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Page UPDATED 2/07/2015 11.59 P.M NZ


Sorry no update


Some reports in various forums of Rai Italy having left Asiasat 5
It is still there on the new parameters as mentioned a few weeks ago.

3700 V Sr 30000 in MPEG 4, and still FTA

Program Number: 4
PCR on PID 404 (0x0194)
PMT Version: 2
Service name: RAI Asia Intl.
Stream Type: 0x1b H.264 Video
Elementary Stream PID 404 (0x0194)
Stream Type: 0x03 MPEG-1 Audio
Elementary Stream PID 4104 (0x1008)

The Freeview Plus enhanced (Hbb TV) NZ DVB T service has been launched.
website info


From my Email

From saldav1

Asiasat 5 log

3894 H SR 7199 WCBV R'dam CZE vs POL in The World Championship Volleyball, The Netherlands, (FTA.)
4161 H SR 14240 GCUK Enc 3 Gillette World Sports Programme, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0E 12272 H "Channel V International and Playboy TV Asia" are now encrypted.
Telstar 18 138.0E 12507 H "Animal Planet South East Asia" is now encrypted.
Telstar 18 138.0E 12629 H "Nat Geo People Asia" is now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Nabawi TV has replaced ELbox" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "K-TV" has started on , Conax.
Palapa D 113.0E 4055 H "Lumen Network has replaced Gogo Mall Home Shopping" on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Ananda Bangla TV has replaced S Moviz" on , Fta.

NSS 12 57.0E 3800 R "BFBS Movies" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,华娱卫视替换Fox Sports News(Skynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-01]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,GMA 7、QTV-11(菲律宾)频道消失,设置3854 H 6700参数无效接收。[07-01]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Haari TV替换More TV(Skynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-01]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,蓝海电视(Skynindo)频道新增,设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-01]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,RT-Test(测试)频道新增,设置11240 V 3080参数免费接收。[07-01]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,MWD替换Parahita Channel(缅甸)频道,设置11052 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-01]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Nabawi TV替换Elbox(印尼)频道,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月1日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sky UHD4K(高清)等全组频道改频率,设置12410 H 29500参数部分免费接收。 [7月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,寰宇新闻替换国兴卫视(华人卫视)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月1日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,CCTV-3、CCTV-5、CCTV-8(央视)等全组频道消失,设置4160 H 27500参数无效接收。 [7月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,国兴卫视替换亚洲美食(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]


Former News boss John Hartigan blasts Tony Abbott on media reform failure

From http://www.afr.com/news/politics/former-news-boss-john-hartigan-blasts-tony-abbott-on-media-reform-failure-20150701-gi22zx

Former News Ltd boss John Hartigan has accused a "bloody-minded" Tony Abbott of kowtowing to "media mates" Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes by dumping media law reform.

John Hartigan, Chairman Prime Media Group, says: "This is the Prime Minster's bloody-minded captain's pick to look after a coupe of media mates."

Former News Ltd boss John Hartigan has accused a "bloody-minded" Tony Abbott of kowtowing to "media mates" Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes by rolling Malcolm Turnbull's push to unwind rules which would have enabled other players, including regional networks, to survive.

Mr Hartigan, now chairman of regional TV company Prime Media Group, has told The Australian Financial Review that starting next week, Prime, along with fellow regional broadcasters WIN Corporation and Southern Cross Austereo, will launch a television, radio and digital campaign to pressure Mr Abbott to rethink his opposition to unwinding the two-thirds ownership rule and the reach rule.

Ongoing plight

The campaign has the support of rural and regional Coalition MPs who are alarmed that the ongoing plight of regional broadcasters means more job losses and less local news content.

Last week, Coalition MPs held a crisis meeting in Parliament House with the chief executives of Prime and WIN.

"There wasn't a spare seat anywhere," said north Queensland MP Ewen Jones.

"There wasn't a regional MP who didn't have a representative in the room, from north Queensland to WA.

"The last thing I need in my electorate is people losing jobs."

Struggling regional commercial networks have been cutting costs by winding back news coverage and shedding jobs.

Mr Turnbull, the communications minister, felt that by abolishing increasingly obsolete laws restricting media ownership and the audience-reach rule that prevents Nine Entertainment, Seven West Media and the Ten Network from owning regional affiliates, it would create the potential for mergers and acquisitions to keep the broadcasters alive.

Mr Turnbull was rolled by Mr Abbott following heavy lobbying of the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers – predominantly by Mr Stokes, who owns Seven West Media, and his son Ryan. News would only accept change if anti-siphoning laws, which keep sport on free-to-air TV, were scrapped.

The government decision hurt the regional broadcasters, the Nine Network and Fairfax Media, publisher of The Australian Financial Review, all of which are stymied by the current laws.

"This is the Prime Minster's bloody-minded captain's pick to look after a couple of media mates," Mr Hartigan said.

"This is playing with people's lives."

Rural versus metropolitan

Mr Hartigan said the campaign, first flagged by the Financial Review's Street Talk column on June 24, would contend that Mr Abbott's decision would create two classes of citizens – those in regional and rural Australia and those in metropolitan Australia.

"The regional community risks losing their voice unless the reforms of media is put back on the table," he said.

"The only way to secure our future and the future of regional news services is if we update media laws.

"That will allow mergers and acquisitions that achieve economies of scale."

Mr Hartigan said there would be "further mass sackings".

"We're trying to keep jobs and we lost the argument because of the interests of two proprietors."

Regional broadcasters face increased competition from unregulated internet-based streaming services, have less ability to integrate advertising into programming, and face growing fees to their metro affiliates.

Circumvention of rule

One industry source who declined to be named said Mr Stokes was happy to let his competitors wither on the vine while News Corp did not need the changes because it had already effectively circumvented the two-thirds ownership rule with Foxtel's acquisition of 15 per cent of Channel 10.

News owns 50 per cent of Foxtel and Lachlan Murdoch holds 7 per cent of Channel 10 already. Mr Murdoch also owns radio station Nova FM. This effectively gives News radio, TV and newspapers in the same market, as well as pay TV and online.

One source said News had demanded of Mr Turnbull that he scrap anti-siphoning rules that ensure key sporting events stay on free-to-air TV but Mr Turnbull told the company it would never pass the Senate.

The current arrangement with Foxtel buying into Channel 10 would allow Foxtel, Channel 10 and Channel Seven to stitch up sport broadcasting by offering a joint platform.

Mr Abbott has told colleagues he does not want the issue revisited but the internal push from his colleagues will intensify pressure to rethink his position.

It is understood Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has spoken to Mr Abbott about the issue.

During last week's party room meeting, when the issue was raised, Mr Turnbull pointed out that WIN had already closed bureaus in Mildura and Mackay and that there was a threat to its operation in Wide Bay, in the electorate of Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.

Mr Truss expressed dismay, saying WIN could not do that and Mr Turnbull responded:

"As a matter of fact Warren, they can and they will."

Rocket Lab eyes Birdling's Flat, Canterbury, as launch site

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/69859442/rocket-lab-eyes-birdlings-flat-canterbury-as-launch-site.html

A remote Canterbury paddock could launch New Zealand into the space race.

A paddock near Birdlings Flat has been chosen by Auckland-based company, Rocket Lab as its preferred launch site for a rocket that can carry a satellite into orbit.

If the venture succeeds New Zealand would join countries such as Iran, Israel, India, North and South Korea and Argentina, as well as the great powers, in staging a successful rocket launch.

Computer generated image of proposed rocket launch site, owned by Rocket Lab, for Bayleys Rd, Kaitorete Spit, near Birdlings Flat in Canterbury.

What is revolutionary is Rocket Lab's plan to create rockets for under $US5 million, allowing smaller companies, research and environmental groups to launch their own satellites into space.

"We're looking at the democratisation of space," said Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck.

Last year 19 orbital rockets were launched in the United States at an average cost of $132m each - a price affordable only to governments and major corporations.

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck hopes his firm will revolutionise the global space industry with the creation of a cheaper rocket able to launch small satellites into orbit.

Rocket Lab's ambitious project hinged on the its ability to produce orbital rockets for $US4.9m. It used 3D printers to produce the engines and a body made from lightweight carbon fibre. The rockets were 1m in diameter and 20m tall.

Beck said New Zealand had never launched an orbital rocket before.

However, the site at Bayleys Rd, Kaitorete Spit, was uniquely placed for such launches as there were few planes or marine traffic at risk of disruption. The picturesque spot also had the best launch trajectory, or "azimuth".

Easy access to Christchurch was also important as the US-owned company wanted to establish a rocket manufacturing plant there.

"We're looking at creating 200 jobs," Beck said.

Rockets, about one metre in size, would carry satellites into space for commercial customers. The company had over 30 launches booked already, he said.

Beck said preparations were under way to submit resource consent applications to Christchurch City Council for the launch site.

The proposal has attracted concern about the potential impact on the environment from the Green Party.

Spokeswoman for conservation, Eugenie Sage said the Kaitorete Spit was a nationally significant ecosystem and natural landscape feature containing habitat for threatened lizards, rare invertebrates and threatened plants such as Muehlenbechia astonii .

"The launch activities potentially disturb wildlife."

Sage said local residents were concerned about the potential impact of a launch on access to conservation reserves and other public land during the launches.

Applications for three consents from Rocket Lab were lodged with Environment Canterbury on June 15.

These consents are to discharge contaminants to air, discharge stormwater, and to provide a coastal permit for temporary occupation of the coastal marine area associated with the operation of a rocket launching complex.

Beck said the company would be working with affected parties.

"This is an announcement of our intentions so we are at the start of the process and will be working with all the relevant parties," Beck said.

He said the launch site would be no bigger than a tennis court and would have minimal impact on the land.

Rocket launches were loud, but the noise was for a very short time.

Initially Rocket Lab would launch one rocket a month, but aimed to increase frequency to one a week using a number of sites. Beck said.

"People don't realise how critically reliant we are on satellites."

Rocket Lab's Electron rocket was built to launch low earth orbit satellites, which had a life span of 5-7 years and reduced to dust after that time.

This made them more sustainable than geo syncronist satellites, which stayed in space of 10,000 years, Beck said.

This story has been corrected to note that many countries have been the staging ground for rocket launches.

New Zealand to join world's superpowers and put a rocket into space

From http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/new-zealand-join-world-s-superpowers-and-put-rocket-into-space-6350974

New Zealand could soon follow in the footsteps of the world's superpowers and launch a rocket into space.

The remote launch site is at the base of the Banks Penninsula, halfway along the Kaitorere Spit and on private farmland, but some locals and politicians are concerned with the chosen location.

"The company thinks its important because of launch trajectory, but it also has very high natural values," Green Party MP Eugenie Sage says.

"They need to be considered before other decisions are made."

But the team behind the proposed launch, Rocket Lab, says the rockets are the smallest orbital space vehicle ever invented and will have little impact on the surrounding area.

"You say rockets and they think Cape Canavarel and a space shuttle. Ginormous, monstrous machines billowing fire," Rocket Lab's Peter Beck says.

"That's just not what it's about.

"You're not going to hear it in Christchurch and you'll barely hear it in the surrounding region.

"The reality is for New Zealand, when we put our rocket up, we'll become the 11th nation to ever put a satellite in orbit.

"The other 10 are superpowers."

Rocket Lab wants to establish a manufacturing plant in Christchurch and is promising to create more than 100 jobs if they get the go ahead.

Freeview NZ launches HbbTV service

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/01/freeview-nz-launches-hbbtv-service/

New Zealand’s DTT provider Freeview has launched a new platform designed to give New Zealanders easy access to on-demand video services on their TVs – FreeviewPlus.

In a New Zealand first, FreeviewPlus uses Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) to enable seamless integration and switching between broadcast TV and on-demand services. The service is free to view and easy to set up via a new FreeviewPlus set-top box (from around NZ$150 [€92]), and is built into most new 2015 Smart TVs.

According to Sam Irvine, General Manager at Freeview, the launch of Freeview is a game changer for television in New Zealand and signals a new era in TV viewing. “FreeviewPlus is a smarter way to watch TV. The simple on-screen programme guide lets viewers search across a massive library that brings together broadcast content from 19-plus live channels and on demand content from TVNZ OnDemand, 3NOW and Māori Television On Demand, something that has to-date not been available in New Zealand,” he notes.

And in what Irvine says is “another first to market” FreeviewPlus offers an eight day ‘catch-up’ or reverse programme guide that allows viewers to go back in time across TVNZ, MediaWorks and Māori Television channels and select programmes to catch up on demand straight from the guide.

TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says FreeviewPlus is about giving viewers access to content when and where they want it. “We know people want to be able to view their content on the biggest screen in the house, what’s changing is that they want to be able to do so on their terms – that’s where FreeviewPlus comes in with seamless access to linear and OnDemand TV.”

MediaWorks Group CEO Mark Weldon says FreeviewPlus is compelling because it’s free to view with more than 600 On Demand shows and movies available. “MediaWorks, TVNZ and Māori TV, through FreeviewPlus, are offering a leading free-to-view service that adds significant value for audiences and advertisers.”

Māori TV CEO Paora Maxwell says FreeviewPlus is an important new platform for viewers to access New Zealand content, particularly Māori language and cultural programming. “Our mission is to engage the hearts and minds of more New Zealanders with our unique content that entertains and informs them. Along with others, the FreeviewPlus platform is the perfect vehicle in enabling us to do this.”

Freeview plays pay TV catch with Plus launch

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11474044

Freeview is playing catch-up with pay TV and providing a one stop for demand content.

Freeview Plus was officially launched today and can be accessed by major brands and models of smart TVs or by a set top box costing around $150.

It allows consumers to easily shift between 17 linear TV channels through the Freeview app or My Freeview PVR and on demand services at Television New Zealand, MediaWorks and Maori TV.

• Freeview's OnDemand service is available now

The set-top box will be a downside to the service which gives a genuine alternative to consumers. Who wants another set top box in your lounge?

But Freeview Plus apps will be available for most new smart TVs. Freeview estimates around 400,000 TVs are sold each year and big proportion of those will be smart TVs with Freeview Plus apps which do not need a set-top box.

Some lower-end TVs will not be electronically powerful enough to provide the Freeview Plus service, and they will not have the Freeview endorsement.

The new services mark a fork in the road for free TV which needs to counter the growing number of pay services that are relentlessly fragmenting the TV audience and facing new competition from Netflix, Neon and You Tube.

Significantly it allows Freeview to become a platform for independent TV services and potentially pay TV if the three main shareholders agree to it.

Freeview channels are increasingly developing their online on demand content to act as an alternative.

Television New Zealand has led the way showing Hollywood content free first online or showing content that is exclusively online and does not screen on linear TV.

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick said initially the focus would be on bedding down Freeview Plus.

But he could foresee the day when people would be able to see TVNZ content on Freeview Plus - either free with advertising or by paid subscription.

Maori TV CEO Paora Maxwell says FreeviewPlus is an important new platform for viewers to access New Zealand content, particularly Maori language and cultural programming.

FreeviewPlus features:

• Free to view

• Switch seamlessly between live TV and On Demand with a click of a button

• Scroll through an 8-day TV guide that displays multiple channels at the same time

• Roll back 8 days to catch up on selected shows on ONE, TV2, TV3, FOUR, Maori TV & Te Reo.

• Search across live and On Demand TV content

• Featured sections showcase selected programmes

• Browse TV and movies libraries by genre

• Set reminders and favourites

• On Demand shows and movies from TVNZ On Demand, 3Now and Maori TV On Demand

• All the FreeviewHD features

Satellite operators in long wait for launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/01/satellite-operators-in-long-wait-for-launch/

Imagine this: Two out of the only three businesses which can launch your satellites are – in effect – wholly unavailable, and the third is booked up through to 2017. What do you do next?

That’s the dilemma facing senior managers at Eutelsat, SES, Iridium, Orbcomm, Viasat, Spacecom/Amos of Israel, SkyPerfect/JSAT of Japan, Inmarsat/Arabsat and ABS of Bermuda.

If the list sounds like a Who’s Who of the satellite industry then it is because it does represent just about every major player in the business. Each of these had reserved launches on SpaceX’s Falcon rockets for lifting into orbit between now and the end of 2017.

And this list doesn’t include another dozen or so non-commercial clients, usually for a Government space agency or university, or NASA’s needs to keep the International Space Station fuelled and fed.

Add to this list of SpaceX clients to those waiting patiently in line for a Russian Proton launch, still not approved for a return to operations following its own problems back in May, and by any measure the situation is a true nightmare.

While the inevitable delays will affect some commercial clients by pushing revenue expectations out by a quarter-year or two, for some operators it is a true situation of ‘life or death’.

For example, Iridium is a struggling user of satellite for a global sat-phone service and badly needs to replace some of its orbiting spacecraft. They had expected seven launches aboard SpaceX rockets between 2016-2017, in order to orbit their second-generation Iridium Next satellites. One report this week suggested the SpaceX failure represented “terrible news” for Iridium, and hints that SpaceX might be out of action for up to six months.

The problem for Iridium is that it is a Number 44 or 45 on the SpaceX launch manifest, and last weekend’s failure was Flight 19. The report says that Iridium might not now get into space until late-2017 or even 2018, and is thus a very real risk to Iridium’s overall business plan.

The only hope for all of these major players is for an early return to work, and perhaps a speedier frequency of launchers. SpaceX has – to date – had a launch every 49 days or so, and experts are hoping for a shift to a near-28 days launch cycle. Rival Arianespace has also been improving its launch rate and this year (with three types of launch vehicles) has managed seven satellites. The same hope applies to a speedy return tio work for Russia’s Proton, which is also capable of a near-monthly flight plan.

YahClick launches satellite broadband service in Pakistan

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/yahclick-launches-satellite-broadband-service-in-pakistan--1090076

UAE-based satellite operator YahClick has launched its Ka-band satellite broadband service in Pakistan. Customers across Pakistan will now be able to connect to broadband via a small satellite dish and modem, including in places where terrestrial infrastructure is not available. Now completing its soft launch phase, YahClick is already linking some of the country's infrastructure, including over 154 ATMs for banks serving the country's most isolated locations, as well as connecting 1,600 students and supporting election offices in remote areas.

Switch off illegal satellite TVs or face hefty fine, Dubai residents told

From http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/switch-off-illegal-satellite-tvs-or-face-hefty-fine-dubai-residents-told-2015-07-01-1.595429

Anti-piracy crackdown saw illegal dish antennas removed from residential rooftops in Muhaisnah

In a crackdown on illegal satellite broadcasting services, authorities have removed illegal dish TVs antennas, pitched on residential building rooftops, and warned residents against subscribing to illegal TV.

Several buildings in Dubai’s Muhaisnah area had illegal satellite dishes removes, with notices put out informing residents that they were violating the UAE law, and would need to subscribe to OSN instead.

Over the years, Department of Economic Development (DED) has inspected many areas in Dubai, and taken down illegal TV satellite dish antennas.

“When we got back home, we were surprised to find our TV was not working. When we asked our watchman, he told us that officials had inspected our building, and the satellite dishes were taken away,” said a building resident, who did not wish to be named.

“I don’t know if they have penalised the landlord or any individual families in the building, but the watchman has put up the 'legal notice' that he was provided by the officials.”

Illegal Indian/Pakistani TV satellite channels are popular among the expat community as they are cheaper.

However, many residents are unaware that putting up these antennas can attract penalties of up to Dh50,000.

The legal notice, issued in the public interest by Government of Dubai, Department of Economic Development, read, “The advertisement, sale and/or distribution of television service by unlicensed, unauthorised and unlawful television service providers in the UAE is illegal.

“Dish TV/Tata Sky/Sun Direct/Airtel Digital TV are not authorized in the UAE, and the sale/use of their dishes, receivers and/or smart cards (or those of any other unauthorized operator) violates intellectual property rights and related laws of the UAE.

“Any person and/or business selling, using and/or promising the aforementioned illegitimate TV services will be contributing and fostering criminal activities, such as organised crime and is liable to fines and/or jail terms.”

OSN has partnered with the UAE authorities to fight against television piracy.

The notice reads, “Television services shall only be obtained through legitimate services. OSN has been granted exclusive rights for televisions series, channels, movies and sporting events for the Mena region.”

While officials have conducted numerous crackdowns in the past, many continue to openly advertise for them through classifieds online. A quick check showed numerous advertisements for 'all kinds of dish and CCTV installation'.

A comment from DED was awaited at the time of writing this article.



From my Email

From Alek Zapara

a Monday feedlog

Optus D2 3 ABC uplinks are up
12536 H 6978 ABV Uplink
12545 H 6978 ABS Uplink
12554 H 3645 Tandberg Service Some Police Operation.
12679 V 6670 Globecaste Oz Horseys
12670 V 6670 Gcast SD Horseys

Optus D1 12635 V 7200 Seven News feed outside

From Saldav1

Monday night feeds

Asiasat 5

3885 H SR 7199 $Beach Volleyball A ($Scrambled.)
3894 H SR 7199 $WCH R'dam ($Scrambled.)
4069 H SR 9875 $Highlights ($Scrambled.)
4093 H SR 9875 $WF50 Wimbledon ($Scrambled.)
3868 H SR 7199 $NLUSS HOL51 World Beach Volleyball from The Netherlands, (is actually FTA today!)
3878 H SR 4937 ENC5 Signing Ceremony of the Industrial Banks, Beijing, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "CTS News Info has replaced CTV News" on , encrypted.

SES 7 108.2E 2535 H "Net" has left again.
SES 7 108.2E 2565 H "Kompas TV and Rajawali TV" have left again.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12436 H "Nova Channel" has started on , Conax.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Sobhagya Mithila TV" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Movie House has replaced Ashirwad Classic" Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H TVD Shop, Beauty TV Thailand, Meekhun TV, Hit station, 65 Love TV, Metro TV, Hi Channel, Kaset 24 hours, Kaset Nano Channel, Kaset Ramruay Channel, Korkaew Channel, Goodfilms TV and One HD on are now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Grand Prix International and Kaset News Channel" have started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "Animax Taiwan" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4130 V "Jaya Plus, Jaya Max, J Movie and Jaya TV" are encrypted again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Khabrain Abhi Tak" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 H "Big Brother Angola Português" has started on, Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11514 V "Walking On Water TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11674 H "Big Brother Angola English" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "NBC 1 and Botswana TV" have started on , Nagravision.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "MBC, ZBC TV, TBC 1 and ZNBC TV 2" have started on , Nagravision. Swazi TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Christ Apostolic Church TV and Agapa TV" have started Fta.

Express AT1 56.0E 12034 L "Russkij Extreme" has started on , encrypted.

Yamal 202 49.0E 3914 R "1 KBR" has left.

From asiavtro site

东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,重庆卫视(AVS+)高清频道改频率,设置3912 V 9899参数有条件接收。[06-30]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,民政高清(测试)频道解密,设置3866 H 4290参数免费接收。[06-30]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Animo Channel(印尼)频道新增,设置4055 H 3000参数免费接收。[06-30]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,The Indonesia Channel(高清)频道新增,设置3880 V 29720参数有条件接收。[06-30]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段,VTV 1、VTV 6(MPEG-4)等5个频道新增,设置3575 V 4800参数免费接收。[06-30]


Geoscience Australia joins forces with USGS

From http://www.spatialsource.com.au/2015/06/30/geoscience-australia-joins-forces-with-usgs/

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Geoscience Australia have signed a comprehensive new partnership for the use of remote sensing data to address issues of national and international significance.

The news comes after last week’s announcement that the European Space Agency (ESA) and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have signed an agreement which will give Australia better access to information from Europe’s Earth-observing satellites.

Dr. Frank Kelly, USGS Space Policy Advisor and Director of the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center said the agreement makes use of existing ties between the two nations: “This partnership builds on a long history of collaboration between the USGS and Geoscience Australia and creates an exciting opportunity for us to pool resources across our organisations.”

“We will work collaboratively to implement a shared vision for continental-scale monitoring of land surface change using time-series of Earth observations to detect change as it happens.”

Dr. Chris Pigram, Geoscience Australia’s Chief Executive Officer added, “This new partnership elevates an already very strong relationship to a new level, and will see both organisations harness their respective skillsets to further unlock the deep understanding of our planet that the Landsat programme provides.”

The partnership involves a major upgrade to Geoscience Australia’s Alice Springs satellite antenna which will see the station play a much more significant role in the international Landsat ground-station network. Following this $3 million upgrade by the Australian Government, the Alice Springs antenna will transmit command and control signals to the Landsat satellites and support downloading of satellite imagery for the broader South East-Asia and Pacific region. Alice Springs will be one of only three ground stations worldwide playing this role in the Landsat programme.

The partnership will also include a focus on applying new science and big data techniques, such as Geoscience Australia’s Geoscience Data Cube and the USGS’s land change monitoring, assessment, and projection capability, to help users unlock the full value of the data from the Landsat programme.

SBS On Demand is en pointe: Competitors, catch up

From http://www.cnet.com/au/news/sbs-on-demand-is-en-pointe-competitors-catch-up/

Commentary: The launch of SBS On Demand shows other free-to-air providers it's not just subscription streaming services that can offer plenty of content and a slick, seamless experience.

SBS has this week announced a massive overhaul of its On Demand catch-up TV service, bolstering its line-up with new content, and repackaging its films and TV into a slick new interface.

The updated platform now features more than 350 feature documentaries and factual programs (largely new and exclusive to On Demand), 600 international and local films, curated collections and a total of over 4,000 hours of content, all available for free to Australians.

The relaunch of On Demand fits neatly on a continuum of launches and rebrands in Australia, largely kicked off by the arrival of Netflix in March. Competitors welcomed the arrival of the US-based content-streaming giant saying it would win more consumers over to online streaming and grow the market across the board. And it has.

While it certainly wasn't first to the Australian market, Netflix did introduce the Australian public en masse to the concept of on demand entertainment like they hadn't seen before. No more TV seasons drip-fed out over months, no time limits for watching TV episodes, no hidden charges for 'premium' shows, and no tent-pole titles staking claim over a particular night's programming -- what is effusively labelled, in the world of broadcast, as 'event TV.'

But where Netflix really upped the ante was in its user interface. A service that remembers where you're up to in a program, regardless of the device you switch to; a system that curates titles based on your viewing habits; "adaptive bit rate" streaming that makes sure you're almost never buffering; and a movie poster-style catalogue that foregrounds the titles, characters and actors viewers want to see, based on its complex recommendation engine.

SBS has gone image heavy for its New look On Demand interface.

Shortly after Netflix's local launch, Foxtel followed its lead and updated its iQ platform with an image-heavy interface that seamlessly melded cable TV and internet streaming to deliver an 'on demand' experience.

Now SBS has followed suit with a slick and easy-to-use service that offers 4,000 hours of streaming (by comparison, SBS puts Netflix catalogue at roughly 6,000 hours) and it doesn't cost a cent.

The clever players in Australia have watched Netflix and taken note, quite simply because they have to. Now Australian consumers have seen what a $400 million technology budget brings (that's what Netflix spent in 2014 on tech alone) and what a company with 62 million customers can offer.

New streaming players came to market spurred on by Netflix and others boosted their offerings and cut their prices. But while Australian service providers say they can't compete with Netflix's content budget, they're failing to recognise that it's the simple stuff that counts: user experience.

Playing catch up on catch-up TV

Inconsistent search engines, clunky third-party media players and a dearth of apps mean the challengers in catch-up and streaming services can't compete on the basic metrics, let alone on more advanced features such as adaptive streaming and titles curated for individual users.

It's a question of ease of use. Channel 7's PLUS7 and Channel 9's JumpIn services only extend as far as web browser, iOS and Android -- no native apps or options for consoles. Foxtel Play, the internet TV iteration of the pay TV service, requires a separate Microsoft Silverlight multimedia platform download to work (yes, Silverlight). And Quickflix only allows 6 devices to be registered with its service, and "if a device has been registered to two different Quickflix accounts within the previous 12 months, it cannot be registered to another account."

SBS On Demand is available across 22 platforms, the most for any free-to-air broadcaster.

That's to say nothing of streams that crash out, or a free-to-air catch-up TV service that plays the same advertisement three times back-to-back during one ad break. And then twice again 10 minutes later. And then once more.

Legacy providers can no longer afford to treat catch-up or on-demand TV as a bolt-on revenue stream for advertisers. Consumers will see through your service if they feel you're just ticking a box to stay relevant in an online economy.

It's unclear whether internet TV is viewed as a competitor for eyeballs that the legacy monoliths of broadcast TV simply cannot brook, or if budgets won't stretch to investing in on-demand platforms that are useable. When NRL broadcast rights fetch billions of dollars, it's easy to see where networks might be feeling the pinch. But with the NRL reported to have approached Google to bid on rights to air games (for a rumoured AU$1.5 billion), it's clear that not even the most stalwart broadcast drawcards are immune to the online phenomenon.

Away from the complex licensing arrangements and technical work going on behind the scenes, services like SBS On Demand (and indeed ABC iView) show what free-to-air providers are capable of: the look and feel of a paid-for streaming service, plenty of free content and a service that works seamlessly across devices (in SBS's case 22 platforms, more than any other broadcaster).

With On Demand going from 4 million video views a month to 14 million a month in just 2 years, there's certainly a business case for free-to-air providers to jump on board with on-demand streaming.

And with so many options on the table, a bad service means customers could end up just going elsewhere.

Will OneWeb disrupt TV signals?

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/30/will-oneweb-disrupt-tv-signals/

Last week’s announcement that Channel Island’s-based OneWeb is planning to launch 648 small satellites into space, starting in late 2017, has created some concerns amongst established satellite operators.

The scheme calls for the satellites to operate in a polar orbit, transiting the Earth at 1200 kilometres (750 miles) above the ground and with very little latency between the satellites and the ground. That’s the good news. The more challenging news is that the craft are licensed to operate in the Ku-band, the exact same set of frequencies (12-18 GHz) used by the world’s DTH operators, and which orbit at much higher altitudes.

OneWeb’s design for the satellites calls for the use of ‘progressive pitch’ (which means they are slightly turned) in order to mitigate interference with the larger satellites which are in fixed geostationary orbit at almost 36,000 kms up (22,236 miles).

The ITU’s licenses to OneWeb (initially granted in the 1990’s to SkyBridge, and then transferred to WorldVu, which OneWeb acquired) specifies that its power levels must also be adaptable so as not to interfere with their larger – and much longer established – cousins. These obligations, which OneWeb has agreed to, will in particular affect their transmissions in and around the equator. All DTH satellites orbit directly above the equator.

It is this particular obligation that has encouraged OneWeb to link with Intelsat, and will permit OneWeb clients moving onto an Intelsat Epic satellite should interference be a problem. Indeed, OneWeb founder Greg Wyler has said that he is happy to enter into similar agreements with other satellite operators.

There’s another challenge for OneWeb which is another ITU obligation that it ‘brings into use’ its allocated frequencies by June 27th 2019. OneWeb doesn’t necessarily have to start providing services by then, only to have its first batch of satellites in orbit and ‘occupying’ the frequencies.

Moreover, OneWeb’s filings are junior to those of the larger established players. In other words they have to demonstrate that their 650 satellites do not interfere with the larger spacecraft.

But there remain concerns, especially of potential interference as each and every one of these small satellites passes under the footprint of a DTH signal. OneWeb is obliged to lower the power level of any satellite under the beam of a DTH broadcaster, and hand over its signal to another one of its orbiting constellation.

Alternatevly, and perhaps the reason why Intelsat is included in the backers of the OneWeb plan, the constellation can ‘hand over’ its signals to Intelsat when it is in the equatorial regions. Intelsat’s CTO Thierry Guillemin, in his blog last week said: “OneWeb will be able to hand off traffic to Intelsat capacity over the equatorial zones – the region where GEO spectrum has priority, and a hurdle otherwise difficult for LEO constellations to overcome.”

In other words there are still significant challenges ahead for OneWeb, not least getting the first satellites into orbit and then proving to the long-established players that they do not create interference.

It was exactly these worries that caused SkyBridge to enter bankruptcy.

Walsall (U.K) police seize satellite TV boxes and sat-navs in flat raid

From http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/walsall-copyright-theft-police-raid-9554473

Officers and workers from Federation Against Copyright Theft involved in operation to stamp out sale of illegal set-top devices

Dozens of illegal set-top satellite TV boxes and other electronic items have been seized in a swoop on a Walsall flat.

The premises in Barleyfield House, Bath Street, were raided by West Midlands Police today as part of a probe into the sale of the boxes that allow free access to subscription television services, sports and movies.

In total 35 set-top boxes were seized along with computers, mobile phones and sat-nav systems.

A 50-year-old man is helping officers with enquiries and has been interviewed by police and copyright theft investigators.

As part of the same investigation, officers from the Met Police carried out further warrants in Feltham, Middlesex, this morning. A 48-year-old man and a woman were arrested and more than 1,000 set-top boxes were seized along with a large quantity of sat navs.

Kieron Sharp, director general of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, said: “The proliferation of set top boxes along with apps and add-ons that facilitate illegal streams have created new opportunities for piracy and the delivery of stolen content.”

“As today’s action demonstrates, we are working in close partnership with our colleagues in law enforcement on addressing these threats and are committed to bringing those responsible to account.”

Jason Grove, from the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit, added: “Today’s action is an excellent example of our multi-agency working across force boundaries to tackle serious and organised crime.

“These kinds of offences cost the economy and in particular the film and television industry tens of thousands of pounds each year and today shows that we will take action against those involved.”

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal set-top TV boxes can report it to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

CNN splits with India partner

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/30/cnn-splits-with-india-partner/

Global Broadcast News (via its TV18 operation) and CNN-Turner Broadcasting have been partners in supplying India with local and international news, as CNN-IBN, for ten years since 2005. But from January 2016 they will operate independently – and will likely be rivals.

“Network18 has grown from 2 news channels in 2005 to 17 news channels in 2015. Today, we have the largest footprint in the current affairs, regional and business news space in India. The TV18 line-up of channels today are well established and highly regarded in this dynamic, complex and challenging environment,” said A P Parigi, Group CEO, Network18.

Local reports suggest that CNN is in talks with Zee Group/Zee News for a potential partnership for an English-language news station.

Zee itself has a clutch of news channels on air in Hindi, including a business news channel, plus another 8 regional news channels.

However, there are English-language news channels on air in the form of Times Now (from the Times Group), India Today, NDTV 24×7, and NewsX plus two business news channels in English.


A Pacific Games 2015 mux is up on,
Intelsat 19 166E 3852 H Sr 14070 channel tags POM 2015 1 to 4

Feeds Monday

D2 12674 V Sr 13000 "Cinema live" Andre concert? or testing, off after a while

D2 12660 V Sr 6670 "adhoc sd enc 1" from a horse track, Two Presenters

Feed seen Sunday

D2 12464 V Sr 6670 "Globecast Aus" Sky Throughbred Channel presenter. (low grainy image quality)

From my Email

From saldav1

Weekend Asiasat 5 Feed log

3654 H SR 7199 TABLE-ONE Chinese Concert, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7500 Walmart Day 1 MAI Colour test pattern with Walmart Day 1 wording on screen, (FTA.)
3845 H SR 7120 $ATL Enc 3 ($Scrambled.)
3945 V SR 7500 $Seniors Open Day 2P ($Scrambled.)
3827 H SR 7199 Service-1 Surgical Procedure, (FTA.)
3894 H SR 7120 $WARD SNG ($Scrambled.)
4086 H SR 7199 $WSHT ENC 58 ($Scrambled.)
4096 H SR 4434 Fi09 GNVE EUROVISION GENEVA Test Pattern, (FTA.)
3750 V SR 14240 $FORMULA E MAIN FIA FORMULA E - ROUND 10 LONDON 27/06/2015 RACE ON AIR: 15:30 LOCAL/14:30 GMT then (FTA) sound and black pic.
3654 H SR 7119 TABLE-ONE Chinese Music Concert, (FTA.)

Saturday night

3867 H SR 7199 $Beach Volleyball A ($Scrambled.)
3876 H DSR 7199 $NLUSS HOL 51-1 ($Scrambled.)
3909 H SR 10000 $Ch-1 ($Scrambled.)
3935 H SR 7120 DSNG Enc 12 ($scrambled.)
4165 H SR 7199 $GCR/F36/1 ($Scrambled.)
4174 H SR 7199 $GCUR Enc 2 ($Scrambled.)
3927 V SR 7199 AUBEYO SYDN Channel 9 SYDNEY live sports link - interview, (FTA.)
4170 H SR 15000 $UFC-FOX PATH A Pr ($Scrambled.)
3721 H SR 27500 ENC_11 CCTV Soccer, (FTA.)

Sunday night

3836 H SR 7120 $Ning Xiang-1 ($Scrambled.)
3895 H SR 7199 $WCH R'dam ($Scrambled.)
3930 H SR 13333 $IAAF Guiyang and 4 radio channels with Service Name as tag. ($Scrambled.)
3855 H SR 7120 Service Name Soccer from CHINA, (FTA.)

From Jacko Via vetrun.com

Intelsat 8 @ 169E
3793 H 7500 STS Sunday Footy Show in HD
4008 H 2799 Solar Looks like a music show

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Share Channel TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3946 V "JTV" has started on, Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4055 H "Animo Channel" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "Boss Game, All Sports Network, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, TTV Variety, Asian Food Channel, Fashion One Asia, Phoenix Chinese Channel, CTV Variety and CTV News" have started on , encrypted. "Fox Sports 3 Asia, National Geographic Channel HD Asia, Star Chinese Channel, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia, Fox Action Movies, Star World Asia, Fox Family Movies, Fox Sports 2 Indonesia and Fox Sports Indonesia" have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V Blue Ocean Network, China Entertainment TV, TVB 8, Film World, Hakka TV and Unire Sat have started on , encrypted. Channel M, Fox Sports News Asia, National Geographic Channel Asia, Nat Geo Wild Asia, Channel V International and Fox Indonesia have left.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3722 H "Mercy TV has replaced Surau TV" on , Fta

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Filmazia Global" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4130 V "Jaya Plus, Jaya Max, J Movie and Jaya TV" are FTA

Intelsat 17 66.0E 12596 H "Rossiya 1 Nizhny Novgorod and NNTV" have left .

Yamal 202 49.0E 3748 R "GTRK Orenburg" has left .
Yamal 202 49.0E 3756 R "ORT Planeta" has left .

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MTV替换翡翠卫星(艺华卫视)频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。[06-29]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Test 1、Test 1(测试)等全组频道加密,设置11990 H 43000参数有条件接收。[06-29]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,National Assembly TV(高清)频道新增,设置11823 L 21300参数有条件接收。[06-29]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TVBJ Star Hub HD(TVB)等4个频道新增,设置3851 V 10800参数有条件接收。[06-29]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,翡翠台(标清)等全组频道消失,设置3851 V 9953参数无效接收。[06-29]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、AXN(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12431 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,OUN(高清)频道新增,设置11862 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CJ(高清)频道新增,设置11747 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Rossia K、OTR(俄罗斯)等20个频道重现,设置11793 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Test 1、Test 14(测试)等14个频道新增,设置11990 H 43000参数免费接收。[06-28]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Ananda Bangla替换S Moviz (MPEG-4)频道,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[06-28]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,5 kanal、Zoo(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置11793 V 43200参数无效接收。[06-28]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、AXN(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12431 H 30000参数免费接收。[06-28]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,POM 2015 1(测试)等4个频道新增,设置3851 H 14070参数免费接收。[06-28]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Geo Kanani、Geo Super(巴基斯坦)频道加密,设置4180 V 26666参数有条件接收。[06-28]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,L TV(印度)频道消失,设置4040 H 7500参数无效接收。 [6月28日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Flash News(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3805 H 28500参数无效接收。 [6月28日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道解密,设置4129 V 11395参数免费接收。 [6月27日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Khabrien Abhi Tak(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [6月27日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Rossia 1(+4h)(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11793 V 43200参数无效接收。[06-27]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Raitalia(意大利)频道消失,设置4084 H 4722参数无效接收。[06-27]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Test Signal(测试)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[06-27]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Ohm TV替换Dan Music(MPEG-4)频道,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[06-27]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段,GTRK Komi、Radio Rossii(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置3711 R 2894参数无效接收。[06-27]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TVBJ Star Hub HD(TVB)等全组频道消失,设置3947 V 8800参数无效接收。[06-27]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Test 920(TVB)测试频道消失,设置12651 V 26667参数无效接收。 [6月27日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Universal SD(Sky Net)频道新增,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月27日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Disney Junior、Disney Channel(亚洲)频道新增,设置11105 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月27日]
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东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,JTV(印尼)频道开播,设置3946 V 7400参数免费接收。 [6月26日]


Bush fans still two weeks away from vision as Channel 78 endures teething problems with soft launch

From http://www.foxsports.com.au/more-sports/horse-racing/bush-fans-still-two-weeks-away-from-vision-as-channel-78-endures-teething-problems-with-soft-launch/story-e6frf423-1227416623484

BLACKED OUT country race fans are expected to access free-to-air Victorian racing within a fortnight.

Racing Victoria chief executive Bernard Saundry said broadening the broadcast to country viewers — who have expressed anger and frustration on social media — was a priority.

“Getting vision into country Victoria is a priority and we’re looking for a solution as soon as possible,” Saundry told RSN.

“I would hope within the next two weeks that that would become a reality.”

Friday’s pre-launch of FTA racing on Channel 78 appeared on city screens in Melbourne and most other state capitals but signals did not extent to regional Victoria.

Many believe the most significant development will not be the extended reach of Channel 78 but the eventual return of Victorian racing to Sky Channel’s wall-to-wall channel Sky 1, which is available to all TAB’s, clubs and pubs and homes with pay TV.

There is concern that the constant switch from Sky, which hosts racing from every state bar Victoria, to the digital Channel 78 service will hinder 78’s attempt to maximise its audience.

Saundry said RV had been negotiating with TAB/Sky for much of this week, attempting to find middle ground over the value of media rights.

Saundry said he was confident of eventual agreement, allowing Victorian races on Sky, but said there was a “fair gap’’ in the value each party put on the rights.

Saundry said RV and SevenWestSeven were exploring whether 78 might become available via Foxtel, rather than by clicking out of it.

Friday’s 78 coverage of the Pakenham synthetic meeting was Seven’s entry to its official launch on August 29.

Saundry conceded these vision teething problems were not ideal.

“I realise it’s not perfect, but what I’m asking is that people be patient because we’re heading into a brave new world for Victorian racing that will allow Victorian racing to be broadcast on many platforms,” he said.

“That’s the No. 1 goal; to get the broadcast of Victorian racing to as many people whenever, wherever and however they choose.

“Yes, it is an interim arrangement — Channel 7 understands that, Racing Victoria understands that — and we’ll continue to pursue the broader distribution into regional markets over the next couple of weeks.”

Peter Burnett, the president of the Australian Hotels Association said his members were no longer prepared to pay for Victorian thoroughbred vision.

“The AHA believes that the fair value to be paid for Victorian thoroughbred racing is now zero,” Burnett said.

“Once the vision of Victorian thoroughbred racing was relatively exclusive to pubs and clubs but now the vision is free on every television, computer and mobile phone.

Burnett said they supported Tabcorp’s interim offer to RV to restore vision to Sky 1 an Sky 2 at no cost.

“Tabcorp has assured us that these savings will be passed through to venues,” Burnett said.

Burnett said he couldn’t understand RV’s strategy to steer punters away from the pub network that pays the racing industry to bet with corporate bookmakers.

Foxtel rejigs programming team

From http://tbivision.com/news/2015/06/foxtel-rejigs-programming-team/449712/

Australian pay TV leader Foxtel has restructured its programming and studio negotiations team.

Brian Walsh1One key change sees networks director of programming and channels Ross Crowley promoted to director of content strategy and programming.

This will mean he oversees content strategy, rights and negotiations, with Tony Pollitt promoted to general manager, business affairs – content and networks. The pair will work together on drama and key commercial negotiations, with Pollitt in charge of studio negotiations.

Crowley and Pollitt will also work with executive director of content partnerships Ben Buckley and newly appointed head of rights and negotiations Sam Hall. Fleur Fahey keeps her title as general manager, acquisitions for Foxtel Networks, the pay operator’s joint venture channels business.

Crowley will continue to report into Foxtel’s executive director of television, Brian Walsh (pictured).

Elsewhere, Foxtel Networks’ director of production, Duane Hatherly, will continue to lead his department, now with a heightened focus on developing new shows and formats.

He previously held the dual roles of director of production and head of lifestyle channels, but general manager of lifestyle channels Hannah Barnes will assume management responsibilities.

The changes at the News Corp- and Telstra-owned pay group come into effect from July 1.

12-year licence for Fiji TV

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=311600

FIJI Television Ltd has been given an extension of 12 years to its broadcasting licence where it will have to pay $20,000 when the licence comes into effect on Wednesday, July 1.

The licence extension announcement was made yesterday by Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum a few days short of the expiration of the current licence on June 30.

While handing over the licence to Nouzab Fareed, CEO of Fijian Holding Ltd CEO, of which Fiji TV is a subsidiary company — Mr Saiyed-Khaiyum said the licence was given for Fiji TV's spectrum allocation in news.

"We have now extended licence to a period of 12 years. As you know Government has been carrying out a number of substantive works in regards to spectrum allocation in Fiji which has led to a number of changes," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Fiji Television Ltd is expected to switch from analogue to digital with at least the Suva-Nausori corridor to be finalised at the end of this year.

"Certain conditions with this, as soon as the switch over, this licence will then be varied to reflect the digital spectrum."

Other conditions in the licence include the emphasis on local content.

"When specific hours of local content has been given , people have tried to fulfil that by showing local sports, local content is not just about local sports. For now the 25 hours of local content, at least the 13 hours of that should not be local sports, it should be other content, whether in the vernacular or English, it should be local and that means local production."

He said this would encourage the development of local production in Fiji.

Meanwhile, Mr Fareed said the 12-year licence was unexpected but added they would definitely work according to the conditions and the switch from analog to digital would allow members of the public to watch high quality and high definition TV shows.

When its 12-year licence expired in 2012, Fiji Television Ltd was given six-month extensions up until yesterday when a new 12-year licence was given.

China launches Gaofen-8 Earth observation satellite

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newschina-launches-gaofen-8-earth-observation-satellite-4611282

China has launched Gaofen-8 Earth observation satellite from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the Shanxi province.

A Long March 4B rocket lifted-off the satellite from the LC9 launch complex at the facility, marking the 205th launch of the Long March rocket family.

