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Page UPDATED 21/5/2015 11.59 P.M NZ


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Thursday Feeds

D2 12448V 7200 "Globecast Oz" - Survivor worlds apart (Craig's comment, probably the live final)
D2 12663V 7500 "Globecast Oz" - some meeting..
D2 12672V 7500 "Globecast Oz" overseas interview..
D2 12681V 6110 - another interview feed

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "MTV China has replaced MTV Taiwan" on , ABV.
Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Reformed 21 has replaced Roda TV" on, Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "Islam Nusantara" has started on , Conax.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "TVBS and Global News have started on , encrypted. TVBS Entertainment Channel and TVBS News" have left.

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

Telkom 1 108.0E 3722 H "Islam Channel" has started on, Fta.
Telkom 1 108.0E 3916 H "Pasien TV" has started on , BISS.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 12534 H "TTV News has replaced TTV Finance" on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E The Viva + package has left.

ChinaSat 9 92.2E 11940 R "Lasa TV" has started on , Videoguard.

Measat 3 91.5E 3920 V "Record USA" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12355 V "Fox News Channel, National Geographic Channel HD Asia, Celestial Classic Movies Thailand, Kix and Crime + Investigation Asia have started on , encrypted. Fox Sports Asia, Star Chinese Channel, Nat Geo Music and Sony Channel Asia" have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12521 V Smile, CTH Family Guide, GMM Football Extra, Fight Sports, Da Vinci Learning Asia and Animax India have started on , encrypted. RSU Wisdom TV, Fox Sports 2 Asia, Max Sports and 9 Yord have left.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12562 V Fox Movies Premium HD and Channel V International have started on, encrypted. Thairath TV is now Fta. Celestial Classic Movies Thailand, Sony Channel Asia, Asian Food Channel and Travel Channel Asia have left.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V CTH WWE, Fox Thai, Nick Jr Asia, National Geographic Channel Asia and Looktung Millionaire Channel have started on , encrypted.
GTH On Air has left.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12645 V "Universal Channel Asia and Syfy Universal Asia" have started on , Tongfang.

From asiatvro site

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,World Fashion(标清)频道改格式,设置11670 H 14400参数免费接收。[05-21]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森财经新闻(数码天空)高清频道新增,设置12660 V 45000参数免费接收。[05-21]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Baby TV、Kix、Ci(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4040 H 30000参数无效接收。[05-21]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Sports HD、Wisdom(MPEG-4)等3个频道消失,设置4000 H 30000参数无效接收。[05-21]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,TV1000 Russkoe Kino(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12560 V 30000参数免费接收。[05-21]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Vetee Thai(泰国)频道消失,设置3545 V 30000参数无效接收。[05-21]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chanp(泰国)频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Oom Maharuai TV(泰国)频道加密,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [5月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Meekhun TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3440 H 26666参数无效接收。 [5月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Channel V、Fox Movies Premium HD(CTH)频道新增,设置4080 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月21日]


Content, cost & constant innovation: How Foxtel plans to take on Netflix

From http://www.itnews.com.au/CXOChallenge/404155,innovating-for-your-life.aspx

Nell Payne inhabits the “brave new world of blue strings and networking”. Just don't ask her to put a TV screen on your microwave.

Just ten years ago, anyone wanting to get into the broadcasting business needed a slice of spectrum, specialised technology, skills - not to mention approval from the communications watchdog ACMA.

This high barrier no longer exists, says Foxtel's head of techonology and operations Nell Payne.

Payne – who can still split a coax cable and put a termination on it with the best of them – says the default communications layer for companies such as Foxtel is now IP (internet protocol) based.

This means IT systems are catching up with broadcast systems. And if a channel isn't an instant path to audience share anymore, content and service delivery become king.


Foxtel was born in 1995 through a a joint venture between News Corp’s Fox and Telstra. It later merged with Austar in 2012.

Things have come a long way. Today Foxtel offers a broad range of entertainment options including cable television, iQ personal video recorders, mobile streaming apps, and Presto (a joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media) in order to compete with global powerhouse Netflix and Stan in the emergent subscription video on demand market.

Competition in the space is fierce. Mere days after launching in Australia in late March, Netflix already accounted for 15 percent of traffic for just one of its ISP partners, iiNet.

While Foxtel will likely benefit from the Government’s planned introduction of the goods and services tax on all digital content, which is expected to help level the playing field for local providers against international rivals, it has a battle on its hands.

Not that Foxtel was waiting for a leg-up.

In 2014 the pay TV network lowered its prices in preparation for the competitive onslaught expected from the arrival of a local version of Netflix.

The move paid off and by the end of December Foxtel had 2.6 million subscribers on its books, with some media analysts predicting that number could rise to 3 million by 2017.

It also recently announced a no-contract, no lock-in service to woo even more customers.

No room for downtime

It’s Payne’s job to make sure Foxtel's systems are in proper working order.

Payne has a technical background and a degree in electronics and electrical engineering. Given her current broad role it’s a useful foundation.

“I make light of it by saying that my problem is the mains and everything you plug into it. The diesel, the UPS, the building management systems, the IT, broadcast systems, the content systems, the desktop systems," she said.

These are the systems that allow Foxtel to compete in a sector where disruption is rife and the challenge to protect intellectual property continues apace thanks not only to peer to peer filesharing, but the advent of streaming video services such as Periscope and Meerkat.

Payne however says she thrives on acute competition.

“Nothing makes you fitter and stronger than competition.

“I think it's a really fun time for Foxtel. There are a couple of products that speak to our approach - principally the iQ3 which blends IP delivery, broadcast delivery, vod (video on demand) and a screened or linear service in one user front end," she says.

“The reason we think products like iQ3 differentiate us and identify our bench depth in this new environment is that customers buy and engage with and love content. I always joke that customers would watch Foxtel on a microwave if we could make it happen.

"Please don't print that or someone's going to come trotting downstairs and say ‘why can't it work on a microwave?’," she laughs.

Payne acknowledges that customers don’t care about what’s under the hood – they just want seamless, smooth access to content.

The company faced a bit of a hiccup when the iQ3 first launched over performance issues, though the cacophony of complaints has now hushed.

Building infrastructure for the future

The iQ3 system is just one pointer to the constant round of innovation at Foxtel, according to Payne.

Innovation and transformation of the organisation’s information systems is also continuing under the watchful eye of David Marks, Foxtel’s director of information services.

Those systems are being constantly fine-tuned to meet customer expectations.

“We need to make sure that the infrastructure and systems underneath will support that changing device market," Payne says.

"So ten years ago, five years ago, no one would anticipate that everyone would have an iPad, iPhone, iEverything. In five to ten years’ time we are not going to know what devices are going to be in the ascendancy.

“The trick is to build infrastructure that is flexible and can support the changing customer desire and need. To make sure that we rigorously review and adopt standards where they are appropriate and a proprietary approach where appropriate.”

Having access to more, high quality data will also improve customer service offerings, according to Marks.

Since 2011 Foxtel has been on a journey to bring all its customer data and the technology stack back in-house to better manage online advertising and customer targeting, and Marks expects the insights delivered will be immensely valuable to the company in the future.

Cost consciousness and the need for flexibility is also influencing information systems decision making.

Whatever isn't spent on keeping the lights on can be re-diverted back into the content that will build Foxtel's subscriber base.

The company already uses the cloud-based ServiceNow to handle call centre case management, outsources the overnight batch processing of its billing system (Comverse’s Kenan), and currently has a series of request for tenders in the market for other new solutions.

Taking cues on culture

As far as nurturing an innovation culture is concerned, Payne is inspired by the way Commonwealth Bank stood up its online trading division.

To achieve the required speed to market, the bank had to forego its traditional internal development and procurement processes, and instead established a separate company, separate staff, and separate procurement processes.

Once the business was up and running with a decent cashflow “they integrated it back into the mother ship and made it rugged and a force to be reckoned with and that's something that Foxtel has embrace," Payne says.

“So when we launched the Go platform for the Olympics in 2012, we stood up a little specialist team to get the application stood up, integrated and tested, and as soon as we had volume and customer buy in we then reverse integrated into the mothership," she told iTnews.

“We have a blended approach. Maintain governance through the big end of town processes and spin up work groups to achieve these often testing functions - because you often don't know if it's going to work until you've built them so we have these little hot house environments where we test things up and let them go."

The beauty of that, she says, is that you find the infrastructure that suits the product instead of designing the product to fit the infrastructure.

iDirect Asia Partners with ST Teleport to Introduce Web-based Monitoring Platform to Maritime Customers

From http://theindependent.sg/blog/2015/05/21/idirect-asia-partners-with-st-teleport-to-introduce-web-based-monitoring-platform-to-maritime-customers/

Unique platform offers customers maximum flexibility to achieve operational control and cost efficiency HERNDON, Va., May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that iDirect Asia Pte Ltd partnered with ST Teleport Pte Ltd (ST Teleport), a Singapore-based full-service satellite and fiber communications solutions provider, has launched a unique and advanced vessel-location tracking and network-monitoring platform to help maritime customers achieve greater operational and cost control, and improve customer satisfaction. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080912/NEF020LOGO Marketed as Nautical, the platform is a proprietary solution built by ST Teleport using iDirect’s award-winning Network Management System, SatManage, which features a comprehensive suite of web-based tools that enable automation, monitoring and integration of hybrid satellite networks and Network Operating Center (NOC)-based applications from single or multiple locations. As a unique service offering, Nautical is fully customizable and offered as a standalone or “white label” solution to customers. Its interface provides an in-depth view of real-time and historical VSAT performance statistics, “live” tracking of vessels and timely automated generation of detailed network utilization management reports. The platform’s compatibility with popular mobile devices means customers can access vital network information anywhere and anytime.

There is no further hardware investment required for customers that are already using iDirect VSAT terminals. “As service providers strive to keep pace with customer demands, iDirect’s network management system can be a critical business differentiator,” said Tom Cheong, Vice President and General Manager, iDirect Asia. “ST Teleport provides an expansive range of satellite communications services featuring the latest network technology and integration capabilities, that when coupled with iDirect’s leading-edge technology, provide partners with the most efficient and sustainable solution for their business.” Joseph Chan, Managing Director, ST Teleport, said, “Helping customers solve complex business issues with the best-in-class solutions is of paramount importance to ST Teleport. We are pleased to collaborate with iDirect to bring a sophisticated intelligent monitoring solution to help maritime customers achieve streamlined operational efficiency and enhance customer satisfaction. Following the successful pilot launch and implementation of Nautical, we are excited to offer this innovative solution to existing and new customers.” Initial feedback from customers has been very positive with many excited about the unique capabilities this will provide to their business.

“The crew members of M/V Ocean Swagman would like to extend their grateful thanks to ST Teleport for providing the opportunity to access the international network using VSAT technology,” said Capt. Zaldy N. Bongcaras, Master of M/V Ocean Swagman, Wellard Ships Pte Ltd. “Furthermore, ST Teleport Nautical enables us to generate a faster report for our management and eliminate the hassle of tracking individual calls made by crew members.” Andrei Quek, IT Manager, Leighton Offshore Sdn Bhd, added, “ST Teleport Nautical has enabled our management to have a quick and timely overview of the locations of our vessels and usage of the VSAT system. The portal has led to improved operational efficiency and raised our level of professionalism to our charterers.”

ST Teleport is a full-service satellite communications solution provider that connects businesses seamlessly and reliably through a diverse network of major satellite systems, terrestrial network infrastructures and internet exchanges. Our operations have grown to a full-fledged earth station center with more than 20 satellite antennae serving broadcasting and maritime business verticals. ST Teleport is capable of designing and delivering highly customized solutions based on our Global C-Band and Regional Ku-Band infrastructure, providing uninterrupted communication channels to remote sites. For more information about ST Teleport call +65 6776 8366 or visit www.stteleport.com. VT iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology that enables our 350+ partners to optimize their networks, differentiate and expand their businesses. For more than 20 years, the VT iDirect organization has focused on meeting the economic and technology challenges across the satellite industry. Today, the product portfolio, branded under the name iDirect, sets new standards in performance and efficiency, making it possible to deliver voice, video and data connectivity anywhere in the world. VT iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer with 32% market share and is the leader in key industries including mobility, military/government, and cellular backhaul.

In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. In 2008, iDirect Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore to enhance its value-add and responsiveness to customers in the Asia Pacific region. For more information please visit www.idirect.net. VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com. -

See more at: http://theindependent.sg/blog/2015/05/21/idirect-asia-partners-with-st-teleport-to-introduce-web-based-monitoring-platform-to-maritime-customers/#sthash.xwFm0WOg.dpuf

NHK demos 8K to public

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/21/nhk-demos-8k-to-public/

Japanese public broadcaster NHK says that next week (May 28-31) during NHK’s Science & Technology Research Labs ‘open day’ in Tokyo that it will showcase its latest developments for 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ transmission.

NHK will transmit 8K material to the ‘Open Day’ using its BSAT-1 broadcast satellite on Channel 17. Highlights for the public will be the compression system used to reduce the huge 72 Gb/s image files to 85 Mb/s for broadcast.

NHK Labs says that it are using HEVC video encoding, and the MMT (MPEG Media Transport) standard for use in multiple transmission channels and MPEG-4 AAC for its 22.2 channel sound capability.

“By incorporating [these] technical elements for the realization of 8K broadcasting, this public demonstration will enable visitors to gain the advance experience of next year’s test 8K broadcasts,” said a NHK statement.

NHK will be showing an 8K recording (33-megapixels) in ultra-HDTV from NHK’s Symphony Orchestra of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (the Pathetique) conducted by Herbert Blomstedt, and captured last September.

Further 2 years for South Africa’s DSO

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/21/further-2-years-for-south-africas-dso/

South Africa’s communications minister Faith Muthambi has admitted that the country will not meet the 17th June 2015 analogue switch off date as set by the International Telecommunications Union, and advised that the switch to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) will only be completed in two years.

Updating the National Assembly on the project, Muthambi said the department of communications anticipates expediting the rollout of set top boxes to be completed in the coming 18 to 24 months so that it can switch off analogue signal and begin to realise the benefits of digital TV and to allow the rollout of digital broadband services. A date will eventually be determined after consultation between the department of communications (DOC) and cabinet, according to Muthambi.

According to Muthambi , R22 million (€1.67m) has been set aside for a digital television public awareness campaign about that would run for the next four weeks.

SABC trims its digital ambitions

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/21/sabc-trims-its-digital-ambitions/

South Africa’s SABC public broadcaster says it will now only launch its digital transmissions with just five channels. In 2011 SABC told a parliamentary committee that digital TV would see it transmit 18 channels.

Currently SABC transmits SABC-1 (Nguni languages, some English), SABC-2 (some English/Afrikaans), SABC-3 (English/Afrikaans) and SABC News (multi-lingual), and a ‘catch-up/best of’ channel called SABC Encore. SABC News and Encore are available on DStv.

SABC’s COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, talking to local journalists said: ““We are preparing ourselves for [digital television] migration. When [broadcasting minister Faith Muthambi] announces the date of migration, switching on, SABC will be ready,” said Motsoeneng. “We’ll be having five channels for the first time in the history of South Africa.”

It seems, at least for the time being, SABC has dropped plans to expand. It had promised sport, health, education, a kids channel, as well as regional and additional dedicated language specific channels.

South Africa has already admitted that it will be missing the ITU-mandated June 17 deadline for the adoption of all-digital TV, and the dropping of analogue transmissions

SES first operator to broadcast free ultra HD channel

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ses-first-operator-to-broadcast-free-ultra-hd-channel--1083330

Satellite operator SES announced that it will be broadcasting Europe's first free-to-air ultra HD channel via Astra 19.2 degrees East. The German shopping channel, pearl.tv, will be produced and broadcast in native ultra HD as of September 2015. The parent company of pearl.tv, Enstyle, will lease additional capacity to launch the new channel and will also contract SES Platform Services, a subsidiary of SES, to manage the technical operations of the ultra HD broadcast. Pearl.tv will also continue to broadcast in SD and HD.

ISRO to Launch INSAT-4E Soon

From http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/ISRO-to-Launch-INSAT-4E-Soon/2015/05/21/article2825740.ece

BENGALURU: The country’s premier space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is currently working on launching the INSAT-4E along with other missions in the coming six months, according to its chairman A S Kiran Kumar.

Speaking on the occasion of World Metrology Day in the city on Wednesday, Kumar said that the 2,000 kg INSAT-4E, carrying five transponders, would be launched in July or August as the GSAT-6 mission.

The satellite will offer a Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (S-DMB) service. To be launched with various optical intruments, the GSAT-6 will also provide other services to mobile phone users and vehicles.

The satellite will also have a rubidium atomic clock which will help in several other scientific experiments, Kumar said.

“We are working on prototypes of GSAT 17, 18 and 19 which will have more than 48 transponders,” he said, adding that this was part of ISRO’s aim to reduce the dependence on foreign products.

World Metrology Day was celebrated by the Metrology Society of India-Southern Region.

An exhibition on the theme ‘Measurements and Light’ held at the Central Manufacturing Technology Institute marked the occasion. The exhibition aims to increase awareness on Metrology and its contribution to the society.

Various national institutions including ISRO, CMTI, STQUC-ETDC, NABL and FCRI are participating in the exhibition which will be on till May 22.

S V Gupta, former head of Mass Metrology, NPL India, R Sadananda Murthy, MD, Sushma Industries, P V Sashi Kumar, former director of CMTI and Anil Relia, director, National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration also spoke at the gathering.

The speakers emphasised on the accuracy of measurement in global free and fair trade so that it can enhance the confidence among the trade partners in exchange of products.

Addressing the gathering B R Satyan, former director, CMTI, said, “As the Government of India is promoting the ‘Make in India’ concept, youngsters must inculcate the concept of technology in their innovative ideas.”


Most TVplus on Intelsat 19 have encrypted again.

There are a few still FTA, also check the $ ones (load all services) as some of them are FTA

Sky NZ update, (Sky Movies Disney, starts July 1st)

D1 12331 H "SM Disney HD" started NDS encrypted Vpid 1007 Apid 1107
D1 12331 H "SM Disney" started NDS encrypted Vpid 1014 Apid 1114

From my Email

From saldav1

Asiasat 5 feedlog

3895 H SR 7199 $IPL8-2015 UNI FEED, ($Scrambled.)
4067 H SR 7199 EBU RIO CCTV FEED FF WORK Wording on colour test pattern, (FTA.)
3917 H SR 4600 APBangkokHD Report from Thailand, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7199 $TV7-ENC-2 ($Scrambled.)

Apstar 7 @76.5E

4030 V SR 6919 TVM (Test Transmission.)
Sangu TV (Test Transmission.)
3720 H SR 29620 OS Downloader, (FTA.)
3848 H SR 5356 Ananda Bangle TV, (FTA.)

ABS2 @75E

3942 V SR 30000 $2260 Star Sports ($Scrambled.)

(Another scrambled tp for the bouquet on 3942.)

$TRACE SPORTS STARS on the same tp of 3942 is still FTA though.

3880 H SR 33791 (Is showing up - high SR rating - but nothing scanning in.)
3617 V SR 29000 $TRACE SPORTS (is still FTA.)

Insat 4A @83E

3847 H SR 3333 Samaya TV First time I have ever had this transponder. The first channel apart from the regular Zee News on 3976 that I have seen on this satellite for 12 months

From the Dish

No Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Reformed 21替换Roda TV(印尼)频道,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。[05-20]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Star World、动物星球(越南)等6个频道消失,设置11541 V 43200参数无效接收。[05-20]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,法界卫星(台亚卫星)频道消失,设置12731 V 30000参数无效接收。[05-20]


Fetch TV rides Netflix wave

From https://www.c21media.net/fetch-tv-rides-netflix-wave/

Netflix’s rocketing growth in Australia is spurring demand for Fetch TV, which provides a range of IPTV services to telcos Optus, iiNet and Dodo.

The OTT platform had about 170,000 subscribers before Netflix launched on March 25, integrated with Fetch TV’s second-generation set-top boxes.

But Fetch TV CEO Scott Lorson told C21: “The sign-up rate and usage of Netflix on Fetch TV has exceeded even our most optimistic forecasts. Fetch TV now has well over 200,000 subscribers and is on track to exceed 250,000 by the end of this financial year (June 30).”

Netflix is estimated to have upwards of 500,000 subscribers, outpacing its rivals Stan, Presto Movies/Presto TV and Quickflix.

Majority-owned by Malaysian satcaster Astro Overseas Limited, Fetch TV is a hybrid pay TV provider that integrates a digital video recorder, free-to-air broadcasters and their catch-up services, 40 subscription channels and a rental library of more than 4,000 movies.

The service will introduce electronic sell-through later this year, enabling customers to buy movies and TV series, and plans to expand to New Zealand.

Asia Pacific drives global digital TV growth

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/20/asia-pacific-drives-global-digital-tv-growth/

Based on forecasts for 138 countries, the number of digital TV homes will increase by more than 1 billion between 2010 and 2020 to 1.65 billion – or up by 180 per cent, according to a report from Digital TV Research. The total will climb by 134 million homes in 2015 alone.

According to the Digital TV World Household Forecasts report, global digital TV penetration will reach 97.6 per cent of television households by end-2020, up from 40.5 per cent at end-2010 and 67.2 per cent at end-2014. By 2020, 93 countries will be completely digital compared with only 17 at end-2014. About 124 countries will have more than 90 per cent digital penetration by 2020.

The number of digital TV households in Asia Pacific will increased by 400 million between 2014 and 2020, with 93 million to be added in 2015 alone. The region will supply two-thirds of the 608 million digital TV household additions between 2014 and 2020. Sub-Saharan Africa will more than double its base over the same period, with Latin America nearly doubling its total.

China will boast 454 million digital homes by end-2020 – or 27 per cent of the global total – up by 169 million on 2014. India will overtake the US to take second place in 2015. India will add 95 million digital TV homes between 2014 and 2020 to double its total.

Brazil will take fourth place and Russia fifth by 2020. Watch out for Indonesia, which will leap to sixth place (from 23rd in 2014), by adding 43 million digital TV households.

Russian pay-TV subscriber base to reach 45 mln in 2018

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/russian-pay-tv-subscriber-base-to-reach-45-mln-in-2018--1083213

The Russian pay-TV subscriber base amounted 37.6 million at the end of 2014, according to a study from J'son & Partners Consulting. The figure is expected to grow to 45.2 million by 2019. The Russian pay-TV market was worth RUB 66.5 billion at the end of 2014. The cable TV services market amounted to RUB 32.5 billion, the satellite TV market to RUB 22.5 billion, and the IPTV market to RUB 11.4 billion. The pay-TV market penetration reached 29 for Tricolor TV, 21 percent for Rostelecom amounted 21 percent, and 7 percent each for MTS, ER-Telecom and Orion Express.

Fox to output all new movies in HDR

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/20/fox-to-output-all-new-movies-in-hdr/

Hollywood movie studio 20th Century Fox will release all of its new movies in Ultra HD and using High Dynamic Range (HDR) for home entertainment viewing.

HDR delivers a much wider range of density and luminosity in the image. In very simple terms it means whites are whiter and the range of shadows in dark material much more visible. Viewers would instantly notice the clouds in the sky despite bright sunshine, and a much wider range of detail in shadows.

A report in The Hollywood Reporter by Carolyn Giardina says that Fox would be releasing X-Men: Days of Future Past, and The Maze Runner, in HDR/UHD. The releases will coincide with the availability of UHD Blu-ray discs.

Fox is already releasing some HDR titles using Samsung’s proprietary S-UHDTV displays. However, it seems Fox will adopt the standards embraced by the Blu-ray Disc Association for future planned releases.

STN's New Codec Launches First Broadcast Channel Over Africa... Enables African Broadcasters Better Quality + Quantity

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=637930861&menu=1

[SatNews] On May 1st, 2015, STN (Satellite Telecommunications Network) launched and broadcast the first channel over Africa in the new HEVC (h.265) codec. High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is a video compression standard, a successor to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding), which was jointly developed by the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and ITU-T SG16/Q.6 Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) as ISO/IEC 23008-2 MPEG-H Part 2 and ITU-T H.265.

The new subscription DTH channels have African broadcasters opting for this latest compression technology HEVC/H.265, which enables them to deliver a greater number of channels with improved quality over the existing capacity. HEVC is capable of doubling the data compression ratio compared to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC at the same level of video quality. It can alternatively be used to provide substantially improved video quality at the same bit rate and can support 8K UHD and resolutions up to 8192x4320.

In tests STN has found they can use a data rate of 800kbps, against 1.4Mbps for an equivalent H.264 channel. HEVC compression enables a 50 percent savings in the transponder costs for each channel.

HEVC is often thought of as the enabler for UHD, but the more efficient compression also shows great promise to some DTH operators who will consider deploying this technology in line to save costly satellite capacity on one site. The technology will also deliver an increased number of channels to its subscribers while maintaining, or even raising, the video quality and viewing experience. As the space on satellites and on popular orbital positions is limited this new compression technology is, and will be, the future of the satellite transmission.

STN is using an Elemental Live video processing platform component that provides real-time video and audio encoding for linear TV broadcast coupled with Ericsson iSIS8000 system head-end. With HEVC decoder chips already in production, the broadcaster can roll-out set-top boxes in a short amount of time

India to replace 96 foreign transponders in two years: ISRO

From http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20150520/2597125.html

ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar today saidthe country will augment 96 additional transponders throughthree GSAT launches in the next two years for communication andbroadband purposes and replace the transponders leased by foreignsatellite players other than those in the 'C' Band.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the World Metrology DayCelebrations organised by Metrology Society of India (SouthernRegion) he said the claims of huge shortage of transponders byprivate players was 'fictitious' and shortage, if any, will be bridged by the space agency in a phased manner. ISRO cannot decide its future launches based on such demands, he said.''We have launched GSAT 16 offering 48 transponders in Novemberlast year and GSAT 15 will go up during October with the samecapacity of transponders. "We are coming up with a series of satellite launches to bridge the gap as GSAT 17 and GSAT 18 will be launched during 2016,'' he said.Mr Kumar said the claims made by transponder users (according toreports up to 500) was 'fictitious' but said the country would need150 additional transponders in the near future.''The end objective is to replace all transponders leased fromforeign satellites by our own. As of today, ISRO is preparing to putin space 96 transponders other than 'C' band."MORE UNI RS MSP GM 1619

ISRO to Launch Satellite For Strategic Applications

From http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/isro-to-launch-satellite-for-strategic-applications-764727

Bengaluru: India will launch an advanced communications satellite (GSAT-6) in July or August for strategic applications, its space agency chief said today.

"We will launch GSAT-6 for strategic applications in July-end or August beginning, with a special antenna that will have a capability to use a handheld device to communicate from anywhere," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman AS Kiran Kumar told reporters in Bengaluru.

ISRO will use a heavy rocket - geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLVA Mark II) to launch the 2-tonne GSAT-6 with 10 special transponders from its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

"The six-metre diameter antenna will be one of the scientific instruments onboard the satellite. We are making optical instruments for measurements using optimal techniques," Mr Kiran Kumar said on the margins of a function.

The instruments are also used in telescopes of 1.2 metre and 0.7 metre mirrors, which are measured to nanometer accuracy.

Though the space agency was to launch the satellite earlier for the city-based Devas Multimedia Services Ltd under a pact with its commercial arm Antrix Corporation, the government cancelled the $300 million deal in February 2011 invoking sovereignty and decided to use it for strategic needs.

Under the annulled deal, Antrix was to lease transponders of GSAT-6 and GSAT-6A to Devas for allowing it to offer digital multimedia services using S-band wavelength (spectrum), reserved for strategic use of the country.

Earlier, the ISRO chief flagged off a three-day seminar, symposium and expo on metrology at the Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), organised by the Metrology Society of India, southern region on the occasion of 'World Metrology Day', celebrated on May 20.



From my Email

From Saldav1

Feedlog , all Asiasat 5

3754 V SR 7120 UKI 1871 BRITISH OPEN 2015 Squash Championships - David v Massard, (FTA.)
3646 H SR 7120 SHENZHENG2 Chinese broadcast, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7199 GCP PCO HD1 F3 European Motor Racing through the streets of Pau, FRANCE, (FTA.)
3755 V SR 7199 Telecity Encoder LIV vs CPA, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder TOT vs HUL, (FTA.)
3907 H SR 7199 $Exora AG LUCERNE OPEN - FIVB Beach Volleyball, Switzerland, (actually FTA.)
4065 H SR 4937 $ESTVE 1 ($Scrambled.)
4156 H SR 7199 seco IAAF Diamond League Athletics from Shanghai, CHINA, (FTA.)
3636 H SR 7120 Service-1 Chinese Sports Show, (FTA.)
3708 H SR 7120 $Ha Er Bin Basketball ($Scrambled.)
4147 H SR 7199 $LETV-2 ($Scrambled.)
4156 H SR 7120 F224 GP Pau Motor Racing from Pau, FRANCE, (FTA.)
3685 H SR 7120 UKI 1871 British Open Squash Championships, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7099 RUS 048 2015 World Taekwondo Championships, Chelyabinsk, RUSSIA, (FTA.)
3911 H SR 15000 $WWE ($Scrambled.)
3925 H SR 6111 $PACTV-101 ($Scrambled.)
4169 H SR 15000 Billboard Awards Music Awards Show, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7000 GlobeCast Oz QAT vs MEX - Soccer, (FTA.)

It is great to have some International Golf on a Tuesday!

3887 V SR 7199 SHENZHENG2 Music concert, (American band playing in China,) - (FTA.)

From the Dish

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Dan Tamil Oli, Dan Music and Pirai TV" have started on , Fta. Gaan Bangla has left.

