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ACMA will clear Foxtel stake in Ten, predicts expert

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/acma-will-clear-foxtel-stake-in-ten-predicts-expert-20151013-gk7qz4.html

Lachlan Murdoch is already deemed to be a ‘‘controller’’ of newspaper and radio assets.

The media watchdog is likely to clear Foxtel's acquisition of a 14.9 per cent stake in Ten Network Holdings by finding that Lachlan Murdoch will not control the free-to-air network as a result of the deal, according to a former senior manager at the regulator.

Michaela Watson, who was manager of the Media Ownership Diversity section at the Australian Communications and Media Authority from 2010 to January this year, told Fairfax Media she would be "shocked" if ACMA rules that the deal breaches cross media ownership restrictions.

If ACMA allows the deal, which could happen as early as this week, Foxtel and its half-owner, the Murdoch family's News Corporation, will have cleared the first regulatory hurdle in their concerted push to take a foothold in the $4 billion free-to-air television market.

Lachlan Murdoch's Nova Entertainment has rejected repeated overtures by Bauer Media.

The other major hurdle is the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which is due to rule on the deal by next Thursday.

The ACCC has received a flurry of submissions including those from rivals anxious to stop the deal going ahead for fear it will give News and the Murdochs ever greater power over the local media market.

Ms Watson, who is also a former director of mergers and acquisitions at the ACCC, believes the ACCC may also not oppose the deal, despite it having expressed concerns the transaction could give Ten could an unfair advantage over its rivals Nine Entertainment and Seven West Media when bidding for sports rights.

The ACCC is examining whether the deal will substantially lessen competition in the sports rights and advertising markets.

But ACMA's role is to rule whether the transaction breaches the so-called two-out-of-three rule, which prevents any one person or party from owning a newspaper, radio and free-to-air television licence in the same market.

As co-chairman of News Corp, and as 100 per cent owner of Nova Entertainment – through his private investment vehicle Illyria – Lachlan Murdoch is already deemed to be a "controller" of newspaper and radio assets under the law.

He also owns an 8.52 per cent stake in Ten Network through Illyria.

The ACMA is therefore examining whether his 8.52 per cent stake should be combined with Foxtel's proposed 14.9 per cent stake for the purposes of the law.

If it was, his interest would surpass the ACMA's 15 per cent interest threshold, making him a controller of Ten. (This is despite Telstra owning the other half of Foxtel, said Ms Watson).

That would trigger a breach of the two-out-of-three rule in four metropolitan markets – Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

"Technically Foxtel and even the target, Ten, could be implicated in a breach because the prohibition catches 'any party to the transaction'," Ms Watson said.

Use of veto power or restraint

But in order to find such a three-way control breach the ACMA must show evidence that Mr Murdoch can control the way Foxtel casts its votes into Ten, she explained.

"Control can come by way of veto power or restraint," Ms Watson said. "If Lachlan Murdoch can control that 14.9 per cent voting block then those votes are treated as his votes, for the purposes of media control law."

Ms Watson added: "What's really important to note is that the prohibition is upon being in a position to [such as having an ability to] exercise control of votes in excess of legislated limits. The test does not ask whether the control is being or has been exercised.

"In a practical sense, if you were a regulator, one of the questions you'd be asking is: "Would Foxtel do the bidding of Lachlan Murdoch in the way it casts its votes into Ten?". Formal voting rights arrangements don't always offer protection because the courts have made clear that it's commercial reality and not refined legalistic tests that count.

"I'd be shocked if the ACMA opposed the deal," she said.

Ms Watson confirmed she has no connection to any of the commercial parties involved.

ACMA declined to comment.

The new Communications Minister Mitch Fifield is continuing to meet leading media executives this week to canvas their opinions on the abolition of the cross-media ownership restrictions, which most agree are outdated in the digital age.

Fairfax Media has opposed Foxtel's stake in Ten on competition grounds and backs the abolition of the cross-media ownership laws.

Fairfax Media revealed on Monday that the Bauer Media Group is eyeing an entry into Australia's $1 billion radio market after making repeated efforts to buy Nova Entertainment, operator of the Nova and Smooth FM networks.

The German media giant made several approaches to Mr Murdoch's Illyria in 2014 and made an indicative offer of about$450 million, which was rejected.

Streaming fails to end movie piracy

From http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/breaking-news/streaming-fails-to-end-movie-piracy/story-fnn9c0hb-1227567297878

Netflix and other online streaming video services haven’t quite solved Australia’s internet movie piracy problem, according to the entertainment industry’s peak copyright advocacy body.

The Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation said although there were encouraging signs online piracy was declining in Australia, seasoned illegal downloaders were yet to be seduced by legal streaming services.

That’s one of the key findings of IPAF’s seventh and most recent tranche of research released today at the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast.

According to the research, while new streaming services and legal efforts to combat piracy appear to have reduced the frequency and incidence of piracy, 40 per cent of persistent pirates are downloading more illegal content than they were 12 months ago.

IPAF executive director Lori Flekser urged the government to remain vigilant in its efforts to stamp out piracy.

“I have always been very cautious about this idea that streaming services like Netflix are the panacea to piracy because we know from our research … that the principal reason that people pirate is that it’s free. There’s no price that’s too expensive,” Ms Flekser told The Australian.

She also said that research into piracy habits conducted outside periods when download activity tended to ramp up, such as when new seasons of popular television series became available, should be treated with caution.

However, IPAF conceded that rapid growth in streaming ser­vices in Australia was making ­piracy “less the norm”.

Netflix’s paid subscriber base in August was close to one million customers, according to research released by Citi Equities.

The same research found that Fairfax and Nine Entertainment Co’s online streaming joint venture Stan had about 153,000 paying subscribers, while Foxtel’s Presto service had about 80,000 subscribers.

IPAF’s survey also reveals that the proportion of consumers using streaming services grew from 26 per cent last year to 32 per cent this year.

Of those, 33 per cent were taking advantage of some form of free trial and 66 per cent planned to pay for the service after their trial expired.

That has helped drive down the proportion of consumers aged 18 to 24 engaged in piracy, from 54 per cent last year to 46 per cent this year.

For consumers aged 25 to 34 the rate has fallen from 48 per cent to 40 per cent. Piracy rates for consumers aged 35 to 49 remain steady.

Overall, piracy rates across all age groups have fallen from 29 per cent to 25 per cent.

About a third of those pirating less frequently said it was due to the emergence of legal alternatives. About 16 per cent said it was because they feared getting caught or downloading a computer virus.

Ms Flekser warned that the biggest challenge continued to be a lack of education and unwillingness by some consumers to perceive online piracy as theft.

However, she said recent changes to the legal and regulatory environment around online piracy were starting to have an impact on consumer perceptions.

Ms Flekser was referring to the court bid by the film studio behind Dallas Buyers Club to force iiNet to reveal the identities of alleged infringers and new federal laws allowing copyright holders to apply for court orders to block websites promoting copyright infringement.

“What we would hope is that the government continues to keep an eye on legislation to make sure it keeps pace with technology but also that there is a greater emphasis on education, especially in our schools,” she said.

Australian piracy rates fall

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/13/84818/

Research released at the Australian International Movie Convention shows piracy rates have fallen – in incidence and frequency – with evidence that recent environmental changes are showing effect. The independent study was commissioned by the IP Awareness Foundation – a broad membership of film and television organisations in Australia committed to educating people about the value of screen content.

According to IP Awareness Executive Director Lori Flekser, the combination of new legislation passed in June (Copyright Amendment Bill 2015), the high-profile Dallas Buyers Club legal case, the proposed notification scheme and the launch of new streaming services have all contributed to the downward movement of piracy rates.

“We applaud the leadership shown by Government in passing critical legislation, and the public discourse from Ministers Turnbull and Brandis, which has shone a light on this issue and given the creative industry the opportunity to have its say amidst the very vocal blogosphere and wide media coverage of a well-intentioned but not always well-informed consumer advocacy campaign,” said Flekser.

Key findings of the new IP Awareness Foundation research include:
•25 per cent of Australian adults aged 18-64 pirate – a decrease from 29 per cent in the previous year.
•Persistent pirates continue to maintain high levels of frequency with 40 per cent claiming to be pirating more than they did 12 months ago.
•Those who have pirated are far more likely than those who have never pirated to be aware of anti-piracy initiatives such as the Copyright Amendment Bill 2015 (43 per cent vs 24 per cent), Dallas Buyers Club litigation (51 per cent vs 42 per cent) and proposed notification scheme (48 per cent vs 32 per cent).
•Streaming services show growth – from 26 per cent in 2014 to 32 per cent in 2015, with high levels of awareness of new services. 33 per cent of respondents accessing a subscription service are taking advantage of a free trial, with 66 per cent of those indicating their intention to take up a paid service in future.
•Of those who claim to be pirating less frequently, 33 per cent identify legal alternatives as the main reason for declining piracy rates, while 63 per cent cite other reasons including moral considerations (21 per cent – feeling bad about pirating/acknowledging piracy is theft) or self-interest (16 per cent – worrying about being caught or getting a virus) or no longer having time (13 per cent).

Flekser said that whilst she welcomes this news with cautious optimism, there is no room for complacency as the figures demonstrate that persistent pirates maintain high levels of piracy, with many claiming to be pirating more than they did a year ago.

“Piracy has always needed a range of measures to tackle the problem as we all know there is no silver bullet. This fall in piracy rates is definitely largely attributable to the combination of the government’s new legislation, plus the ongoing efforts of the creative industries to continue delivering great content at accessible prices to Australian consumers and the work being done to educate consumers about the impact of copyright theft,” she suggested. “Strong copyright laws are needed to ensure the vibrancy and growth of the creative sector which in turn contributes to the economy, provides jobs and stimulates local culture. Copyright facilitates innovation rather than hinders it.”

According to Flekser, education also plays an important role in the fight against copyright theft. “IP Awareness focuses a lot of effort on creating consumer campaigns and free online resources to teach primary and secondary students about the value of content, the role of copyright and the impact of piracy.”

ILS to launch Turksat-4B

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/13/ils-to-launch-turksat-4b/

International Launch Services (ILS), which handles sales of the Russian Proton rocket system to ‘western’ clients, is ready to launch the Turksat-4B communications satellite. The satellite has an expected ‘on station’ life of 30 years.

The launch plan expects lift-off on October 17th at 02.40am (Kazakhstan time)/20.40pm GMT on Friday evening. ILS will use a Brez-M upper stage which is capable of 5 separate ‘burns’ during its upper move into a geostationary transfer orbit. It will take more than 9 hours for the satellite to separate from the rocket’s upper stage.

The satellite, which weight 4924 kgs, was built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp of Japan. Turksat-4B’s 36 transponders will operate from 50 degrees East and as well as serving the Turkish region will have coverage over Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Koreasat 5A and 7 telecom satellites to include the largest 3D printed parts ever made in Europe

From http://www.sat-nd.com/

Cannes, October 12, 2015 – The Koreasat 5A and Koreasat 7 telecommunications satellites currently under construction by Thales Alenia Space will include the largest spacecraft parts ever made in Europe using a 3D printing technique called the “powder bed additive manufacturing process”. Measuring some 45cm by 40cm by 21cm, these telemetry and command antenna supports are made of aluminum. The parts for the two satellites are identical and were made in the same batch by the same machine.

Thales Alenia Space uses the Concept Laser Xline 1000R 3D printer, the largest laser beam melting machine in Europe, belonging to Poly-Shape, a French company and partner of Thales Alenia Space.

These two parts, featuring an innovative bio-design, have just passed their vibration acceptance tests, demonstrating perfectly reproducible dynamic behavior. Using 3D printing technology on this type of part offers a number of advantages, including 22% weight savings, a decrease in the production schedule of around one or two months, about 30% cost savings, and higher performance.

An antenna support of this type is already in orbit since April 2015 on the TurkmenAlem satellite also built by Thales Alenia Space. The Arabsat 6B satellite, scheduled for launch from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana in November, includes 3D-printed tripods.

One of Thales Alenia Space's primary strategic objectives is the transformation of its industrial capabilities, also an indispensable step for the company to meet evolving market demand in terms of cost and deadlines. Thales Alenia Space is deploying innovative technologies as part of this overall approach, while also maintaining people at the heart of the production process. This approach is reflected in the increasing use of additive manufacturing, as well as robotic and collaborative robotics or “cobotics”.

About Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), is a key European player in space telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, exploration and orbital infrastructures. Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio form the two parent companies' “Space Alliance”, which offers a complete range of services and solutions. Because of its unrivaled expertise in dual (civil/military) missions, constellations, flexible payloads, altimetry, meteorology and high-resolution optical and radar instruments, Thales Alenia Space is the natural partner to countries that want to expand their space program. The company posted consolidated revenues in excess of 2 billion euros in 2014, and has 7,500 employees in eight countries. www.thalesaleniaspace.com

Japan readies for 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/13/japan-readies-for-4k/

Two of Japan’s broadcasting giants are ramping up Ultra-HD programming for transmission as the nation embraces the improved technology.

NTT Plala, established in 1995, is a major cable/IP supplier and at last week’s MIPCOM UHD event in Cannes told delegates that its 4K transmissions, which commenced in October 2014 and were the first to launch in Japan in 4K, will shortly have more than 700 titles available in Ultra-HD.

Hisamichi Sato, NTT Plala’s Content Strategy Planning Manager, said that when the service first started transmissions, they launched with just 120 titles, which grew to 440 by September 2015.

While much of NTT Plala’s focus has been on imported movies and home-produced variety and documentary programming, the portfolio was now expanding to include kids programming. Sato unveiled its popular ‘Sherlock Homes’ puppet show, produced in collaboration with public broadcaster NHK.

NTT Plala has also partnered with National Geographic Channel to produce a documentary on Shuji Nakamura, the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics. Nakamura invented blue LEDs. NTT’s fascinating output includes a series where abandoned buildings are visited, as well as a number of comedy series.

Meanwhile, SkyPerfect JSAT’s chief researcher Yutaka Imai said that Sky Perfect now has three 4K channels on air. Its Cinema channel launched in March (09.00-24.00 hrs) this year along with a General Entertainment channel which runs from 09.00 to midnight. In June, it launched its Ultra-HD promotional channel helped by an accumulated portfolio of 136 shows transmitted in 4K.

The March-August transmission schedule for Sky Perfect included 30 football games, seven baseball events, 21 music shows (including a live arena concert with Paul McCartney), plus a slew of factual shows and movies.

Astro launches OD on demand service

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015101340239/astro-launches-od-on-demand-service.html#axzz3oSmDmzI5

Malaysian pay-TV giant Astro has launched an online video service, OD, to provide subscribers with premium content on-demand at home or on the go.

OD provides a wide range of blockbuster movies, TV series, children's content and anime at home through an Internet-connected personal video recorder (PVR) or on a mobile device through the Astro on the Go (AOTG) app.

Available content includes Hollywood films The Avengers, Age of Ultron and Fast and Furious 7, Asian entertainment Memory Cinta Suraya, Ba Ba Qu Na Er and Rasikka Rusikka, comedy series The Big Bang Theory, family films Minions and Inside Out horror titles Saw and Insidious, and Korean dramas such as Village and The Gang Doctor.

"Malaysians are sophisticated consumers, increasingly online and connected, increasingly plugged into the digital grid, increasingly watching content outside the home, online and offline. Today we see a rising demand for video-on-demand services. OD is our new complementary way of consuming content, at home or on the go," said Rohana Rozhan, CEO, Astro .

The OD Free service will be available without charge to existing subscribers who connect their PVR to their home Wi-Fi, and provide series such as Empire, Scandal, The Walking Dead, Heroes Reborn, Game of Thrones, The Voice, Akademi Fantasia, and Classic Golden Melody.

The OD Plus service will provide premium local and international films, blockbusters like the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series, complete box-sets of TV series and children's content for RM15.90 per month.

The OD Store service will deliver, on demand, the latest cinema releases from Hollywood and Asia, in a range of vernacular and international languages including Malay, Chinese and Indian.

"There has been a major shift in content consumption trends. Our next growth focus is to cater to the content needs of every individual within the households, what we call the 'individual space', the 'smart device space', and the 'in home and mobile spaces'. It's a group that we hope to grow from around from 800k registered individual users currently to more than 3 million in five years," said Rohana Rozhan.

Astro is targeting 500,000 connected PVRs by year-end from its current 181k connected boxes. It also aims to increase total AOTG downloads from 1.8 million currently to reach 2.5 million by year-end, and increasing viewership of active users from 140 minutes weekly to more than 180 minutes by year-end.

China's Cybernaut pumps US$70M into Russian satellites project

From http://e27.co/chinas-cybernaut-pumps-us70m-russian-satellites-project-20151013/

The satellites will be able to monitor city functions as well as industrial, mining and transport infrastructure

Cybernaut will be pumping US$70 million into the creation of a group of 10 satellites for daily imaging of the 100 biggest cities in the world with an accuracy of 0.7 metres per pixel.

The Chinese investment fund will be collaborating with Russian private space company Dauria Aerospace.

The pair signed a term sheet yesterday at the second Chinese-Russian Expo in Harbin, China, on the formation of a joint venture for the project, named UrbanObserver, according to a statement by Skolkovo Foundation.

It is the first collaboration under the deal that Skolkovo Foundation — which counts Dauria Aerospace as a partner company — and Cybernaut signed in April this year.

The agreement will see the creation of a new 1,500-square-metre R&D business incubator, robotics centre and US$200-million venture fund. It also aims to ease new Russian companies — mainly those in Skolkovo that specialise in IT, robotics, and space and telecommunication technologies — into the Chinese market.

“Our company is the pioneer of private aerospace in Russia and is strategically aimed at expansion into the new market niche of space technology application,” said Sergey Ivanov, CEO and Co-founder of Dauria Aerospace.

“At the moment, there are no solutions that provide monitoring with an exceptional shooting frequency of all aspects of the city’s functions, including industrial, mining, and transport infrastructure. UrbanObserver can become a key element for the development of Chinese-Russian infrastructure projects,” Ivanov added.

The Auriga satellite, a prototype for the satellites that will form the UrbanObserver constellation, is still under development with investments from VEB Innovations and Skolkovo Foundation. Its launch is planned for 2017.

Pakistan DTH licences to be awarded in December

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015101340240/pakistan-dth-licences-to-be-awarded-in-december.html#axzz3oSmDmzI5

Bidding for licences to operate the first three direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV services in Pakistan will take place on 7 December after an initial application process, the regulator has announced.

At an Islamabad conference staged to inform interested parties about the licence auction procedure, Kamaluddin Tipu, acting chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), said that the recommendations of international consultants, Swiss-based Digital Strategy Consulting & Service had been implemented to ensure transparency in the process.

PEMRA said 25 local companies, mobile network operators and international players – including companies from China and Russia – attended the conference.

An invitation to apply for a DTH licence was published in newspapers on 10 September, and elibility criteria, licence terms and conditions and application forms are available from PEMRA's website. The deadline for submissions is 6 November and a shortlist will be announced on 27 November 2015.

DTH provision will, says PEMRA, provide both investment opportunity and industry stimulation, both in terms of set-top box manufacture and content creation. A national DTH service will also help curbing the proliferation of illegal reception of satellite TV services from neighbouring countries.

The launch of DTH satellite TV services will also help achieve the International Telecommunication Union's call for the universal digitisation of broadcast media and distribution services.

Airtel Digital TV launches 4K UHD channel

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/airtel-digital-tv-launches-4k-uhd-channel-151010

MUMBAI: Airtel Digital TV, the direct to home (DTH) arm of mobile services provider Bharti Airtel, has launched its first 4K-Ultra HD (UHD) channel.

Airtel will showcase the world TV premiere of the Salman Khan starrer blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan on the newly launched channel on 11 October.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the first movie to premiere on Airtel’s 4K UHD channel.

Available exclusively to users of the Samsung Smart Direct TV, the movie will premiere at 12:30 pm on Sunday on Star Gold 4K.

Airtel’s 4K UHD channel is available free of cost to users of the Samsung Smart Direct TV for a limited period. Airtel will also showcase programs like Overhalin from Discovery and other movies like Singh is King, Kick and Jai Ho on the channel in the coming days.
The Samsung Smart Direct TV is an integrated digital TV pioneered and launched by Airtel Digital TV in partnership with Samsung.
It is among the many innovations by Airtel and is a technology platform that has miniaturized the set-top-box (STB) into a small smart card that fits inside the television set at the back panel. The solution offers a smart TV viewing experience with minimal signal loss and maximum audio & video clarity while also ensuring maximum power savings. An industry first, it uses minimal wiring and a single remote solution powered by an intuitive user guide enabling built-in Smart Card that allows customers to enjoy TV viewing without an external STB. The newly launched Samsung J-Series Smart Direct TV comes with additional features such as in-built Wi-Fi, Skype calling, Smart Apps etc.


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D1 12429 V Sr 7000 SA vs VIC Cricket

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D2 12446 H Sr 6670 "NZrb NZL-00020" Horse racing from NZ (NZ beam)

D2 12634 V Sr 6670 "telstra broadcast services" Horse racing
D2 12679 V Sr 6670 "gcast 7" Horse racing

D1 12419 V Sr 6110 "lk3 nnn 911" Protest march 4:22 video

D1 12429 V Sr 7000 Cricket (also seen Friday)

D2 12634 V SR 6670 Gunnedah
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Lyngsat is back

Koreasat 6 116.0E 12490 H "W Shopping" has started on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E Fox Action Movies and Fox Sports 3 Asia have started on 3780 V, Irdeto.HBO Family Asia and Da Vinci Learning Asia have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3792 H "BNI Life +1 and BNI Life" are back on, Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "E-Box" has started on ,Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3999 H "SCTV, Indosiar and O Channel" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H Fox Action Movies has replaced Star Chinese Channel on , Irdeto.

SES 7 108.2E 2535 V "France 24 English" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2565 V "Zee Bioskop has replaced Zee Cinema Asia" on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2625 V "NHK World TV" has started on , Videoguard.

Measat 3 91.5E 4120 V "TV 5 Monde Asia" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E Multimania on 11105 H and 12153 V is now encrypted.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Harvest TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4064 H "Sky News International" has left .

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Green Party backs mandatory captioning petition

From Press Release

Green Party backs mandatory captioning petition

Green Party MP Mojo Mathers is proud to sponsor a petition launched today by the Captioning Working Group, which calls for mandatory captioning to be put into law.

The petition was created by the New Zealand Captioning Working Group, which is leading the fight for captioning in this country.

“I want to acknowledge all of the organisations backing this petition and everyone who is supporting the push for mandatory captioning in New Zealand,” said Green Party disability spokesperson Mojo Mathers.

“This issue isn’t just about being able to hear the TV commentary when the All Blacks are playing – it’s about inclusion, access, and equality for deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders.

“Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders are unable to fully access TV and online programming because we don’t have mandatory captioning.

“The Government could do the right thing and fix this situation today by introducing legislation to make captioning mandatory, but so far they’ve refused to look at this.

“Mandatory captioning would bring us in line with Australia, the EU, the US and other countries who have achieved much higher levels of closed captioning because it is required by legislation.

“Commercial operators in New Zealand currently have no requirement to provide closed captioning. This means that Sky isn’t screening any Rugby World Cup games with captions this year, while TVNZ screened just seven games with captions in 2011.

“There is no reason why the Government can’t make captioning mandatory in time for the next Rugby World Cup in 2019.

“I’m going to continue to keep the pressure on the Government over this issue and I’d encourage Kiwis who care about equality to do the same and sign the petition,” says Ms Mathers.

Astro expects Olympic 2016, Euro 2016 boom

From http://www.themalaysianreserve.com/new/story/astro-expects-olympic-2016-euro-2016-boom

Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd expects to hit another record-breaking viewership next year, driven by two major sports events, the Olympics 2016 and UEFA Euro 2016.

The integrated consumer media entertainment group is targeting up to 30% jump in viewership due to these two sports event.

“The trend of watching sports among Malaysians has changed tremendously. Even those who are not sport fans are now watching the games during major sports events.

“This opens great potential for us to build up on the infrastructure to provide better products at ball end,” said CEO Rohana Rozhan.

During World Cup 2014, the satellite PayTV operator registered a record-breaking three million viewership including one million online viewers.

Astro COO Henry Tan Poh Hock said the company is already planning for World Cup 2018, which includes tapping into cloud technology to capture more viewers.

“With multi-screen telecast, we expect between 20% to 30% increase in viewership throughout the period as compared to World Cup 2014,” he said, adding the effort includes various promotional activities.

The UEFA Euro 2016, the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship, will be held from June 10, 2016 until July 10, while Olympics 2016 will be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Earlier, Astro officially launched Astro On Demand (OD) package which enable viewers to select their favourite shows and programmes at any convenient time with a monthly fee of RM15.90 per month.

OD is available to Astro customers through an internet-connected personal video recorder (PVR) at home or via Astro on the Go (AOTG) on a smartphone, laptop or tablet, with options to suit different needs and every budget. Non-Astro customers can also access OD via AOTG.

Rohana said Astro is targeting to sell the OD to 500,000 PVRs existing customer by year-end.

Currently, Astro have 750,000 registered subscribers of its contents including 216,000 OD subscribers.

“Even non-Astro users can subscribe to OD on ala-carte basis. We target to attract about three million non-Astro customers to enjoy this trendy concept,” said Rohana, adding that the new download AOTG feature is also available for offline viewing.

RSCC to launch new satellite in December

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/rscc-to-launch-new-satellite-in-december--1107010

Russian state-owned satellite operator RSCC plans to launch its new Express-AM8 satellite on 01 December. The new satellite will provide television transmission services in the area of the Atlantic Ocean. RSCC now owns thirteen satellites. Gazprombank and VEB bank are currently its main credit providers.

Russia Today to launch a French-language news channel in Africa

From http://nextvame.com/pay-tv-2/15468russia-today-to-launch-a-french-language-news-channel-in-africa/

The public Russian television, Russia Today (RT) is planning to introduce a French version of its news channel in Africa. The Russian channel will first broadcast via internet box and satellite. The announcement was made by Irakly Gachechiladze, the ex-deputy news editor of RT who is now in charge of the RT French version since the beginning of the year.

Gachechiladze revealed that the channel is still a video stream available online and will become a full television broadcasting channel with 60% to 70% consisting of French content. He further announced partnerships with popular French journalists for a talk show that will be produced by the new channel.

The new Russian channel will add up to the bundle of international media including France 24, the Israeli channel i24News, Al-Jazeera from Qatar and the Chinese channel CCTV4 that are already available in Africa.

Russian satellite illegally occupied Intelsat slot

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/12/russian-satellite-illegally-occupied-intelsat-slot/

A Russian spy-satellite reportedly occupied an orbital position allocated to Intelsat for 5 months earlier this year.

The Russian satellite deliberately parked itself directly between the Intelsat 7 and Intelsat 901 craft (at 18.1 degrees West), says a report in trade mag Space News, and on one occasion came to about 10 kilometres of the co-located Intelsat satellites. This “abnormal” manoeuvre placed the two Intelsat satellites at risk, said Intelsat.

Kay Sears, president of Intelsat General, the government services arm of Intelsat, said in an October 8th interview with Space News: “We absolutely need responsible operators. Space is a domain that has to be protected.” This is the first time that Intelsat has faced such a deliberate threat.

The public admission by Intelsat only reveals what has been a worry for some time by US Defense Department officials.

Still no flight date from SpaceX

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/12/still-no-flight-date-from-spacex/

Back on June 28th a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket exploded shortly after take-off. Within a month SpaceX’s founder Elon Musk had spoken publicly about the cause “probably” being a failed support strut which held a canister of helium in place.

The failed rocket was carrying a cargo of supplies for the International Space Station.

The failure has meant a total suspension of all planned launches, and this is severely delaying an increasing number of clients waiting patiently for their satellites to be lofted into orbit.

October 8th saw Josh Brost, Director of Commercial Mission Management at SpaceX Technologies, tell delegates to an international spaceflight symposium in New Mexico that his firm doesn’t yet have a date as to when flights could resume.

He said a formal report would be sent to the USA’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during the next month or so. The FAA officially licenses SpaceX’s launches.

Brost also confirmed that it was a failed strut that caused the explosion.

Clients with satellites waiting to be launched include SES (SES-9), Japan Satellite (JCSAT-14 and 16), Eutelsat (117 WB), ABS (2A), Thaicom and others. SES is likely to be the first passenger on a flight, and has spoken hopefully of a November launch. That now looks increasingly unlikely.

Facebook to beam Internet to Africa with Israeli AMOS-6 communications satellite

From http://www.port2port.com/article/Industry-Trade/Economy/Facebook-to-beam-Internet-to-Africa-with-Israeli-AMOS-6-communications-satellite/

Facebook announced Monday that it will use the Israel Aerospace Industries' AMOS-6 communications satellite, to provide internet access to 14 Sub-Saharan African nations as part of its internet.org project.

The AMOS-6, a US$200 million, 5-ton satellite, built by Israel Aerospace Industries and operated by Israeli company Spacecom, in partnership with France’s Eutelsat Communications, will be part of Facebook’s Internet.org platform to expand Internet access — mainly via mobile phones.

The geostationary satellite will provide coverage for large parts of West, East and Southern Africa, AMOS-6, expected to be launched in August 2016 and Spacecom is expected to earn US$95 million from the deal.

Spacecom CEO David Pollack said, “The fact that the leading companies in their markets, Eutelsat and Facebook, chose the AMOS-6 satellite for their new strategic initiative is further proof of the high quality of production of the AMOS-6 and its adaptation for a new role is a vote of confidence in Spacecom and its satellites. “With this, Spacecom and the AMOS satellites join the frontline of communications satellite providers which provide suitable solutions for the needs of the world’s development zones. We are very proud to be given the opportunity to collaborate in such an important initiative.”

Olympic OTT channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/09/olympic-ott-channel/

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is launching an OTT Olympic Channel in 2016 with Olympic sports 24 hours per day.

The Olympic Channel is being set up in Madrid with around 120 employees and will show a mixture of live sports, back stories of athletes and volunteers, and background information, IOC president Thomas Bach revealed to German media.

Following the launch of a global channel in English, collaboration with domestic TV channels in the local language would be possible, he said.

HBO NOW on Roku

From link

HBO’s online only premium streaming service, HBO NOW, is available on the Roku platform. Roku customers in the US can now visit the Roku Channel Store to add the HBO NOW streaming channel to their Roku players (including the newly announced Roku 4) and Roku TV models.

Roku customers can purchase a subscription directly within the HBO NOW channel on their Roku device, which will also enable them to access the service at HBONOW.com and on other HBO NOW enabled devices. HBO NOW is available for $14.99 per month with an available 30-day free trial offer.

“HBO NOW is a hit with consumers and we’re thrilled to make it available to millions of Roku customers,” said Jeff Dallesandro, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Digital Distribution and Business Development, HBO. “Bringing our programming to consumers through HBO NOW is a natural evolution for HBO, and partnering with a streaming leader such as Roku greatly extends the reach of our service as we usher in this next phase of innovation for our network.”

TabletTV Plus App

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/09/tablettv-plus-app/

Tablet Television, the joint venture between Motive Television and Granite Broadcasting, is launching TabletTV Plus in Q4 within the US.

Through the new TabletTV Plus App, viewers will have access to all broadcast channels available in their market, operate the mobile personal video recorder (PVR) to time shift programmes to fit their own schedules and, when connected to the internet, watch free and paid internet television channels.

Additionally, TabletTV Plus users can simultaneously surf the Internet, check emails and browse Facebook and Twitter – all while watching television. They will also have the ability to use Google Chromecast to cast the viewing content to their television screens.

“We are excited to bring TabletTV Plus to the market, an innovative App that enhances our offering and provides additional content to viewers,” said Luc Tomasino of TabletTV. “Through our single TabletTV Plus App, viewers will be able to access virtually every channel they want, regardless of whether it is free over-the-air like NBC or Fox, or delivered OTT via Internet such as ESPN, HBO GO, YouTube or Sling TV.”

India: 20 UHD channels by 2020

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/09/india-20-uhd-channels-by-2020/

A panel at MIPCOM heard Indian broadcasting experts predict a buoyant future for Ultra-HD channels in India. New 4K programming is coming on line now, with four India DTH operators about to show their first 4K Bollywood movie, Bajrangi Bhaijaan on October 11th.

Star India, Videocon d2h, Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV will all show the hit movie which stars India’s top male star Salman Khan. The movie will re-open Star’s 4K transmissions which have stumbled somewhat since the ending of this past winter’s International World Cup cricket coverage.

But Videocon d2h’s deputy CEO Rohit Jain said Videocon d2h is very much focusing on innovation as a key differentiator and Ultra-HD is a part of this attempt to be better than its rivals. Star, for example, will not continue with 4K after the movie’s screening, at least for the time being.

Videocon d2h is believed to have around 8,000-9,000 4K subscribers and currently its 24/7 service is ‘free’ to its HD subscribers. Videocon d2h has its own 4K-ready set-top box while broadcasters also depend on access via built-in 4K functionality on ‘smart’ Ultra-HD displays.

Tata Sky is said to have some 5,000 4K subs while Airtel reportedly has around 1,000 subs.

Jain says that the main obstacle to greater take-up is a lack of understanding as to what the technology offers.

Local production company iTV is making 4K programming (for the TERN-backed Insight Channel) as is TravelXP. Travel XP already has an HD channel on air, and is expected to launch a full-time UHD service over India and the Middle East by April 2016.

Mumbai-based Prashant Chothani, CEO at TravelXP says they are wholly committed to UHD with some 50 hours in production now.

BT Media & Broadcast Enterprises’s VP Mark Wilson-Dunn, responsible for bringing the ICC cricket World Cup signals from Australia to India, suggested that India “at a minimum” could have 20 channels. His fellow-panellists, however, were less optimistic. Chothani talked about a half-dozen, while local journalist and media-watcher Anil Wanvari talked only of “about four or five”.

Videocon d2h’s Jain, the only current 4K broadcaster, said he was very happy to accommodate any number of UHD channels and they – and the industry – would find the bandwidth to carry the channels. “The numbers could be anything, 10, 20, 40 who really knows today. What we have not done enough yet is in education, and content, and we have to appeal to more consumers who will pay.”

ISRO looking to extend GPS services to SAARC countries

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/ISRO_looking_to_extend_GPS_services_to_SAARC_countries_999.html

An ISRO official said on Thursday that they are looking to extend the GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) and Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) applications to Saarc countries.

"Already we are having within the country the provision for providing the services, we are looking at how we can extend this (navigation services) to Saarc countries in the near future and gradually extending for the entire globe," said A.S. Kiran Kumar, chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), at the second Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) User Meet - 2015.

IRNSS applications include terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, precise timing, disaster management, mapping and geodetic data capture, automated logistics in factories, construction sites and mines, vehicles tracking and fleet management, terrestrial navigation for hikers and travellers and integration with mobile phones.

Surveying emergency response, business solutions, geographical data collection, natural resources, land management, scientific research and geodynamics are some of GAGAN's applications.

"Both GAGAN and IRNSS are certified for operation and this makes India only the fourth country in the world to provide satellite navigation system," said Kumar.

Of the seven satellites of IRNSS constellation, four are already in orbit while the remaining three will be in place by March 2016, Kumar said.

"We have made the signals available from space, what these signals can be used for is only our creative imagination," added Kumar.

As many as 200 receiver systems will be set up incorporating ISRO and industry design for increasing the IRNSS signals, added Kumar.

Lauding ISRO's ability to meet its needs within India, Kumar said that 28 different products were produced within India.


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New FTA UHD channel launching on Asiasat 4! see news section.

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Online TV guide IceTV put into voluntary administration

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/online-tv-guide-icetv-put-into-voluntary-administration-20151007-gk3u4y.html

IceTV's pre-ordered Skippa recorders languish in the warehouse as the company runs into financial trouble.

After ongoing delays in delivering its Skippa video recorder, Australian EPG provider IceTV has been forced to call in administrators – leaving hundreds of Skippa pre-order customers empty-handed.

IceTV appointed administrators on Tuesday, despite assuring customers as late as last week that its warehouse finally had enough Skippa units to "fulfill every order" – with undelivered recorders ready to be shipped after months of delays. One batch of around 500 Skippa recorders was shipped in late September, while around 1000 are yet to leave the warehouse despite customers paying for the devices upfront.

Pre-order customers still awaiting delivery instead received an email from the administrators on Wednesday afternoon. The email states that it is "highly likely" that IceTV will cease trading if a buyer for the company isn't found "within the immediate future". Customers left empty-handed were instructed to register as creditors, with a meeting scheduled for October 16.

Strained relations with the Skippa's manufacturer left IceTV with no choice but to call in administrators, says IceTV co-founder and executive chairman Colin O'Brien.

​"The company providing the Skippa box ceased trading at midnight on September 30. It tried to put a tentative distribution arrangement in place which was unacceptable and impossible for IceTV to abide by," O'Brien says.

"As the director I reached an impasse with our supplier where I had no choice but to put the company into administration. Everyone at IceTV is gutted, the staff have agreed to work for another week to try to find a solution."

The Skippa's manufacturer ceased its Australian operations last week and changed its negotiated payment terms with IceTV, says TPH Insolvency's Amanda Lott – appointed voluntary administrator for IceTV.

"There is an issue with the supplier where the supplier ceased its Australian operations last week and it has implemented payment terms on IceTV to which the company can not comply, and which were not originally negotiated," Lott says.

Other sources indicate that unshipped Skippa units are not scheduled for delivery and remain in manufacturing partner UEC's Sydney warehouse. IceTV originally negotiated progress payments with the manufacturer, but after ongoing manufacturing delays the manufacturer is now demanding payment in full for the unshipped Skippa recorders to be released.

The IceTV Electronic Program Guide will continue to function for at least the next week, with administrators negotiating with hosting partner Amazon Web Services to keep the service online. Other arrangements may be put in place to save IceTV, instead of finding a buyer for the company.

The Skippa is the first hardware from IceTV, which was founded 10 years ago to provide a hand-curated Australian Electronic Program Guide. The EPG allows Personal Video Recorders to schedule television recordings, along with computers running Windows Media Centre, MythTV or Elgato TV. The IceTV guide aims to be more reliable than the haphazard data embedded in the broadcast signal.

In 2009 the company won a three-year legal battle with the Nine Network over the rights to the television broadcast schedule, although the timing of the case scuttled IceTV's plans for a $4 million public float on the stock exchange.

Supported by a loyal customer base paying $99 per year for an EPG subscription, IceTV turned its fortunes around and gradually expanded the guide's features – allowing users to schedule recordings via a desktop browser or smartphone app. The guide is compatible with a range of PVRs from the likes of Topfield, Beyonwiz, Humax and Strong, although for several years IceTV has harboured dreams of building its own recorder.

Plans for the Skippa recorder were announced in early April and IceTV began accepting pre-order payments at the end of the month at a discounted price of $399, which includes a lifetime IceTV subscription. Shipments were planned for July. A new pricing structure was unveiled in July, asking an extra $100 to cover the Skippa's automated ad-skipping features or else charging a $49 per year subscription.

Manufacturing delays and other issues saw delivery dates pushed back several times, with early review units finally available mid-August. Software updates for the Skippa – fixing bugs and adding new features – have continued to flow from IceTV, with the latest issued this week.

For now the company remains in the hands of administrators, with the IceTV guide continuing to function for customers with a Skippa or other IceTV-compatible recorder. The Skippa can not extract the television guide from the broadcast signal and is completely dependent on the IceTV guide, rendering it useless should the company fold.

AsiaSat and Rohde & Schwarz develop FTA UHD TV service for Asia

From Press Release

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) and Rohde & Schwarz have partnered to advance next-generation Ultra-HD (UHD) TV technologies by implementing the first free to air (FTA) UHD channel on AsiaSat 4. The R&S AVHE100 encoding solution and R&S CLIPSTER mastering station are key components of the UHD broadcast platform that will launch an UHD channel at 122°E on AsiaSat 4 this month.

Munich/Hong Kong, 8 October 2015 — AsiaSat plans for an UHD TV broadcasting service over satellite have taken a major step forward with the imminent launch of its first channel following an extensive technical evaluation carried out at the AsiaSat UHD laboratory. Through AsiaSat 4’s high-power coverage, broadcasters and pay-tv platforms with an AsiaSat 4 C-band antenna in the Asia-Pacific region will be able to receive the UHD channel directly.
Operating at 122°E, AsiaSat 4 provides leading edge satellite solutions to clients for TV distribution, DTH as well as broadband services across the Asia-Pacific region. Its high power C-band footprint spans from New Zealand to Pakistan and part of the Middle East.
Rohde & Schwarz is providing a comprehensive broadcast solution that includes the R&S CLIPSTER mastering station for editing, handling and playing out UHD data in real time. In addition, the R&S AVHE100 headend will be used for live encoding using an HEVC encoder with 10 bit color depth. Rohde & Schwarz technology not only gives AsiaSat the best UHD TV picture quality, it also provides a future-proof solution.

“We are very excited to work with Rohde & Schwarz in this new and evolving technology that will drive future consumer viewing experience of video content. Rohde & Schwarz has shown exemplary commitment to quality and support in helping us through the evaluation phase. We look forward to launching our first UHD channel and promoting this new technology together,” said Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Marketing and Global Accounts.

“Rohde & Schwarz is the leading supplier for Digital TV transmission networks in Asia and the world. We are happy to support AsiaSat in establishing their first UHD channel and look forward to a very successful implementation,” said Heino Gregorek, Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Asia Middle.

About Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group offers innovative solutions in the following business fields: test and measurement, broadcast and media, secure communications, cybersecurity, radiomonitoring and radiolocation. Founded more than 80 years ago, this independent company has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries. The electronics group is among the world market leaders in its established business fields. On June 30, 2014, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 9800 employees. It achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.75 billion in the 2013/2014 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It also has regional headquarters in Singapore and Columbia, Maryland, USA, to manage its operations in these regions.

All press releases, including photos for downloading, are available on the Internet at http://www.press.rohde-schwarz.com.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016/early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.

Media Contacts:
Rohde & Schwarz International GmbH (headquarters): Dr. Nik Dimitrakopoulos, Business Development in Asia for Broadcast, Tel: +49 89 4129 15549, Mobile: +82 104026 8494, Email: nik.dimitrakopoulos@rohde-schwarz.com
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Marketing & Global Accounts, Tel: +852 2500 0899,
Mobile: +852 9097 1210, E-mail: scubbon@asiasat.com
Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs, Tel: +852 2500 0880, E-mail: wpang@asiasat.com

China launches commercial remote-sensing satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_launches_commercial_remote_sensing_satellites_999.html

A Long March-2D carrier rocket carrying the "Jilin-1" satellites blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Oct. 7, 2015. China launched the "Jilin-1" satellites, a group of four satellites, on Wednesday at noon for commercial remote-sensing services, an important step in the development of remote-sensing space technology. The "Jilin-1" satellites include one optical remote-sensing satellite, two satellites for video imaging and another for imaging technique testing, according to an announcement from the launch center. Image courtesy Xinhua and Zhao Peng. For a larger version of this image please go here.

China launched a group of four satellites on Wednesday Oct 7, 2015, at noon for commercial remote-sensing services, an important step in the development of remote-sensing space technology.

The "Jilin-1" satellites, launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, include one optical remote-sensing satellite, two satellites for video imaging and another for imaging technique testing, according to an announcement from the launch center.

All four satellites were developed and produced by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd.

The company will also take charge of commercial operations of the satellites to provide remote-sensing data and relevant products, which may be used for the monitoring, development, and surveying of resources as well as mapping and disaster prevention for domestic and overseas clients, according to the statement.

Wednesday's satellites were carried by a Long March-2D rocket. It is the 213th mission carried out with Long-March-series carrier rockets.

"Satellites are no longer far removed from people's lives," said Xuan Ming, board chairman of the company. "In the near future, more information provided by the satellites will be shared, and more satellite functions will be explored."

Jilin, one of the country's oldest industrial bases, is developing its satellite industry as a new economic driver. Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd, sponsored by the Jilin provincial government, the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and some privately-owned companies, plans to launch 60 satellites by 2020 and 137 by 2030.

Magine TV partners with Thailand’s CTH

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/08/magine-tv-partners-with-thailands-cth/

Swedish OTT platform Magine TV has entered into partnership with Thailand-based cable network CTH, marking the company’s first entry into the Asian mobile TV market.

Magine TV will power CTH’s OTT offering on its cloud service, allowing for the distribution of CTH’s entertainment and sports channel packages across all mobile devices and screens. Magine TV’s technology will provide more viewers with greater access to premium content such as the Barclays Premier League across Thailand, via live streaming as well as through catch-up functionality.

Ambuj Goyal, CEO of Magine TV, comments: “Magine TV is delighted to enter into a significant partnership with such an established broadcaster as CTH; this is a major step for Magine, and marks our first move into the Asian market. Live sports events such as Premier League football matches are integral to CTH’s offering, and create a huge demand on OTT platforms in terms of the number of users streaming concurrently. Picture quality and low latency are features that Magine TV has developed to cope with such demand, and we are confident that in these areas we can offer CTH and other broadcasters an unparalleled service, as demonstrated through Magine TV’s service in Germany throughout FIFA World Cup in 2014”

Another pawn on Direct-to-Home chessboard – SES-9 satellite launch scheduled for 20th November 2015

From http://www.military-technologies.net/2015/10/08/another-pawn-on-direct-to-home-chessboard-ses-9-satellite-launch-scheduled-for-20th-november-2015/

SpaceX after loss of Falcon 9 with CRS-7 Dragon Spacecraft is going to launch upgraded Falcon 9 1.2V with SES-9 satellite under contract with SES.

With constellation of 53 satellites SES company is not going to rest on laurels. On 20th November 2015 from launch site SLC-41 on Cape Canaveral ASF is planned launch of next Direct-to-Home satellite made by Boeing. Operating on orbit 108.2° longitude East has potential to confirm SES position in DTH market in Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia. Satellite is equipped with KU band transponders powered by two wings with six panels each constructed with ultra triple-junction gallium arsenide solar cells. Satellite’s propulsion is XIPS – Xenon Ion Propulsion System – electric powered engine which should be ten times more efficient than liquid fueled engines.

For SpaceX this mission is significant. After loss of Falcon-9 rocket with CRS-7 Dragon company will utilize upgraded Falcon-9 1.2v rocket. Compared to last generation main difference is using fully optimized Merlin-1D engines. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell claims:

“In order to launch and get operational with the current Falcon 9 that we’re flying, the v1.1, we needed to draw a line on engine development. But what we did see during the development of our Merlin engines … So what we’ve done is we’ve gone back, got that extra performance from those engines, and we’re going to place them on the new vehicle, the new spin. I don’t know what we’re going to call it. Enhanced Falcon 9, Falcon 9 v1.2, Full-Performance Falcon 9.”

At last name is now well known, hopefully results of engineering improvements will be more breakthroughs than name change. It would be sign of development progress in Falcon-9 family before adopting reusable technology, which was announced by SpaceX on 29 September 2011.

Bloomberg TV Philippines Goes On Air

From http://newsonnews.com/story/071015-1149

The debut of Bloomberg Television Philippines complements other TV partnerships and programming in India, Malaysia and Mongolia.
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The debut of Bloomberg Television Philippines complements other TV partnerships and programming in India, Malaysia and Mongolia.

Bloomberg TV Philippines has commenced broadcasting with live programming broadcast from its new studio in Manila.

The debut signaled a further step in BTV’s commitment to deliver the best global and locally relevant business news in key Asia markets, with the Philippines being the third-largest English speaking market in the world.

The First Up Philippines one-hour show went live on air at 7.00am local time on Monday, featuring a rare interview with billionaire port operator and casino tycoon Enrique Razon and reports from Bloomberg journalists in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Thought Leaders, a weekly show, featured Philippines Finance Secretary Cesar Purusima.

Future programming will include an in-depth focus on next year’s Presidential election and interviews with candidates as part of our commitment to fast and accurate daily global broadcast material with unique, tailor-made local content.

Bloomberg Television Philippines is a partnership between Bloomberg TV and Cignal TV, one of the Philippines’ leading media companies and the country’s largest direct to home satellite provider. Cignal TV announced earlier this month that it had reached 1 million subscribers in the country.

The debut of Bloomberg Television Philippines complements other TV partnerships and programming in India, Malaysia and Mongolia.

Pay-TV operators to add 200m subs by 2020

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/08/pay-tv-operators-to-add-200m-subs-by-2020/

Pay-TV subscriptions for 338 operators across 89 countries will increase by 200 million from a collective 704 million in 2014 to 904 million by 2020, according to a report from Digital TV Research. The Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts report estimates that 29 operators had more than 5 million paying subs by end-2014.

China Radio & TV is the world’s largest pay-TV operator by a long, long way. Government policy to consolidate cable TV means that China Radio & TV quickly became the world’s largest pay-TV operator, with 198 million subs by end-2014. The operator will soon represent every cable TV home in China, with 252 million subscribers expected by 2020 – up by nearly 54 million on 2014.

Following China Radio & TV, IPTV operators China Telecom and BesTV will add 14.7 million and 13.2 million subs respectively. In fact, 12 operators from China and India will collectively add 130 million subscribers between 2014 and 2020.

Global subscriber growth is all the more impressive as 79 (23 per cent) of the 338 operators will lose subscribers between 2014 and 2020. Korea’s CJ Hellovision will lose the most (827,000 subs), followed by Germany’s Unitymedia (down by 592,000) and Romania’s RCS-RDS (down 477,000). Very broadly, pay-TV operators in Asia Pacific’s emerging markets will see strong growth, with North America and Western Europe suffering.

Despite adding 200 million subscribers between 2014 and 2020, subscription and VoD revenues for the 338 operators will remain flat at $183 billion. From the total, 34 pay-TV operators earned more than $1 billion in subscription and VoD revenues in 2014.

The dominance of China and India is diminished when the operators are ranked in subscriptions and VoD revenue terms. Led by DirecTV (now owned by AT&T, which owned three of the top 10 operators by revenues in 2014), the US will take six of the top 10 positions in both 2014 and 2020.

China Radio & TV will add a massive $2.16 billion between 2014 and 2020. In fact, five operators will add more than $500 million in revenues. However, 97 operators (29 per cent) will lose revenues, with Comcast (down by $4.6 billion) declining by the most – followed by Time Warner (down $2.3 billion) and DirecTV (down $1.8 billion).

Atlas rocket blasts off with U.S. spy satellite and 13 mini- satellites

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3265065/Atlas-rocket-blasts-U-S-spy-satellite-13-mini-satellites.html

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 8 - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from California on Thursday to put a classified spy satellite and 13 tiny experimental spacecraft into orbit for the U.S. government.

The rocket, built and flown by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed-Martin and Boeing, lifted off from a seaside launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 8:49 a.m. EST (1249 GMT), a live ULA webcast showed.

The rocket's primary cargo, owned by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), was not disclosed. But the agency that operates the nation's spy satellites partnered with the civilian space agency NASA to deliver 13 miniature spacecraft, generically known as CubeSats, into orbit.

NASA is exploring if the small satellites, which typically weigh about 2.2 pounds (1 kg) and can be outfitted with cameras, sensors and other instruments, are suited for interplanetary missions and other space operations.

"NRO and NASA have a long-standing partnership with regard to CubeSats, where we exchange ride-share opportunities when available," Meagan Hubbell, deputy chief of the NRO's CubeSat office, told reporters before launch.

Among the CubeSats launched on Thursday is a NASA-backed project to test high-speed optical communications. NRO said it planned to use three CubeSats to test a radio communications system.

University and high school students have built and flown dozens of CubeSats over the past 12 years. Several companies are building businesses around the satellites, including Planet Labs, a Silicon Valley startup that operates a fleet of 87 triple-unit CubeSats to image Earth. The privately owned firm has raised about $183 million in venture capital financing. (Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and James Dalgleish)

MSM & ESPN collaborate to launch sports channels in India; Sony Kix rebranded

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/msm-espn-collaborate-in-india-sony-kix-rebranded-151007

MUMBAI: Disney's sports broadcaster ESPN, which exited the Indian market in 2012, is yet again eyeing the lucrative market here albeit with a different joint venture partner.

After dissolving its 50:50 joint venture with Star India in 2012, ESPN has now joined hands with Multi Screen Media (MSM). The two companies have entered into a long-term agreement in India and the Indian subcontinent.

Through the collaboration, MSM and ESPN will bring new offerings including new co-branded sports channels and as well as a multi-sport website and app. The companies will also be exploring avenues on developing original sports programs.

As a part of this deal, MSM’s sports channel Sony Kix will be rebranded as Sony ESPN. The two companies will also launch other new channels in the coming months. Along with Sony Six, all the channels will deliver a powerful sports lineup to sports fans.

In collaboration with MSM, ESPN will launch a co-branded localized multisport website and app, which will provide coverage of cricket, football, tennis, the NBA, badminton, field hockey and more.

MSM’s OTT platform Sony Liv will also benefit from the collaboration, increasing its current sports offerings significantly.

ESPNcricinfo, the digital cricket destination in India and globally, will continue to deliver comprehensive coverage and will complement and cross-promote the new digital properties and sports channels.

Among the new co-branded multisport website, sonyliv.com and espncricinfo.com, sports fan will receive sports content from across categories, geographies and time zones.

There will be a robust social media presence for the new co-branded media platforms and, an online programming guide for television.

Components of the collaboration require regulatory approvals, for which the process is currently underway.

Multi Screen Media CEO NP Singh said, “Our partnership with ESPN is just what the sports aficionado has been waiting for. Stylized, insightful sports content presented by the best sportscasters in the business. For consumers in India and the subcontinent, sports television viewing will change dramatically since they will soon have access not only to more content but also the widest array of sports lineup, ever available.”

He further added, “MSM’s association with ESPN is holistic and embraces both television and digital formats. Not only are we about to set the frontiers in sports content and distribution but we will most likely set the trends as well. Going further, both companies will also explore collaboration on the development of other original sports programs.”

ESPN International executive vice president and managing director Russell Wolff said, “ESPN’s focus around the world is simple: to serve sports fans. This exciting, long-term collaboration between ESPN and MSM will serve Indian sports fans with exceptional products, content and coverage through the combined strengths and expertise of our two companies, which each have a strong heritage of leadership and innovation in India. We are very excited to be working with Sony, one of the leading television channels in India, on the opportunities that lie ahead.”

MSM’s current sports rights portfolio in India includes the UEFA Euro 2016, top European football leagues (including La Liga, The FA Cup and Serie A), the NBA, the NFL, the IRB Rugby World Cup, UFC, TNA Wrestling and NASCAR amongst others.

ESPN will add to that by delivering more than 1000 hours of programming per year from its portfolio of sports rights, original programming and studio programs. Live sports content in the deal includes major US college football (including the College Football Playoff and comprehensive coverage of the college football bowl season); major US college basketball (including the March Madness NCAA Championship Tournaments); NCAA college sport championships from baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer; Boxing (including Premier Boxing Champions and ESPN’s Big Fights Library); X Games; ESPN Films Emmy-Award Winning 30 For 30 documentaries amongst others.

In its previous 16 year long stint in India via the joint venture with Star India, ESPN Software India operated ESPN Star Sports' India ops. The channels under it included ESPN, Star Sports and Star Cricket. Over the last few years post the exit of ESPN, Star India's sports game has been upped by several notches with the launch of multiple sports channels under the Star Sports brand name as well as lucrative leagues for sports such as Kabbadi, football et al.

With MSM and ESPN's ambitous plans to launch multiple sports channels as well as original sports properties, the sports broadcasting scenario is likely to receive a major impetus. Moreover, with competition heating up in the space, when the rights for the marquee tournament - Indian Premier League (IPL) come up for bidding again in 2019 the acquisition price is likely to sky rocket.

What the MSM-ESPN deal means

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/what-the-msm-espn-deal-means-151007

MUMBAI: When the enemy looks extremely threatening, you bring in allies to help you do battle. And if your ally is a friend-turned-foe of your enemy, it makes the war that much more interesting. And combative.

We are referring to what’s about to happen in the Indian sports television ecosystem. Multi Screen Media India (Sony Entertainment Television India) has struck a deal with the US-based mega sportscaster ESPN Inc under which it will be helping bring in the brand once again into the country as its partner.

ESPN was Star TV’s former mate in Asia until 2012 wherein they ran and distributed channels in several Asian countries jointly including in India.

The current MSM-ESPN agreement is for the long term and will be for India and the Indian sub-continent. The joint venture will see new co-branded sports channels, a multisport website and an app rolling out over the next few months. The companies will also be exploring avenues on developing original sports programs.

As a part of this deal, MSM’s sports channel Sony Kix will be rebranded as Sony ESPN.

It’s interesting that the partnership is happening at the time that it is. The IPL bids are slated to take place next year and the buzz is that Star India is likely to take the bidding to close to the $4 billion mark for all rights. And what better way for Sony to make the going sticky or to present a case once again for the rights than to join forces with ESPN. Others who could throw in a bid include Zee Telefilms and Discovery’s Eurosport.

