiences that they crave.”



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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯替换CCTV-1(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,东方海外(老挝)等全组频道改频率,设置10850 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Samachar India(印度)频道新增,设置3689 H 15000参数免费接收。 [9月20日]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Jewelry替换Thaicom HD 3(高清)频道,设置11170 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Sundance Channel(高清)频道重现,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,RTM TV 1(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3918 H 18385参数免费接收。 [9月20日]


Millennial viewers favour piracy over linear TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/20/millennial-viewers-favour-piracy-over-linear-tv/

Following industry reports that indicate millennials spend 54 per cent of their TV viewing time streaming content rather than watching traditional live programming, the 2016 Millennials at the Gate report from creative advertising agency Anatomy Media looking at the streaming and piracy behaviours of young (18-24) adults, shows two key streaming habits should be of major concern to video publishers.

“Our study looked at young millennial viewing habits. It’s important for publishers to understand the behaviour of this population because this cohort forms the cutting edge of the change that is disrupting their business models,” said Gabriella Mirabelli, CEO, Anatomy. “As this population ages they will not adopt regressive technology, but rather their behaviours will migrate up and down the demographic spectrum. Looking at this group’s behaviours allows video publishers to look into the future in order to strategise and plan how to meet the viewership challenges – and potential revenue loss – they will be facing.”

Key millennial viewership trends highlighted in the study include:
•Sixty-nine per cent of young millennials use at least one method of piracy (download, stream or mobile) and survey results show that as a group their attitude is that piracy is acceptable. In fact, 24 per cent of those surveyed believe that both downloading and streaming piracy are legal.
•Sixty-one per cent of young millennials who stream content used a shared password or cable log-in. Extended economic dependence on the childhood home is correlated to sharing passwords, but it is notable that the behaviour continues even when the individual no longer shares a physical home with their parent. While streaming services enforce simultaneous stream policies, they do not appear to be tracking unique users and are thus under reporting unique users and missing out on a large amount of subscription revenue.

Millennials forego pay-TV for SVoD

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/21/millennials-forego-pay-tv-for-svod/

According to new research from The Diffusion Group, a majority of Millennial Cord-Nevers – adult broadband users between the ages of 20 and 35 that have never signed up for a legacy pay-TV service – perceive subscription streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu satisfy their video needs. Consequently, they feel little need for a traditional cable, satellite, or telco-TV service.

According to TDG’s latest research, three-quarters of MCNs believe SVoD services play a key role in their decision to forego legacy pay-TV (answering ‘5’ or greater on a 7-point scale). Importantly, two-thirds of MCNs rank this factor as very relevant (‘6’ or greater) in this decision, with half ranking it as extremely relevant (‘7’).

“The choice to live without legacy pay-TV is undoubtedly multi-dimensional,” argues Michael Greeson, TDG’s Director of Research. “High costs, poor value, and the availability of substitutes all play a role in this decision. Yet while cost of service has long been the dominant factor driving MCNs, the availability and sufficiency of SVoD now ranks as equally important.”

The second part of this equation is especially important. Greeson notes that, of the 81 per cent of MCNs that use SVoD, more than nine in ten believe the services are sufficient to meet their video needs.

In Q2 2016, TDG surveyed nearly 1,000 US Millennial Cord-Nevers regarding their motivations for eschewing legacy pay-TV, as well as their viewing behaviour across services and screens, and their interest in various channel bundles at different price points.

Cornell team develops water-powered satellite for lunar orbit

From http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/cornell-students-shoot-for-the-moon-with-water-propulsion/article/475310

A tiny satellite, about the size of a cereal box and powered by water, is in the running to become the first CubeSat to orbit the moon.

A Cornell University student team calling themselves Cislunar Explorers is developing the little orbiter as part of NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, which is offering prizes totaling $5.5 million to teams that build small satellites known as CubeSats.
Cislunar was an apt choice for the team's name because it means "between Earth and the moon," because that is exactly where the winning team's tint orbiters are headed. NASA says the teams can compete in either a Lunar Derby or the Deep Space Derby. Right now, the Cislunar team is in phase three of the four-phased ground tournament portion of the challenge.

Cislunar Explorers

They finished first in the phase two portion of the challenge earlier this year. If Cornell's team finishes in the top three teams at the end of the tournament, their little CubeSat will be among the three orbiters launched in 2018 aboard NASA's Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1).
"This has a very important goal, and that is to demonstrate that you can use water as a propellant," Mason Peck, a mechanical and aerospace engineer at Cornell and leader of the team of graduate and undergraduate students, said, according to Space.com.

"Of course, we'd like to be the first CubeSat to orbit the moon," he added, "but even if we don't, if we can successfully demonstrate that water is all you need to travel in space, we've gone a long way toward achieving some important goals."

In looking ahead to the possible use of water as a source of propulsion, a spacecraft powered by water would not need to rely on Earth resources to function. Instead, water could be obtained from space-bound water sources such as asteroids, say researchers.

Peck pointed out that a lot of the total mass sent into orbit today is in the form of rockets. "But what if we could use what's already there? If we could do that, if we could refuel spacecraft while they're already in space, that means that we could go farther, probably faster, probably accomplish a lot more, and we wouldn't rely on Earth for supplies."

Cornell's CubeSat entry

Cislunar's entry consists of two L-shaped sections that would split apart, with each piece heading for the moon's atmosphere. In order to maintain stability, they will both spin while in orbit, using electricity to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen for fuel.
The fuels will eventually propel the two halves into a lunar orbit where pictures will be taken of the Sun, the moon and Earth, enabling the tiny orbiters to keep track of their navigation. This technology is called optical navigation
Fueling the CubeSats is a unique accomplishment

The fuel problem was handled brilliantly. Hydrogen and oxygen have been used as a propellant in the early days of space exploration, like in the upper stages of the Saturn V and the Apollo program. But the two gasses were stored separately as cryogenic liquids.

Cislunar Explorers

Not only did it necessitate storing the gasses separately, but hydrogen needs to be stored at very high pressures and very low temperatures. This requires pumps, pressure vessels and heavy insulation.

Instead, the Cislunar team is going to zap the water with electricity, overcoming the molecular bond and separating the liquid into a gaseous mixture that will readily combust. To keep the water from just floating around in the propellant tank, the team has the spacecraft spinning around the thruster, and like a centrifuge, the water is flung outward, helping to separate inert from electrolyzed propellant.

The Cube Quest Challenge is sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate Centennial Challenges program. The challenges were initiated in 2005 to create interest in and directly involve the public in the process of advanced technology development.The challenges are open to independent inventors including small businesses, student groups and individuals.

MUOS-5 after slight orbit change with issue with propulsion still unsolved

From http://www.military-technologies.net/2016/09/20/muos-5-after-slight-orbit-change-with-issue-with-propulsion-still-unsolved/

MUOS-5 after slight orbit change with issue with propulsion still unsolved

Well known problems with propulsion of United States Navy communication Satellite MUOS-5 are still not explained even after performing visual inspection by one of the GSSAP satellites.

Since first problems with MUOS-5 were reported to public in July 2016, U.S. Navy has been trying to solve mysterious ISSue with propulsion. To remind: MUOS-5, representing next generation of Military communication satellites, was Launched on 24th June, 2016 and reached GTO orbit with perigee at 3829 km and apogee 35758 km. Unfortunately it failed (probably after conducting 3 or 4 from planned seven burns) to reach correct orbit for further tests performed from ground station placed at Hawaii. It has remained on orbit with apogee of 5398 km over Pacific with its IHI BT-4 thruster cut off. U.S. Navy announced in the beginning of August, that MUOS-5 will be using its additional 18 thrusters fueled with N2H4 to reach correct orbital position. In the beginning of September MUOS-5 started to use thrusters and slightly changed its orbit for 300 km in the perigee (from 15750 km to 16102 km). Still pace of the orbit change is very slow and probably satellite will fail to keep the schedule with reaching GEO orbit on December 2016. It is worth to mention, that on August 18, 2016, USAF declared that one of the high orbit space surveillance satellites will be commanded to perform visual check of the MUOS-5. This task was performed on August 19 by one from two operational Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program satellites operated by Joint Functional Component Command for Space at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California (first pair of GSSAP satellites were launched in 2014, second pair was launched on August 20, 2016). 1st Space Operations Squadron was ordered to perform rendezvous of GSSAP satellite and took high resolution pictures which could be useful in evaluating reasons of the problem. Unfortunately in spite of general announcement about performed maneuver no detaILS were unveiled. At the moment U.S. Navy or Lockheed Martin, manufacturer of the satellite, are still not able to evaluate condition of their spacecraft.


Owen "Feralkiwi" down in Christchurch gets his rebuilt 4.1 M dish up

This brilliant graphic shows all the action! yes its a magic self raising dish.. more about it over in the forum at nzdtv.com

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ABC3 becomes ABC Me, complete with app aimed at schoolchildren

From https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/sep/19/abc3-becomes-abc-me-complete-with-app-aimed-at-schoolchildren

Those who have grown out of ABC Kids can tailor the new ABC Me app for tablets with their favourite shows

Seven years after Kevin Rudd launched Australia’s first free TV channel for school-aged children, ABC3 is evolving into a dedicated app and broadcast channel called ABC Me.

It’s the first channel rebrand since the ABC dropped the name ABC1 and reverted to ABC in 2014.

Guardian Australia understands the rebranding of digital channel ABC2 will follow soon, more than a decade after its launch in 2005.

Designed for the older child, ABC Me will offer a personalised app which the over-fives can tailor with their favourite shows and topics and watch on a tablet. An app for smartphones will be launched at a later date.

Preschoolers already have Kids iview, a wildly popular internet TV service that was launched last year and is the leading video on demand service for children four and under.

Play School, Giggle and Hoot, Angelina Ballerina and Peppa Pig are all favourites with the ankle-biter set and the companion ABC Kids Play app was included in Apple’s best of 2015 collection.

But until now the older children have only had ABC3 and they’ve been watching catch-up TV on the main ABC iview platform – which is really designed for adults.

Since it was launched in 2009, ABC3 has produced award-winning Australian drama including My Place, Dance Academy and Nowhere Boys as well as the children’s news show Behind The News and plenty of animation.

But budget cuts by the Abbott government had seen a reduction in the level of new Australian content on the channel.The ABC head of digital, Rebecca Heap, said audience research showed this preteen age group wanted to watch programs on their devices when it suited them rather than be tied to linear television schedules.

“ABC Me is a response to the changing habits of the audience,” Heap says. “It’s not just a broadcast audience any more they expect it to be on tablets and, in the upper-end of the age group, on smart phones.

“Iview is there for this audience but it’s more than just having the content there. There is a real opportunity to tailor the content to them. “While ABC3 is a great part of iview – it gets 6m program plays a month – they need a more tailored experience.

“We’re a trusted brand and we make sure the experiences are safe, it’s freedom within boundaries.” Parents can set which shows they will allow their children to watch in a hidden part of the app.

Older children are more likely to watch on a device than on broadcast TV, which explains why ABC3’s audience numbers are very low, sometimes too low to show up in ratings figures.

The ABC3 channel reaches 56% of five-to-12-year-olds each month compared to ABC Kids which reaches 78% of under-fives every month. The low ratings for ABC3 have led to industry speculation the broadcast service will one day be wound down to a digital only service, in much the same way as BBC 3 in Britain.

For now the broadcast channel is staying put, but ABC Me would be the first broadcast channel the corporation would axe in favour of a digital-only service, sources say.

ABC3 was set up with an injection of $67m from the Labor government in the 2009 budget, unlike News 24, which was funded by internal savings.

The ABC now has four channels: ABC, ABC2, ABC Me and ABC News 24; and earlier this year all were available to stream live on iview.

First commercial space base to be built in Wuhan

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/First_commercial_space_base_to_be_built_in_Wuhan_999.html

The country's first commercial space industry base will be built in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, according to an agreement signed on


The Wuhan National Space Industry Base will focus on the development of carrier rockets and satellites, commercial launch services and applications of satellite data.

The base plans to establish an annual production capacity of 50 carrier rockets and 140 commercial satellites by 2020, said Zhang Di, deputy head of the Fourth Academy of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, after a signing ceremony between his company and the governments of Hubei and Wuhan at the Second China Commercial Aerospace Forum.

More than 700 government officials, military officers and experts from the space industry and universities attended the forum in Wuhan.

In mid-February, the Fourth Academy set up the nation's second commercial launch provider, Expace Technology Co, as the backbone of the Wuhan space base, with Zhang as the new company's chairman.

The company, which has registered capital of 300 million yuan ($44.9 million), has signed a 100 million yuan launch contract with several domestic clients, Zhang said. He declined to give clients' names due to business confidentiality.

He added that Expace has received orders for more than 10 launches using the academy's solid-fuel Kuaizhou, or Fast Vessel, rockets."In fact, orders have been continuing to swarm into our company, but we have to reject some of them because we must guarantee a good service quality," Zhang said. "We don't worry about orders because our rate, around $10,000 for each kilogram of payload, is much lower than the average charge in the international market, which ranges from $25,000 to $30,000."

In China, a commercial launch generally refers to a space launch activity paid for by an entity other than a Chinese government department or military agency.

China has launched 53 Long March rockets to carry 61 satellites into space for 24 foreign clients. However, all of these commercial missions were undertaken by the country's Long March rockets, which were developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, another major contractor in China's space sector.

Because of different mission requirements, the Long March series, which mainly uses liquid propellant, has heavier launch capacities and longer flight ranges.

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp began to develop Kuaizhou solid-fuel rockets in 2009, intending to form a low-cost, quick-response rocket family for the commercial launch market.

The first flight of a Kuai-zhou rocket occurred in September 2013, when the company launched the Kuaizhou 1 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province to put an Earth observation satellite into orbit. In November 2014, the Kuaizhou 2 sent another satellite into space from the same launch center.

The Fourth Academy is now making the Kuaizhou 11 and plans to launch it in 2017, according to Liang Jiqiu, chief designer of the Kuaizhou program at the Fourth Academy.

Liang said the Kuaizhou 11 has a liftoff weight of 78 metric tons and will be capable of placing a 1-metric-ton payload into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 700 kilometers, or a 1.5-metric-ton payload into a low Earth orbit at an altitude of 400 km.

He said the road-mobile rocket's prelaunch preparations will take very little time, and the launch can be conducted on rough terrain.Gao Hongwei, chairman of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, said the Kuaizhou rockets have a high level of strategic importance and a huge market potential.

He said investments in the commercial launch sector bring a return of up to 14 times the original input.

Hu Shengyun, a senior rocket engineer at the Fourth Academy, estimates that by 2020, the market value of commercial space activities in China will reach 30 billion yuan annually.

North Korea successfully tests satellite rocket engine

From http://news.sky.com/story/north-korea-successfully-tests-satellite-rocket-engine-10585490

The move by Kim Jong-Un will be seen by the West as a further provocation just weeks after tests on a nuclear warhead.

Kim Jong Un wants a satellite launch as soon as possible

North Korea has said it has successfully tested a new rocket engine which could be used to launch satellites.

The country's leader Kim Jong-Un has asked scientists and engineers to make preparations for a satellite launch as soon as possible.

The United Nations and others view the North's space launch development project as a way of hiding tests of missile technology.

It comes just weeks after Pyongyang officials said a "nuclear warhead explosion" had been carried out.

The country's fifth and seemingly largest nuclear test on 9 September caused a 5.3-magnitude seismic event and was described by South Korea as "maniacal recklessness".

It sparked calls from Britain, France and the US for new sanctions, with the UN Security Council saying these will be considered as part of "significant measures" against Pyongyang.

Can North Korea drop a nuke on America?

Jeffrey Lewis, a US analyst, said it appeared to be North Korea's largest test to date and claimed it boasted an explosive power of up to

30,000 tonnes of TNT - five times more than Pyongyang's last nuclear test in January.

If this was the case, it would be larger than the bomb dropped by the US on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in the Second World War.

North Korea has also performed a series of unsuccessful missile tests in recent months which are part of its push for a nuclear-armed missile that could one day reach the American mainland.

Japan to build satellite for Vietnam’s climate observation

From http://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/japan-to-build-satellite-for-vietnam-s-climate-observation-3470718.html

Japan to build satellite for Vietnam’s climate observation
A blueprint of the ASNARO-2 radar satellite to be built by Japan in 2017. Photo by space.skyrocket

Two Japanese companies are slated to deliver the final product in 2018.

The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology has finalized a deal to purchase a radar satellite from Japan for climate and natural disasters observation, which would become useful when cloudy weather affects optical satellites.

The Mainichi Shimbun said the compact 550-kilogram satellite is an advanced, radar-based model and will be Japan’s first exported earth observation satellite.

NEC Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. will produce and launch the first model for testing in 2017 with funding from the Japanese government.

The companies will then build a second, complete one in 2018 for delivery, according to the news report.

The Advanced Satellite with New System Architecture for Observation-2 (ASNARO-2), including its ground equipment, is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars and will be purchased with the Japanese government’s Official Development Assistance budget.

Unlike optical satellites equipped with cameras, the ASNARO-2 is capable of surface observations at night and in cloudy weather, which suits Vietnamese government’s purpose of using the equipment in times of disasters, particularly to obtain data on damage and the condition of crops.

Italy’s Rai launches free OTT service

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/19/italys-rai-launches-free-ott-service/

Italian public broadcaster Rai has launched its new multimedia platform, with free access via app and PC, both online and offline.

RaiPlay offers users a constantly updated catalogue of content. It includes 14 RAI channels in live streaming (Rai1, Rai2, Rai3, Rai4, Rai5,

RaiNews, RaiSport1, RaiSport2, RaiMovie, RaiPremium, RaiYoyo, RaiGulp, RaiStoria, RaiScuola), a TV Guide, as well as the possibility of watching catch-up content (TV series, movies, documentaries, concerts).

After registration, users can access content via the “view later” option, resume watching a video with the “last seen” option, and save programmes and watch them even without an Internet connection thanks to the “watch offline” option. The App also includes the Chromecast service, enabling users to use it as a remote control and transfer content to the TV set. All activities are multi-device, as the personal preferences are available on any connected device.

The RaiPlay App is available for the iOS and Android operating systems

Viceland channel goes live in UK

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/19/viceland-channel-goes-live-in-uk/

Viceland, the new 24 hour TV channel from global youth media brand Vice, has launched on Sky channel 153 and NOW TV.The 24-hour lifestyle and entertainment channel will take young audiences across the globe to offer a contemporary take on youth cultures, covering music, food, drugs, identity, sex, fashion, sports and more. Overseen by Oscar-winning director and producer Spike Jonze, the new youth-orientated channel will premiere exclusive, original programmes, all developed and produced entirely in-house by VICE. Alex Miller, Creative Director, Viceland said: “This is a new TV channel with a personality and a point of view. We want this channel to feel like it came from real people who really care, and we want it to feel special to viewers who watch it. We can’t wait for people to tune in.”

The channel celebrates its first day of broadcast with The Viceland UK Census, a new 90-minute one-off documentary which unveils the true attitudes and beliefs of young people in the UK.

ZEEL Cignals deal for Filipino channel Zee Sine

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/gecs/zee-cignals-philippine-entry-160919

MUMBAI: Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited has signalled a deal with Cignal TV for Filipino channel Zee Sine.

Earlier this year, ZEEL had announced its foray into the Philippines with its Tagalog and Taglish language Bollywood movie channel Zee Sine in partnership with the local cable TV distributor Cable Boss. Since then, it has been expanding its reach. An agreement with the cable TV MSO Cable Link followed which gave it access to subscribers in parts of Manila.

Then, last week, it announced a carriage deal with local satellite platform and DTH operator Cignal TV.

Cignal, launched in 2009, transmits 102 channels including free-to-air, SD and HD channels to household and commercial venues nationwide. It also offers a mix of 12 audio channels and on-demand service through pay-per-view channels. It is owned by MediaQuest Holdings, the media partner of PLDT Group.

The entertainment major launched the Zee Sine on pay TV and DTH operator Cignal TV which boasts a subscriber base in excess of 1 million. After launching channels in Latin America, Germany, Indonesia, the US, Malaysia, Thailand (not necessarily in that order), it was now the turn of the south-east Asian nation to see another offering from the Punit Goenka-led company.

Available on Channel 19 with Cignal Postpaid plan 290 and up and Cignal Prepaid Premium 300 and up, Zee Sine is backed by ZEEL's Bollywood movie library, the world’s largest with over 3500 titles.

The tag line of the channel is Bollywood Na Tayo! (Let’s Go Bollywood) and viewers have three Bollywood movies on offer daily with the 8pm movie band being themed as unli tawa Mondays (comedy), lab na lab on Tuesdays (romance), Bollywood divas on Wednesdays, Hari ng Aksyon Huwebes (action), star of the month on Fridays, blockbuster movies on Saturday and special monthly thematic films on Sundays.

Cignal VP/Head of Channels Management, Sienna Olaso, said that the partnership with ZEEL was a strong affirmation of Cignal’s commitment to provide the best Pay TV service to their loyal subscribers by providing them with world class shows and channels that catered to their diverse tastes in TV viewing.

Zee Entertainment CEO, Middle East and Asia Pacific, Mukund Cairae, said that Fillipinos had love in abundance for music and dance that Bollywood represents. Cairae added that he anticipated Fillipnos to connect with the Bollywood masala as the core values across Asia were similar. The strategy was to put Zee TV’s movies and shows on free to air channels while also running the 24x7 pay TV channel Zee Sine.

Cairae said the company was seeking to to do Filipino productions in phase II of the launch.


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all are FTA Note -> pipe them or stream them into VLC as most receiver won't handle H265 Hevc

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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,卫视中文电影(东南亚)道消失,设置4040 H 29720参数无效接收。 [9月18日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NTV-Serial、NTV-Pravo(俄罗斯)等频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数有条件接收。 [9月18日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,TRT World HD(高清)频道消失,设置3896 V 5632参数无效接收。 [9月18日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、澳门莲花(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月18日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BTV National、BTV World(孟加拉)等全组频道消失,设置4129 V 11395参数无效接收。 [9月18日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Golf HD、日舞高清(环宇卫视)等频道解密,设置12460 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月18日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,BTV Chittagong(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3725 V 4832参数无效接收。 [9月18日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,日舞、动物星球(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12591 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月18日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,STV(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4146 H 5317参数免费接收。 [9月18日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,SI-1 HD(高清)频道新增,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月18日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,湖南卫视、凤凰中文(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Program-10001(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3725 H 26665参数有条件接收。 [9月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Naxatra News Hindi(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3874 H 3400参数无效接收。 [9月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,TV 24(印度)频道消失,设置3756 H 13333参数无效接收。 [9月18日]


Atlas V WorldView-4 Satellite Mission Launch Postponed Second Time

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Atlas_V_WorldView_4_Satellite_Mission_Launch_Postponed_Second_Time_999.html

The launch of the Atlas V rocket with the WorldView-4 satellite has been rescheduled again and is now set for Sunday, September 18, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) said on its website. The launch of the rocket was previously rescheduled from Friday to Saturday because of the leak, according to ULA.

"The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the WorldView-4 satellite is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18 to allow the team additional time to evaluate the cause of the ground leak anomaly experienced during propellant tanking," ULA said on Friday.

Atlas V is now expected to launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in the US state of California at around 11:30 Pacific Time (18:30 GMT) on Sunday. The WorldView-4 satellite is a high-resolution commercial imaging satellite built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and owned and operated by DigitalGlobe.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Sorry for the late update

Interesting link to study over the weekend. Sit at your pc and go hunting "pirates" using satellite imagery


Firstlight Channel going onto Freeview NZ Satellite and SKY

"The Firstlight channel is currently broadcasting nationally 24/7 via the Freeview|HD (UHF terrestrial) network on Channel 26. But soon, Firstlight will be on Freeview Satellite (also Channel 26) and on SKY (Channel 206). The official launch is scheduled for Saturday 17th September 2016 at 6pm. The launch onto these two new platforms is planned to occur at the same time Firstlight turns 4 years old. Join us for the countdown to Firstlight's 4th Birthday at 30 seconds to 6pm on Sabbath 17th September."

Friday Feed
Optus D1 12429 v Sr 7000 NRL

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From the Dish

Apstar 6 134.0E 3840 H "HKS TV 2" has left .

LaoSat 1 128.5E 10730 V "Toonami Thailand" is now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Smile Home Shopping has replaced Holla" on, Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 3750 V "Efarina TV" is back on , clear.
Palapa D 113.0E 3753 V "Space Toon 3 Indonesia has replaced Space Toon 2 Indonesia" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3953 V "SCTV, Indosiar, O Channel, ANTV, Trans TV, Metro TV, National Geographic Channel Asia, Channel V International, Fox Sports Indonesia, Fox Movies Premium, Fox Indonesia and Cartoon Network South East Asia" have left again.

Palapa D 113.0E 4057 V "Ve Channel and Share Sekolah Fiqih Channel" have left .

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3962 L "Addis TV Network" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "Good News TV, 4WG TV, Prophetic Blast TV, Redemption TV Ministry, Blessing TV, RTM Yoruba and Harvest Broadcasting Network" have left
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "MTA International and Charis TV have started on , Fta. Untouchable TV, MTA Africa and Christ City TV" have left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12566 V "Ovy Movies and Revelation TV" have started on , Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "Clear TV" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,N News(巴基斯坦)频道改频率,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [9月16日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,澳门莲花、凤凰资讯(测试)等全组频道加密,设置10730 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3、浙江卫视(测试)等全组频道加密,设置10790 H 40000参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Star Channel(印度)频道新增,设置3684 H 4278参数免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Tribrata TV(测试)频道新增,设置4014 H 7200参数免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Colors Bar(测试)频道新增,设置3505 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,UzReport TV(高清)频道加密,设置11505 V 3800参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Channel V、Star Plus(孟加拉)等5个频道加密,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、中国电影(老挝)等40个频道新增,设置10850 H 40000参数部分免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test channel 1(测试)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [9月15日]


Rocket Lab nearly clear for NZ space launch

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11711279

The country's first space rocket company is now almost clear to launch, with the Government today signing off on a contract authorising Rocket Lab's activities from New Zealand.

The Auckland-based company, founded by innovator Peter Beck, plans to begin to launch its Electron rockets from Mahia Peninsula later this year, in what will be the first commercial space launches from New Zealand.

The contract is an interim measure to allow the company to commence launching rockets before the bill establishing a regulatory regime comes into force.

The Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill is expected to be introduced into Parliament later this month and the Government will be seeking to have it passed into law by mid next year.

The legislation allowed for the development of a space industry and its safe and secure operation meeting New Zealand's international obligations, including the Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA), recently signed with the United States.

The TSA is a bilateral treaty between the New Zealand and United States governments to enable the use and secure management of US rocket and satellite technology in New Zealand.

It allows commercial entities, including Rocket Lab, to import launch technology and satellites from the US.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce, who signed the authorisation at Rocket Lab's Mangere offices this morning, said the contract was an important milestone in the work the Government was doing to support the development of a Kiwi-based space industry.

"Rocket Lab is capitalising on some of New Zealand's advantages as an attractive location for space launches," Joyce said.

"We have clear skies, access to good launch angles, a skilled workforce and an innovation-friendly business environment."

The company's leading role in developing a New Zealand space industry would also provide opportunities for other entrepreneurs and businesses to realise spin-off benefits in a range of areas, such as advanced materials for use in space applications, Joyce said.

Before launching, Rocket Lab needs to obtain a license from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) so it can conduct its space launch activities in New Zealand.

Earlier this month, Rocket Lab signed a deal with Airways to clear airspace for a launch from Mahia.

Intelsat I-33e problems could mean insurance payout

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/16/intelsat-i-33e-problems-could-mean-insurance-payout/

It hasn’t been a secret that the recent launch of Intelsat’s latest ‘Epic’ satellite suffered a post-launch problem. The important satellite was launched on August 24th, and all seemed well, but on September 9th Intelsat said that a “malfunction of its primary [electric] thruster” had suffered an anomaly.

The primary electric thruster is designed to lift the satellite through its geostationary transfer orbit, slowly but steadily. These electric thrusters take a satellite into orbit without using ‘conventional’ chemical rocket thrusters.

Intelsat said the Boeing-built High Throughput satellite, destined to operate from 60 deg East, would not now arrive at its orbital position as expected in Q4, and following testing come into service before year-end. It is designed to replace Intelsat 904 when it arrives on station.

However, the Thruster problem means that it will take a few more weeks to reach orbit. Intelsat’s president Steven Spengler told the Euroconsult Satellite Business Week in Paris that I-33e would not now enter service until Q1/next year. He implied that this was the limit of the impact.

It has now emerged on the sidelines of the conference that the problem might trim up to 1.5 years from the satellite’s operational life. The problem means that this glitch could lead to an insurance claim of up to a reported $40 million payout.

DiCaprio unveils free technology to spy on global fishing

From http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report-dicaprio-unveils-free-technology-to-spy-on-global-fishing-2255614

The technology unveiled by Leonardo DiCaprio allows users to spy on global fishing practices, in a bid to curb illegal activity in the oceans. (AFP Relax News)

The technology, known as Global Fishing Watch, was officially released to the public during the Our Oceans Conference hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on Thursday and Friday.

It aims to offer a crowd sourced solution to the problem of illegal fishing, which accounts for up to 35 percent of the global wild marine catch and causes yearly losses of $23.5 billion, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Overfishing is also a growing problem worldwide, with about two-thirds of fish stocks in the high seas either over exploited or depleted, said the FAO. Some of the planet's largest fish, including tuna and swordfish, are below 10 percent of their historical level.

Using satellite technology combined with radar aboard boats, the site GlobalFishingWatch.org allows people to zero in on areas of interest around the world and trace the paths of 35,000 commercial fishing vessels.

"It gives the public an opportunity to see what is happening, even out in the middle of the ocean," said John Amos, president and founder of SkyTruth, one of three partners in the project along with Google and Oceana.

"We need the public to be engaged to convince governments and convince the seafood industry that they need to solve the problems of overfishing," Amos told AFP.

"If you can't see it and can't measure it, you are not going to care about it and it is not going to get solved."

The project has cost $10.3 million over the past three years to build, with $6 million of those funds contributed by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in January.

Other funders include the Marisla Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Wyss Foundation, The Waterloo Foundation and Adessium Foundation.

DiCaprio, well known for his commitment to the environment, is scheduled to highlight Global Fishing Watch and a series of other solutions for oceans at 1:30 pm (1730 GMT) Thursday, in a presentation viewable online at www.ourocean2016.org.

In order the make the data available for free, Oceana and its partners negotiated a deal with the satellite company Orbcomm to use its three-day old data, which is described as "near real-time," along with historical records.

Although the delay means that any criminals won't be nabbed instantaneously, advocates say the technology will open the world's waters to public watchdogs in a way that has never been done before.

"We think it is going to have a lot of impact, first of all just the deterrent effect of vessels knowing that we could see them if they are doing something they are not supposed to be doing," Savitz said.

"You can look at an area you are interested in, zoom in and see what data we have."

For instance, users could zero in on a marine protected area and see if any boat tracks have crossed into waters where they should not have been.

One could scan the map for any evidence that large vessels are fishing in areas that are reserved for small-scale fishermen.

Vessels can be tracked by name or by country, or by traffic inside exclusive economic zones.

The paths of ships are visible, including zigzag paths that could indicate vessels are avoiding shore to offload their catch on to other ships undetected, or that other illegal operations or human rights abuses may be under way.

Savitz said some capacities may be beyond the ability of the average Internet user, but that experts are available via the website to help with specific questions.

Future versions of the technology may even include tagging data for marine animals, so that the paths of whales and sharks and other fish might be visible alongside the vessel activity, she said.

