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Page UPDATED 21/11/2014 11.50 P.M NZ

21/11/14

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From the Dish


Telstar 18 138.0°E 12629 H "Fuel TV and Fashion TV Asia" have started on ,Fta. Fashion Channel has left.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0°E 3768 V "Chongqing TV" has started on, Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E "Hona Baghdad Satellite Channel" has moved from 11690 H to 11466 H, Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0°E 3805 H "ETV Gujarati News has replaced ETV Gujarati" on , Irdeto. 9XO and 9X Jalwa are now Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0°E 3921 H "Prabhatam News" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3780 V "BKS Chinese" has left
Apstar 7 76.5°E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" is Fta again.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 12638 V "CCTV 1, CCTV 2, CCTV 13, Hunan TV, Jiangsu TV, Zhejiang TV, Shenzhen TV and CCTV 4 Asia have started on , Videoguard.
Xing Kong International, Channel V China and One TV" have left.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11733 V "Russkij Extreme" has started on , Irdeto.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12153 V "Boomerang Russia" has started on, Irdeto.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11255 V "KTRK, Madaniyat, Muzika and Balastan" have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,纬来电影替换东森电影(环宇卫视)频道,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。[11-21]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,重庆卫视(AVS+)频道重现,设置3768 V 8800参数免费接收。[11-21]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,MBN替换Mmoney(韩国)频道,设置12401 V 2400参数免费接收。[11-21]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,State News(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置4103 V 7800参数免费接收。[11-21]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Apno 24(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置4134 H 11887参数免费接收。[11-21]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,DNN(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。[11-21]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Goodfilms(泰国)频道新增,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。 [11月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Money Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置4160 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月21日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Nautical Channel(航海)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月21日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TV Market(泰国)频道开播,设置3949 V 2550参数免费接收。 [11月20日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Home ND Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月20日]


Stream Links


Ukraine Today news channel

I ripped this from their website, as I couldn't get their app working on my Samsung TV
http://stream2g04-f23.1plus1.ua/380555/smil:380555.smil/playlist.m3u8


A few Music Channels

rtmp://149.11.34.6:1935/live/partytv.stream
rtmp://149.11.34.6:1935/live/gotica.stream
rtmp://149.11.34.6:1935/live/unlovechannel.stream
rtmp://149.11.34.6:1935/live/lobas.stream
rtmp://190.0.28.154:1935/live/S9bgB8dJmS
rtmp://tst.es.flash.glb.ipercast.net:1935/tst.es-live/live
rtmp://190.0.28.154:1935/live/discotktv
rtmp://149.11.34.6:1935/live/stagetv.stream
rtmp://149.11.34.78:1935/live/jazztv.stream
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/206731/grupoune_st20@206731/st20_index.m3u8

More Chinese channels

http://fms.cntv.lxdns.com/live/flv/channel27.flv
http://fms.cntv.lxdns.com/live/flv/channel28.flv
http://fms.cntv.lxdns.com/live/flv/channel29.flv
http://fms.cntv.lxdns.com/live/flv/channel31.flv
http://fms.cntv.lxdns.com/live/flv/channel33.flv
http://fms.cntv.lxdns.com/live/flv/channel34.flv


NEWS


Netflix in Australia will create an even more fragmented market


From http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/netflix-in-australia-will-create-an-even-more-fragmented-market/story-fn8tnfhb-1227129617272

What is available to watch is tailored to each country as Netflix can't offer a single global service because of how titles are licensed

Confirmed: Netflix will be launching in Australia and New Zealand in March 2015. Source: Supplied

FOR the past 12 months, Aussies have been begging for US TV and movie streaming service Netflix to launch in Australia. The company finally announced yesterday that it will be in March, but prepare to be disappointed.

Netflix in Australia will have a lacklustre library of titles, as shown by the fact that yesterday’s launch titles were mediocre at best and did not include any of the big exclusives that have garnered Netflix popularity, including House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

“All Hail King Julien” is one of the “big” exclusives being brought over by Netflix. Source: Supplied

Why? Because even though Netfix commissioned the shows in the United States, their Australian rights are owned by Foxtel (partly owned by News Corp Australia, the publisher of news.com.au). It’s not just these shows either that will be affected by this, with new Australian streaming service Stan claiming the exclusive rights to Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul.

If you think that you can simply continue to use your US Netflix account just as you are now once it launches here, think again. It’s no secret that Netflix makes it easy for international users to use a work-around to access the service. Once it launches locally, however, the company will want local users to access the Australian content, rather than US, and will most likely make it more difficult to access the US library.

“House of Cards” fan? You will still need your Foxtel subscription. Source: Supplied

This will mean that for those who subscribe to Netflix to watch shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, they will no longer have access and will be forced to subscribe to Foxtel to legally watch the shows.

Foxtel declined to comment on how much longer it has the rights to these Netflix commissioned shows. But if Netflix was serious about launching in Australia, we can’t imagine they signed off Down Under for any longer than another series of each. Even so, it is still a long time before Netflix gets the content in Australia.

Critically acclaimed show “Orange is the New Black” will be missing from Netflix at launch. Source: Foxtel

It isn’t just Netflix-commissioned content that it will be missing, Foxtel, Quickflix, Stan and free-to-air channels all have exclusive content deals with shows that are available on Netflix in the US. While we might still get older seasons of those shows, newer episodes will be non-existent.

Sure, Netflix will have the exclusive rights to Gotham, Longmire and more, but it won’t have enough to warrant it as your only subscription, and will just contribute to a horribly fragmented Australian market.

Batman spin-off “Gotham” will be one of the bigger shows available on Netflix in Australia. Source: Channel 9


Choice: Aussies buying digital content overseas in huge numbers


From http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/66206-choice-aussies-buying-digital-content-overseas-in-huge-numbers

Consumer advocates choice say its research shows 684,000 households are buying digital content from overseas stores, with Choice wanting Australians to have better access to international streaming services.

If geoblocking is stopping you from buying digital content from overseas stores, there are plenty of ways around it, with 684,000 Australian households paying for content and subscriptions to services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu or even the US iTunes store - all of which generally have far greater libraries of content than Australian equivalents.

Choice Magazine’s Director of Campaigns and Communications, Matt Levey, noted that Aussies are seeking the best digital deals wherever they are around the world, with now 340,000 households estimated to be subscribing to the US version of Netflix, and a whopping 428,000 households looking to do this over the next year - which was before Netflix made its March 2015 local launch announcement which we covered here and here.

Levey said that: “It is remarkable that a service which is officially blocked to Australians is the biggest single driver of competition in our entertainment market.”

He went on to note that while Foxtel has had to lower prices and add new streaming services, people are talking about Netflix, going to the trouble of using a VPN to access it, and with Netflix spending zero advertising dollars to do it.

Clearly, Levey is unhappy about the levy Aussies pay for local streaming services that are either more expensive, have smaller content libraries - or both - and says it’s a great example of how international “competition can shake up protected industries” - while calling on the “Competition Policy Review to super-charge that process”. 
 
Choice has made a submission to the Competition Policy Review and its draft report, and supports the key recommendations that would, at least in theory, deliver “cheaper content”.

This includes a review of the Australian IP framework to ensure real competition, to reform laws so copyright licenses ‘are no longer exempt from anti-competitive conduct provisions’, to remove restrictions of parallel imports to end ‘international price discrimination’, to implement the recommendations of the IT Pricing Inquiry and to ‘enable more consumers to take legal steps to circumvent geoblocks’.

It clearly wasn’t too hard for Choice to uncover that ’59% of respondents’ were in agreement with Choice that end-users shouldn’t be blocked from access digital media (TV shows, movies etc) from ‘legitimate overseas websites’ while 7% disagreed with that belief.

Clearly, Choice believes Australians should have a lot more choice, which many New Zealanders would surely describe as ‘choice!’.


Pay tv: Finding the right Netflix, Stan and Foxtel mix for you


From http://dailyreview.crikey.com.au/pay-tv-finding-the-right-netflix-stan-and-foxtel-mix-for-you/15991

The launches of Netflix and Stan are rapidly approaching, and the counter attack from News Ltd is well underway, especially at Melbourne’s Herald Sun. Apparently Rupert Murdoch only thinks the free market ensures a “better life for all” when it also prevents competition with Foxtel. Nevertheless the Foxtel monopoly is dead, and piracy is coming under increasing scrutiny, so it’s a good time to take stock of the Australian entertainment market and whether or not your current set-up will still be the best for you after March 2015.

Given we all all have different needs according to our various subscriptions, set-top boxes, online stores and wirelesses the best way to approach this is by what you want to watch.

Sport

Sport is essentially untouched by the introduction of the new services, but if you don’t already have Foxtel you might want to keep an eye on prices, which have already dropped in an attempt to soften the blow of new competition. How much further they will have to drop to arouse your interest probably depends a lot on how much international sport you want to watch. If you’re currently employing a web of sport-specific subscriptions to products like the NBA’s League Pass or the NFL’s Game Pass then you might want to consider consolidating those costs into a Foxtel subscription. You won’t get every game live, but almost all from most major sports are broadcast…eventually.

On the other side of things, if you’re a particularly avid domestic sport fan you are missing quite a few games if you don’t have Foxtel. Five of the nine weekly AFL fixtures for example are only available on pay TV, A League is a little better, the NRL… just kidding, no one watches the NRL. To get sport on Foxtel however you’re looking at $35 per month plus installation, or roughly three Netflix subscriptions. So seriously consider whether you wouldn’t be better off watching the games you want to watch in a pub.

Movies

This is a little more nuanced than sport. There are actually quite a large number, relatively speaking, of movie streaming and downloading services in Australia. Obviously there are the online stores — the iTunes Store, Google Play etc. Now joined by Netflix and Stan, as well as the recently launched Presto by Foxtel, and then there’s Foxtel itself.

The problem with Presto is it’s overpriced, under resourced garbage. Foxtel, yes, has a lot of movie channels, but the ones aimed at recent releases don’t screen movies very far in advance of Channel 7, who a few weeks ago had the bare-faced cheek to get excited about showing Casino Royale because it was the ‘first time on Australian television’. A more depressing sentence was never spoken. Foxtel’s actual new release channels are effectively stores however, only worse because you can’t buy anything. Last I checked the process for ordering movie is more complex than launching nuclear missiles from a submarine, so if that’s what you’re signing up for then save your money.

That said, if you are a bit of a movie nut then there is a lot to like about Foxtel — lots of choice, the ability to record — it is as ever a calculation based on how much you’d use it and how much you’re paying for how you currently get your movies.

The online stores and Netflix/Stan then are really were the party is for new releases. Netflix will certainly be bringing its full move might to bear in Australia, and obviously you don’t need to buy or rent many movies from the iTunes store (minimum – $6) before you would have been better off buying a Netflix subscription, presuming of course that Netflix keep its prices reasonably consistent with current American rates.

Stan is a bit of an unknown quantity here, as everywhere. Given movies tend to have much broader release agreements than TV shows, there’s no reason it shouldn’t have everything anyone else has if it wants to be a serious player. We will have to wait and see on that however.

Oh, and before you comment asking why I didn’t mention Quickflix, it’s because Quickflix is a national embarrassment. Their slogan should be ‘triple the cost of Netflix and half the range’. I’m happy to have this explained to me but I simply cannot understand how a streaming/DVD home delivery service can cost more than Foxtel.

News

Another area with very little movement thanks to these changes. However if you’re really into TV news then $25 per month for all the David Speers or Sean Hannity you can handle might seem like a good deal. Regardless of who you are there is a channel on Foxtel that will remain in furious agreement with your established political viewpoint until the end of time.

Popular TV

Not deliberately having a dig at news networks here, although face it, a good 50% of your audience is in other newsrooms, airports and gyms. By popular TV I mean the television du jour. The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black etc. This is a pretty complicated picture at present for a number of reasons. Big TV shows that come to Australia tend to be released in very specific outlets.

Many sign exclusive deals with Foxtel, some are only available on the iTunes Store, some are screened on Free to Air TV the better part of a decade later. Adding to this confusing is the awkward fact that Netflix is currently releasing all its top-shelf content, namely Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, through Foxtel. Whether this deal will effect the new season of either show (OITNB returns in June, House of Cards is yet to be scheduled) is unclear, but it seems unlikely.

Stores remain a broadly reliable source for most big-name shows, even if they are often a little behind the action, however as with movies you don’t have to buy much at all before you’ve forked out enough cash to cover a subscription to one, or even both new streaming services.

What is clear is that there will be a shaking out period for the new triumvirate of Netflix, Stan and Foxtel, and subscription numbers for all three will very likely dictate what kind of content each is able to offer going forward. Studios will only release their content through a service that they believe will offer good exposure and more importantly can pay top dollar. It will probably continue to be the case that no one service or store will carry everything you want to watch, but hopefully competition drives prices and delayed release times down.

So there it is, the exciting new world of slightly more competitive entertainment options. We wait eagerly to see what real impact Stan and Netflix will have, and whether, as News Ltd has predicted, everything will be ruined.


Indonesia’s PSN Switches to SSL after Boeing Unable To Pair Up All-electric Satellite


From http://www.spacenews.com/article/satellite-telecom/42606indonesia’s-psn-switches-to-ssl-after-boeing-unable-to-pair-up-all

One industry official said SSL is providing a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch. It was not immediately clear whether the launch would carry a second payload. Credit: SpaceX photo

PARIS — Indonesian satellite operator PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), after waiting a year for satellite builder Boeing to find a companion customer for a two-satellite contract for all-electric satellites to launch on a single SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, on Nov. 19 said it had contracted with Space Systems/Loral (SSL) for the satellite.

In a joint statement, Jakarta-based PSN and SSL of Palo Alto, California, said the PSN 6 satellite will be launched in early 2017 aboard a rocket that SSL provided as part of the contract to operate at 146 degrees east in geostationary orbit.

One industry official said SSL is providing a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch. It was not immediately clear whether the launch would carry a second payload.

The SSL contract is one of several ordered by Indonesian government and corporate operators in the past year. Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Virginia, is building a satellite for PT Indosat that is intended for the same orbital slot, 150.5 degrees east, as a satellite under construction by SSL for Indonesia’s BRI bank.

Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy is building PT Telkom’s Telkom 3S satellite, and PT Telkom has been weighing a decision on still another spacecraft, Telkom 4.

“Indonesia keeps you on your toes,” one industry official said, referring to Indonesia’s highly active, and complicated, satellite purchasing process.

El Segundo, California-based Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems had been trying to replicate with PSN what it achieved in early 2012 with two satellite operators, ABS of Bermuda and Satmex of Mexico, now renamed Eutelsat Americas and owned by Eutelsat of Paris.

The first of these two launches is scheduled to occur between January and March.

ABS and Eutelsat Americas each ordered two all-electric-propulsion satellites to ride in pairs on the Falcon 9 rocket built by Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

PSN wanted the same kind of deal, a way of keeping capital costs down given SpaceX’s already low prices and the fact that sharing a launch with a co-passenger could mean a PSN 6 launch for less than $35 million.

Boeing officials could not be reached for immediate comment, but industry officials have said since the breakthrough Boeing contract in 2012 that it is not easy finding two customers whose spending plans are so closely aligned as to permit dual construction contracts and common launch dates.

Boeing officials have said one reason the company has not been able to repeat the two-satellite performance since 2012 is that some operators are waiting to see the new 702SP all-electric platform perform in orbit.

Replacing chemical propulsion with electric saves hundreds of kilograms in satellite launch weight, meaning potentially lower costs and, in the case of ABS and Eutelsat Americas, the ability to ride together on a Falcon 9.

The disadvantage of electric propulsion is that it takes months for its electric motors to power the satellite to final geostationary orbit, rather than a couple of weeks with chemical propulsion.


China launches new disaster monitoring satellite


From http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/n/2014/1121/c202936-8812520.html

JIUQUAN, Nov. 21  -- A satellite for natural disaster monitoring was successfully launched into orbit at 2:37 p.m. Friday, China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center announced.

The satellite Kuaizhou II, or speedy vessel II, will be used to monitor natural disasters and provide disaster-relief information.

The satellite was carried by a small launch vehicle bearing the same name as the vessel Kuaizhou.

China launched the first Kuaizhou satellite in September last year.


First domestically made multipurpose satellite to be launched early next year


From http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=171759

Korea is set to launch its first domestically-developed, multi-purpose satellite into space in a few months.
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute says the Arirang 3A, developed by Korean companies in cooperation with the institute, will blast off from a launch site in Russia early next year.
The one-ton satellite is equipped with optical and infra-red sensor cameras that will enable Korean researchers to see high-resolution images of Earth, even at night.
Scientists say, once deployed, the satellite will operate for the next four years.


Orion Express Broadens its Horizon w/VIASAT Channels


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=716390427&menu=1

[SatNews] In its air—exclusive feature films produced by world's largest studios: 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., NBC Universal; also best sport competitions and unique educational programs.

The channesl line of satellite TV operator Orion Express has been broadened by VIASAT telechannels: 11 of its pay-TV channels were made available on operator`s DTH satellite platform Telekarta.  The placement of the famous channels on the platform gave the opportunity to Viasat to represent its channels to the multimillion operator`s audience in Russia and  CIS, while the appearance of the famous channels in Orion Express packages will allow it to improve the quality of its client proposal and increase the ARPU. The channels are broadcasted from two satellites, Horizons 2 (85 degrees E) and Intelsat 15 (85 degrees E), produced by Intelsat company, the leader of the international satellite services market. You can learn more here. 

Telekarta subscribers now have the Russian language movie channel TV1000 Russkoe Kino and the factual channel Viasat Nature in their basic package. They also have the opportunity to subscribe to the additional Viasat and Viasat Premium HD packages, which include the following channels: TV1000 Russkoe Kino, TV1000, TV1000 Action, Viasat Explore, Viasat History, DaVinci Learning Viasat Sport, TV1000 Premium HD, TV1000 Megahit HD, TV1000 Comedy. Viasat TV channels offer demanded quality content to the audience. In its air—exclusive feature films produced by world's largest studios: 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., NBC Universal; also best sport competitions and unique educational programs.

Kirill Makhnovsky, Orion Express CEO commented: "Launching the world famous Viasat channels on Orion Express platform is fantastic for our company. We`re striving to increase the quality of our service and Viasat is well known for its great content, flawless sound and video quality. No ads on the air makes TV viewing more comfortable for the subscribers. We're certain, that Viasat exclusive TV premieres will be high demanded among our viewers."

Aleksey Krol, Viasat CEO commented: "We're happy to start our partnership with Orion Express, which will allow us to connect almost all of our channels to Telekarta subscribers. Viasat channels are popular all across Russia. New movie channels of Viasat Premium HD package offer an exclusive access to the latest Hollywood and Russian films in HD quality. I hope that both packages will become drivers of additional channels connecting to Orion Express services and speed up the growth of the subscribers number, including the HD segment."

Currently, Telekarta offers more than 150 different channels. About 20 of it, in HD-quality, including international channels with premium content: TV1000 Premium HD, TV1000 Megahit HD, F` Loriginal HD, Sony HD, HD Life, Amedia Premium HD, Animal Planet HD, RTG HD and others.


SES in JV plan for ‘GovSat’


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/20/ses-in-jv-plan-for-govsat/

Luxembourg-based commercial satellite operator is reportedly planning to form a joint-venture with the Luxembourg government and to create a fleet of military and governmental satellites, provisionally called ‘GovSat’.

The news, reported by specialist trade mag Space News, says the first leg of the scheme is present on the upcoming Astra 2G, due to be launched on November 28th.

Astra 2G will be carrying Ku and Ka-band transponders, but also an X-band transponder. X-band is used by the military and government agencies. The launch date is crucial because the X-band orbital slot, registered with Luxembourg authorities, expires in January 2015. Astra 2G, once launched, would spend three months at an unspecified orbital position which would be sufficient to ‘bring into use’ the slot and thus comply with ITU rules.  The satellite would then be drifted to its ‘working’ position at 28.2 degrees East.

Space News says that Luxembourg’s Defence Minister, Etienne Schneider, in a Nov 4 document made the case that Astra 2G’s X-band cargo would help fulfil Luxembourg’s obligations to NATO.

The suggestion is that the SES Board of Directors will decide on December 4th whether to proceed with the plan, although the first dedicated ‘GovSat’ is not likely to be in place until 2017.


White House: ‘Illegal streaming should be a felony’


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/20/white-house-illegal-streaming-should-be-a-felony/

A senior US cybersecurity and intellectual property official has suggested that large-scale illegal downloading of movies, TV shows and music on the Internet should be a felony.

In a response to a pair of petitions on the White House website urging the Obama administration to back off of any new intellectual property laws that would further criminalise sharing of media online, Niejelow said that an open Internet is vital to creativity, free expression, and innovation. “A key part of preserving these qualities is ensuring that we have the right legal tools to counter criminal conduct that harms our creators and users (and our country’s economic health) in the face of continuous technological advances. It is essential that in doing so, we preserve the openness, privacy, security, and creativity of the Internet and its users,” he wrote, adding that he was pleased to discuss the Administration’s position on criminal penalties for streaming of illegal, copyright-infringing content.

“To be clear: We are not advocating for, and do not support, Congress enacting criminal sanctions against people who upload their own, non-commercial performances of other artists’ works on Tumblr, against the content creators making your favourite mashup on YouTube, or against the users of these services – like many of you who signed this petition – who watch and listen to this digital content,” he confirmed.

“Rather, we think the law should deter the large-scale wilful reproduction, distribution, and streaming of illegal, infringing content for profit. We think it is important to combat this type of activity because of the negative impact it has in diminishing the drive and economic incentive to produce the great movies, sporting events, and music that we love and that account for millions of American jobs and billions of dollars contributed to our economy annually,” he advised.

“With this goal in mind, and in recognition of the dramatic way in which the Internet and mobile technology has changed how we access content, we believe that federal criminal law should be modernised to include felony criminal penalties for those who engage in large-scale streaming of illegal, infringing content in the same way laws already on the books do for reproduction and distribution of infringing content. And, it’s worth making clear that this proposed change doesn’t require altering the existing rights and obligations of those who upload or view online content,” he observed.

“Legislative efforts to improve the copyright system, including those focused on streaming, will confront several key policy questions, a point the Department of Justice recently highlighted in testimony before Congress. In particular, as we look to modernise our laws to include felony criminal penalties for streaming, we should keep in mind that a felony is meant to reflect significant criminal activity. Therefore, in addition to establishing a felony streaming provision, Congress should consider the question of whether changes in the business model of streaming-based infringement also counsel corresponding changes in the way we set the harm thresholds – e.g., the number of infringing acts or articles, their dollar value, and/or the statutory time period in which those acts must be committed – required to establish a felony penalty for illegal streaming under the criminal copyright statute. The Administration is prepared to work with Congress on this important issue,” he confirmed.

“This is a rational, straightforward update to our criminal laws – and it’s necessary because online piracy hurts some of our nation’s most creative artists and innovative entrepreneurs and companies, and if left unchecked, runs the risk of threatening the health of the economy and American jobs. Moreover, it reflects a commitment to ensuring that our laws work effectively in balancing the rights and responsibilities for all involved parties and for the American people. We must also make sure that our laws and policies safeguard free expression, respect for consumer privacy, and cybersecurity in the online environment,” he stated.

“While we strongly support this update to the law, we know that legislation and law enforcement, standing alone, are not enough to better the online environment. For instance, start-ups and content owners are also developing innovative new platforms and business models to market legitimate works online. Moreover, a range of voluntary, private sector-led initiatives are under way to develop and implement best practices to reduce intellectual property infringement that occurs online. They include leading Internet service providers, content producers and owners, payment processors, advertisers, and ad networks. This multifaceted approach is central to ensuring both the effective protection of intellectual property rights and the continued freedoms that make the Internet such a transformative and powerful medium” he concluded.


Netflix still dominates Internet traffic


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/20/netflix-still-dominates-internet-traffic/

Findings from intelligent broadband network solutions specialist Sandvine’s latest latest bi-annual Internet traffic trends report – Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2014 – suggest that Netflix continues to dominate North American networks, with Amazon Instant Video establishing itself as the second largest paid streaming service.

“With both Netflix and Amazon Instant Video gaining bandwidth share in North America during 2014, it will be fascinating to see how a stand-alone HBOGO streaming option will impact networks when it launches in 2015,” said Dave Caputo, President and CEO, Sandvine. “The dynamic streaming video market underscores how important it is that operators around the globe have the business intelligence and big data solutions in place to understand the ever-changing behaviour of their subscribers.”

Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2014 contains findings from fixed and mobile networks around the world, including:

Video Streaming Services

  • Netflix continues to dominate North American networks, accounting for 34.9 per cent of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours

  • Amazon Instant Video has established itself as the second largest paid streaming video service in North America. While still only accounting for 2.6 per cent of downstream traffic, its share has more than doubled in the past 18 months

  • In advance of plans to start offering a stand-alone streaming subscriptions in the US, HBOGO accounts for just 1 per cent of downstream traffic in the region

  • On a fixed network in Australasia, where Netflix isn’t even available yet, approximately 2.5 per cent of subscribers are accessing the service and it comprises as much as 4 per cent of peak downstream traffic

Other Applications

Facebook’s introduction of video autoplay saw average subscriber usage increase by as much as 60 per cent on mobile networks and over 200 per cent on fixed networks in the past year

As a percentage of traffic, Filesharing traffic continues to decline globally in almost all regions except Asia-Pacific, where it still accounts for more than 33 per cent of total traffic

In Latin America, contrary to Sandvine’s own predictions, World Cup streaming on some mobile networks accounted for just 10 per cent of traffic. Apparently, consumers still prefer to view major sporting events on television, with mobile devices as a backup

Apple’s iOS 8 launch in September saw the software update account for over 12 per cent of peak traffic on one Middle Eastern fixed access network


ITU hails role of global TV standards


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/21/itu-hails-role-of-global-tv-standards/

In recognition of World Television Day, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has highlighted the impact of television in society and the role of standards.

“ITU is currently working on developing new standards that will dramatically enhance the television viewer’s experience, in terms of both visual and audio quality,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “ITU is developing industry-leading standards for the next generation of television that will be available in very high definition as well as high performance dynamic video streaming.”

The ITU notes that the first commercial services of Ultra High Definition Television have already begun. In coming years, ITU systems will allow television with four times the detail of the first UHDTV services. The ITU says its work nowadays includes the study of techniques to produce a super wide range of contrast to the television image, bringing it closer to the real world.

The second edition of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), Recommendation ITU-T H.265 | ISO/IEC International Standard 23008-2 approved in October 2014, includes enhanced format range extensions to improve video quality, general multi-layer support, scalability to cope with IP network congestion, and native 3D (multi-view) video encoding. The new codec will considerably ease the burden on global networks where, by some estimates, video accounts for more than half of bandwidth use. HEVC will unleash a new phase of innovation in video production spanning the whole ICT spectrum, from mobile devices through to Ultra-High Definition TV.

ITU standards also continue to examine ways to make television more accessible to those with disabilities and special needs, such as providing subtitles and audio channels describing the action in the image, as well as future options such as the capacity of the viewer to separate foreground and background sound, allowing the audio to be more intelligible to those with hearing disabilities. Audio-visual media pervades nearly every aspect of modern life and ITU’s work to improve the accessibility of TV to persons with special needs is crucial in building an inclusive Information Society.

“ITU is striving for good and efficient future use of the radio-frequency spectrum to carry television broadcasting,” said Christoph Dosch, Chairman of ITU-R Study Group 6, which deals with broadcasting issues. “In order to continue to develop new and high-performance television standards, it is critical that we retain the currently used television spectrum which provides great value to the information society.”

ITU Membership will consider the spectrum requirements for television at the next World Radiocommunication Conference in November 2015.


More UK homes use PVR than VoD


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/20/more-uk-homes-use-pvr-than-vod/

Decipher, the digital media consultancy, has released findings from Wave 5 of its Mediabug research. It shows that VoD viewing is moving from devices to the TV screen; both PCs and tablets lost share of online VoD viewing (5 per cent and 2 per cent respectively), whilst Apple TV (+1 per cent), NOW TV (+1 per cent), Chromecast (+1 per cent) and smart TVs (+2 per cent) all saw an increase in viewing.

Nonetheless by far the most common way to watch ‘non linear’ is via a PVR. OTT services, whilst occupying a small portion of the VoD market, are the most frequently used for VoD viewing.  NOW TV saw 20 per cent of its owners using it daily, followed by Apple TV and smart TVs.

Other finding include:

There are now more homes in the UK regularly using a PVR than there are homes regularly watching online VoD.

Paid VoD services via the set-top box are now used more by UK consumers than paid online alternatives such as Netflix or Amazon Instant Video.

iTunes’ dominance of Transactional-VoD usage may be over soon, with Google Play rapidly rising in 2014.




20/11/14

New Indonesian satellite going to 146E in 2017 with Ku and C band (see news)

An uinconfirmed report by a member on Vetrun.com forum that Australia PLUS is encrypting from NOV 30th (No other details)


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NEWS


Ten, Foxtel set to share F1 rights from 2016


From http://www.speedcafe.com/2014/11/18/ten-foxtel-set-share-f1-rights-2016

Network Ten and Foxtel are poised to jointly hold the Australian television rights for the Formula 1 World Championship in a multi-year deal from 2016.

The yet-to-be-announced move will follow the existing MotoGP and new-for-2015 V8 Supercars co-broadcasting arrangements between the two networks.

Like MotoGP, the new F1 contract is expected to see each grand prix simulcast live on both stations, with qualifying and extended pre and post-race packages exclusive to the subscription service.

Bidding for the fresh F1 rights are believed to have also included strong interest from channels 7 and 9.

Foxtel already boasts the rights to leading Formula 1 support categories GP2 and GP3.

When approached by Speedcafe.com, both Ten and Foxtel refused to comment or speculate on the development of the next broadcast rights deal in association with Formula One Management.

Ten took over from founding Australian F1 broadcaster Channel 9 earlier last decade and has been openly keen to pursue an extension to the current contract which expires at the end of next year.

The network has previously announced a fresh edge to its 2015 coverage which will see ex-F1 driver Mark Webber co-anchor key V8 events and the Australian Grand Prix.

Among the events Webber will offer specialised commentary is Bathurst and Adelaide, two venues he has not attended since he was cutting his teeth in Formula Ford in the early to mid 1990’s.

The network has already guaranteed 41 weeks of motorsport coveraged from 4pm on Sundays next year.

A successful Ten-Fox F1 bid will finally pave the way for V8 Supercars Championship points to finally be awarded at Albert Park from 2016.

With Fox splurging on both V8 Supercars and Formula 1, continued coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the three NASCAR divisions is currently uncertain.

Deals with both IndyCar and NASCAR are understood to conclude at the end of this season, with no word on extensions forthcoming.

While Australian interest in IndyCar is expected to remain strong thanks to the ongoing presence of reigning champion Will Power and compatriot Ryan Briscoe, NASCAR is set to lose its only Australian driver, Marcos Ambrose, as he returns to V8 Supercars.

IndyCar and NASCAR were staples of Foxtel’s dedicated motorsports channel Speed over recent years, before the content was merged into an expanded Fox Sports line-up of channels earlier this month


Virgin partners with ABC for IFE content


From http://australianaviation.com.au/2014/11/virgin-partners-with-abc-for-ife-content/

Passengers on Virgin 737 fleet will soon be able to watch ABC news on the airline’s wireless entertainment app. (Lance Broad)

Passengers will be able to watch ABC television programs, including new bulletins, on board Virgin Australia flights as part of a new commercial deal between the airline and the national broadcaster.

Virgin from November 1 added three 15-minute news bulletins from the ABC on its seat-back entertainment system on board its widebody Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

From early 2015, the airline will offer three 90-second news bulletins on its wireless in-flight entertainment app for passengers travelling on Virgin’s Boeing 737 and Embraer E190 fleet.

The bulletins cover news and weather, sport, business and finance, Virgin said on Thursday.

While no specific programs have been announced, the partnership also included a selection of other ABC programming due to be rolled out in early 2015.

“I am thrilled that ABC Commercial are to partner with Virgin Australia and offer such a great news service, along with the variety of ABC comedy, drama and children’s programming to travellers on Virgin Australia flights,” ABC Commercial director Robert Patterson said in a statement.

The airline’s in-flight entertainment app, which allows passengers to watch content on their own devices streamed from an on-board server, has been downloaded about 1.4 million times since it launched in January 2013, Virgin said.

Virgin chief customer officer Mark Hassell said the ABC was “one of the most comprehensive and reputable news services in Australia”.

“We are delighted to be working with the ABC to better service the needs of our business and leisure travellers and look forward to continuing to expand this unique offering into the future,” Hassell said in a statement.

Qantas recently ended its long-time association with the Nine Network of Australia in favour of a new partnership with Sky News Australia, Fox Sports and Foxtel.


SSL Names Mystery Customer Provides Service Throughout South East Asia


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=679873482&menu=1

[SatNews] “PSN has a charter to use satellites to provide innovative communications solutions that help improve lives and support  economic growth in remote regions.”

Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the contract award previously reported on October 29, 2014 was for the Indonesian satellite operator, PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN).  The commercial communications satellite, named PSN VI, will provide service throughout South East Asia and includes a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payload for service in Indonesia. 

With both C-band and Ku-band transponders, PSN VI will be used for voice and data communications, broadband Internet, and video distribution throughout the Indonesian archipelago.  PSN is the first private satellite telecommunications company in Indonesia and a leading Asian provider of a full range of satellite-based telecommunication services. 

“PSN has a charter to use satellites to provide innovative communications solutions that help improve lives and support economic growth in remote regions,” saidJohn Celli, president of SSL.  “We are very glad to have the opportunity to help PSN further this endeavor by providing not just a satellite but a package of services to support its business goals, including launch.”

When launched in early 2017, PSN VI will be located at 146 degrees East longitude. Based on SSL’s proven 1300 satellite platform, which provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances, the satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.

"We are pleased to work with SSL for our new PSN VI satellite project,” said President Director of Pasifik Satelit Nusantara, Mr. Adi Rahman Adiwoso.  “We believe that this collaboration will allow us to serve our market in accordance with our planned schedule to meet customer demand. This course of action we believe will strengthen our commitment to be the best satellite-based company regarding the technology innovation and its products.  SSL has provided PSN with a solution including a committed launch, which strengthens and supports PSN’s business plan and strategy going ahead.”


GS Group to launch digital TV in Bangladesh and Pakistan


From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/11/19/gs-group-to-launch-digital-tv-in-bangladesh-and-pakistan/

The Russian GS Group said it hopes to launch digital satellite DTH services in Pakistan and Bangladesh during the first half of 2015.

“In Bangladesh we are aiming for 1.5 million subscribers in five years, However, this is a pessimistic figure, we think the potential is much greater,” said Sergey Dolgopolskiy, PR Director, foreign projects department, GS Group.

Also on the cards is Pakistan, where the company hopes to attract 1.1 million digital DTH subscribers in the next five years.

Dolgopolskiy said the company is also pursuing projects in sub-Saharan Africa, in South East Asia, including an OTT project in Indonesia, and DTH in Myanmar. In Latin America, GS is looking at a DTH venture in Brazil and cable in Spanish-speaking countries.

In all these countries, the company is following its policy of working together with a strong local partner.

The GS Group is bringing direct investments, technological partnerships, CAS, middleware, and, optional, proprietary STB production. “We also take care of obtaining distribution rights with international channels, we deliver the head-end equipment and knowledge of the pay TV business.”

The local partner also invests, takes care of the licence and contributes local expertise and can take care of the distribution.

In Bangladesh the GS group will take 45% of what will be the first national DTH operator in the country using advanced technologies. The local partner is the Beximco industrial group.

The offer will comprise105 channels, including Bengali, Russian, ad international channels as well as HD channels and value added services. The Pakistani bouquet will consist of 125 Pakistani, Russian and international channels.

In Pakistan the licence issue needs to be resolved before the venture can go ahead, “there is a big cable lobby, but we will overcome the issues – it is one of the most promising markets in the world. Generally speaking, it is not difficult to launch the signal, but you have to overcome legal and regulatory issues, which takes time.”

Launching a legal digital satellite DTH service in a country like Bangladesh has its unique challenges, explained project manager Vladimir Belyaev. There already is a lot of cable television available, but most – if not all – is illegal tapping into Indian TV signals. “The subscription money is collected by people going from door to door.”