“However,” a high ranking Sony International Television executive told Indiantelevision.com, “there is no way pricing for the IPL could go up four times. A multiplier of two times or three times over the previous bid is conceivable but above that will make it a big losing proposition.”

What’s also of interest is how Disney is shaping its presence in India. Its family entertainment initiatives got a leg up when it invested in acquiring Ronnie Screwvala’s UTV a few years ago. This deal gave it access to UTV Motion Pictures as well as channels such as Bindass and Hungama.

Disney India recently severed its distribution agreement with IndiaCast Media – part of Viacom18 and has been reaching out to satellite and cable TV platforms to strike deals with them directly.

Now with its sports offshoot ESPN partnering with MSM, one will have to see whether the latter’s distribution offshoot MSM Media Distribution resources will be used to shore up the efforts of the distribution team at Disney India. Or will the two work totally independently?

Sports programming in India is likely to also get a shot in the arm. ESPN is renowned for its studio-based shows and live coverage of events. Live sports content in the deal includes major US college football (including the College Football Playoff and comprehensive coverage of the college football bowl season); major US college basketball (including the March Madness NCAA Championship Tournaments); NCAA college sport championships from baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer; Boxing (including Premier Boxing Champions and ESPN’s Big Fights Library); X Games; ESPN Films Emmy-Award Winning 30 For 30 documentaries amongst others.

Additionally, with the entry of a rejuvenated ESPN into India, the entire sports broadcasting ecosystem is likely to see rapid improvements as more money will be pumped in by both Star and the American sportscaster with MSM. Clearly a win win for the various vendors involved in sports and sports broadcasting and ultimately the sports fan.

Viacom18 to launch Nick HD+; readies third localised kids show 'Shiva'

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/kids/viacom18-to-launch-india-s-first-hd-channel-for-kids-nick-hd-151007

MUMBAI: Viacom 18’s kids cluster is gearing up for some game changing moves. In a first for the Indian market, Nickelodeon will launch a kids channel in high definition called Nick HD+, which will showcase the best of local and international content.

Nick HD+ will soon be available on all cable and direct to home (DTH) platforms in the country. Nick HD+ content will be curated from the best of Nick’s offerings across the board, which includes special 'never seen before' episodes of Dora The Explorer and Sponge-bob Squarepants. Some of the network’s international shows such as Marvin Marvin will also be introduced to India through Nick HD+.



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20-year licence sought for Thaicom 9 satellite

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/20-year-licence-sought-for-Thaicom-9-satellite-30270313.html

Thaicom has applied for a 20-year licence for its planned Thaicom 9 broadband satellite from the National Broadcasting and Telecommuni-cations Commission, an NBTC source has said.

The NBTC awarded a 20-year satellite licence to Thaicom in 2012 to operate any of its satellites launched under that licence.

However, Thaicom has applied for a separate licence for Thaicom 9. The NBTC telecom committee will have to consider whether Thaicom 9 can operate under the company' existing licence or if it needs a separate one.

The satellites under the existing NBTC licence are Thaicom 7 and planned satellite Thaicom 8.

Ekachai Phakdurong, Thaicom's senior vice president for corporate affairs, said the company wanted to apply for a separate 20-year licence for Thaicom 9 to match the life span of the satellite, as its existing NBTC licence now has only 17 years remaining. The development of Thaicom 9 is expected to take three years to complete. If the company uses the existing licence for Thai|com 9, it will have only 14 years |left once the new satellite is launched.

The company has conducted a technical study on the Thaicom 9 project development, which is estimated to cost US$200 million (Bt7.2 billion). The satellite will feature 20-gigabyte capacity and will be positioned at the 119.5 degrees east orbital slot.

Ekachai said Thaicom 9 would serve Asia-Pacific countries, including Thailand.

Thaicom also operates three |satellites under an Information |and Communications Technology Ministry concession, which are the Thaicom 5 and 6 broadcasting satellites and the Thaicom 4 broadband satellite, better known as iPSTAR.

Thaicom will also ask the ICT Ministry to request that the International Telecommunication Union coordinate with existing satellites orbiting adjacent to 119.5 degrees east to prevent possible frequency jams between them and Thaicom 9.

Former ICT minister Pornchai Rujiprapa had resolved to impose a fee on Thaicom satellites under NBTC licence to offset the ministry's administrative costs to reserve the orbital slots.

Uttama Savanayana, the recently appointed ICT minister, said he needed time to study all the key issues of the satellite industry and related policies before making a decision on the issues.

China Launches High-resolution Commercial Imaging Satellite

From http://spacenews.com/china-launches-high-resolution-commercial-imaging-satellite/

October 7, 2015 A Long March 2D rocket carrying the Jilin-1 satellites lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. Credit: Xinhua/Zhao Peng PARIS — China’s first domestically built commercial high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite was launched Oct. 7 in the latest example of China’s lightning-fast transformation from satellite imagery importer to producer. Operating from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northern China’s Gansu Province, a Chinese Long March 2D rocket placed the four-satellite Jilin-1 payload into a 655-kilometer polar low Earth orbit, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said. Two of the satellites are designed to provide ultra-high-definition video imagery.

A third is a technology demonstrator. The fourth, designed for commercial use, carries a camera capable of producing images with a 72-centimeter ground resolution when looking straight down. Advertisementgoogletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1433272633157-1'); }) The satellite was built by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., which is located in Jilin Province and is a commercial spinoff of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics.

How much commercial business can be generated from the satellite on its own is unclear. But Chang Guang does not lack for ambition. It plans to have 16 satellites in orbit by the end of 2016 in what it calls the second stage of its program, with 60 satellites operational by 2020 — enough to offer a 30-minute revisit capability anywhere in the world. The company has said it wants 138 satellites in service by 2030, providing 10-minute revisits, in the program’s fourth and final stage.

The launch was the 10th of China’s Long March rocket family in 2015 and the sixth since Sept. 12. China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) of Beijing, which markets the rocket overseas, said it expects to maintain a launch rhythm of 15-20 Long March campaigns per year in the coming years regardless of whether the U.S. government lifts its ban on the export of U.S. satellite parts to China. CGWIC Vice President and General Manager Zhiheng Fu said the forecast Chinese government demand will account for nearly all of the near-term launches, many of them scheduled to place China’s Beidou satellite positioning, navigation and timing constellation into medium Earth orbit.

China has been a large market for satellite Earth observation, mainly from U.S. and European vendors, for more than 20 years. But since 2009 China has rapidly been replacing imports with imagery from its own satellites — first in low and medium resolution for wide-scale mapping, and more recently for sharper-resolution imagery as well. The China Center for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CRESDA), in a Sept. 17 presentation to the World Satellite Business Week conference here, said Chinese demand for non-Chinese satellite imagery at resolutions of 2.5 meters or less has fallen from more than 8 million square kilometers in 2009 to near zero in 2013.

During that period, Chinese domestic satellites’ share of the medium-resolution market went from 5 percent to 100 percent. What was true in medium resolution is now happening in high resolution. Zikuan Zhou, CRESDA’s director of international business development, said the cost of imagery with 1-meter resolution or sharper, much of it still provided by non-Chinese sources, has dropped sharply — from 40 Chinese yuan ($6.40) per square kilometer in 2009 to 16 yuan now.

Image processing fees have followed suit, dropping by about 30 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to CRESDA. Zhou said the sharpest-resolution satellite in China’s domestic fleet — before Jilin-1 — was the 80-centimeter-resolution GF-2, launched in 2014. These trends have occurred at a time when the overall market for Earth observation imagery in China has continued to expand quickly. The Jilin-1 launch, if followed by a constellation next year, will present a competitive challenge to Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co. Ltd. (21AT) of Beijing, whose three-satellite Beijing-2 constellation was launched in July and is scheduled to begin service by the end of October.

The Beijing-2 satellites, with a 1-meter ground resolution, were built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) of Britain, and remain SSTL property. But 21AT has purchased the full capacity of all three satellites. Officials from 21AT have said that despite the fact that their satellites were built outside China, Chinese government authorities have indicated that 21AT’s imagery products will have the same access to the Chinese government market as Chinese-built systems.

Satellite Internet gets a fresh look, cash infusion

From http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/satellite-internet-gets-a-fresh-look-cash-infusion

The race for Internet service from space is on, again.

After a series of failed satellite Internet projects over the past two decades, fresh investment is coming into the sector, and at least three high-profile projects are moving forward.

OneWeb, a London-based consortium backed by tycoon Richard Branson, announced in June it had raised $500 million from investors including Airbus, Qualcomm and Intelsat to advance its plan for satellite broadband to underserved parts of the world.

Also this year, U.S.-based space exploration firm SpaceX secured a $1 billion investment that could help founder Elon Musk’s plan to build a satellite Internet network, with backing from Google and the financial firm Fidelity.

U.S.-based LeoSat, backed by Europe’s Thales Alenia Space, is also working on a satellite broadband project aimed at business. And Samsung outlined plans in a research report this year “to make affordable Internet services available to everyone in the world via low-cost micro-satellites.”

The projects seek to launch hundreds of low-orbit satellites to beam the Internet from space. The initial costs could be high, but would avoid the expense of building ground-based systems for wired or wireless broadband.

If the plans sounds familiar, we’ve seen this before.

Teledesic, a 1990s project backed by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Saudi royal family investors, died before it went into service, as did another venture called SkyBridge, whose assets were eventually acquired by OneWeb.

Greg Wyler, chief executive of OneWeb, said much has changed since Teledesic abandoned its “Internet in the sky” plan more than a decade ago: the cost of satellite technology has come down, and most people now realize that connectivity is needed to spur economic development.

“If your goal is to end extreme poverty, boost the things that contribute to economic growth like health care and education, all of those things sit on a foundation of connectivity,” Wyler told AFP.

OneWeb plans to begin launching its 648 low-orbit satellites in 2017, and begin connecting customers by 2019, Wyler said.

The company has “contractual arrangements” to operate in more than 50 markets and is looking at a broad global footprint.

“More than half the world is not connected,” he said.

In some developed markets like the United States, individuals who live in remote areas could subscribe to Internet broadband. In developing countries, it may be schools, health care centers and other government entities.

“Our technology fundamentally reduces the cost of connectivity,” he said.

An equally ambitious plan is being developed by Musk and SpaceX, which could launch as many as 4,000 satellites.

Musk said on Twitter that he sees “advanced micro-satellites operating in large formations” that would provide “unfettered (Internet access) certainly and at very low cost.”

Details of the SpaceX plan are still sketchy, but the company filed plans with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to begin testing. Eventually, FCC approval could allow the SpaceX project to offer broadband services globally.

LeoSat’s plan calls for between 78 and 108 satellites for a broadband network aimed at high-volume business customers such as major corporations, governments, maritime operators and the oil and gas industry, said chief executive Mark Rigolle.

While LeoSat, a startup created in 2013, is aiming at only a few thousand customers, it can also serve as a “backbone” for other operators, which would mean millions could use its connections.

“We want to become ‘fiber from the sky’ from anywhere to anywhere,” Rigolle told AFP. “It’s not a product that is available in today’s market.”

The company was created by former oil and gas industry executives who understood the need for better connections in remote parts of the world, Rigolle said.

These low-earth orbit systems require more satellites but can cover areas not served by the higher-orbit systems, with better connectivity because of faster transmission speeds.

Rigolle said LeoSat will be able to transmit around the globe “from satellite to satellite without ever touching the ground,” create a system which is “effectively faster than fiber” and more secure.

Scott Pace, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, said now may be an opportune time to launch a space broadband service because of advances in technology and growing needs for connectivity.

“Space has a lot of natural advantages” over terrestrial systems, he said.

“Space systems provide a way to cover massive amounts of territory very quickly, and the new satellites are increasingly sophisticated.”

Because growing numbers of people around the world rely on wireless broadband, Pace said that “demand is more intense than in the 1990s and satellite systems have a chance of meeting that demand and being a player.”

Still, he said it’s not clear if satellite systems can compete effectively with ground-based systems. And he said that any new entrant will still have to compete for airwave spectrum and deal with regulators in various countries.

With a number of satellite firms competing, it is not clear if all will survive, Pace said.

“It’s a question of who can get there quick enough and surmount the regulatory hurdles,” he said. “I don’t know that there is room for multiple systems. there might be room for one, maybe two.”

TVPlayer Plus goes live

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/06/tv-player-plus-goes-live/

Announced in July 2015 with the aim of providing an alternative pay-TV option to Sky, BT TV and Virgin Media, UK over-the-top television platform TVPlayer is commercially launching its low-cost subscription service TVPlayer Plus, which offers premium TV channels including Discovery Channel, TLC, British Eurosport, Cartoon Network, HISTORY, Lifetime, Gold and Sony Movie channel for £4.99 (€7.05) per month, with no set-up fee and no contract, positioning itself as one of the cheapest ways to watch such channels in the UK.

The service is aimed at households looking to lower their monthly TV bills or top up their Freeview viewing with extra channels. With 25 entertainment, factual and kids channels, there is something for everyone including original factual programming, new dramas, British classics and UK premieres on Sony Entertainment Television. Real life can be found on TLC; British Eurosport features all of the latest live sporting events including the Cycling Road World Championships. Discovery Channel brings the best in factual.

TVPlayer Plus enables subscribers to watch all the TV they love, anywhere in the UK, whether in the home or on the go, across up to three devices including their computer, mobile, tablet or a Samsung Smart TV. An Internet connection is required but unlike some pay-TV services, there is no need to have a phone line rental, giving consumer’s significant annual savings.

“TVPlayer is a popular online TV platform used by over half a million UK users every day. Many of these haven’t had access to pay-TV before,” noted Adam Smith, Founder of TVPlayer, adding that some pay-TV services could be expensive and at times require long-term contracts. “For £4.99 a month, TVPlayer Plus is a great option for viewers who want lots of choice without being locked into a contract, offering the latest must-see TV on 25 channels you won’t find on Freeview,” he declared.

TVPlayer continues to offer a large selection of Freeview channels available at no cost. Subscribers can use the in-built TV Guide to find and watch their favourite TV shows, customise their channel order and set reminders so they never miss a show again. Additionally a catch up function offers a selection of the best programmes from the previous seven days across selected channels.

TVPlayer Plus is available on iOS, Mac and PC. TVPlayer Plus will also launch exclusively on Samsung Smart TVs and will soon be available on Android devices and Amazon Fire TV. Television lovers can sign up for a seven-day trial at tvplayer.com/plus.

(Craig's comment, this look a cheap option for those with DNS unblockers)

‘Back to drawing board for global iPlayer’

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/06/back-to-drawing-board-for-global-iplayer/

BBC Worldwide is going ‘back to the drawing board’ for plans for a new international OTT service, Nick North, BBC director of audiences has told MIPCOM.

After shutting down the Global iPlayer earlier this year the corporation was considering a relaunch with registration/sign-in functionality similar to the myBBC version in the UK.

“We’re looking to add value to our licence fee… perhaps through the process of registration, they will be able to gain access to BBC content on their mobile devices and other devices whilst abroad through the authentication process.” said North.

He revealed: “We have a new service planned, an OTT service that will allow people access to more British talent, more British creativity.”

Director General Tony Hall told the Royal Television Society last month that a BBC OTT service is in the works for the US market

Roku unveils Roku OS 7, new mobile app

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/06/roku-unveils-roku-os-7-new-mobile-app/

Roku has announced Roku OS 7 filled with new discovery features that give consumers more access to entertainment choices. With a major update to Roku Feed consumers can now follow movies, TV shows, actors and directors to receive automatic entertainment updates about pricing and availability. Those who travel and want to stream will now be able to use the new Hotel and Dorm Connect feature for quick wireless connectivity in locations that require log-in credentials to access the network.

“Roku OS 7 delivers on our promise to give consumers TV on their terms,” said Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood. “By delivering the best collection of entertainment available for streaming, easy ways for consumers to find and discover what they want to watch, and the flexibility to decide how to stream, Roku delivers a superior streaming experience.”

Roku is also releasing a major update to the free Roku Mobile App for iOS and Android making it easier for consumers to access key features including Roku Search, Roku Feed, Remote Control and Play on Roku. Now, with a the tap of the screen, consumers can instantly access Voice Search, view and add to Roku Feed, launch Play on Roku to display their photos and videos on the big screen and much more. Similar to the Roku Home Screen, the Roku Mobile App also displays notifications to make consumers aware of new updates in the Roku Feed.

Videocon d2h named best 'Pay TV Service' at Content Innovation Award in Cannes

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/videocon-d2h-named-best-pay-tv-service-at-content-innovation-award-in-cannes-151005

MUMBAI: Indian direct to home (DTH) company Videocon d2h bagged the 'Pay TV Service of the Year' award at Digital TV Europe’s inaugural Content Innovation Awards held in Cannes.

Videocon d2h is India’s fastest growing pay TV operator. For the quarter ended 30 June, 2015, Videocon d2h’s subscription revenue grew 32.2 per cent year on year to Rs 599 crore. On the other hand, the company’s revenue from operations grew 23.3 per cent year on year to Rs 663 crore. Videocon d2h's gross subscriber base stands at 13.70 million, whereas its net subscriber base is at 10.64 million.

On the other hand, Discovery Networks International was named as the Best International TV Networks Group. Discovery Networks CEEMEA also won the Best Series Launch of the Year for Dynamo: Magician Impossible (season 4).

Endemol Beyond was crowned MCN of the Year, whereas the Channel of the Year award went to Eurosport. The award for the Best New Channel launch went to AMC Global.

Some of the other major winners at the awards were Entertainment One, which won International Production Company of the Year, ITV Studios Global Entertainment was awarded as the Best Content Distributor.

BT took home the award for 4K Initiative of the Year for its Ultra HD Service, whereas the Cloud TV Innovation of the Year award went toEasel TV for Curzon Home Cinema. Orange for Watch with Twitter bagged the Social TV Innovation of the Year award.

The Industry Innovation of the Year went to VOO for the .évasion box and Videowall. Rovi bagged the TV Technology Award (content discovery) award for Personalized Discovery Solution

The awards were attended by more than 100 programming and technology industry executives in Cannes.


No update for Tuesday


Saturday feeds

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "7BCM D1/T7 slot 2" AFL feed (Fta)
D1 12651 V Sr 7500 unchecked

D2 12539 H Sr 6978 ABC at a NSW Police press conference (FTA)

D2 12321 H Sr 8570 "skyhd pri 3032 kor4" (encrypted) NZ beam
D2 12339 H Sr 8570 "skyhd sec 9015 kor4" (encrypted) NZ beam
D2 12357 H Sr 8570 "skyhd pri 8014 fly" (encrypted) NZ beam
D2 12464 H Sr 8570 "skyhd sec 9011 vw" (encrypted) NZ beam
D2 12483 H Sr 8570 "skyhd 9011 vw bu" (encrypted) NZ beam

IS 19 12517 V Sr 15000 "Astra 3 Path 1" - Provider Astralinks. (encrypted)
IS 19 12535 V Sr 15000 "H264 18Meg Sat" - provider STS (encrypted)
IS 19 12597 V Sr 15000 "AFL MCG STAGE" (encrypted)
IS 19 12615 V Sr 15000 "STS" (encrypted)

From my Email

From Steve Johnson (via Facebook)

New mux with service names -
News 1, News 2, News 3, News 4 & News 5.
IntelSat 19 4140H, 29000sr, 2/3, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080 HD, FTA..
All 5 programs playing same content (golf, but not live).

weak signal to NZ
only 7.5 dB CNR via 3.0m..

Service name: IP-UPLINKS-NQ
D1 12419V, 6111sr, 3/4, DVBS/QPSK, FTA (very weak signal)..from a sports ground

From sid snot

Hi,Craig just letting you know that it looks like Thaicom 7 has finally got some channels on it, they are the Indian channels that you mentioned in your news page a couple of months ago they load on 4000 vert sr 30000.

Cheers Sid Nottonly

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Australian broadband satellite begins post-launch maneuvers

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/High_Performance_Broadband_Satellite_For_Australia_Begins_Post_Launch_Maneuvers_According_To_Plan_999.html

Space Systems/Loral (SSL) reports that Australia's new broadband satellite is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The high capacity broadband satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The satellite, known as Sky Muster, is an all Ka-band, high-throughput broadband satellite that uses multiple spot beams in an advanced design that tailors capacity to Australia's widely distributed population.

It is designed to provide service to hundreds of thousands of Australians who do not otherwise have access to high speed internet and will supplement the fixed line and fixed wireless services provided by nbn.

"I would like to congratulate nbn on the launch of their first satellite for broadband in Australia," said John Celli, president of SSL. "It has been a pleasure to work together with the nbn team to provide a satellite that will extend the availability of internet service to remote areas."

Originally called NBN Co 1A, the satellite was renamed "Sky Muster" by the six-year-old winner of a country-wide contest. It is the first of two satellites that SSL is providing for nbn.

The two satellites will work in conjunction with one another to deliver fast broadband throughout Australia, and its coastal islands and external territories including Norfolk Island, Cocos Island, Christmas Island, and Macquarie Island in the Antarctic.

"SSL has proven itself as a reliable and innovative partner in developing the space segment for Australia's broadband network, said Greg Adcock, chief operating officer of nbn. "Sky Muster will offer access to distance education, telehealth, video-conferencing, as well as other essential services to homes and businesses in rural and remote Australia where fast broadband service is currently unavailable."

Sky Muster is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which has the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. Sky Muster is the 100th SSL 1300 satellite that SSL has delivered, providing tangible evidence of the platform's evolution to accommodate payload advances.

The satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more. With this launch, there are 81 SSL-built GEO satellites currently on orbit.

Mr Switkowski said the growth in average household broadband data allowances from the growth in average monthly data allowances for Australian households from about 20GB "three years ago" to around 120GB now was "substantially the Netflix effect".

"Netflix had less than 10 per cent of households yet they were accounting for a quarter of all the data traffic," he said.

Five to 10 movies a day

"When you worked it out, it meant they were downloading [the equivalent of] between five and 10 movies a day per household."

NBN's satellite Sky Muster launches from Guiana Space Centre last week.

Nearly 10 per cent of Australian households subscribe to a VOD service, according to research company Roy Morgan. The same research found Netflix was the most popular provider of VOD services.

Mr Switkowski is a former chief executive of telecommunications giant Telstra, which owns 50 per cent of Foxtel. Rupert Murdoch's media and entertainment company, News Corporation, owns the other 50 per cent.

The NBN launched the first of two $500 million satellites into orbit last week. The satellites, which blasted off from South America, will provide around 200,000 homes and businesses in remote areas with improved peak download speeds of 25mb/second.

However, the growing popularity of bigger data plans had raised concerns the two satellites would not have the capacity to cater for medium-term demand in the bush.

Mr Switkowski conceded some people in remote areas will ask, "why can't we have Netflix-like data allowances so we too can several movies a day?"

However, he argued that "in the next year or two there is going to be such an improvement in their experience that the pressure on us will be how fast we can get them on the new satellites".

The NBN believes it can also improve and expand its fixed-wireless service in regional areas to handle additional demand in remote communities.

"With the two satellites, I think we've bought ourselves several years," Mr Switkowski said.

"And then you say in five years' time, 'what is their requirement going to be and will there be an experience gap? If you are looking for problems, will there be one or two per cent of the population that feels like they're missing out?' Possibly."

The reporter travelled to French Guiana as a guest of the NBN


Netflix, NBN make broadcast TV irrelevant, says Ziggy Switkowski

From http://www.afr.com/business/media-and-marketing/netflix-nbn-make-broadcast-tv-irrelevant-says-ziggy-switkowski-20151004-gk16w7

NBN chairman Ziggy Switkowski says services such as Netflix and large broadband data packages means broadcast TV has become irrelevant.

Zggy Switkowski says households that subscribed to video on demand services were downloading the equivalent of several movies a day every day. Chris Hyde

NBN chairman Ziggy Switkowski says the combination of video on demand services such as Netflix and larger broadband data packages means most broadcast television is now irrelevant to young Australians.

Mr Switkowski said households that subscribed to video on demand services were now downloading the equivalent of "several movies a day every day of the week" which was changing the viewing habits of consumers.

"There is no doubt that if you are under 20, the notion you would watch broadcast television for anything other than sport is ridiculous," he said.

"They can't believe that there was a generation that allowed network programmers to determine when we get to watch things and that we could only watch an episode a week. It's a completely different view and perfectly understandable."
"There is no doubt that if you under 20, the notion you would watch broadcast television for anything other than sport is ridiculous," said Ziggy Switkowski.

Free-to-air television networks rely on "linear" channels with regular schedules to attract the bulk of their audiences.

However, the popularity of online services such as Netflix and Apple's iTunes has prompted networks to launch their own VOD offerings.

Seven West Media and pay television group Foxtel have formed the Presto joint venture while Nine Entertainment group has teamed up with Fairfax Media, publisher of The Australian Financial Review, to launch Stan.

While sport remains an example of "appointment viewing" because it is broadcast live – the AFL grand final attracted a bumper capital city audience of 2.6 million people for Seven – growing numbers of viewers are using VOD to watch other programs such as dramas, comedies and movies when they want.

Almost 10 per cent of Australian households subscribe to a VOD service, according to research company Roy Morgan, and Netflix is the most popular.

Blurred Lines: Inside the world of unauthorised streaming

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11524210

Millions of people around the world are sidestepping sports broadcast paywalls via a panoply of dodgy websites

Twenty minutes into my maiden attempt to watch a sports match via an unauthorised internet stream, I start to suspect that I'm getting exactly what I've paid for - not a hell of a lot.

Yes, Romania are pressing the French goal-line and there is an air of excitement frothing from my 42-inch high-definition television as the commentators wind themselves into a frenzy. But the picture quality is garbage and I've no confidence that it will continue to grace my screen for any length of time without freezing, dropping out or redirecting me to a website selling discounted Russian brides.

My pessimism about the feed - off a Canadian TV channel - turns out to be misplaced. The coverage continues uninterrupted for the 20 minutes it takes to get to half-time.

I've had to switch web browser, negotiate a nefarious array of pop-up windows, find something to balance my laptop on, as the HDMI cable to the TV is too short, and disable Chrome's ad-blocker.

But I've done it. I've watched a major sporting event without paying a fee to those who have paid a much bigger fee for the privilege of being a rights-holder.

I've had to pay for my computer, television and internet connection, so it would be inaccurate to describe the process as "free", but I've avoided paying directly for the content.

I'm officially a dodgy streamer.

I'm not alone. Millions of people the world over are choosing to access sports and entertainment content via pirated online streams - essentially TV broadcasts that are illegally rebroadcast over the internet.

The scale of what has become a global copyright battlefield is vast. A warning notice placed on an illegal streaming site shut down by Britain's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit was reportedly viewed by 5 million people in just two months.

Another site attracted more than 264,000 unique visits on the opening day of the NFL season. The number would have been higher had the site not crashed because of the level of traffic.

It's hard to know exactly how many streaming operations are out there, but the answer is likely to be hundreds - serving a "customer" base well into the millions.

The rapidly increasing popularity of illegal streaming is being driven by advances in quality. Many feeds require streaming speeds of only two or three megabits a second for high-definition quality, making them accessible to just about anyone with a half-decent internet connection.

That's bad news for the likes of Sky Television, the Kiwi pay-TV broadcaster that builds its business on the exclusivity of broadcasting rights for which it pays vast sums.

RWC matches such as France vs Romania are available, live, to Sky subscribers for a minimum subscription of $76.51 a month. Or viewers can access Sky's online stream via a Fan Pass that costs $14.99 for 24 hours or $19.99 for a week.

Many Kiwis, though, have already twigged to the presence of free, albeit probably illegal, feeds of RWC matches. Sky referred questions about the issue to World Rugby, the ultimate owner of the property being siphoned away by illicit streamers.

"World Rugby is committed to protecting the rights of our broadcasters, who through their investment, play a major role in the growth and development of the game worldwide," a World Rugby statement issued to the Herald said.

"We are proactively engaging with expert third parties who assist us in dealing with the sites that persist in breaching our copyright."

Exactly what that proactive engagement entails or has achieved is unclear.

Shutting down streaming sites, many of which operate from countries with unhelpful legal jurisdictions, is notoriously difficult.

"If it's in Eastern Europe, or further afield than that, having the police in that jurisdiction kick someone's door in to protect the industry of American music, or Sky TV [in Britain], is something they're not keen to do," David Cook, a solicitor who specialises in cyber crime, told the Guardian.

Targeting the people downloading the streams is costly and ineffective, the music industry quickly discovered. And in countries such as New Zealand it is not even clear whether viewers are breaking the law.

New Zealand law forbids the copying of content without permission from the copyright owner. However, it is not clear whether viewing a livestream would qualify as copying.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said the matter had yet to be tested in court. Section 227 of our Copyright Act creates an offence of "fraudulently receiving programmes", however, the ministry was not aware of that having been used in a prosecution of a streamer.

The law may be unclear but the moral position of those who access unauthorised streams rather than fork out the money to rights-holders is not, says Copyright Commission chief executive Paula Browning.

"Just because somebody makes it available so you can do it - I don't know that that means you should."

New Zealand Rugby, Browning points out, is largely funded by the money it can extract from the broadcast of All Blacks matches. Illegal streaming is a clear and present danger to that income stream.

"Are you really supporting the All Blacks by watching an illegal stream?" asks Ms Browning. That argument is unlikely to wash with fans who feel disenfranchised by the increasingly expensive paywalls erected between them and the national rugby team.

"I don't agree with international sporting fixtures like the RWC being exclusive to paying customers," said a viewer who routinely watches matches via a streaming site that provides access to 300 channels, including RWC 2015 host broadcaster ITV.

"ITV is geoblocked to those located outside the UK. But do not worry. [We] can help you stream ITV from anywhere in the world," states a brazen email to its customers that explains exactly how to access ITV's high-definition broadcasts via a back door.

Of seven streaming sites tested by Herald reporters during the France v Romania match, this had the best broadcast.

"There was no stalling, jumping or buffering. It ran smoothly from the get-go. The only 'problem' was the British commentary," said one colleague.

Others weren't quite so lucky. While I and another reporter were able to access lower-quality transmission, three others failed completely.

One reporter gave up on one, after being constantly referred to a pop-up window requesting his details. Another went as far as handing over credit card details but was still unable to access the feed.

Despite multiple assurances he would not be billed, he found his card had been charged $1.64 by the time he cancelled it, less than an hour later.

How it works

1. Programme or sports match broadcast by a legitimate rights holder to a fee-paying audience.

2. Broadcast accessed by a streamer - often based in another legal jurisdiction - and uploaded to the internet.

3. Pirated stream viewed for free over internet by people without access to a legitimate broadcast.

Streaming video set to outrate network TV

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11524208

From The report finds the percentage of people globally streaming video from services such as Netflix had increased from around 30 per cent in 2010 to more than 50 per cent this year. Photo / iStock

The number of people streaming video online could pass the number of people watching traditional TV in the next year, according to research by communications company Ericsson.

The latest TV and Media report released by the company showed the percentage of people globally streaming video from services such as Netflix, Lightbox or YouTube had increased from around 30 per cent in 2010 to more than 50 per cent this year.

Over the same period, the number of people watching traditional TV had dropped by around ten per cent.

In New Zealand, online TV viewing has grown 25 per cent in the last year with 51 per cent of households saying they watched TV or movies online.

From its launch until July this year, more than 7.4 million hours worth of content had been streamed through the service, with some of the most popular shows being Suits, Breaking Bad, Dance Moms, Justified, Vikings, Outlander and Better Call Saul.

Despite the popularity of services such as Netflix and Lightbox, YouTube is still watched more than all other video services both in New Zealand and globally.

Anders Erlandsson, the senior advisor for Ericsson's Consumer Lab who led the study told tech news website Tech Insider that although the number of people watching video online would surpass those watching TV in the near future, it would be roughly another five years before more hours were spent watching video online compared with regular TV.

"Ericsson's media vision says that by 2020 on-demand and [regular TV viewing] will be on the same level when it comes to hours spent watching," he said.

The survey was conducted globally with more than 20,000 people surveyed. Results showed on average people spend six hours a week watching streamed television series, programmes and movies on demand - which has more than the estimated 2.9 hours a week reported in 2011. According to Ericsson, binge watching had changed the way video content was consumed, pushing viewers towards streaming services.

"Bingeing, the watching of multiple episodes of TV and video content in a row, has rapidly become a key part of the TV and media experience," it said. "This habit is prominent among Subscription Video-on-demand users, where 87 percent binge view at least once a week." The survey also found gender and age differences between viewing preferences with men spending more than three hours a week on average watching live sport compared with just one hour for women, who tended to spend more time watching TV series. Consumers aged between 16 and 34 spent more than half of their video viewing time on a smartphone, laptop or tablet.

Since 2012 the number of consumers across all age groups who watch video on their smartphones has increased by 71 percent.

The average time spent watching video on mobile devices is up 3 hours a week compared to 2012.

Fiji TV suspends trading

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/33640/fiji-tv-suspends-trading

Fiji TV Head Office in SuvaTaken from/By: FBC NewsReport by: Edwin NandFiji Television Ltd has requested for voluntary suspension of trading on the South Pacific Stock Exchange. An SPSE statement says this is to ensure that shareholders and the general public are fully aware of information relating to the status of Fiji TV, Sky Pacific and Media Nuigini Limited. The suspension of trading has been effective from Friday. The SPSE Listing Rules allows a company to apply for voluntary suspension to protect the interest of its shareholders/potential investors and to maintain an orderly market. SPSE Chief Executive Latileta Qoro says the Exchange has been corresponding with FTV since the Sky Pacific sale was announced. She adds information has been provided by FTV via market announcements, however, specific details – including how the sale of Sky Pacific is expected to impact Fiji TV’s financial forecast, shareholder value and strategic direction has yet to be provided to all shareholders. Qoro also says the suspension of trading is warranted, especially amidst speculations in the market surrounding the sale of Sky Pacific to Digicel

Facebook to beam free Internet service to Africa with satellites

From http://thehill.com/policy/technology/255906-facebook-makes-deal-to-beam-internet-service-into-africa

Facebook and satellite company Eutelsat will start beaming Internet service to parts of Africa, under a new deal announced Monday.

Both companies will “deploy Internet services designed to relieve pent-up demand for connectivity from the many users in Africa beyond range of fixed and mobile terrestrial networks,” according to a Eutelsat statement. The firm said only that the service would reach “large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.”

The two companies will share satellite capacity, with Eutelsat focusing on premium and professional customers. Facebook’s efforts will be aimed at bringing people online who otherwise could not get access — the mission of its Internet.org arm.
“Facebook’s mission is to connect the world and we believe that satellites will play an important role in addressing the significant barriers that exist in connecting the people of Africa,” said Chris Daniels, the vice president of Internet.org, in a statement.

Facebook’s Internet.org efforts have been met with mixed reactions.

Its primary product so far is a package called Free Basics, phone apps that users in the developing world can access without paying their providers for data.

The social networking giant says it only wants to help people who can't afford to do so on their own get access to vital services, like mobile banking and healthcare.

Critics see something more insidious. They argue that Facebook’s primary motive in bringing more of the world online is to create more potential customers for its products. They also suggest that it is a blow to the principle of net neutrality, which says that all traffic on the Internet should be treated the same way, when Facebook’s services are much more accessible for users.

Using satellites to beam Internet into areas of the world not served by wired Internet is something Facebook has been experimenting with through Internet.org, though it has yet to become as prominent a part of its efforts as the basic services. The company also reportedly abandoned a plan this summer to build and run its own satellite.

The Epic Channel goes HD on Tata Sky

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/the-epic-channel-goes-hd-on-tata-sky-151002

MUMBAI: With increasing penetration of High Definition (HD) television sets, more and more channels are now adding the HD feed for a better consumer experience.

The Epic Channel, which focuses on the Indian history, folklore and mythology genre, recently launched its HD version on Tata Sky.

The Epic Channel HD will be available on the direct-to-home (DTH) platform’s channel no 133.

The Epic Channel will shoots all its content in HD so viewers can experience the shows on Indian history and mythology in HD.

The Epic Channel managing director Mahesh Samat said, “Since the inception of the channel, Epic has stood out for its unique and unparalleled content offering. We have grown considerably and built a loyal viewer base over the course of the year and with the channel now being available in High Definition on Tata Sky, the viewer's experience is only going to get enhanced. This makes it a complete viewing experience for Tata Sky subscribers, letting them watch the best in Indian history and mythology.”

Tata Sky chief contend and business development officer Paolo Agostinelli added, “High definition content truly does justice to the intriguing historic and mythological story telling that Epic channel brings to the viewers. We continue to bring the best viewing technology for our Tata Sky subscribers and this is one of the biggest reasons why we have a growing subscriber base.”

The channel’s standard definition (SD) feed is currently available across key DTH players like Tata Sky, Airtel, Videocon d2h, Dish TV, and Reliance Digital TV along with major cable players like Hathway, Den and more.


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NRL and AFL finals weekend, keep an eye out for feeds

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Sky Muster a small step forward for NBN

From http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/10/2/technology/sky-muster-small-step-forward-nbn

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has carefully fostered the perception that he understands technology and knows how to foster innovation but as we look skyward this week to acknowledge the launch of NBN Co’s first satellite it is appropriate to remember that in 2012 he argued that the satellites were a “Rolls-Royce” solution that were not needed.

At the time Optus CEO Paul O’Sullivan indicated there was insufficient capacity available on the Optus satellites for the NBN and NBN Co’s former satellite project director Matt Dawson had cautioned that there was an unacceptable risk if the satellite project was outsourced to a smaller company.

One of the companies seeking the NBN satellite project, NewSat collapsed earlier this year due to alleged mismanagement and troubled financial dealings. In light of that, the satellite initiative - started by former NBN Co management - was right to argue that the risk of outsourcing the satellite component of the NBN would have be an unacceptable risk.

More satellite capacity needed

Sky Muster’s successful launch is an admirable achievement but it won’t be able to do the job on its own. In fact, even with a second satellite in operation, capacity concerns are likely to be an issue.

The two NBN Co satellites will provide total throughput of 135/40 Gbps and this capacity is allocated to varying size cone antennas that provide 101 varying size spot shaped coverage regions, some of which overlap slightly. What this means is that if customers were guaranteed a minimum of 25/5 Mbps at all times then there could only be about 5400 customers connected to the satellites.

Using a typical traffic contention ratio of 80/1 the number of connections possible becomes 430,000 but the traditional telecommunications approach to utilise high contention ratios has a downside, and this occurs during peak times when the majority of customers want simultaneous access. The growth of streaming media means that during peak times not only are customers accessing the internet and social media but they’re also trying to access streamed media which requires a reliable connection with low latency and stable throughput.

The government’s plan to utilise a 40/1 contention ratio to connect about 200,000 customers to the satellites has a high risk of failure because the congestion during peak times might overwhelm the satellites creating a massive slow-down for every customer. The congestion problem caused by high contention ratios is exacerbated when customer usage shifts from viewing discrete small items of content such as a web page on a social media site to watching YouTube videos and streamed movies.

ADSL customers are very familiar with congestion during peak times and to offset anticipated customer dissatisfaction NBN Co has put in place usage rules that will limit customers to 50 GB per four week rolling aggregated usage period measured weekly and customers that exceed this limit will have their download connection speed limited to 128 Kbps for the next two weeks. It has also implemented a 9.7 GB download limit for individual items of content or streamed media.

The recent decision not to lay fibre to the four remote towns in Western Queensland was a backflip by the government as the decision was made to focus on getting customers onto the satellites. In the future, possibly as early as 2020, as the satellite capacity dwindles there will need to be further consideration of laying fibre to the remote Queensland towns to reduce the load on the satellites and this process could extend to other remote communities.

Satellite capability

NBN Co’s two Ka Band satellites and the ten ground-stations located around Australia will cost about $600 million and provide up to 135/40 Gbps of total throughput when both satellites are in operation. The satellites have the same coverage providing some redundancy and flexibility when utilising available capacity and will cover an area of 7.69 million square kilometres which takes in Australia and islands from Lord Howe and Norfolk in the east to Christmas and Cocos Keeling in the west and reaching to Macquarie Island in the south.

Sky Muster will be positioned in a geostationary orbit of about 36,000 km and cost about $7,900 per customer, which is actually cheaper than the cost for the average remote telephone connection that relied upon satellite, microwave or radio links.

One downside of connecting to the NBN via satellite is the 250 millisecond (ms) round trip latency caused by the signal having to travel 72,000 km from the ground-station up to the satellite and back down to the customer premises. This delay is significant, does not include the terrestrial transmission delays and can limit the effectiveness of delay sensitive services such as telephony and video streaming which rely on a total transmission delay of no more than about 150 ms for a high quality service. Significant technological advances have reduced the overall negative effect that satellite transmission latency, but it will still be a noticeable downside for satellite customers that should not be overlooked

One small step for NBN Co

The launch of the first of the two NBN satellites will be a major outcome for NBN Co at a time when criticism of the Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) rollout is growing and NBN Co appears to be struggling to overcome a range of technical problems with the fixed access network rollouts. And there’s a chance that they can be used over time to provide a wider range of mobile broadband services.

The NBN Co satellites can be used to support grey nomads travelling around Australia, especially when they stop and camp, sometimes for months. Moving vehicles like buses, trains and so on can also be connected but this would be a lower priority. NBN Co must look to monetise the satellites quickly and this is in keeping with this government’s cost effectiveness mantra, so any failing to look at expanding the number of potential customers that can be connected to the satellites would be a waste.

Regional and remote Australia will be a major beneficiary of Labor’s decision to lock in the satellite contracts thus preventing Turnbull from carrying out his threat to cancel the “Rolls Royce” NBN satellite contracts and creating yet another mess during his tenure as Communications Minister. It is quite remarkable that the Turnbull government is now basking in the success of NBN Co’s satellite project when Turnbull argued strongly that it was a waste of funds.

Racing+ to be launched

From http://www.racing.com/news/2015-10-01/racingplus-to-be-launched

Racing.com is set to launch Racing+ next week, a free pass for accessing premium content on Racing.com’s digital properties, including the website, mobile site and app.

Racing+ will allow users to continue to access Racing.com’s broadcast of live Victorian racing and TV programming as well as race replays free of charge.

Racing.com has an exciting roadmap for future products, which includes blackbook as well as customised form and other services. Racing+ will allow Racing.com to better understand you as the customer and deliver product features which are suited to your needs.

Existing Racing.com users are urged to sign up from next week, providing your name and email address only to create an account which will allow you to continue to access live racing and race replays whenever you visit Racing.com for free.

This will ensure users can make the most of the full range of features from Racing.com during the Spring Racing Carnival, which includes the running of the 155th edition of the Emirates Melbourne Cup, Australia’s greatest race and the world’s richest handicap.

The process is straightforward with users also able to link your sign-up through Facebook or Google if preferred. The login will work across all devices.

It is designed to ensure you never miss a race. You should only have to log-in to your account once for each device you use.

Other features and content, including news and form, will still be available without signing in to Racing+.

This service is the latest phase of Racing.com’s roadmap for live vision and replays. Since its launch in September last year, Racing.com evolved to firstly include race replays, then live vision of racing on desktop only, then a full live racing service which has then evolved into the Racing.com broadcast on both television and digital.

Racing.com’s broadcast through free-to-air channels 78 and 68 and Foxtel channel 522 as well as through Racing.com’s app, web and mobile sites now reaches more than 95 per cent of Australian households.

For anyone requiring assistance registering for Racing+, FAQs are available on Racing.com or get in touch via Racing.com’s Contact Us page.

Owners, you will be able to use your existing sign in created as part of the activation process for your Owners Gold Card.

beIN Sports adds movies

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/02/bein-sports-adds-movies/

Qatar-based sports broadcasting giant beIN Sports is adding movies to its portfolio of channels.

The broadcaster will add beIN Movies 1 and 2, and there could be other ‘general entertainment’ and documentary channels in the offing.

The plan seems to be to launch a pay-TV bouquet but at lower monthly rates than those currently levies in the Middle East, and in particular pose a threat to Dubai-based OSN.

Google names Android device partners

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/02/google-names-android-device-partners/

Google has named a wide range of new device partners to provide Android TV-based devices and services.

Google says Hisense, TCL and a number of other smart TV manufacturers will produce Android TV devices, along with set-top makers Pace, Sagemcom and Technicolor. And Google has also confirmed that operators KDDI of Japan and Telecom Italia are using Android to power their pay-TV services.

Telecom Italia offers its own TIM Vision service, providing catch-up and on-demand services on multiple devices for €5 a month, and TIM Sky, its partnership with Sky combining pay-TV and broadband for €39 a month.

Google has also announced that Disney Movies Anywhere has joined Android TV, along with Showtime, CBS All Access and HBO Now in the US.

ULA reaches 100 successful missions with Morelos-3 satellite

From http://www.waff.com/story/30171248/ula-reaches-100-successful-missions-with-morelos-3-satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL - The mission, procured for Mexico by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, launched at 6:28 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41.

“Congratulations to Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services and Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation on today’s successful delivery of the Morelos-3 satellite into orbit, providing advanced telecommunications throughout Mexico.” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs. “Today was an especially proud day for our team as we launched our 100th successful one-at-a-time mission since ULA was formed in 2006. Congratulations to the entire team including our many mission partners on this unprecedented achievement.”

The Morelos-3 launch was accelerated to an earlier position on the Atlas launch manifest. The acceleration was accommodated by an agreement with the U.S. Air Force. The agreement allowed the MEXSAT customer to launch atop an Atlas V rocket utilizing a launch slot that was previously manifested for a Global Positioning System satellite. This change demonstrates ULA’s ability to meet the needs of commercial customers and the Air Force’s willingness to accommodate real-time needs of other satellite programs.

This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V 421 configuration vehicle, which includes a 4-meter diameter payload fairing and two Aerojet Rocketdyne solid rocket motors attached to the Atlas booster. The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine and the Centaur upper stage was powered by the Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C-1 engine. This was the 57th Atlas V launch since the vehicle’s inaugural mission in 2002 and the fifth in the 421 configuration.

Morelos-3 is part of the Mexsat constellation of satellites, which provide secure communications for Mexico’s national security needs and communications to rural zones to complement other existing networks. The Mexsat program is an end-to-end satellite communications system that provides 3G+ communications services to mobile terminals across multiple platforms. These services include education and health programs, voice, data, video and internet.

ULA's next launch is an Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), scheduled for Oct. 8 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered 100 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.

For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.

Nagra powers NXT Digital

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/02/nagra-powers-nxt-digital/

Nagra, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group and independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, is powering NXT Digital, a new brand of headend-in-the-sky (HITS) services of the Indian conglomerate Hinduja Group and its fully-owned subsidiary Grant Investrade Limited.

Nagra’s anyCAST content protection and OpenTV middleware solutions are enabling the HITS platform which will provide backend operations to local and multi-system cable operators in India and allow them to deliver high-quality video services across India. NXT Digital offers a variety of packages and services including 500-plus MPEG 4-encrypted services featuring SD and HD channels along with value-added services like PVR and educational content.

“Our new HITS platform gives regional cable operators access to an infrastructure that helps them deliver high-quality video services to a new generation of viewers. NAGRA has been a key partner in the process, providing the expertise and support expected of a pay-TV leader, as well as solutions that provide the right level of content protection, scale seamlessly and allow for flexible business models that are critical to our operators’ success as they kick off their new services,” said Tony D’Silva, Director Hinduja Ventures.


Sky Muster has launched! going to 140E with KA band !

Flight VA226 success: with Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 in orbit, Arianespace serves Australia and Argentina
Arianespace successfully launched two satellites this evening: Sky Muster for the Australian operator nbn (National Broadband Network) and ARSAT-2 for the Argentine operator ARSAT.

Today's launch was the ninth of the year in nine months, a record for the Arianespace launcher family, and the fifth of the year and 68th successful launch in a row for the Ariane 5 heavy launcher. It lifted off at 5:30 p.m. local time from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana.

Arianespace is proud of its role in providing sustained support for these two new regional operators, based in two great southern hemisphere nations, whose primary goal is to deliver the benefits of space to all of their citizens.

Arianespace and nbn team up to reduce the digital divide in Australia
Arianespace is especially proud of being chosen to launch the Australian operator nbn's first satellite.

Sky Muster will help reduce the digital divide on this nation-continent, by guaranteeing high-speed Internet access to more than 200,000 Australians living in rural and isolated areas of the country. It will cover the entire country, including Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands.

Sky Muster is the 52nd geostationary platform built by SSL (and predecessors) to be orbited by Arianespace, which has 13 more satellites from this manufacturer in its launch manifest.

Arianespace and ARSAT: a fruitful partnership to consolidate and develop Argentina's satellite communications infrastructure
ARSAT-2 is the second satellite for the state-owned telecommunications company, ARSAT, and will enable Argentina to further develop and consolidate its own space telecom system. ARSAT-2 will cover the Americas, providing direct-to-home (DTH) TV transmissions, Internet access via VSAT antennas, data transmission and IP telephony services.

ARSAT-2 is the second geostationary satellite to be built and operated by Argentina. The company INVAP was in charge of its design and integration, as well as the production of certain components.

Using space to improve life on Earth
With the launch of these two strategic satellites for two great nations from the southern hemisphere, Australia and Argentina, Arianespace confirms its goal of providing its customers with the best possible transport solutions to help space-based systems improve life on Earth.

Shortly after the announcement that the two satellites had been injected into orbit, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said: "We are especially proud of our mission success this evening for two regional operators in the southern hemisphere, nbn and ARSAT, and we have already established real partnerships with both customers. With 400 satellites launched since its beginning, the Ariane family can celebrate a real ‘Triple A’ achievement this evening for Australia, Argentina and Arianespace. Thanks go to our clients for their confidence, and bravo to SSL and INVAP for their contributions to this success.

"This evening also marks the ninth launch in nine months for our family of launchers, in line with our goal of carrying out 12 launches in 2015. I would like to thank all our partners who have contributed to this 68th consecutive successful launch of Ariane 5: ESA, responsible for the Ariane program; all European companies who contribute to Ariane under the direction of industrial prime contractor Airbus Safran Launchers; CNES-CSG and companies at the launch base; and of course the men and women of Arianespace, who continue to demonstrate their commitment and professionalism."

Thursday feeds

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Maintaining Arianespace's 2015 launch cadence: Ariane 5 orbits Sky Muster and ARSAT-2

From release

September 30, 2015 – Ariane Flight VA226

Two telecommunications satellites that will provide expanded relay capacity for Australia and Argentina were orbited today on Arianespace’s ninth mission in 2015 – putting the company on track to perform a record 12 flights this year using its three-member launch vehicle family, which consists of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.

Lifting off exactly on time during a daylight departure from the Spaceport in French Guiana, the heavy-lift Ariane 5 utilized for today’s mission deployed its Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 satellite passengers during a 32-minute flight sequence. It marked the 82nd mission overall using Arianespace’s workhorse launcher, as well as the 68th consecutive Ariane 5 success.

In post-launch comments, Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël confirmed that Arianespace was on pace for a record-setting operational performance this year (12 flights from the Spaceport in 12 months), and also highlighted the company’s continued commitment to quality.

“Launch after launch, success after success, Arianespace demonstrates its capability to increase its launch rates while remaining the most reliable space transportation solution for all customers, whether commercial and institutional, whether GTO or non-GTO,” he said.

The Ariane 5 ascends from the Spaceport in French Guiana with a dual-satellite payload of Sky Muster and ARSAT-2.

Further extending Ariane 5’s track record of highly accurate payload delivery, the estimated orbital parameters at injection of its cryogenic upper stage for Flight VA226 were:
- Perigee: 249.2 km. for a target of 249.5 km.
- Apogee: 35,911 km. for a target of 35,927 km.
- Inclination: 5.99 deg. for a target of 6.00 deg.

Launch of the first nbn satellite

The first-released passenger on today’s mission was Sky Muster, which is the initial satellite to be operated by nbn™ – a service provider owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. This company’s objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at the least cost to taxpayers.

Built by Palo Alto-based SSL (Space Systems Loral), Sky Muster is scheduled to operate from geostationary orbit. It is designed to deliver broadband services to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians, providing coverage to the entire country – including the Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands.

Launch of nbn’s second spacecraft also has been entrusted to Arianespace, which was recognized in further comments from Israël. “We know how critical these satellites are for the nbn project, and therefore we are very grateful for being recognized as the reference launch solution in your development plan,” he added. “We will be on track to deliver into orbit your second satellite next year.”

“A huge amount of work has gone into this moment, and thousands of people across the world have worked tirelessly to make this launch successful,” said Dr. Ziggy Switkowski, Chairman of nbn Co Limited, in his post-launch comments. “It’s a significant moment for all of us Australians and truly a historic moment for our country.”

Continued success with ARSAT

Completing today’s mission was the deployment of ARSAT-2, which is the second of three geostationary satellites that will increase Argentina’s telecommunications capacity and guarantee the same level of connectivity quality across the country’s regions. Arianespace successfully orbited the first of these relay platforms – ARSAT-1 – on an Ariane 5 flight in October 2014.

Built under the responsibility Argentina’s INVAP, ARSAT-2 will be operated by the state-owned Argentinian operator ARSAT (Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anónima) to provide direct-to-home (DTH) television, Internet access services for reception on VSAT antennas, along with data transmission and IP telephony.

Arianespace will have the opportunity to go “three-for-three” after concluding a launch contract for the third ARSAT telecommunications satellite – ARSAT-3. Signed at the Spaceport just hours before Flight VA226, this agreement also includes options on two more missions.

ARSAT Chairman and CEO Matias Bianchi – who spoke after the confirmation of today’s success – thanked Arianespace for another on-target mission, and added that ARSAT-3 is scheduled for launch from the Spaceport in 2019.

Arianespace’s Israel expressed his gratitude to both ARSAT and INVAP, and gave a special word of thanks to the Argentinian government – which was represented at the Spaceport by Julio de Vido, Minister of Planning and Public Investment.

Wrapping up a record 2015

Following today’s success, Arianespace’s mission pace will continue with its next two flights from the Spaceport, both of which are to be performed during November: a heavy-lift Ariane 5 launch with the Arabsat-6B and GSAT-15 payloads (Flight VA227); and a mission with the light-lift Vega carrying Europe’s LISA Pathfinder (Flight VV06).

NBN’s Sky Muster satellite: From launch to services

From http://www.cio.com.au/article/585691/nbn-sky-muster-satellite-from-launch-services/

Work still needs to be done before services will be available to Australians next year

At 6:30am this morning, NBN’s first satellite – Sky Muster – blasted into orbit from its launch pad in French Guiana, South America. The $1.8 billion project is expected to provide the national broadband network to around 200,000 Australians, mostly in regional and rural areas.

Matt Dawson – who has been the program director, satellites at NBN for the past five years – told CIO that some people expect that their satellite high speed broadband services will be available immediately after launch.

But there are several steps that need to be taken by engineers, system architects and technicians to mitigate certain risks before commercial services will be switched on around by about April/May next year.

“We are not getting ahead of ourselves – there’s a bit of work to do to test systems and commission the satellite,” said Dawson. “We believe we have the best mix of not being too aggressive and taking too much risk and not doing enough testing versus being ultra-conservative and dragging things out.”

The next two weeks

After launch – which is controlled by French company, Arianespace – Sky Muster is separated from its rocket as it reaches ‘geostationary transfer orbit’, which is about 250 kilometres above the surface of the Earth.

“One of the most important things we have to do then is deploy the solar panels so that the batteries can start charging from the power of the sun,” Dawson told CIO.

Dawson and his team then ‘raise and circularise’ the orbit to about 36,000 kilometres, its ‘geostationary orbit’ altitude above the Earth’s equator at 140 degrees east longitude.

“It is perfectly positioned, deliberately, to serve Australia,” said Dawson.

This process will take 10 days to two weeks, and will be controlled by American firm SSL – which built Sky Muster – from its facility in Palo Alto, California.

The following two months

SSL will spend the next two months completing ‘in orbit’ tests on the satellite to make sure that it is performing as intended so it can handle the expected payload.

“That takes us through to the end of November, early December – when we will say ‘there you go, the satellite is working beautifully’ and they will hand over control to Optus,” Dawson said.

Last February, Optus signed a five-year agreement with NBN to operate this satellite, and a second one which is due to launch in the second half of 2016.

“We then have to work with Optus to commission the satellite and integrate it with the 10 ground stations and fire up the 101 spot beams – pencil like beams of radiation that the satellite uses to lay down its capacity,” he said.

“This is why these types of satellites are high throughput, high capacity satellites because they have these torch-like beams that are laying down capacity across Australia. All of those have to be commissioned and calibrated.”

Beyond the technical function of the satellite, NBN will also need to complete business readiness testing with its retail service providers that are offering high speed broadband services.

This will ensure that all processes and IT systems – ordering portals, assurance and activation systems – are working properly, he said.

“All of those have to be tested as well to make sure that we have a functional product that we can launch with confidence in the market. And we expect to be able to do that by about late April, early May."

