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Page UPDATED 27/1/2015 8.10 P.M NZ


Feeds seen Monday night
Optus D2
12580 V sr 7120 "sts 3" AFC soccer

12330 V sr 6670 "anc1 fly1" Australia day fireworks SKY NEWS

From my Email

From saldav1

Asiasat 5 feed log

3877 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder Spurs TV, (FTA.)
4151 H SR 15000 $LA LIGA HD50 ($Scrambled.)
3733 V SR 6111 ch7 Bali Reporter for TV Channel re Chan & Sukamaran, (FTA.)
3887 V SR 7399 AOT PATH 3 Australian Tennis Open, Melbourne, (FTA.)
3729 H SR 14399 Globecast Oz HD E The Football & Match review - Soccer, (FTA.)
4083 H SR 4937 Fi01 GBRTV LNDN View of a British Newsroom, (FTA.)
3945 V 7120 3/5 GCUK ENC 2 FA CUP STOKE VS ROC live now FTA

From the Dish

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11760 H "World Business Channel" has left .
Horizons 2 85.0°E 11920 H "KTRK" is Fta.

Express AM22 53.0°E 12597 H "Afaq Satellite Channel" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生替换国家地理悠人(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。[01-27]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Fox Sports、CTV-AMG(测试)频道消失,设置3946 V 7400参数无效接收。[01-27]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,龙祥时代(环宇卫视)频道新增,设置12431 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-27]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Nile News(外语)频道消失,设置3903 H 4200参数无效接收。[01-27]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Fimly TV、SB TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3848 H 5357参数免费接收。[01-26]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Quc Hi、Thong tin Anvien(IPM)频道新增,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。[01-26]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Express Music(巴基斯坦)频道解密,设置4163 H 7200参数免费接收。 [1月26日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Sindu TV替换Lanka Music(MPEG-4)频道,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。 [1月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Smart TV、JJ Channel(泰国)等9个频道解密,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月26日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Mui TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3793 H 3000参数免费接收。 [1月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Home Garden TV(外语)频道新增,设置3880 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [1月26日]


Presto comes to Android devices, Smart TVs next on the agenda

From http://www.applianceretailer.com.au/2015/01/presto-comes-android-devices-smart-tvs-next-agenda/

Foxtel’s TV and movie streaming play, Presto, is now available on selected Android devices. Available in three flavours — Movies and TV for $9.95 each and both for $14.95 (all per month) — Presto was already available on iOS devices and through web apps.

Presto is one of four major players expected to compete fiercely through 2015 for Australian content streaming customers, along with the Fairfax/Channel Nine offering Stan, the US-based Netflix and the pre-existing but troubled Quickflix. Presto is a joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media.

Android users wishing to access Presto can download the app from the Google Play store or the Samsung App store.

“Presto is committed to try and offer our services across the widest range of devices and today we welcome Android users to our new unbelievable entertainment experience, just in time for Australia Day,” said Presto director Shaun James, who also flagged the impending integration of Presto into Smart TVs and video gaming devices.

“We will also continue to work closely with market-leading consumer electronic vendors to ensure our supported device line-up supports the biggest releases in the tablet, mobile, smart TV and gaming consoles and we expect to make further announcements shortly.”

Titles available on Presto include Girls, Ray Donovan, The Good Wife, Entourage, The Sopranos and The Newsroom.

Telstra to keep Netflix off T-Box replacement

From http://full-timewhistle.com/technology-22/telstra-to-keep-netflix-off-t-box-replacement-5043.html

Telstra is edging closer to revealing the successor to its T-Box set-top box device, with the telco reportedly working on a low-cost unit that will stream free content from BigPond Movies, Foxtel and Seven West Media's online subscription spin-off, Presto.

Telstra is set to replace its axed T-Box set-top box device with a low-cost unit that could be banned from supporting global media giant Netflix's streaming TV service.

Speculation has surrounded the future of T-Box, a personal video recorder and internet television device, since last September when it emerged that Telstra was scrapping the existing models. However The Australian Financial Review can reveal Telstra has sourced a replacement device, which would primarily carry on-demand streaming services and have limited ability, if any, to store services such as Bigpond Movies.

Unlike the original T-Box it won't have an internal hard drive, due to a desire to keep the cost of the unit low.

Sources familiar with the plans said Telstra began a request for information process mid-last year to select a supplier for the new device. It is understood to carry free-to-air content, BigPond Movies and Foxtel and Seven West Media's online subscription spin-off, Presto.

Telstra T-Box subscribers can access Foxtel's Sport channels and premium TV and movies for $50 per month, whereas Foxtel offers its full package of 90 channels and premium movies delivered in high-definition on its IQ set-top-box for $120 per month on a 12-month contract.

Presto, a contract-free $9.99 monthly subscription service, gives customers access to a limited range of Foxtel and Seven's television and movie content streamed to PCs and tablet devices.

It's understood that Telstra's relationship Foxtel has seen over-the-top rivals such as Netflix's upcoming Australian service excluded from the new device.

As part of its plans Telstra would upsell Foxtel's IQ3 boxes to customers seeking more channels and movies, giving the pay TV provider a means to elbow into the middle market where the carrier's 760,000 older T-Box's units have had some success.

It's also understood that Telstra is also seeking to ease pressure on its copper broadband network by pushing Foxtel's content over NBN Co's coaxial cable infrastructure – having secured rights to do so in negotiations with the government over the sale of its copper assets.

The Financial Review asked Telstra a series of questions regarding the tender and its set-top box strategy but it declined to comment, citing commercial confidentiality.

However, it conceded that it was planning to offer tiered IPTV services.

"We've been clear that we will continue to invest in media across IPTV, in terms of how we bundle to differentiate our products and services and our continued investment in new growth areas," a Telstra spokesman said.

"We want to continue to give our customers access to great content at a variety of price points and on a variety of devices that suits their needs. To this point we envision that we may have multiple devices in the future in addition to our current offerings."

Telsyte analyst Foad Fadaghi said his company's research had found only about a third of consumers were prepared to pay for TV and movie content. There was also a strong overlap in consumers buying pay TV and online streaming services, he added.

He said that while T-Box had been "moderately successful" it hadn't demonstrated that a sizeable market existed for cut-down Foxtel equivalents.

"Perhaps Telstra is recognising that the market for something that isn't Foxtel doesn't really exist. It's not a cut-down version of IQ that works in the market, it is actually something else altogether – web-delivered content such as Netflix. Maybe the new set-top-box is a reflection of that," Mr Fadaghi said.

He said that Foxtel's main challenge was the entry of alternative online streaming services including Netflix and Stan, the new service from Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment Co joint venture StreamCo. Fairfax is the publisher of the Financial Review.

Two challengers have already attempted take on Foxtel in the mid-market: Astro All Asia Network's FetchTV and Hybrid TV's TiVo service.

Hybrid TV's most promising distribution partner stopped selling the TiVo unit in 2013, while FetchTV has made a promising start with around 130,000 pay TV subscribers through deals with ISPs like iiNet.

However, that is way behind Telstra's potential market of 760,000 households and 2.6 million subscribers Foxtel reported last August.

Telstra invited at least four vendors to participate in the RFI for the T-Box replacement. It is understood that PACE, which supplies Foxtel's IQ series set-top boxes, is the preferred tenderer over rivals including Google, Telstra modem supplier, Technicolor, and its current T-Box supplier, Netgem.

It is understood to be continuing to sell its remaining stock of T-Box units, which weren't expected to run out until some time next year.

Telstra said technical support for existing T-Box customers would remain in place.

"The T-Box continues to be central to our entertainment offerings and we've added value in several areas such as the launch of Catch Up TV services like SBS On Demand and Yahoo7's PLUS7 service," a company spokesman said.

"We will not comment any further on speculation or on commercial negotiations."

A source close to the tender process said that Telstra required the new device to be in the market by March. That could be a tall order for PACE, which is already scrambling to meet a February launch date for the IQ3.

New gadgets and gimmicks to keep us watching sport live on TV

From http://theconversation.com/new-gadgets-and-gimmicks-to-keep-us-watching-sport-live-on-tv-36138

More tech on the way to keep us watching sport live on TV.

Australia’s love of sport appears to be more from in front of a TV screen than actually attending any event live, and that could be on the increase given some of the new technology heading our way.
Samsung has confirmed that its new Sports Live app – on display at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show in the US – will be available in Australia later this year, but for which sport codes has still to be announced.
The app is part of its smart television range and provides on-screen information – over and above that normally provided onscreen by the host broadcaster – relative to the particular sporting event being viewed.
Samsung’s Sports Live app on show at the Consumer Electronic Show.
This helps the viewer as they can continue to watch the broadcast and not be distracted by sourcing any further game information from other devices, such as their smart phone or tablet device.
But how will new technologies, such as Samsung’s Sports Live, change the way we watch sport on television? This is particularly interesting in Australia where sport is a large part of our culture.

We love it live … on TV

Despite reports of poor crowds at games – and empty seats seen at many sporting events – Australia’s love for sport still remains, even if it is via watching it on TV screens. Sport broadcasts are among the highest rating programs in Australia.
The 2014 AFL and NRL grand finals were some of the largest television audiences for many years.
The AFL grand final was the most watched show on Australian television for 2014 while a week later the NRL grand final was the “highest-rating NRL game ever”, since the OzTam ratings began in 2001.
In addition to the television audience, Australia’s love of social media sees fans as one of the world’s most “prolific tweeters” when it comes to interacting with sport.
So why are we not attending the games more?

Arguably there are many factors, but one possible influence could be the increase and experimentation with broadcast technologies and techniques. Many of these attempt to add to the viewer’s on screen experience and bring the viewer closer to the action.
Cricket has seen many technologies introduced, one of the first was the addition of microphones near the stumps during the 1980s, followed quickly by stump-cam.
Since then we have seen the introduction of Snickometer (1999), Hawkeye (2002) and HotSpot (2006), along with spider-cam, which has recently come under scrutiny.
The most recent additions by the Nine Network to its cricket broadcast has been Viz Libero, a realistic 3D analysis system which allows 360 degree replays.
A similar technology, FreeD technology, is used in the US for the NFL and Major League baseball. While these technologies are currently controlled by the broadcaster, there is great possibilities if access is open to the viewing audience to control from their own devices.

Replay Technologies – FreeD.

The Ten Network has also added its own additions to cricket television broadcasts during the KFC T20 Big Bash League. During the game the network has fielding players wear microphones, while cameras are attached to the helmets and caps of both batsman and umpires for a point-of-view perspective of the action.
Vision from Helmet-cam during a T20 game.
The Ten Network was also fundamental in bringing a point-of-view perspective into broadcasts of AFL games, when it introduced goal post cameras in 2010.
Later came the addition of cameras on goal umpire’s hats, which last year during one game was criticised by the AFL. These technologies, like many discussed previously, are intended to be two-fold, benefiting both the players and viewers.
Despite the initiatives for cricket and AFL broadcasts in Australia, tennis television broadcasts appear not to have yet added many of these broadcast technologies, other than HawkEye.

Hawkeye at the Australia Open.

The new format, Fast4 tennis would have been ideal for the trial of new broadcast technologies. Particularly as it is seen as a competitor to cricket’s faster format Twenty20, which uses various additional broadcast technologies.
This lack of experimentation during Tennis TV broadcasts could be part of the viewers disappointment with the new “faster” format.
The FreeD technology has been used overseas for tennis, but despite the Nine Network using the similar technology (Viz Libero) for cricket broadcasts, it was not added for its Fast4 tennis broadcast.

Some technologies come and go

The 3D television broadcast of sport is one of the biggest new technologies to have been largely discontinued, despite the initial interest.
One US study reported by Nielsen in 2010 found 65% of respondents wanted to see sport broadcast in 3D, the most popular genre ahead of nature and animal programs (62%), and action and adventure (60%).
This was the same year that 3D broadcasts of sport began in Australia, with the Nine Network broadcasts of State of Origin (Rugby League), and Foxtel and SBS broadcasting soccer games in 3D.
The ratings for these broadcasts were not known, as OzTam did not capture the information due to the broadcasts being part of a trial.
At the time it was reported that 2,000 3D televisions had been sold. Since the 2010 trial, Nine also broadcast replays of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Network Ten had no plans to broadcast the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in 3D “despite Olympic organisers committing to shooting it in 3D”.
Important to note that by this time ESPN, “the largest and most important source of 3DTV content”, had abandoned its dedicated 3D sports channel. Much of the dissatisfaction for viewers was having to wear the additional glasses.

Is wearable technology the future for sports broadcast?

The dissatisfaction for wearing additional technologies (3D glasses) raises interesting questions for the future of sports broadcasts, as 2015 is argued to be the year of wearable technologies.
In Australia, Foxtel has already experimented with wearable technology and sports broadcasts, with its Alert Shirt. Described by the developers, Wearable Experiments (We:eX), as:
[…] a fan jersey that uses wearable technology to take the experience into the physical world, allowing fans to feel what the players feel live as it happens during the game’.
Not only can you watch the game, you can now feel it.

Introducing the Alert Shirt.

Much simpler examples of wearable technologies and sport include Victoria Bitter’s Live Cricket Watch. Launched as part of the 2014/15 summer of cricket in Australia. The watch links to a smart phone and provides the user with game updates direct to the watch face.

This year there will be some interesting developments, as wearable technologies become a more common part of our daily lives; as smart phones have.
For sports television broadcasts there are many possibilities based on the technologies currently available. The addition of wearable technologies and the accessibility of technologies like FreeD technology to the viewing audience, will only amplify the viewing experience.

The question yet to be answered though is whether this is what Australians want?

Sky TV shares downgraded

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11392497

Morningstar financial analysts have downgraded Sky TV shares from accumulate to hold as competition heats up for internet TV.

Sky has indicated it will launch its subscription-video-on-demand service Neon this week offering several thousand hours of content that can be streamed from the internet.

That is in addition to its premium pay TV service with 856,000 subscribers.

Neon will be priced at $20 a month and will compete with new corporate players Spark with Lightbox and the US based Netflix set to launch here in March.

In a note issued today Morningstar said "Sky TV might eventually face competition from internet providers and telecom operators once New Zealand's broadband infrastructure improves".

Higher competition could result in greater price discounting which is beneficial to consumers but detrimental to the firm's margins, Morningstar said.

"However we think competitors will struggle to make sufficient returns at least during the initial years given Sky's large subscriber base and New Zealand's small population."

Sky TV shares were slightly down this morning, trading at $6.03 shortly after midday.

Sky TV has indicated it will launch Neon this week and its telco partner Vodafone is expected to offer a six month free trial as part of its uncapped broadband plan.

Sky has close links to Vodafone which is expected to announce six months free Neon as part of marketing for an uncapped broadband plan.

Lightbox announced last week it would be offering the SVOD service free to subscribers for many of its Xtra broadband service customers for 12 months and still offer it at $15 a month for people using others.

Lightbox has also announced a joint venture with online sports provider Coliseum that some believe will undermine Sky's hold on sports rights and fans.

MEASAT Appoints From Within...Senior Sales Director, Broadcast Sales

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1158901157&menu=1

[SatNews] MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) announced today that Alex Tan had been appointed as Senior Sales Director, Broadcast Sales. Alex is moving from his previous role as Senior Sales Director, Telecoms and VAS, Asia Pacific. 

MEASAT supplies satellite communication services to international broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators with capacity across six communication satellites. The company provides satellite services to over 150 countries representing 80 percent of the world’s population across Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

In his new role in Broadcast Sales, Alex will be working with MEASAT’s Vice President of Broadcast Sales to develop and drive sales strategies and programs in the broadcast segment. 

Alex has 18 years of experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry and has been with MEASAT since 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering (Hons), majoring in telecommunications, from University of South Australia, Australia. 

Russia to Launch Three Communications Satellites

From http://sputniknews.com/military/20150126/1017368960.html
Three Russian communications satellites are now at the Plesetsk space launch center in northern Russia being readied for launch, slated for early March.
MOSCOW, January 26 (Sputnik) – The trio of Gonets-M probes will blast off from Plesetsk in early March, their maker, Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems, has announced on its website. 

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited the RISS headquarters last week to oversee the construction of the six space satellites being manufactured for the Russian military.

"The Gonets-M satellites have been delivered to the space launch center on board an Il-76 transport plane and they will soon be readied for launch, scheduled for early March,” the statement says.

The three probes will join the Gonets-D1 constellation of multirole satellites to ensure communication and e-mail format data transmission in Russia’s Far North and remote areas.


Happy Australia Day.

Optus D2 Feed Log Monday

12679 V Sr 7500 "globecast oz" Concert

12670 V Sr 7400 "sky nz tennis" Encrypted
12661 V Sr 7400 "globecast oz" tennis
12616 V Sr 7200 "astra 3 path 1" Blue screen
12589 V Sr 7120 "Astra 4 - 1" Asian Cup Soccer
12482 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" horses
12473 V Sr 6670 "globecast 2" horses
12446 H Sr 6670 "default" from Horse auction, NZ beam
12330 V Sr 6670 "anc fly 1" black screen
12321 V Sr 6670 "Kordia sd" Karaka horse auction?

12272 V Sr 6670 "Service 01" Colour bars

other reports
12558 H Sr 6980 "ABN S/ENG" Van. OZ Day Scenes (as to be expected!)

Optus D2 Sunday log

12473 V Sr 6670 "tandberg service" horses
12487 V Sr 13000 "Tdu 2015" Cycling

12674 V Sr 15000 "ibes 9 - path 2" 4:22 in full hd, German i'm a celeb show"

12491 V Sr 6670 "euromedia chain a" horses
12661 V Sr 7400 "globecast oz" tennis
12670 V Sr 7400 "sky nz tennis" encrypted
12679 V Sr 6670 "gcast 6" horses
12679 V Sr 6670 "globecast 2" Horses

Saturday log

Optus D2
12446 V Sr 6670 "Euromedia chaina" Horses
12460 V Sr 13000 "TDU 2015" Cycling in HD
12661 V Sr 7400 "Globecast oz" tennis
12670 V Sr 7400 "sky nz tennis" encrypted
12679 V Sr 7200 "globecast oz" black screen with music track

12321 H Sr 8569 "Kordia HD" (NZ) beam Encrypted

From my Email

From Saldav1

Asiasat 5 feed Log

3733 V SR 6110 Ericsson Service News reporter from Bali on the latest news re; Chan and Sukumaran, (FTA.)
3888 V SR 6000 STTP News reporter from Bali on the latest news, (FTA.)
3755 V SR 6666 RED BULL CRUSH Ice Skating from Saint Paul, MINNESOTA, USA, (4:2:2).
3896 V SR 7399 AOT PATH 7 Australian Open Tennis from Melbourne, (FTA.)
3945 V SR 6111 EDM SG ENC-A Sunday evening Horse Racing from SINGAPORE TURF CLUB, (FTA.)
3907 H SR 7199 $SYED MODI BWF 2015 Badminton from Lucknow, INDIA, ($Scrambled.)
4152 H SR 13124 Ch-1 Santos Tour Downunder - Cycling Highlights, (FTA.)
3733 V SR 6199 ENC 01 Dancing with the Stars - from China, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7199 Encoder 4 LIV (Liverpool) vs BOL (Bolton Wanderers) in the FA Cup Soccer. Nice to be able to watch some FA Cup that is not scrambled.
4077 H SR 4937 Service 2 Indian Minister speaking - being interviewed, (FTA.)
4095 H SR 4937 $Fi01 ITINFI MLNO ($Scrambled.)
4169 H SR 12999 Ch-1 Cycling Highlights from Adelaide, (in 4:2:2).
3936 V SR 7119 $VC 1 FA Cup Soccer -Bristol City vs West Ham United, (is actually FTA.) Nice to be able to watch another FA Cup Soccer game that is not scrambled.
3914 V SR 7399 AOT PATH 6 Australian Open Tennis Highlights and (World Feed 2015 wording across screen), (FTA.)
3725 H SR 6199 Service-1 Conference - CHINA, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 6111 Ms Universe SD 62 The 63rd MISS UNIVERSE from DORAL, MIAMI, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder Spurs TV, (FTA.)
4151 H SR 15000 $LA LIGA HD50 ($Scrambled.)
3745 V SR 7399 $AOT PATH 1 ($Scrambled.)
3877 H SR 7199 Ch-1 Men's Basketball ARIZONA WILDCATS vs CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS from Berkeley, CALIFORNIA, (FTA.).
3927 V SR 7119 $Globecast Oz ($Scrambled.)
4170 H SR 12875 Ch-1 Cycling race conclusion and presentations in Adelaide, (4:2:2).

From the Dish

Optus D1 160.0°E 12671 H "TVNZ TV 2" has left .

Insat 4B 93.5°E 10990 V "Sarv Dharam Sangam" has started on , Fta. Big Magic and Enterr 10 have left.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11070 V "DD Bharati" has replaced TV 24 on , Fta

Yamal 300K/401 90.0°E C band tp 3a, 5a and Ku band tp 2a have switched from Yamal 300K to Yamal 401.
Yamal 300K/401 90.0°E C band tp 6a has switched from Yamal 300K to Yamal 401.

KazSat 2 86.5°E 11672 V "Kazakstan Kyzylorda" has left again.

ABS 2 75.0°E 12033 V "History HD Europe" has started on , encrypted.

Intelsat 902 62.0°E 11555 V "Jame-Jam TV Network 1 and Sahar 1" have left .

Express AT1 56.0°E 12322 R "Komsomolskaya Pravda" has left .
Express AT1 56.0°E Karusel has started on 12399 R, Viaccess.

Yamal 402 54.9°E 12522 V "Nebiset TV has replaced Bingo Boom" on, Fta.

Yamal 202 49.0°E 3950 L "3 Sport" has left.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置泰星5号卫星C频段,Central Channel、Dhamma Media Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。[01-26]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,New Channel 1替换Share(泰国)频道,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。[01-26]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Hit Station、Korkaew(泰国)等频道加密,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。[01-26]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Aonzon TV(泰国)频道解密,设置3520 H 28125参数免费接收。[01-25]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Loso(IPM)频道解密,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[01-25]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Cricke(东南亚)频道消失,设置3920 H 26666参数无效接收。[01-25]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,M Biz(测试)频道加密,设置11052 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-25]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,SB TV(测试)频道加密,设置3780 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-25]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Kantipur Gold(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置4056 H 3600参数有条件接收。[01-25]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星3A号卫星C频段,DD Saptagiri替换DD Jalpaiguri(印度)频道,设置3840 V 4250参数免费接收。[01-25]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Duck TV(鸭电视)频道加密,设置4040 H 28600参数有条件接收。[01-24]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,KBS World(韩国)频道重现,设置3972 H 2100参数有条件接收。[01-24]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,DD Sports、DD News等替换DW(印度)等频道,设置11490 V 27500参数免费接收。[01-24]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Xopotee(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11557 H 22250参数有条件接收。[01-24]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Live Channel替换Peace TV(泰国)频道,设置12272 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-24]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,D Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置12313 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-24]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Asian(泰国)频道新增,设置12521 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月24日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD News、DD Gujrati(印度)等全组频道改频率,设置11735 H 44000参数免费接收。 [1月23日]
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Stan, Presto, Quickflix, Netflix: Streaming video services are finally here

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/stan-presto-quickflix-netflix-streaming-video-services-are-finally-here-20150124-12x1pz.html

Streaming video options are opening up in Australia, but Foxtel still owns the local rights to Netflix hit House of Cards, at least for now.

It's been a long time coming, but the floodgates have opened on Australian all-you-can-eat streaming video services.

Unlike traditional overnight movie rentals, the new generation of internet video services offer unlimited access to a vast library of movies and TV shows for roughly $10 per month. Quickflix is Australia's subscription video pioneer, but this month it's joined by Presto Entertainment and Stan (co-owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this article). All three are bracing for the arrival of United States streaming video giant Netflix in March.

While subscription video is a welcome addition to Australian lounge rooms, don't tear down your TV aerial or cancel your pay TV subscription just yet.

You won't find new TV shows the day after they're broadcast, nor new movies the day they're available to rent. Meanwhile the back catalogues are extensive but far from complete. Rather than video nirvana, think of these all-you-can-eat services more like unlimited access to the weekly rental shelf of your local video store.

There are no lock-in contracts, so it's the exclusive content deals that will likely win you over. Stan has Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, while Presto offers the HBO back catalogue – but you won't get new episodes of Game of Thrones. Netflix has its own exclusive programming such as Marco Polo, although Foxtel still controls House of Cards for now.

So how do you tap into these vast subscription video libraries? The easiest way is via a web browser on your computer, but you'll also find streaming video apps for Apple handheld gadgets and some Android and Windows Phone devices.

You can watch different movies on different devices simultaneously, which is great for busy households. You can even pause a movie on one device and pick up where you left off on another – whether you're at home or out and about.

Of course when you're at home you might prefer to watch movies on the big screen in the lounge room. Thankfully all four services let you stream video to your television.

You can watch Quickflix on a wide range of Smart TVs, internet-enabled Blu-ray players, games consoles and personal video recorders. It also works with Google's tiny Chromecast streaming media stick, letting you send video wirelessly to your television from computers and handheld gadgets.

For now Stan and Presto work with Google's Chromecast, plus Stan supports streaming video from Apple devices to the Apple TV set-top box. Meanwhile, practically every internet-enabled home entertainment device is compatible with Netflix, from smart TVs and Blu-ray players to the Chromecast and Apple TV.

It's just a question of how long it takes the device makers to make the Netflix app available to Australians.

The biggest challenge when streaming video is the quality of your broadband connection. You'll want download speeds of at least 2-3megabits per second, the faster the better because some services can ramp up the picture quality. This makes it difficult to judge how much data you're chewing through.

To play it safe allow around 1GB per hour on a 3 Mbps connection, but keep a close eye on your broadband usage meter.

Pirate video streamers won't affect Netflix's Aussie competition, says Village Roadshow boss

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/pirate-video-streamers-wont-affect-netflixs-aussie-competition-says-village-roadshow-boss-20150124-12uaqi.html

Netflix produces the critically acclaimed Orange in the New Black.

Listed movie distributor Village Roadshow has dismissed concerns that Australians using "back door" software to access Netflix's US service will hurt the streaming giant's local competitors.

Village chief executive Graham Burke said the uptake of virtual private networks (VPNs) – technology which makes it appear you're in another country – had been exaggerated, saying they were "inconvenient" and "ineffective".

His comments come after entertainment behemoth Sony Pictures Entertainment reportedly urged Netflix to verify where its subscribers were accessing its service.

Sony Pictures, also a distributor, sells rights to movies and television shows to various international markets, meaning the US version of Netflix looks different to its global offerings. This is because local entertainment companies, like Foxtel, own rights to some of the shows screened on its American service.

But Mr Burke said "there is enough data available on the usage of VPNs to show that they will not materially undermine or weaken legislation to protect copyright".

He said VPNs were not only inconvenient they were also more expensive than legal online services such as Quickflix and Foxtel Go.

"VPNs charge around $10 a month which is not dissimilar to monthly charges for consumers to access an online legal service with legitimate, high quality and safe, no malware, entertainment content," Mr Burke said.

Although VPNs have a monthly charge, they allow people to access multiple streaming services from around the world such as the BBC equivalent of the ABC's iView, which is free.

Still, Mr Burke predicted the demand for VPNs would decline in Australia as content becomes more widely licensed and available, with local media companies launching streaming joint ventures. Nine Entertainment and Fairfax have partnered to offer Stan while Foxtel and Seven West Media have launched Presto TV.

But Mr Burke said the Abbott government should take some action against VPNs, to ensure consistent policy.

"If, as a matter of policy, the government is not prepared to pass legislation because a small minority may circumvent that legislation by technical means, then one would have to apply the same logic, argument and policy decision making to such matters as blocking terrorist and child porn websites and data retention legislation.

"There will always be criminals but that doesn't mean we simply give in and do nothing."

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said last month using VPNs to bypass geoblocks was not illegal.

"While content providers often have in place international commercial arrangements to protect copyright in different countries or regions, which can result in 'geoblocking', circumventing this is not illegal under the Copyright Act," Mr Turnbull said.

More than 200,000 Australians are said to be bypassing geoblocks to access the US version of Netflix, which produces critically acclaimed shows House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. It is planning to launch a local offering in coming months.

Netflix has indicated it won't disconnect subscribers using VPNs to access its US service. Instead, director of corporate communications and technology Cliff Edwards believes demand will wane once the company launches in Australia.

He told Fairfax Media last month VPN uses "tend to drop off . . . very quickly" when a local version of Netflix is available based on experience in other markets.

Satellite TV operators take on digital rivals over boxes

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/459731/satellite-tv-operators-take-on-digital-rivals-over-boxes

Satellite TV network providers have teamed up for the first time to regain their share of the set-top box market from digital TV after facing a decline last year. 

"Satellite TV network providers suffered a sales drop of 20-40% last year, a situation we never experienced before," said Manop Tokarnka, president of the Satellite TV Network Providers Club.

The decline was caused mainly by the economic downturn, rise of digital TV and implementation of the digital TV coupon scheme. However, sales began improving late last year.

To stimulate the market, satellite and cable TV operators PSI Holdings, IPM, Charoen Cable 888 and Big 4 Group will jointly organise the Satellite Expo at Impact Muang Thong Thani next Friday and Saturday at a cost of 30 million baht.

Promotional deals will allow people who have digital TV set-top boxes to exchange them for satellite TV boxes without any charge or a limit on exchanged boxes.

"It's clearly known by consumers that a satellite TV box is better than a digital TV one thanks to its more advanced technology and a variety of content with more than 200 channels," Mr Manop said.

Moreover, the low rate of subsidy coupon redemption for digital TV set-top boxes also suggests many people are still using satellite TV boxes.

They see no need to change their signal receivers, as they can watch digital TV via their satellite boxes.

So far, satellite boxes remain the main platform in the Thai broadcasting industry as elsewhere around the globe.

Mr Manop said the negative impact of digital TV was that it had harmed growth of TrueVisions, CTH and other cable TV operators.

"We hope the situation will improve and return to normal this year," he said.

Mr Manop's club was established with the aim of strengthening the overall satellite TV market and supporting member operators to voice their opposition to any unfair policies by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). 

"We feel the NBTC's rules and regulations favour digital TV, which is not a good practice for the regulator," he said.

Satellite TV operators are also determined to make high-definition set-top boxes more popular in order to create a new viewing experience for consumers.

PSI Holdings chief executive Somporn Teerarochanapong said the satellite TV market was very fragmented due to a variety of customer demand.

Pay TV providers race to add new channels

From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/121989/pay-tv-providers-race-to-add-new-channels.html

With subscription fees for pay TV falling in 2014, the race to add more channels is set to increase among service providers this year.

K+ Satellite Digital Television, Saigontourist Cable Television (SCTV) and An Vien Television (AVG) have all announced new channels in their packages for 2015.

K+ added Screen RED and AFC on January 8, after introducing two other channels in December last year.

SCTV has also launched new channels as well as new programmes. The provider plans to focus on investing in film channels such as SCTV14, a Vietnamese film channel; SCTV9, an Asian film channel; and SCTV16, a new action film channel, which was launched on January 1.

AVG has announced new domestic and international channels, bringing the number of channels on its digital terrestrial television service in the South to 100.

Beside the new domestic channel An Ninh The Gioi (ANTG), AVG's customers will be able to enjoy new international channels such as Screen Red, Warner TV, Cinema World, GEM TV, Bloomberg and BBC-Knowledge.

The fact that pay TV service providers have stopped trying to undercut each other is a positive sign for the sector, as Vietnam 's average revenue per user (ARPU) for pay TV is the lowest in ASEAN.

In 2013, the country's ARPU was about 4-5 USD, while the figure stood at 32 USD in Singapore, 30 USD in Malaysia, 11 in Indonesia and Thailand, 10 USD in Cambodia and Myanmar, and 9 USD in the Philippines.

SES Entrusts Arianespace With SES-12

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SES_Entrusts_Arianespace_With_SES_12_Satellite_Launch_Scheduled_For_Q4_2017_999.html

SES has announced that the company has selected Arianespace to launch the powerful new hybrid communications satellite, SES-12, on board an Ariane 5 booster from the European Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, during Q4 2017. This will be the 40th launch of an SES spacecraft on board an European Ariane launch vehicle.

The new satellite will expand SES's capabilities to provide direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting, VSAT, Mobility and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) data connectivity services in the fast growing Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia.

The spacecraft will be positioned at the well-established SES orbital slot of 95 degrees East, providing incremental as well as replacement capacity with excellent view angles across the Asia-Pacific region.

SES-12 will replace SES's existing NSS-6 satellite and will be co-located with SES-8. Today, SES serves close to 20 million DTH households in India and Indochina from this orbital slot.

SES-12 is being built by Airbus Defence and Space based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. The satellite is designed to operate for 15 years, with a payload comprised of 68 high-power physical Ku-band transponders and 8 physical Ka-band transponders. The spacecraft will be equipped with an electric plasma propulsion system for orbit raising and on-orbit manoeuvres.

The payload of the hybrid SES-12 satellite consists of two distinct but complementary missions: first, traditional wide beam coverage, and second, a high-powered Ku-band multi spot beam payload (HTS).

The traditional wide-beam mission consists of 54 (36 MHz equivalent) transponders that will provide state-of-the-art replacement and growth capacity for SES's existing DTH, Government and VSAT customers, allowing for a seamless transition from NSS-6 to SES-12. In addition, the design provides incremental growth capacity to support new DTH platforms and other services targeting the Asia-Pacific region.

The second mission consists of 70 Ku-band spot beams and 11 Ka-band spot beams delivering over 14 GHz for VSAT, Enterprise, Mobility and Government applications. This mission also includes a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) which provides anti-jamming capabilities as well as increased payload flexibility in order to provide customized bandwidth solutions to SES customers.

SES now Number 1

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/23/ses-now-number-1/

Satellite operator SES has been close to the world’s Number 1 slot in the sector for some time based on revenues and fleet size, but a Press event in Paris on January 22nd saw CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh confirm that it expected to achieve the coveted position this year, and pushing Intelsat into second place.  The satellite expansion strategy would continue, said Sabbagh.

He said that O3b was also becoming increasingly important. “Our objective is to increase turnover by 4 per cent. If this is achieved it will mean that SES will be Number 1 worldwide in terms of revenue. We are moving forward over the next three years with 7 satellite programmes mainly targeting emerging countries. This represents an investment of some €2 billion.”

SES will publish its full 2014 numbers in February. The group’s objective is to reinforce its international presence and increase its activities outside of the US and Europe, from 30 per cent of revenues to 50 percent of revenues.

SES has also given a valuable order to Arianespace to launch its SES-12 satellite (in Q4/2017). It will be the 40th launch by Arianespace of an SES satellite.  SES-12 will go to 95 deg East, a well-established SES orbital position. It will be an all-electric craft, replacing NSS-6 and will be co-located with SES-8 and mainly serve South Asia. SES is already the key provider of DTH transmission to some 20 million India and Indochina homes.

SES-12 will be a serious satellite in terms of functionality. It will comprise 54 transponders on its NSS-6 replacement mission, and another 70 Ku-spot-beams and 11 Ka-band spot-beams for VSAT and speciality transmissions.

Interestingly, SES-12 also includes a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) which provides anti-jamming capabilities as well as increased payload flexibility in order to provide customised bandwidth solutions to SES customers.

NBCUniversal pulls channel from Russia

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/23/nbcuniversal-pulls-channel-from-russia/

NBCUniversal is pulling its channel out of the Russian market, blaming the challenging economic environment for pay-TV channels.

The decision comes amid media law changes in the country that have presented economic difficulties for international channel operators and means the E! Entertainment and Universal Channel will no longer have a presence in Russia.

“Due to the challenging economic environment for our pay-TV channels in Russia, Universal Networks International has made the decision to no longer operate in the market and is looking at alternative opportunities for its channels business,” NBCU said in a statement.

It added that other parts of the NBCU business that have a presence in Russia will continue operating as normal and that the studio “remains committed to the Russian market”.

Rajiv Khattar joins ABS as president- south Asia

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satelite-operators/rajiv-khattar-joins-abs-as-president-south-asia-150123
NEW DELHI: Rajiv Khattar, until recently Dish TV president projects, has joined as president- south Asia in Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) in a newly created role that makes him responsible for business development and sales for the region.
The announcement was made in Washington by ABS CEO Tom Choi, who said, “We are delighted to have Rajiv onboard as the new head for this region. Rajiv brings along a wealth of experience of the cable and satellite industry with extensive knowledge of the direct-to-home (DTH) and broadcast sector in the India market. His expertise and leadership skills will greatly contribute to our development of new business for the market.”
Confirming the news and the fact that he had already taken over, Khattar told indiantelevision.com that he would be based out of Delhi. He said it was too early to comment on the future plans of ABS in south Asia.
Khattar has over 20 years of experience in the cable and satellite industry. Before joining ABS, he spent 10 years at Dish TV as president projects. In this role, he gained a wide range of experiences covering business, operations, regulatory procedures and strategy development. Prior to this, he held various leading positions with other cable and telecommunication companies.
He holds a Diploma in Production Engineering (Delhi Board of Technical Education), a Diploma in Business Management (Rajendera Prasad Institute of Communication and Management, Mumbai) and a Diploma in Materials Management (Faridabad Productivity Council).
ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world, offering a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organisations.
ABS operates a fleet of six satellites; ABS-1A, ABS-2, ABS-3, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6 and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers 80 per cent of the world’s population across Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.
ABS has also procured two Boeing 702SP satellites (ABS-3A & ABS-2A) planned for early and late 2015 with the options to add more satellites over the next 2-3 years to its growing satellite fleet.
Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, Dubai, South Africa, Germany, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. 