From asiatvro site

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Pirai TV替换Serendib(MPEG-4)频道,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[05-19]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TVB8替换本港台简版(艺华卫视)频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。[05-18]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AMA Channel(传送)频道重现,设置12645 V 2893参数免费接收。[05-18]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN Sports+Action(菲律宾)频道解密,设置4180 H 30000参数免费接收。[05-18]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、Cinemax(AVG)频道消失,设置11541 V 43200参数无效接收。[05-18]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Vn Ha V、Quc(越南)频道消失,设置11676 H 27500参数无效接收。[05-18]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,拉萨藏语综合(户户通)频道新增,设置11940 R 28800参数有条件接收。[05-18]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,台视新闻替换台视财经(台湾)频道,设置12535 H 3300参数免费接收。 [5月18日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,India TV Wiz(测试)频道重现,设置3922 V 7000参数免费接收。 [5月17日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、凤凰中文(环宇卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月17日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、Fox News(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12471 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月17日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、AXN(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12431 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月17日]

Stream Links

Something different , some CARIBBEAN IPTV Links


#EXTINF:-1, CBC TV Barbados
#EXTINF:-1, CBC TV Channel 8 Barbados
rtmp:// playpath=cbcstream
#EXTINF:-1, ABS TV Antigua & Barbuda
#EXTINF:-1, ZNS TV Bahamas
#EXTINF:-1, Ctv Trinidad & Tobago

ADULTS only .m3u Playlist


Intelsat “jammed” by Aussie satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/19/intelsat-jammed-by-aussie-satellite/

Normally satellite operators go to huge lengths to ensure that adjacent spacecraft do not interfere with their near-neighbours. But Singapore Telecom-owned Optus, which operates over Australia, has caused major headaches for satellite giant Intelsat. According to local reports Optus is causing interference to users of Intelsat-19.

Optus-10 was launched last September and completed its in-orbit testing at the end of October 2014. It carries 24 Ku-band transponders from the 164 degrees East orbital position. The problem is that there are a number of other Intelsat satellites in near-proximity, and one of them, Intelsat-19 operates just 2 degrees of arc away from Optus-10 at 166 degrees East. Intelsat-19 carries dedicated Ku-band beams that target all of Australia and New Zealand. Intelsat-19 has been in position since June 2012.

Optus and Intelsat have had a satellite co-ordination agreement in place since 2004. Reportedly a meeting took place last week and the result is that Optus has had to limit the power of its signals on some of its transponders in order to curb interference.

Optus, in a statement, said: “Optus understands that Intelsat is experiencing some level of interference. We are working with Intelsat to assist them in resolving their interference issues, however there is work Intelsat are required to undertake to also assist in this process.”

Tony Ishak, the managing director of World Media International, which distributes foreign-language TV content via the Intelsat satellite, is quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald saying that its 30,000 customers were suffering service interruptions from the Optus craft.

The temporary solution, shak said, gave Intelsat’s customers time to change frequencies on their satellite dishes. “But this is a big ask,” he said. “It costs at least $200 to send someone out to realign the dish, then there is the logistics of making sure someone is home and the weather. It’s a headache”.

Ishak said he was now torn between changing the co-ordinates of his customers, and staying with Intelsat, or switching over to Optus, saying there was no guarantee realigning satellite dishes would stop future service interruptions.

Ishak said the satellite co-ordination agreement between the two companies had triggered a grey area. “Intelsat and Optus obviously oppose each other but who’s to say that Intelsat won’t have another satellite in the airspace… and jam them to give them [Optus] a hard time? It just shows that you really can’t pre-empt how technology is going to work down the track, and that’s what everyone is learning now.”

(Craig's comment, WMI, aka MYSAT on 12646 H)

Arianespace: NBN sats will orbit this year – PROMISE*

From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/19/arianspace_nbn_sats_will_orbit_this_year_promise/

*If nothing else goes wrong

The delayed national broadband network (NBN) satellite launch will happen in 2015, Arianespace reckons.

The launch outfit has told multiple outlets there's little prospect of further delays to the launch, which will fill in the rural and remote black-spots on the NBN's coverage map, and will alleviate the capacity constraints that have plagued the interim service.

Originally slated for June this year, the launch was moved back when a co-passenger on that launch pulled out. Rather than buy a dedicated launch, nbnTM decided to wait for a new shared-launch date.

nbnTM had previously struck delays in negotiating its orbital slot with the ITU.

Now, Arianespace has told The Australian the only current dependency for the NBN satellite is a launch on May 27, and since the company hasn't “had a failure since 2002”, there's no reason to expect its other five launches in 2015 will strike delays.

Getting the birds into orbit in 2015 would let nbnTM meet its 2016 deadline for the commercial launch of its long-term satellite service (LTSS).

The company building the bird, Viasat, is pitching the idea that satellites will bust out of its “service of last resort” ghetto. After all, the LTSS will be sharing out an aggregate capacity of 126 Gbps. Viasat told industry newsletter Communications Day it's also working on Web caching for the ground technology so that the “700 ms of round-trip latency” is less noticeable to users.

Vulture South is pretty sure that gamers will argue about that latency until the world ends, but the company's probably got a point in a world where the dominant consumer of bandwidth is video.

Intelsat Bringing SATCOM Support To Emergency Works In Nepal

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=133286975

[SatNews] The April 25th 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal and subsequent aftershocks have disrupted last mile communications to communities with millions of people needing medical and other relief support.

Intelsat (NYSE: I) has donated its satellite services to two organizations making a difference in the region: the American Red Cross working in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Team Rubicon. These organizations are deploying satellite-based broadband networks to support critical medical and logistical operations in the region.

The Red Cross network is using capacity on Intelsat 906 located at 64 degrees East, linking via the IntelsatOne® terrestrial network at Intelsat’s Fuchsstadt, Germany Teleport to support internet and Voice over Internet Phone (VoIP) service to remote hospitals in Nepal, providing field aid workers with connectivity that improves safety, morale and peace of mind in the wake of the disaster. Separately, Intelsat is also supporting a network established by Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams, to further aid in their relief efforts. Team Rubicon brought medical supplies and sent several teams to aid the Nepalese people.

“With the connectivity provided by Intelsat, the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network is better able to deliver relief to tens of thousands of people dealing with the effects of the earthquake that killed thousands and injured many more in Nepal,” said David Meltzer, General Counsel and Chief International Officer at the American Red Cross. “Communications are key to the global relief effort underway and being able to provide voice and data connectivity between Nepal and the rest of the world is a critical tool in our disaster relief work.”

American Red Cross IT-Telecommunications Emergency Response Unit (ERU) member in Dhunche, Nepal.
Photo is courtesy of Intelsat.

“When a natural disaster occurs, broadband connectivity is an essential component to ensuring that relief organizations are able to identify and prioritize the needed services and resources as they deliver aid to those impacted by the tragic event,” said Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “Given the nature of satellite technology and our global fleet, we are able to deliver the rapid response and deployment of critical communications necessary to support organizations as they provide needed assistance to those impacted. Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal and the men and women from all over the world who are coming to their aid.”

CASBAA advocates for consumer access to lawful content on Internet


MUMBAI: The net neutrality debate is still on in India. The Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), which is a non-profit trade association, has said that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) consultation paper on ‘Regulatory Framework for Over the Top (OTT) services’ focuses to a large degree on OTT applications that are used as communications services.

Opining on the issue of net neutrality, CASBAA said that consumers should have access to all lawful content on the Internet and that they should be able to use whatever lawful services and devices they wish whether from India or overseas.

“Consumers should have guaranteed right to accurate, comparable and relevant information about the management practices of the operator from which they choose to buy Internet service, and about the full costs and conditions of the service they purchase. Legitimate network management measures, including data caps and bandwidth limitations, are inevitable, in current situations of limited network capacity, but they should be clearly specified and understood. Consumers who want to buy better service should be able to easily migrate to another provider,” said the industry body, which comprises 110 companies dedicated to the promotion of multi-channel television via cable, satellite, broadband and wireless video networks across the Asia- Pacific region.

“Our focus is somewhat different – we are concerned with development of high-capacity broadband networks capable of delivering large quantities of high-quality video content to consumers. India’s development path is likely to follow the trajectory set by other large and diverse societies, and we should therefore anticipate that the future principal use of the broadband networks will be to provide video, which consumers will use to watch at the time of their choosing on many different kinds of devices. In much of the developed world, the Internet has in fact become a TV network with some other uses, and Indian policy should be made with that in view,” CASBAA said in its response.

Presenting a few facts and projections, CASBAA noted that:

• IP video traffic made up two-thirds of global Internet traffic in 2013; the percentage will rise to around 80 per cent by 2018. For the Asia-Pacific region alone, the corresponding numbers are 63 per cent in 2013 and 75 per cent by 2018.

• Even with respect to mobile networks (leaving out fixed line connections), the latest forecast is that nearly three-fourths (72 per cent) of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2019. Video was already 55 per cent of mobile traffic in 2014.

• A key means of accommodating this level of mobile traffic growth will be offload of traffic from mobile devices to the fixed network by means of Wi-Fi devices and femtocells. By next year (2016) half of all mobile data traffic will be offloaded by these means, each month. Indian mobile network operators will have to invest to develop such options, or risk network overload.

CASBAA suggested that Indian telecom service providers needed to make heavy investments in the coming years. “Our industry wants and needs to be able to reach consumers with service offers that meet them where they want to be; that means a different future – the content industry will be moving online, and that means having networks that are capable of accommodating demand. We do not believe the TRAI or the government should adopt policies that result in reducing or rationing of funds for network investment. Advocates of ‘networks for all, open to all’ sometimes tend to forget that capable networks are costly, and they will not build themselves,” it said.

The non-profit body does not believe in government’s role in financing such networks is appropriate, both because governments have shown themselves to be incapable of moving with sufficient alacrity and flexibility to accommodate dynamic market demand/technological change, and because governments need to devote taxpayers’ scarce resources to building networks to be used primarily for entertainment. “The private sector could and should mobilize the necessary resources to make these investments, as long as government policy recognizes and facilitates that resource mobilization,” opined CASBAA.

Like India’s broadband networks, the online content industry is only at an embryonic stage of development. Market actors are just beginning to frame consumer offerings to see which can succeed in the Indian context.

The body, in its response, also raised a few concerns:

• TRAI and the government must avoid seeing the online content industry as another facet of the mature television content supply industry, ripe for extension of the same regulatory approaches governing the “traditional” TV industry. This would be a colossal mistake, especially at this new stage of development of online content supply in India. Over- regulation will constrain development of newer business models, which could be of great benefit to consumers and to India’s overall economic development. Stated differently, in India’s specific circumstances, submission of online content suppliers to the entire panoply of regulations (rate regulation, “must provide,” interoperability, interconnection regulation, etc.) that have evolved in the cable and satellite sectors would kill innovation.

• Even as the Indian industry develops legitimate content supply options, CASBAA sees a strong likelihood that the consumption of pirated content – already a substantial factor in the market – will continue to grow. “There are numerous actors, big and small, in the Internet economy who see other people’s content as attractive underpinnings for services for which the goal is simply sales of bandwidth or attraction of “eyeballs” – where more is better. Further development of the online pirate economy will sap legitimate content production of its energies. Government policies must support protection of intellectual property and promotion of a fair return on creative investment.

CASBAA also feels that consumers should not be expected to pay for their network services at rates that subsidize service to the heaviest users. “If a consumer doesn’t want to buy Netflix, for example, he/she should not have to pay Internet service rates set to provide Netflix - like bandwidth. Differential consumer pricing should be recognized as an essential element in meeting the needs of vastly different groups of consumers,” the association said.

CASBAA further feels that TRAI may define the parameters for a basic level of Internet service, setting minimum bandwidth and speed standards, and the types of services that must be supplied in a completely nondiscriminatory manner at the basic service level. “We do not see the advisability of including entertainment- oriented services in this basic service level. Leaving them out of the regulatory net will allow more scope for experimentation and innovation, to meet the needs of different consumer groups,” it said.

According to CASBAA, Internet consumers can be offered the opportunity to purchase superior service levels (above the basic service). Those who do not buy superior service will find it difficult to access high-bandwidth entertainment applications; this should be expected, as long as consumers have clear and accurate disclosure of any prioritization being applied.

SIS Live wins Rugby World Cup connectivity contract

From http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/techfacils/sis-live-wins-rugby-world-cup-connectivity-contract/5088431.article

Rugby World Cup host broadcaster ITV has selected SIS Live to supply connectivity services during the tournament.

SIS Live will provide ITV with all communications and live feeds as well as feeds for global distribution for the six week competition which kicks off in September.

The MediaCityUK company will install new fibre connectivity at venues including Wembley, Twickenham, the Millennium Stadium and the Olympic Stadium for the contract, which covers the opening ceremony at Twickenham on 18 September and 48 matches broadcast live from 13 stadiums across the UK.

It will also provide 10 single and three dual antenna uplinks, with over 1,000 hours of satellite capacity and fibre links.

SIS Live managing director David Meynell said “The Rugby World Cup is the most significant sports contract in the UK’s 2015 calendar and we are delighted to have been asked to supply the connectivity services to ITV.

“It is a great opportunity for us to showcase the unrivalled connectivity skills which have already made us a familiar presence at the country’s most high profile sporting venues and allowed us to roll out new fibre across the UK.

“We already have an excellent working relationship with ITV and we look forward to utilising our comprehensive connectivity infrastructure to deliver the highest quality live coverage from up to four matches per day.”

Most UHD TVs will support HDR etc

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/18/most-uhd-tvs-will-support-hdr-etc/

Nearly 70 per cent of Ultra HD (UHD) TVs will support new technologies like high dynamic range (HDR), wider colour gamut, high frame rates, and immersive audio by 2020, says ABI Research.

“Higher resolution content is already available through limited releases and more is on the way, but if the market is to reach its full potential the enhancements to UHD will have to play a significant role,” said ABI practise director Sam Rosen.

“Upscaling resolution at the client device or display is already common, but the same can’t be said for HDR or expanded colour space. Retail displays will also create ideal side-by-side comparisons to better showcase the transformative effects of these enhancements.”

ABI said that a number of HDR proposals and UHD standards are in the works or have recently been released, and that content developers and manufacturers are still establishing “early stage alignments” around these proposed technologies.

ABI principal analyst Michael Inouye said that Ultra HD resolution is now expected on all high-end and increasingly mid-tier sets, with displays using technology such as ‘quantum dots’ already receiving praise for more life-like colours.

“For early UHD adopters whose TVs don’t support the new technologies, these new innovations might come as a sour pill, but in the long run these enhancements will produce the greatest wow factor for new display purchasers who view supported content. It will also serve as a mechanism for device manufacturers to better separate a premium tier of products.”

ABI said that these new technologies and enhancements will advance the viewing experience “far more” than higher resolution alone, but advancements in the UHD market are progressing and will “only start to fully solidify in 2016 if not late 2015.”


Tv Plus on Inteslat 19 has made some overnight changes.

12286 H new Sr is 30000

All channels were running FTA when checked this morning. There is also a large number of channels tagged as "freeslot" presumably for new channels to be added. I'm thinking that they will be adding Arab channels soon..

A previous daily scan there at my place gave 174 TV loading in a blindscan. The total today is 234 TV and 54 Radios

Sports reported running on "Freeslot 113" (update, loads now as SOS) Thanks Murray via Facebook

Monday feed

Service Name:
D2 12455 V Sr 7000 2/3,DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, "GlobeCast Oz" Qatar vs Mexico Soccer FTA

Weekend feeds

D1 12645 V Sr 7200 "7BCM D1/T7 Slot 2" - AFL Western Bulldogs vs Fremantle
D1 12428 V Sr 7000 "STS1" - NRL- Tigers vs ?

From my Email

From saldav1

Saturday feeds

all Asiasat 5

3754 V SR 7120 Ch-1 World Triathalon, YOKOHAMA, JAPAN, (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7000 Rock in Rio Rock Concert on the 'Evolution Stage,' (FTA.)
3891 V SR 15000 $STS 4 ($Scrambled.)
4088 H SR 999 IFB SAT (Currently just a black screen!)
4151 H SR 15000 $TOP RANK TRU PHOE ($Scrambled.)
3668 H SR 9699 $GCUK Enc 7 ($Scrambled.)

Another unusual SR rating - don't see many feeds with a number 9 before it!

3711 H SR 15000 $UFC Manila Studio ($Scrambled.)
3729 H SR 15000 $UFC-FOX PATH A Pr ($Scrambled.)
3746 V SR 7500 Service 1 Chinese Outdoor Music Concert, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4180 H "ABS-CBN Cebu" is Fta.

Thaicom 4 119.5E 11675 V SCTV, Indosiar, Trans TV, JTV, TVOne, Rajawali TV, TVRI Nasional, Aora 9, Net, Trans 7, ANTV, Quran TV, Jak TV, Aora 9 Anak, Kompas TV, Da Ai TV Indonesia, Metro TV, Aora 9 Film, Berita Satu News Channel, RCTI, MNC TV and Global TV have started

SES 7 108.2E 11598 V "Global News and TVBS" have started on , Videoguard. Phoenix Chinese Channel and Phoenix InfoNews Channel have left.

Horizons 2 85.0E 11720 H "Juvelirochka and Gamanoid TV" have started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "9X" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "Lakshya TV" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 11052 V "Myanmar International" is now Fta
Apstar 7 76.5E 11105 V"MCOT 1" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 11167 V "ALFC" has started on , Tongfang.

ABS 2 75.0E 11505 V "Mir +3" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 11793 V "Karusel" has started on , Irdeto.

Express AT1 56.0E 12130 R "PIK TV" has started on , Fta.

Express AM22 53.0E 11563 H "Kurdistan TV" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,India TV Wiz(测试)频道重现,设置3922 V 7000参数免费接收。[05-17]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、凤凰中文(环宇卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。[05-17]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、Fox News(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12471 H 30000参数有条件接收。[05-17]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、AXN(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12431 H 30000参数有条件接收。[05-17]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Kids Song、W Channel(泰国)等5个频道新增,设置12272 V 30000参数免费接收。[05-16]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Star Sports Korea HD(高清)频道新增,设置3940 V 30000参数有条件接收。[05-16]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Colors Marathi(Dish TV)频道新增,设置12595 H 40700参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经95度轨道位置新天6号星Ku频段,Colors Bangla、Colors Oriya(Dish TV)等4个频道新增,设置11037 H 40700参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Kalaignar、Siripoli(Dish TV)等5个频道新增,设置12109 H 40700参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Yogi(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森电视(标清)传送频道改格式,设置12660 V 45000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test Manki(蒙古)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [5月16日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Spoorts、Star Sports(高清)频道新增,设置3920 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [5月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、History(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12471 H 30000参数免费接收。[05-15]
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东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,EuroNews(欧洲新闻)频道解密,设置11530 H 22250参数免费接收。[05-15]
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Presto bulks up content

From https://www.c21media.net/presto-bulks-up-content/

Australian subscription VoD service Presto will ramp up its content acquisition after formalising the joint venture Presto TV.

Dominant pay TV platform Foxtel owns Presto Movies and is partnered with Seven West Media (SWM) in Presto TV, which launched on January 18. Combined, the two services have more than 5,000 hours of content.

Shaun James, director of Presto and on-demand at Foxtel, said: “Presto has been steadily building its content proposition and the formalisation of our joint venture with Seven puts us in a position to dramatically ramp up our plans to be a major player in Australia’s SVoD sector.”

James will continue as interim CEO of the JV while a management team is formed but is expected to remain at the helm, with executives being added in supporting positions.

Presto said it would dramatically increase its libraries in the coming weeks after trumpeting NBC drama Aquarius as its “first on Presto” Australian exclusive.

The JV with SWM was unveiled in January, with the regulatory Australian Competition and Consumer Commission saying in March it would not oppose the deal.

The Presto services are locked in a fierce battle for customers against Netflix and the Nine Entertainment/Fairfax Media co-owned Stan.

Meanwhile, Foxtel today announced that new subscribers who sign up between now and June 30 won’t have to enter into any minimum-length contracts for as long as they subscribe.

The offer follows a modest 7% rise in subscribers to 2.8 million as of March 31, despite Foxtel slashing its entry-level fee by 50% and repackaging its channels last November.

The no-contract proposition, which is available to new customers and those still on the pre-November tiers, entails a minimum cost of A$175 (US$140), which includes installation of the iQ3 set-top box and the Foxtel entertainment pack.

Last week struggling streaming service Quickflix announced a resale agreement with Presto Movies and Presto TV, pending due diligence and securing the funding for a user-interface upgrade.

Presto Movies currently offers 879 films, while Presto TV has 254 titles with a total of 4,443 episodes.

Sky high: satellite broadcaster turns 25

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/entertainment/68558217/Sky-high-satellite-broadcaster-turns-25

The death notices have been prepared many times, not least in the early days but Sky TV turns 25 years old tomorrow. Steve Kilgallon talks to original staff members still working at the broadcaster.

From powering their first outside-broadcast cameras on car batteries, to a landlord's refusal to rent a home to the broadcaster's new deputy CEO because he was certain it would fail, the early days were tough for Sky television. It began with just three channels, a handful of employees, and a widespread belief that New Zealand didn't want pay TV. Steve Kilgallon talks to some of the original staff members still working at their Mt Wellington headquarters.


Sports presenter

"On May 18, 1990, we did a show called The Opening Shot: it may not have been the first programme to air, but it was the first local programme, and it was showing you the people who were going to bring you all the sport. There was Richard Simons anchoring the rugby league – and I always maintain the company was built on the rugby league. There was Bill McCarthy and John Gallagher doing the rugby, and John Dybvig and a young 25 year old McIvor doing basketball. So we did this show – welcome to this new world. And afterwards we went for a beer and I'm chatting to Gallagher, thinking 'this is pretty good, I'm having a beer with one of the greatest-ever All Black fullbacks'. Matthew Ridge had just signed to play league and I asked him would he ever consider it? "Nah," he said, "the money would have to be right". The next bloody day, he announces he's signed for Leeds and that was the only show he ever did.

"I'd been doing radio in Hamilton and a mate offered me some voicework on Sky for $300. I said I'd rather he got me an audition. The rest is, cliché cliché, history. I began driving up every Saturday to do Rheineck NBL Basketball with Dybvig: they called us the hoop brothers. In the November that year, they called me up and offered me a fulltime job to do the rugby league. I said 'you bet'. So I did rugby, rugby league ever Friday, Saturday, Sunday. It was smell-of-an-oily-rag stuff in the early days: the first outside broadcast they did was at Counties Manukau rugby and the cameras were powered by car batteries.

"It's been a good thing to be around that long but if you go for another gig they do think 'oh, you're that guy'. Looking back on that early stuff, I was actually pretty good. Oh look, you've got to have some confidence without being a wanker about it. It was tough early on, some old pros taught me very quickly how to script and write.

"The highlights have been calling a grand final in 2011, although I got sacked as league caller a week later, calling the closing ceremonies of London and Vancouver Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The red carpet for the First Lord of the Rings movie. And interviewing David Lange on a rugby league show. The former TVNZ boss Ian Fraser said it was the best interview he'd ever seen Lange do, and I'll take that. I've always loved the variety in what I do."


Maintenance engineer

"1987 was a big year for me. My daughter was born in June, in September I was made redundant, and I started my own electrical business, in October there was the stockmarket crash, so it was a struggle. Because I had the baby, the boys came to my house to watch the Rugby World Cup final. TVNZ were broadcasting it, and broke for the news. In the sports segment, they announced the result. The only time I've ever been as angry was when Trevor Chappell bowled the underarm.

"So I knew there must be a better way. In May 1990, one of my neighbours, he was a 'gotta-have' guy, was one of the first to get Sky. I spent all day on his roof tuning it in; we lived in the worst reception area in Auckland. Then a friend of my wife told me she'd got a job at Sky; she got me in. I shut down the business and started the week after. In 1990-1991, I was out there installing Sky in people's homes. I knew we were struggling. It all miraculously changed one day, and we've never been busier. January 18, 1991: America invaded Kuwait. I was tuning in CNN in a customer's house and as I did, a scud missile went past the reporter and exploded. We were watching a war live for the first time and every man and his dog wanted Sky for CNN. That saved us.

"In 1992, I went to head up commercial installation in hotels and motels. I did 15 years in the field, in domestic and commercial, then as a supervisor and trainer. My office was in a portacabin out the back next to the landing pad. When [Sky shareholder] Craig Heatley arrived in his helicopter, we'd have to close the windows and the building would be buffeted. For the past ten years, I've been the maintenance engineer, the company electrician. I remember the sub-station down the road blowing up, and running off generators for a week. We were never off air. I've never beee tempted to leave here. I've been asked. But I love it."


Manager, Entertainment Content

"I started off as the censor, believe it or not. I'd worked for Warner Brothers, Columbia, Universal and Paramount in film distribution in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and dealt with the film censors, so I knew what was acceptable back in 1990: it's changed a bit now. Everyone said 'you're mad, they'll be gone in a few months, whose going to pay for TV?' But I wanted to do something new, in a pioneer industry. I began programming the movie channel, then we brought on Discovery and other 'pass-through' channels, although they weren't timed for us, but for Asia, so our primetime wasn't exactly prime.

"I moved into this job 15 years ago. We were a department of eight, now there's 108 in our group and 42 in my part of it. I now specialise in our family channels - Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, our independent channels, channel launches and look after our charity event the Special Children's Christmas Parties. We do a lot on the promotions side: at the Easter Show we had the Toon Machine, like the claw games in arcades, except it was the adult in the harness and the kid on the joystick. I get a lot of pitches for new channels, most of whom we never hear from again when we explain the realities of life, and we audition a lot of channels, but a lot of them are too niche.

I like the change, the continual evolution, the variety. One weekend a few years ago, on the Saturday I was looking after Miss May Playboy at the Erotica at the Showgrounds, and the next day, I was looking after SpongeBob at the Santa Parade. I'm just glad I didn't get the schedules wrong and take Miss May to the Santa Parade."


Chief executive

"I arrived on the Friday night from America [to take the post of chief operating officer; he became CEO in 2000]. My first taste of New Zealand television was seeing the Tux Wonderdog Dog Trials. I thought 'jeez, I think we can make something of this'. Nobody loves dogs more than me, but I'd never seen it on a major network on a Friday night.

"I went looking for a house, and found a villa in Eden-Epsom in a cul-de-sac with kids about the same age of mine riding bikes, and I thought 'this is fantastic', we will take this and the landlord gave us the lease and the paperwork. Three days later, the realtor called me and said 'I've got a bunch of new houses to look at'. My application had been rejected. The realtor said: 'I had to tell him what you did and what Sky TV is, and he thinks someone is playing a cruel hoax on you: in New Zealand we have the best television in the world and nobody is going to pay for television'. He didn't want to have to push my family on to the streets after a few weeks.

"The first few years were terrible. I have to admit when my wife Marsha was still overseas, she had an offer for our house that was less than we wanted and I said 'let's hold firm': I didn't want to tell her that by the time she got here, we may not have a job. The first week I was told we had 25,000 subscribers and I could only find 21,000 and it looked like they were leaving pretty quickly.

"Things eventually worked out but I have to admit first six months I didn't get a lot of sleep. One week, in order to make payroll, we had to sell a house we owned outside the gates. We toyed with asking people to delay paying in their cheques until the Monday to give us time but figured it would start a made stampede.

"There was also a drought which affected the hydro-electric power supply and the broadcasting minister, Maurice Williamson, rang me up to ask me to shut the channels off at 10.30pm, so people weren't up late and keeping their heating on. He said they were also shutting off the hot water overnight. If you were in the States, if you took away hot water and television, there would be rioting in the streets. I plea-bargained to keeping CNN 24-hours and cutting the movie off at 10pm and any live sports, but we couldn't show any replays. That lasted six months until the dams filled up.

"I had originally came for an 18-month assignment, and then planned to go home and coach high-school baseball. But I'd always said if I ended up somewhere I wanted to live, I'm going to stay there. The problems which seemed immense at the time were all manageable so I thought 'I'm staying here'.

"It's a family here. Loyalty means a lot to me. I am always convinced that people are a little bit better in their job today than they were yesterday. My direct reports average 18 years with the company. The thing they don't teach at business school is what always keeps me awake is if I make a mistake I get let go, but CEOs tend to show up at other locations, but there's 1,300 employees who are hoping I make the right call.

"It's always an uphill climb: you never sit back and feel satisfied. There's always new technology coming along, and we can't abandon the core market but we have to keep pushing to new models because the business model that got me to 50% (market penetration) won't get me to 75%. The first stat I look at every morning is how many subscriptions we have.

"There's been articles in the newspapers over the years – when Telecom launched First Media, that was going to be the death of Sky, Saturn, Freeview and TiVo they would all be the death of Sky. Our demise has been printed many times. We are either this huge monopoly, or we're roadkill, and both are over-exaggerated."


Manager of sports programming and satellite operations

"I was working in a bar, I'd done school, a bit of uni, bit of apple-picking, bit of travel, and thought TV would be fun. It was October 1990, and I got a job in the call centre team. Someone had the great marketing idea of giving away the decoders, 'Campaign 206', and so we had to ring people up and say 'hey you won that competition, what did you do with that decoder?' By the end, I had the ability to sit there on the phone and in my mind see their lounge room and talk them through how to hook up their Sky.

"I ended up looking after Orange, which would become The Box, and then Sky One and Vibe, our first babysteps into entertainment programming. I've gone from building channels, to managing people who build channels, to managing people who manage people who build channels. I'm looking after the sports teams. Part of it is looking for the next trend: for example, the darts. It was big overseas, we gave it a go, and sure enough it took off. We've seen a shift from team sports to individual. I see a lot of lycra and $10,000 bikes at the cafes; if they're out there, they will watch it. So I'm always saying 'what's next'?"