The top end satellite broadband plan will offer 25Mb/s upstream, 5Mb/s downstream speeds through to a basic plan which will offer speeds of 12Mb/s upstream, 1Mb/s downstream.

NBN has been operating an interim satellite service, and earlier in February it enforced a fair use policy for its satellite customers after acknowledging last year that it had underestimated the uptake of these services, which affected performance for users in regional and rural areas.

"The main thing with satellites, unlike terrestrial networks, is that they don't have unlimited capacity. They have limited capacity. Our satellites have vastly more capacity than we were able to lease for the interim on the Optus network.

"But nevertheless, even though it's more than an order of magnitude and more capacity - we've got over 130Gb/s capacity with these satellites... we still have to manage that capacity very carefully. That's why we put in place these fair use rules to make sure that we do control that capacity in a fair way so that the network doesn't become congested.

"The main thing we learned from the interim service is that we need to have fair and robust fair use mechanisms, and we need to enforce them - and put in place the right pricing drivers to enforce those."

(Craig's comment, I think they have those speed numbers around the wrong way! it should be 25 down and 5 up)

Satellite system a ‘game-changer’ for Queensland

From http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/satellite-system-a-game-changer-for-queensland/story-fnii5v6y-1227552968230

The Ariane 5 rocket launched a pair of communications satellites yesterday, set to be a “game-changer” for Queensland agriculture by providing fast-speed internet to rural and remote areas. Pic: AFP/JODY AMIET

QUEENSLAND is shaping up as the major beneficiary of the $2 billion satellite system that was blasted into the atmosphere in the early hours of yesterday morning.

More than 95,000 remote and rural homes in Queensland will have access to the satellite web service from early next year.

It is aimed at remote areas, and some on the outskirts of cities, unable to access the fibre-optic or fixed-wireless NBN due to technical or geographic reasons.

It means farmers, residents and businesses living on the outskirts of towns like Roma, Emerald and St George will, in many instances, for the first time be able to access internet better than dial-up.

The satellite, dubbed Sky Muster, is now 36,000km above Earth and will get into position over the next 12 days after being launched from Guiana Space Centre in South America.

But NBN chief executive Bill Morrow said the satellite would service up to 400,000 homes and businesses, with an expected take-up of 240,000 people across the country — 95,000 of those in Queensland.

But they will not be able to access it until it comes online in April next year.

“There will be 101 torch-like beams that will aim down on the country,” Mr Morrow said.

“Each one of these beams will have a degree of capacity to service the homes and businesses.”

National Farmers Federation rural affairs general manager Charlie Thomas said it would allow farmers to access technology to better analyse soil moisture and other conditions in their paddocks to minute levels.

Mr Thomas said it had the potential to boost productivity in the agriculture sector by almost 10 per cent.

“It’s an absolute game-changer. One of the country’s biggest exporters potentially having a major increase in productivity,” he said.

Mr Thomas said many people in the regions getting the satellite service only had access to dial-up, or very poor-quality ADSL, so the new service would also aid distance education.

The satellite service has top speeds of up to 25Mbps — compared with the fibre-to-the-node NBN, which has speeds of up to 100Mbps, or ADSL2+, which is about 20Mbps.

Rural communities fear 'data drought' for 18 months despite launch of NBN satellite Sky Muster

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-01/rural-internet-customers-battling-data-drought-despite-satellite/6819908

Frustrated rural internet customers fear it could be 18 months before their substandard services are improved by the National Broadband Network (NBN Co) satellite Sky Muster.

The new half-a-billion-dollar satellite was launched this morning, but due to months of testing will not be commercially available until mid-2016.

Central Queensland farmer Kristy Sparrow said the bush cannot wait that long.

"Businesses are closing and families are moving away from the bush in droves, because they can't access services they need to live there," Ms Sparrow said.

Ms Sparrow has called on NBN Co to do more to improve speeds and lift data limits for those struggling with the congested interim satellite service (ISS), which Sky Muster will replace.

"They oversubscribed it, [they should] come up with a solution to fix it, and fix it now," Ms Sparrow said.

Last year the mother of 13-year-old twins started the Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australia Facebook page to lobby for better services.

"The drought's been catastrophic for most of central Queensland and other parts of Australia. The internet saga's been the straw that broke the camel's back," Ms Sparrow said.

"As far as I'm concerned, we're in a data drought."

Distance education students struggling with rationed gigabytes

Last month the then communications minister Malcolm Turnbull said the ISS, which was established by the previous Labor government, was a complete failure.

To address the congestion on the oversold system NBN Co introduced a fair use policy at the start of the year.

All ISS users had their data plans cut.

Megan Munchenberg from Gregory Downs station in far north Queensland has seen the impact on her two children, who study by school of the air.

In March the station schoolroom's 100 gigabyte plan was halved to 50 gigabytes, then three months later reduced to 45 gigabytes.

"Each child by standard has been recommended that they need 20 gigabytes month each. Currently we have 20 gigabytes for five children," she said.

Despite rationing, the schoolroom cannot make it through the month, and their internet is "shaped", or drastically slowed.

"It's pretty much just turn the computer off and walk away because the ability to do anything is impossible," Ms Munchenberg said.

Telstra Countrywide's decision to un-meter 38 education websites will help Telstra's mobile broadband customers but not those on the ISS.

Ms Munchenberg said families reliant on distance education should be exempt from data limits.

"They need to prioritise the areas where children are learning via distance education ... those families should be prioritised over anybody else," she said.

Families unable to send emails, banking transactions time out

NBN Co's general manager for fixed wireless and satellite, Gavin Williams, said he does not like to hear stories of hardship caused by the ISS.

"It's incredibly humbling when you hear the real world impacts of individuals in the bush just trying to do things that people in the city just take for granted," he said.

"When you can't do a banking transaction because it times out, that a kid has to get up at 5:00am to do a lesson, they're heartbreaking stories."

Mr Williams said there is not much NBN Co can do for rural customers until Sky Muster comes online.

He said when it does, it will be a game changer for 200,000 families.

"It is a revolution in capacity and capability for broadband in the bush," he said.

"It's a $1.8 million investment and it will deliver world class broadband with higher speeds, bigger allowances and a satellite designed from the ground up for people in regional and remote Australia."

National Farmers Federation chief executive Simon Talbot said Sky Muster will allow farmers to fully participate in the digital economy for the first time.

"It's a critical step in resolving the data drought," Mr Talbot said.

"People have been appalled by the Interim Satellite Solution offered by the NBN, which has left families unable to send e-mails, access online learning or manage their finances online."

He said the excitement is tempered with trepidation, as potential users wait for details on what services the new satellite will deliver.

"We users will be subject to lower download limits than those in metropolitan areas. Farmers will be keen to ensure that caps are reasonable, and don't place a handbrake on business or education usage."

Fears that ISS users won't be able to switch over for years

Ms Sparrow said rural people are sceptical.

"The NBN have effectively mismanaged the ISS, why should we be trusting?" she said.

Ms Sparrow said there is an information drought about the new long-term satellite service (LSS) and called on NBN Co to provide more information.

"How much are these families going to be able to access? What data limits? What costs? How long is it going to take to service every family?" she said.

"Is it going to be mid-2016? Late 2016?"

She said she fears it could be several years before all current ISS users are able to switch over.

"They have to actually go and physically put new software and installations on properties. We're talking several years to do that," she said.

NBN Co's corporate affairs manager for Queensland, Kylie Lindsay, dismissed fears it will take that long.

"We're actually planning to migrate all current ISS users across within a year from the service being commercially available," she said.

Ms Sparrow said rural families struggling to do basic farm business banking and educate their children cannot wait until the middle of 2017.

"People deserve to be connected to the internet," she said.

"It's a digital world and there's a digital divide. The interim satellite at least deserves to be fixed until then."

Argentina celebrates launch of second telecommunications satellite

From http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/10/01/world/science-health-world/argentina-celebrates-launch-second-telecommunications-satellite/#.Vg1Q1nkViUk

BUENOS AIRES – Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez celebrated the launch of her country’s second telecommunications satellite Wednesday, and wants to see the manufacture eight more over the next 20 years, she said.

Launched from French Guyana atop an Ariane 5 rocket, the satellite will provide telecommunications services across much of the Western Hemisphere. Argentina last year launched its first satellite, which provided country-wide coverage.

The geostationary satellite reduces Argentina’s reliance on foreign ones. Its construction is a source of national pride and a relatively new industry for the country, which hopes to export the technology.

Fernandez’s government, which has faced a drought of good news lately in view of double-digit inflation and a stagnant economy, has been celebrating the launch under the Twitter hashtag #satellitesovereignty.

Argentines will go to the polls on Oct. 25 to elect a new president. While Fernandez cannot run for a third consecutive term, she has endorsed the candidacy of Gov. Daniel Scioli of Buenos Aires province. Many Argentines expect she may run again down the road.

“The future has arrived, today we saw it take off,” Fernandez said in a televised speech. “And in parliament we are going to institutionalize it.”

Fernandez said her government was sending a new draft law to Congress to promote the satellite industry in Argentina, saying it would require investment worth about $1.2 billion.

She foresees building eight more satellites over the next 20 years, some of which will be sold abroad, adding that Buenos Aires had invested $1.05 billion in the satellite industry since 2003.

Fernandez said the satellite launch was proof that the country had also left its economic crash in 2001 and 2002 far behind.

The president gave much of the credit to her predecessor and late husband Nestor Kirchner, who created Argentina’s satellite company Arsat back in 2006 and oversaw strong economic growth during his 2003 to 2007 stint.

CuriosityStream goes international

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/01/curiositystream-goes-international/

CuriosityStream’s ad-free SVoD service for quality non-fiction content is now available to consumers internationally. Viewers from anywhere around the globe with access to a broadband connection can dive into CuriosityStream’s library and choose from hundreds of programmes about science, technology, nature and history on their home computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets or internet-connected TVs.

The service, from Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, launched in the US in March 2015 to deliver an easy and inexpensive way for consumers to watch curated, quality nonfiction programs from the world’s best filmmakers. CuriosityStream now has the capacity to host international visitors from all parts of the world.

“Unlocking all of this incredible content for worldwide viewers to easily access and enjoy is our ultimate goal,” said Elizabeth North, president of CuriosityStream. “We saw an opportunity in the marketplace to offer high quality programs that are mobile-friendly and appeal to a wide audience hungry for science, nature and history programming.”

Starting at $3.99 a month internationally, CuriosityStream subscribers can access premium programming on Internet-connected TVs, smartphones, tablets, set top boxes and additional devices. The service is priced to host and deliver three streaming resolution preferences: Standard Resolution ($3.99 per month), HD Resolution ($6.99 per month), and a 2016 offering of 4K Resolution.

$1bn for India’s Videocon d2h

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/01/1bn-for-indias-videocon-d2h/

India’s fast growing – and US-backed – pay-TV broadcaster Videocon d2h say it intends investing as much as $1 billion (€0.89bn) over the next 5 years to boost its position in the Indian market.

Videocon Group chairman Venugopal Dhoot says the company’s $325 million share placing received positive response in the US, leading to greater cash flow into India business. Videcon d2h has recently expanded the number of HDTV channels on offer to 37, with more promised.

Silver Eagle Acquisition, led by harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky, is backing Videocon and has previously stated that they are building the Indian business to an expected 33 million pay-TV subs over the next 4 years.

Videocon d2h says that it is expecting to wrap the current financial year with an EBITDA of INR8.2 to 8.6 billion. In FY2015, Videocon d2h posted an operating profit of INR6.10 billion. Videocon currently has a net subscriber base of 10.64 million while Average Revenue per User stands at INR205. The company recently said that the new wave of digitisation will help it make profits over the next three months.

India’s ISRO owes $672m damages

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/10/01/indias-isro-owes-672m-damages/

The India Space Research Organisation’s commercial arm (ANTRIX) has been ordered to pay compensation and damages totalling $672 million (€602m) to Bangalore-based Devas Multimedia.

Founded in 2004 the Devas business is focussed on innovation and services in satellite communications.

The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration made its ruling public September 29th and was wholly in favour of the Devas claim, which argued that ISRO/Antrix were liable for “unlawfully terminating [an] agreement in February 2011”. The Court’s decision was unanimous and stated that ISRO/Antrix “had no legal justification for terminating the agreement”.

The agreement in place had Devas securing 70 MHz of S-band capacity from ISRO b y means of leasing 90 per cent of the capacity aboard GSat-6 and GSat-6A satellites. Devas was to pay $300 million to ISRO over the following 12 years.

The $672 million award to Devas will grow at a rate of 18 per cent per annum until paid. “Devas is hopeful that Antrix will now live up to its legal obligations and pay the award so that this dispute that arose during the prior government can be brought to a swift close.”


Sky Muster Launch early Thursday morning, probably the most important satellite launch in the region for this year!

Live launch video here

Between 06:30 am and 08:15 am, Sydney time, October 1st, 2015. (Thursday Morning)

Coverage starts at 0600 a.m AEST!

Wednesday feed roundup
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D2 12675 V Sr 14400 interview with the Eagles coach
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D2 12547 H Sr 6978. ABC at Brisbane Broncos press conference

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Sky Muster: Rocket carrying NBN satellite to launch amid concerns internet speeds overpromised

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-01/sky-muster-to-launch-amid-concerns-it-may-not-muster-promised-i/6817998

A rocket will launch and carry Sky Muster from a launch pad in French Guiana.

The eyes of the Federal Government and Australia's telecommunications industry will be on South America this morning, as the great hope of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is blasted into the sky.

Key points:
•Rocket with Sky Muster to launch from French Guiana
•NBN users to be connected from mid-2016
•NBN acknowledges risk of failure
•Communications Minister says speed will be sufficient despite congestion fears
•When in opposition, Malcolm Turnbull slammed project

The half-a-billion-dollar satellite, nicknamed Sky Muster, is due to lift off from the small nation of French Guiana on a 780-tonne rocket about 6:00am (AEST).

NBN said Sky Muster was designed to deliver broadband internet services to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians, including Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands.

NBN spokeswoman Frances Kearey said governments around the world would be watching how Sky Muster delivered on its promises.

"It's one of the world's largest communication satellites and is purpose-built to deliver broadband to Australia — an incredibly vast country," she said.

"The NBN satellite service will provide speeds that people in the cities take for granted — opening up new opportunities in education, health, social connectivity and business."

Sky Muster will be connected to NBN users from the second half of next year once a number of tests are conducted.

NBN has also acknowledged the risk of the satellite failing, either on the launch pad or in orbit, but has stressed there is a number of mitigation strategies in place to manage the risk.

"These including the selection of reliable vendors with proven industry track records and launch & in-orbit insurance," Ms Kearey said.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield yesterday played down the risk of the satellite exploding at launch.

Senator Fifield said people in rural and regional areas of Australia would get better broadband services from the first half of next year.

He rebutted claims the satellite would not provide sufficient internet speeds for regional areas, which already suffers from poor mobile phone coverage.

"There will be 110 beams coming from each satellite to locations throughout Australia, and even to offshore Australian territories," Mr Fifield said.

"We'll have 25 megabits per second (Mbps) download from Sky Muster, and that is high-speed broadband.

"This will meet the bulk of needs which people in regional Australia have."

The Sky Muster satellite designed to deliver broadband internet services to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians.

Malcolm Turnbull 'backflipped' over satellite: Opposition

He shrugged off comments that when in opposition, then communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull described Labor's then communications minister Stephen Conroy's planned satellites as an unnecessary and expensive "Rolls Royce" option for delivering internet services.

"There were many things that were in train when we came into office," Mr Fifield said.

"I think Malcolm, as communications minister, did a terrific job in recasting the roll out of the NBN.

"Australians are going to get the NBN six to eight years faster [than what Labor had planned]".

Sky Muster at a glance

•Launch date: 1 October 2015
•Operational from: mid-2016
•Weight: Approximately 6,400 kgs
•Build time: three years
•Promised download speeds: 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload
•Orbit speed:11,000km/h
•Name: Devised by six-year-old Bailey Brooks, who lives on a station 400km from Alice Springs in NT. Attends school over the internet.

Labor's communications spokesman Jason Clare seized upon the Government's change of heart.

"Fortunately for rural and regional Australians, Labor signed the contracts for delivery of these satellites before the last election," he said.

"In a backflip worthy of Nadia Comneci, Malcolm Turnbull now calls these satellites a 'game changer'.

"Labor welcomes the belated support from Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party for the NBN satellite program.

"As they say — better late than never."

Mr Turnbull was due to attend the launch before being elevated to the nation's top job.

The name Sky Muster was devised by six-year-old Bailey Brooks, who lives on a station 400 kilometres from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

She painted a picture of the satellite, which is painted on the side of the high-tech equipment.

'High likelihood' of slow speeds in peak times: RMIT expert

But some remain sceptical about whether Sky Muster can muster its promised download speeds when all 200,000 properties connect to it.

"During peak times, there's going to be a very high likelihood that traffic is going to become congested, and there's going to be less throughput of traffic, and therefore people can expect the network to slow down considerably," Doctor Mark Gregory, from RMIT University's School of Computer Engineering, said.

"So if they're trying to look at high-definition videos, then they're likely to find that they'll have problems during those peak times.

"If they're connecting to something like an internet radio, which uses a relatively low bandwidth connection, then they shouldn't have any problems.

"We need to understand that this is going to lead to some congestion, and also going to lead to NBN Co putting in place rules to prevent some users from dominating the service by downloading too much material over a monthly period, or even during a short period of time."

Dr Gregory said there would be an early improvement in broadband services for rural and regional areas.

"The estimate of customers being able to achieve 25 megabits per second (Mbps) download speed, depends upon how many customers are connected to the satellites," he said.

"The early people onto the satellites are going to find that their connections operate very well, they're going to achieve the 25Mbps, and they're going to be very happy with their service."

Ms Kearey said bandwidth from the satellite would be closely monitored.

"The NBN satellite service will be a finite resource; it will be carefully managed to ensure all users in rural and remote Australia get a fair go," she said.

"Once the satellite service is commercially launched, homes and businesses will be able to choose a plan that suits their needs from their preferred service provider."

NBN satellite system set for dramatic lift-off or fiery death

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/nbn-satellite-system-set-for-dramatic-lift-off-or-fiery-death/story-fn59niix 1227550668371?sv=8d3d853a25c83fa4f1897e4cf5a82497

Sky Muster will be Arianespace's 517th launch

In less than 24 hours, the National Broadband Network’s rural satellite system will do one of two things: blast into space with the power of 100 F100 fighter jets; or explode in a fiery mess to leave Australia’s broadband-starved citizens with at least a 12 month wait for adequate internet services.

Whichever way the launch goes tomorrow (it is set for 6:30am AEST on Thursday) the lift-off sequence promises to provide one helluva show.

The NBN’s satellite, dubbed Sky Muster, has been perched atop an Ariane 5 rocket which stands 55m tall and weighs in at 780 tonnes.

The NBN's Space Muster satellite. Picture: NBN.

Arianespace has one of the world’s best track-records when it comes to launching rockets and Sky Muster will be the company’s 517th launch, the ninth from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana this year and if all goes according to plan the 68th successful lift-off of the Ariane 5 rocket.

Some 90 per cent of the Ariane 5’s mass consists of fuel, about 9 per cent is structural mass and the remaining one per cent is payload which includes Sky Muster and an Argentinian satellite called Arsat-2.

When lift-off occurs tomorrow it will consist of three main stages.

The first stage involves the ignition of two solid boosters which straddle the main launch vehicle. These two boosters provide the bulk of the thrust for the launch vehicle, and burn through 240 tonnes of pyrotechnic fuel in a mere 2.14 seconds which rips the rocket from the grasp of Earth’s gravity.

The Sky Muster satellite ready for encapsulation. Picture: NBN.

Once these rockets eat through their fuel they are jettisoned from the main launch vehicle and crash back into the Atlantic Ocean from a height of more than 150km.

Another rocket in between the two solid boosters known as the cryogenic main stage consumes a mixture of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. This main stage rocket, called a Vulcan, burns alongside the solid boosters, but provides thrust for much longer, about 9 minutes in total, to help the launch vehicle escape Earth’s atmosphere and enter the cold vacuum of space.

At this point the rocket is close to 200km above sea-level and far enough out of the atmosphere to discard its cryogenic main stage engine and ignite a smaller cryogenic engine that is used to place its payload (namely Sky Muster and an accompanying Arsat-2) into orbit. That final stage engine is also jettisoned, allowing Sky Muster to escape the launch vehicle and make its way to its geostationary orbit.

Scientists ready the NBN Sky Muster satellite. Picture: NBN.

From this stage, Sky Muster will undergo testing and movement adjustments over the next 2-3 months to get it into perfect, geostationary orbit above Australia. Once it is in its geostationary orbit — at about an altitude of 36,000km and travelling at speeds of 11,000km/h — the satellite will be capable of beaming peak download speeds of 25 megabits per second and upload speeds of 5Mbps to more than 200,000 remote homes and businesses over an area of 7.69 million square kilometres.

But of course things could go horribly wrong. A catastrophic failure at lift-off would inflict some financial pain on the NBN which is already running beyond budget (the latest cost estimate for the build is up to $49bn) and is up against tough deadlines.

But the financial pain from a launch failure or orbital mishap would be small thanks to the insurance scheme that the NBN has negotiated through Marsh. Using a conglomerate of underwriters to spread the weight of the financial burden should something go array, NBN has forked out close to $50m to be covered in the event of a failure.

That insurance plan covers the total $500m cost of constructing and sending Sky Muster into orbit. But while the costs of construction will be covered, the NBN will lose precious months to serve Australia’s most broadband starved citizens. Another back-up satellite is being constructed but it’s unlikely to launch until mid next year.

Ten facts about NBN’s satellites

1. Weighing in at about 6,400kgs each!

Their size makes them among the largest commercial satellites ever launched.

2. Approximately three years to build.

The satellites went through an extensive planning and building process, including extreme heat and cold temperature testing to ensure they are ready for space.

3. Where will the satellite live?

Geostationary orbit satellites like Sky Muster travel at speeds close to 11,000km/h. They orbit the earth at the same rate the planet spins, making them appear stationary in the sky.

4. Up, up and away

NBN insists the satellites will go the distance. The distance between the earth’s equator and the satellites will be approximately 36,000km.

5. Satellites to show us the light!

They will each project 101 torch-like spot beams to cover the whole of Australia and five offshore locations: Christmas, Cocos, Lord Howe, Norfolk and Macquarie Islands.

6. High-speed downloads

NBN says its satellites will provide wholesale speeds of up to 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload to retail service providers across Australia.

7. Supporting the satellites

The satellites will be supported by a network of 10 ground stations, each featuring two, 13.5 metre satellite dishes. The ground stations have been built in specific locations across the country to maximise both the availability and capacity of the system.

8. Over 40 per cent of the satellites’ mass is fuel

The satellites will use most of its 2,700kg of fuel in the first two weeks of its life as it finds its way to its orbital ‘parking spot’.

9. The satellites will have roughly 135 Gigabits per second of capacity

The satellites can send and receive data simultaneously, at speeds of more than a billion bits every second.

10. Friends in space?

They won’t be lonely in space — there are over 1000 active satellites circling the earth right now helping us to access communications, weather and research data, along with TV, movies, and more.

Thanks to Himawari 8 we are now seeing Australia in its full-colour glory

From http://www.smh.com.au/environment/thanks-to-himawari-8-we-are-now-seeing-australia-in-its-fullcolour-glory-20150930-gjy1y7.html

Australia captured from the Himawari 8. It is like moving from 'the silent era of film to IMAX', says the Bureau of Meteorology.

Australia: You're beautiful.

From today, Australians have access to detailed, colour images of the country from space thanks to Japan's Himawari 8 satellite.

For the weather nerds, it provides higher-resolution images of developing storms and bushfires. For the rest of us, it provides an awe-inspiring look at our country.

The Himawari 8 satellite provides more than 50 times the volume of data as the previous satellite, and feeds it through every 10 minutes as opposed to every hour.

The new images are like moving from the "silent era of film to IMAX", and will improve the forecasting and monitoring of severe weather like cyclones, thunderstorms and bushfires, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

"It reveals so much more of the weather, in fact, more than we've ever seen before by any other prior weather satellite," said director of meteorology and bureau chief executive Rob Vertessy. "It's a huge leap forward from the current technology."

People can now "zoom in" on a two kilometre cell over their region – compared with the previous 13 kilometres – where they can see not only storm cells, but also fire fronts and smoke plumes.

By giving the public access to the data, Dr Vertessy said he hopes to see people better understand weather systems, and to factor the weather into their recreation and business activities.

The satellite allows meteorologists to earlier predict weather events like cyclones and locate them and judge their strength with better accuracy, Dr Vertessy said, adding that people can also expect the forecasting of both location and the amount of rainfall to improve over the next couple of years.

Pilots, especially in the country's far north, will appreciate the satellite's improved ability to detect volcanic ash, fog and low cloud.

The new satellite – posted more than 35,000 kilometres above the equator – belongs to Japan, which sent it into orbit at a cost of $1 billion.

"Japan have always made their satellite data available to us free of charge, and it's part of the tradition of meteorological agencies around the world sharing data freely and openly," Dr Vertessy said. "We're lucky to be in the footprint of the Japanese satellite and they have generously continued to share this data with us."

(Craig's comment, http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/satellite/ )

SBS to launch a 24-hour food channel this year

From http://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/2015/09/30/sbs-launch-24-hour-food-channel/

Networks announces multicultural food shows will play all day for mouth-watering viewing.

A new food channel is launching on SBS.

Get your taste buds ready people. SBS has announced it will be launching a 24-hour multicultural food channel – adding to its SBS, SBS2 and NITV channels.

SBS’ Managing Director Michael Ebeid said the decision to launch the yet-to-be-named channel was made after extensive market research.

The research revealed food shows – including Channel 7’s My Kitchen Rules and Network Ten’s MasterChef on free-to-air TV and those on Foxtel’s Lifestyle Food channel are some of the most popular in Australia.

Other ideas for the fourth SBS channel had been considered including world movies, documentaries and comedy.

All were rejected with Ebeid saying audiences wanted food shows that inspired them in their daily home cooking rather than reality and competitive shows.

“SBS’s charter drives all the decisions we make,” Ebeid said in a release.

“As we face funding pressures and an increasingly competitive market, we need to find new ways to bring audiences the best content from around the world and create a commercial return to continue to fund high quality Australian programs on our main SBS channels.”

Like the ABC, SBS faced funding cuts last year with the Coalition Government under Tony Abbott slashing $53.7 million in funds to bolster the Australian Budget.

No cuts will be made to programming or staff to fill the funding shortfall, Ebeid said.

The new channel, which will be aimed at a young, female audience, will cover costs through advertising revenue – advertising currently covers a reported 25 per cent of SBS’ total costs.

Existing content including Destination Flavour, Rachel Khoo’s Cooking Notebook, and the Luke Nguyen series will feature prominently on the new channel which will launch in November.

Sky TV rules out footing bill for free-to-air channel interruption

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/72551366/sky-tv-rules-out-footing-bill-for-freetoair-channel-interruptionFrom stuff.co.nz

Sky boss can't say how many of its customers may have been impacted by Tuesday's outage.

Mediaworks is not saying whether it may rebroadcast the opening episode of The Block after free-to-air channels went dark for some Sky Television customers on Tuesday evening.

Sky TV said customers with MySky2 set-top boxes – the bulk of its customers – were unable to watch TVOne, TV2, TV3 and Sky Movies Greats for about 15 minutes, shortly before 8.30pm on Tuesday.

The outage came at one of the worst possible times for TV3, during the much-anticipated return of the new season of The Block.

Television New Zealand's finale of Reno Rumble on TV2 and Purina Pound Pups on TV1 were also interrupted. TVNZ has ruled out repeating the broadcasts.

Sky Television chief executive John Fellet was in the United States and initially unaware of the fault when contacted by stuff shortly before 11am on Wednesday.

He later confirmed the fault was caused by equipment failure at Sky TV.

Fellet ruled out Sky offering compensation to television advertisers on the free-to-air channels, noting TVNZ and Mediaworks did not pay Sky to carry them.

"They don't have to use our platform. We offer to carry them for nothing.

"These things happen," he said.

Television viewers took to Twitter to express frustration.

A spokeswoman for Mediaworks said it was "extremely disappointed our audience had problems last night watching The Block NZ as a result of the Sky outage", saying it may have impacted the ratings but their online site 3Now "had a great night".

It did not respond to questions regarding the impact on advertisers or whether there were any plans to re-broadcast The Block.

Papich said while the interruption was "disappointing for our viewers and our advertisers we are pleased that the issue was rectified".

TVNZ had been assured by Sky that it was investigating causes of the outage, she said.

(Craig's comment, a big drama over nothing, are these people unaware of the +1 timeshifted channels? +TVNZ and 3now on demand services)

Fiji one to be dropped from Sky Pacific services

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/33506/fiji-one-to-be-dropped-from-sky-pacific-services

Digicel will drop 2 channels from its newly acquired pay TV business, Sky Pacific effective tomorrow. Chief Executive Darren McLean has issued a notice for subcribers, saying in order to comply with the laws of Fiji, Digicel is required to remove all local which include Fiji One and the Pacific Channel. McLean says while some customers may be disappointed about this, it’s out of their control. He adds Digicel will introduce two new channels when its takes over operations of Sky Pacific from tomorrow. These include TVWAN and TVWAN Sports. The 2015 Rugby World Cup will be screened live on the Super Channel.

APT inks Apstar-9 pre-launch sales contracts

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/apt-inks-apstar-9-pre-launch-sales-contracts--1105205

Satellite operator APT Satellite, Sinosat(HK) and Shenzhen Marinesat have signed an Apstar-9 pre-launch sales contract. Leveraging Apstar-9’s ocean coverage, this three-party cooperation is expected to create vertical synergy within the service scopes of the three companies.

Sinosat is a subsidiary of China Satellite Communications, a professional satellite telecommunication services provider. Sinosat supports and manages over 100 customers scattered in remote environments around over 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and America. Its services include VSAT, maritime, GSM backhaul, content contribution and distribution, trunk communication, corporate private network, data transmission, Internet, distance learning, and broadcasting.

Shenzhen Marinesat is a maritime telecommunication service provider in China. The company plans to build a 'smart' maritime service platform, and provide broadband internet connection to the vessels and all sorts of functional rigs in the sea.

China Launches 20th Satellite for BeiDou Navigation System

From http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/china-launches-20th-satellite-for-beidou-navigation-system-746510

China on Wednesday successfully launched 20th new generation satellite which has among others a hydrogen atomic clock, moving a step closer to build its own Global Positioning System to compete with the US-operated GPS.

Launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the satellite was boosted by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, state-run Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.

It was the 20th satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), and puts China one step closer to providing an alternative to the US-operated GPS, it said.

For the first time the satellite featured a hydrogen atomic clock. A series of tests related to the clock and a new navigation-signal system will be undertaken, according to a statement from the centre.

Named after the Chinese term for the plough or the Big Dipper constellation, the BeiDou project was formally launched in 1994, some 20 years after GPS. Xie Jun, chief engineer of the BeiDou project, earlier said that China plans to set up a complete "constellation" of 35 navigation satellites and expand their coverage to the entire globe by 2020.

The first Beidou satellite was not launched until 2000. Nonetheless, by 2012, a regional network had already taken shape, which provided positioning, navigation, timing, and short message services in China and several other Asian countries.

China is also keen to have its own GPS to ensure privacy for its military communications and missile launches reducing the dependence of US-operated GPS. China plans to expand the BeiDou services to most of the countries covered in its Silk Road "Belt and Road" initiative by 2018, and offer global coverage by 2020, the report said.

TV5MONDE and AsiaSat Expand and Extend Long-term Partnership with TV5MONDE Asie HD and TV5MONDE Style HD on AsiaSat 5

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 30 September 2015 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator, today announced that TV5MONDE, the world’s leading French-language network, has entered into a long-term service agreement to broadcast both ‘TV5MONDE Asie HD’ and ‘TV5MONDe Style HD’ across the Asia-Pacific via AsiaSat 5.

This new agreement also marks the service extension of TV5MONDE’s new lifestyle channel ‘TV5MONDE Style HD’, which was successfully launched on AsiaSat 5 earlier this year. In addition to these HD services, TV5MONDE also broadcasts its ‘TV5MONDE Asie’ SD channel via AsiaSat 7 in the Asia-Pacific.
TV5MONDE Asie HD’s programming includes 18 daily newscasts, films and series, entertainment programs, documentaries, cultural programs and international sports coverage, available in French language with 4 subtitles in English, French, Vietnamese and Russian.

“Over the past two decades, AsiaSat has proven to be our most preferred satellite partner as it offers Asia’s most popular broadcast platforms for ubiquitous audience access across the region,” said Yves Bigot, Chief Executive Officer of TV5MONDE. “We are delighted to expand our strong partnership with AsiaSat to broadcast more compelling and high-quality HD French programming in Asia.”

“We are excited to expand and extend our long-term strategic partnership with TV5MONDE in Asia. TV5MONDE’s continued commitment to expand their services on AsiaSat is a testament of our market-leading position in the region. We look forward to continuing our support for TV5MONDE with superior coverage, audience access and value added services for years to come,” said Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Marketing and Global Accounts of AsiaSat.

# # #


Launched in 1984, TV5MONDE is the world’s leading French language network broadcasting 24/7. Through its 9 multi-thematic separate and regional channels and TiVi5MONDE, a channel dedicated to young viewers in the USA, it reaches more than 290 million households and 55 million viewers every week in 200 countries and territories making TV5MONDE one of the most widely network in the world. Programming originates from 5 different countries, including France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and French speaking Africa and includes daily newscasts, films and series, entertainment programs, documentaries, cultural programs and international sports coverage, with subtitling available in 12 languages. For more information, please visit https://asia.tv5monde.com

About AsiaSat
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016/early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

Media Contacts:
Carole Reichardt, head of press-relations
Tel: (33 1) 44 18 55 62
Email: carole.reichardt@tv5monde.org

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

Alexandre Muller, Managing Director APAC
Tel: (852) 2989 6090
Email: asie@tv5monde.org

Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Luxemburg offers satellite rental to Indonesia

From http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/100728/luxemburg-offers-satellite-rental-to-indonesia

New York (ANTARA News) - The government of Luxemburg has offered satellite renting facility to the Indonesian government for business and security sectors.

"Although Luxemburg is a country with a small territory, it owns 80 satellites. They have offered Indonesia the facility to rent a satellite," Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here on Wednesday.

The vice president held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Luxemburg, Xavier Bettel, in New York.

According to JK, Indonesia has only four satellites to cover the sprawling country and more satellite facilities were required to accommodate the business and defense sectors.

However, JK said, the Indonesian government has not taken any decision so far about Luxemburgs satellite rental offer.

The Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi, and the Chief of Vice President Secretariat, Mohamad Oemar, accompanied VP Kalla during the meeting with PM Xavier.

Additionally, JK also held a meeting with the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General, Queen Maxima, to discuss the issue of inclusive finance for micro, small, and medium enterprises (SME) in Indonesia.

According to JK, Queen Maxima was delighted with Indonesias concern about the development of SMEs.

JK was in New York to attend UN General Assembly on 26 September 2015. He also conducted several bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other nations.(*)

Three teleports apply for Certification


The World Teleport Association (WTA) has announced that three new companies have applied for certification of their teleports under WTA’s recently launched Teleport Certification Program. Eutelsat, Globecomm and Signalhorn have joined du, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat and The Talia Group in agreeing to serve as beta customers for the program. These beta customers will assist WTA in preparing the Certification Program for market while also receiving Certification of their operations through the program.

“We are very gratified to have two leading teleport operators and one of the world’s top satellite operators commit to our new program,” said executive director Robert Bell. “It is a testament to the two years of development and consultation that went into designing it and the outstanding work of our Certification Committee.”

WTA’s Teleport Certification Program aims to serve both teleport operators and their customers by creating an objective, transparent, and internationally accepted method for teleport operators to document the quality of their operations for customers and strategic partners. It also aims to provide a means for customers to select teleport vendors delivering the price-performance level that is appropriate for their applications.


Tuesday Feeds

D2 - 12555H s/r 6978. ABC getting ready to do "The Drum"
D1 - 12653V s/r 7200. PDW-700 Car 13 (network 7)
D2 - 12547H s/r 6978. ABC reporting on the stock exchange issues today

(Gary. L via Facebook)

The first of NBN co's satellite 'Muster' will launch this thursday morn October 1st 2015, between 06.30 and 08.15am Sydney time as per Ariane web site , here :



THE LAUNCH READINESS REVIEW (RAL) took place in Kourou on Monday, September 28, 2015 and authorized count-down operations for the Sky Muster & ARSAT-2 launch.

On the ninth launch of the year from the Guiana Space center in French Guiana, and the fifth with an Ariane 5, Arianespace will orbit 2 satellites: Sky Muster, for the australian operator nbn and ARSAT-2, for the argentine operator ARSAT.

It will be launched from the Ariane 5 launch complex N° 3 (ELA3), in Kourou, French Guiana.

THE ARIANE 5 ECA LAUNCHER LIFT OFF for this flight is scheduled on Wednesday September 30, 2015 as soon as possible within the following launch window:

• Between 05:30 pm and 07:15 pm, Kourou time

• Between 05:30 pm and 07:15 pm, Buenos Aires time

• Between 08:30 pm and 09:15 pm, Universal Time (UTC)

• Between 10:30 pm and 00:15 am, Paris time, October 1st, 2015

• Between 06:30 am and 08:15 am, Sydney time, October 1st, 2015. (Thursday Morning)

Our website www.arianespace.com

From my Email

From Alek (W.A)

Asiasat 4 @ 122e 4035 H 12500 A new package has started incl Discovery/DMAX currently FTA Looks to be indian package though some chs just showing still shots.

(Craig's comment, that will be the first of the planned services "hits" mux for Indian cable operators)

From the Dish

Intelsat 8 169.0E 4032 H "ART Variety Australia" has left .

Measat 3b at 91.5E Astro SuperSport Plus has started on 10772 V, Videoguard.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Janasri News has replaced Disney Junior India" on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,NBT(泰国)频道消失,设置12438 H 30000参数无效接收。[09-29]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,India News替换Enterr 10(印地语)频道,设置10990 V 28500参数免费接收。[09-29]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport替换WWE(泰国)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-29]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,TRG Live(传送)频道加密,设置3873 H 6660参数有条件接收。[09-29]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN Cebu(菲律宾)频道加密,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。[09-29]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Indir 24x7替换Prabhatam News(MPEG-4)频道,设置4040 H 7500参数免费接收。[09-29]

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,东森亚洲新闻、France 24(菲律宾)等6个频道新增,设置12591 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月29日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,PTV 4(菲律宾)频道消失,设置12591 H 30000参数无效接收。 [9月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Multimania(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12153 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Multimania(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11105 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [9月29日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Living Foodz替换Zee Khana Khazana(Zee)频道,设置3820 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [9月28日]

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Freeview outage on SKY fixed

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/72541488/freeview-outage-on-sky-fixed

Some Sky TV channels were off air on Tuesday evening.

Freeview channels through Sky TV stopped broadcasting for a short period on Tuesday night.

Viewers vented their grievances on Twitter, complaining that the outage was affecting channels 1, 2 and 3. SKY Movies Greats was also affected.

However, within two hours Sky TV said their broadcast team had fixed the problem and were monitoring their systems closely.

The outage seemed to have happened during the middle of the premiere of the new season of reality show The Block.

The broadcasts resumed after a break of more than 10 minutes.

(Craig's comment, those channels are on 12358 H, the HD feed that is controlled by SKY)

NBN sets up live feed to Thursday's Sky Muster satellite launch

From http://www.cnet.com/au/news/nbn-sets-up-live-feed-to-thursdays-sky-muster-satellite-launch/

Thursday will see NBN take a big step in its plan to connect millions of Australian homes to the new high-speed broadband network as it launches the first of two satellites into space.

On Thursday a 6,400-kilogram satellite will take to the sky in what will arguably the biggest step NBN has taken thus far in launching Australia's national broadband network. In celebration of high-speed and widespread Internet, NBN has set up a live YouTube feed that will allow people around the country to watch the satellite's send off.

The launch takes place at 6:30 a.m. AEST on Thursday morning, with the feed broadcasting from South America's Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite, named Sky Muster, is the first of two that will be sent into space for the NBN project.

While the government hopes to connect 8 million homes and businesses to the NBN by 2020, as well as drastically improve Internet speeds, Sky Muster will be of particular significance to those outside of Australia's metropolitan areas.

"Many rural and remote Australians do not have access to a quality broadband service and continue to experience dial-up level speeds," NBN's managing space systems architect Julia Dickinson said.

"Sky Muster will help deliver world-class broadband services to the bush -- it will offer better opportunities for distance education online through use of video-conferencing as well as improved access for specialist telehealth applications in the home."

Following Thursday's launch, the government expects its Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS), which will deliver speeds of up to 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload, will be available in 2016. For comparison, the country's download speed, currently powered by the Interim Satellite Service, was pegged at 6.9Mbps earlier this year.

Sky Muster's blastoff will be the second noteworthy development for the national broadband network in the space of 10 days, as last Monday the NBN launched its commercial fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) product.

The commercial release followed trials on the NSW Central Coast, during which NBN saw subscribers living within 400 metres of a broadband node "consistently receiving speeds of 100Mbps/40Mbps" in downloads and uploads respectively. This was significant given that the NBN opted for a FTTN model after ditching a more expensive fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) rollout.

(Craig's comment, http://www.nbnco.com.au/blog/Sky-Muster-Launch.html )

NBN takes aim at satellite broadband leechers

From http://www.itnews.com.au/news/nbn-co-takes-aim-at-satellite-broadband-leechers-409760

Says no plans to police network for copyright infringement.

NBN will equip itself with network monitoring tools to combat the potential for leechers sucking up high amounts of bandwidth on its soon-to-launch long-term satellite service.

The network builder today published a request for information from suppliers of deep packet inspection technology, which it said would allow it to "enhance its capacity planning, offer new services and improve congestion management".

A spokesperson for NBN said the chosen DPI technology would help the network builder and retail service providers clamp down on satellite users causing congestion on the service.

NBN experienced the same problem on its over-capacity interim satellite service, which was plagued with complaints of speeds at almost unusable levels since reaching its capacity of 48,000 users in December 2013.

NBN earlier this year ordered all satellite RSPs to enforce a 50GB four-week usage threshold for the less than five percent of customers causing the congestion.

Users who breached the 50GB limit during any four-week period had their speed slowed to 128Kbps for two weeks. NBN also made RSPs introduce a 9.7GB download limit at any one time across their entire customer base.

The network builder today said the introduction of deep packet inspection for the long-term satellite service would help ensure similar congestion problems didn't reoccur.

The satellites are due to launch on Thursday from French Guiana before going live to users next April.

"It is all about ensuring that end users on the long-term satellite service can get the benefits of the fair use policy," an NBN spokesperson said.

"We need to be able to pinpoint users with excessive demands who exceed their monthly cap. That’s to ensure that everybody can get their fair share of satellite capacity, which is of course a finite resource."

When asked why such issues needed to be managed at the wholesale level rather than through retail service providers, NBN said its role as the owner and operator of the satellites meant traffic concerns impacted both NBN and RSPs.

Potential for copyright infringement clamp-down?

Congestion management has traditionally been a telco codeword for throttling of peer-to-peer traffic such as torrents.

Deep packet inspection allows network operators to, among other things, detect specific P2P application signatures usually found during the initial message exchange between two network hosts. It can also classify all traffic for that conversation.

Other telcos such as Telstra have previously used DPI to tackle P2P traffic but denied the clampdown was related to tackling the issue of online piracy.

NBN similarly indicated its use of DPI would not extend to enforcing copyright rules.

"That's not the intention," an NBN spokesperson said. "It is to manage the fair use policy for the long-term satellite service."

NBN declined to comment on whether it had been approached by the government for assistance on blocking copyright-infringing sources of traffic at a wholesale level.

The federal government in June successfully passed legislation that aims to clamp down on online copyright infringement through the Senate.

The law amends the Copyright Act to allow rights holders to apply for overseas websites used for downloading and uploading copyright infringing content - such as The Pirate Bay - to be blocked.

But the government has not been as successful with its efforts to get an industry scheme addressing piracy up and running.

The government managed to get the telco and content industries to agree on an voluntary code in April, but the scheme is still yet operational because the two parties cannot agree on who covers the cost. It won't come into effect until the issue has been resolved.

ATSC standards boost for 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/29/atsc-standards-boost-for-4k/

In a move that could enable 4K Ultra HD broadcasts to run side-by-side with robust mobile broadcasts to handheld devices, the US’s Advanced Television Systems Committee has confirmed that the ‘Physical Layer’ transmission system for ATSC 3.0 next-generation television broadcasting has been elevated to ‘Candidate Standard’ status. The ATSC TG3 Technology Group approved the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer Candidate Standard.

“Over the course of months leading up to this vote, hundreds of volunteers have evaluated proposed technologies all with the mindset of selecting the best and most flexible transmission system as the foundation of ATSC 3.0. This represents a major milestone, and we expect to see manufacturers developing prototypes that can test the more than a dozen interconnected core building-block elements of the Physical Layer,” said ATSC President Mark Richer.

The ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer is intended to offer far more flexibility, robustness and spectrum efficiency than the ‘ATSC 1.0′ standard, which was adopted two decades ago. The ATSC 3.0 physical layer allows television broadcasters to choose from a wide variety of transmission parameters so that each station can tailor its signal to best serve its local market by providing the combination of services and coverage area best suited for the market and its terrain.

“The system will allow high-capacity, low-robustness modes and also lower-capacity, high- robustness modes in the same transmission. That flexibility means that we’re likely to see both 4K Ultra HD broadcasts running side-by-side with robust mobile broadcasts to handheld devices,” Richer explained.

Technologies can be selected for various ‘use cases’ such as Single Frequency Networks, Multiple Input/Multiple Output channel operation, channel bonding and more, well beyond a single transmitting tower. There are a large range of selections for data protection including a wide range of guard intervals, forward error correction code lengths and code rates.

“ATSC is grateful for the support and active involvement of some of the best minds in broadcasting from around the world to develop the standard for the Physical Layer. But this is not the end of the process. The Physical Layer Candidate Standard sets the stage for field testing in the months ahead leading to the Proposed Standard phase in 2016,” Richer said.

Work continues on the other parts of the suite of ATSC 3.0 standards. They include Video and Audio Compression, Closed Captioning, Advanced Emergency Alerting, Security, Companion Devices, Personalisation, Applications and Interactivity, Watermarking and Fingerprinting, and Internet Protocol Delivery. All told, some 20 standards are expected to be part of ATSC 3.0.

Zee Magic for Africa

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/29/zee-magic-for-africa/

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), India’s leading Media & Entertainment company has announced the launch of a new television channel, Zee Magic.

Zee Magic is a completely customized general entertainment channel for French audiences in Africa, showcasing French dubbed Indian movies, series, food, reality shows and much more. The channel will be available on the Canal Plus Overseas platform from October 1st.

“Zee Magic is a dedicated French offering from ZEE for Francophone Africa. All content has undergone extensive research and we are very excited to be the first to offer Bollywood in French to our viewers,” says Harish Goyal, CEO Africas.


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Monday night feeds

D1 12663 v Sr 7200 "7BCM D1/T7 slot 2". AFL Awards
D2 12539 H Sr 6978 ABC at the AFL awards
D2 12547 H Sr 6978 ABC at the NRL awards

Weekend feed


INT 18 180E 3921R Sr 8642 World Cup rugby Aust V Uraquay MPEG 4.2.2.

D2 12555H Sr 6978 ABC at Townsville Airport

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From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3820 V Living Foodz has replaced Zee Khana Khazana on, Conax.

SES 8 95.0E 11990 H "Living Foodz has replaced Zee Khana Khazana" on , Conax.

NSS 6 95.0E 12647 V "Living Foodz has replaced Zee Khana Khazana" on , Conax.

Measat 3 91.5E Da Vinci Learning India has started on 3880 V, Irdeto.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H "Pelangi and Galaxy" have started on , Irdeto.

ST 2 88.0E 11164 H "Den Snapdeal TV-Shop" has started on , encrypted.
Insat 4A 83.0E 11550 H "Living Foodz has replaced Zee Khana Khazana" on , Videoguard.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11634 H "BoxOffice" has left .

Intelsat 902 62.0E 3843 R "Living Foodz has replaced Zee Khana Khazana" on , Novel-Super.

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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Living Foodz替换Zee Khana Khazana(Zee)频道,设置3820 V 27500参数有条件接收。[09-28]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,B4U Movies(印度)频道加密,设置4100 V 29717参数有条件接收。[09-28]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,卫视中文电影替换Star World(东南亚)频道,设置4000 H 26850参数有条件接收。[09-28]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Sports Vi、国家地理(亚洲)频道消失,设置4000 H 26850参数无效接收。[09-28]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Prabhatam News(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置4040 H 7500参数免费接收。[09-28]
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)频道加密,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。[09-28]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS CBN(菲律宾)频道改频率,设置3715 V 3000参数免费接收。 [9月28日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Knowledge Channel(菲律宾)频道消失,设置3712 V 3000参数无效接收。 [9月28日]
东经96.5度轨道位置的快车AM33号卫星Ku频段,CTK-10(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11000 H 3374参数免费接收。 [9月28日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Crime(印度)频道消失,设置3940 V 28100参数无效接收。 [9月28日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置4100 V 29717参数有条件接收。[09-27]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,CNBC(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置4064 H 19850参数有条件接收。[09-27]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,CNBC(亚太)等4个频道加密,设置3900 H 30000参数有条件接收。[09-27]
东经68.5度轨道位置国际20号星C段,Prarthana Bhawan、Manoranjan Music(印度)频道消失,设置4117 V 8800参数无效接收。[09-27]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jivi Shoppe(印度)频道重现,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[09-27]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Thong Tin DV替换Thu Nghiem 4(VTC)频道,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。[09-27]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Cao Bang替换Thong Tin DV(VTC)频道,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。 [9月27日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Live 1 HD(测试)频道重现,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月27日]

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Rose TV(测试)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。[09-26]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,DD National、DD News(印度)等全组频道重现,设置11490 V 30000参数免费接收。[09-26]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,ABP News替换RT Movies(印度)频道,设置11570 V 28500参数免费接收。[09-26]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,Tarang Music、Tarang TV(印度)频道消失,设置3955 H 3400参数无效接收。[09-26]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,CNBC(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置4064 H 19850参数免费接收。[09-26]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,CNBC(亚太)等频道解密,设置3900 H 30000参数免费接收。[09-26]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Thaizabb替换Looktung Millionaire(泰国)频道,设置3760 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月26日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Hangout(印尼)频道消失,设置3818 V 27500参数无效接收。 [9月26日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Megastar TV、e-Box(印尼)频道开播,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。 [9月26日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Janasri TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [9月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星Ku频段,Naaptol Tamil、DD Kisan(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12643 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [9月26日]

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Some Channels from Spain (.m3u playlist format)



TV networks divided over sports rights reform

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/tv-networks-divided-over-sports-rights-reform-20150928-gjwfbq.html

A new split has emerged between powerful free-to-air television networks over media reform, with Nine Entertainment Co and the chairman of Prime Media both willing to countenance the federal government handing Foxtel more access to sports rights in return for a relaxation of cross-ownership rules.

The metropolitan free-to-air network Nine and John Hartigan, chairman of regional network Prime, believe the so-called anti-siphoning list of sports that gives free-to-air networks first right of refusal on a large number of sporting events could be trimmed without damaging free-to-air audiences.

The new Communications Minister Mitch Fifield told Fairfax Media on Monday that he will examine the events on the list, which Foxtel and its co-owner, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, want to see reduced before they join Nine, Prime and others in backing the abolition of ownership restrictions.

But Kerry Stokes' Seven West Media remains fiercely opposed to any changes to the list, as does Ten Network Holdings. Seven is also particularly resistant to any repeal of the so-called "two-out-of-three rule" and "reach rule", which restrict further consolidation between traditional media companies.

Mr Fifield is seeking "broad consensus" rather than "unanimity" between media moguls about reform, which suggests the government could be prepared to upset one of them to overhaul the Keating-era legislation.

That would include abolishing the reach rule – which stops the metropolitan free-to-air networks Nine, Seven and Ten merging with regional affiliates by limiting audience reach to 75 per cent – and the two-out-of-three rule, which stops any one group owning more than two of a newspaper, commercial TV licence or radio licence in a major market.

Mr Hartigan urged Mr Fifield to expedite the abolition of the rules, which Prime and its fellow regional broadcasters Southern Cross Austereo, WIN Corp and Imparja say are putting regional voices at risk.

"I was pleased to see Senator Fifield's comments," Mr Hartigan said. "It's not often the minister in a new portfolio expresses such confidence and knowledge of all aspects of the industry so quickly.

"As far as media reform is concerned he seemed to make it very clear it is not a matter of if but when, which validates our arguments.

"If Senator Fifield recognises the current laws are 'horse and buggy legislation', the next step needs to be to change it and that needs to be done as quickly as possible."

Asked about the anti-siphoning list, Mr Hartigan said: "From a personal view, some pruning of the list could be made without impacting free-to-air TV audiences."

Another senior media executive said: "The reality is that giving away a few things on anti-siphoning should be OK politically. As long as the major properties are protected most punters won't care. It feels like it's a bit of a fair compromise."

In contrast, a spokesman for Seven said it was "critical" Australians do not end up paying to watch the sporting events they currently see for free. "The current rules have delivered the best sports shown live and free, record rights fees to rights owners and wall-to-wall coverage on pay TV," he said.

"We are very happy to sit down with the minister to discuss the list and the other important issues he has flagged. Viewers are the winners from the current anti-siphoning rules. We need to be careful they don't end up losers from any changes that might be proposed."

A spokesman for Ten said: "We strongly support the anti-siphoning regime, which ensures that iconic Australian sporting events remain on free-to-air television."

Mr Fifield said on Monday that some national events are of such significance that the Australian public has an expectation they will appear on free-to-air TV. "The whole question is, what are the national events that are on that list, and it's not something that I've taken a close look at as yet – but I will be," he added.

Free TV chairman Harold Mitchell said: "We don't see any need for changes to the list. Broadcasters show everything they buy and there has never been more sport live and free on television than there is now.

"And by the way the Crosby Textor's consumer research found that 88 per cent of people agree that major sporting events should be available to all Australians for free."

Senator Fifield has also confirmed that the government's review of the television networks' $160 million annual licence fees will continue, although he warned the department would need to provide "offsets" if it were to make a case for cuts because the federal budget is in deficit.

Mr Mitchell welcomed the review but said of the trade-offs: "Those are matters for government. Our concern is to make sure that Australian broadcasters are not being disadvantaged by having to comply with rules and regulations that don't apply to anyone else."

Ten chief executive Paul Anderson said: "We welcome a discussion with Senator Fifield about holistic reform of media regulations, which are outdated, ineffective and actively hampering our ability to compete in this dynamic market.

"We are working hard to innovate and transform our business in an environment where the free-to-air television industry is burdened with layers of regulation that our competitors don't face, including licence fees which are far higher than anywhere else in the world."

Nbn Stirs Australia's Desire To Become A Broadband Leader In Rural + Remote Homes + Business

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=2056647526

[Satnews] Australia will become a genuine leader in rural and remote broadband provision with every home and business in the country able to get 25Mbps/5Mbps broadband when the nbn satellites are launched Wednesday, September 30, at 2100 GMT and in orbit at the cost of $1.8 billion.

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s ninth mission of 2015 is now fully assembled, following the integration of its two telecommunications satellites at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

During activity in Ariane 5’s Final Assembly Building, the upper payload component, containing Australia’s Sky Muster spacecraft mounted on the SYLDA dispenser system, and protected by an ogive-shaped fairing,was lowered into position over the Argentinian ARSAT-2 relay platform, which was previously installed atop the launcher’s central core.

This step clears the way for final checkout, which will enable the Launch Readiness Review to be conducted on September 28, followed by Ariane 5’s rollout to the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone the following day, and an evening liftoff on September 30.

To be deployed first during the 32-minute mission is Sky Muster, which will be operated by nbn™, a service provider owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. This company’s objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at the least cost to taxpayers.

Sky Muster is the initial satellite to be orbited by Arianespace for nbn, and the spacecraft was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral). With an estimated liftoff mass of 6,440 kg., the relay platform is designed to deliver broadband services from geostationary orbit to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians, providing coverage across the entire country, including the Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands. A second nbn satellite will be launched on a future Arianespace mission.

More information regarding this launch
•Total nbn satellite program costs $1.8 billion
•Deployment costing nearly $8,000 per connected premise
•Two satellites will have combined capacity of 135Gbps
•101 spot beams will cover the whole of Australia and its territories
•nbn satellite expected to have over 200,000 end-users
•World leading satellite broadband speeds of 25Mbps/5Mbps available
•Commercial retail services will launch in 2Q16
•Many remote communities connected to broadband for first time

Measat appoints Desai as Africa Sales Director

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/28/measat-appoints-desai-as-africa-sales-director/

Measat Satellite Systems has confirmed the appointment of Santosh Desai as Sales Director – Africa. In his role, Desai will be responsible for opening new markets in Africa, developing sales channels, and managing customer accounts.