Currently, Global Fishing Watch does not include every vessel, only those that broadcast data from the Automatic Identification System, collected by satellite and terrestrial receivers and meant mainly as a safety mechanism to avoid collisions.

Many of the world's largest fishing vessels are required by the International Maritime Organization to use AIS.

AIS can be turned off if the boat operator is doing something illegal, but Savitz said that such an on-off action would likely be apparent by tracing the boat's appearing and disappearing tracks.

Already, the government of Kiribati has used Global Fishing Watch data to unmask illegal fishing in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, declared off-limits to commercial fishing on January 1, 2015.

The owners of the vessel had to pay a $1 million fine and also made a "goodwill" donation of another $1 million grant, Oceana said.

Brazilian parliament approves joint satellite mission

From http://english.cctv.com/2016/09/16/VIDEIkcEQ32FGFBmQklzdo3e160916.shtml

Brazil's Parliament has recently given the go-ahead for construction of a sixth satellite. This is part of a Brazilian-Chinese partnership established almost 30 years ago.

In December 2014 a Chinese rocket soared into space with the observation satellite, CBERS4? a joint mission by the China Brasil Earth-Resources Satellite program-established in 1988.

In a couple of years the sixth satellite in the series - the CBERS4A - is scheduled for liftoff.

Sometime next year engineers will assemble it in the integration lab of Brazil's National Space Research institute for testing. It will then be transported to China's Taiyuan base for launch. That's scheduled for September 2018.

Brazil's program coordinator says without the CBER's partnership Brazil wouldn't have its own earth imaging resources.

"Of course it's fine to buy images from satellites of other countries, but we can't be sure these will always be available to us. So, it's very important to have the ability to develop, launch and control our own satellites," said Antonio Carlos Pereira, head of CBERS Program in Brazil.

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world with vast regions still underpopulated and of difficult access, like the Amazon jungle. So, images from satellites are essential to monitor the territory.

Like its predecessors, the CBERS4A willmonitor Brazil's natural resources and environment.

"For example, the Amazon Region, it's the biggest tropical forest in the world and it's been under deforestation for a long time now. Every year we do the whole mapping of the deforestation. It's very important for the government to monitor and to make the deforestation go down," said Joao Soares, CBERS application coordinator.

Under discussion the construction of two more satellites - CBERS 5 and 6 - for possible launch sometime in the next six years.

Ariane sees “demand surge” following SpaceX problem

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/16/ariane-sees-demand-surge-following-spacex-problem/

The September 1st fireball catastrophe on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has, not surprisingly, meant an immediate boost for France’s Ariane 5 rocket launcher.

Arianespace CEO Stephane Israel told journalists at the Euroconsult Satellite Business Week event in Paris that there had been an increase in enquiries from clients about launch opportunities in 2017.

But Israel said that while one extra launch was a possibility in 2017 and 2018 they currently had 22 future missions with its Ariane 5 rocket, 24 aboard Soyuz rockets and 10 flights with the smaller Vega rocket. He said that Arianespace was almost full up to 2018.

The enquiries are coming from would-be clients of SpaceX, and despite the positive words from SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell at the Paris conference and saying that SpaceX should return to flight during November, there was anxiety by her clients that the fireball problem had still not been formally identified. The worry from satellite owners is that any problem might need a re-design of Falcon 9 and the consequent delays while modifications were made.

Peru's first Earth observation satellite launched into orbit

From http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2016/09/16/peru-first-earth-observation-satellite-launched-into-orbit/

Lima – Peru's first Earth observation satellite has been launched into orbit aboard the European rocket Vega from a space station in French Guiana.

The submetric (0.7-meter resolution) observation satellite was launched at 8:43 p.m. local time Thursday (0143 GMT Friday) from the Guiana Space Centre near Kourou and its progress was observed from the National Satellite Imagery Operations Center, or CNOIS, in Pucusana, a resort south of Lima.

The Peruvian Defense Ministry provided live footage of the launch.

Defense Minister Mariano Gonzalez said at the CNOIS that "the launch of PeruSAT-1 is a milestone because for the first time it will provide us with technology capacity" for 10 years.

"PeruSAT-1 is the region's most powerful submetric observation satellite in its category," he added.

The 400-kilogram (881-pound) device will travel at a speed of seven kilometers (4.3 miles) per second and orbit Earth at an altitude of 694 kilometers (431 miles) with an image swath width of 14.5 kilometers (9 miles).

PeruSAT-1 was purchased by former President Ollanta Humala's 2011-2016 administration and is considered the most sophisticated observation satellite in Latin America with the ability to capture images of objects with dimensions of less than 1 meter (39 inches).

Peruvian authorities say the satellite will provide multiple benefits in the areas of security, national defense, productive activities and disaster prevention.

The satellite was built in France by Airbus Defence and Space in partnership with the National Commission for Aerospace Research and Development, or Conida, Peru's space agency.

PeruSAT-1 is part of the Submetric Satellite System, which under a 2014 government-to-government agreement with France also encompasses construction of the CNOIS, a technology-transfer program and access by Peru to images captured by other French satellites.

CNOIS' operations chief, Edgar Guevara, told local media that the cost of building the satellite and launching it into orbit was 150 million euros ($168.6 million).

PeruSAT-1 bears Conida's logo and a pair of messages: "Kausachum Peru" ("Long Live Peru!" in the Quechua language) and "this represents the dreams, labor and success of Peruvians working on and developing Peru's space capabilities."


UFO Destroys SpaceX Rocket On Launch Pad?


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JCSAT 2A 154.0E 12700 H "AG Net" has left .

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3740 V "Lan Qiu" has started on , Tongfang.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12390 V "Sony Channel Asia has replaced Channel NewsAsia" on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3790 H "Cinema TV, Naaptol Blue, Naaptol Marathi, MGK Naaptol Tamil and Nirmana News" have left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3984 H "MTV India" has started on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4020 V "Star Sports Select HD1/2" have started on , Videoguard.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Sabzbaat Balochistan" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony SAB TV and BBC Earth Asia have started on , encrypted. Sony Six" has left.

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东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3、浙江卫视(测试)等全组频道加密,设置10790 H 40000参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Star Channel(印度)频道新增,设置3684 H 4278参数免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Tribrata TV(测试)频道新增,设置4014 H 7200参数免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Colors Bar(测试)频道新增,设置3505 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,UzReport TV(高清)频道加密,设置11505 V 3800参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Channel V、Star Plus(孟加拉)等5个频道加密,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、中国电影(老挝)等40个频道新增,设置10850 H 40000参数部分免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test channel 1(测试)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [9月15日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,CCTV-2、CCTV-7(CCTV)等全组频道消失,设置4080 H 27500参数无效接收。 [9月15日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、HBO(AVG)等频道新增,设置11049 V 30000参数部分免费接收。 [9月14日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,Scpc-B(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3810 H 10400参数无效接收。 [9月14日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(UHD)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [9月14日]

东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Khoj India、RVS(印度)频道消失,设置3894 H 13840参数无效接收。 [9月13日]


NBN satellite service installation process an 'absolute bugbear': RSP

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-satellite-service-installation-process-an-absolute-bugbear-rsp/

As the biggest NBN satellite RSP, Activ8me is bearing the brunt of consumer complaints about delays in connections and third-party installers not turning up.

Retail service provider (RSP) Activ8me has said the company rolling out Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) is seeing "teething problems" with installing satellite services for users, resulting in a skyrocketing number of complaints from consumers.

Activ8me, which so far provides the highest number of NBN satellite services -- at 10,000 customers connected -- as well as fixed-wireless and fibre services, said it still has a backlog of 24,000 premises waiting to connect.

"We are currently experiencing an enormous lift in the number of complaints, and they're all around Sky Muster," Activ8me general manager Ian Roberts said at the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) 2016 conference in Sydney on Thursday morning.

"There are all sorts of teething problems associated with Sky Muster, and the installation process is an absolute bugbear."

As a result of the rise in complaints, Roberts said Activ8me has tripled the size of its call centre, as well as closing its offshore call centres in favour of having all support staff in Melbourne in order to better deal with the issues.

Despite this, Activ8me customers are still waiting between three and four hours to reach call centre staff -- and the telco can rarely help its customers resolve their issues because they are usually related to the installation process, which is carried out by third-party subcontractors.

"The issues are so far removed from things that we can control as an RSP, because the NBN do all of the installs, and they sub-contract that to Ericsson, who then sub-contract that to Skybridge, and that communication about that installation process is done by those third parties," he said.

"[But] the first point of call for the customer when the install fails or the installer doesn't turn up, or things don't work, is to come back to us, and they might be things that we can't resolve."

NBN has repeatedly faced complaints from customers about delays in being connected and installers not showing up for appointments.

NBN told ZDNet that it is working on dealing with the satellite-connection teething issues.

"Since launching our Sky Muster service in April, NBN has already connected around 30,000 premises in rural and remote Australia to our world-class satellite broadband service," an NBN representative told ZDNet.

"We are constantly working with RSPs and our delivery partners to fine tune our installation process and get end users connected to the Sky Muster service as quickly as we can and with the least possible disruption."

For its own part, Activ8me is attempting to improve communication with its customers, and is making use of social media to keep customers informed and aware of any problems.

"The NBN are doing a fabulous job in terms of rolling out 9,000 satellite installs a month, which is enormous in a country the size of Australia, and the teething problems are just there, and it's going to take six months to actually get over all of those teething problems," Roberts concluded.

The first of NBN's two new AU$620 million Ka-band satellites, named Sky Muster, was launched from French Guiana in October, with commercial services becoming available in April to provide high-speed broadband for those not living within the FttX, hybrid fibre-coaxial, and fixed-wireless NBN network footprint via the projection of 101 spot beams.

According to NBN's recently released 2017 Corporate Plan, satellite and fixed wireless will collectively cover 8 percent of the population, or 1 million premises.

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

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

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

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

NBN plans to launch Sky Muster II in October.

Seven West Media seeks to redraw Walt Disney TV deal

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/seven-west-media-seeks-to-redraw-walt-disney-tv-deal/news-story/ec5ed778e5fa6ae286ca9793ff77b881

Kerry Stokes’s Seven West Media is renegotiating its program supply deal with US media giant The Walt Disney Company, as Australian networks move to reinvest funds into local content.

Output deals with US studios have been a huge expense for free-to-air broadcasters and Seven’s Disney agreement is ­believed to have cost the leading Australian television network more than $50 million a year.

Sources said the deal, which provides Seven with programs such as Quantico, Grey’s Anatomy and Castle, was due to expire later this year or in early 2017.

It was the Disney output deal that gave Seven the highly successful series Desperate Housewives and Lost, which debuted in 2004 and were crucial in the network’s turnaround under former chief executive David Leckie.

The programs’ momentum helped Seven overtake its bitter rival, the Nine Network, in the 2007 ratings year and it is yet to relinquish that lead.

However, US output deals are out of favour with local networks, largely because overseas content can be digitally streamed or ­pirated, which means it is not as valuable as it was in a pre-­broadband internet era.

Therefore, the free-to-air networks and subscription TV group Foxtel, jointly owned by Telstra and The Australian’s publisher News Corp, have moved more funds into local content and live sport.

It is understood that Seven is seeking an arrangement whereby it would choose programs on a show-by-show basis, which is similar to agreements it nego­tiated with fellow US studios Sony Pictures Television and NBC Universal in 2013.

Output arrangements are costly and risky for networks ­because they commit the program purchaser to buy all of a ­studio’s new content.

Contemporary arrangements generally allow local networks to pay for a certain number of picks of series produced by a US studio in a year.

Seven also requires back catalogues of series and movies for its multichannels, such as its 7flix channel, launched in February.

The news comes after Nine announced it had signed a heads of agreement with US studio Warner Bros that will allow the ­network to exit some of its life-of-­series obligations.

Nine’s former $160m output deal with Warner Bros ­expired in January, when Nine was relieved from buying all of the studio’s new shows but it was still obliged to buy subsequent ­series of old programs.

Nine agreed to pay $86m to end this agreement, after booking a $46m impairment on the loss-making content from the deal in 2016.

To put the costs of Nine’s former Warner Bros deal in perspective, the network’s international cricket rights cost $100m a year.

Seven signed its own deal with Warner Bros last year, which gave it the free-to-air rights to the first seven series of popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. The deal saw Seven take ­replays of the program from Nine, which has the rights to first-run episodes.

Seven also has a digital streaming service called Presto, which it operates as a joint venture with Foxtel. However, Seven is expected to pull out of the venture this year and Presto is expected to be rolled on to another Foxtel platform.

The Australian revealed this week that Telstra was in talks with Disney about becoming the exclusive distribution partner for its DisneyLife subscription video-on-demand service locally.

It is understood that Australia’s largest telecommunications ­company is planning to distribute the Disney children’s content.

Telstra will offer it through its Telstra TV platform and an app that could be offered unmetered to its mobile customers, in a ­similar vein to its NRL and AFL streaming services.

DisneyLife launched in Britain last year but its arrival on local shores is believed to have been delayed by technology issues, with an entry expected to come later this year or early next year.

Optus selects Gilat's small-cell-over-satellite platform

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/optus-selects-gilats-small-cell-over-satellite-platform--1162501

Gilat Satellite Networks announced that Australian operator Optus selected Gilat's CellEdge SDR small-cell-over-satellite platform to extend 3G mobile coverage to regional and remote areas in Australia. By choosing Gilat's CellEdge SDR (Software Defined Radio), Optus aims to extend its 3G mobile network areas along some of the major highways of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, providing a 'check in' capability. Gilat provides an integrated platform, which combines small cell and VSAT functionality, and allows cost effective and fast deployment of mobile coverage.

Intelsat suffers problem with I-33e

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/12/intelsat-suffers-problem-with-i-33e/

Intelsat’s anticipated operational in-service date for its I-33e satellite has slipped from this year into Q1/2017. The reason, according to the company, is that the satellite suffered a primary thruster malfunction during its orbit-raising period.

The satellite, built by Boeing, was successfully launched on August 24th. Everything else, including the deployment of its solar arrays and panels, is working correctly, but the satellite is not now expected to begin its in-orbit testing until December. Intelsat says it should then start earning its keep during Q1.

Boeing is working with Intelsat to identify the cause of the problem.

I-33e is Intelsat’s second ‘epic’ high-throughput satellite, and is targeted to operate from 60 degrees East, and serve Africa, Europe, the Mid-East and Asia. Once the new satellite is on station it will relieve Intelsat 904 which will be redeployed to a new mission.

Astro posts earnings of RM125.4m in Q2

From http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2016/09/14/astro-posts-earnings-of-rm125pt4m-in-q2/

KUALA LUMPUR: Pay-TV operator Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd reported lower earnings in the second quarter ended July 31, 2016 due to higher content costs especially Euro 2016 and weaker ringgit and also lower subscription revenue.

It said on Wednesday its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) margin fell 6% from a year ago.

Its earnings were down 8.6% to RM125.43mil from RM137.23mil a year ago. It declared an interim dividend of three sen a share. Earnings per share were 2.41 sen compared with 2.64 sen a year ago.

“The decrease in net profit is mainly due to decrease in EBITDA of RM63.5mil, offset by a decrease in depreciation of property, plant and equipment by RM34.6mil and lower net finance cost by RM18.7mil.

“Lower net finance cost was due to no discounting of transponder’s deposit to its present value which was RM22.0m in corresponding quarter,” it added.

Astro's revenue increased 4.3% to RM1.428bil from RM1.369bil mainly due to an increase in subscription (of RM1.7mil), advertising (RM17.6mil), home-shopping (RM36.7mil) and other revenue (RM3.3mil).

The higher subscription revenue was due to an increase in average revenue per user (ARPU) for Pay-TV residential subscribers of 10 sen (from RM99.10 to RM99.20).

Radio’s revenue for the current quarter of RM86.5mil was higher by RM5.6m from the RM80.9mil a year ago, underpinned by effective yield and inventory management and the continuous strong listenership performance for its radio brands.

The increase in other revenue is due to increase in prepaid subscription revenue by RM2.8m.

“Home-shopping’s revenue for the current quarter of RM74.3m was higher by RM36.7m compared with the corresponding quarter of RM37.6mil. The higher revenue performance was due to increase in number of products sold and launch of Chinese Channel in October 2015,” it said.

Astro said revenue for the second quarter ended July 31, 2016 rose 4.8% to RM1.428bil from RM1.363bil in the first quarter. The factors were mainly due to an increase in subscription, advertising, home-shopping and other revenue of RM19.4mil, RM35.5mil, RM10.4mil and RM200,000 respectively.

Radio’s revenue rose 20.1% to RM86.5mil due to the festivities.

Home-shopping’s revenue rose to RM74.3mil from RM63.9mil was due to increase in number of products sold and festive season promotion.

However, EBITDA margin fell 5.2% from a quarter ago mainly due to higher content costs, particularly EURO 2016 and impact of weakening Ringgit, offset against discounts received from renegotiated content contracts.

Net profit fell 38.2% to RM124.3mil in the second quarter mainly due to decrease in EBITDA of RM50.7mil and higher net finance costs by RM76.3mil. The main reasons were higher unrealised forex loss arising from unhedged finance lease liability of RM52mil and unhedged vendor financing of RM21.1mil. However, the decrease was offset by lower depreciation of set-top boxes of RM14.4mil and lower tax expense of RM34.2mil.

For the first half ended July 31, 2016, its earnings rose 7.2% to RM327.60mil from RM305.54mil in the previous corresponding period. EBITDA fell 6% on-year primarily due to currency depreciation impacting content costs.

Its revenue rose 3.4% to RM2.79bil from RM2.699bil, supported by better performance of Adex and Go Shop.

“Advertising income grew by 10% on-year to RM336.3mil, from RM304.5mil in H1FY16, underpinned by Astro’s increased reach and integrated play of TV, radio, mobile and digital which are drawing in viewers, listeners and advertisers. Astro’s share of TV Adex and Radex amounted to 37% and 73% respectively,” it said.

Astro Group CEO Datuk Rohana Rozhan said Astro was serving five million or 69% of Malaysian households (3.5 million Pay-TV and 1.5 million NJOI) with growth primarily driven by its subscription-free TV service, NJOI (+ 38% on-year).

“Our challenge is to provide a choice of content, products, services, value propositions and customer experiences which is second to none,” she said, adding Astro would focus on getting to know its customers better.

“Viewership has increased with real time second screen engagement via Astro on the Go (AOTG), content mobile apps and through integrating social media onto our content delivery platforms,” she said.

Rohana said utility of these new value added products and services achieved strong growth.

The number of connected set-top-boxes jumped 118% on-year to 395,000 while video downloads increased to 522,000 per month, from 300,000 per month.

Mobile viewing also rose with AOTG app downloads increasing 67% on-year to 2.6 million and average weekly viewing time growing to 260 minutes.

Astro also saw higher demand for Astro First and Astro Best pay-per-view content, registering total buys of 1.7 million in 1HFY17. Take-up of NJOI prepaid pack rose 49% on-year to 931,000 buys.

NHK captures Louvre Museum in 8K

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/15/nhk-captures-louvre-museum-in-8k/

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has created an 8K programme in an international coproduction with French art museum the Louvre, for test broadcasts of 8K (Super Hi-Vision) just started in August. This marks the first international coproduction to be created entirely in 8K.

NHK says it hopes that the high regard that the Louvre, the world’s most famous art museum, has for 8K will help accelerate the spread and understanding of the format among those in the field of art.

Shot over 10 days in January this year, the programme includes footage of nine of the world’s greatest pieces of art belonging to the Louvre, including the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. The latest technology including wide colour gamut (WCG) and HDR (High Dynamic Range), has been employed to deliver a broader spectrum of colours and contrasts to create an image of such quality and depth that it will give viewers the feeling of being able to reach out and touch the artworks. The images will allow true perception of depth through the screen. The programme will also let viewers enjoy 8K’s 22.2-multichannel sound.

The show will be screened at special 8K viewing theatres in Japan from mid-November in 8K (Super Hi-Vision) Visitors to MIPCOM will also be able to see a 10-minute edited version of the show (October 17-19) in Cannes

SES unveils Maritime+ service to provide internet connectivity to vessels at sea

From http://www.ship-technology.com/news/newsses-unveils-maritime-service-to-provide-internet-connectivity-to-vessels-at-oceans-5006684

Global satellite operator SES has introduced its new SES Maritime+ service in a bid to provide high-speed connectivity to vessels passing through oceans across the globe.

Using SES’s global fleet of more than 50 satellites, Maritime+ will allow maritime customers to have easy access to tailor-made bandwidth and coverage packages.

Vessels, while passing through the oceans, will receive smooth roaming services with the help of SES’s over 20 teleports and more than 6,000 points of presence on the ground.

"We will continue to further improve and develop the throughput capabilities of SES Maritime+."

SES mobility market solutions centre head Elias Zaccack said: “SES Maritime+ gives our global customers the nimbleness and agility to customise their capacity demands whenever needed, and the peace of mind to focus on delivering the best customer service experience to the vessel owners.

“We will continue to further improve and develop the throughput capabilities of SES Maritime+ to ensure that vessels can travel around the world with seamless roaming.”

The newly launched service features SES’s global network infrastructure and hybrid satellite capacity with new technology from VT iDirect.

Maritime+ enables SES to provide customised service and various throughput options with standardised pricing irrespective of region or season of operation.

VT iDirect CEO and global sales senior vice-president Kevin Steen said: “Demand for VSAT connectivity continues to grow and is generating significant value across the maritime sector through a range of business, crew and passenger applications.

“Today, a new wave of service innovations like SES Maritime+ is making VSAT networks more powerful, affordable and easier to use, which drives even greater return on investment for maritime operators.”

VT iDirect has been providing IP-based satellite communications for more than two decades

Inmarsat Receives Global Satellite Operator Of The Year Award

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1727364217&menu=1

On September 14th, at Euroconsult's 13th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications during their World Business Satellite Week event, Inmarsat was the recipient of the Global Satellite Operator Of The Year award.

Euroconsult, a global consulting firm that specializes in space markets, announced the winning recipients during their hosting of this event and these awards recognize companies and their management for outstanding accomplishments in the satellite sector.
Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts who assess candidates using rigorous qualitative and quantitative criteria.

Michele Franci, Inmarsat Chief Technology Officer, collected the award on behalf of Inmarsat at World Business Satellite Week, which brings together the most influential representatives of the global satellite communications and information business.

Rupert Pearce, the CEO of Inmarsat, was obviously delighted this recognition and he said, “With Global Xpress in commercial service worldwide, our European Aviation Network on course to commence network trials in 2017 and the first two satellites in our sixth generation fleet on order with Airbus, we are entering a highly dynamic period of growth in our company’s history. To be named 'Global Satellite Operator of the Year' reinforces the global reach and global impact Inmarsat is achieving in diverse markets and communities across the world.”


Eutelsat Takes a Stake, Partners with V-Nova for Compression Technologies

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/broadcasting/2016/09/14/eutelsat-takes-stake-partners-v-nova-compression-technologies/

[Via Satellite 09-14-2016] Eutelsat Communications is taking a minority stake in V-Nova, a London-based expert in advanced video compression technology. Eutelsat and V-Nova also plan to enter into a commercial partnership focused on satellite video transmission markets, where Eutelsat will exclusively distribute V-Nova’s Perseus-powered compression solutions in jointly defined offers for pre-agreed markets.

Perseus delivers significant performance improvements in terms of picture quality, processing speed, latency and power consumption, and is compatible with legacy and new hardware, according to V-Nova. Eutelsat leveraged this solution to deliver live 4K lossless contribution of major matches during the UEFA Euro 2016 Championship in June and July this year.

“In partnering with V-Nova we are adding to our competence in the broadcasting chain and, specifically, we are increasing our technology advance by enriching the end-user experience for client broadcasters,” said Julien Seligmann, Eutelsat executive vice president of global video services.

Twitter streaming apps for Apple, Fire and Xbox

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/14/twitter-streaming-apps-for-apple-fire-and-xbox/

Twitter is making it easier to watch video from its live streaming partners with new apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Microsoft’s Xbox One.

The company is launching the apps in time for the first National Football League games that Twitter is streaming. Twitter has struck similar deals to stream other sports, entertainment and news content alongside relevant tweets from its network — all of which can be viewed on the applications.

The applications will also showcase popular tweets, as well as top videos on the company’s live-streaming application, Periscope, and its short-video app, Vine. Twitter has been under pressure to address several quarters of stagnant user growth and slowing advertising sales growth.

“Anyone with these devices, regardless of whether they have a Twitter account or pay TV subscription, can enjoy this experience,” Twitter said

Qatar plans to launch Sohail 2 satellite in 2017

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/qatar-plans-to-launch-sohail-2-satellite-in-2017--1162166

Qatar is planning to launch the Sohail 2 television and communications satellite in 2017, reports Gulf Daily. Qatari satellite company Es'hailSat said the Sohail 2 would support Sohail 1 and cover the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Sohail 1 was launched in 2013 and carried into orbit by the European rocket Ariane 5 from a base in French Guiana.
The project is a part large-scale Qatari investments in satellites and technology that will help the country have the extensive network it needs to broadcast the men's soccer World Cup in 2020.

PS4 supports HDR

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/14/ps4-supports-hdr/

Sony has rolled out its latest 4.0 system update (codenamed ‘Shingen’) for the PlayStation 4 that will bring High Dynamic Range (HDR) support to all models.

Users with a HDR TV set can use the new HDR feature with both gaming and entertainment content that supports HDR.

Netflix has confirmed plans to stream HDR content through its PS4 app when the PS4 Pro console launches in October.

Israel Admits Problems in New Military Satellite Ofek 11

From http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2420944&CategoryId=13936

JERUSALEM - Israel admitted some of the mechanisms of the new military satellite it launched into space Tuesday, have failed after entering into orbit, the country's defense ministry told local media Wednesday.

The satellite, named Ofek 11, was launched Tuesday from Palmachim base, to the south of Tel Aviv, using a Shavit rocket and although it managed to enter orbit, it faced connectivity problems, Yediot Aharonot newspaper reported.

Aimed at monitoring the Mediterranean Levante, Ofek 11 has been built by Israel Aerospace Industries, which has already put into orbit other satellites, including Ofek 7, 9 and 10, the last one two years ago.

The glitches in Ofek 11 follows the explosion of Amos 6 two weeks back at a NASA base in Florida - from where it was going to be launched by a SpaceX rocket - during routine pre-launch tests.

DishTV adds 32 educational channels to its bouquet

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-services/dishtv-adds-32-educational-channels-to-its-bouquet-160913

MUMBAI: Providing better quality entertainment to its subscribers and offering value for their money is DishTV. The DTH brand has taken its total count to more than 585 channels and services. It has reportedly added 32 new educational channels launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The content of the 32 channels is unique in order to provide maximum information through the visual medium. The educational channels are available from channel number 2001 to 2032 on DishTV and Zing.

DishTV CEO Arun Kumar Kapoor said, “We support the Government’s initiative of driving education through TV sets, and are delighted that these educational channels from the Ministry of Human Resource Development are available to all DishTV subscribers. We feel proud and contented at the same time as we are reaching a new milestone of having more than 585 channels and services on our platform."

With the focus on using space technology to expand reach, these channels will offer high quality educational content to all subscribers designed by central universities such as Jamia Millia Islamia, Punjabi University, IGNOU, Kashmir University and other leading educational institutions.

The service will also offer telecast of live classroom lectures from top-notch institutions including the prestigious IITs.


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From the Dish

Intelsat 8 169.0E 4007 V "Premier League TV and Sky Sports News HQ UK have started on, BISS. SET Asia and Colors Asia Pacific" have left again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3953 V "SCTV, Indosiar, O Channel, ANTV, Trans TV, Metro TV, National Geographic Channel Asia, Channel V International, Fox Sports Indonesia,
Fox Movies Premium, Fox Indonesia and Cartoon Network South East Asia" have started on , Xcrypt.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3980 V "Fox Sports Thailand has replaced Fox HD Asia" on , Irdeto.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3709 H "Channel 9" is now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "SJTV" is Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4013 V "MTV Beats has replaced X-Zone" on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4103 H "News 18 India" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Immaculate Impact TV, Harvest Broadcasting Network and Blessing TV" have started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3760 H "Fox Sports Asia, Fox Sports 2 Asia, Fox Sports 3 Asia and Fox Sports News Asia" have started on , Irdeto.

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Optus takes aim at Foxtel boss as it works to close EPL buffering gap

From http://www.adnews.com.au/news/optus-takes-aim-at-foxtel-boss-as-it-works-to-close-epl-buffering-gap

David Epstein, Optus VP of regulatory and corporate affairs

Optus is working on closing the buffering gap of its English Premier League (EPL) coverage and has reminded fans it offers Optus Sport on its satellite service – the same one that is used by Fox Sports.

In an exclusive interview with AdNews, Optus’ vice president of regulatory and corporate affairs David Epstein also took exception to remarks Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh's recently made about streaming being inferior to satellite for live sport.

Epstein says that Tonagh’s views, expressed in AdNews last week, are what you’d expect from an incumbent broadcaster when a new player has entered the marketplace, but were "misplaced".

“The online delivery platform is a relatively new thing and people will take time to adjust to this,” he says.

“Peter has made some points about how online delivery works, whether it is suitable for one-off big events as opposed to other events. I’d just point out that an EPL season is not a one-off like the Melbourne Cup, nor is it like the Super Bowl.

“People will choose how they want to watch things according to some of the motivators they might have.”

Epstein admits that Optus has received its share of “brick bats as well as bouquets”, but the telco is increasingly finding customers are adjusting to Optus Sport and “welcoming some of the innovations we are bringing to the table”.

Mind the gap

One of the major bugbears of EPL fans has been a buffering delay of up to a minute between action at the ground and the streamed coverage on the box. This has meant that fans can have key moments in a game, such as goals, spoiled on social media before footage hits their screens.

Epstein says Optus would like to reduce the delays in transmission as much as possible, but the current state of the technology made it challenging. The problem lies with the fact broadcast signals are not in a format native to online sports coverage and it has to be translated into different delivery mechanisms, known as recoding. This is not the case for transmissions via radiowave or satellite, even though these technologies still encounter very minor delays in reality.

“There’s different delays for different technologies, but there’s no doubt that down the track these things will eventually come together," Epstein says.

“I’m old enough to remember some very delayed terrestrial TV, sometimes up to half an hour. In the old days they used to send terrestrial TV by kangaroo hops down the microwave links between Melbourne and Sydney, whereas these days you beam it up via satellite.”

In other countries, live football leagues, such as Japan's J League and Germany's Bundesliga, are regularly delivered via over the top streaming.

“There will be always people at the moment, with the current state of online delivery technology, that would prefer something else – we get that," Epstein adds.

"We will work as hard as possible with our technology partners and our broadcasters partners to close that gap, but it can’t be denied we offer the satellite service for people who want the faster delivery mechanism.”

The telco also confirmed it has begun running external ads, the first from technology company Samsung, and has started showing programming of football tournaments in addition to the Premier League, such as Australia's Futsalroos world cup campaign.

Satellite option exists

To watch EPL via Optus' satellite service will set fans back $20 per month with an upfront installation fee of $250. Although this provides "a superior service", it's more expensive than the streaming service, which is $15 for customers with eligible phone plans between $30 to $84, and free for post-paid and broadband plans of $85 and above.

Epstein points out that Optus’s satellite service is comparable to any other on the market and their streaming technology experiences the same problems that any other would on the market, including if you were to watch Fox Sports via Foxtel Play of Foxtel Go.