Russian rocket failure hits satellite industry

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/18/russian-rocket-failure-hits-satellite-industry/

At 6.47am (GMT) on May 1gth a Russian Proton rocket exploded shortly after take-off from the Kazakhstan cosmodrome. It was carrying the Centenario/Mexsat satellite for the Mexican government. This is the fourth such explosion and the various investigation boards now examining what went wrong will severely delay upcoming launches planned by Eutelsat, Inmarsat and Intelsat.

The launch was organised via International Launch Services (ILS) which is based in Virginia, USA but is majority Russian-owned and handles all the commercial launches for the Proton rocket system.

ILS has about $1 billion of back-orders covering about 22 launches.

As to what happened, ILS says only that an “anomaly” occurred about 490 seconds after launch. The most recent batch of problems started in December 2012, with another in July 2013, and last year a failure occurred in May. Each failure was followed by a long period of investigation designed to cure the problem. Each investigation caused a total stoppage of launch preparations in Kazakhstan. The 2012 failure impacted launches for 108 days; the 2013 problem delayed launches for 89 days, while last year’s failure took a massive 136 days before launches resumed.

Inmarsat is the next ‘Western’ satellite in the Proton queue, and was scheduled for next week. It is unlikely to now happen much before September. Following on from Inmarsat are scheduled launches for Turksat, two Eutelsat craft (9B and 36C) a Russian RSCC satellite, and a satellite for Intelsat (I-31).

Each of these commercial delays is likely to slip by 90-100 days and damaging revenues for each of the operators concerned.

Qatar Airways faces Global Xpress rollout delay after rocket failure

From http://www.runwaygirlnetwork.com/2015/05/18/qatar-airways-faces-global-xpress-rollout-delay-after-rocket-failure/

Qatar Airways faces an indefinite delay in offering Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band satellite-supported broadband connectivity on its Boeing 787s and Airbus A350 XWBs, after the GX program suffered another major setback over the weekend.

According to Inmarsat’s satellite launch partner, ILS, a Proton Breeze M rocket carrying Mexican telecommunications satellite ‘Centenario’ encountered a disabling anomaly approximately eight minutes after lift-off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, resulting in the loss of the satellite and rocket.

A Russian State Commission has begun the process of determining the reasons for the Proton failure, and ILS is forming its own failure review oversight board. But the “extremely unfortunate” failure of this preceding satellite launch “will inevitably delay our launch plans for our third Global Xpress satellite”, confirms Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce in a statement.

This is the third time the GX program has grappled with launch delays because of Proton launch failures. While in the past, Proton has returned to flight within a few months of a launch failure, “it will not be possible to determine the length of the delay in the launch” of the third GX satellite, Inmarsat-5 F3, until the cause of the Centenario launch failure is established”, says Pearce.

Avionics_Gif_viel_kleiner_2 (1) KONTRON USE THIS (without AIX)“Customers are understandably anxious to see the delivery of GX services on a global basis, and as soon as we have sufficient information to ascertain the new launch date for I-5 F3, we will make the information public, as well as comment further on the impact of the delayed launch of I-5 F3.”

Among the customers impacted is Qatar Airways, which currently offers OnAir’s narrowband satellite-supported connectivity on its 787s and A350s, but had signaled its intent to upgrade to GX to improve the passenger experience when the global broadband service is available. “The 777 will have Panasonic and the A330 will have Panasonic [Ku connectivity], but the 787 and the A350 will have to rely on the development of [GX] because they are not compatible [with our choice of Thales IFE], Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker said in January.

Additionally, Vietnam Airlines had hoped to offer GX on aircraft this year, with Gogo acting as service provider. Air Canada and other carriers were said to be in the midst of studying GX.

Honeywell, which is building the antennas for GX, believes that some airlines carrying OnAir’s light connectivity will ultimately move those L-band channels over to safety services for the cockpit, and adopt GX for the cabin. But any plan to do so will be delayed in light of the GX setback.

Meanwhile, rivals to Thales and OnAir have benefitted from the protracted GX delays.

CASBAA 2015 forum to focus on ever-evolving satellite industry landscape

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/casbaa-2015-forum-to-focus-on-ever-evolving-satellite-industry-landscape-150515

MUMBAI: CASBAA, which will be hosting its annual Satellite Industry Forum in Singapore this June, will explore the latest developments and issues affecting the satellite industry in the Asia Pacific.

The CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015 is a one-day event that brings together industry experts to examine a variety of topics and to exchange and discuss information critical to the development of the communications sector and related services across the Asia-Pacific.

The conference has an impressive lineup of speakers and a good mix of Asian and global players in attendance. Last year around 100 companies were represented with almost half of delegates coming from the US and Europe- with most of the balance coming from Asia.

“Satellite services are instrumental in delivering television signals to the bulk of viewers across the region, and the satellite sector is an integral component of the multichannel TV industry in Asia. The annual CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum is an extremely important event in our calendar, a fact that is reflected by our very active Satellite Industry Committee, as well as by the number of satellite-related companies that are CASBAA members,” said CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter.

ITU secretary-general Houlin Zhao will deliver this year’s welcome keynote.

“Zhao only took office in January this year so for many this will be the first opportunity for people to see him in this capacity,” said CASBAA programme director Kevin Jennings.

In addition, Intelsat chief executive officer Stephen Spengler will also be delivering an Industry Keynote. Spengler is a satellite and telecommunications industry veteran with experience in the media, broadband, government and internet sectors and is a driving force behind Intelsat’s next generation of satellite solutions.

Myanmar Communications and Information Technology deputy minister U Thaung Tin will also speak at the forum and discuss Myanmar’s plans to launch its own satellite and how the role of a sovereign satellite will impact the country.

The theme for 2015 asks “Is The Satellite Game Changing?” in acknowledgement of the ever-evolving industry landscape. The agenda for this year’s forum will touch upon the challenges the industry is facing as the very definition of television changes to embrace new technologies, delivery methods and consumer habits.

The roster of speakers encompasses the whole value chain of the satellite industry including: SKY Perfect JSAT Space & Satellite Bus Group exec officer Mitsutoshi Akao, SpeedCast CEO P J Beylier, Intelsat Asia Pacific Regional VP Terry Bleakley, MEASAT CEO Paul Brown-Kenyon, SSL Business Development SVP Richard Currier, ABS CEO Thomas Choi, GapSat CEO Gregg Daffner, Intelsat associate general counsel Gonzalo de Dios, Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen, MEASAT Space Systems Development SVP Dr. Ali Ebadi, LeoSat CEO Vern Fotheringham, ITU Space Services Department chief Yvon Henri, APT Satellite EVP Huang Baozhong, Via Sat programme manager Erwin Hudson, SES CCO Ferdinand Kayser, Eutelsat orbital resources director Ethan Lavan, SES Asia-Pacific and Middle East SVP Deepak Mathur, SpaceX commercial sales & business development SVP Barry Matsumori, Encompass Digital Media Asia MD Deepakjit Singh, Globecast Asia MD Soo Yew Weng, Sea Change International SVP& GM Dave Ulmer and AsiaSat CEO & president Bill Wade.

The sponsors on-board the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015 are ABS, AsiaSat, Boeing, Eutelsat, Intelsat, JSat, Lockheed Martin, Marsh, Measat, SES, SSL, and Telstra.

CBS’s Video Streaming Service Now Offers Live TV In Over 60% Of The U.S.

From http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/14/cbss-video-streaming-service-now-offers-live-tv-in-over-60-of-the-u-s/#.9wky1d:vRGZ

CBS’s on-demand video streaming service will now offer local, live TV feeds which cover over 60% of the U.S., the company announced this morning. CBS All Access, the network’s over-the-top streaming video service, has long attempted to differentiate itself from competitors like Netflix by making live linear feeds from local CBS stations available to the service’s subscribers. That means that, in many markets, CBS All Access customers would be able to watch locally syndicated series, newscasts, and other content beyond the CBS-provided programming. However, access to these live streams have been limited to select markets and stations.

When the service launched last October, CBS was only making linear feeds available from its 14 owned and operated stations. That provided coverage in a number of major markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

But the company said that the larger plan was to bring its affiliate stations into the fold in the future. Earlier this month, CBS announced a significant expansion on that front, saying that it had set deals with 12 affiliate stations representing 56 markets. These stations would distribute CBS All Access in their markets starting in April. But the key piece to these deals is that those stations agreed to offer live streams to CBS All Access subscribers.

Today, CBS is says it has now added another 13 additional affiliates on top of the 12 added in April and the initial 14 CBS-owned stations. Combined, that brings the live, linear TV feeds to 64% of U.S. households, covering 94 markets in total.

Today’s additions bring in several notable markets, including Seattle, Raleigh-Durham, San Diego, Oklahoma City, Santa Barbara, Wilmington, Palm Springs and Wichita. The previous 12, meanwhile, saw the live TV service going online in many mid-sized markets like Atlanta, Phoenix, Orlando, Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, Charlotte, Hartford, Kansas City and Las Vegas.
CBS doesn’t disclose the number of subscribers it has for CBS All Access, which is $5.99 per month and offers access to nearly 7,000 episodes of CBS programming which can be streamed online at CBS.com, via mobile apps for iOS and Android, via its Roku channel, and now, Chromecast, too. The subscription service provides on-demand access to current seasons and past seasons of popular CBS shows, like The Good Wife and Blue Bloods, as well as older programs like CSI:Miami and MacGyver. New episodes of currently airing shows arrive on the service next-day.

But the advantage of the live TV feeds is that it means viewers don’t necessarily have to wait until the following day to watch their favorite shows or other special events – they can tune in and watch live TV, almost as if they had a cable TV subscription. However, the downside to this over-the-top play is that CBS doesn’t have the rights to stream some sporting events, like the NFL Playoff games, or other big specials, like the Grammy’s, for example.

The network has notably withheld from sharing much of its content with streaming services like Hulu, as it doesn’t have an equity stake in the service, which is jointly owned by NBCUniversal, Fox, and Disney-ABC. That means today, Hulu only offers back catalog CBS classics like I Love Lucy, Star Trek and Twin Peaks, for example. That has limited access to CBS programming in the on-demand world. And CBS just previewed at its upfront presentation yesterday a new drama Supergirl that could be a potential hit and a draw for its streaming service.

With CBS All Access, the idea is to share the revenue from the subscription fee with the affiliate stations in exchange for their live feeds – something that sets it apart from the other on-demand services available today. It’s basically a hybrid of a true on-demand service like Netflix combined with a live TV streaming service like Dish’s Sling TV.

CBS says it’s still in the process of bringing on affiliates, which indicates that its plan is to eventually offer live TV feeds for most of the U.S.

Samsung reportedly to launch HDR service soon

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/368321/samsung-reportedly-to-launch-hdr-service-soon/

Samsung LED TVSamsung is to launch the first commercially available Higher Dynamic Range (HDR) video content as part of a new UHD video pack, possibly as early as next month, according to a report in Forbes magazine.

According to the report, Samsung will air two full-length Hollywood movies at a native UHD resolution, the titles of which have yet to be confirmed.

The two titles will be complemented by non-HDR UHD content as part of the package, according to the report. Titles have yet to be confirmed.

Samsung last year launched a UHD video pack to highlight the capabilities of its TVs, available via an external device, with movies that included GI Joe: Retaliation, X-Men Origins, Night at the Museum and Life of Pi.

News of Samsung’s HDR plans follows its trial broadcast, with satellite operator SES, of HDR UHD TV over DVB at SES’s Industry Days event in Luxembourg earlier this month.

Samsung and SES used technology developed by the BBC to broadcast HDR content to its new SUHD TV devices simultaneously with other UHD TV content to existing UHD screens.

HDR technology is designed to bring greater contrast to the screen, making colours appear richer, brighter and more lifelike.

Last month Amazon announced that it would bring HDR content to its Prime Instant Video service in the UK, Germany and the US later this year via Amazon Originals.


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A lot of TVPlus channels on Intelsat 19 are currently FTA. Do a scan for all services as most of them still have the $ flag, word is they are swapping out cards due to piracy.

Sky NZ annual price increase as they tend to do in May every year!

Sky Basic up $1.15
Sky Sport up $1.61

All other packages no price increase.

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From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0E 12507 H "TVE Internacional Asia, France 24 English, Animal Planet South East Asia (clear), Al Jazeera English, NHK World TV, Nat Geo Music, TV 5 Monde Asia and Rai Italia Asia" have started on , Tongfang.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E "Dox TV and Chengdu Tianfu Food TV" have moved from 4140 V to 3827 H, encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "High News" has left again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3690 H "Disney Junior Asia, Disney XD India and Disney Channel Asia" have started on PowerVu.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3857 H "Jamuna TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Divine Connection Channel" has started on Fta

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Quickflix launches video streaming partnership with Foxtel

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/quickflix-launches-video-streaming-partnership-with-foxtel-20150514-gh1chr.html

"Streaming is taking off and this agreement will significantly bolster our content offering for existing and future Quickflix customers whilst improving our overall operating economics". Quickflix chief Stephen Langsford. Photo: Erin Jonasson

Loss-making Quickflix has teamed up with Australia's most profitable media company, Foxtel, in an effort to turn itself around.

The Perth-based company has entered a reseller agreement with Presto Entertainment, a video streaming joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media.

Quickflix's shares surged 200 per cent to 0.3¢ on Thursday morning, holding gains at midday, after emerging from a one-day trading halt.

The company, which is yet to make a profit in the 12 years since it was founded, has seen its share price plunge more than 94 per cent since May 2010.

The Presto partnership will involve incorporating the streaming service on the Quickflix platform across smart television sets, game consoles, mobile phones and other devices.

Quickflix chief executive Stephen Langsford said, "We are very pleased to enter an agreement with Presto.

"Streaming is taking off and this agreement will significantly bolster our content offering for existing and future Quickflix customers whilst improving our overall operating economics."

Presto director Shaun James said, "Quickflix's decision to resell Presto follows its strategic review of key players across Australia's streaming entertainment landscape."

Most analysts and commentators have questioned whether Australia can sustain four broad-based video streaming services. US behemoth Netflix, which launched in March this year, has become the dominant player in the market, accounting for 20 per cent to 25 per cent of internet service provider traffic.

Stan, a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media – owner of BusinessDay and The Australian Financial Review – has secured more than 200,000 subscribers since its launch in January.

This compares with Quickflix's 141,000 customers.

Freeview can't pull SBS off the air

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/freeview-cant-pull-sbs-off-the-air-20150514-gh1edd.html

Never fear Eurovision fans, Freeview can't pull SBS off the air.

Pulling out of Freeview won't interrupt SBS' digital TV broadcasts or online services.

Government broadcaster SBS made headlines this week by pulling out of the Freeview consortium of Australian free-to-air television broadcasters, saving itself more than $500,000 in annual membership fees. SBS isn't the first broadcaster to walk away from Freeview and it might not be the last but, despite some reports, it's not possible for Freeview to pull SBS off the air.

It's important to appreciate that "Freeview" isn't digital TV. Freeview isn't actually a service at all, it's merely a branding exercise designed to dress up the digital TV channels we already had as something new and exciting to fend off competition from Foxtel and the internet. Now that SBS wants out of Freeview there are reports that; "While SBS's channels can still be watched on Freeview, the industry body could remove them within weeks." Both Freeview and SBS confirm that this is not the case.

SBS leaving Freeview is not the same as SBS leaving digital TV. It's more like Queensland pulling out of Tourism Australia. Queensland would still be there, you could still visit it. Nothing would actually change except for the fact that you might not see the Great Barrier Reef in the official tourism brochures. Freeview is the Tourism Australia of television, it has as much chance of kicking SBS off the airwaves as Tourism Australia has of kicking Queensland out of the Commonwealth of Australia.

If SBS withdraws from Freeview, every SBS channel will continue to be available to any device with a digital TV tuner. Online services will also remain unaffected, including the new HbbTV app, confirms an SBS spokesperson.

"There should be no change from a viewer perspective to the way they can enjoy SBS content, SBS won't be taken off the air," they said.

"SBS broadcasts its EPG publicly and has no exclusive licensing arrangements in place. SBS's catch up viewing service, SBS On Demand, is available on more platforms and devices than any other Australian broadcaster."

Freeview can not pull SBS from the airwaves, delete it from the channel line-up, remove it from the TV guide embedded in the broadcast signal or disable the red-button SBS HbbTV streaming video app. In fact last year SBS went it alone and launched its HbbTV app before the official FreeviewPlus launch.

At most, if SBS walks away from Freeview then Freeview could remove SBS from its promotional material and pull SBS content from the green-button cross-channel FreeviewPlus onscreen program guide – which is only available on a handful of HbbTV-compatible televisions. The channel would still be there and so would SBS's red-button HbbTV app.

Sources high up within Freeview confirm that Freeview does not have the intention, or even the ability, to pull SBS off the airwaves. While not wanting to go on the record due to the "ongoing dialogue with SBS" over Freeview membership, the source confirmed that the only potential impact on SBS services would be removal from marketing materials, the FreeviewPlus onscreen program guide and the FreeviewPlus hardware certification process.

In the last few years regional broadcasters WIN and Prime have both withdrawn from the Freeview consortium, with no impact on their broadcast services. Likewise, SBS will still be there whether or not it is a member of Freeview.

Sky TV loses subscribers, hikes prices

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11448516

Sports fans will have to pay more to watch the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup. Photo / NZ Herald

Sport fans will be forking out more money to watch the upcoming Rugby World Cup on Sky TV, despite the company losing over 8,000 subscribers earlier this year.

The company has announced it will change the cost of its Basic and Sport packages.

The price increase, which goes into effect on June 15, will see the cost of Sky Basic increase by $1.15 and Sky Sport by $1.61.

The rising costs were due to the increasing cost of content, Sky TV spokesperson Kirsty Way said.

"The cost of content in today's very competitive market is increasing and costing us a lot more to purchase."

In 2013, Sky TV lost the rights to screen English Premier League football and last year lost its golf coverage. However, Sky says the increase in cost of the sport channel is justified.

"There's a lot of other sport on there and quite simply the price of those sporting codes and events is increasing," said Ms Way.

The current costs are $48.07 a month for Sky Basic and an additional $26.68 for Sky Sport. After the increase, these will rise to $49.22 and $28.29 respectively.

For a household subscribing to both packages, this means a cost increase of 3.7 per cent.

The changes would only affect residential customers for now, Ms Way said.

Shares in Sky Network Television dropped 0.9 per cent in February after the company delivered a strong first-half profit but lost 8,707 subscribers.

At that time, CEO John Fellet said the disappointing result was due to subscribers having more choice than ever.

"Our challenge has been attracting new subscribers to the platform in a period where the industry is transitioning," he told BusinessDesk.

However, the latest price increase was unlikely to have a major impact on the company, Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin said.

"You'll obviously hear complaints on the day but they've also announced more content for the movie package and will be launching more services later this year," he said.

"At the end of the day I think for the majority of Sky subscribers it's no different to the annual price increase you get."

Despite the loss of golf and English Premier League coverage, Mr Galpin said most Sky customers were after the core New Zealand sports that Sky provided.

"The reality is that the sport package is really bundled around the core sports of rugby, cricket, netball and rugby league.

"Some customers who want the other products will reconsider their Sky package but most customers are actually after those four core ones."

Sky announced its online streaming sport service Fanpass in February this year. It allows viewers to watch Super Rugby, NRL and Formula 1 racing online, offering season passes, monthly passes and week passes.

Subscription prices were quite costly, with a monthly pass costing $69 for Super Rugby, $59 for NRL and $26 for Formula 1. The service would evolve over time, said Mr Galpin.

"It's a fairly expensive proposition," he said.

"But the alternative is if you only want to watch one sport for a fixed period of time, you don't have to sign up for a 12 month contract."

Sky costs would continue to rise over time, he said.

"The reality is their costs are increasing every year, so they're passing it on."


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From Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY 13 MAY 2015 – GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA has announced the expansion of their international fibre network, with connectivity into Asia.

With an existing fibre network connecting Globecast Australia to the world, this direct path into Asia presents exciting new possibilities for bi-directional content contribution and distribution. The path will carry premium content for customers, including Disney Channels and others who desire a managed service solution media partner. Disney joins leading broadcasters such as Sky TV (BskyB), Sky TV NZ, TV3, TVSN, NBC, Eurosports, Sky News Australia and Foxtel for a fully managed solution on Globecast Australia’s international fibre network.

This expansion sees a bi-directional, geographically diverse and redundant fibre circuit, connecting Globecast Australia’s Sydney Broadcast Centre with two independently located POP’s in Singapore.

Simon Farnsworth, CEO of GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA said, “Connecting Globecast Australia directly with Asia through Singapore is a milestone which presents a world of opportunities for moving content globally.“


Globecast Australia is the leading provider of broadcast services for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Specialising in live delivery of Standard and High Definition content at the cutting edge of broadcast technology, Globecast Australia’s internationally recognised Globecam™ is the world leader in live, point of view miniature camera technology. With the largest Digital Satellite News and Sport Gathering fleet in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, the company’s main services are DTH satellite transmission including MPEG4 capability, International Fibre Distribution, Teleport Services, 24/7 Master Control, Mobile TV, Business TV, OTT and IPTV managed services, IP streaming and encoding, Global Satellite Monitoring and Disaster Recovery.

Last year, Globecast Australia was named in the Top 20 in BRW’s Most Innovative Companies. The company’s Globecam™ technology was recognised as Fox Sports’ Ref Cam received the prestigious 2014 Sportel Golden Podium Award for Best Innovation.

For further information or media enquiries please contact:

Catherine Lavelle


E catherine@clpr.com.au

T +61 2 9405 2880

Thaicom CEO Confident Operator’s Strong Growth Can Continue

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2015/05/12/thaicom-ceo-confident-operators-strong-growth-can-continue/

[Via Satellite 5-12-2014] Thaicom saw a significant increase in its revenues in the first quarter this year compared to the same stage last year. This was one of the highlights of its most recent financial results. The operator gained revenues of 540 million Baht ($16.02 million) in the first quarter, a more than 35 percent increase compared to the same stage last year. Pisut Ngamvijitvong, a satellite equity analyst at CIMB, said in a research note that he expects sequential net profit growth in the following quarters to continue due to a jump in Thaicom 7’s utilization rate (from 40 percent in the first quarter of 2015 to 100 percent in the third quarter). Chaiwat Arsirawichai, a research equity analyst at UOB KayHain, said his company was also maintaining a “Buy” rating on the stock. He said that the operator’s strong earnings are likely to continue over the next two quarters.

In an exclusive interview with Via Satellite, Thaicom CEO Suphajee Suthumpun talks about the company’s latest results as well as where it hopes to grow next.

VIA SATELLITE: Do you expect Thaicom to achieve overall revenue growth in 2015 compared to 2014? What do you see as the key growth drivers for the business?

Suthumpun: As we head further into 2015, our sustained growth will be fueled by new partnerships and acquisitions, allowing us to serve the individual needs of each customer more effectively and efficiently than ever before. Our long-term aim continues to be to realize ubiquitous connectivity through our technology and we are committed to taking every possible measure to achieve this.

Another key growth driver is the upcoming launch of Thaicom 8 in the first quarter 2016. In addition, we believe that with our strong “3Cs” — coverage, content, and capacity for growth — we will be able to sustain our growth net profit for years to come.

VIA SATELLITE: How do you view the prospects for the company outside of Thailand? Where are the big opportunities for Thaicom internationally?

Suthumpun: Last year was a landmark for Thaicom in terms of expansion into new markets, such as our end-to-end satcom mobility services and solutions for air, land, and sea vehicles. This saw Thaicom become the first operator in Asia-Pacific to address the overwhelming demand for online connectivity in the skies, introducing a commercial in-flight connectivity service using Ku band, which delivers 3G-like speeds, while our crew welfare service provides connectivity to maritime customers.

We also expanded regionally with the launch of Africom 1 in January and Thaicom 7 in September 2014. These satellites are now providing Asia and Africa with satellite communication end-to-end services to satisfy the continent’s growing demand, where digital TV and video distribution, DTT, mobile backhaul, and other services to provide rural areas with data and voice connectivity are growing rapidly.

What’s more, with 10 million Ultra-HD TVs expected to be in use by 2016, we are developing Ultra-HD technologies and channels to ensure our broadcast partners’ operations are future-proof. We already have more than 110 channels on our platform going out in HD, almost double the amount we offered a year ago.

As we head further into 2015, the future and connecting our customers to it will be a key focus for us. In particular, we are making special efforts to improve network coverage in rural and previously underpenetrated areas, as well as to back up terrestrial networks — for example, in Japan, where we have provided cellular backhaul services to some of the country’s largest cellular operators since 2011.

VIA SATELLITE: What are your capital expenditure plans in terms of new satellites? Will you need to invest in new capacity over the next year?

Suthumpun: As I mentioned, we plan to launch Thaicom 8 next year and most of its CAPEX has already been paid. For future investment in new satellites that we plan to launch by the year 2019, we believe that our strong financial performance with relatively low gearing ratio (Debt/Equity) of 0.62x will enable us to raise more funding. This will allow us to consider investing in additional capacity which, however, would prerequisite adequate demand in our key markets and pre-sale commitment prior investment and launch among other factors. Pre-commitment and pre-sale is very important to us when we approach new projects and this was our method with Thaicom 6, Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8.

VIA SATELLITE: How do you view the data opportunity for Thaicom? How would you compare it against the traditional broadcast business?

Suthumpun: Thaicom has a unique value proposition in that we operate both broadband and broadcast satellites, allowing us to seize both opportunities. Both segments promise significant growth opportunities in the region, such as the growth of data consumption on IP traffic and the increasing demand for HD and Ultra-HD channels in the future.

The traditional terrestrial broadcasting and broadband industries are undergoing drastic changes and satellite is an enabler of this change and an ecosystem where broadcast and broadband are converging. This is not new and the question now is what does the convergence of broadcast and broadband mean for the future of satellite TV in a hybrid connected world? A huge benefit of satellite is its ability to service large coverage and rural areas. Hence, rolling out broadband services for on-demand TV to land-based locations, which require high-speed broadband, is not cost-effective for providers. I am glad to point out that in 2015 satellite is very much alive and has a bright future as it is a cost-effective and efficient way of transmitting both broadcast and data feeds over large and difficult to reach areas.

VIA SATELLITE: What impact will LEO and MEO systems have on an operator like Thaicom? Do you believe this will have a long-term impact on FSS operators such as Thaicom?

Suthumpun: The latest initiatives of launching LEO satellites by Leosat, OneWeb and SpaceX have certainly made waves in our industry but it is too early to say what impact the “Internet in Space” will have on Thaicom and the industry as a whole. LEO will need to prove its financial viability for the deployment of broadband services on a large scale. What might be feasible from a mere technological point of view, might in the end not qualify as a sound business model.

At the moment, the satellite establishment is watching what there is to come and if these new ventures will finally lift off, powered by the launch of hundreds or even thousands of satellites into LEO to deliver worldwide ubiquitous broadband coverage. If business models and technologies should prove to be successful, it will certainly have a disruptive impact on many FSS operators and the satellite industry as we know it. But at Thaicom we embrace change and like to think of everything as an opportunity and not necessarily a threat. Thaicom’s strength lies in our long experience with the regulatory and local market conditions in Asia Pacific.

With change comes opportunity and growth is what every company searches for. I think if LEO and MEO actually can be on board, then we will find ways of making this an advantage for us — for example, by combining our strengths through platform partnerships.

Over the years, Thaicom has worked hard to bring costs for broadband Internet capacity down as we know that any innovation in our industry is based on the economics and proven technology to support it. I think GEO satellites are here for a long time to stay.

Eutelsat: 5747 channels, up 10.3%

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/13/eutelsats-5747-channels-up-10-3/

Eutelsat ticked all of the right boxes in declaring its 3 months and 9 months revenue and profit numbers. But despite a slew of highly positive statements analysts remain concerned that Eutelsat is now introducing various caveats as to future performance.

Total revenues at the Paris-based satellite operator for the 9 months to March 31st stood at €1,090.5 million, up 4.4 per cent on a pro-forma basis at constant currency and excluding non-recurring revenues. The appreciation of the US dollar relative to the euro added two points to top-line growth, particularly represented in Government Services and to a lesser extent in Data Services.

At March 31st, the total number of channels carried by Eutelsat satellites stood at 5,747, up 10.3 per cent year-on-year. HDTV penetration continued to increase, representing 11.7 per cent of channels compared to 10 per cent a year earlier. A total of 672 channels were broadcast in high definition across Eutelsat’s fleet at the end of the third quarter, up from 522 a year earlier.

Q3 revenues themselves were €367.7 million, up 4.5 per cent on a pro-forma basis at constant currency and excluding non-recurring revenues. The impact of the appreciation of the dollar was even more marked during the period, adding 4.4 points to top-line growth.

One of the worries is Russia. Economic uncertainty and the collapse of the Rouble hasn’t helped Eutelsat (or other satellite operators). Eutelsat said: “In the context of the current economic environment in Russia, Eutelsat entered into discussions with its Russian clients with the aim of alleviating some contract terms. These discussions have been partially completed. The impact on third quarter revenues was of around 1 million euros. For fiscal year 2014-2015, the impact is estimated at less than five million euros. For FY 2015-16, the additional impact is estimated in the region of 12 to 15 million euros.”

These concerns over Russia sent the alarm bells ringing at investment bank Jefferies, for example, which in a note to clients said: “Eutelsat has now caveated the FY15-17 growth guidance subject to “no significant deterioration in government services” and “the final outcome of Russian contract negotiations”. On the Russia pay-TV renegotiations, first flagged at the Q2 15 results, Eutelsat has said that they are “partially completed”: the impact on Q3 15 revenue was €1 million and is expected to be <€5 million in FY15 and a further €12-15 million in FY16. Notwithstanding the implied consensus downgrades (-1 per cent to FY16 consensus revenue), Eutelsat feels it is able to absorb this absolute revenue impact within the current guidance. Be reminded that Russia is 5 per cent of revenue currently, but 15 per cent of the expansion capacity over the guidance period,” said analyst Giles Thorne.