Prior to joining Measat, Desai was Head of Products for satellite communications, media & managed services for a global telecommunications company based in India.

Ten Golf HD to launch on 7 October, SD feed to discontinue

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/ten-golf-hd-to-launch-on-7-october-sd-feed-to-discontinue-150924

MUMBAI: The sole 24x7 Golf channel in India - Ten Golf will now be available in High Definition (HD) from 7 October. With this the channel's Standard Definition (SD) feed will go off air. The channel will be renamed as Ten Golf HD.

Part of Ten Sports Network, Ten Golf was the first dedicated golf channel in this part of the world. With Ten Golf HD, Ten Sports Network will enhance viewing experience.

“Watching the best golfers play their trade on the lush greens of the best golf courses in the world in High Definition (HD) is a different viewing experience altogether,” said Ten Sports Global CEO Rajesh Sethi. “We have been receiving increased demand for Ten Golf in HD and we are happy to give our audiences what they desire through Ten Golf HD. We have a bouquet of the best Golf content and we are confident of the acceptance and uptake of the channel,” he added.

Ten Golf HD offers content from major events including the Ryder Cup and PGA Championship and leading International Tours like the European Tour and the Asian Tour. Best of Indian golf and golfers will be showcase on Ten Golf HD as part of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI). Leading women’s golf tour LPGA is another premier offering on Ten Golf HD.

Additionally, Ten Golf HD will broadcast daily programming including content from Golf Channel USA and Golfing World with specific shows targeted at educating viewers about the sport as well as content on golfing tips etc.

The channel will be available on the direct to home (DTH) platform Tata Sky as well as other platforms.

India launches first space observatory

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/India_launches_first_space_observatory_999.html

India successfully launched Monday its first high-tech telescopes into space to study the stars, as New Delhi seeks to take another major step in its ambitious and low-cost space programme.

A rocket carrying the 150-tonne mini space observatory called Astrosat, along with six foreign satellites, blasted off on schedule from India's main southern spaceport of Sriharikota.

"About 20 minutes after a perfect lift off at 10:00 am from our spaceport, the rocket has placed Astrosat in the intended orbit," mission director B. Jayakumar said at Sriharikota, about 90 kilometres (55 miles) from Chennai.

The launch comes one year after India became the first Asian country to launch a successful mission to Mars to study the Red Planet, beating giant rival China and sparking an outpouring of national pride.

The unmanned probe, still orbiting Mars, cost a fraction of the missions launched earlier by the United States, Russia and Europe.

India's Astrosat, which includes a telescope that uses x-ray, is expected to orbit 650 kilometres above the Earth and will send back data and study parts of the universe including black holes and the magnetic fields of stars.

Astrosat, which reportedly cost 1.8 billion rupees ($27 million) to build, has been compared by local media to the famous Hubble telescope launched by NASA in 1990. But Astrosat is much smaller and has a limited life span of five years.

The rocket also carries six foreign satellites, including the first from the United States.

The launch comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi winds up a visit to Silicon Valley in the US where he urged top technology companies to bring investment and jobs to India.

India's successful and frugal Mars mission dominated newspaper front pages at the time and sparked huge pride in its home-grown space programme, while Modi hailed it as a sign of the country's technological potential.

Critics of the programme say a country that struggles to feed its people adequately and where roughly half have no toilets should not be splurging on space travel.


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Fashion TV、and Fashion TV HD (MPEG-4)are up on Asiasat 4 122.2E Cband 4060 V Sr 29000

Friday Feeds

D1 12429 V Sr 7000 NRL
D1 12635 V Sr 7200 btq sng 4
D2 12539 H Sr 6978 ABC at the AFL finals

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From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "My Hope Channel has replaced Wisata Hati Channel" on , Fta

ST 2 88.0E 11164 H "Living Foodz and Gemporia have started,encrypted. Zee Khana Khazana" has left
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ST 2 88.0E 11546 H "Prameya News 7 has replaced Kanak TV" on , encrypted.
ST 2 88.0E 11609 V "D2h Enhance" is Fta
ST 2 88.0E 11672 H "Housefull Movies" has started on , encrypted.

Express AM22 80.1E 12656 H "Bober, Dom Kino Premium, Karusel, Muzika, Dom Kino, Vremya, Telecafé, Top Shop TV Russia, Perviy kanal SNG, 8 Kanal, Rossiya 1, Rossiya 24 and Dom Kino Premium" have left

Express AM6 53.0E 12676 V "EBC 1" has started on , Fta.

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Thaizabb替换GTH On Air(泰国)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-25]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Cine 21、T News(Dish TV)频道新增,设置12595 V 43200参数有条件接收。[09-25]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Test Live(传送)频道新增,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[09-25]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Gemporia(Dish TV)频道新增,设置11171 H 30000参数有条件接收。[09-25]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Eurosport替换CTH WWE(泰国)频道,设置3760 H 30000参数有条件接收。[09-25]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,Fashion TV、Fashion TV HD(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置4060 V 29000参数无效接收。[09-25]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Jubaland TV替换Fanproj(RRSat Global)频道,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。 [9月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,6 Senses TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3551 H 13333参数无效接收。 [9月25日]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段,Saba TV、Saba 2(MPEG-4)等全组频道改频率,设置3950 L 2222参数免费接收。 [9月25日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,B4U APAC Channel(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4100 V 29717参数有条件接收。 [9月25日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,I24 News、MCS Inter(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置11593 H 30000参数无效接收。 [9月25日]


Fiji TV Explains Effect Of SKY Pacific Sale On Bottom Line

From http://fijisun.com.fj/2015/09/25/fiji-tv-explains-effect-of-sky-pacific-sale-on-bottom-line/

SKY Pacific was sold to Digicel Fiji for a sum of $5.75 million and the completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

Fiji Television Limited has explained to shareholders that the sale of its SKY Pacific division will mean Fiji TV’s revenue will decline by a minimum 50 per cent.

But despite the decline in revenue, the sale is expected to improve profitability in the future.

This is given that SKY Pacific accounted for 50 per cent of Fiji TV’s revenue and provided negative contribution.

A statement was released by Fiji Television through the South Pacific Stock Exchange yesterday with details of SKY Pacific sale to Digicel (Fiji) Limited.

SKY Pacific was sold to Digicel Fiji for a sum of $5.75 million and the completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

In addition, Fiji TV has an opportunity to derive additional income up to 30 per cent of the price by providing services as well as content.

This will be subject to the buyers’ requirements.

Proceeds of the sale would be used to reduce outstanding creditors while a portion may be distributed among shareholders subject to board approval.

Fiji TV had received six expressions of interest from potential bidders.

Based on discussions, Fiji TV board made a decision in the best interest of the company to divest SKY Pacific considering the potential future income, value of assets and possible capital investments required for expansion.

At the time of sale, Pacific region other than Fiji, had less than 15 per cent of total subscriber base.

Parliamentarian calls for probe into Sky TV sale

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=323094

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy, front, Parveen Kumar, left, and Balminder Singh make their way out of Parliament yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

A PARLIAMENTARIAN has called for an investigation and review of the sale of Sky TV to Digicel last week.

Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro has called on the Prime Minister, who is also the iTaukei Affairs Minister, to initiate a Parliamentary Special Committee to investigate and review this sale.

Mr Radrodro, in his speech in Parliament yesterday, highlighted that this subsidiary company was owned by Fijian Holdings Ltd as majority shareholder.

"The Fijian Holdings CEO last week declared the sale of Sky TV to Digicel for $5.75million," Mr Radrodro said.

"How did this come about and why did it not follow the principles of a sale of a publicly-listed company?

"There are a lot of questions especially when the initial set up cost of Sky Pacific in 2004 was $6.5m and three years ago, Fiji TV spent a further $6m in upgrade including change of satellite.

"This would resonate to bad investment business decision when the sale price is $5.75m and the cost of establishment and upgrade is around $12.5m."

Mr Radrodro, the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, said this was a breach of duty of care by Fiji TV directors and FHL.

He called upon the Prime Minister to initiate a Parliamentary Special Committee according to the Standing Order under Section 129.

"The honourable PM must ensure that Fiji TV and FHL directors be suspended whilst Reserve Bank of Fiji investigate why South Pacific Stock Exchange did not look into this matter."

Mr Radrodro added this must be done in light of ethics and transparent leadership.

Fiji Television Limited informed shareholders that the sale of SKY Pacific business was a strategic decision in order to ensure the company focussed on its core business of free-to-air television business.

With the sale, Fiji TV will focus on Fiji One and its in-house production business.

In addition, Fiji TV will continue to provide free-to-air content to media organisations in the Pacific islands.

The statement said team Fiji TV will answer all queries at the upcoming annual general meeting on October 8.

Intelsat boosts Sentech DTH, DTT coverage

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/25/intelsat-boosts-sentcech-dth-dtt-coverage/

Satellite services provider Intelsat has confirmed that African communications network specialist Sentech has extended its contract for multiple years. Sentech will continue to leverage Ku-band capacity on Intelsat 20 at 68.5˚E to expand and enhance cost-effectively its Direct-to-Home (DTH) and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services in Africa.

The Intelsat 20 satellite will provide Sentech with an expansive selection of nearly 500 channels, 31 of which are High Definition. Leveraging the strength of Intelsat’s leading video neighbourhood, Sentech will maximize its efficiency as it distributes DTH as well as national DTT programming to South African viewers using a single, multiplexed transmission.

“Sentech is committed to providing comprehensive digital delivery services to Africa and ensuring that our customers have access to high quality, reliable and differentiated content,” said Leago Takalani, Executive: Technology, Sentech. “As the rest of the continent continues the migration to DTT, the power of Intelsat 20 will enable us to efficiently deliver digital services to the largest number of viewers as well as expand our customer base. Most importantly, it will enable us to enhance our channel selection and deliver more affordable, entertaining programming to viewers across multiple channels throughout South Africa.”

Intelsat currently provides proven DTT solutions in Africa, supported by advanced coding and modulation techniques that enable efficient use of bandwidth and improved reception quality, enabling African audiences to enjoy the benefits of digital television. Intelsat hosts video neighborhoods serving every continent. Supporting media applications such as cable distribution, DTH and DTT, Intelsat’s neighbourhoods offer leading viewer penetration, maximizing the potential audience for content.

“Intelsat 20 reaches more viewers in Africa than any other DTH platform, making it an ideal video neighborhood to support Sentech’s growing business needs,” said Rhys Morgan, Interim Sales Manager, Africa, Intelsat. “Our ability to support and deploy both DTH and DTT transmissions will enable Sentech to continue its customers’ seamless migration to DTT. It will also provide Sentech with a greater array of more affordable entertainment options to delight both existing and new customers.”

Heavy fine in illegal football screening case

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/25/heavy-fine-in-illegal-football-screening-case/

A pub supervisor in the north-west English city of Liverpool has been fined more than £22,000 (€30,000) for illegally showing BT Sport and Sky football matches following a successful prosecution by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

Anthony Tynan, the designated premise supervisor at the Mariner, Whitefield Drive, Liverpool was found guilty on 30th July at Liverpool Magistrates Court of seven offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission (BT Sport and Sky football matches) with the intent to avoid payment of the applicable charge. This is contrary to Section 297 (1) of the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988.

He was ordered to pay £2,000 per offence, as well as a £2,409 Victim Surcharge, £5,689 prosecution costs and a court charge of £520 bringing the total fine to £22,618.

Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager at the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) said the outcome at the start of a new football season was a timely reminder to the small number of licensees who persist in using illegal systems to show Sky and BT Sport broadcasts.

“FACT’s message to these individuals is, you will be caught and prosecuted. The lack of support provided to the defendant by the third party supplier in this case shows that in reality the often quoted promises to deal with any legal issues do not materialise. If licensees are using a system in their premises that is not supplied directly by Sky or BT Sport then they should seek independent advice.”

This conviction was carried out by FACT on behalf of its members and forms a key part of the industry’s commitment to protect pubs who invest in legitimate pay TV subscriptions.

Bruce Cuthbert, Director Commercial Customers BT Sport said: “It is regrettable that there are still licensees who are showing live sport illegally and that we have to resort to formal action. We think that BT Sport offers such great value for money that it shouldn’t be necessary for licensees to take any risk of prosecution. We do everything we can to ensure licensees are fully informed of the risk of showing live sport illegally and how they can show live sport on their premises to avoid prosecution.”

Alison Dolan, Deputy Managing Director at Sky Business, said: “This successful prosecution is the latest in a long list of cases in the past year. It serves as a reminder to landlords that Sky Sports is only available to pubs and clubs in mainland UK via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky; no other method of showing Sky Sports in licensed premises is legal. The significant fine that the court ordered is a further warning to those who engage in that this type of illegal activity. Sky is committed to protecting our legitimate customers. We visit thousands of pubs every season to monitor the games they’re showing, as well as investigating suppliers and continuing to support FACT’s work to investigate those who are illegally and unfairly seeking to gain an advantage through fraudulent means.”

Scientists find space rubbish nearing "critical point"

From http://english.anhuinews.com/system/2015/09/25/006966341.shtml

BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Opening a simulation diagram on the computer, astronomer Liu Jing shows the blue Earth surrounded by countless dots in the dark space.

The dots are space debris.

As vice director of the Space Debris Monitoring and Application Center under China's National Space Administration, Liu raises a series of astonishing figures.

Humankind has launched more than 6,000 spacecraft, with some 1,300 still in operation, while others are now trash in space. So far, more than 17,000 pieces of space debris have been recorded.

Experts estimate there are more than 23,000 pieces of debris larger than 10 cm, more than 500,000 pieces larger than 1 cm, and over 100 million larger than 1mm in space.

"There is an estimated risk of collision between spacecraft and debris each week. China's satellites face the risk of coming close to debris every month," Liu says.

"If the situation continues, a large space collision will happen every four to nine years. And if no effective measures are taken, the chain reaction between the space debris will bring the intensification of space to a critical point."

Scientists estimate there have been more than 200 spacecraft destroyed in the space era, with an increasing number of collisions in recent years.

In 2007, a European satellite, Meteosat-8, was hit by unrecorded debris and pushed out of orbit. In 2009, a Russian satellite collided with a U.S. satellite, producing a large amount of debris. In 2013, an Ecuadorian satellite was destroyed when it collided with debris from a rocket launched by the former Soviet Union in 1985.

By Sept. 1, 2015, more than 1,300 satellites were in earth orbit: more than 500 were from the United States, more than 140 from China, and more than 130 from Russia.

Many countries, including the United States and Russia, are stepping up the development of small satellites. Many more small satellites are expected to be sent into space, intensifying the orbit and frequency resources and raising the risks of collision.

Liu says more than 10,000 pieces of debris are distributed in a belt between 800 km and 1,000 km above the Earth, the most dangerous region in space.

Scientists say the main sources of debris include remains of satellites and rockets, tools and miscellaneous items discarded by astronauts during extravehicular activities, and fragments broken off spacecraft as a result of aging.

Liu says pieces larger than 10 cm can be detected by ground-based telescopes and radar. "Those smaller than 10 cm and larger than 1 cm are the most dangerous as they cannot be detected by any equipment, but can be disastrous."

Experts can add layers of special materials to protect spacecraft from damage caused by pieces smaller than 1 cm.

"The problem of space debris is too serious to ignore. We must take measures to curb the growing speed of the debris," Liu says.

Scientists are looking for ways to deal with the trash. They have monitored and collected debris samples from space, and set up computer models to analyze the distribution and development patterns of the debris. They are also developing space robots to clean up orbiting debris.

China set up the Space Debris Monitoring and Application Center in June this year. Its main tasks include monitoring debris and near-earth small celestial bodies, studying and determining their risks, and establishing a database of space debris, says Liu.

The center will also provide risk evaluation services for users at home and abroad, offer emergency support, and conduct international cooperation and technological exchanges.

China needs to strengthen supervision of space debris to curb its increase. It should also strengthen research on related laws, and actively participate in making international rules for outer space, Liu adds.

STARZ PLAY now on Samsung Smart TVs

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/25/starz-play-now-on-samsung-smart-tvs/

STARZ PLAY, the authenticated online TV Everywhere service for STARZ premium subscribers, has launched on Samsung Smart TVs. STARZ subscribers may now watch exclusive STARZ Original series including Blunt Talk, Survivor’s Remorse, and Power, among others, as well as hundreds of movies and first-run films on Samsung Smart TVs.

The launch marks STARZ PLAY’s most recent successful deployment for the STARZ TV Everywhere service and another extension that brings the popular app and experience directly to the television, offering viewing flexibility for its subscribers.

STARZ PLAY, available to Samsung Smart TV customers as an authenticated TV Everywhere service for STARZ premium subscribers, offers exclusive STARZ Original series including Survivor’s Remorse, Blunt Talk, and Outlander, among others; and first-run films from Disney (Big Hero 6, Maleficent, Into the Woods, Muppets Most Wanted); Sony (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Equalizer, The Wedding Ringer, Fury, Annie); and other Hollywood studios.

The STARZ PLAY App will be available in Samsung App store within the Smart Hub across select 2014 and 2015 Samsung Smart TVs.

STARZ PLAY device support is available on a wide array of platforms for displays big and small including the Roku Platform, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Chromecast for TV viewing, PCs/Macs, and personal devices including iPhone, iPad & iPod touch and several Android handsets, tablets and other platforms including Fire HD tablets, NOOK HD, NOOK HD+ and select Google Nexus devices including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10.

India sets December 2016 for ASO

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/25/india-sets-december-2016-for-aso/

Readers may be forgiven for saying that they’ve heard the promise before, but the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has set December 31st 2016 as the date for the nation’s complete transition from analogue TV to all-digital.

TRAI’s Regional Head (for Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa regions), Sibichen K. Mathew, speaking September 23, said India’s four giant ‘metro’ cities plus 38 other cities had now completed their changeover tasks.

One of the benefits mentioned by Mathew would apply to telecom customers, and would include the ability for mobile subscribers to switch suppliers and keep the same telephone number, as well as registering preferences (or the option to curtail) tele-marketing and SMS sales messages.


The SkyMuster (aka NBN Co 1a) satellite is launching in a few days, I think it is going to be parked at 140E. Similar to Ipstar it will deliver Internet across Australia in the KA band using steerable spot beams

Jones! Junior pop-up channel is new on SKY NZ (for the school holidays)

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JCSAT 4B 124.0E The Big TV muxes have left 12330 H and 12370 H.

SES 7 108.2E 2535 V World Heritage Channel and Da Vinci Learning Asia have started on , Videoguard. DW Deutsch and Oh! K have left
SES 7 108.2E 2565 H "MNC Sports and Nat Geo Wild Asia" have started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E Celestial Classic Movies has started on 2655 H, Videoguard. Animax East Asia has left 2655 H.

Express AM33 96.5E 11000 H "STK 10 and STS Kuzbass" have started on , Fta. GTRK Kuzbass has left.

NSS 6 95.0E 11037 H "Living Foodz" has started on , Conax.

ST 2 88.0E 11546 V "Sangeet Marathi has replaced Studio One HD" on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Travel Trendz has replaced Wellness" on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3790 H "Om Bangla" has left .
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Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "angeet Marathi" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3966 H "Meenakshi TV" has started on , Fta.
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Measat 3 91.5E 12643 H "Cine 21 and Naaptol Tamil" have started on , Irdeto.Sonic Gang has left.
Measat 3 91.5E 12683 H Times Now, ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, ETV Madhya Pradesh Chattisgarh, Asianet Suvarna, Rupasi Bangla, Isai Aruvi and Asianet Plus have left .

Express AM6 53.0E 12676 V "Omid-e-Iran" has started on, Fta
Express AM6 53.0E 12676 V "01 TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,BBC Asia Feed(测试)频道新增,设置4132 H 10588参数免费接收。[09-24]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,和平电视(Salam TV)频道新增,设置3760 H 27500参数免费接收。[09-24]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Khong Dee(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。[09-24]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Sport Box HD、国家地理(蒙古)等全组频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。[09-24]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,AniPlus HD(高清)频道加密,设置3948 V 17600参数有条件接收。[09-24]
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东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,S News(印度)频道新增,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [9月24日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Peppers(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [9月24日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Meenakshi TV(印度)频道重现,设置3966 H 14400参数免费接收。 [9月24日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CH211、CH212(艺华卫视)测试频道新增,设置12387 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月24日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Test(测试)高清频道新增,设置3802 H 28100参数免费接收。[09-23]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Luxe TV(高清)频道解密,设置3700 V 30000参数免费接收。[09-23]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道消失,设置11160 H 40000参数无效接收。[09-23]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,浙江卫视(AVS+)高清频道重现,设置4160 H 9578参数有条件接收。[09-23]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor Channel(高清)频道解密,设置12711 H 30000参数免费接收。[09-23]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,国家地理野生、Fox Edu(缅甸)等17个频道新增,设置3731 H 12500参数部分免费接收。[09-23]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Living Foodz(Dish TV)频道新增,设置11037 H 40700参数有条件接收。 [9月23日]
东经80度轨道位置的快车AM22号卫星Ku频段,Vremya、Dom Kino(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置12656 H 34430参数无效接收。 [9月23日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,江苏卫视(AVS+)高清频道新增,设置4148 H 9580参数有条件接收。 [9月23日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,24 Movies(IPM)频道消失,设置11038 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor Channel(高清)频道加密,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]

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Final countdown for NBN Sky Muster communications satellite for remote Australia

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-22/skymuster-satellite-launch/6793720

The first Sky Muster satellite will be launched from the Guiana Space Centre in South America on October 1.

The final countdown has started for the launch of the National Broadband Network (NBN) satellite 'Sky Muster'.

On October 1, the large communications satellite will be propelled into its 36,000 kilometre orbit.

It's the first of two satellites that NBN will commission to deliver fast broadband to 200,000 rural and remote homes and businesses across Australia from the middle of next year.

NBN representative Lalla Mackenzie told the Isolated Children's Parents Association it was a transformational technology that would not disappoint.

"This is a game-changer for NBN," she said.

"This is what brings ubiquitous broadband to rural and regional parts of Australia and more importantly just brings hat they need in getting them up to speed with what's happening in the larger capitals around Australia.

"It is literally us launching our satellite from French Guiana.

"It will then go into orbital rotation and we'll do some orbital testing for the first three months and then we'll be able to offer commercial services post that."

Ms Mackenzie said 10 base stations were also being built from Franklin, in southern Tasmania, to Western Australia's Kimberley, to link to the 'Sky Muster' satellite.

She said the delivery of education had been prioritised, with one of the four channels reserved for students and learning.

"We wanted Australians to own the network and more importantly this is a network we're not building for today, we're building for the future.

"So we put it out to the school of the air and Isolated Children's Parents Association and we said to them name your network."

The satellite was named by six year old Bailey Brooks, from the Alice Springs School of the Air.

It's one of the schools and government agencies using the internet to deliver essential services to the bush.

But Isolated Children's Parents Association federal president Wendy Hick said her organisation was not completely confident the broadband communications satellite would fix remote and rural communication bottlenecks.

"At this stage the message we're getting from NBN is that they're hoping that the long-term satellite, that it's going to solve a lot of the problems," Mrs Hick said.

"Of course from our experience we have a concern that maybe things haven't been addressed.

"And we really won't know until things are up and running.

"That's why we're in constant communications with NBN taking concerns our members have brought to us to NBN.

"Things such as ping times, the delay especially children doing distance education lessons, who will possibly be doing VoIP [voice over internet protocol] and teleconferencing over satellite internet.

"There is a whole myriad of things, but it is still a step in the right direction."

Aussie ‘Sky Muster’ satellite ready to go

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/24/aussie-sky-muster-satellite-ready-to-go/

Australia’s $500 million NBN satellite is ready for launch by Arianespace. The 6.4 tonne, ‘Sky Muster’ satellite is designed to deliver broadband capacity to around 200,000 homes and businesses in Australia’s remote areas where internet access is “woeful”. For most users it will be their first taste of fast broadband. Sky Muster was built by Space Systems/Loral.

“Sky Muster is going to be a game-changer for remote and regional Australia,” NBN chief executive Bill Morrow says. “People who have previously had no, or very slow, internet access will experience broadband access like never before.”

The aim of NBN’s long-term satellite service is to deliver peak download speeds of 25 megabits per second, roughly comparable with some urban areas. This involves its two satellites each projecting 101 torch-like spot beams across the continent (and offshore locations such as Christmas Island) as well as the construction of no fewer than 10 ground stations with twin 13.5 metre satellite dishes.

Australia’s National Broadband Network is 100% owned by the Australian government and wholesales its terrestrial and satellite capacity to local retailers. As at June 2015 it had 389,000 clients (mostly served by terrestrial links, and some linked by an interim satellite launched in 2011 (Optus’ IPstar).

Arianespace will carry out its Launch Readiness Review on Sept 28 prior to a scheduled launch for Sky Muster on Sept 30.

Arianespace will also carry ARSAT-2 for Argentina on the same Ariane-5 rocket.

Ariane 5 ready to orbit Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 on September 30

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Ariane_5_ready_to_orbit_Sky_Muster_and_ARSAT_2_on_September_30_999.html

Sky Muster is the initial satellite to be orbited by Arianespace for NBN, and the spacecraft was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral). With an estimated liftoff mass of 6,440 kg., the relay platform is designed to deliver broadband services from geostationary orbit to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians, providing coverage across the entire country, including the Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands.

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's ninth mission of 2015 is now fully assembled, following the integration of its two telecommunications satellites at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

During activity in Ariane 5's Final Assembly Building, the upper payload component - containing Australia's Sky Muster spacecraft mounted on the SYLDA dispenser system, and protected by an ogive-shaped fairing - was lowered into position over the Argentinian ARSAT-2 relay platform, which was previously installed atop the launcher's central core.

This step clears the way for final checkout, which will enable the Launch Readiness Review to be conducted on September 28, followed by Ariane 5's rollout to the Spaceport's ELA-3 launch zone the following day, and an evening liftoff on September 30.

To be deployed first during the 32-minute mission is Sky Muster, which will be operated by nbnT - a service provider owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. This company's objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at the least cost to taxpayers.

Sky Muster is the initial satellite to be orbited by Arianespace for NBN, and the spacecraft was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral).

With an estimated liftoff mass of 6,440 kg., the relay platform is designed to deliver broadband services from geostationary orbit to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians, providing coverage across the entire country, including the Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands.

A second nbn satellite will be launched on a future Arianespace mission.

ARSAT-2 is installed in the lower payload position on Ariane 5, and will be released as the mission's second passenger in the flight sequence.

With a liftoff mass of approximately 2,975 kg., this satellite was built under the responsibility Argentina's INVAP and will be operated by the state-owned Argentinian operator ARSAT to provide direct-to-home television (DTH), Internet access services for reception on VSAT antennas, along with data transmission and IP telephony.

Arianespace launched the predecessor ARSAT-1 satellite on an Ariane 5 in October 2014.

Arianespace's September 30 mission with Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 will maintain the company's fast-paced 2015 launch schedule, which forsees a total of 12 missions this year using its complete launcher family: the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.

APSCC Confident Asian Governments Will Protect C-band

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2015/09/23/apscc-confident-asian-governments-will-protect-c-band/

[Via Satellite 09-23-2015] Asian governments will likely stand with the satellite industry in defending a “no change” stance toward the reallocation of C-band — such is the hopeful expectation of the Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC), a non-profit international association of public and private satellite entities. The pressing return of the World Radiocommunication Conference this year, designated WRC-15, will bring together industry, governments and regulators to decide on spectrum issues, with conclusions regarding C-band (3.4 to 4.2 GHz) forming the crux of satellite industry concerns.

WRC-15 takes place in Geneva, Switzerland this November but leaders from around the world have already held numerous regional meetings in preparation for the conference. The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) recently proposed allocating a portion of C-band from 3.4 to 3.6 GHz to the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) industry, which says it needs more spectrum to accommodate the rapid growth of mobile services. The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations’ (CEPT) final WRC-prep meeting this year suggested 3.4 to 3.8GHz be dedicated to mobile broadband.

These dispositions add weight to the belief that the satellite industry will likely have to compromise on C-band at this year’s WRC, compared to 2007’s conference when the industry was able to keep the band largely intact. The Asia Pacific could offer more hope, however, for defense of the spectrum. Paul Brown-Kenyon, president of APSCC and CEO of Measat, told Via Satellite that regulators in the region are largely in support of keeping C-band as is.

“The recent 5th Meeting of the APT Conference Preparatory Group for WRC-15 (APG15-5) in Seoul, Korea from July 27 to August 1, concluded to a view of ‘no change’ on the C-band allocation for satellite services. Although a minority of countries supported IMT allocation in the C-band, the meeting forwarded to APT members a ‘Preliminary APT Common Proposal for ‘No Change’ in the C-band.’ We are now waiting for the member administrations to endorse this Asian Common Proposal,” he said.

Brown-Kenyon warned, though, that the industry will need to continue to voice its concerns with APT countries to obtain a confirmed APT Common Proposal in support of no change. APSCC members are actively working to inform regulators about C-band and it’s importance both to the satellite industry and overall telecommunications services.

Among supporters of APSCC in this mission are the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), the Global VSAT Forum (GVF), and the European Satellite Operator’s Association (ESOA). John Medeiros, chief policy officer at CASBAA, told Via Satellite that C-band is of the utmost importance in Asia.

“C-band transmissions are vital — literally the arteries through which our blood flows — and there are no available substitutes,” he said.

Brown-Kenyon reaffirmed this point, stating that Asia has such diverse communications needs that C-band becomes arguably more important for this continent than other parts of the world.

“Highlighting C-band’s importance in Asia are the latest estimates indicating that half of satellite bandwidth utilized over Asia is in C-band compared to approximately 35 percent in other regions,” he said.

Asia, being home to more than 4 billion people, has a variety of geographies and communications needs. In many areas C-band is favored for its resilience against rain fade, compared to Ka or Ku frequencies. Euroconsult conducted a study released in June 2014 that described C-band in the Asia-Pacific as inimitable.

“The utilization of C-band for video contribution and cellular backhaul services has been one of the key enablers for Asia’s rural and underserved communities to receive video content and cellular service. These communities would not have been able to access these services affordably through terrestrial solutions for the foreseeable future,” explained Brown-Kenyon. “For video distribution, South East Asia alone — a region with mainly developing nations — has more than 38 million C-band TV Receive Only (TVRO) dishes, compared to the United States, which only has 1.75 million registered C-band TVROs. In the context of cellular services and based on market research estimates, Asia is the highest C-band consumer for telecom trunking at circa 260 transponders, whilst the closest region is Latin America with about 210.”

Undermining arguments by supporters of no change is the substantive but unquantified number of C-band terminals in several Asian nations. Brown-Kenyon said some administrations have taken steps to register these C-band terminals through mass notifications to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), but that this process has run into a snag.

“The ITU has encountered some difficulties in processing the mass notifications based on the relevant radio regulations and the Radio Regulations Board’s (RRB) rules of procedure and previous WRC decisions on this matter. Subsequently, the RRB requested the Radiocommunication Bureau to provide additional information on the anticipated difficulties and the impact on the ITU in treating such notices. This issue is expected to be addressed at WRC-15 as the Radiocommunication Bureau has reported this matter to the conference through the report of the director. The satellite industry needs to carefully follow this issue during WRC-15 in order to develop a mechanism for the treatment of notification of such earth stations by ITU,” he said.

Nonetheless, confidence remains that C-band is valued in its current roll throughout the majority of the continent.

“I think Asian governments can see quite clearly where their own interests lie, and that does not mean giving up frequencies that are vital to hundreds of millions of ordinary Asian viewers in order to placate relatively wealthy ‘roamers’ from Europe and America,” said Medeiros, adding that the growth of triple play offerings — where voice, data and video are provided together — has increased the reliance on C-band. Consumer video demand is rising sharply, and even with much of that video going over Internet and mobile broadband connections, IMT will be unable to meet all of this demand. What the satellite industry needs to do in the weeks between now and WRC-15, according to Medeiros, is get noticed.

“The satellite industry’s challenge has always been that it is too invisible,” he explained. “It hums away in the background, providing efficient and reliable service, and most people just don’t know that when they pick up their device, or switch on their TV, or step up to their ATM, the supporting data flows are coming over satellite. We couldn’t live as well as we do without satellites, and the challenge is to make those benefits understood by the billions of people around the world who enjoy them — and by their governments!”

OmniAccess Joins Panasonic in Developing Extremely High Throughput Satellite Network

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2015/09/23/omniaccess-joins-panasonic-in-developing-extremely-high-throughput-satellite-network/

[Via Satellite 09-23-2015] Maritime communications specialist OmniAccess has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Panasonic Avionics to participate in the development of the company’s XTS “Extremely High Throughput” satellite network program.

Panasonic has agreements with Intelsat for high throughput capacity on two EpicNG satellites, as well as with Eutelsat for the upcoming Eutelsat 172B. The company is in the process of contracting for XTS high throughput satellites to bring massive amounts of capacity to aeronautical, energy, maritime and mining customers. Through this agreement OmniAccess has secured access to Panasonic’s existing capacity, currently contracted capacity, and the future XTS satellite network, bringing that same capacity and performance to its yachting and cruise ship customers. OmniAccess also foresees extensive cooperation in the areas of entertainment systems and content provisioning.

In a February 2015 interview with Via Satellite, David Bruner VP of global communications at Panasonic Avionics described the company’s “Extreme HTS” strategy as reaching global coverage, then layering additional capacity over highly traversed areas. The company envisions having global HTS coverage by 2017.

Asia Pacific set for HTS boom

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/431541/asia-pacific-set-for-hts-boom/

Data applications via high-throughput satellites (HTS) in Asia alone will generate revenues of US$900 million (€800 million) by 2024, according to Northern Sky Research.

The satellite research group’s latest report predicts that there will be over 300Gbps of HTS capacity available over Asia by 2020 as new entrants including Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat, ABS and Kacific enter the market with geostationary capacity. Currently the region’s HTS capacity is delivered by two players – O3b and Thaicom-owned iPSTAR – operating in distinct markets.

Enterprise data demand is expected to grow to 50Gbps of GEO-HTS capacity, on top of 375 transponder equivalents of fixed satellite services capacity demand by 2024.

“Asia’s need for connectivity will increase exponentially over the next decade, and satellite’s role will be vital to this expansion. Applications like backhaul and enterprise data will propel growth in the future,” said Blaine Curcio, senior analyst and report co-author.

“What is unique about Asian HTS supply is that Ku-band is attracting interest given the precedent set by iPSTAR. Those that have the spectrum will use it for HTS, as well as, widebeam FSS depending on the target market,” said Prashant Butani, senior analyst and report co-author.

Rokot launches three Russian military satellites into orbit

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Rokot_launches_three_Russian_military_satellites_into_orbit_999.html

Three military satellites launched from the Plesetsk space center have been successfully put into orbit.

The military satellites launched from the Plesetsk space center with the help of the Rokot carrier rocket early on Thursday have been successfully put into orbit, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson told RIA Novosti.

"The light-class Rokot carrier rocket successfully put into orbit at the designated time three Russian Defense Ministry space vehicles," the spokesperson said.

The Rokot rocket was launched from the Plesetsk facility in northwestern Russia at 01:00 Moscow time on Thursday, September 24 (22:00 GMT on Wednesday).

The Rokot launch vehicle, developed by the Russian state-run Khrunichev Center, is a modification of the RS-18 (SS-19 Stiletto) two-stage ballistic missile that is being decommissioned from Russia's Strategic Missile Forces.

The Rokot carrier rocket has been successfully launched from the Plesetsk facility 23 times since its first launch on May 16, 2000.

Japanese cablecos plan 4K channel launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/24/japanese-cablecos-plan-4k-channel-launch/

Cable TV industry players in Japan are joining forces to offer a national channel dedicated to 4K Ultra-high definition programming set for launch in December, according to Nikkei.

The 39 initial participants include J:COM and KDDI, with the aim of expanding this to some 370. The Japan Cable and Telecommunications Association is calling for content providers, with more than 110 so far expressing their intention of participating.

Japan Digital Serve, whose investors include railway operator Tokyu and J:COM, is set to handle the programming mix. The shows will be transmitted via a platform of JapanCableCast, allowing the cablecos to focus on content production.

Thuraya's CEO Takes Top Title... Satellite Executive Of The Year

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1699766778

[Satnews] Thuraya has enjoyed triple digit growth in Asia for three years in a row in the maritime sector alone...

Thuraya’s CEO Samer Halawi was last night named “Satellite Executive of the Year” by the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC).

Mr. Halawi was recognized at the organization’s 12th annual awards ceremony, which took place in Seoul, South Korea, on September 22, as part of the APSCC’s 2015 Satellite Conference and Exhibition.

Since Halawi was appointed as CEO in 2011, Thuraya has gone on to deliver a sustained transformation, with a double-digit compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11 percent from 2011 to 2014.

Samer Halawi, CEO, Thuraya Telecommunications, said, “On behalf of Thuraya and our whole team, I am really grateful to receive this prestigious award in recognition of our contribution to the satellite industry. It is a great honor for Thuraya to be recognized for having transformed itself into what is today a progressive, successful business.

“Thuraya has also made a positive contribution to the world at the same time. We want to make a difference, offering a competitive choice of products and services and introducing innovation and disruption in an industry that requires an alternative to the status quo. The award also demonstrates the value of working with our partners. Ours is a collaborative approach, creating innovative partnerships, business models, and products and solutions, together.”

Thuraya has enjoyed triple digit growth in Asia for three years in a row in the maritime sector alone. The company expects this sector to grow further due to strong demand for its products, which offer both exceptional performance and value, and a compelling, competitive alternative for customers.

Halawi said, “This award recognizes the success of the Thuraya team, and the difference we are making together with our partners across the Asia Pacific region. We want to make a difference in other ways too, and Thuraya’s purpose is to save and improve lives. That is a humbling responsibility, and one we take very seriously. It shapes us as a team, and as a company.”

Intelsat sells assets to pay debt

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/23/intelsat-selling-assets-possibly-to-eutelsat-or-ses/

Intelsat has had a terrible week, with its share price tumbling 5.5 per cent on September 22, but having collapsed from $9.83 to just $7.91 over the past five trading days. Intelsat shares are down by 54 per cent since the start of the year.

Now the Financial Times is reporting that the company is looking to sell some key assets, and Eutelsat and John Malone-backed Liberty Media are said to be examining the possibilities. The FT says SES or Canada’s Telesat could also be interested parties.

Intelsat is burdened by a massive $14 billion in debt, the highest in the industry by far.

The sell-off possibilities could include its ‘Intelsat Americas’ media and cable distribution business which relays key US channels such as HBO (and its fleet of ‘Galaxy’ satellites). Also mentioned as a possibility is the sale of its valuable governmental/military ‘government solutions’ business which supplies bandwidth to the US armed forces around the world.

Intelsat is controlled by two private equity companies, BC Partners and Silver Lake, which acquired Intelsat back in 2007 when the business was already carrying some $11 billion in debt.

U.K Freeview confirms HD product future

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/24/freeview-confirms-hd-product-future/

UK DTT platform Freeview has confirmed that the Freeview Trade Mark Licence will only be granted for HD products from the end of 2016 with the brand no longer appearing on new SD products.

Freeview, alongside Digital UK – the company that manages the development and strategy of DTT and supports viewers – and the DTG, has been working with television manufacturers and retailers to encourage the take-up of HD to deliver the best viewing experience for consumers and a more efficient technical standard.

The move is expected to give a major boost to sales of HD products, which last year (2014) accounted for over 70 per cent of new Freeview TV sales in the UK. Sales of equipment with Freeview in-built have reached more than 100 million since the service launched in 2002.

Recent research by Freeview showed that picture quality via HD and access to the players on their television are the most important features for TV viewers, and this announcement is the next step in the company’s drive towards an increasingly hybrid, HD platform.

Earlier this month Freeview announced that the new Freeview Play service, which combines catch-up TV, on-demand services and live television without a subscription, will launch in October. All Freeview Play technology will be built to the HD standard, specified in the D-Book 8.

Acording to Guy North, Managing Director of Freeview, Freeview HD gives consumers the best possible picture quality without a subscription. “By moving all Freeview products to HD, we are ensuring that our viewers get the full range of channels available to them on the platform and the best possible quality. The company has been working closely with manufacturers, retailers, government and other industry stakeholders to future-proof the platform.”

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG, which promotes digital television and broadcast media, said: “The industry has given unanimous support, through its collaboration in the DTG, to Freeview’s move to ensure all their viewers enjoy the rich experience of high definition TV with the reliable experience to which they have become accustomed from world’s greatest industry-defined and open digital TV platform”


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Complaint about cheap rugby TV site touches on battle over internet anonymity

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/72254471/complaint-about-cheap-rugby-tv-site-touches-on-battle-over-internet-anonymity

On and off the field, the Rugby World Cup shows old orders are facing new challenges.
Sky Television and World Rugby face a problem trying to chase down a company that is offering Kiwis a cheap way to watch Rugby World Cup matches online.

That is finding out who is behind the service and where it is located.

ViewTVabroad.com is advertising RWC games for £6.49 a month (NZ$15.79) by tapping into a free online television service provided by British broadcaster ITV which is supposed to be blocked outside the United Kingdom.

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said on Friday it expected World Rugby to take action against ViewTVabroad, as World Rugby had sold Sky exclusive rights to show RWC matches in New Zealand.

Way has described ViewTVabroad as a "form of piracy".

She would not comment on Monday on whether it might take action against New Zealand users of the service or others like it.

James Fitzgerald, a spokesman for World Rugby in Britain, said it was "dealing with this issue", but ViewTVabroad was still advertising RWC matches on Tuesday morning.

ViewTVabroad lists a postal address in London, but its website is registered on the official "whois" database of web addresses to a Panamanian company, Whoisguard Inc.

As its name suggests, Whoisguard's main purpose is to prevent people using the publicly-searchable "whois" database to get directly in touch with website owners by letting them hide their name and address.

Washington-based New Zealand lawyer Peter Dengate Thrush said the debate over whether website owners should be able to shield their identity had been raging for 20 years.

Dengate Thrush chaired Icann, the powerful body that administers the global internet, between 2007 and 2011. He was the first non-American to do so.

"Anyone who doesn't want to have their name and address and other details available through 'whois' is able to use a 'proxy'," Dengate Thrush said.

In other cases, website owners simply provided bogus addresses, he said. "Websites are registered to 'Mickey Mouse at One Disney Lane'."

Between May and July, Icann consulted on a proposal that would be designed to ensure that "commercial" websites should not be able to use proxies, and that website owners supplied genuine information.

If approved later this year, the plan could make it harder for cyber-criminals to hide in the dark corners of the web, delivering a potentially huge prize for law enforcement.

It would also make it easier for entertainment giants to track down quasi-legitimate businesses such as ViewTVabroad that operate in legal grey areas.

But Dengate Thrush said the debate over website anonymity was far from decided. "There is still a fundamental argument."

Dengate Thrush said the concern was that anonymity was needed to protect the likes of political dissidents in countries such as Iran, for whom the internet might be the only way to get news to the outside world.

"Most people think that is a pretty important right. If there was an easy answer I would like to hear it."

Progress was being made on the issue, "in that people continue to talk about it", he said.

(Craig's comment, all this is is a paid VPN service, not illegal at all. They are not targeting people in New Zealand sepecifically. As for the Rugby World cup , yes you can watch it via ITV (U.K channel) using the FREE Filmon.com service or their app (in the google play store). Livestream.com is another world cup rugby source. You could also use the Filmon Playlist maker which will makes a playlist of all Filmon.com channels (including ITV) which gives a 24 hour session token. To view over 800 Filmon channels via a .m3u playlist. (plays on many receivers or VLC player)

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NBTC may compensate operators over new digital-channel rules

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/NBTC-may-compensate-operators-over-new-digital-cha-30269254.html

THE BROADCASTING regulator is considering providing financial support for the operators of cable and satellite TV platforms that might be adversely affected when its newly revised channel-numbering rule takes effect within two months, but some operators want the rule revoked.

Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said some members of its broadcasting committee had floated the idea of compensating cable and satellite TV providers for the costs incurred from carrying the 36 terrestrial-based digital channels.

"There are two possible options. The first option is that those cable and satellite TV operators are exempt from fees for the NBTC's research and development fund. That fee amounts to 2 per cent of the gross annual income of each operator," she said.

The other possibility is a direct subsidy for those affected.

However, before either option is considered further, affected operators should express their interest in these initiatives and explain why they should receive such support.

Through its "must carry" rule and the rule on channel-number rearrangement, the NBTC aims to set a single standard in the television industry that provides convenience for both audiences and TV channel operators.

Manop Tokarnka, president of the Satellite TV Network Providers Club, said the members of the club would meet on this issue tomorrow. The club will also invite cable and satellite TV channel owners and operators of Internet protocol TV (IPTV) to the meeting.

Speaking on behalf of the cable and satellite TV industry, Manop said the NBTC's "must carry" and channel-numbering rules were unfair. He claimed it cost them at least Bt15 million a month to carry all of the new digital channels.

"We have to wait until the newly revised rule on the rearrangement of channel number comes into effect within the next 60 days. After that, we will bring this matter to the Central Administrative Court," he said.

The revised channel-numbering rule was approved last week by the NBTC.

Manop called for it and the "must carry" rule to be revoked so that each cable or satellite TV operator could select which popular digital TV channels it wanted to show.

The club members include major satellite TV operators IPM TV, PSI Holdings Infosat Intertrade, IdeaSat, Thai Sat and Leo Sat.

Astro Targets 50,000 More Pay-TV Subs

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2015/09/21/astro-targets-50000-more-pay-tv-subs/

[Via Satellite 09-21-2015] Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad, the top pay-TV provider in Malaysia, anticipates adding 50,000 additional subscribers during fiscal year 2016. The company announced it gained 15,000 more subscribers while reporting its financial results for the first six months of fiscal year 2016, ending Jan. 31, 2016, and launched seven new channels.

Investors view Astro positively as a company with significant potential. Many regarded this latest earnings report as confidence building.

“We are encouraged to learn that Astro recorded 15,000 growth in pay-TV subs in the quarter (vs. the 5,000 subs loss in 1QFY16) as customers return to Astro’s platform in time for the Raya festivities (Raya is an Islamic festival and is recognized as a public holiday in Malaysia). We think that this explains the gradual decline of the churn rate from 10.3 percent in 1QFY16 to 9.8 percent in 2QFY16. In addition, management also attributed the improvement in pay-TV subs to conversion from its NJOI customers (its prepaid TV offering) to the pay-TV platform. For 1HFY16, management estimated that Astro has completed about 19k conversion from prepaid to pay-TV platform,” CIMB Analyst Mohd Shanaz Noor Azam wrote in a Sept. 16 research note.

Revenue for Astro grew 4 percent Year over Year (YoY) to RM2.7 billion ($640 million), and EBIDTA climbed 7 percent to RM962 million ($227 million). The pay-TV operator’s CEO Rohana Rozhan said in a Sept. 15 statement that the company added 426,000 net TV customers in H1FY16, increasing Astro’s market penetration in Malaysia to 65 percent, up from 60 percent the same time last year.

“Astro is our top pick for the Malaysian media sector due to its strong three-year EPS CAGR of 21 percent and dominant market position with a 65 percent market penetration. Rising ARPU growth from value-added services and stronger contribution from home shopping are potential catalysts,” Mohd Shanaz continued.

He noted, however, that Malaysia’s Goods and Service Tax, enacted in April 2015, has influenced customer spending, and is likely the cause of a 1.4 percent drop in Astro B.yond HD subs.

In an April 2015 interview, Swee Lin Liew, Astro’s chief commercial officer, told Via Satellite the pay-TV provider added 10 new channels last year, and reached a total of 48 HD channels. Liew said Astro anticipates doubling the amount of satellite capacity it uses over the next five years to have room for significantly more HD channels as well as more SD channels. She said the company also envisions reaching a household penetration rate of 84 percent.

“Amid a weak consumer sentiment, management noted that while low-to-mid ARPU customers continue to adjust their wallet share, premium customers have been spending more, which is reflected in the pick-up in its multi-room and PVR net adds — this could continue in the near future,” Pankaj Suri, analyst at Nomura, wrote in a Sept. 16 research note.

Rozhan said Astro is also aiming to increase the take up of connected boxes and of Astro on the Go from 181,000 to 500,000 by the end of the year. Astro on the Go, which now lets users download programs to mobile devices for offline viewing, saw downloads increase by 31 percent YoY to 1.6 million with weekly viewing time exceeding 140 minutes. Astro has also seen success with the launch of its Go Shop channel, and plans to launch a second Go Shop channel in Chinese in November 2015.

OneWeb risk to DTH signals

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/22/oneweb-risk-to-dth-signals/

OneWeb is a $3 billion project to circle the Earth with about 700 small satellites and beaming broadband connectivity to underserved communities. It is backed, in part, by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, and telco giant Qualcomm.

The problem is that the satellites operate at just 1200 kms in space, and well below their bigger brothers in the sky, the geostationary satellites which beam TV programming to millions of homes below. The OneWeb satellites operate in the same frequency banks (Ku) as the geostationary craft.

The fear is that every time one of the OneWeb satellites passes beneath a geostationary craft there will be unintentional – but very real – interference to reception from the well-established satellites above. All satellites are obliged to carefully co-ordinate their downlink beams so as to wholly avoid interference.

OneWeb has yet to formally file its intentions with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which administers and approves all satellite transmissions. Brian Holz, OneWeb’s VP/operations, told a Paris conference last week that until it had submitted its plans to the ITU it was unfair of established satellite operators to complain, let alone object.

But that has not curtailed a significant number of highly vocal objectors. One senior industry figure, Tom Choi, CEO of ABS of Bermuda and Hong Kong, said he could not see how OneWeb “can avoid interference” and demanded that OneWeb comer clean and explain to the industry how they were going to avoid these problems. “From every calculation that we are doing, we can’t see how they can avoid creating interference.”

One supporter – and investor – is Intelsat, and their CEO Steven Spengler said his company’s participation in OneWeb represented opportunities in that the intention was for a OneWeb satellite to ‘hand over’ its on-board traffic whenever it was near the Equator (and thus a geostationary satellite’s orbit). This only prompted the objectors to state that if this physical handover was needed for a fleet of near-800 satellites then the Intelsat fleet was going to be very busy, and therefore interference was a very obvious risk.

Eutelsat’s Michel de Rosen said the OneWeb scheme had to be investigated, because it was not enough to hope that it would work without interference.

Letv awarded HK Premier League rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/22/letv-awarded-hk-premier-league-rights/

The English Premier League has confirmed that Letv has been awarded its exclusive broadcasting rights in Hong Kong for Seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19.

Letv currently broadcasts Barclays Premier League matches via online and mobile platforms in mainland China as a sub-licensee of Super Sports Media Group, the Premier League’s broadcast partner for mainland China and Macau.

“We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with the English Premier League in the past few years as a digital broadcaster in mainland China,” said Chief Executive of Letv Sports, Lei Zhenjian. “And we’re very excited now to extend this cooperation to Hong Kong. Together, we’ll bring a fantastic English Premier League offering to local fans.”

Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore, said: “We are very pleased that Letv has chosen to invest in our broadcasting rights in Hong Kong for seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19. They have an excellent track record as an online content provider and we look forward to working with them to make all the best Premier League action available to our many fans in Hong Kong from season 2016/17.”

NBC Streaming Channel Launches On Roku

From http://www.multichannel.com/news/programming/nbc-streaming-channel-launches-roku/393967

Offers Authenticated Viewing Of Current, Library Shows

NBC said its new streaming channel has launched on the Roku platform, ahead of the new fall season. Viewers can now stream all current series, plus a library with thousands of hours of available entertainment, via the NBC channel on Roku players and Roku TV models. All Roku customers will be able to log-in to the NBC channel to access day-after-air full episodes of the newest NBC fall programming, including, NBC notes, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Blindspot (pictured), Heroes Reborn, Truth Be Told and The Player.
Roku customers who authenticate through their pay TV provider can stream full episodes of returning favorites, including new Emmy winner The Voice, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Grimm. Full episodes and clips of NBC late-night programing (Tonight, Late Night, Saturday Night Live) can also be streamed the next day.
"We want our shows available where our viewers are watching content," Rob Hayes, executive vice president of NBC Entertainment Digital, said in a release. "As consumers shift to connected devices, we are committed to working with platform partners like Roku so our fans and audiences interested in entertainment can discover, engage with, and watch our shows.” Alison Moore, GM and EVP TV Everywhere, NBCUniversal, added in the release: “The launch of NBC’s fall slate and inclusion of other great content on the Roku platform demonstrates our commitment to expanding digital platforms for fans to watch their favorite shows. Working with Roku to add NBC shows on connected TV’s is a huge step forward in advancing NBCUniversal’s TV Everywhere initiative.”
The NBC streaming channel is on Roku players and Roku TV models within the Entertainment category in the Roku Channel Store. NBC programming is also available on the NBC app on the App Store and Google Play.

(Craig's comment, I must dig out my Roku and try it out!)

OFCOM: ‘Russia Today in serious breach’

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/22/ofcom-russia-today-in-serious-breach/

UK regulator Ofcom has come down heavily on Russia Today (RT and RT Europe) over a series of 14-minute transmissions called ‘The Truthseekers:Genocide of Eastern Ukraine’ which RT broadcast in July. Ofcom stated that RT had made a “serious breach of [the Ofcom] codes”.

Ofcom stated that the news broadcaster made no attempt to provide balance and impartiality and that RT was in breach of its guidelines. TV Novosti, which backs the Russia Today family of channels, told Ofcom that it had, following complaints, removed and “terminated” the programme, including taking it down from its websites.

Ofcom, in its 21-page report and ruling, stated: “Ofcom acknowledged the importance attached to freedom of expression in the broadcasting environment, as contained in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”). This provides for the broadcaster’s and audience’s right to freedom of expression, which encompasses the right to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without undue interference by public authority.”

Unfortunately, there was more. Another RT programme in its Truthseeker series (“Media staged Syria chem attack” and broadcast back in March also fell short of Ofcom’s rules. Somewhat cheekily RT’s on air voiceover blamed the BBC of “staging chemical weapons attack” and which prompted the BBC to make a robust complaint to Ofcom.

Ofcom again decided that RT was in breach of the Ofcom codes. The BBC’s complaint against RT was upheld.

The grumbles extended to another RT show, “Ukraine’s Refugees” broadcast over a number of days in July, and again determined that RT did not preserve due impartiality and was in breach.

RT in a statement said it was disappointed by Ofcom’s rulings. “The “in-breach” findings concern two episodes of a commentary show, one of which did not air in the UK, and a documentary about refugees in eastern Ukraine, which was based on eyewitness testimonies,” said Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor in chief.


A mux with Channel 7 and various other service was seen for short time early Sunday morning (off now)
Optus D1 12640 V Sr 15000

Feeds Monday

Emmy's Awards 2015 [LIVE]
→Asiasat 5 (100.5°E)
►4160 H 15000 (MPEG4ᴴᴰ/FTA)
►3897 V 6111 (MPEG2/FTA)

Tennis - WTA Quebec [LIVE]
→Asiasat 5 (100.5°E)
•ATL Enc 1
►3886 V 7120 (MPEG4ᴴᴰ/FTA)

Sunday Feeds

D2 12571 V Sr 7500 , Fec 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 720x576 SD, FTA..a race of some type

D1 12670 V Sr 7500 ,Fec 3/4, DVBS2/8PSK "IP-UPLINKS" AFL from Perth, FTA, 720x576 SD
D1 12419 V Sr 7000 ,Fec 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK "STS 8" Intrust Cup League 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA...

D2 12539 H Sr 6978 ABC setting up for a cross from Canberra
D2 12547 H Sr 6978 ABC waiting for a news cross
D2 12555 H Sr 6978.ABC covering a radio interview with Joe Hockey

Asiasat 5 3886 H 7500 "ATL Enc 1" (MPEG4 /FTA) MMA fighting

Saturday feeds

D1 12428 V Sr 7000 DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, STS Feed with FTA football

D2 12571 V Sr 7500 , Fec 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 720x576 SD, FTA..