In order to set up a payment system, the new venture will need to explore new ways of collecting the monthly subscription fee – using mobile payments, online services, and ATMs.

Another is issue is that most of the TV sets in Bangladesh are still CTRs – and a lot of those are still black & white sets.


Gazprom's satellite assembling plant to be finaced by Russia's VTB


From http://en.itar-tass.com/economy/760589

Gazprom will use satellites in some of its exploration projects

MOSCOW, November 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Vnesheconombank (VEB) will finance construction of a plant to assemble space vehicles at facilities of Gazprom Space Systems in the Moscow Region, CEO of Gazprom Investproekt Oleg Nagovitsyn said in an interview with a corporate magazine released on Wednesday.

Both companies are subsidiaries of gas giant Gazprom.

“As a result, a unique facility to produce space satellites meeting the highest international standards will appear in Russia. All this signifies strategic significance of the plant for Gazprom and for Russia as a whole. VEB will provide a loan (for the project),” Nagovitsyn said.

The production site will be built in 2018, he said. Gazprom will use satellites in some of its exploration projects.


Pirate TV: 47 ‘illegal’ Arab stations taken off air


From http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/television-and-radio/2014/11/19/Pirate-TV-47-illegal-Arab-stations-taken-off-air-.html
 
Sam Barnett, chief executive of MBC Group, spoke on Wednesday as part of a panel at the Abu Dhabi Media Almost half the Arab world’s ‘pirate’ TV stations have been taken off air, as legitimate media companies battle a problem they say costs them $100 million a year.

A total of 96 channels that allegedly broadcast pirated material were active in August – accounting for almost 10 per cent of the total number of channels available in the Middle East.

But 47 of these are no longer broadcasting following efforts by an industry coalition dedicated to fighting piracy, said Sam Barnett, chief executive of MBC Group.

“Nobody wants to deal with organized crime, which is what it is,” the executive told Al Arabiya News. “We’re fighting a long battle, but we have had progress.”

The ‘pirate’ channels in question typically broadcast films or other entertainment to which they do not own the rights. Some sell advertising on the back of the content, further depriving legitimate broadcasters of revenue.

“We’re certainly talking close to $100 million a year of lost value,” said Barnett. “This is the aircraft carrier of the piracy world.”

Alleged ‘pirate’ channels that have been prevented from broadcasting include CRT Cinema, Hollywood Stars and Top Movies, Barnett said. The channels could not be reached for comment.

“Top Movies has stolen tens of millions of dollars from us,” he said. “We’ve paid tens of millions of dollars for this content, in order to get the first run. And they took it for – as far as I can see – nothing, and then ran it before us. So clearly that destroys immense value for us.”

Stations such as MBC2 have seen lower ratings due to the problem, Barnett told delegates at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit on Wednesday.

A total of nineteen broadcasters and satellite operators are part of the Middle East’s coalition against piracy. They include broadcasters such as OSN, and satellite owners Arabsat and Nilesat.

Barnett said that – while there was a broad consensus among members – the coalition had failed to win the support of Western production studios.

“The studios have been peculiarly reticent to launch any court action,” he said. “We’ve already paid them for the content, so in essence it’s not their problem in the short term. And secondly, I don’t think they particularly want to get involved in legal cases in countries they perceive to be difficult to operate in.”

But the issue of piracy hits the industry as a whole, he added.

“If we don’t deal with it they will destroy the market for Western movies and content in the Middle East. And if we don’t sort it out the Arabic movie sector won’t get the investment that it deserves,” Barnett said.

The Al Arabiya News Channel and this website are part of MBC Group, the region’s largest TV broadcaster.

Barnett was speaking on Wednesday as part of a panel at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, which closes tomorrow.

Greg Sweeting, chief legal officer at Abu Dhabi’s Media Zone Authority, told the panel that Middle East governments need to do more to address piracy.

“Globally governments aren’t doing enough, and in the region governments are not doing enough… We need different regulations,” he said.

But Barnett disagreed, saying that more government regulations could stifle the industry.

“I’d by nervous about issuing new laws because the dynamism and energy behind the satellite-TV business in the Middle East has come because it hasn’t been regulated. It was able to escape from the Ministries of Information,” said the MBC executive.

Riyadh Najm, president of the General Commission for Audiovisual Media in Saudi Arabia, was also part of the panel discussion.

He said the problem of piracy in Saudi Arabia was not as severe as in markets like China.

“In China, about 90 percent of the viewed content in the media is pirated. Whereas in Saudi Arabia it’s only about 35 to 40 per cent,” said Najm.

Many media consumers do not consider piracy wrong, because they feel entertainment is too expensive or they do not wish to pay the creators, Najm added.

“Unfortunately, it is not treated as stealing property or a physical thing,” he told the panel.

Najm said the industry was “determined” to fight piracy – but said the battle would never be over.

“Can you eradicate it 100 percent? I think we will agree that you can’t do that,” he said.


Epic launches generic-specific Hindi TV channel in India


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014112036133/epic-launches-generic-specific-hindi-tv-channel-in-india.html#axzz3JbKvxvc4
The long anticipated Epic Channel – labelled India's first generic-specific channel – is set to reach almost 35 million homes as it launched nationwide across satellite and cable TV platforms yesterday (19 November).

The channel is now available on direct-to-home (DTH) satellite platforms Tata Sky, Airtel Digital and Videocon d2h. Distributor, IndiaCast, is also reportedly in carriage talks with Reliance Digital TV.

Multi-system operators Hathway, DEN Networks, IndusInd Media & Communications (IMCL) and GTPL are among the cable networks also offering the new channel, the launch of which was delayed due to licensing issues.

Epic Television Networks – a project initiated by billionaire investors Anand Mahindra and Mukesh Ambani, and former managing director of Walt Disney India, Mahesh Samat – is behind the channel which offers action, drama, comedy, supernatural and narrative non-fiction content, all held together by Indian history, folklore and mythology.

Epic Channel will initially be offered without charge, but will become a pay-TV proposition after six months. It is also likely to be syndicated for broadcast abroad, according to the company.

"We believe our content will have enough pull in not just diaspora but also beyond diaspora and in non-conventional markets. We will take our content internationally," Mahesh Samat, managing director, Epic Television Networks, told Television Post.

Ravina Kohli, former head of RF TV, has been enlisted as head of content, while Big CBS' former business head Aparna Pandey is taking on the same role at Epic. Niharika Kotwal is head of production, while Manish Thukral is chief financial officer.


ISRO to launch 48 transponders to increase satellite capacity


From http://www.deccanherald.com/content/442649/isro-launch-48-transponders-increase.html

Broadcast and private TV sector to be benefitted

In just a few weeks ahead, broadcasters and the private television industry will heave a sigh of relief, as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 48 transponders to boost the satellite capacity for India.

Isro Chairman K Radhakrishnan, speaking at the 2014 Bengaluru Space Expo here on Wednesday said that Isro would launch the transponders through a French Arianne
rocket, as there is a shortage of satellite capacity and it is in high demand here at present.

The broadcast sector has expanded rapidly, but transponders haven’t kept pace with that change.

He said that India had about 180 transponders so far and that the new 48 transponders would take care of the immediate demands.

The 11th five-year plan had mandated Isro to have 500 transponders by the end of 2012. However, that target has not been reached.

“But Isro is well aware of the demand from the private TV and broadcasting sector, Internet, weather prediction, telephone services, communication services, and with that in view, is launching the additional 48 transponders on GSAT-6 satellite on Arianne,” he added.

Isro is expected to touch 400 transponders by 2017, which will still be an achievement considering the uncertainties of space.

Radhakrishnan said that Isro was discussing the formation of a single entity by merging the private and the public sectors. The single entity, yet to be christened, will allow Isro to take up research and development work.

The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of Isro at Hyderabad hadL played a key role in helping the country save thousands of lives in the recent cyclone that battered the Andhra coast, he added.

Nearly 25,000 villages received on-time information on the need to move people out to safer places. On the Mars mission, Radhakrishnan said that a committee would be formed to discuss how best the data generated by the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) could be utilised.

This will happen after a couple of months as the orbiter has a life span of six months. At around the fourth month, Isro will have adequate data about Mars to be utilised for relevant purposes, he added.

The expo was organised jointly by Confederation of Indian Industries and Isro




19/11/14

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东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,PPV(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12471 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月18日]


NEWS


Netflix announces Australia, NZ launch


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/19/netflix-announces-australia-nz-launch/

Internet movie and TV subscription service Netflix is heading down under, revealing that it will expand into Australia and New Zealand in March 2015.

Internet-connected users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows in high-definition or even 4K where available. At launch, the premium and unique Netflix offering will include such original series as Marco Polo, BoJack Horseman and, among many kids titles, DreamWorks Animation’s All Hail King Julien.

Netflix will be available at launch on smart TVs, tablets and smartphones, computers and a range of Internet-capable game consoles and set-top boxes. Additional details on pricing, programming and supported devices will be available at a later date.

New Zealand and Australia would bring the number of countries and territories enjoying Netflix service to more than 50. Netflix is available to members in the US, Canada, Latin America, the UK and Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

The service will compete with Ezyflix, and Stan, the joint-venture streaming operation planned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media. Seven chairman Kerry Stokes said the broadcaster will announce its streaming plans in the coming months.

Pay-TV company Foxtel is also planning to relaunch its Presto streaming service to include television programmes. Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein confirmed that the revamped service would be offered to customers before the arrival of Netflix. “It would be a good business decision to be out before Netflix,” he said.

Netflix already has a number of users in Australia who sidestep geoblocking by using a virtual private network (VPN) to hide their location.


Television's game-changing moment has come: Netflix enters the fray


From http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/televisions-gamechanging-moment-has-come-netflix-enters-the-fray-20141119-11prm4.html

Netflix is coming and this is the big moment we've all been waiting for. 

Flagship: House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, will premiere on the Australian Netflix service.

Netflix is coming. Despite the media white noise, the launch of a rival in the form of streamcaster Stan and a playing field of established competitors such as Quickflix and Presto this is the game-changing moment we've all been waiting for.

The US-based subscription video on-demand (SVOD) service has announced its intentions to launch in Australia and New Zealand in March next year.

Of course, like most game-changing moments, there is little to actually see. And even less to interpret, save for shadows and whispers.

 Madagascar spin-off All Hail King Julien will feature on Australian Netflix.

Moreover it is still unclear how Netflix plans to migrate its established "grey market" customer base, who access the US service from Australia via virtual private networks (VPNs), to its leaner, local cousin.

Whatever happens, the line in the sand has been drawn. The first quarter of 2015 will usher in two new major competitors in Australia's historically noncompetitive TV space, notwithstanding the dreary and over-reported war of attrition between Seven and Nine.

First, there is a sense that the arrival of "streaming" broadcasters in the TV space, such as Netflix and Stan, will upset the television applecart, luring eyeballs away from traditional free-to-air and pay TV.

Daredevil: a superhero action series based on the Marvel comic character, starring Charlie Cox.

But it is, at least in the short-term, pay TV which is facing the greater threat of the two incumbents, particularly when the low price point of streamcasters - in the US around the $10 per month mark, and expected to be in a similar range here - is factored in.

These are, after all, transactional services which are hoping to score  $10 from their customers' purses and wallets. Free-to-air television, while older and saddled with ads, has always enjoyed the competitive edge of costing its customers nothing.

Moreover, despite the tendency in Australia to bemoan the state of free-to-air television, Australians have historically been well serviced by it, airing many shows which US audiences had to pay for, such as The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Oz, Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

 BoJack Horseman is an animated sitcom following a four-legged celebrity.

Foxtel's hefty price point is already sliding down to a more competitive level, and its Presto offering, initially too costly with too lean a library, will be fattened up in the coming months; it has already been re-priced to the $10 mark.

While all of the streaming players are securing content from Hollywood's key film and television libraries, the initial measuring stick for analysts will be original, or first-run, content.

Netflix's launch announcement includes the promise of Marco Polo, which stars Australian actor Remy Hii, BoJack Horseman, starring Will Arnett and Amy Sedaris, the Madagascar spin-off All Hail King Julien and the Lily Tomlin/Jane Fonda vehicle Grace and Frankie.

 Marco Polo: An adventure series following the early years of explorer Marco Polo in the court of Kublai Khan.

Rival Stan, a joint venture between the Nine Network and Fairfax, is focusing on acquired content, notably the critically acclaimed US drama series Transparent and the highly-anticipated Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul. It has already confirmed output deals with Sony and MGM.

Measuring media noise on the programs themselves, Stan's offering is the louder of the two. But how the programming cake will be carved up between the players is largely still to be determined, and some on the sidelines, such as Seven and Ten, are yet to declare clearly how they will enter the game.

At the broadcasters upfront events this year - essentially lavish pitches to the advertising industry for future revenue - the issue was raised. Both Foxtel and Seven notably assured their clients they had a strategy in place to counter the threat.

 Bloodline: A thriller starring Australian Ben Mendelsohn (right).

Australia is, to some extent, coming to the game late. In the US, the three major video on demand services - Netflix, Amazon and the Comcast/Fox/Disney-owned Hulu - are now dominant players. And Netflix has already opened outposts in the UK and across Europe.

Moreover, they are expected to sink $US6.8 billion ($7.8 billion) into content next year. They will be, declared the trade newspaper Variety, "a godsend to Hollywood's major studios." But they will also begin to shave off key content from traditional broadcasters.

Better Call Saul, which would have gone to free-to-air or pay TV in Australia, will go to Stan. And the third season of House of Cards, Netflix's critically exalted flagship drama, will be now be held back from Foxtel so it can premiere on Netflix's Australian service.

The net effect is that traditional players, though not competing for dollars out of the purse of their audience in the same way, will have to deal with an aggressive play for exclusive access to US studio content, and the best local program ideas.

"The truth is technology is both our greatest challenge and equally it is our greatest opportunity," MCN's chief executive Anthony Fitzgerald told media and advertisers earlier this month. "I've long been a believer in the philosophy that in the digital age you must identify the business model that can kill your business and evolve into that particular business."

Six Big Netflix Shows for Australia in 2015:

Bloodline: A thriller investigating "the demons that lurk beneath the surface of a contemporary family". Stars Australian Ben Mendelsohn.

Daredevil: Superhero action series based on the Marvel comic character, starring Charlie Cox with Vincent D'Onofrio and Deborah Ann Woll.

Grace and Frankie: Comedy starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda about two women forced to cooperate when they learn their husbands are planning to run off together.

Sense8: Science fiction drama co-written and co-written by the teams behind The Matrix and Babylon 5.

Marco Polo: Adventure series following the early years of explorer Marco Polo in the court of Kublai Khan.

BoJack Horseman: Animated sitcom following a four-legged celebrity trying to restart his career in a world where horses and humans communicate.

All Hail King Julien: Spin-off from the successful Madagascar films following the island's Lemur king.


Funding arrangements for ABC and SBS


From http://www.9news.com.au/National/2014/11/19/16/08/Funding-arrangements-for-ABC-and-SBS

FUNDING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ABC AND SBS:

2014/15 to 2018/19

* ABC to receive $5.2 billion, a reduction of $300 million which includes one per cent efficiency dividend of $47 million and budget cuts of $254 million.

* SBS to receive $1.39 billion, a reduction of $53.7 million.

* SBC calculates it can recover $28.5 million from new rules allowing for more advertising.

* It is a matter for the ABC and SBS boards, and not the government, to determine how savings are achieved.

* An independent efficiency study found both broadcasters could reduce costs without the need to cut programming.

WHAT THE EFFICIENCY STUDY SAID

* The ABC and SBS had an imperative to use taxpayer-funded resources as efficiently as possible with the flexibility to respond to audience demands and technology changes.

* There were substantial potential efficiencies from the broadcasters jointly sourcing corporate services, such as human resources, legal and business affairs and finance and accounting.

* The ABC may achieve potential savings from outsourcing its payroll and rostering process using a model similar to that adopted by SBS.

* Back-of-office efficiencies available if the broadcasters entered into a shared centre arrangement either jointly or with a third party operator for some functions.

* Further back-of-office efficiencies could be achieved with the co-location of ABC and SBS in Sydney and Melbourne.

* Significant savings could be achieved by joint purchasing arrangement for services, such as telecommunications, travel and content delivery networks.

* Savings could be had by centralising the ABC digital services department and infrastructure into one division over time.

* The ABC and SBS could use a pay-per-view service once catch-up services were no longer available for free on their websites.

* A joint catch-up service should be explored with commercial broadcasters.

* Limit digital radio services to online and mobile platforms, doing away with terrestrial services.

* There may no longer be a need for ABC and SBS to pay for their services to be rebroadcast on Foxtel.

* Purchasing production facilities and services from private sources may be more economical.

* Sell the ABC's six outside broadcast vans and enter into arrangements with the private sector for services as required, just like commercial broadcasters.

* Enter into an arrangement with the private sector for purchase of helicopter footage, rather than owning and leasing aircraft in Sydney and Melbourne.

* Outsource management of ABC properties across the country.

* Abolish state and territory directors and absorb their functions within other positions in ABC management.

* Explore options to allow SBS to earn a higher level of revenue.

* Discontinue Radio Australia shortwave radio service.

* Over time investments in bricks and mortar shopfronts should shift more towards online distribution methods.


Rivals prepare for Netflix March arrival


From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11361005

Netflix says it is coming to New Zealand in March 2015. Photo / AP

Lightbox is putting up a brave front to Netflix's plans to launch in this country next March.

Netflix, an online television and movie website with 53 million customers worldwide, is likely to directly compete with both Sky TV and Lightbox, the online television service launched by Spark earlier this year.

Lightbox chief executive Kym Niblock said this afternoon that she welcomed the competition from Netflix.

"We're confident in our product," she said.

Asked how Lightbox planned to stand up against Netflix's content library, Niblock replied:

"We're very confident the offer we have are things that Netflix won't have," she said.

"Lightbox has paid for a number of exclusives," she added.

The local service also offered New Zealand content.

While indicating she was pleased with Lightbox's growth, Niblock would not reveal any customer numbers.

Netflix said in a statement on its website today that it will launch in Australia and New Zealand next March.

Netflix said its service would be available on smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, computers, consoles and set-top boxes.

There are no details yet on pricing, but US customers are charged around $10 a month for the service.

Lightbox charges $15 a month while Sky TV's online television service Neon will cost $20 a month when it launches next month.

Sky TV boss John Fellet said it was difficult to comment on how the Netflix launch would impact on Neon.

That would remain the case until Netflix announces the catalogue it will make available in this country and what it will charge New Zealanders, he said.

Fellet did say that the on-demand video market was getting crowded in New Zealand and that a mix of price, content, and a service's ease-of-use would determine who wins it.

New Zealand internet users have already been able to access Netflix via back-door channels.

Internet companies Slingshot and Orcon have also given their customers access to the site and similar overseas media outlets since earlier this year.

Slingshot general manager Taryn Hamilton welcomed the news of Netflix's launch:

"When we opened up Global Mode to all of our customers earlier this year it was because we wanted to give Kiwis the chance to have access to the same online content - for the same price - that people in other parts of the world have access to," he said.

"So it's great to hear Netflix will be launching in NZ soon. We hope that kiwis get as good a quality line-up of content and at a comparable price point to what US Netflix users enjoy. And we also look forward to more services similar to Netflix coming into the local market as well."


Karl Puschmann: Brace yourself, Netflix is coming


From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11361126

Brace yourself, Netflix is coming to New Zealand. But which shows will it offer and what will you watch?

Brace yourself, Netflix is coming. Yes, I know I'm mixing stations, HBO's Game of Thrones being one of the few shows not available on Netflix. But it remains an entirely accurate warning. Netflix is coming. Brace yourselves.

The arrival of the internet streaming Goliath has been long speculated but only today confirmed. The small fry in our local streaming pond now find themselves with an incredibly tight deadline of March next year with which to entice you into paying for their "Netflix-style" subscription services.

It's not often you get to refer to players like Sky and Spark (the newly rebranded Telecom) as small fry. But when it comes to streaming media, they most definitely are. They have money, resources, deep market entrenchment and an incredibly strong desire to not be stamped into oblivion.

Unfortunately for them, that may not be enough. Netflix is Netflix. They are not.

They are, in a word, screwed.

Or are they?

The world of rights management and licensing is complex and, in the modern connected age, largely ridiculous. But it's a thing. And for Sky's freshly announced service Neon, and Spark's recently launched Lightbox, it is quite literally their everything.

Catching wind of the hulking giant heading our way, both got extremely busy snaffling up New Zealand's online screening rights to myriad shows and movies that are otherwise available on the full, fat, US Netflix.

These defensive manoeuvres have been put into play to stifle Netflix's appeal, denying them access to hot shows and movies. The thing is, Netflix has such a behemoth catalogue these parries probably won't make much of a dent.

Right now we have no idea what media Netflix is bringing with them. Do global screening rights trump NZ screening rights? I have no idea. But I have a hunch we'll find out soon enough.

In order to avoid that whole can of lawyer-shaped worms, our third streaming minnow Quickflix recently doubled down on local content as a point of difference. I guess the hope there is that a lot of Kiwis will want to watch themselves on telly rather than them foreign shows...

Of course, if you don't want to subscribe to anyone, then TVNZ and TV3 have you partially covered with their limited online streaming services.

Both are said to be constantly improving but I haven't checked in on either lately. TVNZ On Demand was absolutely woeful the last time I tried, repeatedly dropping connection midway through Location, Location, Location but encountering no difficulty in constantly replaying the same fricken ad.

Infuriatingly, the ad was for TVNZ On Demand.

Of course there's been backdoor entry into the US Netflix for quite a while if you were ingenious or nerdy enough to bother with it. Whether this method remains open after the March launch, however, remains to be seen.

Even with all these legal options available, rogues, scoundrels and cheapskates still have the option to populate the underground streaming sites. Piracy may come free, but it doesn't come anywhere close to Netflix's 4K HD streams. Of course you'll need a blitzing internet connection to cope with that quality.

Crucially, we don't yet know how much a Netflix subscription is going to cost. In the States it's cheap enough to be considered a no-brainer; US$8.99 a month, which, in real money, equates to about $11.40.

At a straight conversion this undercuts everyone bar our TV networks' free, but lacking, services. Right now, Quickflix is cheapest at $12.99, the more appealing Lightbox slightly more at $15, while Neon is completely out to lunch at a whopping $20.

If Netflix rolls in at an even $10 it'd be close to game over. People would quickly stop buggering about with "Netflix-style" television subscription services and instead just subscribe to Netflix.

But no matter what happens, I got a feeling it's going to be worth watching.


Irdeto targets Middle East multi-screen sector


From  http://www.digitalproductionme.com/article-8223-irdeto-targets-middle-east-multi-screen-sector/

Irdeto Multi-screen was showcased at TV Connect MENA 2014

Iredto is a well-established company in the Middle East broadcasting sector, having previously worked with OSN, while other broadcasters and telcos such as Al-Majid are current clients. According to Rob Brown, senior solutions architect at Irdeto, head of TV Connect MENA 2014 they wanted to develop a product that would suit the diverse functionalities that the industry wants from a multiscreen platform.

“We’ve been trying to hone and focus our products in the last year, adding functionalities such as personalisation and targeted advertising, wide-ranging device support including hybrid set-top boxes and an Integrated Management System,” says Rob. “It’s a fast-moving market, especially with new developments like HEVC, but our products are well received in the region and what we’ve seen here at TV Connect MENA has been very positive.”

Current Iredto clients include Astro On-the-Go in Asia and Multichoice in Africa, although the company is actively targeting the Middle East market and hoping to pick up more local partners. “We are glad to see that even though this is a very competitive market with a number of active solution providers out there, Irdeto Multiscreen was received with a lot of enthusiasm in the region,” Rob told Digital Broadcast Middle East.

According to Rob, the competitive nature of the multi-screen sector makes it difficult for any company to stand out, but their high-profile clients have given Irdeto a strong portfolio to present to the industry. “Astro On-the-Go in Asia and Multichoice in Africa have brought significant prestige and revenue for the company. We’re regular attendees of TV Connect MENA and we were sure to attend this year again, especially since we wanted to exhibit Irdeto Multiscreen.”


Samsung Smart TV platform 1.5m UK users


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/18/samsung-smart-tv-platform-1-5m-uk-users/

Samsung Electronics Co has revealed that its Smart TV platform now has more than 1.5 million weekly unique users – a 50 per cent increase in users over the past nine months.

The Samsung Smart Hub offers catch-up TV services (ITV Player, BBC iPlayer, 4oD and Demand 5) through to Ultra-HD content from partners such as Netflix and soon, Amazon Instant Video as well as the independent world cinema from MUBI and Curzon Home Cinema.

Doug d’Souza, TV/AV Content Manager at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, commented: ‘’There has been a significant shift in the way people consume content in the UK. This change has helped the remarkable growth in users of the Samsung Smart Hub this year and shows that people are engaging with the content we have to offer more than ever before.”

“At Samsung we believe that Smart TVs are a central hub of the home, whether it’s for watching catch up content or streaming movies, chatting to family via Skype or seeing what your friends are up to on Facebook. As the number one TV brand in the UK, Samsung Smart TV is leading the way in helping consumers view content in new ways and looking ahead, we are excited about what our new and innovative services and content partners will be able to offer our customers in 2015.

Samsung has launched an Xmas TV campaign in the UK promoting the Samsung ‘ecosystem’ across smart phones, tablets and TVs.


Ofcom to investigate Premier League rights


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/18/ofcom-to-investigate-premier-league-rights/

UK comms regulator Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the English Premier League sells live UK audio-visual media rights for Premier League football matches.

The investigation will be carried out under the Competition Act and follows a complaint from Virgin Media, which was submitted to Ofcom in September.

As set out in section 25 of the Competition Act, Ofcom may conduct an investigation where there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there is an agreement which has as its object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the UK and/or the EU.

Ofcom will consider whether there is a breach of the UK and/or EU competition law prohibition on agreements and decisions which restrict or distort competition.

Process

In the initial phase of the investigation, Ofcom expects to gather further information using its powers under the Competition Act.

The initial analysis of this information will help inform Ofcom’s view on whether and how to proceed further with the investigation.

This case is at an early stage and Ofcom has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of an infringement of competition law for it to issue a statement of objections. Not all cases result in Ofcom issuing a statement of objections. As a result, there are not currently any further estimates of the timing of any later investigative steps.

The complaint

Virgin Media’s complaint alleges that the arrangements for the ‘collective’ selling of live UK television rights by the Premier League for matches played by its member clubs is in breach of competition law.

In particular, the complaint raises concerns about the number of Premier League matches for which live broadcasting rights are made available.

Virgin Media argues that the proportion of matches made available for live television broadcast under the current Premier League rights deals – at 41 per cent – is lower than some other leading European leagues, where more matches are available for live television broadcast.

The complaint alleges that this contributes to higher prices for consumers of pay TV packages that include premium sport channels and for the pay TV retailers of premium sports channels.

The Premier League rights auction

Ofcom is mindful of the likely timing of the next auction of live UK audio-visual media rights, and is open to discussion with the Premier League about its plans.

Scheduling of live matches on TV

Ofcom understands that the scheduling of football games is important to many football fans, in particular attending 3pm kick-offs on Saturdays. The investigation will take this into account and Ofcom plans to approach the Football Supporters’ Federation and certain other supporters’ groups to understand their views.

The Premier League noted that Ofcom had launched an inquiry which was at an early stage and had not reached a view as to whether there was sufficient evidence of any infringement.

“The Premier League currently sells its audio-visual rights in a way that is compatible with UK and EU competition law and will continue to do so. We will be able to demonstrate that as part of this process,” it declared in a Statement.

Virgin Media’s chief executive Tom Mockridge described the announcement of the investigation as “welcome news”, suggesting the Premier League was a global success story and one of the UK’s greatest exports and that everyone wanted that to remain the case.

“The fact remains that fans in the UK pay the highest prices in Europe to watch the least amount of football on TV. Now is the right time to look again at the way live rights are sold to make football even more accessible,” he stated. “We look forward to working constructively with the Premier League, the wider industry and Ofcom to ensure a better deal for football fans.”

The most recent rights auction for three seasons starting from the 2013-14 campaign saw Sky and BT secure 116 and 38 games respectively for a combined £3.018 billion (Sky £2.28 billion; BT £738 million), a 70 per cent increase on the previous rights.

Sky’s 116 games are the maximum allowed for one broadcaster under EC competition rules and it paid a premium of around 40 per cent to keep its dominant position as the main broadcaster of Premier League football.




18/11/14

Optus D2 12519 V Sr 22500 "Acc" the Australian Christian Channel has started FTA MPEG2

A bit disappointing seeing them adding content in MPG2 format in this day and age

website
http://www.acctv.com.au/

Online Stream page
http://www.acctv.com.au/watch.php




From my Email


From Alek Zapara

For those who are currently watching the Russian service running FTA on Asiasat 4 @122e I got this updated irdeto card in the mail today, not sure when the switchover is occurring, I need to take the letter to my Dad for translation.

Kappa Irdeto card Image not shown


(Craig's comment, Alek goes on to write that the service costs $84 Au a month. Very expensive! In this day and age of IPTV I would recpmmend using IPTV for Russian channels. The Kartina Russian service is available on most smart tv's. Also the Ultraplus / Xcruiser XDSR series of satellite receivers have Kartina tv as a plugin. They also have a freely available 100 channels Internettv+ Russian TV pack that works perfectly)


From the Dish


Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12726 H "NHK World Premium" is encrypted again.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3946 V "Fox Sports Indonesia and Fox Sports 2 Indonesia" have left .
Palapa D 113.0°E 4100 V "Cybercast Charm Net" has left .
Palapa D 113.0°E 4140 V "Nabawi TV" has started on , Fta. Al Malakoot Sat has left.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12591 H "The G Sat mux" has left .
NSS 11 108.2°E 12711 H "ERA News" has started on , Conax.

SES 8 95.0°E 10977 V "Al Jazeera English and Quran TV" are Fta

Measat 3 91.5°E 11102 V "FYI Asia and Fox HD Asia" have started on , encrypted.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 12316 V "Hits" has started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "Kaset and GCJ O Shopping" have started on , Fta
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "R Film and 13 Siam Thai" have left .
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ABS 2 75.0°E 11913 V "Soversheno Sekretno TV and Rostov TV" have started on , Verimatrix.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12682 H "Good News TV" has started on , Fta. Pentecostal TV has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Movies、国家地理(STAR TV)频道新增,设置3840 H 26850参数有条件接收。[11-18]

东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,National替换Samay、Shree News(印度)频道,设置11490 V 27500参数免费接收。[11-17]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,AXN SCi Fi、SET(俄罗斯)等4个频道消失,设置11793 V 43200参数无效接收。[11-17]
东经74度轨道位置的印星4CR号卫星Ku频段,Bisag 2(测试)频道重现,设置11526 H 1700参数免费接收。 [11月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,24 Dok、24 Techno(俄罗斯)等4个频道消失,设置11105 H 43200参数无效接收。 [11月17日]
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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,DDSIH TV(蒙古)频道改频率,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [11月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel 5 promo(宣传)道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [11月17日]


NEWS


Anti-siphoning could be 'cracked open' by Foxtel-Ten tie-up, says ABC


From http://www.theage.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/antisiphoning-could-be-cracked-open-by-foxtelten-tieup-says-abc-20141118-11oguy.html

"The prospect that Ten and Foxtel are bidding for a program, I think could be quite an interesting thing.”: ABC managing director Mark Scott. Photo: Mal Fairclough

ABC managing director Mark Scott said Foxtel will "really crack open the anti-siphoning" regime, which currently ensures free-to-air broadcasters have a stranglehold on broadcasting rights for major sporting events, if its joint approach for Ten Network Holdings with Discovery Communications is successful.

Mr Scott also defended the ABC's decision to bid $1.5 million against its sister corporation the SBS for the Asian Cup, after SBS managing director Michael Ebeid said he was "flabbergasted" at the move and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull criticised it as a waste of taxpayers' money.

Anti-siphoning laws regulated media companies' access to significant sport events and free-to-air broadcasters usually have first refusal to key events.

Test cricket matches held on Australian soil are on the anti-siphoning list. Photo: Brendan Esposito

"I think what will be very interesting in a public policy setting would be a Foxtel, Channel 10 tie-up because I think that's the thing that could really crack open the anti-siphoning challenge," Mr Scott told the Screen Forever conference in Melbourne.

"Anti-siphoning has clearly been on the public policy agenda for decades now. But the prospect that Ten and Foxtel are bidding for a program, I think could be quite an interesting thing."

"I think that's something that Seven and Nine would look at very, very closely."

Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes said last week called for reform of Australia's media laws but said the government should maintain anti-siphoning. "With the exception of anti-siphoning, I'd like to see no regulation."

Mr Scott said he wouldn't attempt to block Foxtel acquiring a stake in Ten.

"I think in a way, particularly around those sporting franchises, that is kind of immaterial to us," he said.

"I sometimes comment that when I was a kid, the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Australian rules, the rugby league, the rugby union and the cricket were all broadcast on ABC television.

"You get sentimental about those great days when we broadcast the cricket in black and white and we could only afford cameras at one end of the ground. They were the glory days in some respects. People sometimes say to me 'where's the ABC walked away?' Well that's an area where the ABC really walked away."

Ten met with Foxtel executives last week and is meeting other potential bidders this week. Fairfax Media revealed earlier this month that US cable television giant Discovery Communications was considering a joint bid for the struggling free-to-air broadcaster with Foxtel.

Any bid would involve local pay TV monopoly taking a 14.9 per cent stake in Ten to avoid falling foul of laws restricting concentration of ownership.

SBS managing director Michael Ebeid told Screen Forever said such an arrangement would attract scrutiny from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

"It certainly would create a big player in the market, and I think the ACCC [chairman] Rod Sims has come out saying it's going to something that he'll look at very, very carefully," Mr Ebeid said.

"I'd remind you it wasn't that long ago when Seven tried to take a bit of Foxtel and the ACCC blocked that. I think it would be interesting, and I'm looking forward to see what happens."

In October 2012, the competition regulator knocked back Seven Group Holdings proposed bid for Consolidated Media, which at the time owned 25 per cent of Foxtel.

The ACCC said it was concerned that the proposed acquisition would "put Seven Network in a position of advantage over other free to air networks in relation to joint bids and other commercial arrangements with Fox Sports for the acquisition of sports rights"

Meanwhile, Mr Scott defended the broadcaster's move acquire the rights to the Asian Cup saying Football Federation Australia had made up a deficit to Fox Sports to release the free-to-air rights for the soccer tournament.

He also said the ABC would be colluding with the SBS if it had co-operated on bids. "There seems to be this suggestion that Michael Ebeid and I should pick up the phone and work out who is going to bid for what," Mr Scott said.

He added; "The only way you can get around that is if you merge organisations and no government has a plan to do that."


Foxtel to ramp up local commissions


From http://if.com.au/2014/11/18/article/Foxtel-to-ramp-up-local-commissions/IMCDZHTOTY.html

After slashing subscription fees by as much as 50%, Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein today flagged a much greater investment in local programming next year..

Speaking at the Screen Forever conference he confirmed TV programming will be added to the SVoD movies service Presto, but he would not be drawn on when that will happen or on the film/TV pricing structure.

He conceded “we got it wrong” initially with Presto by making the monthly fee- $25- too expensive and by not offering TV series.

Presto charges $10 per month to compete with Quckflix, the upcoming Nine Entertainment/Fairfax streaming service monikered Stan, and Netflix, which is expected to launch here in late March or early April

He said the TV content will include second-run series from HBO and other HBO shows that are not presently screened in Australia.

While he acknowledged Stan will be a competitive offering, he confessed, “I don’t get the name.”

Freudenstein made it clear he is convinced investing in more Australian content will attract subscribers.“We will invest even more in Australian content across a range of genres,” he said.

Drama will be a priority as Foxtel will schedule four in 2015: Deadline: Gallipoli, The Kettering Incident, Wenworth and another whose title is yet to be revealed.

He identified the other drivers of growth as the much-enhanced PVR dubbed IQ3 and the triple play of telephony, broadband and pay TV which Foxtel and 50% shareholder Telstra will launch early next year.

In an upbeat presentation, he said the repricing and repacking initiative including BoxSets introduced on November 3 had attracted new subscribers at the $25 per month entry fee as well as encouraged existing customers to upgrade to the more costly tiers.