Ikegami readies for 8K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/13/tv-licence-to-be-scrapped/

Japanese high-end TV and video camera specialists says there is a growing interest in 4K and even 8K camera solutions.

“Increasing affordability of 4K UHD consumer television displays is encouraging broadcasters in practically every country to adopt this resolution for new high-budget studio productions,” comments Mark Capstick, General Manager of Ikegami Electronics UK. “This helps to ensure that new programmes and series retain their value well into the future.” Capstick was quoted by trade mag Sports Video Group, in a round-up of Ikegami’s business after the NAB show in Las Vegas.

“Major television productions have a project lead time of anything up to three years so there is good reason to plan ahead for advances in transmission standards. It was evident at NAB 2015 that several European broadcasters have already committed to the early introduction of 4K UHD channels.”

“The Ikegami 4K Technology Exhibit this year included a new 4K UHD camera with three 8 megapixel 2/3 inch CMOS sensors (R,G and B) and traditional prism optics. This configuration delivers the long depth-of-field capability which is particularly important when televising outdoor events such as sports.”

Ikegami says that its 8K (SHK-810) ‘Super Hi-Vision’ camera, designed with both outdoor and studio-based work in mind, is a heavyweight performer but is light in design at just 9 kgs. It was developed in conjunction with Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, and is its fourth-generation 8K unit, and is one-tenth the size of its Version 1 unit.

India: 40.5m active DTH subs

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/12/india-40-5m-active-dth-subs/

India Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) says the nation has more than 40.54 million ‘active’ DTH subscribers (as at December 31st). This is up on the previous quarter’s (to September 30th) 39.13 million. However the number is well down on the total ‘registered’ subscriber base of 73.06 million, which suggests that around 30 million homes are no longer paying for TV services through their dishes.

The TRAI data comes from the various DTH broadcasters themselves as part of their obligatory quarterly reporting statistics.

TRAI says that there were 245 registered pay-TV channels on air as at January 31st 2015.

However, the total number of channels available digitally to DTH and cable viewers is 398.


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Free TV blasts "grubby" pay TV over $1 billion spectrum dividend claim

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/free-tv-blasts-grubby-pay-tv-over-1-billion-spectrum-dividend-claim-20150511-ggyy4s.html

Free TV chairman Harold Mitchell accuses ASTRA of a "grubby and selfish" attack.
Free-to-air television broadcasters have labelled their pay TV rivals "grubby and selfish" for claiming the Abbott government could reap a $1 billion dividend by stripping excess spectrum from the networks and selling it to mobile phone companies.

The free-to-air lobby has also asked the government to let the networks use their secondary channels to show sporting events listed on the anti-siphoning list, which gives them first rights to screen key sports events.

The networks' stance puts them once again in direct opposition to Foxtel, underlining the difficulty the government faces as it seeks broad industry consensus to push through deregulation of the sector.

As revealed by Fairfax Media, the commercial free-to-air TV broadcasters could face ceding valuable spectrum to the Commonwealth in return for a cut in their $160 million annual licence fees.

On Monday, economic consultancy CEG predicted a "second digital dividend" of up to $1 billion for the Commonwealth if such a move goes ahead – a windfall that would help the government to reduce the budget deficit.

CEG conducted the research for the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA), whose biggest member is Foxtel, owned by News Corp and Telstra.


But Free TV chairman Harold Mitchell told Fairfax Media: "We already have less spectrum allocated to broadcasting than any comparable country and the government was unable to sell all of the spectrum offered at the digital dividend auction in 2013."

Mr Mitchell, whose organisation represents the commercial free-to-air networks, added: "There's no substance in what they are talking about here. This is a grubby and selfish attack by ASTRA on Australian free television.

"Pay TV continues to push an agenda that will force Australian viewers to pay for content they currently get free."

In a submission to the government's review of digital television regulation, ASTRA called on the government to mandate the MPEG 4 signal compression technology and multiplexing of broadcasting spectrum – and to sell off any spectrum freed up, rather than let broadcasters use it to offer more services or sub-let spectrum.

But Free TV's own submission says a switch to MPEG 4 "would not provide a significant benefit and would potentially hinder broadcasters' ability to move to newer more efficient transmission and compression technologies (DVB-T2 and HEVC) in the future".

"That move will be a win for all Australian viewers as it will mean we can deliver more content in higher quality," said Mr Mitchell.

Amid fierce lobbying from both sides, the government has made clear in private meetings that changes to the anti-siphoning list of sports guaranteed for free-to-air TV must form part of any media reform.


In another submission, the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports – whose members include the AFL and the NRL – backed Foxtel's calls for the list to be cut. But it said it is concerned that the anti-siphoning regime will not be changed, "or that if any amendments are made they will not satisfactorily address the legitimate and reasonable concerns" of its members.

Free TV not only opposes calls for the list to be cut but calls in its submission for the government to scrap the requirement for events on the list to be shown first on primary channels.

Meanwhile, the free-to-air networks have made clear they are resistant to horse-trading any spectrum in return for a cut in licence fees, which they say are egregiously high by international standards.

But Foxtel fears that the metropolitan networks – Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment Co and Ten Network Holdings – could be allowed to keep or sub-let any liberated spectrum.

Netflix dethrones Foxtel and becomes the uncrowned king of the streaming industry in Australia.

From http://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/05/11/netflix-becomes-the-uncrowned-king-of-streaming-industry-in-australia-2925399?lt_source=external,manual

Netflix, Inc. is the largest provider of online video content services in the world. The company has expanded its business and services to more than 50 countries and now surpasses 60 million subscribers; Australia, Cuba, and New Zealand are the latest additions.

The company made a very strong entry in the Australian market by offering the same catalog to them as it did to the US users. Furthermore, Netflix in Australia is slightly cheaper than any other country. Therefore, the streaming giant is doing all it can to give tough competition to its competitors.

According to recent research data leaks, it is believed that the company is the best out there in Australia. It has exceeded beyond all peers and competitors, which include Foxtel, Presto, Stan, etc. The data shows that it is well ahead of these competitors based on daily and online visits for streaming video platforms. According to The Australian, Netflix has doubled the daily visits on its platform, becoming one of the favored and popular Australian streaming services in a short span of time.

It is believed that the company ‘leapt’ to market dominance on March 24, as it reported that it had more than 475,000 visits on its website. The data shows that it is the sole dominator in the market, as competitors have a lot to catch up when it comes to daily traffic and Subscriber Video on Demand (SVOD) content. Steve Allen stated, “Their growth in the space of one month has been staggering, buoyed by a significant existing customer base accessing the service via VPN services, free monthly offering, and significant public attention.”

Moreover, Netflix has dethroned Foxtel by becoming the most preferred option to stream online video contents among Australian users. Hence, the company has left competitors in its wake, as it already has more than 39% of the paid video subscription market in its hand; whereas, Foxtel lost a 10% share in the same market since the arrival of Netflix. Mr. Allen added, “I think they are really in their honeymoon period and that will last until quarter three this year and then you will start to see a lessening of growth.”

Previously, it was believed that Netflix is here to cut the cord but it is complicating the business of online rivals as well by succeeding every market it enters and for that matter, it has become the uncrowned king of the region so far.

According to Netflix, Australia's slowest ISP owns half of Foxtel

From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/11/according_to_netflix_australias_slowest_isp_owns_half_of_foxtel/

Telstra ranked last in video-streamer's speed table

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, offers Netflix customers the slowest download speeds, the video-streamer says.

Netflix says its index “lists the average prime time bitrate for Netflix content streamed to Netflix members during a particular month” rather than representing “maximum network throughput or capacity.”

So the rather dire speeds listed above don't represent internet service providers' connection speeds.

But Vulture South can't help but thinking that Telstra should be doing rather better. The company does, after all, proclaim that its broadband services mean “... you’re free to enjoy the entertainment, voice and internet experience you want” and deliver “a fast internet experience”. The carrier also, however, says it offers “The ultimate in entertainment” through its partnership with Foxtel.

It's more than a partnership, actually: Telstra owns 50 per cent of Foxtel, so is rather threatened by Netflix. And so it should be: Experian Hitwise data revealed to News Limited organs shows Netflix is kicking the butts of all other streaming video services in Australia.

Might Telstra have decided it won't do everything in its power to ensure that data flows well from Netflix's peers? If Telstra's performance continues to be poor, Vulture South imagines ears might prick up among Australia's telco regulators.

TSGN Collaborates with APT on Communication Satellite Project

From http://en.acnnewswire.com/article.asp?art_id=22303

TSGN and APT present gifts to each other at the contract signing ceremony; From left: Kent Ho, Group CEO of TSGN; T. Dhrmarajah Dhashna, Group Managing Director of TSGN; Cheng Guangren, Director & President of APT; Lo Kin Hang, Vice President & Company Secretary of APT

HONG KONG, May 12, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - APT Satellite Company Limited ("APT"), a leading regional satellite operator, and TS Global Network Sdn Bhd ("TSGN"), Malaysia's premier satellite communications ("SATCOM") services and solutions specialist, today jointly announced TSGN's investment in a designated payload (transponder capacity) on APT's APSTAR 9 Satellite to be launched in Q4 2015. The designated payload will also be known as TSGN MySAT-1.

The satellite payload will propel privately-owned TSGN's growth trajectory and ambitions to play a leading regional role in delivering reliable, high speed and affordable SATCOM communications and solutions to a wide spectrum of government and commercial customers. It will also play a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide by offering similar services to the underserved and un-served areas in Malaysia and the region in general. Targeting the ASEAN and Asia Pacific markets, TSGN aims to build on a strategic business model based on smart collaborations successfully built to date in Brunei and Indonesia to gain rapid access to serve its target markets via MySAT-1.

"TSGN has the talent, the technology, industry honed experience and now, long term satellite capacity via MySAT-1 to offer and deliver a compelling and competitive portfolio of solutions in meeting the rapidly growing appetite for broadband communications. We are cognizant of the financial and regulatory hurdles and demands in pursuing a bold approach to ramping up our regional growth and have adopted a red ocean strategy to map out our journey. This collaboration with APT is an illustration of our strategy." said T. Dhrmarajah Dhashna, TSGN Group Managing Director at the signing of the collaborative agreement here.

Dhashna said TSGN had decided on the collaboration of the satellite capacities in an effort to accommodate its demand, commitment and aspiration to scale up capacity and capability.

"This collaboration is a result of meticulous planning, design and evaluation", said Kent Ho, Group CEO of TSGN. "We will continue to build on our capacity beyond MySAT-1 as we see SATCOM playing a complementary but significant role to meet the ever growing demand for Telco services around the region." Ho added.

"APT has been providing satellite services in the region for over 20 years. TSGN has been our valuable long term customer. APT is also pleased to support TSGN in its business development based on APSTAR System's comprehensive and excellent quality services in the region. The company is pleased to have the opportunity to join hands with its long term customer, TSGN, in offering the C-band transponders on APSTAR 9 Satellite." said Director & President of APT, Cheng Guangren.

"The collaboration is very important for the strategic development of APT in the long run because it will further extend our market penetration and enhance customer base in the region." Cheng added.

Both APT and TSGN aim to forge a win-win model by leveraging the collaboration on this satellite to rapidly ramp up broadband data, video and other services in the ASEAN Region and look forward a long-term and fruitful business cooperation.

TS Global Network Sdn Bhd (TSGN), a privately-owned Malaysian company, is a premier satellite communications (SATCOM) services and solutions provider with an evolving presence in the ASEAN region.

As Malaysia's largest VSAT (very small aperture terminal) technology provider, TSGN serves more than 150 Malaysian corporations and multinational companies comprising oil and gas majors, plantation conglomerates, banks, telcos, defence, security, education and health institutions throughout Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

TSG International, a subsidiary, owns and operates TSGN's state-of-the-art RM100 million cyberport at Cyberjaya. The Cyberport which constitutes an important element in the ground segment will transform the Company into a fully fledged SATCOM player offering a complete suite of satellite teleport, international IP gateway and data centre in ASEAN and the Asia Pacific region.

APT Satellite Company Limited commenced operation in 1992. It currently owns and operates four in-orbit satellites, namely, APSTAR 5, APSTAR 6, APSTAR 7 and APSTAR 9A ("APSTAR Systems"), covering approximately 75% of the world's population across the Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia regions. APSTAR 9 Satellite is under construction, and is scheduled to be launched in Q4 2015. APT also provides excellent quality "one-stop-shop" transponder services, satellite telecommunications and satellite TV broadcasting and data centre services to broadcasters and telecommunication customers in these regions. The advanced APSTAR Systems, being supported by comprehensive and high quality services, have become very important satellite resources in the Asia Pacific region.


APSTAR 9 Satellite is a DFH-4 platform supplied by China Great Wall Industry Corporation. It will be located at 142E orbital slot to replace APSTAR 9A Satellite. APSTAR 9 is equipped with 32 C-band and 14 Ku-band transponders. C-band coverage consists of one broad beam for Asia Pacific region and one enhanced beam for South East Asia, suitable for video broadcast, VSAT networks and cellular backhaul services, Ku-band will cover West Pacific and East India Ocean region, providing DTH, VSAT, mobility services such as maritime and inflight connectivity.

For Enquiries:

Eric Pringle Associates Public Relations Sdn Bhd
Art Thamboo Tel: 60-3-21617144 Email: art_thamboo@epapr.com.my
Karen Pasqual Tel: 012-2453 165 Email: karen.pasqual@epapr.com.my

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Dr. Brian Lo Tel: 852 2600 2336 Email: brianlo@apstar.com

Peace TV starts broadcasting via YouTube

From http://news.thaivisa.com/thailand/peace-tv-starts-broadcasting-via-youtube/61066/

BANGKOK: — PEACE TV began broadcasting on YouTube yesterday after the red-shirt satellite-TV station had its broadcast licence revoked recently by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

Red-shirt co-leader Weng Tojirakarn, a host at Peace TV, said there would be less viewers on the Internet but the station expected its older, loyal fans to eventually learn how to watch its programmes on the Net.

“Our identity is still that of a political TV [station]. They cannot stop us from discussing politics,” Weng said.

“We’re for a genuinely democratic system with His Majesty the King as head of state. I’m using the word ‘genuine’ because there are those who claim to be for democracy while in fact are for dictatorship.”

Weng claimed that the National Council for Peace Order was behind the Peace TV ban – because it feared the station becoming a threat to the military regime.

He warned the NCPO that any attempt to block Peace TV on YouTube would attract further negative foreign attention to its censorship practices.

Peace TV programming has been adjusted to a daily schedule from 9am to midnight to suit the new medium, said Weng, and most programmes remain the same, though the morning news has been replaced by evening news from 7-9pm.

Weng admitted that some viewers aged over 50 may initially not know how to access Peace TV on the Internet but they were expected to eventually learn how – as their children could easily teach them, while Internet access through smartphone was much more accessible and affordable than in the past.

Sombat Boonngam-anong, the Red Sunday Group leader and a host at Peace TV, said the station’s audience on YouTube was a different demographic to those who watched the satellite channel.

“The number of viewers will drop unless Peace TV adjusts its programmes,” said Sombat, adding that YouTube clips should be much shorter than satellite TV programmes.

They should be more like a video clip, no longer than 10 minutes each, and be interactive, he said.

Sombat said he would discuss the merits of continuing his weekly show with Peace TV, which was previously 50 minutes.

Weng said the station would wait for a week or two to assess the length and format of its shows. But the programme of Jatuporn Promphan, the red-shirt co-leader and chairman of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, would continue to be two hours long.

Some people have said they would try to access Peace TV even though doing so would be more difficult, while others said it would be more convenient to watch Peace TV on YouTube.

The broadcasting regulator will work closely with the Information and Communications Technology Ministry to monitor Peace TV.

Sombat Leelapata, acting deputy secretary-general of the NBTC, said that if his committee found illegal activities on the online site, the NBTC and the ICT Ministry would consider taking action against the TV operator.

He explained that the NBTC had its own regulations to govern online content, while the ICT Ministry also had related laws including the Computer Crime Act BE 2550 (2007).

In a separate matter yesterday, the broadcasting regulator postponed its decision on whether to take action against two politics-oriented satellite TV channels, 24 TV and Fah Wan Mai, after receiving letters of complaint from consumers. The NBTC secretary-general said his committee wanted to ensure it had sufficient details before making a final decision on these matters.

CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015

From http://www.marketwatch.com/story/casbaa-satellite-industry-forum-2015-2015-05-12

HONG KONG, May 12, 2015 (ACN Newswire via COMTEX) -- CASBAA's annual Satellite Industry Forum is once again being held in Singapore at the beginning of June. The conference explores the latest developments and issues affecting the satellite industry in the Asia Pacific. Taking place on June 1st at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015 is a one day event that brings together industry experts to examine a variety of hot topics and to exchange and discuss information critical to the development of the communications sector and related services across the Asia-Pacific.

The conference continues to grow from strength to strength with an impressive lineup of speakers and a good mix of Asian and global players in attendance. Last year around one hundred companies were represented with almost half of delegates coming from the US and Europe - with most of the balance coming from Asia.

"Satellite services are instrumental in delivering television signals to the bulk of viewers across the region, and the satellite sector is an integral component of the multichannel TV industry in Asia," said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA. "The annual CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum is an extremely important event in our calendar, a fact that is reflected by our very active Satellite Industry Committee, as well as by the number of satellite-related companies that are CASBAA members".

This year's welcoming Keynote will be delivered by Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the ITU. "Zhao only took office in January this year so for many this will be the first opportunity for people to see him in this capacity", said Kevin Jennings, Programme Director, CASBAA.

In addition, CASBAA announced that Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer of Intelsat is delivering the Industry Keynote. Spengler is a satellite and telecommunications industry veteran with experience in the media, broadband, government and internet sectors and is a driving force behind Intelsat's next generation of satellite solutions.

The Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology Myanmar, U Thaung Tin, will also speak at the Forum and discuss Myanmar's plans to launch its own satellite and how the role of a sovereign satellite will impact the country.

The theme for 2015 asks "Is The Satellite Game Changing?" in acknowledgement of the ever-evolving industry landscape. The agenda for this year's forum will touch upon the challenges the industry is facing as the very definition of television changes to embrace new technologies, delivery methods and consumer habits.

As well as speaking with game changers and new kids on the block, the forum will discuss whether high throughput satellites the answer to reducing costs for customers. Another panel session is provocatively titled "Staring the Future of TV in the Face - A Watershed for the Satellite Industry?"

The roster of speakers encompasses the whole value chain of the satellite industry including:

- Mitsutoshi Akao, Exec Officer Space & Satellite Bus Group, SKY Perfect JSAT

- PJ Beylier, CEO, SpeedCast

- Terry Bleakley, Regional VP, Asia Pacific, Intelsat

- Paul Brown-Kenyon, CEO, MEASAT

- Thomas Choi, CEO, ABS

- Gregg Daffner, CEO, GapSat;

- Gonzalo de Dios, Associate General Counsel, Intelsat

- Michel de Rosen, CEO, Eutelsat

- Dr. Ali Ebadi, SVP, Space Systems Development, MEASAT

- Vern Fotheringham, CEO, LeoSat

- Yvon Henri, Chief, Space Services Department, ITU

- Huang Baozhong, EVP, APT Satellite

- Erwin Hudson, Programme Manager, ViaSat

- Ferdinand Kayser, CCO, SES

- Ethan Lavan, Director of Orbital Resources, Eutelsat,

- Deepak Mathur, SVP Commercial, Asia-Pacific and Middle East, SES

- Barry Matsumori, SVP, Commercial Sales & Business Development, SpaceX

- Deepakjit Singh, MD, Asia, Encompass Digital Media

- Soo Yew Weng, MD, Globecast Asia

- Dave Ulmer, SVP& GM Asia, SeaChange International

- Bill Wade, President & CEO, AsiaSat

- Plus many others

The CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015 also recognizes the generous support of the sponsors for this year's event:

ABS, AsiaSat, Boeing, Eutelsat, Intelsat, JSat, Lockheed Martin, Marsh, Measat, SES, SSL, and Telstra.

For more information about the event, please visit http://bit.ly/1cshteC


CASBAA is the association for multichannel TV in Asia. Established in 1991 CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery. Covering Asia and encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising. To view the full list of CASBAA members, and more information, please visit www.casbaa.com.

Source: CASBAA

FOXTEL selects FASTCOM to support multi-vendor security for iQ3 STB

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/12/foxtel-selects-fastcom-to-support-multi-vendor-security-for-iq3-stb/

FASTCOM Technology, an expert in standard-based solutions for the pay-TV security market, has announced that FOXTEL, the Australian pay-TV operator, has selected FASTCOM’s MCAS solution for ensuring the licensing authority services of its new iQ3 set-top-box, which is manufactured by PACE and which integrates a BROADCOM chipset.

Leveraging the MCAS solution, FOXTEL is able to operate the iQ3 in a multi-vendor security strategy with two different CAS solutions installed, namely CISCO/NDS and IRDETO. The MCAS allows keeping total control over the deployed iQ3 in terms of applications, middleware and CAS security solution. This allows for faster market response and for efficient resource planning.

“Thanks to FASTCOM’s MCAS solution and its independence towards the security providers, FOXTEL is able to achieve its goal of total control over the deployed iQ3 set-top-boxes while leveraging two proprietary CAS solutions running in parallel on the iQ3,” commented Stephen Joyce, Senior Platform Security Lead, FOXTEL

FASTCOM’s MCAS solution provides the STBs licensing authority services with the needed infrastructure. The MCAS preserves the security level of traditional CAS implementations, while giving the payTV operator the opportunity to retain the direct control on the STBs in the field. Also, the MCAS enables the payTV operator to implement dynamically a multi-vendor approach. Updates and changes are possible at any time for a minimum cost. The MCAS uses the ETSI standard TS 103 162 (K-LAD 2010) and does not use any proprietary technology. K-LAD 2010 is widely accepted by the industry and it is implemented by the major chipset vendors and supported by the major CAS vendors.

As a company, FASTCOM is totally independent from any vendor allowing for a maximum independence. Furthermore, all data encompassed in the MCAS are subject to the Swiss laws, which provide an additional protection for the payTV operator.

US prefers à la carte to bundles

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/12/reutersipsos-americans-prefer-a-la-carte-to-bundles/

A vast majority of Americans would prefer to assemble their own pay TV channels rather than subscribe to packages that include dozens or hundreds of networks, according to the findings of a new Reuters/Ipsos poll which challenges traditional television distribution.

Seventy-seven per cent of US adults said they would like à la carte pricing which would allow consumers to pick their own channels. Only 23 per cent said they would prefer bundles.

The survey found few willing to pay more than about $10 per channel. The poll found 40 per cent would pay up to $10 a month for sports network ESPN, while 46 per cent are willing to do the same with news networks such as CNN, MSNBC or Fox News.

The percentage of people who will pay up to $30 a month for either ESPN or news networks was 4 per cent and 6 per cent, respectively.

A 54 per cent majority do not want ESPN, while 47 per cent said they do not want cable news networks.

The online poll was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Reuters from May 1 through May 6 with a sample of 1,680 Americans age 18 or older.

Freeview passes 100m sales (U.K)

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/12/freeview-passes-1m-sales/

Freeview has passed the 100 million mark for the number of DTT TVs and boxes sold since its launch in 2002. The figure includes all televisions, set-top boxes and DVD and Blu-ray devices with an inbuilt Freeview DVB-T SD or HD tuner.

Integrated digital televisions (IDTVs) – televisions with an inbuilt DVB-T SD or HD tuner – make up the majority (66 per cent) of Freeview units sold, at just over 70 million. Freeview+ digital TV recorders that allow viewers to pause, record and rewind programmes account for over six million sales.

HD televisions and boxes account for 16 million sales and have seen year-on-year growth since Freeview HD was launched in 2010. Of these, 98 per cent of sales were TVs.

The news comes ahead of the launch of Freeview Play, the subscription-free connected TV service that combines catch-up and on-demand services with live TV, thereby enabling viewers to catch up on the TV they’ve missed directly from the TV guide.

Guy North, Managing Director of Freeview, said: “Reaching this milestone is testament to the ongoing popularity of the Freeview service. Since its launch we’ve taken the country from analogue to digital, linear to time-shifted, and SD to HD. Soon, we will take our viewers from digital to a connected TV world with Freeview Play. There’s a great opportunity for Freeview Play to reach scale in the connected TV market. We will bring simplicity to what is a very confusing market for people right across the UK, and expect Freeview Play to become the new norm in how we watch television in the future.”


PowerVu update

New firmware for Strong models 4922 HD - SRT 4920 HD - SRT 4922 HD -SRT 4922A HD firmware 177p 2015.05.07 handles PowerVu in the regular 8282 menu

An example of some of the services in the Asia Pacific region that are hacked through the current breach of the PowerVU conditional access system.

166.0°E 3980-H-27690 and 3760 v 27690 (Discovery)
166.0°E 3830-H-14000 // (CNN Asia)
166.0°E 3860-H-28000 // (American Forces Network)
166.0°E 4080-V-28270 // (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific)
166.0°E 3940-H-27690 // (TV5 Monde Pacifique)
166.0°E 4020-H-26470 // (ESPN)
166.0°E 4060-H-26590 // (NHK World Network)
166.0°E 4140-H-28125 // (Disney Channel Asia)
105.5°E 3960-H-27500 // (Turner International Asia)
91.4°E 3760-V-29700 3960-H-29700 // (Encompass Digital Media)
91.4°E 3641-V-13333 // (Solar Entertainment)
76.5°E 3720-V-29620 // (Universal Networks)
76.5°E 3880-V-30000 // (Disney Channel)
76.5°E 3920-H-28340 // (Entertainment Asia)
68.5°E 3752-V-9300 // (Essel Shyam)
68.5°E 3739-H-26590 // (NHK World Network)
66.0°E 3845-H-30000 // (Sony Entertainment TV)
64.2°E 4094-L-3680 // (American Forces Network)
68.5°E 3974-V-19850 // (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific)
68.5°E 4064-H-19850 // (Sky News International)

Sunday feeds

IS 19 12534 V Sr 15000 3/4 DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, "STS 9" unknown encrypted
IS 19 12516 V Sr 15000 3/4 DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, "STS 2" unknown encrypted

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "AFL West Coast v Port Adelaide" Fta
D1 12670 V Sr 7200 3/4 DVBS2/8PSK, 720x576/50i SD, FTA. "IP-UPLINKS" AFL Fta
D1 12429 V Sr 7000 5/6 DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA.."STS3" NRL Fta
D1 12419 V Sr 7000 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA.. STS

D2 12324 V Sr 1000 "Qatar U20 Friendly 1" Encrypted but probably soccer going by the i.d

Saturday Feeds

D2 12338 V Sr 7500 3/4, DVBS2/8PSK, 720x576/50i SD, FTA. "STS3" Shute Shield Rugby

D1 12661 V Sr 7500 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 720x576/50i SD, FTA.."Astra 3 Path 1" AFL
D1 12652 V Sr 7500 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA "STS 1" AFL

From my Email

From saldav1

Sunday feeds

3867 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder SPURS TV - STO (Stoke City) vs (TOT) Tottenham Hotspur, (FTA.)
3925 H SR 7199 GlobeCast1 FNATIC vs SKTELECOM T1 - Invitational Games, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7000 $UFC Adelaide-PH ($Scrambled.)
3654 H SR 6111 KUA E/S Colour test pattern, (FTA.)

3735 H SR 7199 ASAN_MP4_1 J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
4148 H SR 7199 HD ENC-4A J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
4174 H SR 7199 WSG ENC2 HD J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
All transponders carrying different Soccer games.

Saturday Feeds

all asiasat 5

3755 V SR 6111 $Arqiva SD Enc 3 ($Scrambled.)
3755 V SR 7120 $NST HD Enc 4 ($Scrambled.)
3935 H SR 7120 $CCTV ($Scrambled.)
4151 H SR 15000 $TOP RANK TRU NEWA ($Scrambled.)
3867 H SR 7199 DSNG 7 SD FEED wording on colour test pattern, (FTA.)
3928 V SR 7199 NYC:545 ENC-430 PACTV LA wording on colour test pattern, (FTA.)
4165 H SR 7199 Globecast 1 FNC vs BJK in the Invitational Games Competition, (FTA.)
3638 H SR 4166 AP_SD Live picture of a city skyline somewhere in Europe, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7199 DSNG 7 Still picture of a city skyline and river somewhere in Europe, (FTA.)
3686 H SR 6111 KUA E/S Malaysian Prime Minister arriving at a function, (FTA.)
3750 V SR 14240 $Formula E Monaco ($Scrambled.)
3888 V SR 7119 $FORMULA E BACK UP ($Scrambled.)
3876 H SR 6999 NODOUBT-ROCK N RI Rock in Rio USA wording and image on screen
3932 V SR 13333 $ENC_1 ($Scrambled.)

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "ELbox" is now encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "TVBS Entertainment Channel has replaced TVBS" on , encrypted.

Koreasat 5 113.0E All channels in the American Forces Network muxes on 12590 V and 12670 V are encrypted again.

Yamal 401 90.0E 4164 L "GTRK Dalnevostochnaya" has left .

KazSat 2 86.5E 11495 V "KazSport" has started on , Fta. Kazakh TV is now Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12467 V "MRTV 4" is now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "Krasnaya Liniya" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V Karusel has left .