The satellite was placed into a 469km by 481km orbit at an inclination of 97.3°, according to Chinese media.

Developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology (CASC), Gaofen-8 is designed to facilitate climate surveying, disaster response, precision agriculture mapping, urban planning and road network design.

"Gaofen-8 is designed to facilitate climate surveying, disaster response, precision agriculture mapping, urban planning and road network design."

Data gathered will primarily help the Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Environmental Protection, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Gaofen-8 satellite is part of the China High-Resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS), which will comprise eight or nine satellites.

According to the China National Space Administration (CNSA), CHEOS is a series of high-resolution optical Earth observation satellites placed in various orbits.

The Gaofen-2 satellite was launched in August 2014, and is said to have highest spatial resolution of 1m in the series, reported gbtimes citing Chinanews report.

The next satellite scheduled for launch is the Gaofen-3 later this year followed by Gaofen-4 in 2016, with plans to put the entire CHEOS series in orbit by 2020.

The Gaofen satellite payloads include optical, infrared and microwave imagers, spectrometers and specialised sensors, reported Astro Watch.

Falcon-9 explodes after launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/29/falcon-9-explodes-after-launch/

Elon Musk’s SpaceX suffered an embarrassing failure on June 28th when its high-profile Falcon-9 rocket exploded some 2 minutes after liftoff. The rocket was carrying a routine delivery of cargo to the International Space Station.

Musk later Tweeted that there was an “over-pressurisation event” in the liquid oxygen tank in the rocket’s 2nd stage. “We do not expect this to have been a first stage issue,” CEO Gwynne Shotwell said at a briefing. “We saw some pressurization indications in the second stage, which we’ll be tracking down and following up on there.” She said she didn’t have additional data about the second stage issue, and declined to speculate on the cause of the failure.

There will now be an investigation which will take a couple of months to resolve. This means that the other commercial flights booked with SpaceX will inevitably be subject to delay.

This is the first failure of a SpaceX Falcon-9 in a successful run of 19 launches.

Upcoming booked launches include SES-9 in August, JCSAT-14 later in the year, Mexsat-2 towards Christmas, Eutelsat 117 West B also towards the end of the year, and ABS 1A also before year-end

World Wide Web: Russiato Launch 672 Satellites for Global Internet Service

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/World_Wide_Web_Russiato_Launch_672_Satellites_for_Global_Internet_Service_999.html

The OneWeb micro-satellites will weigh around 150 kilograms, and will be placed into orbit 1,200 kilometers above the earth's surface, according to Roscosmos.

Russia's Federal Space Agency secured the biggest space launch contract in history with French and British firms which aim to provide global broadband Internet service. Russia's Roscosmos Federal Space Agency secured a contract with France's Arianespace and British OneWeb global broadband Internet service to launch 672 satellites between 2017 and 2019.

The OneWeb satellites will be able to provide broadband fiber-quality Internet to the entire world, and in particular to residents of rural areas without broadband Internet, according to Arianespace. The satellites will be launched using 21 Soyuz carrier rockets, with an option for five more launched after the contract is complete for the purpose of replenishing old satellites.

"This contract is the biggest in the history of providing launch services. And the choice of Soyuz carrier rockets is evidence of the high competitiveness of Russian space launch technology," Roscosmos head Igor Komarov said.

The project provides for 21 space launches, with an option for five more if the contract is prolonged for another year afterwards. Arianespace praised the Soyuz carrier rockets for their ability to launch satellites into the polar orbit necessary for providing the service.

"The unique capability of being able to achieve near polar orbit from multiple launch sites using a common launcher along with its proven industrial production were instrumental in the Soyuz selection as a key resource to deploy the constellation on schedule," Arianespace said in a press release.

The OneWeb micro-satellites will weigh around 150 kilograms, and will be placed into orbit 1,200 kilometers above the earth's surface, according to Roscosmos. The memorandum of understanding for the deal was signed on June 15 at the Paris Air Show. The satellites will be manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space in France and a joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space in the United States.

The launches are planned to take place at the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan, at Russia's new Vostochnyy cosmodrome and at the French Guiana Space Centre.

SupremeSAT gets TRC licence for ‘International transit service’

From http://www.sundaytimes.lk/150628/business-times/supremesat-gets-trc-licence-for-international-transit-service-154585.html

SupremeSAT (Pvt) Ltd, a Sri Lanka-based satellite company, has broadened its scope to offer more services both locally and internationally after receiving the licence a few months ago for ‘International transit service’ from Sri Lanka’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), a company official said.

The company was an influential entity in the previous regime with Rohitha Rajapaksa, the former President’s son, employed in its technical division. He continues in that position.

“The company is encouraged by the recent modification of its license by the TRC which will let SupremeSAT make Sri Lanka compete for export earnings with regional Teleports based in countries such as Singapore and India,” Chairman and Owner of SupremeSAT – R. M. Manivannan told the Business Times.

“Assisted solely by the Chinese companies during the inception, SupremeSAT is now developing long term partnerships with globally renowned companies worldwide,” Mr. Manivannan said.

He noted that USA’s IntelSAT SA, Swedish Space Corporation, USA’s Orbcomm, Ericsson and Russia’s Dauria Aerospace are a few of the companies to be linked up with SupremeSAT.

Its Kandy Satellite Earth Station called the “South Asian Space Academy – SASA” will be opened within the next two months. This Pallekele facility will not only control and monitor the fleet of satellites but also offer all types of Teleport services to other international space companies.
“SASA will be a local nerve centre for space related Research, Development and Training and thus will act as one of South Asia’s most vibrant space activity centres,” he said.

With the growth and expansion in the Telecommunication Satellite and Teleport arenas, SupremeSAT is focusing on building a constellation of low earth observation satellites.

It intends to offer high quality, most frequent satellite imagery to the farmers in Asia and Africa on FOC terms using these low earth observation satellites.

SupremeSAT expects to partner with the Ministry of Agriculture and kick start this project as early as next month.

Discovery nabs European TV rights to 2018-2024 Olympics

From http://gantdaily.com/2015/06/29/discovery-nabs-european-tv-rights-to-2018-2024-olympics/

Discovery Communications is becoming the new European broadcaster of the Olympic Games.

In a $1.45 billion deal announced Monday, Discovery’s Eurosport channels will televise the 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2024 games on television and on the Internet. When it comes to the Olympics, Discovery will effectively become the NBC of Europe — the sole rights-holder for the games.

The European rights to the Olympics are currently split up, country by country, across Europe. Discovery said the deal marks the first time the International Olympic Committee has sold all the European rights to a single media company.

Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, said, “Discovery and Eurosport have demonstrated a major commitment to the Olympic Games, to Olympic sports and to the future of the Olympic Movement.” He added, “The revenue generated from this long-term partnership will be redistributed by the IOC across the Olympic Movement to support the development of sport around the world.”

Discovery Communications, a media company best known in the United States for channels like TLC, Animal Planet and its flagship Discovery channel, has been growing rapidly in other countries and has been seeking more sports programming.

Media companies have found that sports, particularly live events, are hugely valuable in an age of ad-skipping and on-demand viewing.

The Olympics are one of the best examples of this. The winter and summer games are indelible events, instantly recognized around the world.

That’s partly why NBCUniversal pays billions of dollars for the rights to air the games in the U.S. Last year, the network agreed to pay $7.75 billion to extend its contract from 2022 to 2032.

In Europe, the television rights in France and the United Kingdom were already sold through 2020, so the Discovery deals there will take effect in 2022. Everywhere else, from Albania to Ukraine, it’ll start in 2018.

Eurosport is available across the continent via a combination of satellite, cable and Internet connections. Monday’s deal is another sign of the gradual shift of Olympic programming away from broadcast television, which is free over the public airwaves, and toward subscription services.

But, as is the case with NBC in the U.S., many key Olympic events will still be available over the airwaves in Europe.

“Consistent with IOC and local market requirements, Discovery has committed to broadcast a minimum of 200 hours of the Olympic Games and 100 hours of the Olympic Winter Games on free-to-air television during the Games period,” a press release stated. “Discovery will sub-license a portion of the rights in many markets across Europe.”

South African broadcaster loses STB encryption case

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/26/south-african-broadcaster-loses-stb-encryption-case/

South African pay-TV operator e.TV has been unsuccessful in its court challenge to the state’s digital migration policy, where it argued that an amendment governing encrypted broadcasts effectively barred it from ever being able to encrypt its broadcasts, because the cost of doing it at a later stage was prohibitive. The High Court ruled that the government should not have to pay for the private, commercial aims of individual broadcasters.

The judgement – unless appealed – will now enable the government to implement the migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting, having already missed the June 17 deadline.

The case relates set-top boxes that the government plans to subsidise so that households without a digital platform such as a pay-TV decoder, can receive the digital signal.

An amendment to the policy by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi meant that the set-top boxes would not be able to unscramble encrypted broadcasts.

e.TV contended that its ability to encrypt future broadcasts was “essential to its business plans” if viewers were unable to access premium content.

Arab satellite channels adopt greater Web presence

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015062938891/arab-satellite-channels-adopt-greater-web-presence.html#axzz3eSKLwHYU

Around 70% of the 724 operational free-to-air satellite television channels targeting the Arab world now have an online presence, according to the Arab Advisors Group.

Some 91% of these now include a portal, providing integration between the website and corresponding satellite channel, said the Amman-based research company. And of those analysed, many whose online presence was relatively weak during the study – undertaken in April and May 2015 – demonstrated an intention to enhance their Internet offer.

"The analysis reveals that a majority of the 505 channels that have an online site choose to have an enhanced online presence. Furthermore, 24.6% of channels with an online presence generate online revenues from their supporting online presence, such as: online advertisement and online shopping," said Hind Qweider, senior research analyst, Arab Advisors Group.

Dalia Haddad, Arab Advisors' senior research analyst, added: "Almost 42.5% of the satellite channels have online presences for promotional purposes only and do not aim at generating online revenues. [The] 23.5% of the channels that have online revenue generating features have an enhanced online presence."


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Interesting news link

Feeds logged Friday morning
D2 12660 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz", from a race track
D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "adhoc sd enc 1" Sky racing
D2 12679 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" Horses

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From Saldav1

Asiasat 5 Friday feed log

3746 V SR 7120 $ATL Enc 1 ($Scrambled)
3735 H SR 7120 $Encoder 25 ($Scrambled.)
3935 H SR 7120 $Encoder 27 ($Scrambled.)
4069 H SR 9875 $Highlights ($Scrambled.)
4096 H SR 4937 OUTV Female reporter with city skyline and mountains in background, (FTA.) Then colour test pattern with THOMSON REUTERS HK wording across screen.

Insat 3A
3840 V SR 4250 DD SAPTAGIRI (FTA.) (This is the first time in six months this tp has made a return!) Apart from Ariana TV National and International on 4140 - there is very little received here in Perth from this satellite - reception of the DD network transponders are very rare!)

From Tsani

Intelsat 20 4130 V 10370 Jaya TV Network 4 channels currently on FTA enjoy till it is encrypted again

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From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,INews TV(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置3958 V 3000参数免费接收。[06-26]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Punjabi By Nature、Maha Bodhi Channel(印度)频道消失,设置3828 V 7200参数无效接收。[06-26]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Future HD2(高清)测试频道解密,设置12687 V 30000参数免费接收。[06-26]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,The Africa Channel(亚洲)频道消失,设置3920 V 29720参数无效接收。[06-26]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段,TV KBR(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置3914 R 1780参数无效接收。[06-26]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,台湾艺术、海豚综合(MPEG-4)等5个频道消失,设置3940 V 30000参数无效接收。[06-26]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,动物星球(蒙古)频道加密,设置12508 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月25日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,RNG(传送)频道新增,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月25日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,New TV(泰国)频道新增,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [6月25日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,J Movie、Jaya Max(印度)等全组频道解密,设置4130 V 10369参数免费接收。 [6月25日]


A New Era of Space Collaboration between Australia and US

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/A_New_Era_of_Space_Collaboration_between_Australia_and_US_999.html

A key element of the partnership involves a major upgrade to Geoscience Australia's Alice Springs satellite antenna which will see the station play a much more significant role in the international Landsat ground-station network.

On June 18, 2015 in Canberra, Australia, the U.S. Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia signed a comprehensive new partnership to maximize land remote sensing operations and data that can help to address issues of national and international significance.

"This partnership builds on a long history of collaboration between the USGS and Geoscience Australia and creates an exciting opportunity for us to pool resources across our organizations," said Dr. Frank Kelly, USGS Space Policy Advisor and Director of the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center.

"We will work collaboratively to implement a shared vision for continental-scale monitoring of land surface change using time-series of Earth observations to detect change as it happens."

Dr. Chris Pigram, Geoscience Australia's Chief Executive Officer, also welcomed the agreement. "This new partnership elevates an already very strong relationship to a new level, and will see both organizations harness their respective skillsets to further unlock the deep understanding of our planet that the Landsat program provides."

Dr. Kelly and Dr. Pigram both observed, "Our shared vision is to develop systems that enable us to monitor the Earth and detect change as it happens. The ability to do this will be critical to our ability to engage with major challenges like water security, agricultural productivity, and environmental sustainability."

A key element of the partnership involves a major upgrade to Geoscience Australia's Alice Springs satellite antenna which will see the station play a much more significant role in the international Landsat ground-station network.

Following this $3 million (AUD) upgrade committed to by the Australian Government, the Alice Springs antenna will transmit command-and-control signals to the Landsat satellites and support downloading of satellite imagery for the broader South East-Asia and Pacific region. Alice Springs will be one of only three international collaborator ground stations worldwide playing such a vital role in the Landsat program.

Dr. Kelly noted, "We are very pleased to see such a commitment from Australia to the future success and sustainability of the Landsat program. We appreciate the essential role that Australia continues to play in ensuring that Landsat data for this region is collected and then made available for societal benefit."

The partnership will also include a strong focus on applying new science and 'big data' techniques, such as Geoscience Australia's Geoscience Data Cube and the USGS's land change monitoring, assessment, and projection capability, to help users unlock the full value of the data from the Landsat program.

Dr. Suzette Kimball, acting Director of the USGS, recently noted, "We are now beginning to see that the combination of high performance computing, data storage facilities, data preparation techniques, and advanced systems can materially accelerate the value of Landsat data."

Dr. Kimball added, "By lowering barriers to this technology, we can enable government, research and industry users in the United States and Australia, as well as the broader world, to realize the full benefits of this open-access and freely available data."

Comment: Regional blackout dismay justified

From http://www.racing.com/news/2015-06-26/comment-regional-tv-blackout-dismay-justified

Comment: Fans of Victorian racing in regional and rural areas have every reason to be disappointed that they weren’t invited to the party when Racing.com TV launched on Friday.

That 30 per cent of the national free-to-air audience are currently unable to access the Channel 78 signal, including the entirety of Tasmania as well as the national capital Canberra, is far from the result Racing Victoria would have wanted having promised an approach to make its product accessible to as many people as possible.

The reaction on social media when the realisation set in that much of regional Australia would remain blacked out of TV vision told a story of racing’s heartland feeling it was being forgotten again.

While digital options remain with racing.com and corporate bookmakers, the reality is these people are substantially worse off than what they were before Sky Channel pulled the plug on Victorian racing on June 15.

Racing Victoria CEO Bernard Saundry expects this situation to persist for a ’couple of weeks’. By that time, it is hoped there will be either a retransmission of Channel 78 on one of the available regional digital channels, the restoration of Victorian racing on Sky Racing, or a retransmission on Foxtel, meaning those who had Victorian racing before, will have it again.

There is also an added complication of televisions needing to be MPEG-4 compatible, which will mean that even those who can get Channel 78, may need an additional piece of equipment to get it to work.

So why has this happened?

In the case of Channel 78 not being extended to regional Australia, it is the by-product of the structure of Australian television licensing, which means that broadcasters’ licenses are split along country/city lines.

The noble intent of that structure is to ensure regional viewers are given access to regional content. In this case, it has meant that they are shut out from metropolitan content.

Therefore while there are affiliations between regional TV stations and those in metropolitan areas, they are run as separate entities. So in this case, while Seven has control over what goes out on its digital channels, such as 78, it can not compel regional affiliates to follow suit.

So the negotiations are taking place to get one of these affiliates to take the Channel 78 feed on their digital channels. As we have seen this week with the four-day delay between the deal being signed and broadcast beginning, it is not a matter of just flicking a switch.

It’s not a dissimilar situation with why the new channel is not yet being transmitted through Foxtel. Seven West Media, RV and Foxtel need to reach an agreement on how this works and then implement it.

It is believed under the deal signed with SWM, Channel 78 has to be broadcast on both regional digital TV and on Foxtel at around the August 29 launch date for Racing.com TV. Obviously RV and SWM want this to happen much sooner in order to end the regional TV blackout.

The third possibility for regional viewers is that Victorian racing re-appears on Sky Channel. This is the easiest to achieve logically, but most difficult politically. Conversations between RV and its scorned former broadcast partner Tabcorp, which controls Sky, resumed this week.

The logistics should involve a simple flick of the switch, but the politics involve RV and Tabcorp signing a new deal. Make of that what you will.

That’s not great help to those who are currently unable to see the broadcast on TV. The majority of racing’s participants live in regional areas and it is perfectly reasonable that they may have a sour taste in their mouths.

The reality is that Friday’s debut of Channel 78 is a part of a solution, not THE solution, to ending the TV blackout.

In the meantime, Racing Victoria, we at Racing.com and the entire racing industry need to hope that the goodwill and patience from those who form the grassroots of the sport remain intact as those charged with plotting racing’s future direction look to revolutionise the broadcast landscape.

That’s a big ask.

(Craig's comment, you can watch it at http://www.racing.com/live-vision.aspx however the direct stream url seems to be DRM protected and not easily ripped to playback on other media devices.)

Sky sports with fans

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11471147

Sky TV's latest online push is designed to protect its flank, drawing in people who might not subscribe to the main Sky package on TV - and who are not keen enough to buy one of the expensive "Fan Pass" season options for entire competitions of rugby, rugby league and motorsports.

Under the planned new addition to Fan Pass, people can watch all four Sky sports channels on computer, or using apps on tablets, paying $15 per day or $20 a week. That compares with $49.22 a month for the basic Sky TV package and $28.29 for the sports package. No date has been set for starting the new offer.

The new daily and weekly offerings mark the first move to break up the main Sky package, and signals an accelerated push to head off potential challengers such as the Lightbox/Coliseum joint venture.

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet said other options were being considered beyond sports.

He acknowledged that the break-up of "linear" channels like Sky Sport 1, 2, 3 and 4 risked cannibalising Sky's audience.

About 75 per cent of Sky subscribers take the sports package, and for all the gripes directed at the the market leader, the depth of coverage remains one of its key selling points. Now Sky TV is making it easier to get sports without paying for a basic package.

The shift online may be necessary, but it's a delicate task for the Sky marketeers.

As with the Sky video on demand service Neon, they cannot afford to sell the new offering too hard or too cheaply, in case they undermine Sky's main source of income.

Fellet insisted that Fan Pass season tickets cater to the super sports fan who likes to be able to see games over again. He rejected a suggestion Fan Pass had so far been only moderately successful.

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said the daily and weekly passes would be aimed at fans who were not prepared to commit to Sky, but who might want to watch a great weekend of Super 15 rugby, or get friends over for an All Blacks match, see a week of cricket or the Breakers in a final.

"We think offering the full channels instead of an event is more appealing."

38,500 TV channels by 2024

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/26/38500-tv-channels-by-2024/

Satellite broadcaster SES, in a presentation at its recent Investor Day in London, said the world’s total number of TV channels will grow 47 per cent to about 38,500 channels by 2024.

Using core data from Northern Sky Research, SES says that despite North America having the largest number of channels (including local services) it will only see growth of some 2 per cent taking its 2024 total to around 15,500 DTH channels.

Western Europe will see about 4.5 per cent growth taking its total to about 3650 channels.

Central & Latin America will enjoy a slightly larger growth rate, of some 5.1 per cent to about 3800 channels.

The Asia Pacific region would grow 5.9 per cent to around 7500 channels by 2024.

Central and Eastern Europe would grow by 6 per cent to about 5150 channels.

The largest growth rate – albeit from a lower base – would take place in Africa and the Middle East, where there would be a 6.1 per cent growth taking the wider region’s total to some 2850 channels.

Internet-via-satellite venture signs deals for 60 launches

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3140058/Internet-satellite-venture-signs-deals-60-launches.html

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 25 (Reuters) - Privately owned OneWeb, which plans to sell Internet services via satellite, signed contracts with launch service providers Virgin Galactic and Arianespace SA for 60 flights, OneWeb said on Thursday.

OneWeb, based in Britain's Channel Islands, also said it has raised $500 million from a consortium of companies, including Europe's Airbus Group, which will design and build 900 satellites for the project.

OneWeb plans to put a network of 648 small satellites, each weighing less than 331 pounds (150 kilograms), into orbit to provide global broadband and mobile telephone services. Some of the satellites will be kept on the ground as spares. OneWeb expects to begin launching its satellites in 2017.

The project will cost between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, OneWeb founder and Chief Executive Officer Greg Wyler said.

Startup Virgin Galactic, a U.S.-based company owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will make 39 flights for OneWeb, with options for another 100 missions, Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said.

The company expects to be able to fly up to three of OneWeb's satellites at a time on its small LauncherOne air-launched rocket, Whitesides said.

LauncherOne is carried into the atmosphere aboard a jet aircraft called WhiteKnightTwo. The rocket drops from the airplane at an altitude of about 50,000 feet (15,240 meters) so its motor can ignite and carry its cargo into space.

The satellites are released into orbit and the rocket eventually falls into the atmosphere and burns up. The plane returns to the runway.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Virgin has said LauncherOne will cost less than $10 million per flight. For OneWeb's flights, WhiteKnightTwo will take off from California's Mojave Air and Space Port.

Virgin Galactic also is developing a passenger spaceship called SpaceShipTwo. Test flights are expected to resume late this year following a fatal accident in October.

OneWeb also signed contracts with Arianespace, the European multinational founded in 1980, for 21 Soyuz missions launching from the European Space Agency's French Guiana spaceport. Soyuz, a medium-lift Russian-made rocket, can carry up to 36 OneWeb satellites at a time.

Other investors in OneWeb include Indian billionaire Sunil Mittal-backed Bharti Enterprises; Hughes Network Systems, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corp ; Intelsat SA ; chipmaker Qualcomm Inc ; Coca-Cola Co ; Virgin Group; and Totalplay, owned by Mexico's Grupo Salinas.

Before starting OneWeb, Wyler co-founded satellite venture, O3b Networks, and briefly worked at Google Inc on another project to beam Internet access from space

OneWeb a threat to established sat-business?

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/26/oneweb-a-threat-to-established-sat-business/

June 25th saw the major announcement from OneWeb to build and launch by 2019 some 650 satellites in order to improve the planet’s connectivity, including broadband and internet services. News emerged that OneWeb had placed the world’s largest-ever orders for satellite launchers (21 from Arianespace and 39 from Virgin Galactic), and had won support from India’s telco giant Bharti, Intelsat and even Coca-Cola.

Intelsat put a modest $25 million into OneWeb’s $500 million initial funding round in order to secure some key business opportunities. This provoked one investment bank to pose the question as to whether Channel Islands-based OneWeb poses a risk to existing satellite operators.

Giles Thorne, an analyst at Jefferies, says – at the moment – OneWeb does not pose an actionable risk. Nevertheless, the OneWeb scheme does have the scope to be “highly disruptive” and supplying dramatically lower costs-per-bit of data traffic, Thorne says: “the good news was that it either delivers massive price elasticity of demand or doesn’t get off the drawing board in the first place.”

Thorne cautions that Intelsat’s modest investment is a low risk for them and could pay dividends if OneWeb should prove commercially and technologically viable.

Indeed, the Jefferies note reminds investors that OneWeb’s founder Greg Wyler has repeated his earlier comment that his plan is not about displacing or replacing existing satellite operations.

But Jefferies also asks the $3 billion question, as to where is the “hard-nosed” money. Giles Thorne asks where is the bank or other financial cash? “The involvement of a purely financial investor is noticeable by its absence and suggest that a fully-baked business case is still pending. This is a critical consideration. All the current parties at the table have something to gain from the realisation of OneWeb’s ambitions, and even there, we’re yet to see hard commitments: the Airbus announcement was greeted with some scepticism (and backed up by rumours that only small Airbus resources will be put to work on the OneWeb order – the dedicated manufacturing facility has not been green lit). The Arianespace CEO, Stephen Israel, has said that the Soyuz rocket deal is firm and that Arianespace will buy 20 rockets from Roscosmos in September (a development we’ll be watching for closely).”

Triax and Astra present new IP-LNB

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/26/triax-and-astra-present-new-ip-lnb/

Triax, global supplier of innovative, high-tech solutions for the reception and distribution of video, audio and data signals, and Astra presented a new eight- channel IP-LNB (low-noise block converter) from Triax at their respective stands at ANGA COM.

The new Triax IP-LNB is based on SES’ SAT-IP standard protocol technology and will deliver eight concurrent satellite programmes in SD, HD or even Ultra HD quality via IP to portable devices like, tablets, smartphones and to PCs or TV sets. This new technology converts satellite signals directly at the antenna into IP signals before distributing them via Ethernet, power-line communications (PLC) or a Wi-Fi local area network (WLAN). By locating the satellite reception and the IP bridging functions in the antenna the IP-LNB will enable satellite content distribution to the home over a single Ethernet cable. The IP-LNB may be powered over that same cable through Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology, greatly reducing the overall system cost and power consumption.

“The IP-LNB will provide consumers with a new option when it comes to distributing unmatched high- quality TV content to multiple TVs or tablet computers over IP. Such innovation has always been part of the roadmap when we established SAT-IP as an open standard,” said Wolfgang Elsäßer, Managing Director Astra Deutschland. “It is exciting to see how our industry partners like TRIAX are working towards making satellite TV content easily accessible on all IP-devices at home so that everyone can enjoy high-quality images.”

“We believe in, that TV should be available anywhere and anytime. That is why we have invested in this new technology, which will allow people with satellite reception to have TV broadcasted on multiple devices like tablets, smartphones and TV’s and in a very high quality. The Free-To-Air version is ready, and for pay-TV solutions the next step will be to build in DRM in partnering with broadcasters who want to take part in this exciting future for satellite reception. The potential and the possibility is there, and this is a unique opportunity to be first mover, and harvest from new revenue streams, says Peter Lyhne Uhrenholt, Product Director at TRIAX.



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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "N Channel" has left .

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Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "TVM 1" has started on , Nagravision.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "Fresh TV and IMPD TV Worldwide" have started on , Fta.

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Ex-Im Bank Blames “Capitalism” After Losing $150 Million on Risky Loan

From http://www.atr.org/ex-im-bank-blames-capitalism-after-losing-150-million-risky-loan

The Export Import Bank, criticized for its ties to fraud, waste and abuse, has left taxpayers on the hook for $150 million dollars thanks to another reckless loan.

In 2012 Ex-Im provided $280 million to NewSat, an Australian satellite company, to purchase a satellite from U.S. based Lockheed Martin. Just months after receiving the loan, NewSat declared bankruptcy.

This disgraceful loan has led to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigating Ex-Im’s financing of the satellite company. Acting Inspector General of Ex-Im, Mike McCarthy, admitted that since NewSat declared bankruptcy the deal has led to the loss of at least $150 million in taxpayer funds.

Ex-Im President Fred Hochberg defending the NewSat deal describing it as “a project that’s in labor” and arguing that these careless loans are “what capitalism is about.” Aside from the absurdity of these statements and Hochberg’s sad attempt to tone down yet another loan failure, had Ex-Im done their homework, this million dollar disaster could have been avoided.

A report released by NewSat shows the company’s financial problems and irresponsible spending patterns, at one point spending $1.2 million on travel alone in a three year span. Taxpayers should be outraged at the millions of taxpayer dollars Ex-Im wastes loaning mismanaged foreign companies.

Perhaps most concerningly, it appears that former CEO of NewSat and Chairman Fred Hochberg had established a business relationship long before Ex-Im handed out the multi-million dollar loan. This cozy relationship yet again raises questions about Ex-Im working with companies based purely on political connections.

The outdated Ex-Im Bank is set to expire at the end of the month and supporters of the bank are frantically searching for a way they can to hold on to this instrument of crony capitalism. Congress should put an end to the culture of corporate welfare and political favoritism and end the Ex-Im Bank.

Channel 78: New racing channel to launch – guide, updates and full details

From http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/06/25/new-racing-channel-go-launch-major-australian-cities/

Racing Victoria to lead Seven West Media into new media broadcasting arrangement (Image: Racing.com)

Racing Victoria has announced that Channel 78 will go live from Friday 26th June – meaning Victorian races will be now be broadcast into Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth on free-to-air.

While the official showcase coverage will not begin until August 29, Seven West Media will start the test period tomorrow for five weeks – retransmitting the Racing.com broadcast to assist fans during the Sky News blackout.

The premium coverage will begin on Memsie Stakes Day and will showcase races, previews, interviews and replays of the 520 Victorian thoroughbred races each year.

For now, Channel 78 will only be available on free-to-air television but Racing Victoria intends to eventually roll it out onto Foxtel for punters’ convenience.

Regional viewers however, will still be without a solution during the black-out,

“This broadcast won’t reach all markets in the test period. There will be people in regional areas that cannot access the interim re-transmission of Racing.com on Channel 78. We’ll continue to work with Seven West Media on extending the coverage to regional areas as soon as possible” RV Chief Executive Bernard Saundry said.

“Punters, fans and participants in regional areas should be assured that they are an important part of Seven West Media’s broadcast plans for its showcase coverage once officially launched.

Discussions between Tabcorp and Racing Victoria have recommenced after Tabcorp made the decision to stop broadcasting Victorian races on the Sky Network (Channel 519 and 520) as a result of the RV Board’s resolution to pursue a broadcasting deal with Seven West Media.

They remain ongoing, however, and it is not known when Victorian thoroughbred races will return to Sky.

Racing.com has provided a summary of viewing options, see below:

From Friday, 26 June 2015 until otherwise advised, Victorian racing can be viewed via the following:

Free-to-air TV: Channel 78 in Melb, Syd, Bris, Adel, Perth*
Pubs & Clubs: Metro/suburban pubs and clubs who tune into Channel 78**
TAB Agencies: 92 Victorian TAB retail agencies (those not in a pub or club)
Mobile Phones: Racing.com, sportsbet.com.au***, crownbet.com.au***
Tablets (iPads): Racing.com, sportsbet.com.au***, crownbet.com.au***
Desktop Computers: Racing.com, sportsbet.com.au***, crownbet.com.au***
Mobile App: Racing.com

(* Channel 78 interim broadcast to commence Friday, 26 June 2015)
(** Consult your local pub or club from Friday, 26 June 2015)
(*** Service available to Sportsbet and CrownBet account holders only)

There is one small consideration. The broadcast will be in MPEG-4. Traditionally, broadcasts are in MPEG-2 format. Not all television sets are compatible with MPEG-2.

Some early digital TV and set-top boxes may be unable to receive MPEG-2 – most Australian digital TV equipment less than 10 years old should support MPEG-4, including any devices with the Freeview logo.

Channel 78 debut imminent

From news

Victorian racing is expected to be broadcast on Channel 78 within days with Racing Victoria set to confirm on Thursday exactly when the Racing Live service will be seen on the digital television station.

Racing Victoria and representatives from Seven West Media have been working closely to get the broadcast up and running since the Victoria Racing Club handed its media rights to RV, allowing the five-year media and broadcast deal to be signed.

The question remains exactly when the first broadcast will be, with a final decision from SWM expected early Thursday before Racing Victoria confirms details.

It would be fitting, given the new channel will be powered by the Racing Live feed on Racing.com, if Racing.com Park is the first venue to be broadcast on 78. The Pakenham Racing Club venue hosts meetings on Thursday and Friday with a possibility of a debut on either day.

Saturday’s metropolitan meeting is Flemington, which hosts David Bourke Provincial Plate Day, while there are also races at Warrnambool.

Racing in Victoria hasn’t been broadcast on television since June 15, when Sky Racing ended its contract to broadcast. Since then the Racing Live broadcast has been seen through Racing.com, while races are also broadcast on Sportsbet and Crownbet’s digital properties.

A new premium racing channel involving a partnership between Seven West Media and Racing.com is expected to start broadcasting on Channel 78 on August 29.

Before then, the Racing Live broadcast will be shown on Channel 78, which will reach all metropolitan markets through one of the Seven network’s available digital channels.

It is believed a solution for regional digital TV, plus a dedicated Foxtel channel, will be worked on in the coming weeks. More information on this is expected from Racing Victoria on Thursday.

(Craig's comment, launching Friday, I will try and rip the stream link)

Only one in 10 Pine Gap spies is employed by Australian government

From http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/only-one-in-10-pine-gap-spies-is-employed-by-australian-government-20150624-ghwhqy.html

Only one in 10 workers at the top secret Pine Gap spy base is employed by the Australian government, and security experts fear that "corporatisation" is eroding Australia's knowledge of what goes on at the key intelligence facility.

A new study published by independent think tank the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability has for the first time revealed the full extent of private enterprise at the Joint Defence Facility near Alice Springs, which, managed by the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), is one of the largest electronic espionage facilities in the world. In theory, Pine Gap is a joint Australian and United States facility.

The report, by Australian National University professor Des Ball, Melbourne University professor and Nautilus Institute researcher Richard Tanter, and Canadian intelligence expert Bill Robinson, highlights growth in the number of private companies and civilian contract personnel at Pine Gap as the facility's capabilities have expanded over the past two decades.

Contractors at Pine Gap include major US aerospace and defence companies such as Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics, as well as leading computer companies such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard. Also present are an increasing number of "pure play" information technology and other service providers including Scitor Corporation, E&M Technologies, SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) and its subsidiary Leidos, and AECOM Technology Corporation.

"While the base is nominally a 'joint' United States-Australian facility, virtually all of the major companies involved are US corporations or their Australian branches," the Nautilus institute report states. "Corporations are not necessarily the best or most objective interpreters of US-Australian security and intelligence priorities or Australia's national interests."

Only 10 per cent of the 800 Pine Gap staff are Australian government employees. Twice as many are US government employees, including the chief of the facility. American contractor personnel make up 30 per cent and 40 per cent are Australians employed by the Australian branches of US companies or smaller Australian companies sub-contracting to support basic building and maintenance services.

Pine Gap's primary function is to serve as a ground station for NRO signals intelligence satellites that intercept ballistic missile test telemetry and microwave telecommunications. In addition, Pine Gap relays data from US missile launch detection/early warning satellites. The facility also intercepts a wide range of radio and mobile telephone communications to provide tactical intelligence support for US military operations across the eastern hemisphere, including drone strikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere.

Last month an report by Professors Ball and Tanter, Mr Robinson and British investigative journalist Duncan Campbell showed that the facility has taken on a wider electronic surveillance role, making it a "multi-purpose mega-intelligence centre," as the US and Australia increase interception of global satellite communications.

Professor Tanter observed that the "joint facility" was to all intents and purposes a United States base.

"Whatever the sign on the gate may say, if a joint facility is built by the US, paid for by the US, and can only function as part of an American technological system, then in real world terms, it is an American facility to which Australia has greater or lesser degrees of access," Professor Tanter said.

"When only one in 10 staff work for the Australian government, and almost three-quarters work for corporations primarily accountable to their bottom line, Australian accountability for what happens at Pine Gap becomes implausible."

The Nautilus report highlights surprising disclosures about Pine Gap from the private contractors and their employees: "Companies involved at Pine Gap have poor operational security standards. Many of their job advertisements have evidently escaped scrutiny by the official agencies. Their employees, being civilian workers on relatively short-term contracts, rather than intelligence officials, have no alternative but to seek further work by describing their jobs on social media and highlight their skills on LinkedIn."

Successive Defence Ministers have assured Parliament that Pine Gap operates with the "full knowledge and concurrence" of the Australian government. However in 2013 then Defence Minister Stephen Smith acknowledged that concurrence "does not mean that Australia approves every activity or tasking undertaken".

Philip Dorling is a visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, at the Australian Defence Force Academy and contributed some historical research to the Nautilus Institute report.

Satellite rev-up on way as Wireless Nation inks new deal

From http://telcoreview.co.nz/story/satellite-rev-way-wireless-nation-inks-new-deal/

Wireless Nation has signed a deal to use global satellite giant Gilat Satellite Networks on-the-ground satellite services, in a deal that the Kiwi company says opens the doors to satellite services with speeds beyond 200Mbps, regardless of customer location.

Tom Linn, Wireless Nation founder and technical director, says the deal fundamentally changes the landscape of satellite provision in New Zealand.

“We now have the ability to develop next-generation, high-speed services via satellite; services that customers want, easily and cost effectively,” Linn says.

He says the partnership is a future-proofing strategy and means Kiwi businesses and households can look ahead to Wireless Nation satellite services with speeds beyond 200Mbps, regardless of customer location.

Gilat brings a multi-market satellite platform to the partnership, enabling Wireless Nation to support any application with Gilat’s high performance satellite hub system, along with comprehensive network management and a family of mission-specific terminals.

“Satellite is the ultimate communications method,” Linn says. “It doesn’t require cables, or roads to be dug up.

“The technology newly acquired by Wireless Nation make it a fully automated service.”

Gilat’s platform enables Wireless Nation to offer cellular backhaul services as an alternative to fibre in remote and hilly areas. Cellular backhaul connects cell towers to mobile operators’’ call networks.

Linn says Wireless Nation can now offer virtual network operator service to mobile operators and internet service providers.

VNOs have full control of their terminal and full flexibility to define and manage their own services. Detailed satellite monitoring information such as modem status, bandwidth usage and signal levels is also available.

Linn says satellite is increasingly being used to back up terrestrial connections, such as fibre and DSL lines globally.

“As businesses move to cloud software suites, cloud PABX and cloud storage solutions, satellite is ideal as a backup device due to the very high service availability – over 99.99%.”

The new, high throughput satellites being launched in Asia Pacific have 10 times more capacity available, while the cost to build them remains similar.

Global Mode goes dark - broadcasters win legal fight

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11470299

New Zealand internet service providers offering customers "back door" access to streaming web content will stop offering those services from September in a deal cut with broadcasters who were taking them to court.

Pay-TV operator Sky Network Television today said it has dropped legal proceedings against the ISPs after reaching a settlement, which will see the 'global mode' unavailable in New Zealand from September 1.

Sky teamed up with Television New Zealand, Media Works TV and Lightbox, Spark New Zealand's online streaming service, to take the action against Bypass Network Services, CallPlus Services, Orcon and Flip Services over the service, claiming it breached copyright obligations and the Fair Trading Act.

Online streaming video has become increasingly competitive as traditional broadcasters and telecommunications companies alike have seen it as an avenue to replace some of their shrinking revenue streams.

While the broadcasters were adamantly opposed to the 'global mode' service, they've been less stringent in their opposition to virtual private networks (VPNs), another way consumers can get around regional blocks.

InternetNZ said yesterday it was deeply disappointed Global Mode service was being withdrawn from New Zealand the out of court settlement meant that that the copyright issues that led to court action would be no clearer.

It was by no means clear that the service was illegal, and we were keen to see the matter go before the courts to provide users and the industry with clarity." said Internet NZ chief executive Jordan Carter.

"Withdrawing the service and settling before court seems a worse outcome for all concerned. The media companies have said that they wanted to clarify their own legal rights over content - a settlement doesn't achieve this, and leaves us all none the wiser.

"This outcome makes it ever more important that we review New Zealand copyright law, to ensure that the interests of consumers and creators are appropriately balanced." said Carter.

IDC senior research director Peter Wise said the Global Mode case has exposed how quickly the TV and movie content models were changing and how demand for global content was growing.

"More people will have got a taste for overseas TV and movie content so we may see either more people signing up to Lightbox, Neon and Netflix services locally or some may resort to technical solutions such as virtual private networks or piracy to access more content.

"Internet Service Providers are all seeing huge increases to the volumes of traffic that their networks must carry to support video services like Netflix, Lightbox and Neon.

"But ... it's very hard for ISP's to increase prices to cover these increased costs.

"If the online TV trend continues something will have to give - either networks become congested affecting performance such or prices have to increase to cover the costs of increased network capacity for the video traffic," Wise said.

OneWeb alliance with Intelsat

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/25/oneweb-alliance-with-intelsat/

Intelsat has formed a “strategic alliance” with Greg Wyler’s OneWeb scheme to place 650 small satellites in orbit. Intelsat is investing $25 million in the project. OneWeb’s plan, in essence, is to bring improved broadband and Internet services to the planet’s underserved (on non-served) consumers.

A joint statement reads: “The strategic partnership will result in the first and only fully global, pole-to-pole high throughput satellite broadband network. Together, OneWeb and Intelsat will leverage the advantages associated with LEO and GEO orbits to the benefit of customers across vertical sectors.”

“This investment furthers Intelsat’s long-term strategic objective to deliver high performance, improved economics and simplified access with respect to satellite solutions to customers. OneWeb’s decision to deploy in Ku-band, which comprises a significant portion of Intelsat’s in-orbit resources, creates a natural alliance where there is opportunity to create value through the combined scale and interoperability of the two networks.”

The companies will also collaborate to develop hybrid LEO/GEO end-user access terminals, furthering Intelsat’s vision to lower the cost and accessibility of satellite-based broadband and unlock new markets for satellite broadband.

“As the world’s first and largest provider of commercial satellite services, Intelsat believes that the opportunity for space-based communications is at a new inflection point, especially as broadband connectivity has become an essential input to economic growth for individuals, businesses and communities,” said Intelsat CEO, Stephen Spengler. “In this context, we are accessing new technologies and leveraging sector innovations to the benefit of our customers and our network.

“Intelsat’s endorsement of our technology and solution is key to driving our venture to the next phase of development. Our mission is to enable affordable Internet access for everyone,” said Greg Wyler, CEO and Founder of OneWeb. “While the primary goal is to bridge the digital divide for rural areas, we recognise the potential for a seamless Ku-band infrastructure to support other applications as well. The OneWeb and Intelsat alliance allows each company to leverage the strength of the other. We believe that access to Intelsat’s global service and technology footprint, and collaboration on solutions which combine the benefits of LEO and GEO, will advance our mission.”

Separately, Arianespace revealed that OneWeb has signed a contract for 21 Soyuz launches, plus options for five additional Soyuz launches and three Ariane 6 launches. These launches will ensure the timely deployment of the full constellation.

The first launch will take place in late 2017 and the full deployment will be completed by the end of 2019. Arianespace will utilise the Soyuz launch pads from Guiana Space Center, Baikonur and additional launch pads from Russia to ensure the timely deployment. The unique capability of being able to achieve near polar orbit from multiple launch sites using a common launcher along with its proven industrial production were instrumental in the Soyuz selection as a key resource to deploy the constellation on schedule.

The optional Ariane 6 launches will be available to OneWeb starting in 2021 to support the replenishment of the constellation and to allow the transition to the next generation of the OneWeb constellation. OneWeb satellites will weigh less than 150kg. The system will bring more than 10 Tbps of new capacity to rural areas around the globe.

Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, said the company considered it “a great honour” to play such an important role in the deployment of the constellation. “First, the trust placed by OneWeb in Arianespace is simply exceptional, considering the scope of the contract and the stakes it entails. Second, the goal of this constellation, which is to provide mankind with global connectivity everywhere on the planet, is fully in line with one of our main values: Bring space down to Earth for the benefit of all. Many thanks to OneWeb for making Arianespace part of such an exciting project!”

China's Beidou navigation system more resistant to jamming

From http://www.globalpost.com/article/6593619/2015/06/25/chinas-beidou-navigation-system-more-resistant-jamming

BEIJING, June 25 (Xinhua) -- China has made breakthroughs in the anti-jamming capability of its Beidou satellite navigation system (BDS), the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily said Thursday.

The new technology, developed by Wang Feixue and his team from the National University of Defense Technology, has made the satellites 1,000 times more secure, the newspaper said.

In March, China launched the 17th BDS satellite, the first step in expanding the regional system to a global one.

The first BDS satellite was launched in 2000 to provide an alternative to foreign satellite navigation systems. In December 2012, the system began to provide positioning, navigation, timing and short message services to China and some parts of the Asia Pacific.

The BDS global network will have 35 satellites, five of which will be in geostationary orbit. The complete network should be installed by 2020.

OneWeb satellites will be launched into a near polar orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers before raising themselves to their operational orbit, giving customers extremely low latency and providing communications access to the entire world with fibre-quality Internet connectivity.

Eutelsat MENA satellite to boost UHD

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/24/eutelsat-mena-satellite-to-boost-uhd/

Eutelsat Communications is set to launch its latest satellite which will provide the capacity required to accelerate the deployment of higher definition television services to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The Eutelsat 8 West B satellite will be located at 7/8° West and further strengthens this position as the hotspot for television broadcasts to homes across the region stretching from Morocco to the Gulf.

Ali Korur, CEO of Eutelsat Middle East, said: “This satellite will accelerate the transition to HD services and facilitate the rapid deployment of advanced television services such as Ultra High Definition broadcasts. With the launch of this new satellite Eutelsat is ensuring that the bandwidth is available for broadcasters to deliver High Definition today and the immersive viewing experience of Ultra HD in the future. The satellite will be co-located with Nilesat at the regional hotspot at 7/8° West which means that television viewers across the region can access easily the widest choice of viewing options, using one single dish.”

Currently more than 1,000 channels are broadcast from 7/8° West to 250 million viewers across the MENA region.

Expats in Abu Dhabi seek fair deal on satellite TV

From https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/expats-abu-dhabi-seek-fair-deal-satellite-tv-074251703.html

Expats who left their home country for better opportunities in the UAE feel that they are more detached from their home after stricter regulations on the use of satellite dishes.

Stricter regulations — including Dh2,000 fine — on the use of satellite dishes has slightly affected their prime mode of entertainment, say residents of Abu Dhabi.

According to the Abu Dhabi Municipality, installing illegal dishes on rooftops, walls and balconies spoils the image of the city.

“These dishes, which one can see piled on roof tops from certain areas of the capital, affect the appearance of Abu Dhabi,” it said, adding that, “we want to maintain an uncluttered and tidy appearance”.