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12407 H "SET Asia, Colors, Zee TV Asia Pacific, Star Plus Southeast Asia, Sony SAB TV Asia, Life OK India, MTV India, Zoom, Sony Max Asia, Star Gold, Times Now, NDTV India, PTC Punjabi, Star Vijay International, Raj TV and KTV" have left .
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12726 H "Cima TV" has left

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12450 H "CCTV Français and CCTV Español" have left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12490 H "TV Edukasi 2 and TVB 8" have left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12530 H "MTV Live HD" is back on , Nagravision. Mix is now encrypted. Life Inspired, TVB Xing He and TVBS Asia have left
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12570 H "Bloomberg TV Indonesia" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12610 H "AniPlus HD, JimJam Asia, CCTV Arabic and Rajawali TV" have left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12650 H "CCTV 9 Documentary, CCTV Russkij and TVB Jade" have left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12690 H "CNBC Asia-Pacific" has left.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Naaptol and Vallabh TV" have started on , Fta. Bindass Play, UTV Action and Bindass have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3921 H "RK News" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "RT Movies" has started on Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Gyana Yogi" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Live 1 HD(高清)频道消失,设置11541 H 45000参数无效接收。[09-20]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Teleasia(Cignal)频道消失,设置11656 H 18750参数无效接收。[09-20]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,TeleAsia Chinese(菲律宾)频道消失,设置11481 H 18750参数无效接收。[09-20]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,MGM(印度)频道消失,设置3765 V 2950参数无效接收。[09-20]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,In Diasing(高清)频道消失,设置4177 H 7200参数无效接收。[09-20]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Manoranjan Music(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4117 V 8800参数免费接收。[09-20]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,DD News、DD Sports(印度)等全组频道消失,设置11490 V 30000参数无效接收。 [9月20日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Times Now、ET Now(印度)等全组频道加密,设置3802 H 10000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Lao MV Family、Lao MV Varietv(测试)频道新增,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。 [9月20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。[09-19]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,New Ch1 On Mc、Thaipbs SD(泰国)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。[09-19]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,TV Lao(老挝)频道加密,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。[09-19]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,DD Mp替换TV 24(印度)频道,设置11150 V 28500参数免费接收。[09-19]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,DD Punjabi、DD Up等替换DD National(印度)等频道,设置11070 V 28500参数免费接收。[09-19]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,DD News、DD Sports(印度)等6个频道消失,设置11110 V 30000参数无效接收。[09-19]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Times Now、ET Now(印度)等全组频道解密,设置3802 H 10000参数免费接收。 [9月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Signal(印度)频道新增,设置4090 H 14368参数免费接收。 [9月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jivi Shoppe、4 Real News(印度)频道消失,设置4184 V 21600参数无效接收。 [9月19日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Cnt(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11092 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月19日]


Jabiru-1 is “70% complete”

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/21/jabiru-1-is-70-complete/

Satellite builder Lockheed-Martin (L-M) says it has received “considerable interest” in the part-completed Ka-band satellite (Jabiru-1) originally ordered and being built for Australia’s NewSat. NewSat, and its various subsidiaries, which are now in bankruptcy.

L-M says the satellite is about 70 per cent complete, and they have had 13 expressions of interest in the satellite, and with most enquiring whether the craft could be re-purposed from its original mission (which was to serve over the Asia-Pacific region).

Lockheed-Martin says it hopes to find a buyer for the craft within the next six months. L-M retained ownership rights in the satellite under the construction contract it had in place with NewSat until the costs of the build had been paid in full. With NewSat’s insolvency the ownership of the satellite stayed firmly with them.

NewSat’s receivers sold the teleport also owned by NewSat for A$12 million in August.

NewSat Ltd was removed from Australia’s Stock Exchange (ASX) on August 31st.

Foxtel and Ten have chance to ease ACCC's fears

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-and-ten-have-chance-to-ease-acccs-fears-20150921-gjrf94.html

ACCC has concerns a Foxtel-Ten tie-up could disadvantage other on broadcast rights.

A legal pledge by Network Ten Holdings and Foxtel may be the price the two have to pay to get the competition watchdog over the line on their proposed tie-up, experts say.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission last week outlined concerns around sports broadcast rights and Ten gaining an unfair advantage over its rivals Nine Entertainment and Seven West Media as a result of the pay television provider buying up to 15 per cent of the free-to-air network.

It also spelled out concerns about Ten's advertising sales being run by the Foxtel-Fox Sports joint venture Multi-Channel Network – with the metropolitan broadcaster taking a 24.99 per cent stake in the business.

The ACCC has proposed to make a final decision on the Ten-Foxtel deal on October 22.

The ACCC could still approve the deal without conditions, or it could oppose it.

Some competition experts believe the ACCC is inviting Ten and Foxtel to come up with a solution rather than signalling it will block the deal.

"One solution is a court enforceable undertaking. Foxtel could undertake to ensure that no network is disadvantaged by its acquisition of sports rights," one competition expert told Fairfax Media.

"Essentially it could undertake that the number of games shown remains the same and the amount paid is the same fraction of the total payment for the rights."

Another sensitive point is advertising sales, Ten, the home of The Bachelor and The Project, could undertake to not appoint MCN its sole agent, added the source. That would not prevent MCN from providing significant input for the network's ad sales.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is also assessing whether the deal would breach current media control legislation, particularly the two-out-of-three rule, which stops any one person controlling more than two of a newspaper, commercial TV licence or radio licence in a major market.

"On the ownership and control side of the broadcasting services act, Illyria could undertake to the ACMA to divest its DMG radio interests," the competition expert said.

llyria is Lachlan Murdoch's investment vehicle, which owns 100 per cent of Nova Entertainment (formerly called DMG). As co-chairman of Foxtel's co-owner News Corp Mr Murdoch is currently deemed to be both a controller of a radio licence and a newspaper.

If the ACMA deemed his stake to be linked to Foxtel's, he could also be viewed as a controller of Ten, although the ACMA's findings are not yet known.

Another option could be for Lachlan Murdoch to sell his personal 8.5 per cent stake in Ten, which is also held by Illyria, experts added.

Industry sources have observed that this deal involves a minority stake in a public company and is a much different situation than a full acquisition of a competitor.

Spokespeople for Illyria and Foxtel declined to comment. Ten referred back a statement made on September 14: "Ten firmly considers that the objective evidence establishes that the proposed transactions will increase competition in the relevant markets."

Norton Rose Fulbright partner Martyn Taylor said that Foxtel and Ten can give an 87B undertaking, which is essentially a voluntary undertaking which can be enforced by the ACCC in court if it is breached.

"[In] the Austar-Foxtel merger there were quite detailed undertakings given to the ACCC at that stage which involved a combination of behavioural undertakings, including access rights given the third parties to particular Foxtel channels," Mr Taylor said.

Leading media buyers back the tie-up, saying it will improve competition in ad sales. The agencies have an interest in the MCN deal because MCN leads the way in programmatic advertising sales, which make it much more efficient for buyers of media to target specific audiences. They hope that Ten's rivals Nine and Seven would automate more of their systems to better compete with a combined MCN/Ten ad sales unit.

Meanwhile, corporate competition law partner at McCullough Robertson John Kettle said the competition regulator should take a bespoke approach to sports rights as deals are struck with the various codes.

"If you have an issue about sporting rights, the way you deal with it is to regulate the auctions of the sporting rights themselves. So regulate the supply side, not the demand," Mr Kettle said.

"What you do is you identify that the sport federations have market power in relation to the supply of those rights, so what you do is regulate the packages."

Mr Kettle said an alignment of interests between Foxtel, Lachlan Murdoch any of the other major stakeholders in Ten, such as James Packer and Gina Rinehart is difficult to prove.

"There are shifting coalitions, or voting blocks, in Ten, which aren't mandated to vote in a certain way to favour Foxtel. So there's an inability to say that the transactions with which they're concerned will result in a permanent change in strategic approach or direction. [The ACCC are] not going to be able to show that."

He added: "It's a minority interest by Foxtel, which gives them some leverage into the free-to-air market. But, Foxtel's own behaviour has shown that it's not beholden to it. Because Foxtel is going to do a deal with NRL, where the free-to-air component is already out to Channel Nine. Foxtel has done a deal for AFL with Channel Seven."

Pay TV veteran steps down from Foxtel

From http://if.com.au/2015/09/20/article/Pay-TV-veteran-steps-down-from-Foxtel/PWUFUTXOQS.html

Foxtel director of movies Peter Rose is stepping down next week as the pay TV giant restructures oversight of its movie division.

Rose will take on a consultancy role as the movies division is integrated into Foxtel Networks on September 28. The division will report to Ross Crowley, who is promoted to director of content and movies.

The well regarded Rose joined Foxtel in November 2012 after Foxtel bought Showtime Australia, where he was CEO for 11 years, from Universal, Sony, Fox, Paramount and Liberty Global.

Foxtel subsequently slashed the licence fees for movies by 30 per cent-40 per cent, which in part reflected the diminishing value of feature films in this multi-platform era.

Formerly Foxtel Networks director of programming and channels, Crowley was promoted to the new role of director of content strategy and programming in July as part of a management restructure orchestrated by CEO Richard Freudenstein and executive director of television Brian Walsh.

A former head of marketing at United International Pictures in London, Rose was one of the pioneers of pay TV in Australia, serving as MD of Australis for five years from 1992.

Freudenstein said in an email to staff, “Peter Rose has made a significant contribution to our success, securing some of the best movie deals for our customers through his deep knowledge of our business and his strong global industry network.

“Peter has recently made a decision that he would like to enter the next stage of his long and successful career, which is to work reduced hours for us in a consulting capacity and I am delighted to accommodate this arrangement.

“As our business continues to evolve and we ramp up our investment in content to meet the demands of a more competitive market, a decision has been made to transfer the Movies division into Foxtel Networks. The Movies division will report into Ross Crowley, in his new role as Director of Content and Movies, which will enable us to consolidate all linear products under one roof.

“Brian, Peter and Ross are still working on the combined structure and Brian will announce details once finalised.”

ABC presses actors on stalled iview rights talks

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/abc-presses-actors-on-stalled-iview-rights-talks-20150918-gjpp5k.html

Richard Finlayson, director of television at ABC, says actors are missing out under the current arrangements.

ABC director of television Richard Finlayson say he wants the iview to "eat" the ABC's linear channels and has called on producers and actors to agree terms of trade urgently that would allow the catch-up service to compete better with Netflix and Foxtel.

Mr Finlayson, who is seen as one of the probable internal contenders for the ABC managing director position that Mark Scott confirmed last week he would vacate in 2016 , has been in talks with Screen Producers Australia for a year to agree new terms of trade with the production sector.

Richard Finlayson, director of television at ABC, says the ABC has a great relationship with Screen Producers Australia but notes the talks have taken more than a year.

The ABC wants the right to show more runs of shows on its linear channels and, more importantly, the right to keep programmes on iview for much longer than the 14 days allowed now.

However, the complex talks also require SPA to get agreement from the actors wing of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, which is concerned about giving away too many rights for fear members could miss out on the digital viewing boom.

Mr Finlayson told Fairfax Media actors were missing out under the current arrangements.

"We want iview to be able to eat our linear channels ultimately. It will become ABC TV," he said.

"So we need to make it a great experience for ABC viewers as they leave linear TV ... this is not additional viewing, it is a substitution of viewing."

Great relationship

He said the ABC had "a great relationship with SPA" but noted the talks had taken more than a year.

"It has got to a stage now where we really need to resolve this position so we can move confidently into the new digital era," he said. "We are looking to tie it up as soon as possible."

Mr Finlayson's decision to go public on the tortured talks reflects the threat facing iview, which is the country's most popular online TV service, attracting 35.5 million plays a month.

Iview viewers complain that programmes are hard to find and disappear from the platform too quickly, unlike shows on Foxtel's on-demand platform and subscription video-on-demand services such as Netflix and Stan, which is co-owned by Fairfax Media. Those services have deeper, more international catalogues, and powerful search and recommendation functionality.

The ABC also wants iview to be a destination for archived Australian content but says rights to such shows are often prohibitively expensive.

"The question is, why are we able to see endless re-runs of Hogan's Heroes or Seinfeld but we don't see classic Australian shows like The Sullivans or Bangkok Hilton?" Mr Finlayson said. "I think the MEAA are recognising the problem and we are working through it."

MEAA Actors Equity director Zoe Angus said the actors' existing agreement with SPA for repeats rights dates to 2004 and there was no compensation for streaming.

"We have been talking for a year and circling around the issue and it's become apparent very quickly that we need to overhaul the existing arrangements," Ms Angus said.

Complex area

"Different parties have different priorities but we all agree we need a model that actually reflects today's reality. It's a very complex area, which makes it difficult to expedite."

Matt Deaner, chief executive of SPA, said: "We are working diligently and closely with the ABC and the MEAA to adapt both the current terms of trade and the industrial framework in recognition of this competitive and changed environment."

Mr Finlayson said he had not decided yet whether to apply for the managing director role at the ABC, which was advertised last week.

"If you want to make great Australian television shows, as I do, I think my job is arguably the best in the industry," he said.

O3b and Digicel Celebrate One Year of Explosive Growth in Samoa

From http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2015/09/21/o3b-and-digicel-celebrate-one-year-explosive-growth-samoa#axzz3mOCuhoTA

Improved internet connectivity via satellite in Samoa leads to significant increase in demand

O3b Networks today announced the company has completed one full year of operation in providing trunking services to Digicel Samoa through the ground-breaking O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite network.

Digicel has been using the O3b high throughput, low latency connectivity to fuel the growth of 3G data users (Digicel Internet Service), as well as Digicel Business services (including cloud and enterprise services) for small to medium businesses, enterprises and government customers. Digicel is the leading communications operator in Samoa, and is continually striving to improve affordability and offer its customers the best technologies and services available. Digicel’s O3b connection supports data-heavy and latency-sensitive applications, which no other satellite network can support.

Digicel implemented the O3bTrunk services a year ago, with a significant data capacity to provide affordable broadband internet and 3G mobile services to their subscriber base. However, once affordable higher speed services and Digicel’s subsidized smartphones became available, the operator quickly realized its customers had a rapidly expanding appetite for even more broadband service. Digicel ramped up its contracted capacity by more than 70% just four months after the service went live.

The use of O3b satellites, which are closer to the earth than conventional geostationary (GEO) satellites, reduces latency, increases internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the user. O3b’s next generation IP trunking solution boosts existing link capacities to substantially improve affordability and latency compared with traditional satellite systems. O3bTrunk services also provide the basis of a resilient, high performance system that is ideal for use in disaster recovery – something that is becoming increasingly important in island states such as Samoa.

“Digicel provides faster downloads, higher productivity and the best value in Samoa,” said Rory Condon, CEO of Digicel Samoa. “We are able to provide these vital benefits to our customers because of our low latency services—and that is one of the primary features of O3b.”

“O3b is extremely gratified to see the kind of growth experienced by Digicel in Samoa,” said Imran Malik, VP, Asia Pacific and Middle East for O3b. “The Samoan user base has proven that access to high quality, affordable international connectivity increases data usage exponentially—customers find new possibilities, doing things that used to be impossible.”

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is a global satellite service provider operating a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b system combines the global reach of satellite with the speed of a fiber‐optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low‐cost, high‐speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity. O3b Networks' investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

About Digicel

Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 13 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the presenting partner of the Caribbean Premier League. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.

Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.


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China launches new type of carrier rocket: state media

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_launches_new_type_of_carrier_rocket_state_media_999.html

China on Sunday launched a new, smaller type of rocket from its "Long March" family which will be primarily used for carrying satellites aloft, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme.

The Long March-6, a newly developed carrier rocket which uses liquid propellant, took off from a launch base in the northern province of Shanxi on Sunday morning carrying 20 "micro" satellites, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The white rocket, imprinted with the Chinese flag at the top, climbed into bluish-grey skies, footage aired by state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) showed.

One Chinese official suggested that the smaller rocket will make China more competitive in the lucrative market for commercial satellite launches.

"We believe it will greatly boost the competitiveness of Chinese carrier rockets in the international market," Zhang Weidong, chief designer at the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, told Xinhua.

"The new model will also significantly improve our ability to access space," he said.

China launches its own satellites as it continues to build a homegrown navigation system, but also carries out launches for other countries and commercial companies.

- Environmentally friendly -

The rocket is 29.3 metres (97 feet) high, shorter than others actively used in China's space programme, reports said. Long March-6 uses fuel composed of liquid oxygen and kerosene, which is said to be free of toxicity and pollution.

State media hailed the achievement, saying the launch marked a record for the number of satellites carried by a Chinese rocket and its first time for the "environmentally-friendly" fuel.

The small satellites will be used for "experiments" in technology and new products, CCTV said, but gave no details. China's space programme, which has potential military applications, is shrouded in secrecy.

"The separation control for 20 satellites required high accuracy, precision and reliability," Hao Yaofeng, a technician at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, told CCTV.

A 2011 policy paper issued by the State Council, or cabinet, said the Long March-6 would be capable of placing a tonne of payload into orbit at a height of 700 kilometres (434 miles).

State media publicly announced plans for the Long March-6 in 2009, but said at the time the first launch was scheduled for 2013.

China's "Long March" rocket family is named after an epic journey by Communist forces escaping the then ruling Kuomintang in the 1930s.

Chinese scientists earlier this month said the country is planning to land a lunar probe on the dark side of the moon before 2020, according to state media.

In 2013, China landed a rover dubbed Yutu on the moon, making it only the third nation after the United States and Soviet Union to land on the Earth's natural satellite.

China completed its first return mission to the moon last year with an unmanned probe landing successfully back on Earth.

Deutsche Welle (DW) to launch new english TV channel

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/deutsche-welle-dw-to-launch-new-english-tv-channel-115091700890_1.html

Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's Public Service Broadcaster, will underline its dedication to serving television audiences in South Asia while presenting its new channel today here at Hyatt Regency. The new DWTV will feature 24 hours of programming in English with a focus on news, lifestyle and regional content for Asia.

The cornerstone of the channel is news from Europe and the world, along with a programming focus on regional news and events from Asia. The new channel will also feature a variety of documentaries, talk shows and programs covering culture and lifestyle. Highlights include Euromaxx, Arts. 21, Tomorrow Today and Discover Germany.

"The new DWTV opens a window to the world for our viewers in South Asia," said Dorothee Ulrichs, Head of Distribution Asia at DW.

"DW offers a unique perspective that is especially valued by local business and opinion leaders and DW News will now provide them with insights into international head-lines and the details behind regional issues," he added.

In India, the new DWTV will be available on DTH platforms such as DD Freedish , Dish TV and Airtel. It will also available on cable networks including Asianet, Hathways, DEN Networks, InCable Network, Ortel and GTPL.

Amrita Cheema, who works as an anchor on DW News in Berlin and Carsten on Nahmen, the Head of DW News and Current Affairs, will also be on hand to share insight into the world of international news and broadcasting.

Prasar Bharati, India's Public service broadcaster had signed a MoU with DW last year paving way for distribution of DD India on DTH Platform of Hotbird-13B Satellite and the reciprocal distribution of DW-TV on DD Freedish.

Avanti, SES Bury Hatchet with Ka-band Spectrum Dea

From http://spacenews.com/avanti-ses-bury-hatchet-with-ka-band-spectrum-deal/

September 18, 2015 As part of the agreement, Avanti has leased a steerable Ka-band beam on SES’s Astra 5B satellite, operating at 31.5 degrees east, for the satellite’s remaining life of 13.5 years. Credit: SES video grab PARIS —

Satellite fleet operators SES of Luxembourg and Avanti Communications of London have concluded a Ka-band spectrum agreement under which Avanti has transferred to SES spectrum rights outside Avanti’s current commercial coverage regions valued at $25.1 million, the two companies said. As part of the agreement, Avanti has leased a steerable Ka-band beam on SES’s Astra 5B satellite, operating at 31.5 degrees east, for the satellite’s remaining life of 13.5 years. The capacity, totaling about 3 gigahertz, can be targeted to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The lease of the Astra 5B capacity will permit Avanti to develop a market it had intended to serve with the Hylas 3 satellite, also known as EDRS-C, which has a Ka-band payload owned by Avanti in addition to a data-relay payload financed by Airbus Defence and Space and the European Space Agency. The satellite is at least a year late and will not be launched before 2017.

In a Sept. 17 statement on its financial results for the year ending June 30, Avanti said it will be marketing the newly acquired Ka-band beam as Hylas 2B, which will enter commercial service for Avanti by December. Astra 5B was launched in March 2014. SES confirmed on Sept. 18 that it had agreed to lease the Astra 5B beam to Avanti. “The agreement is part of a wide-ranging frequency coordination agreement with Avanti,” SES said in a statement in response to SpaceNews inquiries. “The payload is approximately 3 gigahertz.” SES said the complicated exchange with Avanti did not entail an SES payment of cash to Avanti. The company declined to be more specific. The transfer — SES insisted it was not a sale — of spectrum rights to SES accounted for all of Avanti’s reported revenue increase for the year ended June 30, and more. The company reported total revenue of $85.2 million for the year, up 29.9 percent from the previous year’s total of $65.6 million. The $25.1 million transaction with SES was accounted for as non-recurring revenue “related to the sale of certain spectrum rights, in perpetuity, related to geographic markets in which the group does not seek to operate, in return for indefeasible rights” to the Ka-band payload, Avanti said in its financial report.

The company did not disclose what it will be paying SES for the lease of the Astra 5B Ka-band beam. Avanti operates three satellites in orbit, including 1 gigahertz of capacity aboard the Artemis satellite the group purchased, for a symbolic amount, from the European Space Agency. Artemis is nearing retirement. The company has two satellites under construction – one being the Ka-band payload aboard Hylas 3/EDRS-C, and the other the Hylas 4 Ka-band satellite under construction by Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, and scheduled for launch in 2017. Avanti and SES confronted each other in 2012 over competing rights to Ka-band spectrum at 31 and 31.5 degrees east, with both claiming priority based on their placement of satellites, for brief periods of time, at the respective slots before moving them elsewhere — a maneuver that international regulators would like to stop or curb.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ultimately ruled in Avanti’s favor but asked the governments of Britain and Luxembourg to push the companies into a mutually acceptable compromise. Subsequently, Astra 5B was launched without the certainty that SES’s broadband initiative could make full use of the payload for the satellite’s 15-year life. In its financial report, Avanti said it had $122.2 million of cash on hand as of June 30 and had invested $1.2 billion into its satellite broadband business. The company said its fleet was 20-25 percent full as of June 30, up from 10-15 percent a year ago, and that it was selling capacity at an average of $2,000 per megahertz per month. Whether the $2,000-a-month figure is still holding in Avanti’s African and Middle Eastern markets is unclear. Other satellite operators have reported price declines in recent months.

Avanti said that profitability thresholds of other satellite fleet operators are far higher than at Avanti. “We can generate three times as many megahertz per ton of satellite than is the case with even the most advanced Ku-band HTS,” Avanti said, referring to high-throughput satellites that employ spot beams to reuse frequency and offer higher bandwidth to a given user location. “Our [customer premises] dishes are one-half the price of Ku-band dishes. Our prices are far lower than Ku-band competitors and we have a more compelling, scalable offer.” Avanti said that in its Europe, Middle East and Africa coverage area, its addressable market — defined as users with a demonstrated need for broadband who have the ability to pay for it — is more than 1,000 gigabits per second. The company said that its fleet capacity will total 200 gigabits per second when the two satellites it has on order are in service.

Bhaarat Today beams test signals in India, gets formal launch in US

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/regional/bhaarat-today-beams-test-signals-in-india-gets-formal-launch-in-us-150921

NEW DELHI: Bhaarat Today, a channel aimed at showing the glory of Hinduism and the integrity of the country, has been launched simultaneously in the United States and India.

A Telugu and English channel, it is the initiative of Swami Paripoornananda who has succeeded in launching the channel after two years of planning.

Paripoornananda wants the channel, which is a news-cum-general entertainment channel (GEC), to emphasise the need to trace back the richness of the Indian philosophy that survived the onslaught of many religions and many countries.

The channel's test signals have commenced on the Intelsat20 satellite at 68.5 degree east. Bhaarat Today channel will telecast programmes in test trail soon. The formal launch of the channel in the United States was on 12 September.

Parameter Details:
Satellite: Intelsat20@68.5E(C-BAND)
Freq Rate: 3754
Symbol Rate: 9300
Polar: Vertical
Modulation: Mpeg4/dvb s2
Mode: Free To Air (FTA)


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NEW App for SKY NZ Fanpass service (now support Chromecast)


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Measat 3 91.5E 3814 V "Sky Thoroughbred Central" is Fta.
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Measat 3 91.5E 4120 V "B4U Movies Asia Pacific" is Fta.

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BOM's $77 million supercomputer and Japanese satellite will not fill radar black spot in key grain growing region

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-18/weather-rain-bureau-of-meteorology-cropping-grain-wimmera/6786586

The Bureau of Meteorology concedes multi-million dollar upgrades to its weather technology will not replace the need for basic radar data in a key grain growing region of Victoria.

Farmers in the Wimmera Southern Mallee region of Victoria are campaigning State and Federal Governments for a radar, claiming computerised data based on radars 100s of kilometres away is notoriously inaccurate.

The six-year campaign fell silent when producers were told new satellite technology could replace the need for a radar, but BOM Victoria's acting regional director Ted Williams confirmed it would not.

Although a $77 million supercomputer and upgraded Japanese satellite are set to improve the rate and accuracy of weather information across Australia, Mr Williams said radars provided a different set of data.

"All the different types of information all add to the picture, so radar can be very useful as well," he said.

"Satellite shows you cloud as seen from outer space and the radar picks up rainfall falling out of the clouds, so that indicates whether there's any rain coming from the cloud.

"So the radar shows you the intensity of the rain that's coming, or that's over you, and that relates reasonably well to rainfall rate."

New generation satellite

But Mr Williams stressed there would be more accurate satellite information, provided more often, by the end of September.

"This is a new generation satellite, I think it's one of the most advanced that's up there," he said of the Japanese Meteorological Agency's new weather satellite, known as Himawari 8.

"Currently our external web has pictures that get updated every hour; at the end of the month we'll be able to show imagery that comes in every 10 minutes and is of high resolution.

"We'll be able to zoom in to the area of Victoria so you can see a lot more detail and a lot more often."

Wimmera Southern Mallee farmers claim they are being left behind, with domestic competitors set to reap the rewards of state-of-the-art technology while they battle on for basic radar services.

Asked how BOM allocated infrastructure funds, Mr Williams said it came down to a process of applying to the Federal Government and demonstrating the worth of a project.

"In terms of the supercomputer, the bureau put in a policy proposal to upgrade the computer because there are benefits for all Australians," he said.

"That was one of the reasons that the proposal got up, it's got a lot of flow-on effects to everyone."

Victorian Agriculture Minister supports radar campaign

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford expressed support of the Wimmera Southern Mallee radar campaign, saying she would be open to a joint funding agreement with the Commonwealth if there was a strong business case.

Minister Pulford stressed that weather mapping funding was a Commonwealth responsibility but agreed there was an issue that needed to be addressed in western Victoria.

"In this data-driven world in which we live now information is everything," she said.

"Information and accurate data is money.

"It is quite a big area across the Wimmera, one of our most important grain producing regions."

Minister Pulford pledged to rally the Federal Government but also indicated there could be an opportunity for state funding under the $200 million agricultural infrastructure and jobs fund.

"If that was the kind of thing that returned a really big benefit, if it was the kind of thing the Federal Government was co-investing in, I'd keep an open mind about that," she said.

"But I think our starting position is that mapping weather is clearly one for the Federal Government and I'd urge them to get on with it."

Digicel Pays Up To Acquire SKY Pacific

From http://fijisun.com.fj/2015/09/18/digicel-pays-up-to-acquire-sky-pacific/

An agreement has been reached between Fiji Television Limited and Digicel which will see Digicel acquiring SKY Pacific operations.

The agreed sale price was $5.75 million of which Digicel paid a deposit of $750,000 yesterday to Fiji Television Limited.

On completion, the acquisition is expected to ensure that the backing of a major international brand will benefit Sky Pacific’s current customer base.

The Irish-owned mobile phone company is already active in television in Papua New Guinea.

The deal is subject to the necessary regulatory approvals.

Existing Sky Pacific customers’ service will remain unaffected as the business changes ownership.

Fiji Television director, Nouzab Fareed, said though the agreement has been signed, there are still a lot of regulatory approvals needed.

Mr Fareed said: “It was nice being with a large number of subscribers for more than 10 years.

“We have done our best and now we are handing over to one of our friends who can do much better than what we have done.”

Digicel will work to expand content and services for Sky Pacific customers across 15 countries.

This includes Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Cook Islands.

As part of this, Digicel will make its portfolio of exclusive pay TV broadcast rights such as the Super Rugby, Super League, NRL 9’s – as well as movies and quality entertainment programming – available to SKY Pacific customers.

Digicel Pacific chief executive, Mike Murphy, said: “We are committed to investing in the region and to our evolution into a total entertainment and communications provider.

“In line with this, we will soon be able to provide our Pacific customers with an enriched multimedia experience across multiple devices.”

Big Iron gets technology boost

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Big_Iron_gets_technology_boost_999.html

ESA Malargue tracking station - The 35m ESTRACK deep-space tracking station in Argentina, now supporting the Rosetta mission.

ESA deploys 'big iron' to communicate with its deep-space missions: three 35 m-diameter dishes employing some of the world's most advanced tracking technology. And it's about to get a boost.

ESA's three Deep Space Antenna stations at New Norcia, Australia, Cebreros, Spain and Malargue, Argentina, beam commands and receive data from spacecraft voyaging hundreds of millions of kilometres into our Solar System.

The trio form part of ESA's Estrack tracking network a global system of stations providing links between satellites in orbit and the European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany. The core network comprises 10 stations in seven countries.

The huge dishes - whose moveable structures weigh in at 620 tonnes - can be rotated, elevated and aimed with pinpoint accuracy despite high winds and heat, and transmit radio signals with up to 20 kW of power - enough to run over 20 000 domestic coffee makers .

The stations' stellar performance, however, isn't just about big moving, mechanical things: they make use of advanced, made-in-Europe electronics, including cryogenically cooled low-noise amplifiers and exquisitely machined mirrors made of metal.

Mirrors made of metal
Exploiting the fundamental physics of radio waves and properties of geometric shapes, the stations use 'dichroic mirrors' made of metal, not glass, to reflect and separate the transmitted and received beams.

These mirrors are a metallic latticework comprising thousands of small shapes - either rectangles or crosses - and enable the stations to differentiate between radio signals ranging in frequency from 2 GHz to 40 GHz.

Using their original mirrors and frequencies, the stations, which entered service in 2001 (Australia), 2006 (Spain) and 2013 (Argentina), have provided flawless links with multiple ESA missions, including Gaia, Mars Express and Rosetta, as well as those of partner agencies such as NASA.

But they were designed to allow future upgrades, and with ESA's growing Solar System exploration plans, the future is here.

More data, deeper space
"Future exploration missions to destinations like Jupiter, Ganymede and Mercury will deliver much more scientific data from much further away, and this requires increasing the stations' transmit and receive capabilities," says Pier Mario Besso, an ESA antenna engineer.

Furthermore, spaceborne observatories like Herschel/Planck in the past and Gaia today traditionally use the 8 GHz band for beaming data back, while future missions such as Euclid will move to the 26 GHz band, which offers four times more data bandwidth.

This means upgrading the current fixed, solid dichroic mirrors with newer versions that can move between various mechanical positions, and cryogenically cooling microwave components to make them more sensitive.

As a measure of how much this will improve performance, consider that the stations typically offer a download rate of 228 kbit /s from Mars Express circling the Red Planet, and 7.6 Mbit/s from Gaia, some 1.5 million km from Earth.

When complete, the station improvements will boost this to, typically, 2.2 Mbit/s for ExoMars, and a whopping 74 Mbit/s for Euclid at Gaia's distance - about four times faster than a typical home broadband Internet connection.

Future proofing the stations

ESA is now upgrading the three deep-space sites to work at these new frequencies.

"The work we're doing now to improve the design and performance will enable additional improvements as technology matures in the future," notes Pier Mario.

Plans already foresee improved cryogenic cooling for the microwave feed systems, and 80 kW power amplifiers are being developed, which would give ESA the invaluable ability of coping with emergency situations at interplanetary distances - only NASA's 70 m dishes can do that today.

Further into the future, ESA is exploring new possibilities for increasing data return, perhaps through arrays of deep-space antennas.

"The demand for data from deep space is only going to increase," says Pier Mario. "ESA operates, or will soon operate, spacecraft exploring increasingly farther away that deliver increasing amounts of information.

"They are travelling to the frontiers of human knowledge, and Estrack provides the link that brings their data down to Earth."

BBC to launch US OTT service

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/18/bbc-us-iplayer-bbc-store-and-worldwide-growth/

BBC Director General Tony Hall’s told the Royal Television Society Convention: “Over the next few years, we intend to work with global partners to grow Worldwide further, taking advantage of the demand for British programming and new digital opportunities…Next year, we’re launching a new OTT video service in America offering BBC fans programmes they wouldn’t otherwise get – showcasing British actors, our programme-makers – and celebrating our culture. Overall, we think our plans will increase commercial returns from Worldwide to the BBC to £1.2 billion (€1.64bn) over the next five years – more than 15 per cent higher than the returns of the previous five years.”

The planned OTT service is understood to be distinct from the global version of its iPlayer streaming service, which closed at the end of June. The corporation had charged users subscription fees to watch programmes via the app in Western Europe, Australia and Canada. However, it never launched in the US. Reports suggested that US pay-TV operators had threatened to drop the BBC America channel if the app had launched locally because they believed it would lose them viewers.

Hall suggested that any proposal to carve out BBC Worldwide from the BBC didn’t make economic sense, with Worldwide an indivisible part of the BBC. He also revealed plans for an OTT service for the US, and the October launch of BBC Store.

He told delegates that in the current financial climate, where everyone is being asked to deliver more for less, the BBC needed to have a commercial strategy where BBC Worldwide delivered as much as possible back into public service programmes.

He noted that the BBC’s big upcoming dramas such as War And Peace and Dickensian were all dependent on co-production deals and investment involving BBC Worldwide. “That puts more money on screen for the British public and helps take the best British content to global audiences. But this model only works if BBC Worldwide is thriving,” he asserted, adding that it was “an indivisible part of the BBC”.

He suggested that without BBC Worldwide, the licence fee would be £10 higher. “That’s why any proposal to carve out BBC Worldwide from the BBC doesn’t make economic sense. While every major global player is creating a more integrated system, it would make no sense for us to go the other way and break up a system that is delivering returns that are essential to support public service programmes. It would make it harder for the BBC to diversify its revenues still further. And it would diminish one of the best shop windows to the world for British talent and programme-makers – whether at the BBC or from independents,” he warned.

“We couldn’t have launched iPlayer – or BBC Store next month – without that critical mass of programmes made by the BBC as a starting point. And it will continue to be vital as we develop new platforms and services.”


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Digicel to acquire Sky Pacific

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/digicel-to-acquire-sky-pacific--1103047

Digicel has agreed to acquire satellite pay-TV services provider Sky Pacific from Fiji Television. Digicel will work to expand content and services for Sky Pacific customers across 15 countries, including Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Cook Islands.

Digicel will make its portfolio of exclusive pay-TV broadcast rights such as the Super Rugby, Super League, NRL 9’s - as well as movies and quality entertainment programming - available to Sky Pacific customers.

The deal is subject to the necessary regulatory approvals. Existing Sky Pacific customers’ service will not be affected by the business ownership changes. No financial details related to the transaction have been disclosed.

Foxtel deploys Media Room to store and share content

From http://if.com.au/2015/09/16/article/Foxtel-deploys-Media-Room-to-store-and-share-content/WJAACISFPX.html

Foxtel Australia has deployed a new smart media asset management system which is helping it to store and share the burgeoning weight of digital content easily and quickly.

The subscription television operator now uses Media Room from Silver Trak for its production portal and publicity portal.

Media Room is also used by Transmission Films and Entertainment One.

Foxtel Networks Australia head of content operations, Rachel Thorley, said Media Room served two purposes, the production portal and the publicity Portal.

“The purpose of the production portal is to enable Foxtel’s production department to store and archive production content, production houses to share content with Foxtel’s production department and Foxtel’s production department to deliver commissioned content to other parties,” she said.

“The purpose of the publicity portal is to replace the DVD delivery service where previously Foxtel publicity made DVD copies of key programs and posted them to journalists for review. Both these portals are now part of our daily workflow.”

The smart media storage, management and delivery service is used by some of Australia’s largest free to air broadcasters, streaming companies and content providers.

It addresses the specific needs of any broadcaster, production house, post production house or distributor who has media assets they want to store, manage and deliver from the convenience of any web connected device.

It gives the user 100 per cent control over their assets and the ability to use Silver Trak’s services such as QC, file storage or Aspera fasp high speed data transfers without paying any licence fees and without leaving the comfort of their seat.

Thorley said Media Room was also particularly easy to use.”

“Media Room has been custom-built to Foxtel’s requirements and meets our needs. Media Room is simple to use and as it is completely outsourced, does not require additional hardware or storage.”

At Foxtel, when using the production portal, ‘rough cuts’ are sent from external production house to Foxtel’s internal production team for review and approval, then stored and archived. I

In the publicity portal ‘screeners’, promos, and synopsis are shown and incorporated into a campaign at Foxtel Publicity which is then made available to other external parties to view online.

Media Room’s latest feature is the system’s per-campaign per-delivery watermarking solution which enables users to upload their own watermarks and apply them in campaigns and deliveries.

This new level of security sits alongside the already successful HLS-encrypted screeners and passcode protection.

The system has been designed to allow for assets to be viewed in customised ‘media rooms’ where users can decide on access and viewing rights thereby enabling a personalised viewing service for their clients. Once viewed the assets can also be delivered anywhere in the world at the click of a button. Assets are automatically transcoded into five proxies and data selection is automated for any browser enabling a superior viewing experience irrespective of viewing device or speed of Internet access.

Boeing loses second potential satellite deal over Ex-Im lapse

From http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/15/boeing-exim-satellite-idUSL1N11L18J20150915

Boeing Co on Tuesday said Singapore-based satellite operator Kacific had decided it would not consider a bid on a satellite contract from Boeing without financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, whose charter expired in June.

This marks the second signed or potential satellite deal Boeing has forfeited due to the congressional wrangling over Ex-Im's future, following a decision by privately held ABS, based in Bermuda and Hong Kong, to cancel an order in July.

Kacific is a new broadband satellite operator geared to deliver high-speed internet to enterprises, agencies and remote communities in the Pacific islands, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Boeing spokeswoman Gayla Keller said Kacific notified Boeing that it could not compete for the satellite order without financing backed by Ex-Im.

"This is another example of how the lapse in Ex-Im's charter is having a direct impact on our business - not only in commercial airplanes but in satellite orders," Keller said.

Boeing announced last month that it will cut as many as several hundred employees in its satellite business, citing the uncertainty regarding Ex-Im financing as a contributing factor.

"Many of Boeing's international customers rely on Ex-Im and the uncertainty surrounding the bank does affect our ability to grow our business with new orders and could affect future workforce decisions," Keller said.

The U.S. Export-Import Bank's role was to provide export credit insurance, working capital guarantees and guarantees of commercial loans to foreign buyers of U.S. products.

No further details were immediately available about the potential size of a Kacific order, or the scale of any additional layoffs.

Sharp to sell world’s first 8K TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/17/sharp-to-sell-worlds-first-8k-tv/

Sharp has confirmed plans to sell an 8K television screen in Japan from October – priced at ¥16 million (about €117,000).

Although several companies have developed ‘super hi-vision’ resolution test models, this is the first such TV to be made commercially available. The 8K format provides 16 times as many pixels as 1080p HD and creates an image so detailed that it can appear three-dimensional.

Japan’s NHK is the only broadcaster so far to announce plans to create and broadcast 8K content, and the format isn’t expected to be deployed with any sort of regularity until at least 2018.

According to Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay and Video at CCS Insight, despite Sharp announcing that it will start selling 8K TVs in October, we are unlikely to see any consumer demand outside of Asia. “This is predominately due to a lack of industry support behind the technology. All eyes are firmly on Japan where the Japanese broadcaster is seeking to introduce 8K content ahead of the Tokyo Olympic games.”

“The battle among consumer electronic providers is so ripe that some are looking to steal a march on others with the rollout of new technological features. We believe that greater focus should be placed on enhancing the image with high dynamic range rather than increasing the number of pixels. The rest of the world is trying to offer a superior 4K experience, which has led to the formation of the Ultra HD alliance and separately the Ultra HD Forum.”

Updated Amazon Fire TV features 4K UHD

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/17/updated-amazon-fire-tv-features-4k-uhd/

Following its 2014 introduction of Fire TV, which became the #1 best-selling Amazon device category, with Fire TV Stick quickly becoming Amazon’s fastest-selling product ever, Amazon is introducing the next generation of Fire TV—the new Amazon Fire TV with support for 4K Ultra HD, and the new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote.

The new Amazon Fire TV is available for pre-order for just $99.99 and will start shipping on October 5. Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote is available for pre-order for $49.99 at and will start shipping October 22. Fire TV Stick is also still available for purchase for $39.99.

According to Amazon, Fire TV devices have the most channels, apps, and games of any streaming media player, and are the easiest way to enjoy movies, TV shows, music, and live TV from services such as Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO NOW, Hulu, WatchESPN, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, Sling TV, STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, NBC News, Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, Vevo, Plex, A&E, YouTube.com, and more. Plus, the new Amazon Fire TV provides access to more 4K Ultra HD movies than any other streaming media player, with 4K content from Netflix, Amazon Video, and Prime Video. Already available in 4K are shows and movies from Amazon Video such as Transparent, Better Call Saul, American Hustle, and Amazing Spiderman 2, as well as shows and movies such as Narcos and Marvel’s Daredevils from Netflix.

“The team has packed an incredible amount of technology and innovation into a tiny package,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “The new Fire TV includes 4K support, more processing power, Alexa integration, the largest selection, and exclusive features—for less than $100. The new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote brings voice search and Alexa integration for less than $50. These are powerful devices at incredible prices.”

The new Amazon Fire TV is built to support High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). In the coming months, the new Amazon Fire TV will deliver more 1080p high-definition streams from Amazon Video than ever before with HEVC.

According to Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay and Video at CCS Insight, the battle for the home continues to intensify among the leading online giants, especially for the living room. “As Amazon launches its new Fire TV, 4K support will give the company early mover advantage in a cut throat and increasingly competitive market. Awareness of 4K in the UK is growing strongly with the launch of BT Sport’s ultra HD 4K sports channel. Amazon Fire TV’s new features coupled with a strong content offering elevates it over rivals. However, the lack of Now TV in the UK is noticeable and must be addressed. Fundamentally, Amazon has done a great job of repackaging its assets. Consumers are now spoilt for choice with Amazon, Apple, Google, Roku and others all fighting for viewer’s attention.”

Isro to launch ASTROSAT, 6 foreign satellites on 28 September

From http://www.livemint.com/Politics/VpSNr8Y2VyWklYIcrTpHVO/Isro-to-launch-ASTROSAT-6-foreign-satellites-on-28-Septembe.html

ASTROSAT will be the first mission to be operated as a space observatory by Isro

New Delhi: Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch ASTROSAT, a dedicated astronomy satellite for studying celestial objects, on 28 September, according to an Isro spokesperson.

Along with the satellite, the national space organization will launch six other satellites including one from Indonesia, one from Canada and four from the US. The seven satellites will be launched aboard Isro’s workhorse rocket, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C30, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

“The launch vehicle assembly has been completed and the satellites have arrived in Sriharikota. Satellite integration will begin after initial checks are completed,” said the Isro spokesperson. After the launch, ASTROSAT will become the first mission to be operated as a space observatory by Isro.

The satellite which will have an operational lifetime of five years will produce an estimated 300 terabyte of data for this period which will be processed and archived by scientists involved in mission. The primary data archive for ASTROSAT will be located at the Indian Space Science Data Centre near Bangalore.


Vetrun.com is still down

Lbird-1 is on/off

There are some small changes (mostly pid changes on TVplus Intelsat 19)

From my Email

From Steve Jepson
5.40pm NZ

Feed seen, mux on Optus D1 12639 V Sr 15000

From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3780 V "Sky News International, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia, Star Movies Vietnam and Star Movies China" have left

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "T News TV" has started on , Fta

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Thinetha TV" has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段,VTI(越南)频道消失,设置3560 V 1510参数无效接收。[09-16]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Mysci、Samrujlok(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。[09-16]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,MV TV Family替换Loca(泰国)频道,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。[09-16]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1(艺华卫视)等全组测试频道重现,设置12387 H 45000参数有条件接收。[09-16]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,SCTV 5替换Thu Nghiem 5(MPEG-4)频道,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。[09-16]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Son La替换TTV 11(VTC)频道,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。[09-16]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,History(环宇卫视)频道新增,设置12711 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月16日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,National Assembly TV、Star Sports(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置12450 H 27489参数无效接收。 [9月15日]

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Malcolm Turnbull makes sympathetic noises about relaxing media laws

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/malcolm-turnbull-makes-sympathetic-noises-about-relaxing-media-laws-20150916-gjo5a1.html

Malcolm Turnbull has indicated that he will take proposals to rip up cross-media ownership rules, which were stymied by his predecessor Tony Abbott, back to cabinet.

In his previous role as Communications Minister Mr Turnbull proposed scrapping the "reach rule" that prevents television networks from broadcasting to more than 75 per cent of the population, and the "two out of three" rule which stops media companies from owning a TV station, radio network and newspaper in the same market.

A recommendation was made to Mr Abbott in March but the then-prime minister ruled out any immediate action after fierce lobbying against the idea by Kerry Stokes's Seven West Media and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which would only support change if its pay television venture Foxtel got better access to sports rights.

Pressed about media-ownership rules during his first press conference as prime minister, Mr Turnbull raised his long personal involvement in efforts to change the rules.

"The first time I was involved in discussions about media ownership and regulation was in 1977, which is not quite 40 years ago, and the discussions are very much the same," he said.

"A lot of the names of the players are the same, except sometimes it is a different generation, but it will always be keenly discussed and I look forward to discussing these issues with the cabinet."

His comments will encourage backers of change, which include metropolitan television network Nine Entertainment Co, the four regional television networks, and Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review and Business Day.

Mr Turnbull has expressed sympathy with their case that the laws are outdated in the internet age.

Most industry insiders expect that he will not attempt to change cross-media ownership rules until after the next election.

As reported by Fairfax, Mr Turnbull could hand the TV networks a pre-election licence fee cut. He has warned that any proposal to cut would have to be weighed against the demands of tackling the government's budget deficit.

TVNZ unveils new hybrid to gain online revenue

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11513994

Television New Zealand has unveiled a new initiative that merges entertainment and branded content and should provide more revenue from its "On Demand" site.

The state broadcaster revealed the new strand of three-to-five minute entertainment clips, tentatively named "OD Shorts" at a programming launch this afternoon.

The new hybrid combines entertainment clips commissioned by TVNZ and branded content and it is being treated as a significant commercial initiative.

TVNZ sales and marketing director Jeremy O"Brien said OD Shorts was aimed at people using mobile phones and other portable devices, but would also be available to anyone using its on demand site.

TVNZ is reporting increasing streaming of content from its On Demand site and online distribution is expected to supersede traditional media distribution. This means branded content is seen as an important way the revenue raised online.

That is especially the case with the growth of "advertising blocking " technology which shuts out clear cut commercial breaks.

O'Brien said: "We've seen the growth of mobile and the demand for video and we think there is a big demand for short form content" O'Brien said. TVNZ is not alone with the move to branded content," he said.

He predicted that the first clips would be available on the on demand site by the end of the year and expected branded content delivered by advertisers would be available at the "On Demand" platform in early 2016.

He acknowledged that the success of the venture would depend on creating content that stood out as entertainment.

TVNZ would ensure that the content was first and foremost ensured that branded content was not a turnoff for viewers. But the more subtle form of commercial content had to deliver to advertisers.

The TVNZ project had been launched successfully in the Britain by Channel Four on Demand. O'Brien said it had been success and its "shorts" package now accounted for five per cent of output,

Skynet 5A satellite move to Asia-Pacific complete

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Skynet_5A_satellite_move_to_Asia_Pacific_complete_999.html

Airbus Defence and Space has announced the successful completion of the 67,000 km move of the Skynet 5A satellite from 6 East to 95 East.

Skynet 5A is now optimally located to provide protected and secure military satellite communications (Milsatcom) services to allied governments in the Asia-Pacific region.

Airbus Defence and Space started the move of the Skynet 5A military communications satellite on 17th June 2015.

The relocation was initiated to extend the Skynet constellation's coverage and services from 178 West to 163 East, including the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific region.

With the move now complete, the Skynet network now offers near-global military X-band and UHF coverage, expanding core service reach for the UK military and augmenting coalition capabilities in the region.

Airbus Defence and Space owns and operates the hardened Skynet X-band satellite constellation of 8 satellites and the ground network to provide all Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications to the UK Ministry of Defence.

The contract also allows other NATO and allied governments such as members of the five-eyes community (besides UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada) to use the Skynet system to augment their existing services.

Airbus Defence and Space also leases the X-band hosted payload on Telesat's Anik G1 satellite which covers the Americas and parts of the Pacific including Hawaii and Easter Island.

"The Skynet 5A move has gone to plan and we are now ready to offer expanded services on the world's most powerful, nuclear hardened and protected, military X-band and UHF satellites," said Colin Paynter, Head of Airbus Defence and Space UK.

Japanese companies to invest in microsatellite venture

From http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Deals/Japanese-companies-to-invest-in-microsatellite-venture

Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. and satellite broadcaster Sky Perfect JSAT will invest in Axelspace, a Tokyo-based startup that develops microsatellites, to create an Earth observation network using cube-shaped satellites measuring 50cm on a side.

The venture, which got its start at the University of Tokyo, will launch three microsatellites in 2017, selling the image data collected to businesses in agriculture, energy and logistics.

Axelspace's specialty is building microsatellites at less than one-tenth the cost of existing devices. The company hopes to quickly construct a Japanese observation network to compete with U.S. companies that are stepping up investment in microsatellites.

Mitsui and Sky Perfect JSAT, a subsidiary of Sky Perfect JSAT Holdings, are expected to buy into a 1.8 billion yen ($14.8 million) third-party share allocation to be conducted by Axelspace this month. They will also form a separate business alliance with the startup. The two companies will pay a combined 600 million yen or so for their stakes, with venture capital companies taking the rest.

Axelspace will set up a new business to provide satellite image data to private companies through its tie-up with Mitsui and Sky Perfect JSAT.

Mitsui will use the satellite data for a new soil analysis businesses and to determine ideal harvest times for crops. It also plans to use the data to project solar power output and to track vessels in the ocean in bad weather.

Sky Perfect JSAT will provide know-how in satellite operations

ILS slashing prices

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/16/ils-slashing-prices/

International Launch Services (ILS) has a new CEO, and his first move is to cut prices for its Proton rocket launches. Appointed just a week ago, Kirk Pysher took over from Phil Slack. Mr Pysher inherits something of a challenge in that the value of Russia’s rouble has tumbled by some 30 percent against the US dollar.

ILS, at the Euroconsult conference in Paris, suggested that they would be getting “aggressive” on pricing in order to recapture a slice of the launch market. It seems that the current level of prices charged by SpaceX is their target.

If this is correct then it means the overall cost of an ILS/Proton launch has to fall to around $65 million (€57.9m).

Both Proton and SpaceX have suffered set-backs this summer which has created tough delays for their clients. Proton has just returned to launch readiness, while SpaceX will not see a launch much before November-December.

BBC Earth for India

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/16/bbc-earth-for-india-2/

BBC Worldwide has signed a deal with Multi Screen Media Private Limited (MSM) India to bring BBC Earth, a new premium factual channel, to Indian audiences.

BBC Earth is home to the BBC’s award-winning factual programmes and the work of some of the world’s foremost factual film makers. The channel, called ‘Sony BBC Earth’ on air will broadcast in HD and will be available in Tamil, English and Hindi across India.

Both the formation of the JV as well as the launch of Sony BBC Earth is subject to necessary regulatory approvals in India, for which the process is currently underway.

Paul Dempsey, President, BBC Worldwide Global Markets commented on the deal: “This is a pioneering model for us. By working with a respected local partner of the calibre of MSM we can bring BBC Earth’s world class content to a new audience who we know have a huge appetite for premium factual programming.”

Intelsat Protests DISA Bandwidth Award to Inmarsat

From http://spacenews.com/intelsat-protests-disa-bandwidth-award-to-inmarsat/

by Peter B. de Selding — September 16, 2015 Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler. Credit: SpaceNews/Tom Kimmell PARIS—Satellite fleet operator Intelsat on Sept. 15 said it had filed a formal protest against the U.S. Defense Department’s award of a satellite services contract to the U.S. arm of London-based Inmarsat, saying its bid may have been improperly valued by the contracting agency. “In our view our proposal provided the best value for the customer,” Intelsat Chief Executive Stephen Spengler said in an interview here during the World Satellite Business Week conference. “I don’t want to get into the specifics, but we don’t usually protest in these circumstances.” Inmarsat Chief Executive Rupert Pearce said Sept. 15 that he would not comment on his company’s win until the protest period had ended.

Industry officials said Inmarsat delivered a bid that was more than $100 million less expensive for the Pentagon’s commercial bandwidth buying office, the Defense Information Systems Agency, than the two competing bids. One of the debates at the conference here the week of Sept. 14 was how the company could profitably do this. DISA on Sept. 8 announced that Inmarsat had won the Commercial Broadband Satellite Program Satellite Service (CSSC) contract. The contract is guaranteed for at least one year, with up to four annual renewals, and carries a remarkably broad possible value of between $150,000 and $450 million, DISA said. CSSC follows a similar award in 2010, called the Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP), which was valued at up to $543 million over five years. Intelsat won that contract in association with several other satellite operators, notably SES of Luxembourg, by stitching together a mosaic of capacity.

The losing bidders for the CBSP contract protested that Intelsat was giving them unfair prices for capacity required by the contract but available only from Intelsat’s own fleet of satellites. The protest was rejected. Since then, Intelsat, SES and the other winning team members have found that the CBSP delivered far less than it promised. Two industry officials said that it started slowly and never reached anywhere near the expected annual rate. Average annual payments were no more than $40 million. For the CSSC contract, DISA asked bidders for specific amounts of bandwidth availability in numerous geographic locations in the C-, Ku-, Ka- and X-band frequencies. Intelsat and SES again joined forces for a combined bid. Airbus Defence and Space, which has a large satellite-services business including X-band capacity for military customers, also bid. Industry officials said Airbus, while surprised at the DISA choice, would not protest. The basics of the CSSC contract are no different from its CBSP predecessor: Each bidder must secure capacity and nail down price commitments from numerous third-party suppliers that presumably offer the same prices to all the bidders. That is particularly true for Inmarsat, the largest moble satellite services provider, whose core portfolio is in L-band.

The company is moving into Ka-band with its Global Xpress constellation of three satellites. But for the U.S. government market, Inmarsat must solicit third-party capacity in Ka-band from Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems of El Segundo, California. Boeing signed a large take-or-pay contract for Global Xpress as a condition of winning the Global Xpress satellite construction business from Inmarsat. That contract grants Boeing exclusive rights to sell Global Xpress capacity to the U.S. government for five years following the start of service of the full constellation, which means to 2020 or 2021. That being the case, Boeing would have been under pressure to offer the same prices for Global Xpress to Intelsat/SES, Airbus and Inmarsat – just as Airbus would have offered similar X-band pricing to Inmarsat and Intelsat/SES. In turn, Intelsat/SES would have done the same for their C- and Ku-band capacity.

The conclusion that these industry officials drew is that, for CSSC, Inmarsat is relying almost exclusively on third-party capacity – even for its own Global Xpress satellites. “Intelsat/SES and Airbus were fairly close together in their bids, with Intelsat being a little higher,” said one industry official. “Inmarsat was extraordinarily low. Given how little flexibility they presumably had in pricing most of the bandwidth required, it’s hard to see how they were able to do it.” Many of the CSSC contract specifications were publicly disclosed. Two industry officials said any of the bidders would have been tempted – especially given the low contract-order flow from the predecessor contract – to price some of these requirements at zero on the assumption that the U.S. Navy customer would never actually call for them. “The least we can say now is that the U.S. taxpayer seems to have gotten a very, very good deal on this,” said an industry official. “Whether that is true for Inmarsat I guess time will tell.”


AM 8 has launched (going to 14W orbital location) not one for our region however the Russians do tend to swap their satellite around between orbital locations, it might end up in another slot at some stage.

vetrun.com is still offline

ZooMoo is new FTA (at the moment) with Childrens program format
on Asiasat 5 3960 H 30000 tp:C9H fec:5/6 and also on Asiasat 5 3700 V 30000 tp:C2V fec:3/4

Misc feeds seen on Tuesday

Optus D2
12273V 7200 3/4 Service 01
12536H 6980 ABC Uplink 2
12546H 6980 ABC Uplink 1
12554H 6980 ABC Launceston

12456H 6670 "default" NZ beam
12447H 6670 NZ beam

D1: 12645 v 7200 "Service 01"
D1: 12655 v 7200 "RTV 001"
D1: 12645 v 7200 "Service 01" unsure didnt load properly

From my Email


From the Dish

Express AM3 103.0E 11606 V "Bober" is now encrypted.
Express AM3 103.0E 11669 V "Moya Planeta, Nauka 2.0, Istoriya Telekanal, 24 Dok, Techno 24, Russkiy Roman, Russkiy Bestseller, Russkiy Detektiv, Mama, Mult, Nastoyashee Strashnoe TV, Sport 1, Sport, Boytsovskiy Klub, Kino TV, Park Razvlicenii, Sarafan, Zhivaya Planeta and Strana" have left .