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Bangla Music, Channel 5 and Filmy Bangla" have started on , Fta

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Elbox(印尼)频道加密,设置3818 V 27500参数有条件接收。[05-11]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,DTC替换Travel & Beyond(泰国)频道,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。[05-11]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,动物星球(蒙古)频道解密,设置12508 H 45000参数免费接收。[05-11]

东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Naaptol、Aaj Tak(Dish TV)等全组频道改频率,设置12688 H 30000参数部分免费接收。[05-10]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Itn、Varnam(Dish TV)等4个频道新增,设置12170 H 40700参数免费接收。[05-10]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,大爱 HD(台湾)频道消失,设置12710 H 4284参数无效接收。[05-10]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,新华英语(中国)频道消失,设置12730 H 7400参数无效接收。[05-10]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel One(MPEG-4)频道改格式,设置4038 H 1600参数免费接收。[05-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Hero Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3480 H 30000参数有条件接收。[05-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,V Shopping(泰国)频道消失,设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [5月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thaichaiyo(泰国)频道解密,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Farm Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3520 H 28125参数无效接收。 [5月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal Zvezda(0h)、InterAz(俄罗斯)频道重现,设置11605 V 43200参数免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Splash TV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3796 V 7200参数免费接收。[05-10]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal Zvezda(0h)、InterAz(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11605 V 43200参数无效接收。[05-10]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Mir(+3h)(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11504 V 3400参数无效接收。[05-09]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Onbook(韩国)频道消失,设置12530 H 26000参数无效接收。[05-09]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,也门卫视(阿拉伯)频道重现,设置3820 V 27500参数免费接收。[05-09]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,BeIn Sport 1(香港)高清频道加密,设置3700 V 30000参数有条件接收。[05-08]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Karusel(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11605 V 43200参数无效接收。[05-08]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,艺华影视、高清探索(艺华卫视)等全组测试频道消失,设置12385 H 45000参数无效接收。 [5月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Cricket、Test Ch 5(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3860 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [5月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Sony、Warner TV(泰国)频道解密,设置12355 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Sony、Warner TV HD(泰国)频道解密,设置4000 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,艺华影视、新视觉(艺华卫视)等11个频道新增,设置12385 H 45000参数部分免费接收。 [5月8日]

Stream Links

SUBTV music HD

Channels from Scandinavia (excellent quality HD)


Japanese channel streams! (rare to find)

From http://www.tvonlinestreams.com/source-code-japanese-links/

TV Tokyo
TV Asahi

TV Tokyo
TV Asahi
Kansai TV


Netflix taking SVOD, pay TV lead in Australia

From http://tbivision.com/news/2015/05/netflix-taking-svod-and-pay-tv-lead-in-australia/430201/

NetflixNetflix has established itself as the most popular streaming service in Australia, generating more traffic than its longer established SVOD rivals, new data shows.

Separate research shows that Netflix has already got more subscribers than long-established pay TV platform Foxtel, which has seen its customer base decline since the US-listed streaming company launched in Australia.

Data from research firm Experian Hitwise, first published and reported upon in newspaper The Australian, show that Netflix generated more hits than all of its rivals on its launch day in late March and has continue to dominate.

On launch day it generated 820,000 hits ahead of nearest competitor pubcaster the ABC’s catch-up service iView, which had 330,000 hits. Netflix’s peak traffic hit 820,000 in April, over the Easter weekend, with iView placed second with 400,000.

Seven Yahoo’s online TV service placed third with Foxtel’s Presto and Nine and Fairfax-backed Stan trailing some way further back.

The traffic stats follow research from finance blog Pocket Book, which aggregated Netflix’s local paid-for subs in Australia and the customers thought to be accessing the US service via a VPN.

It claims that in April, its first full month of launch, Netflix had 39% of local media subscriptions, ahead of Foxtel with 38%. Stan had 7%. Pocket Book said that two-thirds of Netflix’s paying subs are taking it’s mid-priced A$11.99 (US$9.47) package.

It added that its estimate for the proportion of Foxtel subs that want to churn exceeds other projections of 10%.

In less good news for the Netflix, the Australian government has confirmed it intends to introduce what has been dubbed a ‘Netflix tax’.

The Good and Services Tax (GST) will mean Australians will have to pay an additional 10% on digital services acquired over the internet. The tax, which does not apply to physical products bought online, will raise about A$450 million over four years, according to treasurer Joe Hockey.

Foxtel welcomes GST tax on digital transactions

From http://www.itwire.com/government-tech-news/govenrment-tech-policy/67976-foxtel-welcomes-gst-tax-on-digital-transactions

Foxtel says it welcomes the Government’s ‘move to level the digital playing field’, which means it welcomes your costs going up - but do you?

Australia’s pay/subscription TV giant, Foxtel, says it today ‘welcomed the Government's decision to enact legislation designed to level the playing field with regards to GST on digital transactions.’

Sadly, this is bad news for Australians who don’t currently pay GST on digital transactions, as it means a 10% price rise for anything you pay to download from outside of Australia.

An example of where this might hit your hip pocket is if you subscribe to Netflix, which doesn’t currently charge GST on its monthly plans, but will now have to, with the money coming out of your pocket, dear reader.

Bruce Meagher, Foxtel’s Group Director of Corporate Affiars said: “The government’s move to enforce GST for the supply of digital content services is the right one.

“The digital marketplace is an increasingly competitive space and it’s critical to ensure that all players that do business in Australia do so on a level field, with no one player advantaged through tax loopholes.

“The introduction of this legislation will not only help to maintain consistency across the competitive landscape, but it will also ensure that Australia gets its due taxes from the companies that choose to do business here, which benefits all Australians.”

Well, the move might benefit you if your state government spends any of that GST revenue on services that you might or might not use.

However as we all know, governments like to spend money - the people’s money - on endless boondoggles, so whether the people will truly see any benefit is up for serious debate.

Unfortunately, Australia is one of the highest cost countries to live in on the planet.

This decision makes Australia an even costlier place, and Foxtel welcomes it.

Thanks, Foxtel. G$T here we come, welcome to the new Game of Taxes.

Early V8 ratings suggest Supercars TV strategy misfiring

From http://www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsport/early-v8-ratings-suggest-supercars-tv-strategy-misfiring-20150509-ggxbkm.html

V8 Supercars' highly-touted broadcasting deal is off to a faltering start.

The series is only three rounds into its six-year, $241 million agreement shared between Foxtel and Channel Ten, but already the new broadcasting strategy, which places more emphasis on "ancillary" mid-week programs and race replays in a bid for greater audience numbers, is causing disquiet among stakeholders and sponsors.

Last Sunday's broadcast of the Perth SuperSprint race attracted only 63,000 viewers on pay television - good enough for 11th on the top 20 subscription programs, or equal with a re-run of British comedy Fawlty Towers. More telling was the response to Ten's delayed one-hour highlights package, which attracted 83,000 metropolitan followers plus another 28,000 on sister channel One, according to official industry figures, in a race that would traditionally be expected to garner almost 500,000 viewers combined. V8 Supercars said that with Ten's regional affiliates and Foxtel's Go and Play services included, the total audience amounted to 275,000 viewers.

Clashing with the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, the City-Country representative game, the Anzac Test and the AFL's Port Adelaide-Adelaide derby, the lowly Perth figures follow poor numbers for the preceding Symmons Plains V8s round in March.

Questions are already being asked of the broadcasting agreement. Fairfax Media has learned that at least one key stakeholder is running its own numbers on television ratings and there are outside concerns that the sport is alienating its audience because of the high emphasis on pay television, which covers roughly 30 per cent of Australian homes.

However, V8 Supercars chief executive James Warburton insisted the new agreement was on track.

"It's still early days," he told Fairfax Media, adding that this weekend's Winton round would provide a more accurate gauge of ratings.

"Tasmania was down 23 per cent and that was up against the Cricket World Cup, and Perth was down about 24 per cent with the Perth time difference pushing back the Channel 10 replays. If you look at the season-opening Adelaide round (broadcast live on Ten), our numbers were up 5 per cent when you take the race replays into account.

"Once the races are replayed across the course of the week – and the races only – we're going to be within 15 to 17 per cent from Channel 7's numbers last year. We'd like to get a bit closer and I think we can once the 4pm replays [come into effect]."

A V8 Supercars spokesman explained the move to Foxtel was in part driven by an insufficient offer from Channel 7 to stay on free-to-air.

Instead, the series took a leap of faith when it decided to move most races away from free-to-air television, giving all-but six fixtures exclusively to Foxtel – a considerable departure from former deals under which free-to-air only coverage was seen as crucial.

Other than live races from Adelaide, Townsville, Sandown, Bathurst, the Gold Coast and the Sydney 500, free-to-air viewers are privy only to a daily one-hour highlights package during each fixture of the 14-round series.

Foxtel viewers, meanwhile, have access to a claimed 1140 hours in broadcast coverage each year, much of that live.

Warburton claimed that from July, when the majority of free-to-air rounds will begin, the audience figures will grow considerably.

"Sprint rounds represent 30 per cent of our audience historically, so judgment needs to be year end on the sport," he said.

Highly-placed sources insist the sport is not yet at a crossroads, though there are genuine concerns over the amount of advertising exposure under the new agreement.

"It's a business, we don't do it for fun," said one. "You stress test. You look at it and think 'What are we achieving, are we getting the right result commercially?'.

"We are watching the current audience figures very carefully and there are plenty of other stakeholders in a similar position."

In recent years, high-profile sponsors have left the sport. Other household names have recently cut back on sponsorship money, while Ford has pulled factory support from its FPR team beyond this year.

"The current numbers are the summary of Tasmania and Perth. We've got a six -ear deal and we've had two rounds," Warburton said. He pointed to quarterly Repucom data that indicated year-on-year increases in the sport's followers and sponsorship values.

Game up for free-riding Periscope users

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11446082

Kiwis using the free app could feel the full force of the law, streamers warned.

Millions of people worldwide used Periscope to watch last weekend's pay-per-view boxing bout in Las Vegas for free.

Kiwi boxing fans who watched the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao on Periscope for nothing, be warned - the free ride won't last forever.

The new Twitter app allows users to post live video streams. Clips must be watched live and cannot be replayed.

Those planning to use the app to stream ringside, courtside or stageside in this country may be banned from future events and could face legal action. Filming and streaming live events is banned in the terms and conditions of most ticket sales for prime sporting and entertainment shows.

Millions of people worldwide used Periscope to watch last weekend's pay-per-view boxing bout in Las Vegas for free. The same app allowed users to illegally broadcast the highly anticipated fifth-season premiere of Game of Thrones as it went to air in the United States.

But those who tried to film live sport here risked feeling "the full force of the law", said Duco Events director David Higgins, whose company promotes the Fight For Life and rising professional boxer Joseph Parker.

"It is theft. If anyone is seen recording they will be removed and we would not want them back," he said. If Duco encountered any problems it would seek a lawyer's opinion on any legal action it could take.

New Zealand Rugby confirmed it would also pay attention to the way Periscope was used by fans at All Blacks matches.

"Social media is an important part of fans connecting with sport," Nick Brown, NZR's general manager of commercial, said.

"We'll be keeping an eye on it and working with our broadcast partners to ensure that their rights are being protected as much as possible."

Sky TV New Zealand chief executive John Fellet believed streaming events like last weekend's fight would be a short-term issue.

Kiwi punters were charged up to $50 to watch the bout on Sky.

Fellet said it was in Periscope's interests to work through the issue. "Periscope is owned by Twitter so the liability would be immense.

"They would be sued into oblivion if anything is streamed that shouldn't be."

Twitter confirmed this week it had removed at least 30 live streams of the Mayweather Jr/Pacquiao fight.

Used legally Periscope is favoured by celebrities such as talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Ellen de Generes, who stream their live shows.

About Periscope

• A free live streaming application bought by Twitter for $100 million in January.

• Viewers can send poster appreciation "hearts" which add to the popularity of a post.

• Popular posts are displayed like the "most watched" on YouTube.

Biggest threat to Indonesia’s DTH & Pay TV market is piracy: Tanoesoedibjo

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/people/biggest-threat-to-indonesia-s-dth-pay-tv-market-is-piracy-tanoesoedibjo-150509

MUMBAI: While there may have been disruptive pricing and piracy issues that haunt the Indonesian pay TV market, the potential in the country is enormous.

According to Indonesian satellite Pay TV company MNC Sky Vision’s president and director Rudy Tanoesoedibjo, the industry faces three key hurdles, which are stagnating growth. Outlining the three key points he says that piracy has been the biggest threat to the pay TV and Direct to Home (DTH) market.

“We work very hard to fight piracy and we get very good support from the channels to stop piracy,” Tanoesoedibjo says. He was speaking at the recently held Asia Pacific Operators Summit (APOS) 2015 in Bali.

Tanoesoedibjo further adds that the other two reasons are inter related to the content of the channels in Indonesia. “We are experiencing what India was experiencing in the past. In India, it was called call rotational subscribers while we call it recycle subscribers. The same set of new subscribers come in once again every three to four months, as new subscribers like a rotational churn thanks to an ‘unhealthy’ free offering for new subscribers. A single subscriber jumps from one operator to another,” he says.

The third reason behind the stagnant growth, according to Tanoesoedibjo, is severe because of a new practice adopted by some operators in the country. “Operators do not shut off non-paying subscribers. We have had instances where people only pay one time and continue with the service. This threatens the growth,” he laments before adding, “this is a structural problem and we can only solve it with the participation of the channels.”

To battle the menace of piracy, MNC Sky Vision is currently fighting approximately 36 cases in court. The company has three brands namely Indovision, Top TV and Oke Vision under its umbrella. The good news here is that MNC Sky Vision has managed to crack one the biggest player, which had 75,000 subscribers.

Talking about the scale of opportunity for DTH players in Indonesia, Tanoesoedibjo opines that the opportunity is large enough with a market size of 40-50 million subscribers and the pipe can grow further. “Currently the pipe is stagnant,” he informs.

Going forward, MNC Sky Vision is planning to offer more High Definition (HD) channels in the country and will also be moving soon to MPEG-5.

“It doesn't matter if the Set Top Box (STB) is MPEG2, MPEG 3, MPEG 5, HD or even Standard Definition (SD), as the price difference is only one or two dollars. We will be move to MPEG 5 by the end of the year,” he says.

Throwing light on the dilemma of whether Over the Top (OTT) and DTH players can co-exist peacefully, Tanoesoedibjo says that DTH operators need to evolve in order to survive. “DTH operators think with a traditional mindset that they just provide access to content via their technology for customers. We should not forget that at the end of the day, we do not have control of content. We are only a pipe,” he informs.

Calling new technology that can deliver content faster, efficiently and cheaper than a DTH operator, a threat, Tanoesoedibjo says that in that scenario operators will have to expand, introduce better technology and new means of delivery such as OTT platforms.

“We have already launched our alternate OTT, and are also preparing our stand alone OTT services next. But maybe in the next five months there will bea new means of delivery,” he mulls.

On a concluding note Tanoesoedibjo says that operators need to pay attention in creating their own content. “We now have our own content for 20 channels. At the end of the day we deliver content. But if someone else finds an easier way to deliver it, then DTH needs to watch and be more effective,” he cautions.

Kratos To Support Thaicom 8 w/Satellite Control Center +Tracking, Telemetry and Command Station

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=636453706

[SatNews] ...an all-in-one satellite fleet management system with the ability to simultaneously control multiple satellites from different manufacturers from a single consolidated system.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that Thaicom Public Company Limited (Thaicom), Thailand’s satellite operator, awarded Kratos Integral Systems International (Kratos ISI) contracts for a Satellite Control Center (SCC) and a Tracking, Telemetry and Command (TT&C) Station. Both will support the new Thaicom 8 satellite. The projects, which are direct contracts with Thaicom, were awarded to Kratos under two separate procurements.

Scheduled for a first half 2016 launch, Thaicom 8 will have a total of 24 Ku-band transponders covering Thailand, South Asia and Africa and will serve customers’ needs for increased Ku-band capacity. Thaicom 8 is a GeoStar2 telecommunications satellite built by Orbital ATK. This will be the 16th Orbital ATK GeoStar satellite that Kratos ISI has supported.

Kratos ISI will deliver a complete satellite control system for Thaicom 8 based on Kratos’ EPOCH® command and control and OASYS® flight dynamics solutions, which are the flagship products of the EPOCH IPSTM Integrated Product Suite. EPOCH IPS is an all-in-one satellite fleet management system with the ability to simultaneously control multiple satellites from different manufacturers from a single consolidated system. EPOCH IPS presents a more efficient and economical alternative to costly stove-piped command and control systems and provides Thaicom a control platform that can scale to support any future satellite fleet expansion needs.

The TT&C station, provided by the Kratos ISI UK team, will be the primary TT&C Earth station for Thaicom 8 and will include an 11m C-Band turning head antenna with a monopulse tracking system and fully redundant RF system. The antenna offers continuous wide-angle steering combined with high-accuracy pointing and tracking from its precision drives system, while the RF system is fully frequency-agile. As such, the system will support both nominal on-station and emergency TT&C operations.

“We are very honored by the trust Thaicom has shown in the quality of our products and services as well as our ability to provide the end-to-end satellite ground system that will help ensure safe and efficient operations of the Thaicom 8 satellite,” said James Kramer, Senior Vice President at Kratos ISI. “It was an important milestone for Kratos ISI as we continue to support the Asian satellite market.”

Russia to Launch US Comms Satellite Into Space

From http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150511/1021985708.html

Russia will launch a US communications satellite from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan this year, the government said in a statement on Monday.

Proton M missile transported to Baikonur launchpad

Russia Launches European Communications Satellite Atop Proton-M Carrier Rocket
The Intelsat DLA-2 satellite, also known as Intelsat 31, will be put into orbit by Russia’s Proton Breeze M launch vehicle.

The 6 metric ton probe will provide in-orbit protection services for the DIRECTV Latin America Direct-to-Home (DTH) television platform, a leading DTH digital television services operator in Latin America.

This will be the 11th ILS Proton launch for Intelsat and the 5th mission to support DIRECTV.

The launch will consolidate Russia’s position on the global space services market and promote international cooperation in space exploration, the government statement said.

4K STBs for DISH Network

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/11/4k-stbs-for-dish-network/

EchoStar’s CEO Michael Dugan says that the company is in the “tail-end” of the product development cycles of its latest set-top box, and it will start shipping to its main customer DISH Network later this year.

“One of the products and which we are most excited is the already announced 4K Joey, the first 4K Ultra HD set-top box from a PayTV provider that is compliant with all HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2 and compliant their all 4K televisions. DISH Network already announced this product earlier this year at CES,” he told analysts.

Dugan added that EchoStar is also developing security-based and home automation additions to the product line that he said “will be well received by consumers”.

“The potential of this product line is unbelievable compared to the devices that are standalone in the industry at this time.”

Specifically speaking about DISH Network’s plans for the introduction of 4K/Ultra-HDTV, Dugan said: “Obviously, DISH’s 4K plans are not totally visible to us nor we are able to comment on that publicly. Obviously, 4K PPV and special events is where it appears the industry is going to start, and the development of Joey to allow [4K] to be added to current systems was an attempt to ensure that they have all of the features necessary to be competitive as 4K rolled out.”

“But right now we don’t have any real specific expectations nor do we plan any, for any major increase in DISH revenue based on 4K bandwidth requirements they have. They have to manage where they allocate their bandwidth on their own and right now there is no major initiatives to get them a dramatic improvement in bandwidth and therefore increase on DISH revenue,“ added Dugan.

Freesat: Solid start to 2015

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/11/freesat-solid-start-to-2015/

UK subscription-free satellite TV service Freesat has announced a positive start to the year, with strong take-up of Freetime, its connected TV service. Freesat says its continuing growth demonstrates the ongoing appeal of the free-to-air connected TV service, giving customers high quality technology and engaging content without any bills. Freesat viewers can access over 200 TV and radio channels, more than any other free-to-air provider, and at no monthly fee.

Freetime gained twice the number of new customers in Q1 2015 compared with the same period in 2014 and now accounts for 50 per cent of all Freesat set-top box sales for the fourth consecutive quarter. Growth has been driven by a user-friendly offering, which is continuously evolving and expanding through new channel launches and product development.

The latest addition to the Freesat line-up is new channel Spike from US media group Viacom – which owns UK commercial PSB Channel 5 – which launched on 15 April with programming that includes the critically-acclaimed Breaking Bad and Lip Sync Battle.

Remote record continues to be an important area of development and differentiation since its initial launch as a key feature of the Freesat App in January 2014. The strong take-up of the service led Freesat to offer the feature via e-mail to Freetime PVR customers in January 2015. Results have been positive with the number of customers setting remote recordings doubling every month. The popularity of the service has since driven its continued expansion across social media and the Freesat website.

The roll-out of the Freesat app for Kindle users drove demand for the Freesat app in the first quarter, helping the company to reach new audiences and achieve its goal of exceeding 500,000 downloads within the first year of launch.

The FreeTV Alliance, the broadcast industry association that Freesat launched in late 2014 alongside partners Fransat (France), Tivusat (Italy) and HD Plus (Germany), delivered on its initiative for open standards with the release of the first remote control specification. With more releases to come, the Alliance will continue to support the growth and harmonisation of free-to-air satellite TV services throughout Europe.

Alistair Thom, Freesat’s managing director, said that another strong quarter for Freesat clearly demonstrated the continuing growth and strength of the UK’s free-to-air proposition. “With critically acclaimed programmes such as Breaking Bad now available through Spike, Freesat continues to support our ever expanding content offering with connected technology that empowers customers and their viewing habits. Our efforts with the Free TV Alliance are also progressing as we work towards creating a common set of specifications and open standards. The Free TV Alliance can develop features comparable to Pay TV for manufacturers to readily adopt. Ultimately, we see an exciting opportunity for Freesat to engage commercially on an international scale.”


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AFN has encrypted again on Intelsat 19

Power Vu update,
forums are reporting Openbox S1, S2, S2 mini, S2 mini+ Receivers have had Powervu codes added internally in their latest firmware. This would make them one of if not the first consumer receiver that enables "hacked" viewing of some PowerVu services. However providers have starting fighting back killing, the EMM pid data in their streams and shutting off known details.

We don't support Hacking and are covering this for "news purposes" as there are many providers who read Apsattv.

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Thaicom Strengthens Q1 2015 Efficiency

From http://www.satprnews.com/2015/05/08/thaicom-strengthens-q1-2015-efficiency/

Moving Forwards with “Connecting the Future” Strategy

Nonthaburi, Thailand , May 08, 2015 – Thaicom, one of Asia’s leading satellite operators, today released its operating results for Quarter 1 of 2015, recording a consolidated net profit of 540 million Baht – a 35.3 per cent increase when compared with results from the first quarter of 2014.

For the same period in 2015, consolidated revenue from the sale of goods and rendering of services totaled 3,074 million Baht, an increase of 229 million Baht (8.0 per cent) compared to 2,845 million Baht in Quarter 1 of 2014.

Suphajee Suthumpun, Chief Executive Officer at Thaicom, said: “The first quarter of 2015 has been another solid quarter for Thaicom and resulted in an operating profit (EBIT), mainly due to revenue growth from THAICOM-7 which has been generating income since November 2014. Our value-added services, for examp le, teleport services including tape playout and digital signal compression, and sales of satellite equipment to broadcasting satellite operators have also contributed to these results.”

The revenue growth achieved mainly came from Thaicom’s satellite, Internet services and media businesses, as well as efficient selling and administrative expense control. Thaicom will now move forward with its strategy for 2015, “Connecting the Future”, which will connect all key parts of the business. More HD channels will also be made available to Thaicom customers and further developments in UHD will be made throughout 2015.

“As we head further into 2015, the future and connecting our customers to it will be a key focus for us. Our sustained growth is fueled by new partnerships and acquisitions, allowing us to serve the individual needs of each customer more effectively and efficiently than ever before. Our long-term aim continues to be to realize ubiquitous connectivity through our technology and we are committed to taking every possible measure to achieve this,” Suphajee added.

In other areas of Thaicom’s operations, its Internet and media subsidiary, CS Loxinfo PLC (CSL) saw a continued increase in the number of subscribers for corporate leased lines and Internet Data Center (IDC), with a growth of 1 per cent and 4 per cent from the previous quarter, respectively. This was due to the growth of new customers and bandwidth usage for corporate customers.

DTV, Thaicom’s Direct to Home (DTH) operator, will focus on new products and services including “Digital Head-End” solutions for cable TV and IPTV operators, hotels, condominiums, and educational institutions, targeting customers who decide to upgrade from analog to digital, reducing their investment costs.

Lao Telecommunications Co., Ltd. (LTC), Thaicom’s telephone operation in the Lao PDR has successfully increased its mobile phone subscriber base, thus maintaining its leading market position with 47.48 per cent market share, up from 46.93 per cent at the end of 2014. Furthermore, the company could significantly increase the number of Internet subscribers, especially Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) Fixed Wireless subscribers.


THAICOM Public Company Limited, a leading Asian satellite operator, was established in 1991. The Company was the first to launch a broadband satellite in the world, and is a leader in developing integrated solutions for satellite broadband and broadcast services. The Company’s engineering teams provide leading-edge innovative solutions for satellite-based telecommunications services. Since its establishment the Company has launched seven satellites, with four satellites in operation: THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR) provides a variety of broadband and data services, including cellular backhaul, mobility, government USO support, content delivery, business continuity and emergency services in thirteen countries in Asia Pacific. THAICOM 6 is to expand the Company’s broadcast carrying capacity in SE Asia and Africa (by the name “AFRICOM 1”) and is collocated with THAICOM 5 at 78.5 degrees East; the satellites board a combined 700 TV channels both in SD and HD formats. THAICOM 7 was launched in September 2014 to provide media & data services for Asia’s and Australasia’s entertainment and telecom industries at 120 degrees East. THAICOM 8 will be launched in 2016 to expand Thaicom’s servicing capacity and footprint in the region.

THAICOM is traded on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) under the trade symbol “THCOM”.

Corporate Communications
Thitipa Laxanaphisuth 0-2596-5041, 09-8584-6880 thitipal@thaicom.net
Sujittra Yingpoemmongkol 0-2596-5060 Ext. 8493, 0990-045-045 sujittray@thaicom.net
Kanthamanee Maneepark 0-2596-5060 Ext. 8407, 08-1346-5252 kanthamaneem@thaicom.ne

Kratos Awarded Satellite Ground System Contracts to Support Thaicom 8 Satellite

From http://www.marketwatch.com/story/kratos-awarded-satellite-ground-system-contracts-to-support-thaicom-8-satellite-2015-05-08


Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. KTOS, -5.47% a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that Thaicom Public Company Limited (Thaicom), Thailand's satellite operator, awarded Kratos Integral Systems International (Kratos ISI) contracts for a Satellite Control Center (SCC) and a Tracking, Telemetry and Command (TT&C) Station. Both will support the new Thaicom 8 satellite. The projects, which are direct contracts with Thaicom, were awarded to Kratos under two separate procurements.

Scheduled for a first half 2016 launch, Thaicom 8 will have a total of 24 Ku-band transponders covering Thailand, South Asia and Africa and will serve customers' needs for increased Ku-band capacity. Thaicom 8 is a GeoStar2 telecommunications satellite built by Orbital ATK. This will be the 16th Orbital ATK GeoStar satellite that Kratos ISI has supported.

Kratos ISI will deliver a complete satellite control system for Thaicom 8 based on Kratos' EPOCH(R) command and control and OASYS(R) flight dynamics solutions, which are the flagship products of the EPOCH IPSTM Integrated Product Suite. EPOCH IPS is an all-in-one satellite fleet management system with the ability to simultaneously control multiple satellites from different manufacturers from a single consolidated system. EPOCH IPS presents a more efficient and economical alternative to costly stove-piped command and control systems and provides Thaicom a control platform that can scale to support any future satellite fleet expansion needs.

The TT&C station, provided by the Kratos ISI UK team, will be the primary TT&C earth station for Thaicom 8 and will include an 11m C-Band turning head antenna with a monopulse tracking system and fully redundant RF system. The antenna offers continuous wide-angle steering combined with high-accuracy pointing and tracking from its precision drives system, while the RF system is fully frequency-agile. As such, the system will support both nominal on-station and emergency TT&C operations.

"We are very honored by the trust Thaicom has shown in the quality of our products and services as well as our ability to provide the end-to-end satellite ground system that will help ensure safe and efficient operations of the Thaicom 8 satellite," said James Kramer, Senior Vice President at Kratos ISI. "It was an important milestone for Kratos ISI as we continue to support the Asian satellite market."

For more than 30 years, Kratos ISI has been the leading provider of satellite control systems, supporting more than 300 missions with successful installations on five continents. Kratos ISI offers turnkey ground segment solutions encompassing C2, RF/IF equipment, satellite and terrestrial communications signal monitoring systems, equipment and network management and payload management solutions. For more information, visit www.Kratos-ISI.com and www.Kratos-ISI.uk.com.

Due to competitive, customer related and other considerations, no additional information is being provided related to these contract awards.

About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. KTOS, -5.47% is a specialized National Security technology Company providing mission critical products, solutions and services for United States National Security. Kratos' core capabilities are sophisticated engineering, manufacturing and system integration offerings for National Security platforms and programs. Kratos' areas of expertise include Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), satellite communication systems, electronic warfare, unmanned systems, missile defense, cyber warfare, cybersecurity, information assurance, and critical infrastructure security. Kratos has primarily an engineering and technically oriented work force of approximately 3,600. Substantially all of Kratos' work is performed on a military base, in a secure facility or at a critical infrastructure location. Kratos' primary end customers are National Security related agencies. News and information are available at www.KratosDefense.com.

Scientists Improve Detection of Radio Waves from Distant Quasars in Space

From http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/25249/20150508/scientists-improve-detection-radio-waves-distant-quasars-space.htm

Scientists have developed a very sensitive high frequency amplifier for radio telescopes used on Earth, which may help measure our planet from space more precisely than before. The dish of the radio telescope based in Yebes, Spain, measures more than 13 meters across. (Photo : © Instituto Geográfico National)

We may be getting a better look at radio waves. Scientists have developed a very sensitive high frequency amplifier for radio telescopes used on Earth, which may help measure our planet from space more precisely than before.