NEOTION, Broadpeak, Eutelsat DTH OTT solution

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/23/neotion-broadpeak-eutelsat-dth-ott-solution/

NEOTION, a provider of solutions for the international digital TV market, has teamed up with Broadpeak and Eutelsat to provide a global solution to enable FTA or secured OTT services for smartphones, Tablets and 4K screens.

With the combination of NEOTION’s DVBeacon platform, Broadpeak’s nanoCDN system and Eutelsat’s SmartLNB, Satellite and DTH operators can now deliver live OTT TV channels and interactive services to millions of subscriber devices over the satellite, which can be made available everywhere at a cost-effective price.

“We believe that the DVBeacon, which is based on our latest chipset technology, complemented with Eutelsat’s Smart LNB and Broadpeak’s nanoCDN application will allow NEOTION to enable DTH operators to provide full and competitive OTT Services in addition to their current broadcast Pay-TV offer and next UHD content offering”, said Christophe Genevois, Neotion’s CTO. “Moreover, NEOTION is pleased to work with partners such as Broadpeak, for their very innovative and competitive system, and Eutelsat for their continued drive and capacity to innovate and generate new attractive solutions to enhance the operator ecosystem and content delivery to Satellite viewers”.

Six pay-TV UHD broadcasters by end-2015

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/25/six-pay-tv-uhd-broadcasters-by-end-2015/

A major study on 4K/Ultra-HDTV broadcasting published by UK-based digital TV and Media Consulting firm FairmileWest and written by specialist consultant Nick Russell, says that “at least 6 major Pay-TV broadcast operators will launch UHD services in the second-half of this year”.

The study continues, saying that notwithstanding the technology challenges facing the UHD sector (higher transmission frame-rates in particular and the EBU proposals to delay 4K transmissions until UHD Phase 2 can be handled) it still expects meaningful transmissions to begin this year. “The evidence is that generally, despite the challenges and risks of launching prior to Phase 2, many Tier 1 broadcasters are now being forced to prepare for launch of limited UHD commercial services in the 2015-2016 timeframe in order to have an answer to OTT and be in time for the 2016 Olympics,” says Russell.

Indeed, Russell adds that he has asked a range of industry players their view of when 4K mass deployment would start (ranging from 2016 to 2020, and averaging 2018) in the belief that:

  • Sufficient content will be available
  • Phase 2 standards are fixed and implemented end-to-end positively enabling the consumer ‘wow factor’

In the short term, the FairmileWest report says UHD services are already being launching led by OTT, and will be followed by a few first tier broadcast service providers needing to remain competitive against OTT with a limited set of channels between 2015 and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Exclusive programming for BBC iPlayer

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/26/exclusive-programming-for-bbc-iplayer/

Following on from the success of BBC iPlayer exclusive content in 2014, Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content for BBC iPlayer, has announced 16 titles to kick off 2015.

On Friday 13 February, nine original comedy shorts will go live on BBC iPlayer to mark Valentine’s Day. Nine comedians have created a short Funny Valentine to bring their unique take on the international day of love.

Multi-award-winning artist and style icon Tinie Tempah will host his iPlayer exclusive Private View of Alexander McQueen’s forthcoming exhibition ‘Savage Beauty’ – a collaboration with the V&A. Further Private Views will follow later in the year for Grayson Perry and Jackson Pollock’s 2015 exhibitions in collaboration with Turner Contemporary and Tate Liverpool respectively.

Abbey Clancy will also return to BBC iPlayer, taking an in-depth look at London Fashion week 2015 – a collaboration with the British Fashion Council.

Following on from the success of Original Drama Shorts in 2014, BBC iPlayer will offer a second season for three shorts in collaboration with BBC Three. The writers and directors of Oakwood, Playing Ball and Is This Thing On? will all be receiving their first ever TV drama credit.

January is also the month that sees the launch of one of iPlayer’s most significant commissions to date – Bitter Lake – written and directed by acclaimed journalist Adam Curtis. This experimental epic explores what really happened in Afghanistan and its legacy, by drawing on the unedited rushes of almost everything the BBC has ever shot in Afghanistan. Bitter Lake has been available since 25 January exclusively on BBC iPlayer.

According to Jaye, BBC iPlayer presents a huge creative opportunity to push the boundaries of storytelling and engage audiences in new ways. “Our exclusive content for 2015 demonstrates how established and emerging British artists, along with cultural organisations, are seizing this opportunity to create bold, original new work. This is a glimpse of iPlayer’s next wave of innovation,” she stated.

Netflix: Pirate Popcorn our biggest competitor

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/23/netflix-pirate-popcorn-our-biggest-competitor/

Netflix has said that piracy is one of its “biggest competitors” and, in a letter to shareholders, singled out the torrent-sharing app Popcorn Time as a serious rival.

The Popcorn Time app allows users to browse a catalogue of films and TV shows, select one for more information, and then begin streaming it after a short buffering period – effectively making piracy as easy as using Netflix. In particular, Netflix points to a Google Trends graph, based on information collected in the Netherlands, which compares the popularity of searches for Netflix, HBO, and Popcorn Time. The graph indicated that the popularity of Popcorn Time has risen significantly over the past six months, with searches for the app now on par with Netflix and far above HBO. Netflix described the data as “sobering”.

The Popcorn Time app was originally developed by a group from Argentina, who claimed that movie piracy is a “service problem”, created by the overly restrictive, out-of-date attitude of the film industry. In March 2014, the programme was taken down by its original developers, after pressure from the MPPA, the US trade association that represents Hollywood studios. But, after the news was announced, new investors and teams took over and began independently developing the product.


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NewSat replaces orbital slot agreement with Kypros

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/newsat-replaces-orbital-slot-agreement-with-kypros--1061161

Australian satellite company NewSat has entered into a replacement agreement with Kyprosat providing enhanced rights with respect to orbital slot agreement signed in 2011. Back in 2011, NewSat signed an agreement with Kypros Satellites to grant sub-licenses to the company with respect to satellites in eight geostationary orbital slots located above the equator. The sub-license entitled the company to locate satellites in each of these slots. The orbital slots were held by the Republic of Cyprus and licensed to Kyprosat.

The replacement agreement eliminates activation fees for some of the filings, gives access to increased spectrum at each orbital location, enables NewSat to exchange its eight orbital slots from the significant pool of global filings licensed to Kyprosat and maintained by the Republic of Cyprus and provides access to further slot filings from that pool.

NewSat will pay a combination of fees and shares to Kyprosat for the enhanced agreement.

Actress Rebel Wilson at the StreamCo launch of streaming video on demand site Stan, which she will promote in a new marketing campaign from this weekend. Source: News Corp Australia

NINE Entertainment Co and Fairfax will take their subscription video-on-demand service Stan to market with an Australia Day launch designed to beat global rival Netflix to the punch.

Confirmation of the launch date followed the arrival of Foxtel and Seven’s Presto TV, which launched on Sunday.

Stan will cost $10 a month, which will give viewers access to Stan’s library of TV shows and movies, with a 30-day free trial, the company confirmed in a statement.

To help promote its content to a wider audience, Stan will present a special screening of the first two episodes of its Transparent series on the Nine Network on Tuesday night, while Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul will be fast-tracked to launch on the service from February 9.

Presto TV is similarly priced at $9.99 a month, but will cost $14.99 when bundled with Foxtel’s Presto Movies service.

Netflix is expected to launch in Australia in March. Shares of the company rose following its earnings report this week, in which it revealed it added 4.3 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, including 2.4 million new international subscribers, taking it to 54.5 million in total.

Unconfirmed reports have put its existing Australian subscriber numbers via VPNs at about 200,000, though the company has played down that figure and flagged it is expecting tough competition in Australia.

Meanwhile, Stan’s Rebel Wilson-fronted marketing campaign will kick off this weekend.

Arianespace to launch SES-12 for SES, the operator's first all-electric satellite

From http://spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=44880

Operator SES has chosen Arianespace to launch its new telecommunications satellite, SES-12, marking the 40th contract signed by Arianespace with this operator.

SES-12 will be launched by an Ariane 5 at the end of 2017 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Arianespace and SES have developed an exceptional long-term partnership, reaching back to the launch of Astra 1A over 25 years ago. SES-12 is the 40th satellite from the SES group (Euronext Paris and Bourse du Luxembourg: SESG) entrusted to Arianespace.

Weighing 5,300 kg at launch, SES-12 will be placed alongside SES-8 in geostationary orbit at 95° East. It will replace the operator's NSS-6 satellite.

Built by Airbus Defence and Space using an all-electric propulsion version of the Eurostar E3000 platform, SES-12 will be fitted with 68 Ku-band and 8 Ka-band transponders. It offers a design life of 15 years, and will provide direct to home (DTH) broadcasting services for 20 million households in India and southeast Asia.

Commenting on this contract, Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES, said: "We look forward to working again with our longstanding partners Arianespace and Airbus Defence and Space on this important addition to our global fleet. SES-12 will greatly expand our capacity over Asia and is fully in line with our capital expenditure plan. Through its unique hybrid DTH/HTS design, SES-12 will continue to support our growing DTH platforms and provide a new, lower cost HTS product, further enhancing our customer’s options for growth."

Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël added: "We are very proud that SES, a partner for over 25 years, and Europe’s leading satellite operator, has chosen Arianespace for this strategic mission. Launching the first all-electric satellite in the SES fleet confirms that our Ariane 5 launcher perfectly matches the evolving market and technology of satellites. I would like to personally thank SES for having once again chosen Arianespace."

Speedcast partners with O3b 

From http://www.satellite-evolution.com/group/site/?p=38691

SpeedCast International Limited entered into an agreement with O3b Networks (“O3b”), where O3b will provide capacity for Papua New Guinea via its innovative Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation. The new service based on O3b capacity will address the growing demand from SpeedCast’s customers in the region and marks the continuation of SpeedCast’s leadership in the Australia-Pacific region.

The O3b-based service will allow SpeedCast to deliver high throughput and low latency internet services to local customers. SpeedCast’s high bandwidth new IP Trunk from Port Moresby to the international Internet backbone will enable high throughput voice and data services, whose performance will be similar to or even exceed that of traditional fiber connectivity. O3b’s MEO configuration provides unprecedented low latency in satellite communications of less than 150 milliseconds.

The new network will complement SpeedCast’s existing global network, which utilizes traditional Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite capacity and is the basis of SpeedCast’s comprehensive coverage. SpeedCast’s traditional network will further serve as a redundant back-up solution in the event of a primary network failure or other type of outage. With redundancy built-in at all layers of its network, SpeedCast can offer its customers unprecedented levels of reliability.

“As a long-term key player in the PNG market, we understand our customers’ business needs and how service availability or speed limitations can impact their business activities. This new investment shows our commitment to the PNG market”, said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. “We are pleased to extend our value proposition in partnership with O3b, to enable our wholesale customers to deliver the highest combination of bandwidth, speed, low latency and availability at a more accessible price for an even wider range of end-users”, Beylier added.

O3B has already pioneered this type of innovative satellite communications model in a number of Pacific nations, who are now experiencing levels of performance which they have never seen before over a satellite network.

“SpeedCast is a leading provider of satellite services in the Australia-Pacific market. O3b is pleased to support their ongoing expansion in Papua New Guinea with a cost-effective solution to extend their coverage with O3b’s high throughput, low latency satellite transport,” said Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks. “SpeedCast’s customers in the region will enjoy much improved connectivity with fiber-like speeds with the reach and reliability of satellite,” Collar added.

The new partnership with O3b follows SpeedCast’s acquisition of a PNG-based telecommunications provider, Oceanic Broadband Services and its new teleport facilities in Port Moresby in 2014, and will expand to other territories in the Pacific.

Does HTS make sense for Asia?

From http://www.satellite-evolution.com/group/site/?p=38721

Everybody’s talking about them and there are many satellite operators building them, some launching them, and some thinking about them. High Throughput Satellites and the next generation capacity they provide are poised to be the next big thing for our industry. However, it is fair to say that opinion is very much divided on the requirement for High Throughput Satellites in Asia. Some say that an increased amount of throughput will be welcomed to support applications such as DTH, cellular backhaul and airborne and maritime applications. Others say it is too soon and that the applications that would require high throughput support are not yet established in the region. Others say that it is simply not an urgent requirement at present, and that this is something that can wait. Whatever the argument, and for whichever point of view, HTS are here to stay, and are expected to propel the industry forward as never before.

In 2014, the demand for HTS continued to increase significantly. Euroconsult’s October 2014 report on the HTS market projected that total HTS supply will nearly triple over the next three years from 600 Gbps in 2014 to 1720 Gbps in 2017.

“The vast majority of today’s available HTS capacity supply is in Ka-band, although Ku-band has recently seen increased adoption from operators such as Telesat, SES and Eutelsat, while Intelsat plans to include C-band spot beams on IS-33e and IS-35e,” said Nathan de Ruiter, Senior Consultant at Euroconsult. “Ka-band HTS should remain the dominant frequency band in all vertical markets in terms of capacity usage; nonetheless, Ku-band HTS capacity usage is projected to accelerate from 2017 to reach around 150 Gbps by 2023, largely driven by professional user markets which often have high reliability and availability requirements.”

It is expected that the increasing amount of available HTS capacity will drive opportunities in all major market verticals and also in all geographic regions. This, in turn, is also expected to drive demand for capacity, reaching just over 1300 Gbps in 2023.

Euroconsult expects consumer broadband services in North America to remain the largest user of HTS capacity by 2023, utilising 35 percent. Demand from Latin America, the Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific for civil government and enterprise networks and cellular backhaul and trunking is also expected to grow significantly by around 34 percent each year to 2023. The analyst firm also predict a rise in commercial mobility markets and a gradual increase in demand for video services.

Asia has always been considered an early adopter of technology and adoption of HTS by regional operators is something that is being discussed, but it is still in its nascent stages. Asia presents its own unique set of demands, with countries at varying levels of development. Thaicom 4, Asia’s first HTS was launched back in 2005, but found it very difficult to gain traction in the market, although it is doing very well today.

“There is considerable discussion over HTS. Though it is gaining attention in Asia, it is only in its infant stage. Going forward, it is important to work out how to design HTS in a way to meet the specific market requirements in Asia” said Bill Wade, President and CEO of AsiaSat.

Some feel that Asia is ready for the next generation of satellites, but that models used in Europe and the US will not be an appropriate fit for Asia. Others feel the region is truly ready now, and that HTS can support a variety of much-needed applications right across the continent. AsiaSat is currently looking into the development of HTS. Wade explains: “Yes, we are looking at how to design a Ka-band HTS system that fits Asia-Pacific requirements. We have put Ka-band payloads on our recent satellites in order to help us understand our customers’ needs in the region.”

Other regional operators such as APT Satellite are taking an even more cautious approach. Huang Baozhong, Vice President at APT Satellite, said: “We may consider having a HTS payload together with other conventional payloads on our future satellites, but may not be dedicated HTS satellites. Demands are always there, however QoS must to be verified. Thaicom-4 is in use in several countries but in a different way from what it was designed for at the beginning.”

There is a future for HTS in Asia, as there is across the world. Regional operators however, are cautious and are not getting too carried away with the HTS hype. HTS will need to be carefully developed and tailored to suite different market needs. There can be no doubt that data is going to be the biggest driver for HTS. Demand for Internet and data services on mobile devices is enormous and is beginning to consume Asia as it is globally. HTS will be a key enabler for rural connectivity. The lower cost of HTS services may also be an important selling point in Asia, where poverty is still very much a problem. However, more people are now prepared to pay for their connectivity today.

Huang Baozhong is concerned that the initial flurry of HTS capacity could lead to more long-term problems for satellite operators. “There will be a market for HTS in Asia and it will grow. But quickly the supply will turn to over demand since nearly all the existing operators already have or are planning HTS satellites or payloads.”

HTS is also almost certainly creating a ‘me too’ attitude within the industry as satellite operators perhaps feel this is something that they will have to explore and factor into planned spacecraft. But, as Bill Wade points out, this is progression in a business where spectrum is short and emergence of other bands is inevitable: “The introduction of HTS and Ka-band satellites is a natural development as Ku-band and C-band are filling up. It is still early for HTS in Asia but I expect it will evolve quickly over the next 2-3 years.”
So, evolution of HTS in Asia is in process and although global operators are keen to push their services, regional operators are taking their time. Operators focused upon broadcast perhaps naturally do not have the same urgency as ones that focus largely on data networks, but can still see the value of HTS. So, is Asia ready for HTS? Yes. Does it make sense for Asia? Yes, but adoption could take time as operators find the best fit, especially for Ka-band high throughput services.

Inmarsat's Launch Date for Xpress Satellite

From http://www.marinelink.com/news/inmarsats-satellite384486.aspx

Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, will complete another significant milestone in the delivery of its transformational global mobile satellite communications (GX) service with the scheduled launch of Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12.31pm (GMT) on Sunday 1st February.

Inmarsat is investing US$1.6bn in the delivery of Global Xpress, which will create the world’s first globally available, high-speed mobile broadband service, delivered through a single network operator.

Inmarsat’s 5th generation satellites – which form the GX network – have all been built by Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc. (“Boeing”) in California. The launch is being undertaken for Inmarsat by International Launch Services (ILS) using a Proton launch vehicle.

Global Xpress will deliver broadband speeds more than 100 times faster than the company’s fourth generation (I-4) constellation.  It will offer new opportunities for end-users, in both the public and private sectors, to significantly enhance their connectivity and to access bandwidth-hungry applications, even in the remotest and most inaccessible regions of the world.

The first Global Xpress satellite - Inmarsat-5 F1 – was launched in December 2013 and entered regional commercial service in July 2014, covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  Inmarsat-5 F2, scheduled for launch on 1st February, will provide superfast broadband Global Xpress or ‘GX’ services covering the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean.

Following the launch of the third Global Xpress satellite – Inmarsat-5 F3 – which is scheduled for early Q2 2015, Inmarsat is planning to commence global commercial GX services early in the second half of the year.  The new network, which complements Inmarsat’s existing fleet of L-band communication satellites, will deliver seamless, superfast mobile broadband services across the planet.

Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said: “Global Xpress is a truly transformational technology and, as we complete its global roll-out, 2015 promises to be one of the most significant chapters in our company’s history.

“Through Global Xpress, the world can move forward from the ‘Internet of Everything’ to the ‘Internet of Everywhere’, in which high-speed, reliable and secure connectivity is available anywhere and at any time – even in the most inaccessible regions – for customers on the move or to fixed locations. We believe that our new global network will power innovation, support economic development and help transform social services, from education to healthcare, in regions not adequately served – or not served at all – by terrestrial networks.”

Each of the three satellites in the initial GX fleet has 89 beams and six steerable high-power spot beams for multi-regional coverage. The GX satellite weighs 6100kg at launch with a wing-span wider than a Boeing 737. All three have a design life of 15 years.

The I-5 F2 will be launched by ILS on-board a Proton Breeze M rocket.

Russia media law will hit foreign broadcasters

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/22/russia-media-law-will-hit-foreign-broadcasters/

Following Turner Broadcasting and Sweden’s MTG exiting Russia because of its tough new rules on foreign ownership, a report from IHS Technology says a number of other non-Russian broadcasters will find the going tough because of the 20 per cent cap now in place.

IHS says that besides Raduga (a joint venture with MTG and Russia-based Continental Media) and Turner International’s portfolio of channels (including CNN) the other notable players with stakes in Russia include Viacom, Sony Entertainment, Scandinavia’s TV1000, TV100 and Viasat History. Discovery, along with famous brands such as Eurosport, are also likely to be affected.

Moreover, IHS says that the foreign players will be reduced by probable asset disposals within Russia. “At the very least there will be a very large number of legal and corporate finance costs associated with the restructuring of existing assets which will be necessary to comply with the new law.”

Polsat to launch global channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/22/polsat-to-launch-global-channel/
Polish TV broadcaster Polsat is looking to create new channels including a “global” channel for expat Polish viewers around the world.

The broadcaster has applied to the Broadcasting Council KRRiT, Poland’s regulator, for a new transmission licence for a Poland World channel. Currently the broadcaster offers Polsat-2 to overseas viewers in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Back in 2009 Polsat was granted a licence for Polsat International but the channel did not come to air.

Polsat itself has been on air since 1992 and is now owned by DTH broadcaster Cyfrowy Polsat which is quoted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

US Emergency Services to Depend On Russian Satellites?

From http://sputniknews.com/us/20150122/1017236791.html

The US Federal Communications Commission is mulling routing 911 emergency location calls through Russia's GLONASS satellite system.
Russia to Debate US Discrimination of Glonass System in UN: Reports
MOSCOW, January 22 (Sputnik) — Russia's GLONASS precision navigation and timing satellite system may be used in the US to locate people calling 911 from their mobile phones, the Washington Times newspaper reported.

Trey Forgety, director of government affairs for the National Emergency Number Association, explained that GLONASS would be required because US systems fail to cover enough territory.

"Our view is that we ought to be leveraging anything that is available to find someone in an emergency," he said.

GLONASS is thought to be more accurate than its American counterpart GPS, which uses technology on cellphones that reportedly works well outdoors but badly indoors, according to the Washington Times.

However, the plan has already raised national security concerns among some members of the US Congress.

They have warned that if it was enacted, Russia would be able to affect America’s 911 capabilities and spy on the whereabouts of first responders.
Russia has been developing GLONASS since 1976 in line with instructions from the Defense Ministry.

The system, which was launched into orbit in 1982, currently comprises a network of 28 satellites.


The FTA TV2 (NZ) signal on SKY NZ D1 12671 H has left.

D2 Feed log 6.40pm NZ

12599 V Sr 7120 "ipuplink_hd" from the football ground AFC?
12607 V Sr 7120 "AFC Melbourne" Colour bars
12661 V Sr 7400 "Globecast oz" Tennis......
12670 V Sr 7400 "sky nz tennis" Encrypted
12679 V Sr 6670 something didn't load

D1 12429 V Sr 6111 "sts3"

From my Email

D2 Feed log from Willis

12670 v 7400 sky nz Encrypted
12660 v 7400 Melbourne tennis fta
12450 v 15000 yesterday tour down under lots of glitches, trying to send through too many gum trees,, go back to analogue from bike to chopper?

From the Dish

Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12450 H "Star Sports Korea" has started on , encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0°E 12153 V "Rossiya 2" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3790 H "MGK Telugu" has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 V "Grace TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12562 H "RAK TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12682 V "GNF TV" has left .

Express AM22 53.0°E 10974 H "Rossiya 1" is back on , Fta.

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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-2、河北卫视(华人卫视)等频道重现,设置12531 V 15000参数免费接收。[01-22]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道加密,设置3970 V 13400参数有条件接收。[01-22]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Lanka Music Test(测试)等4个频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[01-22]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,北京卫视、辽宁卫视、黑龙江卫视(村村通)频道改频率,设置12140 R 28800参数免费接收。[01-22]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,APP(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[01-21]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Next替换India Film TV(泰国)频道,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-21]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,For Choice(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置12405 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月21日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Filmazia(测试)频道消失,设置4165 H 5040参数无效接收。 [1月21日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport、Eurosport-2(欧洲体育)频道加密,设置11105 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [1月21日]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Maharbawdi(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月21日]

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Turkish channels, tested working great

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Eurosport 1

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Slovenia IPTV (Untested)



Netflix, Presto rival ‘Stan’ to launch Australia Day

From http://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/2015/01/22/netfix-presto-rival-stan-launch-aust-day/#./?&_suid=142191039321804585591713802714

Australians will be able to access first-run exclusive TV shows and movies with the arrival of Stan.

Star of Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk. The program will air on Stan on Feb 9. Photo: Getty

The wait to meet Stan is over.

The new subscription video-on-demand service will be available to homes across the nation when it launches on Australia Day.

The joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media offers unlimited access to thousands of hours of entertainment, with first-run exclusives, award-winning TV shows, classic catalogue, blockbuster movies, and a range of kids content.

The service can be watched in up to full HD on your TV or device, including smartphones and tablets.

Stan rivals other on-demand services.

In December, Foxtel and the Seven Network joined forces to run Presto, in an effort to combat the imminent arrival of Netfix Australia, which is set to launch on March 31.

The deal means television content from the Seven Network will become available on Foxtel’s Presto service, which until recently was a movies on-demand service only.

Stan chief executive officer Mike Sneesby says the new service is “a game-changer” for entertainment in Australia.

With the launch, viewers can take up a special offer, which includes unlimited access to Stan’s entire library of both TV shows and movies for the single price of $10 per month, with a 30-day free trial.

“We know there’s been some speculation about the launch date … we’re really proud to be able to announce that Australia’s newest streaming service will launch on Australia Day,” Mr Sneesby says.

The most anticipated new TV show of 2015, Better Call Saul, the prequel to Breaking Bad, will premiere on Stan on February 9, fast-tracked from the US.

However there’s no word yet on how Stan actually differs from existing Australian services, like Quickflix, Presto, Netfix or Ezyflix.

The “face of Stan”, Australian actress Rebel Wilson, says: “Australians will now have a streaming service like the kickass ones we already have in the US.”

Indonesian Pay TV market too crowded, operators say

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/01/22/pay-tv-market-too-crowded-operators-say.html

The country’s pay TV operators have been seeing declines in their average revenue per unit (ARPU) as fiercer competition has forced them to lower subscription fees.

Media firm Media Partners Asia (MPA) executive director Vivek Couto said on Tuesday that while the country’s pay TV customer base was growing, operators’ ARPU had been experiencing declines for years.

“ARPU declined close to 15 percent a year over the last five years,” he said during the “Indonesia in View 2015” seminar held by the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA).

According to MPA data, Indonesian pay TV operators’ ARPU declined from US$18.2 in 2005 to $8.6 last year.

Two of the country’s largest pay TV operators, Indovision and Aora TV, contended that the government should limit granting new pay TV operator licenses to improve industry growth.

“The fundamental problem in this business is unhealthy competition because of too many [pay TV] licenses,” said Rudy Tanoesoedibjo, president director and CEO of PT MNC Sky Vision, which operates Indovision.

Even in the US, which has a bigger population and stronger purchasing power, there were currently only around five national pay TV operators, he said.

With healthier competition, each operator in the US was capable of reaping high revenues, allowing them to expand overseas, Rudy went on.

Voicing a similar view, Aora TV president director and CEO Guntur Siboro said more players in the industry meant each player would get a smaller “slice of the pie”.

Couto said that the country’s pay TV market size stood at only $460 million with around 17 big pay TV operators.

“There are up to 2.3 million non-paying pay TV subscribers currently in the ecosystem, impacting ARPUs and future growth potential in the sector,” he said, adding that the phenomenon was driven by rotational subscribers who moved from one pay TV platform to another to take advantage of promotional periods.

Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara said he needed to review whether it was necessary to limit the number of pay TV licenses, citing “bad experience” in the telecommunications sector, where fierce competition resulted in bleeding operators.

As of December last year, there were 17 big pay TV operators in operation, with the government having approved 316 pay TV operators’ licenses, according to ministry data.

While the number of players in the sector might pose a threat to a number of operators, relative newcomer Orange TV argued that the ideal number of pay TV operators should be determined by the market.

“I believe in the survival of the fittest. Mergers and consolidations are natural, but it’s too early for the government to intervene […],” he said.

Beatrice Lee, managing director of media rights company MP & Silva for the Asia-Pacific market, said the high number of pay TV operators in the country benefited consumers as pay TV subscription fees had become more affordable, making her optimistic about her firm maintaining a tight grip on its market.

In Indonesia, MP & Silva owns the rights to broadcast popular soccer league matches, including Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1 and England’s Premier League, through a partnership with beIN Sports channel.

New Satellite System to Track Pirate Fishing

From http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/new-satellite-system-to-track-pirate-fishing
About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing."

Run by the British technology firm Satellite Applications Catapult and backed by the Pew Charitable Trusts, project 'Eyes on the Seas' will open a "Virtual Watch Room".

Computers will be able to watch satellite feeds of the waters around Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, and the western Pacific island nation of Palau, which lacks the resources to monitor all the illegal fishing taking place near its waters.

The project is now live and capable of monitoring waters across the world's oceans.

The technology analyses numerous sources of live satellite tracking data, enabling monitors to link to information about a ship's country of registration and ownership history to spot suspicious vessels.

"This system will enable authorities to share information on those vessels operating outside the law, build a comprehensive case against them, track them into port or within reach of enforcement vessels, and take action against them," Joshua Reichert from the Pew Charitable Trusts said in a statement.

"We want to identify bad actors and hold them accountable, making enforcement easier and more cost effective."

Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., Palau's president, said his country had already been able to identify suspicious vessels in its marine zone with the help of the project's supporters.

The "watch room" is a digital platform which can be accessed remotely by governments, rather than a physical space.

The program's backers plan to expand it to other countries over the next three years.

Illegal fishermen, the value of whose catch is estimated at up to $23.5 billion annually, operate with near impunity in some areas where they think themselves safe from tracking, according to Pew Trusts.

In some regions, as much as 40 percent of the total catch is thought to be taken unlawfully.

Consumers and environmental groups have often had no way of knowing whether the fish they are eating comes from illegal operations but the new satellite program can help change that, said Spain's former environment minister, Cristina Narbona.

Illegal fishing technology put to use in Palau and Rapa Nui

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/264237/illegal-fishing-technology-put-to-use-in-palau-and-rapa-nui

Rapa Nui and Palau have signed up to use newly developed technology to help combat illegal fishing in their waters.

The technology, known as Project Eyes on the Sea, analyses satellite tracking data and then links to information about a ship's ownership and registration.

The developers say the system provides up-to-the-minute information which can alert officials to suspicious vessel movements.

The environmental group, The Pew Charitable Trusts, which helped develop the system says, the technology will be used to create so-called virtual watchrooms for the authorities in Rapa Nui and Palau to monitor their extensive marine reserves.

A spokesman for Pew says the technology will enable authorities to share information on vessels operating illegally, build a case against them, track them into port and take action against them.

Philippines DSO will slip dramatically

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/21/philippines-dso-will-slip-dramatically/

Reports out of Manila suggest that the Philippines will badly miss the June 2015 ITU-mandated digital switchover.  The country’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) admits that it might not even make a 2020 date.

Alvin Bernard Blanco, chief of the NTC’s Broadcast Services Division, told local press that the switch-over could take another 5-10 years, and that the nation’s Information and Communications Technology Office is still working on a migration plan.

In December 2014 the NTC confirmed that it would adopt Japan’s ISDB-T digital standard which calls for a series of 6MHz channels in the 512-698 MHz frequency range (channels 21-51) for DTT.

200th Atlas-Centaur launching delivers Navy satellite

From http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/01/21/recap-story-200th-atlas-centaur-launching-delivers-navy-satellite/

CAPE CANAVERAL — Launching for the 200th time and loaded with one of its heaviest cargoes ever, the Atlas-Centaur rocket flexed its muscle and sped away from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday night with a U.S. Navy satellite for mobile communications to the military and White House.

Igniting at 8:04 p.m. EST (0104 GMT) at Complex 41, the 20-story rocket blasted off and quickly executed its dramatic pitch, yaw and roll manevers to obtain the proper eastward heading, arcing over the Atlantic as it flew downrange.

It was a complex ascent, featuring three separate firings by the Centaur upper stage to systematically raise the orbital altitude to deploy the third MUOS satellite into a high-perigee geosynchronous transfer orbit, tilted 19 degrees to the equator.

“The MUOS 3 spacecraft is the heaviest payload to launch atop an Atlas 5 launch vehicle. The Atlas 5 generated more than two and half million pounds of thrust at liftoff to meet the demands of lifting this nearly 7.5-ton satellite,” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs.

“Today’s launch was the 200th Atlas-Centaur launch – a very sincere congratulations to the many women and men responsible for the incredible success of the Centaur upper stage over the last 5 decades!”

The U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System communications network remains under construction, with one more primary satellite set to launch this August and an on-orbit spare next summer.

MUOS 1 was launched Feb. 24, 2012 aboard an Atlas 5 and serves as the Pacific Ocean satellite. MUOS 2 launched July 19, 2013 aboard another Atlas 5 and serves as the continental U.S. satellite.

The MUOS satellite No. 3, set to become the Atlantic Ocean regional satellite, takes the next step to assemble a worldwide communications system using 3G-cellular technology for ships, submarines, aircraft, land vehicles and terminals in the hands of troops.

The new system offers more bandwidth on demand, better voice quality, simultaneous voice and data and better connectivity on the move in remote locations, under weather, in urban environments than ever before.

Users will include the four branches of military, government agencies, border patrol and the president.

MUOS 3 will complete post-launch orbit shaping in about 8 days, then deploy its solar arrays and umbrella-like antenna reflectors to achieve the “flight configuration” about 12 days after launch

Then begins several months of satellite system and payload testing before builder Lockheed Martin hands over the craft to the government for additional checks in advance of setting it operational.

“Thanks to the Atlas team for the safe delivery of MUOS 3 into our geosynchronous transfer orbit,” said Iris Bombelyn, vice president of Narrowband Communications at Lockheed Martin.

“We look forward to completing our on-orbit health checks and delivering this important asset to the U.S. Navy. The addition of this satellite will give the MUOS constellation coverage over more than three-quarters of the globe, further extending the reach of the advanced communications capabilities MUOS will provide our mobile warfighters.”

From its eventual spot in geosynchronous orbit, a parking spot 22,300 miles up, the expansive footprint of MUOS 3 will cover nearly a third of the planet.

MUOS serves a dual-provider of both voice traffic currently routed by the Navy’s existing generation, albeit aging, Ultra High Frequency Follow-On spacecraft, but it also creates a new era of mobile communications built around 3G cellular technology to relay narrowband tactical information such as calls, data messaging, file transfers and email on rates of up to 384 Kilobits per second.

This was the 52nd Atlas 5 launch, the first of the year and the 92nd ULA mission. ULA plans 9 more Atlas flights in the next 12 months:

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings talks geoblocking, pirating and broadband speeds

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/netflix-ceo-reed-hastings-talks-geoblocking-pirating-and-broadband-speeds/story-fn8tnfhb-1227193229499

Reed Hastings is confident of Netflix’s global success, but admits there will be big hurdles. Source: Supplied

AS IT looks to expand globally, Netflix’s CEO has spoken about how it plans to make international flavours of the service as strong as the United States’ and what he believes the standard of internet needs to be.

Speaking at Netflix’s Q4 earnings results call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed his company’s intentions to snap up global rights to TV shows, rather than on a country by country basis.

“[We] had the vision to start to figure out how to get global rights for some of the content by moving up the food chain,” Hastings said.

“And we have been pushing on that dimension, where we can get the global rights and we don’t have to go country by country across 200 countries, but instead can provide the producer upfront money, guaranteed money, and get great access.”

By doing this, Netflix hopes to end people using VPNs and DNS spoofing methods to access the US site in areas like Australia by giving everyone the same content.

It’s not clear how many Australians currently use a backdoor method to access the service, with some believing it is up to 200,000.

A Netflix spokesman told news.com.authat they currently don’t block Australian credit cards in case they are being used by Aussies living in the USA.

Netflix will launch in Australia in March, with what will initially be a lacklustre line-up, missing key shows like Orange is the New Black and Better Call Saul which Foxtel’s Presto and Fairfax/Nine owned Stan have the rights to respectively.

Netflix commissioned “Orange is the New Black” won’t be available at launch. Source: Supplied

Away from Netflix specifically, Hastings had some bad news for Aussies, claiming that he believes that when it comes to internet speed “25Mbps is kind of a baseline for the next five years, as opposed to the last five years.”

That’s the same speed that Malcolm Turnbull is promising to deliver as part of the new multi-technology NBN rollout.

MenaMedia expands Middle East broadcast capacity

From http://www.digitalproductionme.com/article-8492-menamedia-expands-middle-east-broadcast-capacity/

MenaMedia, the London-based specialist in satellite distribution services for broadcasters targeting the Middle East, has signed a contract with Eutelsat Communications for capacity on the EUTELSAT 7B satellite that provides premium coverage of the Middle East.

The multi-year contract for a full transponder sets the scene for MenaMedia to launch a new TV platform serving homes equipped for Direct-to-Home reception in the Middle East.

EUTELSAT 7B is a high-power satellite launched in 2013 and collocated with the EUTELSAT 7A satellite that already broadcasts digital entertainment services across the region to an estimated 4.5 million homes. MenaMedia's platform will specialise in playout, uplinking and distribution services for Arabic, Farsi and Turkish-language channels targeting homes in the satellite’s wide footprint in the region.

“Teaming up with Eutelsat is an exciting development to our strategic vision at MenaMedia,” said Saman Baban, CEO of MenaMedia commented. “This partnership reflects our continued desire to collaborate with companies, like Eutelsat, that share our mission of meeting demands in a dynamic market like the Middle East.”