ST 2 88.0E 11672 V "TV 5 News and Tarang TV" are back on , encrypted.
ST 2 88.0E 11672 H "D2h Spice" has started on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 11470 H "Media One has replaced Indiavision" on , Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0E 11510 H "Safari has replaced Focus NE" on , Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0E 11590 H "Mastiii has replaced AMC Asia" on , Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0E 11630 H "Colors Infinity" has started on , Videoguard.

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,ZooMoo(高清)频道改格式,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。[09-15]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,ZooMoo(高清)频道改格式,设置3700 V 30000参数免费接收。[09-15]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Cubavision(古巴国际)频道消失,设置4000 H 28125参数无效接收。[09-15]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sadhna News(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3936 H 10100参数无效接收。[09-15]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,江苏卫视、浙江卫视(高清)频道加密,设置3800 H 30600参数有条件接收。[09-15]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,江苏卫视、浙江卫视(高清)频道解密,设置3800 H 30600参数免费接收。[09-15]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,SmartCast AsiaSat(香港)频道消失,设置4100 V 29717参数无效接收。 [9月15日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,GEM(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3920 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [9月14日]
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ACCC holds up Foxtel's Ten bid over sport

From https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/national/a/29516197/accc-holds-up-foxtels-ten-bid-over-sport/

The competition watchdog has held up Foxtel's bid for a 15 per cent stake in Network Ten over concerns that the pay-TV giant is trying to get around Australia's anti-siphoning rules to show more sport.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is worried that future joint bids from Foxtel and Ten could represent a way around the rule that pay-TV operators cannot bid for listed sports before free-to-air broadcasters have had a chance to buy them.

The ACCC says the proposed $77 million deal could increase the amount of sport shown exclusively on Foxtel, and is worried the extra financial muscle could give Ten a big advantage over its free-to-air rivals when it comes to securing sport broadcast rights.

The watchdog has asked for more information on, and reaction to, a proposal that has met with stiff opposition from rival broadcasters.

"The allegation they're making is that Foxtel will be able to get hold of a lot more sport than they're currently allowed under the anti-siphoning rule," ACCC chairman Rod Sims told AAP.

"Is this about Channel Ten becoming the dominant player in the free-to-air market, or is it about Foxtel, and to some extent Ten, dominating the television viewing market?"

The ACCC has set a September 28 deadline for submissions and will announce a final decision on October 22.

Media watchdog ACMA is also checking that the acquisition complies with the so-called two-out-of-three rule, which stops companies owning a TV station, radio network and newspaper in the same market.

Ten has already rejected the ACCC's concerns.

"Ten firmly considers that the objective evidence establishes that the proposed transactions will increase competition in the relevant markets," the network said on Monday.

Mr Sims said the ACCC understood Ten's position but that it wanted to sit down with both merger parties and any rivals opposed to the move to "thoroughly test" the broadcaster's logic.

"What they're talking about is that Ten is the No.3 TV station and anything that boosts Ten will help them be more competitive against Seven and Nine," Mr Sims said.

"We take a different tack."

Foxtel, which is joint owned by Telstra and News Corp Australia, wants to take up 50 per cent of a $154 million capital raising by Ten.

Ten has suffered years of declining advertising revenue, despite funding injections from heavyweight shareholders including Gina Rinehart, James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch, and the ACCC is concerned that the deal would further decrease competition on that front.

As part of the deal, Ten would take a 24.99 per cent stake in Foxtel's advertising business, Multi Channel Network, which would also become a sales representative for the free-to-air broadcaster.

Ten would also have an option to become a 10 per cent shareholder in Foxtel's online streaming venture Presto within two years, but that is not an issue for the ACCC.

Shares in Ten closed up one cent, or 6.06 per cent, at 17.5 cents.

Rod Sims says ACCC to expand Foxtel-Ten inquiry

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/rod-sims-says-accc-to-expand-foxtel-ten-inquiry/story-e6frg996-1227527222106

ACCC chairman Rod Sims says the sector must respond to relentless change in the media landscape. Picture: Stuart McEvoy. Source: News Corp Australia

Competition chief Rod Sims has pledged to scrutinise the impact of tech giants such as Netflix, and ­record billion-dollar TV sports rights deals as part of a probe into Foxtel’s proposed acquisition of a stake in Ten Network.

In an interview with The ­Australian, Australian Comp­etition & Consumer Commission chairman Mr Sims stressed he recognised media operators must respond to relentless change in a “more competitive and dynamic” media landscape that is eating away at their former lock on viewers in Australia.

“We have to recognise this is not a static environment, and it’s going to take a lot of careful weighing up,” Mr Sims said. “It’s often said in relation to our mergers that we don’t take account enough of the fact that the world is changing. Well, sometimes the world isn’t changing that much but in this case it certainly is and we’re very much aware of that.

“That’s what I’m looking forward to testing in our further discussions with the various players. We’re going to be quite interactive as we go forward.”

The watchdog has outlined “preliminary competition concerns”, asking for more information on, and reaction to, a proposal that has met with “very strong” opposition from rival broadcasters with their own commercial interests.

The ACCC has set a September 28 deadline for submissions and will announce a final decision on October 22.

The regulator will evaluate whether an alignment between the two companies could “favour Ten in the bidding for sports ­content against other free-to-air television providers”.

Ten said it was confident that terms of the deal were pro-­competitive, saying it “firmly considers that the objective ­evidence establishes that the proposed transactions will ­increase competition”.

Ten and Foxtel will argue that the two main sports codes — the Australian Football League and National Rugby League — both recently committed to new sports broadcasting rights contracts until 2022, thereby allaying any concerns they could enter into joint bids in the future.

Amid huge inflation for sports rights, some observers believe even Seven and Nine need ­Foxtel. A critical component of their franchise is their government-mandated access to premium sports through anti-siphoning rules, which ring-fences the AFL and NRL for the FTA networks.

But no FTA network can ­construct a viable business model based on exclusive telecasting of AFL or NRL matches, as shown by Seven’s partnership with Foxtel and the AFL, and the existing agreement between Fox Sports and Nine for the NRL.

Mr Sims said the advertising market had changed and continued to evolve amid aggressive competition from overseas-based digital insurgents such as Facebook and Google.

Some observers believe there is no longer sufficient advertising revenue to support the Seven, Nine and Ten networks as audiences and advertising markets fragment.

“Big competitors are moving into the market so it’s clearly more competitive but how much is hard to judge and that shows the complexity of the transaction,” Mr Sims said.

Ten has proposed issuing new shares to Foxtel at 15c a share in exchange for a 15 per cent shareholding as part of a $77 million ­investment in the third-placed free-to-air network.

Separately, Ten and Foxtel have formed a joint sales alliance that has seen Ten purchase a 24.99 per cent stake in pay-TV sales house Multi Channel ­Network.

Shares in Ten closed up one cent, or 6.06 per cent, at 17.5c.

New communications contract attracting bidders

From http://www.afr.com/news/special-reports/defence-and-national-security/new-communications-contract-attracting-bidders-20150914-gjmcyo

Tenders are being called for a ground station that will give Australian armed forces enhanced access to a state-of-the-art US military communications satellite system.

Australian troops will get better real-time battlefield communications information through enhanced access to a high-tech US military satellite system.

The Australian Department of Defence has released a tender for the construction of an east coast satellite ground station to support the Wideband Global Combat Satellite System.

It is to be built at Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga, in NSW.

The WGS, as it is known, is a constellation of the most advanced US military communications satellites in fixed orbit over sections of the world.

Six of the planned 10 WGS satellites are in orbit. The first was launched in 2007 and is stationed over the Pacific Ocean, a second is over the Middle East, a third over Europe and Africa, a fourth over the Indian Ocean and a fifth over the Americas.

Australia paid $927 million to sign up to the system in 2007 and agreed to pay for a sixth WGS satellite. The satellite was launched in August 2013, with Australia having access to the system until 2029.

The east coast ground station project is believed to be worth up to $300 million.

More immediate access

The facility offers Australia more immediate access to the satellite system and will enable Australian and US forces to respond more quickly to a military crisis or terrorist attack in the region.

It is designed to improve access to the satellites and complement the first ground station built in Western Australia, near Geraldton, although that project, involving BAE Systems, was placed on the government's projects of concern list earlier in 2015.

When the WGS program was announced by the Pentagon it was described as providing a "quantum leap" in the communications bandwidth for US and Australian war fighters.

The WGS "provides deployed forces unprecedented access to bandwidth-intensive applications such as video streaming, teleconferencing, real-time data transmission and high-resolution imaging," the Pentagon said.

The new wideband capability also offered support for the new generation of unmanned aeriel vehicles, such as Global Hawks and MQ-9 Reapers.

A consortium involving Northrop Grumman, ViaSat and telecommunications provider Optus is the first to go public with a bid for the east coast facility.

But up to four consortia are expected to bid for the project, with Defence to release a shortlist as early as October.

Negotiations are expected to take up to two years before a contract is finalised about 2017.

Same management system

Northrop Grumman, which is the prime contractor, is offering the same network management system that has been integrated into the WGS system successfully in the US.

ViaSat will offer the systems' dual band satellite terminals and comes to the task having delivered 10 complete ground stations for Australia's National Broadband Network.

Northrop Grumman Australia chief executive Ian Irving said his firm's offering "will give Australia the ability to use the system at the same standard as the US military".

Northrop Grumman had worked closely "with the WGS program in the United States" and he looked "forward to working with the ADF to support and further develop the technology in Australia", he said.

ViaSat Australia general manager government and defence Colin Cooper said in teaming with Northrop and Optus the Commonwealth was being offered a low-risk solution.

"Since 2012 ViaSat has delivered 10 ground satellite terminals for the National Broadband Network … it is a very similar system to that required by the Australian Defence Force," Mr Cooper said.

"The need for a ground satellite station in the east is vital to the ADF because it will enable the ADF to see the full range of satellites and fully support operations wherever Australian troops are deployed."

Optus Satellite vice-president Paul Sheridan said the firm had been "successfully operating satellites for three decades".

He said Optus had a long-term relationship with the Defence Force through the provision of early satellite services.

Astro delivers positive growth in H1FY16

From http://english.astroawani.com/business-news/astro-delivers-positive-growth-h1fy16-73453

Astro delivers positive growth in H1FY16
The group said it will continue to deliver on its growth strategies to generate shareholder value creation.

KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) announced today its first six months results for the financial year ending 31 January 2016, with a 4 percent year-on-year growth in revenue to RM2.7 billion.

EBITDA also rose 7 percent to RM962 million while PATAMI saw a 15 percent increase to RM306 million, leading to Free Cash Flow (FCF) generation of RM589 million.

Astro Chairman, Tun Zaki Azmi said, “Amidst a challenging operating environment coupled with soft consumer sentiment, the Group continues to deliver on its growth strategies to generate shareholder value creation. On that note, the Board is pleased to declare a second interim dividend of 2.75 sen per share, 22 percent higher compared to the same period last year.”

Astro Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Rohana Rozhan said, Chief Executive Officer of Astro said, “We are committed to provide greater choice and value to our customers through better content, products, services and experiences across our platforms.

“We added 426,000 net TV customer in First Half Finanical Year 2016 (H1FY16), underpinned by strong take-up of NJOI which saw a 58 percent increase year-on-year to 1.071 million. This has increased our Malaysian TV households’ penetration rate to 65 percent in H1FY16.”

“We are driving take up of connected boxes and of Astro on the Go from 181,000 now to 500,000 by year end. At the same time, we are ensuring our content proposition is second to none. As for our international content, we are ensuring that linear viewing is supplemented by strong on-demand proposition of same day as global premieres, live, social and box sets to cater for our customers viewing trends.

“We have launched a new download feature for Astro on the Go, where programmes can be downloaded on mobile devices for offline viewing. Astro on the Go downloads has increased by 31 percent year-on-year to 1.6 million with weekly viewing time exceeding 140 minutes.”

“Advertising income registered a 5 percent growth to RM305 million, supported by higher TV viewership, radio listenership and growing interest in digital. Astro’s share of TV Adex and Radex increased to 35 percent and 61 percent respectively. Greater utilisation of analytics and close collaboration with our key advertisers and media buyers has also contributed to growth in our share of Adex.

Go Shop, our e-commerce venture, achieved encouraging results with revenue of RM75 million H1FY16. Also, customers can look forward to a Chinese language Go Shop channel in the Fourth Quarter of Financial Year 2016 (Q4FY16).”

Datuk Rohana added, “We are harnessing our customer reach across our traditional and digital media assets to provide a more engaging, socially interactive and immersive experience. For example, our popular award show, ‘Anugerah MeleTOP Era 2015’, delivered a 360° experience across all platforms, including TV, radio, digital and on-ground, engaging 1.9 million viewers.”

Astro has launched 7 new channels namely HGTV HD, Nat Geo People HD, Star Chinese Channel and 4 dedicated a la carte sports channels - WWE Network, Setanta Sports HD, Astro Cricket HD and Golf HD channels.

For the first time, Astro broadcast The International 2015 Dota 2 Championship live on Astro TV and Astro on the Go, which was well-received with a cumulative viewership of 1.5 million.

In conclusion Datuk Rohana said, “Our commitment to top line growth is matched by our commitment to remain active managers of our costs. Our content forex exposure for the year, and into the first quarter next year is fully hedged, giving us time to evaluate and put in place measures to manage the impact of prevailing rates. Our priority is to ensure an optimal cost base to provide the best value for our customers. Astro aims to achieve sustainable growth in a challenging environment by growing our subscriber base, share of advertising and e-commerce. Underpinned by strong execution and cash generation, we are committed to deliver on our dividend policy.”

India, Lanka to ink orbit frequency pact

From http://www.deccanherald.com/content/500995/india-lanka-ink-orbit-frequency.html

On foreign ground: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maithree on their arrival at IGI Airport in New Delhi on Monday. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project to boost space cooperation among South Asian nations is set to move closer to reality, as the first bilateral agreement for the Saarc satellite is likely to be inked between India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Modi’s meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramsinghe in New Delhi on Tuesday is expected to be followed by signing of a bilateral agreement between India and Sri Lanka on orbit frequency coordination for the proposed Saarc satellite.

Wickramsinghe arrived in New Delhi on Monday for his maiden visit to India after he led the coalition United National Front for Good Governance to victory in the parliamentary elections in the island nation.

He will meet Modi on Tuesday and the two leaders are expected to review the bilateral relations apart from discussing regional situations.

Officials told Deccan Herald that the orbit frequency coordination agreement to be signed by India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday would be the first in a series of bilateral deals New Delhi would seek to clinch with all other South Asian nations – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Maldives and Pakistan – in order to set the legal framework for the SAARC satellite.

Mangala Samaraveera, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, last week obtained the approval of the cabinet of the island nation on the proposed orbit frequency agreement for the Saarc satellite.

Modi mooted the idea of the Saarc satellite during his maiden visit at the Indian Space Research Organization’s launch station at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on June 30 – just a few weeks after he took over as the prime minister on May 26 last.

Later, while addressing the 18th summit of the Saarc in November 2014, the prime minister formally announced India’s offer to build and launch a satellite, which would benefit not only itself, but also all its South Asian neighbours.

Modi said that the satellite should be launched by the end of 2016.
The offer is perceived as a strategic move by India to counter China’s plan to boost its space cooperation in with South Asian nations.

China has already launched two satellites from Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the past few years.

Arianespace Receives The Green Light From SSL To Launch Japan's BSAT-4a... Makes It Arianespace's Job # 30

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1623263716

[SatNews] Having contracts renewed over and over speaks volumes, and so it is that BSAT-4a will be the 30th commercial geostationary satellite launch contract awarded to Arianespace in Japan.

Arianespace at Euroconsult.

Arianespace announced today that it was selected by SSL to launch the BSAT-4a satellite for the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan.

BSAT-4a will be launched by an Ariane 5 in late 2017 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, as part of a turnkey contract between California-based manufacturer SSL and the Japanese operator B-SAT.

Since the creation of B-SAT, Arianespace has launched all of its satellites. BSAT-4a will be the 30th commercial geostationary satellite launch contract awarded to Arianespace in Japan.

Built by SSL using a 1300 platform, the satellite is fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders. BSAT-4a will weigh about 3,500 kg at launch and offers a design life exceeding 15 years. It will be positioned in geostationary orbit at 110 degrees East.

BSAT-4a will provide digital broadcast services in Japan, with the same service footprint as its predecessor, BSAT-3a. It will also deliver 4K/8K Ultra-HD TV services to all of Japan.

Following the signature of this contract, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said, “We would like to thank SSL and B-SAT for placing their trust in us. Our selection reflects the exceptional long-standing partnership between Arianespace, SSL, manufacturer of nine upcoming Ariane 5 GTO launches, and the Japanese operator B-SAT, which has chosen us to carry out all its launches. We are very proud and honored to have been chosen once again to serve the Japanese market, and more specifically to help meet B-SAT’s objectives.”

‘Big three’ nab commercial launch contracts

From http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/09/15/big-three-nab-commercial-launch-contracts/

SpaceX announced Monday two new Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rocket missions from Cape Canaveral, Arianespace said it cinched a contract to launch a Japanese TV broadcasting satellite, and International Launch Services revealed a deal to launch a Spanish telecommunications payload, ending a drought in commercial Proton launch orders.

The contract announcements came with the opening of Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week conference in Paris.

Arianespace, SpaceX and ILS take in the lion’s share of commercial launch contracts for large satellites.

The SpaceX launches will take off from Florida’s Space Coast some time between late 2017 and 2018, the company said in a press release.

A Falcon 9 rocket will send up an unidentified satellite for Madrid-based Hispasat, and the Arabsat 6A communications satellite to cover the Middle East, North Africa and Europe for Saudi Arabian operator Arabsat.

Arabsat announced earlier this year its intention to assign the Arabsat 6A satellite, which is to be built by Lockheed Martin, to a Falcon Heavy mission. SpaceX confirmed the deal in its press release Monday.

The Falcon Heavy rocket is set to debut as soon as April 2016 after several years of development delays. It is formed by three Falcon 9 first stage booster cores to lift heavier payloads into space.

SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 is due for an upgrade when the rocket returns to flight after a June 28 launch failure blamed on a deficient strut inside the vehicle’s second stage. The new Falcon 9 rocket, sporting higher-thrust engines, a lengthened second stage and a modified propellant mixture, will be first in line when SpaceX resumes launches some time in November.

“We are pleased to add these additional launches to our manifest,” said Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX. “The diversity of our missions and customers represents a strong endorsement of our capabilities and reflects SpaceX’s efforts to provide a breadth of launch services to our growing customer base.”

SpaceX said it has more than 60 missions on its manifest worth more than $7 billion with the additions of Arabsat 6A and the Hispasat mission to the company’s backlog. The numbers include options under SpaceX’s multibillion-dollar contract with NASA to construct human-rated Crew Dragon space capsules for astronaut missions to the International Space Station.

Russian-owned, U.S.-based International Launch Services said Monday it won a contract to launch the Hispasat 1F or Amazonas 5 satellite for Hispasat in the first half of 2017 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Owned by Proton-builder Khrunichev, ILS manages commercial exploitation of Russia’s Proton rocket, which has logged back-to-back successes after a three-month grounding following a crash in May, the Proton’s third launch failure in less than two years.

The reliability woes left ILS without any new contract wins since early 2014 until the Hispasat agreement disclosed Monday.

“The partnership of Hispasat satellites launching on Proton dates back over 10 years with the successful launch of Hispasat’s first Amazons satellite in 2004 on ILS Proton,” said Kirk Pysher, who ILS announced as its new president last week. “We are proud that Hispasat continues to place its trust in us to expand business with this launch in 2017, another powerful satellite to augment their fleet. ILS and Khrunichev look forward to working with Hispasat on this important mission.”

ILS officials said the company would “dual-integrate” the Hispasat 1F and Amazonas 5 satellites for the Proton mission, giving Hispasat “the flexibility to determine the satellite-to-launcher assignments very late, based on business and schedule considerations.”

Both Hispasat 1F and Amazonas 5 are to be manufactured by Space Systems/Loral.

Arianespace’s agreement to launch the BSAT 4a communications satellite, which is tailored for Ultra HD broadcasts, rounded out the contract announcements Monday.

Owned by Japan’s Broadcasting Satellite System Corp., or B-SAT, the spacecraft is also to be built by Space Systems/Loral. SSL selected the Ariane 5 rocket to launch BSAT 4a in 2017 as part of the manufacturer’s turnkey contract with B-SAT.

BSAT 4a is sized to ride in the lower berth of the Ariane 5 rocket’s payload fairing, where the smaller of the launcher’s two satellite passengers is positioned. Launched from a tropical spaceport in French Guiana, the Ariane 5 typically flies with two satellites at a time on missions to geostationary transfer orbit, the drop-off point for most communications satellites.

“We would like to thank SSL and B-SAT for placing their trust in us,” said Stephane Israel, Arianespace’s chairman and CEO. “Our selection reflects the exceptional long-standing partnership between Arianespace, SSL, manufacturer of nine upcoming Ariane 5 GTO launches, and the Japanese operator B-SAT, which has chosen us to carry out all its launches. We are very proud and honored to have been chosen once again to serve the Japanese market, and more specifically to help meet B-SAT’s objectives.”

Russia Launches Telecoms Satellite on Board Proton-M Rocket

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russia_Launches_Telecoms_Satellite_on_Board_Proton_M_Rocket_999.html

The Proton-M is the largest carrier rocket in Russia's fleet of space launch vehicles.

Russia's Proton-M space rocket carrying the Express-AM8 communications satellite lifted off on Monday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, a spokesman for the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.

"The Proton launch was carried out as planned [at 10:00 p.m. Moscow time (19:00 GMT)," the official said.

"The separation of the Express-AM8 from the [DM-03] booster is expected on September 15 at 04.37 a.m. Moscow time," he added.

It is the second successful launch of a Proton rocket since May accident, which resulted in a loss of a Mexican satellite.

The first successful launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket, transporting the British telecommunications satellite Inmarsat-5F3, took place on August 28.

The Proton-M is the largest carrier rocket in Russia's fleet of space launch vehicles. The rocket has lifted dozens of Russian-made and foreign satellites since it was first launched in 2001.

Express-AM8 has an operational life-time of 15 years. The satellite's weight is 2,100 kilograms (4,629 pounds), with a payload of 661 kilograms (1,457 pounds).

The satellite is designed to provide television and radio broadcasting, data transmission, multimedia services, presidential and governmental communications, telephony, mobile communication in the territories of Western and Central Russia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, as well as South and North America.

China launches HD observation satellite

From http://zeenews.india.com/news/science/china-launches-hd-observation-satellite_1796659.html

Beijing: China on Monday launched its most sophisticated observation satellite as part of the country's high-definition Earth observation project.

Gaofen-9 was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu province at 12.42 p.m. (local time) aboard a Long March-2D carrier rocket. It was the 209th flight of the Long March rocket series, reported Xinhua news agency.

The optical remote sensing satellite is capable of providing photographs with a resolution of less than a metre. It will be used in land survey, urban planning, road network design, agriculture, and disaster relief.

Developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, Gaofen-9 can also serve key national strategies such as the Belt and Road Initiative and national defence.

Gaofen-1, the first satellite of the lineage, was launched in April 2013.

Elon Musk officially requests permission from FCC to launch 4000 satellites

From http://www.themarketbusiness.com/2015-09-15-elon-musk-officially-requests-permission-from-fcc-to-launch-4000-satellites

Elon Musk has officially requested permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch a 4000 strong flotilla of satellites into orbit.

Elon Musk’s space company ‘SpaceX’ announced their primary plans in January with the official request coming early last week. If all goes to plan the satellites could be in orbit and the Internet operational within five years.

While satellite internet is not new technology, SpaceX plans to reduce the enormous latency over a space connection by launching the satellites into a low Earth orbit at around 650km. The low orbit and slower speeds mean 4000 satellites are needed to cover the earth, far more than necessary for higher orbit networking.

The astronomical cost of the satellites and launch may be the limiting factor. The customers for the service are the very poorest populations in the most remote regions on earth. The initial cost of the satellite network will be difficult to recover.

Whether for philanthropic reasons or in the search for global telecommunications dominance, Musk is not the only eccentric billionaire pushing this frontier.

Greg Wyler, an entrepreneur from Florida and founder of OneNet is being backed by The Virgin Group and Qualcomm to create a similar satellite network. With experience creating networks with his companies RwandaTel and O3B, Wyler might be the man to beat Musk in the next big space race.

Wyler still owns a significant amount of the licensing to supply satellite internet in various regions, meaning Musk may struggle trying to find the space for his own network.

Richard Branson said in Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek “Greg has the rights, and there isn’t space for another network… If Elon wants to get into this area, the logical thing for him would be to tie up with us and if I were a betting man, I would say the chances of us working together rather than separately would be much higher.”

Musk’s overall vision is always pointing towards Mars — meaning that the wifi could also be the first step in developing communications networks with the Red Planet for a future colony.

UK Urged To Quickly Order New Generation of Satellites

From http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/show-daily/dsei/2015/09/15/uk-urged-quickly-order-new-generation-satellites/72301126/

LONDON — Britain needs to start ordering a new generation of satellites by 2018 if it wants to replace the Skynet 5 spacecraft currently providing the military with communications capabilities by 2022, according to Colin Paynter the managing director of the UK arm of Airbus Defence and Space.

“The current concession [to provide a satellite communication service] ends in 2022. To build a satellite needs around four to four and a half years depending on what new developments they go for so they have to be willing to place the infrastructure program by 2018,” Paynter said in an interview just ahead of the opening of the DSEI defense show in London this week.

The Airbus Defence boss said that while the Skynet 6 program was firmly on the company’s radar screen, the specification hadn’t emerged from the MoD as the armed forces continued to do their internal work to develop that.

“I would look to do some technology demonstrations next year and then do some formal procurement in 2017,” he said.

Airbus has been providing the British military with a satellite communications service since it signed a private finance initiative (PFI) deal worth billions of pounds with the MoD in 2003. The original deal was extended and now covers four Skynet 5 satellites, supporting ground stations and other infrastructure until 2022.

The Airbus ground stations, which sit on government-owned land, will be handed over to the MoD in exchange for a pound when the deal ends.

Paynter said it remains unclear how the MoD will contract for its communications satellites in the future but thought it unlikely it would go down the PFI route as that method of funding had largely fallen out of favor with the government — even though the Skynet 5 scheme had worked well.

“I think if they have the capital budget they will buy the spacecraft this time round and contract out the service provision. They are not likely to tie themselves into a PFI, although it’s always an option,” he said.

One possibility is the current deal could be extended again, easing MoD budget demands as big ticket items like the Successor nuclear missile submarine program hits its stride.

“It’s up to them. It’s there, certainly they could ask us to do that. Their current program though is aimed at doing something by the end of the concession."

Paynter said Airbus could offer service for up to another three years primarily based on the two newest satellites of the four in operation.

“We could certainly do that with Skynet 5C and 5D. We wouldn’t be able to make guarantees on the earlier two satellites even though we have some confidence they have been well managed,” he said.

Airbus has not just been providing satellite communications for the British. The satellite system was built with excess capacity, which the company has been exporting in an arrangement that sees the MoD receive a share of the profit.

Some 11 countries have used Skynet 5 at various times and for various uses — Norway being the most recent to announce a deal.

With UK approval, Airbus recently took the risk on its own balance sheet to move one of the satellites to Asia to offer capacity to the US and other allies in the region. The spacecraft will also be available to British forces operating in the Asia-Pacific region.

Airbus announced Sept. 15 it had completed the 67,000-kilometer move of Skynet 5A east having started the move in mid-June.

Paynter said the spacecraft’s ability to resist interference could be particularly attractive to allies in the region.

The company is building a ground station in Australia to manage the satellite.

Spacex wins Saudi satellite order

From http://tradearabia.com/news/IND_290279.html

SpaceX has announced two new orders for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles, which includes launch of the Saudi Arabian Arabsat 6A communications satellite on a Falcon Heavy.

The contract also includes the launch of a communications satellite for Hispasat on a Falcon 9, said a statement from the company.

The above missions are expected to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US, between late-2017 and 2018, it added.

With these additions, SpaceX currently has over 60 missions on manifest representing over $7 billion under contract, it said.

Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer (COO) of SpaceX, said: “We are pleased to add these additional launches to our manifest.”

“The diversity of our missions and customers represents a strong endorsement of our capabilities and reflects SpaceX’s efforts to provide a breadth of launch services to our growing customer base,” she added.

NASA 4K unveiled

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/14/nasa-4k-unveiled/

The NASA space agency is to launch an Ultra-HD channel ( branded ‘NASA TV UHD’) which it says is the first non-commercial consumer UHD channel in North America.

The launch date is scheduled for November 1st, and the content will be delivered over SES’s AMC-18 satellite, one of three spacecraft (SES-1, SES-3, AMC-18) that make up SES’s Ultra HD neighbourhood at the centre of the orbital arc over North America.

“Our three satellites at the foundation of SES’s North America Ultra HD platform enable the programmers to potentially reach more than 100 million US television homes through virtually every cable TV, IPTV and direct-to-home provider across the region,” said Steve Corda, Vice President of business development for SES in North America.

SES has developed the first Ultra-HD ecosystem capable of providing cable systems with linear live Ultra-HD content. SES unveiled the Ultra-HD platform together with Harmonic at the NAB Conference in April. Successful cable operator trials of the plug-and-play service quickly followed, along with the launch of the first Ultra-HD demonstration channels in North America.

“Armstrong is currently undergoing trials across their cable plant, and other operators are receiving our Ultra-HD channel feeds over SES satellites and will undoubtedly be very excited to add NASA’s UHD channel to their viewing line-ups,” noted Corda.

Aircraft DTS entertainment to boom

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/14/aircraft-dts-entertainment-to-boom/

Euroconsult’s important Satellite Business Week opened in Paris Monday with news that the Direct-To-Seat (DTS) aircraft entertainment and broadband services are expected to grow exponentially over the next few years as more aircraft install the technology.

One major supplier of the technology and ancillary services, Gogo says the US alone will see growth – per aircraft – expand from today’s typical $120,000 per annum (and admittedly a small amount) to closer to $1 million per aircraft, and it could be more.

The overall revenue potential, according to Gogo CFO Norman Smagley is “big, really big”. Talking to trade mag Space News on the eve of the show, he stressed that it would be a really big number, as the travelling public get used to the TV and other services on offer, and in real terms prices fall.

Gogo has a 60 per cent market share over North America and already with 2249 commercial planes under contract. Rivals Global Eagle have 524 aircraft, 410 for Thales Live TV and Panasonic’s service just 157. Add in privately-owned jets and Gogo’s service jumps to an overall total of 3170.

Upcoming, and helping boost the overall market, is FAA permission for Gogo’s 2Ku system which will dramatically increase the bandwidth some 7-fold to 70 megabits/second.

Outside of its core North American market Gogo has 550 aircraft under contract, and is expanding that fleet. Revenues at the company grew 60 percent last year to $408 million, and this year’s figures are expected to reach around $500 million.

Eutelsat joins SAT>IP alliance

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/14/eutelsat-joins-satip-alliance/

Eutelsat Communications is joining the SAT>IP Alliance as a Founding Member to support the development and worldwide adoption of the SAT>IP technology.

The SAT>IP Alliance includes leading satellite operators and manufacturers – SES, Eutelsat, Hispasat, Panasonic, NAGRA, ALi Corporation and MaxLinear – and aims to accelerate the adoption of SAT>IP in the satellite industry and push this technology to the consumer market. It promotes the use of the SAT>IP communications protocol, supports integration of CAS-to-DRM technology for distributing pay-TV services over in-home IP networks, and facilitates product certifications.

The SAT>IP standard, published as European standard CENELEC EN 50585 in 2014, converts satellite signals into Internet Protocol (IP), using a small server connected to the home IP router. This enables high-quality satellite programmes to be received on any IP capable device at home: smartphones, tablets, laptops. Supported by over 40 hardware and software companies, SAT>IP counts today around 75 different compliant products.

Commenting on joining the SAT>IP Alliance, Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial and Development Officer, said: “Joining the SAT>IP Alliance is a concrete step towards facilitating reception of satellite services on any screen, one of the main goals of the Future Video Initiative announced today at IBC by Eutelsat and SES. Eutelsat’s overall objective is to contribute to all the initiatives driving forward the role of satellite in media distribution in order to help our clients increase their engagement with their audience.”

DVB to assess the future of terrestrial broadcasting

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/14/dvb-to-assess-the-future-of-terrestrial-broadcasting/

The commercial module of digital TV standards body DVB has been working on ‘Defining the Long Term Vision for Terrestrial Broadcast’, with a view to publishing its findings later in 2105.

Graham Mills, Chair of the Commercial Module, noted that DTT is thriving in many countries, with DVB-T2 the leading standard, having been adopted around the world. “It’s not just for large TV screens,” he added, advising that it formed a significant part of Germany’s mobile TV plans.

He told members of the broadcast press that terrestrial broadcast provided an efficient high-speed data network, with the infrastructure having many new uses now emerging.

According to Mills, new services often utilise hybrid networks, combining high-speed downstream data with a low-speed upstream / two-way links, alongside fast broadband, in-home networks, In addition, the advent of 4G/5G wide area data, and the ‘Internet of Things’ would all form part of consumers’ future services.

Against this backdrop, he admitted that terrestrial broadcast spectrum was increasingly in demand, with the 700MHz band migrating to use by mobile data networks. Added to the mix was the certainty of more TV channels, with HD as a baseline standard, and an expected UHD roll-out. “In future, we’ll all need to deliver more services using less spectrum,” he suggested.

The Commercial Module’s initial conclusions identified a capacity shortfall of approximately 80 per cent to meet forecast demand, which may have to be met by future technical enhancements.

Work to define the new use cases and market opportunities will be progressed within and outside DVB, leading to specific new requirements for additional or enhanced standards.


L-bird 1 is back with pictures..

Sunday feeds

Service Name: STS 9
IS19 12551 V Sr 7500 DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA..

D2 12321 V Sr 6670 "skylite 2232 kor 06" religious?

D2 12660 V Sr 6670 "svc_1 Service" Horses
D2 12670 V Sr 7200 "globecast oz" unknown encrypted
D2 12680 V Sr 7200 "wrcaust1" unknown encrypted. World rally cars??
D2 12357 H Sr 8569 "sky hd pri 3032 kor 4" unknown, encrypted, NZ beam

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3760 V "TLC New Zealand" has started on , PowerVu. Discovery Home & Health Australia & New Zealand, Discovery Science Channel South East Asia and Eve have left.
Intelsat 19 166.0E Animal Planet South East Asia, Discovery Channel South East Asia, DMAX Southeast Asia and TLC South East Asia have left 3980 H.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 4080 V "Discovery Channel Thailand" has started on , PowerVu.

JCSAT 4B 124.0E Mezzo Live HD Asie has started on 12490 H and 12530 H, Nagravision.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12690 H "Berita Satu News Channel is Fta

Measat 3 91.5E 12523 H Star Movies HD India, Star Plus HD India, M Tunes HD, Star Sports HD 2, Star Sports HD 1, Star Gold HD India, Ten HD, Zee TV HD, Star Sports HD 4 and Pepsi MTV Indies have started on , Nagravision. Nat Geo People Asia, Neo Sports, Day & Night News, Zee Business, Zee News, Channel UFX, Nat Geo Wild Asia, India News, Saam TV and Mahuaa TV have left.
Measat 3 91.5E 12723 H "Aaj Tak and 10 TV" have started on , Nagravision. Vip News has left.

Horizons 2 85.0E 11760 H "Avto 24" has left .

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Movie Bangla, DM TV and SB TV" have left .
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Flowers, Media One Gulf and Media One" have started on , Fta

From asiatvro site

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,R Plus Gold(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置4012 H 7200参数免费接收。[09-13]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Living Foodz替换Zee Khana Khazana(Dish TV)频道,设置11990 H 43000参数有条件接收。[09-13]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Bober(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11606 V 34425参数有条件接收。[09-13]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Bober(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12207 R 27500参数有条件接收。[09-13]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,TiJi(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12600 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-13]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Gulf TV(标清)频道改格式,设置11356 V 44900参数免费接收。[09-12]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Gazi TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3804 H 4800参数免费接收。[09-12]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,BeIn Sport 1(高清)等频道消失,设置3700 V 30000参数无效接收。[09-12]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sky Racing 1(赛马)频道解密,设置3814 V 6660参数免费接收。[09-12]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,BeIn Sport 1(高清)等频道重现,设置3700 V 30000参数免费接收。[09-12]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1(艺华卫视)等全组测试频道消失,设置12387 H 45000参数无效接收。[09-12]

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sadhna News(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [9月11日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Fanproj(索马里语)频道新增,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。 [9月11日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Lseoria、Sport Russia(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置11669 V 34425参数无效接收。 [9月11日]
东经80度轨道位置的快车AM22号卫星Ku频段,Bober、Rossiya 24(俄罗斯)等全组频道重现,设置12656 H 34430参数部分免费接收。 [9月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Zee Sangam等替换Big Magic(印地语)等频道,设置11570 V 28500参数免费接收。 [9月11日]


Sorry short of time, no time for news update.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Vetrun.com is still down

Lbird1 on Optus D1 reported "black screen" probably temporary.

From my Email


From the Dish

Insat 4B 93.5E 11030 V "DD Madhya Pradesh and DD Rajasthan" have started on , Irdeto.
Insat 4B 93.5E 11070 V "Housefull Movies has replaced TV 24" on, Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5E 11490 V "DD National and DD Kisan" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5E 11570 V "Zee Sangam and RT Movies" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5E 11570 V "Big Magic and ABP News India" have left.

Measat 3 91.5E 12523 V Zee Studio, Zee Trendz, Chardikla Time TV, Polimer, Aaj Tak, UTV World Movies and UTV Action have left .
Measat 3 91.5E 12523 V DD Uttar Pradesh, Cartoon Network India, Zee Anmol, Zee Salaam, & pictures, Reporter, Media One, Public TV, Rengoni and Assam Talks have started on, Nagravision.

Measat 3 91.5E 12603 H "Colors Infinity has replaced DD Madhya Pradesh" on Irdeto.
Measat 3 91.5E 12643 H "DD Kisan and Sony Kix" have started on , Irdeto. INews and Cine 21 have left.
Measat 3 91.5E 12723 H "Star World Asia" has left .

Measat 3b 91.5E 12563 H "Warner TV Southeast Asia" has started on , Irdeto.
Measat 3b 91.5E 12643 V "NHK World Premium, France 24 English, Star Chinese Movies Legend, Bloomberg TV Asia, Berita Satu News Channel, Male, Fox Sports News Asia, AMC Asia, Star Chinese Channel, Duck TV SD, Ginx TV, DW, CNBC Asia-Pacific, EuroNews, C Music TV, Rajawali TV, Animax East Asia, HBO Signature Asia, Da Ai TV Indonesia and Syfy Universal Asia" have started on , Irdeto.
Measat 3b 91.5E 12643 H Jendela, Dunia Lain, Showcase, CCTV News, CCTV 4 Asia and CCTV 9 Documentary have started on , Irdeto. Jelita and Outdoor Channel International have left .
Measat 3b 91.5E 12683 H "Maa Music, Zee Bangla, Zee Studio, Aaj Tak and Zee 24 Taas" have left .
Measat 3b 91.5E 12683 V "CinemaWorld, Crime + Investigation Asia, HBO Family Asia, HBO Hits, E! Asia & Pacific, Diva Asia, Fox Sports Indonesia, Fox Sports 3 Asia and Luxe TV" have started on , Irdeto.
Measat 3b 91.5E 12683 H "Fox Sports 2 Indonesia, FX HD Asia, Fox Crime HD Asia, CNN International Asia Pacific, Oh! K, History HD Asia, Universal Channel Asia, FYI Asia, Fashion One Asia and Luxe TV" have started on , Irdeto.

ST 2 88.0E 11546 H "Topper TV and ETV Gujarati News" have started on , encrypted. Nick Jr India, Peace of Mind TV, News Nation, J Movie, MBC TV, Music India, Planet M Cinema and Focus NE have left.
ST 2 88.0E 11609 V "D2h Enhance" has started on , encrypted.
ST 2 88.0E 11609 H "Sony Max 2 and Blue Naaptol" have left .
ST 2 88.0E 11672 V "TV 5 News and Tarang TV" have left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 4059 V "TV Maldives, Sangu TV and Dhi Plus" have left .

Express AT1 56.0E 12437 R "Moskva 24 and Moskva Doverie" have left .

Express AM6 53.0E 11559 V "ATN News and Ariana TV National" have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、探索世界(蒙古)等全组频道重现,设置12507 H 45000参数有条件接收。[09-11]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sadhna News(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。[09-11]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Fanproj(索马里语)频道新增,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。[09-11]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Lseoria、Sport Russia(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置11669 V 34425参数无效接收。[09-11]
东经80度轨道位置的快车AM22号卫星Ku频段,Bober、Rossiya 24(俄罗斯)等全组频道重现,设置12656 H 34430参数部分免费接收。[09-11]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Zee Sangam等替换Big Magic(印地语)等频道,设置11570 V 28500参数免费接收。[09-11]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Rajasthan、Madhya Pradesh(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11030 V 32000参数免费接收。 [9月11日]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)高清频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。 [9月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Test Bar(测试)频道消失,设置12523 H 30000参数无效接收。 [9月10日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1(艺华卫视)频道加密,设置12387 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月10日]


Soyuz lifts-off ninth and tenth Galileo satellites

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newssoyuz-lifts-off-ninth-and-tenth-galileo-satellites-4668986

A Soyuz rocket has successfully lifted-off the ninth and tenth Galileo satellites from spaceport in French Guiana.

Around 3h and 48min after lift-off, the Fregat upper-stage released the satellites into their target orbit at an altitude of 23,500km, ESA said.

ESA director general Jan Woerner said: "The deployment of Europe's Galileo system is rapidly gathering pace.

"By steadily boosting the number of satellites in space, together with new stations on the ground across the world, Galileo will soon have a global reach."

Europe's global satellite navigation constellation, Galileo, comprises 24 operational satellites and six spares, to provide an encrypted commercial service by 2020.

"The deployment of Europe's Galileo system is rapidly gathering pace."

The programme is co-funded by the ESA and the European Commission.

Planned for launch by the end of this year, two more satellites have completed tests at the ESA's ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

Bremen, Germany-based OHB is manufacturing the satellites, while UK's Surrey Satellite Technology is providing the navigation payloads.

ESA Galileo and navigation-related activities director Didier Faivre said: "Production of the satellites has attained a regular rhythm.

"At the same time, all Galileo testing performed up to now, including that of the ground segment, has been returning extremely positive results.

In 2016, a customised Ariane 5 launcher will be used to launch the Galileo system, when four satellites will be placed into orbit with a single launch, ESA said.

Humax secures exclusive Netflix STB deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/10/humax-secures-exclusive-netflix-stb-deal/

Digital set-top box specialist Humax is partnering with Internet TV network Netflix to provide easy access to the popular service across its range of set-top boxes in the coming months.

Through the agreement with Netflix, Humax customers will have an even greater choice of programming, including immediate access to a wide variety of TV series, films, documentaries and kids titles.

Netflix has over 65 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series such as Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards and its latest release, Narcos.

By viewing Netflix on their Humax boxes, consumers will not just have access to a richer variety of titles, but also have the ability to switch seamlessly between live broadcast, recordings and Internet TV in a convenient manner. Additionally, many Humax devices will feature a dedicated Netflix remote control button and a quick-launch functionality, which will allow viewers to start Netflix faster than on many other devices.

Graham North, Commercial Director of Humax, described the Netflix partnership as “monumental” to the company, providing its customers with the opportunity to enjoy even more quality content, straight from their set-top boxes. “The partnership also opens up the pay-TV market even further by offering effortless access to a renowned TV service,” he added.

SES High 4K TV, 24/7 UHD channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/11/ses-high-4k-tv-247-uhd-channel/

SES has launched a 24/7 multi-genre linear Ultra HD cable TV channel via satellite. The new UlHD network is called High 4K TV and features a broad range of round-the-clock content from UHD movies and TV shows to sports and documentaries.

Content for the new High 4K TV channel will be delivered over the SES-3 satellite, one of three satellites (SES-1, SES-3, AMC-18) that make up SES’s UHD neighbourhood at the centre of the orbital arc over North America. High 4K TV will be the latest channel to join SES’s growing worldwide UHD line-up. The trio of satellites at the core of SES’s North America UHD platform enable programmers to reach more than 100 million U.S. television homes through virtually every cable TV, IPTV and direct-to-home provider across the region.

“The new channel, with its breadth of programming, is another key step in helping cable operators through North America accelerate the delivery of linear live Ultra HD content to subscriber homes across the US,” said Steve Corda, Vice President of business development for SES in North America.

SES has developed the first end-to-end solution capable of delivering linear live Ultra HD content to a cable system. The innovative Ultra HD platform was unveiled by SES and Harmonic at the NAB Conference earlier this year, followed by cable operator trials of the plug-and-play service and the launch of North America’s first Ultra HD demonstration channels.

“This launch is a major step toward enabling the affordable and timely delivery of Ultra HD to cable homes across America,” noted Justin Borrelo, Head of Business Development at High TV. “It is indeed a major milestone for us, as an international 4K channel, to be present in North America with SES. We are excited to be bringing the very best in lifestyle and entertainment programming to an audience that embraces entertainment as the very essence of their culture, and we look forward to expanding the delivery of High 4K TV programming to other regions around the world.”

SPI International launches Funbox 4K/UHD demo broadcasting

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/spi-international-launches-funbox-4kuhd-demo-broadcasting--1102071

SPI International, the global pay-TV operator that owns Kino Polska TV, has announced that its Funbox 4K/UHD channel demonstration is broadcasting on a new transponder on the Eutelsat Hot Bird satellite. The free-to-air satellite demo version of the Funbox 4K/UHD channel features 4K footage of wildlife, nature, landscapes and much more. Funbox 4K/UHD allows viewers see more nuance and detail, faster frame rates, exceptional contrast dynamics and extended colours and styles.

The operator would like to welcome DTH platforms, cable networks and IPTV operators that are interested in delivering the 4K services to their customers, to try out the demo version of the channel, as it will soon debut across Europe as an encrypted offering for cable and IP headends from Eutelsat's Hot Bird position and eventually all over the world, said Berk Uziyel, Director of New Media for SPI International.

During the IBC show in Amsterdam, SPI International will present the new channel at IBC Content Everywhere. A special screening devoted to the upcoming worldwide launch of Funbox 4K/UHD will also be held in Cannes as part of the Mipcom 4K sessions on 06 October. Recently, the demo version of Funbox 4K/UHD was launched on TV Net Voz, a leading IPTV platform in Portugal operated by Vodafone Portugal

(Craig's comment, the 4K channels seem to be popping up daily, It would be nice if Eutelsat put up something at 172E)


Thursday Feed

IS19Ku, 12569V, 7500sr, (STS test card \) 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA..

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)高清频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[09-10]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Test Bar(测试)频道消失,设置12523 H 30000参数无效接收。[09-10]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1(艺华卫视)频道加密,设置12387 H 45000参数有条件接收。[09-10]
东经80度轨道位置的快车AM22号卫星Ku频段,Bober、Dom Kino(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置12656 H 34430参数无效接收。[09-10]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,DXT替换探索世界(俄罗斯)频道,设置11656 V 24800参数有条件接收。[09-10]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,亚太卫视(香港)频道消失,设置12500 V 7200参数无效接收。[09-10]

东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段,TV Centr Ural(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置3743 L 34075参数无效接收。 [9月10日]


Free-to-air TV Including Rugby Tests Will Be Available In The Pacific Next Year

From http://fijisun.com.fj/2015/09/10/free-to-air-tv-including-rugby-tests-will-be-available-in-the-pacific-next-year/

Prime Minister John Key (left), is a big sport fan and has announced a broadcasting deal that will see more sport shown free-to-air in the Pacific.

Sport is coming to the small screen in the Pacific after John Key announced a free-to-air deal that will provide up to eight hours of coverage a day.

The Prime Minister is in Papua New Guinea at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) where leaders are meeting to discuss a range of issues including climate change, fisheries, health and human rights abuses in West Papua.

On Wednesday Key announced high quality television content would be available to Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea from early next year.

This will give the Pacific nations access to selected Super 15 matches, Rugby Championship tests and ITM Cup matches along with news, documentaries and entertainment at a cost to taxpayers of $400,000 a year.

“Given the Pacific’s love of sport we are particularly pleased that a number of sports rights holders, including SANZAR, have given their support to the project,” Key said.

The move comes on the back of the Australian Federal Government last year pulling millions of dollars of funding from a broadcaster contracted to provide content in the Pacific.

ABC was only one year into a ten-year broadcasting contract that was providing coverage to more than 46 countries in the Asia and Pacific region when the Government scrapped it because of concerns contract obligations weren’t being met.

Key said currently the Pacific has access to about 11 hours a week of free-to-air coverage and with an ageing population it made sense Pacific Islanders would want more news and sport available.

He acknowledged some Kiwis who didn’t have free-to-air sport would be frustrated by the announcement but said that came down to broadcasters like SANZAR choosing where to utilise their broadcasting rights.

“The decision for rugby to be included in that comes because of the generosity of SANZAR…the explanation seems to be that a lot of rugby players come out of the Pacific and they’re very keen as the rights holders there to promote their support.

“In essence by showing more rugby, I’m guessing they hope there will be more Pacific Island players who take up rugby,” Key said.

New Zealand’s broadcasting package would “significantly increase the amount of content available to Pacific audiences” while also showcasing New Zealand talent.

“As part of the project New Zealand will also support Pacific broadcasters with additional technical assistance and training to help create more local content,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday Key announced an additional $100 million in aid to the Pacific taking the total amount provided over the next three years to $1 billion.

The Pacific’s aid makes up close to 60 per cent of the total $1.7 billion New Zealand provides in development assistance internationally.

Key said the majority being spent in the Pacific was reflective of the “importance we place on our neighbourhood, the challenges we collectively face and the enormous potential our region has.”

Fisheries, tourism and agriculture in the Pacific would be the big focus of future investment along with education and continuing to build infrastructure including roads and health facilities.

“New Zealand has been at the forefront of efforts to shift the Pacific from reliance on fossil fuels to renewable electricity,” he said.

Racing.com set to air on subscription TV

From http://www.bloodstock.com.au/news/story.php?id=13845#eC1bCrStilB4qYhJ.97

The final piece of the Victorian racing coverage jigsaw has been completed with the racing.com channel available to pay TV subscribers on Saturday.

The free-to-air coverage of racing.com commenced on August 29 on channel 78 in metropolitan areas and channel 68 in regional areas.

It is also available via internet and digital devices.

Victorian racing will be available to pay TV viewers on Foxtel channel 522 with Flemington and Kilmore meetings to feature on Saturday.

KT Skylife picks Nagra to protect 4K Ultra HD content

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/kt-skylife-picks-nagra-to-protect-4k-ultra-hd-content--1101711

Korean satellite broadcaster KT Skylife contracted Nagra to protect its 4K Ultra HD content with Nagra's platforms. The Nagra anyCast Security Services Platform combined with Nagra's hardware security certification process secures the operator's first 4K Ultra HD satellite offer through the 4K-ready and studio-endorsed anyCast Guard security client. KT Skylife successfully launched three 4K Ultra HD channels to subscribers offering a variety of 4K content, including entertainment programmes, documentaries, and movies.
KT Skylife has been a Nagra customer since 2010 and has more than 4.2 million subscribers in Korea.

Japan Govt plans to double satellite eyes in sky

From http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002412120

The Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center plans to double the number of information-gathering satellites to eight, the center reported to a meeting of the Committee on National Space Policy on Tuesday.

Under the plan, four more information-gathering satellites will be added to upgrade the nation’s monitoring capability over military-related facilities in foreign countries, while two other satellites will be launched to relay data from the information-gathering satellites to the ground, according to the center.

In technical terms, information-gathering satellites are operated as reconnaissance satellites. There are currently three optical satellites in operation, which capture images of the ground in the daytime, and three radar satellites that are able to monitor target facilities at night and under bad weather. However, only four of them are regularly in use, since one is reserved as a backup and the designed lifetime for the remaining satellite has expired.

The two data-relaying satellites will support overall satellite capability by allowing more frequent monitoring of target facilities, according to the center.Speech

Boeing: World’s First All-Electric Propulsion Satellite Begins Operations

From press release

The world’s first all-electric propulsion satellite, built by Boeing [NYSE: BA] for Bermuda-based ABS, is now operational after an on-orbit handover on August 31. The ABS-3A, a 702SP (small platform) satellite, expands ABS’ communications services in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“The operational ABS-3A satellite and ABS-2A, launching in early 2016, will further strengthen and solidify our global expansion and offer flexible capacity to our growing fleet,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “We believe Boeing’s innovative portfolio can help us to affordably grow now and in the future.”

The ABS-3A spacecraft was the world’s first all-electric propulsion satellite to be built and launched – part of a stacked pair launched in March with a 702SP satellite built for Eutelsat, based in Paris. The spacecraft’s all-electric xenon-ion propulsion system contains a sufficient quantity of the inert, non-hazardous element xenon to extend the satellite’s operations beyond the expected spacecraft design life of 15 years.

“With a successful launch, testing and execution of orbit operations, we were able to deliver the first 702SP to ABS about one month earlier than planned,” said Mark Spiwak, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International. “The 702SP product line was designed to bring the latest technology into the hands of customers seeking adaptable and affordable solutions. In addition, the 702SP’s patented dual-launch capability helps customers share launch costs, which can significantly lower overall expenses for a satellite owner.”

Boeing is under contract to build a second 702SP satellite for ABS, designated ABS-2A, which will be delivered and launched early next year.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a $31 billion business with 53,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense

TRBNA to Deliver Digital Terrestrial Television Services to Armenian Viewers via Intelsat EpicNG

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150910005381/en/TRBNA-Deliver-Digital-Terrestrial-Television-Services-Armenian#.VfGrp3kViUk

LUXEMBOURG & AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With consumers everywhere demanding access to more high-quality content, broadcasters are utilizing digital terrestrial television (“DTT”) to efficiently and cost-effectively deliver an enhanced viewing experience to expanded audiences around the globe. Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the leading global satellite service provider, has supported the seamless migration from analog services to DTT on three continents. Intelsat today announced that it will enable the Television and Radio Broadcasting Network of Armenia (TRBNA) to implement a DTT network using a unique solution on Intelsat 33e, the second scheduled satellite in Intelsat’s next generation satellite fleet, Intelsat EpicNG®.

“Our viewers are demanding and deserve informative and entertaining content that is delivered with world-class quality and reliability”

For programmers and content distributors, Intelsat EpicNG provides a unique platform to deliver more regionalized programming which will enable them to better differentiate their services for both viewers and advertisers alike. Leveraging a powerful Ku-band spot beam on Intelsat 33e to be located at 60ºE, TRBNA will have a single signal distribution of content that will allow it to deliver DTT services to all of Armenia. The high-powered spot beam will provide TRBNA with a very reliable, much more affordable service that will enable the company to accelerate the roll-out and expansion of its DTT network.

“Our viewers are demanding and deserve informative and entertaining content that is delivered with world-class quality and reliability,” said Grigor Amalyan, CEO, TRBNA. “As we looked to upgrade our network to DTT, we needed a partner that had deep technical expertise in moving from analog and digital and could help us accelerate the roll-out in a cost-efficient manner. Given its breadth and depth of experience in helping companies expand and enhance their digital offerings, Intelsat was the right partner for us. Intelsat’s innovative, next generation Intelsat EpicNG satellite will be critical in helping us deliver superior service, high quality and affordable content to our television viewers and radio listeners throughout Armenia.”

Until Intelsat 33e is launched in the second half of 2016, Intelsat will provide TRBNA bridge capacity on Intelsat 904 at 60ºE to distribute content to TRBNA’s terrestrial towers for DTT services. Intelsat currently provides proven DTT solutions across a number of continents, supported by advanced coding and modulation techniques that enable efficient use of bandwidth and improved reception quality, enabling audiences to enjoy the benefits of digital television. Intelsat also hosts video neighborhoods that serve all of the populated continents, offering increased access to the most popular content that complements the programming distributed by DTT, providing excellent viewer penetration for exciting content within and outside the continent.

Kurt Riegelman, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Intelsat, said: “Intelsat’s satellite fleet is designed to enable our customers to quickly adapt to changing dynamics in the broader media landscape. Given the size of its target market, TRBNA is uniquely positioned to benefit from the powerful spot beams offered by Intelsat EpicNG. By working closely with TRBNA, we customized a solution that will allow them to quickly meet their regulatory requirements, deliver more dynamic and enhanced content and have a network infrastructure that enables them to expand their viewership in a much more cost-efficient manner.”