“Some of the things [Tonagh was saying] were gratifying. He praised the high quality of the Optus satellite, the service which delivers Sky and Foxtel, and that’s just one of our delivery platforms we are offering the EPL on," Epstein adds.

An unlikely ally

Although Optus has been copping criticism from some fans, it has also received support from a streaming rival.

Stan chief executive Mike Sneesby tells AdNews the potential of internet delivered television to deliver sport and entertainment is an “evolution change in television” never seen before. He says the technology to overcome the live buffering gap already exists, but it will take time to iron out some of the complexity in the back end.

“The reality is all of the technology pieces to enable it in a seamless high definition viewing experience are all there today, but anyone who is rolling out a new product has to iron out their teething problems and that will happen,” he says. “This is not a long journey…the capability is there today.”

For some fans, however, the grass may always be greener.

Sky box bursts into flames

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11707633

Sky TV is investigating what caused a decoder to burst into flames.

The pay TV provider says there have been a few other cases where decoders started smoking.

But with more than a million decoders in New Zealand homes, the company says a unit catching fire is "incredibly rare" and it does not believe the problem is widespread.

Kaukapakapa woman Claire Buckley told the Herald she saw flames and smoke coming from her Sky decoder on Saturday morning.

The mother-of-two had been on the phone to Sky about the decoder, which she said had just stopped working when it happened.

"I went, 'Oh my god, oh my god, it's on fire'.

"And the guy [customer service representative] went, 'Oh yeah, there's probably something really wrong with it - you should unplug it'."

The representative told her he would credit her for the loss of Sky and would send a technician on Friday with a replacement decoder.

Buckley said a technician visited her on Monday saying the flames usually came out from the front right of the box. Hers had flamed at the back.

Buckley posted a warning on her local Facebook page and at least three other members commented theirs had also caught fire.

Silverdale man Anthony Nann said he was watching Sky in June when his TV stopped working.

Claire Buckley's Skybox caught fire whilst she was watching TV at the weekend

'Flames came out of the front'

Seconds later he heard a bang and saw flames coming out the top, he told the Herald today.

An audio visual professional working at his house blew the flames out and unplugged the box from the wall, he said.

Sky sent a technician to replace the box, but a month later Nann and his wife were watching TV when they heard a massive "pop and a big bang", he said.

"It blew. The next thing the telly went off and there was smoke coming out of the Sky box again.

"This isn't on really. If I hadn't been home this could have burnt my house down."

Nann questioned whether a recall was needed.

Sky TV communications director Kirsty Way told the Herald she had never heard of a Sky box bursting into flames in her 16 years at the company and said no recall was planned.

She confirmed a few cases where they had started smoking, but was unable to provide details.

"Electrical appliances can on occasion 'short' and there may be a failure of the box and some smoke."

Way said the company had arranged for a technician to take Buckley's damaged decoder away so the cause of the fire could be investigated.

Sky "was not saying it had never happened before, but given the number of boxes versus incidents it would affect a small fraction of a per cent".

NZ Fire Service and Energy Safety had no record of decoders catching fire. Energy Safety had contacted Sky about the incident following Herald enquiries.

What Happened to Sea Launch

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/What_Happened_to_Sea_Launch_999.html

Rumors about the future of Sea Launch are frequently aired. As of last week, media reports indicated that the floating launch platform was to be sold in 2017, probably to Russian investors. So, stay tuned for the next, or final, chapter in the bumpy life of Sea Launch.

Sea Launch is a unique space launch system intended to be an attractive way to launch geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellites. It was developed as a multinational endeavor that uses a mobile maritime launch platform for equatorial launches of commercial payloads on a specialized Zenit-3SL launch system. The first launch took place in March 1999 with launches occurring for the next 15 years. A total of 36 attempts produced 32 complete successes and one partial success.

Almost all payloads were communications satellites intended for geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Customers included EchoStar, DirecTV, XM Satellite Radio, PanAmSat, and Thuraya. Launch vehicle assembly and payload integration were done on a special-purpose ship, Sea Launch Commander, in Long Beach Harbor, California. Before leaving the harbor, an assembled vehicle was placed on top of a self-propelled seagoing platform, Ocean Odyssey, and both the ship and platform steamed to an equatorial launch location on the Pacific Ocean, south of Hawai'i.

A sea-based launch system means launches can be made from the optimum position on Earth's surface for geostationary satellites. This situation leads to increased payload capacity and reduced per-kg launch costs compared to other launch locations. Furthermore, the satellite may experience extended life on station due to a lower propellant expenditure upon final GEO injection.

Unfortunately, due to financial and geopolitical complications, in 2014, Sea Launch had to mothball both ship and platform, and stop operations.

Looking back to 1995, Sea Launch was originally established as a consortium of four companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and U.S. It was managed by Boeing and based in Long Beach, CA. Operations were carried out by participants from the shareholder companies.

Normal operations took place for 10 years, but in 2009, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Nevertheless, Sea Launch claimed it would continue normal business operations after filing for reorganization. However, about a year later, Energia, a 25% owner, announced a plan to acquire controlling interest in the company. One result of this was the introduction of land-based launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in early 2011. Sea-based launches were to resume later that year.

Sea Launch did emerge from bankruptcy in October 2010 as Energia Overseas Limited, a Russian corporation. Boeing and other U.S. companies did retain minority shares. However, in 2013, Boeing sued the Russian Energia and two Ukrainian partners, claiming the companies refused to pay more than $350 million following the joint venture's bankruptcy filing in 2009.

Jumping to mid-2014, following the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, a number of Russian media reports indicated Sea Launch might mothball the Odyssey launch platform. These claims were denied. Nevertheless, in August 2014, Sea Launch reduced staff and stopped operations, because they had no launches scheduled until late 2015. In fact, its last launch was in May of 2014.

Rumors about the future of Sea Launch are frequently aired. As of last week, media reports indicated that the floating launch platform was to be sold in 2017, probably to Russian investors. So, stay tuned for the next, or final, chapter in the bumpy life of Sea Launch.

Boeing satellite for Cayman Islands

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/13/boeing-satellite-for-cayman-islands/

Euroconsult’s Paris Business Week saw Boeing confirm it was to build a broadband satellite for the Cayman Islands. GiSAT will provide broadcast and broadband capability to a targeted 35 sub-Saharan nations in Africa.

GiSat will use Boeing’s tried and tested HS-702 model satellite for a private consortium based on the Cayman Islands. The satellite to deliver streaming media, digital broadcast and other communications services to Sub-Saharan Africa. With a coverage area encompassing 35 countries and 750 million people, GiSAT will deliver higher data rates at lower costs than previous satellites serving this part of the world.

“Our vision for GiSAT is to provide end users with connectivity and services that are affordable, rich in local content and truly broadband in nature,” said Bahram Pourmand, CEO, Global IP. “With the ability to reconfigure the GiSAT on-board processor, the Boeing digital payload will allow us to broadcast different channels to different beams from different locations, providing better service to broadcasters, mobile operators and ISPs.”

“Boeing’s latest digital payload – the most advanced design in the industry – offers greater flexibility for Global IP’s customers,” said Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International. “Boeing is committed to driving innovation in satellite technology so that our customers can bring the benefits of reliable, high-speed communications to people across the globe.”

Scheduled to enter service in 2019, GiSAT is designed to operate with more than 10 gateways in Europe and multiple gateways within Africa.

Privately owned Global IP was founded by three satellite industry veterans with 75 years of combined experience providing satellite products and services in emerging markets. The company CEO, Bahram Pourmand, was until recently EVP/GM, International Division of Hughes Network Systems LLC. The other two founders, Emil Youssefzadeh and Umar Javed were founders and executives of STM, one of the VSAT industry pioneers with a 15 year track record in Africa before sale of STM in 2013 in a private equity transaction.

Global satellite network planned to boost internet

From http://www.ecns.cn/2016/09-13/226266.shtml

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, the nation's largest missile developer, plans to build a space-based information network that will provide global coverage.

Liu Shiquan, deputy general manager of the State-owned space and defense giant, said on Monday the company will put 156 communications satellites into low Earth orbit, at an altitude of 160 to 2,000 km. Each satellite of the network will be able to transmit 500 mega-bytes of data per second.

"We will launch a satellite this year to demonstrate the technologies for the Hongyun Project. Before 2019, four satellites will have been put into space to conduct trial operations. The rest will follow in 2019 and 2020, ensuring that the whole network will be built before 2021," he said at the Second China Commercial Aerospace Forumin Wuhan, Hubei province.

"When the Hongyun system becomes operational, users around the world will be able to connect with broadband internet anytime and anywhere, even from on board an aircraft or a ship or in a remote area," Liu said.

Yang Yuguang, secretary of the International Astronautical Federation's Space Transportation Committee, said that most of the world's communications satellites today operate in the geosynchronous orbit at about 36,000 km above Earth.

"The prospect that the Hongyun satellites will operate in low Earth orbit will give them a lower probability of data transmission delays," he said. "That will strongly facilitate users' access to the internet around the globe."

Zhang Di, deputy head of the Fourth Academy of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, said Chinese internet giants such as Baidu Inc and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, as well as State-owned telecom companies like China Telecom, have contacted his company to explore cooperation opportunities.

In addition to the Hongyun system, Liu said, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp has begun developing a reusable combined-powered spacecraft for commercial space activities that it is expected to be put to service after 2030.

He disclosed that his company is also researching a large electromagnetic acceleration system capable of lifting futuristic electrically propelled rockets or traditional liquid-fueled rockets.

Yang said the electro magnetic launch system will help save fuel and boost thrust.

Bezos to challenge SpaceX/Ariane

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/13/bezos-to-challenge-spacexariane/

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has confirmed that he will build a family of rockets, called ‘New Glenn’, which will be similar in concept to the reusable rockets already conceived by SpaceX and planned by Arianespace.

The suite of rockets is named in honour of John Glenn, the first-ever American to orbit the Earth.

The massive two-stage New Glenn stands 270 ft tall, and is to be powered with seven giant rocket engines, already planned to be used in the USA’s United Launch Alliance (from the former Delta and Atlas operators).

Even bigger at 313 ft tall, the three-stage variant will be even more powerful.

Bezos said the rocket will come into use before the end of this decade. Bezos has already launched – and re-landed – his Blue Origin/New Shepard reusable rocket, which in essence is the first stage of the New Glenn vehicle.

SES Orders High Throughput Satellite from Thales with First Secured Anchor Customer for Inflight Connectivity

From http://www.newsnow.in/article/ses-orders-high-throughput-satellite-from-thales-with-first-secured-anchor-customer-for-inflight-connectivity

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announces the procurement of SES-17, a powerful high throughput satellite to be built by Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo-Finmeccanica (33%). SES has simultaneously entered into a long-term commercial agreement with Thales to offer FlytLIVE, a new inflight connectivity service over the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean region. SES will operate the satellite infrastructure for FlytLIVE, as well as the complementary ground network.

The new satellite SES-17, which is expected to be launched in 2020, will operate in geostationary orbit in the Ka frequency band. It will thus complement and strengthen SES´s portfolio of wide- and spot-beam capacity in different frequency bands (Ku and Ka) and orbits (geostationary, GEO, and medium earth orbit, MEO). It will extend SES's global capabilities for inflight connectivity and deliver high-powered capacity and managed services for data customers over the entire Americas and the Atlantic Ocean.

With the procurement of SES-17, SES has simultaneously entered into a separate commercial agreement with Thales, a leader in inflight entertainment and connectivity for airline passengers over the Americas. As SES-17’s first large anchor customer, Thales will be using the satellite’s next generation high throughput coverage to provide FlytLIVE, a new and next-generation connectivity solution for airlines, with full Internet services, including video streaming, games, social media and live television to passengers traveling over North America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean. Thales will launch FlytLIVE in 2017, operating it prior to the launch of SES-17 in 2020 on two existing Ka-band multi-beam satellites from SES.

Built on an all-electric version of Thales Alenia Space’s Spacebus NEO platform, SES-17 will weigh more than six metric tons at launch and will offer payload power in excess of 15 kW, with a design life of 15 years. Its highly flexible payload, with close to 200 spot beams of different sizes, will be designed to provide optimal coverage for the densest data corridors in the Americas (North America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America) and over the Atlantic Ocean. The orbital position and the intended launch vehicle have not been disclosed yet.

Having ordered three high-performing GEO satellites – SES-12, SES-14 and SES-15 – to deliver customised mobility services around the world, SES has been making successful inroads into the dynamic and buoyant aeronautical market in the past two years. Thales is the fourth major inflight connectivity provider to ink agreements with SES on its existing and future fleet. SES’s new satellite will also complement its 12 Ka-band satellites operated by O3b Networks in MEO to provide high throughput capacity to other data customers in the enterprise, maritime and government markets.

The procurement of SES-17 is fully compliant with SES's financial framework and fits within SES's existing CapEx guidance.

Karim Michel Sabbagh, President & CEO of SES, said, “SES-17 is another keystone in our unique satellite architecture and a major milestone in the execution of our strategy to build a differentiated portfolio of high throughput systems for very distinct customer needs. The new satellite will further strengthen our network capabilities to deliver unmatched next generation connectivity services. SES-17 is tailor-made for customers who demand globally flexible, scalable, future-proof and resilient solutions in the aeronautical sector, but also in other demanding data markets. The procurement of SES-17 also illustrates our long-standing relationship with Thales Alenia Space, which has built 12 satellites for O3b and is in the midst of building another eight.”

Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO of Thales Group, said, “Thales works together with its customers to help drive digital transformation across a broad range of sectors; whether it be aviation, ground transportation, aerospace, defence or security. Through this partnership with SES, and by leveraging Thales Alenia Space’s expertise, we are developing a satellite uniquely optimized for the fast moving aviation and mobility market. This will enable us to offer airline customers, a simple and seamless connectivity solution with unmatched performance.”

Euroconsult: 1,450 satellites built in next 10 years

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/13/euroconsult-1450-satellites-built-in-next-10-years/

Euroconsult’s latest data on the value of the satellite construction industry says that over the next 10 years some 1450 satellites are due to be built, and with a combined value of some $250 billion (€222.6bn).

According to the 19th edition of the report Satellites to be Built & Launched (over the next ten years), due to be published later in September, Euroconsult anticipates that 145 satellites with launch mass over 50kg will be launched on average each year by 2025 for government agencies and commercial organisations worldwide. When including satellites smaller than 50kg and the two mega constellations of OneWeb and SpaceX, the total would grow precipitously to 9,000 units (vs. 1,480 launched in the past ten years).

“Huge growth in satellite count does not automatically translate to a large market,” said Rachel Villain, Principal Advisor at Euroconsult and editor of the report. “As the price of the 7,550 future additional satellites is intrinsically low, the very reason for their existence, their market significance is small; they should represent no more than 8 per cent of the $270 billion to be spent building and launching the total of 9,000 satellites.”

The 1,450 satellites over 50kg to be launched over 2016-2025 should represent a market of $250 billion for the space industry to build and launch. A price decrease is visible in this core market of the industry, driven by 11 commercial constellations using 370 small satellites to be deployed into low or medium Earth orbits for communications or Earth observation.

“Still, over three quarters of the market remains with government satellites; the 880 satellites to be launched for civilian and military agencies in 60 countries represent a market of $193 billion. Governments dominate the space industry as established space countries replace and expand their in-orbit satellite systems and more countries acquire their first operational satellite systems, usually for communications or for Earth observation and imagery intelligence. About 85 per cent of the government market will remain concentrated in the ten countries with an established space industry (U.S., Russia, China, Japan, India, and five European countries). The other 50 countries engaged in space activities will launch twice the number of satellites that they did in the past ten years, i.e. almost 200 satellites. About half of these satellites will be procured from foreign manufacturers as domestic industry capabilities develop in these countries,” adds Euroconsult.

“In the commercial space sector, Euroconsult anticipates a total of 560 satellites to be launched over the decade by 40 companies. Most of these satellites will be for the replacement of the communications capacity currently in orbit. Over two-thirds of the commercial space market remains concentrated in geostationary orbit, the destination of almost 300 satellites operated by 30 companies for communications and broadcasting services. The 11 commercial constellations to be launched into non-geostationary orbits for communications services and Earth observation imagery should represent a market of $1.6 billion per year on average over the decade.”



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From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E 10730 V "Toonami Thailand, Boomerang Thailand, NHK World TV, TV 5 Monde Asia, KBS World, Beijing TV, Hunan TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, EuroNews, CCTV News, Aljazeera English, RT English, TNN 24, Thairath TV 32, TV 3 Family and Thai TV 5 HD1" have started on , Fta.
LaoSat 1 128.5E 10790 H "BBTV Channel 7, Thai Channel 8, Thai PBS, NBT TV, Spring News, Sabaidee TV, Workpoint 23, PPTV HD 36, TNN 2, T Sports Channel,
CCTV 5+, CCTV Golf & Tennis, Thai Channel 2, Amarin 34 HD, Fox Thai, Warner TV Southeast Asia, Mono 29, One HD 31, GMM 25, CCTV 2, CCTV 15, CNC World English and CNC World Chinese" have started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3820 V "K-Drama Box and Universitas Terbuka TV" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4057 V "Share Sekolah Fiqih Channel" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "MMCN TV 2" has left .
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Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 V "Sree TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3984 H "Animal Planet HD World India and TLC HD World India" are back on , PowerVu.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4006 H "Anandam TV" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "DW Deutsch" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3724 L "Kwesé Free Sports" has started on , Fta. Heritage TV and WTV have left.
Intelsat 22 72.1E 3742 L "Family TV and Kwesé Free Sports" have started on , Fta. Edu Channel and Heritage TV have left.
Intelsat 22 72.1E 3962 L "EBC 3, EBC North, EBC East and EBC South" have started on , Fta.

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Recycling a space antenna

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Recycling_a_space_antenna_999.html

ESA's new 35m dish in Australia

A decommissioned ESA ground station from Australia will be returned to service in the Azores, highlighting an innovative reuse that benefits both the Agency and European industry.

In December 2015, ESA's tracking station in Perth, Western Australia, had to be closed owing to radio spectrum restrictions imposed by the national telecommunications authority.

The closure comes at a time when ESA's station network - a mix of three, modern 35 m-diameter deep-space dishes and a mix of older, 15 m and smaller Earth stations - is adapting to evolutionary pressures, especially the need to increase science data download for future exploration missions such as Juice, Euclid and BepiColombo.

"At the same time, there is a need to support the development of commercial tracking service capabilities within European industry," says Manfred Lugert, responsible for the network at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

"The network must nonetheless maintain and develop specific capabilities for tracking newly launched satellites and launcher rockets, and provide dedicated support in the event of any spacecraft contingencies."

The estimated costs for simply scrapping the Perth station were significant, so the situation called for a solution that would benefit both ESA and European industry.

An answer in the Atlantic ocean
For almost a decade, ESA has worked in close cooperation with Portugal to maintain and operate a 5.5 m-diameter dish for tracking rockets on Santa Maria island, in the Azores. The island's mid-Atlantic location is ideal for tracking launchers such as Soyuz and Ariane lifting off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

This cooperation has enabled local industrial partners to develop and expand their capability to provide tracking services, and Portugal, an ESA Member state, was eager to see this expand, if possible.

In December 2015, Portugal expressed a desire to acquire the Perth antenna with the aim of upgrading and re-opening it at Santa Maria station, providing new opportunities for Portugal's national industry.

"ESA agreed in principle, and we worked with our Portuguese partners to develop a plan under which the antenna can be used to provide tracking services to a range of customers, including the Agency's own science missions, the downlinking of Earth observation data and, potentially, tracking the Proba-3 mission," says Thomas Beck, responsible for external services involving the network.

"This will help to provide expanded commercial and scientific opportunities for Portuguese industry while also enabling ESA to procure tracking services when necessary, so it's a real win-win result."

Long-distance re-lo
The Perth antenna and associated equipment will be transferred at no cost to Portugal. Dismantling at Perth, transportation to Santa Maria and re-erecting the antenna will be carried out under ESA contract almost completely funded by Portugal. The Azorean regional government will provide some of the new site infrastructure to accommodate the large antenna.

On 29 August, the Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, and ESA Director General Jan Woerner formalised the intention of Portugal to acquire the antenna by signing a corresponding document at ESA Headquarters in Paris.

For ESA, the initiative means that the Agency's network, which in a typical year provides over 50 000 hours of tracking services through nine core stations in seven countries to support some two dozen spacecraft, will have access to an additional, valuable external tracking resource.

"While it's important for ESA to develop and maintain a full range of spaceflight abilities and capacities, it's also important for us to help our Member States and European industry develop commercially valuable competences," says Rolf Densing, ESA's Director of Operations.

"We're delighted that venerable ESA infrastructure can be reutilised by Portugal, helping boost Europe's space competitiveness."

Telstra in talks to distribute DisneyLife

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/telstra-in-talks-to-distribute-disneylife/news-story/8f1c3648d977606503aa57cd17e11c46

The streaming wars are heating up as it emerges Telstra is in talks with US media giant Disney about becoming the exclusive distribution partner for its DisneyLife subscription video-on-demand service in Australia.

It is understood Australia’s largest telecommunications ­company is planning to distribute the Disney children’s content.

Telstra will offer it through its Telstra TV platform and an app that could be offered unmetered to its mobile customers, in a ­similar vein to its NRL and AFL streaming services.

DisneyLife launched in the United Kingdom last year but its arrival on local shores is believed to have been delayed by technology issues, with an entry expected to come later this year or early 2017.

It retails for £9.99 ($17.58) a month in the UK and offers access to the Hollywood giant’s venerable collection of animated films, such as The Lion King, Aladdin, and collaborations with Pixar ­including Monsters, Inc and Toy Story.

A Telstra spokesman declined to comment.

The telco last month launched a new app that aggregates its sports and entertainment content and announced deals with the leading streaming products, ­Netflix, Stan, a joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, and Presto, owned by Foxtel and Seven West Media.

It will be interesting to see whether Foxtel, jointly owned by Telstra and News Corp (publisher of The Australian) is able to offer DisneyLife to its customers that have access to Disney channels.

Telstra is increasingly focused on its own entertainment services, outside of Foxtel, that can be ­bundled with mobile and broadband plans.

The news comes as Amazon Prime’s planned Australian entry hits a speed bump, while Presto is expected to be wound up or rolled into another Foxtel platform in coming months, as revealed by this newspaper.

While reports had suggested Amazon was aiming to launch ­locally in line with the release of its new Jeremy Clarkson-hosted ­motoring series in coming months, it is believed the global digital giant has found that most of the premium Australian SVOD content rights have already been snapped up by the established ­services, delaying Prime’s arrival.

Sources said the decision to delay the launch, now expected to be next year, came after several visits by Amazon executives to Australia.

Reports last week said Amazon was pursuing video rights to a wide range of sports, including the French Open tennis tournament and rugby union events to draw more customers to Prime, which already has about 63 million US users. Stan has seized a number of big content agreements, including an exclusive deal with CBS Corp’s Showtime, while Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh announced the group had signed a new long-term exclusive deal with HBO at The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association’s annual conference last week.

Tellingly, Mr Tonagh did not mention Presto in his speech, ­despite claiming that Foxtel had long been a leader in on-demand content and mentioning the group’s other offerings in the ­sector. “ ... reading media reports when the SVOD services launched in Australia you could have been ­forgiven for thinking that on-­demand viewing had been introduced to Australian consumers for the very first time,” he said last week. “The truth is that Foxtel was then, and is now, a leader in on-­demand content through ­Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play and Foxtel ­Anytime.”

Mr Tonagh also confirmed reports in The Australian that Foxtel would offer a new packaging line-up that would compete with the major SVOD services on price.

Arqiva and Intelsat renew sports distribution

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/09/11/arqiva-and-intelsat-renew-sports-distribution/

Arqiva has extended its sports distribution contract with Intelsat to distribute premium sports content to viewers in the Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific region via multiple Intelsat satellites.

Under a multi-year agreement, Arqiva is using services on Intelsat 34 and Intelsat 20 to broadcast content to millions of sports fans located in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions.

“Intelsat’s premier video neighborhoods on Intelsat 20 and Intelsat 34 allow us to seamlessly and cost efficiently reach millions of sports fans outside of the UK,” said David Crawford, Managing Director of Arqiva Satellite and Media. “The combination of our distribution network and Intelsat’s satellite solutions makes it possible to view premium sports content worldwide, making Arqiva a trusted partner of choice to our customers.”

Distribution will be across Intelsat 20 (68.5 degrees East) and Intelsat 34 (304.5 degrees East).

Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, EMEA Sales said: “The renewal of this multi-satellite service to our longtime customer Arqiva is evidence that our Intelsat 20 and Intelsat 34 satellites offer maximum cable headend penetration, maximising the potential audience for sports programming around the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network has the reach and reliability that Arqiva needs.”

Roku lands its first streaming deal in Asia with Philippines-based PLDT tie-up

From https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/09/roku-pldt/

Roku, the streaming media company, has netted its first deal with an operator in Asia after it announced an agreement with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).

PLDT is no stranger to deals with tech companies, it invested in Rocket Internet to develop technologies for Southeast Asia and was an early backer of Netflix-like service iFlix, which also operates in Southeast Asia.

Now, through its deal with Roku, PLDT will sell a dedicated, own-branded Roku streaming player and offer an accompanying streaming service from Q2 2017. The company said the content will include programming from its Cignal network, iFlix and “content from global providers”, although a price has not been revealed yet. That represents a similar deal to Roku’s agreement with British broadcaster Sky, which also sells its box and service in Italy, among other partners.

“We’ll be able to offer consumers a low-cost device with access to the best content from the Philippines and around the world through an easy-to-use user interface,” PLDT’s Oscar Reyes Jr. said.

“In the past, operators first had to build or lease dedicated infrastructure in order to deliver TV services to the home, but with streaming that is no longer the case. As a result, we see a lot of interest from all over the world for our Roku Powered program from both telecom and pay TV operators,” Andrew Ferrone, vice president of pay TV at Roku, added in a statement.

Despite that interest, a Roku spokesperson confirmed to us that there is no immediate plan to expand its coverage in Asia at this point. The PLDT offering won’t go on sale until mid next year, so we may see increased activity close to, or after, it goes live.

Four stars in the sky

From http://www.tvbeurope.com/four-stars-in-the-sky/

IBC is proving to be an ideal opportunity for this Russian satellite operator to tell the industry about its capabilities. Gazprom operates the Yamal Satellite Communication System, providing users with satellite capacity worldwide and satellite services within Russia, including point-to-point links, TV distribution, VSAT networks, broadband and mobile backhaul.

The system currently consists of four satellites (Yamal-202, Yamal-300K, Yamal-401, Yamal-402), a telecommunication centre and VSAT networks. Total satellite constellation capacity amounts to 248 36MHz-equivalent transponders.

Around a third of GSS satellite capacity is concentrated in beams pointed over territories outside Russia.

Yamal-202 (49E), with its semi-global C-band coverage (Europe, Middle East, Northern Africa, South and South East Asia) is focused mainly on the international market. Yamal-401 (90E) is designed to serve the Russian market and CIS countries.

The satellite covers even the most isolated regions in Russia, providing C and Ku-band capacity.

Yamal-402 (55E) covers Russia, the CIS countries, Europe, and part of the Middle East and Africa to the south of the Sahara. The satellite’s southern beam brings enhanced capacity to Africa and is said to be ideal for supporting DTH services.

Yamal-300K is now located at 183E, and is equipped with a combined payload including 11 C-band and 18 Ku-band 72MHz transponders.

SpaceX appeals for help in probe of rocket blast

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_appeals_for_help_in_probe_of_rocket_blast_999.html

SpaceX appealed for help from the public and US government agencies on Friday in the investigation of what made a Falcon 9 rocket explode last week during a launch test.

No one was hurt in the September 1 blast, which happened as the rocket was being fueled ahead of a standard, pre-launch test known as a static-fire at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

"Still working on the Falcon fireball investigation," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter.

"Turning out to be the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years."

Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur who rose to fame as the co-founder of PayPal, added that the blast happened "during a routine filling operation."

"Engines were not on and there was no apparent heat source."

According to video footage of the incident, the SpaceX rocket and an Israeli communications satellite, Amos-6, suddenly burst into a massive fireball amid what appeared to be a succession of blasts.

"Particularly trying to understand the quieter bang sound a few seconds before the fireball goes off," Musk wrote.

"May come from rocket or something else."

He said "support and advice" from the US space agency NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the US Air Force would be "much appreciated."

The California-based company also issued an appeal to the public.

"Please email any recordings of the event to report@spacex.com."

The accident -- the second of its kind since SpaceX was founded in 2002 -- came just over a year after a Falcon 9 rocket exploded after liftoff on June 28, 2015, destroying a Dragon cargo capsule bound for the International Space Station (ISS).

Before that, SpaceX had logged 18 successful launches of the Falcon 9 -- including six of 12 planned supply missions to the ISS carried out as part of a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

ICT minister to hold meetings on satellite industry reform

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/ICT-minister-to-hold-meetings-on-satellite-industr-30295087.html

THE INFORMATION and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Uttama Savanayana will today hold a meeting with relevant state agencies to discuss ways to reform the satellite industry, following the Cabinet’s recent acknowledgement of its reform proposal.

The reform includes the ministry's plan to bring the existing licensed Thaicom 7 and 8 satellites into the concession regime.

Currently both satellites operate under the single licence of the licensing system of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

The minister will meet with the State Enterprise Policy Office and the National Economic and Social Development Board to discuss having the Thaicom 7 and 8 satellites operate under concession contracts and |get them to comply with the law, including the Public-Private Join Venture Act of 2013.

He has to clear issues with the Thaicom 7 and 8 satellites first and submit the results for the Cabinet's consideration.

The ministry recently proposed to the Cabinet that both satellites will have to comply with the ministry's concession regime as the satellite concession regime still existed. It is not until 2021 that the concession regime expires.

As part of the ministry's proposal, once the concession contract ends, the ministry will set the new satellite regulations and will ask the satellite operator to enter into an agreement based on the new requirements.

The new requirements might include the issue of national security and the number of transponders the satellite operator will have to allocate to the state for use free of charge.

Thailand's satellite industry has operated on the concession regime since day one and before the NBTC got off the ground several years ago and granted the satellite licences.

The Thaicom 5 and 6 and iPSTAR satellites operate under the concession regime.

The life span of iPSTAR and Thaicom 5 will end when the concession ends in 2021, while Thaicom 6 will outlast the concession by eight years.

Thaicom pays 20.5 per cent of its revenue for the annual concession fee to the ICT Ministry and the rate will rise to 22.5 per cent during the last five years of the concession.

The Thaicom 7 and 8 satellites cost Thaicom 5.25 per cent of its annual revenue to operate.

Thaicom 6 was launched in January 2014, Thaicom 7 in September 2014, and Thaicom 8 in May 2016.

Recently, the ICT Ministry hired the Thammasat University Research and Consultancy Institute to study government demand for satellite transponders and found that state agency demand is expected to rise between 3 per cent and 5 per cent per year.

Currently all state agencies including the military and the medical and education department use a total of 3.75 transponders of C band and 2.5 transponders of Ku band and use two gigabytes per second of Ku band. Thaicom has allocated one satellite transponder for free state use.

NHK confirms ‘roll-up’ 8K screen plans

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/11/nhk-confirms-roll-up-8k-screen-plans/

Japan’s NHK public broadcaster was showcasing its latest 8K OLED screen at IBC, developed in conjunction with LG Display and Astra Design. Measuring a staggering 130” across, the current plastic ultra-thin model can drop from the ceiling in the style of a cinema screen, and comprises 4 separate 65” screens stitched together.