"We are delighted to strike this new relationship with MenaMedia that has rapidly forged a reputation as a strong and professional partner for broadcasters seeking to reach into this market,” commented Nick Daly, CEO of Eutelsat UK. “Our ambition with the collocation of two high-power satellites at the longstanding 7 East neighbourhood is to meet strong demand from a dynamic market. We see this gaining traction and look forward to reaching out to players across the region.”

6,000 Receivers Destroyed In Iran's War On Satellite Dishes

From http://www.rferl.org/content/iran-media-satellites/26805535.html

Six thousand satellite receivers and dishes have been destroyed in a stadium in the city of Shiraz, according to reports by Iranian news agencies that posted photos of the police action, in the latest phase of Iran's ongoing war on banned satellites.

The dishes were decorated with slogans highlighting all the ills and threats that Iranian officials claim satellite channels bring into society.

"Rule of Satan on Life," read one of the hand-written slogans.

Others included "Enemy of Islam," "Enemy of the Family," "Spread of Prostitution," "Drug Addiction," "Lies," "Insecurity," and "Death to Zionism."

Iranian authorities regularly crack down on satellite dishes by raiding homes, dismantling their equipment, and fining the homeowners. Iran also jams foreign broadcasts.

In September 2013, Iranian news sites reported that the Revolution Guards (IRGC) used a tank to crush dozens of satellite dishes and receivers in Shiraz in a symbolic move against Western cultural influence.

Despite all their efforts and warnings, officials have acknowledged that the use of satellite dishes to access news and entertainment channels has been on the rise.

Last year, Ezatollah Zarghami, the head of Iran's state broadcasting entity at the time, said that 40-50 percent of Iranians use satellite dishes. 

According to Culture Minister Ali Jannati, in the Iranian capital, Tehran, 70-80 percent of citizens watch satellite channels.

Discovery will bid for Premier League

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/21/discovery-will-bid-for-premier-league/

Discovery Communications International will bid for rights to screen English Premier League football, stepping into the multi-billion-pound auction along with, at least Sky and BT.

Bids for the next contract are due early next month and Discovery is planning to take part, according to Bloomberg. Sky and BT paid over £3 billion to share the rights for three years from  from 2012.

Discovery, which recently acquired majority control of Eurosport, is increasingly taking part in European sports auctions. In June, it made a failed bid for the TV rights to Italy’s Serie A soccer matches, and is reportedly pursuing French rugby rights.

The participation of bidders such as Discovery is likely to push the price of  Premier League football even higher.

Dish TV launches 49 Tamil Channels

From http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Dish-TV-launches-49-Tamil-Channels/2015/01/22/article2630177.ece
 Dish TV has launched Zing Digital – a customised Tamil DTH brand, which will be offering 49 Tamil channels across the State.

“We have launched it in seven other States in their respective regional languages including Kannada and Telugu. It’s been well received there, we hope the viewers in Tamil Nadu too will enjoy it,” said Salil Kapoor, COO of DishTV India, on Wednesday.

Zing offers four packages, the prices of which start from `99. “If the viewer wants only South Indian and Tamil channels they only need to pay `99. And if they want complete Hindi, English and Lifestyle channels, the prices come to `350,” added Salil.

This is the second brand launched from the house of DishTV. “We were toying with this idea for a long time. The key channels viewed in this region was the centre of our strategy. The core philosophy of the brand is the regional language entertainment unlike Hindi or English which is standard among all other brands,” said Salil.

Officials from Dish TV say that according to their demographic study, a large segment of TV viewers from Tier 2-3 cities prefer regional content, “Zing will address this need efficiently and provide maximum available regional content to viewers when compared to other DTH brands,” he added.

For information, contact your nearest Dish TV store.


The NZ VOD / IPTV service market heats up with Spark (Telecom NZ) deciding to give all their broadband subscribers a free 12 month subscription to their Lightbox service (See news for the details). The Australian market is also hotting up as they also await the arrival of Netflix with competition from multiple VOD services.

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How Netflix, Stan and Presto will compete in Australia’s winner-takes-most video streaming market 

From http://www.brw.com.au/p/tech-gadgets/streaming_netflix_market_video_presto_kMQE2iiHXGxQbjC9FbtidJ

A new front has opened up in the battle between Australia’s major media companies – and the likely winners and losers may become clear by the end of 2015.

Not satisfied with selling television and radio advertising, and subscriptions to cable TV, newspapers and digital newspapers, traditional media players now want to sell us subscriptions to video-on-demand content too.

Experience overseas suggests many of us will be willing consumers of “SVOD”. Netflix, the global market leader, has lured 53.1 million subscribers to its service.

It costs just $US8.99 (about $11) a month in America, offering users instant access a large TV and movie library – with some original content – for a fixed monthly fee, on multiple devices.

In March Netflix will launch here (“officially” that is – an estimated 200,000 Australian consumers have already used a virtual private network to subscribe to its US service).

Netflix’s financial firepower is huge: its market capitalisation of $US20 billion dwarfs much of the local industry here. So it’s little surprise that Australia’s media players took note early.

They have formed unlikely alliances to launch their own rival services aiming to stop Netflix from snaring all of the embryonic Aussie SVOD market.

Foxtel and Seven West Media have teamed up to revamp Foxtel’s Presto service in a sub-$20 million partnership.

And before that Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review, formed their own SVOD joint venture, Stan. They will pump up to $50 million in each. Can three play in such a small market?

But Australia is a small market relative to the US and the UK and observers and investors are sceptical as to whether there is room for three major players in the long term.

They are also asking who will win – and questioning whether anybody will actually make any money.

Technology investor Daniel Petre is wary: “In the short term there can be a few contenders,” he told Fairfax Media. “However in the long term the winner is the guy that can license the content and can deliver the most compelling user experience – such as recommendation engines and search functionality.

“You’d have to say this suggests that Netflix is a winner, and maybe one scaled local player. Scale matters.”

Stan chief executive Mike Sneesby agrees that scale is critical, along with low barriers to take-up for consumers.

But he begs to differ on the market: “I think it will sustain three players if they are fairly evenly matched and competing for market share,” he says. “That said, if a player falls off the pace it will be difficult to sustain.”

The race for market share is about to begin and the economics for those who don’t get it will be tough.

One expert, who asks not to be named, points out that the average revenue per subscriber for SVOD is likely to be $9.09 excluding GST. From that subscriber acquisition costs have to be amortised. This figure could be as high as $5 a month based on a $60 advance cost and a 12-month average customer lifetime – although some in the industry say they expect their content to be so compelling that these figures will be considerably lower.

Either way, one also has to subtract a further $1 per subscriber for technical things like interconnection and encoding, then another $1 for operating expenses such as facilities, platform and software licensing, and collection society levies.

That could leave just $2.09 for content acquisition and margin, in the worst-case scenario.

“There are questions as to whether it is economically sustainable because it’s a high fixed-cost business in terms of content and marketing,” according to Megan Brownlow, executive director at PwC.

Brownlow also points to other factors that could dictate success or failure. “Who is going to do the deals to offer unmetered access because that’s really important to Aussies,” she says, pointing to Foxtel’s smaller, internet-based pay-TV rival Fetch TV, whose ISP partners such as iiNet and Optus allow users to watched Fetch’s streamed content unmetered.

Nevertheless, Brownlow believes the local players actually have a decent chance against the might of Netflix. “Everyone is assuming Netflix will be the winner. I think that is an unreasonable assumption. The Australian market is different in a number of ways and always has been.”

There is much lower penetration of pay-television here, less than 30 per cent, partly because of the protection free-to-air networks get on sports rights but also due the prohibitively-high historic cost of Foxtel for many people.

“What we are seeing internationally as the pay-TV market changes are these extraordinary new supplementary services (such as IPTV and SVOD) and people are having more than one, and that is what enables the different business models,” she says.

“So it’s quite possible you will have a Netflix subscription but continue to use iTunes or have a Stan subscription. You could potentially have both Presto and Stan depending on their content overlap. They compete on exclusivity but because they are so cheap you might buy them both just for particular series.”

This, point out critics, is also one of SVOD’s biggest weaknesses: the dreaded “churn”. And, as with free initial gym memberships and credit card balance transfers, there could be plenty of savvy punters who choose to switch between introductory offers, making no money for anyone. Money not the only motivation

That said, money may not be the main motivation for some of the players, in the short term at least.

Netflix has come under pressure from the Hollywood studios it buys much of its content from, including Sony Pictures, to crack down on people using VPNs to access its content in countries where it does not have an official presence. Launching officially in Australia could be one easy way to show it is taking their complaints seriously.

Presto’s two motivations appear to be “kill Stan” and “slow Netflix”. (Seven West Media must have been furious when Nine, with which it had begun working on an SVOD platform, partnered with Fairfax after getting frustrated by Seven’s slowness to commit).

And it doesn’t appear that Foxtel, which is owned by News Corp and Telstra, is worried about cannibalising cable and satellite subscriptions – it has dropped prices for those products already and will not stream first-run shows such as the latest series of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which will stay on the premium platform.

Nine and Fairfax’s motivations could include expanding into new revenue streams, giving some sizzle to their share prices, and taking a defensive stance against a foreign interloper, Netflix.

Whatever their various reasons, all three players are about to unleash a torrent of marketing on SVOD into the media in the first quarter of calendar of 2015.

The local players have an inherent advantage: expect Presto and Stan subscriptions to not only be advertised in News Corp and Fairfax mastheads, respectively – not to add on the Seven and Nine television networks – but also to be bundled with print and digital subscriptions.

Netflix’s global relationships with technology partners such as smart TV makers and handset manufacturers will give an edge over the competition in that regard.

Then, of course, there’s the content.

Netflix’s first announcement focused on its original shows like Marco Polo and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. It has already produced soaraway successes House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

Presto is selling itself on access to Foxtel’s HBO-heavy library. It has also gone big on kids’ content with shows such as Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Stan is hoping to capitalise on the success of US crime drama Breaking Bad which it has the rights to along with exclusive Australian rights for its spin-off Better Call Saul.

Sneesby says Stan’s research last year showed it there were 1.5 million households with high pent-up demand for the product and he says SVOD will be complementary to existing pay-TV offerings.

“In the overseas market we see up to 40 per cent overlap (where consumers take more than one SVOD service),” he says. “That could mean 2.2 million subscriptions off the back of 1.5 million households, and we expect 1.5 million will grow to 3.5 million to 4 million within four years.”

Time will tell whether all three players, not to mention Quickflix – which already operates an SVOD service – are still around in Australia in four years.

Presto launched last Sunday. Stan has promised to launch before Better Call Saul goes live on February 8. Netflix will launch in March.

The land grab has already started.

How Netflix wants to end geoblocking

Summary:Netflix is negotiating its content deals now in a way that will mean people outside of the US will no longer need to use VPNs to access the shows and films they want to watch.

Netflix wants to stop its customers from using virtual private networks (VPNs), but not through blocking the services; instead, it plans on signing content deals on a global basis, meaning customers anywhere in the world can get the same TV shows and films at the same time.

In its Q4 results released on Tuesday, video-streaming giant Netflix announced aggressive plans to complete an expansion across the entire globe in just two years. First off the rank are Australia and New Zealand in March, where the company has been fairly coy in revealing the price, or exactly what shows will be on the service at launch time.

There has been fear that the content offering on the Australian service will be inferior to the US service, because much of the content has already been snapped up in exclusive agreements with Foxtel, or other local players like Quickflix or the upcoming Fairfax-Nine venture Stan.

The company is also currently refusing to confirm that Netflix-produced content House of Cards and Orange is the New Black will be available on the Australian service at launch, because of pre-existing deals signed with Foxtel prior to the company's plans to enter the Australian market.

It is believed that Netflix will have House of Cards at launch due to the rights expiring with Foxtel at the end of last year.

It is unknown exactly how many Australians are accessing the US Netflix service today via a VPN. However, a moment of panic set in amongst Australian Netflix users in early January when a minor change with Netflix to use Google DNS for the company's Android app led to some users' access to Netflix via a VPN to be disconnected.

Almost all other VPN users were still able to connect to the service, and Netflix said that its policy on VPNs has not changed. However, the company's policy specifically states that it may "terminate or restrict" access to Netflix for users in violation of the terms of use around accessing content where Netflix does not have the rights to that content.

It is an uncomfortable position for Netflix to be in -- to have customers willing to pay for the service, but film and TV studios unhappy with Netflix gaining revenue in markets where it doesn't have the rights to that content.

While the company is not talking about whether it plans to block VPN users, it is increasingly addressing the underlying problem, rather than just the symptom.

In a results call on Tuesday, Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings said that having global content deals is the goal of the company.

"[We] had the vision to start to figure out how to get global rights for some of the content by moving up the food chain," he said.

"And we have been pushing on that dimension, where we can get the global rights and we don't have to go country by country across 200 countries, but instead can provide the producer upfront money, guaranteed money, and get great access."

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that this has already been negotiated for Gotham and the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, which is licensed to Stan in Australia.

"Instead of having to go country by country to pile up those deals, and line up those windows, this enables us to make the service, the selection far more global for viewers around the world who increasingly know exactly when these shows began, and are hungry to see them as soon as they can," he said.

Sarandos said that global deals would increasingly become more appealing to the studios looking to "streamline" their operations.

"I think really the truth of it is it doesn't make it harder, as it makes it more attractive for studios as they streamline their operations," he said.

Netflix is also planning on releasing 320 hours of original content this year, increasing the ability for the company to offer content in all regions it operates in at once.

On the looming launch of the HBO stand-alone streaming service, Hastings said it is unlikely that HBO would want to disrupt its own cable subscription service by offering it at the same price point as Netflix, but, if it did, it would be complementary to Netflix.

"I think even if they were to match us in pricing, it's just going to be a lot of people subscribing to both. If they do great work, people will additionally subscribe to them. It's definitely not a zero-sum situation."

Hastings also welcomed US President Barack Obama's moves to uphold net neutrality, stating that the US is increasingly viewing the internet as a utility. He also said that the Federal Communications Commission's move to class broadband at a minimum 25Mbps download speed is the right decision.

"Once you've got an ultra HD video stream, that's 15Mbps for just a single stream, and you're going to want video conferencing, you're going to want online learning, you're going to want all kinds of applications, monitoring of homes," he said.

"25Mbps is kind of a baseline for the next five years, as opposed to the last five years."

Spark offers customers 12-months of Lightbox on the house

From Press Release

With New Zealand entering a Golden Age of TV choices, Spark New Zealand is giving its more than 600,000 home broadband customers a chance to embrace their inner TV bingewatcher by shouting them a year’s Lightbox subscription to watch their favourite shows through this bundled offer.

Launched last year, Lightbox is an online TV service with over 6000 ad-free hours of insanely good TV including hit shows like Breaking Bad, Outlander and Golden Globe-winning, Transparent – which can be devoured on computers, tablets, Smart TVs and PlayStations - and with great content and devices constantly being added. Spark Home, Mobile & Business Chief Executive, Chris Quin, says TV viewers used to have to ‘nibble away’ at their favourite show, episode by episode, week by week. But with Lightbox, they can choose whether they want to binge on the whole series in one sitting, or spread it out over the month. And they can watch it on their TV via a growing range of devices – no set top box or set up costs.

“The future of TV is online. One billion hours of online TV is now watched globally each month, and we know the TV watching habits of our customers are rapidly shifting to on-line and on-demand – where they can watch what they want, when they want. So we’re kicking off the year by saying “thanks” to our broadband customers – and offering them the great perk of 12-months of Lightbox bundled with their broadband, on us.” says Quin.

“We’ve also recently announced we will be cutting the price of our Unlimited Data plans, which are ideal for bingeing on Lightbox as much as you could possibly want –the only limit is the extent of your appetite.” “This is part of our overall Thanks programme for customers, and mirrors our added-value bundled services in the mobile space like free Spotify Premium and Spark Socialiser.

Lightbox Chief Executive Kym Niblock welcomed the offer, saying that it will help even more New Zealanders enjoy the benefits of Lightbox.“2015 is set to be the year that online TV in New Zealand moves from niche to mainstream, and Lightbox is now well established as a fantastic product with great content. So it’s absolutely the right time to up the ante with a game-changing offer that means even more New Zealanders can experience the insanely good TV of Lightbox, because life is too short for bad TV.”

Just in time for Spark customers, Lightbox has exclusive rights to the most hotly tipped show of 2015, Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul.Premiering in February, Better Call Saul centres on the character Saul Goodman six years before he meets Walter White.Lightbox is also well-stocked with TV staples Seinfeld and The Office, local New Zealand content and heaps for the kids.

To activate the offer customers can go to www.spark.co.nz/getlightbox and enter their details (account number and phone number) to get their special voucher code. They can then enter this code on the Lightbox website to activate their 12-month shout from Spark. Customers must sign up by 30 April 2015 to be eligible for this offer.

Free Lightbox to boost Spark broadband

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11389265

Spark chief executive Chris Quin says the future of his company's business lies in video entertainment.

Spark is giving away its subscription video-on-demand service Lightbox to broadband subscribers to encourage people towards online entertainment and uncapped broadband deals.

The 12-month giveaway was announced yesterday and should give Lightbox a solid foundation as competition heats up for streamed TV delivered online and played through devices such as computers, smart TVs and tablets.

Sky TV is expected to start its Neon subscription video-on-demand service at the end of the month and the US service Netflix is set for March.

Spark says its move is intended to provide added value for its broadband customers.

"There might be lower cost broadband in the market, but the added value of free Lightbox will make it attractive," said Spark's chief executive of home mobile and business, Chris Quin.

"From an industry point of view it's important to get people watching more video on broadband.

The future of our business is video entertainment."

The free Lightbox package has been welcomed by Internet New Zealand and the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand, which said it signalled greater options for consumers as internet services improved.

Spark is encouraging customers towards higher-cost all-you-can-eat broadband plans. The move coincides with the company reducing the price for its uncapped plan from $109 to $99 a month and the decision to stop marketing the 150 gigabyte broadband plan from next month.

Customers will be able to pay for packages of 40 gigabytes and 80 gigabytes, and the next option will be to buy an unlimited broadband offer to fit the growing number of online entertainment options.

Sky chief executive John Fellet said the free Lightbox offer was "good for Sky". With Lightbox free, Spark customers might be willing to buy another pay service, such as Sky.

Netflix ready to bring fight to New Zealand

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11389674

Netflix describes itself as the world's leading internet television network, with the rights to popular shows like House of Cards. Photo / Supplied

US internet television network Netflix says it is ready to fight for Australian and New Zealand viewers in what it describes as highly competitive markets.

Netflix, which revolutionised how Americans watch TV and has expanded around the globe, will launch in Australia and New Zealand in March.

Competitors here and in Australia are trying to beat Netflix to the punch, unveiling rival services.

TVNZ announced its new On Demand service today, which will launch next month.

The service, which will replace its current model, will require users to register and offers new features, including a 'pick up and play' mode that allows users to switch between devices while continuing to watch the same programme.

Yesterday, Spark announced it would make its video on demand service Lightbox available to all broadband customers for free.

Sky TV is also due to launch its video on demand service Neon later this month, while in Australia, Foxtel has unveiled a rival subscription streaming service, Presto TV, with the Seven Network.

"In Australia we will face strong competition this year, and look forward to getting started later this quarter," Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings and chief financial officer David Wells wrote in a statement to shareholders on Tuesday.

Netflix announced its fourth quarter results on Tuesday.

Globally, Netflix added 4.33 million members versus 4.07 million in the previous corresponding period.

The result was above the four million the California-based company forecast.

Netflix also reported a fourth-quarter net profit of US$83.4 million (NZ$109 million), boosted by a US$39 million tax accrual release.

The result was a jump from the $48.4 million net profit it posted in the same period a year earlier.

"In 2014, we added a record 13.0 million new members, compared to 11.1 million in 2013, bringing our global total to 57.4 million members," the executives wrote.

Australasia is one of the last major markets Netflix has entered.

"In late Q1 (first quarter), we'll be launching Netflix in Australia and New Zealand," Hastings and Wells wrote.

"There are numerous local competitors and a thirst for movies and TV shows from around the world.

"Later in the year, we'll launch in additional major countries, in keeping with our global strategy."

Netflix describes itself as the world's leading internet television network with service in nearly 50 countries.

For a monthly fee, subscribers can watch, without commercials, as many of the Netflix library of TV series, documentaries and feature films as they want on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching programs.

Boeing to build satellite for mobile multimedia service in China

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Boeing_to_build_satellite_for_mobile_multimedia_service_in_China_999.html

New York Broadband has selected Boeing Satellite Systems International for negotiation of a contract to build a new high-powered L-band satellite that will support mobile multimedia services to China and other Asian markets planned by CMMB Vision of Hong Kong.

New York Broadband LLC (NYBB) recently acquired the AsiaStar satellite, located at 105 degrees East orbital, and its associated L-band spectrum rights. The new satellite, NYBBSat-1, will replace the AsiaStar spacecraft at that location when it is launched in mid-2017. The launch vehicle is being procured separately.

NYBB has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to lease the entire capacity of this new satellite to CMMB Vision Holdings of Hong Kong for its planned mobile multimedia service in China and Asia.

NYBB and CMMB Vision jointly made the announcement at the annual Pacific Telecommunications Council Conference in Honolulu.

CMMB Vision has also just entered into the strategic cooperation framework agreement with Global Broadcasting Media Group (GMG), a subsidiary of China Radio International, one of the three state-media broadcasters in China.

Together CMMB Vision and GMG will jointly develop and operate a satellite-based platform in China to provide mobile multimedia video, voice, and data as well as other new digital media and information services, which will also be extended to the rest of Asia.

CMMB Vision is a next-generation mobile multimedia service provider and a principal developer of leading mobile and broadcast-unicast convergence technologies such as CMMB and its next generation NGBW-LTE Convergence.

Developed with joint U.S.-China efforts, CMMB has been adopted in China as the mobile handheld TV technology standard. In China, the standard is called "China Mobile Multimedia Broadcast." Its technical name is Satellite-Terrestrial Interactive Mobile Infrastructure ("sTiMi").

"The selection of Boeing for negotiation of a contract to build our new satellite is another major step for our plan to serve China and the rest of Asia with mobile multimedia programming," said Charles Wong, Chairman and CEO of CMMB Vision.

"The high power payload of the NYBBSat-1 satellite will offer satellite capacity that enables CMMB Vision to deliver services to consumer mobile devices throughout China and the rest of Asia."

Charles Naumer, Managing Director of NYBB, commented: "Nine months of competitive procurement process has paid off for CMMB Vision. We are very pleased at the outcome, and for the assistance we received from Space Partnership International in the process."

SPI of Bethesda, Maryland, is the lead consultant for NYBB; it has been instrumental in the satellite procurement and other activities in support of NYBB and CMMB Vision.

CMMB technology delivers mobile multimedia service using a combination of satellite signals transmitted directly or via terrestrial retransmission stations to mobile devices. The CMMB standard makes more efficient use of spectrum than other mobile TV standards, but is similar to Europe's DVB-SH standard for digital video broadcast for both satellites and terrestrial repeaters to mobile and handheld devices.

NYBBSat-1 will be based on Boeing's flight-proven 702MP satellite platform. The satellite will have a high-power L-band payload to support broadcast and communication services to all of China and its surrounding oceans, as well as selected Asian markets through steerable beams. With Boeing's unique design, the beams and the power of the satellite can be reconfigured on-orbit to provide flexibility for CMMB's services.

NYBB and SPI are actively pursuing procurement of the launch service for NYBBSat-1, as well as for the second satellite, NYBBSat-2, which will also be dedicated to CMMB Vision.

Japanese state broadcaster NHK confirms its commitment to 4K and 8K media

From http://4k.com/news/nhk-of-japan-confirms-commitment-to-4k-and-8k-broadcasting-5328/

Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai, the Japanese state broadcasting corporation, has already been affirming its commitment to invest heavily in the necessary infrastructure for widespread 8K broadcasting in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and they’ve recently reasserted this commitment.

At a January 15th NHK board meeting, the public broadcasting company’s three year plan was approved and it included five major objectives for the next three years as of 2015. One of these was the corporation’s vision of covering the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympics in 8K Super Hi-Vision resolution.

Additionally, NHK plans on boosting internet access and coverage under what they call their “Total Reach” plan for broadband accessibility.

As far as the resources go to pull these 8K plans off go, NHK is certainly no slouch. In addition to steady subsidies from the government of Japan, the public corporation also has an operating income that’s expected to hit $5.68 billion USD by the end of 2015 and more than $6 billion dollars by 2017.

In a public statement, the corporation affirmed that “Looking forward to 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Nippon Hoso Kyokai, endeavors to provide broadcasting and services of the world’s highest standards, utilizing leading edge technologies”.

The company also explained that it will further enhance their production and reporting capabilities as of this year and will continue with 8K broadcasting research and development throughout the next three years.

Part of the eventual 8K broadcasting plan involves the use of the corporations “BS” satellite channels for debuting the service and eventually introducing it widely throughout the country.

Test broadcasts of the 8K channels will begin in 2016, in time for the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, and will expand to full-scale permanent broadcasting from there onwards.

Also, since June of 2014, Japan has been running some of the world’s first 4K channels through the use of communications satellite TV channels run by a partner in the overall plan, Sky Perfect JSAT Holdings.

The run-up to the 2020 plan specifically calls for the public broadcaster having one of its own dedicated 4K channels by 2018 and seeing the development of at least five additional commercial 4K channels from several private broadcasters.

Furthermore, in a related and extremely remarkable gambit, NHK fairly recently demonstrated that its 8K broadcasting concept will be awesome not just for the big screens of the Olympics but can also work on the small screen.

The public broadcaster managed to show its 8K Super Hi-Vision system off on a display the size of a small laptop! The corporation developed a 13.3 inch OLED display in partnership with Semiconductor Energy Laboratory and Sharp Electronics Corporation.

With almost 500 million transistors inside it, the little screen showed off 8K images at a native resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, which translates to an astonishing 664 pixels per inch!.

By comparison, the latest and absolute best smartphone displays on the market, from LG, offer screen pixel densities of “just” 576 ppi.

Obviously, commercial 8K displays for even the big screen are still a few years away but showing the technology off in such a small medium does offer a serious boost to the Japanese effort at bringing 8K to the masses.

Atlas rocket blasts off with ‘game-changing’ military communications satellite

From http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/atlas-rocket-blasts-off-with-game-changing-military-communications-satellit

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket blasts off. Picture taken using long exposure, looking over the campus of Florida Institute of Technologies in Melbourne, about 65km from the launch pad. — Reuters picCAPE CANAVERAL, Florida, Jan 21 — An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida yesterday with a next-generation communications satellite designed to provide cellular-like voice and data services to US military forces around the world.

The 20-storey-tall rocket, manufactured and flown by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, lifted off at 8.04pm EST/0104 GMT, the first of 13 missions the company plans for this year.

Perched on top of the rocket was the third spacecraft for the US Navy’s US$7.3 billion (RM26.3 billion) Mobile User Objective System, or MUOS, network, which is intended to provide 3G-like cellular technology to vehicles, ships, submarines, aircraft and troops on the move.

“MUOS is a game-changer in communications for our warfighters,” Iris Bombelyn of satellite manufacturer Lockheed Martin said in a statement before launch.

The planned five-satellite system is designed for high-fidelity, secure voice conversations, networked conference calls and data relay services, including video, worldwide.

With two satellites already in orbit, a third on its way and two more scheduled for launch, MUOS will supplement and eventually replace the Navy’s Ultra High Frequency Follow-On satellite system to provide 10 times more capacity than the current network, said Joe Kan, the Navy’s MUOS programme manager.

“MUOS is going to bring a lot of capability,” Kan, a Navy captain, told reporters in a conference call before the launch. “It’s a very pervasive system, used by all the services — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and other partners.”

Topping the scales at just over 6,800kg, the MUOS satellite needed the heaviest-lift Atlas rocket, which was outfitted with five strap-on solid rocket motors built by GenCorp Inc’s Aerojet Rocketdyne.

The fourth MUOS launch is planned for later this year and the fifth, which will serve as an on-orbit spare, is due to fly in 2016, the Navy said. — Reuters

Battle of the low earth orbit satellites

From http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/networking/66709-battle-of-the-low-earth-orbit-satellites

It's O3b vs Virgin vs SpaceX. But is there room on earth – or above it – for three separate Internet satellite systems? Probably not – who will succeed?

Remember Iridium? You would if you had invested in them, or at least the company’s first incarnation. Backed mostly by Motorola, the original plan back in the tech boom of the late 1990s was to put 77 satellites into low earth orbit to provide mobile phone coverage for the whole planet.

The name ‘Iridium’ was derived from the element of that name, which has the atomic number 77. The satellites were launched, for a total cost estimated at around US$6 billion. But the whole thing went belly up within a year and was sold off for just US$25 million a few years later. It still exists, though not many people use its bulky and expensive satellite phones.

But the basic idea was sound. Put up enough satellites, and you don;t have to worry about geosynchronicity. Most communications satellites are put into an orbit that ensures they orbit the earth in the same time as it takes the earth to rotate – 24 hours – so the stay in the same spot in the sky relative to the earth, but this means they need to be nearly 36,000 km high.

That is far enough away that even the speed of light is not fast enough to ensure instantaneous communication. Remember the delays in international phone calls that used satellites, before undersea fibre became ubiquitous?

Put the satellites closer, and there is no propagation delay. But while just three geosynchronous satellites can cover the whole planet, you need dozens of these little guys (77 in the case of Iridium), because they never stop moving, relative to the earth’s surface.

Now a few different groups have moved on the use of low earth orbit satellites to provide universal Internet coverage across the entire globe. The best known of these is a consortium called O3b (‘Other 3 billion’ – a reference to the number of earthlings who can’t get decent Internet coverage).

O3b was founded in 2007 with the backing of Google, European satellite company SES and a range of banks and private equity investors. It has now launched its first satellites and found its first clients. It is using just eight Ka band satellites orbiting at a height of 8000 km, which is sufficient to provide coverage in the earth’s tropical band – where most developing countries are located.

Then, just last week, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin and chip company Qualcomm announced they are backing another network called OneWeb, “to bring high-speed Internet and telephony to people living in underserved areas around the world.”

OneWeb was founded by Greg Wyler – the same man who started O3b. OneWeb is much more ambitious than that project. It plans to deploy a fleet of 648 (count ‘em) “telecom-class micro satellites to provide low-latency, high-speed Internet access directly to small user terminals deployed around the world.”

Virgin and Qhalcomm say the system will extend the networks of mobile operators globally, enabling them to provide coverage to rural and remote areas, which historically have not been economically feasible to connect using terrestrial networks.

“OneWeb plans to work with local operator partners to provide this access. OneWeb terminals act as small cells with the ability to provide access to the surrounding area via a Wi-Fi, LTE, 3G or 2G connection using an operator partner's licensed spectrum, or only 4G or Wi-Fi on unlicensed spectrum.”

The satellites will be launched by Virgin’s own rockets as part of Branson’s Virgin Galactic program.

Enter well-know techpreneur Elon Musk, he of Tesla and SpaceX fame. Reliable reports say he now plans to do a similar thing, and the same reports say Google will back him. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is close to investing as much a sUS$1 billion in SpaceX to launch the project, which does not yet have a name.

Sir Richard Branson has said there’s not enough room for both of them, and they should consider joining forces. That is unlikely, given that the one thing there is definitely not enough room for is all the egos involved.

The Virgin and SpaceX announcements are very new. SpaceX is not yet even a proper announcement. The potential amounts of money involved are – wait for it – astronomical, so we are a long way from seeing anything tangible occur.

But one way or another (or two ways, or three ways), there does seem to be a future for Internet delivery by low earth orbit satellite. O3b seems happy with its role of providing services to carriers near the equator, and Virgin’s OneWeb has been definitively announced.

But don’t count out Elon Musk. They said Tesla would fail. They said SpaceX would never fly. The micro satellites are coming!

MENA execs warn of online piracy threat

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/21/mena-execs-warn-of-online-piracy-threat/

Industry executives have spoken out against the threat of online piracy to pay-TV operations in the MENA region.

Participating in a panel session at IBC Content Everywhere in Dubai on how the MENA TV industry is adapting to the Content Everywhere revolution, Abdul Hadi Al Sheikh, executive director of television at Abu Dhabi Media, stressed the importance of educating viewers of the impact of illegally streaming content. “Internet providers can do more on the issue and block pirated content but, at the end of the day, we need a cultural change in the mindset of people in the region,” he averred. “Regulators can also play more of a role but, unfortunately due to the nature of the situation in the region, I don’t think it is a high priority for many counties,” he suggested.

David Butorac, the chief executive of OSN, sought to dispel the misconception that illegally downloading premium content or streaming live sport was a victimless crime. “That is not the case,” he stated. “If you look at the fact that it costs about US$120 million to produce the Netflix series House of Cards, then the company needs to get a return on that investment otherwise, what is the point of making more content?”

He called on video-sharing site YouTube to do more in terms of IP protection. “You don’t get pornography on YouTube because it is blocked. The same should be done to prevent other intellectual property, like Hollywood films being shown.”

Khalifa Al Shamsi, chief digital services officer for Etisalat, echoed Abdul Hadi Al Sheikh’s comments. “There is a real need for the industry to educate people,” he declared, revealing that every morning during the ongoing Asia Cup football tournament, he received WhatsApp messages with links to where people could watch games illegally. “I replied to my friend telling him this is wrong and to watch it through beIN Sports but he said it was easier to just stream it from elsewhere. That is the kind of attitude we need to change,” he asserted.

Bangladesh readies 11 new channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/20/bangladesh-readies-11-new-channels/

Bangladesh’s Telecoms Regulatory Commission says more than 11 new channels are to be allowed to start transmission once they have received frequency allocations.  Their licences were actually issued in 2013-2014, but the regulator said they still needed to be approved by the country’s security officials.

The Regulator’s annual report says it issued 16 new private satellite licences in 2013-2014 but some of those 16 have yet to formally apply for frequencies.

BBC Monitoring, quoting the Daily Star, is reporting that the new channels are Bangla TV, Channel 21, Utshav TV, Renaissance TV, Dhaka Bangla TV, News 24, Amar Gan TV, Cambrian TV, New Vision TV, Rangdhonu TV, Green TV, ATV, Jadu TV, Titash TV, and East-West Media, according to the website of the information ministry.

Currently, just 25 channels are airing and the broadcasts of Channel 16, Diganta TV, Islamic TV, CSB news and Channel 1 have all been suspended, said a BTRC official.

Canal+ retains exclusive Top 14 Rugby rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/21/canal-retains-exclusive-top-14-rugby-rights/

Following the conclusion of the bidding process for France’s National Rugby League (la Ligue Nationale de Rugby) the Canal+ Group has confirmed it will be offering its subscribers full and exclusive coverage of the Top 14 championship.

Canal+ retains complete coverage of the competition, namely the seven games each championship match-day, the final stages, as well as iconic weekly show Jour de Rugby.

The rights cover the seasons 2015-2016 to 2018-2019.

Top 14 coverage boosts the widest package of rugby on television, enhanced by the renowned expertise and know-how of Canal+’s sports editorial team. Canal+ also holds the rights to Super Rugby, Rugby Championship and the French national team’s Test Matches in the southern hemisphere.

The news comes a day after an agreement with free-to-air commercial broadcaster TF1 to share coverage of the Rugby World Cup in September 2015.

DISH applauds Hopper copyright ruling

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/21/74247/
US pay-TV operator DISH has welcomed a judgement from the United States District Court, Central District of California which upholds the rights of consumers to use AutoHop, PrimeTime Anytime and Transfers Features. The decision is first to apply the US Supreme Court’s June 2014 opinion in Aereo to other technology.

The court’ summary judgement decision upheld the rights of consumers under US copyright law to use Slingbox technology and the AutoHop, PrimeTime Anytime and Transfers features of DISH’s Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR.

R. Stanton Dodge, DISH executive vice president and general counsel noted that the decision was the sixth in a string of victories in federal courts on both coasts for the American consumer related to DISH’s Hopper Whole-Home DVR platform. “We are proud to have stood by their side in this important fight over fundamental rights of consumer choice and control. DISH is pleased that the Court has again sided with consumers by issuing a summary judgement decision upholding their rights under US copyright law to use Slingbox technology and the AutoHop, PrimeTime Anytime and Transfers features of the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR,” he stated.

“Consumers are the winners today, as the Court sided with them on the key copyright issues in this case. This decision has far reaching significance, because it is the first to apply the Supreme Court’s opinion in Aereo to other technology,” he advised, confirming that DISH would continue to “vigorously defend” consumers’ rights to choice and control over their viewing experience.”

Slingbox technology, which is built into DISH’s second-generation Hopper Whole-Home DVR, provides a DISH customer, once they receive a television signal in their home, with the capability to remotely view that signal from a single Internet-connected device (mobile phone, tablet or PC). Slingbox technology has been available since 2005 and this action was the first to seek to enjoin it.

With the PrimeTime Anytime feature, users have the ability easily to record the primetime shows on up to each of the four broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) and save them for up to eight days. The AutoHop feature can be enabled by users to play back certain PrimeTime Anytime recordings commercial-free.