He admitted slashing the sub fees is a risk, saying, “If we get it wrong revenues will be reduced by quite a lot. But it looks like playing out very well. We are happy with the new sales and not many customers have moved to the new (cheaper) prices.”


No decision yet on satellite-TV stations that broke rules


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/No-decision-yet-on-satellite-TV-stations-that-brok-30248009.html

A panel of the national broadcasting regulator has failed to make a decision on whether four political-leaning satellite TV stations should be banned for breaching an agreement with the regulator and an order of the junta.

Yesterday's meeting of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's Broadcasting Committee could not reach a conclusion on this.

Panel members said they wanted to make sure they had enough information and evidence before deciding.

Acting NBTC deputy secretary-general Sombat Leelapata said yesterday his office had received a notice from the National Council for Peace and Order to look into the matter.

Initially, the NBTC found that the four satellite stations - Peace TV, 24 TV, Fa Wan Mai and 1 TV - had broadcast political messages that violated some of the watchdog's laws and conditions. The committee will convene again next Monday to discuss the matter.

The four channels were among 12 satellite TV stations suspended shortly after the May 22 coup.


Has Russia launched a top secret satellite killer? Amateur observers speculate on mysterious 'Object 2014-28E' in orbit


From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2838867/Has-Russia-launched-secret-satellite-killer-Amateur-observers-speculate-mysterious-Object-2014-28E-orbit.html
 
The mysterious object was tracked over Guatemala on Monday night  Amateur observers have been following it as it moves across the sky Russia did not declare the launch, prompting fears of its objective Other theories are it is clearing up space junk or fixing other satellites  

A mysterious object launched by Russian military is being followed by Western space agencies over fears it could be part of a Kremlin project to kill satellites.

Object 2014-28E, which was tracked over Guatemala on Monday night by N2YO, has been making unusual movements according to amateur observers.  

The Financial Times reported that it has been moving towards other Russian space objects and is now being monitored by Norad - the U.S. Military's space defense command.

Mysterious objects: Object 2014-28E, which was tracked over Guatemala on Monday night by observers N2YO, has been making unusual movements according to amateur astronomers

The object had originally been classed as space debris, propelled into orbit as part of a Russian rocket launch in May to add three Rodnik communications satellites to an existing military constellation.

However Russia did not declare the launch, prompting concerns it could be part of another objective.

Some believe that with the deterioration of West-Moscow relations and the revived interest in space weaponry, this could make strategic sense.  

The anti-satellite program launched under Stalin - known as Istrebitel Sputnikov - was closed down in 1989. 

 Patricia Lewis, research director at think-tank Chatham House, told the FT: 'It could have a number of functions, some civilian and some military. One possibility is for some kind of grabber bar.

'Another would be kinetic pellets which shoot out at another satellite. Or possibly there could be a satellite-to-satellite cyber attack or jamming.' 

However she added that: 'It would be odd if space were to remain the one area that [militaries] don’t get their hands on.'

Space race: Russia became the first nation to launch a satellite into oribit, with Sputnik 1 in 1957 

Russia became the first nation to put a satellite into orbit with the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957.

But the United States first put a man on the moon in 1969 and Russia has not yet done so. 

In 2007, two of Sputnik's heirs, Voyagers 1 and 2, are headed towards the edge of the Solar System after 30 years in space.

Six years later, they announced that they would be sending an unmanned probe to the Moon by 2015. 

The craft, called Luna-Glob, or Moon-Globe, will be carried by the first rocket to blast off from a new facility that Russia is building in its far eastern Amur region. 

The claims come the same week that Philae attempted to land on the surface of a comet. 

Rosetta's craft captivated the world when it touched down, but went into hibernation mode late on Friday when its primary battery ran out of power. 

Earlier this month, the Inetrnational Space Station had to fly higher as to avoid Chinese space junk floating in orbit.  

Russia has a number of satellites in the solar system, and has over ambitious space projects in the pipeline - including sending an unmanned probe to the Moon by 2015 


Russian Satellite Constellation to Reach 150 by 2025: Space Corporation


From http://www.news.az/articles/region/93567

Russia will increase its orbital satellite constellation to 150 spacecraft by 2025, United Rocket and Space Corporation (URSC) head Igor Komarov told RIA Novosti on Monday.

"According to the Federal Space Program's new project, the orbital constellation of social-economic purpose satellites will increase to 75 [currently 35], 20 of which will be remote sensing satellites … As for the satellites for government needs, their number is expected to reach 150 by 2025," Komarov said, stressing that the spacecraft should meet the highest international standards, Sputnik reports.

"We have to go by the resolution of practical tasks, in order for the space to help the people live here, on the Earth," the URSC chief said.

Russia's space industry must be ready to produce cutting-edge hardware for ambitious tasks, such as lunar exploration, according to Komarov.

He also pointed out that putting the Vostochny Cosmodrome into operation will allow Russia to conduct a sufficient number of launches.

The space center is located in Russia's far eastern Amur Region. It is expected to reduce the country's dependence on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The construction is expected to be fully completed by 2018. The first launch is to take place in 2015 and the first launch of a piloted spacecraft is scheduled for 2018.

Igor Komarov added that Russia is preparing a new law that would speed up the country's space industry reforms.

"I think we will present our general vision of the space-rocket industry's systematic reform to experts by the end of the year. A law, determining the powers of the URSC in order to boost the reform is in preparation, under the president's orders," Komarov said.

He added that the first step of the reform process, which entailed the USRC obtaining share packages of 11 industry players, has already been finished.

Russia launched a sweeping reform of the space industry in 2013 amid a deep crisis in the sphere. As part of the reform the United Rocket and Space Corporation was set up, which is expected to consolidate all the enterprises of the industry, thus leaving Russia’s space agency Roscosmos in charge of research institutes and ground infrastructure organizations.


TV industry unites for World Television Day


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/17/tv-industry-unites-for-world-television-day/

Viewers are being asked to share their favourite TV moments in celebration of World Television Day – the United Nations led initiative backed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) and egta, the Brussels based association of television and radio sales houses.

Broadcasters across Europe, Asia, Canada, USA and Australia have been invited to screen a 30 second video commissioned by the organizations in recognition of the crucial role TV plays to inform, educate and entertain. Numerous broadcasters have already confirmed that they will air the clip on 21st November across their networks or online portals.

The clip features entertainment, news, culture, sport and drama highlights and urges viewers to nominate their best TV moment using the social media hash tags #WeloveTV and #WorldTVDay.

Contributions made to websites, Facebook and twitter will be collated by local broadcasters with the potential to create a new clip called ‘You love TV.’

EBU president Jean-Paul Philippot says public service media television helps strengthen democracy by ensuring that everyone – including those without political or economic influence – can access information.

“The EBU has 63 Active TV Members in 55 countries, operating 937 TV channels broadcasting in 69 languages with a potential audience of 1.02 billion people,” Philippot said. “It gives a voice to those who would otherwise go unheard and by serving all sections of society; it promotes tolerance and understanding and facilitates debate around issues of national concern.”




17/11/14

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J2 (music) Channel has left Sky NZ (Channel 113)

Monday feed log
7pm NZ Time

Intelsat 19 ET3 is back FTA working on tvplus "ERT" channel tag

D2 12670 V Sr 22400 "IAC14 path 1" (encrypted)
D2 12455 V Sr 6111 "astra 4 - 1" sd screen was up showing CCTV5+still shot


D2 12325 V Sr 15000 "astralinks" Indian Community event


D2 12634 V Sr 6670 "Globecast" horses
D2 12447 H Sr 6670 "default" unknown event from a hall NZ beam

Saturday feed log

D2 12321 V Sr 7500 "svc-1" Encrypted
D2 12330 V Sr 7500 "svc-1" Encrypted
D2 12273 V Sr 7200 "TEN903" Ch10 News Feed for G20
D2 12425 V Sr 15000 "V8 CH7_MAIN_HD" Encrypted
D2 12447 V Sr 6670 "Globecast2" Encrypted
D2 12456 V Sr 6111 "Astra7" test card
D2 12465 V Sr 6669 "Astralinks" - Horse Racing...
D2 12497 V Sr 6980 IP-UPLINK WNBL
D2 12572 V Sr 7500 "globecast oz" Encrypted
D2 12580 V Sr 7500 "globecast oz" Encrypted
D2 12663 V Sr 6669 "GlobeCast1" - Horse Racing
D2 12681 V Sr 6669 "ASTRA 3 PATH 1" - Horse Racing
D2 12672 V Sr 6669 "EUROMEDIA CHA|N" - Horse Racing
D2 12582 H 22500 - '$Svc 116' - Unknown

IS19 12530 V Sr 4937 1080i G20 feed from Brisbane

AS5/C: 4153 H 3199 - 'first_service' - Path 1 Brisbane Colour Bars
AS5/C: 3724 H 6110 - 'HD ENC-1' - Japanese Soccer
AS5/C: 3733 H 6110 - 'SBTM ENC 2' - Japanese Soccer


From my Email


From Saldav1

Monday feeds log all Asiasat 5

3905 V SR 7200 Telecity Encoder LFC TV - Liverpool Football Club TV, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7200 Telecity Encoder SPURS TV, (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7200 $Arsenal Media ($Scrambled.)

Weekend feed log

Sunday
12652 V SR 6670 Astra 3 Path 1 Sunday afternoon Horse Racing from Donald, VICTORIA, (FTA.)

all Asiasat 5

3876 H SR 7500 LPGA Round 3 - Women's Golf - Lorena Ochoa Invitational - Golf, (FTA.)
3885 V SR 4937 G20 BRIB 06 Male reporter from the G20, (FTA.)
4155 H SR 3200 first-service Path1 BRISBANE wording on colour test pattern, (FTA.)
4158 H SR 3200 IP.UPLINKS.COM Male reporter from the G20, then Path2 BRISBANE wording on colour test pattern (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7200 CATDSNG1 CHIANGMAI GOLF CLASSIC - Men's Golf Classic from Thailand, (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7200 service_1 2IU BASEBALL WORLD CUP - JAP vs TPE, (FTA.)
4067 H SR 7200 CCTV Brisbane G20 Summit
4078 H SR 4937 G20 BRIB 05 rolling EBU G20 SD wording on colour test pattern, (FTA.)
4130 H SR 4166 AP_SD Tony Abbott speaking at the G20, (sound but no vision!)
4155 H SR 3200 first_service Barrack Obama speaking at the G20 summit, (FTA.)
4158 H SR 3200 IP.UPLINKS.COM Brisbane Skyline, (FTA.)
3725 H SR 6110 HD ENC-1 J-League Soccer - Saturday afternoon, (FTA.)
3735 H SR 6110 SBTM ENC2 J-Leaugue Soccer, (FTA.)
3755 V SR 7200 CTM 001 FIA Formula 3 Motor Racing from MACAU- 'A lot of haze in Macau!', (FTA.)
4165 H SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc1 K-League Hyundai Soccer, (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7500 LPGA LPGA Women's Golf, (FTA.)
4067 H SR 7200 G20 BRIB 07 Press Conference Room, (FTA.)
4154 H SR 3200 first_service Male reporter on the G20, (FTA.)
4158 H SR 3200 IP-UPLINKS_COM Brisbane Skyline, (FTA.)
3725 H SR 7200 World Feed $1A Beach Volleyball from Karon Central Beach, Phuket, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7200 CAT DSNG 1 Final Round of the ChiangMai Men's Golf Classic, THAILAND, (FTA.)


From the Dish


Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12526 H "Planeta TV" has left .(Replaced by Nerit sports FTA)
Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12646 H Almost all channels in the MySat mux are now encrypted.

Telstar 18 138.0°E Several updates in Ddish TV.
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12629 H "RTL CBS Entertainment, RTL CBS Extreme and SPS Prime have started on .TV 5 Monde Asia" has left.

Apstar 6 134.0°E 4020 V "CTI TV Asia" has started on , encrypted.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12471 H "G Sat PPV has replaced People's TV" on , Conax.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3960 H "Sri TV" has started on , Fta.

SES 8 95.0°E 10977 V "T Sports Channel " is Fta.
SES 8 95.0°E 11038 V "OnShop" has left again.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 12356 V "Astro Wah Lai Toi HD has replaced Astro Zhi Zun HD" on , encrypted.

Insat 4B 93.5°E 11490 V "ABP News India" has started on , Fta. Enterr 10 is back, Fta. APN News has left again.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11570 V "DD News, Focus News and 9XM" have started on , Fta. Gyan Darshan 1, Sanskar TV and Z ETC Bollywood have left.

Measat 3 91.5°E 11602 V "Celestial Classic Movies Malaysia has replaced Celestial Movies" on, encrypted

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11760 H "Nash Dom and Semya TV" have started on , encrypted. Ege TV has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3640 H "Somali Channel" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4053 V "13 Siam Thai" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4057 V "Joo Music" has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12272 V "Modern India TV, GMM Music, Fan TV, Bang Channel, Sexy Channel, Nick Jr Asia, Peace TV, MV Lao TV, Major Channel Asian, Cartoon Club, GTH On Air, Five Channel, Green Channel, ACTS Channel, GCJ O Shopping, Dragon TV, Zaa Network, Major Channel Mix, Samrujlok, Fox Thai, Khongdee and MySci" have started on , encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12313 V "TV Lao, Bangkok Thonburi Channel, Parliament TV and Dhamma Media Channel" have started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12467 V "Channel NewsAsia, WakuWaku Japan, KBS World, DW Asien, France 24 English, TV 5 Monde Asia, Cinemax Asia, Zing Asia, History Asia, FYI Asia, Crime & Investigation Network Asia, HBO Asia, Fox Crime Asia, Celestial Classic Movies Thailand, Animal Planet South East Asia, Discovery Channel South East Asia, TLC South East Asia, Channel M, Zee Cinema Asia, National Geographic Channel Asia, Star World Asia, MRTV 4, Channel 7, National Geographic Channel HD Asia and Star World HD Asia" have started on Conax.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12687 V "Jewelry Channel" has started on , BISS. Thai TV 3 has left.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12728 V Maya 47 and Bluesky Channel have started on , BISS. Jatingja, Shop Ch, Shop Thailand, Boomerang Thailand, Hit station, Thai Chaiyo, M Channel, Miracle, GangCartoon Channel and 4050 Channel are now encrypted. Workpoint 1, You and I TV, TVD Shop and NBT TV have left.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11473 V "Moy Mir" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11793 V "TV 3" has left .

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11294 H "Channel 5" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H "Bethesda TV" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,News 7 Tamil(印度)频道新增,设置12535 V 40700参数免费接收。[11-16]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Focus News替换Sanskar TV(印度)频道,设置11570 V 27500参数免费接收。[11-16]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Bloomberg TV(财经)频道开播,设置4100 V 30000参数免费接收。[11-16]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Best Buy替换Star Sport(测试)频道,设置3946 V 7400参数免费接收。[11-16]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Fox Sports(体育)频道解密,设置3946 V 7400参数免费接收。[11-16]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Vnews Ttxvn Test(测试)频道重现,设置11629 H 28800参数有条件接收。[11-16]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,ABP News(Dish TV)频道消失,设置11171 H 30000参数无效接收。[11-16]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang、Anime(IPM)等3个频道加密,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[11-16]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Da Vinci Learninig(亚洲)高清频道新增,设置4120 V 29720参数有条件接收。[11-16]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,DVB(IPM)频道加密,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。[11-16]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,CH 53(测试)频道消失,设置12390 V 25600参数无效接收。[11-16]

东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,中国电影、家庭影院(华诚数字)等全组频道加密,设置3740 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [11月15日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox Action Movies(高清)等2个频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月15日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Anime(IPM)高清频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [11月15日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,9X M替换ETC Bollywood(印度)频道,设置11570 V 27500参数免费接收。 [11月15日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Flowers替换Suryansh Melody(MPEG-4)频道,设置3967 V 8800参数免费接收。[11-15]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Al Jazeera Channel、Suudi Quran(IPM)频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[11-15]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Real Stories(IPM)频道解密,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[11-15]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,高清电影、动作电影(华诚数字)等全组频道解密,设置3740 V 27500参数免费接收。[11-15]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星Ku频段,Hits HD(马来西亚)高清频道新增,设置12316 V 30000参数有条件接收。[11-14]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,本港国际(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。[11-14]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星Ku频段,天映经典替换On Demand(马来西亚)频道,设置11642 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月14日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星Ku频段,Fox Action HD、Fox HD(高清)等频道新增,设置11102 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月14日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Test 1、Test 6(测试)等频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。 [11月14日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,T Sport(IPM)频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。 [11月14日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang、Travel HD(IPM)频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [11月14日]


NEWS


LANDMARK MACAU GRAND PRIX FOR GLOBECAM™


From Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MONDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2014 – GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA’s GLOBECAM™ unit has completed a successful deployment of staff and technology delivering specialist camera coverage across the weekend for the Macau Grand Prix, it was announced today.

It was the sixth consecutive, annual coverage in Macau for Globecam™, whilst the Grand Prix itself marked its 61st year.

Globecam’s team includes highly skilled engineers and technicians who have a two decade long relationship with the event and its organisers. This year, the team deployed HD and SD broadcast links for:

Three Formula 3 cars
Two Superbikes
Seven World Touring Car Championship cars
Telemetry data on cars and drivers for the Formula 3 event
Helicopter link receive and transmit equipment across all events

The event is further evidence of Globecam’s ongoing relationships and reputation with premier sporting coverage both home and abroad.Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, Coordinator of the MACAU GRAND PRIX COMMITTEE said, “We are pleased to have worked closely with Globecam technicians over many years and again in 2014 to showcase our broadcast coverage of the various racing across our Grand Prix weekend.”

Simon Farnsworth, CEO of GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA said, “We have forged a strong association with the Macau Grand Prix and it is always a pleasure to work with leading and innovative motor racing sports officials to enhance their event.”

For further information or media enquiries please contact:

Catherine Lavelle

CLPR

E catherine@clpr.com.au
T +61 2 9405 2880

ABOUT GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA

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

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

Lydia Pedrana
T 02 9405 2880
W www.clpr.com.au
F www.facebook.com/clprptyltd
T @CLPRptyltd


ACCC chief backs breakup of NBN Co


From http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/559749/accc-chief-backs-breakup-nbn-co/

NBN Co should be broken up before privatisation, competition watchdog's chief argues

NBN Co should be broken up into separate entities before it is privatised in order to promote competition, the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, argued in a speech this morning.

The ACCC chairperson used an address to an NBN Rebooted event organised by telco publication CommsDay and industry body Communications Alliance to back the conclusion of the Vertigan panel on the future disaggregation of NBN Co.

One of the top-line recommendations third report of the Vertigan panel, which was appointed by the government to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network, was that the government split up NBN Co into separate businesses.

The report recommended "the disaggregation and divestment of NBN Co’s transit, satellite and fixed wireless business units, along with associated obligations, including with ongoing subsidies if they prove to be necessary".

“[W]ere full disaggregation not to proceed immediately, the Government direct NBN Co to move to the transitional internal arrangements identified as a preparatory stage, with a further independent review of market structure being conducted in no more than five years’ time,” the report stated.

The report said that separate entities could operate the satellite network, the fixed wireless network and the HFC network, while NBN Co continued to operate the FTTx network.

"It will be strongly in Australia's long term interests for, say, three separate entities based on delivery technology to be sold that can provide a platform for future infrastructure based competition," Sims argued today, according to a copy of his speech provided by the ACCC.

In his initial reaction to the report's recommendation Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that although "disaggregation of NBN Co's business units... after the network is complete cannot be ruled out" it was not on the immediate agenda.

"Breaking up NBN Co would distract its management and delay the provision of high-speed broadband to all Australians," a statement issued at the time by the minister said.

Sims said that although the ACCC backs the breakup of NBN Co, the competition watchdog acknowledges that "the government faces the present very difficult challenge of ensuring the roll-out proceeds expeditiously".

"[The government] has stated that, given this challenge, it does not intend to go down the disaggregation path at this point in time. The ACCC understands this position."

"However, the ACCC stresses that if NBN Co is not disaggregated in the near future, it is imperative that measures are put in place now to facilitate future infrastructure-based competition," Sims added.

"In this regard NBN Co should put in place arrangements that provide for future separation of NBN Co at an appropriate time.

"Such arrangements should include internal systems, accounting and reporting arrangements. The ACCC’s experience is that if this is not done early it will be extremely difficult to do down the track. While putting in place such arrangements may come at some initial cost, the benefit of doing so when it comes to separating the business in future will be far in excess."

Sims said that the separation of NBN Co should take place before the organisation is privatised.

"NBN Co should be privatised in future," Sims said. "When contemplating this, the government should not limit competition in order to maximise the proceeds from the sale; there is too much at stake for that.

NBN this morning released an update to its corporate plan.


Australia set to block content piracy websites


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/17/australia-set-to-block-content-piracy-websites/

Australia media sources suggest that Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull intend to present to Cabinet before Christmas formal proposals following the July publication of their Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper which sought public submissions on draft proposals designed to address online piracy.

It is understood they will recommend that government require ISPs to forward letters alleging copyright infringement from rights holders to their customers, as well as recommending that rights holders will be able to seek an injunction requiring ISPs block websites hosting infringing content. However, a requirement that ISPs slow the download speeds of customers who repeatedly breach copyright is unlikely to feature, along with the actual disconnection of customers breaching copyright.

Brandis admitted to Fairfax Media that work on online copyright infringement was fairly well advanced but was unwilling to comment on what happened in Cabinet, let alone what was being brought to Cabinet.


China launches new remote sensing satellite


From http://www.deccanherald.com/content/441764/china-launches-remote-sensing-satellite.html

China today successfully launched a new remote sensing satellite into scheduled orbit that will help in scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief measures.

The satellite Yaogan-23 was launched earlier today from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre and was carried by a Long March-2C rocket, marking the 198th mission for the Long March rocket family.

China launched the first satellite in the "Yaogan" series, Yaogan-1, in 2006.
The remote sensing satellite will mainly be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The new satellite was put in orbit amid plans announced by China on November 10 to launch around 120 more applied satellites to "accommodate economic and social needs".

Yang Baohua, deputy general manager of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, said Chinese economy will continue to record relatively high growth, generating more demand for aerospace technologies.

He, however, did not specify time span during which the satellites would be launched.

"We will focus on building a self-controlled national space infrastructure that can operate continuously and stably for a long time," he said.

China will launch about 70 remote sensing satellites to detect the near-Earth space environment and predict extreme events and also launch about 20 communication satellites to meet communication demand in national security and public services, he said.

In addition, China will launch about 30 navigation satellites to provide accurate and reliable global positioning and navigation services, he added.


RTVE launches HbbTV app


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/14/rtve-launches-hbbtv-app/

Spanish broadcaster RTVE has launched a ‘Red Button’ HbbTV app with Dolby Digital Plus. This is the first HbbTV service from a broadcaster in Europe to deliver its own content in Dolby Digital Plus.

RTVE’s HbbTV app will deliver select content in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio including classical music and fictional programmes, such as “Treasure Island” and “Blade Runner.” The HbbTV service is available to RTVE TV subscribers in Spain and through the RTVE Internacional channel in other countries.

Dolby Digital Plus is part of the HbbTV European industry standard for hybrid TV. It delivers authentic, high-quality audio via broadcast channels or IP content on an HbbTV service.




16/11/14

Sunday, no update




15/11/14

Saturday, no update




14/11/14

Friday Cricket Feed
D1 12430 V Sr 7000 "Aus vs SaF ODI" Channel 9. FTA

A few other random feeds

D2 12322 V Sr 7500 encrypted
D2 12331 V Sr 7500 encrypted

D2 12660 V 6670 Horse racing
D2 12560 V 6670 Horse racing

D1 12662 V Sr 6111 "TCN QPSK 9 MHZ" Sydney teleport card


From my Email


From FestyFeet

anyone else seeing these in NZ?
D1 12680 V 7375
Aspire, TVSN, ELEVEN, ONE Orange(HD) & SC10 Orange.

(Craig's comment, they were up for a short time only.)


From the Dish


Optus D2 152.0°E 12581 H "TV Chile" is now encrypted.

Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12450 H. "Fox Sports 2 Asia" has left

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3643 H "Vissa" is encrypted again.

Insat 4B 93.5°E 10990 V "Shri News and Sony Mix" have started on , Fta. APN News and Disha TV have left.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11150 V "Cinema TV, DD India, DD National and Maha Movie have started on , Fta. 9X, News 24, Upasana TV and Zee Smile" have left.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11490 V "DD News, APN News and DD National" have started on, Fta. 4 Real News, India News, Samay, Enterr 10 and Shri News have left.

ST 2 88.0°E 11060 V "3 Sport" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12600 V "TiJi" is now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经74度轨道位置的印星4CR号卫星Ku频段,Ch-1、Ch-4(测试)等4个频道重现,设置11579 H 5000参数免费接收。[11-14]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、动物星球(蒙古)等全组频道消失,设置12508 H 45000参数无效接收。[11-14]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Somali Channel(RRSat Global)频道新增,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。[11-14]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,SVT World(RRSat Global)频道加密,设置3640 H 28066参数有条件接收。[11-14]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、动物星球(蒙古)等50个频道新增,设置12508 H 45000参数部分免费接收。[11-14]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Shopping替换PSI(高清)频道,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。[11-14]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Bloomberg TV替换博斯无限(测试)频道,设置4100 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月14日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Nabawi TV、Skynindo替换Bloomberg TV(台湾)等频道,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Football Extr(泰国)频道新增,设置12520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道消失,设置12685 V 30000参数无效接收。 [11月14日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Trade TV、Outdoor替换Al Jazeera(蒙古)等频道,设置12629 H 43200参数部分免费接收。 [11月14日]


Stream Links


Mostly Spanish? but really good quality. I may have published some of them before?

TYC Sports HD
rtmp://sl100tb.cxnlive.com/live/tyc.stream

Vivo Sports
rtmp://wdc.cxnlive.com/live/espn.stream

TELEFE HD
rtmp://sl100tb.cxnlive.com/live/telefe.stream

AMERICA TV HD
rtmp://sl100tb.cxnlive.com/live/america.stream

CANAL 9 HD
rtmp://sl100tb.cxnlive.com/live/canal9.stream

TV PUBLICA HD
rtmp://sl100tb.cxnlive.com/live/tvpublica.stream

C5N
http://c5n.stweb.tv:1935/c5n/live_media/playlist.m3u8

Deportv HD
rtmp://sl100tb.cxnlive.com/live/deportv.stream


NEWS


Jabiru-2 Service Starts As MEASAT-3b Goes Operational


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=98001239

[SatNews] NewSat has announced that the MEASAT-3b satellite, which hosts the Jabiru-2 payload, has officially commenced commercial service.

One (1) month after the successful  September 12th AEST launch, satellite manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space has concluded the in-orbit testing of MEASAT-3b and the satellite is now operational. Led by Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, MEASAT-3b completed Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) operations and in-orbit trials. In regard to the satellite payload, tests were carried out at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These facilities are also where the satellite will be controlled during its expected 15 year operational life.

MEASAT-3b is based on Airbus Defence and Space’s proven Eurostar E3000 satellite platform. It is the 34th satellite of this type to have been successfully launched and placed into operation since 2004. Jabiru-2’s 216MHz (6 x 36MHz) of Ku-band capacity provides highly targeted coverage across Australia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands; satisfying the growing demand for reliable and cost-effective communications from the oil, gas, mining, media, aeronautical, maritime, telecommunications and government sectors.

In commenting on this significant moment for NewSat, Chief Technology Officer David Ball said, “The satellite is now active and operational, it’s collocated with the other two Malaysian satellites in that location (91.5 degrees East) and we are commencing service on Jabiru-2 now. We have our first carriers up on the satellite and it’s a very exciting time for NewSat’s customers.”

“The big benefit of the Jabiru-2 program for us, compared to leasing capacity of an existing operator, is that we were able to work with MEASAT to design the beam exactly the way we wanted it to look, the coverage area, the power focus and the peak performance area. It’s a great opportunity for us to have design influence in the early days and our operations team is now scaling up their activity and their involvement to a greater degree than we have in the past. It’s a good exercise for us to go through as we approach launch of Jabiru-1.”

The NewSat infosite: http://newsat.com/

The MEASAT infosite: http://measat.com/


Rupert Murdoch confirms Foxtel mulling Ten stake - but it's not Lachlan's


From http://www.theage.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/rupert-murdoch-confirms-foxtel-mulling-ten-stake--but-its-not-lachlans-20141114-11mfrc.html

Rupert Murdoch says Foxtel would not be buying is son Lachlan's stake in the embattled broadcaster. Photo: Reuters

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch has confirmed that Foxtel is looking at buying a stake in beleaguered television group Ten Network, but says any deal would not include buying his son Lachlan's stake in the broadcaster.

As first revealed by Fairfax Media, Foxtel – which is owned by Telstra and News Corporation – is examining buying a stake of 14.9 per cent in Ten Network by teaming up with US group Discovery Communications, which owns the Discovery Channel.

Mr Murdoch, speaking at News Corporation's annual general meeting in Los Angeles on Friday morning, said that independent advisors had been hired to look at a potential deal between Foxtel and Ten.

"As for Foxtel, which is a partnership with Telstra, they are examining a small piece," the 83-year-old said in response to a question from shareholder activist Stephen Mayne, who travelled to Los Angeles for the meeting.

"I can say the independent directors here are hiring independent advisors.

"At this stage, and in any future stage, there is no suggestion of them buying Lachlan's shares,"

Lachlan Murdoch was at the meeting but did not speak at the AGM, which lasted for 40 minutes.

Ten confirmed on November 6 that it had appointed advisers from Citi to examine "strategic options" for the network, following Fairfax Media's report.

A number of potential bidders have since emerged, including US media giant Time Warner US private equity giant Hellman & Friedman.

Ten management met with representatives from Foxtel and Discovery on Tuesday.

Any deal for Ten will hinge on wining the backing of the company's four billionaire shareholders, who control a combined 40 per cent of the register: mining magnate Gina Rinehart, gaming mogul James Packer, regional television giant Bruce Gordon and Lachlan Murdoch.

Mr Gordon told Fairfax Media this week that he would not sell his stake "at any price" creating a major hurdle in any deal.

"We are definitely not a seller," he said. "We want to stay [a shareholder] and look to the future," Mr Gordon said.

He owns around 14.9 per cent of Ten, meaning any acquirer would need the Bermuda-based billionaire's support to secure the 90.1 of acceptances necessary to trigger the compulsory acquisition of all stock.

Asked if he would agree to an offer that allowed him to keep his stake in a privatised Ten, Mr Gordon said he would not "get into hypotheticals".

Mr Gordon's refusal to sell suggests there is some division amongst Ten's key shareholders, and it is understood that heated words were exchanged at a meeting of Ten directors on Tuesday concerning the fact that Fairfax Media had obtained a letter from Time Warner to Ten, confirming its interest in the network.

However, Ten deputy chairman Brian Long has denied there is a split in the ­television broadcaster's board and said that it has yet to consider any firm offer to acquire the company.


Fiji TV unable to televise big rugby matches due to lack of sponsorship


From http://fijivillage.com/news/Fiji-TV-unable-to-televise-big-rugby-matches-due-to-lack-of-sponsorship-9sk5r2/

Fiji Televison Limited said they cannot show some big rugby matches on Sky Pacific because they do not have the rights and there is a lack of sponsorship.

This is after concerns were raised on why Fiji Televison Limited is not showing big rugby matches like England vs New Zealand last weekend and England vs South Africa this weekend on Sky Pacific.

Head of Content and Production, Tanya Waqanika said most of the rights of these matches have been sold to other broadcasters in the Pacific by the rights holders.

Waqanika said sponsorship also plays a big part of securing these rights.

She said if the sponsors can commit a certain amount, it makes it easier to bid at a price that is affordable.

According to Waqanika the other reason is also they have bigger players in the Pacific who have deeper pockets to outbid any Fiji broadcaster from securing compelling sporting contents.

She also said the prices of these program gets too competitive that it will not get Fiji TV its return of investment if they went into a bidding war.

She added they cannot reveal how much it costs to air a particular rugby match due to the confidentiality clauses.

Waqanika only said that it costs lots and lots of money and it is also paid in US dollars.


GS Group, Tricolor TV launch satellite TV tablet


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014111436062/gs-group-tricolor-tv-launch-satellite-tv-tablet.html#axzz3IwYGb5MO
The GS Group has launched what it calls the first tablet computer designed for viewing satellite television for Russian operator Tricolor TV.

The tablet features pre-installed specialised software that allows subscribers from the country's largest satellite operator — which also claims to be the world's second largest DTH provider — to have television viewing access from anywhere in their household with Wi-Fi signal reception.

The Tricolor TV GS700 is being seen as the next step toward implementing the concept of global satellite TV that in the future will be available for viewing anywhere in the world using mobile devices. The tablet was developed under a technological philosophy based on three fundamentals: smart remote control, multiscreen and interactive entertaining services. The tablet aims at simplifying subscriber's consumption experience and making it more interactive.

It operates as an independent screen in conjunction with a set of two General Satellite digital HD set-top boxes, the GS E501 and the GS S591. This provides the viewer with the opportunity to have access to different content on two TVs simultaneously by using one smart card. The device also includes pre-installed apps that allow users to view and control their satellite TV: Play.Tricolor, Kino.Tricolor and Guide.Tricolor.

At its heart the television tablet is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat OS and is equipped with a quad-core processor MediaTek MT8127. The device features a 7-inch touchscreen display with a 1024x600 pixel resolution and IPS-matrix that is said to provide high quality colour rendering in high contrast and large viewing angles.


Sony unveils cloud-based PlayStation Vue


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/13/sony-unveils-cloud-based-playstationvue/

Sony Network Entertainment International and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) have unveiled PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service that Sony says “reinvents the television experience”.

“Everyday TV is about to become extraordinary with our new cloud-based TV service, PlayStation Vue,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment and Group Executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business. “PlayStation Vue reinvents the traditional viewing experience so your programming effortlessly finds you, enabling you to watch much more of what you want and search a lot less. PlayStation Vue brings the best of live TV and a robust catalogue of the latest content, always keeping you connected to what’s popular, new and trending. Today’s announcement builds on the historic success of PlayStation4 and demonstrates what our company is capable of when we embrace disruption and stay true to gamers.”

According to Sony, PlayStation Vue leverages the power of the cloud to combine the live, on-demand, and catch-up TV content viewers love with a powerful user interface that delivers unprecedented personalisation and simplicity.

During the invite-only beta, PlayStation Vue will initially offer around 75 channels per market from the following major programmers, including local broadcast stations, so that viewers can enjoy their favorite movies, TV shows, and sports programmes:

  • CBS – At launch, PlayStation Vue will offer the live linear signal from CBS Television Network’s owned-and-operated TV stations in select leading markets in addition to on-demand prime-time programming.

  • Discovery Communications – Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery Family Channel and 11 more brands.

  • Fox – Fox Networks Group’s portfolio of national entertainment programming services, including – FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD. Additionally FOX Sports’ national and regional programming services – FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, BTN, Fox’s regional sports networks, including YES Network and Prime Ticket. The agreement also covers Fox’s owned and operated television stations.

  • NBCUniversal – All local offerings from NBC, Telemundo and regional sports networks as well as Bravo, CNBC, E!, NBCSN, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy, USA Network and more.

  • Scripps Networks Interactive – HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Cooking Channel.

  • Viacom – BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, PALLADIA, Spike, VH1 and more.

Pricing and packaging details will be revealed at commercial launch but according to Sony, PlayStation Vue is “changing the rules for how people pay for subscription TV”.

PlayStation Vue will begin an invite only beta preview during November for select PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners, with a phased roll-out starting in New York followed later by Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. The service will also become available on iPad shortly thereafter, and later on more Sony and non-Sony devices.

PlayStation Vue will launch commercially during the first quarter of 2015.


DirecTV claims 4K UHD first


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/14/directv-claims-4k-uhd-first/

US DTH operator DirecTV is to become the first multi-channel video provider to offer 4K Ultra HD programming direct to customers’ TVs.

Beginning November 14, DirecTV will begin offering a variety of new releases, popular films and nature documentaries in 4K, teaming up with Samsung as its exclusive CE 4K UHD launch partner. Customers who have DirecTV’s Genie HD DVR will be able to watch 4K programming on supporting 2014 Samsung UHD TVs.