However, expats who left their home country for better opportunities in the UAE feel that they are more detached from their home.

“I know that the lack of television channels might not seem like a big deal for some, but for me, these channels connected me to my home country. Now I just feel further away,” a resident said on condition of anonymity.

The crackdown on illegal satellite dishes in the UAE’s capital has been an ongoing concern, for both the authorities, as well as residents.

The municipality had previously issued a notice alerting landlords that only four satellite dishes may be installed on a building rooftop, which has been recently enforced by law, with a penalty of Dh2,000 for those who don’t comply.

The regulations have made watching TV slightly more difficult for some residents, in particular, expatriates. They suggest and call for a registered satellite provider, that can cater to their taste and needs.

Indian expatriates complain that they were able to receive a wider selection of channels for a more affordable price, than those offered by current official satellite providers.

One resident, on the condition of anonymity, told Khaleej Times that he is unhappy with the rules and it has affected the way he and his family watch TV.

“We don’t receive the Indian channels anymore,” adding that, “actually, we rarely watch TV nowadays, because we simply don’t enjoy it like before.”

Not only that, but residents also believe that the thriving market for illegal satellite dishes was mainly because it is affordable and provides extensive number of channels.

“It doesn’t seem very fair,” he said, adding that, “most of my friends and I used to pay less than the fraction of the price, compared to what we have to pay now for services offered by the local providers.”

Managing payments for legal satellite dishes may, therefore, become tough, especially for those who have little income.

“Now it seems extremely difficult paying for such expensive bills with our little salary, but there’s nothing we can really do.”

Another expat, remaining anonymous, also told Khaleej Times that he is unable to afford what the current satellite providers offer.

“A few years ago we only paid Dh50 and received hundreds of channels, but now they expect us to pay hundreds of dirhams for only a few channels.”

The municipality, however, said that residents often install satellite dishes and once they move to another apartment they keep the old dish installed.

“Sometimes satellite dishes clutter the rooftops of buildings because residents move from one home to another without moving their dish. In general this blemishes and spoils the look of our city.”

David Butorac, CEO of OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network, in an exclusive chat with Khaleej Times said that illegal TV services is a serious issue and he is pleased with the authorities’ decision to crack down on cases of piracy.

“According to industry reports, TV piracy costs the industry over $500 million every year in addition to affecting the growth of the creative and TV industry,” he said, adding that “South Asian services Dish TV, TataSky, Sun Direct, Airtel and Reliance decoders are all illegal in the Mena region.”

Butorac also points out that OSN works closely with government agencies to detect illegal satellite dish providers.

Expats, however, say that if current providers like OSN and Etisalat, are able to cater to their needs by providing a wider selection of channels with lower prices, then they will opt for their services.

“These service providers have channels that I am not interested in, and the basic packages have channels mainly in Arabic language, which I cannot understand,” the expat resident said.

Nonetheless, Abu Dhabi’s Municipality stands by their vision on preserving an orderly appearance of the nation’s capital and therefore urge the populace to cooperate with the rules to maintain the aesthetic appearance of Abu Dhabi.

Sunset+Vine Host Broadcaster for ICC World Twenty20

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/24/sunsetvine-host-broadcaster-for-icc-world-twenty20/

Sunset+Vine, the UK independent TV sports production and media company, part of The Tinopolis Group, has been awarded the Host Broadcaster contract for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015. The event takes place between July 9th – 26th and is being jointly hosted by Ireland and Scotland.

Twenty live matches, plus highlights programming, form part of a world feed package.

Jeff Foulser, chairman of Sunset+Vine, commented: “Experience, innovation, reliability and quality. That’s what the ICC has been assured by choosing Sunset+Vine to be its production partner for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015. We recognise that covering this tournament is a vital step in promoting cricket to become a bigger and better global game and we have a responsibility to help expose cricket outside the traditional Test playing countries. Our editorial approach and live coverage will reflect this, while still telling the basic stories of the game: the tactics, the field settings, the mind- set of the captains and the idiosyncrasies of each player.”

France votes for 700 MHz reallocation

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/24/france-votes-for-700-mhz-reallocation/

France’s National Assembly has voted unanimously to accept a socialist party proposal to allow the allocation to mobile telephony of frequencies in the 700 MHz band currently used by digital terrestrial television, as well as the modernisation of DTT in France.

“On a very technical appearance, this text has great political significance,” declared Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Culture and Communication.

The provisions authorise the government to amend, by regulatory means, existing broadcasting standards to reflect new distribution and compression standards as the broadcasting market evolves, without the need, at each technological step-change, to introduce new legislation.

France’s telecoms regulator ARCEP on June 19 revealed details of its proposed allocation plans for the freed-up 700 MHz band, which will see 2×30 MHz of spectrum offered to mobile operators to enable them to keep pace with increases in consumption, with the Government deeming it vital that they be allocated new frequency bands, and particularly bands in the lower frequencies whose propagation properties are especially well suited to the task.

This band will be freed up progressively across the country, between April 2016 and June 2019.

ARCEP has submitted its draft decisions on the future assignment and allocation of the 700 MHz band to the members of the Electronic communications advisory committee, CCCE (commission consultative des communications électroniques) for their opinion.

Amazon embraces HDR for UHD offerings

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/25/amazon-embraces-hdr-for-uhd-offerings/

Higher Dynamic Range (HDR) is key to fully enjoying Ultra HD transmissions. However, few UHD displays can currently manage to resolve HDR with its better picture quality, richer colours, and significantly improved detail in shadows and black and white contrast ratios.

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service says it will supply HDR-enabled content – initially to US-based subscribers – on content that is shot in HDR.

Currently that means just one ‘Amazon Original’ series, namely Red Oaks. However, it gives Amazon a slight edge over Netflix which is promising HDR programming with its own Marco Polo series now being filmed.

Amazon says that it is working with Hollywood, which is also beginning to trickle out HDR content, and that it sees HDR as being the natural ‘next step’ for UHD-equipped displays. Most manufacturers are now releasing models with either HDR technology on board or are promising software or firmware upgrades later this year. Both Sony and Samsung say that HDR-enabled – and high-end – sets will be in the stores this year.


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From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3860 H AFN Movie, AFN Sports, AFN Prime Atlantic, AFN Spectrum, AFN Prime Pacific, AFN News, AFN Prime Korea, AFN Guide and AFN Family have left .
Intelsat 19 166.0E 4020 H "ESPN Latin Network, ESPN 2 Caribbean, ESPN Atlantic Network, ESPN Pacific Rim, ESPN US, ESPN 2 US and ESPN Middle East" have left .
Intelsat 19 166.0E 4140 H "Disney Channel Australia, Disney Junior Australia, Disney Channel New Zealand, Disney Junior New Zealand, Disney Channel Taiwan, Disney Junior Australia, Disney Junior New Zealand, Disney Channel Taiwan, Disney Junior Taiwan and Disney XD Malaysia" have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Share Channel TV" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3792 H "BNI Life" is back on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Qur'an Hedayah and Qur'an Hidayah" have started on, Fta.

NSS 11 108.2E Almost all channels in the G Sat muxes on 12431 H and 12471 H are now encrypted.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3808 H "TV Edukasi 2" has left .
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AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3760 H "Qur'an Hidayah, Qur'an Hedayah, Qur'an Hidayah Thai, Qur'an Hidayah Bengal, Qur'an Hidayah Tagalog, Qur'an Hidayah Urdu, Qur'an Hidayah Hindi, Qur'an Hidayah Sinhala, Qur'an Hidayah Malay, Qur'an Hidayah Chinese and Qur'an Hidayah Telugu" have started on, Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11092 H "Raz TV and Shop 24" have started on, Fta

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12560 V "Sport Plus" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Bible TV" has left.
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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Chic Station" is back on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Aamar Bangla" has started on, Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "CHTTV has replaced RTL CBS Entertainment" on , Fta

Express AM6 53.0E 11520 H "Uzbekistan" has started on , Fta.

Yamal 202 49.0E 3728 R "GTRK Alania" has left .

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东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,Travelxp替换Test Channel(MPEG-4 )频道,设置11468 V 27689参数免费接收。[06-23]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,TV Edukasi 2(印尼)频道消失,设置3808 H 4000参数无效接收。[06-23]


Channel Nine to make the most of multi channels

From http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/06/23/channel-nine-to-make-the-most-of-multi-channels/

Remember the 90s, when Free to Air broadcasters like Channel Nine had so much sport content they had to shift between events?

International cricket in Australia used to be interrupted occasionally by horse racing, while The Ashes in the UK had to wait for Friday Night football to finish. Those days appear to be coming to an end.

Channel Nine, like its Seven rival, is starting to embrace its digital channels, due, in large part to a stunning smorgasbord of sport in July.

July 8 for example will be massive for Nine which will have the State of Origin decider in Brisbane as well as Day 1 of the Ashes series on its High Definition offering, GEM.

It’s not the first time Nine has broadcast cricket on its HD channel, including the 2013 Ashes, but this time they will have exclusive coverage. Perhaps because of that reason the network will send its own commentary team to England rather than relying on Sky Sports for commentary.

After the First Test, the following week three different sporting events will be shown simultaneously on Nine with The Ashes (GEM), Brisbane Roar vs Liverpool (GO!) and Melbourne Storm vs Penrith on the main channel.

It’s something which sports fans have been crying out for ever since digital television began.

Channel Seven use it well with AFL on 7mate for non-traditional AFL markets as well as putting horse racing on 7Two. They also used multi channels for the Australian Open putting more action on other channels and ensuring all Australian players were shown when there was a conflict while keeping the tennis going during the news.

Channel Ten had a number of different events to choose from on ONE HD when the Winter Olympics were on and even though it’s expected on Foxtel, the Pay TV service has used its ‘red button’ more and more for greater access including in car camera angles for Formula 1 and V8 Supercars.

The time it’s taken for FTA networks to fully embrace multi channeling has partly been due to adapting to suit advertisers who understandably tend to prefer their ads on the channel everyone is watching. Statistics show that multi channels deserve plenty of attention with the cumulative weekly reach of Free TV’s six multi-channels more than 2.5 times that of pay TV’s top ten channels (OZ TAM).

Due to the Ashes being on July 8, State of Origin III is unlikely to break an individual ratings record but like the old children’s show ‘Captain Planet’ with ‘powers combined’ Nine will dominate the audience share, something head of sport Steve Crawley alluded to when speaking to Fairfax.

“The bosses now go with the network share, so it’s not so much Nine versus GEM. They’re all playing for the same side,” Crawley said.

“It will be hard. I’ll be producing the rugby league coverage and it will be hard not to want to watch the second television to watch the Ashes as well . . . I’ll just have to iQ it, I guess.”

World class racing, rugby league and running, and that is just the start. There are some cracking sporting events taking place in Queensland this year.

To find out about the famous passion of Queenslanders, and why it is such a great place to watch sport check out our series.

Netflix Inc (NFLX) is Winning the Streaming War in Australia

From http://learnbonds.com/netflix-inc-is-winning-the-streaming-war-in-australia/119547/

Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) shareholders might find a good reason to be happy with the stock as the market opens today. News breaking from Australia suggests that the company is taking the lead in the on-demand media streaming service in the country.

Netflix Inc Australia

According to data from Roy Morgan Research, Netflix is winning the streaming war in Australia as it has ten times more users than its two closest competitors. On March 24, Netflix launched its service in Australia. By April, the firm boasted that 766,000 Australians across 296,000 homes had subscribed to its service. As at May, Netflix boasted of 1,039,000 subscribers from 408,000 households.

In contrast, as at May, its closest rival Presto, only had 97,000 subscribers. Stan boasted 91,000 users. Quickflix had 43,000 users and Foxtel Play had 40,000 users.

Netflix is not exactly a new service to Australians. Before the company made its official presence in Australia, some experts believe that as much as 200,000 Australians were already on the service. They use a number of technical evasiveness with VPNs to trick Netflix into believing that they are in the U.S.

More Growth Ahead For Netflix

Netflix is in no doubt enjoying market dominance in Australia because of its strong brand recognition relative to its rivals. In fact, the company already has a solid start in Australia and it might take a banding together of rivals to challenge the brand effectively.

More so, about half of the subscribers on Stan, Presto and Quickflix are also subscribed to Netflix. Tim Martin, GM of Media at Roy Morgan says, “It’s so far been a one-sided battle. In the SVOD space, Netflix’s dominance is clear. Up to half of all subscribers to Stan, Quickflix or Presto are also subscribed to Netflix“.

It appears that the multiple subscriptions can be linked to free trials to see the streaming service that will offer the best service for money. There’s little doubt that most of those users will eventually jump into bed with Netflix.

Pushing toward New Frontiers

Netflix has been struggling with the issue of slowing growth in the U.S. in the last couple of quarters. In response to the slow growth being recorded in the saturated U.S. market, Netflix is launching to new frontiers. Netflix is also launching local shows to lure Japan subscribers.

Netflix started by targeting China’s $1.2B population and the first is already in talks with Chinese content producers in a bid to debut in China. The Hispanic demographics also looks attractive to Netflix as the firm seeks out more Spanish content. Netflix has already signed deals with Spanish content producers such as ‘Telemundo”. The firm also has some Spanish titles such as El Señor de los Cielos” and “La Familia P. Luche,” in its lineup.

Thai TV to be blacklisted if it refuses to pay fees

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thai-TV-to-be-blacklisted-if-it-refuses-to-pay-fee-30262852.html

THAI TV Co will be put on a blacklist by the broadcasting regulator within 30 days if it has not abandoned its insistence of refusing to pay the remaining instalments of its up-front licence fees and its annual licence fees.

The blacklisting would be the immediate result if the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) decides to suspend the companies two digital-television licences, for the Thai TV news channel and the Loca family channel.

"The NBTC's broadcasting committee has agreed to send an official written notice to Thai TV about the suspension of its digital-TV licences if it fails to pay those fees within the next 30 days," Sombat Leelapata, acting deputy secretary-general of the NBTC, said yesterday.

Thai TV Co decided to give up its digital-TV business last month by refusing to pay the second instalment of the up-front fees, amounting to Bt288 million for the two licences. The company also failed to pay its annual licence fee, which is about 2 per cent of total annual income.

Sombat said that if Thai TV Co wanted to relinquish its two licences, the expenses it would face would be about Bt1.63 billion, including the remaining five fee instalments, annual license fees and a daily fine of Bt60,000.

"Thai TV must also inform audiences 30 days in advance before ending its broadcasting service," he said.

If Thai TV wants to abandon the terrestrial-based digital platform and broadcast its programmes on satellite channels instead, the company might face a big problem from being on the NBTC's blacklist, he added.

That blacklist would ban the company from any broadcasting activities. Therefore, its plan to be a satellite-TV broadcaster will come to nothing.

TRACE Urban launches SE Asia localised HD feed

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015062238803/trace-urban-launches-se-asia-localised-hd-feed.html#axzz3dqaNHSdE

Aiming to satisfy user demand in key markets, music channel TRACE Urban has launched a new dedicated feed for South East Asia focusing on most-requested and relevant programming and music.

Broadcast in 160 countries worldwide, TRACE Urban HD was launched with the intention of offering international urban music, giving an insight into both urban music and culture. The new dedicated HD feed of TRACE Urban will replace the existing international one on AsiaSat-5 in July 2015. The channel says that the content of the new feed will address and better meet the tastes and interests of audiences in South-East Asia by addressing cultural sensitivities. It is also designed to offer the opportunity to work with platforms to launch new competitions and programming such as the popular mobile singing contest TRACE Music Star.

"The popularity of TRACE Urban has been constantly growing since we launched in Asia in 2009, particularly in Indonesia, where we consistently rate as the number two music channel amongst our audience," explained TRACE CEO Olivier Laouchez. "This shows there is strong demand from the younger generation for our top-class international hip-hop, pop and R&B music playlists, as well as exclusive programming like Guest Star, Focus and Top. This new feed will give us more flexibility to serve that target group."

James Ross, Managing Director (Asia-Pacific), TRACE added: "The appeal of TRACE Urban is growing across the region, and recent feedback from audiences in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia has been very encouraging. With the new feed we hope to fuel that growth, and address a consistent request from many operators for a specific SE Asia version of TRACE Urban".

Europe launches next phase of hi-tech Earth satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Europe_launches_next_phase_of_hi-tech_Earth_satellites_999.html

The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the second phase of a 4.3-billion-euro ($4.91-billion) programme to deploy new-generation satellites to monitor environmental damage and aid disaster relief operations, officials said early Monday.

Sentinel-2A was hoisted by a lightweight Vega rocket from ESA's base in Kourou, French Guiana, overnight Monday-Tuesday, launch operator Arianespace said.

The 1.1-tonne polar-orbiting satellite is designed to loop the world every 100 minutes, providing high-definition optical imaging of vegetation, soil and freshwater to a resolution of 10 metres (32.5 feet), helping monitoring of forest cover, water stress and crop health. It will also provide information for emergency services,

It and a partner are the second of six scheduled pairs of Earth-monitoring satellites under the Copernicus programme, an initiative headed by the European Union's executive Commission in conjunction with ESA.

Sentinel-1A, designed to scan the Earth's surface with cloud-penetrating radar, was launched in April 2014. Sentinels 1B and 2B are due for deployment in 2016, according to the ESA website.

Copernicus succeeds Envisat, one of the most successful environmental satellites in space history, whose mission ended in 2012.

The programme was initially called Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), but was renamed in 2013 to honour the 16th-century Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who determined the Earth orbited the Sun, and not the other way around, as convention had it at the time.

Deutsche Welle launches global news channel

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/06/22/deutsche-welle-launches-global-news-channel/

DW StudioGerman international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has launched its new global English-language news and information channel on June 22, 2015

With the move, DW wants to establish a German counterpart to international news channels from other countries like BBC World News from the UK or France 24 from France. The 24 hour service which is transmitted worldwide via satellite will report on global news from a German perspective.

“Deutsche Welle is highly appreciated around the world as a reliable source for independent, serious journalism. We provide German and European views on global politics,” DW general director Peter Limbourg said in Bonn. “The German perspective is becoming increasingly important. Through this and with content covering German culture, economy and science, we differentiate ourselves from other international TV channels.”

The new service which complements the DW channels in German, Spanish and Arabic language can be received in Europe unencrypted on the satellite systems Astra (19.2° East) and Hot Bird (13° East).

(Craig's comment, also via Asiasat 7)



From my Email

From saldav1

Saturday Asiasat 5 log

3668 H SR 7120 $Encoder 25 ($Scrambled.)
3707 H SR 7120 $WenZhou-1 ($Scrambled.)
3750 V SR 15000 $World Feed TX1 ($Scrambled.)
3927 V SR 7120 $Encoder 27 ($Scrambled.)
4156 H SR 7199 $GIR Enc 11 ($Scrambled.)
3832 H SR 14000 Ericsson Service Chinese Celebration on a stage, (FTA.)
3872 H SR 15000 $STS 4 ($Scrambled.)
4067 H SR 7199 $CHEVC5 ($Scrambled.)
4078 H SR 4937 $wuxi1 ($Scrambled.)
4084 H SR 4937 $wuxi2 ($Scrambled.)
3755 V SR 7199 CAT DSNG 1 Motor Racing from The Chang International Circuit, THAILAND, (FTA.)

4165 H SR 7199 ASAN_MP4-1 Hyundai K-League Soccer, (FTA.)
4174 H SR 7199 TXout-3 RXout-9 K-League Classic Soccer, (FTA.)

Two Soccer games - both different Soccer games.

Sunday Asiasat 5 Feed log

3667 H SR 7120 $Encoder 26 ($Scrambled.)
3750 V SR 15000 $World Feed TX1 ($Scrambled.)
3928 V SR 7120 $Encoder 27 ($Scrambled.)
3867 H SR 7120 Telecity Encoder SPURS TV WBA vs TOT, (FTA.)
3827 H SR 7120 ATL Enc 1 Premier Boxing Champions - SPENCE JR. vs LO GRECO, (FTA.)
4165 H SR 7120 $Golden Boy Boxing ($Scrambled.)
4175 H SR 6111 $ARQ ENC 9 ($Scrambled.)
4175 H SR 6111 $ARQ ENC 9 ($Scrambled.)
3832 H SR 14399 $Enc 1 Main Stream ($Scrambled.)
3885 H SR 7199 $IND-BANG-2015 ($Scrambled.)
3909 H SR 9875 $OVERON E378 Via 1 ($Scrambled.)

These are the most interesting of the many scrambled feeds tonight

From the Dish

ST 2 88.0E 11672 H "Sandesh News" has started on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "The Revelation Church Of God TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "Lesotho TV, Swazi TV and SABC 1" have started on , Nagravision.

Express AM22 53.0E GTRK Groznyj has moved from 11006 H to 10990 V, Fta

From asiatvro site

东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,Zee Cinema(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11632 V 27689参数免费接收。[06-22]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,Trace TV、Da Vinci(Dialog TV)频道新增,设置11673 V 27689参数有条件接收。[06-22]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Janataa TV替换Xtra TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置3732 V 7200参数免费接收。[06-22]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Big Deal TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[06-22]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Comedy Central HD(美国喜剧)高清频道重现,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[06-22]
东经83.度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,9X(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3936 H 10100参数无效接收。[06-22]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,DDK Leh(印度)频道消失,设置3790 H 4250参数无效接收。 [6月22日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,DD Chhattisgarh(印度)频道消失,设置3762 H 4250参数无效接收。 [6月22日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,DD Dehradun(印度)频道消失,设置3750 H 4250参数无效接收。 [6月22日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星3A号卫星C频段,News Time Assam(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3889 V 1200参数无效接收。 [6月22日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星3A号卫星C频段,National Kohima(印度)频道消失,设置4120 V 4250参数无效接收。 [6月22日]

东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Buzz(Dish TV)频道新增,设置12170 H 40700参数免费接收。[06-21]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,MTV Sports、Varnam(Dish TV)等18个频道加密,设置12170 H 40700参数有条件接收。[06-21]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Zing Home(Dish TV)频道新增,设置12535 V 40700参数免费接收。[06-21]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、T Sport(IPM)等全组频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[06-21]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Vrinda TV(Dish TV)频道新增,设置11171 H 30000参数免费接收。[06-21]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Filmazia Globai(巴基斯坦)频道重现,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。[06-20]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Subharti(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3742 V 7000参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,VH 1 HD、Comedy Central HD(高清)频道消失,设置4184 V 21600参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Detski Mir、Ocean TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12560 V 30000参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Shop & Show替换Domashniy Magazin(俄罗斯)频道,设置3645 L 28000参数免费接收。 [6月20日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,中华卫视(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3780 H 30000参数免费接收。 [6月19日]

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Internet piracy: Federal Government's legislation to block websites passes Senate

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-22/governments-bill-to-block-foreign-piracy-websites-passes-senate/6565098

Piracy websites like the Pirate Bay are a step closer to being blocked in Australia after the Senate passed website-blocking legislation with support from both the Government and the Opposition.

How will the website blocking work?
• The rights-holder, such as a film company or a music publisher, discovers pirated material on a foreign website
• The rights-holder makes a case to Australia's Federal court to impose an injunction
• In deciding whether to do this, the Federal Court must perform a "primary purpose test": Is the main purpose of the offending website "to infringe, or to facilitate the infringement of, copyright"?
• If the court determines that it is, it will order Australian internet service providers to block their clients from accessing the "online location" where the offence occurred

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 gives rights holders, like television and movie producers, the ability to apply to the Federal Court to have foreign piracy-related websites blocked in Australia.

The bill passed 37 votes to 13 following its successful passage through the House of Representatives last week.

Those opposed to the bill included the Greens and Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm.

Nine amendments were proposed by Greens senator Scott Ludlam but all were voted down.

Rights holders were quick to respond, with Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein expressing support for the legislation's passing.

"These offshore sites are not operated by noble spirits fighting for the freedom of the internet, they are run by criminals who profit from stealing other people's creative endeavours," he said in a statement.

Anti-piracy bill passed by Parliament of corporations, Foxtel ecstatic

From http://www.itwire.com/opinion-and-analysis/beerfiles/68411-anti-piracy-bill-passed-by-parliament-of-corporations-foxtel-ecstatic

The Australian Parliament has once again ignored the will of the people, giving bipartisan support and safe passage through the Senate of a highly unpopular piece of legislation which serves only the interests of large corporations. Cable provider Foxtel - jointly owned by Telstra and News Corporation - is cooing in delight at the news that its overpriced turf has been protected.

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill is not about combating piracy but protecting an obsolete business model at the expense of consumers. The Bill is about allowing multinational corporations and their vassals like Foxtel to continue fleecing consumers the world over by denying them ready access to reasonably priced content that the Internet makes possible.

Foxtel today congratulated the Government and Opposition for “coming together to help fight the scourge of online piracy.”

As Foxtel says in its statement: “The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 will give copyright owners and licensees the ability to seek injunctions to block access to overseas-based sites that steal content and profit from selling advertising around it.”

But, as many of us understand, it’s not about that at all is it?

This sordid piece of legislation is about blocking access to overseas based sites - particularly in the US - that sell content legitimately in their own markets for reasonable prices. Sites such as Netflix US and Hulu, which copyright holders want to deny access to Australians because they believe we can afford to pay more than a fair market price.

Foxtel Chief Executive, Richard Freudenstein said, “We are pleased that the Government and Opposition have taken strong action to combat online piracy. They recognise that, not only is piracy theft and therefore morally wrong, it is harmful to Australia’s creative communities and to businesses that employ hundreds of thousands of Australians.

“These offshore sites are not operated by noble spirits fighting for the freedom of the internet, they are run by criminals who profit from stealing other people’s creative endeavours.

“This Bill is modelled on legislation that works effectively in other jurisdictions such as the UK, Europe and Singapore. There have been wild claims that it will create an “internet filter”, “break” the internet or prevent legitimate uses of the internet. International experience shows that this is simply nonsense and fear mongering – last time I looked the UK had a perfectly well functioning internet.”

This is sheer nonsense. The UK, with a surveillance camera on every corner, indeed has as repressive Internet legislation as Australia - and its now largely bipartisan two party political system is as morally bankrupt and as broken as ours.

“This Bill is part of a series of measures being put in place by government and industry to educate the public about the problems created by online piracy and where they can find legitimate ways to get access to the content they love,” Mr Freudenstein concluded in his statement.

The sheer swaggering arrogance in this statement is breathtaking. The assumption that consumers need to be educated by government and corporations about the Internet and content is beyond the pale. From what I remember, government is supposed to represent and act in the interests of the public not industry.

Finally, the mainstream media has a lot to answer for in this affair - not the journalists who generally do their best to report the issues but the corporate owners and their management lackeys who do their best to filter, under-report and stifle open debate so that the political and corporate classes can perpetrate outrages such as this.

For as many of us realise, the mainstream media in Australia, as is the case elsewhere, is in the hands of just a few large corporations. What’s more, in many cases, the corporate media and content providers are one and the same.

When a disruptive technology such as the Internet makes a business model obsolete to advantage of the public, it is a duty of government as a representative of the public to facilitate the market disruptor not hold it back so that corporations can protect their crumbling fiefdoms - and it is inevitable that like the final decadent days of Rome they will eventually crumble.

Pirate Bay: ‘Australian anti-piracy laws won’t work’

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/22/pirate-bay-australian-anti-piracy-laws-wont-work/

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde has suggested that the Australian Federal government’s crackdown on online piracy, which includes new laws to block overseas websites that infringe copyright, will be unsuccessful in curbing illegal downloading.

Speaking to ABC, Sunde said that loopholes in the measures mean that the actions of people using VPNs to access torrent providers are not covered by the Bill and that alternative methods of accessing the conenmt would be sought. “For instance, in Denmark just a few minutes away from here, they tried to block Pirate Bay. What happened is that people found very easy ways to circumvent the block, and the traffic from those countries to Pirate Bay spiked afterwards,” he noted.

“People aren’t stupid and there’s really easy alternatives to circumvent most of these legislations. So it becomes a kind of whack-a-mole game, and like a nuclear arms race as well, because you will have to block the next thing that will help people to circumvent things.”

The bill – designed to allow TV and movie rights holders, among other types of rights holders, to ask a judge to block access to websites, or “online locations”, that have the “primary purpose” of facilitating copyright infringement – passed the House of Representatives on June 16 with Labor’s support and is expected to go before the Senate week commencing June 23, where it will also pass with Labor’s support.

New Zealand, Aireon to Evaluate ADS-B for Oceanic Coverage

From http://www.aviationtoday.com/av/topstories/New-Zealand-Aireon-to-Evaluate-ADS-B-for-Oceanic-Coverage_85334.html#.VYWgxmeJiUk

Airways New Zealand, the country’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), keen on bringing satellite-based aircraft tracking to the island nation’s remote oceanic airspace has begun evaluating Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) options alongside Aireon. While a deal isn’t in place yet, the two have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to investigate, collaborate and potentially deploy space-based aircraft tracking in New Zealand and the South Pacific. Airways New Zealand air traffic control tower. Photo: Airways New Zealand The ANSP currently has a program in place to replace current radar tracking with ADS-B in accordance with international standards. Alongside such an initiative, “it seems very sensible for Airways to be looking at ways that can help cover our domestic, land-based services, with not putting so many ground stations in and using a feed from a satellite-based station instead, which we hope would be cheaper, and give us better coverage,” explained Airways New Zealand's Chief Operating Officer Pauline Lamb.

The satellite surveillance could help to introduce real-time aircraft tracking over the New Zealand Domestic Flight Information Region (FIR), but more importantly could provide coverage in the vast oceanic areas that make up the Auckland FIR under Airways control. “We look after a huge bit of oceanic airspace, remote areas that have no surveillance cover, so we can’t actually see the airplanes in that bit of airspace on a day-to-day basis,” said Lamb. Once the aircraft leave the area of radar coverage, they self-report position information every 14 minutes to the ANSP, but “in between those 14 minutes, as soon as they go out of radar coverage, rely on them flying the route they are clear on and our equipment predicting where they will be,” Lamb added. A satellite-based ADS-B feed would allow the ANSP to view the aircraft’s location at a rate closer to every 30 seconds, allowing Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) to track the aircraft more easily. “Currently we separate aircraft between 30 and 60 miles separation when we can’t see them, this safety allows for a degree of uncertainty, there’s room for errors.

As soon as you can see them you can take that separation down to 10 miles,” said Lamb. This could enhance both safety and efficiency for aircraft travelling in New Zealand airspace, according to Lamb. “If we’re able to get more accurate positions of aircraft over these remote areas we can certainly give them far easier routings and more efficient and direct routings,” she said While the country controls more than 30 million kilometers of airspace with over one million aircraft moving within that space annually—a portion of which connects to the FAA’s Pacific airspace—Lamb admits that New Zealand’s FIRs aren’t exactly crowded. This is something that poses a problem when it comes to making the space-based ADS-B a viable and affordable solution. “The difficulty for us is our airspace isn’t that busy, and already most flights get a direct flight profile. So, the difficulty I have for building a business case for space-based ADS-B is, actually, how much efficiency can be achieved compared to what we do today in New Zealand if there’s not that much difference?” Lamb asked.

The country has seen a slight upturn in traffic however, with an increase of 1.2 percent in domestic traffic and a more substantial increase of 4.5 percent in international traffic. “And it’s that increase in traffic internationally that would benefit from this technology,” said Lamb. Lamb was also careful to note that Aireon isn’t the only player in this market either. Companies such as Thales Alenia and small sat company GomSpace also have solutions in the pipelines that could deliver something similar at a lower cost. ADS-B Technologies and Globalstar also are continuing to demonstrate the performance of their space-based ADS-B onboard hardware and satellite network. Should Airways stick with Aireon’s solution, however, they can expect service to launch within two years following the satellite company’s launch of the Iridium Next satellite slated for sometime this year. “Aireon will launch its constellation between 2015 and 2017. By the end of 2017, Airways New Zealand will be able to receive an accurate position report in real-time from aircraft, in their airspace without installing ground-based infrastructure,” Cyriel Kronenburg, vice president of sales and marketing at Aireon told Avionics Magazine. “The ADS-B signals will be received and processed by Aireon and transmitted to the automation platform of the ANSP. We anticipate it will be a quite simple process.”

Kordia moves into cyber security to boost revenue

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11468890

State-owned transmission company Kordia is developing a cyber security business to counter its diminishing role in the broadcasting sector after the demise of analogue service at the end of last year.

New Zealand chief executive Scott Bartlett said this week the company would be putting more resources into the emerging business. It is also developing new telecoms services linked with the growth of ultra-fast broadband.

Kordia was widely tipped for privatisation but the Government has ruled out further asset sales.

The company's dominance of transmission has fallen amidst competition from satellite and broadband.

Kordia still controls Digital Terrestrial Television that delivers digital signals, along with satellite services to reach isolated geographic spots, the Kordia network foundation for free-to-air television and radio in New Zealand.

However, Scott Bartlett said the broadcast transmission arm had a diminished role in the future and Kordia was working on other revenue streams.

Bartlett took over the New Zealand end of the business in 2013 after running its former internet service provider division Orcon.

He said cyber security services would meet a rapid growth in demand from companies that were not being well served.

"Normally you would say that small places create issues with security but the internet is more dangerous as it gets larger," Bartlett said.

Kordia was offering improved cloud storage and close oversight of communications, with 24-hour scrutiny, he said. More resources were being directed at the new revenue stream.

Kordia is split into two operations - New Zealand and Australia.

Bartlett said that last year's financial result - a loss of $8.6 million in the 12 months ended June 30 - was because of a bad year from the Australian constituency operation.

He said the company was performing well this year, and would not want to repeat last year's loss.

Profit in the six months ended December 31 was $100,000.

Chairman David Clarke said the group had better profitability over the same period in the prior year because of improved results in both the Australian and New Zealand businesses.

Underwater Cable to Bring High-speed Internet to Samoa

From http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/62171/

Samoans will soon be connected to cheaper and higher-capacity internet access after the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a grant of US$16 Million for the Samoa Connectivity Project Friday.

Washington DC - infoZine - The project is expected to bring economic and social benefits to Samoa with significantly more reliable and affordable internet connectivity. The improved connectivity will support the country’s businesses and tourism sectors, and enable improved access to information on health, education and job opportunities. It will also help families stay connected with the more than 100,000 Samoans who live overseas. In addition, the project will provide technical assistance to the Office of the Regulator in Samoa.

The project will be carried out as a private-public partnership, with financing from the Asian Development Bank, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the newly established Samoa Submarine Cable Company.

The Project forms part of the World Bank’s Pacific Regional Connectivity Program, a series of projects done in partnership with other development agencies to help Pacific Island countries achieve more affordable information and communication technologies and reduce their isolation.

Samoa will soon be connected via a 1,300km cable that will link the country’s largest islands, Upolu and Savai’i, to the Southern Cross Cable Network in Suva, Fiji. Fiji is a well-established submarine cable hub with connections to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, the United States (Hawaii) and Vanuatu. The cable will also provide opportunities for neighboring countries to connect. Work on the cable is planned to start in 2016.

Samoa is currently connected to the internet via satellite and the older American Samoa-Hawaii Cable System. The growing demand for connectivity means that much higher-capacity and lower-cost solutions are now needed.

The total cost of the project is US$49.94 million ($126.28 million Samoan Tala), and will be financed by the US$16 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries; US$18.5 million from the Asian Development Bank; US$8.18 million from the Samoa Submarine Cable Company; US$5.76 from the Government of Samoa and US$1.5 million from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Samoa’s cable follows on from an 827-kilometre fiber-optic cable between Tonga and Fiji which was completed in August 2013, in addition to a cable system connecting Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia to Guam, for which construction is scheduled to start in 2016.

U.S. Firm Signs Deal To Sell Their Satellite Platform To A Chinese Company, With Boeing To Build The Silkwave-1

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1398675987

[SatNews] CMMB Vision Holdings, a developer of mobile television and interactive multimedia businesses based on the China Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting (CMMB) standard, stated the company has entered into a memorandum of understanding with New York Broadband II (NYBB II) to acquire its L-band “AsiaStar” satellite platform.

(See also http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=523198957)

In a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange, it said “NYBB II, through its subsidiary, has completed the necessary filings to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an organ of the United Nations, for its next generation high-power satellite, named Silkwave-1.”

The satellite network will operate in the L-band frequency range (1452-1492 MHz) that is globally allocated for BSS. The filings were submitted to the ITU by the administration of Papua New Guinea, and this formally starts the international procedure to construct, coordinate, launch and operate the next generation high-power satellite.

The firm also announced that NYBBII has entered into an Authorization To Proceed (ATP) agreement with Boeing to commence construction of “Silkwave-1,” which is expected to launch in late 2017.

Silkwave-1 will cover China, India, and the Asian “One-Belt-One-Road” countries.

SSL to provide B-SAT DTH craft

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/22/ssl-to-provide-b-sat-dth-craft/

Commercial satellite provider Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has been selected to provide a broadcasting satellite for Japan’s Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT). The satellite will be used for Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in Japan.

“The BSAT-4a satellite represents our fourth satellite contract award for the Japanese market in the last two years,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “We are honoured to have B-SAT place its trust in our long heritage of innovation.”

The satellite, BSAT-4a, will have 24 Ku-band transponders and will expand the availability of advanced television services such as high definition and 4K/8K ultra-high definition television. BSAT-4a is based on the SSL 1300 platform, which provides high power and the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. The satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

“We are pleased to be partnering with SSL on BSAT-4a,” said Takashi Yabashi, president and chief executive officer of B-SAT. “This satellite will enable us to continue providing high quality, reliable direct-to-home service throughout Japan.”

Russia’s MTS entering pay-TV market?

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/22/russias-mts-entering-pay-tv-market/

Russia’s largest cellular phone operator MTS (Mobile TeleSystems) is reportedly about to enter the pay-TV market. Russian news site Comnews.Ru suggests that the business will extend the existing service based in and around Moscow and which had a ‘soft’ launch last November, and the Russian ‘far East’, to a nationwide DTH service.

Few doubt that MTS has the financial muscle to start a competitive service. It currently has more than 100 million cellular and fixed-line subscribers spread across Russian and nearby countries such as the Ukraine, Armenia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

However, it will be up against tough competition from the likes of Tricolor TV (which claims a 76 per cent market share), Orion Express (16 per cent) and NTV-Plus (5.3 per cent).

MTS, now a part of the AFK Sistema Group, also has businesses in India, and is quoted on the New York Stock Exchange. It is the only Russian company to be recognised as one of the world’s ‘Top 100’ most powerful brands

Dish TV Lanka signals intent to Dialog, Peo TV

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015062238795/dish-tv-lanka-signals-intent-to-dialog-peo-tv.html#axzz3dnqfh0bX

Indian direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV operator Dish TV has launched a local service in Sri Lanka, with lower subscription fees than the country's current pay-TV services Dialog TV and Peo TV.

Initially Dish will provide a selection of Indian and local free-to-air digital channels for LKR 317 (US$2.4). The operator is expected to ramp up its channel offering in coming months to tap into the local appetite for Hindi films and Tamil content.

In February 2014, the Essel Group-owned Indian DTH giant announced it would invest INR1 billion in its Sri Lankan joint venture, Dish TV Lanka. Dish TV owns 70% of the company, with local company Satnet holding the remainder of the shares.

Operating from SES 8, the new satellite TV service will compete with Sri Lanka's leading DTH platform Dialog TV, which had 452,000 subscriptions at the end of 2014. The second largest player, Peo TV had 124,000 subscribers in the same period. Signal piracy is, however, rife in Sri Lanka, with up to 1 million people thought to access pay-TV illegally across the island nation.

Pay-TV penetration in Sri Lanka is expected to rise from about 15% of TV households at the end of 2014 to over 28% by 2019, with subscriber growth rising after 2016, according to market researchers at Media Partners Asia.


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The NEW Turner MUX on Measat 3a 91.4E is using Mediacipher, BYEBYE PowerVu!

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12286 H "Arena Sport 2" has started on , Fta. ERT 1 and Vouli Tileorasi are now encrypted.

Optus D2 152.0E 12608 H "Eso TV New Zealand" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "Quran TV and Zee Hiburan" have started on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 3792 H "BNI Life" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "Nova Channel" has started on, Conax.

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Zee Hiburan" has started on , Irdeto.

SES 7 108.2E 2565 H "Kompas TV, Net and Rajawali TV" have started on , Videoguard.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3913 V "Joo Music" has started on , Fta.

Express AM3 103.0E 11606 V "8 Kanal" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4114 H "APTN Global Video Wire" is now encrypted.

Measat 3 91.5E 3920 V "The Africa Channel Asia" is back on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3840 H, Cartoon Network Asia, Boomerang Asia, Warner TV Asia, CNN International Asia Pacific, Oh! K, Cartoon Network Korea, Toonami and Tru TV Asia have started, Encryption MediaCipher.

Yamal 401 90.0E 3645 "LShop & Show has replaced Domashniy Magazin" on, Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Chic Station" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "The Living Show, Gen C, News 1, DDTV, N Channel, Nice Channel, H Plus Channel, Dhamma Media Channel, Zaa Network, TV 24, Variety Hit and Dara Channel" are now encrypted
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "SBC TV" has started on , Fta
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3803 V"Thai TV 3" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3690 H "Disney Channel Taiwan and Disney XD Philippines" have started on , PowerVu. Disney XD India has left.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "AXN Philippines, Animax Philippines and Sony Channel Philippines" are now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4030 V "Dhi Plus" has started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4129 V "BTV" is encrypted again.

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Gen Channel、News 1(泰国)等频道加密,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]
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东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,CNN(高清)频道新增,设置3840 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]
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Peter Tonagh to step into Julian Clarke's shoes as News Corp CEO

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/peter-tonagh-to-step-into-julian-clarkes-shoes-as-news-corp-ceo-20150619-ghrwnf

Retiring News Corp Australian CEO Julian Clarke will be replaced by Peter Tonagh.

The shuffle at the top of News Corp Australia will see the publisher take aim at Asia with Michael Miller returning, after two years at APN News & Media, as executive chairman for Australasia and chief operating officer Peter Tonagh taking over from Julian Clarke as chief executive at the end of the year.

When Mr Miller will rejoin News Corp had yet to be finalised, but he would be tasked with leading the company's expansion plans, be it acquisitions or start-ups, in Australia and throughout the region. He would also manage the various joint ventures and investments News Corp had already amassed, including Foxtel, Fox Sports and REA.

Before Mr Miller joined APN in May 2013 he held several senior positions at News Corp, including – most recently, regional director of New South Wales.

Mr Tonagh would take on Mr Clarke's duties as chief executive on his retirement at the end of 2015, and would continue to serve on the boards of Foxtel, REA and Fox Sports.


Mr Tonagh was one of the first executives hired when Mr Clarke took the helm in 2013. Before taking the role as chief operating officer at News Corp Australia, Mr Tonagh had held the same role at Foxtel as well as being chief financial officer of the pay television subscriber.

The executive reshuffle was foreshadowed in The Australian Financial Review's Street Talk column.

Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein congratulated Mr Tonagh on the move to chief executive.

'Talented leader'

"As Foxtel's former COO, and as a member of Foxtel's board, we're well aware of his many talents, and leadership ability. We look forward to seeing the company's continued success under his guidance," Mr Freudenstein said.

REA chief executive Tracey Fellows also had much praise for the "hugely respected" Mr Tonagh.

"Last year, he took on the additional responsibility of interim CEO before I joined, and was instrumental in ensuring a smooth leadership transition," Ms Fellows said.

"His continued contribution to our board and our business is highly valued by our entire staff."

Mr Miller and Mr Tonagh will work closely to help drive the company's growth "over the next decade", Mr Clarke said in an internal email to News Corp staff.

"Both will be working on the strategic direction of the company and putting in place the building blocks for our future," Mr Clarke said.

"Although the two roles are different, they are absolutely collaborative and you can expect they will be joined at the hip as they work with all our businesses, operations and staff," Mr Clarke said.

Mr Clarke's resignation came as no surprise. The veteran media executive came out of retirement in August 2013 to be chief executive after Kim Williams, who arrived from Foxtel two years earlier, left the company.

Mr Clarke, a long-time News Corp executive, was previously chairman of The Herald and Weekly Times in Melbourne.

News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson said it was the company's plan to use Australia as a base for expansion into Asia, while nurturing the traditional business locally.

"Whether in broadcasting or the powerful platform that is print or in digital classifieds, we have a team that will vigorously pursue growth and strive to inculcate the sense of social purpose that has always been the cornerstone of the News Corp culture," Mr Thomson said.

To take the place of Mr Miller at APN, the company has appointed Ciaran Davis as chief executive. He is the chief executive of its Australian Radio Network.

Spark aims to be in Sky's league

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11467422

The Spark-owned video-on-demand service Lightbox will be bidding for streaming rights for NRL games, forcing Sky to defend its stranglehold on mainstream TV sport.

Sport is what keeps New Zealanders wedded to Sky, and about 75 per cent of its subscribers pay extra for the sports package.

But Lightbox chief executive Kym Niblock makes no bones about it - Spark wants to get sporty.

"We made it clear at the start we wanted to be an alternative to Sky," she said.

Negotiations have now begun for the 2017 season. But how deep are Spark's pockets if Sky decides to shell out more money to keep Lightbox out of the picture?

Sky has its own video-on-demand service, Neon, but is unlikely to offer live games there.

Sky chief executive John Fellet insists Sky does not have endless resources, even for important content like rugby league - something that was apparent back in 2013 when it risked losing league rights rather than meet NRL demands for a big increase in prices. Sky picked up the streaming rights to the NRL at that time, but only in a short-term deal.

Those rights were used for a "Fan Pass" internet TV package, where subscribers pay for a single competition. Sky will deny it, but in my opinion Fan Pass is an expensive package that seemed designed to keep the competition out, rather than offer consumers a choice.

Now those rights are up for renewal, and Sky is under pressure from a raft of newcomers such as Lightbox.

Back in 2013 Sky played brinkmanship and ignored the NRL demands. As a result, it secured the rights in a real nail-biter, right on the day the season began.

Sky is still really the only player in New Zealand for broadcast rights, as used by traditional TV services.

But a lot of companies are now looking at streaming.

Sky's competition this time looks to be coming from Lightbox Sport, which is a joint venture with Coliseum Sport, the company which made its name by winning streaming rights to the English Premier League soccer competition.

And it appears that Coliseum will also be seeking global rights to stream the NRL, making it a significant bidder in the negotiations. Coliseum would then sell off streaming rights to other countries to recoup its costs.