With the Transfers feature, a DISH customer can move or duplicate certain Hopper DVR recordings made by the customer to a mobile phone or tablet; and no Internet connection is needed for viewing.



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(Craig's comment, also via https://au.sports.yahoo.com/tennis/watch-live/ if you have a DNS or VPN service that can locate you in Australia)

From the Dish

ABS 6 159.0°E 12696 V "Trace Sport Stars" has started on, Fta.(Northern beam)

ChinaSat 6A 125.0°E 3750 H "Hunan TV" is encrypted again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3903 V "Nile News" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 4114 H "APTN Global Video Wire" is Fta.

Insat 4B 93.5°E 10990 V "Big Magic and Enterr 10" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11070 V "TV 24, DD National and DD News" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11110 V "DD National" has left again.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3920 V "GMM Channel" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 11105 V "MCOT 1" has started on , Tongfang.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11045 H Olala 2 has left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 11913 V "Inva Media TV" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11973 V "Paramount Comedy Russia" has started on , Verimatrix.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12033 V "Food Network Russia" has started on , Verimatrix.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12093 V "Mir" has left .

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11294 H "Siyapatha TV" has started on , Fta.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11294 H "Media One" has left.

NSS 12 57.0°E 11143 V "Al Hurria" is back on , Fta.
NSS 12 57.0°E 11606 V "KNN" has left .

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O3b + Norfolk Telecom...These Kiwis Have Fiber + Aussies, Too

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1027359869&menu=1

[SatNews] O3b Networks today confirmed that its customer Norfolk Telecom went live with O3b’s unique ‘Fiber in the Sky’ satellite network in October 2014.

Located halfway between Australia and New Zealand, Norfolk Island is a self-governing territory of Australia. Norfolk Telecom is the incumbent for Internet, mobile and fixed line telephone services.

The use of O3b satellites, which are closer to the Earth than conventional geostationary satellites, reduces latency, increases Internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the user.

In 2014, O3b Networks announced a multi-year agreement to provide trunking services to Norfolk Telecom. Under this agreement, Norfolk Telecom is using O3b as their Internet backhaul provider from Norfolk Island, replacing the Island’s previous use of a geostationary satellite (GEO) connection routed to New Zealand for telephone and data traffic.  Now Norfolk Island Telecom is able to provide its customers with a high speed broadband service for the first time, improving user experience and enabling more and better services and content.

Since the advent of O3b services,  Norfolk Island Telecom is promoting applications that are critical to a community that was once digitally isolated such as online banking, up-to-the minute weather information and  access to Australian mainland services. The O3b service is also a big benefit for the Tourism industry. With O3b, Norfolk Island offers visitors the same services and customer experience that is available in Australia.

With many of the Pacific region island states going live on the O3b constellation O3b’s total capacity contracted in the region is now 5Gbps.

Kim Davies, General Manager Norfolk Telecom said, “We are very excited to have gone live on the O3b Network. The low latency O3b satellite constellation provides a similar service as we’d receive from an undersea cable, but at a fraction of the investment. The large transponder capacity of O3b will enable Norfolk Island to grow its economy, especially its communications services utilised by the tourist industry.”

With O3b, Norfolk Island now has the same services and customer experience that is available in Australia. The improvement in the quality and quantity of Internet capabilities brought about by O3b is playing a critical role in community development.”

Imran Malik O3b VP - Asia Pacific & the Middle East, said, “We are thrilled to bring Norfolk Telecom up onto our network, and look forward to the changes this will bring to their customers. O3b is providing the highest performance satellite connectivity the world has ever seen. Compared to the Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites connection they used to use, O3b’s network utilizes Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites at much lower altitudes. This means that O3b can offer fiber-like speeds with lower latency, and Norfolk Telecom customers have noticed substantial service improvements.”

O3b Networks Floats Their Raft Of Clients...Largest Provider Of Satellite Capacity In The Pacific Region

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1588217231

[SatNews] O3b Networks today confirmed that a raft of clients, including Digicel, PNCC and Palau Telecom, have now successfully gone live on O3b's unique ‘Fiber in the Sky' satellite network.

Connected to the O3b network, these telecom operators are able to provide their customers with high speed broadband service, in some cases for the first time, improving user experience and allowing for more and better services.

O3b has become an affordable, reliable alternative to expensive undersea fiber for island nations in the Pacific. The use of O3b satellites, which are closer to the earth than conventional geostationary satellites, reduces latency, increases data rates and improves voice and video quality for the user.

O3b’s total capacity contracted in the Pacific region is now 5 Gbps. The high throughput, low latency solution has been extremely compelling for region operators trying to meet national broadband plans which are poorly supported by the high latency of GEO or the cost of fiber.  Today, O3b connects as many Pacific islands as fiber and it is anticipated O3b will outstrip fiber for international connectivity to individual countries in the region in 2015. The company’s clients in the Pacific region include: Digicel PNG, Digicel Samoa, Norfolk Island Telecom, PNCC, Palau Telecom, FSMtC Yap, Telecom Cook Islands and Timor Telecom.

Steve Collar, CEO of O3b, said, "We are delighted to be helping so many clients in the region improve their high speed Internet connection in their markets using O3b’s 'fiber in the sky'. Already we are the clear market leader in the Pacific. O3b has made enormous progress in the last year. We are now successfully providing the highest performance satellite connectivity the world has ever seen to some of the most remote parts of the world. As such, we are playing a major role in eroding the long-standing digital divide, successfully providing high performance reliable connectivity in remote areas."

Multi-platform Oz tennis from Seven

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/19/multi-platform-oz-tennis-from-seven/

Australia’s Seven Network has launched its coverage of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne with the choice of live coverage of the tournament across two channels – Channel 7 and 7TWO – with the Channel 7 coverage switching to 7mate at 6pm for the hour of news and public affairs.

The launch of the PLUS 7 HBBtv service on Freeview Plus means that viewers will also be able to watch every match from 16 broadcast courts, in addition to the Channel 7 and 7TWO coverage streamed live on mobile, tablet and desktop devices.

“This is what we’ve been working towards. Finally, the viewer – no matter where they are – becomes the producer and director of their own live coverage. They get to call the shots,” said Seven CEO Tim Worner. “It’s perfect for these events where so much action occurs simultaneously. It’s a reflection of our commitment as a company to keep on challenging ourselves to innovate and build on what is already an outstanding broadcast.”

Discovery, Foxtel Takeover of Australia's Ten Network Opposed by Major Shareholder (Report)

From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/discovery-foxtel-takeover-australias-ten-764864

Shareholder and former Paramount International Television president Bruce Gordon wants Ten to remain in Australian ownership.

Discovery Communications' joint bid with Foxtel to acquire Australia free-to-air broadcaster Ten Network Holdings could be thwarted by Ten’s largest individual shareholder, billionaire Bruce Gordon who wants to keep the network in Australian hands, according to a report Tuesday in business paper the Australian Financial Review (AFR).

Former Paramount International Television president Gordon, who holds a 14.9 percent stake in Ten, and also owns Australia’s largest regional broadcaster Win Corp., is proposing a debt restructure and recapitalization which could give him more control of the network, rather than allowing Ten to be sold for $0.19 (AU$0.23) a share to a joint venture involving U.S. cablecaster Discovery Communications and local pay TV group Foxtel, half-owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.  

Ten’s board, led by a team of independent directors, is continuing to assess bids for the broadcaster, after a three week break coinciding with the Christmas and Australian summer holidays. Currently the Discovery-Foxtel bid – valuing the third ranked broadcaster at $483 million – is the front runner in the auction, ahead of other U.S. media and private equity groups Anchorage Capital and Haim Saban’s Saban Capital.

But any sale is far from certain. At Ten’s annual shareholders meeting on Dec. 16, director Brian Long said that “[w]e’re currently considering our position... and there’s no guarantee or commitment that anything will happen”.

According to the report, Ten shareholder and former chairman as well as present News Corp co-chair Lachlan Murdoch has been lobbying Gordon to accept the Discovery-Foxtel bid.

Sources close to WIN, told AFR that Gordon is “simply not going to support” a joint Discovery-Foxtel takeover. “Gordon said in November that U.S. cable companies had limited scope to improve Ten’s fortunes and questioned a sales process run by investment bank Citi that could allow a U.S. cable giant to buy the broadcaster behind Masterchef Australia, The Project and Neighbours at these nickel-and-dime prices.” Gordon is however reportedly keen on local broadcaster Foxtel to invest in Ten.

While the value of Ten’s stock has plummeted in the last four years, amidst a slump in ratings and revenues, the broadcaster’s ratings over the southern hemisphere summer have grown. Led by is coverage of the domestic T20 cricket competition, Ten said on Tuesday that it's ratings had grown 7.2 percent over the last six weeks, the network’s best performance in a decade.  

Telstra switches on global video delivery platform

Summary:On the back of its Ooyala acquisition, Telstra has continued its push to become a global technology company with the launch of a new video distribution network known as Global Media Switch.

Telstra is targeting digital video distribution with the launch of its new video platform, Global Media Switch.

The launch builds on Telstra's $270 million investment in Ooyala last year, which saw the Australian telco giant take a controlling stake in the video-streaming and analytics company.

Telstra's site indicates that the service is targeted at broadcasters and content providers in the Asia-Pacific region, with a flat monthly rate for all the network and video-streaming equipment required for streaming content locally. Telstra boasts that the service has low latency, access to the Stanley Satellite Earth Station in Hong Kong, and international connectivity via satellite, IP, and subsea cable networks.

Telstra Global Enterprise and Services director of marketing Jim Clarke described the product as "codecs as a service".

"With new models of on-demand consumption and audience fragmentation, media companies have had to make some substantial changes to the way they acquire, distribute, and manage media assets," Clarke said in a statement.

"With the Global Media Switch web portal, video contributors can take direct control of service booking, scheduling, and delivery to broadcasters themselves in a cost-effective way, and even advertise content to other media providers to further maximise revenues."

On Monday, Telstra also announced that it had upgraded its subsea cable connectivity to 100Gbps, which in part would help cope with the demand for high-definition video services that require higher bandwidth.

The 100G wavelength service is available across Telstra's Asia-America Gateway, Reach North Asia Lop, Telstra Endeavour, the Australia-Japan cable, and UNITY cable systems.

"The move to 100G is much more than just raw capacity. Alongside enhanced efficiency, 100G can help customers reduce operational expenditure and simplify network maintenance thanks to the service's ability to consolidate bandwidths. It is also flexible enough to meet the requirements of most cable companies by offering landing station and point of presence options, too," Telstra Global Enterprises and Services chief operating officer Darrin Webb said.

Elon Musk owned SpaceX Low-Cost Satellite Internet Service project

From http://thewestsidestory.net/2015/01/20/27470/google-ventures-invest-1-bn-elon-musk-owned-spacex-low-cost-satellite-internet-service-project/ 

Reports from multiple sources suggest that the tech giant Google might invest up to $1 billion in in Elon Musk owned SpaceX. The basic purpose underlying this huge investment will be to support the creation of a satellite based internet system so that more and more people can get connected to the internet. Many rural and far-flung areas especially in developing countries are still deprived of access to the internet.

The tech giant wants everyone in the remotest corners of the planet connected to the internet and this huge investment in Musk owned SpaceX would be another step in that direction.

Google’s investment would value Elon Musk’s company at more than $10 billion, the The Wall Street Journal and The Information report.

Musk had spoken about his company’s satellite based internet system in an interview with Bloomberg International last week- a program which was later described by them as “hugely ambitious.”

This is one of the latest initiatives of the Mountain View, California-based Google to increase the number of people connected to the internet, as it would help the search engine giant push up its user base and thus increase their digital revenue. The company had earlier introduced a balloon based system to bring the web to remote areas not hitherto connected to the internet via its Project Loon.

“By teaming up with SpaceX, Google would be seeking to gain an edge over rivals such as Facebook Inc., which is working on projects to deliver Internet service to underserved regions by building drones, satellites and lasers. WorldVu Satellites Ltd., backed by Qualcomm Inc. and Virgin Group, has begun a similar effort,” reports Business week.

The project would consist of hundreds of satellites orbiting 750 miles above the Earth’s surface, which is much closer than the traditional communications satellites floating at altitudes of up to 22,000 miles. The lower altitude of satellites, it is being said, would make for a speedier internet service since electromagnetic waves will be required to cover shorter distances.

If everything goes on as planned, the program which is still unnamed could help connect the Red Planet (Mars) to the internet soon. Sounds like a scene out of a sci-fi thriller? Watch out!

Scientists Observe 'Fast Radio Burst' In Real Time

From http://full-timewhistle.com/health-5/scientists-observe-fast-radio-burst-in-real-time-one-of-the-great-mysteries-of-the-universe-3966.html

One Of The Great Mysteries Of The Universe

For the first time in history, a fast radio burst (FRB) was recorded in real-time. The massive (but quickly dissipating) burst of radio waves was captured by the Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. A fast radio burst, sometimes called a blitzar, is a tight band of radio-frequency waves that lasts only a millisecond.
The Parkes radio telescope – under a cloud due to budget cuts in Australia – has delivered its first science headline for 2015, giving astronomers their only real-time view so far of the unexplained phenomenon known as the Fast Radio Burst (FRB).

FRBs were first observed by astronomers looking through archival data from “The Dish”, and received the first independent confirmation of their existence in 2013.

Now, astro-boffins have had a hot bet pay off: a team of astronomers from Swinburne University led by PhD student Emily Petroff developed a technique to look for FRBs in real time and used the 64-metre radio-telescope to see if it would work.

The event was caught by Parkes' real-time transient pipeline: “We record 8-bit full-polarization data from two orthogonal linear feeds per beam, with 1024 frequency channels over 400 MHz of bandwidth, from 1182 to 1582 MHz, and 64-μs time resolution”, the researchers' paper states.

So that their work wouldn't be dismissed as a measurement artefact, Swinburne explains in its release, an international team was lined up to make follow-up observations in wavelengths all the way up to X-ray.

The FRB is well outside the Milky Way, at 5.5 billion light-years' distance.

The University of Copenhagen Niels Bohr Institute's Daniele Malesani told Astronomy Now the Swift space telescope observed two X-Ray sources at the same position as the FRB, but these were ruled out by the Nordic Optical Telescope at La Palma.

“We observed in visible light and we could see that there were two quasars, that is to say, active black holes. They had nothing to do with the radio wave bursts, but just happen to be located in the same direction,” explained Giorgos Leloudas, also of the Niels Bohr Institute and Israel's Weizmann Institute.

It turned out that the FRB didn't show up in the infrared or UV spectra either, so while it put out energy equivalent to the Sun's daily output in a few milliseconds, what causes FRBs is so far still a mystery.

There is, however, another hint that the Parkes group was able to capture. The signal shows more than 20 per cent circular polarisation, suggesting that the source of the FRB was close to a strong magnetic field.

Chile close to 50% pay-TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/19/chile-close-to-50-pay-tv/
Chile’s pay-TV market wrapped its Q3/2014 in a very healthy condition. According to Chile’s Telecommunications ministry (SubTel) the country enjoyed 48.6 per cent of homes subscribing to pay-TV.

Some 2.8 million homes are viewing pay-TV, and growth is at 0.76 per cent/quarter. Satellite DTH is now the leading service provider with 1.42 million subscribers (a 51.1 per cent share). Cable has 1.35 million subscribers.

Liberty Global’s local partner (VTR) has just over one million subscribers (36.2 per cent share), flowed by Telefonica-backed Movistar with 572,000 subs. America Movil’s Claro operation has 471,000 subs and DirecTV has 454,000 subs.

Kenya: Broadcasters get tough with Pay-TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/19/kenya-broadcasters-get-tough-with-pay-tv/

Kenya’s free-to-air national broadcasters have long complained about the ‘theft’ of their terrestrial signals by the country’s two pay-TV operators, GoTV and StarTimes.

The argument became extremely heated in 2014 when the FIFA World Cup signals were re-transmitted by the two pay-TV players.

Now, three broadcasters Standard Media Grp (which broadcasts the Kenya TV Network, KTN), Royal Media Services (Citizen TV) and Nation Media Grp (NTV and QTV) are demanding that GoTV and StarTimes cease and desist retransmitting the terrestrial signals.  The three broadcasters between them control some 90 per cent of Kenya’s media, including an 87 per cent market share in TV.

They are arguing copyright infringement, and are airing commercials which warn viewers not to be duped by the pay-TV operators who are themselves offering accesses to the terrestrial signals as part of their basic bundles.  One option open to the terrestrial players is to encrypt their signals and they say they are examining this possibility.

Al Jazeera scrap ‘US-style’ schedule

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/19/al-jazeera-scrap-us-style-schedule/

Al Jazeera Americas (AJA) is to completely rework its entire broadcast schedule. Out will go the hour-long special documentary and speciality programmes to be replaced with rolling live newscasts.

Trade magazine Variety is reporting that a memo issued to all staff on January 16th said that “News is at the heart of Al Jazeera and our strong advantage in the market is embodied in our 24/7 live news programmes”.

Ehab Al Shihabi, AJA’s CEO, said the channel will now have an average of 14 hours a day of live news from the broadcaster’s newsrooms in New York, London or its Qatar HQ in Doha.

A two-hour live morning show that will be telecast from 7am-9am is also being planned.

Pakistan cancels 425 cable licences

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/19/pakistan-cancels-425-cable-licences/

BBC Monitoring is reporting that Pakistan’s Electronic Media Regulator Authority (PEMRA) has approved the cancellation of 425 cable TV licences across the country. PEMRA made the decision at a meeting on January 16th.

PEMRA says many of the licences were dormant, or were in default. “There were total of 3,600 PEMRA licensed cable operators across the country; however, after cancellation of 425 cable TV licences, the number would plummet to 3,175. PEMRA also approved cancellation of ‘Metro One’, TV channel’s license on the premise that the license was void according to Rule 13 of PEMRA Rules.  The rule states that a person engaged in a distribution service (cable TV etc) cannot hold a broadcast licence and vice versa,” says the BBC report.


5.10.pm NZ Optus D2 scan

12446 V Sr 6670 "globecast 2" Trotts
12661 V Sr 7400 "globecast oz" Tennis
12670 V Sr 7400 "sky nz tennis" Encrypted
12679 V Sr 6670 "globecast 1" Horses

D2 feedlog, Sunday

12473 V Sr 6670 "path 1" 422 video, Horses

12599 V Sr 7120 "astralink 06a" Bein sport reporter
12607 V Sr 7120 not loaded assume AFC football related
12661 V Sr 6670 "gcast 6" horses
12661 V Sr 7400 "globecast OZ" Tennis

12670 V Sr 6670 "tandberg-service" Horses
12670 V Sr 7400 "Sky NZ Tennis" (encrypted)
12679 V Sr 6670 "Euromedia ChainA" Horses

12256 H Sr 4249 "Sky SD pri 3032" (encrypted) NZ beam
12265 H Sr 4249 "Sky SD sec 9015" (encrypted) NZ beam

Saturday feeds

D2 log 6pm NZ

12256 H Sr 4249 "Sky SD pri 3032" (encrypted) NZ beam
12265 H Sr 4249 "Sky SD sec 9015" (encrypted) NZ beam
12661 V Sr 6670 "anc 002" colour bars
12679 V Sr 6670 "euromedia chain a" Horse racing

From my Email

From Steve Johnson


Optus D2 12674 V Sr 15000, Fec 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, HD, FTA
'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' German

From the Dish

Apstar 6 134.0°E 4020 V "Z Channel has replaced Hwazan Satellite TV" on encrypted.

JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 4120 V "Tien Liang TV" is Fta

AsiaSat 4 122.2°E 12704 H "CTI TV News" has left .

NSS 11 108.2°E 12431 H "Cinemax Asia" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4100 V "Z Living Asia" has left again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3960 H "Trace Sport Stars" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3840 H "Cartoon Network South East Asia, Boomerang Asia, Oh! K, Tru TV Asia and Toonami have started on, encrypted. HBO Asia, HBO Hits, HBO Signature Asia, Screen Red and HBO Family Asia" have left again
Measat 3a 91.4°E 4120 H "JimJam Asia, Celestial Movies SE Asia, Astro Awani and Asian Food Channel" have left

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 4078 L "GTRK Dalnevostochnaya" is now Fta.

KazSat 2 86.5°E 11669 V "Kazakstan Kostanay" has left .
KazSat 2 86.5°E 11673 V "Kazakstan Oskemen" has left .

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11840 H "Amedia 1" has started on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0°E 3805 H "I Witness News" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Thai Muslim TV and KM Channel" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3640 H "Somali Channel" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12313 V "D Channel" has started on , Fta

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3815 H "Channel 24" is back on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5°E 4056 H "Kantipur TV" has started on , Fta

Apstar 7 76.5°E 11010 V "Fox Action Movies" is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5°E 11010 V "Fox Action Movies" has started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5°E 11105 V "Fox Sports News Asia and Star Chinese Movies South East Asia" have started on , Tongfang.

ABS 2 75.0°E 3556 H "Pinoy Extreme Channel and CCTN 47" have left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 3791 V "Pinoy Extreme Channel and CCTN 47" have started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 3942 V "TACT and Dolphin TV" have left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 3978 V "Star World HD Philippines, Fox HD Philippines, Fox Philippines, Star Movies Philippines, National Geographic Channel Philippines, Fox Filipino, Star World Philippines and Fox Sports Philippines" have started on , Irdeto.

Express AT1 56.0°E 11766 L "Olala 2" has left .

Yamal 402 54.9°E 11589 V "Perviy Muzykalnyi HD" is back on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经74度轨道位置的印星4CR号卫星Ku频段,VTU(印度)频道消失,设置11680 V 2966参数无效接收。[01-19]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Pinoy Extreme Channel、CCTN(菲律宾)频道改频率,设置3791 V 3703参数免费接收。[01-19]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Fox HD、Star Movies(菲律宾)等频道新增,设置3978 V 29000参数有条件接收。[01-19]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Boomerang、Oh! K等替换HBO(高清)等频道,设置3840 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-19]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Filmazia Test(测试)频道新增,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。[01-19]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang替换Maya(高清)频道,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。[01-18]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Pinoy Extreme Channel、CCTN(菲律宾)频道消失,设置3556 H 5555参数无效接收。[01-18]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Nile News(外语)频道消失,设置3903 V 4200参数无效接收。[01-18]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Bangla Music、Dan Music(孟加拉)等4个频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[01-17]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD News(印度)频道改频率,设置11790 H 45000参数免费接收。[01-17]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Siyapatha TV替换Sri TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[01-17]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Nile News(阿拉伯语)频道新增,设置3903 V 4200参数免费接收。[01-17]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,M Tunes HD(印度)等全组频道消失,设置3864 H 7200参数无效接收。[01-17]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,I Witness News(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3805 H 28500参数无效接收。[01-17]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,AMC HD、AMC替换We TV(Encompass)等频道,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。[01-17]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Haari Movie、MTV(Skynindo)等5个频道解密,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-17]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Maya 47(高清)频道解密,设置11541 V 43200参数免费接收。[01-17]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星C频段,GTRK Dalnevostochnaya(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置4078 L 4285参数免费接收。 [1月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Inva Meia TV(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11913 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月17日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,True4U、TNN 24(MPEG-4)等频道改频率,设置3909 V 10700参数有条件接收。 [1月16日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,As Vellithirai(测试)频道新增,设置3727 H 9833参数有条件接收。 [1月16日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang(IPM)频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [1月16日]


Elon Musk is building 700 satellites for world internet connectivity

From http://www.neowin.net/news/elon-musk-is-building-700-satellites-for-world-internet-connectivity

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg are superstars in the conversations that touch on today's entrepreneurs in the world of computing and internet advancements. Now we can safely add Elon Musk, the founder of Paypal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, to that list with his newest endeavor to connect the entire world to the internet.

A $10 billion project to launch 700 satellites into space is currently underway. Confirmed at a SpaceX convention in Seattle yesterday, Musk told Bloomberg Business that his agenda to connect the world is true, and even sees stretching his space internet system all the way to Mars. The space-driven internet service could bring service to even the most isolated parts of the world.

The project is very technical, mostly because launching things into space is both incredibly tough to do at a low cost. Fortunately for Musk, his SpaceX company is equipped to launch satellites into space via rocket launches. With each satellite estimated to weigh around 250 lbs., these internet transmission devices will orbit around Earth at a distance of 750 miles. Musk says that these satellites will provide fast internet connections with modest latency, because light transmits 40% faster in space than through our grounded fiber-optic cable networks, which are only able to offer 1Gbps at best in few markets.

The Mars agenda exists as a branch out opportunity in the event that mankind finds a way to safely populate Mars, offering the ability for future citizens of the fourth planet in our Solar System to send Snapchats of their best reenactments of Total Recall. Though the internet transmissions would be fast, don't expect anyone to host the next competitive Call of Duty tournament via these satellites - the latency isn't that good. Musk's space satellites are expected to be launched in t-minus five years and counting.

NHK confirms 8K plans

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/16/nhk-confirms-8k-plans/

An NHK board meeting on January 15th approved the public broadcaster’s three-year plan. The NHK Board set five major objectives for the three years beginning 2015, but also re-stated its vision towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and covering the event (and the Paralympics) in 8K (Super Hi-Vision). NHK will also boost its Internet access and coverage under its ‘total reach’ objectives.

NHK’s operating income is expected to top 683 billion Yen this year ($5.86bn) and rise to Y708 billion by 2017.

“Looking forward to 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, also known as Japan Broadcasting Corporation) endeavours to provide broadcasting and services of the world’s highest standards, utilising leading edge technologies,” said their statement.

“Beginning in 2015, we will further enhance our reporting and production capabilities. As prescribed in the Broadcast Law, NHK will continue to fulfil its mission to serve the public as a trusted source of news and information, with fast and accurate reporting, a wide range of fulfilling, high-quality content, and enhanced global reach, both through broadcasting and through the Internet,” stated NHK.

MTG’s Raduga TV confirms closure

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/16/mtgs-raduga-tv-confirms-closure/

Russian satellite pay-TV operator DalGeoCom, which provides TV services under the Raduga TV brand, and where Sweden’s Modern Times Group (MTG) holds a 50 per cent stake, is to liquidate, has confirmed it is closing down.

Local reports say that DalGeoCom will accept claims from creditors until March 31st. Raduga has been on air since February 2009 and its bouquet offered a wide number of Russian and international channels over the country.

Raduga TV (which translates as ‘Rainbow’) actually ceased transmission on December 5th as it had not been granted an operating licence by the regulator. MTG said on December 1st that it would be launching 5 new channels for Russian viewers on its Viasat bouquet.

MTG had written down the complete value of its stake a year ago in February 2014.

OSN details realtime broadcast plan in Middle East

From http://www.digitalproductionme.com/article-8476-osn-details-realtime-broadcast-plan-in-middle-east/

The Middle East pay-TV broadcaster OSN recently announced that it would be broadcasting premium US shows such as The Walking Dead just 24 hours after its US debut and just last week announced that the entire box set of Breaking Bad would be made available on OTT platform Go by OSN.

However, in an interview with OSN CEO David Butorac, Digital Broadcast Middle East found out that the pay-TV platform is planning to invest significantly in shortening their viewing window for premium content from 24 hours to less than a minute.

“We’re now broadcasting top tier series just 24 hours after it’s released in the US and this is a year or two before it becomes available via FTA,” says Butorac. “We’ll continue to invest in this short viewing window and in fact we have plans in 2015 to begin broadcasting premium content at the same time that it premieres in the United States.”

Butorac told Digital Broadcast Middle East that this move by the broadcaster was driven by the need to compete with free to air channels in the Middle East and would not require any significant investment in infrastructure, but rather content rights.

“One of our challenges is that free to air channels in the Middle East are available via satellite, so every country within a given footprint can see every other countries’ channels in that footprint and the viewer ends up with more than 600 free to air channels,” says Butorac. “This makes pay-TV penetration difficult, so we need to constant reinforce the message about premium content and the early viewing windows that we offer.”

Butorac added that this investment in content rights by OSN was further evidence of the growth in value of broadcast television, rather than its demise due to digital media, which has been predicated by some in the industry.

“There are many pundits who have erroneously suggested that the rise of digital media means the death of traditional broadcasting,” Butorac told Digital Broadcast Middle East. “But for broadcasters and consumers digital really means choice. We have technologies that have been developed that allows us to acquire content and aggregate in ways that 20 years ago would have been unthinkable.”

Television is also in the midst of a renaissance, according to OSN’s CEO, with feature film budgets being spent on series productions and big Hollywood names appearing in television series.

“Television is coming of age. If you look at the money being spent on TV shows and the stars that are signing up to current series, it’s clear that TV is undergoing a renaissance,” says Butorac.

As evidence, the OSN CEO points out that more than US $100-million was spent on House of Cards by Netflix, which starts Kevin Spacey, while Martin Scorsese is directing Boardwalk Empire and Steven Spielberg is doing television. Matthew McConaughey is another big name that recently entered the small screen in True Detective.

“So you have these powerhouses of talent both in front of and behind the camera and budgets that are equivalent to a Hollywood blockbuster. This really is a wonderful era of content,” says Butorac.

StarSat resumes ‘Adult’ programming

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/16/starsat-resumes-adult-programming/

South Africa’s StarSat (formerly ODM/TopTV) has restarted its controversial adult programming. The decision was made as the broadcaster is mounting an appeal at South Africa’s Supreme Court against the decision to force the broadcaster to end transmissions.

A Cape Town court in November 2015 had ruled that the broadcasts should end.

Meanwhile, StarSat is still waiting for South Africa’s ICASA regulator to transfer the broadcasting licence held by ODM/TopTV to China-backed StarSat. Once the transfer takes place then the Business Rescue Plan (South Africa’s version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy) as far as ODM/TopTV is concerned can be wrapped up.

Former TopTV CEO Eddie Mbalo, now a consultant to StarSat, told IT Web, that “Until this process is concluded, we cannot capitalise the business. StarTimes has taken a risk and paid some of the costs incurred by ODM, but for all shareholders to start investing in the business, we have to conclude the business rescue.”

He added that StarSat believed it was a waste of time re-submitting an application to ICASA to licence the adult programming as it did not believe the regulator had the competence to rule. “We do not believe ICASA should act as a censor and make decisions on R-rated content. Classification should be done by the Film and Publications Board. That’s why we believe the Supreme Court will reach a different finding.”

Gogo gets a boost with FCC approval of next-gen satellite

From http://www.tnooz.com/article/gogo-gets-boost-fcc-approval-next-gen-satellite/

Wi-Fi speeds are about to see an enormous improvement at 30,000 feet – Gogo has received FCC approval for its next-gen 2Ku technology.

The approval paves the way for installation and deployment on over 1,000 aircraft, with brands such as United and Virgin America slated to trial the technology first.

The new technology will see max speeds of 70 Mbs download, and has a much lower profile on the fuselage then existing equipment – thus reducing drag and the risk of bird strikes.

The announcement explains further:

The antenna is more spectrally efficient which means it will produce more bandwidth at less cost than competitive solutions. 2Ku’s performance benefits will be even more dramatic in tropical regions where other satellite solutions degrade significantly due to restrictions associated with operating at high skew angles. The antenna itself is only 4.5 inches tall and the low profile produces very little incremental drag on the aircraft.

The 2Ku antenna and its increased spectral efficiency are compatible with today’s Ku satellites and future Ku satellites, including future spot beam satellites.  When future satellite technologies become available, Gogo expects peak speeds for the service in excess of 100 Mbps.  Because the antenna can be used with any Ku-satellite, it also avoids the single point of failure that comes with reliance on a single satellite for connectivity in a given region, and offers airlines much desired redundancy and reliability.

Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO:

Clearing the necessary regulatory hurdles to provide this service to an aircraft flying anywhere around the globe is no small feat.  Gogo has proven it is a leader at navigating these environments for all aircraft types no matter where they fly. We are happy that the launch of 2Ku is proceeding as planned and are continuing to work with the FAA on approval for installation.

The installations are set to begin soon with full deployment by the middle of the year.

ARD and ZDF reject encryption on satellite

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/01/16/ard-and-zdf-reject-encryption-on-satellite/

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have stressed that they will continue to transmit their TV channels unencrypted via satellite despite pressure from rights holders.

The demands to encrypt the satellite signals were inacceptable as a freely accessible, unencrypted transmission and distribution were part of the public service duty and correspond with the European policy of free flow of information, according to a joint statement.

The background is the dispute regarding the TV rights of the World Men’s Handball Championship 2015. ARD and ZDF were unable to acquire the live coverage rights as the games would have been freely receivable in foreign countries due to their unencrypted satellite transmissions on Astra (19.2° East) and Hot Bird (13° East).

Despite rights holder beIN Sports having agreed to an unencrypted satellite transmission in August 2014 ahead of the submission of an offer for the rights, exactly this form of distribution has suddenly been used by the rights holder as the decisive argument for the rejection of ARD/ZDF’s offer in December 2014, according to the broadcasters.

Pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland subsequently acquired the rights. ARD and ZDF will report about the Handball World Cup 2015 in their news and sports programmes.


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Optus D1 160.0°E 12421 H "Disney XD Australia" has started on, Videoguard.

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12401 V "ATV Home" has started on, Topreal. Phoenix Hong Kong is now Fta. CTI TV Asia has left.

Vinasat 1 132.0°E 11048 H "Screen Red" has started on , encrypted.
Vinasat 1 132.0°E 11135 H "Screen Red" has started on , Irdeto.
Vinasat 1 132.0°E 11589 H "Asian Food Channel has replaced Australia Plus TV Asia" on , encrypted.

JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 4160 V "K-Asia has replaced Beautiful Life TV" on , Fta.

Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12730 H "Dream & Shopping" has started on , encrypted.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5°E 3730 H Phoenix Movies Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel and Phoenix InfoNews Channel have left .

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KazSat 2 86.5°E 11692 V "Kazakstan Kostanay" has left again.

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Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12640 V "Perviy kanal" is encrypted again.

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ABS 2 75.0°E 3617 V "Trace Sport Stars" has started on , Fta.

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Waihopai Spybase Protest Saturday January 24th

From Press Release – Anti Bases Campaign

People from all around New Zealand will be converging on the super-secret Waihopai satellite interception spybase, in Marlborough, on Saturday January 24th .16 January 2015

Waihopai Spybase Protest Saturday January 24th

People from all around New Zealand will be converging on the super-secret Waihopai satellite interception spybase, in Marlborough, onSaturday January 24th.

The Anti-Bases Campaign’s activities will start in Blenheim. At 10.30 a.m. we will assemble in the vicinity of big roundabout on Main Street(which is also Highway 1). We will display our banners, placards, etc, where a large number of Saturday morning motorists and other passersby will see them. After 15 minutes we will march along Symons, High and Market Streets (through the Forum), across Main Street, proceeding to the office of local National MP, Stuart Smith, at 22 Scott Street.

At 11 a.m. we will assemble at the office of local National MP, Stuart Smith, at 22 Scott Street. There will be speakers, namely local Green MP Steffan Browning; John Minto from Mana and Murray Horton from ABC; we will picket the office, and deliver a letter to the MP (the letter is below). Special features will include our visual suggestion for John Key’s new flag; and guest appearances by Uncle Sam and “John Key”, that well known double act

We will be at the Waihopai spy base’s main gate on Waihopai Valley Road at 1.30 p.m. There will be speakers; information will be provided on the function of the base and there will be a peaceful protest, involving a range of activities, calling for its closure.

2014 was the year which brought further revelations from Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald that the GCSB & Waihopai have been conducting mass surveillance on New Zealanders for years (as ABC has said since the spy base was first announced in 1987). Other revelations included details of the GCSB spying on a number of other countries, both hostile and allies, on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA). The Government tried, unconvincingly, to fudge or minimise these damning revelations. Since being re-elected the Government has whipped up hysteria about “Kiwi jihadis” to pass even more repressive spying agency laws (the Countering Terrorist Fighters Act); and has expressed eagerness to be a part of America’s new war in Iraq. Waihopai will be NZ’s key contribution to this new war, as it has been to all American wars in the recent past.

So these are ABC’s themes this time – in addition to our longstanding assertion that Waihopai is NZ’s key contribution to America’s global spying machine. Waihopai is a US spybase in all but name, operating on NZ soil, a vital outpost of the American Empire.

Waihopai does not operate in the national interest of New Zealand. In all but name it is a foreign spy base on NZ soil, paid for with hundreds of millions of our tax dollars; it spies on New Zealanders; and involves us in America’s global spying & war machine. Waihopai must be closed.

GCSB Director Ian Fletcher has led by example and is getting out. We suggest that the rest of the GCSB staff also decide that now is right “to spend more time with their families”. It shouldn’t be too onerous for them – they should be eligible for American pensions for services rendered.

24 January 2015

Mr Stuart Smith
MP for Kaikoura

Dear Mr Smith,

As the Waihopai spy base is within your electorate, would you please respond to the following questions:

1. Do you support the use of Waihopai to collect economic and financial information related to business and trade?

2. Do you support the use of Waihopai facilities to spy on officials of the United Nations or other international agencies?

3. Given that a former Director of the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has said that its’ officers are trained in the XKeyscore surveillance system, do you support the use of the Waihopai spy base to collect meta-data on NZ citizens?