"Because the radio telescopes are placed far apart at sites all round the world, they detect the radio waves at different times," said Mikko Kotiranta, one of the researchers, in a news release. "This information is useful for a number of applications, for instance determining satellites' orbits with greater precision."

The radio waves in question actually come from quasars, which are supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies that are billions of light-years away from Earth. Quasars are constantly moving through space, but they are so far away from Earth that from our perspective, they appear to stand still. In fact, the fact that these points are "fixe" makes them ideal points of reference for measuring Earth. Yet by the time radio waves are picked up by the radio telescopes on Earth, the signal is extremely weak.

The researchers decided to address this problem by creating a new instrument. They took a previous model of amplifier and put it in an extra-cold freezer at a temperature of minus 251 degrees Celsius. Then, they created a mathematical model that described how radio frequency circuits should be designed if they are to function at extremely low temperatures.

"Initial trials are already being conducted," said Kotiranta. "Most telescopes date back to the 1970s and 1980s, and their technology is no longer state of the art. The new generation of telescopes will offer considerably more performance and provide us with information about our planet that is more accurate than ever before."

Netflix combats illegal streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/08/netflix-combats-illegal-streaming/

A study by Sandvine shows a preference for legal streaming over piracy.

“People are shifting their activities and they’ve certainly embraced streaming video,” says Dan Deeth, head of media at Sandvine, a company that tracks home Internet usage.
According to its latest report, over a one-month period, Netflix alone accounted for almost 35 per cent of all downloading data traffic during peak hours in North America – up from 32.7 per cent in 2011.

Meanwhile, BitTorrent, a file-sharing tool often used for pirating content, accounted for just 2.8 per cent of the same traffic, a significant drop from 7.6 per cent in 2011. “When we talk about internet share, Netflix and other streaming services have grown and BitTorrent has declined. And that just speaks to the availability of these services and their ease of use, and the price point is often right,” says Deeth.



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Fox Sports Now comes to Apple TV

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/fox-sports-now-comes-to-apple-tv-20150507-ggw6km.html

Foxtel is tackling unbundled sports-on-demand with the Fox Sport News app for the Apple TV.

Aussie footy fans have another tantalising taste of sport-on-demand as Fox Sports comes to the Apple TV, but there's a long road ahead.

Sport is the last great bastion of traditional television, one of the few things that will still force the Netflix generation to sit down and watch live broadcasts. Sports broadcast rights deals are worth a fortune, as they're the key to retaining potential cable cutters. As such, Australian broadcasters and the major sporting codes are treading carefully to ensure that the Internet doesn't kill the golden goose.

It's a different story in the United States, where the major football, baseball and ice hockey leagues are cutting out the middleman and going direct to the public with streaming services. We're only seeing the first tentative steps in Australia, with Fox Sports News this week becoming Australia's third Apple TV app after Cricket Australia and TenPlay.

Similar to the Cricket Australia app, you can't watch live sport on Fox Sports Now but there is some free content. You can watch Fox Sports News (Channel 500) streamed live, along with round previews, news clips and match highlights from the NRL, Super Rugby and A League.

To watch full match replays you need a $4.99 per week Fox Sports Now subscription which you can pay for using your iTunes account. It covers every match of the round, which are available to watch twelves hours after the match ends. The subscription also lets you watch replays of Fox Sport shows such AFL 360, NRL 360, EPL Review and Monday Night with Matty Johns.

Fox Sports Now builds on the existing Fox Sport News iPad app, which is also $4.99 per week for non-Foxtel subscribers but doesn't offer full match replays. You get full access to the Apple TV and iPad apps for free if you're a home Foxtel subscriber with the sports package, plus you can also watch the live Fox Sports News stream on the website. Surprisingly the iPad and Apple TV apps aren't covered by the same $4.99 standalone subscription, so you're expected to pay twice if you want to watch on both the Apple TV and iPad but don't have a home Foxtel subscription.

AFL is conspicuously absent from Foxtel Sports Now, which is an instant deal-breaker for many sports fans. Even if you follow the other codes, handing over $20 per month seems steep when you can't watch live matches. There's not even a discount if you buy a season pass, as you get from US services on the Apple TV such as NFL Game Pass and NBA League Pass.

If you're keen enough to pay for Fox Sports Now then you're probably prepared to jump in and pay $50 per month for real Foxtel with the sports package including live matches and a whole lot more.

Fox Sports Now might not seem like great value for money to some people, but it's certainly a big step down the road towards unbundled sport-on-demand. In some ways this concept is Foxtel's worst nightmare, but the pay TV giant has been surprisingly proactive in the last few years and perhaps it's looking to get the jump on Australian sporting codes – gaining a foothold in the online subscription market before the sporting leagues get big ideas about going it alone.

It will be interesting to see how the power struggle between Foxtel and the AFL plays out. We've already seen the AFL go direct with live matches via its iPhone/iPad app, but taking this to the next level would involve a major shift in broadcast rights deals.

Will Fox Sports Now win your money? How do you see streaming sport evolving in Australia over the next few years?

The Netflix tax is coming for Australia

From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/budget-online-services-such-as-netflix-will-be-charged-gst-in-australia-2015-5

The cost of online services based outside Australia, such as Netflix, will rise as the federal government prepares legislation to charge GST.

Currently, more than $1 billion in revenue is being lost because the government can’t collect GST on services sold in Australia by companies based overseas.

However, Fairfax Media reports today that next week’s budget will include a plan to charge GST on virtual imports such as movies and tv shows from Netflix, ebooks, downloadable music and software.

Last month Treasurer Joe Hockey said strengthening the GST so it catches music and movie downloads from overseas providers is an integrity measure.

“It is not fair to taxpayers, or to retailers or their many employees, to exempt overseas online retailers from the GST even if some consumers are enjoying the ride,” he said.

Currently Netflix charges $8.99 a month, making it cheaper than local players Stan, Pronto and Quickflix which must include 10% GST.

“The government’s expenditure review committee has been told that the change is fairly easy to make, requiring little redrafting of the Tax Act,” Fairfax says.

Netflix launched on March 24 in Australia in an already crowded market with new local players Stan, a Fairfax Media and Nine Network joint Venture, Foxtel and Seven’s Presto and ASX-listed Quickflix.

Netflix hasn’t revealed subscriber numbers yet but this week Fairfax said Stan was heading to 200,000.

(Disclosure: Fairfax Media owns 100% of Allure Media, the publisher of Business Insider Australia)

Competition good for video fans: Lightbox boss

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11444752

The arrival in New Zealand of online streaming services has dramatically altered the way people consume video content, and with competition between the main offerings, New Zealand consumers are well placed to take advantage of this says Lightbox chief executive Kym Niblock.

Video streaming service Lightbox was launched in New Zealand last year and Niblock said while she couldn't comment on specific numbers, growth had been huge.

"I think the best thing is that the market sector as a whole has taken off and I think choice for New Zealanders is a great thing," Niblock said.

"I think when we came to market we were if not the first, one of the first, and people looked at us and said 'internet TV what's that all about?' and now people say 'which one?'."

Niblock said growth had been fuelled by the addition of more content over the year as well as the use of express services, where the latest episodes of a show could be viewed within a few hours of it being screened in the US.

She said although a lot of the major television shows did well, New Zealand content was also highly viewed, something she hoped to boost in the future.

"Local Kiwi content does really well for us and we'd love more content," she said.

"And we'd love to be in a position one day to make our own content but we're probably a little bit far from that yet."

Lightbox's parent company Spark, is currently going through the courts with several other companies including TVNZ, Mediaworks and SkyTV to try to stop the use of Global Mode - which allows customers easy access to overseas content.

The companies say the use of Global Mode is illegal and infringes on copyright, however Niblock said regardless of the outcome, it would be good to get some clarification for the company.

"It's all in the hands of the courts at the moment but it's very simple for us, we pay for exclusive rights so all we are doing is exercising our ability to understand how exclusive those rights are," she said.

"We want to understand what the outcome of that is, either way whether we win or lose it's good for us because at least it will be clarified."

Niblock said the company had paid for exclusive rights and this was being undermined by access being allowed from other countries.

She said there had been issues with users from outside of New Zealand accessing Lightbox's services, in particular its PremierLeaguePass sports service, however she said this was usually shut down pretty quickly.

"The idea is that when you sign up for a service you sign up to the terms and conditions that you're allowed to use the services and you are in that territory," she said.

"And that's true of our competitors in other territories so that's part of our issue around global mode."

SES and Samsung demo first DVB transmission of HDR UHD TV

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/364151/ses-and-samsung-demo-first-dvb-transmission-of-hdr-uhd-tv/

Satellite operator SES and Samsung Electronics have this week teamed up to demo what they say is the first DVB transmission of High Dynamic Range UHD TV at the annual SES Industry Days in Luxembourg. The content is being transmitted via an SES satellite directly to a Samsung SUHDTV using the BBC’s Hybrid Gamma (HDR) technology.

According to the pair, the move, using the BBC-developed technology, demonstrates for the first time how the TV industry can launch new High Dynamic Range UHD TV Services over DVB Broadcast Networks, while simultaneously providing high quality UHD TV Service to UHD Phase 1 Receivers already in the market.

“High Dynamic Range will significantly enhance how consumers will experience television in the future,” said Thomas Wrede, Vice President, Reception Systems at SES. “An introduction of any HDR technology must be backwards compatible with existing DVB UHD 1 Phase 1 flat screen TVs that are already in consumers’ homes. SES and Samsung, with this transmission over the Astra satellite system, are demonstrating that this backwards compatibility is possible today.”

John Adam, head of business development and industrial affairs at Samsung Research UK, said: “Samsung is delighted to participate in this demonstration of a monumental step forward for the broadcast industry. By delivering UHD TV services that can address the growing market of UHD Phase 1 TVs, while also providing the best experience to consumers who are investing in the next generation of TV, Samsung is ready to fully endorse the BBC Research & Development’s HDR technology as part of our overall drive towards the best consumer experience in UHD TV.”

Russian Glonass welcomed in Vietnam

From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/129881/russian-glonass-welcomed-in-vietnam.html

VietNamNet Bridge - Roscosmos, the Russian Federation Space Agency, is negotiating with Vietnam on the deployment of the Glonass signal adjustment stations, a move that scientists believe is good news for Vietnam.

Vietnam, satellite, Glonass, GPS

Vietnam has been using GPS (Global Positioning System), a space-based satellite navigation system created by the US government. If the negotiations succeed and Russia can place Glonass, a GPS-like system, in Vietnam and three other countries, Cuba, Nicaragua and China, this will benefit Vietnamese users because it offers more choices for them.

Dr. Doan Minh Chung, head of the Institute of Space Technology Institute, said so when asked if Vietnam could get any benefits from the placement of the satellite in the country.

Glonass is a Russian global positioning system designed for both civil and military purposes. In the future, Glonass will be allowed to identify locations with high accuracy and minor errors.

There are many different positioning satellites in use in the world. If Globass is present in Vietnam, there would be one more product to compete with the US GPS, while users can get the best advantages from both systems.

“Users will get benefits when there are many products to compete in the market. They will even be able to develop apps from the satellite system,” Chung noted.

An official of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) confirmed that Glonass is an important item in the cooperation program between Russian space center and MST.

“They (Russia) want Vietnam to step by step use Glonass for positioning locations like GPS,” he said. “It is possible that Glonass would be utilized for mobile phones as well.”

Chung noted that he personally believes that the cooperation with Russia in the Glonass plan is really a great opportunity. In the future, Vietnamese may use both Glonass and GPS at the same time for better positioning works.

However, he said there are still many matters to be negotiated between Vietnam and Russia, including ones on the market and the signal receiving unit price.

Chung, who has visited the Russian Glonass system, noted that there is a disadvantage as the devices are big. Therefore, he thinks it is impossible to force users to use Glonass at once. It will take time to persuade users about the benefits they can expect using Glonass.

When asked how Vietnam needs to prepare once the government accepts Glonass, a scientist said no preparations for infrastructure are needed.

Russia will sell devices to be used, while Vietnamese will be able to use Glonass at the same time with existing positioning systems.

“If Russia wants to make Glonass commonly used in Vietnam, it will have to build stations and take necessary measures to attract customers,” he said.

TV2U forms strategic alliance to tackle piracy in China

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/06/tv2u-forms-strategic-alliance-to-tackle-piracy-in-china/

TV2U, the content enabler and technology provider, today announced a strategic alliance with Stereoscope Cloud and Vector International to launch its TARA TV service into China. TV2U’s technology will be used by the Chinese Government to launch a state-owned video streaming service in a bid to significantly reduce piracy within the region.

TV2U will lead the alliance, launching its managed cloud entertainment platform, TARA TV, into mainland China. Hardware supplier Stereoscope Cloud and automation specialist Vector International will provide TV2U with knowledge of the market and centralised resources, as well as assisting with the development and expansion of the TARA TV platform.

Vector International’s software will also be used to introduce a loyalty scheme to TARA TV that incentivises consumers to use the state-owned platform rather than searching for illegally streamed movies. Similarly to traditional retail loyalty schemes, Chinese consumers will be able to earn points from shopping online or interacting with advertising on the platform. These points will be redeemable against pay-per-view premium content and other products and services provided through the TV2U platform.

The goal of the partnership is to provide a legal and cost-effective way for Chinese consumers to access Hollywood or other premium content without breaking the law. After launching into the market, TV2U will also be able to ingest local Chinese content into its global content network and offer it to subscribers outside of China, delivering local and Chinese-language video to nationals living elsewhere in the world.

BT Sport to launch “FTA version”

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/07/bt-sport-to-launch-fta-version-2/

John Petter, head of BT’s consumer division, has revealed that the company plans to launch a FTA version of BT Sport.

Since its launch in August 2013 BT Sport has been free for its broadband subscribers, while other viewers pay £13.50 a month. However, the arrival of the Champions League and Europa League, which is costing the company £897 million over three years, means BT Sport will no longer be free from next season.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Petter commented: “It will be a very reasonable price. And some games will be free as well. There’ll be a free-to-air version of BT Sport.”

He continued: “Sports that go exclusively pay-TV are not good for the long-term health of any sport because you narrow the base over time. We can bring something here through a model that doesn’t depend on such high subscription fees, that gives the sport access to a very large viewership through free-to-air. This, combined with a low pay threshold, is potentially a good model to adopt for sustainability in the long term.”

Speaking on his perceived success of BT Sport, Petter said: “What we set out to do was give sport back to the people because, relative to other markets, the take up of premium sports in the UK has been low. Around half the five million households that view BT Sport did not watch any premium sport before our entry into the market in 2013. Our proportion of viewers under 25 is noticeably higher than for either Sky Sports or Eurosport. We are now the biggest sports channel in the nation’s pubs and clubs, which were previously being choked by the high prices demanded by Sky.”


PowerVu update

Hackers are viewing 105.5E 3960H 27500 and 166E 4140H 28125 (Disney mux) and Measat3 91.5E 4120H 30000

Yes the screencap lists 100.5E Asiasat 5 but the user has clearly loaded the services from Intelsat 19 as per the channel listing.

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Thaicom 6 78.5E 3731 H "Fox Sports Myanmar and Fox Sports 2 Myanmar" have started on, encrypted.

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Intelsat 20 68.5E 4076 V "Pheno TV" has left .
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Intelsat 20 68.5E 4118 V "Manoranjan Music and Prarthana Bhawan TV" have started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Homebase TV" has started on, Fta.
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Express AT1 56.0E 11919 L "CNN International and Zhivi!" have started on , encrypted.
Express AT1 56.0E 11958 L "Nickelodeon CIS" has started on , encrypted.
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Foxtel subscriber numbers and revenues up but marketing spend sees profits drop

From http://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-subscriber-numbers-and-revenues-up-but-marketing-spend-sees-profits-drop-291807

Foxtel launched its IQ3 in the first quarter of the year

Foxtel’s subscriber numbers are “approximately 2.8 million” as of March 31, up 7 per cent year-on-year, News Corp’s latest quarterly earnings report has revealed.

However, the huge marketing push to support the pay-TV service’s lower price stuctures, investment in Presto and the launch of ‘triple play’ home phone and broadband deals saw the company’s EBITDA – earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation – drop by US$61m to US$163m for the quarter. In local currency the EBITDA was down 17 per cent, while revenues were up 1 per cent.

Last month Foxtel marketer Ed Smith pointed to the huge investment the company had made to market streaming service Presto, as well as the spend by rivals Stan and Netflix, as the reason for increased media agency ad spend for the first quarter of the year.

Overall News Corp globally saw its revenues decline one per cent for the quarter, with news and information services, which includes its Australian newspaper business, dropping by 23 per cent year on year, with the company citing the huge drop in the value of the Australian dollar as a major factor in that decline.

News Corp CEO Robert Thompson acknowledged the company had “some revenue challenges, particularly at News and Information Services” in the quarter, but cited growth in the real estate sector as a positive sign for the company.

“We believe the company is firmly on track and the signs are positive for year-over-year EBITDA growth in the fourth quarter,” he added.

Overall News Corp’s revenues were US$2.06bn for the quarter, down from US$2.08bn the prior year, with the company citing negative currency fluctuations for the drop.

The News of the World phone hacking scandal, referred to as UK newspaper matters in the earnings release, cost it another US$57m.

The decline in news and information services was attributed to lower print circulation volumes, which were partially offset by higher cover prices, with circulation and subscription revenues down 3 per cent on adjusted numbers, whilst lower ad revenues were also cited as a factor.

Figures for the Australian operations were not broken out in the report.

Foxtel ready to fight Netflix and other video services, says News boss

From http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-ready-to-fight-netflix-and-other-video-services-says-news-boss-20150506-ggv3y1.html

Foxtel's market penetration has long been lingering around 30 per cent.

News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson has shrugged off the threat that US streaming giant Netflix and other video streaming operators pose to his company's half-owned pay TV monopoly Foxtel.

Foxtel, which News owns together with Telstra, slashed the price of its basic subscription package from $50 to $25 last year to combat the arrival of Netflix Australia and grow its stagnant market share.

It has also created its own subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, Presto, with Seven West Media which also competes with Stan, a $100 million joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, publisher of BusinessDay and The Australian Financial Review.

Mr Thomson was adamant Foxtel could bolster its market penetration, which has been lingering around 30 per cent, despite the intense competition between SVOD players.

He said the new Foxtel pricing was already attracting more subscribers and predicted that trend would continue.

New customer sales are up 52 per cent year-to-date and from November to the end of March, they climbed 75 per cent, Mr Thomson said. Foxtel has about 2.8 million subscribers now.

The growth came despite a study, released in March, from Venture Consulting finding that 10 per cent of Foxtel's customers were considering cancelling or downscaling their subscriptions amid the arrival of Netflix and the rise of other SVOD services in Australia.

"Certainly we had to do something different," Mr Thomson said.

"We have long indicated that we were unhappy with the level of penetration of Foxtel in Australia. We believe it's a great service that if people experience it, they'll like it."

Mr Thomson said the quality of programming at Foxtel – Australia's most profitable company – strengthened it against its SVOD rivals.

"You have a period now of a certain amount of flux in the Australian market and I think it's flux that should work in our benefit given the quality and quantity of our programming compared with that of our inferior competitors," he said.

"There is no doubt that [Foxtel's] programming is pre-eminent."

Foxtel's subscriber growth is yet to translate into revenue, News Corp chief financial officer Bedi Singh said.

News' equity earnings from affiliates, including Foxtel, slumped from $US23 million ($29 million) to $US7 million in the three months to March 31.

The company again cited a strengthening US dollar for the drop, with Foxtel's revenue plunging $US77 million to $US620 million. On a local currency basis, the pay TV company's revenue rose 1 per cent.

Mr Singh said increased spending on marketing Foxtel's new pricing structure had also eaten into revenue.

"Obviously with the launch of the new pricing package and the launch of Presto there was a marketing and customer service investment," Mr Singh said.

"Clearly the subscribers have come on, but the full impact of their revenue probably hasn't been felt in the quarter," he said, predicting the investment would "translate into better profitability as we go forward."

CTE enters PNG, Sri Lanka as five deals are sealed

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015050638195/cte-enters-png-sri-lanka-as-five-deals-are-sealed.html#axzz3ZMXpNgse

Asian pay-TV channel operator Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE) has agreed new carriage deals in Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as a prime time programme block in Vietnam.

In a deal that marks CTE's debut in Papua New Guinea, Click TV – which operates both terrestrial and direct-to-home (DTH) satellite platforms – will carry the Chinese film channel Celestial Classic Movies (CCM).

In another first, CCM will also join the channels offered by Sri Lanka's Dialog Television, which boasts over 500,000 subscribers to its DTH pay-TV service.

In Vietnam, a Celestial Movies (CM)-branded prime time programme block will soon be launched on music and youth entertainment channel YANTV plus Channel B, a new channel for women and families. Both channels are owned by Yan Media Group.

PT Digdaya Duta Digital's newly-launched platform Dens.TV, which provides IPTV, OTT and other internet services for subscribers in Jakarta and Bandung, will carry CM, action entertainment channel KIX HD, and regional horror channel Thrill, as well as Celestial Movies On Demand and KIX Thrill Select.

While in the Philippines, new multiplatform content streaming service Olé TV, powered by Dream, will carry CCM as an OTT linear channel, watchable through a proprietary app.

Rostelecom, RSCC prolong contract on satellite services

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/rostelecom-rscc-prolong-contract-on-satellite-services--1080589

Russian national operator Rostelecom has prolonged a contract on services over the Express-AM5 satellite with the satellite operator RSCC, reports Comnews.ru. The contract will be valid for three years and is worth RUB 138.8 million. Monthly payment for the satellite resource will total RUB 3.8 million. RSCC will provide Rostelecom with 28 MHz on the satellite for the deployment of telecommunications links. The Express-AM5 satellite is based at the orbital position 140 degrees East and contains 84 transponders on Ka, C, Ku and L bands.

Court rules Skype name too similar to Sky

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/06/court-rules-skype-name-too-similar-to-sky/

Video chat software Skype’s name is so similar to the broadcaster Sky’s that the public could to be confused between the two, an EU court has ruled.

The ruling prevents Microsoft from registering a trademark for Skype’s name and logo. The company intends to appeal against the decision.

Judges at the General Court of the European Union said: “Conceptually, the figurative element conveys no concept, except perhaps that of a cloud… [That] would further increase the likelihood of the element ‘Sky’ being recognised within the word element ‘Skype’, for clouds are to be found ‘in the sky’ and thus may readily be associated with the word ‘sky’.”

Sky could now try to pursue Microsoft for a licensing fee even if it did not want to block the use of Skype’s name outright. However, the firm did not directly address this point in a statement released following the ruling.

“Sky notes today’s decision from the General Court of the European Union,” it said.
“This relates to a long-running dispute with Skype over the extension of its trademark applications to cover a broad range of goods and services that overlap with Sky’s own trademark registrations – including, but not limited to, TV related products and services.
“Our intention has been to protect the Sky brand with our research showing that similarities in name and logo have the potential to confuse customers.”

EC: Copyright reform and geo-blocking crackdown key to single digital market

From http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2407199/ec-copyright-reform-and-geo-blocking-crackdown-key-to-single-digital-market

European Commision lays out plans to move from 28 national markets to one

EC will end geo-blocking of content and reform copyright laws in push for single digital market

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) has laid out plans to create a single digital market across Europe, which includes modernising copyright laws and ending the "unjustified" geo-blocking of online content.

The EC has long been pushing for a single digital market, and outlined 16 policies on Wednesday, across three pillars, that it believes will help it achieve its ambition to move from 28 national markets to one.

The first pillar focuses on providing "better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe."

Among the policies under this pillar is putting an end to geo-blocking of content, where services such as Netflix that consumers have paid for in one region cannot be used in another, often for no discernible reason.

A reform of copyright law is also on the agenda. The EC wants to ensure that citizens who buy films, music or other articles at home can also enjoy them while travelling across Europe.

As well as the likes of Netflix, the EC is also looking at making services such as iPlayer and Sky Go available across Europe.

"[And there will be] a review of the Satellite and Cable Directive to assess if its scope needs to be enlarged to broadcasters' online transmissions and to explore how to boost cross-border access to broadcasters' services in Europe," the EC said.

The BBC said in a statement given to BBC News that it will look at removing the restrictions of the of its iPlayer online catch-up service.

"We note the Commission's interest in making services more portable to UK users while temporarily travelling in Europe, and will begin work to look at the technical and legislative implications," a spokesperson for the company said.

The second pillar focuses on ensuring that the market is set up to encourage digital innovation and growth, which the EC hopes to do with an overhaul of European telecoms roles, a crackdown on illegal content and a review of the e-Privacy Directive to reinforce trust and security in digital services.

The EC will also review the behaviour of web companies such as Google to eradicate anticompetitive behaviour.

The third and final pillar has its sights set on maximising the growth potential of the digital economy, which the EC plans to do by defining standards and interoperability in areas such as e-health and transport planning and with the proposal of a "European free flow of data initiative".

EC president Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Today we lay the groundwork for Europe's digital future. I want to see pan-continental telecoms networks, digital services that cross borders and a wave of innovative European startups.

"I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business accessing the widest market - wherever they are in Europe.

"Exactly a year ago, I promised to make a fully digital single market one of my top priorities. Today, we are making good on that promise. The 16 steps of our Digital Single Market Strategy will help make the single market fit for a digital age."

Antony Walker, techUK’s deputy CEO, applauded the EC's move, but said that the EC should focus on the development of global, rather than regional, standards.

"There are many elements we support in today's strategy. Having different rules in 28 member states has held back the growth of Europe’s digital economy," he said.

"Proposals to eliminate barriers to the delivery of digital goods and services across the EU will be good for business, good for consumers and good for growth. The focus on accelerating the digitisation of all sectors of the economy will be essential for driving Europe’s productivity.

"But we have to guard against new barriers being erected. Europe should be driving the development of global standards not regional ones.

"It should be creating a regulatory framework for the future, not reinforcing regulation designed for the past, and it needs to ensure that new proposals for legislation are based on a clear understanding of the facts, not assumptions about how the digital economy works or attempts to rein-in Europe’s competitors."

The Digital Single Market project team will now work to coordinate the delivery of these policies so that they can be in place by the end of 2016, provided they receive the backing of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

SES unveils flat Sat>IP antenna from Korea’s I DO IT

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/362502/ses-unveils-flat-satip-antenna-from-koreas-i-do-it/

Satellite operator SES has publicly unveiled what it describes as the first commercially manufactured Ku-band flat antenna with an integrated IP LNB compatible with the SES-promoted Sat>IP protocol at its Industry Days event in Luxembourg.

The Selfsat>IP from Korea’s I DO IT is a 566x300mm flat antenna that can enable the distribution of live HD and UHD satellite broadcasting through an in-home WiFi network and can serve up to eight different displays such as smartphone, TV, table PC, laptop or computer simultaneously, according to SES. Versions with an integrated WiFi router are also available for the camping market. According to SES, the antenna, which will be made available in Europe soon, can be installed in locations such as apartment blocks in cities where standard parabolic antennas may not be suitable.

The antenna incorporates two legacy coaxial outputs in addition to its IP output, meaning that it can also be connected to existing satellite receivers.

“For several years I DO IT has pioneered the development and mass production of high performance consumer Ku-band flat antennas for worldwide markets,” said Seung Joon IM, CEO at I DO IT. “Thanks to the collaboration with SES, we are now able to integrate the SAT>IP technology into our antennas. This enables live satellite television distribution via WiFi to tablets and smartphones, an important product feature especially for the camping market.”

Thomas Wrede, Vice President, Reception Systems at SES, said: “Today over 40 manufacturers are developing products that are compatible with the SAT>IP standard and we are very pleased to support I DO IT in their endeavours. These developments were strongly driven and supported by the annual SES Industry Days and would not have been possible without joint industry efforts. We continue to leverage the advantages that satellite communications offer, shaping our industry and creating a high performance, sustainable ecosystem.”


New channel launching on SKY NZ, b/c grade action adventure sports etc. (see news section)

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Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "TVBS and TVBS News" have started on , encrypted. Phoenix InfoNews Channel and Phoenix Chinese Channel have left.

Measat 3 91.5E 3641 V "Solar All Access" has started on , PowerVu.
Measat 3 91.5E 3840 V "Star World Vietnam" has started on , Irdeto.

Measat 3 91.5E 3840 H Cartoon Network South East Asia, Boomerang Asia, Warner TV Asia, Oh! K, Tru TV Asia and Toonami have left
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东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Ch-7(俄罗斯)频道重现,设置11091 H 2380参数有条件接收。[05-05]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Channel 5、Filmy Bangla(孟加拉)频道重现,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[05-05]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,TV5、Inse等替换Thai TV 3(泰国)等频道,设置12438 H 30000参数有条件接收。[05-05]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,TCM、MGM(泰国)等频道消失,设置12438 H 30000参数无效接收。[05-05]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Ture Sport 7替换Spch(泰国)频道,设置12562 H 25776参数有条件接收。[05-05]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Agent live替换Trueinfo(泰国)频道,设置12604 H 30000参数有条件接收。[05-05]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,T Sport Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置12604 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Future Channel替换Dara(泰国)频道,设置12313 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,MBN(韩国)频道消失,设置12401 V 2400参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,PTV 4(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12471 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月5日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,中国教育-1(村村通)频道消失,设置12140 R 28800参数无效接收。 [5月5日]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Vegas Life TV(梦幻卫视)频道解密,设置12390 V 25600参数免费接收。[05-04]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox Action Movies替换HBO(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12430 V 25600参数有条件接收。[05-04]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Vegas Life TV(梦幻卫视)频道加密,设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。[05-04]

东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Kantipur Gold(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置10915 V 44990参数有条件接收。[05-03]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Kantipur TV(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置10861 V 44990参数有条件接收。[05-03]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,NTV Plus(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置10790 V 45000参数有条件接收。[05-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kids Song、W Channel(泰国)等频道新增,设置4160 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月3日]

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New action and adventure TV channel launches in New Zealand

From Press Release: Schuck PR

New action and adventure TV channel launches in New Zealand

4 May 2015 - Flame Tree Media, (formerly Juice TV) a leader in operating niche television channels, announced today the launch of New Zealand’s first ever 24-hour action and adventure entertainment channel GARAGE, exclusively available on SKY channel 112.