Niblock confirmed that Lightbox's sports joint venture with Coliseum would be pursuing streaming rights for the NRL, and for other codes as they come up.

"I can tell you we are talking to the codes and that the NRL is very attractive," she said, stressing that negotiations were still in their early stages.

But it is important for Lightbox to make its New Zealand subscription services more mainstream.

If it could offer a cheaper package for a streamed NRL than Sky's Fan Pass, that could help Lightbox break through.

In Australia, the Age newspaper has reported that Google and the telco Optus will be seeking streaming rights to the NRL.

Sports rights negotiations have many permutations, but they are largely built around the sellers making as much money as they can. Some sports codes look to sell full packages of rights to consortiums of buyers. Sometimes rights are sold individually.

But with the entry of global players such as Google, the sports rights game is getting very complicated.

It may be that Google would seek to obtain rights beyond Australia, to screen games and highlights on YouTube.

SSL to provide broadcasting satellite for Japan's B-SAT

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ssl-to-provide-broadcasting-satellite-for-japans-b-sat--1088206

Commercial satellites provider Space Systems Loral (SSL) will provide a broadcasting satellite for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT), a broadcasting satellite operator in Japan. B-SAT will use the satellite to provide DTH television services in Japan.

The BSAT-4a satellite represents is SSL’s fourth satellite contract award for the Japanese market in the last two years. The BSAT-4a satellite will have 24 Ku-band transponders and will expand the availability of advanced TV services such as HD and 4K/8K ultra-high definition television. BSAT-4a is based on the SSL 1300 platform. The satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

Samsung inks MOU with U.S. broadcasters for digital TV biz

From http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2015/06/18/0200000000AEN20150618005500320.html

SEOUL, June 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it has struck a deal with U.S. broadcasting companies to work together for the adoption of the next-generation broadcasting standard for digital TVs.

It signed a memorandum of understanding with Pearl LLC and Sinclair Broadcast Group in Washington on Wednesday (U.S. time) to promote the Advanced Television System Committee (ATSC) 3.0, the company said in a statement.

The ATSC 3.0 refers to a set of standards developed by the committee for digital television transmission over terrestrial, cable and satellite networks. Its faster transmission speed than European or Japanese systems allows multi-channel broadcasting via more various signals and formats.

Under the agreement, they will introduce the broadcasting system to the U.S. government and TV network operators there through a series of demonstrations, in a bid to make it the standard for next-generation digital TVs.

They also plan to set up a long-term strategy for the establishment of infrastructure for the new digital TV system, according to Samsung.

Pearl is a broadcasting association that comprises 170 networks and owns more than 200 transmission towers. Sinclair Group is one of the largest television station operators in the U.S. affiliated with 300 TV channels, according to the statement.

Millions of viewers locked out as Kenya TV goes digital

From http://www.biztechafrica.com/article/millions-viewers-locked-out-kenya-tv-goes-digital/10242/?section=government#.VYQUTWeJiUl

As the world witnessed the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting on Wednesday midnight, over 1.3 million Kenyan households remained in blackout.This is because they are yet to acquire set-top boxes, gadgets which convert digital television signals to analogue.According to Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) only 2.2 million out of the 3.5 million Kenyan households with TV sets own the decoders.The Regional Radio Communication Conference held in Geneva in 2006 set midnight June 17, 2015 as deadline for migration to digital TV.Mr Wangusi said there has been poor distribution of the set-top boxes across the country, especially in remote rural areas.He claimed Kenya has an over 3.2 million set-top boxes imported by 79 licensed vendors and viewers should be able to switch.Critics, including Kenya’s Media Owners and the Consumer Federation of Kenya, (Cofek) dismissed said there is shortage of the gadgets and the cost is still prohibitive.On average free-to-air set-top boxes in Kenya cost between sh3,000 to sh6500 meaning many Kenyans without financial muscle could not afford. On the other hand, Pay TV providers are selling multi-channel decoders for between Sh1,999 and Sh2,500 besides a monthly subscription of between Sh499 and Sh8,200.According to Cofek, pay-TV subscriptions are not sustainable for the many low-income earners and the Government needs to step in to subsidize the cost for many households to acquire the gadgets.Mr Mutoro said close to one million households that own the set-top boxes are no longer using them because they rushed to buy subsidised decoders from pay television service providers yet they cannot sustain paying the monthly subscriptions.Kenya had intended to switch off in December 2012 but a series of court cases shattered that dream. The critics of government argued that the country was not ready for the migration and sought more time to allow uptake of decoders.In June 2012, the government even lifted import duties on set-top boxes with the aim of bringing down prices but this yielded little impact on their uptake.The Communications Authority of Kenya eventually began switching off analogue signals beginning with Nairobi in February. The final analogue switch-off was done on March 31.With the global deadline on Wednesday, locked out Kenyans must now figure how to remain on air by purchasing either pay-tv or free-to-air decoders

France outlines 700 MHz allocation plans

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/19/france-outlines-700-mhz-allocation-plans/

France’s telecoms regulator ARCEP has revealed details of its proposed allocation plans for the freed-up 700 MHz band, which will see 2×30 MHz of spectrum offered to mobile operators to enable them to keep pace with increases in consumption, with the Government deeming it vital that they be allocated new frequency bands, and particularly bands in the lower frequencies whose propagation properties are especially well suited to the task.

This band will be freed up progressively across the country, between April 2016 and June 2019. A bill on ‘the second digital dividend, and ongoing upgrades to digital terrestrial television’ is currently being debated in Parliament, and will entrench the process in law.

As a result, based on the priorities set by the ministers responsible for digital affairs, and in accordance with the regulatory objectives assigned to it by law, ARCEP is responsible for proposing the allocation methods for these frequencies and the terms and conditions under which mobile operators can use them. The procedure is then set in motion by the ministers. ARCEP is responsible for putting this procedure into place, and for allocating frequencies to operators.

ARCEP has submitted its draft decisions on the future assignment and allocation of the 700 MHz band to the members of the Electronic communications advisory committee, CCCE (commission consultative des communications électroniques) for their opinion.

These draft decisions are the result of a year of preparatory work carried out in tandem with market stakeholders and the ministers responsible for digital affairs. They are a follow-up to the ‘Strategic review of spectrum for superfast mobile (Revue stratégique du spectre pour le très haut débit mobile) that was submitted for consultation last December.

Once it has received the CCCE opinion, ARCEP plans on adopting its final proposal in early July, so that the ministers responsible for digital affairs can issue the call for applications later in the month.

The ministers responsible for digital affairs have set several priorities in terms of monetising intangible State assets, regional development, investment and the preservation of fair and effective competition.

As concerns the monetisation of intangible State assets, ARCEP has worked with the ministers to establish a procedure that takes the form of a multiple round ascending auction. The auction will begin with a reserve price, set by the ministers, of €416 million for a block of 2×5 MHz, or €2.5 billion for the entire band.

In accordance with a request made by the ministers and Parliament during recent parliamentary debates (on a bill on growth and business, a bill on the second digital dividend and ongoing upgrades to digital terrestrial television, and on the work being done by the High Commission for public postal and electronic communications services (Commission supérieure du service public des postes et des communications électroniques), the procedure takes utmost account of digital regional development priorities.

The procedure therefore includes coverage obligations that are as strong as those attached to the 800 MHz band. There are particularly strong demands for deployment of the 700 MHz band in rural areas, in addition to 800 MHz band frequencies, to be able to improve the quality of 4G services in these areas over time and to prepare for the potential development of 5G services on these bands.

In addition, the call for applications includes new obligations aimed at improving mobile data availability on-board everyday trains (TER, RER, Transilien). These obligations will be completed by a more detailed quality of service audit for all railway lines (including TGV high-speed trains) and underground lines, to encourage operators to increase the quality of service they provide.

The procedure is also meant to stimulate investment, by enabling every player to achieve a fair share of the mobile market. The band was therefore divided into six blocks of 2×5 MHz, so that spectrum can be allocated to a large number of candidates. These blocks can be combined to allow the candidates to provide their customers with the highest connection speeds possible. However, to encourage heavy use of this frequency band and to limit imbalances between operators, a single candidate cannot acquire more than three blocks (i.e. 2×15 MHz) in the 700 MHz band, and will not be able to exceed a limit of 2×30 MHz of low frequency spectrum, i.e. in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz and 900 MHz bands combined. Lastly, the type of auction being planned allows the candidates to fully manage the outcome: they can choose to continue or to stop their bidding at any point in time, knowing how much spectrum they will be allocated.

Once the call for applications has been launched, candidates will have until the end of Q3 2015 to file their applications. ARCEP plans to conduct the auction in the fourth quarter of the year, and to award the licences to the winning candidates before the end of 2015.



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Globecast, MEASAT to aid Bright Lights’ HD pay-TV channel launch

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satelite-operators/globecast-measat-to-aid-bright-lights-hd-pay-tv-channel-launch-150617

MUMBAI: Bright Lights Media has selected Globecast to provide a comprehensive suite of services for the launch of a new High Definition pay-TV channel in Southeast Asia called Simply Money.

The HD channel will be carried on the MEASAT-3 satellite, the premier satellite for HD channel distribution across the wider Asia Pacific region. MEASAT-3 is co-located with MEASAT-3a and MEASAT-3b at 91.5°E, creating Asia’s most vibrant and robust video hotslot.

Producing locally relevant high-quality personal finance-lifestyle content, Simply Money will also acquire programming from around the world, carefully selected for viewers in Southeast Asia.

Globecast will be supplying Simply Money with an end-to-end media management solution from its media centre in Mediapolis, Singapore. The solution includes fully managed playout, content preparation and quality control. Globecast will also be providing regulatory compliance review and editing to ensure that content is compliant with regulatory requirements for distribution across Southeast Asia.

Bright Lights Media CEO Anshuman Misra said, “We are very pleased to engage with Globecast, using a range of its services to ensure both high-quality output as well as a cost-effective result. Globecast has a clear understanding of what we are trying to achieve and has helped us to develop our content management and playout and distribution plans.”

Globecast Asia managing director Yew Weng Soo added, “This deal reinforces Globecast’s position as the complete media services company with our highly evolved global expertise across the content and channel preparation sectors. This sits alongside our long-established playout and distribution services and we’re very pleased that Simply Money has selected us.”

MEASAT vice president - broadcast sales Jarod Lopez said, “We are pleased to partner with Globecast in the distribution of Simply Money, which further strengthens MEASAT’s HD bouquet at 91.5°E. The 91.5°E video hotslot leads Asia with more than 60 distributed HD channels.”

Thaicom launches 2nd Screen broadcasting platform

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-launches-2nd-screen-broadcasting-platform--1088062

Thai satellite operator Thaicom, in partnership with a joint venture between Kantana Group and Intouch Holdings, has launched a 2nd Screen platform in Thailand. The service targets tablet and smartphone users. The second screen platform provides users with access to additional content on a mobile device. Additional content includes on-demand video such as uncensored versions of the program and bonus scenes, additional information about characters, actors and plotlines, as well as games, quizzes, shopping and social networking opportunities.

BBC develops “mind-controlled” iPlayer

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/18/bbc-develops-mind-controlled-iplayer/

The BBC has revealed details of an experiment it conducted allowing people to control TVs using nothing but their brainwaves. In collaboration with tech company This Place, the corporation developed a way people can select programmes using a cheap, brainwave-reading headset.

The headset works with an experimental version of the BBC’s iPlayer on-demand platform allowing users to turn on and operate the app by concentrating or relaxing their minds.

“It’s an internal prototype designed to give our programme makers, technologists and other users an idea of how this technology might be used in future,” said Cyrus Saihan, head of business development for the BBC’s Digital division.

In the first trial, 10 BBC staff tried out the app and were able to launch iPlayer and start viewing a programme via the headset, he said.

This type of technology could be used to help people with a broad range of disabilities who cannot use traditional TV remote controls very easily, Saihan believes.

The technology behind the experiment

The electroencephalography (EEG) brainwave reading headset has one small sensor that rests on a user’s forehead and another on a clip that attaches to the ear.

These sensors measure electrical activity in the brain. In the case of this experimental app, a user can select either ‘concentration’ or ‘meditation’ as the brain control mechanism. If the user selects ‘concentration’, the headset and app monitors their level of concentration and a ‘volume bar’ of brainwaves is displayed on the screen, to visually illustrate their level of concentration.

Once a certain threshold of concentration has been reached, a message is sent to the tablet to perform an action – in this case, to initially launch BBC iPlayer.


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First NBN satellite to be launched in September

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/first-nbn-satellite-to-be-launched-in-september/

Commercial service from one of NBN Co's pair of Ka-band satellites is expected to begin next year, following a launch date set for September.

Rural Australians could be just months away from faster internet, after the government confirmed that the first of NBN Co's new communications satellites will be launched in September.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull told a Coalition joint party room meeting on Tuesday that the service is expected to be commercially available in the first half of 2016.

Turnbull also said the rollout of the NBN had ramped up in June, with 436,000 fibre-to-the-node connections.

The launch will be go ahead despite the company having yet to finalise negotiations to co-ordinate frequencies with other nearby satellites.

Matt Dawson, NBN program director for satellite, said the company had over 165 agreements in place with other international operators.

"This is recognised by experts as being well beyond industry norms," he said. "There remain only a few network filings in the nearby arcs to conclude, these represent no or low technical risk."

"NBN will shortly be notifying the ITU of its intention to bring its satellites into use in the filed orbital locations."

Last month, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said NBN would be able to launch and operate the satellites without needing to have completed frequency negotiations. The satellites will be responsible for providing broadband services to the 3 percent of the Australian premises that are beyond the fixed-line and fixed-wireless footprints.

As shadow minister for communications, Malcolm Turnbull was heavily critical of NBN Co for building its satellites without having the slots coordinated.

"If the orbital slot is an important assumption in the design of the satellite, and if the slot assumed in the design is not the one ultimately granted, there would presumably be additional costs to take into account the new slot and potential delays, depending on how long the grant of the new slot actually took," he said in 2012.

Under changes proposed last month, NBN would charge satellite customers a AU$15 reconnection fee should a satellite service be disconnected in order to move house or suspend a service. Users connected to the NBN via fixed wireless, fibre-to-the-node/building/premises, and hybrid fibre-coaxial would not be charged the fee.

Australian anti-piracy laws to be strengthened

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/17/australian-anti-piracy-laws-to-be-strengthened/

Australia’s House of Representatives has passed amendments to the Copyright Act, which, if passed in the Senate, will mean websites that provide illegal content will be blocked.

According to the Abbott Government, it is a crucial step towards wiping out Internet piracy, with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull suggesting the changes will reduce Internet copyright infringement.

“There is no silver bullet to deal with piracy, but this bill provides an important part of the solution to the problem of online copyright infringement,” he said, adding that it was “vital” that online copyright owners have an efficient mechanism to disrupt the steady supply of infringing content to Australian Internet users from overseas-based websites.

“When infringing sources of content are disrupted, this disruption will be most effective if Australian consumers have legitimate sources to turn to that provide content at competitive prices, and at the same time that it is available overseas,” he suggested. “Furthermore, the industry code negotiated by Internet Service Providers and rights holders is intended to provide a mechanism to inform Australian consumers of legitimate sources of content.”

He clarified the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) in accessing services. “Where someone is using a VPN to access, for example, Netflix from the United States to get content in respect of which Netflix does not have an Australian licence, this Bill would not deal with that. If Australian rights owners have got issues about American sites selling content to Australians in respect of which they do not have Australian rights, they should take it up with them. The big boys can sort it out between themselves and leave the consumers out of it.”

Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland said the Labor opposition felt it unfortunate that the legislation favoured a “heavy-handed legislative approach” ahead of market-based reforms such as those recommended by the House of Representatives inquiry into IT pricing, and also the recent final report of the federal government’s competition policy review. “I make the point that timely and affordable content is paramount in this case,” she added.

Foxtel to triple investment in local content

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Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel is to double its investment in new Australian programming by 2018, significantly increasing its share of locally produced drama, comedy, entertainment and documentaries.

By tripling the money invested in scripted content each year, Foxtel says its drama slate will feature at least five major series each year, up from the current average of two. New comedy programming will also be more generously funded.

At least nine new premium entertainment and six new documentary series will also be commissioned each year, following a similar tripling of investment in factual programming.

Foxtel's latest drama A Place to Call Home and a new series The Kettering Incident will be aired soon, complementing its existing home-grown original shows Wentworth and Open Slather. Foxtel also airs locally-made hits Selling Houses Australia, Australia's Next Top Model, The Real Housewives of Melbourne, Coast Australia, and River Cottage Australia.

Political thriller Secret City is the first new series to be announced by the pay-TV operator, inspired by the novels of journalists Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlman, and set to screen in 2016.

"We're passionate about growing the depth and breadth of Australian content on our platforms and we are thrilled to announce that we're significantly boosting our investment in local commissions. No other Australian subscription service comes close to the investment we make and we're looking forward to unveiling the fruits of our investments over the next few months," said Richard Freudenstein, chief executive, Foxtel.

"In an average week Foxtel broadcasts more first-run content than other subscription services broadcast in a year. This announcement means that even more of that original content will be telling Australian stories."

Foxtel – a 50/50 joint venture between News Corporation and Telstra – will also increase investment in international content for its main platform and for its on-demand service Anytime.

Entel to use O3b satellite network to connect Easter Island

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/entel-to-use-o3b-satellite-network-to-connect-easter-island--1087839

Satellite services provider O3b Networks has announced a multi-year agreement to provide trunking services to Chilean operator Entel. The deal will allow Entel to enable 3G and LTE services, as well as broadband internet access, on Easter Island, the most remote part of the Entel network. Located almost 3,700km from mainland Chile, the Pacific island has a population of less than 6,000 people but welcomes around 80,000 tourists each year. Entel will be using O3b's next-generation IP trunking system, dubbed O3bTrunk, which will help to boost existing link capacities while avoiding the prohibitive cost of laying an undersea cable to the island.

Our Telekom upgrades O3b capacity

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/our-telekom-upgrades-o3b-capacity--1087827

O3b Networks has announced a deal to upgrade Our Telekom's O3b service over the O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite Constellation. Our Telekom, a service provider in the Solomon Islands, decided to upgrade after its launch over O3b in April. The connectivity provided by O3b has been mainly used for Our Telekom's enterprise customers; the ISP will now upgrade the bandwidth by almost 60 percent to meet the high demand from the customer segment. Our Telekom attributes the increasing demand for internet services to the much improved customer experience O3b has provided, especially in the capital city of Honiara

Papeete Will Be Home To New Indra-Built Galileo TT&C Station

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1525997358

[SatNews] Indra has been awarded a contract for the deployment in Papeete (French Polynesia) of a new Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) Station, which will expand the ground segment of the European global positioning system, Galileo.

This contract was awarded by the company Airbus Defence and Space in the UK, under a program of, and funded by, the European Union. The project also includes the maintenance and evolution of all TT&C stations until 2016 for a global amount of 7.3 million euros. The new station in Papeete will enhance Galileo's ground segment so that it can assume the control of a constellation of satellites that will grow from the eight currently in orbit to 30 satellites by 2020, upon the system's completion.

Indra has won this contract after having implemented the entire current network of TT&C and Uplink stations, which manage the satellites of the Galileo system. The ground stations, together with the control centers in Germany and Italy, are the ground segment's key components.

Indra, overseen by Chairman and CEO Fernando Abril-Martorell, is one of the world's largest consultancy and technology multinationals, a leader in Latin America and Europe. The company provides business solutions, IT services and comprehensive systems to clients all over the world. Indra has a standout business model based on proprietary solutions (representing close to 65% of 2014 revenue), that serves leading clients in numerous countries. In 2014 it posted revenue of 2,938 million euros and had 39,000 employees, a local presence in 46 countries and projects in 149 countries.

Discovery Networks AP acquires Setanta Sports Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/16/discovery-networks-ap-acquires-setanta-sports-asia/

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP), a division of pay-TV programmer Discovery Communications, has confirmed its acquisition of Setanta Sports Asia, a premium sports channel specialising in rugby.

Reaching more than 42 million homes across 16 countries, Setanta Sports Asia is one of the fastest-growing sports channels in Asia. It super serves passionate fans with some of the best rugby league and union events from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The acquisition is bolstered by Setanta’s five-year renewal of SANZAR (South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby) rights, including all home international matches, plus Super Rugby – both of which represent some of the most sought-after rugby union properties. In addition to the SANZAR rights, key programming includes European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, National Rugby League, Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro 12.

“The acquisition of Setanta Sports Asia is an important investment for Discovery as we further build scale and expand our business in Asia. Just over a year ago, Discovery gained a controlling interest in Eurosport – a bold play that took our company into the exciting arena of sports,” said JB Perrette, President of Discovery Networks International. “Similar to the strategy we have adopted for Eurosport, we will look to build on the strengths of Setanta and fortify its leadership as a must-have sports channel across Asia.”

Perrette added: “We will continue our steady investment in premium sports for Asia. The recent investments in the exclusive media rights for Champions League in Singapore on Eurosport, and now Setanta Sports Asia, demonstrate our commitment to building our portfolio and presence in the region. We are also very pleased to have Peter Hutton, who joined us a few months ago as CEO of Eurosport, leading the strategy of our newest global brand. Peter has excelled in the sports media business and his extensive international experience in multiple markets, including Asia, will boost our momentum.”

In total, Setanta Sports Asia airs more than 500 rugby matches per season on HD and SD feeds across the region. The channel’s multi-device player, Setanta Sports Plus, is widely accessible through online, tablets and smartphones.

AsiaSat Announces New Organisational Structure

From press release

An initiative following the rebrand to position for enhanced growth

Hong Kong, 17 June 2015 – Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) announced its new organisational structure to power the growth of the company in key Asian and global markets.

Under the new organisational structure, both sales and business development teams will be headed by Philip Balaam. Under his expanded role as Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Phil will assume new responsibilities in driving sales activities in all Asian markets while continuing to oversee the company’s business development initiatives.
Sabrina Cubbon has been named Vice President, Marketing and Global Accounts. In her new capacity, Sabrina will focus on key global strategic accounts while continuing to lead the marketing, communications and corporate affairs functions of the company.
Commenting on the new organisational structure, William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat, said, “2015 is expected to be a challenging year for the satellite sector. I have confidence that our rebranding earlier this year has re-energised our brand presence and as equally important our entire team. With this new structure, we will better utilise our resources and more clearly focus our efforts in the market. By moving ourselves closer to our customers and partners, we are able to better understand and serve their needs.”
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016/early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Marketing & Global Accounts Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel: (852) 2500 0899 Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Mobile: (852) 9097 1210 Email: wpang@asiasat.com
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com

NASA Satellite Falls Out of Space, Burns Up Over Tropics

From http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-satellite-falls-space-burns-over-tropics-190458494.html

A dead NASA satellite plunged out of space today and burned up in the Earth's atmosphere over the South Indian Ocean, ending a nearly two-decade mission studying the planet's rainfall.

The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, or TRMM, fell from orbit at 2:54 a.m. EDT (0654 GMT) as it was streaking over the tropical region of the South Indian Ocean, NASA officials wrote in an update. The satellite, a joint mission by NASA and Japan's space agency, launched in 1997 to map Earth's rainfall for weather and climate scientists.

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency shut the TRMM satellite down in April in anticipation of the spacecraft's fall from space. While most of the 3-ton satellite was expected to burn up during its uncontrolled descent today (June 16), at least 12 pieces may have potentially survived to rain down as debris in the Indian Ocean. [6 Biggest Spacecraft to Fall Uncontrolled from Space]

"Any sightings of suspected TRMM debris should be reported to local authorities," NASA officials wrote in a statement. "The pieces of TRMM expected to survive re-entry are made of titanium and are not toxic. Debris could have sharp edges and should not be touched or handled, in the unlikely event someone were to find TRMM fragments."

NASA officials reported that the chances of debris from TRMM injuring a person were about 1 in 4,200, which the space agency called "a relatively low chance." The satellite was smaller than NASA's most recent spacecraft to fall out of space - the 6.5-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite - which fell harmlessly back to Earth in September 2011.

The TRMM satellite leaves behind a long legacy of science.

"The value of the new type of precipitation data produced by TRMM is widely recognized by both the scientific community and the operational weather forecast community," NASA officials wrote. "TRMM data were used to improve weather models and hurricane track and intensity estimates around the world."

TOT plans to back out of iPSTAR deal

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/593749/tot-plans-to-back-out-of-ipstar-deal

Satellite service not offsetting rental costs

TOT Plc intends to scrap a contract under which it rents transponder bandwidth from Thaicom Plc's iPSTAR satellite, as the state telecom's revenue cannot offset the rental costs.

The decision came after the TOT board last month reached a resolution to halt the rental of satellite bandwidth from the country's sole satellite service provider, said Djitt Laowattana, a TOT board director.

Djitt: Hashing out details of process

But a Thaicom source said TOT rented just 5% of the iPSTAR satellite's total capacity, and a contract termination would not severely affect the company.

The source said TOT could reap a greater benefit from iPSTAR if the state telecom used its transponder capacity to provide public telecommunication services nationwide.

TOT signed an eight-year contract in 2005 to rent transponder bandwidth from Thaicom's iPSTAR broadband satellite for two Gbps of bandwidth, paying 500 million baht in annual rental costs.

The iPSTAR satellite has 40 Gbps of transponder bandwidth.

TOT's management in 2013 extended the rental contract with SET-listed Thaicom for eight more years, according to a TOT source.

Thaicom, formerly known as Shin Satellite, was founded by ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The transponder space was initially to provide broadband internet service, internet protocol (IP) telephony and voice over IP services in remote areas that conventional telecom networks such as copper phone lines and fibre-optic cables failed to reach.

"We are considering the details of the legal process before terminating the rental contract," Mr Djitt said.

He said TOT could generate revenue of just 100 million baht a year from the satellite rental.

Another board director said the use of iPSTAR's transponder was a reasonable choice for TOT in the past as it sought to expand service to remote areas.

But the source disagreed with the contract extension for an additional eight years, saying TOT had continuously expanded its networks and could accommodate services almost nationwide.

"The contract extension seemed unreasonable because TOT's revenue earned from the rental transponder could not offset the rental cost," the director said.

The director suggested TOT provide broadband service on its own networks instead of the satellite-based transponder bandwidth.

Furthermore, TOT is under a business survival plan, and cost reduction is a crucial component of a successful turnaround.

The director added that TOT must inform Thaicom of its plans to terminate the contract, which would become effective one year after formal notice.

Thaicom now operates four satellites.

They are broadband satellite Thaicom 4 (iPSTAR) on the 119.5 degrees East orbital slot; broadcasting satellite Thaicom 5 on the 78.5 degrees East orbital slot; and broadcasting Thaicom 6 and 7 on the 120 degrees East slot.

The company is preparing to launch Thaicom 8 on the 78.5 degrees East orbital slot this year to serve growing demand from the satellite broadcasting industry.

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry plans to draw up a new public-private joint venture contract with Thaicom to end ongoing uncertainty over the iPSTAR broadband satellite.

The new contract is a requirement for compliance with last year's recommendations by a committee of the Office of the Attorney General.

The panel said Thaicom might be violating the terms of its concession by launching iPSTAR as its main satellite rather than as a back-up for Thaicom 3.

ICT Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa earlier said a committee, to be set up soon, would draft a new public-private joint venture contract to comply with the Public-Private Joint Venture Act of 2013.

Details of the new contract will include new revenue-sharing terms and compensation payments.

Having a new contract would prevent politicians from using legal uncertainty surrounding iPSTAR to play political games in the future.

BlackSky Global reveals plan to image Earth in near real-time

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/BlackSky_Global_reveals_plan_to_image_Earth_in_near_real_time_999.html

BlackSky Global's competitive pricing, rapid revisit rate and user experience will enable a new suite of businesses while supporting the growth of existing ones. It will offer one-meter-resolution color imagery at a dramatically lower cost and also provide premium services for priority tasking and other capabilities.

BlackSky Global has revealed its plan to provide high-resolution images of the globe at an unparalleled cost and frequency. The company plans to deploy six satellites in 2016 and have a full 60-satellite imaging constellation by 2019, bringing "satellite imaging as a service" to those businesses, organizations and governments that cannot or do not wish to capitalize their own constellations.

Traditionally it takes days or weeks to receive a commercial satellite image due to limited imaging opportunities and priority constraints. With 60 satellites in unique orbits, BlackSky's constellation will shorten this time to a couple hours or less, enabling customers to observe and monitor basic infrastructure across multiple industry sectors. BlackSky is developing a Web-scale software platform that will allow customers to request, receive and interact with its satellite imagery via the Internet.

"The launch of BlackSky Global marks a major leap forward in opening up access to images from space and enabling constant global awareness," said Peter Wegner, BlackSky Global's chief technology officer and former director of the U.S. Air Force Operationally Responsive Space Office. "By operating the infrastructure to view our planet in near real-time, we envision an open future where enhanced Earth observation leads to positive change and a better understanding of our world."

BlackSky Global's competitive pricing, rapid revisit rate and user experience will enable a new suite of businesses while supporting the growth of existing ones. It will offer one-meter-resolution color imagery at a dramatically lower cost and also provide premium services for priority tasking and other capabilities.

The company follows a "pay-per-picture" business model and can capture images of single sites or larger areas, as well as provide video at a speed of one frame per second. Existing customers include satellite imagery providers and data analytics companies looking for more "pixel capacity" to grow their revenues.

"Satellite-imaging constellations have historically been designed to provide very high-resolution, precise imagery, resulting in small numbers of relatively expensive satellites in orbits offering only one view per day of a given location," Wegner said. "BlackSky Global will complement these existing service providers by placing its satellites in orbits capable of rapid revisit rates over 95 percent of the Earth's populated area, providing persistent imaging capability."

The company's services will support a variety of applications across industries such as agriculture, forestry, civil government, non-governmental organizations, defense, finance, engineering, energy and others. Governments and organizations can leverage its imagery to monitor the worldwide environment, trends and the global economy which totals around $78 trillion annually.

By offering more flexibility and capacity in commercial space imagery, its services also have applications for protecting U.S. national security and competitiveness in the commercialization of space.

Russia Begins Mass Production of Glonass-K1 Navigation Satellites

From http://sputniknews.com/science/20150616/1023439563.html

Russia's Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems company has put the advanced Glonass-K1 navigation satellite into mass production.

GLONASS to Go on Stream in 2015 - Media
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The mass production of Glonass-K1, the third generation of GLONASS navigation satellites, has begun, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Tuesday. This is aimed at ensuring the further development and expansion of the Glonass satellite network through 2017-2019. Glonass-K1 satellites have an increased lifetime of 10 to 12 years, a reduced weight of only 935 kilograms and offer an additional L-Band navigational signal.

"These satellites will be used to develop the Glonass grouping in 2017-2019," Roscosmos said in a statement.

Russia Establishes Satellite Ground Station on US Doorstep – German Media

Glonass is a satellite navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. An alternative to the United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS), the Glonass network provides real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe.

The Glonass network currently consists of 28 satellites, 24 of which are operational.

In November 2014, Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Anatoly Nestechuk said that the testing of the new generation of GLONASS-K satellites will be over by 2015.

ITU marks DSO deadline

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/17/itu-marks-aso-deadline/

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has noted the arrival of the June 17th deadline for switching off analogue television broadcasting in the UHF band set by ITU Member States at the Regional Radiocommunication Conference in 2006, despite the process being incomplete in many territories.

The deadline for the switchover from analogue to DTT, set at 00:01 UTC on June 17th 2015, heralds the development of ‘all-digital’ terrestrial broadcast services for sound and television for 119 countries belonging to ITU Region-1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia) and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The new digital GE06 Plan provides not only new possibilities for structured development of digital terrestrial broadcasting but also sufficient flexibilities for adaptation to the changing telecommunication environment.

“Today, June 17th, marks a historic landmark in the transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “The process, which began in June 2006, has re-envisioned the way the world watches and interacts with TV and opened the way for new innovations and developments in the broadcast industry.”

Territories worldwide where the process is ongoing include: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Dem. Rep. of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Territories where the process is yet to start, according to the ITU include: Armenia, Bangladesh, Belize, Central African Rep., Comoros (Union of the), Egypt, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Turkey.

Territories where the status is unknown include: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Dem. People’s Rep. of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao P.D.R., Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Nauru, Nepal (Republic of), Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine, Syria, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen.

When complete, these administrations will join the following countries to have completed ASO: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep. of), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda (Republic of), Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican.

SES UHD demo channel for North America

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/17/ses-uhd-demo-channel-for-north-america/

Satellite operator SES is continuing to set up demonstration 4K/Ultra-HD channels over its key transmission neighbourhoods.

The latest offering will appear later this year from SES-3 over North America and provide an easy test for the hundreds of cable systems that use SES-3 for their programming supplies. SES-3 operates at 103 degrees West.

“With three UHD demo channels already available across Europe – broadcast at 19.2 degrees East, 28.2 East and 5 degrees East, SES extends its global leadership in HD and UHD delivery with this new channel in North America,” said an SES statement.

“SES initiated the new UHD demo channel in response to strong cable operator demand following its highly successful demonstration of the first-ever live and linear Ultra-HD broadcasts to cable systems at the NAB and INTX conferences earlier this spring. The milestone Ultra-HD broadcasts were enabled by SES’s Ultra-HD-ready linear content delivery network, which is used to transmit the UHD demo channel. The camera-to-screen ecosystem is built on satellite’s inherent broadcast advantages coupled with the multicasting capability of DOCSIS 3.0, the most advanced transmission standard that is used by most cable systems today.”

“This new SES Ultra-HD demo channel is playing an important role in accelerating the successful delivery of Ultra-HD to cable homes across North America,” explained Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development for SES in North America. “Cable operators and content distributors can now begin to prepare their systems and test their networks for Ultra-HD delivery, leading into major trials this summer,” Corda said, noting the Ultra HD demo channel is expected to reach cable subscribers’ homes later this year.

Arena Football, FilmOn streaming deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/16/arena-football-league-filmon-in-international-streaming-deal/

American rules football body Arena Football League (AFL) has signed a one-year partnership with IP-delivered digital television platform FilmOn Networks that will make the service the official provider of international Arena Football. This is gives the AFL access to FilmOn’s 47 million monthly unique users outside of the United States.

FilmOn.com will live stream all games of the 20 week season leading right up to ArenaBowl XXVIII on August 29th. By devoting multiple channels on FilmOn’s system to the AFL, and giving each team its own custom built encoders, every single game will be available to international fans, absolutely free.

The AFL, now in the midst of its 28th season, has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets worldwide. FilmOn will air all games during the 20-week regular season, leading right up to ArenaBowl XXVIII on August 29, 2015.

This is the second major partnership struck between the AFL and FilmOn in recent years. In 2012, the two entities launched ‘AFL Classic”‘ a streaming Internet channel which enabled historic AFL games and content to be streamed.

“Every professional sports league has the goal of becoming a global brand,” said AFL Commissioner Scott C. Butera. “Arena Football has a history of playing games overseas and we believe FilmOn will be a strong partner in delivering our content to the world.”

In addition to computer streaming, fans may also download the FilmOn apps for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Facebook for premium content on the go. AFL games will not only air on the FilmOn digital networks, but also on FilmOn’s Sky Channel 237 in the UK.

“Live Stream Arena Football League games are exactly what FilmOn users want – gritty action and instant gratification,” said Alki David, CEO of FilmOn Networks. “Our huge international audience has already voiced demand for AFL’s games.”


4140 H 166E Disney mux has left!

Intelsat 19 update, TVPLUS service

ERT1 and Voulihave encrypted

Atlas TV is new FTA on "Free slot 65" (no audio) Vpid 565

"Sport 2" is FTA (showing Arena Sport 2) Vpid 557 Apid 860

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From saldav1

More Asiasat 5 logs

3746 V SR 7500 BT-ENC19 2015 World Cup of Darts - BEL v AUS, (FTA.)
3896 V SR 7120 $NST HD Enc 4 ($Scrambled.)
3905 V SR 7199 $PRINCIPAL MAD vs FUS in The World Street Basketball from PARIS with French commentary, (Actually FTA.)
Some lovely shots of Paris and the Eiffel Tower within coo-ee of the set-up of the Basketball stadium

3888 V SR 7120 Judo Signal/MAI World Judo Championship 2015, BUDAPEST, (FTA.)
3914 V SR 7120 HUN-009 World Judo Championship 2015, BUDAPEST, (FTA.)

Both transponders are carrying the same parallel programming.

3876 V SR 7099 Service 01 Surgical Procedure, (FTA.)

Monday morning

3935 H SR 7199 $WSHT ENC 59 ($Scrambled.)
4147 H SR 6111 $PACTV-103 ($Scrambled.)
4156 H SR 7199 $GIR Enc 11 ($Scrambled.)
4169 H SR 15000 $ASIA WWE HD ($Scrambled.)
3876 H SR 7099 Telecity Encoder RMA (Real Madrid) vs LIV (Liverpool), (FTA.)

New channels on 3760 - Hedayah channels.

3760 H SR 27500 Hedayah Thai, Hedayah Bengali, Hedayah phillippi, Hedayah phillippin, Hedayah Urdi, Hedayah Indian, Hedayah Senhales, Hedayah Malaysia, Hedayah Chineese, Hedayah Mlibarly, Hedayah Korean, Hedayah Sindhi and Hedayah Telugu.

A total of 13 new channels on 3760 and some with colour test patterns, the rest still have black screens. Not sure about the spelling of some of the tp names though!

Monday evening

4078 H SR 4937 $wuxi1 ($Scrambled.)
4084 H SR 4937 $wuxi2 ($Scrambled.)
3876 H SR 7099 Service 01 Still map of Asian region on screen then a surgical - medical procedure, (FTA.)

Tuesday Morning feeds

3887 V SR 7100 2RICSSON (Black picture and no sound.)
3867 H SR 6111 Telecity Encoder (Reporter with a sunny live London in the background - FTA.)
3936 H SR 4166 AP-ISB-1 Colour test pattern with ISLAMABAD-CE1 wording on screen, (FTA.)

Encoder 26 3668 H 7120 Mpeg4 FTA showing Chile vs Mexico Copa America Soccer.
Encoder 27 3927 V 7120 Mpeg4/Hd/($$) Also showing Copa America Match..

Nice to watch HD feed on a day off from work

From the Dish

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E CTG TV has left 11294 H.

Yamal 202 49.0EYaslyk has left 3875 L.
Yamal 202 49.0ETürkmen Owazy has left 3881 L.
Yamal 202 49.0E Tyumenskoye Vremya has replaced Studija TRTR on 3961 L, clear.

Yamal 202 at 49.0E GTRK Volgograd has left 3844 R.
Yamal 202 at 49.0EGTRK Udmurtia has left 3882 R.
Yamal 202 at 49.0ERossiya 1 and Rossiya 24 have left 4125 L.

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东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Asianet、Asianet Plus(印度)等16个频道消失,设置4015 H 14400参数无效接收。[06-16]
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东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段,Tyumenskoye Vremya替换Tyumen Time(俄罗斯)频道,设置3961 L 8570参数免费接收。[06-16]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段,Türkmen Owazy(土库曼斯坦)频道消失,设置3881 L 4285参数无效接收。[06-16]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段,Yaslyk(土库曼斯坦)频道消失,设置3875 L 4285参数无效接收。[06-16]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段,Yaslyk(土库曼斯坦)频道消失,设置3875 L 4285参数无效接收。 [6月16日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,8 kanal(+7)(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12340 R 27500参数免费接收。 [6月16日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Disney Channel(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置4140 H 28125参数无效接收。[06-15]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Hedayah-English(测试)等15个频道新增,设置3760 H 27500参数免费接收。[06-15]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Nexg TV替换Channel Divya(印度)频道,设置3756 H 13333参数免费接收。[06-15]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Bhaarat Today替换Your News promo(印度)频道,设置3752 V 9300参数免费接收。[06-15]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Khabrien Abhi Tak(测试)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[06-15]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TVBJ Star Hub HD(翡翠台)等4个频道新增,设置3947 V 8800参数有条件接收。[06-15]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,JTV(测试)频道新增,设置3946 V 7400参数免费接收。 [6月15日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,GMM Channel 25替换Big(CTH)频道,设置11167 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月15日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,CTN替换DTV(MPEG-4)频道,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。 [6月15日]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段,GTRK Udmurtia(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置3882 R 2480参数无效接收。 [6月15日]


Foxtel takes Ten stake

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/15/foxtel-takes-ten-stake/

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has agreed to buy 15 per cent of Australian commercial broadcasting service Network Ten in a A$77 million deal as part of a capital raising that could raise up to A$154 million.

Ten has proposed issuing new shares to the subscription-TV provider at A15c (€0.10) a share in exchange for a 15 per cent shareholding. A Foxtel executive will join the board of Ten, which will be reduced in size to six directors from ten.

The free-to-air network will also sell new shares in a separate A$77m capital raising at the same price as the issue of shares to Foxtel in a renounceable entitlement offer.

The new capital will be used to reduce debt and provide funds for programming and other investments.

Ten has appointed pay-TV sales house Multi Channel Network (MCN) to sell advertising on its behalf, saying that by joining forces with MCN, it will gain new efficiencies, improved data capability and provide broader integration opportunities for its advertising clients, with the combined sales operation providing advertisers a new way to reach consumers across all video content distribution platforms.

The move will see Ten become a shareholder in MCN, taking a 24.99 per cent stake. It will also have an option for two years to become a 10 per cent shareholder in online streaming service Presto.

Ten chairman and chief executive Hamish McLennan said the deal represented an important milestone for Ten and the conclusion of the strategic review process initiated by the Board last year.

“It positions Ten to drive long-term value for shareholders. The board believes the agreements with Foxtel and MCN will materially enhance Ten’s business and better equip it to respond to the challenges of the ever-changing media and advertising landscape,” he stated. “We welcome Foxtel’s proposed investment and we are confident this proposal will drive value for all of Ten’s shareholders.”

Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein described the proposed investment in Ten as “a win-win” for Ten and Foxtel.

“With Foxtel’s local knowledge and expertise, and MCN delivering synergies and improved advertiser access, we are confident that this proposal delivers a robust long term solution for a revitalised, competitive and profitable Ten,” he concluded.

Foxtel deal raises News Corp's influence at Ten

From http://www.afr.com/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-deal-raises-news-corps-influence-at-ten-20150615-gholz0

Richard Freudenstein, CEO Foxtel, the new deal will give Foxtel and Lachlan Murdoch a combined total stake of around 22 per cent of Ten.

Rupert Murdoch's international media conglomerate, News Corp, will tighten its grip around Ten Network Holdings through the long-awaited sale of 15 per cent of the broadcaster to Foxtel, which will take control of the network's advertising business.

In a deal designed to restore its perilous finances, Ten will raise $154 million through a share placement. Foxtel, which is owned by News Corp and Telstra, will buy up to $77 million worth of shares at 15¢ a share, or about 15 per cent of the company.

Existing shareholders in Ten, the home of MasterChef, I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here and Shark Tank, will be offered $77 million of shares at the same price as Foxtel.

Ten's billionaire shareholders, Gina Rinehart, James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch plan to buy shares in the raising – which will represent around 28 per cent of the new shares. Bruce Gordon, another major shareholder, has not given an indication whether he will take up the offer.

Mr Murdoch, who was Ten chairman before leaving to become News Corp co-chairman, will maintain his 8.5 per cent stake.

Mr Murdoch has always maintained that his investment in Ten is separate from his involvement in News Corp. But the deal will give Foxtel and Mr Murdoch a combined total stake of around 22 per cent of Ten. It will also leave current and former News Corp executives in powerful positions over the company.

Ten's chief executive and executive chairman, Hamish McLennan, was previously an executive vice president in Rupert Murdoch's personal office at News Corp. He is chairman of real estate website REA Group, which is majority owned by News Corp.

Advertising department relocation

Foxtel's chief executive, Richard Freudenstein, was formerly chief operating officer at British Sky Broadcasting, which is 39.1 per cent owned by 20th Century Fox.

Ten's advertising department will be moved into Multi Channel Network, a $500 million ad-sales company owned by Foxtel and Fox Sports, which is owned by News Corp Australia.

As part of the deal Ten will become a 24.99 per cent shareholder in Multi Channel Network. Advertisers could be sold ad time on Ten and Foxtel.

Ten will have the option, for two years, to buy 10 per cent of Foxtel's video-on-demand service Presto.

Mr McLennan said that Nine Entertainment Co and Seven West Media have dominated the television advertising market, holding roughly 40 per cent revenue share each, while Ten has had just 20 per cent.

"They've dominated the ad sales side of the market. What we've looked for is a differentiated offering for advertisers and media buyers and we're already getting terrific feedback from them now," Mr McLennan said.

"If you're an advertiser, I think what we can deliver is the specific accountability of the Multi Channel Network because you've got a defined audience that they appeal to and the broad reach of Ten. By combining that, it's very different from what the competitive landscape currently offers."

Standard Media Index's ad revenue figures, released on Monday, show that Ten has increased its share over the past 12 months.

Lifted revenue share

The network has lifted its share of free-to-air revenue from 17.7 per cent in May last year, to 22.4 per cent in May 2015. Nine slipped from 40.9 per cent in May last year to 37.1 per cent in May 2015, while Seven went from 41.4 per cent to 40.5 per cent in the same period.

Mr Freudenstein said he believed the deal, which will need regulatory approval, would boost competition in the TV industry and was confident that Ten was on its way back up.

"By combining the ad sales teams, we think there's a real opportunity to grow ad revenue in Ten, which will obviously improve our investment but also to help the Foxtel-Fox Sports ad revenues grow as well," he said.

"The combined advertising revenue of MCN and Channel Ten probably makes us about the same size as Seven or Nine. It makes it more competitive in that space."

Gogglebox – a joint production between Foxtel and Ten, was cited by industry analysts as a possible model for how content could to produced and shared across the two businesses.

Foxtel paid the larger amount of the reality TV show about people watching television, and aired the show first, before it went to the metropolitan network.

While there is no formal agreement on content it is something viewers may be able to expect more of.

No formal agreement

"There's nothing formal in the agreement on that basis, and we're obviously happy to work with anyone that makes sense to Foxtel. But, having the association with Ten, will certainly help do things like Gogglebox where there can be windowing that works for both of us," Mr Freudenstein said.