4. In late 2013 an NZ citizen in Yemen was executed by US drones targeted by the Five Eyes system. Do you support GCSB contributing to such extra-judicial killing?

We look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely
Murray Horton

TrueVisions offers HD satellite box

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/457179/truevisions-offers-hd-satellite-box

TrueVisions, the country’s leading pay-TV operator, has stimulated the satellite TV market by launching its C-band set-top box yesterday to broaden the free-view subscriber base and meet its target of 6 million households within three years. 

Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudhaya (second right), TrueVisions’ head of commercial and business development, poses with other executives and actor Jesadaporn Pholdee (centre) to introduce the True Digital HD box for C-band satellites.

"The C-band satellite dish is our pilot project this year to cash in on the mass market," said Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudhaya, head of commercial and business development.

Some 70% of Thai households use satellite to watch TV, of which 20% view using KU-band satellites and 80% the C-band system. KU-band viewers are mostly in urban areas, while rural residents prefer C-band satellite dishes.

TrueVisions introduced a high-definition (HD) set-top box called True Digital HD that has no monthly fees. The box is priced at 1,690 baht.

Mr Birathon said TrueVisions rented a C-band transponder on Thaicom 5 satellite, which now broadcasts more than 200 free-view channels and nine HD channels, including TrueVisions-produced channels and some digital TV options such as Thairath TV, Channel 7, TNN24, True Sport HD2 and True Film HD.

C-band technology provides more capacity so True Digital HD can offer a variety of channels, including those from neighbouring countries, allowing TrueVisions to accommodate diverse subscriber demand. Subscribers can also top up with additional packages for an extra 90 baht monthly fee.

Mr Birathon said True Corporation’s convergence strategy was successful in drawing in new free-view subscribers last year. It plans to continue the strategy, allowing TrueVisions subscribers to turn their packages into True Move H’s data packages as well as watch TV via its over-the-top service TrueVisions Anywhere for free.

Only two satellite TV network providers, PSI Holding and CTH, used to sell HD boxes for the C-band system. However, their sales last year missed their targets, with only 200,000 such boxes currently available in Thailand.

TrueVisions is optimistic about HD technology, seeing it as the future of broadcasting. HD TV will gradually replace standard-definition TV, so TrueVisions wants to act now.

It set an aggressive sales target of 6 million True Digital HD boxes over three years.

"This is just the beginning of TrueVisions shaking up the TV industry this year," he said.

The company has outlined its policy of launching three new set-top box models this year to suit different target customers. It aims to have 5 million subscribers by the year-end, up from 3 million currently.

Go-ahead for Yahsat’s No.3

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/15/go-ahead-for-yahsats-no-3/

Abu Dhabi’s Yahsat says that the preliminary design review for its third satellite, Al Yah-3 has been completed by sat-builder Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Virginia.

The satellite will be an all Ka-band high-throughput craft, and will be an all-electric satellite meaning that it will enjoy lower launch costs than a conventional chemically-fuelled satellite. The craft is due to be launched in 2016 and serve Africa and Brazil.  Yahsat already have two satellites in orbit.

Marcus Vilaça, Acting CTO said, “The Preliminary Design Review is an industry standard process where our engineers review and confirm the overall architecture and design of our Al Yah 3 satellite. This is a significant step forward in the development phase of Al Yah 3 and ensures that we are on track to launch as scheduled for Q4 2016. While progress is underway with developing our third satellite, we are actively engaging with potential partners in Africa and Brazil enabling us to deploy much needed connectivity to underserved markets.”

Once operational, Al Yah 3 will enable the delivery of affordable broadband, to over 600 million users, specifically covering more than 95 per cent of the population in Brazil and 60 per cent of the population in Africa.

“This important milestone is a key step towards the Al Yah 3 launch”, said Christopher Richmond, Orbital’s Senior Vice President. “Al Yah 3 will be the first hybrid electric propulsion GEOStar-3-based spacecraft to be launched by Orbital at the end of 2016. It provides the benefits of higher power and greater payload capability while still maintaining advantageous launch costs.”

New Discovery Life channel seeks relatable stories

From http://townhall.com/news/entertainment/2015/01/15/new-discovery-life-channel-seeks-relatable-stories-n1943711#

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Discovery Communications executives thought of Facebook when considering what the new Discovery Life network would be about. Specifically, all of the Facebook friends who write about their fabulous jobs, fabulous families and fabulous vacations.

"We think the interesting things happen between the Facebook posts," said Jane Latman, general manager of Discovery Life.

Discovery Life switched on Thursday on cable and satellite systems. The connective thread behind its nonfiction programming is what happens when life throws you a curveball, she said.

The new network replaces the Discovery Fit & Health network, which has shut down. Nothing against fitness and health, but the bottom-line focused Discovery folks found that people who wanted information about those topics tended to turn to the Internet instead of a television network.

"We are opening the doors wider," Latman said. "It gives us the opportunity for more breadth on the network and removes the barrier that Discovery Fit & Health had become — a sort of 'eat your broccoli' network."

Discovery has specialized in such repurposing. Since 2011 alone, it has shut malingering networks to create Oprah Winfrey's OWN, Destination America, Velocity, Discovery Family and the American Heroes Channel. The most successful has been Investigation Discovery, which replaced the Discovery Times Channel in 2008.

Latman works with Henry Schlieff running ID and is bringing the same flair for eye-catching show titles and programming ideas to Discovery Life.

Take the new series premiering Thursday with Irish daredevil Baz Ashmawy, who brings his 70-year-old mother along on some adventures like skydiving and alligator wrestling. Its title? "50 Ways to Kill Your Mother."

The new "Outrageous Births: Tales From the Crib" is about new parents whose babies arrive under unusual circumstances — during a hurricane, at a wedding or on the cab on the way to the hospital.

Author and parenting expert Lenore Skenazy, once criticized publicly for allowing her 9-year-old son to take the New York City subway alone, turns the tables with stories about overprotective parents on "World's Worst Mom." The series "The Mistress" tells stories of Other Women.

A couple of hospital tales, "Untold Stories of the ER" and "NY ER," will survive from Discovery Fit & Health.

On April 2, Discovery Life will debut "New Girls on the Block," about some transgender women living in Kansas City, Missouri, home of the Transgender Institute. Their curveball? They were born into bodies in which they were uncomfortable.

"We've got amazing characters," said Jay James, executive producer at Conveyer Media, which is making the show. "We've got really compelling stories, and we have a really interesting world that hasn't been explored on television ... I mean, we've never really seen a group of transgender friends just sitting around in a coffee shop having coffee."

Latman said she's looking for stories that people can identify with on the network, even as they explore worlds they are not used to. Discovery Life is betting that people are getting tired of "reality" shows with manufactured situations.

"These people are relatable," she said. "You're not pointing to them and saying, 'This is a freak show.'"

Virgin, Qualcomm back new satellite constellation

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/15/virgin-qualcomm-back-new-satellite-constellation/

Virgin Group and telecom giant Qualcomm are putting cash into Greg Wyler’s WorldVu scheme to launch a new constellation of 648 satellites.  WorldVu is based in Jersey, Channel Islands. Wyler was one of the founders of O3b, a Mid-Earth constellation which already has 12 satellites in orbit.

Wyler’s concept sees WorldVu Satellites placing the constellation into Low Earth Orbit and providing fast Internet and broadband access to customers on the Earth’s surface below.  The constellation’s orbits would be between 800-950 kms.

WorldVu was last February reported to be working with internet giant Google on the plan which at that time was said to comprise up to 1600 satellites.

Reportedly Richard Branson’s Virgin Group will help fund – and launch – the satellites. Branson, as well as Qualcomm chairman Paul Jacobs, would join the WorldVu board.

In November 2014 WorldVu issued Requests For Proposals for the supply of satellites, each weighing 125 kgs.

SES ‘borrows’ Italian military bird to hold slot

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/15/ses-borrows-italian-military-bird-to-hold-slot/

Earlier this week satellite builder Airbus Defence and Space said that it had handed over Astra 2G to its client SES of Luxembourg following its launch on December 27th.

But Astra 2G was also destined to initially go to a ‘secret’ location for 3 months in order to “bring into use” some of the satellite’s specialist frequencies at the unspecified location. The position will subsequently be used by a new SES-Luxembourg government satellite announced last week (GovSat) and which will use military X-band frequencies.

However, SES faced a huge dilemma in that Astra 2G was late to launch. A number of problems with launch rockets delayed plans to occupy the ‘secret’ location by mid-December and thus meet the all-important International Telecommunications Union (ITU) deadline for an older filing that was due to expire on December 18th.

Consequently, and according to trade mag Space News, SES struck an agreement with Italy’s Defence Ministry to borrow an old satellite, Sicral-1, and to ‘bring into use’ the satellite’s frequencies at the 21.5 degree East position, the no-longer secret location.

According to an ITU regulatory filing the Italian military satellite was in position and working on December 15th, just days ahead of the deadline. Astra 2G is also now at the 21.5 deg East location, and will likely stay in that position until mid-March when it will be moved to its planned orbital position at 28.2/28.5 degrees East.

truTV launches on TVPlayer

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/15/trutv-launches-on-tvplayer/

Turner Broadcasting UK’s new general entertainment channel truTV is launching on over-the-top TV platform TVPlayer.

TVPlayer live streams over 50 popular free-to-air channels across a wide range of devices including PCs, mobiles, tablets and smart TVs. With over one million users TVPlayer offers broadcasters direct access to younger audiences than existing TV platforms, together with advanced analytical information and audience insight to supplement overnight viewing figures provided by BARB.

TruTV, a 24-hour channel, provides a destination for UK viewers to enjoy both original and unscripted programming. The launch of truTV in the UK follows the channel’s success in the US where it is watched in 93 million homes. truTV showcases incredible and exciting content which focuses on real people and situations. Highlights include: Container Wars, South Beach Tow, Tattoo Nightmares and Ink Master, as well as new shows The Carbonaro Effect and Total Blackout, premièring in February.

Under the agreement, TVPlayer has licensed multi-platform live streaming rights, together with seven-day catchup across truTV and truTV+1. The programming will be viewable on WiFi, 3G and 4G, allowing consumers to access truTV’s programming from anywhere in the UK. The live streams will be available from 15th January 2015, with catchup following later in the first quarter of 2015.

Adam Smith, Founder and CEO of TVPlayer, noted that TVPlayer had seen significant growth through 2014 and was committed to extending the content offering for its loyal users. “truTV is the first of a portfolio of additional channels to be added to TVPlayer this year and we are particularly excited that the content is being made available both live and on demand,” he added.



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Presto TV launches before Netflix and Stan

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/presto-tv-launches-before-netflix-and-stan/story-e6frg996-1227186065818

FOXTEL and Seven West Media have confirmed they will launch their Presto TV streaming video on demand service on Sunday, beating rivals Netflix and Stan to the punch.

For $9.99 a month, viewers will be able access the Presto TV catalogue — which draws from Seven and Foxtel’s library of television programs and also includes ABC content — or watch Presto Movies. The two services can be bundled for $14.99 a month.

Presto chief Shaun James said Presto TV would “cater for viewers of all ages” and would add new programming in coming weeks.

Television shows on offer include HBO series The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, as well as Showtime series Dexter, Californication and Nurse Jackie. It will also include Foxtel dramas Wentworth, Love My Way and Tangle, and Seven’s Packed to the Rafters.

US streaming giant Netflix is rumoured to be launching on March 31, but without some of its high-profile programming, including House of Cards, which it does not have the rights to stream in Australia.

StreamCo, the joint venture between Fairfax and Nine Entertainment Co, is expected to launch its SVOD service Stan for $9.99 a month, with shows including Transparent, Better Call Saul and Fargo.

In a statement, Presto said the product would be available for PC, Mac, iPads and via Google Chromecast, with Android tablets coming on soon.

Subscribers will be able to register up to four devices, as well as watch content on two devices simultaneously.

Foxtel launches pre-emptive strike against Netflix and Stan with Presto TV

From http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jan/15/presto-tv-foxtel-pre-emptive-strike-against-netflix-stan

TV on-demand streaming service costing $10 a month will supplement existing Presto Movies and presents toughest challenge yet to entry of US giant Netflix 

Ben Mendelsohn and Justine Clark in Tangle, produced for Foxtel’s Showcase channel. This and other locally-produced TV shows will be available along with HBO content. Photograph: Foxtel/Showcase/Presto TV

Foxtel has launched its own online on-demand TV streaming service, Presto TV.

With the threat of Netflix on the horizon and local competitor Nine, in partnership with Fairfax, set to launch its streaming video service Stan in the coming weeks, Presto TV will serve as an adjunct to the existing Presto Movies service.

It is a commercial partnership with the Seven Network and offers a library of about 100 titles drawn from shows produced locally by Seven and Foxtel, along with assorted US and UK imports, including older HBO titles.

The content on offer includes Seven series like All Saints, City Homicide, and Always Greener, while locally-produced Foxtel shows Tangle, Satisfaction, and Devil’s Playground can also be found on the service. Other titles include Rosemary & Thyme, Everybody Loves Raymond, Californication and Cheers.

The jewel in the crown is its HBO content, which will include titles such as The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and The Wire. The only HBO show in the library that is still in production is Girls, but episodes from the new season currently airing on Foxtel’s Showcase channel are not included.

Presto TV costs $9.99 a month for unlimited access, or can be bundled with its $9.99 a month movie service for $14.99 a month. All of the content is in standard definition and can be streamed via the Presto website and tablet apps.

Criticism has been levelled at Presto’s movie offering in the past for its standard definition video quality. With television sets increasingly getting larger, standard definition resolution is increasingly inadequate for some viewers.

Presto is not just restricted to the web browser and its suite of apps, as the service does support Google’s Chromecast, which allows users to send video to their TV screens via tablet devices. This is the only way to get Presto’s content onto a TV, as Presto is not available on smart TVs or connected devices like the PS4, Xbox One or Apple TV.

Competitor Netflix, which will offer its range of movies and TV shows in high definition, is yet to announce an Australian pricing model, but it is also expected to cost about $10 a month.

Currently, more than 200,000 Australians are believed to have subscribed to Netflix, accessing its international libraries of content using proxy servers for about $11 a month.

When Netflix launch its Australian service, it is expected to offer approximately 1,300-1,500 titles. A combined Presto TV and Presto Movies package will offer a similar number. With Foxtel having signed agreements with all of the larger US studios, it is expected that the movie library on Presto will generally feature a better selection of movies each month than their streaming rivals.

At launch Netflix will offer new original series such as Bloodlines, Bojack Horseman, and Marco Polo, while Nine’s Stan will offer Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul, and Golden Globe-winning Amazon series Transparent. Presto TV has not launched with any new original content within its library.

Foxtel's Presto TV Streaming Is Overpriced And Lacking Content

From http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/01/foxtels-presto-tv-streaming-is-overpriced-and-lacking-content/

Late last year, Foxtel announced plans to expand its Presto streaming service to include TV as well as movies — a clear attempt to make its mark before the launch of Netflix and Stan. Overnight, Foxtel has quietly launched the service — so what does it cost and what do you get?

Presto will now be offered in three flavours. You can get Presto Movies for $9.99 a month, Presto TV for $9.99 a month, or a bundle with both for $14.99. There’s no contract, so you can opt in and out as you wish.

That’s quite expensive compared to its rivals. Stan will cost $10 a month; Netflix hasn’t announced local pricing, but most observers expect its $US7.99 a month price to be translated to $9.99 locally. Both Netflix and Stan include movies and TV.

The range of TV is not particularly impressive. These are the shows Presto has complete runs of according to its own site:

  • The Sopranos
  • Always Greener
  • Entourage
  • The Borgias
  • Spirited
  • Rosemary And Thyme
  • Frasier
  • Deadwood
  • Slide
  • City Homicide

This list appears to be incomplete, since some other shows (such as Packed To The Rafters) are also offered in their entirety. Presto TV is a partnership with TV network Seven; other Seven content on offer includes Bringing Sexy Back and Border Security: International, but the network’s biggest shows, such as Home & Away, are mostly conspicuous by their absence. The content is sorted into seven genres — Premium Drama, Local Drama, Comedy, Kids, Reality, Dramedy and Mini-Series & Specials — but many shows are listed in more than one category.

One other quirk: while Presto is available for Windows, Mac, Chromecast and tablets, right now TV only works on iOS, not Android.

We won’t know for sure how competitive this is until Stan launches next month and Netflix unveils its Australian line-up in March, but right now this doesn’t seem super-compelling. What do you think?

The future of sportscasting? Cricket Australia launches on Apple TV

From https://theconversation.com/the-future-of-sportscasting-cricket-australia-launches-on-apple-tv-35253

The current five year broadcast rights for Cricket Australia are A$590 million. AAP/Dean Lewins

Yesterday Cricket Australia launched onto the Apple TV network, becoming the first Australian sports organisation to join the platform. The new Cricket Australia channel will feature a mixture of interviews, skills tutorials and highlights, with some content being created by Nine Network (which currently airs Australia’s international matches), but no live content, yet.

This new development raises the question of sports broadcasting rights and how the traditional television model may be changing. Does traditional free-to-air TV sports broadcasting have a future in Australia?

Cricket Australia reported in 2012 that “media rights typically account for 60-80% of the total annual income for Cricket Australia”. More recently those rights have expanded beyond television and radio to digital rights. Both the Australian Football League (AFL) and Cricket Australia have commenced digital subscriptions, which allows access to video streaming of games.

Media regulation

The concept of sport broadcasts becoming subscription-based is not new.

In 1992, paid-subscription media attempted to take hold of Australian sports. But this was prevented by the government’s introduction of anti-siphoning laws to regulate the media companies' access to significant sporting events.

The provisions of the Broadcasting Services Act (1992) governing sports broadcasts have been the subject of long-running debate between free-to-air, pay television providers and the Australian public.

In 2002 Optus argued that “anti-siphoning in terms of sporting properties are a major impediment of (subscriber) uptake”. Fox Sports too argued that the “existing scheme favoured free-to-air broadcasters”.

In 2009 Free TV Australia Limited launched Keep Sport Free, a public petition campaigning for sport to stay free on Australian television.

Do things change, however, when a sporting code itself is effectively taking the role of broadcaster, as appears to be the case in Cricket Australia’s collaboration with Apple TV?

Big money is involved in sports broadcasting

Foxtel has recently held part of the broadcast rights for both AFL and cricket – although the Broadcasting Act requires them to collaborate with free-to-air broadcasters.

The current five-year broadcast rights for AFL are valued at A$1.25 billion and for Cricket Australia at A$590 million. (Compare this to the latest NBA US$24 billion broadcast deal for nine years, to begin in 2017.)

These figures give an indication of how lucrative sporting rights are globally.

The formal negations will commence in the coming weeks for the AFL broadcasting rights from 2017, with bidding expected to start at A$1.5 billion.

While all free-to-air television networks have expressed interest in the new rights, the real battle to watch is over digital rights. It is rumoured that the Apple TV network, Google and YouTube could also become part of the new AFL digital rights discussions.

In addition to new players for the digital rights, The Age reports that the AFL could potentially “produce a game of its own per week via its website and available on hand-held devices”.

Cricket Australia is taking a different approach. It has overhauled its digital presence for the 2014-15 season to allow the fans to “get closer to the action this summer”.

The update includes further strengthening its partnership with Nine Entertainment. During the television broadcasts of the cricket there are many discussions between commentators promoting the video streaming service; something not seen within AFL broadcasts. The new Cricket Australia content on the Apple TV network promises to further enhance this stream.

Digital streaming by AFL and Cricket Australia

The AFL’s digital streaming service Live Pass is the result of a deal with Telstra, which paid A$153 million in 2011 for the digital rights. The service has packages for those living in Australia and abroad.

By contrast, Cricket Australia’s Live Pass is available on mobile and tablet devices, along with streaming on computers. The subscription is only available in Australia, for games played in Australia (except the 2015 World Cup) and the Ashes tour of the British Isles 2015. This includes the Test series, one-day internationals, T20 (International and Big Bash) and Southern Stars (Australian women’s team) matches.

Dedicated streaming for fans

The AFL and Cricket Australia “live” streaming services are in competition with free-to-air television broadcasters, but also other subscription services such as Foxtel’s Go service. But at A$50 per month for a Foxtel sports subscription, the cost is considerably higher than the combined subscription price of the AFL and Cricket Australia.

In the US, the global cable and satellite television channel ESPN is planning to commence its first online video streaming service that which is not part of a pay-TV bundle. Late last year it was rumoured that the launch event for the service would be the 2015 Cricket World Cup, due to start next month, but is yet to come to fruition.

The US cricket fan base is estimated by ESPN to be 30 million, but ESPN doesn’t see the streaming service as a replacement for its current cable television services. The President of ESPN, John Skipper, says he suspects his audience will “trade up”.

ESPN’s model differs to that of both AFL and Cricket Australia as it still involves a subscription service provider, rather than the broadcast and subscription being direct from the sport’s corporation.

Speed of uptake

The impact from the AFL and Cricket Australia’s video streaming services could take some time and it’s early days for Cricket Australia’s partnership with Apple TV.

The first and most important barrier is the social uptake of the technology.

Currently 80% of Australian home have access to the internet, but the percentage of Australian homes with tablets is 42% and smartphones 71%. Australians are on average watching only 12 minutes of video content per month across these two platforms, along with PC and laptops.

If the AFL wants to become the prime broadcasters of its sport this could be done as a free (ad-driven) service with an alternative for subscription, ad-free.

Currently 27% of Australian homes have televisions with internet connectivity. As this number increases, sporting organisations will have greater direct access to their audience.

For now, sports television will remain but the future looks exciting, particularly for the audience.

North Korea conducting high definition television tests

From http://www.nknews.org/2015/01/north-korea-conducting-high-definition-television-tests/

Quality boost may only benefit small number of TV viewers in North Korea
North Korean is preparing for high definition television (HDTV) service, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday.

North Korean state television, which had to date only broadcast at standard resolution (SDTV) quality, began experimenting with simultaneous high definition broadcasts on a separate frequency last Saturday, the report said.

While official domestic broadcasts are continuing at the lower quality SDTV level, the tests suggest North Korea may soon be upgrading its broadcasting infrastructure to carry sharper pictures and sound.

That is something foreign observers and analysts, who often receive North Korean TV broadcasts in the Asia Pacific through the Thaicom-5 satellite, may also appreciate.

But whether domestic North Korean viewers will benefit, the vast majority of whom still possess vintage TVs still receiving analogue signals, is yet to be seen.

A request for confirmation by NK News with satellite owner Thaicom was passed on to another department and left unanswered on Tuesday evening.

The Associated Press (AP) signed a deal with North Korean state television in 2011 which gave it exclusive rights to resell high-definition coverage of major news events in the country.

The deal, which was to last three years, was to make AP “the only agency to transmit broadcast-quality HD pictures of key news events in North Korea,” the agency said in September 2011.

AP’s three year exclusive deal was scheduled to complete last year.

Musk targets satellite business

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/14/musk-targets-satellite-business/

Elon Musk has used some of his millions to successfully crack the rocket launching business with his SpaceX fleet of Falcon and Dragon rockets. Now it seems he wants to challenge the likes of Boeing, Airbus/Astrium, Thales-Alenia, Lockheed-Martin and Space Systems/Loral and enter the satellite building business.

The 43-year-old billionaire, who made his fortune by creating – and selling – PayPal, is to initially hire “several hundred” staff at a new Seattle facility designed to build lower-cost satellites.

“We’re going to try and do for satellites what we’ve done for rockets,” Musk told Bloomberg News. Speaking from his SpaceX headquarters in California, he added that the company’s Seattle factory will ultimately employ “several hundred people, maybe a thousand people.”

First batch of hirings will be of 60 people. “[It will be] primarily satellites,” said Musk in the Bloomberg interview. “But for people — really excellent talent — who want to work on rockets but refuse to live in L.A., then they can work in the Seattle office.”

Iran seizes satellite TV receivers

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/14/iran-seizes-satellite-tv-receivers/
Iran’s INRA news agency is reporting that the country’s “morality police chief” General Muhammad Masood Zahidian has said that his force has arrested 21 people who were making satellite receivers.

The police seized 640 receivers being manufactured from a total of six different small factories in Tehran and Alborz provinces.

Among the detainees there were citizens of other countries, and they were deported to their home countries, Zahidian is quoted as saying.

Netflix US to lose BBC content?

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/14/netflix-us-to-lose-bbc-content/

The US Netflix service will reportedly be losing all of its BBC content at the end of January.

The contract with the BBC expires on February 1st, meaning that all of the titles that come to Netflix courtesy of the BBC will be immediately removed including Top Gear, Luther, Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers and Little Britain.

Reports suggest that it is still possible that a late deal could be struck to renew the contract with the BBC. The corporation still has a long-term content deal in place with Netflix’ rival Amazon Prime.

Discovery names new Eurosport CEO

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/14/discovery-names-new-eurosport-ceo/

Discovery Communications has announced two new executive appointments to strengthen the company’s global sports expertise and strategy. Jean-Thierry Augustin has been named President, Sports Strategy & Development in a newly created position at Discovery Networks International, and Peter Hutton has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Eurosport.

Augustin, who previously held the position of CEO at Eurosport, will report directly to JB Perrette, President of Discovery Networks International and continue to be based in Paris. Augustin will work closely with Discovery’s international leadership team and Peter Hutton to create a compelling sports business development strategy that utilizes sports as a game-changing asset and drives new growth globally.

Hutton joins Eurosport from MP & Silva Group, where he held the post of Co-Chief Executive Officer. As Chief Executive Officer of Eurosport, Hutton will oversee the negotiation of sports rights and lead Eurosport’s content strategy to bring renewed focus to programming, production, promotion and platforms. Hutton will take advantage of Discovery’s local infrastructure and global platforms to maximize Eurosport’s value across more than 70 countries and in 20 languages. Hutton also will report to Perrette and will be based in Paris, with a start date of March 1, 2015.

Perrette said, “As we approach the one year anniversary of Discovery’s acquisition of Eurosport in May, our focus is now on unlocking the full value of our must-have sports content for the entire Discovery Communications portfolio to benefit our advertisers, affiliates, audiences and shareholders around the world.”

Perrette continued, “Jean-Thierry has been at the helm of Eurosport for a number of years during which he has proved to be a tremendous commercial leader and this new role will harness his expertise to build Discovery’s global sports strategy and expertise. Similarly, Peter has excelled in the sports media business.  With extensive experience in Europe, Asia and Middle East, and strong relationships with broadcasters and rights holders, he is the perfect executive to strengthen Eurosport’s position as a global leader in sports.  I am excited to work with both Jean-Thierry and Peter as we take our business to an exciting new level.”

In May 2014, Discovery increased its interest in Eurosport International to 51% from 20% as part of a larger strategic partnership with TF1 Group that began in December 2012. TF1 Group continues to be the majority shareholder of Eurosport France, in which Discovery holds a 20% equity stake.


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Optus D2 12599 V sr 7120 "Astralink 06a " live AFC football
Optus D2 12589 V sr 7120 "Astra 4 -1" Reporter BEIN sports (off now)

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Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "MTV China has replaced Australia Plus TV Asia" on Neotion.
Palapa D 113.0°E 4140 V "Haari Kids, Haari Drama, Haari Variety, Haari Music, Channel V International and Haari Movie" are encrypted again.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3722 H "Hang TV has replaced Quran TV" on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4100 V "Z Living Asia" has started on , Conax.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 4089 H "TV Globo Internacional Japão" has left again.

Measat 3 91.5°E 3814 V "Sky Racing World and Sky Racing World" are Fta

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3840 H "HBO Asia, HBO Hits, Warner TV Asia, HBO Signature Asia, Screen Red and HBO Family Asia" have started on , encrypted.
Measat 3a 91.4°E 3918 H "RTM TV 1" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Thai Chaiyo has started on , Fta. World Buddhist TV and ND Channel" have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3760 H "GMM Music" has left .
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4120 H "Toonami has replaced Channel 6" on , Fta.

NSS 12 57.0°E 11143 V "Al Hurria" has left .

Yamal 402 54.9°E 11265 V "Schelkovo" has started on , Fta

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai Chaiyo替换World Buddhist TV(泰国)频道,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。[01-14]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Warner TV、HBO(高清)等频道新增,设置3840 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-14]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,B Suvag替换ETV-2(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[01-14]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,History HD、Universal HD(高清)等3个频道新增,设置11010 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月14日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,Z Channel替换华藏卫视(数码天空)频道,设置4020 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月13日]
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Cricket.com.au launches on Apple TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/14/cricket-com-au-launches-on-apple-tv/

Cricket Australia, the governing body of the sport in Australia, has confirmed that Cricket.com.au has come to Apple TV, providing fans with a library of cricket videos in high definition, free of charge.

Cricket Australia on Apple TV will give fans free and immediate access to the latest news and features, extended highlights from every day of international cricket played in Australia this season, as well as rare footage from the archives that showcase some of Australia’s most famous cricketing clashes.

Cricket fans will also enjoy unique feature videos that go behind the scenes of Australian cricket and get closer to current stars and legends, such as Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist. Fans will also find cricket skills tutorials from the likes of George Bailey, Nathan Lyon and Ellyse Perry.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring Cricket Australia content to Apple TV users. Delivered right to the television of hundreds of thousands of households in Australia, cricket fans will now have a new way to enjoy exclusive highlights, footage from the archives and behind the scenes cricket programming,” said Ben Amarfio, Executive General Manager – Media, Communications and Marketing for Cricket Australia.

“This latest innovation, another product from Cricket Australia’s digital partnership with the Nine Entertainment Company, demonstrates our dedication to bringing fans closer to the cricket action via any platform and thus expanding and enhancing their digital cricket experience,” he added.

Australian Apple TV users are able to access the Cricket Australia programming on Apple TV by simply selecting the Cricket Australia channel from the Apple TV home screen.

Satellite Broadband Now at Double the Speed

From Press Release

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 2:26 pm
Satellite Broadband Now at Double the Speed

Wireless Nation’s cutting-edge Satellite network is not only taking internet access to all the places traditional broadband can’t reach – it’s now twice as fast.

The ISP’s new increased download speed of up to 10Mbps is much quicker than competing Satellite networks, and is also comparable to standard city broadband.

The increased speed means faster web browsing, quicker downloading of email attachments, and allows video streaming in even higher quality.

The extra speed comes at no extra cost and is available pretty much anywhere in New Zealand.

“Wireless Nation has always been passionate improving rural connectivity,” says Managing Director Bill Smale. “We brought the Optus Satellite network to New Zealand and now we’re thrilled to announce this speed increase at no extra cost to our customers.”

Satellite Broadband has come a long way since early expensive versions which provided very slow download speeds, and is only going to keep getting faster.

“We are continuing to innovate and use the latest satellite technology to provide the fastest, most reliable broadband possible to rural New Zealand,” says Smale.

It’s already making life easier for Wireless Nation’s rural customers across the country.

Petra Davidson, who breeds horses near Whangapiro, is thrilled with the increased speed. “When we first got satellite internet, we thought download speeds of 2Mbps were the best we could hope for. Now, our satellite broadband is 5 times faster, the price has come down and the support is still prompt and friendly… that’s impressive and much appreciated!”

Wireless Nation harnesses leading technology to get Satellite Broadband wherever it’s demanded.

The internet feed is beamed from a geostationary satellite to a dish installed at the customer's home.

Its coverage comes through the powerful Optus Satellite which has “hot” signal strength over New Zealand and is not prone to rain fade.

Wireless Nation also offers on VoIP (Voice over IP) phones, which are cheaper and more functional than a normal landline. Its Satellite network, unlike competitors, is designed to optimise their performance.

Wireless Nation is determined to continue bridging the digital divide and can find a solution for whatever a customer’s unique needs are.

Farmers do not have to wait for broadband to reach them – they can have quick and reliable internet now.

About Wireless Nation

Wireless Nation is a New Zealand based Internet Service Provider that provides fast broadband to homes and businesses throughout the country. Since 2005, Wireless Nation has consistently provided fast broadband anywhere it’s needed, from apartments in Auckland’s CBD to the remote Chatham Islands. For more information, please call 0800 101 143 or visit www.wirelessnation.co.nz.


(Craig's comment, speed is not the issue, Small expensive data caps is the issue!)

Click TV to broadcast The Australia Channel in PNG

From http://mumbrella.com.au/click-tv-broadcast-australia-channel-png-271025

Sky News’ international spin off channel The Australia Channel will be broadcast by Click TV in Papua New Guinea.

The release:

Papua New Guinea’s first regional broadcaster Click TV has signed a carriage deal with Australian News Channel to access its new 24/7 international news, business and sports service – Australia Channel.

Click TV’s terrestrial and satellite platforms will carry Australia Channel on their Direct to Home service in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, French Polynesia, Tokelau, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam and American Samoa.

As part of the deal, Australia Channel will be distributed by a satellite signal which extends from the west coast of the USA and east to New Zealand.

“We are now pleased to announce the first Australia Channel News service to the islands. We will carry the channels with our lineup of other premium channels”, Click TV’s Managing Director, Richard Broadbridge said.

Click TV is owned by Click Pacific Limited, which launched in Papua New Guinea in 2013 and distributed the 2014 FIFA World Cup to 7 territories in the Pacific region.

Australian News Channel is owned and operated by Australian News Channel Pty Ltd; a joint venture company of Nine Entertainment Company, SevenWest Media and British Sky Broadcasting.

It operates SKY NEWS National, SKY NEWS Business, SKY NEWS Weather, SKY NEWS Multiview, A-PAC Australia’s Public Affairs Channel and SKY NEWS New Zealand

Australian News Channel CEO, Angelos Frangopoulos said: “We’re pleased to be working with Click TV to supplement our extensive worldwide “over the top” platform developed with Globecast Australia. Our service will include Australian business and sports news coverage which will be popular in the Pacific region.”

Australia Channel will be available on Click’s satellite and local transmitter services and in hotels and resorts across the Pacific Islands.

New Satellite Technologies For Cleaner Low Orbits

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/New_Satellite_Technologies_For_Cleaner_Low_Orbits_999.html

The growing problem of space debris. Image courtesy ESA.

What goes up must go down. When it comes to satellites, this dictum has become a statutory requirement. Otherwise, key low orbits may well become unusable as they fill with debris. In March, European satellite manufacturers will come together to discuss redesigning low-orbit missions to meet anti-debris regulations.

Prompted by ESA's Clean Space initiative, devoted to safeguarding the terrestrial and space environments, they will consider new technologies devoted to cutting down on derelict satellites being abandoned, reducing the risk of orbital collisions from increasing debris while also reducing the threat posed by reentering satellites.

"This workshop is an essential step for involving the whole European space sector in shaping the way forward for low-orbiting satellites," explained ESA organiser Jessica Delaval.

"Companies will have the opportunity to put forward their own technologies for debris mitigation."

There are more than 12 000 trackable items of space debris larger than 10 cm orbiting Earth, including derelict satellites, spent upper stages and fragments of old missions - all presenting a clear and present danger to current missions.

The number of smaller, untraceable objects is in the millions: hundreds of thousands of 1-10 cm pieces and literally millions of smaller particles. At orbital speeds, a 1 cm nut can strike with the force of a hand grenade.

Today, international regulations state that minimal debris should be left to propagate within heavily trafficked orbits, especially the low orbits favoured by Earth-observing missions and some classes of communication satellite, not to mention manned spacecraft and the International Space Station.

For these orbits, extending up to about 2000 km above Earth, the requirement is that satellites are removed within 25 years of ending their lives. Either they should end up at an altitude where atmospheric drag gradually induces reentry, or alternatively be despatched up to quieter 'graveyard orbits'.

So mitigation methods are having to be built into new low-orbit missions, with important implications for their design - not least because any mass added to the platform means less is left for the payload, the part of the satellite that actually achieves the mission goal.

That means smaller satellites find it more difficult to meet mitigation requirements.

The workshop at ESA's ESTEC technical centre on 17-18 March will promote a common approach to debris mitigation, summarising the current state-of-the-art for both passive and active deorbiting approaches, as well as detailing ESA's new CleanSat programme - seeking to adopt debris mitigation techniques within common platform building blocks.

CNN May Return to Russia (Report)

From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cnn-may-return-russia-report-763354
The broadcaster pulled out on Dec. 31 following a ban on pay-TV advertisement.
CNN, which pulled out of Russia as of December 31, following a ban on ads on pay-TV, may return, according to a Russian media report quoting a government source.

On Tuesday, the Russian news agency TASS quoted a source close to Roskomnadzor, Russia's media watchdog, as saying that CNN International could soon resume broadcasting in Russia. According to the source, a decision to return to Russian cable and satellite networks could be made following negotiations between CNN representatives and Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zharov, which was previously scheduled for late December but was later postponed to late January.

A CNN spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that they "have no fresh comments at this time."

Last November, CNN said it would bring "existing distribution relationships to an end" following changes in Russian media legislation. CNN's move was apparently triggered by a bill, under which commercials on Russian pay TV were banned as of Jan. 1, 2015.

The government originally explained its move by desire to create equal conditions for pay-TV networks — which collect revenues from both subscriptions and advertisements, and free-to-air stations, which only rely on commercials for revenues.