“For more than 20 years, DirecTV has been changing the way people watch TV as the first to move the industry from analogue to digital to HD and now the ultimate TV experience with 4K TV,” said Romulo Pontual, executive vice president and CTO, DirecTV. “The picture quality and depth of detail that 4K provides is nothing short of remarkable and we will continue to expand our 4K line-up as consumer demand grows and evolves.”

At launch, DirecTV will begin offering nearly 20 movies from both Paramount Pictures and K2 Communications with more titles to be announced soon.


4K TVoD service from Samsung and M-GO


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/13/4k-tvod-service-from-samsung-and-m-go/

Samsung Electronics America and video on demand platform M-GO – a joint venture between Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation- have confirmed the availability of M-Go’s ultra-high-definition (UHD) content library on Samsung’s range of UHD TVs. This partnership brings a next generation content experience to Samsung UHD TV owners and represents the first UHD transactional video on demand streaming service to be launched in the US.

The M-GO 4K Ultra HD offering kicks off with a select number of titles and will quickly grow to 100 movie and TV shows by the end of 2014. UHD content will be priced on average at $1-2 more than HD titles to rent and $3-5 to buy. According to the pair, the potent combination of UHD content delivery on Samsung UHD televisions delivers a truly immersive cinema-like experience in the home.

“We’re excited to partner with M-GO to deliver our customers the purest UHD streaming experience,” said Eric Anderson, Vice President of Content and Product Solutions at Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung has a long history of technological innovation, and by working with M-GO, we will bring our customers an unparalleled viewing experience and provide customers more choice and access to UHD content at home.”

“The image quality of M-GO 4K Ultra HD content delivered through Samsung’s market leading UHD TVs will truly impress viewers with unprecedented picture quality,” said M-GO COO Christophe Louvion. “Our close collaboration with Samsung allows us to be first to deliver a best in class streaming experience for movie buffs and TV lovers on Samsung’s new Ultra High Definition TVs.”

Exclusive to Samsung, M-GO 4K Ultra HD content will be available across the brand’s broadest line up of UHD TVs yet.

M-GO’s UHD streaming solution provides high quality content that is either authored and post-produced in UHD, or pre-processed from licensed content partner source files and optimised for image clarity, detail and texture on televisions such as Samsung UHD TVs.


India plans to set up satellite tracking station in Vietnam


From http://www.deccanherald.com/content/441465/india-plans-set-up-satellite.html

India is setting up a new ground station in Vietnam to monitor satellites and upgrading an existing facility in Indonesia, with New Delhi finally waking up to proactive “space diplomacy” of Beijing.

India is keen to set up the new station in Vietnam in collaboration with the Association of South East Asian Nations or Asean. This is going to be the first major project coming out of collaboration between India and Asean in the field of space technology, although Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) launched satellites of several members of the 10-nation bloc through bilateral arrangements. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has discussed the project with his Asean counterparts at Nay Pyi Taw.

 The prime minister attended the India-Asean summit at the capital of Myanmar on Wednesday. He is also understood to have recently asked the Isro to speed up the project in collaboration with the Asean.

The new India-Asean station in Vietnam will primarily track launch vehicles and satellites.


Jadoo TV: Media groups to take fight to US courts


From http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Jadoo-TV-Media-groups-to-take-fight-to-US-courts/articleshow/45141220.cms

HYDERABAD: Media groups, who had lodged a complaint against online TV channel streaming portal Jadoo TV with the Central Crime Station (CCS) for illegally broadcasting their TV channels in various countries, have decided to approach courts in the United States as the two prime offenders are residents of that country.

Based on the complaint lodged by a representative of MAA Television Network Limited in June 2014, the CCS police had registered a case against Jadoo TV for streaming the channel content on their website across North America, Europe, Middle East and several other nations illegally. The CCS sleuths had arrested four persons from an apartment in Trimulgherry, who were converting DTH satellite TV channel signals into online streaming format and linking it onto Jadoo TV website allegedly under the supervision of one Sumit Ahuja.

Hyderabad police commissioner M Mahender Reddy said that Jadoo TV was run by Faisal Aftab and Sajid Sohail from the US and they were broadcasting 115 Indian TV channels to customers across the globe by charging $300 from each one of them for a set-top box.

According to CCS DCP G Pala Raju, after the arrests in Hyderabad, Ahuja had secured an anticipatory bail from the high court. "As the other two accused, Aftab and Sajid Sohail, are US citizens residing, we have begun the process of obtaining letters rogatory against them."

"Representatives of Star Network, Viacom, MAA TV, NTV and Zee group have approached us saying that Jadoo TV has now started streaming their channels from Thailand and sought the case documents so that they can directly file a suit against the two US-based offenders," the DCP said.

Jadoo TV has been accused of streaming content of other channels through their website illegally.




13/11/14

Intelsat 19 updates

NHK is still FTA on 12726 H

Nerit sports (Fta) replaced Planeta Vpid 545 A673

The channel tagged as Ert is FTA on 12286H But its broken showing some sort of Streaming flash video ?? it looks like they take that one from a web stream




From my Email


From Matt Nelson

Thursday night feed

AS5/C: 3700 V 30000 - 'Service 03' - Turkish Airlines Open Golf (FTA/HD)


From the Dish


Palapa D 113.0°E 3600 V "Animax East Asia" has left .

Palapa D 113.0°E 12710 H "Lejel Home Shopping Live has replaced Lejel Home Shopping" on , Irdeto.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3722 H "Salam TV" has started on , Fta

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3960 H "Fuel TV" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5°E 3880 V "Food Network Asia" is encrypted again.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H.Central Channel has left

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3760 H "9 Yord" is encrypted again.

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

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Vnews Ttxvn Test(测试)频道消失,设置11629 H 28800参数无效接收。[11-13]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Sports 2(香港)高清频道消失,设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。[11-13]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,中天亚洲(高清)频道改格式,设置4020 V 30000参数有条件接收。[11-13]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTC 5(VTC)频道加密,设置11008 H 28800参数有条件接收。[11-13]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Media One、Channel 5(测试)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[11-12]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、探索频道(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11656 V 24800参数有条件接收。[11-12]
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NEWS


International Datacasting Selected by Super Radio Network to Upgrade and Expand Radio Distribution Network


From http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/11/prweb12321023.htm

Omnicast Pty to install and commission the STAR™ Pro Audio Solution by January 1, 2015

International Datacasting is pleased to announce that Australian broadcaster SUPER RADIO NETWORK (SRN) has selected the STAR™ Pro Audio Solution to upgrade and expand their satellite radio distribution network. SRN has awarded a contract to IDC’s partner Omnicast Pty Limited to install and commission the system, which will be fully operational by January 1, 2015.

SRN is a major commercial radio broadcaster in Australia, and operates 36 AM & FM Radio Stations, 45 translators as well as five Sydney DAB+ Radio Stations. SRN delivers a majority of its radio programming, including “The John Laws Radio Morning Show”, from multiple studios to regional stations by satellite and has operated an IDC radio distribution system since 1995.

SRN will upgrade to IDC’s STAR Pro Audio Solution, which has the capacity and flexibility add additional programs to SRN’s existing network and make these programs available to regional stations. The upgrade includes IDC’s new STAR-4 receivers, which provide four separate high quality stereo channels. The IDC Net Manager and Event Manager will allow easy management of the deployed network.

The new network will utilize DVB-S2 modulation, which delivers significant cost savings due to efficient use of satellite bandwidth. OPTUS has been of great assistance to locate the new SRN carrier on the same transponder and satellite, enabling existing satellite dishes at the regional stations to be used without adjustment or repointing.

“The selection of the STAR Pro Audio Solution by this longtime customer is evidence of our ongoing commitment to providing leading-edge technology for radio broadcasters,” said Doug Lowther, President and CEO of IDC. “The combination of excellent audio quality and cost-savings offered by the new solution will be a great benefit to SRN.”

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a technology provider for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. For more information visit: http://www.prweb.net/Redirect.aspx?id=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5kYXRhY2FzdC5jb20=.

About Omnicast Pty Limited:

OMNICAST is an Australian systems integrator and representative company specialising in Radio, Television, Cinema and Satellite systems including:

OMNICAST's industry expertise has been gained through both of its founders Mario Fairlie and Ian Mackenzie (each having more than 45 years of Broadcasting experience). Through the years they have provided many solutions for the professional broadcasting and telecommunications industries. For more information visit: http://www.prweb.net/Redirect.aspx?id=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5vbW5pY2FzdC5jb20uYXU=

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For more information, contact:
Walter Capitani
International Datacasting Corporation
+1-613-596-2400 x2287
wcapitani(at)datacast(dot)com


(Craig's comment, this may be one of the small carriers that popped up at the low end of Optus D2 recently)


Rewind Networks' HITS to launch on Astro in Malaysia


From http://www.exchange4media.com/58142_rewind-networks-hits-to-launch-on-astro-in-malaysia.html

Astro and Rewind Networks announced the launch of HITS (Astro Channel 720), Asia’s newest branded entertainment channel, which will go live on November 16th, midnight. This deal brings some of the greatest TV shows of all time to the homes of all Astro HD subscribers.

“Astro is committed to providing the best-in-class entertainment to our subscribers. HITS HD will give our customers the chance to reconnect with so many of their best loved shows like Mork & Mindy and The Cosby Show. We also anticipate that this great content will find a new audience amongst our younger viewers making HITS truly a channel for the whole family,” said Agnes Rozario, Vice President, Content Group of Astro. “Viewers will also be pleased that we are extending this great experience beyond the home with the channel and catch-up episodes being available on Astro on the Go.”

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“This is a HITS-torical moment for us,” said  Avi Himatsinghani, Founder & CEO of Rewind Networks. “HITS celebrates some the best TV content ever created, all in one place. We are so proud that Astro subscribers will now have a chance to watch their most loved TV shows for the first time in HD quality. Curated with Asian viewers in mind we hope that our selection of top rated, multi-award winning and iconic shows from the leading Hollywood studios will make this channel a favourite amongst Malaysian audiences.”

The channel will be available with Bahasa Malaysia and Simplified Chinese subtitles. HITS is Rewind Networks’ maiden venture with distribution on leading pay-TV platforms in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and now Malaysia. Distribution will continue to expand into other South East Asian markets as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan. These multi-award winning series will bring the greatest stories and famous characters to a new generation of TV viewers whilst breathing new life into iconic shows. The portfolio of HITS’ shows launched the careers of A-list stars including Robin Williams in Mork & Mindy and Jerry Seinfeld from Seinfeld. Other shows such as The Cosby Show, M*A*S*H and The X-Files reinvented their genres.


Astro unveils 10 new channels


From http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Entertainment/TV/News/2014/11/12/Astro-unveils-10-new-channels/

Subscribers can preview the channels for free from Nov 16 to Feb 28.

Astro customers will get to enjoy more choices with the launch of 10 new channels on Tuesday. Available from Nov 16, the 10 new channels will include eight High Definition (HD) channels and two Standard Definition (SD) channels.

The new HD channels are Fox Family Movies HD (Ch 434), Fox Action Movies HD (Ch 430), HITS HD (Ch720), FYI HD (Ch 736), Astro AEC HD (Ch 306), Astro Shuang Xing HD (Ch 307), DIVA HD (Ch 723) and Fox HD (Ch 724), while the new SD channels are ZooMoo (Ch 619), and Celestial Classic Movies (Ch 321). This brings the number of channels on Astro to 182 in total.

These new channels will be available for free to all Astro subscribers during the preview period of Nov 16 to Feb 28.

According to Astro chief operating officer Henry Tan, HD is fast becoming the norm in Malaysia, with over 60% of Astro subscribers preferring HD over SD. “The number of HD channels on Astro started with four. Today, we have eight new HD channels, bringing the total number of HD channels to 48!” he said, adding that Astro’s HD fee will also be revised from RM20 to RM25, the first increase since the introduction of HD in 2009.

During the launch party at Soju Sunway on Tuesday, Astro also announced the launch of Astro Plus, a video on demand service that offers over a thousand hours of Hollywood movies, complete seasons of various US TV shows, and shows for kids. Two new packages – Fans Pack (Value Pack 4) and Astro Super Pack Plus were also announced.


CASBAA Welcomes Frank Rittman To Its Board of Directors And New Member Companies From Across the Region


From http://www.marketwatch.com/story/casbaa-welcomes-frank-rittman-to-its-board-of-directors-and-new-member-companies-from-across-the-region-2014-

Hong Kong, Nov 13, 2014 (ACN Newswire via COMTEX) -- During its Council of Governors Meeting concluding the CASBAA Convention 2014, CASBAA announced the election of Frank Rittman of the Motion Picture Association to its Board of Directors.

"CASBAA is looking forward to having Frank Rittman's vast experience in dealing with IP and regulatory issues across the Asia Pacific region," said Marcel Fenez, Chairman, CASBAA. "His perspective will inform the Association's strategy toward these crucial areas in the years ahead."

Rittman will be joining a roster of multichannel TV industry executives charged with leading the direction of the Association including Chairman, Marcel Fenez (PwC) and Directors Sompan Charumilinda (TrueVisions), Christine Fellowes (Universal Networks International), Janice Lee (PCCW Media Group), Todd Miller (Celestial Tiger Entertainment), Alexandre Muller (TV5MONDE), Mark Patterson (GroupM), Bill Wade (Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited) and Christopher Slaughter (CASBAA).

"We would also like to express our deepest appreciation to Andrew Jordan of Eutelsat who is retiring from the Board after many years of service," said Fenez. "On the Board, we have benefitted from Andrew's leadership, industry insight, and dedication to CASBAA's many projects, and look forward to his ongoing contribution on the Council of Governors."

CASBAA also welcomed six new Corporate Members to its roster since the beginning of the year with beIN Sports, The Indonesia Channel, MP & Silva, NETVIET, Thuraya and Viacom18 joining the Asia-Pacific's premier association for multichannel TV.

"Our new members continue to showcase the diversity of industries and regions that make up Asia Pacific broadcasting," said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA. "From Indonesia to India and covering sports rights to mobile satellite services, beIN Sports, The Indonesia Channel, MP & Silva, NETVIET, Thuraya and Viacom18 are important additions to the CASBAA community."

beIN SPORTS operates multi-platform sports channels and content services in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines and Thailand and aims to bring fans of all great sports live game action, news and analysis of the top leagues and competitions around the planet, as well as exclusive and never available-before content.

A privately-held company with partners from various sectors in the Indonesian business community, The Indonesia Channel was conceived to provide fresh signature content along with quality acquired Indonesian programs subtitled in English.

MP & Silva is a leading international media company that owns, manages and distributes some of the most prestigious sports media rights globally, advises and represents major sports federations and rights holders and offers media production and sponsorship consultancy.

VTC10-NETVIET, produced by NETVIET Multimedia, is the channel of choice for Vietnamese culture and entertainment in Vietnam and features diversified content concerning Vietnamese culture, traveling, cuisine, as well as movies and series in Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading Mobile Satellite Services operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO.

Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. is a 50/50 joint venture operation in India between Viacom Inc. and the Network 18 Group and operates six general entertainment channels and a film business through Viacom18 Motion Pictures, that produces, acquires and distributes Hindi films.

About CASBAA

Established in 1991, CASBAA is the Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across 17 geographic markets throughout the Asia-Pacific. CASBAA and its members reach over 500 million connections within a regional footprint ranging from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan. The CASBAA mission is to promote the growth of multichannel TV and video content via industry information, networking exchanges and events while promoting global best practices. To view the full list of CASBAA members, and more information, please visit http://www.casbaa.com/.

Source: CASBAA

Contact:

Desmond Chung Associate Director, PR & Communications, CASBAA Tel: +852-3929-1712 Email: desmond@casbaa.com


China hacks into U.S. weather satellite network


From http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/11/12/china-weather-satellite-attack/189151

China recently hacked into U.S. weather and satellite systems, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off vital data, officials said Wednesday.

The news comes two days after the U.S. Postal Service announced it had been hacked — also reportedly by the Chinese. Wednesday, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a climate change agreement in Beijing.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed the attack but did not indicate the source of the breach. However, the agency told Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., that China was to blame, Wolf's spokesman, Dan Scandling, said.

Wolf, who heads the U.S. House subcommittee that funds NOAA, also scolded the agency for not disclosing the breach to the public.

In recent weeks, four NOAA websites were compromised, spokesman Scott Smullen said. "NOAA staff detected the attacks, and incident response began immediately," he said.

The Washington Post, which first reported the attack, said the initial breach was in September, but government officials gave no indication of the problem until Oct. 20.

The Chinese may not have been trying to acquire specific data in either attack but could have been looking for a way into U.S. computer systems to see how unclassified portions of the U.S. government function, said Edward Ferrara, an analyst with technology research firm Forrester.

Even as Obama shook hands with China's president, an unspoken cyberwar continued to run between the two nations, Ferrara said.

"Functionally, we're in a spirit of détente with the Chinese. We're talking with them and trying to cut deals with them, but we're both hitting each other with two-by-fours in the background," he said, adding that the United States maintains the ability to penetrate China's system.

The weather satellite data include forecasts and warnings vital to Americans and the U.S. economy, University of Georgia meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd said in an e-mail.

"The Chinese hacking of our weather system illustrates that they also understand the value of this data and information," he said. "Every corner of our lives depends on weather information."

NOAA said it performed unscheduled maintenance to mitigate the attacks, but all services have since been fully restored. The agency wouldn't provide details on what was attacked, whether anything was removed, whether malicious software was let loose in the system or how long the maintenance took after the attack.

"These effects did not prevent us from delivering forecasts to the public. The investigation is continuing with the appropriate authorities, and we cannot comment further," Smullen said.

The Chinese could have just been testing U.S. defenses. University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass said he's not sure what China would get by harming the U.S. weather network. Though the Chinese have weather satellites, they also use U.S. data in their forecasting, he said.

"The Chinese are as dependent on the weather satellite data as we are," he said. "They would undermine their own weather prediction if the satellite data was not available."

The weather satellite hack comes two days after The Washington Post reported China may have been involved in the Postal Service cyberattack, citing anonymous sources. USA TODAY was unable to confirm the report.

The perpetrators behind that breach penetrated the post office's employee database, compromising information about more than 800,000 workers, according to the Postal Service. They also got into the service's customer care call-in and e-mail service.


BBC must reapply for Russia licence


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/12/bbc-must-reapply-for-russia-licence/

BBC Monitoring is reporting that the head of Russia’s Roskomnadzor (Russian Federal Service for Supervision in Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Communications) says that the BBC must, like CNN, re-apply for a transmission licence over Russia, and that their current position was “not legitimate”.

Aleksandr Zharov, speaking on Russia’s Kommersant FM radio station, said that the BBC’s transmission on Russian cable systems was only “nominally legitimate”. “[The BBC] had an agreement with two major cable operators with Gazprom-Media, but nevertheless their presence was not 100 per cent legitimate. We have met the BBC management several times, and they are at the stage of finalizing the necessary documents for a 100 per cent universal licence, which gives the right to broadcast via cable, satellite and all non-terrestrial media. As for CNN, until recently it was constantly looking for ways of resolving this issue,” quotes BBC Monitoring.

He continued: “Receiving a universal licence for a legitimate presence in non-terrestrial media, cable and satellite, in the territory of the Russian Federation. The difficulties are related to specific features of English, for the BBC, and American legislation – transferring rights to broadcast to third parties, and so on. After the law limiting the presence of foreign capital in Russian media outlets to 20 per cent was passed, CNN at this moment has acted absolutely correctly, informing all operators that its presence is not legitimate.”

Addressing the CNN position, he said: “After some time they will take one of three possible decisions: either give their rights to a Russian legal entity, or cede their authors’ rights to it and broadcasting would take place via a Russian legal entity, or sign another agreement with a Russian broadcaster that would allow it to have a legitimate presence in the territory of the Russian Federation.”

Speaking later to the Interfax news agency he added that there are no legislative acts of the Russian Federation preventing CNN from getting a universal licence now. “Most likely, some legislative acts in their country of origin are preventing them,” he said. “They [CNN] have taken the decision themselves [to stop broadcasting], no-one contacted us, but we are open to further dialogue,” Zharov said.

Asked whether the new law limiting foreign ownership of Russian media outlets would lead to a reduction in the number of outlets, Zharov is quoted as saying that most foreign TV channels in Russia were de facto Russian and just registered offshore.


Express AM6 Visits To Provide African DTH Coverage Via RSCC + Romantis SatBroadcasting™ Tech


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=496613974

[SatNews] RSCC, with Romantis GmbH, have established a new project to provide video services in Africa.

RSCC and Romantis GmbH are creating a new technological DTH TV platform for African coverage. The TV broadcast service package will enable current and new broadcasters to launch and promote national and regional TV programs all over the African continent. This cooperation will employ the new Russian telecommunications satellite Express-AM6 that was launched on October 21, 2014, and the German teleport VicusLuxLink.

“Based on the use of RSCC Express-AM6 spacecraft capacity, this project is a pioneering effort for the African continent. The project is implemented together with Romantis—when the satellite is commissioned and placed into the commercial operation, we are planning to deliver the TV broadcasting services on the African market, which presents a most attractive business platform. The broadcasters will get this ready-made solution upon which they can then provide their services,” said Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC Director General.
 
“We appreciate the long-term successful cooperation with RSCC, especially in the field of TV broadcasting, which is a significant part of Romantis worldwide business activities. The launch of the new RSCC satellite with the capacity related engagements in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will boost the business cooperation between RSCC and Romantis to a new level,” said Dr. Harald W.Stange, CEO of Romantis GmbH.

RSCC's infosite is available for viewing at http://eng.rscc.ru/

Romantis' infosite is located at http://www.romantis.com/


Sky completes European invasion, ditches BSkyB name after 24 years


From http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/130068-sky-completes-european-invasion-ditches-bskyb-name-after-24-years

Sky has completed its acquisition of Sky Italia and secured the controlling stake in Sky Deutchland to become what it calls "Europe's largest entertainment company."

The deal was originally announced in July, during the posting of the company's financial results at the time, but a further, perhaps surprising move is that it is finally ditching the BSkyB name that it first started using after merging with British Satellite Broadcasting in 1990. From now it will be simply known as the name many call it anyway: Sky.

It was announced in July that the company was to acquire 100 per cent of Sky Italia and a controlling stake in Sky Deutschland (57.4 per cent). Both were owned by 21st Century Fox, which itself owns a 39.1 per cent stake in BSkyB.

"We have always believed that a combination of the European Skys would create enormous benefits for the combined business and for our shareholders," said James Murdoch, co-chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox.

"Ultimately, a pan-European Sky is good for customers, who will benefit from the accelerated technological innovation and enhanced customer experience made possible by a fully integrated business."

The new company will serve 20 millions customers across the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria.


Oman plans facility to detect interferences in satellite frequencies


From http://www.zawya.com/story/Oman_plans_facility_to_detect_interferences_in_satellite_frequencies-ZAWYA20141113044713/

Muscat - Oman is planning to develop a one-of-its-kind satellite monitoring station in the region with an aim to monitor the frequency spectrum allocated to various users of radio communication services and to detect interference in satellite frequencies.

Tasked with guaranteeing reliable satellite services and interference-free operation, the Telecom Regulatory Authority, represented by Spectrum Management Unit (SMU), is in the preparatory stage to set up a satellite monitoring station in the sultanate.To gain working knowledge in the field to ensure efficient frequency management, a team from SMU recently visited the Leeheim Satellite Monitoring Station in Germany that provides monitoring services to entire Europe.

According to the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Radio Regulations, the rise in number of radio communication networks is congesting the spectrum. Hosting more radio signals in same bands will raise the probability of harmful interference if no action is taken.

In a continuously growing satellite telecom environment, transmissions and networks are increasingly subject to interference from a variety of ground-based transmitters. This has become the major cause of service impairment and degradation.

According to ITU, careless transmission of radio signals in same frequency bands, time and geographical locations by independent networks will produce interference. Spectrum management, in case of long-range communications in air and international waters, such as aeronautical and maritime communications, is a much more sensitive and complicated task compared to short-range national applications. Coordination of spectrum utilisation around the national border-line is another issue which needs special care.

A statement from SMU said that the visit was part of preparations to begin work on the Satellite Monitoring Station Project in the sultanate and to examine the operational equipment and systems before TRA selects a bidder to implement the project. The delegation was headed by Eng Yousuf Abdullah al Balushi, vice president, Spectrum Management Affairs, SMU. During the visit, the delegation observed the key technical measurements carried out by the station, as well monitoring systems and antennas used, where one was noted to have a 12m diameter.

The delegation also discussed components of station buildings, number of staff operating the station, besides routine maintenance of antenna and systems. Furthermore, a live demo of monitoring and geo-location systems was presented to the delegation to identify the system's quality and effectiveness.

Eng Balushi thanked the German administration and Kratos Integral System Europe for the arrangement of the visit. He also disclosed the intent of TRA to sign the contract to implement the Satellite Monitoring Station project very soon.


SES, Samsung claim Astra satellite UltraHD live broadcast first


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014111336043/ses-samsung-claim-astra-satellite-ultrahd-live-broadcast-first.html#axzz3IwYGb5MO
Leading satellite operator SES and CE giant Samsung are to deliver what they call the world's first live UltraHD concert broadcast from the Astra craft at the 19.2° East neighbourhood.

The companies' respective technologies will be used to show the Linkin Park concert on 19 November at the O2 World in Berlin. It will be available exclusively on the Astra UltraHD demo channel, HEVC-encoded at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, 50 frame per second and a colour depth of ten bits. The live broadcast will begin at 9pm CET and can be received with Samsung 2014 UltraHD screens. SES Platform Services, a subsidiary of SES, will manage the encoding of the content.

"We are honoured that Samsung has chosen to work with SES to broadcast a live concert exclusively on our demo channel, as this demonstrates Samsung's faith in our satellites and our technical capabilities," said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer at SES. "The successful broadcast of a live concert will mark another milestone in the development of the UltraHD ecosystem and power the way for more live content to be broadcast live via satellite in the coming years."




12/11/14

Optus 10 first signal report


From my Email


From Alek (W.A)

OPTUS 10?

Afternoon boys and girls, well it looks like Optus 10! has fired up a few data transponders booming in here, but talk about hard to null out vert and Horz. I found strong data carrier on

12606 V Sr 30000
12366 V Sr 13300
12446 V Sr 13300

Though only 12606V would actually save the ch on the Strong 4930. The skew is slightly different to Optus D2 etc though I am hoping that this is only because I've managed to find the exact null point, but time will tell.


(Craig's comment these signals match up with a log from B3 that was listed at satellitescanner.com when it was up and running)


From Matt Nelson (via Facebook)

Feeds
AS5/C: 4169 H 4399 - 'ASEAN SUMMIT' - 2014 Asean Summit Feed (1)
AS5/C: 4163 H 4399 - 'ASEAN_SUMMIT' - 2014 Asean Summit Feed (2)
AS5/C: 4145 H 4399 - 'ASEAN SUMMIT' - AFMM MYANMAR 2014 (SD) COLOUR BARS
AS5/C: 4095 H 4433 - SBTM ENC1 - CCTV/NHK Feeds


From the Dish


SES 8 95.0°E: Several updates in the IPM TV muxes on 10977 V and 11038 V.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12640 V "Perviy kanal, Rossiya 1, Rossiya K, Telekanal Zvezda, Rossiya 2, 5 Kanal, NTV, KHL TV, STS, TNT, Karusel and REN TV" on are now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" is now encrypted.

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

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11514 V "Walking On Water TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12682 V "Teach Every Nation" has started on , Nagravision.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 V "Clear TV has replaced Faith Africa" on, Fta.

From asiatvro site

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Bestseller(俄罗斯)频道开播,设置10985 H 35000参数免费接收。[11-12]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,本港国际(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。[11-12]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,O Shopping替换Velvet Channel(菲律宾)频道,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。[11-12]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Fox Family Movies、FX替换Test 3(斐济)等频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。[11-12]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中天亚洲(高清)频道改格式,设置12430 V 22425参数免费接收。 [11月12日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Multimania(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置12153 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Humor TV(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置12153 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月11日]


NEWS


Australian consumers fear higher prices from anti-piracy push


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/12/australian-consumers-fear-higher-prices-from-anti-piracy-push/

Australian consumers fear higher prices from anti-piracy push

Most Australians consumers fear they will face higher Internet bills if Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are forced to shoulder the responsibility for identifying, monitoring and punishing people who illegally download content from the Internet, according to extensive new research released by trade body the Communications Alliance.

The research shows that most Australians agree the illegal downloading of content from the Internet is a national problem, but see early availability of affordable content as a key to combating the so-called ‘piracy’.

Other findings include that:

The report was undertaken by JWS Research and included a national online survey of 1,500 respondents, conducted between 22 and 27 October this year.

Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said the report highlighted that 55 per cent of Australian agree that illegal downloads are a problem in Australia, and a majority of Australians recognise that content creators – writers and creative artists of many descriptions – are the hardest hit by the illegal activity.

But when asked whether stronger legislation was needed to combat piracy, two- thirds of Australians (66 per cent) believed that if content distributors offered cheaper, fairer pricing, people would not download illegally. Sixty per cent of respondents believed that if content was made available in the same time as it is available elsewhere, this would also act against the practice of illegal downloads.

“This research comes as the Government considers responses to its discussion paper on online copyright policy options. It paints a picture not of a nation of rampant pirates, but rather a majority of people who agree that action taken should include steps to reduce the market distortions that contribute to piracy,” noted Stanton.

He also acknowledged that some rights holders have made efforts during the past year to improve availability and pricing.

“There is a strong alignment in many of the viewpoints of those surveyed and the major Internet Service Provider (ISP) members of Communications Alliance. ISPs do not condone or authorise online copyright infringement, nor accept that concerns over pricing are a justification for improper behaviour. ISPs are committed to finding equitable and practical approaches to combat it – preferably in cooperation with Rights Holders,” he advised.

“In our submissions to Government on these issues we have stressed the need for a multi-faceted approach to online copyright infringement – a scenario in which all stakeholders have a constructive role to play. For our part, this has included moving toward a cooperative ‘follow-the-money’ strategy designed to restrict the advertising revenues flowing to websites that promote or facilitate online copyright infringement,” he explained,

He noted that 30 per cent of respondents to the survey felt that online copyright infringement in Australia was either “not much of a problem” or not a problem at all. The existence of this minority – most typically young, male, tech-savvy and familiar with downloading – further highlighted the need for public education to form part of any multi-faceted solution.

A pricing sensitivity model, derived from survey responses, indicated that in respondents’ minds the ideal price for a downloaded television episode is in the range of A$1.20 to $1.70. This compares with the current local HD download per-episode price of $3.49.

When asked in the latest research about alternative (i.e. non-regulatory) approaches to combat online copyright infringement:

79 per cent of respondents felt there needed to be continuous improvement in the availability and cost of online content to Australian consumers;

62 per cent supported the creation of an educational programme, with ISPs sending up to three notices to alleged infringers; and

60 per cent agreed that Rights Holders should reimburse the reasonable costs of  ISPs that assist them in fighting piracy.


BeiDou Satellite Ground Station Build Expected In The Antarctic By China


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1013012203

[SatNews] Originally reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, and added to by Andrew Draby of the Wauchope Gazette, China has disclosed plans to install a satellite facility in Antarctica, heightening concerns about militarization of the "peaceful" continent.

The Chinese Antarctic Research Expedition will build a base for the BeiDou satellite navigation system this summer, the official Xinhua news agency said. This comes as China escalates its Antarctic involvement, building its fifth station, planning an airstrip, and recently blocking marine reserves that could affect fisheries. The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long is due to arrive in Hobart, Tasmania, coinciding with a post-G20 visit next week by President Xi Jinping, as Tasmania pitches for Antarctic business. Expeditioners will then head south to a continent governed under a treaty that says "Antarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes only," and prohibits activities of a military nature.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has warned of pressures on demilitarization of the frozen south, in part caused by developments such as satellite systems. The BeiDou facility will join others including Norway's Stroll, strategically located in Antarctica to fit their global networks—but which are claimed to breach the Antarctic Treaty.

Norwegian Bard Wormdal, author of The Satellite War, told Fairfax Media, "The Chinese military wants to use BeiDou, for instance, for guiding all sorts of missiles. A BeiDou base in Antarctica makes the system more reliable and precise." He first raised alarm over the Norwegian satellite base at its Troll Antarctic station, which he found had been used by the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. "Warfare today is totally dependent on space and ground stations for satellites," he added. "The new Chinese base installation is part of the militarisation of Antarctica, and a violation of the Antarctic Treaty."

BeiDou is intended to give China independence from other satellite navigation systems, such as the United States' GPS, by 2020. The facility at Great Wall station in Antarctica will include receivers, auxiliary equipment and a reference station key to improving BieDou's accuracy, according to the Chinese enews.com website, where the project leader, Wu Xuefeng, is quoted as saying the BeiDou facility would greatly improve China's Antarctic mapping autonomy and improving the system's precision.

A U.S. study of the BeiDou system found earlier this year it was a strategically important dual-use technology program. "First and foremost (it is) intended to enable the Chinese military to conduct modern war, but is also recognized as supporting the development of a new commercial industry vital to China's national infrastructure," said the study's author, the University of California's Kevin Pollpeter, who also told Fairfax he would be surprised if China had military designs on the Antarctic, or that BeiDou was part of such an ambition. "Other countries use GPS for their research in the Antarctic and I suspect Chinese researchers plan to do the same type of research, but with BeiDou," Mr. Pollpeter said. "Unlike GPS, which has an accuracy of several meters, BeiDou has a 10 meter accuracy, but that is being improved in China and other countries with the installation of reference stations that boost accuracy to one meter."

Antarctic political analyst Alan Hemmings, of the University of Canterbury, said the 1959 treaty was ambivalent, as it allowed for nations to use military logistical support. "The essential difference is whether it will be used for peaceful purposes, and that's quite hard to prove against, without compelling evidence," Dr. Hemmings said.


Russia to deploy up to three GLONASS stations in China — Roscosmos


From http://en.itar-tass.com/non-political/759256
 
Russia’s GLONASS system comprises 28 satellites, including 24 operational spacecraft, three spares, and one platform in a flight testing phase
ZHUHAI, November 12. /TASS/. Russia is preparing to deploy up to three GLONASS stations in China and will also host augmentation system stations for Beijing’s Beidou navigation satellite system, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said on Wednesday. 

Russia to place GLONASS monitoring stations in China

Both Russia and China are currently “in talks” on jointly using the navigation systems, Oleg Ostapenko told journalists.

“We have agreed to place their (China's) augmentation system stations on the territory of Russia, and our stations will be also deployed in China,” Ostapenko said.

The Roscosmos chief also said the first step has been already made and both Chinese and Russian experts have studied several places for the deployment of the stations.

Speaking on the idea to use Chinese chips in GPS and GLONASS-equipped gadgets, Ostapenko said, “Why not? We will see. In theory, this is possible.”

China’s navigation system Beidou, also known as COMPASS, is to be deployed by 2017, and by 2020 it is expected to provide global coverage. For this China is to build up the constellation of satellites to 35.

Russia’s GLONASS system comprises 28 satellites, including 24 operational spacecraft, three spares, and one platform in a flight testing phase. In Russia, 19 ground stations provide consumers with a navigation signal with an accuracy of one meter. Three stations are located in the Antarctic, and one in Brazil. Two are to be set up in Kazakhstan and one in Belarus.


Thaicom net profit jumps nearly 60% in Q3


From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-net-profit-jumps-nearly-60-in-q3--1048670

Thai satellite operator Thaicom reported a net profit in the third quarter of THB 510 million, up 54.9 percent from a net profit of THB 320 million in the year-ago period. Revenues from sales and services totaled THB 2.5 billion, continuously growing from the same quarter last year, the company said. This was driven by revenue growth from both conventional and Ipstar satellite, telephone, and internet business. The satellite business generated an increase of THB 466 million or 25.6 percent from the third quarter of 2013, and the telephone and internet business revenues grew by THB 60 million or 29.1 percent year-on-year in the third quarter. EBITDA climbed 32.1 percent to THB 1.2 billion.


UHD/HEVC STB shipments set to explode


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/12/uhdhevc-stb-set-shipments-to-explode/

Worldwide UltraHD capable set-top box shipments will reach 48 million by 2020, while the market for HEVC set-top boxes – the next-generation of video compression technology – will rise even further to 88 million units, according to findings from ABI Research’s Set-top Box and Home Networks Market Research.