The screen is just 1mm ‘thin’. Engineers from NHK’s Science & Technology Research Labs, speaking at IBC, said the R&D team were working towards having the technology in place for retail by 2020, and the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Other concepts under consideration would see screens able to be used in place of wallpaper, and while a separate box of electronics would need to be placed close to the screen it would not necessarily need to be fixed beneath the screen.

NHK captured more than 100 hours of Olympic Games 8K coverage from Rio, and these images were viewed by more than 200,000 people at special public viewing areas in Tokyo, Osaka and at more than 50 NHK retail bureaux throughout Japan.

Thuraya invests in new satellite expansion

From http://www.capacitymedia.com/Article/3584382/About-us/Thuraya-invests-in-new-satellite-expansion.html

Thuraya Telecommunications is expanding and launching new devices including an enhanced product portfolio and new L- band satellites.

Thuraya Telecommunications is extending its geographical reach, moving into new market sectors and launching new services and devices including an enhanced product portfolio, new advanced L- band satellites, HTS services, 'new wave’ IoT, content services and expanded coverage.

Samer Halawi, CEO, Thuraya Telecommunications said the company had finalized its next generation constellation plans that include an enhanced product portfolio, new advanced L- band satellites, HTS services, "new wave" IoT and content services and expanded coverage. The company is also taking financial advice about how to expand.

Thuraya's L-band network will undergo extensive evolution. While continuity is assured with both existing satellites Thuraya-2 and Thuraya-3 continuing to operate as planned, the current satellite footprint will be enhanced significantly with the launch of next-generation satellites from 2020. Thuraya's next generation system will focus on delivering high mobility services in its core and new markets. These will be complemented with High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services for bandwidth-hungry applications in land, maritime and aeronautical markets.

The constellation will be supported by highly advanced platforms for the provision of "new wave" IoT and content services, with multicasting and broadcasting capabilities. This will enable Thuraya to address new growth markets requiring the mobility, capability, and coverage that is uniquely available through L-band or HTS services, or in many instances through a combination of both.

Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya, said: "Thuraya will become the provider of choice for unified connectivity through an extensive program of expansion and diversification. Unrivaled and uncompromised new generation L-band and complementary HTS form the basis from which we will aim to innovate, disrupt, and redefine. Our portfolio will transform Thuraya into a one-stop shop for L-band, HTS, IoT and GSM. New markets are now accessible to us, and new technological capabilities will deliver an unparalleled portfolio of mobile products, applications, and services."

With more than 360 roaming agreements with mobile network operators around the world, end-users already use devices interchangeably both on Thuraya's satellite network and on GSM networks worldwide.

Thuraya is also now in the process of appointing a financial adviser to begin its fundraising activities. Discussions are already in progress Thuraya said.

ORS and Irdeto go Cardless to 2026

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/10/ors-and-irdeto-go-cardless-to-2026/

Irdeto, leader in digital platform security, and Austrian Broadcasting Services (ORS) have signed a new ten year deal which will see ORS implementing Irdeto Cloaked CA to enable the delivery of secure video entertainment services to its customers. The new partnership is the extension of a previous long-term relationship that sees ORS move from using Irdeto Conditional Access for smart cards, to software-based Cloaked CA.

“The market in Austria is highly competitive and evolving quickly, so it was important for us to establish a long-term relationship with a flexible security partner to support us as we expand our customer base and look to launch new services,” said Michael Wagenhofer, CEO, ORS.

“Irdeto Cloaked CA is unique in the market in its support of 4K UHD security standards in the satellite arena, and can be fully updated to support new options and mitigate evolving threats. ORS is a forward-thinking operator which realizes the importance of a secure platform for future innovation and growth and we are pleased to be continuing our relationship.” said Doug Lowther, CEO, Irdeto.

Norbert Grill, Managing Director & CTO, ORS commented, “The partnership with Irdeto over the last ten years has been a key enabler to help us establish our market position and its cardless CA offering will benefit our distribution chain, as we move away from the need to distribute smart cards, and enable us to roll-out new services quickly and efficiently.”

Irdeto Cloaked CA provides fully robust and effective security for both broadcast networks and connected IP environments. Bringing excellent flexibility and cost effectiveness, Irdeto Cloaked CA will allow ORS to continue to securely bring the latest content and services to its customers.

“In the competitive Austrian market, ORS is looking to provide new services and experiences for its customers and we are very happy to be renewing our partnership to provide a secure, future proof platform to enable this growth,” added Richard Frankland, VP Sales, EMEA at Irdeto.

Irdeto is also one of the first recipients of the Farncombe Security Audit™ Mark, which signifies to operators and service providers that its digital media content system has undergone an extensive security review.

(Craig's comment, cardless Irdeto was also a thing back in 2000!)

DStv NOW jumps to 60+ channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/09/dstv-now-jumps-to-60-channels/

South African pay-TV operator DStv has significantly increased the number of channels it offers users to its DStv Now on-demand app. Seventeen extra channels have been added including choices from MTV, Fox, Nat-Geo and DStv’s own ‘SuperSport’ brands, taking the overall total to more than 60.

The DStv Now app is free to all DStv subscribers. Users can log in to access their pay-TV account details, search the DStv channel guide and set remote recordings on their Exploras devices.

“We’re excited that we’re able to add more channels to DStv Now in such a short period of time – we added 21 channels earlier this year,” stated Graeme Cumming, GM/DStv Digital Media. “This time we’re adding incredible local channels such as VUZU Amp, kykNET Nou! and Mzansi Wethu – giving our customers access to the best local and international entertainment and sport while on the go.”

ITV, C4 and C5 join TVPlayer

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/09/itv-c4-and-c5-join-tvplayer/

ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have struck licensing deals with live streaming platform TVPlayer to simulcast the broadcasters’ free to air channels across a full range of devices including desktops, mobiles, tablets, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.

The agreement sees TVPlayer licensing the Public Service Broadcasters’ free to air channels for the first time, with the channels ITV 1, ITV 2, ITV 3, ITV 4, ITV Be, CITV, Channel 4, More4, 4Seven, Channel 5, 5STAR and Spike available on the platform this summer.

In addition to live streaming over wired Internet and WiFi, TVPlayer has also licensed 3G and 4G rights for all channels.

TVPlayer, with over one million viewers per month, is a popular online TV platform which streams live TV across multiple devices from some of the UK’s most notable free-to-air broadcasters and pay-TV channels. Following this deal, TVPlayer will offer over 100 channels.

Adam Smith, Founder of TVPlayer, said: “This is a significant move for the growth of our platform. Adding the UK’s key commercial broadcasters to our growing portfolio is a major benefit to our viewers as TVPlayer provides some of the UK’s best channels in one app. Through our growing platform, broadcasters not only enjoy direct access to a younger demographic, they are also able to reach even wider audiences”


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From the Dish

Apstar 7 76.5E 3725 V "GMA Life TV, GMA News TV International, GMA Pinoy TV Middle East and GMA Pinoy TV Asia-Pacific" have started on , PowerVu.

NSS 12 57.0E 11184 V "Qellat TV" has left .

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Air traffic control deal for Rocket Lab

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11706576

Rocket Lab and Airways have signed a deal to clear airspace for a launch from New Zealand.

A ''special use airspace'' will be created around the Electron rocket as it launches from its Mahia site through New Zealand airspace.

The rocket has enough thrust to lift the equivalent of a fully laden double decker off the ground and in its flight to space can reach speeds of more than 27,000kph.

Rocket Lab is promoting cut price transport of satellites into orbit by building cheaper rockets and greater launch frequencies than established competitors.

It has not set a date for its first test launch but has said previously it would be some time later this year.

Airways'chief operating officer Pauline Lamb said her organisation had been working with Rocket Lab for 18 months.

''From our perspective our role is to ensure that Rocket Lab can operate safely and minimise the disruption to the air network. Our air traffic controllers will protect this airspace from other aircraft using airspace separation procedures, and will do all they can to minimise the impact the launch operations may have on other airspace users."

Very few aircraft operate in the area, she said.

Airways controls airspace up to 60,000 feet and the rocket will be in that zone for about 90 seconds.

A dedicated Airways controller at the state owned enterprise's Christchurch centre will monitor the rocket and be in touch with Rocket Lab's own ground controllers.

Rocket Lab is promoting cut price transport of satellites into orbit by building cheaper rockets and greater launch frequencies than established competitors.

The two-stage carbon fibre Electron is 16m tall, 1.20m in diameter and has a lift-off mass of 12,800kg. The company plans up to 100 launches a year.

Lamb said Airways was in a strong position to be working with Rocket Lab.

It had enabled around 120 near-space launches through New Zealand airspace.

Organisations such as NASA and Google have chosen New Zealand for their balloon launches due to the country's relatively uncongested airspace, she said.

Telstra goes global with new media network

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/08/telstra-goes-global-with-new-media-network/

Australian telco Telstra has unveiled its new Global Media Network, a professional media contribution solution which enables broadcasters and content developers to take their content global.

Custom-built for the media industry, the Telstra Global Media Network aims to provides simple and efficient delivery of live and file-based video content by combining Telstra’s network of global submarine cables, satellite stations, and broadcast operations into one solution.

Trevor Boal, Head of Telstra Broadcast Services, said that by using the Telstra Global Media Network customers could quickly deliver content across the world – whether a broadcaster wanting to source a time critical sports event or content producers that need to deliver a television programme between production facilities.

“The rapid growth of video on-demand consumption, particularly in Asia, has triggered a surge in demand for content with the number of unique channels estimated to reach nearly 30,000 globally by 2023, a more than 400 per cent increase from 2013,” he noted. “The Telstra Global Media Network was built to empower our customers to swiftly and smartly grasp the incredible opportunity at hand with the rise of demand for content.”

“With the Telstra Global Media Network customers can easily book services online and choose the level of support they need from self-service to dedicated 24/7 monitoring provided by our dedicated Broadcast Operations Centres in Sydney and master control rooms in Hong Kong, London, New York and Los Angeles.”

“Network reliability is crucial when it comes to live broadcasting which is why we have designed our Global Media Network with a geographically diverse dual path ring that allows traffic to be automatically diverted if there is an interruption on one part of the network.”

“The launch of Telstra’s Global Media Network is an important addition to our professional media portfolio and further evidence of our commitment to providing the network and services necessary to support modern media companies. Expanding our presence in this market is a priority for Telstra’s enterprise business and we are investing heavily to bring to market the best solutions and technology for this industry,” he confirmed.

The Global Media Network is built on Telstra’s global infrastructure, which combines its high capacity submarine fibre cable network, with access to four teleports and over 40 satellites covering strategic media hubs across Asia, Europe, the United States and Australia.

FRANCE 24 debuts HD on AsiaSat 5

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/08/france-24-debuts-hd-on-asiasat-5/

FRANCE 24 has chosen AsiaSat 5 for the recent launch of its very first HD service in the world. This marks a major milestone for the expanded partnership between FRANCE 24 and AsiaSat and their continued commitment to bringing top quality international television from France to the Asia-Pacific.

FRANCE 24 and AsiaSat have been partners since 2009 when FRANCE 24 first launched its English language news channel into Asia. In 2010, FRANCE 24 further expanded its service with the addition of its French channel on AsiaSat 5. Through AsiaSat 5, FRANCE 24 now has access to more than 60 million TV households and close to 300,000 hotel guest rooms in Asia through key carriage agreements with major Asian cable networks, DTH and IPTV platforms, and hotels.
Broadcasting since 1 September, this new HD service transmits free-to-air in English, offering Asian viewers a brand new viewing experience of high quality culture, international news and current events from a French perspective

FRANCE 24 debuts HD service on AsiaSat 5

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 8 September 2016 - FRANCE 24 has chosen AsiaSat 5 for the recent launch of its very first HD service in the world. This marks a major milestone for the expanded partnership between FRANCE 24 and AsiaSat and their continued commitment to bringing top quality international television from France to the Asia-Pacific.
FRANCE 24 and AsiaSat have been partners since 2009 when FRANCE 24 first launched its English language news channel into Asia. In 2010, FRANCE 24 further expanded its service with the addition of its French channel on AsiaSat 5. Through AsiaSat 5, FRANCE 24 now has access to more than 60 million TV households and close to 300,000 hotel guest rooms in Asia through key carriage agreements with major Asian cable networks, DTH and IPTV platforms, and hotels.

Broadcasting since 1 September, this new HD service transmits free-to-air in English, offering Asian viewers a brand new viewing experience of high quality culture, international news and current events from a French perspective.
Receive FRANCE 24’s HD and SD channels free-to-air on AsiaSat 5 (100.5°E) in C-band with the following reception parameters:

Reception Parameters

Transponder C11H
4040 MHZ Horizontal Polarity
Video Mpeg-4
Modulation 8psk
Symbol rate 29720
Fec 5/6

FRANCE 24 SD (English & French channels)
Transponder C10H
4000 MHZ Horizontal Polarity
Video Mpeg 2
Modulation Qpsk
Symbol rate 28125
Fec 3/4

About France 24, a France Médias Monde channel (FRANCE24.COM)

France 24, the international news channel, broadcasts 24/7 to 315 million homes around the world in French, Arabic and English. The three channels have a combined weekly viewership of 50.9 million viewers (measured in 64 of the 180 countries where the channel is broadcast). From its newsroom in Paris, France 24 gives a French perspective on global affairs through a network of 142 correspondent bureaus located in nearly every country. It is available via cable, satellite, DTT, ADSL, on mobile phones, tablets and connected TVs, as well as on YouTube in three languages. Every month, France 24’s digital platforms attract 16.3 million visits, 36.5 million video views (2015 average) and 21.5 million followers on Facebook and Twitter (December 2015).

About AsiaSat

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

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Marketing & Global Accounts
Tel: +852 2500 0899
Mobile: +852 9097 1210
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com

Press contact:
Damien Amadou
Tel: +33 (0)1 84 22 74 32 / + 33(0)6 89 90 40 09
Email: damadou@france24.com

Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: +852 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Technical contact at the IBC
David Couret
Tel: +33 (0)1 84 22 85 35 / +33 (0)6 33 69 52 24
Email: dcouret@france24.com

In a first since 2013, China ‘fails’ to put a satellite into orbit

From http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/in-a-first-since-2013-china-fails-to-put-a-satellite-into-orbit/story-jQ5INni8PWHHHiN6TPARWN.html

China failed to put one of the most advanced satellites into the orbit. (Reuters File Photo)

In a rare setback, China failed to put one of the most advanced satellites into orbit, resulting in the loss of the satellite, a media report said on Thursday.

A Long March 4C rocket blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi but aihangtian.com, a website run by Chinese professional astronautic experts and space enthusiasts, said it failed to insert its payload, the Gaofen-10 satellite, into its designated orbit in what would be the first such failure since 2013.

There is no official announcement about it so far.

The police department of neighbouring Shaanxi province also posted photos on its social media account of a search and recovery mission for debris, in which the launch was dubbed a “failure”, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

While the entry was later removed from Weibo, it posted the debris of the rocket posted by the police.

The rocket was put into orbit the Gaofen satellite that is part of series designed to give China a global network of earth observation satellites with high-definition, all-weather, 24-hour intelligence gathering capabilities for military and civilian users by 2020.

The network is designed to be able to monitor any spot on earth.

While China has been launching numerous satellites, including the quantum communication satellite that provides hack-proof communication and prevent wiretapping and intercepts.

This is first time a Chinese rocket has failed since 2013, the post said.

In December 2013, the launch of an earth observation satellite jointly built by China and Brazil aboard a Long March rocket failed because of a rocket malfunction.

Nonetheless, the Long March series is claimed by the Chinese government to be the world’s safest rocket, with nearly 20 launches per year in recent years and a success rate of more than 96%, the Post report said.

NBCU’s Hayu to launch offline viewing

From http://tbivision.com/news/2016/09/nbcus-hayu-launch-offline-viewing/643462/

NBCUniversal International’s subscription video-on-demand service, Hayu, is due to add offline viewing options and is set to launch on Apple TV.

From the fourth quarter, viewers will be able to download shows from the Hayu and watch them wherever they are, without needing to be connected to the web.

The service will also be available to download from the Apple TV App store in Q4 in the three markets where Hayu is currently available – the UK, Ireland and Australia.

This latest milestone is a testament to our dual goal of growing reach and distribution while constantly innovating the Hayu experience,” said Hendrik McDermott, senior VP, branded on-demand, NBCUniversal.

“In the six months since launch, users have made it clear that they want the ability to access content wherever they are and that they crave the ability to easily stream Hayu to a large screen. We are delighted to make Hayu episodes available for offline viewing and be available across a broader number of platforms.”

Hayu launched earlier this year as a one-stop shop for NBCUniversal’s reality TV content – offering 3,000 episodes of programmes like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Real Housewives and Top Chef.

The service costs £3.99 (US$5.33) in the UK, €4.99 (US$5.63) in Ireland and AU$5.99 (US$4.63) in Australia and is available on a range of devices and through partnerships with Virgin Media in the UK and Foxtel in Australia.

TBI’s sister title, Digital TV Europe, revealed the launch of Hayu earlier this year

NovelSat, Ateme Partner to Offer Video Solutions for Satellite Broadcasters

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/broadcasting/2016/09/08/novelsat-ateme-partner-offer-video-solutions-satellite-broadcasters/

[Via Satellite 09-08-2016] NovelSat and Ateme have announced an agreement to pair the Ateme Kyrion high-quality broadcast video encoder with the NovelSat NS1000 satellite modulator. This technology partnership ensures that satellite broadcasting customers deliver the highest quality live and recorded video.

The NovelSat NS1000 satellite modulator is designed for high demand satellite transmission. While supporting all satellite transmission standards, including Digital Video Broadcasting – Satellite (DVB-S), DBV-S second generation (DBV-S2) and DVB-S2 extension (DVB-S2X), it also offers the NovelSat NS4 waveform, which delivers up to 45 percent higher spectral efficiency compared with DVB-S2, according to the company.

Based on the Ateme fifth generation STREAM compression engine, the Kyrion encoder provides the best baseband video quality at minimum bitrates. This solution has been designed for contribution over satellite and IP networks, with added value features such as ultra-fast-boot, ultra-low latency, and Average Bitrate (ABR) output. The Ateme Kyrion offers a software upgradable High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) encoding option to support Ultra-HD video streaming as well as legacy MPEG2 to H264 compressions.

Analyst: 100m HDR TVs by 2020

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/08/analyst-100m-hdr-tvs-by-2020/

By 2020, 250 million TV viewers around the world will be ready to watch shows using High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. According to a new report from Strategy Analytics’ Intelligent Home Group, annual worldwide sales of HDR-enabled TVs in 2020 will reach 58 million units, bringing the number of homes with at least one HDR-enabled TV to 107 million. Penetration of HDR TVs will reach nearly 25 per cent of homes in the US.

HDR programming has been launched by online video services such as Netflix and Amazon, and is expected to be introduced by leading broadcasters and pay TV companies over the next couple of years.

“TV manufacturers like Samsung and LG are keen to maximise the revenue potential of this new technology,” says David Watkins, Director, Connected Home Devices at Strategy Analytics. “HDR can make a noticeable difference for most viewers so there is an opportunity to accelerate the TV upgrade cycle.”

In spite of these forecasts, Strategy Analytics strikes a note of caution. The company’s latest consumer research shows that many viewers are confused about Ultra HD and 4K TV. In a survey of 6,000 US and European consumers, 15 per cent of respondents claim that Ultra HD TV services are available from their TV service, and 8 per cent claim that they have watched Ultra HD programmes. These figures are much higher than expected given that few Ultra HD services are currently available and suggest that there is considerable confusion over what Ultra HD means.

“The TV industry has put a great deal of effort into establishing the next generation of TV technologies,” comments David Mercer, VP and Principal Analyst. “The challenge now is to communicate the benefits of these enhancements to viewers and to reduce the uncertainty which could stall growth of new services.”

GSLV Successfully Launches Indias Weather Satellite INSAT-3DR

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/government-press-release/gslv-successfully-launches-indias-weather-satellite-insat-3dr-116090801526_1.html

In its tenth flight (GSLV-F05) conducted today, India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, equipped with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS), successfully launched the country's weather satellite INSAT-3DR, into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The achieved orbit is very close to the intended one. The launch took place from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota, the spaceport of India. This was the first operational flight of GSLV equipped with CUS and the fourth to carry the indigenous CUS. Todays GSLV flight was the third consecutive success achieved by GSLV carrying indigenous CUS and the 2211 kg INSAT-3DR is the heaviest satellite to be launched from the Indian soil.

In its oval shaped GTO, the INSAT-3DR satellite is now orbiting the Earth with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 169.76 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 36,080.5 km with an orbital inclination of 20.62 deg with respect to the equator.

After a 29 hour 40 minutes countdown, the 415 tonne, 49 m tall GSLV-F05 carrying INSAT-3DR, lifted off at the rescheduled time of 16:50 Hrs IST. The 40 minute delay in the launch was due to an anomaly observed in the functioning of a pressure release valve in the liquid Oxygen filling ground segment which was resolved later.

At 4.8 seconds before the countdown reached zero, the four liquid propellant strap-on stages of GSLV-F05, each carrying 42 tonne of liquid propellants, were ignited. At count zero and after confirming the normal performance of all the four strap-on motors, the 139 tonne solid propellant first stage core motor was ignited and GSLV lifted off. The major phases of the flight included the core motor burn-out, strap on burn-out, ignition of the second stage, separation of the core motor together with strap-ons, payload fairing separation, second stage separation, CUS ignition and its timely shut down after satisfactory performance. About seventeen minutes after lift-off, INSAT-3DR was successfully placed in GTO.

Soon after its injection into GTO, the solar array of INSAT-3DR was automatically deployed and the Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took control of the satellite.

Like its predecessor INSAT-3D which is providing service from orbit since 2013, INSAT-3DR is an advanced meteorological (weather observation) satellite built by India to provide a variety inputs essential for accurate weather forecasting. For this, it is equipped with three payloads (instruments), namely, a Multispectral Imager, Sounder and weather Data Relay Transponder. INSAT-3DR also carries a satellite aided Search and Rescue Transponder that picks up and relays alert signals originating from distress beacons of maritime, aviation and land based users.

In the coming days, INSAT-3DR's orbit will be raised from its present GTO to the final circular Geostationary Orbit (GSO) by firing the satellite's Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) in stages. The satellite will be commissioned into service after the completion of orbit raising operations and the satellites positioning in its designated orbital slot of 74 degree East longitude in the GSO and in-orbit testing of its payloads.

Todays flight of GSLV further highlights the success of ISRO in mastering the highly complex cryogenic rocket propulsion technology.



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Measat 3a 91.4E 3840 H "HBO South Asia has replaced Oh! K" on, MediaCipher.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Egg Network" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Rujumargam TV has replaced Mu Odia TV" on , Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11470 V Star Sports Select HD 1, Star Sports Select HD 2, WION, Colors Super, Zee Yuva, Vijay Super, Sony SAB TV India, Sony Le Plex and Zee Cinemalu
have started on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11550 V "Sony Max India +1" has started on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11630 V "Colors +1, SET India +1 and Zee TV HD +1" have started on , Videoguard.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3795 V "Arirang World" has started on , Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3809 V "Zee Studio and WION" have started on , Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3868 V "Boom Music, Naaptol Tamil, Gnext Discovery and MTV Beats have started Fta. Naaptol Marathi and Naaptol Kannada" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4003 V "Shubh TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11130 V "Trace Africa has replaced Trace Sport Stars" on , Irdeto.

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东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,PTV替换BBC World News(越南)频道,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。 [9月7日]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3替换陕西卫视(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月7日]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,陕西卫视替换CCTV-3(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月7日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,Star World Premiere HD(高清)频道消失,设置11550 V 28800参数无效接收。 [9月7日]
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Foxtel confirms NBN offering next month

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Foxtel will become an NBN retail service provider in October, with the pay TV CEO announcing that ADSL customers will be shifted over to NBN services once they are eligible.

Australian pay TV provider Foxtel has confirmed that it will begin offering retail services across the National Broadband Network (NBN) next month.

Calling it the "final piece in the puzzle", CEO Peter Tonagh said Foxtel will offer bundles of pay TV, telephony, and broadband.

"I am pleased to announce that next month, we will formally launch our service over the NBN, and that we have already begun rolling out some great new offers at competitive prices," Tonagh said at the ASTRA conference on Tuesday.

"For example, Foxtel Platinum customers can now receive unlimited broadband and standard and national phone calls for only an additional AU$75 per month, while other Foxtel customers can get the same service for AU$85 per month."

The pricing mentioned by Tonagh referred to Foxtel's current ADSL broadband offerings, with the pay TV provider's NBN bundles and pricing yet to be finalised.

The above pricing is also in addition to the amount charged for a pay TV subscription; for instance, customers would have to pay AU$26 for the basic entertainment package, plus AU$85 for phone and broadband.

Any customers who currently receive or sign up for Foxtel's ADSL service will be transitioned onto the NBN once it becomes available.

"We'll be selling NBN services soon," Foxtel's website says.

"Our ADSL plans give customers the benefits of taking up Foxtel Broadband now, and then provide an easy transition to the NBN network once customers become eligible.

"You can stay on your plan or switch to another NBN from Foxtel plan that suits you better."

Foxtel also announced that it will be moving to include more on-demand offerings in an effort to compete with increasingly popular and far lower-priced subscription video-on-demand services such as Netflix, Stan, and Presto -- while still standing by its traditional mode of delivery.

"For many years to come, we will continue to do what we have done since day one -- deliver high-quality, reliable, linear channels with the world's best content and the world's best brands," Tonagh said, referring to a report by the UK's Ofcom saying that "the rate of growth in on-demand viewing has slowed in the last two years".

"But equally, we will continue to expand and improve our range of viewing options for all subscribers: On demand, linear, anytime, across all devices."

Foxtel, which last year lost the broadcast rights for the next three seasons of the English Premier League (EPL) by being outbid by telecommunications provider Optus, also argued that fans prefer to watch sports on regular TV, not streaming services.

"Today, around 98 percent of sports viewing is watched live on a linear channel. The reason of this is simple: The best way to watch clear, live, high-definition, uninterrupted sport now, and long into the future, is via broadcast television," Tonagh said.

"Just ask an EPL fan."

Foxtel “revolutionises” OTT subscription access

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/07/foxtel-revolutionises-ott-subscription-access/

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has unveiled what it describes as a “revolutionary” new approach to pricing and packaging for IP-delivered subscription TV service, Foxtel Play. The move is designed to increase consumer choice and to break down traditional barriers to taking up Foxtel’s services.

Speaking at pay-TV trade body ASTRA’s 2016 conference, Foxtel CEO, Peter Tonagh shared plans to offer a new pricing model that features low cost entry points at prices that will be highly competitive with SVoD services, while still providing access to Foxtel’s superior content.

The new entry level pricing is set to launch in December and centres on a ‘bring your own device’ and ‘bring your own bandwidth’ model with IP-delivered entertainment brought to connected devices, such as a smart TV or laptop.

As part of the new IP offering, Foxtel will create five different entry level tiers to match viewers’ interests including two options for drama plus one option for Lifestyle, one for Documentary and one for Kids. Beyond this, customers will also be able to take the Sports tier and the Movies tier.

Subscribers will have access to all linear channels in the tier along with all of the on-demand, catch up and library content available to that tier plus mobile access via Foxtel Go.

“Foxtel has been at the forefront of providing unrivalled entertainment to customers for more than 20 years. Our new flexible pricing and delivery will mean that even more Australians will be able to design a subscription that works for them and once they experience what we have to offer, we’re confident they’ll be hungry for more,” said Tonagh.

As part of its new delivery options, Foxtel also confirmed that it is developing a new low cost ‘puck’ (likely to be based on Roku devices) to access its IP-delivered content. When it launches, it will have what Foxtel claims is a “tremendous” user interface with sophisticated search and recommendation functionality.

With the new pricing, Foxtel is now providing everything from a low cost, low commitment entry point, through to the premium, high end of the subscription TV spectrum via full service cable/satellite set top boxes.

In addition to its new IP pricing, Foxtel also announced that it has entered a new agreement with HBO that will give subscribers even more extensive access to the HBO’s library.

Tonagh also announced that in December, Foxtel will launch a new kids’ app that will enable kids to have access to all of Foxtel’s great children’s content, wherever they are. By downloading the app parents will be sure that their children only have access to age appropriate programming.

RTcomm builds satellite station in Yamal-Nenets

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/rtcomm-builds-satellite-station-in-yamal-nenets--1161271

Russian satellite operator RTcomm, a subsidiary of national operator Rostelecom, has deployed a new terrestrial satellite station in the settlement of Sabetta, based behind the Polar Ring in the Yamal-Nenets region, reports Cnews.ru.

The satellite has a diameter of 5 metres and a link capacity of 200 Mbps. The equipment installed is resistant to a temperature of 55 degrees below zero.

Snowden documents show UK spy station intercepted global satellite comms

From http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2470081/snowden-documents-show-uk-spy-station-intercepted-global-satellite-comms

UK responded to NSA director's 'collect it all' instruction by, well, collecting it all

MENWITH HILL surveillance station in Yorkshire is designed to intercept satellite communications, and US spy satellites can capture signals from mobile phones and even WiFi networks and correlate the data with specific ‘targets'.

That is according to the latest documents to be published from the stash leaked by US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.

The aim, at the time, was to target internet cafés and other sources of communications in the Middle East.

The documents show that Menwith Hill ran a programme to collect as much data as possible. GCHQ and the NSA had tools to collect (Asphalt), survey (Blacktop), process (Tarmac) and exploit (GTE/Index) the information.

The programme arose following an instruction from lieutenant general Keith Alexander in June 2008, then director of the NSA. "Why can't we collect all of the signals, all the time? Sounds like a good summer homework project for Menwith," he was reported as saying.

GCHQ responded by investing more than £30m on a new operations building at Menwith Hill with the ability to store and analyse a vast amount of intercepted communications.

The investment included a 200-seat auditorium to host classified operations meetings and other events, according to documents recently released by The Intercept, one of the outlets acting as custodian for the millions of documents leaked by Snowden.

The documents indicate that the investment between 2009 and 2011 allowed Menwith Hill to increase the level of signals processed from 140 out of 9,000 to almost all of the satellite signals that it targeted.

Menwith Hill exists officially to provide "rapid radio relay and conduct communications research", but in reality its activities have increasingly focused on eavesdropping, particularly on satellite communications.

The facility also takes data feeds from US spy satellites in orbit above countries of interest, which can capture signals from mobile phones and wireless networks.

The intelligence is fed into a programme called Ghosthunter, which focuses on targets in the Middle East "to learn and establish pattern of life for known terrorists who use internet cafés to communicate".

Relatively poor connectivity means that internet cafés in places like Yemen and Afghanistan tend to route communications via poorly secured VSAT systems that relay traffic at up to 16Mbps via commercial satellites in geosynchronous orbit.

However, while the latest documents provide new information about the activities conducted in places like Menwith Hill, and how the information has been used, the extent of Alexander's injunction to "collect all of the signals" remains unclear.

It is also not known whether such information gathering techniques are aimed at the UK, Europe and even the US.

Nagra extends Korean Ultra HD partnership

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/09/06/nagra-extends-korean-ultra-hd-partnership/

Kudelski Group’s Nagra has extended its content protection partnership with the Korean satellite broadcaster KT Skylife to include its anyCast Connect solution.

NagrakudelskiThe solution will allow KT Skylife to secure the expansion of its 4K Ultra HD service and implement a flexible two-way content protection solution across multiple networks.