Later, President Vladimir Putin said during his annual news conference that commercials on pay TV networks were banned at the request of large federal free-to-air stations.

Since December 31, CNN International has been unavailable on Russian satellite and cable networks.

SES and Luxembourg plan joint satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/13/ses-and-luxembourg-plan-joint-satellite/

Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES is planning a joint satellite with the Luxembourg government. The craft, which should launch in late 2017, will be for governmental use.

The satellite will be owned by a joint-venture company into which each party will place €50 million, and at the same time will receive a €125 million bank loan to finance the satellite’s build and launch.

“The spacecraft would be positioned in the European arc, covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific,” says a statement. “The capacity of the new satellite would satisfy Luxembourg’s requirements for satellite communications in military frequencies. Capacity would also be made available to governmental and institutional customers for defence and governmental applications. The multi-mission satellite will use dedicated military frequencies (known as X-band and military Ka-band), providing high-powered and fully steerable spot beams to support multiple operations.”

“This new, ambitious public-private partnership demonstrates the importance of Luxembourg in the international space sector and the close and successful ties between SES and Luxembourg. SES fully acknowledges the importance of the Luxembourg Government’s participation in this future enterprise,” said Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES. “As a commercial satellite operator, SES is ideally positioned to deliver its know-how to this new venture, serving a large range of future governmental and institutional customers, creating significant entrepreneurial value and return for these customers and for the Grand-Duchy.”

U.K Sky Sports launches Cricket World Cup channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/13/sky-sports-launches-channel-for-cricket-world-cup/

Sky Sports will dedicate an entire channel to the ICC Cricket World Cup, from the first to the last day of the biggest one-day event in the international cricket calendar.

For six weeks, Sky Sports 2 will become ‘Sky Sports World Cup’, giving viewers over 1,000 hours of round the clock cricket coverage, including all 49 matches live, as well as build-up, analysis and highlights. Two dedicated reporters will be in Australia and New Zealand, and the Verdict show will be back live for every England match to debate the performance.

Two hours of live build up will set the scene for the opening fixture on Friday 13th February as the current ICC Twenty20 World Cup holders, Sri Lanka, take on New Zealand, before England return to the MCG against Australia. The channel will launch at 6am with a series of classic World Cup matches from years gone by, before Adam Gilchrist shares his trade secrets to success in a masterclass special as part of a comprehensive schedule of support programming.

Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director, noted tht the Cricket World Cup is the one of the world’s biggest sporting events, offering six weeks of rivalry between 14 nations. “By dedicating a whole channel to the tournament, fans know that there’s only once place to watch all of the action live, catch up with highlights and enjoy the reaction and views of our experts. This is the biggest ever year of cricket on Sky Sports and the channel will help to make sure it’s our best yet.”

Bob Willis, former England Captain and Sky Sports expert added: “I was lucky enough to play in two World Cups and as player you want to compete against the top teams on the biggest stage. It’s only a month to go now until Sky Sports World Cup launches and as a studio analyst and a fan, I can’t wait to watch as all of the excitement and the stories unfold.”

Fans will be able to watch the action live on mobile, laptop and selected tablet devices via Sky Go wherever they are and follow live over-by-over commentary and scorecards of every match.

They can keep up to date with the latest news, reports, reaction and views of the Sky Sports cricket team across all digital platforms, including a dedicated World Cup section on skysports.com. Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to access extended daily highlights from the tournament.

Nordics launch for BBC Brit and BBC Earth

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/13/nordics-launch-for-bbc-brit-and-bbc-earth/

BBC Worldwide has announced new channel launches for BBC Brit and BBC Earth. The two consumer brands will launch as linear channels in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland from April 2015.

Building on the global strength of BBC factual entertainment and premium natural history and science programming, the new channels will be home to Britain’s biggest stars and exclusive, first-run content.

BBC Brit is the destination for Top Gear with all new episodes having their Nordic première on the channel alongside shows featuring some of the biggest names at the BBC including Graham Norton, Louis Theroux and Stephen Fry.

BBC Earth features a rich mix of premium factual content, from the landmark natural history series for which the BBC is universally renowned, as well documentaries that look at the planet from surprising perspectives.

Paul Dempsey, BBC Worldwide’s President, Global Markets said, “We know that viewers in the Nordics love our content and we can now give them more of what they want with these carefully curated new channels featuring exclusive first runs of the best of British TV.”


Asiasat 7 4100 V 29717 fec:5/6 Zee Living is FTA

Lifetime is FTA on Intelsat 19 3900 H Sr 30000 Fec 2/3

IAC 2015 is new on D2 Globecast (Encrypted Irdeto)

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Optus D1 12420V SR 7000 - "STS 1" - Fast Four tennis.

Optus D1 12430V Sr 7000 - "STS 3" - Fast four tennis.

From the Dish

Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12410 H "Sky UHD" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4B 93.5°E 11110 V "DD HD" has left.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11150 V "TV 24, Enterr 10 and Australia Plus TV India" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11490 V "DD Sports, DD India, DD Bharati, DD Bangla, DD Chandana, DD Girnar and DD Kashir" have started
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11570 V "Aalami Samay, ABP News India, RT English, Enterr 10 and Australia Plus TV India have left DW, News 24, NHK World TV, Aalami Samay, ABP News India and RT English" have started on, Fta.

KazSat 2 86.5°E 11643 V "Kazakstan Pavlodar" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3815 H "Channel 24" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5°E 4096 V "Somali Channel, Royal TV, Kalsan TV, Somali National TV, Star TV and Bakkalcha TV" have left.

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东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Lifetime(高清)频道新增,设置3900 H 30000参数免费接收。[01-13]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel 24(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3815 H 3333参数无效接收。[01-13]

东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,宁夏卫视、甘肃卫视(村村通)频道消失,设置12140 R 28800参数无效接收。[01-12]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Paramount Comedy HD(高清)频道新增,设置11973 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-12]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Food Network HD(高清)频道新增,设置12033 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-12]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,APTN Global Video Wire(英国)频道解密,设置4114 H 18400参数免费接收。[01-12]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Zee Living(亚洲)高清频道改格式,设置4100 V 29717参数免费接收。[01-12]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森幼幼、东森戏剧替换中天亚洲(数码天空)等频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。[01-12]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,凤凰香港(数码天空)频道解密,设置12401 V 22425参数免费接收。 [1月12日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Zee Living(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置4100 V 29717参数免费接收。 [1月12日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Mega TV、Sony Pal(印度)等频道消失,设置12522 V 40700参数无效接收。 [1月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport、GMM Music(泰国)频道消失,设置12604 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月12日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Da Vinci Learninig、旅游(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4120 V 29720参数无效接收。 [1月12日]

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APAC online video revenue $12bn by 2020

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/12/ap-online-video-revenue-opportunity-at-12bn-by-2020/

A research report published by Media Partners Asia (MPA) indicates that the total market for online video services across 13 countries in Asia Pacific will grow from $3.5 billion in net revenues in 2014 to reach $12.4 billion by 2020, representing an average annual growth of 23.5 per cent. Advertising will contribute more than 80 per cent to the online video pie by 2020 with the subscription revenue opportunity, largely driven by subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) platforms, growing from less than $700 million in 2014 to more than $2.3 billion by 2020.

The report evaluates  the commercial distribution of legal OTT video services in 13 markets with historical data and forecasts plus profiles of key OTT platforms. Commenting on the report, MPA executive director Vivek Couto said:

The market for the legal consumption of OTT services in Asia Pacific is at an early stage with monetization models nascent in most countries. As barriers to entry reduce and broadband penetration increases, more disruptors are emerging and host of new platforms are proliferating, though business models are not always scalable and issues such as piracy; content; and platform operation remain problematic. This is especially true in a number of Asian markets where piracy is significant and the limited scale of OTT video revenues are not commensurate with content costs.

Meanwhile, large scale global digital brands (from YouTube through to Netflix) are expanding rapidly in a number of Asian markets or readying to launch in key territories over 2015 and 2016. Major local and regional television companies are also in the early stages of launching a number of large scale advertising and subscription based OTT platforms, anchored to local, Asian and Hollywood content while telecom operators are either moving upstream into content and OTT services or providing a crucial link for the ecosystem.

Key highlights from the report include:

–  Infrastructure. Fixed broadband subscribers reached 325.3 million in 2014 across Asia Pacific, equivalent to an average household penetration rate of 36 per cent. By 2020, MPA projections indicate that this penetration level will reach 40 per cent as fixed broadband subs grow to 403.5 million Mobile broadband will grow rapidly, expanding at CAGR of 15 per cent over 2014 and 2020 to reach almost 2 billion subs by 2020 (58 per cent penetration of population) versus 866 million (26 per cent penetration) in 2014.

– OTT Video Consumption. Active Asia Pacific OTT video1 subscribers reached 594 million in 2014, according to MPA. China accounted for more 85 per cent of the market size in 2014 and will represent 80 per cent by 2020. Ex-China, the largest markets in 2014 were Korea; India; Japan; and Hong Kong. By 2020, MPA projections indicate that active OTT video customers will reach 977 million By 2020, in Asia ex-China, India will emerge as the second largest market, followed by Korea, Japan and Hong Kong. In Southeast Asia, Malaysia will be joined by Indonesia and the Philippines as market leaders.

The market for subscription-based OTT video reached 75.3 million active subs in 2014 and is expected to reach 225 million by 2020. China will be the largest contributor, driven by internet-enabled TV and set-top box platforms and online video companies offering premium services. Japan, Korea, India and Australia will emerge as material opportunities, powered by SVOD but India will trend towards more a freemium-oriented model.

– Industry economics. MPA divides industry monetization models into distinct segments:

–  SVoD.  In terms of SVoD revenue across OTT platforms, the largest markets in Asia Pacific by 2020 will be Japan; China; Korea; and Australia. New Zealand and India will lead the next best placed group of geographies. MPA projections indicate that total SVoD-based OTT revenues in Asia Pacific will grow at a CAGR of 16 per cent between 2014 and 2020, growing from $953 million in 2014 to more than $2.3 billion by 2020.

– Online video and OTT advertising. Asia Pacific online video advertising exceeded $3.7 billion in net terms in 2014, up 35 per cent year-on-year. The largest markets for online video advertising in 2014 were, by far, China and Japan, followed by Australia, India and Korea. By 2020, the total Asia Pacific online vide advertising pie is expected to grow to $10 billion, a CAGR of 18 per cent from 2014, with China dominant, followed by Japan and Australia. India will gain increasing scale and overtake Korea while Indonesia will be the clear leader in Southeast Asia.

OTT video advertising revenue, a subset of the online video advertising pie, reached $2.1 billion in 2014, up 43 per cent year-on-year from a low base, and almost entirely driven by China. This pie, is projected by MPA to expand to $5.5 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of ~18 per cent. China will be the largest contributor with India, Korea and Indonesia starting to become gradually significant over time.

Russian channels escape ad ban

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/01/12/russian-channels-escape-ad-ban/

More channels than previously have escaped the advertising ban on cable and satellite-delivered services that came into effect in Russia at the beginning of this year.

AKTR and top.rbc report that this is thanks to Roskomnadzor issuing 40 licences at the end of 2014 to services operated by the First Channel, RTR and Gazprom-Media.

Several channels were already exempt to the amendments to the law On Advertising.

They included all 10 carried on the first DTT multiplex, as defined by presidential decree, along with cable and satellite services that also use limited frequencies for DTT distribution.

However, their number has now been significantly increased. Some sources say that the ban is now being viewed as a mistake and could in due course be lifted.

SpaceX wins ViaSat-2 contract

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/12/spacex-wins-viasat-2-contract/
The Elon Musk-owned SpaceX rocket launch company has won a new contract from California-based ViaSat-2. ViaSat provides broadband-by-satellite services over North America.

The ViaSat-2 satellite will require SpaceX’s Falcon ‘Heavy’ rocket system, the world’s most powerful, and the ‘next generation’ rocket vehicle following on from SpaceX’s Falcon-9.

Beginning with ViaSat-1, ViaSat began a transformation of satellite communications into a network technology that can provide high-performance services competitive with terrestrial alternatives, rather than being merely a last resort. ViaSat-2 is designed to provide another leap ahead in broadband service quality for residential, mobile, and enterprise satellite services. ViaSat-1 holds the ‘Guinness World Record’ as the world’s highest capacity satellite.

“One of the primary objectives for ViaSat-2, beyond higher speeds, is to offer more data with all of our service plans. That’s what customers want from any wireless service,” said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO. “We can do that by building a network with lots more network capacity at a cost that will attract more customers, and that’s what this new class of satellite is designed to do.”

ViaSat-2 is expected to cover seven times the geographic area and offer twice the bandwidth economics advantage of ViaSat-1, which is already the highest capacity satellite in the world. Planned coverage includes North America, Central America, and the Caribbean basin. The satellite will also provide a bridge of coverage across the North Atlantic, connecting North America with high-capacity coverage in the UK and Europe for high-speed in-flight internet and other mobile services.

Now under construction by Boeing, ViaSat-2 will become the fourth satellite in the ViaSat fleet.

BNE: UHF strategy should have DTT at its core

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/12/bne-uhf-strategy-should-have-dtt-at-its-core/

Following the release of draft opinions by the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) on the future of the UHF band in the EU and on the Common Policy Objectives for WRC (World Radio Conference), Broadcast Network Europe (BNE) – trade organisation for Terrestrial Broadcast Network Operators for Radio and TV in Europe – is continuing its active involvement in the policy debate on the future of the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and is formally responding to the respective consultations.

In view of the pending WRC 2015, BNE endorses that any process to develop the long term strategy of the UHF band should have DTT at its core.

In particular, responding to the Draft RSPG Opinion on a long-term strategy on the future use of the UHF band BNE’s response emphasises that:

Providing its input on the European Common policy objectives for the World Radio Conference:

BNE welcomes the recommendation to support no mobile allocation in the 470-694 MHz band. This is very much substantiated by the conclusion of the Lamy report and in the conclusions of the recent release Aetha study showing that this policy would provide the best benefits for Europe.

BNE considers it essential that the harmonised technical conditions of the 700MHz band and the rules of the cross border coordination shall ensure the protection of the terrestrial broadcasting services below 694MHz.

BNE endorses support from Member States to a revision of WRC-Resolution 646 providing relevant information on regional PPDR (Public Protection and Disaster Relief) frequency ranges and welcomes the RSPG position that harmonised and dedicated spectrum is not required in Europe for PPDR purposes.

Doordarshan adds DTH channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/12/doordarshan-adds-dth-channels/

India’s public broadcaster Doordarshan will boost the number of channels on its DTH ‘Freedish’ platform from 59 to 64. The additional channels were added on January 10th and are designed to be part of a wider eventual expansion to 112 channels by utilising MPEG-4 compression.

This first stage sticks with MPEG-2, however. Viewers will need to re-scan their set-top boxes to get the enhanced bundle of channels.

“Presently, we are leasing five transponders for giving 59 MPEG-2 channels. Now we will be upgrading to provide 64 channels by using only four transponders. We will be pushing 16 MPEG-2 channels per transponders,” advised CK Jain, Deputy DG at Doordarshan.

“The fifth transponder will be used for providing MPEG-4 channels. Apart from that, we have hired one more transponder for providing MPEG-4 channels. So we will have six transponders out of which four will be used for MPEG-2 and two for MPEG-4. For MPEG4, we will be using two transponders to provide 48 MPEG-4 channels,” he added.

Videocon d2h selects MStar HEVC SoC solution for HD zapper STB

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-services/videocon-d2h-selects-mstar-hevc-soc-solution-for-hd-zapper-stb-150112
MUMBAI: Direct to home (DTH) operator Videocon d2h has joined hands with MStar Semiconductor, wherein the latter will provide its high efficiency video codec (HEVC) H.265 system-on-chip (SoC) to the former's HD set top boxes (STBs).
MStar Semiconductor, which is a semiconductor company for TV, STB, display and digital home solutions, has successfully implemented HEVC technology in the HD solution, which fits properly to save the bandwidth requirement with high definition picture quality. The operators and STB OEMs can reduce their development costs and time to market to meet the Indian market demands with the MStar HEVC-capable set-top box SoC solution.
Videocon d2h director Saurabh Dhoot said, “The HEVC technology ensures that our consumers get the most advanced and evolved TV viewing experience. Videocon d2h has taken the lead in bringing this latest technology to India and we are committed to using high end technology. Innovation has been the driving force for Videocon d2h, and the HEVC technology is perfectly positioned to further improve our bandwidth usage and enable us to add more HD channels.”
“HEVC technology will greatly benefit the DTH operators in India due to the saving of bandwidth. With the coming of HEVC technology, our subscribers will experience high-efficiency Asli HD picture quality for the first time in India. This is possible through the unique video compression technology present in the HEVC capable set top boxes that is the latest in the field, and is a major improvement over the existing ones. We are committed to delivering a world class viewing experience,” added Videocon d2h CEO Anil Khera.
“It is our honour and pleasure to be a partner with Videocon d2h. As high-quality programme deployment becomes more widely demanded, we anticipate increased market demand for HEVC-capable set-top-boxes which allows more effective usage of the limited bandwidth. Leveraging our HEVC-capable set-top box platform, we will continue to provide the timely HEVC solution to Videocon d2h in order to fulfill their business goal,” said MStar Semiconductor chairman Wayne Liang.


Sunday Feed log

Sunday 6.50pm NZ Optus D2 scan log
12272 V sr 7200 "astra 4 path 2" 422 Cricket big bash
12599 V sr 7120 "astralink 06a" shot of Asian cup ? football field

12661 V sr 6670 "gcast 6" Colour bars

12670 V sr 6670 "globecast 2" horses.
12679 V sr 6670 "globecast 1" horses.

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From John McDermott

Sunday Feed

IS19ku - 12530V SR 7119 - "STS" - Brisbane Tennis final in HD

From Alek Zapara

Saturday feed

Optus D2 5PM WST
12582 V 7200 DVB S2 8PSK IPUPLINKS+HD Asian Cup Soccer 1080i

From saldav1

The usual weekend Asiasat 5 feed logs


3712 H SR 15000 Golden Globes 2015 Golden Globe Arrivals Special, (FTA.)
3868 H SR 9111 $NFL IND VS DEN BH NFL Indianapolis Colts vs Denver Broncos, ($Scrambled.)
3886 H SR 7199 $Arsenal Media ($Scrambled.)
4151 H SR 15000 $LA LIGA HD50 ($Scrambled.)
4165 H SR 7000 Globes China Chinese commentary with visual, (FTA.)


3667 H SR 6199 Service-1 Icy waterfall - live pic with Chinese commentary.
3746 V SR 7120 STS ATP World Tour Tennis - BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL - (Emirates Australian Open Series) fromBRISBANE, (FTA.)
3890 H SR 15000 STS AFC ASIAN CUP AUSTRALIA 2015 Soccer with Arabic Commentary, (FTA.)
3927 V SR 7120 Service-1 SHENZHEN OPEN Tennis, (FTA.)
4096 H SR 4434 Fi08GNVE EUROVISION Geneva Colour Test Pattern, (FTA.)


3876 H SR 7125 $Federation Cup ($Scrambled.)
3914 V SR 7500 QATAR OPEN ATP WORLD TOUR - Tennis, (FTA.)
4083 H SR 4937 Fi01BBC BBC News Room, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12629 H "Boomerang Asia has replaced Motorvision TV" on , Nagravision. Nat Geo People Asia and Trace Urban are fta again.
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12690 H "MNB" is Fta again.

Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12610 H "Sky UHD" has started on , Fta.
Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12650 H "Sky A&C" is Fta.

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

Insat 4B 93.5°E 11110 V "DD National, DD News, DD Bharati, DD Sports and DD India" have started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3727 H "Astro Warna" has started on , PowerVu.

ST 2 88.0°E 3629 H."Taiwan Comprehensive Channel" has left

ST 2 88.0°E 11669 H "Taiwan Indigenous TV" has started on , Fta.

KazSat 2 86.5°E 11653 V "Kazakstan Oskemen has replaced Kazakstan Pavlodar" on , fta.
KazSat 2 86.5°E 11692 V "Kazakstan Kostanai" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12467 V "Fox Family Movies and 4 Ladies" have started on , Conax. Fox Family Movies HD has left.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11294 H "Bangla Music, Mohona TV, Movie Bangla and Media One" have started on , Fta. Channel One Sri Lanka and Filmy Bangla have left.

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Sereen Red替换Vinhlong 1(K+)频道,设置11048 H 28800参数有条件接收。[01-12]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Media One、Sri TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。[01-11]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD News(印度)频道改频率,设置11790 H 40000参数免费接收。[01-11]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Central Channel(泰国)频道解密,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。[01-11]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Adventist Media Channel(韩国)频道重现,设置12560 H 2300参数免费接收。[01-11]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,MRTV Entertainme(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置11052 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-11]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,M Biz、Channel One(测试)频道加密,设置11010 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-11]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,朝鲜中央电视(高清)频道改格式,设置3695 H 4165参数免费接收。[01-11]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段,凯亚电视替换人间卫视(台亚卫星)频道,设置4160 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-11]

东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,DD Sports(印度)等全组频道重现,设置10990 V 28500参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段, 测试(印度)等3个频道新增,设置11070 V 28500参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Russia Today(英语)等6个频道新增,设置11570 V 28500参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,TV 24、Enter 10(印度)等3个频道新增,设置11150 V 28500参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,DD National(印度)等全组频道消失,设置10990 V 27500参数无效接收。 [1月10日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Media One(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,DD HD(印度)频道消失,设置11110 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,DD News、DD Sports(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置11110 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Adventist Media Channel(韩国)频道消失,设置12560 H 2300参数无效接收。 [1月10日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Astro Warna(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3727 H 9833参数有条件接收。 [1月10日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Moder 9(缅甸)频道新增,设置11010 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月10日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,凤凰电影、凤凰中文(香港)等全组频道消失,设置3730 H 10720参数无效接收。 [1月10日]


Horse racing set for new digital rights deals

From http://www.afr.com/p/lifestyle/sport/horse_racing_set_for_new_digital_WA5soOxo6OZ7SOy7EeH51H

Victoria and NSW are working on separate TV racing coverage deals with Tabcorp and Sky. 

Horse racing authorities in NSW and Victoria are working on separate digital broadcast deals with corporate bookmakers that could reap each of them $5 million to $10 million a year after the two states acrimoniously split at Christmas.

It is understood both have held talks with corporate bookmakers, led by online-only gaming companies such as Sportsbet, William Hill, Ladbrokes and BetEasy, with a view to selling vision that would be broadcast on the bookmakers’ websites.

The deals could be worth about 0.5 per cent of betting turnover on the races shown, with one source estimating each state could make $5 million to $10 million a year if deals are struck with a number of the corporate bookmakers.

Discussions on the deals will take place this month, at the same time as NSW and Victorian horse racing authorities complete terms of their break-up over the ownership of the ThoroughVisioN (TVN) network.

NSW and Victoria combined their horse racing broadcast rights a little over two years ago under the TVN business. But most of 2013 and 2014 was marked by disagreement at TVN board level – on which NSW and Victoria each had four representatives – about future broadcast rights with the Tabcorp-owned Sky channel and potential new digital broadcast deals with Tabcorp, corporate bookmakers and the likes of Foxtel and free-to-air broadcaster Seven West Media.

The situation came to a head just before Christmas when talks with Tabcorp broke down, leading to NSW and Victorian race vision temporarily not being shown on Sky Channel.

Racing authorities from both states will meet this week regarding the winding down of the TVN business, which costs close to $15 million a year to run. However, each state has begun working on separate broadcast strategies that are both set to include substantial changes in terms of digital rights, as well as new deals with Tabcorp’s Sky Channel.

Any new deals would begin after the TVN business ceases operating in its current state, with racing authorities hoping for final settlement by about the end of January.

Although digital rights were a sticking point at TVN board level, with Racing Victoria releasing a statement on December 26 that in part suggested TVN had agreed to a deal to sell vision to an unnamed corporate bookmaker which was subsequently vetoed by Racing NSW. Both states are pursuing this option so they can expand coverage of the sport as much as possible.

It has been assumed that NSW ­racing would strike a deal with Tabcorp’s Sky which would include exclusive digital rights for the TAB.com.au website. However, one NSW racing source told The Australian Financial Review: “We will not do an exclusive deal with anyone.”

Both states are also working towards separate deals with Tabcorp and Sky, but their strategies will differ on international rights.

It is understood NSW will continue to allow Sky to sell rights to international markets on its behalf, while Victoria will prefer to do its own deals with overseas racing authorities and corporate bookmakers.

Victoria will maintain its own production facilities, though it is unclear how much of the TVN business will remain under the state’s ownership, or whether NSW will create its own digital news and vision unit.

Both states are understood to be committed to maintaining the current arrangement with Network Seven, which is paid $2 million a year to show 26 NSW and Victoria meetings.

Foxtel kicks off ad campaign for iQ3 with ‘making entertainment sexier’ line

From http://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-kicks-ad-campaign-iq3-270587

Foxtel has kicked off its marketing campaign for the new iQ3 set top box which is set to be released in February.

Set to the tune ‘You Sexy Thing’ by Hot Chocolate, the ad , created in-house by Foxtel Creative, plays on the visual aesthetics of the device with the ad simply playing on the lines of the device with the text “making entertainment sexier”.

Foxtel executive director of sales and marketing Ed Smith told Mumbrella it is a “teaser campaign heralding the upcoming launch”, but refused to be drawn on the exact launch date adding: “We haven’t released dates yet, we’ve just said coming February. So at the moment we’ve just got the teaser campaign running.”

“It will follow on soon,” he said when pushed on the timing.

On what the new device offers, Smith said it is the first box that Foxtel or Austar have produced that integrated free-to-air broadcast and internet TV capabilities.

“With the integration of the Austar and Foxtel businesses we had two quite different paradigms. Foxtel boxes traditionally had cable or satellite signals and that was augmented by IP connection for on-demand viewing. It had no free-to-air tuners because often it was broadcast through cable or satellite.

“With the Austar boxes they had satellite tuners only because they did not operate in cable areas. They also had free-to-air tuners but they had no IP connectivity. This is the first box Austar or Foxtel have produced that actually integrates free-to-air broadcast. For people right across Australia they can use the box to record free-to-air broadcast, cable or satellite programming from Foxtel and have IP connectivity for on-demand and catchup programming,” he said.

The iQ3 device also comes with a terabyte of storage as well a more tuners than previous boxers.

“So you can watch something and record three other shows simultaneously,” Smith said.

“It has a bluetooth remote so you can have the box in the cupboard and control it, it doesn’t need to be line of sight. And also when you change channels, if you stumble across a program that you like the look of and it’s half way through, it’s got a start over functionality, you can push a button to start over.

“It’s next generation so you can watch what you want and when you want.”

On Foxtel’s  “triple play” offering of a bundled TV, internet and phone line subscription, which had been set to go live before Christmas, Smith said it was “progressing well”.

“The service is in trial at the moment with some people so we will be launching that soon.”

Has the threat of Netflix's arrival in Australia been exaggerated?

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/has-the-threat-of-netflixs-arrival-in-australia-been-exaggerated-20150111-12kzzb.html

There are bound to be some losers as video streaming services crowd television sets. Photo: Bloomberg

This is the year subscription video streaming arrives in Australia in earnest but experts say its impact on traditional TV viewing will be limited, with DVD retailers and rental stores the most at risk from changing consumer habits.

Local media companies have signed dozens of shows for their soon-to-launch video streaming services and are seeking to get to market before US giant Netflix, which is scheduled to arrive in March.

They are aiming to get incremental revenue from the services, and reduce the impact of Netflix's entry - it dominates the market in the US.

But has Netflix's invasion been overplayed?

Consultancy company Deloitte thinks so. In its annual TMT Predictions report, the firm said subscription video on demand (SVOD) services will complement, rather than crush, traditional TV operators.

It forecasts that by the end of 2015, 20 per cent of homes in key global markets will have three or more pay-TV subscriptions.

"It might seem extravagant for a household to double up on pay-television providers," the Deloitte report said.

"However… thanks to high-speed broadband services customers are now able to source from other content services… typically for less than $10.

"We expect subscribers to start accumulating SVOD suppliers because there may be no single company that can offer all the content that all members of a household want.

But there are bound to be some losers as video streaming services crowd television sets. They are just not broadcasters.

Deloitte predicts video rental stores such as Blockbuster and DVD retailers such as JB Hi-fi will feel the pain.

"Households adding SVOD while maintaining existing Pay-TV are substituting spend that would have gone on DVD rental and purchase.

"In some markets, the decline in DVD box set revenues matches closely the emerging rising spend on SVOD".

But PricewaterhouseCoopers says while SVOD has been a proven model overseas and being tested by homegrown services such as Quickflix and Fetch TV, internet connectivity was a barrier to a mass uptake.

"[Internet] speed is becoming less of an issue as more high-speed options become available but data caps still limit potential downloads, particularly of high definition content," the PwC report said.

The Australian Home and Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) said the average Netflix user spends 90 minutes a day viewing content online.

"If Australian consumers were to attempt to view video online at the same rate, they would breach even the most relaxed bandwidth caps in less than three weeks," AHEDA said in its 2013 Yearbook.

"If the consumer was watching HD, this would occur in just over a week."

Still, PwC predicted digital subscription video revenues will grow in Australia in coming years, particularly as new players enter the market.

But Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein has forecast SVOD to not deliver immediate returns, saying the market is "going to be very competitive" and "noisy".

However, he told the Screen Forever conference in Melbourne last November that Foxtel wasn't being dragged into the space.

"If you look at our strategy, our philosophy, its about getting our service into as many homes as possible," Mr Freudenstein said at the time.

"We see absolutely huge growth in our core cable and satellite business. But we are realistic enough to know that that business is not going to be in 100 per cent of homes.

"There are people out there who currently go to a DVD store, they know that's closing down. They want to watch a movie every now and then or a TV show now and then. So it's absolutely something that we're not doing reluctantly. We see it as an opportunity."

Sky keeping an eye on the TV that started it all

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11384299

Online service may be the way of the future, but the present is also being rejigged

Sky TV is catching up with the move to online television by developing the subscription video on demand service Neon and building catch-up services such as Sky Go.

But chief executive John Fellet rejects the idea of the early death of the linear TV channels that are the foundation for Sky, and he is still putting resources into digital satellite channels.

The company will upgrade MySky in March, giving much more access to back issues of shows, and Fellet is developing Sky's own channels.

Programming and branding local channels is more expensive than bringing in big brands such as Discovery or National Geographic channels from overseas.

But Sky TV says its own channels - Box, Vibe, The Zone and Jones! - on the basic package and the free-to-air channel Prime are delivering good audiences and returns.

SoHo, a premium drama channel that costs extra, has been a commercial hit for Sky.

The Arts channel, now wholly owned by Sky, battled to make a commercial return although Sky says it is performing well now.

Sky is also part-owner of the arthouse film channel Rialto.

Local channels might seem quaint in a media world built increasingly around global brands but Sky's head of general entertainment, Karen Bieleski, says they are valuable in pay television.

"Local branding is worth the effort because it defines you as different and something that nobody else can have."

But being different does not appear to be about local content.

Nostalgia channel Jones! rarely includes Kiwi content, but its success appears to be built on its branding and imagery that aims across generations at parents and their kids.

The Box, with CSI, Hawaii Five-O and NCIS, was born from Sky 1 in 1998 with programming skewed toward a male audience and became The Box in 2008, countering the female-orientated Vibe (Desperate Housewives) which started in 2007.

Bieleski says both The Box and Vibe benefit from a focus on "procedurals" - shows about police, lawyers or hospitals that are self-contained with conclusions at the end of each episode.

Factors in these shows' success was that audiences did not require a commitment, and they could bear several repeats.

The newest Sky-owned channel is the science fiction-orientated

The Zone, which Bieleski says is a good example of Sky opting to programme its own channel rather than buying in an overseas channel.

"We ... found that while overseas science fiction channels had stripped reality programming - paranormal houses, that sort of thing - New Zealand audiences did not want it."

SoHo was developed around Sky's rights to HBO content but it also has the option to include shows from other sources.

It recently renewed its digital rights to HBO product.

According to Sky, it has been a branding and commercial success. Australian pay TV platform Foxtel has picked up the branding for its own premium drama channel. It is understood that Sky originally considered including SoHo as part of the basic channel but feared a revolt if it had to charge all subscribers more.

Viewer numbers on Sky's Arts Channel and part-owned arthouse cinema channel Rialto are tiny compared with sport, so it has never considered the three channels as a package in their own right.

The most controversial local entertainment initiative for Sky was when it bought the free-to-air channel Prime in 2005.

The industry was concerned Sky would use its programme-buying muscle power to secure content.

The predictions have not come to pass although Sky's dominance of sports rights bidding is the single biggest factor in its success.

Bieleski says Prime's fortunes have improved with access to a programming deal with CBS and a change that enables the channel to get taxpayer subsidies for local content such as Brokenwood and The Anzac Girls.

Sky's Neon service still weeks away

Consumers are still waiting for the Neon glow of Sky TV's new subscription video on demand service.

Neon will compete with established competitors Quickflix, Lightbox and eventually with Netflix.

Technical glitches delayed the launch past Christmas and now in the midst of the silly season it is unlikely Neon will launch before the end of this month, when promotions will draw attention.

It is true that Sky TV has been in no rush to match Spark's SVOD service, Lightbox, which launched in August.

But with United States giant Netflix set to start here in March there is a danger new SVOD competitors could eat into Sky's revenue from its more expensive linear channels platform.

The shift of television to the internet is part of the long-running fragmentation of media that means young consumers pick up content from numerous sources and compose their own viewing line up.

The balancing act for Sky is for Neon to draw that audience without cannibalising subscribers from its premier service.

Sky is betting that for every one of these early adopters who wants to trawl through content, there will be many who want to have traditional channels.

Beyond that, Sky general entertainment boss Karen Bieleski questions whether this tendency in young consumers will diminish once people are settled down with children. In this view, the heavily branded linear channel has a long life to come.

Sky acknowledges the full premier service is not for everyone.

But spokeswoman Kirsty Way says: "If we have a Sky customer who is going to leave us anyhow we would much rather they find value in a $20 a month package Neon and stay with us rather than leave us altogether."

Japan considers disposible satellite for use in emergency

From http://www.smh.com.au/world/japan-considers-disposible-satellite-for-use-in-emergency-20150111-12m7o1.html

Natural disaster: An earthquake, followed by a tsunami, caused widespread devastation in Japan in March 2011. The development of a satellite to be used after a similar event is being considered by the Japanese government.

Tokyo: The Japanese government will start full-fledged discussions in next fiscal year on the development of an expendable small observation satellite, which could be launched immediately in such eventualities as a natural disaster or a military emergency.

The envisaged satellite could be used for rescue and information-gathering activities, according to government sources.

It is referred to as an operationally responsive small satellite and its development is included as a subject for discussion in a draft of the Basic Plan on Space Policy, released by the government's Committee on National Space Policy.

A preassembled satellite, measuring 70 centimetres in length, width and height, and weighing between 100 and 150 kilograms, would be launched with a camera and other equipment in case of emergency.

The satellite would fly at a relatively low altitude, half that of an ordinary observation satellite, to observe a targeted area in detail. The satellite would burn up upon re-entering the atmosphere about a week after launch.

The government plans to establish a working group jointly with the Cabinet Office, the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry and the Defence Ministry.

Japan possesses the Daichi-2 Earth observation satellite and information-gathering satellites, but does not have enough satellites to observe specific areas thoroughly.

NHK showcases 8K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/09/nhk-showcases-8k/

At the upcoming Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, public broadcaster NHK has confirmed it will conduct live 8K test transmissions. Sapporo was the venue for the 1972 Winter Olympics and NHK says that it will mount 8K cameras and equipment at the Festival in order to capture the huge number of snow and ice sculptures for which the event is world famous.

The screenings will take place at the Sapporo Station from February 5th – 11th, and where some 2 million Japanese are expected to visit to see the more than 200 special ice sculptures that feature up the town’s High Street and in an adjacent park.

NHK says that the works of art will be shown in an experimental series of 8K transmissions on two screens, one a giant 135” display, as well as an 85” screen. Viewers will also be shown clips from last year’s Sochi Olympics also captured in 8K as well as some other recently captured NHK programming in 8K.

NHK adds that this will be the first time that wireless transmission has been used and is a major trial ahead of full 8K broadcasting due to start in 2016.

Eutelsat serving 274m homes in key regions

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/09/eutelsat-serving-274m-homes-in-key-regions/

Figures from satellite operator Eutelsat on the number of homes receiving channels broadcast by eight of its flagship television neighbourhoods serving Europe, North Africa and the Middle East reveal that a total of 274 million homes are now either equipped for Direct-to-Home (DTH) reception or connected to a cable or IP network offering channels broadcast by a Eutelsat satellite, up from 207 million in 2010 (+32 per cent).

Seventy per cent of the 393 million TV homes in the footprint analysed watch channels brought to them by a Eutelsat satellite.