In 2014, the market will deploy only about 60,000 set-top high-end gateway set-top boxes with UltraHD and HEVC capabilities within high-end gateway set-top boxes. After the initial push of high-end UltraHD capable boxes in multi-tuner gateway boxes, a second round of HD HEVC boxes will roll out in areas with demand for HD services where the last-mile network build out isn’t otherwise sufficient to deploy HD MPEG-4 services.

ABI Research reports that Technicolor has secured the design win for Tata Sky’s UltraHD deployment in India, Sumitomo has delivered set-tops for the NTT Playa in Japan, while BSkyB may build its own for Project Ethan. Early prototypes and designs have been based primarily on Broadcom 725x SoC with Broadcom or ViXS decoders.

“HEVC is an enabler not just of UltraHD—an immersive digital experience which will give benefits especially to consumers using 55 inch and larger screens,” advises ABI Research Practice Director Sam Rosen. “It also will enable delivery of interactive HD services to consumers whose homes do not have high bandwidth interactive services. Beyond the strong penetration of HEVC and UltraHD set-top boxes, we see IPTV boxes developing to include terrestrial tuners for hybrid services licensing retransmission of all free-to-air services.”


Microsoft plans to provide free Internet across India using ‘white space’ TV spectrum


From http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/microsoft-plans-to-provide-free-internet-across-india-using-white-space-tv-spectrum-241153.html

Microsoft has announced its plans to bring Internet connectivity across the country completely free of cost.

As revealed to Hindustan Times, Microsoft has proposed to make use of the “white space” or the unused spectrum between two TV channels, to make Internet connectivity to a vast population an economically-viable solution.

Unlike Wi-Fi, which has a range of only about 100 metres, the 200-300 MHz spectrum in the white space can reach up to 10 km. This spectrum currently belongs to the government-owned Doordarshan TV channel and is not used at all.

This solution addresses the key hurdle in setting up Internet connectivity across remote areas in the country: the lack of digital infrastructure. According to Microsoft India’s chief, Bhaskar Pramanik, the initiative will help bring Internet accessible to a vast population a cost-effective manner. It will create an eco-system that will benefit other technology service providers, including manufacturers of routers, and not just Microsoft .

Microsoft is seeking permission to kick-start the project in two major districts as of now.

The initiative seems to have come right in time when PM Narendra Modi has announced his Digital India project. The project that would cost $1.2 billion aims to connect 250,000 gram panchayats in order to make Internet connectivity accessible to every part of the country. The project has garnered the interest of several tech giants, including Facebook and Microsoft, who have shown their willingness to offer support to make it a reality.


Sony, Discovery to scrap India j-v


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/11/sony-discovery-to-scrap-india-j-v/

Discovery Communications and Sony are reportedly to end their India joint-venture in the face to new regulations. Media regulator TRAI has forbidden the bundling of TV channels to more than one broadcaster. The 12-year joint venture, Multi Screen Media Discovery, in which Sony holds the lion’s share (74 per cent), is separating and each former partner is building their own distribution relationships.

Other similar partnerships have already ended, most notably the Star India/Zee TV relationship (MediaPro Enterprises) back in April, and IndiaCast which was a similar j-v between Viacom and local broadcaster TV18.

Seemingly, the net effect of these divorces is to see distribution fees to broadcasters rise, with the channels citing higher costs of the complete distribution chain.


DirecTV wants Al Jazeera off its bouquet


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/11/directv-wants-al-jazeera-off-its-bouquet/

DirecTV is litigating in Los Angeles Superior Court against Al Jazeera America. The case alleges that news channel Al Jazeera Americas is not what it signed up to carry.

The case, in essence, goes back to former Vice President Al Gore’s $500 million sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera, and where the news broadcaster was in particular interested in the carriage deals Current TV had in place with most of the USA’s cable and satellite pay-TV operators.

Last Wednesday it emerged that Judge Elizabeth Allen White had criticised both litigants for their massive redacting (editing) of the Court documents, saying that the public had a right to see what the case was all about. “There is a huge, huge right for the public to be aware of what’s going on in the litigation,” White told attorneys in the case.  “What’s in the file is a complaint that’s been practically completely blacked out,” Judge White said. “I looked at it and I thought, ‘Nobody knows anything at this point. You’ll have to go to Delaware [where litigation between Al Gore and Al Jazeera is being heard] to find out.’”

A mostly un-edited filing was then made to the Court by DirecTV, and which lays out its complaints. DirecTV says that the original agreement (with Current TV) listed assorted news-based programming such as ‘Google Current’, ‘News Current’ and the like.  Subsequent to the acquisition by Al Jazeera those shows vanished, and were replaced with Al Jazeera output.


Earlier, bouquets of channels were contractually obtained from broadcasters like STAR, Sony, Zee etc

The hospitality industry may save some extra bucks following a recent directive from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Hotels will now have the freedom to choose from different distribution platforms such as direct to home (DTH) broadcasting and cable TV . Earlier, they were dependent only on broadcasters for television channels they could offer their guests.

As per the regulation, commercial subscribers, which include all hotel categories, will have to obtain television services from distribution platforms like DTH (Dish TV, Tata Sky etc), multiple system operator or MSO (DEN Network, Hathway etc) and local cable operator or LCO. Earlier, bouquets of channels were contractually obtained from broadcasters like STAR, Sony, Zee etc and transmitted through a hotel's private distribution system.

Now with the amendment's implementation being fine-tuned for compliance, a potential market is up for grabs.

"There are over 1 lakh hotel rooms in India and so far, only 1% of the total pool has DTH connections. The rest of the market is untapped and hence the potential. With the new government in place we are positive that tourism will increase multifold, giving revenues to allied industries as well," said Salil Kapoor, COO, Dish TV.

The change in how TV channels will be consumed in hotels could mean a cost reduction in that category by a third, analysts said.

Nikhil Sharma, COO, Red Fox Hotels agreed. "The running cost that hotels incur for provisioning of TV channels will be hugely reduced. Popular channels that earlier commanded a premium rate for commercial viewing will now be more affordable and therefore, accessible to all," he said.

Both DTH service providers and cable operators are actively negotiating terms for tying up with hotels.

While the move could benefit hotels and their guests, broadcasters'monopoly in the area would be minimized.

"Overall however, it is good news for the hotel industry as distribution network bottlenecks will be mitigated. Also, this implies a greater number of TV channels for guests,'' according to Puneet Singh, GM, Kempinski Ambience Hotel.




11/11/14

I keep forgetting to post this one, TV Chile on Optus D2 has encrypted

Optus 10 update. It has been parked at 164E for a while now. (Hey Optus how about putting up a testcard?)

The NZ ondemand Video Lightbox service has launched their new App for Samsung TV's. You can Download it from the app store in your Smarthub

Interesting link of the Day
http://www.rtl-sdr.com/receiving-dead-satellites-rtl-sdr/


From my Email


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From the Dish


SES 8 95.0°E 11542 H "Buriram Channel" has started on , Fta.

KazSat 2 86.5°E 11660 V "Kazakstan TV Petropavl and MTRK have replaced Kazakstan TV Kostanai" on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3418 V "TV 24" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3419 V "TV Lao" has started Fta

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3758 H "Kalsan TV and Puntland TV" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11973 V "Fox Russia, Rossiya HD and Travel Channel HD Europe" are encrypted again.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12033 V "Discovery Channel Russia, Eurosport International, National Geographic Channel Russia and RT Doc" are encrypted again.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12093 V "Eurosport 2 North-East, RT English and World Business Channel" are encrypted again.

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 3894 H "News 7 Tamil" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Raj TV、Raj New(MPEG-4)等频道加密,设置3643 H 20640参数有条件接收。[11-11]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Humor TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置12153 V 45000参数免费接收。[11-11]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Raj TV、Vissa(印度)等7个频道解密,设置3643 H 20640参数免费接收。[11-11]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,高清电影、动作电影(华诚数字)等全组频道加密,设置3740 V 27500参数有条件接收。[11-11]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Fox Sports 2(高清)频道消失,设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。[11-10]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,EPIC(高清)频道加密,设置4184 V 21600参数有条件接收。[11-10]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Food Network(高清)频道加密,设置3880 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [11月10日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Arte TV(高清)频道消失,设置12690 H 27489参数无效接收。 [11月10日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1(高清)频道消失,设置12730 H 27489参数无效接收。 [11月10日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1(高清)频道消失,设置12650 H 27489参数无效接收。 [11月10日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1(高清)频道消失,设置12530 H 27489参数无效接收。 [11月10日]


Stream Links


Taiwan channels good quality (720p HD)

http://www.fms-media.com:8134/hls-live/livepkgr/_definst_/liveevent/STB-01.m3u8
http://www.fms-media.com:8134/hls-live/livepkgr/_definst_/liveevent/STB-02.m3u8
http://www.fms-media.com:8134/hls-live/livepkgr/_definst_/liveevent/STB-03.m3u8
http://www.fms-media.com:8134/hls-live/livepkgr/_definst_/liveevent/STB-04.m3u8
http://www.fms-media.com:8134/hls-live/livepkgr/_definst_/liveevent/STB-05.m3u8

RT (Russia Today collection)

#EXTINF:-1, RT (English)
http://odna.octoshape.net/f3f5m2v4/cds/ch1_720p/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,RT (Spanish)
http://odna.octoshape.net/f3f5m2v4/cds/ch2_720p/chunklist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,RT (Arabic)
http://odna.octoshape.net/f3f5m2v4/cds/ch3_720p/chunklist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,RT (English)
http://odna.octoshape.net/f3f5m2v4/cds/ch4_720p/chunklist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,RT (English)
http://odna.octoshape.net/f3f5m2v4/cds/ch5_720p/chunklist.m3u8


Riksat (Greece)

http://cdn.webvideocore.net/livenl/out_dqgyqc45pzk8c4gw40o4/index.m3u8

Euro Sports 2 (Russian? not checked)

rtmp://iptv.sat-elit.net/iptv/539
http://iptv.sat-elit.net/hls/539/index.m3u8


NEWS


A Dynamic Jabiru-1 Move By NewSat With GMV


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=2004376983

[SatNews] NewSat has awarded GMV with a contract to provide the flight dynamics system for Jabiru-1.

The flight dynamics system will provide the ability to determine the position and the orientation of Jabiru-1, enabling the planning and execution of required maneuvers. As the Jabiru-1 satellite is co-located with other spacecraft, the flight dynamics system is essential to ensure accurate orbital positioning is measured and maintained. Flight dynamics systems provided by GMV support a range of different mission types, such as scientific, earth observation, telecommunications, orbital transport and infrastructure, navigation, space exploration and military missions.

Jabiru-1 is Australia’s first commercial Ka-band satellite and will deliver more than 7.6GHz of “new” capacity, providing flexible Ka-band coverage to meet the growing demand from government and enterprise across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Commenting on this key ground system procurement for Jabiru-1, NewSat Chief Technology Officer, David Ball, said, "This contract with GMV represents a further milestone in the ground system implementation to support the Jabiru-1 mission. We have also just successfully completed the Critical Design Review of the GMV Flight Dynamics System for Jabiru-1 and look forward to the system delivery and integration in 2015.”

The NewSat infosite may be reached at http://www.newsat.com/

The GMV infosite may be accessed at http://www.gmv.com/


Lightbox goes large with Samsung Smart TV app


From http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=151&topicid=154824&page_no=3

Popular online TV service, Lightbox, has expanded onto further devices, making it even easier to watch your favourite TV shows. 

A new app now being pushed live enables users to access the full line-up of Lightbox shows on Samsung Smart TVs[1] and selected Samsung Smart AV devices. Lightbox CEO Kym Niblock says the new Samsung app will be a game-changer for people with Samsung Smart TVs, New Zealand’s best-selling smart TV.

“Now it’s even easier for Kiwis to kick back, relax and enjoy Lightbox’s incredible line-up of TV shows on the big screen, all from the comfort of the couch,” Niblock says. The Lightbox app is available on all Samsung Smart TVs made from 2012 onwards. Users need to sign up for Lightbox on their desktop or laptop before they log in to the app on their Samsung Smart TV’s Smart Hub.

Lightbox will also be coming to a selection of Samsung Android devices before the end of November.

“Since we launched, thousands of New Zealanders have had a taste of what Lightbox is all about: a fantastic range of really good shows, all sitting there ready to watch, ad-free.. Lightbox customers love being in control of their TV viewing, and we aim to keep giving them more and more options,” adds Niblock. “Today’s announcement is just the start – Lightbox will be available on even more devices before the end of the year, so watch this space.”

To celebrate the partnership, all those who purchase a Samsung Smart TV before 31 January 2015 will get a bonus 90-day subscription to Lightbox.

[1] Lightbox app is available on all 2012, 2013 and 2014 Smart TV and Smart AV devices. Compatible devices and broadband required. ISP charges apply. 3 month bonus offer valid until 31 Jan 2015 and is open to new and existing Lightbox customers who have purchased selected Smart TVs (Series E, F, H models) before 31 January 2015. 3 month bonus subscription equals 90 days. Credit card details required. Charges of $15 per 30 days for Lightbox subscription apply after 90 day promotion period. Lightbox terms apply. See in store staff for more information or go to www.samsung.com/nz.


CNN to quit Russia


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/11/cnn-to-quit-russia/

BBC Monitoring is reporting that CNN is to leave Russia at the end of the year. Reportedly CNN’s local MD has sent a letter to assorted cable and DTH broadcasters saying: “With this letter we inform you that Turner is stopping the distribution of the CNN International television channel on the territory of the Russian Federation from 31 December 2014”.

CNN is distributed in Russia on the cable and satellite networks of operators of subscription television such as Akado, Vympelkom, NTV and others.

Russian news agency TASS says that cable operators Akado and Vympelkom had confirmed to TASS that they had received CNN’s letter. “Yes, we received the letter. We hope that next year the channel will broadcast on the territory of Russia again,” Vympelkom’s press service said.

Roskomnadzor [the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Communications] insists it has had nothing to do with the stopping of broadcasts by CNN International on Russian cable networks, a Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonskiy has told TASS.

A CNN spokesperson in London, in a statement, said: “Turner International is assessing its distribution options for CNN in Russia in light of recent changes in Russian media legislation. We are bringing our existing distribution relationships to an end while we do that. We hope to re-enter the market in due course, and will notify our partners of any update about resuming these services.  The CNN Moscow bureau operation remains unaffected.”


Russia Today slammed by Ofcom


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/10/russia-today-slammed-by-ofcom/

RT, the former Russia Today news channel, managed to breach Ofcom regulations four times in a single week back in early March over its allegedly biased coverage of the Ukrainian crisis. Ofcom considered that as news programming, the content in question raised issues warranting investigation under its key rule that: “News, in whatever form, must be reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality”.

Ofcom has issued RT with a formal warning, including consideration of a statutory sanction, which usually means a heavy fine.

TV Novosti (the official UK licence holder of the RT channel) argued that it was fair to present news and views from a Russian perspective not least during fast-breaking news coverage. The broadcaster also argued that BBC News had carried a very similar headline during one of its transmissions.

Ofcom, in a 40-page examination and ruling, said that RT is a service that reports the news from a Russian viewpoint. “RT is of course free to do this, provided it complies with the Code”. However, it also found that certain RT transmissions had failed adequately to reflect the viewpoint of the interim Ukrainian Government. “Therefore, the Licensee had not ensured that it had included an appropriately wide range of significant views and give those views due weight, as required by Rule 5.12 of the Code.”

”Ofcom emphasises that there is no requirement on broadcasters to provide an alternative viewpoint on all news stories or issues in the news, or to do so in all individual news items or programmes. It is also legitimate for news on a licensed service to be presented in broad terms from the viewpoint of a particular nation-state. We recognise that TV Novosti, providing a service with a Russian background, will want to present the news from a Russian perspective. However, all news must be presented with due impartiality: that is with impartiality adequate or appropriate to the subject and nature of the programme. In particular, when reporting on matters of major political or industrial controversy and major matters relating to current public policy in news programmes, broadcasters must ensure that they reflect an appropriately wide range of significant views and give those views due weight. Presenting news stories with due impartiality in news programmes very much depends on editorial discretion being exercised appropriately in all the circumstances.”

Ofcom, in its conclusion, ruled that RT/TV Novosti, had failed to preserve due impartiality as required by Section Five of the Code and the four news bulletins detailed in this finding therefore breached Rules 5.1, 5.11 and 5.12 of the Code.”

“As a result of the current case, we are putting TV Novosti on notice that any future breaches of the due impartiality rules may result in further regulatory action, including consideration of a statutory sanction,” warned Ofcom.

Margarita Simonyan, RT’s Editor-in-Chief, said the broadcaster accepted the decision of Ofcom to have held, in effect, that a government’s viewpoint must always be reflected and given due weight when it is criticised in the reporting of major political controversies. “We look forward to Ofcom applying today’s ruling impartially to all broadcasters reporting on any government, irrespective of its political leaning. Broadcasters under UK jurisdiction do not always reflect the viewpoint of governments perceived as politically opposed to European and/or US political establishments. This ruling means that this will have to change, at least for those broadcasters regulated by Ofcom, if double standards are to be avoided. We shall continue to abide by the requirements of Ofcom in all RT broadcasts,” she confirmed.

“It has always been, and remains, RT’s goal to deliver insightful, comprehensive and impartial reporting on events around the globe. RT International’s coverage of the Maidan protests and the crisis in Ukraine has been positively recognised by RT’s industry peers and audience. It was nominated for the Monte Carlo Television Festival Award for best 24-hour newscast, and earlier in November received high commendation from the jury of the Association of International Broadcasters (AIB). Britain’s own Express newspaper noted in March that RT ‘has become a favoured destination for those seeking an alternative view’ on the events in Ukraine,” she noted


DirecTV lays out 4K plans


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/10/directv-lays-out-4k-plans/

As previously reported by Advanced-Television, DirecTV has again confirmed it is working on a US nationwide introduction of 4K transmissions. CEO Mike White told financial analysts that the pay-TV broadcaster would be ready for 4K. “We always want to be leading our industry,” he said, “and 4K is no exception.

White said a deal with Samsung of South Korea would see programming fed from DirecTV’s own ‘Genie’ set-top box for 4K viewing, and would commence during this current quarter-year. “The preloaded number of movies is flexible, so if demand is strong, we can preload more movies into the hard drive,” he said, noting that DirecTV’s already secured rights for “maybe a dozen” movies in the 4K format. “It’s very early days for 4K.”

DirecTV is about to see its revolutionary DirecTV-14 launched by Arianespace on December 4th. Built by Space Systems/Loral, the new satellite was delivered to the launch its on October 15th for pre-launch preparation. “DirecTV-14 shows our commitment to the latest in satellite technology, including the development of a full broadcast payload for Reverse Band DBS spectrum and the leading edge delivery of 4K UltraHD video services,” said Phil Goswitz, SVP, Space & Communications at DirecTV, speaking a month ago.

Mike White said the new satellite would allow DirecTV to introduce additional 4K channels during 2015. Meanwhile viewers would be able to watch live linear 4K material as well as pre-loaded SVOD material.

He cautioned that it was very early days for 4K. “My understanding of the total number of [4K] TVs sold this year is maybe a million. I know for a fact that a number of the television set manufacturers are hoping to have multiples of that sold in 2015. Initially, the 4K offering in the fourth quarter is going to be VoD only.  For those customers who have that Samsung TV as well as our Genie HD DVR, we’re going to load a few 4K movies onto the hard drive for instant viewing. In addition, we’ll have additional 4K titles that those customers can select, which they could download overnight. The preloaded number of movies is, of course, flexible. So if demand’s strong, we can preload more movies into the hard drive. But let’s understand, it’s very early days for 4K.”

“Once our satellite goes up in December and gets fully deployed in the first quarter of next year, we will have the capacity to both do substantially greater VoD as well as live streaming. And I’m not going to get into the specific number of channels now. And frankly, I think, to be honest with you, we need to see who’s interested in a channel. I’m guessing, at least initially, it’s more likely to be event driven or VoD driven, but we’ll be prepared to do live streaming next year.”


SES readies for 4K over Brazil


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/10/ses-readies-for-4k-over-brazil/

Satellite operator SES has received approval from Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel to operate a satellite from the 48 degree West orbital position. SES won an auction earlier this year for the rights to use the slot.

SES-owned NSS-806 will exploit the position with both C-band and Ku-band transmissions, of which 28 transponders can be targeted at Brazil.  The satellite has been in position (at 47.5 degree West) since earlier this year.

“Together with SES-6, located at 40.5 degrees West, and SES-10, which is under construction and will in the future occupy the 67 degrees West position, NSS-806 will enable television broadcasters to launch new HD and Ultra-HD channels, for example, or allow telecom operators to improve mobile phone signals in remote areas,” said SES.


India's DTH churn rate rises to 43% of base


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014111036007/india-s-dth-churn-rate-rises-as-trai-releases-latest-figures.html#axzz3IkbB68LM
Almost half India's direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV subscriber base is inactive, according to the latest report from telecommunications regulator TRAI.

The DTH sector has 29.33 million inactive subscribers, says The India Telecom Services Performance Indicator report, or 43.41% of the total customer base. The data, from 1 April to 30 June 2014, shows India's six private DTH operators – Dish TV, Tata Sky, Sun, Airtel Digital TV and Videocon d2h – have a combined total of 38.24 million active subscribers. This represents a rise of 6% in subscriber inactivity from TRAI's figures for the quarter ending March 2014.

Public broadcaster Doordarshan's free DTH satellite service Freedish also serves an estimated 12 to 14 million subscribers, and in total Indian television platforms now carry 186 pay channels.

The report also finds the total number of Internet subscribers in India has increased from 251.59 million at the end of March 2014 to 259.14 million at the end of June 2014 – representing quarterly growth of 3%. Out of these, wired Internet subscribers numbered 18.55 million and wireless Internet subscribers numbered 240.60 million. The total number of mobile subscribers in India reached 914.92 million at the end of June 2014, representing a total mobile teledensity of 73.55%, and a year-on-year growth rate of 4.76%.

The number of broadband Internet subscribers increased from 60.87 million at the end of March 2014 to 68.83 million at the end of June 2014 – quarterly growth of 13.07%.




10/11/14

NHK on Intelsat 19 12726 H is FTA

Saturday feeds

D2: 12663 V 6669 - 'GCAST 7' - Horse Racing

AS5/C: 3753 v 6110 - "$ 2014 MTV EMAS S" - Encrypted/Feed

Intelsat 19 NHK is FTA on 12726 H

AS5/C: 3706 H 6110 - 'SBTM ENC2' - FTA / Soccer (Japanese?) (Matt Nelson via Facebook)
AS5/C: 3953 V 6110 - 'HD ENC-1' - FTA / Soccer (Japenese?) (Matt Nelson via Facebook)

D2: 12555 H 6979 - 'STS' - ABC Sport Womens A-League 'CAN v SYD'(Matt Nelson via Facebook)
D2: 12663 V 6669 - 'Globecast2' - Horse Racing (St Arnoud) (Matt Nelson via Facebook)
D2: 12672 V 6669 - 'GlobeCast' - Horse Racing (Matt Nelson via Facebook)
D2: 12681 V 6669 - 'GCAST7' - Horse Racing (Matt Nelson via Facebook)

D1: 12635 V 7199 - 'RTV001' - Ch7 Sunrise OB (Matt Nelson via Facebook)
D1: 12644 V 7199 - '7BCS Slot 2 QPSK' - Ch7 Sunrise (Matt Nelson via Facebook)

D2: 12707 V 22500 - '$IAC 2014' - Encrypted Feed (Matt Nelson via Facebook)


From my Email


From saldav1

Sunday Feeds

4165 H SR 7200 Service-1 2014 Baseball World Cup - JPN vs VEN, (FTA.)
4175 H SR 7200 RUS - 063main +7 GAC GROUP Badminton World Tour 2014, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7497 TATA BT ENC CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS Snooker -itv SPORTS - Robertson vs Trump, from Coventry, U.K, (FTA.)
3885 H SR 6666 $Telecity Encoder S.C. BASTIA vs MONTPELLIER, (and is actually FTA.)
3710 H SR 15000 $Hopkins vs Kovalev, ($Scrambled.)
3867 H SR 7500 Fight Night World Junior Middleweight Bout - Boxing, (FTA.)
3905 H SR 7070 CAT DSNG 1 Asia Dream Cup Race 1 from The Chang International Circuit, THAILAND, (FTA.)
3915 V SR 7200 WGC-HSBC WF1 Final Round - WGC HSBC Men's Golf from SHANGHAI, CHINA, (FTA.)
4155 H SR 7200 TXOUT-5 KOREA GRAND PRIX BADMINTON, (FTA.)
4175 H SR 7120 APEC APEC 2014 BEIJING - Sliding Colour Test Pattern, (FTA.)
3667 H SR 7200 RUS-063 main +791 GAL GROUP WORLD TOUR - Table Tennis, (FTA.) Yesterday it was Badminton - Today it is Table Tennis!
3895 H SR 7200 $World Feed, ($Scrambled.) Not sure what sport/feed is encrypted!
3930 H SR 7200 Service-1 2014 BASEBALL WORLD CUP - NED vs JAP, (FTA.)
3955 V SR 6110 HD ENC-1 Sunday afternoon Japanese J-League Soccer, (FTA)
3887 V SR 6110 SD ENC-A Horse Racing from Singapore featuring the EW Barker Trophy, (FTA.)
3706 H SR 7120 $VC1 Halifax vs Bradford in FA Cup Soccer, (Sound but $ pic.)
3915 V SR 6110 Nonthaburi E/S TB THAILAND vs PHILLIPINES- Soccer, (FTA.)
3895 V SR 6200 Dragon TV - Back again this evening with Chinese Idol and advertisements, (FTA.)
4078 H SR 4433 Fi14EVC Danubio vs Defensor in the Soccer with Spanish commentary, (FTA.)
4152 H SR 15000 $SEV vs LEV HD50 Sevilla FC vs Levate UD in the Soccer, ($Scrambled.)
4175 H SR 7120 APEC Female reporter speaking in Russian, (FTA.)

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5

3945 V SR 7200 WGC-HSBC GF1 WGC-HSBC MEN'S CHAMPIONS GOLF from Sheshan International Golf Course, SHANGHAI, CHINA, (FTA.)
3895 V SR 7500 Globecast Oz FOUR NATIONS FINAL - Rugby - N.Z vs ENGLAND from Dunedin, N.Z., (FTA.)
4155 H SR 7100 $Globecast Oz ($Scrambled.)
3720 H SR 14399 MIZUNO Mizuno Classic - Women's Golf from Shima-Shi, Mie, JAPAN, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 6110 $ATM-PANASONIC-14 ($Scrambled.)
3915 V SR 6200 Dragon TV Chinese TV Channel, (FTA.)


From the Dish


Optus D1 160.0°E Sky Sport 8 has started on 12331 H and 12644 H, Videoguard.
Optus D1 160.0°E 12394 H "The Zone" has started on , Videoguard.

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12629 H "BBC Entertainment Asia and BBC Lifestyle Asia" have started on , encrypted.

Koreasat 6 116.0°E Several updates in SkyLife.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3840 H "Fox Sports Middle East" has left .

NSS 6 95.0°E 11130 V "TV Alau" has started on , Fta

SES 8 95.0°E 11481 H "TV 24, You Channel, News 1, Thai Twenty, 4050 Channel, Bang Channel, ACTS Channel, TV Lao and Channel NewsAsia" have left.
SES 8 95.0°E Almost all channels in the IPM TV muxes on 11481 H and 11542 H are now Fta.
SES 8 95.0°E News State has started on 12110 H, clear. 9XM, Aakaash Aath and Cinema TV have left.

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11960 H "TV Centr Moskva" is now encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0°E 12120 H "C Music TV" has started on , encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0°E 12153 V "Tatar Music TV" has started on , Verimatrix.

From asiatvro site

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CNN(高清)频道消失,设置11862 L 21300参数无效接收。[11-10]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sky Entertainment、Asia N(韩国)高清频道消失,设置11823 L 21300参数无效接收。[11-10]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,高清电影、动作电影(华诚数字)等全组频道解密,设置3740 V 27500参数免费接收。[11-10]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,13 Siam Thai(泰国)频道消失,设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。[11-09]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,SVT World(泰国)频道解密,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。[11-09]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,9 Yod(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4120 V 30000参数无效接收。[11-09]
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。[11-09]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,PSI替换Shop(测试)高清频道,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。[11-09]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,NSN News替换N4TV News(测试)频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[11-09]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,KBS World(韩国)频道消失,设置3972 H 2100参数无效接收。[11-09]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Pearls MPCG(MPEG-4)等3个频道消失,设置3790 H 7200参数无效接收。[11-08]
东经74度轨道位置的印星4CR号卫星Ku频段,DTV1(传送)频道新增,设置11566 V 2200参数免费接收。[11-08]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,9 Yod(泰国)频道加密,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,M Channel TV、Miracle TV(泰国)等频道加密,设置12728 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月8日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,EPIC(高清)频道解密,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[11-08]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport HD、国家地理(高清)等频道加密,设置12032 V 45000参数有条件接收。[11-07]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport 2 HD(高清)等3个频道加密,设置12092 V 45000参数有条件接收。[11-07]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Fox HD、Rossiya 1 HD(高清)等3个频道加密,设置11972 V 45000参数有条件接收。[11-07]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,13 Siam Thai(泰国)等全组频道改频率,设置4054 V 8332参数部分免费接收。[11-07]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jano Dunya(印度)频道重现,设置3796 V 7200参数免费接收。[11-07]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,M Tunes HD、Bhakti Sagar(印度)等全组频道消失,设置3864 H 7200参数无效接收。 [11月7日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jan TV、Maha Movie(印度)等全组频道消失,设置3854 H 7200参数无效接收。 [11月7日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,My Cinema(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3760 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [11月7日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Fox Family、FX(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。 [11月6日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,State News(印度)频道消失,设置4103 V 7800参数无效接收。 [11月6日]


Stream Links


Excellent quality French streams

TF1 HD
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HD1
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d8
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ARTE
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NRJ12
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I TELE
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Chinese CCTV pack, these play well!

#EXTM3U

#EXTINF:-1,CCTV-1
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#EXTINF:-1,CCTV-2
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#EXTINF:-1,CCTV新闻
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#EXTINF:-1,CCTV-6电影
http://v1.bigtvusa.com:1935/liverepeater/10.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,CCTV-5体育
http://v1.bigtvusa.com:1935/liverepeater/11.stream/playlist.m3u8
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#EXTINF:-1,CCTV风云足球
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http://v1.bigtvusa.com:1935/liverepeater/17.stream/playlist.m3u8


Good quality Turkey and Bosnia

#EXTM3U
#EXTINF:-1,OTV Valentino
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NEWS


AFR: Time Warner Makes A$680 Mln Takeover Bid For Australia's Ten Network


From http://www.rttnews.com/2413456/afr-time-warner-makes-a-680-mln-takeover-bid-for-australia-s-ten-network.aspx?type=maa

U.S. media and entertainment giant Time Warner, Inc. (TWX: Quote) has approached Australian broadcaster Ten Network Holdings Ltd. about a A$680 million, or $590 million takeover bid, the Australian Financial Review reported on Sunday.

Ten Network, the owner and operator of Network Ten, is an entertainment and news content companies, with assets across free-to-air television, online and digital platforms. Network Ten includes three free-to-air television channels - TEN, ELEVEN and ONE - in Australia's five metropolitan markets of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, plus the digital platform tenplay.

According to the Australian Financial Review report, Time Warner senior vice-president James Burtson sent a letter on October 6 to Ten Network's investment banking adviser Citigroup Inc., expressing the company's interest in pursuing a possible acquisition of the commercial free-to-air network.

Time Warner is said to be prepared to explore an offer of A$0.25 per share for Ten Network that is not binding and only intended to facilitate further talks with the target company.

The letter reportedly said that any takeover bid would be made by Time Warner's cable division, Turner Broadcasting System. The bid would require the support of high-profile Ten investors Crown chairman James Packer, News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch, WIN Corporation owner Bruce Gordon, and mining magnate Gina Rinehart, who control 40 per cent of the Ten Network stock.

Ten Network said last Thursday that it has appointed Citigroup to help in exploring a range of potential strategic options for the company.

According to media reports, another U.S. media group Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) has joined with Australian pay television company Foxtel to consider a bid for Ten Network. Foxtel is owned Australian telecommunications giant Telstra and News Corp.

In October, Ten Network reported a net loss after tax of A$168.3 million for the year ended August 31, 2014, narrower than net loss of A$285.0 million in the prior year. Television revenue for the year declined to A$601.7 million from $628.3 million in the prior year.


Live sports could bring balance sheet alive for struggler Ten


From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/live-sports-could-bring-balance-sheet-alive-for-struggler-ten-20141107-11ik9n.html

The AFL would be looking forward to a rights tussle. In the words of one experienced sports executive, AFL boss Gillon McLachlan and his executive team "will be licking their lips" at the prospect of a tie-up between the struggling Network Ten Holdings and Foxtel.

As reported in The Australian Financial Review this week, a struggling Ten now appears to be in play with a potential joint offer by US media giant Discovery Communications and Foxtel currently front-runner.

Ten has appointed Citi to advise on strategy and is set to begin management meetings with prospective suitors next week.

While Foxtel would be bound by regulations restricting any ownership stake in Ten to 15 per cent, the big sports are watching the situation closely and hoping a closer relationship between Ten and Foxtel leads to more aggressive bidding.

Right in the firing line on that count is the AFL, which is poised to issue tender documents to the networks to signify the official beginning of negotiations for the league's next broadcast rights deal.

The AFL, in the middle of a $1.25 billion five-year deal with Seven West Media, Foxtel and Telstra, is hoping to reap $1.5 billion-$2 billion for the next five-year contract that would begin in 2017 - or double that figure over 10 years.

To reach that, the AFL will need Ten to actively join in the bidding, and a potential tie-in with Foxtel would certainly boost that scenario.

"For any new owner, one of the first things they would do is look at what sports rights are available in terms of what is coming up, what they could cost and what sort of revenue they could get back from them," says Steve Allen of Fusion Strategy.

One experienced AFL executive said Foxtel would use its Ten relationship as some sort of an "insurance policy" designed to help spread some of the bidding costs, with Foxtel providing much of the uplift in value last time.

"You might even get to a scenario where you are able to shift some of the better games between free-to-air and Foxtel down the track," the executive says.

Seven, however, would not give up the AFL rights without a fight even if its chief executive, Tim Worner, has said the network would be "sensible" when it comes to bidding.

There would, of course, be a certain irony in Ten making a big play for AFL. When the rights were available last time, then Ten chairman Lachlan Murdoch chose not to bid in order to concentrate on rugby league rights.

It was to prove a costly strategy as Ten, which had telecast the AFL from 2002 to 2011, missed on the rugby league to incumbents Nine Entertainment Co and Fox Sports.

Ten has been in a downward spiral ever since. It is effectively being propped up by four billionaires in shareholders James Packer, Gina Rinehart, Bruce Gordon and the Murdoch family via Lachlan.

It posted a full-year loss of $79.3 million for the 2014 financial year from $601 million, though has had some success with shows such as The Bachelor, Family Feud and Offspring.

In sports terms, Ten did recover last year when it gained the rights for the domestic Twenty20 cricket Big Bash League, but its relative paucity of sports rights has hit ratings hard.

A Foxtel and Ten partnership, which will begin telecasting the V8Supercars motor racing in 2015, could also re-bid for rugby league, as well as A-League soccer and more cricket.

Then there the other costs that could be potentially stripped out of Ten and make a deal more palatable to the owners.

"You could probably find $20 million-$30 million in synergies," says one former TV executive, who envisages a potential situation under which Ten's news uses some Sky News services or resources (though Sky News is a third owned by BSkyB, Seven and Nine) and advertising sales is undertaken by MCN, a joint venture between Foxtel and Fox Sports.

Any deal would also help Foxtel, which has cut its base price due to stalled subscriber growth, better promote its service, and Discovery Communications from a geographical and cost point of view.

Discovery is a $US22 billion cable giant that owns networks such Animal Planet, TLC, Investigation Discovery, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and the Discovery channel itself.

Much of Discovery's programming, including shows such as Deadliest Catch, Shark Week and Mythbusters, runs in Australia on Foxtel, half-owned by News Corporation Australia and Telstra.