KT Skylife launched its 4K Ultra HD offer to subscribers in June 2015. Today, its 24/7 satellite broadcast of five 4K Ultra HD channels makes it the operator with the most comprehensive line-up of 4K Ultra HD channels in the world.

Commenting on the latest development, Han Lee, KT Skylife CTO, said: “With Nagra’s latest content protection solution, we are able to expand our 4K Ultra HD service to multiple networks with the peace of mind that this premium content is secure.

“Working with Nagra on extending our 4K Ultra HD offer reinforces our commitment to delivering an exceptional pay-TV experience to our subscribers and allows us to offer new services over time.”

Jean-Luc Jezouin, Nagra’s SVP sales, Asia-Pacific, added: “KT Skylife is one of the world’s most forward-thinking pay-TV operators and have a set a new benchmark in delivering next generation pay-TV services in Asia.

“We are extremely pleased to support them in this latest service expansion and help them bring a high-quality pay-TV experience to consumers with a solution that is future-proof and that will support their continued growth.”

Alpha Networks and Globecast end-to-end OTT

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/07/alpha-networks-and-globecast-end-to-end-ott/

Alpha Networks a pay-TV technology company specialising in back-end services, today announced a new partnership with Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, that provides broadcasters and pay-TV operators with an end-to-end OTT solution. Pre-integrating ALPHA NETWORK’s Tucano TV back-end software platform with Globecast’s OTT delivery platform dramatically speeds up time-to-market for OTT services, enabling increased monetisation through targeted advertising, VOD, and nPVR. A demonstration of the end-to-end OTT solution will be provided at IBC2016, September 9-13 in Amsterdam at the ALPHA NETWORKS stand 5.A25 and Globecast stand 1.A29.

“The OTT market is competitive and it’s growing significantly. If broadcasters and operators want to be competitive, they need an efficient and affordable way of delivering content to any screen, anywhere in the world, with a reduced time-to-market,” said Frédéric Torasso, market manager for TV Everywhere solutions at Globecast. “Working together with ALPHA NETWORKS, we take the complexity out of launching an OTT TV and VOD service. Utilising our pre-integrated end-to-end solution, broadcasters and operators can seamlessly acquire, manage, and distribute OTT services on a global scale and take advantage of new revenue opportunities.”

Globecast’s TV Everywhere solution is a fully customisable OTT delivery managed service and includes video transcoding, packaging, and delivery to any connected device, enabling broadcasters and operators to be agile as their service offering grows. Part of the Orange Group, Globecast has more than 20 years of experience in media management services for the broadcast industry.

The Tucano back-end platform from ALPHA NETWORKS simplifies management of subscribers/offers and content types, including VOD, live, and catch-up TV, delivered over various networks. Featuring an open CMS/CRM architecture and software as a service (SaaS) business model, Tucano ensures trouble-free deployment within any new or existing workflow. The back-end platform offers a wide range of capabilities, including content management, offer and subscription management, billing, CRM, and logistics — streamlining OTT operations.
During the IBC2016 demonstration, ALPHA NETWORKS will be providing Tucano as well as Android and iOS applications, highlighting how operators can quickly and accurately manage VOD catalogues via the platform’s user-friendly interface. The content shown on the applications will be delivered live and on-demand using Globecast’s TV Everywhere solution.

“Speed is critical in the broadcast and pay-TV environment. If today’s operators can’t get an OTT offering off the ground quickly, they lose their competitive edge in the marketplace,” said Guillaume Devezeaux, CTO at ALPHA NETWORKS. “Partnering with Globecast on this end-to-end OTT solution, we make it easy for operators to provide live and VOD content on every screen. The solution has successfully been finalized and is ready for worldwide deployment.”

Free VOD service Netzkino launches on Apple TV

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/09/06/free-vod-service-netzkino-launches-on-apple-tv/

Netzkino Apple TV 3German ad-supported video-on-demand (VOD) service Netzkino has launched on streaming box Apple TV.

The Netzkino app available in the Appe TV Store in the areas Entertainment and Top-Apps (free) offers access to more than 2,500 full-length movies without a registration or subscription fee. A growing number is provided in HD quality.

Netzkino finances its free-of-charge service through advertising: Up to three commercials are shown ahead of a movie. During the film a commercial is shown after 10, 30 and 60 minutes. In the rest of the airtime, it remains commercial-free.

Netzkino also offers apps for iOS, Android and Windows, Amazon Kindle, Fire TV-Stick and Fire TV-Box, the major smart TV brands, Entertain TV and Chromecast. The service is also directly accessible through its website and YouTube.

LeoSat gets 1st client, working with Thales on sat system

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/leosat-gets-1st-client-working-with-thales-on-sat-system--1160975

LeoSat Enterprises, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites, announced a contract with its first customers, a financial trading company with offices worldwide.

LeoSat also completed a feasibility study with Thales Alenia Space for its constellation design and deployment and is currently working with it on the next phase to build the system.

LeoSat said its system of low earth orbit communications satellites can achieve lower latency and stronger end-to-end security compared to traditional satellite and terrestrial solutions used today. The advanced and unique system architecture uses optical inter-satellite laser links which connect the satellites, creating fibre-like symmetry at Gigabits speeds while providing total security as the data is encrypted and secured from end-to-end across the network, with no terrestrial touch points.

Siti & DishTV opt for Conax conditional access

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/technology/hardware/set-top-boxes/siti-dishtv-opt-for-conax-conditional-access-160906

MUMBAI: The Essel group has been using Conax’s tech for sometime now for its Siti Network (earlier known as Siti Cable). Now the group has extended that partnership for another product for both Siti Network and DTH operator Dish TV India. This time it is for the cardless set top boxes that the two are slated to roll out.

Based on the flagship Conax ContegoTM security hub, the Conax Cardless conditional access (CA) technology will be a key and essential security component integrated in the chipsets, which will enable use of multiple layers of content protection in the new Dish TV India and SITI Networks cardless STBs.

Conax Cardless technology employs a unique combination of hardware security and software security providing a hardware root of trust for the best level of protection. The secure software is executed within a purpose-built hardware protected environment (Secure Execution Environment) within the chipset.

The Conax Cardless technology provides seamless co-existence with legacy smart card population, all based on a single, unified back-end, meaning in any operation only one back-end is necessary
“With the growing competitive landscape in the operator segment, and the need for access to costly premium content and at the same time keeping operational costs low, it is essential to employ flexible solutions that also offer a high level of security as we look to continue to grow our business”, says Dish TV India managing director Jawahar Goel. “Conax has been a long term partner and we believe their strong security solutions will continue to provide an important layer of security to our growing pay-TV business already servicing over 13 million subscribers.”

“As we continue to advance our footprint in the Indian cable TV market and venture into digitization in phase 3 and phase 4 markets it is essential that new and cost-effective security solutions are available to us. SITI Networks is pleased to further its existing relationship with Conax and implement the Conax cardless technology going forward in our markets,” says Siti Networks CEO & executive director V.D. Wadhwa.

“Conax’ long term relationship and partnership with the Essel group reaches a new milestone today as we look to further strengthen both the Dish TV and SITI Networks platforms and help expand its customer base with a new high security, flexible and revolutionary solution,” says Conax president & CEO Morten Solbakken. “With this unique concept they are well positioned to capture additional new market share and protect the premium content demanded by savvy consumers. We are honored to work together with Essel Group in the next step of their journey.”


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The Mysat Arab channels are still FTA on Intelsat 19 KU

Asiasat 7 3751 V 2333 fec:3/5 A new mux started here

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3780 H "MTV NL" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "Music Plus has replaced Silver Screen" on , Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11265 H "TNT" has left .
Yamal 401 90.0E 11505 V "UzReport TV" has left .

ST 2 88.0E 10972 V "Mitra TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Reality Channel" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "Game Show" has left . Multimania is now Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "NRS Royal TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3894 H "Khoj India" has left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3984 H "Animal Planet HD World India and TLC HD World India" have left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4024 H Asianet, Asianet Plus, Star Suvarna, Star Vijay India and Star Vijay International have left .

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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,龙华经典、知识频道替换CCTV-6(华人卫视)等频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月6日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,北京卫视(DISH HD)高清测试频道消失,设置11727 R 27500参数无效接收。 [9月6日]

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Thailand to launch state-owned communications satellite

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thailand-to-launch-state-owned-communications-satellite--1160845

Thailand’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology has hired Thammasat University Research and Consultancy Institute (TU-RAC) to conduct a feasibility study to develop a state-owned communications satellite, The Nation reports. The project is in line with the government's plan to use communications technology to support economic and social development and to enable people to get quick access to state information.

The government also wants to have its own communications satellite to meet the increasing usage of satellites for communications, instead of relying mainly on Thaicom satellites. Thaicom has allocated six and a half transponders of its broadcasting satellites for state agencies on a rental basis and another transponder for their use free of charge. The state agencies also use a combined 2 Gbps of bandwidth for Thaicom's iPSTAR broadband satellite.

As part of the TU-RAC study, the total satellite usage by the state agencies is expected to grow 3-5 percent annually, taking in 14 transponders and using 4 Gpbs in the next five years. These figures indicate that the agencies' demand for satellite services in the next five years will be the equivalent of only half the normal 24-transponder satellite.

The cost of satellite usage by state agencies is expected to reach THB 4.2 billion per year in 2021 and THB 5.7 billion per year in 2026, up from the current THB 1.76 billion per year. Of the THB 1.76 billion, around THB 297 million per year is the cost of using 6.5 satellite transponders, while THB 680 million is for using 2Gbps bandwidth, and THB 783 million per year is for broadcasting.

Record number of broadcasters for Rio 2016

From https://www.paralympic.org/news/record-number-broadcasters-rio-2016

Coverage is expected to reach a global audience of four billion for the first time, and be the start of a digital revolution for Para sport.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed that the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be covered by television, radio and online outlets in a record 154 countries between 7-18 September.

It follows on from the London 2012 Paralympic Games where coverage was beamed to 115 countries, and represents a 30 per cent increase in territories showing the Paralympics four years ago.

The IPC is now more confident than ever that it will reach a cumulative global audience of four billion for the first time. It also expects Rio 2016 to be the start of a revolution in the way people watch Para sport, with some broadcasters choosing to create multi-platform options for their viewers online, in apps and on television.

Alexis Schaefer, the IPC’s Marketing and Commercial Director, said: “We are excited to be able to build on the success of 2012, where we reached a cumulative 3.8 billion viewers, with a number of new broadcasters coming on board. Existing partners have also recognised the demand and potential of Para sport by boosting their coverage, utilising new technologies and spreading it across platforms.”

Contributing towards the legacy of Latin America’s first Paralympic Games, American Movil will provide coverage to 21 countries in the Americas. Globo Sport TV will beam images of Brazil’s Para athletes as they attempt to secure a top five finish in the medals table for the hosts.

NBC and NBCSN in the USA will be showing 66 hours, including live online at TeamUSA.org with US Paralympics.

In Canada, an innovative consortium approach between the National Paralympic Committee, CBC/Radio Canada and its partners will lead to more than 1,000 hours of digital, television and radio content.

Japanese broadcaster NHK plan to show 120 hours of dedicated coverage across their networks through television, radio, digital services and 8K Super Hi-Vision, including live.

Europe will have a record of 53 broadcasters. Among them France Televisions will produce more than 100 hours of live broadcasts on France 2 and France 4 and broadcast a series of special programmes and documentaries. Channel 4 continues to push the envelope in broadcasting Para sport with British television’s largest ever team of presenters with an impairment across their 700 hours of live online and TV production.

SuperSport will broadcast the Paralympics in 30 Sub-Saharan African countries, alongside rights holders in Egypt and Libya on the continent more widely.

Australia’s Seven will deliver 14 hours of live coverage a day across the network’s digital platform, citing the most comprehensive, technologically advanced multi-platform coverage ever for a Paralympic Games. TVNZ and rights holders Attitude Pictures announced plans for more than 180 hours of coverage in New Zealand online on TVNZ’s fully live streamed TV channel DUKE.

“Overall digital output is increasing, alongside our own social media coverage with even more behind the scenes content and real-time videos than ever before and a record 680 hours of livestreaming at Paralympic.org on 15 high definition channels,” Schaefer continued.

“We are in a fantastic position across the world, including growth in the Americas which will make a huge contribution to the legacy of Rio 2016.

“I am delighted that we are enjoying great relationships with our largest ever group of broadcasters, who are essential and committed to building the profile and reach of the Paralympic Movement around the world.”

Fans can find out where the can watch Rio 2016 in their country at https://www.paralympic.org/watch-rio-2016, with more deals expected to be added before Rio 2016 gets underway.

Satellite Owner Says SpaceX Owes $50 Million or Free Flight

From http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/advocates-tinkerers-fight-their-right-repair-devices-n641931

Israel's Space Communication said on Sunday it could seek $50 million or a free flight from Elon Musk's SpaceX after a Spacecom communications satellite was destroyed last week by an explosion at SpaceX's Florida launch site.

Officials of the Israeli company said in a conference call with reporters Sunday that Spacecom also could collect $205 million from Israel Aerospace Industries, which built the Amos-6 satellite.

SpaceX said in an email to Reuters that it does not disclose contract or insurance terms. The company is not public, and it has not said what insurance it had for the rocket or to cover launch pad damages beyond what was required by the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees commercial U.S. launches, for liability and damage to government property.

SpaceX has more than 70 missions on its manifest, worth more than $10 billion, for commercial and government customers.

The space launch company is one of three major transportation and energy enterprises Musk leads. The others are electric car maker Tesla Motors and SolarCity, and Musk faces separate challenges at each of those money-losing companies.

Spacecom has been hit hard in the aftermath of the Thursday explosion that destroyed the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and its payload. The Israeli company said the loss of the satellite would have a significant impact, with its equity expected to decline by $30 million to $123 million.

Spacecom shares dropped 9 percent on Thursday, with the explosion occurring late in the last trading day of the week. Trading in the shares was suspended on Sunday morning, and the stock plummeted another 34 percent when trading resumed.

In a conference call with reporters, Spacecom's general counsel Gil Lotan said it was too early to say if the company's planned merger with Beijing Xinwei Technology Group would proceed.

Xinwei last month agreed to buy Spacecom for $285 million, saying the deal was contingent on the successful launch and operation of Spacecom's Amos-6 satellite.

"We hope to continue fruitful communications with the prospective buyer," Lotan said.

Xinwei officials on Monday declined to comment on whether the incident would impact the terms of the deal.

The firm said in a statement on Friday it was in close communication with Spacecom about how the incident would impact the merger. It added the accident would not impact its broader strategy to establish an integrated space information network.

Amos-6 was to be used by a number of key clients, including Facebook and Eutelsat Communications which leased the satellite's broadband services to expand internet access in Africa. Both firms are pursuing other options, the companies said in separate statements after Thursday's accident.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. Neither SpaceX, nor the FAA which is overseeing the investigation, have said how much damage the explosion caused at SpaceX's primary launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

SpaceX said on Friday that it would shift flights to a second launch site in Florida, which is nearing completion and which was last used to launch NASA's space shuttles.

Thursday's accident, which occurred as the company was fueling its rocket as part of a routine prelaunch test firing, was the second failed mission for Musk's space company in 14 months. In June 2015, a Falcon 9 rocket exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Florida, destroying a load of cargo headed to the International Space Station.

SpaceX returned to flight in December and since then has flown nine times, all successfully. It was scheduled to fly for the 29th time on Saturday. SpaceX declined to comment about what impact Thursday's accident would have on its schedule.

Spacecom looks for new satellite after Amos-6 explosion

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/594712/spacecom-looks-for-new-satellite-after-amos-6-explosion/

Spacecom has said it is exploring the possibility of procuring and launching a replacement satellite following the loss of its Amos-6 in a launch-pad explosion.

In a statement issued yesterday, Spacecom said that it will serve all of its current and future financial commitments and said it is developing a “plan of action” for how to move forward.

Spacecom CEO, David Pollack said that the action plan “represents the foundation upon which we shall recover from Amos-6’s loss”, adding that alternative capacity was being sought on other satellites.

“Our program includes, among other measures, exploring the possibility of procuring and launching a replacement satellite. Working quickly and efficiently, management is engaging with current and potential partners to move forward,” he said.

Some of Spacecom’s current Ku-band clients on Amos-2, which were due to be relocated to AMOS-6, will now be relocated to Amos-3, the company said.

For others, Spacecom said it is planning to help find capacity on other satellites or “possibly on a satellite that will be relocated, either permanently or temporarily, to the 4°West orbital position”.

Amos-6 was destroyed last week following the launch-pad explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was due to carry it into space during a standard pre-launch static fire test.

The loss impacted on Eutelsat and Facebook’s plans to lease the satellite’s Ka-band payload covering Sub-Saharan Africa in order to launch broadband services there from early 2017.

It has also thrown Spacecom’s planned merger with companies from the Beijing Xinwei Group into doubt. The US$285 million (€253 million) deal was contingent on AMOS-6’s successful launch and completion of in-orbit testing.

“Spacecom has updated Xinwei regarding the loss of the satellite and together the parties shall explore possibilities to amend the current agreement to reflect the new situation,” said the company.

Encompass, Intelsat in 4K and HD deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/06/encompass-intelsat-in-4k-and-hd-deal/

Encompass Digital Media, a global technology services company delivering end-to-end video solutions to broadcast and media companies, has expanded its use of satellite operator Intelsat’s powerful Galaxy fleet and premier video neighbourhoods to deliver high definition (HD) and 4K ultra high definition (4K UHD) content to 64 million households across North America.

Under the new, multi-year agreement, Encompass will further build upon its relationship with Intelsat and employ satellite solutions from Galaxy 13, located at 127˚W to host four of NASA TV’s HD channels as well as its 4K UHD distribution channel. Already hosting approximately 80 HD channels, Galaxy 13 is North America’s HD hot spot and is now building up a 4K UHD community.

“By leveraging the Intelsat Galaxy fleet and the power and versatility of satellite technology, Encompass is able to reach all of the US cable headends quickly, cost-effectively and reliably,” said Chris Walters, Encompass’ CEO. “Intelsat’s video neighbourhoods and advanced media community on Galaxy 13 will provide NASA TV with access to hundreds of millions of viewers and enable them to test the latest innovations in the marketplace. Our partnership with Intelsat will be instrumental in ensuring that we are strongly positioned to help our customers deliver the most consistent and immersive viewing experience securely across multiple platforms.”

“Intelsat’s Globalized Network and leading video neighbourhoods in North America are ideal platforms for programmers to cost efficiently expand their distribution network,” said Mark Rasmussen, Intelsat’s Vice President, Americas. “Intelsat and Encompass have a strong track record of working together to anticipate and meet viewers’ changing demands. From Standard Definition to 4K UHD services, we look forward to working with Encompass to further differentiate their offerings and continue to provide reliable, secure and high quality content to customers.”

Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet is known for delivering top distribution services for premier Tier 1 cable programming, multicultural and specialty programming, full-time broadcast distribution and occasional use contribution and premier regional and league sports programming.

Countdown for Indian weather satellite’s launch from Wednesday

From http://www.canindia.com/countdown-for-indian-weather-satellites-launch-from-wednesday/

Chennai, Sep 6 (IANS) The 29-hour countdown for the launch of India’s weather satellite INSAT-3DR using geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle GSLV-MkII will start at 11.10 a.m. on Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

The Mission Readiness Review (MRR) committee and the Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) cleared the GSLV rocket launch slated for 4.10 p.m. on September 8, ISRO said.

Blasting off from the second launch pad at India’s rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the GSLV rocket will put the 2,211 kg INSAT-3DR an advanced weather satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit.

The satellite from there will reach the final geosynchronous orbit on its own.

The satellite will supplement the meteorological and data relay services of its predecessor INSAT-3D, which is in operation since July 26, 2013.

Earlier a senior ISRO official had said the Indian weather satellite will be launched on August 28.

However, while carrying out the tests, a technical issue was found with a satellite component postponing the launch to September 8.

According to ISRO officials, ISRO will launch ScatSat — a weather monitoring and forecasting satellite — with polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) end of next month.

The Indian satellite will be a co-passenger to an Algerian satellite-Alsat.

Both the satellites will be put into different orbits. So the fourth stage/engine of the rocket will be switched off after ejecting ScatSat first. Then after a gap of around 30 minutes, the engine will be switched on and put the Algerian satellite into its intended orbit.



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Intelsat 8 169.0E Discovery Channel Japan, LaLa TV, Movie Plus, Channel Ginga, Gaora Sports, Fuji TV Next, Space Shower TV and Nihon Eiga Senmon Channel have moved from 12366 H to 12286 H, PowerVu.

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

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4013 H "Sansha TV" is Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3709 H "Xiamen Star TV China" is Fta
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3770 H "CCTV News and CCTV 9 Documentary" have started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "Fox Sports 3 Asia has started on , encrypted. Kidnesia TV, RTL CBS Entertainment, FDI Channel, RTL CBS Extreme, Channel Otomotif Indonesia and Islam Nusantara TV" have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3750 V "Efarina TV" has left .
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Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Elshinta TV" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3732 V "Zee Bangla International" has started on , Conax.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4020 V "Maa TV" has started on , Videoguard.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "France 24 English" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3920 V "Jiangsu TV" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 3760 H "WakuWaku Japan Taiwan" has started on , Irdeto.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "News World" has started on ,Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "R Raftaar Media" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Wish Channel" has started on ,Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "True Select" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "RTL CBS Entertainment" is now encrypted.

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Foxtel Tipped To Ditch Presto For New Foxtel Play Service

From http://www.channelnews.com.au/foxtel-tipped-to-ditch-presto-for-new-foxtel-play-service/

Foxtel who are struggling to grow their subscription base is set to announce a new Foxtel Play service in a move that could see Presto killed off.

Under pressure from both Netflix and Stan, Foxtel is now looking at a two-tier approach aimed at holding onto their current top end subscription base which is primarily built around sports content while at the same time introducing a budget service aimed at taking on Netflix.

Currently a combination of movies and sports packages can cost a Foxtel customer over $100 a month.

At the same time Netflix has attracted over 1.8 million consumers with a service that ranges between $8.99 and $14.99.

Stan which is owned by Nine Entertainment charges $10 a month. Stan is believed to already have over 400,000 subscribers.

According to the Australian newspaper which is owned by News Corporation who also own 50% of the pat TV network, Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh is planning to launch of an on-demand streaming service in what will be one of the most daring moves yet by the 21-year-old company.

Mr Tonagh is expected to announce the new service at Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association’s annual conference in Sydney, tomorrow.

It is not known what Telstra is set to do with their Telstra TV service. Insiders claim that the service is struggling and a move by Foxtel which is 50% owned could put further pressure on the Telstra service which is delivered via a budget Roku set-top box.

Next year at least two major TV brands will deliver a Roku set-top box capability built into an ultra-high definition 4K TV.

Foxtel is also facing the real possibility that they will have to compete up against Amazon Prime, which is a popular US streaming service, that is tipped to be launched in Australia next year, several TV manufacturers as well as Fetch TV set to offer the Amazon Prime service on their devices.

The Australian said that contract-free bundle under the Play sub-brand is aimed at luring Netflix and Stan customers with a more flexible structure under a month-by-month payment plan.
Play users will be able to buy a package with specific genres such as drama without committing to a full Pay-TV package and satellite or cable connection.

Mr Tonagh’s approach is to keep hold of Foxtel’s core customer base while addressing the budget end of the market.

Under the Play model, users can subscribe to a sports pack to watch every live round of the NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, V8 Supercars and Formula 1. These sports are broadcast on channels operated by Fox Sports Australia.

The addition of these services could add up to $40 a month to the budget Play subscription service.

Industry sources believe the bet could tempt customers to test Foxtel without committing to a lengthy contract.

Foxtel increased subscribers 4.6 per cent to 2.9 million in fiscal year 2016, up from 2.8 million in the previous period.

This was primarily due to Telstra customers being offered a free trial period or a budget subscription to Foxtel.

News Corp (publisher of The Australian) holds 100 per cent of Fox Sports and 50 per cent of Foxtel, with the rest owned by Telstra.

Peter Tonagh plans brave new streaming Play

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/peter-tonagh-plans-brave-new-streaming-play/news-story/9a6a240efac684763fafe905b7dd55b2

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh is understood to be planning an aggressive move into the lower end of the pay-TV market with the launch of an on-demand streaming service in what will be one of the most daring moves yet by the 21-year-old company.

Mr Tonagh is expected to open the curtains tomorrow on plans to launch a radically revamped version of its internet-based TV service Foxtel Play by the end of this calendar year as the battle for low-spending pay-TV customers intensifies.

The move follows reports in The Australianover the future of Foxtel’s streaming service Presto, a joint venture with Seven West Media.

A contract-free bundle under the Play sub-brand is aimed at luring Netflix and Stan customers with a more flexible structure under a month-by-month payment plan.

In a speech to the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association’s annual conference in Sydney, Mr Tonagh will lay down a blueprint, but stop short of detailing pricing. However, it is understood Play will be pitched at a similar entry point to Netflix and Stan.

Nasdaq-listed Netflix’s local service offers three monthly plans priced at $8.99, $11.99, and $14.99. Stan, jointly operated by Nine Network’s ASX-listed parent and publisher Fairfax Media, sells a single monthly subscription for $10.

Play users will be able to buy a package with specific genres such as drama without committing to a full pay-TV package and satellite or cable connection.

Mr Tonagh’s approach is to keep hold of Foxtel’s core customer base while addressing the budget end of the market.

Play is expected to appeal to transient households, such as renters or students, that will value the flexibility.

In Britain, Now TV — pan-European satellite broadcaster Sky’s own streaming app — has pushed its customer base past 12 million.

Like Now TV, Mr Tonagh also plans to make Play available via a streaming box allowing users to stream Foxtel content to their TV.

To keep pace with innovative ­internet-connected TVs and devices such as Roku, Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast, Play will also display content from third-party channels such as Netflix.

Under the Play model, users can subscribe to a sports pack to watch every live round of the NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, V8 Supercars and Formula 1. These sports are broadcast on channels operated by Fox Sports Australia.

Industry sources believe the bet could tempt customers to test Foxtel without committing to a lengthy contract.

They denied that growth in the Play brand risked cannibalising Foxtel’s own pay-TV base, arguing subscribers were likely to come from the two-thirds of non-pay-TV Australian households or switch from a rival like Netflix and Stan.

Foxtel is facing the strongest competition in its history with telecoms groups like Optus on one flank and online challengers such as Netflix on the other.

But while the US cable and satellite television landscape has been rocked by these new competitors, with some viewers cancelling their pay-TV subscriptions, cord-cutting has not hit Foxtel in the same fashion.

To attract new subscribers and retain existing ones, Foxtel licenses the best programming from Hollywood hit factories such as HBO and Showtime, while working harder to snap up the exclusive rights to the biggest movies.

Foxtel increased subscribers 4.6 per cent to 2.9 million in fiscal year 2016, up from 2.8 million in the previous period, mainly due to an uptick in residential subscribers receiving the service via cable or satellite.

By offering slimmed-down versions of its services for more cost-conscious customers, the pay-TV operator should continue to show fortitude in the face of heightened competition.

Pay-TV penetration in the US is very high, but much lower in Australia, which means more potential customers for Foxtel.

Overcoming the doubters is part of Foxtel’s folklore. When Foxtel launched in 1995, almost everybody said it would fail, not least because of Australia’s heavily regulated media sector.

The anti-siphoning laws ringfence top-tier sports for the commercial networks.

In fact, Foxtel has prospered thanks to a combination of ingenuity, perseverance and innovation. Successive challengers ran out of cash or withdrew quickly.

Competition is increasing. Amazon has just launched an all-out assault in the US and the world is drowning in content, forcing consumers to take out multiple subscriptions to see it all.

But while these new entrants could become a problem for Foxtel, this might now become a trump card because of Play’s ability to aggregate the most in-­demand entertainment and sports content on exclusive terms.

There are also signs consumers are suffering Netflix fatigue as they become sick of trawling through dozens of Z-grade movies and second-tier US sitcoms.

Global growth is stalling as Netflix struggles to keep rising costs under control.

Mr Tonagh took the helm at Foxtel in March, instantly vowing to revamp its corporate strategy in his first interview.

The former News Corp Australia CEO told The Australian he would ditch Foxtel’s “walled garden” plan to focus on “open access” as the industry went through an unprecedented period of deal-making and technological change. In March, The Australian revealedNews Corp is considering consolidating its broadcasting assets by combining Fox Sports with its 50 per cent stake in Foxtel to create a sports and entertainment pay-TV giant ahead of an $8 billion stockmarket float.

A deal would transform Foxtel into a more profitable cable and satellite broadcaster, making it more attractive to investors. The initial public offering could take place next year.

News Corp (publisher of The Australian) holds 100 per cent of Fox Sports and 50 per cent of Foxtel, with the rest owned by Telstra.

Optus hit with EPL red card

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/optus-hit-with-epl-red-card/news-story/e99cb4748f212ac0e1bcbf422915e64c

Optus’ $189 million punt on the English Premier League (EPL) has run into early trouble with Australian fans incensed by the telco’s spotty coverage.

Following a deluge of complaints of frozen screens, jumpy coverage and app crashes fans have taken their concerns to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, lodging an official complaint.

The telco controversially snatched the EPL rights from Fox Sports Australia earlier this year for an estimated $189 million after Foxtel held the local EPL broadcast rights for the past 18 seasons.

Optus’ coverage has been widely panned on social media, with fans complaining of technical glitches and some games billed as live being shown on delay.

Fans also have to put up with a 50-second streaming delay on all games.

Optus customers who sign up to eligible plans valued at less than $85 a month have to pay $15 a month to subscribe to the EPL, while fans on more expensive plans get the coverage for free.

Optus spokeswoman Gab­rielle Crittenden acknowledged “some initial teething problems and some complaints from customers’’ but claimed “the vast majority’’ of customers had a “great’’ experience.

“We are only a few rounds into the EPL season and we have had a good start to our EPL broadcast coverage and service to date,’’ she told the Herald Sun.

According to the Herald Sun the complaint made to the ACCC during the week said in part: “the service offered was numerously described as being ‘live’, it is clearly not live.

“And so Optus/Optus Sport need to compensate their customers for the degraded product being offered.’’

It’s understood Optus is updating its EPL app this week in a bid to improve its service. The telco has also hired a 24/7 team to try to appease unhappy sports fans.

The Singapore-owned company is investing heavily in sport and music content under a strategy aimed at protecting and growing its mobile, broadband and television customer base.

Foxtel is jointly operated by News Corp (publisher of The Australian), and Telstra. Fox Sports Australia is owned by News Corp.

ICT Ministry considering state-owned satellite

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/ICT-Ministry-considering-state-owned-satellite-30294503.html

THE INFORMATION and Communications Technology Ministry has hired Thammasat University Research and Consultancy Institute (TU-RAC) to conduct a feasibility study to develop a state-owned communications satellite.

The move is part of the government's plan to utilise communications technology to support economic and social development and to enable people to get quick access to state information.

The government also wants to have its own communications satellite to cater to the rising usage of satellites for communications, instead of relying mainly on Thaicom satellites.

The country's sole satellite operator, Thaicom, has allocated six and a half transponders of its broadcasting satellites for state agencies on a rental basis and another transponder for their use free of charge. The state agencies also use a combined two gigabytes per second (gbps) of data bandwidth for Thaicom's iPSTAR broadband satellite.

As one part of the TU-RAC study, the total satellite usage by the state agencies is expected to grow between 3 per cent to 5 per cent annually, taking in 14 transponders and utilising four gpbs in next five years. These figures indicate that the agencies' demand for satellite services in the next five years will be the equivalent of only half the normal 24-transponder satellite.