All eight neighbourhoods continue to experience audience growth. Eutelsat’s established Hot Bird neighbourhood remains in pole position, standing at 138 million DTH, cable and IP homes, up from 122 million in 2010. The fastest growth was recorded for Eutelsat 9A whose audience, principally concentrated in Western Europe, has risen from five million to 14 million, attracting nine million new cable and DTH homes since 2010.

DTH confirmed as leading TV reception mode

DTH remains the leading reception mode within the combined audience of the Eutelsat neighbourhoods measured, accounting for 160 million homes, up from 110 million in 2010 (+45 per cent) and increasing its market share from 53 per cent to 58 per cent. This growth in particular reflects strong demand for channels broadcasting from two neighbourhoods:

  • The Hot Bird neighbourhood, whose pay-TV platforms and strong free-to-air line-up have driven steady expansion to 66 million homes in 2014 from 52 million in 2010;

  • Eutelsat’s 7/8° West neighbourhood (shared with Nilesat) whose DTH base in the Middle East and North Africa has risen to 52 million in 2014 from 27 million homes in 2010, with an offer of over 1,000 channels.

Reception trends in Western Europe

Eutelsat’s TV Observatory also zoomed in on general trends in DTH, cable, IPTV and DTT reception in more mature Western European markets where 15 countries were surveyed, accounting for 179 million TV homes. DTH is confirmed as the main mode for TV reception in Western Europe, up 7 per cent to 58 million homes from 54 million in 2010 and accounting for one in three homes. Exclusive DTT reception has risen to 48 million from 44 million homes, while cable has declined to 44 million homes from 50 million. IPTV has increased from a modest base of 10 million homes to 29 million in 2014 (of which 15 million in France).

The total audience of the Hot Bird satellites in Western Europe has continued to expand, reaching 67 million homes in 2014, up from 62 million in 2010.

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Officer, said the research confirmed that satellite remains the backbone of digital broadcasting infrastructure, delivering channels to homes on a DTH basis and enabling operators of cable and IP networks to enrich and diversify their line-up. “Eutelsat has invested in high-performance satellites to address both long-standing and developing television regions and we will continue to leverage our experience in order to offer enhanced value to our customer base, develop new video markets, notably in Latin America and Asia, and support the expansion of this thriving industry,” he advised.

I24 News targets US, UK, Spain

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/09/i24-news-targets-us-uk-spain/

International and Israel-based news channel I24 News plans to broadcast in Spanish and also aims to launch this year in the US and in UK, according to CEO Franck Melloul.

Founded by Altice CEO Patrick Drahi – who also owns SFR, Numericable and Portugal Telecom – I24 News currently broadcasts in French, Arabic and English. A competitor to Al-Jazeera, it employs 250 people including 150 journalists, and works with a €50 million budget.

Transmitted by satellite it is theoretically available to one billion households. It is also available for free online.

Scottish pub rebels against Premier League

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/09/scottish-pub-rebels-against-premier-league/
A pub in Dundee is risking being fined for the illegal showing of live English Premier League football by using a foreign decoder. The Cask and Cork has also banned staff from Sky, BT, the Premier League and the Football Association from entering its premises and put signs on its doors advising employees of the football and broadcasting companies not to set foot in the building, warning that legal action would be taken if the rule is broken.

Sean Reilly, regional manager of Park Leisure Dundee, the pub’s owner, denies the pub was breaking the law by using a different TV provider, having been assured the practice was legal by that provider.

A Premier League spokesman said: “The only legal way for pubs in the UK to screen live Premier League matches is with a Sky Sports or BT Sport commercial subscription. Any other means, no matter what suppliers of foreign satellite systems state, is against the law, and publicans run the risk of prosecution as well as significant fines and costs as recent court cases have demonstrated. We are increasing the number of visits to Scottish licensed premises to ensure the law is not being broken and would urge any pubs or clubs using illegal foreign broadcasts of live Premier League football to stop doing so and purchase legitimate packages from Sky Sports and BT Sport. Suppliers are also being targeted and we have had several successful prosecutions of late.”

In November 2014 four pubs in England were ordered by the High Court to each pay the Premier League costs for breaching copyright by making unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football in their pubs.

A Premier League Spokesman said at the time that the actions were part of its largest-ever pub and supplier investigations programme. “We will continue to take action against commercial premises that breach our copyright by making unauthorised foreign broadcasts of Premier League football. Already this season we have conducted hundreds of pub visits and commenced action against dozens of publicans, with cost awards being made in our favour on a regular basis,” he advised.

Tata Sky launches India’s first 4K set top box

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-services/tata-sky-launches-india-s-first-4k-set-top-box-150110
MUMBAI: Leading the innovation cycle, direct-to-home (DTH) operator Tata Sky begins the new year with the launch of India’s first 4K set top box (STB) in India. The set top box will be available for existing and new subscribers to enjoy the forthcoming cricket matches in ultra HD 4K picture clarity.
Prospective subscribers can now book their Tata Sky 4K set top box at just Rs 6,400 while existing subscribers can avail the box at Rs 5,900. Subscribers can enjoy it as their first connection or an additional STB at home with the Tata Sky Multi TV connection option. Apart from relaying 4K content, the box will also showcase Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channels. The 4K set top boxes can be pre-booked through the Tata Sky 24X7 helpline, Tata Sky website and dealers.
Tata Sky 4K is a new generation set top box with the capability of delivering Ultra High Definition picture quality and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound. 4K at 8.3 megapixels (3840x2160) has approximately four times the pixels as that of 2K (1920x1080) the current HD standard, thus brings far greater clarity and more vivid colors on screen for viewers.
The launch of the Tata Sky 4K set top box has been timed just before the cricket matches. This will ensure that cricket and sports enthusiasts are well in time to own Tata Sky 4K STBs to witness the cricketing extravaganza for the first time in 4K picture quality.
The launch plans were unveiled in July last year when Tata Sky showcased the first ever live FIFA World Cup quarter final match in 4K. Believing in taking innovation and customer needs to newer summits, Tata Sky has always been a step ahead of the industry, with launches such as the HD PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Video-On-Demand (VOD) service, unique interactive services, Everywhere TV, the Karaoke service and now the 4K set top box.


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V8 Supercars fans need to accept Fox Sports move as a positive

From http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/01/08/v8-supercars-fans-need-accept-fox-sports-move/

The V8 Supercars' move to Ten and Foxtel is a big win for fans of the sport. (VUE Images / Red Bull Content Pool)

2015 sees a significant change in the way V8 Supercars will be telecast. While there will be a 360 per cent increase in television content – to 1140 hours per year – on previous media deals, most of it will need to be paid for on Fox Sports.

The new six-year media rights deal will be shared between Fox Sports and Ten Network. While Fox Sports will show every practice session, qualifying and races live in high definition and ad-break free (excluding Bathurst), Ten will show six major events live, with the rest on a same-day delay in a regular afternoon and primetime slot.

Despite the significant increase in coverage, fans without Foxtel have raged at the need to pay for watching a series that has only ever been available on a free-to-air platform.

But the Fox Sports-Ten Network move was essential for the series. In terms of economic benefit, the record $241 million deal, the largest in the history of the sport, is a much-needed financial boost for teams who struggled to sustain their racing operations with limited funding from the last deal with Channel Seven.

Put simply, if teams cannot afford to sustain themselves, then there is no series to telecast. In the current Australian sporting landscape, a Fox Sports component is an economic necessity.

In terms of the coverage, V8 Supercars fans should compare their lot to other major sporting codes.

Fans of the AFL, NRL, A-League, NBL and Super Rugby must watch the majority – and in some cases all – of their matches on Fox Sports, while Australian cricket fans miss out on seeing their national team tour overseas on free-to-air.

V8 Supercars fans, so quick to criticise the delayed and truncated coverage on Channel Seven, will still see all the key racing action on free-to-air television, while those with Foxtel will get unprecedented levels of coverage.

The Ten Network component of the deal is essential for the wider exposure of V8 Supercars, maintaining a free-to-air presence on a network that can marry its Australian motorsport coverage with its coverage of international categories such as Formula One and MotoGP.

With the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Townsville 500, Sandown 500, Gold Coast 600, Sydney 500 and, of course, the Bathurst 1000 live on free-to-air television, V8 Supercars’ main events can still be enjoyed as it happens by the wider public.

Ten Network and Fox Sports have already heavily promoted their 2015 V8 Supercars coverage in lead-in events such as the high-rating Big Bash League – a far greater promotional presence than Channel Seven ever mustered in recent years.

It may be a bitter pill to swallow for those who cannot afford Foxtel, but the new V8 Supercars media rights deal could have been a lot worse for fans when compared to other codes.

Australian Netflix pricing and launch date revealed: report

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/australian-netflix-pricing-and-launch-date-revealed-report-20150109-12kx3r.html
Internet TV and movie streaming service Netflix will launch in Australia March 31 at a starting price of $9.99, according to reports. 

Netflix's Australian launch date and pricing has reportedly leaked. Photo: Bloomberg

The starting price and launch date comes care of Australian online technology news website Tech Guide, which cited two unnamed "sources" familiar with Netflix's Australian launch plans.

News Corp also said it confirmed the date and price with sources.

Approached for comment, a Netfix spokesperson said: "We do not comment on rumour or speculation. Details of the local Australian launch have yet to be announced."

In the United States, Netflix is available on three different plans –$US7.99, $US8.99 and $US11.99. Tech Guide said the Australian version of Netflix would also have a three-tier offering, although only disclosed the starting plan's cost.

Tech Guide is at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, along with several other Australian technology publications, where Netflix held a briefing with Australian journalists on its upcoming Australian launch plans.

But the company refused to talk about Australian pricing and the shows that would be available locally.

"Before we were allowed to sit down to our briefing, a Netflix spokesperson came out and asked us not to discuss the virtual private network issue with the attendees, saying that the story was wrong from the start," technology blog Gizmodo reported.

It also dismissed reports that up to 200,000 Australians were using VPNs to bypass "geo-blocks" preventing them from using the US Netflix.

"We think the rumours are a little exaggerated because no one really knows," said Netflix's vice-president of product innovation, Todd Yellin. "We'd be curious ourselves."

Mr Yellin did, however, seem to accept that the content available to Australians on day one might not be what they expected.

"The catalogue that the Australians will see on day one will improve on day 30, and day 90, or every couple of weeks – sometimes every day, as we have more content coming in," Mr Yellin said.

"So they shouldn't look at it as, 'This is what you get at Netflix?' when they look at the catalogue on day one. They should look at, 'Wow! This is what I get now, and that thing is just going to keep growing and getting better and better'."

Netflix  previously confirmed it would launch in Australia this March but did not confirm the exact launch date or pricing.

The launch date comes as Fairfax Media and the Nine Network's joint venture streaming service Stan revealed on its website earlier this week that it would launch at the end of January at a starting price of $10.

Foxtel is also launching a Presto-branded TV streaming service in the first quarter of 2015 to complement its Presto movie streaming service. It has not yet announced pricing.

Streaming devices set to dominate viewing

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/09/streaming-devices-set-to-dominate-viewing/

While the television continues to provide the best quality picture and viewing experience, the way content is being discovered and consumed is changing dramatically, especially for millennials, according to the preliminary results of the second NATPE||Content First/Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) joint research study on consumers’ attitudes toward television viewing,

The survey found just 55 per cent of millennials use TVs as their primary viewing platform, while streaming devices – laptops, tablets, and smartphones – are poised to dominate their viewing preferences.

CEA and NATPE commissioned the study, conducted by E-Poll Market Research, to evaluate the TV content distribution landscape, explore the dynamics at play against the background of exploding consumer choices and determine how consumers find TV content and view it across different platforms. The initial findings were released during a panel session held at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas.

“Our study confirms that the paradigm for TV content discovery has changed dramatically with increased availability and use of TV content streaming options,” said NATPE President and CEO Rod Perth. “With more than seven in 10 viewers in broadband households having streamed full-length TV programmes in the past six months, there are opportunities for networks and content producers to reach and build audiences.”

“While the vast majority of consumers continue to watch television programming on their TV, many consumers, particularly millennials, increasingly are turning to a variety of devices to view their TV content,” said CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. “This has profound implications for the way CE manufacturers market their products as they try to reach diverse markets.”

Although many viewers of streaming programmes say they are watching more TV programmes overall, the joint study shows a decline in the amount of time spent watching live television programmes during their scheduled air time. This is particularly true of the younger, millennial demographic which has some distinctive, common characteristics, including the regular use of multiple sources of program content.

Among the study’s findings:

  • Millennials flock to streaming. The millennial demographic group – age 13 to 34 – is comfortable using many different sources of TV program content and consequently are significantly more likely to consume full-length TV programs from a streaming source (84 per cent streamed in the past six months) than live TV programming at its original air time (54 per cent), or recorded content from a DVR (33 per cent).

  • Millennials value their Netflix subscriptions more than broadcast or cable. Millennials value their ability to stream content above cable or broadcast channels. The ability to choose what they want to watch when they want to watch it is of high value to all three generational groupings, but particularly among millennials. In the study, 51 per cent consider subscription to Netflix ‘very valuable’, compared to 42 per cent for broadcast channels, and 36 for cable subscriptions.

  • Gen Xers love video on demand and DVRs. Gen Xers tend to be the heaviest users of their cable/satellite/telco time shifting offerings including video on demand (VoD) and DVR. Among those in this age group who have access to VoD, 76 per cent use their VoD service once a week or more often, similar to SVoD usage. The study found DVRs are primarily used to avoid commercials, while VoD is for convenience.

Multi-Screen Viewing Grows

  • The study found increased multi-screen viewing of TV programming is a central factor in reaching younger target audiences. While the TV set is still the most commonly used device for watching TV programmes, among the millennial group there are some distinct differences in their use and preference for multiple screens. Among these findings:

  • Portability is the trend. About half of millennials say they watch TV programming on a laptop, and for 19 per cent, it’s their preferred TV viewing screen. Another 28 per cent watch television on a tablet and 22 per cent on a smartphone. Portability and the ability to watch anywhere is a key benefit in their use of multiple screens due to a greater comfort level with smaller screen sizes compared to older generations.

  • Millennials shifting to devices rather than TVs. While nine in 10 viewers say they watch TV programming on a television set, millennials are significantly less likely to do so (85 per cent). In terms of preference, only 55 per cent of millennials select a television set as the preferred screen for viewing television content.

The full study and additional findings will be released later this month at the NATPE||Miami conference (January 20-22, 2015).

DirecTV confirms 2 satellites for 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/08/directv-confirms-2-satellites-for-4kuhd/

DirecTV used International CES in Las Vegas to confirm that it will have two satellites serving its 4K needs across the USA. Philip Goswitz, an SVP at DirecTV, added that one recently-launched satellite is now operational and the other is going up in May, he said.

Goswitz said that the industry needed common standards, and establishing those standards was his company’s main motivation for joining the recently-formed UHD Alliance. All parties offering 4K video products need to agree on quality standards to ensure a consistent experience for viewers. That includes standards for upcoming enhancements like high-data rate video, he said.

Goswitz said movies tend to be among the first types of content to move to new resolution standards. But sports programming is what really moves consumers to adopt higher-definition standards. Helpfully, ESPN parent Disney is a member of the new alliance along with Dolby Labs as well as LG, Samsung, Netflix, Panasonic, Sony, Fox, Warner Bros. and Disney.

Sharp technology “167% improvement on 4K”

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/08/sharp-technology-167-improvement-on-4k/

The broadcast display industry is already moving beyond the 8.3 megapixels needed to reflect 4K Ultra-HD. Most display manufacturers use even more ‘pixels’ in the 4K rendering by sub-dividing the 8.3 megapixels into three components (a red, green and blue subpixel).

But Japanese manufacturer Sharp has used the giant CES show to argue that its 66 million subpixels gives the company’s units a 167 per cent improvement on ‘ordinary’ 4K sets.

According to the BBC’s Technology editor Leo Kelion:  “Sharp adds a yellow subpixel to the mix and then divides each of the four subpixels in two, allowing the TV to control each of the resulting eight subpixels individually. The firm says that with this level of detail our eyes find it hard to distinguish a TV image from the real world, even when stood centimetres from the display. It’s like looking through a window.”

The BBC quotes David Mercer, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, who adds: “The reality is that the bigger TVs get, the closer people are willing to sit so long as the definition continues to improve,” says Mercer. “And what we’re already finding with Ultra-HD is that people are sitting proportionally closer to the screen than they would for lower resolutions.”

Sky Sports extends ECB partnership

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/08/sky-sports-extends-ecb-partnership/

Sky Sports has extended its broadcast partnership with the England & Wales Cricket Board until 2019, increasing its commitment to English cricket for a further two years.

The agreement offers cricket fans unprecedented coverage of England home fixtures, county matches, women’s and age grade cricket, and will take the existing partnership into its 14th year.

Sky says the deal also enables English cricket to continue its record levels of investment at all levels of the game, which have since 2006 helped to transform the sport on pitch and off, including England becoming the number one Test team in the world.

The coverage includes:

  • Test Matches – all of England’s Test matches played at home, including series against Pakistan and India in 2018 and the Ashes in 2019

  • Internationals – all One-Day Internationals and T20 matches, including Australia in 2018 and Pakistan in 2019, as well as some women’s and England Lions matches

  • County matches – at least 60 days of domestic cricket each summer covering each of the major competitions and featuring every county

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said the broadcaster was passionate about its commitment to the game, including the men and women’s England teams and the County set up, and was “delighted” to extend its partnership with the ECB. “Since 2006, our viewers have enjoyed the incredible successes of the England team, including three Ashes victories, winning the ICC World Twenty20 and becoming the number one Test team in the world. We look forward to continuing the partnership until at least 2019,” he added.

Brian Havill, the ECB Acting Chief Executive, said the extended broadcasting contract demonstrated Sky’s their belief in the ECB as well as the international, women’s and county game. “This decision continues Sky’s unwavering commitment to cricket in England and Wales at every level for a further two years,” he noted.

“In the last decade their loyalty and quality as a broadcasting partner has been beyond question and has benefited the game in so many ways. In that period there has been an unprecedented level of investment in the county game, including facilities, the grass-roots, particularly coaching, and of course the England men’s and women’s teams. Now in this, Sky’s 10th season as the exclusive live broadcaster, that determination to support the game shines through with the announcement that every ball of the England women’s Ashes series will be shown live,” he concluded.

Sky Sports says the extension further cements its position as the home of cricket, giving viewers a year-round global schedule, that as well as England internationals and domestic cricket, includes cricket from Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies, as well as over 60 IPL matches for the first time this year and international cricket’s biggest events through the ICC rights, including the ICC World Cup in February.

The announcement will allow the ECB to continue to deliver record investment across all levels of the recreational, first-class and international game. Since 2006, when Sky became the ECB’s principal live TV broadcast partner, over £150 million has been invested to help strengthen the game, by improving international, First Class and local facilities, as well recruiting over 45,000 more grass-roots coaches and over 2 million state school children to take up the game.

Doordarshan’s Freedish to switch to an upgraded platform to increase capacity

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/terrestrial/doordarshan-s-freedish-to-switch-to-an-upgraded-platform-to-increase-capacity-150108
NEW DELHI: Doordarshan’s Freedish, India's only free direct-to-home (DTH) service, is migrating from its old platform to a new upgraded one with effect from midnight of 9 January (12.05 am of 10 January) in its attempt to increase its capacity.

The migration would result in increase of TV channels from 59 to 64 and radio channels from 22 to 24.

Prasar Bharati chief executive officer Jawhar Sircar said recently that the pubcaster would have to strengthen its DTH platform, Freedish if it has to survive.

He had announced in November that Freedish was expected to go up to 112 television channels in the next few months but he had made it clear to the government that while most were coming through e-auctions, some popular channels may have to be ‘attracted’ to join Freedish since satellite television was the future. He said he was not opposed to digital terrestrial transmission but advances in technology may make it obsolete.  

In fact in a pace that has surprised many, Doordarshan has held 19 e-auctions for Freedish as on 12 December.

DD Sources also said that while Freedish may be encrypted to keep a tab on the number of subscribers, it would remain free-to-air.

To access the upgraded platform, the viewers need to edit the Transponder Parameter by changing only the Symbol Rate from 27500 Ksps to 28500 Ksps in four transponders and retune/rescan their Set Top Box to receive the upgraded TV and radio channels.

Freedish viewers can get further information regarding retuning/rescanning of their Set Top Boxes on DD's official website: ddindia.gov.in

 Viewers/subscribers who do not rescan their Set Top Box will continue to get only ten channels for a period of seven days only from the date of upgradation. Out of these ten channels, one channel is an informative channel which will show detailed procedure for re-tuning the Set Top Boxes.


I was looking at apps available for live streamed tv. There is an app in the Samsung TV smarthub called RTP Play which has 8 Free live Portuguese TV channels. The channels available are. RTP 1, RTP 2, RTP Informacao RTP International, RTP Memoria, RTP Madeira, RTP Acores, RTP Africa.

I tried it out, they work great

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Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Share" is back on again, Fta. Matrix Sports 1/2 have left.
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Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 V "Revival TV, Ezekiel TV and School On Air" have started on , Fta

Amos 4 65.0°E 10861 V "DD Sports, Sagarmatha TV, Avenues TV, NTV Plus, ABC TV, News 24, Z ETC Bollywood, Star Utsav, Himalaya TV, Al Jazeera English, Madani Channel, Care World TV and M Tunes HD" have left again.
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Stan, Netflix, Presto set to reshape Australia's Pay TV market

From http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/stan-netflix-presto-set-to-reshape-australias-pay-tv-market-20150102-12gzhd.html

Open for business: New TV and movie streaming service Stan will exclusively offer US comedy-drama Transparent, about a transgender father.

With three new TV and movie streaming services poised to push into a market already aggressively populated by digital free-to-air and pay TV businesses, the Australian media landscape will be radically reshaped in the next three months.

"First and foremost, the consumer is going to win," declares Craig White, the CEO of Access Digital Entertainment, which owns EzyFlix.tv. Ezyflix is, in layman's terms, a non-proprietary iTunes. That is, a digital storefront which sells film and TV content that can be played on all devices.

The digital and streaming space, until 2015, has been largely occupied by companies such as EzyFlix, the internet protocol television (IPTV) service Fetch TV (a sort of Foxtel lite), a handful of free-to-air playback platforms, of which the ABC's iView is the dominant player, the streaming and DVD rental-by-post company, and pay TV itself, the ubiquitous Foxtel, with a library of channels and streamable content.

Into that will come three new players: the Nine Network and Fairfax joint venture Stan, the US-owned Netflix, which is arguably the most powerful streaming film and TV brand in the world, and the Foxtel and Seven West Media joint venture Presto. All three will launch in the next month.

To say the first quarter of 2015 will be competitive is an understatement. "Extremely competitive," says Shaun James, the director of Presto and Foxtel's other video-on-demand services. "We've got three services launching TV offerings or combined offerings."

Mike Sneesby, the CEO of StreamCo, the joint venture which will operate Stan, says research shows there are about five million households in Australia that are "addressable" for a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service. Revealingly, about 1.5 million of those households have what is termed "pent-up demand" for streaming services. "They said [in research] the product and price point we are going to take to market is something they would take up if it was taken to market today," Sneesby says.

That price point – roughly the equivalent of US$10 per month – has been largely set by the price of the US market's key players Netflix and Hulu Plus, owned by Fox Broadcasting, NBCUniversal Television and Disney-ABC Television. Those services are, to some extent, already accessed by consumers internationally, including Australia, who bypass geo-blocking using computer software. At press time, only Stan has confirmed pricing: $10 per month.

The arrival of three new players, notes Cliff Edwards, the director of corporate communications and technology for Netflix, means they, and their competitors, will lift their game for the digital dollar. "I think when you come in and you're a large established player you cause the other guys to up their game," Edwards says. "With more competition comes more consumer choice and that's what actually benefits the consumer at the end of the day."

Central to the marketing of the three new players is their distinct programming offering. Stan has already announced a handful of exclusive programs (Better Call Saul, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle) and library deals for films and TV programs from MGM, CBS Studios, BBC Worldwide, World Movies and ABC Commercial.

Presto is selling itself on access to Foxtel's HBO library and Seven's local drama library. Netflix's first program announcement focused on "Netflix Originals" such as Daredevil, Grace and Frankie and Marco Polo. Though not explicitly stated, it will also have the critically acclaimed House of Cards.

"I think it's shaping up to be three fairly well differentiated propositions, which I think is healthy for the market overall," says Sneesby. "I don't think anyone at launch is going to put 100 per cent of their cards on the table at once. Like any game this is not going to be won and lost in the first month, the first 12 or even 24 months. It's a long road."

The other issue, in business terms, is how it impacts the existing market's key segments, digital free-to-air TV and pay TV.

Sean James, who runs the Foxtel-owned Presto says they believe the markets for paid linear channels and paid streaming of movies and TV are sufficiently different. "[It's] the other end of the spectrum," James says. Plus, he notes, Foxtel has lowered its entry price to $25 and aggressively markets add-on products, such as the iPad app Foxtel Go and the IQ3 device.

Stan's Sneesby doesn't believe there will be an immediate, measurable impact on either free-to-air or pay TV. "Free-to-air because it's dominated in prime time and high advertising rate times by news, sport, current affairs and locally produced reality television," he says. "And in the pay TV space, it will dominate in non-pay TV households, which is the other 75 per cent of the market."

Craig White, whose EzyFlix.tv has a year's head start and more specifically competes with other transactional businesses such as Google Play and iTunes, says the arrival of Stan, Netflix and Presto will signal a "huge awakening to the fact that people can access a lot of content legitimately, legally, through services that are now more available to them".

But he has one word of warning. It is not competition against existing players which puts the three newcomers most at risk, but how effectively they avoid cannibalising each other.

Even in the US, White notes, there are only two major video-on-demand services: Netflix and Amazon Prime, with Hulu Plus coming a distant third. "I don't think that four services can sustain themselves offering an all-you-can-eat $10 a month service," he says. "There won't be enough exclusive content that consumers will participate in all four and I think that he with the biggest library will win."


Dendy Direct dendydirect.com.au

Pay as you go (transactional) video on demand. Titles available for rent or sale. Features arthouse films and TV programs. Launched 2013.

Ezyflix ezyflix.tv

Pay as you go (transactional) video on demand. Supports standard, Digital HD and Ultraviolet formats. Features new release Hollywood films, TV programs and library titles. Launched 2013.

Fetch TV fetchtv.com.au

Subscription IPTV delivered linear channels and streaming video on demand. Features more than 30 channels, including ESPN, SyFy, Disney and Nickelodeon. Launched 2010.

Foxtel foxtel.tv

Subscription cable and satellite delivered linear channels and streaming video on demand. Features almost 100 channels and owns the benchmark-setting DVR, the Foxtel iQ. Launched 1995.

Google Play play.google.com

Pay as you go (transactional) video on demand. Features new release Hollywood films, TV programs and library titles. Launched 2008 (as Android Market).

iTunes apple.com/itunes

Pay as you go (transactional) video on demand. Titles available for rent or sale. Features new release Hollywood films, TV programs and library titles. Launched 2001.

Netflix netflix.com

Subscription streaming video on demand. Features Netflix Originals (including House of Cards, Daredevil, Marco Polo) and library titles. Launching in first quarter of 2015.

Presto presto.com.au

Subscription streaming video on demand. Presto Movies and Presto Entertainment (TV) services sold separately or bundled. Launching in first quarter of 2015.

Quickflix quickflix.com.au

Subscription streaming video on demand and DVD rental. DVD (and Blu-ray) titles are delivered monthly via post for a flat rate fee. Launched 2003.

Stan stan.com.au

Subscription streaming video on demand. Features exclusive content (including Better Call Saul, Transparent) and library titles. Launching in first quarter of 2015.

TV in Australia is about to get a big shake-up

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/tv-in-australia-is-about-to-get-a-big-shake-up/story-fn8tnfhb-1227178485646

Netflix coming to Australia 4:27

The US streaming service will hit local shores in March. Will it change the face of Australian TV?

Get ready for change ... Source: Getty Images

TV in Australia is about to get a big shake up.

While the manufacturing giants are spending most of their time these days going on about “OLED”, “Triluminos”, “S’UHD” or whatever other confusing names they can come up with to push their products, something much bigger is going on behind the scenes.

Because the fact is that while Samsung, LG and Sony are all divided over their different display technologies, the one thing they all unanimously agree on is that digitally streaming content is fast becoming the most popular way people consume content.

Netflix tight lipped on geoblocking at CES

You just have to look at the success of companies like YouTube and GoPro who have made their billions by either hosting or being used to create content for people to spend hours streaming.

These ease of creating and showing people videos has made amateur footage, whether it be of sport, comedic piece or tutorial a key player in video content consumed and where hours upon hours of eyeball time is spent. The fact that nearly all TVs now come with a YouTube app installed just reinforces this point, let alone the 8 million plus hits on Minecraft tutorial videos like this:

But of course, where the real change is about to happen is in the streaming content market. All the big players are set to make a splash in 2015, with Foxtel and Channel 7 combining for Presto Entertainment, Channel 9 and Fairfax partnering for Stan and of course the world’s most popular streaming service Netflix.

In the USA where Netflix launched years ago, the service is so popular that 30 per cent of the country’s internet traffic in peak times is just from Netflix.

Another survey from Sony owned Crackle showed that 83 per cent of the US streams TV and movies over the internet. For those aged under 30, the stats are even higher, at 90 per cent.

Get ready to hear a whole lot more about Netflix ... Source: Getty Images

For at least the next 12 months, the market will be fragmented due to exclusive contracts signed some time ago for big shows, with most of these owned by Foxtel. This means that Presto will be exclusively streaming some shows, while Stan and Netflix will be streaming different exclusives that they don’t have.

However, once the rights for individual shows expire, the content deals could go anywhere.

Netflix spokesman Cliff Edwards told news.com.au today at CES that the company no longer looks to sign contracts for individual countries and regions, but globally.

One example of this is Batman spin-off Gotham., In Australia, Channel 9 owns the broadcast rights, but Netflix owns the global streaming rights. This means, the day after Channel 9 airs its episode of Gotham, Netflix will have the episode online in its library for subscribers to watch.

For now, that business model seems the immediate future, but with blockbuster TV shows like House of Cards increasingly being commissioned by streaming companies like Netflix, it has become evident that the future of our media consumption is going to be on streaming services like Presto, Netflix and Stan.

Mr Edwards also told news.com.au that if the right locally produced Australian TV show popped up, Netflix would have no problem jumping on it to commission the show.

Companies such as Sharp are incorporating Google's Android TV software so that viewers can use a variety of streaming apps, such as Netflix and Hulu, without a separate device. Source: AP

However, Foxtel’s Director of Presto and VOD Shaun James told news.com.au that the company believes streaming services like Netflix and Presto will compliment existing cable subscription services rather than replacing them.

“Streaming services aren’t an either or, but rather an and,” said James.

While content is key for the future, software and ease of use is equally as important.

As it stands, traditional broadcasters don’t broadcast in high definition on their main channels.

With streaming, as opposed to traditional TV, all our major shows can be broadcasted from either the lowest quality possible, right up to 4K. It’s for that reason that TV makers like LG are pushing the services to compliment the technology they’re engineering. LG Australia’s General Manager of Marketing Lambro Skropodis told news.com.au that their partnership with GoPro for the GoPro channel helps legitimise beautiful 4K content and makes it accessible in ways that traditional broadcast television can’t.

Streaming services also have the advantage over traditional TV services of being able to not only give access to content whenever the user wants, but to use special algorithms to work out what the user might want to watch next based off their previous habits. While this obviously benefits the consumer hugely, it means that people will be spending more time watching content and giving providers more opportunity than ever for revenue.

But as great as all this new technology is, it is still yet to be seen whether Australia’s internet can handle that much data being streamed. Especially without a complete fibre connection like in the US and Europe. With the Government’s new multi-technology NBN, it doesn’t look like this will be changing anytime soon either.

Argentina FTA-satellite targets 100,000

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/07/argentina-fta-satellite-targets-100000/

Argentina’s ARSAT (Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales) says it is looking to connect 100,000 satellite users to its digital free-to-air broadcasts by next year (2016).

Matías Bianchi, president of ARSAT, says his company is planning to roll out a digital terrestrial infrastructure covering some 85 per cent of the country, while the remaining 15 per cent will be reached by its satellite ARSAT-1 which launched last October.  ARSAT already has 85 re-transmission towers in place and plans of having 120 towers in position by next year.

Currently just 16 channels are available free-to-air  (TV Pública, Encuentro, Paka Paka, TaTeTi, Incaa TV, Tecnópolis TV, Construir TV, DeporTV, Vivra, Arpeggio, Viajar, CN23, C5N, Telesur, 360 TV and RT) but other channels are being added in certain regions while the Buenos Aires region offers viewers 26 channels.

Digital UK backs Ofcom mobile spectrum opposition

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/07/digital-uk-welcomes-ofcom-spectrum-stance/

Digital UK – the company that manages the development and strategy of DTT and supports viewers – has welcomed UK regulator Ofcom’s stated intention to oppose the idea of allowing mobile services to move into more frequencies currently used by terrestrial TV (co-primary allocation).

Ofcom has published an update on its preparations for the World Radiocommunications Conference in November (WRC-15).

Ofcom said it: “Will seek to ensure the protection of digital terrestrial television (DTT) operating in the 470 – 694 MHz band in the UK. As a result we currently anticipate opposing a co-primary mobile allocation (which would see the band allocated to both mobile and broadcasting) in the 470 – 694 MHz band. We will take this position into relevant upcoming meetings in the European preparatory process for WRC-15.”

Following consultation on the the key issues to be considered at WRC-15, Ofcom noted that the majority of responses agreed with its proposal for the UK to oppose a co-primary mobile allocation in the band. “These responses highlighted the key and important role that the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform currently plays in broadcasting delivery and emphasised the wide consumer interests,” said Ofcom.

Ofcom explained in a discussion document on the Future of Free to View Television published on 28 May 2014, that it did not currently expect full switch-off of DTT until post 2030, unless there were to be a significant policy intervention to support a more aggressive timetable for change. Added to this was its recognition that the on-going importance of DTT and barriers associated to IPTV availability and take-up could make DTT switch-off unlikely until at least 2030.

‘We welcome Ofcom’s continued support for DTT and are pleased that it plans to oppose the further expansion of mobile services into airwaves used by Freeview at WRC-15,” said Digital UK Chief Executive, Jonathan Thompson. “While we all recognise the growing demand for spectrum, Ofcom’s position highlights the importance of terrestrial television to the UK and need to protect the interests of millions of viewers,” he added.


Sorry not much in the news section.

Observation, Optus D2 busy in the evening due to D1 being tied up with Tennis Feeds

Keep up with the play via.


5pm NZ scan D1

12634 V Sr 7200 "7bcs slot 1 8psk" Tennis in 422 video "7two"

12643 V Sr 7200 Tennis
12662 V Sr 7200 "atn 7news 3" guy talking

12679 V sr 7500 unchecked probably Tennis

Nerit Plus on Intelsat 19 KU FTA on TV PLUS

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang替换Motovision(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[01-07]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Thinetha TV(测试)频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。[01-07]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox Family Movies(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-07]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,For Ladies替换Fox Family Movies(高清)频道,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-06]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,PPTV HD(泰国)高清频道新增,设置3920 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-06]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Channel One、M Biz(测试)频道新增,设置11010 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-06]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,One Srilanka、Filmi Bangla(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。 [1月6日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Movie Bangla、Mohona TV(孟加拉)等频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。 [1月6日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,The Africa Channel(英语)频道新增,设置3920 V 29720参数免费接收。 [1月6日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Haari Movie、Channel V(MPEG-4)等6个频道加密,设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月6日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,SB TV(测试)频道新增,设置3780 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月6日]


CES Report: Irdeto Highlights Ease and Growth of Set-Top Piracy

From http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/CES-Report-Irdeto-Highlights-Ease-and-Growth-of-Set-Top-Piracy-101362.aspx

Streaming a huge variety of premium sporting events, movies, and TV shows to the living room is shockingly easy and inexpensive, Irdeto shows.

Irdeto has a message for rights holders and broadcasters: Set-top box piracy is growing and it's a lot easier than you might think.

"Online piracy is now a lean back experience," says Mark Mulready, security director for Irdeto.

From a suite at the Wynn, Irdeto executives are demonstrating just how simple it is for households to get hundreds of the most desirable premium channels for much less than the cost of a cable or satellite subscription.

But this demo isn't designed to entice would-be pirates; it's intended to show broadcasters what's already going on at a massive scale all around the world.

Over-the-top piracy has evolved. It's growing rapidly on both mobile devices and set-top boxes (STBs) that are marketed like legitimate services. The demonstration shows several set-top boxes and websites for pirate subscription services that are so similar to legitimate products that many people might not realize they're streaming illegal content.

Not only is the hardware attractive, so are the products. Pirates offer all the premium live content a viewer could want, as well as massive video-on-demand libraries and professional-looking user interfaces and program guides.

Irdeto's job is to shut this down, and it does this by working with law enforcement agencies around the world. In the demo, Mulready highlights some of the tools Irdeto uses, such as CAS, or conditional access systems. With CAS, each content stream is fingerprinted with its own invisible code. When Irdeto briefly makes the code visible, it can see which user streams and being pirated and shut them down. Irdeto covertly buys pirated content to understand where it originates.