Mr Freudenstein said the deal would not have much of an impact on sports rights negotiations and Foxtel would work with whomever had the best deal.

"Having said that, we've done some really good stuff with Ten over the past couple of years with sharing in Formula One and V8 Supercars. We like the idea of working with free-to-airs where it drives value for both parties," Mr Freudenstein said.

Mr McLennan said that Ten would only consider sports if it made financial sense to the commercial network.

"It's not a foregone conclusion that we will be bidding up major sports. We'll look at every opportunity and then meaningfully participate," he said.

"We have a separate business plan involving not gaining any major winter sports, which focuses around general entertainment. We'll make the call on a case-by-case basis, based on the financial return to Ten."

Ten shares closed down 1.9 per cent to 26¢ on Monday.

High-powered sport the key to Ten and Foxtel's tie-up

From http://www.afr.com/business/media-and-marketing/highpowered-sport-the-key-to-ten-and-foxtels-tieup-20150615-ghnxf3

It is closing in on three long and mostly barren years since Ten Network's then chairman Lachlan Murdoch's fateful and unsuccessful decision to throw all the broadcaster's efforts into winning rugby league rights.

Then, Murdoch ignored AFL – Ten had rights to some live matches and finals – and went all out for the NRL. He lost out to Nine Entertainment and Fox Sports, and Ten's ratings arguably have never recovered.

Which is why two things underline the importance of Ten Network's deal with Foxtel – the side-deal involving Foxtel's advertising sales company, Multi Channel Network, and the very fast cars that race in Formula One. Not to mention rugby union prop forwards, netballers and potentially A-League footballers, the AFL and NRL.

Confirmation that Foxtel (which is owned by News Corporation and Telstra) will finally take a 14.9 per cent stake in Ten Network has been a long time coming. The Australian Financial Review broke the deal on November 5, 2014 and confirmed the details in Street Talk on Monday.

MCN's ability to sell advertising across two networks will have NRL and AFL bosses buoyed by the prospect of a Foxtel-backed Ten emerging again as a serious rights bidder.

Clearly, the cash Ten will receive here – $77 million from Foxtel and as much again from a rights issue to a Ten's existing shareholders including Murdoch, James Packer, Gina Rinehart and Bruce Gordon – will help give the company much-needed stability.

But it is notable Ten is appointing MCN to act as its ad sales representative and taking a 24.99 stake in Foxtel's sales company.

One area where the MCN arrangement is likely to offer a big advantage is in the lifeblood of television, and the one thing viewers can't fast-forward – live sports. The same sales company will now sell packages that will allow advertisers to access pay television and free-to-air television audiences in one transaction.

Ten and Foxtel, or Fox Sports, already cover Formula One in tandem and the local V8s series as well. They also cover rugby union together, with a new deal pending that will see Ten show one Super Rugby game each week on replay.

The duo could bid jointly for sports rights and then divvy up those rights such that the FTA coverage is used as a way to tempt viewers to subscribe to Foxtel for extended coverage – and there's also two balance sheets to apportion costs to. Perhaps Ten would be amenable to allowing higher-quality games to be pushed to subscription TV as well.

One deal in the short term could be A-League football. Already covered by Fox Sports, Football Federation Australia want a free-to-air partner to take over from SBS. Ten could be the solution.

And now, of course, MCN would be able to sell advertising across both networks, giving advertisers the best of both worlds.

A Ten-Foxtel rights arrangement will almost certainly be pitched for a slice of the AFL and NRL rights. The chief executives of both sports much be licking their lips at the prospect of a Foxtel-backed Ten emerging again as a serious bidder for these rights.

Ten isn't out of the woods yet, but this deal gives it a shareholder with plenty to gain from making it a strong network again.

TV blackout as Racing Victoria and Seven Network fail to agree deal over race broadcasting

From http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/superracing/tv-blackout-as-racing-victoria-and-seven-network-fail-to-agree-deal-over-race-broadcasting/story-fnhq6c5p-1227399489570

Races at Geelong Synthetic won’t be shown on TV screens or at local TAB agencies.

RACING Victoria has failed to come to an agreement with the Seven Network which will result in Victorian races being blacked out from today.

As a result Victorian punters hoping to watch their bets at the Geelong Synthetic meeting won’t be able to do so on their television screens or at local TAB agencies.

Racing Victoria needed the three Melbourne racing clubs, who own the vision rights, to sign off on the Channel Seven deal but couldn’t get the Victoria Racing Club to sign off yesterday.

Moonee Valley Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club signed off on the deal yesterday.

RV is hoping to get the VRC on board as soon as they can.

If all clubs had of signed Geelong Synthetic would have been shown on the Seven Network’s digital station 78 which would have shown the no frills Racing. Com feed.

Even though no agreement has been signed with the Seven Network, Tabcorp said they wouldn’t show today’s Geelong Synthetic meeting on their Foxtel stations Sky Racing (519) and Sky World (521).

Tabcorp are also unlikely to televise Victorian racing in their 93 agencies throughout the state.

Racing Victoria said it was disappointed with Tabcorp’s decision to go ahead with its blackout.

They said they could show them at the same rate they had been telecasting meetings recently which was “a fair and reasonable commercial fee.”

Tabcorp said they don’t have an agreement with Racing Victoria to show Victorian racing from today.

Racing Victoria said as Joint Venture Partners they are contractually obliged to show Victorian meetings in their 93 agencies but are declining to do so.

Trials on the new Geelong Racing Club's synthetic track.

Tabcorp was still deciding last night whether to show the races in heir agencies but it was less likely than likely

“Our rights expired after the final race at Echuca,” a Tabcorp spokesman said

Although the deal with the Seven Network hasn’t been signed off, Tabcorp said they are not in a position to show Victorian racing on their Sky Racing or Sky Racing World.

“As it stands we don’t have any agreements not any rights to show them,” a Tabcorp spokesman said.

The Tabcorp spokesman said they were still prepared to negotiate with RV.

Tabcorp offered Racing Victoria $300 million for the next ten years to show Victorian racing on their platforms.

Racing Victoria though preferred the offer from the Seven network to show Victorian racing on their digital station 78 although they would be contributing a sum believed to be $6 million to help set up

The new station wasn’t going to be in operation for at least two months but was prepared to show a no frills version by taking the Racing. Live daily feed.

RV pointed out today’s meeting can still be viewed via Racing. Com, Sportsbet and CrownBet on their digital platforms

Eutelsat and SES want “multiple” launchers

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/15/eutelsat-and-ses-want-multiple-launchers/

Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES and Paris-based rival Eutelsat might be fierce competitors but they agree on at least one point: As an industry, the operators need a choice of rocket launchers for their new satellites. And “multiple” in the sense of more than two.

The past few years have seen Russia’s Proton supply much of the competition to launch industry leader Arianespace. There is also additional choice in the USA’s SpaceX from Elon Musk, which is an increasingly popular launch option for many operators.

But recent technical problems with Proton, as well as a certain degree of uncertainty because of the risks of further ‘Western’ sanction on Russia, have meant reduced confidence in the Proton vehicle.

In a panel discussion last week at the Paris Air Forum, both SES’ CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh and his Eutelsat opposite number Michel de Rosen were wholly agreed that the industry needed more than two reliable and cost-effective launch companies.

There are other options, which could one day include Indian and Japanese launchers. Top of the list of proven rocket launchers is China’s Long March vehicle, but that too is beset by legal problems given that the USA’s export restrictions prevent any US-made parts being used on satellites being ‘exported’ for a Chinese launch. Both executives hoped that these restrictions would be eliminated and allow again the Long March rocket to be a viable contender.

De Rosen took exception to comments made during the Forum that suggested that SpaceX was receiving some sort of ‘under the table’ subsidy from the US government, and stated bluntly that SpaceX was winning contracts, not receiving subsidies and that these contracts were still worth less than the total of European tax-payer funding made to Arianespace over the years.

Airbus to build 900 satellites for OneWeb constellation

From http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2015/jun/airbus-oneweb.cfm

Airbus will make 900 satellites for the revolutionary OneWeb constellation

European defence and space manufacturer Airbus has landed a contract to design and build 900 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation.

The satellites, weighing less than 150kg each, will provide direct Internet access to users in remote areas that still lack connectivity.

The project, a brainchild of American engineer and entrepreneur Greg Wyler, hopes to see its first satellites in space by 2018.

“This partnership is a fantastic new chapter in our space story,” said François Auque, Head of Space Systems at Airbus Defence and Space. “Teaming with OneWeb with a requirement to produce several small satellites each day has inspired us to develop innovative designs and processes that will dramatically lower the cost in large volumes for high-performance space applications.”

Airbus, the world’s second-largest space technology maker, will build a state-of-the-art high-volume manufacturing facility to cater for the project. The new plant will be located in the US, but will only enter operations after the first ten satellites have been successfully produced and tested at Airbus’ existing facilities in Toulouse, France.

“Combining the innovation and large volume manufacturing techniques from its A350 aircraft production, with a rich history of building extremely reliable high-performance space systems, Team Airbus will help us deliver the OneWeb system on time, providing reliable connectivity for our customers,” said Brian Holz, Head of Space Systems at OneWeb.

“We look forward to working with Airbus Defence and Space in order to bring to bear the best resources around the globe for achieving affordable Internet access for everyone.”

Some three billion people around the world are still living without regular Internet access.

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has previously bought a substantial stake in the OneWeb constellation, which will be launched aboard Launcher One, a light rocket currently being developed by Virgin Galactic. Virgin Galactic hopes to commence test flying the vehicle in 2016.

Alibaba plans Netflix-like streaming service

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/15/alibaba-plans-netflix-like-streaming-service/

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is to launch an online video streaming service in China in about two months, with the aim of emulating services such as Netflix and HBO.

“Our mission, the mission of all of Alibaba, is to redefine home entertainment,” said Patrick Liu, head of digital entertainment. “Our goal is to become like HBO in the United States, to become like Netflix in the United States.”

The service will be called ‘TBO’, or Tmall Box Office, with content bought from China and other countries, as well as in-house productions, according to Liu.

It will launch into a competitive marketplace against the likes of Tencent, Baidu’s iQiyi, Sohu.com and LeTV. Alibaba also bought a 16.5 per cent stake Youku Tudou Inc, one of China’s biggest video streaming platforms, in April 2014.

Netflix was reported mid-May 2015 to be discussing an entry into China with potential partners. Netflix would need a partner that has licences for content on all devices, including mobile phones, computers and set-top boxes.

Videocon d2h ups HD fare; looks to offer 50 channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-services/videocon-d2h-ups-hd-fare-looks-to-offer-50-channels-150615

Videocon d2h wins ‘The Economic Times Best Brands’ award

DTH licensing recommendations: TRAI restricts vertically integrated broadcasters from owning more than one DPO

MUMBAI: Direct to home (DTH) player Videocon d2h has strengthened its bouquet of HD channels and services. With the addition of TLC HD channel, the platform now offers 35 HD channels and services. Moreover, with strong demand for high definition content, Videocon d2h is looking at upping its HD offering to 50 channels and services soon.

The 35 HD channels and services available on Videocon d2h include India’s first and only 4K Ultra HD DTH channel. With flat panel TVs being widely accepted and its consumption increasing, the time is ideal for increasing the number of HD channels.

Videocon d2h executive director Saurabh Dhoot said, “We at Videocon d2h believe in giving our viewers the finest quality content to transform their television viewing experience. The rich quality video of HD channels makes viewing a delight and it is our honest endeavour to provide maximum content in HD. TV viewing experience in India is set for an upgrade and Videocon d2h is ready for the same with its innovative technology and quality services.”

Videocon d2h CEO Anil Khera added, “Videocon d2h believes in offering its customers the most premium content. With 35 HD channels & services, we are working towards delivering more than expected. Our subscribers can enjoy a wide range of high-definition channels of various genres like sports, movies, entertainment, infotainment, and music. This promise of giving the best channels and services across genres has built trust for Videocon d2h.”




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7Racing vs Tabcorp: Victorian Racing’s big TV bet is no roll of the dice

From http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/06/15/7racing-vs-tabcorp-victorian-racings-big-tv-bet-is-no-roll-of-the-dice/

7Racing vs Tabcorp: Victorian Racing’s big TV bet is no roll of the dice + enlarge image

Racing Victoria to lead Seven West Media into new media broadcasting arrangement (Image: Racing.com)

The outcome from Racing Victoria’s work to convince all Victorian race clubs of the merits of free-to-air coverage over the past week is expected to be known by early next week.

RV, led by Media Rights and Wagering Sub-Committee Chairman Andrew Twaits, presented to race clubs, including the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), Melbourne Racing Club (MRC), Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) and Country Racing Victoria (CRV) across late last week and the weekend.

Racing Victoria is working to explain the exact difference between Tabcorp’s up-front take-it-or-leave-it offer and the Seven West Media offer (which still allows for Tabcorp to purchase rights for Sky 1 and 2, international and on digital), as well as the strategic drivers behind the push for the free-to-air deal with Seven.

A meeting with Tabcorp – organised by RV – set for Tuesday, June 9 was cancelled shortly beforehand, with the wagering body then announcing an end to Sky Racing’s broadcast of Victorian racing on June 15th.

The Roar has established this date was chosen by Tabcorp many months in advance, as a line in the sand moment to force the Victorian racing industry’s hand on the issue.

Tabcorp’s timing is not coincidental – Victoria racing doesn’t hold a Group meeting again until August 8th with the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, as most of the racing world’s focus moves away to Royal Ascot, where four leading Australian horses are engaged.

That gives Tabcorp two months where what appears to be a significant blackout won’t actually make a material difference to core revenue.

The tabled deals with potential revenue from Tabcorp potential costs with Seven West haven’t been reported accurately.

John Stensholt with Patrick Bartley in the AFR provided an excellent initial breakdown of Tabcorp’s offer. The column reveals the Tabcorp offer is substantially less than the reported figure of $300m over 10 years.

The Roar understands the $20 to $25-million-annually figure presented is the most accurately reported summary of the proposed deal which actually stretches nine years, as opposed to a full 10 years, to coincide with the 2024 Victorian retail wagering new license agreement.

A counter column in the AFR, is understood by The Roar to be far less accurate around what is required to be profitable, however, it does further reveal that Tabcorp did offer more Victorian race meetings to be available on the free-to-air Seven Network. The Roar understands that an extra 18 meetings were offered by TAB to be broadcast on Seven, at a cost to RV of some $250k per meeting.

The claim that Racing Victoria are proceeding with “a model under which wagering turnover on mid-week provincial races in one state would have to increase by $500 million annually for them to earn the same” is incorrect and mis-understands the offer Tabcorp have made to Racing Victoria.

Racing.com’s Shane Anderson on Sunday provided the most complete summary to date under the headline ‘Blackout threat galvanises industry’, which The Roar understands is spot-on in accuracy at the current time.

This breakdown is via Racing Victoria’s insiders and details the elements of the deal at play broken down into a split between domestic, digital and international rights.

The domestic rights offer from Tabcorp is approximately $15.5 million per year – but that figure isn’t profit. Costs associated with the broadcast from RV brings the net revenue down by several million to around $12.5 million.

The international and digital rights offer from Tabcorp makes up the rest of the package. Those rights value digital streaming at around $3 million and international rights at around $6-7 million per year for a total of $10m further.

Tabcorp’s current offer is for all or nothing, but that may change should the domestic rights be taken elsewhere, and international and digital are offered again.

Racing Victoria’s modelling of a deal with a dedicated 7Racing channel factors in current costs of Racing.com and expected costs of production for a premium racing product for five years across 520 meetings. Anderson’s article does mention that Seven West Media is eyeing off Channel 78 for the broadcast.

The Roar understands the deal further allows for a presence on Foxtel’s platform to reduce channel-swapping friction, presenting Racing.com as the brand and digital platform.

Domestic revenue will come from the advertising revenue-share arrangement with Seven, and isn’t modelled to be significant in the first year.

However, the shortfall is made up by on-selling non-exclusive digital rights, as is currently done with Sportsbet at the moment, with several other corporates looking at participating.

The direct selling of international rights is also something that RV consider is undervalued and with correct commercial dealings, could bring in more than what was being offered by Tabcorp, with much improved coverage.

There are further factors at play around selling vision to pubs and clubs, improved wagering returns by better understanding customers, and more.

All of this doesn’t mean Tabcorp’s offer is unfair. The company provides a significant portion of revenue and returns back to racing through the joint ventures with Racing Victoria, and indeed, Racing NSW. It has shareholders which want to see more revenue, less cost, and more profit each year, while wagering growth of parimutuel wagering and within Tabcorp on racing has slowed. Sports betting, interstate betting and Tabcorp’s Trackside make up a significant portion of returns to Victorian racing.

The Roar pushed Racing Victoria officials to explain how a single meet at Moe on a Tuesday or Terang on Thursday could command attention, given some two minutes of live racing action during 8-9 races a day across a 24 hour broadcast.

RV insiders explained that any audience more significant than the now-defunct TVN would appeal, and that smaller meetings are not expected to drive significant wagering uptick or audience. In addition, the broadcast will contain full mounting yard coverage, as well and pre- and post-race interviews. This is important to punters, but also to vital stakeholders of owners and connections who. The channel’s coverage may be further enhanced with premium overseas racing from other jurisdictions.

Small audiences won’t place short-term pressure on the five-year agreement, with Racing Victoria in rude financial health, without debt, and generating a profit.

It is understood Racing NSW has been in unofficial talks regarding a change of their agreement with Tabcorp to present more meetings on free-to-air. While those talks were not dismissed out of hand, it is understood Racing Victoria will likely go it alone.

So what will this mean for the racing industry as a whole?

Racing Victoria say this is their once in a generation chance to shake the system up, establish value and breathe fresh air into racing. All principal racing authorities will be watching with keen interest.

The undertone to Racing Victoria’s push for a free-to-air agreement with Seven West Media is not just around media and broadcasting.

While Racing NSW has a 99-year agreement, which many still decry, Racing Victoria are looking to create competitive tension with Tabcorp and Tatts for the next on and off-course retail and parimutuel license agreement.

It is no secret that racing in Western Australia holds the last Government owned tote, and that the WA Government is considering selling it off. Seven West Media present one potential buyer as they consider a wagering operation in some form.

Racing Victoria’s chance to create maximum value for the next license agreement is enhanced with the addition of further competition.

In all, the presentation of racing on free-to-air is the best outcome for thoroughbred racing. Accessibility is key. While free-to-air is losing significance in terms of household attraction, live sport remains valuable – hence the strong figures generated by the AFL, NRL and Cricket Australia in recent times.

Excluding racing to Foxtel’s paid channels is a luxury that has to be paid for. Both V8 Supercars and Formula One coverage have gone across to Foxtel in recent times, with those categories attracting a far bigger upfront audience. Formula One fans with the means to subscribe were delighted – a more premium coverage offering more practice sessions and uninterrupted race coverage were large bonuses. Some fans were left behind, with only key races available on Network Ten.

Racing doesn’t receive those significant benefits from being on Foxtel. The constant race-to-race Sky Racing production isn’t a high quality of coverage and the paywall for what is offered only limits wagering potential. While the wall-to-wall coverage suits wagering’s constant cycle to generate uplift, there’s a notable lack of ongoing education, insight, and analysis to encourage longer-term positive outcomes.

Encouraging ownership by telling the stories behind horses and owners is one small area that Seven currently do well. Punters in it for the long run rather than as a pub-hobby need to be offered parade-ring insight, true form analysis (anything more than ‘looks well in the yard’) and more genuinely insightful and challenging trainer/jockey interviews.

In some ways, Racing Victoria’s go it alone attitude allows Racing NSW, Queensland, SA, WA and the rest to watch on and judge the merits of the move, without risking anything. Racing Victoria are unlikely to allow them to come in late without a cost if the experiment is a success.

Let’s hope what eventuates is a truly premium race channel – far more than a TVN Mark II

Boeing to Build Third All-Electric Propulsion Satellite for ABS

From http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=20295&item=129437

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 12, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] is on contract to build ABS-8, the third all-electric propulsion 702SP (small platform) satellite for ABS, a commercial satellite provider based in Bermuda and Hong Kong. This satellite will expand broadcast and enterprise services to Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Russia, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

“The procurement of ABS-8 shows our confidence and trust with Boeing on the all-electric propulsion 702SP platform technology. The prescribed satellite payload of C-, Ku- and Ka-beams with wide beams and high throughput capacity would serve the government, mobility, telecoms, DTH (direct-to-home) and rural broadband sectors,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “ABS is committed to continually innovate and improve the competitiveness of the FSS industry for the betterment of our customers.”

“The decision by ABS to order a third Boeing 702SP satellite is a testament to our customer’s confidence in the capabilities of this satellite,” said Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc. “With the innovative all-electric propulsion design, Boeing is able to maximize payload while decreasing overall satellite mass and cost.”

ABS-8 is scheduled for delivery in 2017. With a payload of more than 9kW (kilowatts), it will be the highest power payload to date on a Boeing 702SP. ABS-8 will replace ABS-7 at the 116.1degE orbital location. The ABS-8 payload will include traditional wide beam coverage and a high powered Ku- and Ka-band multi-spot high throughput satellite (HTS) configuration.

ABS’ first all-electric propulsion 702SP satellite (ABS-3A) was launched earlier this year in a stacked configuration using Boeing-patented technology. A second ABS 702SP satellite (ABS-2A) is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a $31 billion business with 53,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.



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James Murdoch views TV as 'real killer app' in a new digital world

From http://www.afr.com/business/telecommunications/james-murdoch-views-tv-as-real-killer-app-in-a-new-digital-world-20150614-ghnibl

James Murdoch wants to develop the video streaming side of the family busnesses, which he says provides a "better ad platform".

Soon after James Murdoch moved back to New York from London a few years ago, a friend introduced him to a young tech entrepreneur named Joe Marchese.

Murdoch, a son of Rupert Murdoch, was in line to ascend to the top of his father's media empire and was curious to learn more about the fast-growing digital side of the business. Marchese was the co-founder of a small startup called TrueX, an advertising technology company that replaced a slate of standard advertisements or video commercials - on the Web, mobile and digital TV - with one interactive ad.

The two started to meet nearly every month to talk about the future of the industry, and Murdoch later joined the board of the startup. This year, 21st Century Fox, a Rupert Murdoch company, closed a deal valued at about $US200 million to acquire TrueX and named Marchese, 33, a president of its Fox Networks Group.

James Murdoch's dealings with TrueX, as well as comments he has made at investors' conferences and other appearances in the past two years, shed light on his vision for the future of 21st Century Fox as he prepares to take over as chief executive.

Rupert Murdoch started his sprawling global media empire in 1954 with a single Australian newspaper. Now James, in partnership with Lachlan, will be responsible for steering 21st Century Fox through the digital disruption of the 21st century.

The company did not make James Murdoch available for an interview Friday. But Murdoch has played a more prominent role with investors in the past year and also taken board positions on digital media companies including TrueX and Vice. His strategic moves and his remarks to investors suggest that digital streaming, new ad technologies and a continued international focus are likely to take priority and that he will press forward aggressively with new initiatives.

"There's a lot of talk about the ecosystem and the industry and a lot of - as if everybody can get together and find the answer," Murdoch, 42, said during an investor conference in December. "I think actually a better way to innovate is just to get on with doing things."

One area of innovation where Murdoch has focused is online streaming and advertising technologies. In the face of staggering ratings declines for traditional television and an explosion of digital viewing, Murdoch has said that figuring out new advertising models for online viewing will be essential.

"I'm not underestimating the challenges in getting there,'' he said at a conference last month, "but the streaming environment is a better ad platform and should be a better ad platform if we can be engaging, if we can be immersive with advertising, we can have lighter ad loads and a better product experience for viewers that they're getting what they want."

Asked whether he would consider creating a streaming service for some Fox networks that would not require a traditional cable subscription, Murdoch mentioned the possibility of a service that included Fox, FX, Fox Sports, Fox News and National Geographic. Such a service, he said, would be a "very simple, very compelling offering.''

"So we like seeing all of that together," he added, "and we think the families who buy these services and individuals who buy these services also get quite a lot of value out of that."

With the proliferation of digital screens and streaming outlets, Murdoch has said the value of great television shows and films will soar. "The real killer app in digital is actually TV," he said at the conference in December. "There's a huge amount of demand for high-quality, scripted entertainment and sports. And that's really what we focus our investments a lot on, not just here but everywhere around the world."

Murdoch's global perspective is likely to greatly influence his perspective as chief executive. He now lives in his childhood home of New York but has lived and worked around the world. Earlier in his career, he was chief executive of the British telecom BSkyB and chief executive of Star, Fox's Asian satellite television group.

One analyst recently called Murdoch an expert on international business because he spends "so much time there. " Murdoch replied by saying: "I don't know what there is when you say international, right? And I say that because it's an important point. I don't think we look at it as kind of the U.S. and everything else."

Some analysts have questioned whether the company will take a more active role in deal making with the Murdoch sons at the helm. The industry is bracing for a potential wave of acquisitions among entertainment companies after a series of big deals among cable and satellite companies. The question is whether James Murdoch will champion those deals. Last year, he was involved in Fox's unsuccessful bid for Time Warner.

Murdoch said last month that the company was "not really" interested in expanding further into American cable networks, but that it was keen to boost its capabilities in creating television and film. He said the company also was focused on faster-growing markets outside the United States, such as India and Latin America. As an example of recent deals, he pointed to the company's purchase of an original broadcaster in India and the acquisition last year of a majority stake in the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network.

He said the company would be "reasonably sensible and sort of tactical" in pursuing acquisitions.

"We want to continue to be a dynamic, global organization," he said. "We think that getting stuck in the middle ground is a place you don't want to be, and that requires investment."

France keen to support Bangabandhu Satellite project

From http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/06/14/96590

France has shown its interest in assisting Bangladesh for launching Bangabandhu Satellite in the orbit.

The offer came when French Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Sophie Aubert met Finance Minister AMA Muhith at his Secretariat office on Sunday, a news agency report said.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Muhith said France is now interested in the launching of Bangladesh’s maiden satellite since they are one of the oldest launchers of satellites.

The minister said he informed the French envoy that it would be a fair competition since the government has already advertised inviting tender bids.

He said the field of satellite launching is now much wider at the moment as China has appeared to be a serious competitor for their low cost offer.

Besides, Muhith said, the Chinese government has informed that they would also finance the project if they get the tender for which they have an advantage.

During the meeting, the French envoy has expressed her intention to boost the economic relations of the two countries through participating in various development programmes during her tenure in the country since France is Bangladesh’s good development partner.

Earlier on September 16 last year, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the much-awaited 'Bangabandhu Satellite Launching' project with an outlay of around Tk3 billion, aiming to launch the country's first satellite in the orbit.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) under the Post and Telecommunications Ministry will implement the project by June 2017.

Airbus vs. Boeing: The Final Frontier

From http://aviationweek.com/paris-air-show-2015/airbus-vs-boeing-final-frontier

The rivalry between Airbus (Static C4, Hall Concorde 17) and Boeing (Chalet 321, Chalet 324) slipped the surly bonds of Earth in March when the American company launched its first two all-electric satellites. The spacecraft, each carrying multimedia and television payloads, were the first two of Boeing's 702SP vehicle, which dispenses with chemical boosters and is propelled to operating altitude using electric ion engines.

The drawback is that the spacecraft must fly an oval-shaped transfer orbit, maneuvring toward its geosynchronous position using the lower-powered electric engines. This takes around six months, whereas a chemical-powered spacecraft would get there in a couple of weeks. The big gain is in weight savings: around half the mass of a geosynchronous satellite is taken up by liquid fuel. This means an all-electric satellite can cost less to launch, as it will be lighter; or it can double its payload capacity by using the mass no longer needed for fuel.

But while Boeing may have got all-electric satellites into space first, Airbus believes it has a better, longer-term all-electric product. Eric Béranger, head of programs in the Space Systems division of Airbus D&S, points to the company's long investment in electric propulsion systems, and says its satellites can reach orbit faster, too.

"Airbus D&S has been using electric propulsion for a long time," he tells ShowNews. "The Eurostar E3000 offers this technology and has been flying it successfully since 2004 for station-keeping. Electric engines available at that time featured enough thrust for station-keeping but were not powerful enough for full electric orbit-raising. With the new generation of plasma thrusters, we can propose raising the orbit from transfer to geostationary in typically four months. Since last year, we have signed three contracts with this technology."

Béranger also stresses that Airbus's spacecraft are "roughly twice as powerful as other all-electric satellites sold so far," citing 15kW of payload power in the 5- ton class and 11kW in the 3-ton class. Customers are interested in both lower-cost launches and increased payload, so the company is keeping all options open.

"Not all operators need huge payload capabilities, but launchers need to be filled in an optimal way," Béranger notes. "Our new Eurostar Neo product line will propose electric propulsion, chemical propulsion, or a mix, to offer the customer the possibility to optimize the mission between capability, cost and time [to orbit]."

Japanese-American spacecraft debris may hit Philippines

From news

United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is informing the public that Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft may re-enter Earth’s atmosphere on Tuesday, June 16 at 4:59 a.m. EDT. NASA said the exact location of the re-entry cannot be predicted, however, TRMM’s orbit only brings it over the tropics between 35 degrees North latitude and 35 degrees South latitude which include Philippines.

“NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office estimates 12 components of the TRMM spacecraft could survive reentry. The chance that one of these pieces would strike someone is approximately 1 in 4,200, which is a relatively low chance,” NASA explained.

“Most of the spacecraft will burn up in the atmosphere during its uncontrolled re-entry.” However, NASA urges the public to report to local authorities any suspected sightings of TRMM debris. “The pieces of TRMM expected to survive re-entry are made of titanium and are not toxic. Debris could have sharp edges and should not be touched or handled, in the unlikely event someone were to find TRMM fragments.”

“Since the beginning of the space age in the 1950s, there has been no confirmed report of an injury resulting from re-entering space objects. The last NASA spacecraft to re-enter was the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) in September 2011. UARS was a much larger satellite than TRMM and NASA received no reports of surviving debris,” NASA said.

TRMM is a joint space mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) designed to study rainfall for weather and climate research


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Some changes on Intelsat 19 TVplus

The channel tagged as Ert World has changed to ERT1 (FTA) Vpid 501 Apid 801

"Vouli" is new Vpid 519 Apid 819 (Fta)

ERT2 is also newly listed (but encrypted)

On 12525 H
Desportes 1 (vpid 659 Apid 959) New, Encrypted
Desportes 2 (vpid 660 Apid 960) New, Encrypted

OCN has replaced Logos TV
Optus D2 12546 V Pids V 6071 A 6072 MPG2 FTA

Friday Feed

Surfing Feed
Intelsat 19 3767 H Sr 7000 FTA..

From my Email

From Saldav1

Asiasat 5 feed log

3733 V SR 7199 Service-1 TVB Colour Test Pattern, (FTA.)
3828 H SR 7199 $GCA ADHOC HD 1 ($Scrambled.)
3916 H SR 7500 $MSIA vs TIMOR LES ($Scrambled.)
4174 H SR 6599 $GlobeCast 1 ($Scrambled.)
3867 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder LYONESS Men's Golf from, AUSTRIA, (FTA.)
The weather is hot and humid in Austria today from what the commentators are saying.

3925 H SR 5384 Service 2 Soccer with Arabic commentary, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 6111 Test Soccer (with BTV, Yanmar and Cambodia billboards on fence-line of ground.) (FTA.)
4066 H SR 4937 Fi01 SGPR Colour test pattern then promo. for the 28th SEA GAMES, Singapore 2015, (FTA.)
4096 H SR 4937 WSHT ENC60 Stock Exchange - The Nasdaq, (FTA.)
3887 H SR 7120 $Encoder 27 ($Scrambled.)
3912 H SR 13333 $Ericsson Service ($Scrambled.)
3733 V SR 7199 GES Adtec Encoder Asian Basketball Player Interview, (FTA.)
3885 H SR 7199 $IND-BANG TEST-2015 On again but ($Scrambled.)

From Tmsani

Asiasat 5 feeds

3734V 7200 AFC Qualification Hong Kong vs Bhutan
3915H 7500 Malaysia vs Timor Leste ($$)

From the Dish

Vinasat 2 131.8E Several updates in the CTH package.

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Share" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Alsyva Channel" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Nusantara Channel and Reformed 21" are back on , Fta

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3780 V "Star World Taiwan" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3880 H "CSTV and HK Information Satellite TV" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4155 H "Hum News" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 3920 V "The Africa Channel Asia" has left.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Channel 3" has started on , Fta

Yamal 202 49.0E 3707 RGTRK Dagestan has left.

From asiatvro site

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Prarthana Bhawan TV(印度)频道消失,设置4117 V 8800参数无效接收。[06-12]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sadhna News替换Life Line(印度)频道,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。[06-12]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,The Africa Channel(亚洲)频道重现,设置4120 V 29720参数免费接收。[06-12]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,The Africa Channel(亚洲)频道消失,设置3920 V 29720参数无效接收。[06-12]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Zee Premiere、Smt Ota HD(尼泊尔)频道消失,设置11236 V 45000参数无效接收。[06-12]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BBC World News(蒙古)频道消失,设置12629 H 43200参数无效接收。[06-12]


Samsung TVs get a bit smarter with a dedicated Presto app

From http://www.in.techradar.com/news/television/Samsung-TVs-get-a-bit-smarter-with-a-dedicated-Presto-app/articleshow/47638198.cms

Presto has been taking strides recently, clawing back some of the headway Stan and Netflix have achieved since their launch with a Quickflix resale agreement and new content deals that significantly expanded its library.

Today the Foxtel and Seven West Media joint venture secured another milestone by providing an a native app for Samsung smart TVs.

Unless you had a Telstra T-Box, you had to cast Presto to your living room TV using a Chromecast, but the new app will allow Samsung TV users to cut the extra casting step and access all the Presto titles directly through their compatible TV.

And Presto ... It's on all the Samsung TVs

Leveraging Samsung's entire catalogue of TVs purchased since 2012, the Presto app is available to download for free from Samsung Apps through the Samsung Smart Hub.

The company also stated that it has even more up its wizard sleeve and will be announcing more compatible devices soon.

Though the service cut some of its big titles - including HBO's superb Boardwalk Empire recently - it picked up a solid collection of new TV titles that make it a lot more appealing in the competitive Australian subscription streaming market.

Smart TVs in a third of Australian homes

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/12/smart-tvs-in-a-third-of-austrlian-homes/

The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report – from Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen, and covering the first quarter of calendar 2015 – explores household take-up of new screen technologies and trends in how major age groups view broadcast television and other video across multiple screens.

It also presents new findings about Australians’ claimed use of and attitudes towards various screen types: the devices they prefer to use for different activities, and the extent to which they use more than one screen simultaneously (‘multi-screening’).

Among the key trends:
•Television is still dominant.
All age groups spend the majority of their viewing time watching broadcast television on in-home TV sets: across the population and screen types 88.4 per cent of all viewing takes place on the TV set.

In Q1 2015 Australians watched an average 89 hours and 28 minutes (89:28) of broadcast television – free-to-air and subscription channels – on in-home television sets each month (down from 93:16 in Q1 2014).

The average weekly reach however for Australian broadcast television was little changed on the same quarter of 2014 and 2013, at 88−89 per cent of the population.

22.158 million Australians watched broadcast television each month during Q1 2015.
•The way people use their television sets is changing.
The proportion of time spent viewing live television has dropped gradually in each of the past five years, while playback viewing through the TV set within seven days of original broadcast continues to rise.

Even so, 91.6 per cent of all broadcast TV viewed on television sets is still watched at the time of original broadcast (live-to-air).

Meanwhile an increasing proportion of the time people spend with the TV now goes to activities other than watching broadcast television. This other TV screen use follows the take-up of Internet-capable TVs – now in nearly one third of homes – along with growth in viewing of TV content between 8 and 28 days from original (live) broadcast.

For example, in the four-week period 22 February – 21 March 2015 this 8-28 day playback viewing (which does not appear in the playback figures within OzTAM and Regional TAM Consolidated data) accounted for 1.66 per cent of all TV viewing time across the day (up from 1.06 per cent in the same four-week period a year ago).
•Australians’ use of connected mobile devices to watch video is growing but remains relatively small.
Across the population as a whole watching video is not the primary activity Australians undertake on their mobile screens. 11.6 per cent of all video viewing – both broadcast and non-broadcast content – happens on screens other than the TV.

Viewing habits are evolving though, with people under age 35 in particular increasingly using internet-connected devices to watch video. [Please see ‘Evolving Viewing Patterns by Age Group’ below for details].


Smartphones have the fastest adoption rate: 77 per cent of Australians aged 16+ now own one, up from 69 per cent a year ago.

The rate at which households are introducing Internet-capable TVs and tablets is slowing, now in 30 per cent and 47 per cent of homes, respectively.

Household personal video recorder (PVR) penetration has levelled off at 56 per cent.


As Australians adopt new screens and technologies they have more choice as to what, when, where and how they watch TV and other video.

This in turn affects the time people spend with these devices.

Viewing habits are changing – notably with younger audiences who increasingly use internet-connected devices to watch TV and other video. People of all ages however still spend the majority of their viewing time watching broadcast television on in-home TV sets.


Nielsen’s annual Australian Connected Consumers report shows 75 per cent of online Australians aged 16 and over say they ever ‘multi-screen’, that is, use an internet-connected device while watching television (74 per cent a year ago.)

Slightly more women say they have multi-screened than men (76 per cent compared to 73 per cent).

More than one third of multi-screeners say they do so daily and 85 per cent report doing so at least once a week.

31 per cent of online Australians aged 16+ say they ‘triple-screen’ – up from 26 per cent the previous year.

Across the population people who multi-screen say they most often use their laptop/notebook computers for this activity, followed by smartphones, desktop computers and then tablets. Laptops are still dominant but mobile devices are now the second most used, in the past year overtaking the desktop PC.

The activities people most often undertake on various devices differ and reflect both screen size and where the devices are used.

For example the desktop or laptop computer are used at home and are still where much online access takes place. Smartphone use however reflects the fact they are most often used outside the home. People also use their smartphones to check social media more often than on other devices.

Tablet activities are closer to those on desktop/laptops, as they too are widely used in the home. However search plays a more important role on tablets, along with updating or browsing social media and watching online video.

Regional TAM Chair and NBN Television CEO Deborah Wright commented: “The review of playback viewing beyond seven days that is featured within this latest Multi-Screen Report shows us that more Australians are viewing broadcast television content outside the seven-day window compared to previous years. Regional Australian households continue to consume more ‘live’ television than the national average but they have also shown growth year on year in the 8-28 day playback segment.”

OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer said: “Australians now have a remarkable range of options for watching their favourite television programs. Overall, nine in ten people watch broadcast TV each week, averaging nearly three hours of ‘traditional’ TV viewing per day across the population. We continue to see Australians spend a little less time at the ‘full buffet’ of live linear television and a little more time viewing ‘a la carte’, watching their favourite TV shows when they want. Also, there is an increase in time shift viewing beyond seven days, as reported in this quarter. We’ll continue to keep an eye on this evolving behaviour.”

Craig Johnson, Head of Nielsen’s Reach Solutions, Southeast Asia, North Asia and Pacific said: “People are continuing to evolve the way they consume media and are leveraging technology more, and, in increasingly varied ways. The TV screen remains the core of this consumption and a key vehicle for advertisers to reach consumers. Playback continues to grow as does delayed viewing with an increase in 8-28 days, showing that people are more prepared than ever to watch content at their own convenience.”

•Australians watch on average 89 hours and 28 minutes (89:28) of broadcast TV on traditional television sets per month (year-on-year down 3:48 per month).
•91.6 per cent of all broadcast TV viewing is live (81:57) with playback of broadcast content through the TV set within seven days of original broadcast comprising 8.4 per cent (7:31 per month, up 16 minutes/month YOY).
•22.158 million Australians watch broadcast television each month, with average weekly reach at 88-89 per cent of the population.
•100 per cent of Australian television homes can access digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels. 96 per cent can do so on every working household TV set.
•56 per cent of homes have PVRs; 15 per cent have two or more (Q1 2014: 54 per cent; 14 per cent).
•30 per cent of homes have internet-capable TVs, whether connected or not (Q1 2014: 27 per cent).
•47 per cent of homes have tablets (level with Q4 2014, and up from 42 per cent in Q1 2014).
•77 per cent of Australians aged 16+ own a smartphone (69 per cent in Q1 2014).
•Household internet penetration is stable at 80 per cent.
•Australians spend on average 35:51 per month online (38:41 in Q1 2014).
•13.343 million Australians watch some video on the Internet each month (including broadcast TV and non-broadcast content): an average of 6:57 per month (down 51 minutes from 7:48 a year ago). Such viewing is highest among people aged 18-24 (11:11 per month).
•88.4 per cent of all video viewing– across all screens, and including broadcast and non-broadcast content – is on the traditional TV set:

o 89:28 per month on the TV set (88.4 per cent)

o 6:57 per month online via PCs/laptops (6.9 per cent)

o 2:47 per month on smartphones (2.7 per cent)

o 2:03 per month on tablets (2 per cent)

Rupert Murdoch to step down as Fox CEO

From http://www.3news.co.nz/world/rupert-murdoch-to-step-down-as-fox-ceo-2015061205#axzz3cmf5X6p4

Rupert Murdoch will step down as chief executive of his media-entertainment conglomerate 21st Century Fox and hand the job to his son James, his news channel says.

Fox News confirmed the succession plan on Thursday (local time) shortly after other media reports, starting with CNBC television.

The 84-year-old tycoon will remain executive chairman of the group with his other son Lachlan as co-chairman in the move.

No timetable was given, but CNBC said the change would take place later this year or in early 2016.

The New York Times said the board would take up the transition plan next week.

The company did not immediately respond to an AFP query on the report.

James Murdoch, 42, will take over day to day management at Fox, working "in tandem with his 43-year-old brother Lachlan and his father," according to CNBC.

Fox News, the cable channel which competes with CNN and MSNBC, will continue to be run by its president Roger Ailes, "reporting directly to Rupert Murdoch," according to the network.

The company - which includes the Fox Hollywood studios and a range of television entities - was created two years ago when Murdoch broke off the struggling publishing operations of his News Corp. empire from the faster-growing media and entertainment operations.

Rupert Murdoch and his family remained in control of both companies after the split. The Australian-born Murdoch is executive chairman at News Corp. with his son Lachlan listed as co-chairman.

At Fox, Murdoch holds the title of chairman and chief executive, with Chase Carey president and chief operating officer and James Murdoch the co-chief operating officer.

According to CNBC, Carey was expected to step down from his role while remaining an adviser to the company.

Rupert Murdoch has spent a lifetime building his News Corp empire from a single Australian newspaper he inherited.

He moved to London where his purchase of the weekly News of the World in 1969 gave him a high-profile foothold in the British market. He went on to buy The Sun, a daily which he turned into a popular and big-selling tabloid.

The success of his London-based newspapers helped finance his 1981 purchase of The Times and Sunday Times, both prestigious broadsheets, in an acquisition that met with intense opposition from parts of Britain's establishment.

He relocated to the US where more bold acquisitions followed and where he became a naturalised US citizen in 1985.

The empire came under pressure in recent years from the slump in newspaper revenues, and a scandal in Britain which led to the shutdown of News of the World after the revelation the tabloid hacked into the phones of a murdered teenager and the families of dead soldiers.

The split in 2013 was aimed at "unlocking value" in the print and entertainment operations.

In the latest quarter, Fox reported net income of US$975 million on revenues of US$6.5 billion. The company includes the Fox studios in Hollywood and a global array of cable and broadcasting operations, including the Fox television entities, National Geographic Channels and local television stations, along with a stake in the Sky satellite television service.

News Corp - which also owns Wall Street Journal parent Dow Jones - for the same period reported a profit of US$23 million on US$2 billion in revenues.

Fox shares fell 0.76 percent to $US32.60 on the news.

You might hate his politics, but you can't deny Rupert Murdoch's business genius

From http://www.vox.com/2015/6/11/8767121/rupert-murdoch-career-explained

Rupert Murdoch is stepping down as CEO of 21st Century Fox, the media empire he has built over the past half-century. While most people today know Murdoch for his controversial politics, Murdoch's biggest impact was as a media innovator.

For decades, Murdoch was at the forefront of the media world's major trends. He was a pioneer in digital newspaper publishing, tabloid news, broadcasting, and cable and satellite television. In each of these media, he saw big opportunities and invested heavily (and in some cases waged bitter political fights) to build big and ultimately profitable business. Murdoch's repeated successes over more than four decades and on three continents makes him one of the most talented media executives of the 20th century.

Only in the past decade has Murdoch's business savvy begun to fail him. As the internet has become an increasingly important part of the media landscape, Murdoch has failed to come up with an effective strategy for capitalizing on it.

Murdoch was an aggressive and savvy newspaper mogul

Print unions picketing the News International print plant at Wapping after Rupert Murdoch had set up a non-unionized plant, 1986. (Michael Ward/Getty Images)

In the United States, people mostly think of Rupert Murdoch as the man behind the Fox television empire. But he got his start in the newspaper business before he jumped into other media.

Murdoch is a native of Australia, and his career as a media mogul began in 1952, when his father died and left 21-year-old Rupert a chain of Australian newspapers. The younger Murdoch proved to be a savvy businessman, and steadily built up his news empire in Australia. He launched the Australian, a national newspaper for Australia, in 1964.

He then made a jump to the United Kingdom, buying News of the World in 1968, the Sun in 1969, and the Times in 1981. To cut costs, Murdoch consolidated these newspapers' printing operations and began to shift the papers to new digital publishing technologies.

These changes ran afoul of existing labor rules, known as "Spanish practices," which led to a war with the industry's unions, who saw the changes as a threat to their jobs. The conflicts turned violent — according to the Guardian, 1,262 people were arrested, and 410 police were injured during months of demonstrations. But Murdoch prevailed, gaining a more flexible workforce and a more efficient printing process.

According to the Guardian, "many in the newspaper business — including some who criticized Murdoch at the time — now concede" that Murdoch's triumph "probably helped prolong the life of the British press by a good few decades."

Murdoch relied on sexual titillation and political outrage to build an audience

When Murdoch acquired the British newspaper the Sun, he soon inaugurated the "Page 3 girl," a photo of a topless woman that appeared inside the cover of almost every issue of the newspaper. Traditionalists were outraged, but the racy images helped make the Sun Britain's highest-circulation paper, a distinction it still holds today.