It could run some of those shows on Ten, saving on costs for both.

A deal with Foxtel and Ten would also be part of the global trend where the big US cable companies are buying free-to-air and production firms around the globe

MTV owner Viacom purchased British FTA broadcaster Channel 5 this year, and US cable operator Liberty Global acquired a stake in British broadcaster ITV.

Discovery, meanwhile, has already made acquisitions in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy and the Middle East, and has started a free-to-air channel, Quest, in the UK.

The strategy has been necessary, as Discovery attempts to offset declining growth in cable advertising revenue in the US that has resulted in a falling share price and analyst downgrades.

While it is best known for its "extreme reality shows", Discovery more recently has been moving into the sports rights sphere around the world and its strategy in that regard could also further foster its relationship with the Murdoch family.

Discovery now has a controlling stake in the Eurosport network and its CEO, David Zaslav, told British media earlier this year that it would investigate bidding for the next package of English Premier League football rights in 2015.

Market chatter has Discovery joining with incumbent EPL broadcaster BSkyB for a joint bid, competing against BT Sport. 21st Century Fox, chaired by Rupert Murdoch, owns a 39.14 per cent controlling stake in BSkyB.

Given the power and reach of the EPL it would be Discovery's biggest splash in sport yet, and its costliest too.

But the fact that it is interested in it, and Ten too, shows the positive effect live sports can have on a balance sheet and, hopefully, a share price as well.


Russian defence ministry: Soviet-era satellite loses orbit


From http://en.itar-tass.com/non-political/758738

MOSCOW, November 8. /TASS/. An old Soviet-era satellite Kosmos-1441 has lost orbit over the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, a spokesman for the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces told TASS on Saturday.

“Fragments of the space object lost orbit at 14.52 Moscow Time,” Aleksey Zolotukhin said adding that the Aerospace Defence Forces had under their control and carried out analyses of the satellite condition and also daily calculated the date and point where the spacecraft fragments would supposedly lose orbit.

The Soviet spacecraft Kosmos-1441 was launched atop the Vostok booster from the Plesetsk launching pad on February 16, 1983 and its active operation on the orbit expired back in February 1984.


Multi Channels Asia to represent Asia Travel Channel


From http://www.mumbrella.asia/2014/11/multi-channels-asia-represent-asia-travel-channel/

Distributor Multi Channels Asia has been appointed to represent Asia Travel Channel.

The announcement:

SINGAPORE, November 10th 2014 - Multi Channels Asia (MCA), Asia-Pacific’s leading distributor of independent pay television channels, announced today that it has been appointed to exclusively represent Asia Travel Channel.

The multi-year, multi-territory agreement will see MCA take the existing ATC satellite footprint and expand pan-regional carriage across Asia-Pacific, alongside MCA’s growing bouquet of independent channels.

Gregg Creevey, Managing Director, Multi Channels Asia said, “The travel and lifestyle genre in Asia is green fields, especially when it comes to a travel experience crafted from the Asian perspective and for Asian viewers aspirations.  The growing affluence and rise of budget, short haul airlines has lead to burgeoning inter-regional travel, which is testament to the demand for a channel that for a change mirrors Asian travel habits, values and interests.”

Cindy, Managing Director, Asia Travel Channel said, “We are pleased to be able to work with MCA to help us expand ATC to the Asia-Pacific region.  With Asia Travel Channel we have a channel already well established in Taiwan and Singapore, and with growing interest in Asian travel, ATC is set to become the go-to channel for travel lifestyle information and entertainment


New Thailand digital channels see rise in ads


From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/442385/new-digital-channels-see-rise-in-ads

Channels 3 and 7 top ratings and revenue

Army-owned Channel 5 and MCOT's Channel 9 risk losing advertising revenues, having been left behind by many new digital TV channels the past seven months. 

TV ratings by Nielsen Thailand showed Channel 7 topped the rankings in every platform in October, followed by Channel 3 and Channel 9. Channel 3 remained No.2 even as it was forced to do a simulcast broadcast.

Workpoint TV was No.4, followed by Channel 5 and RS's Channel 8.

Manee Eabe, managing director of media company IPG Mediabrands, said media agencies would allocate more of their ad budgets to new digital TV channels because of their ratings and lower ad rates.

To survive fierce competition, she suggested digital TV channels lower their ad rates to attract advertising and generate more revenue.

Ms Manee said digital terrestrial viewers rose from 6% in April to 13.3% in September, while ad rates of leading digital TV channels range from 60,000 to 200,000 baht per minute, which offers a high rate of ad efficiency cost.

Digital TV channels gained higher ratings for some airtime slots, particularly during 6-8pm. Media agencies should still allocate some of their ad budget to analogue TV channels because they can access a wider group of viewers based on all-day ratings, she said.

Digital TV tends to have higher ratings because of their content development. The increase in channels has fragmented viewership, leading to lower ratings.

If digital channels have a clear target group and high ratings, they can easily attract advertisers, said Ms Manee.

"We choose channel leaders to communicate with the mass market, while digital TV channels play a supporting role in reaching target groups," she said.

Some 70% of total TV ad spending goes to channels 3 and 7, with the scraps shared by Channels 5 and 9 as well as digital TV channels.

Payao Thammateerasuntorn, the TV investment manager of Mindshare, said its TV ad spending allocation remained unchanged, dominated by Channels 3 and 7.

Some advertisers will spend more on digital TV channels if they have good ratings, she said.

Ms Payao estimated 7.8 billion baht or 10% of TV ad spending will be shared by digital TV channels this year.

Digital TV channels have enhanced their content and viewers and ad agencies can see the difference, as well as which are staking out a target market, she said.


Elon Musk plans satellite network


From http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/08/elon-musk-fleet-satellites-internet

Next venture by founder of electric car firm Tesla aims to bring internet coverage to the billions who do not have it

Elon Musk pictured in May with the Dragon V2, a spacecraft developed by another of his ventures, SpaceX. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

After shaking up the automotive world with his electric car venture, entrepreneur Elon Musk has set his sights skywards in a bid to bring the internet to the billions who still lack access.

Musk is working on an embryonic $1bn plan to launch 700 satellites that are less than half the size of the smallest communications models currently in use.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the owner of electric carmaker Tesla is working with Greg Wyler, a satellite industry veteran and former Google executive, whose company, WorldVu Satellites, owns a considerable amount of radio spectrum.

Musk’s other venture, SpaceX, could be used to launch the satellites into orbit. The pair are considering building a factory in Florida or Colorado to manufacture the 110kg satellites. Two people familiar with the matter said WorldVu hoped to make the satellites for under $1m each – considerably less than they are currently made for.

Wyler had been working with the Google-backed startup O3b Networks, and in June it was reported that the search giant planned to spend $1bn on 180 small, high-capacity satellites.

The first four satellites launched by O3b were beset by technical problems, and Wyler quit Google after a year to join forces with Musk. Wyler has left O3b but remained a significant shareholder, according to the Journal. Google declined to comment.

The venture would face considerable technical and regulatory hurdles, and SpaceX may not be ready to launch satellites until close to the end of this decade. O3b could face losing the rights to its radio spectrum by then.

Satellite ventures are notoriously expensive. About 15 years ago the telecommunications group Iridium spent $5bn putting 66 satellites into orbit before collapsing into bankruptcy. The company aimed to create a telecommunications system that would allow users of handheld phones to make calls from anywhere on earth. However, just 55,000 customers were willing to spend $3,000 for a phone and pay $7 a minute for calls and a US judge ordered the firm wound up.

Other, less expensive ways of bringing internet access to remote areas are being considered. Facebook has a team working on solar-powered drones that would fly at a height of 20,000 metres – around the same height that Google has proposed placing balloons with a similar aim


SpaceX’s Elon Musk mulls 100s of ‘lighter, cheaper’ internet satellites


From http://rt.com/usa/203647-elon-musk-internet-satellites/

Billionaire business magnate and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has reportedly expressed hopes to start developing space satellites that could provide global internet access through hundreds of small, inexpensive models.

Musk is developing a partnership with the founder of WorldVu Satellites Ltd, Greg Wyler, with the ultimate intention of launching some 700 satellites, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Each one would weigh less than 250 pounds, the paper reported, or half the size of the smallest current commercial communications satellites.

Wyler, the potential collaborator, founded WorldVu Satellites Ltd, which is responsible for controlling a hefty portion of the radio spectrum. The WorldVu satellite constellation secured Ku-band radio spectrum rights last September before Musk brought his proposals of 700 to the table – so that some 360 satellites operating in circular low Earth orbits could become operational around 2019-20.

WSJ sources stated that preliminary discussions have already been held with officials from both Colorado and Florida with the aim of finding a suitable location for a factory to build the satellites. The project reputedly comes with a price tag of some $1 billion.

However, Musk’s participation isn’t certain yet. Additionally, Wyler once led a satellite venture at Google, but departed the company “because he wasn’t sure the search giant had sufficient manufacturing expertise,” WSJ said.

It is unlikely that SpaceX would launch the satellites much before 2020, and the project wouldn’t be without competitors; Nevada-based Sierra Nevada Corp. and Britain’s Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd are also renowned for their production of small satellites.

This is the latest in a long line of developments aimed at beaming wireless internet at potential end-users from a great height.

Google aired intentions to utilize weather balloons, and there were rumors that Facebook sought to provide internet via high-flying drones, before it emerged that Google had acquired Titan Aerospace in April. Titan designs drones or “atmospheric satellites” which could be used to provide internet access.

“It's still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people,” a Google spokesperson told the Verge at the time.

In June, news of Google’s Project Loon emerged – in which the company outlined intentions to beam wireless internet down from giant balloons.


Dish TV’s Sri Lanka arm gets licence approval


From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dish-tv-s-sri-lanka-arm-gets-licence-approval-141107

MUMBAI: Dish TV has finally received the nod from the government of Sri Lanka to commence operations for its Sri Lanka unit.

The DTH operator in a statement to the BSE has said ‘Dish TV India Ltd has informed BSE that Dish TV Lanka (Private) Limited, the Company's Subsidiary Company in Sri Lanka, has been granted the 'Satellite Television Broadcasting License' (DTH License) by the Government of Sri Lanka to establish, operate and maintain Satellite Television Network for the purpose of Digital Television Satellite Broadcasting.’

Speaking to indiantelevision.com, Dish TV COO Salil Kapoor says, “We are pleased that we have been issued the DTH license by government of Sri Lanka to operate DTH services in the country, which we are working on for last couple of months. Now the focus will be on building up the ground opportunities”.

Dish TV has been awaiting the licence clearance for quite some time. The company has expressed its intent to invest close to Rs 100 crore in the JV with Satnet.
It has also bought extra transponder space on SES 8 that was launched in December last year.


Gogo receives STCs from the FAA for Ku-band connectivity


From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/gogo-receives-stcs-from-the-faa-for-ku-band-connectivity--1048150

Global aero communications service provider, Gogo has received Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) from the FAA to install its Ku-band satellite equipment on Boeing 757-200 and 767-400 aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines. Gogo now has five STCs for its Ku-band satellite service on Delta's international fleet. Gogo previously received FAA certification to install its Ku-band equipment on Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A330 aircraft operated by Delta. 

With the newly-issued STCs, Gogo is one STC away from having regulatory approval to install its Ku service on Delta's entire international fleet. Gogo expects to complete installations on Delta's international fleet in 2016. Gogo's Ku-band satellite connectivity service is currently available in 50 international aircraft operated by two airlines. 


Crystal TV signs ten-year contract with Eutelsat


From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/11/08/crystal-tv-signs-ten-year-contract-with-eutelsat/

Eutelsat has sealed a ten-year contract with Crystal TV, Ghana’s leading commercial broadcaster, for capacity connected to the African service area of the Eutelsat 16A satellite.

The capacity enables Crystal TV to benefit from countrywide coverage of Ghana for its digital platform of pay-TV and free-to-air channels.

Access to Eutelsat 16A transforms Crystal TV into a nationwide provider of digital broadcast services. The company’s current subscription-free premium television content, including its branded channels – Crystal TV Prime, Crystal TV Plus and Crystal TV Xtra – has until now been limited to terrestrial reception in Ghana’s main urban areas in Accra, the Ashanti Region and parts of the country’s Eastern and Central regions.

Crystal TV has selected the high-power Sub-Saharan African footprint of the Eutelsat 16A satellite to extend access to homes beyond range of terrestrial reception. Channels uplinked by Crystal TV to Eutelsat 16A are available to DTH homes equipped with a digital decoder and an access card for pay-TV content.

Crystal TV’s Chief, Dr. Crystal-Djirackor, said: “Our partnership with Eutelsat is a major milestone in a new phase of digital broadcasting, embracing technology that goes beyond the varied limitations of signal distribution. This is the moment Ghana and Africa have been waiting for – to challenge ourselves as we embrace the future. It is an opportunity to offer unparalleled access to other broadcasters whose mission is to become global players with the support of Crystal’s technical facilities. With this Eutelsat partnership and other project partners, we believe the stage is set for Ghana and Africa to accelerate with ease the transition from analogue to digital TV.”

Rodney Benn, Eutelsat’s Regional Vice President for Africa, added: “This new relationship with Crystal TV is further evidence of Eutelsat’s ambition to leverage its experience and assets to support the digitisation of Africa’s TV landscape. Satellite technology is once again showing how it completes and complements terrestrial infrastructure, and is playing a key role in a fundamental shift to digital that brings viewers the benefits of choice and quality. We look forward to sharing our experience of pay-TV and free-to-air platforms with Crystal TV, and to further consolidating our 16 degrees East neighbourhood as a major pole in Africa.”




9/11/14

Sunday, no update




8/11/14

Saturday, no update




7/11/14

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From my Email


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From the Dish


Telstar 18 138.0°E Several updates in D-Sky.
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12690 H "Live has replaced Mongolian Food Network" on , Nagravision.

Apstar 6 134.0°E 3913 V "TV 3" is Fta.

JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12468 V "Cartoon Network Japan, Kids Station and AT-X" are encrypted again.
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12523 H "NTV G+, The History Channel Japan, Super! Drama TV and Family Gekijyo" are encrypted again.
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12583 H "J Sports 2, Sky A Sports +, Eisei Gekijo, Home Drama Channel and BBC World News Asia Pacific" are encrypted again.
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12598 V "Tabi Channel, TBS News Bird, TBS Channel 1 and Kayo Pops" are encryptedagain.
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12613 H "Gaora Sports, Space Shower TV and CNN J"are encrypted again.
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12643 H "TV Asahi Channel 2" is encrypted again.
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12673 H "J Sports 1, Movie Plus and Golf Network" are encrypted again.
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12703 H "J Sports 3, Discovery Channel Japan and LaLa TV" are encrypted again.
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12733 H "MTV Japan, J Sports 4 and Nat Geo Wild Japan" are encrypted again.

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12313 H "Animal Planet Japan and Speed Channel 1" are encrypted again.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12358 V "Japan Leisure Channel 684 HD, Disney XD Japan, Japan Leisure Channel 686, Disney Junior Japan and Channel Ginga" are encrypted again.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12373 H "Kayo Pops" is encrypted again.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12388 V "Music Air" on is encrypted again.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12553 H "National Geographic Channel Japan" is encrypted again.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12613 H "Disney Channel Japan and TV Asahi Channel 1" are encrypted again.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12718 V "Fuji TV Next, Fuji TV Two, Jidaigeki Senmon Channel and TV Asahi Channel 1" are encrypted again.

SES 7 108.2°E 11510 H "Pinoy Extreme Channel" has started on , Videoguard.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3793 H "TV Mui" has started on , Fta
Telkom 1 108.0°E 3947 H "Rasil TV" is Fta.

Measat 3 91.5°E 3760 V "My Cinema" has left .
Measat 3 91.5°E 3880 V "Food Network Asia" is Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3760 H "My Cinema" has started on, Irdeto.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3545 V "Super Cheng and Police TV" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3585 V "Modern India TV and Dragon TV" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3585 V "OK TV" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "TV 24" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3840 V "Maxagro TV and Boonniyom TV have started on , BISS. Kaset News Channel and Sawasdee TV are now encrypted. JJ Channel and Asian Film" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4120 V "GMM Football Extra has replaced Mahidol Channel" on, encrypted. Zabb Channel is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4160 V "Reality Channel, True Plookpanya, True Select, Parliament TV and MCU TV" have started on. MOAC TV has left.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3920 H "One HD" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11170 V An Openview HD mux has started, Videoguard.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11514 V "E TV, Mindset Health, Mindset Learn, TBN Terrestrial, Vodacom TV and Jet Mart TV" have started on , Nagravision. France 24 English, Spirit Word, Rivers of Living Waters TV, Daystar TV, Isambulo TV and Alex TV have left.

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Stream Links


A couple of channels from Europe

TVPlus 7 religious (Finland)
rtmp://vod.tv7.fi/tv7plus-web/_definst_/mp4:tv7plus.stream_360p

TF1 HD
http://max.myfrtv.com/1401/m3u8/1401.m3u8

Latinos channels (Colombia, Spanish audio etc) these Work very nicely.

#EXTINF:-1,Yes!
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/205010/grupoune_st1@205010/st1_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,TV Novedads
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/205011/grupoune_st2@205011/st2_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Antena 3
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/205012/grupoune_st3@205012/st3_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,H13N
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/205013/grupoune_st4@205013/st4_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,BBC World
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/205014/grupoune_st5@205014/st5_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,TV Agro
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/205015/grupoune_st6@205015/st6_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,TN
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/205016/grupoune_st7@205016/st7_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Me suena
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/205017/grupoune_st8@205017/st8_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,VIO
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/205018/grupoune_st9@205018/st9_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,TRENDY
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/205019/grupoune_st10@205019/st10_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,TV5 Monde
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/206412/grupoune_st11@206412/st11_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Canal Antiestres
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/206413/grupoune_st12@206413/st12_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1, Doccu
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/206414/grupoune_st13@206414/st13_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1, Cosmovision
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/206415/grupoune_st14@206415/st14_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1, Canal U
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/206416/grupoune_st15@206416/st15_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1, telecafe
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/206417/grupoune_st16@206417/st16_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Cantinazo TV
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/206419/grupoune_st18@206419/st18_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1, Click
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/206577/grupoune_st19@206577/st19_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Yes!
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/206731/grupoune_st20@206731/st20_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Life Design HD
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/207384/grupoune_st22@207384/st22_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1, VMAS TV
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/207642/grupoune_st23@207642/st23_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1, UNE TV
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/207643/grupoune_st24@207643/st24_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1, UNE TV
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/207646/grupoune_st27@207646/st27_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1, El Tiempo
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/207648/grupoune_st29@207648/st29_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1, UNE TV
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/215944/grupoune_st33@215944/st33_index.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Suena TV (HD 720p)
http://uneapple-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/215955/grupoune_st44@215955/st44_index.m3u8

Italian Channels

#EXTM3U
#EXTINF:-1,BOING
http://81.196.63.226:1935/live/rkst5_2.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,?
http://81.196.63.226:1935/live/rkst5_3.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Mediaset Italia 2
http://81.196.63.226:1935/live/rkst5_4.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Top Crime
http://81.196.63.226:1935/live/rkst5_5.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Rai 1
http://81.196.63.226:1935/live/rkst4_1.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,?
http://81.196.63.226:1935/live/rkst4_2.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Rai 3
http://81.196.63.226:1935/live/rkst4_3.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Rai 4
http://81.196.63.226:1935/live/rkst4_4.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,LA5
http://81.196.63.226:1935/live/rkst2_4.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,RETE 4
http://81.196.63.226:1935/live/rkst3_3.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Canale 5
http://81.196.63.226:1935/live/rkst3_2.stream/playlist.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,ITALIA 1
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NEWS


Foxtel takeover could shake up Ten's big four wealthy investors


From http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/foxtel-takeover-could-shake-up-tens-big-four-wealthy-investors-20141106-11i309.html

Ten's unusual share register is dominated by four wealthy private shareholders in James Packer (pictured), Lachlan Murdoch, Gina Rinehart and Bruce Gordon. Photo: Rob Homer

Ten Network Holdings has finally confirmed the worst-kept secret in town - that it is talking to potential bidders and one of them is a consortium involving Foxtel.

Ten is the lowest-hanging acquisition fruit in the Australian media sector. Four large shareholders with four individual agendas has left Ten ripe for the picking. But finding the right price won't be that easy. It's a company that will cost more than half a billion dollars and bring with it a couple of hundred million in debt. It also loses money.

 Gina Rinehart officially resigned from the Ten board this week Photo: Bloomberg

And while the existence of potential suitors has been widely speculated upon it wasn't until Thursday when Ten released a statement saying it had "appointed Citi to assist in assessing a range of potential strategic options for the company" that the share price really took off. The market ignored the tail end of Ten's statement that there was no guarantee any transaction will eventuate.

The new owners would need to fund a major boost in Ten's program expenditure (particularly in sport) to give it a chance of getting back in the ratings game.

Foxtel's rumoured partner in the deal is Discovery Communications which manufactures bulk hours of pretty popular programming - most of which, in the Australian market, airs on Foxtel.

It is doubtful Lachlan Murdoch would keep his Ten shares if a Foxtel consortium was allowed to buy the network.

Running that product on Ten would allow the network plenty of room to reduce its cost base.

In this regard Foxtel and Discovery make more sense as potential buyers than most of the hedge funds and private equity players that have previously dominated the speculation on who was casting an eye over it.

Ten's unusual share register is dominated by four wealthy private shareholders in James Packer, Lachlan Murdoch, Gina Rinehart and Bruce Gordon. They don't have shareholders or trustees or investors holding them accountable for their decisions.

A bidder could privatise the company and leave any or all of these investors in or offer to buy their stakes.

If a Foxtel consortium was allowed to buy Ten, one would expect Lachlan Murdoch would sell his shares - given Foxtel is 50 per cent owned by News Corporation of which he is co-chairman and over which  his family has control.

The question mark remains around whether Rinehart, Packer and Gordon would be inclined to take the money and run given they are sitting on massive losses on their investments in the network.

Packer and Rinehart could exit without any real financial scars given their wealth and would be inflicted with little more than public relations injuries.

Packer, Rinehart and Gordon could potentially stay in for the ride and see if another set of owners could revive the network, which has been buried under a mountain of losses and struggling to improve its ratings and  share of the advertising market.

Rinehart officially resigned from the board this week - which would suggest she may be a likely seller.

She is immersed in developing her Roy Hill iron ore project in Western Australia while also busy fighting legal fires with some of her children.

To the extent she can exercise any power over programming under the current management, this could be far more difficult under new owners.

Meanwhile there have been conflicting reports on what Packer would do - with the latest speculation that he would seize the opportunity to make a clean break.

Packer left the Ten board several years ago and there is no suggestion he has taken a particularly active interest in its operations since then - other than to join Lachlan Murdoch and Gordon to guarantee Ten's main loan facility.

However he has plenty on his plate managing the expansion plans for his vast casino empire and keeping an eye on his Macau joint venture, which are feeling the effects of a Chinese government crackdown on corruption.

Gordon has been a long-term shareholder and as the owner of the regional television company WIN TV he has more strategic reasons behind his decision.

The Bermuda-based billionaire's regional stations have an affiliation agreement with the Nine Network.

Informed sources say that the Foxtel-Discovery team is not the only potential bidder - despite the fact that others seem to have taken a look and decided not to proceed.

In many respects the owning Ten or at least having an involvement in Ten makes more sense for Foxtel than it does for a party without broadcasting interests in Australia.

The trouble for Foxtel is that it would come up against regulatory and political hurdles even if the mooted changes to media ownership laws came to pass.

And this explains why Foxtel would ultimately take an interest in Ten of no more than 15 per cent. It also explains why the pay television operator has been linked to various potential bidding partners.

The competition regulator the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission  would not look favourably on a free to air operator and a pay television provider hooking up. This was made abundantly clear when Kerry Stokes tried the same trick in 2012.


Japanese satellites launched on Soviet-era missile


From http://spaceflightnow.com/2014/11/06/japanese-satellites-launched-on-sovietera-missile/

A decommissioned Soviet-era ballistic missile — adapted for space launches instead of nuclear war — rocketed out of an underground silo and sent five Japanese Earth observing satellites into orbit Thursday.

The 111-foot-tall Dnepr rocket fired out of a missile silo at the Dombarovsky military base in southern Russia at 0735 GMT (2:35 a.m. EST; 10:35 a.m. Moscow time) and deployed its passenger spacecraft in orbit nearly 14 minutes later, according to Kosmotras, a Moscow-based company with joint Russian-Ukrainian ownership that oversees the commercial exploitation of the launcher.

The rocket is a modified R-36M missile developed in Ukraine. The Western designation for the missile is the SS-18 “Satan.”

“The launch was executed by the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces of the Russian Ministry of Defense with the support of the Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakhstan organizations which are part of the ISC Kosmotras industrial team,” Kosmotras said in a statement.

“All spacecraft have been inserted into their target orbits,” Kosmotras said.

The mission’s primary payload was a half-ton Earth observation satellite from Japan.

Named ASNARO 1 — short for Advanced Satellite with New System Architecture for Observation — the spacecraft carries an optical camera that can resolve objects as small as a half-meter (20 inches) across. The satellite is designed to send back high-resolution imagery through an advanced X-band radio system.

ASNARO 1’s launch was delayed from 2012.

Made by NEC Corp., the trailblazing spacecraft is the first in a planned series of small Earth-viewing satellites Japanese officials intend to build for domestic and international customers.

Managed by Japan Space Systems — a government-chartered non-profit organization under contract to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry — the program’s intention is to collect imagery comparable to data acquired by larger, more expensive Earth observing satellites.

Japan hopes the ASNARO program will grow exports from the country’s space industry, allowing it to compete with satellite manufacturers in Europe and Asia which have found success in selling small remote sensing spacecraft to developing countries wishing to possess independent surveillance capability from Earth orbit.

The ASNARO satellites use commercial off-the-shelf components and streamlined test procedures to minimize costs, according to Japan Space Systems. Once in orbit, the satellites will operate autonomously.

Japan is developing a second ASNARO satellite with an all-weather radar instrument to take images of the ground through clouds and darkness. Japan is providing Vietnam two more Earth observing satellites with X-band radars based on the ASNARO 2 craft through a foreign aid package signed in 2011.

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry confirmed ground controllers received radio signals from the ASNARO 1 satellite a few minutes after Thursday’s launch.

Four smaller satellites launched Thursday on the Dnepr rocket.

Developed by the University of Tokyo, the 132-pound Hodoyoshi 1 satellite will begin a mission to collect medium-resolution imagery of Earth. Nagoya University’s 110-pound ChubuSat 1 spacecraft carries optical and infrared cameras to observe Earth and space debris.

The Tsubame mission — led by the Tokyo Institute of Technology — will test gyroscopes for pointing control while conducting X-ray astronomy observations and demonstrating a compact camera to look down on Earth.

The cube-shaped QSAT-EOS satellite — weighing in at about 110 pounds — also launched Thursday to monitor disasters and vegetation from orbit. It was developed by a consortium of institutions led by Kyushu University.


Newtec and First United Broadcasting Go Island Hopping...All 7,100 Philippine Islands to Receive iGSat Broadband


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1176299292

[SatNews] Together they will provide a new high-speed satellite broadband service to more than 7,100 Philippine islands..."available anywhere, everywhere. It is limitless and beyond boundaries."

Newtec, designer, developer and manufacturer of equipment and technologies for satellite communications, will partner with satellite service provider First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC) together to launch a new broadband service called “iGSat Satellite Broadband” in the Philippines.

iGSat is a service being provided by FUBC which is licensed to operate Direct To Home (DTH) satellite services as well as radio and TV broadcast. FUBC also runs the DTH Satellite TV (GSAT) and Global News Network (GNN) and its satellite footprint reaches the Philippine archipelago and surrounding countries. The new iGSat Broadband service will deliver high-speed satellite broadband across the Philippines, which is comprised of over 7100 islands.

“This latest technology will support the grassroots program of the government and private firms to cover the entire Philippine society for communication, information and education," said First United Broadcasting Corporation CEO Phillip J. Chien. "The technology will be available anywhere, everywhere. It is limitless and beyond boundaries."

Serving the corporate market, iGSat Broadband will deliver reliable, high-speed, always-on Internet access without depending on availability of terrestrial networks. The network connects entirely via satellite. Whether in the city or the depths of the countryside, users will be able to enjoy a broadband connection wherever they are.

“This project will not be in competition with the present providers, but will be a great support in areas where there is slow or no available bandwidth at all,” said Chien.

iGSat offers a range of solutions for the broadband user, comprising of satellite connections for the home, business, private network and maritime communications as well as for Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The broadband service is based on Newtec’s broadband hub utilizing thousands of Newtec’s terminals including the MDM2200 IP Satellite Modems and interactive LNBs. This technology provides local ISPs with the broadband connection they need in order to offer reliable, high-speed and always-on Internet access to users through a wired or wireless (WiFi) connection.

“Newtec is proud to partner with First United Broadcasting Corporation’s iGSat Broadband service in the Philippines," said Newtec CEO Serge Van Herck. "Our technologies continue to offer high performance in the most economical way and remain at the forefront of pushing satellite broadband to areas where any connectivity was not previously thought to be possible and we are doing this at a competitive price."

A contract was signed on November 6, 2014 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and witnessed by Ambassador Roland Van Remoortele of the Kingdom of Belgium and Ambassador Garry Lin of Taiwan ROC. The iGSat Broadband service will launch at the beginning of December in 2014 and ultimately connect thousands of businesses and homes to satellite broadband technology.

For more information, please visit the Newtec infosite


One Down, One To Go, As Old Russian SpySats Turn Into Burned Objects


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=709326717&menu=1

[SatNews] The RT news site is reporting that an old Soviet reconnaissance satellite is due to enter and burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere on Saturday, November 8, 2014, while any possible debris is projected to fall into the Pacific Ocean, this according to the Russian Aerospace Defense Force.

“Analysis indicates that fragments of the Kosmos-1441 satellite will leave the near-Earth orbit on November 8, 2014 over the Pacific Ocean. The final date and site where the fragments may crash may change under the influence of external factors,” spokesman for the Russian Space Command Aleksey Zolotukhin told TASS.

Kosmos-1441 is a Soviet military ELINT (Electronic and Signals Intelligence) satellite that was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 1983 onboard a Vostok rocket. The satellite was a part of the Soviet and then Russian space-based military surveillance system, designed to detect radio-emitting objects, their type and mode of operation, including how active they are. Its one-year active service life is said to have expired in February 1984.

The Aerospace Defense Force specialists maintain stable control and are tracking the spacecraft, which is currently orbiting the Earth at 88 minutes orbit time, 81 degrees inclination, apogee 215 km, perigee 204 km. The agency also confirmed an earlier deorbiting of the Kosmos-1939, and that satellite fell into the waters of the Caribbean Sea, which occurred on October 29th.


Russian advertising ban on paid cable and satellite channels threatens independents


From
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russian-advertising-ban-on-paid-cable-and-satellite-channels-threatens-independents/2014/11/05/ebbf933e-6370-11e4-ab86-46000e1d0035_story.html

MOSCOW — An advertising ban on Russian cable and satellite TV stations could decimate regional television broadcasting from the suburbs of the capital to the far reaches of Siberia, leaving the country almost entirely dependent on state media for news and information.

The law, which will prohibit commercial advertisements on paid cable and satellite channels starting next year, is one of many measures Russian authorities have adopted in recent months to tighten control over the flow of information, reduce foreign money in Russian media and force journalists to hew closer to a pro-Kremlin line.

But the advertising ban threatens to deliver the most devastating blow to homegrown independent outlets where Russians get most of their news: television.

More than 100 regional stations available via cable and satellite will immediately be pushed to the edge of extinction when the law takes effect, as small and medium-size outlets are sapped of vital revenue. And because technological changes are moving all Russian television to digital, industry representatives say that unless they can secure changes before the new year, the advertising restrictions could soon force nearly all independent TV media without outside funding sources to close.

“What we are witnessing is the complete closure of this sphere of business, where the regional companies will be just left without anything,” said Sergei Isakov, deputy general director of Russia’s national association of television broadcasters. “When this ban is enforced, these stations won’t be able to survive.”

Russia’s television market is organized much like that of the United States, with free network channels and paid channels available over cable and satellite. As the United States did a few years ago, Russia is converting its broadcast systems from analog to digital, a process that is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

The changeover isn’t a big deal for Russia’s larger, government-approved broadcasters. But regulators haven’t specified plans to allocate digital airspace to most regional media outlets — which means many free channels may be pushed onto cable and satellite, where most won’t be able to survive if advertising is prohibited.

“They want to clear the market,” said Yana Belskaya, editor in chief of the television trade publication Cableman, noting that 2018, the deadline for the switch to digital, is also the year Russian President Vladi­mir Putin must run for reelection. “By 2018, the market will be completely different. I think, honestly, the main goal is not to have independent media by then.”

With that time frame in mind, several regional TV stations seeking broadcast licenses over the past few years were urged to find a home on cable or satellite instead.

When regional cable channel Surgut Inform TV started up in 2011, regulators said: “ ‘Why do you need to be a free channel? Go to cable TV, it will be easier, and develop your channels there,’ ” said Igor Yarosh, the station’s general director. He said the channel presents original news, entertainment and educational programming to about 800,000 people in Siberia. Because the channel depends “almost 100 percent” on advertising revenue, he said, the ban means just one thing: “the end.”

“We were fulfilling their demands, we were following the rules,” Yarosh said. “And then this ban was adopted.”

The official reason for the restriction, said Igor Zotov, the lawmaker who sponsored it, is market fairness. If consumers are paying for cable channels, he argued, those channels shouldn’t also be able to sell ads.

But paid channels claimed only about 2.6 percent of the national television advertising market in 2013 — and experts point out that sources of ad revenue aren’t the same for regional and national channels. Most advertisers on Yarosh’s channel, for example, are local businesses that wouldn’t seek or be able to afford time on a national station.

About 20 percent of Russia’s television audience watches via cable and satellite, and regional channels that broadcast through those mediums are often the best way for people who live in Russia’s far-flung regions to get local news and information.

Yarosh remains convinced that the whole situation is a big misunderstanding and that members of parliament would rewrite the law if they understood how hard it will hit regional broadcasters.

But Mikhail Serdiouk, who represents Yarosh’s region in the State Duma, or lower house of parliament, and is trying to roll back the ad vertising ban, sees far more systematic and sinister intentions in the law.

“Pro-government channels want to kill their competitors. If you kill these alternate, regional sources of information, then all the news you can get will be from the federal channels,” he said. “If there is an information vacuum, authorities can relax, because it won’t matter if officials are doing good things or bad things.”

Nationally, news outlets that have tried to serve as watchdogs of the government have come under intense pressure in recent years.

The best-known, Dozhd — “TV Rain” in English — is widely thought to be the intended target of the advertising ban.

Dozhd, formed in 2010, is an independent cable news station that gives a broad platform to the opposition view. In the past year, it has experienced a series of assaults, including allegations of trying to revive Nazism in Russia, after running a poll asking viewers whether the Soviet Union should have defended Leningrad in World War II. Dozens of cable providers dropped the channel soon after.

“Officially, we’ve never had any difficulties with the government or any state agency; all the problems were initiated by private owners, cable and satellite operators — officially,” Chief Editor Mikhail Zygar said in an interview at the Dozhd studio, as workers broke down shelves and packed boxes. The station recently lost its lease. “There is no proof that the Kremlin wants us to be destroyed — except for this law,” he said.

After cable providers dropped the station, Dozhd cut back about half the technical staff and a third of the reporting staff, often through attrition. When the State Duma adopted the advertising ban, Dozhd’s owner announced that the channel would raise its annual subscription from about $25 a year to about $120.

The station is also splitting its live stream, Zygar said, so it can keep selling ads online and internationally, even if doing so is prohibited in Russia.

Dozhd will survive the advertising ban, as it has survived other setbacks, Zygar said.

But when asked whether in this environment a new, independently minded operation could hope to establish itself in Russia’s media market, as Dozhd did four years ago, his outlook was far bleaker.

“No,” he said. “It’s impossible.”