Intelsat will be exhibiting at the 2015 IBC Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from September 11-15, 2015. You can visit Intelsat at the Intelsat Stand located at Hall 1, C71 for more information about our Intelsat EpicNG platform, media services and satellite solutions.

Ericsson, Intelsat to show HD contribution feed in HDR

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ericsson-intelsat-to-show-hd-contribution-feed-in-hdr--1101765

Ericsson and Intelsat have joined forces to showcase an HD contribution feed in HDR (High Dynamic Range) at IBC in Amsterdam. The demo will use the Intelsat 905 satellite located at 24.5 degrees West and the DVB-SX2 standard with an open, non-proprietary workflow. This proof-of-concept is aimed at showing how media companies can offer improved picture quality and new experiences with HD HDR, while gaining greater efficiencies in transponder utilization.
By using the DVB-SX2 satellite broadcasting standard, Intelsat can drive greater transmission efficiencies, opening up the capability to enhance the quality of the HD contribution feed with HDR without incurring bandwidth losses. By doing this in an open and non-proprietary workflow, Ericsson allows satellite TV service providers to upgrade existing legacy infrastructures.

“Eye watering” prospects for satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/10/eye-watering-prospects-for-satellite/

Just at the moment the ‘big three’ satellite operators (Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat) are suffering depressed share prices amid concerns that delayed launches and commoditised revenues pose a threat to future prospects.

“Not so” argues a major, 95-page, report from equity analysts Jefferies, who say that the industry is going through a “quantum leap” in terms of future prospects, focusing on reusability of satellites, the implementation of ‘space tugs’ in their future satellite planning and an “assured” position as far as demand is concerned, especially in terms of video demand.

SES comes out of the report well, with a “BUY” recommendation as being at the forefront of each of the industry’s key growth themes and helped by the anticipated consolidation of its stake in O3b.

Also doing well is Eutelsat, which Jefferies upgrades to a “BUY” recommendation and “despite lacking some of the thematic ‘fizz’” says the bank, “its earnings trajectory should be assured”.

Jefferies place Intelsat as a ‘HOLD’ largely because the analysts do not see 2016 as an ‘inflection year’ for the operator. “The bulkier later Intelsat EPIC launches provide reason for optimism,” says the bank, while admitting that today’s near $10 valuation represents a “rock bottom’ bargain for investors.

SES: 220 European UHD channels by 2025

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/10/ses-220-european-uhd-channels-by-2025/

Ferdinand Kayser, CCO at Luxembourg-based SES, speaking at IBC, said the satellite operator sees “steady momentum” and an accelerated uptake of Ultra-HD broadcasts leading to an expected 220 UHD channels over Europe by 2025.

Kayser was launching an SES ‘White Paper’ on UHD which confirmed that 2015 has seen a significant breakthrough with the number of channels either on air or about to launch. “Demos, content, high-technical standards, devices and the delivery infrastructure are now falling into place,” he added.

This represented a “virtuous circle” for UHD, and there would be two phases for UHD’s introduction. The industry was already in Phase 1 with more pixels, better codecs and a larger field of view. But this would be followed by Phase 2, starting in 2017 with “better pixels, higher dynamic range, a wider colour gamut, higher frame rates and better audio”.

Kayser said that UHD display sales were happily being bought by consumers, helped by rapidly falling prices, and would reach some 200 million units globally by 2018. “Buyers are already exposed to UHD content from the internet and movies, and we expect there will be more than 1000 channels on air by 2025.”

He quoted data that stated the US would have some 300 UHD channels by 2025, and around 220 over Europe.

As to display sales, the White Paper confirms that UHD units already account for 13 per cent of all TV shipments in 2015 (31 million units) and nearly half of all 50” and larger sets. By 2017 more than 90 per cent of all UHD unit sales will be 50” or above.

Kayser highlighted ‘Fashion One’ which went on air on Sept 1 over Europe and North America, but also noted ‘pearl tv’ an all-UHD shopping channel now broadcasting over Europe, and the upcoming launch for North America of ‘High 4K’ that goes live next week.

SES is also about to broadcast ‘Insight’, a new UHD channel from TV Entertainment Reality Network, which goes live in October, as well as SES’s own HD+ demo channel already on air.

TERN launches UHD channel on SES

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/10/tern-launches-uhd-channel-on-ses/

SES has confirmed that TV Entertainment Reality Network (TERN) has contracted capacity under a long-term agreement to launch a new free-to-air channel, which will start to air in October 2015 in both HD and Ultra HD quality. The new channel will be exclusively available via satellite in Europe on ASTRA at 19.2 degrees East.

Mariam Zamaray, Chief Executive Officer at TERN, said, “We are very excited to launch the new channel on SES satellite across Europe. We guarantee a premium experience for our partners and viewers. Our ambition is to broadcast premium programming in an immersive way in Ultra HD. Our aim is to change the way you watch television.”

Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES, said, “The new channel that TERN is launching will have outstanding picture quality in Ultra HD and revolutionise the TV viewing experience. 2015 is the year in which Ultra HD has become a reality for TV viewers in Europe, and we are pleased that the first three Ultra HD channels in Europe are broadcast via SES satellites.”

OSN to launch UHD channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/10/osn-to-launch-uhd-channel/

Dubai-based pay-TV operator OSN’s CEO David Butorac, speaking at IBC, said that despite the challenges of piracy in his region, and fierce competition from the 750 or so local free-to-air channels, OSN was working hard to expand its 59 HD channels and would launch its first 4K/Ultra-HD channel early next year.

Butorac explained that OSN feeds its signals to 24 markets currently, and had more in its targets especially in Africa. He told IBC delegates that smart phone ownership in his Gulf markets was already more than 100 percent, while Saudi Arabia was the world’s heaviest users of social media on a per-capita basis. “Our markets are heavy viewers of TV, with more than 7 hours a day of viewing typically, and growing at 6 per cent annually.”

He said that broadcasting in the MENA region was not without its challenges, not least censorship. “A free-to-air transmission of the Wolf of Wall Street saw about 40 per cent of the movie cut. We cut just a few moments.

He admitted that “library services” such as Netflix did pose a threat “but as broadcasters we have to keep pace with the challenges”.

However, he was highly critical of some of his local competitors not least the Qatari-funded finances behind the recent exclusive rights to the English Premier League football, which he said was not even put to competitive tender, “and the gossip is that they paid $500 million, when [the rights] were barely worth $100 million.”

“Piracy is also leeching cash and jobs out of the region, but the authorities are beginning to realise this.”

EURO World Network announces name change

From press release

September 9th 2015

San Diego, California, U.S.A.

EURO World Network – a global leader in Direct-to-Home and IPTV/OTT technologies – announced today a company-wide rebrand to eMedia Network. The corporate name change reflects the company’s broader broadcasting commitment and its expertise in driving the innovations needed to shape the future of broadcasting management through digital media technology solutions.

"The new name – eMedia – allows us to emphasize our wide-ranging business objective around changing the way content is delivered, with the goal of increasing access, lowering costs and improving quality." said Mark Lobwein, Chairman of eMedia Network. "As a company with its roots in traditional broadcasting and digital technology, we are committed to delivering breakthrough products and services that will help connect all the points in the broadcasting industry."

Broadcasters and content owners can now optimize and monetize their content further by reaching more audiences, on more devices, with a richer viewing experience.

The new name is effective immediately, and will be implemented across the company’s products and services throughout the remainder of 2015.

For more information visit us on-line at: www.emedianetwork.tv | www.efusion.tv | www.i-on.tv

MSM to launch English Entertainment & Hindi Music channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/gecs/msm-to-launch-english-entertainment-hindi-music-channels-150909

MUMBAI: Multi Screen Media (MSM) is gearing up to launch two new channels over the next two months.

The broadcaster is aggressively investing to launch a flamboyant English entertainment channel as well as a Hindi music channel.

The English entertainment channel will have an HD feed and will simulcast series with US. MSM's move comes even as the English entertainment channels space in the country has hotted up with the recent launches of Viacom 18's Colors Infinity and Star India’s FX HD.

According to information available with Indiantelevision.com, MSM is currently awaiting the license from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

On the other hand, building up on the success of its existing Hindi music channel Sony Mix as well as to enhance its presence in the Hindi music genre, MSM will launch another music channel. According to sources close to the development, the channel will hit airwaves in the next two months and will be headed by MSM EVP Neeraj Vyas, who has successfully led Sony Mix so far.

MSM's last launch was that of the sports channel Sony Kix, which was strongly backed up with aggressive acquisition of sports properties like LA Liga, FA Cup and Italian SerieA amongst others.

Currently, MSM has a total of sixteen channels in its bouquet namely: Sony Entertainment Television, Sony Entertainment Television HD, Sony Max, Sony Max 2, Sab, Sony Mix, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Kix, Sony Pix, Sony Pix HD, Sony Pal, AXN, AXN HD, Sony Aath and Animax.

Ten Sports’ broadcast facility gets facelift by Imagine Communications

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/ten-sports-broadcast-facility-gets-facelift-by-imagine-communications-150909

MUMBAI: Imagine Communications has completed a major broadcast facility upgrade at Ten Sports, which is part of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (Zeel).

Ten Sports’ new broadcast facility, recently relocated from the UAE to India, relies on an end-to-end sports production and playout solution, and supports the production and distribution of its entire family of channels.

The solution includes the Imagine Communications D-Series automated content management and distribution system controlling Nexio playout servers running Nexio Motion and Insight software that create automated processes to move and manage media. Ten Sports executes ingest, asset management and playout on a Nexio Farad high-performance online storage network with intrinsic mirroring for absolute content security.

Ten Sports vice president of engineering Sanjeev Bhargava said, “Our existing IT infrastructure was dated and consisted of independent islands of storage, which lacked fast throughput - slowing the entire ingest to playout process. We selected Imagine Communications to enable us to build a more efficient workflow capable of handling the demands of modern day sports production, from ingest through to playout and archive. Furthermore, as our parent company, Zee Entertainment, is also an Imagine Communications’ playout solutions customer, we knew this solution was robust enough to meet our exacting requirements.”

“The Nexio IconMaster is a key component of the system and is exclusively used by our sports channels, streamlining the function of fade-in/out during live switching from one event to another - a feature that is extremely important in a sports production environment,” he added.

“There are many factors to consider during any relocation and upgrade. For Ten Sports, this included the ability to work with a single supplier to provide the end-to-end technology and have this underpinned with local support. For a group that has eight sports channels covering regional and international sporting events, keeping the facility on air during the relocation and upgrade process was critical,” added Imagine Communications regional sales manager for South Asia Raj Yadav.

Imagine Communications also provided the core infrastructure at Ten Sports, including the Nexio IconMaster branding and master control switcher.


A new broadcast deal with the Pacific Islands may see more NZ content and sporting events going over Intelsat 19 (see news)

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ACCC’s Ten-Foxtel decision delayed amid anti-siphoning row

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/acccs-ten-foxtel-decision-delayed-amid-anti-siphoning-row/story-fna045gd-1227520153749

Foxtel call delayed by siphoning row

The competition watchdog’s long-awaited decision on Foxtel’s proposed acquisition of a stake in the Ten Network has been postponed after a furious row erupted over the controversial anti-­siphoning media laws.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has pushed back a decision until Monday to “allow additional time to consider the proposed acquisitions”.

It was due to make a public statement tomorrow.

The delay comes after the regulator held a meeting on Tuesday. The ACCC said Monday’s decision “may be a final decision or release of a statement of ­issues”.

This week, competition tsar Rod Sims was careful not to give any indication of the ACCC’s position. He told The Australian that “anybody who is guessing is doing just that — guessing”. Under the ACCC’s merger review process guidelines, it is common for the regulator to take additional time to reach a verdict.

To reduce debt and provide funds for programming, Ten has proposed issuing new shares to Foxtel at 15c a share in exchange for a 15 per cent shareholding.

The ACCC has undertaken market inquiries by focusing on how much influence Foxtel will have once the $77 million deal proceeds.

The review, which began on June 25, has also examined the impact on “options available to viewers and advertisers.

It comes as the free-to-air TV industry hits back at a stinging attack by the subscription-TV sector. Tony Shepherd, chairman of the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association, yesterday launched a blistering attack in The Australian against the anti-siphoning regime.

He said the regulation had “rigged” sports broadcasting rights markets by ringfencing TV rights for more than 1000 events and matches for the commercial broadcasters including the Ten, Seven and Nine networks.

“This latest self-serving attack on the rules by pay TV is misleading and designed to force Australians to pay for sports they currently see for free,” said Harold Mitchell, the chairman of Free TV, the body which represents Australia’s commercial free-to-air television licensees.

“The anti-siphoning rules have delivered a terrific outcome for the millions of Australian sports fans who are able to see a range of major sporting events live and free.

“Free TV broadcasters do not hoard sporting rights. We show everything we acquire and there is more live and free sport on television than ever before.

“It’s clear that the Australian public do not want to be forced to pay to watch their favourite sports on television.”

Mr Shepherd said the recent emergence of overseas media-streaming services including online video giant Netflix and Google’s YouTube had put subscription-TV players at an even greater disadvantage.

“(The rules) were written to protect incumbents and shackle new entrants of the day, without contemplating how they might apply to unimagined new technology,” Mr Shepherd said.

“This is why the rules ban Foxtel from buying certain sports, yet apply no such ban on a Netflix, for instance, buying rights to the Melbourne Cup and charging Australians to see who wins.”

He said the subscription-TV industry was not seeking to remove showpiece events from the anti-siphoning list.

Foxtel says pay-TV’s $800m spend on local content pays off

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/foxtel-says-pay-tvs-800m-spend-on-local-content-pays-off/story-fna045gd-1227520153597

The subscription-TV industry spent a record $796 million on Australian programming last fin­ancial year as the focus on local content pays dividends for major players including Foxtel.

A 21 per cent rise in expenditure on original Australian content, up from $656m, had improved people’s perception of the sector as a destination for quality entertainment and premium drama, executives said.

During the same period, Foxtel increased subscribers by 9 per cent, its highest growth for years, while churn, the rate at which customers opted out, fell to 10.9 per cent, from 12.5 per cent.

Local producers benefited from an outlay of $25m on factual programming to coincide with the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli, with programs including Deadline Gallipoli and The Memorial: Beyond the ANZAC Legend, as well as local documentaries Abalone Wars and Coast Australia.

The momentum is set to continue. Foxtel has vowed to ramp up spending on Australian drama, entertainment and comedy until 2018 as it seeks to create a more distinctive positioning in a fragmenting media sector amid competition from streaming media services such as Netflix.

“Increasingly we have invested in local productions across all genres and to critical acclaim,” Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein said at the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association’s annual conference in Sydney.

Mr Freudenstein said the investment had played a key role in the success of Foxtel, which launched 20 years ago.

“We have become a key partner for the local production community, creating opportunities for writers, directors, actors, producers and all of the many skill sets required to create television,” he said. “This in turn creates and sustains a pool of talent for the film industry, the theatre and the broader television sector.

“Major international brands, like Viacom, the BBC, Fox, Disney, ESPN and Discovery established offices here and launched channels on the subscription platforms. They recruited talented local executives. And they have invested in local productions and enabled Australian programs to reach international audiences.”

ASTRA chief Andrew Maiden said last financial year’s expenditure brings to $6.5 billion “the value of our total investment in the Australian production sector in the past decade”.

Measured by hours, sport represented the largest genre on subscription-TV, with more than 23,180 hours of first-run Australian content broadcast. He said ASTRA members also exported 13,119 hours of content to overseas territories, helping promote Australian stories to wider audiences.

For the first time ASTRA measured digital content output by subscription-TV channels, revealing that 1243 hours had been produced for digital consumption outside traditional broadcasts. The number of jobs in the industry rose to 8370, up from 6600, and the sector contributed by $2bn to the economy, according to figures audited by PwC.

Pacific Islands set to benefit from new broadcasting deal

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11510482

New Zealanders can only watch major rugby games live on pay television but Pacific Island countries will get free-to-air coverage of many games under a deal with Sanzar in an apparent bid to recruit more players.

It is part of a rollout of more free-to-air television to the Pacific Islands that will mean eight countries get eight hours a day of television - up from just 11 hours a week now.

Sanzar agreed to allow some rugby games to be screened on free to air television in those countries as part of the expanded coverage, which will also include more news, documentary and entertainment shows from New Zealand.

The games will include some Super 15 and ITM CUp matches as well as Rugby Championship Tests and is expected to start in early 2016.

Prime Minister John Key said it was a nice gesture from Sanzar (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby) which holds the television rights to coverage of major southern hemisphere rugby tournaments.

The countries set to benefit from the deal are Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

"The explanation appears to be that a lot of rugby players come out of the Pacific and they're very keen as the rights holders there to promote more sports. I guess in essence they're hoping there will be more Pacific Islands players who take up rugby," Mr Key said.

NZ Rugby, NZ Cricket and Basketball NZ had also signed up to the initiative for more free television.

He said the Government will put in $400,000 a year to help provide the equipment the islands will need for the ramped up coverage.

All of the major New Zealand television networks and production companies had agreed to provide programmes at no cost to the Pacific.

Mr Key made the announcement from Port Moresby where he is attending the Pacific Islands' Forum leaders' meeting.

Mr Key also announced an extra $100 million in aid to Pacific countries over three years.

He said that took the total aid into the Pacific to $1 billion - about 60 per cent of New Zealand's total aid spending of $1.7 billion over the next years.

"The decision to allocate close to 60 per cent of out growing aid budget to the Pacific recognises the importance we place on our neighbourhood, the challenges we collectively face and the enormous potential our region has."

He said much of that aid would be put into areas that would drive economic growth such as fisheries, tourism and agriculture as well as more tradition aid areas such as health facilities and education.

New Zealand has focused on installing renewable energy sources on many Pacific islands to reduce the reliance on costly imported oil and diesel.

Mr Key said that would continue over the next three years "as we step up our support for climate change adaptation."

New Zealand and Australia have both been criticised at the Forum for the level of commitment they have given on climate change.

More free-to-air sport and TV for the Pacific

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/more-free-air-sport-and-tv-pacific/5/231372

Fuseworks Media Fuseworks Media Wednesday, 9 September, 2015 - 19:05 Prime Minister John Key has today launched a new broadcasting initiative that will see more New Zealand television content and sports coverage provided to the Pacific free of charge.

"The Pacific broadcasting project will see up to eight hours of high quality content a day made available to Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea," Mr Key says.

"A range of broadcasters, production houses, and rights holders have come together to support the initiative which will provide more viewing options for Pacific people.

"Given the Pacific’s love of sport we are particularly pleased that a number of sports rights holders, including SANZAR, have given their support to the project.

"The coverage will include free-to-air access to selected Super 15 matches, Rugby Championship Tests and ITM Cup matches, as well as news, documentaries and entertainment.

"As part of the project, New Zealand will also support Pacific broadcasters with additional technical assistance and training to help create more local content.

"This initiative will significantly increase the amount of content available to Pacific audiences, and will help showcase New Zealand productions in the region," Mr Key says.

The following organisations have committed to providing content at no cost to participating Pacific countries: TVNZ, Prime, MediaWorks, Parliament TV, Māori Television, SANZAR and Setanta Asia, Radio New Zealand, South Pacific Pictures, Showdown Productions, Lippy Pictures, Top Shelf Productions, Leftfield, Screentime Productions, North Reef Productions, NZ Cricket, Sky Television, NZ Rugby, and Basketball NZ.

The first broadcasts are expected to begin in early 2016. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will provide approximately $400,000 a year in additional funding to support the initiative.

(Craig's comment, this might be done over the "tvnz" feed on Intelsat 19 Cband, however it is usually encrypted)

TVNZ bringing the AFL to Kiwi homes

From media release

Wednesday, 9 September 2015, 10:59 am
Press Release: TVNZ

Media Release: TVNZ bringing the AFL to Kiwi homes

TVNZ is bringing the power and pace of the AFL to Kiwi homes via its Freeview pop-up channel in a multi-year deal signed with the AFL.

Coverage commences this weekend with the Finals Series where nine games (eight played live) will air over the next four weeks.

TVNZ’s Director of Content Jeff Latch says TVNZ is excited to be partnering with the AFL and bringing such an iconic Australian sport to Kiwi lounges in a free-to-air capacity.

“We’re not sure if it will fuel a complete change from NZ’s rugby psyche just yet but we know Kiwis will appreciate the skill and pace of the game.”

TVNZ will also air the AFL’s Weekly Highlights Program and has the rights to air key AFL events including the Season Launch, Australian Football Hall of Fame, Rising Star, All Australian, Grand Final Parade, Brownlow Medal and the AFL Draft.

AFL General Manager – Game Development, Simon Lethlean, shared this sentiment, calling TVNZ’s expanded AFL coverage a great result for fans and potential fans of the game.

“As AFL club, KiwiKick and AFL9’s participation continues to grow in New Zealand so does the interest in watching AFL matches.”

Last month TVNZ secured free-to-air live coverage of PGA, LPGA and European Tour Golf tournaments to air on the Freeview pop-up channel platform through to the end of October.

AFL coverage will kick-off this weekend on Freeview channel 13.


Saturday 12 September:
14:30 AFL – Play Off West Coast v Hawthorn (Replay)
17:00 AFL – Play Off Freemantle v Swans (Live)
21:00 AFL – Play Off Bulldogs v Crows (Live)

Sunday 13 September
09:30 AFL – Play Off West Coast v Hawthorn (Replay)
12:00 AFL – Play Off Freemantle v Swans (Replay)
14:30 AFL – Play Off Bulldogs v Crows (Replay)
17:00 AFL – Play Off Richmond v Nth Melbourne (Live)


Thaicom demos Ipstar SatCom mobility services

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-demos-ipstar-satcom-mobility-services--1101464

Thai satellite operator Thaicom has demonstrated its Ipstar SatCom Solutions for Mobility at Crimson Viper 2015, a Thai-US technology collaborative experimentation event held at Fort Thanarat in Prachuap Khiri Khan. Thaicom’s mobility services allow users to connect to communications networks at any time from any location via the Ipstar satellite and broadband ground systems.

Equipment includes a receiver that supports high-speed broadband as well as live SD and HD video feeds, with automatic satellite signal searching. Thaicom's mobility services are designed to provide customers with access to high-speed internet connections even while in transit. Thaicom has recently teamed up with Thai airline Nok Air to offer in-flight connectivity to airline passengers. Thaicom’s SatCom on the Move service also facilitates continuous communication, supporting the Royal Thai Navy and its forces on board the HTMS Krabi as they carry out their duties at sea.

Kaspersky: Turla APT threat group uses shoddy satellite security to cover its ass

From http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2425259/kaspersky-turla-apt-threat-group-uses-shoddy-satellite-security-to-cover-its-ass

Satellites may be high but they are not always mighty, according to Kaspersky

SLAPDASH SATELLITE SECURITY is to blame for a surge in state-driven bad web activity, according to Russian security firm and recent hacker test subject Kaspersky Lab.

Satellite Turla, which could be a good name for a band, is the name for this, and Kaspersky said in a blog post that the very active group, which is pretty likely to be sponsored officially by a government, has embraced satellite-based internet links as part of its web.

Kaspersky last brought the Turla gang to our attention in 2014. The group has now exploited weaknesses to hide its tracks and cover its traces. The takeaway is that all these attacks could have been avoided if only someone had done their job properly in the first place and used encryption.

The Turla group has been doing all the right things, according to the report, and has hidden its traces very well, though perhaps only up to this point.

There is a video that explains this, but we found it very hard to get through. The information about satellite internet is fine, but after a while the voiceover starts to grate and the already too loud music gets that bit too loud. Then the beeping starts. Well, we had to turn it off. It is here for your enjoyment.

Kaspersky said that the use of satellites is not unique to the group, but that it has a knack for the technique and has had some success.

"When you are an APT group, you need to deal with many different problems. One of them, and perhaps the biggest, is the constant seizure and takedown of domains and servers used for command-and-control [C&C]," the firm explained.

"Some of the most advanced threat actors or users of commercial hacking tools have found a solution to the takedown problem: the use of satellite-based internet links. In the past, we've seen three different actors using such links to mask their operations. The most interesting and unusual of them is the Turla group."

The group attacks government institutions, embassies, and military, education, research and pharmaceutical companies by hijacking traffic and information being shared on the network in unencrypted format. It responds to these and insert its own packets into the flow.

"Downstream-only internet links are used to accelerate internet downloads and are very cheap and easy to deploy," said Kaspersky. "They are also inherently insecure and use no encryption to obfuscate the traffic. This creates the possibility for abuse."

Kaspersky added that this kind of activity is not very sustainable and does involve some charges. We might call this a burner C&C network: one that is relatively cheap and easily droppable.

"The regular use of satellite-based internet links by the Turla group represents an interesting aspect of their operation. The links are generally up for several months, but never for too long," said Kaspersky in its threat report blog.

"It is unknown if this is due to operational security limitations self-imposed by the group or because of shutdown by other parties due to malicious behaviour.

"The technical method used to implement these internet circuits relies on hijacking downstream bandwidth from various ISPs and packet spoofing. This is a method that is technically easy to implement, and provides a much higher degree of anonymity than possibly any other conventional method such as renting a VPS or hacking a legitimate server." µ

Soyuz ready for liftoff with two Galileo satellites

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Soyuz_ready_for_liftoff_with_two_Galileo_satellites_999.html

The launcher for this week's Arianespace Soyuz mission is now ready for the countdown to its September 10 liftoff, having been "topped off" with the payload of two European Galileo satellites at the Spaceport.

This will be the 12th mission from French Guiana for Arianespace's medium-lift workhorse, as well as the company's eighth flight in 2015 with its complete launcher family - which also includes the heavy-lift Ariane 5 and lightweight Vega.

During a busy day of activity yesterday, the basic three-stage Soyuz was first rolled out to the launch zone in the Spaceport's northwestern sector near the city of Sinnamary, followed by its raising to the vertical position and suspension over the launch pad - held in place by four large support arms.

After the 53-meter-tall mobile gantry was moved in to protect the launcher, this mission's "upper composite" (composed of the Fregat upper stage, the two dispenser-mounted Galileo satellites and payload fairing) was hoisted and mated atop Soyuz.

The fifth Arianespace Soyuz flight for Galileo from French Guiana
Arianespace's September 10 mission will be the fifth Soyuz flight with Galileo satellites performed from French Guiana - a series that began with the Russian-built launcher's inaugural liftoff at the Spaceport in October 2011.

RKTs-Progress (the Samara Space Center) is responsible for the design, development and manufacture of Soyuz' three lower stages and payload fairing, as well as for integrating the launch vehicle stages and handling flight operations. The Fregat upper stage is manufactured by NPO Lavochkinn

The passengers for this Thursday's Flight VS12 are the fifth and sixth FOC (Full Operational Capability) spacecraft in Europe's Galileo navigation program. They were built by OHB System, with their navigation payloads supplied by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

Galileo's FOC phase - during which the network's complete operational and ground infrastructure is being deployed - is managed and funded by The European Commission. The European Space Agency has been delegated as the design and procurement agent on the Commission's behalf.

The Galileo system will provide high-quality positioning, navigation and timing services under civilian control, and is designed for interoperability with the U.S. GPS and Russian Glonass global positioning systems.

SpaceX back to launch on Nov 1?

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/09/spacex-back-to-launch-on-nov-1/

SpaceX satellite launches could resume by November 1st, if reports from NASA Spaceflight are correct.

The news doesn’t come a day too soon, as SpaceX has a queue of satellites that have now been waiting since a June catastrophic failure of a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket exploded just after take-off.

The reason was put down to a failed support strut on one of the rocket’s Helium tanks.

But whatever the reason the near-5 months delay has created headaches for a number of clients and their launch plans.

Hughes tops 5m satellite terminals

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/09/hughes-tops-5m-satellite-terminals/

Hughes Network Services says it has now supplied more than 5 million of its broadband satellite terminals.

The figure, says Hughes, represents more than 50 per cent of the world’s VSAT terminals, and that they cover more than 100 countries.

“This major milestone is a testament to our innovative and dedicated people,” said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. “They are the reason Hughes technology is the preferred choice of leading satellite network operators around the world to power delivery of high-quality services, whether for enterprises, governments or consumers—which started with the invention of the VSAT and first commercial satellite network just 30 years ago.”

Hughes themselves, as part of its Jupiter satellite-based system, mops up more than 1 million terminals in North America. MNLA (Media Networks Latin America), RSCC /Ka-Internet (Russia); and Turksat (Turkey, Europe/Middle East) are other major clients for the technology.

Netflix plans expansion to 4 more Asian markets

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11510394

HONG KONG (AP) " Netflix said Wednesday it's planning to enter four more Asian markets next year as the Internet video streaming service steps up its international expansion.

People in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan will be able to watch the company's films and TV shows on Internet-connected devices starting in early 2016, it said in a statement.

The announcement comes a month after the Los Gatos, California-based company announced plans to expand into Japan. It already operates in Australia and New Zealand.

Netflix has ambitions to make its service available throughout the world and has already been selling its services in more than 50 other countries outside the U.S.

The company is borrowing $1 billion to help finance its global expansion, which it plans to complete by the end of next year.

However, it may have to forge partnerships to enter some countries such as China, where there is stiff competition from state-owned broadcasters and media companies as well as big, private Internet firms.

DD Freedish e-auction scheduled on 22 Sept with reserve price of Rs 3.7 crore

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dd-freedish-e-auction-scheduled-on-22-sept-with-reserve-price-of-rs-37-crore-150907

NEW DELHI: Barely six weeks after the last e-auction, Doordarshan will hold the 22nd e-auction for its free-to-air DTH platform Freedish on 22 September in an attempt to touch the target of 112 television channels in the next few months.

Doordarshan has set a reserve price of Rs 3.7 crore per slot (as in the last few auctions) for the online e-auction, though Indiantelevision.com learnt that the bid amount went up to Rs 4.7 crore in earlier e-auctions.

In the 21st auction on 12 August, DD Freedish managed to auction six slots for approximately Rs 23.2 crore.

However, DD sources refused to divulge the number of slots being auctioned to prevent bidders forming consortia to bid or resort to other malpractices.

Sources also said that while Freedish may be encrypted from Mpeg2 to Mpeg4 shortly to keep a tab on the number of subscribers, it would remain free-to-air.

The e-auction will be conducted by C1 India Pvt. Ltd., Noida which is also conducting the FM Radio Phase III auctions on behalf of Prasar Bharati.

The reserve price in the 15th e-auction was Rs 3 crore and was raised to Rs 3.7 crore in the 16th auction.

Currently, Freedish has 64 channels including its own channels, and Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV.

The participation amount (EMD) in the e-auction is Rs 1.5 crore, which has to be deposited in advance before or by 12 noon on 22 September along with the non-refundable processing fee of Rs 10,000 in favour of PB (BCI) Doordarshan Commercial Service, New Delhi.

Incremental amount for the auction will be Rs 10 lakh and the time for every slot e-auction will be of 15 minutes duration.

Of the reserve price, Rs 1.1 crore has to be deposited within one month of placement and another Rs 1.1 crore within two months along with service tax of 14 per cent on the bid amount.

The balance bid amount needs to be deposited within six months, failing which the reserve price will be forfeited.

Hinduja Ventures’ NXT Digital receives operating licence for HITS

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/cable-tv/lcos/hinduja-ventures-nxt-digital-receives-operating-licence-for-hits-150908

MUMBAI: Grant Investrade Limited (GIL), a subsidiary of Hinduja Ventures, has crossed the final hurdle to start operations of NXT Digital - its headend in the sky (HITS) service. The company has received Wireless Operating License (WOL) from the Wireless Planning & Coordination Wing of the Ministry of Information & Communications Technology.

The WOL is the final regulatory step before making HITS operational, in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated in the Letter of Intent (LOI) issued by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to GIL last year.

“We are delighted to confirm receipt of the WOL for us to commence operationalisation of the HITS service in India. The launch of NXT Digital is in line with the Government’s objective of making India ‘digital’ and we’re proud to be a part of this national initiative,” said GIL chairman AK Das.

“NXT Digital has received an overwhelming response from the distribution fraternity in Phase III & IV markets in India. Our broadcast centre and our backend systems are fully operational; our broadcaster relationships have been formalised, we’ve already rolled out our COPE mini-headend systems and STBs and we’re ready to go ‘live’ shortly,” added GIL managing director Tony D’Silva.

It may be recalled that the government recently ruled out the extension of the DAS phase III deadline of 31 December, 2015. In view of this, NXT Digital is being viewed as the enabler for the cable fraternity go digital as per government mandated standards and within the deadline.

Sony Six bags broadcasting rights for Rugby World Cup 2015

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/sony-six-sony-kix-bag-broadcasting-rights-for-rugby-world-cup-2015-150907

MUMBAI: Multi Screen Media's (MSM) sports channel Sony Six, which has been working towards bringing all football properties on board, has now set its eyes on Rugby. The channel has now bagged the broadcasting rights to the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2015.

In a major boost for the visibility and development of Rugby in a market where participation has grown by 33 per cent since 2011, Sony Six and Sony Kix will screen all 48 matches exclusively live along with daily highlights of all the action.

Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off with hosts England versus Fiji at Twickenham on 18 September, beginning a six-week event played across 13 venues the length and breadth of England and Cardiff, culminating in the final at Twickenham on 31 October.

With England 2015 set to be a very special and record-breaking global celebration of Rugby, the deal will deliver unprecedented coverage in India, underscoring World Rugby’s mission to grow the global rugby family.

World Rugby chief executive officer Brett Gosper said, “Rugby is on the rise in India and we are delighted to have secured such a strong platform for Rugby World Cup 2015 to reach new audiences across India and inspire the next generation of players and fans. We look forward to working in partnership with Sony Six to showcase Rugby, its character-building values and spirit of entertainment and enjoyment to record audiences within an exciting rugby growth market.”

Sony Six and Sony Kix business head Prasana Krishnan added, “The Rugby World Cup is seen as one of the most prestigious competitions in the global sporting calendar and we are proud to have this celebrated event in our bouquet of international content. Rugby as a sport is growing at a consistent clip and with that it’s our primary aim to raise our viewer experience to the next level. The raw nature of the sport will appeal to both our loyal and bench viewers alike.”

World Rugby head of commercial, broadcast and marketing Murray Barnett opined, “Working with the leading sports broadcaster in India underlines the Rugby World Cups global significance and adds to the record breaking roster of international broadcasters that will be taking the Rugby World Cup to the largest audience ever.”



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BBC eyes Russian language channel

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/09/07/bbc-eyes-russian-language-channel/

BBC World ServiceThe BBC is considering the launch of a satellite TV service aimed at Russian speakers.

Speaking about the Corporation’s plans for the next 10 years and ahead of its charter renewal in 2016, DG Tony Hall said that there would be “significant investment” in the BBC World Service.

Aside from the proposed Russian language TV channel, this would include a daily radio news programme for North Korea and more broadcasts to India and the Middle East.

BBC World Service’s allocation of the receiver licence fee in 2014-15 was £254 million, slightly higher than online’s £201million but only around a tenth of the £2,368 million for TV.

The Corporation’s plans come against the backdrop of state-sponsored competitors such as RT (Russia Today), Al Jazeera and China Central Television (CCTV) all growing in popularity.

Tricolor TV adds local flavour

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/09/08/tricolor-tv-adds-local-flavour/

Tricolor-TV-MapThe Russian DTH platform Tricolor TV has added six locally produced channels to its offer.

Five of the channels – Russian Detective, Living Planet, Techno 24, WBC (World Business Channel) and Men’s Cinema – have been placed in the ‘One’ package and the sixth – Ani – in the kids’ package.

Four of the channels (Russian Detective, Living Planet, Techno 24 and Ani) are provided by Signal Media, the leading distributor of thematic channels in Russia, bringing the total on Tricolor TV sourced from the company to 14.

The six channels can be viewed by Tricolor TV subscribers in parts of Russia covered Eutelsat 36A and 36B who have MPEG-4 reception equipment.

Russian Detective and Ani are also available to subscribers in Siberia and the Urals covered by the Express AT1 satellite.

Harmonic, Intelsat partner for North America UHD demo channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/08/harmonic-intelsat-partner-for-north-america-uhd-demo-channel/

Responding to growing consumer demand for Ultra High Definition (UHD) content and televisions, video delivery infrastructure specialist Harmonic and satellite services provider Intelsat are partnering to launch HVN Intelsat UHD, a linear UHD demonstration channel for the North American TV markets.

This channel will be broadcast via Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite located at 127 degrees W and will provide multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs) with an opportunity to prepare and test their UHD transmissions from the moment that they start downlinking content from Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite through their own networks and into the subscribers’ homes. This platform will also be available to US cable programmers to conduct their own testing of UHD content. Since Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite has 76 HD channels and reaches 98 per cent of the cable headends in the continental United States, it creates an ideal environment for further enhancing the end-to-end delivery of UHD content to consumers.

Harmonic and Intelsat plan to demonstrate the HVN Intelsat UHD channel content at the upcoming IBC2015 Conference at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam. Utilising an end to end UHD video processing system from Harmonic, Intelsat will transmit live and linear 2160p60 (HEVC Main 10 profile) video content via C-band on the Intelsat Galaxy 13 satellite. The content will then travel from Intelsat’s Atlanta, Georgia, teleport facility using the IntelsatOne IP/MPLS network to Intelsat’s Fuchsstadt, Germany teleport facility, where it will be uplinked via Ku-band on the Intelsat 905 satellite located at 335.5 degrees E, and received and decoded at the RAI in Amsterdam.

The initial commissioning test signal will leverage transport stream servers located at Intelsat’s teleport facility in Atlanta, Georgia, and Harmonic’s ProMedia Xpress multiscreen transcoder and packager for pre-compression of the UHD video loop. Later this year, Harmonic will deploy its MediaGrid shared storage system, Polaris playout management suite, Spectrum X advanced media server system and Electra X3 advanced media processor to enable full UHD channel production and transmission from the company’s HVN Center in San Jose, California. That signal will then be uplinked in Intelsat’s teleport facility in Atlanta, Georgia via Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite.

“As consumers purchase millions of 4K televisions before Ultra HD content even reaches critical mass, it has become clear that they are ready to experience the fully immersive viewing experience that Ultra HD provides,” said Peter Ostapiuk, head of media product services, Intelsat. “By partnering with Harmonic, Intelsat can now enable pay-TV operators to test the distribution of live linear Ultra HD broadcasts in crystal-clear 2160p60 resolution to the home. Our customers will now have an opportunity to further test bandwidth allocation and UHD content delivery via Intelsat’s hybrid satellite terrestrial network, which will pave the way for the distribution of amazing content—from popular sporting events to the latest movies and TV shows—and a viewing experience that can enhance customer satisfaction.”

At the heart of Intelsat’s UHD workflow is Harmonic’s Electra X3 advanced media processor, the industry’s first fully converged platform for broadcast and OTT delivery of UHD content with live, full-frame, full-GOP UHD encoding. Electra X3 is powered by the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine, an advanced encoding technology that supports resolutions of up to 2160p60, leveraging the HEVC Main 10 codec. Using the Electra X3 media processor, Intelsat can deliver superior video quality at minimum bandwidth.

“By providing a complete UHD workflow solution for the delivery of live and linear broadcasts, Harmonic is driving the industry closer toward full-scale UHD service deployment,” said Peter Alexander, CMO at Harmonic. “Harmonic offers all of the video infrastructure components that satellite operators such as Intelsat need for delivering 2160p60 UHD video content, including live, full-frame, full-GOP encoding, storage, and playout systems, enabling them to quickly roll out UHD services with market-leading video quality and a low total cost of ownership.”

Viacom reveals global SVOD service

From http://tbivision.com/news/2015/09/viacom-reveals-global-svod-service/476761/

Viacom has unveiled Viacom Play Plex, a suite of mobile TV apps that will offer subscription access to programming from international channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV.

Play Plex will comprise a suite of mobile apps for Android and iOS-enabled devices, which Viacom’s distribution partners can offer to their customers.

The service will is likely to be mainly a TV Everywhere product, and may also be available through mobile networks on certain tariffs. Both scenarios would see the cost of subscribing built into the existing pricing.

It is understood there may also be a direct-to-consumer option added at some point in the future, similar to Discovery Networks International’s Dplay service. This would see customers paying a monthly access subscription.

Viacom Play Plex will debut in the fourth quarter of this year in 180 international territories in which Viacom International Media Networks operates channels.

It will offer VOD access to a range of current and library content, plus a live, local linear stream of the relevant channel and games for Nick Play. All of VIMN’s major international channel brands – Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Channel, Spike and BET – will be represented.

VIMN said it is “exploring a number of different distribution options for Viacom Play Plex, with the suite of apps being offered on both a collective and standalone basis to existing pay TV partners in every territory to integrate into their TV Everywhere services where available”.

VIMN already has deals with pay TV platforms such as NOS in Portugal for the Nick-branded Play app, while collaborative launch efforts are being made in with Foxtel in Australia and OSN in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

The Nick app, currently available in five markets, has been available since 2013, but is being rebranded as Nick Play as part of the wider Viacom Play Plex service.

VIMN is also hunting new distribution partners, including mobile operators.

Each branded Play app will be localised for every country it launches in, mixing hits such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Lip Sync Battle with local productions.

“Viacom Play Plex offers us maximum flexibility in distributing our content as the way viewers consume their favorite TV shows continues to evolve,’ said VIMN president and CEO Bob Bakish.

“These apps are designed to complement our linear pay TV channels and to allow our existing distribution partners to deepen and improve the entertainment experience they offer their subscribers.”

But, Viacom Play Plex also opens up new distribution opportunities for us, particularly in the fast-growing mobile TV sector, and, ultimately, positions us to succeed in a world of more personalized entertainment services and greater consumer choice.”

Further to this, Bakish said the service would open “new distribution opportunities for us, particularly in the fast-growing mobile TV sector”.

“We believe no other international entertainment company is offering this type of innovation at this scale, serving every major demographic in every major TV market,” he said.

The news comes as major channel groups around the world weight their OTT options and the possibility of going direct-to-consumer.



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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3740 H "MTV China" has left .

Express AM5 140.0E 10981 V "Svoy TV" has started on , encrypted.
Express AM5 140.0E 11657 V "Discovery Turbo Xtra East Europe has replaced Discovery World" on , encrypted.

Thaicom 4 119.5E 12696 V Hang Meas HDTV, D Cartoon, Thai TV 5 HD1, Thai PBS, Voice TV, TV 24, SMM TV and Komsan have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "K-Drama Box" has started on, Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3920 V The Africa Channel Asia has left.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Fashion 4K" has started on , Fta.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4164 H "Fashion Television International" has started on , Fta.

Horizons 2 85.0E 11960 H "Nashe TV" is now encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0E 12040 H "Style TV" has left
Horizons 2 85.0E 12080 H "Discovery Turbo Xtra East Europe has replaced Discovery World" on , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3551 H "Fashion Television International has replaced Fashion One Asia" on, Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3664 H "MNC International" has started on , BISS.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3682 H "My TV" has started on, Fta
Apstar 7 76.5E 3880 H "Disney XD Philippines" has left .

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,TV Guide、Zee Cinema(缅甸)等4个频道消失,设置12468 V 45000参数无效接收。[09-05]
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ACCC to rule on Foxtel’s Ten stake purchase

From news

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/accc-to-rule-on-foxtels-ten-stake-purchase/story-e6frg996-1227515333512

Foxtel’s proposed $77 million stake purchase in Ten Network has arrived at its long-awaited D-Day moment with competition tsar Rod Sims set to make a public statement this week.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission will hold a meeting tomorrow and its decision on Foxtel’s stake purchase will be announced on Thursday.

“There will be a discussion this week where we’re scheduled to make a decision,” the ACCC chairman told The Australian. “Subject to how the decision making goes, this might be an approval or the release of a statement of issues.”

Mr Sims was careful not to give any indication as to the ACCC’s position, saying “anybody who is guessing is doing just that — guessing”.

There were rumours in media circles that Fairfax Media and Nine Network have embarked on a campaign raising concerns about issues pertaining to sports rights and movies. Foxtel and Ten declined to comment.

While provisional dates for the announcement of ACCC decisions under the Merger Review Process Guidelines can sometimes get pushed back, Mr Sims said the regulator was “on track” to meet the indicative timeline outlined on June 25.

To reduce debt and provide funds for programming, Ten has proposed issuing new shares to Foxtel at 15c a share in exchange for a 15 per cent shareholding. Ten’s board is being reduced to six directors, led by independent chairman David Gordon.

The ACCC has undertaken market inquiries by focusing on how much influence Foxtel will have once the deal proceeds. The review has also examined the impact on “options available to viewers and advertisers”.

Media buyers representing Australia’s biggest advertisers have endorsed the deal, saying it will bring “healthy competition” to the television market.

They have also supported a Foxtel-Ten sales alliance, saying it will enable the two media companies to gain heft to counter aggressive moves by Facebook and Google’s YouTube into the local television ­advertising market.

As part of the investment, Ten has acquired a 24.99 per cent stake in pay-TV sales house Multi Channel Network, and secured an option to acquire 10 per cent of online service Presto TV, a competitor to US streaming giant Netflix. The review is not examining the sales alliance.

IPG Mediabrands global chief executive Henry Tajer has previously said the tie-up will help loosen Seven and Nine’s stranglehold on TV advertising dollars.

Mr Tajer, whose ­clients include Coles, General Motors and Coca-Cola, said: “It enables the market to look at a Ten-MCN combination and see the 40-40-20 ­dynamic change somewhat.

“The likes of Facebook, Google and the video players have largely been able to grow the digital television pie without any traditional competition. This is a step change in that regard.”

Leigh Terry, chief executive of Omnicom Media Group, Australia and New Zealand, whose clients include Johnson & Johnson and Qantas, said: “There are lots of changes happening in the television world in terms of continued audience fragmentation. If they can get it right then it creates a more interesting dynamic between Seven and Nine. It’s more healthy competition.”

The move is consistent with a global trend that has seen US cable companies buy into free-to-air television networks and production firms to offset a sharp rise in programming costs.

Foxtel chief Richard Freudenstein has described the proposed alliance as “pro-competitive”.

For decades, the free-to-air advertising market was split roughly 40-30-plus-30-minus between the three main commercial networks, with the ratings winner usually getting a much bigger share. But in recent years it has become a stubborn 40-40-20, split, with Ten running a distant third to the Seven and Nine networks.

If the ACCC grants approval, Ten will start a $77m capital raising at the same price as the issue of shares to Foxtel.

Telekom PNG decides not to go ahead with purchase of Media Niugini Limited

From http://fijivillage.com/news/Telekom-PNG-decides-not-to-go-ahead-with-purchase-of-Media-Niugini-Limited-52rk9s/

Fiji Television Board has announced that Telekom PNG has decided not to go ahead with the purchase of Media Niugini Limited.

Executive Director of Fiji TV Nouzab Fareed said they decided to part ways and it is the end of that Sale and Purchase Agreement with Telekom PNG.

Fareed said as of yesterday Media Niugini Limited comes back to Fiji Television.

He said they had signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement in February this year where they had agreed to divest 100 percent stake in Media Niugini Limited for $27 million and it had a list of conditions.

He said in this case they had several conditions including regulatory approvals from both sides, other rights and a few other conditions.

Fareed said as of April they had satisfied all the conditions except the National Rugby League broadcast rights.

He said effective from yesterday, their competitors will show NRL matches in PNG live while Media Niugini Limited will show the delayed coverage.

The exclusive NRL rights is now held by Digicel's Pay TV company.

He said Fiji TV will move on as it did not receive $27 million from Telekom PNG.

He said the Fiji TV board is working very hard to find a strategic partner with the same objective.

Drone ships move closer to reality as Inmarsat gets on board

From https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/drone-ships-move-closer-reality-184533496.html

Satellite communications group Inmarsat (Other OTC: IMASF - news) signs up to research project investigating how to build drone ships which can sail without a crew

A prototype drone ship controlled by a captain hundreds of miles from the vessel could be plying the sealanes in 10 years’ time after satellite communications group Inmarsat joined a research project developing systems to support autonomous vessels.

Shipping could be revolutionised by automatic cargo ships navigating the world’s oceans, only checking in with shore-based operators in emergencies.

Removing humans from long voyages would cut the cost of operating ships crew can represent a third of a ship's running costs and allow them to carry more cargo in the space normally taken up by people.

Inmarsat will provide expertise in data transfer and communications to the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA) initiative, with drone ships’ ability to stay in contact with land bases while out on the oceans being seen as key to their viability.

Last month Inmarsat launched its third Global Xpress satellite (pictured left) providing high-speed broadband connections from space, and when this satellite - located 22,000 miles above the Pacific - comes into service at the end of the year it will complete the FTSE 100’s company’s worldwide network.

This will mean that there will be no “coverage blackspots” on any of the world’s seas where drone ships would lose contact with their human operators, meaning they have constant and virtually real-time connections.

“The Global Xpress mobile broadband network is a turning point for the future of the maritime industry and lends itself to the AAWA initiative,” said Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat’s maritime president, adding that satellite broadband is “fundamental” to autonomous ships.

“Global Xpress is the last big piece in the puzzle to bring about drone ships, although many other aspects need to be fleshed out, such as the legal and who is liable if something goes wrong.”

While the AAWA programme, which is being led by fellow blue chip Rolls-Royce , is still in its early stages, Inmarsat expects the research to produce spin-off technology which should boost its revenues before the first experimental drone ship makes its maiden voyage something expected to occur within 10 years.

Mr Spithout said: “Before we get fully autonomous ships, there should be increased demand for maritime satellite broadband traffic as companies develop applications such as remotely monitoring cargo.”

Oskar Levander, Rolls-Royce’s president of marine innovation said that while much of the technology required for drone ships is available today, it is integrating it and developing the systems to operate unmanned vessels that is the next step.

“This gives us the chance to redefine what a ship really is,” he said. “How it looks, how it operates and how efficient it is.”

Autonomous ships are increasingly catching the imagination of shipping companies looking for economies. While crews could still be needed for complex operations such as docking, when a ship is in the open ocean they have little to do other than navigate and monitor systems, tasks which can easily be automated.

Crews could be ferried on and off to handle docking, or airlifted to a ship which runs into trouble or needs repairs.

Removing humans would also reduce the price of shipbuilding, with no need for heating and water systems, which add complexity and cost.

With no need for these systems, the amount of power a ship needs would be reduced, making them more efficient a vital factor as regulation forces ships to reduce pollution.

A single captain at a central base could also control several ships at a time, further reducing costs.

The threat of piracy could also be reduced, with ships being designed so they are harder to board or computer control meaning they can be shut off remotely, hampering criminals.

Mr Spithout added: “Without a crew on board, who is there for pirates to hijack?”

He added that cyber security would also need to be improved to prevent ships systems being hacked.

The AAWA project is being financed by Tekes, Finland’s technical research funding agency.

NASA's SMAP satellite loses its active radar

From http://nycnews.net/content/283085-nasas-smap-satellite-loses-its-active-radar

The active radar part of the 'spinning lasso' antenna glued to NASA's SMAP satellite, which was launched in January, has stopped working and there is no scope of its recovery. The space agency is fortunate that the collapse didn't bring the whole near-billion-dollar mission to an end because spacecraft's mission's other half that is a radiometer instrument is still functioning. This passive instrument is able to receive, using the same lasso antenna which the active instrument used.

NASA's SMAP (the Soil Moisture Active Passive observatory) is an earth-sensing mission that carried out two instruments. The first one was a six-meter mesh known as 'lasso', circling every four seconds to map soil moisture with radar signals. These entered a few centimeters into the soil. The backscatter of the returning signals indicated the soil moisture amount in areas around a mile wide at a time.

A radiometer was the passive instrument that picked up microwave signals, emitting from wet soils. When both were functioning, their measurements could be compared to each other.

Unfortunately, the radar antenna stopped the transmission of data in July and soon NASA found that there was an issue with its high power amplifier.

The ground crews took more than a month to identify the problem and reproduced it in laboratories. They attempted to re-start the unit on August 24 but failed.

That was the time when the space agency realized that the antenna can't be repaired and they have to carry forward the mission using the passive collector.

Ninth and tenth Galileo satellites prepare for launch next week

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newsninth-and-tenth-galileo-satellites-prepare-for-launch-next-week-4664712

The ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have been installed on top of the Fregat upper-stage for launch aboard the Soyuz rocket on 11 September, from spaceport in French Guiana.

The pair was lowered onto the waiting upper-stage in the 3SB preparation building of the space centre.

Functional checks and inspections have been completed to encapsulate Galileos and Fregat within the halves of the Soyuz rocket fairing.

The upper composite will be moved to the launch site to attach it vertically to the first three stages of the Soyuz ST-B.

Once these achieve low orbit, the Fregat will carry the satellites to the designated medium-altitude orbit.

Named Flight Models 5 and 6 of the Full Operational Capability version, the navigation satellites will be placed at 23,222km orbital altitude and 57.394° inclination.

"Galileo is Europe's global satellite navigation constellation comprising 24 operational satellites and six spares."

This will be the fifth Galileo launch, bringing the number of Galileo satellites in space up to ten.

Two more satellites are planned for launch by the end of this year.

The ESA's ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, is performing tests on one of the satellites, while the other is being prepared for transportation to Kourou in October.

The first satellite of the following batch (Galileo 13) is undergoing a thermal-vacuum test at ESTEC. The next one will reach the centre later this month.

Galileo is Europe's global satellite navigation constellation comprising 24 operational satellites and six spares, to provide an encrypted commercial service by 2020.

The programme is co-funded by the ESA and the European Commission.

India's latest communication satellite GSAT-6 successfully positioned in orbital slot

From http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/indias-latest-communication-satellite-gsat-6-successfully-positioned-in-orbital-slot_1668108.html

Bengaluru: GSAT-6, the country's latest communication satellite has been successfully positioned in its orbital slot, Indian Space Research Organization said .

"GSAT-6 has been successfully positioned in its orbital slot of 83 Deg E and collocated with INSAT 4A, GSAT 12, GSAT 10 and IRNSS1C today morning, after carrying out four drift arresting maneuvers," ISRO said.

ISRO had successfully launched GSAT-6, having an indigenous cryogenic engine, on-board GSLV-D6 rocket from the spaceport at Sriharikota on August 27.

After the launch ISRO had performed successive orbit raising operation of the satellite and had also deployed the unfurlable antenna (UFA) successfully.

GSAT-6 is the 25th geostationary communication satellite of India built by ISRO and 12th in the GSAT series.It provides communication through five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band for strategic users.

One of the advanced features of the satellite is its S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of 6m diameter. This is the largest satellite antenna realized by ISRO.

This antenna is utilized for five spot beams over the Indian mainland. The beams exploit the frequency reuse scheme to increase frequency spectrum utilization efficiency, ISRO had said.

The mission life of the satellite is nine years, it had said.

Indian DTH operators woo customers with lucrative offerings

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dth-operators-woo-customers-with-lucrative-offerings-150906

The year has started on a good note for direct to home (DTH) subscribers. Even as Indian DTH players have seeded close to four million set-top-boxes (STBs) across the country in Q1-2015 alone, with growing competition and increasing digitization push, the companies are now also putting their best foot forward to woo more subscribers, while retaining existing ones.

Going by the latest Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) report, almost 34.90 million DTH subscribers in India are inactive as against the total registered subscriber base of 76.05 million till the quarter ending March 2015. So while the DTH operators have been thumping their chests about adding new subscribers, their constant effort is channelized towards luring existing subscribers to stay on. And one such way to do that is by launching new products and services.

As the year kicked off with the ICC Cricket World Cup and Indian Premiere League (IPL), DTH players got into overdrive mode early on with offerings galore. From Tata Sky launching 4K STBs, Videocon d2h rolling out a 4K Ultra HD multi genre channel, Dish TV offering discount packs, Sun Direct giving away an HD DVR connection at the cost of an HD connection on buying Samsung Curve to Airtel Digital TV’s UHD TV, it has been the year when DTH subscribers have been spoilt for choice.

Over the past eight months, different players have come up with different strategies to increase subscription as well as add more active subscribers.

Here’s a lowdown on who did what:

Dish TV

The DTH operator, which had in 2014 created a sub-brand called Zing, started the year by launching Zing for the Tamil Nadu market. Dish TV had introduced the sub-brand to cater to the specific needs of consumers in different regions and also give competition to the cable industry. Through this, Dish TV offered more than 145 channels, including 49 Tamil channels and services in a mere price of Rs 99 per month. Soon after, the operator launched Zing for the Kerala region as well. This time, it gave more than 150 channels, including 16 Malayalam channels at Rs 99 per month.

Cashing in on the IPL, Dish TV, which was one of the sponsors for Kolkata Knight Riders, introduced a special Cricket+ package to increase its subscription revenues as well as the entertainment quotient.