Other Murdoch properties have been equally willing to use racy content to boost circulation. The New York Post, which Murdoch acquired in 1976, has become famous for its sensationalistic headlines and focus on tawdry stories. The paper's most famous headline is probably "Headless body in topless bar," about a grisly 1983 incident in which a gunman forced a woman to decapitate the owner of the bar. (The author of that headline died on Tuesday.)

Murdoch's newspapers have also gotten a lot of mileage out of political controversies. For example, when Britain went to war against Argentina for control over the Falkland Islands in 1982, Murdoch's papers cheered on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's aggressive posture in the conflict. Critics derided the Sun for its "xenophobic, bloody-minded, ruthless, often reckless, black-humoured and ultimately triumphalist" coverage. But the nationalistic coverage helped to boost the Sun's circulation.

Both traits — sexual titillation and jingoistic political coverage — are evident in one of Murdoch's most famous American ventures, Fox News. Fox News anchors like Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity play to the political prejudices of the network's conservative audiences with coverage that's often partisan and sensationalistic. At the same time, Fox News rarely misses an opportunity to broadcast images of scantily clad women.

Murdoch helped to break the stranglehold of television's "Big Three"

Married with Children was one of Fox's first hits

It's hard to believe today, but there was an era when most Americans had only three options for television content: NBC, ABC, and CBS. This was partly because the primitive technologies of the 1960s and 1970s made running a television network really expensive. And a variety of FCC regulations made it difficult for smaller networks to gain traction. In the early 1980s, it had been decades since someone had successfully launched a new television network in the United States.

In 1985, Murdoch acquired a string of six television stations in major markets that formed the core of the Fox television network. While the network struggled in its first few years, it soon began to thrive with hits such as Married with Children, The Simpsons, Cops, and America's Most Wanted.

Fox consolidated its status as a major network in 1993 when it signed a $1.58 billion deal to carry National Football League games, including the 1997 Super Bowl. The lure of football and some further acquisitions helped Murdoch build Fox into a truly national network. In the early 2000s, Fox became the leading television network among viewers in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic.

Murdoch saw the potential of satellite and cable television early

Fox News has succeeded by featuring conservative pundits such as Bill O'Reilly. (Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

While the Fox broadcast station was a big success in its own right, in some ways it was just the warmup act to his big American television success: a line of Fox-branded cable channels. Cable television wasn't exactly a new concept in the 1990s, but Murdoch was savvy enough to recognize that the medium offered huge growth opportunities at that time.

Murdoch launched the FX ("Fox Extended") network in 1994, as well as a network of Fox-branded sports channels. Murdoch's greatest impact came with Fox News. While it bore the tagline "fair and balanced," critics charged that it was anything but, with a conservative slant that permeated its coverage. Still, the channel became a huge hit, attracting a loyal audience of mostly conservative viewers that appreciated its lively, often bombastic coverage.

Murdoch was also an early innovator in satellite television. He acquired a majority stake in the British satellite TV company Sky in 1983. Murdoch merged Sky with British Satellite Broadcasting in 1990 and turned it into the dominant force in the British satellite television business, with 11 million subscribers.

Murdoch has floundered in the internet era

For three decades, Murdoch managed to anticipate and capitalize on shifting media technologies: digital printing, satellite television, and cable television. He built big, profitable companies for each medium. But he's never figured out how to do that for the internet.

His most ambitious effort was the Daily, an iPad app Murdoch launched in 2011. Murdoch spent tens of millions of dollars on the project, which had a staff of 170 people at its peak. But it was shuttered after less than two years in operation.

The Daily's basic problem was that it tried to reproduce the experience of a newspaper — in which consumers pay a subscription to access a bundle of daily content — at a time when internet news was becoming increasingly unbundled. Most people don't want to sit down and read the news cover to cover on an iPad app; they find news one article at a time using services like Facebook, Reddit, and Google News. The Daily walled itself off from the rest of the internet, and as a result, the rest of the internet mostly ignored it.

NHK launching English-language VoD

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/381542/nhk-launching-english-language-vod/

Japanese public broadcaster NHK is launching an English-language video-on-demand service next week. NHK World, the broadcaster’s international service, will start to make content available on-demand from June 15.

NHK said the free VoD service will initially comprise 13 recently transmitted programmes before being gradually expanded as rights are cleared.

The launch line-up includes Asia insight, Journeys in Japan and Tokyo Eye 2020. The Newsroom Tokyo show is already available to stream via the NHK World website.

NHK revamped the NHK World service last year, pledging a greater range of original programming and content covering new categories including movies and theatre. It also said it would beef up its news coverage.

NHK said today the VOD catch-up service is launching “in response to requests from global viewers for opportunities to see programmes again and to reinforce the global provision of programs from Japan”.

NBTC chief backs away from idea of allowing digital TV licence transfers

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/NBTC-chief-backs-away-from-idea-of-allowing-digita-30262146.html

After being criticised for his suggestion that regulations be amended to allow digital TV broadcasters to transfer their channels to a different company, the secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has backed away from the idea.

"I am really concerned about the risks to the financial sector and the national economy if many TV broadcasters decide to give up on the business and refuse to pay their licence fees, so I decided to float the idea for public discussion," Takorn Tantasith said yesterday.

He said that if such a regulatory amendment were to take place, it should be brought about by the broadcasters themselves and their financial backers. "As the person who initiated this idea, I would be a supporter if needed."

The secretary-general was taking a softer line than what he said on Monday. At that time, he said his administration was ready to propose that the junta use its near-absolute power under Article 44 of the provisional constitution to amend relevant sections of broadcasting law to allow digital TV operators having business difficulties to transfer their rights to someone else.

However, a number of digital broadcasters expressed disagreement with this idea.

Adisak Limprungpatanakij, vice president of the Club of Digital Terrestrial TV Operators, said that when the digital TV licences were put up for auction, everyone knew the conditions, and made their bids accordingly - that the 17 companies that won licences to operate 24 commercial challenges would be under a 15-year obligation.

Other broadcasting sectors

Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the NBTC's broadcasting committee, said that if the ownership of digital TV licences were transferable, broadcasters in other sectors such as cable and satellite were bound to wonder if this applied to them as well. This might create other problems in other areas in the near future.

Boonyuen Siritham, chairwoman of the Confederation of Consumer Organisations, said the right to transfer licences "would be unfair for existing digital TV broadcasters".

France to sell 34% of Arianespace

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/11/france-to-sell-34-of-arianespace/

A consortium made up of aircraft giant Airbus and rocket-engine builder Safran will buy a 34 per cent stake in launch company Arianespace, and in addition to its existing 39 per cent holding. The French state is expected to earn around €100-200 million from the sale.

The scheme has been under discussion for some months but French prime minister Manuel Valls is reportedly now going to approve the move. The current stake is held via France’s CNES space agency.

A new company will be formed in October to administer the end result, Airbus Safran Launchers, which will then own some 75 per cent of Arianespace.

The new business will then fund the on-going development of the improved Ariane 6 rocket launcher, and claimed to be a more cost-effective launch vehicle than arch-rival SpaceX’s Falcon design.

First US deep space weather satellite reaches final orbit

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/First_US_operational_space_weather_satellite_in_deep_space_reaches_final_orbit_999.html

More than 100 days after it launched, NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has reached its orbit position about one million miles from Earth.

Once final instrument checks are completed, DSCOVR, which will provide improved measurements of solar wind conditions to enhance NOAA's ability to warn of potentially harmful solar activity, will be the nation's first operational space weather satellite in deep space. Its orbit between Earth and the sun is at a location called the Lagrange point 1, or L1, which gives DSCOVR a unique vantage point to see the Earth and sun.

Data from DSCOVR, coupled with a new forecast model set to come online in 2016, will enable NOAA's space weather forecasters to predict geomagnetic storm magnitude on a regional basis. Geomagnetic storms occur when plasma and magnetic fields streaming from the sun impact Earth's magnetic field.

Large magnetic eruptions from the sun have the potential to bring major disruptions to power grids, aviation, telecommunications, and GPS systemsDSCOVR will trigger early warnings whenever it detects a surge of energy that could cause a geomagnetic storm that could bring possible damaging impacts for Earth," said Stephen Volz, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator for NOAA's Satellite and Information Service.

DSCOVR will eventually replace NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) research satellite as America's primary warning system for solar magnetic storms headed towards Earth. ACE will continue to provide valuable research data to the science community.

In addition to space weather-monitoring instruments, DSCOVR is carrying two NASA Earth-observing instruments that will gather a range of measurements from ozone and aerosol amounts, to changes in Earth's radiation budget-the balance between incoming radiation (largely from the sun) and that which is reflected from Earth. This balance affects our climate.

"DSCOVR has reached its final orbit and will soon be ready to begin its mission of space weather monitoring for NOAA and Earth observing for NASA," said Al Vernacchio, DSCOVR project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo., will begin using data from DSCOVR in its space weather forecasts as soon as DSCOVR is deemed operational.

The DSCOVR mission is a partnership between NOAA, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force provided the Space X Falcon 9 launch vehicle for the mission. NOAA will operate DSCOVR from its NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Md., and process the space weather data at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Boulder, Colo., one of NOAA's nine National Centers for Environmental Prediction. SWPC will distribute these data to users within the United States and around the world.

The data will be archived at NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information.

DSCOVR also hosts NASA-funded secondary sensors for Earth and space science observations. The Earth science data will be processed at NASA's DSCOVR Science Operations Center and archived and distributed by NASA's Atmospheric Science Data Center.

Turkmenistan satellite transmits national TV channels

From news

Turkmenistan telecommunications satellite TurkmenAlem 52oE has started transmitting national television channels and radio stations, reports Trend. The Altyn Asyr Turkmenistan, Yashlyk, Miras and Turkmenistan TV channels, as well as four radio stations, are being broadcast over the 12,264 MHz transponder. The Ashgabat, Turkmen Ovazy and Turkmenistan Sport TV channels are being retransmitted over the 12,303 MHz transponder.

Most of Africa to miss DSO deadline

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/12/most-of-africa-to-miss-dso-deadline/

The adoption of digital transmission by most African countries is a complete mess, and only two nations will meet next week’s June 17th digital switch over deadline.

The admission came from Beijing at the 5th African Digital TV Development Seminar, organised by StarTimes (itself a major player in introducing digital TV in Africa).

The president of StarTimes, Xinxing Pang, admitted that “Africa was lagging behind”. The seminar heard that Tanzania and Kenya were the only two nations which could claim to have met the deadline, and in Kenya’s case only some 70 per cent of the nation will be covered by this coming August.

Nigeria has recently asked the ITU to extend its deadline until – at the earliest – December 2016. The Director General of Nigeria’s Broadcasting Commission says that promised cash to make the conversion complete never came through from the old administration led by Goodluck Jonathan simply never arrived. Nigeria has completed about 22 per cent of the country for digital transmission.



From my Email

From saldav1

Asiasat 5 Feed log
3666 H SR 4166 AP_SD - feed, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7120 IEC CRT OU3 Enc WTA Women's Tennis Wrap - Review, (FTA.)
3885 H SR 7199 $IND-BANG TEST 2015 ($Scrambled.)

It would be wonderful to see some Cricket on the feed. It is getting scarcer these days!

From ther Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Nusantara Channel and Reformed 21" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V Hangout is back on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4164 H "RT D" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 4160 V "ACTS Channel" has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12272 H "TGN Ku" has started on , encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12272 V Major Channel Mix has started on , BISS. Modern India TV, GMM Music, Fan TV, Sexy Channel, Nick Jr Asia, Peace TV, Cartoon Club, Five Channel, Green Channel, Dragon TV, Zaa Network, Major Channel Mix, Samrujlok, Fox Thai, Khongdee and MySci have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V Lao Star, Fan TV, Cartoon Club, Samrujlok, Khongdee, MySci, Zaa Network, MV Lao TV, Bang Channel, GTH On Air, GCJ O Shopping and Nick Jr Asia have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "D Channel on is now encrypted. View World, AniPlus HD and Kids Song" have left.

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东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Yes Channel(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3949 H 3673参数免费接收。[06-11]
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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,New Program(测试)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。[06-11]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Teen TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11853 V 45000参数无效接收。[06-11]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,CNN替换9 TV(菲律宾)频道,设置11685 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [6月11日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Channel One(测试)频道解密,设置11052 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月11日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,北京卫视、河南卫视(村村通)频道消失,设置12140 R 28800参数无效接收。 [6月11日]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Turkmen Owazy(土库曼斯坦)频道重现,设置3613 R 4285参数免费接收。 [6月10日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Yaslyk、Miras(俄罗斯)等全组频道重现,设置3553 L 20000参数免费接收。 [6月10日]

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Click TV rolls out services in ten regions

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/click-tv-rolls-out-services-in-ten-regions--1086497

Papua New Guinea-based broadcaster Click TV has rolled out Direct to Home (DTH) satellite services to more than ten provinces. Click TV was the first broadcaster in the country to launch digital terrestrial and satellite services in HD in November 2014, and it launched Kiunga in Western on 04 June, The National reported.

With its national distributor Seeto Kui, Click TV launched its DTH satellite service with ten customers taking on the 20-channel service in Kiunga, becoming the first ever customers in Western. Click TV rolled out its services in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville with installations in Arawa through local reseller Arawa Fresh Produce.

Kosmos TV auction fails

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/kosmos-tv-auction-fails--1086344

The auction to sell a 50 percent stake in Russian satellite operator Kosmos TV has failed for lack of any applicants, reports Comnews.ru. The auction was carried out by state-owned television broadcaster RTRS, which controls Komos TV. The initial price of the stake totaled RUB 94.2 million. Kosmos TV stopped its activities in 2012 for absence of any possibility to transmit TV channels. Its bands have been transferred to various telecommunicaions operators.

Japan’s NHK confirms SuperBowl in 8K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/10/japans-nhk-confirms-superbowl-in-8k/

On June 8th, NHK transmitted the FIFA Women’s World Cup game in 8K (‘Super Hi-Vision’), to public viewing sites in Japan, and the US. Specially invited VIP guests at the Zanuck Theatre in Los Angeles also saw live images of the game that saw USA beat Australia.

News has now emerged at the event that NHK will be capturing several Major League Baseball events this coming autumn including, according to The Hollywood Reporter, several Yankees games. NHK will also cover the next SuperBowl in 8K, all as preparation for its plans to start widespread test transmissions of 8K in 2016 and in readiness for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup saw NHK cooperate with FIFA TV and US Rights holder Fox Sports, work together on the production, which again represent tests and trials of the technology ahead of next year’s Rio Olympics which NHK has already confirmed they will be covering on 8K.

Inmarsat creates 4th full-service L-band region for MEAS

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/inmarsat-creates-4th-full-service-l-band-region-for-meas--1086641

The Inmarsat-4 F2 (I-4 F2) communications satellite is being flown to a new orbital position above the Indian Ocean, creating a fourth full-service L-band region for customers in the Middle East and Asia (MEAS). The MEAS region is scheduled to start commercial services by the end of this year and will address increasing demand in the fastest growing region for Inmarsat's L-band services. The announcement follows the successful transition of Inmarsat's L-band voice and broadband data services for the EMEA region from I-4 F2 to Alphasat, the largest European telecommunications satellite ever built.

Stingray ambience 4K channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/10/stingray-ambience-4k-channel/

Stingray, a business-to-business multi-platform music provider, has announced that its Stingray Ambiance channel will be available to subscribers worldwide in Ultra HD in September.

Stingray Ambiance in Ultra-HD will be broadcast via satellite, cable and IP networks and available to subscribers through pay-TV providers worldwide. Stingray Ambiance transforms any home into a soothing and relaxing oasis, thanks to its unique combination of rich, beautiful scenery with custom soundtracks. With this launch in Ultra-HD, Stingray is taking the multi-sensorial experience offered by Stingray Ambiance to a whole new level of colour, contrast and brightness.
“We have seen a significant increase in demand for Ultra-HD content in European markets,” said Mathieu Péloquin, Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications of Stingray. “Ultra-HD technology will become the new standard in the linear channel industry. Stingray is a company known for its innovations and investments in R&D; as such we are thrilled to offer our customers the highest picture quality available on the market.”

Free TV set-top boxes: Is it legal to stream pay-per-view content from the internet?

From http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/free-tv-boxes-streaming-legal-9427090

Using devices to stream unauthorised copyrighted content is illegal say experts :: Advice comes after raid on Geeky Kit

The raids on electronics shops Geeky Kit in Middlesbrough and Billingham has put the spotlight on the use of boxes which stream satellite TV services.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested and bailed by Cleveland Police under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.

The legal position over the sale and use of set-top streaming boxes to watch satellite or cable TV is complicated due to different types, software, and uses available.

But authorities say there are key principles of which the public should be aware.


Set-top boxes which stream content from the internet are widely and legally available for sale.

Major names such as Apple, Amazon and Google sell products which allow consumers to watch content from the internet on their TV.

However, authorities say it is illegal to modify set-box boxes to receive digital TV subscription channels for free.

Stockton Council, which led the investigation into Geeky Kit, said selling devices “which bypass subscription services, to access pay-to-view TV, including movies and sports” is illegal.

But in a statement on its Facebook page, Geeky Kit indicated that it believed its sales of set-top boxes were legal.

Trading standards raid a shop in Dundas Market, Dundas Shopping Arcade
The Geeky Kit unit in the Dundas Arcade

The firm said: “We do not control the content that is accessible on the internet via the product we sell.

“We are currently working with trading standards to ensure that we can sell our products while adhering to UK copyright laws.”

In 2011, three London men who supplied 400,000 boxes which let viewers watch Virgin Media cable channels for free were jailed for a total of 15 years.

Ownership and use

The purchasing of set-top boxes to watch content from the internet on your TV is perfectly legal.

However, it is against the law to use boxes to watch certain copyrighted material for free, such as pay-per-view subscription TV provided by the likes of Sky and Virgin Media.

Following the 2011 prosecution, the Metropolitan Police issued a warning to consumers against buying boxes which provided illegal access to free satellite TV services.

The force said at the time: “We would urge the public to be aware that using set-top boxes that have been illegally modified to receive digital TV subscription channels for free is committing a serious criminal offence.

Anyone receiving channels that should be paid for is at risk of being prosecuted.”

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) is a trade organisation set up to protect and represent the interests of its members’ intellectual property and works with authorities to fight piracy.

A FACT spokeswoman said customers should be aware of what they can and can’t use boxes for.

She said: “When it comes to set-top boxes which stream content, the bottom line is that certain programmes and channels are only available through subscription pay services.

“If a device provides access to that content without a valid subscription from the recognised provider, then anyone using that device needs to be aware that they are accessing that content unlawfully.

“If viewers want to enjoy the pay TV options as offered by subscription providers in the UK, such as Sky, Virgin or BT, then the only way to do that legally is via a valid subscription from those providers.

"Our strong advice to the public is to steer clear of any service other than the recognised provider which appears to be offering access to these channels and programmes at a discounted cost.”



From my Email

From long time reader Tony Drexel (Free to Air Satellite sevices)

Hi Craig,

RAI ITALIA ASIASAT 5 100.5 EAST 3700 VT 30,000 3/4

Video 0404
Audio 4104

8PSK H.264 However transmission is currently SD at 576i, NOT HD.


(About 1.5 seconds delay behind the normal RAI ITALIA on ASIASAT 5 3805 HZ)

In Adelaide on 2.3mtr mesh with Satking LNB @ 15 Deg ,,,MER is 9.4 and quite
On a 1.8mtr mesh with same LNB,,,MER is 6.4 which is OK but would not
recommend to provide a reliable service, as taking dish off line to give an
MER of anything below 4.4 and loss of service occurs.

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Pelangi" has started on , ABV.
Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Hangout" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H 113.0E "Pelangi" has started on , Xcrypt.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3671 H TVB 8, TVB Xing He and China Entertainment TV have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3890 V "Big CBS Prime and Big Juice" have left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "Rai Italia Asia" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12728 V "55 Channel has replaced Shop Thailand" on, BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "AXN Philippines" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3942 V "Fox Sports Philippines and Star Sports Korea" have left .

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Ohm TV and Pirai TV" have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Filmy Bangla(孟加拉)频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。[06-10]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Turkmen Owazy(土库曼斯坦)频道消失,设置3613 R 4285参数无效接收。[06-10]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Altyn Asyr、Miras(土库曼)等全组频道消失,设置3553 L 20000参数无效接收。[06-09]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,NBT TV(泰国)频道解密,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。[06-09]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,SCS Channel(印尼)频道重现,设置3895 H 2500参数有条件接收。[06-09]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,Monoscope(测试)等全组频道重现,设置12180 R 28800参数免费接收。[06-09]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,Monoscope、Color Bar(测试)等全组频道消失,设置12180 R 28800参数无效接收。[06-09]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Channel 3(孟加拉)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[06-09]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTC 12(VTC)频道加密,设置11008 H 28800参数有条件接收。[06-09]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+MP HD(高清)频道加密,设置11669 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月9日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+MP HD(高清)频道解密,设置11669 H 30000参数免费接收。 [6月8日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Zee Zindagi(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11236 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、国家地理悠人替换Zindagi(MPEG-4)等频道,设置11236 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Serendib替换Channel 5(孟加拉)频道,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。 [6月8日]


Tabcorp set to flick switch on Vic racing

From https://www.bloodstock.com.au/news/story.php?id=12452#LisKpZAYp72UrHpX.97

Punters face a blackout of Victorian racing on Sky Channel from next week.

Racing Victoria has recommended to its stakeholders they sign with Seven West Media in preference to the TAB-owned Sky which operates three Foxtel channels and broadcasts racing in clubs and pubs.

"Tabcorp notes the announcement by Racing Victoria Limited on Saturday, June 6, 2015, that it is recommending to its four member racing clubs that its preferred outcome for the broadcast of Victorian thoroughbred racing is to partner with Seven West Media," a Tabcorp statement said.

"Tabcorp made a formal offer on June 1, 2015, in accordance with a timetable agreed with RVL.

"At the same time as submitting its formal offer, Tabcorp gave notice that the current interim broadcasting arrangements with Victorian thoroughbred racing will cease on June 15, 2015."

Tabcorp said it had not received a decision from RV or its member clubs regarding their offer.

Late last year, Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club signed with Sky after the demise of thoroughbred only channel TVN.

RR Media buys SatLink Communications for US$19 million

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/380081/rr-media-buys-satlink-communications-for-us19-million/

SatlinkMedia services firm RR Media has acquired Israel-based SatLink Communications for US$19 million in a bid to “increase scale and expand service capabilities.”

SatLink is a global provider of content distribution, management and playout services. RR Media said that, with the deal, it will integrate the companies’ networks, expanding its global content distribution network and content management footprint.

“This acquisition, along with the recent acquisition of ESS and the previous acquisitions made in recent years, form essential elements of our strategy to increase the scale of the company expanding our global presence, growing our smart global distribution network and content management services, expanding our service offering, enhancing our mix of premium customers and leveraging world-wide industry expertise,” said Avi Cohen, CEO of RR Media.

“This acquisition is expected to contribute to our bottom line in 2015 and beyond. We have watched SatLink’s accomplishments over the years and we are extremely happy to have SatLink become part of RR Media.”

RR Media said that as a result of the takeover it expects to generate incremental revenue of approximately US$25 million and adjusted EBITDA of $5 million in 2016.

The business and operational integration is planned to be completed by the end of this year

RR Media buys Satlink

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/09/rrmedia-buys-satlink/

RR Media, a leading provider of global digital media services to the broadcast industry, has acquired Satlink Communications, an Israel-based global provider of content distribution, management and playout services for $19 million subject to bank debts and other certain adjustments.

This transaction comes quickly after the recent acquisition of Eastern Space Systems (ESS) as part of a continued strategy to increase scale and expand service capabilities. Management expects that the acquisition of Satlink Communications followed by the integration of the companies’ networks will broaden RR Media’s industry leadership by expanding its global content distribution network and content management footprint, strengthening its customer mix by adding upper-tier customers, as well as enriching its media industry expertise.

Avi Cohen, CEO of RR Media, commented: “This acquisition, along with the recent acquisition of ESS and the previous acquisitions made in recent years, form essential elements of our strategy to increase the scale of the company expanding our global presence, growing our smart global distribution network and content management services, expanding our service offering, enhancing our mix of premium customers and leveraging world-wide industry expertise. This acquisition is expected to contribute to our bottom line in 2015 and beyond. We have watched Satlink’s accomplishments over the years and we are extremely happy to have Satlink become part of RR Media.”

As a result of this acquisition, RR Media will be able to offer its extensive customer service and a wide-range of digital media services to all existing Satlink customers. This includes full access to RR Media’s global media services platform with the capability to provide a comprehensive suite of solutions, including expanded content distribution, content management and preparations services, online video services and sports and live event solutions.

David Hochner, Chief Executive Officer of Satlink Communications, said of the acquisition, “In this dynamic media market, we believe it is the right decision to join a leading global media services provider like RR Media. Our customers will benefit from a greater scale of state-of-the-art digital media service capabilities, technologies and customer support that would enable our customers to monetize their content further through expanded audience reach and viewing possibilities.”

OSN pirate in Abu Dhabi fined, deported

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/09/osn-pirate-in-abu-dhabi-fined-deported/

An Abu Dhabi court has head that the local police raided a TV retailer who was selling access cards and illegal set-top boxes. The store has been fined 200,000 Dirhams (about $55,000), and the shop’s owner and manager ordered to be deported from the Emirate. The court also ordered that the retailer closes the shop for 12 months.

The police received a tip-off from Dubai-based pay-TV operator OSN. The police say this was the 47th similar raid over the past year, and that hotels, workers’ employment camps and electrical stores have been raided.

We are thankful to the CID and the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department for their swift and stern action. The court verdict reiterates the seriousness with which the government regards TV piracy. We will continue to work with the authorities to curb TV piracy,” said David Butorac, CEO at OSN.

OSN was not the only affected broadcaster. The police found evidence that Dish TV India, Airtel Digital TV, Sun Direct and TataSky, had all suffered losses from piracy.

Eutelsat: “We’ll play a leading role in UHD”

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/09/eutelsat-well-play-a-leading-role-in-uhd/

Markus Fritz, Director, Commercial Development and Marketing at Eutelsat, has admitted the satellite operator is more confident at the prospects for Ultra HD, noting that there is greater content availability and broadcaster interest than had been anticipated previously.

At a Press Briefing, Fritz noted that a number of factors requited to make Ultra HD happen were coming together – the right content, the right standards, the right equipment, the right demand, and the right distribution. “I’m surprised and glad,” he said, advising that in addition to earlier projects with RAI, SPI and the BBC, there was continued demand from a range of content owners and broadcasters to experience Eutelsat’s demos.

Fritz said that in addition to Eutelsat’s naturally-perceived distribution capabilities, it would also be heavily involved in contribution aspects.

Eutelsat announced June 8th exclusive Ultra HD content broadcast in the Hot Bird 4K1 channel with new input from SPI International and Anixe HD Television, which is being screened at ANGA COM.

Tricolor to get GS Group’s hybrid games console-TV reciever

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/379611/tricolor-to-get-gs-groups-hybrid-games-console-tv-reciever/

Gazprom Space Systems begins moving Yamal-300K to new position

GS Group developer kitRussian set-top box maker, GS Group, has said that its new hybrid games console and a digital HD receiver will be available to subscribers of satellite operator Tricolor TV from later this year.

GS Group confirmed that development of the receiver and gaming platform is “almost complete” and that the device will be available from the fourth quarter of 2015.

“The project has been developed specifically for the leading Russian satellite operator Tricolor TV, where an active subscriber base exceeds 11 million households. Moreover, several ways of game monetisation will be proposed to developers, including the free-to-play business model and premium versions,” said GS Group.

The set-top and technology firm first presented a prototype of the hybrid device at a conference in Moscow in January, while last month it named the first developers that are working on games for the device during the DevGAMM Moscow conference.

GS Group said it has reached tentative agreements on games development and prototyping with developers including Creative Mobile, Herocraft, Steel Monkeys, and Alawar – and is open to working with other talented developers on the project.

The device’s gaming platform is powered by the Android OS, letting users play individually or with others over the web. The receiver will let viewers watch satellite channels in Full HD.

Facebook scraps its idea to build a $500 million satellite

From http://www.examiner.com/article/facebook-scraps-its-idea-to-build-a-500-million-satellite

Did you know that Facebook had plans to build a satellite to provide very inexpensive internet for the developing world? Well, the plan has been scrapped according to a report on The Information.

The satellite would have cost the social media giants a whopping $500 million to build if they had gone forward with the plan. It would provide ultra-fast internet service to Facebook users all across the world. Though there is no confirmation on why the plan was dropped, it is speculated that the hefty price-tag made the promoters of Facebook think otherwise.

Facebook has always been looking for ways of connecting people all across the world either through their social media platform or their latest plan of providing cheap internet through the world. Internet.org, a Facebook-led initiative was started with the idea of allowing multiple companies to subsidize data costs in a few countries. It also announced Facebook Lite in the first week of June, a very lightweight Android App designed to make Facebook easier to access even on low bandwidth.

The Information's report, based on "a person with direct knowledge of the project and a person briefed about it," says it would have been a geostationary satellite that could have helped provide internet access to dozens of countries. Instead, it may now lease a satellite off another provider, if it does decide to push ahead with its plans.

Though Facebook has seen a bit of a saturation in its organic growth, which is why they went for major acquisitions in the past few years like Instagram and WhatsApp, the giant is still the most popular social networking platform in the world. It's effort to tap the potential of emerging markets might retard after the latest dismissal of its massive idea. It will interesting though to see what Facebook has in store for its users in the near future.

Videocon DTH expects rapid H1 growth

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/09/videocon-dth-expects-rapid-h1-growth/

Following last week’s record results for India’s largest satellite pay-TV operator Videocon d2h, the company now says that it expects the first half of its financial year t generate as many gross new additions as the whole of the year which ended March 31st 2015.

The new 2016 trading year should deliver another 1.3-1.4 million gross new additions, and helped considerably by the looming deadline for India’s Phase 3 cities and towns to adopt the mandatory digital access system (DAS). The deadline for DAS adoption is December 31st this year.

Last year’s gross additions were 2.64 million, which translated to a net figure of 1.75 million. The broadcaster’s total subs base is now 13.09 million. The company is also guiding that monthly ARPU will also rise, helped by the growing number of subscribers taking HD from Rupees 196 to around R215 (about $3.36).

The Quint inks JV with Da Vinci Media to launch edutainment channel

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/kids/the-quint-inks-jv-with-da-vinci-media-to-launch-edutainment-channel-150609

MUMBAI: Raghav Bahl's digital news platform The Quint and Da Vinci Media have inked a 50:50 joint venture to launch the latter’s television channel Da Vinci Learning in India.

Continuing with its commitment to provide the best in educational entertainment, Da Vinci Media’s association with The Quint will effectively amplify the channel’s presence across the country along with developing widespread and integrated relationships with media and advertisers.

With this move, the company aims develop a foothold in the Indian television market prior to its launch and create awareness about the content it will offer to its Indian audience.

The venture will target 6 -12 year olds and their parents.

Da Vinci Media founder & CEO Ferdinand Habsburg said, “We are delighted to partner with Raghav Bahl and his organization The Quint, a company renowned for its strong media presence. We are confident that this engagement will definitely help us carve a strategic roadmap to increase visibility in the Indian market. We aim to provide innovative and engaging educational content to children helping them to think productively while simultaneously developing their thinking, reading and self -confidence skills througha meaningful and fun experience.”

Bahl added, “While Da Vinci Media brings expertise in the programming content, this JV helps us to further expand, drive synergies and diversify our media portfolio. The Quint will aid consumers in accessing Da Vinci Media’s Da Vinci Learning channel’s content through our distribution capacity.”

MTV India will now be available on TV channels in Hong Kong

From http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/mtv-india-will-now-be-available-on-tv-channels-in-hong-kong-2286724.html

Starting June 2, 2015, MTV India has been made available to viewers in Hong Kong. Currently, MTV India is available to viewers in 49 countries including the US, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, Nigeria, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Singapore among others.

Now, through the channel Now TV, MTV India, the channel will be available to viewers in Hong Kong for the first time, after Colors TV was already made available on Now TV and is witnessing a very popular audience base.

Speaking about the launch of MTV India in Hong Kong, Aditya Swamy, EVP and Business Head, MTV India said in a press release, “It is extremely exciting for MTV India to enter Hong Kong with now TV. Being the universe of the young, we have never been boxed by geographical boundaries. Our service goes to over 35 countries, broadcasting a heady dose of our local pop culture. The catchy Bollywood tunes, our original music productions and our super hit reality and drama series will entertain young people across varied cultural backgrounds bringing them together in their love for all things MTV.”

Now Tv is Hong Kong's largest pay-TV provider and they have decided to add MTV India to their lineup under the "Indian Pack".


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3925 H SR 7199 ASAN_MP4_1 K-League Soccer, (FTA.)
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Intelsat 19 166.0E 12526 H "Mis TV and RTS 1" are still on , Fta.

Vinasat 1 132.0E 11472 H HTV 2, VOV TV, Phu Tho TV, Tay Ninh TV, Ha Giang TV, Yen Bai TV, Hung Yen TV, Tuyen Quang TV, Bac Kan TV, Bac Ninh TV, Huong Dan TV, Hai Phong TV, Ninh Binh TV, Thanh Hoa TV, Ben Tre TV and Binh Thuan TV have started on , Fta.
Tien Giang TV and Quang Binh TV have started Fta Binh Phuoc TV 2 and Ba Ria Vung Tau TV are now Fta HTV 9, Hanoi TV 2, Hau Giang TV, FBNC, V News and An Ninh TV have left.

Vinasat 2 131.8E 11119 V "FBNC and You TV" have started on , Irdeto. HTV 1 and HTV 4 are now in clear. Tuyen Quang TV and An Ninh TV have left.

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Share" is back on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Galaxy" has started on , ABV.
Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Alsyva Channel" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "Sinefilm Indonesia" has left .

SES 7 108.2E 2535 V "Auto & Gadget and DW Asien" have started on, Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2625 V "Kanal QNB League 300" has left .

Telkom 1 108.0E 3916 H "Ahsan TV" is back on , Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 3600 L "TTS" has left .

Horizons 2 85.0E 11760 H "Semya" is now encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0E 12080 H "Nashe Novoe Kino and Kino Soyuz" have left .
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Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Bharat Samachar" has left

Thaicom 5 78.5E Minor updates in TrueVisions.
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Thaicom 5 78.5E Several updates in TrueVisions.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3685 V "Avenues TV" has started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3726 V "TV Maldives and Sangu TV" have left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3847 H "SK TV" has started on ,Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4129 V "BTV" is now Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4030 V "Sangu TV" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "Paramount Channel Russia" has left.
ABS 2 75.0E 11734 H DD Sports, Kasthuri TV, Kasthuri Newz 24, Prag News, DD Bangla, Channel Divya, News Express, R-Vision and Dangal TV have started on , Ftas. DD India and Rajya Sabha TV have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 11790 H Jinvani Channel, IBC 24, Rupasi Bangla, Manoranjan Music, Music India, Fata Fati, Sangeet Bangla, Sangeet Bhojpuri, Kaatyayani TV, Saam TV and Public TV have started , Fta Disha TV, Cine 21 and Aaseervatham TV have left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11674 V "MBC, NBC 1 and Botswana TV" have left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3966 H "Interactive TV" has started on , Fta.

NSS 12 57.0E 4147 R "E!" has left .

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Racing Victoria to go with Seven on free-to-air: who wins, who loses?

From http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/06/08/racing-victoria-to-partner-with-seven-for-free-to-air-horse-racing-broadcast/

Racing Victoria confirmed on June 6 that Seven West Media is its preferred broadcast partner, bringing racing to the general public on free-to-air and away from subscription TV – yet Tabcorp’s Sky Racing is unlikely to miss out.

The move has been put to Victoria’s three metropolitan clubs – the VRC, MRC and MVRC – and Country Racing Victoria for final approval.

Given the clubs would have been involved in negotiations, it appears to be a matter of a rubber stamp following board meetings to be held this week.

Should it proceed further, Victorian racing will be shown on Seven every day of the year – missing just Good Friday and Christmas day – with a five-year deal to show the full 520 race meetings.

Seven West Media (Seven) chief executive Tim Worner was understood to be influential in the negotiations with Racing Victoria (RVL) – he is a racehorse owner, breeder and punter who races horses under the banner of Indian Pacific Bloodstock.

Victorian racing will not receive any upfront payment, but will share advertising revenues from the broadcast, likely to be heavily based around wagering.

It will be shown on a new Seven’s digital channel as soon as August.

Tabcorp hasn’t been forgotten completely. In the statement, newly installed RVL Chairman David Moodie noted the ongoing “vital importance” of RVL’s alliance with joint-venture wagering partner Tabcorp Holdings.

The statement continued that RVL wished to continue a broadcast relationship with Sky.

“It is RVL’s view that, in addition to the proposed Seven West Media deal, vision of Victorian thoroughbred racing should continue to be broadcast through the Tabcorp Holdings-owned Sky Racing distribution network including its domestic, international and digital platforms.”

So with all that said – who wins, and who loses, and could anything else be in play?
•On the surface, Racing Victoria has smashed Racing NSW in a heavyweight staying test, and by some lengths. Racing NSW are at a significant loss here. While racing deals are complex, the fact that the full 363 days of racing in NSW cannot be seen easily by the general public is a win to Victoria. Would owners, connections, jockeys and trainers prefer to be on free-to-air or just Foxtel and various digital platforms? The answer is surely clear.
•Lee Freedman doesn’t see a long term win – telling Fairfax’s Patrick Bartley that racing shouldn’t walk away from the proven revenue streams in place. “Racing is sick of being sold expensive dreams. Racing isn’t going to reverse the trend of decline by spending fortunes on free-to-air,” the hall-of-fame trainer told Fairfax. “I’d like pictures that aren’t going to cost us all a fortune … yet again,” referring to the TVN vs Tabcorp.
•The Seven deal initially means no upfront payment to Victoria’s three clubs. That money, which was to come from Tabcorp was said to be $300m across 10 years / around $30m per year. While Tabcorp are likely to still be asked to pay for broadcast and digital rights, given the lack of exclusivity, whatever is on offer – if anything – will likely be watered down. Less money short-term is perhaps a concern, but prize money was just increased by some $16.4m by Racing Victoria next season suggesting the bank is in good order. Fairfax hinted that RVL’s Seven announcement is all part of a game against Tabcorp – which would be incredible brinkmanship. The TAB told the Herald Sun and The Roar’s own inquiries it would not comment until later this week after it ­assessed its position.
•The Australian reported that under the proposed arrangement, the Victorian rights-holder will initially pay about $10-12 million in establishment costs and salaries for personnel bringing together on both sides of the camera. That means $30m each year lost, with $12m more in expenses – a $42m turnaround in upfront funding each year.
•Can Seven support a significant enough broadcast with just one race every 30-35 minutes? It doesn’t sound particularly attractive. Certainly many are dissatisfied with Sky’s rolling coverage which provides little pre or post-race service. Over the weekend, Brisbane’s major Group 1s were quickly cut away past the post to look at Sydney’s pre-race parade, reducing the atmosphere. NBC’s coverage of the Belmont Stakes showed a truly different perspective on covering significant races.
•Tabcorp’s problem with TVN have never been publicly stated – but the surfacing of rival corporate bookmaker advertisements was likely a significant part of the efforts to place Racing Victoria and Racing NSW at loggerheads to rip TVN apart. Tabcorp’s dilemma now runs across several areas. Should they look to sponsor the broadcast on Seven or choose to ignore it completely and allow corporates to run their banners across the lot? Some suggest that the company will become increasingly dedicated to a NSW-first approach across its own platforms.
•The deal includes digital rights, which means streaming by Seven on mobile devices and computers.
•Sportsbet, who currently stream Racing Victoria races on its digital platform may be less compelled to continue to pay a percentage of turnover on Victorian races given that it is now on TV and on rival digital platforms.
•Racing.com’s digital platform is also in question but likely to continue given the indications about digital streaming. RVL and Seven are likely to save costs by using the one platform, although it would surprise to see Seven give. Will Moonee Valley come to that party, given they haven’t yet?
•The deal could include coverage on Presto – Foxtel and Seven’s digital streaming app, although nothing has been mentioned.
•Can one race club hold the rest of Victoria at ransom if they don’t like the deal? And although board members are meeting to decide around a table, will clubs be canvassing members and participants?
•The negotiations show a rather interesting distance between Fairfax and News Corp. Fairfax insist Tabcorp are “far from beaten”. News say it’s a rubber stamp away, with the MRC an “unabashed supporter”, and Country Racing Victoria and MVRC “taking their leads” from RVL. Does that mean it’s down to the VRC only, who already have a relationship with Seven due to the Melbourne Cup carnival?

A final thought – surely Australian racing’s continual get-square, us vs them, state vs state approach isn’t creating fierce, profitable competition. It spells disaster in the end. Queensland Racing continues to struggle, having the slate wiped clean yet again.

It won’t matter which state has better wagering when too much time and resources have been spent fighting each other rather than making the code great and getting the best horses on the track more often, rather than making money in the breeding barn.

Imagine a national body that incentivises a kind of Australian Championship or Nationals event where horses are encouraged to win a Group 1 in at least two or three states to claim a bonus in a season – think the Global Sprint Challenge on a local basis.

All in all, we await to see where the pen lands on this current negotiation process.

Russia successfully launches military satellite

From http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/669469-russia-successfully-launches-military-satellite.html

MOSCOW - Russia successfully launched a military satellite on Friday, following a recent string of failures for the country's space programme.

The military satellite sent into space from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia at 1524 GMT was put into orbit as planned, state news agency TASS reported, quoting a defence ministry spokesman.

Russia's space sector has seen a series of misfires lately including the Progress spacecraft, which failed shortly after launch on April 28 and fell back to Earth.

In May a Proton rocket did not manage to put into orbit a Mexican communications satellite.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made revitalising the space sector a priority, a project that may include transforming the country's space agency into a public company.

Will Murdoch go back to buying Sky now four years of hacking is over?

From http://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog/2015/jun/07/phone-hacking-rupert-murdoch-sky-own

As he meets with his top team, will the media mogul decide to proceed with a bid for the 60.1% of Sky he does not own and who would stop him

Rupert Murdoch is holiding talks with senior aides such as Rebekah Brooks and Robert Thomson about the next steps for his media empire. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

It’s been almost four long years, but now seems as good a time as any to examine the fallout from phone hacking at the News of the World. With only a few charges remaining relating to phone hacking and payments to officials, most of the central characters involved in the saga are now more or less free to get on with their lives.

As if to mark the new dawn, former editor Andy Coulson was last week cleared of perjury after serving time for phone hacking, saying “after four pretty testing years … my family and myself have finally had a good day”.

With all but one of those suspended during the trials still waiting to hear whether they will ever get their jobs back, Rupert Murdoch, his News Corp boss Robert Thomson and Rebekah Brooks have been huddled in meetings at the group’s mini-Shard offices. After spending £500m and rising on the scandal, closing the once biggest-selling Sunday tabloid and dropping his bid for the whole of BSkyB, as it was then called, how will Murdoch spend his peace dividend now the war is just about over?

Will he go back and finish what he started with a bid for the 60.1% of Sky he does not already own? So much has changed in the media landscape since summer 2011 that some will argue it is counterintuitive to care. In a world in which the future of the BBC is dominating discussion in the UK, and European regulators are wrapped in the “gaffa” tape embrace of the big digital groups - Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon - why would Murdoch want to take full control of a pan-European broadcaster? And who could be bothered to stop him?

The reasons why are more or less the same as they were in 2011 – the chance to control a European distribution network with all the cross-promotional benefits that entails. Only a tiny minority of companies can use their huge scale to buy rights to content globally – Disney is one.

Sky already markets itself as Europe’s biggest content producer, largely because of its stranglehold over rights to the Premier League. The huge cost of buying those rights becomes more manageable when they can be offered on a pan-European basis even in those areas without a huge satellite market. Now TV, part of the Murdoch empire, provides a cheap distribution network via local internet service providers.

Bundling in Sky would also give Murdoch’s online subscription model for the Times and Sunday Times as well as the Sun a boost. At this point it should be noted that as part of the complicated web of deals in which BSkyB turned into Sky, it is Murdoch’s 20th Century Fox which owns 39% of the TV company and no longer once-beleaguered News. But such niceties over which part of the empire rules what never seem to make much difference to Murdoch game plans.

And who would stop him? Not the Conservative government, which even back in 2011, when those pesky Liberal Democrats were declaring “war” on Murdoch, was all set to approve the takeover.

Nor regulators on both sides of the Atlantic, who are no longer considering whether James Murdoch should be deemed “fit and proper” to run a huge television group.

As if to prove that everything is back to the 2011 future, even Frédéric Michel, the former News Corp lobbyist whose email and text exchanges with a minister and his special adviser revealed the close relationship between the government and the Murdoch-controlled business during the takeover bid, is back working for James Murdoch in Europe. Last week, Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch was in Brussels saying hello to the new European competition commissioners.

The media has changed enormously in five years, and News UK’s 33% share of the British newspaper market and Sky’s share of the commercial television market need to be set in the context of a world in which consumers can access news and information from anywhere.

Rupert Murdoch says ex-Times editor has 'gone native' over BBC comments

There are still plenty of media owners who would worry about the potential cross-ownership benefits though and not just the Guardian. Sports journalists were outraged last year amid suspicions that Newcastle United had done an exclusive access deal with the Sun which stopped other media organisations from getting access to players. The existence of any deal was strongly denied, and Newcastle has to some extent made peace with those outlets it antagonised. But imagine if Premier League games were broadcast by Sky and the only pitchside analysis was provided by Sky’s sister titles?

That wouldn’t just cause problems for commercial rivals. At the peak of concerns about the exclusive access deal, Simon Bird, football correspondent for the Daily Mirror, pointed out a Sun article about the Newcastle boss headlined “Why we should love Mike Ashley”.

By all accounts Rupert Murdoch himself is still more interested in his press and political empire – taunting former Times editor James Harding for going native at the BBC and denying stories that he is pro-Europe last week – but his son James, with possibly an eye on the top job, is still left with a 39% share of a company he wanted to own outright.