In the new world of OTT piracy, the pirates go after paid media subscribers and offer them better deals. A pirate STB with a 12-month content subscription might cost $300 to $700. The average price is a low $387.49. People tap into this world by buying pirate STBs and a subscription, or by loading third-party pirate apps onto insecure platforms such as Roku.

The top three nations for piracy are Brazil, the U.S., and France, and the most pirated shows of last year were Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad.

"These device are mainstream," Mulready says. "They are a direct replacement to your paid media set-top box in your living room. No longer do you have to get on your laptop or computer and look for pirated streams. it's lean back versus lean forward."

Look Out HDMI and DisplayPort, There's a New Cable in Town

From http://www.gizmodo.in/gadgets/Look-Out-HDMI-and-DisplayPort-Theres-a-New-Cable-in-Town/articleshow/45783427.cms
Ever heard of Mobile High-Definition Link, or MHL for short? Today, it's a way to connect a smartphone to a HDTV or monitor via microUSB. But the new SuperMHL could challenge HDMI and DisplayPort dominance over your entire home theater.

Today, the MHL Consortium (which consists of Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Nokia and chipmaker Silicon Image) is showing off SuperMHL, a new specification which leapfrogs both HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.3. It can carry ridiculously detailed 8K video signals at 120 frames per second, with 4:2:0 pixels and 32-bit color, as well as 40W of power and fancy surround sound setups like Dolby Atmos and DTS-UHD. A single SuperMHL source can drive up to eight displays, and you can remote control SuperMHL devices similarly to HDMI.

The catch: to get all that goodness at the same time, you need a new cable too, with a new 32-pin SuperMHL connector on both ends. While the SuperMHL protocol works over USB, including the fancy new reversible USB Type-C, MHL president Rob Tobias explained to Gizmodo that you only get four lanes that way. That's enough bandwidth for 8K video at 60fps, or 4K video at 120fps if you want to use USB 3.0 at the same time. Standard microUSB only gives you one lane for a maximum of 4K at 60fps.

And since both of those are fairly small phone-grade connectors anyhow, you'll probably want a full-size, six-lane SuperMHL connector anyways. Not like that would necessarily be a bad thing: the new connector's reversible, unlike HDMI or DisplayPort, so you can plug it in without fussing about whether it's upside down when you're blindly reaching around the back of your A/V reciever.

Except, of course, that if the SuperMHL connector becomes a standard, that will make for more competition in a field where competition can actually be icky. It was kind of nice having HDMI be The One Cable To Rule Them All, since I knew it would always work everywhere. The popularity of Mini DisplayPort in laptops like the MacBook Air and my ThinkPad X240 threw a tiny wrench in that. But at least all of today's video signals are more or less compatible. I'll probably just need to buy one more adapter.

We'll be checking out the first SuperMHL-compatible TV here at CES. We hear it's a 110-inch monster from Samsung. Can't wait to see that gorgeous picture


Quick feed log as I upload the site

7.55pm NZ

D1 12430 V SR 6111 "STS 12 Enc/Mod 1" ch9

D2 12320 V SR 7200 "ATN 7NEWS3"

Temp Feed Tuesday afternoon, (Thanks to Steve Johnson for the .ts recording which I took the screen caps from)

Optus D1 12681V SR 5099
SC10 Wollongong

ONE Wollongong


From my Email

From saldav 1

Asiasat 5 Feed log

3905 V SR 7099 Globecast Oz Soccer - QATAR vs NEW ZEALAND, (FTA.)
4174 H SR 7199 $FIC 2015 Palemban Sports ($Scrambled pic. with FTA sound.)
4174 H SR 7120 $Globecast Oz ($Scrambled pic. with same FTA sports commentary sound as 4174 H SR 7199.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 18 180.0°E 11075 V "Stylía" has left

JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 4160 V "TACT has replaced Z Channel" on , Fta.

Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12450 H "FSTV has replaced We TV Asia" on , encrypted.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3660 V "Al Kass Two has replaced Al Kass" on , Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3760 H "Iqraa Asia & Australia" has left.

Insat 4B 93.5°E 11030 V "Star Plus HD India" has started on , Irdeto.

ST 2 88.0°E 11669 H "FSTV" has started on again, Fta.

Yamal 402 54.9°E 11589 V "Perviy Muzykalnyi HD" has left again.
Yamal 402 54.9°E 12674 V "Rossiya 2 and Rossiya 1" are now encrypted.
Yamal 402 54.9°E 12694 V "REN TV, Telekanal Spas, STS, Domashniy, TV 3, Sport Plus, Telekanal Zvezda, Mir,
TNT and Muz TV" have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Quoc Hoi HD(高清)频道开播,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。[01-06]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,MRTV Entertainme(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11052 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-06]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,1HD(高清)频道消失,设置11093 H 30000参数无效接收。[01-05]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Bangla Music(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[01-05]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,重庆卫视(AVS+)高清频道加密,设置3912 V 8800参数有条件接收。[01-05]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Haari Variety替换Haari TV(Skynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-05]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,History、CNN(蒙古)等频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MN 25、NTV(蒙古)等频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,凯亚电视(台湾)频道消失,设置3940 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,SPS-Action(蒙古)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]

Stream Links

French channels , Very nice quality perfect playback here

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#EXTINF:-1, D8


DISH unveils Sling TV OTT

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/06/dish-unveils-sling-tv-ott/

DISH Network subsidiary Sling TV has confirmed the anticipated launch of Sling TV, a live, over-the-top television service, to US customers nationwide in the first quarter of 2015. Sling TV will deliver live sports, lifestyle, family, news and information channels, Video-On-Demand entertainment and the best of online video to broadband-connected devices at home and on-the-go. Priced at $20 per month, the service will require no commitment, contract, credit check or hardware installation.

Supported Internet-connected devices for Sling TV are expected to include Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google’s Nexus Player, select LG Smart TVs, Roku players, Roku TV models, select Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Mac and PC. Sling TV expects to announce its availability on additional streaming devices and smart TVs in the coming months.

“Sling TV provides a viable alternative for live television to the millennial audience,” said Joseph P. Clayton, DISH president and CEO. “This service gives millions of consumers a new consideration for pay-TV; Sling TV fills a void for an underserved audience.”

“Consumers can now watch their favourite shows on their favourite devices that they already use to watch video. Live television, including ESPN, for $20 per month with no commitment or contract, is a game changer,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “The arrival of Sling TV lets consumers, who’ve embraced services like Netflix and Hulu, take more control of their video entertainment experience.”

At launch, Sling TV is offering a core programming package with live and Video-On-Demand shows, sports, movies and online video, as well as two optional add-on packs.

Priced at $20 per month, ‘The Best of Live TV’ core package includes 12 Nielsen-rated sports, lifestyle, family and news networks: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. This package additionally features an array of Video-On-Demand entertainment and the best of online video with unique content from Maker Studios, the global leader in online short-form video.

Consumers can tailor their experience with add-on packs for access to additional programming, at $5 per month. Sling TV will offer a ‘Kids Extra’ add-on with Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV, and a ‘News & Info Extra’ add-on with HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY and Bloomberg TV. A ‘Sports Extra’ package is coming soon.

Sling TV expects to expand its core package, Video-On-Demand content, online video and add-on packs throughout 2015.

At launch, subscribers can watch live TV by downloading the app to supported versions of iOS and Android, or by visiting the upcoming Sling website from Macs and PCs. Alternatively, the Sling TV app is expected to be available on Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google’s Nexus Player, select LG Smart TVs, Roku players, Roku TV models, select Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One, with other streaming devices and smart TVs to follow in the coming months. Sling TV’s user interface provides a consistent experience across all platforms.

Sling TV is designed to deliver a high-quality television experience inside and outside the home, anywhere a wired, Wi-Fi or mobile broadband connection is available. The service is delivered over an IP-based content delivery system that leverages adaptive bitrate streaming technology. This allows for the highest quality streaming experience possible regardless of network quality fluctuations or location.

Industry majors form UHD Alliance

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/06/industry-majors-form-uhd-alliance/

Leading Hollywood studios, consumer electronics brands, content distributors, post-production and technology companies have combined to launch the UHD (Ultra High Definition) Alliance – a new coalition of companies united to set the bar for next generation video entertainment by establishing new standards to support innovation in video technologies including 4K and higher resolutions, high dynamic range, wider colour gamut and immersive 3D audio.

The UHD Alliance was created with the consumer in mind; it provides information on premium Ultra-HD content and devices to deliver best-in-class home entertainment. The Alliance is also focused on helping consumers benefit from a seamless, integrated and high-quality Ultra-HD ecosystem from end-to-end. Premium Ultra-HD content and devices will be clearly identified so consumers can easily recognise them in-store.

The Alliance was formed by global companies including DirecTV, Dolby, LG Electronics Inc., Netflix, Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Visual Product Inc., Technicolor, The Walt Disney Studios, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

“As the UHD ecosystem continues to evolve, we are strengthening our commitment to high-quality UHD content and devices,” said Hyunsuk Kim, President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “The Alliance will encourage the development of high-quality UHD content while distinguishing TVs that provide the most premium UHD viewing experience.”

“The innovative advancements and quality improvements with TVs are evolving rapidly, as seen throughout CES,” said Mike Dunn, President, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “The UHD Alliance will benefit consumers by identifying products and content that will give the true UHD experience.”

“These technologies allow us to utilise a much broader palette to tell our stories while providing viewers with true-to-life colours, superior contrast and premium picture quality,” said Ron Sanders, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “Working with a wide industry consortium is the best way to deliver these experiences within premium entertainment.”

The UHD Alliance aims to ensure that all of the links in the chain – from the production, distribution and consumption of content to the playback capability of devices – meet the identified premium quality standards, whilst embracing standards that are open and allow flexibility in the market yet give consumers confidence that they can watch the content they want on their devices. In the coming months, the group will convene to outline a technology roadmap for the rapid evolution of UHD technology, worldwide.

ATSC3.0 demo at CES

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/06/atsc3-0-demo-at-ces/

Samsung Electronics, Comark and TeamCast will demonstrate the world’s first terrestrial broadcast of full ATSC3.0 technology at International CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The demonstration will show a live transmission of MPEG-H HEVC Ultra HD video and MPEG-H 3D audio content.

The transmission signal is received from a Comark 600 W UHF transmitter, located in the Black Mountain, Las Vegas area, which has been specifically installed for the event. The Comark transmitter integrates VORTEX, the very latest generation of high-end modulator/exciter designed by TeamCast.

“We are proud to contribute to this over-the-air demo, which constitutes a clear recognition of the openness of our exciter family towards new digital transmission standards, such as the future ATSC 3.0,” says Eric Pinson, Business Unit Manager at TeamCast. “It’s a great opportunity for us to illustrate in real operation our new VORTEX product range, designed to support both ATSC 1.0 and proposed ATSC 3.0 on the same platform, providing the maximum flexibility for broadcasters for transition and simulcast.”

“Samsung is excited to partner with Comark and TeamCast to showcase the full potential of the ATSC 3.0 system,” added John Godfrey, Vice President, Public Policy at Samsung Electronics North America. “The new technology not only delivers live broadcast of Ultra HD content to the home, but also enables new user interactions, such as two-way service. Samsung is committed to driving innovation and continued growth of UHD technology. We’re pleased to be a part of this effort as we take another step closer to realising live UHD viewing.”

“Comark believes that ATSC 3.0 provides an important step forward for US broadcasters to bring additional capabilities and services to US consumers,” says Richard E. Fiore, Jr. President & CEO for Comark Communications. “Android push for Philips TVs

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/06/android-push-for-philips-tvs/

TP Vision – which develops, manufactures and markets Philips-branded TV sets in Europe, Russia, Middle East, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and selected countries in Asia-Pacific – is pushing on with its integration of the Android operating system into Philips TVs. Almost the entire 2015 range of Philips TVs, including Philips Smart TVs and all Philips UHD TVs, will be powered by Android TV.

TP Vision was the first company to bring TVs powered by Android to the European market. In addition, TP Vision plans to also market Philips TVs powered by Android in Latin America.

Android Lollipop fully integrates the TV platform and brings dedicated Android TV apps to the big screen. Having one software development kit (SDK) for all platforms will give developers great access to TV experience. “We want to leverage the advantage of being a pioneer member of Android’s large, fast growing ecosystem. It attracts a huge base of developers, who now can easily adapt their apps for different types of devices including TVs,” said Albert Mombarg, Head of Smart TV at TP Vision.

All Philips TVs powered by Android TV will combine the best of two worlds: they offer direct access to Google Play store and to the broad offering on the Philips Smart TV platform, including video on demand and catch-up TV services. In addition, all Philips Smart TVs powered by Android provide access to online gaming services such as OnLive.

TP Vision sees the integration of Android into Philips Smart TVs as another great asset for its devices. “By combining superb picture quality in both FHD and UHD, our unique Ambilight lighting technology, great design and the power of Android TV we are putting together a truly sophisticated TV offering for our Philips TV customers,” said Nico Vernieuwe, Chief Commercial Officer TP Vision.

Our participation in this live over-the-air demonstration at the CES show demonstrates our long standing commitment to DTV broadcasters in the US.

Videocon d2h to sell stake worth up to $375 million to U.S. firm

From http://www.deccanchronicle.com/150106/business-companies/article/videocon-d2h-sell-stake-worth-375-million-us-firm
Mumbai: Satellite television operator Videocon d2h Ltd has agreed to sell shares worth up to $375 million to U.S.-based Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp and the proceeds will be used to expand its services.

Silver Eagle will own between 33.5 per cent and 38.6 per cent of Videocon d2h for $300 million to $375 million, the two firms said in a statement late on Monday. The deal will result in the listing of the Indian company in the United States.

Videocon d2h, part of the diversified Videocon Group, plans to list the American depositary shares, which will be issued to Silver Eagle, on the Nasdaq stock exchange, the companies said. Videocon d2h had earlier filed papers with the Indian market regulator for a local listing.

Billionaire Venugopal Dhoot, Chairman of the Videocon Group that has interests in consumer electronics, telecoms and power, said the deal with Silver Eagle would give the satellite TV arm capital for development and expansion of its services.

Videocon d2h distributes more than 500 digital TV channels and other video and audio services via direct satellite feeds.


Monday feed log, sorry no other data most likely all Tennis

D1 12634 V 7200
D1 12643 V 7200
D1 12652 V 7500
D1 12679 V 7500 "IP-UPLINKS PERTH" Fec 5/6 8psk modulation (low power) FTA Tennis

D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "Globecast OZ" Horses

ERI TV has started FTA D2 12734 V (Globecast) Vpid 2111 Apid 2211 MPG2. Low quality video with a line across the top of it the same as on Intelsat 19

Sunday Feeds, various contributers (Facebook)

Optus D2 12272V Sr 7200 "Default" Bush Fire feeds

Optus D1 12651V SR 7500 "Globecast Oz" HD FTA Tennis, Brisbane

Optus D1 12641V SR 7200 "7BCM D1/T7 Slot 2" SD FTA Hopman Cup from Perth

Optus D1 12635V SR 7200 "7BCS Slot 1 8PSK" SD FTA - Brisbane Tennis

From my Email

From saldav1

The usual Asiasat 5 Feed logs

Jan 5th

3736 H SR 4799 GLOBECAST South Africa vs Zambia from the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, (FTA.)
3755 V SR 7120 $IPU-perth ($Scrambled.)
3896 V SR 6199 ENC01 Dancing with the Stars, (FTA.)
4066 H SR 4937 $Fi01MDRD ($Scrambled.)
4165 H SR 7500 Frenz United Cup - Soccer - FUM vs TOT, (FTA.)
3868 H SR 9111 $NFL DET V DAL BH ($Scrambled.)
3894 H SR 7500 $NFL DET VS DAL FH ($Scrambled.)
3886 H SR 7199 $ArsenalMedia ($Scrambled.)
4174 H SR 7120 $Globecast Oz ($Scrambled.)

Jan 4th

3712 H SR 15000 $UFC 182 PPV PATH ($Scrambled.)
3725 H SR 3600 SLRC 1 Hindu gathering, (FTA).
3755 V SR 7120 $IP-UPLINKS.COM ($Scrambled.)
3734 H SR 7120 $Globecast Oz ($Scrambled.)
4147 H SR 7100 $Globecast HD 1 EN ($Scrambled.)

Jan 3rd

Palapa update

3926 H SR 2590 Bali TV Bali TV was off this afternoon - back on just an hour ago with a new SR rating from the old 4208 to 2590, (FTA.)
3934 H SR 6625 GLOBAL TV is running a second channel - a slightly stronger transponder - same programming as their normal 3934 H SR 6500, (both FTA.)

Jan 2nd


Insat 3A 93.5E 3740 V SR 6250 DD PUNJABI $JALANDHAR FEED ($Scrambled.)

Very happy to receive PUNJABI for the first time and the other channel is scrambled

Jan 1st

Asiasat 5 log

3932 V SR 13234 NYC:545 ENC-421 DICK CLARK'S ROCKIN NEW YEAR'S EVE 15 with Ryan Seacrest, (FTA.)
4086 H SR 7199 EDGH 1 New Year's Eve Music Concert at a amphitheatre with English singer and band, (FTA.)
3960 H SR 30000 Colombo TV -NEW- service with screen read listing Hotbird 13B and Asiasat 5 satellite transponder frequencies, (FTA.)
3905 V SR 5631 Ch-2 A freezing cold location with a group of people wearing eskimo type outfits with a female reporter then colour test pattern, (FTA.)
3929 H Sr 5631 HaiTV_C New Years Day Show - (not sure where in China?), (FTA.)
4081 H SR 9875 WSHT EBU52 CCTV New Year' Eve from Times Square, NEW YORK, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 18 180.0°E 10995 H "TF 6" has left .

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12526 H "Nerit Plus has replaced Nerit Sports" on , Fta.

ABS 6 159.0°E 12611 H "Pinoy Extreme Channel, IBC 13, TBN Asia, Smile of a Child TV, Juce TV, The Church Channel, Apostolic Oneness Network, Kanal 10 Asia, Jesus Christ TV Pakistan, RTM Asia, SBN and MTA International" have started Fta.

Optus D2 152.0°E 12519 V "Australian Christian Channel" has started on , Fta
Optus D2 152.0°E 12608 H "Al Hayat 2" has started on , Fta. Fashion One Asia has left.
Optus D2 152.0°E 12734 V "ERI TV" has started on , Fta.

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12330 H "The First Comedy Network" has started on, encrypted.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E Fox Movies Premium HD has left 12330 H and 12370 H.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12410 H "Big Sales" has started on , encrypted. Lifetime Asia and Fox Movies Premium HD have left
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12450 H "Papua TV" has started on , encrypted.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12490 H "TV Edukasi" has started on encrypted.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12570 H "Antara TV" has started on encrypted.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12610 H "The First Comedy Network and Boomerang Asia" have started on , encrypted. Cartoonito Asia has left
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12650 H "CCTV Russkij" has started on, encrypted.

AsiaSat 4 122.2°E 12414 V "9 Kanal, TNT, Perviy kanal Asia, Domashniy, Rossiya 24, 5 Kanal and Rossiya K" are now encrypted.
AsiaSat 4 122.2°E 11727 R "TVBS Entertainment Channel" has started on , Nagravision.
AsiaSat 4 122.2°E 11804 R "We TV Asia" has left .

Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12450 H KFN TV, EBS English, WBC, EBS Plus 1, PBC TV, OUN, BTN, NHK World Premium, Cartoon Network Korea and CNN International Asia Pacific have started on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Share" has left .
Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V "Da Vinci Learning Asia has replaced JimJam Asia" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3932 V."Rajawali TV" has left
Palapa D 113.0°E 4100 V "AMC Asia has replaced JimJam Asia" on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0°E 12590 H "Da Vinci Learning Asia has replaced JimJam Asia" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0°E 12710 H "Fashion One Asia has replaced Fashion TV Asia" on , Irdeto.

SES 7 108.2°E 2505 V "HGTV Asia and K+ have replaced Z Living Asia and Cartoonito Asia" on, Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2°E 2625 V "Yoyo TV" has left .

NSS 11 108.2°E 12375 V "SET News" has left .
NSS 11 108.2°E 12731 V "World Satellite TV" has left.
NSS 11 108.2°E 12731 V "SET News has replaced CSN" on , Fta.

NSS 6 95.0°E 12647 H "AFN Prime Pacific" is Fta

Insat 3A 93.5°E 3780 V "DD Kashir" has started on , Fta

Measat 3 91.5°E 3920 V "Cartoon Network South East Asia and Cartoonito Asia" have left .

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 3858 L "Yamal TV" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 12 87.5°E 4140 V "Raj TV, Raj Digital Plus, Raj News 24x7, Raj Musix, Vissa and Raj Musix Kannada" are now encrypted.

ST 2 88.0°E 11669 H "TTV News and FSTV" have started on , Fta. TTV Variety has left.
ST 2 88.0°E 11669 H "TTV Variety" is back on , Fta. FSTV has left again.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12560 V "Ocean TV, Mir Seriala and Shanson TV" are Fta
Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12600 V "TV Mall" has left .
Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12640 V "Perviy kanal, Ru TV and TNT" are Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0°E 3725 H "Sea News" has started on, Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0°E 3756 H "News Time 24x7" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3780 V "RTL CBS Entertainment" is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5°E 4067 H "Deepto TV" has started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5°E 4129 V "BTV" is now Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 12558 V "APS TV" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 3779 V "TeleNovela Channel" has started on , Fta

ABS 2 75.0°E Juce TV has left 11856 H and 11900 H.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11605 V "Oruzhie and Feniks+Kino"are Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12153 V "Rossiya 2" is now in Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3891 V "Daystar TV" has started on, Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 V "MSG TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 3876 H "6 TV Darshanam" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0°E 3968 V "Suvarna Plus" has started on , Fta

Amos 4 65.0°E 10915 V "God TV Asia" has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,卫视中文、卫视卡式台(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。[01-05]

东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,重庆卫视(AVS+)高清频道解密,设置3912 V 8800参数免费接收。[01-04]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,重庆卫视(AVS+)高清频道解密,设置3912 V 8800参数免费接收。[01-04]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kanal 10(宗教)等全组频道消失,设置11789 H 45000参数无效接收。[01-04]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TBN(宗教)等全组频道消失,设置11735 H 45000参数无效接收。[01-04]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,13 Siam Thai替换R rom D(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-04]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Vmeste RF(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11473 V 22500参数无效接收。[01-04]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,News 1(IPM)频道解密,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[01-04]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Channel V、Haari Movie(Skynindo)等频道解密,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Moya Planeta、Sarafan(俄罗斯)等全组频道重现,设置12188 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,God TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置10915 V 44990参数无效接收。 [1月4日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Democratic Voice of Burma TV(IPM)频道加密,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。[01-03]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Fhawanmai、TV Shop 1(IPM)频道解密,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[01-03]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,MWD(IPM)频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[01-03]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ranji Trophy(印度)频道消失,设置4012 V 7200参数无效接收。[01-03]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Kasthuri、Kasthuri News 24(印度)频道消失,设置3860 H 6920参数无效接收。[01-03]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,KBC News(印度)频道开播,设置3867 H 3000参数免费接收。[01-03]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TBN、RTM(ABS)等频道新增,设置11789 H 45000参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TBN、RTM(ABS)等频道新增,设置11735 H 45000参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段,台湾艺术替换Z Channel(台亚卫星)频道,设置4160 V 28000参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Test 10(测试)频道新增,设置4134 H 11887参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,MTA(国际)频道改频率,设置11211 H 5110参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段,台湾艺术替换Z Channel(台亚卫星)频道,设置4160 V 28000参数免费接收。[01-03]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Test 10(测试)频道新增,设置4134 H 11887参数免费接收。[01-03]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,MTA(国际)频道改频率,设置11211 H 5110参数免费接收。[01-03]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星C频段,Yamal TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置3858 L 1850参数免费接收。[01-03]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,6 TV Darshanam(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。[01-03]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,STS Love(MPEG-4)等频道重现,设置12600 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-03]

东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,TVBS-欢乐(DISH HD)高清频道消失,设置11727 R 25000参数无效接收。[01-02]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,God TV(亚洲)频道加密,设置10915 V 44990参数有条件接收。[01-02]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Oyoun Alwatan替换Iqraa(沙特)频道,设置3760 H 27500参数免费接收。[01-02]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Industry(韩国)频道消失,设置12530 H 26000参数无效接收。[01-02]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,DD India(印度)频道新增,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。[01-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,JJ Channel替换Aonzon TV(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-01]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Lumen Network替换Gogo Mall Home Shop(印尼)频道,设置4055 H 3000参数免费接收。[01-01]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,GMM Channel(IPM)频道解密,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。[01-01]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Fishing TV替换We TV(SkyLife)频道,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。[01-01]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,亚洲美食替换Australia Network(K+)频道,设置11589 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,三立新闻(台湾)频道消失,设置12375 V 3100参数无效接收。 [1月1日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,News Time 24x7(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3756 H 13333参数无效接收。 [1月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,TeleNovela Channel(宗教)等一组频道新增,设置3779 V 7495参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,TVBS-欢乐(DISH HD)高清频道新增,设置11727 R 25000参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]

Stream links

Misc Arab channels most are tested and work well, some have English movies.

Google search the i.p address for more.



Netflix clamping down on Aussie geo-dodgers?

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/05/netflix-clamping-down-on-aussie-geo-dodgers/
Reports suggest that online entertainment streaming service Netflix is taking steps to block Australian ‘subscribers’ who use tools that bypass geolocation restrictions to access the United States version of Netflix.

Netflix is launching the service in Australia and New Zealand in March, but rights restrictions mean that the content is not likely to be as attractive as its US service.

File-sharing news blog TorrentFreak suggests the crackdown began over the Christmas break, when several providers of virtual private networks (VPNs) noticed their IP address ranges blocked from accessing Netflix.

Estimates suggest there are as many as 200,000 ‘subscribers’ in the Australian market, despite there being no operation there.

advanced-television.com reported early in 2014 that start-up operation Australian company Getflix was offering Australians the ability to access entertainment streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus using VPN technology to ‘trick’ the geoblocked services into thinking the user is streaming from the US.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has clarified that the use of such tools is not illegal. In a series of FAQs published on December 10 2104 supplementing the announcement of new measures to tackle copyright infringement, Turnbull wrote:

Q: Many Australians use a VPN to access Netflix in the US. Is it illegal for me to use a VPN to access Netflix?

The Copyright Act does not make it illegal to use a VPN to access overseas content.

While content providers often have in place international commercial arrangements to protect copyright in different countries or regions, which can result in ‘geoblocking’, circumventing this is not illegal under the Copyright Act.

Korean satellite avoids collision with space debris

From http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=173904

Korea's Science and Technology Satellite 3 has steered clear of danger, following reports that it was on a collision course with a piece of debris from space.
Officials said Sunday the risk of a collision was minimized by controlling the satellite's altitude.
The United States on Friday had warned Korea of the possibility of a collision between the satellite and the 20-centimeter piece of debris.
The debris was produced by a 2009 collision between an inactive Russian communications satellite and an active U.S. commercial communications satellite.
The Korean satellite, launched in November 2013, is programmed to orbit the Earth once every 97 minutes at an altitude of 600 kilometers.
Its two-year mission is to forecast geological activities such as earthquakes

Russia’s Orion Express wants 300 channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/02/russias-orion-express-wants-300-channels/

Pay-TV operator Orion Express says it wants to grow the number of channels it has within its portfolio from 250 to 300 by the end of 2015. The broadcaster added some 83 channels during 2014.

Orion claims 2.41 million subscribers as at the end of September 2014, and transmits its signals across Russia via Intelsat-15, Horizon-2 and Express-AM5 satellites.

The fast-expanding operator added coverage in Kyrgyzstan in Central Europe in 2013, and has also debuted services in Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in recent months.

CNN goes dark for Russians

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/01/02/cnn-goes-dark-for-russians/

CNN, as expected, has gone off the air for Russian viewers, effective December 31st. CNN is lacking the correct licences to transmit, according to local reports.

CNN, back in November, confirmed that its local MD had sent letters advising Russian cable, DTT and DTH distributors that it would cease transmissions on December 31st.

Recent changes to Russia’s media laws have seemingly forced CNN’s hand, although Roskomnadzor [the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Communications] insists it has had nothing to do with the stopping of broadcasts by CNN International on Russian cable networks, a Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonskiy told TASS in November.

A CNN spokesperson in London, in an earlier statement, said: “Turner International is assessing its distribution options for CNN in Russia in light of recent changes in Russian media legislation. We are bringing our existing distribution relationships to an end while we do that. We hope to re-enter the market in due course, and will notify our partners of any update about resuming these services. The CNN Moscow bureau operation remains unaffected.”

AsiaSat stake bought by Carlyle Group

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/12/30/asiasat-stake-bought-by-carlyle-group/

There are major plans ahead for AsiaSat, and which might end up with AsiaSat being delisted from the Hong Kong stock exchanged.

The starting point is that investment fund Carlyle Group has agreed to buy General Electric’s stake in AsiaSat for HK$3.75 billion (US$483m). This move – if enough holders of Chinese government-backed bonds agree – will prompt the delisting scheme.

General Electric owns the ‘Bowenvale’ 49.5 per cent economic interest in AsiaSat (which was once in the hands of SES). Bowenvale actually owns 291.17 million shares in AsiaSat (about 74 per cent of the company). Chinese investment business CITIC holds the other 50 per cent economic interest in the satellite operator.

Carlyle will use its Carlyle Asia Partners IV fund to complete the acquisition.

The deal values AsiaSat at least at HK$ 9.71 billion, or possibly as much as HK$10.17 billion, if the more all-encompassing deal goes ahead.

Huawei, China Telecom in 4K first

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/12/31/huawei-china-telecom-in-4k-first/

Communications technology specialist  Huawei and China Telecom Sichuan have launched the first commercial 4K ultra-HD iTV network service in China. They have also jointly released a 4K ultra-HD intelligent smart set-top box (STB), making China Telecom Sichuan the first telecommunications company in China to use 4K STBs for carrying video services.

Huawei and China Telecom Sichuan first began their partnership to develop IP video services three years ago. According to the pair, by combining fibre broadband, 4K ultra-HD video capabilities, and a 4K ultra-HD network construction, the new 4K ultra-HD iTV service promises:

In particular, Huawei and China Telecom Sichuan adopted the H.265 video coding standard for a better user experience, and also deployed leading technologies to optimise the code stream, coding quality, delay, and algorithm complexity. With 4K ultra-HD services requiring more intelligent processing than traditional service platforms, Internet Protocol TV and CDN platforms have also been integrated to achieve intelligent acceleration, distribution, and scheduling to safeguard 4K services.

Additionally, speed acceleration for metropolitan and backbone networks has enabled the entire network to transmit 100G optical services and 400G Internet protocol services. The tail end network is optimised to support 100M fiber to the home. In addition, China Telecom Sichuan has deployed an engineer-to-engineer network quality detection system to support visualized management of video services, which ensures the experience of 4K signals and thereby improves the user experience.

Government okays satellite orbital slot procurement

From http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2015/jan/01/government-okays-satellite-orbital-slot-procurement

The proposal got the final nod at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) yesterday, chaired by Finance Minister AMA Muhith, as confirmed by Joint Secretary of Cabinet Division Mostafizur Rahman

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to sign a final contract with Intersputnik, an orbital slot leasing company, in order to launch the country’s first satellite Bangabandhu 1.

The proposal got the final nod at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) yesterday, chaired by Finance Minister AMA Muhith, as confirmed by Joint Secretary of Cabinet Division Mostafizur Rahman.

The CCGP approved the proposal for orbital slot lease following the direct procurement method (DPM) to launch the a communication and broadcasting satellite on 119.1 East longitude, with the cost fixed at $28m (around Tk218.96 crore).

According to the contract draft, the BTRC will pay 20% of the cost ($5.6m) to the Russia-based international space communication services organisation within 90 days after the deal is sealed.

The BTRC also needs to pay 30% of the cost ($8.4m) within the next 15 months, 25% ($7m) within 18 months after that, and the rest within the next eight months.

Earlier, the BTRC also signed a non-disclosure agreement with Intersputnik on Marcy 29, 2012, and then a non-binding Memoranda of Understanding in February 10, 2013, which expired yesterday.

“After receiving the official order of approval, we will contact Intersputnik to sign the deal. It could be done as soon as 10 days, I expect,” BTRC Commissioner ATM Monirul Alam told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday evening.

“Although we are already six months behind our schedule, we are very optimistic about finishing the project within the given time – by June 2017,” he added.

Sources said although the BTRC is set to sign the deal soon, Intersputnik is under a deadline, set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on September 21, 2018, to bring the orbital slot in question to use, which also puts Bangladesh government under pressure.

The BTRC commissioner said the slot would be bought for a period of 15 years, which can be extended twice, for the same amount of time and with no additional payment.

The orbital slot leasing proposal, formulated by the Post and Telecommunication Division, states that Intersputnik is willing to hand over the full control of the satellite to Bangladesh, which no other available orbital slots offered.

There is a scope to launch three satellites in the slot, making many planned quality services possible in Bangladesh and other countries in the region.

If Bangladesh decides not to launch any other satellites, it can lease out or sell the remaining frequency to other countries.

Bangladesh’s demand for a satellite is currently met by renting bandwidth from different satellite operators, which costs around $14m each year and is increasing progressively.

The country first applied for orbital slots in 2007, on 102 East longitude, but the BTRC failed the negotiate a deal with the countries who were already using the slot.

Then telecommunication regulator also applied for three other orbital slots: 69 East, 74 East and 133 East longitudes.

On September 16, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved Tk2,967 crore for the Bangabandhu 1 project. Of that fund, Tk1,652.44 crore came from foreign aid, and the remaining Tk1,315.51 crore will be paid by the government.

Out of the total cost, the BTRC has estimated Tk1,312.58 crore to be operational expenditure and Tk1,655.38 for capital expenditure.

The project proposal said the satellite would minimise the existing digital divide between the country’s urban and rural areas as it would take broadcasting and telecommunication services to the most remote areas of the country, and introduce profitable and promising services such as direct service to households throughout the country.

When launched, the Bangabandhu 1 satellite will serve the Saarc countries along with Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as the “Stan” countries – such as Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – if the satellite’s frequency is properly coordinated.

The government plans to launch the satellite in the middle of 2017. Before, the plan was to launch it at the end of 2014.

American firm Space Partnership International has worked with the BTRC for the past few years on the project as a consultancy firm.

Currently, India and Pakistan are the only countries in the subcontinent with satellites, and Sri Lanka is working on launching one of its own. 

Al-Jazeera dumps Arabsat Jan 1

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/12/31/al-jazeera-dumps-arabsat-jan-1/
We reported before the holiday that Al-Jazeera’s news and entertainment channels were to switch to Qatar’s own Es’Hail-1 satellite. It is now clear that the new transmission model includes Al-Jazeera’s non-news channels, as well as its ‘English’ and ‘America’ versions of its news channel. The decision covers channels from Al-Jazeera Media Network.

Transmissions are already on air (as of December 31st) and have been available to viewers for much of the past year. The final switch is being made on January 1st, and while viewers will not have to re-align satellite dishes because Es’Hail shares Arabsat’s orbital position of 25.5 degrees East. However, viewers will have to tune into Al-Jazeera’s new frequencies from Es’Hail.

The decision also means an end to Al-Jazeera’s broadcasts on Arabsat. Al-Jazeera has been using Arabsat’s BADR-4 and BADR-5 satellites. Transmissions from Nilesat will continue as normal.

Es’Hail says that all its existing Al-Jazeera channels “and potential new channel bundles” will now be available from Es’Hail.

Es’Hail-1 is a satellite that is jointly-owned between Qatar and Eutelsat.

Es’hailSat’s CEO, Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari said: “We believe that we have the optimum solution for AJMN not only in terms of technical capabilities and performance, but also in terms of independence and security of the content we broadcast. We have designed Es’hail 1 and our second satellite Es’hail 2 with advanced anti-jamming capabilities. Selecting Es’hailSat further demonstrates the value of our broadcasting independence, quality of service, and our market penetration.”

Iran closes down 17 satellite channel offices

From http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/01/04/391539/Iran-closes-17-satellite-channel-offices

The Islamic Republic has closed down the offices of 17 foreign-based satellite channels for their attempts to “create division” in the country, a senior Iranian intelligence official says.

“Enemies have established 17 satellite channels in the name of Shia (Islam),” said Iran’s Deputy Intelligence Minister Mohammad Pour-Fallah, adding that the Islamic Republic has shut down their offices inside the country, Fars news agency cited him as saying on Sunday.

The official did not give further information about the names of the satellite channels or the location of their offices.

In a similar report last August, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said its forces shut down offices of a number of foreign-based satellite channels across the country over their “clandestine and illegal” activities.

The August report also said that the channels had illegally set up production offices in the provinces of Qom, Isfahan, Tehran and Khorasan Razavi. The ministry added that a number of people were arrested based on warrants issued by the Judiciary.

The channels were producing programs aimed at creating sectarian rifts and “intensifying division in the Muslim World to damage the image of Shiism,” it noted.

The ministry added the channels were serving the interests of certain foreign intelligence services and global arrogance.

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