The cost of satellite usage by state agencies is projected to reach Bt4.296 billion per year in 2021 and Bt5.788 billion per year in 2026, up from the current Bt1.76 billion per year. Of the Bt1.76 billion, Bt297 million per year is the cost of using 6.5 satellite transponders, while Bt680 million is for using two gbps bandwidth, and Bt783 million per year is for broadcasting.

Group Captain Somsak Khaosuwan, deputy permanent secretary of the ICT Ministry, said recently that the study would be submitted to the government for consideration once it was completed.

Currently the state agencies use a total of two gbps of satellite bandwidth on the Ku band for promoting educational activities, which is expected to increase to four gpbs in 2021.

They use 0.25 C-band transponders for providing medical services, which is expected to rise to two transponders in 2021.

They use 0.25 transponders on the Ku band for public disaster relief, which is expected to remain unchanged by 2021, and use one C-band transponder and 2.5 Ku-band transponders for national security, expected to increase to two C-band transponders and six Ku-band transponders by 2021.

The agencies use two C-band transponders for other activities - forecast to be three transponders in 2021.

China's newly-launched quantum communication satellite in good shape

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chinas_newly_launched_quantum_communication_satellite_in_good_shape_999.html

QUESS will explore "hack-proof" quantum communications by transmitting unhackable keys from space, and provide insight into the strangest phenomenon in quantum physics - quantum entanglement.

China's quantum communication satellite, launched in August, is in good shape and scientific experiments can begin this month, according to the chief scientist of the project on Thursday.

All equipment carried by the satellite, the optical system and optical mechanical system on the satellite, and all ground equipment are working well, said Pan Jianwei, chief scientist of Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) project with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Satellite-to-earth links have been established between QUESS and five ground stations across China, laying the technical foundation for distributing quantum keys, Pan said.

"We are confident that the project will fulfill its tasks," Pan said.

China successfully launched the world's first quantum satellite from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Aug. 16.

QUESS will explore "hack-proof" quantum communications by transmitting unhackable keys from space, and provide insight into the strangest phenomenon in quantum physics - quantum entanglement.


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Intelsat 19 166.0E 4036 H "SET Asia and Colors Asia Pacific" have left again.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E The Jain Hits muxes have left 3660 H, 3922 H and 4158 H.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Jan TV has replaced Global Drama" on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3921 H "Lotus News" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3465 V "55 Channel" has started on , Fta
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Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Fan TV" is Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Neha TV has replaced Bangla Music" on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3848 V "YES" is now Fta.

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Thousands to be resettled for world's largest radio telescope in China

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Thousands_to_be_resettled_for_worlds_largest_radio_telescope_in_China_999.html

Southwest China's Guizhou Province has started to move 8,000 people from their homes to make way for the world's largest radio telescope which will be completed in September, local authorities said Wednesday.

The people being moved out are from eight villages in Pingtang County, of Qiannan Buyi and Miao autonomous prefecture.

With a dish the size of 30 football grounds, FAST, the Five hundred meter, Aperture Spherical Telescope, is made of 4,450 panels. Scientists have depicted it as a super-sensitive "ear", capable of spotting very weak messages - if there are any - from space.

Upon completion in September, FAST will require radio silence within a 5-kilometer radius.

A relocation budget is about 1.8 billion yuan (about 269 million U.S. dollars), has come from the poverty relief fund and bank loans. About a third of those being resettled are living under poverty line, and meet national requirements for resettlement, said Jiang Xiaoxiang, deputy head of the Pingtang County.

Over 600 apartments have been built in two new settlements, about 10 kilometers from their original homes.

The villagers will be compensated in cash, or with new housing. Those who lost their lands will also be compensated, said Jiang. They will be offered job in tourism and support services for the FAST project.

Construction of the FAST began in March 2011 at a cost of 1.2 billion yuan.

Upon completion, the telescope will be the world's largest, overtaking Puerto Rico's 300-meter Arecibo Observatory.

Analysis: What's next for Israel's satellite program after Amos-6?

From http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Analysis-The-end-of-Israels-satellite-program-466722

Thursday's explosion in Florida could delay any launches of newer satellites by at least two-and-a-half years.

The Falcon-6 rocket, which carried Israel's Amos-6 satellite, bursting into flames at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The future of Israel's satellite industry has recently been called into question.

On Thursday, Israel's space industry was shocked after a rocket carrying the Spacecom Satellite Communications Ltd's Amos-6 satellite, considered to be the most-advanced Israeli communications satellite in history, exploded on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The blast decimated the $200 million Israeli-built device, which was made by Israel Aerospace industries (IAI) and the Israel Space Agency.

The Israel Space Agency said an explosion occurred during the fueling of the missile launcher, leading to the satellite’s total loss, which will have a “substantial affect on the agency.”

Worries about the future of Israel's satellite program were nothing new, however. There had already been fears that Israel would scrap its satellite program after the government said it would thin out funding to the program. In addition, the State had already said it would not continue funding development of an "Amos 7" satellite. This alone would have caused Israel to lose its competitive edge in the field of satellite technology.

Even though Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis said his office will continue to support Israel's communication satellite program, he did not specify how much funding would continue. Many worry it will not be enough. Currently, the program gets $300 million worth of government funding.

Even in April, senior IAI officials had fears that they would have to let go of some of its most qualified employees, responsible for the satellite's development, manufacturing, assembly and hoped-for launch into outer space.

Although the IAI invests large sums of its own money into satellite development, the government had plans to thin out its contribution, which would have lead to the firing of between 200 to 250 people, most of them experts in their field.

Of further concern is that there is no long-term government plan for the satellite industry, despite Israel's 30-year dominance in the field.

Thursday's explosion will delay any new satellite launches by at least two-and-a-half years, causing a major setback to Israel's space program.

In addition, the IAI would have to shut down its pressure detection department, which employs some of the best satellite engineers in the world.

In contrast, Israeli satellites used for security purposes do not have funding problems. For communications satellites, however, there is no real policy in place .

Currently, Spacecom purchases its parts outside of Israel because they are cheaper and are produced in larger amounts. While the United States produces between five to eight satellites a year, Israel produces one every three to four years.

Israel cannot expect to maintain its competitive edge at this pace.

If it wants any chance in the industry, the government must also reach into its pocket and give the program more funding.

ADB, ALi HEVC chipset boost

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/02/adb-ali-hevc-chipset-boost/

Media convergence solutions and services provider ADB is extending its strategic partnership with set-top-box (STB) chipset provider ALi that will enable more makers of TV equipment such as STBs to deploy the advanced features of ADB’s new graphyne2 next-generation personal TV software platform.

ALi will incorporate graphyne2 technology into its newest HEVC system-on-chip (SoC) family. The pre-integration deal will allow original device manufacturers (ODMs) using ALi chipsets to utilise graphyne2’s cutting-edge features quickly and consistently, while saving costs on testing, manufacturing and certification. The result will be enhanced performance through ALi chipsets, allowing ODMs to more easily support efforts by pay-TV operators to provide a seamless user experience between smartphones, tablets, PCs, smart TVs, STBs and other devices.

“Within our ecosystems of ConnectedOS partners, the extension of our relationship with ALi provides a proven and effective way of delivering STBs that offer industry leading personalisation features along with seamless compatibility for added value elements, including a back-end provisioning platform and extended functions such as direct marketing messaging and audience tracking,” commented Wojciech Doganowski, Vice President Product Marketing, Personal TV at ADB.

“Through this agreement and our wider partner programme, we give pay-TV operators the widest possible choice of solutions and flexibility without compromising on reliability or future upgradability,” he added.

ALi solutions support HEVC, HD and SD MPEG2/ H.264 video decoding, and integrate Smart Card, USB and HDMI interfaces. The joint solution with ADB supports full HD1080P60, MVC video decoding and multi-stream, as well as features such as USB media, VOD and YouTube.

“The extension of our partnership with ADB offers tremendous advantages for our system development clients and TV operators,” declared Tony Chang, Chief Operating Officer, ALi Corporation. “Integrating the graphyne2 personal TV solution into ALi’s high-performing chipset will enable operators to bring innovative TV experiences to viewers everywhere while offering operators

“The continuation and evolution of our partnership with ALi provides our clients, both ODM and pay-TV operators, more flexibility over the customer premise equipment they require to deliver the best services – while balancing features and cost,” noted Peter Balchin, Chief Executive Officer of ADB. “Closer relationships between chipset providers and the software ecosystem is essential to ensure that the next generation of pay-TV and OTT services are able to deliver against the expectations of consumers in a highly competitive market.”

1970S spy satellite 'better than Google Earth'

From http://www.kitv.com/story/32947701/1970s-spy-satellite-better-than-google-earth

(CNN) -- Sorry to break it to you, but Google Earth ain't all that.

In a pre-digital era more than 30 years before Google Earth, an ultrasecret US satellite program spied on other countries by taking much higher quality photos of the planet's surface.

The intelligence community called this program Big Bird and Keyhole-9, but its codename was Hexagon.

"These were much better pictures than Google Earth," Phil Pressel told CNN's "Declassified."

Pressel should know. He was a top engineer at Massachusetts-based Perkin-Elmer, designer and builder of Hexagon's cameras -- which played a huge role in protecting the United States during the Cold War.

"I honestly think that the Hexagon program was responsible for preventing World War III," Pressel said. Hexagon photos allowed US intelligence analysts to conclusively count numbers of Soviet troops, tanks, aircraft and missiles to make sure Moscow wasn't violating arms control treaties.

The Hexagon program is part of a legacy of American spies in the sky stretching from the 1950s to today, aimed at finding early warning signs about potential threats to the US.

The US National Reconnaissance Office launched 20 Hexagons between 1971 and 1986. One reason their cameras captured so much detail was because they were big.

Each satellite was the size of a school bus and weighed 30,000 pounds. They created photos showing 370-mile swaths of the planet. From 100 miles in orbit, those pictures clearly showed objects as small as 2 feet wide (61 centimeters.)

At that level of resolution, you could see a picnic blanket and count the number of people on it, said Pressel, "... you might see a ball being tossed."

Although some of Google Earth's images shot from aircraft are very clear and show people on the ground like Hexagon's, that's not the case with Google Earth's color photos from satellites. Google wouldn't respond to CNN's questions asking for specific resolution figures for its satellite images, but at best, their color photos only show objects as small as about 3 feet wide, or about 1 meter, according to several satellite industry reports.

For security reasons, "U.S. companies are currently limited to selling imagery that has a ground resolution of 0.5 meters (1.6 feet) on the commercial market, but have been pushing to lower that to 0.25 meters (9.8 inches) for a few years," said Brian Weeden, space surveillance expert and technical adviser at the Secure World Foundation.

Hexagon's amazing delivery system

What was really crazy about these satellites is how they delivered the goods.

After the film was shot, the satellites loaded the footage into capsules and dropped them from orbit into the atmosphere. These so-called "buckets" descended to an altitude of 50,000 feet -- where they popped their parachutes off the Hawaiian Islands.

While the buckets floated toward the ocean surface, they broadcast radio beacons that helped Air Force pilots flying C-130 cargo planes zero in on their locations. The planes then used a special system of cables to snag the buckets in midair.

In 1972, a bucket parachute failed to open and it crashed into the Pacific. Although the buckets were designed to float, this one sank, experts said, probably because it was damaged by the force of hitting the water.

The United States mounted a secret, dramatic and unprecedented deep-sea search and recovery mission to find the bucket, a story revealed in CNN's "Declassified."

After each satellite ran out of film, controllers intentionally let the Hexagons fall out of orbit back to Earth, where they burned up in the atmosphere during re-entry, like falling stars.

'Ice Station Zebra'

Film buffs may know that a lost canister from a US spy satellite inspired the plot of the 1968 Rock Hudson film, "Ice Station Zebra."

In 1959, the Air Force accidentally caused the satellite Discoverer II to send its re-entry vehicle down over the Arctic, said Dwayne Day, historian and space policy analyst.

The United States suspected the vehicle landed on Norway's Spitsbergen Island, prompting a search mission.

Supposedly, Day said, US searchers saw tracks in the snow that led back to a Soviet mining camp, which sparked suspicions that Moscow got its hands on that secret US re-entry vehicle.

Day said the Air Force officer responsible for the launch "kind of scoffed at the story. He told me, 'I find it really hard to believe that in all that big ocean the thing happened to come down on that one tiny piece of land.' He just thought it was all a lot of bunk," Day said.

Task a satellite with your smartphone

Fast forward to today, when just about anybody can get in on the satellite game.

Got a credit card and a smartphone? You can change a satellite's orbit and take photos of specific areas of Earth from space with a phone app called SpyMeSat.

But those are commercial satellites, owned and operated by companies. They may have the high-res capabilities of some imagery spy satellites, but they're not allowed to sell those images commercially. Access to the ultra-high resolution stuff captured by commercial satellites is limited to the US government.

Even without high-res photos, access to commercial satellites allow just about anyone to do cool things with the technology, like a project with DigitalGlobe to count Weddell seals in Antarctica.

Uncle Sam's orbiting spy gear

So, what kind of space-surveillance gear is Uncle Sam packing these days?

There are "probably a handful" of secret US satellites today that take ultra-high resolution photos of the Earth from space, said Day. "Some have been up there many years -- five to 10 years."

These satellites are even better than Hexagon, Day said, with higher resolution and the ability to see at night -- using sensors that detect infrared electromagnetic radiation -- like heat coming off machines, buildings or people.

Although their dimensions are classified, we know these modern photo satellites are fairly large because of the size of the rockets that launch them into orbit.

The United States has more than 120 secret satellites in orbit, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, which updates a list on its website.

Just like human spies, top secret satellites actually have cover names.

These names begin with the letters "USA" followed by a three-digit code. The most recent secret satellites, USA-270 and 271, were launched on August 19.

Today's spy photo satellites transmit images back to Earth electronically. That allows for somewhat smaller satellite designs because it eliminates the need to store film. Hexagon had to haul 60 miles of film -- 30 miles in two cameras -- and eight buckets to drop the film back to Earth.

First launched in 1976, a US spy satellite program called Kennen "was the first near-real time system," Day said. Images were beamed down minutes or hours after they were taken, he said, as opposed to waiting days or weeks for them to be dropped, like the Hexagons. Current US photo satellite systems are descendants of that technology, said Day.

Spy satellite tool box

There are other amazing ways that snooping governments can get a look at us.

Radar satellites bounce radio waves off objects on the ground, allowing analysts to precisely evaluate their shapes. These satellites can determine a building's dimensions down to the centimeter, day or night.

Multispectral and hyperspectral satellites monitor many kinds of electromagnetic waves on the planet's surface that are invisible to the human eye. With this technology, for example, analysts can determine what materials make up an object.

Who's the best?

The US government remains the global leader in satellites that boast extreme surveillance capabilities -- so-called "exquisite" platforms, experts say.

"The US is second to none in terms of quality, quantity and diversity of different types of spy satellites. It has far more reconnaissance imagery satellites than anybody else and they're much better quality," said Weeden.

But other nations are rushing to catch up.

France and Israel "have some very good imagery and electronic intelligence and -- in the case of the Israelis -- radar imagery satellites, but they have only very few of them," said Weeden, who is technical adviser for the Secure World Foundation.

"Russia is pretty good," he said, "but they're definitely a step behind" the United States. "Same with China," said Weeden. "They've gotten much, much better just within the past 10 to 15 years."

China's 2013 space budget was estimated at $6 billion, outspending Moscow by about a billion dollars, according to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The US government's civilian and military space budgets together total around $44 billion a year, according to the US Government Accountability Office. Of that, Washington spends about $22 billion a year on military national security space programs, according to the Defense Department.

"China is making a concerted effort on space, across the board," Weeden said, "everything from human space flight to military intelligence, because they see space as being a key to power in the 21st century."

As more nations develop increasingly sophisticated spy satellites designed to gather the best intelligence data, the space surveillance arena will only become more competitive.

The whole scenario offers a reminder that -- now more than ever -- prying eyes are looking down on us 24/7.

Cable operators asked not to air 5 TV channels

From http://www.asianage.com/india/cable-operators-asked-not-air-5-tv-channels-904

After briefly gagging local newspapers through undeclared curbs, creating hostile conditions for the reporters and camerapersons working for various media national and international organisations and snapping or curtailing Internet and mobile telephony services, the authorities in Kashmir have now asked cable TV operators to stop airing five channels in the restive Valley.

Srinagar’s district magistrate has served notices through the its senior superintendent of police to cable operators SEN Digital Network, JK Media Network Service and Take One Media, asking them to block news channels like KBC, Gulistan TV, Munsiff TV, JK Channel and Insaaf TV, citing law and order problem. All these channels have widely covered the eight-week-long unr-est triggered by the kill-ing of Hizb-ul-Mujahedin commander. They also broadcast special news capsules and bulletins on Kashmir in the evenings.

The official has asked the cable operators to stop telecasting/transmitting of the programmes of these channels.

The order reads, “Whereas SSP, Srinagar has informed that cable operators operating in district Srinagar are transmitting various programmes which have created law and order problem in the Valley in general and Srinagar in particular as these cable operators transmit programmes which promote hatred, ill-will, disharmony and a feeling of enmity against the sovereignty of state.”

The order adds, “Besides some of the channels transmitted by the cable operators, viz: KBC, Gulistan TV, Munsiff TV, JK Channel and Insaaf TV have started to telecast programmes which have potential of causing mental and physical harm to particular functionaries of the government. Besides, these programmes have caused feeling of prejudice to the maintenance of harmony and public peace.”

It quotes the Cable Television Network (Regulation Act, 1995) which “provides a mechanism to regulate the operation of television network and in order to prevent the breech of peace and to stop incitement and instigation of the public to cause mental and physical threat to particular functionaries of the Government.”

The official has asked the cable operators to stop telecasting/transmitting of the programmes of these channels “failing which action as contemplated under the provisions of Cable Television Networks (Regulation Act, 1995) will be taken against you.”

The officials at these channels have resented the move and said that the government should, at least, make a distinction between a cable and a satellite channel. A spokesman for these channels told local news agency CNS, “These are all satellite channels which are being aired from outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Cable TV Act doesn’t apply to these channels”.


The Arabic channels are FTA again on Intelsat 19 12646 H 28060.

Amos 6 the new "Facebook" satellite for Africa has blown up, see news

France24 HD started @100.5E, see Asiatvro section

The Kim Dotcom live court case is streaming on Youtube, fascinating viewing , once they sort out the tech glitches
link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw7XhgJhQDHkVrJjiw4CONg

Or check his twitter feed if the url changes

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Intelsat 19 166E 4080 V 28270 is now 4080 V 30000.

Same 8 channels so far.
Dsc MLA, DSC Japan, DSC China, ALP Japan, Turbo Auz, HITS, DCS HD SEA and TLC MLA.

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 4057 V Ve Channel has started on again, Fta.

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

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony Le Plex" has started on , encrypted.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3820 V "Ekhbariya TV has replaced Saudi 2" on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Egg Network" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3981 L "TV Oromiyaa" has started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Media One" has left .
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Jesus Vision" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Triumphant Broadcasting Network" has started on , Fta.
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Intelsat 17 66.0E 3980 V "Vijay Super" has started on, Videoguard.

NSS 12 57.0E 3660 L "TV Oromiyaa" has left .
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NSS 12 57.0E 11189 V "Duhok TV" has moved from to 11044 V, Fta.
NSS 12 57.0E 11191 V "Silemani TV" has left .

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Wish Chennel(泰国)频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月1日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,France 24 HD(高清)频道新增,设置4040 H 29720参数免费接收。 [9月1日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,凤凰卫视(HEVC)频道改格式,设置11100 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月1日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Test 1、Test 2(测试)等4个频道新增,设置11100 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月1日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,CCTV-News、CCTV-9(高清)频道新增,设置3770 H 12360参数免费接收。 [9月1日]

东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星Ku频段,TBS 2(高清)频道新增,设置12366 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月31日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Hmall(韩国)频道新增,设置12540 V 13000参数免费接收。 [8月31日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,浙江卫视、江苏卫视、山东卫视(户户通)高清频道新增,设置11900 R 28800参数有条件接收。 [8月31日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,辽宁卫视、深圳卫视(户户通)高清频道新增,设置11860 R 28800参数有条件接收。 [8月31日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,KBS World替换mezzo Live(蒙古)频道,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [8月31日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,动物星球、探索世界(美国)等全组频道改频率,设置4080 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月31日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,山东卫视、深圳卫视(户户通)等4个频道消失,设置11730 L 43200参数无效接收。 [8月31日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Good Living替换Con Channel (泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月30日]
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东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4 HD、湖北卫视(户户通)等全组频道消失,设置11750 R 43200参数无效接收。 [8月30日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,山东卫视、深圳卫视(户户通)高清等4个频道新增,设置11730 L 43200参数有条件接收。 [8月30日]


Launch Pad Explosion Destroys SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket, Satellite in Florida

From http://www.space.com/33929-spacex-falcon-9-rocket-explodes-on-launch-pad.html

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and its commercial satellite payload were destroyed by an explosion at their launch pad in Florida early Thursday (Sept. 1) during typically routine test.

The explosion occurred shortly after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), as SpaceX was preparing to launch the Amos 6 communications satellite for the Israeli company Spacecom on Saturday, Sept. 3. At the time, SpaceX was conducting a static fire engine test on the Falcon 9. Such tests, which typically precede each SpaceX launch, involve firing the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage engines while the booster remains secured to the launch pad.

"SpaceX can confirm that in preparation for today's static fire, there was an anomaly on the pad resulting in the loss of the vehicle and its payload," SpaceX representatives wrote in a statement. "Per standard procedure, the pad was clear and there were no injuries." [SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Explained]

NASA webcam images of the SpaceX rocket's launch site — Space Launch Complex 40 — at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - showed a massive plume of black smoke over the pad Thursday morning.

The Falcon 9 rocket is a two-stage booster designed to launch satellites and SpaceX's Dragon space capsules into orbit. The rocket stands 229 feet tall (70 m) and is uses rocket-grade kerosene and liquid oxygen for propellant.

The first stage of Falcon 9 is powered by nine Merlin rocket engines, while the second stage has a single engine for to make the final push into orbit with payloads. It is the first stage of Falcon 9 that SpaceX would be testing during Thursday's static fire operation.

SpaceX has had a long string of successful missions with the Falcon 9 rocket, with only one major failure. In May 2015, a Falcon 9 carrying a Dragon cargo ship for NASA exploded shortly after liftoff. SpaceX traced the problem to a faulty strut and made upgrades before resuming commercial and NASA flights.

(Craig's comment, byebye Amos 6 "Facebook" satellite)

MCN boost sports offering with the representation of beIN Sports

From https://mumbrella.com.au/mcn-boost-sports-offering-representation-bein-sports-392302

Multi Channel Network is now representing beIN Sports’ three TV channels and digital assets in Australia.

The announcement:

Multi Channel Network is pleased to announce it has taken on representation for beIN Sports’ three television channels and digital assets in Australia, effective today.

beIN is one of the fastest growing international sports networks in the world. Its three dedicated HD channels increase MCN’s FOXTEL sport representation to a total of 15 channels, and the wide range of competitions further strengthens MCN’s dominant LIVE sport offering, adding roughly 1,300 hours of LIVE sport each year.

MCN National Sports Sales Director, Martin Medcraf, said: “The extensive live sport coverage of beIN is a strong addition to our great sports representation and means brands can now partner with even more premium international sport. beIN is a rising global powerhouse of sport. It has a special focus on European football leagues and has exclusive rights to European rugby competitions, complementing our domestic Rugby and Football broadcasts, and we look forward to bringing both of these exciting opportunities to the Australian market.”

beIN Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, Conor Woods, said: “With the launch of our three new HD channels and our new beIN websites, we are offering consumers more live sport, in more ways, than ever before. MCN is Australia’s leading multi-screen network, and their market position was crucial in our decision to partner with them as we look to establish increased partnerships across our expanding platforms.”

beIN’s channels are now available to Foxtel sports subscribers at no additional cost to the sport pack. Subscribers can also stream the three channels via Foxtel Go and Foxtel play, giving fans additional flexibility to watch their favourite league on their own terms.

SSL delivers high performance broadband satellite for Australia's national broadband network

From http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ssl-delivers-high-performance-broadband-130000365.html

PALO ALTO, CA, Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that its second high performance satellite designed and built for Australia's national broadband network (nbn™) has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace. The satellite, called Sky Muster II will be used in conjunction with the first Sky Muster satellite, to provide high-speed broadband service to more than 200,000 Australians.

"It has been very gratifying to work together with our colleagues in Australia to help establish a satellite service that brings high speed internet to underserved users anywhere in Australia," said John Celli, president of SSL. "SSL is a leader in building broadband satellites that are used for services that improve people's lives and open new opportunities for education, healthcare and economic development, and we commend the government of Australia for assuring that all of its citizens have this type of access."

Like the first nbn satellite, also built by SSL and launched last year, Sky Muster II is a Ka-band, high-throughput broadband satellite that uses multiple spot beams in an advanced design that optimizes bandwidth for Australia's widely distributed population. Together, the two satellites provide advanced services to Australia's most difficult to reach citizens, including those in mainland Australia and Tasmania, as well as those on offshore islands including Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island, Cocos, and Macquarie Island in the Antarctic.

"The Sky Muster™ service is intended to be a game changer for the way people work, learn and live in regional and remote Australia," said Bill Morrow, chief executive officer of nbn. "SSL has been an excellent partner in the development of our satellites, and the first Sky Muster satellite is operating well. Now we look forward to continuing to work together as we prepare for the launch of the second satellite."

Sky Muster II is based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and advanced technologies. The SSL 1300 is the world's leading platform for broadband HTS service.

About nbn

nbn was established in 2009 to implement the Australian Government's policy initiative to design, build, and operate Australia's broadband network to provide access to high speed broadband to all Australian premises. nbn is a wholly-owned Commonwealth company that has been prescribed as a Government Business Enterprise (GBE) and is represented by "Shareholder Ministers" — the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Minister of Finance and Deregulation. The organization's goal is to deliver Australia's first national wholesale-only, open access broadband network to all Australians, regardless of where they live. For more information, visit: www.nbn.com.au.

About SSL

Space Systems Loral (SSL) is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space related missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for more than 50 years, SSL's advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.

MTS sees jump in satellite TV sales in Central Russia

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/mts-sees-jump-in-satellite-tv-sales-in-central-russia--1160092

Russian mobile operator MTS announced that it grew its satellite TV sales 10-fold in Central Russia in the first half of this year, reports Cnews.ru. The average monthly increase in sold satellite TV packages was 20 percent. Around 11 percent of the packages were sold in the Voronezh region, followed by the Tver, Belgorod, Lipetsk and Tula regions. The largest increase was registered in April-May.

India: Sony Pictures buys TEN Sports

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/31/sony-pictures-buys-zees-ten-sports/

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has revealed that SPN and its affiliates have entered into definitive agreements to acquire TEN Sports Network from Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEE) and its subsidiaries for $385 million (€345.4m). Completion of the acquisition is subject to regulatory approval. The acquisition will add South Asia’s leading sports network to SPN’s existing portfolio of channels.

The TEN Sports channels being acquired include TEN 1, TEN 1 HD, TEN 2, TEN 3, TEN Golf HD, TEN Cricket, TEN Sports that operate in several countries including the Indian sub-continent, Maldives, Singapore, Hong Kong, Middle East, Caribbean.

TEN Sports holds broadcast rights to major cricket boards (South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe). In addition, Ten Sports holds rights to wrestling (WWE), football (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, French League, English Football League Cup), tennis (WTA Events, ATP events), golf (European Tour, Asian Tour, Ryder Cup, US PGA Championship, LPGA Tour, Professional Golf Tour of India and Golf Channel Block), athletics (Asian Games, Commonwealth Games), motor sports (Moto GP) and cycling (Tour de France) events.

Long a television destination for sports fans, SPN sports properties include cricket (IPL, CPL, Ram Slam), football (FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia, UEFA Euro 2016, FIFA World Events including FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 in India, European and South American Qualifiers for FIFA WC 2018, FIFA Confederations Cup, LaLiga, Serie A, FA Cup, Copa America Centenario, International Champions Cup), tennis (Australian Open, ATP 1000 and 500 World Tour Events, Champions Tennis League), fight sports (TNA, UFC, Pro Wrestling League), basketball (NBA) as well as NFL and Premier Futsal.

“I welcome TEN Sports to the Sony family,” commented NP Singh, CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India. “The acquisition of TEN Sports Network will strengthen SPN’s offering for viewers of cricket, football and fight sports, complementing our existing portfolio of international and domestic sporting properties. It also aptly demonstrates SPN’s commitment to providing a broad range of sporting entertainment to fans across India and the sub-continent.”

“India has been a strong driver of Sony Pictures’ growing networks business for two decades, and sports continue to play a significant role in that growth,” advised Andy Kaplan, President, Worldwide Networks, Sony Pictures Television. “The acquisition of TEN Sports, following the launch of SONY ESPN channels, will mean that our Indian networks would reach over 800 million viewers and broadcast many of the most popular and prestigious sporting events in the world.”

“This is a landmark deal for ZEE and a step towards a strategic portfolio shuffle as we grow our general entertainment business both in the domestic and overseas markets,” added Punit Goenka, Managing Director, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEE). “While we have grown our sports business over the last 10 years through acquisition of content at competitive prices, our focus now is on transforming ourselves into an all-round media and content company, comprising of five verticals, viz. broadcast, digital, films, live events, and international business; and we continue to move rapidly towards our set business goals. While I have always been proud of our sports business, I strongly believe that Sony will add more value to it by taking it to even greater heights. I wish them all the success.”

CBS Courts Cord Cutters With Ad-Free Streaming

From http://in.pcmag.com/internet/107292/news/cbs-courts-cord-cutters-with-ad-free-streaming

You can now pay a $4 per month premium to ditch (most of) the ads.

Cord cutters who don't mind shelling out a few extra bucks to dispense with pesky advertisements can now turn to an unlikely source for ad-free Internet video streaming: CBS.

The network, which along with other broadcasters has vigorously defended its exclusive right to stream its content online, is adding a $9.99 commercial-free streaming option to its All Access online video library.

That means nearly every show that CBS makes available for online streaming can be watched commercial free straight from the source, for a $4 per month premium over the basic subscription. That includes a library of more than 7,500 episodes, including full seasons of currently-airing shows.

Noticeably excluded from the commercial-free zone is All Access's live streaming offering of local CBS Television stations; the Supreme Court decided in 2014 that the network has the exclusive right to offer that local content. It will continue to feature the same commercials as the over-the-air broadcast.

There's also another potentially huge caveat: in a statement, CBS said that "select on-demand shows will include promotional interruptions," even with the commercial-free option. Depending on which shows and how intrusive the interruptions are, that could be a significant drawback for cord cutters who are used to Netflix.

Subscribers to the $5.99-per-month plan will continue to experience reduced commercials, and
"CBS Classics" content is ad-free for both plans. If you're a current subscriber, you can move to the commercial-free plan by logging on to CBS.com.

All Access is available on mobile devices and PCs via the CBS App for iOS, Android, and Windows 10. You can also find it on Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, and smart TVs from several manufacturers.

The approach is similar to what Hulu did in September, when it rolled out an ad-free version for $4 more per month. Several popular shows, however, still include a 15-second preroll ad and 30-second post-roll ad on the "ad-free" plan.