Money is the only sticking point, not the amount the cash-rich Fox has, especially after its bid for Time Warner collapsed last year, but the amount coughed up by Sky shareholders since the abortive 2011 bid. Investors had to stump up last year when Sky acquired its sister companies in Italy and Germany for £6.9bn. The share price, at a record high of more than £10, reflects their largesse. It is well above the £8 a share level Murdoch balked at back in 2011.

In 2010 Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf wrote: “No private individual should be so powerful that politicians tremble before him. That is not democracy.” Much may have changed since; that fundamental principle has not.

10K trumps 8K and 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/08/10k-trumps-8k-and-4k/

Last week’s SID Display Technology Week 2015 event in San Jose saw Chinese display manufacturer BOE showcase a 10K display, offering a spectacular 10,240 x 4,320 resolution and a total of 44 million pixels, and measuring 82”.

What is truly remarkable is not so much the impressive resolution (and despite there being next to nothing to show in either 8K or 10K) but that it is only 5 months since the firm showed off its first 8K unit.

The screen is a 21 : 9 ration, bringing true, wide-screen, ultra high-res to the home. BOE happily admit that they have simply added more pixels to the overall width.

Quite what response the South Koreans and Japanese manufacturers will make of this challenge is still to be seen. Meanwhile, the Chinese say they expect their units to be popular in museums and for public viewing areas, and for digital display out-of-home.

Pay-TV pirate spared jail

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/08/pay-tv-pirate-spared-jail/

A man from the north-east of England has escaped a prison sentence despite making over £46,000 by illegally supplying satellite television channels.

Alexander Woodmass had around 50 customers, including pubs and clubs in the North-East, who paid him for their Sky coverage.

Durham Crown Court was told the fraud potentially cost the broadcaster £112,000 in lost subscriptions over the two-and-a-half year period.

According to the prosecution, the defendant was running a card sharing network, effectively running a business. “He was in control of the software and if subscriptions were not paid viewing could be stopped,” said the prosecution, suggesting that Woodmass’s culpability was high because of the sophisticated nature of the offence, sustained over a lengthy period of time.

Woodmass admitted six counts of fraud, covering a period from April 2011 and December 2013.

Three charges relate to possession of articles for use in fraud, a micro-server and PC tower both containing card-sharing software, and card-sharing data. Two counts relate to supplying articles for use in fraud, satellite receiving boxes and card-sharing data capable of receiving Sky TV without paying subscription. The sixth charge is one of obtaining services by deception, namely subscription owner TV broadcast content when no payment was made, gaining access via a card-sharing server.

Woodmass’s defence solicitor, said, in mitigation, that he had spent almost £20,000 on equipment and cards to enable him to run the business. “While he has made gains I would submit that the gain is not so large when one looks at the outlay he has put into it,” he argued.

Judge Robin Mairs sentenced Woodmass to two years in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered him to do 250 hours unpaid work. “You must have known the illegality and the seriousness of what you were doing. You did this quite clearly for money and that money was sizeable. You have come within a hair’s breadth of prison today,” he warned.

Cinema 24x7 launches new Hindi movie channel for LC1 market

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/movie-channels/cinema-24x7-launches-new-hindi-movie-channel-for-lc1-market-150605

MUMBAI: Even as there are talks of media and entertainment behemoth Eros International looking to disrupt the Hindi movie channels space with its plans to launch a channel that will focus on shortening the window between the theatrical release and television premier of a film, a new player has quietly entered the already cluttered space.

The cluttered Hindi movie channel genre, which has more than ten players like Zee Cinema, Star Gold, Sony Max, Sony Max 2, Zee Classic, Zee Action, &Pictures, Movies OK, B4U Movies, UTV Movies and Filmy, can now add ‘Wow Cinema’ to its growing list.

The channel, whose tests runs have been on since 1 June, 2015, will be available across the country from 10 June onwards on all Direct to Home (DTH) operators as well as major multi system operators (MSOs).

Armed with a chest of more than 500 Hindi movies, which have been released between 1990 and 2006, the new free to air (FTA) channel from Cinema 24x7’s stable aims to target the LC1 market initially and then gradually move ahead to capture market share in the metros.

From the sound of it, the channel may as well compete directly with Zee Classic, which only airs old Hindi movies. Nonetheless, Wow Cinema does have plans to acquire new movie titles in the near future.

Speaking exclusively to Indiantelevision.com, Cinema 24x7 CEO Hitesh Sabharwal says that the channel will aggressively forge ahead towards buying movies and creating a strong library. The channel has the rights for the movies for a period of five years.

Facing stiff competition from existing players who pull in viewers with big ticket movie premieres along with old but popular Bollywood fare, Wow Cinema aims to be a destination that will offer a mix of old and new. However, Sabharwal refused to divulge names of the movies that the channel has the rights to.

“Wow Cinema will be a destination for Indian viewers to witness the mix of new and old. While we will keep the retro mode with our wide collection from 1990s to 2006, we will also have national premieres on the channel. The channel will give 360 degree value to advertisers on board and in the long run will compete with every player irrespective of new or old, small or big. Our target age group is from 4 to 60 across the country,” he asserts.

Cinema 24x7 head of sales Dipak Shelke explains, “Our priority at this stage is to make a mark in the LC1 market and then gradually evolve in the metros. In terms of viewership, our initial target is to garner around 20 GRPs in the HSM.”

With zilch subscription revenue coming in courtesy its FTA status, the channel’s single source of revenue will be advertising. Moreover, with the 12-minute ad cap regulation still being applied to FTA channels as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has not yet taken a formal decision to exempt them from it, Wow Cinema’s task has been cut out for it. In a scenario like this, the channel will have an uphill journey in raking in the revenues.

Shelke opines, “Wow Cinema has the potential to emerge as advertisers’ destination as we promise to be audience’s choice by providing extensive content. We are in talks with many brands but it’s too early to name names. All I can say is that FMCG brands and E-Commerce companies are showing keen interest in the channel and we hope to seal the deals soon.”

The channel launch will be backed by a marketing campaign, which will be rolled out soon.

It now remains to be seen how the new channel differentiates itself from existing players and whether it manages to make a mark in the consumers’ mind by offering them fare that they haven’t seen before


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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Al Jazeera(Cignal)频道新增,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。[06-05]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ESPN(体育)频道新增,设置3940 H 27690参数有条件接收。[06-05]
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东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Muzika、Dom Kino(俄罗斯)等4个频道加密,设置11606 V 34425参数有条件接收。[06-05]
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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Times Now(印度)频道新增,设置3802 H 10000参数免费接收。 [6月5日]
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Reliance, Visiware power iGAMES in India

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/05/reliance-visiware-power-igames-in-india/

Reliance Digital TV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Communications and DTH arm of Reliance Group, has engaged with Visiware, the specilaist in games for interactive television, to power iGAMES service on its DTH platform.

Reliance Digital TV’s customers across India will have access to an improved gaming experience with twice the number of games for the same price. Accessible through the ‘Interactive’ button on the remote control, the iGAMES service doesn’t require any additional equipment.

The portal offers a selection of 16 games split up in 4 genres primarily for people between 8 and 25 years old to enjoy. The portal is updated with 2 games getting refreshed every month.

Ashutosh M Srivastava, Business Head, Reliance Digital TV said “We are glad to partner with Visiware and confident of introducing a completely new breed of TV gaming on iGAMES platform. The advantage with Reliance Digital TV gaming service is that it is easily accessible, affordable and can be enjoyed by every member of the family with no age bar. This opens up a large market, not only in the larger cities, but also in the Tier II- Tier III cities and small towns.”


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东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,CCTV-1、CCTV-2(AVS+)等8个测试频道新增,设置4130 V 14800参数有条件接收。[06-04]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Muzika、Telecaft(MPEG-4)等4个频道加密,设置12340 R 27500参数有条件接收。[06-04]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Sport(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置10981 V 44948参数无效接收。[06-04]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BBC World News替换Al Jazeera(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[06-04]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Aseervatham TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11790 H 44000参数无效接收。[06-04]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Al Jazeera Network替换BBC World News(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月4日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Gth On Air、MV Lao TV(泰国)等5个频道新增,设置12313 V 30000参数有条件接收。[06-03]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Style替换BBC Knowledge(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[06-03]
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东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Karusel(+0h)、Karusel(+3h)(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置12340 R 27500参数免费接收。 [6月3日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Mtraix Sports替换Fox Sports 3(MPEG-4)频道,设置3460 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [6月3日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,AXN替换Zee Bioskop(MPEG-4)频道,设置3460 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [6月3日]


Battle for eyeballs to be played out 'within 12 months', says Fetch TV boss Scott Lorson

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/battle-for-eyeballs-to-be-played-out-within-12-months-says-fetch-tv-boss-scott-lorson-20150603-ghg3ur.html

The winners and losers from the proliferation of subscription video services will play out within 12 months, says Fetch TV chief executive Scott Lorson, who identified a potential market of 5 million Australian homes for services outside of Foxtel.

Speaking at the Mumbrella 360 conference in Sydney on a panel of industry executives, Mr Lorson said Foxtel's 2.5 million-plus subscribers were "incontestable", with long-time customers and many people opting for sport resulting in a low churn rate.

Mr Lorson said there was a market of 5 million households that all the players outside of Foxtel's traditional service are competing for.

"There's a race on for the 5 million – there will be winners and losers within 12 months," Mr Lorson said. "This is going to play out very quickly and I think anyone who thinks that any of us are the wherewithal to sustain losses for two, three, four years, that's not my opinion."

Fetch has partnered with Netflix for the SVOD component of its offering.

"We decided for ourselves that the right decision was to stand down on SVOD, not fight the arms race, and more power to everyone who's having a go. We looked at the business case and got cold feet and said partnerships are better," Mr Lorson said.

Quickflix co-founder Stephen Langsford took the opposite view and said the battle for subscribers would take several years.

"This is a long game, no question. I think you have to have a business that's ultimately founded on rational economic principles," Mr Langsford said.

"This is a year where streaming has arrived big time, there's a lot of money being spent creating awareness, I think that will spill over into demand and frankly, a lot of people have yet to discover streaming out in the suburbs. I probably don't agree that it will play out in the next 12 months"

Stan Entertainment chief executive Mike Sneesby was also of the opinion that the race will be drawn out.

Stan is a 50-50 joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, publisher of BusinessDay and The Australian Financial Review.

"The players who are investing today are well funded to be able to invest to ensure they get to a point where their business can be successful," Mr Sneesby said.

"The need to invest over a long period of time is definite but how this market shapes up, what happens with other international players and what this world looks like in two or three years' time, I think will look completely different to what it's like today. I don't think it's going to be a 12-month sprint."

Another panellist, Presto boss Shaun James, was on the fence. While the his plans are for the longer term, he agreed education about SVOD and the ability to ramp in services in the short-term is there.

"We've taken a multi-year view, we've got a multi-year business plan and our shareholders are for the long haul," Mr James said.

Presto is a joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media.

Mr Lorson said the battle would be played out with telecommunications providers playing a key role.

"The number of people that are touching a telco touch point, moving house, saving money, entering the country and buying a bundle is a really exciting number," Mr Lorson said.

"We see ourselves as the sword and the shield for the telcos that are competing against Telstra and Foxtel."

Fetch has bundles with Dodo, Optus and iiNet.

NewSat CEO, CFO ousted in satellite saga

From http://www.itnews.com.au/News/404893,newsat-ceo-cfo-ousted-in-satellite-saga.aspx

Asset fire sale nears end.

The chief executive and chief financial officer of struggling satellite company NewSat were ousted this week as the company tries to sell off its assets following ongoing financial troubles.

The positions held by NewSat CEO Adrian Ballintine and CFO Mark Spragg had been rendered "surplus to NewSat's needs", the company's administrators said today.

They revealed Ballintine had been made redundant last Friday and Spragg let go yesterday.

Ballintine founded NewSat in 1987 and had been its CEO since 1999.

Spragg, of FTI Consulting, served as the company's interim CFO after its former finance chief Linda Dillon exited in an "agreed termination" in April.

NewSat went into administration in April following persistent financial problems stemming from covenants with its US and French financiers.

The halt in financing meant it was unable to make payments to partners Arianespace and Lockheed Martin, which last week saw its deal with the defence contractor to build the 600 million Jabiru-1 satellite cancelled.

NewSat's administrators were not able to provide a guarantee that the Australian satellite company would be successful with refinancing.

Lockheed Martin also seized ownership of the satellite after NewSat's receivers opted against taking on liability for the rest of the construction cost.

NewSat today advised it had agreed with satellite launch provider Arianespace that its administrators would take on liability for their launch service agreement before July 15 or have the contract cancelled.

Arianespace has pushed back the launch date of the Jabiru-1 satellite to between December 2016 and February 2017. It had initially been scheduled to launch in the first half of next year.

Arianespace has also suspended all of its launch preparation activities, NewSat said.

The company's administrators are now attempting to sell off NewSat's assets - which no longer includes the Jabiru-1 satellite - either in whole or in part.

They today said they had commenced negotiations with unnamed parties for the sale of Arianespace launch contract as well as NewSat's teleport business.

SpeedCast Signs Contract with O3b Networks for Trunking Service to Christmas Island

From http://www.military-technologies.net/2015/06/04/speedcast-signs-contract-with-o3b-networks-for-trunking-service-to-christmas-island/

SpeedCast Signs Contract with O3b Networks for Trunking Service to Christmas Island

Community-owned ISP to Use O3b Satellite Network for Broadband Service on Australian Island

St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands – 4th June 2015 – O3b Networks today announced an agreement to provide trunking services to SpeedCast for its customer Christmas Island Internet Administration Limited (CIIA), the only Internet Service Provider (ISP) on Christmas Island. Under the agreement, SpeedCast will provide CIIA with high throughput, low latency connectivity, enabling the first broadband Internet access experienced on the island.

Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean with an approximate population of 2100 people, is geographically close to Indonesia. The island earned its unique name by being discovered on the 25th of December, 1643 by Captain William Mynors of the British Royal Navy, and is famous for its 135 square km Australian National Park.

Christmas Island Internet Administration Limited (CIIA) is a community-owned, non-profit Christmas Island Company which owns and operates the only not-for-profit ISP in the territory. Until now, CIIA has been relying on geostationary Satellite (GEO) connectivity for Internet access, also provided by SpeedCast.

The use of O3b Satellites, which are closer to the earth than GEO Satellites, reduces latency, increases Internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the user. CIIA will be using O3b’s next-generation IP trunking solution, O3bTrunk, that boosts existing link capacities to rival the throughput and latency of terrestrial fiber, while avoiding the prohibitive cost of laying an undersea cable to the island.

"SpeedCast is pleased to be offering O3b's unique Satellite solution which will greatly enhance the service that CIIA is currently using today. We anticipate a dramatic improvement in performance with a 3 fold increase in capacity and a 75% reduction in latency," said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. "Our customer, CIIA, will be able to offer their end-users the best Internet connection available, further cementing their position as the ISP of choice for all of Christmas Island."

"Because Christmas Island does not have an undersea cable, but relies completely on Satellite for communication, only O3b can provide the throughput needed to bring true broadband to subscribers,” said Imran Malik, VP Asia for O3b Networks. "We are very excited to bring our high throughput, low latency solution to Christmas Island via SpeedCast, and expect residents will see an immediate improvement in their Internet experience.”


About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is a global Satellite service provider operating a next-generation Satellite network for Telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b System combines the global reach of Satellite with the speed of a fiber‐optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low‐cost, high‐speed, low latency Internet and Mobile connectivity. O3b Networks’ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

About SpeedCast International Limited

SpeedCast is a leading global network and Satellite communications service provider offering high-quality managed Networks services in over 60 countries; and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. Headquartered in Hong Kong, with 18 international sales & support offices and 30 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 4,000 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, which are the foundation of SpeedCast's success. SpeedCast is publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange under the ticker SDA (ASX:SDA). For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.

Jason Wauer
O3b Marketing

Kate Nesbitt
SpeakerBox Communications for O3b
+1 (703) 287-7814

Allen Schoonmaker
SpeedCast Marketing
+852 3919 6826

Broadcast Asia 2015: ContentWise wins TrueVisions personal user deal

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015060438566/broadcast-asia-2015-contentwise-wins-truevisions-personal-user-deal.html#axzz3c6Etm96J

Thai cable and satellite TV operator TrueVisions has opted for ContentWise technology to personalise its multiscreen offering.

The Italian company will work with local integrator Golden Duck Group to deliver its personal touch for TrueVision video-on-demand (VOD) viewers across any screen.

ContentWise will deliver personalised recommendations and discovery for the TrueVisions Anywhere service, in a deal intended to increase customer satisfaction, retention and drive pay-TV revenues.

"Viewers today not only expect more content, across more devices, they also expect a high quality experience to match – and that means understanding what content they like and dislike, and tailoring services based on their behaviour," said Nantanee Wongumnitkul, director of business development, TrueVisions.

"ContentWise ensures we meet viewer expectations and deliver the best service possible. Personalisation will act as real a differentiator for us and will ensure that we keep our subscribers happy and enjoying more content."

Paolo Bozzola, CEO, ContentWise, added: "With pay-TV and multiscreen video in Asia continuing to grow, more and more companies are looking to incorporate personalisation into their services and create compelling and exciting content experiences.

"But personalisation is about more than just recommendations – it needs to understand the user and surface content based on context and behaviour. As the market in APAC continues to proposer, we look forward to helping TV providers like TrueVisions to deliver engaging and personal TV and video services."

New travel channel focusing on Asean region launched (video)

From http://www.therakyatpost.com/life/television-life/2015/06/02/new-travel-channel-focusing-on-asean-region-launched-video/

A travel magazine channel on Asean destinations was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today.

The channel, named GOASEAN, is the brainchild of Najib, and acts as a form of commemoration of Malaysia’s tenure as Asean Chairman.

“GOASEAN has the potential to grow into a truly international platform, and by offering programmes on all 10 member countries, it should be able to demonstrate how Asean is a globally competitive destination for both leisure and commerce, supported by world-class infrastructure.” said the Prime Minister.

The channel would feature fascinating stories and would serve as a great source in providing useful tips for travelers such as information on numerous Unesco World Heritage sites, advice on activities to do in Kuala Lumpur, and even best places for coffee.http://www.therakyatpost.com/life/television-life/2015/06/02/new-travel-channel-focusing-on-asean-region-launched-video/

“It will be a 24/7 channel dedicated to showcasing the kaleidoscope of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage that our region offers. It is a platform to collectively promote Asean as a single-tourist destination to the world.”

Airing on Astro channel 737, GOASEAN also launched its flagship travel magazine show, GO Travel.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak believes that the initiative should be able to demonstrate how Asean is a globally competitive destination for both leisure and commerce.— TRP pic by Muhammad Azrol
Datuk Seri Najib Razak believes that the initiative should be able to demonstrate how Asean is a globally competitive destination for both leisure and commerce.— TRP pic by Muhammad Azrol

The 30-minute travelogue series which would feature actress, radio announcer and dancer, Amelia Henderson, and TV host and actor, Jonathan Putra, is still in its recording stage and so far have only completed its second episode.

According to its host, the new travelogue programme would be different from other travel magazine shows as it offers the viewers more in-depth stories of the Asean countries with a different approach of story-telling.

To get a closer view of the interesting demographics, the producers chose not to limit their content by only focusing on touristy places but to delve deeper by reaching out to people, food and culture within villages.

Emphasizing that this initiative was not only about tourism and travel, Najib added in his speech that with a market of over 630 million and a large proportion of young and tech-savvy consumers in the Asean region, GOASEAN would create a unique platform by engaging audiences via television and social media.

“This channel is to encourage our people to reach out, to immerse ourselves in new cultures and experience the pleasure of meeting new friends. This will bring us closer.”

GOASEAN is available 24-hours daily on Astro (Channel 737), multi-screen platforms (primarily IPTV), mobile, DTH and digital platforms.

For more information, visit www.GOASEAN.com.

CommunicAsia 2015: Arianespace Reaffirms Ambitions in the Asia-Pacific market

From Press Release Source: Arianespace

CommunicAsia 2015 is the 26th International Communications and Information Technology Exhibition and Conference. Held each year in Singapore, it draws industry professionals from over one hundred countries.

Arianespace, as the benchmark launch services provider for leading satellite manufacturers and operators from the Asia-Pacific, will be present throughout the show, from June 2 to 5, at Booth IT3-07 in Marina Bay Sands (level 1, hall C).

A long-standing, favored relationship

Nearly two-thirds of satellites belonging to operators in the Asia-Pacific region were launched by Arianespace: a total of 71 launched for 16 regional operators over a period of 34 years.

Arianespace has built a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific, based on the opening of offices in Tokyo as early as 1986 and Singapore in 1996. This region now generates nearly 30% of the company's order book for commercial launches of geostationary telecommunications satellites. Arianespace now has 11 satellite launches on order in the upcoming years for customers in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.

In 2014 and the first half of this year, Arianespace signed six launch contracts with operators from this region:

- 2014: BRI-Sat for the Indonesian operator BRI, JCSAT 15 for the Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, Koreasat 7 for the South Korean operator Korea Telecom Corporation, and Telkom 3S for the Indonesian operator PT Telkom.
- 2015 to date (May 31): GEO-Kompsat 2A and 2B for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, KARI.

For the remainder of 2015, at least two launches are planned for customers in the region.

A market at the cusp of innovation

The Asia-Pacific region is developing a steady stream of innovative satellite solutions, reflected in its projects dedicated to Internet access, tele-medicine and tele-learning applications, and other applications to monitor natural disasters.

The region is also a pioneer in the implementation of satellite-based cellular networks, and is leading the growth of the brand-new ultra-high definition TV broadcast (4K) sector, also via satellite.

Arianespace's advantages for operators in the Asia-Pacific

Unrivaled reliability and availability:

- 65 successful Ariane 5 launches in a row.
- 11 launches in all from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana (South America, near the equator) in 2014, orbiting a total of 23 satellites.
- Enhanced capacity and flexibility in 2015, with the commissioning in July of a "New Filling Hall", an additional facility to load launcher propellants.

Record order book:

- Building on its complete family of launchers and top-flight launch solutions, Arianespace signs, year after year, at least half of all commercial launch contracts open to competition on the international market. Arianespace's order book now stands at more than 4 billion euros, from 34 customers.
- This healthy backlog of orders guarantees over three years of business for the company, based on 23 launches of Ariane 5, including 37 satellites to be boosted into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) and four dedicated launches, five Soyuz launches and 11 Vega launches.

With the introduction of Ariane 6 and Vega-C, there will be competitive benefit to our customers:

- Development of Ariane 6 and Vega-C, enabling the company to offer advanced launch solutions for all market segments (GTO, MEO, LEO) starting in 2020, at competitive prices, and with solutions that perfectly match the current technology trends in satellite development, especially the increasing use of hybrid or all-electric propulsion systems on geostationary satellites.
- Continued efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the current family of launchers (Ariane 5, Soyuz, Vega).

During CommunicAsia 2015, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said: "Our top-flight partnership with operators in the Asia-Pacific region keeps going from strength to strength, as we signed five more contracts since the last edition of CommunicAsia. Based on the unrivaled excellence of our launchers, our continuous focus on competitiveness, and our ability to develop solutions custom-tailored to the needs of operators in the region, we want to continue and even amplify this partnership, leading up to the service entry of the Ariane 6 and Vega-C launchers at the beginning of the next decade. These new-generation launchers will further reduce the cost of access to space for the greater benefit of our customers across all market segments."

About Arianespace

Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 20 shareholders and the European Space Agency, the company offers an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence. Arianespace is the only operator in the world capable of launching any mass to any orbit from the Guiana Space Center. As of June 2, 2015, 223 Ariane launches, 37 Soyuz launches (10 at the Guiana Space Centre and 26 at Baikonur with Starsem) and four Vega launches have been performed. The company’s headquarters is in Evry, near Paris, and has local offices in Washington DC (United States), Tokyo (Japan) and Singapore.

CommunicAsia 2015 KT SAT Targets Asian Satellite Service Market

From http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/10860/communicasia-2015-kt-sat-targets-asian-satellite-service-market

KT SAT officials explain the company's next satellite launch plan. (Photo via KT SAT)

KT SAT (CEO Song Jae-gook) announced that it will participate in CommunicAsia 2015 being held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from June 2 to 5.

In the event, the company will run an exhibition hall to introduce the satellite services of KT SAT, including global coverage, satellite broadcasting and satellite mobile phones, which will be expanded further with two additional satellites scheduled to be launched in 2016. Also, it will unveil satellite management expertise, which it has accumulated since the opening of the Kumsan Satellite Control Center in 1970. Visitors will have access to information about satellite coverage and offering services through a touch screen in the exhibition hall of the KT SAT.

Also, it will host another event to invite business operators in target regions, including Southeast Asia, where demand for satellite communication is growing, in order to seek out overseas marketing bases and business opportunities.

It will have a Philippine Day on June 2 and Indonesia Day on June 3. In each event, KT SAT CEO Song Jae-gook will introduce excellence in its satellite resources and present a vision of its future in person. The company has satellite orbits of 113° and 116°, which allows service provision in the regions.

KT SAT has focused on local marketing through the participation of overseas exhibitions from last year in order to expand its sales channels. Also, nearly 700 people visited its exhibition for three days at CABSAT being held in Dubai in 2015.

Moreover, the company opened sales operation point offices in Indonesia and Dubai and hired local staff. In a bid to train experts in each region, KT SAT sends “sales pioneers,” accelerating the global market expansion. As a result, the number of its overseas client companies increased to 24 in 13 countries in 2015, from 8 companies in 6 countries in 2012, establishing a solid foothold as a global company.

IPSAT Garners New Hughes Hub + Remote Terminals For Broadband Satellite System

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1387030585&menu=1

[SatNews] Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) has announced that IPSAT Sdn Bhd, headquartered in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, has purchased a Hughes HX broadband satellite system comprising a hub and remote terminals—implementation of the hub is underway in Malaysia and is expected to be completed in June of this year.

IPSAT is a leading service provider in Malaysia specializing in VSAT communications over Ku- and C-band satellites, with a broad range of market offerings ranging from managed networks to high-speed Internet access. With the new HX solution, IPSAT will be able to expand its offerings beyond broadband Internet access to include VPN, VoIP, multicasting, SCADA and Telemetry services to the corporate and enterprise sector. IPSAT plans to penetrate other markets in addition to Malaysia, including Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia.

Executive Comments

Puvanesan Subenthiran, CEO of Privasia Technology Bhd, said, “The Hughes HX satellite hub and terminals will enable us to support our existing and future customers utilizing both Ku- and C-band capacity. IPSAT will now gain flexibility in configuring and designing the network and packaging services to meet the diverse needs of the corporate and enterprise market.”

“Hughes has long been very active in Asia/Pacific,” said Bahram Pourmand, executive vice president of the International Division at Hughes. “The new system will enable IPSAT to grow its business in Malaysia and other ASEAN countries, such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia.”

ST Teleport + Telespazio Seal Partnership In Singapore ...Global Ku-Band Connectivity For Maritime Oil + Gas Customers

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=891425614&menu=1

[SatNews] ST Teleport, a Singapore-based full-service satellite and fiber communications solutions provider, has formed a strategic partnership with Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales), a global leading provider of satellite services operating the world’s largest teleport facility, to jointly establish a global Ku-band communications network for maritime oil and gas (MOG) customers.

Under the multi-year agreement, ST Teleport will be Telespazio's preferred partner in Asia Pacific. ST Teleport is also the only teleport company in the domestic market to have partnered the world's biggest teleport operator to expand its international reach.

Telespazio's network of seven teleports including the largest commercial teleport facility in the world, the Fucino space center with more than 170 antennas linked to major fiber point of presence (PoPs) around Europe, will connect with ST Teleport's Earth station complex strategically located at the centre of major shipping routes in Singapore, creating synergistic business value to boost their service offerings to customers and the MOG industry. The companies will leverage on each other's extensive complementary presence, industry expertise and technical resources to create cost-effective, secure and reliable global satellite communications solutions for their customers across different vertical markets.

ST Teleport's MOG customers can now enjoy previously unavailable global Ku-band coverage, fast and uninterrupted data transmission, and global technical support regardless of where they or their assets are located in the world. A comprehensive service coverage area over seven continents spanning Asia Pacific, Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East with line of sight to more than 200 satellites will bring ultimate connectivity for mission-critical operations anywhere in the world. This multi-regional coverage is made possible by converging the companies' Ku-band beams around the world with automatic switching technology.

Telespazio, being a major global provider of geospatial application solutions and services in all areas relating to Earth observation, will bring new opportunities for ST Teleport to enter the geoinformation industry to offer customers services such as environmental monitoring, rush mapping in support to natural disaster management, specialised products for defence and intelligence, maritime surveillance, interferometric products for landslide and ground subsidence analysis, thematic mapping for agriculture and forestry. The two companies are also in the initial stages of jointly developing other value-added satellite communication services to enhance their portfolio and capabilities which will be shared in the near future.

"We are delighted to be the preferred partner for Telespazio in the Asia-Pacific region. Telespazio's strong presence and coverage in Europe and the Americas will greatly extend our reach and increased our ability to provide seamless and integrated solutions to our customers. As a teleport operator, we play a vital role in the satellite communication ecosystem. Being strategically located in Singapore where the government has set a vision to build a thriving space industry, this partnership comes at the right time for us to capitalize on the opportunities in this sector poised for growth. Our existing collaborations with other international satellite operators and communication service providers, combined with this new global reach, further expands our ability to offer high performance global connectivity for our customers to grow their businesses anywhere around the world," said Joseph Chan, Managing Director of ST Teleport.

GSat picks CubiTV middleware for DVB rollout in Philippines

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/gsat-picks-cubitv-middleware-for-dvb-rollout-in-philippines--1085565

Cubiware, recently acquired by TiVo, will provide its CubiTV hybrid middleware to Global Satellite (GSat) for the delivery of digital video broadcast via satellite in the Philippines. CubiTV will be deployed on set-top boxes (STBs) manufactured by Intek Digital of South Korea and used to provide direct-to-home satellite TV services to subscribers across the country.

Initial capabilities enabled by the Intek/Cubiware STBs include HD digital video and PVR recording. The inclusion of CubiTV provides an upgrade path that will enable later deployment of interactive services and additional enhanced capabilities. GSat provides international entertainment and information in many Asian markets, including the Philippines but also other parts of South Asia.

Bangladesh to send first satellite by 2016

From http://www.thedailystar.net/business/bangladesh-send-first-satellite-2016-92077

Finance Minister AMA Muhith today said the government had taken initiative to develop and lunch the country’s first satellite “Bangabandhu Satellite-1” by 2016.

“The government has already selected an orbital slot and signed a contract for launching the first ever satellite into space,” Muhith said while placing his seventh consecutive budget in the parliament.

He proposed an allocation of Tk 3,587 crore for information and communication technology division and post and telecommunication division for the 2015-2016 fiscal.

Highlighting his government’s success in the process of country’s digitisation, Muhith said the country’s mobile phone users have risen to 12.47 crore by April, 2015.

The tele-density and internet density by this period have gone up 80.1 per cent 29.3 per cent respectively, he said.

A total of 4,547 union information centres have been set up to reduce the digital discrimination in the country, he said, citing examples of digitalisation in birth registration, agricultural information, health and education sectors through Access to Information (A2i) programme.

In agriculture sector, digital services have been provided to the farmers through video conference in some 245 information and communication centres.

Also health services were ensured in 64 civil surgeon offices and all upazila health complexes.

More than 20,000 educational institutions were introduced with multimedia classrooms and laptops with internet connection so far. Also the government launched web portal “Shikkhok Batayon” to serve the teachers with digital content.

The minister said establishment of Kaliakoir High-tech Park in Gazipur district and Software Technology Park in Jessore is underway.

In addition, for the development of digital infrastructure regionally, land has been demarcated to establish Mohakhali IT Village in Dhaka, ChandradweepCloudchar in Barisal, Electronic City in Sylhet and Barind Silicon City in Rajshahi.

Simultaneously, activities for land selection are ongoing to establish high-tech and software technology parks in Khulna, Chittagong and Rangpur divisions. Besides, with a view to developing IT industry in all the districts, initiatives have been taken to establish IT villages in 12 districts in the first phase. Video conferencing system has been installed in 800 government offices so far.

To make internet Services available for all, 11 thousand km of optical fiber cableline is being laid in 1,006 unions of all the districts.

Apart from this, a project has been undertaken to establish broadband network to provide broadband internet services to the entire country.

The government planned to increase the bandwidth capacity from 200 Gbps to 1, 300 Gbps soon by connecting the country with the second submarine cable; and establish 8,500 Post e-Centres by June 2017, Muhith said in his budget speech.

London pay-TV piracy arrest

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/04/london-pay-tv-piracy-arrest/

Officers from the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) have arrested a man on suspicion of selling card sharing satellite receivers that provide viewers access to premium pay channels without a subscription.

The 26-year-old man was arrested by detectives from the City of London Police unit in Southall, London at his place of work where it is believed he is selling the devices for close to £200 each.

Card sharing is a method that allows protected encrypted television broadcasts to be viewed without a valid subscription to the broadcast provider.

The suspect was taken to a local police station where he was questioned and later received a caution.

Head of PIPCU, Detective Chief Inspector Danny Medlycott said the specialist team was the only police unit in the world dedicated to combating intellectual property crime. “Working closely with our partners and other law enforcement agencies, we are committed to tackling criminals who exploit other’s intellectual property for their own greed and financial gain,” he confirmed.

£11,000 fine for company that illegally showed Premier League games in York bar

From http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/13313427.FINED____11_000_bill_for_company_that_illegally_showed_Premier_League_games_in_York_bar/

A BAR company has been hit with an £11,000 fine for illegally screening Premier League matches in York.

The previous owner of Loop Sports Bar, in Fawcett Street, York, was prosecuted in London's High Court after showing some of last season's top flight games.

The bar is now under new management.

Investigators working on behalf of the world's most-watched sports competition visited more than 6,000 pubs and passed on information about more than 350 venues believed to be breaching copyright laws.

According to the pub's current management, the fine was handed to its previous owners, and it was one of six pubs across the country ordered to pay a combined £55,300 in costs.

A spokesman for the Premier League said: "The 2014/15 season saw the Premier League undertake its largest ever pub and supplier investigations programme, with action commenced against more than 350 pubs that breached our copyright by making unauthorised foreign broadcasts of Premier League football.

"The risks of engaging in this activity are very clear: Injunctions and significant costs awards are regularly being made in our favour in the High Court and a supplier of foreign satellite systems which allowed pubs to show unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football was jailed for nine months in late 2014/2015.

"We would advise all publicans to ignore the lies peddled by suppliers who make false claims about the legality of foreign broadcasts of our matches."

Sky He, manager of the Fawcett Street pub, took over the pub in March and said it now pays for Sky Sports and BT Sport - the country's two Premier League broadcasters.

Mr He said: "We took over the pub on March 10. We've got Sky Sports now and pay for that. We've got a contract with BT Sport as well."

BBC 4K via IP?

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/03/bbc-4k-via-ip/

Andy Quested, Head of HD and UHD at the BBC, has suggested that any entry by the broadcaster into providing UHD/4K content needn’t necessarily be in the form of a ‘traditional’ channel service.

Speaking at the Futuresource Consulting New Content Horizons conference in London, Quested – who stressed that the Corporation didn’t have a UHD implementation strategy and he was speaking in a personal capacity – told delegates that as the BBC was providing a broad range of HD content, a future possibility was that UHD could be accessed via the connected ‘Red Button’ which would take the viewer to an IP feed.

He admitted that the idea of not offering a ‘traditional’ service had been sparked by comments made by executives of Japanese broadcaster NHK, who had intimated that its Super Hi-Vision 8K system could be an optional service.

The BBC has already participated in trials of providing UHD content over IP, working with BT and Arqiva to screen the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final at the BT Tower in London.

Discovery rolls out Dplay SVoD service

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/04/discovery-rolls-out-dplay-svod-service/

Discovery is launching an entertainment and live sports SVoD service throughout Europe.

Branded Dplay, the service will stream episodes of Discovery’s factual entertainment series such as Gold Rush and Deadliest Catch, along with Eurosport’s live football and other sports including the Tour De France.

The OTT service, which was trialled in Norway last year, is now rolling out in Denmark, Sweden and Italy, with plans to launch in additional markets, including the UK, before the end of the year. It will be available online and as an app on tablets and mobile devices. Discovery has not yet revealed pricing details.

JB Perrette, president of Discovery Networks International commented: “Building on our leadership in pay-TV channels, which are still growing at a strong pace, we are also aggressively launching digital, direct-to-consumer products in key markets, with a goal of reaching one million subscribers by 2017. With an average of 10 channels in 220 markets, Discovery invests significantly in content, formats and IP to grow market share, extend our reach in new markets and platforms, and nurture our passionate viewers.”

Report: Forget UHD, SD still king

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/03/forget-uhd-standard-def-is-still-king/

While just about everyone agrees that 4K/UHD is the ‘next big thing’ for broadcasters wishing to capitalise on viewers’ lust for everything that’s bigger and brighter, the fact remains that standard definition transmissions still dominates in most parts of the world.

A detailed report from Northern Sky Research (NSR) explains the position. Looking at the state of play likely in 2024 in NSR’s “Developing Regions” then NSR states that 4K/UHD should have captured around 3 per cent of the sector’s channels. High-def is expected to be absorbing 19 per cent of the developing world’s channels. But old-fashioned Standard Def will still account for a massive 78 per cent of the region’s channels.

In fact, NSR says the number of Standard Def channels will grow. When looking at developing regions (defined here as Central and South America, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia), the number of DTH channels available to consumers is expected to show strong increases to 2024, from approximately 7,300 to just over 12,700 DTH channels. Of the nearly 5,400 channels to be added in these regions to 2024, over 78 per cent will be Standard Definition, with similar trends for Video Distribution.

In more developed regions such as North America, growth is primarily derived through increasing ARPUs. This results in a transition from basic to premium channel packages. However, in developing regions, growth is primarily driven by increasing subscriber numbers, resulting from increased economic growth and households purchasing their first TV sets.

Meanwhile, the UltraHD market in developing regions has accelerated, says NSR, with Indian DTH platforms Videocon d2h and Tata Sky launching their first UltraHD channels. The set-top boxes for this service will cost around US$100 for subscribers, which, it should be noted, is several years of a basic subscriber’s ARPU. Other platforms, such as Kino Polska TV in Poland, have announced their intention to deliver UltraHD channels to consumers. Although these new channels will introduce new revenue streams for both DTH platforms and satellite operators alike, it will still remain dwarfed by the giant of SD content.



From my Email

From the latest RSM (New Zealand) (Radio Spectrum Management) update

Greater use of TDD equipment is now allowed in 3.5 GHz band Background

When management rights and Crown spectrum licences within the 3.5 GHz band were allocated in the 2000’s, they were designed to be used by Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) equipment.
Since then, there has been a shift internationally towards the manufacture and use of Time Division Duplex (TDD) equipment for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA). Nevertheless, while TDD equipment is currently more widely available than FDD, it is not clear whether this will be the case in the future. A number of overseas manufacturers have recently undertaken trials of FDD equipment for the 3.5 GHz band.

In October 2014, Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) sent letters to management right holders and those licensing spectrum from the Crown in the 3.5 GHz band. The majority of responses to the letters supported a shift to enable greater use of TDD equipment in the 3.5 GHz band. Some respondents expressed a preference to continue to use their FDD equipment for the remainder of its usable life.

In March 2015, RSM consulted current management right holders and those licensing spectrum from the Crown on a proposal to allow greater use of TDD equipment. RSM proposed that Crown licensees be allowed to use TDD equipment in the Crown management rights and that unused spectrum in the centre band gap be made available for the trial of TDD equipment. The majority of respondents supported the essence of the proposal. A number of respondents suggested alterations to the proposal to lower the risk of interference.

View the initial proposal document

Taking into account the feedback from the submissions, RSM has decided:

1. To make two 5 MHz channels in the frequency ranges of 3495-3500 MHz and 3500-3505 MHz available for TDD trials by existing Crown licensees and private management right holders. This will be done under the administrative radio licensing regime.

To reduce risk of interference, the frequencies 3490-3495 MHz and 3505-3510 MHz will not be open for TDD trial.

Licences will be issued with a maximum of 12 months’ duration.The rules for temporary licensing in these frequencies will be specified in a public document. The issuing of licences will be at the discretion of the Chief Executive of MBIE. These licences will only be issued to entities that do not already have sufficient spectrum to trial TDD.

2.To allow Crown licensees to use TDD equipment within their current licences. Crown licensees wanting to do this will need RSM to amend the conditions on their licences which favour FDD.

Licensees wanting to do this will need an ARE (Approved Radio Engineer) to initiate and certify the licence modification requests in the Register of Radio Frequencies. Requests to modify licence conditions will need to be technically compatible with other incumbent licences.

In TLAs where there are two Crown licensees, licensees will need to come to an agreement with the other spectrum licensee before approaching RSM.

Licences modified to allow TDD use will also have a new condition specifying that any TDD deployment must transmit at a bandwidth no greater than 5 MHz.

View the decision document


View the Temporary Radio Licensing Policy Rules for the frequency ranges 3495-3500 MHz and 3500-3505 MHz


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E Several updates in the TV Plus package.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12557 H"Outdoor Channel International" has left .
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12686 H "TVB Good Show" has started on , Irdeto.

Vinasat 1 132.0E 11549 H Kenh 17 and The Thao TV have started on , encrypted.

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 4120 V "Hollywood Movie Channel and MTV Taiwan" are encrypted again.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4013 H "Sansha TV" is now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "AXN Indonesia has replaced Matrix Sports 2" on , ABV.
Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Shine TV" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "Yemen TV" is back on , Fta.

ST 2 88.0E Several updates in the Videocon d2h package.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "TVD Shop, Beauty TV Thailand, Meekhun TV, Hit station, 65 Love TV, Metro TV, Hi Channel, Kaset 24 hours, Kaset Nano Channel, Kaset Ramruay Channel, Korkaew Channel and Goodfilms TV are Fta again.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 4120 V "Fight Sports and Da Vinci Learning Asia" have started on encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 H "Ploen TV has replaced Sun Channel" on , encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E Ploen TV has replaced Sun Channel on 3800 H and 12687 V, encrypted.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Paramount Channel(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11605 V 43200参数无效接收。 [6月1日]
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NewSat saga nears ending with satellite fire sale

From http://www.afr.com/business/telecommunications/newsat-saga-nears-ending-with-satellite-fire-sale-20150602-ghez42

NewSat is set to sell to a foreign player by early June as part of a $US200 million ($260 million) to $US250 million fire sale.

Jabiru-1 was NewSat's $620 million project, which had powerful supporters including former Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

NewSat, the embattled Australia company that attempted to launch its own satellite, is set to see its assets sold to a foreign player by early June as part of a $US200 million ($260 million) to $US250 million fire sale.

Jabiru-1 was NewSat's $620 million project to own and operate its own satellite. It enjoyed powerful supporters including former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull but funding woes push the company into administration last month amid allegations of excessive spending.

Fairfax Media understands that the sales process, led by New York-based advisory firm Peter J Solomon Company, is set to be finalised by early June with the bids due by Friday. Malaysian satellite operator Measat is the frontrunner with a bid believed to be worth between $US200 million to $US250 million.

This would include payments to satellite builder Lockheed Martin to complete Jabiru-1, rocket launch provider Arianespace as well as the lenders – Export-Import Bank and French credit agency COFACE.

Patriotic backers

But shareholders from Singapore and Australia who have injected around $200 million in funding, including many smaller investors who were strong backers for patriotic reasons, will not see a return on their investment.

Lockheed Martin last week seized ownership of the satellite after NewSat's Australian receivers, McGrathNicol, declined to take on the liability for the remaining cost of construction.

This means the only secured NewSat-owned assets being put on sale are its teleport business, which involve ground stations that receive signals from space, and the launch window with Arianespace in late-2016.

Telstra, Singtel-Optus and Speedcast are all understood to be bidding for NewSat's existing teleport business, which experts have valued at between $US15 million and $US30 million. But they are likely to be trumped by a larger bid that would include all assets – including payments to Lockheed Martin.

Sources said NewSat founder Adrian Ballintine is attempting to form a consortium with the backing of shareholders and other lenders that would revive the company's chances. But sources said his efforts were being challenged by the reticence of key vendors whose support would be required for a deal.

PPB Advisory practice leader Marcus Ayres declined to comment on the potential bids but said he would continue supporting McGrathNicol in getting the best possible outcome.

"We'll be calling a meeting ... in the next couple of weeks [to discuss the process]," he said. "We've really been in a holding pattern waiting for what the receiver will do.

"But it will wrap up soon."

NewSat was previously touted by critics of Labor's national broadband network as a cheaper alternative for its $2 billion program to launch two dedicated broadband satellites for rural and remote homes and businesses.

But NBN chief executive Bill Morrow last week told journalists he was pleased about the company's decision to build and launch its own satellites in light of NewSat's issues.

AsiaSat Announces UHD Broadcast Initiative in Asia

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 2 June 2015 – Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) today announced the plan to deploy Asia’s first dedicated Ultra HD (UHD) broadcast platform in the next few months.

Initially using a C-band transponder on AsiaSat 4 at 122°E, the UHD platform, based on DVB-S2 and HEVC solutions, will be able to deliver 2-5 full time UHD channels. Transmissions will be in a free to air format, available for reception by terrestrial TV stations, pay TV platforms and home viewers across Asia which possess appropriate decoding equipment and a C-band antenna as small as 2.4 metres.
William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat, said, “UHD is gaining momentum in Asia with UHD TV sets readily available and affordable. However, there is still a lack of UHD content and consumer receivers in Asia. AsiaSat is proud to play a key role in UHD content delivery in Asia with the launch of this new UHD broadcast platform. We are committed to working closely with content and technology partners to make the delivery economics work for UHD broadcasting in this part of the world.”

“The adoption of UHD will continue to be driven by consumers’ increasing demand for improved picture quality for sports and movies. Upcoming major sporting events such as the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and the 2018 FIFA World Cup are expected to be key drivers for the adoption of UHD. We look forward to supporting the UHD transmissions of these events on AsiaSat 4 and our future AsiaSat 9 satellite that is designed to meet the higher throughput requirements of UHD broadcasting.”