Streaming brings challenges and benefits to pay-TV providers


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/07/streaming-bring-challenges-and-benefits-to-pay-tv-providers/

The proliferation of streaming video alternatives, while still posing a long-term competitive challenge for traditional pay-TV providers, may also be producing beneficial results across the service category, as indicated by a recent consumer survey from global research consultancy TNS. As the economic climate has improved, the quantity and diversity of video content entering the home via paid programming sources appears to be growing, resulting in healthy demand for the industry as a whole.

According to ReQuest, TNS’s survey of the telecommunications usage habits of nearly 25,000 US households each quarter, about one in six (16 per cent) pay-TV subscribers recently adjusted their level of video service – either upgrading to a higher tier or downgrading to a lower tier sometime during the past year. pay-TV households that also stream video are more than twice as likely as non-streaming households to have made a change to their service level with their pay-TV provider (25 per cent vs. 12 per cent), as might be expected given their penchant for acclimatising new viewing habits.

What might be less expected, however, is that while streamers are more likely than non-streamers to downgrade their level of traditional pay-TV service (9 per cent vs. 6 per cent), they are also more likely to upgrade their level of service (16 per cent vs. 6 per cent). Moreover, service upgrades are considerably more common than downgrades among these streaming households.

“These findings suggest that streaming is contributing to an overall rise in consumer appetite – and demand – for video content, instead of simply stealing a finite share of pay-TV programming,” notes TNS Vice President Frank Perazzini. “Growth in the frequency of service upgrades is being driven almost entirely by households that also consume streaming video, leading to stronger ARPU performance by cable, satellite, and fibre television providers.”

TNS’s research also reveals that streamers who adjust their pay-TV tier tend to be younger – particularly the ones who upgrade their service level. Though adults under age 30 comprise less than 20 per cent of all pay-TV subscribers with streaming technology, they represent one-third (33 per cent) of households that recently purchased more channels and/or features from their traditional video provider. “Younger consumers are especially proactive and indulgent in their viewing habits,” comments Perazzini, “having come of age in a world of unparalleled variety and choice in video content. They know what they want, and also how to get it.”

The spread of streaming video, through both paid and unpaid providers, has so far had minimal impact on the incidence of traditional pay-TV subscriptions. This implies coexistence – rather than a competition – of video alternatives within many US households.

But as Perazzini cautions, “Although this symbiotic relationship between traditional and emerging subscription video providers has mutually benefited both groups, there are portents of change that could further transform the customary business model for video delivery.” In particular, the expansion of higher-speed broadband Internet access has opened doors for streaming video to reach more homes than ever before, and programming providers may move to engage these viewers directly. “For example, HBO’s recent announcement of the launch of ‘a la carte’ OTT distribution for their content in 2015 could signal a shake-up among top cable, satellite, and fibre carriers,” says Perazzini, “as this strategic shift by a leading programming supplier would dilute one of pay-TV’s primary differentiators, weakening their competitive advantage.

Nevertheless, it seems clear that as streaming providers have increased in scope over the past few years, they have also generated many favourable outcomes for their so-called ‘rivals’ for subscriber dollars – most notably in the form of elevating consumer expectations for video service, along with their willingness to spend for it.


Aereo Lays Off Staff in Boston, New York


From http://variety.com/?p=1201350137#

Aereo, which put its service on hold after it lost a Supreme Court ruling in June, is laying off a majority of its staff, including employees in New York and Boston, although the company says that it is continuing to “chart our path forward.”

Several media outlets reported that the company informed employees in Boston that it was closing its office there and laying off 43 employees as of Nov. 12.

Virginia Lam, a spokeswoman for the company, said that “in an effort to reduce costs, we made the difficult decision to lay off some of our staff in Boston and New York. We are continuing to conserve resources while we chart our path forward. We are grateful to our employees for their loyalty, hard work and dedication. This was a difficult, but necessary step in order to preserve the company.”

A small executive team of about a dozen people will remain.

The Supreme Court ruled in June that Aereo’s service — which offered digital broadcast streams to subscribers via dime-sized antennas — violated the Copyright Act. The company has so far been unsuccessful in pursuing another approach in the courts, that because it resembles a cable service it should be entitled to transmit broadcast programming.

The FCC, meanwhile, is mulling a proposal in which Internet TV providers, including Aereo, would receive the same classification as a cable or satellite company, something that would give over-the-top services access to broadcast channels. But it is likely that Aereo would still have to pay restransmission fees to local stations.




6/11/14

Sky Sports 8 SD and HD are new on Optus D1 (Sky NZ) (Encrypted)

12644 H Vpid 1008 Apid 1108 Sky Sports 8
12331 H Vpid 1015 Apid 1115 Sky Sports 8 HD

"Breakfast Feed" as seen on the RTV001 channel tag on Optus D1 the other day.




From my Email


From Alek (Perth, W.A)

A new DX catch on the 2.7Meter, Ku band from ABS2 Southern beam!

ABS 2 75E 12325 H Sr 8400 "LOCO TV" DVB S2 QPSK
ABS 2 75E 12524 H Sr 30000 , mux here with multiple religious channels.
ABS 2 75E 12655 H Sr 3255 DVB S "MTA channel"

(Craig's comment, There will be screenshots of this on Friday. Power levels may have been juiced up due to recent issues with this satellite. Footprints available here http://www.absatellite.net/satellite-fleet/?sat=abs2)


From the Dish


Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3760 V "Discovery Home & Health Australia & New Zealand has replaced Discovery Channel Japan" on, PowerVu.
Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3980 H "Discovery Kids Australia & New Zealand has replaced Discovery Home & Health Australia & New Zealand" on , PowerVu.

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12278 V "CTI TV Asia, LS Time Movie, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel", CCTV 5, CCTV 7 and Zhujiang TV have left
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12292 VShandong TV, Liaoning TV, Channel V China, Animax Taiwan, GoldSun TV, TTV Variety, TTV Finance and CTS News Info have started on, Topreal.
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12302 V EBC Financial News, ETTV Variety, Yoyo TV, ETTV Drama, ETTV News, ETTV Movie, ETTV Foreign Movie, Super TV, ETTV Asia and ETTV Asia News have left .
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12499 V "BKS Chinese has replaced BKS Shopping" on , Fta.

Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12290 H "Sky Ent" has started on , encrypted.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12731 V "CSN, Star Winged, Happy Channel, Hi Play and HOT" are encrypted again.

NSS 6 95.0°E The IPM TV muxes have left 11131 V and 11172 V.

SES 8 95.0°E Several updates in IPM TV.
SES 8 95.0°E 12110 H "Dhamaal" has started on Fta.

Measat 3 91.5°E 3880 V "HGTV Asia" has started on, Irdeto.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 11670 H."Nat Geo Wild Russia" has left

ST 2 88.0°E 11060 V "Negaah TV, Khurshid TV and Maiwand TV" have started on , Fta.

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11800 H "TV 1000 Premium HD, TV 1000 Megahit HD and TV 1000 Comedy HD" have started on ,Irdeto.
Horizons 2 85.0°E 11960 H "Russkij Extreme" has left .
Horizons 2 85.0°E 12080 H "Mezzo" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3780 V "BKS Chinese has replaced BKS 2" on, Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 10985 H "Russkiy Bestseller" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3974 V "Investigation Discovery India" has started on , PowerVu.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4184 V "Green TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11674 V "Outpourings TV and Spirit Word" have started on , Fta. MSG TV, Mindset Learn and Mindset Health have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 V "MSG TV" has started on, Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12682 H "Pentecostal TV" has started on, Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 V "Prophetic Channel and Faith Africa" have started on , Fta. MSG TV and Clear TV have left.

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东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Bni Life替换Indomaret Info(MPEG-4)频道,设置3433 H 4383参数免费接收。[11-06]

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东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Asia Hit、3 Family(IPM)等频道加密,设置11481 H 45000参数有条件接收。[11-05]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,The Truth Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3640 H 28066参数无效接收。[11-05]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,本港国际(测试)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。[11-05]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,ND Channel、V Shopping替换Boonniyom(泰国)等频道,设置3480 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [11月5日]
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NEWS


NewSat + General Dynamics Awarded Antenna Contracts for Communications Gateway on Jabiru-1 Satellite


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=600590589

[SatNews] NewSat has announced that General Dynamics C4 Systems SATCOM Technologies has been awarded the contract to provide four large antennas and associated electronics for the Jabiru Satellite Program.

The multi-million dollar supply agreement consists of four 13.2 meter antennas, three of which are Ka-band, that will be used as communication gateways to carry customer traffic to the Jabiru-1 satellite. The fourth antenna is a Ku-band antenna and will be used for the control of the satellite itself. Two of these antennas will be located at NewSat’s Adelaide teleport facility, one at NewSat’s Perth teleport facility and the remaining antenna at a third-party teleport, to facilitate Jabiru-1 communications and anchor customer traffic.

General Dynamics C4 Systems SATCOM Technologies has proven expertise and heritage with the provision of large Ka- and Ku-band antenna systems. As a result, the company has earned the position as a preferred antenna system provider and integrator to a number of major satellite operators by providing in excess of fifty systems of this type over the past five years.

Jabiru-1 is Australia’s first commercial Ka-band satellite and will deliver over 7.6GHz of “new” capacity, providing flexible Ka-band coverage to meet the growing demand from government and enterprise across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Commenting on this key ground system development, NewSat Chief Technology Officer, David Ball said, "Yet another significant milestone on the path to the launch of Jabiru-1, it is exciting to share ground systems progress that is crucial to Jabiru-1 commercial operation. General Dynamics C4 Systems SATCOM Technologies is a leading supplier of large antenna systems to the industry and their systems are ideally suited to our requirements for Jabiru-1 communications. We recently held the Critical Design Review for the antenna systems with the General Dynamics C4 Systems SATCOM Technologies team and the project is on track for the delivery and installation of the antenna systems in 2015.”

For further information regarding NewSat, please visit http://www.newsat.com/

General Dynamics C4 Systems' infosite is accessible at http://www.gdc4s.com/


Ten shares jump as company confirms it's in play


From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/ten-shares-jump-as-company-confirms-its-in-play-20141106-11hvjd.html
 
Looking at "potential strategic options": Ten's chief executive, Hamish McLennan. Photo: Peter Rae

Ten Network's shares rallied after the company confirmed it has appointed investment bank Citi to "assist in assessing a range of potential strategic options for the company", a day after Fairfax Media revealed that US media giant Discovery Communications was examining a bid for Ten with local pay TV group Foxtel.

Ten said in a statement to the ASX lodged on Thursday morning that "while a number of potential strategic options have been considered to date, there is no guarantee any transaction will eventuate".

Its shares climbed about 7 per cent, trading at 23 cents by lunch time. The stock earlier rallied as much as 14 per cent, its biggest intraday jump since April 2009.

Intense speculation surrounding the future of Ten intensified on Wednesday when the Australian Financial Review revealed that Discovery – a ­$US22 billion ($25 billion) entertainment ­company that started life as the Discovery Channel – is examining a joint bid that would give Foxtel a 14.9 per cent stake in the third-ranked commercial broadcaster.

Discovery has been doing the numbers on a potential Ten bid for three months. It is understood that Citi contacted the growing number of ­parties interested in Ten last week, asking them to submit preliminary non-binding proposals, with an informal deadline set for late November.

Sources close to Ten said management presentations were being scheduled over the next three weeks.

Discovery and ­Foxtel are considered the frontrunners, although there is no guarantee a formal bid will be made.

Fairfax Media, the owner of the Financial Review, met with Ten management in October although sources said the company did not lodge an ­expression of interest with Ten's ­advisers and had no intention of taking a stake in Ten.

Providence, which is advised by Deutsche Bank, has since been approached by New York hedge fund Anchorage Capital Group about exploring an ­alternative proposal. It is understood Ten chief executive Hamish McLennan has met with representatives from Providence, but one source said ­Providence "seems to be just going through the motions".

Any bid involving Foxtel – which is owned by media giant News Corporation and Australia's dominant telecommunications company,Telstra – would be commercially and politically ­sensitive. However, Foxtel should avoid laws aimed at limiting concentration of ownership if it keeps its stake below the 15 per cent mark.

Another potential stumbling block for any bid could be Ten's Rich-List-studded share register. Its major shareholders, which include mining magnate Gina Rinehart, News Corporation co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch, Crown chairman James Packer and WIN Corporation owner Bruce Gordon, hold a combined stake of about 40 per cent and have also been sounded out by Ten's advisers.

Mr Murdoch, a former Ten chief executive, and Mr Packer are understood to be willing sellers. Some members of the Ten board also believe the company stands a better chance of recovery if it is privately owned.

But Mr Gordon's intentions are less clear. The Bermuda-based billionaire has accumulated his 14.9 per cent Ten stake over the years at prices generally above $1 and is unlikely to want to crystallise a loss. As a result, any ­proposal to change Ten's ownership may require his involvement.

Weak ratings and earnings at Ten over the past five years have made the broadcaster of shows such as The Batchelor ­Australia and Offspring vulnerable, with the stock falling from more than $1.45 in early 2010 to close at 21.5¢ on ­Wednesday. Ten reported a $168 million loss for the year to August 31.


Ten calls in experts amid takeover talk


From https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/a/25443247/ten-ponders-strategic-options/

Ten calls in experts amid takeover talk - The West Australian

Ten Network is investigating a range of strategic options amid speculation of a takeover offer.

The troubled Ten Network has brought in advisers to investigate options for its future, which could include a takeover or merger with other media companies.

The subject of takeover and merger speculation all year, Ten confirmed it had hired financial services firm Citi to help assess "a range of potential strategic options".

The news gave Ten shares a boost, gaining as much as 11.5 per cent, before settling to close at 23 cents, up seven per cent.

But Ten's share price remains well below the 37 cents reached in February after the success of its first season broadcasting the Big Bash cricket league.

Ten's statement was made in response to the latest round of takeover speculation, with pay TV operator Foxtel and US cable giant Discovery reportedly considering a joint bid.

The loss-making network was also recently approached by Fairfax Media, apparently sounding out a merger.

"Ten notes that while a number of potential strategic options have been considered to date, there is no guarantee any transaction will eventuate," it said on Thursday.

Analysts still doubt Ten will pursue a change of control.

"The stock is only up about two cents, and that is the greatest indicator of suitor interest - share price action," OptionsXpress analyst Ben Le Brun said.

"The problems that any potential bidder could run into in terms of regulations and getting shareholder approval just make it a particularly complicated deal."

Ten's billionaire shareholders - Lachlan Murdoch, James Packer and WIN Television boss Bruce Gordon - have also had to fork out extra funds to help the company, while Gina Rinehart holds a near 10 per cent stake.

"I just don't think you would get those shareholders over the line without a substantially higher bid than where those shares are trading at the moment," Mr Le Brun said.

Discovery and Foxtel, which is half-owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, have reportedly been asked by Ten to submit preliminary non-binding proposals soon.

Under the deal being considered by the pair, Foxtel would take a 14.9 per cent stake in Ten, to allow it to comply with media ownership laws.

Discovery has grown from a single pay TV channel to a giant mass-media company, operating many US and international TV networks, including Eurosport.


Meet "Stan" - Australia's latest Netflix-killer


From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/meet-stan--australias-latest-netflixkiller-20141105-11havd.html

Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul is the flagship content for Nine and Fairfax's "Stan" subscription video service.

Breaking Bad's prequel is the latest weapon in Australia's content wars as Nine and Fairfax unveil the new face of StreamCo.

The threat of Netflix looms large in Australia, with this week's confirmation that the US streaming video giant has appointed local marketing agencies to support next year's big push. Meanwhile local players are scrambling to secure their position before the onslaught, conscious of the fact that they're already losing a steady stream of customers to supposedly geo-blocked US services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime – not to mention the BitTorrent channel.

For a while it looked like Australia's television networks might circle the wagons and launch a joint subscription video service in a similar vein to HuluPlus. Such a move is perhaps their best hope of holding off foreign raiders, but they simply can't play together nicely even in the face of a common enemy like Netflix. The closest they've come to cooperating is the fledgling FreeviewPlus Catch Up service and even that was delayed by infighting.

When it comes to an Australian subscription service to rival Netflix the networks couldn't strike a deal and decided to go it alone – a decision they may regret down the track. Instead of working together they've looked for partners elsewhere. Ten is reportedly considering a deal with Foxtel while Seven is looking to Quickflix, Optus or perhaps even Foxtel's Presto. Nine is the only commercial network to put its cards on the table – teaming up with Fairfax (publisher of this news site) to offer the Netflix-style StreamCo.

Apparently StreamCo wasn't a hip enough name so the marketing brainstrust have decided to christen the new streaming service "Stan", with plans to launch early next year. The name evokes visions of a painfully ocker and blokey marketing campaign lifted from the 7mate playbook and it remains to be seen how Stan will come to life.

Thankfully Stan's content strategy seems a little more sensible than his name. Stan's first order of business has been to lock in Breaking Bad as well as exclusive Australian rights to its upcoming spin-off Better Call Saul which starts screening in the US in February. Stan will offer the only legitimate way for Australians to watch Better Call Saul in sync with the US broadcast schedule.

Stan is expected to cost around $9.99 per month, which is roughly on par with Netflix, but whether or not that's a good deal depends on what other fresh content Stan can sign up and the extent of his back catalogue. If Seven and Ten charge similar pricing for their services, it's hard to see Australians happily handing over $30 per month for all three – especially when Foxtel might drop its online pricing to follow the revamp of its home subscription deals.

This fragmentation of online video mirrors what's happening in the US – with HBO, CBS and Disney all opting for standalone subscription services. People seem to think that Netflix offers anything you'd ever want to watch for a few dollars per month, but there's a lot missing – you certainly won't see Better Call Saul hours after it screens in the US. You won't see Game of Thrones at all, because Netflix and HBO are mortal enemies.

The US market might be big enough to sustain all these contenders, but it's hard to see three new Australian subscription video services surviving alongside Netflix, Quickflix, Foxtel Play, Presto, Fetch TV and the various free Catch Up TV services. Something has to give and you can expect the Australian services to all burn through a lot of cash in the next few years before some throw in the towel and merge or fold.

What will it take for Stan to win your money, as opposed to Netflix or a local player like Quickflix?


Global reach for 'Bahrain TV'


From http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=389352

Bahrain TV has started broadcasting its programmes among a bouquet of other Arab channels as part of plans to expand its global outreach.

The Information Affairs Authority gave the go-ahead for the channel to broadcast its programmes on four satellites which target Arab-speaking communities around the world '“ in a move co-ordinated with the Arab Satellite Communications Organisation (Arabsat) officials.

Viewers can watch Bahrain TV programmes on satellites 'Galaxy 19', 'HISPASAT 1', 'AsiaSat-5' and 'Arabsat 5C', which cover North and South America, Asia and Africa.


Thailand 2nd batch of vouchers due


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/04/thailand-2nd-batch-of-vouchers-due/

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) says it will issue its second batch of digital TV vouchers on November 21st to more than 3 million homes.

The first batch of vouchers, which went to low-earning families, were issued on October 10th and can be used to buy set-top boxes or as part-payment on new digital-ready TV displays.

By the end of November more than 8 million households will have received vouchers.


Plan for channel numbering order faces opposition


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Plan-for-channel-numbering-order-faces-opposition-30247058.html

A DRAFT rule to impose the order in which the 48 terrestrial-based digital channels are arranged on cable and satellite TV platforms is still opposed by leading operators as unfair.

A clash between major cable-satellite companies and some digital TV broadcasters emerged during a public hearing on this draft regulation held yesterday by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

Under the planned rule, all cable and satellite operators must reserve channels 1 through 36 for terrestrial-based digital stations. Channels 1 to 12 will be for public TV services. Channels 13 to 36 will be for the 24 commercial stations, and the rest (up to Channel 48) for community-based services.

The idea is to make it easier for consumers to remember the channels and to set a single standard for the whole TV broadcasting industry.

Suphasorn Honchaiya, legal manager at TrueVisions Group, said that if implemented, this rule would be unfair to companies that run pay-TV services. The company has already had to spend a lot of money on its broadcasting system and software to carry the digital channels on its platforms.

She said TrueVisions had estimated that primary costs that might be incurred while carrying these channels would be more than Bt1 billion a year.

TrueVisions Group, the country's largest subscription-based TV broadcaster, says this rule appears to be based on a double standard that mainly supports free-TV operators, rather than pay-TV players.

Suphasorn noted that the broadcast regulator was supposed to promote and support a free market without any interference or taking sides.

Apart from TrueVisions, a number of other cable and satellite TV operators including PSI Holdings, CTH, GMM Broadcasting, IPM TV, TV Direct expressed opposition to the rule, as did their representative associations.

Saree Wongmontra, an outspoken TV host and academic, also said the NBTC should allow cable and satellite TV operators the right to select and arrange the channels as they saw fit.

However, some digital TV players expressed support for the rule, as they believed it would mean their channel numbers would be easily recognised by audiences and linked in people's minds to their stations' brands.

Chitlada Hengyotmark, senior vice president for legal and government affairs at GMM Grammy, said her company supported the idea of setting a single standard for the broadcasting industry.

"Such a regulation would support the growth of the industry, particularly the digital terrestrial TV business, in the beginning stage," she said.

GMM Grammy runs two digital TV channels, One HD and GMM Channel.


Application of NovelSat technology on AFRICASAT-1a generates cost savings


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/05/application-of-novelsat-technology-on-africasat-1a-generates-cost-savings/

MEASAT Satellite Systems has announced that customers on the AFRICASAT-1a satellite will now be able to benefit from additional cost savings given the successful test of 64APSKmodulation on the satellite’s high-powered pan-African beam.

The tests were conducted with the NovelSat NS3000 Professional High-Data Rate Satellite Modem running NovelSat NS3 technology.

The use of NovelSat NS3 technology on the Africasat-1a satellite enabled an increase in spectral efficiency levels by between 20 per cent and 50 per cent. Higher spectral efficiency allows more bits per Hertz, leading to higher bandwidth thus reducing costs. The key application areas that will benefit are multiplexed IP trunking and voice backhauls for mobile operators and point-to-point IP transit for Internet Service Providers.

“In regions where satellite capacity is still growing, bandwidth efficiency is key,” said Dan Peleg, Vice President of R&D, NovelSat. ”NovelSat is privileged to work with MEASAT toward advancing the development of the African satellite data market.”

“MEASAT is delighted that AFRICASAT-1a is proven to support the industry’s highest modulation standards,” said Raj Malik, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, MEASAT. “AFRICASAT-1a customers can now look forward to improved spectral efficiencies, lower costs and more value to end customers.”

AFRICASAT-1a was launched in February 2013 and provides high-powered C-band satellite services and content across Africa with connectivity into Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.


Synertone: Satellite broadband service for yachties


From http://macaubusinessdaily.com/Business/Synertone-Satellite-broadband-service-yachties

Satellite operator Synertone Communication Corporation, which acquired satellite communication resources from Thaicom Plc covering both Hong Kong and Macau, has announced that the company wishes to first target its ‘4G mobile satellite telephone communication network system’ at Hong Kong’s yachtsmen.
‘Even though the yacht market [of Hong Kong] is not as big as the marine fishery communications market in mainland China, its customers consist of high net worth individuals,’ the Hong Kong-listed Synertone explained in a statement released on Monday.

‘Up to now, there are more than 20,000 registered yachts [in Hong Kong], and the demand of the mobile satellite bandwidth will reach 2GBPS,’ the company noted. “If the fee for each yacht is at least HK$2,500 (US$322.5) per month, the annual income in this satellite communication market of yachts will be over HK$600 million.’

In October last year, Synertone completed acquisition of satellite communication resources in China – including both Hong Kong and Macau - from a subsidiary of Thaicom Plc called Ipstar Company Ltd. The acquired satellite resources, which Synertone named ‘Synertone 1’, include the bandwidth capacity and right to use the transmission for broadband Internet access.
Last month, Synertone said in a profit alert notice that its unaudited net profit for the six months ended September 30 was HK$101.6 million, a sharp increase of 212 percent from HK$32.6 million a year ago, thanks to the ‘smooth implementation’ of the operation of ‘Synertone 1’ broadband communication satellite.
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ALi presents combo satellite and terrestrial solutions targeting African markets


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/05/ali-presents-combo-satellite-and-terrestrial-solutions-targeting-african-markets/

ALi Corporation, a Set-Top Box (STB) chipset solution provider, has announced it will showcase a series of solutions specially tailored for African countries at AfricaCast 2014.

Today, many African countries are racing against time to ready themselves for the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting as the 2015 deadline for the switch-off is imminent. According to Digital TV Research, digital penetration will exceed half the TV households in Sub-Saharan Africa very soon, and the region will add 20 million TV households between 2013 and 2020 to reach 68 million.

ALi has prepared a full spectrum of DVB STB chipset solutions to specifically answer to the needs of African markets. These solutions include an S2 and T2 combo platform for pay-TV operators with which viewers will be able to receive both satellite and terrestrial programming. In addition, ALi also provides an individual DVB-S2 platform with value-added features such as multi-screen applications. There are also DVB-T2 SoC solutions available for both pay-TV and FTA that support the MHEG-5 profile selected by South Africa.

“ALi is very swift in adapting to different market needs,” said Tony Chang, General Manager of ALi’s Broadcast and Broadband Media Business Unit. “One of the challenges that African countries are facing in keeping up with the ASO schedule is a supply of suitable STB solutions to assist the governments expedite the transition and increase public acceptance of digitalization. ALi provides a combination of tailored solutions delivering reliable performance and compelling costs that will help accelerate digital migration in Africa.”

ALi’s STB chipset solution lineup for Africa will be demonstrated at Booth No. 4 at AfricaCast 2014 from November 11th to 13th in Cape Town.


Satellite to remain dominant as MENA TV penetration rises to 94.3%


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014110635952/satellite-to-remain-dominant-as-mena-tv-penetration-rises-to-94-3.html#axzz3ICzwWkQs
Satellite TV will reach 60.9 million viewers in the Arab world by the end of 2018, with free-to-air (FTA) households accounting for 87.5% of this figure, according to Dataxis.

Digital satellite pay-TV subscribers will rise 83.1% in Arab-speaking Middle East and North Africa (MENA), from 4.13 million at the end of 2013 to 7.6 million at the end of 2018, the analysts forecast.

The number of regional homes receiving FTA terrestrial analogue signals will fall by 87.7% from 12.4 million to 1.53 million, while FTA digital terrestrial television (DTT) reception will rise 155% from 4.3 million homes to 11 million during the same period. Pay-DTT subscriptions will number 440,000 by 2018, says Dataxis.
Regional IPTV subscription is likely to witness growth of 123.12%, jumping to encompass three million households at the end of 2018, from 1.21 million households at the end of 2013. Analogue cable services will fall 17.30 % from 890,000 to 736,000 across the MENA region.

As a whole, Dataxis believes pay-TV penetration is forecast to jump from 11.1% to 17.5% – up from 6.3 million subscriptions in 2013 to 11.4 million at the end of the period, with total TV penetration reaching 94.3%, or 66.4 million,

Total TV penetration of households across the MENA region will rise from 93% to 94.3% over the forecast period – equivalent to 66.4 million households.


BBC BRIT and BBC EARTH for Poland


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/04/bbc-brit-and-bbc-earth-for-poland/

BBC Worldwide has announced that BBC BRIT and BBC EARTH, two of three new global genre brands announced last year, will make their international channel debut in Poland on February 1st 2015. They will be accessible to Polish audiences through DTH, cable and IPTV providers in the market.

The upcoming launch will follow the successful debut of BBC FIRST, a premium drama channel, in Australia this August.

BBC BRIT offers premium factual entertainment and will become the exclusive home of Top Gear. It will cover a rich variety of subjects including cars, science, adventure, business, food, life-changing moments, extreme characters, quirky eccentrics, music, sport and comedy.

BBC EARTH will showcase the work of the world’s foremost factual film makers as it seeks to take audiences on a thrilling journey of discovery, bringing viewers face to face with heart pounding action, mind blowing ideas and the wonder of being human.

Tim Davie, CEO BBC Worldwide and Director Global said: “This is an important step in BBC Worldwide’s global strategy to inspire audiences with intelligent, distinctive content. We have already experienced success with the launch of our premium drama brand, BBC First, in Australia and I am confident that BBC Brit and BBC Earth will prove to be popular with Polish audiences. The freshly branded channels will be perfect homes for our best known programme brands, including Top Gear. BBC Brit and BBC Earth will launch initially in Poland as linear channels, and our future global aspiration is for them to be available to consumers in many ways, whether as VoD services, consumer products or live events. This September saw the launch of bbc.com/earth – a brand new digital space where audiences are able to explore their world, discovering its wonders and finding something amazing every day.”




5/11/14

No update. back Thursday




4/11/14

Intelsat 19 12646 H Mysat and Panglobal on 12726 H are Still FTA

D2 12660 V Sr 6670 "Globecast" horses
D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "ANC 2" 4:22 Melbourne cup related
D2 12679 V Sr 7400 "Syd HD enc1" Melbourne cup channel 7 4:22 video




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From Siligy (via vetrun.com)

Asiasat 5
4165 6111 DVBS H Globecast Aus "ADHOC SD Enc 1"Melbourne Cup.
4174 6111 DVBS H Tandberg TV "Standard 9MHz x 4 Audio" Melbourne Cup.
4040 29717 DVBS2 H C Music entertainment Ltd "Music TV"
3960 30000 DVBS2 H Satlink "Fuel TV"


From the Dish


Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3940 H "Fox Business" has left .

Apstar 6 134.0°E 4020 V "Beautiful Life TV" has started on , Fta

ChinaSat 6A 125.0°E "CCTV 3, CCTV 5 and CCTV 8" have moved from 3780 V to 3720 H, Videoguard.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0°E 3769 H Beijing TV has left
ChinaSat 6A 125.0°E 3857 V "Beijing TV and Beijing TV Documentary" have started on , encrypted.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0°E 3889 V "Liaoning TV" has started on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3893 V "Metro TV" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E 12710 H "Lejel Home Shopping has replaced Celestial Classic Movies" on , Irdeto.

Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12470 V "Star World Asia has replaced BBC World News Asia Pacific" on , encrypted.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12591 H "Next TV News has replaced ETTV News" on , Conax.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12731 V "CSN, Star Winged, Happy Channel, Hi Play and HOT" are now Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3722 H "Bunayya TV" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 1 108.0°E 3826 H "Bali TV Bincang & Berita, Bandung TV, Jogja TV, Semarang TV, Bali TV and Aceh TV" have left .
Telkom 1 108.0°E 3947 H "Rasil TV" is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 12368 H "ETTV News" has left .

SES 8 95.0°E 11542 H "Boomerang Thailand" is now encrypted.

NSS 6 95.0°E 11172 H "Sangeet Bangla and Tara Muzik" are now encrypted.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 4164 L "GTRK Dalnevostochnaya" has started on, Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12526 V "TiJi" has left .

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11760 H "Extreme Sports Channel" has started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "V Like Channel" is Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Thai Station TV and Boonniyom TV" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "News 1" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3760 H "9 Yord" is Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12405 V "For Edu" is encrypted again.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12604 V "9 Yord" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11973 V "Fox Russia, Rossiya HD and Travel Channel HD Europe" are Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12033 V "Discovery Channel Russia (Fta), TLC Russia, Investigation Discovery Xtra and RT Doc" have started on , Verimatrix.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12033 V "Eurosport International and National Geographic Channel Russia" are now Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12093 V "Eurosport 2 North-East, RT English and World Business Channel" are Fta.

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东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Thai PBS、Channel 3 HD(高清)等3个频道加密,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[11-04]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Food Network(高清)频道解密,设置3880 V 29720参数免费接收。[11-04]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,RT DOC HD、Eurosport HD(俄罗斯)高清频道解密,设置12032 V 45000参数免费接收。[11-04]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Fox HD、Rossiya 1 HD(俄罗斯)等3个高清频道解密,设置11972 V 45000参数免费接收。[11-04]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,IBN 7(Dish TV)频道新增,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。[11-04]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBC Net替换KBS TV 1(高清)频道,设置12730 H 27489参数有条件接收。[11-03]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CNN US替换KBS TV 1(高清)频道,设置12650 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [11月3日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,DVB(泰国)频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。 [11月3日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Sport 1 HD(高清)等3个频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [11月3日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,K-Boom(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月3日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Inet TV HD(高清)频道消失,设置12610 H 27489参数无效接收。 [11月3日]


NEWS


Village Roadshow cuts download prices in anti-piracy move


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/03/village-roadshow-cuts-download-prices-in-anti-piracy-move/

Australian media group Village Roadshow is to slash the prices of some titles in its digital rental and sales businesses by up to 20 per cent as it steps up its efforts to curb Internet piracy. It hopes the initiative will encourage people to pay for content.

­Sylvester Stallone blockbusterThe Expendables 3, which was downloaded illegally more than 5 million times and then flopped at the box office, will be one of the first films to be offered more cheaply.

Chris Chard, managing director of Village Roadshow Entertainment, said people would be able to rent the title through sites such as Google Play and iTunes for A$4.99 (€3.50), down from A$5.99, or download the film to own for A$15.99, from A$19,99.

Village Roadshow has been a strong critic of illegal downloading, but along with market counterparts, has been criticised for charging too much for content and delaying its release domestically, a charge refuted by the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) which released research commissioned from IHS Technology in mid-September that suggests Australia is the cheapest place in the world to rent high-definition content. It also identifies Australia as second only to the US in cheaply renting standard definition content.

“What this IHS research shows is Australian consumers are getting some of the best prices in the world for the latest new release films in the format they prefer,” said CEO Simon Bush.

“The excuse for doing nothing about piracy – including the poor excuse on price – is no more. We need action and a legislative response to reverse our world first piracy rates to ensure we protect the industries that bring this entertainment to our screens,” concluded Bush.

Chard said that Village Roadshow was doing everything it could to make sure the Australian consumer was encouraged to buy digital, particularly in that rental space.


WTA Opens Nominations For Their 20th Annual Teleport Awards for Excellence


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=931026647&menu=1

[SatNews] The World Teleport Association (WTA) has announced the opening of nominations for the 2015 Teleport Awards for Excellence.

WTA’s Teleport Awards have been presented annually since 1995 to companies and individuals who have dramatically demonstrated excellence in the field of teleport operations, development and technology.

Nominations are now being accepted for:

Independent Teleport Operator of the Year
Awarded to an outstanding operator of a commercial communications hub that uses a combination of satellite, fiber, and terrestrial wireless to provide value-added services to customers in broadcasting, enterprise, carrier or government markets. Download the nomination form here.

Teleport Technology of the Year
Awarded to an organization whose technology has contributed to the business and operational success of teleports through lower costs, increased efficiency, new capabilities or access to new markets. Download the nomination form here.

“The 2015 Awards will mark our 20th consecutive year honoring companies and individuals in the satellite-based services business,” said executive director Robert Bell. “The providers of managed services and their technology partners do not always get the headlines in our industry, and WTA is proud to give them the recognition they deserve.”  

In addition to the Independent Teleport Operator of the Year and the Teleport Technology of the Year, WTA will also present an award for the Teleport Executive of the Year, to be selected by an awards committee of the association. The 2015 Teleport Awards will be presented on March 17 at a luncheon ceremony for invited guests at the SATELLITE 2015 conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Submitting a Nomination
Nominations for the 2015 Teleport Awards must be submitted to WTA by January 31, 2015. Nominations must be submitted using the Word electronic forms available on the WTA website and may be either emailed or printed and submitted in hard copy. In addition, nominees are welcome to supply accompanying materials in support of their nomination, as described on the WTA’s Teleport Awards Criteria page.


SES: O3b a “top priority”


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/03/ses-o3b-a-top-priority/

Satellite giant SES looks as if it is modifying its expectations. For a start it North America revenues are flat, according to its results released on Oct 31st. It is also suffering a downturn in its ‘governmental’ business now that the US military business is being trimmed because of US budget cuts.

SES CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh, speaking to analysts on Oct 31st, made his wishes clear that he wants to see further expansion at O3b, the satellite constellation that will serve the ‘other 3 billion’. However, O3b has technology issues on its first 4 satellites which will mean a $315 million insurance claim. The troubled satellites are still flying but will have shorter lives than expected. Four other satellites are working well, and the final batch of 4 in the initial constellation of 12 will launch next month.

Sabbagh said that last week’s emergency aircraft landing of its Astra 2G satellite had not created any problems for the satellite which is in good shape and ready for launch.