The adrenaline-fuelled new channel, offering over 3,000 titles of original and exclusive HD content, is sure to be welcome news to the 1.774 million action and adventure enthusiasts in New Zealand*.

Set to pumping tunes, GARAGE will deliver unique access into a world of outstanding extremes featuring award-winning documentaries, inspirational adventure films and television series.

Flame Tree Media founder and Director, Dan Wrightson says, “New Zealand is a nation of adventure lovers from eight to 80 years of age. Until now, there has been a bungy-jump sized gap in the market for those wanting to unlock adventure on TV – GARAGE is the key!”

Whatever action you’re into - surf, snow, skate, ski, moto, bike or some yet-to-be invented other outdoor madness – you’ll find it in the GARAGE. Viewers can expect to see a mixture of high octane international stars like Kelly Slater, Mark Mathews, Shaun White, Travis Pastrana and Tony Hawk plus Wrightson assures that a key component is introducing the hottest local talent on the rise at home and around the world.

“GARAGE will play host to some of the planet’s most extraordinary personalities pushing the limits of what’s possible and having the time of their lives doing it. Our curated and carefully selected content is high-energy excitement that’s family friendly and something fresh for those whose interests lie outside of traditional bat-and-ball sports.”

GARAGE will be run on a daily basis by former Juice TV and SKY Sports host Duane Mutu, who Wrightson says is made for the role.

“To find someone who has previous television hosting experience, is a true action and adventure lover, and has worked with big brands, including as the Globe Athlete Manager is simply perfect. Duane fully understands how the industry works, what brands and agencies are looking for and what makes for a killer programme line-up.”

Mutu says it’s his dream role.

“The content GARAGE will deliver is out-of-this-world and now there’s a channel it calls home on SKY. It’s basically adrenaline junkie heaven in your living room 24/7 – how good is that!”

Mutu says GARAGE will have two hosts as part of the line-up who will be selected by a competition.

“We will announce details of the competition in a few weeks but we are looking for fresh faces never seen before on New Zealand screens. It’ll be a life-changing opportunity for sure. ”

With the launch of GARAGE, Juice TV calls it quits as a stand-alone music channel but will continue to exist as daily 30 minute slot in the GARAGE. Juice’s content will be 100% Kiwi and a mix of music videos and interviews, continuing over 20 years of unflagging support of local talent.

Wrightson says the decision is based on the reality that music-lovers have chosen to access music via phones and laptops rather than traditional television, and copyright owners and labels have made formerly exclusive content freely available to consumers.

“Technology now means streaming music videos on your phone or tablet is simple, cheap and instant. Anyone with a pulse can access Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran whenever they want - for free. Our continued focus with Juice in its new form on GARAGE is to nurture local roots and continue to offer our community a tasty slice of what they don’t get from other media players.

For me, GARAGE is the next evolution in youth TV - action and adventure entertainment with a killer soundtrack is without doubt, the new ‘Rock n’ Roll’. And like music TV in the past, we’ll be opening up a world of opportunity for young content makers to share and showcase their incredible talents.”

With a television career spanning 20 years, including the creation of Auckland’s first music TV channel, Max TV, Dan Wrightson has been involved in making music TV since the genre was first invented. He says launching GARAGE is incredibly exciting and motivating.

“New Zealand hasn’t seen anything like GARAGE before. It will reinvigorate a fairly stale and bland youth TV market and offer a new home for the next generation of aspirational and inspirational human beings to Unlock Adventure.”

Garage is available on SKY channel 112 from May 15, 2015.



BT Delivers BBC’s Asian TV Feed and Radio Services on AsiaSat 5

From press release

Hong Kong, 5 May 2015 – Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) has reached an agreement with BT to deliver BBC World Service Asia feed of 33 radio channels in 21 languages.

These services are being distributed in C-band on AsiaSat 5 from the orbital location of 100.5E to BBC’s short and medium-wave transmitter sites, as well as to FM partners and re-broadcasters in Asia and Australasia. The services which are tailored to the region constitute an essential part of BBC’s global distribution service. With AsiaSat 5, the BBC services are reaching an ever-growing audience in Asia.

William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat said, “We thank BT and BBC for choosing AsiaSat as their long-term satellite partner for the distribution of services in Asia. BBC’s commencement of service has significantly expanded our portfolio of information and entertainment services on AsiaSat 5. This partnership between AsiaSat and BBC offers a diverse range of high quality content from one of the world’s leading public service broadcasters to a broad Asian audience.”

Mark Wilson-Dunn, Vice President BT Media & Broadcast said, “Our successful partnership with AsiaSat enhances our distribution services to BBC in terms of service performance and audience reach in Asia. We look forward to growing our business with AsiaSat.”

Nigel Fry, Head of Distribution for BBC World Service Group, said, “We are pleased to have BT and AsiaSat’s support in enhancing the distribution network for our radio and television services in Asia. AsiaSat offers the penetration and neighbourhood, which is second to none. With the powerful AsiaSat 5, we are able to reach the diverse Asian audience more effectively.”

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.

About BT
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.
For the year ended 31 March 2014, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,287m with reported profit before taxation of £2,312m.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
For more information, visit www.btplc.com
About BT Media & Broadcast
BT Media & Broadcast (M&B) is the digital media and broadcast services arm of BT Wholesale. All of the UK’s digital terrestrial TV is underpinned by M&B’s specialist media network, whilst it is also responsible for delivering outside broadcast services from over 150 sports and news locations around the UK.
M&B’s global media network links every major location around the world where broadcast or film content is created or distributed.

About BBC

The BBC attracts a weekly global audience of 265 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.
BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and via wireless handheld devices. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 191 million globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels. Its news sites include audio and video content and offer opportunities to join the global debate. BBC World Service offers its multilingual radio content to partner FM stations around the world and has numerous partnerships supplying content to news websites, mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices as well as TV channels. For more information, visit bbc.com/worldservice

Media Contacts:
For more information on AsiaSat contact Sabrina Cubbon on (852) 2500 0899 / (852) 9097 1210 (M) / scubbon@asiasat.com; Winnie Pang on (852) 2500 0880 / wpang@asiasat.com
For more information on BT contact the newsroom on (44 20) 7356 6720 / newsroom@bt.com
For more information on BBC contact paul.rasmussen@bbc.co.uk

Boxing match ‘pirated’ on Periscope

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/05/boxing-match-pirated-on-periscope/

Rights-holders to the May 3rd boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have forced recordings of the bout to be removed from the video streaming app Periscope.

But US TV networks HBO and Showtime would have unquestionably been too late to prevent some users from watching the action live.

The firms had charged the public a record $89.95 to watch the fight in standard definition and an additional $10 in HD. They both declined to comment on the misuse of the Twitter-owned app.

More than one million people have joined Periscope since it launched on March 26th. Users sometimes use it to “pirate” copyright-protected footage by filming their TV screens with their smartphone cameras.

Unlike other live streaming services – such as YouTube – Periscope does not provide tools to let content owners force the removal of copyright-infringing content in near-real time. Instead, it requires that they file individual takedown requests, which take longer to process.

Twitter’s chief executive, Dick Costolo, was criticised by some users of his social network after he tweeted: “And the winner is… @periscopeco” on the night of the fight.

HBO has previously expressed its displeasure following reports of Periscope being used to rebroadcast the opening episode of the latest series of Game of Thrones.

techUK challenges Digital UK’s levy on Freeview Play

From http://advanced-television.com/

techUK, the voice of the UK technology industry, has launched a campaign for the protection of viewer access to free-to-view content without additional costs. The new campaign is in response to Digital UK’s plans to charge device manufacturers a per device levy for the integration of Freeview Play technology into TV and STB products.

The imminent launch of Freeview Play will open up increased access to content from catch-up services provided by the public service broadcasters. However, as part of the introduction and integration of this technology into televisions and other reception devices, Digital UK is requiring manufacturers to pay a charge for enabling of this service on consumer products.

techUK strongly believes that free-to-view services, however consumed, should remain free and that the enabling technologies and hardware should not be subject to any additional fees or levies.

Paul Hide, Director of Operations for techUK said: “We welcome the planned introduction of the Freeview Play service as we move towards a new generation of TV user experience and content consumption. We are however, very concerned that the introduction of this service comes at a significant cost to hardware device manufacturers who are already investing in considerable R&D effort to develop new products to meet the Freeview Play requirements. This product levy is an additional cost that will ultimately be passed onto the consumer. The viewer has already paid a TV licence fee to access these services and this undermines both the concept of free to view television and the founding principles on which Digital UK was created.

“The UK free to view broadcasting landscape, with multiple platforms and technologies, is already a complex and, arguably, inefficient environment in which stakeholders throughout industry operate. This results in additional cost and confusion for the UK viewer. Device manufacturers support the introduction of Freeview Play as a platform through which the next chapter of free to view television in the UK can evolve but this has to be in a manner that does not lead to further fragmentation and confusion”.

techUK is working on behalf of its members to highlight the importance of developing a strategy that protects the future of Digital Terrestrial Television in the UK. techUK will be working with the new Government, Public Service Broadcasters, the BBC Trust and Regulators to ensure a continued strong free to view service, the development of common and open technology standards and the efficient use of spectrum to ensure that we retain a compelling and high value consumer proposition.

techUK, the voice of the UK technology industry, has launched a campaign for the protection of viewer access to free-to-view content without additional costs. The new campaign is in response to Digital UK’s plans to charge device manufacturers a per device levy for the integration of Freeview Play technology into TV and STB products.

The imminent launch of Freeview Play will open up increased access to content from catch-up services provided by the public service broadcasters. However, as part of the introduction and integration of this technology into televisions and other reception devices, Digital UK is requiring manufacturers to pay a charge for enabling of this service on consumer products.

techUK strongly believes that free-to-view services, however consumed, should remain free and that the enabling technologies and hardware should not be subject to any additional fees or levies.

Paul Hide, Director of Operations for techUK said: “We welcome the planned introduction of the Freeview Play service as we move towards a new generation of TV user experience and content consumption. We are however, very concerned that the introduction of this service comes at a significant cost to hardware device manufacturers who are already investing in considerable R&D effort to develop new products to meet the Freeview Play requirements. This product levy is an additional cost that will ultimately be passed onto the consumer. The viewer has already paid a TV licence fee to access these services and this undermines both the concept of free to view television and the founding principles on which Digital UK was created.

“The UK free to view broadcasting landscape, with multiple platforms and technologies, is already a complex and, arguably, inefficient environment in which stakeholders throughout industry operate. This results in additional cost and confusion for the UK viewer. Device manufacturers support the introduction of Freeview Play as a platform through which the next chapter of free to view television in the UK can evolve but this has to be in a manner that does not lead to further fragmentation and confusion”.

techUK is working on behalf of its members to highlight the importance of developing a strategy that protects the future of Digital Terrestrial Television in the UK. techUK will be working with the new Government, Public Service Broadcasters, the BBC Trust and Regulators to ensure a continued strong free to view service, the development of common and open technology standards and the efficient use of spectrum to ensure that we retain a compelling and high value consumer proposition.

Others Bet Big, India Gives Peanuts to DD International

From http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Others-Bet-Big-India-Gives-Peanuts-to-DD-International/2015/05/05/article2797613.ece

NEW DELHI: Countries are fighting perception battles in foreign lands through their national broadcasters. Many foreign governments spend around Rs 1,000 crore each to propagate their view on various issues.

However, the Indian government has not allotted a single penny for Doordarshan’s international channel this year. A Parliamentary Panel, studying the allocation to Prasar Bharati for its international edition, suggested the government to increase the fund.

“The Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Prasar Bharati stated that keeping in view of the proposed launch and need of fund during the 2015-16, a token amount of `0.50 crore had been proposed, so that more funds could be sought at a later date. However, no funds were allocated. Other stakeholder MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) has also been requested to provide funds for the proposed launch of DD India International channel,” the Parliamentary Panel report on demands of grants for Information and Broadcasting said.

Prasar Bharati told the Panel that the international channels of other countries do well mainly due to the involvement of the Foreign Offices coupled with strong government support to ensure a global reach.

Doordarshan had signed an agreement with Pan Am SAT (later Intelsat Inc) for achieving global footprint of its international channel in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America by placing it on ‘C’ band of IS-10 and G-13 satellites. This allowed several Indian Embassies, Indians settled abroad and personnel of Indian Peace Keeping Force to receive the programmes with the help of a satellite dish. “However, due to non-availability of the channel on any major local distribution platform, its viewership remained insignificant, although it entailed a cost of `30 crore per annum and `500 crore was spent over 16 years,” the report said.

While DD did make efforts to beam its international channel, it made little progress in the last mile distribution due to policies which did not permit large scale spending on carriage fees. Prasar Bharti is now promoting DD India channel for both Indian and foreign viewers abroad. It is now available across Europe, central Asia, Arab world and North Africa, the report said, suggesting that the channel could be relaunched soon

Videocon d2h to phase out SD STB manufacturing by 2016

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/people/videocon-d2h-to-phase-out-sd-stb-manufacturing-by-2016-150502

MUMBAI: Sensing a strong business opportunity, Indian direct to home (DTH) operator Videocon d2h is augmenting a new strategy. With the number of High Definition (HD) channels set to increase in the coming years, Videocon d2h, which also manufactures set top boxes (STBs), will be phasing out its Standard Definition (SD) STBs over the next year or so.

Videocon d2h is looking at 50 to 60 per cent acquisitions in HD STB space from the current 30 per cent.

Speaking at the Asia Pacific Video Operators Summit (APOS) held in Bali, Videocon d2h CEO Anil Khera said, “The cost of difference between SD and HD set top boxes for us is only one and half dollar.”

It may be recalled that as per the 2013-2014 annual report of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the number of HD Pay TV channels has shot up to 34 in 2014 as compared to three in 2010. Indeed the HD feed is a precious value added service for broadcasters and DTH operators.

Khera also shared some insights and trends that he has been witnessing in the Indian DTH sector. “In terms of gross adds, the market has been consistently growing and we have seen a growth of eight to nine million new additions in a year. Net additions has been a challenge, and the industry has been able to get net addition of five to six million. As far as the rotation churn is concerned how one retains customers and provides additional services, is a big challenge,” shared Khera.

Highlighting the biggest hurdle for the sector, he opined that carrying HD channels with a limited satellite bandwidth posed a grave challenge. Projecting that there would be at least a hundred HD channels over the next one and a half year, Khera said, “All the Hindi and English general entertainment channels and movie channels will have a HD and SD feed.”

A sizeable growth of electronic HD TV sets would compliment this trend further, he said.

Speaking on Over the Top (OTT) platforms, Khera said that they were not to be seen as a threat but rather as something that can compliment TV services. “However, one disturbing fact is that premium content is available free of cost to customers. If it becomes pay, then it will definitely help the industry because we pay a premium to buy the same content,” Khera opined.

He also said that the platform, which currently offers Bollywood movie channels on its video on demand (VOD) service is also in talks with Hollywood studios to offer English movies. However, he said that after rolling out its first 4K channel, it will now add Hollywood movies in 4K on the channel soon.


Sunday feeds

D1 12419 V Sr 7000 5/6 DVBS2/8PSK 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA Aus vs NZ League Test
D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "AFL Melbourne v Freo"

IS 19 12553 V Sr 7500 "country v city" FTA

D2 12429 V Sr 7000 "Sts1" Rugby League Country vs City FTA

D2 12325 V Sr 14700 3 channels, astra1,astra2,astra3 running feeds
D2 12446 V Sr 6670 "Globecast 1" Horses
D2 12590 V Sr 7200 "Badminton 1" Badminton FTA
D2 12670 V Sr 7200 "ICC WCC2" unknown encrypted
D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "Globecast oz" Horses
D2 12455 V Sr 6670 "Globecast 2" Horses
D2 12464 V Sr 6670 "gcast 6" Horses
D2 12670 V Sr 7200 "gcast 7" world run?
D2 12679 V Sr 7200 "Globecast2" frozen screen

Saturday feeds

D2 12590 V Sr 7200 Fec 3/4 DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD "badminton 1" FTA NZ Open Badminton

D2 12338 V Sr 7500 "STS 3" unknown encrypted
D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "Globecast oz". Colour bars with GCast 7 Melbourne prog written across.
D2 12661 V Sr 7200 "2-sat Europe" Someone showing an Uplink or broadcast center , something about world run coverage?

D2 12670 V Sr 7200 "gcast7" showing the moon?
D2 12679 V Sr 7200 "globecast 2" frozen shot not sure what
D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "7bcm D1/T7 slot 2" afl eagles v GWS

C1 12405 V Sr 24450 "AStralinks SNG Fly2" showing Sky Throughbred Central channel FTA

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weekend feeds

Asiasat 5

3841 H SR 26666 12 new $ - (Scrambled.) - TV channels and 1 radio channel.

$FS2 Singapore S
$StarSports CHN
FS Singapore S
$STAR Sports 2C
$FS Indonesia S
$FS News
$FS Phillipines
$FS Indonesia 2S
$FS Indonesia H
$FS2 Singapore H

3755 V SR 7120 $ATL Enc 4 ($Scrambled.)
4165 H SR 7199 $ICC WCC2 SKYCITY NEW ZEALAND Badminton from Auckland - Indonesia vs China, (is actually FTA.) (interesting this was on D2 also but encrypted on one feed)

3755 V SR 7120 HD ENC-1a ASIAN RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP - Japan vs Hong Kong, (FTA.)
3755 V SR 7199 HD ENC 1a ASIAN RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP - Japan vs Hong Kong, (FTA.)

Both transponders have parallel programme of Rugby.

3890 H SR 15000 $STS 4 ($Scrambled.)

4148 H SR 7199 ASAN_MP4-1 J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7199 HD ENC-2a J-League Soccer, (FTA.)

Both these transponders are carrying different J-League Soccer games.

3876 H SR 7120 ATP BMW Open Tennis, Munich, GERMANY - Quarter Finals - Murray vs Rosul, (FTA.)
3905 V SR 7394 HK PATH A 'Preparing a seminar area,' (FTA.)
4096 H SR 4433 Fi08GNVE Amazing Live Camera Footage of riots somewhere in Italy. Cars being set on fire, teargas being sprayed by police and fireman putting out the burning cars. RAI News footage, (FTA.)
3755 V SR 7119 $IEC CRT OU 1 Enc ($Scrambled.)
3887 V SR 7120 ATP BMW Tennis Open, (FTA.)

3876 H SR 7120 Sony Uni Feed 2015 Live footage of a live sporting arena venue, (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7199 Sony Uni Feed 2015 Live footage (parallel to 3876 H SR 7120.)

3895 H SR 7199 $IPL-8_Sony Hindi ($Scrambled.)
4152 H SR 15000 $COR - FCB HD ASI ($Scrambled.)
3867 H SR 6111 DSNG 10 SD FEED wording on colour test pattern, (FTA.)

3876 H SR 7120 Telecity Encoder LIV (Liverpool) vs QPR (Queens Park Rangers), (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder LIV vs QPR (same game as other transponder.)

3923 H SR 4599 AP_HD MAYWEATHER vs PACQUIAO fight, Preview with panel, (FTA.)

4152 H SR 15000 $Mayweather Pacquiao ($Scrambled.)
4165 H SR 7199 $ICC WCC 2 SKY CITY NEW ZEALAND - Badminton Championships, (is actually FTA.)
3733 V SR 4199 $solar 01 (Scrambled.)
3755 V SR 7120 IEC CRT OU3 Enc VOLKSWAGEN Prague Marathon, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7199 $WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD ($Scrambled.)
3876 H SR 7120 $SUI-44-3 ($Scrambled.)
3936 V SR 7120 ATP ATP BMW Open Tennis from Munich, GERMANY, (FTA.)

From the Dish

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3840 H "CCTV 1" is now encrypted.

Koreasat 5 113.0E AFN Movie, AFN Sports Japan, AFN Prime Atlantic, AFN Spectrum, AFN Prime Pacific, AFN News, AFN Xtra, AFN Guide, AFN Family, AFN Sports, AFN Sports Korea and AFN Prime Korea on 12590 V and 12670 V are Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 3840 H "Fox Sports Indonesia, Fox Sports 2 Singapore, Fox Sports 2 Indonesia, Fox Sports China, Fox Sports News Asia, Fox Sports Philippines, Fox Sports Singapore and Fox Sports 2 China" have started on , Videoguard.

Palapa D 113.0E Zee Bioskop has left 3780 V and 12590 H.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3820 V "& TV" has started on, Conax.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3880 H "B4U Movies India and B4U Music India" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3920 H.Star Sports 1 China, Fox Sports Singapore, Star Sports 2 China, Fox Sports News Asia, Fox Sports 2 Asia, Fox Sports Philippines, Fox Sports 2 Taiwan, Fox Sports Indonesia and Fox Sports 2 Singapore have left

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12297 H "World Cup Ultimate 1/2" have left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12357 H "Life Inspired" has left .

Measat 3 91.5E 3760 V "MUTV" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E The Aora TV Satelit muxes have left 12276 H and 12316 H.

Yamal 401 90.0E 3898 L "Studiya Fakt" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H Whistle TV has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "Khoj India" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "News Time 24x7 has replaced News Express" Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "BPA News USA" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "High News has replaced Cee News" on , Fta
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Colors Odia" has started on , Irdeto.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "Lakshya TV" has started on , Fta
Insat 4A 83.0E 4133 H "JK News" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Hero Channel" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H The Living Show, Gen C, News 1, DDTV, N Channel, Nice Channel, H Plus Channel, Dhamma Media Channel, Zaa Network, TV 24, Variety Hit, Vetee Thai and Dara Channel are now Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3742 V "Star Movies Select" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Revival TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "BelieVe TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "God of Now Now TV" has started on,Fta. ACBN International has left.

Intelsat 904 60.0E 11555 H "World Fashion Channel Russia" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,TV Maria(梦幻卫视)频道解密,设置12390 V 25600参数免费接收。[05-03]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,DNN、Vision Shiksha(印度)等3个频道消失,设置4054 H 13230参数无效接收。[05-03]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Om Bangla(印度)频道开播,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。[05-03]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段,HTV 9 HD(高清)频道消失,设置3433 V 13600参数无效接收。[05-03]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,TV Maria(梦幻卫视)频道加密,设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。[05-02]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Studiya Fakt(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置3898 L 1724参数免费接收。[05-02]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,News State替换Upasana TV(印度)频道,设置4117 V 8800参数免费接收。[05-02]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Om Bangla(测试)频道重现,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。[05-02]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,也门卫视(阿拉伯)频道重现,设置3700 V 30000参数免费接收。[05-02]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CTC、Russia Today等替换Dom Kino(蒙古)等频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[05-01]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,APTN Global Video Wire(美联社)频道加密,设置4114 H 18400参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Prarthana Bhawan TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4117 V 8800参数免费接收。 [5月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Karusel(俄罗斯)频道重现,设置11605 V 43200参数免费接收。 [5月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Orange TV(印度)频道消失,设置11790 H 44000参数无效接收。 [5月1日]

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Nbn names satellite Sky Muster

From http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/67883-nbn-names-satellite-sky-muster

The first of two satellites to be launched next year by nbn (formerly NBN Co) will be named Sky Muster. Find out why.

nbn has been running a painting and drawing competition for children aged 5 to 12, with the winner's entry to be displayed on the outside of the rocket launching one of the satellites that will be part of the NBN long term satellite service for remote areas covering more than 200,000 homes and businesses.

The winner was six-year-old Bailey Brooks (pictured below) from Lilla Creek station, 400km south of Alice Springs, who, with her School of the Air classmates, also won the opportunity to name the satellite.

Sky Muster "captures how the satellite will help 'round-up' and connect Australians together," explained nbn.

Brooks said "I felt special when I found out I won. My drawing is me with a satellite dish on my house and all the stars in the sky. The satellite helps me and my friends do our school work."

NBN winner

Author and competition judge Morris Gleitzman said "Kids' imaginations have always operated at millions of megabytes a second, so it's very exciting for them to see that communications technology is finally catching up.

"Their illustrations show how much they relish being connected to a wider world of ideas and possibilities as well as to their fellow Australians.

"All kids deserve the best education we can manage, regardless of their postcode, and high speed broadband is going to lend an important hand in the classroom and at home.

"Thanks to Sky Muster, fewer kids will miss the digital bus."

The remaining state and territory winners were Amelia Ryan, Saint Joachim’s Primary School, Queensland; Mackenzie O’Connor, Sherwood Ridge Public School, New South Wales; Kayla Feldman, Beth Rivkah Ladies College, Victoria; Heidi Cook, St. Leonard’s Primary School, Tasmania; Isaiah McManus, home educated, Western Australia; Thaineo Chamtaprieo, Mother Teresa School, Australian Capital Territory; and Haley Michos, Linden Park Primary School, South Australia.

They all win a trip to Questacon in Canberra

Stan eyes live sport streaming with Nine tie-up

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/stan-eyes-live-sport-streaming-with-nine-tie-up/story-fnab9kqj-1227333340379

There could be an upset to sport rights negotiations with Stan’s chief executive Mike Sneesby indicating Nine and Stan could jointly bid for key properties.

Stan, Nine and Fairfax Media’s new subscription video-on-­demand service could stream sport, Sneesby said at a lunch panel on media disruption hosted by The Australian and IBM last Thursday.

In a chat with Diary afterwards, he went further, saying he’d already examined the model in overseas markets.

“There’s nothing technologically or legally that would prevent us from moving in that direction,” Sneesby said.

“We don’t have any plans to stream sports on the platform, but I wouldn’t rule that out. If you look at Viaplay (the streaming service in the Nordic region), their model is streaming sport with TV and movies and it works.”

It will be interesting to see if this is more than posturing as the sports rights battle heats up, with NRL and AFL negotiations taking place simultaneously. Soccer could also come into the picture, now that it looks like SBS is letting it go.

But, as Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein pointed out, if sports were to be included on a streaming service such as Stan, the price would inevitably rise from $10 a month.

Despite being surrounded by News Corp types, Sneesby was feeling confident about his figures. He said Stan had reached almost 200,000 subscribers.

But he refused to say how many were paying subscribers or how many had signed beyond the free 30-day trial.

“We’re seeing conversion rates from the free trial into paid above expectations,” Sneesby said.

“We are confident from data we have from our CDN (content delivery network) in Australia that we are one of the biggest drivers of data consumption on the internet today. Netflix is there too; so is YouTube.”

Just as with free-to-air TV, the wet weather in NSW has been great for streaming services.

Stan’s total Sydney viewing hours increased by more than 30 per cent, week on week, on the Anzac Day weekend when there was torrential rain.

Sky TV almost ready for great leap forward to internet viewing

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11442640

Neon is a direct response to the new online players but is being strictly focused on consumers who are not already with Sky. Photo / Thinkstock

Sky TV is taking a big step on to the internet with a launch planned for some time in July.

An upgraded, internet-linked MySky set-top box will offer a new weapon to compete with online players Netflix, Spark's Lightbox and Sky's own Neon.

Like many parts of the media, pay TV is in a period of flux.

The threat of competition and technology has led to Sky having a relatively flat share performance over the past 12 months, according to James Smalley of brokers Hamilton Hindin Green. "It has underperformed the market" and the departure of News Corporation a few years back had also been noted.

Smalley says investors are still wary of the technological issues facing the firm.

Neon is a direct response to the new online players but is being strictly focused on consumers who are not already with Sky.

If it is too successful it could cannibalise subscribers from the much more lucrative linear channels.

Now Sky is betting that the MySky upgrade will allow it to shift online while sustaining lucrative returns.

Sky is offering subscribers more downloadable catch-up content and some preview content.

Chief executive John Fellet calls it "entitlement video on demand". It is a major step for Sky away from linear channels and on to the internet.

The big question is whether it can hold on to subscribers by offering linear channels, enhanced with online add-ons such as archived series.

"We are about 90 per cent done with it now and it's true it is a big step for us towards non-linear TV," he said.

The upgrade is occurring during upheavals as the internet takes over from broadcast technology.

Entertainment is moving online, and companies such as Chorus, which wholesale the broadband capacity, stand to win by catering to the increased volumes of video content being watched on several devices simultaneously.

Simultaneous viewing slows speeds, so multiple access will boost demand for premium fast broadband products, says Chorus.

People are upgrading from ADSL to broadband technology VDSL, and to a lesser extent from VDSL to Ultra Fast Broadband. Beyond broadband there is an issue over content - and in particular the voracious demand for exclusive content.

Don't mirror Netflix, Hollywood expert tells local rivals

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/dont-mirror-netflix-hollywood-expert-tells-local-rivals-20150503-1mvf5h.html

Australia's local products should not aim to mirror Netflix, says a Hollywood media adviser.

Australia's three local video streaming players need to be careful not to mirror Netflix's successful business model if they are to survive in an increasingly crowded market, a Hollywood media adviser says.

Seth Shapiro, an interactive media governor for the Emmy Awards and an adviser to entertainment giants including Disney, Comcast and Universal, said the Australian market would struggle to sustain all streaming operators.

"In the United States, four has been unsustainable," Mr Shapiro said. "A number of them have tried but the market suggests in the US two differentiated offerings.

Seth Shapiro, an adviser to entertainment giants including Disney, Comcast and Universal, says the Australian market will struggle to sustain all four video streaming operators.
"One of them caters to a deep catalogue of non-current programming and one of which caters to an up-to-date offering of this week's shows. That seems to be the kind of model that's working here."