India bags deals to launch 68 foreign satellites, 12 of them from US

From http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-bags-deals-to-launch-68-foreign-satellites-12-of-them-from-us/story-GK5MdrfHw0Uv03GKU8pFAM.html

PSLV-C34 set a record in July by launching 20 satellites, with a combined weight of 1,288 kg including ISRO’s 728 kg Cartosat-2 from its rocketport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, about 80 km north-east of Chennai. (PTI)

India secured deals to launch 68 overseas satellites, including a dozen from the US, a top official said on Tuesday.

“We got fresh orders to launch 68 satellites from various countries, including 12 from PlanetiQ, a US-based weather forecasting satellite firm,” said Rakesh Sasibhushan, Chairman and Managing Director of Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of the Indian space agency.

Through Antrix, the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched 74 foreign satellites, including many from advanced countries like Belgium, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Israel and the US over the 15 years, using its most reliable workhorse - the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

“We also got an order to launch a heavier earth observation satellite from an overseas customer”, said Sasibhushan without naming the customer.

The new orders include launching smaller and nano-satellites with different payloads (instruments) for experiments, data generation, image-capturing and transmitting signals for communications, broadcasting, remote-sensing, earth observation and weather conditions.

PSLV-C34 set a record in July by launching 20 satellites, with a combined weight of 1,288 kg including ISRO’s 728 kg Cartosat-2 from its rocketport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, about 80 km north-east of Chennai.

“We plan to carry more satellites in a single launch at a time for optimal utilisation of the rocket space and other resources for achieving economies of scale,” hinted Sasibhushan.

“We estimate that about 2,500 satellites will be built in the next decade to meet the needs of countries and private customers for navigation, maritime, surveillance and other space-based applications,” Sasibhushan told reporters ahead of the fifth biennial Space Expo from Thursday in Bengaluru.

OneWeb, a global consortium of British multinational Virgin Group, Indian telecom major Bharti Enterprises and US-based chip maker Qualcomm, is planning to put a record 648 smaller satellites as a constellation to beam high-speed internet to local terminals.

ISRO also is bracing up for commercial launch of two-tonne and above satellites using its heavier rocket -- Geosynchrnous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) to place them in geo-stationary orbits, about 36,000 km from the earth.

ISRO also is bracing up for commercial launch of two-tonne and above satellites using its heavier rocket -- Geosynchrnous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) to place them in geo-stationary orbits, about 36,000 km from the earth.

The operational GSLV Mk-II rocket with an indigenous cryogenic upper stage is set for launch in September with a weather satellite onboard.

“We are looking for commercial operations of GSLV for which the indigenous cryogenic engines are getting ready to launch more satellites to the geo-orbits,” noted Sasibhushan.

With more nations and private customers keen on having their own satellites for various applications, India is pitching in the multi-billion dollar launch market due to shortage of rockets and launchers worldwide and owing its cost advantage.

ISRO, however, will face competition from global players such as BlueOrigin, Firefly Systems, Rocket Lab and SpaceX, which are bracing up to offer satellite launch services from 2017.

Pemra to crackdown on illegal Indian content

From http://nation.com.pk/national/31-Aug-2016/pemra-to-crackdown-on-illegal-indian-content

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has decided to launch a crackdown against illegal Indian satellite dishes and illegal content on satellite television channels, and cable networks.

Addressing a press conference here at Pemra Headquarters on Wednesday, Alam said the regulatory authority will ensure that the satellite channels adhere to six minutes per hour limit of Indian content in future.

He asked the administration of television channels and cable operators to voluntarily follow the rule adopted during Musharraf era, otherwise punitive action will be taken from October 15.

To a question he said that punitive action will start from fines and may include suspension and revocation of the license after repeated violations.

He asked cable operators to immediately stop airing illegal Indian CD channels otherwise strict action will be taken.

He said that a multi-pronged strategy has been devised to control the import, sale, purchase and use of illegal Indian satellite dishes in the country.

The Pemra chairman appealed to the general public to stop use of illegal Indian dishes as it was violation of the law and against the national interests.

He said that law-enforcement agencies will also be approached for ensuring that the business of illegal Indian dishes is banned. He added that Pemra will write letters to chief ministers of the provinces and Federal Bureau of Revenue in this regard.

Absar Alam said that 45 days have been given to the industry to stop illegal Indian content so that they can adjust their business in time. He added that Pemra will launch its own direct to home (DTH) television service by October this year.

The Pemra chairman said that the regulatory body plans to take action against morning shows violating code of conduct. He said that Pemra in the recent past banned re-enactment of crime-related incidents, but some channels took a stay order. However, Absar Alam said that the regulatory body has devised a strategy to get the stay vacated.


Sorry no Wednesday update, I need to catch up on other things



From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 8 169.0E 4007 V SET Asia and Colors Asia Pacific are back on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "DV TV" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H 24 has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3968 V "Media One" has started on , Fta.

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Hackers 'inside satellite company for two years'

From https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/32476675/hackers-inside-satellite-company-for-two-years/#page1

A small Australian satellite company had its computer systems so comprehensively hacked that experts described their network as the most corrupted they’d ever seen.

As well, hackers, likely Chinese, had targeted the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the Bureau of Meteorology, the ABC Four Corners program has reported.

The real target of the Bureau of Meteorology hack was thought to be the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation which supports defence operations through provision of satellite and other imagery, it said.

The firm Newsat, which planned to launch two Australian satellites and build an Australian satellite industry, attracted the attention of foreign hackers, with the Australian Signals Directorate breaking the bad news to company executives.

“Our network was, as far as they could see, the most corrupted they’d seen. Period,” the company’s former chief financial officer Michael Hewins told Four Corners.

Former Newsat IT manager Daryl Peter said the intruders had been inside their network for maybe two years, which was like someone looking over their shoulder for everything they did.

“Newsat had been hacked and not just by teenagers in the basement or anything like that. Whoever was hacking us was very well-funded, very professional, very serious hackers.”

A year ago Newsat called in the liquidators and sold off its remaining assets.

Although China is alleged to be responsible for much hacking, Australian officials won’t point the finger.

“It’s not useful for us to talk about any particular nation states,” said Alastair MacGibbon, special adviser on cyber security to the prime minister.

A recent cybercrime victim was the Australian Bureau of Statistics which came under attack on census night, prompting it to close down the census.

Mr MacGibbon said that was a denial of service attack which was certainly not of the scale or sophistication that should have caused any significant problems.

He said that attack was easily predictable and should have been prevented.

Nbn's Sky Muster ready to boost broadband services for kids

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/nbns-sky-muster-ready-to-boost-broadband-services-for-kids--1159650

Nbn announced its Sky Muster satellite service is set to boost broadband services for children in regional Queensland. The operator is helping Queensland’s most remotely located students by providing them with access to wholesale broadband packages that will deliver additional internet capacity and fast downloads speeds for education learning purposes.

Eligible school students and schools will be provided with access to an additional capacity boost of 50Gb and 150Gb respectively on top of their current service allowance as part of the Sky Muster Satellite Education service. The service aims to help rural students access online education tools such as video conferencing to visually interact with teachers, fellow students and other experts from all over the world.

Nbn is scheduled to launch its second satellite in early October with the Sky Muster satellite service set to provide access to fast broadband for around 400,000 homes, business, schools and farms in regional and rural Australia.

Airways looking to satelite air traffic control options

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/83704673/Airways-looking-to-satelite-air-traffic-control-options

Airways is investing in new space technology, moving away from World War II era primary radar technology.

Airways New Zealand is looking at using satellites for air traffic control, chief executive Ed Sims says.

But any move will depend on the affordability of the service, as well as the appetite of customers such as Air New Zealand.

State-owned Airways looks after key aviation navigation infrastructure around New Zealand and provides air traffic control services.

Airways New Zealand chief executive Ed Sims says it will monitor international developments in satellite systems "very ...

It said on Tuesday its after tax profit increased to $23.2 million for the year ended June 30.

This was up 54 per cent, which Sims said flowed from growing aircraft traffic at airports, but was also due to controlling costs.

Airways had, however, increased its investment as well, moving away from bricks and mortar spending in control towers, towards technology.

Sims said one such area was satellite surveillance, replacing the primary radar technology which had been around since World War II.

"It enables far better tracking.

"Given that we are responsible for around 30 million kilometres of airspace, from Samoa in the north to McMurdo Sound in the south, the ability to have 100 per cent accuracy on the movements of an aircraft through the oceans, at any time, is obviously fundamental."

Sims said transponders were being launched into orbit in other parts of the world, which allowed aircraft to be positioned more accurately.

One United States company was looking to launch its first satellite over Canada, which Airways would be monitoring to see how accurate it was and its impact on traffic control.

Airways would not launch its own satellite because it was too expensive, but one of its customers, Rocket Lab, could eventually help put transponders into space.

Any decision to go into space would depend on how affordable the service could be in the southern hemisphere, where air traffic was a lot less congested than in the north, as well as the appetite of its customer airlines, mainly Air NZ and Qantas.

"If they felt that was going to give them a really good return on investment then clearly it's something we want to be ahead of the curve on," Sims said.

"We don't have the same traffic levels, we don't have the same congestion, so the economics aren't always as obvious."

Airways said the Government would receive a $9m dividend this year.

DStv’s new satellite will let it launch more services

From http://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadcasting/177377-dstvs-new-satellite-will-let-it-launch-more-services.html

Intelsat recently announced the successful launch of Intelsat 36, a satellite which will act as a backup to DStv’s current IS20 satellite.

The new satellite will also give DStv more capacity and allow it to launch more services, said MultiChoice.

MultiChoice has acquired signal from the satellite, which will be handed over to it in the near future.

“Once the satellite is handed over to us, we’ll make further announcements about what our customers can expect. Watch this space,” said MultiChoice.

Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat, said Intelsat 36 will enable MultiChoice to “extend high-definition channels throughout the region”.

“We are proud to once again partner with MultiChoice as they continue to deliver high-quality services to their customers throughout sub-Saharan Africa,” he said.

SES deploys O3b Networks satellite service for US govt

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ses-deploys-o3b-networks-satellite-service-for-us-govt--1159725

SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a subsidiary of SES, has won a contract to provide an O3b Networks high throughput, low latency satellite communications service for a US Department of Defense end-user. The O3b-enabled service includes a satellite beam operating at less than 200 milliseconds per roundtrip, and will consist of a full duplex, symmetric 155 Mbps link, gateway access, a transportable 2.4m AvL terminal, terrestrial backhaul, installation services and 24/7/365 operations and maintenance activities. The contract also enables the US Government to order additional O3b services to meet surge requirements.

Operational benefits of the solution include the capability to transfer large files from remote locations in just minutes instead of hours. Cloud-based applications and information can be used nearly anywhere in the service area. End-users will be able to view simultaneous HD videos providing situational awareness to commanders, SES said.

SES to orbit on a ‘pre-flown’ rocket

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/30/ses-to-orbit-on-a-pre-flown-rocket/

As expected, satellite operator SES will use a returned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to orbit its SES-10 satellite. The launch will take place during Q4 this year, probably around October.

SES-10 will be the first-ever satellite to be launched on what SES describe as a “flight-proven” rocket booster.

Unstated is how much SES is paying – or not paying – for its launch. SpaceX normally charges around $60 million for a Falcon 9 launch, and talk in the trade has mentioned discounts of at least 30 per cent on the normal price. But SES might well have negotiated even better terms.

“Having been the first commercial satellite operator to launch with SpaceX back in 2013, we are excited to once again be the first customer to launch on SpaceX’s first ever mission using a flight-proven rocket. We believe reusable rockets will open up a new era of spaceflight, and make access to space more efficient in terms of cost and manifest management,” said Martin Halliwell, CTO at SES. “This new agreement reached with SpaceX once again illustrates the faith we have in their technical and operational expertise. The due diligence the SpaceX team has demonstrated throughout the design and testing of the SES-10 mission launch vehicle gives us full confidence that SpaceX is capable of launching our first SES satellite dedicated to Latin America into space.”

SES-10 will be positioned at 67 degrees West, and reflects an agreement with the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), and will be used for the Simón Bolivar 2 satellite network.

Foreign public broadcasters quit DD Free Dish over fee hike

From http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/KqMp3zmD05XU2TK7y6qUkO/Foreign-public-broadcasters-quit-DD-Free-Dish-over-fee-hike.html

Foreign public broadcasters end their contractual agreements with the DTH operator after Prasar Bharati raises the carriage free from Rs1.5 core to Rs3.5 crore

New Delhi: In what may be a setback to state broadcaster Doordarshan’s free-to-air (FTA) and direct-to-home (DTH) platform DD Free Dish, foreign public service broadcasters Japanese Broadcasting Corp. and Australian Broadcasting Corp. have terminated their contractual agreements with the DTH operator.

The organisations will not operate their channels on DD Free Dish anymore.

DD Free Dish, which currently operates a total of 80 channels, had five foreign public broadcasters on its platform till January 2016, including Russian television network-run Russia Today, Paris-based news and current affairs television channel France 24, Germany’s international broadcaster DW TV Asia+, Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC+) and Japanese Broadcasting Corp.’s NHK.

According to a senior Doordarshan official, who declined to be named, NHK quit the platform in January 2016, while ABC+ will terminate the agreement on 31 August. “ABC+ was scheduled to renew its deal in July. But, the broadcaster hasn’t done so and will be leaving by the end of August. Other broadcasters have also expressed their unwillingness to continue with DD,” the official said.

This comes after the internal finance division of Prasar Bharati increased the fee for foreign public broadcasters to operate their channels on Free Dish from Rs.1.5 crore to Rs.3.5 crore in December 2015. “The broadcasters had asked Doordarshan to reconsider the prices but their propositions are still on hold,” the official said.

When contacted, Rajeev Singh, member (finance) at Prasar Bharati, declined to comment on the matter.

DD Free Dish conducts electronic auctions for private television channels to bid for slots on its platform. Foreign public broadcasters, however, don’t participate in the auction. “They are given the slots at a fixed price. They don’t need to be a part of the auction,” the official said.

The official added that foreign public broadcasters quitting is a huge loss to Doordarshan. “Apart from finances, foreign broadcasters bring in a lot of diversity to the platform. Certain programmes of these broadcasters have been well-received among the masses,” the official said.

Free Dish has 25 Doordarshan channels, including the official channels of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. In the latest round of e-auction concluded on 28 July, DD Free Dish added Zee News, owned by Zee Media Corp. Ltd, to its bouquet.

Other television broadcasters on Free Dish include news channels like Aaj Tak, ABP News, News 24 and entertainment channels like Star Utsav, Sony Pal, Viacom18’s Rishtey and Rishtey Cineplex.

The platform has, time and again, announced its plans to add 24 new channels, increasing the number to 104 this year.

Zee Anmol Cinema to launch on DD Freedish

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/movies/hindi/zee-anmol-to-launch-on-dd-free-dish-1sept-160829

MUMBAI: Free to air (FTA) is the new buzzword in television, especially considering how well the non-pay TV channels are doing. Adding another one to its channel cluster is Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL). It is to soon launch its new FTA Hindi movie channel, Zee Anmol Cinema on Doordarshan’s free direct-to-home (DTH) platform DD Direct service Free Dish. It is set to replace Zee Premiere which is currently beaming on Channel No. 70 from 1 Septmeber.

Confirming its launch, ZEEL chief business officer Sunil Buch said, “The current increasing share of viewership in rural India gives us the scope of further expanding Zee’s presence in HSM markets. Launching Zee Anmol Cinema also makes for an interesting challenge as the FTA Hindi movie genre already has several strong players in a dynamic and ever-changing environment. We will share more details soon.”

Watch this space...


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Palapa D 113.0E Almost all channels in the Topas TV muxes on 3880 H and 3960 H are encrypted again.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3895 H "Ummat TV and INTV" have started on , Fta.
Telkom 1 108.0E 3916 H "Ahsan TV and INTV" have left .

Telkom 1 108.0E 12522 H Emerald TV and Grace TV 1 have left.
Telkom 1 108.0E 12602 V Grace TV, Smile TV, BBM TV and Goshen TV have started on , Fta. TTVM TV and DNI TV have left.

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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Ani Lava" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "1618 Shop" has left.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Media One" has left .

Intelsat 906 64.2E UBC TV has moved from 3721 R to 3775 R, clear.

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Pac-12 announces multi-year partnership with Fox Sports Australia to televise football, basketball games in Australia

From http://pac-12.com/article/2016/08/26/pac-12-announces-multi-year-partnership-fox-sports-australia-televise-football

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference and FOX SPORTS Australia announced a multi-year partnership today to televise 13 Pac-12 football and 21 basketball games in Australia annually. In addition, FOX SPORTS Australia will air all episodes of Pac-12 Networks’ “The Drive” for football and men’s basketball.

Starting this fall, the football games will be part of a Game of the Week package running through the entire Pac-12 season (Sep. 3 – Nov. 26). The basketball games will include both a Game of the Week package starting Dec. 3 and eight games of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

“We are excited to bring the best of Pac-12 football and basketball to the sports fans in Australia,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “As our universities continue to operate in an ever-changing globalized world, we see great value in distributing our content globally as a way to showcase our academic and athletic excellence.”

The football and basketball Game of the Week packages will be produced by Pac-12 Networks, the conference’s wholly owned media company. FOX SPORTS Australia will televise the games live in Australia and feature encore presentations at consistent times for the Australian audience. In addition, FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA will showcase the games on Fox Sports’ digital platform.

The partnership represents another step forward for the Pac-12’s Global, an initiative started in 2011 to use sport to promote goodwill and showcase Pac-12 universities around the world. This past summer, the Pac-12 sent an all-star men’s basketball team to Australia to compete against the Australian national team. And this week, the Pac-12’s University of California, Berkeley opens its season in Sydney against Hawaii in the College Football Sydney Cup.

As part of Pac-12 Global, Pac-12 Networks distributes content internationally to more than 200 countries through partnerships with YouTube, EverSport, as well as to China through LeSports.

About the Pac-12 Conference

The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 50 of the last 55 years, with 488 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities: The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to http://www.pac-12.com/conference.

About Pac-12 Networks

Pac-12 Networks is the innovative TV and multimedia company of the Pac-12 Conference, and is the first such company to be wholly owned by 12 universities. Pac-12 Networks incorporates one national and six regional television networks, plus extensive digital content accessible through social media, university websites, and Pac-12 Now, its TV Everywhere service. Each year, Pac-12 Networks offers live coverage of 850 sporting events, making it one of the top live sports producers in the country. In addition, Pac-12 Networks creates extensive original programming, provides visibility for marquee football and basketball events as well as traditionally under-served women’s and Olympic sports. Pac-12 Networks also provides training and paid internships for thousands of students of the Pac-12’s member universities, preparing them for careers in media. With headquarters in San Francisco’s SOMA District, Pac-12 Networks draws on the creative, entrepreneurial, and technological culture of the Bay Area and nearby Silicon Valley. For more information, go to http://pac-12.com/content/about-pac-12-networks.

About FOX SPORTS Australia

FOX SPORTS Australia Pty Limited (FOX SPORTS) is Australia’s leading producer of sports television coverage and is home to Australia’s favourite subscription television sports channels as well as Australia’s number one general sports website. FOX SPORTS is owned by News Corp Australia and is located in a brand-new, purpose-built broadcast facility in Artarmon on Sydney’s north shore, with operations nationwide in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. FOX SPORTS compiles and produces the FOX SPORTS 1, FOX SPORTS 2, FOX SPORTS 3, FOX SPORTS 4, FOX SPORTS 5, FOX FOOTY and FOX SPORTS News subscription television channels, available via the Foxtel subscription television platform.

Sky TV sports base strong despite profit fall

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11698603

Sky Network Television is holding on to its strong position in sport broadcasting and is pleased with how the Rio Olympics rated.

Sky TV reported a 15 per cent fall in tax-paid profit for the year to June 30 of $146.7 million.

Sky attributed part of the drop in profit to the costs associated with its bid to merge operations with Vodafone New Zealand.

Revenues were flat at $928.2m, a 0.1 per cent increase on the previous year.

Some $14.4m of one-off costs incurred in relation to the planned merger, which is structured as a takeover of Vodafone NZ by Sky, came straight off the bottom. Underlying profit of $157m compares with a $171.8m net profit in the previous year.

Chief executive John Fellet said viewer numbers for Rio Olympics were initially disappointing, but picked up midway through the first week of broadcasting.

Sky recorded 10.6 million viewers on free-to-air Prime, 17.9 million viewer hours on traditional Sky TV and 13.3 million viewer hours on Over-the-top Sky, which includes streaming platforms like Fanpass, Sky Go and its dedicated Olympics app.

"We were able to use technology to extend the content to more people and more hours, which is the whole key to amortising the cost of these things as they go up," Fellet said.

New broadcasting deals with NRL, netball and golf have been secured for Sky, and it will be broadcasting the EPL. This maintains Sky's position as the home of sport.

"Our goal is always to have a wide selection [of sport] so there's always something to watch at all times."

If the Commerce Commission dismisses the application for the merger, Sky would be forced to put all sports online and on demand, says Spark. Photo / File
Sky/Vodafone merger will hurt sports fans, says Spark

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 TV's injunction bid rejected

Seppe Van Holsbeke of Belgium, left, and Eli Dershwitz of the United States compete in a men's individual sabre event at the Rio Olympics. Photo / AP
Fairfax seeks full trial over use of Sky TV Rio Olympics video

The broadcaster increased subscriber numbers over the year to 852,679, although customer churn rose to 17.5 per cent from 14.5 per cent.

On the surface it sounds like a great idea... unfortunately we downloaded also a font that certain individuals could not see well.

-Sky TV chief executive John Fellet

The churn rate from November 2015, after the Rugby World Cup, to March this year was higher than ever recorded for Sky.

Fellet said the summer after a Rugby World Cup when the All Blacks skip a northern hemisphere tour is always a time of high churn, but the added competition from streaming services like Lightbox and Netflix intensified the churn rate.

He said Sky "scored an own goal" by releasing a software update that users could download to upgrade their MySky boxes and give access to OnDemand content.

"On the surface it sounds like a great idea... unfortunately we downloaded also a font that certain individuals could not see well."

Fellet thought in the time it took to get that font fixed they experienced customer churn.

In a lot of industries, competition normally results in a price war. In the content industry, it becomes an arms race.

-John Fellet

The other major source of additional cost during the year was for programming, chief executive John Fellet said in a letter to shareholders.

"In a lot of industries, competition normally results in a price war," he said. "In the content industry, it becomes an arms race."

Fellet acknowledged that "the launch of numerous new business models" for broadcast content has "challenged incumbent players both in New Zealand and around the world".

The company declared a final dividend of 15 cents per share, payable September 16 with record date of September 9.

The shares last traded at $4.69, up 2.2 per cent so far this year.

Sky TV profit falls 14 per cent as revenue flatlines

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/83555188/sky-tv-profit-falls-as-revenue-flatlines

Sky TV says Rio Olympics ratings picked up and met its expectations after a "scary" first weekend.

Sky Television has posted a 14 per cent drop in its annual profit, but chief executive John Fellet pointed out the Kiwi firm was still making almost as much profit as United States giant Netflix.

In what may be its last year as an independent company, ahead of its proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand, Sky reported a $147m profit for the year to June 30.

Revenues were up just 0.1 per cent at $929m and its combined satellite and internet TV subscriber base also rose by similar fraction to just over 852,000.

Sky TV's FY profit falls - flat revenue, subscriber numbers

Sky Network Television's profit has fallen because of higher costs of programming and preparatory work on its planned merger with Vodafone. The chief financial officer, Jason Hollingworth, says it's had to spend to secure programmes.

But revenues from its core satellite-TV business were down almost 1 per cent and Fellet cautioned investors that at this stage its internet-based services – which include entertainment service Neon and sport service FanPass – were "not as shareholder-friendly".

Discussing the changes sweeping through the industry, Fellet said the internet-television services that Sky competed against were "priced too low to be commercially viable".

Netflix, which has almost 100 times as many subscribers as Sky around the world, was "significantly less" profitable than Sky with a profit margin of just 1.9 per cent, he said.

Last year Netflix made an annual profit of US$122m (NZ$167m) – not much different to Sky – on revenues of more than $6b. Its last quarterly profit was US$41m (NZ$56m), Fellet noted.

Sky warned investors in May to expect its subscriber numbers to drop by 20,000 to 830,000 in the year to June 30, in the wake of the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup. The warning sent its share price sharply down.

It forecast then that a 45,000 drop in its satellite-TV subscriber base would be only partially offset by a 25,000 rise in the number of customers who signed up to its internet television services.

There was gloom this month when a lawyer representing Sky in a court battle with Fairfax Media over Olympics footage, Julian Miles QC, said that Sky's television ratings for this month's Rio Olympics had not been as high as the company had expected.

Fellet said that had been an accurate statement at the time. "The first weekend was scary."

But he said Olympics' ratings then picked up and met Sky's expectations.

He said the pick-up could have been because Fairfax reduced its video-reporting of the games, or because the court case itself "maybe reminded everybody that the Olympics was on".

Investors have got in strongly behind the company's proposed merger with Vodafone NZ and Sky's shares rose 3 per cent to $4.83 in the wake of the annual result.

Sky is currently seeking approval from the Commerce Commission for the merger, which would see Britain's Vodafone Group emerge with 51 per cent of the combined telecommunications and pay-TV company plus $1.25 billion in cash.

Fellet said the competition watchdog was due to rule on the merged on November 11.

The $13.4m cost incurred so far in preparing for the merger accounted for just under half of this year's profit drop.

TVNZ reports profit of $12.7 million

From Press Release – TVNZ

TVNZ reports profit of $12.7 million and dividend payment of $13.4 million for the 2016 financial yearTVNZ reports profit of $12.7 million and dividend payment of $13.4 million for the 2016 financial year

TVNZ has reported a net profit after tax of $12.7 million for the financial year ending June 2016. Profit was in line with the financial targets set out in the Statement of Performance Expectations after adjusting for unrealised foreign exchange losses.

TVNZ CEO, Kevin Kenrick says: “The performance highlight of the year was TVNZ’s strengthened share of TV audiences. Audience share reached a five year high powered by market leading news, current affairs and local entertainment programmes. Off the back of this audience improvement TV advertising revenue share strengthened from 60.8% to 61.3%.”

Overall revenue declined $23.9 million (6.8%) due to year on year declines in market demand for TV advertising, Government funding, event broadcast linking services, as well as the one-off gain on sale of the TVNZ Archive assets in FY2015.

Operating expenses reduced by 3.3% year on year to $303.3 million primarily due to reduced programme amortisation and labour costs.

Kevin Kenrick says “We’re seeing mobile devices driving huge growth in online video consumption with TVNZ OnDemand and ONE News Now delivering an average of 10 million video streams per month.

“To compete more effectively with global scale online players, TVNZ entered into a joint venture with Fairfax Media, MediaWorks and NZME to develop and launch KPEX – a local online advertising exchange.

“The other major launch initiative for the year was DUKE – TVNZ’s new on-air and online entertainment channel.”

The 2016 financial year signified the transition of TVNZ to a wholly commercially funded business with the end of the Pacific Broadcast Service – the last remaining form of direct Government funding.

2016 also brings to a close the multi-year refurbishment of TVNZ’s Auckland building at 100 Victoria Street West. The completion of this major capital project signifies the resumption of full dividend payments and TVNZ will return a dividend of $13.4 million to the Crown for FY2016.


ICT keen to rejig Thaicom concession

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/1071972/ict-keen-to-rejig-thaicom-concession

Former Information and Communication Technology minister Surapong Suebwonglee on Thursday greets people on arrival at the Supreme Court, which handed him a one-year jail term over the Thaicom case. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry is looking to revise the amended satellite concession of Thaicom Plc in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision reaffirming that the minimum shareholding in the company was against the constitution and telecom law.

"We will contact Thaicom's executives to discuss the matter next Thursday," a high-ranking source at the ICT Ministry told the Bangkok Post.

The discussion will involve the amendment of a concession that allowed Shin Corp to reduce its minimum shareholding in its satellite affiliate Shin Satellite, now renamed Thaicom, from at least 51% to 40% in 2004, the source said.

The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders yesterday handed former ICT Minister Surapong Suebwonglee a one-year jail term over the Thaicom shareholding case.

The court ruled Mr Surapong was guilty of malfeasance by authorising the amendment of the Thaicom concession, which was against the constitution's principles and the telecom law.

Approval helped the firm boost its competitiveness and put the telecom business at risk of foreign dominance, the court said.

The court found Mr Surapong to have violated the Criminal Code's Section 157, which prohibits officials from actions that cause damage to the state.

The ICT source said the ministry expects Thaicom to cooperate: "The case should end with a clear resolution as this issue has been criticised for a decade."

A discussion would pave the way to formulate a new investment model for the satellite industry to replace the licensing regime.

The government is considering four investment options: a wholly owned state enterprise; a public-private joint venture with the state owning a majority stake; flexible forms of public-private joint ventures; and the existing licensing model but with higher operating costs.

A resolution is expected to be settled by early 2017.

A source at Thaicom said the company and executives were not a direct party to the case. The judgement concerned only Mr Surapong, not Thaicom, the source said.

"We reserve the right to consider any conditions proposed by the ICT Ministry," the source said.

InTouch Holdings, the parent of Thaicom, holds a 41% stake in Thaicom.

Temasek Holdings holds 40% of InTouch through its two affiliates Aspen Holdings and Cedar Holdings.

Thaicom operates three satellites under a concession regime: Thaicom 4 or iPSTAR, a broadband satellite, and Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6, both broadcasting satellites.

Its concession with the ICT Ministry is due to expire in 2021, with a condition of 20.5% revenue-sharing with the state.

Thaicom has two satellites operating under the licensing system of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC): Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8. Thaicom pays only a licence fee of 5.75% of total revenue to the NBTC for the two satellites.

TV giants look to 8K

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/26/tv-giants-look-to-8k/

Ultra-HD/4K is hardly mass-market just yet, but already many industry players are looking to the ‘next big thing’ in TV’s never-ending road to higher resolution.

Now, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, along with the nation’s two giant electronics specialists, Sony and Panasonic, are to cooperate in order to further develop technology for TV’s capable to handle 8K video transmissions.

8K (Super Hi-Vision) has four-times the image resolution of 4K/Ultra HD.

The Japanese consortium is looking to regain the technological initiative somewhat lost to its South Korean arch-rivals at LG and Samsung. There could also be spin-off benefits for Sony and Panasonic in their camera divisions (both video and ‘still’ cameras). Sony’s F65 Cine Alta high-end professional video camera – and appreciated by many film directors – is capable of capturing 8K.

Japan is already testing 8K transmissions, and beamed about 100 hours of 8K coverage of the Rio Olympics, although the broadcasts went only to designated ‘public viewing’ screens. NHK, and other Japanese broadcasters, say they will start regular 8K transmissions in 2018.

The trio will be overseen by NHK and it is expected that chip-set developer Socionext (itself formed by a merger between Fujitsu and Panasonic’s chip divisions) will be involved in developing a ‘next generation’ chip-set for use in 8K.

Sony has already said it will have 8K sets on the market in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

NHK is a regular at trade shows such as IBC in Amsterdam, and at MIPCOM in Cannes (October 17-20) it will be showcasing programming in 4K and 8K.

Videocon d2h expects extra 2.5m subs

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/26/videocon-d2h-expects-extra-2-5m-subs/

Indian DTH operator Videocon d2h says it expects to add 2.5 million gross new subscribers this fiscal year. Videocon d2h launched its TV service in 2010 and rapidly grew, within two years, to 5 million.

Its Q1 trading period saw 600,000 gross subs added, and a net 430,000. The operator says it expects to see a net 225,000 added during Q2. As at June 30, it had 12.29 million subscribers on its books.

The company says that Q2 is traditionally a flat month for subscriber additions, and that it was confident that its guidance for the full year would be met.