Arabsat confirms 4 new satellites


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/03/arabsat-confirms-4-new-satellites/

Arabsat is holding a board meeting in Dubai this week, but ahead of the rendezvous Arabsat says it hopes the Board will give its approval to Arabsat’s plans for 4 new satellites.

The plan is for two to go to the Hellas-Sat orbital position (39 deg East) to replace existing capacity and add new transponders to the location. The other pair will go to Arabsat’s existing locations, again to back-up and add to capacity.

Arabsat has additionally taken capacity on the upcoming ABS-3A satellite owned by Asia Broadcast Satellite and which will launch this winter.


EBU survey reveals enduring value of DTT


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014110435931/ebu-survey-reveals-enduring-value-of-dtt.html#axzz3I5XTfV9f
As digital terrestrial services fight for their lives against cable, satellite, over-the-top (OTT) and mobile alternatives, a study has identified DTT as the most valuable use of radio spectrum for at least the next 15 years.

The research of the ultra high frequency (UHF) spectrum band within the EU by strategic telecommunications consultancy Aetha — commissioned by leading industry organisations including the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE), Abertis Telecom, Arqiva, the BBC and TDF — found that the UHF band (470MHz to 862MHz) was critical to the delivery of broadcast services, and was the only frequency range that can be used for TV broadcasting.

Even though parts of the UHF band have already been freed up for mobile use, and there is increasing pressure from mobile operators to open the 700MHz band, the survey showed that the value of UHF spectrum is greater for DTT than mobile operators by a factor four to one. This was found to be the case even if the most aggressive mobile data forecasts for increased mobile traffic are realised.

Aetha argues that any loss of UHF would jeopardise the quality of TV services in Europe and undermine the case for future investment by DTT operators.

The EBU draws the conclusion that there is no case for a co-primary allocation of the band, and technical director Simon Fell says the study demonstrates the enormous economic value that the DTT platform brings to consumers across the EU and the critical role that UHF plays in the delivery of audio visual content. "Mobile traffic forecasts – even the most optimistic – can no longer justify claims to more UHF spectrum for mobile networks," Fell said. "We welcome the report and urge European administrations to reach the same conclusion, with a view to ensuring Europeans continue to have universal and free-to-air access to a broad range of TV and radio programmes and content, as well as other over-the-air services."


Spain: piracy fines and Google tax


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/03/spain-piracy-fines-and-google-tax/

The Government has approved a new copyright law that imposes fees for online content aggregators such as Google News in an attempt to protect the print media industry, and imposes fines for the use of pirated content.

The new intellectual property law, popularly known as Google Tax, requires services which post links and excerpts of news articles to pay a fee to AEDE, the Association of Editors of Spanish Dailies. The new legislation also aims clampdown piracy and imposes fines for the online consumption of pirated content with fines of up to €600,000.

The law, to come into force from January 1, meets the demands of the publishers who had accused the search firm of using their copyrighted material to build up a news service without doing any reporting of its own.

Google has expressed it is “disappointed” with the Spain’s new law. “We believe that services like Google News help publishers bring traffic to their sites. As far as the future is concerned, we will continue working with the Spanish publishers to help increase their revenues while we evaluate our options within the framework of the new legislation.”


WWE Network UK delayed again


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/04/wwe-network-uk-delayed-again/

The WWE Network, which was set for an 8pm launch on November 3rd in the UK, was indefinitely postponed just 20 minutes prior to its scheduled rolling out.

World Wrestling Entertainment simply posted: “The launch of WWE Network in the UK has been delayed until further notice” on its Twitter account at 7:39pm – offering no explanation for the postponement.

The OTT service has already seen multiple delays. It was originally scheduled for a summer launch in the UK. The company then publicly stated it would be available in October before settling on a November 3rd launch. It is already available in over 150 territories across the globe including the US, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong.

It is rumoured that the continued delay of a UK launch is down to an existing rights contract with Sky, which airs all of the company’s weekly flagship shows – including RAW and Smackdown – as well as all 12 of the company’s annual PPVs (four on Sky Sports and eight on Sky Box Office). The upcoming Survivor Series PPV on November 23rd will cost £14.95 to watch through Sky Box Office in the UK whilst WWE had intended to give the event away for free in a promotional offer to all new WWE Network subscribers this month had the launch gone ahead.




3/11/14

Monday 6pm NZ Intelsat 19 12646 H Mysat and Panglobal 12726 H muxes were FTA

Sunday feeds

IS 19 12550 V Sr 3450 DVB-S2/8PSK "NBL Aus Feed" was testing, fta.. (Steve Johnson)
IS 19 3851 H Sr 15000 DVBS2/8PSK, 1920 x 1080i HD, FTA Discovery card

Saturday feed log

Optus D2 feed log 3.10pm NZ

12321 V Sr 6670 "gcast7" Horses
12661 V Sr 7500 "ipuplinks.com" Anzac related
12670 V Sr 6670 "Sky news reporter anzac"
12680 V Sr 6670 "horses"


From my Email


From saldav1

Weekend freeds all Asiasat 5

Monday

3745 V SR 7120 SNG_DSNG_HD FINA/MASTBANK SWIMMING WORLD CUP, Singapore, (FTA.)
3892 V SR 13333 ENC5N 2014 J-LEAGUE Soccer, (FTA.)
4065 H SR 4937 TABLE 1 WSIC 2014 WORLD SNOOKER INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, (FTA.)
4081 H SR 9875 $Final USTAF Super Series Sport, Myanmar, (is actually FTA.)
3905 H SR 7200 $WPA HDSNG U Bitburger Badminton Open, (is actually FTA.)
3867 H SR 7200 Telecity Encoder Spurs TV - Week 12, (FTA.)
3895 H SR 7120 ATL Enc 2 NY vs DC in the MLS CUP SOCCER, (FTA.)

Sunday

3905 V SR 4937 TABLE 1 WSIC 2014 WORLD SNOOKER INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, (FTA.) (This broadcast was actually Saturday evening.)
3867 H SR 6666 $Telecity Encoder FC METZ vs S.M. CLEM - Soccer - (and is actually FTA.)
3876 H SR 7200 $Telecity Encoder No pic. only sound. Soccer programme - 'Arsenal World.'
4145 H SR 6110 Ch-1 Breeder's Cup World Championship Horse Racing (with advertisements) from Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CALIFORNIA, (FTA.)
4145 H SR 6110 Ch-1 METRO TV, INDONESIA with the Asia Watch English Programme, (FTA.)
3665 H SR 7200 $Octapixx Premium Sports Broadcasts, ($Scrambled.)
3735 V SR 7200 Service 2 CIMB Men's Golf Classic from KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, (FTA.)
4145 H SR 7200 SECO-1 BMW Men's Golf from Shanghai, CHINA - Day 4, (FTA.)
3865 H SR 7500 service-1 FUBON LPGA TAIWAN CHAMPIONSHIP - Women's Golf, (FTA.)
3885 H SR 7200 Ch-1 J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
Ch-2 J-League Soccer, (FTA.)

The one transponder carrying two different Soccer games.

Saturday

3745 V SR 6110 Ch-2 TOYOTA MEKONG CUP CHAMPIONSHIP, (FTA.)
4133 H SR 10000 Service-1 Asian singing music concert, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7500 service-1 Fubon LPGA Women's Golf from TAIWAN, (FTA.)
3875 H SR 7200 Service-1 CIMB CLASSIC Men's Golf from Kuala Lumpur Country Club. 'A very smoky KL with views to the Twin Towers,' (FTA.)
3725 H SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc1 HYUNDAI Soccer League, (FTA.)
3945 V SR 7200 SECO-1 BMW MASTERS Men's Golf from Lake Malaren Golf Club, SHANGHAI, CHINA, (FTA.)
4148 H SR 6110 HD ENC-1 J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
4165 H SR 6110 SBTM ENC2 J-League Soccer - Division 2, (FTA.)

Both tp's carrying different Soccer games.

3745 V SR 7120 STTP_DSNG_HD FINA MASTBANK SWIMMING WORLD CUP, SINGAPORE, (FTA.)
4155 H SR 6110 SBTM ENC2 Japanese J-League Soccer, (FTA.)


From the Dish


Optus 10 164.0°E Optus 10 has arrived at 164 East.

(Craig's comment, no signal seen as yet, keep looking and please report if you find anything)

Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12530 H "My Cinema Europe" has started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12610 H "C Music TV" has started on , encrypted.

Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12390 V "Vegas Life TV" is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3643 H "Vissa" is now Fta.

SES 8 95.0°E 11542 H "Boomerang Thailand, K Boom and NP TV 5" have started on , Fta.

NSS 6 95.0°E 12595 V "Bhakthi TV" is now encrypted.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E "Tochka TV" has left 11092 H and 12648 V.
Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12648 V "Amazing Life" has left .

KazSat 2 86.5°E 11642 V "Kazakstan TV Atyrau" has started on , Fta.
KazSat 2 86.5°E 11644 V "Kazakstan TV Karagandy has replaced Kazakstan TV Atyrau" on , Fta.
KazSat 2 86.5°E 11666 V "Kazakstan TV Karagandy" has left .
KazSat 2 86.5°E 11669 V "Kazakstan TV Kostanai has replaced Kazakstan TV Shymkent" on , Fta

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12560 V Da Vinci Learning, TV 1000 Russkoe Kino, TV 1000 Action, TV 1000 East, Viasat Explore Russia, Viasat History, Viasat Nature East and Viasat Sport East have started on , encrypted.
Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12600 V "TiJi" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12600 V "Extreme Sports Channel" has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4064 H "Australia Plus TV Asia" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 11167 V "Sky Net Knowledge, National Geographic Channel Asia, Nat Geo Wild Asia, Nat Geo People Asia, Animal Planet South East Asia, Discovery Channel South East Asia, TLC South East Asia, Eve, Discovery Science Channel South East Asia, DMAX Southeast Asia, Hluttaw Channel, ITV Choice, Sky Net Up to Date, Comedy Central Asia, Screen Red, Outdoor Channel International, BBC Entertainment Asia, CBeebies Asia, BBC World News South Asia, Travel Channel Asia, Edge Sport, H2 Asia, Lifetime Asia, Universal Channel Asia, Diva Asia, E! Asia & Pacific, Kyan Mar Yay, Tine Yin Thar and Police Channel" have started on , Tongfang

ABS 2 75.0°E 11913 V 8 Kanal, Bridge TV, Dange TV, Rusong TV, Topsong TV and OTV Primorje have started on , Verimatrix.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11973 V "RTG HD" has started on , Verimatrix.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12227 V "Telekanal 2x2, Telekanal Zvezda and TV Centr Dal'nii Vostok" have started on ,Verimatrix.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12655 H "MTA International" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 3876 H "News 7 Tamil" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 904 60.0°E The RikorSmart TV muxes have left 11635 V and 11675 V.

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,天映电影(中国)频道消失,设置3780 V 30000参数无效接收。[11-03]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11670 H 14400参数无效接收。[11-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,TV 5、Samrujlok(泰国)等8个频道消失,设置12313 V 30000参数无效接收。[11-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Thai PBS、Modern 9(泰国)等5个频道消失,设置12272 V 30000参数无效接收。[11-03]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Live替换Mongolia Food Network(蒙古)频道,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。[11-03]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,TV Lao(老挝)频道新增,设置12313 V 30000参数有条件接收。[11-02]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Test 14、Test 15(测试)等11个频道消失,设置4184 V 21600参数无效接收。 [11月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,星颖、快乐(台亚卫星)等5个频道加密,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Fox Sports HD(菲律宾)高清频道新增,设置3940 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月2日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,人间卫视(数码天空)频道解密,设置4020 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月2日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,G 21、G 22(数码天空)等4个频道消失,设置4020 V 30000参数无效接收。 [11月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,快乐、国泰人寿(台亚卫星)等5个频道解密,设置12731 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月2日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Lord Buddha替换Biz 24(印度)频道,设置4134 H 11887参数免费接收。 [11月2日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Travel HD(IPM)高清频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [11月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Net(印尼)频道新增,设置3791 H 3000参数免费接收。 [11月2日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,9 Yod(泰国)频道解密,设置12604 V 30000参数免费接收。[11-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,For EDU(缅甸)频道加密,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。[11-01]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Vegas Life TV(梦幻卫视)频道加密,设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。[11-01]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Star World替换BBC World News(梦幻卫视)等频道,设置12470 V 25600参数有条件接收。[11-01]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Viva、Net 25替换People's TV(梦幻卫视)等频道,设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。[11-01]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,News 7 Tamil(印度)频道新增,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [11月1日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,百科华人台替换百科购(香港)频道,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。 [11月1日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,TV1000 East、Kinolux(俄罗斯)等15个频道新增,设置12560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月1日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、国家地理(俄罗斯)等频道消失,设置12600 V 30000参数无效接收。 [11月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,东森新闻(台湾)频道消失,设置12368 H 2400参数无效接收。 [11月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Man TV、Chic Club(泰国)频道消失,设置3545 V 30000参数无效接收。[11-01]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,News 7 Tamil(印度)频道新增,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。[11-01]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,百科华人台替换百科购(香港)频道,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。[11-01]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片(环宇卫视)频道消失,设置12431 H 30000参数无效接收。[11-01]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,东森电影(环宇卫视)频道消失,设置12591 H 28800参数无效接收。[11-01]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,壹电视新闻替换东森新闻(环宇卫视)频道,设置12591 H 28800参数有条件接收。[11-01]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星Ku频段,全佳台替换亚运会(Astro)等频道,设置11102 V 30000参数部分免费接收。 [11月1日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,CCTV-3、CCTV-5、CCTV-8(高清)等全组频道消失,设置3780 V 27500参数无效接收。 [11月1日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理(高清)等频道解密,设置12032 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月31日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport 2 HD(高清)等频道解密,设置12092 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月31日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten Sports(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置3768 H 7000参数无效接收。 [10月31日]


NEWS


ACMA decides 3.5 GHz band status quo


From http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2014/november/acma_decides_3_5_ghz_band_status_quo.htm

VK radio amateurs engaged in microwave work can breathe a sigh of relief as the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has decided to retain the existing mix of apparatus and spectrum licensing arrangements in the 3.5 GHz band.

Earlier this year the Australian Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull issued a draft direction to the ACMA to enable licensing of 3.5 GHz to the National Broadband Network (NBN) in major mainland cities.

The NBN is rolling out mainly terrestrial cabling so the nation can progressively gain access to broadband technology including Internet services. Part of its work does include the use of wireless technology in some areas.

The draft direction document did specify that the ACMA look at a 25 MHz block at 3400-3425 MHz and a 50 MHz block at 3492.5-3542.5 MHz.

The 3.5 GHz spectrum band was identified so the NBN had a 'spectrum gap' filled in the outskirts of metropolitan areas affecting 80,000 homes and businesses.

The proposed directive would require ACMA to take "all steps necessary" by April 30 next year, to issue the NBN the allocation, after paying a "market rate" for the spectrum.

However the ACMA said: "After taking into account the submissions received to the paper, and developments that have occurred since then, the ACMA has decided to maintain existing licensing arrangements in the band."

That means the retention of Amateur Radio as a secondary user of the band, which is good news for everyone. The issue attracted 24 submissions.

Some submissions came from incumbents on the band referring to international harmonisation and the essential need to protect existing and future satellite services.

The Wireless Institute of Australia submitted that the loss of the band would severely hamper weak signal working, the exploration of modes, moon bounce and the future use by satellites.

A number of countries also have given secondary status to Amateur Radio on that band.

Further details on the decision are on the ACMA's website.
http://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/making-the-most-of-the-3dot5-ghz-band-in-future


Making the most of the 3.5 GHz band in future


From http://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/making-the-most-of-the-3dot5-ghz-band-in-future

IFC24/2014 Making the most of the 3.5 GHz band in future

ACMA decision on future licensing arrangements in the 3.5 GHz band

Following consultation on future licensing arrangements in the 3.5 GHz band, the ACMA has decided to retain the existing mix of apparatus and spectrum licensing arrangements in the band.

The ACMA made this decision following consideration of the views expressed in the submissions it received to the recent consultation paper, as well as developments that have occurred since the release of that paper.

The ACMA initially considered that extending apparatus licensing throughout the 3.5 GHz band might be the most appropriate mechanism to increase the regulatory flexibility applying to the band. We considered there was a lack of certainty about future uses of the band. Flexible regulatory arrangements were therefore desirable because they would facilitate a future review of planning and licensing arrangements when there was more certainty about long-term high-value uses of the band. 

Following consideration of submissions to the discussion paper, however, the ACMA no longer considers that increasing the extent of apparatus licensing is appropriate.

Views raised in submissions

A range of views were expressed in submissions to the consultation paper.

Of those submissions that commented on apparatus and spectrum licensing arrangements, a number supported a change in arrangements in the 3.5 GHz. Other submissions, however, supported retention of existing arrangements. Some submissions also supported any licensing arrangements which would facilitate the deployment of TD-LTE (Time Division—Long Term Evolution). These submissions tended to consider that licences which covered large geographic areas and had long tenures would be most likely to encourage operators to invest capital in network deployment.

One submission also noted that the 3.4 GHz band is included in the Radiocommunications (Class of Services} Determination 2012 ('the COS Determination'). In the COS Determination, the Minister for Communications determined that the reissue of spectrum licences used to provide wireless broadband services in the 3.4 GHz band to the same licensees would be in the public interest. In the absence of support from all affected spectrum licensees, the ACMA does not consider that it would be appropriate to recommend to the Minister that he amend the COS Determination.

Other matters affecting the band

Developments that occurred since the release of the paper have also influenced the ACMA's views on preferred future arrangements in the band.

On 20 October 2014 the Minister of Communications made the Australian Communications and Media Authority (3.5 GHz frequency band) Direction 2014 ('the Direction'). The Direction relates to the use of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band to address the spectrum gap for the National Broadband Network's ('NBN') fixed wireless access network around major mainland cities. The Direction requires the ACMA to complete, by 30 April 2015, all steps necessary to enable apparatus licences of a type which would be appropriate for use for the NBN to be issued in the frequency ranges 3400–3425 MHz and 3492.5–3542.5 MHz. This spectrum is currently subject to embargo.

Another factor reducing the benefits of replanning the band is the increasing likelihood that TD-LTE will be the preferred International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) system deployed in the band. The ACMA is working with interested stakeholders in a Technical Liaison Group ('TLG') to identify changes that will need to be made to the technical frameworks which underpin the 3.4 GHz band spectrum licences. Consistent with views raised in submissions to the discussion paper, the TLG supports the technical framework being optimized for TD-LTE. This is likely to mitigate the inefficiencies associated with the 50 MHz duplex split spectrum licences that were noted in the discussion paper.

Submissions received

The submission period for the ACMA's consultation paper on possible future licensing arrangements in the 3.5 GHz band (the 3400–3600 MHz frequency range)  has now closed. The ACMA released the consultation paper on 18 June 2014, with comments closing on 30 July 2014.

The ACMA received the following submissions:

Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA)

BigAir Group Limited

Carlo Gnaccarini

Communications Alliance

David Learmonth

Department of Defence

Douglas Hunter

Ericsson

Foxtel

Gary Beech

Global TD-LTE Initiative

HKT Limited

Ian McDonald

Inmarsat

Intelsat

Luciano Blasco

NBN Co

Optus

Paul Hughes

Phil Moat

Qualcomm

Telstra

UK Broadband Ltd

Wireless Institute of Australia Background
About the band

The 3.5 GHz band currently has a mix of apparatus and spectrum licences. These authorise a variety of services including wireless broadband, fixed, mobile, satellite and amateur services. The spectrum-licensed part of the band is known as the 3.4 GHz band.

Internationally, there are indications that use of the band may be changing. This is beginning to put pressure on the band’s current arrangements in Australia. However, there is uncertainty about what uses the band may be put to in Australia in the future. And it could be another three to four years before any certainty emerges.

The ACMA’s response to the complexity and growing pressures associated with the 3.5 GHz band is to look at implementing new arrangements that will maximise the band’s future flexibility.

The options

The ACMA’s has released a consultation paper that identifies four broad options for the 3.5 GHz band when current 3.4 GHz band spectrum licences expire on 13 December 2015. The options are:

the status quo—maintain existing spectrum and apparatus licensing arrangements

extend spectrum licensing into more or all of the 3.5 GHz band

extend apparatus licensing into more or all of the 3.5 GHz band

a hybrid model involving an extension of both apparatus and spectrum licensing.

Preliminary view

The ACMA’s preliminary view is that the best way to achieve increased regulatory flexibility may be to extend apparatus licensing throughout the 3.5 GHz band. This is because current arrangements do not align with internationally harmonised standards for the band. Alignment can only be achieved by replanning and spectrum licensing does not have the regulatory flexibility to allow the ACMA to undertake that replanning, even if affected spectrum licensees asked for it.

However, the ACMA may change its view on the most appropriate arrangements for the band after it considers stakeholder submissions.

Submissions

Send your submission on matters raised in the consultation paper:

By email: spectrum.outlook@acma.gov.au

By mail:
Manager
Spectrum Licensing Policy Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Canberra ACT 2616


GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA IS THE SATELLITE SERVICES PROVIDER FOR G20


From press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MONDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2014 – G20 host broadcaster GLOBAL TELEVISION, working directly to the

G20 Taskforce, has appointed GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA as the satellite services provider for the G20 in Brisbane, it has been announced.

GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA will provide a range of services including five satellite uplink units in various locations, as well as international fibre and satellite connectivity across the northern and southern hemisphere.

All bookings are to be directed to the Host Broadcaster, via its website:
http://www.g20.org/media/g20_rate_card
Or you can email the host broadcaster directly:
hostbroadcaster@globaltv.com.au

The G20 summit will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 15 and 16 November 2014, which will also contain an International Media Centre (IMC) for accredited media.

As Host Broadcaster, GLOBAL TELEVISION is providing live multi-camera coverage of key elements of the G20 summit including arrivals, speeches and news conferences. Such events and pool footage will be available live at IMC and also live at GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA’s Sydney broadcast centre for onward rate card distribution according to bookings made directly with the host broadcaster:

http://www.g20.org/media/g20_rate_card

Or you can email the host broadcaster directly:
hostbroadcaster@globaltv.com.au

GLOBAL TELEVISION CEO, Keith Andrews said: “Our company’s reputation as a Host, including most recently at the

Glasgow Commonwealth Games, has enabled the team to plan a significant logistical roll out to ensure global coverage of this important, political event.”

GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA CEO, Simon Farnsworth said: “We are honoured to be involved in such a flagship Australian hosted international event. Global Television and Globecast Australia have worked successfully together on various major events including CHOGM in Perth. That experience, coupled with our relationships with domestic and international broadcasters, will further enhance our teams’ collective capabilities at the Brisbane G20 summit”.

For broadcast bookings, please contact the Host as above. For further information about GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA visit the website www.globecast.com.au or contact:

GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA Head Office
E headoffice@globecast.com.au
T +61 2 8258 7900

For media enquiries please contact CLPR:
Catherine Lavelle
E catherine@clpr.com.au
T +61 2 9405 2880
M +61 413 885 59

ABOUT GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA

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

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

Best Innovation.
For further information visit www.globecast.com.au


Foxtel new pricing structure has started, with cheaper Game of Thrones options


From http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/foxtel-new-pricing-structure-has-started-with-cheaper-game-of-thrones-options-20141103-11g1aa.html

Foxtel's plan to win over more customers and reduce illegal downloads starts Monday with the pay TV giant slashing the price of subscriptions.

Connecting to Foxtel now starts at $25 per month, which includes more than 40 channels. There is an additional cost to gain access to sports, dramas and movies.

If there is one show Australians want to watch on Foxtel, it would be Game of Thrones.

But Foxtel failed to include the television blockbuster in the reduced $25 subscription offer out on Monday.

Five months ago Foxtel spokesperson Bruce Meagher promised that accessing Game of Thrones (GoT) legally would be cheaper. And it is. But is it enough?

Foxtel's new $25 Entertainment Pack on a 12-month plan features more than 40 channels including FOX8, Lifestyle, ARENA, MTV, National Geographic, Universal, TCM, Discovery Channel, UKTV. But not Showcase - the channel that broadcasts GoT. Or sport, which attracts most male pay TV subscribers.

To watch the latest dramas in Westeros viewer must purchase a $20 drama pack on top of the new $25 entertainment pack.

At a total of $45 per month, it's cheaper than the previous price of $74 per month. But will it be enough to encourage fans to sign up, and stem the torrent of downloads from file sharing sites?

For a show everyone was talking about this year, Foxtel's GoT generally managed to hit the 115,000-175,000 viewers range. That's technically fewer viewers than for Peppa Pig on Sunday mornings.

Last season, GoT set a world record for file sharing downloads with more than one million Australians accessing the show. According to file sharing monitor TorrentFreak, Australia is the only country in the world to reach double digit downloads of the show with 11.6 per cent of GoT downloads originating here.

For $25 a month Foxtel could have had a chance to rein in the pirates, and introduce them to more great drama on the pay TV network. But at $45? Only time will tell.

Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said there has already been a positive response to their new pay structure.

There will also be more HD channels and the launch of an upgraded IQ box to allow viewers to watch shows that have been screened in the previous 24 hours.


Foxtel slashes subscription prices


From http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/8925564/foxtel-slashes-subscription-prices

Foxtel's plan to win over more customers and reduce illegal downloads officially got underway on Monday, with the pay TV giant slashing the price of subscriptions.

Connecting to Foxtel now starts at $25 per month, which includes more than 40 channels. There is an additional cost to gain access to sports, dramas and movies.

If there is one show Australians want to watch on Foxtel, it would be Game of Thrones. But Foxtel failed to include the television blockbuster in the reduced $25 subscription offer out on Monday.

Five months ago Foxtel spokesperson Bruce Meagher promised that accessing Game of Thrones (GoT) legally would be cheaper. And it is. But is it enough?

Foxtel's new $25 Entertainment Pack on a 12-month plan features more than 40 channels including FOX8, Lifestyle, ARENA, MTV, National Geographic, Universal, TCM, Discovery Channel, UKTV. But not Showcase - the channel that broadcasts GoT. Or sport, which attracts most male pay TV subscribers.

To watch the latest dramas in Westeros viewer must purchase a $20 drama pack on top of the new $25 entertainment pack.

At a total of $45 per month, it's cheaper than the previous price of $74 per month. But will it be enough to encourage fans to sign up, and stem the torrent of downloads from file sharing sites?

For a show everyone was talking about this year, Foxtel's GoT generally managed to hit the 115,000-175,000 viewers range. That's technically fewer viewers than for Peppa Pig on Sunday mornings.

Last season, GoT set a world record for file sharing downloads with more than one million Australians accessing the show. According to file sharing monitor TorrentFreak, Australia is the only country in the world to reach double digit downloads of the show with 11.6 per cent of GoT downloads originating here.

For $25 a month Foxtel could have had a chance to rein in the pirates, and introduce them to more great drama on the pay TV network. But at $45? Only time will tell.

Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said there has already been a positive response to their new pay structure.

There will also be more HD channels and the launch of an upgraded IQ box to allow viewers to watch shows that have been screened in the previous 24 hours.


Malaysia's Astro Honoured with CASBAA Chairman's Award 2014


From http://networking.itbusinessnet.com/article/Malaysias-Astro-Honoured-with-CASBAA-Chairmans-Award-2014-3582380

Hong Kong, Oct 31, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd (Astro) was honoured with the CASBAA Chairman's Award on October 29 during the second day of the CASBAA Convention 2014 in Hong Kong. This is Astro's second CASBAA Chairman's Award with the first award received in 2009.

Presented to an individual or organization that has shown outstanding contribution to the Asia Pacific multi-channel pay-TV industry, Astro has demonstrated a deep commitment to innovation, quality and strong corporate social responsibility in the region.

"As South East Asia's largest pay-TV operator, Astro is also one of the Asia Pacific's most innovative and forward-looking," said Marcel Fenez, Chairman, CASBAA. "Not only has the company been a pioneer in its development of value-added services, they are also breaking new ground with the deployment of a return-path data based dynamic television audience measurement system and introducing best-of-breed technologies and services."

Astro is a leading integrated consumer media entertainment group in Malaysia and Southeast Asia with operations in four key areas of business, including pay-TV, radio, publications and digital media. With a customer base of over 4.2 million residential customers or approximately 62% penetration of Malaysian TV households, Astro offers 170 TV channels, including 39 HD channels, delivered via Direct-To-Home satellite TV, IPTV and OTT platforms.

In Malaysia, Astro's championing of vernacular content has led to both new customers and higher ARPU while their dedication to promoting the education pillar has given them the distinction of being the number one education brand with award winning content including Oh My English! and Tutor TV. Astro was also the first in the region to create a cinema window with Astro First followed by Astro Best resulting in record breaking take-up.

Henry Tan, Chief Operating Officer of Astro said, "We are honoured with CASBAA's recognition of Astro's excellent performance in the region. This award is a testament of the unwavering commitment from Team Astro who share the Go Beyond spirit and who have worked tirelessly to make a difference to our customer' lives and our business. The recognition of the CASBAA Chairman's Award is even more meaningful as Astro and Malaysia are judged by their peers as leading the industry by regional standards in Asia Pacific region."

Supporters for the CASBAA Convention 2014 include Official Entertainment Channel Partner ITV International Channels, Official Media Partner Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific and Sponsors ABS, Akamai, AMC, APT Satellite, ARRIS, AsiaSat, Australia News Channel, Bloomberg Television, Brightcove, Conax, Deutsche Welle, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Disney, Elemental Technologies, Ericsson, Eutelsat, Fight Sports Network, FRANCE 24, HBO, InvestHK, Irdeto, Kaltura, Lightning International, MEASAT, MEZZO LIVE HD, NBCUniversal, nowTV, Playboy Plus Entertainment, PwC, RTLCBS Asia Entertainment Network, Scripps Networks Interactive, SES, Tech Storm, Time Warner, TRACE, TrueVisions and TV5MONDE.

About CASBAA

Established in 1991, CASBAA is the Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across 17 geographic markets throughout the Asia-Pacific. CASBAA and its members reach over 470 million connections within a regional footprint ranging from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan. The CASBAA mission is to promote the growth of multichannel TV and video content via industry information, networking exchanges and events while promoting global best practices. To view the full list of CASBAA members, and more information, please visit www.casbaa.com.

Source: CASBAA


Thinetha TV expands coverage


From http://www.sundaytimes.lk/141102/magazine/thinetha-tv-expands-coverage-125063.html

“Thinetha” Satellite TV Channel which is currently on Apstair 7 satellite, has expanded its transmission/coverage with Eutelsat 70 covering Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa. The specialty of making these arrangements is to increase the viewership as the New Satellite transmission can be received through the smallest size of the dish from 65-80cm.

After the signing of the agreement with Horizon Sat which followed a number of successful test transmissions, the transmission with the new satellite started from November 1. Everyday throughout the week a teledrama will be telecast on Thinetha TV.

The new venture was signed between Rohan Welivita, chairman, Thinetha TV, and Hisham Ansari, Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Sat, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.


Satellites are delivered for Arianespace's next Soyuz mission at the service of O3b Networks


From http://spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=44330

Three of the four satellites for O3b Networks' next flight to "bridge the digital divide" have been delivered to French Guiana, where they will be readied for an Arianespace Soyuz launch planned for December 18.

The spacecraft trio - built by Thales Alenia Space - arrived this morning aboard a chartered cargo jetliner that landed at Felix Eboue Airport near the capital city of Cayenne, enabling them to be transferred by road to the Spaceport's preparation facilities. The fourth O3b Networks satellite in the batch is to be delivered separately.

This upcoming Soyuz mission is designated Flight VS10 in Arianespace's launcher family numbering system, signifying the medium-lift workhorse's 10th liftoff from the Spaceport since its 2011 introduction at French Guiana.

It follows Arianespace's two previous Soyuz launches that successfully orbited four satellites apiece to create the basic constellation for O3b Networks' pioneering connectivity service: Flight VS05 performed in June 2013; and this past July's Flight VS08.

The latest O3b Networks spacecraft will be deployed by Soyuz into a circular orbit at an altitude of 8,062 km. - which is four-times closer to Earth than traditional geostationary satellites, providing substantial performance benefits due to lower latency or delay.

O3b Networks initiated commercial service on its state-of-the-art constellation across the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Asia in September of this year, and it already is delivering more than 4 Gbps of high quality connectivity to customers across the globe.


Eutelsat ups revenues 4.2%


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/31/eutelsat-ups-revenues-4-2/

This is satellite results season with Intelsat declaring its numbers on October 30, and Eutelsat following on late in the evening. Luxembourg-based SES unveils its numbers early on October 31st.

Eutelsat’s Q1 results (to September 30, were “in line with objectives” said CEO Michel de Rosen. Overall revenues on like-for-like sales grew 4.2 per cent to €357.6 million, with value-added services expanding 14.2 per cent helped by the growing importance of its Ka-Sat ‘high throughput satellite’. However, video applications themselves only grew at 3.2 per cent, while Data revenues also fell back 5 per cent. Perhaps surprisingly, Eutelsat’s governmental business grew 2.8 per cent, helped by new contracts and a helpful push from Eutelsat Americas, the acquired Satmex business.

Eutelsat’s contracted order backlog now represents 4.5 years-worth of capacity and is worth €6.3 billion. This is well up on its 2013 position (€5.4bn) but down €100 million on the June 30 position.

Eutelsat’s channel numbers are impressive, with 5788 channels now on air, plus another 322 on Eutelsat Americas, and up 16 per cent y-o-y. 629 channels are transmitted in HD, up from 439 last year and therefore growing at a rate of 10.9 per cent (9.3 per cent this time last year).

Eutelsat has 1,033 transponders of which 785 (equivalents) are leased, a fill-rate of 76 per cent.

de Rosen gave guidance of organic growth to be around 4 per cent for its fiscal 2014-15, and “above 5 per cent” for the following two years to June 2017.


Google Play on Roku


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/03/google-play-on-roku/

Streaming media platform Roku has confirmed that Google Play Movies & TV has been added to its Channel Store in the US, UK, Ireland and Canada. With the addition of Google Play Movies & TV, users now have more options than ever to watch the entertainment they love on their Roku player, says the company.

Writing in the Roku Blog, Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands, Roku’s director of content acquisition, says that from the hottest new releases to iconic classics, there’s a world of movies at users’ fingertips. “Get new releases like 22 Jump Street, Into the Storm and Let’s Be Cops in SD or HD before they are available on DVD,” she advises.

Those signing up for a Google Play account earn a ‘Gift from Google’ – a complimentary HD copy of X-Men.

“You can find Google Play Movies & TV in the Channel Store now on current-generation Roku players. Roku TV support is coming soon,” she adds.


WWE Network launches in UK


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/11/03/wwe-network-launches-in-uk/

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has confirmed that the WWE Network will be available in the UK from November 3rd. The SVoD service, which is already available in the US, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Spain among others, will be available for free throughout November to all new subscribers.

Oddly, WWE has yet to announce what the subscription fee will be in UK sterling, simply stating that viewers will be charged $9.99 per month (roughly £6.20) with no commitments – meaning subscribers can close their account at any time. Users receive access to a huge library of classic matches and events, weekly live shows, exclusive original content, all PPV events and pre and post-match extras. The highlight of November will be the Survivor Series PPV on November 23rd.

WWE Network will be available for on, iPhone, iPad and Android devices through WWE.com.  The Network will also be available on multiple streaming platforms including PlayStation 4 and 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku devices, and select Smart TVs.

There is currently no news on how the WWE Network will affect WWE’s deal with Sky. The UK broadcaster is currently offering the Survivor Series event on Sky Sports Box Office for £14.95 – more than double the cost of a month’s subscription to the WWE OTT service. Sky Sports has confirmed, however, that it will continue to broadcast WWE’s weekly flagship shows including RAW and Smackdown


India’s DISH TV to build STBs


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/31/indias-dish-tv-to-build-stbs/

India’s largest DTH platform is to start building its own set-top boxes.

The main benefit, apart from controlling its production and supply demands, seems to be to save import duties, as well as to boost profit margins on today’s imported devices.

Jawahar Goel, MD at Dish TV, speaking at the broadcaster’s recent financial results event, said he hoped the taxation structure will be amended to benefit local production. Goel said he hoped that there would be improvements and reductions in the country’s Goods & Services Tax (TVA) to help incentivise local production.




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Sunday, no update




1/11/14

Saturday, no update