Netflix, which has a market capitalisation of $US33.7 billion ($42.9 billion), launched its Australian service in March, competing with local operators Presto and Stan, which also launched this year, as well as the tiny Quickflix which is yet to make a profit in the 12 years since it was founded as a DVD mailout service.

Mr Shapiro will hold workshops with Australian television executives and producers this month to advise them on creating content and programming for subscription video on demand (SVOD).

He said of the three local SVOD players, Stan – a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co Holdings and Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review – seemed the most similar to Netflix.

"Stan is hard to track from the US but appears to have a deeper catalogue of older programming, more in line with Netflix's original value proposition."

No Hulu equivalent

Meanwhile he said Foxtel and Seven West Media's Presto supported the "non-exclusive" strategy of movie and cable studios, which are reluctant to sign too many global rights agreements with Netflix, locking out other SVOD operators. "They have broadcast sitcom Modern Family and Showtime hit Homeland, neither of which are available via Netflix streaming in the US."

But Mr Shapiro said none of the Australian operators mirrored the other SVOD model, which has been able to co-exist with Netflix, such as the one offered by Hulu – a joint venture between News Corp, NBC Universal and Disney.

"Both of those SVOD services are two very different business models: one is catch-up TV, watch last week's episode of this. There's the opportunity for another service that would show you this week's episode of a particular show; that's sort of where Hulu has their main interest."

All Australian free-to-air broadcasters offer streaming catch-up services, but programs are offered for a limited time after their initial broadcast.

Despite the SVOD market being crowded, Mr Shapiro said it was an environment that still favoured entrepreneurship, and predicted there would be a proliferation of cheaper services to cater for specific interests.

"I do think we will see more cost-effective, cheaper SVOD services for all sorts of niches, from sport to arts and crafts, that people will pay a few dollars a month for," he said.

"We're starting to see that in the US. Some of these massive YouTube guys that have billions of views, I think we'll see it there first … a new generation who'll say, 'I'll pay $3 a month [for content].'"

Mr Shapiro's comments came as Stan became the first Australian SVOD service to commission a local production, a comedy series from the creators of the acclaimed series A Moody Christmas. The new series, called No Activity, will star Patrick Brammall, Darren Gilshenan, Damon Herriman, Harriet Dyer, Genevieve Morris, Dan Wyllie, David Field and Sam Simmons.

The announcement expands Stan's original programming plans, with development deals for two high-profile Australian TV projects, Wolf Creek and Enemies of the State, already in place

N. Korea's Kim vows more satellite launches

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/N_Koreas_Kim_vows_more_satellite_launches_999.html

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un vowed to launch more "satellites" in order to become a space power, state media said Sunday, despite global condemnation on past launches, dubbed disguised ballistic missile tests.

Kim, during a visit to the North's newly-built satellite command centre, urged scientists to work harder to "further glorify the (North) as a space power," state-run KCNA said.

"The status of the (North) as a satellite producer-launcher remains unchanged though the hostile forces deny it and its space development can never be abandoned, no matter who may oppose," Kim was quoted as saying.

The new, 13,770 square-metre command centre will provide a "solid springboard for continued launch of various working satellites," the KCNA said.

More satellites will be launched into outer space at the time and locations set by the ruling Workers' Party, Kim said, adding that such projects are "legitimate rights" of the country.

The impoverished but nuclear-armed North in December 2012 launched a satellite into orbit, describing it as a purely peaceful scientific project.

But the UN condemned the move as a disguised ballistic missile test, banned under the UN resolutions triggered by its nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

Pyongyang, angered by fresh UN sanctions following the launch, conducted its third nuclear test -- its most powerful to date -- in February 2013.

The 2012 satellite launch was seen as a major step forward for the North's nuclear weapons programme, as long-range missile delivery capability had long been cited as its main weakness.

There is little doubt that the North has an active ballistic missile development programme, but expert opinion is split on just how much progress it has made.

Analysts say development of a working, long-range missile capable of reaching the US would mean the North's regular nuclear strike warnings would be taken more seriously.

But the country is yet to conduct a test showing it has mastered the technology required for an effective intercontinental ballistic missile.

Russia, Belarus to coordinate satellite networks

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/russia-belarus-to-coordinate-satellite-networks--1080146

Heads of the Russian and Belarusian telecommunications agencies have met in order to discuss coordination of public satellite networks. They agreed to start soon the coordination the work of the Russian telecommunications satellite Express-AM6 and Belarusian satellite Belintersat-1. Belarus plans to launch its satellite in the first quarter of 2016, and the satellite will be based at 51.5 degrees East. The Express-AM6 is located at 53 degrees East.

More than half Brits ‘TV addicts’

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/05/01/more-than-half-brits-telly-addicts/

Findings from UK DTT platform Freeview, commissioned to find out more about people’s relationship with TV, reveal that Britain is having a love affair with TV, though viewers stick within their comfort zone when it comes to picking what to watch.

The report, National Obsession: our relationship with TV, found that more than half (52 per cent) of the nation – 33 million – admit to being telly addicts. TV forms a solid, valued place in consumers’ lives, with a fifth (21 per cent) saying they watch their favourite programmes out of habit and a third (33 per cent) saying TV brings a sense of structure to their life.

When choosing new programmes, many are risk averse, picking programmes which come recommended by family or friends (43 per cent) or programmes which star a favourite actor (35 per cent). However nearly one in six (16 per cent) admit to trying a new programme out of FOMO (fear of missing out), indicating the desire for social connection that TV fulfils.

The research also found TV is a social enabler, helping people to connect with others – 29 per cent of Britons even felt it helps bring together family, partners or housemates, while just under a third (31 per cent) make some kind of compromise or joint decision with family or housemates about what to watch, showing that the TV viewing context and environment is often as important as what’s on the box.

According to the research, Britons act in a similar way when it comes to TV programmes as they do to household brand names. More than half (52 per cent) of respondents act as television ‘brand advocates’, saying they will recommend a TV programme they have enjoyed. Over a fifth of people (21 per cent) buy into a programme so much that they watch extra or behind-the-scenes spin-off shows, just as they might buy a new product from their favourite brand.

In fact, the research found that people feel closer to some TV ‘super brands’ – such as Sherlock (23 per cent) and Mrs Brown’s Boys (22 per cent) – than to major household brand names such as Apple (21 per cent) and Coca Cola (16 per cent), showing that some TV programmes occupy as great, if not a greater, place in our hearts than many of the products we buy.

Guy North, managing director of Freeview, said the research showed the pivotal role TV plays in many people’s lives. “It helps us relax and unwind, but also brings us closer to those we love and to the outside world. Advances in technology are making this easier than ever before. Catch-up and on-demand TV have given people a new ability to personalise how they watch television, allowing it to fit in with their daily life. That is why we are excited to be launching [connected TV service] Freeview Play, which will allow everyone to fit TV around their personal needs,” he stated.

“However it’s important to note that while we are witnessing technological change, most people, most of the time, watch the same kinds of programmes they always have. Old habits die hard, and Brits are tied to the three ‘Cs’: caution, compromise and choice. Technological innovation enables this but there is also an opportunity for the industry to balance ground-breaking ‘critics’ choice’ programming with shows that appeal to a mass market,” he suggested.

Ralph Lee, C4 Deputy Chief Creative Officer, admitted that as much as the broadcaster loved ‘new’ and ‘innovative’, a successful terrestrial channel had to strike a balance between the familiar and the untested. “Viewers don’t want to be constantly challenged and surprised. All of us sometimes just want to kick back and watch a televisual comfort blanket,” he added.

According to Charlotte Moore, BBC One Controller, the commissioning challenge for the corporation was how to make programmes that stand out from the crowd and engender loyalty to the BBC. “Commissioning live and event television feels more important than ever as it helps create moments that will make audiences feel they are part of something that only the BBC could produce. But I strongly believe that what hasn’t changed over the last ten years is that putting the audiences first and maintaining quality are still the key to effective commissioning,” she declared.

Freedish is key to Doordarshan’s turn around: Parliamentary Committee

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/terrestrial/freedish-is-key-to-doordarshan-s-turn-around-parliamentary-committee-150430

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has been asked to make efforts to complete all procedural formalities so as to facilitate the expeditious execution of Doordarshan’s Freedish project.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, which deals with MIB issues, in its report emphasized that popularization of Freedish may indeed prove to be one of the major keys, which can turn around Doordarshan in a big way, especially when it is competing with private TV channels who are providing hundreds of channels to its viewers.

The Committee recognized that the idea of providing Freedish and progressive FM-ization can play vital role in shaping future roadmap for revival of Prasar Bharati.

As part of its Freedish endeavour, Doordarshan has upgraded the technical infrastructure of DD Freedish DTH platform and is presently providing free to air 64 SDTV channels in MPEG-2DVB-S.

The technical infrastructure of the remaining 48 SDTV channels has also been installed and tested. Once these channels are made Conditional Access System (CAS) enabled in free-to-view mode, subscribers can view these channels with a one-time annual registration.

Doordarshan is planning to commission these 48 SDTV channels in Freedish MPEG-4 DVB-S2 channel mode only after implementing the CAS Service, upgrading its platform to 112 channels.

This will mean upgrading its platform to 112 SDTV channels in 2015-16, but this is subject to approval of the Home Ministry regarding security clearance of one of the shortlisted CAS service providers, which is a Chinese party. The Ministry wrote to the Home Ministry on 9 March this year seeking its views on the matter.


Sunday no update


Saturday, no update


TVP INFO, is now FTA at the moment.
Optus D2 12519 V Sr 22500

Webstream here

No raw stream link as I havn't installed my stream ripper on the new pc

Mayweather vs Pacquiao Free satellite coverage

Thai TV Channel 7 HD (Thaicom 5/6)
TV One (Palapa D)
CTN Cambodia (Apstar 6 134E)
AFN Sport HD (Intelsat 19 and other sats, IF still FTA)

Friday feeds scan

D1 12429 V Sr 7000 5/6 DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA bars NEP HD 2 SPG 1

From my Email

From Andrew Rajcher (Axiom Compusat Services)

TVP Info is the Polish state broadcaster's news and current affairs channel, a direct competitor with TVN24.

Enjoy it for the next month ... it will stay FTA until the end of May. It will then be encrypted and replace Polsat 2, in the Puma Media package. Polsat 2 will disappear at that time.


From the Dish

Measat 3 91.5E 3795 V "Racing International" is now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3847 H "Ananda Bangla TV" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3942 V "Star Sports Korea" has started on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,APTN Global Video Wire(美联社)频道加密,设置4114 H 18400参数有条件接收。[05-01]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Prarthana Bhawan TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4117 V 8800参数免费接收。[05-01]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Karusel(俄罗斯)频道重现,设置11605 V 43200参数免费接收。[05-01]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Orange TV(印度)频道消失,设置11790 H 44000参数无效接收。[05-01]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD Sports(印度)频道重现,设置11735 H 44000参数免费接收。[05-01]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Service 4(4K)高清频道改频率,设置3520 H 9000参数免费接收。[05-01]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Universal Channel(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11853 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月1日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TV 1000、(+7)(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置10981 V 44948参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Karusel、Muzika(俄罗斯)等5个频道消失,设置11605 V 43200参数无效接收。 [5月1日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,CCTV-1(标清)频道加密,设置3840 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Expo Milano Event(测试)高清频道新增,设置11593 H 30000参数免费接收。 [4月30日]


News Corp, Foxtel want Google to block piracy websites

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/news-corp-foxtel-want-google-to-block-piracy-websites-20150430-1mx4i2.html

Search engines like Google could be affected by the government's proposed website-blocking bill if copyright owners get their way. Photo: Dorothy Woodgate

Rights holders are pushing to broaden the scope of the federal government's proposed website-blocking regime to include more websites and to also allow them to ask search engines such as Google and Yahoo, in addition to internet service providers (ISPs), to block them.

But in a win for consumers, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has given its blessing to consumers who use virtual private networks (VPNs​) to "geo-dodge" into overseas markets in an attempt to access better, cheaper content – as hundreds of thousands of Australians are estimated to be doing to access the US Netflix catalogue.

In separate submissions to the parliamentary inquiry examining the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, News Corp Australia and Foxtel, the television network it jointly owns with Telstra, called for terms in the legislation to be expanded so that rights holders can force not just "carriage service providers" (CSPs​) but "service providers and intermediaries", such as search engine providers, to block certain websites.

If passed in its current form, the bill would allow copyright owners to apply for an injunction through the Federal Court that would force CSPs​ to block websites found to be infringing, or facilitating the infringement of, their copyrighted content.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority defines carriage service providers as entities that use a telecommunications network to supply telephone or internet access services to consumers.

Foxtel said the broadened scope would ensure that the injunction power was "technologically neutral and capable of broad application".

Given the rapid pace of technological innovation, the neutral terms proposed by Foxtel and others would give scope for potential new online services beyond to be included in the bill in future.

However, Google outlined to the parliamentary inquiry various measures it already undertook to help copyright owners protect their intellectual property, including its compliance with 99 per cent of requests to remove infringing web pages from its search results.

A coalition of five content distribution bodies including the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association, Motion Picture Distributors Association and the National Association of Cinema Operators also supported the expanded scope.

In addition, submissions from various rights holders called for the thresholds defining which websites could be blocked to be lowered, meaning that potentially more websites could be blocked under the regime.

The bill in its current form deals with blocking "an online location that has the primary purpose of infringing copyright or facilitating the infringement of copyright".

Foxtel and several other rights holders called for this threshold to be lowered from "the primary purpose" to "a substantial purpose or effect".

But in a blow to rights holders seeking to protect their ability to profit from regional content distribution arrangements, the head of Australia's competition watchdog has given a roundabout nod to the use of VPNs to access content overseas, saying this should clearly be excluded from definitions of "infringing content".

In his submission to the parliamentary inquiry, ACCC chairman Rod Sims noted rights holders had in the past threatened consumers with court action "to prevent the legitimate sale of parallel imported goods".

"The ACCC would be concerned if copyright owners were able to inappropriately threaten use of the powers set out in this bill to intimidate consumers and businesses and prevent them accessing legitimate goods from other jurisdictions," Mr Sims wrote.

"One way to address this is to ensure that a definition of infringing content does not apply to content authorised by owners in other jurisdictions."

Earlier this month, the managing director of television production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder, Nick Murray, told media and marketing website Mumbrella thatterritorial sales were "how we get our money" and that geo-dodging only benefited companies like Netflix and those that sold VPN software.

Australian television network set to offer Mandarin Chinese channel

From http://english.eastday.com/e/150430/u1ai8485816.html

MELBOURNE, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Australia's highest-rating television network has confirmed it is weighing up the benefits of launching foreign language channels, with the priority being the growing community of Mandarin Chinese viewers.

Seven West Media has undertaken research showing that members of multicultural communities are turning off television sets in favor of sourcing news and television programs from their country of origin either online or via satellite.

News Corp reported on Thursday that Seven believes there were millions of potential viewers waiting for a network to show more multicultural offerings.

Seven would likely launch a channel catering to Mandarin Chinese viewers, showing news as well as popular Mandarin television shows.

Seven West Media Chief Executive Officer Tim Worner said the huge untapped potential presents a unique opportunity for the network.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2.4 million Australians identified with an Asian background, with more than 865,000 said they were of Chinese descent, and "that was a figure that couldn't be ignored."

"The media landscape is evolving -- it's irresponsible of us not to look for any and all growth opportunities," Worner told News Corp.

"That has included the launch of additional channels and in that mix has been foreign language channels including Chinese language options," he said.

According to recent OzTAM statistics, Seven and its two digital channels control more than 25 percent of the market share, compared to just over 20 percent by its nearest competitor.

Worner said that a changing media landscape meant that Seven West Media had to look for innovative ways to stay competitive in commercial television.

"Australia is changing quickly and certainly the market in which we operate is rapidly evolving. We are always challenging ourselves to match the speed of that change inside Seven or similar," said Worner

Finding content does not pose a problem to Seven West Media, with the research uncovering that China produces the most television drama episodes in the world -- more than 30,000 shows every year.

Ten may turn to investors for more cash

From https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/ten-may-turn-investors-more-051739986.html

Struggling broadcaster Ten Network has admitted it may need to raise cash in the next 12 months as it nears the limit on its $200 million loan.

Ten, which on Thursday unveiled a $264.4 million first half loss, says it expects to remain within the limits of its current debt facility, but that could change if television advertising revenues decline.

"If this was to occur the group will need to take appropriate actions, including raising debt or equity funding should that be required, in order to continue to operate within its existing $200m funding facility," Ten said in a statement.

The most likely source of new funding for Ten is likely to come from pay TV business Foxtel, which is considering taking a 14.9 per cent stake in the network that could reportedly see it inject up to $85 million in the network.

The third-placed free-to-air TV network's loss for the six months to the end of February was 33 times the size of the $8 million loss a year ago, but the result was weighed down by a $251 million writedown on the value of its television licence.

With that one-off excluded, the loss was not as bad as analysts had predicted.

"It seems to be significantly better than the market was expecting," optionsXpress market analyst Ben Le Brun said.

"The market was looking for a loss of about $26 million. After the one-off items it looks like it's come out with a los of $13 million."

Ten said it had improved ratings in its target 25-to-54-year-old demographic since the start of 2015 and the network had recorded its best start to the official ratings period since 2012.

Chief executive Hamish McLennan said the ratings performance had been helped by the success of new shows including I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and GoggleBox.

He said Ten's share of the TV advertising market was also growing, despite a decline in revenue during the half.

The network achieved a 20.9 per cent share of the market during the first half and a 21.8 per cent share during March, though Mr McLennan said the advertising market remained "short" and difficult to predict.

Mr McLennan said the network was also taking a "creative" approach to hotly contests NRL and AFL rights negotiations and hoped to be able to broadcast at least some games.

Rights for both football codes will be negotiated this year and the billion-dollar-plus price tags involved mean networks may look at joint-venture bids.

Mr McLennan said Ten had suffered from not having a major winter sport.

"We like the AFL, we like the NRL and we're going to see what we do over the next few months to get a bit of it," he said.


* Net loss of $264m, versus $8m loss a year ago

* Revenue of $324m, versus $332m

* No interim dividend, unchanged

Foxtel iQ3 set-top box offers a remote-control workout or a good night's sleep

From http://www.afr.com/technology/foxtel-iq3-settop-box-offers-a-remotecontrol-workout-or-a-good-nights-sleep-20150429-1mpn66

If you love watching sports then Foxtel is hard to beat, and the flaws on the iQ3 will be worth putting up with while the bugs get fixed. In the meantime, all that complicated button pressing is a form of sporting activity anyway.

When an episode of a television show finishes on Netflix, to watch the next episode in the series all you have to do is sit tight for 10 or 15 seconds, after which time it will automatically start. It actually takes more effort to not watch the next episode than to watch it, and before you know it it's 3am.

When an episode of a TV show finishes in the BoxSets feature of Foxtel's new iQ3 set-top box, to watch the next episode in the series you have to:
1.Press the "back" button on your remote control (as suggested by the "All good things must come to an end" window that pops up at end of the show, though you can actually skip to the next step), reefing you out of the BoxSets library and back into whatever cable or free-to-air channel the iQ3 happens to be tuned to.

2.Press the "Library" button, taking you to a menu displaying many of the new features on the iQ3. These include the "Library" where you can watch shows you've recorded or downloaded to the iQ3's built-in hard disk; the "Anytime" section where you can watch TV shows or movies, either as an internet download or streaming over your regular Foxtel cable connection (the iQ3 seamlessly merges internet TV with traditional cable and free-to-air TV, you see, allowing you to forget about the source and focus on the content); the "Store" where you can rent movies or TV shows that aren't freely available in your movie Foxtel movie channels; and the "Apps" section, which doesn't have many apps right now but which will surely grow.

3.Press the "right" button to get to "Anytime", then "down" and "right" to get back to BoxSets.

4.From there, getting to the next episode of the show you were just watching varies, depending on the show and the episode, but for me it's typically: "down", "right", "right", "right", "right", "right", "right", "right", "down", "select", "select", "left" (because it automatically selects the first episode, even if you've watched it), "up" (the episodes are oddly listed in reverse order), "up", "up", "up", "up", "up", "up", "up", "right", "select", "select" (which starts the internet download), and then lastly "select" (which plays the episode once it has downloaded).

I mention all of this because it neatly exemplifies what is right and what is wrong with Foxtel's iQ3, which is that it has an awful lot of good content and good ideas in it but its execution is, for now at least, deeply flawed. To watch the next episode of a show in Netflix involves zero user interaction, which is how it should be.

To watch the next episode on the iQ3 involves 20 to 30 button presses. Talk about buzzkill. Though, on the plus side, it does get you out of the mood enough to let you go to bed, something that can be quite difficult with Netflix's binge viewing.

And that's only talking about the button presses that work. The remote control on the iQ3 uses Bluetooth, which is good because it means you don't need direct line of sight to the box, so you can hide it away in a cupboard, but bad because, in the review unit we have, the Bluetooth keeps unpairing, and we have to restart the iQ3 to get it working again.

At the time of writing, there are numerous other technical flaws with the iQ3, too, such as: menus not refreshing quickly when you've pressed the remote control; the screen going black for up to 10 seconds at a time; certain recorded shows restarting from the beginning when you've stopped then halfway through (they should restart where you left off); shows not recording fully (our iQ3 reported power outages during recordings, when none of our other devices reported outages); and features like "Start Over" only working under some circumstances and not others.

Content comes first

If there were less to like about the iQ3, I could stop right here and tell you not to get it under any circumstances, not until Foxtel has ironed out the more major bugs in the software.

Doubly don't touch it once you factor in the price, which depending on which packages you subscribe to is likely to be a multiple of competing internet-only services such as Netflix, Quickflix and Stan. (For the record, Stan is part-owned by Fairfax Media, which publishes The Australian Financial Review, and for the record Stan doesn't always work as advertised, either.)

But iQ3 features such as "Start Over", which effortlessly (when it works properly) converts a show from a regular cable TV stream to an internet download if you've come to it late, haven't recorded it and want to start at the beginning, are actually really good.

Plus, the whole content-oriented, delivery-neutral premise behind the iQ3 could and (fingers crossed) will be truly great – doubly so when you consider the way it builds free-to-air TV into that content experience. (If only "Start Over" worked for free-to-air TV, too. But Foxtel needs licences to stream shows over the internet for you, so that's a pipe dream.)

All of this raises a deeper problem for the iQ3, though, one which won't be overcome with some software patches. If content comes first the way the iQ3 suggests it does, then you might be better off subscribing to multiple, cheaper services that have the content you want, rather than subscribing to one monolithic service.

For the price of an iQ3 subscription, and provided you have a good internet connection, you could mix and match between three or four online-only services, fluidly subscribing and unsubscribing depending on which one happens to be screening the shows you like.

Foxtel's answer to that, of course, is sport. If you love watching sports then Foxtel is hard to beat, and the flaws on the iQ3 will be worth putting up with while the bugs get fixed. In the meantime, all that complicated button pressing on the iQ3 is a form of sporting activity anyway.

Likes: Lots of storage, interesting mix of traditional cable/satellite pay TV with free-to-air and internet TV.
Dislikes: User experience buggy, still needs a lot of work.
Cost: $200 plus minimum $25 a month.

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation selects ABS To deliver high-speed Internet

From http://www.satellite-evolution.com/group/site/?p=40498

ABS and Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC) have signed a 5 year contract on ABS-6. The capacity agreement will provide high speed internet connectivity to support TTC’s growing infrastructure.

Under the multi-year contract, TTC will use the C-band A beam capacity on ABS-6 to increase the volume of traffic to the Tuvalu islands offering high speed internet to support schools, banks, hospitals and IP backhaul for its mobile network.

TTC is a state-owned enterprise of Tuvalu, which is the sole telecommunications provider to its islands (6 atolls and 3 reef islands). It provides mainly satellite based services for communications and broadband connectivity between atolls and with the rest of the world.

“As a key strategic partner, ABS is proud to offer an effective solution to support TTC with reliable communications connectivity,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “In March 2015, Tuvalu experienced the impact of Cyclone Pam when it passed through the region and disrupted communications for days. This service will offer critical communications to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is readily available to support the needs of Tuvalu.”

“We are happy to work with ABS on our high speed satellite internet connection. The need for communications is very important to our economy and our people. We are endeavored to ensure that all the Island’s communications needs are constantly available as this is especially vital in emergency situations like cyclones and disasters. This connectivity on ABS 6 will boost our Internet bandwidth capability,” commented Anisi Panitusi COO of TTC.

(Craig's comment, ABS6 at 159E..it should be easy reception for those DX'ers at Waihopai)

THAICOM specialists to facilitate satellite communications in Nepal

From news item

BANGKOK, 29 April 2015 – THAICOM has prepared to send a team of specialists and satellite equipment to Nepal to help rescue workers in the rescue operations.

THAICOM’s technicians and engineers will be flying to Nepal today, where they will apply satellite technologies in search and rescue missions in affected areas. Aside from emergency operations, the specialists have been tasked with facilitating telecommunications.

The disaster relief is part of the firm's policy of corporate social responsibility in both everyday and critical situations.

The satellite operator previously applied IPSTAR satellite system to recover communications during crises in several countries, such as Japan, China, New Zealand and the Philippines.

SES carrying 6526 TV channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/04/30/ses-carrying-6526-tv-channels/

Luxembourg-based SES’s Q1 results were revealed on April 30th with CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh saying the satellite operator had made a “productive start” to 2015. He said that SES was now serving 312 million homes worldwide, up 7 per cent on a year ago. SES was now transmitting 6526 channels, up 5 per cent y-o-y, and helped by a 6.8 per cent growth in HD channels (to 1910).

However, revenues were under pressure. Group revenue for Q1 rose by 3.2 per cent to €356.1 million. But strip out foreign exchange fluctuations and the benefits of a stronger US dollar, and instead express revenues at a ‘constant’ rate and its revenues fell 4.9 per cent.

European revenues fell back 5.3 per cent to €241 million and also additionally affected by the outright sale of 4 transponders to Eutelsat a year ago (and not repeated this year).

North American revenues however, for some time the poor relation as far as growth was concerned, have improved but again the growth of 8.2 per cent (to €91.1 million) is disguised by the strength of the dollar. Expressed at a constant FX rate and its revenues were 8.4 per cent. SES said that “renewals of capacity agreements on AMC-15/-16” were lower.

But set against these two disappointing sectors Sabbagh said that its ‘International’ division showed real growth, up 14.8 per cent to €145.7 million.

Overall, SES is operating 1500 active transponders, down a fraction due to fleet movements and the transition of NSS-7 to operation in an inclined orbit. Excluding NSS-7, new business secured contributed to growth in both Europe (up 14 net) and International (up four net). This offset a further reduction in North America (down 17 net) arising from reduced capacity requirements of certain customers, including EchoStar on AMC-15. Fleet utilisation is also down a fraction, from 72.5 per cent a year ago to 71.4 per cent at the end of March.

During the first quarter of 2015, SES ordered three new satellites (SES-14, SES-15 and SES-16/GovSat) to drive future growth. The future launch schedule now comprises seven satellites, which will add a total of 180 net transponders by end-2017. The addition represents a 12 per cent increase in the current available capacity, of which a significant proportion is already pre-committed. In addition, three satellites (SES-12, SES-14 and SES-15) will provide a total of 36 GHz of HTS capacity to serve a range of Next Generation Data (NGD) applications, such as Mobility.

Sabbagh confirmed that SES-9 will launch during Q3 this year but take between 4-6 months to get to orbit, and thus will be slower to generate revenues as a consequence.

Investment bankers Exane/BNP-Paribas, in a blunt note to clients recommended investors switch out of SES into Eutelsat. Eutelsat will report its financials on May 12th.

Intelsat reports “solid progress”

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/04/30/intelsat-reports-solid-progress/

Intelsat’s Q1 numbers showed some revenue reductions in most of its divisions. The one sector that showed an increase was its ‘media’ business, which saw revenues grow 1 percent to $224.8 million compared with Q1/2014.

The reduced revenues in its other key divisions affected the overall fill rate, down to 75 per cent as at March 30th, and down from 77 per cent a year ago.

Network Services decreased 5 per cent (and yet still represent 46 per cent of Intelsat’s Q1 revenues), while its Government business decreased again, this quarter by 13 per cent (compared to Q1/2014). Government services are 16 per cent ($94.8m) of Intelsat’s revenues.

Intelsat has 2200 transponders on station (plus some in inclined orbit) with an impressive 75 percent fill rate (but down from 77 per cent a year ago).

As a result of these overall declines the operator’s all-important backlog fell back some $300 million in the past 3 months from $10 billion to $9.7 billion.

Overall free cashflow for the quarter was $199.4 million., and overall Intelsat said that its Q1 performance was in line with expectations.

Roku, Nielsen OTT measurement deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/04/30/roku-nielsen-ott-measurement-deal/

Nielsen and Roku announced an agreement that enables Nielsen to measure video advertising delivered to Roku players and Roku-powered smart TVs.

Initially Nielsen and Roku will enable OTT measurement through Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings. Content providers who sign up will have the ability to measure their audience according to Nielsen demographics and Digital Ad Ratings to measure, guarantee and report campaign audience delivery through the Roku platform.

Roku reported that over 100 of the most-watched channels on the Roku platform are ad-supported. Roku has over10 million devices in the U.S.
Nielsen and Roku said the agreement will enable ad campaigns to be measured on Roku’s digital platform using the same techniques that are applied to traditional TV.

The Nielsen deal will be part of a broader Roku offering called Roku Audience Solutions, launched at the ‘New Upfronts’ ad selling market. It said Roku Audience Solutions, the company will help its channels sell their video advertising more effectively using a new toolkit that is built into the SDK used by Roku publishers to launch streaming channels. The framework features IAB VAST processing, Innovid iRoll interactivity, and a new Roku ID for advertisers.