BeIN buys Digiturk

From http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/qatar/390177/bein-buys-digiturk

Doha: Qatar’s beIN Media Group announced yesterday that it had completed the “largest deal in its history” by buying Turkish satellite sports and entertainment company, Digiturk.

“This acquisition represents the largest deal in the history of our group and a major milestone in our global expansion,” beIN Chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi said in a statement.

He said the group’s expansion into the Turkish market was an “essential step” for beIN.

The statement did not say how much beIN paid for Digiturk.

The Turkish pay TV broadcaster has more than three million customers and specialises in sport, showing matches from Spain’s La Liga and France’s Ligue 1, among others.

CBS Expands Availability of Its Streaming Service


CBS has widened access to the CBS All Access digital subscription service, making the $5.99 monthly service available on Microsoft’s Xbox One.

“For $5.99 a month, CBS All Access offers more than 7,500 on-demand episodes from the current season and previous seasons of classic shows, as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live in more than 150 markets across the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia,” the company noted in its announcement. “In addition, subscribers will be able to watch CBS All Access’s upcoming original series, including ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ a spinoff of ‘The Good Wife’ and a new digital edition of ‘Big Brother.'”

Rob Gelick, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Platforms for CBS Interactive Entertainment, comments in the announcement: “Overall, our subscriber base is spending more than half of their time streaming CBS All Access content on connected devices, and that increases to 75 percent when watching CBS All Access’s live local TV feeds. Expanding the service to Xbox One gives CBS Television fans even more ways to watch their favorite programming on their device of choice.”

The release notes that CBS All Access is also available on Windows 10, Android and iOS devices via the CBS App; online at CBS.com;


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2 new Intelsat satellites have launched , going to 60E and 68.5E

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Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Shalom TV India, Sathiyam TV, Dheeran TV and Kaumudy TV" have left .

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Telstra showcases its new Broadcast Operations Centre

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/telstra-showcases-its-new-broadcast-operations-centre/

The telco has been offering content transfer services via fibre, satellite, and IP networks through its BOC since June, relying on a 'highly redundant' datacentre and a hybrid solution.

Telstra's new Broadcast Operations Centre (BOC) is now fully operational, with the telecommunications carrier branching out to provide broadcasters with content transfer solutions via its fibre, satellite, and internet protocol (IP) networks.

The BOC has been functional since June, managing over 400 video, audio, and data services as part of the Telstra Broadcast Services (TBS) business.

"The services that we're delivering as Telstra Broadcast -- and certainly we are very, very strong in the operational technology -- we're working very closely with broadcasters around delivery of content, and one of our flagship offerings is our digital video network," Trevor Boal, head of Telstra Broadcast Services, told media on Thursday morning.

"Most of the broadcasters and content owners in Australia are our customers. There's a very vast and expanding network connecting studios, production facilities, and increasingly now venues, so for example taking sporting content, or stadium content, back to production facilities, studio facilities, for broadcast."

The BOC, described as the "hub for Telstra's global media network", has connections with Telstra's digital video network; the Sydney Customer Insight Centre; teleports in Oxford Falls, Sydney, and Gnangara, Perth; the Stanley teleport and master control room (MCR) in Hong Kong; and MCRs in London, Los Angeles, and New York thanks to its partnership with Pacific Television.

"We have about 400 permanent services running through this operation and delivering content to multiple takers, both inside Australia and outside Australia. We do about 20,000 ad-hoc events every year through this facility," said Paul Suters, head of engineering and operations for TBS.

"We have built the facility very much on a hybrid model. So it's designed in terms of new technology that's built around an IP infrastructure, very much core IP infrastructure. The broadcast industry's not quite completely in the IP space yet, so we have a hybrid where we can come in and out of the facility in baseband, or compressed format, or in IP. And then we sit on a normal, common, off-the-shelf-type enterprise standard IP equipment. But we have definitely given ourselves the ability to migrate services and migrate with the broadcasters -- so we operate in the traditional broadcasting environment, but we also have probably one of the most advanced IP facilities in the world at this point in time."

The BOC's MCR monitors services, delivers connections to global teleports, and provides engineering support and services for customers, while the central apparatus room houses technical equipment, Telstra explained.

The media-specific tier 4 datacentre incorporates main and redundant IP switches; aggregation switches in every rack bank; an edge adaptation solution comprising baseband, ASI, and IP inputs and outputs, routing, and processing; network monitoring; satellite integration for booking and scheduling systems; and a customer management tool set.

Suters added that the centre has disaster recovery systems, with highly redundant paths through satellite facilities.

Both Boal and Suters said Telstra built the BOC with the future in mind, provisioning for higher-bandwidth services and newer video technologies.

"We've built the facility with the advanced resolutions and formats in mind. And part of our architectural design allows much higher bandwidth," said Suters, confirming that it is 8K ready.

"Of course you can't talk about broadcast without talking about digital and OTT; and particularly that is a very key focus for us moving forward," Boal added.

"We're working with a number of customers around how they take their content into an online format, but then also how do they monetise their offerings in the marketplace."

Boal also signalled Telstra's intent to continue expanding the TBS business globally.

"Global aspirations are key to our future growth," he explained.

"And we are already quite a substantial player in delivery of content in and out of Australia that we do have a focus, and we will continue to invest more in, our global ambitions around delivering content in and out of Asia, from Europe, the UK, and also North America. We work closely with a couple of existing partners already in different parts of the world, and we continue to invest in those partnerships."

According to Boal, one of the major drawcards for customers to use Telstra's broadcast-transferring system is that it owns a large fibre network across the APAC region.

"In particular, owning the fibre assets [is] a very strong differentiator for a provider in that market to be able to transport that content cost effectively and efficiently for broadcasters and sporting rights holders," Boal explained.

Telstra also has a media studio at its Sydney headquarters that Boal said could be leveraged in future.

Optus to install satellite-based small cells in NT

From http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/605705/optus-install-satellite-based-small-cells-nt/

Small cells plan follows SA test

Optus it installing small cells in 12 locations in the Northern Territory, the telco said today.

The small cells use satellite to deliver mobile phone services in areas that are out of reach of cell towers. They have a range of up to 3 kilometres.

The telco has previously conducted a small cell trial at Oodnadatta in South Australia.

“Optus is committed to delivering choice and competition for all Australians and we are pleased to announce the introduction of small cell mobile technology on this scale which will enhance customer experience for our customers in the Territory,” Optus Networks acting managing director, Dennis Wong, said in a statement.

“As the only Australian telco to own and operate mobile, fixed and satellite networks, this is a terrific initiative for Optus to leverage our expertise and introduce an innovative mobile and satellite technology solution to support our continued network expansion across Australia,” said Optus Satellite vice president, Paul Sheridan.

“The use of small cells allow for the efficient provision of telecommunications services in difficult and often costly locations. While quite common in highly populous CBDs, we believe this is an excellent way to deploy this type of technology to deliver services to areas that are remote and geographically challenging.”

Telstra has previously rolled out a number of data-only 4G small cells in regional areas, announcing last year that it intended to roll out more than 750 additional small cells areas of low mobile signal strength.

The Optus small cells will be installed at:

Daly Waters
Ormiston Pound Ranger Station
Renner Springs
Three Ways
Barkly Homestead
Wycliffe Well
Barrow Creek
Ti Tree
Curtin Springs

Qantas and Cricket Australia in talks to stream live matches on flights

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/qantas-and-cricket-australia-in-talks-to-stream-live-matches-on-flights/news-story/55f03588f5ed93df3b5150d89398e8d8

Qantas is working through the final stages of negotiations with Cricket Australia to allow passengers on its domestic and international flights to stream live matches at 30,000 feet.

Qantas will trial in-flight Wi-Fi on its fleet of domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft by the end of this year. A full commercial service will be available in 2017.

“A flight from Sydney to Perth should be enough time to catch an entire match of 20/20 which is fitting when you’re flying the Spirit of Australia,” said Qantas chief Alan Joyce.

“Live cricket is just one of the partnerships we are looking at. And it’s in addition to the streaming services you’ll be able to access just as you do on the ground.”

The airline is also looking at making Wi-Fi services available on its Boeing 717s, its F100s and turboprops and its international fleet.

Dolby Vision dilemma for 4K TV manufacturers

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/25/dolby-vision-dilemma-for-4k-tv-manufacturers/

TV manufacturers are offering High Dynamic Range (HDR) enhancement in 4K TV sets to increase their market appeal, but many are still struggling to choose between one of two new standards: Dolby Vision and HDR10. As an open standard, HDR10 allows firmware updates and has the support of more manufacturers than Dolby Vision, finds ABI Research. But this may change in the months ahead, as a number of content creators, including HBO, Paramount, Sony Pictures, and Universal, rally in support of Dolby Vision.

“The winner in the HDR10 and Dolby Vision competition is not yet clear,” says Khin Sandi Lynn, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. “Dolby Vision currently supports higher light output levels than HDR10 and is better suited to adjust to different manufacturers’ displays. But its downside is that, unlike HDR10, the standard requires built-in hardware, more costly IP licensing, and involves a certification process for licensing.”

ABI Research predicts that in the battle between Dolby Vision and HDR10, one possibility will be that Dolby Vision becomes the format for streaming movie and video-on-demand delivery, while HDR10 primarily supports live event and broadcast channels. Consumers viewing content from a service supporting Dolby Vision on a non-supported TV set will likely not receive HDR signals. Instead, the TV will use colour upsampling technologies to simulate the HDR brightness and saturation.

“Setting aside the fight between standards, some markets with less pervasive broadband deployments, like India, will need to perform infrastructure upgrades to support necessary bandwidth for 4K video service delivery,” concludes Lynn. “This will further help to increase the 4K TV adoption in the Asia-Pacific region in which currently only five per cent of TV households own 4K sets.”

Intelsat celebrates double success with Ariane 5 launch

From http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/08/24/intelsat-celebrates-double-success-with-ariane-5-launch/

Two U.S.-built Intelsat communications satellites destined for different missions fired into space from French Guiana just after sunset Wednesday, vaulting due east over the Atlantic Ocean before separating from their Ariane 5 launcher right on target in geostationary transfer orbit.

Running 21 minutes late after a boat ventured into restricted waters in the Atlantic Ocean, the dual-payload mission took off at 2216:08 GMT (6:16 p.m. EDT; 7:16 p.m. French Guiana time) from the ELA-3 launch pad at the French-run Guiana Space Center. quickly climbed into the sky atop 2.9 million pounds of thrust, then steered eastward and picked up speed.

The 180-story launcher broke the sound barrier in about 48 seconds, then ascended through a thin transparent cloud layer as sound from the rocket rumbled across the jungle spaceport on the northern coast of South America.

Two 103-foot-tall (31.6-meter) solid rocket boosters split away from the sides of the Ariane 5 rocket’s hydrogen-fueled core stage at T+plus 2 minutes, 22 seconds. About one minute later, after the rocket’s passage through the perilous dense lower atmosphere, the Ariane 5’s Swiss-made nose fairing jettisoned in two halves like a clamshell to reveal the tandem Intelsat spacecraft.

The main stage’s Vulcain 2 engine turned off about nine minutes into the mission, and the Ariane 5’s upper stage HM7B powerplant took over for the next phase of the flight. The HM7B engine shut down around T+plus 25 minutes, then the Ariane 5’s flight computers pointed the rocket for deployment of the two payloads.

Intelsat 33e, made by Boeing, separated first from the upper segment of the dual-satellite stack. A few minutes later, a Sylda adapter jettisoned to reveal the smaller Intelsat 36 platform, which sprung away from the rocket at T+plus 41 minutes, 50 seconds.

Both satellites radioed ground controllers soon after separation, and Intelsat officials said the new spacecraft are in good health.

“Arianespace is delighted to announce that Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 have been separated as planned in the targeted standard geostationary transfer orbit,” said Stephane Israel, chairman and CEO of Arianespace, the Ariane 5’s commercial operator headquartered near Paris.

Intelsat, one of the world’s largest commercial satellite operators, booked the whole capacity of Wednesday’s Ariane 5 launch.

Ken Lee, Intelsat’s senior vice president of space systems, was sure of the decision before the launch.

“If you look at their history, Ariane 5 has more than 70 successes in a row, and we felt confident enough to put two of our spacecraft on one rocket,” Lee said in an interview with Spaceflight Now. “If you look at the probability, you actually lower the probability (of a failure) as a system by launching two-in-one on a highly reliable rocket, instead of having two different discrete events that have to occur.”

The gamble paid off, and the Ariane 5 rocket put both satellites in a good orbit, with parameters near the preflight target altitude between 155 miles (250 kilometers) and 35,879 kilometers (22,294 miles) above Earth.

The satellites are circling Earth on a path tilted 5.9 degrees to the equator, slightly better than the predicted inclination, according to tracking data released by the U.S. military.

“For the fourth time this year, we have had a flawless mission for Ariane 5, and it is the 73rd success in a row of this rocket,” Israel said.

“Ariane has a reputation for delivering, and today they delivered not one, but two of our satellites successfully into orbit,” Lee said in remarks after the launch. “These two satellites will bring important services to customers and their end users across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific.”

Both spacecraft will fire on-board thrusters in the coming weeks to reach their final operating positions in geostationary orbit. At an altitude of nearly 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometers), the satellites will fly around Earth’s equator at the same speed the planet rotates, allowing the platforms to see the same part of the world at all times.

The 14,550-pound (6.6-metric ton) Intelsat 33e satellite, based on Boeing’s 702MP platform, will conduct its orbit-raising maneuvers between Aug. 27 and Sept. 4, then extend its power-generating solar arrays and enter service around Nov. 1 after checkouts of its sophisticated Ku-band and C-band communications payload.

Fitted with more than 70 beams and the equivalent of 269 Ku-band and C-band transponders, Intelsat 33e is the second of seven new-generation “Epic” satellites ordered by Intelsat. It will replace the Intelsat 904 spacecraft — launched by an Ariane 4 in 2002 — at 60 degrees east.

“This addition to our high throughput fleet will extend the benefits of high performance, greater efficienties and simplified access to customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific,” said Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s chief executive. “It features a digital payload connecting 100 percent of the frequency on the satellite. The higher performance and greater flexibility of Intelsat 33e will better serve our enterprise, telecom, mobility and government customers with custom-built satellite solutions to take their applications ot the next level.”

Intelsat 33e’s launch Wednesday came about seven months after Intelsat 29e, the first Epic satellite, blasted off on another Ariane 5 mission.

“This one is significantly more capable,” Lee said. “I would say it has more capacity. We design ‘Epic’ satellites to serve different functions and different missions, so there are different frequencies, but in terms of the underlying flexibility, the capability is the same.

“We have five more ‘Epic’ spacecraft in the factory, and they have enhanced capabilities,” Lee said. “So we’re adding more features on top of what we have.”

Intelsat officials say the “Epic” satellites will allow the company to tap into the growing mobile communications market, reaching customers on the road, airplanes and ships. That is a market currently dominated by other satellite operators, such as Inmarsat.

The all-digital payload aboard Intelsat 33e — and other “Epic” platforms — give Intelsat the ability to quickly adapt the satellite’s bandwidth between different locations. For example, with a simple command from the ground, operators can reduce bandwidth in the middle of the night in one area and focus capacity in regions hosting special events, such as the Olympics.

“What the digital payloads allow is in a matter of seconds and minutes, to provide that re-allocation and flexibility in bandwidth,” said Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing’s commercial satellite business. “The power it gives the operators to meet the market demands is the real advantage of this digital payload.”

The digital payload will be introduced on the next set of U.S. Air Force’s Wideband Global SATCOM satellites set for launches beginning later this year.

The 7,171-pound Intelsat 36 satellite launched in the lower position on Wednesday’s Ariane 5 flight is kicking off a 15-year mission to distribute video programming across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Built on a short 24-month schedule by Space Systems/Loral, Intelsat 36 will boost its orbit to geostationary altitude between Aug. 25 and Aug. 30, then start commercial service in October, Lee said.

Carrying 34 Ku-band and 10 C-band transponders, Intelsat 36 will maneuver to a post at 68.5 degrees east longitude, where it will join the Intelsat 20 satellite relaying television broadcasts.

“Intelsat 36 will enhance our video neighborhood at 68.5 degrees east, strengthening our media distribution for our customers in South Asia cable community, and in particular in sub-Saharan Africa with our long-standing customer MultiChoice,” Lee said.

The launch of Intelsat 36 will help accelerate the transition from analog to digital television in South Africa, Lee said.

Wednesday’s double launch for Intelsat, a first for the historic operator, was dedicated to Brian Sing, a respected Intelsat program manager who died suddenly in early August.

“Brian was the expert on Intelsat’s launch vehicles,” Spengler said. “He was a dedicated engineer whose tireless work ensured that our launch vehicles are of the highest quality. He made significant contributions to the launcher sector that resulted in improved quality of launch vehicles, benefiting not only Intelsat but also other satellite operators.”

Sing passed away shortly before traveling to French Guiana to help prepare for Wednesday’s launch.

“Brian was highly respected and appreciated by everybody who had the good fortune to work with him,” Israel said. “His absence will be deeply felt.”

The next Arianespace launch is scheduled for Sept. 15, when a solid-fueled Vega booster will loft the PeruSat Earth observation satellite for the Peruvian government and four commercial imaging craft for Google’s Terra Bella subsidiary.

The next Ariane 5 mission is set for Oct. 4 with Australia’s Sky Muster 2 and India’s GSAT 18 communications satellites.

Record success for two Intelsat satellites

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/25/record-success-for-two-intelsat-satellites/

Arianespace successfully placed two Intelsat satellites into orbit, and at the same time managed to break a payload lift record.

An Ariane 5 rocket blasted off from French Guiana at 6.16 pm (EDT) and both the Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 satellites were deployed within 42 minutes. The rocket carried a record payload of 10,735 kgs into orbit.

Moments later Intelsat confirmed that they had received signals confirming a successful launch and deployment of the pair.

Intelsat 33e, built by Boeing, will continue its geostationary transfer orbit and eventually be placed at 60 degrees East, and serve Africa, Europe, the Mid-East and Asia.

Intelsat 36, built by Space Systems/Loral will eventually be located at 68.5 degrees East and serve its key client MultiChoice as well as continue to provide capacity over the Indian Ocean regions.

China's high resolution satellite sends photos

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/china-s-high-resolution-satellite-sends-photos-116082500768_1.html

China today published photos transmitted by its first high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite aimed at providing a seamless view of seas to protect its maritime rights besides land borders and global hotspots.

It was launched on August 10 as it looks tofirmly establish its control over the disputed South China Sea.

The satellite calledGaofen-3, which could provide pictures withresolution of one meter was expected to provide more clearer view of the land border including the India-China boundary.

The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) today published images of the Beijing Capital International Airport, Xiamen city of Fujian Province, the northern port of Tianjin, China's fourth-largest freshwater lake Hongze and the Yellow Sea, which were taken by the satellite, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

These images were captured using different imaging modes and all appear to be clear, according to the SASTIND.

Gaofen-3 has all-weather, 24-hour earth observation capability, and will provide China with new technologies for ocean environment monitoring, maritime rights protection, disaster monitoring and evaluation, meteorological research, monitoring of water conservation facilities, and water resource management, according to SASTIND.

It's data was received by ground stations and processed by the China Centre For Resources Satellite Data and Application.

So far Gaofen-3 has obtained and processed as much as 2.15TB of data.

SASTIND said that tests on ground-based systems will be finished by December and then application tests will begin, the report said.

Major users of the satellite's application services include the State Oceanic Administration, Ministry of Civil Affairs, Ministry of Water Resources and China Meteorological Administration.

Tricolor TV to switch to Mpeg-4

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/tricolor-tv-to-switch-to-mpeg-4--1159099

Russian satellite operator Tricolor TV plans to switch from the Mpeg-2 format, reports Comnews.ru. The operator plans to switch to the Mpeg-4 format in 2017. Tricolor TV doesn't plan to reduce the size of the rented satellite resource.

Using the space released by the introduced Mpeg-4 format, the operator will develop new technologies, including Ultra-HD and mobile TV. The operator has recently rented four transponders on the Eutelsat W7 satellite for this purpose.

Earlier this July, Tricolor TV launched the commercial broadcast of TV packages under the Ultra HD format.

France: AB Groupe, Ericsson launch UHD channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/08/25/france-ab-groupe-ericsson-launch-uhd-channel/

Ericsson has signed an exclusive multi-year broadcast and media services contract with AB Groupe, an independent provider of thematic channels in France.

Ericsson will provide playout services for AB Groupe’s Ultra Nature TV channel, the first ultra HD TV channel to launch in France. The 24 hour channel, which is dedicated to wildlife, discovery, travel and extreme sports programming, is a part of AB Groupe’s portfolio of 16 thematic channels and digital services.

Lionel Berthelot and Laurent Gaudinaud, Technical Directors at AB Groupe, said: “For France’s first 4K UHD TV channel, we have chosen the very best technical solutions available. We are delighted with the agreement and we have every confidence in the managed services expertise of Ericsson’s Broadcast and Media Services team.”

Thorsten Sauer, Head of Broadcast and Media Services, Ericsson, added: “We are proud to be selected by AB Groupe to help launch the first ultra HD TV channel in France. Our highly skilled teams and global experience managing complex playout operations make us the partner of choice for many broadcasters the world over. This contract win is the first milestone in what we believe will be a long and positive future with AB Groupe and we look forward to building on this relationship in the years to come.”


HGTV has started on satellite, SKY TV and Freeview NZ

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,TRG Live(传送)频道加密,设置3873 H 6660参数有条件接收。 [8月23日]
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东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Hadi 2(测试)频道新增,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [8月22日]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Cable TV(泰国)频道加密,设置11679 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月22日]

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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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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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东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Test(测试)频道消失,设置4013 V 4166参数无效接收。 [8月17日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 9(越南)频道解密,设置11549 H 28490参数免费接收。 [8月17日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,NRS Royal TV替换No.1 News(MPEG-4)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [8月17日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,IConcerts(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [8月17日]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,JBS(韩国)频道消失,设置12530 H 26000参数无效接收。 [8月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Yes TV(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3847 V 7855参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]
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]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Sawasdee TV(泰国)频道新增,设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月16日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Dom Kino(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12226 L 27500参数无效接收。 [8月16日]


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.”


No update Wednesday



From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "Free Indeed TV" has left .

NSS 12 57.0E Almada TV has moved from 11140 V to 11126 V, Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Yes TV(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3847 V 7855参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]
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]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Sawasdee TV(泰国)频道新增,设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月16日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Dom Kino(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12226 L 27500参数无效接收。 [8月16日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Bober(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12149 L 27500参数无效接收。 [8月16日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Life OK(高清)等4个频道新增,设置11361 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]

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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Ed Hyde is currently the CEO of big data and analytics company Qrious.
New CEO for Spark Ventures

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 ?

Saturday feeds

D2 12572 V Sr 7499 gaming feed
D2 12634 V Sr 7499 "Globecast Oz" Horses
D2 12643 V Sr 7499 horse racing
D2 12652 V Sr 7500 horse racing
D2 12662 V Sr 6669 "ADHOC ENC 01" Horses
D2 12670 V Sr 7499 horse racing
D2 12679 V Sr 7500 TBS003 boxing/cage fighting

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ABS 6 159.0E 3679 V "TBN Asia and Hillsong Channel" have left again.

JCSAT 2B 154.0E 12403 H "Cable 4K" has started on , Fta.

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

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H BeIn Sports 1/3 Indonesia and Zee Hiburan have started on , ABV. Macau Lotus TV, Matrix Sports 1-2 and Arirang World have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "M2 TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Persada TV" has started on , Fta. Wesal Market has left again.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12590 V All channels in the American Forces Network mux on are encrypted again.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3949 H "Zonet" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Sneha TV" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "I Witness News" has started on , Fta. Shop CJ has left.

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]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Indosat 2(印尼)频道消失,设置4080 H 28125参数无效接收。 [8月14日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,VH1(印度)频道消失,设置4034 H 20500参数无效接收。 [8月14日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Zee Studio、Wion(印度)等频道新增,设置3810 V 15000参数有条件接收。 [8月14日]
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]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,山东卫视、广东卫视、天津卫视(HEVC)频道消失,设置11100 H 45000参数无效接收。 [8月14日]

东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星C频段,Premier League TV HD替换Av Comm(高清)频道,设置4027 H 7455参数免费接收。 [8月13日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星C频段,Edge Sports HD(高清)频道加密,设置4027 H 7455参数有条件接收。 [8月13日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,OK Music(印度)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [8月13日]
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]
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108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Al Jazeera(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12471 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月12日]

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]
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]


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.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update



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From the Dish

ABS 6 159.0E 3679 V "TBN Asia, Hillsong Channel, Apostolic Oneness Network, Kanal 10 Asia and SBN International" have started on , Fta

Telkom 1 108.0E 3916 H "Pasien TV" has started on again, Fta

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H "Cartoon Network Philippines" is encrypted again.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,ABS Corporate Video HD(ABS)频道新增,设置12523 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月12日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Al Jazeera(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12471 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月12日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sneha TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [8月12日]

东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,Test Thomson(传送)频道改频率,设置3812 V 1445参数免费接收。 [8月11日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Cable TV替换Kanjanburee(泰国)频道,设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月11日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,MRTV(国际)频道加密,设置3711 H 13333参数有条件接收。 [8月11日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道改频率,设置3770 H 4550参数有条件接收。 [8月11日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,M2 TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3574 V 6363参数免费接收。 [8月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MNB Sport Test(测试)频道新增,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [8月11日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Silver Screen替换Sabaoon TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [8月11日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,NBA(Cignal)频道消失,设置11481 H 18750参数无效接收。 [8月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Warner TV、Colours(Cignal)频道消失,设置11598 H 20000参数无效接收。 [8月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,History 2 HD(俄罗斯)高清频道新增,设置12093 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Game Show(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11559 V 22000参数无效接收。 [8月10日]


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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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.”


Jay888 has released his new Australian "ABC TV live" Kodi video addon
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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.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Tandberg encryption update

Latest firmware for STB model "Freesat V7HD" supports it..

Friday night feed
D1: 12429 v 6999 - NRL

From my Email


From the Dish

No Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,ZEE Yuva(印度)频道新增,设置3820 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [8月5日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Colors Super HD(高清)频道新增,设置3850 V 14400参数有条件接收。 [8月5日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道加密,设置3970 V 13400参数有条件接收。 [8月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,高点综合替换霹雳电视(数码天空)频道,设置12430 V 22425参数有条件接收。 [8月5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。 [8月5日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel(高清)频道加密,设置11593 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月5日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,NBT HD(高清)频道新增,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月5日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Shopping Zone替换Swara Sagag(印度)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [8月5日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Quran TV、promotion(沙特)等3个频道消失,设置3760 H 27500参数无效接收。 [8月5日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Jai Tamil替换Malai Murasu TV(印度)频道,设置3894 H 13840参数免费接收。 [8月5日]


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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From Craig Duffield

Thursday feeds
Optus D1 12681v SR 7474
Nine Toowoomba
9 Go
And more Using 1M

12681v SR 7250

Optus D1 12430V SR 7124 STS-1 Thursday Night Football NRL

From the Dish

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3993 V "Anhui TV" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3946 V "Ninmedia SatPlay" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "The K Vision" mux has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4057 V "Share Channel TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4186 V "RCTI, Global TV, MNC TV and INews TV" have started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "Wesal Urdu" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3880 H "TCB" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "MLQ Movies, Jan TV and Ala! Entertainment" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Ala! Entertainment" is back on, Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4082 H "Bollywood News" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3760 H "Quran TV and Sunna TV" have left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4000 H Perviy kanal Asia, RTP Internacional Ásia and TVE Internacional Asia have left .

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Otomoto Channel" has left .
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Fuel TV and Dubai Sports 3" have left again.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Peace TV" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4147 H "NBT TV" is now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "IP TV and Bangla Music" have started on , Fta Music Bangla TV has left.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3793 H "Channel 9" is Fta
Apstar 7 76.5E 3848 V "YES" is Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4151 H "BBC Earth Asia, BBC Entertainment Asia, BBC Lifestyle Asia and CBeebies Asia" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11474 H "Africa Magic Showcase South Africa" has left .

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东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,中天亚洲、华视(Skynindo)等频道加密,设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thairath TV(高清)频道消失,设置3625 V 30000参数无效接收。 [8月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Movies Max(泰国)频道重现,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,动物星球、天映电影(Skynindo)等全组频道解密,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,中天亚洲、华视(Skynindo)等全组频道解密,设置4100 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,WakuWaku(高清)频道加密,设置3960 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [8月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,天映电影(印尼)频道加密,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [8月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Modernine TV(泰国)频道重现,设置3982 V 1500参数有条件接收。 [8月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Mahad Thai Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置4003 V 2020参数有条件接收。 [8月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道消失,设置3810 V 4551参数无效接收。 [8月4日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Eternal Life(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3780 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Live 1 HD、K Boom HD(高清)频道消失,设置11639 H 30000参数无效接收。 [8月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,TRG Live(传送)频道解密,设置3873 H 6660参数免费接收。 [8月3日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Waku(测试)频道新增,设置3760 H 29700参数免费接收。 [8月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,AXN(台湾)等2个频道消失,设置4180 V 30000参数无效接收。 [8月3日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,CNBC(MPEG-4)等全组频道改频率,设置4132 R 11250参数有条件接收。 [8月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Jatingja(泰国)频道消失,设置12728 V 30000参数无效接收。 [8月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Channel 7(泰国)频道加密,设置12728 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Stadium 1 HD、Stadium X HD(泰国)等全组频道消失,设置11128 H 30000参数无效接收。 [8月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV、国家地理(泰国)等全组频道消失,设置11090 H 30000参数无效接收。 [8月2日]


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.

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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]
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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.


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HGTV New Zealand has s launched their on-demand service


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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

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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]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Samaa TV(印度)频道改频率,设置4113 H 3333参数免费接收。 [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]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang、Reserve(Cignal)频道新增,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [7月24日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,CT替换Jack City(Cignal)频道,设置11510 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [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]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,DN Global News替换Bollywood News(巴)频道,设置4082 H 3185参数免费接收。 [7月23日]

东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,CCTV-4、四川国际(MPEG-4)等25个频道新增,设置3730 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月22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.

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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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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲8号卫星Ku频段,湖南卫视、华娱卫视(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置11490 H 43200参数无效接收。 [7月21日]
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东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Fox Family Movies(MPEG-4)等频道消失,设置3800 V 7500参数无效接收。 [7月21日]
东经51.5度轨道位置的白俄1号卫星C频段,ETV(埃塞俄比亚)频道改频率,设置3700 R 2220参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,IM Shopping替换LBS TV In-Drama(印尼)频道,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,AXN替换Animax(台湾)频道,设置4180 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]


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 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.


From my Email


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

Web Stream Link

raw stream urls


Sunday, feeds

D1 12643 v 7200 D1 AFL

Saturday feeds

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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From the Dish

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "AFP TV" has left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "Edge Sport" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Signs and Wonders TV and MMCN TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "Good News TV, Holy TV, The Herald TV, Prophetic TV, Emerald TV and MMCN TV 2 have started on , Fta. TTVM TV" has left.
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.


Altarek is new on Optus D2 12734 V Vpid 2091 Apid 2092 on screen website link is http://atvsat.com/en/ (site is begging for financial donations)

Malo TV and K24 appear to be off Air

Australian Channel 7 , 9 have implemented Geo-Blocking on their streams..just use a DNS service or VPN.

From my Email


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No lyngsat

From asiatvro site

Their site is still offline


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