“As Asia’s premier satellite operator for over 25 years, AsiaSat has always strived to be at the forefront of advancing satellite communications. We are well positioned to work with our partners to introduce more exciting TV services to Asia,” Wade further added.

The UHD Research Laboratory was established at AsiaSat’s Tai Po Earth Station in Hong Kong. This initiative is aimed at promoting and incubating the reception of UHD content under the AsiaSat footprint. The Lab is tasked to evaluate UHD solutions including the technical compatibility of satellite reception and transmission, playout and compression technologies, as well as content providers. Over the past few months, tests were successfully conducted on various HEVC encoding equipment, including off-air and real-time transcoding of channels at various bit rates.

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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016 or early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.
Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel: (852) 2500 0899 Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Mobile: (852) 9097 1210 Email: wpang@asiasat.com
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com

Mega Media Indonesia taps Irdeto for OTT service launch

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/mega-media-indonesia-taps-irdeto-for-ott-service-launch--1085206

Mega Media Indonesia, owner of satellite pay-TV service Orange TV, has selected Irdeto’s Multiscreen services to support the commercial launch of its Genflix over-the-top (OTT) content delivery service. Mega Media has been working closely with Irdeto since 2011, relying on its Cloaked CA software security and Irdeto Rights services for Orange TV. With Irdeto Multiscreen, Genflix can manage, deliver, secure and monetize content on any device.

In addition to providing protection for premium content, the Irdeto Multiscreen service will also enable Genflix to offer consumers a more personalized experience across a variety of devices.

To support Genflix, Irdeto is cooperating with several strategic partners. Elemental Technologies is supporting the expansion of Genflix service availability on smart devices as well as broadening content offers for subscribers across Indonesia. Genflix is using bitmovin’s ‘bitdash’ mpeg-dash video player to offer live and on-demand video streaming and Conversant Solutions CDN services to enable content delivery to consumers.

ABS Goes For Newtec Dialog

From http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=45986

Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, today announced global satellite operator ABS has selected Newtec Dialog® to launch next generation VSAT and data services.

As a multiservice platform, Newtec Dialog guarantees optimal modulation and bandwidth allocation – whether it is being used for enterprise, consumer broadband, cellular backhaul, mobility or HTS networks.

ABS has ordered a Newtec 4IF Dialog Hub, which will be deployed at one of its regional teleport facilities in Asia. The first installation phase is expected to be completed in July 2015.

“Newtec Dialog is unique in that it enables operators to build their network and diversify their services as their business grows and the market changes,” said Newtec’s CEO Serge Van Herck. “We are pleased the needs of ABS can be satisfied with our award-winning platform and look forward to seeing the operator enjoy the full benefits of Newtec Dialog.”

Newtec Dialog also features Newtec’s new patented return link technology called Mx-DMA™, or Cross-Dimensional Multiple Access. Together with HighResCoding (HRC™), it combines the best of both worlds, incorporating the best features of MF-TDMA and SCPC technologies. This enables services to run more efficiently than ever before over satellite, while still providing the option to have the platform also run in either SCPC or MF-TDMA.

Tom Choi, CEO at ABS, said: “With Newtec Dialog, we are confident that we have found a reliable solution that can be deployed quickly and cost-effectively.”

For more information about Newtec Dialog, see www.newtec.eu/product/newtec-dialog.

Newtec representatives are also available to visit at CommunicAsia this week 1 at stand P02-01, on Level 1.

- ENDS -

Your Contacts
Kerstin Roost
Public Relations Director
Tel: +49 30 430 95 562

Penny Hill
Marketing Director
Tel: +65 8189 88 35

Visit Newtec at CommunicAsia in Singapore and ANGA COM in Cologne the coming weeks.

About Newtec
Newtec, www.newtec.eu, is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. As a pioneer in the industry, Newtec is dedicated to creating new possibilities for the broadcast, IP trunking and backhauling, consumer and enterprise VSAT and government and defense markets. Our products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA networks, manned and unmanned aircrafts, border control and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

For over 30 years, our dedicated team of specialists has set industry standards with the most efficient, scalable and economical technology solutions. New challenges and customer needs offer opportunities to explore new boundaries. This empowers us to work even harder, helping customers to perform their best so that, together, we can make the world a safer, more informed and connected place. As a result, more than 3 billion people watch TV every day thanks to Newtec technology.

Newtec is a European company founded in 1985. Through commercial offices in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), Dubai (UAE), Singapore, Beijing (China), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Stamford, CT (USA) as well as an extensive network of over 100 certified partners, Newtec can meet customer’s needs worldwide.

About ABS
ABS, www.absatellite.com, is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites; ABS-2, ABS-3, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, ABS-7 and the recently launched ABS-3A. The satellite fleet covers over 80% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

ABS-2A, the second of the pair of 702SP satellites procured from Boeing, is planned to launch in late 2015. ABS plans to add more satellites over the next 2-3 years to its growing fleet.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, Dubai, South Africa, Germany, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira. The Permira funds acquired ABS in 2010.

Thaicom makes the gossip with first 2nd Screen platform in Thailand

From http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2015/06/01/thaicom-makes-gossip-first-2nd-screen-platform-thailand#axzz3bvtDF5vp

Satellite operator partners with Kantana Group, Intouch Holdings to offer users enhanced viewing experience and drive m-commerce

Nonthaburi, Thailand, 01 June 2015 — Thaicom, one of Asia’s leading satellite operators, alongside a joint venture between Kantana Group and Intouch Holdings has today announced the launch of its first 2nd Screen platform deployment in Thailand.

The service will first be used to air Gossip Girl, licensed from the Gossip Girl TV series in the USA, on one of Thailand’s biggest broadcasters: the Channel 3 Television Network.

“2nd Screen is the future trend of the broadcasting business,” said Patompob Suwansiri, Chief Marketing Officer at Thaicom. “We developed this 2nd Screen platform as part of Thaicom’s Broadband & Broadcast convergence platform which will help us progress towards our goal of being an end-to-end service provider to our customers in the media industry and broadcasting.”

Patompob added: “We are very excited that InTouch, Kantana Group has chosen to deploy our service in the coming months and we look forward to seeing where we can take this innovative service in the future.”

Whether it be for emailing, texting, shopping, social networking or web browsing, Tablet and Smartphone owners are often using their mobile devices while watching television. The 2nd screen service will actually encourage viewers to use their Smartphones while watching the show.

“Gossip Girl is an ideal program for the 2nd screen launch due the shows appeal to younger, tech-savvy viewers,” said Sasikorn Chansate, CEO, Television Business, Kantana Group Public Company Limited. “Viewers will be able to watch the program when and where they want, as much as they want, and will also be able to interact with other fans online. We are especially excited to hear viewers’ feedback on the service.”

The second screen platform will enhance users’ viewing experience by giving them access to additional content on a mobile device while watching the show on their television. Additional content will include on-demand video including uncensored versions of the show and bonus scenes, additional information about characters, actors and plotlines, as well as games, quizzes, shopping and social networking opportunities.

Kim Siritaweechai, EVP, Portfolio Management, Intouch Holding Public Company Limited, believes the service will not only benefit viewers, but also participating networks and sponsors by opening up new revenue streams and driving m-commerce.

“Sponsors will be able to deliver more consumer-friendly advertisements, including interactive and “gamified” ads, while retail companies will be able to offer exclusive discounts and shopping opportunities to viewers, even letting them shop for clothes seen on the show,” said Mr. Siritaweechai. “Participating networks will benefit through receiving consumer behavior information that will help them target audiences and, in turn, increase program ratings. We look forward to hearing positive feedback from all parties involved.”

The 2nd screen service will be available to download in Apple Store & Play Store at the end of June. The eighteen-episode series of Gossip Girl will air in early July on Thailand’s Channel 3 Television Network at 11pm every Thursday.

THAICOM Public Company Limited, a leading Asian satellite operator, was established in 1991. The Company was the first to launch a broadband satellite in the world, and is a leader in developing integrated solutions for satellite broadband and broadcast services. The Company’s engineering teams provide leading-edge innovative solutions for satellite-based telecommunications services. Since its establishment the Company has launched seven satellites, with four satellites in operation: Thaicom-4 (IPSTAR) provides a variety of broadband and data services, including cellular backhaul, mobility, government USO support, content delivery, business continuity and emergency services in thirteen countries in Asia Pacific. Thaicom-6 is to expand the Company’s broadcast carrying capacity in SE Asia and Africa (by the name “Africom-1”) and is collocated with Thaicom-5 at 78.5 degrees East; the satellites board a combined 700 TV channels both in SD and HD formats. Thaicom-7 was launched in September 2014 to provide media & data services for Asia’s and Australasia’s entertainment and telecom industries at 120 degrees East. Thaicom-8 will be launched in 2016 to expand Thaicom’s servicing capacity and footprint in the region.

THAICOM is traded on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) under the trade symbol “THCOM”.


Torsten Notzke (66 2) 596-5083 torstenn@thaicom.net

ABS Teaming with Boeing, SpaceX for another Electric Satellite

From http://www.military-technologies.net/2015/06/01/abs-teaming-with-boeing-spacex-for-another-electric-satellite/

SINGAPORE — Satellite fleet operator ABS is ordering a third Boeing 702SP all-electric satellite for launch in late 2017 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket even before the first one, which inaugurated the all-electric Boeing product, reaches final operating position and proves itself, ABS Chief Executive Thomas Choi said June 1.

A contract signing is expected this week, Choi said.

Choi said the business plan for the ABS-8 satellite, to be located at 116.1 degrees east in geostationary orbit, stands on its own merits without requiring that Bermuda-based ABS find a co-passenger for the Falcon 9 launch.

He said ABS and Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX may eventually find a second satellite to share the launch but that this would only add to the project’s profitability and is not indispensable.

In a presentation here to the CASBAA Satellite industry Forum 2015 conference, and a brief interview afterwards, Choi said the ABS-2A satellite launched in March is not only expected to reach geostationary orbit faster than predicted, but that it also is generating more on-board power than ABS had penciled into its forecasts.

ABS-2A and the Eutelsat 115 West B, owned by Paris-based Eutelsat’s Eutelsat Americas division, were the first two Western-built all-electric satellites and part of a four-satellite package whose second pair, also owned by ABS and Eutelsat, is scheduled for launch late this year aboard a Falcon 9.

All-electric satellites replace chemical propellant and shave hundreds of kilograms from a satellite’s launch mass, allowing owners to pile on additional payload capacity or take advantage of lower launch costs.

But the all-electric design requires months, not a couple of weeks, to reach final geostationary position some 36,000 kilometers over the equator.

The ABS and Eutelsat satellites will reach their destination this autumn.

But Choi said his company is so happy with the initial performance that it proceeded with the order for ABS-8 even though the contract comes too late to take advantage of the options included in the initial four-satellite contract.

Asked whether he was concerned that SpaceX’s launch manifest might not be able to accommodate a 2017 launch, Choi said he was confident that a mutually agreeable launch date would be found and that, in any event, the ABS-7 satellite is already at the 116.1-degree slot, partly relieving the launch schedule pressure.

ABS-8 is a tri-band satellite with C-, Ku- and Ka-band capacity, part of it devoted to a high-throughput mission with multiple spot beams that, depending on market conditions then, could be transformed into a more-classic widebeam satellite given the flexibility of the payload.

Without going into details, Choi said ABS would be focusing on high-throughput video distribution in certain markets with satellites that will cost much less, on a cost-per-megabit basis, than today’s models.

He said ABS-8 will cost “an order of magnitude less” than current-generation geostationary satellites, a feature Choi said is necessary if the satellite industry is to survive the onslaught of terrestrial broadband competition.

“This industry is growing at maybe 2-3 percent per year and that is not healthy versus mobile telcos growing at a low-double-digit rate,” Choi said. “I hear satellite operators saying some of their markets are saturated, but if you decrease your prices you will find more customers, and that means some sort of HTS [high-throughtput satellite] platform.

“We have talked to telcos about ABS-8 and they have said, ‘This is amazing, we can be more competitive with this than with microwave to go into more rural areas.’”

RSCC to cover European Russia with Ka-band broadband

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/rscc-to-cover-european-russia-with-ka-band-broadband--1084958

Russian state-owned satellite operator RSCC plans to launch a Western segment of its satellite broadband system over the Ka-band, reports Comnews.ru. The network will cover the European part of Russia, the Urals and Siberia. The operator plans to spend RUB 293 million on the acquisition of the terrestrial hub and its launch in the town of Dubna. The western segment should be launched in the beginning of 2016. Services are already available in the Eastern segment. Applications in the tender for the acquisition of the equipment can be submitted until 17 June.

RR Media takes RAI channels worldwide

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/06/02/rr-media-takes-rai-channels-worldwide/

rai buildingRR Media has commenced delivering RAI Italia, Rai News 24 and Rai World Premium to worldwide audiences from June 1, 2015.

RR Media receives the channel content from RAI headquarters in Italy to its global media centres where content processing and conversion takes place. From there, RR Media delivers RAI Italia channels to North America, South America and Australia via its smart global network with optimized content delivery over satellite, fibre and the internet. RR Media delivers the RAI channels to over 150 TV service providers across three regions to audiences in the millions.

“The RAI channels are the most popular Italian channels abroad, so we wanted to work with a company that has the widest coverage to reach our audiences abroad,” said RAI Com’s CEO Luigi De Siervo.

“RR Media’s flexible approach and expansive media facilities means that we can receive a wide variety of media services all under one roof.”

RR Media’s Shlomi Izkovitz, VP Global Sales added: “This agreement highlights our expertise and knowledge to manage and deliver relevant content to audiences across the globe. RAI Channels now receive greater services in other regions all from one company, RR Media. We are very happy to make the RAI channels available to millions of people across the world.”

Triax to unveil second generation HDMI products

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/376731/triax-to-unveil-second-generation-hdmi-products/

Triax is set to unveil a range of solutions at ANGA COM, including HMDI products that are designed to distribute 4K, 3D and 1080p “real HD” signals.

Triax said these second-generation HMDI products can distribute real HD signals to single point-to-point or multi-room installations over 70 metres (1080p) or 40 metres (4K)

These solutions are “ideal for commercial environments like bars and retail outlets, educational facilities or smart home applications,” according to Triax.

The firm will also showcase the Triax triple receiver STC 221, which has a triple tuner for DVB-S2, DVB-T/T2 and DVB-C. It also has a combi-receiver for the simultaneous reception of two types of signal – for example, satellite and additional reception via cable.

The receiver has HbbTV support, a Triax portal with apps and a media player and a CI + interface.

In addition, Triax will launch its ‘hospitality solution,’ which is aimed at hotel owners, allowing for TV, radio, video, information channels and web content to be distributed throughout hotels.

“Content is distributed directly to in-room and is aimed at meeting guests’ entertainment and service needs. Comprising the latest TDX or TDH headends with a conditional access system (CAS) for secure pay TV channel options and middleware, TRIAX hospitality solution can use existing coax cables or IP network infrastructure to deliver high quality HD content to all guests,” said Triax.

Other products that Triax will show off at ANGA are its new optical multi-switch, which comprises optical receiver, RF re-converter and multi-switch in one device, and its new Platinum taps and splitters – professional components for CATV distribution systems.

Triax will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.2, stand G11.

Viacom 18 launches HD feed of Aapka Colors in US

From Indian Television

MUMBAI: Viacom 18 has launched the high definition (HD) feed of its channel Aapka Colors in the US.

The channel will be available to viewers from 3 June, 2015 on US pay-TV provider Dish and on Sling International.

Currently, the channel’s SD feed is available to subscribers of multiple MVPDs including Dish, Sling TV, AT&T, RCN and Verizon Fios among others. The introduction of the HD feed offers Dish and Sling subscribers all current content of Aapka Colors with an even more immersive viewing experience – clearer picture and superior sound.

IndiaCast group COO Gaurav Gandhi said, “With the launch the HD service of Aapka Colors on Dish and Sling, we further enhance our offering on those platforms. We at Viacom 18 and IndiaCast, strive to bring the best of Indian entertainment to the South Asian diaspora around the globe. The fact that US will be the first market after India where we will launch the HD service of the channel demonstrates our commitment and focus towards the market. Together with Dish and Sling, we look forward to offering a truly world class viewing experience to our audiences who have contributed phenomenally to the growth of our business in the US.”

On the communication approach to promote the launch of the HD feed, IndiaCast US operations head Sameer Goswami added, “Aapka Colors enjoys high resonance with the South Asian diaspora in the US and the launch of the HD feed of the channel will further help the brand to get even more entrenched with the local viewers in the region. We will leverage the reach of popular mass media, social platforms, along with in-cinema and out-of-home promotions for the launch of Aapka Colors HD.”

Dish and Sling SVP - international programming Chris Kuelling added, “We are proud to be the first pay-TV provider in the US to deliver Aapka Colors in HD, giving our customers an enhanced viewing experience and delivering on our ongoing commitment to provide high quality, affordable entertainment that connects viewers to their culture. And with Sling, viewers will be able to access Aapka Colors in HD on almost any device including IOS, Android, Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire and more.”

India’s active DTH subscriber base to reach 75 million by 2023: MPA

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/india-s-active-dth-subscriber-base-to-reach-75-million-by-2023-mpa-150602

MUMBAI: Even as India continues to remain the most important market for DTH pay-TV in Asia Pacific, active direct to home (DTH) subscribers in the country are projected to touch 75 million by 2023 from 41 million in 2014.

The increase in contribution from high-ARPU (average revenue per user) HD subscribers, upselling of SD subscribers to high-value packs, and a higher uptake of VAS, will bolster industry economics in India, as per a report by Media Partners Asia (MPA).

Additionally, total Asia Pacific DTH pay-TV subscribers grew nine per cent in 2014 to more than 61 million in 2014 while industry revenue grew five per cent to top $9 billion, according to the MPA research.

While India, Malaysia and the Philippines continue to remain strong DTH markets, Indonesia, Korea and Japan are coming under increased pressure.

MPA projections indicate that total Asia Pacific DTH industry pay-TV revenue will grow at seven per cent CAGR to $12.5 billion by 2019 and thereafter grow to reach $15 billion by 2023, with significant upside coming from HD and VoD-driven value added services (VAS).

DTH’s share of total pay-TV subscribers in Asia Pacific will grow from 12 per cent to 22 per cent over the next 10 years. In recent years, DTH has experienced a significant phase of growth in Asia, driven by the expansion of DTH pay-TV in India, Southeast Asia and Korea. However, the growth of broadband, IPTV and OTT is placing a natural limit on future growth while macro concerns and aggressive competition are also challenging.

The Philippines has also emerged as a strong market for DTH growth in recent years, driven by Cignal and Gsat. Total DTH pay-TV subs reached 1.06 million in 2014 and will rise 3x over the next decade with future upside coming from significant HD growth and package upselling, which will help boost ARPUs.

DTH will also play an important role in the growth of pay-TV in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam but its growth remains capped in markets such as Indonesia and Thailand. However, in Indonesia there could be significantly more upside if leading operators convert the existing free satellite market to pay-TV (starting with a low cost offer) and programme more premium local pay channels.

In Malaysia, DTH will retain a dominant chunk of the pay-TV market, driven by Astro through HD and DVR services as well as VoD and the emergence of premium vernacular and Asian content, exclusive to the Astro DTH platform.


Monday feeds

IS 19 12515 V Sr 10000 "FIFI U20 WC 1" beIN SPoRTS feed..

D2 12662 V Sr 6669 "Globecast 2.1" Tractor Racing
D2 12274 V Sr 7200 "TEN9O5"

D1 12645 V Sr 7200 "Tandberg Service" Colorbars
D1 12635 V Srt 7200 "CHN 7 SLOT 6" Encrypted (provider Mt Buller TV)

D1 12672 V Sr 7500 "IP-UPLINKS.COM" WAFL
D1 12662 V Sr 7200 ATN 7NEWSS
D1 12680 V Sr 7500 BTQ SNG4

Sunday feeds

D2 12662V 6669 "Globecast Oz" horses

D1 12429 V Sr 7000 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, "STS 3" NRL FTA..
D1 12420 V Sr 7000 5/6, DVBS2/8PK, 1920x1080/50i HD.."STS8" Shute Shield Final

Saturday Feeds
IS19 12513V & 12525V, 10000sr, 3/4, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, Fifa U20 Soccer NZ Fta

From my Email

AFN Viewers update

Technical Data Sheet (UPDATED 27 APRIL 2015)
Some AFN viewers in the Pacific who migrated to the new Korea-Sat 5 satellite are reporting that they are receiving a substandard signal. We very much regret this, and we’re doing something about it. If you live off-base in Japan, Korea or the Philippines and receive AFN TV from satellite, making a few easy decoder setting changes will improve signal quality. The second step to improve your signal quality is to have a minimum size satellite dish of 80 centimeters.

All off-base AFN TV viewers in Japan, Korea or the Philippines need to make these decoder setting changes now through May 29.
All viewers currently receiving AFN while serving with a land-based unit in the Central Pacific to Thailand via the IS-19 C-band satellite must make the changes outlined below between May 1-29. If you currently receive AFN while serving with a land-based unit in the Central Pacific to Thailand via the IS-19 C-band satellite, we have a different solution that will reduce the chances of weather caused signal interruption. We strongly suggest you call our 24/7 Help Desk now so that one of our highly trained experienced technicians can give you the best course of action for your location and circumstances. You can reach them at DSN 312-348-1339 or U.S. commercial 951-413-2339 or email them at sathelpdma@mail.mil.
Here are the two satellites impacted, and their technical specifications:

Korea-Sat 5, 113 ° East
Uplink: 14.338 GHz, HP
Downlink: 12.590 GHz, VP
L-Band/LO Freq: 1990/10.6
53.61 dBW EIRP
Network ID: 18
Symbol Rate: 28.0 MS/s

If you do not currently have a signal, minimum satellite dish size to get signal lock is 80 centimeters. An 80 centimeter dish or larger will improve signal lock for viewers in all parts of Japan and Korea, but if you currently get an adequate signal lock with a smaller dish, there is no need to change.

IS-18, 180 ° East
Downlink: 3753.25 MHz
Symbol Rate: 28.0000 MSymbols/sec
FEC: ¾
Network ID: 19

(Craig's comment, they have left , moved to Intelsat @ 180E now)

From Saldav1

Asiasat 5 Feeds log

4067 H SR 7199 SUI25 SD 1 World Congress 2015 meeting regarding the FIFA issues, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7120 IEC CRT OU 1 Enc FINA Diving World Series, Merida, MEXICO 2015, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7200 $TV7-ENC-2 ($Scrambled.)
3733 V SR 7199 SD ENC-B Pic. of the Shangri-La lobby at a conference, (FTA.)
4068 H SR 7199 $STS 4 - feed, ($Scrambled.)
3628 H SR 1063 MediaOne1 News Report - India.
3755 V SR 7120 IEC CRT OU3 Enc Stockholm Marathon, (FTA.)

A very wet and overcast Stockholm but what a beautiful city!

3876 H SR 7199 RUS-076 FIVB Moscow Grand Slam Beach Volleyball World Tour, (FTA.)
3907 H SR 5631 Ericsson Service CCTV 5 QuanJian Table Tennis, (FTA.)
3916 H SR 7199 HD ENC-3A Japanese J-League Soccer - Osaka, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7199 HD ENC-4A J-League Soccer, (FTA.)

Both these transponders are carrying different Soccer games.

4096 H SR 4937 ENC2 CCTV Africa Link News Reports, (FTA.)
3925 H SR 7199 CAT PATH 1 Soccer from THAILAND, (FTA.)
3935 H SR 7199 CAT PATH 2 Soccer from THAILAND, (FTA.)

Both these transponder are carrying the same Soccer game.

3746 V SR 7119 IEC CRT OU1 Enc FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015,(FTA.)
4151 H SR 15000 $ELIMINATION CHAMB ($Scrambled.)

From the Dish

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Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Ez Shop has started on, Fta. Lejel Home Shopping Live" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Reformed 21" is back on again, Fta. ELbox is now Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Malakoot Shine TV" has started on , Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3722 H "Bunayya TV and Islam Channel" have left .
Telkom 1 108.0E 3916 H "Ahsan TV" has left again.

NSS 6 95.0E 12535 V "News 7 Tamil" is now encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4133 H "Assam Talks" has started on ,Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H One HD has started on , Fta. TVD Shop, Beauty TV Thailand, Meekhun TV, Hit station, 65 Love TV, Metro TV, Hi Channel, Kaset 24 hours, Kaset Nano Channel, Kaset Ramruay Channel and Korkaew Channel are now encrypted. Goodfilms TV is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4120 V Thrill and Animax East Asia have started on , encrypted. 9 Yord, ChernYim Channel, CTH WWE and Max Sports have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12355 V Food Network Asia, Now Entertainment, Now Jelli and Nat Geo Music have started on, encrypted. Fox Movies Premium HD and Channel V International have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3731 H "5 Special has replaced 5 Biscope" on , encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4000 H Food Network Asia, Now Entertainment, Now Jelli and Nat Geo Music have started on , encrypted.\ Fox Movies Premium HD and Channel V International have left.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Zaa Network" has started on , Fta Chic Station has left.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Zaa Network" is now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 11052 V "Buddha" is Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Bangla Music, Channel 5 and Filmy Bangla" have left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11514 V "NF TV and LX TV" have left .

Express AM6 53.0E 3709 L "Future International" has started on , Fta.

Yamal 202 49.0E 3731 R "GTRK Vainah" has left .
Yamal 202 49.0E 3743 L "Telekanal Spas" has left .
Yamal 202 49.0E 3870 R "RGVK Dagestan" has left .

Express AM7 40.0E 3543 R "ORT Planeta" has started on, Fta.
Express AM7 40.0E 3581 R "GTRK Orenburg" has started on , BISS.

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Illegal sports piracy networks undercutting TV networks

From http://www.theage.com.au/business/illegal-sports-piracy-networks-undercutting-tv-networks-20150601-ghd65z

Piracy is hitting legitimate TV sports operators hard.

International pirates are aiming to undercut Australia's local pay TV monopoly, Foxtel, and Sky Racing by tens of thousands of dollars a year through an elaborate global operation.

For the first time, rogue operators are ripping off the digital feeds for Sky Racing and Foxtel's channels – including Fox Footy – and selling them back to Australians for $17.99 a month.

This compares with Fox Footy and Sky Racing packages costing pubs and clubs almost $50,000 a year, while Foxtel's basic sports package costs general consumers $50 per month.

The pirated content comes as Foxtel and Australia's free-to-air commercial television networks are negotiating the broadcast rights for the AFL and the NRL, which are expected to more than a combined $3 billion over five years.

It is feared that if these rogue operators become big enough, they have the potential to rob traditional broadcasters of their ability to monetise sport broadcast rights, which are becoming increasingly expensive.

"It is like a big cancer that is going to eat up your whole organisation," said Tony Ishak, the managing director of World Media International, who has warned of the threat piracy poses to traditional pay TV broadcasters for the past four years.

"It seems everyone is waiting for the problem to get big enough before they act, but by then it could be too late."

Pirate offers variety

International website realsportsstreams.com is one provider that is offering Foxtel and Sky Racing content for $17.99 per month.

The website's channel list includes Fox Footy HD, the various Fox Sports Channels and Sky Racing as well as ESPN, BT Sports, Setanta and others.

"It's the crème de la crème of world sport," Mr Ishak said.

The website's home page features a pictures of Sydney Swans star Lance 'Buddy' Franklin, and Australian cricket world champion Dave Warner. It also has a Twitter account that promoted last week's Fox Footy interview with sacked Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Pirates had previously tapped into the feeds of sport content, such as the English Premier League, from broadcast rights holders in other jurisdictions, such as a the Middle East, and then sold it into Australia. Although it was the same sport that Australian companies had the rights for, it featured foreign commentary teams.

"Now, it's apples for apples," Mr Ishak said.

Real Sports Streams offers the sport content through a free software media player called Kodi, which enables people to watch movies, TV shows and live TV on set top boxes, computers, tablets and phones.

Unanswered questions

When contacted by Fairfax Media, Real Sports Streams said: "why are you doing an article about us?" It did not answer a subsequent list of questions about its operations.

Any Foxtel device can be accessed legally by paying the regular subscription. Fairfax Media understands that the pirates then send the digital feeds through the back of a set top box to centralised servers, most of which are located in the Netherlands.

Customers then download the Kodi software and obtain the illicit feed.

Mr Ishak said it was difficult to pinpoint some of the rogue operators.

"It depends on what curtains they are hiding behind. Some are more advanced than others. It is like a cat-and-mouse game."

Tabcorp's general manager for corporate affairs, Nicholas Tzaferis, said: "This is overt piracy and it's damaging to Australian racing and its thousands of participants."

A Foxtel spokesman urged the Abbott government to quickly implement its proposed laws, which politicians are expected to debate in coming months, to block pirate websites.

"We are aware of the feasibility of streaming sports content illegally," the spokesman said.

"The emergence of pirate services like this is just further evidence of why the government needs to enact legislation designed to block these illegal sites as quickly as possible."

NZ Regional TV stations 'fighting to stay alive'

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11458071

New Zealand On Air is changing its funding system for regional television, but it is too late for the three tiny stations that have closed so far this year.

Cue TV in Invercargill closed on April 10 after the local polytech dropped support and others are fighting to stay alive, said regional TV campaigner David Beatson.

Beatson said many financial problems in the sector came after digitisation when they had to pay government transmission agency Kordia commercial prices for their TV frequencies.

Daryl Anderson, of Central TV, closed local stations in Rotorua and Matamata at the end of April.

Anderson said NZ On Air paid little mind to funding of regional services and focused on supporting national broadcasters like TVNZ and MediaWorks.

NZ On Air pays out about $1.5 million for 11 stations. Anderson said the sector could be saved if that was doubled.

Last week NZ On Air unveiled a new policy for funding regional news and information services encouraging local media and local bodies to support regional stations. By changing the system the agency is effectively restructuring the sector but says it is doing so to support it.

Beatson is a former chairman of NZ On Air. He says without extra money the initiative is too little too late and existing operators are struggling to survive. The initiative will likely shut out some existing operators and reduce the number of stations, but fewer applicants would get more.

NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson rejected any suggestion the organisation was overly focused on funding commercial shows on networks and faced a funding freeze.

Many regional stations did not have an adequate business case, she said. NZ On Air funded content and not the overall costs of running TV stations.

She rejected a suggestion the agency had paid too little mind to regional broadcasting, saying the agency was launching the new initiative to make regional TV sustainable.

Beatson said the NZ On Air approach was self-fulfilling because the lack of content funding over several years meant audiences had been suppressed.

A NZ On Air document said: "We expect potential providers will have clear support from important regional leaders such as local government significant community entities local business and iwi. We hope to see new multimedia, multi-platform alliances in TV, digital media, print and radio that could help audiences find funded content."

Wrightson declined to discuss whether NZ On Air was prepared to change its priorities to give more money to regional TV. Applications for content funding close on December 10.

Intelsat and BT win BBC business

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/01/intelsat-and-bt-win-bbc-business/

Intelsat is working with BT Group to distribute BBC World Service over the Asia-Pacific region, Africa and Latin America.

Under the new multi-year, multi-transponder agreement, BT will leverage capacity from three of Intelsat’s leading satellite neighbourhoods to distribute programming for BBC World Service, a premier provider of global news and content. BT will have access to Intelsat’s teleport facility in Napa, California along with the company’s terrestrial fibre network, IntelsatOne.

Three Intelsat satellites will be used: Intelsat 10-02 located at 1°W, Intelsat 805 at 55.5°W and Intelsat 19 at 166.0°E, combined with BT’s service offerings, will allow BBC World Service to increase its channel line-up and continue access to millions of listeners and viewers throughout Asia Pacific, Africa and the Americas.

“Intelsat and BT have a long and proven track record of leveraging each other’s technical strengths to help advance our customers’ business and growth objectives,” said Mark Wilson-Dunn, VP/BT Media & Broadcast.

Nigel Fry, Head of Distribution, BBC World Service, added, “In today’s information age, our viewers want fast-breaking, high quality and reliable content at all times regardless of location. By partnering with BT and Intelsat, we know that we will receive a seamless, integrated solution and distribution platforms that enable us to reliably reach our audience around the world.”

“BBC World Service has very specific requirements as it relates to its global programming needs, including optimizing its distribution and overall operational efficiency. By combining our distribution network with BT’s service offerings, we created a solution that provides BBC World Service with international distribution that serves its global audience, and supports its growth objectives,” said Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing. “BBC World Service premier content contributes to the nearly 5,500 SD and HD channels distributed across our fleet and can be accessed by tens of millions of viewers across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America through our media neighbourhoods.”

NHK to capture FIFA Women’s World Cup in 8K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/02/nhk-to-capture-fifa-womens-world-cup-in-8k/

June 1st marked 80 years since the start of Japan’s NHK public service international transmissions. The international service, which began with radio broadcasts in 1935, today conveys the latest stories from Japan and Asia to the world via television, radio, and the Internet. NHK used the occasion to broadcast a variety of domestic and international programmes for this milestone.

News also emerged that NHK is to capture the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament in 8K. The event itself is being held in Canada this summer, and will be a test for future sports events in 8K, not least Japan’s Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.. NHK’s 8K has a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, and will include 22.2 channel 3D audio.

The signals will be sent to Japan where there will be public viewings on 350 inch screens. The US will also host public viewings in New York at the NBC HQ at Rockerfeller Plaza and the Zanuck Theatre in Los Angeles. Canada will also get a public demo at the International Broadcasting Centre in Vancouver.

Over 60m DTH pay-TV subs in APAC

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/06/02/over-60m-dth-pay-tv-subs-in-apac/

Total Asia Pacific DTH pay-TV subscribers grew 9 per cent in 2014 to more than 61 million in 2014 while industry revenue grew 5 per cent to top $9 billion, according to a new research report published by industry analysts Media Partners Asia (MPA).

India, Malaysia and the Philippines remain strong DTH markets while Indonesia, Korea and Japan are coming under increased pressure, says MPA.

MPA projections indicate that total Asia Pacific DTH industry pay-TV revenue will grow at 7 per cent CAGR to US$12.5 bil. by 2019 and thereafter grow to reach ~$15 billion by 2023, with significant upside coming from HD and VoD-driven value added services (VAS).

DTH’s share of total pay-TV subscribers in Asia Pacific will grow from 12 per cent to 22 per cent over the next 10 years. In recent years, DTH has experienced a significant phase of growth in Asia, driven by the expansion of DTH pay-TV in India, Southeast Asia and Korea. However, the growth of broadband, IPTV and OTT is placing a natural limit on future growth while macro concerns and aggressive competition are also challenging.

India will remain the most important market for DTH pay-TV in Asia Pacific. MPA estimates that India’s active DTH subscriber base will grow from 41 million in 2014 to 75 million by 2023. The increase in contribution from high-ARPU HD subscribers, upselling of SD subscribers to high-value packs, and a higher uptake of VAS, will bolster industry economics in India.

The Philippines has also emerged as a strong market for DTH growth in recent years, driven by Cignal and Gsat. Total DTH pay-TV subs reached 1.06 million in 2014 and will rise 3x over the next decade with future upside coming from significant HD growth and package upselling, which will help boost ARPUs.

DTH will also play an important role in the growth of pay-TV in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam but its growth remains capped in markets such as Indonesia and Thailand. However, in Indonesia there could be significantly more upside if leading operators convert the existing free satellite market to payTV (starting with a low cost offer) and program more premium local pay channels.

In Malaysia, DTH will retain a dominant chunk of the pay-TV market, driven by Astro through HD and DVR services as well as VOD and the emergence of premium vernacular and Asian content, exclusive to the Astro DTH platform

MultiChoice digital TV hijacking allegation

From http://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadcasting/127782-multichoice-digital-tv-hijacking-allegation.html

There is widespread evidence of the pay-TV operator clearly trying to dictate state policy.

Pay-TV operator MultiChoice waged a campaign to overturn a crucial government decision that critics claim crossed the line between acceptable lobbying and capturing state policy.

At issue is the government’s plan to move all television broadcasting to a digital system that, depending on the policy choices, could threaten MultiChoice’s dominance of the pay-television market. This possibility exists because the government plans to subsidise the distribution of millions of set-top boxes (STBs) needed to convert the new digital signal into a form that can still be received by old-fashioned TV sets.

Depending on whether the government policy allows the signal to be encrypted and for the STBs to act as decoders – with a technology known as “conditional access” (See “Battle over limits on access”) – the proliferation of STBs would allow new pay channels and services alongside the existing free channels on the SABC and e.tv.

But without conditional access, new service providers would have no way of using the STBs to offer paid-for services, and MultiChoice’s virtual monopoly would be secured.

When the then communications minister, Yunus Carrim, tabled a final policy decision in the Cabinet in December 2013 allowing conditional access, it represented a major threat to MultiChoice’s profits and opened the door to rivals such as e.tv to offer pay services of their own.

An amaBhungane investigation has shown how MultiChoice fought back, including by:
•Signing a controversial deal with the SABC in June 2013 that bought the support of the politically powerful public broadcaster. The SABC chairperson, Obert Maguvhe, recently declared he liked to think of the SABC as being married to MultiChoice;
•As part of the 2013 contract, the SABC agreed to bar conditional access on its free-to-air channels for five years. The deal is now the subject of a fierce legal battle in the Competition Tribunal. (See “Legal face-offs create static for state and broadcasters”);
•Apparently securing political access and intelligence, including appearing to know that Carrim was going to be removed long before the minister himself knew it;
•Backing an empowerment lobby group that appears to have acted as a MultiChoice puppet in launching a public attack on Carrim and his backing for conditional access; and
•Succeeding in having Carrim’s policy, which was accepted by the Cabinet in 2013, dramatically reversed by Faith Muthambi, the new minister appointed by President Jacob Zuma after last year’s elections. In doing so, Muthambi seemingly also flouted ANC policy, and her about-face is being challenged in court by e-tv. (See “Legal face-offs create static for state and broadcasters”.)

Extraordinary attack

Exhibit A against MultiChoice is an extraordinary attack on Carrim by Koos Bekker, the chairperson of Naspers, MultiChoice’s parent company. It highlights MultiChoice’s deep unhappiness with the 2013 Cabinet decision to include conditional access.

In a memorandum sent to senior management, dated March 2014, which amaBhungane has seen, Bekker describes Carrim as “temperamentally unsuited to high political office” and states that he is “in the power of e.tv”.

He adds that Carrim will not be re-appointed as communications minister after the elections (in May last year).

The source of Bekker’s information is unclear, but well-placed insiders in the broadcasting sector sympathetic to Carrim allege that, months before the memo was circulated, MultiChoice was stating as fact that he would be replaced.

Approached for comment, Naspers spokesperson Meloy Horn said Bekker “is currently abroad. It is not our policy to comment on press speculation.”

Carrim responded to Bekker’s allegations, which amaBhungane brought to his attention, by saying it was “not appropriate” for a former minister to comment on a previous portfolio. But he was not going to allow his integrity to be attacked, he said. “No, no. I was not in the power of e.tv.

“That, however defined, would be a crime. The national fiscus wasn’t my personal money box that I could just use to benefit a particular company I chose.”

Carrim said the December 2013 policy that was decided on on his watch aimed to encourage new African pay-TV players rather than serving e.tv’s narrow interests.

“It was a Cabinet decision, not a personal whim,” he said.

AmaBhungane has also learned that at about the same time MultiChoice’s management was involved in producing an opinion piece, published in April last year, that attacked Carrim.

The article was published under the byline of Keith Thabo, then-president of the National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components (Namec).

It is an important lobby group for mainly black small, medium and micro-enterprises in the electronic manufacturing sector.

AmaBhungane has seen email correspondence from April 21 last year between Calvo Mawela, the head of stakeholder and regulatory affairs for MultiChoice South Africa, and Thabo, referring to Mawela’s role in penning an opinion piece published on the technology website TechCentral on the same day.

In the email Mawela writes: “Herewith the final article as requested.”

He then provides Thabo with the email address of the TechCentral editor, Duncan McLeod, saying: “I think try get it to him as soon as possible.”

The article, titled “Minister you are misleading the public”, accuses Carrim of rewriting history and distorting facts.

MultiChoice described the allegation that it was involved in authoring opinion pieces for Namec “insulting”.

“Through its office bearers, Namec asked for Mr Mawela’s input as a broadcasting engineer, and he shared his thoughts based on his expert knowledge of the broadcasting sector,” said MultiChoice’s spokesperson, Jackie Rakitla.

The Mail & Guardian reported in August last year that Namec had split into two factions.

The article reported on allegations made against Thabo and Vijay Panday, another Namec leader. They were accused by one of the factions of being “empowerment raiders” for hijacking an empowerment deal for their own benefit.

At the heart of the dispute was the relationship Namec had entered into with MultiChoice and the Chinese manufacturer Skyworth Digital, to potentially supply 15-million decoder boxes over three years.

Responding this week, Thabo said: “We formulate academic opinions and write articles on our own, as we have a research and development team that has done research on DTT [digital terrestrial television] and visited Europe, Asia and South America.”

Quid pro quo?

Some Namec members said the only reason MultiChoice was interested in doing a deal was Namec could help in the fight against conditional access.

This appears to be backed up by correspondence between Panday and Thabo, dated June 16 last year.

The email from Panday, titled “MCA”, an abbreviation for Multi­Choice Africa, reads: “You have to tell BRU [presumably a MultiChoice staffer whose identity is unknown] we want some protection. Between you and me, they [are] under pressure from the top to relook at UEC [Altech UEC, a rival set-top box manufacturer].

Before that happens, we put a lot of time, effort, lost face with govt and DTI [department of trade and industry], fighting the [conditional access] battle. A year from now, when all is over, they can allocate the forecast to anyone.”

The email appears to show that Panday saw the fight against conditional access as a quid pro quo for the set-top box orders Namec was getting from MultiChoice.

But Rakitla said the pay-TV operator had no knowledge of the email.

“We concluded a purely commercial agreement … It had absolutely nothing to do with who took what position on digital migration.”

In a further email from Panday, dated May 25 last year, the day Zuma announced his new Cabinet following the elections, he wrote: “A big thank you to all from Keith and I for all the support with the recent fight with DOC Carrim. He is officially out. We will have an easier run. She is a nice person and supports Namec.”

The she in the email appears to be a reference to Muthambi, the new communications minister.

Rakitla said MultiChoice could not comment on Panday’s email, as it was unaware of it.

“However, it’s important to note that when Minister Muthambi was appointed, we had no knowledge of her position on [set-top box] control,” Rakitla said.

Panday did not respond to questions from ama­Bhungane.

Namec’s secretary general, Adil Nchabaleng, a leader of the faction opposed to Thabo and Panday, said, in his view, “a predatory approach was used by MultiChoice to get them [Thabo and Panday] on side for conditional access”.

Thabo said Nchabeleng was relieved of the secretary general’s position in 2010.

“This is a desperate man who has been used by the white electronic industry to frustrate the aspirations of the black players in transforming the industry and creation of black industrialists,” he said.

“A big thank you to all from Keith and I for all the support with the recent fight with DOC Carrim. He is officially out”.

Zeel tastes success in satellite TV signals’ theft & piracy; mastermind arrested

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/gecs/zeel-tastes-success-in-satellite-tv-signals-theft-piracy-mastermind-arrested-150531

MUMBAI: In a major relief for Zee Entertainment Enterprises (Zeel), Delhi Police acting on FIR No. 243/2014 after carrying out a detailed initial investigations raided premises in Kalyanpur area of Lucknow on 22 May, 2015 and found illegal tapping and unauthorised uploading of live-content of all popular Indian television channels like Zee TV, Star Plus, Colors and Sony TV amongst other on pirated websites.

During the raid, more than two dozen workers were caught red-handed, digitally stealing live feed of Indian pay TV channels using more than 50 DTH and cable TV set-top boxes. These persons were extracting TV feeds, removing watermarks and uploading them on their sites such as www.Desitvforum.net. The websites are being accessed by millions of viewers abroad in USA, Canada, Europe, UK and Netherlands. Thousands of dollars are being illegally earned by the pirates, which in turn is causing a huge amount of loss to broadcasters. In addition, there has also been rampant violation of foreign exchange regulations and money laundering.

The Delhi Police arrested the mastermind of this piracy racket, Md. Asif Siddiqui. Various equipment including computers and other accessories, used in carrying out the piracy and signal theft were also seized.

Investigations in the matter are continuing and more such raids and arrests are likely to follow based on the interrogation of the accused.

Zeel had lodged an FIR no 243/2014 u/s IPC 379/420/465/107/109/120B, u/s 63 Copyright Act 1957 and u/s 66/66C of IT Act 2000 with Delhi Police in Chanakyapuri Police Station for unauthorised streaming of the episodes of various Zee channel programs within 10 to 12 minutes of their actual broadcast. The modus operandi was that in addition to tapping and stealing live feed of various channels from DTH and cable set top boxes, the accused persons within these 10-12 minutes, were recording video, editing identifiable information, adding their logo and uploading it to several servers simultaneously.

This is the first occasion when an internet-pirate has been caught red-handed in India. Normally identifying individual persons and their physical locations behind their pirated sites is very difficult. It took more than a yearlong investigation and digital evidence gathering by Zee’s in-house IT security team to collect irrefutable evidence to identify humans behind the mask of these websites, which were hosted from Sweden.

With the proliferation of Internet enabled devices, the Indian broadcasting industry has been bleeding badly. According to an open-source web-based analytics, this particular group had more than 10 lakh daily viewers and has been earning thousands of dollars every day. The targeted customers were mainly from US, Canada, Europe etc.

With the rapid advent of technology enabling the dissemination of content across digital platforms and web, there are enormous revenue opportunities for broadcasters and other content owners. The Indian channels, which are available in more than 100 countries around the world, are extremely popular amongst the South-Asian diaspora. However, piracy, stealing of signals and their unauthorised transmission and streaming on web has been a major stumbling block in revenue monetization. In fact, broadcasters are losing huge revenue to these pirates.

Unfortunately the provisions of existing laws such as Copyright Act, IT Act 2000 have not proved to be effective in curbing these kinds of new-age crimes as piracy is categorised as a “bailable” offence. In order to effectively deal with the menace of copyright piracy the copyright infringement should be made “non-bailable.”

Similarly, whether signal theft could be regarded as theft of “property” as contemplated under section 379 of IPC also needs to be clarified. The need of the hour is to review these laws and introduce more stringent provisions to deal with such offences so that these provisions may act as an effective deterrent.


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