Dish TV, in order to get the ‘Art of Living’ lovers onboard launched Anandam Active to showcase the teachings of the spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar. The service was made available to the subscribers of Dish TV with a monthly subscription fee of Rs 59 per month.

“It has been our constant endeavour to make television viewing a wholesome experience for the entire family. We have always believed in offering unique content to our subscribers,” Dish TV COO Salil Kapoor had then said.

Soon after, in order to lure music lovers, Dish TV tied up with Hungama to launch ‘Music Active Service.’ The service was launched to enhance Dish TV’s portfolio in the field of VAS and music and provide unlimited music to subscribers. While it launched the service at an introductory price of Rs 35 till 31 October, it will be priced at Rs 45 starting 1 November.

The platform has something for everyone. In order to satiate the needs of movie lovers, Dish TV launched its first Home Video System - DishFlix. With this first of its kind push VOD service, Dish TV aims to empower consumers to enjoy uninterrupted ad-free entertainment. Through the service, viewers will be able to pause, play, fast forward and rewind movies or TV shows at their own convenience. Another unique feature is that this service will not require an internet connection as the content will be pushed to the customer’s STB via satellite. The customers for the service will need a DishFlix Box, which is priced at Rs 5990 that comes preloaded with 50 movies. Out of these, 15 movies will be refreshed every month on FIFO (First in First Out) basis (one new movie every two days) so that the viewable movie library is always updated. The monthly subscription to Flix studio is Rs 100.

Tata Sky

Tata Sky started its year with the launch of first 4K STB in India at a time when the country was preparing for the biggest cricketing extravaganza, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. While for the new subscribers, the 4K box was available for Rs 6400, existing subscribers could avail the box at Rs 5900.

Soon after, the DTH operator decided to disrupt the market by making DTH connections affordable for its customers. Keeping this in mind, the operator launched the ‘Daily Recharge’ voucher, which empowered subscribers to pay only for the day they watched TV at Rs 8. This also became the smallest denomination of recharge voucher in the television-viewing sector globally. Tata Sky’s aim was to make inroads into untapped markets.

“This initiative elevates the DTH sector by redefining the pace of digitization and reach to markets nationwide,” said Tata Sky MD & CEO Harit Nagpal at the time of launching the service.

The latest addition to the DTH operator’s offering is its new upgraded STB - Tata Sky+ Transfer, which will enable users to transfer the recorded content onto alternative screens. The new product addresses the growing consumption of video on the move, through smartphones, tablets and other alternative screens. The new STB, which is priced at Rs 9300 for new subscribers and Rs 7200, for existing customers, will work on a Wi-Fi connection.

Videocon d2h

For Videocon d2h, the highlight of the year has been the launch of the first 24-hour 4K Ultra HD multi genre channel in January. The 4K Ultra HD channel is a content pipe that can carry multi genre feeds like movies, video on demand, travel, infotainment, sports etc provided by international broadcasters or independent content providers. The channel was launched just before the ICC Cricket World Cup, thus enabling subscribers to experience the sport in 4K Ultra HD.

In June, the company unveiled its new initiative aimed at preschool and elementary school aged children with the launch of SMART Services. This comprised value-added bouquet of learning activities and games available exclusively to Videocon d2h subscribers at a subscription rate of Rs 45 per month. The banner included Smart Learning, Smart Kids and Smart Games, all available on subscription basis.

Airtel Digital TV

Airtel Digital TV was the first to launch indigenously manufactured STBs, in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. The STBs have been made available in HD and soon all of Airtel Digital TV’s STBs will be manufactured in India. These indigenous Airtel Digital TV HD+ STBs offer features like - Full HD 1080p support, MPEG-4 video with Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound; 5X picture clarity; unlimited recording (via USB-drive); and USB-based Wi-Fi connectivity for On-demand, Anytime TV and Interactive Gaming.

In order to make available DTH account details easily, Airtel Digital TV launched the missed call service for customers. Through this, customers can get their DTH account details on their mobile number by just giving a missed call on 08130081300. The service is completely free of cost for all Airtel Digital TV customers and provides information regarding customer ID, balance and validity, package name, monthly rental, base package rental, top up rental, last recharge date and amount and number of connections to customers on an SMS within five seconds of the missed call.

The company also rolled out an innovative and easy to use Self-Care application for television sets, a first-of-its kind by a DTH service provider. A TV replica of the ‘My Airtel mobile app,’ the Self-Care enables customers within Airtel Digital TV HD STBs could easily access their account details real-time on their TV sets. The app can be accessed by connecting the STB to an internet connection via a LAN cable or with the help of the newly launched plug and play Wi-Fi dongle– Airtel Infinity.

Sun Direct

DTH operator Sun Direct wooed its customers during the two mega sporting events of the year – the ICC Cricket World Cup and IPL. The platform, which believes that events like these help increase its existing subscriber base, came up with special packs during the World Cup and IPL. While it offered the Star Sports bouquet on its bestselling Cinema+Sports pack for the World Cup, it provided Sony Six, the official broadcaster for the league free to new customers in order to incentivize them during the IPL.

Sun Direct offered the Cinema+Sports package at Rs 195 per month during WC and focused on the pack in order to fulfill the requirements of its customers, during the cricketing season.

During IPL, the operator also provided IPL add-on free for customers, who recharged beyond six months. That apart, Sun Direct also came up with an add-on for Rs 44, which allowed customers to watch the T20 matches for the entire duration of the tournament. “We see the IPL as a good tool to win back customers and improve our recharges substantially,” Sun Direct CEO Mahesh Kumar had earlier told Indiantelevision.com.

While DTH operators have been putting their money where the mouth is by launching innovations as well as technological upgrades, the fact remains that close to 45 per cent of DTH subscribers are inactive in India. Going by this figure, DTH players will have to ramp-up their offerings to ensure that those coming onboard stay with them on as loyal customers in the long run.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


A bit of a quiet week

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113E 3460 H "Desa has replaced Matrix Shop" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113E 3574 V "Share Channel TV" is back on , Fta. Alsyva Channel has left.
Palapa D 113E 3880 H "Net has replaced Fashion TV SD Asia" on , Xcrypt.
Palapa D 113E 4080 H "Bloomberg TV Indonesia" has left.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3600 V "Jak TV has replaced Bloomberg TV Indonesia" on, Irdeto.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12643 H "Jak TV has replaced Bloomberg TV Indonesia" on , Irdeto.

ST 2 88.0E 11164 V 11546 V Flowers and Ramdhenu have started on , encrypted. People TV has replaced Indiavision on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11050 H "BBC Earth South Africa and BBC Brit South Africa have replaced BBC Knowledge South Africa and BBC Entertainment South Africa" on , Irdeto.

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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(法国时装)频道重现,设置3745 V 2626参数免费接收。[09-04]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Universal Channel(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置12645 V 30000参数无效接收。[09-04]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,T Sports(泰国)频道消失,设置12604 V 30000参数无效接收。[09-04]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,YMTV(印尼)频道消失,设置3853 V 2000参数无效接收。 [9月4日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1、CCTV-法语(户户通)等全组频道消失,设置11900 R 28800参数无效接收。 [9月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Outdoor替换AXN(Skynindo)频道,设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Alsyva Channel(印尼)频道消失,设置3574 V 6363参数无效接收。 [9月4日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Salam(测试)频道新增,设置3760 H 27500参数免费接收。 [9月3日]


Survey: Availability, lower prices reduce piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/04/survey-content-availability-lower-prices-reduce-internet-piracy/

A survey conducted by Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE has found that one third of Australians download, stream or watch pirated TV shows or movies online. In a follow-up to its 2014 Piracy Survey, CHOICE found the same answer again to the why: price and availability. The most frequent pirates are also the biggest consumers of paid and unpaid legal content and many exhaust the legal options before infringing online.

While the number of people purchasing pay per view and subscription services significantly increased since 2014 (from 46 per cent in 2014 to 59 per cent – probably as a result of the availability of Netflix), the number of pirates decreased around 3 per cent. According to CHOICE, this doesn’t make piracy excusable, but it suggests that the best way to battle online piracy is to start making content more available and less expensive. A government survey from July 2015 came to a similar conclusion. Nevertheless, the federal government was pushing the industry to agree on an industry code to address piracy by 1 September.

Key survey findings:

•The numbers of those regularly downloading pirate movies or TV shows at least monthly (regular pirates) have come down to 17 per cent from 23 per cent.

•70 per cent of Australians never download or stream pirated moves or TV shows, compared to 67 per cent in 2014, and 30 per cent of respondents pirated content, compared with 33 per cent in 2014.

•More Australians use pay per view or subscription services: 59 per cent compared to 46 per cent in 2014. Subscriptions to Australian services increased from 36 per cent in 2014 to 55 per cent.

•33 per cent respondents are downloading much less often since subscribing to streaming services.

•When asked about the changes in behaviour in light of the Copyright Amendment Bill, regular pirates state that they will search for another pirate site (54 per cent) or find other methods to unblock or circumvent the block (49 per cent).

NBL scores a big win with TV deal

From http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/09/04/nbl-scores-a-big-win-with-tv-deal/

NBL scores a big win with TV deal

The NBL's biggest stars will be much better known this season, with every match beaming live across Australia on Fox Sports. (Image: AAP, Travis Anderson)

Yesterday, an ad popped up in my Twitter feed. It was for Foxtel. It boasted that every NBL game this season would be live on Fox Sports.

Even forgetting the every game live part, the existence of that ad alone would have been enough to get NBL fans excited.

A broadcaster willing to go out of its way to promote the league? That has been missing in recent years and it wasn’t something that went unnoticed.

But if such early indications are to be believed, it’s one of the perks of the NBL crossing over to pay TV with the new deal announced yesterday.

Those perks include every game of the season being broadcast on a television platform for the first time ever.

Those perks include the security of a five-year deal, albeit with a review at the end of the first season.

Those perks include giving sports fans who don’t currently tune in the ultimate carrot – live sport on their TV screens four nights a week.

Those perks include the ability to simulcast a game each week to a free-to-air network.

Those perks include HD basketball and the overall attention to detail that comes with a Fox Sports presentation.

Those perks include every game live.

It’s a good outcome. Some have questioned the current lack of a free-to-air partner, but TV deals need to be looked at through the prism of the NBL’s bargaining power.

You suspect other broadcasters weren’t tripping over themselves. For where the league is at, getting every game on a TV platform is a step forward, as are the other perks.

Credit here has to go to the league for coming up with the new TV-friendly schedule.

The NBL took a gamble with its fixture by placing a higher priority on getting into people’s lounge rooms than getting people into stands. They added weekly Wednesday and Thursday night games, despite the effect such games have had on attendance in the past.

It was a ballsy move, but a necessary one. The next step is to continue the run of TV-minded decisions with a focus on creating truly engaging television.

If that can happen, the bargaining power may be improved next time around. (That’s important because for all the positives of this deal, it appears the NBL has had to open its wallet to make it happen.)

The final benefit to this deal will be the injection of positivity it provides.

As we’ve alluded to, fans were happy to voice concerns about the last TV deal. With a change of leadership, even the NBL itself seemed to disown it.

I didn’t like that attitude. Free-to-air expoure saw the viewing audience of the NBL grow at a time the league was in desperate need of growth. The numbers validated this.

Again, I would simply say TV deals need to be looked at through the prism of the NBL’s bargaining power. There’s no reason the last deal couldn’t have been a good decision for that time and this deal a good decision for this time.

Either way, a lot of negative voices around the league were silenced yesterday and that’s not a bad thing.

And if people still want to be negative, we can refer them to Crocodiles star Brian Conklin.

“We only had three games on television last year… so to have all 28 live on television is going to be awesome,” Conklin told the Townsville Bulletin.

Now the countdown to October 7 can start and on that front, the clubs have certainly played their role.

With big names like Chris Goulding, Nathan Jawai, Julian Khazzouh, Kevin Lisch, Kirk Penney, AJ Ogilvy and Ebi Ere all returning from overseas – and poster boy Josh Childress going around again – the set-up is there for a great season.

A season that will play out with every game live.

As VOD space heats up, Astro allows downloads

From https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/personal-tech/as-vod-space-heats-up-astro-allows-downloads

• New download feature only available on Android version
• No need to worry about video streaming speeds

MALAYSIA’S satellite TV operator Astro announced that users of its Astro On-the-Go service will be able to download their TV series and movies for offline viewing.

Astro On-The-Go (AOTG), launched in May 2012, gives subscribers streaming access to Astro’s TV channels, LIVE Events, Video-On-Demand (VOD) and Catch Up TV services across multiple online and mobile devices.

The new download feature is only available on the Android version of AOTG currently, and comes just as regional Internet TV service iflix announced a partnership with mobile operator Digi Telecommunication.

In a statement, Astro said that by downloading programmes beforehand, viewers need not sweat over video streaming speeds or excessive mobile data streaming costs.

Look out for the ‘Download Available’ button for content available for download.

Users will need to update their AOTG app to the latest version on Android devices to use the new download feature, which is currently free until further notice, Astro said.

The download feature will be coming soon to iOS devices, the company added.

Subhash Chandra’s Living Ent. to launch 5 channels; eyes Rs 1000 crore revenue in 4 years

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/specialised-and-niche/zeel-living-ent-to-launch-foodtainment-channel-living-foodz-on-11-sept-150903

MUMBAI: Essel Group's Living Entertainment is looking at launching five new channels in the Indian market.

The first channel to go on air will be an international food and lifestyle channel christened Living Foodz. Hitting Indian airwaves on 11 September, 2015, this foodtainment channel will have dual feed in Hindi and English.

Additionally, the group also plans to launch Zee Living in India, which is already an established channel in the US. Apart from this, channels that will be launched under the Living Entertainment’s umbrella are: Living Rootz, which will concentrate on the rich civilization of the country, Living Homez focusing on home décor and Living Travelz, which will emphasise on the traveling aspect. The launch dates of these four channels have not yet been decided.

What’s more, the Living network, which has generated revenues of Rs 80 crore from global operations, is eyeing global revenue of Rs 1000 crore in the next four years.

“In the next six months, we will add Rs 30 crore from India operations, which will take our business to around Rs 110 – 115 crore. In next four years, Living network will reach the Rs 1000 crore mark,” informed Zeel and Essel Group chairman Dr Subhash Chandra.

According to him, 12 - 13 per cent of the global television viewership comes from the lifestyle category, while in terms of revenue generation the percentile goes up to 18 to 20 per cent, hence offering a huge space to explore.

“This is yet another endeavour from our group to bring the world closer through entertainment. Living is all about global mindsets and experiences. This is also in line with our group philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ - The world is my family. Our group has always believed in creating not just great content but building genres and brands that are milestones,” he added.

According to Dr Chandra, the American market, where Living network’s Zee Living has already established itself, is the most closed economy. “I have no hesitation in saying that, though people say US is the father of market economy, it’s the most closed economy I have ever seen in my life. We had to tussle hard to get distribution and even today out of 110 million homes, we managed to reach only 30 million homes,” he asserted.

Zeel MD & CEO Punit Goenka added, “With Living, we intend to make global content for global audiences. This will be for the first time ever that original content from India will be available to audiences across the globe. We are very proud to present this new form of entertainment to our audiences.”

Drawing light to the business aspiration of the first channel to be launched from the bouquet, Goenka said, “Living Foodz will be a profitable from year one. Given the quality and content we have, I am sure of the fact that Living Foodz will go a long way.”

Living Foodz will specialise in exploring the evolving social status of food: moving out of the confines of the conventional kitchen into a world of entertainment and adventure with food. Having food at its core, Living Foodz will explore different perspectives towards food and the way it touches people - from lifestyle, travel, wellness to food infotainment and reality.

“Living is our endeavour to showcase audiences with great lifestyle content. Growth of digitisation is leading to fragmentation of audiences, thereby creating an opportunity for differentiated and genre specific content. Moreover, increasing digital households are giving rise to increased audience expectations and demand for more diverse viewing opportunities. Under this scenario we are providing Living Foodz to people who love exploring and knowing more about food,” opined Zee Living - India & APAC CEO Piyush Sharma.

Sharma further informed that the network will launch an app in six months’ time as well as a website in the next two months. “The channel will have 100 per cent original content,” he added.

Speaking to Indiantelevision.com, Living Foodz business head Amit Nair said, “We will have 80 per cent of Indian content, while 20 per cent will be English. The entire programming will be in-house. We have a very good in-house team who will handle that part.”

In terms of marketing, the channel will emphasize more on digital platforms while there will be a 360 degree presence.

For the Indian market, Living Foodz will be the international food & lifestyle channel that will have a universal feel and will appeal to new age groups in digital households. The core audience set will comprise the well travelled and connected people with high interest level of food.

The launch of Living Foodz will also mean curtains down for Zee's Khana Khazana channel. “We are proud of the achievements and accolades Khana Khazana has garnered so far but now we believe audiences' taste has changed and hence we decided to come up with Living Foodz. We will use Khana Khazana content and re-package it for our digital platforms, but since Living Foodz is going to have 100 per cent fresh content we cannot have its content on television,” said Sharma.

The shows that Living Foodz is launching with are: Food Xpress: Rocky & Mayur, Chef on Wheels, Vickypedia, with Chef Vicky Ratnani, The Great Indian Rasoi with chef Ranveer Brar, Good Food America and Peggy’s Kitchen Cures.

The channel will be available across all direct-to-home (DTH) platforms like Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV and Videocon d2h as well as leading cable networks.

Living Entertainment in India will be an extension of the Living network belonging to Essel Group, which already exists in international markets.


The Muos Satellite has launched, it will give Military coverage of the Asia Pacific region

Thursday feeds

D1 12431 v 6110 "U BIRD 3" AFL Footy Show.

From my Email


From the Dish

Yamal 401 90.0E 10908 V "8 Kanal Krasnoyarsk" has started on , Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 11092 H "Muz Soyuz" has started on , Fta.

Horizons 2 85.0E 11840 H "STS" is now encrypted.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Thinetha TV" has left .
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东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,DDK Hisar(印度)频道消失,设置3774 H 4250参数无效接收。[09-03]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,MNC(印尼)频道新增,设置3664 H 2400参数有条件接收。[09-03]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,My TV(孟加拉)频道新增,设置3680 H 3333参数免费接收。[09-03]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BTV National(BISS)频道解密,设置4129 V 11395参数免费接收。[09-03]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russkaya Komedia(测试)频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。[09-03]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Multimania(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11105 H 43200参数免费接收。 [9月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Multimania(MPEG-5)频道解密,设置12153 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月3日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星Ku频段,新华传送(BISS)频道消失,设置12352 H 4000参数无效接收。 [9月3日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Vallabh(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [9月3日]


Sunnyvale-built military communications satellite thrust into orbit

From http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2015/09/02/sunnyvale-built-military-communications-satellite.html

The Lockheed Martin satellite dubbed MUOS-4 launches from Cape Canaveral on Sept. 2, 2015.

The military’s ability to communicate in far-flung regions with smartphone-like devices took another step forward Wednesday with the successful launch of a satellite built at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale facility.

The satellite is the fourth sent into orbit as part of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) network, which promises to provide military personnel in even remote regions with simultaneous voice, video and data capabilities.

The MUOS-4 satellite launched at 6:18 a.m. EDT aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Once the satellite was in orbit, a ground team led by Lockheed Martin was able to successfully communicate with it and maneuver it.

In a press statement, the company said, “The addition of MUOS-4 completes the initial constellation and provides the MUOS network with near-global coverage, extending the reach of communications further toward the North and South poles than ever before.”

Apstar-9 satellite shipped to Xichang launch center

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/apstar-9-satellite-shipped-to-xichang-launch-center--1100311

Satellite operator APT Satellite has announced that, on 27 August, the Apstar-9 satellite has been shipped by air successfully to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The Apstar -9 satellite has completed its AIT and made the on-ground delivery to the launch site. Now the satellite entered into the launch campaign phase. The satellite is scheduled for launch in mid-October.

ST Teleport Expands Capacity and Partnership with AsiaSat

From Press Release

Hong Kong and Singapore, 2 September 2015 – Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) announced that ST Teleport, a full-service satellite and fibre communications solutions provider based in Singapore, has expanded its capacity commitment and strategic partnership with AsiaSat to enhance service offerings to the VSAT and media sectors.

ST Teleport recently expanded its C-band capacity in Asia with a new dedicated antenna for AsiaSat 4 at the orbital location of 122°E to provide leading-edge satellite-based service solutions for maritime, oil and gas, enterprise, and media businesses. In response to strong user demand for high-quality connectivity solutions for data and video services in Asia, both companies have further strengthened their collaboration to offer enhanced land/sea/air based VSAT services.

ST Teleport’s advanced earth station complex facilities in Singapore is now capable of connecting to AsiaSat’s comprehensive fleet of satellites, including the new Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 8’s South East Asia and Middle East beams, to offer more choices to customers. The extension of the partnership will accelerate growth opportunities for ST Teleport and increase its offerings to customers looking for fast and flexible satellite communications solutions at competitive prices.

“Our partnership with AsiaSat will further strengthen both of our positions in the satellite communication services sector. Access to more AsiaSat capacity will enable ST Teleport to efficiently expand our services geographically and to serve more diverse industries and businesses. ST Teleport's continuous upgrading of its network and capacity demonstrates its commitment to provide advanced and cost effective satellite solutions to our data, maritime and media clients locally and internationally,” said Joseph Chan, Managing Director of ST Teleport.
“We are pleased with this expanded partnership with ST Teleport. We aim to bring a new level of high performance, cost-effective satellite solutions and comprehensive coverage to ST Teleport and their clients through this stronger partnership. This collaboration also underscores our commitment to working closer with our partners and clients to deliver the quality, value and choice of capacity that meet their service needs,” said Philip Balaam, Vice President, Sales and Business Development of AsiaSat.
- Ends -

Additional notes:

About ST Teleport
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. Its operations have grown to a full-fledged earth station centre 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 its Global C-Band and Regional Ku-Band infrastructure, providing uninterrupted communication channels to remote sites. Its customers include government and defence, broadcast, energy, maritime, ISP, telecommunications companies, and Fortune 1000 enterprises. For more information, please visit www.stteleport.com.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016/early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.

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

Winnie Pang
Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel: +852 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com
ST Teleport

Cheryl Ng
Corporate Communications
Tel: +65 6723 8760
Email: cheryl_ng@sttelemedia.com

Viaccess-Orca unveils new-gen conditional access system

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/viaccess-orca-unveils-new-gen-conditional-access-system--1100608

French content protection and delivery platform vendor Viaccess-Orca has announced the launch of a new conditional access system (CAS) designed to unify card and cardless technologies. The system, dubbed Adaptive Sentinel, aims to ease the transition between the two technologies, guaranteeing a fast and cost-effective launch of service for operators to manage their subscriber base flexibly and dynamically, according to Viaccess-Orca. Adaptive Sentinel supports a wide range of business models, including subscription TV, a la carte, and prepaid. The CAS is pre-integrated with set top box (STB) middleware and CAM modules, while the ecosystem was built with partners such as Neotion and Jiuzhou.
Viaccess-Orca added that Orange France will introduce the new-generation smart card on its satellite signal by the end of the year and Adaptive Sentinel will also be deployed by the M7 Group, a Pan-European provider of DTH satellite and IPTV 3P services that operates multiple brands such as Canal Digital and Online.nl in the Netherlands and Skylink in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

New Satellite to Monitor Ships, Maritime Parameters

From http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/new-satellite-monitor-ships-maritime-parameters/

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo on Thursday inaugurated the homegrown Lapan A2 satellite, set to be the first put into orbit specifically to monitor Indonesia’s waters.

The satellite is also the first to be developed and built entirely in the country, by the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan).

“The satellite will be very beneficial [for Indonesia] as we will be able to see clearly from above the ships going in and out of the country,” Joko said at the Lapan satellite center in Bogor, south of Jakarta, on Thursday.

“It will be able to monitor anything – our farmland, weather and maritime [sic].”

Joko added the satellite would be crucial in the government’s wider policy to develop its maritime economy and capabilities.

The satellite will be used to monitor ship traffic, marine security, fisheries stocks and coastal resources.

Lapan chief Thomas Djamaluddin said the 78-kilogram satellite would orbit above the equator, 650 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. No launch date or provider has been given yet.

Lapan’s last satellite, the A1 or Lapan-TUBSat, a remote-sensing satellite for natural resources observation and weather forecasting, was built in collaboration with the Technical University of Berlin and launched in 2007 from the Indian space center’s Sriharikota site in the Bay of Bengal.

India to launch Indonesian satellite

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/india-to-launch-indonesian-satellite-115090300853_1.html

India will launch a second multi-spectral remote sensing Indonesian satellite that will help the country to monitor land-use, natural resource and in disaster mitigation.

The indigenously-made LAPAN A2/Orari satellite is a successor to LAPAN A1/Tubsat, which was also launched in India in 2007.

"Today, I'm officially sending off the LAPAN A2/Orari satellite," President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was quoted as saying by The Jakarta Post during the launching ceremony today.

The satellite will be shipped to India tomorrow to be launched at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.

LAPAN A2/Orari will function as a tool to monitor land usage, ship movements, sea resources and fishing explorations.

It is also equipped with an automatic packet reporting system on board to aid disaster mitigation by monitoring floods, changes in the sea level as well as movements of the population.

The satellite will orbit the Earth along the equator with an altitude of 650 kilometers, and travel at 7.5 kilometers per second - enabling it to circle the Earth 14 times a day.

What You Need to Know About CITEL’s C-Band Proposal

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2015/09/02/what-you-need-to-know-about-citels-c-band-proposal/

CITEL is the telecommunications/ICT advisory body of OAS.

[Via Satellite 09-02-2015] International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Region 2 member countries have decided to submit an Inter-American Proposal (IAP) to the ITU that favors allocating a portion of the C-band spectrum to the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) industry. The decision occurred during the final Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) meeting in Ottawa, held from Aug. 17 to 21, where countries from North America, South America and the Caribbean met to prepare for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in November.

“In the case of agenda item 1.1, considering C-band, CITEL decided to propose the identification for IMT of the segment 3400 to 3600 MHz and keep without changes the segment 3600-4200 MHz, Hector Bude, chair of the CITEL Working Group on Preparations for Regional and World Radiocommunication Conferences, told Via Satellite. “The identification for IMT of the lower part of the band obtained the support of more than 10 countries, and around 15 countries supported the no change position of the upper part.”

The minimum threshold for an IAP is six supporters, which the C-band proposal comfortably passed. Bude said that support was given by individual countries and not as groups, though some tropical countries banded together in favor of not proposing 3.4 to 3.6 GHz is given to the IMT industry. The IAP will now be considered at WRC-15 in Geneva, Switzerland.

C-band, which consists of 3.4 to 4.2 GHz, is used by the satellite industry for a myriad of services and is favored for its robustness compared to other spectrum. As WRC-15 looms closer, the satellite industry has been preparing for a battle with the IMT industry, which is looking for more spectrum for mobile services.

“The conference itself will take the decision to modify or not the Allocation Table. If the modification is approved then each country will decide about the implementation, or not, of IMT in this frequency band, or to maintain the actual status,” said Bude.

That tropical nations were more in favor of a no change position is telling, as satellite operators favor C-band particularly for its resistance to rain fade. Other frequencies are more susceptible to attenuation from weather. Bude said it is possible, based on the outcome at WRC-15, that as nations pick their stance, it could cause interference issues, but hesitated to make a judgment call yet.

“The potential negative impact could appear at the border of the territory if neighbor countries decide to use the same frequency band for a different service and then the coordination procedure must be applied. Nevertheless I think it is a bit early to be conclusive about negative or positive impacts either for the satellite industry or for the mobile industry,” he cautioned.

The decisions made at WRC-15 will influence the satellite industry significantly, and Latin America, part of the ITU’s Region 2, will be a major interest. More satellite capacity is planned for this region of the world than anywhere else at this current time.

“The entire C-band downlink range (3400-4200 MHz) is of significant importance to the satellite community throughout Latin America and the rest of the world, and is used by commercial as well as government systems for critical communications systems and applications,” Gonzalo de Dios, associate general counsel at Intelsat, told Via Satellite. “The decision reached at CITEL with respect to IMT systems in the range 3400-3600 MHz reflects a careful balance, and recognizes the need for no change in the range 3600-4200 MHz and the need to protect FSS stations. In Region 2, C-band will continue to offer robust satellite communications solutions.”

The mobile industry praised many of the outcomes of CITEL’s Ottawa meeting. In an Aug. 25 press release, John Giusti, deputy chief regulatory officer of the GSM Association (GSMA), highlighted decisions on C-band, as well as L-band and sub-700 MHz Ultra-High-Frequency (UHF) spectrum.

“To meet the intense urban capacity demands and give city dwellers in the Americas access to high-speed mobile broadband, CITEL governments have made progress in recognizing the need for higher capacity spectrum in the C-band, whilst acknowledging the importance of this band for satellite communications for tropical countries. We are encouraged that CITEL has taken the decision to make 3.4 to 3.6 GHz in the C-band available for mobile broadband use and look forward to continued discussions on increasing the availability of harmonized spectrum in the 3.4 to 4.2 GHz frequency range,” said Giusti.

Bude said CITEL will also propose several future agenda items relating to the satellite industry at WRC-15. Among them is the study of additional spectrum for Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) in 32.3 to 33 GHz, paired with 37.5 to 39.5 GHz. CITEL is also proposing an update that would reduce the orbital separation between FSS and Broadcast Satellite Systems (BSS) serving in different regions, and to permit mobile platforms to operate with geostationary satellites in Ka-band, along with several other regulatory issues.

“WRC-15 will not only address the various satellite bands under consideration in agenda item 1.1, but will also deal with additional spectrum needs for the satellite industry and possible additional IMT identifications above 6 GHz. The latter issue can open up to IMT (5G) additional bands used by satellite systems. The industry continues to work together and with our various customer sets to educate regulators about the significant contributions that satellite communications bring to communities around the world and the role the industry plays in the connected society,” added de Dios.

Bude said that, from his point of view, WRC-15 will be more complicated than the one held in 2012, and will likely harken back to WRC-2007. He expects both the satellite and IMT industries will continue to vie for their desired outcomes over the next three months.

“The final decision about this topic will be made in Geneva probably by the end of the conference. In the mean time, I’m pretty sure the IMT community will push to have as much spectrum as they can and, at the same time, the satellite community will push to keep the bands, without any constraints to deploy satellite services without harmful interferences,” he said.

ALi adds HEVC to set-top box chipset lineup

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ali-adds-hevc-to-set-top-box-chipset-lineup--1100389

ALi, a set-top box (STB) chipset product provider, unveiled a family of SoC products that integrate High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) for hybrid cable, satellite, terrestrial and IP set-top boxes. ALi’s system-on-chip chipsets provide operators with a product for migration to HEVC, a video compression standard for improved delivery of HD content over existing networks.
ALi’s HEVC-enabled chipsets feature 1080p60 high-quality FHD display, 2000 DMIPs high performance processor capable of supporting a wide range of middleware, 256KB L2 cache enabling optimum browser/hybrid performance, and ALi’s latest advanced security engine supporting most CAS and DRM technologies. In addition to ALi AUI (application unified interface) enabling chipset migration from ALi H.264 platforms to new HEVC products, ALi further introduces a new fresh UI look to accommodate referencing system design.

Fox UK launching FTA channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/03/fox-launching-uk-fta-channel/

Fox International Channels UK has confirmed it will launch its first Free-To-Air entertainment channel, YourTV, on a variety of UK platforms on October 1st.

YourTV will provide viewers with “real-life stories, irresistible experiences and thrilling tales”. The channel will air for 20 hours each day across the UK, from 7am until 3am. Primarily aimed at women, YourTV says it will appeal to anyone in search of absorbing stories that feel both real and yet extraordinary.

Jeff Ford, Managing Director FOX International Channels UK, commented: “I am thrilled to announce the launch of YourTV, our first Free To Air channel and exciting next step in the evolution of our UK brand portfolio. Providing a daily treat of compelling scripted and unscripted series for viewers, YourTV is a fresh new destination for entertainment.”

Launch content will include crime investigation series Corrupt Crimes, reality series Don’t Tell The Bride, cooking show Baking Good Baking Bad and US legal drama Sharks.



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Customer deals pay off for Foxtel as it breaks sales record

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/customer-deals-pay-off-for-foxtel-as-it-breaks-sales-record/story-fn91v9q3-1227509990599

Foxtel has broken its August sales record after lower prices and upgraded packaging have enticed new satellite and cable subscribers. Of all the August sales since the pay-TV service began 20 years ago, the latest has brought in the highest growth.

New customers are tuning into Foxtel’s channels like never before, driven by television advertisements promoting no lock-in contracts, no set-up costs, the iQ video recording device and 45 channels all for a monthly payment of $25. Last week, Foxtel recorded its strongest weekly sales growth since 2010 and the fifth best week since the service was launched in 1995 in a sign that it has the fortitude to beat off pay-TV rivals.

On Monday, sales came close to overtaking the company’s all-time record for a single day, falling short by just 120 sales, according to sources.

Foxtel’s improvement came despite intense competition in the Australian pay-TV sector from a new crop of online streaming ­services.

Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein told The Australian: “As our recent results demonstrated the changes we made to our pricing late last year have been very successful, resulting in strong growth for the business.”

After US streaming giant Netflix launched in Australia in March, market observers said the pressure was on Foxtel to retain subscribers in a challenging macroeconomic environment.

Yet, Foxtel — 50 per cent-owned by News Corp, publisher of The Australian — has belied concerns about its resilience to withstand disruption wrought by the rise of the internet, with surging subscriber growth, and a drop in churn, the rate at which customers opted out. In the year to June, Foxtel subscribers increased 9 per cent, while churn fell to 10.9 per cent, from 12.5 per cent. Insiders said subscriber growth was still gathering momentum as a marketing campaign dubbed the Big Entertainment Sale continued to raise awareness.

The launch of “triple-play” bundles, combining broadband, landline and cable television services, and an improved content offering at Presto, Foxtel’s online streaming service, is expected to drive even higher sales.

Presto is being more aggressively marketed with TV ads featuring Hollywood actress Naomi Watts taking a pot shot at Netflix as part of a campaign to remind consumers that Netflix’s library of movies and TV shows is vastly inferior.

“All sizzle and no sausage,” Watts tells viewers in the ad, noting that only Presto offers exclusive content from Hollywood hit factories HBO and Showtime. “Don’t settle for scraps Australia — demand more.”

And Netflix is to lose some of the biggest films in its catalogue amid an escalating price war for premium content.

Netflix has lost box office hits that include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z and Transformers: Age of Extinction to a rival service as it concentrates more on its own original content in a big gamble for the US streaming giant.

The move comes just weeks after Mr Freudenstein predicted that Netflix would increasingly struggle to bid against rival ­operators for first-run films and dramas. While Netflix is adding more subscribers on the back of a costly international expansion exercise, the growth is coming at great cost as executives sacrifice profit to enter new markets such as Australia.

Northrop Grumman Australia Partners With ViaSat And Optus To Deliver Next-Generation Satellite Communications For The Australian Defence Force ViaSat and Optus

From http://www.rfglobalnet.com/doc/northrop-grumman-viasat-optus-satellite-communications-0001

Northrop Grumman Corporation has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a proven solution for its utilisation of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system.

Under the team's response to the ADF's tender request, Australia has the opportunity to gain access to Northrop Grumman's Satellite Communications Operations and Planning Element (SCOPE) network management system, which is the only managing, operating and monitoring system that has already been successfully integrated with the WGS. Northrop Grumman's network management system has been employed by U.S. Army Strategy Command for more than 15 years, and is critical to the successful operation of all six WGS satellites currently in orbit.

"Australia has invested approximately AU$1B in WGS communications capabilities. Northrop Grumman's offering will give Australia the ability to fully utilise this capability at the same standard as the U.S. military," said Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia. "This program will form the core of the ADF's sovereign capability in network management. We have developed unrivaled capabilities over 15 years of working closely with the WGS program in the United States and look forward to working with the ADF to support and further develop this technology in Australia."

The team would also offer the proven performance of the ViaSat dual-band satellite terminals. ViaSat brings a long and successful history of delivering satellite communications terminals to customers in the United States and Canada, and most recently delivered 10 complete ground stations for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) program.

"Since 2012 ViaSat has been working with NBN Co. as the prime contractor for the NBN Long Term Satellite Service ground system, which is a very similar system to that required by the ADF" said Colin Cooper, General Manager, Government and Defence, ViaSat Australia. "No other company has our level of experience in delivering large satellite ground stations in remote regions of Australia."

The team would also offer the unrivaled Australian satellite operating experience of Optus. "We are pleased to be part of the Northrop Grumman team's bid to deliver this important capability to the Australian Defence Force," said Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Optus Satellite. "Optus has been successfully operating Australian satellites for over three decades. Optus' long term relationship with the ADF through our C1 satellite positions us well to complement the team's impressive capabilities moving forward."

The Northrop Grumman-led team offers the ADF a comprehensive, mature and proven solution which will allow Australia to take full advantage of its investment in the world-leading WGS network.

About ViaSat

ViaSat is a global provider of satellite broadband and wireless services, infrastructure, and technology. For more information, visit www.viasat.com

About Optus

Optus is Australia's leading commercial satellite provider, with the largest fleet of satellites in Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit http://www.optus.com.au/business/satellite.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.northropgrumman.com/Australia.

SOURCE: Northrop Grumman Corporation

NZ Deaf community lodge human rights complaint to get RWC captions

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11506306

Sky TV have said that the Rugby World Cup games would not be captioned on either Sky or the Sky-owned Prime channel. Photo / Brett Phibbs

New Zealand's deaf community has gone to the Human Rights Commission to try to get captions for televised Rugby World Cup matches.

Deaf Aotearoa and the National Foundation for the Deaf (NFD) say Sky TV finally told them yesterday that the games would not be captioned on either Sky or the Sky-owned Prime channel, after two years of negotiation with the deaf organisations.

NFD chief executive said the decision would exclude hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders with impaired hearing from the event.

"We are talking a huge quality of life issue," she said. "Marginalisation leads to lack of social status.

"We didn't have access in the last Rugby World Cup. We said to them we need captioning. This time round they still haven't done it. It's quite unbelievable that they would even think it's okay this time round."

A 2013 Statistics NZ census of disability found 380,000 people with impaired hearing.
The deaf groups asked the Human Rights Commission to investigate the issue today. They have also called on Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams to "address this matter with extreme urgency".

Sky TV government relations manager Chris Major told the groups on Monday that it had proved impossible to build a connection with the agency that provides captioning for TVNZ, Able, in time for the cup.

"Captions are not being provided by the host broadcaster (ITV) on the global RWC feed, so would need to be created in NZ," Ms Major told Mrs Carroll.

"There is currently no facility between Able and Sky to create a live captioned feed (as you know, Able is currently only funded to do live captioning for one broadcaster - TVNZ).

"With the time and resources available, that facility cannot be established in time for RWC. It requires establishing a secure, point-to-point VDSL connection between Sky and Able. Able would also need to invest in additional infrastructure to deliver live captioning to Sky (which they estimate to be in the vicinity of $100,000).

"Sky does not currently have the technology required to embed captions in the Sky Sport channels and further capex would be required to enable this."

However she said Sky was "committed to providing captioning where it is possible, and to steadily increasing the amount of captioned content on the Sky platform.".

She said the company had agreed to provide captions on two new channels, TLC and Discovery Turbo, and was "actively working with Able to get captions on some of our Prime Television content, particularly the local programmes on Prime that receive NZ on Air funding."

Mrs Carroll confirmed that captioning was currently provided mainly to TVNZ at a cost to the Government of $1.5 million a year.

"We are only talking $100,000 here," she said. "We are not talking a lot of money if you look at $26 million for a flag, or if you look at Sky TV's profit."

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams said the level of captioning for free-to-air programmes had more than tripled over the last decade.

"NZ on Air funds Able to the tune of $2.8 million per year to caption TV and audio programmes and currently 100 per cent of prime time TV programmes are captioned," she said.

"However I understand the technology required to caption live television (including sports events) is not readily available in New Zealand.

"At present delayed games shown on Prime cannot be captioned because Prime does not have captioning equipment.

"I encourage broadcasters and other providers of content to continue to their work to overcome these technical difficulties so we can improve accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people."

(Craig's comment, Sky NZ need to use some of their recent profits . Subtitles and upgrading their terrestrial channel to HD would be a start..)

Gazprom Space Systems Sets Goal of Filling Fleet by 2016

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/technology/2015/08/31/gazprom-space-systems-sets-goal-of-filling-fleet-by-2016/

[Via Satellite 08-31-2015] Russian satellite operator Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) is intent on filling out its existing fleet of satellites in 2016. The company, which has 3.5 times more capacity in-orbit today than it did in 2012, aims to fill its four-satellite constellation by the close of next year.

“By the end of 2016 we plan to fully load our current satellites. That enables us to keep the high pace of the revenue growth comparable to the one reached in 2014,” Dmitry Sevastiyanov, director general of Gazprom Space Systems, told Via Satellite. “This year we start the new big investment cycle to renew and enlarge our satellite constellation. So the main investments will be accounted for the next two to three years.”

Gazprom Space Systems owns a young fleet of satellites, with the latest, Yamal 401, launching in December 2014. The operator’s next satellite is Yamal 601, which is set to replace the Yamal 202 satellite at 49 degrees east with a near-identical C-band service zone along with new Ka-band capacity. In April of this year Gazprom Space Systems began relocating the electrically propelled Yamal 300K satellite from 90 degrees east to 183 degrees east, where the spacecraft arrived in June. Clients from Yamal 300K have been “reloaded” onto Yamal 401, which is now at Yamal 300K’s former orbital slot.

Gazprom Space Systems relocated the satellite through a partnership with SES, where it is supported by the American teleport company U.S. Electrodynamics’ teleport in Brewster, Wash. At its new location, Yamal 300K covers Russia’s Far East, much of the Northern Pacific Ocean, and the West coast of North America where it is driving new business.

“This is not the first case of the companies’ partnership in terms of joint use of the existing orbital assets. Earlier in 2011, SES’ satellite Astra 1F was relocated into GSS’ orbital slot. This time SES provided us with the opportunity to occupy its orbital slot,” said Sevastiyanov.

He added that there were two primary reasons for the relocation: a dearth of high quality satellite capacity in its new footprint, and an increase in activity from GSS’ main shareholder, Gazprom, which is a major consumer of its satellite services. Sevastiyanov said Gazprom is currently planning a number of large gas projects in Eastern Siberia and in Russia’s Far East, such as developing new fields, building gas pipelines, and implementing the “Sila Sibiri,” or Power of Siberia, energy project.

“We have already signed the first contracts for Yamal 300K capacity and some of them are rather big,” Sevastiyanov hinted.

Yamal 300K also has a steerable beam for broadcast and Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services in any region of South-East Asia, Australia, New Zealand or island states of the Pacific.

Dmitry Sevastiyanov Gazprom Space Systems
Dmitry Sevastiyanov, director general of Gazprom Space Systems. Photo: Gazprom Space Systems

Sevastiyanov said two thirds of Gazprom Space Systems’ satellite capacity is dedicated to Russia, with the remaining one-third concentrated in beams covering other regions. He pointed to Yamal 202, launched in 2004, as the satellite that first gathered international attention. The satellite is popular in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, he said, thanks to its wide C-band service zone, and has enough fuel to operate until at least June 2019. Yamal 402, located at 55 degrees east, covers the African and Middle Eastern markets. Sevastiyanov said the number of customers on this spacecraft continues to climb despite the high level of competition.

Gazprom Space Systems sees the traditional drivers of television, broadband and backhaul continuing to fuel demand for satellite services in the years to come. However, Sevastiyanov also mentioned the operator is looking into new markets as well.

“We provide aerospace monitoring services — they don’t bring a lot of revenue now, but in our opinion has a great future. We are planning to create our own constellation of Earth observation satellites. In addition, we are going to build our own spacecraft assembling facilities and start business in the sphere of assembling, integrating and testing communications and observation satellites,” he said.

Sevastiyanov added that the operator is also preparing to support new broadcast technologies as the video market evolves.

“In general, based on our Russian experience we see that [High Definition] HD TV gathers pace and I’d like to note that our ground facilities are technically ready to support growing demand on these services. We already have some HD channels on our satellites. With respect to 4K technology, we anticipate such a channels appearance on Yamal satellites. This year we are going to test in our television center the hardware-supporting 4K format,” he said.

Gazprom Space Systems recently completed the consolidation of its ground assets at its telecommunications center in Shchelkovo, Moscow. Sevastiyanov said the operator now has the Mission Control Center (MCC) for all Yamal satellites, the hubs, uplink stations, satellite capacity monitoring facility and Network Operations Center (NOC) located in one place. As the operator expands its orbital infrastructure, Sevastiyanov said it will continue to develop ground infrastructure as well. Gazprom Space Systems has hubs from Advantech Wireless, Newtec, Gilat, Eastar and Hughes platforms today.

“The next step in our ground infrastructure development is building of a Ka-band hub station, which, together with Yamal 601, will form a system of broadband access for the consumer market,” he said.

As Gazprom Space Systems continues to grow, it must also face the challenges associated with the decline in the value of the ruble. Sevastiyanov said the operator interacts regularly with its customers, suppliers and financial institutions to reduce the risks associated with ruble fluctuations, and is seeking to bolster the number of international customers on its fleet. To ensure stability in both financial obligations and revenues, Gazprom Space Systems is pursuing a balance between foreign currencies and the Russian currency, he said.

Soviet satellite de-orbits over Pacific

From http://asia.rbth.com/news/2015/09/01/soviet_satellite_de-orbits_over_pacific_48904.html

The Kosmos-1315 satellite, which was sent into space in 1981, has ended its ballistic existence, the Russian Defense Ministry told Interfax-AVN on Sept.1 with reference to specialists from the Aerospace Forces' main space monitoring center, which tracked the satellite's operations.

"Analysis of information that the main space monitoring center received on August 31, 2015 and September 1, 2015 from specialized radar, opto-electronic and optical laser devices of the Russian space control system gives grounds to conclude that fragments of the Kosmos-1315 spacecraft left low-earth orbit at 11:58 a.m. Moscow time on August 31 over the Pacific Ocean," it said.

The satellite's fragments were burned up after entering the atmosphere, it said.

The Soviet satellite Kosmos-1315 was launched from the Plesetsk space center on board a Vostok-2M launch vehicle on October 14, 1981. The satellite's active service life in orbit ended on July 24, 1982.

The main space monitoring center is designed to provide information support in countering threats emanating from outer space and in outer space, in deploying and operating Russian satellite constellations, and in assessing dangers related to the manmade pollution of outer space

New method to remove satellites from space

From http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2015/sep/satellite-disposal.cfm

Spanish researchers have developed a new method that would allow removing satellites from space at the end of their designed lifetime.

The method was designed to deal with satellites in the so called highly elliptical orbits (HEO) and could help tackle the worsening problem of space debris.

The method would allow the defunct satellites to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn much faster thus reducing the risks the out of control satellites pose to other spacecraft.

"Our research has focused on taking advantage of the same gravitational effects that affect HEO orbits so as to reduce the cost of eliminating the satellites which operate in them once they have reached retirement," said Roberto Armellin, one of the researchers developing the new method at the University of La Rioja.

"Some propellant needs to be reserved in order to perform the satellite disposal manoeuvres, so it cannot be used to extend the mission duration, which makes it more expensive."

However, the new method enables performing the desired disposal with a minimal amount of fuel.

The researchers cooperated with the European Space Agency (Esa) on the study and used Esa’s Integral mission to model the process.

"The simulation results suggest designing manoeuvres so that the INTEGRAL satellite re-enters into the Earth's atmosphere and subsequently disintegrates during the period of time from September 2028 to July 2029 in a controlled way and with a cost which is reduced by the amplification of natural gravitational effects", said Armellin.

This year, Esa has performed four manoeuvres that will lead to the elimination of Integral in line with a policy that requires space agencies to stop excessively cluttering the Earth’s orbit by leaving spacecraft on its own at the end of their lifetime.

Esa’s regulations require satellites from highly elliptical orbits to cross the low Earth orbit protected region and re-enter the atmosphere in 25 years.

The study of the GRUCACI team also proves that it is possible to select some latitude regions such that the satellite re-entry takes place with minimum risk to cause damage to populated areas of the Earth.

AsiaSat sees 8% fall

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/01/asiasat-sees-8-fall/

Hong Kong-based AsiaSat saw an 8 per cent fall in revenues for its half-year trading period ending June 30th. It blamed the poor results, released on August 27th, on “rough” local market conditions and delays in obtaining licenses to operate its latest pair of satellites.

On the much more positive side it saw its all-important contract backlog rise 3.7 per cent (to HK$3.65 billion) in the past six months. Fill rate was 72 per cent.

Revenues for the half-year were HK$641 million (€73.4m), with operating profit down 11 per cent

“Excess capacity and flattening demand in certain markets put downward pressure on pricing that will likely persist into the near future until that capacity is absorbed,” AsiaSat said.

The operator has 6 satellites in its fleet with its two new craft (AsiaSat-8 and AsiaSat-6) launched in August and September last year. Its next satellite, AsiSat-9, is slated for launch later in 2016.

Fashion One launches new Ultra HD channel worldwide with MEASAT

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satelite-operators/fashion-one-launches-new-ultra-hd-channel-worldwide-with-measat-150901

MUMBAI: Malaysian communication satellite operator, MEASAT and New York-based Fashion One Television LLC have launched Fashion One 4K, the first English language Ultra HD channel in the world on the MEASAT-3a satellite.

Distributed free-to-air through the MEASAT-3a satellite at the 91.5 degrees East video hot slot, the channel will reach over 130 million viewers across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and East Africa.

Speaking on the launch Fashion One, Television LLC COO Gleb Livshits said, “We are tremendously excited to launch Fashion One 4K, the world’s first global Ultra HD channel dedicated to fashion and entertainment. We have invested heavily in producing Ultra HD content over the last two years, and I’m delighted that we are finally able to share the channel with our viewers.”

MEASAT CEO Paul Brown-Kenyon added, “Fashion One is a global lifestyle and entertainment TV network, supporting a large and rapidly expanding customer base.”

“Our flexible solutions and collaborative approach led Fashion One to select MEASAT for the launch of Fashion One 4K. We look forward to working with more channels and content providers to help jump start this exciting new video segment,” Brown-Kenyon added.

Fashion One 4K was launched concurrently on SES Satellite, reaching over 67 million households across North America at 103 degrees West (SES-3) and over 23 million households across South America at 47.5 degrees West (NSS-806).

Fashion One has been upgrading its production format from HD to ultra HD since 2014 and now owns an extensive library of ultra HD content with 100 per cent content rights.

In Europe, the channel is broadcast under the brand Fashion 4K, reaching over 116 million households at 19.2 degrees East.

OSN borrows $400m

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/01/osn-borrows-400m/

It looks as if the much anticipated IPO from Dubai-based pay-TV operator OSN is on hold for the time being.

Instead OSN is borrowing $400 million for the next 5 years, partly to fund general business and partly to refinance existing debt.

Reuters is saying that the debt will take two forms: a US$255 million term loan and a $145 million revolving credit facility.

The larger amount will be paid off during the life of the loan, that is principal is paid down during the life of the loan and not a more usual servicing of the debt with the principal paid at the end of the term. The first payment kicks in on March 31st next year.

Underwriting banks include Barclays, Mashreq, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, HSBC, National Bank of Kuwait, Societe Generale, First Gulf Bank, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Credit Suisse and JPMorgan.

SES in talks to buy Israel's RR Media for $250m

From http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-ses-in-talks-to-buy-israels-rr-media-for-250m-1001065572

The European global satellite provider is in talks to buy the Lod-based digital media services company.

Israeli digital media services company RR Media Ltd. (Nasdaq:RRM) is in initial talks to be acquired by an international corporation. Market sources believe that it is Luxembourg-based global satellite provider SES, which is in talks to buy the Lod-based company for an estimated $250 million, nearly double its market cap of $117.4 million.

If such a deal does go ahead this will be a major boost for Rapac Communication and Infrastructure Ltd. (TASE: RPAC), which holds a 34% stake in RR Media and would receive about $80 million. Another major shareholder in RR Media is Viola Private Equity, which has a 29% stake.

Following the reports, Rapac's shares were up 75% in morning trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE).

RR Media's CEO is Avi Cohen. The company provides a wide range of digital media and networking services for clients like Fox International, NFL, MTV, Nickelodeon, Dish Network and Disney. RR Media's Smart Global Network uses an optimized combination of satellite, fiber and the internet to reach more than 95% of the world’s population in hundreds of countries.

Star TV worth $11 billion

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/02/star-tv-worth-11-billion/

Rupert Murdoch is sitting on a potential gold mine in terms of 21st Century Fox’s investments in India, says a report from Morgan Stanley. The bank’s “Fair Market Value” report for 2016 says that Star India is worth a spectacular $11.2 billion in “fair value” and leaving its competitors trailing in its wake.

The next operator in Morgan Stanley’s list is Essel Group’s Zee Entertainment was valued at $5.6 billion.

The profits at Star, estimates the bank, translated into an 11.3 percent contribution to Fox’s overall fair market value, with 21st Century Fox acknowledging the role played by India in its overall performance, and helped by record coverage of Star Sport and its all-important cricket exclusivity.

Indeed, Star India’s focus on sport, and the acquisition of the ICC Cricket World Cup and the “hundreds of millions of viewers” it attracted, said Murdoch in an earlier Fox report.

Samsung boost for CEA 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/01/samsung-boost-for-cea-4k-ultra-hd-definition/

Samsung Electronics has confirmed that all of the 2015 UHD TV models, encompassing Series 9 to Series 6 models, qualify for, and will display, the 4K Ultra HD logos developed by US trade body the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

The CEA logos are only eligible to be used on UHD TVs that satisfy the highest level of picture quality defined by CEA. This definition distinguishes true 4K UHD TV models from other models employing a kind of RGBW pixel structure.

Samsung will continue to work to raise awareness of the benefits of UHD TV including the CEA definition. Samsung’s UHD TV products are also currently compliant with the UHD TV definition established by Digital Europe (DE), recognised in Europe as the official definition for true UHD products. Consumers worldwide should look for these logos on packaging at retail to determine quality of the UHD TV models.

“We are always striving to give consumers the most breathtaking and immersive viewing experience possible, so we are very pleased that both Digital Europe (DE) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) have now acknowledged the premium picture quality of Samsung UHD TVs,” said Young Lak Jung, Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “These UHD TV definitions are important, because they help to reduce confusion for consumers searching the market for a new, cutting edge 4K UHD TV. We will continue to work with our key partners, such as the CEA and DE, to ensure clear performance and purchase standards are available, as the demand for UHD TVs continues to grow.”

The UHD definitions established by CEA require that pixels, the smallest unit constituting a display, must be capable of producing the full range of colours Certain TVs, which employ RGBW pixel configurations, do not meet the CEA requirements for UHD TVs due to the limitations on pixel colours The white sub-pixels that are mixed among the red, green, and blue sub-pixels in RGBW panels restrict and limit the colour palate a TV is capable of showing, while diluting the overall picture quality by affecting clarity, brightness and sharpness.

Additional requirements for UHD TVs based on CEA’s definitions include: over 8M active pixels, with at least 3,840 horizontally and at least 2,160 vertically; at least one HDMI input supporting 3,840 x 2,160 native content at 24p, 30p and 60p frames per second; a minimum colour bit depth of 8 bits; etc.

Bar licensee fined for illegal Sky use

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/01/bar-licensee-fined-for-illegal-sky-use/

Following a successful prosecution by The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), the Premises Licence Holder and Designated Premises Supervisor of sports bar LJ’s in the UK town of Aylesbury has been convicted and ordered to pay more than £6,000 (€8,185) in fines and costs for showing Sky Sports illegally in his premises.

On August 20th 2015 at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court, Ebrahim Rostami of LJ’s was found guilty of five offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission (a Sky televised football match) at the premises with the intent to avoid payment of the applicable charge. This is contrary to Section 297 (1) of the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988. In addition to receiving a criminal conviction, Rostami was ordered to pay a total of £6,072 in fines and costs.

Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager, FACT, said the case clearly demonstrated that if a licensee shows Sky broadcasts in their premises by any other means than a Sky commercial viewing agreement they will be prosecuted. “If convicted they will receive an unlimited fine and can expect to pay substantial legal costs. Additionally they risk having their Personal Licence suspended or revoke,” he warned.

The conviction was carried out by FACT on behalf of its members and forms a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premises reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and will visit more than 700 pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this season.

Alison Dolan, Deputy Managing Director at Sky Business, said: “We have had numerous cases in the past year of landlords being fined for this type of fraudulent activity and now, once again this case sends a clear message to publicans – Sky Sports is only available to pubs and clubs in mainland UK via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky; no other method of showing Sky Sports in licensed premises is legal. We are committed to visiting thousands of pubs every season to monitor the games they are showing, as well as investigating suppliers and continuing to support FACT’s work to protect Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity,” she confirmed.



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